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LOCAL • INDEPENDENT • FREE Volume 11  •  Issue 36  •  September 15 – September 21, 2017 • (518) 581-2480

Blue Streaks Newest Teammate by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY

Sequoia Cumming, #44, the kicker for the Blue Streaks. Photo by Lori Mahan.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Sequoia Cumming, a senior, is the first female football player for the Saratoga Blue Streaks. She is the kicker for the team and has attempted two kicks thus far this season. Head Coach Terry Jones, who was an assistant coach for the football team from 1999 until 2007 when he became the head coach, said this is the first female he’s ever had on his team.

“We had an informational meeting last spring for anyone interested in playing football and she showed up. At that meeting, everyone there was given information about summer workouts and everything and she did not miss a single work out all summer. She was one of only two players on our freshmen, JV, or Varsity teams who did not miss a single workout. And here she is. That’s the story,” Jones explained. Sequoia had her own reasons for playing, “It started out as

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Dozens of times in the span of five years,

Scott Fultz and his son Elijah left their home in Gansevoort before dawn. They drove north to accomplish a feat together that See High Peaks pg. 3

(From left) Elijah and Scott Fultz, with dogs Abbey and Kona, on the summit of Basin Mountain during their celebratory Aug. 27, 2017 hike. Photo provided.

by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY

MALTA — In his 37 years of farming at Malta Ridge Orchard and Gardens, Dave Bowman says the worst he lost to inclement weather were one or two crops— never an entire season’s worth of fruit from his apple trees. This year, something unusual transpired at the Malta Avenue farm that, in turn, has caused a number of people to sour on the idea of supporting Bowman as a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) supplier. Bowman, one of the original founders of the popular Saratoga

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Malta Farmer Battles Father and Son Conquer High Peaks Weather & CSA Members by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY


Springs Farmers’ Market on High Rock Avenue, claims that a brief but destructive hail storm on Aug. 12 ruined virtually all of his apples and seriously damaged numerous vegetable crops. “I’m losing $10,000 a weekend” without the apple harvest, Bowman said earlier this week, after he had shut off and jumped down from his tractor to discuss the matter. Four CSA members, who signed a Malta Ridge Orchard contract for the 2017 growing season, have contacted Saratoga TODAY to dispute the farmer’s See Farmer pg. 8

TODAY See pgs. 21-28

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Week of September 15 – September 21, 2017

Neighbors: Snippets of Life from Your Community Who: Steven Varsames. Where: Broadway. Q. What do you do? A. I’m a letter carrier for the Saratoga Springs Post Office. Q. How long have you been a letter carrier here? A. I’ve been doing this in Saratoga Springs for almost 20 years. Q. What’s your route? A. I do Broadway, and the side streets of Broadway. I’ve been on this route for almost a-year-and-a-half. I used to be out towards St. Clement’s Church. Q. How has the city changed? A. It’s grown. Look at those double-decker garages – those weren’t around when I first moved here. In terms of mail, there are a lot more deliveries now also. And with Amazon, more deliveries of packages. Q. So the Internet hasn’t eliminated the need for mail? A. Not so much the bulk mail, but First Class it has. The younger generation is mostly paying their bills on line now and things like that. Q. And no one writes letters anymore. A. No, just grandma. Q. Where are you originally from and what brought you here? A, I grew up in lower Westchester County, in Peekskill, N.Y. My wife and I wanted to find an area where we could raise a family Q. What did you want to be when you were a kid? Steven Varsames. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

A. A professional athlete – a baseball player, or a football player. Q. What don’t people know about your job? A. I don’t think people really know the extent of what we do to deliver the mail. Between casing it, pulling it down, and actually delivering it. I think people assume that’s mostly done for us – that we just walk in to the office and it’s all there, but that’s not the case. We go in at 8 in the morning, set everything up and hopefully end our day by 4:30.

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Father and Son Conquer High Peaks Continued from front page.

challenges the most serious New York hikers: climbing all 46 of the Adirondack High Peaks. On Sunday, Aug. 27, the pair officially reached that goal atop the 4,827-foot summit of Basin Mountain, along with trusted canine companions Abbey and Kona. The weather was perfect and “it was a really cool fatherson moment,” admits Fultz, a coowner of the Saratoga Springs firm Mountain Media. At nearly 20 years old, the company (www. specializes in website design, e-commerce and Internet marketing. On the same day in August 2012, the Fultzs and Abbey hiked the 5,344-foot Mt. Marcy, long revered as New York’s tallest mountain. Fultz said he and Elijah (who was 11 at the time) resolved during that trip to climb all of the High Peaks. Fultz added that he and his wife, Jeanette, had climbed about 10 in prior years. According to records kept by the 46er Club (posted online at, the actual number of people who have climbed the High Peaks and then formally registered is approaching the 10,000 mark. Fultz acknowledged that he and Elijah each sent the required documents to the 46er Club with a $10 registration fee. The father also kept detailed records about every hike and signed, for safety

Elijah and Abbey enjoy the cloudy summit of Mt. Marcy on Aug. 27, 2012. Photo provided.

purposes, the New York State logbooks found at all trailheads. The 46ers Club, whose origins date back to the 1920s, presently coordinates Adirondack trail-preservation and maintenance efforts in conjunction with other groups and officials from the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Club members are busy organizing a centennial hike on all 46 mountains—with parties of six individuals each—on the date of Aug. 1, 2018 to commemorate the date that two brothers, Robert and George Marshall, and their guide Herbert Clark reached the 4,867-foot summit of Whiteface Mountain in 1918 and began keeping records. Lacking cars and modern hiking gear, as well as the easy access afforded by today’s wellworn mountain trails, it took the

Marshalls and Clark seven years to finish the High Peaks with a climb up 4,040-foot Emmons Mountain in 1925, according to the 46er Club. There are four mountains identified as High Peaks that are below 4,000 feet: Blake Peak (3,960), Cliff (3,960), Nye (3,895) and Couchsachraga (3,820), the club reports. Furthermore, the U.S. Geological Survey measures a 47th peak, MacNaughton, at 4,000 feet, but the 46ers Club does not require its members to hike it. “As an avid mountaineer myself, I wish to congratulate Scott on this awesome accomplishment,” offered Mountain Media co-owner

The view (from left) of Haystack, Little Haystack, Skylight and Marcy from the summit of Basin. Photo provided.

James Curley, in a statement released this week. “The fact that he included his son and dog on the mission speaks to his character and makes me proud to call him a partner.” With presumably anticipated flair, the company was described

in the statement as “a progressive, personable, ecommerce website services provider that offers online payment solutions as well as custom graphic design and digital marketing services that don’t require a mountain of cash.”



Week of September 15 – September 21, 2017

City, Milton and Wilton Primary Results Combined Bank and Stewart’s Plan Canceled by Larry Goodwin by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY WILTON — Adirondack Trust and Stewart’s Shops officials have canceled plans to build a second combined location at the intersection of Maple Avenue and Northern Pines Road in Wilton. The companies’ proposed project would have followed the successful opening earlier this year of a combined bank and retail store on Luther Forest Boulevard in Malta. Maria D’Amelia, a spokeswoman for Stewart’s Shops, confirmed in an email this week that her company’s “great relationship with Adirondack Trust” will continue, regardless of the

apparent setback in Wilton. “We are no longer moving forward as the project became too complicated with constraints we faced at the site,” D’Amelia said. On Sept. 7, the Wilton Town Board voted to refund more than $9,400 in engineering fees to Adirondack Trust that had been previously allotted for the canceled project. Wilton Supervisor Arthur Johnson indicated this week that Adirondack Trust officials are now focusing on plans to build a regular bank branch at the Northern Pines Road intersection, as a means to replace the one destroyed last winter in a fire.

Saratoga TODAY BALLSTON SPA — In its “unofficial results” from the Sept. 12 primaries in Saratoga Springs, Milton and Wilton, the Saratoga County Board of Elections reports that there were both decisive and narrow victories. Out of more than 200 votes cast in an Independence Party primary, the records show, Saratoga Springs City Court Judge Francine Vero defeated challenger Andrew Blumenberg by capturing 74 percent of the total.

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A retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel, Jim Frey, came in third by receiving more than 500 votes, or about 25 percent of the total cast by Milton Republicans. In the Wilton Independence Party primary, longtime Town Justice Gerald Worth lost by four votes to political newcomer Eric Rosenberg, the Board of Elections records show. Worth and Rosenberg also will compete again in November, having already received endorsements, respectively, from the town’s Republicans and Democrats.

The Summit at Saratoga Offers Defensive Driving for Seniors SARATOGA SPRINGS — Whether traveling to a doctor’s appointment or picking up the weekly groceries, seniors rely on retaining their independence by being able to drive to such locations. However, as people age, they lose strength, coordination and flexibility, which can have a major impact on their ability to safely control a car. On Thursday, Sept. 28 and Friday, Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. to

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Vero, a Democrat, and Blumenberg, a Republican, will compete again in November. In a contentious Milton Republican primary for town supervisor, Councilman Scott Ostrander claimed victory with 716 votes over Councilwoman Barbara Kerr, who received about 500, according to the election records. Republican primary voters in Milton also chose—with more than 1,500 votes— Councilman Frank Blaisdell and former Planning Board member John Frolish for two Town Board seats that are due for reelection in November.

noon, The Summit at Saratoga, 1 Perry Road, will host an AARP Defensive Driver Class. The six-hour refresher course, which is for drivers over 50, provides a 10 percent car insurance savings and the removal of up to four points from an individual’s license. Participants must commit to both sessions to receive these discounts. Class size is limited and participants are encouraged to

register as early as possible. The cost to attend is $20 for AARP members and $25 for nonmembers. AARP members will need to bring their AARP number to the class. Please make checks payable to “AARP.” Reservations can be made by calling 518-430-2136, or by emailing For directions to the community, visit the website

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POLICE Ramiz T. Hajratalli, age 31, Saratoga Springs, was charged Aug. 28 with felony burglary He is suspected of illegally entering and unlawfully remaining within an occupied residence on Caroline Street during the early morning hours of July 28. He was released on $10,000 cash bail. The case was handed up to Saratoga County Court on Sept. 7 when two misdemeanor counts and one felony burglary count related to July 29 were applied, in addition to a second felony burglary count related to Aug. 11. Deborah L. Latalladi, 55, of Wilton, was charged Sept. 3 with promoting prison contraband after allegedly possessing and attempting to pass two prescription pills to an inmate at the Saratoga County Correctional Facility. The incident occurred during visitation and the contraband was recovered by Saratoga County Correctional Officers. Brianna M. Wiederhold, age 23, Fort Ann, was charged Sept. 4 with misdemeanor DWI and an unsafe lane change. Kaprice M. Kennedy, age 26, Troy, and Naquwan J. Williamson, age 27, Cohoes, were each charged Sept. 3 with one felony count criminal possession of a controlled substance. Reginald D. McCorkle, age 39, Wilton, was charged Sept. 3 with misdemeanor criminal possession of marijuana. Amanda S. Delyser, age 34, Ballston Spa, was charged Sept. 3 with aggravated unlicensed operation, and unlawful possession of marijuana. James R. Devoe, age 27, Greenwich, was charged Sept. 2 with misdemeanor DWI, aggravated unlicensed operation, and criminal possession of a weapon. Pamela J. Robak, age 47, Saratoga Springs, was charged Sept. 1 with operating a motor vehicle impaired by drugs.


Adam J. Rouse, age 32, Hudson Falls, was charged Sept. 1 with felony failure to register as a sex offender.

Christian B. Huston, age 26, Saratoga Springs was charged Aug. 29 with misdemeanor criminal contempt.

Darrick D. Conners, age 44, Saratoga Springs, was charged Sept. 1 with felony burglary.

Courtney A. Butler, age 23, Greenfield Center was charged Aug. 29 with misdemeanor DWI, fail to keep right and failure to notify DMV of change of address.

Michael A. Coonradt, age 20, Granville, was charged Aug. 31 with two misdemeanor counts petit larceny. Steven W. Harris, age 46, Saratoga Springs, was charged Aug. 31 with misdemeanor petit larceny. John J. Guerin, age 38, Ballston Spa, was charged Aug. 31 with misdemeanor DWI, starting a parked vehicle, failed to signal a turn, registration plate display violation criminal possession of a controlled substance misdemeanor, and aggravated unlicensed operation. Christopher Mora, age 25, Amsterdam, was charged Aug. 31 with misdemeanor criminal possession of a controlled substance. James E. Pennefeather, age 64, Johnson City, was charged Aug. 31 with misdemeanor DWI. Lee J. Schmitt, age 67, Chatham, Massachusetts, was charged Aug. 30 with misdemeanor DWI. Helena F. Mchale, age 59, Saratoga Springs, was charged Aug. 30 with misdemeanor petit larceny. William C. Navatto, age 54, Bloomfield, New Jersey, was charged Aug. 30 with misdemeanor DWI, speeding, and aggravated unlicensed operation. Patrick A. Baird, age 26, Ballston Spa, was charged Aug. 30 with aggravated unlicensed operation. Anika D. Powell, age 26, Saratoga Springs was charged Aug. 29 with misdemeanor attempted assault and criminal mischief.

Carson J. Davis, age 24, Corinth, was charged Aug. 29 with aggravated unlicensed operation, speeding, and operating motor vehicle suspended registration.

Carleah A. Herbert, age 38, Ballston Spa, was charged Aug. 29 with misapplication of property- a misdemeanor.

Christopher J. Hughes, age 45, Boston, Massachusetts was charged Aug. 28 with criminal mischief and obstructing governmental administration. Matias Ezequiel-Rojas, age 27, Saratoga Springs was charged Aug. 28 with misdemeanor DWI, failed to signal a turn, failed to stop at stop sign, fail to keep right, operate motor vehicle by unlicensed driver. James S. Sluti, age 33, Saratoga Springs was charged Aug. 27 with misdemeanor criminal mischief. Bryan D. Webb, age 55, Queensbury, was charged Aug. 26 with criminal possession of controlled substance felony.

Andrew C. Drellos, age 29, Clifton Park, was charged Aug. 26 with criminal possession of a controlled substance misdemeanor. Kyle D. C. Shuhart, age 30, Stillwater, was charged Aug. 26 with aggravated unlicensed operation. Jesse R. Coleman, age 33, Ballston Spa, was charged Aug. 26 with misdemeanor DWI, leaving the scene of an auto accident, aggravated unlicensed operation, and felony criminal possession of a weapon. Norman P. Fuller, age 47, Saratoga Springs was charged Aug. 25 with unlawful imprisonment, assault, and criminal mischief. all offenses are misdemeanors.

ICE Arrests Eight Men in Saratoga Springs on Monday SARATOGA SPRINGS — During a targeted enforcement operation, deportation officers with ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations arrested “eight unlawfully present adults” on Sept. 11 in Saratoga Springs, according to a statement issued by the federal agency. The eight men, all citizens of Mexico, are between the ages of 20 and 49, and allegedly face administrative immigration violations. One

of the men is suspected of illegally re-entering the United States after having been previously removed, which is a felony punishable by up to 20 years in federal prison. Those arrested will be held in ICE custody at the Albany County Correctional Facility, pending transfer to the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility. The agency also issued the following statement: “All recent

enforcement operations in this region are a part of routine, daily targeted operations conducted by ICE here around the country every day, targeting criminal aliens and other immigration violators. These efforts will continue.” Deportation officers with ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations reported arresting 26 men in Saratoga Springs in May and June.

6 Norbert B. Nolte

Norbert B. Nolte, 96, a longtime resident of Schuylerville, passed away Friday, September 8, 2017 at Saratoga Hospital. Born July 13, 1921 in Amsterdam NY he was the son of the late Bernard and Anna Traxon Nolte. Mr. Nolte was a graduate of St. Mary’s High School in Amsterdam. He was a veteran of WWII serving with the US Coast Guard on the USS Campbell in the North Atlantic. He served with the US Navy and Naval Reserve until 1978. Norbert was also a graduate of Siena College and taught History and Social Studies at Schuylerville Central School for several years. He became the Principal of Gilboa Central School and then retired as Principal of Schuylerville Central School in 1981. He was a former

OBITUARIES Village Justice in Schuylerville, Justice of Peace in the Town of Saratoga, Trustee and President of Schuylerville Public Library, founding member of General Schuylerville Emergency Squad, Trustee for Cornell Cooperative Extension in Saratoga County, volunteer at Saratoga County Senior Citizens Center, choir member of Visitation Church and communicant of Notre Dame-Visitation Church. He liked to sail at Willfleet, Cape Cod, golf par 3, ski, swim at YMCA, walk, enjoyed woodworking, working around the house, singing songs at the piano after Sunday dinners, playing the violin, reading and history. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sown, Norbert J. Nolte, and 2 sisters, Agnes Reynolds and Audrey Ellers. Survivors include his beloved wife of 75 years, Matilda Nolte, who he faithfully visited daily at Wesley Health Care Center; his children, Michael (Glenina) Nolte, Andrew (Kathleen) Nolte, Maureen (Neil) Muscatiello, Jean (Peter) Hosford, Susan Nolte (Lee

Grunes), Christopher Nolte (Carla Suna); daughter-in-law Kathy Lind; 14 grandchildren, Thomas Nolte, Kristina Brennan, Neil A. Muscatiello, Mark Muscatiello, Jennifer Valentine, Michael Hosford, Elizabeth Bovill, Julie Grunes, Jacob Nolte, Rachel Nolte, Darius Nolte Lind, Zachary Nolte Lind, Chloe Nolte Lind, and Sophia Nolte Lind; 13 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11am Friday, September 15, 2017 at Notre Dame-Visitation Church in Schuylerville with Rev. Martin Fisher, officiating. A committal service will follow at 12:30pm at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. There are no calling hours. Memorials can be made in his memory to the General Schuyler Emergency Squad, PO Box 111, Schuylerville, NY 12871 or the Schuylerville Public Library, Schuylerville, NY 12871. The family would like to thank staff and friends at Wesley Health Care Center, Woodlawn Commons, Saratoga Hospital and General

Week of September 15 – September 21, 2017

Schuyler Emergency Squad. Arrangements are under the direction of Flynn Bros. Inc., 13 Gates Ave, Schuylerville, NY 12871. Online remembrances can be made at

Mary McGirr Montanarelli Mary Jane McGirr Montanarelli passed away peacefully on Sept 8, 2017, at the Kingsway Nursing Home in Schenectady NY. Born on Oct 23 1928, she was the daughter of J. Earl McGirr and Mamie Eckert McGirr. Mary Jane graduated from St Peters Academy in Saratoga Springs and St Peters Nursing School in Albany. Her nursing career was spent at St Peters Hospital and Memorial Hospital in Albany. Interment was in Memorial Gardens, in Albany NY.

