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LOCAL • INDEPENDENT • FREE Volume 11  •  Issue 23  •  June 16 – June 22, 2017

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by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — The tall metal cans lining a wall inside Lisa Liptak’s modern hair salon at 182 South Broadway enable her participation in a growing movement to clean up her industry. “There’s so much waste everywhere,” Liptak says. “I get really excited about recycling things.” Nearly 100 percent of the hair, metal, plastic and paper products generated by Liptak and her several employees at Nurture Green Salon and Spa are discarded in those cans. The actual waste bin is tiny by comparison, she points out. Trucks from United Parcel Service then transport Nurture’s carefully packaged waste products to a warehouse in Illinois. See City pg. 14

by Thomas Kika Saratoga TODAY

The onscreen and offscreen siblings Demetra (left) and Callista (right) Zorbas, who play Snow White and Rose Red, respectively. Photo by Thomas Kika.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — A local film production company is bringing to life the fairy tales of old right in our very own backyard. The newly established Trident Fantasy Films is currently in the midst of its first production, a children’s fantasy television series to be called “The Adventures of Snow White and Rose Red,” inspired by the Grimm’s Fairy Tales canon and more. The company was cofounded by Nicole Coady and husband-and-wife team Andrew Balog and Katie Spass. All three co-founders are serving as executive producers on the show, among

40 Years of Jazz

by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY

Danny Melnick grew up on Long Island listening to The Who and the Rolling Stones records the older kids used to play. His friends loved Kiss, the Good Rats, and Twisted Sister; his younger brother had a fondness for pop new wave. Photo provided. • (518) 581-2480

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Week of June 16 – June 22, 2017

Neighbors: Snippets of Life from Your Community Who: Amy Reinink and Henry Bravo. Where: Congress Park Carousel. Q. What are you doing today? A. We’re out enjoying the sunshine. Henry is cutting four teeth at the same time and walking around always soothes him, so we’re walking around, looking at the ducks and watching the kids play. Q. How long have you been in Saratoga? A. Almost four years. We live right in town and we love it. Q. What do you like most about living here? A. I can’t think of a better place to raise a little guy. It just offers so much for everyone, of every age. And it’s just such a delight to find all the things that it offers for kids and for babies. Q. What do you do? A. I’m a freelance writer. Q. How old is Henry? A. Just over a year old. Q. What does Henry want to do when he grows up? A. Well, he’s an adrenaline junky - there is no slide too steep, no swing too high - but, he also studies things with the interest of an engineer, so he can be anything. There’s a world of possibilities. It will be fun to find out.

Amy Reinink and Henry Bravo. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

Week of June 16 – June 22, 2017


Saratoga PLAN Preserves Galway Farm GALWAY — On June 12, the group Saratoga Preserving Land and Nature (PLAN) finalized a perpetual conservation easement to preserve the 59-acre Carpenter Farm in the Town of Galway. Property owner Donald Carpenter is donating the easement in order to conserve the land for agriculture, forestry, wildlife habitat, water resource protection, scenic beauty and public recreation. The property is situated in a rural historic landscape with scenic charm. Carpenter is a quick-witted farmer who has always envisioned his Galway land as a gentleman’s farm. His sense of humor shines through when he adds that the “gentleman” part is questionable. He added, “Conserving this land is about keeping something alive from

a life that isn’t common anymore. It’s about connecting with community and keeping active and healthy.” In a statement, Saratoga PLAN Executive Director Maria Trabka said: “The Carpenter farm makes a wonderful addition to protected lands in Galway. The property is actively farmed, buffers the Gloweegee Creek, a tributary to the Kayaderosseras Creek, and has the potential to become a section of the Long Path, a trail that links New Jersey with Schenectady, and eventually the Adirondacks.” Trabka said the terrain is particularly beautiful and features wonderful wildflowers in season within the woodlands among limestone outcrops. She added, “Interest in land conservation has been growing in the Town of Galway, and discussions with a few other landowners are

in progress.” Transactional costs for the project were partially funded via a grant from the Dockstader Charitable Trust. Over the coming months, Saratoga PLAN will be raising funds for the Stewardship Fund to ensure the organization can uphold the terms of the conservation easement in perpetuity. Nurtured by his family’s heritage and farming community, Carpenter’s childhood experiences ripened into a dream and vision. At heart, Carpenter is a farmer. It’s because of his heart and connection to the past that he purchased 59 acres in Galway. His passion became his way of life, filled with days working the fields and walking the woods. A life spent connecting with a place that brings serenity – a place that nurtures the mind and heart.

Movie Theater Ad Takes Aim at Preventing Addiction SOUTH GLENS FALLS — Last week, the Community Coalition for Family Wellness (CCFW) announced its kick-off to the parent empowerment program, “Super Power Your Parenting,” with a movie theater ad to be shown at Bow-Tie Cinemas in Wilton and Regal Cinemas in the Aviation Mall starting in June and continuing until October. The ad was produced by the local graphic design group McKinley-Griffin and a coalition of volunteers from Berkshire Farms, The Prevention Council, Friends of Recovery Warren/Washington, Saratoga County Sheriff’s office and Moreau Community Center. The campaign also will feature online ads, banners at local athletic fields, radio ads, and social media advertising. Opiate addiction is a complicated issue with various factors—such as genetic, exposure,

trauma, and age—all playing a key role in brain chemistry. But people can still take steps to prevent addiction. The “Super Power Your Parenting” initiative is dedicated to increasing the number of conversations happening between parents and their teens around the issue of substance abuse and prescription drug safety. Local student surveys indicate that conversations on drug abuse between parents and their teens decrease as the teen gets older; however, teens are at the highest risk throughout middle school, high school and college years. Many parents feel they are unable to have the conversation about the more common substance use issues today like medication abuse, synthetics and heroin, but there are free

resources available that focus on talking points for parents. In light of our current opioid epidemic, the coalition would like to invite all parents, grandparents, and guardians to “Super Power their Parenting.” Super Parents supervise their medicine cabinets, set clear rules on drug use, and start talking early and stay engaged. The CCFW’s movie theater ad can be viewed on a YouTube page: watch?v=gRO8BoFM5kU. For more information contact James Norton at 607-205-4617, Donna Nichols at 518-792-6007 or visit the website http://ccfw.

Donald Carpenter (center) looks over the property map with Maria Trabka, Saratoga PLAN Executive Director, and Greg Redling, Stewardship Coordinator. Photo provided.

As a career surveyor, Carpenter knows land and the landscape of Saratoga County – a landscape that he has seen change dramatically over the years. For him, conserving his

farm is so important; it’s about sustaining an exceptional way of life that is disappearing. For more information, visit or call 518-587-5554.



Week of June 16 – June 22, 2017

Heggen Appoints First Assistant District Attorney Heggen is absent or unavailable. Poremba has served as the Saratoga County Drug Unit bureau chief, where he primarily handled felony drug cases while prosecuting various types of violent felonies as well. Three of Poremba’s most notable prosecutions include: Nelson Costello, a 40-year-old cold case homicide; Douglas Stewart, convicted after trial of menacing a police officer; and Rodney Bailey, Alan M. Poremba. Photo provided.

BALLSTON SPA — Saratoga County District Attorney Karen A. Heggen announced last week the appointment of First Assistant District Attorney Alan M. Poremba. Poremba, 42, began his prosecutorial career in 1999 as assistant district attorney (ADA) in Albany County. In October 2004 former Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy appointed Poremba to the same position. As first assistant district attorney, Poremba will have both courtroom and administrative duties. He will handle his own caseload while assisting and supervising all other ADAs in the courtroom. Poremba will work with Heggen to assign cases, train ADAs, implement internal policies and evaluate her professional staff. He also will act as the district attorney if

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convicted in 2006 on manslaughter in the first degree. Poremba, a Town of Ballston resident, graduated from Minnechaug Regional High School in Massachusetts, Union College in Schenectady, and Albany Law School. His wife, Jessica, is a kindergarten teacher in Saratoga Springs and they have two young children, Cole and Ava. In a statement, Heggen said

Poremba “has been a dedicated member of this office for many years. I am pleased that he will now be serving in a leadership role as my first assistant district attorney. He is someone respected by attorneys, members of law enforcement and the many professionals my office interacts with on a daily basis…I am confident that he will continue to serve the citizens of Saratoga County with dedication and devotion to justice and the rule of law.”

“I am honored to be appointed first assistant district attorney,” Poremba added in the statement. “I will continue to work hard every day in an effort to ensure the ultimate goal of justice through the highest standards of professionalism. I look forward to working with District Attorney Heggen in advancing her initiatives and continuing to work with such a strong team of truly dedicated and talented individuals.”

physical location that would house companies in the semiconductor supply chain, advanced manufacturing, nanotechnology and clean energy industries. In addition, it would provide education and technical training, a range of business support services, and include a coworking space to serve companies in a wide variety of complementary and collaborative businesses. The Next Wave Advisory Council will be chaired by Dr. Gary Patton, chief technology officer and a senior vice president at GLOBALFOUNDRIES. “I am pleased to chair this advisory council and work with the Saratoga Partnership, technology and business leaders to

move this important project forward,” Patton said in a statement. “GLOBALFOUNDRIES will provide industry leadership in advanced semiconductor manufacturing to help direct this project and continue to build the ecosystem of supply chain companies that are vital to high-tech growth in the region and state.” The council will offer input on issues ranging from the scope and level of tenant and program development to leveraging the investment made by GLOBALFOUNDRIES and New York State in the semiconductor industry to attract additional jobs and companies to Saratoga County. “We are thrilled to advance the Next Wave Center through the expertise and guidance of world-class

business and technology executives who are committed to expanding economic and workforce development opportunities in Saratoga County and beyond,” said Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership President Marty Vanags. “Under the leadership of Dr. Gary Patton, we look forward to developing a premier space to serve emerging technology companies, and to provide critical training and services that prepare individuals and businesses to grow and prosper.” The Saratoga Partnership is working with Tom Nardacci, founder of the Troy Innovation Garage, to establish the co-working space. For more information, visit the website

Saratoga Partnership Creates Advisory Council

Dr. Gary Patton. Photo provided.

MALTA — The Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership, the county’s designated economic development agency, announced last week a critical step forward in advancing its innovative Next Wave Center project: the formation of an advisory council made up of leading technology and business executives to guide the center’s development, launch and operation. The Next Wave Center is a

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Week of June 16 – June 22, 2017

COURTS Charles B. “Chip” Locke, 44, of Porters Corners, was sentenced on June 8 to six months in jail and five years of probation, after pleading to felony grand larceny. Locke was also ordered to pay $15,070.02 in restitution to the Greenfield Home School Association, from which he admitted stealing money from September 2014 to September 2015, according to a statement released by the Saratoga County District Attorney’s Office.

POLICE Christopher J. McSwiggin, age 28, Clifton Park, was charged on June 3 with aggravated unlicensed operation third degree, failure to stop at stop sign. Faith Schmitt, age 24, Gloversville, was charged on June 3 with misdemeanor DWI, motor vehicle equipment violation. Averi M. Comfort, age 20, Ballston Spa, was charged on June 3 with misdemeanor DWI, unreasonable speed, operating unregistered motor vehicle on highway, failure to stop at stop sign. Daniel J. Grau, age 24, Ballston Spa, was charged on June 3 with misdemeanor DWI, fail to keep right. Adam L. Friddle, age 36, Bradenton, Florida, was charged on June 3 with misdemeanor DWI, wrong way on a one-way street, refuse pre-screen test. Jacqueline R. Torrisi, age 24, Watervliet, was charged on June 2 with criminal possession of marijuana fifth degree, a misdemeanor. Michael R. Rafferty, age 63, Saratoga Springs, was charged on June 2 with felony DWI as a second offense, operation of a motor vehicle by unlicensed driver. Kevin D. Germain, age 58, Saratoga Springs, was charged on June 2 with criminal mischief misdemeanor. Megan H. Zeh, age 30, Greenfield Center, was charged on June 2 with three counts of harassment in the second-degree. Meghan L. Crozier, age 27, Saratoga

Springs, was charged on June 2 with misdemeanor DWI and aggravated DWI, failure to signal a turn. Vittoriano Ruscio, age 47, Ballston Spa, was charged on June 2 with misdemeanor DWI, failure to keep right. Lisa M. Mann, age 31, Ballston Spa, was charged on June 2 with aggravated unlicensed operation misdemeanor, failure to signal a turn. Brad J. Mulligan, age 49, Schuylerville, was charged on June 2 with misdemeanor DWI, improper lane use, failure to signal a turn. Alexander A. Moniot, age 30, Clifton Park, was charged on June 1 with failure to signal a turn, failure to stop at stop sign, aggravated unlicensed operation Michael K. Barnes, age 38, Saratoga Springs, was charged on June 1 with criminal mischief misdemeanor. Louis F. Decker, age 25, Ballston Spa, was charged on June 1 with misdemeanor assault, felony criminal mischief. Betty M. Scoville, age 60, Saratoga Springs, was charged on June 1 with misdemeanor welfare fraud, offering a false instrument for filing first, a felony. Ryan W. Boyce, age 25, Porter Corners, was charged on May 29 with aggravated unlicensed operation, vehicle equipment violation. Thomas J. Dingmon, age 28, Saratoga Springs, was charged on May 29 with aggravated unlicensed operation, vehicle equipment violation. Amanda D. Putman, age 32, Saratoga Springs, was charged on May 29 with harassment. Maliek R. Fontes, age 27, Gansevoort, was charged on May 29 with failure to signal a turn, speeding, aggravated unlicensed operation. Timothy N. Raiche, age 49, Hartford, Connecticut, was charged on May 29 with misdemeanor DWI, failure to stop at stop sign,

refuse pre-screen test, failure to signal a turn.

substance, passed a red traffic signal light.

