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Issue 23

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FUN RUN BREAKS RECORDS SARATOGA SPRINGS — To quote our Foundation Board Chair and close friend Frank Messa, “This just has to be one of the great fundraising stories of all time. I’m sure it happens elsewhere, but it seems as if Saratoga has a disproportionate number of these kinds of stories - small community coming together to create a do good / feel good story that would have seemed impossible at the outset.” “Eleven years ago, this event started out in a parking lot with post it notes and now is approaching a half million dollars in funds raised, and is See Story pg. 36



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Runners sprint out from the One Mile course start line. A record-breaking 980 runners took part in the 11th Annual Cantina Kids Fun Run held in Congress Park on Sunday, June 3. The event raised $80,000 this year – outdistancing the previous record – to benefit pediatric emergency services at Saratoga Hospital and pediatric dental care at Saratoga Hospital’s Saratoga Community Health Center. Photo by Rob Spring Photography.




Property Transactions See pgs. 20, 21

Legendary Performance Artist Visits Spa City Photo provided. See Story pg. 15

Photo by SuperSource Media, LLC. See Story pg. 9

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INTERVIEW & PHOTO BY: Jessica Pavia for Saratoga TODAY

Who: Adam Newman Where: Sarazen Street Q. You just recently moved to Saratoga, what brought you here? A. I’ve been coming to Saratoga with my family for decades, about 30 years. Q. For any reasons? A. Predominantly because of my and my family’s involvement in horse racing. We were coming up for the most part in the month of August, when the racing season is open. I always knew that at some point, when I was able, I would want to spend more meaningful time up here. Q. That point has since arrived, can you talk a bit about that? A. I recently retired, so I put that plan into motion by buying a condo here. My brother and I have a little place by the lake which is not yearround, and I wanted to put down more permanent roots here. Q. How long have you been involved in horse racing? A. It started with my father, and that’s been over 40 years. The racing has always been great fun, and we’ve had, particularly the last couple of years, surprisingly good success up here. Which is not easy, and certainly not taken for granted. Q. Why was this surprising? A. We’re not a big stable, we don’t typically have headline-making horses. Usually we’re on the underbelly as far as the Saratoga scene goes. Q. What are the names of those horses? A. Our horse named Diplomat won the New York Turf Writers Cup last year. That was tremendously exciting for us. We have a mare that we bred that has won a number of races. Her name is Absotootly, which is a word my dad used to say a lot. Q. How many horses do you have that take part in racing? A. We typically have five or six horses running at any given time. They’re fragile. A lot of times you would like to have them all racing, but you can’t. It’s a tough game. Q. Do you also ride horses? A. Yes, actually. [The horse’s name] is Tough Jake, but I just call him Jake. I’ve been riding ever since high school. I didn’t grow up riding, but ever since my dad got involved with racing, I wanted to ride. But I had to give it up for awhile. Now that I’m [in Saratoga] for longer, I’ve picked it up again.

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The Elks are Coming to Downtown Saratoga by Marissa Gonzalez Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Broadway will be the site of the 51st Annual Flag Day Parade, hosted by the Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge #161. This year’s parade will take place on June 9 and celebrates the 150th Anniversary of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and focus on the contributions all Elk Lodges make to their communities. Area District Lodges have been encouraged to display themes including veterans, American-ism, drug awareness, youth activities, senior outreach, participation in food pantries and backpack programs, scholarship programs, and the New York State Elks Major Project is cerebral palsy. Entertainment includes high school and local bands, the Schenectady Pipe Band, musical singing groups, riders on horseback, pony-drawn carriages, and numerous large trucks and military entries. Rounding out the line-up is a very special performance by the 150-member Avant Garde Alumni Drum Corps. Well-known from the 70’s,

Avant Garde was the perennial New York State Champions, capturing the International Drum Corps Championship title five years in a row. In addition, a video of the parade will be shown during the 2018 Elks Grand Lodge Convention in San Antonio, in July. Spectators will find plenty of entertainment for all ages, with high school and local bands, the legendary favorite Schenectady Pipe Band, musical singing groups, Girl and Boy Scout Troops, Youth Sports groups, local and military organizations, riders on horseback, pony-drawn carriages, and numerous large trucks and military entries. Susan Waghorn, Exalted Ruler and Chairperson of this year’s parade, announced retired Lt. Col. Nicholas Laiacona, Vietnam Veteran, as this year’s Honorary Grand Marshal, and Old Timer of the Year. Past District Deputy to the Grand Exalted Ruler Patrick Mansfield is the Grand Marshal. The parade begins on North Broadway at Noon and finishes at Congress Park. For more information contact 518-584-2585.

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by Marissa Gonzalez Saratoga TODAY HALFMOON — This local organization is helping house fire victims as soon as the fire department is called. After the Fire, Inc is a nonprofit organization run solely by local volunteers that come to the victims’ aid with both resources and emotional support as the emergency is occurring. Their motto is “fire does not discriminate.” While After the Fire, Inc is based out of Halfmoon, members will respond to fire emergencies across Saratoga County. The organization is alerted with a page sent from Fire Control dispatchers (911), and members closest to the scene will show up with personal hygiene items, as well as a donated night in a hotel. Members will respond regardless of the time to help these victims. Maureen Smith, is the current Vice President of After the Fire, Inc and does a lot of the behind-the-scenes work. Since the organization is a non-profit,

David Aloisi, Cindy Aloisi (President), Kathy Hedgeman, Cindy Burke, Wally Snyder, Paula Riley, Cheryl Wood, Maureen Smith (Vice President), Chris Casertino, Constance Snyder. Photo provided.

it operates on grants, written by Smith, personal donations and fundraising. The organization also gives a $100 gift card to each family member affected by the fire. Just last year the organization spent almost $14,000. “Last year we got hit hard. Several apartment buildings were hit and we’d show up and have to have 15 to 20 gift cards,” Smith said. Smith is from Saratoga and has been a member for around five years. She first heard about After the Fire through an ad in the local Moneysaver. “I was at a point in my life and just wanted to join something

and volunteer my time to help people,” Smith said. Most recently, After the Fire, Inc helped the Broadbent family of Malta. On May 2 a house fire claimed the life of one family member and sent five others to the hospital. All the children in the family were adopted and some suffer from profound disabilities. “That was a really hard one,” Smith said. “So we tried to go a little above what we usually do… We stayed with them longer but I think every family, if there are little kids involved, we do try to provide blankets, books and stuffed animals to make it a little easier for them,” she added.

After the Fire, Inc was formed in 1991 by ladies’ auxiliary members from Halfmoon and Clifton Park areas that felt fire victims needed tremendous help after the fire was put out and the fire trucks were gone. The organization will be holding their 5th annual “Not Too Far From Home Comedy Show” on November 10 at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs. Monthly meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of every month; the meeting is next June 26 at 7 p.m. at the Halfmoon Town Hall. To find out how you can help After the Fire, Inc visit afterthefire. org or call 518-435-4571.

KPM RESTORATION RIBBON CUTTING SARATOGA SPRINGS — Kennedy Property Management (KPM) Restoration has been serving the greater Capital Region for over six years and now has a new office in Saratoga Springs that opened in early January. Upon moving to Saratoga Springs, James Kennedy, proprietor of KPM, began simply cutting grass for banks, but over time this business grew. Starting as just a one-man-show, KPM

now has around 50 employees and took over the property preservation field. From grass cuts to interior and exterior work, KPM can deal with every aspect a foreclosure would need. Other services KPM Restoration provides includes basement rehabs, roof replacement, water migration, trash outs, drywall and interior construction. For information call 518-862-8228.

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COURT Quintan L. Smith, 19, of Saratoga Springs, pleaded May 31 to felony burglary, in connection with an incident in Saratoga Springs. Sentencing scheduled Aug. 2. Gabriel C. Hodge, 46, of Schenectady, was sentenced June 1 to 3.5 to 7 years in state prison, after pleading to felony robbery in connection with an incident in Ballston.

POLICE Christina M. Plumadore, age 27, Schenectady, was charged June 2 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle third degree - misdemeanor, speeding - posted zone. James R. Fetters, age 29, Holmes Beach, Florida, was charged June 2 with criminal possession of a controlled substance 7thmisdemeanor, driving while intoxicatedmisdemeanor, failure to stop at red traffic light, refuse pre-screen test. Jose L. Carmona, age 19, Saratoga Springs, was charged June 1 with assault in the third degree/ intent physical inury - misdemeanor, criminal possession of a controlled substance 7th- misdemeanor. Tyler J. Lumia, age 19, Ballston Spa, was charged June 1 with attempted assault in the third degree – misdemeanor. Joseph A. Romero, age 18, Saratoga Springs, was charged June 1 with criminal trespass third degree/building or property - misdemeanor. Isaiah M. Robinson, age 22, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 2 with one count felony burglary second-degree, three felony counts burglary in the third-degree, two felony

criminal mischief in the third-degree, felony criminal possession of stolen property and the misdemeanors: petit larceny, resisting arrest, and two counts criminal possession of stolen property. It is alleged Robinson illegally entered the overnight office of the St. Francis Motel, located at 195 South Broadway. A search warrant was obtained for Robinson’s apartment at the Whitmore Court Apartment Complex. Police said based on the results of the investigation, Robinson is suspected of twice breaking in to the Springs Motel, as well as breaking into the office of the Brentwood Motel, in addition to the St. Francis hotel incident. During their search officers recovered a Dell laptop, which had been reported as being stolen during a rash of car larcenies May 30 – during which, in all, about 20 cars were entered – most of which were parked in the parking lots of the Whitmore Court Apartment complex on Crescent Street. Additional charges are possible. Robinson was arraigned and sent to Saratoga County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash, or $50,000 bond. Bradley T. Fuller, age 35, Albany, was charged May 28 with driving while intoxicated- 2nd offense - felony; refuse pre-screen test; failure to signal a turn. Robert J. Norgard, age 27, Storrs, Connecticut, was charged May 28 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle third degreemisdemeanor; operation of a motor vehicle with suspended registration; failure to notify DMV change of address. Chad E. Reiner, age 23, Ballston Spa, was charged May 2 with aggravated driving while intoxicated- misdemeanor;

stopping, standing, and parking - misdemeanor.

in the third degree/ intent physical injury - misdemeanor.

Edward J. Purvee, age 51, Saratoga Springs, was charged May 27 with criminal contempt second degree/ disobedience- misdemeanor.

Alexander A. Kotsakis, age 28, Saratoga Springs, was charged May 25 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle third degree- misdemeanor; speeding - posted zone.

Keith L. Brown, age 58, Saratoga Springs, was charged May 26 with criminal mischief in the third degree- felony. Louisa M. Degarmo, age 37, Salem, was charged May 26 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle third degree- misdemeanor. Zachary M. Santomassimo, age 22, Saratoga Springs, was charged May 25 with criminal mischief fourth degree/ intent to damage property- misdemeanor; assault

Evan M. Lyndaker, age 24, Croghan, was charged May 25 with disorderly conduct; resisting arrest- misdemeanor. Khloe M. General, age 24, Albany, was charged May 24 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle third degree- misdemeanor. Kyle R. Stratton, age 27, Schenectady, was charged May 24 with grand larceny

fourth degree/ $1,000- felony.


Zachary B. Fanning, age 27, Ballston Spa, was charged May 24 with felony DWI as a 2nd offense; speeding posted zone; failure to signal - turn, change lanes, parked; unsafe lane change; unlawful possession of marijuana. Christopher J. Cionek, age 24, Saratoga Springs, was charged May 23 with criminal possession of a controlled substance 7th- two counts; criminal possession of a weapon fourth degree; endangering the welfare of a child; criminal mischief fourth degree; assault in the third degree; obstruction of breathing or blood circulation.

6 Brian J. Izzo

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Brian J. Izzo, M.D., of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., passed away peacefully at age 71, surrounded by his loving family on June 3, 2018. Born on December 5, 1946 in Saratoga Springs, he was the son of the late Edwin J. and Evelyn Derlick Izzo. Brian graduated from Saratoga Springs High School with honors in 1964. He then attended Union College in Schenectady, graduating with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Pre-Medicine. Upon graduation, Brian was drafted into the United States Army and was assigned duty in the 4077th Surgical Hospital Unit of the Mobile Army in South Korea. After serving his tour of duty, he came back to Saratoga Springs to work as a laboratory technician and phlebotomist at Saratoga Hospital. In 1971 he met his wife, Pat, and as young hippies, they lived together until their wedding on the U.S. Bicentennial, July 4, 1976. Brian attended Albany Medical College, receiving his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1977. His residency in Family Medicine was completed at Middlesex Memorial Hospital in Middletown, CT. Returning to Saratoga Springs, he partnered with Dr. Warren Litts, eventually joined by Dr. John Cetner and Dr. Ken Schwartz at 35 Myrtle Street. Brian continued his connection to Albany Medical College as an Associate Clinical Professor. He precepted Albany Medical College students in his Myrtle Street practice for many years.

OBITUARIES He possessed a true joy of living, and a love of healing his fellow human being. No matter who took a chair in his examination room, his bedside manner disarmed the worry of the patient’s visit. As one patient, who is a dear friend, said, “Brian, to me, was always a lighthouse when the sea of life got overwhelming.” Sometimes the simplest of things speak volumes about a man’s character. As Rudyard Kipling described in his poem, “If,” “If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too...Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it…” To balance his demanding professional career, Brian enjoyed spending time with his wife and children, and after retirement, with his new grandsons, who captivated his heart. Handicapping the thoroughbred horses, playing golf with his close friends at McGregor Country Club, watching the N.Y. Yankees and N.Y. Giants games and fishing were favorite pastimes. Brian also had a wide circle of friends, whom he held near and dear to his heart. He was also a longtime member of the Saratoga Wilton Elks Lodge #161, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, and the Gurtler Brothers Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #420. Additionally, he was an honorary member of the S.S.P.B.A. and an honorary member of the S.S.F.D. Since the 1980s, Brian’s favorite family vacation spot was Rockport, MA, located on Cape Ann Harbor, north of Boston. The beauty and tranquility of this small Atlantic fishing town drew him back year after year, giving him the time he needed to recharge from the demands of Family Medicine. In later years, Brian and Pat became rock hounds, joining the Capital District Mineral Club in Albany. They entered quarries and hiked to collecting sites, donning their hard hats, safety goggles, and rock hammers.

