LOCAL • INDEPENDENT • FREE Volume 11 • Issue 26 • July 7 – July 13, 2017
Stefanik Takes a Stand for District
Ballston Spa Teacher Reaches for the Stars by Thomas Kika Saratoga TODAY
Taxpayers by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY STATEWIDE — Last week, U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-Willsboro) and other federal lawmakers wrote a letter to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin opposing the planned elimination of a federal tax deduction related to state and local tax payments.
Concern for constituents who could be ‘doubly taxed’
The congresswoman indicated that, every year, more than 3 million New Yorkers deduct property and state taxes paid from their federal returns. It has been considered standard practice—primarily among homeowners—for more than a century, according to Stefanik. She said a “tax reform plan” presented this year by President Donald Trump proposed eliminating that deduction. Specific parts of the president’s plan will be negotiated in the months ahead during the congressional budget process for fiscal year 2018. “We write to you—on behalf of the hardworking, middle See Taxpayers pg. 9
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Ballston Spa educator Ankie Meuwissen recently attended the HESA program in Alabama. Photo provided.
BALLSTON SPA — Ankie Meuwissen, a science teacher from Ballston Spa High School, recently completed a special program that will help her to bring the stars to her students. From June 15-19, Meuwissen took part in the Honeywell Educators in Space Academy (HESA) program in Huntsville, Ala. The program gives educators from across the country a chance to learn more about space and space-related technologies, so that See Stars pg. 16
Cell Service Upgrade
by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY MILTON — In a bustling part of town, within sight of the Saratoga County airport, many cellphone users still find that reception can be spotty. That may change later this year if town officials approve a proposal by Verizon Wireless to put up a new communications tower in a wooded area off Rowland Street. In late May, David Brennan, a partner in the Albany law firm Young Sommer, appeared before the Milton Zoning See Upgrade pg. 12
Week of July 7 – July 13, 2017
Neighbors: Snippets of Life from Your Community
Who: Jamie Parillo. Where: Canfield Casino. Q. Where are you from originally? A. I grew up in Schuylerville. Q. How long have you been at the museum? A. I started here in 2000, so over 17 years. I started in the museum field at Saratoga Battlefield in 1987. Q. Do you think people have a full appreciation for the historic battle that happened there? A. I think something you see in a lot of towns is people don’t always appreciate what’s right in front of them - whether it be Saratoga Battlefield, or here in Saratoga Springs. Q. What are you doing today? A. Well, every day is different and I never end up doing what I think I will be doing when I come in. Today, I started with office management, then moved on to one of our guided Ghost Tours, then onto website management and after that a little bit of fundraising. That’s the plan, but it’s probably going to be different in an hour. Q. What stands out as some of the biggest changes you’ve seen in Saratoga Springs? A. The development of the many large buildings along Broadway. I don’t see it as bad or good, I just remember growing up and coming to Saratoga in the ‘70s and ‘80s and now seeing the transformation and how it’s been rebuilt. It’s growing back up to what it was historically during the Victorian Era. Downtown Saratoga Springs in the Victorian Era was built up even more so than it is today. Q. What did you want to be when you were a kid? A. I wanted to run a dinosaur museum. I just loved dinosaurs and would build a museum out of toys with all my plastic dinosaurs. Q. Is that childhood dream one that may be fulfilled someday? A. I. Don’t. Think. So.
Week of July 7 – July 13, 2017
Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs Hosts Circus Smirkus July 11th and 12th
Vermont’s Traveling Youth Circus Performs 30th Anniversary Big Top Tour
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Circus Smirkus, the award winning international youth circus, returns to the outdoor field at the Saratoga Casino Hotel for four “adventuresome” performances this summer. On July 11th and 12th families can gather under the Big Top Tent as the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs proudly presents the Circus Smirkus 2017 30th Anniversary Big Top Tour. Circus Smirkus will perform with a 1p.m. and 6p.m. show scheduled for each day. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for children ages 2-12. Children younger than two are free on an adult’s lap. All proceeds raised will go directly to the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs. This year’s fun-filled themed show, Midnight at the Museum, is a wild adventure through the halls of a magical museum that springs to life when the clock strikes midnight. The show will feature young aerialists and wire walkers, clowns and jugglers, live music, brilliant costumes, and the many skills of young circus artists on full display under the Big Top. As an additional feature this year, following the theme of the show, patrons will enjoy learning more about Saratoga area museums at the 1p.m. matinee performances on July 11th and 12th. The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, Children’s Museum at Saratoga and Saratoga Automobile Museum will be on site to share information about their venues and their upcoming programs and events.
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Smirkus is a award winning
international youth circus founded with the mission of promoting the skills, culture and traditions of the traveling circus and inspiring youth to engage in life-changing adventures in the circus arts. The 2017 Circus Smirkus Anniversary 2 Big Top Tour will include 67 performances this summer between late June and mid-August. The show consists of thirty budding circus stars, ages 12 to 18, who represent two countries, Zambia and Canada, and thirteen states. The Vermont-based organization has raised over $2.5 million over the past 30 years for non-profit partners. Its unique 24-meter, 750-seat, one ring tent distinguishes Circus Smirkus as the only American youth circus to put on a full-season tour under its own European style “big top tent.” The ring engages the entire audience intimately – no one sits more than 25 feet from the ring – giving an up-close view of the young ensemble’s extraordinary aerial artists, contortionists, acrobats, jugglers and whimsical clowns at work. Headquartered in Greensboro, Vermont, Smirkus has received accolades from critics all over the world. Circus Smirkus was featured on the Disney channel, PBS,
in the Boston Globe and the NY Times. Family Fun Magazine called Circus Smirkus “one of America’s best circuses.” “Circus Smirkus is thrilled to bring its award-winning touring youth circus back to Saratoga Springs this summer!” said Judy Gaeth, Director of Circus Operations. “Our presenter, the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs, is a great partner filling the tent with Saratogians young and old for the past 11 years. The Saratoga Springs Waldorf School is the home of two of our former ‘Smirkos’, Keenan and Taylor Wright Sanson,” Judy commented. After 30 years, Circus Smirkus is certainly a ‘grown up”, but audiences know its youthful
ensemble exhibit a timeless authenticity that is central to the nature of transformative art. Don’t miss the 30th Anniversary Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour, coming to Saratoga Springs July 11th and 12th.
Tickets are available locally at the Children’s Museum at Saratoga and G. Willikers, or by calling 1-877-SMIRKUS toll-free or visiting http://smirkus.org/. If not sold out, tickets will be available at the door starting one hour before show time.
Taste NY at Saratoga Series Expanded SARATOGA SPRINGS — The 2017 season at Saratoga Race Course will feature an expansion of the popular Taste NY series. In partnership with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, it will be held over the course of four days each week of the meet. The Taste NY series provides track guests with the opportunity to sample a wide variety of products made exclusively in New York. The lively on-track market of food, fashion and artisan vendors, which was previously held on Sunday, will now expand to Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The weekend editions will complement the returning Taste NY: Cider, Wine and Spirits on Thursday and Taste NY: Craft Beer on Friday. The weekly series will take place on-track at the Berkshire Bank Saratoga Pavilion. The Thursday and Friday editions occur from noon to 5 p.m., while the Saturday and Sunday
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statement. “We look forward to continuing to use the popularity of Saratoga Race Course as a platform to showcase these products in partnership with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.” “Just like our world-class thoroughbreds, New York produces some of the very best agricultural products, and the Taste NY at Saratoga series is a great way to enjoy both. We are excited to team up with NYRA again this season to give guests even more opportunities to try the state’s topnotch food and craft beverages, while giving our small businesses a platform to reach new customers,” added state Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball. Weekend guests also will have the opportunity to learn more about enhancing their on-track experience through NYRA Bets and the all-new NYRA XP mobile app. For more information about participating vendors and breweries, visit the website www.NYRA.com/ Saratoga. Season admission passes are available for purchase online as well or in-person at most Stewart’s Shops in the Capital Region. The 2017 summer meet at Saratoga Race Course begins on Friday, July 21 and concludes on Labor Day, Monday, September 4.
Week of July 7 – July 13, 2017
County Attorney Tapped For State Role SARATOGA COUNTY — According to Gramercy Communications in Troy, Saratoga County Attorney Stephen M. Dorsey was elected president of the state’s County Attorneys’ Association (CAASNY). The CAASNY represents counties across the state, and helps foster effective government while promoting the science of law. “It is an honor to serve as president of this esteemed and impactful association,” Dorsey said in a statement. “It means a great deal that my work as Saratoga County Attorney has enabled me to take my experience to this statewide organization. I am looking forward to contributing to this group, as well as learning from my colleagues and peers from around the state.” The association is made up of county attorneys and their assistants from throughout New York State. CAASNY centers its attention on constructing professional relationships among county and New York City Corporation Counsel
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attorneys. Not only does CAASNY pledge to take action within the state legislature, but it also presents legal ideas and viewpoints to federal legislators. During meetings, members discuss local laws recently passed among various counties in New York, and the possible successes and failures since the laws’ passage. “Saratoga County congratulates our attorney for rising through the ranks to lead this prestigious professional organization,” said Stillwater Supervisor Ed Kinowski, chairman of the Board of Supervisors. “Mr. Dorsey has proven himself to be an effective attorney and a steady and reliable guide for our county government, and it speaks to the high-quality employees that live here and work for our residents.” Dorsey has been with the county for 30 years and has been county attorney since 2010. He will serve as president of CAASNY for a term of one year. He lives in Saratoga Springs with his wife, Dr. Susan Dorsey.
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COURTS James J. Garafalo, 21, of Saratoga Springs, was sentenced on June 23 to 2 to 4 years in state prison, after pleading to felony criminal contempt in connection with an incident that took place in Wilton. Ryan M. Jabaut, 22, pleaded on June 23 to attempting to disseminate indecent materials to a minor, a felony, in connection with an incident that took place in Moreau. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 18. Gregory L. Lyons, 58, of Gansevoort, pleaded on June 26 to felony DWI, in connection with an incident that took place in Moreau. Sentencing is scheduled for July 17. Nicholas J. Murtlow, 28, of Middle Grove, pleaded on June 26 to felony DWI, in connection with an incident that took place in Saratoga Springs. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 21. James L. Mosher, 51, of Moreau, was sentenced June 27 to 10 years of probation, after pleading to first degree sexual abuse, a felony.