Antonio Gonzales, age 33, Stryker, was charged on May 28 with felony criminal mischief.

William S. Brisson, age 24, Gansevoort, was charged on May 27 with aggravated unlicensed operation, right of way violation / left turn.

Jake R. Douglas, age 21, Ballston Lake, was charged on May 28 with misdemeanor DWI, unsafe lane change. Warren B. Prince, age 21, Clifton Park, and Nathaniel J. Sawyer, age 22, Amsterdam, were each charged on May 28 with criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana. Darren S. Wodzinski, age 46, Saratoga Springs, was charged on May 27 with felony criminal contempt. Natasha N. Davis, age 27, Ballston Spa, was charged on May 27 with aggravated unlicensed operation. Anthony J. Alderiso, age 27, Landsdown, Pennsylvania, was charged on May 27 with criminal possession of a controlled

Emma K. Soron, age 28, Gansevoort, was charged on May 27 with misdemeanor DWI. Rekim A. White, age 28, Malta, was charged on May 27 with misdemeanor assault. Jahkeem P. Davis, age 20, Albany, was charged on May 27 with misdemeanor assault.

Robert F. Murphy, age 59, Saratoga Springs, was charged on May 27 with misdemeanor criminal trespass. Eric W. Slade, age 28, Saratoga Springs, was charged on May 26 with felony DWI as a second offense, failure to signal a turn. Harold E. Beck, age 38, Saratoga Springs, was charged on May 25 with misdemeanor assault, criminal mischief, and obstruction of breathing. Charles P. Tulin, age 27, Saratoga Springs, was charged on May 25 with unlawful possession of marijuana, misdemeanor assault, menacing, reckless endangerment, and criminal possession of a weapon.



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SARATOGA SPRINGS — Timothy Randall Barber, 56, passed away June 7, 2017. A graveside service was held on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at Maplewood Cemetery in Saratoga Springs. Arrangements are under the direction of the Burke Funeral Home of 628 North Broadway in Saratoga Springs. Please visit

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Michael B. McNamara, 72, passed away June 10, 2017. Calling hours were held Wednesday, June 14, at Burke Funeral Home in Saratoga Springs. Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Thursday, June 15, Church of St. Peter followed by burial at the Saratoga National Cemetery. Please visit

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Edward J. Benfey ROME, NY — Edward J. Benfey passed away Friday, June 9, 2017 at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing Facility. He was 61. Born May 30, 1956 in Syracuse, he is survived by his sister Louise Benfey and brothers David and Peter Benfey. Funeral services will be private. Please visit

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Week of June 16 – June 22, 2017

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WILTON — Mabel “Mae” King passed away Saturday, June 3, 2017 at the Pines at Glens Falls Nursing Home. She was 86. Funeral services were private. Arrangements were under the direction of the Burke Funeral Home of 628 North Broadway. Online remembrances may be made at

WILTON — Margaret A. Sodemann passed away Tuesday, June 13, 2017. Calling hours took place Thursday, June 15 at the Burke Funeral Home in Saratoga Springs. Services will be held at 9 a.m. Friday, June 16 at the funeral home and burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery. Please visit

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New ‘Y’ on the Way

(Left to right) Jeffrey Methven, vice president of ambulatory services and chief human resources officer, Saratoga Hospital; Kevin Ronayne, vice president, operations and facilities, Saratoga Hospital; Angelo Calbone, president and chief executive officer, Saratoga Hospital; Alysa Arnold, president, Saratoga Regional YMCA Board of Directors; Bill Dake, chairman, Stewart’s Shops; Amy Raimo, vice president, community engagement, Saratoga Hospital; John Pecora, chief financial officer, Saratoga Regional YMCA; Paul Loomis, Saratoga Regional YMCA Board of Directors; Kelly Armer, chief operations officer, Saratoga Regional YMCA; Cassi Latour, human resource director, Saratoga Regional YMCA; and Allison D’Antonio, mission advancement director, Saratoga Regional YMCA. Photo by Tom Stock at

MALTA — On Thursday, representatives of the Saratoga Regional YMCA and Saratoga Hospital held a joint groundbreaking event at the Saratoga Medical Park. They were joined by local elected officials and business leaders to mark the start of construction on a new Malta YMCA complex. The building, which is a collaboration between the YMCA and the hospital, also will be home to medical specialty offices for Saratoga Hospital. It

will have a total of nearly 55,000 square feet of interior space on two floors and 60 parking spots. The YMCA anticipates a Spring 2018 opening of its facilities; Saratoga Hospital is completing its final assessment of which programs and services will be offered at the new location. The building will be located at 10 Medical Park Drive, adjacent to the Malta Med Emergent Care facility. The medical park is located at Exit 12 of the Northway.


Week of June 16 – June 22, 2017

Its A Boy!

Mangino Father and Son Birthday

Thomas. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Andres and Margaret “Maggie” Phillips-Reyes of Watertown, Massachusetts, are pleased to announce the recent birth of their son, Thomas Henry Reyes, at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. Thomas was born on Monday, March 27. He weighed

in at 6 pounds, 10 ounces and his height was 18.5 inches. His paternal grandparents are Carlos and Angela Reyes of Lexington, Massachusetts and maternal grandparents are Mark T. and Michele (DelVecchio) Phillips of Saratoga Springs.

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BALLSTON SPA — On Monday, June 12, Ralph Mangino Sr. and his son Ralph Jr. celebrated their mutual birthday. The father turned 85 and the son turned 44. For a number of years, Ralph

Jr. has maintained his own level of success acting as the general manager of the Mangino Buick GMC dealership at 1484 Saratoga Road in Ballston Spa, which has endured as a business for three

generations. “Sales and service, the Mangino Family way” is the dealership’s motto. For more information, visit the website or call 518-490-1269.



Week of June 16 – June 22, 2017

Village Board Moves to Improve on All Fronts by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY BALLSTON SPA — A new tractor for village work crews and Tasers for police officers. Cutting down visibly dangerous trees. An upgraded website. The revitalization of an old industrial property that is literally a stone’s throw from Village Hall. Those were among a variety of issues addressed by the Ballston Spa Village Board on Monday night. In the “new business” portion of the June 12 meeting, the board voted to approve the purchase of a new tractor—valued at nearly $70,000—for the Department of Public Works. A replacement is needed for a machine that was originally put into service in 1988. It had racked up more than 23,000 hours of use. “It’s tired,” explained Trustee Robert Cavanaugh, noting how the older tractor

still has a trade-in value of about $12,000. That means the village has to pay Nortrax of Clifton Park about $58,000 for the new machine, he said. Cavanaugh and the other board members approved the expenditure of $3,300 for the removal of eight trees scattered around the village that are potentially hazardous. He said they were identified as “the most critical,” though at least another half-dozen trees may have to be cut down at a later date. Trustee Noah Shaw praised village staff and the other board members, including longtime Mayor John Romano, for cooperating in an effort to upgrade the municipality’s website ( Deputy Clerk Cari Scribner has spearheaded that effort, adding new pictures and changing key parts of the website for easier public access. Soon, Shaw said, residents

A view of healthy trees on Milton Avenue in Ballston Spa. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

will be able to visit the website and view official agendas prior to village board meetings, which occur at 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of every month. From there, he added, residents can pick and choose which meetings to attend. “We all have busy lives. Time management is important to people,” offered Trustee Shawn Raymond. “A lot of people will be very pleased.” Trustee Stuart Hodsoll explained the need for three more Tasers in the village Police Department, before the board approved that measure and another to increase the annual salary of Police Chief David Bush from $71,000 to $75,000. According to Mayor Romano, there was no real budgetary impact because a previous administrative change enabled the department to

make do with one less staff position. Chief Bush is more handson than his predecessors in the department, Romano said. In a discussion about the abandoned Angelica property on Bath Street, which is currently involved in a bankruptcy proceeding, Romano asked the board to endorse his two-phase plan for the site. The first phase will involve Village Attorney James Fauci and Romano communicating with Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Board members, and local residents, to develop a plan for the site. At present, according to Romano, a consensus seems to have emerged that the property could serve as “an extension of the business district” on Front Street. A public hearing will be

scheduled and those unable to attend can submit written comments, the mayor said. The first phase should be completed by September. The second phase of Romano’s plan would look at specific zoning changes that need to be made for the Angelica property, as well as “certain areas” of the village that can help “expand the tax base.” Romano also announced the summer board meetings that will be held in the yards of village of residents: the June 26 meeting will be at 199 Milton Avenue; the July 10 meeting will be at 31 East High Street; and the August 14 meeting will start at 7 p.m. at 20 Chester Street. For many years, Romano has organized such outdoor board meetings because he thinks it harkens back to the creation of a constitutional republic.

Week of June 16 – June 22, 2017


Malta Developer Secures Water Supply by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY MALTA — In a significant move toward building more than 90 apartment units off Hutchins Road in Milton, Malta Development has reached an agreement with a Clifton Park firm to supply the 14-acre site with water. Malta Development President Tom Samascott said his company has signed a letter of intent with Heritage Springs Water Works for a $120,000 connection fee. “It will create a backup supply for 4,200 residences,” Samascott said last week. “It’s a great benefit to a lot of people in the town.” Mike McNamara, an engineer for Heritage Springs Water Works, explained that the connection would occur near the intersection of Hutchins Road and Rowland Street in Milton where Heritage already maintains an 8-inch water line underground. The company supplies water to the Lancaster Place condominiums on Hutchins Road and other neighborhoods in the area. Until last year, McNamara said, Heritage officials had determined that their water lines were nearing “capacity.” Then the company successfully dug a new well

and reached a separate agreement with Rowlands Hollow Water Works to increase that capacity. McNamara added that Malta Development would incur the additional cost of extending water pipes a quarter mile east to its development—a main road to which would be located across from Greybirch Trail after an existing house is demolished and removed. For months, private negotiations for the water supply have occurred between Malta Development and Heritage Springs Water Works. Initially, according to McNamara, the City of Saratoga Springs also was contacted because its border is just yards away from the project site on Hutchins Road. But the city declined to supply the water, he said. The Milton Town Board has not yet approved Malta Development’s proposed 91-unit apartment complex. The board scheduled a public hearing focused on the project at 6:30 p.m. on July 19 at the Milton Community Center on Northline Road. For several months, local residents have raised concerns at town board meetings about increased

traffic in the two 50-year-old neighborhoods of single-family homes that would be affected by Malta Development’s construction project. The new roads built to service the apartments would connect both neighborhoods. Residents also have questioned the wisdom of changing the property’s current residential zoning by increasing the “density” to accommodate so many apartments. Samascott said that previous town leaders in Milton, who established zoning rules, “recognized” that such changes would be necessary at times. Milton Planning Board Chairman Larry Woolbright explained that current zoning rules for the well-forested patch of land allow a maximum of 30 single-family homes. Malta Development is requesting a zoning change called a Planned Development District that would be specific for the site. Woolbright said that change has to be approved by the town board, while the planning board is required to

The Lancaster Place condos on Hutchins Road. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

give its own final approval. In response to residents’ concerns about the zoning, Samascott said that building single-family homes is not practical from the perspective of Malta Development. Increasing the density to 91 apartment units is the only

“affordable rate,” Samascott said, because long-term rental agreements would cover the installation of water lines and various other construction costs. “Without it,” Samascott said of the zoning change, the project “doesn’t work.”



Week of June 16 – June 22, 2017

Saratoga Springs Celebrates Flag Day with a Broadway Parade Photos by

Images captured at the Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge No. 161 50th Annual Flag Day Parade on June 10, 2017. This year’s festivities featured a parade route from North Broadway to Congress Park and marked the 100th anniversary of the New York State Police, and honored state troopers as well as all military personnel, both active duty and veterans.

Week of June 16 – June 22, 2017

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City District School Teacher Faces Rape Charges SARATOGA SPRINGS — A 48-year-old teacher in the Saratoga Springs School District was charged with first-degree rape, in connection with alleged incidents that involved the current fifth-grade teacher at the Dorothy Nolan Elementary School and an underage child. According to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department, Elizabeth M. Barthelmas, of Wilton, is accused of having a sexual relationship with a child under the age of 13 during the years 2007 and 2008. The child had been a student

in Barthelmas’ classroom prior to the suspected incident(s) taking place – which are believed to have occurred at Barthelmas’ home in Wilton. Barthelmas was charged with Rape in the First-Degree, Course of Sexual Conduct Against a Child, and Criminal Sexual Act in the FirstDegree. All charges are felonies. The Sheriff’s Office reports that they only recently received information regarding the alleged incident, that they informed the school administration as soon as possible and that the school district was fully

cooperative with the investigation. Barthelmas was arraigned Wednesday in the Wilton Town Court and sent to Saratoga County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond. Barthelmas was hired by Saratoga Springs Schools on 2005. Prior to that she was a teacher in the Queensbury Union Free School District. The Sheriff’s Office investigation is on-going, and asks that anyone with further information on suspected inappropriate behavior involving Barthelmas to call the Sheriff’s Office at 518-885-6761.