Brian leaves behind his loving wife, Patricia, with whom he shared 47 years; their children, Joshua Izzo, Jessica Izzo (Adam Malik) Wakefield, Sarah Izzo, and Timothy (Risa Arakawa) Izzo; and their grandsons, Benjamin J. Wakefield and Brian Kaito Izzo; his siblings, Leonard (Lenora) Izzo, Nancy (John) Fleming, and Janet (Richard) Sherin; his nieces and nephews, Robert (Christine) Izzo, Patrick (Suzann) Fleming, Carrie (Don) Pecor, and Kyle Sherin (fiancé Kara); and eight grandnieces and grandnephews, Jason, Nicholas, and Rose Izzo; Sullivan and Lillian Fleming; Nia, Ava, and Grant Pecor. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Thursday, June 7, 2018 in St. Clement’s Church, 231 Lake Avenue. Burial with military honors followed at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville. Dr. Izzo and his family express deep gratitude to Dr. Desmond DelGiacco, Pulmonologist; Dr. Scott Beegle of Albany Medical Center Pulmonary Care Center; Dr. Daniel Eldredge; and Dr. Warren Litts. We are also grateful for his nurses at Saratoga Hospital’s ICCU, Community Hospice, and many others who cared so well for Brian during his very sudden decline caused by his Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF). Brian expressed appreciation to Kathy Peterson for her spiritual guidance. Donations can be made to Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, Suite 500, 230 East Ohio Street, Chicago, IL 60611, www., 1-888-733-6741; or Saratoga Hospital Foundation, 211 Church Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, 518-583-8340, Burke & Bussing www.saratogahospitalfoundation. Funeral Homes org/make-a-gift/memorial-gifts. Online remembrances may be made at

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Robert J. Dickert WILTON Robert J. Dickert “Bob” SARATOGA S— PRINGS ∙ 584-5373 passed away Monday, June 4, 2018. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial Friday, June 2018 at 9 a.m., St. Burke &8,Bussing Joseph’s Church, Greenfield Center. Funeral Homes Burial will follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Cambridge, NY. Visit

Rev. William Tracy

BALLSTON SPA — Rev. William H. (Padre Guilherme) Tracy, C.Ss.R., 88, a Roman Catholic priest and member of the Redemptorist order for 68 years and a Ballston Spa native, died Thursday, April 12, 2018 in Campo Grande, Brazil. Born on June 5, 1929 in Ballston Spa, he was a 1946 graduate of Ballston Spa High School and professed his vows as a Redemptorist on Aug. 2, 1950. Ordained into the priesthood on June 19, 1955, Father celebrated his first Mass in St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa. Father served as a missionary most of his life in the Popular Missions, in parishes and in the formation of new Redemptorists throughout Brazil. In 1981, he established the New Life Community, a multi-tiered treatment center in Curitiba, Brazil. He devoted his life to saving members of the clergy from addiction agonies at a pioneering treatment center that leads participants to sobriety through daily therapy and prayer. The center was overseen by Father Tracy in conjunction with Sister Irma Terezinha de Jesus Dias, DM, and is assisted by additional psychologists, physicians, former priests and volunteers. To date, over a thousand clergy, seminarians, nuns, religious and lay individuals have been aided to recovery due to his dedication. For over four decades, Father Tracy was the intermediary recipient of over one hundred engraved chalices, inscribed with the name of recently departed members of Saratoga Assembly 745 Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus upon their passing. He would annually return to Saratoga Springs, attending K of C Council 246 benefit dinners

Gaspare Asaro WILTON — Gaspare Asaro, died on June 3, 2018. Relatives and friends may call from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday June 10, 2018 Burke Funeral Home, Burke &at Bussing North Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Funeral Homes Funeral services are private. Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery. Visit

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that aided his mission and ministry in the New Life Community. Father would return these chalices to Brazil and present them as gifts to newly ordained priests to celebrate the Liturgy and honor the memory of deceased Saratoga Sir Knights and daily Mass intentions. Father is survived by several cousins, including John and Hazel Carey and their children, John (Kristy), Ann and Mary Carey of Saratoga Springs. Predeceased by one sister, Mary Lou Tracy of Ballston Spa, Father remained eternally grateful as she willed their family’s Ballston Spa McLean street property to make possible a much-needed addition to the treatment facility. A Mass of Christian Burial was con-celebrated April 13, 2018 in the Campo Grande province, Brazil, where he is laid to rest. The community is invited to attend a memorial Mass of Thanksgiving of his life at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 9, 2018 in St. Clement’s Roman Catholic Church, 231 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs. The Rev. George J. Blasick, C.Ss.R., pastor, will officiate. Members of Saratoga Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Assembly 745 Color Corps will meet at church to serve as an honor guard. Memorials may be made to St. Clement’s Church or any of their& outreach programs. Burke Bussing Online remembrances Funeral Homes may be made at These will be shared with family and Father’s many friends in Brazil.

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Patricia Guarnieri SARATOGA SPRINGS — SARATOGA SPRINGS ∙ 584-5373 Patricia Ann Guarnieri, 77, passed away June 2, 2018. Calling hours from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 9, Burke Funeral Home, North Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Burke & Bussing Mass of Christian Burial following at Funeral Homes 11:30 a.m., Church of Saint Peter, 241 Broadway. Burial will be private. Visit

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Kirk A. Hughes SARATOGA SPRINGS — Kirk SARATOGA SPRINGS ∙ 584-5373 A. Hughes, age 69, passed away on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at his home. A graveside service with military honors will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, June 8, 2018 at Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Rd., Schuylerville, NY 12871.

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GRANT COTTAGE ANNOUNCES CHAMBER CELEBRATES CE N T E N N I AL JUNE 2018 PROGRAMS WILTON — U.S. Grant Cottage State Historic Site will hold several programs in June. Ulysses S. Grant: A New Vision for the American Leadership | June 9, 3 p.m. Best-selling author Ronald C. White will offer three episodes from Grant’s life; Civil War, presidency, and the writing of his memoirs in his final illness. A book signing will be held at the conclusion of the program. This event is made possible by a David H. Porter Memorial Grant from the Adirondack Trust Community Fund. The Most Talked of Man in the Country | June 10, 1 p.m. The story of Malta native Elmer Ellsworth, the first Union

casualty of the Civil War, will be told by Paul Perreault, Town of Malta Historian and former member of the Friends of Grant Cottage Board of Trustees. Theodore Roosevelt’s Night Ride to the Presidency | June 16, 1 p.m. Jonathan Duda, the great-great grandson of local Adirondack hero Michael Cronin, will tell the story of the man who transported Roosevelt to the North Creek train station on his way to become President. Father’s Day at Grant Cottage June 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Join us for FREE admission for dads on Father’s Day. Tour the final home of Ulysses S. Grant and hear the compelling story of what brought him to this beautiful

mountain-top retreat, his family, the struggles he endured, and how he won his final battle. A Visit with General & Mrs. Grant | Saturday, June 23, 1 p.m. Re-enactors Steve Trimm and Melissa Trombley-Prosch will interpret the life of this special couple through anecdotes and stories in the setting of one of their last visits to Saratoga Springs in 1882. Slavery in Dutch New York June 30, 1 p.m. Curator Travis Bowman will present the role of slavery played in the formation and growth of the West India Company and how the Company’s Atlantic slave trading activities affected the colonists of Dutch New York.

SUNFLOWER SATURDAYS AT PITNEY MEADOWS SARATOGA SPRINGS – On Saturday mornings from June 9-August 4, Pitney Meadows Community Gardens will host

an old-fashioned story time for children, followed by a hands-on, garden-related activity. The program begins at 9:30 a.m. with

Faye Mihuta reading picture books on garden topics. Jess Clauser will then lead a garden activity at 10 a.m.

Dave Collins and Brian Straughter. Photo provided.

SATATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga County Chamber celebrated their 100th anniversary on June 7. On this day in 1918 the chamber was first formed by local business leaders. The event featured entertainment by Garland Nelson.

With the help of Saratoga Polo, the Chair of the Board of Directors, Brian Straughter, took part in a sabrage, to toast to members. Mazzone Hospitality provided appetizers and cash bars, while Druther’s Brewing provided craft beer selections.



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Cantina Opens at New Broadway Location by Marissa Gonzalez Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Cantina’s new spot on 408 Broadway is open for business as of June 11. The Mexican restaurant has moved to a new location that was previously home to Lillian’s Restaurant, which closed in 2016. According to Heath Ames, co-owner of Cantina, it was bought by a non-restaurateur in 2016 and was completely gutted but nothing further continued. “It was great, it went super smoothly, we couldn’t be happier,” Heath Ames said about Cantina’s first night open at the new location. “It was great to see so many familiar faces, we feel the excitement so we are really grateful,” she added. Heath Ames co-owns Cantina with her husband Jeff Ames. The two opened up Cantina’s first location at 430 Broadway in 2007. “Truth be told, we always looked at this spot,” Ames said. “We loved our location always, we thought it was one of the best

parts of Broadway but this was awfully close to us and we always thought that this is the other best spot on Broadway; So the opportunity came to us over last summer and we jumped at it. We’ve been working on it ever since,” she added. According to Ames, both she and her husband chose not to advertise the opening of the new location. “We are working hard to keep it the same Cantina, we keep calling it Cantina 2.0, just a bigger, better, and faster version of it,” Ames said. You may notice in passing that there is a second floor. This space will be used as an event and catering space. Both Heath and Jeff Ames hope to open this portion in roughly six months. The windows on this floor, facing Broadway, are actually doors that will open. “You will feel like your outdoors, it’s almost kind of a balcony type of feel,” Ames said. Bonacio Construction was tapped to remodel the property last fall according to Ames. “It’s a small town, so of course we know the Bonacio’s and they were a easy choice because

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they’re so professional and they are known for being timely… We had all kinds of reasons to want to work with them,” she said. “They know how to put a building on Broadway, that’s for sure,” she added.

Ames teased that the pair hope to add a rooftop patio to Cantina, but added that these are very tentative dates. Cantina’s new location also means some new menu items, including: the Aguachile Rojo,

which is made with shrimp, a grilled octopus dish and chocolate tacos made with a Kilwin’s wafflecone. A New cocktail recommended by Ames is called La Borracha, which is made with gin and hibiscus-infused pisco.

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ELLMS FARMS GETTING BIGGER by Marissa Gonzalez Saratoga TODAY BALLSTON SPA ­­ — Ellms Family Farm known for their Christmas trees, pumpkin patches and various forms of “agri-tainment” just got bigger. Garth Ellms, proprietor of Ellms Family Farm, acquired a property located at 284 Middleline Road in Ballston on June 1. The 80-acre piece of land adds to their 250 acres, totaling to 330 acres. Ellms purchased the property from Robert Pustolka Sr. for $360,000. Pustolka is also a farmer. “We knew the farmer [Pustolka] so we just stayed in touch with him… He wants it to stay an agricultural farm and I think he sees what our family farm is doing and realizes that we are going to be around a long time… We diversify operations to be able to meet the changing world,” Ellms said. “We don’t have any specific plans yet, we are working on a couple different ideas and part of it will be agricultural focused,

but for the interim we’ll probably look to just work with another friend or local farmer to hay it,” he added. Ellms moved to the town of Ballston in 1983 and purchased 63 acres and started growing Christmas trees. In 1998 he purchased the dairy farm next door and spent the next two to three years coming up with an idea or a concept for that property. Later in 2005, Ellms opened up the full “agri-tainment” business. According to Ellms, agritainment is a way of inviting the public to your farm. It’s an educational and fun way of learning and being out in the open space. Many are familiar with Ellms Family Farm’s many venues of entertainment such as pumpkin patches, hayrides and corn mazes. “The town of Ballston is a rural and agricultural community and we’re doing everything we can to keep it that way, if it means purchasing land before developers can get it that’s what we’re going to do,” Ellms said.

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Week of June 8 – June 14, 2018

Wheel of Fortune Wheelmobile Comes to Saratoga Springs by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Jill Perkins knows the odds are not exactly in her favor, but as long as there’s a chance, she’s all-in for a potential win. Regardless, there was a fun time to be had. “It was a blast,” said the local resident, who attended Wheel of Fortune’s Wheelmobile event, which was staged at Saratoga Casino Hotel Saturday and Sunday. The popular TV show, which first broadcast in the 1970’s, is co-hosted by Pat Sajak and Vanna White, pits contestants against one another with a goal of winning cash and prizes - determined by spinning a carnival wheel – and by solving word puzzles. “I’m a ‘Wheel’ watcher. I’ve liked ‘Wheel of Fortune’ since I was young, and for about 25 years now,” Perkins said. “It was my grandmother’s favorite show and I like mental skill games. My grandmother helped to make me a fan. I think she liked it because

she had a crush on Pat Sajak.” Several times a year, show representatives dispatch the Wheelmobile - the show’s 36-foot Winnebago promotional vehicle to destinations across the country in search of future contestants who they say are good game players as well as being energetic, enthusiastic and fun. “The event was open to fans from 12 to 4. I had a feeling the line would be long, so we got there about 10:30,” Perkins said. “It was a full house. People were in Vapor (lounge) upstairs and downstairs, and it was a great production. They have traveling hosts who are very animated and there was a lot of audience engagement. There was a mock game that was a lot of fun, with people getting up there and doing very funny things. The host basically told the crowd: this is your time to shine, so we had people dancing and singing and playing air guitar.” Since its inception in 1999, the Wheelmobile has logged over 375,000 miles and visited more than 300 cities. The majority

Jill Perkins, at right, poses in front of the Wheel of Fortune “Wheelmobile,” last weekend at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Photo provided.

of contestants who appear on “Wheel of Fortune” come out to Wheelmobile events in their hometowns. Last year, of the more than 1 million people applicants, 600 were selected. “They’re doing this all over

the country, so you go and hope you get called to eventually be on the show,” Perkins said. Event attendees at Saratoga Casino filled out applications. Perkins said her understanding is that those applications are

taken back to the show’s main headquarters, and potential contestants are chosen from among the applicants to go through a round of auditions. “It’s definitely a three-to-four step procedure,” she said.

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NOTES FROM CITY HALL by Thomas Dimopoulos • Saratoga TODAY

City Paving Schedule This Week Paving will begin at 6 a.m. and should be completed by 2 p.m. There will be no parking of cars on the street during these hours, and driveway access/egress will be limited with potentially lengthy delays.



Mill Circular Street from Union Ave to Lake Ave.

Pave Circular Street from Union Ave to Lake Ave.



Prep Work for Circular Street from Union Ave to Lake Ave.

Pave Circular Street from Union Ave to Lake Ave.

Meetings at City Hall MONDAY, JUNE 11


Zoning Board of Appeals | 7 p.m.

Charter Review Commission | 4 p.m.

Meeting for Seniors on the Southeast Side of the City The Mayor’s Senior Advisory Committee continues its series of neighborhood meetings on June 12. Seniors living in the City’s Southeast side are invited to the Recreation Center located on Vanderbilt Avenue from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 12. The series provides an opportunity for seniors to come together to ask questions

and to discuss issues of concern. All seniors living in the neighborhood that is south of Union Avenue and between Broadway and the Northway are invited. Mayor Meg Kelly, Public Safety Commissioner Peter Martin, and Lois Celeste of the Senior Center will be giving short presentations. All are welcome.

Saratoga Springs BuyBack Brings in 87 Guns A Saratoga Springs Gun Buy-Back Program last weekend resulted in the disposal of 87 unwanted and unused guns, announced Public Safety Commissioner Peter Martin, who added he was “very pleased” with the success of the effort and that he looks forward to repeating the program in the future. The final count included 16

shotguns, 32 rifles, 33 pistols, and 6 pellet guns. Fifty-three people came from Saratoga, Schenectady, Albany, Rensselaer, Washington, and Warren Counties, Martin said. The initial event was held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation and staffing was provided by members of the city police department.

City Stages Public Hearing on Bike Lanes Approximately two dozen residents attended a Public Hearing Tuesday night regarding the potential amendment of the city’s vehicle and traffic code to implement bike lanes along Lake Avenue. The majority of residents in attendance at the hearing said they were in favor of the measure, and many cited the city’s Complete Streets Plan. That plan, which was adopted by the City Council in December 2016, suggests bicycle lanes provide a dedicated space in the roadway for bicyclists to travel. and that a standard five-foot bike lane enables a motorist to pass a bicyclist without crossing the centerline. Among the plan’s recommended locations are Lake Avenue from Broadway to Weibel Avenue, and then along Weibel Avenue to the Saratoga Springs/ Wilton line on Louden Road. Letters in favor or opposed to the implementation of bike lanes may be submitted to the council via the city’s website.

Area resident Jonathan Segol, who is in favor of the implementation of bike lanes, addresses the council during a public hearing at City Hall on June 5, 2017. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.



Week of June 8 – June 14, 2018

All You Can Eat Sushi Comes to Saratoga

SARATOGA SPRINGS — A new all-you-can-eat sushi restaurant opened May 17 at 63 Putnam St. The new Japanese spot, called Wasabi is an upscale restaurant and bar that offers appetizers, sashimi and sushi and rolls, all made to order. Co-owners Larry Zhao and Chef Danny Lin bring the first all-you-can-eat sushi restaurant to the Saratoga area. Lin has worked at multiple restaurants in New York City and brought his team with him. Sushi lovers can also enjoy creative specialty rolls, teriyaki and katsu, fried rice and stir fried noodles. Wasabi is open seven days a week and often runs specials such as a lunch menu and free birthday dinners.