Tammy Martinez BALLSTON SPA — Tammy Martinez, 56, passed away on Monday, September 11, 2017 after a courageous 14 year battle with breast cancer. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on September 11, 1961, she was the daughter of James Nicholls and Claudia Cobart Kerns. She was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School. Tammy worked for Saratoga County for 37 years. She was the confidential secretary for Sheriff Jim Bowen, working closely with both Jim and his wife Sue who became lifelong friends and supporters of Tammy throughout her illness. She enjoyed shopping and searching for bargains at garage sales. Her greatest joy was her family and she loved to spoil her nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents and her brother James Nicholls, Jr. Tammy is survived by her sons Richard James Martinez of Ballston Spa and Michael Martinez of Ballston Spa; siblings Timothy Cobart of Ballston Spa, Lori Nicholls of North Carolina, Terri Emigh (Mark) of Ballston Spa, Scott

Kerns (Erin) of Ballston Spa and Dana Nicholls of North Carolina; stepfather Harold Kerns (Lucy) of California; and many beloved nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and friends. A graveside service will be held 10am Friday, September 15 at Ballston Spa Cemetery, Garrett Road, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, September 14 from 4pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. The family would like to thank Dr. Liebers and his staff, and the staff on A-3 at Saratoga Hospital for their care and compassion. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Tammy may be made to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk to be held in Albany on October 15, 2017. Online remembrances may be made at www.armerfuneralhome. com

Louise (D’Andrea) Falkenbury SARATOGA SPRINGS — Louise M. (D’Andrea) Falkenbury passed away Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. Calling hours 9:30am to 10:30am Friday, Sept. 15, Burke Funeral Home, North Broadway. Mass of Christian Burial at 11am, St. Clement’s Church, 231 Lake Ave. and burial at St. Peter’s Cemetery, West Ave. Please visit at

Joan M. Carr SARATOGA SPRINGS — Joan M. Carr passed away Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. Calling hours 9:30am to 10:30am Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, Burke Funeral Home, North Broadway, Saratoga Springs. A Mass will follow at 11am, St. Mary’s Church, Ballston Spa with burial in St. Peter’s Cemetery, West Ave. Please visit

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Week of September 15 – September 21, 2017

Boston Terrier Parade Sunday

Sun Shines on Local Wedding

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The ‘Bug’s Boston Terrier Parade’ has been scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 17, with a meeting time of 11 a.m. at the Spirit of Life fountain in Congress Park. All dogs are welcome, and donations in any amount will be accepted for the Northeast Boston Terrier Rescue.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — Taber Stark Ward, of Saratoga Springs, and Ashton Grey Phillips were married on the evening of Saturday, Sept. 9 on the grounds of the former 10 Springs Woods bottling plant. The outdoor wedding, which went off without a hitch, was the only dry day in a week dotted with downpours. The groom had handcrafted the alter before the bride wrapped it with tulle, burlap, boughs

and wildflowers. The ceremony featured a dozen children stampeding down the aisle to the tune of “The Dance of the Sugarplum Fairies.” Many family members and friends from across the United States and around the world came together to create and share the celebration. Ward is an attorney and mediator; Phillips is a computer programmer. They live in Boulder, Colorado.

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Bricks for Malta Veterans MALTA — The Malta Veterans Appreciation Program (MVAP) will formally announce the sales of personalized bricks on Sunday, Sept. 17 between 1 and 3 p.m. at the veterans’ memorial near Town Hall.

The MVAP volunteers have held four fundraisers to date, raising over $8,400 to impact the lives of local military veterans through labor and kindness. For $100, personalized bricks with a veteran’s name and service

branch can be ordered twice per year through MVAP. The bricks will be used to expand the veterans’ memorial walkway in front of the town complex. For more information, visit the website



Week of September 15 – September 21, 2017

Malta Farmer Battles Weather and CSA Members Continued from front page.

account. They argue that Bowman is not honoring his part of the CSA obligation, nor being transparent. “Just be honest with people,” says CSA member Kristy O’Donnell, who moved to the area with her family late last year from Long Island. “I’m not looking for my 15 minutes of fame. I just want answers.” Phyllis Underwood, president of the Saratoga Farmers’ Market Association, reported that she is not aware of any other local farmers who experienced such extensive crop damage due to August storms. “While I certainly understand farmers can’t always stay ahead of Mother Nature, in this case I don’t believe that’s what happened,” wrote CSA member Catherine Morton in an email. “A short hail storm would not likely wipe out entire crops, especially root crops, and the greenhouses are still standing.” “I understand that when we sign up for the CSA we are

taking a risk on the crop, but I didn’t expect to be taking a risk on the farm management,” wrote CSA members Pam and Greg Cooper in another email. “So we have lost out on more than half of our CSA for the season.” The Coopers said they had paid Bowman about $400 in the spring. “We were not contacted with any offers for a refund or a way to recoup our losses,” they added, noting how they “even offered to help salvage some crops.” During a brief tour of the farm, which is located at 107 Van Aernem Road, Bowman insisted that he is doing everything in his power to honor the CSA contracts. There are more than 30 in total. In the weeks after the Aug. 12 storm, Bowman enlisted the help of his son to post pictures of the spoiled fruits and vegetables on social media. As a seasoned farmer who spends more time in the field than behind a computer, Bowman admitted that he has difficulty

Photo by Larry Goodwin.

even sending emails to people. He displayed two large wooden bins on wheels that he places in front of his shop every Saturday and Sunday for CSA members to take whatever

fruits and vegetables he is able to harvest—and he performs practically all of the labor himself, with no staff to help. Also, he said, Malta Ridge Orchard and Gardens is not protected by crop insurance. “You’ve got to paw through the rotten tomatoes to get to the good ones,” Bowman explained. “I put out what we can pick and it’s there.” Each fruit or vegetable type is considered an “item” by CSA rules, and members are currently limited to six items instead of eight as originally planned. Bowman produced a sheet signed on the weekend of Sept. 9 by 26 CSA members, who had taken freshly picked tomatoes, eggplant and other items from the bins. “We still have the CSA here. Whatever I can provide,” he said. Bowman further indicated that he is in discussions with the group Saratoga Preserving Land and Nature (PLAN) regarding a “purchase development rights,” or PDR, agreement for his property. He

hopes a PDR would alleviate some of his financial burdens, while protecting the land from future development. “We have been working with him for a couple of years,” offered Saratoga PLAN Executive Director Maria Trabka. She said Bowman’s farm has “really good soil” and “a lot of good things going for it.” According to Trabka, grants have been secured for the Malta Ridge Orchard PDR agreement through the town of Malta, Saratoga County and New York State. “We’ve done most of our due diligence,” she said. Trabka added that “a fairly substantial report” for Malta Ridge Orchard and Gardens should be compiled and finalized by the end of the year. That, Trabka said, may just be what Bowman needs to plant some new apple trees. She called the pending PDR agreement “a four-way financial deal to permanently secure this farm.”

Week of September 15 – September 21, 2017


Wilton Raises Park Fees, Moves to Buy Van for Elders by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY WILTON — During its regular meeting on Sept. 7, the Wilton Town Board voted unanimously to raise fees for certain sporting events in Gavin Park and to purchase a transport van for local residents who visit the Lillian W. Worth Senior Center each week. Gavin Park Director Mark Marino appeared before the board to explain fee increases that he devised for Junior NBA and pickle ball sessions, in addition to field and gym rentals and field trips. The fees that support all of the park’s activities and programs are divided into three categories. Those for town residents are the least expensive, while city residents, students and non-residents of Wilton pay proportionally higher amounts. “All of the costs have gone up,” Marino said, noting in particular the employee wages, maintenance and materials that factor into Gavin Park’s routine operations. Councilman John Lant raised his concern about the fee increase for pickle ball sessions, which presently cost town residents $3 for two hours. “My belief is, if they’re Wilton residents, they should play for nothing,” Lant said, admitting how customers at his Maple Avenue auto-sales business have complained

about such fee increases. After some discussion, the town board voted to keep that $3 fee the same, as Lant had proposed, in lieu of raising it to $5 for the other categories. The additional fee increases were approved as Marino had proposed. They involve Junior NBA sessions (now $135 for Wilton residents and $195 for non-residents); gym rental (now $60 and $80); field trips (now $825 and $1,300); and field rentals (now $40 and $45 for locals; they remain $65 and $75 for the other categories). “I think residents will be happy with this proposal,” concluded Wilton Supervisor Arthur Johnson. In other business, Comptroller Jeffrey Reale requested that the town board accept the lowest bid—slightly over $35,000—for the purchase of a van that will be used for transporting residents to the senior activity center at the town complex on Traver Road. Councilwoman Joanne Klepetar had inquired about the timing of the van purchase and the selection of a driver, but ultimately voted in favor. Johnson said that Saratoga County would reimburse the town roughly $20,000 for the expense. A Buffalo-based company, Main Mobility Inc., will furnish the van. Town officials are planning a $6 million construction project next year that includes

Gavin Park Director Mark Marino. Photo by

Robin Corrigan (center) tending to a roomful of seniors. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

the demolition of the existing Lillian W. Worth Senior Center. A completely new facility for seniors will be built on 20 acres of town land off Northern Pines Road. At present, Johnson

informed the board, Director Robin Corrigan uses her personal vehicle several days each week for providing rides to senior center functions. “Robin needs to be over there and not driving these people

around,” the supervisor said. The board also approved the purchase of a cellular phone for Corrigan, so that she no longer has to incur the costs of using her own phone for senior center business.



Week of September 15 – September 21, 2017

After Charlottesville, Anti-Semitic Literature Discovered at Saratoga Springs Public Library SARATOGA SPRINGS — A number of fake Confederate States of America bills were discovered at the Saratoga Springs Public Library recently. An unknown quantity were found wedged inside of books shelved in the library’s section of literature related to the Holocaust, according to a library employee.

The “bills” share a general similarity with the original 500-dollar notes in style and imaging - including a profile of Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson. The new “bills” were amended to include passages from the Bible and multiple images of the Star of David. “It’s disheartening to see this

Public Meeting at Library on Proposed New City Charter SARATOGA SPRINGS — The League of Women Voters of Saratoga County is sponsoring a public meeting this month regarding the proposed new City Charter, which will be on the November ballot for the residents of Saratoga Springs. The meeting will be held on Thursday, Sept. 21 at the Saratoga Springs Library, 49 Henry St. starting at 7 pm. Three members of the Charter Review Commission will describe the process the commission used to study various forms of government for cities, and share how they

reached the decision to recommend a new charter for the city of Saratoga Springs. They will point out differences between the old charter and the one being proposed. Panelists include Gordon Boyd, founder of EnergyNext, Minita Sanghvi, assistant professor, Management and Business at Skidmore College, and Barbara Thomas, community activist. Pattie Garrett, LWV Saratoga will moderate the discussion. The event will include an opportunity for questions from the public.

going on in our community,” said city Police Lt. Bob Jillson. The materials were reported to police on Aug. 16 and the incident logged as “unknown subject placed anti-Semitic literature into books at library.” The local incident immediately followed a weekend during which some white nationalists converged on Charlottesville, Virginia and chanted Nazi slogans to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. That weekend concluded with one alleged Nazi sympathizer being accused of driving his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one person and injuring several others who opposed the rally. Local authorities said there aren’t any leads regarding the placement of the phony bills into the books, and that the event

One of the fake Confederate States of America bills, front and back, discovered wedged into books at the Saratoga Springs Library. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

seems to be an isolated incident. “This is one more message of hate that is very unfortunate,” said Mayor Joanne Yepsen. “Our

city is an inclusive and welcoming city and there is no place for any anti-Semitic action or words in Saratoga Springs.”

Saratoga Springs Hosts 9/11 Ceremony on 16th Anniversary of Attacks by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — A crowd of more than 200 people, comprised of area residents, members of the city’s fire and police departments, local government representatives and the Saratoga Springs High School Choraliers gathered at High Rock Park on Sept. 11, 2017 for the city’s annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony.

City Mayor Joanne Yepsen offered the following comments: “It was 16 years ago today our country was devastated by shock and fear, even though we woke up to a perfectly normal morning,” said the mayor, recalling the blue-sky Tuesday that would take a violent turn. “The attacks that claimed nearly 3,000 lives left scars on millions of others. We kept watching our televisions, watching the horror of that day,

detail after detail. But then, we watched something else begin to happen. We saw ourselves, a diverse and wide-ranging nation of individuals with different ideas, values and backgrounds, and we became strong together. Unified and supportive of one another,” Yepsen said. For many of us, the most powerful memory of that day in September is the way we worked together, in any way that we could.”

The Saratoga Springs High School Choraliers look on as Mayor Joanne Yepsen addresses the crowd at High Rock Park. Trumpeter Alex Jones, who played “Taps” following a Moment of Silence, is at right. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

Week of September 15 – September 21, 2017


Local Groups Issue Statements in Support, in Opposition of Proposed New City Charter SARATOGA SPRINGS — The League of Women Voters of Saratoga County (LWVSC) this week announced its support for the proposed new charter for Saratoga Springs. The statement, in part, reads: We believe that it is important to separate the legislative functions of government from the administrative ones, to have a strong centralized administration, to have clear lines of responsibility, to be representative of the entire community, to be efficient and cost-effective. LWVSC determined that the current charter doesn’t meet those goals. The organization added that while it does not support or oppose any candidate or political party, It does take positions on selected public policy issues. LWVSC supports the proposed new charter, which creates a council-manager form of government, because it will provide for the separation of powers, the group said. It does this by creating a seven-person City Council (including a voting Mayor) who will hire a qualified city manager to run all of the City’s departments. LWVSC expects that more people from diverse backgrounds will run for office and elections will become more competitive when Council members don’t also have to run a department SUCCESS - a non-partisan local citizen’s organization that supports the current Commission form of

City Hall This Week The Mayor’s Seniors Advisory Committee will host a forum 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Monday at Empire State College, 2 Union Ave. Public officials will address top concerns of seniors, including healthcare, housing and transportation. Anticipated speakers include: Congressman Paul Tonko, Sen. Kathy Marchione, City Supervisors Peter Martin and Matt Veitch, Mayor Joanne Yepsen, Public Safety Commissioner Chris Mathiesen and representatives from the offices of Sen. James Tedisco, and Assembly member Carrie Woerner. The City Council will host a preagenda meeting 9:30 a.m. Monday, and a full meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall. The Charter Review Committee will host a meeting 7 p.m. Monday, location TBD. The Design Review Commission will host a meeting 7 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall.

government, issued a rebuttal regarding the LWV’s endorsement of the proposed charter. “We are disappointed that the League has failed to follow their usual rigorous procedure of research and discussion before deciding to

endorse this complicated charter. Regardless of how one feels about the city manager form there are many other controversial aspects of this charter proposal that bare (sic) close scrutiny by both the public and the League,” the group said.

“Dramatically increasing the salary of the mayor while significantly reducing the responsibilities of the office, a questionable transition plan, the lack of a financial analysis of what this new government will cost, the increase in

the terms of the city council from two years to four-year staggered terms are just a few of the provisions in this charter that need to be looked at carefully before deciding whether or not to support this charter change.”



Week of September 15 – September 21, 2017

DiSiena Furniture Announces Going-Out-Of-Business Sale MECHANICVILLE — DiSiena Furniture, a leading retailer of furniture, bedding and home accents in the Capital District for 70 years, is closing its two Mechanicville stores. A going-out-of-business sale at both locations commenced on Wednesday, Sept. 13. The two stores consist of more than 100,000 square feet of merchandise. The main store at 115 Round Lake Avenue is an upscale design center with mid- to higher-end furniture showcased on two floors. The second store, located at 80 Central Avenue, is a retail outlet setting. The two stores are in close proximity, making them easy to shop in one visit. DiSiena Furniture was founded in 1947 by Bernard and Angie DiSiena. The couple started in business selling Christmas trees out of their garage. That entrepreneurial spirit led them to begin

selling kitchen cabinets and appliances, and then dinettes. After the sudden death of her husband in 1975, Angie took over the business with the help of her family. In 1998, DiSiena Furniture survived a direct hit by the Mechanicville-Stillwater tornado, which swept through the area, causing major destruction along the Hudson River. The store suffered severe damage, but DiSiena and her family got the business back up and going as quickly as possible and expanded their operations. Today, DiSiena Furniture is owned and operated by Salvadore DiSiena and his sister Carol Zappone, along with their spouses Susan DiSiena and Michael Zappone. A brother, Bernard DiSiena, is a partner in the corporation. The partners have decided to close their stores for a number of reasons, including rising costs, increased competition from

online retailers and a desire to pursue new opportunities. In addition to the going-outof-business sale of all merchandise, the owners plan to sell the property on which their stores are located. “This sale event offers customers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to buy brand name furniture at going-out-of-business prices,” DiSiena said. “We look forward to seeing many old

friends during the sale. We want to thank all of our customers for their loyal patronage over these many years.” Everything in the store will be sold before the closing. DiSiena Furniture features furniture and bedding products from wellknown brands such as Bernhardt, Broyhill, Flexsteel, La-Z-Boy, Sealy, Serta, Stearns and Foster and Thomasville. The company

also offers a wide variety of quality, handmade rugs sourced from leading manufacturers around the world. A huge selection of product will be available during the sale event, with discounts of up to 70 percent. Products are being offered on a first-come, first-served basis. “We suggest shoppers come in early for the best selection,” said Zappone.

City Financial Advisor Named to Council SARATOGA SPRINGS — This week, it was announced that Daniel D. Bruno has been named a member of the 2017 Chairman’s Council of New York Life. In terms of sales achievement, members of the elite council rank in the top three percent of New York Life’s sales force of more than 12,000 licensed agents. Bruno has been a New York Life agent since 2007, and is associated with the firm’s Albany General Office in Latham. Since partnering with his father, Barry, that same year, he is also a co-owner of Bruno and Bruno Financial Services, LLC in Saratoga Springs, which is not operated by New York Life or its affiliates.

Bruno has helped many clients in financial, business and estate planning. He is a graduate of the New York Life Advanced Planning Group’s Coaching Series, a client-centered process with the goal of helping clients crystalize their overall planning objectives and design appropriate solutions. Over the course of his career, Bruno has earned numerous industry awards. They include a Qualifying Member of The Million Dollar Roundtable between 2013 and 2017, according to Fortune magazine. Since 2009, he also has been a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.

Daniel D. Bruno. Photo provided.

New York Life Insurance Company, a Fortune 100 company founded in 1845, is the largest mutual life insurance company in the United States and one of the largest life insurers in the world. According to an independent analysis, New York Life has the highest possible financial strength ratings currently awarded to any life insurer by all four of the major credit rating agencies: A.M. Best (A++), Fitch (AAA), Moody’s Investors Service (Aaa), and Standardand Poor’s (AA+). Headquartered in New York City, New York Life companies offer life insurance, retirement income, investments and long-term care insurance. New York Life Investments (a subsidiary) provides institutional asset management. Other New York Life affiliates provide an array of securities products and services, as well as retail mutual funds. For more information, visit New York Life’s website at

Week of September 15 – September 21, 2017


Saratoga Community Gives 2 Trucks Hurricane relief is on its way south, courtesy of a community effort known as #WeGive2Trucks, lead by volunteer organization The Giving Circle. Dozens of volunteers, donors and business partners stepped up to promote and collect enough necessities to fill two 53-foot Tractor Trailers. In just three short days, the effort collected more than 40 pallets worth of items. The Giving Circle would like to thank the following people and companies who helped make this event a success, including but not limited

to: Trans-Border Global Freight Systems, SGS Group, Fingerpaint, Saratoga Living Magazine, The City of Saratoga Springs, Deputy Mayor

Meg Kelly, Frank Parillo, Stewart’s Shops, DA Collins, Roohan Realty, Robin Dalton and Century Linen & Uniform Healthcare Laundry.