POLICE Jeffrey D. Place, age 23, of Ballston Spa, was charged on June 27 with felony reckless endangerment, and the misdemeanors DWAI drugs, and reckless driving, following a motor vehicle collision at Saratoga Village Mobile Home Park in the town of Milton. Place is accused of operating his motor vehicle
while under the influence of drugs and having collided with another vehicle occupied by two children, causing one of them to be ejected. A third child who was standing outside of the other vehicle was allegedly struck by Place as well. All three children were transported to Saratoga Hospital for evaluation and treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The children are between two and 12 years of age. Place was arraigned and sent to the Saratoga County Jail in lieu of bail, or bond, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office. Eric J. McIntosh, age 27, of South Glens Falls, was charged on June 23 with felony assault and felony criminal possession of a weapon, after allegedly striking a person known to him to the head with a shovel and intentionally causing serious physical injury. The victim was transported to Saratoga Hospital for treatment of serious but non-life-threatening injuries. McIntosh was arraigned and sent to Saratoga County Jail without bail. Gregory Desilva, age 56, Schenectady, was charged on June 24 with attempted assault and menacing – both misdemeanors. Adam M. Winnie, age 27, Albany, was charged on June 24 with the misdemeanors: DWI, criminal possession of a controlled substance and refusing a pre-screen test.
Marie T. Buser, age 28, Clifton Park, was charged on June 24 with misdemeanor DWI, and unlawfully driving on or across sidewalk.
Robert C. Walton, age 31, Schenectady, was charged on June 23 with felony DWI as a second offense, and refusing a pre-screen test.
Christopher R. Otto, age 48, Saratoga Springs, was charged on June 24 with misdemeanor DWI.
Sean D. Bradford, age 28, Saratoga Springs, was charged on June 22 with criminal possession of marijuana - a misdemeanor.
Keith C. Owen, age 40, Glens Falls, was charged on June 24 with criminal possession of marijuana - a misdemeanor. Joseph P. Frey, age 65, Saratoga Springs, was charged on June 23 with misdemeanor DWI. Brian S. Wallin, age 27, New Brighton, MN, was charged on June 23 with misdemeanor DWI.
John S. Stevens, age 53, Rexford, was charged on June 22 with misdemeanor DWI, felony aggravated DWI, and endangering the welfare of a child. The felony charge is based upon the suspicion of having a 15-year-old child in the car at the time. Robert P. Longdaue, age 60, Argyle, was charged on June 22 with misdemeanor DWI.
Jolene F. Munger, age 32, Saratoga Springs, was charged on June 22 with misdemeanor DWI. Tess A. Morency, age 25, Saratoga Springs, was charged on June 22 with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminally using drug paraphernalia – both misdemeanors. Wendy A. Slater, age 50, Gansevoort, was charged on June 22 with criminal contempt. Stephen R. Joachinson, age 25, Hudson, Florida, was charged on June 22 with unlawful possession of marijuana, and two misdemeanor counts criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Local Contractor Faces Charges WILTON — Last week, New York State Police officials in Wilton released a statement describing the June 9 arrest of Jonathan Hutchison, 42, of Gansevoort after an investigation that began in late May related to stolen property. According to the statement, Hutchison has worked
as a contractor in the Saratoga area. Officials are asking that anyone who has hired him and believe they may have been a victim but not reported it, or suspect that they might have jewelry or rare coins missing, to contact the State Police barracks in Wilton at 518-583-7010.
Week of July 7 – July 13, 2017
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SARATOGA SPRINGS —Margaret Ann “Peggy” Helmke passed away on Sunday, June 25, 2017. A Memorial will be held on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 2 p.m. at The Interlaken Clubhouse at 67 Sarazen Street, Saratoga Springs, NY. Please visit burkefuneralhome.com.
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Donald Covell passed away on June 27, 2017 in Ballston Spa. He was born on November 12, 1953. Services will be private at the convenience of the family. Burial with military honors will be held at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. Please visit burkefuneralhome.com.
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Jean E. Groeber, 92, passed away June 23, 2017. A graveside service will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at Memory Gardens Cemetery, 938 Watervliet Shaker Road, Albany. Arrangements under the direction of Burke Funeral Home of 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs (584-5373). Please visit www.burkefuneralhome.com.
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Mr. Bernard Yaksta, Jr. ROTTERDAM — Mr. Bernard Yaksta, Jr., formerly of Stillwater, passed away on the evening of Tuesday, July 4, 2017. Calling hours: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at the William J. Burke & Sons/ Bussing & Cunniff, Inc. Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Please visit burkefuneralhome.com.
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M. Jean Moore SARATOGA SPRINGS — M. Jean Moore passed away on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 20, 2017 at St. Clement’s Church. Arrangements by Burke Funeral Home of 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneralhome.com. Burke & Bussing Funeral Homes
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Grace Dubiock SARATOGA SPRINGS — Grace Dubiock died Saturday, July 1, 2017. Calling hours from 9 to 10 a.m. on July 11 at St. Peter’s Church. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10. Burial will be Wednesday at 11:00 at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 52 Totowa Road, Totowa, NJ. Please visit burkefuneralhome.com. Burke & Bussing Funeral Homes
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Frederick DeCelle, Sr COHOES — Frederick Raymond DeCelle, Sr. passed away June 28, 2017. Calling hours were July 2, All Saints on the Hudson, Mechanicville. Mass of Christian Burial was July 3, at the church. Burial with military honors at 3 p.m. Friday, July 7, Saratoga National Cemetery Schuylerville. Please visit www.burkefuneral home.com. Burke & Bussing Funeral Homes
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Week of July 7 – July 13, 2017
West Side Property Purchased SARATOGA SPRINGS — Joan Purtell, a commercial sales associate with Coldwell Banker Commercial Prime Properties, represented the buyer in the recent purchase of a mixed-use property at 227 Washington Street for $1,650,000. Saratoga Springs Acquisitions, a newly formed
limited liability company (LLC) based in Lyndhurst, New Jersey, purchased the property from 227 Washington, LLC. The 7,700-square-foot space, a multi-use building with retail and office spaces on the lower level and apartment units above, is in mint condition. The property is currently under full lease.
“This purchase represents a tremendous commercial investment for the buyer. Higher density not only means that utilities are being used efficiently, it can also ensure
an optimal level of tax revenue from land use,” said Purtell. “Mixed-use zoning makes sense from a fiscal standpoint as well as a sustainability and efficiency perspective.” Saratoga Springs Acquisitions LLC will continue to use the property as is
with no decisions for future plans at this time. For more information about Coldwell Banker Commercial Prime Properties or inquiries about other properties available, call 518-7859000 or email info@cbcprime. net.
Week of July 7 – July 13, 2017
Stefanik Takes a Stand for District Taxpayers Continued from front page.
class taxpayers we represent—to express our deep concerns about the proposed elimination of the state and local tax (SALT) deduction,” Stefanik and the lawmakers wrote to Mnuchin in a June 27 letter. “Without the SALT deduction, taxpayers in all 50 states and in the District of Columbia would be doubly taxed—they would pay federal income taxes on the money they pay to their state and local governments.” Jeffrey Many, a certified public accountant in Saratoga Springs, cited the example of a taxpayer with $150,000 in annual income who deducted more than $13,000 paid in local property and state taxes. That saved the taxpayer between $3,000 and $4,000 on a federal return, Many said. Many, who routinely monitors developments at the federal level, called it “a very
complicated issue” because of the various tax deductions that are at stake. He said the matter being addressed by Stefanik and her colleagues applies mainly to heavily taxed states like California, Massachusetts and New York. “It’s a long way from getting passed,” Many added. According to a fact sheet provided by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), Trump’s plan follows years of debates in the U.S. Congress that have focused on reducing tax rates nationwide for businesses and individuals. “This means that to ‘pay for’ the lower rates, Congress would need to limit or repeal widely utilized deductions, which could include state and local tax deductions,” the realtors’ group explains. Critics of the deduction for state and local taxes, the NAR statement added, argue that it “subsidizes irresponsible spending by certain states,
and forces taxpayers in lowertax jurisdictions to pay more federal tax.” In the June 27 letter, Stefanik countered that New York “has been a net payer to the federal government for decades.” She cited a current example of $96 billion in personal income taxes paid to the federal
government by New York City residents. Federal agencies, in turn, provided the city with roughly $61 billion in funds and services. “Because we laud and support the goals of growth and job creation, tax simplification and tax relief, any reform package must equal the benefits that state
and local tax deductibility have already provided for over 100 years,” Stefanik and the others wrote to Mnuchin. “We hope you will consider the impact on the people we represent,” the letter concludes, “as we continue crafting an innovative plan that also respects longstanding principles of federalism.”
Week of July 7 – July 13, 2017
Inaugural Saratoga Springs Art Night Takes Place Saturday
The New York City Ballet season kicked off July 5 and this year features the reappearance of the “Galaxy Curtain,” a oneof-a-kind, metal curtain created by Japanese artist Yasuhide Kobashi - installed in the amphitheater in 1981 and not seen by the public for many years. The 2017 season runs through July 15 and features 18 ballets by six choreographers, including three Saratoga premieres. For information about the NYCB schedule at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, go to: http:// www.spac.org/events/dance. Photo by Lawrence White. An “art walk” incorporating nearly two dozen galleries on and around Broadway will take place 4 – 9 p.m. Saturday, July 9. The event, billed as the inaugural “Saratoga Springs Art Night” is free.
Saratoga Bridges Annual White Party Gala Set for July 22 SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Bridges’ annual White Party gala will take place 6 – 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, at the Saratoga National Golf Club, located at 458 Union Ave. The event, featuring cochairs Christianne Smith Potts and Benita Zahn, will feature food, complimentary cocktails, a silent and live auction, fireworks, and live music. Honorary Chairs will be Mr. & Mrs. Charles V. Wait. Attire is white cocktail attire or summer business casual.
Tickets are $200 regular, $150 under the age of 35. To make reservations, call 518-587-0723 ext. 1266 or go online at: www.saratogabridges. org. An online auction preview with absentee bidding is available until July 16 at: www.biddingforgood. com/saratogabridges. Saratoga Bridges has provided programs to people with developmental disabilities and their families for more than 60 years by promoting their abilities and achievements in every aspect of community life.