Adirondack Trust Company Announces North Country Community Shred Day SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Adirondack Trust Company (ATC) announced that they will be holding their 2nd Annual Community Shred Day in the North Country. The Adirondack Trust Company will host a personal document shredding day that is open to the public on June 9. The event will take place from 1:30 through 3:30 p.m. at ATC’s Queensbury Branch located at 376 Bay Road. Individuals are welcome to bring their personal papers for confidential destruction. Items that will be accepted for shredding include sensitive papers (white or

...a peek inside the restaurant

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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 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 visit

Hattie’s Celebrates 80th Anniversary SARATOGA SPRINGS — Hattie’s Restaurant located at 45 Phila Street will be celebrating 80 years in business on June 10. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hattie’s will offer specials that include $1.80 per piece of chicken, special anniversary menu, Hattie’s raw

bar and $5 Hattie’s Hurricanes. Entertainment will be provided by Becky Walton & Mike Steiner and there will be a short award ceremony at 1 p.m. Hattie’s was opened in 1938 by Hattie Gray. Over its long history, the restaurant has provided consistent commitment to its staff, its customers and the community as well as the original storefront. Hattie’s Chicken Shack, located on Rt. 50 in Wilton, has grown from a beloved neighborhood restaurant to a national institution.

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Saratoga Juice Bar is a Bicoastal “Legacy” SARATOGA SPRINGS — Legacy Juice Works, the wholesale cold pressed juice and beverage company associated with Saratoga Juice Bar LLC, proudly has announced the launch of their products in 37 Stewart’s Shops after an initial trial last year. Legacy Juice Works brought their line of over 12 distinctive beverages to over 700 locations on the east coast including Price Chopper, Hannaford, Wegmans, Healthy Living, Whole Foods, and CVS stores throughout New England and New York City. This expansion accompanies news that the company is now bicoastal, with production, sales and national distribution on both coasts. Since 2016, the company has had production facilities in both Brooklyn and Los Angeles. Legacy Juice Works has

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successfully launched in over 65 locations including some of the most highly regarded retailers in Southern California.

The company is currently raising capital to continue to grow the brand and develop an ecommerce platform.

Upstate Distilling Opens Tasting Room for 2018 Season

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga-based Upstate Distilling, located at 41 Geyser Rd., Saratoga Springs, has formally opened its tasting room for the 2018 season on June 2. The tasting room will be open every Saturday and Sunday

from noon to 8 p.m. throughout the summer. Guests can enjoy custom cocktails featuring spirits made by Upstate Distilling, tastings of the newly bottled Saratoga In The Rye and Saratoga Springs Bourbon, and tours of the distillery.

Among the custom cocktails being served will be the mango honey infused Saratoga Springs Bourbon cocktail that won People’s Choice for best cocktail at last week’s Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region’s 7th Annual Chef ’s Challenge.



Week of June 8 – June 14, 2018


by Marissa Gonzalez Saratoga TODAY

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Sonny Bonacio, proprietor of Bonacio Construction Inc., has acquired Stark’s Auto located at 62-64 Excelsior Ave. The property closed on May 25. As previously reported, Starks Auto has been a business in Saratoga Springs for 60 years and was one of the first auto repair shops in the area. Sidney Stark, former owner of Starks Auto has been a friendly familiar face in the Saratoga community for just as long. According to county records, RR Depot, LLC located at 18 Division St., is the grantee of the property. Bonacio Construction Inc. is located at this address. Bonacio was contacted but could not be reached for comment.

The commercial space that was built in 1957, formerly Stark’s Auto, consisted of a repair shop and a neighboring auto supply store. “The company is working with several potential tenants to determine a new use for the space,” Larry Novik, an attorney for Bonacio Construction Inc., said. Bonacio also constructed the Empire Run condominiums at 130 Excelsior Ave. which neighbor Starks Auto. The building is four-story mixeduse building that provides 65 apartments and 2,700 square feet of commercial space. The square footage of the entire property is approximately 24,394 feet while the building has 6,000 square feet. The full market value of the property is $486,376.81, Bonacio acquired it for $450,000, according to the Saratoga County Online Assessment Roll System (OARS).

Starks Auto Shop. Photo by Marissa Gonzalez

GOLF FOR A CAUSE WILTON — Rebuilding Together Saratoga County is holding its 5th annual golf tournament at McGregor Links Country Club on June 15. All proceeds support local

home repair projects for lowincome homeowners, keeping them warm, safe and dry. To find out more please visit the website at Photo provided.


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by Brendan O’Meara for Saratoga TODAY SHOULD JUSTIFY win the Triple Crown on Saturday, I’d be lying if I said it wouldn’t feel a little cheap. Two weeks ago, Justify’s greatest challenger, Audible, was withdrawn from the Belmont. He finished third in the Derby, and few trainers use the Kentucky Derby as a Belmont Stakes prep the way Todd Pletcher can. Pletcher has won three Belmonts, two from colts who previously ran in the Derby (Palice Malace, Tapwrit) and one filly, Rags to Riches, who won the Kentucky Oaks the day before the 2007 Derby. The real snag about this conflict is that Justify and Audible share similar ownership interests: WinStar Farms. Justify’s ownership group looks like a royal flush with the China Horse Club, WinStar, Starlight Racing and Head of Plains Partners all chipping in on vet bills. Audible posed one of — if not the — biggest threat to Justify. Eliot Walden, CEO of WinStar, maintains it was Pletcher’s decision. Pletcher said, per Dave Grening’s Daily Racing Form story, “I don’t feel like he’s doing quite as well as he was leading into the [Kentucky] Derby. “We’ve had a couple of weeks here where his training has been on sloppy tracks; now that we’ve had some

good weather and some good surfaces I don’t feel like he’s where he needs to be to feel like he’s going to win the Belmont.” Now, this could be the case. When you’re not around the horse, feeling his legs, and watching him eat and gallop all day, you have to take trainers at their word. If a horse doesn’t run well out on the track, you take the jockey at their word. After all, they’re the experts, the ones in direct contact with the horse, and here’s the rub—the horse can’t talk so we rely on these translators. But there’s nothing Prime about this Audible business. The ownership group footing Justify’s bills have several dozens of millions of dollars at stake should Justify lose and because WinStar conveniently owns the principle threat to Justify, it was able to cheerfully withdraw the horse and lay it all on the trainer. Why beat yourself? As Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports wrote, “The outcome of the Triple Crown could come down to a business decision, not a sporting competition.” When an owner/farm has a Grade 1-calibre horse, it’s just as bad a business decision not to run him in the Classics. If Audible wins, there’s another mega-stallion. They likely broke out a new Excel spreadsheet and did some serious P&L crunching on the math of Audible beating Justify with the math tipping the scale several million in favor of Justify. Still, the absence of Audible doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy for Justify because there are several horses capable of winning. And you never know what the weather will do. As of this writing, there’s a 50 percent chance of rain (bonus for Justify) and for a high temperature of 70 degrees (bonus for all contenders and fans alike.) The presumption that eliminating Audible from contention secures Justify’s

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chances reeks of the hubris of 10 years ago, when trainer Rick Dutrow, IEAH and Big Brown entered the Belmont Stakes the prohibitive favorite and, as Dutrow put it, a “foregone conclusion.” It was hot and humid as a sauna that day, Big Brown got stepped on, and eventually jockey Kent Desormeaux, no doubt hearing the ringing of Eight Belles in his ears from five weeks prior, eased Big Brown and did not finish. Nobody in Justify’s camp has been as brash as Dutrow because Justify still has his work cut out for him, this from a colt who didn’t race at two and started his competitive career two weeks after Groundhog Day. The Preakness was his only sub-100 Beyer Speed Figure, but that came on a taxing track, a track that saw D. Wayne Lukas’ Bravazo come screaming up to get second. In the gallop out, Justify re-engaged. Justify will have company on the lead with Noble Indy, a possible rabbit for Vino Rosso. Bravazo will be running late and will look to give Lukas another Triple Crown race. All this said, when you step

back and objectively look at the gift that is the Belmont Stakes with a Triple Crown on the line, few things are better than the three-week anticipation, the butterflies that accompany the loading of the gate at the startfinish line and the subsequent nausea of watching the favorite try and hammer it out for two and a half minutes in the Test of a Champion. “I think it brings our sport to the very highest level and becomes the most exciting sports event arguably that there is,” Pletcher said at the post draw. “It puts us right on par with the Super Bowl and the World Series. I mean, the Belmont on its own is a tremendous event and a

tremendous race, but when there’s a Triple Crown at stake, to me there’s nothing like it.”

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Week of June 8 – June 14, 2018

MICHELE WHITLEY SELECTED Ballston Spa Schools Select New Superintendent AS PRINCIPAL AT GEYSER ROAD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SARATOGA SPRINGS — Michele Whitley, the K-12 Administrator at Mohonasen Central School District, has been appointed as principal at Geyser Road Elementary School. The appointment is effective July 1. Ms. Whitley has spent the past 12 years working at Mohonasen Central School District as a K-12 administrator for literacy, a principal, and an academic ELA administrator. Prior to that, she served as an assistant principal in the Ballston Spa School District and as teacher in the Mohonasen Central School District. “We were very fortunate to have a number of highly qualified candidates who applied for the Geyser Road Elementary Principal position. The interview committee was very impressed with Ms. Whitley’s strong instructional leadership background, collaborative approach, and passion for

working with children and their families,” said Superintendent of School Michael Patton, Ed.D. “Ms. Whitely brings valuable experience as an elementary principal, k-12 literacy specialist, and as a classroom teacher. She has worked closely with teachers on curriculum and instructional initiatives, has created interventions to support student learning, and promotes strong character development for all students. We are very excited to welcome Ms. Whitely to Geyser Road Elementary School in July,” Patton continued. Ms. Whitley earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from SUNY Oswego in 1998, a master’s degree in reading from The College of Saint Rose in 2000, and a master’s degree in educational administration from University at Albany in 2006. She holds a permanent certificate from New York State as a school district administrator and as a

Michele Whitley. Photo provided.

teacher for pre-k, kindergarten and grades 1-6. “I am excited to join the Geyser Road School community and honored to be a part of Saratoga Springs City School District. I feel very fortunate to have been selected by a district that is known for its collaborative environment and commitment to academic excellence,” said Michele Whitley.

BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Central School District is pleased to announce that Kenneth Slentz will be appointed as the new Superintendent of Schools at the June 6 Board of Education meeting. Mr. Slentz currently serves as the Superintendent of the Skaneateles Central School District, located in the Finger Lakes region of central New York. “Mr. Slentz impressed the Board with his years of experience in many different educational capacities, including the time he spent at the State Education Department,” indicated Kevin Schaefer, President of the Ballston Spa CSD Board of Education. “The Board is in complete agreement Mr. Slentz will be able to lead the Ballston Spa Central School District forward so that our students will continue to be exposed to many great opportunities. We welcome him and his wife to our community,” Schaefer continued. Prior to joining the Skaneateles district, Mr. Slentz served for five years as the Deputy Commissioner for PK-12 Education for the New York State Education Department. Over his 24 years in public education, Mr. Slentz has also served as a teaching assistant, as a middle school social studies teacher, Curriculum Coordinator, and Principal as well as a Superintendent at both Long Lake Central School District and West Canada Valley Central School District. Mr. Slentz holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from SUNY Geneseo, a Master’s Degree in Education from SUNY Oswego and received Administrative Certification from SUNY Plattsburgh. Mr. Slentz was chosen

Kenneth Slentz. Photo provided.

through a confidential search conducted by the Ballston Spa Board of Education with help from Capital Region BOCES. Also included in the process were a small group of stakeholders who represented central and building level administration, teaching and support staff, operations staff and community members. “We are confident our exhaustive search helped us find the right person to lead our school district. Mr. Slentz’s extensive experience will serve our students, schools and the entire community well,” said Sue Filburn, Ballston Spa School Board Vice President. The Ballston Spa Board of Education would like to extend its sincere appreciation to both WSWHE BOCES District Superintendent Jim Dexter and Capital Region BOCES District Superintendent Anita Murphy for their guidance and help throughout a lengthy search process. Mr. Slentz and his wife Katie have one daughter, Keller, who is a graduate of Skaneateles Central School District. Mr. Slentz will begin at Ballston Spa on August 20, 2018.

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Camp Invention SARATOGA SPRINGS — Camp Invention, a nationally recognized, nonprofit summer enrichment camp program, is coming to Division Street Elementary the week of July 16 July 20. A program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF), in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Camp Invention challenges children in Grades K-6 to find their inner inventor. Using hands-on activities, Camp Invention promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning; builds resourcefulness and problem-solving skills; and encourages entrepreneurship in a fun and engaging environment. Each year, the program features a new curriculum inspired by some of our nation’s most brilliant inventors. This year’s Fast Forward curriculum features several video challenges from these Inductees encouraging children to be confident in their ideas and explore their innovativeness. These hands-on activities include: Optibot: Campers will launch into the future with their own Optibot, a small self-driving robot that senses changes in light. Robotic Pet Vet: Throughout this module, campers nurse their robotic puppy back to health and design and build dog parks. Mod My Mini Mansion: Campers will dream up and design their very own futuristic smart home filled with gadgets, LEDs, technology and innovations! Stick To It: Campers will invent something new every day as they explore what it is like to be a physicist, engineer and entrepreneur. Young innovators will invent, make and craft solutions to realworld challenges by building their own prototypes and discovering


that anything is possible. At the end of the program, each camper will bring home two personalized robots! All local Camp Invention programs are facilitated and taught by certified educators who reside and teach in the community. For additional information visit

Saratoga Independent School Announces Summer Tour Dates SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Independent School has announced summer tour dates for prospective parents and students. SIS is currently accepting applications for all grades, PreK through Middle School. Tour dates, all starting at 10 a.m. are scheduled for: Wednesday, July 11 Thursday, July 19 Tuesday, July 24 Thursday, August 2 Wednesday, August 8 Tuesday, August 14 Thursday, August 23 Or prospective parents can contact SIS to schedule a personal tour at 518-583-0841. For additional information, please visit our website at

Ballston Spa Announces New High School Principal BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Board of Education is scheduled to appoint Mr. Gianleo Duca as the new Ballston Spa High School (BSHS) Principal on June 6. He was selected from a competitive group of qualified candidates consisting of sitting administrators with strong high school experience. The candidates were interviewed by a representative selection team, who

recommended him as the leader among the finalists. Mr. Duca, who has been with the district since 2015, currently serves as Assistant Principal at BSHS. Prior to his service at Ballston Spa, he held Social Studies teaching positions at South Colonie High School and Medford High School. Mr. Duca holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History/Education from Western New England University, a Master’s Degree in Education from Salem State University and received Administrative Certification from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. He holds New York State Certification as a School District and a School Building Leader. He is currently serving in a leadership role at BSHS as Interim Principal. The school currently has over 1,200 students enrolled in the grades 9-12. His appointment as Principal will begin on July 1. SUNY Adirondack will hold an information session on its new Accelerated Degree in Business Administration from 6 to 7:30 p.m. June 13 in the Northwest Bay Conference Center in Adirondack Hall on the Queensbury campus.

SUNY Adirondack to Hold Information Session on New Accelerated Degree in Business Administration WILTON — This new program, designed to meet the schedules of working adults, makes it possible for students to complete an associates degree in 16 months or less. Classes run two nights a week, with additional coursework completed online. Course formats include both accelerated (7-week classes) and traditional semester formats (15-week classes). The accelerated format is ideal for prospective students who are

driven, organized, tech-literate and college-ready in math and English. Ryan Thomas, the college’s adult learning coordinator, will be onsite during the June 13 information session to meet with prospective students. Representatives from the business faculty, counseling department, financial aid office and admissions also will be available to answer questions and offer advice. SUNY Adirondack’s Admissions Office is open for extended hours on Wednesdays throughout the summer to accommodate busy adults with work and family obligations. Visit us Monday Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information on the Accelerated Degree in Business Administration, contact Ryan Thomas at or 518-743-2200, ext. 7765.

