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4 Cora by Megin Potter Saratoga TODAY Cora Gargano is, in some ways, like many other three-yearolds. She loves to dance and play outside. She follows her big sister Chloe around, eager to do whatever she’s doing. She was born with a complex congenital heart defect and due to complications has chronic kidney disease. “She’s been through so much, but she’s always smiling. She laughs all the time. Every time she falls down, she just picks herself up, and dusts herself off,” said Cora’s mom, Kelly Gargano. • (518) 581-2480

Controversial Lesson Plan Dominates Discussion

by Jason Birkelbach Saratoga TODAY Dozens of Saratoga County residents spoke out at Ballston Spa’s Board of Education meeting Wednesday against a controversial online lesson plan that has been linked to the Ballston Spa school district.

“Being sympathetic to any terrorist group...does not constitute education...”

The lesson plan, titled “Dying to be a Martyr,” allegedly takes what opponents feel is a sympathetic view towards radical suicide bombers. “These biased global history lessons are not educational. Our local schools, public schools, are intentionally indoctrinating our See Confusion pg. 18

Off to D.C.

See Cora pg. 20

Freya Birkas-Dent will spend the next three weeks working in Washington, D.C. Photo courtesy of Schuylerville Central School District

SCHUYLERVILLE — One local student will soon be off to D.C. for the opportunity of her high school career. Freya Birkas-Dent, a junior at Schuylerville High School, will begin a three-week position in the competitive and prestigious United States Senate Page program on June 11, which will run until June 30. Birkas-Dent will be sponsored by N.Y. Senator Chuck Schumer, and was one of only 30 students from across the country selected for the program. Her responsibilities during these three

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Local Student to Work with U.S. Senate by Thomas Kika Saratoga TODAY

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weeks will include administrative tasks, such as filing paperwork and delivering documents and mail between offices. The program will also involve time in the Senate Chamber, during which pages will be responsible for arranging papers at each seat and holding doors, according to Birkas-Dent. She will also be attending page school, to “learn about parliamentary procedure and the legislative process,” according to the Schuylerville schools website. Birkas-Dent first became aware of the Senate page position while reading a book written by See Senate pg. 19

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Week of June 9 – June 15, 2017

Neighbors: Snippets of Life from Your Community Who: Dave Patterson. Where: Congress Park. Q. What are you doing today? A. Taking a group of fourth-graders from Geyser Road Elementary School on an outside tour of Congress Park. When my group is finished, we’re going to switch with Jamie Parillo – he’s the director of the Saratoga Springs History Museum – and he will take the students on an inside tour of the history museum. This is part of the fourthgrade program on local history. Q. Where are you from originally? A. Originally from South Boston. I’ve been living in Saratoga for about 40 years now. I used to be president of the history museum, and I used to teach a course on local history at Saratoga high school. Q. How has Saratoga changed in the 40 years since you’ve been here? A. It’s changed quite a bit. The buildings have been sprouting like flowers, but way back in the day, in the 1880s, there were buildings over there (on Broadway) that were taller than they are now. As a matter of fact, the largest hotel in the world used to be right across the street from this park: The Grand Union hotel. So as big as Saratoga is getting now with the buildings, it pales in comparison to what it was in the 1880s. Q. Student question: How long have the springs been in Congress Park? A. One of the first springs discovered in Saratoga Springs is called Congress Spring – right over there. A man named Nicholas Gilman found water bubbling out of the ground and brought his friends to it. Because he used to be a member of the Continental Congress, they named it Congress Spring, and it was so important that this whole park used to be called Congress Spring Park. Dave Patterson, center in a red shirt, and fourth grade students from the Geyser Road Elementary School, outside the Saratoga Springs History Museum in Congress Park on June 8, 2017. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

Q. Student question: How many springs are there? A. We have 17 today. At one time, we had just over 200. Q. Student question: How is Saratoga with the pollution? A. Saratoga’s been pretty lucky because we haven’t had a lot of industry that would create pollution. Probably the biggest polluter in Saratoga Springs would be the automobile. Of course, 100 years ago we had horses and carriages - and horses have their own kind of pollution, if you know what I mean, so you had to keep the streets clean. Q. Student question: Are any of these places here haunted? A. The building right behind you. Did you ever see a show called “Ghost Hunters”? Well a few years ago they came in and said there were spirits right in the museum here. Student Response: Awesome!!!


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Summer Fun in Wilton Wildlife Preserve Photos by

Mom Jersey gets the snap with her family posing pretty in a sea of blue lupine.

Cora makes a splash with parents John and Kate.

Proud Pop JB with his aspiring artist daughters Jillian and Megan.

Ava, Isabel and Christian working with watercolors.

by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY GANSEVOORT — Despite continued wet weather, many families turned out on June 4 for a Wildlife Festival that marked the start of the summer season at Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park on Scout Road. A promotional flyer referred to the Sunday festival as “a day of nature walks, live animals, crafts, and hands-on fun as we celebrate the Karner blue butterfly and the animals of the Saratoga Sandplains.” In a report submitted to the Wilton Town Board ahead of the event, Margo Bloom Olson, executive director of the wildlife preserve, said she anticipates a “great year for lupine.” The flowering plant is widely known to attract Karner blue butterflies. Olson reported that the “first brood” of the famed butterflies appeared in the park in late May and “should be out for the next few weeks.” “After the lupine sets seed, volunteers will go out and help

Predators Live Animal program presented by Adirondack Wildlife Refuge.

pick seeds to plant in other areas,” Olson wrote. Aside from monthly “wellness walks” and a slew of other events planned for the summer season, Olson indicated that park staff are involved in a trail mapping project with local groups and

habitat research in association with the state Department of Environmental Conservation. For a full listing of events and programs at the Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park, call 518-450-0321 or visit the website



Retired Colonel Eyes Town Board Seat BALLSTON SPA — Jim Frey of Stone Church Road announced on June 2 that he is seeking a seat on the Milton Town Board. Republican voters will be asked to sign petitions enabling him to primary in September. A retired Lieutenant Colonel of the US Air Force, Frey has been a resident of Milton for 15 years. Recent experience with town government has convinced him that he should offer his experience, tact and deference to his fellow townspeople. Frey wants to guide Milton’s growth, to preserve the community’s rural essence and its open space for everyone’s benefit. A doctoral candidate in the field of public administration, Frey has the knowledge to carry out his values of fiscal conservatism, limited government, and ethics. Locally, Frey has served on the boards of Shelters of Saratoga and Saratoga Springs Salvation Army. He is a member of Saratoga Springs Rotary. Frey served as the

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Commander and Department Chair of the ROTC, Department of Aerospace Studies, Boston University. He was Director of Non-Resident Studies for the Air War College. In his 28-year career, Frey oversaw training for 180

instructors and managed a $6.7 million budget among 21 agencies. Frey and his wife, Valerie, chose to live in Milton because of its quiet rural atmosphere and its friendly people. He is the father of four adult children.

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City Court Judge Candidate SARATOGA SPRINGS — This November the voters of Saratoga Springs will have the opportunity to elect a new Saratoga Springs City Court Judge who will serve the city for the next decade. This is an important decision, as the City Court Judge has a huge responsibility as the gatekeeper for promoting the values and safety that make up the fabric of the community. Andrew Blumenberg says he is proud to offer his experience for your consideration as a candidate for City Court Judge. A complete newcomer to politics, Blumenberg is no stranger to City Court. Since 2007, he has been employed by the Saratoga County Public Defender’s Office and has been handling all of the cases assigned to that office out of Saratoga Springs City Court. This is the busiest court in Saratoga County and Blumenberg, during that time, has handled over 5,000 criminal cases, ranging from the most serious felony cases down to minor traffic offenses. He has an intimate familiarity and understanding of the litigants, personnel and subject matter of the court. He claims his transition to the bench would be seamless and orderly. In addition, for the past four years Blumenberg has been the

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First Assistant Public Defender of Saratoga County, in which his responsibilities have been to litigate the most serious and complex felony cases in county court. Moreover, throughout his tenure in the Saratoga County Public Defender’s Office he has been the primary felony litigator and has successfully tried to jury verdict the most serious felony cases in the county. He was assigned to represent both guilty and innocent people. Blumenberg says he is running for City Court Judge because Saratoga Springs is a very special and unique community, and he believes that city court can provide a valuable service to residents. His 10 years of experience working in this court will enhance his ability to be a positive representative of the people of Saratoga Springs. The top priority of his candidacy is to ensure that the law is applied equally and unbiased to all the citizens of Saratoga Springs. The people of Saratoga Springs deserve a judge who they can trust and believe in, someone who brings integrity, impartiality and intellect to the bench. Blumenberg says he looks forward to meeting many of you on the campaign trail, and earning your votes on Election Day.


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COURTS Maria L. Lentini, 31, of Saratoga Springs, was sentenced on June 1 to 1-1/3 to 4 years in state prison for leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in a death. Lentini was convicted by jury trial in November 2016 in connection with an incident that occurred 11 months earlier on state Route 9 in Halfmoon. Craig M. Guilfoyle, 32, of Ballston Spa, was sentenced on May 25 to one year in Saratoga County Jail after pleading to felony criminal contempt in connection with an incident that occurred in Malta. Angel M. Rodrigues, 33, of Saratoga Springs, was sentenced on May 25 to 90 days in jail after pleading to felony burglary in connection with an incident that occurred in Saratoga Springs. John D. Vickery, 52, of Ballston Spa, pleaded on May 30 to promoting sexual performance of a child, a felony. Sentencing scheduled for Aug. 11. Brandy Barragan, 25, of Saratoga Springs, was sentenced May 31 to eight years in state prison, after pleading to criminal sale of a controlled substance in the first-degree, in connection with three incidents that occurred in Saratoga Springs in 2016. Bruce J. McDonald, 53, of Ballston Spa, was sentenced May 31 to 1-1/3 to 4 years in state prison, after pleading to felony DWI, in connection with an incident that occurred in Saratoga Springs. Leonard P. Chase, 45, of Schenectady, pleaded on June 1 to misdemeanor DWI and felony aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, in connection with an incident that occurred in Saratoga Springs. Sentencing scheduled for Aug. 3.

POLICE Michael P. Zorn, age 26, Saratoga Springs, was charged on May 25 with three counts each felony forgery/ credit card, felony criminal possession of a forged instrument second, misdemeanor petit larceny, and two counts criminal possession stolen property. Maurice D. Mangrum, age 39, Schenectady, was charged on May 25 with misdemeanor DWI, and resisting arrest. Brendan M. Berry, age 18, Gansevoort, was charged on May 24 with criminal impersonation misdemeanor. Alice M. Steele, age 56, Ballston Spa, was charged on May 24 with aggravated unlicensed operation, no/expired inspection certificate. Christopher M. Decker, age 35, Saratoga Springs, was charged on May 24 with assault. Thomas W. Aldrich, age 52, Mooresville, North Carolina, was charged on May 24 with misdemeanor DWI, failure to stop at stop sign, failure to keep right, failure to signal a turn. Edward J. Hamil, age 61, Schenectady, was charged on May 23 with assault. Dylan V. Howard, age 23, Saratoga Springs, was charged on May 23 with misdemeanor criminal trespass. Michael D. Rosebrook, age 31, Saratoga Springs, was charged on May 23 with misdemeanor criminal contempt. Gary R. Nipper, age 40, St. Louis, Missouri, was charged on May 23 with misdemeanor DWI, failure to signal a turn- 2 counts. David T. Pelkey, Mechanicville,


25, was

charged on May 23 with misdemeanor DWI, speeding. Royal D. Hamilton, age 35, Brooklyn, was charged on May 21 with two misdemeanor counts criminal mischief. Wesley J.W. Keithline, age 18, Saratoga Springs, was charged on May 21 with assault, criminal mischief, and unlawful possession of marijuana. Arjan S. Sarang, age 22, Ballston Lake, was charged on May 21 with misdemeanor DWI, improper lane use, and three counts criminal possession of a controlled substance. Clarissa A. Rock, age 27, Malta, was charged on May 20 with aggravated unlicensed operation.

Julienne M. Moyer, age 57, Ballston Spa, was charged on May 19 with aggravated unlicensed operation, fail to obey traffic control device. Donald G. Barber, age 58, Bennington Vermont, was charged on May 19 with misdemeanor DWI, unsafe lane change. John R. Bellon, age 23, Porters Corners, was charged on May 18 with two counts criminal possession stolen property. Benjamin H. Emmich, age 20, Saratoga Springs, was charged on May 18 with criminal mischief. Joseph M. Plue, age 23, Saratoga Springs, was charged on May 17 with assault. Anna M. Hollander, age 54, Saratoga Springs, was charged on May 17 with

misdemeanor DWI, failure to keep right. Brett L. Lauren Kennedy, age 38, Schenectady, was charged on May 16 with aggravated unlicensed operation, unlawful possession of marijuana, criminal possession of a controlled substance. Michael P. Zorn, age 26, Saratoga Springs, was charged on May 15 with operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs, aggravated unlicensed operation third degree, following motor vehicle too closely, leaving the scene of an auto accident, criminal possession of a controlled substance. Michael T. Mulvey, age 18, Gansevoort, was charged on May 15 with felony burglary and two felony counts grand larceny/ credit card.

6 Robert Wincowski SARATOGA SPRINGS — Robert Leo Wincowski passed away May 31, 2017. Calling hours were at Burke Funeral Home in Saratoga Springs. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at the Church of St. Peter. Burial took place

OBITUARIES/NEWS at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. Please visit at

Beverly Blodgett GREENFIELD CENTER — Beverly M. (Gorham) Blodgett passed away Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016.

Graveside services were conducted on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville. Arrangements under the direction of Burke Funeral Home in Saratoga Springs. Please visit burkefuneralhome. com.

Marcia Penfold CANANDAIGUA/SARATOGA SPRINGS — Marcia Taylor Penfold, 80, died January 20, 2017. Funeral services at 12 noon , Friday, June 9, 2017, Bethesda Episcopal Church, Saratoga Springs. Burial at 2 p.m. at Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the Burke Funeral Home, Saratoga Springs. Please visit at Burke & Bussing Funeral Homes


Melvyn Zimmermann BALLSTON SPA — Melvyn Zimmermann passed away Monday, June 5, 2017. Visitation and funeral services took place Thursday, June 8, 2017 at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Saratoga Springs and burial followed at Memory Gardens. Arrangements were under the direction of Burke Funeral Home, Saratoga Springs Please visit

Week of June 9 – June 15, 2017

Allen Joyner GANSEVOORT — Allen Huston Joyner passed away on Monday, June 5, 2017. Calling hours were on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at Burke Funeral Home, Saratoga Springs. Funeral home service at 11 a.m. Friday, June 9. Burial at 12:30 p.m., Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville. Please visit

New City Home for Two Habitat Families SARATOGA SPRINGS — Two families will receive keys to their new Habitat for Humanity home at a dedication ceremony on Saturday, June 10 on Cherry Street. With the goal of addressing the need for affordable housing, the City of Saratoga Springs generously donated 26 Cherry Street to Habitat for Humanity. Habitat partnered with the Saratoga

Builders Association and community volunteers to build this home. The Cherry Street project was largely funded through a $70,000 donation from a Thrivent Financial program called Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity. Excluding governmental funding, Thrivent Builds is Habitat’s largest single See Habitat pg. 14


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Annual Donation Noted

Travers Stakes Poster Reveal

(Left to right) Charles V. Wait, Jr., Adirondack Trust Company Executive Vice President; Heather Straughter, Jake’s Help from Heaven Co-Founder; Ethan Straughter, Jake’s Older Brother; and Brian Straughter, Jake’s Help from Heaven Co-Founder. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Adirondack Trust Company (ATC) announced that they have donated $1,750 to Jake’s Help from Heaven as part of their annual ATC Credit Card Donation. Once a year, the Adirondack Trust Co. donates a percentage of the interest earned on credit card balances to a local 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization. The organization is selected as part of a survey that is sent annually to ATC credit card customers. The bank’s Executive Vice President, Charles V. Wait, Jr. noted, “Each year for the past 20

years we have made a contribution to a local nonprofit organization through our Saratoga credit card donation program. This year, we are very proud to donate to Jake’s Help from Heaven, which truly makes an impact in our community by assisting children and their families who are affected by debilitating illnesses.” Jake’s Help from Heaven is a nonprofit that provides grants and other financial assistance to medically fragile special-needs individuals and their families to offset costs of necessary or convenient equipment, transportation

to and from treatment centers, temporary lodging near the place of treatment, patient and family member counseling and other similar costs. Jake’s Help co-founders Heather and Brian Straughter acknowledged the donation, saying: “We were so thrilled to be the recipients of the ATC Saratoga credit-card giving back program. It was such a nice surprise and is especially nice to be recognized by our community for the work we do. Additionally, we are always supported by the Adirondack Trust Company and appreciate all they do for our community.”