SEDC Assists Arnoff with New Incentives

mortgage tax abatement, with an estimated savings of $25,316.

application to Cynthia Eletto at

MALTA — On Monday, Sept. 11, the Saratoga County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) approved an incentive package for Arnoff Moving and Storage, Inc.’s new $4.7 million expansion of its operations in Malta. The Saratoga Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) assisted Arnoff with the application process. In 2016, Arnoff was a client project of SEDC for the initial site acquisition, investment and incentives offered to relocate in Malta. That relocation has already produced 73 full-time jobs and is on pace to add 34 more per its original agreement with the IDA. The Arnoff application—prepared and submitted to the IDA by SEDC—calls for $788,000 of incentives, including $559,474 over 10 years in local property and school tax savings; sales tax abatement on materials for the expansion, with an estimated savings of $203,000; and

Grant for a Woman Student

Fundraiser to Feed Horses Begins

SARATOGA SPRINGS –— Soroptimist International of Saratoga County, an international volunteer organization for business and professional women, is offering a $5,000 grant opportunity to a local woman who provides the primary source of income for her family—who also seeks financial assistance in order to go back to school. In addition to being the primary wage earner, applicants are required to show a financial need; to be accepted or enrolled in an undergraduate or vocational skills-training program; to be residents of any location where there is a Soroptimist chapter; and to not have previously been a recipient of this award. Women who meet these criteria and wish to apply for this grant are welcome to email a request for an

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) has secured a $50,000 matching gift challenge from the Geoffrey Hughes Foundation (GHF) for its 2017 Hay Drive, which launched on Sept. 11. The GHF will match every gift received by the TRF up to $50,000 for the campaign. The thoroughbred foundation’s goal of $300,000 covers the cost of hay for almost 800 horses in its care throughout the winter of 2017-2018. The TRF Hay Drive, in its eighth year, is one of the most important campaigns for the organization. For more information, contact Diana Pikulski at diana@ or Jennifer Stevens at

West Side Property Sells for $4.3 Million

Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Earlier this week, Julie and Co. Realty announced that the 60 West Avenue plaza—a retail strip on the city’s west side—has sold for $4.3 million. The purchaser is Lookout Saratoga, LLC. JoAnn Potrzuski Cassidy, associate real estate broker and Julie A. Bonacio, owner of Julie and Co. Realty, brokered

the sale. Alex Kutikov, Connor Kuhn, and Gordon Heeps of RedMark Realty in Clifton Park represented the purchaser. In 2007, the seller, 60 West Avenue, LLC bought the former G. Heath King Furniture Store and renovated it into the current shopping plaza that offers 30,000 square feet of commercial and retail space.

Brian Lee Accepted as a 2017 10 Best in New York The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys (AIOPIA) has recognized the exceptional performance of New York’s Personal Injury Attorney Brian Lee as 2017 10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys for Client Satisfaction. As clients should be an attorney’s top priority, AIOPIA places the utmost emphasis on selecting lawyers who have achieved significant success in the field of Personal Injury law without sacrificing the service and support they provide.

Brian Lee. Photo Provided.



Week of September 15 – September 21, 2017

B2B Expo Focused on Growing Local Economy

by Todd Shimkus, President of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce

for Saratoga TODAY This October 5th, the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce will host what we believe is the largest annual business-to-business or B2B meetup in the region. That first Thursday of October, at the Saratoga Springs

City Center, our member organizations and their employees will gather for our Business Expo. The Diamond Sponsors for the October 5th B2B Expo includes: The Adirondack Trust Company and Brown Coach Upstate. Exhibitor space is always a sell-out with more than 150 companies on hand to share ideas, products and service expertise with other businesses in an interactive face-to-face trade show format. Thinking of purchasing or leasing a vehicle for your organization? Looking for the latest legal, financial or accounting options? Want to explore new products and services? Interested in improving your marketing, employee recruitment and retention, payroll services, and employee benefit options? Is it time to upgrade your computers, printers, software?

The Chamber’s B2B Expo, on October 5th, is the place to be. Oh yeah, the B2B Expo is also a mini “Taste of Saratoga” with food and drinks provided by some of the best local restaurants and caterers in the region! This is strictly a B2B event. You either have to be a Chamber member or have a legitimate business card to attend. Chamber members get into the B2B Expo early for exclusive networking opportunities and for FREE! Those who are the most successful in the B2B market understand how this is different from selling to consumers. Those who succeed in the B2B market use this Expo to build relations with their customers focused on the long term. They staff their booth with people that tend to be outgoing, personable, trustworthy, experts in their field, and patient.

Those who attend our B2B Expo are strongly encouraged to bring lots of business cards. You need one to get in to the Expo and more to hand out as you meet up with others. The Expo is designed to be a place where people shake hands, look each other in the eye, and start a real conversation that will hopefully lead to partnerships, sales and success for everyone. We see exhibitors do very well year-in and year-out at the Expo renewing connections with current clients and meeting future new customers for the first time. The attendees at our B2B expo come from organizations large and small representing a wide range of industry sectors. Besides shopping themselves for products or services, many attendees are also there to

introduce themselves to exhibitors to look for new business connections. Our members and Expo exhibitors gain free and early access into the show. Join the Chamber now and be sure your organization gets these tickets and this exclusive invitation. Besides The Adirondack Trust Company and Browns Coach Upstate, we’re pleased to have additional sponsorship support from CAP COM Federal Credit Union, Integrated Marketing Company (IMC), Osprey Strategic Research, The Wesley Community, Toshiba Business Solutions and Whiteman, Osterman, & Hanna. Visit for more details about our October 5th B2B Expo at the Saratoga Springs City Center.

Week of September 15 – September 21, 2017

BALLSTON SPA 23 Everson Way, $347,800. James Hopper and Alisha Lebel sold property to Daniel and Kahli Patell. 561 East Line Rd., $169,500. Deutsch Bank National Trust Company (As Trustee By Atty) sold property to Shelly and Ted Willette, Sr. 6 Leah Court, $380,000. M A Schafer Construction Inc. sold property to Aaron Moore. 90 Connolly Rd., $540,000. George McAllister, Jr. sold property to Glenn Cook (As Trustee) 101 Sweet Rd., $345,000. Paul and Kelly Crabbe sold property to Evan Crabbe. 846 Randall Rd., $210,000. Ronald Malloch sold property to Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation.

MALTA 24 Fox Glove Way, $300,000. Garry and Michelle Pope sold property to Stephen Thirolle and Lisa Bernunzio. 37 Miller Rd., $300,000. Ruth Skinner sold property to Paul and Charlotte Todd. 26 Larkspur Dr., $277,500. William Huck sold property to Joanna Rockwood. 11 Copper Ridge Dr., $407,500. Abele Builders Inc. sold property to Rockhurst LLC. 77 Blue Spruce Lane, $270,000. Daniel and Kahli Patell sold property to Jennifer Meadows. 29 Yachtsmans Way, $522,240. Malta Land Company LLC sold property to Jeffrey and Marie Stark. 15 Locust Rd., $119,000. Renee Farley and Locust Road Estates Development LLC sold property to Maria Zubieta. 17 Essex St., $291,698. Barbera Homes Malta Springs LLC. sold property to Darlene Robens. 9 Essex St., $361,664. Barbera Homes Malta Springs LLC sold property to John and Diane D’Adamo. 367 Malta Ave., $40,000. Carolyn Karner, Wendy Holloway and Edward Wasielewski sold property


to Carolyn Karner and Wendy Halloway. 26 Weston Way, $420,144. Barbera Homes Malta Springs LLC sold property to Kevin and Mary Killian.

Walnut LLC. 46 Quevic Dr., $229,955. Marcus and Kristin Maringola sold property to Tyler and Crystal Niedhammer.

14 Prospect Ave., $155,000. Shannon Ryan sold property to Lisa Schroeder-Bevis.

1 Elbern St., $375,000. Justine Carroll sold property to Christopher and Melissa Pickett.

14 Maple Forest Dr. $93,000. H and L Development LLC sold property to Darren Herbinger Construction LLC.

61 Waterview Dr., $750,000. William and Judy Morris sold property to Joseph and Natalia Popper.

6 Maple Forest Dr., $375,000. Darren Herbinger Construction LLC sold property to John and Leslie Dagen.

201 Washington St., $353,500. Mary Diehl sold property to Sharla and Dwane Sterling.

10 Pennyroyal Rd., $180,000. Wells Fargo Bank sold property to Adam Gagnon.

SARATOGA SPRINGS 59 Waterview Dr. $700,000. Candice Krueger (As Trustee) sold property to Jason and Melissa Golub. 30 Trottingham Rd., $221,965. Rebecca and Brett Beers sold property to Dana Balassi and Nicholas Elia. 13 Curt Blvd., $192,000. Mark and Heather Shave sold property to Barbara Coons Pawlowski (As Trustee). 104 Walnut St., $200,000. Tammy McMullen sold property to 104

10 Richard Ave., $150,000. DGD Holdings, LLC sold property to Steven and Suzanne Cousineau. 26 Oak Ridge Blvd., $150,000. Oak Ridge Development LLC sold property to Sharon Byrne. 318 West Ave., $132,000. Ralph Henderer sold property to Cassier Smith Real Estate Holdings. 3 Emerald Lane, $438,000. Lawrence and Regina Camilletti sold property to Wei and Jeng Lee. 135 Grand Ave., $625,000. Nicholas and Jennifer Tichich sold property to Mathieu Digeser and Jennafer Engelstein.

65 Tamarack Trail, $198,000. Lynn Conroy sold property to Kyle and Courtney Heinemann.

WILTON 25 Hudson Ave., $349,000. James M. Kennedy and James T. Kennedy sold property to Christina Breda. 2 Rose Terrace, $751,566. Pine Brook Landing sold property to Gloria and Louis Ethier. North Rd., $120,000. William Trice sold property to Javaid and Tasneem Tarar. 9 Middleborough Court, $231,900. Nancy and Robert Yarger sold property to Michael Regan. 14 Sweetbriar Dr., $700,000. William and Sandra Perrone

15 sold property to Andrew and Lauren Spitzer. 19 Ridge View Dr., $534,000. Jason and Tanya Mallette sold property to Andrew and Nikki Bobbitt. 16 Deer Run, $550,000. Devinder and Chandra Kapoor sold property to Ravinder Saluja. 108 Ruggles Rd., $400,000. Mark McRoberts sold property to Eugene Mertz and Diane McRoberts-Mertz. 3 Fairway Blvd., $335,000. Joseph and Rosemary Riedhammer sold property to Sueann Barney. 417 Northern Pines Rd., $1,407,000. Albert Mason sold property to Saratoga Park Estates CVI LLC.

Week of September 15 – September 21, 2017


2017 Saratoga Showcase of Homes Awards CLASSIC HOMES CATEGORY Classic Home Runner Up – Landscaping Bella Home Builders – 3 Rolling Green GSL Landscaping & Nursery – Matt Baker Classic Home Winner – Landscaping McPadden Builders Brookside Nursery – Ian Murray Classic Home Runner Up – Workmanship Whitbeck Construction Classic Home Winner – Workmanship McPadden Builders

Classic Home Winner – Interior Decorating McPadden Builders Bennington Furniture Design Team – Andrea Chenier, Kaitlynn Johnson & Jeff Ture Classic Home Runner Up – Best Kitchen Whitbeck Construction Curtis Lumber – Nicole Stack Classic Home Winner – Best Kitchen McPadden Builders Curtis Lumber – Heather Bodnaryk Classic Home Runner Up - Interior Floor Plan McPadden Builders

Classic Home Winner Classic Home Runner-Up – Interior Floor Plan – Best Master Bath Whitbeck Construction Whitbeck Construction Classic Home Winner – Best Master Bath McPadden Builders Classic Home Runner Up – Exterior Design Whitbeck Construction Classic Home Winner – Exterior Design Bella Home Builders – 3 Rolling Green Classic Home Runner Up – Interior Decorating Heritage Custom Builders – Mourningkill Meadows Classic Interiors – Lynn Ricci

EXECUTIVE HOMES CATEGORY Executive Home Runner Up – Landscaping Bonacio Construction – Pine Brook Landing Sunshine Landscaping – Rich Mullnow Executive Home Winner – Landscaping Bella Home Builders – 20 Rolling Green GSL Landscaping & Nursery – Matt Baker Executive Home Runner Up – Workmanship Bonacio Construction – Pine Brook Landing

Executive Home Winner – Workmanship Bonacio Construction – The Spencer

Executive Home Runner Up – Interior Floor Plan Bonacio Construction – Pine Brook Landing

Executive Home Runner-Up – Best Master Bath Bonacio Construction – Pine Brook Landing

Executive Home Winner – Interior Floor Plan Bonacio Construction – The Spencer

Executive Home Winner – Best Master Bath Bonacio Construction – The Spencer Executive Home Runner Up – Exterior Design Bonacio Construction – Pine Brook Landing Executive Home Winner – Exterior Design Bonacio Construction – The Spencer Executive Home Runner Up – Interior Decorating Bonacio Construction – The Spencer 23rd and Fourth – Janet Longe & Jamie Davies Executive Home Winner – Interior Decorating Bonacio Construction – Pine Brook Landing Finishing Touches Home Décor – Shelly Walker Executive Home Runner Up – Best Kitchen Bonacio Construction – The Spencer Michael Bannon Executive Home Winner – Best Kitchen Bonacio Construction – Pine Brook Landing Curtis Lumber – Jay Legere

LUXURY HOMES CATEGORY Luxury Home Runner Up – Landscaping Belmonte Builders Peak Environmental – Terry Hubbard Luxury Home Winner – Landscaping Bella Home Builders – Cedar Bluff Sunnyhill Landscape Innovations – Kevin Rogner Luxury Home Runner Up – Workmanship R J Taylor Builders Luxury Home Winner – Workmanship Bella Home Builders – Cedar Bluff Luxury Home Runner-Up – Best Master Bath La Femme Home Builders Luxury Home Winner – Best Master Bath Bella Home Builders – Cedar Bluff Luxury Home Runner Up – Exterior Design La Femme Home Builders

Luxury Home Winner – Exterior Design Bella Home Builders Luxury Home Runner Up – Interior Decorating Belmonte Builders Liberty Design Group – Chris Kwarta Luxury Home Winner – Interior Decorating Bella Home Builders – Cedar Bluff Bennington Furniture Design Team – Andrea Chenier, Kaitlynn Johnson & Jeff Ture Luxury Home Runner Up – Best Kitchen La Femme Home Builders Curtis Lumber – Heather Bodnaryk Luxury Home Winner – Best Kitchen Bella Home Builders – Cedar Bluff Zarrillo’s Custom Design Kitchens – Dawn Zarrillo Luxury Home Runner Up – Interior Floor Plan R J Taylor Builders Luxury Home Winner – Interior Floor Plan Bella Home Builders – Cedar Bluff The Realtor’s Choice Awards and People’s Choice Awards will be announced after the event!



Week of September 15 – September 21, 2017

Girl Scouts Volunteer at Pitney Farm by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Pitney Farm has had a very busy summer with numerous activities and projects. The Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York (GSNENY) teamed up with them to create a fairy village. The GSNENY also kept busy this summer at the farm by painting rock markers, creating scarecrows, planting sunflowers, and growing food for Franklin Community Center. When it came time to create their fairy village, the Girl Scouts used natural materials such as bark, stones, and twigs. “Girl Scouts in Brownies had the opportunity to earn the painting badge and outdoor art creator badge in a program at the farm on Saturday, Aug. 26. Juniors had the opportunity to earn the drawing badge and the outdoor art explorer badge on the same day. The last requirement for both Brownies and Juniors on the outdoor art badge is to design with nature. The fairy house decorating project fits in perfectly to complete the badge,” said Jess Clauser,

Girl Scout leader at Dorothy Nolan Elementary, who is leading the art program in the Community Gardens. “The Girl Scouts are an important and delightful aspect of the garden. They are full of enthusiasm and spirit. My goal is to share the love of gardening I developed as a young person with others and hopefully they will enjoy being in nature, growing healthy food, and get a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction in preparing foods that they have had a hand in growing with their families and friends,” said Natalie Walsh, Gardens Director. Walsh has been the gardens director since the spring and her responsibilities include overseeing the development of the gardens. The GSNENY fairy village will be on display Saturday, Sept. 16 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. “For the fairy house / garden decorating project each girl will get a small wood birdhouse as their starting off point. The houses have been pre-painted with milk paint and approved for use by Natalie. The houses are many different shapes and painted many different

Troop #3444 and Kim Austin of troop #3058 working at the badge workshop with troop leaders Jeanne Davis and Mandy Kepner. Photo provided by GSNENY.

colors. The girls will decorate the houses, and then come to the event and the farm to place them into the fairy garden. The first event will be a fairy tea party! The girls can dress up or wear their fairy or butterfly wings if they own them, but it is not mandatory,” Clauser said. Snacks such as cakes, cookies, and sandwiches will be provided at the fairy tea party and each girl will take a picture with their fairy house. They will have the opportunity to pick out a place in the fairy garden and situate their house. “I have been involved in every aspect from the planting of the first seeds, to the construction of the raised beds, organizing volunteers, reaching out to the community and more. I have helped new gardeners get started, taught gardening skills on Saturday mornings, planned and planted the sunflower fields, organized events and publicity, and met with community members to let people know what a wonderful resource exists here. Each day is different,” Walsh explained. Also at Pitney Farm this summer, community organizations such as the Mentoring Group, Saratoga Bridges, Saratoga Transitional Services, the Girl Scouts came regularly and worked in the garden. “The farm under community ownership is brand new this year and the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York got in on the ground floor. Our first project was painting and decorating rocks for the herb garden,” said Clauser.

“In fact,” Walsh said, “Saratoga Bridges has helped me harvest food that I then deliver to the Franklin Community Center’s food pantry. Community supporting community. That’s a big part of the Community Garden’s mission. We are currently working on creating even more community involvements through the schools and senior center.” This summer, Pitney Farm also ran a series of classes for adults on gardening and art classes for children to experience the garden through painting and drawing. There are several children activities in the garden, including, a mini farm created by Judy Brunner. A pasture with fences and a pond with many animals you’d see on a farm surround this mini farm. The garden also had much success with their food

production; many tomatoes, kale, Swiss chard, tomatillos, herbs, melons, pumpkins, and much more had healthy crops. In the spring, community members planted their own Mammoth sunflower seed, which they tended to all summer. “Now the plants are fully grown and will be measured at 2:15 p.m. on Saturday the 16th. They are measured for height. The tallest wins,” Walsh said. The Pitney Farm also rehabilitated their old barn this summer with the help of many community members, Habitat for Humanity, and students from local schools. The Community Garden has more planned for the fall and they need volunteers to help make it happen. If you’re interested, visit www. pitneymeadowscommunityfarm. org for more information.

The rock markers that GSNENY painted. Photo provided by Dan Forbush.

Week of September 15 – September 21, 2017



Saratoga Springs Rotary Club Scholarship Act with Respect Always – Starfish Award

Scholarship recipients with Stephen Kyne, Scholarship Committee Chairman, and Gregory Greico, Education Foundation President. Photo provided by Saratoga Rotary Club.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — On June 7 The Saratoga Springs Rotary Club presented its’ 2016 scholarships, totaling at $70,000, to 12 students from the area. Scholarship amounts range from $2,000 to the Presidential Scholarship which is $20,000

and went to Sophie Smith who is attending Carnegie Mellon University for computer science. Scholarships were also rewarded to Emily Rosato, Paul Ruger, David Romano, Amy Coralus, Allison Daboval, Emily McAlpine, Kieran Wurl, Slija

Los, Robert Michalofsky, Jarod Detrick, Annamarisa Sudigala, Hannah Tucker, Hayden Meaney, and Ava Grande. For more information on the club’s scholarship program, visit www.saratogaspringsrotary. org.19 B

PSAT Exam Scheduled at Saratoga Springs High School SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Springs High School will offer the PSAT Exam on Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 7:54 a.m. The PSAT is only given once a

year so juniors are encouraged to utilize their only SAT practice option. Sophomores are also welcome to take the test. Registration begins Wednesday,

Sept. 13 at Open House and continues in the counseling office Thursday, Sept. 14 through Friday, Oct. 6. There is no registration fee.