Schuylerville Central School Alumni Banquet SCHUYLERVILLE — Schuylerville Central School Alumni Banquet will be held on Saturday, Aug. 4 at the American Legion, Clancy St.,

17 Schuylerville from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Music by DJ Andy Jennings. $30.00 per person. Contact Pat Temple at 518-338-2329 or e-mail for tickets.

National Doughnut Day at WSWHE Boces SARATOGA SPRINGS — National Doughnut Day started in 1938 by a Salvation Army branch in Chicago. Traditionally celebrated on the first Friday of June, they were honoring the women who had served doughnuts to soldiers during the First World War. Culinary Arts students from the F. Donald Myers Education Center in Saratoga Springs have pitched in to assist with this community service event. They are honoring veterans and assisting The Salvation Army of Saratoga Springs, which will distribute doughnuts today at four locations: to the homeless individuals and veterans they serve breakfast to five days per week; local VA Clinic and Veterans Transitional House; and at a booth on Broadway in downtown Saratoga Springs.

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Mulched Beds Written & Photographed by Peter Bowden for Saratoga TODAY

OVER THE YEARS I’ve shared my method of using cardboard under mulch for weed control. Every year people will come up and thank me for saving them so much time once they tried it. Here it is, easy edging and mulching; a quick way to conquer weeds for great looking beds. I have an area that is difficult to mow around so I decided to turn it into a mulched bed to make mowing easier. I used the hose to outline the edge I want. It will be a nice rounded bed that will be easy to mow around. Then I finish edging the new bed. I use a straight

bladed shovel for a nice neat edge. Simply slice into the grass at the edge of the bed at a steep angle 4” deep. Grass can’t cross that barrier of air, so it won’t make it into the bed on the other side of the trench. I just toss the clumps I dig out into the bed... why waste good soil I say. “But what about all the grass and weeds in the bed... and all the clumps of grass you tossed in?” you’re asking. I suppose that I could spend a couple of hours digging out all the grass and weeds, but I have a much quicker and easier way to deal with that...cardboard! A layer of cardboard will smother the grass and it will die. All the clumps of sod that I tossed in will compost into the soil. I’m always on the prowl for large pieces of cardboard. Here’s the bed all covered with cardboard. I used a razor knife to slice the cardboard along the edge of the bed. Make sure that the cardboard overlaps heavily so the grass and weeds can’t get through...8” of overlap will stop them. I also used the razor knife to cut the cardboard, so it fits around the trunks of the pines and hydrangea.

Finished mulched garden bed.

Now all that’s left is putting mulch on the cardboard. This is the fun part, and it goes down quickly. I put a 4” to 5” layer of cedar mulch down. There are many types of mulch, but I like cedar because it’s cheap and smells nice too. Now the mulch is down, the area looks great and mowing will be simple. It looks a little sparse now, but more plants can be added to the bed easily. Just brush the mulch aside, cut a hole in the cardboard and plant, easy peasy and it looks so much better now. In all, this took less than an hour, and I used 7 bags of cedar mulch.

Cut the perimeter of your garden with a straight bladed shovel.

In the vegetable garden, I use the same method except that I’ll use straw on top of the cardboard instead of cedar mulch. During a wet year like this one, I’ll wait until later in the season to cover the soil to give it a chance to dry out and warm up. Seed beds and other areas can’t get covered and still need to be weeded but at least the aisles remain weed free. By fall earthworms will have eaten most of the cardboard and any that is left can be turned into the soil along with the straw adding organic matter and feeding the soil. THANKS FOR THE READ!

Cut a layer of cardboard to place underneath your mulch.

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Powerful Protection

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“Even a minute gas leak, when combined with electricity, can spark an explosion,” said Casadei. Fueling Peace of Mind Founded in 2006, Casadei started Galway Co-op to offer more affordable fuel prices for its members. Every year they’ve grown and now their membership consists of 15,500 people and a tremendous buying power that allows them to provide unique discounts. At their customers’ request, they added on roofing services four years ago, began offering building renovations in 2015 and provide numerous recommendations.

by Megin Potter for Saratoga TODAY

“There are two reasons why people get generators, one is convenience and the other is necessity.”

-Michael Casadei, Owner of Galway Co-op

Don’t sweat it. The weather is one of life’s uncertainties. Severe storms happen year-round, sometimes knocking the power out for hours or even days and wreaking havoc on our lives. “There are two reasons why people get generators, one is convenience and the other is necessity,” said Michael Casadei, owner of Galway Co-op. While having the lights on, air conditioners running and cell phones charging is convenient, for some, generators are necessary equipment to run life-sustaining medical apparatus, provide water, or run sump pumps to prevent basements from flooding during heavy rain storms. Not everyone needs a generator, Casadei tells his customers, but he does pose a question to them. “If you’re looking at two houses that are exactly the same, same layout, same price, same everything, except one has a generator, which one would you buy?” Take the Sting Out of Summer Storms A portable generator is an attractive option for those

just wanting to plug in a few essential items because it is relatively inexpensive. It is heavy, however, can be hard to maneuver and a hassle to hook up during a power outage. “We sell and install anything,” said Casadei. Working with manufacturer Generac for six years, Galway Co-op will help you decide what size will work for you and offers generators in the 7 kW up to the 22 kW sizes. “Every year, generators are becoming more and more popular,” he said. They are also getting more technologically advanced. Innovative options for the larger size generators include the ability for them to work in unison with gas, geothermal or solar energy systems. They also include the ability to be turned on or off and monitored using your smartphone. With a price tag that can run up to $10,000, these advanced generator systems are a capital investment improvement to your home that should only be done by installers licensed in both electrical and gasoline supply services.

“We feel personally responsible for anything we recommend, and if something is wrong, or someone is not pleased, we make it better. We feel what our members feel,” said Casadei. Anyone can go in and buy a generator from Galway Co-op but members do get priority service and a discounted price on a variety of products and services, including a 30 percent savings on County Waste trash removal. Join anytime for a $35 annual membership fee. Go to for more information and click on the Generac link to learn how to give your house powerful protection and your family peace of mind.

20 TOWN OF BALLSTON 301 Charlton Rd., $260,000. Joan Hallgren sold property to Jeffrey Latter and Lauren Smith.

CHARLTON 2110 Maple Ave., $650,000. Lael Dickinson sold property to Florence Heukensfieldt Jansen.

CLIFTON PARK 20 Dennis Dr., $345,000. Udaya Boothpur and Hema Gambhire sold property to Edward and Mary Scully. 12 Berkshire Dr., $400,000. Caryn Lafleche sold property to Christopher Rizzo and Gisela Torres Rizzo. 3 Stoney Creek Dr., $179,900. Douglas Goral sold property to Sandra Dethorne.

PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS 7 Lussier Dr., $365,000. Sarah Scarpace Peters sold property to Modesto and Melanie Lugo.

627 Grooms Rd., $293,500. Michael Gilday sold property to Peter and Adrienna Kudrewicz.

56 Via Da Vinci, $370,000. Ronald and Patricia Shannon sold property to David Hollner and Tristan Kisling.

1 Cheshire Ridge, $525,000. Daniel Paik and Seung Lee sold property to Henan Zhang and Chunxiao Fu.

9 Meridan Lane, $285,000. James and Linda Murphy sold property to Karen Wolanin. 55 Glouchester St., $340,000. Christopher and Maureen McDermott sold property to Danielle Ferriero and Jason Mack. 1153 Ballston Lake Rd., $30,000. Ballston Realty LLC sold property to Mark Barkyoumb. 10 Kain Terrace, $110,000. Kain Development LLC sold property to DeGraff Bloom Custom Builders Inc.

4 Maureen Court, $430,000. Jan and Roseann Czajkowski sold property to Jeffery Dilger and Lynn Johneas. 3 McLane St., $125,000. Shawn and Trevor Gallager/ Gallager Prime Properties DBA sold property to Caldarazzo Group LLC/ Sam Caldarazzo. 5 Sturbridge Court, $289,000. Pauline Finney sold property to Andrew and Courtney Little.

CORINTH 44 Locust Ridge Dr., $230,000. Kirchhoff Rental Properties LLC sold property to Justin Bliven. 4713 Route 9N, $185,000. Traci Kingsley sold property to John and Erika Coltrain.

TOWN OF DAY 2614 S. Shore Rd., $245,000. Deborah Parsons sold property to Erica and Peter Hindle. 77 Outlook Terrace, $224,000. William and Teri Crowne sold property to Joann and Nicholas Jakowiw, Jr. 5 Cuyler St. $7,500. Suzanne Potts sold property to Stephen Frost.

Week of June 8 – June 14, 2018

TOWN OF EDINBURG 43 Marion Rd., $90,000. Kenneth Beesmer and Peter Perry sold property to John McKee and Gretchen Chase Smith.

GALWAY 1063 Palmer Rd., $200,000. Douglas Lawrence and Lua Rafalak Lawrence sold property to Donald and Susan Persico.

GREENFIELD 567 North End Rd., $392,000. Barry Kramer and Donna Zalichin sold property to Stephen and Jill Fifield. 69 Daniels Rd., $458,000. Leo and Olga Geoffrion sold property to Michael Orr and Alyson Chapman. 216 Locust Grove Rd., $156,000. Wilming Savings Fund Society (as Trustee, by Atty) sold property to Robert Courtney.

HADLEY 7 Park Ave., $24,500. Wayne and Drucille Dickerson sold property to George A. Bercharlie and George J. Bercharlie. 66 Stewart Bridge Rd., $7,600. County of Saratoga and Louis and Sally Palladino sold property to Eleanor Plifcofsky. 36 2nd Ave., $70,000. Wilmington Savings Fund Society (as Trustee, by Atty) sold property to Barbara Seaman.

HALFMOON Lot 81, Swatling Dr., $372,592. Beacon Homes LLC sold property to Radhika Kamlapurkar. 67 Moreland Dr., $390,000. Elaine and John Seeber III. sold property to Jimmy Koh and Qianhe Lin. 6 Cooks Ct., $228,300. Melanie and Modesto Lugo, Jr. sold property to Michael Gifford and Nicole Manzella. 19 A Fairway Dr., $283,000. Kurt and Karen Freudenreich sold property to Nicole Treacy. 201 Burgoyne Dr., $145,000. Liam Casey (by Atty) sold property to Amanda Brooks. 159 Ushers Rd., $427,000. Joseph Tedesco and Arthur Gates sold property to B and T Property Holdings LLC.

MALTA 7 Stonebreak Rd., $2,450,000. M J Properties of Clifton Park Inc. sold property to JMA Properties of Malta LLC. 1 West Dr., $260,000. James and Kathleen Kleinhans sold property to Marylou Ennis.

MILTON 882 Middle Line Rd., $169,855. Harold Clothier (by Ref) sold property to Ocwen Loan Servicing. 201 Revere Dr., $295,000. Christopher and Jenny Ordon sold property to William Lefevre and Brittany McNeice.

Week of June 8 – June 14, 2018


49 West High St. $285,000. Wilmington Savings Fund Society (as Trustee) sold property to Brandon Acres.

15 Cook Circle, $187,000. Jeffrey and Meghan Mercier sold property to Cassandra Digman.

48-50 Park St., $490,000. Timothy Moriarty, Sr. and Timothy Moriarty, Jr. sold property to Morgan Jones.

49 West High St., $312,000. Brandon Acres sold property to Apple Tree BNB LLC.

102 Thomas Rd., $255,000. Roxanne and Gary Davis sold property to Patti and Steven Allison.

46 Union Ave., Unit 301, $895,000. Moore Hall LLC sold property to Matthew Bergeron and Andrea Bergeron Living Trust.

6650 Middle Grove Rd., $65,000. Kazimierzi and Elaine Austro sold property to George Laque. 13 Dublin Dr., $238,450. William and Donna Butler sold property to Michael Mercado and Nicole Campbell. 231 Meadowlark Dr., $223,000. Russell Williams sold property to Carolyn Scribner. 23 Skylark Dr., $275,000. Jeffrey and Amber Whiteowl sold property to David and Devon Tarella.

MOREAU 75 Saratoga Ave., $233,000. Luigi and Anita Chiaravalle sold property to JJ and J SGF Holdings, LLC. 14 Haviland Ave., $145,000. Roberta Brynes sold property to Wilmington Savings Fund Society (as Trustee). 116 Feeder Dam Rd., $7,500. Brittany Creel sold property to Matthew Stanton. 116 Feeder Dam Rd., $250,000. Matthew Stanton sold property to Howe and Sandra Stanton. 18 Willow St., $147,000. Dennis Baker sold property to Eric Baker. 44 Pheasant Way, $239,300. Daniel Brant and Monica Hogan sold property to Matthew and Micah Ryan.

NORTHUMBERLAND Route 32, $50,000. Franklin and Susan Shaw sold property to Klint Asmus. 11 Merchant Rd., $196,500. Edward and Kerry Rodriguez sold property to Sarah Smith and James Wilsey. 65 Baker Rd., $237,000. Whitney Dechene sold property to Caleb Brumleve.

Pettis Rd., $6,500. Kara Blais sold property to Alain Blais. 5 Wilton Gansevoort Rd., $160,000. Gansevoort Mansion LLC sold property to Aspenedge LLC.

TOWN OF SARATOGA 49 Morgans Run, $163,500. Randy Morris and Leeann Leque Morris sold property to Alicia Murray. 6 Morgans Run, $154,639. John and Tara Venditte sold property to Darrin and Colleen Nastacie. 8 Eagles Way, $238,500. Gina Collazo sold property to Zachary and Kristin Richardson. 100 Dans View Rd., $144,000. J Thomas Roohan sold property to Meatball Martini LLC

SARATOGA SPRINGS 178 Nelson Ave., $423,000. Jenee Erchak (as Trustee) sold property to Jeffrey Dooley and Linda Paulsen.

62-64 Excelsior Ave., $450,000. Sidney Stark sold property to RR Depot LLC. 7 Buff Rd., $548,407. Manuel and Jeffrey Ballestero (C0-Trustees) sold property to James and Dana Fox. 1 Richard Ave., $565,000. Helen Cane sold property to Steven and Jacqueline Thibodeau. 22 Central Ave., $500,000. Justin Sabrsula and Lindsay Theile sold property to Cartus Financial Corporation. 22 Central Ave., $500,000. Cartus Financial Corporation sold property to Albert Camanes and Maria Vinyeta. 35 Preakness Way, $214,400. Lakewood Property Holdings LLC sold property to Orlando Emolo. 9 Horseshoe Dr., $457,000. Benjamin Adams sold property to Saratoga Horseshoe LLC. 155 Union Ave., $455,000. Williams and Lisa Watkins sold property to JPSMSC LLC.

STILLWATER 7 Calvary Course, $272,000. Timothy Weighley III sold property to Cory Black.

WATERFORD 64 Burton Ave., $216,000. Caroline and Dennis Polmateer sold property to Sean Kilhullen. 14 Steenburgh Ave., $24,177. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (by Authorized Agent) sold property to Fred Weinkauff. 31 & 33 Broad St., $10,475. County of Saratoga and Deborah and David Akin sold property to Jerome Newkirk.