Notes from City Hall:

Affordable Housing Vote Won’t Happen Monday by by Thomas Dimopoulos

Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — A much-anticipated vote regarding an affordable housing ordinance that would ensure units targeting working households be sited across the city in the future, won’t happen after all on June 19, as was anticipated. A Special City Council meeting held June 13 with council members, bankers, lawyers and

developers was ultimately unsuccessful in answering a sufficient amount of questions regarding the proposal in order for the vote to take place on Monday. The goal of the plan – initially proposed in 2006 - is to produce “affordable” homebuyer and rental housing units for working households across the city. The council will continue working on the SPA Housing Zoning Ordinance. A vote could take place as early as July.

Upcoming Meetings City Council Pre-Agenda Meeting: 9:30 a.m. Monday, June 19. City Council Meeting: 7 p.m. Monday, June 19. Planning Board Workshop: 5 p.m. Monday, June 19. Planning Board Meeting: 7 p.m. Thursday, June 22. Design Review Commission Meeting: 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 23.

Week of June 16 – June 22, 2017

Democrat Judge Francine Vero Announces Candidacy for City Court Judge SARATOGA SPRINGS — Judge Francine Vero announced her candidacy for election to the position she currently holds as Judge of the Saratoga Springs City Court. Vero declared her candidacy on Saturday morning at the Saratoga Springs Democratic Committee meeting. She will be a candidate for

election this fall. “It is my honor and privilege to be the first woman to serve the people of Saratoga Springs as City Court Judge,” Vero said, in a statement. “I look forward to the upcoming election and the opportunity to continue my service.”

Saratoga County Fair Seeks Competitors for Contests BALLSTON SPA — The 2017 Saratoga County Fair is looking for individuals to compete in the Annual Talent Competition, Lego Competition, Baking Contest, Pie Eating & Donut Eating Contest. The Fair “Start to Star” Talent Show will be held July 18-23. Individual, duet or group act entries must be submitted by July 8 in the categories of music, dance, gymnastics, comedy, magic and storytelling. Winners from July 22-23 will advance to the State Fair Competition. The Lego Competition theme for 2017 is again “A Day at the Fair.” Lego consists of colorful interlocking plastic bricks accompanying an array of gears, figurines called “minifigures” and various other

parts. There is no entry fee. However, you must pay regular admission to the fair. All entries must be labeled and form completed. The King Arthur Flour Maple Oat Muffin Baking Contest is open to all ages. Entry fee is $2 to enter five muffins on a sturdy disposable plate. Entries close on July 8. Prizes will be awarded for top three finishers. The Pie Eating Contest will be held on Friday and Saturday during the fair at the Grandstand Meadow. The Donut Eating Contest will be held on Thursday and Sunday. For more information about contest applications and other happenings at the fair, go to:

Adelphi Hotel to Auction Off Select Furniture, Art, Décor, Collectibles from Original Hotel CLIFTON PARK — The Adelphi Hotel will reopen this summer after a multi-year renovation. Originally built in 1877, the hotel will feature a new luxury design while integrating timeless and historical furniture and collectibles from the original building. The Adelphi Hotel, which initially hosted a sale of items in February, is making remaining antique furniture, pieces such as couches, chairs, tables and armoires, as well as art, decorative items and the hotel’s original doors available for

sale this month in Clifton Park at an Estate Sale organized by New Scotland Antiques, Albany-Hudson. The Adelphi Hotel Estate Sale will be held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., from Friday, June 23 to Sunday June 25, at 16 Fairchild Square, located off Exit 10 of the Northway. For more information on The Adelphi Hotel Estate Sale, photos and a complete list of items up for auction, visit the event page – which will be active June 22 - at: Clifton-Park/12065/1558935.

Week of June 16 – June 22, 2017


40th Anniversary Jazz Festival Set to Stage SPAC Weekend Continued from front page.

“Depeche Mode and the Pet Shop Boys,” he bristles. “Music I couldn’t stand then, and music I still can’t listen to today.” Melnick was more drawn into a world of moody tempo changes, haunting mellotrons and lyrical fantasy. Melnick was a Prog kid. “Somehow, I got into Progressive Rock: King Crimson and Yes, Pink Floyd and Jethro Tull. Through that education I learned about Miles Davis and John Coltrane and then quickly on to people like Dave Holland and John Abercrombie, Gary Burton and early Pat Metheny,” he says. “It really opened up my ears to a lot of things.” Why this all matters is the reasoning behind what brings thousands of people to the Spa City every year for The Hang. This month, the Saratoga jazz festival celebrates its 40th anniversary with two days of shows on two stages, marking the fifth longestconsecutive-running Jazz festival in North America. Melnick first worked with the festival in 1991, overseeing the transport of musicians from New York City to Saratoga Springs. “The band bus monitor,” he says. Eight years later he was in charge of booking all the artists to perform at the festival. “The market there is pretty interesting. The audiences in Saratoga have been coming to this festival at SPAC for a very long time. They’re committed to it. We’ve got people coming in from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, the tri-state New York City area, and of course, the Capital Region. So, for me, as a presenter, I’m trying to appeal to all of them with a great mix of artists,” Melnick says. He’s also cognizant of maintaining traditions. “When I look back at the acts in the late ‘70s and ‘80s there was always blues, always Latin, always straightahead jazz, a little bit of avantgarde here and there. I try very hard to continue that. The biggest challenge in modern times is that so many legendary jazz legends have died,” Melnick says, riffing on a memory list of the departed that includes Dave Brubeck and Ray Charles, B.B. King and Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Art Blakely and Ella Fitzgerald. “I can name fifty artists who have played the festival and who today are gone. So now, I have to mix it up a little more. “The festival needs to keep

going forward. In order to stay alive and stay relative you need to book a diverse roster of artists who can tell where the music is today,” he says. “I want people to learn about new artists, I want them to be entertained and to have fun. I want emerging jazz artists to have a platform, to be heard, to build careers so that hopefully they will become headliners in the future.” This year’s Freihofer’s Saratoga jazz festival - initially called the Newport Jazz festival at Saratoga when it launched in 1978 – will feature a new, bigger gazebo stage for emerging artists to showcase their talents. “Quite a few people who started out playing the gazebo stage have moved on, to the main stage, or are playing bigger festivals around the world. It’s cool that the festival audience is supporting the artists. They’re listening to them, they’re meeting them, they’re getting their autographs, they’re buying their CD’s. And there are no walls between the artists and the audience, it’s all right there,” says Melnick, president and director of Absolutely Live Entertainment. His official title at the Saratoga Jazz festival is producing partner and artistic director. His accomplishments as a presenter include a world tour commemorating the 50th anniversary of Miles Davis’s “Kind of Blue” recording, North American tours celebrating the Monterey Jazz festival’s 55th anniversary, and the Newport jazz festival’s 60th, concerts at Carnegie

Hall as part of the JVC jazz festival and a Blue Note Records’ four monthlong 70th Anniversary tour. “There were nights when I was hanging out with Dizzie Gillespie backstage in Japan and thinking: really? How did this happen?” Prior to forming ALE, Melnick was the artistic director and a senior producer at George Wein’s Festival Productions company. “I have a lot of great memories and incredible stories. I’ve been very lucky over the years to be in the places that I’ve been and do the work that I’ve done, particularly in all the years when I worked as an employee for George Wein,” he says of the jazz impresario who founded the local festival in 1978. One recent memory involved booking legends Tony Bennett and Buddy Guy on the festival’s closing night in 2013. “Buddy Guy was set to close with Tony Bennett going on before him. A week before the festival, Buddy’s agent calls. “Buddy has a problem closing,” Guy’s agent told him. “He feels weird going on after Tony Bennett. He doesn’t want to disrespect Tony.” “I said: What? What do you mean?” “Well, Tony is a legend and Buddy feels, who is he to go on after Tony Bennett?” the agent said. “Listen, ‘Buddy Guy is a legend also,’ I told him. Tony is going to go out there with a jazz trio. He’s going to sing standards. He’s going to put the microphone down at

Saratoga Jazz Fest. Photo by Katie Brockway.

one point and sing an amazing a capella tune, and then Buddy’s going to come out with his electric blues band and rip the place to smithereens,” Melnick recalled. Those in attendance will recall that’s exactly how it all went down. “It was all vetted with Tony, and he was fine with it. The agent called me back to say Buddy was cool with everything. What was so interesting to me to hear, after all those years and success and awards, that an artist like Buddy Guy still had the humility to look at the situation and express themselves in that way.” The Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz

festival will celebrate its 40th anniversary on Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. The milestone event features the return of Dee Dee Bridgewater and Jean Luc-Ponty - who performed on the inaugural 1978 festival. Headlining the weekend are Chaka Khan, and the Gipsy Kings. Jazz 100, led by Danilo Pérez, will pay homage to iconic musicians Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Mongo Santamaria, and Thelonious Monk in celebration of the 100th anniversary of their shared birth year. For more information about the festival go to:



Week of June 16 – June 22, 2017

City Salon Recycles Hair Continued from front page.

A Canadian organization called Green Circle Salons (GCS), which distributes them to various recycling vendors nationwide, operates the facility. “The hair is such an incredible resource,” offers Amy Goei, a national director for GCS who is based in Michigan. “We work with many different types of organizations to find solutions for the hair.” Since 2009, Green Circle Salons has reached similar agreements with businesses in each of the Canadian provinces and 45 states.

According to Goei, local drinking water supplies are potentially at risk because of the substantial amounts of hair salon waste. “The impact is just so great,” she said. In a statement about her partnership with Green Circle Salons, Liptak reports how stylists like her across North America create over 420,000 pounds of waste every day. “As a newly Green Circle Certified salon, we are proud to announce that Nurture is now part of a comprehensive recycling and sustainability program that sets out to

Lisa Liptak inside her South Broadway salon. Photo by

significantly reduce our industry’s environmental impact on the planet,” Liptak said. “From the sourcing of ingredients to the disposal of packaging and products, the salon and beauty industry has long posed many challenges to the environment,” she added. “With this in mind, we wanted

to join forces with Green Circle to take a stand for our planet and work together to reduce our ecological footprint and make our industry more sustainable.” When asked how many businesses in the Capital Region are part the GCS recycling program, Goei mentioned only one: Bloom Salon and Makeup

Bar in Voorheesville. Goei said 50 to 75 boxes of waste products are shipped daily by businesses like Bloom and Nurture to a GCS warehouse in Schaumburg, Illinois, northwest of Chicago. As an example of what happens next, Goei said GCS works with Virginia Polytechnic Institute to create a new type of bio-plastic. Another common use for the hair lengths cut from so many individual heads is to aid in the remediation of oil spills. Goei indicated that many recycling options exist for the foils, tubes, cans and hair-coloring byproducts that are discarded as well. Liptak said a $2 fee is added to customer charges for her participation in the GCS program. It funds GCS labels that are required for the shipping process and handy recycling charts for reference in the salon, as well as additional efforts that Liptak makes to further advance her shop’s efficiency. “By supporting our salon,” Liptak concluded in her statement, “our customers have the peace of mind knowing that they are taking meaningful steps to keeping our communities and environment healthy.”


Week of June 16 – June 22, 2017

Group Account Director Joins PEP

D’arcy Ryan. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Patient Experience Project (PEP), a full-service, patientcentric marketing and communications agency, has announced the addition of D’Arcy Ryan to its staff. Ryan joins PEP as a group account director, bringing with her more than 25 years of experience in advertising and marketing. Before joining PEP, Ryan worked as a strategy consultant at Michaels Wilder, a national marketing agency. In this role, she provided strategic direction and planning for business-to-business and business-to-client accounts, with a focus on digital strategy. Previously, Ryan served as a vice president and account director for GSW Worldwide in Westerville, Ohio, where she held an integrated marketing network leadership role with Eli Lilly Diabetes products, including management of Lilly Diabetes’ portfolio account (US and global),

Humalog Payer Marketing, and Trulicity launch and post-launch (US and global). Additionally, Ryan was a longtime marketing director at Takeda Pharmaceuticals in Deerfield, Illinois, where she managed brand portfolios in the diabetes and cardiovascular therapeutic areas. Ryan earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and her master’s degree in business administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management in Evanston, Illinois. She is currently pursuing certification in digital marketing from the University of Illinois. In 2006, the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association honored Ryan as a Woman of the Year. Additionally, she has volunteered her time in support of the American Diabetes Association, having served on committees at the state and local levels.

Adirondack Trust Earns Another 5-Star Rating SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Adirondack Trust Company reported it has once again earned a 5-Star rating from BauerFinancial, the nation’s premier bank-rating firm. A five-star rating indicates the bank excels in areas of capital adequacy, profitability, asset quality and much

more. The Adirondack Trust Co. has earned and maintained this top honor for 44 consecutive quarters, earning the even higher honor of being an “Exceptional Performance Bank.” “The Adirondack Trust Company is an integral member of the community,” remarks Karen L. Dorway, president of BauerFinancial. “Its support provides the vitality the community needs to remain socially, educationally and commercially vibrant. A strong community, in turn, produces a strong community bank. And the cycle continues. True community banks, like the Adirondack Trust Company, understand that what is good for the community is equally good for them, making them an invaluable neighbor.” Charles V. Wait, Jr., executive vice president of the Adirondack Trust Co. added, “We are very honored to be recognized by BauerFinancial as an Exceptional Performance Bank. We take great pride in our fiscal management, which allows us to support our customers and our community from a strong financial foundation.”

