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SECURING THE PERIMETER by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA COUNTY — Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo, County Board of Supervisors Chairman Ed Kinowski and several school Superintendents today announced an agreement to establish a School Resource Officer (SRO) Program in Saratoga County schools. Sheriff Zurlo will dedicate several deputies to this program. During the academic year, the deputies will be stationed in the schools after graduating from a


School Resource Officer Training Program which will take place this summer. Following incidents of school violence across the country, the Sheriff ’s Office was contacted by school leaders and parents asking for an SRO program in their schools. The six participating school districts responded to a letter sent by the Sheriff ’s Office earlier this year soliciting interest to participate in this program for the upcoming school year. Saratoga County will share costs for the deputies with each

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Neighbors: Who: Albert & Gloria Ciejka Where: Broadway Q. How long have you lived in Saratoga? A. We moved here in ’65.

Q. Where are you from originally and what brought you here? A. Gloria: I came from Troy and Al came from Cohoes. Al: I got a teaching job here. I taught at the junior high. Q. How has Saratoga changed? A. Al: We came when it was in the pits. Saratoga was hurting back then. We saw the downtown people get things going and it became a very strong, vibrant city. We became what people refer to us as “the city in the country.”

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Q. Is it still the City in the Country? A. Al: Now we’ve become: The City. Because of our popularity, everybody wants to come - but then they want to change everything. It reminds me of that Broadway play, “I Love You You’re Perfect, Now Change.” So, we’ve lost the city in the country look. Q. Is there something you’d like to see more of in the future? A. Al: I’d like to see more small stores. What has come in are the chains. We all know the Internet is killing the brick-and-mortar businesses, so what we need are more specialized stores downtown. Small, independent stores, not so much of the big boxes. Q. What are your hobbies? A. Al: Al: I’m retired. I do like watching some sports, like hockey. I’m a die-hard Habs fan – as in Montreal Canadians. We also did restore a ’56 Thunderbird and we belong to a local and a national club – which is strictly for ’55, ’56 and ’57 T-Birds only. Our car was featured at the auto museum for six months. It’s great to be able to jump in the car and go for a ride somewhere, have an ice cream. It’s a nice time.

INTERVIEW BY: Thomas Dimopolous | PHOTO: Provided.

Q. Who would play you in the movie of your life? A. Gloria: I have no idea, but my favorite is Judi Densch. Al: Marlon Brando, but he’s dead. When it was popular, some of the kids used to say I looked like Capt. Stubing from “Love Boat,” so my comment was: Shape Up, or you don’t go on a boat this weekend!

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Things To Do This Memorial Day Weekend Photos by SuperSource Media, LLC.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — There are a ton of fun ways to honor veterans this Memorial Day in Saratoga. Here’s our round up of events to enjoy this weekend with family and friends.

Ballston Spa Memorial Day Parade On May 26 the town of Ballston Spa will kick off their Memorial Day parade at 9 a.m. with a memorial ceremony at the bridge at Kayaderosseras Creek. From there, the procession will continue along Milton Avenue, ending at Memorial Park next to the Ballston Spa Public Library. The parade is organized by American Legion Post 234 and VFW Post 358.

Greenwich Parade Greenwich’s Parade will happen on May 25. The procession will begin on Main Street at 6 p.m.

Stillwater Parade

Stillwater will have its Memorial Day parade on May 25 as well. The event will start at 6 p.m. and is organized by The American Legion post 490.

Duathlon and 5k at Saratoga Casino Hotel On May 27 the Saratoga Lions Club will kick off the event at 8 a.m. Proceeds will go to the Saratoga Lions Clubs’ ongoing effort to help those with visual and hearing impairments along with aiding the community-at-large. The Saratoga Lions Club also celebrates our veterans with the Honor-a-Vet program. For more information visit:

Saratoga Battlefield Honors Veterans On May 28 beginning at 10 a.m., living history activities and showcases will be presented at Saratoga National Historical Park. The events are focused on the sacrifices made by New York officers and soldiers who lost their lives at the battle of Saratoga in 1777.

Moreau Parade

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On May 25 the town of Moreau will kick off its parade at 4:30 p.m. It will include a cookout at the Moreau Community Center, 144 Main St., South Glens Falls.



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SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Builders Association, Inc. (SBA) recognizes three members of the Board of Directors who have served for 25 years. Mr. Sonny Bonacio, President of Bonacio Construction, Mr. Mark Johnson, President of

Degraff-Bloom Custom Builders and Mr. John Witt, President of Witt Construction are awardwinning builders. All were honored for their dedication to the organization at this year’s spring membership mixer held at the Saratoga Golf and Polo Club.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — On May 21 the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) announced that season admission passes for the 2018 meet at Saratoga Race Course were officially available at more than 150 Stewart’s Shops locations throughout the greater Capital Region. This marks the fifth consecutive year that Saratoga Springs-based Stewart’s Shops

will serve as the exclusive retail partner for season passes to Saratoga Race Course. A season pass provides fans with admission to 40 days of racing at Saratoga Race Course, including Travers Day and Whitney Day. The cost for a 2018 Grandstand season pass is $40; a Clubhouse season pass is $65. For more information visit

SARATOGA BRIDGES’ CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS PLAYERS PRESENTS “MUSIC MANIA” BALLSTON SPA — On May 21 Saratoga Bridges’ Creative Expressions Players presented their 6th Annual Spring Performance entitled “Music Mania” at the Abundant Life Church in Ballston Spa. Saratoga Bridges provides high level services and programs to people with developmental disabilities and their families. More than 40 actors are featured in this year’s production. The performances included costumes, props, music, singing and dancing. The mission of the Creative Expressions Players is to expand

the participants’ knowledge of the arts and to create opportunities for them to gain confidence to perform on a stage. The goal is to encourage skill development such as listening, following directions, projecting their voice and learning songs and choreography. Saratoga Bridges is one of the largest non-profit organizations in Saratoga County. The agency employs close to 600 people who work around-the-clock for over 830 individuals. Throughout their history, they have been committed to

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ensuring that the individuals they serve are able to realize their hopes and aspirations as

they work, volunteer, socialize and recreate while leading full, productive and contributing lives.

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POLICE Jerold C Kelleher, age 48, Saratoga Springs, was charged May 18 with criminal sale of a controlled substance 3rd degree - “b” felony/ two counts; criminal possession of a controlled substance 3rd- “b” felony/ 3 counts; criminal possession of controlled substance 5th “d” felony; aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle 2nd/three or more suspensions - misdemeanor. Krystyna Gajewski, age 29, Norwalk, Connecticut, was charged May 20 with misdemeanor DWI; speeding - posted zone; failure to keep right; criminal possession of a controlled substance 7th - 2 counts/ misdemeanor. Clayton C. Ruggles, age 21, Saratoga Springs, was charged May 19 with misdemeanor DWI; equipment (rear lights) manufactured after Jan. 1952; aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle 2nd/three or more suspensions - misdemeanor.

Raquel M. Rozdolski, age 34, New York City, was charged May 19 with assault in the third degree/intent physical injury - misdemeanor. Jeremy S. O’Brien, age 46, Saratoga Springs, was charged May 18 with fugitive from justice – felony. O’Brien was wanted on a felony warrant out of Tarrant County, Texas for a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Joseph A. Versaggi, age 49, Galway, was charged May 18 with failure to stop at stop sign; failure to signal a turn; operation of unregistered motor vehicle on highway; refuse pre-screen test; misdemeanor DWI. Susan E. Steenburgh, age 33, Saratoga Springs, was charged May 18 with misdemeanor DWI, failure to keep right, aggravated misdemeanor DWI. Jason M. Rector, age 36, Saratoga Springs, was charged May 17 with harassment second degree - physical contact; unlawful possession of marijuana.

BLOTTER 5 Christian E. Encarnacionfalcn, age 33, Schenectady, was charged May 17 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle third degree - misdemeanor. Ryan A. Kaufman, age 25, Glenville, was charged May 17 with unlawful possession of marijuana; criminal possession of controlled substance 5th felony; criminal possession of a controlled substance 7th - misdemeanor. Roberto M. Ciavarella, age 41, Saratoga Springs, was charged May 17 with equipment; aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle third degree - misdemeanor. Sanjulo B. Taylor, age 46, Comstock, was charged May 17 with following motor vehicle too closely; aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle 2nd/three or more suspensions - misdemeanor. Brandy L. Mclaughlin, age 33, Saratoga Springs, was charged May 17 with criminal mischief

fourth degree/intent to damage property - misdemeanor.

charged May 15 with petit larceny - misdemeanor.

Humberto Michel, age 57, Schuylerville, was charged May 17 with criminal mischief in the third degree - felony.

Joseph O. Wilcox, age 18, Wilton, was charged May 15 with computer tampering in the fourth degree a misdemeanor.

Katherine M. Tennant, age 24, Saratoga Springs, was charged May 15 with resisting arrest - misdemeanor. Jennifer M. Allen, age 27, Greenfield Center, was

Dominick A. Monge, age 22, Amsterdam, was charged May 15 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle 2nd/three or more suspensions - misdemeanor.

CLICK IT OR TICKET CAMPAIGN UNDERWAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Memorial Day holiday weekend is a busy time on highways. Aimed at enforcing seat belt use to help keep drivers and passengers stay safe, the Saratoga Springs Police Department is reminding motorists to Click It or Ticket. The national seat belt campaign will take place through June 3. “Buckling up is a simple task that can keep you and your family safe in the car,” said Sergeant Andrew Prestigiacomo of the Saratoga Springs Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit, in a statement. “Our officers see the

consequences of not buckling up. We see the loss of life and the fallout that could have been prevented with the simple click of a seat belt.” According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly half of vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2016 were unrestrained. Local authorities also want to remind motorists that sobriety road-check operations will be conducted throughout the summer at various locations. For more information on the Click It or Ticket mobilization, go to:


OBITUARIES John Michael Ripton SARATOGA SPRINGS — John Michael Ripton passed away May 16, 2018. Calling hours were Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the Burke Funeral Home, 628 North Broadway (518-584-5373) followed by a funeral service and burial was in Greenridge Cemetery. Visit

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Enid B. Older SARASOTA, FL — Enid B. Older, 98, passed away Friday, December 22, 2017. Graveside service will be held in Middle Grove Cemetery Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 1 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Enid to the Middle Grove United Methodist Church, PO Box 28, Middle Grove, NY 12850. Visit

Anthony (Tony) Francis Scarano SARATOGA SPRINGS — Anthony (Tony) Francis Scarano was welcomed into the arms of the Lord on May 18, 2018. Calling hours and funeral service were Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at the Burke Funeral Home, North Broadway (518-584-5373) and burial followed in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Saratoga Springs. Visit

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Edward Salzman

Michael Whelan

became a jam band favorite to sit in with many local musicians in the Saratoga Springs area. He wrote beautiful lyrics, recorded his music and made many videos to entertain or share emotion with his friends. Mikey’s nickname was Dubz from his many friends. He considered them his family and happily played the clown, the organizer and the frontman for their adventures. His laughter was contagious and will be remembered by all with love. Michael is survived by Amelia, his 14 month old daughter; his mother, Maureen Stunzi Santiago of Saranac Lake; sister Erica Whelan of Saratoga Springs and Saranac Lake; sister Dominique Santiago and brother Raymond Santiago of Saranac Lake; grandmother Barbara (Wallace) Stunzi and step-grandmother Linda (Van Eps) Santiago, aunts Michele Whelan, Lisa (Whelan) Gatus, and Mary (Stunzi) Waterson; uncles Peter Whelan and George Waterson; 1st cousins Josh and Chelsea Tremblay, Peter (Marv) and Nicole (Whelan) Ayotte, and Ryan and Bailey Gatus. Michael is preceded in death by his father, Michael F. Whelan, his paternal grandparents Peter Whelan, Sr., Larraine (Colvin) Downs, Jack Downs and his maternal grandfather Albert Stunzi. Calling hours were held at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street in Ballston Spa on Thursday, May 24, 2018 followed by a memorial service.

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GANSEVOORT — Edward Salzman, 85, passed away on Sunday, May 20, 2018. Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at Burke Funeral Home, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Burial with military honors followed at Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. Online remembrances may be made at

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ROCK CITY FALLS — Michael Albert Whelan passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the age of 29. Mike was born to Michael F. Whelan and Maureen (Stunzi) Santiago at Samaritan Hospital in Troy, NY on May 1st, 1989. He grew up in his family home in Rock City Falls and attended school in Ballston Spa, NY. He also spent a great deal of time with his family in Saranac Lake, NY and Fort Myers, Florida. Mike was an adventurer who loved to camp in the Adirondacks and at outdoor music festivals. He enjoyed his snowmobile, skateboard, playing pickup hockey games and all things Orlando. His greatest love was his daughter, Amelia. His biggest passion, however, was music. He was a natural musician and became known for being able to play anything on acoustic or lead electric guitar by ear and taught himself the drums. Mike was a member of several bands and

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Glens Falls Hospital Grant Cottage Opens for Season Celebrates Nursing Excellence GLENS FALLS — Glens Falls Hospital honored nurses during the week-long celebration of “Nurses Week.” Every year, nurses across the nation are recognized with the celebration of Nurses Week, which runs May 6-12, ending on Florence Nightingale’s birthday. The events of Nurses Week at Glens Falls Hospital were centered on recognizing nurses for the critical role they have in delivering compassionate and expert clinical care to patients. Glens Falls Hospital nurses have been finalists or named in the Top 10 Nurses of the Year for the Times Union Salute to Nurses, including this year’s winner Jennifer Cleveland, RN.

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GANSEVOORT — U.S. Grant Cottage State Historic Site will open for the 2018 season Memorial Day weekend with new exhibits and the return of a popular program highlighting Cottage caretaker and Civil War veteran Oliver Pendelton Clarke and his wife Martha. Items focusing on the Grant family, which have not been recently displayed, are now being showcased in the Cottage’s editing room. The objects are said to have been gifts to Grant and his family, probably during his world tour. A new exhibit in the Grant Cottage Visitor Center, “Let Us Have Peace: Reconstruction and the 1868 U.S. Presidential Election,”

celebrates the 150th anniversary of Ulysses Grant’s first run for President. The exhibit includes items such as a period ballot box, tintype photos, 1868 ballots, and publications covering the election. A special program on Sunday, May 27 at 1 p.m., “Oliver and Martha Welcome You” will focus on the first caretakers of Grant Cottage, Oliver and Martha Clarke. Re-enactors Steve Trimm and Melissa Trombley-Prosch will portray the Clarkes as they share reflections on their life together on Mt. McGregor in the setting of Memorial Day 1907. To find out more call 407-6637-9716.