Siro’s Cup Scheduled for July 20 SARATOGA SPRINGS — The unofficial kick-off of the Saratoga racing season, Siro’s Cup takes place on the eve of opening day at Saratoga Race Course and features a summer buffet, open bar, dancing and mingling with notables from the horse racing industry. The event will be held 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 20. The 2017 honoree is jockey Javier Castellano, who has been selected as a 2017 inductee into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Castellano rode Cloud Computing to victory in this year’s Preakness Stakes and has received the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey for four consecutive years, 2013 to 2016. He will be recognized for his accomplishments and dedication to the sport of horse racing.
Siro’s will again be operated as the Hunt & Fish Club @ Siro’s, under the management of chefs and executive staff from the acclaimed Manhattan steakhouse, Hunt & Fish Club. Music will be provided by The Electric City Horns. Track attire. Proceeds benefit the Center for Disability Services – who for 75 years has been the place for families in the Capital Region and beyond to turn to for innovative services and expert care for individuals with disabilities and chronic medical conditions. Tickets are $125 advance, $150 at the door. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged. For tickets, go to www.cfdsny. org, text 518Gives to 41444 or call 518-944-2125. Siro’s Restaurant is located at 168 Lincoln Ave.
Week of July 7 – July 13, 2017
Notes From City Hall
Housing Authority Salaries Approved by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY The City Council on Wednesday voted to unanimously approve 2017-2018 salary increases for the Saratoga Springs Housing Authority. Housing Authority employees are required to have their salaries approved by the City Council, but stopped submitting for approval in 2000. More recently, city officials sought to rectify that practice by demanding salaries be brought to the council for approval. Additionally, automatic raises were removed in exchange for a merit raise system based on employee performance, said Paul Feldman, executive director of the Authority. “We went to a different format for salary increases. There is
no longer a guaranteed increase for everybody employed by the Housing Authority. There is an annual performance evaluation conducted and based on your salary; there are certain percentage increases you are allowed to receive based on your performance,” Feldman told the council during its meeting Wednesday night. “The lower your salary the higher the percent increase. And that’s to make it fair to people.” The Housing Authority, established to provide lowrent housing for qualified individuals, receives the majority of its funding from HUD. The operating budget for the low-income housing program totaled approximately $2.3 million in 2011-2012, according to an audit report issued by the Office of the State Comptroller
in November 2012, after the Authority had come under scrutiny that expressed concerns of potential financial irregularities and spending practices on salaries, travel and business expenses. At the time, the director’s salary was nearly $145,000 – which ranked within the top seven percent of housing authority executive directors in the country, according to a nation-wide survey of housing authority compensation levels conducted by HUD. Feldman earns an annual salary of just over $121,000. Of the 11 persons listed as Authority employees, annual raises varied from a flat no increase to a high of six percent increase. “How much of a raise are you getting?” Mayor Joanne Yepsen asked Feldman.
“I didn’t put myself in for one,” Feldman replied. “I just thought that should be known – that you are staying steady – and we appreciate that,” Yepsen said.
New Finance Deputy Named Commissioner of Finance Michele Madigan this week announced the appointment of Michael Sharp as Deputy Commissioner of Finance. Sharp was an Investment Associate at Siguler Guff, a New York City private equity firm with more than $11 billion of assets under management, and previously worked at Merrill Lynch and Wachovia in a variety of financial roles. Susan Dugan-Armstrong had been serving temporarily as Acting Deputy Commissioner of Finance.
Upcoming Meetings at City Hall Planning Board: Workshop 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 10, and Meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, July 13. Zoning Board of Appeals: Meeting 7 p.m. Monday, July 10.
Cell Service Upgrade Continued from front page.
Board of Appeals on behalf of a partnership that was formed between Verizon Wireless and a Florida company called Tarpon Towers. Brennan told the zoning board that Verizon engineers regularly aim to find places where cellular service can be improved. He said engineers found a “very large area” east of the airport where there is a “trickle of coverage.” The approximately 150foot communications tower would be built on land owned
by the Village of Ballston Spa. For decades, that property has been utilized as a water supply for village residents; it is already home to a 55-foot-tall water tower. That part of Milton, close to the town complex, is currently experiencing steady development of businesses and neighborhoods. Zoning Board Chairwoman Kimberly Weaver could not be reached for comment. The zoning board agenda for the May 25 meeting listed the matter simply as a “use variance review.”
Milton Building Inspector Wayne Howe explained that a town variance is required—even if Ballston Spa owns the land—because the site has “R-1” residential zoning. The Rowlands Hollow development of single-family homes is close to the site. Both the zoning and planning boards would need to approve a zoning change to allow the proposed cell tower after scheduling public hearings, Howe added. “I like it to have this extensive review,” he said. “It can be a negative impact to the neighborhood.” Brennan, after acknowledging that some local residents may be opposed to a new tower, said it would be “not very visible at all.” He added that company officials recently flew a balloon to verify its actual height. “If we could spend a million dollars elsewhere and not do
it here, we would find a different place,” he said. Ballston Spa Mayor John Romano confirmed that village officials were first approached about building the tower more than a year ago. He said it would be adequately fenced in with access restricted only to Verizon Wireless and village officials. Romano explained that the village could derive more than $20,000 in annual revenue from the land-use fees paid by Verizon Wireless. According to industry experts, other companies could contract with Verizon Wireless to utilize the same tower for additional cellular service in the area. Brennan said that, in 2017, improving reception anywhere makes sense when nearly 50 percent of homes use only cell phones, having “cut the cord” to land lines.
Week of July 7 – July 13, 2017
Lawyer Hired by Dake Foundation
Kelly Burke. Photo provided.
MALTA — Kelly Burke has been hired as executive director of the Dake Foundation for Children to oversee all operations, grant issuance, donor relations and marketing. Burke is an attorney who previously owned a law firm in Baltimore, Maryland where she focused her practice on litigation and mediation. Her professional and volunteer interests have always centered on families, children and wellness. Burke has served on the Board of Directors of the Adirondack Folk School, the Christ Child Society of Baltimore, and the St. Clement’s School Parent Teacher Organization. She attended the University of Baltimore Law School, and has a degree in Corporate Communications from Elon University in North Carolina. Burke lives in Greenfield Center with her husband and two daughters.
New Activity at Taste of Malta MALTA — The Malta Business and Professional Association has announced a new attraction at this year’s Taste of Malta event scheduled for Tuesday, July 18, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. It will be held at Hudson Valley Community College’s TEC-SMART facility, located at 345 Hermes Road in Malta. This year’s event features a new Adirondack Tree that will be adorned with mini Adirondack chairs. Participants will pay $10 per chair and redeem it for their prize valued at $20 or more. In addition to participating restaurants—among them Dunning Street Station, Jimmy’s Pizza and Pasta, Panza’s
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Week of July 7 – July 13, 2017 Restaurant and Campagna Restaurant—the event also will stick with past tradition by having a Grand Prize drawing of “Dinner for a Year for Two.” Proceeds from the event support the Ballston Spa Partnership for Innovation in Education Fund. Through business and individual sponsorships and donations, entrance fees to the event, and funds raised from raffles, more than $18,000 has been given to a fund that supports several of the Ballston Spa Central School District’s most innovative initiatives. That includes Clean Technologies and Sustainable Industries Early College in High School (Clean Tech ECHS) held at HVCC’s TEC-SMART facility. To join the event as a restaurant or to donate prizes for the raffles, contact Karen McGowan, Taste of Malta Chair, at Karen@ C apit a l Int e r i or s c ap e s . c om . Sponsorship opportunities are also available at a variety of levels. Email MaltaBPA@gmail.com to learn more about sponsoring this tasty event. For the most up-to-date event information visit http:// MaltaBPA.com/TOM. HVCC’S TEC-SMART campus is located off Exit 12 of the Adirondack Northway.
New Role for City Doctor at Glens Falls Hospital
Dr. Benjamin Katz. Photo provided.
GLENS FALLS — Last week, Glens Falls Hospital announced that Dr. Benjamin Katz of Saratoga Springs has been named vice president of medical affairs as well as chief medical officer (CMO). Katz was the hospital’s associate chief medical officer, and he succeeded retiring CMO Dr. Robert Pringle effective July 3. Pringle will remain as an internal
physician consultant through December 1. In addition to his role as associate CMO, Katz also served as associate medical director of the Glens Falls Hospital Emergency Department. Previously, he worked in the emergency department at Albany Medical Center as associate residency director and director of quality assurance. Katz is an avid community volunteer and has served as the medical director for area ambulance and fire departments and currently serves on the ski patrol for Gore Mountain. He is also a trustee for the Saratoga Independent School. Katz attended Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts where he received a B.A. in Philosophy in 2000. He is a 2004 graduate of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he earned his M.D. from Jefferson Medical College. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at Albany Medical Center in 2007.
July Networking Breakfast Set BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association (BSBPA) will be sponsoring a networking breakfast on Tuesday, July 18, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Saratoga Community Federal Credit Union at 433 Broadway, Suite 204 in Saratoga Springs will host the event.
Two Dining Anniversaries Near Exit 11
Chef Scott Ringwood (left) and Bob McKenna. Photo provided.
ROUND LAKE — Chef Scott Ringwood and Bob McKenna are celebrating the anniversaries of their jointly owned businesses, as the Lake Ridge Restaurant turns 15 and Dunning Street Station turns one.
The cost for the breakfast is $5 with advance reservation— prepayment is available at www. ballston.org or RSVP to info@ ballston.org and pay at the door. Non-reserved walk-ins that morning are $10. Business and community members are welcome; attendees do not need to be BSBPA members. Membership information will be available. The BSBPA sponsors networking breakfasts every month throughout the year at different locations in Ballston Spa. For more information, visit the website www.ballston.org.
