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LOCAL • INDEPENDENT • FREE Volume 11  •  Issue 31  •  August 11 – August 17, 2017 • (518) 581-2480

2 Nights; $ 53 Million by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY

The million dollar filly purchased by Kerri Radcliffe for Phoenix Thoroughbreds. Photo by


Puts Audience On Stage

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Monday night was the kick off of the annual Fasig-Tipton Auction, taking place at the Finney Pavilion in Saratoga Springs. Many key players stepped out on the first night, Monday, August 8, to scope out the yearlings. Drinks were flowing and excitement was in the air as people walked around in their Sunday best to network and find their next

winning racehorse. Lots of Saratoga Police Department officers canvassed the area to make sure the event went off without a hitch. On Monday night, 75 horses sold at an average of $325,667 per horse. Monday night’s total was $24.43 million, with Eric Fein in conjunction with Stonestreet Farm being the top buyer at $1 million for a Denali Stud colt born to Curlin and River’s Prayer. Coming See Story pg. 47

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SPAC President and CEO Elizabeth Sobol addresses the audience on Aug. 7, 2017, prior to start of a new series that places audience members atop the stage of the historic venue. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos. See SPAC pg. 39

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Week of August 11 – August 17, 2017

Neighbors: Local Marine To The Rescue Who: Staff Sergeant Alaine Sueme. Where: Marine Corps Recruiting Sub Station, Saratoga Springs. Q. Last week, you sprung to action when witnessing a two-car collision in front of the supermarket on Weibel Road. What happened? A. I was walking out of the grocery store toward my car when I heard a loud screeching noise. When I looked, I saw a dark gray SUV have a head-on with another vehicle, go off the road and hit a tree. Q. What did you do? A. I took off running towards the car. It looked like those people were going to need help. Q. What did you see when you got close? A. I was only 30 meters away but when your adrenaline kicks in everything happens in slow motion. I saw the windshield shattered, the air bags deployed, and a person in the driver’s side with her head against the steering wheel. I called out to her, ‘Ma’am, ‘ma’am, are you OK.’ Very timidly, she said she was. I opened the driver’s side door and began asking her first-responder questions: what day is it? Do you know where you are? When is your birthday? She answered them all, but she was very dazed. Q. Your training provided you the tools you needed? A. I’m CPR-certified, and I’ve taken a combat life saver course. Training as a Marine, we go through a lot of lifesaving techniques. At that point it was second nature. I was thinking: I need to get there as fast as I can, because someone’s hurt and I want to make sure everyone’s OK – provide CPR, or first aid if need be. Q. What was going through your mind at the time?

U.S. Marine Staff Sergeant Alaine Sueme. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

A. I was looking at the way she was responding and what injuries she might have. There was a welt on her chest from the seatbelt. The vehicle was smoking at that point, so I wanted to get her out of the vehicle as a fast as possible. Her nose was a little bit bloody. I asked her: Does your head hurt? Does your neck hurt? She said no, so I determined it would be OK to remove her from the vehicle. I sat her down on the grass and stayed with her to make sure she was OK. Q. Have you heard back from the woman? A. I told her my name is Alaine so I don’t think she knew I was a Marine. Q. Where are you from originally? A. Illinois. I enlisted in Marine Corps right out of high school, in August 2008. Q. Do you come from a military family? A. My grandpa was in the Army and I have two uncles in the Marine Corps. Q. Are there special challenges for women Marines? A. Statistically, women in the Marine Corps only make up 8 percent. It’s challenging to accept that challenge. There are people that look at you and say: you can’t do it. That’s one of the reasons why I did it, because somebody told me I couldn’t. I said: watch me.

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Q. Were you always up for a challenge, even as a kid? A. Yes, my mom can attest to that. If she was here she would tell you that anyone who said I couldn’t so something was going to be proven wrong. Q. What are your future goals? A. This is my duty station and I’ll be a recruiter here for another two years. After my tour, I’ll go back to a base somewhere and continue on my original job for the Marine Corps, which is as a police officer. I’ve been a Marine for about 10 years. I plan on retiring and my goal is that I want to be the first female Master Gunnery Sergeant in my job field. There hasn’t been one and I want to be the first. Q. Anything you’d like to add? A. There was someone who I thought to be hurt and I wanted to make sure everyone was OK. It was second nature to me. I just responded as a Marine and in a situation where any marine would do the same thing that I did. That’s the way we’re trained.

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Local Family Grateful for Son’s Role in Charity

Jack Kislowski (at right) and his family. Photo provided.

by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY BALLSTON LAKE — For Terri Jo Kislowski, “it all started” in 2014 during an otherwise festive occasion of a family birthday. Doctors had discovered that her son Jack’s appendix ruptured, so he abruptly ended up in surgery at Albany Medical Center. Jack Kislowski has long since recovered from the medical problems that unfolded for him. Yet this month, his story is being highlighted in a charity campaign at participating Cumberland Farms stores, which will donate five cents of every beverage purchased in “Chill Zone” sections to the Bernard and Millie Duker Children’s Hospital at Albany Med. According to Cumberland Farms CEO Ari Haseotes, the “Cups for Kids” charity has raised more than $500,000 in the last five years. This year’s campaign will benefit the Duker hospital and four more medical centers in the Northeast. Local purchases, including HyperFreeze drinks, can be made at Chill Zones in the Cumberland Farms stores on Route 146 in Clifton Park; 75 Milton Avenue in Ballston Spa; and 451 Geyser Road in Milton, said company spokeswoman Danielle Datre. “It’s a great fundraiser,” says Terri Jo Kislowski, after reflecting on her son’s time three years ago in the Duker hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. She praised

the doctors and staff for “the amazing work that they do there.” Kislowski added that sudden medical emergencies, much like the one endured by Jack, “can happen to anybody.” For weeks Jack—who already dealt with asthma—was confined to a hospital bed, since the surgery caused his 11-year-old body to go into septic shock. Then he was diagnosed with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, which prompted doctors to perform a tracheotomy so the kid could still breathe with the aid of a ventilator, Datre reports. Kislowski says she and her husband, Mark, agonized over making that particular decision. The medical ordeal Jack faced might have been surmounted with the help of his sister, Shelby Kislowski, who was supposed to celebrate her 16th birthday at the time of her brother’s initial surgery.

Instead she devoted herself to an outreach campaign through social media on Jack’s behalf. “She got her wish,” her mother explains, “in keeping her brother. She just wanted him to live. We got a second chance at being a family.” The Kislowski siblings, now 19 and 15 respectively, are happy to continue their studies at Marist College and in the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake school district. In a statement, David Clark, the physician director of the Duker hospital at Albany Med, called the facility “a lifeline to our 25-county region,” saying “our staff is dedicated to providing the best medical care to our young patients.” Clark added: “Community partners and their programs, like Cumberland Farms and Cups for Kids, help us meet the needs of 90,000 visits of sick and injured children each year.”



Week of August 11 – August 17, 2017

County Finds Half a Million to Save by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY

The Racing City Chorus, an affiliate of the Barbershop Harmony Society, will perform a selection of popular music, show tunes and patriotic songs on Saturday, August 12. The performance is scheduled for 11 a.m. at The Summit at Saratoga, whose address is 1 Perry Road in the city. It is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Reservations can be made by calling 518-430-2136, or emailing For directions to the community, visit Photo provided.

Price Chopper Recalls Egg Salad SCHENECTADY — In an August 8 statement, Price Chopper and Market 32 Supermarkets issued a voluntary recall on store-packed (as opposed to pre-packed) Deli Department Egg Salad, with a scale code beginning 267074. The product is being recalled because a breadcrumb ingredient contains wheat, a

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known allergen, which is not listed on the ingredient label There is no health risk for customers without a wheat allergy. Customers who have an affected product may return it to their local Price Chopper/Market 32 for a full refund. Customers with questions can visit or call 1-800-666-7667.

Many of customers who purchased these items have already been contacted through the company’s SoundBite notification program, which uses purchase data and consumer phone numbers on file in connection with the company’s AdvantEdge (loyalty) card to alert those households that may have purchased the product in question.

BALLSTON SPA — Ahead of the formal vote to adopt a state-mandated plan to share services among numerous municipalities, Saratoga County officials have reported that nearly $500,000 in savings were found. By October 15, according to the New York Department of State, Saratoga and all of the state’s counties are required to adopt official sharedservices plans and schedule related public hearings. State lawmakers enacted the original mandate during this year’s budget process in Albany. This week, Deputy County Administrator Chad Cooke said the Board of Supervisors will vote on a finalized shared-services plan at its August 15 meeting. The draft plan, he said, has identified two sections of Saratoga County budgets for reducing costs: cooperative bidding and a health insurance consortium for Medicare-eligible retirees. “Currently, the plan includes anticipated savings of $300,265 for cooperative bidding and $172,376 for the health insurance consortium,” Cooke said, “for a total

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anticipated savings of $472,641.” According to minutes of the county’s Law and Finance Committee meeting on July 12, approximately $556,000 in savings were identified at that time. But the committee had to factor in personnel costs of about $60,000 related to additional caseloads, producing a net savings of $496,000. Cooke called the draft sharedservices plan “a living document,” adding, “the totals could change slightly as we adjust based on submissions from municipalities with final budget numbers for the plan’s items.” Earlier this year, County Administrator Spencer Hellwig said there are 26 departments in Saratoga County with 1,100 employees and combined budgets of nearly $300 million. That does not include the county’s 21 municipalities or the Village of Ballston Spa, which have separate department staffs and annual budgets. The City of Saratoga Springs also operates independently of the county on a $45 million annual budget, says Commissioner of Finance Michele Madigan.


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COURT Lawrence D. Wright, 64, of Saratoga Springs, pleaded July 31 to promoting a sexual performance by a child, a felony, in connection with an incident that took place in Saratoga Springs. Sentencing scheduled for Oct. 2. Manuel Olmo, 58, of Saratoga Springs, was sentenced July 31 to 1 to 3 years in state prison, after pleading to felony DWI in connection with an incident that took place in Saratoga Springs. Francis H. Joy, 34, of Malta, pleaded July 31 to first degree sexual abuse, in connection with an incident that took place in Malta. Sentencing scheduled for Oct. 11. April M. Pixley, 37, of Greenfield was sentenced July 28 to five years probation and restitution after pleading to felony forgery in connection with an incident that took place in Wilton. Noah Graj, 38, of Pleasantville, pleaded July 28 to felony criminal possession of a controlled substance in connection with an incident that took place in Saratoga Springs. Sentencing scheduled for Oct. 27. John P. Allen, 54, of Middle Grove, pleaded July 28 to felony criminal possession of a controlled substance in connection with an incident that took place in Galway. Sentencing scheduled for Oct. 2. Charles W. Fosmire, 42, of Malta, was sentenced July 28 to 3-1/2 years in state prison after pleading to felony criminal sale of a controlled substance. Leonard W. Chase, 46, of Schenectady, was sentenced to one year in Saratoga County Jail and six months license revocation after pleading to felony aggravated unlicensed

operation and misdemeanor DWI in connection with an incident that took place in Saratoga Springs.

POLICE Anthony M. Antonelli, age 24, Hyde Park, was charged July 24 with assault in the third degree. Kyle D. Vanschaick, age 32, Scotia, was charged July 23 with misdemeanor DWI and failing to obey a traffic control device. Aaron A. Boese, age 26, Saratoga Springs, was charged July 23 with misdemeanor DWI, and aggravated DWI. Michael F. Cappadozy, age 50, Schenectady, was charged July 22 with criminal contempt in the second-degree. Michael C. Angelini, age 21, Saratoga Springs, was charged July 22 with misdemeanor DWI. Sara Kelly, age 27, Ballston Spa, was charged July 22 with second degree harassment. Tammy M. Auspelmyer, age 50, Gloversville, and Rebecca L. Zuckerwar, age 31, Gloversville, were each charged July 21 with two counts misdemeanor petit larceny and misdemeanor conspiracy. Michael P. Christensen, age 50, Burnt Hills, was charged July 21 with misdemeanor DWI and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration. Melvin C. Winney, age 59, Saratoga Springs, was charged July 21 with speeding, fail to comply with lawful order of the police and aggravated unlicensed operation. Bradford C. Bayer, age 30, Saratoga Springs, was charged July 20 with aggravated unlicensed operation, and following a motor vehicle too closely.

BLOTTER 5 Megan H. Zeh, age 30, Greenfield Center, was charged July 20 with criminal contempt in the second-degree. Erin M. Brown, age 35, Saratoga Springs, was charged July 19 with criminal contempt in the second-degree.

unlicensed operation in the third-degree. Jordan P. Graham, age 22, Saratoga Springs, was charged July 17 with criminal mischief in the third-degree, a felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.

Patti S. Urban, age 55, Allentown, Pennsylvania, was charged July 18 with misdemeanor DWI, refusing a pre-screen test, speeding, unlawful possession of marijuana and aggravated unlicensed operation.

Frank B. Colby, age 71, Greenwich, was charged July 16 with misdemeanor DWI.

Charles A. Obrien, age 34, Saratoga Springs, was charged July 18 with aggravated

Mackenzi R. Geuss, age 27, Glenville, was charged July 16 with misdemeanor DWI and speeding.

Sean M. Burch, age 26, Saratoga Springs, was charged July 16 with criminal mischief in the fourth-degree.


D. Winney, age 23, Broadalbin, was charged July 15 with speeding and aggravated unlicensed operation in the third-degree.

Alex R. Mintzer, age 27, Saratoga Springs, was charged July 15 with unlawful imprisonment in the second-degree, and assault in the third-degree. Ronald P. Gilday, age 58, Saratoga Springs, was charged July 14 with criminal trespass in the third- degree.



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SARATOGA SPRINGS — Billie Sue (Stucker) Lillge, 63, passed away on August 4, 2017. There will be no public service as the family will conduct a small private memorial in her honor. Arrangements are under the direction of the Burke Funeral Home of Saratoga Springs (584-5373). Please visit

BALLSTON SPA — Donald Jon Weber, 71, passed on Tuesday, August 1, 2017. Funeral services were held 10am Wed., August 9 at the Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church, 175 Fifth Ave. Inurnment followed at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. Online remembrances may be made at

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — Rose C. Reynolds, 99, passed away on Wednesday, August 2, 2017. Graveside services were held 1pm Monday, August 7 at Greenridge Cemetery, Lincoln Ave. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes. Online remembrances may be made at

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Richard T. Wait, 85, passed away Friday, August 4, 2017. Calling hours were Thursday, August 10, 2017 at Burke Funeral Home, Saratoga Springs (584-5373). Burial will be at 10:30am Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 at Maplewood Cemetery. Online remembrances may be made at

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Veronica Peets Spillane SARATOGA SPRINGS — Veronica Peets Spillane died August 2, 2017. Calling hours and a funeral mass were Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, Church of St. Peter, 241 Broadway. Burial will be private in St. Peter’s Cemetery. Arrangements under the direction of Burke Funeral Home of Saratoga Springs. Please visit Funeral Homes

Saratoga Hospital Branches Out SARATOGA SPRINGS — In a statement this week, Saratoga Hospital announced the acquisition of the former Carl R’s restaurant property on Main Street in Queensbury at exit 18 of the Adirondack Northway. “Our multi-specialty group practice, Saratoga Hospital Medical Group, continues to see growth in our patient population north of the hospital’s main campus,” said Angelo Calbone, president and CEO of Saratoga Hospital. “When the property

became available, we decided the convenient location at exit 18 made this an excellent site to explore how we can best provide the medical specialty programs and services to meet these expanding needs.” With the transaction complete for the one-acre parcel, the hospital is now assessing what specialty practices will be considered for the new location. “The hospital often looks at a prospective location without having a specific plan until the transaction is finalized,” said Calbone. No decisions will be made until a comprehensive evaluation has been completed. Saratoga Hospital is the sole property owner. Saratoga Hospital has been actively expanding its regional locations over the past several years, now operating 21 locations throughout the greater Saratoga area. Earlier this spring, ground was broken at the Saratoga

Medical Park at exit 12 of the Northway in partnership with the Saratoga Regional YMCA. The completed building will be home to the new Malta Y as well as medical specialty offices, including the hospital’s Malta Regional Therapy Center. It is located next to Malta Med Emergent Care, which operates in partnership with Albany Med. Saratoga Hospital is reviewing the specialty practices that will best meet the needs of the Malta community at the new location. Earlier this week, the hospital held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the relocation of three medical specialty offices on Route 9 in Wilton, south of Northway exit 16. The Saratoga Hospital Medical Group’s Endocrinology, Midwifery, and Women’s Primary Care practices are now seeing patients at the new Park Place site in Wilton.

Malta Welcomes Grant Applications and Sets Public Meetings by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY MALTA — On Monday, Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen and former town supervisor David Meager informed the Malta Town Board that new applications are being accepted from community groups in need of funding. In the last 16 years,

Heggen explained, the nonprofit GlobalFoundriesTown of Malta Foundation has provided a total of nearly $750,000 to support the activities and programs made popular by dozens of local community groups. Heggen said $150,000 in grant money is available in the current round, which Continued on page 8.

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Wilton Moves to Replace Storage Sheds and Expand Solar Power by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY WILTON — Two storage sheds utilized by town workers were targeted for replacement at this month’s Wilton Town Board meeting. Mark Mykins, who supervises Wilton’s Building Department, was in attendance at the August 3 meeting to elaborate on the need for one modern, larger structure instead of two dilapidated pole-barn sheds at the town complex that are used for storage by the Highway Department. Town employees could rent equipment and perform the necessary construction work, according to Mykins, and thereby save the town nearly $130,000 in costs. Outside contractors most likely would charge about $270,000 for the whole project, he said. “I think that would be great, to save the town a lot of money,” replied Councilman Steve Streicher. The town board voted unanimously in favor of the $141,000 expenditure that Mykins had requested. The board also approved $45,000

for additional road improvements that were identified by the highway department. The extra money will be added to a $900,000 amount that was previously budgeted for the town’s highway needs. Mark Marino, the newly hired director of Wilton’s Gavin Park, also had appeared before the town board to discuss an expenditure of about $200,000 for a new pavilion at the park. The board members opted to wait until next year. Marino advised that a larger pavilion would be in the town’s best interests, considering the parties and other events that are often organized in Gavin Park by area residents. “When we book these things, we want to bring in larger groups,” Marino said. In other business, Wilton Supervisor Arthur Johnson and the other board members voted to set the public hearing on September 7 for a comprehensive zoning policy related to the approval of solar arrays in the town. The public hearing was scheduled for 7 p.m. in Wilton Town Hall, which is located at 22

A view of the existing Gavin Park pavilion (in background). Photo by Larry Goodwin.