Greg Montgomery. Photo Provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Renowned equine artist Greg Montgomery, who has been producing artwork associated with Saratoga Race Course’s famed Travers Stakes since 1986, will unveil the 32nd edition of his annual Travers poster series at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame (191 Union Avenue) on Thursday, June 15 at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Posters will be available for purchase and will be signed by Montgomery. His poster series has been

inspired by the rich history of the Travers Stakes, the first race contested on Saratoga Race Course’s opening day on Aug. 2, 1864. Named in honor of William R. Travers, the first president of the Saratoga Association, the inaugural Travers Stakes was won by future Hall of Fame member Kentucky, a horse Travers owned in partnership. For more information, including special events and program offerings at the museum, call 518-584-0400 or visit the website


Week of June 9 – June 15, 2017

Wilton Building Upgrades Ahead by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY WILTON — Town officials have advanced a two-phase project to replace the Lillian W. Worth Senior Center with a new building located elsewhere. On June 1, the Wilton Town Board voted to approve the preparation of formal design plans by the Clifton Park firm MJ Engineering and Land Surveying. In the spring of 2018, construction of a new senior center is expected to begin on a 20-acre parcel of town land off Northern Pines Road. The second phase of the $6 million project will involve demolishing the existing senior center and putting up a new Wilton Town Court on the same spot with 10,000 square feet of space, plus an additional 4,000 square feet of new offices at Town Hall. The current town court building also will be razed, and replaced by a larger parking lot. Christopher Dooley, an MJ Engineering associate, presented preliminary site plans to the town board at the June 1 meeting in Wilton. Dooley said the new senior center is planned for “a beautiful piece of land,” and that the final design will most likely include a small park and recreation trail. A much larger town court complex, Dooley added, may

The Wilton Town Court. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

qualify Wilton for consideration as a regional district court. “In today’s world, it’s really not a lot of money,” offered Wilton Supervisor Arthur Johnson, in response to comments from Councilwoman Joanne Klepetar that the project’s price tag had seemed excessive to her. Klepetar acknowledged that the buildings slated for replacement are “all very dated,” and specifically how the senior center provides a valued social gathering spot in Wilton. Still, she prefers more review of the costs. “I’m a very frugal person,” Klepetar said. Councilman John McEachron pointed out that town officials had originally discussed a figure of $8 million to complete both phases of the project. Johnson expressed confidence that Wilton can cover the costs with a combination of general fund expenditures and

borrowing, both of which are made easier, he said, by the town’s lack of long-term debt. Robin Corrigan, the senior center director, said the Traver

The existing senior center on Traver Road. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

Road facility opens its doors two or three days each week. She anticipates a new facility will allow an expansion to five days of operation.

“I love seniors,” Corrigan said, before returning to various activities that she was coordinating among dozens gathered inside the center on a rainy afternoon.



Week of June 9 – June 15, 2017

Two Saratoga Springs Churches Make Sanctuary Pledge for Immigrants by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — A boombox sits on the sill next to a soccer ball. The board games Monopoly and Yahtzee await nearby. A pair of cots recline beneath a ceiling fan in the 500 square-foot room bookended by a quartet of glass windows that look out to the city’s east side. Outdoors, beneath a sign heralding the Presbyterian New England Congregational Church (PNECC) is an announcement that reads: All Welcome. Upstairs, the Rev. Annie Reilly and Terry Diggory spend the afternoon re-purposing the room into a space where undocumented immigrants facing possible deportation may seek sanctuary. “I think it’s an excellent opportunity for the church to put its money

where its mouth is,” Reilly says. “We talk about welcoming strangers. What better way than to welcome sanctuary seekers.” Churches as sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants were prevalent in the southwestern part of the country during the 1980s when Central American residents fleeing political repression and violence in their homeland sought asylum in the U.S. More recently, churches vowing to offer sanctuary to immigrants have begun to dot the national landscape, coast-to-coast. In Saratoga Springs, two churches have stepped forward with a sanctuary pledge for undocumented immigrants who are targets of deportation. “We’re in the midst of an immigration crisis, and it’s not just a matter of region. People all over are affected,”

The Rev. Annie Reilly, and Terry Diggory arranging cots at the Presbyterian New England Congregational Church on June 7, 2017, after announcing a sanctuary pledge for undocumented immigrants who are targets of deportation. Image by

says Diggory, who coordinates PNECC’s Welcoming Immigrants task force. “And this is not just immigrants but for the community as a whole, to encompass the spirit of ‘welcome’ and not just fear.” The sanctuary policy was affirmed by the church Governing Board on June 5, joining with the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs, who in April made a formal statement in support of sanctuary for immigrants. “We’re excited the two churches are working together - partnering to support those of us under the threat of deportation, or who feel threatened by it – whether they’re here legally or not,” says the Rev. Joseph Cleveland, minister at UUC. “I hope it emboldens other congregations to take this step. These are people who are a part of our community - and I’m not talking about the track - people living here year-round, people who are now afraid to go to the doctor if they’re sick for fear of getting picked up.” The two churches’ public commitment comes one week after special agents and officers with ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations and Enforcement and Removal Operations arrested 16 men in Saratoga Springs with alleged administrative immigration violations. Nine of those men are facing potential federal felony charges for re-entry after deportation, or visa fraud. The concept of “sanctuary,” as more commonly aligned in the context of sanctuary cities or sanctuary college campuses, is not

a legal designation but is more an amorphous entity with no set definition or rules to follow, says Brendan Venter, associate attorney and immigration specialist with the Whiteman Osterman & Hanna firm in Albany. “Sanctuary is a concept more than anything else that covers a range of different policies or guidelines that these entities can choose to follow, or not follow, on a case-by-case basis,” Venter says. “A college campus for example can label itself a sanctuary campus and institute policies that are protective of foreign nationals or individuals regardless of immigration status, but there is also a wide spectrum of policies they can implement.” One such policy to be implemented at PNECC would be the refusal to hand over information about individuals’ immigration status to federal authorities without a warrant, or some legal compulsion to do so. “If an ICE agent showed up with a judicial warrant we would need to (honor that) warrant, but until you show that warrant we are not permitting contact with that person,” Diggory says. “Designating oneself as a ‘sanctuary’ doesn’t mean that people without immigration status are immune from federal law. Federal law still applies to them,” Venter says. “The concept of sanctuary more applies to how much that entity – whether it be a city, a town, a college campus, or a church is willing to cooperate with federal immigration authorities

or enforce federal immigration law beyond what’s absolutely necessary or required of them.” “We would accept a person in sanctuary only if that person has a good case for some sort of appeal to ICE authorities for administrative relief,” says Diggory, explaining that there can be a punitive lag in between the time a person in special circumstances can apply for a visa. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) operates under guidelines that recognize places like churches and schools as “sensitive locations” where agents would not normally carry out enforcement actions. Should a person seek sanctuary, the church will not operate in secrecy, Diggory said. Rather the church is, and will remain, publicly forthcoming in order to raise public awareness of the immigration crisis. He knows there can be no guarantees, however. “Those guidelines are entirely up to ICE. If they decide not to follow those guidelines… we cannot say this is going to absolutely protect you from being taken into custody.” “Traditionally places such as churches or courts have been places where ICE agents would not go to seek out, or detain people,” explains Venter. “But, if you read the news today, you’ll see all sorts of stories about people being picked up going to court dates, or at churches and other places of religious worship due to the heightened enforcement of all immigration laws we’ve seen over the past six months or so. “

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Notes from City Hall: Affordable Housing Vote Scheduled for June 19 by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY City Council members fiddled with their respective pens, rested chins on palms of hands and listened intently to the 12 speakers who came forward Tuesday night at City Hall, where a public hearing was held regarding the much-debated SPA Housing Zoning Ordinance. The goal of the plan – initially proposed in 2006 - is to

produce “affordable” homebuyer and rental housing units for working households across the city. That last part – across the city – appears to be a major sticking point for some. Tuesday night, Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce President Todd Shimkus addressed the council and recommended they seek “site-specific” affordable housing projects to be placed in designated locations, rather

than the across-the-city policy the Inclusionary Zoning, or IZ proposal offers. Sustainable Saratoga Chairman Harry Moran, who resurrected the plan when bringing it to the council last year, pointed to the council’s study of the plan as “a watershed moment” in the city’s history, and local Rev. Joseph Cleveland – who also spoke in favor of the IZ – told the council that a citywide diversity would

help make Saratoga Springs a more sustainable city and that “we should not put gates up between communities.” A vote scheduled for Tuesday to amend the existing Zoning Ordinance to add Inclusionary Zoning – as well as a vote regarding the SEQRA Determination for the SPA Housing (IZ) ordinance - was tabled until Monday, June 19, the date of the next City Council meeting. The vote requires

majority approval of the five council members to be adopted and it is not clear, at this point, which way that vote will go. Upcoming Meetings 7 p.m. Monday, June 12: Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting at City Hall. 3 - 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 13: Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) Technical Review Advisory Committee (TRAC) Meeting at Saratoga Music Hall.



Week of June 9 – June 15, 2017

149th Running of the Belmont Stakes

by Brendan O’Meara Saratoga TODAY For the second straight Belmont Stakes after American Pharaoh lifted us so high, we’re left with yet another dozen relatively drama-less furlongs. The New York Racing Association has the titanic feat of making people care about the Belmont Stakes given that Always Dreaming, our incumbent Kentucky Derby winner, sits this 1 ½ miles out. Slathered onto that piece of bread is the absence of Cloud Computing, the Preakness Stakes winner.

And, if you weren’t already snoring, Classic Empire, the presumptive favorite, scratched with a foot abscess the day of the post draw. This Belmont has a Jazilian stink to it. That was back in 2006 when the Derby winner (Barbaro) and the Preakness winner (Bernardini) skipped the Belmont. Jazil won, but it was one of the more forgettable races, with all due respect to trainer Keiran McLaughlan. It didn’t feel Triple Crowny. It felt like the feature race on a nice Saturday in June, not the Test of the Champion. Follow me? This year’s Belmont will need Lasix to stop the television ratings from bleeding. What we need is a guide to enjoying this race without the Derby or Preakness winners, horses that will, presumably aim for Travers Stakes prep races in the Garden and Empire States respectively. So let’s look at a few tasty storylines that will make the Belmont Stakes the best 2 minutes and 30 seconds of your Saturday.

These Horses Will Never Run This Long Again For stamina and distance nerds, the Belmont Stakes is a bit of a middle finger to the modernday trend of breeding for precocity over stamina. The only horses that will ever run this long again might be the one or two who try grass as older horses. But you could also say this about the Derby: These horses will never run that long again. And it’s mostly true. The great ones will run 10 furlongs again, and there are a few good horses running Saturday. Maybe they’ll be great. Take Irish War Cry, the Wood Memorial winner. He’s 4-0-0 from six starts and trained by the sure-handed Graham Motion. IWC is a son of Curlin, the colt who nearly won this race in 2007. Irish War Cry also defeated Cloud Computing by five lengths in the Grade II Wood. CC’s win in the Preakness makes Irish War Cry a favorable pick. And maybe he’ll prove to be a great horse in 2017.

“Watching him train and seeing how well he’s doing being back at Fair Hill and then seeing the result of the Preakness, obviously he’s run well with those horses before,” Motion said in a release. “It made me think more about it. It’s a Classic, it only comes around once in a horse’s lifetime and I think he deserves another chance.” Todd Pletcher Could Win a Third Belmont Stakes Nobody uses the Kentucky Derby as a Belmont Stakes prep race better than Pletcher. He won this race 10 years ago—his first Triple Crown race win—with the filly Rags to Riches in one of the most scintillating stretch drives of the decade. Pletcher added a second Belmont Stakes when Palace Malice won in 2013. That was one of his most brilliant training moves to date. PM wore blinkers during the Derby and set a pace that historically great sprinters Fabulous Strike, More Than Ready and Midnight Lute would consider suicidal and say, “Mmmm, I don’t know about that.” Pletcher took the blinkers off the son of Curlin, and Palace Malice went on to win in wobbly fashion, as they all do, by and large, at this distance, in this race. Pletcher brings Tapwrit and the heart-tugging Patch to Big Sandy. Patch, the one-eyed son of Union Rags, will be the wiseguy horse of the race. His pedigree screams Belmont Stakes. He was practically born on white carnations. His sire won the race in 2012 and his damside grand-sire won the 1992 Belmont Stakes. You’ll recognize the name: A.P. Indy.

“There’s a lot of pedigree there to suggest that he’s bred to get the mile and a half, and I think his style should fit the race well,” Pletcher told The Blood-Horse. Who is This Japanese Invader? Nine years ago, that fateful year when Rick Dutrow said Big Brown’s bid for a Triple Crown was a “foregone conclusion,” Casino Drive, another Japanese invader, was considered a big threat. He would scratch with an injury. He had won the Peter Pan Stakes, the same race Tonalist used as a prep to springboard past California Chrome in the 2014 Belmont Stakes. Epicharis, a horse presumable named after the ill-fated Roman woman who died by suicide amid the controversial plot to assassinate Emperor Nero, is an accomplished colt who finished second behind Thunder Snow in the UAE Derby, Epicharis’ only loss. Why Carrot Farm named him after a woman who was tortured for information she would not divulge and died by suicide is a mystery. Then again, maybe not. So that’s about it. For five straight Triple Crown races we’ve seen five different winners. Parity, in this case, is like a kick to the nethers. Few things in sports, let alone horse racing, compare to the hype and circus around a horse vying for the Triple Crown. No matter. The race will stand on its own for what it is: the Test of the Champion, the final jewel and final chapter on the long road to and through the Triple Crown.


Week of June 9 – June 15, 2017

Local Belmont Stakes Events For those who chose not to venture witness the “Run for the Carnations” from Belmont Park, get into the excitement of the day by attending one of the local Belmont Stakes events in and around Saratoga Springs: Belmont Stakes Viewing in the National Racing Museum & Hall of Fame National Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, 191 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs. 5:30-7 p.m., Free

by Ciara Austin Saratoga TODAY The 149th running of Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets will take place this Saturday, June 10 at Belmont Park Racetrack in Elmont, NY. Nicknamed the Test of The Champions, this Grade 1, $1.5M race is run at the distance of a 1.5 miles and the completing jewel of the Triple Crown. With Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming and Preakness winner Cloud Computing not competing in the Belmont, it leaves a wide open field of twelve eligible 3 year-olds. All eyes have turned to 7-2 favorite Irish War Cry who drew post position 7 under jockey Rajiv Maragh for trainer Graham Motion. Other notable contenders for the Belmont Stakes are Japanese-bred second favorite, Epicharis at 4-1 odds, and Lookin at Lee, the only horse who has competed in all 2017 Triple Crown races standing at 5-1 odds.

What better way to enjoy the Belmont than to be surrounded by horse racing history and memorabilia in the Hall of Fame Gallery? Free to the public, this event is similar to their Preakness Viewing party and will have food for and beverages for purchase from 9 Miles East Farm and Saratoga Eagle. There will also be a 50/50 raffle and silent auction. For more information visit their website at The Saratoga Casino Simulcast Saratoga Casino and Raceway, 342 Jefferson St., Saratoga Springs, 4-6 p.m., Free. 18+ Though there is no official Belmont Stakes party taking place at Saratoga Casino and Raceway, it is a great spot to watch the entire day’s race card. The Simulcast Room at Saratoga Casino and Raceway has ample wagering stations and wallto-wall high definition televisions to watch the winner cross the finish line. Once paired with their affordable food and drink, it makes the Simulcast an easy bet. When the race

is over, head downstairs for a few live harness races, play a few games on the slot machines or check out live music at Vapor Night Lounge that begins at 8 p.m. Belmont Stakes Weekend with Capital OTB at City Line Bar and Grill 1200 Western Ave, Albany NY 12203, Friday June 9 & Saturday June 10, 11 a.m - 7 p.m.

Capital Off Track Betting and City Line Bar and Grill have partnered together for a two-day celebration of the Belmont Stakes Festival. Grab some friends and head below the twin bridges for food specials, live music, and a photo booth. Capital OTB’s “Betmobile” will be on for your wagering needs. Also, 10 percent of all signature drink proceeds made over those two days will go to support Saratoga WarHorse.

Do you prefer to stay close to home? Watch the Belmont from the comfort of your living room. NBC Sports Network (NBSCN) will be covering the featured stakes from Saturday’s undercard from 3-5 p.m. Starting at 5 p.m. Belmont Stakes coverage will be live on NBC until 7 p.m. The post time for the race is approximately 6:50 p.m. Wherever you do chose to celebrate the day, be safe and have fun!