Glens Falls Hospital holds an annual Nurse of the Year Awards Ceremony to recognize worldclass practice in four diverse categories: Nurse Leadership, Nurse as Teacher, Clinical Nurse, and Magnet Champion.

In addition, a full day exhibition of research and evidence-based practice projects authored by the clinical nurses was held. Several have presented or will present at national healthcare conferences.


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From the Publisher’s Desk...

HONORING THE FALLEN “These martyrs of patriotism gave their lives for an idea.” -Schuyler Colfax

by Chad Beatty Saratoga TODAY The final Monday of May is upon us and that means most Americans will be celebrating Memorial Day. Not to be confused with Veterans’ Day, Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the armed forces. While most of us will enjoy an extra day off and roast some hotdogs on the grill, I urge everyone to embrace the true meaning of this holiday and honor our fallen heroes; not by mourning them, but by praising them. Praise them for their sacrifice and commitment to a set

of ideals that sets them apart from the rest of the pack. Praise them for laying down their lives so that we could live free. Praise them for taking a stand against evil, and holding the line against Nazism, Communism, and Radical Islam. We are the home of the free because of the brave. To quote the great Thomas Jefferson, “I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.” So as we head into the weekend, I wish everyone a beautiful Memorial Day and I leave you with this short list of simple ideas to make your holiday more meaningful: • Start the day with the pledge of Allegiance. • Play patriotic music for part of the day. • Hang a new American flag on your front porch. • Visit memorials. •Visit Saratoga National Cemetery and place a few American flags on veterans’ graves at 200 Duell Rd., Schuylerville, NY 12871.


“We can’t all be Washingtons, but we can all be patriots.”

-Charles F. Browne



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NOTES FROM CITY HALL by Thomas Dimopoulos • Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — City Mayor Meg Kelly during a May 15 council meeting read into the record a city proclamation welcoming refugees to the community. The proclamation cited 22.5 million refugees currently residing in places around the globe – half of whom are children - and read, in part: “the mayor, city council and citizens of Saratoga Springs join in welcoming refugees to our community and declaring our support for the resettlement of refugees regardless of religion, race, nationality, sexual

orientation, gender identity, or country of origin.” Mayor Kelly noted the near dozen students in attendance at City Hall and credited them with playing a role in getting the proclamation to the city. “I like your activism and I think it’s very important to stay involved as you move forward,” the mayor said. Public Safety Commissioner Peter Martin announced a gun buy-back program will take place early next month. The result of a coordinated effort between the mayor’s office, local clergy and several area businesses, the program will take place

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 2 at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs, 624 North Broadway. “People who return unused or unwanted guns will receive a $50 gift card. The program is for both – handguns and long guns,” Martin said. Guns being brought in must be unloaded. Police will be present to ensure all guns are transferred safely, and request guns be left in the car trunk, or in the back of the car, where an officer will retrieve it and bring it indoors for the gift card exchange.

What Do You Do with A Broken Toaster? SARATOGA SPRINGS — Sustainable Saratoga and the Saratoga Springs Public Library have partnered to organize the first “Repair Café” in Saratoga Springs. The event will take place 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 16. Volunteer repair coaches will be available to help repair broken items free of charge. Tools and materials will also be on-hand. Attendees may bring their broken items from home. Toasters, lamps, hair dryers, clothes, bikes, toys, small furniture, jewelry and more. By promoting repairs, Sustainable Saratoga and the Saratoga Springs Public Library seek to help reduce the amount of waste ending up in landfills. “We throw away tons of stuff in this country, even things which could easily be used again after a simple repair,” Wendy Mahaney, Manager of Sustainable Saratoga, said in a statement. “We tend to forget that we can fix things, or we don’t

know where to get things fixed, or the repair costs exceed the price of a new replacement. One of the goals of the Repair Café is to change all that by reviving the art of repairing things.” Sustainable Saratoga is still looking for additional volunteer repair coaches and offer a fun way to meet new people, make a difference in someone’s life, and help the planet, all at the

same time. Anyone interested in learning more about becoming a volunteer repair coach, email: Sustainable Saratoga and the SSPL hope to organize the Repair Café event several times throughout the year. For more information, visit: www.sustainablesaratoga. org/projects/zero-waste/repair -cafe-saratogasprings.

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SUMMER SHREDDING AT SPA CITY SKATEPARK by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Sporting some newly completed renovations in concrete, the Saratoga Springs Skatepark re-opened for skateboarders this week The skate park, which features ramps, rails and a bowl is believed to be one of the first municipally operated parks in the state. Located at East Side Rec on Lake Avenue, it first opened in 1989 in response to the city’s banning of skateboarding downtown two years earlier. “The skatepark is well-known among the skating community in the northeast and the bowl itself is what is best known - it’s something most skaters want to check out,” says city resident Charlie Samuels – filmmaker, photographer and avid skateboarder. Samuels’ recent film, “Virgin Blacktop: A New York Skate Odyssey,” is currently enjoying festival screenings overseas.

The concrete bowl was constructed in 2003 at a cost of $25,000 and a $30,000 ramp was installed in 2005. Last October, the City Council unanimously approved the awarding of a concrete renovation bid to William J. Keller and Sons Construction Corp. for an amount up to $125,388. An additional $24,000 was used to renovate the ramps and the next phase will involve replacement of the bowl coping and surrounding detail work which is estimated to cost $28,000 to $30,000. “Those repairs they did were wonderful and the main thing was resurfacing with concrete, rather than old black top,” Samuels explains. “One of the main problems (before renovation) was the ramps sunk into the blacktop and when transitioning, you had to compensate for that to make sure you didn’t fall. So, now with cement it’s a lot denser and should last a lot longer.”

It’s also a timely fix. Skateboarding has taken on a positive role in recent years – now more than a half-century removed since its perceived rebellious origins. Community education, exercise, entrepreneurship and skateboarding tourism all play a role in the 21st century. As a result of the renovations, the Saratoga Springs Skatepark is expected to attract many more visitors. And with the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, inclusion has been granted to skateboarding for the first time, and for a prime time viewing audience. “Countries will be sending their teams to Tokyo, so this is a world-wide sport now,” Samuels says. “There are also an equal number of women who have been ripping for 20 or 30 years but mainstream audiences haven’t been seeing them. “Now they will get the chance to see them skateboarding on the world stage.” An official grand re-opening is tentatively scheduled to take

-Skateboarders enjoy an afternoon at the Saratoga Springs Skatepark May 21, 2018. The skate park reopened this week after a concrete renovation project. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos

place Friday afternoon, June 8. The Skate Park is free for public use. Skate at your own risk. A summer youth clinic, open to ages 5 to 13, will take place 5:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 20-24 for those interested in

learning to skateboard, or looking to pick up skateboarding tips. Fees vary, and registration may be made via the city recreation department at: 518-587-3550, and online at:



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by Maureen Werther for Saratoga TODAY WITH ALL THE sobering statistics statistics surrounding addiction, it is important to pay attention to how and when recovery happens, what it looks like, and to see it as a signifier of hope for loved ones who are still in the grasp of addiction. There are 20 million people in recovery in the United States, with more making the

courageous attempt every day to join those elusive ranks. I have talked with counselors who say that, for every five people who enter a treatment facility, only one will remain sober for the long haul. Most people will relapse at least once along the way, and others will die tragically after leaving the all-to-brief 28 days of rehab and resume their previous level of opioid use, often resulting in a fatal overdose. But others will prevail. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, the relapse rates of other chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and asthma, are comparable to the relapse rates from substance abuse disorder. The difference is in the way we treat people with diabetes or hypertension. Nobody goes to jail for going off his or her high blood pressure medication and ordering steak, French fries and cheesecake at dinner. While the tendency has been for people to equate relapse

with lack of moral fiber or just bad behavior, hopefully those stereotypical views of addiction are changing. Of course, with the awareness of any disease comes the responsibility to treat it and adjust one’s lifestyle to keep the disease from worsening or killing us. Just as it is a conscious choice to take your daily heart or asthma medication, it is also a conscious decision to adhere to a treatment program and a lifestyle that promotes healing and recovery and reduces the chances of relapse. For those 20 million people in recovery, there is always hope. And there are resources and people out there who are ready to help. Many of them know about addiction firsthand. They have gone through the difficult process of withdrawal, rehabilitation and recovery. For those people, part of their own recovery is helping others get through it. Recovery has many different facets and there is no one defined path that will guarantee success or spell certain failure.

FOR CHRISTIAN, recovery has been a long and winding road. He started drinking at age 15 and continued to abuse alcohol and drugs for the next 30 years. Although alcohol was his drug of choice, Christian was an equal opportunity abuser. He rattles off some of the drugs he has used “recreationally” over the years – cocaine, methamphetamines, fentanyl, heroin. You name it, he used it. During those 30 years, Christian slowly withdrew from the kind of life experienced by people who do not suffer from the disease of substance abuse. He kept telling himself that he could control his drinking and drug use. He was wrong. As his disease progressed, he became unable to hold down a job, he was alienated from his family, and he only “socialized” with others who also liked to “party.” “I was disconnected from life. The only thing I was connected to was alcohol and drugs. I thought I was losing my mind. It was a tipping point.” Christian knew that if he didn’t get help, he would die. Christian says that the opposite of addiction is, in fact, connection. When a person embarks upon recovery, his/her awareness of all that has been missed, ignored, or abandoned gradually emerges through the fog of withdrawal and the clearing mists of recovery. FOR CAROL, a wife, mother and teacher in the Burnt Hills School district, addiction did not fully blossom until she was in her late 50’s. After a lifetime of suppressing her own needs, frustrations and anger, she found herself at a crossroads. Her children were grown and out of the house, and she was left alone with a failing marriage. “I always knew that I had trouble with alcohol,” she says. But it wasn’t until she made the decision to end her marriage and strike out on her own that the walls of addiction came crashing in on her. Carol describes herself as the classic co-dependent. She wanted everyone to be happy and

she sublimated her own needs, frustrations and desires in order to please others. When she finally made the courageous decision to leave her marriage, suddenly those buried issues came roaring to the surface and, because she had never really faced them, she had no coping skills. Drinking was how she managed, but she didn’t manage well for long. Carol says that nothing “really horrible” happened, unless of course you count the DWI and the fact that she had no control over her life. For someone who kept everything suppressed, the floodgates opened, and she was carried along helplessly by the tide of her addiction to alcohol. It was an intervention by her fellow teachers that helped Carol come to the realization that she needed help and she couldn’t do it alone. IN APRIL 2005, BRENDAN fell down some stairs, breaking his tibial plateau and severing an artery in the process. He spent the next two months in the hospital and went through 19 surgeries. He was in constant pain and, of course, the severity of his injuries warranted the dispensation of opioids. Brendan never had to resort to scoring his drugs on the street or transitioning to heroin; his doctors had no reason to think that he was exaggerating about his level of pain. And they continued to prescribe large quantities of highly addictive opioids for him. Like most addicts, Brendan was very good at lying and manipulating to get what he needed. “It finally got to the point where I couldn’t keep up the façade.” On Mother’s Day weekend in 2012, Brendan’s wife issued an ultimatum: either get help or leave. “It was following a surgery and I had just gotten a refill of my prescription. I took 60 of the 90 pills in just three days.” Brendan called an addiction hotline and entered a support group the next day. continued on pg 13...

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continued from pg 12... Christian. Carol. Brendan. Three very different people with very different stories, all bound by one common denominator: their helplessness in the face of addiction. Each of these courageous people is at a different place in his or her recovery. Christian will soon be celebrating one full year of sobriety. After 8 or 9 failed attempts, this time he totally immersed himself in his sobriety, living in a halfway house following rehab and committing to the 12-step program offered by AA. He volunteers as a greeter at Healing Springs, answering phones, helping people find treatment programs and just giving them a call now and then to let them know they are not alone. “I am a support person. I’m there to connect people with others and with resources. That’s huge – when you’re an addict you don’t know how to connect with other people.” “I don’t socialize with people who use – of course I have friends who drink normally and I’m ok with that – but I don’t hang with people who party, and I’m now in a supportive living apartment.” Christian spends three days each week working with others as a volunteer and he attends meetings five days a week.

Carol has been sober for 16 years. She is retired from teaching and spends a lot of her time volunteering at Saratoga Hospital, as well as attending meetings and support groups. She goes to these groups four or five times a week. Carol knows that support groups and meetings aren’t for everyone; but, for her, they have been an indispensable part of her ongoing sobriety. She is also training to become a Recovery Coach and she spends a lot of time at Healing Springs, participating in the many programs, classes and events they host. “There are so many resources here and they connect people with programs and other people who can help. There’s a lot of little miracles that happen here,” says Carol. Brendan had a small relapse after his first attempt at recovery, but he picked up the pieces and he just celebrated three years of sobriety this past January. While the path he is now on is different from what he had originally planned – he has a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, which is more focused on people with disabilities – he joined the Prevention Council four months ago in a new role for the

organization as a Family Support Navigator. This is a brand-new position and there are only about 18 people doing this job across the state. After going through his own addiction and seeing what he put his family through, when Brendan found out about the job, it seemed like a perfect fit. “I’m the kind of person who’ll stop at the side of the road and help you change your tire.” Brendan gets to satisfy that urge to help others every day in his new role. Like the others, Brendan also continues to actively participate

in his own ongoing recovery. “Recovery is a process that you keep choosing every day – being vigilant and following a program.” He is still in pain every day. It’s a fact of his life. He handles it a lot differently these days, though, focusing on holistic treatments and receiving regular acupuncture treatments, which he says work wonders. When I asked each person what they want others to know about people in recovery, they all had similar answers. The most important message they want to

convey is that substance abuse is a disease – a disorder. People working through addiction and recovery are not morally deficient or lacking in willpower, and their disease does not make them bad. They also want to deliver the message of hope. For families and friends suffering through the addiction of a loved one, they want to say this: “Don’t give up hope on us. We are sick people, trying to get better. Recovery is possible and there is a whole community of people who want to give their support and help.”



