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LOCAL • INDEPENDENT • FREE Volume 11  •  Issue 25  •  June 30 – July 6, 2017 • (518) 581-2480

Slow Down! NYRA Local Leaders Put Speeders on Notice


by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY WILTON — They appear along roadsides more and more: digital signs that clearly reveal to drivers the extent to which they are violating posted speed limits. “They do slow people down,” stated Councilman John McEachron in early June, as he and the other Wilton Town Board members were approving a purchase of two more of the radar devices at roughly $3,000 each.

Saratoga Baseball Cap: Sunday, July 23

A fixed radar sign on Dimmick Road in Wilton. Photo by

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Monday Aug. 7

Notes from City Hall

Housing, Code Blue and City Charter

by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY Saratoga Cooler Bag: Monday, Aug. 21

Saratoga Clock: Sunday, September 3 See full story on pg. 36 for further details.

See Slow Down! pg. 8

Officials Provide Update of Three City “Workforce Housing” Projects Saratoga Springs’ Mayor Joanne Yepsen, County Chamber President Todd Shimkus and the city’s Housing Task Force, led by Cheryl Hage-Perez, held a press conference Tuesday to provide an update regarding

three “site-specific” workforce housing proposals in the city. The three projects, independent of one another, symbolize a starting point in addressing affordable housing needs for area residents who work in the city but are unable to secure housing within its borders. The three workforce housing solutions are slated to be developed at: South Broadway on the site currently occupied by the Saratoga Diner (110 to 120 one and two-bedroom rental units); on vacant land adjacent to the rail station on

West Avenue (120 units), and in a new building adjacent to the Stonequist Apartments on South Federal street (158 units). The first two projects are currently being evaluated by the city’s Land Use boards. As proposed, the apartments will be offered to workers whose households earn approximately $36,000 to $80,000 annually. It is important to note these are not low-income households, nor are they related to the “Inclusionary See Story pg. 11

Featured Stories

All American Festival

See pg. 3

Opera Saratoga Kicks Off Summer Season See pgs. 10, 29

Inside TODAY Blotter 5 Obituaries 6 Business 12-13 Education 17-21 Arts and Entertainment 26-30

Sports 36-40

Weekend Forecast FRIDAY


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Week of June 30 – July 6, 2017

Neighbors: Snippets of Life from Your Community

Who: Philip Steffen. Where: Hathorn Spring #1. Q. What are you doing today? A. Touching up this bollard. I look around town and see what needs touching-up. Q. How often do you do this type of work? A. Anytime the weather’s nice, when we can get out and paint. I’ll be painting signs around town, I’ll letter City Hall whenever there’s a new employee, graffiti clean-up; Anytime the office sees something that needs touching-up. Q. Where are you from originally? A. Wisconsin. I moved here in ’95 and I’ve worked for the city for 11 years. Q. What kind of feedback do you get from people? A. One time I did an independent survey of why people come to Saratoga. They said it was because it was so beautiful. So, it’s nice to work in a city that cares about how it looks and that people appreciate the way it looks. Q. What are some other projects you’ve worked on? A. Recently, we replaced the statue at Spit & Spat. And back when first got here, I helped finish the Italian Gardens in Congress Park.


Week of June 30 – July 6, 2017

Saratoga Springs All American Festival MONDAY, JULY 3, 2017 Children’s Program: All-American Afternoon with ‘Ben Franklin’ 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Children’s Museum, 69 Caroline St. Will travel to Congress Park. Historic City Tour: The Good Guys & The Bad Guys Two stories of Saratoga Springs 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Meet out front of the Canfield Casino in Congress Park Fireside Chat with ‘General Burgoyne’ 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Holiday Inn

Fireplace Lounge (Indoor rear foyer) 232 Broadway FREE s’mores for all the kids!

TUESDAY, JULY 4, 2017 Firecracker4 Road Race 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Broadway in front of the City Center To learn more, visit www. All-American Downtown Sidewalk Sale 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Broadway in front of the City Center

All- American Parade & Patriotic Pooches

BBQ & Dessert Fest Winners Announced

Fireworks w/ Patriotic Music 9:30 p.m. (approx.)

11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Broadway from Van D a.m. Street to Spring Street

8:00 p.m. Spring Street Parking Lot

Spring Street, Henry Street, Putn a.m. Street, UnionAvenue

Parade Characters F a.m.ily Photo-Op 11:30 a.m. to 12 noon Congress Park at the Carousel All-American BBQ & Dessert Fest 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Various restaurant locations throughout downtown and in the Spring Street parking lot. All-American Classic Car Show 12 noon to 4:00 p.m. Division Street & Fingerpaint parking lot Historic City Tour: The Good Guys & The Bad Guys Two stories of Saratoga Springs 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Meet out front of the Canfield Casino in Congress Park Party in the Parking Lot with the Audiostars 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Spring Street Parking Lot

Live Reading of the Declaration of Independence 9:15 p.m. Spring Street Parking Lot



Week of June 30 – July 6, 2017

Tickets on sale for July 9 Secret Gardens Tour Spacious North Broadway estates, compact city lots and remarkable suburban yards are featured on this year’s Secret Gardens Tour in Saratoga Springs set for Sunday, July 9. The 23rd annual tour includes 11 private gardens. Overriding themes this year are family connections, hidden retreats, and balancing beauty with practicality. “The mix of styles and size promises to inspire all levels of gardeners,” said Stacie Barnes, co-chair of the Soroptimist Secret Gardens Tour Committee with Barbara Lombardo. The self-guided tour takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 9.

Advance tickets at $20 can be ordered at through July 6 or purchased at all four Cudney’s retail locations, Northshire Bookstore at 424 Broadway and the Saratoga Heritage Area Visitor Center across from Congress Park through July 8. On the day of the tour, if still available, tickets can be purchased for $25 at the Visitor Center, 297 Broadway, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. In addition to the private gardens, docents at the public gardens of the artists’ retreat Yaddo will be there to greet visitors, as will members of the Heritage Garden Club at the Memorial Garden adjoining

The garden of Jean and Don Garrant is loaded with flowers, water features, whimsical signs and homemade birdhouses.

The sprawling gardens of Mark and Elisa Haworth reflect hundreds of varieties for both sun and shade.

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the rear of the Saratoga Heritage Area Visitor Center downtown. Descriptions of all the gardens and suggested driving directions are provided in the tour ticket. The tour is presented by Soroptimist International of Saratoga County, the local branch of an international volunteer

service organization. All the money raised supports projects, programs and individuals improving the lives of women and girls locally and around the world. A keystone program in Project Hope and Power, which helps local victims of domestic violence achieve personal independence.

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Week of June 30 – July 6, 2017

COURTS Patrick J. Toomey, 40, of South Glens Falls, was sentenced on June 22 to five days in jail and five years of probation, after pleading to felony DWI regarding an incident that occurred in Moreau. Frank C, Evans, 29, of Mechanicville, pleaded on June 22 to felony aggravated DWI, in connection with an incident that occurred in Malta. Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 5. Zarak O. Ali, 44, of Albany, was sentenced on June 21 to 1 to 3 years in state prison, after pleading to offering a false instrument for filing in the first-degree, in connection with an incident that occurred in Ballston Spa. Barbara D. Delong, 35, of South Glens Falls, was sentenced on June 21 to pay a fine and restitution, after pleading to felony insurance fraud in connection with an incident that occurred in Moreau. Jackie R, Coffey, 29, of Ballston Spa, was sentenced on June `19 to six months in jail, after pleading to second degree vehicular assault, in connection with an incident that occurred in Saratoga Springs in July 2016. Jody C. Hanes, 36, of Malta, was sentenced on June 19 to 20 years in state prison, after being found guilty to the charges of first degree burglary, and fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon in connection with an incident that occurred in Malta.

POLICE Sean A. Bennett, 33, of Albany, was charged on June 16 with second degree burglary, menacing, and four counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Bennett is accused of unlawfully entering a residence in the town of Milton and menacing another person with a large wooden object. Four children were also present in the residence during the incident. This was a domestic incident and there

were no injuries involved, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff ’s Office. Bennett was sent to Saratoga County Jail without bail and will answer the respective charges in the Milton Town Court at a later date. Shane A. Gregory, 29, of Victory Mills, was charged on June 17 with felony criminal contempt and harassment, a violation. Gregory is accused of headbutting, pushing, and tripping a female known to him in violation of an order of protection. He was arraigned in the Milton Town Court and released on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to appear in the Milton Town Court at a later date. Joshua Y Delvalle-Hernandez, age 19, Saratoga Springs, was charged on June 20 with misdemeanor criminal mischief. Brian W. Martin, age 32, Clifton Park, was charged on June 20 with two misdemeanor counts petit larceny. Margaret K. Knight, age 35, Saratoga Springs, was charged on June 20 with petit larceny, and welfare fraud – both misdemeanors. Michael A. Gartman, age 22, Rowesville, South Carolina, was charged on June 20 with three misdemeanor counts criminal possession of a controlled substance. Nickolaus K. Davis, age 19, Orangeburg, South Carolina, was charged on June 20 with two misdemeanor counts criminal possession of a controlled substance, the felonies: criminal possession of a forged instrument and criminal possession of a weapon, and unlawful possession of marijuana. William P. Childers, age 34, Glens Falls, was charged on June 20 with speeding, aggravated unlicensed operation misdemeanor, and unlawful possession of marijuana. Joseph R. Bozony, age 22, Saratoga Springs, was charged on June 19 with failure to stop at a stop sign,

and aggravated unlicensed operation third degree- a misdemeanor. James M. Caron-Williams, age 22, Saratoga Springs, was charged on June 19 with two felony counts criminal possession stolen property. Jason M. McMahon, age 40, Saratoga Springs, was charged on June 18 with criminal trespass misdemeanor, and unlawful possession of marijuana. Vasco D. Hale, age 41, South Glens Falls, was charged on June 18 with aggravated unlicensed operation misdemeanor, and failed to signal a turn.

Owen G. Phinney, age 23, Gansevoort, was charged on June 18 with misdemeanor DWI, resisting arrest- a misdemeanor, and the felonies: aggravated unlicensed operation and assault in the second-degree. Marquan T. Threatt, age 26, Albany, was charged on June 18 with registration plate display violation and misdemeanor aggravated unlicensed operation. Anthony J. Diorio, age 20, Saratoga Springs, was charged on June 18 with unlawful possession of marijuana and aggravated unlicensed operation – a misdemeanor.

Jennifer J. Slachtovsky, age 33, Amsterdam, was charged on June 17 with misdemeanor DWI, felony aggravated DWI – due to a 15-year-old being in the vehicle, misdemeanor operating a motor vehicle with suspended registration, and misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child. Jessica S. Devanney, age 28, Broadalbin, was charged on June 17 with misdemeanor DWI, and a driving violation. Nicholas C. Goulet, age 19, Ballston Spa, was charged on June 17 with misdemeanor DWI, and two driving violations.



Week of June 30 – July 6, 2017

Robin Hoffman

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Michael Hess

Eileen Gailor

Dale VanAernem

GANSEVOORT — Robin (Roberta) Hoffman died on Thursday, June 22, 2017. Calling hours were held on Wednesday, July 28, 2017 at the Burke Funeral Home, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY (584-5373). A memorial service will be celebrated in July. Online remembrances may be made at

JOHNSTOWN — James M. Wiley passed away Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Calling hours were held Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at Burke Funeral Home, North Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Burial with military honors was on Wednesday, June 28, at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville. Please visit

BALLSTON SPA — Michael James Hess passed away on Saturday, June 24, 2017. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, June 30, 2017 at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Online remembrances may be made at

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Eileen F. Gailor, age 87, passed away on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. During her final days, she gave us all such courage and hope, reminding us of the preciousness of life. If you wish to express your online condolences or view the Obituary, please visit our website at

MECHANICVILLE — Dale R. VanAernem, age 58, passed away on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. A special thanks to the Albany Medical Center doctors, nurses and staff for all their care and compassion for Dale and family. If you wish to express your online condolences or view the Obituary, visit

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Ride Sharing Launched in City and Beyond by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — State Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner (D-Round Lake) took an inaugural ride to Spring Street Thursday to mark the arrival of Uber, Lyft and other ride-sharing services statewide. In April, the state Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo agreed to enact a ride-sharing law, which was favored by many New Yorkers. A minor amendment in May made it effective Thursday, prior to the July 4 holiday weekend. “Bringing ridesharing to the

communities that I represent has been a priority of mine since taking office, and I am pleased that all of us in state government have worked together to make that happen,” Woerner said in a statement. “Ridesharing will not only support small businesses and tourism in the Saratoga community, but will also provide job opportunities and reduce chances for driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol,” she added. “I look forward to seeing how these benefits improve the quality of life for all of us in the City of Saratoga Springs and Saratoga County.” Shelby Schneider, the director

Photo provided by Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner’s office.