Schuylerville FFA Club Wins State Competition SCHUYLERVILLE — After placing first in the Dairy Cattle Evaluation and Management contest on Friday, Sept. 1 at

The Great New York State Fair, Schuylerville’s FFA Club will be continuing on to compete in Nationals in Indianapolis

in October. The Schuylerville team consists of Adam King, Johnny King, Grace Hanehan, and Lainey Koval.

NYSUT Happenings CAPITOL REGION — On Monday, Sept. 11 the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), with the input and help from over 130 educators and parents, voted yes on the proposed updates to the Regents’ standards. The results are revised standards for mathematics and English language arts. “We thank parents and teachers across the state for the input they provided to the Regents and State Education Department on the new standards, yet there is still more work to do. The Next Generation Standards, like all standards, are living, breathing documents. NYSUT will continue to work to ensure our members’ input

is shared at the state level,” said NYSUT in a statement. NYSUT and related education organizations and parents rallied Tuesday, Sept. 12 against the charter industries proposed teaching credentials. “Every child deserves a fully

qualified teacher, not one credentialed through a backdoor, ‘EZ-Teach’ shortcut that undermines quality instruction, shortchanges charter schools and parents, and sabotages the teaching professional,” said NYSUT President Andrew Pallotta.

Coach Johns with Starfish Award recipient David Romano. Photo provided by Coach Johns.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Starfish Award is presented to a student who shows utmost kindness every day and whose actions make a difference in the world. This year, Coach Rich Johns, director of the Act with Respect Always program (AWRA), presented this award to Brown University freshmen, and recent graduate of Saratoga Springs High School, David Romano. “The way that David lives his life every day, bringing kindness

to everyone is wonderful. His actions are making a difference in our world. We are so proud to honor him,” said Johns. This is the first time Johns has handed out the Starfish Award and knew immediately that he wanted to give this to Romano. “Bringing the kindness, the love, and acceptance of others and when you can do that you’re paying it forward every day to somebody and making that difference, every day,” Johns said.

Week of September 15 – September 21, 2017



TODAY Pages 21-28

Back to School (Yippee and Boo hoo)

by Katherine Morna Towne for Saratoga TODAY Of course the beginning of a new school year always makes me think about how things are changing in our family. A year makes such a difference, after all—this time last year, for example, my youngest was still in a crib and still taking a good nap every afternoon. My one middle schooler was starting his second year in the big school and feeling more confident about it all. My second was starting his last year in elementary school—his year to be a big fish. The other three were doing more of what they’d done the year before. But this year, my youngest is in a bed instead of a crib, and doesn’t nap anymore, and will be starting school when he kicks his diaper habit. I have two middle schoolers this year, and the older one is playing a school sport, which is new for us. No. 5 is starting Kindergarten. No. 4 is making his first Confession and Communion this year—a big deal for our faith. No. 3 is the oldest of our kids at his school this year— the first time he’s gotten to be the biggest brother anywhere. Because there aren’t any more naps, our late afternoons

are a little freer than they have been for the last dozen years (though I still insist on quiet time when possible). Because there’s a school sport in the mix, there’s a different rhythm to our after school activities. Because I have a Kindergartener this year, it’s important to me that I walk him into school each morning to make sure he hooks up with his class without any problem, instead of dropping them all off at the door, which also has repercussions on getting the big boys to the big school on time (remedied by leaving the house a few minutes earlier). Because it’s a Sacrament year, I’ll be making sure to have some serious discussions with my no. 4. Because my no. 2 is a social butterfly, I predict this first year of middle school for him will be different than it was for my more reserved firstborn—in fact, I’m not really sure what to expect. Adding into the changes in our family routine, I was recently thinking about long-term goals for myself. When I say “longterm” I’m talking about when I’m 45 or so; when I say “goals” I’m talking about professional goals— things I always had some vague idea of doing when the kids were older—and since I’m turning 40 next year, it all of a sudden doesn’t seem too soon to be thinking about it and planning for it. Which is crazy. As is the fact that, when I turn 45, my oldest will be just about to start his sophomore year of college. My second will be a senior in high school. My third will be able to work. Despite always having had daydreams of how I’d spend my time when I didn’t have little ones at home all the time, realizing that

it’s close enough to start making tentative goals and plans for it is exciting and devastating, all at once. Which is pretty much how I think of the back-to-school time every year. Every year, it’s exciting to get the kids all ready for school with their supplies and backpacks and shoes. Every year, I make goals and plans for getting things done while they’re at school. Every year I’m excited for them all as they have new opportunities, new things they’re involved in, new levels of learning, more time with their friends. But each new year also means they’re all a year older, and our family is a year more removed from when they were all babies, which was intense and exhausting

but sweet and straightforward. A friend of my parents was remembering recently how unmoored she felt when her youngest went to college, which baffled her husband, who expected that she’d be thrilled with her new freedom and new time of life. “I told him to imagine how he’d feel if someone told him he could no longer work at his job—could no longer do the thing he enjoyed, that he was good at, that was a big part of his identity,” she’d said, and though I have quite a few more years to go before my youngest leaves for college, her words resonated with me. All the planning and goal-making really doesn’t fill the hole that’s gotten bigger the bigger and more

independent my kids get. So to all you mamas and papas who are similarly torn between excitement and devastation over the new school year and the future in general, here’s to a swift September! Let’s get past this confrontation with time moving on, and look forward to Thanksgiving, which is when I always finally feel like I’ve gotten the current school year under control and can be really thankful for the blessing of seeing my children grow and mature and start flexing their wings. 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 September 15 – September 21, 2017

Taking Refuge From the Storm

by Meghan Lemery Fritz, LCSW-R

for Saratoga TODAY In the past month, we have seen two hurricanes devastate Texas and Florida. Thousands have lost their homes and cities and towns have been destroyed. It will take years to rebuild what has been lost. When you allow yourself to spend time with people that effect you negatively it can feel like a hurricane. One minute you are enjoying the sunshine and feeling stable and the next hour you are clinging to a tree

hoping not to get thrown into the ocean of turmoil. If you turned on the news you could follow the coverage and warnings every minute of the day. The messages were clear and direct, “Take shelter, evacuate your homes, we can replace things not lives.” Your intuition is much like a weather channel warning. You will know when it’s time to evacuate a friendship or relationship with a toxic person. If you override that warning, you will put your emotional, physical and spiritual health at risk. There were several instances of people who stayed in evacuated areas, explored what was going on outside, or even surfaced the waves of the hurricane. It’s not surprising in these cases that people were hurt and even lost their lives. Don’t override the warnings your internal GPS system sends you to protect you from harm. When you feel the warning of anxiety that is your body letting you know it’s time to take refuge.

The best way to protect yourself from emotional harm is to honor your internal weather channel of emotions at all times. If you spend time with someone over and over again only to feel drained, anxious and upset after your time together you are in the eye of the storm. You don’t owe anyone an explanation for who you choose to spend time with. Just because someone is a

family member does not mean you need to expose yourself to their destructive path. Self-love and respect is really about honoring your peace of mind at all times. Don’t wait until the eye of the storm to be a refuge and a shelter for yourself. Immediately heed to the warning and put up your hurricane shutters in the form of strict boundaries. Don’t wait until you are sick emotionally, physically

and spiritually to take refuge from toxic people. The longer you expose yourself to the storm, the longer it will take to rebuild your confidence, faith and trust in yourself. Be a refuge and a fortress for your emotional wellbeing, you are worth it! Meghan Fritz is a psychotherapist practicing in State College, PA. For more information email:

Week of September 15 – September 21, 2017




APF Partners with Country Acres Farm & Pet Center for Second Canine Academy Location in Burnt Hills SARATOGA COUNTY — The Animal Protective Foundation, a notfor-profit humane society providing services to Schenectady County and the greater Capital Region, is partnering with Country Acres Farm & Pet Center in Burnt Hills for a second location for the APF’s popular Canine Academy Program. The partnership will allow APF to better serve the community’s need for dog training classes. “We are thrilled to expand our Canine Academy Program to a second location, and appreciative to Country Acres for partnering with us to support the dog-owning community,” said Deb Balliet, APF Executive Director. “Behavioral problems are one of the biggest reasons why people give up their dog to a shelter, so APF offers a variety of classes to address

this issue. Adding a second location will allow APF to help even more people in the community keep their dog in a supportive, loving home.” Country Acres Farm & Pet Center has a climate-controlled 2,400-square-foot indoor play area and 2,000-square-foot fenced outdoor area that are used for the store’s Doggie Day Care program. When these facilities are not in use, APF will utilize the space to offer the dog training classes. “We are excited for APF to offer dog training classes here,” said Terry Breen, owner of Country Acres Farm & Pet Center. “We have a large space available, and we are happy to extend this service to our customers and pet owners across the region.” The full range of classes offered year-round, and now in

two locations, through the APF Canine Academy Program includes: • Agili-O • Basic Manners 101 • Basic Manners 102 • Canine Good Citizen Certification • Get in the Zone • Nosey Dogs • Puppy Basics • Therapy Dog International Certification • Tricks & Games • Walking Workshop Classes range from four to seven weeks in duration, and cost $100 - $150. Half of the cost per enrollee goes The APF Canine Academy Program offers an array of classes designed to help dog owners

Wonderland Grooming Salon and Self-Serve Spa Now Open SARATOGA SPRINGS — Wonderland Grooming Salon and Self-Serve Spa offers a patient and caring approach to all dogs during their stay; friendly customer service; expert dog styling; and premium nature-based products for the highest quality styling finish. Not only does Wonderland Grooming offer full-service all breed dog grooming, they also offer several different spa treatments for your four-legged loved

one, from cleansing facial and foot treatments, to clay mask and essential oil deep skin therapies for damaged skin. Do you just want a clean dog but don’t want to deal with the mess at your home? Wonderland Grooming Salon and Self-Serve Spa is Saratoga Springs’ only pet salon with self-serve bathing stations, which can accommodate the smallest of teacups to the largest of the giant breeds.

At Wonderland Grooming, we understand that puppies, senior dogs, and dogs who have had previous negative grooming experiences may need extra time and care. We aim to change your dog’s outlook toward grooming to a positive one. Wonderland Grooming is located at 9 Hampstead Place, Suite 101, Saratoga Springs. For more information or 518 450-1013

develop well-mannered family pets and good canine citizens. The classes teach important socialization skills with both people and dogs. The classes are in highdemand and frequently sell out. Basic Manners 101 and Get In The Zone will be the first programs launched at Country Acres. These classes will be taught by Kathy Snowden and Sheila Leguire, who possess certifications through Animal

Behavior College and the American Kennel Club. Registration for the six-week sessions that begin October 5 at Country Acres is now open. Pre-registration is required for all Canine Academy classes and is handled by APF. For more information on class schedules and to register, visit http://www.animalprotective. org/dev/canine-academy/ or call the APF at 374-3944 x111.




Week of September 15 – September 21, 2017

Halting the Progression of Myopia • By 2020, it is estimated that the number of people with myopia will grow to one third of the world’s population (2.5 billion). • The causes of myopia are both genetic and environmental. Increased urbanization and close range activities e.g. reading, smart devices and computer work, are increasing the incidence of myopia. by Susan Halstead, ABOC, FNAO

for Saratoga TODAY • Myopia affects a quarter of the world’s population (1.45 billion people). • Myopia in children has reached epidemic proportions

The myopic eye is longer than the non-myopic eye. This means that instead of focusing on the back of the eye (the retina), light focuses in front of it, causing blurred vision. The onset of myopia at an early age in combination with family history brings with it the likelihood of life-long eye

care, as well as affecting education and learning when left undetected. Myopia also doubles the risk of serious ocular health problems such as glaucoma, retinal trauma, malfunction and detachment which can lead to vision loss and blindness. Treatments shown to halt or slow the progression of myopia include, sleeping in contact lenses that reshape the corneas overnight and then the patient does not need to wear glasses or contacts to see all day (ortho-k) vision therapy (eye exercises) in combination with low plus glasses as prescribed by your eye doctor and most recently, soft specialty multi-focal contact lenses worn daily. Orthokeratology dates back more than 70 years. Eye doctors initially used a progression of rigid gas permeable lenses in a sequentially flatter base curve to compress the center of the cornea. As we entered the 1990’s new computer lens design and technology advanced the product development which led to today’s very custom designed lenses. Lenses today are made per patient, per eye using highly detailed topographical maps of each cornea and as

such myopia control is highly achievable. Vision therapy starts with an in depth behavioral evaluation by the doctor in order to determine which therapies will be most beneficial. Then, typically weekly visits with a VT therapist to learn new exercises to do at home and several progress evaluations with the doctor over a set number of weeks. The newest addition to the market for myopia control are two daily disposable soft contact lens multifocal designs with a distance center. These may be most beneficial for very young patients who may have difficulty with handling the ortho-k lenses and as an introductory lens for an older child. Distance center multi-focals can result in a 50% reduction in the progression of myopia. At your next annual eye exam, be sure to ask your eye doctor if you or your family members would benefit from any of these new treatments for myopia control. Susan Halstead is a nationally and New York State Licensed Optician and the owner of Family Vision Care Center on Lake Avenue in Saratoga Springs.

Week of September 15 – September 21, 2017




Backpack Safety

by Dr. Kevy Smith Chiropractor for Saratoga TODAY With schools back in full swing now, it seems like the right time to discuss backpack safety and how it relates to neck and back pain in kids. According to studies, approximately 5,000 backpack-related injuries are treated at emergency rooms each year. Often, these injuries are a result of too heavy of a load. Many people don’t think of neck and back pain as being a major issue in children, but an adolescent spine and associated structures are still growing and developing throughout childhood, making them rather susceptible to injury. External forces such as carrying excessive weight loads can have a detrimental effect on a child’s spinal health and development. In addition to acute injuries such as sprains or strains of the neck and low back, carrying backpacks that exceed 15% of a child’s body weight can lead to serious postural deviations and changes in gait pattern which can lead temporary and even permanent musculoskeletal damage. According to the American Chiropractic Association a backpack should not weigh more than 10% of a child’s body weight. The average backpack is estimated to weigh anywhere between 12 and 20 pounds. Depending on the weight of your child, this could be well over the recommended maximum weight that they should be carrying. In addition to keeping

backpacks below the maximum recommended weight is it also important to monitor how the backpacks are being carried. Even a properly weighted backpack can have a harmful impact if not carried the right way. Carrying backpacks on one shoulder or letting them hang too low on the back can cause major imbalances and lead to neck, shoulder and low back pain by placing too much pressure in one spot or on one side. Backpacks should be worn with both straps so that the weight is evenly distributed, and waist straps and lumbar supports should be used if available. Heaviest items should be placed closest to the back and the wait of contents should be distributed as evenly as possible in the bag. Backpacks with individualized compartments help to help to distribute weight and keep contents in the backpack from shifting. Below is a checklist of things to keep in mind to help parents and children choose the right backpack.

• Adjust the height of the backpack so that the bottom rests no more than 4 inches below the waistline

• Is the backpack the right size?

• Does your child use both straps?

• Weight should be no more than 10-15% of a child’s body weight

• Does the backpack have compartments to keep things in place?

• Does it have padded straps?

• Does the backpack have a padded back?

• Wide, padded straps help to distribute the weight evenly and prevent pressure points • Are adjustable?



Dr. Kevy Smith is a chiropractor in Saratoga Springs providing non-surgical treatment of spinal disorders and sports-related injuries. For more information please visit or call (518) 587-2064




Week of September 15 – September 21, 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 - 12 p.m. 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

September Special Events… Sept. 15th - Medical Expo 1:30 - FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! The Wesley Community Saratoga Hospital presents Jacqui Harris from Regional Therapy

Sept. 21st - PEACE WEEK 2017... Thursday, 12:30 am-2 pm - Empty Bowl Luncheon $15 Donation Kick off Peace Week 9/21-9/27, at the Saratoga Senior Center. Includes a bowl painted by a local artist, soup/ chili, salad, bread, beverage, dessert, and live music! Visit for more programs offered throughout the city including authors, movies, music and more! Please sign up. AARP Safe Driving presented by Allan Miller Tues., Sept 26th - 9-3 $20 AARP member $25 non-AARP member Checks are made out to AARP. Must have valid NYS driver’s license. Sept. 22nd - Casino and Raceway’s Cultural Art Series: “She Called Him Raymond” - Presentation by Author Ray O’Connor 2pm $2 members/$5 non-members

From the Author - “A letter penned in 1944 uncovered the true story of Helen Gregg and Clarence R. Stephenson. She was the daughter of Irish immigrant parents and grew up desperately poor in Hell’s Kitchen during the Great Depression. He was raised in the dying industrial city of Ironton, Ohio. After the attack at Pearl Harbor, he vowed to defend his country as a pilot in the Army Air Corp.” Sponsored by Home Helpers. Sept. 29th - Casino and Raceway’s Cultural Art Series: Dear Diary - Presented by Kim Harvish from the Chapman Museum 2pm $2 members/ $5 non-members A look at local activities and customs through the words of four local diaries spanning 1855-1920.

One Day Bus Trips 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., 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 8:30AM. Return around 4:30PM. Thurs., September 21 - Ventfort Hall (Lenox, MA) - Enjoy a tour and tea at the1893 mansion built for Sarah Morgan, sister of J.P. Morgan! Ventfort Hall is also the home of the Gilded Age Museum. Pay $43 at sign up. Lunch will be onsite in the mansion’s elegant dining room. Includes sandwiches, beverages, and a sweet treat. Leave the center at 8:30AM. Sign up by September 15. Thurs., September 28 - Erie Canal Cruise - Take a journey through history on the calm waters of the Erie Canal while enjoying the spectacular scenery of New York’s beautiful Mohawk Valley. Join your United States Coast Guard Licensed Captain aboard one of their Lil’ Diamond

vessels and enjoy a few entertaining tales of the canal. The thrill of our voyage is being raised and lowered over 20 feet in the Erie Canal lock! Pay $36 at sign up. Bring lunch money with you. Leave the center at 9:30AM. Return around 3PM. Sign up by September 15. Thurs., October 5 - Duck Boats -Make a splash as you receive a 90-minute tour on the Hudson River for a spectacular view of the Albany skyline. Points of interest along the tour include: Quackenbush House, Albany’s Warehouse District, Nipper the RCA Dog, Ten Broeck Mansion, St. Joseph’s Church, Palace Theater and more! Pay $40 at sign up. Bring money with you for lunch at the Albany Pump Station. Leave the center at 9:15. Return around 1PM. Sign up by September 15. Thurs., October 19 - Tribute to Judy Garland at the JCC of Albany- Enjoy the songs and stories of Judy Garland, legendary singer and movie star of Hollywood’s Golden Era performed by Lisa Berman, vocalist. Hear about Garland’s turbulent life/career narrated in detail and punctuated with hit songs from Garland’s movies, concerts, and television appearances. Pay $32 at sign up. Bring money for snacks with you. Leave the center at 12:40PM. Return around 4PM. Sign up by September 15.

