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LOCAL • INDEPENDENT • FREE Volume 11  •  Issue 21  •  June 2 – June 8, 2017

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Local Woman Invents Popular Product by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY

A display case of Grillo’s Essential Insect Repellent at Fallon Wellness Pharmacy of Saratoga. Photo by

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GREENWICH — Gina Grillo says she was happy to spend last weekend in her basement, switching her small business plans into high gear. Local sales of her roll-on oil to repel deer ticks and mosquitoes seem to be picking up, and she needed to fill 250 more bottles for distribution. A horticultural nursery in Hudson Falls had sold all of its bottles not long after a whole case was delivered and was calling for more, Grillo said. “I’m off and running with this,” she admitted. “Let’s just say the repellent is flying out of the workshop.”

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Her Grillo’s Essential Insect Repellent is sold locally in Fallon Wellness Pharmacy of Saratoga, Four Seasons Natural Foods and Brookside Nursery in Ballston Spa. The 10-milliliter bottles retail for $14.95 each. Grillo promotes additional products as well, which are listed on her website (, but much of her time is currently devoted to the insect repellent. Her newly invented product has given Grillo national attention. She is one of about 100 small-business owners nationwide flown to Dallas, Texas in See Tick pg. 12

Feds Sweep Through Saratoga Springs, Arrest 16 by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Federal Agents conducted an operation Tuesday morning in Saratoga Springs, arresting 16 “unlawfully present foreign nationals,” according to an email statement issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement, in response to an inquiry seeking

information regarding Tuesday’s events. Special agents and officers with ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations and Enforcement and Removal Operations conducted the operation following an ongoing investigation, according to the organization. The men - one Guatemalan national and 15 Mexican nationals See Fed’s pg. 10

Winners See pgs. 21-52

Cantina Kids Fun Run Sunday! See pg. 6 Inside TODAY

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Week of June 2 – June 8, 2017

Neighbors: Snippets of Life from Your Community Yaddo’s annual summer benefit will feature Terry McMillan, best-selling author of “Waiting to Exhale,” “A Day Late and A Dollar Short,” “The Interruption of Everything,” and “How Stella Got Her Groove Back,” among others. The event will take place at 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 22. Proceeds from the benefit play a crucial role in ensuring the artists’ residency program continues to flourish. More than 6,500 individuals have created works at Yaddo – from literature and paintings, to photography, sculpture, music, dance and film – that have helped shape culture and touched millions of lives. For ticket information, go to:

Who: Elaina Richardson. Where: Yaddo. Q. What are some of the best things Saratoga has to offer? A. I’ve been here 17 years now and I love the number of trails for walking, running, and biking. Also, the combination of spending the day outdoors being very relaxed and then in the evening being at some of the most sophisticated art offerings in the world. You’re always combining both sides of your brain, in one beautiful place. Continued on page 11.

Other Voices, Other Rooms. Yaddo President Elaina Richardson and a “Truman Capote,” who stood 5-foot-3 and first stayed at Yaddo in 1946. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.


Week of June 2 – June 8, 2017

Saratoga ‘Tour de Cure’ Bicycle Ride For Diabetes Photos by Edward Parham.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Sunday, June 4, more than 1,500 bicyclists will ride through the city and other Capital Region municipalities to raise money for diabetes research, according to the Albany firm Rueckert Advertising and Public Relations. Bicyclists, 300 event volunteers, and sponsors will come together to raise funds for the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and its nationwide Stop Diabetes campaign, which aims to change the future of many Americans who live with the disease. The Tour de Cure is designed for everyone from the novice biker to the experienced cyclist and includes 10-, 30-, 50-, 62.5- and 100-mile routes. “We are so excited for the energy and enthusiasm of the day with riders and their supportive, cheering fans,” said ADA Director of Albany and Central New York Nicole

DeCelle. “Some traffic disruptions are inevitable, and we hope affected towns will understand. We ask that drivers be aware of riders for everyone’s safety and truly appreciate everyone’s understanding and patience with possible traffic disruptions.” The Saratoga Tour de Cure will begin at Saratoga Spa State Park at 6:15 a.m. with all rides concluding by 4:30 p.m. Local municipalities, including EMS and police, are aware of the routes and will be staffed at busy intersections. Bike riders will be traveling on roads open to community traffic. Maps of the event are posted on the website The 2016 Saratoga Tour de Cure drew 1,967 cyclists from around the region who raised $922,000, making it the Capital Region’s largest fundraising event, according to the Albany Business Review.

This year’s goal is $1.1 million. All proceeds support the association’s mission: to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. Sponsors include New Country Lexus of Latham; Boehringer Ingelheim; Mazzone Hospitality; CommerceHub; Cohoes Savings Foundation; M+W Group; CDPHP; Swagelok Albany Valve & Fitting Co, Inc.; DeCrescente Distributing Company; Novo Nordisk; KeyBank; Berkshire Bank; E.A. Barvoets Fund; Core Water; Brewery Ommegang, Ayco; Retro

Fitness; MicroKnowledge, Inc; and Vincy’s Printing. The Tour de Cure media partners are CBS 6 and Albany Broadcasting.

For more information and to register for the Saratoga Tour de Cure, visit the website diabetes. org/saratoga. There is a $200 fundraising minimum for all riders.



Week of June 2 – June 8, 2017

County’s Updated Trails Data Released

Galway Library Project Promotes ‘All Things Local’ GALWAY — A new initiative at the Galway Public Library will provide residents of Galway and surrounding communities with a one-stop source for what is happening, what is available and where to find it locally – from strawberries to plumbers. On June 1, the Galway Get Together Community Resource Center was launched—it is a comprehensive directory, website, Facebook page and newsletter of local products and services. The resource center is being funded through a seed grant from the Southern Adirondack Library Systems. The towns included in the coverage area of the project are Broadalbin, Charlton, Galway and Providence—all within the library’s service area. “I was amazed by the diversity and depth of resources within the

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area,” says Mary Cuffe Perez, outreach coordinator for the project. “I have lived here 17 years and through my outreach for this project discovered businesses I didn’t know existed, small operations that cannot afford to advertise on their own and are often too busy to update a website or Facebook page. Now they will be featured on the Galway Get Together Community Resource Center.” The center is an expansion of the library’s popular community online and print newsletter, the “Galway Get Together,” which has been created and published biweekly since 2010 by library volunteers. In adding the website with a directory of businesses and organizations, a platform for advertisements, along with a Facebook page, the library has created a much needed resource for the community.

The website and Facebook page, designed and constructed by Sarah Pellerin of Greenfield Center, will help a wide-spread community find what they are looking for locally and, in turn, drive traffic to local businesses and organizations. “It’s definitely a win-win for all,” says Galway Public Library Manager Debra Flint. “If you’re looking for local honey, maple syrup, pasture-raised beef, eggs, milk and vegetables, or if you need a plumber, roofer or someone to plow your driveway in the winter, go to the Galway Get Together first. That’s just a sample of what you’ll find. It’s our own chamber of commerce, free of charge.” For more information, visit the website

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The group Saratoga Preserving Land and Nature (PLAN) has released the latest countywide trails dataset, and the information is publicly available. Saratoga County boasts over 280 miles of recreation trails, and new trails are added or improved each season. Saratoga PLAN is the keeper of a countywide trails dataset, which was originally compiled in 2011 and was updated through this year. According to John Kettlewell, a Saratoga PLAN spokesman, the updates were made possible due to a network of tireless volunteers, important partners, and two skilled interns: Amy Marshall and Abigail Larkin. The dataset is available to local and county planners, conservation organizations, and individual trail enthusiasts from PLAN’s website (, the New York State Geographic Clearinghouse (, or a website provided by Saratoga County (http://www. Knowing the location, condition, and allowable uses

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on a given trail is imperative for recreation planning by everyone from the casual or serious user to local and countywide planners. Saratoga County is known for its trail diversity, including the urban Saratoga Greenbelt Trail, the historic Champlain Canalway trail, the nature trails of Moreau Lake State Park, and the more local loops offering enjoyable outdoor experiences in Saratoga PLAN’s Coldbrook and Ballston Creek Preserves. Eventually, as new trails are developed, such as at Corinth Reservoir Recreation area, Anchor Diamond Park, or around Lake Bonita in Moreau Lake State Park, they will be mapped and added to the countywide trails dataset. Kettlewell said Saratoga PLAN could not have completed this project without help from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation; the state Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation; Saratoga County and municipalities; Skidmore College; The Nature Conservancy; Wilton Wildlife Preserve; or the many volunteers and friends of Saratoga PLAN.


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Week of June 2 – June 8, 2017

COURTS Paul S. Woodcock, 46, of Saratoga Springs, pleaded on May 18 to felony DWI in connection with an incident that occurred in Saratoga Springs. Sentencing scheduled for July 13. William L. Weatherwax, 34, homeless, pleaded on May 18 to first degree criminal contempt in connection with an incident in Saratoga Springs. Sentencing scheduled for July 6. Christian Maldonado AKA “C,” 26, of Queensbury, pleaded on May 18 to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, a felony, in connection with an incident that occurred in Saratoga Springs. Sentencing scheduled for July 7. Celena M. Rich, 27, of Saratoga Springs, was sentenced on May 19 to 5-1/2 years in state prison and three years of post-release supervision, after pleading to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, a felony, in connection with an incident that occurred in Saratoga Springs. Irwin Gonzalez, 31, of Saratoga Springs, pleaded on May 19 to criminal sale of a controlled substance, a felony, in connection with an incident that occurred in Saratoga Springs. Sentencing scheduled for July 7. David W. Sousa Jr., 41, of Troy, pleaded on May 23 to three felony counts of criminal possession of a weapon, one felony and two misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of stolen property, resisting arrest, reckless driving, and unlawfully fleeing police officer in a motor vehicle, involving an incident that occurred in the city of Saratoga Springs and the town of Saratoga. Sentencing scheduled for July 28.

POLICE Victoria F. Amaya, 22, of Wilton, was charged on May 22 with felony burglary in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred in the

town of Milton. Charges are also pending against a second known suspect in the case, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff ’s Office.

Andrew R. White, age 40, Corinth, was charged on May 13 with misdemeanor DWI, and two driving violations.

Jasmine N. Ball, age 22, Saratoga Springs, was charged on May 14 with two felony counts criminal sale of a controlled substance, and three felony counts criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Shawn K. Srokowski, age 39, Porters Corners, was charged on May 13 with criminal possession of a controlled substance, and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Kara L. Harrington, age 37, Saratoga Springs, was charged on May 16 with two felony counts criminal possession of a controlled substance, and unlawful possession of marijuana. Nicholas V. Valenze, age 24, Saratoga Springs, was charged on May 15 with misdemeanor DWI, aggravated misdemeanor DWI, and two driving violations. Thomas E. Lindeman, age 64, East Schodack, was charged on May 15 with felony grand larceny. Felicia J. McGann, age 22, Fultonville, was charged on May 14 with misdemeanor DWI, and two driving violations. Jesus J. Intesti, age 18, Amsterdam, was charged on May 14 with criminal possession of a controlled substance. Carlos Perez, age 22, Amsterdam, was charged on May 14 with criminal possession of a controlled substance, and unlawful possession of marijuana. Robin P. Williams, age 25, Ballston Spa, was charged on May 14 with misdemeanor DWI, speeding, and unlawful possession of marijuana. Danielle M. Bennett, age 31, Bennington, Vermont, was charged on May 14 with unlawful possession of marijuana, and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Daniel R. Bennett, age 28, Bennington, Vermont, was charged on May 14 criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Jerrad P. St. John, age 39, South Glens Falls, was charged on May 13 with grand larceny in the fourth-degree. Raymond J. Westhead, age 24, Mechanicville, was charged on May 13 with misdemeanor DWI and two driving violations. Kevin J. Potter, age 45, Greenfield Center, was charged on May 12 with misdemeanor DWI, two driving violations, and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Patrick F. Murphy, age 30, Stillwater, was charged on May 12 with misdemeanor DWI, refusing a pre-screen test, leaving the scene of an auto accident, and failure to keep right.

Tyrone A. Knight, age 40, Saratoga Springs, was charged on May 11 with obstruction of breathing or blood circulation - a misdemeanor.

Tracy L. Brousaides, age 42, and Thomas Foley, age 21, Walpole, Massachusetts, and Ryan P. Doherty, age 29, Merritt Island, Florida, were each charged on May 11 with one felony count criminal possession of controlled substance.

David P. Brinson, age 68, Greenwich, was charged on May 11 with aggravated unlicensed operation misdemeanor, and a driving violation.

Amy K. Austin, age 45, Saratoga Springs, was charged on May 11 with misdemeanor DWI and two equipment violations.

BillyJoe E. Ryle, age 40, Saratoga Springs, was charged on May 11 with misdemeanor criminal contempt.

6 Margaret Darrin HAGUE, NY — Margaret “Peggy” Darrin passed away May 22, 2017. Calling hours were held on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at the William J. Burke and Sons/Bussing and Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway in Saratoga Springs. Funeral services and burial were private. View full obit at

OBITUARIES/LETTERS A funeral service was conducted Thursday, June 1, 2017 at the Burke Funeral Home in Saratoga Springs. Burial with military honors followed in St. Peters Cemetery, West Ave. Please visit at

Gertrude Isaacson

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Barbara Peets Corp passed away May 27, 2017. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at The Church of St. Peter; burial will follow at Dunning Street Cemetery in Malta. Please visit

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Gertrude (Marks) Isaacson, 92, died Friday, May 26, 2017. There were no public calling hours. A graveside service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, June 9, 2017 at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. Online remembrances may be made at

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — James (Jimmy) Ballestero passed away Sunday, May 28, 2017. Burke & Bussing Funeral Homes


SARATOGA SPRINGS — Mary Carol (D’Agostino) Spensieri passed away Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Calling hours 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 3, 2017, Church of St. Peter. Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 in the church. Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery. Please visit

Week of June 2 – June 8, 2017

Adopt the SPA Housing Ordinance At their June 6 meeting, the Saratoga Springs City Council is set to vote on the Saratoga Places for All (SPA) Housing Ordinance. We hope the Council will unanimously adopt this long-overdue, important legislation. The ordinance would require that, in housing developments of ten or more units, up to 20 percent of the units be set aside as affordable to households of modest income. This will create more housing opportunities for our teachers, police officers, firefighters, health care workers and other vital members of our workforce and community. Developer costs to provide these affordable units would be offset by the ability to build up to 20 percent more units on the same site. This program would apply to housing developed for both sale and rental units. There are no state or federal subsidies needed for this program. The city or a designated third party would administer it, and the costs are projected to be quite modest in comparison to other programs. The ordinance was crafted specifically for the Saratoga Springs housing market.