Shelby Schneider. Photo provided.

of business retention and expansion for the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership, said this week that the availability of ride-sharing services will be a “game-changer” for local employers. For workers who experience difficulties in commuting to work, this “completely new” option could

do not accept cash payments. All transactions and rides are managed online or through smartphone apps, making it more convenient for customers. For more information, visit the websites upstate-ny/ and

prove to be reliable, according to Schneider. During a trip last year to Minnesota, Schneider reported, she tried a ride-sharing service for the first time herself. “I was very impressed,” she said. The two primary ride-sharing companies, Uber and Lyft,

State Park Guides Ready SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Spa State Park welcomes back four park docents for a second summer season starting Saturday, July 1 through Monday, Sept. 4. The docents will be out in the

park helping serve patrons and will be available for orientation, directions, and answering visitor questions. They will also provide brief interpretive walks to discuss the mineral springs and park history. Look for their friendly faces and burgundy polo shirts and ball caps. Programs offered daily through July 4 include springs tours at 10 a.m., 12, 2 and 4 p.m. meeting by the Creekside Classroom in the Geyser

Picnic Area.; and history strolls at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. meeting at the arcade outside the administration building at 19 Roosevelt Drive. The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees 180 state parks and 35 historic sites, which are visited annually by 60 million people. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-4740456 or visit


Week of June 30 – July 6, 2017

Where to See Fireworks This Independence Day Weekend! SATURDAY, JULY 1 Greenwich Elks Lodge Fireworks (8 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.) Elks Lodge, Rte. 40S, Greenwich, NY Softball League games starting at 8 am. Food & Beverages will be available to purchase. Professional fireworks that are second to none. Bring your blanket.

Day Celebration in Corinth, NY! FREE ADMISSION

SATURDAY, JULY 1 The Village of Lake George (9:30 p.m.) Shepard’s Park, Canada Street, Lake George, NY


The Village of Lake George puts on a July 4th fireworks display that can be viewed all along the waterfront.



Independence Day CelebrationCorinth, NY (9 a.m.-9:45 p.m.) Corinth Public Beach

July 4th Fest at the Great Escape Sun. July 2 until Tues. July 4, 2017

Join us for fun, food & fireworks during our Annual Independence

Saratoga Lake Fireworks 2017 Saratoga Lake


July 4th Citizenship Ceremony Tuesday morning at Saratoga National Historical Park a Celebration will be held as 20 immigrants become citizens of the United States of America. Enjoy patriotic music and hear the crack of musket fire and booming cannons. Join in 13 lemonade toasts

to the “new” United States. 10 a.m. –11 a.m. Join Park Ranger Emeritus Joe Craig as he portrays a town crier declaring America’s Independence and leads a rousing 13 celebratory toasts. 2 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Cannon and musket firing demonstrations all day!

Watch the fireworks at the North and South ends of the lake! The annual Saratoga Lake Fireworks show will take place at two locations this year on the same day in celebration of Independence Day.

TUESDAY, JULY 4 Saratoga Springs All-American Celebration (6:30-9:30 p.m.) Spring St. Surface Lot

6:30 p.m.: Party in the parking lot featuring The AUDIOSTARS, 9:15 p.m.: Live reading of the Declaration of Independence, 9:30 p.m.: FIREWORKS FREE ADMISSION

TUESDAY, JULY 4 Celebration at Clifton Common (noon to 10 p.m.) Clifton Park, NY This Independence Day will be full of fun for the entire family with live music, games, rides, great food and so much more! The day kicks off with the annual Fourth of July parade at 12:00 noon. The parade route begins at Shenendehowa campus on Route 146 and finishes at the Clifton Common. Events will be going on all day, topping the night off at 9:30 with a spectacular firework show.



Week of June 30 – July 6, 2017

Slow Down! Local Leaders Put Speeders on Notice Continued from front page.

Wilton Supervisor Arthur Johnson said the new units arrived this week, and that they will be placed on Smith Bridge Road. They get mounted to an existing speed limit sign back-toback and alert drivers traveling in either direction, he explained. Local drivers know Smith Bridge Road for a sharp turn that has seen its share of accidents through the years, often due to excessive speed. The

roadway has a speed limit of 40 m.p.h. and two permanent warning signs with flashing yellow lights on either side of that turn. Johnson said that land on Smith Bridge Road has been donated to Wilton. Plans are in the works to utilize the donation for modifying that hazardous curve, he added, possibly next year. In his nearly 30 years of service in local government, Johnson admitted, he has not noticed a

distinct rise in speeders—though he knows the radar signs help. “It makes people at least pay attention to what the speed is…People have to respect” other motorists, he said, “and drive prudently.” Sergeant Andrew Prestigiacomo, who heads the Saratoga Springs Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit, said the city first started using its own remote speed radars nearly 20 years ago. Most modern radar units are either fixed to signs or portable, and they cost between $3,000 and $9,000, he added. The police department owns a total of three portable units, two of which were situated recently in the city’s outer limits on Geyser Road and Hutchins Road. Both roadways intersect with Route 50. Prestigiacomo said numerous complaints have been received about Hutchins Road in particular, which has a posted speed limit of 30 m.p.h. Several months ago, after fresh snowfall had affected road conditions, an early morning accident claimed the life of a young woman on a woodsy stretch of Hutchins Road close to the spot where the city’s portable unit was placed. In addition to capturing the speeds of passing vehicles, the equipment gives “very detailed data” about traffic patterns over time, Prestigiacomo said. The portable units can be charged in a garage and utilize solar power when deployed. If they run low on power, Prestigiacomo said, they tend to give inconsistent readings. Without the appropriate

A portable radar sign on Geyser Road. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

traffic laws being passed, the sergeant explained, no tickets can be issued to drivers based on speeds recorded by the radar signs. He added that such laws are not likely to be passed “at any time in the near future.” However, new legislation related to speedy drivers is being supported by officials in Malta, where a fixed radar device appears in a 30 m.p.h. zone near the town complex. This month, the state Legislature passed a home-rule traffic bill sponsored by Senator James Tedisco (R-Glenville) and Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner (D-Round Lake). The bill, which is specific to the Town of Malta, would empower local officials to set lower speed limits on town roads and avoid a time-consuming process that is normally regulated by county agencies and the state Department of Transportation. “It’s not law yet,” offered Malta Supervisor Vincent DeLucia, noting how the bill

has not been signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The governor has until the end of the year to take action, according to Adam Kramer, a spokesman for Tedisco. Many residents in Malta have pressured DeLucia and other leaders to address a growing problem of drivers speeding in several parts of town. “The traffic just goes too fast, there’s no question about that,” DeLucia said. The supervisor voiced his concerns about speeders on Round Lake Road, Chango Drive and Ruhle Road in particular. He also expressed gratitude for residents who speak up, as well as the efforts of Tedisco and Woerner. If the law gets signed and goes into effect, DeLucia explained, town roads would need to be “studied individually” with assistance provided by engineers. The town, he added, would not be able to “arbitrarily make decisions.” “We still need to find out all the details and determine what the costs will be,” DeLucia said.


Week of June 30 – July 6, 2017

City Marketers Give to Foster Care Kids Children in foster care need shelter, food, clothes and personal care items like anyone else. Marszalek estimated that between 60 and 70 percent of the kids served by Northern Rivers remain in the system for 9 or 12 months.

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by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — A host of family difficulties can force a child into foster care. Direct physical abuse, domestic violence and drug addiction on the part of parents are the most common causes, experts say. In some of the worst situations, kids in that type of trouble have to leave their homes in a hurry with nothing of value to them. That is where philanthropy specialist Bo Goliber and 90-plus staff members and interns at the Fingerpaint marketing agency hope to make a difference. On Friday, Goliber is leading an effort at the company’s headquarters on Broadway to build several bicycles and fill 94 duffel bags, called “Sweet Cases,” as a means to boost the spirits of children served by the Albany-based Northern Rivers Family of Services. The Sweet Cases, Goliber explained, are a simple but effective way to make kids who suddenly enter the foster care system “feel normal in the moment.” Many times the reasons behind family separations are “heart-wrenching when you really think about it,” she said, noting how an estimated 1,200 kids nationwide enter foster care every day. Goliber billed the June 30 event as “our first company-wide philanthropy day,” since employees at Fingerpaint’s Pennsylvania and Arizona offices also will build bikes and fill the same blue Sweet Cases with teddy bears, coloring books and personal care items to be distributed.

The reality of kids in foster care “really resonated with our staff,” Goliber said, adding that a ”values-based” approach to employee relations at Fingerpaint attracts those who genuinely care about others. At least one Fingerpaint employee in the Philadelphia office actually had an experience in foster care. “She’s so excited to be able to share her personal story,” Goliber said. Fingerpaint is making the effort in partnership with a California organization called Together We Rise. “There’s a ton of coordination, but that’s why we partner with them,” Goliber said. Fingerpaint employees were expected to raise $6,000. But with the aid of social media and flea markets offering homemade goods—and a company contribution of $3,000—they raised a total closer to $10,000. “Giving our employees the opportunity to engage with each other through these kinds of activities strengthens our relationships and our success as a company,” Fingerpaint Founder Ed Mitzen said in a statement. “We’re here to benefit clients and their customers, of course, but we also know we’re a force for good in the world.” Bill Marszalek, the executive program director of foster care services at Northern Rivers, admitted that connections with businesses like Fingerpaint have a noticeable impact. “The reality is it costs a lot to provide these services,” Marszalek said. “We’re taking kids in and caring for them every day.”

There are approximately a dozen Saratoga area kids in foster care at present, he added. In its latest annual budget—for a coverage area that stretches as far west as Binghamton and as far north as Queensbury—Northern Rivers

reported an expense for services alone of more than $72 million. “Our goal is not to make money,” Marszalek said. “Our goal is to provide service. We’re here for families. It’s hard, hard work.”



Two New Videos Showcase Music at Caffè Lena, Dance at SPAC SARATOGA SPRINGS — In advance of its 2017 residency of the New York City Ballet – which takes place July 5-15, Saratoga Performing Arts Center is releasing a series of unique, locally-shot dance videos created by videographers and NYCB dancers, Emily Kikta and Peter Walker. The eight videos feature NYCB dancers performing short pieces at iconic locations in Saratoga Springs and Troy, including the Gasholder Building, Yaddo, the Race Track, Congress Park, Saratoga Lake

and the Saratoga Train Station. The videos will be released on SPAC’s website and social media channels daily from June 26 – July 3 at The dance videos can be viewed at spac. org, and on SPAC’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Caffè Lena meanwhile has released a video of Sawyer Fredericks’ Performance at the café during Memorial Day weekend. In what was a Caffè Lena first, the performances were recorded live in HD audio and video and the best of the three night’s performances have

been assembled into a 90-minute video available for HD download for $5.99 via Vimeo. Fredericks is donating 50 percent of the proceeds from the sale of the concert video to support the $2 million Campaign for Caffè Lena, which is modernizing the venue and making it handicapped accessible. The venue still needs to raise $290,000 toward the completion of reconstruction. A free trailer for the video can be viewed at: https:// sweetspotconcerts.

Week of June 30 – July 6, 2017

Reform Party Announces Saratoga Springs Endorsements Andrew McKenna, member of the Executive Committee for the Reform Party of NYS, on June 22 announced the party’s endorsement of John Safford and incumbent Matt Veitch for the two city supervisor positions, political newcomers: Mark Baker for mayor, Donald Braim for commissioner of public safety, and Andrew Blumenberg for city judge, and incumbent John Franck for commissioner of accounts. According to a statement issued by the party, “at the very heart of the Reform Party is the conviction that informed, qualified citizens should seek and hold

public office as opposed to ‘professional politicians’ who tend to insulate and act secretively versus being open and transparent. By keeping people in the dark and not enhancing civic education, they are better able to hang on to power. We endorse men and women with proven integrity in their professions and their communities--civic minded folks that are fed up with the government status quo and are ready to take action, push back, and restore the government to the people by the people.” Saratoga Springs elections will take place Nov. 7.

Opera Saratoga: ‘A historically significant event for Saratoga Springs”

by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY WILTON — It is a weekday morning inside the Wilton Mall. Wedged between one shop that sports women’s summer fashions and another displaying torn men’s jeans, a series of piano rolls tumble into the hallway from behind the blackened windows of an abandoned retail space, Inside the space where the piano melody flows, The Moll – portrayed by Ginger Costa-Jackson - and Bugs – played by Andy Papas - are rehearsing the opening scene of the controversial 1937 opera “The Cradle Will Rock.” ”I’d like to give you a hun-dred bucks, but I only got thir-tee cents,” Bugs proclaims in a speak-song voice, hoisting a cigar to his mouth beneath a brim-backwards baseball cap that rests atop his head. “Make it a dollar,” sings The Moll, tugging at the fringes of her black shawl. There is no negotiating. “That’s all I got. Thirty cents,” Bugs replies. Lawrence Edelson, the director, interrupts the scene. “There needs to be more of a beat. There. Punctuation marks!” he says. A half-dozen or so others in the cavernous room fiddle with scripts, binders, the musical score. Rows of empty store shelves give off a yellow hue. A pair of benches sit in the middle of a floor spiked for blocking. Someone strikes the keys of the standup piano, and Bugs and The Moll begin again. “That’s so much better,” Edelson says, finally pleased the scene is played to perfection. “Burning with tension!”