Traver Road, a short distance west of Adirondack Northway exit 16. The stated purposes of Wilton’s proposed solar policy are “taking advantage of a safe, abundant, renewable and non-polluting energy resource; decreasing the cost of energy to the owners of commercial and residential properties, including single-family houses; and increasing

employment and business development in the region by furthering the installation of solar energy systems.” A draft version of the policy differentiates between “solar as an accessory use” and “large-scale solar systems.” It also contains an abundance of provisions related to the “abandonment and decommissioning” of solar panels that are

not actively contributing to “electrical generation for consumption or re-sale.” The Saratoga County Planning Board would review the town’s new solar zoning rules before any formal vote. If enacted, the Wilton Planning Board would enforce most of the new policy’s provisions.



Week of August 11 – August 17, 2017

City Taproom Officially Open Malta Welcomes Grant Applications and Sets Public Meetings

by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Todd Shimkus, president of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, was the last person on Tuesday who formally welcomed the R.S. Taylor and Sons taproom owners to Congress Plaza. “I know I’m the only thing holding everybody here from beer,” Shimkus joked, before presenting Kelley and Rich Taylor with a piece of the green ribbon that was cut to celebrate the new city business. “In the chamber tradition, if you hang it inside it will bring you good luck forever,” Shimkus explained to the wife and husband team. According to a statement from the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership (SCPP), the taproom “serves its signature farm-brewed beers, New York State hard ciders, and mixed drinks” in a freshly renovated, 1,600-square-foot space. The Taylors’ farm in Washington

In the front row (left to right): Saratoga County Chamber President Todd Shimkus; Wilton Supervisor Arthur Johnson; Mayor Joanne Yepsen; Saratoga Springs Supervisor Matthew Veitch; Kelley and Rich Taylor; Marty Vanags and Shelby Schneider of the county Prosperity Partnership. Photo by

County is home to the R.S. Taylor and Sons brewery; the new Saratoga Springs taproom is the second of three planned locations. There is a small music stage inside and an outdoor patio area that can seat nearly 40 customers. According to the company’s website ( tap-rooms), it will be open Monday through Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m.; 4 to 11 p.m. Friday; noon to 11 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. “We are thrilled to open our newest location in Saratoga Springs, in the heart of a vibrant downtown that offers the perfect setting to build a thriving business,” Rich Taylor said.

“We see a tremendous opportunity to tap into the rapid growth of New York’s craft beverage industry, and appreciate the invaluable guidance and support we’ve received from the Saratoga Partnership to help make this project a reality.” Marty Vanags, the SCPP president, and Shelby Schneider, the SCPP promoter of business retention, were also both in attendance at the ribbon cutting. Schneider and Vanags helped the Taylors gain access to a $75,000 loan from the city’s Revolving Loan Fund for the Congress Plaza renovation project.

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has an application deadline of October 27. Since 2013, the amounts distributed each year to community groups have surpassed $100,000. “We look forward to new applications,” Heggen told the board, noting how this year’s winners will be announced in December. She encouraged interested applicants to visit the foundation’s website: gfmaltafoundationorg/home. Heggen and Meager both serve on the Malta foundation’s board of directors. It is considered separate from the GlobalFoundriesTown of Stillwater Foundation,

yet both nonprofits were established with a $5 million contribution made by the company as part of its Fab 8 microchipmanufacturing plant in Malta. In other business on August 7, the three Malta town board members who were present voted to set the date of a workshop for sign and lighting code amendments; it will coincide with two public hearings for “Chapter 143 lot line alterations” and another regarding a “local law to abolish elective office of Receiver of Taxes.” All three subjects will be discussed on Monday, August 21, starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Malta town complex, followed by the regular town board meeting.

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9 Jovan Court, $322,000. Jeffrey and Michele Dingman sold property to Kenneth Fletcher and Ashley Dennett-Fletcher.

8 Creek View Court, $380,000. Anthony and Sherry Benson sold property to Patrick and Kathleen Flanigan.

67 McMaster St., $312,500. Michael and Jessica Marquard sold property to Paul and Ewa Laskey.

108 Stockbridge Court, $329,000. Trustco Realty Corporation sold property to Matthew and Jill Sausville.

22 Chesterwood Court, $237,750. Jinn and Adam Marcellus sold property to Michael Sliper. 120 Lakehill Rd., $820,000. A and J Blue Ribbon LLC sold property to CVS Albany LLC. 36 Buell Ave., $194,000. Amy McGuire sold property to Randilynn DeVoe. 14 Meadowbrook Court, $600,000. Michael and Donna Miller sold property to James and Jennifer Carroll.

MALTA 703 Eastline Rd., $210,000. Michael and Brenda Tholin sold property to Steven and Ruth Walko. 288 Thimbleberry Rd., $131,000. SABR Mortgage Loan 2008 1 REO Subsidiary 1 LLC (by Atty) sold property to Andrew Torres. 63 Village Circle North, $376,060. Belmonte Properties LLC sold property to Ross and Caroline Marvin. 4 Arrowwood Place, $183,333. Simrat Sodhi sold property to Samuel Rheaume. 67 Wineberry Lane, $234,900. Richard and Kassandra Palazzo sold property to Marjorie Rabin and Zachary Carlito. 130 Arrowwood Place, $199,900. Jennifer Chatt sold property to Suzanne Perry. 2 Woodshire Lane, $335,000. Michael Wood and Joanne Penders sold property to Omri and Lilach Karo.

97 Pleasant St., $458,500. John and Courtney Mancini sold property to Philip Griffiths and Alicia Barton. 62 Ford St., $159,000. Mark and Jane Townsend sold property to Robert and Rachel Cloutier. 16-18 Fairground Ave., $142,500. Fannie Mae sold property to Harris Diesel Inc. 31 Wood Thrush Court, $216,000. Jennifer and Henry Waters, Jr. sold property to Dustin Porak.

SARATOGA SPRINGS 324 Ballston Ave., Unit 7, $300,000. George Reichel, Jr. sold property to Ronald and Mervet Davison. 69 Lawrence St., $489,900. Alan McWilliams and Paula Perpall sold property to 69 Lawrence Street LLC. 52 Kirby Rd., $207,700. Jason Tuczynski sold property to Richard Timberlake and Elizabeth Schultheiss. 75 Church St., $610,000. Gerard and Michael

Mangione sold property to At Home in Saratoga LLC.

and Seth Warden sold property to Alexander Meaney.

6 Aurora Ave., $1,525,000. Michael Chille sold property to Nicholas Chauvin and Maian Vu.

15 Ridge View, $466,500. James Grigas sold property to Ronald Laberge.

33 Hutchins Rd., $159,000. Goshen Mortgage Reo LLC sold property to Daniel and Meghan Mullan.

5 Knollwood Dr., $242,000. US Bank Trust (As Trustee by Atty) sold property to Kevin Farrell.

30 Bog Meadow Run, $418,000. Jamie Stafford sold property to Jack and Susan Kress (Co-Trustees).

101 Fieldstone Dr., $550,000. Carrick and Lindsay Bligh sold property to Thomas and Rachel Caramadre.

20 Vallera Rd., $410,000. Steve and Fanny Karamanos sold property to Rood and Riddle Real Estate LLC.

14 Heather Dr., $600,000. John and Jeanne Coseo sold property to David and Terry Nawrot.

4 Poe Rd., $67,000. Robert and Francine Beigarten sold property to Lawrence Laspina. 9 Mystic Lane, $349,900. Barbara Marriott sold property to Andrea Staepel. 18 Avery St., $476,000. Alexandria Cartier (Trustee) sold property to Richard Bauer and Ryan Marry. 358 Lake Ave., $251,000. Helen Ryle (by Atty) sold property to Kathleen Belanger-Knapp. 47 Walnut St., $175,000. Ethel Cody (by Exec) sold property to turn Key Partners LLC. 9 Dutchess Court, $305,000. Rick Teetz sold property to Adam and Jessica Fowler.

WILTON 191 Northern Pines Rd., $320,000. Tanika Warden

8 Shawnee Court, $310,000. Patricia Kaniuka sold

9 property to Lynn Sorrentino. 10 Ushu Court, $75,000. Kain Development LLC sold property to DeGraff Bloom Custom Builders Inc. 5 Ushu Court, $75,000. Kain Development LLC sold property to DeGraff Bloom Custom Builders Inc. 8 Ushu Court, $75,000. Kain Development LLC sold property to DeGraff Bloom Custom Builders Inc. 24 Craw Lane, $350,000. McPadden Builders LLC sold property to Kyle Collins.



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Four Diamonds for Saratoga Arms by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — The prominent green and white sign—perched above a grand set of stone steps—accurately describes any given day at the Saratoga Arms Hotel: “A concierge hotel under the personal supervision of the proprietors,” it says. Kathleen Smith and her late husband Noel first purchased the property at 497 Broadway in December 1997, beginning renovations right away and opening their Saratoga Arms Hotel several months later. Prior to that, the couple owned property on Church Street to accommodate city visitors. “My mother always wanted to come back down

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to Broadway,” says Saratoga Arms General Manager Amy Smith, who remembered how Kathleen ran restaurants on the city’s main thoroughfare before

A view of the stylish parlors at Saratoga Arms.

entering the hotel business. Amy’s sister, Sheila Smith Sperling, is also the group sales manager for the business. In a statement, the mother-and-daughters team had reported that Saratoga Arms Hotel recently received a four-diamond rating from the travel organization AAA. They attributed the favorable rating to the fact that all 31 rooms and suites in the Smith family’s “lovingly restored” brick hotel were “designed for comfort and luxury,” acknowledging

as well “its farm-to-table gourmet breakfasts.” “It is a great honor for Saratoga Arms to receive AAA’s Four Diamond Award,” Kathleen Smith said. “Our dedicated staff and family have worked hard for years ensuring our guests receive the many upscale amenities that are required to be awarded this prestigious designation.” Repeated attempts to contact AAA representatives for comment were unsuccessful. During a tour of the threestory hotel this week, Kathleen

Smith made a brief appearance. She was eager to point out how “you don’t hear a thing” in the comfort of the hotel’s front room due to modern windows that muffle Broadway traffic noise. According to Amy Smith, the travel organization has inspected the property twice; the AAA representative appeared both times without notice. That is aside from the routine inspections that are completed by city and state officials, she explained. Smith said Saratoga Arms offers nine different room categories, ranging from “junior queen” to “king suite,” and each of the rooms are individually decorated. That truly separates the hotel from larger national chains, she added. “There’s something for everybody,” Smith said, before demonstrating how one room even has a television screen built into the bathroom mirror. A large addition was completed at Saratoga Arms in 2004, substantially increasing the square footage available for storage, banquet and guest rooms. There were 16 guest rooms before that project was completed, Smith said. The Broadway hotel is booked up most of the year, she admitted, in large part because of the city’s promotion of offseason events such as Chowder Fest and Beer Week. “Saratoga has done a great job of making this a year-round city,” Smith said, acknowledging in particular the efforts of staff at the Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau and the local Chamber of Commerce.

Week of August 11 – August 17, 2017

PEP Adds Another Digital Expert

Arnoff Opens New Malta Shipping Site

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Patient Experience Project (PEP), the city’s full-service, patient-centric marketing and communications agency, has announced the hiring of Annie Miner as a digital project manager. In her role at PEP, Miner is responsible for coordinating digital projects, including website and email program development through every stage of planning and production. She oversees cross-functional teams within the agency to ensure deadlines are met and every detail of a project is delivered to the highest quality. Miner has extensive experience in project management, with a focus on digital strategy. Before joining PEP, Miner worked at prominent companies with strong online presences, such as Tigerspike, Etsy, and MakerBot. She was a senior digital project manager at avVenta Worldwide in New York City, a global digital marketing production company. Miner also was a project manager at Ruckus Media Group, where she had a lead role in the development and production of interactive iPad storybook applications. Miner earned her bachelor’s degree in film and television from Boston University’s College of Communication in Massachusetts. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.

MALTA — Arnoff Moving and Storage has announced the grand opening of Arnoff Pack and Ship, a full-service delivery store at 10 Stonebreak Road in Malta. Conveniently located near a traffic circle on Route 9, the new store is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is an authorized shipper for UPS, FedEx and DHL. Full packing services are provided for all items, small and large, including the safe packaging of fragile items. Packing supplies are sold, including boxes, tape, packing paper, bubble wrap, mattress covers, and more. Packages with prepaid labels are accepted daily, and UPS, FedEx and DHL carrier supplies are available at no charge. Customers who stop by the store and mention this announcement will receive a 15 percent discount on all shipments and purchases. For more information, call 518-400-8090, email, go to www., or visit

Upscale City Barbershop Now Open SARATOGA SPRINGS — Regal Barbershop is officially open and taking appointments. The facility is the destination of choice for men looking for expert grooming, premier service and a shot of confidence in a quiet and

BUSINESS BRIEFS 11 sophisticated setting. At Regal Barbershop, which is located at 35 Van Dam Street, parking is free off the street. Customers can enjoy complimentary premium beverages while a Regal master barber tailors haircuts per specific individual requests. Master barbers George and Sam Jacob have combined experience of over 50 years. They learned the trade from their late father at his barbershop. Over the years, they have trained dozens of barbers, who then went on to start their own businesses. For more information, call 518-430-2651 or email service@regalbarb The company website is www.

Common Thread Knitting Auction SARATOGA SPRINGS — Common Thread Saratoga, located at 512 Broadway, is auctioning off a hand-knit, wool blanket with the proceeds going to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The round blanket is 50-inches in diameter, double knit, with beautiful colors on an off-white background. For those familiar with knitting, the pattern is the Sunburst Blanket by Lucy Neatby. Many hours and a considerable amount of wool went into this work of art. The silent auction bidding begins at $200 and the winner will be announced on September 14. Common Thread Saratoga is the largest yarn shop in the

area and has a wide selection of yarns, patterns, books, needles, roving and accessories. Project and technique classes are regularly offered and there are three drop-in classes every week. These classes are for beginners and advanced beginners to work on a new project or one they are struggling with. Brand new knitters and crochet enthusiasts are welcome.

Local businesses like Common Thread Saratoga count on the continued support of the community. Being a community yarn and fiber resource, the company provides the area with products and services not found elsewhere. For more information, contact Doreen Kamen at 518-583-2583 or by email at commonthreadsaratoga@gmail.



Week of August 11 – August 17, 2017

City Announces 2018-2023 Capital Budget Plan by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Mayor Joanne Yepsen and the Capital Committee submitted the city’s proposed six-year Capital Budget Program this week. The six-year plan, while not binding, is a blueprint of sorts and provides one indication of the city’s capital priorities and associated projects it perceives important for the future. Twenty-six projects ranked in order of priority and totaling just over $11 million – nearly all of it to be bonded - were submitted as part of the itemized proposal strictly for the year 2018. The costliest project, ranked #14 on the 2018 priority list, recommends $3 million be set aside for the design and construction of an East Side Fire and

EMS facility. The public safety project has long been on the city’s radar as a supplement to its two other existing stations, which are located near downtown Saratoga Springs, and on the city’s west side. The two other seven-digit cost proposals for 2018 are capital improvements of the Kaydeross Avenue West Pipe - a $1.2 million DPW request - and the addition of a radio tower in the city, which ranks number 1 overall on the project list and calls for $1.3 million to be bonded. The water pipe upgrade indicates that the water mains on Route 9 and Nelson Avenue Extension are undergoing “severe external corrosion,” according to the Department of Public Works, which proposes a four-year program be implemented to replace the main and

“avoid catastrophic failure.” The radio tower project signifies efforts by the Public Safety Department and the Safety Committee to correct significant communication deficiencies in the city’s emergency communications systems and existing “life safety issues” that currently exist with community emergency communications, according to the DPS. The roof of the Stonequist Apartments complex is under consideration as a potential location to site the tower.

The conversion of the Saratoga Music Hall to an OCA (Office of Court Administration) required courtroom asks that $300,000 be bonded in 2018 and an additional $2.7 million in 2019. Addition requests include that $1.8 million be bonded over a six-year period for a Canfield Casino rehabilitation project, as well as an assortment of funds be allocated for city building repairs, DPW vehicles, the refurbishing of a fire truck and a variety of

water main improvements. The city has approximately 150 miles of municipal water mains – about 20 miles of which in the core of the city is comprised of cast iron pipe more than a century old and is in need of replacement, according to the DPW. The second of two public hearings regarding the Capital Budget proposal will take place at the council’s next meeting, on Aug. 15.

Saratoga Immigration Coalition to Host Walk and Vigil Aug. 24 to highlight ‘All are Welcome Here’ SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Immigration Coalition – a network of civic groups, faith communities and concerned individuals from across the Capital District – will hold a walk and vigil for the public 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 24 in downtown Saratoga to raise awareness and appreciation for the contributions of the immigrant community.

The coalition includes: the Presbyterian New England Congregational Church, Temple Sinai of Saratoga Springs, Saratoga Friends Meeting, Saratoga Unites, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs, the Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church, the Saratoga Springs Human Rights Task Force, BEST – Back Stretch Employee Service Team, and the MLK Project of Saratoga. “The purpose of the “All Are Welcome Here Walk and Vigil” is to educate the public about the unseen, yet vital part immigrants play in our lives and to show support of and gratitude to those immigrants,” said organizer Maxine Lautenberg, a member of Temple Sinai in Saratoga Springs, in a statement. “The walk and vigil is to be quite different from a protest or an event to express disapproval of current policies and procedures directed at immigrants,” Lautenberg explained. The coalition envisions a walk of silence starting from three locations in Saratoga Springs all ending with a simple vigil gathering at “The Spirit of Life” statue in Congress Park, where there will be a very short program with spoken word and song. The walk will start from three locations where participants are encouraged to meet: Union Avenue near the track entrance, Beekman Street, and North

Broadway near the City Center and Temple Sinai. These locations were chosen for their current and historical connections to immigrants, Lautenberg explained. The track is home to immigrant back stretch workers; Beekman Street was once a hub of Italian and Irish immigrants; and Broadway signifies the impact immigrants have on our daily lives be it through their direct contributions to the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the music we hear and so many others. Saratoga Immigration Coalition volunteers will assist participants along the route to serve as guides along the course. They will help ensure that the intention of the walk, and its tone and tenor are maintained. Walk participants are encouraged to register in advance at go/508084caeac29a2fd0-allare. The vigil will be non-political, calling on local artists, immigrants and concerned individuals to share in spoken word and song. Attendees are asked to bring an electric votive candle or other electric light. Volunteers interested in participating in sign-making to prepare for the event can join the coalition, hosted by the Temple Sinai Social Action Committee, at 509 Broadway 5-8 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21. Participants are asked to bring supplies.

