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LOCAL • INDEPENDENT • FREE Volume 11  •  Issue 37  •  September 22 – September 28, 2017 • (518) 581-2480

The Saratoga Building Boom:

Too Much of a Good Thing, or Simply According to Plan? by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY

Depicted at right, proposal of one of two new six-story hotels on Washington St.

Saratogian Inducted Into NYS Baseball Hall of Fame

To maintain and promote the “City in the Country” form that includes an intensively developed urban core, an economically vibrant central business district, and residential neighborhoods with well-defined urban edges and an outlying area of rural character. - Saratoga Springs Comprehensive Plan, adopted by the City Council June 16, 2015. Ever since Gideon Putnam began his early 19th century buildup in what would later become the

downtown core, there has been an ebb and flow to the architectural terrain of Saratoga Springs. Putnam’s original boarding house would give way to Union Hall and the Grand Union Hotel, and soon be joined in close geographic proximity by the massive structures of Congress Hall and the United States Hotel. The arrival of the steam locomotive in the 1830s made it easier for visitors to come to the then-village, and the first public street lighting with gas went up in 1853. By See Boom pg. 9

Hospital Creates New Addiction Team by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY

Coach Mound on the field last season.

See Baseball pg. 43

The Saratoga Community Health Center on Hamilton Street. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — For months, three doctors in the Saratoga Hospital Medical Group have been leading a team of medical professionals who are determined to offer solutions for the problem of drug addiction in local communities. The team operates a new program out of the Saratoga See Hospital pg. 11

Winners! See pgs. 18-26

Inside TODAY Blotter 5 Obituaries 6 Business 14-15 Education 16-17 Arts and Entertainment 36-39

Sports 42-47


Neighbors: Snippets of Life from Your Community

Week of September 22 – September 28, 2017

Who: Jennifer Rose. Where: Saratoga Bridges. Q. What do you do? A. I’m a Direct Support Professional and work with people with physical and/or intellectual disabilities. Q. How long have you been working at Saratoga Bridges? A. I started just over a year ago. Q. What’s your day like? A. I work w/ people with disabilities. We read and do math problems. We deliver hot lunches to people with Meals on Wheels. Today we’re going to the YMCA Jennifer Rose. Photo provided. to do some exercise work on the track, and return recyclables. We do a lot of recycling. Q. Saratoga Bridges celebrated Direct Support Professionals week this month. What is the purpose of DSP week? A. I think it is to be there to help someone who may need a little extra assistance. To try and put a smile on someone's face when they might not be in a good mood. Being there to talk to them when they need someone to talk to. Helping an individual to achieve their short-term or long-term goals. Overall just being a friend to the individuals someone they can count on and look up to. Q. What did you want to grow up to be when you were a kid? A. A teacher. My aunt is a teacher and I wanted to follow in her footsteps. Q. Where do you get your inspiration? A. My son. Every day he makes me want to be a better person. Q. What is your favorite movie? A. Water for Elephants. Q. Who would play you in a movie about your life? A. Natalie Portman. Q. What do you see yourself doing in the future? A. I definitely want to be doing something in this field - working with people with disabilities. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

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Week of September 22 – September 28, 2017


Giant PumpkinFest This Weekend at Sunnyside Gardens

A view of the 2016 festival. Photo provided.

by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — “You just can’t imagine how big they are until you see it.” That is how Ned Chapman, the longtime owner of Sunnyside Gardens, described the oversized pumpkins that will be delivered to his property later this week from farms across New York and even from neighboring states. On Wednesday, Chapman was all smiles in anticipation of hosting his second annual Saratoga Giant PumpkinFest, which runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday. Chapman explained that an acquaintance had encouraged him to host the 2016 pumpkin festival after a similar event was canceled previously in Cooperstown. He was not

expecting such a large turnout of pumpkin fans. “I had no idea what we were getting into,” Chapman said. “We were hoping for 1,000 and 6,000 showed up.” Last year’s giant pumpkins were grown in New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Vermont and elsewhere. When asked how farmers manage to grow them so large, Chapman joked that their methods are “top secret.” This year, Chapman said he is expecting more than 50 giant pumpkin growers to submit entries for the contest, which offers several thousand dollars in prizes for the winners as judged by pumpkin weight. The largest three entries may be close to 2,000 pounds. The event at Sunnyside Gardens has been organized

both years through the efforts of Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce President Todd Shimkus. “He’s working hard on it,” Chapman said. Other sponsors of the Saratoga PumpkinFest include the Adirondack Trust Company, Stewart’s Shops, Saratoga Honda, Dunkin’ Donuts, Farm Easy Credit, Shelby’s Four Corner Diner, Wallace Organic Wonder, Farm Family, Roohan Realty and more. Visitors also will be able to enjoy hayrides, cider doughnuts and pumpkin ice cream courtesy of Stewart’s, according to a statement released for the Sept. 23 event. For more information, visit the website

The main pumpkin patch at Sunnyside Gardens. Photo by Larry Goodwin.



Retirement Workshop Set MALTA — Retirement Solutions will be presenting a free Social Security information workshop at the Round Lake Library Malta Branch for pre-retirees age 55 and older at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 26. Today’s baby boomers can expect to spend more time in retirement given increased life expectancies. As a result, claiming one’s Social Security benefits is no longer a simple decision. For many retirees and their spouses, taking the time to properly evaluate this important financial decision can be a major step toward a

more comfortable retirement. Topics covered include the best time to claim benefits; how much money one can earn before getting penalized; survivor benefits; recent changes in legislation and how they will impact benefits; avoiding frequent claiming mistakes; and why Social Security is crucial to women. The workshop is open to the public. There is no cost to attend. Advanced registration is required. Light refreshments will be served. To RSVP, please contact the library at 518- 682-2495.

In Memory of Connor September 21 marks 10 years since our son Connor LaFrance passed away. We would like to thank our family, friends and the entire community for the outpouring of love, support and friendship that we have received over the past 10 years. We are blessed to have called Connor our son and are blessed to have been in such a supportive community with many people reaching out to help in our time of grief. We are closing down Connor’s Foundation and are proud to say that we awarded close to $100,000 to local student athletes since its inception.

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Mango Tree Imports to Honor Peace Corps Volunteers SARATOGA SPRINGS — Mango Tree Imports, a global fair-trade gift shop, invites the public to a reception in honor of area Peace Corps volunteers on Tuesday, Sept. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the store. It is located in the Saratoga Marketplace at 454 Broadway. The event is part of Peace Week activities in Saratoga Springs. “My husband’s experience in Botswana and our subsequent travels to Paraguay, where we both taught for several years, helped shape our understanding of the connection between peace and fair trade,” notes Kim Andersen, who owns the store with her husband Chris. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Botswana from 1988 to 1991. “We like to host the Peace Corps alumni in the store where they can share their experiences against the backdrop of fair trade products from many of the countries in which they served,” Andersen added. While the event is not sponsored by the Peace Corps organization, the Andersens invite the public—particularly people who may be interested in joining the Peace Corps—to attend the reception and learn more. They anticipate hosting volunteers

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who served in regions such as Eastern Europe, Africa and Latin America. The members of the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Northeast New York educate and inform people in the United States about the countries in which they volunteered. According to the Andersens, fair trade is an important contributor to world peace, as it changes the economic outlook of the working poor and can sometimes stabilize social structures. Fair trade supports artisans and farmers from developing regions of the world who are socially and economically marginalized, helping them find markets and customers for their goods. Fair trade also requires prompt and fair payment; honors the rights

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of children; ensures safe working conditions; respects different cultures; and cultivates environmental stewardship. Mango Tree Imports has been a member of the Fair Trade Federation since 2007. It offers unique gifts from over 60 developing countries, creating an appealing international marketplace. Some of the items the store carries include carved soapstone from Kenya; intricate metal wall art from Haiti; colorful handwoven baskets from Guatemala, Uganda, Ghana, and Bangladesh; a large selection of jewelry; and glowing floor lamps from the Philippines. For more information, call 518-584-2646 or visit



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Week of September 22 – September 28, 2017

COURT Robert M. Herring Jr., 52, of Ballston Spa, was sentenced Sept. 8 to 3-1/2 years in state prison, after pleading to two felony counts criminal sale of a controlled substance in Saratoga Springs. Morgan C. McKinnon-Burgess, 20, of Saratoga, pleaded Sept. 8 to felony forgery. Sentencing scheduled Nov. 2. Paula A. Watts, 35, of Saratoga Springs, pleaded Sept. 8 to aggravated felony DWI. Sentencing scheduled Nov. 8. Sarah J. Wendell, 40, of Greenfield Center, pleaded Sept. 8 to felony DWAI. Sentencing scheduled Nov. 17. Rafael Brito, 21, of Ballston Spa, was sentenced Sept. 11 to 1-3 years state prison, after pleading to failure to register as a sex offender, a felony. Ezekiel J. West, 24, of Schenectady, pleaded Sept. 11 to attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony. Sentencing scheduled Nov. 6. Jennifer C. Jenkins, of Schuylerville. was sentenced Sept. 12 to five years of probation, after pleading to felony DWI, in Saratoga Springs. Jonathan J. Cyphers, 37, of Ballston Spa, was sentenced Sept. 12 to four years state prison, after pleading to felony burglary, in Greenfield. Ryan P. Bussey, 39, of Waterford, was sentenced Sept. 13 to time served and five years of probation, after pleading to making a terroristic threat. Colin R. Murphy, 27, of Saratoga Springs, was sentenced Sept. 12 to three years in state prison, after pleading to felony attempted criminal possession of a weapon, in Saratoga Springs. Edward J. Jones, 37, of Saratoga, was sentenced Sept. 13 to four years in state prison, after pleading to second degree rape.

Robert H. Costanzo, 47, of Staten Island, was sentenced Sept. 13 to seven years in state prison, after pleading to felony burglary, in Saratoga Springs.

POLICE Chad M. Cruger, age 18, Saratoga Springs, was charged on Sept. 14 with criminal possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, obstructing governmental administration. Corey E. McCann, age 20, Amsterdam, was charged on Sept. 14 with criminal impersonation. Justin N. Ware, age 25, Troy, was charged on Sept. 14 with stalking, unlawful, assault, obstruction of breathing/ blood-apply pressure. Ashley J. Hayes, age 29, Johnstown, was charged on Sept. 13 with petit larceny. John T. Reid, age 27, Fort Edward, was charged on Sept. 13 with misdemeanor DWI, speeding. Amanda L. Hatalski, age 37, Saratoga Springs, was charged on Sept. 12 with two counts endangering the welfare of a child, obstruction of breathing/blood-apply pressure. Amanda L. Fitzgerald, age 25, Ballston Spa, was charged on Sept. 12 with aggravated unlicensed operation, fail to obey traffic control device, operate motor vehicle by unlicensed driver, operating out of class. Ben S. Joseph, age 34, Brooklyn, was charged on Sept. 12 with menacing. Michael J. Stone, age 63, Ballston Spa, was charged on Sept. 11 with public lewdness. Tyler E. Smith, age 17, Salem, was charged on Sept. 11 with assault. Brian W. Martin, age 32, Clifton Park, was charged on Sept. 11 with criminal mischief.

BLOTTER 5 Jessica A. Mancinone, age 37, Middle Grove, was charged on Sept. 11 with fail to obey traffic control device, misdemeanor DWI, refuse pre-screen test, criminal possession of a controlled substance, aggravated misdemeanor DWI. Zackery H. Shippee, age 21, Corinth, was charged on Sept. 10 with aggravated unlicensed operation, failed to stop at stop sign. Athena M. Dilorenzo-Ryan, age 35, Saratoga Springs, was charged on Sept. 10 with assault, two counts endangering the welfare of a child, petit larceny. Gary A. Sanders, age 53, Brant Lake, was charged on Sept. 8 with operating motor vehicle impaired by drugs, registration plate display violation, criminal possession of a controlled substance. David L. Maslanka, age 68, Bolton Landing, was charged on Sept. 8 with grand larceny /credit card- felony.

Erin R. Madden, age 24, Greenfield Center, was charged on Sept. 8 with misdemeanor DWI, speeding, aggravated unlicensed operation.

Corinne M. Calkins, age 31, Saratoga Springs, was charged on Sept. 6 with aggravated unlicensed operation.

William C. Cooper, age 46, Schenectady, was charged on Sept. 7 with petit larceny.

Shannon M. Fontes-Page, age 47, Saratoga Springs, was charged on Sept. 5 with petit larceny.

Zachary T. McCoy, age 25, Albany, was charged on Sept. 7 with harassment - physical contact. Annemarie Brignoni, age 38, Saratoga Springs, was charged on Sept. 6 with aggravated unlicensed operation, no/ expired inspection certificate, operating unregistered motor vehicle on highway.

Nathan A. Belanger, age 39, Charlton, was charged on Sept. 5 with assault /intent physical injury. Tony A. Deloatch, age 25, Saratoga Springs was charged on Sept. 4 with aggravated unlicensed operation.

6 Shirley A. Cortelyou LAKE LUZERNE — Shirley A. Cortelyou died September 15, 2017. A Celebration of Life service will be at 4:00pm Saturday, September 23, Presbyterian New England Congregational Church, 24 Circular Street, Saratoga Springs. Arrangements are under the direction of the Burke Funeral Home, North Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Please visit at

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Week of September 22 – September 28, 2017

Thomas McNamara

Sandra Coons

James Smeltzer Jr.

Hannelori Kano

SARATOGA SPRINGS - Thomas Vincent McNamara passed away at the age of 87 on September 18th, 2017. Thomas (“Tiv”) was born on December 27, 1929 in Kilrush, County Clare, Ireland. The family wishes to thank all those who cared for Tom during his time at the Wesley Health Care Center. In lieu of flowers, please plant a tree or grow a garden in Tom’s memory.

Sandra Coons, age 80, silently closed the door of life and departed from us on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. She was born on September 2, 1937 in Amsterdam, NY. At the family’s request, there will be no calling hours or service at this time. If you wish to express your online condolences or view the Obituary, please visit our website at www.

MALTA — James E. Smeltzer Jr., age 33, has silently closed the door of life and departed from us on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at Saratoga Hospital surrounded by his loving family following a hard battle with cancer. He was born on May 27, 1984 in Portsmouth, VA, the son of Michele Smeltzer and James E. Smeltzer Sr.. If you wish to express your online condolences or view the Obituary, please visit our website at www.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Hannelori Kano, age 74, passed away at home on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. She was born on December 16, 1942 in Munich, Germany. If you wish to express your online condolences or view the Obituary, please visit our website at www.

Robert Paskiewicz WILTON — Robert “Bob” Paskiewicz, 75, passed away peacefully with his family by his side. Survived by his loving wife Cheryl; children Laurie Martin, Maryann Pallozzi, Donald Reisinger and Kevin Romines and his loving grandchildren. At the families request there will be no calling ours or service.

Harry Bayer GANSEVOORT — Harry V. Bayer, age 86, passed away on Friday, September 1, 2017 peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on March 25, 1931 in Brooklyn, New York, the son of the late Joseph Bayer and Gertrude Ward Bayer. If you wish to express your online condolences or view the Obituary, please visit our website at www.

Grace Gonzalez SARATOGA SPRINGS — Grace Gonzalez, age 85, passed away on Wednesday, September 7, 2017 peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born on August 16, 1932 in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. If you wish to express your online condolences or view the Obituary, please visit our website at www.

John McElroy WILTON — John McElroy, age 90, passed away at home on Thursday, September 14, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. He was born on August 5, 1927 in Coudersport, PA. At the family’s request, there will be no calling hours or service. If you wish to express your online condolences or view the Obituary, please visit our website at www.