The show, “The Cradle Will Rock,” opens July 9 at the Spa Little Theater in the Saratoga Spa State Park. It is a piece that has historical implications. “It’s remarkably timely considering it was written 80 years ago. It could have been written yesterday and you’d never know it,” says Edelson, matter-of-factly. “It speaks to contemporary audiences on its own terms in a vibrant way.” Trained as a singer and having professionally performed as a dancer, this summer marks Edelson’s third as artistic and general director for Opera Saratoga. Edelson chooses the repertoire, puts all the production teams and the casting together, chooses the directors and conductors and casts all the singers. Opera Saratoga’s summer season – which opens this weekend - features performances of “Falstaff,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and Marc Blitzstein’s “The Cradle Will Rock” – the latter which Edelson is personally directing and choreographing. “It’s about a wealthy businessman who is buying his way up in society. He is buying off the church, he is buying off the newspaper, buying off the university and the hospital, buying off all these different parts of society for his own gain. At the same time, he’s fighting the unions. And when you look at the headlines today…” Edelson resists the temptation that was engaged by his theatrical peers at The Public Theater in New York City, whose current staging of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” portrays Continued on page 29.


Week of June 30 – July 6, 2017

Notes from City Hall Housing, Code Blue, and City Charter Continued from front page.

Zoning” or “SPA Housing Ordinance” currently being debated, which if approved would site “affordable” workforce apartments in all new developments citywide.

Code Blue Emergency Homeless Shelter Maintains Forward Track An appeal filed by nearly two dozen residents in opposition to the building of a permanent Code Blue emergency homeless shelter on the city’s west side was rejected in a 7-0 vote by the city ZBA Monday night, in an overcrowded City Hall chamber attended by more than 70 people. The proposed 6,400 square foot facility is slated to be sited on Walworth Street adjacent to the Shelters of Saratoga – which offers case management services, service referrals and resources and other programs to individuals who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness, since 1991. The project is believed to next be headed to the city Planning Board, which meets on July 13.

Voters to Decide on a New Form of Governing Nov. 7 The Charter Review Commission passed a resolution by an 11-2 vote at the Saratoga Music Hall Tuesday night, approving the final version of a Charter and proposing an alternative form of government. Since its inception in 1915, the city has operated under a

“commission” form of governing, comprised of four commissioners and one mayor each running separate departments and all having equal say. After 13 months of deliberation, the Commission concluded that a council-manager form of government would better serve the city. Voters will have their say at the polls on Nov. 7. The proposal calls for a new City Council comprised of seven members, including the mayor, and the establishment of a professional City Manager to consolidate the city’s administrative functions. Tuesday night, the Commission adopted a handful of amendments to its draft plan. Among them is the suggested compensation of the mayor - an annual salary of $40,000 plus health and medical insurance coverage under the city’s plan – and the six other council members, stipulated as $14,500 annually with the option to purchase into the city medical at their own expense. Compensation would not be extended beyond the elected terms of any of the seven council members – each of whom must reside in the city. “In our research, interviews and deliberations, we found that great benefit will come from consolidating the administration of city government under one professional manager, and giving the elected City Council powers of oversight, leadership, fiscal control and policy,” said Commission Chairman Bob Turner. The 15-member Saratoga Springs Charter Review Commission has been meeting since May 2016 and staged 35 full commission meetings, 40 subcommittee

meetings, three town halls and public information sessions. The final version of the charter may be downloaded at: A voter education campaign is underway and residents may schedule an educational session by emailing the organization at: saratogacharter@

July Paving Schedule The following city roads will be under construction in July, according to the department of public works: Franklin Street - Washington Street to Division Street, mill Monday July 10 and pave Wednesday, July 12; Division Street Clinton Street to Beekman Street, mill Tuesday, July 11 and pave Thursday, July 13; Pearl Street – Van Dorn Street to Seward Street, mill Tuesday, July 11 and pave Thursday, July 13; pave Cobb Alley – Beekman Street to So. Franklin Street pave Wednesday, July 12.

12 Saratoga Regional YMCA Names CEO

Andrew Bobbitt. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — On June 23, the Saratoga Regional YMCA Board of Directors announced that it has named Andrew Bobbitt, formerly CEO of the Fox Valley Family YMCA outside of Chicago, the organization’s next chief executive officer. The announcement came after a nationwide search that garnered more than 100 qualified applicants. At his former position in Plano, Illinois, Bobbitt was responsible for a rapidly growing, $4.2 million YMCA with multiple branches serving more than 20,000 members and employing more than 200 staff. He increased association revenues by more than $1 million—a 37%

BUSINESS BRIEFS increase—after taking the helm in 2011. The association has no debt and more than $1 million in available operational reserves. Bobbitt also is credited with increasing revenue from schoolbased and summer camp offerings by $147,000 over the prior year. As a result, the Fox Valley Family YMCA is opening a new summer camp this year. Bobbitt served as president and chair of the Illinois State Alliance of YMCAs that serves 45 YMCA organizations. He played an integral role in that state’s decision to exempt YMCAs and similar organizations from certain restrictive state-licensing requirements for school-age camps and childcare. Prior to his position at the Fox Valley YMCA, Bobbitt served as COO of the Summit Area YMCA in New Jersey and as branch executive director of the YMCA of the Sierra in Reno, Nevada. Over the years, he has volunteered with several civic organizations and served as a board member for local Rotaries, Chambers of Commerce, the American Heart Association and the Marmion

Academy in Aurora, Illinois. Bobbitt completed a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise and sport science from Colorado State University. He and his wife, Nikki, have two college-aged children and will be relocating to the Saratoga community. Bobbitt will begin his tenure at Saratoga Regional YMCA by late summer.

DeCrescente Promotes Three Staff

Carmine DeCrescente. Photo provided.

Steve Rychcik. Photo provided.

Greg White. Photo provided.

MECHANICVILLE — DeCrescente Distributing Company (DDC) announced that employees Carmine DeCrescente III, Steve Rychcik, and Greg White have been promoted. DeCrescente was promoted to vice president and is responsible for establishing and maintaining highlevel business partner relationships, both internal and external to the company. As a key leader in the organization, he will work to influence new and existing customer partnerships, and to foster ongoing business growth throughout the organization. DeCrescente has direct responsibility for leadership of the Service Department while working on overall company strategy and direction with the president and senior staff. For 11 years, DeCrescente has been a valuable employee in roles including brand manager, project manager, and vice president of distributor services. Under his direction, DDC started installing fountain soda systems, selling beverage-dispensing gas, draft beer line cleaning, and he aided the New York State Brewers Association in creating their Certified Draft Establishment Program. Previously, DeCrescente lived in San Diego and worked as a shipping consultant. DeCrescente is active in the community, volunteering as co-chair of the United Way Summer Meals Campaign and planning committee member at the Masquerade for Ronald McDonald House. Additionally, he serves on boards for

Week of June 30 – July 6, 2017 the Southern Saratoga Chamber of Commerce, Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau, and the School of Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism at Schenectady County Community College. He served on the board of directors of Red Cross of Northeastern New York as well. DeCrescente is a graduate of Leadership Saratoga and a recipient of the Albany Business Review’s 40 Under 40 Award. He lives in Malta with his wife and three sons. Steve Rychcik has been promoted to on-premises sales director. In this role, he will direct sales to taverns, restaurants and other retail locations, managing a team of sales professionals serving customers in all 11 counties of DDC’s area of distribution. Rychcik will work to ensure that his team executes a winning combination of sales and programming throughout the year. Having over 26 years of service with DDC, Rychcik has been an invaluable contributor and through his hard work and determination, he has moved through the ranks. A recent graduate of the Rensselaer County Chamber’s Leadership Institute, Steve’s strategic thinking and attention to detail have left a positive mark on every position that he held and customers, retailers and peers respect him. Rychcik graduated from the College of Saint Rose with a BA in business administration and a concentration in management. He is active in the community, coaching Voorheesville Girls CYO Basketball, Boys Travel Baseball, and has been a manager of the Pine Bush Little League for three years. Rychcik lives in Voorheesville with his wife and two children. Greg White has been promoted to independent channel sales director. In this role, he will direct the development and execution of the sales volume and programming plan within independent retail locations. White has been with DDC for 18 years, and has moved through the ranks. Throughout his tenure, he has proven himself as a thoughtful and well-rounded leader. White’s ability to plan a strategy and make sure that it is implemented quickly and accurately has contributed immensely to the success of the independent channel. White graduated from Siena College. Before joining DDC, he trained harness horses with his father in Saratoga Springs, at one time having 30 horses in the stable. He is a coach for AAU basketball and attends as many sporting events for his twin children as possible.


Week of June 30 – July 6, 2017

Saratoga Hospital Fills Two Positions

Dr. Kyle Osborn. Photo provided.

Dr. Nicole Belanger. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Last week, Saratoga Hospital announced the appointment of two physicians in local satellite offices.

Dr. Nicole J. Belanger is now a member of Saratoga Hospital Medical Group – Primary Care in Malta. She joins four providers at the Malta practice, which was established to enhance access to primary care for patients in central Saratoga County. Dr. Belanger comes to Saratoga Hospital from Central Vermont Medical Center in Montpelier, Vermont. A graduate of Ithaca College, Dr. Belanger earned a medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. She completed an internship and residency at Fletcher Allen Medical Center, now known as the University of Vermont Medical Center. Dr. Belanger is board certified in internal medicine. According to a statement provided by Saratoga Hospital, Dr. Belanger said she was drawn to the Saratoga region by the opportunity to move closer to family and be part of an organization “that combines the friendliness and personal attention of a community hospital with state-of-the-art technology

and a breadth of specialty care.” Saratoga Hospital Medical Group – Primary Care Malta is located at Malta Medical Park, 6 Medical Park Drive. To make an appointment, call 518-289-2718. Additionally, Dr. Kyle Osborn has joined Saratoga Hospital Medical Group – Primary Care in Milton. Dr. Osborn has extensive experience as a primary care doctor, including four years as an active duty family physician in the U.S. Air Force. Most recently, he was in practice with Niskayuna Family Medicine. A graduate of Colgate University, Dr. Osborn earned a medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. He completed an internship and residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital Center, also in Syracuse. He is board certified in family medicine. Saratoga Hospital Medical Group – Primary Care Milton is located at 510 Geyser Road. Physical therapy and lab draw services are also available at that location. To make an appointment, call 518-289-2720. For more information, visit the website

Family Chiropractors Reunite

Dr.Kevy Smith. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Smith Chiropractic is pleased to announce that Dr. Kevy Smith has joined the team and is accepting new patients at her family’s clinic on Route 9. For many years, the office has been managed by her father, Dr. Matt Smith. Dr. Kevy Smith is a secondgeneration chiropractor and city native. She is a recent graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic West in San Jose, California and holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from St. Lawrence University. While attending chiropractic school, Dr. Smith was a member of the Palmer West Sports Council and gained valuable hands-on experience providing on-site care to athletes at major sporting events such as the North Face Endurance Challenge, Escape from Alcatraz triathlon, and the Sea Otter Classic bike race.

She also was involved with the Student American Chiropractic Association and attended the National Chiropractic Leadership Conference in Washington, DC where she met with congressional policy makers and lobbied on behalf of the chiropractic profession. Dr. Smith has experience with treating a wide variety of patients from young children to seniors and elite athletes to weekend warriors. She provides an excellent blend of clinical education and knowledge with a passion for providing patientcentered care. Dr. Smith believes in tailoring treatment plans to fit the specific needs of each patient and she strives to help patients reach their healthiest potential. She is trained in manual and instrument adjusting, myofascial release techniques, physiotherapies, rehabilitative exercises, and nutrition counseling. In her free time Dr. Smith enjoys skiing, cooking, and spending time at her family’s house on Lake George. The family practice is located at 3303 Route 9. For more information or to book an appointment, visit the website www. or call 518-587-2064.