Week of June 9 – June 15, 2017

New City Home for Two Habitat Families Continued from page 6.

source of funding. Since 2005, it has helped the organization construct and repair more than 48,000 homes in the United States and around the world. The two families, who are soon to be first-time homeowners, worked tirelessly alongside community volunteers to make their dream of homeownership a reality. In order to qualify for a Habitat home, each family is required to contribute 500 hours of “sweat equity” in the construction process. Hope Caprood, who is a single mother of five children aged 10, 15, 17, and 8-year-old twins, has nearly doubled the required hours. Ashley and Bruce Smith lived with their two young boys in an overcrowded apartment and dreamed of one day owning a home. With the soaring price of real estate in Saratoga

Springs, they never thought it would be possible to own a home in the community. Habitat for Humanity finances a home based on affordability making it a possibility for families like the Smiths to own a home in an otherwise unattainable market. “Having the opportunity to assist in building our own home is such an amazing feeling. Coming from a two-bedroom apartment to owning a home where each of our boys has their own room is something that we never thought would be attainable. From getting the phone call saying we were approved to wiping down our new countertops, this whole journey has been nothing short of amazing,” said Ashley Smith. The families will purchase their home from Habitat through a no-interest, 30-year mortgage. Mortgage payments

from Habitat families like these are recycled into a “Fund for Humanity” where all payments are directed towards future Habitat projects. The investment in every Habitat family is leveraged to assist others in need. Every dollar is truly an investment in the community. During the ceremony the families will celebrate the completion of their homes with a backyard barbeque and recognize the donors, contributors, and volunteers who made this blessing possible. Following the ceremony, tours of the homes will be provided and the Caprood and Smith families,

The refurbished home at 26 Cherry Street. Photo provided.

along with volunteers and Habitat staff, will be available for photos and interviews.

For more information, visit the website or call 518-793-7484.

Malta Residents Petition for Safer Roads by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY MALTA – In response to petitions from residents, the Malta Town Board voted Monday in favor of a state law that would allow the town to set speed limits on local roads. State Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner (D-Round Lake) is proposing a bill specific to Malta that would bypass a process normally handled through the state Department of Transportation.

A summary of the bill says simply that it “requires department of transportation to defer to Malta town board requests for speed limit, signage and signal changes.” This week, a spokeswoman in Woerner’s office could not confirm if the measure had received enough support from other lawmakers. Previously, the Malta town board had passed a resolution calling on Woerner to make the effort. “This was a response to an awful lot of petitions that we’ve been dealing

with,” explained Malta Supervisor Vincent DeLucia. He declined to say what town roads seem to have problems with excessive speed by drivers. “We do not have the authority to just arbitrarily change speed limits, even on town roads,” DeLucia added, noting how that process involves both county and state agencies. At the June 5 town board meeting, DeLucia was informed about a separate petition drive among residents of Old Post Road who claim that dozens of tractor trailers per day are violating a 4-ton weight restriction for the roadway. Its eastern end connects to a busy stretch of Route 9 near Exit 13 of the Adirondack Northway, which poses challenges for the most effective placement of signage. Rick Weiss, an Old Post Road homeowner who is gathering petition signatures, told the board that law enforcement appears to be making minimal efforts to ticket 30 or 40 truck drivers daily who violate the weight restriction. Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo said that particular problem on Old Post Road “is not new to us,” and vowed to step up patrols. “The board has chosen to concern themselves with big issues in the downtown area and ignore long-time residents,” Weiss wrote in an email. “We are tired of it.” “We want government to do its job,” he concluded. “The approach being taken by local, county and state officials is a laughable example of the ignorance everyday citizens see daily. It’s a classic case of ‘pass the buck.’”

Week of June 9 – June 15, 2017

Local Online Décor Company Does Charity BALLSTON SPA — The local online company, which sells decor items for babies, kids and the home, announced the launch of a solidarity campaign called “You Shop, We Donate.” Through June 15, 50 percent of each online sale will be donated to “Project Lift”, an afterschool prevention program at the Franklin Community Center in Saratoga Springs. Kidslovedecor was founded by Alba Fort, originally from Barcelona, Spain. She settled in Ballston Spa. Fort’s company features items designed and created in Barcelona, combined with handpicked items

from national and international brands. They offer minimalism and an inspiring universe of decoration for babies, children and parents. Fort’s products focus on high quality, the finest materials and organic production, and are designed to bring simplicity, originality and style to children’s rooms and inspire their imagination. For more information, contact Fort at 518-577-8094, email hello@ or visit the website The Franklin Community Center is located at 10 Franklin Street in Saratoga Springs. It can be reached at 518-587-9826 or email

New Fire Extinguisher Venture SARATOGA SPRINGS — Retired city firefighter Fred Whipple is embarking on a new business in his hometown: Saratoga Fire Extinguisher, which is slated to start operation on June 19. Currently, no business in the city provides these services and Whipple’s company will focus on National Fire Protection Association standards regarding portable fire extinguisher

sales, service and inspection. Prior to retiring, Whipple had started a similar business but due to many factors, he put it on hold until retirement. Whipple says he looks forward to providing this much-needed service to businesses and residents alike. For more information, call 518796-8536 or email

Healing Hands In the City

Dr. Karissa Scarabino demonstrates her practice. Photo by

SARATOGA SPRINGS — On June 7, Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce officials and supporters of Dr. Karissa Scarabino welcomed the doctor’s osteopathic practice downtown with an official ribbon-cutting event. Scarabino’s office is located at 28 Clinton Street, on the first floor of the Blackmer Building. Her office phone number is 518-250-3221. “It’s hands-on treatment,” Scarabino explained. The specific physical conditions treated by Scarabino include:

sports pain and injuries; back, neck and joint pain; pregnancy and postpartum pain; infant issues, such as feeding difficulties; digestive problems; sinus disorders; respiratory problems; and more. “The goal of osteopathic medicine is to optimize health by restoring the normal structure and function of the body,” Scarabino explains on her website ( She adds that doctors who practice osteopathy “embrace the understanding that each person is a unique balance of body, mind and spirit.”


New Team Members at County Partnership

MALTA — The Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership recently welcomed two new team members, Grete Soule and Jack Sloan. Soule has joined as an economic development assistant and coordinator, with a background in market research, statistics and data analysis. She is gathering data on key economic indicators in the area and preparing an Economic Index for Saratoga County. Soule has been a researcher and consultant for 20-plus years in a variety of industries including

automotive, financial, healthcare, high-tech and media. She has managed primary research throughout her career and specializes in image studies, new product concept tests, tracking research and qualitative interviews. Her areas of focus include building strategic insights that drive business decision-making. Soule holds a BA in Economics from SUNY Binghamton and an MBA in Finance and Market Research from the University of Cincinnati. Sloan, a rising senior at Skidmore

College, joined the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership team as a summer intern. He is passionate about helping businesses in the community and has been able to accomplish this through the Skidmore-Saratoga Consulting Partnership (SSCP) program at Skidmore. He has been in the SSCP program for two semesters and plans to help run the program as a manager his senior year. By interning with the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership, Jack hopes to continue adding value to the Saratoga community.


Week of June 9 – June 15, 2017

BALLSTON SPA Devils Lane, $50,000. Mark and Sandra Dionne sold property to Santino and Britani Demario. 21 Lancaster Court, $390,000. Erika Anderson sold property to Diane and Alfred Horlacher. 25 Beechwood Dr., $272,500. Michael and Kristina Rolfes sold property to Kevin and Mara Desilva. 44 Lancaster Court, $82,000. Traditional Builders LTD sold property toTraditional Homebuilders and Developers Inc. 5 Ironwood St., $381,600. Heritage Builders Group LLC sold property to Edna Sambrook.

HALFMOON Clamsteam Rd., $45,000. Shawn and Kelly Brimhall sold property to Caroline and Michael Mosca. Lot 66 Swatling Dr., $347,700. Beacon Homes LLC sold property to Victor Izquierdo. 13 Smith Rd., $350,500. Key Valley LLC sold property to Nathan and Kelly Fears. 8 Manchester Dr., $236,900. Gary and Joanne Vermilyea sold property to Marquan and Megan Shaw. 11 Firehouse Rd., $64,000. Jane Cunningham sold property to Firehouse Enterprises LLC. 32 Devonshire Way, $635,000. Dominick and Elizabeth Bizzarro sold property to Keith and Carla Wyche. 37 Manchester Dr., $243,000. Timothy Childs (by Agent) sold property to Kerry and Jesse Reksc.

MALTA 178 Arrowwood Place, $170,000. Carolyn Pedersen (by Agent) and William Pedersen (Ind. and as Agent) sold property to Patrick Daunt. 11 Woodfield Ct., $350,340. Michaels Group Homes LLC sold property to

Christopher and Nobina Preston. Lot 47 Maiden Circle, $362,373. John Luke Development Co. LLC sold property to Adam and Chelsea Snyder. 23 Hillman Loop, $308,200. Farone Amedore LLC sold property to Charles and Margaret Ashe.

SARATOGA 288 County Route 68, $345,000. Todd and Angela Pasternack sold property to 288 Ct Rt 68 LLC. 13 Morgans Run, $136,000. James and Susan Bowen sold property to Richard Reese and Heather Bessette.


20 Lake Ridge Dr., $312,000. Michael Minogue and Laurie Okinaga sold property to Leslie Stoute and Suzanne Sumida.

30 Crommelin Dr., $402,000. Nancy Holzman and James Stegman sold property to Linda and Elliott Glansberg (Co-Trustees).

28 Weston Way, $391,448. Barbera Homes Malta Springs LLC sold property to Stephen Della Rocca and Virginia Mick.

18 Division St., $805,000. Parker Stafford sold property to THO Holdings LLC.

MILTON 315 Atomic Project Rd., $58,500. James Egan (by Admin) sold property to Stephen and Gina Grogan. 98 Deer Run Dr., $189,000. Steve Kucirek sold property to Daniel Barner. 858 Salem Dr., $349,900. MJGD LLC sold property to Jonathan and Caitlin Harrington.

MOREAU 24 East Rd., $111,300. Stephanie Kyle sold property to Emma Schmitt. 27 Chestnut St., $147,000. Edward and Karen Curtis (co-trustees) sold property to Jeremiah and Sarah Plumley. 43 Barrington Dr., $290,000. Jeremy and Michele West sold property to Matthew Robbins and Corinne Stasko. 505-507, 509-511 Gansevoort Rd., $125,000. Lee Ostrander sold property to Monsour Enterprises LLC. 41 Feeder Dam Rd., $172,400. Lynne Crocker-Gugliotta and Brian Crocker sold property to Kathleen and Ronald Prevost. 46 Ella Dr., $260,000. John and Cassandra Luthringer sold property to Robert Hodgson and Kelly Deschaine.

Loughberry Rd., $135,000. Jason and Krista Tommell sold property to City of Saratoga Springs. 0 Route 29, $100,000. Gerald Parent sold property to Giovanone Real Estate Partners. 15 Tompion Lane, $200,000. Thomas and Linda Curley sold property to Helen Boyd. 16 Diamond Place, $300,000. Jean Cummings (by Admin) sold property to John and Kara Love. 1 Spring St., Unit 302, $318,000. Broadway Spring Corp sold property to Erich Haun. 23 Murphy Lane, $715,000. LNAA Development LLC sold property to Lisa Vitiello. 353 Broadway, $8,600,000. 353 Broadway LLC sold property to Saratoga Springs Partners LLC. 3 Marvin Place, $330,000. Jake Zanetti sold property to Kristina Diman. 5 Spring St. Unit 404, $550,000. Broadway Spring Corp. sold property to Patricia Arnone. 58 Ash St., $282,500. William Cook sold property to 58 Ash Street LLC. 38 High Rock Ave., Garage #1, $116,129. High Rock Condominiums LLC

sold property to Richard Pitbladdo, Jr. 9 Robinwood Court, $371,000. Matthew Maynard sold property to National Transfer Service LLC. 9 Robinhood Court, $371,000. National Transfer Service LLC sold property to Daniel and Mary Buckley. 38 High Rock Ave., Storage U#4, $3871. High Rock Condominiums LLC sold property to Richard Pitbladdo, Jr. 38 High Rock Ave., Park Sp #4, $35,000. Richard Pitbladdo, Jr. sold property to High Rock Condominimums LLC.

STILLWATER 136 Rt 67, $104,000. Doris Marsh (by Exec) sold property to James Dowen III. 35 Gurba Dr., $75,000. Camelot Associates Development LLC sold property to Camelot Associates Corporation. 35 Gurba Dr., $295,000.

17 Camelot Associates Corporation sold property to Bruce Sharps. 44 Lakepointe Way, Lot 54, $353,482. Mason Street LLC sold property to Marlene Coco.

WILTON 13 Craw Lane, $358,501. McPadden Builders LLC sold property to Sean and Katrina Tierney. Ernst Rd. W., $37,000. Nikki and Frederick Bollman, Jr. sold property to Thomas and Sheila Quinn. 3 Chestnut Hill Dr., $570,000. RJ Taylor Builders Inc. sold property to Dominick and Elizabeth Bizzarro. 96 Cobble Hill Dr., $400,000. Fred and Colleen Kurtz sold property to Erik and Nicole Nero. 23 Killarney Ct., $372,000. Jeannette Daoud sold property to M. Lynn Bachner. 14 Evergreen Dr., $314,900. Christopher Luriea sold property to Justin and Kaitlin Nevins.



Week of June 9 – June 15, 2017

Strain Between Saratoga Schools and Parents Continues by Gabriel M. Stirton for Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — There have been new developments in the ongoing strain between the Saratoga Springs High School administration and local parents since the May 23 edition of Saratoga TODAY, reporting the story of a local group of conservative women, the “Saratoga Conservative Chicks,” who took matters into their own hands when confronted with what they saw as severe bias in the Saratoga school system. When a teacher gave an assignment comparing President Trump to both Hitler and Mussolini, matters rose quickly to the national spotlight. This led to two of the women, Marnie Messet and Julie Tellstone, appearing on “Fox and Friends.” Subsequently, the Saratoga Springs City School District released an official statement, giving an account of the assignment, and an explanation, claiming that it did not violate

any school policies. This provided no resolution to the parents involved, as the statement’s description of the homework assignment seemed to be at odds with the assignment itself. As a result, the women involved met with school officials to discuss these and other matters. The first was their disappointment with the inaccuracy of the school’s public statement regarding the assignment in question when compared to the assignment itself. The second was the unprofessional behavior of the teacher who gave the assignment, and allegedly used the classroom as a platform to refer to the parents who appeared on Fox News as “fascists,” even with the 10th grade child of one of those women present. Finally, while the school had released an official statement, the parents had never been responded to personally by the school, despite their attempts to reach out to the district about the high profile nature of the issue. The aforementioned meeting was concluded with the school

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official’s assurances that the controversial assignment would not be included in next year’s curriculum, and that the instructor guidelines would be updated to prevent similar events from occurring in the

future. When reached out to, a representative of the Saratoga school system confirmed that the assignment would see no future use. The representative also stated that the district’s curriculum council had

developed a guidance document for teaching controversial topics. However, nothing was mentioned of the teacher who had given the assignment and made accusations against the parents.

Controversial Lesson Plan Draws Ire, Confusion Continued from front page.

youth,” said Renee Murtens of Ballston Spa. “Being sympathetic to any terrorist group, any religion… does not constitute education, nor does it belong in our high schools.” Word of the plan reached Saratoga County when an article on conservative news site revealed a Ballston Spa history teacher to be its author. However, school officials say the plan has never been taught. “It’s about fourteen years old,” Ballston Spa Superintendent Joe Dragone said. “It has never been taught. And we stand by that.” The plan was created over ten

years ago for PBS’s LearningMedia program, which provides over 100,000 free educational resources for teachers and students, and it is still available on the website. It had been relatively unknown until it was dredged up in April. The lesson plan uses multimedia pieces to “examine the roots of the conflict in the Middle East,” including interviews with individuals linked to suicide bombings. Many of the meeting’s speakers commented on the apparent lack balance in the history curriculum. Kate Thimineur of Ballston Spa first grew concerned when she flipped through her daughter’s ninth-grade history textbook two years ago.

“I looked into her history book and I noticed that there were 15 pages on Islam and five pages on Christianity and Judaism,” she said. “I asked if that was going to be corrected within the classroom. Long story short, it wasn’t.” Thimineur requested to observe a class’s lesson on the creation of the state of Israel, but she said she was differed to a deferred class. “As I understand it, Mrs. Thimineur has been in the classroom a number of times,” Board of Education President Kevin Schaefer said. “We try not to let parents into the classroom this late in the year when the kids are prepping for reagents and end of the year finals.”

Thimineur has expressed her concerns to the board multiple times, she said. The board responded in a letter, writing that though she could discuss other issues, further public comment on the topic would be limited to avoid “rehashing the same issue.” Other speakers shifted focus to Christianity. Schenectady resident Earl Wallace is a pastor at Liberty Christian Fellowship Church and a former teacher at Saratoga Springs high school. Though the lesson is not taught, Wallace suggested a solution for the speakers’ complaints. “I teach a course called

the biblical basis of the Bill of Rights,” Wallace said. “I have programs designed to teach children that which we have suppressed in our society. Our society has become more brutal, more hateful.” The board plans to respond formally to the torrent of comments. Though they often respond only to specific questions, the board feels reciprocal action is appropriate to resolve some of the confusion around this particular issue. “The reality is it’s never been taught,” Dragone said. “There’s nothing of that nature going on.”


