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LOCAL • INDEPENDENT • FREE Volume 11  •  Issue 27  •  July 14 – July 20, 2017 • (518) 581-2480

County Fair Social Saratoga Opens Tuesday Ballet Gala Kicks Off

See Saratoga pgs 8 and 9.

The Season Begins

Polo Anyone?

Season Begins with Great Attendance

Battle for #1

Chad Brown. See Polo pg 47.

Kathryn Grabowski, Caroline Grabowski, Jennifer Kercull and president of the SPAC Junior committee Samantha Kercull. Photos by See Ballet pg 38.

Todd Pletcher See Trainers pgs 26 and 27.


Week of July 14 – July 20, 2017

Neighbors: Snippets of Life from Your Community

Chuck Vosganian. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

Who: Chuck Vosganian, AKA “Rochmon.” Where: Broadway. Q. Where are you from originally? A. East Moriches, Long Island. I moved to the Saratoga area 30 years ago. Q. What’s changed in Saratoga since you’ve been here? A. A lot has changed in 30 years, but living right in town, being downtown, and being part of this community is really cool. My wife, Karen, teaches at Empire State College and when she gets done at 5:30 we’ll take a half-hour, 45 minutes, and just walk around downtown. It’s just a vibrant downtown, there’s a lot to do. Q. What are you doing today? A. Preparing for Rochmon Record Club, which takes place July 18 at Caffe Lena. What that is: one Tuesday a month we’ll get together and talk about a classic record. I do a breakdown about the history of the album, the history of the players, and I talk about the songs, play the songs, show pictures. Q. What are some of the records you’ve showcased? David Bowie’s “Young Americans,” Creedence Clearwater’s “Cosmo’s Factory,” Jethro Tull’s “Aqualung,” Led Zeppelin “Houses of the Holy,” are some of them. In August, we’re going to do Pink Floyd “Dark Side of the Moon,” and this month it’s Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours.” I’ve been doing music my whole life. My parents were musicians, I play drums, my son, Matteo, is in the band Wild Adriatic who are touring all over the place, and I’ve always been into the details. Doing this takes me right back to being a little kid sitting on the couch, in the sweet spot in the center of the two speakers, holding the album cover and listening to the record. Q. CD, vinyl, tape - what’s your favorite format? A. I love vinyl first. To my way of thinking there’s so much more information in there, you hear more things and it just sounds so much better. Q. Where did you get your nickname ? A. It was a weird thing. Back when we got AOL Instant Messenger, my kids were all picking their aliases, and I picked Rochmon P. Nickname as an alias for myself. I don’t know why I came up with it, but for some reason my kids held onto it and started calling me Rochmon. Q. What do you see in Saratoga’s future? A. I would like Saratoga to continue to always be a good walking city. One of the things that makes it so much fun is walking down Broadway from one end of the street to the other. Parking is always going to be an issue; I’m not sure we can ever have enough parking, but just so it stays walkingfriendly, so people can come and feel safe and see what there is to be seen. I love the diversity of the retailers on Broadway – I’d like to see a little bit more diversity there as well, but there’s a lot to do off Broadway as well, from Beekman Street all the way down to Congress Park.


Week of July 14 – July 20, 2017

Grant Cottage Gets More Funds From Wilton

Staff and volunteers gathered at Grant Cottage on July 10. Photo by

by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY WILTON — “Our historic sites are a study in human nature.” That was the observation earlier this week of Ben Kemp, a staff member and volunteer coordinator at the U.S. Grant Cottage State Historical Site on Mt. McGregor. Kemp was busy preparing for a luncheon offered there Monday to a group of nearly 20 volunteers who take pride in preserving the condition of Grant Cottage. The former president and famed Civil War general

Ulysses S. Grant chose to spend his final days there with family before succumbing to throat cancer on July 23, 1885. On July 6, the Wilton Town Board voted to provide $5,000 to support a Civil War re-enactment called “The Yanks are Coming” scheduled for October 7 at Grant Cottage. The town is an official sponsor of that event, which may attract hundreds of visitors. Wilton Supervisor Arthur Johnson said Grant Cottage, situated on a rocky slope just beyond the barbed-wire fences of the idled Mt. McGregor prison complex, “brings in thousands of

visitors over the season.” The town had previously approved a $3,000 contribution to Grant Cottage for this year. Johnson said the extra funds represent “a great economic development move.” Tim Welch, president of the Grant Cottage Board of Trustees, explained that the town’s additional support helps defray the traveling costs of Civil War re-enactors who live in southern states but plan on attending the October 7 event. According to Melissa Swanson, the historic site’s executive director, contacts with Grant’s descendants are still maintained after 132 years.

She said the writer Samuel Clemens—better known as Mark Twain—had convinced Grant to complete his memoirs for the historical record before he died. That project occupied most of Grant’s time at the cottage. During a brief tour this week, Swanson called the cottage “a time capsule.” She pointed to the same two leather chairs facing each other in which Grant had found comfort because lying in bed to write his memoirs was too painful. A bureau with Grant’s personal effects and garments stands close by, complete with a large glass jar on top containing a mixture of water and cocaine that was utilized to relieve the former president’s throat pain. “It’s a love story,” offered Kemp, noting how Grant was a man of “simplicity” and solid moral character. After serving his country and falling ill, Kemp said, Grant chose the peace and

quiet of Mt. McGregor to write the memoirs and make the best of his remaining time with his wife Julia, their four grown children and grandchildren. Kemp reported that the recent closure of the Mt. McGregor prison complex resulted in a noticeable increase in visitors to Grant Cottage over the last several seasons. The guides who give tours also play a crucial role in telling Grant’s story, according to Kemp. “People need to feel the connection,” he said. “We would not be open without our volunteers,” added Swanson, before heading back out to the cottage’s spacious front porch to arrange food and drinks for them. A special information session is planned for Sunday, July 16, to recruit more volunteers. “They are the heart of our organization,” Swanson said. For more information, call 518-584-4353 or visit the website



Week of July 14 – July 20, 2017

Officials and Businesses Promote Bicycle Safety MALTA — Children in Saratoga and Schenectady Counties will have an incentive to stay safe this summer as state Senator Jim Tedisco (R-Glenville) is partnering with local officials, businesses and 16 area police departments to launch the 2017 Safe Summer Bike Helmet program. To celebrate the program’s 20th anniversary, Tedisco scooped free ice cream cones donated by Stewart’s Shops on July 5 at the Town of Malta’s summer camp. This year’s Safe Summer Program will give away free bike helmets and distribute 5,000 “good tickets” for free ice cream cones to reward children who wear helmets while bicycling, skateboarding and rollerblading. Stewart’s Shops and numerous other participating businesses make Tedisco’s program possible through donations. The law firm of Martin, Harding and Mazzotti LLP is donating hundreds of new bike helmets to police departments in the 49th Senate District for children who need them. “Summer is the season for kids to have fun but we can’t ever forget that they need to keep safety in mind. I want children to enjoy the summer but I also want them to be safe when they’re riding their bicycles. My Safe Summer program reminds kids

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to get all neighborhood kids into the habit of wearing their helmets for safe biking, in-line skating, or riding a skateboard or scooter. Participating police departments that will distribute free ice cream coupons and bike helmets to kids include: Saratoga County Sheriff, Schenectady County Sheriff, Fulton

County Sheriff, Hamilton County Sheriff, Herkimer County Sheriff, Glenville Police, Clifton Park Town Security, Saratoga Springs Police, Ballston Spa Police, Scotia Police, Galway Police, City of Schenectady Police, Niskayuna Police, Rotterdam Police, Gloversville Police, and Johnstown Police.

New Broadway History Tour to wear their helmets while rewarding good behavior with coupons for free ice cream,” Tedisco said in a statement. “This program is a true community partnership among businesses, law enforcement, government and parents and it’s truly a model for how caring people can come together and promote a fun and safe environment for children. Safe Summer also provides positive interactions between law enforcement and kids.” It’s the law in New York State that children up to age 14 must wear a bicycle helmet or parents could face $50 fine. According to the New York State Department of Health, an average of 54 New Yorkers are killed each

year in bicycle crashes and 19,000 residents are treated at a hospital due to bike-related injuries. Head injuries are the leading cause of death and permanent disability in bicycle crashes, accounting for more than 60 percent of bike-related deaths. In New York, annual hospitalization charges related to such brain injuries are roughly $20 million. The cost of a helmet is about $20. The average charge for a hospital stay due to a bicycle-related brain injury is $23,000 with an average length of stay of four days. The Safe Summer Program aims to address these alarming statistics by using positive reinforcement

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Last week, the city’s Heritage Area Visitor Center announced a new, 90-minute guided walking tour of downtown. Two native Saratogians will host Discover Historic Broadway, and provide an immersive glimpse into the award-winning main street’s history. Guests will stroll through modern day shops, boutiques and galleries, and will wrap-up with a mineral water toast in Congress Park. “The Visitor Center is excited to offer this nostalgic tour, celebrating the history of our beautiful main street. Tour guides Kathy Totten and Gel Hubbard offer a hometown perspective, walking guests through the years of Saratoga’s most beloved thoroughfare,” said

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Heather McElhiney, the Visitor Center director. Discover Historic Broadway tours are to take place at 1:00 p.m. sharp on July 22, August 12 and 26. All tours meet at the Saratoga Heritage Area Visitor Center at 297 Broadway, rain or shine, and are $10 per person. Children under 12 can attend for free. The historic Broadway tour is a part of the Saratoga Heritage Area Visitor Center Summer Walking Tour Season. Additional public tours include, History, Legends, Lore and More, which celebrates Saratoga’s Victorian era and runs through October 21. For more information, visit or www.


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Week of July 14 – July 20, 2017

COURTS John A. Oakes, 32, homeless, was sentenced July 6 to time served and five years of probation, after pleading to felony attempted assault in connection with an incident that took place in Saratoga Springs in April. William L. Weatherwax, 34, homeless, was sentenced July 6 to 1-1/2 to 3 years in state prison, after pleading to felony criminal contempt in connection with an incident that took place in Saratoga Springs in May. Justin M. Lematty, 28, of Malta, was sentenced on June 30 to 1.5 to 3 years in state prison, after pleading to felony mischief in connection with an incident that occurred in Malta. Gerard J. King, Jr. 53, of Glens Falls, pleaded on June 30 to felony burglary in connection with an incident that occurred in Saratoga Springs. Victoria F. Amaya, 22, of Wilton, pleaded on June 30 to attempted promoting prison contraband, a felony. Sentencing scheduled for Oct. 4. Kara L. Harrington, 37, of Saratoga Springs, pleaded on June 30 to criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony. Sentencing scheduled for Aug. 16. Robert M. Herring Jr., 52, of Ballston Spa, pleaded on June 30 to criminal sale of a controlled substance, a felony. Sentencing scheduled for Aug. 24.

POLICE Robert J. Loya, age 29, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on July 3 with the felonies criminal sale and criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a weapon and aggravated family offense, and the misdemeanors reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child, following an investigation of a domestic incident at a residence on Vanderbilt Avenue.

James N. Vamvalis, 55, of Glens Falls, was charged on July 9 with operating a boat while intoxicated. According to the Saratoga County Sheriff ’s Office, Vamvalis was observed operating a vessel without displaying the proper navigation lights for nighttime operation following the annual fireworks display on Saratoga Lake on July 3, and is suspected of operating a motorized vessel while in an intoxicated condition. He was released pending further court action in the town of Malta. Kyle M. Shultz, age 19, of Hudson Falls, was charged with three counts felony assault following an altercation in Saratoga County Jail where Shultz was suspected of assaulting three corrections officers. The officers received medical attention and returned to duty. Christopher M. Decker, age 35, Saratoga Springs, was charged on June 30 with felony criminal mischief, and making a punishable false written statement- a misdemeanor. Luis F. Colon, age 34, Troy, was charged on June 30 with two felony counts of criminal possession of controlled substance. Paul J. Demartino, age 38, Greenfield, was charged on June 30 with criminal contempt second degree/disobedience- a misdemeanor, and aggravated family a felony. Michael C. Civitello, age 21, Ballston Spa, was charged on June 29 with felony criminal possession of marijuana. Shawna M. Jenks, age 32, Saratoga Springs, was charged on June 28 with aggravated unlicensed operation third degree - a misdemeanor. Michael S. Kober, age 74, Saratoga Springs, was charged on June 28 with assault and

criminal trespass misdemeanors.


Devon M. Rinn, age 25, Saratoga Springs, was charged on June 27 with assault and criminal mischief - both misdemeanors. Adam J. Niedhammer, age 31, Ballston Spa, was charged on June 26 with criminal possession of marijuana - a misdemeanor. Jeffrey J. Pregent, age 26, Glens Falls, was charged on June 26 with aggravated unlicensed operation second degree- a misdemeanor.

Kelli J. Washington, age 54, Mechanicville, was charged on June 26 with felony grand larceny. Robert W. Cramer, age 61, Windham, was charged on June 25 with misdemeanor DWI and following motor vehicle too closely. Norman A. Mcconnell, age 22, Albany, Jerome L. Bowens, age 21, Amsterdam, Cloe R. Reynicke, age 18, Amsterdam, Kaysha M. Maldonado, age 22, Amsterdam, were each charged on June 25 with criminal possession of a controlled substance.

David L. Vega, age 28, Troy, was charged on June 25 with criminal possession of a controlled substance and aggravated unlicensed operation - a misdemeanor. Jared S. Holt, age 21, Albany, was charged on June 25 with aggravated unlicensed operation – a felony, and misdemeanor dwi. Jacqualine C. Lombardo, age 32, Saratoga Springs, was charged on June 25 with felony assault and criminal possession of a weapon - a misdemeanor.

6 Amy Leigh (Spilman) McDonald TROY — Amy Leigh (Spilman) McDonald, 43, succumbed to cancer on June 29, 2017, and passed away peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones. She is survived by the love of her life, husband Michael McDonald (Troy), dogs Dallas and Tuukka, mother Bobbi Lant (Saratoga), father Dennis Spilman (Saratoga), sister Kelly Corby (Pennsylvania), sister Kerry (Brendan) McCann (Delmar), mother-in-law Sandy McDonald (Cohoes), sister-in-law Lisa (Chris Brassard) Pouchak (Guilderland), and the nieces and nephews that she so adored; Kelsey and Haley Corby, Aidan and Dylan McCann, Brad and Gabby Pouchak, and Jackie Brassard. Amy leaves behind several cousins, aunts, and uncles, but is now reunited with family, friends, and pets who have gone before her. Amy was born on April 12, 1974 in Silver Spring, MD, but grew up in Saratoga Springs. She is a 1992 graduate of Saratoga Springs High School and received her B.S. in Biology from SUNY Plattsburgh in 1997 where she was a member of Alpha Phi Omega. Amy resided in Troy and had a long career at St. Peter’s Hospital where she made many friends. Amy enjoyed shopping, camping, and taking vacations especially in Ocean City, MD. She was an avid Def Leppard and Detroit Red Wings fan. Services have concluded; however, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to METAvivor Inc., and mailed to 1783 Forest Dr. #184, Annapolis, MD 21401 or online at Burke & Bussing Funeral Homes



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BALLSTON SPA — Richard Joseph Requa passed away July 6, 2017. Calling hours held Thursday, July 13 at Burke Funeral Home, Saratoga Springs. Mass of Christian Burial: 11 a.m. Friday, July 14 at St. Mary’s Church, B. Spa. Burial: 1 p.m. at Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville. Please visit

GLENS FALLS — Donald W. McLean Jr., age 83, passed away on Wednesday, July 5, 2017. A graveside service with military honors was held Monday, July 10, 2017 at Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the American Porphyria Foundation.

Week of July 14 – July 20, 2017

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NORTHVILLE — Gary J. Zwijacz, 58, passed away Saturday, July 8, 2017. A funeral service was held Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at Compassionate Funeral Care in Saratoga Springs. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in memory of Gary to St. Mary’s Hospital in Amsterdam.

QUEENSBURY — Sandie Perone, 61, passed away on Saturday, July 8, 2017. A funeral service was held on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at Compassionate Funeral Care in Saratoga Springs. If you wish to express your online condolences or view the Obituary, please visit our website at www.