Some developers oppose the ordinance. Since they have had a long run of building very profitable, high-priced units within the city, it is not surprising that they are reluctant to change. Contrary to some of their claims, though, we have seen no evidence that “the numbers don’t work” for the developers under the proposed ordinance. The council has provided numerous developer incentives to offset the required set-aside for more diverse housing. We are pleased the city is encouraging the site-specific workforce housing developments on South Broadway and West Avenue. However, these projects depend on federal and state housing tax credits and it is not yet certain they will be funded. Well-designed, site-specific projects can play an important role in a city’s affordable housing toolbox, but they work best as a complement to inclusionary models that require diversity and affordability throughout the community. This ordinance is a longterm program that will guarantee

a continuing supply of affordable middle-income housing throughout the City. There is no question that the need for such housing is great for lower and middle-income residents and workers. This ordinance is just one part of the solution to our affordable housing crisis. The community’s approach to housing issues needs to include a wide range of programs. Let’s pass this ordinance and keep working on other proven solutions. In the “State of the City address” Mayor Joanne Yepsen expressed hope that the City Council will have the political will to adopt this SPA Housing Ordinance. We couldn’t agree more. Be a part of history. Come to the June 6 council meeting to show your support and witness the vote on this ordinance, which will increase housing opportunities for Saratogians. Harry Moran Board Chair of Sustainable Saratoga Saratoga Springs

Peace and Love for Cerebral Palsy Thank you to all the participants in The Shames, a classic ‘60s dance and Cerebral Palsy fundraiser, held on Friday, May 12 at the Saratoga/Wilton Elks Lodge #161. I can honestly say the “Peace and love” message of the 1960s filled the night with joy and nostalgia. The love abounded from local businesses and our members who contributed to the amazing raffle donations. The following aided our event: Saratoga/Wilton Elks Lodge#161 and The Racing City Rotary; local business donors; Malta Drive-In; Regal Nails; Children’s Museum; Roma’s Foods; Malta Market 32/ Price Chopper; Stewart’s Shops; SPAC; Dehn’s Florist; Sunnyside Gardens; Ripe Tomato; Nanola Restaurant; 99 Restaurant; Hoffman’s Car Wash; Windy Hills

Golf; Tri-City ValleyCats; Dunkin Donuts and WalMart. Finally, a bear hug to Ladies Auxiliary members who gave generously to fill raffle baskets. The Elk’s chefs Chris and Doc grilled picnic food while others dined at red and white covered checkered tables named for ‘60s recording stars. Selfies taken in Al Sommers 1955 Chevy added to the festivities. Patty Roberts and her Shames fans made the atmosphere “electric.” How about the Trivia Fun? Before we knew it, the band played its final song. When we totaled up our donations, we were truly big winners for the Elk’s Cerebral Palsy State Project, raising $2500.00. Peace and love reigned. Judith Tirelli Wilton


Week of June 2 – June 8, 2017

Birth Announcements

Its a Girl!

Salvation Army National Donut Day SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Friday, June 2, the Salvation Army will celebrate National Donut Day, first established in Chicago in 1938. To celebrate the day, the Salvation Army of Saratoga Springs is giving away free donuts from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and asking those who enjoy a donut to share a picture to their social media profiles using #GivingIsSweet.

The event will take place on Broadway at the corner of Church Street, outside the Adirondack Trust branch. Donuts are graciously donated by Dunkin’ Donuts, BOCES Students and the Salvation Army Saratoga Springs Donut Girls. Held annually on the first Friday of June, this year’s

National Donut Day marks 100 years since the Salvation Army’s “Donut Lassies” served the delicious treats to American soldiers on the front lines during World War I. The donut now serves as a symbol of the services and comfort the Salvation Army provides to more than 25 million people each year.

Flag Day Parade SARATOGA SPRINGS — On June 10, the Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge No. 161 will be celebrating our symbol of freedom, the American flag, with the town’s 50th Annual Flag Day Parade. This year’s festivities also will mark the 100th anniversary of the New York State Police. The parade

Photo by Dezaray Duffney.

CORINTH — Jonathan and Selena Mason of Corinth are proud to announce the recent birth of their daughter, Kloe Maddelynn Mason, at Saratoga Hospital. Kloe was born on Sunday, March 5, at 2:45 p.m. She weighed

in at 7 pounds, 4.5 ounces, and measured 19.5 inches long. Her maternal grandparents are Dallas and West Woodcock and her paternal grandparents are Lora and Ed Mason, all of Corinth.

Its a New BabyBoy! GANSEVOORT — Collin and Melanie Donohoue announced the recent birth of their son, Gavin Patrick Donohoue. Gavin was born on May 8 at Saratoga Hospital, weighing 7 pounds and 7 ounces. He joins a

brother named Keegan. Maternal grandparents are Weldon and Margaret Culp of Saratoga Springs. Paternal grandparents are Thomas and Kelly Donohoue of Denver, Colorado.

‘Celebrate Summer’ Concert at Park BALLSTON SPA — Ballston Spa Community Band invites you to join them in welcoming the summer season with a public band concert on Friday, June 2. The event is free and begins at 6:30 p.m. The Community Band will offer a public performance of new and old music in the Old Iron Spring Park at Front and Charlton Streets. The performance will offer a broad array of musical styles, including selections from Barber of Seville, Ballet Parisienne, Candide, Carman, Night on Bald Mountain, as well as marches such as Stars and Stripes Forever, and many more.

Tracy DeRagon, chair of the music program at Ballston Spa Central Schools, directs the Community Band, which first formed 11 years ago. The group is made up of community members and students from Saratoga County and the surrounding region. Rehearsals are held Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at Ballston Spa High School, and new members are always welcome. The band has previously performed at First Fridays in Ballston Spa’s Wiswall Park, Lake George Community Band Festival, Saratoga ArtsFest, Proctor’s Theater and many other venues throughout the region.

will honor state troopers as well as all military personnel, both active duty and veterans. The public is cordially invited to participate in this patriotic tradition. Participants are asked to assemble by 11:30 a.m. at the North Broadway lineup area for the parade. The parade route will

proceed from North Broadway south and finish at Congress Park. A permit filed with the City of Saratoga Springs stipulates that no candy can be dispensed along the parade route. For more information, call the Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge at 518-584-2585.



Week of June 2 – June 8, 2017

Camp Boyhaven Sale Pending MILTON — This week, a deadline passed for bidders interested in purchasing a handsome parcel of land in the northwest corner of Milton, which the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has owned for the better part of a century. “The whole situation is very sad for us,” stated Richard Stockton, the chief executive and CEO of the BSA’s Twin Rivers Council. The Twin Rivers Council holds the title for the popular, 300-acre Boyhaven camp off Route 29 that has been utilized for Boy Scout training since the 1920s.

Recently, Stockton said, council officials had determined annual usage at Boyhaven was down far enough to sell the wellforested land, and to put more emphasis on three more Boy Scout properties in Fort Ann, Malone and Poestenkill. “We need to be able to provide the best programs possible for our kids,” Stockton said. He added that “a wide variety of people” have expressed interest in buying the Boyhaven property, including at least one private landowner in the area. That includes the Town of Milton, which submitted its own

sealed bid this week to the council. The Open Space Committee, chaired by Councilman Frank Blaisdell, prepared Milton’s proposal and it was signed by Supervisor Dan Lewza. Council representatives accepted formal bids until Wednesday. A final determination on the winning bid could be made by early July, Stockton said. Milton Planning Board Chairman Larry Woolbright, who sits on the Open Space Committee, is among the leading advocates for acquiring the Boyhaven land. “The town would like to see it preserved…for passive recreational purposes,” Woolbright said. Many local families, he added, “have very fond memories of that place.” At the Town Board’s May 17 meeting, Woolbright called

the sale of the Boyhaven camp a “unique opportunity” to expand the Middle Grove State Forest, which could benefit the town in various ways. “The state would pay the town of Milton property taxes,” Woolbright explained to the board members. State grants also may be available through the process, he said. Lewza joined Councilman Scott Ostrander in questioning Woolbright about the actual conditions of the property. They apparently include dilapidated structures and rusted vehicles “sinking into the ground,” as Lewza found. “There’s a lot of renovation that needs to be done up there,” Ostrander said, noting how he personally visited the site and took pictures. Councilman Benny Zlotnick said he made inquiries about the Twin Rivers Council process for selecting the

winning bidder, and expressed to Woolbright the importance of estimating the property’s correct market value. The council’s bid selection process remains confidential until a decision is announced, according to Stockton. There are also opponents to the town’s plans for the Boyhaven property. Jason Miller, who oversees buildings and grounds in Milton and sits on the Facilities Committee, is actively advocating for large renovation projects at the town complex because of leaking roofs and constant plumbing problems. Miller said this week he opposes a purchase of the Boyhaven land because “the finances in this town are in shambles.” If the town makes a major land purchase, Miller said, it will effectively render current efforts to renovate town buildings “done.”


Week of June 2 – June 8, 2017

The Fix Is Not Yet In For Milton Town Offices by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY MILTON — With leaking roofs and faulty plumbing regular subjects at town meetings, soon officials and taxpayers in Milton may have to consider borrowing a lot of money for renovations at the municipal complex. Town Councilman Benny Zlotnick, as chairman of the Facilities Committee, has been leading discussions for weeks focused on upgrades needed at Milton’s town offices, which are located at the Geyser Road and Rowland Street intersection. The buildings at the 8-acre complex were put up in stages starting about 50 years ago. Aside from abundant talk about new facilities for the town Highway Department, the discussions have included persistent roof leaks and aging sewer pipes that, according to town employees, keep disrupting work routines in several offices. “Our major concern is, what is this building going to need to be livable again?” stated Zlotnick. A presentation will be made at the town board meeting on June 21, he said. Zlotnick said the committee is working with Joel Bianchi, a director of municipal contracts for the Clifton Park firm MJ Engineering, to finalize its presentation. Bianchi was present at the meeting on Tuesday and attempted to address various concerns. Town Building Inspector Wayne Howe, a member of the Facilities Committee, described a meeting in his first-floor office the same day when an older sewer pipe happened to burst in the ceiling above. The tainted water started dripping on his desk. “Whatever the strategic plan is, we need to come up with that plan,” Howe said. Howe opined that town leaders should consider approving two separate projects, either

of which would require significant borrowing by Milton. The first would involve moving the entire highway department to a separate location off site, which Howe said is warranted by the town’s rapid growth in recent years; the second project would involve demolishing the current highway department structures as part of renovating the main town office building. “You can’t really re-do town hall until highway is gone,” Howe said. He added that he favors moving weekly Town Court proceedings to the spacious second floor, where the full town board now meets twice each month. Howe also expressed his frustration with the slow progress toward solving these problems in Milton. “I’ve been on this committee for three administrations and we still don’t have a town hall,” Howe confessed. “The ball never gets carried to the finance level.” “With the exception of the salt shed falling down, we’ve made no progress,” concurred town employee Jason Miller, who also sits on the committee and oversees buildings and grounds in Milton. Miller referred to the collapse in early 2016 of the town’s storage shed for road salt. A new shed was then built on another 8 acres of town property off Rowland Street that border the Saratoga County Airport. Rather than pursuing large projects, which often require the town board to borrow money after public votes of approval, Bianchi advised making expenditures in smaller amounts as a solution. Zlotnick said that any recommendations from the Facilities Committee should be prepared well enough to garner public support, especially if the total dollar amount for renovations “has a couple of commas in it.”

The less visible side of the Milton town complex. Photo by Larry Goodwin.



Week of June 2 – June 8, 2017

Commission Releases Proposed Charter Draft; Referendum in November by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — The final draft of the proposed Saratoga Springs Charter was distributed Tuesday afternoon at the City Center, where members of the Charter Review Commission staged a daylong informational Open House. A referendum on the proposed changes of the way the city is governed will be on the November ballot. The proposal calls for a change from the current “Commission” form of governing – the only form the city has known since its inception in 1915 – to a “council-manager” form, which is the most popular and most efficient form in the country, according to charter review member Pat Kane. The council-manager structure specifies a composition of six councilmembers and one mayor – all electable positions – and one city manager, who would be hired by the council. The city manager would direct and supervise administration of all departments, appoint and suspend or remove city employees, and prepare and submit the annual comprehensive budget and capital program plan to the council for approval. The city manager would also represent the city in the collective bargaining process, as well as implement contracts on behalf of the council, and attend all council meetings, but will not cast a vote at the sevenmember council table. The mayor would be recognized as the head of city government for ceremonial purposes, but have no administrative duties. Council meetings would continue to be held twice a month. “I think local municipal government has gotten far more complicated and really does scream out for professional management,” Kane said. “These people would come in with skills that we just don’t have from an elected official prospective. It also opens the door for the local city council, where anyone can run with no

requirements as far as job skills are concerned. “ The council would serve as the legislative and policy-making body of the city, conduct the search, set the salary and oversee the hiring and appointment of a city manager. Prerequisites for the city manager ‘s positions include a master’s degree with a concentration in public administration, public affairs, or public policy, and five years of managerial or administrative experience in municipal government. The salary for the position is anticipated to be in the $125,000 per-year range – which is higher than any current council member or deputy earns annually. It would ultimately provide financial savings however, the commission says, because the five current deputy positions – each earning about $73,000 annually (about $110,000 annually when benefits are factored in) would be eliminated or altered and would serve “at the pleasure of the city manager.” “Most people thought it would be a deficit, but this would be a significant savings,” said Kane, adding that bringing a professional level of qualified management to the city would eliminate weaknesses in current checks and balances, and guarantee a less expensive city government. “The efficiencies jump out at you. It’s so much more efficient when you’re running with one team as opposed to five teams. “ Detractors aren’t so sure a change would provide a financial savings and are additionally leery about what they say will create more difficulty in communicating grievances with City Hall. “Now if you have a problem you pick up the phone and call the department head. If you don’t like the answer, well, they’re only in there for two years,” Jane Weihe told a group of three dozen area residents who gathered at Gaffney’s on May 30 for a get-together of the SUCCESS group. The acronym stands for: Saratogians United to Continue the Charter Essential for Saratoga’s Success.

Those assembled vowed to fight against charter change. Weihe said a citizen with an issue in the council-manager form of governing would need to bring the issue to the city manager and if the response wasn’t acceptable it would create an intricate process to lobby the majority of the city council to remove the department head, which would come at a financial price. “Two questions: Who are you going to call, and what’s it going to cost,” Weihe said. The removal of a city manager would come either at the request of the city council, or by their majority vote, and would require a public hearing. The May 30 date is significant. It was initially the day the referendum vote was to be held. Commission members had said the standalone date would give the proposition the attention it deserved rather than becoming muddied in an already busy election season in November. Detractors of the plan alleged an off-peak election was an attempt to suppress voter turnout. “I moved here over 40 years ago and dealt with many mayors and council members. I’ve seen the system at work – and it works,” Joe Dalton told the SUCCESS group. “To say that that it ain’t broke is probably the biggest misconception out there,”

countered Kane. “It may feel like we have a multitude of success – and we do – but we can do better. It’s like an upgrade in software. We’re operating at Windows 1.0 when we should be operating at Windows 10. We’re not changing services, we’re changing how the services inter-relate to one another,” he said.

How a Transition Would Work Should the change be approved by voters this November, in November 2019 residents would elect a mayor and six councilmen and the change would be enacted Jan. 1, 2020. The mayor and the three council members receiving the greatest number of votes would serve four-year terms; the remaining three council members would serve two-year terms. This would eventually be adjusted to have separately contested elections with staggered four-year terms for each of the seven members. Term limits would be set at a maximum of 12 years. Compensation for the six council members, the mayor, and the city manager – as well as that of a potential assistant city manager – would be designated by the outgoing council in 2018. Two elected supervisor positions would continue in a similar capacity, although would eventually increase to four-year electable terms.

The City Manager at Work “The city manager is the CEO and responsible for the day-to-day operations of the city,” explained Sharon Addison, city manager of Watertown, NY, which has a similar population and annual budget to Saratoga Springs. “The city council legislates, adopts local laws and resolutions and it’s my responsibility to execute on that,” she said. “We’ve got multiple department heads – similar I think to your commissioners – and I work very closely with the department heads to make sure the goals and objectives are accomplished in each of those departments.” Paid position staff members that report directly to Addison include the fire chief and police chief, superintendents of the DPW and Parks and Recreation, a city engineer, library director, purchasing manager, and city assessor. Overall, Addison oversees more than a dozen different departments, each with their own independent budgets that are combined into the general fund budget. Addison worked for more than a quarter-century at the National Security Agency in Fort Meade, Maryland, prior to becoming Watertown’s city manager in 2012. “Leadership and management qualities are pivotal, as well as experience in financial management,” she said.

Feds Sweep Through Saratoga Springs, Arrest 16 Continued from front page.

- are between the ages of 19 and 49 and currently face administrative immigration violations. Jeff Many looked out his Division Street office window Tuesday morning and watched the activity going on in the parking lot below. As a long white van sat in the lot, a variety of cars and SUV’s periodically pulled next to it, transferring men in handcuffs from the smaller vehicles into the van, he said. “I noticed the white van in the lot at around 7:30 in the morning. A female driver stayed behind with the van while the cars and SUV’s

would leave then come back around every 20 minutes or so,” Many said. “This went on until 10 or 11.” City police were informed of the arrival of federal agents, but played no role in the event, said Saratoga Springs Police Lt. Bob Jillson. “We were made aware of it. They let us know they were in town, but we weren’t a part of it. No other agencies were involved as far as I know.”