Week of August 11 – August 17, 2017

City Proclamation Honors Local Man Who Marched with MLK

Members of The Aldrich Family at City Hall on Aug. 1, 2017. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY The City Council issued a proclamation honoring local resident Alexander “Sam” Aldrich, who died last month at the age of 89, after a life devoted to fighting for social justice. Educated at Harvard and Harvard Law School, Aldrich started his career as a corporate attorney in New York City, however was soon called to public service by the societal changes he witnessed at the time. He left the corporate world and focused his efforts on improving law enforcement’s approach to what were then called “juvenile delinquents,” supporting civil rights, preserving public lands, and sustaining art and culture. He served as a public defender and later as deputy police commissioner for New York City, joined New York State Governor Nelson Rockefeller’s administration as the first director of the New York State Division for Youth, and became chairman of the Governor’s State Cabinet Committee for Civil Rights. Aldrich and Rockefeller

were also first cousins. Nearing the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963, Aldrich invited this reporter into his home, where he leafed through the pages of an old notebook he kept filled with scribbled memories of the era. “I was up on that dais,” he recalled of the day in 1963 when King delivered his speech. “It was so moving and so peaceful. It was extraordinary.” Aldrich also joined King on a historic 54-mile march in 1965 from Selma to Montgomery, during which he recalled being greeted with unkind remarks from other whites during the nearly week-long trek. “They would boo or make nasty remarks. They were very hostile,” said Aldrich, adding that there seemed to hover a tragic inevitability in the air at the time that King himself recognized. “I think he knew that he was a symbol, that he was at risk and that he would probably die on his mission.”




Week of August 11 – August 17, 2017

NSYUT Reacts to SUNY Charter Schools Institute Under-Qualified Teacher Proposal by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — On August 1, the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) sent a letter to Ralph Rossi, II, the executive deputy director and general counsel for the State University of New York (SUNY) Charter Schools Institute, in regards to the institute’s new teacher certification proposal. The letter clearly stated that NYSUT is against the lowered qualifications for charter schools that SUNY is trying to implement. This proposal

would allow SUNY-authorized charter schools to have their own teacher certification program as opposed to the “rigorous New York State standards,” Carl Korn, the chief press officer of NYSUT, said. According to the SUNY Charter Schools Institute’s website, “Guided by the Board of Trustees’ rigorous standards, the Institute provides ongoing oversight of schools that centers on progress made by schools in improving student achievement, while also reviewing their organizational and fiscal performance; the Institute’s oversight serves as a catalyst for improvement, informs the public

of each school’s performance, and protects the health and safety of students enrolled in each school.” The Institute also points out that they “recommend renewal of only those charter schools that have shown they can improve student performance and operate in a fiscally and organizationally sound manner.” Korn remarked, “New York’s teachers are among the best educated, most highly prepared in the country. These proposed regulations are a travesty. They would lower the standards for teachers by allowing charter networks to bypass the rigorous certification process. We see it as the

‘anybody we want to certify’ approach for charter schools and that is very dangerous for students.” That being said, New York state union teachers are also among the highest paid in the country, earning an average of $77,628 a year and become tenured after a multi-year evaluation process that requires a vote from the governing committee of the school. The three main concerns that NYSUT has with the proposed charter teacher eligibilities are the lack of qualifications for these new charter teachers. The different certification process creates a two tier educational system in New York. The children in public schools are educated by teachers who have met the New York state union qualifications and with this new proposal, the children in charters would be educated by teachers who only meet the charter SUNY charter standards, creating a second tier of educators. The SUNY Charter Network has proposed that teachers with fewer than 30 hours of classroom instruction and only a few weeks of field experience are well equipped to educate. NYSUT recognizes that New York has a rigorous process for becoming a certified teacher, but there are many flexible paths in which to do so. “If charter networks are having difficulty attracting and retaining qualified teachers, they should look at paying those teachers more, treating them like professionals, and letting them teach. Not setting up their own certification process where anyone can become a teacher,” Korn said. It is important to note that the charter school teachers certified under this new process via SUNY Charter School Institute would not be union members,

paying union dues, or required to follow the same guidelines of union teachers. Korn said that as of right now, no charter schools have reached out to them specifically to comment one way or the other. Currently, NYSUT and SUNY are in a 45 day comment period which ends September 8. In this period, SUNY Trustees are able to comment on the matter and change anything about the proposal. “We expect the SUNY Trustees to take this matter seriously and reject these draft regulations as harmful to students and harmful to teacher,” Korn said, speaking for NYSUT as a whole. TeachNY is a SUNY initiative that seeks to raise standards for teachers and to further professionalize teaching standards in New York State by raising the aspirational standards for teaching. For TeachNY, SUNY and NYSUT were on the same page. Jolene DiBrango, NYSUT executive vice president, stated in her letter, “the pending draft regulations are completely counter to the spirit and letter of the resolution which was adopted in June.” That resolution is TeachNY. “On one hand, SUNY is calling for even more rigorous and even more professional standards for teachers and on the other hand, they want to lower the standards for charter networks and that doesn’t make any sense,” Korn said. If the regulations for the new charter school certifications are approved and adopted without change, they would go into effect in September. Attempt at contact with Ralph Rossi and those at SUNY Charter School Institute were not returned.

Week of August 11 – August 17, 2017

Science Explorers SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Children’s Museum at Saratoga is hosting a weekly program where children ages 3 and up discover the different ways that science surrounds us every day. Join them August 17 at 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Contact The Children’s Museum at Saratoga for more information, 518-584-5540.

Hudson Crossing Park’s 13th Annual Cardboard Boat Race SCHUYLERVILLE — Hudson Crossing Park will present its 13th Annual Cardboard Boat Race on Aug. 12 (rain date is Aug. 13) at Fort Hardy Park beach on Route 29 in Schuylerville from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. This year’s theme is “The Erie Canal, We Dig It!” to celebrate the bicentennial of the Erie Canal that was started on July 4, 1817. The first cardboard boat race launches at 1 p.m. Admission is free for spectators. On-site registration and cardboard boat construction is open from 8-11 a.m. Rules, registration forms, and hints to get started with boat building are available at Race participants will construct a “human-powered” boat made of corrugated cardboard or 100 percent recycled materials, which will hold at least one crew member and be “seaworthy” enough to race a short distance on the Hudson River. Racers may construct their boats ahead of time or on the morning of the event (materials will be available at the event site for a nominal fee). Call Park Director Cindy Wian at 518-350-PARK (7275)or e-mail for more information.


Saratoga Children’s Theatre Performs Thoroughly Modern Millie

Saratoga Springs City School District Launches Mobile App

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Starting Friday, August 18 and Saturday, August 19, at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., the Janet Kinghorn Bernard Theater at Skidmore College will be hosting Saratoga Children’s Theatre’s four performances of Thoroughly Modern Millie. Talented local teens from age 13 – 18 will be performing the classic musical directed and choreographed by Michael Whitney, musically directed Ben Jacob, and costumed by Sherry Recinella. All tickets are sold at the door, $10.00 general admission, kids 10 and under are free.

This app is available on smartphones and tablets, it can be downloaded on the Apple App Store or Google Play, just search “Saratoga Springs City SD.” The purpose of the app is to keep students, parents, staff, and overall community up-todate on what’s happening in the district. Weather alerts, news, calendar information, links to the student portal, SchoolTool, and PayPAMS are all included. Additional information can be found at www.

BARC Youth Theatre Company

SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Friday, August 11 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Serendipity Arts Studio will host a cooking class for ages 7+, registration is $30 and is required to attend. Kids will learn recipe terms, kitchen safety, and will make a meal to their liking. Theme nights this August are as follows: - August 11 is cheese fries, corn dogs, and soft ice cream cones. - August 18 is southern fried chicken, hush puppies, and banana cream pie. - August 25 is Schnitzel (German chicken cutlet), soft pretzels, and strudel.

BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Area Recreation Commission (BARC) Youth Theatre Company presents Chitty Chitty Bang Bang directed by Michael Gatzendorfer. Opening Friday August 11 at 7:00 p.m., the show will run an additional five performances on August 12 at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., August 18 at 7:00 p.m. and August 19 at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Tickets are between $5.00 and $10.00, depending on seating, and each performance will take place at the Ballston Spa High School auditorium. Featuring 40 talented young actors and actresses aged 8 – 18 and accompanied by a live orchestra, the BARC Youth Theatre Company is well known in the area. After being founded in 2002, BARC Youth Theatre has put on 14 well-received shows. For more information,

Kids Cooking: Kids Night Out

History, Legends, Lore and More Walking Tour SARATOGA SPRINGS — This tour celebrates Saratoga’s Victorian era and the classic

Victorian stroll, a high society must to see and be seen. The 90-minute walking tour will stroll through Congress Park, take the waters, and tell the stories of Saratoga’s most colorful characters, beloved monuments, and treasured artwork. - Sept. 4, tours will run Monday-Saturday -Sept. 9 to Oct. 21 tours will be Saturdays only -There will be no tours on Sundays throughout the season All tours begin at 10:30 a.m., rain or shine and meet at the Saratoga Heritage Area Visitor Center, 297 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. The cost is $8.00 per person, and children under 12 are free. Reservations are not required. For more information, contact the Saratoga Heritage Area Visitor Center at 518-587-3241.

15 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 iPads prior to picking them up. The form can be found online at



Stay Connected with the SSCSD Mobile App The Saratoga Springs City School District is excited to launch a mobile app for the entire school community! The app is designed to be a one-stop destination for the district’s most sought-after information for parents, students, staff and the community — all from the home screen of your smart phone or tablet. Designed in collaboration with SchoolMessenger, the district’s custom app will offer news, alerts, calendar information, links to the SchoolTool parent portal and PayPAMS, lunch menus and access to social media. Those who are interested can opt in to receive “push

notifications” that the district will send to get alerts and reminders right on their device. Download the mobile app on your mobile device today from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Week of August 11 – August 17, 2017

Schuylerville Principal Accepts Superintendent Position at Phelps-Clifton Springs CSD Schuylerville High School Principal Matthew Sickles has accepted a superintendent position with the Phelps-Clifton Springs Central School District, located in Ontario County, southeast of Rochester. Sickles has served as high school principal and juniorsenior high school principal for Schuylerville for the past 12 years. Sickles was appointed on Monday, July 31 and will begin his official duties as superintendent on Sept. 1. The district plans to appoint James Ducharme to high school principal at the Board of Education meeting on Aug. 14. Ducharme has served as assistant principal for both Schuylerville Middle School

Matthew Sickles.

and Schuylerville High School for the past two years. Ducharme previously served as a school counselor at Cohoes High School for eight years. An interim assistant principal will be in place until the end of

December, as the district, with input from the school community, begins its extensive search for a permanent assistant principal. For more information: http://

Week of August 11 – August 17, 2017



TODAY Pages 17-23

Big Ideas for Little Learners

by Megin Potter for Saratoga TODAY The Skidmore Early Education Center combines the latest advances in educational research with engaging classroom experiences to build a lasting love of learning in their students. “It’s such a rich background that develops solid social skills, a readiness for, and a love of school,” said Director Mary Ellen

Towne. In this unique preschool environment, each person is both teacher and student. Fresh Perspectives In a variety of morning and afternoon classes for three and four-year-olds, as well as in their Pre-K, Skidmore’s program is encouraging children to be themselves. “I’ve seen a lot of changes and growth in how things have evolved in education over the years. It goes in waves from a teacher-directed approach to more of a child-directed one. It allows for all styles of learners, for play, experimentation, and investigation to be supported,” said Towne, who has been involved in education since 1982. Skidmore College students pursuing education studies participate in the preschool classroom, as well. They help to teach, but also observe, and learn from the children, while also creating an advantageous 1:4 adult-tochild ratio at the center.

Having the college students involved really makes this preschool unique. Their varied backgrounds, interests, and the higher numbers of male participants, add a rare opportunity for more diversified perspectives, and an authentic learning environment more representative of real life, than what is typically found in preschools. Make-it-Your-Own With open-ended learning goals, the language-rich safety of

the Skidmore campus is a creativity-lovers playground. Last year, the much-adored Pete the Cat character from the children’s book series of the same name, inspired a three-week journey into the world of shoes. From discussions of the children’s own favorite shoes, to a graph charting their foot size, to setting up a classroom shoe store, one thing led to another, sparking an unexpected - and engaging, learning experience for all.

Energize Advances Here, children are growing the grit to develop their ideas, and the perseverance to turn them into a reality. These are skills that will be of continuous benefit to them as they progress into elementary school and beyond. As a testament to its effectiveness, one local family has continued to have all of their six children go to the Skidmore Early Education Center. The youngest is now in their Pre-K class and the oldest is a senior in high school, said Towne. “Registration can be done online, but what I really try to do is encourage families to come, visit, and see what happens in the classroom,” she said. Skidmore Early Education Center registration is ongoing based on availability. Currently, there are openings in the newly added afternoon Pre-K and multiage classes for the fall semester. For more information including classroom schedules and pricing, go to ecc/index.php or call Mary Ellen Towne at 518-580-5473 ext. 227.




Week of August 11 – August 17, 2017

Eye & Vision Care for Back to School

by Dr. Chad Vaughn, Optometrist

for Saratoga TODAY Classrooms around the country are becoming increasingly hightech, and teachers are incorporating 3D imaging, digital devices and the latest computer applications into their daily curriculum. While these devices can greatly enhance learning, they also enhance the demands of the visual system and increase the importance of proper eye and vision care. Prolonged use of these technologies can cause eye strain, headaches, fatigue, burning or tired eyes, loss of focus, blurred vision, double vision or head and neck pain. This condition has been called by the American Optometric Association, computer vision syndrome (CVS). CVS occurs when eye or vision problems related to near work are experienced during or related to using digital devices. Students can help avoid CVS by practicing the 20-20-20 rule.

At least every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and view something 20 feet away. Studies show that people need to rest their eyes to keep them moist, and comfortable. Plus, staring off into the distance helps the eyes from locking into a close-up position, which causes blur or fluctuation in vision far away. The AOA further recommends that students take a 15-minute break for every two hours spent on computers or other digital devices. Many of these issues can be further held in check with good ergonomics and yearly, comprehensive eye exams by an optometrist who not only checks nearsightedness and farsightedness but also checks binocular vision, and the focusing abilities of the patient. As is true with most things, the earlier a vision problem is detected and treated, the more likely treatment will be successful. It is also important to keep in mind, a school vision screening, while helpful, is not a substitute for a comprehensive eye examination. Screenings vary in scope and are not designed to detect many visual problems that can significantly impact tasks like reading where more than clarity of vision is needed. This is especially true in today’s increasingly high-tech classrooms, where the use of laptops, tablets and other digital devices are used throughout the day. So as the first day of school is quickly approaching, and most

parents are busily making their way through a list of “to-dos”: shopping for school clothes, making appointments for immunizations and physicals, trips to the store for pencils, pens, paper and all the other “must-haves” for the classroom. Add to the list an appointment with an optometrist to make sure your child’s eye are seeing well, and performing appropriately for these “hightech” classrooms. For more information contact: Dr. Chad Vaughn, Vaughn Vision, 170 S Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. 518 306-5290

Week of August 11 – August 17, 2017




Cleaning up is Hard to do

by Katherine Morna Towne for Saratoga TODAY Our house is falling apart. I guess I realize that with six boys, I can’t expect it to remain intact, but it’s becoming more apparent to me lately, more than in the past. Probably because they’re all getting so big, and two of them are middle schoolers (one of whom is now taller than me, as of the last time I measured him against the wall: June 17), and none of them are content to stay in the child-safe playroom with the baby gate up in the doorway anymore. Also because, since the youngest is three, I’m actually clearheaded and energetic enough to notice the house and actively try to make it look nice. You can understand my frustration, then, that after more than a dozen years of not paying any attention to the house at all, what with birthing and breastfeeding and potty training and trying to arrange all aspects of our lives so that we all sleep through the night, now that I’m actually putting in the effort, it’s all a one-step-forward-two-stepsback endeavor. All because of those boys. For example, there are holes in the walls in the TV room and playroom from various bits of furniture being shoved too roughly against the wall. We had to have our kitchen faucet replaced recently, and I’m convinced it’s because of the overly rough manner in which it’s turned on and off seventy-five times a day by thirsty boys. One of our kitchen cabinets—the

lowest one, in which we put all the boys’ cups, plates, and bowls, so even the littlest can get his own—had a door that ripped right off not too long ago because they like to crouch down and hold on to that door while leaning backwards and assessing the contents of the cabinet. “Stop hanging on the cabinet doors!” I say every day, because the fixed cabinet door is surely shaky and the other one will probably meet the same fate. I had to stop letting my youngest lay down in his room during nap time, because the first day he took a nap up there after I’d moved him out of his crib, he was so excited he decided to throw his cars around and broke a light switch cover and cracked the mirror. We have a sectional that faces the TV, and a love seat that faces the opposite way, and their backs are up against each other. Because the love seat is so much shorter than the length of sectional it butts up against, I’ve been envisioning finding the perfectsized end table to put next to the love seat, that will exactly line up with the end of the sectional. It’s one of those furniture arrangements that makes me, who’s not known for any interior design ability, a little swoony with the perfection of it all. I could even put a lamp on the end table! Oh, but wait. The little boys are constantly climbing over the back of the sectional onto the love seat in order to get to the kitchen, because it’s so much quicker than actually walking around the couch of course, and if a lamp was right there, right near where their legs swing over, it’s guaranteed to be knocked over. Several times. Every day. I frequently walk into the front room to find the front window’s curtain on its rod hanging askew in the window or down altogether (the window that faces the street, the one all the neighbors can see, of course). The screen door on the back porch has

had its lowers screen ripped away from its frame a hundred times, because the boys like to kick that part to open the door (yes, we’ve forbidden them to do so). It currently needs to be repaired, again, and I recently watched my son bring over a basketball to put on the porch and instead of opening the screen door and putting the ball inside, he tossed the ball through the screen on the bottom of the door. That’s half the problem right there of course—the boys just don’t care about the same things I do. They want food when they’re hungry, the freedom to get really filthy outside, their weekly video game allowance, etc. They don’t care if there are dirty clothes on the

floor, or if their sheets have somehow come off their mattresses in the night, or if there are fingerprints on the walls. Despite all this, I am seeing progress. This summer I got caught up on laundry for maybe the first time ever. A dear friend/handyman extraordinaire is going to patch and paint the walls of our TV room and playroom. I think I may have found the perfect end table to go next to the love seat, and it’ll look great, even without a lamp on it. Kate and her husband have six sons ages 12, 11, 9, 7, 5, and 3. Follow her at www.facebook. com/kmtowne23, or email her at



Week of August 11 – August 17, 2017


Senior Calendar…

Adult and Senior Center of Saratoga 5 Williams St, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 518-584-1621 Farmers’ Market Fridays at the Senior Center – 10 a.m. noon OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Every Friday farmer Cliff Samson will be at the center bringing you fresh quality vegetables grown right in Ballston Spa! Selection will grow as season progresses. FOOD STAMPS ACCEPTED! Sponsored by Centers Health Care

August Special Events…

August 11, 1:30 Financial Expo - FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Herzog Law - Medicare vs Medicaid-who pays for what that goes with it NY Long Term - Long Term Care Planning, knowing your options Janney Montgomery Scott -

August 18, 2 p.m. NY State Citizen Disaster Preparedness Program - FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Learn the tools to prepare for emergencies and disasters, how to respond accordingly and to recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions. Our cycling group will be starting up again in August. If you are interested in joining, please see the front desk for details.