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Margaret (Peppie) Roohan SARATOGA SPRINGS — Margaret (Peppie) Roohan passed July 8, 2017. Calling hours were held July 13, St. Clement’s Church, followed by a Mass celebrated by The Most Reverend Harry J, Flynn, D.D. Archbishop Emeritus of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Burial was private. Arrangements by Burke Funeral Home, Saratoga Springs. Visit www.burkefuneralhome. com Burke & Bussing Funeral Homes


JANE E. KRESKI IN MEMORIAM JANE E. KRESKI Yes, we love you. Bianka, Cathy, John and Karen

Joan Smith QUEENSBURY — Joan Smith, 83, passed away on July 8, 2017. At the family’s request, there will be no services. If you wish to express your online condolences or view the Obituary, please visit our website at

James M. Kaplan SARATOGA SPRINGS — James M. Kaplan, age 69, passed away on Thursday, July 6, 2017 due to a motorcycle accident. At the request of the family there will be no calling hours or service.

Affordable Housing Defined Last month was National Homeownership Month and the media and our elected officials have highlighted issues related to affordable homeownership. I think it’s important to discuss what affordable homeownership means and how it impacts our community. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, housing should cost no more than 30 percent of a household’s income. Many homeowners in our community spend much more, making them ‘housing cost-burdened’ and limiting what they have left to spend on other needs, such as transportation, energy costs, food, health care, and more. For example, many seniors in our community own their homes (and have for many years), and too many of them are cost-burdened and/ or low-income. According to U.S. Census data, 71.3 percent of residents 65-plus in Saratoga County own their own homes. However, 23.5 percent of these seniors are cost-burdened and 6.8 percent are below the poverty level. Many senior homeowners are at risk of losing their

homes due to the cost of a needed repair or home maintenance, such as replacing a furnace or roof. They face unique challenges because they will likely need accessibility modifications to make it possible for them to age-inplace safely, such as installing a wheelchair ramp, grab bars, or improved lighting. These modifications can be expensive and out-of-reach for homeowners who are already cost-burdened. Rebuilding Together Saratoga County provides repairs and accessibility modifications, at no cost to the homeowner, and many of the clients served are seniors. While National Homeownership Month only comes around once a year, we need to continue to focus on programs that preserve affordable homeownership, like those offered by Rebuilding Together, so individuals and families in our community can remain safely and independently in their own homes. Michelle Larkin Executive Director Rebuilding Together Saratoga County


Week of July 14 – July 20, 2017

Foundation Donates to The Children’s Museum SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Children’s Museum at Saratoga was recently awarded a $1,250 grant for its new “Give Play” initiative from the Christopher Dailey Foundation. The Children’s Museum at Saratoga, located at 69 Caroline Street, is dedicated to creating an interactive community space that inspires curiosity, sparks imagination and nurtures discovery. Recently, the museum launched its new Give Play initiative. It removes or reduces the financial and economic barriers that may prevent some children and their families from utilizing the Children’s Museum. The goal is to raise $10,000 in the first year. The Christopher

Dailey Foundation is the first foundation to support the new initiative. In 2001, the Christopher Dailey Foundation was founded to honor the passing of young Christopher Dailey and to build a gym in his memory. That goal was completed in 2009, and now the foundation continues to enhance the community with donations to youth groups, especially economic- and special-needs children. “This gift to the Children’s Museum at Saratoga is a step towards opening access to the museum for the broader community. We want to work to ensure that we’re able to give play to children with varying degrees of need

New Girl in Town MALTA — This month, Tara and Kevin Testo of Woodfield Boulevard welcomed the birth of their daughter, Carlotta Mae Testo. Carlotta was born on July 2 at 4:50 p.m. at Saratoga Hospital. She weighed 8 pounds and 10 ounces, and measured 19.5 inches in height. She joins a sister, Giana.

The maternal grandparents are Patricia and John Spoor of Malta, and the paternal grandparents are Barbara and John Testo of Troy. Carlotta also has greatgrandparents in Marilyn and Ed Carmody.

Raising the Stars and Stripes

(Left to right) Ralph Grasso, Roger Calkins, Mert Eggleston and Paul Nolan. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — A new flagpole and American flag were dedicated at Water’s Edge/ Woodlands on July 3. Roger Calkins (U.S. Navy), Commander of Adirondack Chapter 60 of the Korean War Veterans, and resident of Water’s Edge, led the dedication

ceremony. He was joined by three other Korean War veterans, Mert Eggleston (U.S. Army), Paul Nolan (U.S. Army), and Ralph Grasso (U.S. Air Force), who presented the colors. The plaque reads, “Dedicated to all veterans who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States.”

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to make sure that they too are getting access to high-quality early childhood educational programs that the museum has to offer,” says Executive Director Sarah Fisk.

“This gift will begin to open our doors and make these scholarship field trips and outreach programs a reality for hundreds of children from across the Saratoga region.”

For more information about the Children’s Museum at Saratoga or the Give Play initiative, call 518-584-5540 or visit the website


Week of July 14 – July 20, 2017

Saratoga County Fair Kicks Off July 18 BALLSTON SPA — From July 18-23, The Saratoga County Fair will offer seven stages of

entertainment from across the country, animal displays domestic to exotic, six nights

of competition with two nights of pro rodeo, two nights of demo derby, modified tractor

pulls, and a day of four-wheel drive truck pulls. For more information

Tuesday, July 18

Wednesday, July 19

Thursday, July 20

Friday, July 21

Saturday, July 22

Sunday, July 23

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Week of July 14 – July 20, 2017

Zegers Campaign Takes Shape by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY MALTA — The age of a candidate for state office is not the most important thing to Morgan Zegers and her supporters. They simply share this young woman’s strong beliefs in reducing taxes and removing government regulations, so that more New Yorkers can start or expand businesses; or at least afford to remain in New York for life. The 20-year-old Zegers, who looks forward to graduating college next spring, is already working hard to promote such causes. She is devoting her summer break to building a genuine campaign for the 113th State Assembly District seat, which she hopes to win in November 2018. Earlier this year, Zegers enlisted Jack Moulton to serve as her campaign manager. The two met last year during U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik’s successful re-election bid. Moulton has worked on both of Stefanik’s political campaigns. In response to emailed questions, Moulton said the race will pick up speed early next year, when political committees “begin conducting endorsement interviews.” He

Morgan Zegers at East Eden Farms in Stillwater. Photo provided.

reported that roughly $10,000 has been raised so far to support Zegers. Zegers is seeking the Republican nominations in both Saratoga and Washington counties, which could make her a viable contender. Thus far, according to Moulton, no other registered Republicans in the district have announced intentions to challenge incumbent Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner (D-Round Lake). “Right now we are building a network of grassroots volunteers who will be able to help us with the petition process, and making sure Morgan has

the opportunity to meet as many voters as possible,” Moulton said. “Saratoga and Washington counties are very unique and the community staples, from fly fishing on the Battenkill to the horse racing at Saratoga, are very dear to me and are a large factor of the person I am today,” Zegers says in an email. “I only want what’s best for our community and that means getting leaders down in Albany who will work to get New York back to business.” “I’d put up a good fight against the three-men-in-a-room type of

The candidate and her parents, Art and Amy Zegers. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

politics that goes down in our state,” Zegers continues, “and that’s why I’m running for the 113th. We need good people up front to take the lead and make New York business friendly and more respectful of taxpayers.” In a previous statement, Zegers described her recent visits with area farmers and how she found them facing a “daily grind.” She called a pending proposal by Assembly Democrats to pass a $15 minimum wage “damaging legislation” because of its potential negative impacts on farmers statewide. “The business of farming already faces an array of challenges, ranging from weather to pricing,” Zegers said. “The added costs and burdens will continue to hurt small family farms and prevent them from competing with nearby states.”

Another key volunteer for Zegers is Sarah Valentine, a former acquaintance of hers at Ballston Spa High School. “It’s evident that her age will stand out to voters, although I see this as an advantage,” Valentine offered, when asked by email to comment on her commitment to the Zegers campaign for the next year and a half. “Morgan is well aware of New Yorkers’ hardships and understands the need for a new generation of leadership,” Valentine said. “Morgan provides a new lens to solve these issues that I think voters will appreciate.” “I firmly believe,” she added, “that it’s important for young people to get their voice out there as these issues are, or soon will become, crucial to their everyday lives.”

Village Sets Public Hearing and Seeks New Official

The Ballston Spa Village Board meets on July 10 in the yard of Don Traver at 31 East High Street. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

BALLSTON SPA — According to statements provided by Village Clerk Teri O’Connor, the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Village Board of Trustees will be held on July 24 at 7:00 p.m. at the Ballston Spa Elks Lodge, located at 10 Hamilton Street. Representatives of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the state Department of Environmental Conservation and Department of Health will be present to answer questions and discuss remediation plans for the former

Ricketts Dry Cleaning facility on Doubleday Avenue. Also, Ballston Spa is seeking to fill a vacancy on the Village Planning Board. Individuals wishing to be appointed must be a resident of the village and at least 18 years of age. Letters of intent and résumés must be submitted no later than July 31 at 4:00 p.m. to Mayor John P. Romano, 66 Front Street, Ballston Spa. The words “Planning Board Member” must be written on the outside of all application letters.


Week of July 14 – July 20, 2017

Wilton ParkFest a Summer Hit Photos by

Got cookies? Avery from Saratoga Girl Scout troop 3252 sure did.

Carter and David flying high on the parachute ride.

Nicholas from Corinth hits new heights.

Northeast Mobile Search and Rescue Team Fred Halley, Compass, Joe & Kristina Barbuti and Pierce.

Third and fourth generation ice makers Ralph and Sophia Grasso served up favorite flavors.

Junior handler Liam and Archie hit the course at the Takes 2 to Q Agility Club competition.



Week of July 14 – July 20, 2017

Notes from City Hall by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY

Under Development SARATOGA SPRINGS — The city landscape is poised to look a vastly difference place in the near future as a variety of high-profile development projects draw closer to construction approval. A good number of the projects listed below are in the Land Use Board approval phase and slated to be heard by the city Planning Board this week. A list of upcoming meetings – and in some cases, meeting agenda items - hosted by the Planning Board, Design Review Commission, and Zoning Board of Appeals, as well as the City Council may be viewed at:

West Avenue Mixed-Use Development Ten new buildings, a five-story hotel, more than 400 residential units and nearly 30,000 square feet of retail space may soon rise from the rural landscape of the city’s west side, adjacent to the Saratoga Springs train station. A special use permit and a site

plan review for the mixed-use development are being sought for the project. Two separate yet adjoining proposals have been submitted. The Station Park project calls for two buildings to be dedicated as a mixed-use space with each building housing 36 residential units, and a total of 22,000 square feet of retail space. The 72 residential units would be for-sale condominiums. Additional development would include two buildings - each providing 57 units for senior housing and 33 units for senior assisted care, a 110to-120 unit five-story hotel and spa, a pool and fitness center, and a freestanding building with an additional 6,200 square feet of retail space. Nearly 600 parking spaces would span across the location to cater to residents, retail workers and shoppers. The second proposal, submitted by the Missouri-based Vecino Group seeks to develop one three-story building and three four-story buildings to stand just east of the Station Park proposal and near the Washington Street post office. The 160 apartment units contained within the proposal seem to fall in “workforce,” or “affordable” housing categories.

The Residences on Union Avenue under construction, on July 11, 2017. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

Code Blue Emergency Homeless Shelter A proposed 6,400 square foot emergency homeless shelter is slated to be sited on Walworth Street, adjacent to the Shelters of Saratoga. Most recently, an appeal filed by nearly two

dozen residents in opposition to the building of a permanent Code Blue emergency homeless shelter at that location was rejected in a 7-0 vote by the city ZBA. The project is seeking a special use permit for a neighborhood rooming house within the Urban Residential District.

A forested area, highlighted in yellow, and adjacent to the Saratoga Train Station targeted for the West Avenue mixed-use development. Image by

South Broadway/ Saratoga Diner The long-standing horse atop the Saratoga Diner on South Broadway has been removed for safekeeping and a proposal under consideration would see the demolition of the diner and the development on the threeacre parcel of 110 single and twobedroom “affordable” apartment units, two floors of commercial space, and a new business incubator collaboratively partnered by Saratoga Economic Development Corporation and Saratoga CoWorks. It is anticipated new construction will start next spring and the structure operational by the summer of 2019. The project at the southern gateway to the city would include 46 one-bedroom units and 64 twobedroom units, 7,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor, 4,000 square feet of service establishment space and a 7,500 squarefoot food beverage or brew pub, which will act as a visible anchor on South Broadway. Streetscape improvements will include street lamps, landscaping, and a total of 273 parking spaces for resident and commercial parking uses. The second floor will house 17,000 square feet of commercial space where Continued on next page.


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two new tenants are expected to join SEDC’s 10,000 square foot “incubator,” a flexible co-working space to be inhabited by a rotating group of entrepreneurs and earlystage growth business teams.

Universal Preservation Hall Renovation The historic building on Washington Street, constructed in 1871, is seeking a site plan approval. Plans call for UPH to close for renovations this fall and re-open one year later as an acoustically perfect theaterin-the-round showcase that will hold about 750 people.

Henry Street Condominiums Preliminary plans call for the development of a five-story

condominium building to house 30 units with 70 total bedrooms to be located at 120 Henry St., on subdivided land adjacent to the Four Seasons market.

Pink Palace Goes Condo The Skidmore College dormitory commonly referred to as the “pink palace” has been demolished and the construction of The Residences on Union Avenue is in full swing. The five-building residential property with on-site parking will feature one, two and three bedroom residences priced from $689,900 to $895,500 and are planned for occupancy by March 2018.

The Adelphi Hotel “We aren’t just a hotel. We’re going for an upscale first-class hotel experience that currently doesn’t exist

DPW Paving Schedule SARATOGA SPRINGS — The following streets will be paved this week: Franklin Street, from Washington to Division streets: Monday, July 17 – Mill; Wednesday, July 19 – Pave. Division Street, from Clinton to

Beekman streets: Tuesday, July 18 – Mill; Thursday, July 20 – Pave. Pearl Street, from Van Dorn to Seward streets: Tuesday, July 18 – Mill; Thursday, July 20 – Pave. Cobb Alley, from Beekman to South Franklin streets: Wednesday, July 19 – Overlay.

JDRF Breakfast Tuesday SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Holiday Inn, at 232 Broadway, will host a Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation corporate and community breakfast from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 18. The complimentary breakfast will include information about how businesses and

families can be involved in the project and support the One Walk Saratoga event, which will be held Oct. 14 at Saratoga Race Course. Reservations are required and may be made by phone at 518-207-7682, or via email at:

Town Hall: The Impact of Immigration on Saratoga Springs SARATOGA SPRINGS — A town hall discussion titled “the economic impact of immigration in Saratoga Springs” will be staged at Filene Music Hall, on the campus of Skidmore College from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, July 17.

The event will include a moderated panel discussion and Q & A session involving Mayor Joanne Yepsen’s Human Rights Task Force and the Skidmore College Departments of Latin American Studies and World Languages and Literatures.

in Saratoga Springs,” Toby Mildé, president of Richbell Capital and RBC Construction said last November. Richbell Capital purchased the building in 2012 for $4.5 million, and early renovations estimates ranged from $6 to $7 million. Five years later, that restoration cost is now about $30 million – offset by the use of state and federal rehabilitation credits. The date targeting the re-opening of the renovated 32-room luxury boutique hotel on Broadway has been delayed numerous times. The most recently scheduled opening was set for July 1, but this week laborers continued to work on the project.

Current Saratoga Diner site on South Broadway. Image by

Mildé could not be reached for comment. The July 10 issue of the Albany Business Review quoted

Mildé as saying he anticipated opening the doors of the historic hotel during the second week of August.



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Prosperity Partnership Pitches Local Industry on West Coast MALTA — Earlier this week, two key figures from the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership traveled to California and promoted the county as a premier location for semiconductor manufacturers and supply chain companies. They attended SemiCon West, one of the industry’s most important annual conferences and trade shows. The timing is opportune following last week’s initial meeting of the Next Wave Advisory Council, a group of leading technology and business executives who are guiding development of the Next Wave Center. The center will provide both a launch and landing pad for semiconductor firms, particularly those working with GlobalFoundries.

Marty Vanags. Photo provided.