Week of September 22 – September 28, 2017


Hospital Gift Shop Volunteers Celebrate 20 Years by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Customers in the Saratoga Hospital Gift Shop this weekend are bound to find cheerful women promoting 20 percent discounts, which are being offered to mark the shop’s nearly 20 years of existence. During a monthly meeting of the Gift Shop Steering Committee on Tuesday, volunteer Yolanda Paolicelli reported that she ranks at the top of the list in hours worked over the course of 20 years, having put in 26,000 hours. Manager Grace Rosse, who has 30 years of experience in the city’s retail market, and Vicki Milstein are the only two paid staff of about 20 people in the gift shop. The others belong to the Saratoga Hospital Volunteer Guild, which has about 250 members in total, says Director of Volunteer Services Betsy St. Pierre. The committee ladies agreed that hospital employees “are our best customers.” The gift shop started out in the late 1990s in cramped quarters. The

steering committee members praised volunteer Patricia Cross for working “tirelessly” 10 years ago to advocate for a larger space near the main lobby, which is accessible from the hospital’s Church Street entrance. Cross, who shares with Rosse a retail background in the city, also arranges displays on the gift shop’s racks and shelves and handles the overall design. All proceeds from gift shop sales—as well as from sales at Treasure’s Boutique on West Avenue—are managed by the Saratoga Hospital Volunteer Guild for the support of numerous annual donations, explained the steering committee ladies. Paolicelli pointed out that includes five $1,500 scholarships awarded to high school students throughout the Capital Region each year who can prove they are serious about “going into the medical field.” The gift shop discounts are effective through Sunday, Sept. 24, according to Rosse. Its hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 12 to 4 p.m. on weekends.

The Saratoga Hospital Gift Shop Steering Committee (left to right): Grace Rosse, Patricia Cross, Noreen Wade, Yolanda Paolicelli, Vicki Milstein and Anne Hunscher. Photo by Larry Goodwin.



Week of September 22 – September 28, 2017

The Curious History of the Commission Form of Government Saratoga Springs is one of only 2 cities in New York and one of only 28 midsized cities in the country with the commission form of government. On Nov. 7, Saratoga Springs voters will have the opportunity to decide whether to retain the 102-yearold system or adopt a new one. To better understand our system, it is worth delving into the curious history of the commission system. The commission form of city government originated in Galveston, Texas, in 1901, after a disastrous hurricane and tidal wave. Fearful that the city might never recover under the leadership of the incumbent city council, a group of wealthy businessmen known as the Deep Water Committee devised a plan to have the governor appoint a commission to govern the city

during the rebuilding period. To appease critics who contended that appointed government was undemocratic, the plan was altered to provide for direct election of two of the five commissioners. Galveston’s seeming success inspired Houston to adopt the plan in 1905. Dallas, Fort Worth, El Paso, Denison and Greenville followed in 1907. By then referred to as the Texas Idea, the commission plan started to receive national attention and be viewed as a progressive reform. Des Moines, Iowa, was the first city outside Texas to adopt the commission plan. The Des Moines version of the commission form included nonpartisan balloting, merit selection of employees, and the directdemocracy devices of initiative, referendum and recall. Usually

supported by chambers of commerce and other business groups, the commission plan spread rapidly from 1907 to 1920. In this period, about 500 cities adopted commission charters, including Saratoga Springs in 1915. Leading Progressives of the time, including Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, endorsed the plan. Under the commission plan, the voters in citywide elections elect a small commission of between 3-9 members. Each commissioner heads a department. The commissioners perform executive duties for their departments and meet as a commission to pass ordinances and make policy decisions. The form represented a dramatic break from traditional American constitutional theory. By combining the executive and legislative

authority in individual commissions, it abandoned the traditional checks and balances. Second, instead of having a single executive, like a president, governor or mayor, it divided the executive powers for overseeing departments into multiple commissioners. It was created by Progressives “with the best of intentions” and was viewed as a “laudable experiment,” said Jim Nowlan, a senior fellow at the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois. Initially, it was seen as a means of diluting the concentration of power in a single elected official (the mayor) and promoting specialization in office. Advocates of the commission form argued that because power is concentrated in one set of individuals, decisions can be made quicker without all the “checks and balances” that typically delay action in the other structures. Advocates touted the simple organizational structure to this form of government—policy decisions are directly and swiftly implemented—no “middle men” to work around or through. However, enthusiasm for the commission system was short lived. A number of early adopting, large cities, such as Berkeley, San Diego, Wichita, Denver, Nashville, Knoxville, Lowell and Sacramento, abandoned the commission form of government within 10 years of adopting it. Rather than allowing a city to make quicker decisions, cities found there was often deadlock and inaction with each commissioner acting in the narrow interests of their own department, rather than the city government as a whole. The commission form of government encouraged departmental parochialism, making general administrative reorganization difficult to achieve. “The commission government normally assigns functions of the city to individual commissioners. Then, they kind of set up their own little fiefdom around their function,” said John Hamman, a professor of political science at Southern Illinois University. The absence of checks and balances resulted in the commission forms of government being “known for their corruption,” said Hamman. The commission form of government was inefficient in controlling spending. Budgets are often not scrutinized between commissioners because that only leads to

retaliation among members. Rivalry and lack of cooperation developed between the commissioners. Budget decisions were decided by logrolling between commissioners. Spending for one commissioner could only be increased if spending in another commissioner’s department decreased. Reorganizing personnel or duties to achieve efficiency proved extremely difficult to achieve as no commissioners wanted to lose power. Cities also found that having multiple executives rather than a single executive authority hindered effective leadership. The commission form confused responsibility and scattered control between the commissioners as a body and as individuals. City employees sometimes engaged actively in politics on behalf of favorite department heads. A coordinating official such as a mayor or manager was felt to be necessary to provide administrative direction and accountability. Finally, voters rarely took administrative skills and background into account when electing the commissioners. Commissioners chosen by the voters all too often lacked experience and competence for administrative work. After World War I, the councilmanager system replaced the commission form as the preferred choice for municipal reformers. Since 1915, the Model City Charter, a set of best practices in municipal governances drafted by the National Civic League, has recommended this councilmanager form of government. The fundamental principle of the model is that all powers of the city be vested in a popularly elected council that appoints a professional manager who is continuously responsible to and removable by the council. The council-manager system is the most widely used governmental structure in American cities. In 1960, Galveston abandoned its own child in favor of a council-manager system. In 1950 Des Moines scrapped it in favor of the council-manager system. From a peak in 1917 of about 500, the number of commission cities has dwindled to only 28 today. Currently, Saratoga Springs (pop. 27,763) and Mechanicville (pop. 5,196) are the last two commission forms of government in New York. Bob Turner Associate professor of political science at Skidmore College and chair of the Saratoga Springs Charter Review Commission

Week of September 22 – September 28, 2017


The Saratoga Building Boom: Too Much of a Good Thing, or Simply According to Plan? Continued from front page.

century’s end, Broadway boasted the Collamer and Ainsworth buildings, Town Hall, Convention Hall, and the Adelphi and Van Dam hotels; John Morrissey operated a clubhouse in Congress Park, and the racecourse dominated the summer season on the east side of town. “In the older pictures, when you look down Broadway you can see it was built-up on both sides,” says Saratoga Springs City Historian Mary Ann Fitzgerald. “We lost some to fires and some to Urban Renewal. These buildings come and go through years.” The wrecking ball also played a deconstructive role. However, even as the effects of Urban Renewal were being realized in the mid-1960s, the new Northway afforded motorists an easier passage to Saratoga Springs, just as the Saratoga Performing Arts Center was opening its doors. Placing recent development in historical context, Fitzgerald says things today are not much different than what they were a century ago. “To me (the current build) is reminiscent of what once was,” she says, “filling in gaps and bringing things back closer to the scale of what we once had.” Some current projects, both proposed and those in development, are listed below. The landscape is varied and includes hotels and condominiums, rental and purchase properties, retail storefronts to business offices. Some are targeted to address the “affordable” or “workforce” housing market. A. South Broadway/ Saratoga Diner site. Located on the west side of Broadway. Proposed: Demolition of the long-standing Saratoga Diner on South Broadway and construction of approximately 110 single and twobedroom “affordable” apartment units, two floors of commercial space, and a new business incubator collaboratively partnered by Saratoga Economic Development Corporation and Saratoga CoWorks. The project at the southern gateway to the city would include 46 one-bedroom units and 64 twobedroom units, 7,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor, 4,000 square feet of service establishment space and a 7,500 square-foot food beverage or brew pub, which

will act as a visible anchor on South Broadway. Streetscape improvements include street lamps, landscaping, and a total of 273 parking spaces for resident and commercial parking uses. The second floor will house 17,000 square feet of commercial space where two new tenants are expected to join SEDC’s 10,000 square foot “incubator,” a flexible coworking space to be inhabited by a rotating group of entrepreneurs and early-stage growth business teams. The majority of the rental units would be offered to those earning between 60 and 100 percent of the AMI - a $50,400 to $84,000 range - while 14 units would be offered at a “fair-market rent” to military veterans. Construction is anticipated to begin next spring and the buildings fully operational by the summer of 2019. B. 146 South Broadway. Located on east side of Broadway. Proposed: Demolition of a single-story traditional fast food space and construction of a two-story mixed-use building. Restaurant and professional office space on the ground floor, four apartment units on the second floor. C. Adelphi Hotel, Broadway. The Adelphi Hotel, first opened in 1877, is anticipated to reopen this month. Features 32 rooms, a ballroom, and three restaurants: Salt & Char (already open), Morrissey’s, and the Blue Hen. D. Adelphi Hotel – New Hotel, 19-23 Washington St. Proposed: A new six-story Hotel and Spa that will physically connect to, although be operated independently of, the Adelphi Hotel. Features: spa with an indoor swimming pool on the first floor, and 50 rooms on floors two through six. E. Rip Van Dam – New Hotel, 351 Broadway/ 7 Washington St. Proposed: A new six-story Boutique Hotel. Features: swimming pool and restaurant on the top floor and 152 rooms in all, located behind the four-story Van Dam hotel and the Starbucks café on Broadway. Additional plans for a parking garage on Hamilton Street that will serve hotel guests and workers, as well as 40 spaces designated for Palio employees. Public parking may also be offered “as capacity allows,” according to documents submitted to the city.

The Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation this week expressing concerns regarding the mass, height and design of both the proposed new structures, and has invited residents to share their thoughts with the organization at:, “These are two large projects essentially adjacent to each other and I think people should be aware of that changing streetscape on Washington Street,” said Samantha Bosshart, executive director of the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation. F. Universal Preservation Hall, Washington Street. Historic building on Washington Street constructed in 1871 will undergo renovation and reopen in early 2019 as an acoustically perfect theater-in-the-round experience with a capacity of 700-plus people. The upgraded venue will feature new heating and air conditioning systems, a kitchen, an elevator and new light and sound fixtures with acoustic treatments. New entry doors will be set on the building’s Broadway facing-side to provide theater-goers close proximity to a multi-level public parking garage on Woodlawn Avenue. Once completed, it is anticipated UPH will stage approximately 200 events annually. G. Stonequist Apartments – New building, South Federal Street/ West Circular Street. Proposed: A mixed-income, mixed-use development project to be sited behind the Stonequist Apartments to feature as many as 80 affordable housing units - projected at 40 to 100 percent of AMI. An additional 30 units proposed at the former site of the William H. Ford Community Center, at Jefferson Terrace, on the east side of Broadway. Both are under the ownership of the Saratoga Springs Housing Authority. H. Code Blue Emergency Homeless Shelter – New building, 14 Walworth St. Proposed: 6,400 square foot emergency homeless shelter to be sited on Walworth Street, adjacent to the Shelters of Saratoga. I/J – West Side Development – New buildings, adjacent to Saratoga Springs train station. Proposed: Two developers have submitted plans featuring up to 10 new buildings comprised of

M. Condominium Project, 120 Henry St., a proposed 5 story condominium.

a five-story hotel, more than 400 residential units and nearly 30,000 square feet of retail space. Projects to be developed on a stretch of vacant land from the south end of the Saratoga Springs train station to Washington Street/ Route 29, just west of West Avenue. I. Station Park project: built out over five phases, calls for two buildings dedicated as a mixed-use space with each building housing 36 residential units, and a total of 22,000 square feet of retail space. The 72 residential units would be for-sale condominiums. Additional development to include two buildings - each providing 57 units for senior housing and 33 units for senior assisted care, a 110-to-120 unit five-story hotel and spa, a pool and fitness center, and a free-standing building with an additional 6,200 square feet of retail space. Nearly 600 parking spaces would span across the location to cater to residents, retail workers and shoppers. J. Vecino Group project: development of one three-story building and three four-story buildings to stand just east of the Station Park proposal and near the Washington Street post office. Featuring 160 apartment units presumably in the “workforce,” or “affordable” housing categories. According to city officials, two additional firms are also currently readying proposals for further development in the immediate vicinity of the Station Park project, although the size and scope of those two potential projects are not currently known. K. Union Avenue Condominiums, 46 Union Ave., south side of the avenue. Planned for occupancy by March 2018: A five-building residential property with on-site parking featuring one, two and three-bedroom residences priced from $689,900 to $895,500. Occupies the site of the

former Skidmore College dormitory officially called Moore Hall, and commonly referred to as the “pink palace.” L. East Side Fire/ EMS station. Status: Remains on the city’s radar, but no definitive plans at this time. M. Condominium Project, 120 Henry St. Proposal: Development of a five-story condominium building to house 30 units with 70 total bedrooms to be located at 120 Henry St., on subdivided land adjacent to the Four Seasons market. N. 24 Caroline Street/ 68 Putnam Street. Proposal: New mixed-use addition and alteration to consist of six apartment units and two commercial spaces, located at site where damage and demolition occurred in the aftermath of a November 2016 fire. O. City Center Parking Garage, High Rock. Proposal: City Center Authority leasing of city-owned land to build a 480-space parking garage adjacent to High Rock Park, behind the City Center. Status: Project remains in litigation. Developments, both proposed and amended, are regularly addressed at City Hall meetings by the city’s Land Use Boards – the Planning Board, the Zoning Boards of Appeal, and the Design Review Commission – as well as at City Council meetings. Those meetings, and agendas regarding what each will be discussing, are available on the city’s web site at: http://www. You can also subscribe to the individual boards and have the information show up in your mailbox in advance of the meetings. What do you think? Send comments to