Property Nominations Sought BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association (BSBPA) is requesting nominations for its 2017 Property Beautification Awards. 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 within the past 2 years. Curtis Lumber will again sponsor this year’s awards. Criteria for residential nominations can include exterior renovations and restorations; new builds; outdoor space; or landscaping improvements. Criteria for commercial nominations can include complete renovations; new exterior attractive signage and/or window displays; or new interior improvements. The BSBPA also welcome nominations for any other community beautification projects. All projects should be complete at the time of nomination. An online nomination form can be submitted at 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. Award winners will be honored at a presentation held in the newly remodeled kitchen department at Curtis Lumber in October. For more information, contact Michelle Burlingame at or Ellen Mottola at info@ballston. org or call 885-2772.

Independents Week Ahead

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Downtown Business Association, Chamber of Commerce, Convention and Tourism Bureau, Farmer’s Market, and Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association have partnered up to support Independents Week, July 1 through July 7, as a means to celebrate local businesses that exemplify the uniqueness of Saratoga Springs and Saratoga County. “It’s a time to reflect on the importance of economic democracy and community self-determination by celebrating the nation’s locally owned, independent businesses and the stake each citizen has in shaping their hometown’s future,” stated American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA) Director Jennifer Rockne. AMIBA is part of a growing national movement of communities rallying to support their independent businesses and ensuring the opportunity endures to operate such a business. Independents Week is a national campaign held annually, encompassing July 4, to engage local independent businesses and citizens in celebrating local entrepreneurs. For more information, visit the websites www. or www.



Week of June 16 – June 22, 2017

July 4th is my Favorite Day to be in Saratoga

by Todd Shimkus, President, Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce for Saratoga TODAY The story goes something like this… Several couples gather to share stories and wine. They meet together as friends and the parents of children involved in Saratoga’s famed running program. Looking to raise money to support the program, they invent a four mile road race in Saratoga Springs to be held on July 4. This year, the Firecracker 4 turns ten and Peter Goutos and Cheryl Smith along with Bob and Mary Vanderminden

are still the lead organizers. Now with 3,500 runners, the Firecracker 4 is a signature running event for Saratoga. Combined with the July 4 All American Celebration, organized by volunteers like Kate and Drew Jarosh, these two events have made Saratoga a destination for visitors and locals alike on Independence Day. I think July 4th is one of the best days to be in Saratoga Springs. While I don’t like the fact that Susan Halstead has beaten

me to the finish line twice, I love starting July 4th by running the Firecracker 4. And truth be told, I smoked her in 2015! After the run, I meet my family downtown to watch the All American Celebration’s parade. I return downtown later for the Barbecue and Dessert Festival and car show and mingle and enjoy the streets of our wonderful city until the evenings’ live music and fireworks. July 4th in Saratoga is so inviting and special, in fact, that ABC News named our celebration one of the top ten in the US. Last year, I was honored to be invited to run the Firecracker 4 with the members of the Chamber’s Veterans Business Council. Under the leadership of Dan Colvin and Chris Homicz,

the Chamber’s Veterans Business Council ran this race in formation. These two US Marines took turns carrying the US Flag for four miles and leading our group in a cadence call. So when one of them initiated a line, the rest of us had to repeat or complete it while running in formation. My favorite section of the Firecracker 4 is on Caroline Street. This is where many homeowners, families and friends gather to cheer on the runners, to offer us water, or a hose to run under to cool off. But the cheers received by the Veterans running in formation last year was truly inspiring. The reality, however, is that it is getting more difficult for volunteers, like the Jarosh’s, the Goutos’ and Smiths’, and the Vanderminden’s to organize

events like these. The world has changed and new security measures must be taken. The costs associated with every aspect of these events has increased. Meanwhile, the competition for sponsorships dollars and runners is at an all-time high with so many amazing and unique events being held in Saratoga. To sustain these events, more volunteers are needed. And, more financial support is needed. We need more organizations to take part in the parade and more people to run the Firecracker 4. You can make a difference. Visit www.firecracker4. com and www.saratogajuly4th. com or send me an email at to get involved or to make a donation.

Week of June 16 – June 22, 2017

BALLSTON SPA 499 Charlton Rd., $730,000. Penelope Heritage (as Trustee) sold property to David and Constance Wood. Lake Rd., $100,000. James Hastings (by Exec) sold property to Roy and Lindsay Coppinger (as Trustees).


343 Middle Grove Rd., $105,000. Wells Fargo Bank sold property to Signature Home Buyers.

MALTA 28 Sand Spurrey Rd., $215,000. Dorothy McShane sold property to Patrick and Nichole Mulkern.

23 Long Creek Dr., $470,000. Robert and Deborah Cosmer sold property to Daniel and Deborah Holzhauer.

47 Thimbleberry Rd., $182,000. Joshua Pulvermacher (Ind. and As Atty) and Jessica Pulvermacher (by Atty) sold property to Scott Kenny.

8 Everson Way, $300,000. Diane and Eldon Smith, Jr. sold property to Mohammed and Warka Chowdhury.

14 Lindenwood Dr., $355,000. James Belcastro sold property to Christopher DePalma and Monique Gleason.

15 Nolan Rd., $170,326. FSD 14 LLC sold property to Mako International LLC.

4 Essex St., $305,400. Barbera Homes Malta Springs LLC sold property to Daniel and Lisa Keating.

635 Randall Rd., $28,000. Catherine and Derik Roy, Jr. sold property to Adam and Jody Prescott. 226 Kingsley Rd., $375,000. Stan Button Inc. sold property to 226 Kingsley Road LLC. 2 Garrett Lane, $308,897. Fannie Mae (by Atty) sold property to Jeramy and Ivy Sweet.

CORINTH 16 Heath Rd., $64,000. Brian Palmateer and Angela Aragon sold property to Ellen Kim. 316 West Maple St., $79,500. Angela Bronzene sold property to Michael Sutliff, Jr. 7 Atwell Rd., $289,000. Bred Colby sold property to Eric Emery and Danielle Krywy. 42 Wiley Way, $25,000. Terre Holdings LLC sold property to Foothills Builders LLC. 42 Wiley Way, $229,600. Foothills Builders LLC sold property to Melissa Pacini. 122 Ash St., $180,000. Shane Griffin sold property to Tara and Justin Anderson.

GALWAY Lot 10, Jersey Hill Rd., $60,000. High Country Geospatial Inc. sold property to David and Michelle Dankanich.

GREENFIELD 441 Maple Ave., $210,000. Mary Lou Daniels sold property to Daesha Harris and Thomas Dragonette.

Lot 14 Maple Forest Dr., $433,176. Darren Herbinger Construction LLC sold property to Paricia Hatlee. Lot 10 Maple Forest Dr., $93,000. H and L Development LLC sold property to Daren Herbinger Construction LLC. 4 Carlyle Ct., $295,000. Jon Donnelly sold property to Peter and Kristine Baruzzi. Lot 11 Maiden Circle, $372,080. John Luke Development Co. LLC sold property to Jeffrey Wood and Jie Guo.

7 Chango Dr., $277,000. Carlene and Jacob Evans sold property to Joshua and Stacy Christner.

MILTON 518 Victory Circlle, $195,000. Patricia Hackett sold property to Donna Higley. 924 Goode Rd., $360,000. Richyard and Deborah Luetters sold property to Manzoor Sultan and Shazia Janjua.

7 Pamela Lane, $463,335. Blitman Saratoga LLC sold property to Steven and Kristen Cumoletti. Union Ave. Rear, $470,000. Karl Pogge, Jr. sold property to Denise Evert. 24 Elizabeth Lane, $328,888. Cindy Golub (by Agent) and Steven Golub (Ind. and as Agent) sold property to Samuel and Meaghan Creydt.

17 Wood Thrush Court, $254,000. Alexander and Staci Delisle sold property to Dash and Krista Brankle.

112 Circular St., $715,000. Sholom Ackelsberg and Susan Monaghan sold property to Philippe Boyer and Laurence Delarbre.

521 Acland Blvd., $248,500. Margaret Gianfagna sold property to Marcus and Anne Edwards.

108 Hathorn Blvd., $2995,000. Erich Haun sold property to Seana Mosher.

4 Lancaster Place, $174,000. Carmen Glenn sold property to Richard and Jeffrey Crookes. .

SARATOGA 15 Anthony Lane, $555,245. Saratoga Builders LLC sold property to Timothy Derlinga and Stephanie Jackson. 8 Timothy Dr., $149,900. Wells Fargo Bank sold property to Anna Fort.

SARATOGA SPRINGS 20 Bowman St., $175,000. Donald Sherwood (as Trustee) sold property to 20 Bowman Street LLC.

2271 NYS Route 50, $245,000. Arthur Smith sold property to William Ryan. .

17 328 Ballston Ave. #9, $305,000. Lee and Elaine DeCoste sold property to Peter and Seretha Anderson. 119 Woodlawn Ave., $135,000. Matthew Avila sold property to Saratoga City Church. 268 Broadway, $890,000. 262 Broadway LLC sold property to Kathleen Sonnabend (as Trustee). 97 East Ave., Unit 301, $299,500. Excelsior East LLC sold property to Joseph and Maria Notar. 220 Crescent Ave., $350,000. NBT Bank National Association (by Assignee) sold property to Scott Ronda. 17 Summerfield Lane, $662,000. Jennifer and John Lefner, Jr. sold property to Timothy Phalen and Kathleen Mullin-Phalen.


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Week of June 16 – June 22, 2017

Week of June 16 – June 22, 2017


Once Upon a Time in Saratoga Local Production Company Films Series in 12866

Greenville’s Madeline Balta in costume as Rapunzel for the episode “Lots of Locks.” Continued from front page.

other duties. They are aiming to release the show on Amazon Prime in early 2018. The show will consist of seven episodes, which will range from 10-15 minutes each. Coady wrote the pilot episode, and cowrote two other episodes. Balog is also set to direct one of the episodes. Each episode will consist of sisters Snow White and Rose Red going on adventures with other popular “fairy tale friends,” including Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, and Lewis Caroll’s Alice. The show’s producers hope that it will teach its young audience a variety of wholesome life lessons, as well

as inspire them to seek out and read the classic fairy tales from which its characters are derived. “We really tried to go back to the original Grimm’s text and pull from there, and say, if Snow White and Rose Red were to really run into [for example] Little Red Riding Hood, what would happen?” Coady said about the show’s creative ambitions. Coady, who is acting as showrunner and creator for the series, compared the feel they hope to achieve with the series to Disney’s 2015 live-action “Cinderella” with Lily James, while producer Spass said that the show’s intended demographic includes children ages 4-9. While the series is aiming young, Coady said that they

Cameras role on a key scene in the show’s Rapunzel-centric episode.

Trident Fantasy Films co-founder Andrew Balog near the Surrey Williamson set.

hope the enduring popularity of the characters would make it popular with older kids as well. The series’ titular fairy tale heroines will be played by real life sisters, Demetra and Callista Zorbas, 14 and 17, respectively, of Colonie. Callista, portraying Rose Red, has been performing since age 3, and has been involved in a number of plays and short films. Demetra, portraying Snow White, has also been performing for a while, but until now she has mostly been an extra in things alongside her older sister. This series marks the biggest undertaking for the two of them. “It’s been really fun,” Callista Zorbas said. “This is like our dream come true.” Production on the series began on June 12, and is set to wrap on July 1. When press were invited to visit the set on June 14, the cast and crew were shooting scenes in the gardens behind the Surrey Williamson Inn, across from the entrance to Skidmore College. Spass described the isolated location as a “hidden treasure” in the area, with stonework perfect for a fantasy project. The episode being filmed involved the characters meeting Rapunzel, portrayed by Madeline Balta, 16, of Greenville. Balta has previously worked with Coady on an adaption of the Brothers Grimm’s

“The Twelve Dancing Princesses.” Coady described the moral of this particular episode as learning to share. Other planned shooting locations for the series include Galway and Moreau State Park. Coady currently resides in Ballston Spa, having moved to the area from Los Angeles after spending time close to Hollywood building her career in film. She is originally from New York City. Balog and Spass have both lived in the area for most of their lives, with Balog hailing from Vermont originally, and

Spass having moved here at age 5. Prior to the creation of Trident Fantasy Films, Balog founded Logs Leisure Entertainment, a company focused on providing digital releases for various film projects on platforms like Netflix, Hulu, Google Play, and more. Balog also produced a pilot last year for Amazon called “Solitude,” which he also directed. The rest of the series is scheduled to begin production in August. It will, like “The Adventures of Snow White and Rose Red,” be filmed locally.



Week of June 16 – June 22, 2017

Saratoga Central Catholic Grads Embrace the Future by Thomas Kika Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — On the morning of June 9, in the St. Clements Roman Catholic Church in Saratoga Springs, Saratoga Central Catholic High School held its graduation ceremony for the class of 2017,

awarding diplomas to its 31 graduating seniors. This year’s valedictorian was Emma VanDeCar, while salutatorian was Paul Ruger. According to Mary Guarnieri, the school’s director of advancement, their graduating class for 2017 has already been offered over $6,425,000 in academic scholarships.