Saratoga Partnership President Marty Vanags and Director of Business Retention and Expansion Shelby Schneider met oneon-one with executives in San Francisco. Schneider and Vanags discussed companies across the microelectronics

supply chain, including manufacturers, materials and equipment suppliers, and new vertical markets such as flexible hybrid electronics, system integration and the Internet of Things (IoT). “The best way to continue to build Saratoga County’s

semiconductor sector is to meet face-to-face with the industry’s key executives and companies, and that’s exactly what we’re doing at SemiCon West,” said Vanags. “With GlobalFoundries as a globally recognized anchor, we are well-positioned to attract additional growth to Saratoga County, including to our Next Wave Center now being developed. We plan to capitalize on the opportunity to turn discussions into economic development initiatives that attract high-tech jobs, companies and investment.” Schneider and Vanags also participated in educational sessions to gather insight on the latest innovations and evolving semiconductor industry roadmap; attended networking events to engage with leading executives and potential

corporate partners; and joined with the New York Loves Nanotech contingent to promote a coordinated approach to economic development. With more than 600 exhibitors and 115 hours of programs and networking, SemiCon West connected the entire extended supply chain. It provided access to the technical and business intelligence needed to get ahead in today’s disruptive, fast-changing environment; and cutting-edge educational and training sessions that covered the most advanced applications and technologies, all presented by leading industry speakers. For more information on SemiCon West 2017, visit the websites www.semiconwest. org or

Death Wish Coffee Owner Wins Award ROUND LAKE — Mike Brown, founder of Death Wish Coffee, was recently named EY's Entrepreneur of the Year for Emerging Business in New York, according to the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership (SCPP).

EY's Entrepreneur of the Year program is one of the world's most prestigious business awards for entrepreneurs. The official guidelines stipulate that entrepreneurs have to be nominated through the

Photo by MacKenzie Liptak.

submission of detailed essays. The process is confidential. Anyone who is associated with a successful entrepreneur can nominate them. This includes spouses, employees, bankers, attorneys, public relations managers or entrepreneurs themselves, the EY guidelines state. Since being founded by Brown in 2012, Death Wish Coffee has been an immensely successful business in Saratoga County, according to the SCPP.


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Saratoga Hospital Among ‘Most Wired’ SARATOGA SPRINGS — For the second year in a row, Saratoga Hospital has been named one of the nation’s “most wired” healthcare providers. The designation is based on an annual Hospital and Health Networks magazine survey that measures how hospitals and health systems use technology to improve communication, safety and patient-provider relationships. Thirty-five New York hospitals made the list, which was released this week by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum. More than 2,100 hospitals nationwide participated in the survey. Of those, 461 earned the “most wired” designation by meeting requirements for infrastructure, business and administration, clinical quality and safety, and clinical integration. Detailed results of the survey can be found in the July issue of Health and Hospitals Networks, an AHA publication. For a full list of winners, visit

NYRA and Dunkin’ Donuts Offer Discounted Seats at Saratoga Race Course SARATOGA SPRINGS — The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) and Dunkin’

Donuts are partnering to provide extra value to racing fans with a special discount offer on reserved seats at Saratoga Race Course for the 2017 meet. Fans who purchase one reserved seat at regular price will receive $5 off the purchase of a second reserved seat with a voucher available exclusively at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants throughout the Capital Region. The offer is valid for reserved seats on weekdays at Saratoga Race Course (excluding Fridays). To receive the discount, fans must bring the voucher to the NYRA Box Office at Saratoga Race Course located at Gate A on Union Avenue. Seats are based on available inventory. No purchase is necessary. Offer is not valid with any other discounts and expires on September 4. In addition to serving as the sponsor of the early and late Daily Double at Saratoga Race Course, Dunkin’ Donuts will donate one pound of coffee to the Backstretch Employee Service Team for each win by the leading owner, trainer and jockey of the 2017 season. The donation will take place on the final day of the Saratoga season. Season and weekly ticket plans, single-day reserved seats, reserved tables in the Miller Lite Picnic Paddock and the Fourstardave Sports Bar, dining and group hospitality are currently on sale and available for purchase through

Season admission passes are also available for purchase online through NYRA Account Manager at https:// o s s . t i c k e t m a s t e r. c o m / ap s / nyra/. A season pass provides fans with admission to 40 days of world-class thoroughbred racing at Saratoga Race Course, including the Grade 1 Travers on Saturday, August 26 and the Grade 1 Whitney on Saturday, August 5. The cost of a 2017 Grandstand season pass is $40; a Clubhouse season pass is $65. Season passes do not include reserved seating and are valid for one admission. The summer meet at Saratoga Race Course begins on Friday, July 21 and concludes on Monday, September 4.

Local Salvation Army Names Officer SARATOGA SPRINGS — Lt. Trisha Smouse has been named associate corps officer at the city’s Salvation Army branch. Lt. Smouse started her new appointment in the spring. She joins Lt. Bree Barker at the Saratoga Springs corps. Smouse was commissioned a Salvation Army officer and minister in 2016. She previously served as an officer at the Berwick Salvation Army in Pennsylvania. Prior to entering the Army’s College for Officer Training, she was the Human Trafficking Program Coordinator for the Salvation Army in central

Ohio, where she was responsible for program oversight and clinical supervision for the Army’s anti-trafficking program. That included constant emergency response to victims, case management for survivors and street outreach. Smouse holds an undergraduate and master’s degrees from The Ohio State University and is licensed in Ohio as a social worker. Since 1888, the Salvation Army in Saratoga Springs has been helping residents through an emergency food pantry; basic needs assistance; afterschool programs for middle school children; feeding programs; and sending kids and teens to the Army’s sleep over camp in the Finger Lakes. Each year, more than 3,000 people receive support, thanks to generous donors, volunteers and corporate partners. For more information, contact the Saratoga Springs Salvation Army at 518-584-1640.

‘Pop Up’ Shop Returns SARATOGA SPRINGS — TOGA HERITAGE, a lifestyle company and purveyor of fine goods reflective of all that makes the city feel alive, is launching a Summer Pop-Up at PaperDolls of Saratoga. The pop-up shop, located at 454 Broadway in the Saratoga Marketplace, will play host to a thoughtfully curated collection of fine

goods that combine the culture of Saratoga with the personal memories created in the Spa City. Items range from entertaining home goods (coffee mugs, party glasses, and Turkish towels), to pet items (leashes, collars, and Frisbees), to personal accessories (tote bags, ball caps, and baby bibs)—all embellished with the TOGA HERITAGE trademarked logo. The items also can be customized with monograms or company logos. The collection had previously been featured at PaperDolls in seasons past, but the expanded pop-up shop, which runs from July 18 through September, will offer an extended collection of goods and will emphasize the custom and corporate collections, as well as the wedding and event collections, perfectly suited to parties and gatherings throughout the high season for the Spa City. New items will be rolled out throughout the summer, keeping the pop-up shop fresh, vibrant and intriguing. Besides the readymade items available for purchase, the pop-up shop allows for custom orders by appointment. To arrange a meeting or discuss custom orders, please call 518944-8951 or email Appointments can also be made in-person at the pop-up shop. For more information, visit the website



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Waldorf School Brings the Circus Back to Town Photos by

by Thomas Kika Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Children and families took an adventure through time and space in the fields near the Saratoga Casino Hotel as Circus Smirkus returned to town. The renowned Vermont-based youth circus promotion made its way back to Saratoga Springs from July 11-12, once again with the collaboration of the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs. This year marks the show’s 30th anniversary, and the wild theme this year was designed to evoke a sense of its history. While certainly a grand afternoon out for many families in the area, the event also serves as one of the school’s biggest yearly fundraising opportunities, bringing in a significant amount for the school’s general operating budget. The theme of this year’s show is “Midnight at the Museum,” which sees three young performers staying the night at the otherworldly “Smirksonian” museum. After a bit of mischief results in “The Archives” being opened against the express warning of the museum’s curator, all of the exhibits spring to life and serve as the basis for the show’s various set pieces. The general feel of the story being told by Circus Smirkus is most similar to the “Night at the Museum” film series. Some of the set pieces in this year’s show include ones themed around jungles, skeletons, pirates, astronauts, and one particular inventive sequence based around

a museum heist. One of the more striking performances early on came from 16-year-old Isabella Majzun, who performed a mesmerizing juggling routine while also balancing herself on a large ball. Artistic director for the show and head clown Troy Wunderle said that the museum theme was chosen deliberately, as it allows them to pay homage to Circus Smirkus’s 30-year history. Many of the individual set pieces in the show are references to themes from previous years. One thing that should immediately stand out to viewers is the youth of the performers in the show. According to Wunderle, the performers range in age from 12-18, and come from all over the country. One performer, 18-yearold Patrick Chikoloma, is from as far away Lusaka, Zambia. While the performers may be young, Wunderle said that they are entirely professional, as anyone who watches their polished and skillful performances can attest.

The teens in the show are properly trained in a variety of different circus arts programs. Quite often, Circus Smirkus serves as a springboard for careers in the circus industry, as Wunderle noted that past performers have gone on to work in world-renowned promotions like Cirque du Soleil and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. This year marks the 11th time that the Waldorf School has worked with Circus Smirkus to bring the show to Saratoga Springs. On a yearly basis, the show has been one of the school’s biggest fundraising opportunities, bringing in around $20,000-30,000, according to administrator Anne Maguire. Funds raised with Circus Smirkus go towards the school’s general operations budget, which includes salaries, building maintenance, and more. Maguire also said that working with Circus Smirkus helps encourage students to pursue interests in circus arts, as the school itself offers a Juggling and Circus Arts Club, where students can learn to do all the various tricks and techniques they might have seen under the big top. Two Waldorf students have in the past performed with Circus Smirkus.

A daring vase robbery almost literally steals the show.

Isabella Majzun juggles while perched on a rolling ball.

“Roman statues” strikes various poses and humorously spit water at each other.


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Galway Honor Roll GALWAY - Galway Central School District has announced the students who achieved Honor Roll for the fourth quarter of the 2016-2017 school year: Academic Scholars: Grade 9 Kaylee Bagdan, Aila Bishop, Paige Brink, Vanessa Colangelo, Holden Decker, Walter Ellsworth, Anna Gardner, Rachel Germain, Kenneth Hay, Hannah Hofmann, Kimberly LaCerais, Ryan Lovelass, Alex

Malanoski, Ruth Reichard, Jade Sicluna, Elizabeth Vanaken, Rachel Wnuk Grade 10 Danielle Baldwin, Abigail Brice, Riley Flint, Lindsey Gileski, Lily Gullett, Cori Hardcastle, Darren Heigel, Christian Hines, Osie Johnston, Madison Kieft, Justin Kozlowski, Erik Malanoski, Jacob O’Brien, Ashlyn O’Neil, Annelise Ostrowski, Joshua Rumsey, Hannah Thompson, Natalie Zembsch, Siela Zembsch

Grade 11 Schuyler Arnold, Skyler Baker, Zarah Chaverri, Griffen Gannon, James Hofmann, Erik Matthews, Evan Morse, Jake Restivo; Jasmine Rose, Molly Ryan, Leah Vanderhorst, Maya Vanderhorst, Brandon Wight, Graham Willbrant Grade 12 Kayla Aschmutat, Ashley Carter, Erica Culbert, Casey Dunleavy, Alexis Gould, Megan Izzo, Christian Kent, Brooke Martin, Marrina

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 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 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.

Taste of Malta Fundraiser BALLSTON SPA — The Malta Business & Professional Association has announced their 9th Annual Taste of Malta, to take place on July 18, from 5:30–7:30 p.m. at Hudson Valley Community College’s TECSMART, 345 Hermes Rd., Malta. Each year, cuisine from local Malta and surrounding area restaurants is offered for tasting and sampling. Past events have

featured menu items and specialties from Panza’s Restaurant, Campagna Restaurant, Lake Ridge, NaNola, Wolf Hollow Brewing Company, Lily and the Rose Catering and many more. Proceeds from the event support the Ballston Spa Partnership for Innovation in Education Fund. Through business and individual sponsorships and donations, entrance fees to

the event, and funds raised from raffles held at the event, Ballston Spa Central School District has been able to give over $13,000 to the fund which supports several of the district’s most innovative programs, including the Clean Technologies & Sustainable Industries Early College in High School (Clean Tech ECHS) held at the HVCC’s TEC-SMART facility in Malta.


Messak, Rachel Reichard, Madison Ritter, Jennifer Rumsey, Amber Schwab, Julia Seeley, Quinn Smith, Jacob Thompson, Sarah (Spencer) Van Epps, Timothy Webb-Horvath, Madison Zuk

Alecia Hennessy, Britany Kenyon, Matisha Kenyon, Katharine King, Adam Mancini, Hannah Pawlowski, Matthew Phillips, Adam Plummer, Danielle Pudney, Chad Sherman

High Honor:

Grade 9 Alexis Biss, Alexander Bott, Trissety Denton, Kimberly Martin, Hailey McElhiney, Garrett Shippey, Jake Sicard, Peter Stewart Grade 10 Elise Arey, Dakota Dery, Sarah Ernst, Shane Henderson, Aidan O’Beirne, Michael Ostrander, Evelyn Relyea, Lindsey Zawisa Grade 11 Gregory Alden, Shane Billings, Andrew Cretty, Hannah Darling, Bradley Harrington, Carlee Horstmann, Tyler Larson, Logan Mello, Samuel Mitchell, Timothy Oliver, Leah Oughton, Nicholas Pflieger, Justine Quay, Ryan Rydzewski, Joshua Scheeren, Thor White Grade 12 Christian Chase, Paiton Dery, Jayde Garney, Shawn Kerry, Nathan Shader, Matthew Shafer, Anna Turner, Sabrina Vertefeuille

Grade 9 Sydney Crawford, Madison DesPres, Hunter Gould, Aiden Holbrook, Joshua Jankowski, Mikayla Neahr, Hayli Raylinsky, Carson Scribner, Carter Scribner, Jake Sicard, Nathaniel Urban, Leah Willbrant Grade 10 Samuel D’Alessandro, Jonathan Fajans, Samantha Grant, Ryan Ingle, Kathleen Milton, David O’Connell, Emma Smith, Matthew Sowle, Anna Wnuk, Nicholas Zuk Grade 11 Callia Boudreau, April Carlson, Christina DesPres, Nicholas Hanna, Julianne LaBreche, Benjamin LaFreniere, Philip Marchese, Justin Matthews, Dillan Palaszewski, Jillian Quay, Emily Smith, Meaghan Whalen, Adam Wright Grade 12 Jessica Cerasia, Silvia (Des) Colangelo, Maxwell Conti, Lucas Costanzo, Haley Decker, Breana Doherty,

Honor Roll:

Saratoga Schools Kindergarten Screening SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs Central School District will hold its kindergarten screening for the 2017-2018 school year

on July 26 at Caroline Street Elementary School. Parents looking for more information should visit

Schuylerville Freshman Walkthrough and iPad Distribution SCHUYLERVILLE — Schuylerville High School invites all incoming 9th grade students to tour the school on Aug. 29 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. or 5-7 p.m. The purpose of this event is to provide students with the opportunity to informally tour the building, set up lockers and map

out the location of their classes. Students will also get to pick up their new iPad Pro, which will be assigned to them for the school year. Students and parents must complete the loan agreement for their iPad’s prior to picking them up. The form can be found online at


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The Wood Carte Expands

by Megin Potter for Saratoga TODAY QUEENSBURY — It’s been just a few months since the former Marek’s Carpet & Flooring building on Route 9 in Queensbury was sold, but already the space, which was vacant for years, has been revitalized. “It’s a great piece of property for us. It’s a great location here in Queensbury,” said buyer Chris Carte, area resident and owner of The Wood Carte. After the closing in March, work began on the property, which is adjacent to their existing store. This included installing a new

roof and repairing water damage. Plans have been approved for a wooden façade to go up this fall. The interior and exterior painting of the 6,000 sq. ft. of showroom space and 2,000 sq. ft. warehouse space was done by Pete Leonard of Leonard Painting in Fort Edward. The interior wood detailing however, was a project Carte and his

son, Jeremy, did themselves. “It was pretty exciting diving into this place, shaping it up and making it what we wanted,” said Carte. Custom woodworking was at the core of The Wood Carte’s founding 36 years ago. Today, their store is stocked wall-to-wall with quality wood furniture from

trusted manufacturers, including the largest collection of Amishmade wood furniture in upstate New York. “We’ve always tried to sell products that we’re proud of. We don’t carry anything that we wouldn’t have in our own homes,” said Carte. A rainbow of iconic

Adirondack chairs sits atop the roof and spreads across the lawn in front of their new store, The Wood Carte, Too! Inside, customers can expect to find the traditionally sweet-smelling red cedar chairs, benches and tables. It is an expansive selection of Polywood furniture however, that fills the majority of the space.