Week of September 22 – September 28, 2017

New ‘Sox’ to Protect Saratoga Lake Shore by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA — Leo Nosal Jr. takes pride in keeping a close eye on his family’s 230 acres of property—commonly known as Lee’s Park—on the eastern banks of Saratoga Lake. These days, Nosal explained last week, concerning him most are the algae blooms and erosion problems that seem to have worsened near the wooden docks he rents to more than 170 boat owners, just north of the Route 9P bridge. Nosal recently contacted a Florida-based company, Sox LLC Erosion Solutions, to provide a fix for such problems that may prove to be quite effective for many years. At this point, he added, no local companies happen to offer the same product. “The shoreline project was long overdue,” Nosal admitted. “Anybody who has an erosion problem, and values trees and the environment, this is something that definitely works for them.” The company’s patented Shoresox system consists of large

sections of tough burlap and mesh, which are dug in (after the removal of topsoil) and staked according to a specific design. The sections closest to the water can be filled with organic, localized materials such as woodchip mulch. The burlap and mesh are then folded back over to tightly contain those materials (more details are available at Nosal is only the second customer to order the “sox in a box” package, which Sox LLC offers to those who want to save money by performing their own installation. He might have paid in the range of $60,000 for a full install. Nosal said he ordered enough of the product to protect 450 feet of shoreline near his boat docks, and that he plans to complete an additional 360 feet soon. The mulch he used was produced on his property. The Shoresox system reportedly prevents the runoff of nitrates, phosphates and other chemicals that are suspected of promoting explosions of algae in water bodies. It also allows natural plants to take root, which is viewed by experts as one of the most effective ways to prevent erosion and

further protect water quality. “What he’s doing out there is pretty impressive,” offered Daniel Schaaf, the founder and CEO of Sox LLC, whose round-trip airfare was paid by Nosal as the project began early in the week of Sept. 11. “You’re average homeowner could do this,” Nosal said, explaining how he hired four trusted laborers and utilized his own machines—excepting one rented excavator—for the work. The project was mostly completed by that Friday afternoon. The temperature rose as the week progressed and the shoreline soil was churned up. Nosal said the work is “very physically demanding,” but added that the actual placement of the Shoresox materials “went so smoothly, so easy.” Schaaf was invited to the site “due to the size of the project,” Nosal said. According to Schaaf, erosion problems can be more severe in water bodies that have fluctuating water levels, including Saratoga Lake. The banks are undermined because they dry out as water levels drop and then get saturated again, he said. “With the sox there, that’s not going to happen again,” he said, noting how many golf courses have installed his system, including one owned by the famed Jack Nicklaus. Schaaf said his passion for promoting the Sox LLC system is rooted in a genuine desire to provide solutions for serious environmental problems. He runs a separate company, Midwest Erosion Technologies, which provides dedicated work crews for Shoresox installs or training teams that can explain the installation process. The water-quality problems that concern Nosal are affecting lakes and rivers across the entire country, Schaaf continued, noting in particular the emergence of “new hybrid algae” blooms that are toxic, especially in states like Florida. The risk of contact with toxic algae is higher for individuals with lacerations on their skin, Schaaf explained, because bacteria “gets into the human body and eats flesh.” “It’s like a horror movie,” he said. “It’s so nice to meet a man like Leo,” Schaaf concluded, saying he hopes more New Yorkers will inquire about the Saratoga Lake project and take similar proactive steps to improve their local water quality. “People have to work together,” Schaaf said. “We’ve got to stop this thing.”

Leo Nosal Jr. next to his installed Shoresox system. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

Algae on the edge of Saratoga Lake. Photo provided.

Nosal’s shoreline prior to the recent installation. Photo provided.

Week of September 22 – September 28, 2017


Hospital Creates New Addiction Team Continued from front page.

Community Health Center offices at 24 Hamilton Street, where more than 100 individuals struggling with addiction are currently being offered a comprehensive treatment regime that includes long-term primary care and behavioral health. The new program is intended to serve as a local complement to the St. Peter’s Addiction Recovery Center (SPARC) and its affiliate offices. Drug addiction “is an equalopportunity disease” affecting people of all age groups and backgrounds, says Saratoga Hospital spokesman Peter Hopper. Earlier this week, Hopper arranged an interview with the trio of physicians leading the effort: Dr. Renee Rodriguez-Goodemote, director of the Community Health Center; Dr. Ginger Simor, a psychiatrist; and Dr. Joshua Zamer, the addiction medicine specialist who has been treating patients in the program since April.

Case and social workers as well as health center employees provide crucial daily support and assistance, the doctors said. The three doctors were asked to discuss the widely publicized growth in opioid addiction and the overall purpose of the new program. “The definition of addiction is compulsive, out-of-control use that essentially takes over your life,” explained Dr. Zamer. “All you do is spend your time thinking about obtaining or using the drug…people lose their job, their spouse, their family, their money, their house, their car.” Zamer talked about the “hijacked brain hypothesis” in the addiction field, which stipulates that people lose control of their normal cognitive functions by allowing the pleasure-seeking limbic system of the human brain to take control. Powerful drugs such as heroin raise the dopamine levels in the brain “a thousand times more” than “a piece of chocolate cake,” Zamer said, and the downward spiral

Dr. Renee Rodriguez-Goodemote. Photo provided.

Dr. Joshua Zamer. Photo provided.

Dr. Ginger Simor. Photo provided.

begins. That means addiction must be seen as a physical disease much like cancer and diabetes, according to Zamer. “Addicts get a bad rap,” he said. “A lot of them want to be clean, they really do. This has ruined their life. They’re not choosing this like it’s such a great lifestyle.” In four out of five cases, Zamer reported, serious drug addiction starts with prescription opioids. He referred to studies showing how 25

percent of all people hospitalized in the United States go home with an opioid prescription. Of those individuals, he added, more than half are still using opioids 90 days later. “The new push is for a three- or seven-day prescription,” Zamer continued, pointing to recent changes in both federal and state laws. In the month of September alone, Zamer is projecting more than 170 total patient visits in the Community Health Center as part of the drug-treatment program. On

a busy day he may see 15 patients. He said he is actively “carrying” 107 patients. Hopper indicated that the program is open to individuals struggling with any type of addiction, including alcohol and sedative benzodiazepines. Zamer commonly prescribes for treatment a milder opioid called Suboxone, which he said has a “ceiling effect” and negates the consumption of heroin. It is available in both Continued on page 13.



Week of September 22 – September 28, 2017

Former Regional EPA Admin at Skidmore to Discuss “The Federal Assault on the Environment”

Françoise Mouly, art editor at The New Yorker magazine for more than 20 years, at Skidmore College Sept. 18, 2017 for the lecture: "Blown Covers: New Yorker Covers You Were Never Meant to See.” photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Former regional EPA administrator Judith Enck will deliver a free lecture at Skidmore College on Tuesday. Enck, a resident of Poestenkill, served as a regional administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under

President Barack Obama from 2009 until January 2017. She stepped down with the arrival of President Donald Trump. As head of EPA’s region 2which includes New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and eight tribal nations – Enck helped enforce and oversee General

Electric’s dredging of PCBs from the upper Hudson River. The talk, titled “The Federal Assault on the Environment,” will take place 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, at Filene Auditorium, on the campus of Skidmore College. The event is free and open to the public.

Immigrant Stories: In Their Own Words SARATOGA SPRINGS — The first of a series of immigrant storytelling evenings will take place 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25 at Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St. The stories involve firsthand experiences of immigrants and their families coming to America were inspired by the recent “All Are Welcome Here” Walk & Vigil in Saratoga Springs. The event will be held in lieu of the Caffe Lena open mic night. There is no charge for admission. Seating is first come first serve and

doors will open at 6:15 p.m. “Immigrant Stories” is being held in conjunction with Saratoga Peace Week, and is sponsored by The Saratoga Immigration Coalition – a network of civic groups, faith communities and concerned individuals in and around Saratoga Springs. For more information call 518-727-7941 or visit the SIC on Facebook at:

Homelessness Forum at Library Monday Night SARATOGA SPRINGS — A community forum on homelessness will take place 6 – 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25 at the Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St. Andrew Lindner, PhD, Associate Professor from the Skidmore College Department of Sociology, will present findings from a survey of homeless individuals conducted

this year. Representatives from Shelters of Saratoga (SOS) will also be on hand to discuss how the findings are being used to guide strategic planning and what the community can do to help reach the goal of “functional zero homelessness” by the year 2020. “The data collected in this survey are critical in helping SOS, partner social service

agencies, city and county government, and the community as a whole determine what it’s really going to take to end homelessness in Saratoga,” said Michael Finocchi, Executive Director of SOS, in a statement. The survey was originally conducted in January 2017; a follow up survey to determine seasonal fluctuation was completed in August.

Week of September 22 – September 28, 2017


Hospital Creates New Addiction Team Continued from page 11.

pill and sublingual strip. He also faulted doctors who are “preying” on opioid addicts by offering Suboxone—but only if the addicts can pay $500 up front and $200 or $300 for each follow-up visit. “As I’m finding out, it’s rampant,” Zamer said. “Those docs are everywhere.” “You can’t really overdose” on Suboxone, Zamer explained, noting how the Community Health Center team members are very strict about requiring patients not to feed any addictions while they are in treatment. The federal government also strictly limits Suboxone prescribers like Zamer, who said current regulations cap his allowable patient number at 275.

“The team approach, by far, works the best,” offered Dr. Simor. “We try to treat the whole patient together. Their physical health, mental health and their addiction. It’s the best way to tackle this type of disorder.” Simor added that part of the solution is helping patients figure out “how they got where they are today.” She said treatment drugs such as Suboxone can “regulate neurotransmitters” in the brain, but ultimately conquering addiction involves each patient being “engaged” in the entire process. Patients “can slowly start rebuilding their lives” when they realize that “living a sober life is bringing more enjoyment,” Simor said. The drug gets replaced with “happiness and health and goals, and that becomes what’s important.”

Dr. Rodriguez-Goodemote explained that the “integrated, longitudinal program” at the Community Health Center has been designed with each patient’s “wellness” in mind. “We saw families and patients struggling with addiction. Access issues. Frustrations with relapse,” Rodriguez-Goodemote said. “I was

the voice early on, but hospital leadership quickly recognized we had the expertise and the responsibility to commit resources to address this addiction epidemic head-on. And we took on the challenge.” In addition to active drug treatment, information is shared with patients about the topics of

nutrition, yoga and meditation. The goal, she said, is to assist patients in dealing with “painful experiences,” whether they are physical, emotional or mental. “This should be a set of providers that are with you for as long as you need us,” RodriguezGoodemote said.



Week of September 22 – September 28, 2017

Geothermal Partners Plot a Rapid Expansion by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY CHARLTON — The lawn in front of David Cotter’s quaint country home has yet to fully recover from all the digging done by machines and work crews last spring. Cotter, a professor of sociology at Union College in Schenectady, is one of about a half-dozen homeowners on the scenic Charlton Road who hired Aztech Geothermal, LLC in Ballston Spa to install a geothermal heating and cooling system. Thousands of feet of pipe— extending roughly 100 yards away from the house—are now buried six feet below Cotter’s grass. The pipes slowly circulate water through an impressively designed forced-air unit in his basement, which can provide hot or cold air as needed to Cotter and his wife. Cotter said they agreed to hire

(From left) John Ciovacco, president of Aztech Geothermal; Katie Ullmann, vice president of marketing at Dandelion; and Union College professor David Cotter. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

Aztech Geothermal for the job after his old furnace had failed early this year. “The long-term savings were pretty substantial,” he figured, adding that the company was recommended by his neighbors. On Sept. 7, a statement was released by Dandelion, a geothermal startup firm with an office in Saratoga Springs, announcing a new partnership with Aztech Geothermal. (Both companies provided links to their websites: and

Dandelion will make initial contact with homeowners interested in geothermal and for Aztech to perform the inspections and installs. Homeowners can either pay $20,000 up front with no subsequent costs, or $150 per month over 20 years. Aztech and Dandelion officials are aiming to rapidly expand the local market for geothermal power, which harnesses the natural energy capabilities of the Earth itself. “Dandelion is making geothermal heating and cooling affordable by introducing a number of process and technology innovations, including analytics-based marketing, fixed-system pricing, a low monthly payment option and an innovative drilling method,” the statement indicated. Katie Ullmann, Dandelion’s vice president of marketing, said she is working with Aztech Geothermal to create “classic economies of scale.” A partnership

The home of David Cotter on Charlton Road. Photo by

between Dandelion and Hudson Solar was previously announced. “What we’re doing is targeting towns and blocks,” Ullmann explained, as she was wrapping up a brief visit this week to Cotter’s home for the production of a promotional Dandelion video. John Ciovacco, president of Aztech Geothermal, said his company has already installed nearly 300 geothermal systems in the Capital Region, primarily using existing ductwork. He expects the new partnership with Dandelion to substantially boost that number, all in the effort to promote the “net zero” concept of local homes powered completely by renewable energy. Ciovacco said Aztech specializes

The main geothermal unit in Cotter’s basement. Photo by

in “horizontal” geothermal systems like at the Cotters’ home. “You have to minimize the mess,” he said. “This isn’t for everybody.” He added that numerous properties in Saratoga Springs have utilized the less disruptive “vertical” geothermal installation. Well-drilling companies can be called in and the pipes can be placed 400 feet straight down, which makes a lot fewer holes. Skidmore College has an extensive geothermal network utilizing the vertical method. According to Ciovacco, approximately 2.5 million homes across New York State do not have access to natural gas, which forces property owners to heat with oil, propane or electric. Geothermal should be considered as a viable option for them. “It is silly, in today’s world, that we burn so many fossil fuels,” Ciovacco said, as he inspected the geothermal unit in Cotter’s basement and snapped his own pictures. The unit includes a small “flow center” that quietly circulates water through the system, pumping it in or out as needed, he said. Ciovacco said water underground generally conforms to New York’s “average air temperature” of 52 degrees. He called the soil, which gets heated by the sun in warmer months, a “long-term solar storage battery.” That stored heat then warms up the unit’s water supply for use in winter, while cooler water is utilized for air conditioning in the summer. Aztech designs each geothermal project with the specific square footage and energy needs of homes in mind, he added. “We do tons of math,” Ciovacco said. “When you’ve done 300 of them, it’s not a guess.”

Week of September 22 – September 28, 2017

Copy Editor Joins the Patient Experience Project

Brenda Bashwinger. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Brenda Bashwinger has joined the Patient Experience Project (PEP), a full-service, patientcentric marketing and communications agency. Bashwinger is a copy editor with more than 10 years of experience. In her role, she proofreads and edits all written material, both patient and healthcare-professional facing, to ensure scientific consistency and accuracy and to maintain compliance with each client’s style guidelines. Before joining PEP, Bashwinger edited healthcare, personal finance, and retirement publications, including ones for the New York State Health Insurance Program. Bashwinger earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, and a master’s degree in journalism from Boston University in Massachusetts.

Saratoga Hospital Named as Ideal Workplace for Nurses SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Sept. 14,, a leading career site for nurses, recognized Saratoga Hospital as one of the best hospitals for nurses to work for in New York State. Over the past two years, has collected more than 1,747 reviews by nurses at 176 New York hospitals about their workplace satisfaction. They revealed that Saratoga Hospital has one of the highest levels of satisfaction among its nurses. Reviewers cited a clean facility, “great support from management” and “great coworkers” as the basis for the 4.3-star rating with 100 percent of the nurses surveyed recommending the hospital as an employer. provides a safe platform on which nurses can leave honest workplace reviews. In completely anonymous forums, nurses share their opinions about culture, nurse-topatient ratios, and other matters important to them. Making the list of top hospitals shows the facility is focused on nurse satisfaction. Nurse recruitment—a challenge today—becomes easier when the hospital can demonstrate its commitment to nurses by pointing to an unbiased source. The full rankings of the Best Hospitals in New York for Nurses is available to view at best-hospitals-new-york/
 To see all of the Saratoga Hospital reviews, see their facility page on

BUSINESS BRIEFS 15 Tick Repellent Inventor Wins Award

With this award, Grillo plans to continue expanding her business and educating her community about Lyme disease.