Week of June 30 – July 6, 2017

The Forever Changing Video Surveillance Industry As the adage goes, “technology is forever changing.” This has never been truer than in the video surveillance industry. Here at Tech II, we embrace these advancements and offer solutions to our customers that leverage the benefits. Being a thought leader for over thirty years we have had to weed through the “latest and greatest” that technology offers, time after time. The task of balancing excitement and practical application with longevity is not easy or cheap. Generally the resolution and functionality has increased while the cost has decreased with regard to the video surveillance industry. So basically, more for less. Not a big surprise; however, it’s up to you (the purchaser) to understand the importance of resolution (picture clarity, typically measured in megapixels). While there are other factors, generally the higher the pixel count the better the image. Unfortunately, the technology has evolved so quickly, many providers are still selling

the older (analog) solutions as “high definition” (HD). Perhaps there was a time that 500 TVL or .3MP would have been considered high definition. By today’s standards, full HD requires a camera that will capture 2MP, resulting in 1080P resolution 7x to 10x that of most analog camera technology. Here is the kickerthere is a very good chance you can procure that higher resolution at or very near the same price of an analog solution. So now that we’ve covered some of the basics, let’s review a few scenarios that we can offer solutions to due to recent technology advancements. Leveraging existing cabling There is an awesome opportunity for those who currently have an older video surveillance system in place that are interested in upgrading to today’s high definition. Many of our new clients have had success with the older technology, only limited by lack of resolution and picture quality. We are

often asked, “Can you enhance the image?” My answer is typically something like, “You cannot enhance pixels that don’t exist.” Even high-end forensic software only allows you to fine-tune pixels that have already been captured. The answer for higher image quality is usually an upgraded system. Fortunately, it’s never been more affordable. So if you value your system and use it, but you are interested in upgrading, be sure to call us for a free evaluation. Here’s an example from very recently: I visited with a new account who got a quote to upgrade to IP cameras about 3 years ago. At that time the cost was nearly $20k for their environment. I presented a solution that was not only less than half the cost of the original qoute, but also had higher resolution. Needless to say I was the hero, and they love the new system! Wireless Technology Advancements in wireless technology allow us to affordably and reliably deliver video

surveillance coverage in campus, construction, and other similar remote locations where internet and cabled infrastructure aren’t readily available. One solution we designed for a well-known local construction company allows them to surveil their job sites as soon as they break ground. Construction projects pose many challenges and opportunities. • Equipment & material theft or damage • Vandalism • Worker prevention




• Loss of time due to inappropriate worker activity • Client access to Surveillance during the build process • Tracking of material deliveries • Time lapse of build With a surveillance system from TECH II, our contractor clients are able to ensure a safe work environment, monitor site progress, prevent any liability losses, and prevent and/or prosecute thefts. We’ve even built a Video Surveillance Construction

Calculator that will allow our clients to customize and budget into three separate phases. Tech II supplies and maintains the system through phase two and you receive all new cameras for a turnkey hand off for the final phase. Phase 1—Outdoor Coverage - Installation of 4MP IP Cameras, 3 TB NVR, Cabling, UPS and Lockbox Phase 2—Indoor Coverage—Installation of additional 3MP IP cameras, network access between the construction-trailer/office and the facility cabling, UPS and configuration. Phase 3– Indoor/Outdoor Coverage—Replacement of equipment used throughout construction phase. 100% warranty coverage will be implemented upon the installation of the final 3rd phase of new equipment. Bottom line is this: if you’re thinking about upgrading your video surveillance system, or even implementing a brand new one, visit our website at, and reach out to us. We’ll walk you through the process, and help you simplify your technology.


Week of June 30 – July 6, 2017

BALLSTON SPA 108 Midline Rd., $70,000. Pamela Schirnhofer sold property to Kyle Schirnhofer.

Bates sold property to John and Courtney Fox.


14 Brookline Rd., $499,000. Renee Linton sold property to Jung Yu Hsieh and Lan Jui Chang.

10 May Apple Way, $156,500. Christiana Trust (as Trustee, By Atty) sold property to Mary Donnellan.

222 Kingsley Rd., $140,000. Stan Button Inc. sold property to 1329 West High Street LLC.

2645 Route 9, $360,000. John Morris sold property to Upstate RV Center LLC.

353 East Line Rd., $460,000. Brian and Eileen Venn sold property to Gregory Morris.

4 Bowman Ave., $80,000. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development sold property to Stelo Home Solutions LLC.

19 Nolan Rd., $183,000. Malcom Germain (by Exec) sold property to Matthew Zheing and Elizabeth Vincent. 29 Sycamore St., $345,900. Christopher and Tara Bilinski sold property to Yihan Ge.

CORINTH 25 Stewart Dam Rd., $86,000. Bank of America sold property to Dave and Donna Moors. 81 Fuller Rd., $190,000. Lauren Parent sold property to Stephen Braden. 33 Gabriel Rd., $59,500. Fannie Mae (by Atty) sold property to Glenn Allen, Jr. 2 Creek View Court, $245,000. Thomas Dahlin sold property to Steven Constantino.

GREENFIELD 39 Waler Dr., $30,000. Sarcom Land Development Company sold property to Eric and Whitney Rockefeller. 83 Pepper Lane, $337,500. Grant and Martha VanPatten sold property to Agatha Benton. 29 Daniels Rd., $12,000. 29 Daniels Road Holdings LLC sold property to Elizabeth Kirkwood. 4 Hemlock Dr., $201,500. Jody

55 Yachtsman Way, $520,841. Malta Land Company LLC sold property to Harry and Lee Ann Vitas. 5 Rainbow Way, $486,000. Jutith Schmonsky sold property to William and Renee Rohan.

MILTON 6 Woodland Court, $355,000. Paul Wasserman sold property to Elliot and Shari Kanarek. 165 Juniper Dr., $242,000. Sarah Winderlin (as Trustee) sold property to Susan Brewer. 619 Elk Circle, $187,975. Kyle and Katherine Ramos sold property to Harry Beckenstein. 3687 Galway Rd., $38,000. Jonathan Ching sold property to Casperd Enterprises LLC. 20 Kaatskill Way, $242,000. Signature Home Buyers, DBA sold property to Brian and Dana Morris. 536 Route 29, $135,500. Jason and Sara Cadoret sold property to Christopher Shank.

SARATOGA 107 Chelsea Dr., $394,500. Mary Aloy sold property to Courtney Halsdorf and Darius DeJesus.

10 Spring St., $159,900. Christopher and Melissa Hall sold property to Robert Ives. 119 Monument Dr., $202,000. Kurt Vonnegut (by Exec) sold property to Valerie Petronis. 1112 Route 9P, $400,000. Yvonne Decore sold property to 43 Brown Road LLC. 88 Pearl St., $55,000. Colonial Heritage Mobile Home Park LLC sold property to Russ Roop.


(by Agent) sold property to Annabel Guevara. 38 High Rock Ave.,-Park Space #4, $35,000. High Rock Condominiums LLC sold property to Russel and Gail Danforth.

STILLWATER 47 Kellogg Rd., $54,900. US Bank Trust (as Trustee by Atty) sold property to Stephen Streeter and Andy Peterson.


1 Brookview Terrace, $484,000. Scott Ahlschwede sold property to Kevin Egan and Daria Botten.

4 Ho Hum Lane, $279,000. Christopher and Sarah Landers sold property to Nu Nu Htun.

58 Tamarack Trail, $212,000. Robert Jaenisch (by Agent) sold property to Richard and Dawn Pease.

215 Northern Pines Rd., $460,000. John Schantz (by Agent) sold property to 215 Northern Pines Road LLC.

38 High Rock, 4M, $730,000. Pamela Byrne sold property to Edward L Motter Trust Agreement. 153 Van Dam St., $335,000. Robert Roosevelt and Sandra Arcara sold property to Erin and Fabio Maciel. 44 Myrtle St., $280,000. Vilma Ortiz sold property to Elizabeth O’Brien (as Trustee). 188 East Ave., $425,000. Jeffrey and Linda Anderson sold property to Potter LLC. Unit R-206, 115 Union Ave., $125,000. Kathleen Specchio sold property to McMahon Properties Inc. 21 Wampum Dr., $230,000. Augustus and Paula Slade sold property to Susan Dilbehbahani. 33 Bensonhurst Ave., $399,000. Rejuvenation Home Inc. sold property to Carmen and Ingrid Hodgins. Unit 403, 87 Railroad Place, $425,000. Bradley Bollinger

15 15 Bradford Dr., $450,000. Marguerite Shaffer sold property to Kevin and Amber Berry. 3 Autumn Court, $132,000. Richard and Kathleen Caine sold property to David Huestis (as Trustee). 50 Rolling Hills Dr., $265,000. Dale and Karen Christopher sold property to Richard and Gwenda Lee. 7 Chestnut Hill Rd., $675,000. Patrick and Christine O’Shea sold property to Christin and Christopher Mason, Sr., 15 White Birch Lane, $324,900. Thomas and Adrienne Torebka sold property to Brian Buchanan.


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Week of June 30 – July 6, 2017

‘Smart City’ Competition Winners Named SARATOGA SPRINGS — On June 21 at Empire State College, the winners of the Saratoga GO! competition were announced. The event followed a three-month period during which dozens of individuals networked and developed new technologies meant to improve the quality of life for city residents. Elyssa Stewart, a new ventures consultant for the Albany firm NYSTEC, indicated that the competition was geared toward local professionals and highschool students. A panel of six judges, including Saratoga Springs Commissioner of Finance Michele Madigan, selected the winners from those two groups. First Place in the “Professional” group went to Tom Denny for his Saratoga Tree Triage. It is an app that consists of two integrated modules—one for tree data management and one for tree project management— and also makes possible educational and mapping spin-offs from the basic data of the city’s tree inventory. The power of Saratoga Tree Triage, Stewart says, is its ability to map the location of every tree and to track all kinds of data about them, including identity,

history, size and condition. It also tracks the work needed, assigned, or completed on every tree. Stewart reported that Denny received $3,500 as a First Place prize, as well as Google Home, $400 of marketing services from Endorphin Advisors, a ThinkBoard, and an ST Nucleo Development Board Bundle. The Second Place prize went to Richard Newkirk and Nicholas Campbell who devised Stonewall Defense. They proposed a solution to enable the real-time monitoring of snowplows and road conditions—so that not only citizens can find the best travel routes, but snow plow operators and city officials know which roads need to be cleared. Newkirk and Campbell received $2,000 for the Second Place prize, along with a ThinkBoard and an ST Nucleo Development Board Bundle. In the “High School” group, according to Stewart, First Place went to Collin Bolles of Saratoga Springs High School for his Saratoga Parking App. It is also a website allowing users real-time access to parking capacity of city parking lots. Each lot is monitored using a Raspberry Pi, providing data for a Google map

(Left to right) Saratoga GO! contest winners Collin Bolles, Tom Denny, Julia Amodeo and Richard Newkirk. Photo by

with each lot denoted by a marker color-coded to represent relative capacity. Bolles received $500 as a First Place prize, plus Google Home, a ThinkBoard and an ST Nucleo Development Board Bundle. Second Place went to Julia Amodeo and Lauren Claeys of Early College High School in Malta for their Experience Interface. Amodeo and Claeys proposed the use of smart-city kiosks

around the City of Saratoga Springs, conveniently located for both residents and visitors. The kiosks would provide people with information such as maps of the city, schedules, parking, dining options, accommodations, places to shop, and upcoming events. The students’ system would allow city officials to communicate directly with people in the city and replace the need for multiple apps. The kiosks would save

people time and stress by providing them with all the information they need to have an enjoyable Saratoga experience in easy-touse anchor locations, says Stewart. For their Second Place win, Amodeo and Claeys received a Bose Sound Link Speaker, a ThinkBoard and an ST Nucleo Development Board Bundle. For more information, visit the website

Maple Ave. Middle School Receives Donation of US Flag History Display

Reader's Celebration with Therapy Dogs at Lake Avenue School

Photo by: Juergen Klingenberg / Hound Dog GraphicsIn the Photo: Mrs. Melissa Woods, Mrs. Marcie Havranek, Colin Osborn, Teagan Klingenberg, Kayla Roberts, Alexis Stephens, Alexis Harrington, Gregory McCauley, Abby Bundy, Aubrey Ide, Frank Claus, and Claire Johnson.