Week of September 15 – September 21, 2017




Should a Power of Attorney be a Part of Your Estate Plan? Questions and Answers to Help You Decide choose a successor agent if your first agent is unavailable. You may also pick more than one agent to act at one time. If you do pick more than one agent, you must choose if they can act independently or not. Why is having a POA important?

by Matthew J. Dorsey, Esq. for Saratoga TODAY Almost everyone considers doing a Will or Trust at some time in their lives. Usually, the topic comes up when something significant happens, i.e., the birth of a child, planning for a long trip, or after a divorce. Arguably, the next most important part of your estate plan should be your power of attorney. What is a power of attorney? A power of attorney (POA) is a legal document that allows another person, your “agent”, to act on your behalf with regard to your financial affairs. The POA allows you to choose which particular powers you give to your agent and which you do not. Who should I pick as my agent? People generally choose their spouse or a trusted family member or friend. You may also

If your POA is “durable”, it will allow your agent to handle your affairs in the event you are no longer able to do so due to accident, illness, or other cause. If you become incapacitated and don’t have a POA, someone may need to be appointed as a guardian of your property by a court. The guardianship proceeding could be complex and contentious, and it may result in the appointment of someone you would not prefer as your guardian. Can I do my own POA by using an on-line form? You can, but you run potentially serious risks by doing so. The POA statutory form is a somewhat complex and lengthy document, which presents the signer with multiple choices regarding who to name as agent, what powers to give to the agent, and whether to allow significant gifting authority through a statutory gifts rider. Improper execution or inappropriate choices on the POA can lead to significant legal problems when the POA is later needed.

What is a statutory gifts rider? A statutory gifts rider (SGR) allows your agent to make potentially significant gifts of your property to themselves and to others. It is an optional rider to the statutory power of attorney form. In the absence of the SGR, your agent is limited to gifts of no more than $500 per year to certain people and entities. What is the benefit of doing a SGR? The SGR will allow your agent to make gifts to themselves and to others that may be advisable for tax planning or Medicaid planning purposes. For example, it would allow a wife to transfer her husband’s half of their home to herself. This is advisable if the husband is applying for Medicaid to pay for a nursing home, because the home is an exempt asset if wholly owned by a wife who continues to use it as her residence. Can I revoke my POA? POAs are revocable at any

time. You should seek legal assistance to make your revocation effective, because a financial institution may still honor your POA if they haven’t received proper notice of its revocation. If there is any doubt about your agent accepting the revocation, it is advisable to have a professional process server deliver the revocation to them. In that fashion, it will be very difficult for the agent to claim they did not receive it. Does my agent have to sign the POA? Yes, for the agent to have the ability to act, they must also sign the POA. The agent’s signature is an acknowledgment that they understand that they have a fiduciary duty to you and must act in your best interest. It also means they understand they will be legally liable in the event they violate their fiduciary duty. I have a POA from ten years ago—is it still valid? As long as the POA was properly executed on a valid form

at the time, the POA is still valid today. You should consider doing a new POA, however, because the statutory form changed in September 2010, and the new form is most recognized by financial institutions. What if I don’t have a POA? If you don’t have a POA, you should consider seeking the services of an experienced estate planning attorney to draft a POA for you. The attorney can also oversee the execution of the POA to ensure the document is signed properly by all necessary parties and that you’ve made choices in the POA which are consistent with your overall estate plan. 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)5845205,, and




Week of September 15 – September 21, 2017

Business Owners Can Jumpstart Their Retirement Savings

by Stephen Kyne, Sterling Manor Financial for Saratoga TODAY Saving for retirement – as important as we all know it is isn’t always easy. For most people

there are bills to pay, children to educate, and businesses to manage – expensive undertakings that often relegate saving for retirement to the back burner. Unfortunately, by the time many people are finally in a position to start putting substantial money aside for retirement, federal tax law limits the amounts they are able to defer into 401(k) and other retirement savings plans. If you are a small business owner, professional, or independent contractor, in your peak earning years, you may be experiencing the frustration of finally having the money, but essentially being unable to save for the kind of retirement you want. A large chunk of your income must be

paid in taxes and many tax-qualified retirement plans have an annual cap on the contributions they allow you to make. Or they are so complex they require you to have an enrolled actuary under contract to make sure you are in compliance with IRS regulations. As a result, you are not saving enough – right now, while you can -- to achieve your retirement goals. And that has to be a cause for concern. There is a very simple solution to this problem. It is called a “412(e)(3) Defined Benefit Plan.” Section 412 of the Internal Revenue Code contains complex funding rules that apply to all defined benefit plans – except those that fall under

subsection 412(e)(3). Those plans are funded solely by individual life insurance and annuity contracts (or only annuity contracts), and the amount you pay into the plan each year is the amount of contribution that will guarantee the plan benefits. As a result, your plan contribution can be much more than the $54,000 cap imposed by traditional retirement plans. Just look at some of the benefits offered by 412(e)(3) plans: • You can set aside substantial amounts of money – sometimes upwards of $200,000 or more each year. • All the plan benefits are completely guaranteed.* • Your earnings will accumulate in the plan on a taxdeferred basis. • Plan assets may be protected from lawsuits, creditors, and other risks. Because of its unique design, you can’t over-fund or under-fund a 412(e)(3) plan. And because the plan is IRS-approved, you won’t need an enrolled actuary’s certification each year, potentially lowering plan administration costs. There is, however, a basic requirement that you need to be aware of: • 412(e)(3) plans must be funded exclusively through fixed insurance and/or annuity contracts in order for all benefits to be guaranteed, and

• 412(e)(3) plans work best for high net worth individuals, businesses that are established and highly profitable, businesses with fewer than five employees, and businesses with owners who are at least 50 years old, within ten years of retirement and older than the firm’s other employees. The bottom line: if you’re one of the growing number of people who, for whatever reason, need to start saving a large amount of money for retirement in as short a time as possible; if you’re a business owner looking for a unique way to reward yourself and your employees; and if you’re looking for substantial relief from income taxes; you owe it to yourself to find out more about 412(e)(3). Stephen Kyne is a partner at Sterling Manor Financial, LLC. *Guarantees are made available through the use of annuity and life insurance contracts and are dependent upon the claims-paying ability of the issuing company. This information is not intended as tax advice. Please consult with your accountant. Securities offered through Cadaret, Grant & Co., Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC. Advisory services offered through Sterling Manor Financial, LLC, an SEC registered investment advisor or Cadaret Grant & Co., Inc. Sterling Manor Financial and Cadaret, Grant are separate entities.

Week of September 15 – September 21, 2017



Yoo Hoo Mrs. Goldberg SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Jewish Community Arts, underwritten by a grant from the Jewish Federation of Northeastern NY and the Golub Foundation, presents the critically acclaimed film, “Yoo Hoo Mrs. Goldberg,” at Temple Sinai at 509 Broadway on Sunday September 24, at 7 p.m. “Yoo Hoo Mrs. Goldberg,” created by Aviva Kempner, whose work includes The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg, is not just a story of one influential woman, but a wondrous journey of discovery of an era that laid the groundwork for the present. Gertrude Berg (born Tillie Edelstein in 1899 in East Harlem of immigrant parents) was a force to be reckoned with. In 1929 she produced, wrote and acted on her own radio program as the head of a Jewish American household. The series transitioned to television in 1949, after its long run on radio. The show was a runaway hit on TV as well as it was on radio. In an era of blandness- the 1950’s- when Leave it to Beaver was supreme, Berg created a counter image that was both urban and ethnic. Berg considered

herself the creator of the situation comedy, the sitcom, but political pressures of the times ultimately forced the cancelation of the show in the mid 1950’s especially following the McCarthy Hearings in the House Committee on unAmerican activities. Gertrude tried to hold out after her co-star was investigated, but she lost her sponsors and the support of the network. Her creation, throughout its long run, boldly provided, in an age of Anti-Semitism, a relatively realistic and respectful, if gently comic, version of Jewish New

York immigrant life shipped out to be consumed in the American heartland. Molly is always in an apron and always cooking yet women in the documentary Yoo Hoo Mrs. Goldberg remember Molly as a feminist figure because she was strong, an ”in charge” person. Her character became the voice to express Gertrude’s definite opinions on any number of political topics such as the New Deal, public education, Fascism, war and voting rights.

What is remarkable is that Berg was not only an accomplished actress, but also a capable businesswoman who made all the decisions on the show, hired and fired, dealt with the financial matters and became involved in her husband’s successful coffee business. “While history is replete with countless stories of exceptional individuals, some fade away without the recognition they deserve,” said Phyllis Wang, JCA Coordinator. “Gertrude Berg was cherished by a generation

and then slipped, to a certain extent, into obscurity until rediscovered by the like of Aviva Kempner with her award winning documentary.” “Yoo Hoo Mrs Goldberg” will be shown on Sunday September 24, 7 p.m. at Temple Sinai, 509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs with a panel discussion and dessert to follow. A $5 donation is requested. For reservations or information please call 518 584 8730 option 2. Saratogasinai. org; SaratogaJewishCulturalFestival. org and Facebook.



Week of September 15 – September 21, 2017

Places of Worship Adirondack Christian Fellowship   8 Mountain Ledge, Wilton 587-0623 | Services: Sunday 8 a.m. & 10 a.m. Adirondack Friends Meeting 27 Saratoga Ave, South Glens Falls 793-3755 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Assembly of God Faith Chapel 6 Burgoyne St, Schuylerville 695-6069 | Rev. Jason Proctor Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Assembly of God Saratoga 118 Woodlawn Ave, Saratoga Springs 584-6081 | Services: Sunday Worship 10 a.m. Bacon Hill Reformed Church* 560 Route 32N, Bacon Hill | 695-3074 Rev. Janet Vincent | Services: Worship service 10 a.m.; Sunday School 10 a.m. Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa | 885-7312 Services: Sunday Worship, 10:30 a.m. Ballston Spa United Methodist Church 101 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa 885-6886 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Baha’i Community of Saratoga Springs Saratoga Springs Public Library, Glasby Room Public Meetings 1st Tuesdays, 7p.m. 692-7694, 885-0876 | | 1-800-22UNITE Bethesda Episcopal Church* 41 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs | 584-5980 The Very Rev’d Marshall J. Vang Services: Sunday 8:00AM & 10:00AM Calvary Capital District 17 Low Street, Ballston Spa | Pastor Andrew Holt Services: Sunday 10 am | Church of Christ at Clifton Park 7 Old Route 146, Clifton Park 371-6611 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Charlton Freehold Presbyterian Church 768 Charlton Rd., Charlton | Services: Sunday 10 am Phone: 399-4831 Christ Community Reformed Church 1010 Route 146, Clifton Park | 371-7654 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Christ Episcopal Church 15 West High St, Ballston Spa | 885-1031 Services: Sunday 8 & 10 a.m. Handicap Accessible Christian Restoration Ministries Saratoga Senior Center 5 Williams St, Saratoga Springs 796-4323 | Pastor Pat Roach Services: Sunday 6:30 p.m. Christian Science Church 107 Circular St, Saratoga Springs 584-0221 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Community Alliance Church 257 Rowland St, Ballston Spa 885-6524 | Services: Morning Worship 10:30 a.m.

Congregation Shaara Tfille* 84 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga Springs 584-2370 | Services: Saturday 10 a.m. Corinth Free Methodist Church   20 Hamilton Ave, Corinth 654-9255; 792-0271 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Corinth United Methodist Church 243 Main Street, Corinth 654-2521 | Services: Sunday 11 a.m. Cornerstone Community Church 100 Saratoga Village Blvd. #8 Ballston Spa. | 664-5204 | Pastor Frank Galerie Services: Sunday 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Community 2001 Route 9, Round Lake 877-8506 | Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8 & 11 a.m.; Eastern Orthodox — Christ the Savior 349 Eastline Road, Ballston Lake 212-7845 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. First Baptist Church of Saratoga Springs 45 Washington St, Saratoga Springs 584-6301 | Services: Sunday 12 noon First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa 202 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa 885-8361 | Services: 10:30 a.m. worship, (9 a.m. in July and August) 9 a.m. Sunday School (all ages) First Presbyterian Church of Ballston Spa 22 West High St, Ballston Spa 885-5583 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Full Gospel Tabernacle 207 Redmond Road, Gansevoort 793-2739 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Galway United Methodist Church 2056 East St, Galway | 882-6520 Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. (9 a.m. in July and August) Grace Fellowship Saratoga* 165 High Rock Ave, Saratoga | 691-0301 Pastor: Mike Adams Services: Sundays 9 & 11 a.m. Greater Grace Community Church 100 Saratoga Village, Building 17, Ballston Spa. Pastor David Moore | 899-7777 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Greenfield Center Baptist Church 30 Wilton Road, Greenfield Center | 893-7429 Services: Sunday School for all ages - 9:45 a.m.; Church Service - 11 a.m. Highway Tabernacle Church 235 Hudson Ave., Mechanicville | 664-4442 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m., Sunday School 9:30 Hope Church 206 Greenfield Ave, Ballston Spa 885-7442 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Sunday School 9 a.m.

Jonesville United Methodist 963 Main St, Clifton Park 877-7332 | Services: Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Living Springs Free Methodist Church 59 Pine Road, Saratoga Springs 584-1003 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Living Waters Church of God 4330 State Rt. 50, Saratoga Springs 587-0484 | Services: Sundays 10 a.m. Malta Presbyterian Church 118 Dunning Street, Malta 899-5992 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Malta Ridge United Methodist Church 729 Malta Ave. Ext, Malta 581-0210 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Middle Grove United Methodist Church* 429 Middle Grove Rd, Middle Grove 581-2973 | Pastor Bonnie Bates Services: Sunday 9 a.m. Mt. Olivet Baptist Church 100 Cresent St. Saratoga Springs 584-9441 | Services 10 a.m.Rev. Dr. Victor L. Collier Perry Road Baptist Church* 150 Perry Road, Saratoga Springs 587-0711 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Pastor Thomas Van McClain New Life Fellowship* 51 Old Gick Road, ­­Saratoga Springs 580-1810 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. NorthStar Church 970 Rt. 146, Clifton Park 371-2811 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. & 11:15 a.m. Old Saratoga Reformed Church* 48 Pearl St., Schuylerville Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Old Stone Church (American Baptist) 159 Stone Church Road, Ballston Spa 583-1002 | Service 10:30 a.m. Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church* 73 Midline Road, Ballston Lake 399-5713 | Services: Saturday 5:30 p.m. Sunday 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Porter Corners United Methodist Church 512 Allen Road, Porter Corners,NY Service: Sunday 8:45 am Followed by Fellowship Arlene Schmidt, CLM | Handicap accessible Presbyterian-NE Congregational Church 24 Circular St, Saratoga Springs 584-6091 | Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Quaker Springs United Methodist Church* 466 Route 32, Schylerville 695-3101 | Pastor Ben Lalka Services: Sunday 9 a.m. River of Hope Fellowship 100 Saratoga Village Blvd, Malta Cmns, Ste. 3 Services: Sunday 10 a.m.


Week of September 15 – September 21, 2017

Places of Worship Roman Catholic Church of St. Peter 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-2375 | Services: Saturday 5 p.m.; Sunday 7:30, 9 and 11 a.m. St. Clement’s Roman Catholic Church* 231 Lake Ave, Saratoga Springs | 584-6122 Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8, 9:30, 11:15 a.m. and 5 p.m., 1 p.m. Spanish Service St. George’s Episcopal Church 912 Route 146, Clifton Park 280-7196 | Services: Saturday 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 8 & 9:30 a.m. St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church* 3159 Route 9N, Greenfield Center | 893-7680 Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church* 167 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa 885-7411 | Services: Saturday 4 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., Noon. St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church* 771 Route 29, Rock City Falls 885-4677 | Services: Saturday 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.; Sunday 8:30 am. St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 149 Lake Ave, Saratoga Springs 584-0904 | Services: Saturday 5 p.m.; Sundays 8:30 & 11 a.m. St. Peter Lutheran Church 2776 Route 9, Malta | 583-4153 Services: Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m.; Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church 1 Grove Street, Schuylerville 695-3918 | Rev. Donna J. Arnold Services: Sunday 8 & 9 a.m. St. Thomas of Canterbury 242 Grooms Road, Halfmoon | 348-0842 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga Abundant Life Church 2 Hutchins Rd. Saratoga Springs 885-5456 | Services: Sunday 8:20 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Saratoga Chabad 130 Circular St, Saratoga Springs 526-0773 | Saratoga Friends Meeting (Quaker) 571 Rt32, Quaker Springs 587-7477; 399-5013 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga United Methodist Church* 175 Fifth Ave, Saratoga Springs 584-3720 | Services: Sunday 9:00am and 10:45am Saratoga Seventh-Day Adventist Church 399 Union Ave, Saratoga Springs 587-6951 | Services: Sabbath School: 10 a.m. Worship Service: 11 a.m.

Schuylerville United Methodist Church 51 Church St., Schuylerville 695-3101 | Services: Sunday 11 a.m. Shenendehowa United Methodist 971 Route 146, Clifton Park 371-7964 | Services: Sunday 9 & 10:45 a.m. Simpson United Methodist Church 1089 Rock City Road, Rock City Falls 885-4794 | Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Soul Saving Station for Every Nation Christ Crusaders of America 62 Henry St, Saratoga Springs Services: Sunday 10 a.m. | 584-3122 www.SOULSAVINGSTATIONCHURCH.COM Stillwater Christian Fellowship Meeting at Liberty Ridge Farm 29 Bevis Road, Schaghticoke, NY 12154 288-8802 | Services 10 a.m. Stillwater United Church (Presbyterian U.S.A.) 135 Hudson Avenue, Stillwater | 664-7984 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Temple Sinai* 509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-8730 | Shabbat Services: Friday 6 p.m. or 8p.m. (rotating schedule) Saturdays: 10:30a.m. Terra Nova Church* 45 Washington St, Saratoga Springs 833-0504 | Services: Sunday 9 a.m. The Salvation Army/ Worship, Service & Community Center 27 Woodlawn Ave, Saratoga Springs 584-1640 Services: Sunday School 10 a.m.; Praise & Worship 11 a.m. Trinity United Methodist Church 155 Ballard Road, Gansevoort 584-9107 | Rev Keith Mann Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs 624 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-1555 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Unity Church in Albany 21 King Ave., Albany 453-3603 | Services: Sunday 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. | Sunday School: 11 a.m. | Summer Services: 9 a.m. West Charlton United Presbyterian Church 1331 Sacandaga Road, West Charlton 882-9874 | Rev. Thomas Gregg Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. | Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Wilton Baptist Church 755 Saratoga Road, Wilton 583-2736 | Services: Sunday 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

* = Wheelchair Accessible



Week of September 15 – September 21, 2017

Protecting Your Garden Harvest as the Seasons Change

Farmers’ Market Broccoli Salad Adapted from recipe by Healthy Seasonal Recipes, shared by My Saratoga Kitchen Table

Saturdays, 9 to 1 Wednesday, 3-6

Serves: 6

High Rock Park

by Himanee Gupta-Carlson

for Saratoga TODAY If you’re a backyard vegetable grower, you might plan your garden around the last and first frost dates. The last frost date – usually May 20 – signifies the date that it starts to become safe to transplant such tender seedlings as tomatoes, squashes, and peppers outdoors. The first frost date – September 20 historically for Saratoga – typically means the end of the life cycle for these plants. But what if the temperatures get chilly sooner? What becomes of those green tomatoes, still rock-hard eggplants, still growing squashes? Answers from Saratoga Farmers’ Market vendors who might have provided you with the seedlings that started your gardens last spring vary as widely as the weather. But the general rule is to be watchful but not worried.

Frost preparation at Pleasant Valley Farm by Pattie Garrett.