Week of June 9 – June 15, 2017

Off to D.C. Local Student to Work with U.S. Senate Continued from front page.

former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, in which he references pages as the people who perform various administrative tasks for the Senate. This interested her, and she began researching the position by visiting the websites of some of her Senators. She first got in touch with the offices of N.Y. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, inquiring about page positions for the spring or fall, as she initially wanted to apply for one that would happen during the school year. Finding that neither Senator had available positions for those sessions, she applied to a number of Senators from different states, including Susan Collins of Maine and Claire McCaskill of Mo. This too failed to yield fruitful results, as she said that Senators prefer to sponsor pages from their own constituencies. Finally, Senator Schumer came through with a page position for the summer, which she accepted. “I’m really interested in going into international relations or into government,” Birkas-Dent said about what inspired her to pursue a position like this. “We learn about this kind of stuff in the classroom, but you really don’t have a tangible experience with it. It’s kind of shrouded in secrecy what actually goes on there, so I don’t feel like I have a good understanding of exactly how it runs on

a day-to-day basis.” Birkas-Dent believes this position will give her the sort of understanding of the legislative process necessary for her to decide if it is a career path that she would like to follow. Some of the careers she has considered for herself include elected official, diplomat, or possibly working with a non-profit doing international relations work. Whatever career she ends up pursuing, she knows that she would like to go into the Peace Corps after college. “I think the U.N. [United Nations] would be really interesting to be in,” Birkas-Dent said. “But I think it’s hard to get into as an American. So I’ve kind of branched out.” Back at home, Birkas-Dent is involved with a number of groups and programs focused on environmental preservation. She is the president of the high school’s Environmental Club, and works with the Hudson River Community Advisory Group, which works on various things including dredging and floodplain sampling. She is also the captain of her school’s Climate Leadership Team, and with that group recently attended the Adirondack Youth Climate Summit. While environmental issues are important to her, she said that were she to get involved with politics in the future, they would likely be a side issue for her and not a core

Freya Birkas-Dent will spend the next three weeks interning in Washington, D.C. Photo courtesy of Schuylerville Central School District.

part of her hypothetical platform, given the divisive conversation surrounding such issues. “I’m very excited,” Birkas-Dent

said about beginning her new position. “I’m excited to meet people from all over the country. It’s a little bit nerve-wracking cause we

don’t know yet what we’ll be doing exactly, but I think it’ll be a good experience and I’m really looking forward to it.”




Week of June 9 – June 15, 2017

Care4Cora Seeks Live Kidney Donor Continued from front page.

Also a bit of a prankster, Cora earned herself the nickname, Little Viking. With just 18 percent kidney function, her fight is to survive. Kelly, who has worked at Saratoga Hospital for 10 years, and her husband Anthony Gargano, co-owner of the Spring Street Deli and Pizzeria, kept their struggles with Cora’s health mostly to themselves until they learned that Cora’s best chance at a healthier life was with a live kidney transplant. Live donor kidneys typically last twice as long, and function better than a deceased donor kidney would. The surgery is done laparoscopically, through tiny incisions, has a quick recovery time, and the donor’s body will continue to function very much as it normally would. “Anthony and I always thought one of us would be a match, but when we found out

we weren’t, we started spreading the word a little,” said Kelly. That’s how Sharon Kumlander heard of the family’s plight. Her son is on the Jr. Varsity Basketball team at Saratoga Central Catholic School that Anthony coaches. Anthony has been a youth coach in the region for more than 20 years, and has been working with the school for the last eight. Kumlander spearheaded a public awareness campaign urging potential donors to go out and get tested. Flyers have been distributed, and several fundraisers recently took place; including a bottle drive, car wash, and benefit basketball tournament. The Reform Pilates Studio also recently hosted an event to support Cora. “We really can’t thank our community enough as they are helping ease some of our worries with Cora’s care,” said Kelly. These purposeful acts of kindness put compassion on

the agenda and create a ripple effect. Despite the wonderful advances in medical technology, it still comes down to people needing people. Admittedly more complex than donating a pint of blood, many people have agreed to get tested, but a match still hasn’t been found for Cora. “It’s the hardest thing to ask someone to do. I’ve had so many different responses as to why they’re willing to do it, but I feel like if I don’t ask, I’ll regret it for the rest of my life,” said Kelly. Still willing to “share his spare”, Anthony is now being tested to see if he can swap his kidney with another family in the national database. If you are interested in becoming a potential live donor, are a trained medical professional able to assist with Cora’s home care, or would like to donate, please inquire by email to

Anthony & Kelly Gargano, big sister Chloe and Cora.

Week of June 9 – June 15, 2017



The Power of a Father’s Blessing

by Meghan Lemery Fritz, LCSW-R

for Saratoga TODAY The words we speak over ourselves, our children, our health, finances and careers have the power to create blessings and health in every area of our lives. The power of our words has the power to bring us healing, peace, encouragement and energy or disease, anxiety, dread and exhaustion. As we celebrate Father’s Day this month, take the time to think about what kind of words were spoken over you, specifically by your Father or strong male role model in your life. Spiritually, the role of a father is to shape his child’s self-esteem and identity in the world. Fathers tell us who we are and what we are capable of. They let us know whether they believe in our ability to accomplish the impossible. They arm us with courage to go out into the world and leave footprints with our unique gifts and talents. A father’s blessing has the power to launch us into success and give us the courage to take risks and try new things. Every child has the deeply rooted desire to hear that their father is proud of them. If you struggle with chronically low self-esteem and selfloathing thoughts and behavior, take a minute to think about the words spoken to you as a child, teen and young adult. Perhaps you had a father that always made you feel like you weren’t quite good enough, or equally damaging, a father that was extremely passive and not involved in your day-to-day life. The words spoken over us from birth have a tremendous impact on how we interact with others and how we feel about ourselves.

If you have/had a father who did not speak blessings into your life recognize that another person can’t give you what they don’t have for themselves. If your father was not raised in love, compassion, acceptance and confidence he may not have the tools necessary to break the curse and pass on health and wellness to the next generation. We can only break the dysfunctional generational patterns and curses when we are conscious and aware enough that we have the power to change how we raise our own children. If your father could not do that for you, he was not aware enough of how to break the patterns of generations past. Become more aware of the words you speak over yourself and others. Bless your children with affirming words and encouragement daily. Do not leave them without giving them a

positive blessing to start their day. Likewise, tuck them in at night and bless their health and sleep. This pattern has the power to build their confidence and trust in the fact that you believe in them and that you accept them with all their imperfections. Your entire household will feel more peaceful and loving and the negative charge of pressure and stress will start to dissolve with the power of love and peace. Celebrate this Father’s Day knowing that your love, attention, care and blessing can impact a child’s life in amazing ways. May we all know that we are worthy, valuable, loved, accepted and cherished not because of what we do but because we are here, perfectly imperfect. You are worth it! Meghan Fritz is a psychotherapist practicing in State College, PA.




Week of June 9 – June 15, 2017


Neck Pain

by Matthew Goodemote for Saratoga TODAY Early this week I was treating a patient that has been having neck pain for several years. She has been discouraged because she has not been able to manage her pain on her own and although she responds to help from physical therapy, Chiropractic or massage, she came to me hoping for a home program where she could learn to manage on her own. Today I am going to try to provide the basic guidelines that I use when I am evaluating a patient. I have been specializing in treating back and neck pain for the last 20 years and the most important starting point for everyone that has

neck pain is how they hold their posture. There are a lot of opinions on what “proper posture” is, but I have found that the best posture for you may not be the best posture for me or anyone else. So rather than trying to figure out how to look like someone else or what someone else thinks you should look like, learn what you ideal posture is and work on that! When it comes to neck pain I believe your thoracic spine posture is the starting point because if you have lousy thoracic spine posture it is difficult or impossible to have healthy neck postures. (If your lower back posture is lousy then it makes it hard for your thoracic spine to be healthy.) I would like to draw your attention to the sternum (the breastbone). A typical “slouched” posture is one where the sternum is facing forward and in some people facing down. (Smartphones are making this problem even worse.) The thoracic spine rounds when you are sitting slouched. This in turn pitches the head forward resulting in strain to your neck joints and strain to the muscles that support the

head and neck. The bottom line: “Slouchy = ouchy!” I often meet patients that immediately try to use the muscles of the upper back to “straighten” the thoracic spine and to pull the shoulders back. I do not recommend this strategy. First of all the muscles are not meant to be the main source of your posture. I recommend lifting the sternum so that it points slightly upward. This is more effective and easier than trying to engage muscles that are not capable of sustaining the position you are artificially achieving by activating them. The act of lifting the sternum is as simple as reaching your hands over your head toward the ceiling. This is one way to make sure that your thoracic spine lifts and it is as easy as it sounds. Once you reach up your sternum lifts automatically. Next, bring your arms down but keep the sternum up and then ease up just slightly. If you have shoulder problems then all you have to do is sit all the way back in a chair and lean your shoulders back as far as you can. Notice that when you sit back and your back fully touches the back of the chair, your shoulders automatically come back….and your sternum faces slightly upwards. Keep this position whether sitting or standing. Your posture is most important because it is the safest thing you can do and over a long period of time, it will be the thing that helps the most. The difficulty patients have with maintaining posture stems from poor habits and the length of time it takes to have significant improvements. The next part of treating your own neck is to establish baselines. There are two baselines that I focus on: 1. Stationary baseline 2. Movement baseline In both cases you are checking how you feel. What are your symptoms? Whatever your symptoms, the important aspect is whether or not your symptoms change.

I was taught to use the following language with my patients: 1. Do your symptoms INCREASE? 2. Do your DECREASE?


3. Do your symptoms REMAIN THE SAME? So to be more specific when you are still...either sitting, standing or lying without moving, then you are assessing your “Stationary baseline.” I use this to draw people to what is happening at this moment. Often we remember what has happened or we are fearful of what could happen and we end up not noticing what is happening. So this step is for you to stop and notice how you feel. Next, notice how you feel when you move. In regard to the neck, there are six movements that I check. I watch patients turn to the right, then the left. I have them side bend (touch the ear to the shoulder) to the right then the left. Finally I have my patient bend forward and bend backwards. This is how you check your “Movement baseline.” When checking your “Movement baseline,” it is important to notice how you feel and how you move...meaning how far you are able to move. This is important because often patients that hurt are also not able to move a lot. This is also important because it helps to clarify what is actually happening at the neck. It makes it easier to discern the condition you may have based on how you are moving. When you notice that you have difficulty moving more to one side than another it typically

means your issue is coming from the joints themselves, even if you have a lot of muscle tension, and the solution is to restore your motion. The movement that I have found to be the most effective is the “retraction” motion. The best way to perform this movement is to get in a chair that hits you about the middle of your back. If you have all high back chairs it is very difficult to so place towels or blankets down to prop you up in the chair. Then simply lean back as though someone were trying to kiss you that you did not want to kiss. Repeat this movement 5-10 times then recheck your “Movement baseline.” You are checking to see if you move better and/or feel better. I recommend doing activities that help you move better and feel better. I recommend avoiding activities that make you feel worse or reduce your motion... no matter what the activity is. I have found that for those individuals wanting to help themselves, the best advice is to work on your posture. Remember to lift the sternum when trying to help your neck. It is also important to restore your motion if you notice that it one direction is worse than another (either more painful or less motion). Once your motion is restored then focusing your attention on your posture will have the biggest affect. Thanks for reading my article. Please contact me through my new and improved website If you would like to speak to me or would like me to come speak to a group please feel free to contact me by email

Week of June 9 – June 15, 2017




Q: Do you have any advice for transferring wealth from generation to generation?

A: Yes, there are some important considerations.

by Kevin T. Smith, CFP®, CTFA, CDFA™

for Saratoga TODAY

The writer is a Senior Client Relationship Manager at Fenimore Asset Management, the investment advisor to FAM Funds, headquartered in Cobleskill, NY with a branch office in Albany. Discussing the generational transfer of your wealth with your adult children may feel as uncomfortable as talking politics at a dinner party. There is no question that the Greatest Generation — and those that came before — kept their financial information much closer to the vest, while Boomers have been more apt to discuss these affairs with their

Saratoga Farmers’ Market to Launch the 2nd Season of the Power of Produce Club for Kids on Wednesday, June 21 SARATOGA SPRINGS, — The Saratoga Farmers’ Market will host their second season of the Power of Produce Club for kids on Wednesday, June 21 at High Rock Park on High Rock Park Ave in downtown Saratoga Springs. The Power of Produce Club, better known as POP Club, teaches children about fruits and vegetables, local food systems, and healthy food preparation through a variety of free, fun activities. In 2016, POP Club drew 35-40 families each Wednesday for the 12-week program. This year, local families can expect POP Club to be bigger and better with the generous support of The Christopher Dailey Foundation and the Rotary Club of Saratoga Springs. How the POP Club Works POP Club is a free, 12-week program for children offered at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market on Wednesdays from 3-6 p.m. The program targets ages 5-12 with activities ranging from cooking demonstrations to scavenger hunts, providing nutrition, agriculture, and exercise education. POP kids are encouraged to try new foods and turn produce-phobia into healthy food choices. In addition, each child will be given a $2 POP token to be used to purchase fresh fruit or vegetables at the market. Also, children who participate will be given a POP Passport, collecting a stamp at each visit

and earning a prize for every four stamps they collect. POP Club will be located across from the green market information booth each week at the High Rock Park pavilions. Organizations providing this season’s activities include the American Farmland Trust, Cornell Cooperative Extension: Food & Nutrition, Saratoga Springs Public Library, Northeast Parent & Child Society, Chef Dan Spitz, Malta Ridge Orchard & Gardens, the Agricultural Stewardship Association, and more. POP Club Kick Off at the 3rd Annual End of School Celebration on Wednesday, June 21 POP Club will kick off on Wednesday, June 21, 3-6 p.m. at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market’s 3rd Annual End of School Celebration featuring live music by the Zucchini Brothers and special guests Northeast Parent & Child Society, Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners, Saratoga County Foster Care, and Balloon Gal Jenny. The first POP Club will be hosted by the Saratoga Farmers’ Market, and children will be invited to make fresh fruit and yogurt ice cream cones. Children will learn about healthy snack options and portions and will have access healthy snack recipes. Information on the Power of Produce Club can be found at www. and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

children. It is obviously a personal decision if you want this discussion to take place. Here are some considerations when deciding whether or not, or how to broach this sensitive topic with your children: • Will the relationship change dramatically if beneficiaries are made aware of their future inheritance or lack thereof? Of course, this can be difficult to predict. • Will it be advantageous to begin gifting assets during your lifetime? • Are you anticipating that your children will be involved in your finances as, for example, a trustee or POA (Power of Attorney) while you are alive? • Is there family pressure to disclose your financial affairs? If so, this can be a sign to proceed with caution. • Is your next generation financially sound enough not to need or want the inheritance? If the answer is yes, you may be able

to do multi-generation planning such as college funding, generation-skipping trusts, or “stretching” IRAs. Provide a Roadmap If the decision is made not to include the next generation in your planning, it is still wise to provide your spouse and/or children with the names and contact information of your professional advisors in case of an emergency. These commonly include: • Attorney (legal and estate planning documents) • Accountant (copies of previous years’ tax returns which can identify where accounts are held) • Financial Advisors (statements on investment accounts, IRAs) I recommend that you review the list annually with those who would be involved so that when the time comes, your family knows who to alert. Some honest, and admittedly morbid,

questions to ask yourself are: How will my affairs be handled if I don’t wake up tomorrow? Will my spouse/children know who to contact? Will they have access to cash immediately from non-probate assets to cover short-term expenses? It’s Your Decision and Yours Alone As a client advisor, I advocate for the discussion among family on the transfer of assets whenever possible and encourage clients to include the second and, when appropriate, even third generations in our meetings. This approach can help provide for a smoother, more tax-efficient transfer of wealth to your loved ones. It can also create opportunities to educate about the successful moves or missteps that you made with your finances. Remember — you are the one who worked and saved for your assets and no one will appreciate the hard work and effort as much as you!



