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LOCAL • INDEPENDENT • FREE Volume 11  •  Issue 42  •  October 27 – November 2, 2017 • (518) 581-2480

Spa Catholic Volleyball 16-0 by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY

SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Friday, Oct. 20 the Saratoga Central Catholic Saints varsity volleyball team defeated Cambridge 3-0, making the Saints the undefeated Wasaren League Champions, with a 16-0 season. Coach Maria Izzo started the evening with honoring all of the seniors on the team, including Cambridge’s seniors, with flowers and kind words. “This group of eight people has been a fun group. They The Saints jump for joy as they remain undefeated.

NY’s Largest Aquatic Center Coming to Exit 12

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Inside TODAY


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New Hotel in S.S.

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Breaking Ground on Geyser

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Property Transactions

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Halloween Calendar

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Buy Local

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Food pg. 57 Rendering provided by Megan Baker of Baker Public Relations. See Aquatic pg. 17

Sports at a Glance

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Week of October 27 – November 2, 2017

Neighbors: Snippets of Life from Your Community Who: Nancy Muldoon. Where: Saratoga Springs. Q. Where are you originally from? A. I was born and raised in Saratoga Springs. I grew up right around the corner form the racetrack on White Street. It was pretty idyllic childhood. Lots of kids. We used to play hide and seek in the racecourse when it was closed. That was a lot of fun. Q. You moved away and then came back? A. We moved to Brooklyn for the last year of my high school. Q. How has Saratoga changed? A. It’s a lot more upscale than when I was a kid in the ‘70s. Broadway was pretty run-down place. The Batcheller Mansion was set for demolition and I remember the Milligan Mansion, on Phila and Circular, being closed when I was a kid. It’s a beautiful place. A lot of those places were boarded-up there over by the original Skidmore campus. Q. What would you like to see more of in Saratoga Springs today? A. Affordable housing for working-class people. And more of a real arts scene. I don’t think Saratoga has an arts scene the way a place like Troy or Brooklyn does. I think that we can be a lot more adventurous. We don’t promote local artists the way we should. Q. What are some of your hobbies? Nancy Muldoon. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

A. I love films. My favorite actress is French movie star Isabelle Huppert. She’s like the Meryl Streep of France, she can play any role. Q. What did you want to be when you were a kid? A. A jockey. Q. What do you do? A. I give private tours, accommodating up to four people at a time. It’s a friendly, informative, intimate tour. I pick people up anywhere in Saratoga and we make our way to Skidmore, North Broadway and work our way through town. We go to Grant’s Cottage when it’s open, and eventually I hope to do tours of the battlefield. Q. What kind of things do people want to know? A. People are interested in Saratoga. They want to experience it. They want to see it and taste it and touch it. Some people are interested in tasting the mineral water, some ask what restaurant they should eat at. They want to go where the locals go, so I offer suggestions. Not every tour is exactly the same: some people like to get out of the car and do things and some people don’t, so it really depends on what they want to do. It’s informative and fun. Q. What is your favorite building in Saratoga? A. The Lincoln bath building, which I think is just an extraordinarily beautiful building, and the Nolan House, on Circular and Park Place; 75 Clinton is another one. There are so many, there is no shortage of great buildings in Saratoga. For more information about Muldoon’s Inside Saratoga- Tours In and Around Saratoga Springs, go to:

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Fall Festival To Be Held Downtown on Saturday, Oct. 28 SARATOGA SPRINGS — A Fall Festival, featuring free family fun will be presented by the Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28 at a variety of downtown locations.

Fall Festival Saturday, October 28 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. FREE Family Fun in Downtown Saratoga 10:30 Stories Under the Big Top: Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway. With the Maple Ave Middle School Drama Club 11-3 Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest: Henry St. Pet Partners LLC will be hosting a Dog Costume Contest! Entries accepted all day, winner will be announced on Facebook at Pet Partners LLC, plus doggie & Human treats! 11-1 Matthew Boyce Elvis Tribute Artist: Henry St. Sponsored by Zanetti Architectural Millwork. 11-1 2 Guys Drumming Interactive Drumming: Visitors Center, 297 Broadway. Sponsored by Advantage Press. 11-1 Roxy & The Road King: Arcade Building, 376 Broadway. Sponsored by Spoken Boutique. 11-2 Sean the Prankster, Magician: Strolling Broadway. Sponsored by Harvey’s Restaurant and Bar. 11-2 Princess Carriage: Visitors Center, 297 Broadway. Sponsored by Saratoga YMCA. 11-3 Cupcake Decorating: Bread Basket Bakery, 65 Spring St. 11-3 Make Your Own Candy Corn Pal: Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St. 11-3 Coffee Sack Hop: Visitors Center, 297 Broadway.