* Ingredients can be found at the market

1. Whisk yogurt, mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar, pepper in a large bowl until smooth. Add bacon, shallot, broccoli, fennel, and cheese and stir to coat with the dressing.

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Frost damage of squash plant by Pattie Garrett.

“If it looks like the night time temperatures are going to drop into the low 40s, you might want to cover those kinds of plants,” says Chris Dumar, of Balet Flowers & Design. “You also might want to water well, especially if you think you might get a frost.” Covers for plants can range from row covers or sheets of plastic,

or even five-gallon pails. The key is to make sure the plants are covered but that the material still gives them some room to breathe. Dumar also recommends spraying plants hit by frost with water early in the morning before the sun hits the plants. The water moistens the leaves, which can prevent them from being burnt by the sun. While a plant hit by a frost is unlikely to continue producing its fruit, the fruit itself often is still fine to pick. Many farmers recommend picking tomatoes if they’re still green but look as if they’re starting to ripen well in advance of frost warnings. Unripe vegetables such as tomatoes, summer squash, eggplants, peppers and winter squash can be picked even after a light frost. These fruits will continue to ripen after a harvest on a kitchen counter, shelf, or sunny window. And first frosts do sweeten some vegetables, particularly leafy greens and brussels sprouts, creating a new season of eating. The Saratoga Farmers’ Market is at High Rock Park through October, 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. We move indoors to the Lincoln Baths Building in the Saratoga Spa State Park on November 4. Follow our updates on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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½ cup plain Greek yogurt* ¼ cup mayonnaise 2 Tablespoon brown mustard* 2 teaspoons cider vinegar freshly ground pepper to taste 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled* 1 shallot, minced* 5 cups chopped raw broccoli* 1 cup finely chopped fennel bulb* 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese*

Broccoli Salad by Pattie Garrett.

NOTES Steam broccoli for a couple of minutes to remove raw texture, if desired.

Week of September 15 – September 21, 2017


Heart of the Home

by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY Hello Foodie Friends! This past week both my wife and I celebrated our birthdays (having a birthday one day apart from each other was one of the many reasons I married her!). Recently I found a birthday card that my mother gave me for one of my milestone birthdays. I lost my mother in 1999. However, I think about her every day. Back to school time brings back memories of my childhood and the chaos of getting five children to do their homework, eat dinner, brush their teeth, and get to bed every school night. I often reminisce about the work my mother had in raising three boys and two girls. In many of my articles I have talked about growing up in an Italian family. I was reminded by one of my customers that Italians are a matriarchal nationality. It’s the women who carry on the traditions and hand out the majority of discipline, wisdom and nurturing to the children. As a child, every room in the house where I grew up included constant teaching and training by my mother. The bedroom task was making your bed, dusting furniture sweeping the floor or vacuuming the rugs and organizing your clothes. The bathroom was to be kept clean at all times and the living room was “keep your feet off the couch”! The kitchen was the most intense training yet! Washing and drying dishes to cleaning and setting the table. When we all sat at the kitchen table, our family discussions were learning times. We shared everything from how our day went to how to pass the potatoes. We learned manners, how to hold a fork and at the beginning of the meal watching how much Mom did to prepare the meals and us for dinner. Her words before every meal were to “wash up before you sit at the table” and “don’t forget kids; hands, face, neck and ears”. Why

all the extras? With three boys and two girls who all played in a wonderous place that does not seem to exist today, called “outside”, dirt was a constant appearance on our bodies. Yes, even my sisters had a layer of dirt on them that was unacceptable at the dinner table. We looked like we came out the mines coming in the door. However, at the table we were cleaned up nice or she sent us back for more washing. At one such dinner period, my father, who was working two jobs at the time, asked for silence at the dinner table. This was very difficult for five kids but we were doing ok until the whistle! My Dad was exhausted and he had congestion in his nose. So it whistled while he breathed through his nose as he ate. The only thing I can compare his whistle to is a Navy Whistle called a Boatswain’s call pipe. It was all hands-on deck as the whistling continued, but, my brothers and I could not keep a straight face and we snickered. My dad could hear the whistle but he did not realize it was he who was whistling! Dad then ordered the whistler to stop or to bed they would go! The whistling continued and we tried to freeze our faces but it would not work and I burst into uncontrollable laughter and proclaimed; “Dad it’s you”! He questioned my sanity and I was off to bed for secret whistling. My brothers and sisters were mum on the subject. I then laughed all the way to bed. In the end, there is absolutely no rule Dad could make that my Mom was not allowed to break if she saw fit (Mom broke me out). To this day, I smile when I think of it or when I have dinner with my brothers and sisters bringing up that time that dad whistled. One of my mother’s favorite cooking tools, and is my wife’s favorite, is the wooden spoon. My mother used a wooden spoon for all her daily cooking tasks. She would let us “taste” her sauce using a wooden spoon. There were wooden

spoons for frying the meatballs, stirring the sauce and one that would sit at the kitchen table while we ate. At Compliments to the Chef, we have Tools for Cooks. Stop by and shop our line of Beechwood and Olivewood wooden spoons and instantly take your culinary, dining, and entertaining experience to the next level. The wooden spoon was a primary cooking utensil used by Julia Child and other great chefs around the world. Each of our Beechwood and Olivewood spoons are made in France where they are lovingly handcrafted to standards of unsurpassed quality. For centuries, wooden spoons and wooden cooking utensils have been preferred by chefs for their numerous advantages. Unlike metal or plastic, a wooden spoon can be left in the pot without the risk of melting, burning your hand, or ruining a temperature-sensitive dish. A wooden kitchen utensil will not change the taste of acidic foods the way metal will. Wooden spoons, such as our 18” heavy spoon are incredibly durable and can be used to stir thick batters for easy cake baking and other recipes, while at the same time gentle enough to scrape out every last morsel of food without scratching the bottom of a pan (wood utensils are non-stick safe).

Wooden spoons are versatile! Treat yourself to a utensil set of our top quality corner spoons, slotted spoons, regular wooden spoons, and wooden spatulas in sizes ranging from 8” to 22” for almost every dish imaginable. Beechwood and Olivewood cooking spoons are easy care! Simply wash your kitchen utensil with warm soapy water and allow to air dry. Restore your wood utensils to their satiny finish by treating them with a little mineral oil or beeswax compound. As we all are working through our hectic schedules, remember that family time is the most important time. Eat together as a family. Share stories, talk about your day, listen to each other, enjoy good

food, compliment the chef, and even whistle (if Mom will let you). Bring your family together for at least an hour a day. Meal time is family time! Compliments to the Chef will reopen by October 1st. in our new location of 33 Railroad Place, in between The Bow-Tie Theatre and Price Chopper! Also, we will be right next door to our new friends at Greenhouse Salad Company in Saratoga Springs New York. So please keep in touch and read updates as we get closer to that date. Paula and I are so happy to be back downtown! Remember my Foodie Friends: “Life Happens in the Kitchen”. Take care, John and Paula



Saratoga Auto Auction Volunteer Call The Saratoga Auto Museum is hosting the Saratoga Auto Auction on September 22 and 23 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Volunteers will help during auction week. Your knowledge, time and energy will make a difference in the success of the auction and its impact on the community. Volunteer Opportunities: Ushers, Photography, Security, Parking, Bidder Registration, Customer Service, Consignment and Bidder Support, Finance Office, Vehicle Description Writing, Car Detailers, Car Check In, Staging, Drivers, Pushers, and Break Down. To join our team of auction volunteers, please call or email Holly Hulfish at 518-587-1935 or Free Concert On Friday, September 22, the New Skete Monasteries, located at 273 New Skete Rd, Cambridge, present the Konevets Quartet, a male vocal ensemble from St. Petersburg, Russia. A program of harmonic brilliance in the rich tradition of Russian choral music and the male chamber choir. Performance includes sacred music, ranging from chants and hymns to secular songs featuring Russian and Ukrainian folk songs, classical selections and Imperial regimental songs and marches which were forbidden during Communism. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m., and is open to all. Donations welcome. Information or 518-677-3928 ext. 215 6th Annual Autumn Leaves Chicken Barbecue The barbecue is hosted by the Racing City Rotary Club and the VFW Post 420 Auxiliary. It will be held at the VFW Post 420 Pavilion, located at 190 Excelsior Ave., Saratoga Springs on September 23 from 2 – 6 p.m. The menu includes ½ chicken, baked potato, corn on the cob, roll, cole slaw, dessert

and a cash bar. A donation of $10 per person (take-out or eat-in) will benefit community and veteran’s projects of the Racing City Rotary Club and VFW Post 420 Auxiliary. For tickets or information call Tom or Linda at 518-584-8211. Notte Italiana! Stillwater United Church, located at 747 Hudson Avenue, will host an Italian Dinner Event on the front lawn under a festive tent, Saturday, September 23 from 5 - 6:30 p.m. Menu includes a choice of pastas (gluten free available) and a variety of sauces, garlic bread, homemade Italian desserts and beverages. Take out available. Musical entertainment will be by “accordionist extraordinaire,” Ralph C. Brooks. Photo opportunities with backdrops will add to the ambiance. Tickets: Adults- $12 (or $15, which includes one glass of Chianti), Children under 12-$5, and under 5-Free. Weather permitting there will be outside, as well as, inside seating. Contact 518-6647984 for advance tickets or purchase at door. Proceeds to support the church’s Fellowship Hall renovations. Handicap accessible. Adirondack Wool and Arts Festival Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24 the Washington County Fairgrounds host the 8th annual Adirondack Wool and Arts Festival. You can’t buy love, but you can find it handmade at the Adirondack Wool and Arts Festival. Find unique one-ofa-kind gifts, made by regional artisans. Over one hundred vendors offering all-natural animal fiber yarns, roving, spinning supplies, pottery, body care products, jewelry, wood arts, and more. Craft beverage event on Sunday from noon until 4 p.m. Romney Sheep Show Sunday starts at noon. Used fiber equipment (looms, spinning wheels, etc.) sale Sunday from noon until 2 p.m. Hayrides and pumpkin painting for the kids. Adults $5, kids 13 and under free. Free parking. Visit

or call 518-692-2464 Free Concert The First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa would like to invite the public to a free concert of Dave Koblish, on Sunday, September 24. Mr. Koblish will minister musically during our Sunday morning service, 10:30 a.m. and sing in concert that evening at 7 p.m. David Koblish, soloist and recording artist from Minneapolis, MN is one of the great favorites in sacred music. His beautiful and natural voice is heard in music that is Contemporary, Traditional, Inspirational and a touch of Country Western and Southern Gospel. David’s website is: www. 8th Annual Nick’s Run to be Healed 5K Nick’s Fight to be Healed Foundation (NFTBHF) announces its 8th Annual Nick’s Run to be Healed 5K on Sunday, September 24 at the Clifton Commons in Clifton Park in honor of five-yearold Lucas Santoro, who was diagnosed with leukemia in June 2014. The event includes kids’ run, 2-mile walk, 5K Run, Zumba warm-up, carnival, and more. Sponsored by Town of Clifton Park. Registration at 10 a.m. Prices for 5K and walk are $25 and $30 day of the event. Pre-registration ends at midnight on Wednesday, September 20. NFTBHF was started in memory of Nick Cammarata, who passed away in October 2008 from leukemia. Register at www. NFTBHF is a 501(c) (3) tax-deductible organization. Remembering Ryall’s Beach Bring your lunch and a lawn chair, your stories, photos & memorabilia on Monday, September 25, from Noon to 2 p.m. at Waterfront Park, located at Crescent Ave., Saratoga Lake. Hosted by Mary Ellen Ryall, descendant of the founder, and Mary Ann Fitzgerald, City Historian, 518-587-2358 or email: maryann.fitzgerald@ Rain date is Tuesday, September. 26. Parking is limited, so please car

Week of September 15 – September 21, 2017 pool. All are welcome. The Park is free and open to the public. Utica Peregrine Falcon Project Matthew Perry of the Utica Peregrine Falcon Project will share a multimedia presentation of his work on Wednesday, September 27, with a program starting at 7 p.m. at the Saratoga Springs Public Library on Henry Street in downtown Saratoga Springs. This free program is sponsored by the Southern Adirondack Audubon Society and is open to the public. Ice Cream Social Meetup The League of Women Voters of Saratoga County invites county residents to join them at an Ice Cream Social Meetup on Wednesday, September 27 in the Adirondack Trust Community Room, located at 35 Church St., Saratoga Springs, from 7 to 9 p.m. Any area residents, both men and women, interested in learning more about the LWV and its programs and activities are invited to attend. Meetups are the league way for members to come together to explore, understand and advocate for issues that matter to them. Join the voices of the LWV and be heard. In addition to ice cream, information will be provided about the League’s fall schedule of activities which include Voter Registration Events, Candidate Forums, and informational meetings on a variety of issues. Jennifer Wilson, LWV New York State Program and Policy Director will address the group and preview what we can expect from the next legislative session. League members will be available to answer questions about the organization and encourage attendees to join up and volunteer to assist in the community. For further information, contact the LWV Saratoga at 518-728-0237 or email us at Autumn Jewels Art Show The Southern Saratoga Artists’ Society is accepting submissions for its 21st Annual Art Show. It will be held from October 2 to November 20th at the Clifton Park Senior Community Center, 6 Clifton Common Blvd.,

Clifton Park with a reception and award presentation on Monday, October 16. This show is open to all area artists, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, oils, photography and 2-dimensional framed artwork. First, Second and Third place awards are $100, $50 and $25. Ribbons and honorable mention will also be awarded. Entry applications are available on-line at the website: Applications must be received with a $10.00 fee by Monday, September 18, 2017 and mailed to chairperson: Judy Loucks, 32 Royal Oak Drive, Clifton Park, NY 12065. “Enhance Your Natural Beauty Event” October 19 at Saratoga Springs Plastic Surgery Saratoga Springs Plastic Surgery, PC , 7 Wells Street, Third Floor 5:30 PM Plastic Surgeon and Cosmetic Medicine expert Steven Yarinsky, MD invites you to join him and his staff for an evening of beauty featuring facial rejuvenation with non-invasive, nonsurgical procedures and treatments. See live demonstrations of facial fillers and Botox. Learn about how an Ultherapy® ‘face lift’ can lift tone and tighten the skin of your face without surgery. Find out about how new ProCell™ Therapy microneedling/ microchanneling serum skin resurfacing can eliminate deep pores discolorations and fine wrinkles. And we’ll introduce you to new ZO Skin Care therapy. Special event only pricing for Ultherapy®, filler and relaxer treatments and ProCell™ microneedling treatments; Drawing for free Ultherapy brow lift or lip line treatment, for Xeomin® wrinkle reducer. Bring a friend and receive extra raffle tickets. Want to learn more about how you can look and feel your best for the rest of your life? Come to the Beauty Event scheduled for Tuesday 10/19 at 5:30 PM at 7 Wells Street, Third Floor, Saratoga Springs. Call Dr. Yarinsky’s office immediately at (518)583-4019 to R.S.V.P. since seating is limited. Must R.S.V.P. before 10AM on Monday 9/18. Visit

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Week of September 15 – September 21, 2017

Family Friendly Event

Friday, September 15 Free Fridays at the Museum National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, 191 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, 2 p.m. Free admission each Friday from 2 p.m. to close through the end of 2017.

Ghost in the Garden Yaddo Gardens, 312 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Tours will be held in the garden only, Friday and Sunday evenings through Sunday, October 29. Docent led tours begin at the Yaddo parking lot. Cost $10/person (children 12 and under free). or call 518-584-0746 for more information.

Half Way to St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Saratoga Knights of Columbus, 50 Pine Rd. 5 p.m.- 8 p.m. Cost is $12. Corned Beef, cabbage, Irish Soda Bread, dessert.

Taste of Showcase Six Locations in Saratoga Springs, 5 – 10 p.m. Featuring food samplings from area chefs/restaurants and craft beer/ local wine tastings at each lo-cation. A limited number of tickets for this evening will be available. Tickets are $25. Tickets are available at the door of each home or you may order online. For the list of homes and to get your ticket, visit http://www. taste-of-the-showcase .

Saturday, September 16 Hunt for History and Horses Saratoga Race Course, 267 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, 10 a.m. Noon The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will present a unique

and family-friendly scav-enger hunt. Afterwards, there will be pony rides, a petting zoo, crafts and refreshments available. Following the scavenger hunt and activities, free admission will be offered to all scavenger hunt participants at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame throughout the day. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be moved to the National Mu-seum of Racing located at 191 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs/ Cost is $5 per person; free for children under 5. For more information or to R.S.V.P. to the event please call 518-584-0400 exten-sion 120 or email nmrpgasst@

Habitat ReStore Preview Sale 588 Queensbury Ave, Queensbury, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. At Habitat for Humanity of Northern Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties, we are excited to announce the opening of our first ReStore. To introduce our great selection of appliances, furniture, cabinets, lighting, building materials and household goods Habitat is hosting a preview sale on Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17. For more information, call 518-7937484.

NatureFest Moreau Lake State Park, 605 Old Saratoga Rd, Gansevoort, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. A free fun-filled family day of interactive nature related activities. There will be live animals, information and crafts. All donations collected will go to The Friends of Moreau Lake. We are work-ing toward being a Zero-Waste event so BYOB (water bottle & bag) and get a free pin or magnet! For more information call the park at 518-7930511 or visit, Friendsofmoreaulake. org

Hugs from Henry Meeting Ballston Spa Public Library, 10:30 a.m. Hugs from Henry is a non-profit group in Saratoga county is dedicated to the rescue and placement of shelter dogs. Our mission is to pull dogs from “kill shelters” and re-home them into loving fos-ter or permanent homes. We need dedicated volunteers to join our group. We need dog fosters and people willing to help with fundraising events. Please email Barb at for more information or if you plan on attending.

CALENDAR 35 Ken Haedrich: The Harvest Baker Signing Saratoga Farmers’ Market, High Rock Park, 112 High Rock Ave., Saratoga Springs, 1 p.m. The Harvest Baker: 150 Sweet & Savory Recipes Celebrating the Fresh-Picked Flavors of Fruits, Herbs & Vegetables Award-winning cookbook author Ken Haedrich signs copies of his latest book, recipes for 150 delicious baked goods that are full of fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs. This book teaches the reader to make wonderful use of the bounty of harvest season. For more information visit

Genealogy and Local History Town of Saratoga Town Hall, corner of Rt. 4 and Rt. 29, Schuylerville, 1 p.m. Heritage Hunters of Saratoga County meeting. Thomas Ruller, Assistant Commissioner and State Archivist for the NYS Education Department, will present the program relating to the five truck-loads of state court records that were transferred to the NYS Archives in Albany from NYC. The records cover the years 1680 to 1847 and are now available to researchers six days a week, in Al-bany. The cases are a fascinating glimpse of the issues of the past, and contain familiar names as Alexander Hamilton, Robert Fulton, Herman Melville and General Philip Schuyler. Public is wel-come to attend the Heritage Hunters meeting and program. For information call 518587-2978.

Edison Bulb Tours Grant Cottage, 1000 Mt. McGregor Rd., Gansevoort6, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. What was life like for the Grant family during the long evenings at Grant Cottage in 1885? Step back in time and experience the awe and wonder of the beginnings of the Electric Age as you take a tour through Grant Cottage lit with 19th century style Edison light bulbs. Re-enactors dressed in period 1880’s clothing will be on hand to help bring the Grant family and their visitors to life. Take the opportunity to immerse yourself in the same charming environment that surrounded an Ameri-can hero in his final days. Early registration is recommended as space is limited. 518-584-4353.