August Happenings…

Aug. 11, noon. - FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Physical Therapy with Centers Health Care - In this interactive exercise ball program, you will work to improve stability and mobility throughout the body. This exercise routine is great for individuals with arthritis. Lunch will be served. SIGN UPS REQUIRED BY AUGUST

9th. FOR EQUIPMENT AND LUNCH COUNT. Fridays, 10-11 a.m. - Go with the Flow Yoga with Kate, Sub. for Susan August 29th, 3 p.m. “The Awakening” by Kate Chopin Thursday, Aug. 31st -11 a.m. Tarot Card Readings - Get your fortune read by the amazing Mary Shimp! Please sign up. (By donation) Wednesdays, 10 a.m. - The Reminiscing Group - FREE! Join friends to share memories about times gone by! Friendly Golf Group - Did you know we play golf on Tuesdays? Sign up at front desk. Play will most likely be at Spa State Park golf course - 9 holes. $12 senior rate.

One Day Bus Trips

Sept. 6 – Mohonk Mountain House Music Week - $93 member/nonmember $115. Enjoy two fantastic musical concerts,

breathtaking lake and garden views and a buffet lunch. Dec. 6 – NYC - $40 member/ nonmember $65. Come celebrate Christmas in NYC! See the Rockefeller tree, browse holiday windows, get some Christmas shopping done or see a show!

Van Trips

Tues., August 15 - Aeroscience Museum (Glenville) - “Steeped in aviation history,” the Empire State Aerosciences Museum provides a variety of educational experiences focused around aviation history. Includes two galleries, interactive exhibits, and air park. Pay $20 at sign up. Lunch after the museum at Pig and Whistle. Bring money for lunch with you. Leave the center at 9:30 a.m., return around 3 p.m. Thurs., August 17 - Wiawaka (Lake George) - Tour the property of the oldest retreat for women in America! Pay $10 at sign up. Bring $16 with you. Lunch will be on the property. Leave the center at 10 a.m., return around 2 p.m.. THIS IS A WOMEN’S ONLY TRIP. Wed., August 23 - Saratoga National Park - Guided tour with a focus on the 1st Battle of Saratoga. Caravan to stops 2, 3 and 6 with walking at each stop. Lunch will be held at Over the

Moon Cafe. Pay $9 at sign up. Bring $5 admission and money for lunch with you. Leave the center at 9 a.m., return around 2 p.m.. Thurs., August 24 - The Clark Institute (Williamstown, MA) - Exhibits include the works of Picasso, Lawrence Alma-Tadema and works from the Clark’s and The Leiden Collections. Pay $43 at sign up. Bring money for lunch with you. Lunch after the museum at Cafe 7 on site. Leave the center at 8 a.m., return around 3 p.m. Tues., August 29 - Lunch Bunch at Water’s Edge Lighthouse - Pay $10 at sign up. Leave the center at 10:15. Lunch at 11 a.m. Return around 1 p.m. Wed., August 30 - Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) - Take a guided tour of the museum. Exhibits on display include Laurie Anderson, Louise Bourgeois, Jenny Holzer, Nick Cave and more. Pay $52 at sign up. Includes box lunch from Lickety Split in Museum. Leave the center at 9 a.m.. Return around 2 p.m. Tues., September 19 - The Big E (West Springfield, MA) - Visit the largest state fair in the east, Eastern States Exposition! Pay $15 at sign up. Bring $12 plus lunch money with you. Leave the center at 8:30 a.m.. Return around 4:30 p.m..

Week of August 11 – August 17, 2017




Walk This Way

by Matthew Goodemote MPSPT, Dip. MDT for Saratoga TODAY My journey as a therapist has been an interesting one. I started off wanting to work with athletes and found myself striving to be a spine specialist instead. I spent the first five years of my career working primarily on back and neck pain. This in turn led me to start a wellness center where I spent ten years working with a multitude of different conditions and where I really found my style of experimenting and devouring research studies. And that led me to opening my office in Saratoga five years ago where I found myself connecting these seemingly unrelated areas into treating patients as a whole rather than a body part or particular diagnosis. The really interesting part is how each of these seemingly different directions kept me on track to stay open to learning new things and simultaneously focused my way of treating patients in a more and more complete way. Let me give you an example. Several years ago I was treating a patient for lower back pain when I noticed he was walking with the same abnormal gait leaving as he had been when he came in. The strange part for me was that he had responded to the treatment and was leaving with no back pain. So why was his gait still off ? I started researching to find out and learned a lot about the mechanics of gait, but truthfully the reason for his gait eluded me.

Fast forward to about five years ago when I opened my office in Saratoga and my main referral source was a podiatrist so I was getting even more exposure to gait abnormalities. It was during this period of my career that I was doing a lot of experimenting with people trying to really understand what was happening to them individually. I learned the general way of looking at things and started testing how they worked on the individual. In my mind I was trying to find the most efficient and effective ways to teach them how to alleviate their symptoms. During that time I treated a patient with a fractured fibula from a snowmobile accident. His gait mechanics were decent but he had pain every step. So I decided to figure out what way of walking caused the most relief and the most pain. He taught me that the best exercises for restoring his function to normal...the ones that supported the foot during ambulation...was not what I had learned from my research or my schooling. Or at least what I learned in school and research were not the best for this individual. This helped me see that it is crucial for the individual to find what works for them! This experimental way of treating patients with an emphasis on finding what worked for them individually came full circle when I started noticing that the unusual gait I was seeing with patients that had lower back pain was also happening to patients with foot pain. And the treatments I learned from my research were not as effective as the treatments I had found experimenting on individual patients through the years. I am often teaching my patients that the solution to their condition is to find the source of the problem and not focusing on the symptoms. So when someone comes with foot pain I want to make sure that their hip and lower back are moving properly because I have found trying to resolve

foot pain with an abnormal gait coming from a painful back is way harder. There are cases where someone’s foot problems are the source of the problem, of course, which leads to an abnormal gait. The bottom line is, in my opinion, you have to assess the whole system to find the issue with how you walk. This means if your balance is off, you have to investigate the whole system...the back...the hips...the knees...the feet and how these all work separately and how they work together. I have also found that when I ask people to modify their gait by making their steps slightly more narrow, a whole lot of interesting things happen at the foot/ankle and above at the hips and lower back. Unfortunately when people feel unsteady they turn their hips and feet out to create a wider base of support. This leads to a side to side movement of the trunk instead of a rotational movement we normally have. You may have noticed someone walking like they are wobbling side to side as they go. This person is not more balanced...despite the wide stance, the change to how they step actually makes them less balanced. Often at this point, the person will unconsciously shorten their step length, thinking it is safer. Unfortunately smaller steps makes you even less secure. The comparison I use with this is a coffee table with legs closer together. If you bring the legs in together the coffee table is less stable, and so are we. Another common area of confusion is choosing the right footwear to help with walking. Often people assume that if their feet hurt, then more cushioning will help. While some say it feels good to have more cushion, I have noticed people with a lot of cushioning in there shoe actually walk even worse, meaning they turn their feet out more and they widen their stance more. In addition these individuals will

become heavier on their feet, essentially stepping harder to feel the ground. And remember shoe manufacturers are trying to sell a product and often the research does NOT verify the claims being made by the companies. The memory foam in shoe is NOT helpful for your balance. I often compare it to walking on couch cushions all day. Even though it may feel good when you try them on, they may not be the best choice and may be contributing to your difficulty walking. Some safe ways to start improving your balance and gait include building your strength in the muscle needed for walking...starting with the hips. I recommend marching in place to start holding onto something stable, and progressing to marching while walking in a hallway or by a counter. Next I recommend side stepping in a hallway and progressing to marching sideways holding onto a wall or counter for safety. As far as actual walking I recommend starting with your feet closer together and keeping the narrow gait. I recommend this along a wall in a hallway or counter top for support. Remember that if you are not sure what to do, get help! Be safe! My recommendation for footwear is to avoid stiff

shoes with a lot of cushion. I believe that anyone recommending inserts (orthotics) should watch you walk before and after the inserts are made. Standing on a machine that measures your foot is fine... but in my opinion not enough. Walking and standing require different responses from the foot and an insert that helps standing may not be helpful for walking. I believe that having an assessment is very helpful because if you have foot pain but your issue is coming from your lower back you want to make sure you address it at the source, otherwise you may create two issues instead of one. I also believe learning some mobility exercises help you stay active and this is especially true with walking and balance. If you have had difficulty with your gait or balance, it can be helpful to take a fresh look at the variables that may be contributing to your issues. Often looking at the whole instead of the parts can help to shift your results. Thanks for reading my articles and please email me or come to my office if you would like as assessment. My office number is 518-306-6894 and my website has a contact page or my email is




Week of August 11 – August 17, 2017

Q: Why Are Small Business Retirement Plans So Complex? A: They May Be Simpler Than You Think — Consider These Two Plans

by Peter Sweetser for Saratoga TODAY The writer is a Retirement Plans Specialist at Fenimore Asset Management headquartered in Cobleskill, NY with a branch office in Albany.

Countless small businesses lack a retirement plan! This is startling, especially considering the fact that a retirement plan can help an entrepreneur achieve their long-term financial goals and attract and retain loyal employees. Running a small business is difficult. As an entrepreneur, you have numerous issues to juggle and may find yourself forced into matters that are beyond your expertise. You are likely to be crunched for time and may even place some beneficial initiatives on the back burner. Unfortunately, business owners, especially ones with a handful of employees, do not take advantage of the basic retirement plans that are available because of the misconception that they are complicated and time consuming. However, retirement investing can be easily understood and administered.

Ask yourself, “Who is saving for my future?” Just like many aspects of your operation, you have to be proactive and save for your retirement. Small business owners tend to pay themselves last, but I recommend that you get in the habit of treating your retirement contribution like a monthly bill and pay yourself first. Small business retirement plans are an ideal way to save for those golden years. Firstly, contributions for both you and your employees can be a tax deduction for the business. Secondly, contributions can grow taxdeferred until you withdraw your money in the future. Two of the options available to small businesses that can be effective and easy to implement are the Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) IRA and Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees (SIMPLE) IRA. They both offer low-cost,

tax-advantaged retirement savings opportunities for selfemployed individuals and small business owners. A SEP IRA often works well if you are the only employee of the business or if it is just you and your spouse. A SIMPLE IRA is good for those who want to help not only themselves, but their employees as well. Additionally, if you have a SEP or SIMPLE plan through your company, you may also invest in your own Traditional or Roth IRA to supplement your retirement savings. A good retirement plan can make it easier for an entrepreneur to achieve their financial objectives. It can also help attract and retain loyal employees while offering them the potential opportunity to grow their savings tax-deferred and retire comfortably. As Ben Franklin said, “You may delay, but time will not.”

Week of August 11 – August 17, 2017




The Impact of Trauma Healing from the Inside Out

by Meghan Lemery Fritz LCSW-R for Saratoga TODAY The healing process is one that takes time, patience and practice. Often when people go through a traumatic experience they think that to heal they must review the details repeatedly until the feelings melt away. This can actually work against the healing process and cause you to stay trapped in the overwhelming

feelings causing you to develop post-traumatic stress disorder. Repressing your feelings all together can lead to outbursts of anger and cause you to live in resentment and bitterness. This will manifest in fits of rage over miniscule things that come up day to day. Trauma can come in the form of divorce, job loss, moving, death of a loved one or pet, and abusive relationships emotionally, physically and/or sexually. You know you have been traumatized when a past event stirs up powerful feelings that make you feel like the situation is occurring in the present. Your brain does not process feelings in the past or the present so when you think of the trauma you will feel flooded as if the event is taking place at that very moment. The key to healing from the inside out is to take the time you need to acknowledge your feelings with compassion and acceptance. The best thing you can do

to work through painful, challenging times is to be who you needed when you were younger. For example, if you felt unloved and neglected in your childhood and went on to marry someone who continued the cycle of neglect, you will be recreating trauma all over again. The only way to break that cycle is to be the parent you wanted to your present self. An effective way to begin the healing process is to picture yourself at the age the trauma occurred. You could see your 14-year-old self or even your 40 your old self. It doesn’t matter as long as you see yourself as the age you were when you went through a painful experience. Begin to say the things to your former self that you needed to hear from other people. “I’m sorry you felt so unloved, I’m sorry you felt invisible, I understand how sad that must have been for you.” Keep flooding your former self with compassion

and acceptance. This process will allow you to really work through your feelings about the situation and help you feel heard, accepted and understood. Keep talking out loud to the former self for as long as you need to. When you start this process, you may begin to feel shame and turn on your former self. This only deepens the wounds. Offer only acceptance and compassion. Keep doing this when you are alone and won’t be afraid of having someone hear you. This exercise over time will help you begin the much-needed process of healing. Each time you go back and become who your former self needed you will open your heart to experience true healing from the inside out. You will start to feel a peace wash over you and over time you will notice that you are no longer flooded with feelings of shame, anger, sadness or regret. Remember, healing is a process. If you think of falling and

skinning your knee, first you notice it is red and swollen, over time it bruises and turns purple to blue in color, and then it may turn slightly yellow. Eventually the skin will return to its normal color and your body will do what it needs to do to heal. Healing trauma is a process full of many colors that takes compassion and care to move forward. Don’t live paralyzed by old wounds; be who your former self needed and begin to only offer acceptance, compassion and understanding. You will be amazed at how this process can free you from the hurts of the past. Be who you needed today and always. You are worth it! Meghan Fritz is a psychotherapist practicing in State College, PA. For more information email

529 Able Accounts in New York A New Way for the Disabled to Save To help deal with this difficulty, the federal government has allowed states to establish 529 Able or 529A accounts. The New York State Comptroller is currently setting up the NY 529 Able program and accounts are expected to be available soon. What is the purpose of 529 Able accounts? These accounts will allow disabled people to save money in an account that will not affect their eligibility for governmental benefits.

by Matthew J. Dorsey, Esq. Are 529 Able accounts like 529 college savings accounts? They are for Saratoga TODAY Many disabled people receive governmental benefits, such as Medicaid or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). These benefits often come with low resource eligibility levels, which make it very difficult for a disabled person to save money for necessary expenses. If a disabled person has assets in excess of allowable levels, they risk losing their governmental benefits.

similar in that they allow the account funds to grow tax free, and if they are used for a qualified expense, the funds can be withdrawn tax free. Unlike 529 college savings accounts, a disabled person can only have one 529 Able account. Who can set up a 529 Able account? The account can be set up by the disabled person, a parent or legal guardian of the disabled person, or a power of attorney agent of the

disabled person. Are there age limits for the disabled person? The disabled person must have become disabled before the age of 26. Can other people put money in the account? Yes, anyone can deposit money into the 529 Able account of a disabled person. What kind of things can the account funds pay for? The account funds must be used for “qualified disability expenses” (QDEs), which include a variety of things, such as expenses related to education, health and wellness, housing, transportation, employment support, and assistive technologies. What happens if the account funds are not used for QDEs? If used for expenses other than QDEs, the earnings portion of the withdrawal will be treated as taxable income for state and federal purposes and be subject to a 10 percent federal income tax penalty.

Is there a limit to how much you can invest? You can invest up to $14,000/year into a 529 Able account. Recipients of SSI can only have $100,000 in resources when adding the value of the 529 Able account to their other resources.

qualified disability expenses (including funeral expenses), but after those are satisfied, the balance must be used to pay off any Medicaid lien against the account holder. If any funds are available after that, they can be paid to the account holder’s estate.

How do the investments work? Similar to college savings 529 accounts, 529 Able accounts have a range of investment options available. You can invest aggressively for growth or you can be more conservative and seek to protect principal. No matter what option you choose, you can change your selection twice a year.

New York 529 Able accounts provide a new tool when planning for the financial needs of a disabled person. Other options, such as a Supplemental Needs Trust (SNT), may be preferable given the overall circumstances of the individual. In order to develop a plan that best serves the needs of the disabled person, it is advisable to contact an experienced estate planning professional. Matthew J. Dorsey, Esq. is a Partner with O’Connell and Aronowitz, 1 Court Street, Saratoga Springs, NY. Over his twenty years of practice, he has focused in the areas of elder law, estate planning, and estate administration. Mr. Dorsey can be reached at 518-584-5205, mdorsey@, and

Do other states have 529 Able accounts? Yes, and New York residents are not restricted just to New York 529 Able accounts. In addition, if you have a 529 Able account in one state, you can roll it over to a 529 Able account in another state. What happens when the account holder dies? The account can be used to pay outstanding


Week of August 11 – August 17, 2017


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Monika Cronin, Giovanni Pesenti, Kathleen Revell, JoAnn P. Cassidy.

Cara Carley, Julie Bonccio, Lars Haas-Skladzinski.


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Saratoga Hospital Foundation Stages Gala to Benefit Community Health Center

ARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Hospital Foundation held its 35th annual summer gala on the grounds of the Saratoga Casino Hotel Aug. 2, 2017. This year’s theme was “Adirondack Summer.” Event proceeds benefit Saratoga Hospital’s Saratoga Community Health Center, which provides high-quality routine healthcare to individuals, regardless of their ability to pay, and serves more than 6,600 patients.

After The Race

Connie Bush, JoAnn Pepper, and Barbara Nieman at the "After The Race" Cocktail Party at Saratoga National Golf Club on Aug. 6, 2017 in honor of retired thoroughbreds. Image by


"After The Race" Cocktail Party at Saratoga National Golf Club on Aug. 6, 2017. Image by

Gala at Racing Museum to Raise Funds for Veterans and Jockeys

ARATOGA SPRINGS — The inaugural Health, Horses and Making History gala at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will raise funds for veterans suffering from spinal injuries and PTSD, jockeys who have suffered debilitating injuries and those who provide daily care for equines at racetracks across the globe, through the efforts of the Backstretch Employees Service Team (B.E.S.T.) The event takes place 6-10 p.m. on Aug. 29 at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, on Union Avenue, and includes cash giveaways, a silent auction and raffles, as well as A “Tasting of Saratoga” conducted by some of the best restaurants and catering companies. Several of the nation’s top stable owners, trainers, jockeys, and racehorse industry professionals are expected to attend. One hundred percent of funds received via donors, ticket sales, silent auctions and raffles will go to the beneficiaries. Tickets are $100 per person, $125 on the day of the event. For reservations, call 518-491-0556 or 518-232-7554.