New Orthodontist Hired

Dog Treat Company Recognized by Oprah

Dr. Natalie Pinckney. Photo provided. Gina Grillo replenishes her stock at Fallon Wellness Pharmacy on Broadway in Saratoga. Photo by

GREENWICH — On Sept. 14, the American Small Business Championship (ASBC) announced that the owner of Greenwich-based Grillo Essentials earned a Grand Champion honor for her unique and extraordinary entrepreneurial efforts. The ASBC contest, hosted by the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), is made possible with a grant from Sam’s Club. It celebrates small business owners and helps them access the resources required for continued growth. Only three small businesses out of 102 finalists around the country were honored as Grand Champions, each winning $25,000 to help grow their businesses. Grillo Essentials is an environmentally friendly business owned by Gina Grillo, who created an all-natural tick, mosquito and black-fly repellent after she contracted Lyme disease and was dissatisfied with the current insect repellents on the market. Her passion for prevention and desire to be a part of the solution is what drives her success.

Photo provided.

BALLSTON SPA — The Lazy Dog Cookie Company, Inc.’s Bake at Home Birthday Cake was featured in the October 2017 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, as part of its “O List-Pets Edition.” The product has received wide acclaim since its introduction and first place win earlier this year at the Global Pet Expo in Florida. The company’s Bake at Home Birthday Cake is an allnatural, drool-worthy, wheat-, corn- and soy-free, 12-ounce complete cake and icing mix package that will make any dog do tons of tricks. The easy-tobake vanilla birthday cake is a great way to celebrate your dog’s special day. It can also be a fun gift for a friend or a family member’s dog. Lazy Dog Cookie Co. products are available for wholesale, retail and online at http://

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Byrne Orthodontics, a family-run orthodontic practice with an over 30-year history, has welcomed a new member to its team. Dr. Natalie Pinckney recently joined Byrne Orthodontics as an associate orthodontist. Dr. Pinckney takes great pride in her attention to detail and her patientfocused approach to orthodontic care. She loves giving her patients the beautiful smiles they deserve. Pinckney received her Bachelor of Science from Cornell University, with honors. Following her undergraduate studies, she received her D.M.D. and certificate in orthodontics and dento-facial orthopedics from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Pinckney is board-eligible, and in the process of receiving her board certification from the American Board of Orthodontics. Originally from Clifton Park, Pinckney is excited to be back in the Capital District, near her family and friends. She lives in Saratoga Springs with her husband, Matt. For more information, visit the website



Week of September 22 – September 28, 2017

SUNY Empire and SUNY Cobleskill Combine to Streamline a New MBA Program by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — On September 12 SUNY Cobleskill President Marion Terenzio and SUNY Empire State College President Merodie Hancock announced an agreement to open a “seamless new pathway for business students to earn a graduate degree,” according to the official statement. This agreement streamlines the process for qualified Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) students at SUNY Cobleskill to transfer into the Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Business Management program at SUNY Empire. Upon qualifying, SUNY Cobleskill BBA students are able to crossregister for up to nine credits of SUNY Empire MBA coursework. To qualify for cross-registration, BBA students must have completed 75 credits and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

“SUNY Cobleskill is dedicated to creating learning pathways tailored to continuous and suitable student progress from secondary school through to their desired goals. This new partnership with SUNY Empire State College gives our business students a valuable opportunity to continue seamlessly to a graduate degree program” said Terenzio. “Today’s agreement with SUNY Cobleskill is all about getting students to complete their MBA in the most convenient, time and cost efficient manner possible, while at the same time, ensuring students receive the high-quality SUNY education they expect, need, and deserve,” said Hancock. As to how this agreement came to be, Rosalyn Rufer, Ph. D. and interim associate dean of SUNY Empire State College explained, “Former SUNY Chancellor Zimpher repeatedly spoke about shared resources and ‘systemness’ at our SUNY University Faculty Senate Meetings. During one such meeting, I was sitting

SUNY Empire and SUNY Cobleskill comes together for their MBA program. Photo provided by David Henahan.

with Chuck Moran, department chair of Cobleskill’s business program; he was speaking about his business programs at Cobleskill. It gave me the idea of how we could partner and provide an accelerated program for this BBA students through our MBA program,

similar to what we do with our BME (Business Management and Economics) students.” With this accelerated program, full-time Cobleskill students can finish their master’s degree in two semesters. Aside from being a streamlined program, Cobleskill students are

able to remain on their campus and avoid traveling to SUNY Empire and scheduling conflicts. All of the MBA classes are online. “What makes this feasible is the 100 percent online delivery of the Empire State College MBA program,” Rufer said.

Week of September 22 – September 28, 2017

Teacher of the Week, Mrs. Kimberly Foster, Ballard Road Elementary School

Mrs. Kimberly Foster, teacher of the week. Photo provided by Kate Shoemaker

BALLSTON SPA — The TCT Federal Credit Union salutes local educatory and school employees each week out of the school year for their outstanding efforts. For the week of September 18, second grade teacher at Ballard Road Elementary School Kimberly Foster was given this honor. “Mrs. Foster makes sure each student is able to focus and learn. She provides tall desks in her classroom for students who work better standing up. Mrs. Foster really helps her students to like school so that they learn so much more during their lessons. It takes a big heart to shape little minds and Mrs. Foster is a very deserving teacher of the week,” said the official statement.

Geyser Road Safe Route to School Sidewalk Now Open SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Thursday, Sept. 21 Mayor Joanne Yepsen, the City of Saratoga Springs, and the Southwest Neighborhood Association celebrated the completion of the Geyser Road Safe Route to School. This completion marks, “the final connection of sidewalk that will allow kids, families and community to safely walk and bike to Geyser Elementary School and Veteran’s Park, and future Geyser Road Trail,” the official statement said.

Waldorf School Trigonometry Trip SARATOGA SPRINGS — Waldorf School has embarked on their week-long immersion field trip. This year, the tenth grade class spent five days at the Frost

Valley YMCA camp in Claryville, New York. There, they studied trigonometry through land surveying and team-building activities. “This trip is nice because not only do they get to use trigonometry in the world, they’re excited about it because they actually see the connection between the work and the world right in front of them,” said Nellie Lovencuski, math teacher at Waldorf. This is the sixth year that the school has hosted this trip for its’ students. Not only is the trip about math, but it is about team building. “In tenth grade, the school really focuses on the idea of the class being able to work together collectively. They are finding their way together as an individual and a group,” Lovencuski said.

Maria College and SUNY Empire State College Articulation Agreement SARATOGA SPRINGS — Thomas Gamble, president of Maria College, and Merodie Hancock, president of SUNY Empire State College, have united to provide Maria College bachelor’s students with a “streamlined process and clear path forward to meet their academic, personal and professional goals,” according to the official statement.

EDUCATION BRIEFS Saratoga Springs CSD Superintendent Search Update SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga CSD Board of Education has scheduled finalists for the position to make a public presentation on Tuesday, Sept. 26, Wednesday, Sept. 27, and if needed, Tuesday, Oct. 3. Names of finalists will be announced Monday, Sept. 25. All community members, parents, students, and staff are invited to attend the presentations.

Mindfulness: Top 10 Reasons to Give it a Try at Saratoga CSD SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Tuesday, Oct. 3, district school psychologist Laurie Newcomer will present a lecture on how to learn how mindfulness can help your everyday life. Activities and resources will be provided to those who attend to take home to their families. This will take place at the Geyser Road Elementary School at 6:30 p.m.

Anti-Bullying and Bystander Empowerment Program at Saratoga CSD SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 6:30 p.m.


Sweethearts and Heroes will present a program on anti-bullying and bystander empowerment at 6:30 p.m. at the Geyser Road Elementary School.

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.

Ballston Spa Schools Recognized as Schools of Excellence BALLSTON SPA — The National PTA (Parent Teacher Association) has recognized Ballston Spa Middle School and Gordon Creek Elementary School as Schools of Excellence for their achievements. “This national recognition exemplifies our district’s Core Value of Involvement. We are proud to have the work of our school communities recognized by the National PTA,” said Joseph P. Dragone, Superintendent of the Ballston Spa CSD.

Saratoga YMCA Pre-K Registration SARATOGA SPRINGS — Preschool registration for two to four year olds is still open online but there are limited spots left. Classes meet at the Saratoga Springs branch, Wilton, and Wesley Community. Students will engage in classroom activities such as Spanish, swim, tumbling, reading, science, and math. It is $1295 for two days a week and $1785 for three days a week, with scholarships available. To register, contact Colleen Girvin at colleen. or by phone, 518-583-9622 ext. 114.

Week of September 22 – September 28, 2017


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The Saratoga Showcase Of Homes Is A “Must See” New Home Tour This Weekend!

by Barry Potoker for Saratoga TODAY The area’s premiere new home tour is in full swing and has truly become a part of the fabric in our fall season. Over the past week, the 2017 Saratoga Showcase of Homes has taken center stage. This annual event, now in its 22nd year, has 14 of our region’s finest builders presenting 18 homes. Another blockbuster year! It began last Tuesday, September 12th with the Realtor

& Judges preview tour. The twelve Showcase judges spent nearly ten hours on a bus to judge these newly constructed homes which were divided into three categories: Classic, Executive and Luxury Homes. Each home was judged on criteria in six areas: Landscaping, Interior Decorating, Exterior Design, Best Master Bath, Best Kitchen, Interior Floor Plan. Then on Thursday, September 14th, the popular Showcase of Homes Awards presentation and celebration themed, If You Build It, They Will Come this year, was held at the Saratoga Casino Hotel for over 300 attendees. As is the tradition, we snapped a photo of the participating showcase builders in this year’s event! What a wonderful evening with live acting scenes and music from the movie “Field of Dreams,” great food, special guests, and of course, the builder awards presented by our fabulous emcee, CBS-6 News Anchor Liz Bishop. Please take a look at all the winners and runners-up on our website at www. This past weekend, the Showcase of Homes tour opened and over 1500 people visited these spectacular new homes. It is a must see! Tickets are still only $20 and can be purchased at the door of any one of these homes or online at www.saratogashowcaseofhomes. com. Tour hours are 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM Saturday and Sunday this weekend and next. The autumn weather looks terrific for this upcoming weekend, so why not take a drive and visit these homes? It’s an amazing experience and you’ll get to see the newest trends, most innovative products, beautiful décor and professional craftsmanship. Best of all, you’ll be supporting our talented local builders, the more than 75 local showcase sponsors and especially our two extraordinary local charities (Rebuilding Together Saratoga and Habitat for Humanity) who directly benefit from this annual community event. Where else can you visit 18 brand new homes on a beautiful fall weekend for just $20?

The 2017 Saratoga Showcase of Homes Builders at the Awards Presentations at the Saratoga Casino Hotel. Photo Provided.


Week of September 22 – September 28, 2017

2017 Saratoga Showcase of Homes Awards

Classic Home - McPadden Builders - Landscape - Brookside Nursery – Ian Murray.


Classic Home Runner Up – Workmanship

Classic Home Runner Up – Landscaping

Whitbeck Construction

Bella Home Builders – 3 Rolling Green

Classic Home Winner – Workmanship

GSL Landscaping & Nursery – Matt Baker

McPadden Builders

Classic Home Winner - Landscaping

Classic Home Runner-Up – Best Master Bath

McPadden Builders Brookside Nursery – Ian Murray

Whitbeck Construction

Week of September 22 – September 28, 2017


2017 Saratoga Showcase of Homes Awards CLASSIC HOMES CATEGORY 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 - McPadden Builders - Master Bath.


Week of September 22 – September 28, 2017

2017 Saratoga Showcase of Homes Awards CLASSIC HOMES CATEGORY Classic Home Runner Up - Interior Decorating Heritage Custom Builders – Mourningkill Meadows

Classic Home - McPadden Builders – Interior Decorating - Bennington Furniture Design Team - Andrea Chenier, Kaitlynn Johnson & Jeff Ture.

Classic Interiors – Lynn Ricci Classic Home Winner Interior Decorating McPadden Builders Bennington Furniture Design Team -

Classic Home - Bella Home Builders – 3 Rolling Green – Exterior.

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

Week of September 22 – September 28, 2017


2017 Saratoga Showcase of Homes Awards CLASSIC HOMES CATEGORY Classic Home Runner Up - Interior Floor Plan

McPadden Builders

Classic Home Winner Interior Floor Plan

Whitbeck Construction

Classic Home - McPadden Builders – Best Kitchen - Curtis Lumber – Heather Bodnaryk.


Week of September 22 – September 28, 2017

2017 Saratoga Showcase of Homes Awards

Executive Home - Bella Home Builders – 20 Rolling Green - Landscaping - GSL Landscaping & Nursery – Matt Baker

Executive Home - Bonacio Construction – The Spencer - Master Bath

EXECUTIVE HOMES CATEGORY Executive Home Runner Up - Landscaping Bonacio Construction

– Pine Brook Landing Sunshine Landscaping – Rich Mullnow Executive Home Winner – Landscaping

Executive Home Runner Up – Workmanship Bonacio Construction – Pine Brook Landing

Bella Home Builders – 20 Rolling Green

Executive Home Winner – Workmanship

GSL Landscaping & Nursery – Matt Baker

Bonacio Construction – The Spencer


Week of September 22 – September 28, 2017

2017 Saratoga Showcase of Homes Awards Michael Bannon Executive Home Winner - Best Kitchen Bonacio Construction – Pine Brook Landing

Executive Home - Bonacio Construction – Pine Brook Landing - Interior Decorating - Finishing Touches Home Décor - Shelly Walker

EXECUTIVE HOMES CATEGORY Executive Home Runner-Up Best Master Bath

Bonacio Construction – Pine Brook Landing 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 - Bonacio Construction – Pine Brook Landing - Best Kitchen Curtis Lumber – Jay Legere

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

Curtis Lumber – Jay Legere Executive Home Runner Up - Interior Floor Plan Bonacio Construction – Pine Brook Landing Executive Home Winner - Interior Floor Plan Bonacio Construction – The Spencer

Week of September 22 – September 28, 2017


2017 Saratoga Showcase of Homes Awards

Luxury Home - Bella Home Builders – Cedar Bluff - Master Bath.

Luxury Home - Bella Home Builders – Cedar Bluff - Landscaping - Sunnyhill Landscape Innovations - Kevin Rogner & Exterior Design.


Luxury Home Runner Up Interior Decorating

Luxury Home Runner Up - Landscaping

Belmonte Builders

Belmonte Builders Peak Environmental – Terry Hubbard Luxury Home Winner – Landscaping Bella Home Builders – Cedar Bluff

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

Sunnyhill Landscape Innovations - Kevin Rogner

Luxury Home Runner Up Best Kitchen

Luxury Home Runner Up – Workmanship

Curtis Lumber – Heather Bodnaryk

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

La Femme Home Builders


Week of September 22 – September 28, 2017

2017 Saratoga Showcase of Homes Awards LUXURY HOMES CATEGORY

Luxury Home Runner Up - Interior Floor Plan

Luxury Home Winner Best Kitchen

R J Taylor Builders

Bella Home Builders – Cedar Bluff

Luxury Home Winner Interior Floor Plan

Zarrillo’s Custom Design Kitchens - Dawn Zarrillo

Bella Home Builders – Cedar Bluff Luxury Home - Bella Home Builders – Cedar Bluff Luxury Home - Bella Home Builders – Cedar Bluff - Best Interior Decorating - Bennington Furniture Design Team – Kitchen - Zarrillo’s Custom Design Kitchens - Dawn Zarrillo Andrea Chenier, Kaitlynn Johnson & Jeff Ture

Week of September 22 – September 28, 2017


Mums and Asters alternative to mums. They’re now available in an amazing assortment of colors and styles. Asters branch heavily without all the pinching mums need. They’re quite insect and disease resistant (as are mums). Like mums, asters should be planted in full sun. The fine, dark green foliage of asters is quite attractive,

by Peter Bowden for Saratoga TODAY The many petal shapes and colors that chrysanthemums (mums to you, “kiku” to the Japanese) exhibit have made them a fall favorite for years….many, many years. When you decide to grow chrysanthemums, you become involved in a gardening pastime that spans many centuries. Chrysanthemum culture started in Imperial China over 3,000 years ago. They were highly prized by the emperors of China who considered them more valuable than gold. The Japanese also revere the chrysanthemum. In fact, the origin of Japanese culture is wrapped in chrysanthemum legend. It seems that one of the early emperors of China became quite ill. In his quest for a remedy he learned of the “herb of youth” that would restore his health. The search for the “herb of youth” was entrusted to twelve male and twelve female virgins. They sailed out onto the Pacific Ocean with a bamboo basket filled with the Emperor’s beloved “golden daisies” to trade for the “herb of youth”. They didn’t make it too far before the quest was ended by a typhoon that left them shipwrecked on a rocky archipelago. With their journey at an end, the survivors planted the revered mums and set about exploring their new home. Over the years, the survivor’s descendants populated the islands we now know as Japan. Japanese reverence for chrysanthemums continued, and they were considered the exclusive property of their Emperor. The Japanese word “kiku” represents both the chrysanthemum and the office of the Emperor. The royal crest is a traditional sixteen-petal chrysanthemum design.