21 WILTON 3 Carr Rd., $394,900. William and Kaitlin Carson sold property to Christopher and Janine Markham. 22 Carr Rd., $240,000. William and Lauren Sheldon sold property to Matthew and Alyssa Bradley. 15 Christina Court, $241,000. Charles Turner sold property to Paul Zando and Colleen Fullerton. 38 Tom Sawyer Dr., $275,000. Michael and David Mancini sold property to Michael McKenna. 4 Overlook Dr., $245,700. Federal Home LoanMortgage Corporation (by Atty) sold property to Capital Home Buyers LLC.



Cheesecake Maker Brings Family Favorites to Farmers’ Market

Week of June 8 – June 14, 2018

Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce • Time: 30 minutes

• Yields 12 servings (3 cups)

INGREDIENTS * Find these ingredients at the Farmers’ Market!

• 2½ cups fresh rhubarb*, cut into 1-inch pieces • 1 cup water • ¼ cup sugar • 2 tablespoons grated lemon zest

• ¼ teaspoon salt • 1 ½ cups fresh strawberries*, sliced • 2 tablespoons lemon juice • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon*

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

by Himanee Gupta-Carlson

for Saratoga TODAY TUCKED into a corner of the Saratoga Farmers’ Market is a cheesecake maker. To market regulars, she is coming to be known as Grandma Apple.

Above photos provided by Grandma Apple’s Cheesecakes.

Grandma Apple is Connie Capasso, owner of Grandma Apple’s Cheesecakes. She handcrafts her cheesecakes from high-quality, locally sourced ingredients and transports them to the market via a portable refrigerator that keeps the cheesecakes chilled and ready for on-the-spot eating. The cheesecakes are available in individual cups for $4.50 each. “Customers love the individual size,” says Capasso. “I appreciate that I can bake right in the cup and that the cup itself is recyclable.” Like many artisanal businesses, Grandma Apple’s Cheesecakes grew from a passion. Capasso has a large family and often would bake cheesecakes

for them, trying out different crusts and flavors. Her family encouraged her to turn the baking into a business, so Capasso did some research, had a commercial kitchen built, and established a limited liability corporation. She joined the Saratoga Farmers’ Market last November during its indoor season and now sells at the Wednesday and Saturday markets and at a market in Albany. Like the business, the name Grandma Apple has family roots. As Capasso tells it, her eldest grandson – now 21 and one of nine – used to call a number of women in the family “Grandma.” Some of these women were grandmothers and some were great-grandmothers. She knew

1. In a saucepan, combine rhubarb, water, sugar, lemon zest and salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat until rhubarb is soft, about 10-15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in strawberries, lemon juice and cinnamon. Cool. Serve over cake, yogurt, ice cream. Adapted from the recipe featured in Taste of Home.

Grandma Apple's Cheesecakes. Photo by Pattie Garrett.

that he loved apples so she always had them on hand when he would come to visit. “When he was old enough to start speaking, I became

Grandma Apple,” Capasso says. “Now all nine grandkids know me as Grandma Apple.” The cheesecakes come in a range of flavors including some standards such as traditional, chocolate, lemon, and peanut butter. But Capasso likes to experiment and often adds different flavors once her experiments have passed the ultimate taste test — her family’s approval. “Every so often we have a taste test day,” she says. “It’s a blind tasting. I bring out the flavors, and they give me their feedback.” Capasso also makes larger cheesecakes, which are available through special order. Visit her at the market, on the FreshFoodNY app, or email GrandmaApplesCheesecakes@ to learn more. The Saratoga Farmers’ Market is 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays at High Rock Park. Find us on Facebook and Instagram, and check us out on the FreshFoodNY app. E-mail for volunteer opportunities.



Week of June 8 – June 14, 2018


by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY


my Foodie Friends. Warm weather means spending more time outdoors and also means more picnics. I love picnics. One item I am sure many folks have as part of your picnic is Watermelon. I have to admit that our household loves this fruit (or is it a vegetable?). Watermelon is a fruit and a vegetable. It is a fruit because it grows from a seed, it has a sweet flavor and refreshing qualities. It is a vegetable because it is harvested and cleared from the field like other vegetables and because it is a member of the same family as the cucumbers, pumpkin and squash. Cutting the watermelon can be a challenge of its own though. Recently I viewed a You Tube clip of a guy trying to cut

a watermelon with a huge sword. It did not go well! As you know, Compliments has cool tools for cooks. Fun gadgets are always being made to help make life a bit easier for you. These are tools that you did not realize you really needed. We carry two gadgets that could substantially help you with cutting your watermelon: a watermelon knife and a watermelon cutter. The melon knife can actually be used on any melon. It is an 11” serrated knife that is ultra sharp to cut through rinds. The extra long heavy duty blade slices through the width of the entire melon. The blade has a non-stick coating for quick release. The handle is a soft ergonomic grip handle for superior control and reduced hand fatigue. This cool knife also comes with a sheath for safe and convenient storage. Another cool melon tool we carry is a stainless steel watermelon cutter. You can keep your countertops clean as you neatly slice, lift, and serve watermelon right from the rind with this uniquely designed tool. Just place the tool claw down to sweep through the watermelon, slicing it all the way to the rind. Flip the tool over with the claw up, and use the tongs to lift and serve the one inch wide slices. There is less mess, less waste. It is perfect for BBQ’s and picnics.

There are so many unique recipes to make with watermelon. Here is a small group of ideas:

No-Bake Watermelon “Cake” Slice two short ends off one large seedless watermelon so it sits flat; cut away rind to make cylinder. Transfer to cake stand. Frost with two (8-ounce) containers frozen whipped topping. Top with berries and mint. Serves 10.

Feta-Watermelon Stacks Cut one small seedless watermelon into one inch cubes (about 40). Top with one (one pound) block feta cheese, cut into one inch squares (¼ inch thick), and one cup basil leaves; secure with toothpicks. Transfer to platter; sprinkle with three tablespoons olive oil and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Serves 10.

Watermelon-Arugula Salad

Frozen Watermelon Cooler

In large bowl, whisk two tablespoons each olive oil and red wine vinegar and ¼ teaspoon salt. Add three cups each cubed seedless watermelon, sliced peaches and baby arugula; ½ cup packed basil leaves; and ¼ cup toasted hazelnuts, chopped. Serves 4.

In large blender, puree (stopping often to tamp down solid ingredients with wooden spoon) four cups cubed seedless watermelon, frozen; five cups ice; one cup each raspberry sorbet and lime juice; and ½ cup confectioners’ sugar until thick and smooth. Serves 4.

Grilled ChickenWatermelon Tacos Toss two cups chopped seedless watermelon; one jalapeño, minced; ½ small red onion, minced; ¼ cup each lime juice and chopped cilantro; and ¼ teaspoon salt. Serve on eight (6-inch) warmed corn tortillas with one pound sliced grilled chicken and ½ cup crumbled Cotija cheese. Serves 4.


Take Care, John & Paula

Office for the Aging Lunch Program

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Wow, these are all so good. Show that special someone that they are “one in a melon.” Make something special with watermelon. Stop by Compliments to the Chef located at 33 Railroad place to help you select those cool tools to make your creations. Remember; “Life Happens in the Kitchen.”

Served at the Saratoga Senior Center TUESDAY






• Seafood Salad Cold Plate • Macaroni Salad • Pea Salad • Mandarin Oranges

• Swiss Steak • Oven Browned Potatoes • Beets • Pineapple

• Breaded Pork • Chicken & Chop & Gravy Spinach with Feta Cheese • Rice Sauce • Broccoli • Buttered Pasta • Pears • Sonoma Blend Vegetables • Fruit Cocktail


14 • Spanish Beef Rice Casserole • Carrots • Garlic Cornbread • Fruit Jello with Whipped Topping

Menu Subject to Change. Coffee, tea and butter are served daily. The suggested contribution is $2/meal. There is a $6 fee for guests under the age of 60. Please make checks payable to: Northeast Dining and Lodging, c/o Saratoga County Office for the Aging, 152 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020



Traveling BBQ Saratoga County Office for the Aging sponsors the Senior Nutrition Program. Part of our program is congregate dining where persons age 60 and over can participate in a meal served at Noon at several meal sites throughout Saratoga County. Upcoming dates: • June 1 | Waterford Senior Community Center, 125 Second St., Waterford, 518-235-8500, ext. 2. • June 8 | Schuylerville Town Hall, 12 Spring St., Schuylerville 518-695-3644, ext. 316. • June 15 | Malta Community Center, 1 Bayberry Dr., Malta 518-899-4411, ext. 315. • June 18 | Halfmoon Senior Center, 287 Lower Newton Rd., Halfmoon, 518-371-3892 • June 28 | Greenfield Community Center, 25 Wilton Rd., Greenfield 518-893-7644, ext. 312. Reservations are required at least one day in advance by Noon. A registration form must be completed by each participant annually. No food/drink items can be taken to go. The suggested donation is $2 per meal. For more information call Emma at the Office of the Aging, 518-884-4996. 10th Annual Dragon the Dads Family 5K and Kids Run On Saturday June 16 at 9 a.m. Greenfield Elementary will hold its 10th annual “Dragon the Dads” family 5K, Kids Mile, and “Dragon Dash” at Saratoga State Park beginning at the warming hut. A fun-filled family event to celebrate Father’s Day weekend, the 5k run will feature Gennaro’s Pizza gift cards for the top overall male and female finishers, Stewart’s gift cards as prizes for the top male/female in each age category. Additionally, local business gift cards, including but not limited to Augies Restaurant, Cantina Restaurant, Brookhaven Golf Course, Haven Tea Room Restaurant, PJs Bar-BQSA, and the Bread Basket Bakery, will be awarded to randomly drawn bib numbers for preregistered runners. Register now at, day of registration begins at 7:45 a.m.

Repair Café Sustainable Saratoga and the Saratoga Springs Public Library are organizing the first Repair Café in Saratoga Springs on June 16 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Dutcher Community Room. Repair Café is a free community event with the goal of helping people repair broken objects to extend their life and keep things out of landfills. Bring your broken items from home: lamps, hair dryers, clothes, bikes, toys, wood furniture, jewelry... most things that are broken are welcome and can likely be repaired with the guidance of a knowledgeable Repair Café coach. We cannot guarantee that we can help you fix everything. Visit www.sustainablesaratoga. org/projects/zero-waste/repaircafe-saratoga-springs or www. Email info@ for more information. Genealogy and Local History Heritage Hunters of Saratoga County will meet on Saturday, June 16, at 1 p.m. at the Town of Saratoga Town Hall, corner of Rt. 4 and Rt. 29 in Schuylerville. Program speaker will be Aaron Noble, a New York State Museum historian, and curator of the exhibit, “A Spirit of Sacrifice: New York State in the First World War.” The Museum exhibit recognizes the 100th anniversary of World War I, enhanced through posters and artifacts obtained from sources throughout the state, as well as from the Museum’s own collection. Aaron’s research examines the pivotal role of New Yorkers through industrial, charitable, and civic involvement. Public is welcome. For information call 518-587-2978. Northshire Bookstore Supports Women and Girls at In-Store Book Fair On Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17 Northshire Bookstore, located at 424 Broadway in Saratoga Springs, will be hosting an in-store book fair that will benefit Soroptimist International of Saratoga County. Let the bookseller know you are “Shopping for Soroptimists” and twenty percent of your purchases will support the Soroptimist

Secret Gardens Tour scheduled for Sunday, July 8. In addition to books you can purchase gift certificates in any amount or any of the other creative non-book items the bookstore features. Secret Gardens Tour tickets are available from the store for $20. Pieroghi Sale Plan for the holidays, vacations and graduations. Christ the Savior Church, 349 Eastline Rd., Ballston Lake is sponsoring its monthly pieroghi sale on Tuesday, June 19. Potato/cheese, sauerkraut, and farmer’s cheese will be available. As usual, pickup is from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 518-363-0001 for orders. Blood Drive The Nick’s Fight to be Healed Foundation will be holding a blood drive at the Shenendehowa United Methodist Church located at 971 Route 146, Clifton Park on Tuesday, June 26 from 1 -6 p.m., with homemade goodies at the finish. Every donor is appreciated and saves lives. The Nick’s Fight to be Healed Foundation supports pediatric cancer patients, including blood cancer patients, and your donations are critical for these children. Please sign up at (use sponsor code NICKSFIGHT) or call 1-800-RED CROSS for your appointment. Bus Trip to Cradle of Aviation Museum The Empire State Aerosciences Museum announces a Bus Trip to the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, New York on Saturday, June 30. Join other aviation enthusiasts exploring over 75 air and space craft, a dozen cockpits and 30 handson exhibits in over 8 galleries. Experience a full dome theater with live astronomy programs and movies that surround you. The latest exhibit features the legendary Pan Am “B-314 Flying Boats,” seaplanes which pioneered trans-oceanic flying. Incredible low cost includes bus transportation, museum admission, guided tour and Planetarium/Dome Theater show. Bus leaves Empire State Aerosciences Museum at 7 a.m. and arrives back home at 7 p.m. Sign up now before the bus fills up. For more information call 518-377-2191, ext. 10.

Week of June 8 – June 14, 2018 National Garden Club Standard Flower Show Amateur Photographers are invited to submit photos to be displayed at the Schuylerville Garden Club’s annual National Garden Club Standard Flower Show. In past years, the photo exhibit was well received by attendees, with prizes being awarded by People’s Choice. The Flower Show will be held on July 14 and 15 in the Saratoga Town Hall, corner of Spring and Broad Streets in Schuylerville. In addition to the photo classes, the show will also include Horticulture and Floral Design Classes, plant and bake sales and a benefit table. The show is entitled “There’s Music in the Air.” Admission is free. The Photography Section is entitled “Flowers on the Wall.” The classes are as follows: Class 1 | “Seasons in the Sun” Class 2 | “Close to You” Class 3 “| Sunrise, Sunset” Photos should be 8 x 10 inches with an 11 x 14 white mat. Photos must be pre-entered to plan for space and submitted by the deadline of July 7. Other details and an entry form are available at www.schuylervillegardenclub. org or by calling Photography Consultants, Cheryl Wood at 518-798-4098 or Nancy Derway at 518-638-8704. Other show information is also available on the website. Saratoga Pinball & Arcade Show Do you enjoy pinball or have fond memories of playing them in arcades? Visit the Saratoga Pinball and Arcade Show for some family-friendly entertainment. It will be held at the Saratoga Regional YMCA in Saratoga Springs, on Friday, August 10 from 2 – 10 p.m. and Saturday, August 11 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. The show will feature approximately 50 pinball machines and arcade games from the past and present, all set on free play. For one admission price, you are welcome to stay all day and play as much as you like for no additional cost. The show will also feature an indoor flea market with various pinball and arcade games and parts for sale. Proceeds from the show will be donated to charity. Cost is $10 for admission. For more information visit www.

Farmer’s Market Coupons Aging Elderly Nutrition Program The Saratoga County Office for the Aging Elderly Nutrition Program will be distributing the coupons to those who qualify. Age 60 and over, income eligibility is $1872/month for one person household and $2538/month for two-person household. Coupons can be picked up at the Office for the Aging at 152 West High Street, Room 201 in Ballston Spa between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Coupons will also be available at the Office for the Aging Informational events throughout the county. Please call the office for details 518-884-4996. Southern Saratoga Art Society Exhibit Burnt Hills Library will host two artists from the Southern Saratoga Art Society in the community room for the month of June. Rebecca Jenkins of Mechanicville is a graduate of Russell Sage with a degree in Photography. Her artwork reflects her views as she travels and explores both locally and abroad. She loves photographing sometimes uncooperative subjects under water. Patricia Wade of Ballston Lake loves to sketch and paint in various mediums, watercolor, oils, coffee and most recently alcohol ink paint. She has studied with several local artists. Both artists exhibit at various venues locally. The exhibit will run from June 1 through June 29. Also, Valerie Woodward of Clifton Park, a retired Geologist and selftaught water-colorist will be exhibiting for the month of June at the Clifton Park Senior Community Center. Not being one to follow the set “rules” of watercolor painting, she approaches each painting with a separate perspective. Valerie does some “quirky cartoon collage” paintings in pen and watercolor to balance her more serious works. She says “Life is time made up of layers of seeing and feeling and a painting represents only a sliver. View some of her work online at www.