Lake Ridge, which is located at 35 Burlington Avenue in the Village of Round Lake, features 3 dining rooms, a mahogany bar and award-winning fine dining. Dunning Street Station at 2853 Route 9 in Malta is more of
a unique location that offers fun plates in a causal setting. Earlier this year the eatery was a winner of Chowderfest. For more information, visit the websites www.lake-ridge.com or www.dunningstreetstation.com
Week of July 7 â€“ July 13, 2017
Week of July 7 – July 13, 2017
BALLSTON SPA 34 Chester St., $225,000. Robert Hinman sold property to Gary and Nicole Hinds. 237 Blue Barns Rd., $143,100. Margaret Kline (by Exec) sold property to Linda Donahue. 5 Leah Court, $365,000. M A Schafer Construction Inc. sold property to Stephen Gagnon.
MALTA 87 Meadow Rue Place, $243,500. Joshua and Rebekah Wilson sold property to Adam Baertschi and Erin Herkenham. 60 Wake Robin Rd., $158,000. Rory O’Connor sold property to James and Diane Denning. 633 State Route 67, $415,000. Shelley Willette sold property to Shooting Star Properties LLC. 639 State Route 67, $985,000. Ted and Shelley Willette sold property to Shooting Star Properties LLC. 5 Sonja Lane, $381,000. Robert and Christine Meagher sold property to Colleen O’Connor and Bryan Lynn.
MILTON 96 South St., $179,740. Emily Kenna sold property to Nathaniel Smith. 6 Linden Lane, $226,400. University and Green LLC sold property to Paula and Jeffrey Black. 52 Rowland St., $191,000. Walter and Theresa Young sold property to Natalie Kendrach and Mitchell Rutkowski. Trieble Ave., $280,000. McDonalds Corporation sold property to Thomas and Bruce Boghosian. 135 Juniper Dr., $237,500. Eric Newman sold property to Kimberly Perkins. 65 Knickerbocker St., $212,500. Edward Monty sold property to Norman and Betty Young.
269 Meadowlark Dr., $270,000. Daniel Fleming sold property to David Patrick. 507 Acland Blvd., $322,500. Christopher Collyer sold property to Jennifer Moore.
NORTHUMBERLAND 29 Putnam Rd., $145,000. PHH Mortgage Corporation sold property to Mark and Josee Morizio. 8 San Luis Rd., $85,000. Wells Fargo Bank sold property to Turn Key Partners LLC. 832 King Rd., $175,000. Augustus Williams sold property to Rachel Johnson.
SARATOGA 281 Burgoyne Rd., $42,000. Robert Campo sold property to Thomas Macica. 108 Wooley Rd., $275,000. Denise Donlon sold property to Melissa Harriman. 2 Elizabeth Lane, $195,000. Terry Duval sold property to Matthew Campbell.
SARATOGA SPRINGS 319 Jefferson St., $292,500. Joseph Sarro sold property to McKenzie Estate of Saratoga Springs LLC. 62 Trottingham Rd., $215,000.
Theresa Rourke sold property to Chad Harrison.
143 Washington Ave., $429,000. William Fox sold property to James Perella.
77 Van Ness Rd., $227,500. Samuel and Michelle Northrop sold property to Sean Nicks.
12 Larkspur Dr., Rebecca Freeman sold property to Martin and Dorothee O’Toole.
14 Musket March, $259,700. Chris and Carol Bailey sold property to Ashley and Kevin Sweeney.
40 Sarazen St., $301,000. Sarah and Charles Tulin (CoTrustees) sold property to Daniel Fleming.
16 Flike Rd., $296,450. Robyn and Shawn Curran sold property to Kyle Wright.
26 Winners Circle, $205,000. Angela Garner sold property to Christopher Schumacher. 8 Taylor St., $500,000. Kim and Cathy Franzoni sold property to Gary and Laurie Critelli. 4 Lincoln Court, $220,000. Entrepreneurs Network LLC sold property to Adam and Samantha Belcher. 10 Lexington Rd., $312,500. Kenneth and Cynthia Mason sold property to Jun Sheng. 14 Thomas St., $230,000. Christopher and Margot Hens sold property to Alexander Kutikov. 3 Fern Dr., $195,000. Gregory Barton sold property to Daniel McKenna.
620 State Route 9P, $255,000. Delene Johnson sold property to Barbara Paradis.
WILTON Nichols Rd., $25,000. Jean Manogue (by Exec) sold property to Jody and Robert Bills.
15 18 Heather Dr., $460,000. Kelly and Kristin Reinhart sold property to David and Kristine St. Peter. 9 Huntington Ct., $525,000. Adirondack Trust Company (as Successor Trustee) sold property to Julie Douglas. 10 Killarney Ct., $299,000. Isabelle Williams (as Trustee) sold property to Jianjun Stronach. 2 Saw Mill Ct., $600,000. Smith Bridge LLC sold property to Kasimer Jarosz and Cathlene Lindberg. 18 North Rd., $249,000. Gregory Gosier sold property to David Lacroix and Annalise Marotta. 25 Cobble Hill Dr., $550,000. Scott Wertans sold property to Richard and Christine Wolfe.
Week of July 7 – July 13, 2017
Ballston Spa Teacher Reaches for the Stars Continued from front page.
they can ideally bring back the things they learned to share with their students. Meuwissen mentioned that there were also activities focused on incorporated engineering design, which she said would be “much needed from our graduates.” The HESA program was created in 2004 by the Honeywell Company in conjunction with the U.S. Space and Rocket Center with the intention of helping math and science teachers become more effective STEM instructors. This year, Meuwissen was among over 200 other educators from 45 states and 33 countries. Over the years, 2,776 instructors have taken part in HESA, from 52 U.S. states and territories and 62 countries, with official estimates putting the numbers of students impacted by the program through their instructors at over 3 million. At HESA, Meuwissen went through around 45 hours of classroom and laboratory instruction. Some of the activities that she took part in included a jet simulation, scenario-based space missions, land and water survival training, interactive flight dynamics programs, and more. Some of the activities that stood out to Meuwissen the most were mock water landing drills and a simulation of gravity on the Moon, which is
Meuwissen (center-right) along with other educators from across the globe. Photo provided.
about 1/6 the gravity found on Earth. Attendees were also able to hear from important pioneers in the realm of space travel, including space flight advocate Ed Buckbee, “Rocket Boys” author Homer Hickam, and astronaut Clayton Anderson. Meuwissen said that she first heard about the program from “a friend of a friend,” and thought that
Meuwissen (right) and others make use of special suits. Photo provided.
it sounded both interesting and like something that would have meaningful benefits for her students. “I learned sometime in the spring,” Meuwissen said about getting the opportunity to attend
HESA. “I was really excited! What a wonderful opportunity!” Meuwissen’s students were initially excited to hear about her involvement with the program; however, she said that the
now-previous year’s students did not really see any benefit from it. Next year’s class will be the one to experience the significant changes in her curriculum. “Currently I have plans to alter my bottle rocket project and incorporate better engineering practices into it,” Meuwissen said. “I also want to create a lesson around thermal heat shields into my physics class, and challenge students to keep an egg-stronaut safe as it reenters Earth’s atmosphere.” Meuwissen has been with the Ballston Spa school district for five years and currently teaches astronomy, physics, and earth science.
Week of July 7 – July 13, 2017
Local Students Graduate from Hartwick College ONEONTA — Several Saratoga County natives have recently completed their higher education at Hartwick College in Oneonta. They are as follows:
• Mr. Aaron C. Hansbury, Clifton Park,
• Ms. Sarah N. Ryan, Saratoga Springs,
• Mr. Liam D. Kane, Saratoga Springs,
• Ms. Rebekah G. Robitaille, Gansevoort,
•Mr. Kevin S. Blake, Ballston Spa,
• Ms. Justine R. Kozubal, Saratoga Springs,
• Ms. Kayce L. Savoie, Ballston Spa,
• Ms. Corinne J. Cervenak, Ballston Spa,
• Ms. Britta C. Mackey, Saratoga Springs,
• Ms. Jocelyn B. Waite, Ballston Lake,
• Ms. Courtney N. Coons, Gansevoort,
• Mr. Shawn M. McNeil, Mechanicville,
• Mr. Colin J. Wasacz, Saratoga Springs,
• Ms. Rachel L. Frey, Clifton Park,
• Ms. Taylor B. Pechtel, Wilton,
• Ms. Megan R. Young, Gansevoort, Saratoga TODAY congratulates these scholars and wish them luck with whatever comes next for them.
• Ms. Meagan L. Potter, Saratoga Springs,
Children’s Museum to 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. 5 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 our community all year long. The event will feature trucks of all shapes and sizes for children to tour. There will also be a number
Saratoga Springs High School Announces Interim Principal
Interim Principal Lynette Whaley. Photo provided.
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Springs High School has announced that, effective July 1, Lynette Whaley will be serving as interim principal while the district
seeks to fill the position permanently down the line. Whaley steps in for Dr. Brett Miller, who has left the district to serve as a principal in the Bedford Central School District in Westchester County. The search for Miller’s replacement is expected to commence in early 2018. Whaley is recently retired from the Saratoga Springs Central School District, having most recently served as the district’s Director of Personnel Development. Prior to that, she served as an assistant principal and business teacher at the high school. Overall, she has over 18 years of experience in public education.
of other activities for the entire family. For more information, go to www.cmssny.org.
Academy for Lifelong Learning Fall Classes SARATOGA SPRINGS — Fall class registration at the Academy for Lifelong Learning (A.L.L.) begins July 17. Classes will begin the week of Sept. 11 with the term ending on Nov. 9. Look for the Fall Term Class Registration and Membership Application brochure in area libraries, the Academy office at 111 West Avenue, or at www. esc.edu/all. Registration forms are being accepted for open classes through the beginning of the term. Some classes will sell out. Call the Academy office for class availability at 518-587-2100 ext. 2415. Thirty-four different
non-credit classes are offered Monday through Friday during the day and cover a wide range of genre including: history, art, literature, travel, media, health, religion, writing and economics. Volunteer-led classes typically meet for two hours once a week for eight weeks. Most classes are held in SUNY Empire State College classrooms at 113 West Avenue in Saratoga Springs with several “on site” offerings at a variety of local outdoor venues. Annual membership is $60 and goes through June 30, 2018. Class fee for the first eight-week class is $50.
Week of July 7 – July 13, 2017
‘Farm to Market’ Crepes Bring New Meaning to Local Food
Saturdays, 9 to 1 Lincoln Baths Saratoga Spa State Park Delightfully delicious days at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market are getting better, with the addition of several new vendors in the Saturday market’s food court. Among the new offerings are crepes hot off the griddle, made by Jon Dickinson of Dickinson’s Delights. Dickinson prepares the crepes with as many fresh vegetables and cheeses that he can purchase from the market’s produce and dairy vendors himself.