9th Annual Reader’s Celebration with our Therapy Dogs at Lake Avenue with the 2nd grade students. We had five dogs attend the event with 65 students. The students have been reading to the dogs all year promoting their

success with reading and building their confidence. I’m always looking for more dogs and I can be reached at l_ or 518-584-3678 Lynn O’Rourke, Reading Specialist

The flag display, which now adorns the hallway at Maple Ave. Middle School outside the Columbian Springs Office, was donated by Juergen Klingenberg, the owner of Hound Dog Graphics, which designed the unit for local entrepreneurs Larry and Dollie Gandron of Simply 4 History, who set out to promote the Heritage of our Nation and of our Flag throughout our Communities; in our Schools, Libraries, and Businesses with their history products and beautiful flag display units. The US flag represents our history as well as the bright future that is to come as we embrace our past. Maple Ave. students this year in

sixth grade Social Studies have studied the Great Civilizations of the World. From their studies, they learned that each great civilization has symbols that represent their civilization. Our flag represents American diversity and unification as a great nation. Mrs. Woods, a Special Education teacher at the Maple Ave Middle School, stated “teachers and students alike have stopped by the display to admire and learn from it.” Seen in the photo, admiring the display, are Maple Avenue Middle School students from the Best Buddies Club for whom this display is dedicated. Best Buddies International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer

movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Students at Maple Avenue as well as the High School are paired together in such friendship groups. The club meets three times a month for organized activities. Currently, there are 44 students involved in the Maple Ave. Club, which is organized by school staff members, Mrs. Woods, Mrs. Douglas, and Mr. Zeh. More information about the flag display is available at the Simply 4 History company website which can be seen at



Week of June 30 – July 6, 2017

Student-Produced PSA Premieres at Saratoga Library by Thomas Kika Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — An anti-bullying PSA short film coproduced by local students had

its premiere screening at the Saratoga Springs Public Library. The film, “The Inner Character,” screened in the H. Dutcher Community Room on June 15, starting at 6 p.m., with students that were involved with the short’s production in attendance, alongside friends and family. The film will play again sometime in the fall alongside another locally-produced PSA from 2015 as part of a planned anti-bullying awareness day. It is also available on the “DON’T WAIT to UnMake A Bully” YouTube page. The film was produced as part of Mike Feurstein and Lisa Bradshaw’s DON’T WAIT to UnMake a Bully program, which sees Feurstein traveling to school districts nationwide using roles from a film set to teach students

about treating people with respect and behaving in polite society. The program begins with a few days of in-class activities and instruction, before moving onto a set for a short period of principal photography. This year’s production took place in the Saratoga library from April 19-20. Students involved in the production were mostly from the Saratoga Springs City School District. The film in question sees popular children’s literature villains, like the Wizard of Oz and the Queen of Hearts, coming out of their stories to possess children and make them behave disrespectfully towards each other. According to Feurstein, the concept sees the characters following their widely known traits, such as the Queen of Hearts acting bossy,

A question and answer session with cast and crew. Photo by

and the Wizard acting boastful. This year’s DON’T WAIT to UnMake a Bully residency was made possible through the cooperation of the FRIENDS of the Saratoga Springs Public

Library and the Saratoga Arts Council. A Community Arts Grant from the New York State Council of the Arts also helped both groups run the program this year.


Week of June 30 – July 6, 2017


Children’s Museum to Class of ’17: Schuylerville Graduates 138 Celebrate Big Truck Day SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Children’s Museum’s Big Truck Day will be held at the Maple Avenue Middle School parking lot in Saratoga Springs on Aug. 5th from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Big Truck Day is one of The Children’s Museum’s primary fundraisers, which allows the museum to offer quality

programs and learning opportunities for children and families throughout the community all year long. The event will feature trucks of all shapes and sizes for children to tour. There will also be a number of other activities for the entire family. For more information, go to

Local Student Selected as Delegate for Conference at George Mason SARATOGA SPRINGS — Caterina Pacifico, a student at Saratoga Springs High School, has been selected to represent Gansevoort, as a National Youth Delegate to the 2017 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment at George Mason University. Pacifico joins a select group of 250 students from across the country to participate

in an intensive week-long study of leadership in environmental science and conservation. Pacifico was chosen based on academic accomplishments and a demonstrated interest and excellence in leadership in the sciences and conservation studies. The Washington Youth Summit on the Environment will be held June 25 30.

Blessings Box Provides for Those in Need in Ballston Spa

BALLSTON SPA — The Spa City Running Club recently installed a Blessings Box outside of the Ballston Spa Public Library. The cabinet provides non-perishable food and essential toiletries to families in need throughout the area. Using it is free and easy; families simply take what they need

and give when they can. The Spa City Running Club is a non-profit organization whose mission is to create opportunities for youth to achieve their maximum potential in the sports of Track & Field and Cross Country. Additional information is online at

Owen Carlstrom and Kaleigh Gale before Saturday’s ceremony. Photo courtesy of Schuylerville Central School District.

SCHUYLERVILLE — Schuylerville Central School District held its graduation ceremony for the class of 2017 on June 24 in the Saratoga Springs City Center. Opening

remarks were delivered by senior class president Maydia Sorgie, who announced that the class of 2017 would be making a donation to the district’s Backpack

Program. Further remarks were given by Valedictorian Cody Durr, Salutatorian Kaleigh Gale, Board of Education President Jack Macica, and Principal Matthew Sickles.



Week of June 30 – July 6, 2017

The Class of ’17: Ballston Spa Graduates 306 by Thomas Kika Saratoga TODAY BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa High School graduating class of 2017 took to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on June 22 to celebrate the end of a major chapter in their lives, and to begin an exciting new one. A total of 306 seniors graduated from the high school in 2017. Around 83-percent of these students plan to continue their studies, with 33-percent planning to attend a four-year school in New York state, 14-percent

planning on one out of state, and 26-percent planning to attend a two-year school. Among some of the schools that the Ballston Spa class of 2017 will be attending are Le Moyne College, Cornell University, the University of Tampa, the University of Vermont, and Texas State University. At least two students are planning on taking gap years after graduation, one in South America, and one in Belgium as part of an exchange program. Also of note are the eight students from Ballston Spa who plan to

serve in the military. According to Stuart Williams, coordinator of community relations, that is the most students in a graduating class planning to pursue the military that the district has had in the last 12 years. Furthermore, the Ballston Spa class of 2017 also has 17 students who should earn Full IB Diplomas, 18 from the Clean Tech & Sustainable Industries ECHS program, 58 students that earned a Seal of Biliteracy, and nine that earned Skills & Achievement Commencement Credentials.

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Class of ’17: Saratoga Graduates 491 SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Blue Streak family came together at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on the morning of June 23 to witness the graduation of the Saratoga Springs High School’s Class of 2017. Overall, 491 seniors graduated from Saratoga in 2017, with over 88-percent of them planning on pursuing a college education, according to the school’s yearly senior survey. Around 63-percent of students have chosen to attend a four year college, while 25-percent have chosen a twoyear. Only 1.2-percent of students have chosen other post-secondary education options, while 6.3-percent will be seeking employment. Students from the class of 2017 chose from around 160 different colleges in 30 states, including two schools in Washington, D.C., and one school in Ireland. Additionally, six students will be pursuing careers in the military. Among these students, three will be joining the army, while the other three will be off to the Navy, Air Force, and Army National Guard, respectively. The top students from the Saratoga class of 2017 are as follows: 10. Sophie Smith 9. Amy Carolus 8. Sam Epstein 7. Lia Chabot 6. Peter Herman 5. Kieran Wurl 4. Matthew Chmiel 3. Samantha Rydzewsi 2. Max Willner-Giwerc, Salutatorian 1. Caleb Cohen, Valedictorian

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Week of June 30 – July 6, 2017

Sampling the Summer With Pizza in a Skillet White Skillet Pizza with Swiss Chard Adapted from recipe in Bon Appetit Serves: 2 pies

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

by Himanee Gupta-Carlson

for Saratoga TODAY I must confess to a simple addiction: I love greens and eggs. My husband and I raise chickens and grow plenty of greens. However, our gardens often take awhile to get going. As a result, early summer has me coming home from the Saratoga Farmers’ Market with bags upon bags of seasonal greens: spinach, spicy arugula, Swiss chard, pea shoots, garlic scapes, lacy-leaved kales. This, of course, drives my husband crazy: “How are we going to eat all this stuff?” My latest answer to that perennial question is on pizza baked quickly in a very hot cast iron skillet. I spotted the concept in Bon Appetit, which featured a recipe for a white skillet pizza with spring greens and an egg. The egg sat beautifully amid the greens, its yolk softly set.



* Ingredients can be found at the market

1. Place a rack in upper third of oven, preheat to 500 degrees. Place a 12 inch cast-iron skillet in oven and preheat 10 minutes.

- 2 garlic cloves, finely grated*

Skillet Pizza by Pattie Garrett

- 1/3 cup olive oil* - 12 ounces grated low-moisture mozzarella (about 3 cups)*

Owl Wood Farm by Pattie Garrett

“Have you ever made anything like this?” I asked market photographer Pattie Garrett. “It looks delicious and easy!” The egg didn’t appeal to Garrett, but the greens did. Over the next few weeks, we each experimented with the recipe, letting our market purchases and personal tastes serve as guides.

- 5½ ounces grated Fontina (about 2 cups)* My first version incorporated a blend of chopped sunflower, pea, and radish shoots with arugula, green onion, and asparagus. I topped it with small eggs from hens that had just begun laying. While most of the greens were cooked in between layers of cheese, I sprinkled a handful of fresh ones on the pizza after pulling it out of the oven, letting the heat of the pan wilt the greens around the eggs. “You made it!!,” Garrett exclaimed in response to the Facebook photo I posted. “Looks great!!!” She followed with an equally delicious version, featuring fresh chard. I then found a thicker, wilder tasting arugula at the Otrembiak’s stall and tried the recipe again, this time allowing the spiciness of the arugula to be the predominant flavor. I added a few slices of summer squash from the Denison Farm. Garrett is planning to make it next with mushrooms, Havarti cheese and fresh herbs. The basic recipe accompanies this story. What we like best about it is that the possibilities to innovate are endless. Try it, and share your creations with us. The Saratoga Farmers’ Market is at High Rock Park 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Find us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

- Flour for dusting - 1 pound 6 ounces store bought pizza dough, halved room temperature - Cornmeal for sprinkling - kosher salt and ground pepper - 3 spring onions, thinly sliced, divided* - 4 ounces young broccoli rabe (trimmed, divided) or 3 cups kale, or Swiss chard, divided* - finely grated Parmesan* - 1½ teaspoons finely chopped oregano, divided* - lemon

2. Meanwhile, mix garlic and oil in a small bowl. Mix mozzarella and Fontina in a medium bowl. 3. Using lightly floured hands, stretch 1 piece of dough out on a lightly floured surface to an 11 inch round. 4. Remove skillet from oven and sprinkle pan with cornmeal (enough to cover most of the surface). Carefully set dough snugly in pan, Some of the dough may overlap. Brush dough with garlic-oil. Season with salt and pepper. top dough with 2 cups cheese mixture, half of spring onions, half greens. Top with another ½ cup cheese mixture, season with more pepper. 5. Reduce heat to 425 degrees and bake pizza until crust is beginning to turn golden and cheese is melted, 6-8 minutes. Crack 1 egg onto center of pizza, season with salt. Continue to bake until whites are set and crust is golden brown., 5-6 minutes. 6. Transfer pizza to a cutting board and brush edges with more garlic-oil (reserve remaining garlic-oil for second pizza). Top pizza with Parmesan and half of oregano. Using a microplane grate a little lemon zest over top of pizza. Sprinkle cast-iron pan with cornmeal and make a second pizza with remaining dough and ingredients.


Week of June 30 – July 6, 2017

Fourth of July and Apple Pie

by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY “Pie is...the secret of our strength as a nation and the foundation of our industrial supremacy. Pie is the American synonym of prosperity. Pie is the food of the heroic. No pie-eating people can be permanently vanquished.” -- The New York Times, 1902 Hello my Foodie Friends. Today begins 4th of July weekend. This Fourth of July weekend will include attending fireworks, parades, barbeques, carnivals, picnics, baseball games, and family gatherings. The Fourth of July is more than just a celebration of summertime — it’s a time to celebrate our freedom and how far we have come. Among my favorite Independence Day to do’s is to watch the fireworks by the water (ocean or lake) while eating homemade apple pie. Apple pie seems synonymous with picnics and celebrating our country. So, how did Apple Pie become “American”? The primary origins of “as American as apple pie” are difficult to pinpoint, but it was used as early as 1928 to describe the home-making abilities of Lou Henry Hoover (President Herbert Hoover’s wife). It wasn’t until the 1940s, when the United States entered World War II, that “as American as apple pie” truly took off. When journalists at the time asked soldiers why they were willing to fight in the war, the typical response was “for mom and apple pie.” Even back then, as the phrase emerged, cultural observers were skeptical of it. A tool that can help with making Apple pies is the Apple Peeler. The Apple Peeler will peel, slice, and core at the same time, by simply turning the crank handle. It is the perfect kitchen tool for all varieties of apples and a great time saver. The Apple Peeler combines three steps into one. Place an apple on the fork, turn

the handle and let the Apple Peeler do the work for you. The stainless steel blades will peel, slice and core the apple as the handle turns. The result is even, 1/4” slices that are ready to eat, dehydrate or use in a recipe. The adjustable peeling blade will cut as much or as little of the peel as you’d like. The peeling blade can also be removed completely if nonpeeled slices are desired. The all-inone slicing and coring blade can also be removed when peeling potatoes. The tension on the peeling arm is controlled by a spring so it conforms to the shape of the apple or potato giving you a perfect peel every time. The durable, cast iron body is longer than other peelers to better handle larger apples or potatoes. The convenient suction base mounts to any smooth, non-porous surface, allowing it to be used even when counter space is scarce. Here is a recipe for the American dessert that bursts with apple flavor from two different varieties of the fruit, and a sweet, nutty crunch from the streusel topping. • Makes: 1 pie • Prep Time: 30 minutes • Cook Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Ingredients Cinnamon-Pecan Crust • 3 cups all-purpose flour • 1 ½ teaspoons salt • 1 teaspoon cinnamon • ¼ cup pecans, finely ground • ½ cup butter-flavor solid vegetable shortening

• ½ cup all-purpose flour • 1 teaspoon cinnamon • 1 teaspoon nutmeg • ½ cup cold butter, cut into 1-inch pieces • ½ cup walnuts, chopped

Instructions 1. To make crust, whisk together the flour, salt, cinnamon and pecans in a large mixing bowl. 2. Using a pastry blender, cut in shortening. Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and toss the mixture with a fork. Roll in a circle ¼-inch thick. Line a 10-inch deepdish pie pan with dough; set aside. 3. Heat oven to 350 degrees. 4. To make the filling, toss apples with sugar, flour and cinnamon in a large bowl.