Week of June 9 – June 15, 2017


Securing Your Digital Assets Estate Planning in a Digital World

by Matthew J. Dorsey, Esq for Saratoga TODAY When putting together an estate plan, people always consider what to do with their house, their car, their jewelry, and their other tangible assets. In today’s world, however, we also need to remember to plan for our digital assets. Our digital lives have become more important with the advent of advanced technology. Currently, there are over 1 billion active Gmail account users and almost 2 billion fans of Facebook. In addition, more people are managing their

bank accounts, paying their bills, or otherwise living their financial lives in cyberspace. Although these new found digital options have often made our lives easier and more enjoyable, they can leave difficult challenges for our loved ones in the event we pass away. One of the first tasks facing an executor of an estate is to collect the assets of the decedent. If the decedent managed their finances digitally, then it may be difficult for the executor to access the information they need to perform their duties. In response to this problem, New York State adopted Article 13-A of the Estates, Powers, and Trusts Law (EPTL) last September, which is entitled “Administration of Digital Assets”. Digital assets are electronic records to which an individual has a right or interest. Examples would include copies of electronic bank account statements, e-mail, or social media content. New York passed Article 13-A of the EPTL in response to difficulties fiduciaries were having in accessing the

digital information left behind by decedents. Too often, custodians of that information, such as e-mail providers, were simply refusing to allow access to a decedent’s digital assets. Article 13-A addresses the access problem in three ways. First, it allows people to utilize an on-line tool to authorize access to their digital assets after they die. Second, it allows people to set forth their consent to digital access in their will or trust. Third, it sets forth a process for court ordered access in the event an online tool or direction in a will or trust is not utilized. In order to plan for your digital after life, it would make sense to take advantage of one of the first two options provided by Article 13-A. For example, Google account users may utilize the on-line tool option by going to the Personal Information and Privacy section of their account, where they can set up an Inactive Account Manager. The Manager allows the user to name Trusted Contacts who may have access to

the account holder’s information after they pass away. The second option allows you to put an explicit direction regarding access in your will or trust. As with the on-line tool option, that direction may be particularized to allow access to certain information and to prohibit access to other information. It is important to note that any authorization set forth in an on-line tool will override any contrary direction left in your will or trust. In the event you do not use one of the first two options, Article 13-A sets forth a procedure for your executor to obtain a court order for digital access. Although the law does allow the custodian of the information to permit access in its sole discretion without a court order, it is unlikely such access would be granted because of liability concerns. The law requires the custodian of the information to comply with legitimate requests within sixty days. Regardless of how your digital assets are accessed, your executor or trustee owes you a duty of care,

loyalty, and confidentiality. As a result, any information obtained must be treated with appropriate respect. In addition to accessing your information, your executor or trustee has the authority to close your digital accounts upon the completion of their duties. Given the changes that the internet has brought us, it is important to remember that with digital rights come digital responsibilities. Proper planning will help ensure that your loved ones can manage your digital assets after you pass. To successfully navigate this process, you should consider retaining the services of an experienced estate planning professional to ensure the decisions you make are the best ones for you. Matthew J. Dorsey, Esq. is a Partner with O’Connell and Aronowitz, 1 Court Street, Saratoga Springs, NY. Over his twenty years of practice, he has focused in the areas of elder law, estate planning, and estate administration. Mr. Dorsey can be reached at (518)5845205,, and

Senior Calendar…

The Wilton Senior Center

18 Traver Road, Gansevoort, NY 12831 (518) 587-6363 Open every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00am. - 3:00pm. Lillian Worth Senior Center is located in the Town Hall Complex. 18 Traver Road. It is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00am. to 3:00pm. The Center will be closed Christmas Day and when Saratoga Springs Schools are closed for inclement weather. Members must be 55 years of age. However, spouses younger than 55 may join and participate in all activities, but cannot vote until they reach age 55. Dues are $4 per year. Bus transportation to and from the Senior Center, the Mall, grocery stores and

appointments is available by calling the Saratoga County Office of the Aging at 8844100 before noon on the day before the transportation is needed.

Activities include:

November (minimal fee) • AARP “55 Alive” March and September • Drivers Course Held twice a year ($10 fee)

• Ceramics and Crafts Tuesday morning (except July and August)

• Exercise Groups, Cards and other Games Tuesdays and Thursdays

• Free Blood Pressure Clinics Third Tuesday of Month at 1:00 p.m.

• Speakers Scheduled throughout the year

• Business Meetings First Tuesday of the Month at 1:00 p.m. • Day Trips (dinner + attraction) Monthly April through

• Live entertainment scheduled throughout the year • Videos scheduled throughout the year

Week of June 9 – June 15, 2017




Senior Calendar…

Adult and Senior Center of Saratoga 5 Williams St, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 518-584-1621 Farmers’ Market Fridays at the Senior Center – 10 - 12 p.m. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

Saratoga, Mt. McGregor and Lake George Railroad. Sponsored by the Summit at Saratoga.

Every Friday beginning June 2, farmer Cliff Samson will be at the center bringing you fresh quality vegetables grown right in Ballston Spa! Selection will grow as season progresses. FOOD STAMPS ACCEPTED! Sponsored by Centers Health Care

June Happenings…

June Special Events… June 9, 1:30 p.m. – Financial Expo - FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Presentations by Janney Montgomery Scott - “Thoughts on the Markets,” Herzog Law Firm - “Estate Planning for the Modern Family” and Long-Term Care Brokers “Supplement Your Govt. Death Benefit with a Final Expense Benefit” June 16, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Free Health Screenings - Summer Sizzle. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Come get all your screenings done under one roof! •UHC’s Pharmacist for Brown Bag medications •Dr. Robin Solomon - Hearing Screening •Patty Matthews - Aroma Touch Hand Therapy •EPIC ProgramElderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage •Refreshments, music and farmers’ market! •Mammograms (8 - 12:30 by appointment) Saratoga Hospital Presenting: •Outpatient Dietitian •Clinical Rehabilitation Specialist (Regional Therapy Center) •Takehome Colorectal Screening Kits June 23, 2 p.m. – Solomon Northrup Reenactment - $2 for members/$5 nonmembers. Come see a live reenactment of former American abolitionist, Solomon Northrup, portrayed by performance artist and historian Clifford Oliver. Open discussion to follow. June 30, 2 p.m. – Grant’s Cottage Presents: The Arkell Family of Canajoharie - $2 for members/$5 nonmembers. Join Dave Hubbard as he presents on the Arkell Family. W.J. Arkell played an important role in the building and operation of

June 9, 12: p.m. – Physical Therapy Class by Centers Health Care – FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! This class will go through a workout that will help you strengthen arms, legs and core at home! You will be provided with a workout sheet and a TheraBand so you can continue the exercises at home! June 13, 1 p.m. – CDPHP Presents: Preventing and Managing Diabetes - FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Gain a better understanding of the difference between pre-diabetes and diabetes, prevention, diagnosis and more! June 15, 1 – 2 p.m. ShortTerm Care Insurance - FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Presented by Daniel J. Gallagher from BankersLife. Discover alternatives for short-term care insurance when cost, age or health is an issue. June 27, 3 p.m. Book Club “NW” by Zadie Smith One Day Bus Trips July 12 – West Point & Brotherhood Winery - $78 member/$103 nonmember. Includes lunch and tour. Stroll around this historic site as you learn the history of West Point. Lunch will be held at the Thayer Hotel. Wine tasting and tour at Brotherhood Winery. Sept. 6 – Mohonk Mountain House Music Week - $93 member/nonmember $115. Enjoy two fantastic musical concerts, breathtaking lake and garden views and a buffet lunch. Dec. 6 – NYC - $40 member/nonmember $65. Come celebrate Christmas in NYC! See the Rockefeller tree, browse holiday windows, get some Christmas shopping done or see a show! Van Trips Mon., June 12 – Spring St. Gallery - Featuring “Faces of Uganda,” the photographic journey of Karen Flewelling’s

humanitarian work. Karen is a Senior Center member, Saratogian and the creator of “Drilling for Hope,” funding wells for clean water. Leave the center at 11:30. Return about 1:15 p.m. Pay $2 van fee and $5 donation minimum. Tues., June 13 – Hildene Family Home - Situated on 412 acres of quintessential Vermont landscape, Hildene has 14 historic buildings, including The Lincoln Family Home. Take a tour, enjoy lunch and the many walking trails and gardens around the property. Meet at the Senior Center at 9 a.m. Return about 4:30 p.m. Pay $49 at sign up. Includes lunch. Thurs., June 15 – Tri City Valley Cats Baseball Game - Pay $20 at sign up. Box lunch included in fee (hot dog, apple, cheese stick and water). Leave the center at 9 a.m., return around 3 p.m. Tues., June 20 – Fenimore Art Museum - Come view

three great exhibits including: The Art of Figure Skating Through the Ages: The Dick Button Collection and a stop at the Farmer’s Museum. Leave the center at 8 a.m. Return around 5:30 p.m. Pay $44 at sign up, which includes guided tour, lunch and van fee. Order box lunch at sign up. Wed., June 21 – Nuns of New Skete - Tour the historic churches, gardens and waterfalls in New Skete, located in Cambridge, NY. Visitors will also have the opportunity to listen to a lecture given by one of the brothers and to enjoy a delicious slice of cheesecake. Pay $10 at sign up. Bring $6 for admission and lunch money. Leave the center at 10:30 a.m. Return around 4:30 p.m. Early lunch at the Greenwich Village Cafe. Thurs., June 22 – Bons Mini Golf - Enjoy a friendly game of mini golf with some

friends! This course is handicap accessible. Lunch at Up River Cafe. Pay $10 van fee at sign up. Bring money for admission and lunch with you. Leave the center at 10 a.m. Return about 4 p.m. Tues., June 27 – Lunch Bunch: Tavern on the Lake (Lake George) - Enjoy shopping and lunch in Bolton Landing! Leave the center at 9:30 a.m. First stop will be in town for shopping and then lunch reservations at 1 p.m. Return around 3 p.m. Pay $10 van fee at sign up. Bring money for lunch and shopping. Wed., July 12 – Circus Smurkus at Saratoga Casino Come see Vermont’s award winning international youth circus including acrobats, juggling, tight roping and more! Two hour show with bleacher seating. Pay $27 at sign up, which includes admission and van fee. Meet at the center at 12:15 p.m. You must sign up by June 12.



Week of June 9 – June 15, 2017


Rules to Live by

by Katherine Morna Towne

for Saratoga TODAY I find it so hard to know exactly what to say or how to say it “in the heat of the moment” with my boys. I know you all have those times too, when you’re confronted

with challenging behavior, bad tempers, accusations, angry tears by all involved, and you want to say just the right thing that will teach all the lessons and impart all the wisdom in the half second you have to say your piece before they all tune you out, scatter to their rooms, and slam their doors. In those moments, and afterward, when I’m trying to figure out what I should have said or what I should say next time, I find myself relying on time-tested sayings that prove, over and over, why they’ve passed the test of time. These include: Don’t worry about the speck in your brother’s eye before you deal with the log in your own.

Are any of the rest of you *so over* your kids getting mad at their siblings for doing things they themselves do? I have a couple of boys who do this more than the others, and funny enough, they’re the ones who get the most upset over perceived injustices and unfairness. Like, one boy will regularly take his brother’s spot on the couch when the brother gets up to go to the bathroom. But if someone were to do the same to that boy? Everybody, watch out! I have another who likes to hoard the particular Lego pieces and figures he likes, even if they technically belong to someone else, but if he discovers one of his brothers is using a piece or a figure that belongs to him?

Everybody, watch out! So I try to explain to them that they can’t get mad at others for doing the very things they themselves do. If they really want things to get better, they should start by reforming their own behavior—which brings me to another saying I rely on: Be the change you wish to see. And also: He who is without sin cast the first stone. Oh, and: Do unto others what you would have them do unto you. And of course: Judge not, lest ye be judged. If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all. This is one of those maxims that changes with maturity, you know? Because certainly there are times when unsavory things need to be said. But, at least with my boys, being that they’re not collaborating in a workplace or leading a country or making life or death decisions, they say a whole lot of negative and critical things for absolutely no good reason at all. In fact, they seem to do it for one of two reasons: either because they think that if they have a thought, they should say it, and/or because they’re trying to bother others. Neither reason is okay with me. For one thing, I really dislike when people think that every thought that passes through their minds is of such brilliance and importance that it must be shared, lest the world be deprived of each golden nugget of thought, no matter how mundane or irritating. I hate it when adults do that, and I’m determined to teach my boys to at least think before they speak, which “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all” fosters. For another thing, I really hate it when they needle each other. Is there ever any good that comes out of that? Is it at all helpful to tell your brother that the drawing he just spent an hour working on is off center? Or that the words he wrote on the picture are spelled wrong? Especially when he’s

only five and not even in Kindergarten yet and a critical word from a big brother could derail the progress he’s made? “But it’s true!” the offending party might say to me when I reprimand him for criticizing his brother’s drawing, which brings me to the more mature tweak to the “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all” rule: Before you speak, consider whether it’s true, kind, and necessary. One of my boys in particular and I have had many recent conversations about applying the “true, kind, necessary” test to something he has said or wants to say, and while the conversations themselves are sometimes exasperating (he’s often looking for a loophole that will allow him to say the thing he wants to say without being reprimanded for them), over all they’re so good to have, and helpful even for me in my own conversations with others. I even have sayings that help me keep the right focus in my mothering. Life is a journey, and One day at a time, and Pray and do the best you can, and Nobody’s perfect are some of them. In light of next weekend, when we’re thinking of the dads in our lives and appreciating all they do, I’ll share a line my dad said to me in my earliest days of being a mom, that has stuck with me and echoed in my head so many times during these years: You can’t crap out when it comes to parenting your kids. Amen! Thanks for the wisdom, Dad! Do you have sayings like these, that help you in your parenting? Things that your kids will remember and laugh about when they’re grown up (and use with their own kids)? I hope all you fathers have a wonderful Father’s Day! Kate and her husband have six sons ages 12, 10, 8, 7, 5, and 3. Follow her at, or email


Week of June 9 – June 15, 2017

Dehn’s Celebrates 125 Years! Fun Facts! 1. Family run for 125 years. One of the top 25 oldest florists in United States. 2. Two locations

3. 22 Greenhouses in the heart of the neighborhood. 4. 7 fish in the pond that has multi generation visitors

5. 30 year old Cattleya orchid plant on premises. Blooms every Christmas! Dude Dehn.

John Mishoe.

6. 727. Original phone number.

7. Over 158,000 plants supplied each year to local customers 8. 932 stems of flowers in the cooler

9. 11,450 floral designs created for customers last year

10. 20+ of the best employees ever! (fact submitted by the employees) 11. Donations made to over 30 area charities each year

Photo by Dave bigler.

12. 24 extra large pizzas consumed during all the holidays each year


Week of June 9 – June 15, 2017

The ‘Power’... by Larry Goodwin and Chad Beatty Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — “I have no intentions of retiring,” says Charles “Dude” Dehn, who took a few minutes to sit down this week while

raindrops loudly pelted the tops of his greenhouses off Beekman Street. Taking the reins in 1960, Dude has been at the helm of the city’s oldest flower shop for the past 57 years. Even if you never received a floral arrangement from Dehn’s, (but we recommend

you get one), you probably still admire their work on a regular basis and don’t even know it. Every year Dehn’s supplies the city with tens of thousands of flower displays to splash color along Broadway as well as the entranceways to the Spa City.

The Dehn family has run the business since the late 1800s, making 2017 the 125th anniversary of the business. A celebratory barbeque is planned for Sunday, June 11 to honor that anniversary. It is open to the public.

When asked if he ever takes vacations, Dehn admits that he and his wife Kathy have taken a cruise each winter for over 20 years. They also travel to Las Vegas in October. From hundreds of miles away, though, the man still thinks about how to preserve his family’s livelihood on Beekman Street and calls to check in. “You never know what’s going to happen,” Dehn said. Considering the dedicated efforts of more than a dozen employees between two locations and constant assistance from Terri and John Mishoe, Dehn’s daughter and son-inlaw, the business can always stand on its solid foundation in the community. City workers and local landscapers routinely pop in to fill their orders, regardless of the weather. And longtime customers just have to greet Dehn himself. “I like to say I came from nuclear power to flower power,” explained John Mishoe, who manages the greenhouses for Dehn. Dehn’s daughter Terri manages the company’s books. Both Dehn and Mishoe are U.S. Navy veterans. Continued on page 29.

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...of Dehn’s Flowers Continued from page 28.

All three said they have noticed recent changes in local plant preferences for the household, including a shift away from flowering plants toward more “succulents” and edibles like vegetables. Increasingly, they said, customers also seem to prefer buying potted plants to perennials, which have to be planted outdoors by hand. The business used to sell lots of common shrubs, too, but

no longer. Many dozens of large Boston ferns—with a retail price of $65 each—were hanging in one of several of Dehn’s greenhouses. Most of those potted ferns are likely to adorn the porches of city estates this summer, according to Dehn. Another noticeable change according to Deb Converse, Dehn’s floral designer, is the wedding category. “Saratoga continues to grow as a wedding destination and the bridal parties have increased in size. Over

the years we have seen bridal parties increase from two to three attendants, to eight to ten.” said Converse. “They come to Saratoga Springs for our beautiful scenic offerings as well as our beautiful floral offerings.” According to Dude and his team, the busiest holidays for flowers are now Valentine’s and Mother’s Day. The company grows its own poinsettias and other annual plants, they said, but buys its roses from a wholesaler in Albany.