In fact, if you were to get to the market early, you might find him strolling through the High Rock Park pavilion and lawn, acting like a customer, eyeballing what is available. On a recent morning, Dickinson poured a homemade crepe batter onto a flat circular griddle. The thin batter cooks within a couple of minutes and once browned around the edges, it becomes ready for fillings. As the batter started to smoke into a crepe, Dickinson enumerated the filling ingredients: feta cheese from Argyle, tomatoes from Shushan Hydro, and spinach from Pleasant Valley farms. Dickinson’s focus on locally grown foods turns crepe making into part of the Saratoga Farmers’ Market’s heart and soul. Dickinson’s Delights started as a part-time gig for Dickinson’s wife Tamberlyn. As
he describes it, “Both of us were into cooking before we met at Lillian’s in Saratoga, where I was a chef, and Tam was a waitress. We always knew we wanted to be our own bosses.” The couple started a bakery in 2004, “selling a handful of baked goods off a card table at a farmers’ market once a week.” Dickinson notes that the first market produced enough income for he and his wife to buy themselves Chinese food for dinner. Over time that business grew into a small café, which he opened in 2012 at the Shirt Factory in Glens Falls. It features sandwiches, baked goods, and coffee. Dickinson jokes that he learned how to make crepes, a French style wafer-thin pancake filled with sweet or savory ingredients, at “YouTube University in Paris.” He began selling the crepes fresh at the Glens Falls Farmers’ Market, where he quickly became known as “the crepe guy.” These days, our market in Saratoga is happy to have him as our crepe guy. The Saratoga Farmers’ Market is 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays at High Rock Park. Find us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Crazy Delicious Dinner Crepes Directions
Crepe Ingredients: * Ingredients can be found at the market
- 1 large egg* - 1/3 cup whole milk* - ¼ cup water - ½ cup whole wheat flour - 1/8 tsp. Salt - 1/8 tsp. Pepper - 1/8 tsp. Cayenne - ¼ tsp. Garlic powder - ¼ tsp. Onion powder - Cooking spray Filling Ingredients: - 1 bag spinach* - 1 clove garlicminced - Olive oil for sauteeing* - Cheddar Cheese-to taste* - Ham - 2 slices per crepe*
1. Whisk all crepe ingredients together in a mixing bowl. 2. Pour ¼ cup batter onto a small non-stick cooking pan coated with cooking spray. Spread thinly (like a thin pancake) and cook through. Flip the crepe over to brown the other side. 3. Saute spinach and garlic in a pan coated with olive oil until cooked and melt cheese onto the spinach. 4. Divide spinach evenly between crepes, top each with 2 slices of ham. 5. Roll the crepes (like a burrito). Enjoy!
Farmer’s Markets Coupons The Saratoga County Office for the Aging Elderly Nutrition Program will be distributing the FARMER’S MARKETS COUPONS to those who qualify*.
Coupons can be picked up by the qualifying individual at the Office for the Aging at 152 West High Street in Ballston Spa from 9AM-5PM, Monday – Friday
(518-884-4100). Coupons will also be available at the Office for the Aging Information events throughout the county at various locations as follows:
10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m.
Malta Community Center
11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Doubleday Woods Senior Housing
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
Waterford Community Senior Center
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
Corinth Senior Center
11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Clifton Park Senior Community Center
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
Ballston Area Seniors
12:30 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
Greenfield Community Center
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Adult and Senior Center of Saratoga
12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Edinburg Community Center
11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Schuylerville Town Hall
12:00 p.m.-12:30 p.m.
Mechanicville Senior Center
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m.
Hadley Community Center
11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Town of Ballston Town Hall
For specific detailsContact Office for the Aging at 518-884-4100. QUALIFICATIONS for
Farmers’ Market CouponsONE booklet per individual. *Age 60 and over *Income Eligibility up to :
$1860.00/month for one-person household $2504.00/month for twoperson household
Week of July 7 – July 13, 2017
Food on a Stick
by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY Hello my Foodie Friends. Grilling in our backyards during the month of July is among my favorite summertime pastimes. One tool that can help those who are firing up in the backyard, is the bamboo skewer. Creating food on a stick offers the ability to be creative and to offer various food choices for your family and guests. Serving food on a stick is not only convenient, but it’s also fun!
Foods to Make with Bamboo Skewers Shish kebabs on the grill. This is the obvious one, right? Spear your meat and veggies with the bamboo skewer (after you’ve soaked it). If you’re going to make shish kebabs with both meat and veggies, you must precook the meat so that you’re just heating it. Otherwise, by the time the meat is cooked, the veggies will be charcoal. Also, make sure the foods that take longer to cook (like onions and peppers) are cut into smaller pieces than the quick-cooking foods (like pineapple and cherry tomatoes) so that nothing burns. Oh, and I like to use marinated, pre-cooked meats. It makes the whole thing tastier. Fruit skewers. Just like above, you can put similarly sized chunks of fruit onto a skewer, chill, and serve. It’s even better if you serve a yogurt or cream cheese dip or chocolate fondue with them. Fresh veggie skewers. Whether you cook them or not, a skewer makes veggies infinitely more appealing to
children. The novelty might get veggies into little tummies where they otherwise would not go. As with the fruit, if you serve a dip with them, they might go over better. Or, forget the kids and make grilled mushrooms to add to a steak. Dip foods in chocolate. Whether we’re dipping peanut butter balls, pretzels, or cheesecake bites into melted chocolate, we use skewers to hold them during the process. Poke holes in a cake. Bake a chocolate cake according to the package directions (any incarnation of chocolate will work – devil’s food, German chocolate, chocolate fudge, whatever). Allow it to cool for 5 minutes. Use a skewer to
poke lots of holes in the hot cake in a grid, but try not to go the whole way through the bottom of the cake. One at a time, pour 3/4 cup of fudge topping, 3/4 cup of caramel topping, and 3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk over the hot cake. (Let each soak in fully before adding the next.) Allow the cake to cool completely, and spread 8 ounces of Cool Whip over the cake. Top with crushed candy bars,
Tips for Cooking Food with Bamboo Skewers Don’t forget to soak the skewers if you’re going to cook with them. Leave a little space between the foods so that the
heat surrounds each piece. They will cook more evenly and faster. If you’re using foods that cook a lot faster than the rest (cherry tomatoes, asparagus, mushrooms, etc.), consider putting them on a separate skewer so they don’t get done too quickly. Even better (and especially if you’re going to take the foods off of the skewers for serving), keep one kind of food on each skewer. Do all of the pork on one, chicken on another, onions on a third, etc. There are so many innovative uses for a bamboo skewer for your culinary creations. You can even garnish drinks with fruits or olives on stick. At Compliments to the Chef in Saratoga Springs, we have various size bamboo skewers.
Have fun. Let the aspiring little chefs help create unique and memorable food on a stick. Remember Foodie Friends, “Life Happens in the Kitchen” (or the backyard). Take care, John and Paula.
Woodcarvers Wanted We are looking for anyone interested in joining us, from beginners to experienced woodcarvers. We have both Men & Women in our group. We meet every Tuesday, 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Milton Community Center, located at 310 Northline Rd. in Ballston Spa. There is no charge and we have no teacher but everyone is willing to help you. We carve everything from small boots, birds, walking canes to even a rocking horse. Please contact Neil Scheuerman on Tuesday at the Community Center , from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., phone 518885-6740. Visit the Ballston Area Senior Citizen’s web page: www. ballstonareaseniors.com. Annual Garage and Bake Sale The Galway United Methodist Church at the corner of Rte. 147 and CR 45 in the Village of Galway will hold its annual garage and bake sale. The event is held indoors with over 20 families selling items such as clothing, tools, toys, household and kitchen items, electronics, small appliances, books and much more. The event will be held on Friday, July 14 from 9-5 p.m. and on Saturday, July 15 from 9 a.m. – 3p.m. Summer Smorgasbord The Malta Ridge United Methodist Church will hold a summer smorgasbord on Saturday, July 15, at the Church located at 729 Malta Avenue Extension, in Malta Ridge. The menu will feature assorted hot and cold dishes with Stewart’s “Make-YourOwn-Sundae” for dessert. Eat-in or take-out is available from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Donation is $10 for adults, $5 for children 6 to 12, and 5 and under free. Tickets will be sold at the door. For additional information or directions please call the Church at 518-581-0210. 8th Adirondack Greek Festival The 8th Adirondack Greek Festival will be held at St. George Church,
55 Main St., South Glens Falls on July 13 – 15. On Thursday, July 13 from 4 to 8 p.m., we will have gyro and souvlaki to go. On Friday & Saturday, July 14 and 15 from noon to 9 p.m., we will have our full festival with authentic Greek food, pastries, folk dancers, live music, souvenirs, kids’ activities, and church tours. Free admission and parking. OPA! For more information, call Marika at 518792-8299 or the church at 518792-2359. 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 Fundraiser 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. 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 Rowland 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 518-5848730, ext. 4. RSVP by July 12. Pieroghi Sale Christ the Savior Church, 249 Eastline Rd., Ballston Lake is sponsoring its monthly pieroghi sale on Tuesday morning, July 18. Potato, sauerkraut, and farmer’s cheese pieroghi will be available. For orders, please call 518-3630001 soon. Pick up as usual from 11:30 a.m. to 12;30 p.m. on that Tuesday. We also plan on having stuffed clams in limited quantity that day. Vacation Bible School We will have a Beach Party theme this year at South Glens Falls United Methodist Church located at 15 Maplewood Parkway, in South Glens Falls. The bible school will be held from Sunday, July 23 through Thursday, July 27, 6 - 8 p.m. 4 year olds through 5th grade are welcome. We hope to see you and bring a friend. A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Winter’s Tale The Saratoga Shakespeare Company will celebrate the romance and magic of both summer and winter with two of Shakespeare’s most exciting works this summer. A Midsummer Night’s Dream opens on Tuesday, July 18 and runs through Saturday, July 29. The Winter’s Tale opens on Tuesday, August 1 and runs through Saturday, August 5. All performances will be in Congress Park, Saratoga Springs, on the Alfred Z. Solomon Stage, at 6 pm. Admission is always free of charge, and Congress Park is entirely accessible. Young and old, as well as family groups are strongly encouraged to attend – with or without picnics – for what has become a beloved summer tradition in Saratoga. 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
Week of July 7 – July 13, 2017 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@CapitalInteriorscapes. com or at MaltaBPA@gmail.com. Sponsorship opportunities are also available at a variety of levels. Email MaltaBPA@gmail.com to learn more about sponsoring this tasty event. For the most up-todate event information visit http:// MaltaBPA.com/TOM. HVCC’S TEC-SMART . 11th Annual Wine, Beer, Hard Cider and Food Tasting The Schuylerville Lions Club will be holding its 11th Annual Wine, Beer, Hard Cider and Food Tasting on Saturday, July 22, from 4 - 7 p.m. at the Schuyler Yacht Basin. This popular event showcases a variety of local wines, beers and hard ciders, as well as the wares of more than 20 local eateries. This is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Schuylerville Lions Club. All of the proceeds raised each year go directly back into the community, supporting local schools, camp scholarships, fire and rescue squads, the local food pantry (SAFER), and families in need of eyeglasses, hearing aids and other support - in addition to helping local organizations such as Camp Abilities of Saratoga and Hudson Crossing Park. The cost for this event is $25 per person at the gate/door. For more information, call Tara LaFave at 518-695-3040. The Camp Saratoga 5K Trail Series The Camp Saratoga 5K Trail Series will be held Mondays. 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 ww.saratogastryders.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org . 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. 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 518421-2956. BSBPA Seeks Property Beautification Nominations The Ballston Spa Business & Professional Association is requesting nominations for its 2017 Property Beautification Awards in Ballston Spa. The awards are given in recognition of the restoration, renovation, new build, and beautification efforts by homeowners and businesses, which have enhanced the Ballston Spa area . For criteria details and online nomination form visit www. ballston.org. 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.