Nine of the men are facing potential federal felony charges for re-entry after deportation or visa fraud and are currently being held at the Albany County Correctional Facility. According to the federal agency, the investigation is ongoing and no further information will be released at this time.


Week of June 2 – June 8, 2017

City Democrats To Endorse Mayoral Candidate This Week by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs Democratic Party will meet Thursday, June 8 when a vote is expected to take place to endorse a mayoral candidate. On May 19, current city Mayor Joanne Yepsen publicly announced she would not seek re-election in November and “enthusiastically endorsed” Deputy Mayor Meg Kelly for the position. The announcement came just prior to a meeting by city Democrats. Committee chairman Charles Brown said while the prospect of selecting Kelly as the party’s choice for the mayoral seat was debated, there was insufficient time between Yepsen’s announcement and the previously scheduled gathering of the party to properly go through the review process. During the interim, former Deputy Mayor Hank Kuczynski considered throwing his proverbial hat into the mayoral ring, but subsequently informed Democrats that he had re-considered that option due to time constraints that would be placed on the operation of his own business.

All five council seats, both supervisor positions and one city court judge position will be decided by voters in November. Three currently seated Democrats are on the move: City Mayor Joanne Yepsen and Public Safety Commissioner Chris Mathiesen each announced that they will not seek re-election, and current Supervisor Peter Martin announced his intention to fill the seat being vacated by Mathiesen. City Democrats had previously endorsed incumbents John Franck and Michele Madigan, current city judge Francine Vero, and newcomers Pat Friesen and Tara Gaston for the two Supervisor seats. Thus far, Kelly is the lone Democrat vying for mayor, and no potential candidate has come forward to challenge Republican incumbent DPW Commissioner Anthony “Skip” Scirocco. Last month, city Republicans endorsed mayoral candidate Mark Baker; political newcomers Andrew Blumenberg – vying for a seat as City Court Judge, and Don Braim – who will be running for the position of Public Safety Commissioner; Saratoga County Supervisor candidate John Safford, and incumbent DPW Commissioner Anthony “Skip” Scirocco and Saratoga County Supervisor Matt Veitch.

Neighbors Continued from page 2.

Q. The mansion at Yaddo is nearing 125 years old and is set to undergo a restoration. A. The work at the mansion begins next month. It’s a two-year process that will stabilize the building and include some modest upgrades. We’ve raised $6.5 million in a $10 million campaign, which is going very well and ahead of schedule, so we’ll be able to keep Yaddo at its very best for another century. Q. The annual Yaddo gala will take place June 22, feature Terry McMillan and will take place at a site on the grounds rarely seen by the public. A. You will come up that wonderful driveway, you will still see the mansion, but nobody really gets to see past the mansion. This is going to take you behind West House – which is our minimansion - and will take place on the Great Lawn under a tent, which allows you to see where the graveyards and the guest areas are. When we have the event in the mansion we have to cut it off at 200 people. This will allow us to have more people come this year. Q. There has been an active outreach into the community in recent years. A. There are two parts to the Yaddo in the Community Initiative. One is a partnership with Northshire Bookstore where we co-host events featuring leading authors who have a Yaddo connection. (Yaddo will present An Evening with Gail Godwin at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, June 5 at Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway). It’s a celebration of the author and it’s also where people can meet some of the current artists-in-residence. There is also a program with the Saratoga Springs High School where we have had some of the junior and senior students choose an archival project associated with Yaddo. The students did a lot of research, were able to access to papers in the Yaddo archive and got to do some one-on-one interviews with Yaddo artists. Q. In addition to the restoration at the mansion, what else is in store for Yaddo in the future? A. There are plans for landscape improvements and interventions which will really help the public areas of the grounds. Right now, we get over 50,000 visits a year and we want to make it a little easier for people to park and spend a whole afternoon picnicking, so you’ll begin to see some work going on in the public areas. We’ll also be working a little more on balancing ways of having more spaces for readings and concerts during which the community can be invited in without undermining the retreat. So, there’s a lot going on and the next few years will be exciting.



Week of June 2 – June 8, 2017

Essential Tick Remedy: Local Woman Invents Popular Product Continued from front page.

April to compete for $25,000 in seed funding for their plans. From that group, three winners will be selected in August and Sam’s Club will provide the funds. The company runs a program to benefit small-business owners, primarily women, in low- to moderate-income communities, in association with the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE). Bill Edwards, vice chairman of a SCORE Northeast New York chapter, says he acted as a mentor for Grillo after learning about her products through economic development partners in Washington County. Grillo herself said her relationship with Edwards started last fall at a small-business

course offered by Adirondack Community College. Edwards reported that one other local company— ExtendHer in Clifton Park, which offers clothing specially designed for pregnant women—has qualified for the national Sam’s Club competition. He added that it was “unique” and showed the “creativity” of the Capital Region that two local women would qualify. “It works. That’s the important thing,” Edwards said of Grillo’s product, which he also called “environmentally friendly.” For several years, Grillo explains, family and friends have “field tested” her product, each bottle of which normally lasts for the whole season that Gina Grillo replenishes her stock at Fallon Wellness Pharmacy of Saratoga. Photo by

bugs are active. She calls the product a “powerful proprietary blend of essential oils, known for its ability to repel ticks, mosquitoes, and other pesky insects.” Many public health officials point to deer ticks as the most common carrier of Lyme

disease, a bacterial infection that can lead to chronic health problems. Catherine Duncan, director of the Saratoga County Public Health Department, said there were 73 confirmed cases of Lyme disease in the county in 2016. There have

been 16 cases confirmed so far this year, she said. Duncan said she is not yet familiar with Grillo’s product, but knows how people “look for natural tick repellents.” Duncan indicated that her department also educates and advises people in how to make their own “tick kits.” She said her department has a limited number of such kits on hand, but will distribute them later in the summer at the Saratoga County Fair. “All you have to do is get a good set of tweezers,” Duncan said. “There’s a proper way of removing” ticks. “No matter what you use, use more,” Grillo said. The recent outreach to promote her own products is rooted in a genuine concern for people’s welfare during active tick seasons, she added, especially “vulnerable” children. “We have a lot of customers who are being treated for Lyme,” offered Dianna Lenz, who manages the Fallon Wellness Pharmacy on Broadway. She was grateful when Grillo delivered another case of her Essential Insect Repellent earlier this week. “People love it,” Lenz said. “We’ve been selling out.”


Week of June 2 – June 8, 2017

Saratoga Race Course Job Fair SARATOGA SPRINGS — The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will host a threeday job fair June 15 through 17 for those interested in working at Saratoga Race Course during the 2017 summer meet. The job fair will be held for the third consecutive year at the Saratoga Springs City Center, 522 Broadway, in downtown Saratoga Springs. Parking will be available in the adjacent lot on Maple Avenue. The 2017 summer meet at Saratoga Race Course will run from Friday, July 21 through Monday, September 4. Opportunities are available for administrative/office roles, bartenders, bets squad, betting clerks, box office, cashiers, chefs, cleaners, cooks, food service helpers and supervisors, general labor, giveaway helpers (part-time only), guest services, hosts/hostesses, mascots, parking attendants, porters and bar backs, prep cooks, program sellers, retail clerks, security, turf work, utility workers, wait staff, and whitecaps/ushers.

Interviews will be conducted on Thursday, June 15 from 2 to 6 p.m.; Friday, June 16 from 2 to 6 p.m.; and on Saturday, June 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Positions are available with NYRA, Centerplate, Union Square Events, Integrated Staffing, Noor Staffing Group and American Maintenance. Applicants must be at least 15 years of age with New York State Certified Working Papers; prospective security guards, cashiers and betting clerks must be at least 18 years of age to apply. Limited opportunities exist for 15-year-old applicants. Betting clerks and cashiers must have significant cash handling experience. Security guards must have a high school degree or GED to apply. All applicants must bring a photo ID and social security card or I-9 alternative. NYRA, Centerplate, Union Square Events, Integrated Staffing, Noor Staffing Group and American Maintenance are Equal Opportunity employers.a

Saratoga Casino Uniforms Recognized SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Cintas Corporation, which supplies apparel at Saratoga Casino Hotel, announced in May that it received an Image of the Year (IOY) Award from the North American Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors. In the gaming category, the Cintas apparel program for Saratoga Casino Hotel received an IOY award. The program is designed as a nod to the past when appearance was everything and the details surprised yet delighted. It features colors that are consistent with the casino’s branding and marketing guidelines, and details that reflect the beauty

of the new facility. Cintas also received an award for Best Garment Innovation—Comfort for its new zip-off sleeve, softshell jacket. The jacket is an adaptable layering piece that converts to a soft-shell vest, helping employees be prepared and professional, yet athletic and agile at all times. It features zip-off sleeves that allow employees to simplify their uniform wardrobe and make the garments work with them and not against them. To view other winning programs and past winners, visit imageawards.

BSBPA Meeting Set BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association (BSBPA) is hosting a networking mixer on Wednesday, June 14, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at High Rock Distillery, 1321 Saratoga Road (Route 50 just south of the village). High Rock Distillery owners Peter Hatalyk Jr. and Jake Hewson handcraft small batch

spirits, including bourbons, vodka and gin, using locally sourced ingredients. Along with the distillery, there is a tasting room and outdoor patio for the warm summer months. The public can tour the distillery and see how the spirits are made, while joining BSBPA members for a fun, relaxed, social gathering to

raise a toast in support of a local small business. The cost is $10 per person. Pre-registration and payment are suggested online at www.ballston. org. If choosing to pay at the door, the BSBPA appreciates sending RSVPs to The event is open to the public. Information on BSBPA membership will be available.

Adirondack Trust Community Shred Day SARATOGA SPRINGS — Officials at The Adirondack Trust Company (ATC) have announced that they will be bringing their Community Shred Day to the North Country. The Adirondack Trust Co. will partner with the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce to host a personal documentshredding day that is open to the public on Saturday, June 3. The

event will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at ATC’s office located at 376 Bay Road, Queensbury. Individuals are welcome to bring their personal papers for confidential destruction. Items that will be accepted for shredding include sensitive papers (white or color), carbon paper, file folders, old checkbooks, bank statements, expired credit cards or debit cards, and plastic ID cards.

Paper items with staples and/or paperclips will be accepted. Staples and paperclips do not need to be removed prior to shredding. This service is intended for individuals, and will have a twobox limit for each person. For more information regarding the Adirondack Trust Co. Shred Day, please visit



Week of June 2 – June 8, 2017

Business Phone System On-Premise VS. Cloud Maybe you’ve been thinking about upgrading to a new phone system. Maybe you’ve been trying to decide between an on-premise solution and a hosted solution. Maybe you have no idea what I’m even talking about! When you are finished reading this article, hopefully you will not only understand the difference between the two, but you will also be far better equipped to decide which phone system will work best in your particular business environment. Keep in mind, “PBX” is just industry jargon for “phone system.” Like anything that requires a decision, there are pros and cons to both systems. Even

the simplest decisions require weighing the pros and cons. “If I get McDonald’s on the way home, it’ll be quick and easy, it’ll taste good, and it’s cheap (pros), but I’ll hate myself for it (cons); whereas, if I go home and grill some chicken it’ll be much better for me, and it’ll use up some of the groceries I bought (pros), but I’ll actually have to cook, it’ll be longer before I eat, and I’ll wish that I had gone to the McDonald’s drive-thru (cons).” This decision is no different! So, here’s the plan – I’ll explain what a hosted PBX is and what an onpremise PBX is, put in a fancy little chart comparing the two, and then a little summation to

tie it all together. When all is said and done, if you’re just as confused as you were when I started, you can reach out to us and, rest-assured that, as both an NEC Authorized Partner and Star2Star Authorized Reseller with over 30 years in the business, we’ll be able to help you through the decision-making process. Simple enough? What is a hosted PBX? Hosted PBX (also known as Hosted VoIP, Cloud Phone System, or Internet Phone System) is a phone system where the provider is responsible for housing the physical PBX, as well as handling the required programming. When

exploring this option, it’s helpful to know approximately how many minutes your business spends on the phone. A test is necessary to ensure that your internet connection has enough bandwidth and stability to deliver clear, quality phone calls. What is an on-premise PBX? An on-premise PBX is also known as an IP-PBX or hybrid PBX phone system. It is similar to a traditional PBX system in that it resides at a location, usually in a data closet or equipment room – or sometimes, as we’ve witnessed, in some cold, dark dungeon-like room covered in cobwebs and dust.

That’s fine. We don’t judge. Well…maybe a little. The main difference is that with an onpremise PBX, you and your trusted provider (Tech II, for instance) are in control of the equipment’s health, uptime and programming. You may re-use your traditional digital infrastructure, or make use of IP routing using more current technology. In any case, you are responsible for the hardware and upkeep of equipment. I realize that that’s a whole lot of acronyms, so as I promised, here’s a little chart to help you more easily see the difference between a hosted solution and an on-premise solution. Who doesn’t love charts?!


On Premise

Hosted (Cloud)

Total Cost of Ownership

Significantly lower monthly cost after initial investment. Lower upfront cost with perpetual monthly costs. Most You should factor in the variable costs of upgrades, service costs for upgrades, service and maintenance are assumed and maintenance. by the cloud provider.


Supports all technology – analog, digital and IP. If desired, Network must be qualified and reliable. Must be adequate system does not need to be on the network in order to bandwidth in order to have reliable phone calls. function.


Wide variety of phone services can be used – SIP, PRI, POTS and BCP lines. If telephone service goes offline, phone calls can be redirected to back up lines, a different location or cell phone.

All services delivered over internet. If internet goes offline, phone calls may be redirected to back up lines with limited functionality, a different location, cell phone(s) or voicemail.

Internet Requirements

Internet not required to function.

Internet required in order to function.

Bandwidth Requirements

With phone line diversity, bandwidth is not an issue, unless VoIP calls require 100kbps Up and Down per simultaneusing SIP Trunks. ous call. Bandwidth capabilities of the network must be analyzed. Bandwidth reservations recommended.

Voice Quality

Depends on the quality of lines coming in from the service Depends on the quality of the Internet connection. provider, which is normally very clear. Network performance will affect call quality.

Remote Sites (More than four users)

Additional services and hardware needed. Significant Remote sites are easy to deploy with just the cost of phones investments usually required. and (possibly) licensing.

Call Control

Proprietary telephones which are very flexible and have all Cloud providers use generic SIP telephones for end users. the traditional phone functions you would see in a busi- Power is in call control software that is loaded on a comness class phone system. puter for end users.

System Updates

Software updates require vendor or network admin Updates performed as included service. involvement.

Follow-up Service

If additional support is needed, it will require an investment. Break/fix support included. Adds, moves and changes not included and require an investment.

System Growth

As you grow, additional hardware and phones may be As you grow, additional phones will be required, but you required. will never outgrow the system.

Third Party Integration

You have more control of system integration. Typically System integration with 3rd party vendors is limited to the much more flexible with add on features such as call center, add on features the provider offers. integration with internal systems and software and other advanced applications.

You need to research all of the positives and negatives as they relate to your particular business to determine which system best suits your organization. Tech II is well-equipped to analyze your current environment and to provide recommendations based upon those findings. If you would like more information on business telephone systems or on what Tech II Business Services can do for you, visit us online at or give us a call at (518) 587-1565.


Week of June 2 – June 8, 2017

Now’s the Time to Apply for Free Home Repairs

by Megin Potter for Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA COUNTY — If you are among those in need of home repairs but are unable to afford them, don’t wait; you may be able to get them done for free with the help of Rebuilding Together Saratoga County. Rebuilding Together Saratoga County is the only nonprofit organization that provides home repairs and accessibility modifications for low-income residents in Saratoga County, at no cost to the homeowner.