Week of May 25 – May 31, 2018

Local Police Honors Fallen Comrade Photos provided.

by Marissa Gonzalez Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Springs Police Officer Angela McGovern participated in the Police Unity Tour in memory of fallen State Trooper Tim Pratt. Officer Tim Pratt tragically died as a result of a traffic accident in Wilton on October of 2016. He was struck by oncoming traffic while assisting a tractor-trailer that had stopped in the median and missed their exit. He was a trooper for 30 years and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1979 to 1986. The event’s motto; “we ride for those who died” hit close to home for McGovern as she rode

with a picture of Pratt on her bike from Philadelphia PA arriving in Washington D.C. on May 12. “I don’t know him personally but because he was a local officer that passed, that’s who I wanted to honor,” McGovern said. Police Unity Tour aims to raise awareness of Law Enforcement Officers who have died in the line of duty. It also helps to raise money for the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial and Museum. The names of fallen officers are listed in the Hall of Remembrance, named in honor of the Police Unity Tour. The Hall of Remembrance is the entry to the National Law Enforcement Officers Museum that is expected to open in the Fall. For four days McGovern

would begin her trek to Washington D.C. at 7 a.m. and ride until 5 p.m. with other law enforcement officers or survivors of the fallen officers by her side. “I really had no experience as a cyclist,” McGovern said. However, she has always attended Police Week, which is how she heard about the Police Unity Tour. She feels it’s a better way to honor fallen officers. “I knew it would be a physical challenge, for me but I thought it would also be very enjoyable so I decided I would just go ahead and invest money and time, and the training and do it,” she said. “I decided to do the ride first then I decided to do it for Tim,” she said.

Tim Pratt dedication memorial.

Angela McGovern with Tim Pratt photo.

Once she arrived in D.C. the ride was ended with all 2,500 cyclists riding through the memorial with an audience cheering them on. “I kinda just went by myself and posted his picture underneath his name, I also put one of the Saratoga Springs Police patches on the wall, which is pretty cool,” McGovern said. In May of 1997 the first Police Unity Tour started with 18 riders on a four day-fundraising bicycle ride from Florham Park, NJ to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. Now in 2018, the organization has since grown to nine chapters and consists of nearly 2,500 participants. Just this past year the Police Unity Tour raised $2.6 Million.


Week of May 25 – May 31, 2018

Mother & Son Light Up Congress Park Photos provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Spirit of Life Sculpture of the Trask Memorial in Congress Park may look a little different to parkgoers at night thanks to a mother and son, and their strong bond. The Spencer Trask Memorial in Congress Park, that features the Spirit of Life sculpture, is certainly a site to see especially since it is now lit at night. It was something that members of the Spirit of Life and Spencer Trask Memorial Restoration Committee had wanted to do as well as the Commissioner of Public Works Skip Scirocco. Unfortunately after fundraising efforts and an extensive four-year restoration ending in 2015, the funds were not available. In 2015 Saratoga Springs resident, Andrea DeAngelis, was also going through a particularly hard time in her own life; a breast cancer diagnosis. She and her son, Anthony Potter, would frequent Congress Park for a nightly walk. On these walks DeAngelis would always remark on how unfortunate it was that the sculpture couldn’t be seen at night. Flash-forward to January 2018 Potter was getting married and had the perfect idea for a wedding gift for his mother. Potter called Samantha Bosshart, Executive Director of the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation and asked if it was possible to make a contribution to have the Spirit of Life lit with spotlights. “This was something I have wanted to do since we completed the restoration so I definitely was on board with making it happen,” shared Commissioner Scirocco. With the challenging weather, there was some doubt as to whether or not it would be done by Potter’s wedding on May 5. Luckily the project was completed by May 3. That night while DeAngelis was entertaining family and friends two days before her son’s wedding, Potter asked his mother if they could sneak off for a few minutes so he could unveil the now lit sculpture. “I was so shocked… It was so perfect and beautiful,” said DeAngelis. “The Spirit of Life has always had meaning for me, especially during particularly difficult times,” she added. “She [DeAngelis] has lit up my life and so I wanted to light

Spirit of Life Sculpture of the Trask Memorial.

something up for her,” Potter said. “After spending four years and raising nearly $450,000 on the behalf of the Foundation to benefit the restoration project, it was an incredibly special moment to see it for the first time. I know many others in the community will feel the same way when they see her for the first time lit at night. We are so grateful for this gift that will benefit the residents of Saratoga Springs and its many visitors for many years to come.” said Bosshart. In 1913, Katrina Trask, philanthropist, founder of artist colony Yaddo, and Saratoga resident, along with Spencer Trask’s business partner George Foster Peabody, commissioned the Memorial to honor her late husband Spencer Trask’s efforts to preserve the springs and establish the State Reservation at Saratoga Springs, known today as Saratoga Spa State Park. The memorial was created by noted American sculptor Daniel Chester French, architect Henry Bacon, and landscape architect, Charles Leavitt, Jr. French and Bacon are best known for their collaboration on the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. French created the bronze Spirit of Life sculpture; Bacon designed the masonry architectural surround; and Leavitt, who was responsible for significant changes to the Saratoga Race Course at the turn of the century, planned the landscape setting. Marissa Gonzalez contributed to this story.

Andrea DeAngelis and Anthony Potter.



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BELMONT FLORAL BLANKETS HAVE SARATOGA ROOTS by Marissa Gonzalez Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Susan Garrett, a Saratoga local, is in charge of creating the flower blankets for this year’s Belmont Stakes on June 9. It’s about to be a busy time for Dehn’s Flowers as they prepare to host Garret and her team to create the flower blankets just two days before the big race. While Garrett usually makes Traver’s Day blankets right in her home, this task requires a little more space, as there are seven blankets to be made. Garrett was asked to make the blankets this year because

the floral designer from the previous Belmont Stakes is retiring after 25 years. “So I said of course, yes,” Garrett said. “I’m very interested in making it and having a Triple Crown blanket is really amazing,” she added. Triple Crowns don’t happen often. In fact they have only happened 15 times since 1919; the most recent being American Pharoah in 2015. “This is such an honor, I think people have really stood by and have been excited that I make the blankets for Saratoga… So they’re very excited. I feel overwhelmed and proud to be able to go and be a part of such a huge race especially now that we have a Triple Crown Photo by LaChapelle Photography.

Photos provided.

contender,” Garrett said. There is a lot that goes into creating a flower blanket like sewing the quilts that the flowers are then sewn into and ordering enough flowers with enough time so they can “drink” the water and open up.

“I feel overwhelmed and proud to be able to go and be a part of such a huge race...” “But not too open and full so that they won’t last… That’s why we use carnations because they’re hearty… I’m in a holding pattern,” Garrett said. Although Garrett went to school for floral design, “there is not class you can go to,” she said. She’s been making flower blankets since 1994 and was the first to make the blankets for Saratoga. However, when she first started out it was a lot of trial and error. Once all seven blankets are completed they have to be transported to Elmont via a refrigerated truck. Both Garrett and her husband will be in attendance at the Belmont Stakes. “It will be an interesting and fun day… I’d like to see all those blankets placed on the winning horses,” Garrett said.

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by Joseph Raucci for Saratoga TODAY BELMONT PARK Belmont Park is now and always has been America’s foremost racing venue. The alltime greats of the sport have made their way to this Mecca of Racing since 1905, when it first opened its gates to an awaiting public. It would be at a mile and a half, this hemisphere largest racing oval. The clubhouse entrance featured a long reflecting pool, leading to a magnificent fountain lined with towering ash trees. The final change was a long, decorative green and white striped awning that welcomed the elite of the sporting world. Unique to Belmont was seating atop the grandstand roof. As with its upstate counterpart Saratoga, it featured a spacious paddock area. Belmont Park was grand in every way. After the 1962 season the old stands were torn down and a modern, more majestic building arose. The new plant reopened in 1968. It was perfect timing. Five years later a chestnut colt by the name of Secretariat would walk onto the track looking to make history. THE TEST OF CHAMPIONS The Belmont Stakes fits this palace to perfection. Belmont Park may have loomed large. The race itself would become monumental. The most important events for three-year olds are the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont Stakes. We know this

series as the Triple Crown. It was not until 1930 that the three races were given that distinction. The great Charles Hatton, the premier turf writer in this country for a generation, coined the phrase in the year of Gallant Fox. The Belmont Stakes was now cemented as the final jewel of America’s Triple Crown. The Kentucky Derby is the first and most well-known of the events. Known as “The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports,” it is contested at one and one quarter miles on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs. Two weeks later it’s on to Pimlico for the second jewel. The Preakness, with its shorter distance lends favor to the Derby winner. No less than thirty-two warriors have claimed both races. Three weeks later the action shifts to Belmont Park. It is there that we separate the men from the boys. When the horses enter the starting gate, the toughest challenge in turfdom awaits them. Once around the mile and a half oval is a grueling seemingly endless run for a shot at immortality. Just twelve times the creme de la crème of the sport have been able to navigate the distance and claim the Triple Crown. A CHAMPION TO REMEMBER 1973 will always rank as a year that stands out in the annals of the sport. Secretariat came to Belmont Park with every intention of taking the Crown. It would be the first time since the great champion Citation made the list in 1948. Now Secretariat was poised to join him. He had just set track records in the Derby and then the Preakness Stakes. Now his eyes were firmly set on the Belmont Trophy. The race was never in doubt. Future Hall of Fame jockey Ron Turcotte let him loose midway down the backstretch. He left his only competition, bridesmaid Sham in his wake. The big horse began to widen his ever-growing lead. Race caller Chic Anderson made this spot-on observation: “He is moving like a tremendous machine.” And that he was. With every massive stride he increased the lead. At the top of the stretch

Program for 1968 re-opening of Belmont Park. Belmont Stakes Trophy is featured on the cover.

he was a dozen lengths in front. In a jaw dropping performance, Secretariat hit the finish line thirtyone lengths in front of his nearest competitor. He had annihilated the field. Add to that a new track record, and the first Triple Crown winner in twenty-five years. A super star was born that June day. One that continues to burn bright and will for all time. RACE DAY You can never know what to expect on Belmont day. Will there be a Triple Crown winner in the offing? Or how about another great, such as Native Dancer or Damascus, the Derby losers who won both the Preakness and Belmont Stakes to stamp their horse shoes in the lore of the sport. Or maybe one like Arts and Letters or Easy Goer, those that came so close in the first two jewels, then close in the first two jewels, then vindicated themselves in the Belmont. We do know one thing for sure. When Sinatra lights up the crowd with “New York, New York,” it is just a ten-minute wait until the bell rings, the gate opens and they’re off for the running of “The Test of Champions.”

Secretariat annihilates the field,1973 Belmont Stakes.

JUSTIFY: A DATE WITH DESTINY The Racing Gods have rained down a bolt of lightning, with hooves of thunder in this Spring of 2018. This lightly raced chestnut colt named Justify has captured the hearts of an adoring racing public. He easily took the Derby. Then it was on to Pimlico and a Preakness thriller. He stands unbeaten and poised to become the thirteenth winner of the Triple Crown. The grandeur that is Belmont Park awaits his arrival.

Here is the Roll Call:



These select few have defied all the odds. In a five-week period they did what sets them apart from the mere mortals of their breed. Then there were the twenty that came to Long Island to chase the dream of joining the immortal twelve. That list includes such grand names as Spectacular Bid, Sunday Silence, Carry Back and Northern Dancer, to name a few. Let’s not forget Saratoga’s own Funny Cide. Jack Knowlton, Gus Williams, and company also had their shot. None could conquer the demanding twelve furlongs of fury that is the Belmont Stakes.



Hospital Celebrates Close of Campaign for Surgical & Intensive Care Services SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Hospital celebrated the closing of its campaign for their surgical and intensive care services on May 23. The campaign, supporting the largest capital project in the hospital’s history, is the new Surgical Pavilion and the Marylou Whitney and Desmond DelGiacco, MD, Intensive Care Unit. The hospital also acknowledged donors Gary and Nancy DiCresce; Stewart’s and the Dake family; the Riggi family; Michael and Linda Toohey; Saratoga Hospital Volunteer Guild; Frank and Colleen Messa; Jeffrey K. Pintuff; and Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson. The campaign began with a $4 million goal that was soon doubled to $8 million, due to the community’s response to help secure

Visitors, volunteers and staff toured one of the new operating rooms. The tours were part of an event celebrating the closing of the hospital’s Campaign for Surgical and Intensive Care Services on Wednesday, May 23. Photo provided.

support for burgeoning surgical and critical care volumes. Total project costs exceeded $32 million. Since the ICU opening there are three new and seven renovated operating rooms; a new 16-bed post-anesthesia care unit (PACU); new and separate preoperative and post-operative care spaces; along with new family and

visitor spaces. In total, this project has produced 54,000 square-feet of new construction and 50,000 square feet of renovated space. More than 2,200 donors supported this campaign, including 663 Saratoga Hospital employees resulting in the largest employee donations in the history of the hospital.

Week of May 25 – May 31, 2018

Bennington Mattress Grand Opening

Photo by Super Source Media LLC.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Bennington Mattress celebrated its grand opening on May 18. The new store

located at 46 Marion Ave. has already won number one mattress store in the 2018 ‘Best Of The Saratoga Region’.

Hospitality Staffing Agency Now Open

KPM Restoration Recognized by Chamber After Launch

CAPITAL REGION — 87 North Staffing LLC., a brand new hospitality staffing agency serving the Capital Region, can help you be a guest at your own party. The new staffing agency that opened on May 22 can provide your event with waiters/waitresses, bartenders, grilling specialists and a wait staff for sit-down dinners. 87 North Staffing LLC. is veteran-owned and operated, and plans to employ individuals including other veterans. To find out more please call 518-605-9877

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Owner James Kennedy of KPM Restoration celebrated its grand opening early this year. The Saratoga Chamber of Commerce has already recognized the company for its value. Kennedy has spent time researching and getting certified to treat water damage and mold. He and the team works with insurance companies around the Capital Region assisting customers who have had water, mold, or fire damage.