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Week of July 7 – July 13, 2017 member. The dance is open to the public and ample free parking. Member are asked to bring a snack to be share. Vintage Country Band will be providing the music. Check out our web page, www. ballstonareaseniors.com.
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Friday, July 7 “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 518587-3241.
Saturday, July 8 Tang Family Saturdays Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College, 815 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 2 – 3 p.m. Splendid Serpents - We will look at the group of Serpent Drawings in the exhibition: If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day: Collections of Claude Simard, then create our own fantastic serpents out of curly chenille, colored bubble wrap, pipe cleaners, beads and more. Free and open to the public. Suitable for children ages 5 and up along with their adult companions, the Family Saturday programs are fun and educational
Ballston Area Senior Monthly Dance Milton Community Center 310 Northline Rd. Ballston Spa, 7 – 10 p.m. There is a $5 entrance fee for non-
Sunday, July 9 Monthly Breakfast Fish Creek Rod and Gun Club,Route 32 south of the village of Victory, 8 – 11 a.m. Eggs cooked to order, bacon, sausage, toast (white or wheat), pancakes (regular, blueberry, buckwheat, apple cinnamon), French toast, home fries, orange juice, coffee, tea, not chocolate. Cost: Adult $8, Child $4. Everyone welcome.
Help-A-Dog BBQ and Fundraiser Socha Plaza, 123 Saratoga Rd., Glenville 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Capital District Jeep and the Animal Protective Foundation (APF) in Scotia are hosting this incredibly fun pet adoption and fundraising event to help the pets at the APF and our local communities. Donation is $5 per person. Your donation includes a premium, grilled hot dog or hamburger, chips and a beverage. Delicious food options for our Vegan friends. Adoptable animals will be in attendance along with pet and jeep related vendors, valuable raffles to win, a pet photography booth, pet nail trims and more. The APF will also be offering an on-site $15 per pet micro-chipping clinic and be sure to stop by their “meet the trainer booth” to get your tough pet behavior questions answered. Admittance to the event and parking is free. For more full details visit the event page on www.animalprotective.org or find the event on Facebook: CDJW Help A Dog BBQ.
Dharma Meditation with Pierre Zimmerman One Big Roof, Center for Mindful Practices, 538 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Health & Wellness Building, Saratoga Springs, 9-10:15 a.m. Weekly meditation followed by short discussion. All contemplative traditions honored. By donation. For more information call 413-992-7012 or visit www.oneroofsaratoga.com.
Summer Concert Series 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.
Monday, July 10 The Camp Saratoga 5K Trail Series Camp Saratoga, Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park, Scout Rd, Gansevoort, 6:15 p.m.. 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 ww.saratogastryders.org; email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wilton Democratic Committee Meeting Ace Hardware Conference Room, 55 Northern Pines Rd, Gansevoort, 6:45 p.m. All are welcome. For information, please call Pat 917-282-5297.
Tuesday, July 11 Circus Smirkus Saratoga Casino Hotel grounds, 342 Jefferson St, Saratoga Springs, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Join Circus Smirkus on July 11 and 12 as they celebrate their 30th Anniversary Big Top Tour with Midnight at the Museum—a wild and wonderful adventure through the hallowed halls of a magical museum. Embark on an enchanted journey with Jurassic jugglers, astonishing aerialists, courageous clowns, and wily wire-walkers as they explore a museum that springs to life when the clock strikes midnight. Presented for the 11th year by the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs. Tickets are $20 for children 2-12 and $25 for 13 and older. Children under 2 are free on an adult’s lap. Tickets can be purchased at The Children’s Museum at Saratoga and G. Willikers or online at www. smirkus.org. Contact Fran at 518365-3459 for group sales and for more information.
Pokemon Card Trading Night Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 6 p.m. Join fellow Pokemon Trainers at Northshire Bookstore’s first Pokemon Trading night. Bring your cards for an evening of fair trading and test your knowledge with some Pokemon trivia for a chance to win cards. Children of all ages welcome. www.northshire.com
Your Best Body Starts Here Saratoga Springs Plastic Surgery, PC @ 7 Wells Street, Suite 303, 6 p.m. Steven Yarinsky, MD and the Saratoga Springs MediSpa staff welcome you to Body Contouring and Fat Reduction Event featuring SculpSure®. SculpSure® is the revolutionary new laser non-surgical treatment designed to target and reduce fat deposits in body areas resistant to diet and exercise. Fat cells are permanently destroyed with no down-time after treatment. Free with special event night only pricing. Limited Seating: R.S.V.P. mandatory. Call 518-583-4019 today.
E-Squared/E-Cubed Part I: Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality Workshop
Wednesday, July 12 Turkey Dinner Saratoga-Wilton Elks, 1 Elks Lane, Rt. 9, Saratoga Springs, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Soup, roast turkey, bread stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes Seasonal vegetables, bread and butter, dessert, coffee and tea. Donation Requested: $12 adults, $11. Seniors (62 years) and Military (Active or Retired) with ID Card, $8 Children 5-12. Children under 5 Free, $12 All Take-outs. Cash Bar Available. Call 518-584-2585 for more information.
Malta Summer Concert Series Malta Community Center, One Bayberry Dr., Malta, 6 – 8 p.m. The Toga Boys will be performing on the front lawn. The series is free and there is plenty of parking. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. The shows will be presented rain or shine. Rain location is inside at the Malta Community Center. Contact 518-899-4411 or www. MaltaParksRec.com for further details.
Ballston Area Seniors Pickin’ Sessions
Woodlawn Commons, 156 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs. 6:30 p.m. Watch the Spiritual Cinema interview with #1 New York Times Bestselling author, Pam Grout, and do and prepare to do some of the experiments from her books E2 and E3. RSVP please. Suggested donation: $20. Hosted by AlbanySaratoga Spiritual Adventures. For more information, visit www. newthoughtnewyork.org or call 518366-9918.
Milton Community Center, 310 Northline Rd., Ballston Spa, 6:30 9:30 p.m. Free to the public, ample free parking and please bring a snack to be shared. Amateur / professional musicians, Check out our web page, www.ballstonareaseniors. com
Tang Museum at Skidmore College,815 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, Noon A Behind the Scenes tour with Tang Guide Qilin Zhao ‘18 . The tours provide visitors unique perspectives on the Tang Teaching Museum. Curator-led tours delve into specific exhibitions. Behindthe-scenes tours give insights on the kinds of work that goes on that makes the Tang a teaching museum. All tours are free and open to the public. For more information, call 518-580-8080 or visit http://tang.skdimore.edu.
Arthur Zankel Music Center, Skidmore Campus, 7:30 p.m. In residency for the Skidmore Chamber Music Institute, Decoda is a cutting-edge collective that performs around the globe, sparking personal connections between musicians and audiences. $8 adults, $5 senior citizens and Skidmore community, free for students and children. For tickets go to www. skidmore.edu/zankel For more information call 518-580-5447.
Thursday, July 13 Tours at the Tang
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Irish Accordion Master Kicks off Schenectady Concert Series SCHENECTADY — Sharon Shannon, Irish accordion master and music producer celebrating the release of her 10th studio album, “Sacred Earth,” will kick off the 28th annual Music Haven Concert Series in Schenectady’s Central Park at 7 p.m. on July 9. The Album was co-produced by
Justin Adams, guitarist in Robert Plant’s band, The Sensational Space Shifters. The free concert series takes place 7 p.m. Sundays through mid-August. For more information about the series, go to: http:// musichavenstage.org/musichaven-2017-season.html.
SPAC Presents After-Hours Live Jazz in Hall of Springs Jazz Bar SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Performing Arts Center will present “Live at the Jazz Bar,” a series of evenings featuring live jazz music by acclaimed regional and New York City based ensembles, held in the Hall of Springs “Jazz Bar.” Admission is free and open to the public. Slated for seven evenings during the classical season, the hours for the live music events will be 9:30 – 11:30 p.m. Open to the public, a ticket to the evening’s SPAC performance will not be required for entry. Dates for
events include, July 11 and 15; August 2, 5, 9, 12 and 18. In addition to a cash bar, a menu of craft cocktails, tapas and light dining options will be available. Among the bands scheduled to perform at the Jazz Bar are: Hot Club of Saratoga - The region’s premier gypsy swing ensemble; Chuck Lamb – A stellar pianist and composer who has been with the Brubeck Brothers Quartet for 14 years, and Alta Havana, performing with all the richness and exuberance of traditional Cuban music and its many variations.