The program advocates neighbors helping neighbors, and is committed to ensuring that those in need can live independently in safe, healthy, warm and dry homes. Rebuilding Together Saratoga County, with the help of 8,200 volunteers has repaired more than 850 homes in the last 14 years. Recent improvements have included installing energy efficient windows and doors, repairing or replacing roofing, and modifying bathrooms and stairs for those with limited mobility.

Recently awarded several competitive grants from NYS Homes and Community Renewal through their Access to Home, Access to Home for Medicaid, Access to Home for Veterans, and HOME programs, they are spreading the word that applications from interested low-income homeowners are wanted.

Agencies including the Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council, Franklin Community Center, Shelters of Saratoga, Saratoga County for the Aging, and CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services frequently refer homeowners to Rebuilding Together Saratoga County for their home improvement services and are currently being notified with information about these grants.

In order to apply, homeowners must first complete an application and provide supporting documentation (proof of homeownership and income). Applications can be downloaded from the Rebuilding Together Saratoga County website at, requested by emailing, or by calling 518-587-3315.


Week of June 2 – June 8, 2017

Who Doesn’t Love Berries? with mucousy mollusks. Raspberries and blackberries also require full sun and take up more space than strawberries. Some folks like to grow them on trellises or wire supports to make them easier to prune and harvest. Again, a little food in the spring is all they need. Go easy on the food though or you’ll get more leaves and less berries. Again I use just a little Flower-Tone. Raspberries and Blackberries do need to be pruned each year. Pruning is simple. After you harvest the berries, cut off the canes (stems) that they were growing on. There will be other canes on the plant that didn’t produce fruit this year...don’t prune them off... they are the canes that will make berries next year. Pretty simple. Most of us have heard by now about the health benefits of blueberries. Blueberries are probably the easiest berries to grow. They are woody bushes that you plant in a sunny location...the more sun, the more and tastier berries you get. Like raspberries, blueberries produce berries on two-year-old

by Peter Bowden for Saratoga TODAY Who doesn’t love berries? I love all fruit but berries best of all. They sure have gotten expensive to buy these days so why not grow your own? The good news is that strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries are all very easy to grow. Best of all, they come back year after year on their own so you only need to plant them once. I love the little wild strawberries and have fond childhood memories of harvesting them and bringing them home for mom to transform into strawberry shortcake. I can find some wild strawberries still but never enough for more than a little taste. Instead, I have a patch of a larger domesticated variety growing in my vegetable garden, and you can buy some right now at the garden center. It all started a few years ago with just a few plants. Of course, strawberries spread by sending out runners so they soon grew into a large patch. Last year I had to dig out the patch and divide them. I replanted the best plants and had so many left that I was able to share them with gardening friends. The replanted patch looks great and I’m sure we’ll be overwhelmed again this June. There isn’t much to growing strawberries other than picking

out a sunny area to plant them and feeding them in spring. I use Espoma Flower-Tone for this since the formula for my perennials is just what the strawberries like as well...they are perennials too after all. Slimy slugs also love

my strawberries, but these days we have Bonide Slug Magic which is simply iron phosphate. It works great and is totally safe around food crops and doesn’t harm anything other than slugs. Now I don’t have to share my precious strawberries

stems so simply snip off the stems that made this year’s berries. This is best done over winter when the plant is dormant. Blueberries like acid soil so you’ll want to feed them with an evergreen food like Holly-Tone. Mulching with acidic mulches like pine needles or pine bark mulch is also a good idea. Once you get your berry plants established they’ll continue to provide you with tasty treats for many years to come. Thanks for the read.



Week of June 2 – June 8, 2017

Growing Mushrooms Nourishes the Palate and Environment

Pasta with Ricotta and Mushrooms Adapted from recipe featured in Saveur Saturdays, 9 to 1 Wednesdays 3 to 6

Serves: 4-6

High Rock Park

by Himanee Gupta-Carlson

for Saratoga TODAY Mariaville Mushroom Men by Pattie Garrett.

My husband and I are slowly creating a mushroom garden. We filled two oak logs with oyster mushroom spawn in 2015. After harvesting a handful of mushrooms that fall, we added more logs last summer, to grow shiitake and lion’s mane. This spring, we are adding wine cap and cinnamon caps with different methods. We purchased two bags of wine cap spawn from Bobby Chandler of Mariaville Mushroom Men at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market, and following a diagram he drew for us, have created a bed of woodchips. We’re cultivating our cinnamon caps in grow kit bags. For Chandler, mushrooms are a “lifestyle” that encompasses pleasure for the palate, medicine for long-term health, and nutrients for the soil that produces future food. While Chandler

Mariaville Mushroom Men.

sells a range of mushrooms at the farmers’ market, his grow kits are aimed at market goers who want to try growing their own. “I want people to use me as a resource,” said Chandler. “Education about mushrooms is extremely important, and growing them is one way to learn more.” Chandler’s grow bags sell for $25. He also sells the plug

spawn commonly used to cultivate mushrooms on logs for $5 for 50 plugs. The grow bags hold 10 pounds of sawdust inoculated with the spawn of a specific mushroom. These, according to Chandler, are the easiest to grow mushrooms. Simply cut open the bags, mist the spawn every few days, and let the mushrooms grow inside. Each bag will produce about three to five pounds of mushrooms over two to three harvests, over a few months. Plug spawn requires more work. Growers need to obtain logs, ideally cut in late winter or early spring, and drill holes into them. They then must hammer the plugs into the holes and wax them shut. The spawn permeates the logs and then after several months the logs almost magically fruit with mushrooms. Both the bags and logs will offer repeat harvests and can be composted or buried into gardens after they stop producing to create a natural nutrient boost. For us, both methods offer an opportunity to expand what we grow while also nourishing our soil. That’s a part of the “mushroom lifestyle” we hope to cultivate. The Saratoga Farmers’ Market is 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at High Rock Park.



* Ingredients can be found at the market

1. Melt butter in a 12 inch skillet over medium-high, working in batches, cook mushrooms, 1 Tablespoon thyme, garlic, salt and pepper until mushrooms are golden, 15 minutes.

- 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter* - 2 pounds mixed mushrooms (Pioppino, Oyster, and Cinnamon caps mushrooms) cut or torn into bite size pieces* - 1 Tablespoons roughly chopped thyme, plus more for garnish* - 5 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed* - Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste - 1 pound pappardelle or favorite pasta - 1 cup ricotta* - ¼ cup toasted walnut pieces - Honey for drizzling*

2. Meanwhile, bring a large sauce pan of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta until al dente. Drain pasta, reserving ½ cup water. Add pasta, water, half the ricotta, walnuts, salt and pepper to skillet and toss to combine. Transfer to a serving platter and garnish with remaining ricotta and thyme. Drizzle with honey. Notes: Other mushrooms to use include: chanterelles, cremini, porcini

Pasta with Mushrooms by Pattie Garrett.


Week of June 2 – June 8, 2017

Sharpest Tool In the Kitchen and women put their uniforms aside and returned to civilian life. They went back to work at their old jobs or started small businesses; they became bigcity cops and firemen; they finished their degrees or enrolled in college for the first time; they became schoolteachers,” - Tom Brokaw, The Greatest Generation

by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY Hello my Foodie Friends !! This past Memorial Day marks the unofficial start to summer. We would like to thank all who have either served or are currently serving our country for their service. Both my father and father-in-law served our country. My father served in WWII fighting on the beaches of Normandy; my father-in-law served 22 years in the army, training and commanding young recruits. My mother was a Rosie the Riveter and lost 3 of her fingers in a work place accident and went right back on the job to make sure our soldiers had the best tanks!!! Paula’s mom was a little younger but ran her dad’s vegetable and fruit stand for 12 hours a day! She also drove around town giving food to the families that were in need!! Our parents come from a period that is called “the Greatest Generation.” The stories that both my father and father-in-law have given over the years about their time in the war or in the service, and the stories both my mother and mother-in-law have told, reflect an incredible period of our history. “When the war ended, more than twelve million men

I lost my father almost seven years ago. Among the precious possessions that were handed off to us were his knives. As a gift to each of my four other siblings, I sharpened and restored my father’s knives giving each one of my brothers and sisters knives that they could use and remember my father through each day as they prepared their meals. Knife sharpening is a service that I offer at Compliments to the Chef. Did you know that a sharp knife leads to fewer injuries? It does sound contradictory that a sharp knife could cause less injury. However, a sharp knife means you make fewer cuts and do not have to work as hard as you would to cut when using a dull knife. The law of averages shows that there is less of a chance of cutting yourself with a sharp knife then with a dull knife. A sharp knife also cuts more precisely with less chance of slippage. Overall; a sharp knife promotes better cutting techniques. Hold your knife and food correctly while paying close attention to your task and you’ll be fine, because a sharp knife will do its job! Stop in to get a free lesson or get your knives sharpened by me for only 5 dollars per knife no matter what the size! (Kitchen knives only please) Thank you to all who

currently serve and have served our country. Thank you for your service, commitment, and dedication, and above all, sacrifice in making our country great. Remember my Foodie Friends: “Life Happens in the Kitchen!” Take Care, John and Paula

20 BALLSTON SPA 4 Long Creek Dr., Ext. $440,000. Laurie Larson sold property to Thomas and Bonnie Farineau.


PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS Meller sold property to Christian and Elizabeth Fugloe. 14 Bonneau Rd., $258,369. Elizabeth Ohler and Penny Kenast sold property to Bank of America.

109 Hubbs Rd., $252,500. Aaron Moore sold property to Corey and Ashley Immke.

8 Ridge Lane, $323,000. Patrick and Christine Patell sold property to Gregory and Christen Jones.

98 Dubois Lane, $195,000. Richard Lewis (as Successor Trustee) sold property to Norma Henness and Tracy Tuczynski.

4 Dyer Dr., $236,900. Martha Rideout and Paul George sold property to Heidi Ward.

9 Maryanne Dr., $305,000. Joshua and Michele Sawyer sold property to Ashley and George Seaton. 3B LaCosta Dr., $13,650. McGrory Ruby Life Estate sold property to William and Jeffrey McGrory. 14 Chatsworth Way, $420,000. Jay Cao sold property to BGRS LLC. 14 Chatsworth Way, $420,000. BGRS LLC sold property to Joseph Sagili and Divya Kethreddy. 8 Wall St., Unit 437, $262,000. Sanford and Robin Cohn sold property to Constance Brown. 2 Sunrise Terrace, $315,000. Charles Abel and Amanda

Joshua Brewbaker sold property to Weichert Workforce Mobility Inc. 35 Locust Ridge Dr., $255,000. Weichert Workforce Mobility Inc. sold property to Christopher Finnerty and Jessica Smith. 19 Fuller Rd., $63,000. Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (by Atty) sold property to Tasha Briggs.


5 Southwood Dr., $294,500. David and Kathleen Kelly sold property to Shijo George.

224 S. Greenfield Rd., $177,500. Ronald McElwain sold property to 17 19 Waterbury Street LLC.

101 Balsam Way, $409,485. Heritage Builders Group LLC sold property to Mansoor Siddiqui, Talat Mansoor and Humayun Baig.

340 Greene Rd., $185,000. Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (by Atty) sold property to Laura Zembroski.

4 Dhara Court, $447,660. DeGraff Bloom Custom Builders Inc. sold property to Michael and Elina Wolf. 20 Prospect Point Lane, $530,000. Ralph Dee sold property to Anthony and Anne Singer (as Trustees).

CORINTH 35 Locust Ridge Dr., $255,000.

471 Lake Desolation Rd., $237,000. Robert Israel sold property to Patrick and Jessica Carney. 104 Sand Hill Rd., $183,000. Jason and Deidra Burke sold property to Richard and Erika Bussing.

HALFMOON 33 Deer Run Hollow, $257,900. Leonardo and Donna Ieronimo sold property to GJA and S LLC.

Bordeau Builders Inc. sold property to Scott Young.

MALTA 48 May Apple Way, $254,000. Jane Cooper-Freihofer sold property to Brian and Courtney Rocque.

4 Mennen Rd., $74,500. Glenn Waldinger sold property to Brandon Salvi.

234 East Line Rd., $165,000. Edward Keeler sold property to Samuel Armao. 7 Old Chatham Rd., $219,900. Keith Fredrick sold property to Anthony Payne and Karyn Campo. 270 Thimbleberry Rd., $185,000. Kelly Kenyon sold property to Krystal Nattes and Arthur Mosley III. 22 Vettura Ct., $85,000. Lecmor Residential LLC sold property to DeGraff Bloom Custom Builders Inc.


173 North Main St., $70,250. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development sold property to Kateri and Neil Perkins.

2C Inglewood Dr., $302,565.


61 Yachtsman Way, $649,829. Malta Land Company LLC sold property to Timothy and Kathy Clark.

288 Grooms Rd., $100,000. Marjorie Russell sold property to MRG Family Partners LLC.

23 Manchester Dr., $235,000. Richard Edwards sold property to Douglas and Taylor Weinheimer.

12 Birchtree Lane, $162,029. Leigh Ballentine sold property to Nationstar Mortgage LLC.

57 Church St., $147,446. Andrew and Jennifer Jennings sold property to Jason Young.

150 1st Ave., $78,312. Fannie Mae (by Atty) sold property to Starrbuilt Custom Homes LLC.

10 Vandeburgh Lane, $250,000. Glenn Rockwood (as Trustee) sold property to Heather Dziarcak.

property to Kayadeross Acres Inc.

13 George Ave., $133,900. Louise Bradford sold property to Todd Haver.

5 Christopher Way, $283,550. Marianne Perry sold property to Lisa Michaud.

53 Orchardview Dr., $330,000. Alan and Pamela Heaton sold property to Derrick Brewer and Melissa Yager.

Week of June 2 – June 8, 2017

MILTON 594 Acland Blvd., $335,000. James Perella sold property to Michael and Lindsay Speranza. 1021 Baker Rd., $105,000. Christiana Trust (as Trustee by Atty) sold property to Jesse Lena. 83 John St., $148,400. Samantha Blowers sold property to Rachael Rejiester. 885 Middleline Rd., $315,000. C and P Community LLC sold

SARATOGA SPRINGS 64 Rip Van Lane, $252,500. Caryn Coughtry sold property to Florence and Reed Abbott. 2 Wilshire Blvd., $330,000. Al and Laura Palkovich sold property to Christopher Macaluso. 16 Derby Dr., $197,000. Mary Ellen Walsh sold property to Carmelo Modesto. 11 Bensonhurst Ave., $275,000. Karen Radley sold property to Connor Preece. 748 Broadway, $1,372,000. Saratoga Broadway LLC sold property to Larissa and Peter Rosecrans, Jr.

STILLWATER 565 Hudson Ave., $227,000. Mark Petronis sold property to Sean and Kimberly Labunski. 38 Gurgba Dr., $278,000. Sam Ly sold property to Trisha Darrah. 57 Lake St., $19,900. Deutsche Bank National Trust Company (as Trustee, by Atty) sold property to Donald Starr. 23 Russell Dr., $210,000. Interstate Investment Holdings LLC sold property to George and Melissa Vermilyea. 3 Musket March, $239,900. 3 Musket March Land Trust sold property to Xi Chen and Jerry Dacchille, III.

WILTON 32 Wispering Pines Rd., $170,000. Joseph and Carolyn Prunier sold property to Ellen Brodie. 17 Circle Ct., $162,000. Michael and Dana Myers sold property to Bethony LLC. 275 Louden Rd., $215,000. Rock Solid Real Estate LLC sold property to Zachary McMaster and Kaitlyn Kroez.



The Saratoga Region

Week of June 2 – June 8, 2017





The Saratoga Region

ABOVE THE REST? We answer this question today, in our annual ‘Best of the Saratoga Region’ awards section…but the process began months ago. In mid-March we ran a few simple ads in Saratoga TODAY asking for input from our tens of thousands of readers. The request was simple: Nominate your favorite businesses in a variety of categories. In May, once the nomination process was over, we began the next phase and invited the entire public to vote on their favorite business. The response was overwhelming. Luckily we partnered with ‘Local Living In’ who had automated the entire process with a simple online voting program. Similar to prior years, this year we had a few new additions as well as a few surprises.