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SECURING THE PERIMETER SARATOGA COUNTY UNVEILS NEW SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER PROGRAM FOR 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR continued from ftont page... participating school district. The School District will be responsible for 75 percent of the costs for the SRO which includes salaries, benefits, and equipment. The County will cover the other 25 percent of costs for these deputy positions. “It is proven that School Resource Officers are a valuable asset in schools,” said Sheriff Michael Zurlo. “Not only will deputies help promote a safer environment within the schools, but they will also act as liaisons between law enforcement and students, faculty and staff to help promote positive relationships between them,” he continued. The SRO will not replace the school’s discipline system but will work with school staff in a collaborative way to enhance

school safety and reduce incidents being brought to a vote of the full of violence or disorder. The Board of Supervisors at their June SRO will also be able to provide meeting and is expected to have information and presentations on broad support. topics like substance abuse and Participating School Districts social conflict resolution. Include: Ballston Spa Central School “The safety of our children District; Burnt Hills - Ballston Lake is paramount, and this program Central Schools; Mechanicville enhances that and City School District; provides a great “The safety of Schuylerville Central additional asset for our School District; our children is schools,” said Chairman Shenendehowa Central Ed Kinowski. District; paramount...” School “The Board of Stillwater Central Supervisors is looking forward School District; South Glens Falls to formalizing this partnership Central School District. between the County, the So far, community response Sheriff ’s Office and our schools,” is positive. Several Facebook Kinowski stated. users have commented on the The SRO proposal will be public page of Sheriff Zurlo carried through the appropriate commending him for his efforts committees of the Board, before on the matter.

Ballston Spa Students Present Awards to Community Charities BALLSTON SPA — Students in the Ballston Spa Central School District have successfully donated $89,747 during the past ten years to local non-profit organizations through participation in an annual Penny Harvest program. This year, students collected over $9,400 in pennies during the fall 2017 harvest. They recently donated the funds to eight

local non-profit organizations during the district’s annual SEFCU Penny Harvest Celebration that took place on School Pride Day. This year, over 80 students were chosen as Penny Harvest leaders in their schools and were responsible for researching local community issues and the non-profit organizations that address them. Members of the student roundtable in each school interviewed representatives from local organizations and discussed how their funds could be used to further support these non-profits. The annual SEFCU Penny Harvest is implemented in grades K-12, in all six school buildings in the district, and has proven to be successful in educating students in service learning and financial literacy. This program teaches students about the importance of philanthropy and service as well as teaching math, communication, and team building skills. The Malta Avenue Elementary School students donated to two organizations, Make-A-Wish Foundation ($622.67) and Ronald McDonald House ($622.67). The Albany Medical Center Children’s Hospital and The

Students from the Gordon Creek Elementary School’s Penny Harvest Roundtable take a moment to pose with SEFCU representatives recently at the Ballston Spa Central School District’s annual Penny Harvest Awards ceremony during School Pride Day. Photo provided.

Saratoga County Animal Shelter both received $1,406.29 from Gordon Creek Elementary School students and the Buddy Blankets & Bears received $897.59 from Milton Terrace Elementary School students. Students at Wood Road Elementary School chose to donate their $1,412.99 to the Brave Will Foundation. The Ballston Spa Middle School chose to give funds to the American Cancer Society ($1,239.44) and

CAPTAIN ($1,239.44). Ballston Spa High School students donated their funds to Buddy Blankets & Bears ($552.77). This program is made possible by the dedication of the Penny Harvest advisors in each school, including Jolene Hansen, Milton Terrace; Kimberly Moryl, Gordon Creek; Anna Nickson, Wood Road; Matthew Nafus and Jessica Skillings, Malta Avenue; Ryan Mazierski, Ballston Spa Middle

School; and Rachel Jeffers from the Ballston Spa High School. The program is implemented in the fall of each school year and awards presented to the local charities in May. The district is very grateful to SEFCU for sponsoring the program and processing over 940,000 pennies. For more information, please visit the individual school websites or contact the BSCSD Office of District Advancement at 518-884-7195.

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Ballston Spa CSD School Board Awards Tenure to Staff BALLSTON SPA — Nine staff members in the Ballston Spa Central School District received their tenure appointment from the Board of Education. The principals from each school presented their staff members to the Board of Education at a recent meeting and noted their commitment to supporting the students in the district. Board of Education President Kevin Schaefer expressed appreciation and congratulations to the tenured educators on behalf of the Board. Teachers receiving tenure in the Ballston Spa Central School District this spring included Milton Terrace Elementary School teachers Jamie O’Brien and Amanda Thouin, Wood Road Elementary School teacher Hilary Soulia, as well as teachers Jered Marcantonio, Erin Poole and Denise Rochette at the Ballston Spa High School. High School counselor William McAleese and Coordinator of the Clean Tech ECHS program Adrienne Snow and High School teaching assistant Barbara Prehoda also received tenure. Please contact the Ballston Spa Central School District at 518-884-7195 for additional information.


Schuylerville Central School Alumni Banquet


Ballston Spa Teacher’s Association Gives Out Scholarships

SCHUYLERVILLE — Schuylerville Central School Alumni Banquet will be held on Saturday, Aug. 4 at the American Legion on Clancy St., Schuylerville from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Music by DJ Andy Jennings. $30 per person. Contact Pat Temple at 518-338-2329 or e-mail for tickets.

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

Photo provided.

BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Teachers’ Association (BSTA) recently awarded three $1,500 scholarships to graduating students Heather Aldous, Rachel Giroux and Rachel Richmond. The awards are specifically given to students who plan to pursue a career in education or a related field. In addition, the BSTA awarded a new $500 scholarship award to Brit Douglas, recognizing the importance of serving our community as a First Responder. BSTA President Kim Pusatere indicated that a total of 28 applications were submitted this year by members of the Class of 2018. The recipients who were selected are dedicated students

who had taken full advantage of the available academic opportunities in the Ballston Spa High School. The students plan to begin their college studies in the fall. Heather Aldous plans to attend SUNY Fredonia and pursue a major in Music Education. Rachel Richmond has enrolled at the College of Saint Rose with a major in Childhood and Special Education. Rachel Giroux will begin her studies at SUNY Oswego and also pursue a major in Childhood Education. Brit Douglas will be attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he plans to study Mechanical Engineering while enrolled in the ROTC program.

The students will receive their diplomas at the Ballston Spa High School graduation ceremony on June 21, 2018 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Since 1960, the BSTA has awarded over $100,000 in scholarships, which are funded solely by donations from BSTA active and retired members. The BSTA is currently looking for the names of the Ballston Spa Education Association (BSEA) scholarship recipients for the following classes – 1989, 1992, and 1994. If you have any information about these recipients, or for additional information, please email Kim Pusatere at


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See puzzle solutions on page 38

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39 Twist facts 40 Pull the plug on 42 Jeer leaders 43 Lago contents 44 English king who was a son of William the Conqueror 45 Original “SNL” cast member 47 Key above C 49 HQs for B-2s 50 Longtime Steelers coach Chuck 51 Half of sechs 53 Kind 54 N.Y. Mets’ div. 55 Word on U.S. coins

Writing the Right Word by Dave Dowling

Accuracy in word choice is a key to effective communication. In your daily writing and speaking, try to make sure you use the right word in the right place with the right spelling. By doing so, its effect will affect your communication in a positive way. This quick weekly tip will help you filter the confusion in some of our daily word choices. This Week: Baluster, Banister Unaware is an adjective meaning not being aware of something. The organizers are unaware of the inclement weather forecast. Unawares is an adverb meaning by surprise or unexpectedly. The inclement weather caught the picnic organizers unawares. Dave Dowling is the author of The Wrong Word Dictionary and The Dictionary of Worthless Words. Both books are available from many book retailers, and signed copies can be obtained by contacting Dave at

Week of May 25 – May 31, 2018 RELIGION Adirondack Christian Fellowship   8 Mountain Ledge, Wilton | 581-587-0623 | Services: Sunday 8 and 10 a.m. Adirondack Friends Meeting 27 Saratoga Avenue, South Glens Falls 518-793-3755 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Assembly of God Faith Chapel 6 Burgoyne Street, Schuylerville | 518-695-6069 Rev. Jason Proctor | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Assembly of God Saratoga 118 Woodlawn Avenue, Saratoga Springs 518-584-6081 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Bacon Hill Reformed Church* 560 Route 32N, Bacon Hill | 518-695-3074 Rev. Janet Vincent | Services: 10 a.m. Sunday School: 10 a.m. Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa 518-885-7312 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Ballston Spa United Methodist Church 101 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa 518-885-6886 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Baha’i Community of Saratoga Springs Saratoga Springs Public Library, Glasby Room 518-692-7694 | 518-885-0876 | 1-800-22UNITE | Public Meetings: 1st Tuesdays 7 p.m. Bethesda Episcopal Church* 41 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs 518-584-5980 | The Very Rev’d Marshall J. Vang Services: Sunday 8 and 10 a.m. Burnt Hills United Methodist Church* 816 Route 50, Burnt Hills 518-399-5144 | | Pastor Holly Nye Services: Sunday 9 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 10:30 a.m. Calvary Capital District 5 Williams Street, Saratoga Springs | Pastor Andrew Holt | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Church of Christ at Clifton Park 7 Old Route 146, Clifton Park 518-371-6611 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Charlton Freehold Presbyterian Church 768 Charlton Road, Charlton | 518-399-4831 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Christ Community Reformed Church 1010 Route 146, Clifton Park | 518-371-7654 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Christ Episcopal Church* 15 West High Street, Ballston Spa 518-885-1031 | Services: Sunday 8 and 10 a.m. Christian Restoration Ministries Saratoga Senior Center: 5 Williams Street, Saratoga Springs | 518-796-4323 Pastor Pat Roach | Services: Sunday 6:30 p.m. Christian Science Church 107 Circular Street, Saratoga Springs 518-584-0221 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Community Alliance Church 257 Rowland Street, Ballston Spa 518-885-6524 | Services: 10:30 a.m. Congregation Shaara Tfille* 84 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga Springs 518-584-2370 | Services: Saturday 10 a.m. Corinth Free Methodist Church   20 Hamilton Avenue, Corinth | 518-654-9255, 518-792-0271 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Corinth United Methodist Church 243 Main Street, Corinth | 518-654-2521 | Services: Sunday 11 a.m. Cornerstone Community Church 100 Saratoga Village Boulevard, #8, Ballston Spa 518-664-5204 | Pastor Frank Galerie Services: Sunday 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Community 2001 Route 9, Round Lake 518-877-8506 | Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8 and 11 a.m. Eastern Orthodox — Christ the Savior 349 Eastline Road, Ballston Lake | 518-212-7845 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. First Baptist Church of Saratoga Springs 45 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs 518-584-6301 | Services: Sunday Noon First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa 202 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa 518-885-8361 | Services: 10:30 a.m. (9 a.m. in July and August) Sunday School: 9 a.m. (all ages) First Presbyterian Church of Ballston Spa 22 West High Street, Ballston Spa 518-885-5583 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Full Gospel Tabernacle 207 Redmond Road, Gansevoort 518-793-2739 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Galway United Methodist Church 2056 East Street, Galway | 518-882-6520 Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. (9 a.m. in July and August) Grace Fellowship Saratoga* 165 High Rock Avenue, Saratoga Springs 518-691-0301 | Pastor: Mike Adams | Services: Sundays 9 and 11 a.m. Greater Grace Community Church 100 Saratoga Village, Building 17, Ballston Spa 518-899-7777 | Pastor David Moore | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Greenfield Center Baptist Church 30 Wilton Road, Greenfield Center 518-893-7429 | Services: 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. (all ages) Highway Tabernacle Church 235 Hudson Avenue, Mechanicville 518-664-4442 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Hope Church 206 Greenfield Avenue, Ballston Spa 518-885-7442 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Sunday School: 9 a.m. Jonesville United Methodist 963 Main Street, Clifton Park | 518-877-7332 Services: Sunday 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 10:30 a.m. Living Springs Free Methodist Church 59 Pine Road, Saratoga Springs 518-584-1003 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Living Waters Church of God 4330 State Route 50, Saratoga Springs 518-587-0484 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Malta Presbyterian Church 118 Dunning Street, Malta 518-899-5992 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Malta Ridge United Methodist Church 729 Malta Avenue Extension, Malta 518-581-0210 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Middle Grove United Methodist Church* 429 Middle Grove Road, Middle Grove 518-581-2973 | Pastor Bonnie Bates Services: Sunday 9 a.m. Mt. Olivet Baptist Church 100 Cresent Street, Saratoga Springs 518-584-9441 | Rev. Dr. Victor L. Collier Services: 10 a.m. Perry Road Baptist Church* 150 Perry Road, Saratoga Springs 518-587-0711 | Pastor Thomas Van McClain Services: Sunday 10 a.m. New Life Fellowship* 51 Old Gick Road, ­­Saratoga Springs 518-580-1810 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

Northway Church 770 Pierce Road, Clifton Park 518-899-1200 | Services: 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. Old Saratoga Reformed Church* 48 Pearl Street, Schuylerville Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Old Stone Church (American Baptist) 159 Stone Church Road, Ballston Spa 518-583-1002 | Services: 10:30 a.m. Olde Liberty Baptist 600 Route 67, Malta | Services: Sunday 10, 11 a.m., and 2 p.m.; Wednesday 7 p.m. Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church* 73 Midline Road, Ballston Lake | 518-399-5713 Services: Saturday 5:30 p.m.; Sunday 10:30 a.m. Porter Corners United Methodist Church* 512 Allen Road, Porter Corners Service: Sunday 8:45 a.m. Followed by Fellowship Arlene Schmidt, CLM Presbyterian-NE Congregational Church 24 Circular Street, Saratoga Springs 518-584-6091 | Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Quaker Springs United Methodist Church* 466 Route 32, Schylerville 518-695-3101 | Pastor Ben Lalka | Services: Sunday 9 a.m. River of Hope Fellowship 100 Saratoga Village Boulevard, Malta Commons, Ste. 3 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Roman Catholic Church of St. Peter 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 518-584-2375 | Services: Saturday: 5 p.m. Sunday: 7:30, 9 and 11 a.m. St. Clement’s Roman Catholic Church* 231 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs 518-584-6122 | Services: Weekdays: 8 a.m.; Saturday: 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.; Sunday: 8, 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.; Spanish Mass: 1 p.m. St. George’s Episcopal Church 912 Route 146, Clifton Park | 518-371-6351 | Services: Saturday 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 7:30 , 9, and 11:30 a.m. St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church* 3159 Route 9N, Greenfield Center | 518-893-7680 Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 10:30 a.m. St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church* 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa 518-885-7411 | Services: Saturday 4 p.m. Sunday 8:30, 10:30 a.m., Noon St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church* 771 Route 29, Rock City Falls 518-885-4677 | Services: Sunday 8:30 a.m. St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 149 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs 518-584-0904 | Services: Saturday 5 p.m.; Sunday 8:30 and 11 a.m. St. Peter Lutheran Church 2776 Route 9, Malta | 518-583-4153 Services: Sunday 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9:15 a.m. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church 1 Grove Street, Schuylerville 518-695-3918 | Rev. Donna J. Arnold Services: Sunday 8 and 9 a.m. St. Therese Chapel (RC) 1 Wilton-Gansevoort Road, Gansevoort 518-792-2276 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. St. Thomas of Canterbury 242 Grooms Road, Halfmoon 518-348-0842 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m.