Salutatorian Paul Ruger and Valedictorian Emma VanDeCar

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Precession led by Reverend Howard J. Hubbard, D.D., Bishop Emertus

Week of June 16 – June 22, 2017

Act with Respect Always Banners Go Up in Stillwater



Ballston Spa Students Create Memorial Tiles for Military Base

Photo provided.

BALLSTON SPA — Ballston Spa High School students in the International Baccalaureate Visual Arts class recently painted beautiful ceiling tiles in remembrance

of fallen soldiers and airmen. The artwork on these tiles will now be displayed by and incorporated into the ceilings of the 109th Airlift Wing at Stratton Air National

Guard Base in Schenectady. The students donated the tiles to representatives from the Air National Guard at a ceremony held recently at the school.

Locals Make Hartwick Dean’s List Photo courtesy of Act with Respect Always.

STILLWATER — Banners displaying the slogan of anti-bullying initiative “Act with Respect Always” have recently been put up on streetlamps along Hudson Avenue in Stillwater.

“This is a huge ‘pay it forward’ as thousands will now see the banners as they travel through Stillwater,” AWRA leader Rich Johns said about the new banners.

SARATOGA COUNTY — Hartwick College in Oneonta has released their Dean’s List for the spring 2017 semester, and several students from Saratoga County have achieved the sufficient GPA to make the list. These students

are as follows: freshman Bradley Anderson of Mechanicville; senior Kevin Blake of Ballston Spa; junior Mattison R. Coffey of Ballston Spa; senior Justine Kozubal of Saratoga Springs; freshman David Lee of Saratoga

Springs; senior Meagan Potter of Saratoga Springs; junior Zoe Rockwell of Ballston Lake; and junior Meghan J. Shea of Saratoga Springs. Saratoga TODAY congratulates these local scholars on their considerable achievements.



Week of June 16 – June 22, 2017

Summer Club Lets Children Connect with Power of Produce

Saturdays, 9 to 1 Wednesdays 3 to 6 High Rock Park

by Julia Howard, Market Administrator for Saratoga TODAY As school ends for the year, the Saratoga Farmers’ Market invites children and families to celebrate summer. On Wednesday, June 21, we’ll host our End of School Celebration and kick off our second annual Power of Produce Club at the market from 3-6 p.m. What does all this mean? A lot of fun along with a great opportunity for children to learn how to make healthy food choices while also learning more about the farmers that grow the fruits and vegetables they eat. The Power of Produce began in 2011 at a farmers’ market in Oregon City, Oregon, with a goal of improving that community’s health. We brought the concept to Saratoga last year and

Power of Produce Club 2016 by Pattie Garrett.

are pleased to be offering it again this year with support from the Christopher Dailey Foundation and the Rotary Club of Saratoga Springs. The Power of Produce Club (also known as the POP Club), is a free, 12-week program geared toward children ages 5-12. It will take place at our Wednesday markets from 3-6 p.m. Children who attend receive a POP Passport and a $2 POP token that they can use to purchase fresh fruit or

vegetables. Each week, the club will offer such activities as cooking demonstrations and scavenger hunts. Children will be able to collect a stamp on their POP Passport each time they participate, and will receive a prize for every four stamps they collect. Program participants include American Farmland Trust, Cornell Cooperative Extension: Food and Nutrition, Saratoga Springs Public Library, Northeast Parent and Child Society, Chef Dan Spitz, Malta Ridge Orchard and Gardens, and the Agricultural Stewardship Association, among others. Music by the Zucchini Brothers, Balloon Gal Jenny, and representatives from the Northeast Parent and Child Society, Cornell Cooperative’s Master Gardeners, and Saratoga County Foster Care will kick off this year’s POP Club. Children can visit the club at its location across from the green market information booth. The opening week’s activity is to make fruit and yogurt ice cream cones along with an educational exercise on healthy snack options and portions. Last year, about 40 children took part in the program each week. We look forward to an even larger crowd this year. The Saratoga Farmers’ Market is 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at High Rock Park. Find us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Fresh Fruit and Yogurt Cones Adapted from recipe on

Ingredients * Ingredients can be found at the market

- fresh fruit* - Vanilla yogurt* (maple, honey can be found at the farmers’ market) - Waffle cone, waffle bowl, or homemade waffle

Directions 1. Fill a waffle cone with a spoon full of vanilla yogurt, then a layer of mixed fruit. Add another spoonful of yogurt, then top it off with fruit. Enjoy! 2. Fruit suggestions: Strawberries*, mango, blueberries, kiwi, apple chunks*, or whatever you have on hand.


Week of June 16 – June 22, 2017

You are Gnocchi Listening

by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY Hello my Foodie Friends. Today is my daughter Aubrey’s 24th birthday and the start of Father’s Day Weekend. Being Italian and Irish both my daughter and I love her mom’s homemade sauce as part of the many Italian heirloom dishes made in our household. It is usually a Father’s Day treat for me. Among the most popular food that people associate with Italian cuisine, and sort of a staple in most Italian restaurants in the United States, are gnocchi [nyoh-ki]. These tiny dough dumplings most typically are made of semolina, parmesan cheese, flour, eggs, salt, and potatoes. But before we proceed right to how to make gnocchi, here are some factoids about these delectable dumplings you might want to know: According to historians, the earliest recorded mention of gnocchi was in the 14th century. Mention of them was discovered in Italian cooking manuscripts of that time period. There are many theories as to where gnocchi came from and how they were invented. One theory is that much like the origin stories of many traditional Italian dishes, these dumplings have Middle Eastern origins. The story is that as the Roman Empire expanded their territory, soldiers conquering lands in the Middle East discovered gnocchi, or its earliest predecessor anyway, along the way and liked them so much that they brought the recipe for them back to Italy. On the other hand, some historians also believe that gnocchi have been in existence in northern Italy as far back as the 12th century.

At Compliments to the Chef, we carry gnocchi boards to assist with making homemade gnocchi. The Gnocchi Board easily forms pasta dough into authentic Italian gnocchi. The ones we carry are made in Italy from natural beechwood; easy-grip handle maintains the perfect angle and keeps board steady for easier use. The board has ridges that help shape pasta and add texture which will hold more sauce; works nicely as a cavatelli maker, too. The gnocchi board forms a more consistent shape than using a fork; won’t flatten delicate dough; same size pieces cook more evenly and make a more attractive presentation. The board is easy to use and clean; wipe with a dry cloth or brush Homemade Gnocchi di Patate Prep 20 mins Cook 40 mins Total 60 mins Yield 4 servings Although you can make gnocchi with just flour and eggs, gnocchi is typically made with boiled or baked potatoes. So in this recipe, we will be including potatoes. Ingredients • 1 pound potatoes • 2 cups/300 grams flour • 1 medium egg • Fine salt Instructions 1. Wash the potatoes thoroughly. Make sure to remove all dirt. 2. In a large pot, put enough water to cover the potatoes when they are placed inside. Put to a boil. 3. When the water’s boiling, put the potatoes in carefully. Boil for about 30 to 40 minutes, or until they are soft enough that they can be easily pierced with a fork.

6. Combine the mashed potato and flour. 7. Add the egg and combine with the potato dough. Then, add the salt. 8. Combine and knead the ingredients until you get a soft but firm dough. Be careful not to knead it too much. 9. Once you get the right dough consistency, slice a portion of the dough, perhaps a quarter, and roll that into a rope. 10. Note: Cover the rest of the unused dough to prevent it from drying out. 11. Sprinkle some flour on your hands and the worktable to prevent the dough from sticking. 12. Once you get a mediumsized rope, cut them into 1-inch slices/portions. 13. Using a gnocchi board to make ridged doughs. To do that, use your thumb (or forefinger and middle finger together), press and roll each dough piece downward, making ridged curls as you go. The design will add aesthetics to the dumplings and also makes sauces cling much better to them. Note: You can cook gnocchi as soon as you create the dumplings. You can also dry them in a tray for a few hours, if you want, and cook them a few hours later. If you want to keep them for cooking at a later date, put them on a tray and freeze them. Make sure they don’t touch each other so they don’t stick together. Once frozen, you can keep them in food bags and they will keep up to a month or so. Cooking gnocchi: 1. In a saucepan, put water to a boil and add salt. 2. Drop the gnocchi dumplings into the boiling water and stir, to make sure they don’t stick to each other.

4. Once done, drain the potatoes and peel the skin while they’re still warm. If you have a potato ricer, you don’t need to peel them.

3. Boil them for about 2 minutes, but not more than 3. When the dumplings start to float in the boiling water, that means they’re almost done. Just give them another 25 seconds or so.

5. Mash the potatoes. Make sure to get rid of clumps but don’t over-mash.

4. Remove them with a slotted spoon or carefully drain them in a colander.

5. Add your sauce to it and serve.


If you are wondering what to get Dad for Father’s Day stop by Compliments to the Chef in Saratoga Springs to assist you with finding the cool tools your father would love to help with his culinary

creations. Stop by and get a Gnocchi board if you want to make him something special for his day. Happy Father’s Day! Make beautiful, life-long memories. Remember; “Life happens in the kitchen.” Take care, John and Paula



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 docentled 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. Upbeat on the Roof Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College’s UpBeat on the Roof concert series is moving to a new night in 2017. The popular series of free concerts featuring regional musicians will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday nights from July 13 through August 24 on the Museum’s iconic rooftop. The move to Thursday nights coincides with the Museum’s new year-round hours. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. with extended hours until 9 p.m. on Thursday. This move will give visitors a chance to visit the galleries before and after UpBeat concerts. The museum is located on the Skidmore College campus at 815 N. Broadway in Saratoga Springs and the roof can be accessed via the museum elevator or outdoor staircases. Due to the popularity of the concert series, visitors are advised to arrive early. Free parking is available in parking lots adjacent to the museum. In case of rain, concerts will be held inside the museum. For more information, call 518580-8080 or visit http://tang.

8th Adirondack Greek Festival The 8th Adirondack Greek Festival will be held at St. George Church, 55 Main St., South Glens Falls on July 13 – 15. On Thursday, July 13 from 4 to 8 p.m., we will have gyro and souvlaki to go. On Friday & Saturday, July 14 and 15 from noon to 9 p.m., we will have our full festival with authentic Greek food, pastries, folk dancers, live music, souvenirs, kids’ activities, and church tours. Free admission and parking. OPA! For more information, call Marika at 518-792-8299 or the church at 518-792-2359. Family Fun Day The public is invited to join us for some food, music, games and fun for the whole family. Sunday July 16 at 12:30 p.m. at Community Alliance Church, 257 Roland St., Ballston Spa. 518-885-6524. All are welcome. Annual Taste of Malta The Malta Business and Professional Association announces their 9th Annual Taste of Malta on Tuesday, July 19, 2017, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Hudson Valley Community College’s TECSMART, 345 Hermes Rd., Malta. Each year, cuisine from local Malta and surrounding area restaurants is offered for tasting and sampling. Past events have featured menu items and specialties from Panza’s Restaurant, Campagna Restaurant, Lake Ridge, NaNola, Wolf Hollow Brewing Company, Lily and the Rose Catering and many more. Proceeds from the event support the Ballston Spa Partnership for Innovation in Education Fund. To join the event as a restaurant or to donate prizes for the raffles, contact Karen McGowan, Taste of Malta Chair, at Karen@ or at Sponsorship opportunities are also available at a variety of levels. Email MaltaBPA@ to learn more about sponsoring this tasty event. For the most up-to-date event information visit http:// HVCC’S TEC-SMART .

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; gradecentered activities like fishing, bicycling, and game afternoon. Start your Scouting Adventure today. Registration cost is $50. For more information, contact Turning Point District Membership Chair John Koch at 518-644-4438 or . Yankee Game Bus Trip Notre Dame Visitation Church Renovation Committee is hosting a Yankee Game Bus Trip on Saturday, August 12. It will be Yankees vs Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Cost is $130 per person which includes unlimited food and Pepsi products from 1st inning through 5th inning of game. Bus will leave Wilton Mall at 11 a.m. Tickets on sale now, first come, first serve. Tickets are non-refundable. Game time is 4 p.m. Contact Pete Healy at 518421-2956. 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

Week of June 16 – June 22, 2017 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 and 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 518399-3262 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 (Monday-Friday ) that you want to be there. For information go to our web site www.snchga. com or contact Mark Brockway at, phone 518-260-9933 or contact the Cemetery Administration Office located at 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville, NY 12871, Phone 518-581-9128. Senior Nutrition Program Saratoga County Office for the Aging sponsors the program in Saratoga County. Persons age 60 and over can participate in a meal that is served at 12 noon at several meal sites throughout Saratoga County. Meal sites are located in Ballston Spa, Charlton, Clifton Park, Corinth, Edinburg, Galway, Greenfield, Hadley, Halfmoon, Malta, Mechanicville, Moreau, Saratoga, Schuylerville, and Waterford. This nutritious lunch is served MondaysFridays. Reservations are required at least one day in advance by noon. A registration form must be completed by each participant annually. No food/drink items can be taken to go. Participants will receive monthly contribution letter. The suggestion donation is $2.00 per meal. For more information and contact phone numbers of locations, please call Billie Jo at the Office for the Aging, 518-884-4996.

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Week of June 16 – June 22, 2017 events, call 518-682-4200 or 1-855-339-5990, or visit www.