ADVERTISING SALES Jim Daley Cindy Durfey Chris Bushee

GRAPHIC DESIGN Morgan Rook Samantha Simek Andrew Ranalli

I know I found a LOT of my favorite businesses on the list and I am sure you will also. So flip the pages, check out the results and go visit a winner that you may not have known about. Thanks for being a part of our contest and congratulations to all the businesses that go above and beyond to make our region a great place to live, work and raise a family.

-Chad Beatty

Five Case Street Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 (518) 581-2480

Business and Services 55+ Living Residence

Apartment Living

Prestwick Chase

The Paddocks of Saratoga

The Summit at Saratoga

The Springs


Assisted Living

Steven Ellwanger, CPA, PLLC

Woodlawn Commons – Wesley

Jeff Many, CPA

Home of the Good Shepherd


Week of June 2 – June 8, 2017

Attorney Stephen Rossi esq Towne, Ryan & Partners, P.C.

Auto Dealer (New) Mangino Buick New Country Toyota

Auto Dealer (Used) Saratoga Honda New Country Toyota

Auto Repair Child’s Automotive Matt’s Service Center

Bank Adirondack Trust Company Saratoga National Bank

Barber/Barber Shop Trendsetters Barber Shop Straight Edge Barbershop

Builder Matt McPadden Witt Construction Inc.

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Butcher Primal Butcher & Deli Sanders Meat Market

Car Wash Hoffman Car Wash Marion Ave. Car Wash

Chiropractor Turning Point Chiropractic Szurek Chiropractic


Week of June 2 – June 8, 2017

Credit Union SEFCU Sunmark Federal CU

Dentist Saratoga Springs Family Dentistry, Drs. Dodd, Herbs, Mayo & Walsh Nicole Byrne Dental

Doctor Community Care Pediatrics Dr. Dan Eldredge


Week of June 2 – June 8, 2017

Dry Cleaner Cudney’s Cleaners Feigenbaums

Eye Doctor Zieker Eye Saratoga Vision

Funeral Home Burke Funeral Home Tunison Funeral Home

Week of June 2 – June 8, 2017


Granite Granite & Marble Works Capital Stone

Hair Stylist/Salon Hair Creations Swagger

Health Center & Hospitals Saratoga Hospital Sports PT of NY Photo by John Seymour.


Week of June 2 – June 8, 2017

Health Food Store Four Seasons Healthy Living

Hearing Care Hearing Care Resources - Dr. Robin Solomon Hear 4 You

HVAC B&B Plumbing Boyce & Drake

Insurance Agent Nicole Della Porta State Farm Rod Sutton

Kitchen & Bath Remodel F.W. Webb Saratoga Kitchens & Baths

Landscaping & Design Brookside Nursery Toadflax


Week of June 2 – June 8, 2017

Limo Saratoga Designated Drivers Saratoga Taxi

Nursing Home Wesley Health Care Center

Optician Vaughn Vision Family Vision

Paving BDB Paving Adirondack Paving


Week of June 2 – June 8, 2017

Physical Therapist Saratoga Hospital Regional Therapy Center Sports Physical Therapy

Plastic Surgery Steven Yarinsky MD/S. S. Plastic Surgery Dr. Jeffrey Ridha

Pool Builder/Swimming Pools Concord Pools & Spas Islander Pools and Spa

Week of June 2 – June 8, 2017

Real Estate Agent Kate Naughton Joan Taub

Real Estate Office Roohan Realty Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Sealcoating Elite Sealcoating Boldt Sealcoating



Week of June 2 – June 8, 2017

Studio Photographers Saratoga Portrait Studio Saratoga Photographer

Tattoo/Piercing Needlewurks Gold Tiger Tattoo

Taxi Saratoga Taxi Saratoga Designated Driver’s Car Service

Tile BEST TILE Sherman Tile

Web Design Agencies Hound Dog Graphics Interactive Media Consulting

Wedding Photographers Rob Spring Niki Rossi Photography

Wedding Venue Wedding Barn at Lakota’s Farm Hall of Springs – Mazzone


Week of June 2 – June 8, 2017

Education Daycare Center St. Paul’s Christian Childhood Center Maple Leaf Child Care Center

Nature/Outdoor Education The Ndakinna Education Center Wilton Wildlife & Preserve

Preschool Saratoga Independent School Spa Christian

Private School Saratoga Independent School Spa Christian

Photo provided by BOCES.


Week of June 2 – June 8, 2017

Food & DINING After Track Party

Best Local Delivery

Horseshoe Inn Gaffney’s

Springs Street Deli

Asian Bar for Live Music

BBQ PJ’s BAR-B-QSA Adirondack Barbeque Co.

Beer Selection Druthers Henry Street Taproom

Gennaro’s Pizza Parlor

Breakfast Place Country Corner Café Compton’s

Brunch Putnam’s at The Gideon Putnam Sweet Mimi


Week of June 2 – June 8, 2017

Burger The Local Pub and Teahouse Druther’s

Candy Store Saratoga Sweets Candy Company Kilwins

Casual Dining Olde Bryan Inn The Inn at Saratoga

Caterer Mazzone Hospitality Longfellows

Chef John Capelli - Old Bryan Inn Mouzon House

Chicken Hattie’s PJ’s BAR-B-QSA

Chicken Wings Peabody’s Sports Bar Wings Over Saratoga

Cocktails The Brook Tavern & Nine Maple (Tie) Blue Agave

Coffee Uncommon Grounds Stewarts

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Deli Roma Foods Spring Street Deli

Diner Triangle Diner Shirley’s

Family Dining Cantina Circus Café

Fine Dining The Prime Salt & Char

Gelato/Yogurt Saratoga Gelato Plum Dandy

Happy Hour Gaffney’s Peabody’s Sports Bar

Ice Cream Stewart’s Dairyhaus

Italian Augies Mama Mia’s

Late Night Bite Esperanto D’Andreas

Week of June 2 – June 8, 2017

Local Neighborhood Bar The Local Pub & Teahouse Peabody’s Sports Bar

Locally Brewed Beer Druthers Olde Saratoga Brewing Company

Lunch Roma Foods Olde Bryan Inn

New Restaurant 15 Church Salt & Char



Week of June 2 – June 8, 2017

Outdoor Dining Lake Local Village Pizzeria & Ristorante

Outdoor Patio Bar Lake Local Peabody’s

Pizza Gennarro’s Pizza Harvest & Hearth

Seafood Restaurant The Wishing Well Sperry’s

Seafood Shop Moby Rick’s Adirondack Seafood Co.

Sports Bar Peabody’s Sports Bar Stadium

Steak The Prime at Saratoga National Salt & Char

Tea Shop Saratoga Tea & Honey Whistling Kettle

Wine List The Wine Bar Village Pizzeria & Ristorante


Week of June 2 – June 8, 2017

Fun & Leisure Art Gallery Spring Street Gallery Flores Studio

Bed & Breakfast The Batcheller Mansion Union Gables Inn & Suites

Best Spot for Girl’s Night Out Saratoga Paint & Sip Nine Maple

Farmers Market Saratoga Farmers’ Market Spa City Farmers Market

Fitness Center/Gym Saratoga Peak Performance Saratoga Cycling Studio

Golf Course Saratoga National Golf Brookhaven

Week of June 2 – June 8, 2017

Kid-Friendly Museum

Children’s Museum of Saratoga Children’s Museum of Science and Tech., Troy

Kids Activity

Gavin Park Hudson Crossing Park

Kids Birthday Party Venue

Saratoga Strike Zone Children’s Museum of Saratoga

Hotel Lodging

Gideon Putnam The Inn at Saratoga


Adirondack Bodywork Saratoga Springs Float Spa


Nail Salon Pro Nails Hello Nails

Pilates Reform. A True Pilates Studio Saratoga Pilates

Spa Roosevelt Spa Saratoga Springs Float Spa

Tanning Salon Total Tan Hair Studio One

Yoga Hot Yoga Yoga Mandali


Week of June 2 – June 8, 2017

Pets Dog Trainers High Goal Farm Doggy Playcare

Groomer Milton Manor Puppy Love

Kennel Milton Manor Liberty Kennel

Pet Store Benson’s Sloppy Kisses

Veterinarian Homestead Animal Hospital Milton Veterinary

Photo by


Week of June 2 – June 8, 2017

Shopping Appliance Store

Bridal Shop

Earl B. Feiden Appliances

Lily Saratoga

Marcella’s Appliances

Something Bleu

Beverage Center Minogue’s EBI

Book Store  Northshire Bookstore Lyrical Ballad

Children’s Toy Shop G. Willikers Toys Impressions of Saratoga

Consignment Shop - Clothing Treasures Consignments New 2 You Fine Consignment Boutique


Week of June 2 – June 8, 2017

Consignment Shop – Home Goods Saratoga Consignment Studio Treasures Consignments

Dress Shop Caroline and Main Lifestyles of Saratoga

Florist Shop Dehn’s Flowers & Gifts The Posie Peddler

Furniture Store Furniture House Wood Carte

Gourmet Market Putnam Market Saratoga Olive Oil Co.

Grocery Store Price Chopper Hannaford

Week of June 2 – June 8, 2017

Hardware Store Allerdice Building Curtis Lumber

Home & Garden SunnySide Gardens Dehn’s Flowers

Home Décor Impressions of Saratoga Silverwood

Jewelry Shop N. Fox Jewelers DeJonghe

Kitchen Accessories Impressions of Saratoga Spoon & Whisk

Lighting Shop Wolberg Electric Allerdice Building



Week of June 2 – June 8, 2017

Locally Made Products Lather Bar soap Co Oliva Vineyards

Men’s Clothing Mountainman Outdoor Jos A. Banks

Pool Supplies Concord Pools Islander Pools & Spas

Week of June 2 – June 8, 2017

Saratoga Gifts Impressions of Saratoga Saratoga Olive Oil

Shoe Store Violets & Stella’s Caroline and Main

Tailor/Seamstress Feigenbaums Cudney’s Cleaners

Wine & Liquor Store Purdy’s Wine & Liquor Saratoga Wine and Spirit

Woman’s Clothing Spoken Boutique Lifestyles of Saratoga


Week of June 2 – June 8, 2017


Puzzles Across 1 Light source 4 Sea bordering Uzbekistan 8 Online money source 13 Prepare for a snap 15 “Sons and Lovers” author 17 Heat 19 Tuscan hill city 20 “__ does it!” 21 Zipped 22 Gulf Coast resort city 24 Like sriracha sauce 26 Smidgen 27 Colorful cover-ups 31 Heat 35 Alley wanderer 36 Popular truck brand 37 Important time 38 Heat 45 Unites, in a way 46 PETA concern 47 Turn right 48 “No, really?” 53 Egg on 56 L, vis-à-vis C 58 Junkyard material 59 Heat 62 It’s thinly disguised 63 Fries, e.g. 64 Medicare card specification 65 Fabulous runner-up 66 Talk trash to Down 1 Euphoria 2 Region that rebelled against Persia in about 500 B.C. 3 Work at weddings 4 Hulu distractions 5 Butler in a classic film 6 Greek leader 7 Logan of “60 Minutes” 8 EMS destinations 9 Advertised advantage of some lights 10 “Get __”: 1967 Esquires hit 11 Amount to plow 12 Cry out for 14 “You’re welcome,” in Havana 16 Anger simile

See puzzle solutions on page 70

See puzzle solution on page 70 18 Like Willie Nelson’s voice 23 Kabuki accessory 25 URL ender 27 Easy mark 28 Host after Allen 29 Med. tests using leads 30 “Now do you believe me?” 31 Wit’s end? 32 1,509-mile border river 33 Big dos 34 2011 NBA retiree 35 Divs. on some rulers 39 “The Grapes of Wrath” character 40 Make sure of 41 Titter 42 Bay Area travel letters 43 Home of the WNBA’s Shock

44 Puts up 48 Botanist’s field 49 Proposal 50 Old Celtic religious leader 51 Column in un calendrier 52 Fencing swords 53 Hunt for bargains 54 Hemingway sobriquet 55 Cab company competitor 57 Image on Missouri’s state quarter 60 “Citizenfour” org. 61 Saison in Provence

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: Fair to middling, Fair to midland Fair to middling, meaning so-so, is the correct phrase. This late 1800s expression originally referred to cotton grading, where fair was one of the lowest grades of cotton and middling was the next lowest. 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 June 2 – June 8, 2017

R U Tuff eNuff? These BOCES Students Are by Thomas Kika Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — This Saturday, June 3, will bring the sixth annual TUFF eNUFF obstacle course challenge to Saratoga Springs, providing local families and fitness enthusiasts with a day of high-energy, muddy fun on the reconstituted fields near the F. Donald Myers Education Center. Prior to the big day, the course itself has to be planned and constructed, and for the last six years these tasks have fallen into the hands of local BOCES students who learn their crafts at the Henning Road campus. Each September, The Prevention Council gets in touch with Greg Hammond and Ken Brooks, instructors at the Henning Road BOCES in the Heavy Equipment Program, to work out a date for the following year’s TUFF eNUFF challenge. From there, according to Hammond, the instructors and their students will begin the process of putting together the course about three weeks in advance, beginning first with the planning stages. The actual construction portion of the build takes up the last week or so before the event takes place. Every BOCES student in the Heavy Equipment program works on the project, which Hammond estimates to be around 80 students in a given year. According to some of the students who have worked on

this year’s course, the equipment used to prepare the TUFF eNUFF course are the typical vehicles that one would expect on a construction site: excavators, backhoes, bulldozers, wheel loaders, and more. “A little bit of everything,” Hammond said. This equipment is used to create the primary facets of the TUFF eNUFF course, including trenches to be filled with muddy water, and giant mounds of dirt to be scaled by runners. After these elements are in place, Hammond says that a number of other elements are brought in to spice things up, including logs, tires, ropes, and a number of other things to make the course more challenging. Aaron Lohaus, a student in the Heavy Equipment program, also noted the importance of safety in designing and constructing the course. He said that different considerations have to be made for the children’s course versus the normal course, including the depth of the trenches, to avoid potential drowning hazards for the smaller competitors. Furthermore, safety checks for the whole project are needed to ensure that nothing is left in place that might be too sharp or that might trip up participants in a bad way. All the tasks that go into creating these courses tie back into the lessons the students learn in the Heavy Equipment program. Unsurprisingly, proper operation

Heavy Equipment student Hunter Rowinski at the wheel of one of the tractors used to create the TUFF eNUFF course. Photo by Thomas Kika.

techniques are an important part of the program, but the students also learn how perform maintenance on the various vehicles and pieces of equipment they work with. Additionally, as Lohaus highlighted, safety is a major part of what they learn about, especially when it comes to being aware of their fellow workers on the project site. In recent years, the Prevention Council has also brought in students from other BOCES programs to improve the overall TUFF eNUFF experience. This includes students from the culinary program, who help put together a barbeque for the event,

“Trophies” collected by the students after the challenge has ended, consisting of muddied shoes and socks lost in the muck. Photo by Thomas Kika.

Kids take part in the muddy fun at last year’s TUFF eNUFF. Photo by

as well as student from the criminal justice program, who help to police the course and direct the flow of participants on the course. The Sixth Annual TUFF eNUFF challenge will take place at the Henning Road BOCES on

June 3. The Kids 1 Mile Run will begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by the Teens/Adults 5K at 9:15 a.m. Anyone interested can register at, and more information can be found by calling 518-581-1230.


Week of June 2 – June 8, 2017

Friends of Music Alumni Concert SARATOGA SPRINGS — Friends of Music of Saratoga Springs will be hosting an Alumni Concert at Saratoga Springs High School on June 17, starting at 7 p.m. in the Loewnberg Auditorium. Tickets for the concert will be available at the door, and proceeds from the event will go to the school’s Student Assistance Fund. There are currently around 15 performers set to play at the concert, including Dan Van Vranken, Galen Passen, Leah Woods, Ernie Belanger, and more. Further information about the event and its lineup can be found at www.fomtoga. org.