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“The climate-controlled aspect of being able to look at these displays is a big plus. It’s a logical extension of The Wood Carte’s offerings. It’s more of what’s good in outdoor furniture,” said Carte. Made from 100 percent recycled bottles, Polywood furniture requires no waterproofing, painting or sealing. It is easy to wash and quick to dry. It won’t crack,

mildew or rot. The newest lines include upholstered cushions for added comfort, as well. “It’s a durable, maintenance-free product that adds to the enjoyment of summer. There’s no downside. We sell products that make people happy – not products that give people headaches,” said Carte. He recalled speaking to a couple recently who have been

enjoying their Polywood outdoor furniture for more than six years. “They still love it. That’s what we want – for people to be completely satisfied,” he said. The Wood Carte, Too! at 1067 Route 9 in Queensbury is open for the summer season Monday – Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


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Healthy Lawns

by Peter Bowden for Saratoga TODAY All spring long we’ve had to mow our lawns at least once a week to keep up with its rapid growth. Like most of you, I’ve been mowing it low to try and gain some time between mowing. When the heat and dryness of summer arrive, we need to adjust our attitude and our mowing height. To help your lawn survive dry summer weather let it get taller…

Gardening #1 - An inch of water once a week.

as tall as your lawn mower will adjust…4” to 5”. If you continue with the low mow, the sun will heat the soil to temperatures that will kill the

roots of your grass. A lawn left long shades the soil. You may like the look of a shorter lawn, but if the soil temperature goes above 85° to 90° for three

consecutive days, the root system dies. Once that happens, you’re looking at a lot of grass seed and a lot of watering in late summer and early fall to repair the lawn There comes a time when you just must water. Traditional wisdom tells us that, for a lawn to remain healthy, it needs an inch of water a week. What you need to know, though, is that the lawn needs that inch of water all at once to get any real benefit from it. Water your lawn heavily then not at all for a week. With a limited amount of water available to most of us, we try and move the sprinkler around the yard to make sure that we get the whole lawn watered at one time without any regard to whether it is getting enough water for more than temporary relief. If you have watering restrictions that

only allow you to water every other day for two hours, let your lawn sprinkler soak one area for the full two hours. When your next watering opportunity arrives, move the lawn sprinkler to the next section and soak it with at least an inch of water. Folks with underground sprinkling systems need to follow the same advice. Set them up to soak one zone each day with an inch of water then do a different zone the next day. By putting an inch of water on the lawn, you’ll be soaking the soil to a depth of 6”. Water at this depth in the soil will not evaporate quickly, and it’s where the roots of the grass are located so it can be absorbed. Quickly spraying the lawn might perk it up briefly but most of that moisture is lost to evaporation and can never penetrate deep into the soil to get to the roots.


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Now Open: The Store at Rebuilding Together Saratoga County

Gardening #2 - Raise your mower blade to its highest setting.

Gardening #3 - Stop the low mow during hot summer weather.

At this point folks will ask, “How long do I need to leave the sprinkler on to put on an inch of water?” Since we all have different lawn sprinklers and water pressure, I can’t answer that question. This is something we must all determine on our own. You simply need to take a small, empty

tuna fish can and place it in the area you’re watering. Don’t shut it off until it is full. Make a mental note of how long it took, and you’ll always know how long your setup takes to put out an inch of water. That’s it. Water deeply then take a break for a week. Thanks for the read.

SARATOGA COUNTY —-The Store is located at 132 Milton Avenue Ballston Spa. Rebuilding Together Saratoga County is a local nonprofit that is committed to providing the repairs needed for low-income homeowners in our community to live in safe and healthy homes. The Store will sell new and gently-used furniture, household goods, and building materials. The proceeds from The Store will help Rebuilding Together Saratoga County underwrite their operations and projects, so they can help even more homeowners in need live in homes that are dry, warm and safe. Michelle Larkin, Founder and Executive Director for Rebuilding

Together Saratoga County, said, “We are thrilled to open The Store in Ballston Spa! This is an incredible opportunity to find new homes for donated building materials

and household goods, while raising additional funding that will help our neighbors have safer and healthier homes. It’s really a winwin for the community.”


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Musicians Create the Beat at the Farmers’ Market

Market Beet Salad Saturdays, 9 to 1 High Rock Park Lincoln Baths


*Ingredients currently available at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market

1. Peel the beets and the shallot. Combine them in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade, and pulse carefully until the beets are shredded; do not puree. (Or grate the beets by hand and mince the shallots; combine.) Scrape into a bowl.

- 1 pound beets* - 1 large shallot* - Salt and freshly ground black pepper - 1 teaspoons honey mustard, or to taste* - 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil* - 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar or other good strong vinegar - Minced parsley, dill, chervil, rosemary or tarragon*

by Courtney Kramer for Saratoga TODAY On a recent Wednesday at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market, Jack Powell and his three-man band the Zucchini Brothers were performing. Powell grinned as a mother and child began tapping their feet to the beats. Then, as the child started to waddle in rhythm with the music and the mother began to video the moment on her cell phone, Powell asked for the name of the child. He received the answer, began improvising and within seconds was singing lyrics interspersed with the lilting syllables of Gi-o-van-ni. Moments like this are part of what make making music at farmers’ markets meaningful to such performers as Powell. For him, the people keep bringing them back.


Running the River by Pattie Garrett

2. Toss with the salt, pepper, mustard, oil and vinegar. Taste, and adjust seasoning. Toss in the herbs, and serve. Serves: 4 Time: 10 minutes Adapted from recipe by Mark Bittman featured in the New York Times.

T&T by Pattie Garrett

“The calendar books six months in advance,” says market director Julia Howard. “I’ve

been booking bands for nearly 15 years and most musicians are all about the money – not so at the farmers’ market. They get so much more.” Howard says that market musicians are generally not paid in cash. Their income comes from tips from customers and donations by market vendors. Singing for one’s supper is rarely seen as a sustainable salary. Still, the musicians call playing farmers’ markets one of the best gigs around. For them, it’s about being a part of a community of healthy eaters as well as a chance to promote their art. Take a typical Saturday morning. As shoppers enter the summer market pavilion at High Rock Park, the sounds of fiddles and male voices harmonizing fill the air. The three-man band Running the River is performing its monthly market gig. A small crowd emerges and soon heads start bobbing,

bodies start swaying, and feet start tapping to the down-home country/folk cadences. The crowd disperses to continue shopping, but then another forms. The ritual continues till the market’s end. About a half hour before the markets close, interns or staff start pulling wagons through the pavilion, collecting donations. Soon, a feast surrounds the musicians: lettuce and cabbage, carrots and squash, cheeses, honey, milk and savory pastries.

The market is all about community and music ties it together,” says Marcie Place of the Chocolate Spoon. Adds Carl Deppe, of Row to Hoe Farm. “It lifts the spirits.” The Saratoga Farmers’ Market is 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays at High Rock Park. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. RiverJackZ: The Zucchini Brothers: Running the River:


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Pop on Over confectioner’s sugar. 7. Serve immediately and enjoy! This recipe may be great with just about any fruit. Try it with fresh raspberries and toasted sliced almonds! Having the correct pan is important to making airy popovers with golden domes. The secret is how the batter lies in the pan. A popover pan is deep with steep-sided wells. This forces the batter upwards creating puffy domes and crispy sides. At Compliments to the Chef located at 46 Marion Avenue in Saratoga Springs, we carry popover pans from Nordicware. The Nordicware pan is made in the U.S.A. The pan is designed to allow maximum airflow so popovers

by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY Hello my Foodie Friends. Summer is a wonderful time to entertain with family and friends. Many times when we have guests coming over or when we are visiting others, deciding on what to serve or bring can be a quest. On a visit to Maine last year, I ventured into a bakery that served strawberry and cream popovers – which Paula and I had to try! The popover featured the typical high-rise crown and was sweet providing a perfect fix to our sweet tooth and midafternoon snack need. Perfect for a summer afternoon, these strawberry and cream popovers might just be my new favorite thing! They’re a nontraditional take on the classic strawberry shortcake—think cream puff meets popover meets strawberries! They are simple and quick to make. Not only do they have a delightfully moist center and a perfectly crisp exterior, the mixture of vanilla pudding and fresh whipped cream is pretty delicious! Paula just made some for our quiet 36th Anniversary at home dinner and we were reminiscing about our wedding. She said remember when you did this! Yep popover smashed in my face and she had devil eyes! I exclaimed ok, now we are even! Truce! Here is how to make it: 1 recipe for vanilla pudding, chilled 1 recipe for popovers, baked + cooled 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup sweetened whipped cream 1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced

confectioners sugar to garnish Ingredients for Popovers 1 ½ tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus softened butter for greasing pans 1 ½ cups flour 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt 3 extra-large eggs, at room temperature 1 ½ cups milk, at room temperature Directions Watch how to make this recipe. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Generously grease aluminum popover pans with softened butter. You’ll need enough pans to make 12 popovers. Place the pans in the oven for exactly 2 minutes to preheat. Meanwhile, whisk together the flour, salt, eggs, milk, and melted butter until smooth. The batter will be

thin. Fill the popover pans less than half full and bake for exactly 30 minutes. 1. Make a batch of vanilla pudding and refrigerate. 2. Make one recipe of popovers and add a teaspoon of vanilla extract and an additional teaspoon of sugar. Using a popover pan, scoop mixture into pans and bake as directed. Let popovers cool on a wire rack. 3. Wash and slice a pint of fresh strawberries and set aside. 4. Whip about a cup of whipping cream with a touch of confectioner’s sugar until it forms soft peaks. 5. Fold together equal parts whipped cream and vanilla pudding – you may have leftover pudding. 6. Lay a couple sliced berries on each popover, add a spoonful of the cream mixture, place a few more sliced strawberries on top and dust with

reach their full height. The next time you are not sure what to pop on over with to visit a friend or a family member, think about a creative popover to serve as a breakfast, snack, or dessert item. Come visit Saratoga Springs’ CTTC, where we have Tools for Cooks! Have fun with family and friends and Pop on over to their house with some delicious treats just to say “Hello” or that “I love you” (also, no face smashing!). Remember my Foodie Friends: “Life Happens in the Kitchen!” Take care, John and Paula

24 BALLSTON SPA 45 Zani Lane, $250,000. James Hastings (by Exec.) sold property to Donald and Janice Nicoll. 290 Scotch Bush Rd., $45,900. Citifinancial Company sold property to Mark Katz. 46 Lancaster Court, $385,595. Traditional Homebuilders and Developers Inc. sold property to Dennis and Jean Heaney. 22 Vienna Court, $430,000. Andrew and Bernadette Hagadorn sold property to Jorge and Emily Flores.

CLIFTON PARK 658 Waite Rd., $342,500. Eivion Williams (as Trustee) sold property to David Danner.

PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS 15 Winding Ridge Ct., $310,000. Noreen Collins sold property to Alice and Anthony Cerone. 3 Woodside Dr., $230,000. Layne Zagorski sold property to Nicholas Lesniak. 7 Pine Tree Place, $240,000. Brian and Lynda Huba sold property to Robert Marx and Heather Brondi. 3 Legends Way, $472,500. Benjamin and Colleen Chase sold property to Daniel and Melissa Boisvert. 7 Mohawk Trail, $205,000. Chad Hill sold property to Evan Butterfield. 945 Riverview Rd., $293,800. Michael and Christine Ironside sold property to Jeffrey and Lisa Markowski.

107 Gloucenter St., $300,000. Phillip and Imelda Browning sold property to Hua Xu and Fan Yang. 1152 Balllston Lake Rd., $140,450. Ballston Realty LLC sold property to Autumn and Alex Sims. 432 Vischer Ferry Rd., $404,000. Michael and Lynn Wood sold property to Wallace Pete and Arvella Tardelli. 10 Esopus Dr., $267,800. Michael and Lindsay Martin sold property to Justin Gould and Laura Murray. 99 Gloucester St., $275,000. Owen and Jennifer Speulstra sold property to Morgan and Annemarie Dillon. 4 Sherman Oaks, $335,000. Ida Sands sold property to Abhinav Jain and Tanya Jajodia.

CHARLTON 1 Marvin Dr., $170,000. Kenneth Bendt, Jr. (by Exec) sold property to Ira Wiley.

CORINTH 51 Eggleston St., $101,750. Terry Hanna sold property to Teri Wood. 12 Depot Rd., $120,000. Jamie, Rhea and Thomas Greene sold property to Nicholas Meers.

6 Creekview Court, $275,000. Shane Crooks sold property to Christopher Kennedy. 21 Wamego Lane, $40,000. Donna Funk, Duane Kruger and Deidre Ostrom sold property to Mathew and Donna Funk. 136 Hollister Rd., $202,000. Penny and Kenneth Winslow, Jr. sold property to Karolyn and Wayne Bashwinger, Jr. County Rte 109, $100,000. James Fasulo sold property to Lisle Eaton, Jr.

Week of July 14 – July 20, 2017 Lauren Parent. 339 Greene Rd., $453,000. LPC Properties LLC sold property to Brian and Patricia Fox. 462 Middle Grove Rd., $204,900. Amanda Bathrick (by Agent) sold property to Elizabeth Sterling. 165 Braim Rd., $539,000. Steven and Claudia Guditus sold property to Michael and Danay Divirgilio.


79 Hunt Lake Rd., $235,000. William and Joan Mahoney sold property to Matthew Stoddard and Karen Borsellino.

10C Pointe West Dr., $266,251. Pointe West Townhomes of Halfmoon sold property to Ryan and Erin Mark.

Vac. Land NYS Route 29, $68,000. Joachim Yakovleff sold property to Christopher Jenkins, Jr.

1 Outlook Dr. North, $350,000. Vincent Fadale sold property to Richard and Layne Zagorski.

GALWAY 2029 Mechanic St., $340,000. Michael and Valerie Burdo sold property to Dylan Hassis. 5274 Jockey St., $372,900. Arthur and Cynthia Benson sold property to Jason and Sarah Leszczynski.

GREENFIELD 375 Plank Rd., $53,000. Sean and Lucy Crotty sold property to Katelyn Mulry. 21 Frasier Rd., $45,000. Robert Bollander sold property to Cartier Construction Co. LLC. 200 Squashville Rd., $400,000. Todd Curtis sold property to

31 Saville Row, $452,233. Legacy Builders LLC sold property to Lindsay and Claudia Hough. 4 Siena Dr., $223,000. Jeffrey and Renee Pomeroy sold property to Steven Paolucci.

MALTA 12 Little Dr., $460,000. William Welsek and Patricia Marengo sold property to Phillip and Carla Keigley. 35 Admirals Way, $533,907. Malta Land Company LLC sold property to Stanley and Monique Antonuk. 1 Rose Court, $406,500. Theresa Laiacona sold property to Alberto and Mildred Aviles.


Week of July 14 – July 20, 2017 12 Sage Court, $540,000. Philip Terry sold property to Romel and Emily Gobunsuy. 1065 Laural Lane, $131,000. Richard Viscusi (by Admin) sold property to Todd and Lisa Harvey. 359 Malta Ave., $127,500. Secretary of Veterans Affairs sold property to H and C Property Holdings LLC. 56 Riley Cove Rd., $475,000. Raymond Walsh, Jr. sold property to Christopher and Patricia Joy. 36 Snowberry Rd., $135,000. Elizabeth Bartlett sold property to Dominick and Christine Marchesiello.

SARATOGA 8 Brown Rd., $249,000. Donna Sheehey sold property to Michael and Angela Breslin. 1036 Route 29, $35,900. Bayview Loan Servicing LLC sold property to Wilame Piteri. 29 Ashleigh Lane, $663,000. Michael and Joanna Davidson (by Agent) sold property to Neil and Nicole Montgomery. 259 Hayes Rd., $114,000. Janice Truax (by Atty) sold property to Richard Harrison. 1132 NYS Route 29, $245,440. William and Dorothy Durrin sold property to Robert and Diana Whalen.

388 Maple Ave., $315,000. Joshua and Jorgeann Ramsdill sold property to Alamgir and Razia Arif. 328 Ballston Ave. #1, $268,040. Kathleen Mahoney sold property to Laura Searle. 33 Joseph St., $803,605. Bonacio Construction Inc. sold property to Mary Decerbo-Coffey. 19 Holly Dr., $217,500. Steven and Claudia Guditus sold property to Christopher Hopkins. 75 Regent St., $225,000. David Littlefield sold property to Mark Gelber and Anne Trainor.