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Sneak Peek: Museum Adventure Days

Family Friendly Event

FRIDAY, JUNE 8 Salamander Sky Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 10:30 a.m. Story time and nature activity with Katy Farber. The author will share her delightful new picture book, and educators from Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park will present a fun related nature activity. Every spring in the eastern region of the United States, warmer nights with steady rain bring the migration of thousands of spotted salamanders to ponds and pools, often across busy roads. “Salamander Sky” features a mother and daughter who go out on a rainy night to help the salamanders cross the road safely. For more events visit

SATURDAY, JUNE 9 Rummage and Refreshment Sale Unitarian Universalist Church 624 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Large selection - Bikes, tools, toys, furniture, housewares and much more. Cookies, popsicles and lemonade for sale.

Spring Book Sale Ballston Spa Public Library, 21 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Don’t miss out on a great assortment of books, movies, music and more. The popular “buck-a-bag” sale will be held from 3 – 4 p.m. If you are “Friends of the Ballston Spa

Children’s Museum, 69 Caroline Street, Saratoga Springs, 11: 30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. “Exploration Story Book” Free with Admission. The Children’s Museum at Saratoga is giving an exclusive look at our new summer camp program. Let your little one’s imagination soar as they navigate their way through a story book adventure that will take them out of this world. For other events at the museum visit

Cactus Pass Jamboree Malta Community Center, 1 Bayberry Drive, Malta 2 – 4 p.m. and 7 – 9 p.m. Malta’s Spotlighter’s Theatre Troupe presents a western musical comedy “Cactus Pass Jamboree.” Performance on Sunday, June 10 at 2 – 4 p.m. as well. Tickets are $10 advanced and $15 at the door. Purchase advanced tickets (before midnight June 8) at www. or stopping at the Malta Community Center, One Bayberry Drive, Malta. There are still a few free kid’s tickets available with a paid adult, courtesy of a Stewart’s Holiday Match grant! For more details, call 518-899-4411.

Ulysses S. Grant: A New Vision for the American Leadership 1000 Mt. McGregor Road, Wilton, 3 p.m. Best-selling author Ronald C. White will offer three episodes from Grant’s life – Civil War, presidency, and the writing of his memoirs in his final illness – that we might understand why in his time Grant was routinely grouped with George Washington and Abraham Lincoln in the pantheon of great American leaders. A book signing will be held at the conclusion of the program. This event is made possible by a David H. Porter Memorial Grant from the Adirondack Trust Community Fund.




Monthly Breakfast

Stitch and Yarn

Fish Creek Rod and Gun Club, Route 32, South of the Village of Victory, 8 – 11 a.m. Eggs cooked to order, bacon, sausage, toast (white or wheat), pancakes (regular, blueberry, buckwheat, apple cinnamon), French toast, home fries, orange juice, coffee, tea, jot chocolate. Cost: Adult $8, Child $4. Everyone welcome.

Saratoga Springs Public Library, Susman Room, 10 – 11:30 a.m. Whether you crochet, knit, embroider, cross stitch, rug hook, or hand sew, you are welcome to join this monthly group to relax, chat, and work on your craft. All skill levels are welcome and tips and tricks may be exchanged, though conversation rather than instruction is to be our main focus. No registration required. For more events visit

6th Annual Beekman Street Art Fair Beekman Street, Saratoga Springs, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free family friendly event featuring 50 artists and allday entertainment. Fifty juried artists will set up individual tents displaying fine art including painting, photography and lithographs and fine craft including pottery, jewelry, woodworking, and textiles. There will be music, food, street performers, a community art project, open mic for young performers and more. For more information on the 6th Annual Beekman Street Art Fair, please visit www.

Blues for the Karner Blues Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park, 80 Scout Road, Gansevoort 2 – 4 p.m. “The Resonators” Blues Band will perform. Rain or shine, no charge. “Digging the Blues, stinging like a bee”…Hope y’all be there.

MONDAY, JUNE 11 American Red Cross Blood Drive Milton Community Center, 310 Northline Road, Ballston Spa 1 – 6 p.m. Pint for a pint blood drive. Please donate blood and receive a coupon for a pint of Stewart’s ice cream. Visit to schedule an appointment.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13 Volkswalk for Fun, Fitness and Friendship Start point: Shenentaha Park, 376 Ballston Avenue, Ballston Spa 9 a.m. A volkswalk is a recreationallypaced, pre-mapped walk in a culturally or historically interesting area. They are planned with safety in mind and are great opportunities for exercise and sociability. Registration for each event starts one half hour prior to the walk and the cost is $2. Further information is available at

Roast Pork and Liver/ Onions Dinner Saratoga-Wilton Elks, 1 Elks Lane, Route 9, Saratoga Springs, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Soup Dijour, tossed salad, roast pork loin, liver and onions, mashed potatoes, bread stuffing, vegetables, dessert, rolls and butter, coffee, tea. Donation Requested: $12 adults, $11 seniors (62+ years) and military (active or retired) with ID card, $8 children 5-12. Children under 5 free, $12 for all take-outs. Cash bar available. Call 518-5842585 for more information.

Ballston Area Seniors Pickin’ Sessions Milton Community Center, 310 Northline Road, Ballston Spa 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Free to the public, ample free

parking and please bring a snack to be shared. Amateur and professional musicians welcome. Check out our web page, www.

THURSDAY, JUNE 14 Flag Disposal Ceremony Saratoga National Cemetary, Duell Road, Schuylerville, 9 a.m. The Saratoga National Cemetery Honor Guard Association will conduct a flag disposal ceremony at the main flag pole. The U.S. Flag Code suggests that when a flag has served its useful purpose, “it should be destroyed, preferably by burning.” For individual citizens, this should be done discreetly so the act of destruction is not perceived as a protest or desecration. Individuals, businesses, government offices and organizations seeking proper disposal of their worn flags are invited to drop them off in the administration office at the cemetery. All are invited to attend this ceremony. You do not have to be a veteran to attend.

The Effect of Climate Change on our Flowering Plants American Legion Hall, 23 Pleasant Street, Ballston Spa 6 p.m. The Ballston Spa House and Garden Club is sponsoring a talk, slide show and discussion by Gordon Peters. The talk is open to the public. Mr. Peters is a Master Gardener of the Cornell Cooperative Extension and is a member of the Saratoga County Climate Change Work Group which works with Cornell University in studying this issue as it relates to our area. Come learn how to use our gardens proactively to combat global warming, making our gardens more resilient, and how we as gardeners can minimize our carbon footprint. Refreshments will be provided. The Ballston Spa House and Garden Club is a member of the Federated Garden Clubs of New York State and welcomes new members. Please contact 518-8856416 for additional information.

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

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

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

Week of June 8 – June 14, 2018 Saratoga Abundant Life Church 2 Hutchins Road, Saratoga Springs 518-885-5456 | Services: Sunday 8:20 and 10:30 a.m. Saratoga Chabad 130 Circular Street, Saratoga Springs 518-526-0773 | Saratoga Friends Meeting (Quaker) 571 Route 32, Quaker Springs | 518-587-7477 518-399-5013 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga United Methodist Church* 175 Fifth Avenue, Saratoga Springs 518-584-3720 | Services: Sunday 9 and 10:45 a.m. Saratoga Seventh-Day Adventist Church 399 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs 518-587-6951 | Services: Worship: 11 a.m.; Sabbath School 10 a.m. Schuylerville United Methodist Church 51 Church Street, Schuylerville 518-695-3101 | Services: Sunday 11 a.m. Shenendehowa United Methodist 971 Route 146, Clifton Park 518-371-7964 | Services: Sunday 9 and 10:45 a.m. Simpson United Methodist Church 1089 Rock City Road, Rock City Falls 518-885-4794 | Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Soul Saving Station for Every Nation Christ Crusaders of America 62 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs 518-584-3122 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Starpoint Church 410 21st Century Park Drive, Clifton Park 518-371-2811 | Services: 9, 10:30 a.m. and Noon Stillwater Christian Fellowship Liberty Ridge Farm, 29 Bevis Road, Schaghticoke 518-288-8802 | Services: 10 a.m. Stillwater United Church (Presbyterian U.S.A.) 747 Hudson Avenue, Stillwater 518-664-7984 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Temple Sinai* 509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 518-584-8730 | Shabbat Services: Friday 6 or 8 p.m. (rotating schedule); Saturday 10:30 a.m. Terra Nova Church* 45 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs 518-833-0504 | Services: Sunday 9 a.m. The Salvation Army/ Worship, Service & Community Center 27 Woodlawn Avenue, Saratoga Springs 518-584-1640 | Services: Praise & Worship 11 a.m. Sunday School: 10 a.m. Trinity United Methodist Church 155 Ballard Road, Gansevoort 518-584-9107 | Rev. Keith Mann | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs* 624 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs 518-584-1555 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Unity Church in Albany 21 King Avenue, Albany | 518-453-3603 Services: Sunday 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday School: 11 a.m. West Charlton United Presbyterian Church 1331 Sacandaga Road, West Charlton 518-882-9874 | Rev. Thomas Gregg | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m.; Sunday School: 10:30 a.m. Wilton Baptist Church 755 Saratoga Road, Wilton 518-583-2736 | Services: Sunday 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

* Handicap Accessible

Week of June 8 – June 14, 2018


8th Annual

Music & Mingling Gala Photos by Cathy Duffy.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Party goers celebrated with Music & Mingling during a fundraiser at the Saratoga Polo Field on Thursday, May 31 hosted by The Saratoga Senior Center. Known as the “kick-off event of the season,” this exciting evening featured an open bar, gourmet foods by The Old Daley Inn, cigar tastings, lawn games, live music by Grand Central Station, Tarot Card readings, a fire pit, a silent and a live auction, and a chance to win the Saratoga Experience Package! Honorary Chairs of the event were Mr. & Mrs. Vincent Riggi. Event Chairs of the event were Ben & Janet Franco. Proceeds from the evening support the Saratoga Senior Center. The Center is a 501c3 non-profit organization that uses grants and fundraising to cover operating costs.

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Week of June 8 – June 14, 2018


The Orchard Project Kicks Off

Our Hearts Beat to the

2018 Summer Theatre Lab

Music of Valerie June

Program and Performance Series SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Orchard Project will host more than 30 artists and ensemble residencies from across the world this summer in Saratoga Springs. While in residence to accelerate their projects – which are at various stages of development – the Orchard Project will also present a series of special events and cabarets featuring the residents and associated artists. The official opening took place June 3 in Congress Park with the Orchard Project’s free Busk! event. The Orchard Project’s theater program is a laboratory for theatre artists and companies to innovate, develop, and refine new shows. The program will run from June 1 - July 23; the theater lab will run through July 9 and the new episodic lab for new TV show development will run from July 10 - 23. A series of public events, including Special Guest Cabarets, will take place June 15, and June 29, and Work-in-Progress Cabarets on June 8, June 22, and July 6.

The Orchard Project’s Busk! Festival, featuring The Red Trouser Show, the Ramblin’ Jug Stompers and others was attended by hundreds June 3 at Congress Park. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

All Orchard Project events are free for donating members and their guests. For more

information about becoming a member, visit or call 646-760-6767.

Valerie June brings her addictive sound that mixes folk, blues, and soul to Caffe Lena on June 14. Photo by Danny Clinch.

by Jessica Pavia for Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Valerie June’s latest album, “The Order of Time,” was released in 2017 and caught the attention of the New York Times, the National Public Radio, and The New Yorker — all praising the artist’s ability to surpass genres, combining with ease the styles of folk, soul, and blues. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, she has since moved to Brooklyn, and will be performing at Caffe Lena on Thurs. June 14. Perhaps the best way to describe her sound is by realizing the parallel it has to her life: an earthy twang and uniqueness owing to her upbringing in Tennessee, mixed with the liberality and hustle of her adopted home in New York. Her latest album reveals just how obsessed and inspired by time she is. June has previously stated that time is “the ruler of Earth's rhythm,” that "Our daily lives revolve around [time]” and

“Our hearts beat along to its song.” However, her music truly transcends time’s finite notions. Her charged voice serenades from a time ago, when days were long under an overbearing sun and the laziness of summer slowed down life. She seems to be less controlled by time, than she is fascinated with its passing. The album is so well grown and groomed, that each song passes effortlessly onto the next. Pretty soon, the 12 songs have flown by — leaving the borders of time that June so clearly praises behind. The best example of this is “Just in Time,” the eighth track on the album. With gentle acoustic pluckings and a raspy, scratching, imperfect voice cradling lyrics like “I’ve tasted love before / But I never saw the light / Until you opened the door,” June welcomes listeners into another reality, one void of hours, minutes, seconds. To sit at such an intimate setting with her — as is Caffe Lena — listening to each drawl, scratch, and ache, promises to be transfixing.

Week of June 8 – June 14, 2018


Legendary Performance Artist Visits Spa City by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Performance artist. Writer. Poet. Experimental theatre maker. Penny Arcade has authored 10 scripted performance plays and hundreds of performance art pieces. Her work has been produced everywhere from London to Vienna. Born Susana Ventura in the small factory town of New Britain, Connecticut, she named herself Penny Arcade at age 17 while living on her own in New York City, where her mentor, photographer/artist Jaimie Andrews, introduced her to legendary director John Vaccaro and The Playhouse of the Ridiculous. She was subsequently recruited, while still a teenager, by Andy Warhol to be a Factory Superstar. Arcade and longtime collaborator Steve Zehentner are in Saratoga Springs this week on a 10-day residency for The Orchard Project – which supports artists’ new work and the development of shows in the theater world. Arcade says she recalls visiting the city decades earlier with Louden Wainwright, who was performing at Caffe Lena. A clothesline of words and typed scenarios depicting their current work-in-progress, tentatively titled “Old Queen,” clings in blue painters’ tape to the walls of the apartment where she is housed – a converted apartment complex on the city’s east side which once staged major music concerts as the Great Saratoga Music Hall. Arcade, appropriately enough, wears a T-shirt that reads: Love Saves the East Village. Here is some of what was said: “The first time I came to New York I landed right across the street from the Village Gate. I’m from a factory town, New Britain, Connecticut and I ran away when I was 16. I went to Provincetown, then to Boston.” On her name: I had the name ‘Penny Arcade’ since I was 17 years old. I named myself and it was supposed to be a joke. I was saving Susana Ventura for when I did something good. Unfortunately, it’s taken so long, haha, I’ve gotten stuck with Penny Arcade. On the ‘60s: I’m part of the original youth culture. it was a very philosophical time. That’s one of the things we want to bring into the show. While there was a lot of low energy in the sixties, there was also a lot of high-mindedness: Paul Krassner,

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Abbie Hoffman, Lenny Bruce, James Baldwin. I come from an era when Gore Vidal was on television. Maybe if you were a bright kid, you were tuned in to these kinds of things. Regardless of what brightness you had, the mentality that was being driven was that of a seeker. You talked about how you were going to change things. You were metaphysically connected to a group of people. It was about evolution. On Performing: I work improvisationally. Steve and I have worked together for 26 years. I improvise directly to Steve, and Steve writes it down. I can go anywhere and improvise an hour show, just off the top of my head by drawing from different shows of mine. I have 12 full-length plays and hundreds and hundreds of hours of performances. On Andy Warhol: It’s taken me years and years and years to understand Andy. He was a very complex figure. I kind of resented him because I viewed him as a user. You have to remember Andy Warhol did not become famous until he became shot. He was not the most important Pop artist. He was not Claes Oldenburg, he was not seen at that level. He was seen more as a freak. And he was kind of a prankster. Andy’s greatest feat was convincing the art world that he was a painter, when what he actually was, was an art director. We see the results and high impact of Andy Warhol not in art, but in advertising. That’s where you can see his influence. Over time, I’ve come to appreciate him as a conceptualist. When she was 17: I took a $25 shuttle from Boston to New York City. I met these very kind of bizarre drag queens who are in this play. In Provincetown they said: you belong in New York. Eventually I re-met Jamie Andrews, who’s also in this play and who I’d first met in Provincetown. With him, I met John Waters and all these people. When Jamie saw me in New York, I was living on the street. I was definitely an at-risk teenager, like many, many teenagers who were there. Jamie saw me one day on the street, quite by accident, and he said: you don’t look too good. He goes, ‘I think you should come live with me.’ And he took me in. And as I say in the show, show me the 27-year-old gay man who’s taking in the 17-year-old girl off the street. Jamie is a fascinating person in his own right. He was the person who first brought me to the Playhouse of the Ridiculous.