11-2 Crazy Christine Balloon Creations: G. Williker’s, 461 Broadway. Sponsored by G. Williker’s. 11-3 Pumpkin Roll: Caroline Street. Pumpkins donated by Sunnyside Gardens. Prizes donated by Saratoga Strike Zone! 11-3 Pony Rides & Petting Zoo: Collamer Parking Lot. Sponsored by the Adirondack Trust Company. 11-3 Rock Climbing Wall: Collamer Parking Lot. Operated by Rock Solid Fun Sponsored by Pet Partners, LLC. 11-3 On The Spot Photo: Henry St. Sponsored by Cudney’s Cleaners and Impressions of Saratoga. 11-3 Mini Golf: The Children’s Museum, 69 Caroline St. Sponsored by Cudneys Cleaners. 11-3 Face Painting: Ben & Jerry’s, 34 Phila St. Sponsored by Ben & Jerry’s. 11-3 Corn Hole: Impressions, 368 Broadway. 11-3 Halloween Crafts with the Beagle School, The Children’s Museum, 69 Caroline St. 11-3 Carnival Activities: The Children’s Museum, 69 Caroline St. 11-3 Crafts & Face Painting: Saratoga Paint & Sip Studio, 80 Henry St. 11-3 Nick Taveggia Juggling: Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway. Sponsored by Northshire Bookstore. 11-3 Pumpkin Pancakes by Jodie Fitz:

Saratoga Olive Oil Co, 484 Broadway. While supplies last.

2:15-3:30 Scavenger Run: iRun Local, 18 Congress St.

11-4 FREE Studio Time: Creative Sparks, 43 Phila St. All studio fees waived for Halloween themed pieces!

1:30-3:30 Rich Bala: Arcade Building, 376 Broadway. Sponsored by Saratoga Paint & Sip Studio.

11-4 Draw a Stinky Dog: Stinky Dog, 488 Broadway.

3-3:20 Children’s Costume Parade: Line up at The City Center, 522 Broadway.

11-4 Mini Makeup Applications & Chair Massages: Saratoga Botanicals Organic Spa & Store, 80 Henry St. 11-4 Meet Steampunk Brit, Body Art & Tee Shirt Giveaway: Steampunk Yoga, 517 Broadway. 11-4 Comic Fest: Comic Depot, 514 Broadway. 12-2 Skidmore Circus: Visitors Center, 297 Broadway. Performances every half hour. 12-2 Alan Edstrom the Magician: Plum Dandy, 419 Broadway. Sponsored by Saratoga Springs Family Dentistry. 12-3 Sparkles the Tall Juggler: Strolling up and down Broadway. Sponsored by Clements Insurance. 1-3 Magic Dan the Magician: Traveling Broadway. Sponsored by the SSAD. 1-3 Seth & the Moody Melix: Henry St. Dance to some great music. Sponsored by Lifestyles. 1-3 Lifeline Band: The Adirondack Trust Drive-Thru, 473 Broadway. Sponsored by Caroline & Main.

3:30 Parade Down Broadway to Congress Park: Led by “2 Guys Drumming!” 4-4:30 Free Carousel Rides! For all who participated in the parade! Sponsored by The Department of Public Works.

At The Saratoga Farmers’ Market 9-1: Live Music by Four Old Guys and Er Go Blu 1Fall Leaf Wreath Activity for Children of All Ages Guess the Weight of the Pumpkin Contest Winner Announced at 10:00

Tasty Treats Harvey’s Restaurant & Bar, 14 Phila St: $1.00 Cups of Mac & Cheese VENT Fitness, 307 Broadway: Healthy Snacks and Smoothies Henry Street Tap Room, 86 Henry St: Halloween Treat $1

Trick-or-Treat Locations G. Willikers, Impressions of Saratoga, Lifestyles, N. Fox Jewelers, Northshire Bookstore, Mountainman Outdoor Supply Co, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, VENT Fitness, Saratoga Candy Co, Saratoga Juice Bar, Spoken Boutique, Silverado Jewelry Gallery, Saratoga Farmers’ Market, Stinky Dog, The Comic Depot, Creative Sparks, Silverwood Gallery, Saratoga Paint & Sip Studio, Violet’s of Saratoga, deJonghe Original Jewelry, Caroline & Main, PaperDolls of Saratoga, Lifestyles of Saratoga, Saratoga Botanicals Organic Spa & Store, Saratoga Olive Oil Co



Lower Speed Limits in Malta Signed into Law MALTA — This week Senator Jim Tedisco (R-Glenville) and Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner (D-Round Lake) announced that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a measure they sponsored, enabling the Town of Malta to lower speed limits on its local roads when a higher speed is deemed potentially hazardous to public safety. The home-rule legislation,

which was requested by town officials, requires the state Department of Transportation to defer to the Malta Town Board requests for speed limit signage and signal changes. In particular, the law authorizes the town, in certain instances, to decrease the speed limit from 55 miles per hour to between 30 and 25 miles per hour on town roads and 15 miles per hour near school zones.