Week of August 11 – August 17, 2017

WINNER’S CIRCLE Saratoga TODAY Newspaper’s Guide to the 2016 Racing Season at the Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York

Kentucky Derby Winners Fail to Shine Bright

by Brendan O’Meara for Saratoga TODAY Inside this bubble are stakes races every day, pageantry the likes you see only in Keeneland and the most regal of bloodlines running day after day after day. The city lights up and becomes a six-week long carnival. Even dark days in Saratoga feel sunny. A Curlin colt sold for over a $1 million in the sales ring at the Fasig-Tipton Yearling Sale. If you looked solely at Saratoga, you’d think there’s nothing wrong, that horse racing is vibrant and on the brink of mainstream acceptance and that North Korea will soon be accepting cruise liners. It’s a nice, warm, fuzzy bubble full of sushi boats, racing forms and thrilling finishes. But elsewhere, the story is far grimmer. Look at Arizona. Look at Illinois. The state agency in charge of overseeing the integrity of the sport in Arizona is quickly running out of money. Without the agency oversight, racing would be forced to stop at Turf Paradise in Phoenix and Rillito Racetrack in Tuscan. Few people outside of the Saratoga bubble are rushing to the windows and hustling to the simulcast of these tracks. Arizona fuels its oversight fund based on pari-mutuel wagering along with contributions from track owners and horse owners. Arizona

lawmakers slashed the regulatory assessment package by one third and, as if that wasn’t enough, decided a $250,000 Breeders’ Cup award must be paid out by that same percentage of betting proceeds, the regulatory wagering assessment (RWA). According to The Republic, the Racing Division budget totaled $2.9 million. Once lawmakers cut the RWA percentage, it dropped the available funds for oversight to $1.5 million. “This is essentially a 50 percent reduction to the racing budget,” division Director Rudy Casillas told State Racing Commission members during a meeting, per Dennis Wagner’s Republic story. “We have a structural deficit. There is no way, from my estimation, that we can get through the rest of the fiscal year.” Which, for people directly or tangentially related to these smaller satellite tracks, is a wicked bummer. Meanwhile in the Hoosier State, though not bleeding out from a meat hook (yet), Illinois boasts some of the best turf races in the world. Problem is turf racing isn’t a big sell in North American unless you’re Chad Brown, Bill Mott or the Frenchman Christophe Clement. Grass and North American racing are like oil and water. Arlington hosts the Arlington Million and the Secretariat Stakes and while it’s great that a track like this values great grass racing, it’s like opening a vegetarian kiosk in Five Guys. Barry Rozner of the Daily Herald writes, “What was once a billion-dollar industry in Illinois— encompassing the tracks, breeders, horsemen and agribusiness that supports racing in so many ways— is shrinking by the day as neighboring states take advantage of the disaster that is Illinois politics.” This prompts maximum worry from Arlington Park GM Tony Petrillo saying that Illinois racing is very, very fragile and,

“It’s on the brink of destruction.” It doesn’t get bleaker than that. The Avengers would avoid this dumpster fire. The culprit? Gaming and table games from neighboring states. We see it everywhere. Why run a nickel claimer for a nickel, when you can run a nickel claimer for $15,000? You hear everyone from capitalists to whistleblowers saying, “Follow the money.” Illinois horse racing is circling the drain as it approaches its 35th running of the Million. What’s the solution? To keep pace, to keep horses in the state, horses breeding in the state, etc.,

there needs to be somewhat of a level playing field. It’s the same adage with Lasix. Few horses need it, but since everyone else in America runs on it, it forces other trainers to administer the diuretic merely to keep pace and keep the playing field level. Same with the gaming. If every neighboring state can offer something that Illinois can’t, the horseman will take their business elsewhere for obvious reasons. I’ve always maintained that less is more in horse racing. Fewer races, fewer race dates, but that fails to look at the ripple effect that running fewer races has on

the people beyond the racetrack. Fewer people can make a living, hard as that seems to be these days in any line of work. Saratoga is lucky. It’s insulated from much of these messes we’re seeing in Illinois and Arizona and since we’re on the brink of nuclear war, much of this feels trivial. But looking around the Saratoga Bubble reveals the dire situations many racing jurisdictions are in. There’s no simple solution, but it could be like the swing back to eating locally grown food from the farmer’s market vs. Big Agro. Support your locally grown horse racing.



Week of August 11 – August 17, 2017

Week Five Events At Saratoga Race Course Grandstand Admission Tickets for Travers Day Discounted with Advance Purchase The New York Racing Association is offering grandstand Travers Day admission tickets at a discounted price to fans who purchase in advance. Those buying grandstand in advance will receive $5 off the usual $15 at the gate. Travers Day is Saturday, August 26. They are selling out quickly. Visit www.Ticketmaster. com to purchase in advance.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 11 Tale of the Cat Race is run at 6 furlongs in dirt, $100,000. Breakfast at Saratoga, presented by B95.5 FM Breakfast Club 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, firstserved basis. The morning buffet is $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 first-come, first-served basis and are 45 minutes in length. Breakfast and tours are available daily, except Travers Day, Saturday, August 26. Woodford Reserve Fridays at The Post Racing fans are invited to continue their day at Saratoga with Woodford Reserve Fridays at The Post, the lively bar and entertainment sport area located adjacent to the paddock. Each Friday of the meet will feature a DJ and dancing, cocktail samplings and

trivia at The Post following the day’s final race Taste NY: Craft Beer Taste NY: Craft Beer event, which offers guests a selection of New York craft beers available for sampling each Friday in partnership with the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets. Fans will be able to sample five craft beers for $5 at the Berkshire Bank Saratoga Pavilion from noon to 5 p.m. Community Booth Saratoga Bridges , a non profit, will be at the community booth to discuss their organization that has served developmentally challenged people and their families for more than 55 years.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 12 Fourstardave Handicap Ran for 1 mile on turf, grade 1, $500,000.

Adirondack Ran for 6 ½ furlongs on dirt, grade 2, $200,000. Taste NY: Food and Artisans 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 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. Ketel One Party at The Post The fun will continue each Saturday of the season with the Ketel One Party at The Post. Saturday evenings at Saratoga will feature music from a DJ following the day’s

final race, cocktail samplings and giveaways. Taste NY: Food and Artisans 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 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. Community Booth Saratoga Springs Figure Skating Club will be at the community booth today to provide information to people interested in figure skating. The club offers lessons for beginners and skills and drills for advanced skaters.

Week of August 11 – August 17, 2017



News and Notes SUNDAY, AUGUST 13 G2 Saratoga Special Ran on 6 ½ furlongs on dirt, grade 2, $200,000. Moet and Chandon Mimosa Sundays Stop by The Post Bar every Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. to sample mimosas. Must be 21+ to enjoy. Taste NY: Food and Artisans: The Sunday edition of the market will welcome guests to the Berkshire Bank Saratoga Pavilion from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Community Booth The Joseph Ahmed Foundation, an organization that focuses on the prevention, discovery, and treatment of childhood cancers such as Ewing’s Sarcoma, will be at the community booth today talking about their cause and how you can get involved.

MONDAY, AUGUST 14 Saratoga Dew Ran on 1 1/8 dirt, $100,000. Berkshire Bank Family Monday Monday will be highlighted by the return of Berkshire Bank Family Mondays from 11 a.m.

to 4 p.m. in the Berkshire Bank Saratoga Pavilion. This week, don’t miss the Puppet show! Community Booth The Shenendehowa Nordic Club , a members only organization that promotes cross country skiing in Saratoga County, will be at the community booth today.


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16 Celebrate Adirondacks Day At the Berkshire Bank Saratoga Pavilion, this event will feature activities and exhibits that highlight the Adirondacks and the home of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics, Lake Placid. Bolton Landing Ran on 5 ½ turf, $100,000. Moet and Chandon Wine Wednesdays Every Wednesday The Post Bar will host this event offering different wine samples to participants 21+. Community Booth CDNY Synchronized Skating will be at the community booth today. They represent athlete skaters from around the Capital District. Stop by

to learn more about their team opportunities.

THURSDAY, AUGUST NYB Union Avenue Ran on 6 ½ furlongs of dirt, $100,000. Taco and Tequila Thursdays On every Thursday of the season, come enjoy tacos and margaritas at The Post restaurant while listening to a live flamenco guitar performance. This event takes place after the day’s final race. Taste NY: Wine, Cider, and Spirits Taste NY will be offering a variety of samples every Thursday from noon to 5:00 p.m. for the wine, cider, and spirits lover. $5 for five samples, 21+ to participate. Community Booth Saratoga Foundation for Innovative Learning (SFIL) will be at the community booth today. This organization is a non-profit that gathers community members as volunteers whose goal is to “foster forward-thinking and creative opportunities in the Saratoga Springs City School District,” according to the SFIL website.



Week of August 11 – August 17, 2017

Weezie at the Flagpole

by Louisa Foye for Saratoga TODAY As ominous clouds thankfully gave way to gorgeous blue skies and sunshine, the stage was set for a stellar Whitney Day of racing! Defying the curse of Saratoga, American Gal in the Grade 1 Test for 3-year-old fillies, and Gunrunner in the $1.2 million Grade 1 Whitney, proved that favorites can indeed win, while making it look easy, at the Spaaaaaa!

Adding to the drama of Gunrunner’s impressive 5-1/4 length victory, was the already legendary “tale” of the wayward horseshoe! As if carrying the high weight of 124 pounds wasn’t enough pressure, the 4-year-old son of Candy Ride had the added weight of the 63-1 long shot and rabbit, Cautious Giant’s shoe, entwined in his tail from the half mile pole! The odds of this bizarre occurrence happening would break the tote board, but the fact that neither horse nor jockey were injured, plus that Gunrunner didn’t even skip a beat, is also amazing! Although the “shoe” ran the race in the unlucky upsidedown position, appropriately coming off the “rabbit’s foot,” it was certainly a lucky charm! After being prematurely discarded, and ending up in a lucky fan’s hands, the now iconic shoe was retrieved by Steve Asmussen’s Assistant, Scott Blasi, for a “fee” of $100! Gunrunner is maturing very well into a top-rated and

classy contender for Horse of the Year as a 4-year-old, following 3rd place finishes in last year’s Kentucky Derby and Travers, and 2nd place finishes in the Pa Derby and Breeders Cup Dirt Mile. But...although he has won 4 straight races on American soil over the past 8+ months, racking up amazing Beyer figures of 111 and 110 at Churchill in the Clark and SF Foster, and 110 in the Razorback at Oaklawn, and now a career best 112 in the Whitney, I am not ready just yet to dethrone the great Arrogate! Despite his poor performance in the San Diego, I cannot get past the fact that he breathtakingly ran down Gunrunner in the Dubai World Cup in late March, or that Gunrunner was 3rd best to him last August in his record-breaking Travers! With Arrogate now set to go in the Pacific on the 19th, and Gunrunner aiming for the Woodward on Sept 2nd, I guess we’ll have to wait and see how this battle for supremacy unfolds!

Although bettors sent off fellow Cali-shipper, Bob Baffert’s Faypien, as the slight favorite over American Gal in the 7-furlong Test, Simon Callaghan’s 3-year-old daughter of Concord Point was clearly the best filly on the track! Previously trained by Baffert, it was AG’s second straight start and win for Callaghan since coming to his barn in December. Baffert’s Abel Tasman, recent winner here of the CCA0, beat her stablemate AG in the 8.5-furlong Grade 1 Starlet at Los Alamitos last December, before AG was transferred to Callaghan’s barn, and before Abel Tasman was moved from Callaghan’s barn to Baffert’s in March, which made AG’s impressive Grade 1 Test victory even sweeter for Callaghan! Moving forward, it appears that cutting back to 7 furlongs was the optimal move for AG, while stretching out to 1-1/8 in the Grade 1 CCAO was ideal for Abel Tasman. Unfortunately, we won’t see

either of these fine fillies race here again, as it’s a no-brainer that they’ll stay home before the BC at Delmar. Earlier on Saturday’s card, the first of three races honoring Fasig-Tipton (that all ended up with doubledigit payoffs!) was run in the 3rd, The 1-1/2-mile Grade 3 F-T Waya, on the Inner Turf Course for fillies and mares 3 and up. Javi Castellano guided the 6-year-old Argentinianbred Estrechada to her first graded stakes victory for Cali Trainer Mike Puype, and she paid $20. In the 7th Race, the F-T Lure for 4-year olds and up, at a 1-1/16 on the Mellon Turf Course, Godolphin’s Zennor, the big 5-year-old Medaglia d’Oro grey gelding, responded well to Jersey Joe Bravo in the stretch, coming off a stalking trip to pull away for the victory in his stakes debut, and paid a hefty $30.60. In the final stakes race on Saturday, the one-mile F-T De La Rose, for fillies and mares 4 years old and up on the Inner Turf Course, Thundering Sky, with a great ride by Rajiv Maragh, scored a thrilling victory by a neck for George Weaver. The 4-year-old daughter of Sky Mesa, saving ground after breaking from the rail, timed her kick perfectly, and paid a pretty $28.60. In Saturday’s 4th, the Winner’s Circle was packed with many friends of the dearly beloved local Trainer/ Breeder, Glenn DiSanto, on what would’ve been his 63rd Birthday. The Memorial Race named in his honor was won by a Bill Mott 2-year-old maiden, interestingly named Trumpi, who for whatever reason went from 6-1 on the morning line, to 22-1 for the Hall of Famer, before the 1-1/16 race went off ! For those who didn’t care what the maiden’s name was, they were rewarded with a whopping $47.40 payday, big as the namesake! Joining Bill Mott in the Winner’s Circle was Glenn DiSanto’s dear friend and fellow Trainer, Jim Bond, for what was a bittersweet tribute to

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Whitney/Hall of Fame Weekend! their fallen colleague. In a prelude to Saturday’s Memorial, in Friday’s 1st Race, a filly still owned by Glenn’s Summit View Farm in Greenwich, Quick On The Draw, and now trained by his close friend Jim since his passing, broke her maiden, symbolically crossing the finish line, 6-1/4 lengths ahead of the field! It was evident to everyone there with Jim in the Winner’s Circle, most with tears in their eyes, that an Angel named Glenn was aboard for the victory! I would like to thank my buddy Bob Giordano for giving me one of the special black and yellow (Glenn’s colors) pins, that you could see worn by so many all over the track, that were made to honor Glenn, as I’m proudly wearing it, too. At the same time, I also want to congratulate Bob on being named Fan of the Year by ThoroFan, for his instrumental and ongoing role in the creation/development of ThoroFan’s Annual Guide to Saratoga Trainers’ Saddle Cloths, which is so helpful for identifying horses during early morning workouts. Bob will be honored this Saturday morning at ThoroFan’s Annual Awards Brunch at the Embassy Suites. In other non-stakes action on the loaded Whitney Day card, Delta Prince, the 4-year-old half-brother to 3-time Eclipse Award winner, Royal Delta, won impressively for Stronach Stables and Jimmy Jerkens, with Johnny Velazquez up in the 5th Race. After this win over the Inner Turf Course at a mile in a $90K Allowance, it’s expected that he will be nominated for the Bernard Baruch on Labor Day. In Saturday’s finale, another $90K Allowance, with this one on the dirt going 7 furlongs, multimillionaire Neolithic, following his 3rd place finishes behind Arrogate in the world’s two richest races, the $12 million Pegasus Cup, and the $10 million Dubai World Cup, thrilled his Starlight Racing partners, with his late closing victory by a neck! He is expected to race next in the Woodward.

In Sunday’s action, Rally Cry, the 4-year-old son of prolific young sire, Uncle Mo, dominated the field in the $100K Alydar, going a 1-1/8 on dirt in 1:48.58, and recording a gaudy 110 Beyer in his 8-3/4 length romp. The Alydar was the first stakes victory for Rally Cry, who will probably next battle Gunrunner and Neolithic in the Woodward. In a talent-laden, Grade 1 or 2 caliber field for the inexplicably ungraded $250K Troy, on Jockey Legends Day in Sunday’s 10th, Green Mask smoked the competition, nearly breaking the track record for 5-1/2 furlongs, for Trainer Brad Cox, with new Hall of Famer Javi Castellano on board. The 6-year-old gelding went over the million-dollar mark in career earnings with this win, and firmly established his status as one of the best turf sprinters in the country, with his time of 1:00:49, just .03 ticks off the track record set by Lady Shipman in 2015! Cox hopes to run him back again on a short 3-week schedule, perhaps in the Belmont Turf Sprint, and again at Keeneland going 5-1/2 furlongs in October, for his final

prep before the Breeders Cup. It was a very exciting week off the track, as well, but I’d need an entire book to cover it all, so I’ll try to summarize it in closing! On Wednesday, a nice crowd gathered at the Washington Inn, to benefit Old Friends, and to honor founder, Michael Blowen, equine photog extraordinaire, Barbara Livingston, who was signing copies of her latest book, Old and New Friends, along with personable owner/breeder, Ken Ramsey, among others. And on Sunday, Old Friends at Cabin Creek and Joanne Pepper, of our local Bobby Frankel division, held their biggest fundraiser of the year at Prime at the National. On Thursday at the Rec Center, fans packed the gym for the always popular Racetrack Chaplaincy Charity Basketball Game, that pits the best Jockeys in the world against the Trainers, although both teams had a few ringers! The breakout performance of the night was turned in by Luis Reyes, the bug boy and fellow Boricua to Angel C, Johnny V, the Ortiz Bros, and Manny Franco and Eric Cancel. Luis wowed the crowd with a

variety of moves and shots, and helped lead the Jocks to their thrilling one-point victory! In Friday morning’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, it was wonderful to see fellow Hall of Famers Johnny Velazquez and Ramon Dominguez introduce Javi Castellano. Ramon remarked that “Javier was destined to be a winner,” while Johnny expressed his gratitude for having Javi not only as a peer and fierce rival, but also as a good friend. In Javi’s heartfelt speech, where he thanked absolutely everyone in his life, he closed by saying, “the highs can be high, and the lows can be low, but I hope we can always

stick together and be loyal to one another and the sport that benefits us”.... The Sport of Kings, that everyone who was in attendance is so very passionate about!