Saturday, June 17

Family Friendly Event

Friday, June 16 Frederick Allen Lodge #609 Annual Scholarship Ball Saratoga-Wilton Elks, 1 Elks Lane, Saratoga Springs, 6 p.m. 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 appearance 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.

The Humane Gardener: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 7 p.m. Naturalist, journalist and gardener Lawson shares an eloquent plea for compassion and respect for all species, and describes why and how to welcome wildlife to our backyards. Through engaging anecdotes, and interviews with scientists and horticulturalists, Lawson applies the broader lessons of ecology to our own outdoor spaces. For more information on these or other

8th Annual Curtis Lumber’s PetAPalooza Pet Adoption Day and Pet Fair Curtis Lumber, 885 Rt. 67, Ballston Spa, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Hundreds of animals from over 22 area shelters and rescue groups will be in attendance with adoptable animals including cats, dogs, rabbits and birds. Many adoption rates will also be lowered for the day. There will also be 60+ pet vendors in attendance such as local veterinarians, sitters, pet photographers, treat makers and more offering valuable discounts off their services. Bring your pet and enjoy a low-cost micro-chipping clinic courtesy of Mohawk Hudson Humane Society – Saratoga. Cost is only $20 per current pet and $15 per pet adopted at PetAPalooza. Steve Caporizzo from the WTEN Pet Connection will be joining us for the day. Enjoy raffles, great food, free face-painting, balloon twisting, pet caricatures, pet photos and so much more. For a list of all who are attending and more details visit www. clpetapalooza or www.facebook. com/clpetapalooza.

Strawberry Festival Round Lake United Methodist Church, 34 George St., Round Lake,1 - 4 p.m. Rain or shine, Adults and children over 9 years $5, children 6 to 9 $3, children 5 and under free. All profits to support the United Methodist Women’s mission work.

Genealogy and Local History Town of Saratoga Town Hall, corner of Rt. 4 and Rt. 29, Schuylerville,1 p.m. Saratoga National Historical Park Superintendent, Amy Bracewell, will be the speaker. Amy joined the National Park Service in 2007 in South Dakota, became Site Manager at Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park in Virginia in

CALENDAR 25 2013, and joined the Saratoga National Park in 2015. She will highlight several of the projects and discoveries going on at the park and will share some insights into future plans. Amy is working to increase awareness, visitation, and partnership with a variety of community groups. Public is welcome. For information call 518-587-2978.

Friends of Music Saratoga Springs Alumni Concert Loewenberg Auditorium, Saratoga Springs High School, 7:30 pm 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.

Sunday, June 18 Breakfast Buffet Saratoga-Wilton Elks, 1 Elks Lane, Rt. 9, Saratoga Springs, 8:30 – 11 a.m. Now featuring eggs to order. Fruit cocktail, French toast, pancakes, potatoes, breakfast sausage and ham, corned beef hash, scrambled eggs, eggs benedict, juice, coffee and tea. Donation Requested: Adults $10, Seniors and Military (Active/ Retired with ID Card) $9, Children 5—12 $8, Under 5 Free, Take-outs $10. Call 518-584-2585 for more information.

Monday, June 19 Paint and Pastries Clifton Park Senior Community Center on 6 Clifton Common Blvd. in Clifton Park, 10 – 11:30 a.m. 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. The painting on the 19th is entitled ‘Moonlight View’ and on the 22nd the class will be painting ‘Sunflowers.’ You may attend one or both classes and bring a friend! Please call Jen Buscema at 518-884-4110 to register today.

Southern Saratoga Artists’ Society Meeting Clifton Park Senior Community Center, 6 Clifton Common Blvd., Clifton Park, 6:30 p.m. 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: www.

Tuesday, June 20 Concert: “Mozart in Havana” Arthur Zankel Music Center, Skidmore College Campus, 7 p.m. Pianist Simone Dinnerstein joins the U.S. summer debut of the Havana Lyceum Orchestra For tickets go to www. For more information call 518-580-5321.

Wednesday, June 21 Guided Mindful Meditation Saratoga Springs Public Library, Susman Room, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Take a break from the daily grind and clear your mind with guided Mindful Meditation led by professionals from One Roof Holistic Health Center. Sessions are free and open to the public, and will be held on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 518-584-7860 ext. 205.

The Fascinating Life of Katrina Trask The Sembrich, 4800 Lake Shore Drive, Bolton Landing, 1:30 p.m. A studio talk by Betty Spinelli. The program is followed by a

Victorian era-styled tea tasting sponsored by Saratoga Tea and Honey. Tickets are $20. For more information, visit www. or contact The Sembrich at 518- 6442431. .

Open Forge Night with Steve Gurzler Adirondack Folk School, 51 Main St, Lake Luzerne 6:30 p.m. Get an introduction to the art of blacksmithing at Open Forge nights for an amazing demonstration 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.

Thursday, June 22 Adult Summer Reading Book Talk Saratoga Springs Public Library, H. Dutcher Community Room, Noon – 1 p.m. Catch up on your reading this summer. Join librarians Chris Alexander and Caitlin Sheldon for a book talk summarizing upcoming books that you will want to take to the beach or put on your bedside table. Participants can sign up for the 2017 Adult Summer Reading program and become eligible for prizes. Please bring the title of a recent book you have enjoyed and we will share brief descriptions of our favorite reads at the end of the talk. No registration required. For more events at the library visit

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Week of June 16 – June 22, 2017

Places of Adirondack Christian Fellowship   8 Mountain Ledge, Wilton 587-0623 | Services: Sunday 8 a.m. & 10 a.m. Adirondack Friends Meeting 27 Saratoga Ave, South Glens Falls 793-3755 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Assembly of God Faith Chapel 6 Burgoyne St, Schuylerville 695-6069 | Rev. Jason Proctor Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Assembly of God Saratoga 118 Woodlawn Ave, Saratoga Springs 584-6081 | Services: Sunday Worship 10 a.m. Bacon Hill Reformed Church* 560 Route 32N, Bacon Hill | 695-3074 Rev. Janet Vincent | Services: Worship service 10 a.m.; Sunday School 10 a.m. Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa | 885-7312 Services: Sunday Worship, 10:30 a.m. Ballston Spa United Methodist Church 101 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa 885-6886 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Baha’i Community of Saratoga Springs Saratoga Springs Public Library, Glasby Room Public Meetings 1st Tuesdays, 7p.m. 692-7694, 885-0876 | | 1-800-22UNITE Bethesda Episcopal Church* 41 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs | 584-5980 The Very Rev’d Marshall J. Vang Services: Sunday 8:00AM & 10:00AM Calvary Capital District 17 Low Street, Ballston Spa | Pastor Andrew Holt Services: Sunday 10 am | Church of Christ at Clifton Park 7 Old Route 146, Clifton Park 371-6611 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Charlton Freehold Presbyterian Church 768 Charlton Rd., Charlton | Services: Sunday 10 am Phone: 399-4831 Christ Community Reformed Church 1010 Route 146, Clifton Park | 371-7654 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Christ Episcopal Church 15 West High St, Ballston Spa | 885-1031 Services: Sunday 8 & 10 a.m. Christian Restoration Ministries Saratoga Senior Center 5 Williams St, Saratoga Springs 796-4323 | Pastor Pat Roach Services: Sunday 6:30 p.m.

Christian Science Church 107 Circular St, Saratoga Springs 584-0221 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Community Alliance Church 257 Rowland St, Ballston Spa 885-6524 | Services: Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. Congregation Shaara Tfille* 84 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga Springs 584-2370 | Services: Saturday 10 a.m. Corinth Free Methodist Church   20 Hamilton Ave, Corinth 654-9255; 792-0271 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Corinth United Methodist Church 243 Main Street, Corinth 654-2521 | Services: Sunday 11 a.m. Cornerstone Community Church 100 Saratoga Village Blvd. #8 Ballston Spa. | 664-5204 | Pastor Frank Galerie Services: Sunday 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Community 2001 Route 9, Round Lake 877-8506 | Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8 & 11 a.m.; Eastern Orthodox — Christ the Savior 349 Eastline Road, Ballston Lake 212-7845 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. First Baptist Church of Saratoga Springs 45 Washington St, Saratoga Springs 584-6301 | Services: Sunday 12 noon First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa 202 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa 885-8361 | Services: 10:30 a.m. worship, (9 a.m. in July and August) 9 a.m. Sunday School (all ages) First Presbyterian Church of Ballston Spa 22 West High St, Ballston Spa 885-5583 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Full Gospel Tabernacle 207 Redmond Road, Gansevoort 793-2739 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Galway United Methodist Church 2056 East St, Galway | 882-6520 Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. (9 a.m. in July and August)

Grace Fellowship Saratoga* 165 High Rock Ave, Saratoga | 691-0301 Pastor: Mike Adams Services: Sundays 9 & 11 a.m. Greater Grace Community Church 100 Saratoga Village, Building 17, Ballston Spa. Pastor David Moore | 899-7777 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Greenfield Center Baptist Church 30 Wilton Road, Greenfield Center | 893-7429 Services: Sunday School for all ages - 9:45 a.m.; Church Service - 11 a.m. Highway Tabernacle Church 235 Hudson Ave., Mechanicville | 664-4442 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m., Sunday School 9:30 Hope Church 206 Greenfield Ave, Ballston Spa 885-7442 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Sunday School 9 a.m. Jonesville United Methodist 963 Main St, Clifton Park 877-7332 | Services: Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Living Springs Free Methodist Church 59 Pine Road, Saratoga Springs 584-1003 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Living Waters Church of God 4330 State Rt. 50, Saratoga Springs 587-0484 | Services: Sundays 10 a.m. Malta Presbyterian Church 118 Dunning Street, Malta 899-5992 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Malta Ridge United Methodist Church 729 Malta Ave. Ext, Malta 581-0210 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Middle Grove United Methodist Church* 429 Middle Grove Rd, Middle Grove 581-2973 | Pastor Bonnie Bates Services: Sunday 9 a.m. Mt. Olivet Baptist Church 100 Cresent St. Saratoga Springs | 584-9441 | Services 10 a.m. Rev. Dr. Victor L. Collier Perry Road Baptist Church* 150 Perry Road, Saratoga Springs 587-0711 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Pastor Thomas Van McClain New Life Fellowship* 51 Old Gick Road, ­­Saratoga Springs 580-1810 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m.


Week of June 16 – June 22, 2017

Worship NorthStar Church 970 Rt. 146, Clifton Park 371-2811 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. & 11:15 a.m. Old Saratoga Reformed Church* 48 Pearl St., Schuylerville Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Old Stone Church (American Baptist) 159 Stone Church Road, Ballston Spa 583-1002 | Service 10:30 a.m. Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church* 73 Midline Road, Ballston Lake 399-5713 | Services: Saturday 5:30 p.m. Sunday 10:30 a.m. Porter Corners United Methodist Church 512 Allen Road, Porter Corners,NY Service: Sunday 8:45 am Followed by Fellowship Arlene Schmidt, CLM | Handicap accessible Presbyterian-NE Congregational Church 24 Circular St, Saratoga Springs 584-6091 | Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Quaker Springs United Methodist Church* 466 Route 32, Schylerville 695-3101 | Pastor Ben Lalka Services: Sunday 9 a.m. River of Hope Fellowship 100 Saratoga Village Blvd, Malta Cmns, Ste. 3 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Roman Catholic Church of St. Peter 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-2375 | Services: Saturday 5 p.m.; Sunday 7:30, 9 and 11 a.m. St. Clement’s Roman Catholic Church* 231 Lake Ave, Saratoga Springs 584-6122 | Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8, 9:30, 11:15 a.m. and 5 p.m., 1 p.m. Spanish Service St. George’s Episcopal Church 912 Route 146, Clifton Park 280-7196 | Services: Saturday 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 8 & 9:30 a.m. St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church* 3159 Route 9N, Greenfield Center 893-7680 Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church* 167 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa 885-7411 | Services: Saturday 4 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., Noon. St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church* 771 Route 29, Rock City Falls 885-4677 | Services: Saturday 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.; Sunday 8:30 am.

St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 149 Lake Ave, Saratoga Springs 584-0904 | Services: Saturday 5 p.m.; Sundays 8:30 & 11 a.m. St. Peter Lutheran Church 2776 Route 9, Malta | 583-4153 Services: Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m.; Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church 1 Grove Street, Schuylerville 695-3918 | Rev. Donna J. Arnold Services: Sunday 8 & 9 a.m. St. Thomas of Canterbury 242 Grooms Road, Halfmoon | 348-0842 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga Abundant Life Church 2 Hutchins Rd. Saratoga Springs 885-5456 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. Saratoga Chabad 130 Circular St, Saratoga Springs 526-0773 | Saratoga Friends Meeting (Quaker) 571 Rt32, Quaker Springs 587-7477; 399-5013 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga United Methodist Church* 175 Fifth Ave, Saratoga Springs 584-3720 | Services: Sunday 9:00am and 10:45am Saratoga Seventh-Day Adventist Church 399 Union Ave, Saratoga Springs 587-6951 | Services: Sabbath School: 10 a.m. Worship Service: 11 a.m. Schuylerville United Methodist Church 51 Church St., Schuylerville 695-3101 | Services: Sunday 11 a.m. Shenendehowa United Methodist 971 Route 146, Clifton Park 371-7964 Services: Sunday 9 & 10:45 a.m. Simpson United Methodist Church 1089 Rock City Road, Rock City Falls 885-4794 Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m.