• 2 large Rome Beauty apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced

5. In a medium bowl, combine egg and cream until smooth. Stir in vanilla. Place apples in prepared crust. Gently pour cream mixture over apple mixture.

• 2 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced

6. Bake pie in the lower onethird of oven for 20 minutes.

• Use an Apple Peeler to assist with peeling, coring, and slicing apples

7. To make the streusel, combine sugar, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg in the bowl of a food processor. Process until well combined. With processor running, add the cold butter one piece at a time and process until crumbly. Toss in walnuts.

• 7-8 tablespoons ice water Filling

• 1 cup sugar • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour • ½ teaspoon cinnamon • 1 egg, slightly beaten • 1 cup heavy cream • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Streusel • ⅓ cup sugar • ¼ cup light brown sugar

8. Remove pie from oven and shield crust with foil. Sprinkle prepared streusel over pie. Return to oven, and bake 45 minutes or until pie puffs. This is so yummy. Perhaps,

even put a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top! Stop by Compliments to the Chef in Saratoga Springs to help you make your American festivity recipes. As we celebrate our freedom, let

us not forget to thank those who have fought for our country to give us this day. Remember my Foodie Friends; “Life Happens in the Kitchen”. Take care, John and Paula



Secret Garden Tour On July 9, visitors will be treated to a wide array of gardens throughout Saratoga Springs and the surrounding area and will be delighted with a variety of unique features throughout the 11 gardens. 2 West Bar and Grille is joining with Soroptimist International of Saratoga County, as a prime sponsor of the Secret Gardens Tour. Before or after the tour visit the 2 West Bar and Grille anytime on July 9 after 10 a.m. to complement your Secret Gardens Tour Day. 20 percent of your tab will be donated to the Secret Gardens Tour (If you tell your server the secret password, Secret Gardens Tour). For dining after 5 p.m., reservations are recommended at 518-450-7200. If you don’t have your ticket yet or need additional tickets, go to or visit one of the locations listed on the website. Tickets will be sold on the day of the tour at the Saratoga Heritage Visitor Center. The Camp Saratoga 5K Trail Series The Camp Saratoga 5K Trail Series will be held Mondays. July 10, July 24, August 7 and August 21 at 6:15 p.m. at Camp Saratoga, Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park. The races are open to all and registration is $5 at the door. Proceeds benefit the Wilton Wildlife Preserve and the Saratoga Spa State Park. Refreshments and raffle prizes afterwards. Grand prizes will be awarded for best times for all 5 events, continual improvement and most family members. For more information visit or email . Wilton Democratic Committee Meeting The meeting will be held on Monday, July 10 at 6:45 p.m. in the Ace Hardware Conference Room, located at 55 Northern Pines Rd, Gansevoort, 12831. All are welcome. For information, please call Pat 917-282-5297.

Concert New York City Ballet Musicians and Friends Concerts at 320 Broadway, Arts Center, in Dee Sarno Theater. $7 donation is welcomed. The concert will be held on July 6 at 4 p.m. and July 13 at noon. 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 and 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. Annual Giffy’s Bar-B-Q Fundraiser The South Glens Falls United Methodist Church will be holding its annual Bar-B-Q on July 15 from 4 – 6 p.m. The church is located at 15 Maplewood Parkway in South Glens Falls. Cost of $12 includes: ½ chicken, baked potato, coleslaw, roll, cookie and beverage. We will have tables and tents set up to eat here or take-out is available. Pre-sale tickets are available at our church office from 8:30 – 12:30 Monday through Friday or from church members. LuLaRoe Party Henry Cornell Post 234 , American Legion Auxiliary at 23 Pleasant Street, Ballston Spa will be hosting a LuLaRoe Party on Saturday, July 15 . 2 – 6 p.m. All are welcome to attend this event. LuLaRoe is leggings , dresses, skirts and Tops. Fun for all . 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. Havurah Vatik Everything you always wanted to know but didn’t know enough

even to ask about Vaccines: from 7th Century India to the Present Day. Welcome back Harvard physician-scientist Dr. Michael Mina (aka grandson of our own Allen Mossman), as he brings us up to date on his research into infectious diseases and the vaccines invented to combat them. The event will be held at the Congregation Shaara Tfille, located at 84 Weible Ave., Saratoga Springs from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on July 18. Call the Temple Sinai Havurah Vatik reservation line at 518-584-8730, ext. 4. RSVP by July 12. Annual Taste of Malta The Malta Business and Professional Association announces their 9th Annual Taste of Malta on Tuesday, July 19, from 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 to learn more about sponsoring this tasty event. For the most up-to-date event information visit HVCC’S TEC-SMART . Free Concert The Saratoga Choral Festival celebrates the exuberance of dance at the National Museum of Dance, located at 99 S. Broadway in Saratoga Springs at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 30. This summer’s performance will be a collaborative project between the museum and the choir to bring in new audiences for both organizations. It celebrates music written to accompany dance.

Week of June 30 – July 6, 2017 On the program will be excerpts from Brahms Gypsy Songs, a ballet by Monteverdi, the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, classical and graceful waltzes to Afro-Cuban cadences and jazzy modern standards. Included will be choral arrangements of popular favorites from the movies and theater such as Singing in the Rain and more. Yankee Game Bus Trip Notre Dame Visitation Church Renovation Committee is hosting a Yankee Game Bus Trip on Saturday, August 12. It will be Yankees vs Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Cost is $130 per person which includes unlimited food and Pepsi products from 1st inning through 5th inning of game. Bus will leave Wilton Mall at 11 a.m. Tickets on sale now, first come, first serve. Tickets are non-refundable. Game time is 4 p.m. Contact Pete Healy at 518-421-2956. 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. Bus Tour to New York Botanical Gardens A bus tour to the New York Botanical Gardens on September 15 is open to the public. The tour is sponsored by District IV of the Federated Garden Clubs of NYS (FGCNYS). The highlight of the visit will be twenty breathtaking works of glass art by Dale Chihuly on display throughout the gardens. The cost of the tour includes transportation, admission to the gardens, and dinner in Kingston on the way back. Buses leave from

Queensbury and Wilton. The price is $94 for members of the FGCNYS; $99 for non-members. For more information, contact or call 518-587-3085. Taste of Showcase A special “Taste of Showcase” preview is scheduled for Friday, September 15 from 5 – 10 p.m. featuring food samplings from area chefs along with local beer and wine tastings. A limited number of tickets for this evening will be available and more information about this event regarding location and ticket prices will be announced at a later date. Bus Trip to the Bronx Zoo Notre Dame Visitation Church is sponsoring a bus trip to the Bronx Zoo on Saturday, September 16. Bus leaves Wilton Mall 6 a.m. and returns approximately 8:30 p.m. Adults cost $75 and children ages 12 and under cost $65. To reserve your tickets, please contact Anne Cadwallader at 518-695-6787 or Darlene Bolduc 518-6956743. This is a fundraiser for the Church renovation. The 2017 Saratoga Showcase of Homes Celebrating 22 years of exceptional homes, this annual fall tradition will once again run over three beautiful weekends this September 16-17, 23-24 and 30-October 1. This year will have a total of 17 new home locations on display in Saratoga County. Tickets to visit all these homes will still only be $20. For more information visit www. Feast of the Fields 2017 This year Feast will be held Thursday, September 21 from 5:30-9 p.m. at Saratoga National Golf Club. It promises to be a fun-filled, delicious evening featuring top chefs preparing small plates from fresh ingredients harvested by local farms, along with enticing products and drinks from local producers. Our theme this year is a classic fall staple–squash. For more information visit our website http://www.saratogaplan. org/whats-new/upcomingevents/feast-of-the-fields/.

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Week of June 30 – July 6, 2017

Family Friendly Event

Friday, June 30 “History, Legends, Lore and More” – Guided Walking Tour 2017 Season Saratoga Heritage Area Visitor Center, 297 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 10:30 a.m. A 90-minute walking tour that concentrates on historic Congress Park and the colorful characters that helped make Saratoga what it is. This guided tour of legends and lore will walk you through history while providing an opportunity to sip the famous mineral waters as you stroll through Victorian Congress Park. Rain or shine. Cost is $8 adults, children under 12 are free. No registration required. July 1 to September 4, tours will run Monday through Saturday. September 9 to October 21 tours will be Saturdays only For more information, call 518-587-3241.

Saturday, July 1 Book Signing Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 3-4 p.m. Signing Only - John Ostwald - War Sacrifice and Coming Home. For years, the author has worked with Soldier’s Heart, a national non-profit organization whose mission is to transform the emotional, moral, and spiritual wounds that often result from war and military service. A percent of the proceeds from the sale of this work benefit Soldier’s Heart. Please note that this is a signing only. There will be no formal author presentation. For more information and other events visit

Sunday, July 2

Summer Concert Series

Dharma Meditation with Pierre Zimmerman

Congress Park, Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 7 – 8:30 p.m.. Gather your friends and family and join us for this free summer concert series. Concerts will happen on Sunday evenings in July and Tuesday evenings in August. Performances take place at the War Memorial, Rain location: Heritage Area Visitor Center. This week’s performance is by Betsy and the ByeGons.

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

Wealth and Wellness: Franklin Square NW Corner of Division St. and Broadway, Franklin Square, Saratoga Springs, 10:30 a.m. – Noon Carrie Woerner, NYS Assemblywoman and former Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation Executive Director, will lead a tour through the architecturally rich historic Franklin Square area. $5 for SSPF members | $8 non-members. Tours are rain or shine. Allow 90 minutes. Requires walking and standing and covers varied terrain. For tour meeting location information and to preregister, please call 518-587-5030, or visit our website

Car and Truck Show American Legion, 34 West Ave., Saratoga Springs, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Open to all makes and models. Registration $15 day of the show. Awards are embroidered car jackets - 30 in total and they are custom sized on day of event. Offering dash plaques, registration givebacks and music by DJ Andy. Enjoy food by the Legion with shade in the pavilion. Benefit to homeless Veterans. Spectators are free.

Free Summer Lawn Workshop Brookside Nursery, 824 State Route 67, Ballston Spa, 2 p.m. The heat of the summer is coming. Is your lawn prepared to survive long, hot summer days? Learn how to keep your lawn green so your lazy days of summer aren’t spent on a crunch lawn We’ll also discuss grub control, mowing height and mole control. In addition we will have a fun lawn project- Grow a Grass Head for the kids.

Monday, July 3 All-American Afternoon with Benjamin Franklin The Children’s Museum at Saratoga, 69 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, Noon – 2 p.m. Bring the kids to join in an afternoon of stories, kids crafts, and historic games. We start at the museum and parade ourselves to Congress Park. Feel free to bring your own picnic lunch or snack to enjoy while listening to Ben read his favorite children’s stories. Part of the Saratoga Springs All-American Celebration.

Tuesday, July 4 Kids Fun Run of the Firecracker 4 Saratoga Springs City Center, 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 10:40 a.m. Children ages 12 and younger and those of all abilities regardless of age are invited to this ½ mile Fun Run of the Official Firecracker 4 Race, starting at the City Center and ending at Congress Park. It is a run, not a race. Children of all abilities are encouraged to participate and parents are encouraged to run with their child. Strollers are welcome. Please no dogs. Leading the race will be two tandems from Camp Abilities Saratoga, a service project of the Saratoga Springs Lions Club, which benefits children and teens who are blind or visually impaired. $5 registration on-line at https:// until July 3rd or in person before 9:30 a.m.on the 4th.