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From Hot Springs to Saratoga Springs: Santana Jr. and Diodoro:

by Tony Podlaski for Saratoga TODAY It’s about 1,400 miles from Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. to Saratoga Springs, but jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. and trainer Robertino Diodoro are hoping it’s a well-worth trip this year. Both Santana Jr. and Diodoro had a solid meet at Oaklawn in the spring. Santana Jr. won his fifth

straight title with 53 winners, including a win in the Grade 3 Count Fleet Handicap with multiple graded stakes winner Whitmore. Meanwhile, Diodoro finished second to Steve Asmussen in the trainer standings with 31 winners, including Inside Straight taking the Grade 2 Oaklawn Park Handicap. He is also coming off four consecutive dominant Turf Paradise training titles, including a record-setting 128 wins in 2014. With that success, both Santana Jr. and Diodoro decided to carry that momentum into Belmont and Saratoga – and hopefully into the winter at Aqueduct. This is Santana Jr’s fourth year at Saratoga. His first visit to the Spa came in 2013 during a three-day period at the end of July. He rode just five horses, but one of them – Mico Margarita – came up just a half-length short of winning the Grade 2 Amsterdam. Santana Jr. came back two years

Ricardo Santana Jr.

later for a couple of races and finally picked up his first win at Saratoga – this time taking the Amsterdam with Holy Boss. He also won an allowance race Den’s Legacy. At that point, Santana Jr. thought about riding full time at Saratoga. “I’m a young rider. I really want

to make my dream come true and make a name for myself here,” said Santana Jr. “My agent and I made the decision to come here and give it a try. We have nothing to lose.” Santana Jr. finished among the top 10 riders with 14 wins last year. While Santana Jr. was distant to title

winner Jose Ortiz (65 wins), runnerup Irad Ortiz Jr. (57 wins), and Javier Castellano (51 wins), he was pleased with the outcome and wanted to come back for another full-time Saratoga season. “Last year, I thought we did pretty good,” Santana Jr. said. “I cannot believe how good I did last year. So, I wanted to take another chance.” Heading into Wednesday’s races, the Panama native is ninth in the jockey standings with seven winners – about the same pace as last year. “I’m doing great here,” he said. “I’m happy to be here. I think I fit here. I’m young and try hard. I do my best on the track. I love what I am doing. I feel blessed to be here.” This is the first year at Saratoga for Diodoro, who just missed his first victory on Sunday when Set the Trappe got beaten a nose in the first race. While he and his racing stable are eager for that first win, he is not disappointed nor discouraged with his horses’ performances. “For the most part, the horses are running well, but we are getting itchy Continued on page 31.

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Looking to Establish Themselves in New York into the Winter here [in New York] year-round and make this my home. I want to be one of the top riders in the country.” For Diodoro, Saratoga has also been a learning experience while managing other stables at Del Mar and Canterbury Downs. However, he can attribute his success to both his owners and his assistants and hopes that will carry downstate.

Robertino Diodoro. Continued from page 30.

for the win,” said Diodoro, a Calgary native who started his training career at Stampede Park. “With the money being offered here in New York, it’s tough running. We have been fortunate enough to have clients to support us, along with picking up some new clients. They have given us something to work with and it makes our job a little easier. We may have not won a race here, but we’ve held our own.” Being in New York for the first time for the Belmont spring meet,

Diodoro had a strong presence finishing in the top 10 after winning 12-of-45 races while trying to build his stable by claiming horses. It has been a minor challenge for Diodoro to build his stable, especially since some of his horses have been claimed two weeks into the meet. Before last weekend at Saratoga, Diodoro had 9-of-13 horses claimed. “We’ve lost a lot of horses, but we also have been fortunate to get some horses back in the claim box,” Diodoro said. “The claims – even down at Belmont – have been wild.

When I went to Canterbury Downs for 4-5 days then come back, there would be four new horses in my barn and four would be gone.” There are two things that Santana Jr. and Diodoro have in common – both have enjoyed Saratoga, and they want to remain in New York for Belmont in the fall and the Aqueduct in the winter after the Saratoga meet ends. “I love Saratoga. It’s a beautiful racetrack. All of the best riders are here. This racetrack is something special,” Santana Jr. said. “I want to be

“I’ve been fortunate with my assistants,” he said. “They are unbelievable. They’re young and good horsemen and good with the owners. There is no way I can do it without them or anyone different. We’ll go back to Belmont. We want to get a good-size stable for the winter at Aqueduct.”



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August 23, 1962: A Horse Race To Remember

by Joseph Raucci Saratoga TODAY The year was 1962. Our country was at the height of the cold war with the Soviet Union. Ninety miles from Miami, Russian nuclear warheads were aimed at American soil. Fortunately, the sporting world brought some very magical moments that would help to ease the tension that the

American public was feeling that year. NBA Basketball saw Red Auerbach and his Boston Celtic’s team win its Fourth of an unprecedented eight straight Championships. Yet it will be remembered forever as the season that Wilt Chamberlin, the Philadelphia Warriors Center hit the unbelievable mark of one hundred points in a single NBA game, a mind-boggling achievement that stands out in the history of sport. Major League Baseball also gave the sporting public a World Series to remember. The New York Yankees and the San Francisco Giants played a sevengame series that saw no less than eight Hall of Famers showcase their talent. The Giants down to their last out in the deciding game seven had their chance. Down one nothing with men on second and third, the great Willie McCovey came to bat. He

smoked a line drive as hard as anyone could hit a baseball. For a split second the Giants’ dugout tasted champagne. As fate would have it, Yankees second baseman Bobby Richardson was in perfect position to catch it. The Yankees were again champions. The Giants would have to wait forty-eight more years to see their dream come true. Golf too saw plenty of excitement that year. A twentytwo-year-old named Jack Nicklaus made his mark in the U.S. Open at storied Oakmont Country Club near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After seventytwo holes, he and the beloved Arnold Palmer had fought to a draw. They headed for an eighteen-hole playoff the next day. The Golden Bear bested Arnie by three strokes. Golf had seen the beginning of a new era in the sport, the era of the greatest golfer of all time, Jack Nicklaus. That all being said, we are

here to tell the story of a horse race, In particular, the 1962 Travers Stakes. On August 23 of that year, two three-yearold colts would shake the horse racing world to its core in the ninety third rendition of The Mid-Summer Derby, here at the fabled Spa. The event itself would not decide Horse of the Year honors. The immortal champion Kelso easily took home his third of an unprecedented five in a row. That being a subject for another day, it did however have ramifications. It was to decide the three-yearold champion. Two superb race horses would vie for the title. Fairly well-known names at the time, they soon were to become legendary. Let’s look at them. Jaipur owned by George D Widener, a scion of the sport was seeking his fifth Travers. He was named after Jaipur, the opulent capital city of a province in northern

India. His bloodlines were impeccable. He was sired by the famous stallion Nasrullah, whose offspring included the all-time greats Bold Ruler and Nashua. Jaipur had won the Belmont Stakes, the third jewel of the Triple Crown, and was prepped for the Travers with an easy victory in the Choice Stakes on the Jersey shore at scenic Monmouth Park. Six opponents faced Jaipur in the Travers. Only one of them is of consequence here. His name was Ridan. He was owned by a partnership including Mrs. Moody Jolley. He was trained by her then young son and later to be a Hall of Fame inductee Leroy. Ridan too had the blood of Nasrullah running through his veins. His career began like a comet. He was unbeaten in his seven starts as a two-year-old and continued with his winning Continued on page 33.

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and the good life in the bluegrass country of northern Kentucky. It has now been fifty-five years since the most thrilling of Travers Stakes was contested.

Photo finish of the race... Jaipur is the number three horse on the outside. In the mirror image above number two Ridan is on the inside. It shows the small margin that separates the two from a better angle. Continued from page 32.

ways at three. He was made favorite for the Kentucky Derby, finishing a hard fought third in a race that was won by Decidedly. Ridan came back two weeks later to be bested by a nose in the closest Preakness Stakes in history, losing to lightly regarded Greek Money. He had recently won Chicagoland’s main event, the Arlington Classic and was ready for his trip to Saratoga. 1962 was the year that the incomparable Eddie Arcaro hung up his tack and headed for a well-deserved retirement. The heir apparent to his throne was Willie Shoemaker. Diminutive in stature, a giant in talent, he would be aboard Jaipur. Ridan was to have the services of Panama’s favorite son, a hot tempered, cowboy style rider named Manuel Ycaza. Two finely tuned thoroughbreds going the classic distance of a mile and a quarter, ridden by two all-time greats and the voice of New York racing, Mr. Fred Capossela...We have set the stage. Now it’s time for the race. “And they’re off ” shouted “Cappy.” Shoemaker and Ycaza disposed of all pre-race strategy. They flew out of the gate as one. The call of the race is as historic as the event itself. Capossela along with the 26,000 in attendance could not separate the two. Matter of factly, he repeated the same words.

It’s Jaipur and Ridan, and then in his next breath, it’s Ridan and Jaipur. The rest of the field was there for third money. The show was on the front end. Who would crack first. Easy enough answer. Neither one gave an inch. Down the backstretch and into the far turn they refused to separate. Capossela continued with the same rhetoric that he had started with. Shoemaker and Ycaza were on their bellies. All the way down the seemingly endless stretch they mirrored each other. They hit the finish line as one. The crowd had to wait for the stewards to review the photo finish. Finally, the tote board lit up. Jaipur had won the race by a nose. He had sizzled the racing surface in a new record of accomplishment of 2:01.3 for the ten furlongs. In fact, he had just bettered the mark set by the immortal Man O’ War in the 1920 running of the Travers. The crowd had just witnessed one of the greatest duels in horse racing history. Both three-year olds had reached their zenith. Jaipur was named three-year-old champion, even though this would be his last trip to the winner’s circle. Ridan did get revenge on his nemesis as a four-year-old, when he beat both Jaipur and none other than Kelso in a Stakes Race at Hialeah Park. Later that year they both were pensioned off to stud duty

Except for Leroy Jolley and Manuel Ycaza, the participants have all departed. It is the legend that lives on. So ends another tale of the

turf from this “Mecca of Racing,” fabulous Saratoga. Link to video of the 1962 Travers: https// kvny8QwMuaw



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From Farm to Picnic: Filling Your Basket At The Market

Saturdays, 9 to 1 Wednesday, 3-6 High Rock Park

by Himanee Gupta-Carlson

for Saratoga TODAY Summer hits its peak in August. Glorious sunshine in the daytime and star-studded skies at night make outdoor dining alluring. In addition, opportunities to take in a concert at the park or an afternoon at the track beckon. How to prepare meals in such a situation? The answer, of course, is to pack a picnic. The word “picnic” refers to a packed meal. The meal typically is al fresco style, meaning it is best enjoyed outdoors. What makes a picnic in August particularly lovely is bringing your basket to the Saratoga Farmers’ Market and preparing your picnic on the spot. Visit the market on a Wednesday afternoon and pack a romantic meal

Summer Picnic by Pattie Garrett.

for two. Or start your Saturday with breakfast at the market, then shop for lunch. Plan a family outing or an afternoon at the track while you shop. Need ideas? Try these menus: Packing for the track: For Friends of the Market organizer Alexandra Morgan, summer is all about afternoons at the track. Morgan, who lives within walking distance of the market, creates a colorful blend of savory and sweet snacks with the following: - A bunch of Owl Wood Farm radishes. - Artisanal cheeses from Moxie Ridge

- Saratoga Cracker Co. crackers - Scotch Ridge Farm blueberries. - And finally a pint of sweet cider from Saratoga Apple. What makes this menu truly picnic-like is its flavor and its ease. No need to cut or cook anything. Just pack a bag and head straight from the market to the track. The family picnic: Market director Julia Howard calls picnics “the theme of summer” for her toddler Taiga, partner Sean, and herself. Lunches at area beaches are a ritual, and Howard has the planning and the packing down to a science: An easily prepared salad of cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and feta cheese tossed with olive oil and seasoned with fresh parsley. - Freddy’s Rocking hummus and an heirloom tomato on a slice of Rockhill Bakehouse bread.

Slate Valley Farm by Pattie Garrett.

- Puckers Gourmet full sour pickles. - Water or chocolate milk for her daughter, and a cold brew coffee from Wednesday vendor Electric City Roasters for herself.

her purchases with what’s in season and pleasing to her eye. Here’s what she came up with on a recent trip: - Slate Valley Farm’s lavender lemonade.

- Any fruit that’s in season, with a particular emphasis this year on local peaches from Kokinda Farms.

- Cured sausages from Dancing Ewe Farm

- Pleasant Valley carrots.

- Easy-to-cut vegetables with Argyle Cheese Farm’s tzatziki dip.

“I aim for light foods that have sustenance,” she says, “and I am conscientious about minimizing the mess.” Date night: Market photographer Pattie Garrett creates her favorite evenings out with her husband Tommy by starting with the basics: picnic table, tablecloth, citronella candles. Then, she fills the basket at the farmers’ market, varying

Snackable produce at Scotch Ridge Farm by Pattie Garret.

- A Murray Hollow loaf of whole wheat bread.

- Chocolate Spoon cookies, fresh berries, and Northern Star Vineyards wine. Pack a picnic at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market every Wednesday, 3-6 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at High Rock Park. Also follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.


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by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY Hello Foodie Friends! A sharp knife is a cook’s best friend. This is evident with the use of a ceramic knife that offers tremendous ease and saves time as we cut up the vegetables. Ceramics are a very fun and interesting breed of knife that are deceivingly sharp. Professionals and home cooks use ceramic knives due to their sharpness, strength, density, and precision making it a great tool to add to your culinary collection. Kyocera ceramic knives are the perfect compliment to your cutlery at home. As soon as you pick up a Kyocera ceramic knife, you will be intrigued with the benefits of using ceramics. The knife is light in weight yet balances perfectly in your palm. It is excellent for slicing fruits, vegetables, and boneless meats. The blade is ground to razor sharp perfection and holds their edge 10 times longer than other professional cutlery. Ceramic knives will not brown foods or transfer a metallic taste or smell. Ceramic is impervious to acids, oils, and sales. The blades will never rust. Ceramic knives are intended to complement, not replace your cutlery. Use steel for carving, prying, and boning product. Ceramic knives come in a variety of sizes making them perfect for all types of culinary tasks. Because of the manufacturing process, the blades of a ceramic knife are flat and free from waves. As a result of this technological advantage, the edges need to be ground with a diamond wheel or diamond sharpener. Traditional knife sharpeners cannot sharpen a ceramic knife. Kyocera has a lifetime program for sharpening their ceramic knives. You can also purchase one of their

• Ceramic knives are intended for the cutting of food. They are unsuitable for hitting and levering. • Ceramic blades are not shock resistant! Do not allow the knife to fall onto a hard floor or similar surfaces! • To ensure that the blade remains sharp over a long period, we recommend the use of a cutting surface made from wood or plastic. • Never try to cut hard objects such as frozen food, bones, metal, etc!

• Never hold the knife in an open fire (high conductance of heat)! • Never clean with a wire brush! • Clean with a mild detergent after use. • Store the ceramic knife in the supplied protective cover. • Cleaning in a dishwasher is not recommended, unless it can be ensured that the knife cannot come into contact with other objects. • Store out of the reach of children! Ceramics are a cutting edge technology that can help make your culinary prep easier and fun. Stop by Compliments to the Chef in Saratoga Springs for an assortment of Kyocera Ceramic knives. Remember: “Life Happens in the Kitchen.” Take Care, John and Paula



Woodcarvers Wanted We are looking for anyone interested in joining us, from beginners to experienced woodcarvers. We have both men and 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. Southern Saratoga Artists’ Society The monthly meeting of SSAS will be held on Monday, August 21, 6:30 p.m. at the Clifton Park Senior Community Center, 6 Clifton Common Blvd. Featured guest, Jake Bortscheller, will give a talk and slide show about the four National Parks in Alaska. Jack has spent the last four summers photographing the vast wilderness of the parks including wild life unrivaled by any other state and will share these amazing photos. The public is welcome. For more information visit: www. or contact Patricia Wade,, 518877-4846 2nd Annual Taste of Travers The Saratoga Senior Center presents the 2nd Annual Taste of Travers Celebration on August 25, 2017 from 6 – 10 p.m. at the National Museum of Dance. The event will benefit the Saratoga Senior Center, with a portion of the proceeds going to Saratoga WarHorse. This fun-filled Travers and Saratoga themed event will recognize 2016 Travers winner Arrogate,

with Honorary Chairs, Juddmonte Farms, jockey Mike Smith and trainer Bob Baffert. Our goal is to continue to create a long-standing tradition here in Saratoga. The event will include a racetrack theme, live music, dancing, open bar and gourmet foods. Event goers will experience a special guest appearance and book signing by celebrity chef Julie Taboulie, Travers handicapping session with Bruno De Julio and Tom Durkin, gourmet dinner stations by Old Daley Catering sponsored by US Foods, open bar, Makers Mark bourbon bar, cigar tastings by Smokin SAMS Cigar Shop, Mionetto’s welcome cocktail, live music by Bluz House Rockers with special guest Julian Fleisher- Director of the Orchard Project’s Cabaret and Entertainer Jermaine Wells DJ, as well as a pop-up boutique by Saratoga Trunk and valet parking by the Depaula Group. Free transportation from the track to the National Museum of Dance and from the event back downtown will be generously provided by CDTA. More details to follow. For exclusive experiences available in the VIP tent, please contact the Saratoga Senior Center. Don’t miss this unforgettable party! Tickets may be purchased at tasteoftravers. or by calling the Center at 518-584-1621 to bypass registration fees. A limited amount of Senior Citizen tickets are available for members of the Saratoga Senior Center who are 60 or older. Please call the Saratoga Senior Center 518-584-1621 to purchase senior tickets. Spotlighter’s Theatre Troupe Fall Auditions Town of Malta Spotlighter’s Theatre Troupe announces their fall show “Pocahontas” will be performed November 17 and 18, perfectly timed right before Thanksgiving. Auditions for actors, actresses, singers and dancers ages7 through adult, will take place on August 27 and 28 at the Malta Community Center, by appointment only. The musical production of Native American legend and lore, set in the early 1600s, requires a

large cast of children, teens and adults for roles including: The Wordspinner, Thundercloud, Spirit of Mother Earth, Chief Powhatan, Aunt Morning Star, Charity Mathews, Thomas Rogers, Mercy Rogers, Pocahontas, Capt. John Smith, Little Running Rabbit, Happy-She-Walks, Brave Eagle, Squirrel, Wolf, Raven, Margaret Wheeler, Barbara Matthews, Caroline and Jeremy. Chorus roles include additional Algonquins, Jamestown Settlers, and Forest Spirits. Those wishing to audition should contact Elyse Young, Artistic Director at or 518-899-4411 x 305. Upstate Conservative Coalition of Saratoga We are a group of like-minded individuals determined to promote traditional conservative values in our community and beyond. Join us at our monthly meeting to discuss how we can help promote our conservative policies in local, state and national politics. Check us out at: www.upstateconservatives. org. We meet the first Tuesday of every month (next meeting September 5) at the Milton Community Center, 310 Northline Rd. Ballston Spa from 7 – 9 p.m. BSBPA Seeks Property Beautification Nominations The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association is requesting nominations for its 2017 Property Beautification Awards in Ballston Spa. The awards are given in recognition of the restoration, renovation, new build, and beautification efforts by homeowners and businesses, which have enhanced the Ballston Spa area. For criteria details and online nomination form visit 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.