12 Liz Ann Dr., $667,500. Robert Wheeler, Jr. and Seth McGuire sold property to Parker and Jamie Stafford.

40 Knollwood Hollow Terrace, $200,000. Ellen Steadman (by Atty) sold property to Bruce and Sylvia Clark.

74 Adams Rd., $372,000. George and Doreen Gaborow sold property to Alan Draper and Patricia Ellis.

31 Magnolia Dr., $625,500. Matthew and Debra Coleman sold property to Christopher and Kristine Kay.

667 Stark Terrace, $50,000. Lance and Lauren Matter sold property to Lauren Matter.

48 Franklin St., $862,250. Barbara Devivo sold property to Benjamin Rapple, Julia, Richard and Miho Steiber.

5 Thames Way, $750,000. Brent and Linda Wilkes (co-trustees) sold property to Brian and Eileen Venn.


189 South St., $212,500. Matthew and Jessmyn Schwartz sold property to Timothy Schmidt and Ashley Dingeman. 1 Hallak Dr., $257,000. Scott and Melaqnie Dillman sold property to Lacey Rodarte.

MOREAU 152 Reservoir Rd., $22,000. David and Mary Farr sold property to Lindsey and Jared Amadon. 1625 Route 9, $132,500. Thomas and Christine Bushey sold property to Alan Walkup.

NORTHUMBERLAND 34 Robins Run, $166,000. US Bank National Association (as Trustee) sold property to Adam Kurchner and Rebecca Tibbatts.

14 Ellis Ave., Unit D-3, $309,000. Kathleen Edwards (Ind. and as Atty), James Devoe, and Richard Devoe (by Atty) sold property to Steven and Mary Cohen. 47 Catherine St., $120,000. Timothy James sold property to Denise Donlon. 97 East Ave., Unit 205. $310,859. Excelsior East LLC sold property to Shane and Diane Newell. 28 Benedict St., $150,000. DGD Holdings LLC, Matthew and Tracey Dooley. 52 Waterview Dr., $980,000. Robert and Jane Keyser sold property to Michael Donovan and Leslie Brennan.

STILLWATER 165 Meehan Rd., $66,000. Allen Batchelder sold property to Gerard and Mary Hoogkamp. 43 East St., $143,000. Gloria Zullo (by Exec.) sold property to Angelo and Paula Zullo.

WATERFORD 167 Saratoga Ave., $121,960. Wise Endeavors Inc. sold property to Tyler Mabee.

WILTON 7 Maya Dr., $307,000. Kathleen Lindberg-Bozony (as Trustee) sold property to Martin and Elizabeth Gould. 714 Wilton-Gansevoort Rd., $185,000. Dawn Kenny sold

property to Kristyn Allen. 1 White Birch Lane, $255,000. Richard Hartman (by Agent) and Donna Hartman (Ind. and as Agent) sold property to Benjamin and Lynn Harkins. 42 Cider Mill Way, $593,154. Smith Bridge LLC sold property to Daniel and Campbell Peterson. 46 Cider Mill Way, $625,283. Smith Bridge LLC sold property to George and Anne Francolino. 134 Cobble Hill Dr., $620,000. Jennifer Ross sold property to Patrick Kyne. 1 Kings Mills Rd., $245,000. Laura Corbisiero sold property to Gregory Duval and Anna Jolly-Duval.

25 7 Fenimore Place, $375,000. Jeffrey and Margaret Irwin sold property to Lee and Melanie Wishart. 4 Daffodil Dr., $760,647. Floral Estates LLC sold property to Kevin and Linda Breen. 3 Shannon Way, $275,000. Three Log Bridge LLC sold property to Debra Marques-Seaman and Daniel Seaman. 16 Cardiff Circle, $365,000. Andrew and Kimberly Rubino sold property to Joshua and Jorgeann Ramsdill. 33-35 Palmer Terrace, $316,000. John and Theresa Cannone sold property to Michael McCormick and Julie Sygenda.



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The Battle Between Dominant Saratoga Trainers Chad Brown and Todd Pletcher

by Brendan O’Meara for Saratoga TODAY

The Saratoga meet always carries its own momentum and allure based on decades of good, clean fun. In recent past, or indefinitely if we’re being honest, the meet hinges on what horses you want to see run, usually the Kentucky Derby winner and maybe a prime older mare or horse. We cross our fingers and hope against a suspensory ligament that it comes to bear. This year is different and the stakes are higher. Instead of waiting for a particular horse or horses, it’s

a seven-week slugfest between two trainers, not horses: Chad Brown and Todd Pletcher. What was the latest trainer rivalry? Saratoga backstretch neighbors Nick Zito and D. Wayne Lukas in the early to mid-90s? Point being, this trainer battle between Brown and Pletcher at the start of the meet is the best one we’ve seen in decades. Trainer titles get heated throughout the meet. Look no farther than in 2009 when Linda Rice became the first female trainer to win

Always Dreaming #4

Tapwrit. Photo by Chelsea Durand.

nosing out Pletcher on the final day of the meet. Pletcher then went on to rattle off six in a row with Brown nipping at his heels bit by bit each year until finally, in 2016, Brown passed Pletcher and broke the win record in the process. “It really feels like a dream come

true,” said Brown in a 2016 NYRA release. “I’m really just like the lead singer of a band; the people behind me make the music. I’m here right now giving the interview, but I have 150 employees and every single one Continued on next page.

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of them I find to be highly skilled and highly dependable in working as a team. I have several employees who do things that I can’t do and I do some things they can’t do. But we all pitch in and do our job and this is truly a team effort. I’m just a lucky guy to be able to wake up and go to the barn and have them working with me.” Brown did it at age 39, which makes you ask yourself “What the hell have you been doing with your life?” In any case, this will prove to be the heavyweight bout of the meet and it will go on every single day. Not just Saturdays, but Wednesdays, even dark Tuesdays. Don’t ask me how, it just will, because you know these masterminds will be looking at the condition book looking for the best spots for their horses, but also the best spots to beat each other. This narrative started back in Saratoga 2016, and continued through, of all places, the 2017 Triple Crown. • Pletcher won the Derby with Always Dreaming. Punch. • Brown surges to win the Preakness with Cloud Computing. Counter punch. • Pletcher swipes the Belmont with Tapwrit. Haymaker. And the dream of any fan looking at that penultimate Saturday of the meet—Travers Day—is to see all three Triple Crown race winners in the same race (American Pharoah doesn’t count. He just doesn’t.). At the very least, you know Always Dreaming, Cloud Computing and Tapwrit will be on the grounds together, something that was charming back in 2009 when Mine That Bird and Summer Bird had neighboring stalls over in the Stakes Barn and Rachel Alexandra ruled across Union. That potential Travers bout

Cloud Computing.

comes later, if at all. But right from the start, it will be how Brown’s turf horses perform and how precocious Pletcher’s two-year-olds are. The condition book caters, or rather, Brown and Pletcher’s training styles and stock, cater to the condition book. In 2016 Brown had 164* starters to Pletcher’s 149. The Pletcher Industrial Complex started 90 horses on the main track that granted him 23 of his 31 wins. Brown started 46 on the main track and earned 14 wins, but it’s on grass where Brown kicks the ever-living s—t out of the rest of the field. Brown started 118 horses on the turf and earned 26 of his record 40 wins. It’s appropriate to use any and all GTFOs and WTFs when saying those numbers aloud. Spit-takes also welcome. Brown on green is officially the worst bet at Saratoga. He hit the board 56.8 percent of the time on the turf. Death, taxes, Brown on the grasses. For either of these trainers to hold each other off, they’ll have to start from Day 1 until Day 40. • Twenty-16, Pletcher dethroned, looks to regain his crown. • Twenty-16, Brown, supplanted Pletcher in an equine regicide. • Twenty-17, Pletcher won two Triple Crown races, Brown won the other. It’s your classic case of Brown v. Board of Pletchercation. Does it get any better than that? *: Disgusting and by all accounts unbelievable statistics come via Brendan O’Meara is a freelance writer and author of Six Weeks in Saratoga: How ThreeYear-Old Filly Rachel Alexandra Beat the Boys and Became Horse of the Year. He’s also the host of The Creative Nonfiction Podcast.

Jockey Javier Castellano to be Honored at Siro’s Cup Benefit for the Center for Disability Services The 24th annual Newton Plaza & Marini Homes Siro’s Cup to benefit the Center for Disability Services will be held on Thursday, July 20. The fundraising party, held on the eve of opening day at the Saratoga Race Course, begins at 6:30 p.m. at Siro’s Restaurant, 168 Lincoln Avenue, Saratoga Springs. At 7:30 p.m., there will be a presentation to the evening’s honoree, 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 he has received the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey for four consecutive years, 2013 to 2016. The event will welcome many notables from the world of horse racing. Guests will dance to music from The Electric City Horns until 11 p.m. under an open-air tent. The evening includes fine cuisine created especially for Siro’s Cup by the chefs and executive staff of Hunt & Fish Club, Manhattan’s acclaimed steakhouse. Siro’s Cup is held rain or shine. The popular event is a benefit for the Center for Disability Services Foundation, Inc. The

Center is a resource for people of all ages who have disabilities or health related conditions and it provides programs and services often not found anywhere else. The Center has a 75-year history in the Capital Region and beyond. It is known as the place where people get better at life and it provides hope, innovation, and opportunities for

achievement to the individuals and families it serves. Reservations with payment are $125 per person, $1100 for a group of ten, or $150 at the door. Reservations are strongly encouraged. For reservations, go to, text 518Gives to 41444, call 518-944-2125 or email

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Keiser Helps Trainers Prepare Horses for the Saratoga Meet

by Tony Podlaski for Saratoga TODAY Next Friday begins the 154th Saratoga Race Course meet. However, few people realize the amount of

preparation that horsemen, assistants and other backstretch workers do months before the meet even starts. One of those people is Mary Keiser. Each year after spending the winter and early spring at Tampa Bay Downs, Keiser comes back to her second home in Saratoga shortly after the Oklahoma Training Track has opened in late April or early May to help trainers with their horses. Keiser helps various trainers by ponying – a technique used where a horse and its rider lead another horse who may be inexperienced, too young to be ridden, or recovering from an injury – so they are ready to compete during the Saratoga meet. “I help people whose horses are

nervous,” Keiser said. “If the horse is too hard for the [exercise] rider to control, I’ll break them off the breeze and work with them. Some horses get tired of having a rider on its back all of the time. So, I just free-pony with them without a rider.” As part of her work, Keiser uses three retired thoroughbreds, including stakes-winning Trucking Baron, a 25-year-old who had won 19 of 122 races, including two at Saratoga. Because of their calming nature, her horses are ideal for younger horses. “A lot of the 2-year-olds are afraid of the pony,” she added. “I have to practice with them. Otherwise, you will see it in the afternoon when they get loose on the track. They want to go in a different direction. It’s good to school the horses.” Keiser’s involvement in horse racing and working with horses on the backstretch is like others in the industry. She started riding horses in Florida when she was 16 before graduating early from high school and started working at other tracks. Keiser, now 55, came to Saratoga in 1988 and started galloping horses for Sue Sedlacek and Peter Ferial. However, Keiser did not start ponying other horses until 1998 when she saw the need at Aqueduct, then made it her job. “There was really no one around to do that,” she said. “I had so much work in ponying horses, I just decided to do that. I started getting thoroughbreds that nobody wanted and started retraining them.” During her time as rider, Keiser has ponied with champion horses that include Holy Bull when he won the 1994 Travers, two-time Breeders’ Cup Mile Champion Lure who won

the Fourstardave Handicap at the Spa, and Breeders’ Cup Sprint champion Cherokee Run. Some of the horsemen Keiser has been helping include Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito, Leon Blusiewicz, Michelle Nevin, Bruce Brown, Ian Wilkes, Linda Rice, Michael Dilcher, Tom Albertrani, and Kiaran McLaughlin. “A lot of people are up here getting their horses ready for Saratoga,” Keiser said. “I am working with some two-year-olds who are getting ready to run. It’s nice to see that. Everyone gets excited up here where they don’t have to ship their horses to Belmont. They’re home already.” Along with schooling and ponying horses, Keiser spends her afternoons providing magna wave therapy, which is electric-magnetic therapy that helps move the oxygen

through the bloodstream to relieve soreness and promote healing. Three years ago, Keiser started using the magna wave on Dale Roman’s horses, including Keen Ice, who defeated Triple Crown champion American Pharoah in the Travers. Last year, she provided the same therapy on Exaggerator days before he won the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park. “It’s something that’s natural and designed for humans in the beginning,” Keiser said. “It’s a good alternative for horses. I use it on my own ponies. They work as hard as the other horses on the track. Horses need care. I do whatever I can for them. These equines are athletes, and they should get that therapy.” Each day is long for Keiser. It starts at 4:15 a.m. when she arrives on the backstretch to pony horses. By the time she gets back to the barn around 9:30 a.m., she has about an hour to feed and clean her own horses before providing magna wave therapy on other horses through the afternoon. Even with the long hours and intense work, Keiser believes it’s worth it, especially since at Saratoga is her favorite place. “How can it not be my favorite place? I cannot wait to get up here,” she said. “There is the peace and the mountains. It is such a horse-orientated area. I love it up here.”

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Alfred G Vanderbilt Jr..the Dancer and a Statue at Centennial Park

by Joseph Raucci for Saratoga TODAY Where else do I start this story than with Alfred’s great grandfather, a titan of American industry. In the mid nineteenth century, Cornelius Vanderbilt known as “The Commodore” built one of the largest fortunes in the world with a business empire that included both shipping and railroads as its main components. The Grand Central Railroad was its crown jewel. In today’s inflated currency his fortune would be an astounding 100 billion dollars. Alfred’s father was a third generation Vanderbilt. In1915 he had the unfortunate luck of being a passenger along with his personal valet on the British ocean liner Lusitania. Just a few miles off the Irish coast, she was struck by a torpedo launched from a German submarine. Lusitania survived for only eighteen minutes. The legend of Alfred Vanderbilt Sr. was to live on. In this short time, he along with his valet, with no regard for their own lives, proceeded to help others to lifeboats and safety. Then he enacted the ultimate gesture of kindness. He gave his life vest to the mother of a young child. To understand the gravity of this, one must first realize that Vanderbilt could not swim. This was tantamount to sealing his own doom. Honor was an oath to his gentry and he did everything one would expect from this gentleman of a bygone era. He passed into history as Lusitania sank beneath the waves on that fateful day. He was survived by his wife Margaret and three sons. He was only 37 at the time of his death. Alfred Jr was just two years old when he lost his father. He was to

have all the benefits of wealth growing up. Educated at private schools, he then attended Yale University. He was now prepared for adult life. Fortunately for American thoroughbred racing the seeds of his future had been planted long before his days at Yale. His mother Margaret took him to Baltimore’s Pimlico Racetrack for the Preakness Stakes when he was just eleven. That day was to have a profound effect on his life. From that day forward he in his own words stated, “I was hooked.” How many of us felt the same way when our fathers took us to Saratoga Racetrack for the first time? At the age of twenty he was given as a gift from his mother, Sagamore Farm not far from Pimlico, where he bred and raced horses that rivaled any of that era. Racing horses was not enough for Vanderbilt. At the age of twenty-five he took ownership of a racetrack, that being the site of his first day at the races, storied Pimlico. It was here in 1937 where he would use his business sense and sportsman’s qualities to put together this country’s most famous match race. For a purse of fifteen thousand dollars he could get the owners of both The War Admiral, winner of the Triple Crown that spring, and the horse that the American racing public had fallen in love with, none other than Seabiscuit to meet at his track. The rest is cemented in horse racing history and lore. His overseeing of Pimlico was just a training exercise for his next move. America’ greatest racetrack was and still is Belmont Park. That is where he became president and was instrumental in making the transition in 1940 from the old bookmaker style of wagering to pari mutuel betting. America’s entrance into World War Two disrupted his world, as it did so many others who put their lives on the line for our country. As a junior officer, he took command of a PT boat in the Pacific Theatre. His father’s son, he was awarded the Silver Star, one of this nation’s highest awards for gallantry under fire. After the war, it was back to business, that business being “The Sport of Kings”. In the year 1950 the heavens opened and sent him the

greatest gift of his storied life. Alfred’s great stallion Polynesian sired an uncommon grey colored foal from the broodmare Geisha. He was given the whimsical name, Native Dancer. In the horse racing season of 1952, he would dance his way into the hearts of racing fans everywhere. This was at the infancy of television. For the first time America could see their sports heros close up. And “The Dancer” gave them everything they asked for. As a two-year-old, he ran the table. He broke his maiden in his first start, a maiden’s special weight race at old Jamaica Racetrack, easily besting the field. He was on his way. After another easy win at Jamaica, it was on to Saratoga where he destroyed his competition in four consecutive races culminating with an easy win in The Hopeful Stakes on closing day. He finished out his unbeaten season downstate. He was on his way to the stalls of immortality and his three-year-old season would send him there. He started that campaign with easy wins in both the Gotham and then the Wood Memorial. “The Grey Ghost” as he was now fondly called was headed to Churchill Downs with his rider the highly capable Hall of Fame jockey Eric Guerin. They were unbeaten and poised to give Mr. Vanderbilt his much-coveted Kentucky Derby. Fate would have it otherwise. He was to be the victim of a horrible trip that day. Bumped early in the going “The Dancer” went off stride. Guerin quickly straightened him out. Unfortunately, the damage had already been done. The still confident Guerin did everything he could to get him back into the race. The great champion was forced to weave in and out of traffic to make up for lost ground. Despite all of this he could close the gap and bear down on the leader, long shot Dark Star. With each massive stride, he moved closer. At the finish only a head separated him from victory. On a rare occasion, a racehorse will prove his greatness more in losing a race than entering the winner’s circle. It can be said that Native Dancer did exactly that at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday of May in 1953. The racing Gods had spoken. “The