Terri Mishoe said she ensures Dehn’s focus remains on supporting student clubs through prom time fundraisers at local high schools. She also organizes company tables at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in the summer.

“We like to be city friendly and school friendly,” adds her father. And he knows his family’s business will continue to thrive even though, by name, he happens to be “the last Dehn” in charge.



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Dehn’s History Dehn’s Flowers is the oldest flower shop and greenhouse in upstate NY. It was started by Christian Dehn in 1892. Originally started on Clark St., on the east side of Saratoga Springs, it was eventually relocated to the present location on Beekman St. on the west side when Christian brought his wife Sophie to this country from Germany. The flower shop and greenhouse were then run by Polly Dehn, wife of Charles Dehn Sr. and their two sons, Charles Jr. and Richard. In 1960 when Charles G. Dehn (Son of Charles Jr.), also known as Dude, was discharged from the Navy he came to work in the

greenhouses. After the passing of Richard, Charles Jr. then began running the flower shop and Dude ran the greenhouses. In 1984 Terri Dehn, daughter of Dude and his wife Kathy, married John Mishoe. They first lived in Michigan when John got out of the Navy. After a couple of years Charles Jr. and Dude asked John if he would like to join the business. He accepted and that is where we are today. The fourth and fifth generations are still operating on Beekman St.. We presently have a total of 22 greenhouses growing seasonal plants year round along with an experienced staff running a flower and gift shop featuring

a vast array of fresh flowers and keepsake gifts. In 2005 Dehn’s opened a satellite store in Milton on Treible Ave. in the Milton Plaza. Our

shop there offers a similar inventory to our Beekman St. location

Christian and Sophie Dehn

with the freshest flowers along with gifts for house and home.



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Now That it’s Time to Plant Tomatoes, Here’s How to do It that in mind, I’ve added composted manure to my sandy soil and have bought a big bottle of fish emulsion. I’ll check back later this season with an update on the tomatoes. Stay tuned. The Saratoga Farmers’ Market is 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at High Rock Park. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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by Mary Peryea for Saratoga TODAY Count me among the 95 percent of home gardeners who want to grow tomatoes – and among the many who count on the expertise of the veteran Saratoga Farmers’ Market vegetable plant growers to help me do it. When I shopped for tomato plants in mid-May, I wanted an heirloom variety that would produce large tasty fruits for my favorite tomato sandwiches. Hybrids are bred so that the plants are more disease resistant and higher producing. The fruits also have a longer shelf life. However, some say that this means that the flavor has been bred out of them, too. I do know that I had tasted heirlooms at last year’s market and found their flavor superior to the conventional hybrids.

Tomato Sandwich by Pattie Garrett.

Charles Holub of Scotch Ridge Berry Farm showed me his Brandywine and San Marzano plants, saying that the latter was better for sauce. Brandywines are among the most popular heirloom and are known especially for flavor. Dating back to 1885, the tomatoes ripen late in the season, but delight with huge tomatoes with even bigger flavor. Their growth type is indeterminate, and they can grow as tall as nine feet. According to Holub, heirlooms take much longer to bear fruit than the standard hybrid tomatoes and are less disease resistant. As a result, I also chose to purchase a hybrid variety known as the Jet Star, which is a hybrid variety from the 1950s and is said to produce a large, tasty, low-acid fruit. Unlike the

Brandywines which take 85 days to bear fruit, Jet Stars can be ready for picking in 72 days. That’s still a long wait for my tomato sandwiches, but I can pick up tomatoes from the farmers’ market while I wait for my plants to ripen. I asked Holub for his planting tips: Number one is to plant deep. If you look at your transplants, you’ll see the bottom two inches or so of the stem is indeed purple. Holub said to pinch off any leaves growing there and plant to a depth that reaches the top of the purple. He also recommends feeding tomato plants with fish emulsion, which is rich in phosphorus. Phosphorus encourages flowering, and therefore fruiting. Of course, there are several variables that can affect how well tomatoes will grow. I’ve heard that more direct sunlight results in sweeter tomatoes. It’s also said, though, that too much water can dilute the flavor of tomatoes, which might be an issue given how rainy it’s been. And of course good soil will encourage good growth. With

Tomato Sandwich Recipe adapted for Saveur Makes 1 sandwich

Ingredients * Ingredients can be found at the market

- 1 really ripe tomato (big, red-blue beefsteaks are best—all flesh and juice, with not too many seeds)* - Butter* - 2 slices of bread toasted* - Mayonnaise - Salt and fresh black pepper - Sugar - Add cucumber, thinly sliced - if desired*

Shushan Valley Hydro Farm by Pattie Garrett.

Directions 1. Thickly slice tomato. Butter toast, slather a thick layer of mayonnaise on both pieces, then lay on two or three tomato slices and season with a generous sprinkle of salt, the tiniest pinch of sugar, and a few good grinds of black pepper. 2. Roll up your sleeves and bite through the crisp buttered bread and into the sweet taste of summer.


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I’ll Take a Slice

by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY Hello my foodie friends. It looks like the nice weather has finally arrived and has stayed!! The season between Memorial Day and Labor Day brings the opportunity to host many outside events. Having a picnic with family and friends on a beautiful day can be a time that creates those unforgettable moments and memories that last a life time. Having or attending a picnic remains one of my favorite things to do during the summer. This stems back to my childhood. As I have mentioned in past articles, I am one of five children. Having two sisters and two brothers always meant that the house was crazy and my mother would do what she could to keep us outdoors. Picnic time was a word that would stir up excitement and anticipation of having our favorite potato and egg salads, hamburgers, hot dogs, and other fabulous items that our family and friends would bring to the picnic. One tool that I continue to use to make some of my favorite picnic dishes is the egg slicer. The egg slicer is a kitchen utensil that is used to cut hardboiled eggs into uniform round slices. This kitchen utensil is typically made of aluminum or stainless steel with wire blades that slice through the egg as it rests in an oval pocket. An egg slicer can

be used to create individual slices for sandwiches, salads, canapes, or other similar needs. Even though it is somewhat of a single-purpose tool, I get more use out of a simple egg slicer than just about any other item in my kitchen. Here are a group of common kitchen ingredients that can be used with an egg slicer. Once you realize how easy it is to use the slicer over slicing manually, you’ll have a hard time going back—at least, if you’re slicing a large quantity at once, or small, slippery things like...

in quarters to make sure each piece can properly be sliced, the center the butter before slicing.


There is nothing better than sliced mushrooms as a pizza topping or grilled alongside a burger with onions. For an easier way to cut an entire mushroom, there is no better kitchen appliance than the egg slicer.

Whether you are team green or black, an egg slicer will make slicing olives for everything from simple salads to pizza toppings effortless. Make sure to place the appointed olive in the center of the slicer and quickly bring the slicing top to hold it securely in place before slicing it, since they can be quite slippery and apt to roll. Slicing a few olives should do the trick for most recipes that call for sliced olives.

Bananas No classic fruit salad is complete without the addition of sliced bananas. Same goes for banana pancakes. It might be easy enough to slice bananas (even without a cutting board), but having them uniform and cut in a flash is a whole other level of efficiency. This method works best with bananas that are not too ripe: cut a banana in quarters, so each piece can be sliced properly, then center the banana and press the blades down.

Butter The egg slicer is your weapon of choice for slicing beautiful, picture-perfect pats of butter for your guests. Cut a stick of butter

Kiwis Kiwis are delicious in everything, from fruit tarts to fruit salads, but not always the easiest to cut by hand. Enter the egg slicer. Peel the skin (check out this link for the easiest way to do it!), cut the kiwis in half, then place each one in the cradle of the slicer to make uniform slices.


Strawberries Sliced strawberries are extremely versatile and can go on top of anything, from pancakes to ice cream sundaes. To quickly slice an entire strawberry, center it in the cradle of the slicer; seconds later, you’ll have pretty uniform pieces for all your baking and cooking whims.

Cooked Carrots Cooked, sliced carrots add a pop of color to many meals, including salads and fried rice.

Hot Dogs Sliced hot dogs have many uses, including being used as toppings on pizza or a great addition to chili. After cooking the hot dogs, let them cool off, then cut them into quarters so they’ll fit into the cradle of the slicer.

Fresh Mozzarella Whether you are making caprese salad or simply want to add some slices of mozzarella to your salad, slicing fresh mozzarella has never been simpler using an egg slicer. Place the entire ball into the slicer for a quick and painless way to get uniform slices,

Avocados You can’t beat sliced avocado on top of a fried egg or chicken tacos. And with the extra assistance

of an egg slicer, your avocado slices will be much cleaner than cutting them by hand. Just place an avocado half in the slicer, then cut it in one swoop. Wow, so many uses for a single, versatile kitchen tool! Stop by Compliments to the Chef in Saratoga Springs to pick up the kitchen accessories you need to have a picnic. Take a slice of happiness with you and have a beautiful outing with family and friends. Remember, “Life Happens in the Kitchen”. Take care, John and Paula



Frederick Allen Lodge #609 Annual Scholarship Ball The Ball will be held on Friday June 16 from 6 p.m. to midnight at the Saratoga-Wilton B.P.O.E. Lodge, located at 1 Elks Lane, off Marion Ave. Live Music by the Milayne Jackson BlueTrain Band. The Featured Speaker will be Retiring Saratoga School Superintendent Michael Piccirillo. Also being honored: Maya Clarke Brunetto, Dartmouth Class of 2020, last year’s scholarship recipient. Honorary Co-Chairs: Mayor Joanne Yepsen; Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner; former Mayor Scott Johnson; Supervisor Matt Veitch. Program Performances by the Heavenly Echoes (Albany men’s a capella group); Ceci’s Saratoga Soul Step-Dancers; youth performance troupe SHYFT and an qppearance by celebrity guest M.C. Tom Durkin . Auction items by Regis Brodie and Hud Armstrong. Tickets: $75/single, $125/couple For information contact Bob Reed 518-583-2999 or Ken Klotz 518587-1534. Friends of Music Saratoga Springs Alumni Concert We invite you to join us on Saturday, June 17 at 7:30 pm at the Loewenberg Auditorium at Saratoga Springs High School for this alumni concert. It will be a fantastic event. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, and $25 for a family. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Online purchasing is available at http://fomtoga. Alumni from 1968 to 2016 will be performing as their way to “pay it forward” for the next classes of Saratoga Springs students. There will be some amazing performances. Additionally, Friends of Music will be accepting any band or orchestra instruments that are no longer being used. We’ll work with the music department to find a deserving student for your donation. Email for more information.

Havurah Vatik June Event Take a Walk on the Wild Side: Explore a complex ecosystem, get a close-up of the Karner Blue Butterfly on Tuesday, June 20 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park Executive Director, Margo Bloom Olson, will join us to do what she does best: educate us on the environment of this close-to-home but exotic ecosystem and its beautiful denizens. A catered lunch follows the program. We need your RSVP by June 14 on the reservation line at 518-584-8730, ext. 4. Open Forge Night with Steve Gurzler Get an introduction to the art of blacksmithing by visiting Adirondack Folk School on any of our Open Forge nights for an amazing demonstration on Wednesday, June 21. 6:30 p.m. by Expert smith Steve Gurzler. Observing the demonstration is free and open to the public. For those who want to try their hand at blacksmithing and forge an item at open forge, there is a $20 fee to cover the cost of materials, and safety precautions must be followed – including hard shoes with no open toes, long pants, goggles (supplied) and gloves (supplied). For more information visit www. 8th Adirondack Greek Festival The 8th Adirondack Greek Festival will be held at St. George Church, 55 Main St., South Glens Falls on July 13 – 15. On Thursday, July 13 from 4 to 8 p.m., we will have gyro and souvlaki to go. On Friday & Saturday, July 14 and 15 from noon to 9 p.m., we will have our full festival with authentic Greek food, pastries, folk dancers, live music, souvenirs, kids’ activities, and church tours. Free admission and parking. OPA! For more information, call Marika at 518792-8299 or the church at 518-7922359. Southern Saratoga Artists’ Society Meeting The June meeting of SSAS will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 19 at Clifton Park Senior Community Center, located at 6 Clifton Common Blvd. Featured experimental Water Media artist, Barbara Aldi, will demonstrate her unique approach of painting

with acrylics on foil, her specialty. Barbara, a retired schoolteacher, has studied various painting styles with several famed artists. She exhibits throughout the area. The public is invited to attend. For more information visit: Paint and Pastries Come join us for a morning of creativity, fun, and great food. If you are aged 60 or over, this free class will be held on June 19 and June 22 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The painting on the 19th is entitled ‘Moonlight View’ and on the 22nd the class will be painting ‘Sunflowers’. You may attend one or both classes and bring a friend! Please call Jen Buscema at 518-8844110 to register today. Yaddo Garden Tours Yaddo Garden Tours will be every Saturday and Sunday starting 6/24 and 6/25 until 9/2 and 9/3. Also Tuesdays during racing season. No tour Travers Day August 26. Tours of Garden only include sharing the history of the Trask Family, the Mansion and history of the Yaddo gardens. The aura, spirituality and creative energy that permeates Yaddo is discussed. Docent-led tours begin 11 a.m. at the main fountain near the entrance gate to the garden. Tours last about one hour, cost is $10 per person. Special guided docent-led tours of the Yaddo gardens can be arranged at a date and time convenient for your group. Contact Yaddo at 518-584-0746 or www.Yaddo. org for more information. Join Cub Scouts Now and Take Part in Summer Fun The five Cub Packs in the Saratoga Springs area are registering boys entering grades K-5 in September. Why wait until September when you can have a summer of fun activities? How about… sleeping out on the field after a Valley Cats game; SPAC Movie night with the Philadelphia Orchestra; being part of the 50th Elks Flag Day parade; Scout Day Camp or overnight Family Camp; Pack cookouts and hikes; grade-centered activities like fishing, bicycling, and game afternoon. Start your Scouting Adventure today. Registration cost is $50. For more information, contact Turning Point District Membership Chair John Koch at 518-644-4438 or .

Week of June 9 – June 15, 2017 Yankee Game Bus Trip Notre Dame Visitation Church Renovation Committee is hosting a Yankee Game Bus Trip on Saturday, August 12. It will be Yankees vs Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Cost is $130 per person which includes unlimited food and Pepsi products from 1st inning through 5th inning of game. Bus will leave Wilton Mall at 11 a.m. Tickets on sale now, first come, first serve. Tickets are non-refundable. Game time is 4 p.m. Contact Pete Healy at 518-4212956. Volunteers Needed We need volunteers for all shifts in our food pantry and we need 1(or 2) volunteers willing to help us with our free produce days. Produce Day Dates are 6/7,6/21; 7/12, 7/26; 8/16, 8/30; 9/6, 9/20; 10/4, 10/18. If you can help or want to learn more about our opportunities please contact Julie julie@franklincommunitycenter /518- 587-9826 x 224. Bright, Sunny Volunteers Needed for Store of Same Disposition The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Saratoga County is looking for volunteers for ReBuilding Together of Saratoga County to work in their new store front in Ballston Spa. Store volunteers are needed to work in 3-hour shifts answering phones and greeting customers. Call Jen Buscema at 518-884-4110 for additional information and to see if this volunteer opportunity is the right one for you. BSBPA Seeks Property Beautification Nominations The Ballston Spa Business & Professional Association is requesting nominations for its 2017 Property Beautification Awards in Ballston Spa. The awards are given in recognition of the restoration, renovation, new build, and beautification efforts by homeowners and businesses, which have enhanced the Ballston Spa area . For criteria details and online nomination form visit www. Printed forms will also be available at the Village of Ballston Spa Office, 66 Front Street and should be mailed to: 2017 Beautification Awards, c/o BSBPA, PO Box 386, Ballston Spa, NY 12020. All nominations should be made by September 8, 2017.

A Caring Friend Can Help You Do you feel like your days would be more pleasant if you had a friendly visit from someone who cares? Are the hours in the day endless because you have no way to get out? Care Links’ volunteers welcome the opportunity to lend a hand to help with grocery shopping or pay you a visit to help pass the time. They can do simple chores as well. Drivers will get you to your appointments. Everyone in this program enjoys contributing to make your life easier. Call 518-399-3262 to find out how the free services are there for you. If You Can Stand the Heat Become a Kitchen Helper for The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Saratoga County’s Office for the Aging. If you are over the age of 55, love working with seniors, and enjoy prepping and serving food, then this unique volunteer opportunity is for you. Kitchen Helpers assist with meal preparation and serving for the Senior Nutrition Program in locations throughout Saratoga County. Training is provided, hours are flexible, and volunteers can assist Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Please contact Jen Buscema at 518-884-4110 if you are interested in lending a helping hand. All Veterans Volunteers Needed The Saratoga National Cemetery Honor Guard Association provides military burial ceremonies for all branches of service at the Saratoga National Cemetery. We are always looking for veterans to join us, no matter what branch you served in (male or female) you must have been honorably discharged. We will provide our uniform (at no cost) and training. You can choose which day of the week (MondayFriday ) that you want to be there. For information go to our web site or contact Mark Brockway at, phone 518-260-9933 or contact the Cemetery Administration Office located at 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville, NY 12871, Phone 518-581-9128.