North American Aster

Mums in many shapes and colors

European interest in Chrysanthemums budded with the arrival of plants brought back from the orient by Dutch traders in the early eighteenth century. The Dutch are known to have produced several new varieties from the original plants, but it was the horticulturally adept French Huguenots that are credited with real improvements in flower size and color. The Huguenots developed “Old Purple” which became a favorite all over the continent. Chrysanthemums came to North America in 1798 in the hands of John Stevens, a nurseryman from Hoboken. In 1850, the Chrysanthemum Society of America was founded, and they held their first show in 1902. Lately, perennial asters have become a popular contender for

champion of fall color in the flowerbed. Compared to the venerable chrysanthemum, asters are a relatively recent upstart. Their appeal to American gardeners may have been limited since they were a common sight along the roadside every fall. To early Americans, there was nothing special about this common plant. English gardeners, visiting their colonial cousins found asters to be quite lovely and brought seeds back to the British Isles with them. So, even though asters are a native North American plant, they became a popular fallblooming plant in the gardens of England long before Americans learned to appreciate them. It’s a classic case of one man’s trash becoming another’s treasure. Asters are an easy-to-grow

making a lovely background for lower, summer-flowering annuals or perennials. Mums and asters mature quickly and should be divided in early spring every two or three years. Whichever you choose, you’ll enjoy great fall color for many years to come. Heck, why choose? Grow them both! Thanks for the read.


PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS BALLSTON SPA 92 Sweet Rd., $429,900. Joseph and Jean Botta sold property to Jake and Rosemarie Fried.

CORINTH 12 Spotswood Dr., $215,000. Connie Irish sold property to James Sirois.

MALTA 5 Thimbleberry Rd., $210,500. Brandon Craig sold property to Emily Fulger. 10 Wooden Ct., $351,875. Michaels Group Homes LLC sold property to Erica Naigles. 40 Wake Robin Rd., $162,000. Phillip and April White sold property to Joseph and Kelly Duffy. 90 Pepperbush Place, $155,000. Gerald Benton sold property to Christine Yakubec. 99 Arrowwood Place, $164,900. Shirley Seymour sold

Week of September 22 – September 28, 2017

property to Amy Pierce.

Gary and Kathleen Huelsen.

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

131 Kayderosseras Dr., $365,000. Kevin Egan sold property to Nicole and Christopher Birmingham.

13 Maple Forest Dr., $350,000. Darren Herbinger Construction LLC sold property to Michael Wilson and Jennifer Fortune.

196 Stone Church Rd., $285,000. William and Katherine Hickey sold property to Daniel Fruscio and Nicole Dopp.

3 Plum Poppy Court, $418,490. Marini Land II Inc. sold property to Andrew and Devan Carter.

207 Meadowlark Dr., $272,950. Jennifer Hallanan sold property to Brian Biche.

15 Lupine Dr. $280,000. William and Margaret Caswell sold property to Kristin and James Caird.

MILTON 304 Stone Church Rd., $103,000. Theodore Conwell sold property to Chris and Gina Buy Houses LLC. 27 Knollwood Hollow Terrace, $228,000. John and Laurie Brenenstuhl sold property to

SARATOGA SPRINGS 289 Jefferson St., $217,500. Michelle Martel sold property to Diane Hodge. 88 Union Ave., $130,000. Matthew Sanchez and Kathleen McCarthy sold property to Cartus Financial Corporation. 88 Union Ave., $130,000. Cartus Financial Corporation sold property to 88 Union Ave LLC.

Week of September 22 – September 28, 2017 87 Ludlow St., $650,600. Gerald and Geraldine Ferris sold property to Jennifer Connors. 68 Quevic Dr., $240,000. Bryan Harrison sold property to Chad Kitchen. 97 East Ave., Unit 206, $406,000. Excelsior East LLC sold property to Marlene and Natale Caruso.

STILLWATER 287 Hudson Ave., $149,000. Scott and Shirley Herkenham sold property to Kurtis Schneider and Candace Eagle. Lot 3 Sirchia Rd., $48,000. Pasquale Bruno sold property to Joann Alonzo. 6 Walden Circle, $438,763. Amedore Homes Inc. sold property toVeronica and Jeffery Shorr, Jr. 7 New Bridge Dr., $226,000. Bruce Lilac sold property to Jason LaPlante and Sarah Redcross.

WILTON 9 Traver Lane, $81,000. Lakeview Loan Servicing (By Atty) sold property to Chris and Gina Buy Houses LLC. 10 Claire Pass, $330,000. Barbara Ahl and Laurie Ryan (Co-Trustees) sold property to Kerin Colbert. 352 Ballard Rd., $22,133. Carlyle Norman and Brian Furnia sold property to Saratoga North Storage LLC. 3 Heather Dr., $340,000. Patricia Bruder sold property to Adam and Melinda Kowalski. 14 Glenburnie Dr., $303,000. Joanne Sparcino sold property to Michael and Jeanne Brenno. 12 Beverly St., $245,000. Lionel Leduc sold property to Corinne Moss-Racusin and Ranjit Bhagwat. Ruggles Rd., $110,000. Ann Marie Freeman sold property to ER Design Build LLC. 3 Craw Lane, $80,000. William and Judy Morris


sold property to McPadden Builders LLC. 6 Huckleberry Finn Ct., $65,000. William and Judy Morris sold property to McPadden Builders LLC. 1 Hearthstone Dr., $45,500. Anne and Samuel McKenzie sold property to Thomas and Siobhan Murphy. \

35 Santee Dr., $325,000. Megan and James Serfass, Jr. sold property to Roberto Rosales. 10 White Birch Lane, $265,750. Edward and Betty Allison sold property to Mark and Julie Gray. 83 Clarie Pass, $309,000. Marilyn Lategano sold property to John and Laurie Brenenstuhl.

22 Conklin Court, $90,000. William and Judy Morris sold property to McPadden Builders LLC. 2 Craw Lane, $80,000. William and Judy Morris sold property to McPadden Builders LLC.

31 18 Conklin Court, $90,000. William and Judy Morris sold property to McPadden Builders LLC.



Week of September 22 – September 28, 2017

Saratoga Cafe Brings its Special Touch of Sweetness to Farmers’ Market

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

by Julia Howard, Market Director for Saratoga TODAY My first taste of mixed berry jelly from The Country Corner Cafe convinced me that not all canned fruits are created equal. The flavor was pure fruit enhanced by touch of sweetness. I was excited. “We use half the sugar in our jams and jellies and pies,” said Roseann Hotaling, of The Country Corner Cafe. “We want the flavor to shine through and not the sugary sweetness.” The cafe is well known for its breakfasts and lunches in Saratoga Springs. Now, Hotaling and her son Eric are taking some of their favorite products a step further, supplying them to local businesses and selling at farmers’ markets. The Country Corner Cafe made its debut at the Saratoga Farmers’

Jams & Jellies by The Country Corner Cafe, photo courtesy of Pattie Garrett.

Market this year, offering jams and jellies along with pies and fudge at the Wednesday market. “Farmers’ markets are such a great opportunity to visit and interact with people,” said Hotaling. Besides the Saratoga Farmers’ Market, she offers her products at the Nine Pin Cider tasting room, Impressions of Saratoga and the Spa City market. Such home arts as baking, canning, and preservation run deep in Hotaling’s family history, which stretches back to her childhood in Walton, NY. Her grandmother and mother taught her the art of preservation, and after earning a degree in restaurant management, Hotaling began working first in a hospital/nursing

home food facility and then with the state’s Child Nutrition Services program for public schools. This role brought her to Saratoga Springs in 1988, as director of the school district’s nutritional services. The closing of a downtown luncheonette created an opportunity for Hotaling to start her own restaurant and in 1991 The Country Corner Cafe was born. Hotaling has passed her knowledge of baking, canning, and preservation on to her sons Jared and Eric, who worked alongside her in the cafe kitchen. Eric continues to work with the restaurant, much to Hotaling’s delight. “He has such an attention to detail and pride in everything he makes,” Hotaling said. “It’s a pleasure to work with him.” Hotaling also recently celebrated the birth of a granddaughter, a sign perhaps that a family tradition will continue. The Saratoga Farmers’ Market is 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays at High Rock Park through October. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for updates and special events.

Roseann Hotaling of The Country Corner Cafe, photo courtesy of Pattie Garrett

“Fried” Oatmeal Recipe courtesy of The Country Corner Cafe

Ingredients * Ingredients can be found at the market


¼ brown sugar


1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1 ½ cups dried fruit and nuts, any combination


Jams & Jellies by The Country Corner Cafe, photo courtesy of Pattie Garrett

3 cups quick oats (not instant)

- Toppings: maple syrup or homemade jam

Directions 1. Bring 1 quart of water to a rolling boil. 2. Add brown sugar, vanilla extract, and dried fruit and nuts to the water. 3. Then fold in quick oats, cover, and turn off heat. 4. Pour mixture into a greased loaf pan and chill overnight 5. Slice and “pan fry” and top with maple syrup or our homemade jam. Enjoy!


Week of September 22 – September 28, 2017

My Little Cupcake

by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY Hello my Foodie Friends! With so many birthdays and weddings happening in September, bakeries and small businesses have been busy making delectable desserts for these events. One particular baked good that has gained tremendous popularity over the past two decades is the cupcake. The big business and trend of making cupcakes has expanded through entrepreneurial bakers and bakeries taking advantage of the multiple varieties and creativity that can come with cupcakes. However, making your own cupcakes can be an endearing gift that you can make for yourself or for someone special. So, what is your cupcake personality? Do you prefer to indulge in rich double chocolate or simply vanilla? Maybe a wonderful red velvet or carrot cake with cream cheese frosting? Peanut butter fudge sounds delicious or even salted caramel, mocha, or coconut. Whether your personality is fun and festive, salt and sweet, business like, loveydovey, colorful, adventurous, or serious, there is a cupcake flavor for you. Since their creation, cupcakes have become a pop culture trend in the culinary world. They have spawned dozens of bakeries devoted entirely to them. While chocolate and vanilla remain classic favorites, fancy flavors such as raspberry meringue and espresso fudge can be found on menus. There are cookbooks, blogs, and magazines specifically dedicated to cupcakes. The history of cupcakes is interesting to learn about. The cupcake evolved in the United States in the 19th century, and it was revolutionary because of the amount of time it saved in the kitchen. There was

a shift from weighing out ingredients when baking to measuring out ingredients. Most food historians have yet to pinpoint exactly where the name of the cupcake originated. There are two theories: the cakes were originally cooked in cups, and the ingredients used to make the cupcakes were measured out by the cup. In the beginning, cupcakes were sometimes called “number” cakes, because they were easy to remember by the measurements of ingredients it took to create them: One cup of butter, two cups of sugar, three cups of flour, four eggs, one cup of milk, and one spoonful of soda. Clearly, cupcakes today have expanded to a wide variety of ingredients, measurements, shapes, and decorations - but this was one of the first recipes for making what we know today as cupcakes. Cupcakes were convenient because they cooked much quicker than larger cakes. When baking was down in hearth ovens, it would take a long time to bake a cake, and the final product would often be burned. Muffin tins, also called gem pans, were popular around the turn of the 20th century, so people started creating cupcakes in tins. Our daughter loves vanilla cupcakes with vanilla butter cream frosting. This is a recipe that she requires Paula to bake for her birthday every year!

1 1/2 cups self-rising flour

In a large bowl, on the medium speed of an electric mixer, cream the butter until smooth. Add the sugar gradually and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the dry ingredients in 3 parts, alternating with the milk and vanilla. With each addition, beat until the ingredients are incorporated but do not over beat. Using a rubber spatula, scrape down the batter in the bowl to make sure the ingredients are well blended. Carefully spoon the batter into the cupcake liners, filling them about 3/4 full. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cupcake comes out clean. Cool the cupcakes in tins for 15 minutes. Remove from the tins and cool completely on a wire rack before icing.

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

Vanilla Butter cream:

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

The vanilla butter cream we use at the bakery is technically not a butter cream but actually an old-fashioned confectioners’ sugar and butter frosting. Be sure to beat the icing for the amount of time called for in the recipe to achieve the desired creamy texture.

Magnolia’s Vanilla Cupcake (Magnolia’s Bakery NYC) Ingredients Cupcakes:

2 cups sugar 4 large eggs, at room temperature 1 cup milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Icing: Vanilla Butter cream, recipe follows Directions Watch how to make this recipe. Icing: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 (1/2 cup-12 capacity) muffin tins with cupcake papers. In a small bowl, combine the flours. Set aside.

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened 6 to 8 cups confectioners’ sugar 1/2 cup milk 2 teaspoons vanilla extract Place the butter in a large mixing bowl. Add 4 cups of the sugar and then the milk and vanilla. On the medium speed of an electric mixer, beat until smooth and creamy,

about 3 to 5 minutes. Gradually add the remaining sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating well after each addition (about 2 minutes), until the icing is thick enough to be of good spreading consistency. You may not need to add all of the sugar. If desired, add a few drops of food coloring and mix thoroughly. (Use and store the icing at room temperature because icing will set if chilled.) Icing can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days. 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. We carry cool tools for cooks. Cupcakes are a sweet way to please a crowd, and to say “thank you”, or “I love you” to your little cupcake. Also for the grown up kids we carry mini cupcake pans. I like to say that they are less than half the calories of a regular size cupcake. Please keep in touch and read updates as we get closer to October 1st. Paula and I are looking forward to being back downtown. Remember my Foodie Friends: “Life Happens in the Kitchen”. Take care, John and Paula


Family Friendly Event

Friday, September 22 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). www. or call 518-584-0746 for more information.

Free Concert New Skete Monasteries, 273 New Skete Rd., Cambridge, 7:30 p.m. Konevets Quartet, a male vocal ensemble from St. Petersburg, Russia presents a program of harmonic brilliance in the rich tradition of Russian Choral music and the male chamber choir. Performance includes sacred music, classical selections and Imperial regimental songs and marches. Donations welcome. For more information visit or call 518-677-3928 ext. 215.