Sunday, September 17 Fundraiser for After the Fire Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge, 1 Elks Lane, Saratoga Springs, 8:30 - 11 a.m. All-you-can eat breakfast buffet to benefit After The Fire. The delicious breakfast will consist of scrambled eggs, eggs Benedict, French toast, pancakes, sausage, bacon, ham, biscuits and gravy, corned beef hash, hash browns, coffee, juice. The cost is $10 for adults, $9 for military & senior citizens, $8 for children 5-12 years, children under 5 years are free. There will be at least one raf-fle, and many door prizes available for our customers.

Bug’s Boston Terrrier Parade Spirit of Life, Congress Park, Downtown Saratoga Springs, 11 a.m. A parade to celebrate Boston Terriers, all dogs are welcome. Donations in any amount accepted for Northeast Boston Terrier Rescue.

Family Fun Day Albany-Saratoga Speedway, 2671 Route 9, Malta, 1 – 4 p.m. Town of Malta Republican Committee Chairman Ted Willette and Malta Town Council candidate Sharon Farley Schiera announced the 2017 Malta Republican Committee “Family Fun Day”. Sena-tor Jim Tedisco will be this year’s special guest. The event will include a bounce house and kid games. Cost is $10 per individual and $25 for a family of 4. Children under 10 are free. To learn more about the event, or to pre-register, visit www.

Monday, September 18 Public Forum Empire State College, 2 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Officials speak to senior issues. The Forum is presented by the Saratoga Springs Mayor’s Seniors Advisory Committee. The following Public Officials will address top concerns of seniors, includ-ing Healthcare, Housing and Transportation: Congressman Paul Tonko, Senator Kathy Marchione, Christopher Rhodes (representing Senator James Tedisco), Mark Luciano (representing Assembly Member Carrie Woerner), Supervisor Peter Martin, Supervisor Matt Veitch, Mayor Joanne Yepsen,

Commissioner of Public Safety Chris Mathiesen, and Commissioner of Public Works Anthony Scirocco. Kathleen Fyfe, from the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, will moderate the panel session. This free event will include light refreshments and door prizes. For questions please email

Southern Saratoga Artists’ Society Meeting Clifton Park Senior Community Center, 6 Clifton Common Blvd., Clifton Park, 6:30 p.m. Local artist, Karen Woodin, will give demonstrations and focus on 3 oil waterscapes that examine the movement of various water scenes with the use of oil paints. The public is welcome. For more information visit our website:

Tuesday, September 19 Academy for Lifelong Learning Fundraiser West Side Sports Bar and Grill, 112 Congress St,, Saratoga Springs, 5- 8 p.m. The Academy for Lifelong Learning will be Rai$ing Dough to support Academy programs. A per-centage of all purchases, including take-out, will be donated to the Academy. For more infor-mation, call 518-5872100 ext. 2415.

Wednesday, September 20 GriefShare S. Glens Falls United Methodist Church, 15 Maplewood Parkway, S. Glens Falls, 6 – 8 p.m. This program helps you understand the grieving process. The group is for anyone who has lost a loved one and is grieving. For more information, please call 518-793-1152.

Thursday, September 21 Feast of the Fields 2017 Saratoga National Golf Club, 458 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs, 5:30 – 9 p.m. The 12th annual Feast is a celebration of the bounty of Saratoga County: farm-fresh food prepared by local chefs, along with enticing products and drinks from local producers. A silent auction is filled with items and experiences from local businesses and artisans. Call for tickets: 518-587-5554.

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Daylong Tour This Weekend Visits Saratoga Region Revolutionary War Sites A one-day journey to Revolutionary War sites in the greater Saratoga Region takes place Sunday and will feature Revolutionary War experts who will take visitors to the actual sites where the Turning Point of the war occurred. A Behind the Scenes Look at the American Revolutionary War - a one-day tour, will be take place 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will launch the

region’s first of a new series of tours: “History in Your Backyard.” Cost for Sunday’s tour is $75 per person. Price includes: transportation, boat ride, expert guides, lunch, and access to all attractions. This day-long trip begins at 8:30 a.m. in Schuylerville. To register for this tour, or for more information go to or call 518-322-2067.

“Orlyk & Wickham” Opens at The Laffer Gallery This Weekend SCHUYLERVILLE — An opening reception will be held 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at The Laffer Gallery for a new exhibit featuring the artwork of Harry Orlyk and Regina Wickham. Orlyk was born in Troy, N.Y., in 1947. After graduating college in 1971 he went on to receive a graduate degree at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Orlyk will be exhibiting landscape oil paintings on linen.

Wickham belongs to the tradition of vessel makers, working in clay and on the wheel to form containers for flowers, food and air. Wickham’s work is known for layer and juxtaposition of color and texture. “Orlyk & Wickham” will run through Oct. 22. The Laffer Gallery is located at 96 Broad St. and is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays.

Untold Stories & Raspberry Sundaes at Gardenworks Farm Saturday SALEM — “Untold Stories of the Battenkill” authors Elizabeth and Barton Cockey read and share stories from their book 2 - 4 p.m. Sunday at Gardenworks Farm, located at 1135 County Route 30. The book, published earlier this spring, formed the basis of the “Untold Stories” project created and produced in

partnership with the Battenkill Conservancy. A free Battenkill Valley Creamery sundae topped with fall raspberries will be offered during the book signing. A Farm-to-Table dinner and movies event will follow the book signing. For more information visit: or call 518-854-3250.

Week of September 15 – September 21, 2017

New Theater Company Launches in Troy TROY — The Troy Foundry Theatre, a new professional theatre company in Troy, launched this month with co-founder and Artistic Director David Girard at the helm. The mission of Troy Foundry Theatre is to explore current social issues by collaborating with a variety of artists from multiple disciplines. The company plans to produce and perform new work and reinterpreted classics through the means of new writing, devising and immersive performances. Girard has been a mainstay on Capital Region stages for many years and is currently an adjunct professor with Union College, Siena College and Rowan University, as well as a teaching artist for the Brooklyn-based Stages on the Sound. This Spring

he will appear in the world premiere of the first full presentation of Tony Award-winning playwright John Guare’s acclaimed Lydie Breeze Trilogy. Emily Curro, co-founder and the company’s Artistic Associate, previously worked for the Tony Award-winning Williamstown Theatre Festival and is currently the Development and Marketing Manager for the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton, Massachusetts. The company will launch its inaugural season in October with New World Order: Six Short Plays by Harold Pinter, directed by David Girard and starring John Romeo (London-West End, Off-Broadway, New York Stage Theatre Institute, Saratoga Shakespeare Company). Romeo

has also appeared in many independent films and has recently appeared in “Fighting For Freedom” with Bruce Dern and Kristanna Loken. The ensemble of the cast includes Ethan Botwick (Julius Caesar, The Public Theater; Romeo and Juliet, Saratoga Shakespeare Company) Shayne David Cameris (The Birthday Party, Theatre Voices; The Blue Sky Boys, Capital Repertory Theatre), Emily Curro (Private Lives, Shanghai Repertory; The Full Monty, C-R Productions) and Alex Tarantelli (Dracula, Jenny Wiley Theatre; To Kill a Mockingbird, Capital Repertory Theatre). For more information, go to:

First U.S. Tour by Pakistan’s Sachal Ensemble to stage at SPAC SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Sachal Ensemble – whose story of traditional musicians trying to survive under the oppression of modern day Pakistan was told in the film “Song of Lahore” - will perform at Proctors Oct. 28 and at SPAC’s Spa Little Theatre on Oct. 30. The film, “Song of Lahore,” will also be screened at Bow Tie Criterion Cinemas in Saratoga Springs on Sunday, Oct. 29. The film, by twotime Academy Award-winning director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Andy Schocken, illustrates how their music-making not only brought inspiration to their lives, but literally sustained them in their struggles – and how, finally, they were discovered on YouTube by Wynton Marsalis and

The Sachal Ensemble will be featured on screen and on stage in Saratoga in October. Photo provided.

brought to the US for performances at Jazz at Lincoln Center. In one of the most poignant moments of the film, Nijat Ali, conductor of the Sachal Ensemble says, “we want to show the world that

Pakistanis are artists, not terrorists.” Tickets for the performance at SPAC’s Little Theatre start at $40. To purchase tickets, or for more information, visit:

Four Broadway Shows Coming to Proctors SCHENECTADY — Proctors announced this week that tickets are on sale for four upcoming shows. Finding Neverland - which runs Dec. 5 - 10, is the winner of’s Audience Choice Award for Best Musical, and tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. The Bodyguard - Jan. 30 - Feb. 4, depicts former Secret Service agent turned

bodyguard Frank Farmer, who is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker, and features the classic songs “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” and “I Will Always Love You.” The Humans – from March 6 to 11, is billed as an uproarious, hopeful and heartbreaking play that takes place over the course of a family dinner on Thanksgiving, and won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Play.

On Your Feet! - May 30 - June 3, takes theater goers behind the music and inside the real story of this record-making and groundbreaking couple Emilio and Gloria Estefan. Tickets, beginning as low as $20, will be available at the Box Office at Proctors, 432 State St. Schenectady; by phone at 518346-6204; and online at Box Office hours are 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Week of September 15 – September 21, 2017


Sports Celebs Reggie Jackson, Lawrence Taylor & More Coming to Saratoga Casino

SARATOGA SPRINGS — A lineup of legendary athletes will take part in a day of music, food and sport at Saratoga Casino Saturday, Sept. 23. A celebrity softball game will take place at noon on the field just off the casino’s Crescent Avenue entrance. Tickets are $10, kids 12 and under admitted free and a portion of the softball ticket sales benefit the Ronald McDonald House

Charities of the Capital Region. A VIP Brunch will take place at Vapor from 9 – 11 a.m. Tickets are $60 and on sale by calling 518-581-5775. Live music - provided by Skeeter Creek, and the Refrigerators, and an autograph and memorabilia show will take place 1:30 – 5 p.m. Pricing varies by athlete. Among those scheduled to appear: Wade Boggs,

Jose Canseco, Goose Gossage, Reggie Jackson, Graig Nettles, Mickey Rivers, Ozzie Smith; Otis Anderson, Lawrence Taylor; Angel Cordero, Jean Cruguet, Ron Turcotte. To purchase tickets and for more information about the events, go to: https:// s a r at o g a c a s i n o. c o m / e v e nt / star-sports-festival/.

Pitney Farm Showcases Art

Photo by Tom Stock.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — An exhibit of photos chronicling the history of Saratoga Springs’ last working farm will be on display Saturday, Sept. 16 at the Pitney Meadows Community Farm, in the newly restored

gathering barn adjacent to the community gardens. On display between 2 and 4 p.m. will be photographs of the farm taken over the years by Tom Stock, and paintings and drawings by 25 young

artists who participated in art classes offered in the gardens over the summer. Pitney Meadows Community Farm is located at 223 West Ave., across the street from the Saratoga Springs YMCA.

Rochmon Record Club Visits “Hotel California” Tuesday at Caffe Lena SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Rochmon Record Club will converge to listen, learn about and discuss the classic 1976 album “Hotel California” by the Eagles at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 19 at Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St. “Hotel California” marked a shift in sound for the easy going southern Californian rockers and remains the Eagles best-selling original album. It

was also the first Eagles’ album to feature Joe Walsh on guitar and his presence is felt all over the record. The event features a live audio and video presentation by Chuck Vosganian aka “Rochmon.” A Rochmon Record Club Listening Party is meant to inform and deepen our understanding of the history of the individual

performers, the songs and the stories that made this iconic album. Conversation will follow. The Caffe’ Lena kitchen will be open for light food and drinks. Alcohol will not be served during this event. A $5 donation is suggested. Donations go to the restoration funds of Caffe Lena and Universal Preservation Hall.

An opening reception will be staged 5- 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16 at Spring Street Gallery for MAKERS 365 - a traveling exhibit featuring photographs by Richard Lovrich.

Art in the Park Exhibit Saturday SARATOGA SPRINGS — More than 50 artists will be IN Congress Park from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday to discuss and sell their original artwork, during Saratoga Arts’ Art in The Park event. Art media includes photography, printmaking, ceramics,

fine art jewelry, and more. This year’s event also includes a Kidz Art Zone with face painting, live music and food vendors. Live music performers include 2 Guys Drumming, Three Quarter North, and Shane Guerrette.

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Week of September 15 – September 21, 2017

Fired Up! at 17th Annual Saratoga Wine & Food Festival Photos by

Chuck, Laura, John and Debbie Macejka at 17th Annual Saratoga Wine & Food Festival and Concours D’Elegance, at SPAC.

Leo and Val, who made the trip to SPAC from New Jersey.

Todd Curro and Marcia Pascuito.

Concours D’Elegance at SPAC.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — At Fired UP! - the kick-off to the weekend’s events at Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Friday, Sept. 8, chefs from the Capital Region’s finest restaurants battled it out for top awards.

Druthers Brewing Company won the “Stella’s People’s Choice Award” and Salt & Char secured the “Judges Choice Award Presented by Certified Angus Beef & Woodford Reserve.” Boston Red Sox legend David

“Big Papi” Ortiz made a special guest appearance at the event in support of his David Ortiz Children’s Fund, which helps to provide children in New England and the Dominican Republic with access to the critical pediatric

services they need. The events raised $5,000 for the fund. The festival continued on Saturday with a signature Grand Tasting and Concours D’Elegance event featuring unparalleled wines, spirits, local foods, and the

region’s top restaurants. In addition, The Saratoga Automobile Museum presented a show of luxury collector cars, including classes of Shelby Cobra, Porsche, Lancia, Maserati, Ferrari, Lamborghini, among others.

Saratoga Peace Week – Full Slate of Events Starts Sept. 21 SARATOGA SPRINGS — The start of Saratoga Peace Week coincides with the UN’s International Day of Peace on Thursday, Sept. 21, concludes Wednesday, Sept. 27 and includes the following events:

Hosted by the Tang and Northshire Bookstore and featuring young adult author Kekla Magoon in a reading and lecture on understanding the impact of race and bias on individuals and communities.

Thursday, Sept. 21: Empty Bowls Luncheon 12:30 – 2 p.m. Saratoga Senior Center, 5 Williams St. $15 donation to benefit dinner program at Saratoga Senior Center and Food Pantry at Franklin Community. Includes a bowl painted by a local artist, soup/ chili, salad, bread, beverage, dessert and live music.

Friday, Sept. 22: Beginning Within: Experience Inner Peace Through Yoga, 7:15 – 8:30 p.m., Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church, 24 Circular St. Restorative yoga.

Kekla Magoon: “Behind the Headlines,” 7 p.m., Gannett Auditorium, Skidmore College.

Saturday, Sept. 23: Kindness Rocks Art Project 10 - 11a.m. Children’s Museum, 69 Caroline St. The Kindness Rocks Project, is a national movement that encourages people to decorate rocks with inspirational messages and leave

them in random public places for people to find. Rocks will be provided, and participants are encouraged to bring their own special rocks with them. Activity free with museum admission. Peace & Kids, 3 - 4 p.m., Saratoga Springs Library. A program of fun, interactive songs and stories for children of all ages with John Farrell - an internationally acclaimed songwriter, author and peace educator. “Teach Our Children Well,” 6 p.m., Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway. Featuring educator and author Karen Gross. Sunday, Sept. 24: Saratoga Peace Fair and Concert Across America

to End Gun Violence. Noon to 4 p.m. at the Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church, 24 Circular St. Live music includes Afro-Latin, reggae, rock, and traditional folks by Taina Asili, Nick Horace, Dan Berggren, Roosevelt, Byron Cortez, Joe Cleveland. The exhibitors present a range of approaches to peace through advocacy, education, sustainable energy, fair trade and non-violence. Monday, Sept. 25: Immigrant Stories: In Their Own Words, 6:30 p.m. at Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St. Sponsored by Saratoga Immigration Coalition. Hear firsthand the joys and struggles of immigrants and their

families in America today. Learn how to support immigrants in our area. Tuesday, Sept. 26: Peace Week Celebration with Returning Peace Corps Volunteers 6 - 8 p.m. Mango Tree Imports. 454 Broadway. Have snacks and chat with Peace Corp Volunteers from the 1960’s to 2016 in a store of free trade goods, founded by Peace Corps volunteers. Wednesday, September 27: “Bowling for Columbine,” 6:30 p.m. Parish Center, Church of Saint Peter, 64 Hamilton St. Film screening, panel discussion. For more information, go to:


Week of September 15 – September 21, 2017

Daily Show Star Coming to Palace ALBANY — Trevor Noah, Star of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” will perform at the Palace Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 9. Show

time is 7 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday, Sept. 15 and are $85, $69.50, $49.50, $39.50 and are available online

at, Ticketmaster. com, the Palace Theatre Box Office, or Charge By Phone at 1-800-745-3000.

week of 9/15-9/21 friday, 9/15: Heather Pierson Trio, 8 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 Jukebox, 10 pm @ Caroline St. Pub — 583.9400 Tambourelli & Her SuperTrips, 8 pm @ Hudson River Music Hall — 832.3484 Mike O’Donnell, 7 pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583.1890 Graeme Francis Trio, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue — 583.2582 Flying Bob, 9 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026 Kino Kimono, Eternal Crimes and DJ Miller, 10 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026 Campo, Oban, Quo!, 8 pm @ Putnam Den — 584.8066 Fenimore Blues, 8 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583.1916 Palehound, 8 pm @ Tang Museum — 580.8080

saturday, 9/16: Blind Crow, 8 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 The Diva Project, 10 pm @ Caroline St. Pub — 583.9400 Jazz Trio Elizabeth Woodbury.Kassius, Bobby Kendall, Mitsuko Suzuki, 7 pm @ Hudson River Music Hall — 832.3484 Nelson Esposito Quintana, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue — 583.2582 Simon Gezus & Friends, 9 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026 Rick Rourke Duo, 8 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583.1916

sunday, 9/17: David Wax Museum, Ciaran Lavery, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 Blue Groove, Jazz Quintet, 3 pm

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thursday, 9/21: Skidmore Small Jazz Ensembles Community Concert, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022

Hot Club of Saratoga, 7 pm @ Mouzon House — 226.0014 Cloud Lifter, 8 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026

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RIDE NEEDED Live @ 9N near Lanie Dr. Need pick up 5:45 a.m. Mon. – Fri. Drop off at Congress Park Bus Stop. Pay $5 per day / $25 per week. Call Tom Porter 518-583-2490.

Privacy Hedges - FALL BLOWOUT SALE 6 ft Arborvitae (Evergreen) Reg $149 Now $75 Beautiful, Nursery Grown. FREE Installation/FREE delivery, Limited Supply! ORDER NOW: 518-536-1367

The Greens at McGregor off Carr Rd., Wilton. Friday, 9/15, Saturday, 9/16. 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Multi-family, great variety of items.

ROOM FOR RENT Looking for someone to share town house on Golf Course in Saratoga $850 per month. Jim, 862-219-3215.

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TREE PLANTERS AND HOSTS NEEDED Be part of a green legacy that will benefit our City for decades to come by volunteering with Sustainable Saratoga’s Urban Forestry Project the morning of October 7, 2017. Volunteers are needed to help plant 26 trees around the City with October 7 being a historic marker of the 200th tree to be planted since our start in 2014. TREE PLANTERS (a great family activity). Join your neighbors, 9 am -12 pm noon, October 7, 2017 to plant trees. You will meet new friends and make a difference by further beautifying our great City. Prior experience not required. TREE HOSTS (get a FREE TREE at your house). Volunteer to host a street tree in front of your house. Enjoy nurturing the young tree for the first two years, with special care taken to water during hot dry spells. Questions email trees@sustainablesaratoga. org Sign up at http://www. treetoga7/




Garage Sale 9/15 and 9/16, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. 7 Kerry Ct. Saratoga, (McGregor Golf Course) Sports Stuff - Yankees, Golf and Horse racing. Good stuff not Junk! Bring Cash! Jim 862-2193215 for details.