Mr. Vanderbilt. The Grey Ghost in the background

Dancer” would not get the Derby and that meant that Alfred did not get his. Native Dancer was never beaten again. He easily took the last two jewels of the Triple Crown. He made his way to Saratoga where he thrilled a huge crowd in winning that year’s Travers Stakes. He continued his winning ways. And fittingly ended his racing career here at the Spa in1954, when he decimated a three-horse field under 137 pounds and was named Horse of the Year despite having raced only three times in his last campaign. He had won 21 of 22 career starts. If not for horrific luck in the Derby, his claim to have been the greatest thoroughbred of the twentieth century would be a fair evaluation. Mr. Vanderbilt never got another Dancer. If that were even possible. He continued to race horses the rest of his life and served as Chairman of the Board of the New York Racing Association for four years from1971 to 1975. He passed

away in 1999 at the age of 87. Since then he has been enshrined in The Hall of Fame as a Pillar of the Turf, a title reserved for those with the most outstanding contributions to thoroughbred racing. A most fitting tribute. The City of Saratoga Springs was the August residence of Alfred Vanderbilt for much of his adult life. He certainly has left his mark here. His name is visible on street signs and an apartment complex. Native Dancer resides high on the list of Hall of Fame members at the National Museum of Racing here on Union Avenue. As you walk up this enchanted street to the onset of Congress Park you will see a beautiful equine statue in a scenic area known as Centennial Park. The statue is highlighted by water spouting fountains and an array of flowers. It was donated by Mary Lou Whitney and her husband John Hendrickson. The name of the horse, the immortal “Native Dancer.”

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Opening Weekend At Saratoga Race Course To Feature SARATOGA SPRINGS, — Racing fans will be greeted by a series of exciting new attractions, perennial-favorite events and world-class thoroughbred racing when they return to the Spa for opening weekend of the 2017 racing season at Saratoga Race Course, Friday, July 21 through Monday, July 24. The 2017 season will get underway July 21 with gates opening at 11 a.m. Post time for the first race is 1 p.m. Grandstand admission is $5 and clubhouse admission is $8. Limited reserved seating in the clubhouse and reserved tables in the Miller Lite Picnic Paddock and Fourstardave Sports Bar are currently available for Opening Weekend through www. Saratoga season admission passes are currently available for purchase online at www.NYRA. com/Saratoga and in-person at nearly 160 Stewart’s Shops locations. Clubhouse admission passes are available in limited quantities. “Saratoga Race Course is a special place and we are pleased to continue to invest in this historic property to provide an enhanced experience for the greatest fans in racing,” said NYRA CEO and President Chris Kay. “These

continued improvements reflect NYRA’s commitment to cultivate and grow new generations of fans, and we look forward to another tremendous season at Saratoga.” Opening weekend will feature five graded stakes, including the traditional Grade 3 Schuylerville for two-year-old fillies on Opening Day. The meet’s first Grade 1 event, the Diana, will be run on Saturday, July 22. The action will continue on Sunday with the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks for threeyear-old fillies. The 2017 season will be marked by the Saratoga debut of NYRA XP, a new app that will enable fans to personalize and navigate their on-track experience through their mobile device. Fans who download NYRA XP will be able to learn about upcoming events, purchase tickets, find their seat location, bet through NYRA Bets, live stream races and customize their viewing experience from various camera locations, conduct wayfinding activities and, later in the meet, order food from on-track concessions and purchase reserved parking. “We are excited to introduce these mobile-based options for our fans,” said New York Racing Association Senior Vice President and Chief Experience Officer

Lynn LaRocca. “By combining all elements of recent technology upgrades, including NYRA Bets and NYRA Now, our new NYRA XP app will serve as a one-stopshop that aggregates everything a fan needs right at their fingertips.” Guests in attendance for Opening Weekend will be treated to many capital improvements and upgrades, including a revitalized playground area offering families a smoke- and alcoholfree interactive play area near the Reserved Seats Box Office and the Berkshire Bank Saratoga Pavilion. New features of the Saratoga Family Zone include: an oval multi-lane running track surrounding the playscape, a miniature replica starting gate, a “selfie” photo station, spring horses and educational panels designed to teach children about the life of a race horse. Surrounded by trees, televisions showing the races and adjacent to the horse path, this area will welcome families with young children to run and play while parents relax. The playground area will also be available as a hospitality space for various special events, including children’s birthday parties. A number of infrastructure upgrades will be evident, including a series of enhancements to the historic paddock mutuel building, which now features a new slate roof and rafters. The improvements are designed to ensure the continued preservation of the

historically-significant building, which was built in 1902 and originally used as a saddling shed during inclement weather. Fans will also be welcomed by a new elevator in the grandstand to provide guests with easy and convenient access to the facility’s upper level. The elevator will complement the new Clubhouse escalator, which was introduced last season. This year’s enhancements to the facility bring the total amount of capital improvements at Saratoga Race Course to $29 million since 2013. Activities and events during Opening Weekend at Saratoga Race Course include:

• The inaugural Friday edition of Taste NY: Craft Beer, which offers guests a selection of New York craft beers available for sampling on Opening Day and each consecutive Friday of the meet. Fans will be able to sample five craft beers for $5 at the Berkshire Bank Saratoga Pavilion from noon to 5 p.m. • The Saturday debut of Taste NY: Food and Artisans, a lively on-track market where guests can sample and shop food and crafts in the Berkshire Bank Saratoga Pavilion from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will for the first time expand to two days, having previously been held only on Sundays. The market will be held each Saturday and Sunday of the 2017 meet. The events will be complemented by handicapping tutorials and racing tips from the Bets Squad, as well as the opportunity to learn more about NYRA Bets and NYRA XP. • On Sunday, fans will enjoy the first giveaway of the season - a red and white Saratoga baseball cap, presented by Saratoga Casino Hotel. All giveaways are free with paid admission, while supplies last. Season pass and season ticket plan holders are guaranteed a Saratoga premium giveaway item on the day of the giveaway contingent on the following: Season pass or season ticket plan holders must be in attendance at Saratoga Race Course, enter through the designated season ticket and pass

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New Attractions And Returning Favorites For 2017 Season holder lines and redeem the giveaway by 3 p.m. Redemptions will begin when gates open to the general public. • The 26th annual Hat Contest, presented by Hat Sationa! by DEI, on Sunday, July 23. Participants are invited to compete in three distinct categories: Uniquely Saratoga; Fashionably Saratoga; and Kreative Kids. Registration for the Hat Contest will begin at noon under the grandstand. The competition will take place after the second, third and fourth races on the track apron for the chance to win a variety of prizes provided by Hat Sationa! by DEI. • Berkshire Bank Family Mondays, held each Monday of the meet at the Berkshire Bank Saratoga Pavilion from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. All kid-friendly games and activities, including the opportunity to pet a retired thoroughbred, are free of charge, with the exception of one designated activity which carries a suggested donation to benefit a local school or PTA. The beneficiary of the first Monday of the season is Brown School in Schenectady. Guests can also enjoy Breakfast at Saratoga, presented by the B95.5 FM Breakfast Club, held daily (except Travers Day), during which fans are invited to enjoy breakfast on The Porch of the Clubhouse while the thoroughbreds train on the main

track. Breakfast is held from 7 to 9:30 a.m. and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The morning buffet is available for $18.50 for adults and $10.25 for kids. Mornings at Saratoga also welcome fans to go behind the scenes with a free, guided backstretch tram tour. Tram tours begin at 7:30 a.m. and depart from the Clubhouse entrance approximately every 15 minutes through 9 a.m. Tours are available on a firstcome, first-served basis and are 45 minutes in length. The New York Racing

Association reminds guests to allot extra time for arrival due to security screening at the admission gates. Coolers are not permitted inside the building or clubhouse at any time. Coolers no larger than 12” x 18” are permitted on the trackside apron and Top of the Stretch and must be kept off seats and out of aisles. Coolers are subject

to search by NYRA security at any time. Guests are reminded that these policies will be strictly enforced. The 2017 summer meet at Saratoga Race Course begins on Friday, July 21 and concludes on Labor Day, Monday, September 4. For more information about Saratoga Race Course, visit Saratoga.

First giveaway Sunday, July 23.

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The 2017 Saratoga Race Course 26TH ANNUAL HAT CONTEST PRESENTED BY HAT SATIONA! BY DEI: Sunday, July 23


The “crowning” achievement of opening weekend, visitors will go head-to-head for prizes in the annual Hat Contest. Categories will include one designated for children, one for the most fashionable millinery and one for the most creative headwear. The contests will take place after the second, third and fourth races of the afternoon. Prizes are provided by Hat sationa! by DEI.

Saratoga Race Course will pay tribute to active military members and veterans in appreciation of their sacrifice and service to our nation. The Berkshire Bank Saratoga Pavilion will feature exhibits and activities throughout the day. All veterans and active duty military will receive free Grandstand admission with military ID.

TASTE NY: FOOD & ARTISANS: Every Sunday beginning July 23

TASTE NY: CIDER, WINE & SPIRITS: Every Thursday beginning July 27

Taste NY: Food & Artisans is a lively on-track market of numerous food and artisan vendors featuring products made exclusively in New York State. The market will be held each Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Berkshire Bank Saratoga Pavilion. Guests will also have the opportunity to learn about NYRA Bets and the all-new NYRA XP mobile app. BERKSHIRE BANK FAMILY MONDAYS: Every Monday beginning July 24 The Berkshire Bank Family Mondays series will feature a wide variety of family-friendly activities, games, attractions and educational activities each Monday of the meet from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Berkshire Bank Saratoga Pavilion.

Taste NY: Cider, Wine & Spirits will allow guests the opportunity to sample varietals of cider, wine and spirits from numerous New York State distilleries and wineries. Live music will accompany the tasting each Thursday of the meet from noon to 5 p.m. in the Berkshire Bank Saratoga Pavilion. Guests will enjoy five samples for $5. Must be 21 years or older to participate. TEQUILA & TACO THURSDAYS: Every Thursday beginning July 27 Each Thursday of the season, guests will enjoy specials on margaritas and tacos at The Post, as well as live flamenco guitar performances following the day’s final race.

COLLEGE & ALUMNI DAY: Friday, July 28 This year’s College & Alumni Day will feature the first-ever College & Alumni Handicapping Tournament at the Spa. 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. Advance registration is required to participate in the tournament. Special group rates are available. To register your group of 10 or more, email Registration deadline is July 21.



Saratoga Race Course will unite with racetracks across the country on Saturday with autograph signings and photo opportunities as part of the Permanently Disabled Jockeys’ Fund (PDJF) Day Across America.

The Grade 1, $1.2 million Whitney, a “Win and You’re In” qualifier for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, will pair with the Grade 1, $500,000 Test for 3-year-old fillies, and the Grade 3, $200,000 Fasig-Tipton Waya for turf fillies and mares on the first “must-see” card of the meet. Also on Saturday are two additional turf stakes: the $100,000 Fasig-Tipton Lure and the $100,000 Fasig-Tipton De La Rose for fillies and mares.

CELEBRATE IRISHAMERICAN DAY: Wednesday, August 2 Saratoga will bring racing fans extra luck during IrishAmerican Day. The day-long celebration of culture and heritage will feature traditional Irish music, dance, food and entertainment at the Berkshire Bank Saratoga Pavilion from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

JOCKEY LEGENDS DAY: Sunday, August 6 Some of the greatest riders in the history of thoroughbred racing will gather at Saratoga Race Course for the fourth annual Jockey Legends Day. The day’s activities will feature special appearances by some of the Spa’s most accomplished riders and autograph signings.

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Events and Happenings SARATOGA CHALLENGES: Wednesday, August 9 & Thursday, August 10 The pair of live money challenges will occur as two separate one-day contests and will guarantee a minimum first place payout of $10,000, as well as awarding entries to the 2018 Belmont Stakes Challenge (1) and the National Handicapping Championship (2) to the top three finishers, based on selection by order of finish. Both challenges will consist of wagering exclusively on Saratoga races through the following pools only: Win, Place, Show, Exacta, Quinella, and Trifecta. The entry fee into either challenge is $1,000, with a maximum number of entries at two per day, per person. For more information about the Saratoga Challenges, visit https://www. ny r a . c om / s ar ato g a / r a c i ng / saratoga-challenge. CELEBRATE BREW CENTRAL NY DAY: Wednesday, August 9 The day-long event in the Berkshire Bank Saratoga Pavilion will feature activities, exhibits and entertainment which showcase the renaissance of craft beer, hard cider, spirits and wine in Central New York and celebrate the region’s history as a prominent hops producer. Guests will enjoy five samples for $5. Must be 21 years or older to participate. FABULOUS FILLIES DAY: Thursday, August 10 Saratoga Race Course will celebrate women and their contributions to the thoroughbred industry while raising funds to support The Breast Cancer Research Foundation on Fabulous Fillies Day. The centerpiece of the day will be the Sizzling Hot Pink Saratoga Hat Luncheon, presented by Vineyard Vines, beginning with an elegant champagne reception hosted by Moet& Chandon, and featuring gifts provided by Spa Mirbeau. This year’s luncheon will honor Sheila Rosenblum of Lady Sheila Stable.

CELEBRATE ADIRONDACKS DAY: Wednesday, August 16 Saratoga Race Course will highlight the majestic Adirondacks region, including the home of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics, Lake Placid. The day-long event at the Berkshire Bank Saratoga Pavilion will feature activities, exhibits and entertainment which showcase the great attractions of the Adirondacks in upstate New York. LUSTGARTEN FOUNDATION DAY: Saturday, August 19 Saratoga will honor the legacy of trainer Dominic Galluscio with a day to benefit The Lustgarten Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to advance scientific and medical research related to pancreatic cancer. The day will feature an autograph session with various Saratoga trainers. CELEBRATE FIRST RESPONDERS APPRECIATION DAY: Wednesday, August 23 Saratoga Race Course will honor police officers, firefighters, EMTs and paramedics during First Responders Appreciation Day. The Berkshire Bank Saratoga Pavilion will feature exhibits and activities throughout the day. All first responders will receive free Grandstand admission with proper ID.

STEWART’S ICE CREAM EATING CONTEST: Wednesday, August 23 Racing fans will compete in the ultimate in chilly contests at the annual Stewart’s Ice Cream Eating Contest. Contestants will be divided into three age groups – kids, teens and adults – as they battle to see who can eat a pint of ice cream the fastest. Saratoga season passes are currently on sale at nearly 160 Stewart’s Shops locations. NEW YORK SHOWCASE DAY: Friday, August 25 Travers weekend will kick off with New York Showcase Day, featuring six stakes races exclusively for New York-breds, including the $250,000 Albany for 3-year-olds and the $150,000 West Point, presented by Trustco Bank, on the turf. TRAVERS DAY: Saturday, August 26 The 148th running of the $1.25 million Travers will be the centerpiece of a supercharged Travers Day. Joining the Mid-Summer Derby for 3-year-olds will be five other Grade 1 stakes: the $1 million Sword Dancer Invitational at 1 ½ miles on the turf, the $500,000 Ballerina for filly and mare sprinters, the $600,000 Forego at seven furlongs, the $500,000 H. Allen

Jerkens Memorial, formerly known as the King’s Bishop, for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs, and the $700,000 Personal Ensign for fillies and mares going 1 1/8 miles. Rounding out the blockbuster card is the Grade 2, $400,000 Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa for turf fillies and mares. CELEBRATE ITALIANAMERICAN DAY: Wednesday, August 30 The charm and spirit of Italy will come trackside when Saratoga Race Course hosts ItalianAmerican Day. The day-long celebration of Italian culture and heritage will feature traditional Italian music, dance, food, entertainment and games at the Berkshire Bank Saratoga Pavilion from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

FAN APPRECIATION WEEK: Wednesday, August 30-Monday, September 4 The New York Racing Association will thank its most loyal fans, season pass and season ticket holders, with an exclusive series of special events, activities and offers during closing week of the 2017 season at Saratoga Race Course. CLOSING DAY: Monday, September 4 The 2017 meet will come to a close with the traditional final feature race, the 113th running of the Grade 1, $350,000 Hopeful for 2-year-olds, which affords racing fans a preview of potential standouts in next year’s Triple Crown series and Travers.