Week of August 11 – August 17, 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. Walk with Compassion Capital Region As a community, we are taking a stand for children living in poverty. Children around the world face unimaginable challenges — disease, hunger, abandonment, abuse — and we are going to make sure someone is there for them in their hour of need.This fundraiser is designed for young and old. No matter your age or circumstances, you have the power to make a difference in the life of a child. There is no better opportunity than this to inspire friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers to unite for a common purpose. Become a fundraiser today, and join us on the day of the event for an inspiring celebration of the impact we have made. The event will take place on September 16 at the Halfmoon Town Park, located at 162 NY236 in Clifton Park. For more information or to register visit

Bus Trip to the Bronx Zoo Notre Dame Visitation Church is sponsoring a bus trip to the Bronx Zoo on Saturday, September 16. Bus leaves Wilton Mall 6 a.m. and returns approximately 8:30 p.m. Adults cost $75 and children ages 12 and under cost $65. To reserve your tickets, please contact Anne Cadwallader at 518-6956787 or Darlene Bolduc 518695-6743. 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. 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 whats-new/upcoming-events/ feast-of-the-fields/. Volunteers Needed Hugs from Henry is a nonprofit group dedicated to the rescue and placement of shelter dogs.. Our mission is to pull dogs from “kill shelters” and rehome these dogs into loving foster or permanent homes. We’re in need of dedicated volunteers. Please come to our next volunteer meeting held at the Ballston Spa Public Library on Saturday, August 19 at 10:30 a.m. in lower level meeting room. We need dog fosters and people willing to help with fundraising events. Please email Barb at kerkerb@ for more information and if you plan on attending.

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Week of August 11 – August 17, 2017 $35. Bring a friend and fee is $30 each. A portion of the fee goes to First Baptist Church. Registration required, by calling Ray Frankoski at 518-286-3788.

Family Friendly Event

Friday, August 11 Guided Walking Tours “History, Legends, Lore and More” Saratoga Springs Heritage Area Visitor Center, 297 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 10:30 a.m. – Noon Join us as we stroll through Congress Park, take the waters and hear the stories of our most colorful characters, beloved monuments and treasured artwork. $8 for adults, children under 12 free. Tours are Monday – Saturday. For more information, contact the Saratoga Heritage Area Visitor Center at 518-587-3241.

Saturday, August 12 Free Art Classes for Children Pitney Meadows Community Gardens, 235 West Ave., Saratoga Springs, 9 – 10 a.m. Art classes for children age 6 to 14. Children will be able to draw and paint flowers and bugs in the garden with artists Martel Catalano and Nancy Hicks. Adults are expected to stay and are welcome to join the fun. Supplies will be provided, but you may bring your own. Registration required by contacting natalie.walsh@

Defensive Driving Class First Baptist Church, 45 Washington St., Saratoga Springs, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. New York State approved. Save 10 percent on your base auto insurance for the next three years and receive up to 4 points off your driving record according to New York State Department of Motor Vehicle guidelines. Fee

Benefit for Equine Center Horse Therapy for Children True Elegance Boutique, 124 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa, Saturday, 10 – 6 Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m Nipper Knolls Equine Center in Gansevoort, a 501 c 3 not-for-profit corporation, focuses on providing the opportunity to experience the joy of horsemanship through therapeutic (adaptive) riding and physical therapy using the horse’s motion (hippotherapy) to children with special needs. True Elegance Boutique will donate 30 percent of the days’ proceeds. For more information, contact, www., 518229-0097.

The Markets at Round Lake The Village Green, 49 Burlington Ave, Round Lake, Saturday, 9 a.m. -5 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Three Markets – Two Days – One Eclectic Village. Come and celebrate the Makers Revolution and Sustainable Food Movement. We will be showcasing over 80 of the best and brightest Artisans in the local and regional Makers, Crafter and Artisanal Edibles community. Also featuring Food Trucks, Live Music, Book Sale, Creativity Caravan and BarStream Events. The profits from the event are solely dedicated to help support the Round Lake Library.

Saratoga Pinball Show Saratoga Regional YMCA, West Ave., Saratoga Springs, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Do you enjoy pinball or have fond memories of playing them in arcades? For some family-friendly entertainment visit the Saratoga Pinball show. The show will feature approximately 50 pinball machines from the past and present, all set on free play. For one admission price, you are welcome to stay all day and play as much as you like for no additional cost. The show will also feature an indoor flea market with various pinball and arcade games and parts for sale. Proceeds from the show be donated to charity.

CALENDAR 37 Summer Fling at Stillwater United Church Stillwater United Church lawn, 747 Hudson Ave., Stillwater, Noon – 7 p.m. The All-Day Summer Fling starts with an afternoon BBQ at noon. Dinner begins at 5 p.m., with your choice of $20 Clam Steam or $15 Campfire Chicken dinner. There will be lawn games, kids’ activities, lots of food and lots of fun. In the event of rain, food will be served indoors. Advanced tickets required. Call 518664-7984 for more information.

Tang Family Saturdays Tang Teaching Museum, Skidmore College, 815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 2 – 3:30 p.m. Make a Flag - We will look at the brightly-colored and varied Asafo flags from Ghana in the exhibition: If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day: Collections of Claude Simard, then make flags out of felt using images of people and animals together. Free and open to the public. Suitable for children ages 5 and up along with their adult companions. For reservations call 518-580-8080.

Town of Milton’s 225th Anniversary Celebration Burgess-Kimball Memorial Park, Rowland St., Ballston Spa, 3 – 8 p.m. Come learn about Milton’s history from town historian, Kim McCartney. Every attendee will receive a free raffle ticket for gifts from area businesses and other items. Free commemorative magazines, children’s activity books, balloons, a.DJ and a free photo booth. Learn how baseball was played in the 1850’s. Watch Saratoga County’s Canine Unit demonstrations. Free parking at town hall.

Sunday, August 13 Teddy Bear Sleepover Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 5 - 7 p.m. Tickets on sale now. $7 per Teddy (Teddy’s child and adult companions are admitted free.) All proceeds benefit Book Angels and give books to children in need. Drop off a plush friend for a sleepover at the bookstore. While you’re here, make a special nametag for Teddy,

and enjoy a milk and cookies story time with our booksellers at 5:30 or 6:30. Pajamas are encouraged. Our booksellers will watch to see what all the sneaky teddies get up to overnight, and will share photographs of all the mischief on Northshire’s Facebook page. Plush pickup is from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, August 14, and Teddy’s child companion will get to pick a small prize from our prize box at pickup time. For more information visit,

Monday, August 14 Children’s Program: Horse-Themed Bingo/ Trivia Game National Museum of Racing, 191 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, 10 a.m. – Noon Join us to play some fun racingthemed games. Recommended for children ages 3 through 8. Free with paid admission.

Tuesday, August 15 Give Back Day Old Friends at Cabin Creek,483 Sandhill Road, Greenfield Center, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Local non-profit organizations will promote their causes. Participants will be: Shelters of Saratoga, Estherville No-Kill Animal Shelter, Franklin Community Center, Greenfield Food Pantry and National Museum of Dance. Fans can visit and enjoy a picnic in the paddocks with the 15 resident horses. Greenhouse Salad Company will be selling wraps, salads and other fare from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., with a portion of the proceeds going to Old Friends. For more information, please call 518-698-2377, visit the website at or like us on Facebook.

Burnt Hills Oratorio Society - Preview Summer Sing Round Lake Auditorium, 2 Wesley Ave, Round Lake, 6:30 p.m. Come all singers to the 2017-2018 season preview of the Burnt Hills Oratorio Society with Artistic Director William Jon Gray. Sign in at 6:30 p.m. and enjoy a dessert reception. Singing starts at 7 p.m. Music is provided as we sing through Haydn’s The Creation, plus the music

of Rodgers & Hammerstein, and John Rutter. $10 entry to cover the cost of the venue. BHOS is beginning its 48th season of great choral music and invites all singers to join us. No audition required. Hear It. See It. Live It. For more information, call 518416-4060 or visit,

The Shadow Effect: Illuminating the Hidden Power of Your True Self Woodlawn Commons, 156 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs.6:30 p.m. Albany-Saratoga Spiritual Adventures is hosting a screening of the movie The Shadow Effect: Illuminating the Hidden Power of Your True Self. Uncover the wisdom of your shadow side in this Debbie Ford classic. Followed by discussion. Donations welcome. For more information, visit www. or call 518366-9918.

Wednesday, August 16 Using Herbs to Make Our Food Pop Pitney Meadows Community Gardens, 235 West Ave., Saratoga Springs, 7 p.m. Join Kim London, chef and PMCF Board Member. Come hear how a local chef uses herbs to enhance favorite dishes. Free, no registration necessary.

Thursday, August 17 Public Tour at the Tang Tang Teaching Museum, Museum’s Atrium, 815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, Noon Collections Tour with Head Registrar and Collections Manager Elizabeth Karp and Assistant Registrar for Collections Jessica Lubniewski of the Tang Teaching Museum’s Collections Storage Area and Print Study Room. 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. This week’s featured concert is Seth and the Moody Melix.

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Rochmon Record Club to feature Classic Pink Floyd LP Equestricon Starts This Weekend SARATOGA SPRINGS — Rochmon Record Club gathers once a month under the guidance of music savant Chuck Vosganian, AKA “Rochmon.” Each month the club selects one ground-breaking rock or pop album, and digs deep and wide to create an entertaining, illuminating program of anecdotes, biographical and technical information, and photos. Musical selections include the cuts from the featured album as well as some unexpected selections. Conversation and mingling follow. This month’s event: Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon.” The event takes place 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15 at Caffe Lena. The kitchen will be open for light food and drinks. Alcohol will not be served during this event. $5 donation is suggested. Donations go to the restoration funds of Caffe Lena and Universal Preservation Hall.

Ramblin Jug Stompers Take It to the Roof on Thursday SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Ramblin Jug Stompers will perform at Skidmore College at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17 as part of the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery Upbeat on the Roof series. The band is comprised of banjoist Bowtie Blotto, guitarist Steven Clyde, “Wild Bill” AKA Sergeant Blotto AKA rock journalist Greg Haymes and Renaissance man Michael Eck – whose prolific poetic

and songwriting skills have been showcased in the greater Capital Region for several decades. The Stompers’ exuberant style combines the washboard, guitar, mandolin, and banjo in a spirited quartet. The UpBeat on the Roof concert series, now in its seventeenth season, features an eclectic mix of musicians from across the Capital Region. The museum is located on the Skidmore College campus

at 815 N. Broadway. Due to the popularity of the concert series, visitors are advised to arrive early. Free parking is available in parking lots adjacent to the museum. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved inside the museum. For more information on UpBeat on the Roof, call 518580-8080 or visit

SARATOGA SPRINGS — More than 80 panels, workshops, seminars, networking session and celebrity appearances headline Equestricon – which organizers call the largest program schedule assembled for any fan event in the history of horse racing. Some highlights: Sunday, Aug. 13: Fashion Showcase & Brunch, presented by all-women horse ownership syndicate StarLadies Racing. 10 a.m.-noon. Tickets: equestricontm-fashion-showcasebrunch-presented-by-starladies-racing-tickets-35490429831. Monday, Aug. 14 - Saratoga Springs City Center, doors open 8 a.m. Soledad O’Brien Keynote Address on Horse Aftercare. The media icon and retired racehorse owner and rider will deliver Equestricon’s inaugural “Aftercare Keynote” on the main convention floor of the Saratoga Springs City Center at 9:30 a.m. Available to all general admission ticket-holders. A two-day general admission pass to Equestricon costs $25. • 10th Anniversary Movie Screening of “The First Saturday in May” at Bow Tie Criterion

Cinemas at 6:30 p.m. Filmmaker John Hennegan will be joined by others who starred in the film for a Q&A following this exclusive screening, hosted by track analyst and TV personality Joe Kristufek. Tickets $25: equestricontm-movie-screening-thefirst-saturday-in-may-film-postertickets-35634322217?aff=es2. Tuesday, Aug. 15 - Saratoga Springs City Center, doors open 8 a.m. Racing Keynote delivered by international racing broadcaster Nick Luck at 10:30 a.m. Festivities at the Saratoga Springs City Center at 9 a.m. Take Your Photo with the Kentucky Derby Trophy. Fans get an opportunity to pose the Derby trophy with the team behind 2017 Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming. 2 p.m. Photos with the trophy may be taken for a minimum donation of $10 to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. schedule/always-dreaming. • Racing Town Hall & Closing Ceremonies at 5 p.m. Equestricon concludes with a large Town Hall discussion on major issues facing the industry.

Concert at Grant Cottage Celebrates Citizen Soldiers with Musical Timeline MOREAU/WILTON -— The 77th NY Regimental Balladeers, featuring local talent Gisella Montanez-Case, will present a

multi-media concert at U.S. Grant Cottage State Historic Site AT 4 P.M. on Saturday, Aug. 12. The performance, entitled “Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier: 1776-1976,” is a music and film tribute honoring all who served. Attendees will experience America’s wartime story through song, still images, film, verse and several sing-along segments. Through music, Americans on the home front have supported those in uniform and contributed to the war effort. This special concert in honor of the “Citizen Soldier” is a music timeline that harkens back to the era of the fiddle and banjo, concert hall productions, and radio broadcasts. The event will take place on the historic Grant Cottage porch. Tickets are $10 per person, and are available at the Grant Cottage Visitor Center or at U.S. Grant Cottage State Historic Site is the final home of Ulysses S. Grant, Civil War Commanding General of the U.S. Army, and 18th U.S. President.

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SPAC Puts Audience On Stage by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — A few months into her tenure at the helm of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Elizabeth Sobol explored the venue’s historic stage, the jigsaw pieces of a unique concept formulating in her mind. “One day I was standing out in the amphitheater and looked up at this massive stage while thinking about this crazy idea,” recalled SPAC’s president and CEO. “I wondered: How many people we can seat up there? As it turns out, it’s 300.” Earlier this week, the fruition of that “crazy idea” went on full display when the venue hosted the first of four SPAC On Stage events, which spins the performers’ podium 180 degrees and places audience members at the back of the stage to face the musicians. A panoramic of the setting sun. the great lawn of SPAC and the columned architecture of the Hall of Springs lazily recline in the distance. The four-part series will be staged consecutive Monday nights in August. The grand experiment kicked off Aug. 7 and by all measures of sound and vision was a major success. “We’re making SPAC history tonight!” Sobol told the audience assembled for the series premiere featuring The Hot Sardines. The ensemble, which boasts triple-horns, sassy vocals and a rhythm section that channels the vintage essence of New York speakeasies, Parisian cabarets and New Orleans jazz halls alike, proved to be a perfect choice. “Tonight, we’re doing this for the first time together, so let’s let our hair down and have a ton of fun,” Sobol announced, the foundation of a rollicking piano punctuated by the brassy horns of The Hot Sardines. “Tonight, you can take photographs,” Sobol instructed. “Tonight, you can dance.” Some couples did just that, swooning to the sounds of classic jazz interpretations. The visuals are splendid, with no seat more than a few meters from the stage, and however it was done, the sound on this night is perfect: each musical intonation easily observed, and the volume boosted at an enjoyable level. The experience is both intimate and surreal. The lawn and amphitheater, absent of patrons, is eerily quiet, and even the venue’s security detail

collectively wear perplexed looks. Audience members are directed to their seats via an ascending staircase at stage left, warmly greeted as if entering a gallant eatery, and are directed to their pre-numbered seats by walking across the historic stage where everyone from Jim Morrison to Mikhail Baryshnikov have strutted their stuff. The U-shape seating configuration cradles the stage, with a halfdozen or so rows flanking the band podium on either side and a bleachertype fixture housing seats that climbs at its center. SPAC on Stage takes place Mondays at 8 p.m. in August. Time for Three will perform Monday, Aug. 14, Black Violin on Aug. 21 (tickets for this show are sold out), and threetime Grammy nominated AfroCuban music group Tiempo Libre will conclude the series on Aug. 28. “When the notion of SPAC on Stage was born, there were bands that I wanted to bring in that I thought would do this so perfectly,” Sobol said. “We’re almost sold out of the whole series and 22 percent of our ticket buyers for this series have never been to SPAC before, so that’s huge. I wanted to introduce a type of music we weren’t really touching on at SPAC and this was the way to do it. You’re bringing the audience out of the amphitheater and onto the stage to be with the artists.” Sobol said audiences can expect the series to be revisited in future seasons. Time for Three will be showcasing a lot of their new material during their SPAC appearance Aug. 14. “Inviting the audience on stage to get that close to us is going to be awesome,” said Time for Three founding member Nick Kendall. “I think it plays into the unexpected characteristics of Time for Three. You’ll really get to witness the interplay between the three of us. So much of (our sound) seems like it’s being created in the moment and by being a lot closer you’ll be able to see that interplay that sometimes is missed at a big concert hall or a stadium. “We have played at SPAC before with the orchestra, so iIt’s going to be really cool to turn that on its head, and bring the audience on stage.” Time for Three and its three classically trained musicians — violinists Nick Kendall and Charles Yang, and double-bassist Ranaan Meyer defy traditional genre classification. The trio performs music from

Audience filing in to the U-shaped seating configuration during first of four SPAC on Stage performances Aug. 7, 2017. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

Bach to Brahms and beyond, playing originals and their own arrangements of everything from bluegrass and folk tunes to mash-ups of hits by the Beatles, Brittany Spears, Kanye West, Katy Perry, and others. The group has performed at venues as diverse as Carnegie Hall, to the ABC TV show “Dancing with the Stars.” The variety of venues well suits the SPAC on Stage series as well as the ensemble’s

performance chops. “It reflects the energy of our band. We love the surprise nature of it. We’re just as comfortable playing on street corners as we are in concert halls,” said Kendall, adding that the group’s three co-creators inspire a fusion of sound that creates a larger symphonic fourth. “At the root of my desire in music is the appetite to create,” Kendall said. “There’s such

a reciprocal energy, especially with my bandmates when we perform; I’ll go out, spark an energy and if the energy comes back – well, that’s what I live for, whether it’s with another musician or with the audience.” Monday night the energy created in that magical place between audience and band will be given a whole new sea of possibilities in which to flourish.