Saratoga Abundant Life Church 2 Hutchins Road, Saratoga Springs 518-885-5456 | Services: Sunday 8:20 and 10:30 a.m. Saratoga Chabad 130 Circular Street, Saratoga Springs 518-526-0773 | Saratoga Friends Meeting (Quaker) 571 Route 32, Quaker Springs | 518-587-7477 518-399-5013 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga United Methodist Church* 175 Fifth Avenue, Saratoga Springs 518-584-3720 | Services: Sunday 9 and 10:45 a.m. Saratoga Seventh-Day Adventist Church 399 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs 518-587-6951 | Services: Worship: 11 a.m.; Sabbath School 10 a.m. Schuylerville United Methodist Church 51 Church Street, Schuylerville 518-695-3101 | Services: Sunday 11 a.m. Shenendehowa United Methodist 971 Route 146, Clifton Park 518-371-7964 | Services: Sunday 9 and 10:45 a.m. Simpson United Methodist Church 1089 Rock City Road, Rock City Falls 518-885-4794 | Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Soul Saving Station for Every Nation Christ Crusaders of America 62 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs 518-584-3122 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Starpoint Church 410 21st Century Park Drive, Clifton Park 518-371-2811 | Services: 9, 10:30 a.m. and Noon Stillwater Christian Fellowship Liberty Ridge Farm, 29 Bevis Road, Schaghticoke 518-288-8802 | Services: 10 a.m. Stillwater United Church (Presbyterian U.S.A.) 747 Hudson Avenue, Stillwater 518-664-7984 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Temple Sinai* 509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 518-584-8730 | Shabbat Services: Friday 6 or 8 p.m. (rotating schedule); Saturday 10:30 a.m. Terra Nova Church* 45 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs 518-833-0504 | Services: Sunday 9 a.m. The Salvation Army/ Worship, Service & Community Center 27 Woodlawn Avenue, Saratoga Springs 518-584-1640 | Services: Praise & Worship 11 a.m. Sunday School: 10 a.m. Trinity United Methodist Church 155 Ballard Road, Gansevoort 518-584-9107 | Rev. Keith Mann | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs* 624 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs 518-584-1555 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Unity Church in Albany 21 King Avenue, Albany | 518-453-3603 Services: Sunday 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday School: 11 a.m. West Charlton United Presbyterian Church 1331 Sacandaga Road, West Charlton 518-882-9874 | Rev. Thomas Gregg | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m.; Sunday School: 10:30 a.m. Wilton Baptist Church 755 Saratoga Road, Wilton 518-583-2736 | Services: Sunday 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

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Week of May 25 – May 31, 2018


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

by Himanee Gupta-Carlson for Saratoga TODAY Photos by Pattie Garrett. If you’re a first-time visitor to the Saratoga Farmers’ Market, the vast variety of eggs that farmers bring to market might surprise you: • Eggs with shells that range in hue from ivory white to deep maroon, from light blue to olive green. • Eggs in a variety of sizes. • Eggs from chickens, ducks, and geese. What these eggs all share in common is the fact that they’re nutritious, relatively affordable, and delicious. “Eggs are the least expensive source of protein,” says Mary Pratt of Elihu Farm. Pratt and her husband Bob have raised hens for decades. Their flock consists primarily of Red Stars, a breed of hen known for

producing brown eggs. Their hens, like those of most other farmers, spend much of the day foraging on pasture land outdoors. This farming practice boosts not only the health of the chickens and the flavor of their eggs, but also creates healthier soil. As Jim Gupta-Carlson of Squashville Farm notes, “Everyone on our farm works together, and our chickens’ job is to fertilize and scratch at our resting garden beds and eat bugs and ticks. They free range over our resting gardens, grass and forest. Their golden orange yolks are a sign of their healthy and diverse wild diet.” Squashville Farm eggs come in a variety of colors from a number of different Heritage Breed hens: Araucanas lay green and blue eggs, Rhode Island Reds and Buff Orpingtons brown eggs, and Blue Andalusians and Dorkings white eggs. The color of the egg makes no difference to its flavor or its nutritional content but indicates genetic diversity within a flock. Most farmers supplement their birds’ diet with a feed to ensure a well-rounded diet. Steve Otrembiak, of Otrembiak Farm describes his flock’s diet as consisting of a “high protein layer mash” from a local farm that includes corn, wheat, oats and soybeans. His chickens and his flock of ducks also nibble on bugs, worms, and green plants. “This allows the birds to live during the day as they would if they were in the wild,” he says, adding that “the birds are secured in their coop at night to protect them from predators.” Duck eggs are usually larger than chicken eggs, with a harder shell. The eggs themselves tend to be higher in protein, omega fatty acids, and cholesterol. Duck eggs are often coveted for baking.

Eggs from Squashville Farm.

And then there’s the goose. Leah Hennessy, of Moxie Ridge Farm and Creamery, brings these eggs to market from her Pilgrim geese flock. Sold in pairs, the eggs are about the size of an average adult’s hand. “Aside from the size, geese are exclusively herbivores so the flavor of their eggs has a ‘cleaner’ taste,” says Hennessy. “The whites have almost a mineral quality to them.”

Goose Eggs from Moxie Ridge Farm.

Ask a farmer how to cook an egg and the answer is almost always as simply as possible: “Fried, over easy,” says Laurie Kokinda of Kokinda Farms. To find eggs at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market, visit the following vendors: • Moxie Ridge, Otrembiak, and Squashville farms on Wednesdays.

• Elihu, Kokinda, Longlesson, M&A, Moxie Ridge, and Otrembiak farms on Saturdays. The Saratoga Farmers’ Market is 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays at High Rock Park. Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on the FreshFoodNY app. E-mail for volunteer opportunities.

Easy, Almost Instant

Hollandaise Sauce If you’ve thought about making Hollandaise Sauce, do you shrug, because you’re heard it’s too complicated? This “egg sauce” is ideal sauce for spring.

INGREDIENTS • Time: 10-15 minutes * Find these Ingredients at the Farmers’ Market!

• 1 lemon • 1 whole egg* • 1 tbsp heavy cream* • Salt to taste

• 4 tbsp unsalted butter* (or 1 tbsp olive oil* and 3 tbsp butter* or 2 tbsp of each)

Optional additions: • Lemon zest • Whipped heavy cream* • Parsley * • Capers • Orange zest, orange juice

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Whisk 1 whole egg in a bowl which will fit atop a 1½ quart sauce pan. Whisk in 1 tbsp lemon juice; add a pat of cold butter. Using a whole egg instead of egg yolks makes a more forgiving sauce that’s less likely to curdle. (Use 2 egg yolks if you prefer a richer sauce.) 2. Heat the olive oil and butter, or just butter, in another pan, until the butter foams but doesn’t burn, (If you like a more lemony sauce, add some lemon zest.) Keep warm. 3. Bring to a simmer about half an inch of water in a 1½ or 2 quart pan. Put the bowl of egg mixture over the simmering water (no need for an official double boiler). The bowl cannot touch the water. 4. Whisk constantly as the egg heats up and the butter begins to melt. Don’t heat too fast, or the sauce might curdle. Then, add the hot butter or butter and oil to the bowl, in a slow

stream while whisking briskly. Allow the sauce to heat slowly, whisking more and more, until it changes texture and appears custardy. 5. If the sauce begins to curdle, remove the bowl from the heat. Add a bit of lemon juice and a smidgen of butter or oil and whisk until the sauce becomes smooth. Then put the bowl back on the pan and continue, until all the butter or butter and oil are incorporated. 6. Remove from the heat; whisk in 1 tbsp heavy cream to make the sauce more spreadable. Keep warm until ready to serve on asparagus, broccoli, fish, or atop eggs Benedict. Additions and substitutions: For orange flavor, add orange juice and half the lemon juice, and substitute the zest of half an orange. Other additions can include, whipped cream* (Sauce Mousseline), capers (don’t overdo), finely minced parsley, or some paprika.

Recipe courtesy of Mary Pratt of Elihu Farm.



Week of May 25 – May 31, 2018


by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY


my Foodie Friends. There’s not a lot to say about something as simple as a cutting board other than it’s a must-have in every kitchen. But what if we’re looking at this the wrong way? Sure, the cutting board is plain and simple but it doesn’t have to be. There are many quirky designs that show us how to embrace the fun side of this elementary accessory and how to improve its functionality. Cutting boards definitely say a lot about their owners. From the tradition of heirloom butcher’s blocks to the practicality of lightweight modern designs, it feels like this indispensable kitchen tool is a strong form of expression in its own right. Also, if you have limited kitchen space, it’s often easy to give up on cooking — especially if you don’t have room for the tools and gadgets that make cooking easy and enjoyable.

One of our favorite unique tools that can help make chopping fun and save space in your kitchen is the Chop2Pot chopping board by Joseph Joseph. This handy kitchen gadget is a folding cutting board that makes it easy to go from countertop to cooking pan with one swift motion. Simply squeeze the handle to turn it into a chute. Chop your fruit, vegetables, meat or herbs on a Joseph Joseph Chop2Pot chopping board, then simply squeeze the handle to create a chute and add your food directly to your pan or pot! This award-winning folding chopping board is innovative in design, letting you chop and prepare your food on the knife-friendly durable polypropylene surface, before using the funnel function to add it skillfully to your pan. No more spillages or food going astray. Chop2Pot features a comfortable, soft-grip handle for easy squeezing and non-slip feet to keep your cutting board in place as you chop. When the handle is squeezed, the sides of the board fold up forming a chute down which chopped food or waste can be neatly guided. The board has a comfortable soft grip handle and non-slip feet, is dishwasher safe/BPA free/ and is food safe. Fun Fact: Chop2Pot is the only chopping board in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, NYC. The Chop2Pot makes the cut in kitchen essentials innovation. It is truly a cool tool for cooks.

Stop by Compliments to the Chef located at 33 Railroad Place to pick up your cool tools for cooks. Remember my Foodie Friends, “Life Happens in the Kitchen.”

Take Care, John & Paula Here is a wonderful recipe that you may just need the Chop2Pot chopping board for


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• Egg Salad Sandwich • Marinated Green Beans • Sonoma Blend • Beet & Onions • CLOSED • Pears Potatoes MenuVegetables Subject To Change Salad Coffee, Tea and Butter are served daily at sites. The suggested contribution • Carrots is $2 per meal. Th • Fruit Jello • Berry Crisp for guests under the age of 60. Please make checks payable to: Northeast Dining and Lod Peaches Saratoga County Office for the Aging, 152 West High• Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12 Menu Subject to Change. Coffee, tea and butter are served daily. The suggested contribution is $2/meal. There is a $6 fee for guests under the age of 60. Please make checks payable to: Northeast Dining and Lodging, c/o Saratoga County Office for the Aging, 152 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020



Traveling BBQ Saratoga County Office for the Aging sponsors the Senior Nutrition Program. Part of our program is congregate dining where persons age 60 and over can participate in a meal served at Noon at several meal sites throughout Saratoga County. Upcoming dates: • June 1 | Waterford Senior Community Center, 125 Second St., Waterford, 518-235-8500, ext. 2. • June 8 | Schuylerville Town Hall, 12 Spring St., Schuylerville 518-695-3644, ext. 316. • June 15 | Malta Community Center, 1 Bayberry Dr., Malta 518-899-4411, ext. 315. • June 18 | Halfmoon Senior Center, 287 Lower Newton Rd., Halfmoon, 518-371-3892 • June 28 | Greenfield Community Center, 25 Wilton Rd., Greenfield 518-893-7644, ext. 312. 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. The suggested donation is $2 per meal. For more information call Emma at the Office of the Aging, 518-884-4996. Yard and Bake Sale The Malta Ridge United Methodist Church will hold an indoor yard and bake sale on Friday, June 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, June 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Church located at 729 Malta Avenue Extension, in Malta Ridge. An ala carte lunch, featuring hot dogs, Nellie’s beans, chips and a beverage will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday only. For additional information or directions please call 518-581-0210. Herb, Perennial Plant Sale The Heritage Garden Club of Saratoga Springs is sponsoring a sale of herbs, perennials and more for the garden. On Saturday, June 2 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the corner of Bryan St. and East Ave. just off North Broadway in Saratoga Springs. There will be many varieties suited for zone 4 and other gardening items.