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Saratoga 150 Committee Announces New Inductees to the

“Hoofprints Walk Of Fame” At Saratoga Race Course

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga 150 Committee today announced the two newest inductees to the Hoofprints Walk of Fame at Saratoga Race Course: memorable filly Molly Brant and champion horse Sun Briar. Modeled after the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Hoofprints

Walk of Fame was installed outside the clubhouse gates to Saratoga Race Course in 2013 in conjunction with the sesquicentennial celebration of the first organized race meeting in Saratoga Springs. The Hoofprints Walk of Fame honors the most prolific and notable horses to

compete at Saratoga Race Course during its illustrious history. The additions of Molly Brant and Sun Briar bring the total number of inductees to 38. The bronze plaques prominently feature the thoroughbred’s name alongside the names of its sire, dam, owner, trainer, and jockey. The plaques also feature the horse’s year of birth and signature wins at Saratoga Race Course. “We are delighted to welcome these two worthy new additions to the outstanding class of thoroughbreds who make up the Hoofprints Walk of Fame at Saratoga Race Course,” said Saratoga 150 Honorary Chair John Hendrickson, who conceptualized the project in conjunction with the Saratoga 150 committee. “These equine athletes are certainly to be credited for the excitement and thrill that make a day at the races so enticing

and memorable. The Hoofprints Walk of Fame honors the real stars of the sport while providing a unique and educational retrospective of our history.” Owned by Sanford Stud of Amsterdam, NY, Molly Brant was trained by H.H. Hyner and W. Hayward and ridden by George Odom. Her memorable wins include the Adirondack in 1902; the Saranac in 1903; the Delaware, Champlain and Merchants and Citizens in 1904; and the Delaware again in 1905. Owned by W.S. Kilmer, Sun Briar was trained by Henry McDaniel and ridden by Willie Knapp. His memorable wins include the Hopeful, Saratoga Special and Grand Union in 1917; the Travers and Delaware in 1918; and the Champlain in 1919. The selection committee consists of National Museum of Racing Librarian Allan Carter,

racing historian and author Ed Bowen, and turf columnist Michael Veitch. “It is an honor for the Hoofprints Walk of Fame to welcome Molly Brant and Sun Briar to the list of thoroughbreds who have made a historic mark at Saratoga Race Course,” said Veitch. Horses are considered for the Hoofprints Walk of Fame based on their accomplishments in major stakes races at Saratoga Race Course, throughout its history of more than 150 years. The selection committee considers additional horses for the Walk of Fame on an annual basis. Among the notable thoroughbreds inducted to the Walk of Fame include Affirmed, Man o’ War, Native Dancer and Secretariat. For more information about Saratoga Race Course, visit www.

Week of July 14 – July 20, 2017


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Woodcarvers Wanted We are looking for anyone interested in joining us, from beginners to experience 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 , 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. phone 518-885-6740. Visit the Ballston Area Senior Citizen’s web page: www. 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.

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 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 or email Ceremony and Luncheon to Commemorate the End of the Korean War A ceremony and luncheon, for Ch. 60 of the Korean War Veterans Association, will be held on Thursday, July 27, to commemorate the end of the Korean War. The ceremony will take place at the Korean War Memorial, Crandall Park, at 11 a.m. Immediately following the short ceremony, the luncheon will be held at the Ambrosia Restaurant, just off Exit 19 of the Northway. Hosts will be Gene and Patti Slavin. For reservations, please call the Slavins at 518-793-2358 by July 25. All servicemen who served

anywhere during the Korean War or in Korea at any time, spouses, widows, relatives and friends are welcome to attend. New members are always welcome. For further information or for an application to join the organization, please contact Comm. Roger Calkins at 518-584-3037. Ameranouche Live at Stoney Creek Inn Coming Live, from New Hampshire, the Gypsy Flamenco Swing combo, Amercanouche will be performing on July 28 at Stony Creek Inn, 6 Roaring Branch Rd., Stony Creek at 6 p.m. Featuring two European designed and built acoustic jazz guitars and an upright bass, and is a winner of the “Best of New Hampshire Acoustic Act“ award as well as being veterans of the famed Newport Jazz Festival. This rip-roaring ensemble is a super-force of hot acoustic Gypsy inspired music, mixing flamenco, bebop, Philly soul, traditional Turkish and jazz swing influences, producing music that is rhythmic, vigorous, passionate and elegant. Dinner reservations are recommended, available by phone 518-696-2394. 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 AfroCuban cadences and jazzy modern standards. Included will 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

Week of July 14 – July 20, 2017 will leave Wilton Mall at 11 a.m. Tickets on sale now, first come, first serve. Tickets are non-refundable. Game time is 4 p.m. Contact Pete Healy at 518-421-2956. The Health, History, and Horses Charity Gala The Ladies of Charity, Saratoga Vicariate request the pleasure of your company at our Gala to support our community charity programs. The Gala will be held on Thursday, August 17 from 6 – 9 p.m. at Longfellow’s Restaurant located at 500 Union Ave. in Saratoga Springs. There will be live music, complimentary beer and wine the first hour, hot and cold food stations and cash bar reception. There will be a silent auction and 4 Seasons Basket Raffle. Tickets are $70 per person. Please RSVP by August 5 to Carol Leone, 19 Alydar Court, Saratoga Springs NY 12866 or call 518-584-7496. 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 Printed forms will also be available at the Village of Ballston Spa Office, 66 Front Street and should be mailed to: 2017 Beautification Awards, c/o BSBPA, PO Box 386, Ballston Spa, NY 12020. All nominations should be made by September 8, 2017. Bus Tour to New York Botanical Gardens A bus tour to the New York Botanical Gardens on September 15 is open to the public. The tour is sponsored by District IV of the Federated Garden Clubs of NYS (FGCNYS). The highlight of the visit will be twenty breathtaking works of glass art by Dale Chihuly on display throughout the gardens. The cost of the tour includes transportation, admission to the gardens, and dinner in Kingston on the way back.

Buses leave from Queensbury and Wilton. The price is $94 for members of the FGCNYS; $99 for non-members. For more information, contact or call 518-587-3085. Taste of Showcase A special “Taste of Showcase” preview is scheduled for Friday, September 15 from 5 – 10 p.m. featuring food samplings from area chefs along with local beer and wine tastings. A limited number of tickets for this evening will be available and more information about this event regarding location and ticket prices will be announced at a later date. Bus Trip to the Bronx Zoo Notre Dame Visitation Church is sponsoring a bus trip to the Bronx Zoo on Saturday, September 16. Bus leaves Wilton Mall 6 a.m. and returns approximately 8:30 p.m. Adults cost $75 and children ages 12 & under cost $65. To reserve your tickets, please contact Anne Cadwallader at 518-695-6787 or Darlene Bolduc 518-695-6743. This is a fundraiser for the Church renovation. The 2017 Saratoga Showcase of Homes Celebrating 22 years of exceptional homes, this annual fall tradition will once again run over three beautiful weekends this September 16-17, 23-24 and 30-October 1. This year will have a total of 17 new home locations on display in Saratoga County. Tickets to visit all these homes will still only be $20. For more information visit www. Feast of the Fields 2017 This year Feast will be held Thursday, September 21 from 5:30-9 p.m. at Saratoga National Golf Club. It promises to be a fun-filled, delicious evening featuring top chefs preparing small plates from fresh ingredients harvested by local farms, along with enticing products and drinks from local producers. Our theme this year is a classic fall staple–squash. For more information visit our website http://www.saratogaplan. org/whats-new/upcomingevents/feast-of-the-fields/.

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Week of July 14 – July 20, 2017 Marika at 518-792-8299 or the church at 518-792-2359.

Saturday, July 15 Tang Family Saturdays

Family Friendly Event

Friday, July 14 Annual Garage and Bake Sale Galway United Methodist Church, Corner of Rte. 147 and CR 45, Galway, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 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 also be held on Saturday, July 15 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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

8th Adirondack Greek Festival St. George Church, 55 Main St., South Glens Falls, Noon to 9 p.m. Greek food, pastries, folk dancers, live music, souvenirs, kids’ activities, and church tours. This event is also on Saturday, July 15, noon – 9 p.m. Free admission and parking. OPA! For more information, call

Tang Teaching Museum, Skidmore College, 815 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, Noon – 4 p.m. 4th Annual Frances Day - Enjoy food, music, tours, and artmaking. No registration required for this event. 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.

LuLaRoe Party Fundraiser Henry Cornell Post 234 , American Legion Auxiliary, 23 Pleasant St., Ballston Spa, 2 – 6 p.m. All are welcome to attend this event. LuLaRoe is leggings, dresses, skirts and tops.

Annual Giffy’s Bar-B-Q Fundraiser South Glens Falls United Methodist Church, 15 Maplewood Parkway, South Glens Falls, 4 – 6 p.m. 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. Presale tickets are available at our church office from 8:30 – 12:30 Monday through Friday or from church members.

Summer Smorgasbord Malta Ridge United Methodist Church, 729 Malta Avenue Extension, Malta Ridge, 4 – 6:30 p.m. The menu will feature assorted hot and cold dishes with Stewart’s “Make-Your-Own-Sundae” for dessert. Eat-in or take-out. 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.

Sunday, July 16 Breakfast Buffet Saratoga-Wilton Elks, 1 Elks Lane, Rt. 9, Saratoga Springs,

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

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

Family Fun Day Community Alliance Church, 257 Roland St., Ballston Spa, 12:30 p.m The public is invited to join us for some food, music, games and fun for the whole family. All are welcome. For more information call 518-885-6524.

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 Skippy and the Pistons.

Monday, July 17 Madness of Motion The Children’s Museum of Saratoga, 69 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 1 – 3 p.m. Allow your school-age children between 6 and 9 years old to explore the science behind motion, gravity and their favorite roller coasters as they experiment while building roller coasters out of foam pipe insulation and

marbles. For more information call 518-584-5540.

Malta Summer Concert Series

Tuesday, July 18

Malta Community Center, One Bayberry Dr., Malta, 6 – 8 p.m. Big Fez and the Surfmatics 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 518899-4411 or www.MaltaParksRec. com for further details.

Uncover Your Hidden Beliefs Workshop Woodlawn Commons,156 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs. 6:30 p.m. Long-held beliefs that are entrenched in your subconscious affect your experience in life. In this workshop, attendees will be challenged to unearth their unconscious beliefs and replace them with life-affirming ones. Suggested donation is $20. Hosted by, Albany-Saratoga Spiritual Adventures. For more information, visit or call 518-366-9918.

Wednesday, July 19 Guided Mindful Meditation Saratoga Springs Public Library, Susman Room, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Take a break from the daily grind and clear your mind with guided Mindful Meditation led by professionals from One Roof Holistic Health Center. Sessions are free and open to the public, and will be held on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 518-5847860 ext. 205.

9th Annual Taste of Malta Hudson Valley Community College’s TECSMART, 345 Hermes Rd., Malta. 5:30 – 7:30 p.m A variety of Malta, NY area restaurants will be serving samples of their best fare. There will be a 50/50 raffle, an ‘Adirondack Fundraising Tree’, PLUS a Grand Prize that will have you enjoying 12 local restaurants for a year. You may pre-register and pay online at www.maltabpa. com or pay at the door. Cost is $15 for all you can eat. $5 for ages 6 – 12 and 5 and under are free. Proceeds from this event support the Ballston Spa Partnership for Innovation in Education Fund.

Brain Circus with Marvelous Marvin Hubbard Hall, 25 E. Main St. Cambridge. 6:30 p.m. Marvelous Marvin’s Brain Circus begins with a rhyming overture about brain health and its links with exercise and reading. Then we join the circus and feel our brains grow. We learn circus skills: juggling props, balancing sticks, spinning plates, flip-andflyers, hula hoops, rhythm sticks, and romper stompers. Free.

Thursday, July 20 Public Tour at the Tang The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Noon. A series of free public tours this summer on Thursdays through August 24. This week is the: Curator’s Tour with Assistant Director for Curatorial Affairs Rachel Seligman of current exhibitions. All tours are free and open to the public. For more information, call 518-580-8080 or visit

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

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SPAC Hosts Richard Rogers Tribute at Annual Gala SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Performing Arts Center hosted its annual Ballet Gala on Saturday, July 8. The fundraiser supports the residency of the New York City Ballet. The theme of this year’s party, “The Rhythm of Romance, A Tribute to Legendary Broadway Composer Richard Rodgers,” is a nod to the works on the program

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which are all ballets set to music by the iconic composer. The event included a gourmet dinner, an elegant lawn party hosted by SPAC’s Junior Committee, and a performance by the New York City Ballet staging “Thou Swell” (Martins/Rodgers); “Carousel” (Wheeldon/Rodgers) and “Slaughter on Tenth Avenue” (Balanchine/Rodgers).

Elizabeth Sobol, president and CEO of SPAC, on stage at the venue on July 8, 2017.

New York City Ballet on stage July 8, 2017.

Kendra and Daniel Rubin, Ed and Nichole McMinara and Nick Faso.

Samantha Ingalls, Karen DuPlessis, Julie Vachon and Ingrid Hohenfrost.

Kathryn Grabowski, Caroline Grabowski, Jennifer Kercull and president of the SPAC Junior committee Samantha Kercull.


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Trio Brings the Noise to Caroline Street Sunday SARATOGA SPRINGS — Desertion Trio is the newest project from intrepid Philadelphia-based guitarist/ composer Nick Millevoi, whose resume includes a sting with

John Zorn, exploring the sonic space between Neil Young’s expansive work with Crazy Horse, late 60s free jazz, and the NY Downtown scene. The band, on an east coast

tour, will perform 8 p.m. at One Caroline on Sunday, July 16. A video of Desertion Trio featuring Wilco’s Nels Cline may be viewed at: watch?v=Q-RIcNSS3PA

Saratoga Shakespeare Presents “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “The Winter’s Tale”

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 14: Poet Vijay Seshadri (Pulitzer Prize, 3 Sections) and Novelist Adam Braver (Misfit, 1963, Crows over the Wheatfield).

Monday, July 17: Memoirist Margo Jefferson (Negroland) and Poet Peg Boyers (To Forget Venice, Hard Bread, Honey With Tobacco). Tuesday, July 18: NovelistMemoirist Mary Gordon (The Shadow Man, Pearl) and poet Tom Healy (What the Right Hand Knows).

Wednesday, July 19: Poet Charles Simic (The Lunatic: Poems, Hotel Insomnia) and Novelist-Poet Victoria Redel (Loverboy, The Border Of Truth). Thursday, July 20: Novelist Russell Banks (The Darling, Affliction, The Lost Memory of Skin) and Poet Chase Twichell (Dog Language)

Cover Me: Recreating Jerry Garcia

The Saratoga Shakespeare Company will stage “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Tuesday, July 18 -Saturday, July 29, and “The Winter’s Tale” Tuesday, Aug. 1 Saturday, Aug. 5. All performances take place in Congress Park on the Alfred Z. Solomon Stage at 6 pm. Admission is free of charge.

The Garcia Project.

COHOES — The Garcia Project – whose performances are based on actual set lists performed by The Jerry Garcia Band – will perform Sept. 15 at the Cohoes Music Hall.

The band’s shows are classic recreations of a Jerry Garcia Band set list from 1976 to 1995 with precise arrangements and instrumentation. Tickets are $25 general admission

dance floor, and $22 seated floor and balcony. Tickets are on sale by phone at 518-465-4663, at the Palace Theatre Box Office (19 Clinton Ave. Albany) or online at

The Rochmon Record Club will host a listening party featuring Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours,” at Caffe Lena on Tuesday, July 18. A $5 donation is suggested which goes to the restoration funds of Caffe’ Lena and Universal Preservation Hall.