Dan van Vranken and Leah Woods will be among the performers at the Alumni Concert. Photos provided.

Girl Scouts Team with GLOBALFOUNDRIES for STEM Camp GALWAY — The Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York (GSNENY) and GLOBALFOUNDRIES have partnered to offer 6th – 8th grade Capital Region girls a summer camp which combines the traditional camp experience with an introduction to the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The two-week program, entitled “GLOBALGirls,” will run from July 10 through July 21 at Camp Woodhaven in Galway. Campers will experience traditional summer camp activities such as boating, swimming,

hiking, arts and crafts, and cookouts as well as work directly with GLOBALFOUNDRIES engineers to learn about the engineering process, public speaking, presentation skills, and project management. The GLOBALGirls program will include two site visits: one to GLOBALFOUNDRIES Fab 8, where the campers will learn about semiconductor manufacturing, participate in STEM activities, and meet some of GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ leading women engineers; another to a local horse farm run by

the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) to learn about the stable’s needs and, with the guidance of GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ engineers, create a tool or prototype to address a specific TRF challenge. The camp will culminate with a final project presentation before GLOBALFOUNDRIES leadership, TRF staff, parents, and invited guests. Parents interested in the camp can register the children and get more information at summer-camp.

Schuylerville Community Theater Scholarships SCHUYLERVILLE — Since 1983, the Schuylerville Community Theater has awarded over $40,000 in scholarships to deserving local high school seniors who wish to enter an accredited college or conservatory to pursue a career in music, dance, drama, or theater arts. The recipients of the SCT Scholarship awards for 2017 are as follows: The $500 SCT Vickie K. Wolfe Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to Lydia Martin, daughter of Julia and Rick Martin of Victory Mills. Upon graduation from Schuylerville High School, Martin will pursue a Music Education degree from the University of Hartford. The $500 Sharon R. Festo Memorial

Scholarship has been awarded to Matthew Boyce of Saratoga Springs, son of Glen and Bonnie Boyce. Boyce has chosen to attend the College of Saint Rose seeking a degree in Music Industry. Isaiah Evans has been awarded the $500 Katherine R. Hopkins Memorial Scholarship. Evans, son of Scott and Stephanie Evans, will be graduating from Burnt HillsBallston Lake High School, and

will be studying Composition for Musical Theater at Berkley College of Music. The $500 Edward “Ted” Shuster Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to Tyler Talmage, son of William and Lisa Talmage of Glens Falls. Tyler will attend the American Musical and Drama Academy in an Integrated Conservatory course of study to further his dreams of becoming a professional performer.

Dean’s List Submissions If you know of a college student who has recently made their school’s Dean’s List and would like them to be featured here in the future,

send an email with their information (school, class, degree, etc.) to education editor Thomas Kika at


South Glens Falls A Cappella Show GLENS FALLS — Vocal Point, South Glens Falls High School’s select a cappella group, will be hosting their Spring Show, “Night at the Acatorium” on June 3. Held at the historic Round Lake Auditorium, the concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. General admission is $5 and tickets may be purchased at the door or online at vocal-point.ticketleap. com/acatorium. Children under 12 can get in for free. Concessions and a cappella merchandise will be available for purchase. Doors will open at 6:15 PM.

Vocal Point is a curricular music performing ensemble at South Glens Falls High School. Under the direction of Mrs. Betsy StambachFuller, the singing group of eighteen students has represented the community at both the national and international levels (2015 National A Cappella Convention; 20142017 International Championship of High School A Cappella). They released their first studio-recorded album, Stay Awhile, in 2015 and have an EP scheduled to release in the summer of 2017.


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Week of June 2 – June 8, 2017

Greenfield Elementary School (518) 428-2267

TOWN OF GREENFIELD SUMMER RECREATION PROGRAM Program Information for 2017 Dates: Wed. June 28th – Fri. July 28th Times: 9:00 to 12:00 Monday through Friday (except extended trips) Location: Greenfield Elementary School Cost: $30 for Town Residents Camp Phone: (518) 428-2267 $100 for Non-Residents $5 t-shirt fee Optional field trip fees SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE OPTIONAL FIELD TRIPS Guptills Arena: July 5 (9:30-2:00) Bowling (Grps 1 & 2): July 14 (9:30-12:00) Via Aquarium (Grps 3&4): July 14 (9:30-12:00) County Fair: July 19 (9:15- 3:00) Bowling (Grps 3 & 4): July 21 (9:30-12:00) Via Aquarium (Grps 1&2): July 21 (9:30-12:00) Liberty Ridge: July 26 (9:15-3:00) Youth Day: July 28 (9:00-12:00) • Ages: 5 through 14 – Children must have completed Kindergarten

• Organization: Our program is organized into four smaller groups by grade level. • Group I is for grades 1 & 2 • Group II is for grades 3 & 4 • Group III is for grades 5 & 6 • Group IV is for grades 7 (to age 14) • 15 year olds can apply to be CIT’s • Games, organized activities and arts and crafts are scheduled in these groups. Registration The following forms and fees need to be turned in to the Town Hall by 6/23/17: • Registration Form and Fees (non-refundable). Late registration allowed excluding field trips • Insurance/Emergency Information Form • Immunization Record (obtained from physician). We do not have access to school records. Previous campers need new immunization record • Field Trip Permission/Waiver Form and Fees No field trip registration after 6/23/17 FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT www. and at the Town Hall



Arts Fest Friday Free Arts Event Celebrates Beauty and the Beasts at the Victoria Pool House in Saratoga Spa State Park, June 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. Free arts-filled celebration features Opera Saratoga, curated art exhibit, Baroque chamber music, Venetian mask making, children’s petting zoo, pony rides, and more. Free Admission, online RSVP requested Giffy’s BBQ Chicken Notre Dame Visitation Church is once again having a Giffy’s BBQ Chicken on June 10 from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Take-out orders only. Must have a ticket before. Cost is $13 per dinner. Pick up will be at the church parking lot located at 18 Pearl St. Schuylerville. Contact Bonnie at 518-695-3972 or Pat at 518-3382329. Get Your Rack Back Cocktail Gala Enjoy an evening of great food and entertainment on Saturday, June 10 from 7 – 11:30 p.m. at the Excelsior Springs at the Marriott, located at at 47 Excelsior Ave., Saratoga Springs. The event is hosted by, actor/comedian Greg Aidala to benefit families affected by cancer in Upstate NY. GYRB holds this fundraising gala each year in order to raise money to provide area cancer patients with meal delivery, gas, grocery and restaurant gift cards as well as medical copay assistance. Come out for a night of fun to help local families! You’ll have an opportunity to win a week’s stay in Cape May NJ just for attending as well as other door prizes! Early Bird ticket pricing is until May 15. Cost is $100 per person or $1000 for a table of 8. The evening includes a champagne reception, great food, a drink ticket and wonderful entertainment. Purchase tickets at: Southern Adirondack Audubon Picnic The Southern Adirondack Audubon Society (SAAS) offers a free picnic to chapter members at the Wilton Wildlife Preserve, off Scout Road, Gansevoort. The picnic will take

place on Sunday, June 11, from noon to 3 p.m. in place of the monthly June program. The Saratoga Springs Lions Club will be the chefs, offering hamburgers, hot dogs and more. The picnic will feature a birdhouse building workshop, a live bird of prey program, as well as time for members to socialize and enjoy the preserve and its wildlife. Nonmembers may become local chapter members at the picnic by paying dues of $10. The membership will be good for the rest of 2017. Please RSVP by Thursday, June 1, by emailing Rob Snell at birdbrane1@ Spring Into Summer Luncheon All women are invited to attend a luncheon on Tuesday, June 13, from Noon-2 p.m. at Longfellows Restaurant, Rt. 9P Saratoga. Cost is $15 inclusive. Our Special Feature, Leisha Amelia, a health advocate will discuss current health issues. Our Speaker, Carol Martin, a single mom who raised four children will speak on “Lost and Found”. Reservations are required by June 8. Please call Ellie at 518-584-3779 or Anita at 518-583-4043. Monthly Pieroghi Sale Christ the Savior Church, 249 Eastline Rd., Ballston Lake is sponsoring its monthly pieroghi sale on Tuesday, June 13. Potato, sauerkraut, and farmer’s cheese pieroghi will be available. For orders, please call 518-363-0001 soon. Pick up as usual from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on that Tuesday. Friends of Music Saratoga Springs Alumni Concert We invite you to join us on Saturday, June 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Loewenberg Auditorium at Saratoga Springs High School for this alumni concert. It will be a fantastic event. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, and $25 for a family. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Online purchasing is available at http:// Alumni from 1968 to 2016 will be performing as their way to “pay it forward” for the next classes of Saratoga Springs students. There will be some amazing performances. Additionally, Friends of Music will be accepting any band or orchestra instruments that are no longer being used. We’ll work with the music department

to find a deserving student for your donation. Email info@ for more information. Open Forge Night with Steve Gurzler Get an introduction to the art of blacksmithing by visiting Adirondack Folk School on any of our Open Forge nights for an amazing demonstration on Wednesday, June 21. 6:30 p.m. by Expert smith Steve Gurzler. Observing the demonstration is free and open to the public. For those who want to try their hand at blacksmithing and forge an item at open forge, there is a $20 fee to cover the cost of materials, and safety precautions must be followed – including hard shoes with no open toes, long pants, goggles (supplied) and gloves (supplied). For more information visit www. 8th Adirondack Greek Festival The 8th Adirondack Greek Festival will be held at St. George Church, 55 Main St., South Glens Falls on July 13 – 15. On Thursday, July 13 from 4 to 8 p.m., we will have gyro and souvlaki to go. On Friday & Saturday, July 14 and 15 from noon to 9 p.m., we will have our full festival with authentic Greek food, pastries, folk dancers, live music, souvenirs, kids’ activities, and church tours. Free admission and parking. OPA! For more information, call Marika at 518-792-8299 or the church at 518-792-2359. Paint and Pastries Come join us for a morning of creativity, fun, and great food. If you are aged 60 or over, this free class will be held on June 19 and June 22 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The painting on the 19th is entitled ‘Moonlight View’ and on the 22nd the class will be painting ‘Sunflowers’. You may attend one or both classes and bring a friend! Please call Jen Buscema at 518-884-4110 to register today. Join Cub Scouts Now and Take Part in Summer Fun The five Cub Packs in the Saratoga Springs area are registering boys entering grades K-5 in September. Why wait until September when you can have a summer of fun activities? How about… sleeping out on the field after a Valley Cats game; SPAC Movie night with the Philadelphia Orchestra; being part

Week of June 2 – June 8, 2017 of the 50th Elks Flag Day parade; Scout Day Camp or overnight Family Camp; Pack cookouts and hikes; grade-centered activities like fishing, bicycling, and game afternoon. Start your Scouting Adventure today. Registration cost is $50. For more information, contact Turning Point District Membership Chair John Koch at 518-644-4438 or . Southern Saratoga Artists’ Society Meeting The June meeting of SSAS will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 19 at Clifton Park Senior Community Center, located at 6 Clifton Common Blvd. Featured experimental Water Media artist, Barbara Aldi, will demonstrate her unique approach of painting with acrylics on foil, her specialty. Barbara, a retired schoolteacher, has studied various painting styles with several famed artists. She exhibits throughout the area. The public is invited to attend. For more information visit: Yankee Game Bus Trip Notre Dame Visitation Church Renovation Committee is hosting a Yankee Game Bus Trip on Saturday, August 12. It will be Yankees vs Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Cost is $130 per person which includes unlimited food and Pepsi products from 1st inning through 5th inning of game. Bus will leave Wilton Mall at 11 a.m. Tickets on sale now, first come, first serve. Tickets are non-refundable. Game time is 4 p.m. Contact Pete Healy at 518-421-2956. A Caring Friend Can Help You Do you feel like your days would be more pleasant if you had a friendly visit from someone who cares? Are the hours in the day endless because you have no way to get out? Care Links’ volunteers welcome the opportunity to lend a hand to help with grocery shopping or pay you a visit to help pass the time. They can do simple chores as well. Drivers will get you to your appointments. Everyone in this program enjoys contributing to make your life easier. Call 518-399-3262 to find out how the free services are there for you. If You Can Stand the Heat Become a Kitchen Helper for The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Saratoga County’s Office

for the Aging. If you are over the age of 55, love working with seniors, and enjoy prepping and serving food, then this unique volunteer opportunity is for you. Kitchen Helpers assist with meal preparation and serving for the Senior Nutrition Program in locations throughout Saratoga County. Training is provided, hours are flexible, and volunteers can assist Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Please contact Jen Buscema at 518-8844110 if you are interested in lending a helping hand. All Veterans Volunteers Needed The Saratoga National Cemetery Honor Guard Association provides military burial ceremonies for all branches of service at the Saratoga National Cemetery. We are always looking for veterans to join us, no matter what branch you served in (male or female) you must have been honorably discharged. We will provide our uniform (at no cost) and training. You can choose which day of the week (MondayFriday ) that you want to be there. For information go to our web site or contact Mark Brockway at reconplt260@gmail. com, phone 518-260-9933 or contact the Cemetery Administration Office located at 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville, NY 12871, Phone 518581-9128. Senior Nutrition Program Saratoga County Office for the Aging sponsors the program in Saratoga County. Persons age 60 and over can participate in a meal that is served at 12 noon at several meal sites throughout Saratoga County. Meal sites are located in Ballston Spa, Charlton, Clifton Park, Corinth, Edinburg, Galway, Greenfield, Hadley, Halfmoon, Malta, Mechanicville, Moreau, Saratoga, Schuylerville, and Waterford. This nutritious lunch is served Mondays-Fridays. Reservations are required at least one day in advance by noon. A registration form must be completed by each participant annually. No food/drink items can be taken to go. Participants will receive monthly contribution letter. The suggestion donation is $2.00 per meal. For more information and contact phone numbers of locations, please call Billie Jo at the Office for the Aging, 518-884-4996.

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Family Friendly Event

Friday, June 2 Indoor Yard and Bake Sale Malta Ridge United Methodist Church, 729 Malta Avenue Extension,Malta Ridge. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. An ala carte lunch, featuring hot dogs, Nellie’s beans, chips and a beverage will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday only. For additional information or directions please call the Church at 518-5810210.

Story time with Special Guest Star Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 10:30 a.m. Explore the world of classical music through some cherished picture books that are sure to spark the creative spirit! Elizabeth Sobol, SPAC President and CEO, joins us for a special reading and an invitation to SPAC’s free Story Time Concerts for children. For more information visit

Theater: The Trojan Women Bernhard Theater, Skidmore Campus, Saratoga Springs, 7:30 p.m. The Suzuki Company of Toga, Japan, celebrating the 25th summer SITI workshop at Skidmore, presents an adaptation of the classic Greek tragedy on June 2 and 3. Cosponsored by Stewart’s Signature Series. Tickets: $15 adults, $7 senior citizens and Skidmore community. For tickets go to zankel. For more information call 518-580-5321.

Free Movies in the Park Wiswall Park, Ballston Spa, 8:30 p.m. (Rain Date June 3) Free movies in Wiswall Park are back for the eleventh summer in a row, presented by the Ballston

Spa Business and Professional Association, as part of its monthly First Friday activities. This week’s movie is “Moana”. All films are family-friendly. All screenings are free. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. Movie snacks will be available, courtesy of North Star Church.