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Family Friendly Event

Friday, June 9 5th Annual Beekman Street Art Fair  The Arts District on Beekman from Grand Ave to West Circular, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. A free family friendly event. over 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. This event also features a children’s art tent and a large performance tent. This year our Children’s Art Park will be nature based and will be aided by Beekman Street’s Community Roots Preschool. At several stations children will be able to create seed art mandalas, rainbow watercolor butterflies on coffee filter paper, make mother earth marble art and participate in a “Community Message Mural.” Come creatively collaborate with your children. We’ve also got a delicious line-up of food trucks. All ages are welcome! For more information visit

Arts Fest Friday  Victoria Pool House, Saratoga Spa State Park, 6 - 8 p.m. Free Arts Event celebrates Beauty and the Beasts at the free arts-filled celebration featuring Opera Saratoga, curated art exhibit, Baroque chamber music, Venetian mask making, children’s petting zoo, pony rides, and more Free Admission, online RSVP requested, www.

Newberry Club, 388 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 7 p.m. New student may take one complimentary class, no partner or experience necessary. 7 p.m. - All levels Bachata, 8 p.m. - Beginner Salsa; 8 p.m. - Intermediate Salsa. Students may stay after class and Dance to a DJ and enjoy drinks and food from the bar. For more information go to www. or call 518-932-6447.

Mr. Gaga Spring Street Gallery,110 Springs St., Saratoga Springs, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Original film about a very original artist, an Israeli dancer and choreographer with a very unique, contemporary style. “Mr Gaga” is thrilling, moving, original and hard to describe. You just have to see it to believe it. $8./$6. Depending on membership and students with valid ID Contact: Saratoga Film Forum,

Saturday, June 10 Giffy’s BBQ Chicken Notre Dame Visitation Church, 18 Pearl St. Schuylerville, 4:30 – 6 p.m. Take-out orders only. Must have a ticket before. Cost is $13 per dinner. Pick up will be at the church parking lot. Contact Bonnie at 518-695-3972 or Pat at 518-338-2329.

Get Your Rack Back Cocktail Gala the Excelsior Springs at the Marriott, 47 Excelsior Ave., Saratoga Springs. 7 – 11:30 p.m. Enjoy an evening of great food and entertainment. The event is hosted by, actor/ comedian Greg Aidala to benefit families affected by cancer in Upstate NY. GYRB holds this fundraising gala each year in order to raise money to provide area cancer patients with meal delivery, gas, grocery and restaurant gift cards as well as medical copay assistance. Come out for a night of fun to help local families! You’ll have an opportunity to win a week’s

CALENDAR 35 stay in Cape May NJ just for attending as well as other door prizes! The evening includes a champagne reception, great food, a drink ticket and wonderful entertainment. Purchase tickets at: Gyrb6gala.

Sunday, June 11 Monthly Breakfast  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.

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

Potluck & Spiritual Cinema Woodlawn Commons, 156 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, 6 p.m. Albany-Saratoga Spiritual Adventures is hosting a potluck and movie night. Bring a dish to share and enjoy a few Spiritual Cinema Circle short films. Donations welcome. For more information, visit www. or call 518-366-9918.

Monday, June 12 English Spoken Here Glasby Room, Saratoga Springs Public Library, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Intermediate Classes for Speakers of other Languages. Classes are free and open to adults from other countries. If you are interested in joining a

class, please attend that class and talk with the instructor afterward. No prior registration is required. Beginning classes meet Mondays, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. and Fridays, 10 - 11:30 a.m. Intermediate classes meet Wednesdays 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. For more information visit

Tuesday, June 13 Monthly Pieroghi Sale Christ the Savior Church, 249 Eastline Rd., Ballston Lake, Pick up 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Potato, sauerkraut, and farmer’s cheese pieroghi will be available. For orders, please call 518-363-0001

Wednesday, June 14 Skidmore College Saratoga Classic Horse Show  Saratoga Race Course, Union Ave., 8 a.m .- 5 p.m. Admission is free. The Horse Show continues through June 18. For more information call 518-580-5633 or 5632

Flag Disposal Ceremony  Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Rd, Schuylerville, 9 a.m. 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.

Baked Chicken and Ham Dinner  Saratoga-Wilton Elks, 1 Elks Lane, Rt. 9, Saratoga Springs, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Soup, tossed salad, baked ham, chicken and bisquits, mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, rolls and butter, dessert, coffee and tea. Donation Requested: $12 adults, $11. Seniors (62 years) and Military (Active or Retired) with ID Card, $8 Children 5-12. Children under 5 Free, $12 All Take-outs. Cash Bar Available. Call 518584-2585 for more information.

Albany-Saratoga Base U.S. Submarine Veterans Inc. Meeting American Legion Post 234, 23 Pleasant Street, Ballston Spa, 7 p.m. All submarine veterans who served at any time are eligible to join. For further information or for an application to join the organization, please contact Jim Irwin (Base Commander) at 518-383-2481 or

Thursday, June 15 Ch. 60 Korean War Veterans Assoc. June Luncheon The Ripe Tomato, Rt. 9, Saratoga Springs, Noon We will be ordering off the menu. Hosts are Marian Crandall, Joan Hughes and Lois Miner. Please phone your reservations in to Lois at, 518-695-3905 or Marian at 518-899-2506 by June 13. Veterans who served in Korea during the Korean Conflict or in Korea at any time, spouses, widows and friends and relatives are all invited to attend. We are always looking for new members. For further information or an application to join the association, please contact Comm. Roger Calkins at 518-584-3037.

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Music & Mingling for a Good Cause SARATOGA SPRINGS — The seventh annual Music & Mingling event to benefit the Adult & Senior Center of Saratoga was staged at the Saratoga Polo Fields on Thursday, June 1, 2017. The non-residential Adult & Senior Center of Saratoga serves as a community hub where

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seniors can get help and maintain an independent lifestyle making new friends, sharing a meal, taking healthy living classes and learning new skills. The center serves more than 1,500 members, and is located in the heart of downtown Saratoga Springs.

Event chairs Tara Hutchins, Mark Behan and Mary Lentini.

Rachel Koren, Gwendolyn Bluemich, Johan Galanek and John Rowe.

Legendary voice of Saratoga Race Course Tom Durkin gets a light from tobacconist Kyle "Moe" Kommer.

Bill Perry, Lizzie Hunter, Carolyn McCarthy and Amber Walley.

Frederick Allen Lodge to Host Scholarship Ball June 16 SARATOGA SPRINGS — Frederick Allen Lodge #609 will host its annual Scholarship Ball from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, June 16 at the Saratoga-Wilton B.P.O.E. Lodge, 1 Elks Lane, off Marion Avenue. Live music will be provided by the Milayne Jackson

BlueTrain Band, program performances include the men’s a capella group Heavenly Echoes, Ceci’s Saratoga Soul StepDancers, and the youth performance troupe SHYFT. Retiring Saratoga School Superintendent Michael Piccirillo will act

as featured speaker, auction items by Regis Brodie and Hud Armstrong, and the celebrity guest M.C. is Tom Durkin. Tickets are $75/single, $125/ couple. For information contact Bob Reed at 583-2999 or Ken Klotz at 587-1534.

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Lena Goes Boom Laka-Laka-Laka

Sly & The Family Stone Greatest Hits to be featured at Rochmon Record Club Listening Party June 13.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — This month’s Rochmon Record Club listening party will feature the “Greatest Hits” of Sly & The Family Stone. The 12-song collection features the hits “Everyday People,” “I Want to Take You Higher,” and “Dance to the Music,” among other classics. Sly Stewart pioneered and developed funk music as we know it today, combining the sound with soul, rock and gospel to create a phenomenon in popular music. Sly & The Family Stone was the first major American rock band to feature a racially

integrated line up of men and women playing side by side. Rochmon a/k/a Chuck Vosganian will lead the conversation and listening party at Caffe Lena at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 13. Doors open at 6:30. A $5 donation is suggested. Donations go to the restoration fund of the Universal Preservation Hall. A Rochmon Record Club Listening Party is meant to inform and deepen the understanding of the history of the individual performers, the songs and the stories that resulted in iconic albums.

NYCB Dancers Take to The Streets

New York City Ballet dancers Meaghan Dutton-O’Hara, Devin Alberda, and Mimi Staker blend choreography with improvisation inspired by their surroundings in Congress Park on Friday, June 2. The dancers were part of a video shoot that captured several NYCB members in urban and outdoor environments across Saratoga Springs last week. The videos will be unveiled in advance of New York City Ballet’s 2017 residency at SPAC, which runs July 5 – 15. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

ARTS 37 + ENTERTAINMENT SARATOGA SPRINGS — Misfits in a World Before Cell Phones Students from Saratoga, Ballston Spa, Clifton Park and Schuylerville embark on a journey to explore a world they have never known: a world before cell phones, iPads, lap tops, and post-it notes. The cast of students will be staging a presentation of the show “Loserville,” at 7 p.m. Friday, June 9 and Saturday, June 10. A 1 p.m. performance

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will also be staged Saturday at the Saratoga Music Hall Tickets

are $10 and for Kids 10 and under are admitted free.

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Skidmore College 2017 Storytellers’ Institute This Weekend SARATOGA SPRINGS — A series of free public activities featuring performances and presentations of artistic work will be staged across the Skidmore Campus this weekend as part of the college’s 2017 Storytellers’ Institute. Public events will feature an

international group of storytellers who explore the subject of ‘Space and Place’ through film screenings, audio experiences, dialogues, and star-gazing in spaces near (Saratoga Springs, the Erie Canal and Sunset Park (Brooklyn) and far (Chicago, San Francisco, Miami’s Neptune

Memorial Reef, Poland, India, and the night sky). Highlights: Friday, June 9 4 p.m.: Zankel Music Center. Water Music NY: Storytelling Through Music. To honor the

Family-Friendly Beekman Street Art Fair on Sunday SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Fifth Annual Beekman Street Art Fair will take place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 11. More than 50 artists will be displaying their fine art and crafts, the Mark Kleinhaut Trio and Hot Club Jazz will provide live music, and the family-friendly event will include a children’s art tent and Art Park.

Artist exhibitions include painting, photography and lithographs, pottery, jewelry, woodworking, and textiles. The nature-based Children’s Art Park will site several stations for kids to create seed art mandalas, rainbow watercolor butterflies on coffee filter paper, mother earth marble art and participate in a “community message mural.”

All ages are welcome. An open mic session hosted by Saratoga Children’s Theater, and a performance by The Saratoga Springs High School Fiddle Club will also take place under the big tent. Beekman street will be closed to traffic from Grand Avenue to West Circular street. For more information about the Beekman Street Art Fair, visit

U.S. Grant Cottage June History Programs Explores Civil War, WW II U.S. Grant Cottage state historic site will host a series of programs in June. At 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 11, Ray O’Conor reveals the details of a secret WW II promise in a presentation of his book, “She Called Him Raymond, A True Story of Love, Loss, Faith and Healing.” Gino DiCarlo – author of “Trolleys of the Capital District,” and the soon-to- be-released ‘The Brief History of the Saratoga, Mount McGregor and Lake George Railroad,” shares photos and stories of the narrow-gauge railroad that

brought the rich and famous, including Gen.Grant, to the mountain-top above Saratoga Springs, in a presentation at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 17, Grant Cottage site manager Dave Hubbard examines six different female spies who served during the Civil War, in “Secret Agents in Hoop Skirts: Women Spies of the Civil War” at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 18, and four female soldiers who disguised themselves as men and joined in the battles of the war in a presentation at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 25. A kids’ program about the Civil War years, designed

specifically for young learners ages 3-9, will take place 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 21. U.S. Grant Cottage State Historic Site is the final home of Ulysses S. Grant, Civil War Commanding General of the U.S. Army, and 18th U.S. President. Grant Cottage is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cottage tours are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $5 for students ages 6-18. The suggested donation for programs is $5 per person. For more information, go to:

bicentennial of the Erie Canal this year, the Albany Symphony has designed “Water Music NY,” a one-ofa-kind nautical experience which will feature 40 Albany Symphony musicians traveling along the Canal by barge from Buffalo to Albany, stopping in seven historic communities along the iconic waterway to perform newly commissioned works by young New York State-based composers. This session features Albany Symphony Director David Allen Miller in conversation with composer Daniel Schlosberg about the genesis of the project and their collaboration, and will feature a live performance of Schlosberg’s composition. 7:30 p.m.: Somers Room, Tang Museum. In the Shadow of the Moon: The Science, Magic, and Mystery Behind Solar Eclipse Stories. On Aug 21, 2017, America will witness the first coast–tocoast total eclipse of the sun in 99 years. A second eclipse, total in the Adirondacks, will follow in 2024. Anthony F. Aveni, professor emeritus at Colgate University, will discuss the profound effects the sky’s most storied phenomenon has had on human history via exploring the meaning behind eclipse myths from ancient Babylon through the Maya of Central America, to the early American Republic. Aveni has spoken or written on astronomy-related subjects on the Learning Channel, the Discovery Channel, PBS-Nova, BBC, NPR, NBC’s Today Show, and

in the New York Times, Newsweek, and USA Today. 9:30 p.m.: Tang Museum, Rooftop. The Nighttime Sky Over Saratoga. Discussants host a trip to the rooftop of the Tang to witness the real actors and the action in sky stories. Telescopes will be available for viewing. Saturday, June 10 10 a.m.: Case Gallery, Case Campus Center. Installation Viewing and Gallery Talks with Betty Yu and Daesha Devón Harris. An interactive web-based project that features Latino and Chinese immigrant residents and their stories about immigration, gentrification and displacement in the Brooklyn neighborhood Noon: Gannett Auditorium, Palamountain Hall. The Appalachian Mountain Patrol. The Appalachian Mountaintop Patrol trains grassroots environmental activists, former coal industry workers and local community members in the coalfield regions of West Virginia to use video cameras, drones and environmental sensors to document and take action against the ongoing environmental contamination and public health crisis caused by Mountaintop Removal coal mining. 2:45 p.m.: Gannett Auditorium, Palamountain Hall. Mapping Displacement and Resistance Through Oral History. Alexandra Lacey and Jin Zhu, filmmakers from the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project discuss the project’s use of multimedia storytelling, mapping and oral history to amplify underrepresented voices in the San Francisco Bay Area. 8 p.m.: Gannett Auditorium, Palamountain Hall. Visualizing Disappearance: The Prison in Twelve Landscapes. “The Prison in Twelve Landscapes” is a film about the prison in which we never see a penitentiary. Instead, the film unfolds as a cinematic journey through a series of landscapes across the USA where prisons do work and affect lives, from a California mountainside where female prisoners fight raging wildfires, to a Bronx warehouse full of goods destined for the state correctional system, to an Appalachian coal town betting its future on the promise of prison jobs. This groundbreaking film is a presentation on geography, research creation and the politics of seeing. A full schedule of events is available at, and at: storytellers/festosium/schedule/.

Week of June 9 – June 15, 2017

Free SPAC Concert Sunday Sparks Caffè Lena Series SARATOGA SPRINGS — No tickets required, free admit for all ages. The new Caffè Lena at SPAC series kicks off Sunday, June 11 with performances by Birds of Chicago, Fuzz & Carrie from Caravan of Thieves, and Ramblers Home. Showtime is 1 p.m.


The show marks the first of these family-friendly festivals to take place on the new Gazebo Stage at Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Future concerts take place July 9 - with The Steel Wheels, and Aug. 27 with Let’s Be Leonard.

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Rick Nelson, 3 pm @ Druthers — 306.5275 Blues Festival, 3 pm @ Hudson River Music Hall — 832.3485 Jazz Jam Session, 7 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026

monday, 6/12: Jeff Walton, 6 pm @ Brook Tavern — 871.1473 Open Mic Night, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 Super Dark Collective: Atomic Whirl and Che Guevera T.shirt, 10 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026

Rob Aronstein, 7 pm @ Wishing Well — 584.7640

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Bovine Social Club, 8 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 Radio Junkies, 10 pm @ Caroline St. Pub — 583.9400 Michael Cameron and Jonathan Newell, classical string bass & piano, 1 pm @ Hudson River Music Hall — 832.3484 Redneck Soul, 7 pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583.1890 Chuck Lamb Quartet, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue — 583.2582 The Rechorduroys, 9 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026 lüdica, Lucy, The Morning Sound, 9 pm @ Putnam Den — 584.8066 Kevin Mckrell, 8 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583.1916 Rob Aronstein, 7 pm @ Wishing Well — 584.7640

sunday, 6/11: Caffe Lena at SPAC Gazebo with Birds of Chicago, 1 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022

wednesday, 6/14: Hot Club of Saratoga, 7 pm @ Hamlet + Ghost — 450.7287 Tim Wechgelaer & Chris Carey Acoustic Duo, 7:30 pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583.1890 Masters of Nostalgia, 8:30 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026 Irish Celtic Session, 7 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583.1916

thursday, 6/15: Séan McCann, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 Open Mic — every Thursday, 10 pm @ Circus Café — 583.1106 Annie in the Water’s TriloJam, 8 pm @ Druthers — 306.5275 Jeff Walton, 6 pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583.1890 Half Step, 9:30 pm @ Putnam Den — 584.8066


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Week of June 9 – June 15, 2017

Weekend Charity Races Draw Big Crowds and Big Donations Photos by Andrew Ranalli.