The Playhouse of the Ridiculous: All the elements in my work come from the Playhouse of the Ridiculous, except I do costumes. (Playhouse founder) John Vaccaro’s work is still not understood. I am his protegee. Vaccaro’s work was political. He wasn’t interested in Man’s struggle against Man, he was interested in society. On Patti Smith: I was very close to Patti in 1969- ‘70. When I met her she had just become a poet. But first, was her paintings. She used to write on her paintings which she’d show me, and they were extremely interesting. I was in the first play she was in, (Jackie Curtis’) “Femme Fatale.” There was something that was transferred between the two of us. Patti’s an interesting person. Recently I’ve come to realize that Patti and Robert Mapplethorpe kind of heralded, in 1969, the first wave of young people where fame was more important than accomplishment. Patti wanted to be famous. We had a joke at Max’s (Kansas City) one night which went

on for several weeks that Patti and I were going to start a band. She and I really bonded at being working-class girls in a scene of debutants. On Bowie: Angela Bowie, from what I heard back then, was really the interesting figure. David Bowie was this boring kind of folk singer and then they started dressing David like Angela – and the rest is history. On Punk: Wayne County to me is the most important person in the punk scene and far more important than Patti, Richard Hell or any of them – because he was really an intrinsic rock ‘n’ roller. Rock and roll was our religion, and Wayne County was the person who took it to heart. What else can a poor boy do except play in a rock and roll band? On The Orchard Project: “We like the way Orchard Project works. It has a core of 15 kids interested in theater, in performance, so we like having those conversations. We’ve worked a lot with young people in our video projects. Steve and

I have a video project we’ve been doing for 19 years called Stemming the Tide of Cultural Amnesia: The Lower East Side Biography Project – which anyone can watch. (www. This is my way of injecting inter-generational voices into the culture, because it’s not 1980 or 1990 or 1970 for that matter when young people move to New York and meet older artists. The whole idea of lineage has changed. The whole idea of what it means to be an artist has changed. Those ideas have been gentrified. On Purpose: “I think we all glom onto whatever resonates with us personally on a spiritual level, on a metaphysical level. We come here with purpose. I believe that we are born with purpose. That we all have certain lessons we are here to learn. That’s the purpose of life: for evolution. And it’s not a complete evolution. Whatever my standards are of who I think I should be, I’m not attaining them in this lifetime, you know? I think evolution continues.”

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Week of June 8 – June 14, 2018


Beekman Street Art Fair Takes Place Sunday

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The sixth annual Beekman Street Art Fair will take place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 10. The free family friendly event features 50 artists and allday entertainment. The juried artists will set up individual tents displaying fine art including painting, photography and lithographs and fine craft including pottery, jewelry, woodworking, and textiles. An Arts Spark Maker Space features the creation of a community Mystery Mural Project; Street performers from Circus Theatricks and Balloon Gal Jenny will provide entertainment for kids and a “Songwriters & Improvisers” showcase takes place in front of the historic Frederick Allen Elks Lodge.

Musical entertainment incldes Angelina Valente (piano/ vocals), Steve Candlen (guitar/ vocals), Curley Lamb NuSoulJaz Group (Ria Curley, piano/ vocals; Chuck Lamb, piano; Sam Zucchini, percussion) and Hot Club of Saratoga (Gypsy Swing Quintet). Rick Bolton will host the Open Mic for Young Performers under the Ash Street Tent from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Additionally, several Beekman Street restaurants and businesses will host musical acts in their own venues. The Arts District on Beekman from Grand Avenue to West Circular Street will be closed to traffic allowing artists’ tents to line the streets. For more information, go to:

“Caffè Lena @ SPAC” Returns for First of Two Free Performances June 17

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Boston-based quartet Darlingside and Seattle’s Kuinka perform atop SPAC’s Charles R. Wood Stage on Sunday, June 17 in the first of two free shows of this year’s “Caffe Lena @ SPAC” series. The collaboration between SPAC and Caffe Lena was initiated last year and the events will feature

a varied lineup of artists, many in the American roots genre which is a style encompassing folk, blues, country, string band, bluegrass and early jazz. Heard, known for its roots in jazz and rhythms of West Africa, and folk and mountain blues trio, Martha Redbone Roots Project, perform at the

second show, on July 1. The free concerts take place noon to 4 p.m. Guests are welcome to bring in food, drink, blankets and lawn chairs for the concerts. Food concessions will also be available. In the event of rain on the day of performance, the concert location will shift to Caffè Lena.

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week of 6/8-6/14 friday, 6/8:

Chris Dollard, 5 p.m. @ Morrissey’s — 518.678.6000

Phil Drum, 7 p.m. @ Kraverie – 518-450-7423

Saratoga Originals: Clements, Decker, & Ciota, 7 p.m. @ Caffè Lena — 518.583.0022

American Modern Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. @ Arthur Zankel Music Center – 518.580.5321 Radio Junkies, 8 p.m. @ Baileys — 518.450.1305 Tin Can Alley, 8 p.m. @ Caffè Lena — 518.583.0022 Steve Lambert Quartet, 9 p.m. @ 9 Maple Avenue — 518.583.2582

saturday, 6/9: Hot Club of Saratoga, 11 a.m. @ The Blue Hen Brunch — 518.678.6000 Metal Mania, 6 p.m. @ The Strand Theater — 518.832.3484 Skinless “Savagery” Record Release Show, 6:30 p.m. @ Upstate Concert Hall — 518.371.0012 McArole & MacDonald, 6:30 p.m. @ Peabody’s Sports Bar — 518.886.8673 Quittin’ Time, 7 p.m. @ Kraverie – 518-450-7423 Michael Jerling, 8 p.m. @ Caffè Lena — 518.583.0022 Killashandra, 8 p.m. @ The Parting Glass – 518.583.1916 Keith Pray Quartet, 9 p.m. @ 9 Maple Avenue — 518.583.2582

sunday, 6/10: Kenny Kakaty, 11 a.m. @ The Blue Hen Brunch — 518.678.6000 Classical Music Variety Concert, 3 p.m. @ The Strand Theater — 518.832.3484

Kevin McKrell, 7 p.m. @ The Parting Glass – 518.583.1916

monday, 6/11: Open Mic Night, 7 p.m. @ Caffè Lena — 518.583.0022 Super Dark Monday: Sloppy Jane/ The Coax/ NXNES/ Iris, 9 p.m. @ Desperate Annie’s — 518.587.2455

tuesday, 6/12:



(518) 306-4205 06/08/18-06/14/18

ReseRved seating - stadium seating - WheelchaiR accessible

JAZZ at Caffe Lena with Chuck Lamb and Dave Stryker, 7 p.m. @ Caffè Lena — 518.583.0022

The IncredIbles 2 (PG) 2d

Cloud Lifters, 8 p.m. @ Morrissey’s — 518.678.6000

heredITary (r) 2d

FrI - Thu: 10:30 aM, 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30

hoTel arTeMIs (r) 2d

FrI - Thu: 11:30 aM, 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 10:10

ocean’s 8 (PG-13) 2d

FrI - Thu: 11:20 aM, 2:10, 5:00, 7:50, 10:40

wednesday, 6/13: Irish Celtic Sessions, 7 p.m. @ The Parting Glass – 518.583.1916 Hot Club of Saratoga, 7 p.m. @ Hamlet and Ghost — 518.450.7287 Open Mic Night, 9 p.m. @ Putnam Place — 518.886.9585

thursday, 6/14: Hot Club of Saratoga, 6 p.m. @ Mouzon House — 518.226.0014 Valerie June, 7 p.m. @ Caffè Lena — 518.583.0022

Thu: 7:00, 10:00

adrIFT (PG-13) 2d

FrI - Thu: 11:10 aM, 1:40, 4:10, 6:40, 9:10

solo: a sTar Wars sTory (PG-13) 2d

FrI - Thu: 11:50 aM, 3:00, 6:30, 9:40

solo: a sTar Wars sTory (PG-13) bTX

FrI - Thu: 9:50 aM, 1:10, 4:20, 7:40, 10:50

book club (PG-13) 2d

FrI - Thu: 10:10 aM, 12:50, 3:30, 6:10, 9:00

deadPool 2 (r) 2d

FrI - Thu: 11:00 aM, 2:00, 5:10, 8:00, 10:50

FIrsT reForMed (r) 2d

FrI - Thu: 10:20 aM, 1:00, 3:50, 6:50, 9:30

on chesIl beach (r) 2d

FrI - Thu: 10:40 aM, 1:20, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00

avenGers: InFInITy War (PG-13) 2d


3065 Route 50, Wilton

FrI - Wed: 10:50 aM, 2:30, 6:20, 9:50 Thu: 10:50 aM, 2:30

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Puzzles Across 1 One not to upset? 10 Title from the Aramaic for “father” 15 Subject of the 2015 Erik Larson nonfiction bestseller “Dead Wake” 16 Hurricane peril 17 Perilous situation 18 Water park attraction 19 Saruman soldier in “The Lord of the Rings” 20 Guttural utterance 21 Bygone 22 Similar 23 Goes downhill 25 Flat-bottomed boats 28 19th-century dancer Lola 29 Still 30 Takeout order? 33 Poolroom powder 34 Capital of South Africa 35 Fizz flavoring 36 Used in an undignified way 38 Test on the air 39 Hags 40 Pained reactions 41 Four-time Depp role 43 Either 2010 “True Grit” director 44 Musical instruction 45 Even slightly 47 Justice Fortas 50 Indicator of a private thought 51 Riddick portrayer 53 __ house 54 They often precede garage sales 55 Some RPI grads 56 Fitting place for sneaks Down 1 Maker of TBONZ treats 2 Run well 3 Minute part of a minute, for short 4 ID with a photo 5 iPhone movie purchase 6 Garb named for an island 7 Cation’s opposite 8 Costa __ 9 Art form offering plenty of kicks? 10 Puts into groups 11 Informal talk 12 Wedding planner’s nightmare

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See puzzle solution on page 38 13 City near the Great Salt Lake 14 Many Beliebers 22 Plane lane 24 Sisyphus’ stone, e.g. 25 Morse “H” quartet 26 Go __ great length 27 Changing places 28 They may be thin 30 Stirred things up 31 “And?” 32 Realizes 34 First female attorney general 37 Pub orders 38 Minor matches 40 Best Supporting Actress two years before Cloris 41 Disgrace

42 Fibonacci or Galileo 43 Poem division 46 Mrs. Addams, to Gomez 47 Concerning 48 37-Down, e.g. 49 Besides that 52 Parental encouragement

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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: Wangle, Wrangle Wangle means to gain by trickery or contrivance. He wangled a job for which he had no qualifications. Wrangle means to argue or debate something angrily. The two coaches wrangled over the umpire’s call. Wrangle also means herding or tending saddle horses. Paul has been wrangling horses in Virginia for many years now. 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


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by Joseph Raucci for Saratoga TODAY THE BEGINNINGS Last year we celebrated the one hundredth birthday of the legendary race horse Man o’ War. I thought it might be a good time to look at his magnificent racing career. On a rare occasion, a champion is given a name that is as noble as his future accomplishments. This was one of those times. A Man o’ War was a ship of the line, the most powerful vessel afloat when the British Navy ruled the seas one hundred years before he was born. He would cover that name in glory in a racing career that has stood the test of time. It is here at Saratoga where our story begins. In fact, no more than a few yards from the home office of this publication, Saratoga Today. In the year 1918 August Belmont Jr decided to sell off his racing stock. Man O’ War made his first public appearance at the annual Fasig Tipton yearling sale. When this beautiful chestnut colt made his way into the old outdoor pavilion, he caught the eye of horseman Samuel Riddle. For the then princely sum of five thousand dollars, he had just struck gold, or more like it the mother lode. Man o‘ War had made his first visit to Saratoga. It would not be his last. Then came 1919. World War One had just ended. Former president Theodore Roosevelt

Man O’ War losing to Upset for his only loss in twenty-two starts.

passed away at the age of sixty. The sporting world was to witness baseball’s worst nightmare, when the Chicago White Sox threw the World Series in what became known as the Black Sox scandal. These events were enough to make it a year to remember. Man O’ War would make it a one never to forget. That spring he launched his racing career at Belmont Park. He took his first two starts with ease. Then he toyed with competition at both Aqueduct and old Jamaica before coming to Saratoga. His owner Sam Riddle was no stranger here. In fact, he was the owner of one of the beautiful homes that line Union Avenue, just walking distance to the track. Man o’ War made his debut at the Spa on opening day. He easily took the United States Hotel Stakes. Next up would be the Sanford eleven days later. Man o’ War was the odds-on favorite, as he was in every one of his career starts. Unfortunately, events preceding the race dictated the only loss of his storied career.

These were the days prior to the advent of the starting gate. For at least five minutes the race was delayed. The starter, a seldom used second choice, could not line the horses up. There were no less than three false starts leading to the race. Man o’ War and his Jockey Johnny Loftus found themselves in peril. It is said that he was actually backing up and at least two lengths in the rear when the race finally began. He broke fourth, a spot that he was not accustomed to. Then he was blocked during the race, and forced to go to the outside to get past the field. He closed within a neck of long shot Upset. Just a few more yards and he would have prevailed. It was not to be. The racing Gods had decided against him. Upset was the winner. In a quirk of fate normally reserved for fables, no better word in the dictionary can compare with the name given to the slayer of Man o‘ War. It was the upset of the century. The chestnut colt nicknamed “Big Red” easily took his next

Man o’ War with lifelong groom and caretaker Will Harbet.

two starts here at the Spa. Then it was on to Belmont where he took what was then the most important juvenile race in the country, the Belmont Futurity.

His stellar two-year-old season had come to an end. Man o’ War had made 1919 a year not to forget. He would make 1920 one for the ages.



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FUN RUN BREAKS RECORDS continued from front page... Photos by Rob Spring Photography

attracting close to 1,000 children, their parents, and friends. This is incredible – and this is our community. We can’t thank you all enough,” said Amy Raimo, vice president of community engagement at Saratoga Hospital. “We are absolutely thrilled that so many families came out to support pediatric care,” said Heath Ames of Cantina restaurant, who conceived the idea with her husband Jeff and brought it to Saratoga Hospital. “The weather was perfect, and it was extraordinary to watch this sea of children and families, all there to help other kids. We love how this community shows up,” she continued. There were over 100 volunteers helping to make sure the event was a success. Since it first started in 2008, the Fun Run has raised nearly $490,000 to benefit pediatric emergency services at Saratoga Hospital, as well as pediatric dental care at Saratoga Hospital’s Saratoga Community Health Center.

The top finishers in each of the Fun Run events are:

1 Mile Run (Boys) 1st: Gianangelo Lanza 2nd: Owen Mongan 3rd: Brady Murphy

1 Mile Run (Girls) 1st: Emily Bush 2nd: Madison Nesbitt 3rd: Talia Anderson

¼ Mile Run (Boys) 1st: Rainier Pyle 2nd: Thomas Tyler 3rd: Bennet Snyder

Sophie McNeill, age 4, of Saratoga Springs speeds toward the Quarter Mile finish line.