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.

Poetry Readings Caffe’ Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, Sign ups 7 p.m. Caffè Lena will present poetry readings by David Eye and Richard Hoffman. An open reading will follow. Readings will start at 7:30 p.m. The host for the event will be Carol Graser and the cost is $5. Free for students. For more information, call 518-583-0022, or visit www.

Concert: Skidmore Jazz All-Stars Arthur Zankel Music Center, Skidmore College, 8 p.m. Featuring Brandon Lee (trumpet), Dick Oatts (saxophone), Michael Dease (trombone), Bill Cunliffe (piano), Peter Bernstein (guitar), David Wong (bass), and John Riley (drums). $8 adults, $5 senior citizens and Skidmore community, free for students and children. For tickets go to For more information call 518-580-5321

Thursday, July 6 Open Pond Hours at Delegan Pond Wilton Wildlife and Preserve, Scout Rd., Parking Lot 1, Wilton, 10 a.m. – Noon Drop in anytime between 10:00 and noon to discover the aquatic wildlife found at Delegan Pond. Use our dip nets to search for critters including frogs, salamanders, tadpoles, crayfish, and insects. For more information visit www.

Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St., Saratoga Springs, 2 – 4 p.m. Join us for a “pop-up” reading festival co-presented by Northshire Bookstore, the Saratoga Springs Public Library and Scholastic Books! At this reading road trip stop, kids and families will enjoy a fun afternoon of reading activities including:An author visit and book signing with Adele Griffin, Sandra Magsamen, and Tod Olson; an activity station filled with reading activities; giveaway tables and a prize wheel; costume characters including: Clifford the Big Red Dog® and Geronimo Stilton. For more information visit www.northshire. com.

New York City Ballet Musicians and Friends Saratoga Arts, 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 4 - 5 p.m. Luellen Abdoo, Artistic Director - Dvorak, Piano Quintet in A Major Schubert Octet in F Major Performers include members of the NYC Ballet Orchestra Suggested donation: $7. (Additional donations welcome and appreciated)

Free Concert in the Park Wiswall Park, Front St., Ballston Spa, 6 – 8 p.m. The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association is proud to once again present its free Concerts in the Park series. This week’s featured concert is North and South Dakotas.

Concert Fundraiser: Jon Batiste and Stay Human Arthur Zankel Music Center, Skidmore College, 8 p.m. Led by innovative musician Batiste, the Colbert show’s house band presents a fundraiser for a jazz scholarship. Co-sponsored by Stewart’s Signature Series. $30 general admission. For tickets go to For more information call 518-580-5321

Wednesday, July 5 Guided Mindful Meditation Saratoga Springs Public Library, Susman Room, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

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Jazz Festival Celebrates 40th Anniversary in Saratoga SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival staged a two-day celebration of music at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center June 24- 25. The event, headlined by Chaka Khan,

and the Gipsy Kings, featured a score of other musical performers and ensembles, and included the premiere of the SPAC’s new Gazebo Stage. All images by

Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles.

To Ray with Love Featuring Maceo Parker, the Ray Charles Orchestra & the Raelettes.

Gipsy Kings on the main stage at SPAC during Saratoga Jazz Festival 2017.

Dave Stryker.

Jean-Luc Ponty, who performed at SPAC as part of the first jazz festival in 1978, on stage at Saratoga Jazz Festival 2017.

Cuban rhythms from Jane Bunnett & Maqueque, performing their second set of the day, this time on the new Gazebo stage during the Saratoga Jazz Festival on Sunday, June 25, 2017.

Hudson featuring Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski, John Scofield.

Blind Boy Paxton charms on a Steinway piano in the shadow of Jelly Roll Morton, Sunday, June 25, 2017 on the Gazebo stage.


Week of June 30 – July 6, 2017

Dead and Company Leaves Chilled SPAC Crowd Pumped by Brittney Eisnor for Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — The lawn was filled with blissedout fans, the amphitheater packed with people. With a line of enthusiasts still standing at the gates awaiting entry to the venue, Dead and Company hit the stage at SPAC on June 20 to mark the 13th show of their summer tour. On stage, the band is as chilled out as their audience, largely comprised of a mix of ex-hippies, and both older and younger “Dead Heads.” There is no crazy stage design or spectacle, just a few colored lights. The two lead guitarists - original member Bob Weir, and John Mayer, who began playing with the Dead last summer - move around the stage as they jam out. Mayer surprised me in the way he can seriously shred on the guitar. I had doubts about how he would fit with the band, but I didn’t need to worry. His chemistry with Weir, playing back and forth, is apparent and enjoyable and he received a huge response from the crowd. The Dead don’t play their songs as most artists do. Long guitar riffs and jam sessions bleed between chunks of lyrics, helping to create the chilled-out atmosphere and leading to some of the funkiest dancing I’ve ever seen. A huge video screen across the back of the stage highlighted the impressive technical work of Mayer, Weir, and keyboard player Jeff Chimenti.

Reception Friday for National Museum of Dance: Celebrating 30 Years SARATOGA SPRINGS — The National Museum of Dance hosts an opening of its newest exhibition to celebrate its 30th anniversary season at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, June 30. “National Museum of Dance: Celebrating 30 Years”

Bob Weir on stage at with Dead and Company at Saratoga Performing Arts Center on June 20, 2017. Image by

The show is broken into two sets - the first relaxed, the second with a new energy featuring more upbeat songs. One of the more impressive was “China Cat Sunflower,” sung by bassist Oteil Burbridge, formerly of the Allman Brothers. Burbridge isn’t typically a lead singer- at last year’s SPAC show, he didn’t sing at all. On this night, however, he took the reins with a smile on his face while sharing incredible harmonies with Mayer and Weir. The coolest thing about this show was listening to talented artists do what they are best at, without the boundary of having to play songs the way they are written. It was a great display of musical talent. This is likely why I was disappointed with the “Drums.” As any Dead fan knows, this section of the concert allows the percussionists to improvise and highlight different instruments they don’t often get to use. It is a cool concept and I’ve

previously heard them do great things. This time around, however, I was unimpressed. The two drummers, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, seemed out of sync and lacked the fun vibe that Mayer and Weir were rocking. A large set of tribal drums at the back of the stage that I had been looking forward to hearing all night weren’t used to their full potential. As much as I can criticize the music, however, I can’t criticize the way the Dead plays their crowd. They know their fans, and although they don’t stop and talk to the audience in between songs, they communicate with them in their own way. The final song, sans encore, is “I Know You Rider.” The classic blues piece has been covered by artists from Janis Joplin to James Taylor, and is a staple of Dead shows since their early days. It is still a massive crowd pleaser that leaves the crowd pumped up and jumping.

examines the rich history of the museum from its founding and 1987 grand opening season to the present day. The event is free and open to the public. The National Museum of Dance is located at 99 South Broadway.

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Posing for pictures: the American Cancer Society’s “Red, White & Blue Party” on Friday, June 23, 2017 at Saratoga National Golf. Image by

Michael Haddix, Erica Haddix, Stephanie Klug, Ashley Boland, Katy Klug, and Rob Klug at the American Cancer Society’s “Red, White & Blue Party” on Friday, June 23, 2017 at Saratoga National Golf. Image by

“The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” Plays Adirondack Theatre Festival’s 23rd summer season GLENS FALLS — Adirondack Theatre Festival hosts its PB&J Cafe, a dinner theater for kids, with performances of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” Wednesday, July 5 through Thursday, July 20 at noon in the cabaret space of the Charles R. Wood Theater. Young theatergoers will have the opportunity to order a meal from the cast of characters, participate in a pre-show art activity,

dine during the live performance and come home with autographs from their favorite actors. In this version of the C.S Lewis classic, Peter and Lucy reenact their Narnia experiences through the tool of storytelling. They share about the magic and mystery of the great lion Aslan, his struggle with the White Witch and the adventures of four children who inadvertently wander

from an old wardrobe into the land of Narnia. The PB&J Cafe is recommended for children ages 12 and under. Tickets are $15 and are available at the Wood Theater Box Office, online at ATFestival. org or by calling 518-480-4878. The ticket price includes a meal for children and a light snack for adults. The Wood Theater is located at 207 Glen Street in downtown Glens Falls.

Grant Cottage Announces July Programs MOREAU/WILTON — U.S. Grant Cottage State Historic Site will host several activities in July, including additional bonus admission days on Tuesdays during Saratoga track season. Upcoming events include: Remarkable Flowers of Mount McGregor will take place 1 p.m., Saturday, July 1: Presenter Jackie Donnelly, nature writer and photographer, provides an illustrated talk that will explore several distinct habitats of the

mountain, from rocky outcroppings to upland forests to the boggy islands of Lake Bonita. Weather permitting, a guided wildflower walk on the grounds surrounding Grant’s Cottage will follow the presentation. Grant and the Press – 1 p.m. Sunday, July 2: Join Grant Cottage staff member Ben Kemp to explore the press of Grant’s time. Also highlighted: the emergence of the political cartoon led by famous cartoonist

Thomas Nast and its effect on Grant’s political career. The program will feature displays of original Thomas Nast prints; copies of The General and The Journalists will also be available for purchase. U.S. Grant Cottage State Historic Site is the final home of Ulysses S. Grant, Civil War Commanding General of the U.S. Army, and 18th U.S. President. For a full schedule of July events, go to:


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‘Dance With The Dancers’ of New York City Ballet in Ballston Spa BALLSTON SPA — Ballet classes featuring members of the New York City Ballet will be held in July at My Gym Fitness Center, at 2100 Saratoga Road in July. The series offers open ballet classes for ages 13 to adult at the beginner/intermediate level. The mixture of technique and movement combinations are

inspired by the NYCB repertory at SPAC this summer. Savannah Lowery, soloist, will teach on Monday, July 3 from 5:156:30 p.m.; Andrew Scordato, corps de ballet will teach on Saturdays, July 8 and 15 from 9:30-10:45 a.m., and Jonathan Stafford, retired principal, will teach on Monday,

July 10 from 5:15-6:30 p.m. The cost is $20 per class or all four classes for $75. The cost for students and seniors (age 62) is $18 per class or all four classes for $70. Observers are welcome for $5 per person at each class. Email Totbtri@ or visit for more information.

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Opera Saratoga: ‘A historically significant event for Saratoga Springs” Continued from page 10.

a very modern-day character resembling Donald Trump. “The main character, Mr. Mister, one could easily tie him into a Trumpian character. But, that’s not the approach I’m taking. My job as a director is to present the story and the music to the best of my abilities the way the authors intended it,” Edelson explains. As is, the piece set in Steeltown U.S.A. drew controversy all its own when it premiered in pre-World War II America when its pro-union plot was feared as being too radical. “It was actually shut down by the government on its opening night in 1937. The government had locked up the theater with all the costumes and the orchestral parts which they couldn’t get out. Orson Welles was the original director and John Houseman the producer. They rented a piano and moved it north 20 blocks and put it on a stage,” Edelson said. “In an incredibly ironic act, the actors union forbid the performers from performing onstage - in a show that was pro-union! So Blitzstein started to play the piece on the piano onstage, to sing through it himself. What was extraordinary was the members of the cast sitting in the audience rose up one-by-one and started to perform from their seats. It became one of the most legendary evenings in all of music theater history.” Controversy aside, the artistic result is that the original orchestration created by Marc Blitzstein – a frequent resident of the Yaddo arts colony in Saratoga Springs – is often neglected and almost always presented with just a piano. “It only been performed twice with Blitzstein’s original orchestration. It has been 57 years since this piece has been done anywhere in the world the way Blitzstein intended. It’s really going to be a historically significant event for Saratoga Springs,” Edelson said. “And I think this cast is quite extraordinary. I don’t know if the piece has ever been sung this well

before, quite frankly. I think audiences are going to be electrified by what they hear onstage.” “The Cradle Will Rock,” with music, book and lyrics by Marc Blitzstein will be staged 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 9, 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 11, 7:30 p.m. Thursday July 13 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 16. “I don’t think about opera in a bubble. For me, opera is this amazing synthesis of the arts. as much theater as it is music and visual arts and dance, and for me that’s what makes opera exciting,” Edelson said. “We do one opera every year that is a masterpiece from the classical repertoire. This year that is ‘Falstaff’ – one of the greatest operas ever written. I think audiences whose tastes lean towards traditional opera are really going to love this but it’s also a great comic piece and a great introduction to opera. It’s one of the pieces you just laugh out loud at.” “Falstaff,” with music by Giuseppe Verdi and libretto by Arrigo Boito will

be staged by Saratoga Opera on July 1, 6, 10 and 15. “We’ve also been doing works that incorporate dance and movement – this being such a city that has an appreciation in dance. Last year we did the Philip Glass piece, ‘The Witches of Venice.’ This year we’ll be doing a piece by André Grétry, who was a Belgian composer. I chose it because it has dance and movement in it and it’s also a fairy tale which people know the story of. It’s a great introduction to opera for family audiences and a great way to introduce kids to opera. This particular production incorporates a lot of puppetry, which is a new element, something we haven’t done before.” “Beauty and The Beast,” with music by André Grétry, libretto by Jean Francois Marmontel, will be staged July 2, 8 and 14. For tickets and more information of Opera Saratoga’s summer festival season, , go to: http://