Saturday, September 23 Academy Antiques Appraisal Day: Academy for Lifelong Learning Fundraiser SUNY Empire State College, 113 West Ave., Room 143, Saratoga Springs, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Bring your antiques to be appraised by local antique appraisers:

CALENDAR G.Heigel Antiques/Estate Sales and Appraisals, Marion Barba, Raymond Bennett of Ballston Coin and a regional representative from Cowan’s Auctions (as seen on the Antiques Roadshow) of Cincinnati, OH. Artwork, jewelry, furniture, clocks, tools, bottles, coins, rugs, uniforms, anything old. Items appraised at $10 each, 3 for $25, Open to the public. For more information, call 518-587-2100 ext. 2390.

8th Annual Adirondack Wool and Arts Festival Washington County Fairgrounds, 392 Old Schuylerville Rd, Greenwich, Saturday and Sunday You can’t buy love, but you can find it handmade at the Festival. Find unique one-of-a-kind gifts, made by regional artisans. Over one hundred vendors offering allnatural 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.

Saratoga Springs Peace Week: Kindness Rocks The Children’s Museum at Saratoga, 69 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 10 a.m For families with children 3 and up, drop-in. Free with museum admission. Celebrate Saratoga Springs Peace Week as we create this peace-themed project. 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, but we encourage all participants to bring their own special rocks with them.

Plein Air Art Festival Grant Cottage, 1000 Mt. McGregor Rd., Gansevoort, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Artists are welcome to bring easels and art supplies to paint the historic site and its panoramic views. Entertainment at the event will include The Lost Radio

Rounders performing “In the Days of Stephen Foster” among other classic compositions at 1 p.m. Children are invited to listen to the music and enjoy an art-based project with Patrice Mastrianni at the nearby picnic area during the musical performance. To register, artists should contact Bev Saunders at or (518) 793-9350. This event is free to artists and the public. Tours of Grant Cottage will be available throughout the day; regular admission prices apply.

6th Annual Autumn Leaves Chicken Barbecue VFW Post 420 Pavilion, 190 Excelsior Ave., Saratoga Springs, 2 – 6 p.m. The barbecue is hosted by the Racing City Rotary Club and the VFW Post 420 Auxiliary. 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.

Together We Rise! A Recovery Celebration! United Methodist Church, corner of 5th Ave, & Henning Rd, Saratoga Springs, 3 – 6 p.m. All are welcome. Join with friends and family and celebrate recovery from addiction. Balloon Release at 4 p.m., Bounce House, Community Potluck and music. Sponsored by Healing Springs Recovery Community Center. For more information call 518-306-3048.

Chicken and Bisquits Dinner South Glens Falls United Methodist Church, 15 Maplewood Parkway, S. Glens Falls, 4:30 – 6 p.m. Soup, complete dinner and homemade desserts. Adults $10, children under 12, $5 and children under 5, free. Take-out and home delivery available. Call 518-793-1152.

Notte Italiana! Stillwater United Church, 747 Hudson Ave., Stillwater, 5 – 6:30 p.m. Menu includes a choice of pastas (gluten free available) and a variety

Week of September 22 – September 28, 2017 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 518-664-7984 for advance tickets or purchase at door. Proceeds to support the church’s Fellowship Hall renovations. Handicap accessible.

Presentation by Karen Gross Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 6 p.m. Teach Our Children Well: Why the January 21, 2017 Marches Matter. Join us for a presentation by author and educator Karen Gross on the significance and signs of the January 2017 Women’s Marches. This event is co-presented with Saratoga Peace Week. For more information and events at Northshire Bookstore visit

Sunday, September 24 8th Annual Nick’s Run to be Healed 5K Clifton Commons, 7 Clifton Common Blvd, Clifton Park, 10 a.m. In honor of five-year-old 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. Prices for 5K and walk are $25 and $30 day of the event. Nick’s Fight to be Healed Foundation 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.

Breakfast Buffet The Sons’ of ITAM Post #35, 247 Grand Ave., Saratoga Springs, 8 – 11:30 a.m. Menu: Fried eggs, scrambled eggs, omelets, toast, pancakes, French toast, home fries, has, breakfast sausage, bacon, sausage gravy and biscuits, coffee, juice,

pastries, fruit cocktail. Cost is $8 for adults and $7 for seniors, children under 5 are free.

Curator’s Tour Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Noon For more information call 518-5808080

Free Concert The First Baptist Church, 202 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Mr. Dave Koblish will minister musically during our Sunday morning service 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 Con-temporary, Traditional, Inspirational and a touch of Country Western and Southern Gospel. David’s website is:

Monday, September 25 Remembering Ryall’s Beach Waterfront Park, located at Crescent Ave., Saratoga Lake, Noon – 2 p.m. Bring your lunch and a lawn chair, your stories, photos and memorabilia. Hosted by Mary Ellen Ryall, descendant of the founder, and Mary Ann Fitzgerald, City Historian, 518-587-2358 or email: Rain date is Tuesday, September. 26. Parking is limited, so please car pool. All are welcome. The Park is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, September 26 Reception to Honor Area Peace Corps Volunteers Mango Tree Imports, Saratoga Marketplace 454 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 6 – 8 p.m. Mango Tree Imports, a global fairtrade gift shop, invites the public to a reception in honor of area Peace Corps volunteers. Mango Tree’s co-owner, Chris Andersen, was a Peace Corps volunteer in Botswana from 1988 to 1991. While this event is not sponsored by the Peace Corps organization, the Andersens invite

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Week of September 22 – September 28, 2017 the public—particularly people who may be interested in joining the Peace Corps—to attend the reception and learn more. For more information, call 518-584-2646 or

The Federal Assault on the Environment Filene Auditorium in Filene Hall, Skidmore College, 815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 6:30 p.m. Judith Enck, a resident of Poestenkill, N.Y., served as a regional administrator for the U.S. Envi-ronmental Protection Agency under President Barack Obama from 2009 until January 2017, when she stepped down with the arrival of President Donald Trump. As head of EPA’s region 2—New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and eight tribal nations— she says a high-light of her tenure was helping to enforce and oversee General Electric’s dredging of PCBs from the upper Hudson River. The event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, September 27 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 518-7931152.

Crimes and Misdeeds of Our Forefathers in 19th Century Malta Malta Ridge United Methodist Church, 729 Malta Ave. Extension, 7 p.m. The Malta Memories Historical Group is sponsoring a program on “Crimes and Misdeeds of Our Forefathers in 19th Century Malta” presented by Town Historian Paul Perreault. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

Utica Peregrine Falcon Project Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St., Saratoga Springs, 7 p.m. Matthew Perry of the Utica Peregrine Falcon Project will share a multimedia presentation of his work.This free program is sponsored by the Southern Adirondack


Audubon Society and is open to the public.

or the Knights Hall at 518-5848547.

Acoustic Blues Open Mic and Jam

Blessing of the Animals, Fall Festival The New Skete Monasteries, located at 273 New Skete Rd, Cambridge, invite you and the animal you love to their annual blessing of the animals on September 30, in celebration of the Feast of Saint Francis. Arrival starts at 2 p.m., blessing service is at 3:30 p.m. Refreshments of the season to follow. All animals must be on a leash or in a secure pen at all times for the safety of the participants and other animals. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit www. or call 518-677-3928 ext. 214.

“Downsizing” - An invitation to Seniors and Family and Friends of Seniors After age 50 people like to prepare for approaching retirement and the “golden”years of leisure by downsizing - now the kids have flown the coop and the mortgage is as good as paid off, there is no need to be maintaining such a large house. A smaller house is cheaper to buy or rent or run plus it makes traveling after retirement easier and makes the transition to residential homes much simpler as less clutter means less hassles with moving and storage. It can be an emotional roller coaster but there are many ways to approach this conversation and to prepare for this complex process. Join us on Sunday, October 1, for lunch at noon and a presentation from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, located at 149 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs. The presenter will be Antoinette Wallace, Executive Director Coburg Village OT/L, MBA, LNHA. This Program is free, including a light lunch, register in advance with Laura Stewart at or call 518-584-0904 press 4. Sponsored by The Lutheran Care Network/Coburg Village and Good Samaritans/Wheat Ridge Ministries.

Support Local Veterans’ Needs Saturday, September 30, Saratoga Springs Knights of Columbus will host the Annual Dinner and Auction to support local veterans’ needs. The Fundraiser donates all proceeds to Stratton VA Medical Center, Saratoga War Horse, and Ballston Spa Homeless Shelters for Vets. This event will take place at Knights of Columbus Home, located at 50 Pine Rd., Saratoga Springs. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. Chinese Auction closes at 7:30 p.m., Silent Auction closes at 8:30 p.m. Thousands of dollars of donated auction items offered during dinner. Dinner tickets One for $20, Two for $36, Table of 10 for $140. Dinner is Caesar salad, rolls, roast pork loin and gravy, roast beef and gravy, penne and broccoli in garlic oil, mashed potatoes, green beans, carrots, applesauce, and a variety of desserts. For more information call Lavern Utter at 518-584-0034

Canines Crossing at the Park Working dogs and their trainers will be featured at the Canines Crossing at the Park event on Sunday, October 1, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Community members are invited to Hudson Crossing Park (just north of Schuylerville) to watch demonstrations of working dogs, including search and rescue dogs, canines that detect low blood glucose, water dogs, guide dogs and canines used by the Saratoga County Sheriff ’s Office and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The event will also include storytelling, a presentation on safe hiking with your dog, food from Revolution Café, face-painting and more. In addition, Hudson Crossing Park will present an award package in its dog of the year contest; entries can be submitted on the park’s website. Attendees are asked to enjoy the demonstrations without bringing their own canines. A $5

Café Lena, 33 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 7 p.m. This months featured artist is Bill Martin, a fine fellow and Blues player, and a regular at the Blues Open Mic. Acoustic Jam to follow. All levels of playing are welcome. Hosted by: NYS Blues Hall of Fame inductee Sonny Speed for SABS. Come on down to listen and play the Blues. Admission: $5.

Ice Cream Social Meetup Adirondack Trust Community Room, 35 Church St., Saratoga Springs, 7 to 9 p.m. The League of Women Voters of Saratoga County invites county residents to join them. Any area residents, both men and women, interested in learning more about the LWV and its programs and activities are invited to attend. 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

Thursday, September 28 The Stories of Your Life Workshop Kinnear Museum of Local History, 52 Main St., Lake Luzerne, 7 p.m. Local author and workshop facilitator Mary Sanders Shartle will be our guest presenter. Miss Shartle has been teaching writing workshops for over fifteen years. Record your most precious gift for friends and family – the stories they’ve been asking you to write down be-fore they are lost forever. The main purpose of the workshop is to encourage adults and seniors to start writing down their stories. Ms. Shartle provides the tools and provides suggestions for contin-uing after the workshop. The class is free of charge, warm, fun and supportive. It requires only pad and pencil. All ability levels welcome. For further information, please contact Maureen Jones at 518-654-7731.

The 2017 Saratoga Showcase of Homes Celebrating 22 years of exceptional homes, this annual fall tradition will once again run over three beautiful weekends this September 23-24 and September 30 - October 1 at various locations throughout Saratoga County, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This year will have a total of 18 new home locations on display in Saratoga County. Tickets to visit all these homes is $20. For more information, visit www.

donation is suggested. For more information on this event, please go to www.hudsoncrossingpark. org, call (518) 350-PARK (7275) or email info@ Apex Solar is the corporate sponsor for this event. 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. Falling Leaves 5K Register for the Falling Leaves 5K in Ballston Spa October 7, at 10 a.m. Start and finish at Kelley Park on Ralph St., Ballston Spa. This race benefits VCHC – Veterans and Community Housing Coalition program earmarked for the Vet House and Guardian House for male and female homeless Veterans in Ballston Spa. Kids fun run (Free) will be held after the 5K with each participant receiving a ribbon. Stay for delicious baked goods and an opportunity to win gift certificates to local businesses. Local businesses have donated over $1,000 in gift certificates for our after-race drawing for those who have registered for the 5K. Pre-registration is $25 and day of race registration cost is $30. Long sleeved T shirts guaranteed to the first 200 registrations Parking is available at the village pool. Applications and online registration at http://www.ballstonspaumchurch. org/falling-leaves-5k-run.html or

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Week of September 22 – September 28, 2017

Adirondack Balloon Festival Weekend Schedule

Friday, Sept. 22: Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport 443 Queensbury Ave., Queensbury. Gates open at 3 p.m. 5 - 6:15 p.m. Flight of 80 balloons including special shapes (weather permitting). Craft Fair hosted by ZONTA, kid’s activities and food vendors. Music performance by The North & South Dakotas. Saturday, Sept. 23: Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport - 443 Queensbury Ave., Queensbury.

5 -10 a.m. “Big Balloon Breakfast” - Airport Hangar.” All-You-CanEat Breakfast - pancakes, French toast, sausage, juice & coffee, gluten free accommodated. $10 Adults, $8 Seniors, $6, Children 4-10, under 4 Free.

balloons (weather permitting) including special shapes.

Adults, $8 Seniors, $6, Children 4-10, under 4 Free.

8 p.m. “Lighting Up The Night.” Airport Moonglow featuring up to 30 Balloons (weather permitting). Bring your flashlights.

Craft Fair hosted by ZONTA, Food Vendors and kid’s activities

6:30-7:30 a.m. Flight of up to 100 balloons including special shapes (weather permitting).

Sunday, Sept. 24: Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport - 443 Queensbury Ave., Queensbury.

Music performances by Buckeye Rooster (2:30 - 4:30 p.m.) and The Old Main (5 – 7 p.m.).

5-10 a.m. “Big Balloon Breakfast” - Airport Hangar.” All-You-CanEat Breakfast - pancakes, French toast, sausage, juice & coffee, gluten free accommodated. $10

5-6:15 p.m. Flight of up to 100

6:30-7:30 a.m. “Walter’s Mass Ascension.” Simultaneous flight of up to 100 balloons and special shapes. 8 a.m. Catholic Mass Entertainment Tent; 9 a.m. Protestant Service. Crandall Park - Glens Falls:

2-5 p.m. Musical performance from Across The Pond. Food Vendors and kid’s activities. 5 p.m. Launch of up to 20 balloons (weather permitting). ALL FLIGHT TIME ARE APPROXIMATE AND ALL ACTIVITIES ARE WEATHER PERMITTING NO DOGS ALLOWED. NO DRONES. NO REMOTE CONTROLLED AIRCRAFTS. NO SMOKING.

Project Lift University Fundraiser at Longfellows Sept. 28 SARATOGA SPRINGS — In order to build awareness and raise essential funds for Project Lift, Franklin Community Center is hosting its annual Project Lift University, a benefit uniquely designed for the program itself. Project Lift University, presented by Informz, will take place 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28 at Longfellows, 500 Union Ave. Live music by Rich Ortiz, tarot card readings, food and drinks, a large silent auction

and a live mission based auction led by Saratoga Today’s Chad Beatty. Tickets are $50, $75, $140 and can be purchased online at or by calling Franklin Community Center at 518-587-9826. Project Lift is a free afterschool prevention program operated by Franklin Community Center that offers a safe, caring and structured environment for youth in grades 1-5. The program’s unique approach heightens

children’s social and emotional competence, builds positive decision-making skills and boosts self-esteem. Additionally, the program places strong emphasis on the prevention of tobacco, drugs, alcohol and bullying, and helps strengthen the bond between child, family, school and community. Enrolled families can receive other ancillary services offered by Franklin Community Center such as holiday assistance, summer camp scholarships, basic necessities and guidance.