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monday, 8/14:

Rich Ortiz, 9 pm @ Bailey’s — 583.6060

Different Than Normal, 9 pm @ Bailey’s — 583.6060

Jamcrackers Album Release Concert, 8 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022

Open Mic Night, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022

Tailspin, 10 pm @ Caroline St. Pub — 583.9400

Jeff Walton, 6 pm @ Horseshoe Inn — 886.8086

The Audiostars, 7 pm @ Horseshoe Inn — 886.8086

Super Dark Collective — Sacred Order of Future Ghosts, 10 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026

Pushing The Limits Productions presents Ruthless, 8 pm @ Hudson River Music Hall — 832.3484 Mike O’Donnell, 7 pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583.1890 Steve Lambert Quartet, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue — 583.2582


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Jack Grace Band, 9 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026 Rob Fleming, 8 pm @ Peabody’s — 886.8673

The OTB Band, 9 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583.1916

tuesday, 8/15: Padraic Decker, 7 pm @ Bailey’s — 583.6060 Rochmon Record Club: Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon”, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022

Big Medicine, 8 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583.1916

Traditional Open Irish Session w/ Drank The Gold, 7 pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583.1890

saturday, 8/12:

Robonic Reggae — every Tuesday, 2 pm @ Lake Local — 886.1373

Tail Spin, 9 pm @ Bailey’s — 583.6060

wednesday, 8/16:

Banjo Revelry VI, 8 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022

Leah Woods, 7 pm @ Bailey’s — 583.6060

The Bad Chaperons, 10 pm @ Caroline St. Pub — 583.9400 The Refrigerators, 7 pm @ Horseshoe Inn — 886.8086 Ruthless, 8 pm @ Hudson River Music Hall — 832.3484 Shiri & George jazz duo, 7 pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583.1890 Robanic Reggae — every Saturday, 2 pm @ Lake Local — 886.1373 John Savage Quartet, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue — 583.2582 Rattail Jimmy, 9 pm @ Peabody’s — 886.8673 Eric Margon, 6 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026 Hot Club of Saratoga, 9 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026 Deja Vu Jazz, Swing Jazz Combo — every Saturday, 3.6 pm @ SPoT Coffee, Glens Falls — 584.9094 Erin Og, 8 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583.1916

sunday, 8/13: Sirsy, 7 pm @ Bailey’s — 583.6060 Roosevelt Dime, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 Hot Club of Saratoga, 8 pm @ Gaffney’s — 587.7359 Toga Boys, 7 pm @ Horseshoe Inn — 886.8086 Ruthless, 2 pm @ Hudson River Music Hall — 832.3485 Midi Forts, 7 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026 Hot Club of Saratoga — every Sunday, Noon @ Salt & Char — 450.7500 Kevin McKrell, 8 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583.1916

Bluegrass Jam Circle with Alan Epstein, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 Hot Club of Saratoga, 7 pm @ Hamlet + Ghost — 450.7287 Radio Junkies, 6 pm @ Horseshoe Inn — 886.8086 Tim Wechgelaer & Chris Carey, Acoustic Duo, 7:30 pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583.1890 Masters of Nostalgia, 8:30 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026 Irish Celtic Session — every Wednesday, 7 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583.1916

thursday, 8/17: Soul Session, 8 pm @ Bailey’s — 583.6060 Jesse Terry and The Young Novelists, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 Open Mic — every Thursday, 10 pm @ Circus Café — 583.1106 Motion Blur, 6 pm @ Horseshoe Inn — 886.8086 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 Cloud Lifter, 9 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026 Kevin & Kate McKrell, 9 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583.1916 Tim Wechgelaer — Every Thursday, 5:30 pm @ Lake Local — 682.2772 Goose — residency, 9:30 pm @ Putnam Den — 584.8066 Kevin & Kate McKrell, 9 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583.1916

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Puzzles Across 1 Word with time or money 5 Greek cross 8 Cameo shape 12 It may be straight 14 Ostracize 15 Spy follower? 16 Expenditure 17 Home to Mykonos and Milos 19 Concocts 21 Broad panoramas 22 Anatomical pouch 23 Sanctioned 25 __ lab 26 Condensed, for short: Abbr. 27 Schooner part 31 Woman undercover 35 __ String 36 Vessels on carts 37 Tennis lob strategy 39 Made a bad call, say 40 Park that opened in April 1965 42 Unkempt dos 43 Christian denom. 44 Guatemala gold 45 Election check 47 Simile center 50 Improvises 54 Like the water in a Simon & Garfunkel song 56 Laundry challenge 58 New home subcontractor 59 De Tocqueville thought 60 Lummoxes 61 Online jotting 62 With 63- and 64-Across, meeting place suggested both literally and graphically by this puzzle’s circled letters 63 See 62-Across 64 See 62-Across Down 1 Nudges 2 Actress Dern 3 Ancient Texcoco native 4 __ mat 5 Popular reading in New York and Washington 6 National Mustard Day mo.

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See puzzle solution on page 46 7 Like some parallel bars 8 Has 9 Immense 10 Rest __ 11 Grazing sites 13 Neptune or Mars 14 “Better Call __” 18 Pitch in 20 Approach to a subject 24 “Father Knows Best” actress Jane 25 Figures (out) 27 Perform improperly 28 Iams competitor 29 Svelte 30 River to the North Sea 31 Agenda bullet 32 300-pound Wolfe 33 Trivial objection

34 Half-brother of Ishmael 35 GMC Terrain, for one 38 Maine college town 41 Pandora alternative 43 Impart 45 NFL ball carriers 46 Footed vases 47 Deal out 48 Handle 49 Seller of TV time 50 “Yeah, right!” 51 Extinct bird 52 Stead 53 Actor Robert of “The Sopranos” 55 Recycling containers 57 TourBook-issuing org.

Writing the Right Word by Dave Dowling

Accuracy in word choice is a key to effective communication. In your daily writing and speaking, try to make sure you use the right word in the right place with the right spelling. By doing so, its effect will affect your communication in a positive way. This quick weekly tip will help you filter the confusion in some of our daily word choices. This Week: Ordinance, Ordnance Ordinance refers to a decree, law, or regulation. Commissioners are discussing an ordinance to improve the park. Ordnance refers to military equipment or weapons. The technology can help find unexploded ordnance. Dave Dowling is the author of The Wrong Word Dictionary and The Dictionary of Worthless Words. Both books are available from many book retailers, and signed copies can be obtained by contacting Dave at

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Week of August 11 – August 17, 2017

Camp Abilities by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Camp Abilities, sponsored by the Saratoga Lions Club (SLC), is in its fourth camp year this summer. This camp, which lasts a week, is an active overnight educational sports camp for children that are visually impaired. Taking place on Skidmore College campus, campers are able to experience a week of just being a normal kid. “This is one of the only weeks where kids can just be a kid. A lot of times, they’re the only kid that might have visual impairment in their school. This week is the one time where they don’t have to worry. If they bump into something or if they make a mistake, they’re not being looked at like ‘oh you did that because you have a visual impairment.’ They just did it because they’re being a kid. They feel comfortable here,” says Tiffany Mitrakos, director of Camp Abilities. Camp Abilities has 26 campers, each with their own counselors, so they have a one on one experience. To put on the camp itself, it costs roughly $100,000 and is $3,500 per camper, though it is funded by donations and sponsors, no money is out of the camper’s pocket to attend. The

requirement for campers to attend is that the only disability they have is a visual impairment, they must be independent and otherwise capable, and they have to be between ages 10 and 18. Camp Abilities first year had 18 campers and now they are capped at 26 due to cost and less chance of forming lifelong friendships if there are an overwhelming number of attendees. Saratoga Lions Club took on this camp as a service project four years ago and is instrumental in the planning and execution of the entire week of camp. SLC organizes all of the nighttime activities that take the campers off campus. Camp Abilities Saratoga is unique among all of the other Camp Abilities because of their nighttime activities. Other camps are confined to their campuses but with the help of SLC and donations from local restaurants, campers eat dinner off campus and attend different activities. From day one, the staff was adamant that the kids set goals and focus on reaching them. Campers participate in sports tailored for them, such as beep baseball and goal ball while also participating in sports and activities that all peers their age play. Beep baseball, for example, is baseball tailored to the visually impaired. This game lasts six innings and

only has first and third bases, which are four foot high padded cylinders with speakers that give off a continuous buzzing sound when activated. When the ball is hit, the base operator activates one of the bases and the runner must identify the correct base and run to it before a defensive player fields the ball. Each team has a sighted pitcher and catcher. Kids are also shown how to play sports not tailored for them that they can adapt and show their physical education teacher at school how they can successfully play with the other kids. The camp is made up of 41 staff members. They have a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week nursing staff, six sports specialists with degrees in adaptive physical education, 26 counselors, and several other people who band together to help this week of camp meet it’s full potential. A special treat for the campers is a Judo class instructed by Olympian Jason Morris, of Jason Morris Judo Center. Morris donates his time and staff to the camp. Tiffany Mitrakos, director, has been a part of Camp Abilities for nine years. Mitrakos originally became involved at the camp’s initial location at Brockport College, where she was involved for five years before coming to Saratoga’s

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camp for the last four years. Mitrakos’ assistant director is Jeff Yellen, who also started with the camp in Brockport for two years and this is his second year as assistant director for the Saratoga camp. On the Saratoga Lions Club side, John McDonald has been a member of SLC for 18 years and is a past president of the club. He has been instrumental in the planning of the camp since it’s inauguration. “This camp gives kids an opportunity to participate in a summer sports camp just like their peers,” McDonald echoed Mitrakos, proving the point of the camp really is for visually impaired children to feel like everyday kids, if only for a week. Joanne Soles is the current president of Saratoga Lions Club and was also involved in opening the Camp Abilities in Saratoga Springs. She is at the camp every day to oversee and enjoy. “We are really taking advantage of what Saratoga has to offer for our night time programs. Those programs are why we stand out,” Soles said. Some nighttime activities

include going to Saratoga National for golf and disc golf, which is the new activity added to this year’s camp. They also have stand-up paddle boarding, equestrian activities, ice skating in conjunction with the Saratoga Ice Stars program which is also an SLC service project, and bowling at Saratoga Strike Zone Bowling Center. “We’re already thinking about what we’re going to do next year. Our gears are always rolling,” Mitrakos said excitedly. On the last Wednesday of every month the planning committed have phone conferences throughout the entire year to plan for the upcoming camp. “Every year we just get better and better!” Mitrakos said. Saratoga Lions Club motto is, “A loss of sight, never a loss of vision.” This camp proves that vision is key. “The kids and parents alike absolutely love this camp! It really, truly makes a difference in their lives,” McDonald summed up. If you would like more information on Camp Abilities or Saratoga Lions Club, visit www.

Week of August 11 – August 17, 2017

Second Annual Over the Top Mountain Bike & Trail Run Duahthlon GLENS FALLS — On August 19 at 10:00 a.m. a 10k Mountain bike race and 5k Trail run race will take place. Teams of two and individuals will be accepted, must be eight years old and up to participate. Race registration and check in will be from

7:30 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. at the main lodge. Immediately following the race, an award ceremony and BBQ lunch with beer tastings from Lake George Beer Hub, which is included in the race fees, will take place on the patio in back of the main lodge.

Saratoga Polo Association: Barrantes Cup Tournament SARATOGA SPRINGS — Polo matches will be played on the historic Whitney Field or adjacent fields on Friday and Sunday evenings at 5:30 p.m. The 2017 Polo

season begins July 7 and runs until September 3. Pricing varies depending on the type of reservation. For more information contact 518-584-8108.

Red Oak Ridge Hike GANSEVOORT — On Wednesday August 16 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Moreau Lake State Park a three mile round trip hike will be taking place. The hike will take you halfway up the mountain

with an official park educator who will point out special spots along the way. Registration is required and feels do apply, $2 per adult and $1 per child and senior. Call 518-7930511 for more information.

Miss Scotties Travel Softball Program MALTA — Miss Scotties program is a travel softball team holding open tryouts for their upcoming season. Tryouts are open to any girl from the Albany/Capital

District area interested in playing competitive softball. Practices begin during the winter. 10u – August 14 & 17 at 6:00 p.m. 16u – By appointment only.

JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes SARATOGA SPRINGS — On September 14 – September 17, Saratoga Springs will host one of five JDRF cycling events for the first time ever. This ride is

to raise money for type 1 diabetes. Over 750 participants aged 13 – 89 will gather from all over the world to raise money for the cure.

Women's Basketball Officials SARATOGA SPRINGS — Section 2 is looking for those interested in becoming a women’s high school basketball official. No experience needed. Classes begin in early

September. For further information please contact: Jim Perkins 480-5262


Tango Fusion Dance Classes SARATOGA SPRINGS — Join Tango Fusion for dance classes on Fridays in August at the Newberry Music Hall in downtown Saratoga Springs

at 388 Broadway. This month features a weekly Latin class at 8:00 p.m. On Friday August 11 they will be teaching the Bachata. Only one class a week

is offered in August but in the fall they offer more. For more information, contact the Tango Fusion Dance Company at 518-932-6447.

Saratoga Springs Recreation Department Fall Program Registration Registration for Tiny T-Ball and Volleyball will begin Monday, August 7th. Early Bird Registration is August 7th-September 5th. Sign up

at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center at 15 Vanderbilt Avenue Monday–Friday 9am-8pm or Saturday12-4pm. For additional information or to download forms

go to Contact the Recreation Department at (518) 587-3550 x2300 or recreservations@saratoga-springs. org with questions.

Saratoga Regional YMCA Summer Youth Basketball League Village Photo took the lead over Mike & Steve’s L Raisers in the fourth week of the season, beating them 32 to 28. Antonio Calderon led Village Photo Adam Montville had a team high of eight points for the L Raisers. In a tight game of back and

forth, Raloids Tools defeated the Mexican Connection 29 to 27. Charles DiDonato had a game high of 16 points for the Raloids Tools, Logan Bevan led the Mexican Connection with a total of eight points. Cudney’s Launderers beat

D’Andrea’s Pizza in a tight game with a second half rally by D’Andrea’s Pizza. Cudney’s won by 32 to 28, with Kemauri Johnson leading them with 10 points. Caleb Beverly and Jared Arpey each scored six points in the defeat.



Week of August 11 – August 17, 2017

COMMUNITY SPORTS BULLETIN Recreation Department Horsing Around Program SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs Recreation Department is offering a new program called Horsing Around during the 2017 Track meet. Horsing Around is a drop-off program for children ages 5-12. Various recreational activities and arts and crafts will be offered. For additional information or to download forms go to Contact the Recreation Department at (518) 587-3550 x2300 or recreser with questions.

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. Classes for differing levels are also available Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays at varying times. 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

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

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. The last run of the season will take place Aug. 21 at the Wilton Wildlife Preserve. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the races commencing at 6:00 p.m. Registration is $5 per racer at the door. It is designed to be a fun but challenging trail course. Proceeds benefit the Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park, Saratoga Spa State Park, and another non-profit. For more information contact Laura Clark at or 581-1278. Runs take place rain or shine.

Saratoga Springs Recreation Department Drop-In Sessions SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs Recreation Department currently offers dropin sessions for Adult Basketball, Pickleball, Racquetball and Wallyball. Visit and click on Rec Center Calendar for the latest schedule. For more information, call 518-587-3550 ext. 2300, or email

Recreation Department Fall Soccer Registration SARATOGA SPRINGS — Early Bird registration for the fall 2017 recreation center soccer season is now underway, and will continue until Aug. 14. For additional information, call 518-587-3550 ext. 2300, or email

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YMCA Pick Up Basketball WILTON — In the Adirondack Trust Gym on Tuesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. players 18+ are invited to play basketball, plays are divided into even teams and rotate players per game. Days and times are subject to change. Visit www. to see schedules at all branches.

YMCA Pickleball WILTON — Pickleball is a combination of tennis, badminton, and racquetball. Saratoga Regional YMCA members are free to participate, $10 for non-members. Call 518-587-3000 ext. 250 to reserve your spot before 12:00 p.m. on the scheduled day of play. These games take place on Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. in the Adirondack Trust Gym. Times and days are subject to change.

Schuylerville Central School District PreSeason JV/Varsity TryOuts Schedule SCHUYLERVILLE — Preseason at Schuylerville CSD will be kicking off in the upcoming week. The try-out dates for these sports are as follows: - JV/Varsity Cheerleading: Start date is August 14 – August 18, practicing Monday – Friday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. - Varsity Cross Country: Start date is Monday August 14 – August 18, practice is 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. each day, no practice

Thursday August 17. - JV/Varsity Field Hockey: Start date is Monday August 14 at 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Tuesday August 15 and Thursday August 17 is 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday August 16 is 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. - JV/Varsity Football: Start date is Monday August 14 starting with testing from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., from 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. is practice. Tuesday August 15 and Thursday August 17 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. is classroom and practice. Friday August 18 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. is classroom and practice. On Saturday August 19 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. is classroom and practice. -Varsity Golf: Starting at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday August 15 – Thursday August 17 at Airway Meadows is the driving range followed by 9 holes with a 12:00 p.m. tee off. Friday August 18 at 12:00 p.m. is the driving range only. - Boys JV/Varsity Soccer: Starting Monday August 14 through Friday August 18 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the high school. Saturday August 19 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the high school. -Girls JV/Varsity Soccer: Starting Monday August 14 through Wednesday August 16 at Schuyler Park from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Monday and Tuesday only will have secondary try-outs from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the high school. Thursday August 17 through Saturday August 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. try-outs will take place at the high school.

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2 Nights; $ 53 Million Continued from front page.

in second was Mike Repole, cofounder of vitaminwater and BodyArmor, partnered with Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, claiming a colt bred from Medaglia D’Oro and Rigoletta from Gainesway for $900,000. Repole purchased another yearling, this one sired by Curlin and Quippery, also from Gainesway, for $400,000. In total, Repole spent $1.3 million. Of 112 horses up for sale, 17 were not sold, 16 were “out,” which is to say the consignor removed the horse from the sale, and 75 were sold. The lowest sale of the night went to Kings Equine for a colt produced by Shanghai Bobby and True Kiss for $50,000, this colt was consigned by Taylor Made Farm. On Tuesday night the excitement was still overflowing at Finney Pavilion. Buyers had not lost their steam as the night rounded to $28.57 million total with 81 horses selling at an average of $352,716 per

horse. 21 horses were not sold and 13 horses were out. Kerri Radcliffe, the racing manager for Phoenix Thoroughbreds, was the top buyer Tuesday night. Radcliffe purchased a filly sired by Orb and Flashy American for $1 million. The lowest sale of the night went to Kings Equine again and was $75,000 for a colt produced by Exchange Rate and Diamondesque, this colt was consigned by Taylor Made Farm. The “Five to Watch” hips, according to the Paulick Report, were hips number 135, 150, 162, 205, and 207. Hips 135 and 207 were surprisingly not sold, and the remaining three hips were sold at very low prices. Hip 150 sold for $475,000, hip 162 sold for $400,000, and hip 205 only sold for $350,000. Overall, the auction sales were up by 11% in average sales on Monday and Tuesday’s auction saw an average increase of 20% from last year. In total for both nights, $52,995,000 changed hands. The auction is open to the

public for free with many spectators coming just to people and horse watch. The auditorium is set up for the horses’ benefit, green carpeting to match a pasture and fence

like ropes to simulate an arena. Televisions are also set up outside of the auction hall so people can watch the auction while remaining outside by the stables, a live stream also takes

place on the Fasig-Tipton website. A huge photo of Secretariat is hung in the high rollers balcony, looming over the bidders to remind them that it takes money to make money.

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