Saturday, June 3 6th Annual TUFF eNUFF Obstacle Challenge BOCES Campus, 15 Henning Rd., Saratoga Springs, 8 – 11:30 a.m. The Prevention Council will hold The 6th Annual Tuff eNuff 5k Obstacle Course Challenge. The challenge course is open to kids, adults, and families; a mud covered terrain with hurdles to jump over, crawl under, and tread through will push all participants to their limits! Last year the challenge attracted over 550 participants along with 1,000+ spectators and this year is expected to be bigger and better. Cost is $40 the day of the event. For more information visit http://

Heritage Garden Club Plant Sale Corner of Bryan St. and East Ave., Saratoga Springs, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The Heritage Garden Club of Saratoga Springs is sponsoring an herb, perennial plant and garden decor sale. There will be many varieties of herbs, perennial plants suited for zone 4 as well as garden accents available for sale.

Tolling of the Boats Ceremony The New York State Submariners Memorial, Veteran’s Memorial Park, Low Street, Ballston Spa. 11 a.m. The Albany-Saratoga Base of the United States Submarine Veterans Incorporated will have a Memorial Service In Honor of All Submariners on Eternal Patrol. .New York State Senator Kathy Marchione will be in attendance as the guest speaker.

Shopping for Soroptimists Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Pick out your favorite. Tell the Northshire bookseller that you are “Shopping for Soroptimists” and 20% of your purchases will be donated to

supporting programs for women and girls. Also on June 4 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. You may also buy your tour tickets during this two-day event, and enjoy yourself in Saratoga’s exceptional bookstore. For more information about the tour, visit

Gansevoort. 6:45 p.m. All are welcome. For more information call Pat 917-2825297.

Sunday, June 4 Breakfast Buffet Saratoga-Wilton Elks, 1 Elks Lane, Rt. 9, Saratoga Springs, 8:30 – 11 a.m. Now featuring eggs to order. Fruit cocktail, French toast, pancakes, potatoes, breakfast sausage and ham, corned beef hash, scrambled eggs, eggs benedict, juice, coffee and tea. Donation Requested: Adults $10, Seniors and Military (Active/Retired with ID Card) $9, Children 5—12 $8, Under 5 Free, Take-outs $10. Call 518-584-2585 for more information.

The Orchard Project – BUSK Saratoga Springs Heritage Area Visitor Center, 297 Broadway, Noon – 6 p.m. A free public event to kick off a Saratoga Springs summer, featuring artists from its famed residencies and beloved local acts. BUSK! is a spontaneous, outrageous, family-friendly event that aims to offer something to everyone — from local bands and magicians to spectacular circus artists and stunt performers. From family-friendly performances to installations, the format allows for a diverse array of artistry under one banner.

Monday, June 5 I.T.A.M. Auxiliary Meeting Mama Mia’s Restaurant, Ballston Ave., Saratoga Springs, 6:30 p.m. This is our monthly meeting for the ITAM Auxillary Dominick Smaldone Post . We will not have any meeting in July or August. The next scheduled meeting will be on Monday, September 1, .at 6:30 p.m. at the post. Members are urged to attend and watch for your info packs being mailed out soon.

American Legion Auxiliary Meeting

Tuesday, June 6

Henry Cornell Post 234. 23 Pleasant St., Ballston Spa, 7 p.m. Installation of officers will be during this meeting.

NABA Vision Day

Wednesday, June 7

The Adult & Senior Center of Saratoga, 5 Williams St., Saratoga Springs,, 11 a.m. Free and open to the public. Join us for free vision screenings and a presentation by a licensed ophthalmologist. Learn about: the latest research and treatments of eye diseases, leading causes of vision loss in older Americans, low vision adaptive aids, technologies and services. For more information call 518- 584-1621.

Guided Mindful Meditation

Catholic Daughters June Meeting Knights of Columbus Hall, 50 Pine Road, Saratoga Springs, 6:30 p.m. The Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court McLaughlin #422, will hold their final meeting of the year.. Members gather at 6 p.m. for refreshments and social time and the meeting will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. New members are always welcome to attend to see what the Catholic Daughters are all about. For any questions or further information contact Regent Aileen Thomas at 518-583-2905.

Tango Fusion Open House National Museum of Dance, 99 S. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 6:30 p.m. New student may take one complimentary class. No partner or experience necessary. 6:30 - East Coast Swing - All levels, 7:30 - Beginner West Coast Swing, 7:30- - Intermediate West Coast Swing, 8:30 - Beginner Argentine Tango, 8:30 - Intermediate Argentine Tango (the 6:30 and 7:30 classes are held in the museum foyer and the 8:30 classes are held southeast gallery off the foyer). For more information go to or call 518-932-6447.

Saratoga Springs Public Library, Susman Room, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Take a break from the daily grind and clear your mind with guided Mindful Meditation led by professionals from One Roof Holistic Health Center. Sessions are free and open to the public, and will be held on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call (518) 584-7860 ext. 205.

Little Plane Learns to Write Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 4:30 p.m. Join us for a special afternoon with award-winning bestselling picture book author & illustrator Stephen Savage as he shares his brand new book Little Plane Learns to Write - a book inspired by the rolling hills of upstate New York. For more information visit www.northshire. com.

Spring Fashion Show Town of Milton Community Center, 310 Northline Rd., Ballston Spa, 6 p.m Please join the Ballston Area Seniors for the Spring Fashion Show, Presented by Christopher Banks, C J Banks Fashions. Cards, games, refreshments and drinks included. Donation is $5.

Poetry Reading Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, Sign ups 7 p.m. On Wednesday, June 7, Caffè Lena will present a poetry reading by Alifar Skebe. An open reading will follow. The readings will start at 7:30 p.m. The host for the event will be Carol Graser and the cost is $5. Free for students. For more information call 518-583-0022,

Wilton Democratic Committee Meeting Ace Hardware Conference Room, 55 Northern Pines Rd.,

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Open Mic for Poets at Lena’s on Wednesday SARATOGA SPRINGS — Poet and visual artist Alifair Skebe will be the featured reader at this month’s Poetry Open Mic at Caffe Lena, on Wednesday, June 7. Skebe is the author of the poetry collection “Thin Matter,” the long poem “El Agua Es la Sangre de la Tierra”/water is the

blood of the earth (written in English), and a book of poems and text-art postcards “Love Letters: Les Cartes Postales.” Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and she holds a Ph.D. in American Poetry and Poetics from the University at Albany. She teaches english/writing in the

Educational Opportunity Program at the University at Albany and lives in Albany, with her husband. Poetry Open Mic, hosted by Carol Graser, takes place on the first Wednesday of the month. Admission is $5. Sign-up from 7 to 7:25 p.m. Readings start at 7:30 p.m. Poets may read two short

poems, or one longer poem, with a limit of five minutes altogether. A featured poet reads for 20 minutes. If you live in the Capital Region and would like to contribute a poem for consideration for what we hope to publish as a regular feature in this space, here are some guidelines: you may send up to two original poems at a time, with a maximum limit of 200

words per poem. A note on content: we cannot use poems which contain profanity or themes not suitable for publication elsewhere in the paper. Works may be submitted by email as part of a Word document, or in the body of an email. Please write “Poem Submission” in the email subject line. Include your name, town of residence, and send to:

Frank Zappa Sideman Performs Zappa Tribute at Parting Glass

Ike Willis will perform at the Parting Glass on June 2.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Onetime Frank Zappa vocalist and guitarist Ike Willis will perform a tribute to his former bandleader at the Parting Glass on Friday, June 2. Willis first joined Zappa’s band in 1978 and appeared on over 30 albums. Blurbage: Ike’s distinctive, booming baritone on virtually every album and every tour from 1978 to 1988 earned him the title “The Voice of Zappa” for the second half of Frank’s career. Ike is still touring internationally

with tribute acts such as Dweezil Zappa and Project/Object, playing the music just as Frank had asked him to just before his untimely death in 1993. Ike Willis and We Used to Cut the Grass – the latter an experimental ensemble from Asbury Park, New Jersey – will perform their tribute to Frank Zappa at 8 p.m. on June 2 at The Parting Glass, on Lake Avenue. Tickets are $15, and are available at:


Week of June 2 – June 8, 2017

Call for Artists: 10x10 Community Exhibition at Saratoga Arts

10x10 community exhibition, all summer long at Saratoga Arts.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Arts is accepting art works for its third annual 10x10 Exhibition. The exhibit will take place at the Broadway gallery July 1 to September 8. Participation in the exhibit is open to everybody: new artists, veteran artists, young and old artists, artists who are showing their work for the first

Faces of Uganda Exhibit at Spring Street to Benefit Drilling for Hope SARATOGA SPRINGS — An exhibition featuring the images of photographer Emma Dodge Hanson will take place 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, June 8 at Spring Street Gallery, located on 100 Spring St. The event, which benefits Drilling for Hope, features food, music and an educational kid's wing is. For more information about tickets and the event, visit:

time and artists who have been showing their work for years. The 10x10 exhibition celebrates the community and community arts. All artworks are available for purchase at or around $100. Last year, more than 100 of the works were sold. Artists are permitted to exhibit up to three pieces. There is a (flat) $10 entry fee, and

artists need not be members of Saratoga Arts to participate. All artwork must measure 10x10 inches, including frame, and all mediums and genres are encouraged. Artwork drop-off dates are Monday and Tuesday, June 19 20, from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. For submission form and complete guidelines, go to: http://

Arts Fest Fridays: Beauty, Beasts Congregate at Victoria Pool House

SARATOGA SPRINGS — SaratogaArtsFest will present the next installment of its Arts Fest Fridays series 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 9 at Saratoga Spa State Park’s historic Victoria Pool House. “Beauty and the Beasts” features selections of “Beauty and the Beast” performed by Opera Saratoga, an invitational fine arts exhibit, and baroque chamber music performed by Skidmore performance instructors Josh Rodriguez and Elizabeth Huntley.

Guests can tour the Victorian Pool House, picnic on the pool house grounds, head to a petting zoo, make keepsake Venetian masks or elaborate fans, and take selfies with strolling princesses and courtiers. Adding to the fairy tale ambience, Dream Ponies will offer rides for children on plumebedecked ponies attended by elegantly dressed groomsmen. Admission is free and the event is open to all ages.

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Images of a Memorial Day Parade Photos by

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Local veteran organizations, marching bands and service organizations took part in the city’s annual Memorial Day Parade on May 25, 2017, to commemorate the remembrance of those who gave

their lives defending the country. The route, accompanied by a Thursday night drizzle of rain, proceeded through the center of Saratoga Springs on Broadway and concluded at Congress Park with a brief memorial ceremony.

ARTS 63 + ENTERTAINMENT Three-Day Music Fest Features Tom Petty, Steve Miller

Week of June 2 – June 8, 2017

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will headline this year’s Mountain Jam Festival.

HUNTER — Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the Steve Miller Band, and Peter Frampton headline a collective of more than 40

bands appearing at the Mountain Jam festival on June 16-18. A variety of single-day, multi-day and camp access

ticket plans are available. For more information about tickets and a full lineup of bands, go to:


week of 6/2-6/8 friday, 6/2: Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band 50th Anniv. w/Addie & Olin, 8 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 Jukebox, 10 pm @ Caroline St. Pub — 583.9400 Mike O’Donnell, 7 pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583.1890 Rob Lindquist Group, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue — 583.2582

Open Mic Night, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 Super Dark Collective: The Coax / Sun Natives / Kimono Dragons, 10 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026

tuesday, 6/6: Traditional Open Irish Session w/ Drank The Gold, 7 pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583.1890

Ike Willis: Frank Zappa Tribute, 8 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583.1916

wednesday, 6/7:

Rob Aronstein, 7 pm @ Wishing Well — 584.7640

Poetry Open Mic Night, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022

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Hot Club of Saratoga, 7 pm @ Hamlet + Ghost — 450.7287

Don White with opener Tom McWatters, 8 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 2096, 10 pm @ Caroline St. Pub — 583.9400 Mozart Strings, 7 pm @ Hudson River Music Hall — 832.3484

Tim Wechgelaer & Chris Carey Acoustic Duo, 7:30 pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583.1890 Masters of Nostalgia, 8:30 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026 Irish Celtic Session, 7 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583.1916

Keith Pray Quartet, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue — 583.2582

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Jes Hudak and Friends, 9 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026

Alan Epstein CD Release Concert, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022

Right Coast Collective Party, 9 pm @ Putnam Den — 584.8066 Rob Aronstein, 7 pm @ Wishing Well — 584.7640

sunday, 6/4: Ellis Paul with opener Zion Rodman, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 Mozart Pianofest, 3 pm @ Hudson River Music Hall — 832.3485

Open Mic — every Thursday, 10 pm @ Circus Café — 583.1106 Jeff Walton, 6 pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583.1890 Hot Club of Saratoga, 7 pm @ Mouzon House — 226.0014 Cloud Lifter, 8:30 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026

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The Widener’s ...American Royalty And The Sport Of Kings

by Joseph Raucci for Saratoga TODAY Let’s take a look at the Widener’s, two men of distinction who had a profound effect on the betterment of thoroughbred horse racing in America during the glory years of the sport. They were born into one of the most wealthy and influential families of the early twentieth century. Descendants of German immigrants, their fortune was derived from transportation, specifically the trolley cars of their hometown of Philadelphia. They would add railroads and the manufacture of steel and tobacco products to their core holdings that rivaled any business model of that era. George D. Widener Sr. would oversee this massive financial empire. In the spring of 1912 he, his wife Eleanor and son Harry embarked on the newly christened steamship Titanic. They were returning to America after a business trip abroad. As fate would have it the elder Widener along with Harry perished with 1500 others as Titanic’s short life ended after a collision with an ice burg shortly after midnight on April 15,1912. His wife Eleanor was one of the 800 survivors of the maritime disaster. With the death of the Widener patriarch the family business was turned over to his brother Joseph. He had two passions in his life. The collecting of art, including some of the most important works painted by the European masters and the love of thoroughbred horse racing. He bred and then raced his stock here and in Europe with much success. More importantly was his plan to build a racetrack to rival any in the world. And he did just that in 1930 with a grand plan carried out by architect Lester Geisler. It

would be named Hialeah located not far from Miami. No expense was spared in creating his masterpiece. The entrance way leading into the grounds was lined with majestic royal palms. The clubhouse and grandstand were built with a Mediterranean style. The paddock area was defined by beautiful palm trees and landscaping that gave it a breathtaking view. The track itself was no less inviting. A flock of Flamingo’s called the infield lake home. On racing days, the fans could get a view of these tropical birds in flight. Hialeah became the place to be for the rich, the famous, the gamblers and the sightseers. Every winter it would put Miami on the horse racing map for forty days in the prime of the vacation season. The main events raced there were the Flamingo, a stakes race for three-year-old colts that most always produced a Kentucky Derby contender. No less than ten winners of this event went on to win the “Run for the Roses”. For older horses, it was the Widener. This became one of the premier events on the American racing calendar. Well known champions the likes of War Admiral, Nashua and the great Forego were all winners of this venerable race. As he is known as the visionary of high caliber horse racing in south Florida, he most certainly must also be commended for his time as principal owner of Belmont park. For nearly 20 years he called the shots at America’s most important racetrack. A little-known fact: For many years, a 6-furlong straight course ran right down Belmont Park’s infield, fittingly named the Widener chute. An old tale has it that when German war plans were found for an attack on Long Island, Erwin Rommel had planned on leading a Panzer Division right down the chute. Joseph Widener would leave the scene in 1943 at the age of 72. Not surprisingly his entire art collection was left to the National Gallery of Art, a grand gesture from a gentleman of the highest order. Let’s now spend the rest of our time taking a look at the life of Joe’s nephew George D Widener Jr. It is no surprise that Joseph’s love of horse racing would be shared by his nephew. It was a

common thread that they both relished. This Widener would make his uncle proud. He Bought Old Kenney farm in horse country outside of Lexington Kentucky. There he bred thoroughbreds of the highest quality. His stable went on to race one hundred stakes winning horses. One might ask why is Widener lacking a Kentucky Derby winner. The answer is simple enough. He firmly believed that a mile and a quarter was too much to expect from a thoroughbred in that early stage of his three-year-old campaign. As we know Hialeah Park was the Widener’s oasis and George spent the entire meet there during the winter months. Then every August of his adult life his residence became Saratoga Springs. Mr. Widener was at home in Saratoga. He could be seen each day of the meet at his clubhouse box seat, impeccably dressed conducting himself with the class that came so naturally to this titan of the American turf. When one mentions Saratoga the next natural thought is the Travers Stakes. Following that Travers Stakes. Following that logic, the next thought has to be George D. Widener. His then famous silks of light and dark blue were worn by five that is correct five Travers Stakes winners. The first was Eight -Thirty in 1939. Than in the successive years of 1950 and 51 he prevailed with Lights Up and Battlefield. A dozen years later it was Jaipur. We will get back to him. Then in 1963 Saratoga’s centennial year he pulled off his fifth Travers with long shot Crewman. The 1962 Version is the one that will be forever remembered in racing lore. Mr. Widener sent out his lone winner of a triple crown event Jaipur, who had won the Belmont Stakes that June. Also entered was the very capable Ridan nosed out in the Preakness Stakes and considered by jockey Bill Hartack to be the best two-year-old he had ever ridden. Bill Shoemaker had the mount on Jaipur. This would be a race to remember. Jaipur and Ridan along with Shoemaker and Hartack... And then the bell rang. The premier race caller of his time Fred Caposella had the mic and his call of this race was one for the ages. They broke from the gate