Week of September 22 – September 28, 2017


Pick Hit – Be There or Be Square

Blind Boy Paxton performing on the Steinway piano atop the Gazebo Stage at Saratoga Jazz Fest earlier this year. A multi-instrumentalist blessed with a ridiculous amount of talent as anyone fortunate enough to have caught Paxton’s set at the jazz festival will attest. Image by

by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY Don Armstrong & Tom Mitchell, 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22 at Caffe Lena, on Phila Street. With 50 years of song-making behind him, and 6 & 12-string guitars and 5-string banjo in hand, Don sings songs of the Southwest and Old Mexico, tunes from the ‘20’s & ‘30’s and his beautiful original songs that have been hailed worldwide. His song “White Mountains Good Bye” was recorded by Bill Staines, while “Santuario” has been recorded by Woods Tea Company, and “Day After The Day Of The Dead” was covered by cowboy singer Jim Jones. Joining

Don will be longtime friend and onetime musical partner Tom Mitchell. Don & Tom delighted audiences across the country, playing all the major folk clubs and being touted for their exciting vocal blend, top notch songwriting and marvelous sense of humor. General admission $18, café members $16, students & kids $9. Super Dark Collective Presents: Mike Gent of The Figgs with John Powhida, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 22-23 at One Caroline. One Caroline Street. Mike Gent is a founding member of the legendary Figgs who have been making music since 1987. Gent has also played with other legends such as Graham Parker, Tommy

Grant Cottage Hosts Plein Air Art Festival Grant Cottage will host a Plein Air Art Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23. Artists are welcome to bring easels and art supplies to paint the historic site and its panoramic views. Entertainment at the event will include The Lost Radio Rounders performing “In the Days of Stephen Foster,” at 1 p.m. Born on the fourth of July in 1826, America’s first great songwriter was a talented but troubled man. Famous the world over by his late twenties, Stephen Collins Foster would die a penniless alcoholic before he reached forty. Lost Radio Rounders will present Foster’s life story and perform classic compositions including “Beautiful Dreamer,” “My Old Kentucky Home,” “Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair,” “Camptown Races,” “Oh, Susanna,” “The Old Folks

at Home,” and “Hard Times Come Again No More.” Children are invited to listen to the music and enjoy an art-based project with Patrice Mastrianni at the nearby picnic area during the musical performance. Works of participating artists and works by artists who are inspired by the historic site or by Ulysses S. Grant are welcome for display in our online gallery and at our 2017 Civil War Encampment on October 7. The Trimm Digital Gallery was inspired by a visit to the historic site by Wayne Trimm, internationally-known wildlife artist. The painter was the first modern-era artist to display art on the porch of the historic cottage. Ulysses S. Grant Cottage State Historic Site is located at 1000 Mount McGregor Road. For more information, call 518-584-4353.

Stinson (The Replacements), and has shared the stage with bands such as Weezer, U2, The Cranberries and many more. Also: John Powhida, who longtime Albany club goers will recall as the leader of the Staziacks. He relocated to Boston in 2000, and most recently has received positive ink for his performances with John Powhida International Airport. Admission: Free. Seating limited.

Blind Boy Paxton, 7 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 24 at Caffe Lena, Phila Street. Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton is a visually impaired, Jewish, African American multi-instrumentalist (banjo, fiddle, piano and guitar) who brings out the playful side of oldschool music. From the mainstage at Newport Folk Festival to street corners and clubs across the U.S., Blind Boy Paxton carries the torch for

traditional acoustic music. Although only in his 20s, Paxton has earned a reputation for transporting audiences back to the 1920s and making them wish they could stay there for good. He plays everything from ragtime, to hokum, old-time, French reels, Appalachian mountain music, blues and more. General admission $22, café members $20, students & kids $12.

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Week of September 22 – September 28, 2017

Literary Lectures and Filmmaker Screenings Coming to Skidmore in October SARATOGA SPRINGS — For those who may have missed writer Paul Hockenos’ splendid lecture at Northshire Saratoga Bookstore in August, here is a second opportunity: at 5 p.m. on Oct. 3, the author of “Berlin Calling: A Story of Anarchy, Music, the Wall, and the Birth of the New Berlin,” will deliver a lecture at Filene Recital Hall on the campus of Skidmore College. Hockenos will discusses contemporary Berlin, along with Skidmore political-science and English faculty members Flagg Taylor and Marc Woodworth. Book Blurb: Berlin Calling is an exhilarating journey through

the subcultures, occupied squats, and late-night scenes in the anarchic first few years of Berlin after the fall of the wall, and a gripping account of the 1989 “peaceful revolution” in East Germany that upended communism. And if that’s too heavy for you, there’s also some David Bowie and Iggy Pop in there, as well. For more information regarding the event, call 518-580-5240. Later the same evening, American novelist Claire Messud will deliver Skidmore’s annual Frances Steloff Lecture. Messud – perhaps best known as the author of the novel “The Emperor’s

Children,” has just published her fifth novel, ‘‘The Burning Girl.’’ Messud will receive an honorary Skidmore doctorate, read from and speak about her work, and answer audience questions. A book signing will follow. The event takes place at 8 p.m. in the Gannett Auditorium. The lecture series is named for Frances Steloff, who grew up on the west side of Saratoga Springs in the 1890s, ran off to New York City at the age of 19 and in 1920 opened her bookstore - the Gotham Book Mart – which served as an inspiration for the literary world through the 20th century. Steloff battled

with censors and sold in her store then-banned books penned by James Joyce, D. H. Lawrence, and Henry Miller – often receiving copies to sell from the authors themselves, sent money to Anais Nin to publish her works, hired Allen Ginsberg and Tennessee Williams as store clerks and staged book-signing parties for authors like William S. Burroughs and Patti Smith. Steloff died in 1989 at the age of 101, and is buried in Saratoga Springs. On Oct. 19, a screening of the documentary film “Bombshell” will take place at 4:30 p.m. in Gannett Auditorium. The film,

about the little-known scientific genius of 1940s movie star Hedy Lamarr, will be followed by a conversation with Lesley Norman, programming executive at New York PBS affiliate WNET, and with the film’s director and producer, Alexandra Dean. On Oct. 24, a screening of the film “Darker Than Blue: Curtis Mayfield,” will take place at 5 p.m. at the Tang Museum. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Don McCormack, former dean of special programs, and the filmmaker, Caryl Phillips, this year’s McCormack Visiting Artist-Scholar at Skidmore.

Cars (No, Not Those Cars) At SPAC This Weekend: Premiere Automobile Auction To Take Place Atop Saratoga Performing Arts Center Stage

Cars at SPAC this weekend. Photo provided.




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SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Automobile Museum will host the inaugural Saratoga Auto Auction Friday, Sept. 22 and Saturday, Sept. 23 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. “We have an exceptional collection of cars, boats, trucks and motorcycles set to be auctioned off on the Saratoga Performing Art Center stage,” auction director Jeff Whiteside said in a statement. “We have American, Foreign, Antique, Classic, Exotic, Modern and Hot Rod cars consigned along with a number of boats and motorcycles, all in a broad range of prices.” Spectators seated in the SPAC amphitheater will see cars from throughout across the Northeastern United States and Canada auctioned to the highest bidder. Buyers will have the opportunity to join the “hobby” with a wide variety of vehicles under $20,000 as well as the avid

collector will have a spectacular group of vehicles to choose from that have never been for sale at any auction before. The event is a fundraiser for the Saratoga Automobile Museum to support its education programs and distracted driving safety initiative. Organizers say approximately 200 consigned vehicles worth about $8 million will be available. The live auction, with famed auctioneer Brent Earlywine wielding the gavel, will commence at 4 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday. Both will be available for photos. Bidders have the option to bid live, online, or by phone through Proxibid. To register online, visit or by contact Olivia Harrison at 518.587.1935 x13. Spectator tickets are at $20 each day, or $30 for both days and can be found online at


Week of September 22 – September 28, 2017

Stravinsky Saturday Concert at Hubbard Hall CAMBRIDGE — Conductor and pianist Daniel Shulman will lead an assembled group of artists in a performance of Stravinsky’s “The Story of a Solder” (L’Histoire du Soldat) and other complementary pieces at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23 at Hubbard Hall, located at 25 East Main St. The performance combines chamber music, dance, and spoken word to tell the tale of a soldier making a deal with the devil

and becoming a victim of his own greed. Shulman will conduct musicians Kaori Washiyama, Susan Daves, Matthew Gold, Paul Green, Wesley Hopper, and Robert Zimmerman while Adam Shulman, Jack Boggan, and Siri Allison tell the story through text, movement, and dance. The program will also feature Giuseppe Tartini’s The Devil’s Trill Sonata (performed by Kaori Washiyama), Franz Schubert’s Margaret at the Spinning

Wheel (performed by Rebecca Iris Rogers), and The Legend of Battle Hill (told by Nancy Marie Payne). Tickets are $25 for general admission and $15 for students and can be purchased online at www., through the Box Office at 518-677-2495, or at the door. An additional performance will occur Sunday, September 24 at the Salem Courthouse. For more information on that appearance, go to:

week of 9/22-9/28 friday, 9/22: Don Armstrong & Tom Mitchell, 8 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 Jukebox, 10 pm @ Caroline St. Pub — 583.9400 Folk Singer Michael Primeau, 7 pm @ Hudson River Music Hall — 832.3484 Mike O’Donnell, 7 pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583.1890 Rick Rosoff Quartet, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue — 583.2582 Super Dark Collective: Mike Gent of The Figgs w/John Powhida, 9 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026 Formula 5 w/ After Funk, 8 pm @ Putnam Den — 584.8066

saturday, 9/23: Huxtable, Christensen, & Hood, 8 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 Radio Junkies, 10 pm @ Caroline St. Pub — 583.9400 Barbora Kolářová, Classical Violinist, 7 pm @ Hudson River Music Hall — 832.3484 Chuck Lamb Quartet, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue — 583.2582 Super Dark Collective: Mike Gent of The Figgs w/John Powhida, 9 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026

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Ryan Clarke, Acoustic Rock, 8 pm @ Hudson River Music Hall — 832.3485

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Super Dark Collective : Cretin Hop, 8 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026 Hot Club of Saratoga — every Sunday, Noon @ Salt & Char — 450.7500

Open Mic Night, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022

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Hot Club of Saratoga, 7 pm @ Hamlet + Ghost — 450.7287 Tim Wechgelaer & Chris Carey, Acoustic Duo, 7:30 pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583.1890 The Masters of Nostalgia, 8 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026 Irish Celtic Session, 7 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583.1916

Hot Club of Saratoga — every Sunday, Noon @ Salt & Char — 450.7500

Open Mic — every Thursday, 10 pm @ Circus Café — 583.1106 Jeff Walton, Acoustic Folk Rock, 6 pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583.1890 Hot Club of Saratoga, 7 pm @ Mouzon House — 226.0014 Cloud Lifter, 8 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026 The New McKrells, 8 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583.1916 “Liquid Stranger/Manic Focus, Luzoid “, 6:30 pm @ Upstate Concert Hall — 371.0012

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Robbie Fulks, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022

Super Dark Collective : Cretin Hop, 8 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026

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Fri & sat: 10:00 am, 11:30 am, 12:30, 2:10, 3:10, 5:00, 6:20, 7:40 sun: 10:00 am, 11:30 am, 12:30, 3:10, 4:45, 6:20 mon & tue: 12:10, 2:10, 3:10, 5:00, 6:20, 7:40 WeD: 12:10, 3:10, 4:45, 6:20 thu: 12:10, 2:10, 3:10, 5:00, 6:20, 7:40

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Ryan Clarke, Acoustic Rock, 8 pm @ Hudson River Music Hall — 832.3485

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Super Dark Collective Presents: Dover and the Elevators, 10 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026

Acoustic Blues Open Mic & Jam, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022

sun: 2:00, 7:00 WeD: 2:00, 7:00

the leGo ninjaGo movie (PG) 3D

monday, 9/25:

Forthlin Road, 8 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583.1916

Blind Boy Paxton, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022

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Blind Boy Paxton, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022

Beau Sasser’s Escape Plan w/Wurliday, 9:30 pm @ Putnam Den — 584.8066

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KinGsman: the GolDen CirCle Fri - sun: 10:30 am, 11:10 am, 2:30, 6:10, 6:50, 9:30 mon - thu: 12:00, 2:30, 6:10, 6:50, 9:30 (r) 2D Fri - sun: 9:50 am, 1:00, 4:10, 7:30, 10:35 KinGsman: the GolDen CirCle mon - thu: 1:00, 4:10, 7:30, 10:35 (r) 2D BtX Fri - thu: 9:00 Pm the leGo ninjaGo movie (PG) 3D the leGo ninjaGo movie (PG) 2D

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Week of September 22 – September 28, 2017


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Week of September 22 – September 28, 2017

Puzzles Across 1 Two cents 4 Place for pews 11 Hubcap holder 14 NASDAQ news 15 Awabi sushi mollusk 16 Actress Brenneman 17 Get-even competition 19 “Tell Me More” broadcaster 20 __ de Cervantes 21 El stop: Abbr. 22 City SSE of Sana’a 23 Bath oil additive 24 Kunta Kinte’s country 26 Traffic slower 29 Suffix in skin product names 30 Pressure letters 32 Usual 34 Tests using mice 38 They’re often seen under hoods 42 “It’s __ simple” 43 The other side of midnight? 44 __ reaction 45 Skated 48 Crammer’s tablet 50 “I didn’t get that” 54 One of a Social Security card pair 57 Problem for Lady Macbeth 58 Unwritten parts of some addresses 59 Scarlet letter, e.g. 61 Babe’s environs 62 Last-minute interception, say, and a hint to this puzzle’s circles 64 Torah holder 65 Fallacious 66 Cauliflower __ 67 “Street Dreams” rapper 68 Droopy face feature 69 Like about half the counties in Arkansas Down 1 18th Greek letter 2 4, at times 3 Cry of support 4 Herb in a ballad 5 Genesis brother 6 “We Were Soldiers” setting 7 What stripes and polka dots do 8 Added (up)

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See puzzle solution on page 46 9 Free, as a bird 10 “Does nothing for me” 11 Anita Baker genre 12 1983 Pritzker prize recipient 13 Loy of “Thin Man” films 18 Fight with rules 22 Mideast capital 24 __ paper 25 Tycoon Hammer 27 Its capital is Luanda 28 Sushi topper 30 Sports org. founded in 1916 31 Co-star of James and Natalie in “Rebel Without a Cause” 33 Wise __ 35 Went like lightning 36 Former French coin 37 2003 retiree, briefly

39 Positive point 40 Fifth state: Abbr. 41 Half a beverage 46 Reptile with a “third eye” 47 Blocked, beaver-style 49 God in both Eddas 50 Where to see the House 51 Dvorák’s “Rusalka,” for one 52 Some ascetics 53 Rhone tributary 55 Sully 56 Bother no end 59 It’s about a foot 60 Works on roads 62 PX patrons 63 Blubber

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Accuracy in word choice is a key to effective communication. In your daily writing and speaking, try to make sure you use the right word in the right place with the right spelling. By doing so, its effect will affect your communication in a positive way. This quick weekly tip will help you filter the confusion in some of our daily word choices. This Week: Thrash, Thresh Thrash means to beat, defeat, or move violently. In yesterday’s ballgame, we thrashed the opposition. Some in the yoga class thrashed their arms like windmills. Thresh means to separate seeds of grain from husks by beating. The farm workers thresh the wheat in the fields twice a week. Dave Dowling is the author of The Wrong Word Dictionary and The Dictionary of Worthless Words. Both books are available from many book retailers, and signed copies can be obtained by contacting Dave at

Week of September 22 – September 28, 2017


Saratogian Inducted Into NYS Baseball Hall of Fame by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Union College baseball coach Paul Mound is being inducted at the New York State Baseball Hall of Fame on November 12. “There is a local organization that runs the only baseball hall of fame organization that is not affiliated with Cooper’s Town in the country, only New York State offers it. They recognize people that have had an impact on baseball and it doesn’t matter if that impact was professional, umpiring, or if it was sponsoring a little league baseball team. So if you’ve had long standing effect on kids in the game of baseball, that’s what gets recognized. In addition, there are some pretty impressive Major League Baseball (MLB) players who also get recognized,” Mound explained. Coach Mound has been head coach at Union College for the last seven years. His impact on the baseball program is unprecedented. When he took over the position, he knew that he had to start from the ground up and was very honest with his coaching staff and players. “We broke every record in Union baseball history. We went 26 and 13 in 2013; I had the conference player of the year, Tyler Heck, in 2013. He was actually offered three MLB contracts as a free agent. In 2014 we won the conference title and the Liberty League Championship and advanced on to the NCAA and that was the first time Union had ever gone to NCAA. In 2016 we won the conference title and NCAA again. We’ve also won the Liberty League Championship three times in the last five years. It has been quite a run for us,” Mound remarked. Baseball started at Union College in 1860 and was the first sport to ever be played on that campus. In 1860 and 2000, Union’s team won 20 games in a season. When Mound took over the program, the average win-loss record was eight and 28. “We were abysmal,” Mound laughed, “and two years into my coaching there, we won the Liberty League Championship for the first time in the school’s history.”