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1980s “Debutante of the Decade” to be Honored Hubbard Hall Center for The Arts and Education Hosts “Miscast Cabaret” at Canfield Casino for Equine Rescue Efforts SARATOGA SPRINGS — Cornelia Guest, Jeff Gural and retired Kentucky Congressman Ed Whitfield will be honored at Equine Advocates 16th Annual Awards Dinner & Charity Auction, on Aug. 3 at the Canfield Casino in Congress Park. Cornelia Guest will honored by Equine Advocates with the Safe Home Equine Protection Award for her rescue of slaughter-bound equines and her work and outspoken views to end horse slaughter. The event, which takes place Thursday, Aug. 3 at Saratoga’s historic Canfield Casino, marks the 16th year of Equine Advocates’ annual Saratoga gala. Guest, who currently appears on Showtime’s return of “Twin Peaks,” spent many of her summers as a child in Saratoga. She is the daughter of the late polo champion, Winston Frederick Churchill Guest and the late socialite, Lucy,

“C.Z.” Douglas Cochran. An accomplished equestrian from a very young age, Guest recently established the Artemis Farm Rescue in New York State where she provides sanctuary for the horses and donkeys she saves. “Equine Advocates does such incredible inspiring work and it’s such an honor to get an award from them,” said Guest, in a statement. “As a young child, I always had such empathy and devotion to any and all animals, but especially my beloved horses. I’ve dedicated my adult life to rescuing and working with them and I truly believe in living a cruelty-free life. Horses have given me such joy throughout the years and even now, with my work rescuing equines through Artemis Farm Rescue, I’ve had the opportunity to give back to the animals I’ve always loved so much.” Also being honored is Jeff Gural, a driving force in keeping

trainers suspected of using illegal performance enhancing drugs and dealers trying to sell horses to slaughter out of his three racetracks, The Meadowlands, Vernon Downs and Tioga Downs. Congressman Ed Whitfield of Kentucky, who served in the House of Representatives from 1995 – 2016, will receive a Special Lifetime Achievement Award for his tireless work and dedication to the protection of horses. He has been a staunch opponent of horse slaughter, horse soring and all forms of equine cruelty both personally and throughout his years in Congress where he fought hard to prevent equine abuse. The evening includes a cocktail hour, silent and live auctions, gourmet dinner, award presentations and a live performance by the country band, Skeeter Creek. General tickets are $250 per person. For more information, call 518- 392-0175, or visit:

Lake Theatre 50th Season Opens July 20 LAKE GEORGE — The Lake Theatre will present “Something Old and Something New” for its 50th Season at its summer residence at the Holiday Inn Resort in Lake George. The season kicks off with the classic Neil Simon comedy, “Last of the Red Hot Lovers” directed by Brenny Rabine on July 20 and runs through Sept. 2. For something new, The Lake Theatre presents the regional premiere of the new

comedy “The Great Kooshog Lake Hollis McCauley Fishing Derby” by Norm Foster, who has been called “The Canadian Neil Simon.” The show runs from Sept. 14 to Oct. 21. Beef, chicken, fish and pasta entrees are offered at the matinees and dinner shows. Luncheon matinees are scheduled every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with seating at 11:30 a.m., curtain at 1 p.m. Evening performances are every Wednesday through

Saturday with dinner seating at 6:30 p.m., curtain at 8 p.m. Formerly The Lake George Dinner Theatre and now a notfor-profit charitable organization serving the Adirondacks, The Lake Theatre holds the distinction of being the smallest, most intimate professional dinner theatre in the entire United States. For more information, visit www. For tickets, call the Box Office at 518668-5762, ext. 411.

CAMBRIDGE — Hubbard Hall will play host to the Miscast Cabaret on Saturday, July 15, featuring Broadway hits performed with a bit of a twist, as a fundraiser for the Arts Education Scholarship Fund. The program helps to ensure that no student at Hubbard Hall is ever turned away from a class based on financial limitations. “Miscast” is a chance for performers to sing songs that weren’t written for them and features

solo, duet, and group performances in a cabaret that allows singers to swap age, gender, race, and song style - giving them the opportunity to perform something fun and heartfelt that they ordinarily would not get to perform. Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 general admission, $5 for students and can be purchased online at:, through the Box Office at 518677-2495, or at the door

Saratoga Haunting SARATOGA SPRINGS — “Ghost hunter” Joe Haedrich will give ghost tours of Saratoga Springs Friday and Saturday evenings through the summer. “Saratoga has a wonderful energy that is a perfect environment for ghosts,” Haedrich said in a statement. “Many people in our city have had ghostly experiences and I love to tell the stories. There are so many of them.”

Much of the tour takes place in Congress Park and along Phila and Circular streets. The tour lasts about 90 minutes and starts at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays with a meet-up at Saratoga Tea and Honey, 348 Broadway. Reservations can be made online at or by emailing hauntedsaratoga@ Cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children under 12.

Phoenix Rises at Dance Museum

Saratoga Jockeys Stage Karaoke Contest to Benefit Permanently Disabled Riders SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga jockeys, with special guests, will try to outdo each other with hilarious costumes, makeup, and often key-bending singing and dancing on Monday, July 31 at the Vapor Night Club in a benefit for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF). The onstage antics will be complimented by live and silent auctions of racing memorabilia. Former track announcer Tom Durkin will serve as emcee and Todd Pletcher and H. Graham Motion will be seated at the judges’ table.

“Our singing and acting get better every year, despite rumors to the contrary,” said PDJF board member and Hall of Fame inductee John Velazquez. “Our main goal is to have fun and raise some funds for and awareness of the plight of our disabled jockeys.” The PDJF provides financial assistance to 60 former jockeys who have suffered catastrophic on-track injuries. Founded in 2006, the PDJF has disbursed more than $8 million to permanently disabled jockeys, most of whom have sustained paralysis or traumatic brain injuries. The Fund

is a cooperative effort among race tracks, jockeys, horsemen, owners, and racing fans. Visit www. for further information. Vapor Night Club is located inside Saratoga Casino and Raceway, 342 Jefferson St. Tickets are on sale at General admission is $75 with 7:15 p.m. entry to the venue. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $150 which includes 5:30 p.m. entry, reserved seats close to the stage, and a buffet dinner with the Saratoga jockey colony. Patrons must be 21 years of age or older.

The Creative Place’s summer family offering featuring “The Golden Phoenix,” and other French-Canadian fairy tales starts July 20 at the National Museum of Dance. The modern fairy tale makeovers will be performed for family audiences of all ages. Ticket purchase makes it possible to offer programs to child workshop performers regardless of their family’s ability to pay.

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sunday, 7/23: Ganstagrass, 8 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 Ray Alexander, piano Jazz trio, 3 pm @ Hudson River Music Hall — 832.3485 Nick Mellovoi’s Desertion Trio, 7 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026 Hot Club of Saratoga — every Sunday, Noon @ Salt & Char — 450.7500

Rochmon Record Club: Fleetwood Mac / Rumours, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 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

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wednesday, 7/26: Monthly Bluegrass Jam & Open Mic with Alan Epstein, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 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 Charles Simic, Victoria Redel, 8 pm @ NYSWI at Skidmore College — 580.5590 Masters of Nostalgia, 8:30 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026 Irish Celtic Session — every Wednesday, 7 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583.1916 Born of Osiris, 7 pm @ Upstate Concert Hall — 371.0012

thursday, 7/27: WEXT FM 10th Anniversary Featuring The Ladles & Alice Howe, 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 Hot Club of Saratoga — every Thursday, 7 pm @ Mouzon House — 226.0014 Russell Banks, Chase Twichell, 8 pm @ NYSWI at Skidmore College — 580.5590 Cloud Lifter, 9 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026 Tim Wechgelaer — Every Thursday, 5:30 pm @ Lake Local — 682.2772 Dead at the Den: Knotbeats, 9:30 pm @ Putnam Den — 584.8066

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Saratoga Little League All-Stars Take District Championship by Thomas Kika Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Little League’s All-Star season age-12 players dominated their way to a championship victory on Sunday. Taking place on the league’s home field at West Side Rec on July 9, the age-12 team crushed their opponents from Schenectady 13-0 to take the District 11/12 championship. Despite initial nerves heading into the game, the team eventually proved how far ahead they were of Schenectady with an excellent overall performance, according to Coach Jeff Babcock. The team will next face the team from Plattsburgh for the Section 2 title. “The boys went out there a little skeptical in the first inning,” Babcock said. “But after that we just started hitting the cover off the ball, and defensively we were great. Had some nice plays, and just had a great team effort for the win.”

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Babcock mentioned that the team made use of the batting cages at Sluggers Den while practicing for this game. Hitting 70-mph balls in the cages rather than simply throwing back-and-forth between each other no doubt helped give them an edge heading into the game. Speaking of specific standout players, Babcock highlighted starting pitcher Mateo Avila, whom he referred to as “untouchable.” While Schenectady managed a few hits off of Avila in the fourth inning, his performance overall was sterling, with seven strikeouts. In the tournament overall, Avila has pitched 17 innings and has given up only one run, according to Babcock. Additionally, Babcock also praised Joey Barreto, who managed an RBI double. Saratoga Little League’s AllStars season commences directly after the end of the standard little league season in early summer, with tryouts taking place on June 9 followed by the first practice on June 20. The three AllStar teams are roughly divided by age, with ages 10, 11, and 12 being

the standards, although Babcock and league vice president David Karpinski noting that players can end up playing for teams that do not match their ages depending on their skill levels. Around 30 young players are picked for the All-Star from the around 300 players that usually compete in the preceding season.

According to Karpinski, all leagues choose their All-Star players differently, using whatever method they deem fit. Saratoga Little League’s method is to hold an “assessment night” for all interested little league players. At these nights, players run through routines that include fly balls, running, pitching, catching, and more activities that reflect

the skills necessary to be a part of the team. Karpinski also stresses that their choices are not strictly based on performances during the assessment night, but also on each player’s body of work throughout the year. The first match between Saratoga and Plattsburgh is scheduled for July 15.


Week of July 14 – July 20, 2017

Top Racing Analyst and Former MLB Star to Join Saratoga Live SARATOGA SPRINGS — The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has announced the hiring of veteran horse racing analyst and Major League Baseball AllStar Paul Lo Duca. The Brooklyn native will make his “Saratoga Live” debut on July 21, opening day of the 2017 summer meet at Saratoga Race Course. “As a native New Yorker and lifelong racing fan, I’m honored to join the talented broadcast team doing such great work on Saratoga Live,” said Lo Duca. “NYRA is producing the most innovative television coverage

in the sport and I’m excited to become a part of it.” Lo Duca will serve as an analyst on NYRA’s acclaimed Saratoga Live program, joining a broadcast team that includes host Greg Wolf, handicapper Andy Serling, paddock analyst Maggie Wolfendale, trainer Tom Amoss, and analyst Gabby Gaudet. “Paul is one of the most dynamic and captivating personalities in racing. As a former Major League All-Star he brings an athlete’s perspective to the show,” said Tony Allevato, President of NYRA Bets Executive Producer of NYRA

TV. “We are thrilled to have him join the Saratoga Live team.” Before joining the TVG Horse Racing Network in 2009, Lo Duca played 11 seasons in Major League Baseball from 1998-2008, earning four All-Star selections for three different franchises from 2003-06 as a catcher. Lo Duca starred for Arizona State University, where he was drafted in 1993 by Los Angeles. He played parts of his first seven big-league seasons with the Dodgers before being traded to the Marlins in the middle of the 2004 campaign. Lo Duca was then traded to the

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 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

Win a Chance to Sing the National Anthem at Saratoga Race Course SARATOGA SPRINGS — The New York Racing Association (NYRA) announced today the opening of an online competition for a chance to sing the Star-Spangled Banner at historic Saratoga Race Course. To enter, contestants must submit a video audition link from YouTube, or upload a file no larger than 50 megabytes to saratoga/visit/national-anthemcontest, singing the National Anthem without accompaniment and fill out corresponding information. The closing date for entries is Aug 1. Multiple entrants will then be chosen to sing the

National Anthem on at least one day during this year’s 40-day race meet at Saratoga, which runs from July 21 – Labor Day, Sept. 4. Limited to one entry per person, each must feature the contestant’s own rendition of the National Anthem. Lip-synching by the contestant or use of a prerecorded voice will disqualify entry. Voice-altering mechanisms or programs are not allowed. Winning contestants will also be offered four clubhouse or grandstand seats on the day of their performance. For more information contact Dominic Labetti at

more information, or to submit a nomination, go to

Mets, where he backstopped the club to a 97-win regular season and an appearance in the National League Championship Series. He concluded his career with the Washington Nationals in 2008. Saratoga Live, presented by

Claiborne Farm, will be available in 75 million households nationally through Fox Sports 2 and regionally through MSG+, Fox Sports Prime Ticket, Fox Sports San Diego, Fox Sports Ohio and the Altitude Sports Network.



Week of July 14 – July 20, 2017

COMMUNITY SPORTS BULLETIN Saratoga Youth Field Hockey Program SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs Booster Club will be hosting its seventh fall season of youth field hockey beginning on Aug. 29 and ending on Sept. 30. The program is open to youths in grades 3-6, no experience needed. The program features practices, working on fundamental skills, and at least four play days with other area school club programs. The youth program brochure can be downloaded from the Booster Club’s website at www.eteamz. com/Saratogafieldhockey1. Registration is now open and the cost is $100 for the fall season, which includes a team vest for new players. For more information please contact Jo-Anne Hostig, Saratoga head field hockey coach at

Boys Volleyball Clinic SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Springs Volleyball will be hosting a Volleyball Clinic at Maple Ave Middle School on July 24-27 from 8:30-11 a.m. A round robin tournament and pizza party are planned to follow the clinic. The program is intended for grades 5 and up. Registration can be completed on site and costs $75 per participant.

AIM Services Croquet on the Green Event SARATOGA SPRINGS — AIM Services will be hosting its fourth

annual “Croquet on the Green” tournament and garden party event on Aug. 1 on the AIM lawn in Saratoga Springs. The event will begin with a croquet tutorial at 2:30 p.m., before commencing properly at 3 p.m. The competition will be judged by USCA National Champion Francis J. Palasieski. The event will also feature onsite cigar rolling from Habana Premium Cigar Shoppe, beverage tastings from Specialty Wines & More, catering by Deliciously Different Specialty Items, beer tasting from DeCrescente Distributing, and special raffles. There will also be “Best Dressed” and “Best Hat” contest judged by Natalie Sillery of Saratoga Trunk. For more information on this event, go to the “Events” tab at

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 four-person shotgun scramble at 1 p.m. The day will conclude with a reception at 5:00 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 and search “Mark Printsky.”

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 Any further inquiries should be directed to the department at 518-5872300 ext. 2300, or at

Camp Saratoga 5K Fun Runs WILTON — Taking place on the trails at the 310-acre Camp Saratoga, this series is open to all ages and abilities. Runs will take place on July 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

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designed to be a fun but challenging trail course. Proceeds benefit the Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park, Saratoga Spa State Park, and another non-profit. For more information contact Laura Clark at races@saratogastryders. org or 518-581-1278. Runs take place rain or shine.

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

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

Horsing Around is a dropoff program for children ages 5-12. Various recreational activities and arts and crafts will be offered. For additional information or to download forms go to Contact the Recreation Department at 518-587-3550 x2300 or recreservations@ with questions.

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


Week of July 14 – July 20, 2017

Polo Anyone? Season Begins with Strong Attendance by Thomas Kika Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Polo Association kicked off its 2017 Tournament season on July 7 with an exciting day of competition in front of a sellout crowd. Alan Edstrom, director of sponsorship and events for Saratoga Polo, said that while there is not currently an exact attendance number, it must have been around 2,500-3,000 for it to be a sellout crowd. This was all followed by the second day of the season on July 9, which still drew a huge crowd, albeit one just short of another sellout. The first day of competition notably featured National Interscholastic Polo champions Hannah and Olivia Reynolds, 17 and 14 years old respectively,

in competition. On the second day, a team from downstate was bussed in from Pine Plains to compete. According to Edstrom, two of the players on this team were six-goal handicapped, a considerable ranking in polo. Edstrom further elaborated that polo players can be ranked as high as 10-goals, although players with the highest handicap are considered rare. Moving forward, Saratoga Polo will feature a number of noteworthy events that fans should take note of. July 16 will feature the Bob Bullock “Voice of Saratoga Polo Association” Cup, a memorial event for the association’s veteran announcer to celebrate his now-30-year tenure. Later on, Aug. 4 and 6 will feature a tournament for the prestigious Whitney Cup.

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