Saratoga BOCES in conjunction with the Prevention Council hosted the Tuff e Nuff 5k obstacle course challenge Saturday June 3. Hundreds of participants ran, stumbled and mired through the muddy course of slick hills and drowned valleys. The run benefits the Prevention Council’s initiatives to deter tobacco use,

alcohol use and violence in communities. Over 1,500 bicycle riders spun their pedals across Saratoga on Sunday June 4 to raise money for diabetes research in the twenty sixth annual Tour de Cure. The event organizers estimate the event to have raised over one million dollars.

Week of June 9 – June 15, 2017


Running for their Lives Cantina Run Breaks Record, Connects Community

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by Jason Birkelbach Saratoga TODAY A blur of bright neon burst through Congress Park Sunday and it brought with it tens of thousands of dollars. What was it? A pack of children in green shirts running for a good cause. Children up to age 12 sprinted and waddled and rolled through two different trails in the tenth annual Cantina Fun Run Sunday morning. The Cantina restaurant, in conjunction with the Saratoga Hospital Foundation and various sponsors, organized the event. “The tenth anniversary had a lot of personal meaning for us,” Cantina owner Heath Ames said. “Along with the money, an awareness raised over the years,

engaging our kids to help others and showing how a community comes together is a wonderful lesson to share.” This year, the event raised $76,500, 30 percent more than the organizers’ goal of $59,500. The race trampled the previous donation record of $60,000, set in 2014. All the funds have supported Saratoga Hospital’s pediatric care. The event has raised over $400,000 since the first race in 2008. The Saratoga Hospital Foundation has fostered the event since its inception. Officials estimated that the hospital treats over 4000 children each year. The donations have brought in new equipment and provided employees special training. The benefit isn’t solely for the children in need of treatment. Jane

Jeffery of Clifton Park said her two children, who ran the event for the first time, felt inspired watching parents and other kids move together for a good cause. “After these types of activities, I see my kids walking around with a little bit more confidence, feeling taller, older,” Jeffery said. “I think it’s great to have that kind of internal feeling of what it feels like to move your body, what it feels like to accomplishing things together.” Over 730 people from all over Saratoga County participated in the race. For some, the sense of community the event brought was a highlight. “We got a big kick watching the little ones run by,” said Sal Calvelli, a Saratoga County resident of six years. “We don’t know them but we’re cheering them on.

It brings you together.” Calvelli’s children participated in the event for the first time this year. “It’s not just fun; it makes you feel good that you’re contributing to the hospital,” he said. “It’s not just getting together with friends and family. It’s getting together for a good cause.” Among the numerous community members were hundreds of volunteers. Heather and Brian Straughter have been Fun Run volunteers since its second year, when it was held in the old

Cantina parking lot. They have watched the event, the community and their own son, Ethan, grow together. “All these events are so great because you see people who have young kids, who have older kids. Some of the kids who run this are now volunteers. It makes you feel happy that you live in area where people care.” Ethan, 12, has been running in the event since he was five, and 2017 was his last year eligible for the run. “He aged out,” Brian said. “Now he can volunteer.”



Week of June 9 – June 15, 2017

Saratoga Doubles Team Exits in Second Round by Jason Birkelbach Saratoga TODAY Saratoga Springs boy’s tennis doubles team of David Romano and Nick Grosso notched one win before departing in round two of the New York State tennis championships in Flushing Meadows, home of the U.S. Open, on Thursday June 1. The duo finished fourteenth overall in the state, wrapping up a historic season for the Blue Streak’s first Section II doubles champions. “I’m so proud of the way they played,” Coach Tim O’Brien said. “They showed heart, and it was awesome to see that.” Romano and Grosso defeated Orchard Park of section VI in round

one. They took an early lead and closed out the match in two sets, winning the first 6-2 and the second 6-3. Their solid play followed them to round two. The Saratoga pair was one game from taking set one from second seeded, section III champs Johnsonville-Dewitt. “It was a continuation of the way they played in the section,” O’Brien said. “They were talking to each other, communicating, moving well on the court.” But up 5-2, Grosso stepped strangely. His foot hit the ground, and his calf cramped, and pain bolted through his legs. The athletic trainer checked Grosso on the court, and helped him to the sideline to treat him. Grosso chose to come back,

play the remainder of the match. But the team couldn’t fully recover. He and Romano fought to close the first set 6-4, but their opponents outplayed them after Grosso’s injury, winning 14 of the last 16 games. Saratoga lost the next set 6-0 and the third set 6-1. “It was just too much to overcome,” O’Brien said. “They battled for the next two sets. They did not default or forfeit the match. And they showed a lot of heart. It just didn’t go our way.” In May, Romano and Grosso won Saratoga Springs’s first doubles section II title to earn a spot in the state competition. The boys team overall went undefeated, 18-0, winning the Section II Class AA title for the second consecutive year.

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Romano will be attending Brown University in the fall, whereas Grosso, an eighth grader, will return to anchor

Saratoga’s tennis program for another four years as one of the top players in the section.

Raffle to Benefit Tour de Cure

(From left) Megan Miller, Clayton Bennice, Emily Barno, Margaret Allen, Cetera Moore and Mercedes Planavsky. Photos provided.

Kivort Steel cycling team. Photo provided.

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BALLSTON SPA — Ballston Spa High School hosted a ceremony on June 6 recognizing the achievements and celebrating the future plans of a number of graduating senior athletes who will be playing Division I & II athletics in the fall. The athletes being recognized were as

follows: Megan Miller, who will play Division I lacrosse at the University of Hartford; Mercedes Planavsky, who will compete in Division II track & field at the University of New Haven; Cetera Moore, who play Division II soccer at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester; Emily Barno, who

will compete in Division II swimming at Bentley University in Waltham, Mass.; Margaret Allen, who will compete in Division I rowing at Northeastern University in Boston; and Clayton Bennice, who will also compete in Division II swimming at Bentley University.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Following last weekend’s successful American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) Saratoga Tour de Cure cycling event, Blue Sky Bicycles and Kivort Steel are partnering to host a bicycle raffle drawing on June 10 at 2 p.m. at Blue Sky Bicycles, 71 Church St in Saratoga Springs. First prize is a choice of a Trek Model 1.2 road bike or a $1,000 credit toward any bike at Blue Sky. Second prize is a $200 gift certificate at Blue Sky and third prize is a “swag pack,” including a helmet, cycling kit and other surprises. Raffle tickets are $5 each or five for $20 and 100-percent

of all funds raised will benefit the Saratoga Tour de Cure. Raffle tickets will be available until noon at Blue Sky Bicycles. “Through this raffle we hope to raise additional funds for the ADA in its fight for a cure for diabetes,” said Howard Katz, who is captain of the Kivort Steel Cycling Team, the Saratoga Tour de Cure’s leading fundraising team and one of the Tour de Cure’s top 10 fundraising teams nationally over the past seven years. “By joining forces with Blue Sky we are excited to help the ADA get one step closer to achieving its $1.1 million 2017 fundraising goal.”

Week of June 9 – June 15, 2017


Same Track. Different Paths.

Streaks Shatter Record with Runners from all Walks by Jason Birkelbach Saratoga TODAY After the batons had been passed, and the finish line crossed, Saratoga Springs coach Chris Conley ran across the track to greet his 4x100 relay team. They had just finished the state qualifier less than a second behind Shenendehowa. “I didn’t realize how fast they had run,” Conley said. “I finally saw the time. It was shocking.” Not only had the boys qualified for states; they smashed the Saratoga Springs’ 4x100 relay record of 43.31 seconds with a blazing 42.75 seconds. The record had stood since 2006. The team’s runners Nick Cavotta, Izaias Smith, Kahleel Muldrow, and Kirk Francis are among seven Blue Streaks to qualify for the state meet Friday, June 9 in Elmira. They’ve all thrived the past few years in a track program that produces champion athletes like a factory. Though their paths to Elmira have been different, they all share the same goal: get on the podium. “We definitely have the ability to, and we’re just trying to have fun and be competitive,” Cavotta said. Cavotta is the most accomplished individual of the group, having won the indoor long jump state title earlier this year. Cavotta, however, began his track career later than most state champions. “I started sophomore year, and I kind of did it just to try it,” said Cavotta, a senior. “Last year I started getting pretty good at long jump, did the four hundred, just slowly starting to progress and progress.” In addition to the 4x100 relay, Cavotta qualified for long jump with a leap of 22 feet eight inches, missing the title by a quarter of an inch. He earned his personal record of 22 feet nine and a half inches earlier this season at the sectional meet in Guilderland. Cavotta is seeded fourth in the state. “I definitely feel like Nick’s got a good shot,” coach Conley said. “The two kids that are ahead of him he’s beaten before. The one kid that’s ahead of him, honestly we’ve never

seen long jump.” Cavetta’s fellow senior Smith qualified for the long jump as well, stretching 21 feet eight and a quarter inches, finishing third just behind Cavotta in the qualifier. Smith has run track since seventh grade. In eighth grade, he was called up to compete on the indoor and outdoor varsity teams. The coaches saw his potential and pushed him to move further in the sport. But if his results weren’t proof enough, a blood test could easily unveil Smith’s athletic pedigree. Izaias Smith is younger brother From Left to Right: Izaias Smith, Kirk Francis, Kahleel Muldrow, Nick Cavotta .Photo by to Madalyne Smith, a multiple time state champion in both indoor and group, Francis, progressed a lit- qualifying for states by less than two these trips so they know that in secoutdoor track across multiple events. tle differently than his friend inches. But with three more years of tion II they might be a big deal but in “She went to UCONN and was Muldrow. Francis is a freshman, varsity, Francis has plenty of time. the state they might not be.” a champion in high school,” Smith competing in his first state chamThis blend of confidence and “I want to just keep on succeedsaid and chuckled. “So I was like, pionship well before most athletes ing as the years go on, and beat this humility has brought the Blue Streaks maybe I’ll be good.” even smell the track. kid,” he said, pointing at Cavotta. four consecutive outdoor track and This year’s long jump is the “I’m pretty sure when I get “He’s like my idol. I’m learning almost field section titles, and may bring first individual outdoor event Smith there I’m gonna be nervous as hell,” everything from him.” further success at the state level. The has qualified for. In 2016, he and Francis said. “But right now I’m just Preparing for the state meet, the 4x100 relay team is seeded eighth in Cavotta, along with two seniors, cool, calm, and relaxed, getting in team has been cool, relaxed and hum- the state. took first at the section II state quali- the practice.” ble, a mindset which coach Conley “You’ve got to be humble fier. When they competed in states Francis started on the track just fostered with great success. He said he about it,” Muldrow said. “You can Muldrow was called on to fill the last year in eighth grade, and quickly and his coaches structure their sched- get too cocky and then someone fourth spot. he moved to junior varsity. Had it ule not only to face the best in section else will turn up.” Muldrow is a junior, and last not been so late in the year, he likely II, but the best in the state. And with that in mind, year’s state championship was his would have jumped straight to varsity. “We can go down to NY and Muldrow said the team’s goals first chance to run in the meet, but Francis also competes in the get blown away by some of the kids are clear: “We’re going to go to it wasn’t certain he would get there. long jump. He finished third in down there that are just incredible states. We’re going to do our Like Smith, Muldrow got the section behind his teammates athletes that we don’t see in section II best. We’re going to break our his start in seventh grade, but he Cavotta and Smith, and he missed very often,” Conley said. “We’ll make last record.” wasn’t a success out of the blocks like his teammates. “I wasn’t really that good,” Muldrow said. “I was that little Saratoga girls track qualified kid who was kind of slow. My 8th grade year, I started working with two athletes as well, Kelsey Chmiel and Mimi Liebers. Chmiel qualified coach Conley.” Muldrow moved from sprinter for both the 1500 meter and 3000 to mid-distance runner, and saw meter races. Liebers qualified for results. He ran faster, and faster, and the 100 meter hurdles. Chmiel, a sophomore, comhis coach noticed. “When I had my first 200 race, peted in the state competition last and I started to blow past all the kids, year, finishing sixth in the 1500 that’s when he really started to work meter and fourth in the 3000 meter. with me individually,” Muldrow said. She currently holds the best time in As he improved, his coach the nation in the 3000 meter. Liebers will be competing in brought him to watch the state competitions and observe the top athletes, her final state meet. She has qualiuntil finally last year Conley chose fied for states eight times over her Muldrow, a sophomore at the time, to indoor and outdoor track career. In 2016, she placed eleventh in New run in the 4x100 at states. The youngest runner in the York state in the 100 meter hurdles.

Girls Track Stars Return to States

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Week of June 9 – June 15, 2017

COMMUNITY SPORTS BULLETIN Skidmore College Saratoga Classic Horse Show STILLWATER — The Skidmore College Saratoga Classic Horse Show will kick off with its first half from June 14-18, followed by the second half from June 21-25. The show, which was inaugurated in 1927 and reintroduced in 1998, will be held at the Yaddo Show Grounds, after a period of inclement weather prevented construction at the White Hollow Farm in Stillwater, which was planned to be the show’s new location starting this year. Attendees can expect events to commence around 8:00 a.m. each day. The show marks Skidmore College’s largest annual fundraiser. All proceeds from the show will directly fund student scholarships. For more information, go to www.skidmore. edu.

Museum of Racing Belmont Viewing Party SARATOGA SPRINGS — The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will host a viewing party for the 149th running of the Belmont Stakes on June 10 from 5:30-7 p.m. Admission is free and there will be food and beverages available for purchase, including offerings from 9 Miles East Farm and Grandma Apple’s Cheesecakes and a variety of

beverages from Saratoga Eagle Distributors. There will also be a raffle, raceday-inspired 50/50 and silent auction items, including a halter worn by 1997 Belmont Stakes winner Touch Gold, courtesy of Old Friends. For more information, go to

SUP Yoga SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Kayak Shack has begun offering weekly “SUP Yoga” classes, every Saturday and Sunday from 9-11 a.m. at the Shack’s location at 251 Stafford Bridge Road, Saratoga Springs. The courses are open to all skill levels, and will involve yoga sessions conducted on paddleboards out on the waters of Fish Creek. The fee or entry is $35 and includes a board rental, PFD, instruction, and yoga class. Those who bring their own boards only have to pay $20. More information is available at www.kayakshak. com.

Recreation Department Horsing Around Program SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs Recreation Department is offering a new program called Horsing Around during the 2017 Track meet. Horsing Around is a drop-off program for children ages 5-12. Various recreational activities and arts and crafts

will be offered. For additional information or to download forms go to Contact the Recreation Department at (518) 587-3550 x2300 or recreservations@ with questions.

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

Saratoga YMCA Summer Youth Basketball League SARATOGA SPRINGS — Registration is now open for the Saratoga Regional YMCA’s

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

NYRA College & Alumni Handicapping Tournament SARATOGA SPRINGS — The New York Racing Association will host the first-ever College & Alumni Day Handicapping Tournament during the 2017 summer season at Saratoga Race Course on July 28. College students and alumni will be invited to test their handicapping skills in a live money tournament for the opportunity to win up to a $5,000 scholarship for their alma mater from the New York Racing Association. Groups of 10 or more who register to participate in the College & Alumni Handicapping Tournament will receive a complimentary $30 wagering card, which will be utilized by the group to place five $2 win/place/show bets on one horse in five different races on the day’s card. For more information, go to www.NYRA. com/Saratoga.

Recreation Department Fall Soccer Registration SARATOGA SPRINGS — With the spring 2017 season underway as of April 29, the Saratoga Springs Recreation Department will begin registration for fall 2017 soccer on June 5. For additional information, call 518-5873550 ext. 2300, or email

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

New Saratoga State Park Classroom Opens Send your sports stories or briefs to Sports@Saratoga

The Creekside classroom in Saratoga Spa State park had its grand opening Tuesday, June 6, appropriately, beside its creek that gushed from the thick rainfall. The $600,000 project will be an educational resource for local students interested in all things nature. The classroom represents one of the first of the state’s initiatives to ignite interest in state parks across New York. The Connect

Kids to Parks program recently doubled its funding to one million dollars to provide students more field trips and more opportunities to park sites. “The New York State park system is an exceptional place for students to learn memorable lessons about science, the environment and history,” New York State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey said.




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