“I would say that the program has been building under Coach Mound, I have lived it and I have seen it,” said David Peretti, former captain of the Union baseball team. Originally from Amsterdam, Mound’s love of baseball started in high school. He played for a program in the 1970’s that held the Guinness Book of World Records title for the most consecutive wins in the history of the game. This record was only recently broken eight years ago. The team he played on in high school won 77 consecutive games. “I had some pretty great teammates. My high school catcher was a guy named Gary Tuck. He was the Yankees catching instructor during the Joe Torre era and he was the guy responsible for converting Jorge Posada from a second baseman into a catcher,” Mound said nostalgically. Mound also created the Saratoga Stampede Baseball Club in 2001. This is a travel baseball program that joined the American Legion Baseball League in 2005. Creating this league is also part of the reason he is being inducted. He also coached Saratoga Thunder, a softball team, for a number of years. They held an excellent record of 200 wins and 20 losses, approximately. Mound was also inducted into the Amsterdam Baseball Hall of Fame in January. Mound received the call in July that he was to be inducted into the New York State Baseball Hall of Fame. “They called me in July. They said, ‘congrats you’ve made the cut and you’re going to be inducted on November 12 and here is a list of guys you’re going in with.’ To be honest with you, I said to the guy who runs the committee, ‘what am I even doing on that list?’ Just kind of crazy,” he explained in awe. Three other Saratogians have been inducted over the years. Fonzie Lambert from Spa Catholic and Dale Wong, also from Spa Catholic, both inducted five years ago, and Pat Pepino who was inducted

Coach Mound and his assistant coaches watch from the dugout.

two years ago. “To think that there are four of us in that short of a span inducted, is extremely humbling,” Mound said. Mound is assisted at Union College by his son Jeff Mound who is in his eighth year of coaching, Andy Brown, who is also in his eighth year of coaching, associate head coach Art McDonald, who has been coaching alongside Mound for 18 years, and pitching coach Ryan White who is in his second year coaching. “My entire Union coaching staff, aside from Art, are all prior Saratoga Stampede players,” Mound explained. He credits his success to the support of his players, community, and the city of Saratoga Springs. His previous players have nothing but kind things to say about him. “Coach Mound is really an amazing coach and guy. I’ve never done better than when I played under his wing. He’s the sort of guy who would do anything for you. He’s a great coach and a great guy. He really turned the program around and I don’t have enough positive things to say about him,” said Tyler Heck, former Union College baseball player, who played for three years under Coach Mound. “What I appreciate from Coach is that he will match

your investment and then some. If you showed him the passion and hard work, he would double that back for you. Whether this is in baseball, a job hunt, or whatever life is throwing at you, Coach was happy and proactive to help you get to where you

wanted to go,” said Peretti. “I don’t intend to stop,” Mound said, “I’m about 70 wins away from setting the all time winnings coach record at Union College in their history. I intend to keep that rolling, because that’s the goal I’ve had since the day I started there.”



Week of September 22 – September 28, 2017

Saratoga YMCA Basketball League by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Mike Laudicina, basketball league coordinator at the Saratoga YMCA, originally started the league in 1991 for kids who did not make the JV or Varsity teams at their school, so that they would still have a chance to play basketball. “We found that there was so many young people who were good enough to play on those teams but they can only have so many there. So we started with six teams and ended up, when I originally retired in 2009, 24 teams in the league,” said Laudicina. Laudicina retired in 2009 and then decided to come back in a smaller capacity in 2015. “I had this passion for basketball and if somebody else comes in and doesn’t have that same passion, sometimes it’s not the same thing on that front burner. So they called me up in 2015 to come back because I had retired. I came back and there were only four teams, 26 boys,” Laudicina explained. The fall basketball league is co-ed, just how Laudicina prefers it. He is a father with boys and girls and has always demanded that his league be for both. “I don’t like leaving out girls because sometimes they’re

better than the boys. Especially in the younger years, because physically they’re about the same,” Laudicina said. This year’s league will have 12 teams and approximately 15 girls playing. When Laudicina came back after retirement there were four teams and this year they are shooting for 12, six in the junior division and six in the varsity division. The junior division is for grades five through eight and the varsity division is for grades nine through 12. “The league gets kids in here from all over; it’s not just Saratoga, it’s Ballston Spa, Mechanicville, Corinth. The whole area, because there really is nothing for these kids to do so it keeps them out of trouble. They have one practice a week for an hour and then our games are on Sunday mornings, around 10:30 a.m. and goes until all the games are done,” Laudicina explained the league. There are two coaches per team and nine scheduled games and at least one playoff game as each team makes the playoffs. If your team succeeds in the playoffs, there will be 12 games total. “The great part about this, is that so many of the coaches played in the league. They want to give back, it’s all volunteers. It’s great to see them come back and say, ‘you

Mike Laudicina in the YMCA gymnasium. Photo by Thomas Kika.

know what, it was great for me and I want to make it great for somebody else,” Laudicina said. Registration fees are $74 for YMCA members and $125 for non-members. “We have sponsorship money for everything at the Y. Anyone can be sponsored and get scholarships,” Laudicina clarified. If interested kids come in and they don’t have an active home life and they want to play but they can’t afford to or don’t have the parental

involvement to, Laudicina will help them fill out paperwork and get sponsored so that they can still play. “Some people see the price and they say ‘jeez, that’s a lot’ and they can’t afford to bring their kids in, but there are scholarships that can help!” Laudicina said encouragingly. Last year the league had around 63 players and 10 of them were fully sponsored. The Over-50 Basketball League had a player pass away and in his honor they made a collection and they donated it to the younger kids for sponsorships. So that is used to help. Registration begins Sept. 18 and runs through Nov. 19 with games beginning Dec. 3. “On November 19, we have something we call Skills Assessment. It’s not a try out because a try out means you might not make it. Everybody makes the team; we just want them to be evenly matched. Last year, we had eight teams and in both divisions, there were no teams who didn’t win two or three games and no body who won every game. Everybody gets to play in the league; everybody has to sit down too. So if you have a star player, they can’t play the whole game,” Laudicina said. Laudicina has already seen

success since he has restarted at the YMCA with his summer league program. “I couldn’t believe it, up until the day we started people were trying to get in. Once we ordered shirts and everything, there was nowhere to go. So we had a few I couldn’t get in,” he said. First and second place winners of the fall league receive trophies at the yearly banquet put on by the Elks Club on Maple Ave. The Elks Club also sponsors a team. There is also a James Cudney Award which is for a senior in high school who demonstrates what it means to be a wonderful teammate, student, and volunteer. Laudicina said they are always looking for more coaches and sponsors, so contact him if you are interested; “When the league started, I was the youth director here. Kids used to come up to my office and say to me, ‘I saw the paper!’ And I would say, ‘yeah I know! You scored however many points.’ I knew everybody’s name, and I knew what he or she did and it made them feel important. That’s the other thing, to make these kids feel important,” Laudicina wrapped up. Registration begins Sept. 18, visit for more information.

Week of September 22 – September 28, 2017


Tail of the Fish: The Official Kickoff to Regatta Season! by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Rowing Association is putting on its’ annual season-opening regatta on Saturday, Sept. 30 beginning at 8:00 a.m. This 2-mile race is held on Fish Creek in Saratoga Springs. Visit for more information and the schedule of the event. “We look forward to this regatta each fall as it serves two major purposes; it gives our new and younger athletes race prep before larger

regattas later this season and it allows us to work through the many logistics that must be well coordinated to off the significantly larger Head of the Fish regatta next month,” said Chris Chase, Regatta Director. “It will take over 225 people and 3,200 volunteer hours to run the three days of regattas this fall. That’s in addition to all the work put in from our dedicated coaches and staff. Starting off with a smaller regatta really does help us get those systems up and running once again,” Katherine Smith, Director of Development and Volunteer Coordinator stated. Last years’ regatta took place on a beautiful day. Photo by Barb Tyler Photography.



Week of September 22 – September 28, 2017

COMMUNITY SPORTS BULLETIN Ballet and Baseball CLIFTON PARK — On Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 4:00 p.m. The Dance Department will have a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate their re-opening under new management. After the ceremony, an open house will follow with entertainment by student dancers. Under the new ownership, online registration will be implemented, a parent portal will now be an option on the website, and there will be a stronger social media presence. Upcoming promotions include, a free pitching lesson from a former major league baseball player for a family member or friend of the dancer, and a “Meet Us at the Barre” class for adults. For more information, contact Connie Sweeney at 518-961-2821.

Ragnar Relay Adirondacks SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Friday, Sept. 22 until Saturday, Sept. 23, teams will head north starting in Saratoga Springs and traveling all the way to Lake Placid, the home of two Winter Olympic games. The cost varies, depending on how many team members you have. After arriving at Million Dollar Beach in Lake George, runners will rest and sleep, then continue on. “Discover what it means to find your inner wild. Your

sore legs won’t last, but your memories will,” said the official statement.

Capital Region Walk for R.I.T.A. SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Sunday, Sept. 24 at 9:00 a.m. at the Orenda Pavilion at Saratoga Spa State Park, join the Capital Region NY Chapter of the American Foundation for the Suicide Prevention walk. It is free admission. Contact Brynn Miltner at 518-396-7359 for more information.

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 noncontact clinic that will teach proper boxing techniques and conditioning. Contact the Recreation Department at (518) 587-3550 x2300 or recreservations@saratoga-springs. org with questions and registration fee information.

Saratoga Springs Figure Skating Club SARATOGA SPRINGS — 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. A free open house will take place on Sunday, September 17 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for all interested in what figure skating is about. For more information, contact Rachel@

Saratoga Springs Recreation Department Fall Field Hockey League SARATOGA SPRINGS — Starting September 13 through October 21 the rec center will host a fall field 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 518587-3550 ext 2300 or with any questions.

Wellness Walk 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

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at basic fitness levels. To register, please call 518-450-0321.

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

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

Saratoga Bike Bingo 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 or email bikebingo@

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 twiceweekly 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.

Week of September 22 – September 28, 2017

National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame Names Winners of the Triple Crown in Honor of Penny Chenery SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Sept. 16, Penny Chenery passed away at age 95 in her Colorado home. “Penny Chenery was a remarkable person and a wonderful ambassador for our sport,” said John Hendrickson, the Museum’s president. “She was a champion for the thoroughbred and a role model for all. It is the Museum’s privilege to recognize her contributions to racing. Secretariat was a Triple Crown champion and so is Penny. The Museum is honored to have Penny forever interwoven in the legacy of the Triple Crown within our institution,” according to the statement.

Ballston Spa vs. Saratoga Boys Soccer BALLSTON SPA — On Saturday, Sept. 16 Ballston Spa hosted Saratoga Springs and lost 2-0. Aidan O’Malley scored a corner kick for Saratoga in the first half. In the second half, Simon Smith scored a p-kick for Saratoga.

Suburban Field Hockey League SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Friday, Sept. 15 Saratoga played at Shaker, taking the game at 6-1. With no points in the first half from either side, the second half saw a surge from Saratoga. Jessie House scored twice, with help from Lindsey Frank and Katelyn Ginley; Lindsey Frank; Grace Ziehnert; Molly Russell with help from Emily Leonard; and Eric McCarthy. On the Shaker side, Abby Testo scored. Saratoga goalie Renee Banagan had four saves, Shaker goalies Kelly Fitzpatrick had twelve saves and Emmie Roberts had four saves.



JMJC Wins 10 Medals

Schuylerville Girls Soccer SCHUYLERVILLE — Schuylerville played Johnstown and won 2-0. In the first half, there was no scoring. In the second half, Schuylerville’s Emma Nesbitt scored with an assist from Amy Moreau, Schuylerville scored on their own goal. Allison Morey, Johnstown, had 19 saves and Caitlin Kelleher, Schuylerville, had four goal saves. Schuylerville had eight corner kicks and Johnstown had three.

Saratoga Catholic vs. Stillwater Volleyball

Girl Scouts Run the World 5k and Daisy Dash

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Saints won against the Stillwater Warriors 3-0. High scorers for the Saints were: Ani Crocker, 16 service points, four aces, nine digs; Grace Fornabia had six service points, four aces, 11 kills, and two blocks; Elise Browell had 11 service points, four kills, and 12 assists; Kennedy Murphy had four service points, two aces, and four kills; Grace O’Rielly had seven service points, three aces, and three kills. For the Warriors, Chloe Farr had two dig and four kills; Emily Prince had four digs; Skylar Brennan had five assists and four digs. Ending with, Saints 3-0 and Warriors 2-3.

SCHENECTADY — On Saturday, Oct. 21, rain or shine, come out at 8:30 a.m. for checkin of the Run the World 5k and the Daisy Dash. This event is non-competitive but includes a time clock for serious runners. Registration is $20 for Girl Scouts and non-member children, which includes a t-shirt, medal, and patch. $15 for adults which includes a t-shirt. The Daisy Dash is a half mile race for children in first grade and younger. The 5k begins at 10:00 a.m. and the Daisy Dash is at 11:15 a.m. To register, www. and click on the events tab.

JMJC group photo. Photo provided by Jason Morris.

WEST POINT — Athletes from the Jason Morris Judo Center in Glenville, NY won nine medals at the New York State Championships on Sept. 16 held at West Point Military Academy. Newcomer Devin Acton, 18, picked up gold’s in the 81kg under 21 division as well as the 81kg Senior Brown Belt Category. Acton is originally

from Honolulu, HI. Pete Stanley, 33, was also a double medalist winning a gold in the Masters (over 30 division) and +100kg weight class then grabbed a silver in the men’s +100kg division. Kell Berliner, 23, was the third double medalist for the JMJC. Berliner won a silver in 90kg and then a bronze in the 81kg. Solomon Choran, 17, had his

best performance to date winning a silver in the men’s 81kg division. Zach Judy, 24, fought up a weight class from his normal 60kg but still took silver in 66kg. Nate Torres, 18, placed second in the 81kg brown belt division. Burnt Hills graduate Quentin Cook, 19, claimed a bronze in the 73kg to close out the JMJC medal count.