Hearts for the Arts The Adirondack Folk School’s 9th Annual Hearts for the Arts dinner and silent auction will be held on Saturday evening, June 2, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Lake George Holiday Inn Resort. Enjoy the music of Jukebox Jim, a cash bar, hors d’oeuvres hour, a plated three-course dinner and the finest silent auction in the region! Join us as we honor Mr. Jesse Jackson of Look Media, this year’s Patron of the Arts Award recipient. Please call the school at 518-696-2400 to make your dinner selection and a required reservation for this fun evening no later than May 24. Dress is business casual and ticket prices are $65 for AFS members and $75 for not yet members. 9th Annual Golf Classic Please join us for a wonderful morning of golf at McGregor Links on June 6, from 8 – 3 p.m. Your participation as a golfer and/or sponsor will go directly towards supporting the Saratoga Center for the Family. Format – Four Person Scramble, includes 18 holes of golf with cart. Use of practice facilities, raffle, skills contests and door prizes. Men play from white tees, women play from red tees, seniors 70+ play from green tees. For more information: event/annual-golf-classic. Tickets: www.eventbrite. com/e/9th-annual-golf-classictickets-43998440520 18th Annual Hoffman Car Wash & Hoffman Jiffy Lube Golf Classic and Par-Tee JDRF, formerly the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, invites you to take part in its 18th Annual Hoffman Car Wash and Hoffman Jiffy Lube Golf Classic and Par-Tee on Thursday, June 7 at the Saratoga National Golf Club, 458 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs. The event, which will take place rain or shine, will get underway at 11 a.m. with registration and lunch. Golfers will take to the course at 12:30 p.m. in a shotgun scramble. The day will conclude at 5:30 p.m. with an enjoyable Par-Tee. Evening Par-Tee tickets are $75 and include an exclusive evening soirée for golfers and guests featuring the ultimate Mazzone food and cocktail experience, live music by Erin Harkes, and one-of-a-kind live and silent

auction items, including golf, travel, entertainment, jewelry, local experiences, and more! To register and learn more, visit www.jdrf-northeastern-ny. or call Ellen Pickett 518-477-2873. Bus Trip to New York Botanical Gardens A bus tour to the New York Botanical Gardens on June 15 is open to the public. The tour is sponsored by District IV of the Federated Garden Clubs of NYS (FGCNYS). The highlight of the visit will be 20 of Georgia O’Keefe’s depictions of Hawaii and a stunning display of Hawaiian Flora throughout the gardens. The cost of the tour includes transportation, admission to the gardens, and dinner in Kingston on the way back. Buses leave from Queensbury and Wilton. The price is $95 for members of FGCNYS; $99 for non-members. For more information, contact Sharon at sharonfoxrun@icloud. com or call 518-258-1511 for reservations. Call 518-885-6416 for more information. The Gift of Life The Burnt Hills Oratorio Society’s imaginative spring concert offers three dramatic musical presentations. The main choral work, John Rutter’s “The Gift of Life,” is a celebration of life and the living earth which spans a spectrum of moods ranging from contemplative to majestic. Also offered is a one act chamber opera with guest soloists from Auriel Camerata, and an old English tale of infidelity and revenge scored for an all-male chorus. The performance is Friday, June 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, located at 400 Saratoga Road, Glenville NY 12302. Tickets can be purchased at or at the door the day of the performance. Call 518-4164060 for more information. Repair Café Sustainable Saratoga and the Saratoga Springs Public Library are organizing the first Repair Café in Saratoga Springs on June 16 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Dutcher Community Room. Repair Café is a free community event with the goal of helping people to repair broken objects to extend their life and keep things out of landfills.

Week of May 25 – May 31, 2018 Bring your broken items from home: lamps, hair dryers, bikes, toys, wood furniture, jewelry. Most things can likely be repaired with the guidance of a knowledgeable Repair Café coach. Visit www. zero-waste/repair-cafe-saratogasprings or Email info@sustainablesaratoga. org for more information. Blood Drive The Nick’s Fight to be Healed Foundation will be holding a blood drive at the Shenendehowa United Methodist Church located at 971 Route 146, Clifton Park on Tuesday, June 26 from 1 - 6 p.m. The Nick’s Fight to be Healed Foundation supports pediatric cancer patients, including blood cancer patients, and your donations are critical for these children. Please sign up at (use sponsor code NICKSFIGHT) or call 1-800-RED CROSS. Bus Trip to Cradle of Aviation Museum The Empire State Aerosciences Museum announces a Bus Trip to the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, New York on Saturday, June 30. Join other aviation enthusiasts exploring over 75 air and space craft, a dozen cockpits and 30 hands-on exhibits in over eight galleries. Experience a full dome theater with live astronomy programs and movies that surround you. The latest exhibit features the legendary Pan Am “B-314 Flying Boats,” seaplanes which pioneered trans-oceanic flying. Cost includes bus transportation, museum admission, guided tour and Planetarium/Dome Theater show. Bus leaves Empire State Aerosciences Museum at 7 a.m. and arrives back home at 7 p.m. Sign up now. For more information call 518-377-2191, ext. 10. National Garden Club Standard Flower Show Amateur Photographers are invited to submit photos to be displayed at the Schuylerville Garden Club’s annual National Garden Club Standard Flower Show. In past years, the photo exhibit was well received by attendees, with prizes being awarded by People’s Choice. The Flower Show will be held on July 14 and 15 in the Saratoga Town Hall, corner of Spring and Broad Streets in Schuylerville. In

addition to the photo classes, the show will also include Horticulture and Floral Design Classes, plant and bake sales and a benefit table. The show is entitled “There’s Music in the Air.” Admission is free. The Photography Section is entitled “Flowers on the Wall.” The classes are as follows: Class 1 | “Seasons in the Sun” Class 2 | “Close to You” Class 3 “| Sunrise, Sunset” Photos should be 8 x 10 inches with an 11 x 14 white mat. Photos must be pre-entered to plan for space and submitted by the deadline of July 7. Other details and an entry form are available at www. or by calling Photography Consultants, Cheryl Wood at 518-798-4098 or Nancy Derway at 518-638-8704. Other show information is also available on the website. Saratoga Pinball & Arcade Show Visit the Saratoga Pinball and Arcade Show for some familyfriendly entertainment. It will be held at the Saratoga Regional YMCA in Saratoga Springs, on Friday, August 10 from 2 – 10 p.m. and Saturday August 11, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. The show will feature approximately 50 arcade games from the past and present, all set on free play. For one admission price, you are welcome to stay all day. The show will also feature an indoor flea market with various pinball and arcade games and parts for sale. Proceeds from the show will be donated to charity. Cost is $10 for admission. For more information visit www. Volunteer at Yaddo The Yaddo Garden Association is recruiting people to help restore and preserve the Yaddo Gardens or serve as garden docent sharing Yaddo‘s history. Garden work is done Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. till noon, May - October. Docent led garden tours are held Saturdays and Sundays mid-June through Labor Day and Tuesdays during the thoroughbred racing season. Yaddo Gardens located on Route 9P, Union Ave., Saratoga Springs. No experience required, all tools and instructions are provided. Contact 518–584–0746, or visit or Facebook.

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Week of May 25 – May 31, 2018

Family Friendly Event

FRIDAY, MAY 25 Sadie’s Boys Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 6 p.m. On June 1, 1943, Navigator Charles Lewis was declared missing in action. On December 3, 1944, Rifle Company I, 3rd Battalion, attacked the town of Lucherberg, Germany and Lewis’ younger brother Ben was among the American GIs taken prisoner. Through letters and documents, this book tells the story of two poor Jewish soldiers from Brooklyn, and of the mother who fought for her sons. For more information on these or other events, call 518-6824200 or 855-339-5990, or visit

SATURDAY, MAY 26 Ballston Spa Memorial Day Parade Kayadeross Creek Bridge, Ballston Spa, 9 a.m. A wreath ceremony will take place at the bridge over the Kayadeross Creek to start to procession, which will continue along Milton Ave. to Front St., ending at the Memorial Park on Low St., next to Ballston Spa Public Library. There will be a ceremony and speakers at the memorials. The parade is organized by American Legion Post 234 and VFW Post 358. Please be aware of road closures in effect during this event. For more information, please contact the Village of Ballston Spa, 518-8855711 or

Plants and More Sale Unitarian Universalist Church Parking Lot, 624 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Buy quality locally gown

tomatoes, herbs and other vegetables, perennial flowers, used garden tools, flower pots, lawn decorations, homemade spring and summer wreaths and much more. The sale continues on Sunday, May 27 from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. For more information, contact Beth 518281-3279 or Bev 518-587-0403.

8th Annual Battenkill Runs Through It River Festival Greenwich Town Beach, Route 29, Greenwich 12 – 5 p.m. This year the Festival is free and offers all the wonderful activities, music and fun to any and all who come. Fabulous food offerings from Scouts Troop 62 and local venues will be available for purchase.

SUNDAY, MAY 27 14th Annual Saratoga Lions Duathlon and 5k Saratoga Casino Hotel, 342 Jefferson Street, Saratoga Springs, 8 a.m.; 5K at 8:20 a.m. The event utilizes the roads in the surrounding neighborhoods of this first-class venue. Free t-shirts, refreshments and awards are distributed. Raffle tickets for over $5,000 in prizes are sold. Registration fees are $30 for the 5k and vary for the Duathlon. All proceeds from the event go to help those with serious visual and hearing impairments while aiding our community at large. The event also recognizes our Veterans and fallen troops with our Honor-a-Vet and Save-a-Vet programs. Please visit: www.saratogalionsduathlon. com for additional information and registration options. Come and participate as an individual or as a team and enjoy a great course and a wonderful cause.

Dharma Meditation with Pierre Zimmerman One Big Roof, Center for Mindful Practices, Health & Wellness Building, 538 Maple Avenue, 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



Memorial Day! Mineral Springs Tour Saratoga Spa State Park, 11 a.m. Join a docent on a guided mineral springs tour to learn about the history, geology and lore surrounding our special waters. No registration necessary. This is a free event and meets at the Creekside Classroom.

19th Annual Memorial Day Program Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Main Flag Pole, 11 a.m. The public is invited to remember and honor the men and women who gave their lives in military service to a grateful nation. The America we know today would not be the same were it not for the men and women we honor on Memorial Day. Through their spirit, adherence to duty, honor and their sacrifice, our Veterans paid for and delivered not only our freedom and security, but also the freedom for millions of our friends and allies around the world. Handicap parking is available. Seating will be available, but visitors are welcome to bring their own chairs. Surviving family members, friends and citizens, young and old, are welcome to join in remembering and reflecting on the achievements wrought by the sacrifice of American Veterans. Let us never stop educating our youngsters about the price that has been paid for their freedom. A trip with them to one of our sacred shrines – our Veterans cemeteries – is a good place to start. For more information, contact W. Scott Lamb, Cemetery Director, 518-581-9128 ext. 207 or email

Memorial Day – Free Entrée for Veterans/Military 99 Restaurants, All Locations, All Day On Memorial Day, veterans or active duty military who purchase any meal will receive

a free entrée from the 9 Real Size Entrées for $9.99 menu by presenting proof of service. This special deal will be offered within the restaurant at all Ninety-Nine locations all day long.

TUESDAY, MAY 29 Woodcarvers Meeting Milton Community Center, 310 Northline Road, Ballston Spa, 9 – 11:30 a.m. The Ballston Area Senior Citizens are looking for anyone interested in joining, from beginners to experience woodcarvers. Both men and women in the group meet every Tuesday to carve everything from small boots, birds, walking canes to even a rocking horse. Please contact Neil Scheuerman at the Community Center at 518-8856740. If the schools are closed due to inclement weather the Center is closed also. Visit

Full Moon Hike Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Our Park Naturalist will be leading this month’s Full Moon Hike. While walking around the lake, we will point out flora and fauna as the sun is setting and the moon is rising. Call for reservations with 24-hour advanced notice, 518-793-0511. Program fees apply.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 30 Volkswalk for Fun, Fitness and Friendship Start point: Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church, 73 Midline Road, Ballston Lake, 9 a.m. A volkswalk is a recreationallypaced, pre-mapped walk in a culturally or historically interesting area. They are planned with safety in mind and are great opportunities for exercise and sociability. Registration for each event starts one half hour prior to the walk and the cost is $2. Further information is available at

Karner Blue Butterfly Walk Old Gick Farm Trail, Route 50, Gansevoort, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. The endangered Karner blue butterfly has two broods every summer. The first brood should emerge late in May and the second in early July. We will be looking for adults that are searching for nectar and mates in the open meadows. The walk will be cancelled if it is raining. The walk will last for about an hour. Please park in the lot by the Saratoga Sandplains Sign on Route 50 half a mile north of King Road. Preregistration is strongly encouraged. For more information call Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park at 518-450-0321.

THURSDAY, MAY 31 8th Annual Music & Mingling Gala Saratoga Polo Field, 2 Bloomfield Road, Greenfield Center, 7 - 10 p.m. This event will benefit the Saratoga Senior Center. Known as the “kick-off event of the season,” this exciting evening will feature an open bar, gourmet foods by The Old Daley Inn, cigar tastings, lawn games, live music by Grand Central Station, Tarot Card readings, a fire pit, a silent and a live auction, and much more. Tickets can be purchased at the front desk or through our website, www. Cost is $125/ticket. For more information call 518-584-1621.

Upcoming Meetings Thursday, May 31 Southern Saratoga Art Society Clifton Park Senior Community Center, 6 Clifton Common Drive, 6:30 p.m. | Local sculptor, Tony Audi, will talk about how he got into sculpting and show a slide presentation about his work. Tony volunteers at Lifesong, Inc. in Halfmoon where he teaches a sculpting class for participants in the Art Therapy Program. The public is invited to attend. For more information about SSAS, visit:

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Photos by Cathy Duffy.

Samantha Bosshart, Stephan and Nicole Babie, Jessica Moore. Natalia O’Connor.

Karen Ward, Heather and Howard Mabee, Rob Ward.

Leigh and Kim McConchie.

Sindye Bartoszek, Kimberlee Williams, Charlotte Mosso, Christina Spencer.

Katie Roeder, Sequoyah Finkell, Tracie Jerson.

Wayne and Florence with Michele and Kevin Madigan.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Party goers celebrated An Evening in Spain during a fundraiser at Saratoga Golf and Polo Club on Saturday, May 19 hosted by The Wesley Foundation, the philanthropic arm of The Wesley Community. A stylish Spanish-inspired night offered delicious food from Chef John Ireland at Saratoga Golf and Polo Club, décor from Fine Affairs, music from The Accents, and a photo booth by Niki Rossi Photography. The Presenting sponsor of the event was The Adirondack Trust Company. Honorary Chairs of the event were Jim LaVigne and Mary Gavin. Proceeds from the evening support the renovation of the Resident Activities Room at The Wesley Health Care Center. The room serves as a social hub for residents and provides a venue for performances, religious services and other social gatherings. The residence caters to aging adults who may have significant, chronic medical needs requiring daily assistance. The Wesley Community serves more than 700 Saratoga area seniors and those with long-term disabilities.

Mary Gavin-honorary chair, Annie Krasnicki, Mary Hallquist.

Seth and Sequoyah Finkell, Dr. Chris Zieker, Traci and Dave Jersen.

Geriann Eddy, Susan Halsted, Colleen Hart Carlson, Elizabeth Sobol.

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“An Unpredictable Evening” with Todd Rundgren

ALBANY — Todd Rundgren – known for his days as front man of the quintessential cult-rockers Nazz and prog-rockers Utopia, and for his pop hits “I Saw The Light,” and “Hello It’s Me,” will

perform at The Egg, at Empire State Plaza on Aug. 3. Tickets are $49.50, $39.50 and $34.50, and available at The Egg Box Office at the Empire State Plaza and by telephone at 518-473-1845.