¼ Mile Run (Girls) 1st: Madison Pyle 2nd: Vangie Johnson 3rd: Kate Greiner

Healthiest School Contest (highest percentage of registered students)

Saratoga Independent School

7th Annual Tuff eNuff Obstacle Course Challenge

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — Lots of muddy fun by all participants – nearly 500 runners in total doing the Kids Fun Run and Adult/Teen 5k! All proceeds benefit The Prevention Council providing addiction prevention and recovery services in Saratoga County. “Such a great, fun event for families in our community. Lots of kids, moms, dads running and

The Cantina Kids Fun Run Girls One Mile top finishers accept congratulations. Pictured in first place for the third year in a row is Emily Bush, with Madison Nesbitt in second and Talia Anderson in third. Heath Ames of Cantina restaurant, who conceived the idea of the run with her husband Jeff and brought it to Saratoga Hospital, is pictured left and Amy Raimo, vice president of community engagement and executive director of the Saratoga Hospital Foundation is right.

volunteering year after year. The whole morning was such a feelgood event. BOCES programs from Heavy Equipment, Criminal Justice, and Culinary Arts are involved as well and do a great job. We heard from the runners that the course was well laid out, varied and challenging,” said Janine Stuchlin, executive director of the Prevention Council of Saratoga County.

Representatives from “Saratoga Ninja Lab” joined race participants in previewing the obstacle course challenges before the Cantina Fun Run for Kids challenge on Sunday, June 3 in Congress Park.

Finnley Clark, age 3, of Ballston Spa is enjoying the Cantina Kids Fun Run.

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Robert Bostick: An Upstate New York Basketball Hall of Famer by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — In the Friday, May 18, publication of Saratoga TODAY Newspaper, an article called “Four New Hall of Famers” ran, speaking of four local basketball players being inducted to the 2018 class. Excluded was other local, Robert Bostick, a St. Peter’s graduate, now known as Saratoga Central Catholic High School. We at Saratoga TODAY strive to correct any errors on our behalf. Below is Mr. Bostick’s remarks on his Upstate New York Hall of Fame induction. “Basketball, loving the game was not an option. Mom played during the Depression in local games presented as entertainment and distraction from the harshness of national economic collapse. Her team, one of many in the Schenectady-Troy area played for “pot luck” as payment for their performance. When I was nine, she commandeered a ladder and nailed an apple basket, sans bottom, to the tall elm in our side yard. And, with a newly purchased basketball began her tutorial and my journey with a sport she taught me to respect and love. Brightness from the street light allowed me to practice until bedtime. Mom showed me a variety of shots; her forte, however, was

dribbling. By the time I reached junior high, I had been jumping rope about an hour a day, rain or shine. She said, ‘you won’t be 6’5” but you’ll out jump them because you’ll build your legs, thighs and reflexes.’ She was so right. I took great satisfaction in soaring over taller guys grabbing rebounds and ‘tipping in.’ I continued to jump rope well into my fifties while playing in men’s leagues and pick-up games. We were all delighted when the new St. Peter’s high school and gym was completed. The new basketball court was a dream come true. One of the first things I did was ask Coach Duval if I could have a key to practice whenever I could. He laid down the ground rules and for three years after school, weekends, holidays, I’d slip into the gym and work out. It paid off. I led my high school, St. Peter’s Academy, was All-County total career points, average points per game, and rebounds (1955-56 & 1956-57). I received a scholastic/ athletic scholarship from LeMoyne College in Syracuse. Le Moyne didn’t have an indoor basketball court. We practiced and hosted games at Syracuse University and when we could, until it snowed and became freezing cold, practiced on the LeMoyne campus’ outdoor basketball/tennis court. I led the junior varsity squad in scoring

and rebounds, 1957-58. Family issues forced me to drop out after my first semester during the 1958-59 season. As expected, 18 months into a really nice job, Uncle Sam drafted me and invited me to march in the U.S. Army. I respectfully, declined his kind invitation, preferring instead to fly, and enlisted in the Air Force. There were few opportunities to play basketball during basic training. However, I did locate the indoor court and on weekends played non-stop pick-up games from early morning until late at night, well late for the Air Force, 9 p.m. Once the four-week orientation was completed, evenings were free and I captained the basketball team for our Crypto Communications Flight. It wasn’t league play, but it was organized to the extent that you stayed on the court until you lost a game; whoever scored 21 points first or won by two when tied at 20. I know we won a lot of games because of the side bets. That lasted from March ‘til the end of May. I was sent to Shepard Air Force base for advanced crypto training. An NCO saw me dunking at an outside court and told me that

if I practiced with the Squadron team I’d never get KP. I never busted a spud. Because I already had my duty assignment, Taiwan, I declined the Base Commander’s offer to stay at Sheppard playing for the base team. As much as I loved basketball, I just couldn’t pass up an overseas assignment where I knew from checking around, I could continue to play basketball. After a month’s leave in California, I shipped out to Formosa Taiwan and the Shu Linkou Air Station, Taipei. The little air station had a huge gymnasium, brand new, typhoon proof. Basketball court, bleacher seats, weight room, other training equipment, the works. It became my barracks away from the barracks. By the time the interIsland Inter-service league kicked off in late October, I was ready. Had been named co-captain of the base team with the nickname, Popup, not only because I was a few years older than most of the guys but also because I could dunk with ease. It really stuck after a play I designed during a scrimmage against a much taller Army Communications Squad. I would

go to the foul line or not too far from it without the ball and yell Popup, jump as high as I could and whoever had the ball lobbed it to me while in the air and I’d shoot. It wasn’t an Ali Oop because I was at or just beyond the foul line. It worked most of the time, particularly when the game was close. That moniker was given to me by a 5’9” guard from Tennessee, named Willie Morton who was a Marques Haynes clone because of his dribbling and playmaking. My first season, 1961-1962, I often played center at 6’0”. I played forward in 1962-1963 Was named MVP 1961-1962 and 1962-1963 for the Intra/InterIsland Championships. A sports reporter for the Stars and Stripes said to me, ‘You had a great game Bob, you hardly ever miss.’ I said, ‘Well that’s not the object of the game.’ While there is no doubt that my love for the game stems from my Mom, I had the one thing that all MVP’s must have … An abundance of desire. Without it, you can be good, you can enjoy the game, but you can’t be the MVP.” Congratulations on your induction, Mr. Bostick.



Week of June 8 – June 14, 2018

COMMUNITY SPORTS BULLETIN 10th Annual Dragon the Dads Family 5K and Kids Run GREENFIELD — On Saturday, June 16 at 9 a.m., Greenfield Elementary will hold its’ 10th annual “Dragon the Dads” family 5K, Kids Mile, and “Dragon Dash” at Saratoga State Park beginning at the warming hut. A fun-filled family event to celebrate Father’s Day weekend, the 5k run will feature Gennaro’s Pizza gift cards for the top overall finishers, Stewart’s gift cards as prizes for the top male/female in each age category, and custom wicking t-shirts for runners registered by May 24! Additionally, local business gift cards, including but not limited to Augies Restaurant, Cantina Restaurant, Brookhaven Golf Course, Haven Tea Room Restaurant, PJs Bar-BQSA, and the Bread Basket Bakery, will be awarded to randomly drawn bib numbers for pre-registered runners! Register now at, day of registration begins at 7:45 a.m.

Law Enforcement Torch Run SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Law Enforcement Torch Run is a time-honored tradition of over 30 years, led and orchestrated by the “Guardians of the Flame,” which includes over 6,000 law enforcement personnel from 470 agencies throughout New York State whose ultimate goal is to raise funds and awareness for the athletes of Special Olympics New York. Special Olympics New York will host approximately 60 individual Law Enforcement Torch Run events throughout various communities across the state. From June 11-14 members of local law enforcement will carry the “Flame of

Hope” (Special Olympics Torch): June 11 | The run will start at 9 a.m. on Ellsworth Jones Place and travel more than 2.5 miles through downtown Saratoga Springs, ending at Saratoga Spa State Park. June 12 | The run will start in Schroon Lake at 9:30 a.m. and travel more than 45 miles down Route 9, ending with a press conference at Glens Falls City Hall at 3 p.m. June 13 | The run will begin at the Washington County Jail at 7:30 a.m., and follow Route 4 and end at the Mechanicville Public Library at 1:30 p.m. June 14 | The run will start at Veteran’s Park in Schenectady at 9:30 a.m. and travel more than 14.5 miles down Central Avenue. A second Leg will run from the East Greenbush Town Hall, go over the Dunn Memorial Bridge and meet at the end with a press conference on the steps of City Hall at approximately 12 p.m.

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

SRYMCA Summer Youth Basketball League SARATOGA SPRINGS — Skills Assessments on June 21, first practice on Tuesday, June 26, and first game on

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Thursday, June 28. Skills Assessments for Jr. Division (Grade 5-7) will be held at 5:30 p.m. Skills Assessments for Sr. Division (Grades 8 and 9) will be held at 7 p.m. Practices every Tuesday and are 45 minutes long, starting at 5:30 p.m. through 9:15 p.m. Games will be every Thursday starting 5:30 p.m. For more information contact Mike Laudicina at 518-583-9622, ext. 145 or

Nominees Sought for 2018 Blue Streak Hall of Fame SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs City School District is accepting nominations for members of the Blue Streak Hall of Fame. The program was established to recognize the accomplishments of outstanding athletes, coaches, administrators and supporters. Nominees can include former student-athletes who graduated from the high school at least five years ago and former coaches who retired from coaching at least three years ago. There is also a category for honorary members that can include supporters of the athletic program. Examples include counselors, faculty managers, scorekeepers, and administrators. Nomination forms are available at www., under Athletics. Please mail nomination forms by June 22 to: Saratoga Springs High School Attn. Peter Sheehan, Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics, 1 Blue Streak Boulevard, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. A committee composed of coaches, high school administrators, community members, and current and retired athletic directors will review the nominations.

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

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



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Ballston Spa Student-Athlete Recognition BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Central School District’s Athletic Department held a special recognition ceremony for graduating athletes who are joining a Division l or ll level college team next year. Students being recognized, their sport and college include: Tyler Barnes, Wrestling at North Carolina State (Dl); Jake Cook, Wrestling at North Carolina State (Dl); Jordyn Catherall, Acrobatics and Tumbling at Alderson Broaddus University (Dll); Timothy Dwyer, Cross Country at Xavier University (Dl); and Emma

Stepping Stone Gymnasts BALLSTON SPA — Stepping Star’s level 3 gymnasts of Ballston Spa, along with 305 other competitors across New York State competed in the level 2 thru 4 USA Gymnastics State Championships, held in Rochester on May 18-20. Stepping Star Gymnastics earned a total of 12 first place state titles and placed 4th out of 30 teams. In the Child D division Juliana Marchesiello, age 8, of Saratoga Springs placed 1st all around with a score of 38.85. 1st place Bars 9.925, 1st place Floor 9.8, 1st place Beam 9.765, and 3rd place Vault 9.45. In the Child E division Hannah Carpenter, age 8, of Saratoga Springs placed 7th all around with a score of 37.625. In the Junior C division Juliana Judge, age 9, of Saratoga Springs placed 1st all around with a score of 38.4. 1st place Floor 9.75, 1st place Beam 9.7 and 2nd

(Left to right) Claire Braxton, Mia Roche, Elizabeth Ryan. Photo provided.

place Bars 9.625 and 3rd place Vault 9.325. In the Junior E division Claire Braxton, age 10, of Saratoga Springs placed 1st all around with a score of 38.525. 1st place Floor 9.8, 1st place Bars 9.775, and 2nd Vault 9.45. Mia Roche, age 9, of Saratoga Springs placed 4th all around with a score of 38.0. 1st place Vault 9.6 and 2nd place Beam 9.65. Elizabeth Ryan age 10 of

Malta placed 7th all around with a score of 37.65 and 3rd on Vault 9.45. Georgianna Ubillo, age 9, of Saratoga Springs placed 8th all around with a score of 37.6. 3rd place Beam 9.65. Gabriella Herrick, age 10, of Saratoga Springs placed 9th all around with a score of 37.4. In the Senior B division Emily Gingrich age 10 of Schuylerville placed 3rd all around with a score of 38.325 and 3rd place Beam 9.55.

National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame’s Rodion Cantacuzene Scholarship Awarded to Ballston Spa High School Senior Isabel Rutkey SARATOGA SPRINGS — Isabel Rutkey, a senior at Ballston Spa High School, has been awarded the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame’s 2018 Rodion Cantacuzene Scholarship. Rutkey, who will attend Boston College in the fall, has been awarded $1,000 toward her college costs. The Rodion Cantacuzene Scholarship was established in the spring of 2015 in honor of Mr. Cantacuzene’s 30 years of service to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame’s Board of Trustees. The scholarship is intended to foster like-minded leaders, philanthropists and volunteers throughout our communities and will be awarded annually to a deserving high school senior from Saratoga County. The recipient will have demonstrated a record of academic excellence, an interest in history and/or the arts and exemplary service to the community.

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Along with being an honors student and her class president, Rutkey has been active in many community and school activities. A regular volunteer at youth orchestra concerts, science fairs and scholastic theatre, Rutkey recently organized an anti-gun violence demonstration that raised money for March for Our Lives in coordination with local law enforcement officers. She has also been active in encouraging young people to register to vote. “The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame is

proud to present Isabel with the 2018 Rodion Cantacuzene Scholarship,” said Karen Wheaton, the Museum’s education curator. “Mr. Cantacuzene always believed in service to others and the community and he would have been very impressed with Isabel’s activism and passion. We wish her all the best at Boston College,” Wheaton continued. For more information on the Rodion Cantacuzene Scholarship, please visit: www.racingmuseum. org/rodion-cantacuzene-scholarship.

Swistak, Diving at Colorado Mesa University (Dll). Joining college Lacrosse teams next year are Jacqueline Blazejeski, Manhattan College (Dl); Austin Deskewicz, Stony Brook University (Dl); Theodore King, Saint Leo University (Dll); Samuel Swingruber, University at Albany (Dl); and Alexander Yerou, Lemoyne College (Dll). Congratulations to all the athletes, their families and also a big thank you to their coaches. Please contact the BSCSD Athletic Department for more information at 518-884-7150.

Saratoga Regional YMCA Basketball [ OVER 25-YEAR-OLD LEAGUE ]

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TEAM LOMBARDO 80 – TEAM EMERY 63 Team Lombardo is going into the playoffs on a roll with three straight wins, the last coming at the expense of Team Emery by a score of 80 to 63. Everyone on team Lombardo got into the scoring column led by Alex Ventre with 29 points while teammates Dwayne Hazel scored 16 and Dave Lombardo added 12 points respectively. Team Emery got 29 points from Blake Rizzi and another 19 points from Travis Ramsey in the loss. TEAM WINK 79 – TEAM SIKORA 68 Team Wink beat Team Sikora 79 to 68 and in doing so they ended up as the number one seed in the play-offs. Team Sikora got out to an early lead with Team

Wink battling back to get an eight-point halftime lead. When it looked as though Team Wink had the game in hand, Team Sikora got to two- points away, only to see Team Wink pull away at the end. The winners got 24 points from Dallas Wells, another 21 points each from Kurt Troyer and JR Michael. Camdon Spencer had a game high 26 points and Rick Sicari added 11 points in the defeat. SARATOGA REGIONAL YMCA BASKETBALL REGULAR FINAL STANDINGS: Team Wink: 8 – 1 Team Duff: 7 – 2 Team Emery: 4 – 5 Team Lombardo: 3 – 6 Team Reed: 3 – 6 Team Sikora: 2 – 7

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