Writer Terry McMillan, under the big tent on the grounds of Yaddo on June 22, 2017, during the annual June fundraiser at the arts colony. McMillan read from her works, talked about her previous residencies at Yaddo, mentioned how she loves walking around Saratoga Springs and spoke about the art of fiction writing. "The beauty of telling a story," she said, "is telling one continuous lie that you hope people believe." The event attracted more than 300 people and raised nearly $160,000, the proceeds of which go directly towards the artists residency program. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

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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: Indigenous, Indigent, Indignant, Indignity Indigenous means native. Indigenous cultures can often contribute to medical discoveries. Indigent means in need of money, impoverished, or poor. The government provides medical care for indigent families. Indignant means angry. A full and detailed explanation backs Phil’s indignant denial. Indignity refers to offending a person’s dignity or self-respect. The hunger in the world is an indignity to mankind. Dave Dowling is the author of The Wrong Word Dictionary and The Dictionary of Worthless Words. Both books are available from many book retailers, and signed copies can be obtained by contacting Dave at

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Summit Saratoga NYRA Announces 2017 Lacrosse Shootout Racing Season Giveaways WILTON — Summit Lacrosse Ventures and Rhino Lacrosse will be hosting the 5th Annual Saratoga Lacrosse Shootout from June 30-July 2 at Gavin Park in Wilton. The event will begin with the Powell Fun Zone Open on June 30, from 5-8 p.m. The full weekend will feature four competitive divisions, positional clinics, players only “fun zone,” coaching demonstrations, 3-vs.-3 mini lacrosse, and more. For more information on this event,

visit “For those that attended last year, we hope that you very much enjoyed your experience and that you will join us again this summer,” said a post on the Shootout’s official website. “If you didn’t make it last year, you should know that our event is unique and not like any other lacrosse tournament you may have attended in the past.”

Skidmore Athletics Hall of Fame SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Friends of Skidmore Committee is currently seeking nominations for the Skidmore Athletics Hall of Fame. Nominees should be individuals who have “made outstanding contributions to Skidmore athletics and have helped bring

excellence and distinction to the College and its athletic program.” The induction ceremony will take place on Oct. 7 as part of the school’s Homecoming Weekend. For more information, or to submit a nomination, go to www.

SARATOGA SPRINGS – The New York Racing Association, Inc. will continue its tradition of giveaways with four giveaway days scheduled for the summer 2017 meet at Saratoga Race Course. All giveaways are free with paid admission, while supplies last. The 2017 Saratoga Race Course premium giveaway schedule is as follows: SARATOGA BASEBALL CAP: Sunday, July 23 The first giveaway of the 2017 season will pay tribute to the theme of opening weekend - Hats! Racing fans gather to receive a red and white Saratoga baseball cap, presented by Saratoga Casino Hotel. In addition to the Saratoga hat giveaway, the day’s festivities will include the 26th annual Hat Contest, presented by Hat Sational By DEI.

SARATOGA SHORT-SLEEVE T-SHIRT: Monday, August 7 Racing fans will take home the second giveaway of the 2017 meet, a gray short-sleeve t-shirt featuring a red Saratoga Race Course logo. The giveaway corresponds with the weekly Berkshire Bank Family Mondays series, which features free children’s activities and entertainment at the Berkshire Bank Saratoga Pavilion. SARATOGA COOLER BAG: Monday, August 21 The season’s penultimate premium giveaway - a red and black Saratoga cooler bag - will kick off the countdown to the $1.25 million Travers, which will be run for the 148th time on Saturday, August 26.

SARATOGA CLOCK: Sunday, September 3 Fans will celebrate closing weekend of the 2017 Saratoga meet with the final giveaway of the 2017 season - a Saratoga wall clock, presented by Foxwoods Resort Casino. The clock features an image of thoroughbreds racing down the stretch against the iconic Saratoga grandstand and clubhouse roofline. Guests will be able to redeem up to three vouchers at Saratoga Race Course’s giveaway redemption areas, including the one they receive with paid admission and the two additional vouchers they are able to purchase at the multiple admissions line beneath the grandstand.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — Ten Capital Region companies and groups helped drive the American Diabetes Association (ADA) one step closer to attaining its $1.1 million fundraising goal through the recent Saratoga Springs Tour de Cure cycling event, the premier cycling event in the Capital Region dedicated to finding a cure for diabetes. Businesses and groups leading the way include: Kivort Steel Cycling Team (Waterford, NY) $112,330, Davidson

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Adventure Around the Corner: YMCA Debuts New Adventure Course Photos by Thomas Kika.

by Thomas Kika Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Regional YMCA concluded the first phase of its outdoor development program by bringing adventure to our very own backyard. Tucked into the woods on the south end of the Saratoga Regional YMCA (SRYMCA) on West Avenue is the brand new Adventure Course, which had its grand opening on June 22. The 4,340-square-foot course consists of a multiple rock-climbing walls, rope bridges, and tire bridges suspended at varying levels above the ground. Affixed to the top of the main rock wall tower structure is a zip-line, which brave participants can use to ride down to the bottom. When press and other attendees arrived for the grand opening of the course, SRYMCA Board President Alysa Arnold addressed the crowd from the top of the course before riding the zip-line down. “Today, I am so excited that we are at the point where we have an amazing team that is welltrained, and this summer, kids and adults in our area are going to be able to experience this wonderful adventure course,” Arnold

An adventurous young girl becomes one of the first people to tackle the course.

Mayor Joanne Yepsen made an appearance at the course’s Grand Opening.

said from the top of the structure. “We have 300-plus campers this summer, and they are gonna have a lot of fun and learn a lot of life skills right on this course.” Arnold went on to emphasize that the course was far more than just a way for kids and families to have healthy fun, but that

A view from the front entrance to the course.

it will also give them the opportunity to safely challenge themselves by going outside their comfort zones. Then, using herself as an example of this due to her fear of heights, she ended her speech and rode the zip-line down to a round of applause. “This is one of those resources

that helps us make sure that Saratoga is the healthiest county in all of New York State,” Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce President Todd Shimkus said, introducing the course to the gathered crowd. “As well as, hopefully, the world, someday.” The Adventure Course is just one part of the first phase of SRYMCA outdoor development initiative. Other aspects of the first phase have included an enclosed pavilion for rainy days and a traverse wall on the north side of the West Avenue location. Planning for the course began approximately three years ago, with construction taking about a year to complete, beginning with

the procurement of building permits. The actual time that it took to physically construct the course was around three months. The costs for constructing the course were covered through community fundraising, according to Chief Operations Officer Kelly Armer. “The best way children learn is through play,” Armer said. “And this is a great structure to add [for that].” The next phase of development for SRYMCA will begin soon, with plans to build a new pool and another gym, as according to Armer, they are quickly outgrowing their current space. There is currently no set timeline for this second phase.



Week of June 30 – July 6, 2017

COMMUNITY SPORTS BULLETIN Firecracker 4 Road Race SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Springs will launch its All-American celebration with a bang Tuesday, July 4 when more than 4,000 runners take part in the city’s 11th annual Firecracker 4 road race. Starting and ending at the Saratoga Springs City Center, the popular event gets underway at 9 a.m. with the main attraction, the four-mile road race, which will be bibtag timed with gun and net times. Runners are expected to follow a friendly course that takes them south on Broadway to Circular Street, east through the historic residential district and then returns to the City Center. There are multiple bands along the course to keep runners moving. The first 3,700 registrants to sign up at will receive an ASICS gender-specific tech shirt, goodie bag and finisher’s certificate. Registrations are being accepted through 7/3 at midnight at The fee is $30. Participants can also sign up in person for $35 at Registration/Packet Pick Up held 7/3 from 3-7 p.m. and 7/4 from 7-8:45 a.m. at the City Center. For more information, visit www. program.

Children 12 and younger can participate in the half-mile Fun Run, which will run from the City Center to Congress Park. Start time for the run will be 10:40 a.m. Registration will be $5 per participant, and can be done online at www., or in-person on the day prior to 9:30 a.m.

Mark Printsky Memorial Golf Tourney WILTON — The third annual Mark Printsky Memorial Golf Tourney will be held at the McGregor Links Country Club on July 15. All proceeds from the event will go towards a scholarship fund established at SUNY Cobleskill, the late Mark Printsky’s alma matter. “The Mark D. Printsky” Memorial Scholarship will given to a returning student in the Grass Management Studies program. Printsky was the Certified Golf Superintendent at McGregor Links for many years before his sudden and untimely passing on June 9, 2014. A few weeks after his passing, his friends and colleagues came together to organize the tourney in his honor. Registration for the event will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by a lunch buffet from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

and a memorial dedication at 12:30 p.m. Competition will commence with a fourperson shotgun scramble at 1 p.m. The day will conclude with a reception at 5 p.m. featuring a cash bar. The cost for the event will be $110 per player, and $25 for just the reception. To register online, go to www. and search “Mark Printsky.”

Camp Saratoga 5K Fun Runs WILTON — Taking place on the trails at the 310-acre Camp Saratoga, this series is open to all ages and abilities. Runs will take place on July 10, July 24, Aug. 7, and Aug. 21 at the Wilton Wildlife Preserve. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the races commencing at 6 p.m. Registration is $5 per racer at the door. It is designed to be a fun but challenging trail course. Proceeds benefit the Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park, Saratoga Spa State Park, and another non-profit. For more information contact Laura Clark at races@saratogastryders. org or 518-581-1278. Runs take place rain or shine.

SUP Yoga SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Kayak Shack has begun offering weekly “SUP Yoga”

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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

Recreation Department Horsing Around Program SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs Recreation Department is offering a new program called Horsing Around during the 2017 Track meet. Horsing Around is a dropoff 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 recreser with questions.

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

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


Week of June 30 – July 6, 2017

Mad Dog Mania Brings Out the Best in High School Athletes by Thomas Kika Saratoga TODAY WILTON — Soccer teams from across the Northeast came together at Gavin Park in Wilton and at the Saratoga Youth Lacrosse Association fields on the PBA Range property this past weekend to put on a show for around 160 college coaches at the 15th Annual Mad Dog Mania Showcase Tournament. The aim of the tournament was to provide high school soccer teams a venue at which to demonstrate their talents in the hopes of being recruited for a college team. At this year’s tournament, 131 teams from eight states competed, and while the number of individual players was not counted, tournament director Nancy Stangle estimated that there must have been over 1,800 players.

The event drew in teams from all around the Northeast, including 15 local teams and some from as far as Maine. According to Stangle, most of the teams at the event were from schools in the 3-4-hours-away range. Coaches in attendance came from all across New York State and beyond. Stangle said that most every local college was represented, including Skidmore, Union College, Siena, the College of Saint Rose, and SUNY Albany, and according the Mad Dog organization’s official website, coaches from Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania made it to the event. While the organization has never tracked the rate at which players from its tournaments successfully get recruited, Stangle cited anecdotal evidence from friends and families of players over the years

to say that a good number of them are successful thanks to the tournament. A press release from Mad Dog Mania also cited an unnamed college coach in attendance at this year’s event as saying that they had targeted around 30 players as worthy of further consideration. In that same press release, Mad Dog Mania also touted the economic benefits of their annual tournament. According to them, approximately 4,500 individuals journey to the tournament each year, resulting in around 1,000 hotel rooms being booked, with many participants partaking in local shops and restaurants. “Numerous participants and spectators have said that they plan to return to this area for personal visits,” the release from Mad Dog Mania stated, “After attending the soccer tournament and seeing all that the region offers.”

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Mad Dog Mania, see Mad Dog pg. 39.

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Saratoga YMCA debuts new “Adventure Course.” See “YMCA” pg. 37.

Champions of the Girls-Under-17 Division in the Eastern New York Premier Soccer League

Saratoga/Wilton United of the Capital District Youth Soccer League (CDYSL) rode a 4-2-0 record, scoring 20 goals and conceding 9, to become champions of the Girls-Under-17 Division in the Eastern New York Premier Soccer League (ENYPL) this spring. “This is a special group of girls and they have been a real pleasure to coach. The girls work hard in practice and they have been able to successfully apply the concepts they learn in practice into the games,” explained Saratoga/Wilton United coach Miguel Hoyos.

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