Tang Museum Celebration Features Free Community Day with Live Music, Art SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College invites the public to its annual Frances Day, a community open house beginning at noon on Saturday, July 15, full of art, art-making, food, music, and more in honor of the museum’s namesake. Visitors can get an upclose view of what goes on behind the scenes in the Museum’s Collections areas, and get a guided look at the exhibitions on view: Honey Baby, part of Janine Antoni & Stephen Petronio: Entangle, which blurs the lines between artist, dancer, choreographer, and audience; If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day: Collections of Claude Simard, featuring examples from the collection of Claude Simard, co-founder of the Jack Shainman Gallery in Manhattan; Liz Collins — Energy Field, a community lounge installation featuring video art by SKOTE (Alex P White & Jill Pangallo); Elevator Music 33: Up = Out — A Sun Ra Mixtape, in which visitors can experience the music of Sun Ra; and The Young Years, which includes works of art recently acquired by the museum that reflect various aspects of the Skidmore Jazz
The Machine That Wouldn't Die. Photo provided.
Institute and its founder Don McCormack. Schedule Noon: Kickoff Tour with Tang’s Dayton Director Ian Berry Noon to 4 p.m.: Drop-in activities include buttonmaking, photo booth, Build A Better World art project, screenprinting, a T-shirt giveaway, and more. 1 p.m.: The Machine That Wouldn’t Die performs. 2 p.m.: Collections Tour with Tang’s Head Registrar and Collections Manager Elizabeth Karp and Assistant Registrar for Collections Jessica Lubniewski.
3 p.m.: Conservator Demonstration with Sarah C. Stevens with a focus on the Fante Asafo Flags on view in the exhibition If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day: Collections of Claude Simard 4 p.m.: Trevor, a live performance by Stephen Petronio Company dancer Nicholas Sciscione in the exhibition Janine Antoni & Stephen Petronio: Entangle All events are free and open to the public. Stick around for our Summer Celebration from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., a public reception celebrating our current exhibitions
‘Knights of the Sales Office’ ATF Performances Begin July 11 GLENS FALLS — Adirondack Theatre Festival presents “Knights of the Sales Office” as part of its 23rd summer season of professional theater. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 11 through Thursday, July 20, and 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, at the Charles R. Wood Theater. In this comedy, Larry, Susan and Craig are locked in mindnumbing sales jobs that are slowly draining each of them. Everything changes when their boss dies and the company grants the office a 30-day mourning period with no
sales goals, no dress codes and no corporate oversight. With a newfound freedom, the three embark on a full-scale revolution, build a castle out of office supplies, encounter an army of rats, drink excessive amounts of tequila and ultimately attempt to right the wrongs of their company’s impersonal policies. This comedy award-winning show was written by Hank Greene, and is directed by Scott Weinstein. Actors include Todd Cerveris (Broadway: South Pacific, Twentieth Century),
Amy Hutchins (Off Broadway: Midsummer Night’s Dream, Taming of the Shrew), Craig Bockhorn (Broadway: On Golden Pond, The Seagull), Hana Slevin and Nate Curlott. The stage manager is Emily DeNardo. The design team includes Chelsie McPhillimy (lights) and Chris Rhoton (set). Tickets are $32-$45 and are available at the Wood Theater Box Office, online at ATFestival.org or by calling 518-480-4878. The Wood Theater is located at 207 Glen St. in downtown Glens Falls.
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Hot Tuna Mesmerizes on Stage at SPAC by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Jorma Kaukonen stepped into the sunlight and rode an E chord for all it was worth: “Down in the mine, circled ‘round the diamond, Serpent of your expectations, Sleeps a nervous dream…” Electric Hot Tuna – these days a power trio led by longtime bandmates Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, and aided amply by the grounding beats of drummer Justin Gulp, came to Saratoga July 3 and staged a show at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in support of the Tedeschi Trucks Band, and the Wood Brothers. Hot Tuna delivered a sevensong, 45-minute set that came full circle, commencing with “Serpent of Dreams” and concluding with “Hit Single #1” – adjacent vinyl tracks on the band’s 1975 album “America’s Choice.” It was 49 years, nearly to the day, when Kaukonen and Casady graced the front cover of Life Magazine beneath the headline: “Music That’s Hooked The Whole Vibrating World.” Perhaps best known for their respective roles in helping create the Jefferson Airplane’s signature sound – try imagining songs like “White Rabbit” sans Casady’s “Bolero” bass, or “Somebody To Love” and “Lather” without Kaukonen’s soaring guitaristry - the Hot Tuna duo has done well in creating their own legacy during the past 45-plus years, alternating between the moody electric wailing of Kaukonen’s wheezing guitar and elaborate acoustic fingerpickings, and Casady’s melody bass. Add to that hipping an entire generation of guitar players to the music of Robert Johnson and Jelly Roll Morton, Jimmy Reed and Rev. Gary Davis. Much of that legacy was on full display at SPAC, where the band’s set began with a pair of acoustic numbers and took off in earnest when Kaukonen strapped on his electric Firebird and led a string-bending swoon of psychedelia flanged by a Wah-Wah that defined the sound of American music blowing out of the west coast in the 1960s. The three-piece ensemble allows ample space for each instrument to be well-defined by the human ear, and as Kaukonen displayed a mental
Susan Tedeschi, of the Tedeschi Trucks Band, on stage at SPAC on July 3, 2017. Image by PhotoAnd Graphic.com.
fixation on his fretboard delivering his searing notes, Casady plunked, boomed, slid and slapped out the low tones on his Wine Red hollow-body bass, his undulating eyebrows rising and falling with the plonk of the beat. “The last time I remember that Jack and I were here was in ’89 on the (Jefferson) Airplane reunion tour,” announced Kaukonen, a black Harley T-shirt clinging to his 76-year-old frame. Truth be told, the band had been here with The Further Festival in the late ‘90s and on a bill with the Allman Brothers in 2000, but no one seemed to mind the historical misstep inside the amphitheater and out on the summer lawn where fans of the music swooned and grooved, transported to some heavenly place in a world of song.
Hot Tuna: Bassist Jack Casady, far left, and guitarist Jorma Kaukonen, far right, on stage at SPAC on July 3, 2017. Image by PhotoAnd Graphic.com.
Mary Gaitskill Stages Reading This Week at the New York State Summers Writing Institute All events begin at 8 p.m. in Davis Auditorium, Palamountain Hall, on the campus of Skidmore College, and are free and open to the public. Friday, July 7: Novelist Michael Ondaatje (The English Patient) and Novelist-memoirist Howard Norman (Next Life Might Be Kinder, The Bird Artist).
Monday, July 10: Poet Louise Gluck (The Wild Iris, Meadowlands) and Novelist Caryl Phillips (The Lost Child).
Wednesday, July 12: Novelist Mary Gaitskill (The Mare, Veronica) and Fictionist Adam Haslett (Imagine Me Gone).
Tuesday, July 11: Author Honor Moore (The Bishop’s Daughter), Poet Rosanna Warren (Ghost in a Red Hat), and Poet Lloyd Schwartz (Little Kisses).
Thursday, July 13: Lionel Shriver (fiction) and Allan Gurganus (fiction)
LUZERNE MUSIC CENTER Monday, July 10 at 7:30pm
Elizabeth Pitcairn NYC Ballet Orchestra with musicians from the
Violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn is joined by NYC Ballet Orchestra concertmaster Arturo Delmoni and pianist Glen Inanga for a program that includes works by Shostakovich, Chopin, Debussy and Franck. $35 Adults $25 Seniors $5 Students
Friday, July 7 at 7:30pm
Faculty Artist Series
Adults $15 Students $5
Curated and performed by the LMC Faculty.