Soul Saving Station for Every Nation Christ Crusaders of America 62 Henry St, Saratoga Springs Services: Sunday 10 a.m. | 584-3122 www.SOULSAVINGSTATIONCHURCH.COM Stillwater Christian Fellowship Meeting at Liberty Ridge Farm 29 Bevis Road, Schaghticoke, NY 12154 288-8802 | Services 10 a.m. Stillwater United Church (Presbyterian U.S.A.) 135 Hudson Avenue, Stillwater | 664-7984 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Temple Sinai* 509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-8730 | Shabbat Services: Friday 6 p.m. or 8p.m. (rotating schedule) Saturdays: 10:30a.m. Terra Nova Church* 45 Washington St, Saratoga Springs 833-0504 | Services: Sunday 9 a.m. The Salvation Army/ Worship, Service & Community Center 27 Woodlawn Ave, Saratoga Springs 584-1640 Services: Sunday School 10 a.m.; Praise & Worship 11 a.m. Trinity United Methodist Church 155 Ballard Road, Gansevoort 584-9107 | Rev Keith Mann Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs 624 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-1555 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Unity Church in Albany 21 King Ave., Albany 453-3603 Services: Sunday 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. | Sunday School: 11 a.m. Summer Services: 9 a.m. West Charlton United Presbyterian Church 1331 Sacandaga Road, West Charlton 882-9874 | Rev. Thomas Gregg Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. | Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Wilton Baptist Church 755 Saratoga Road, Wilton 583-2736 | Services: Sunday 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

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Week of June 16 – June 22, 2017

‘Nikola Tesla Drops the Saratoga Automobile Museum Gala Beat’ Launches ATF Summer Season June 21 GLENS FALLS — The electronic pop musical, “Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat,” kicks off Adirondack Theatre Festival’s 23rd summer season of professional theater. The show centers on the battle between the misunderstood genius inventor of alternating current Nikola Tesla and direct current inventor Thomas Edison. Tesla struggles against his rival’s obsessive ambition and warped publicity as he fights to build a future for the world in which he could “light it up.” Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 21Saturday, July 1, and 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, at the Charles R. Wood Theater. Tickets are $34-$45 and are available at the Wood Theater Box Office, online at or by calling

(518)480-4878. For more information about the local presentation, go to: http:// w w w. a t f e s t i v a l . o r g / e v e n t / nikola-tesla-drops-beat/. Vienna Juvenile, Chicago’s acclaimed sketch comedy trio, will perform in the cabaret space of the Charles R. Wood Theater at 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 26-Tuesday, June 27. Vienna Juvenile’s original live comedy features an emotionally-driven, absurd perspective on everyday life. They were named “a little wacky, a little absurdist, a little sincere” by The Sketch Review and “excellent and heartfelt” by Chicago Reader. For more information about the show, go to: http:// www.viennajuvenilecomedy. com/about/. The Wood Theater is located at 207 Glen Street in downtown Glens Falls

Steve and Sue Bouchey, and Sam Palazzole, and Marcie Fraser and Tom Durkin, at the Saratoga Automobile Museum’s 15th annual gala on June 10, 2017. Images by

“Peter Pan, A Musical Adventure” at Malta Community Center MALTA — Soar away to Neverland with Malta Spotlighter’s Theatre Troupe’s production of this magical adaptation from the beloved novel by J.M. Barrie. Features original music from Pioneer Drama Services and vibrant costumes. Performances are 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, June 17 and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 18 at Malta Community Center, One Bayberry Drive. Tickets are $10

in advance, $15 at the door. For more information, call 518-8994411, or email: Founded in 1989, the Spotlighter’s Theatre Troupe is a multi-generational acting group located in Malta, which provides participatory theater activities to enhance and enrich the cultural life in both Malta and the surrounding

communities through the shared experience of live theater. The Troupe produces at least two shows per year with as many as 150 children, teens, and adults participating as stage actors and behind-the-scenes volunteers. These productions are always family-friendly and appeal to all ages, and they draw approximately 600 to 700 audience members annually.

Week of June 16 – June 22, 2017

Saratoga Springs Student Raises Hope, Awareness, and Goods for Kids in Africa


NYCB Dancers Take to The Streets

Calla Woodworth poses in front of snapshots at the Spring Street Gallery on June 8, 2017. The images tell the story of her trip to Uganda with her mom, photographer Emma Dodge Hanson, and the organization Drilling for Hope. The sixth grade Maple Avenue Middle School student raised $600 in advance of her trip, which was used to give pigs and soccer balls to children in Africa. “It might sound like giving a pig to somebody is not interesting until you realize they have never had an animal before. This pig will give them income and protein (and) most children do not have a toy to play with, let alone a real soccer ball,” she says. “I grew up always learning to give back. Being able to interact and to give people something they’re so grateful for is a great experience.” For more information, go to: http:// Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos

Summer Concert Series in Ballston Spa Starts June 29 BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association presents its free Concerts in the Park series at Wiswall Park on Front Street, starting June 29. The series runs 10 weeks and shows will be staged 6 to 8 p.m. every Thursday. June 29: Ballston

Spa Community Band; July 6: North and South Dakotas; July 13: Emily Teller; July 20: The Lustre Kings; July 27: The Bluebillies; Aug. 3: Ice Cream Social with the Union Fire Company Band; Aug. 10: Blues Noir; Aug. 17: Seth and the Moody Melix; Aug. 24: Sirsy; Aug. 31: The Coteries.

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.

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Week of June 16 – June 22, 2017

Annual Fundraiser Held to Benefit Families Affected by Cancer SARATOGA SPRINGS — A fundraiser to benefit families affected by cancer in upstate N.Y. was held June 10, 2017 at the Excelsior Springs at the Marriott. The annual fundraising gala, hosted by Get Your Rack Back, raises money to provide area cancer patients with meal delivery, gas, grocery and

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restaurant gift cards, as well as medical copay assistance.

GYRB board members Michelle Hoff and Tina Quigley with supporter Betsy Pacelli.

Cancer survivor Rachel Schnefel, and friend Christine Cheney.

GYRBGet Your Rack Back founder Connie Bramer with her children Alex and Alyssa Slingerland.


Week of June 16 – June 22, 2017

Gallery to Mark Anniversary with Van Alstine, Laffer, and Hot Club of Saratoga SCHUYLERVILLE — The Laffer Gallery will mark its fifth anniversary with an exhibition by artist John Van Alstine, and gallery founder Erik Laffer. “Cartography & Choreography,” will run June 17 to July 30, and an opening reception held 5 - 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 17 with live music performed by Hot Club of Saratoga. Cartography & Choreography brings together

two prolific artists exploring the connections between the natural, the man-made, and the personal. Assembling stone and foundobject metal, Van Alstine contrasts the timelessness of stone with industrial elements of the 20th Century. His works create a poetic balance between the choreographed, floating earthbound stone and strength of metal. Laffer’s abstract personal

narratives are logical and experimental explorations of place– past, present and future. Identifying his own struggle to understand self, family and society, his paintings re-describe the world with a language of symbols, reminiscent of cartography. The Laffer Gallery is located at 96 Broad St. For more information, go to:

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saturday, 6/17: Griffin House, 8 pm @ Caffè Lena . 583.0022 Bad Chaperones, 10 pm @ Caroline St. Pub . 583.9400 Tribute to Queen at The Strand, 2 pm @ Hudson River Music Hall . 832.3484 Sketches of Influence, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue . 583.2582 Darren Lyons Trio, 9 pm @ One Caroline . 587.2026

Open Mic Night, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena . 583.0022 Super Dark Collective . Digisaurus w/ Bare Mattress, 10 pm @ One Caroline . 587.2026

tuesday, 6/20: Traditional Open Irish Session w/ Drank The Gold, 7 pm @ Inn at Saratoga . 583.1890


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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

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“ Bright New Music Series: Kaia Kater”, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena . 583.0022

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Rob Aronstein, 7 pm @ Wishing Well . 584.7640

Open Mic . every Thursday, 10 pm @ Circus Café . 583.1106

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Orchard Project Cabaret, 9 pm @ Putnam Den . 584.8066

sunday, 6/18: Utah Phillips tribute w/ sons Duncan & Brendan, Magpie, others, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena . 583.0022 Jazz Jam Session, 7 pm @ One Caroline . 587.2026

monday, 6/19: Meagan Houde, 6 pm @ Brook Tavern . 871.1473

Dead at the Den: Knot Deadbeats, 9:30 pm @ Putnam Den . 584.8066 Parkway Drive, The Word Alive, Wage War, 6:30 pm @ Upstate Concert Hall . 371.0012

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WANTED Vendors, Crafters & Artisans Wanted. The Ballston Area Senior Citizens will be holding their Annual Bazaar on October 28 at the Milton Community Center, located at 310 Northline Rd. Ballston Spa. Indoor & out door space available (on first come / first serve basis indoor only). To receive an Exhibit Contract and pay to reserve your table, please contact Sue e-mail—sheim381@aol. com or call Sue @ 518-8858037 / text message.

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Week of June 16 – June 22, 2017

Puzzles Across 1 Librarians might use them 12 Lt. col.’s inferior 15 Sci-fi concept 16 Lovelace whom many consider the first computer programmer 17 Whatchamacallit 18 Solo on-screen 19 Trail, perhaps 20 Milky Way source 21 Camera product 23 Tablet container 24 Coral Triangle tourist destination 25 Left rolling in the aisles 26 Down a lot 28 __ other 30 Robot starter 31 Pay dirt 33 Hassle 35 First instrument for many 38 Icy Hot competitor 39 Keep secret 41 Sushi bar delicacy 42 __ pedal: guitar accessory 43 Slam offering 45 Org. that monitors plants 48 Nervous person? 50 Fail to beat the heat 52 AIDS-fighting drug 54 Rough stuff 55 Low-cost pub 56 “__ bien” 57 Storage unit? 58 Vaping devices 61 “Wheel of Fortune” purchase 62 Amusing editor, at times 63 Mo. for which tanzanite is a birthstone 64 Comics-derived danger alert Down 1 Yoga variety 2 Fine after an accident 3 Well-lit? 4 “Gimme a __” 5 Noodle variety 6 Certain queen’s domain 7 Steamed cantina food 8 Like a certain female artery

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See puzzle solution on page 38 9 Ink deliverers 10 WWII arena 11 Basil’s wife on “Fawlty Towers” 12 Buddhism branch 13 Company offering many promotions 14 Mystery woman 22 Watches over 24 Where an engineer may retire 25 Less forward 27 Artery problem 29 Bear fruit? 32 Secretly unite 34 Arrogant sort 35 Beverage used in Chinese cuisine 36 Team member in “Moneyball”

37 “Eldorado” group 39 Soured 40 Part-human mythological creature 44 Threat 46 Get cracking 47 Ancient cacao bean traders 49 TED talk subjects 51 Encyclopedia Brown’s first name 53 Discretion 55 Italian tubes 56 Sera is a form of it 59 Tea holder 60 Halting syllable

Writing the Right Word by Dave Dowling

Accuracy in word choice is a key to effective communication. In your daily writing and speaking, try to make sure you use the right word in the right place with the right spelling. By doing so, its effect will affect your communication in a positive way. This quick weekly tip will help you filter the confusion in some of our daily word choices. This Week: Gibe, Jibe Gibe means to jeer, mock, or tease a person. Eric sometimes gibes him about his unfortunate four-putt green. Jibe means to agree with something. Her independent audit jibes well with our accounting numbers. Dave Dowling is the author of The Wrong Word Dictionary and The Dictionary of Worthless Words. Both books are available from many book retailers, and signed copies can be obtained by contacting Dave at

Week of June 16 – June 22, 2017


Mountainman, New Year’s Eve, and 24 Years of Success How Mountainman Rose From the Ashes of a Pizza Shop by Jason Birkelbach Saratoga TODAY Not many businesses can attribute their success to a New Year’s Eve party, but not many businesses are like Mountainman Sports. Mountainman Sports on Broadway recently expanded its store and is hosting a grand re-opening event Friday, complete with giant scissors and a ribbon, with sales continuing throughout the weekend. For nine years, the store has flourished despite the increasing competition almost all businesses face from chain stores and online retail. And for a city whose charm and vitality subsists on its local businesses, success like Mountainman’s is paramount. Finding success and maintaining it, however, has taken more than hard work for Mountainman sports. “There were a lot of bychance happenings here that have helped the business along,” company owner John Nemjo said. “I’ve always been opportunistic, and I take chances on things I shouldn’t be taking chances on, but a lot of things I’ve taken chances on have worked out.” Nemjo’s first chance unfurled on New Year’s Day 1993. He had left his teaching job in Florida over Christmas break with $6000 and an idea: start a camping store in the Adirondacks. He searched Old Forge for a location on his trip and found nothing. New Year’s Eve passed and Nemjo had stayed in, preparing to return to Florida the next day. That morning, New Year’s Day, he stopped at a convenience store for gas and coffee. “I said I’m up here looking for a place to rent. I want to open a camping store but I haven’t found a place yet,” Nemjo said. “Someone was at a party the night before and said, ‘You know what? I heard last night that so-and-so and so-and-so aren’t coming back to open up the pizza shop.’” The shop was just down the street. Nemjo could have