George and his socialite cousin FiFi Widener at Saratoga in 1949

George (left) and his Uncle Joe at Hialeah in the 1930s

as one. Using all their great skills neither jockey could get a clear advantage. They raced this way for the entire mile and a quarter. It is to this day breathtaking to watch. For the entire running of the race these words flowed from the voice of the great Caposella.”It’s Ridan and Jaipur” and then “It’s Jaipur and Ridan” over and over. Jaipur was able to get the win by just a hair. Add to that a new track record time of 2:01.3. The Travers day crowd had witnessed one of the greatest duels in the history of the sport. After his last Travers win in 1963 Mr. Widener continued to race quality horses into his eighties. George Denton Widener Jr. former Chairman of the Jockey Club and Honorary Chairman of the National Museum of Racing passed away in 1971 at the

age of 82. He has since been named as an Exemplar of the Turf by the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. He is one of only five recipients of this honor...An uncommon award for this uncommon man. The Widener legacy lives on in so many ways. Their contributions whether it be in the form of libraries as George’s brother Harry was a world-renowned collector of rare books or their bequests to the Arts, the Widener’s were philanthropists to the core. It was the Widener’s along with their contemporaries, names like Vanderbilt, Whitney, Woodward, Phipps and a few others who left their indelible mark on American horse racing for a generation... A time when thoroughbred horse racing truly was “The Sport of Kings”.



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Saratoga Tennis Clinches First Ever Doubles Title by Thomas Kika Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Blue Streak history was made at the recent Section II boys tennis tournament. Entering the competition on May 24 as the No. 1 seeded doubles team, senior David Romano and eighthgrader Nick Grosso went all the way, finally besting the team of Govind Chari and Shamanth Murundi of Bethlehem to become the Section II doubles champions. Capping off an exceptional 18-0 season for the Saratoga Tennis program, Romano and Grosso helped bring home the program’s first ever doubles title. This comes off of the program taking its first-ever sectional team title in 2016. From this win, they will move on to compete in the State-level competition at Flushing Meadows, the same site as the US Open.

Both Romano and Grosso have been in the Saratoga Tennis program since their seventh grade years. This was their first year working together as a doubles team. As a senior and an eighth grader, they are working with an age-disparity that they say is very much not common in varsity tennis. “I’ve never seen it, in my six years,” Romano said about the age gap. “It works out, cause we both know and respect each other’s games a lot, and he’s one of the hardest workers that I’ve known, and I think together we make a great team.” “Seeing David out on the court when I was little, you know, it just kept me moving,” Grosso said. “Kept me going, kept me trying every day to be a player like him some day. I think that’s what kept me going, and that’s where I’m at right now.” Coach Tim O’Brien singled-out the team’s ability to

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(From left) Senior David Romano, coach Tim O’Brien, and eighth-grader Nick Grosso.

communicate on the court as one of the reasons that they have been so successful. Romano attributes this to their knowledge of each other’s styles, including their strengths and weaknesses on the court, allowing them to cover for each other fairly quickly. “There have been plenty of times when I shouted for help and he was right there,” Romano said. Romano will be attending Brown University in the fall after graduating. While there

is a very strong tennis team at Brown, Romano was hesitant to say that he would be up to the task of making the team. He does, however, intend to offer his services to help the team in whatever way he is able. Grosso, meanwhile, will be moving up from middle school to high school in the fall, and is not feeling too much pressure about it. Given his experience with high schoolers during his two seasons on the tennis team, he feels confident

Saratoga’s first ever Section II doubles champions, Romano and Grosso.

David Romano goes low during a practice session.

in his ability to make the transition smoothly. If anything, he expects the change to do wonders for his game. Elsewhere at the Section II championships, singles players Seungmin Kim and Max Lee made it to the quarterfinals. “The key to it I think has just been having a foundation of great kids and leaders, on the court and off the court,” O’Brien said about what has made this season’s team so dominant. “It begins with them.”


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Schuylerville Girls Lacrosse Goes the Distance by Thomas Kika Saratoga TODAY SCHUYLERVILLE — After a disappointing 2016 season, the Schuylerville Girls Lacrosse team finally has their hands on gold. Facing off against Catholic Central in the Class D Section II finals, Schuylerville bested the competition to take home the section championships. Coming off of the 2016 season, in which they came up short in the sectional finals against Scotia, this win was a huge moment for the team. This year, the team competed in the newly created Section D, whereas last year, they competed in Section C. “The girls were beyond elated,” coach Erin Lloyd said about the team’s reaction to the victory. “They wanted to be able to call themselves champions, and they had worked so hard for it. Their energy was so palpable immediately. Even before the buzzer.” Lloyd said that this season’s team used the disappointment of loss to fuel their growth. A lot of starting sophomores from 2016 were back on this season’s team as juniors. Some of the major things that they worked on improving were their game knowledge and game sense, as well as their individual skills. Offensively, they focused on understanding the core components of the plays in their repertoire, while defensively they worked to increase the number of techniques they employed. On the field this season, Lloyd noted that a major strength for the team has been their wide variety of big scoring

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players. Looking at the season’s statistics, she found that they had a greater number of consistent scorers than the average team. This made them harder to defend against, since the offenses were coming from more than a few players. Amongst the team’s many scoring players, Amy Moreau stood the tallest with 110 goals and 30 assists for the season. Moving on from the sectional win, Schuylerville faced Section IX team Millbrook in a regional game on May 30 at the neutral Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School field. Despite the team’s momentum, their season unfortunately came to an with a score of 15-10. Lloyd noted that the strong team play that had carried the team forward to that point was somewhat missing from the game, likely contributing to their loss. Lloyd believes that, like before, the team will carry forward the disappointment of this regionals loss to drive them next season. She anticipates only needing to fill two positions next year, those of departing seniors Brooke Carpenter and Alexa Goldenberg, and having most of the team in place should allow them to build on the successes and shortcomings of the 2017 season. “I use the phrase ‘stepping stones,’” Lloyd said. “Last year we got to the sectional finals, and this year we won it and got to the regionals. So, being able to build on these stepping stones, I know that this year’s junior class that’ll be seniors next year are really gonna want to get back there again.”

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Week of June 2 – June 8, 2017

COMMUNITY SPORTS BULLETIN Golf Classic Par-Tee 2017 SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) of Northeast New York will, in association with Hoffman Car Wash & Hoffman Jiffy Lube, host the 2017 Golf Classics and Par-Tee fundraiser event at the Saratoga National Golf Club. The event will take place on June 4, starting with registration and lunch at 11 a.m. Anyone interested can choose to play golf, or join the “par-tee” later in the evening, starting at 5:30 p.m., which will feature catering from Mazzone’s restaurants, live music, and live and silent auctions. Proceeds from the event will go towards furthering the JDRF’s mission of curing Type-1 diabetes. More information on the event can be found at

Pilates for Care for Cora SARATOGA SPRINGS — Pilates for a Purpose will hold a special 50-minute charity class on June 3, starting at 10 a.m. at the Reform pilates studio on Division Street in Saratoga Springs. The class will be accepting donations for the Care for Cora fund. The class is open to all skill levels, and participants are encouraged to bring a mat if they have one. The organizers

also asks that participants show up a few minutes ahead of time to fill out paperwork if they are new to the Reform studio. Anyone interested can get in touch with the studio by calling 518-871-1315.

WWAARC Charity Golf Tournament SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga National Golf Club will host the WWAARC 4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on June 8. The event will begin at 11 a.m. with registration and a BBQ lunch on the veranda, followed by a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. The day will conclude with a cocktail and dinner reception in the Grand Ballroom at 5:30 p.m. The price is $200 per golfer, which includes greens fees, a cart, and the lunch and dinner, plus a complimentary “Goodie Bag” distributed at registration. Proceeds from the event will go to WWAARC, an organization that provides nearly 1,000 programs and services to individuals with mental and developmental disabilities, and their families. For more information, visit www.

Hudson Crossing Triathlon SCHUYLERVILLE — The eighth Hudson Crossing Triathlon event will be

held on June 11 at the Hudson Crossing Park in Schuylerville. The race will kick off at 8 a.m. and will include a 500-yard swim, a 12-mile bike ride, and a 5K run. A portion of the proceeds from the race, in addition to donations, will go to the Hudson Crossing Park, which is providing volunteers for the event as well as serving as the venue. The event will be free for spectators, and the cost for racers will vary depending on the date of registration. Interested racers can sign up at For more information, contact Chris Bowcutt at 518-290-0457 or via email at

Annual Northeast District Golf Outing WILTON — The SaratogaWilton Elks Lodge #161 will host its Annual Northeast District Golf Outing at McGregor Links Country Club on June 4. The Golf Outing will begin with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The event will be followed by a dinner at the Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge #161 at 6 p.m. To participate in the Golf Outing and Dinner, the cost is $80 per person, or $15 for just the dinner. For more information, contact Mike Cummings, at 518-683-5416.

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Saratoga YMCA Summer Youth Basketball League SARATOGA SPRINGS — Registration is now open for the Saratoga Regional YMCA’s summer youth basketball league. The program will begin on June 22 with a clinic from 6-9 p.m. featuring local coaches Fred Sheer and Matt Usher. The league proper will begin on June 29 and run for the rest of the summer until Aug. 31. The league is open to children grades 5-8 of all skill levels. For more information about the program, contact Mike Laudicina at 518-5839622 ext. 145.

Recreation Department Fall Soccer Registration SARATOGA SPRINGS — With the spring 2017 season underway as of April 29, the Saratoga Springs Recreation Department will begin registration for fall 2017 soccer on June 5. For additional information, call 518-587-3550 ext. 2300, or email

Dragons Alive Boating Boot Camp SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Dragons Alive boat club will be hosting a special “boot camp” this summer, aimed at

offering “fitness instruction and exercises, paddling and safety instruction, and an hour of vigorous paddling with exercise that will condition and strengthen your entire body.” The camp will be held from June 17-24, and from July 8-15. The fee for the camp is $99, which can be applied to membership costs should participants decide to join the Dragons Alive club. No experience is necessary to take part. For more information on the camp, or to get registration forms, go to, or email info@

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


Week of June 2 – June 8, 2017

Schuylerville Coaches to Offer Summer Sports Camp for Girls SCHUYLERVILLE — Three Schuylerville varsity coaches will be hosting a new summer sports camp for girls entering grades 3-8. The “Be an Athlete” camp will run from June 26-29 and is intended to introduce girls to some of the sports offered in the Schuylerville School District, including field hockey, lacrosse, volleyball, track, and basketball. Additional instruction will include running mechanics, speed and agility development, and exercises that are geared toward injury prevention. For more information and to register, go to

(From left) Adam Anderson, Fallyn Brennan, Jack Cairns, Madison Dallas, Sierra Garcia, Nick Ingles, Matthew LaRosa, Keegan Leffler, Julia McDonald, and Noah McFarland. Photo provided.

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NYRA College and Alumni Handicapping Tournament SARATOGA SPRINGS — The New York Racing Association will host the first-ever College and Alumni Day Handicapping Tournament during the 2017 summer season at Saratoga Race Course on July 28. College students and alumni will be invited to test their handicapping skills in a live money tournament for the opportunity to win up to a $5,000 scholarship for their alma mater from the New York Racing

Association. Groups of 10 or more who register to participate in the College and Alumni Handicapping Tournament will receive a complimentary $30 wagering card, which will be utilized by the group to place five $2 win/place/show bets on one horse in five different races on the day’s card. The group with the most money remaining on its wagering card at the conclusion of the day’s racing schedule will receive a $5,000 scholarship for its

alma mater, courtesy of the New York Racing Association. The second and third place groups will receive $2,500 and $1,000 scholarships, respectively. All other participating groups will receive their day’s winnings in the form of a donation to their alumni associations. All entrants must be at least 18 years old. Winners are subject to all state and federal tax requirements. For more information, go to

Travers Day Race Renamed for Hall of Fame Trainer SARATOGA SPRINGS — The New York Racing Association has announced that an upcoming Travers Day race has been renamed in honor of a legendary trainer. The Grade 1 King’s Bishop, a premier summer race involving three-yearold sprinters, will now be known as the $500,000 H. Allen Jerkens Memorial when it is run on Aug. 26 at the historic Saratoga Race Course, after the late trainer who made significant contributions to the sport.

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Jerkens, known in the community as “The Chief,” trained hundreds of stake winners in his nearly 65-yearlong career, including King’s Bishop, the horse that the race was formerly named for. Jerkens trained King’s Bishop to set a track record in the seven-furlong Carter and win the Fall Highweight in 1973 for Allaire du Pont’s Bohemia Stable. “Allen Jerkens is a name that is synonymous with all that is great about racing at New York Racing

Association tracks,” said NYRA President and CEO Chris Kay. “It is an honor for NYRA to be able to pay tribute to his accomplishments and contributions with the renaming of the King’s Bishop to the H. Allen Jerkens Memorial. The Jerkens family, as well as his friends and countless fans, can look forward to celebrating the Chief ’s legacy with the running of the Grade 1 Allen Jerkens each summer at Saratoga.”

(From left) Matthew LaRosa, Keegan Leffler, Julia McDonald, Noah McFarland, Mariellen Penzer, Eric Stone and Zach Vavasour.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Once again on May 31, Saratoga Springs High School held a special ceremony to honor a handful of senior athletes as they signed their letters of intent to play intercollegiate athletics at their chosen universities in the fall. These students were as follows: Adam Anderson, who will play basketball at the College of Saint Rose in Albany; Fallyn Brennan, who will join the Cheerleading program at the University at Albany; Jack Cairns, who will play football at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Madison Dallas, who will be joining the cheerleading program at Syracuse University; Sierra Garcia, who will be swimming at Hartwick College in Oneonta; Nick Ingles, who will

play football at St. John Fisher College in Rochester; Matthew LaRosa, who will play soccer at Union College in Schenectady; Keegan Leffler, who will play baseball at Herkimer County Community College; Julia McDonald, who will play soccer at SUNY Geneseo; Noah McFarland, who will play football at Hartwick College; Mariellen Penzer, who will run track and field at SUNY Geneseo; Eric Stone, who will pay football at Castleton University in Castleton, Vt.; and Zach Vavasour, who will play baseball at SUNY Adirondack. Declan Hines, who will run track and field at the University of Charleston, was honored at the ceremony despite being unable to attend.

Saratoga Rowing Grabs Eight Medals at Nationals SARATOGA SPRINGS – Competing in the annual Scholastic Rowing Association of America national championships in Pennsauken, NJ, the Saratoga Rowing Association impressed,

taking home eight medals overall. Wins for SRA at the event included the the girls varsity team with 4 minutes and 51.47 seconds in the 1,500-meter, and the JV boys team with 4 minutes and 47.45 seconds.

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