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Week of September 15 – September 21, 2017

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Saratoga-Wilton Youth Baseball with Joe Rigabar by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga American Little League and Wilton Youth Baseball have combined their forces to form Saratoga-Wilton Youth Baseball. In October, Interim President, Joe Rigabar, is being sworn in. Originally involved with Saratoga American Little League, as president, after his oldest son Jack began playing t-ball, he approved of the combination of the leagues. “My oldest son started playing t-ball about four years ago when he was five years old and one of my neighbors at the time was the president of the Saratoga American Little League and realizing that his kids were starting to get older and age out of the program, and knowing that I was a baseball guy, he asked me to be a little bit more involved and join the board,” said Rigabar. The two leagues decided to combine about 18 months ago after a decline in numbers in each league, spurring a conversation about dissolving the leagues and then creating a combined one. “There’s a lot of history there that comes from before my involvement in it, but when we started the conversations up again, probably about 18 months ago, it was driven by the declining numbers of kids playing baseball here in Saratoga and Wilton

and while we were still able to produce enough players to have enough teams to have fun. Wilton’s numbers were declining as well and it made all the sense in the world for us to come together and join forces and the result has been incredible. Better than anyone has ever anticipated. In fact, we’re seeing numbers on the rise over the last 18 months and I think there’s excitement over baseball again in Saratoga and Wilton which is great,” Rigabar explained. This merger did not have a significant impact on the different set of rules between the leagues. Wilton has always played Cal Ripken Baseball and Saratoga had a dual-charter with Ripken and Little League but over the years Saratoga American Little League had gravitated more toward the Cal Ripken rules. “As the kids get older, they get to the point where they want to start playing baseball more resembling the game,” Rigabar said. The changes were small after the merger happened. The pitching mound is 50 yards versus 46 yards now, the bases are 70 yards versus 60 yards so it “resembles more to the game of baseball and it was easy for us to come together in terms of rules,” Rigabar clarified. “As we merged, I was very involved with representing Saratoga American Little League and Jared Dinsmore, current president, was the

president of Wilton Youth Baseball and we came together along with a committee and really drove this thing through. We officially merged last fall and there was a discussion around who should be the president. I felt very strongly that Jared should be the president, his son was 12 at the time and so it was his last year playing youth baseball and he had just done a really nice job with the league throughout his tenure there and it was obvious to me that he should be the one to take over that president’s role. Then over the course of the last couple months, after we completed the season, and started thinking about fall ball, he decided to step down,” Rigabar remarked. Aside from being incoming president of the league, Rigabar is also coaching a recreational minors team with some friends and he has coached the all-star team the last few years. Fall Ball started on Sept. 9 and will run for six weeks, through Oct. 14. T-Ball is ages four to six, rookie is ages seven to eight, minors is ages nine to 10, majors is ages 11 through 12, and Babe Ruth is ages 13 – 15. Over 300 kids are playing this fall. Games take place on Saturdays during Fall Ball. “It’s a lot of work and effort and responsibility and it’s also very rewarding to see the league and to be out there on Saturday mornings

A Fall Ball team takes the field. Photo provided by Joe Rigabar.

to walk around and see kids with smiles on their faces. So it has been a very smooth and natural transition as we head into the next year,” Rigabar said confidently. Rigabar played baseball his entire adolescence and through college. “I played little league growing up. My father was the athletic director and varsity baseball coach at my high school so I played throughout high school and went on to college to play at Providence College. I played shortstop,” he explained. Rigabar is a die-hard Yankee fan for life. His father used to take him to games when he was younger and he is to this day, a big Derek Jeter fan. “My fondest memory as a baseball fan is more recent. It’s the opportunity to coach my oldest son Jack and be out on the field

with him and his buddies. That’s what’s most enjoyable for me,” Rigabar said proudly. The league is always looking for coaches and volunteers. Spring ball registration starts in January. The league is not limited to Saratoga Springs and Wilton families; it is open to the surrounding areas as well. Currently, there are players from South Glens Falls, Glens Falls, Hudson Falls, Corinth, and Schuylerville. “It’s really all about having fun, hopefully developing a love for baseball, and teaching fundamentals of the game, and getting them ready for the spring where a lot of kids are moving up a level. Anybody can play, everyone plays equally, and we rotate positions. We keep it fun. If you’re looking to play baseballs, we’d love to have you,” Rigabar said excitedly.



Week of September 15 – September 21, 2017

Local T-Ball Star, Pierce Byrne, Plays at Yankee Stadium by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Pierce Byrne is a 9-year-old with a big love for baseball. His favorite team is The Mets and Giancarlo Stanton, Chris Bryant, and Jose Altuve are his favorite players. “My dad has played catch with me since I was really little. Then when I turned two, I got my first helmet and first real Mets jersey from my aunts and my grandma sent me my first t-ball set from Ohio,” Byrne said. In June, Pierce went to Yankee Stadium after winning an MLB Pitch, Hit, and Run local competition at Gavin Park held by Saratoga-Wilton Youth Baseball. He won three out of the four categories; Pitching, hitting, and overall in the 7/8-year-old group. The National Competition at Yankee Stadium was state level in which he came in second. Had he won first place, he would have advanced to the all-star game. The competition consisted of each kid throwing six pitches and seeing how many strikes they got, hitting a ball off a t and calculating how far and straight it went, and then they ran the bases and calculated the time it took. It was based on a point system and if you came in first, you advanced to the all-star game in Florida. Byrne has competed in

Pierce Byrne in his Pitch, Hit, and Run Competition shirt. Photo provided by Kim Schaffer.

similar competitions, the Elks Hoop Shoot and MLB Home Run Derby. “So I was able to compete at the sectional level that was also held at Gavin Park. Then the champions competition at Yankee Stadium, but only if I had one of the top three overall points for all of the Yankee market which

included New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut,” Byrne said. Byrne is a pitcher, first baseman, third basemen, shortstop, and catcher. He also plays basketball. “Stepping onto the field was unbelievable! It was so much different than being in the stands. There was a crew cleaning and prepping

Pierce with his t-ball bat. Photo provided by Kimberly Schaffer.

the field for the game and for us. There were even bomb sniffing dogs going around the field. When I looked around the stands, it was like a dream come true,” Byrne said of the Yankee Stadium experience. “It was certainly a good competition and Pierce is a fantastic player,” said Steve Kantscheidt, Community Outreach board member of Saratoga-Wilton Youth Baseball.

Byrne was not able to meet any of his heroes at the competition but he did get to see Aaron Judge hit a 459-foot home run. Byrne’s said his favorite thing about baseball is, “playing with my friends, hitting long balls, and throwing strikes.” The thing he looks most forward to about the upcoming season is, “being back on the field.”

Week of September 15 – September 21, 2017

Goat Yoga at Schmaltz Brewing Company

Allie Dockum and Jillian Mayott play with pygmy goats. Photo credit to Saratoga Adventures.

CLIFTON PARK — Saratoga Adventures has teamed up with Schmaltz Brewing Company and Rise Yoga and Movement to kick off their event series “Saratoga Adventure Series with Schmaltz.” Goat Yoga will be the first event in the series, taking place Saturday, Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Schmaltz Brewing Company. The yoga class will take place from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and will feature pigmy goats roaming freely during the yoga to enhance the relaxing experience. There will be a separate fenced in area for kids to play with the goats while the class is in session and the goats will remain on site until 11 a.m. for participants to continue hanging out with after the class. “This idea traveled from the west to here, it came from California, I know Buffalo also did one. One of our partners, Allie Dockum, is an event planner, she owns Life and Love Events, and she heard about this and the brewery was open to it and we thought, ‘what a great thing!’ So we are capping this event at 100 people and we’ve sold half the tickets already,” said Jillian Mayott of Saratoga Adventures. The dwarf pygmy goats are from Into the Woods Farm. These goats are trained and hand-fed, and very friendly. “These goats love people!” said Mayott. It is $30 to attend and that includes the one-hour goat yoga class and a 518 Craft Summer Beer in the tasting room, for those 21 and over. Make sure to bring your own yoga mat, water, and towel. To reserve a spot, visit their Facebook page: SaratogaAdventures and follow the link to this event.

Grand Opening of We Rock the Spectrum Gym BALLSTON SPA — “We Rock the Spectrum is a gym that provides sensory-safe play for kids with autism, special needs, and neurotypical development,” said the official statement. The gym opens on Saturday, Sept. 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with the grand opening being a celebratory day of fun with local vendors, sensory-safe activities, raffles, food, and more. Contact Renee Smith at

Suburban Field Hockey League SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga played Bethlehem on Friday, Sept. 8, winning five to two. At halftime, Saratoga had three and Bethlehem had two. Sara Phillips scored, with help from Erin McCarthy and Jessie House, Emily Leonard from Lindsey Frank, and Lindsey Frank on her own. From Bethlehem, Bryan Jones scored from Sophia DeFrancesco and Gabrielle Shaver from Sophia DeFrancesco. In the second half, Jessie House and Erin McCarthy from Grace Ziehnert scored from Saratoga. Saratoga Goalie Renee Banagan had one save and Bethlehem had six saves. Saratoga had 16 corners and Bethlehem had two. Saratoga took 15 shots and Bethlehem took three.

Schuylerville Girls Soccer vs. Queensbury SCHUYLERVILLE — Schuylerville beat Queensbury 2

SPORT BRIEFS to 0 on Saturday, Sept. 9. In the first half, after a Queensbury foul from 25 yards out, Amy Moreau sent her kick to the far post. Emily Vallee rushed to the ball and that caused the ball to bank in off the Queensbury Defender. In the second half, Cassie Patrick had a goal with the assist from Emily Vallee. Lily Buck from Queensbury had seven saves and Caitlin Kelleher from Schuylerville had nine saves. Queensbury had four corner kicks and Schuylerville had 0.

Saratoga Central Catholic Saints vs. Hoosic Valley Indians Volleyball SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saints are the defending cochampions of The Wasaren League. During their first match on Friday, Sept. 8 hosting the Indians, they defeated them 3 to 1. Elise Browell had 13 service points, three aces, and 20 assists. Ani Crocker had 11 service points, seven aces, and seven digs. Grace Fornabia had 14 service points, four aces, 17 kills, and 25 digs. Grace O’Rielly had 10 service points, three aces, and five digs for the Saints. Annie Phillips had 9 kills and two aces. Nikki Schaffer had 14 service points, three aces, and five kills. Sara Pipino had 15 service points, three aces, and 10 assists for the Indians.

Ballston Spa vs. Troy Soccer BALLSTON SPA — Troy went to Ballston Spa and started quick, scoring twice in the first two minutes. Kevin Vargas (Troy) scored both times for Troy. Mickey

45 Robyck (Ballston Spa) made their first goal off a throw in by Jake Durfee. Thomas Gentile (Ballston Spa) tied the game with help from Ian DeFippilis. Gentile scored again for Ballston Spa with an assist from Nick Sienzanga, winning the game 3 to 2.

Ballston vs. Colonie Soccer BALLSTON SPA — Colonie visited Ballston Spa Tuesday, Sept. 12, with Ballston Spa taking the win 1 to 0. Mike Robyck scored the goal off an assist from Ryan Blair.

Schuylerville Girls Soccer vs. Hudson Falls SCHUYLERVILLE — Schuylerville defeated Hudson Falls 8 to 0. Amy Moreau had three goals and one assist, Emily Vallee had two goals and three assists, Cassie Patrick had two goals, and Jessica White had two assists. Caitlin Kelleher posted her fifth shut-out, making four saves in the process. Abra LaFountaine of Hudson Falls made several saves in her goal.

Women’s Basketball Official’s 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

Saratoga Horses versus New York State Troopers Gray Riders SARATOGA SPRINGS — On September 16 the Horses play the Gray Riders at East Side Rec. This is a double header with the first game scheduled to start at 11:00 a.m. and all proceeds of this game will benefit Saratoga County Sheriff ’s Deputy Andrew Gravelle. Deputy Gravelle has recently been diagnosed with cancer and is currently undergoing treatment. Also for sale will be a Saratoga Horses Strikeout Cancer shirt for $15 with a portion of the proceeds also benefitting Deputy Gravelle.



Week of September 15 – September 21, 2017

COMMUNITY SPORTS BULLETIN Seventh Annual Cystic Fibrosis Cycle for Life SARATOGA COUNTY — On Sunday, Sept. 11 at 7:30 a.m. at the Saratoga Polo Field in Greenfield Center join the Saratoga CF Cycle for Life to support the fight to find a cure for cystic fibrosis. The fundraising minimum is $150, if you raise more you’ll earn prizes. Register at www.fightcf. or call Kate Quinn 518453-3583 with any inquiries.

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West Mountain Happenings GLENS FALLS — Get your 2017/2018 season passes at a discounted rate until midnight Sept. 30. On Friday, Oct. 6 through Sunday, Oct. 8 and Friday, Oct. 13 through Sunday, Oct. 15 West Mountain will be holding their third annual Fall Festival. Free admission includes a haunted hayride, which is family-friendly during the day and scary after dark and live music. For more West Mountain information, visit

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BALLSTON SPA — This 5K will take place Saturday, Sept. 9 starting with the first wave at 8:30 a.m. and the last wave at 11:00 a.m. at Ellms Family Farm in Ballston Spa. Registration starts at $49 per person and includes the obstacle course, a bib number, a wristband with the corresponding start time, and a finishers t-shirt and medal.

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 to see schedules at all branches.

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GANSEVOORT — Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park will meet Monday once a month at 11:00 a.m. beginning Sept. 18 for their nature walks. It is light exercise and geared for people at basic fitness levels. To register, please call 518-450-0321.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Bike Bingo is like regular bingo, you get stamps, work for five in a row and win prizes when you get a bingo. In order to get the stamps, you have to ride your bike. Area businesses and locations are the destinations to ride to in order to receive the stamps necessary. They will

also be providing the winner prizes. Prizes include gift cards, candy, ice cream, and many more things donated by local businesses. Cards are only $2 each and are available Wednesday and Saturday at the Saratoga Farmer’s Market, or every day at a number of different local businesses. For more information and a list of places to pick up your bingo cards, visit bicyclebenefitssaratoga or email

Fall Turkey Trot 10K/5K MALTA — Fleet Feet Sports will launch their fall 5K and 10K training programs in Sept. Sponsored by Adidas, the programs combine twice-weekly coached group sessions. In Saratoga County, the first workout will be Thursday, Sept. 21 at 5:45 p.m. in the Spa State Park. Group runs will be held on Thursdays at 5:45 p.m. and Sunday mornings at 8:00 a.m. until Thanksgiving. Registration fees are $100 (beginner 5K) and $125 (advanced 5K/10K). For more information, visit www. and click Training Programs.

Saratoga Springs Recreation Department Fall Field Hockey League SARATOGA SPRINGS — Starting September 13 through October 21 the rec center will host a fall field

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hockey league. Practices will be Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and scrimmages will be Saturdays from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please provide your own stick, water, shin guards, and mouth guard. Early-bird registration fee is $50, increasing to $75 after September 5. Contact the recreation department at 518-587-3550 ext 2300 or recreservations@ with any questions.

Saratoga Springs Figure Skating Club Open House SARATOGA SPRINGS The Saratoga Spring Figure Skating Club is hosting their open house on Sunday, Sept. 17 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for those interested in learning more about figure skating. There will be demonstrations of the different types of figure skating and the opportunity to skate, come at 4:00 p.m. if you plan to take to the ice. Skate rentals are $4. This event will be at Saratoga Springs Vernon Rink on Weibel Avenue. Email Rachel@saratogalearntoskate. com for more information. Register now for Learn to Skate classes this fall on Sundays from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Fall session number one runs from September 24 through October 29, session number two runs from November 5 through December 17.

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

Recreation Department Youth Boxing SARATOGA SPRINGS — Starting September 11 through October 16 the recreation department will have a youth boxing class on Mondays 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This is a non contact clinic that will teach proper boxing techniques and conditioning. Contact the Recreation Department at (518) 587-3550 x2300 or with questions and registration fee information.

Week of September 15 – September 21, 2017


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health reasons, I wanted to take up a sport that was vigorous in the weight room and cardio and physical activity. I did play sports all my life but never through the school so they were never that challenging. I just wanted some kind of crazy goal that I could reach and football was it.” Coach Jones said that there is no real difference between her and her fellow male team members. “The only difference is she changes in the locker room across the hall from the rest of the guys. Other than that, there’s no difference. She’s not treated differently at practice; she doesn’t expect to be treated any differently. She’s not treated any differently in the weight room, either. The team has been very open and accepting and I guess the biggest difference, is when I say ‘alright guys let’s go,’ obviously I mean everybody. She just laughs and goes ‘I know,’” Jones explained. Cumming said her biggest obstacle is the fact that she’s completely new to football. She played soccer her whole life but “kicking a soccer ball is much different from kicking a football. So, it’s just trying to get better at that throughout the whole season. It’s a work in progress,” she said. Her biggest achievement so far has been in the weight room. “Seeing your numbers increase in there and seeing it pay off on the field is amazing,” Cumming said. Jones agrees, “It’s a long process to be the backup kicker, which she is right now, but she doesn’t complain, not a word. She comes to work every day and works hard every day, works to get better every day, and she has gotten better. She’s gotten stronger, her endurance and her abilities when she does kick. They’ve all improved. She’s

Cumming practices kicking during practice. Photo by Lori Mahan.

stronger in the weight room. She was saying she thinks she’s in the best shape of her life. She’s made a lot of new friends and gained a lot of respect of a lot of people.” The coaches and teammates immediately embraced Cumming, “We’re just one big family, we all work together, and we’re all just trying to get to the same place,” Cumming said. “Every year during the preseason we have an event called Meet the Players Night where we bring in the teams and they’re introduced in front of family and friends for the first time in their uniform. I’ve been at Saratoga since 1999 as an assistant and I’ve been the head coach since 2007, and I’ve never seen a player get an ovation from the entire crowd, but she did this year,” Jones laughed. Cumming on the team has definitely sparked the school body’s interest, but not in a negative way. “A lot of people ask me about it, they’re curious which I understand. A lot of people say ‘hi, good luck at the game! What time is practice until tonight?’ They’re very interested,” Cumming explained. When asked if she would continue the sport in college she wasn’t sure. “I haven’t really decided yet, I think it would be cool to take it

on as a club sport in college but I am definitely going to be an avid watcher throughout the rest of my life,” Cumming said. The Seahawks are her favorite football team. As with any team sport, there is a magic that happens between a team who are all on board with the same goal. “Before our first game in Niskayuna, there was this whole energy that I feel like you couldn’t find anywhere else. It was really cool just to see the teammates light up and realize that this is our time to really just prove ourselves on the field,” Cumming explained with a sparkle in her eyes. “She’s very well liked by the players, I think she’s very

The new number 44 in her uniform. Photo by Lori Mahan.

well respected by the players for how hard she works out there,” Jones wrapped up. One thing is certain, Sequoia

Cumming is the first female football player in the last 18 years, and that is certainly something to be proud of.


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