Left to Right: Joseph Vindarte, Lori McCasland, Brian Nasser, Christy Murphy, Alex Norton. Middle: John Nemjo. Photo by

walked. He reached out to the owners. The rumor had been true. The location was available. Twenty-four years later, the Old Forge location has grown to campus-size proportions, and the Saratoga Springs operation has grown with it. Over the store’s nine years in Saratoga, the customers have dictated how Mountainman has evolved. “We’ve had a great progression,” said general manager Lori McCasland, who has worked there for eight years. “We changed as the locals changed, which was great to be able to do, because they’re the heart of the store.” Like the Old Forge campus, the shop on Broadway fell into Nemjo’s hands by a stroke of good fortune. Nemjo’s store had been successful selling Life is Good t-shirts—the brand most recognizable for its graphic smiley-faced stick figures that do objectively

enjoyable things, and as the name suggests, a positive perspective. Given the t-shirt’s lucre, Nemjo looked to open a separate store for Life is Good apparel. He called the sales rep looking to settle in Saratoga Springs. “Our sales rep said, ‘I got a guy in Saratoga and he’s doing well with it. I just can’t set up anybody right now,” Nemjo said. “Well, that somebody happened to be CV sports, and they were carrying Life is Good.” About a month later CV closed, opening the space for what would become Mountainman. The store began selling primarily Life is Good apparel, but the customers wanted more. They asked for North Face and Patagonia and paddleboards and canoes. And Mountainman gave it to them. The company is now

the largest Patagonia dealer in New York as well as one of the largest canoe and kayak dealers, according to Nemjo. The store’s newest expansion, its second overall, takes over the space beside it that had been Saratoga Guitars. Mountainman had been renting the space to Saratoga Guitars, until the music shop found space on the bottom floor of the building. “As time went by they knew they were going to be expanding,” Matt McCabe, owner of Saratoga Guitars said. “So as it was, I wanted to stay downtown, and this opened up.” The expansion allowed the store to spread out its merchandise into new, more navigable sections. The new space

holds the store’s camping and climbing supplies, several kayaks, and, a newer commodity, roof racks. “It’s been a lot of work but it’s definitely rewarding,” said store manager Joesph Vidarte, commenting on running the store. “You have to keep everyone happy. That’s the most important thing.” Mountainman will cut its grand re-opening ribbon Friday at 11 a.m. “This business has grown by listening to the customers, having what they ask for and what they need, and providing excellent customer service,” said Nemjo. “And out best advertising is still word of mouth.”



Week of June 16 – June 22, 2017

There’s No “I” in Team

by Damian Fantauzzi for Saratoga TODAY There is an old cliche in team sports that has been used by many coaches, notably the late Johnny Wooden. He actually has been given credit for coining it: “There’s No ‘I’ in Team!” From 1964 to 1975, Wooden’s UCLA teams won 10 national championships. However, Wooden did not originate the phrase. As a matter of fact, there seems to be no one responsible for the saying. Nick Saban, famed football coach at the University of Alabama, says that the phrase has its flaws. He feels that without those talented individuals the team will suffer. There are obviously different interpretations of “No ‘I’ in Team,” but the gist of it is to the point: success of a team relates to

the mindset of the group as a whole. As many coaches will say, a team must play together with cohesiveness. Please let me use the game of basketball as an example of the definition of team. It is all about the mathematics of the game. Mostly, all sports and games are summed up with the final statistics of a game, and that is any game and any sport. Here is a hypothetical basketball game, in which the final stats can be the tell all. If Johnny scores 22 points and the team won with a three points margin, is Johnny the star of the game, or is it Billy who only scored three point, from outside the arch? There is “No ‘I’ in Team” in the final statistics of the game, every one counts in the overall success of a victory. There are always the players who are not the scorers. Maybe in the same game, Mikey, who scored zero points, still had seven rebounds, three blocked shots, and two steals, but the box score in the book doesn’t show him, other than getting into the game. Is Mikey part of the team’s victory? Yes, most certainly. There are some coaches who do not keep game statistics, like rebounds, steals, assists, blocked shots, and turnovers. This is an important aspect of basketball, and all of team sports. It is not always the kid who scored 22 points who gets voted as “player of the game.” I believe it is not only necessary for all of the team

to see their games’ stats, but also the shots they have taken and from where on the floor. It is about contribution. Dean Smith, the late, famed coach of North Carolina, kept stats on every aspect of the game, such as total possession time during the game, and scoring per possession. He even kept stats on defensive stops, or offensive possession that came off of a defensive stop. Many of his practice plans were based off of previous game statistics. He wanted not only to rectify the negative stats, but wanted to reinforce what they were doing and how it worked. As a basketball coach of 40 plus years, I have always emphasized the team, but I also was of the understanding that there were some players

with more individual skills than others. The coach needs to utilize each player’s strengths, and to do that, he or she has to recognize those strengths. Not all coaches have the ability to see each player’s role, and this is not a criticism so much as it is a fact. Here’s one of the biggest factors of the team: Do the players recognize their role as a team member, and can they accept that role? This is where it becomes an issue, and sometimes a sticky one, and not only with the players, but with the parents as well. As an art teacher I can make another analogy. Not every art student is as gifted in the fine arts, but there is a certain aspect of their skill that they can feed off of. During the first week of school, I would open

with an introduction that I called my “1 Theory.” Simply put, my students were all number 1 and it was important that they respected their classmates, whether they were gifted in art or not, whether they were male, or female, black or white, or whatever so called differences they might have. I also made the point that we can all learn from one another. To me this was a necessity, that each and everyone accept each other. It was not always about art: it was about our classroom’s community and interaction. I really think it worked. The gym was also my classroom, and the feeling of community was as much a necessity for the team as it was in my classes.

Soledad O’Brien to Deliver Keynote Soledad O’Brien will deliver the keynote address at Equstricon this year, Equestricon LLC. announced Wednesday, June 14. O’Brien is a journalist, documentarian and owner of Starfish Media Group. She owns five horses and rides often. Her speech will address the aftercare of retired race horses. “Equestricon is putting the issue of aftercare front and center and for that I am grateful,” O’Brien

said in a press release. “These beautiful animals need and deserve homes after they retire from horse racing so that they can be adopted by loving owners.” Euqestricon begins on Sunday, August 13 with outside events before the convention moves to the city center August 14 through 15. O’Brien will speak 9:00 a.m. August 14. After the speech she will moderate panel discussion on the success stories of aftercare.

Week of June 16 – June 22, 2017


Three Streaks Place at States by Jason Birkelbach Saratoga TODAY Saratoga Springs’ boys and girls track teams placed three athletes on the podium last weekend at the NYSPHSAA state track meet in Elmira, New York.

Mimi Liebers, Kelsey Chmiel and Nick Cavotta hurdled, ran, and jumped, respectively, to top finishes in the two-day event. Liebers finished third in the 100-meter hurdle race. Liebers, who has made eight appearances at the state meet over both her indoor and outdoor track career,

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landed her highest place-finish Saturday morning. In 2016 Liebers finished eleventh overall as a junior. As a sophomore the year before, she finished seventh overall. Liebers will pursue pre-medical studies at Holy Cross next fall and will run on the track team. Sophomore Kelsey Chmiel finished third in the 3000-meter race with a time of 9:34.18. Chmiel is the national record holder in the race this year, clocking her personal best at 9:18.09 on May 10 at the Eddy Meet.

Kylee Shortsleeves receives her award.

Andrew Sabo receives his award.

by Jason Birkelbach Saratoga TODAY The Adirondack Sportsman’s Alliance awarded scholarships to two local college-bound seniors. Kylee Shortsleeves and Andrew Sabo have received the scholarships. The Alliance has been awarding these scholarships for 17 years. The scholarship requires applicants to submit an essay about their future goal, career path and how their ambitions relate to the outdoors and the environment, according to a press release. Shortsleeves is graduating from Queensbury High School. She will study Business administration and Management at Connecticut’s Quinnipiac University. She hopes to own her own business one day.

Nick Cavotta, Kelsey Chmiel, and Mimi Liebers. Photos by

Shortsleeves has been on the Queensbury Principal’s list and her other accolades include Spotlight and Peer Leadership awards. Sabo is graduating from Hudson Falls High School. He will attend American University in Washington D.C. to study computer science and film development. Sabo is a National Honor Society Member and served on Hudson Falls student council. He also received the George Eastman Young Leaders award. The Adirondack Sportsman’s Alliance deals in all aspects of outdoor sports. It promotes conservation and education on camaraderie and sportsmanship, according to its Facebook page. The Alliance gives back to the community through fundraising and donations, in addition to the scholarships.

Chmiel also finished sixth in the 150-meter race—another podium-worthy performance. As a freshman in 2016, Chmiel finished fourth in the 3000-meter and sixth in the 1500-meter. Cavotta placed fifth in the boys long jump event, leaping 22 feet five inches, landing four short of fourth and his personal best, which he set in May. The Winthrop Universitybound senior finished first in the state this past winter during the indoor season, jumping 23 feet. Cavotta also competed in

the 4x100 relay. Though the relay team fell just short of the podium with a ninth place finish, they once again broke the school’s 4x100 relay record, which they first set at the state qualifying meet a few weeks ago. They finished with a time of 42.71, .04 seconds faster than their original record run. Sophmore Shea Weilbaker finished tenth in the 3200-meter race with a time of 9:27.48. Weilbaker finished first at the state qualifier notching a time of 9:25.64.



Week of June 16 – June 22, 2017

COMMUNITY SPORTS BULLETIN Summer Solstice Yoga Celebration BALLSTON SPA — A special yoga event will be held on June 24 at the Shenantaha Creek Park in Ballston Spa to celebrate the summer solstice. The session will involve moderate yoga practice, including sun salutations, a mandala, and meditation. Brunch will also be served. The session will run from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. For planning purposes, participants must be registered by 12:00 p.m. on June 23. For more information, call 518-522-5472.

Run the Red Carpet 5K SARATOGA SPRINGS — The inaugural Run the Red Carpet Run/Walk will be held on June 24 starting at the Saratoga Spa State Park Warming Hut at 9 a.m. The event will have a Hollywood theme, and participants are encouraged to dress as glamorously as they can, as the official website says, “Dig out that old Prom Dress or Tuxedo; wear the flashiest jewelry you can find, set your sights high for that Best Dressed Prize!” Runners will receive tuxedo or pearl necklace graphic-design t-shirts to compete in. Tickets are $25 in advance, and $30 at the door. Registration on the day will begin at 7:30 a.m. A portion of the proceeds from the event

will go to local animal rescue organizations in the Capital Region. For more information, go to

Skidmore College Saratoga Classics Horse Show STILLWATER — The Skidmore College Saratoga Classics 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 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.

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

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 518-583-9622 ext. 145.

Recreation Department Horsing Around Program

NYRA College and Alumni Handicapping Tournament

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 with questions.

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

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

Week of June 16 – June 22, 2017


Skidmore Show Kicks off its 20th Year by Jason Birkelbach Saratoga TODAY Skidmore college opened its 20th annual Saratoga Classic horse show Wednesday morning. The show will continue through the weekend, resume the following weekend, and close on Sunday, June 25. This year’s show is the last to run at the Yaddo Show Grounds before the event moves to a new facility in Stillwater. The show had been scheduled to christen the new grounds in Stillwater this year, but wicked winter weather stalled its construction and forced the venue change. All the funds the Classic raises go to scholarship and award opportunities for Skidmore students. The show is Skidmore’s largest fund-raising event, according to Adele Einhorn, the event’s executive director and Skidmore’s director of special events. “The event has raised over four million dollars for scholarships,” Einhorn said. “We have entries, but we also had a lot of

people sponsor the event. There are gifts for the event, and those gifts directly go to the scholarship fund.” The event gets hundreds of entries from across the country each year. Steve Borders of San Diego, California brought four of his horses for this year’s show. He is a retired rider whose horses competed in the Hunter Derby. He shared his experience. “It’s tough to tell the winners from the losers unless you’ve been watching for ten years,” Borders said. “It takes a happy horse. And a happy horse is one whose muscles are rested, is well-fed. A happy horse is a horse that’ll win.” Borders said the nuance of the sport is his favorite aspect. There are minute details that can win or lose a horse and rider a ribbon. One misstep or rushed jump can lose major points. “You like to see them with their ears forward, not grumpy,” said Rodney Bross, a trainer and owner from Maryland. “They’re smooth. You don’t see a funny step. You don’t see them sulky. You want consistency.”

One of his riders was running the more advanced Hunter course. She and the horse had been trotting and jumping smoothly until one of the last jumps. The horse lifted its front legs, thrust forward with its hind ones, tucking all four in mid-air. Only she had left the ground too soon, and the horse’s hind legs skimmed the wooden bar. Mere inches, Rodney said, jostled the jump. Many riders and trainers like

the show simply because it’s in Saratoga and the race track is, as always, an attractive feature. “I really enjoy the setting,” said Charlene Graham, an amateur rider from Rochester. “The town is fun.” Trainer Sandy Loebell of Florida said the event is important to the Equestrian world because of Saratoga’s history. The setting, she said, reminds her of the “old-fashioned horse shows.” The event is old-fashioned. It

had run in Saratoga in the 1920’s, and Einhorn, teaming with Skidmore’s riding director, revitalized it in 1998. “I just saw that there was a need for an event like this in the area,” Einhorn said. The event serves as somewhat of a kick-off for the United States Equestrian Federation circuit, which, like Saratoga’s event, features professional riders competing at the highest level.

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