Byrds’ Roger McGuinn & Chris Hillman joined by Marty Stuart to stage “Sweetheart of The Rodeo” ALBANY — The Sweetheart of the Rodeo 50th Anniversary Concert, featuring Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman and Marty Stuart will be performed Sept. 18 at The Egg, as part of the venue’s “American Roots & Branches” concert series. Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman of The Byrds will join

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forces with country music icon Marty Stuart and his band The Fabulous Superlatives to perform, in its entirety, the Byrds’ iconic 1968 album, “Sweetheart of The Rodeo.” Tickets are $38, $48 and $68 and available at The Egg Box Office at the Empire State Plaza, and by telephone at 518-473-1845.

Dan Bern to Perform at Education Center Fundraiser

GREENFIELD — A family friendly evening of music, food and drink will be staged 6 p.m. Saturday, June 2 at The Ndakinna Education Center. The event – a benefit for the center - features musician Dan Bern. Bern has released two dozen studio albums, EPs, and live recordings since his

1997 debut and his songs have appeared in countless TV shows and independent films, been covered by The Who’s Roger Daltrey, and comprise all the songs for Amazon Prime’s “The Stinky and Dirty Show,” a cartoon for youngsters, now in its second season. Tickets are $15 adults,

$7 kids and are available at: The Ndakinna Education Center is an affiliate of the Greenfield Review Literary Center, a nonprofit and charitable organization dedicated to preserving local history and tradition through wildlife education, storytelling and other arts of life.

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Saratoga Spa State Park

Under Surveillance:

to Fund $1.75 Million

Documentary Forum at Skidmore in June

Facility and Capital Improvements at SPAC SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Performing Arts Center and the Saratoga Spa State Park announced the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has approved $1.75 million to rehabilitate and upgrade SPAC’s amphitheater ramps, lighting and other high priority infrastructure as part of the recently approved 2018 New York State budget. The funds

will be used to rejuvenate SPAC’s facilities for future generations. The new project is slated to be completed in advance of the 2019 season and will address the venue’s four balcony ramps. As part of the renovation, the ramps will be resurfaced and will include new panels and railings. Additionally, the lighting will be more energy efficient, while preserving the character of SPAC’s signature globe light fixtures.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — A free, weekend-long documentary forum, titled “Surveil/Surveilled,” will be held at Skidmore College June 7–10. The event will feature presentations of artistic work and symposium-style conversations exploring the intersection of documentary and surveillance. Participants will have opportunities to connect with an international group of storytellers, experience evocative work and participate in conversations that engage and inspire. The event is part of the 2018 John B. Moore Documentary

Studies Collaborative (MDOCS) Storytellers’ Institute, a fiveweek signature summer program held annually during the month of June. The institute brings together five professional documentary practitioners and 10 Skidmore College students and faculty members to celebrate documentary work and practice around a central theme. “The act of observing, watching, listening and recording is fundamental to documentary practice and to surveillance,” said Sarah Friedland, director of the Storytellers’ Institute. “The

2018 forum will bring together makers, scholars, students, activists and the public to analyze documentary as a form of surveillance; consider the ethics and legalities of observing and the vulnerability of being observed; learn how to protect from surveillance; and engage with the documentary material that surveillance systems yield to explore its storytelling and truthtelling potentials.” For registration and a full schedule of events, visit www. forum/2018-mdocs-forum-schedule/.

HMT’s Official Unofficial Start of Summer Party Kicks Off May 31 SARATOGA SPRINGS — Home Made Theater presents its “Official Unofficial Start of Summer Party” May 31 at Sinclair Saratoga. The HMT fundraiser kicks off with a 16-team bracket-style corn hole tournament, with the winning team receiving a gift card, and features food, drinks, various games and a raffle. HMT produces a four-show season, between October and May. It offers dinner theater packages with area restaurants for the three “main-stage” productions. Tickets to the May 31 event are $25 each and include a drink ticket, catering, and photobooth. For more information about the event, go to: www. -rsvp or call 518-587-4427. The event takes place 5 -8 p.m. at Sinclair Saratoga, 17 Maple Ave. For more information about HMT, go to:

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David Cassidy Fan Day in Saratoga Springs Draws International Visitors, Inspires Summer Tribute Concert and Plans for Annual City Event by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Several dozen David Cassidy fans – some of whom embarked on their journey from a few thousand miles away – descended on the Spa City last weekend to celebrate the life of the late singer who had inspired them with song and for some helped navigate a clear and hope-filled path through a troubled time of adolescence. Robin Smith, who first watched Cassidy perform onstage in 1972 in Houston when she was a young teenager, came in from Texas. Michael Oliver and Denise Kirth made the trip to the Spa City from Ohio. Marlene Habib brought along copies of her recently penned 42-page tribute booklet, “David Cassidy: Crazy Over You in Saratoga,” and Annette Trotta-Flynn arrived with an active social media campaign to get Cassidy inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “It’s a labor of love,” she said. “David cared about his fans. We’re continuing his legacy.” One woman made the crossAtlantic trip to Saratoga Springs from her home in Belgium. “I saw him in Antwerp in 1973 and it was an extreme experience for me,” related the woman, whose name is Veerle. “I was always a fan, but (as time went on) he wasn’t coming to my country anymore. I wanted to come to the U.S. to see him play, but then the bad news came that he was sick, and then he passed,” she lamented. “I made contact with some of his American fans and learned about this event, so that’s why I wanted to come.” The event, billed as “A Celebration of David Cassidy’s Life,” was initiated by Samantha Cox from her home in Indiana. After the singer died in November 2017 at the age of 67, Cox said she took on as her New Year’s Resolution a mission to do something to honor Cassidy’s life. “I chose Saratoga because he was into horse racing and he mentioned it as his favorite place in the world,” says Cox, who previously had never been to the Spa City. Her inquiries led her to the National Museum of

Racing and Hall of Fame opposite Saratoga Race Course which Cassidy frequented during the summer meet, and subsequently coordinated a successful social media effort that raised in excess of the $2,500 goal required to permanently place a memorial bench in Cassidy’s honor in the museum courtyard. Cassidy, who appeared on several TV shows in a nonmusical role, gained international stardom after he was cast as “Keith Partridge” on “Partridge Family” sitcom, which was broadcast from 1970 to 1974. He simultaneously launched a solo music career that saw him perform on some of the world’s biggest stages. His passion for equines dates back to the 1970s and frequent visits to Saratoga, where he bought his first yearling and where he eventually purchased a home. At the same time Cox was mounting her Cassidy campaign, Columbia County based horse owner, breeder and veterinarian Dr. Jerry Bilinski and horse trainer Gary Contessa were also partnering on placing a bench in Cassidy’s honor in the newly named Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney Courtyard. Last week, both benches were publicly unveiled, and many Cassidy fans made a long weekend of their visit to Saratoga Springs - visiting the museum and then staging a gathering at Spa City Tap and Barrel on Caroline Street Sunday night. “On November 21, God called David home, but I like to believe he is looking down today on us and smiling,” Cox told the group of fans who gathered at the Celebration of Life event Sunday night. Fans shared reminiscences of long ago concerts punctuated by deafening screams and blinding flashbulbs, as Cassidy jumped and gyrated in a white jumpsuit across the stage. Members of his band offered pre-recorded commentary via an overhead screen and Cassidy’s music was piped into the venue at varied intervals. An announcement was also made that a special David Cassidy Tribute Concert – featuring members of Cassidy’s band - will be staged at the Horseshoe Inn on Aug. 14. The concert will act as

fundraiser for the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s David Cassidy Sanctuary Fund. Cassidy was a supporter of the Saratoga Springs based organization, which was founded in 1983 with a mission to save Thoroughbred horses no longer able to compete on the racetrack from possible neglect, abuse and slaughter. Dr. Bilinski, who first met Cassidy when the performer brought his horses to Bilinski’s farm, addressed the crowd and spoke of their longtime friendship. “When David first visited with us, we went out on the veranda and had a cigar – which we did for many years after that. The next morning, I noticed that the cigar as well as the ashtray were confiscated by (my wife) Darlene. That happened to be among a long list of memorabilia that we collected,” he told the attentive crowd. Bilinski would go on to purchase Cassidy’s Jaguar for his wife Darlene, swap his snowmobile for Cassidy’s jet boat, take up the singer’s invitation to travel overseas and watch him perform in London, as well as end up with a bounty of signed record albums. “He came to our farm many times. We sat on the porch discussing life and discussing entertainers: The Stones, The Beatles – some of these were heroes of mine back in the day, and he knew most of these people,” Bilinski said. “We would watch the horses, coming in and out from the fields. It became an important friendship for Darlene and I.” Darlene Bilinski shared her own memories, which spanned from her childhood to the present day. “When I was a little girl, my girlfriend and I had tea parties. One of us would be Mrs. Cassidy and one of us would be Mrs. Osmond. There was a Bobby Sherman in there once as well, I think, but we would usually fight over David,” she said, with a laugh. “He was a great friend, a great guy. I loved him and miss him. I talked to him just before he died. I asked him: Do you want me to come down? He said, ‘No, I’ll be there next summer.’ We know that didn’t happen, but I feel he is with us, this evening.” “David just loved it here and I can see now why this was his

favorite place,” Cox said. “He was an entertainer and performer, but he was so much more to us, like a friend, there at down moments of our lives with a caring heart…I had an extremely difficult childhood. David’s music lifted my spirits. It inspired me to not give up.” It would be inaccurate to hear a fan’s appreciation for Cassidy and categorize it simply a walk down memory lane. Many who attended the weekend events in Cassidy’s honor spoke of the music as an inspiration that helped transcend awkward and often difficult times: an escape, perhaps, or a technique more likely to carve of their own a new reality. And it was to the person who had provided this hope, to whom they were paying tribute. The May 20 event was initially intended to be a one-time gathering, but in its aftermath, Cox expressed the desire to turn May 20 in Saratoga Springs David Cassidy Day into an annual event. The David Cassidy Tribute Concert concert, featuring members of Cassidy’s band, will be staged Aug. 14 at the Horseshoe Inn. Tickets are $50 and are being made available via the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s website at:

Laminated bookmark distributed to attendees at the inaugural Celebration of David Cassidy’s Life event in Saratoga Springs May 20, 2018.

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Sawyer Fredericks, 8 p.m. @ Caffè Lena — 518.583.0022

Open Mic Night, 7 p.m. @ Caffè Lena — 518.583.0022

George Muscatello Group, 9 p.m. @ 9 Maple Avenue — 518.583.2582 Brockhampton – Stereo Spirit (Sold Out), 7 p.m. @ Upstate Concert Hall — 518.371.0012

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Hot Club of Saratoga, 11 a.m. @ The Blue Hen Brunch — 518.678.6000

tuesday, 5/29: Cloud Lifters, 8 p.m. @ Morrissey’s — 518.678.6000

wednesday, 5/30:

Sawyer Fredericks, 8 p.m. @ Caffè Lena — 518.583.0022

Bluegrass Jam with the Schroon River String Band, 7 p.m. @ Caffè Lena — 518.583.0022

Motion Blur, 10 p.m. @ Caroline Street Pub — 518.583.9400

Irish Celtic Sessions, 7 p.m. @ The Parting Glass – 518.583.1916

Dave Fisk Quartet, 9 p.m. @ 9 Maple Avenue — 518.583.2582

Hot Club of Saratoga, 7 p.m. @ Hamlet and Ghost — 518.450.7287

That 70’s Band, 7:30 p.m. @ Putnam Place — 518.886.9585

Open Mic Night, 9 p.m. @ Putnam Place — 518.886.9585

Hammerfall, 7 p.m. @ Upstate Concert Hall — 518.371.0012

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810 Route 50, $900,000. Reckde LLC sold property to Stewart’s Shops Corporation.

8 Wake Robin Rd., $125,000. John Ryan sold property to Robert Chadkowski.

511 Sherman Rd., $23,000. Sara and Thomas Millington (by Ref) sold property to Thomas Millington and Rachel Trojan.

12 Red Barn Dr., $500,689. Barbera Homes Kelley Farms LLC sold property to Jeffrey and Mary Binder.

5 Featherfoil Way, $240,000. Zhiyuan Ren sold property to Salvatore and Mary Trentecoste.

441 Geyser Rd., $369,000. Rodney and Amy Sutton sold property to Jumper Bean Daycare II Inc.

22 Saddlebrook Blvd., $379,900. Kristin and Raymond Rose, Jr. sold property to Kevin and Nerissa Cordella.

77 Ordelia Lane, $337,435. Farone Amedore LLC sold property to Elizabeth and Felix Mrozek.

922 MacArthur Dr., $50,000. Tra Tom Development Inc. sold property to Scott and Carrie Jackson.

0 Hubbs Rd., $260,000. Marilyn Parisi sold property to Michael Robertaccio.

5188 Nelson Ave. Ext., $100,000. George and Veronica Heard sold property to Peter Brooks.

14 Nolan Rd., $216,000. Wilmington Savings Fund Society (as Trustee, by Atty) sold property to Bernadette and Ryan Mickelson.

26 Yachtsmans Way, $629,117. Malta Land Company LLC sold property to Michael and Carol Zappone.

225 Charlton Rd., $295,000. Frances Colyer (by Agent) sold property to James and Blythe Czwakiel. Route 50, Everson Way, $1,620,990. Beacon Hill Land Holdings LLC sold property to Brookview Court Inc.

CHARLTON 1016 Gideon Trace, $497,500. James and Jennifer Parks sold property to BGRS LLC. 1016 Gideon Trace, $455,000. BGRS LLC sold property to Jennifer and Kyle Kennedy. 32 Beachwood Ave., $220,000. Susan Avondolio sold property to Erik and Mara Vuillaume.

CORINTH 194 Lemont Ave., $229,000. Daniel and Lori Lucia sold property to Luke Tallman and Jennifer Wood. 5 Sixth St., $135,900. Vance Plante sold property to Susan Weaver. 8 Marion Ave., $164,000. Rock Solid Real Estate Investors LLC sold property to Michael Hall.

GREENFIELD 4215 Route 9N, $28,000. Edwina Hataier sold property to Anthony Badali and Olivia Morgan. 375 Greene Rd., $90,000. Thomas Zanetti sold property to Robert and Talara Hedgpeth.