Tickets available at
luzernemusic.org/2017-season Box Office: (518) 696-3843
New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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Jonathan Edwards, 8 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022
Open Mic Night, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022
Jukebox, 10 pm @ Caroline St. Pub — 583.9400
Super Dark Collective — Bunnies for Mondy, 10 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026
Kenny White, 7 pm @ Hudson River Music Hall — 832.3484 Mike O’Donnell, 7 pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583.1890 New Regime, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue — 583.2582 Matt Jenkins & the Fat Ties, 9 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026 Rob Fleming, 8 pm @ Peabody’s — 886.8673 Cousin Earth, Bella’s Bartok, Sarah Blacker & Aaron Katz, 8 pm @ Putnam Den — 584.8066 Lost Wages, 9 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583.1916
saturday, 7/8: Happy Traum & Del Rey, 8 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 Joe Mansman and the Midnight Revival Band, 8 pm @ Hudson River Music Hall — 832.3484 Redneck Soul, 7 pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583.1890 Ear Doctor Band, 7:30 pm @ Hudson River Music Hall — 832.3484 Robanic Reggae — every Saturday, 2 pm @ Lake Local — 886.1373 John Savage Quartet, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue — 583.2582 Rattail Jimmy, 9 pm @ Peabody’s — 886.8673 North & South Dakotas, 9 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026 Blind Crow, 8 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583.1916
tuesday, 7/11: Traditional Open Irish Session w/ Drank The Gold, 7 pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583.1890 Robonic Reggae — every Tuesday, 2 pm @ Lake Local — 886.1373
wednesday, 7/12: Hot Club of Saratoga .every Wednesday, 7 pm @ Hamlet + Ghost — 450.7287 Tim Wechgelaer & Chris Carey, Acoustic Duo, 7:30 pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583.1890 Masters of Nostalgia, 8:30 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026 Irish Celtic Session — every Thursday, 7 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583.1916 Irish Celtic Session — every Wednesday, 7 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583.1916
thursday, 7/13: Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 Open Mic — every Thursday, 10 pm @ Circus Café — 583.1106 Jeff Walton, Acoustic Folk Rock, 6 pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583.1890
Tim Wechgelaer & Rick Bolton — every Thursday, 5:30 pm @ Lake Local — 886.1373
The Steel Wheels, Twisted Pine, Western Den, Honeysuckle, Noon @ Caffè Lena at SPAC — 583.0022
Hot Club of Saratoga — every Thursday, 7 pm @ Mouzon House — 226.0014
Inga Kashakashvili, 3 pm @ Hudson River Music Hall — 832.3485
Irish Celtic Session, 7 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583.1916
Jazz Jam Session, 7 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026
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Puzzles Across 1 Man of many words 6 Course designer 10 Hiker’s map, briefly 14 Words spoken on a star? 15 Virna of “How to Murder Your Wife” 16 Organic compound 17 ‘60s executive order creation 19 Combine 20 Locks in a zoo 21 Human Be-In attendee 23 1988 Cabinet resignee 27 Apostle known as “the Zealot” 28 Facetious tributes 29 Steady 30 Comfort and others 31 Avid surfers 35 Societal change begun in Quebec during the ‘60s 39 Money-saving refuge 40 Subway purchase 41 Blue dye 42 Hints 44 Renders harmless 48 Greasy spoon 49 It’s not widely understood 50 Small flaw 51 Cozy spot 52 ‘60s aviation nickname 58 Quattro competitor 59 Quattro, e.g. 60 2013 One Direction hit 61 Victor’s “Samson and Delilah” co-star 62 Line holder for a cast 63 Lustrous synthetic Down 1 Swindle, with “off” 2 Run a tab, say 3 1998 Angelina Jolie biopic 4 F1 neighbor 5 It’s across from Alice Tully Hall 6 One of many in “Orphan Black” 7 Engage 8 Sixth of five? 9 Skid 10 Largo and presto 11 Matinee hr. 12 March of Dimes’ original crusade
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See puzzle solution on page 30 13 Ancient 18 Mama in music 22 Trooper’s outfit? 23 La Salle of “ER” 24 Fried treat 25 Obsession 26 Thomas Cromwell’s earldom 27 Determined about 29 Oblique cut 31 Half a Caribbean federation 32 Tom’s “Mission: Impossible” role 33 Reunion attendee 34 More put out 36 “__ heaven” 37 American West conflict 38 Overly curious 42 Former Blue Devil rival, briefly
43 Not suitable for kids 44 Shore show of the ‘70s 45 Modern message 46 Alaskan cruise sight 47 Jim-dandy 48 Pizza sauce herb 50 Off-target 53 Color distinction 54 46-Down kin 55 Magpie relative 56 “Microsoft sound” composer 57 Brown shade
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Saratoga Lacrosse Shootout Brings the Heat to Town by Thomas Kika Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA TODAY — Overcoming repeated bouts with rain, the 5th Annual Saratoga Lacrosse Shootout brought some of the best high school lacrosse teams from across the country together at Gavin Park for a weekend of high intensity competition. Taking place from June 30-July 2, the event saw teams
mostly from New York, a good number from New England, and a couple from as far away as Arkansas. These teams competed for a Championship title, and the wider event also featured professional player clinics, coaching clinics, opening night ceremonies and festivities, a players-only lounge, 3-vs.-3 mini lacrosse tournament, Mazzone Catering, and a vendor village.
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Silks & Satins 5K SARATOGA SPRINGS — The 21st annual Jeff Clark Memorial Silks & Satins 5K is set for July 22, and will run from 8-11 a.m., starting at Fasig Tipton on East Avenue. The run, which benefits
Special Olympics New York, will take runners on a tour of Saratoga Springs. The course is a certified “flat and fast” 5K. Pre-registration for the event costs $25, and registration on the day will cost $30.
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
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SCHUYLERVILLE — Over 40 current and future Schuylerville student athletes attended the “Be An
Athlete” camp from June 26-29, hosted by Coach LaBombard, Coach Lloyd, Coach Mehan, and a
NYRA Announces 2017 Racing Season Giveaways 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 Sationa! 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.
group of varsity players. The camp, for girls in grades 3-8, taught players different skills and techniques to help them become better in any sport. There was specialized instruction in volleyball, basketball, field hockey, and lacrosse to go along with speed and agility training. The coaches say that the camp was a great way to kick off the off-season/ summer and that all of the participants had fun and learned a lot.
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. skidmoreathletics.com.
Week of July 7 – July 13, 2017
COMMUNITY SPORTS BULLETIN 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 mater/ “The Mark D. Printsky” Memorial Scholarship will be awarded 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.eventbrite.com and search “Mark Printsky.”
Strong to Serve Half Marathon & 5K SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs Strong To Serve Half Marathon is the Adirondack area’s newest half marathon and will run a flat and fast course in Saratoga Spa State Park on July 9 starting at 7:30 a.m. Runners can challenge the 13.1 miles by themselves or with a friend in the relay. The accompanying 5K will give family and friends of the half marathoners their chance to run in the park as well. For more information, go to www.saratogaspringshm.com
Saratoga Springs Ice Rinks Now Open SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Recreation Department has announced that the Saratoga Springs Ice Rinks at 30 Weibel Avenue are now open. Schedules for the rinks can be found online at www.SaratogaRec. com. Any further inquiries should be directed to the department at 518-587-2300 ext. 2300, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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 and 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” classes, every Saturday and Sunday from 9-11 a.m. at the Shack’s location at 251 Stafford Bridge Road, Saratoga Springs. The courses are open to all skill levels, and will involve yoga sessions conducted on paddleboards out on the waters of Fish Creek. The fee or entry is $35 and includes a board rental, PFD, instruction, and yoga class. Those who bring their own boards only have to pay $20. More information is available at www.kayakshak.com.
WILTON — Taking place on the trails at the 310-acre Camp Saratoga, this series is
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Recreation Department Horsing Around Program SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs Recreation Department is offering a new program called Horsing Around during the 2017 Track meet. Horsing Around is a drop-off program for children ages 5-12. Various recreational activities and arts and crafts will be offered. For additional information or to download forms go to SaratogaRec.com. Contact the Recreation Department at 518-587-3550 x2300 or recreservations@ saratoga-springs.org with questions.
NYRA College and Alumni Handicapping Tournament SARATOGA SPRINGS — The New York Racing Association will host the firstever College and Alumni Day Handicapping Tournament during the 2017 summer season at Saratoga Race Course on July 28. College students and alumni will be invited to test their handicapping skills in a live money tournament for the opportunity to win up to a $5,000 scholarship for their alma mater from the New York Racing Association. Groups of 10 or more who register to participate in
the College and Alumni Handicapping Tournament will receive a complimentary $30 wagering card, which will be utilized by the group to place five $2 win/place/show bets on one horse in five different races on the day’s card. For more information, go to www.NYRA.com/Saratoga.
Saratoga Springs Recreation Department Drop-In Sessions SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs Recreation Department currently offers drop-in sessions for Adult Basketball, Pickleball, Racquetball and Wallyball. Visit SaratogaRec. com and click on Rec Center Calendar for the latest schedule. For more information, call 518-587-3550 ext. 2300, or email recreservations@ saratoga-springs.org.
Recreation Department Fall Soccer Registration SARATOGA SPRINGS — Early Bird registration for the fall 2017 recreation center soccer season is now underway, and will continue until Aug. 14. For additional information, call 518-587-3550 ext. 2300, or email email@example.com.
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Local Sports Physician Celebrates 35 Years by Thomas Kika Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Dr. David Gabay still occasionally finds his dreams drifting back to when he was fresh out of college. “It’s funny, I still have the dreams where I wake up, and I’m still in chiropractic college and I have three months to graduate, and I don’t know where I’m gonna go” Gabay said. “And now it’s 35 years later.” Gabay first established his private chiropractic practice in Saratoga Springs back in May of 1982, just a few years after finishing school in December of 1981. He had completed his undergraduate degree at Stony Brook, and his graduate school had been the New York Chiropractic College, which was then located in Long Island. He initially stressed about which direction
to take his career early on, not sure whether to go work some place as an associate, or to start up his own practice. Despite offers from respected chiropractors in Manhattan and Long Island, he followed the urgings of family friend Robert D. Scott to come check out the Saratoga area for a potential practice. After staying with Scott for around two weeks, Gabay made the decision to take a risk on his own practice, starting out with a location on Myrtle Street. Having grown up in the Pine Bush section of Albany, it was something of a homecoming for him. Now, many years and accomplishments later, Gabay’s practice is still going strong on the second floor of a building on Maple Avenue, just across from the middle school tennis courts. Gabay recalled an amusing exchange from the early days of his practice. Two of
his first patients, local golf enthusiasts Mike McGraw and Denny Farone, were interested in checking out “the new guy in town.” Both men were in need of a chiropractor, but expressed concern over getting treatment from someone as young as Gabay. “To this day, Mike remembers my response,” Gabay said. “I said, ’Well, do you want somebody who’s old or do you want somebody that’s good?’” Gabay began to get involved in sports medicine in 1994 after Dr. Philip Santiago, the first ever chiropractor chosen to be part of the U.S. Olympic Team Medical Staff, established the Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician program to offer specialized training to chiropractors looking to work with professional athletes and Olympians. Gabay completed his certification over the course of three years, going to Meadowlands
area of N.J. one weekend each month for classes and handson instruction. From time to time, he worked with the New York Giants while working towards his certification, occasionally attending games to help the players on-site. A few years later, Gabay went to work at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, alongside a number of other professionals from a wide variety of medical disciplines. His and everyone else’s job there was to help get as many injured athletes off the bench as possible in time for them to compete in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Ga. Gabay stayed on the position right up until the athletes shipped out for the games. He was offered the opportunity to attend the games, but did not want to take more time off from his practice back home. He has not worked again in a similar capacity for the U.S.
Olympic team since then, but he has worked with U.S. bobsledding, skeleton, and luge teams for non-Olympic events. Some of the teams that Gabay worked with included the U.S. wrestling teams, the judo and taekwondo teams, the weightlifting team, the shooting team, and more. Some of the notable individuals that Gabay worked with during this time included three-time wrestling gold medalist and future Edinboro University athletic director Bruce Baumgartner, and gold medalist and future WWE performer Kurt Angle. In his spare time, Gabay likes to work on restoring classic cars, for which he has a garage set up out back of the building where his practice is. Often on the weekends, he gets together with a group of friends to work on his latest restoration project.
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Local Sports Physician Celebrates 35 Years pg. 31
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Ballston Spa Teacher Reaches for the Stars pg. 16
The 5th Annual Saratoga Lacrosse Shootout brought players from across the nation to compete for the Championship in Gavin Park. See full gallery on pg. 28.