56 Yachtsmans Way, $532,287. Malta Land Company LLC sold property to Martin and Maureen Lanahan. 13 Vettura Court, $315,000. Timothy and Strausie Stephens sold property to Carlos Colorado. 5 May Apple Way, $265,000. Adam and Jennifer Murrell sold property to Kyle and Kathleen Harrington. 27 Vettura Court, $354,547. DeGraff Bloom Custom Builders Inc. sold property to Cheong Yu and Hye An.

MILTON 32 Whippletree Rd., $208,820. Michael and Caitlyn Correa sold property to Michelle Hill.

TOWN OF SARATOGA 182 County Road 67, $326,500. Paul and Cathy Medick (by Ref) sold property to Federal National Mortgage Association. 2 Eagles Way, $225,000. James Coffin sold property to Francis Hunter.

SARATOGA SPRINGS 115 W. Circular St., $292,000. Stacey Mullady sold property to Teresa and Rebecca Krefting. 46 Union Ave., Unit 206, $968,591. Moore Hall LLC sold property to Candice Krueger. 55 Phila St., Unit 201, $699,900. 55 Phila LLC sold property to Dennis and Patricia Duarte.

STILLWATER 7 County Route 76, $90,000. Edward Coon (by Exec) sold property to Renee Stark. 22 Ridge Court, $285,000. Kevin VanBuren sold property to Edward and Carla Groves.


58 Major Dickinson Ave., $80,000. Thomas Mellon (as Trustee) sold property to Joann Verderosa.

25 Claire Pass, $387,000. Ian and Mary Morton sold property to William and Sandra Bolton.

1 Windemere Rd., $522,080. Ron Allen (by Ref) sold property to Pamela Byrne and Joseph Weiglhofer, Jr.

12 Ridge View, $80,000. Thomas Roohan sold property to McPadden Builders LLC.

20 Independence Row, $153,000. Raymond and Pamela Beaudoin (by Ref) sold property to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation.

WILTON 9 Erinn Court, $355,000. Trustco Bank sold property to Susan Mulvey. 37 Kings Mills Rd., $262,500. Jason and Katlin Hood sold property to Kelly Kamps and Michael Sadowski.

12 Ridge View, $495,000. McPadden Builders LLC sold property to Daniele DeCecco and Erin Clemens. 14 Ridge View, $85,000. Thomas Roohan sold property to Daniele DeCecco and Erin Clemens. 8 Eastern Court, $244,000. Tra Tom Development Inc. sold property to Kevin Hanna. 102 Blanchard Rd., $200,000. Kevin and Cynthia O’Hara sold property to Mason Durrin.


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ADK EXTREME’S BIG RENOVATION (( T R E E T O P A D V E N T U R E C O U R S E )) BOLTON LANDING — Bolton Landing’s Adirondack Extreme Adventure Course debuts its Saferoller® Kid’s Course, the first of several renovations and upgrades slated for this year. Adirondack Extreme Adventure Course, the United States’ First Aerial Adventure Course will re-open its wildly popular Kids Course and debut Saferoller® continuous belay system (CTM). Scheduled to re-open Friday, May 25, in-time for Memorial Day Weekend, Adirondack Extreme’s Kids Course will now employ Saferoller® and allow for fast, smoother transitions from obstacle to obstacle with continuous end-to-end rolling and unparalleled hands-free

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movement to ensure optimum safety and more fun. “We are so excited to bring this technology to our course,” said Jaime DeLong, Park Manager. The addition of Saferoller® reduces the Kids Course age requirement from seven to six years of age, allows for participants of varying reach requirements and gives parents the option to climb and enjoy the experience with their young adventurers. Adirondack Extreme Adventure Course Owner, Jamie Johnson said, “this is just the first of many exciting upgrades scheduled this season.” This fall, Adirondack Extreme’s kids course doubles in size with the addition of a second

children’s course with higher elevations up to 24 feet and 15 more obstacles including two to three new ziplines, a wavy bridge, water wings pass, lumberjack logs, and fish trap passage. Although Adirondack Extreme courses do receive annual renovations, upon opening for the 2019 season Johnson says his courses will have received one of its largest single year investments with over $200,000 in renovations all focused on enhancing the adventure

experience for thrill-seekers. Upcoming for July, climbers will experience new paths, obstacles and elements on each of the blue, silver and pink courses. Johnson says, “We like to keep the adventure fresh and the games exciting for new and returning customers from year to year.” Adirondack Extreme’s adult courses ages nine and over will implement a new smart belay system for the start of its 2019 season and round

out this year’s renovations. Photo/video opportunities are welcomed. To schedule an interview or tour please contact Jamie Johnson at 201-446-1568 or Owned and operated by The Johnson Family of Lake George since 2007 Adirondack Extreme is the flagship park of adventure park builders Outplay Adventures and is sister park to Tree to Tree Extreme parks in Cape May, New Jersey and Athol, Idaho.

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JDRF 18th Annual Hoffman Car Wash & Hoffman Jiffy Lube Golf Classic and Par-Tee SARATOGA SPRINGS — Whether you know someone affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D) or just want to make a difference in their life, JDRF, formerly the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, invites you to take part in its 18th annual Hoffman Car Wash and Hoffman Jiffy Lube Golf Classic and Par-Tee Thursday, June 7 at the picturesque Saratoga National Golf Club, located at 458 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs. Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. It occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, called beta cells. While its causes are not yet entirely understood, scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved. Its onset has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is nothing you can do to prevent T1D, and—at present—nothing you can do to get rid of it. JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Their mission is to accelerate lifechanging breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. To accomplish this, JDRF has invested more than $2 billion in research funding since our inception. They are an organization built on a grassroots model of people connecting in their local communities, collaborating regionally for

efficiency and broader fundraising impact, and uniting on a national stage to pool resources, passion, and energy. JDRF collaborates with academic institutions, policymakers, and corporate and industry partners to develop and deliver a pipeline of innovative therapies to people living with T1D. Their staff and volunteers throughout the United States and our six international affiliates are dedicated to advocacy, community engagement and our vision of a world without T1D. The event, which will take place rain or shine, will get underway at 11 a.m. with registration and lunch. Golfers will take to the course at 12:30 p.m. in a shotgun scramble. The day will conclude at 5:30 p.m. with an enjoyable Par-Tee. “Our annual Golf Classic and Par-Tee is a great way to have some fun while helping those battle the disease,” said Ellen Pickett, Development Coordinator, JDRF Northeastern New York, noting that the non-profit aims to raise more than $200,000. “More than 10,000 people live with T1D within the 17 counties we serve. Monies raised will help fund more than 70 human clinical trials of potential T1D therapies, as well as support JDRF’s Outreach Program, which offers personalized support to families, adults, and children living with T1D on how to better manage and cope with the disease,” she continued. Evening Par-Tee tickets are $75 and include an exclusive

evening soirée for golfers and guests featuring the ultimate Mazzone food and cocktail experience, live music by Erin Harkes, and one-of-a-kind

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COMMUNITY SPORTS BULLETIN The Saratoga Lions Duathlon and 5k SARATOGA SPRINGS — This year’s event is the 14th annual Duathlon and first ever 5k. The event will be held on Sunday, May 27 at the Saratoga Casino Hotel and utilizes the roads in the surrounding neighborhoods. Raffle tickets for over $5,000 in prizes are sold. Registration fees are $30 for the 5k and vary for the Duathlon. All proceeds will go to help those with visual and hearing impairments. The event also recognizes our Veterans with our Honor-a-Vet and Save-a-Vet programs. Visit www. for more information and registration options.

SRYMCA Summer Youth Basketball League SARATOGA SPRINGS — Registration begins on May 28, Skills Assessments on June 21, first practice on Tuesday June 26, and first game on Thursday June 28. Skills Assessments for Jr. Division (Grade 5-7) will be held at 5:30 p.m. Skills Assessments for Sr. Division (Grades 8 and 9) will be held at 7 p.m. Practices every Tuesday and are 45 minutes long, starting at 5:30 p.m. through 9:15 p. m. Games will be every Thursday starting 5:30 p.m. For more information contact Mike Laudicina at 518-583-9622, ext. 145 or

7th Annual TUFF eNUFF Obstacle Course Challenge SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Saturday, June 2, over 600 kids, teens, and adults will lace up their old

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

Nominees Sought for 2018 Blue Streak Hall of Fame SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs City School District is currently accepting nominations for members of the Blue Streak Hall of Fame. The program was established to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of outstanding athletes, coaches, administrators and supporters. Nominees can include former student-athletes who graduated from the high school at least five years ago and former coaches who retired from coaching at least three years ago. There is also a category for honorary members, who can include supporters of the athletic program. Examples include counselors, faculty managers, scorekeepers, media, and administrators. Nomination Forms are available on the district’s website, www., under Athletics. Please mail nomination forms by June 22 to: Saratoga Springs High School Attn. Peter Sheehan, Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics, 1 Blue Streak Boulevard,

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Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. A committee composed of current and former coaches, high school administrators, community members, and current and retired athletic directors, will review the nominations.

Club’s website at Saratogafieldhockey1. Registration is now open, and the cost is $70. For more information please contact Jo-Anne Hostig, Saratoga head field hockey coach at

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Stryders Camp Saratoga 5K Trail Series will be held at 6:15 p.m. Monday evenings June 25, July 9, July 23, August 6 and August 20. Registration is $5 day-of only. This is a fun event topped off by unusual raffle prizes. Please bring your own water. Proceeds benefit the Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park and the Saratoga Spa State Park. For more information call Laura Clark at 518-581-1278 or email or visit

Saratoga Springs Booster Club Field Hockey Camp SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs Booster Club will be hosting its annual field hockey camp from June 25 through June 29 at Dorothy Nolan School from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. each day. The program is open to grades third through twelfth. No experience needed. The camp includes extensive individual instruction along with daily participation in game situations. The goal is to teach the fundamentals of field hockey, while ensuring that each player leaves the camp with a new appreciation for the game. The camp brochure can be downloaded from the Booster

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

West Mountain Hires Former US Ski Team Member Courtney Strait as Head Coach GLENS FALLS — West Mountain Racing (WMR) hires Former US Ski Team member Courtney Strait as Head Coach, working with coaching staff, coaching Core and younger groups and U16/U19 evening session. Courtney, a New York native and skiing prodigy, won the NY State HS championships as a 7th and 8th grader. She was named to US Team at age 16, becoming 4 event skier, racing Europe’s FIS B and Europa Cup circuit. She made her debut on the World Cup in 2000 in GS; winning 1st place North American SG and GS. Other accolades include: 1st place Innerkrems Austria FIS SG and 2nd in Gunzesried Germany FIS GS.

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Spa Catholic Softball SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Monday, May 21, Saratoga Central Catholic defeated Corinth, 10-5 in the opening

Spa Catholic Charity Game Raises $3,375 for Kelly’s Angels

Saratoga Regional YMCA Basketball [Over 25-year-old League] TEAM WINK 88 - TEAM REED 79 Brian Travis had a game high 25 points and teammates J.R. Michael and Matt Scoons each dropped in 22 points along with Kurt Troyer’s 15 points, which all helped Team Wink get an 88 to 79 win over Team Reed. Colin Fuller got 20 points while Vonzel Legal and Garris Ramsdell contributed 19 points apiece in the loss. TEAM DUFF 91 - TEAM LOMBARDO 67 Team Duff Ran their record to 7 and 0 with a 91 to 67 win over Team Lombardo in what was a closer game than the final score displayed. The winners were led by Rich Duff who scored 21 points while Corey Harkins and Josh DeMarais

Saratoga Springs Girls Lacrosse SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Tuesday, May 15, Saratoga Springs played Shaker and won, 18-8. Reilly Hogan had five goals and one assist; Lindsey Frank had three goals and two assists; Katie Wendell had three goals and one assist; Katie Silver had two goals and two assists; Jackie Sauer had two goals; Sophia Burke had one goal and two assists; Ella Payer and Catherine O’Hara each had one goal; Sylvie Waters had one assist; and Abigail Searles had three saves.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — On the evening of May 5, Saratoga Catholic and Whitehall High School baseball teams played a charity game in support of Kelly’s Angels, Inc. Through donations, 50/50 sales, and a raffle for New York Yankees tickets, the teams and their families raised $3,735 to help Kelly’s Angels assist Capital Region children who have lost a parent or sibling to cancer. For more information about Kelly’s Angels, please visit

had 17 points each. Team Lombardo got 26 points from Alex Ventre and another 19 points from Tim Harrick. TEAM EMERY 73 - TEAM SIKORA 71 Team Emery got off to a fast start and had a 20-point lead at half-time but a gutsy Team Sikora fought back to make this game a real nail biter at the end. Team Emery got the two-point victory over Team Sikora. Team Emery’s Andrew Armstrong scored 25 points, Chris Cameron 16 points, while Travis Ramsey and Blake Rizzi each had 15 points in the win. Camdon Spencer exploded for 40 points and Rick Sicari dropped in 19 points in the loss.

Sectionals game. Julia Murdick had three RBIs and a double and Molly O’Reilly had three RBIs.

On Monday, May 21, Saratoga Springs played Shenendehowa and won, 14-10. In the first half they tied, each team scoring seven goals. Lindsey Frank saw five goals; Katie Wendell and Reilly Hogan each had two goals and one assist; Katie Silver had two goals; Jackie Sauer had one goal and one assist; Sophia Burke had one goal and two assists; Sylvie Waters had one goal; Ella Payer had two assists; and Abigail Searles had seven saves.

Saratoga Wilton Youth Baseball Hosts Local Competitions SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Wilton Youth Baseball recently hosted the 2018 local competitions for Major League Baseball’s Jr Home Run Derby and Pitch, Hit & Run. Winners in both competitions will advance to the Sectionals, with a chance to compete at Yankee Stadium and ultimately at the 2018 MLB All Star Game. JR HR DERBY: Tad D’Andrea

PITCH, HIT & RUN 7/8 YEAR OLDS: Cody Mills, Finnegan Crowe PITCH, HIT & RUN 9/10 YEAR OLDS: Jack Collier, Pierce Byrne Jack Rigabar, Brady Mills PITCH, HIT & RUN 11/12 YEAR OLDS: Jesse Mullis, Addison Sperry,Tyler Weygand

Saratoga TODAY 5.25.18  
Saratoga TODAY 5.25.18