Mount McGregor Proposals Rejected WILTON — Each of the proposals submitted earlier this year for renovating the former Mount McGregor Correctional Facility were “deemed unfeasible” on Oct. 19, according to a statement provided by Empire State Development (ESD). In March, the state agency organized a tour of the facility for media outlets, state lawmakers and local

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economic-development officials. Three proposals were submitted in a formal ESD process before a May 31 deadline. That process is now canceled. The ESD statement indicated that further attempts to market the property “could include having direct discussions with potential developers.”

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Saratoga Hospital Breast Health Forum SARATOGA SPRINGS — The latest advances in breast cancer detection and treatment will be shared at Saratoga Hospital’s 13th annual Breast Health Symposium on Nov. 4, from 8 a.m. to noon, at the Gideon Putnam Hotel. The theme for this year’s symposium is “Navigating Your Personal

Journey,” which focuses on how the breast care team at Saratoga Hospital works collaboratively to ensure every patient has the medical and emotional support they need. In keeping with the center’s commitment to collaboration, the symposium will feature presentations from across the care

continuum at Saratoga Hospital. The Breast Health Symposium is free and includes a complimentary breakfast, plus local exhibitors from various community resources. Seating is limited; registration is required. For more information or to register, call 518-580-2450.

Hospital First in Region to Offer Laughing Gas for Childbirth SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Hospital is the first in the Capital Region to offer nitrous oxide— commonly known as laughing gas—to women to help manage pain during childbirth. The hospital began offering the low-risk pain relief option this month. Nitrous oxide has long been

used in childbirth in other countries and is becoming increasingly popular in the United States. Saratoga Hospital joins more than 200 facilities nationwide—including Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s hospitals in Boston, Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown,

New York, and Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley—in providing this option. Nitrous oxide offers a number of advantages, especially for women who prefer a more natural childbirth experience. The gas is generally safe for mother and baby.

Hospice Home Prepares for Thanksgiving Gala BALLSTON SPA – The nonprofit, charitable hospice home Gateway House of Peace invites community members to its fourth annual fundraising event at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2 at Longfellows Restaurant. Join honorary co-chairs Marcie Fraser, PhD, and Mark

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COURTS Owen G. Phinney, 23, of Gansevoort, was sentenced Oct. 16 to 10 months jail, after pleading to felony aggravated unlicensed operation, misdemeanor DWI, assault and resisting arrest, in connection with an incident in Saratoga Springs. Devon M. Ostrander, 22, of Milton, pleaded Oct. 16 to felony attempted assault. Sentencing scheduled for Dec. 4. Mensah L. Watson, 23, of Saratoga Springs, pleaded Oct. 18 to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, a felony, in connection with an incident in Saratoga Springs. Sentencing scheduled for Dec. 6. Blake E. Labarge, 25, of Saratoga Springs, pleaded Oct. 18 to felony DWI in Saratoga Springs. Sentencing scheduled for Oct. 18. Adam J. Rouse, 32, of Hudson Falls, pleaded Oct. 18 to failure to report an address change to Saratoga Springs, a felony. Sentencing scheduled for Dec. 13.

POLICE Nacoda E. Meredith, age 20, of Saratoga Springs, was

charged Oct. 20 with the felony charge of aggravated harassment in the second degree as a Hate Crime. Investigators from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Latham arrested Meredith after an investigation revealed that he was allegedly responsible for making racially motivated threats via social media. Campus Security from Siena College contacted law enforcement the previous night regarding a report of an employee receiving racially motivated threats through a Facebook account. The threats specifically referenced the employee of Siena College and contained derogatory and racial statements as well as death threats to the employee and his family. Officials located Meredith at his home in Saratoga Springs where he was taken into custody without incident. He was arraigned in the Town of Guilderland Court and sent to Albany County Jail in lieu of $15,000 cash bail. An order of protection was put into place at the arraignment and Meredith was ordered to receive a mental health evaluation. Donald J. Koenig III, 46, of Corinth, was charged Oct. 19 with burglary in the third-degree. It is alleged

BLOTTER 5 that Koenig forced entry into an office building on Oct. 4 in the Town of Milton, doing damage to a window and stealing in excess of $2,000. Trevor J. Hammar, 27, of Milton, was charged Oct. 17 with three counts felony burglary, five counts felony grand larceny, and one misdemeanor count attempted identity theft. Hammar is alleged to have entered three homes in the town of Milton on different dates since the beginning of October, and had stolen assorted computer equipment, cash, cell phones, credit and debit cards, and other miscellaneous items. then attempted to use the debit cards at an ATM to withdraw money from the victims’ bank accounts. Nelson D. Bruno, 27, and Tyler R. Paradis, 26, both of Ballston Spa, were each charged Oct. 11 with Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument. Bruno was additionally charged with seven counts burglary and Paradis three counts burglary. All charges are felonies. Over the span of several months, both are suspected of entering multiple buildings in the

towns of Ballston, Malta, and Wilton and stealing numerous items, including tools, construction equipment, lawn equipment, and bank checks which they allegedly forged and cashed. Bruno was released on his own recognizance and Paradis was sent to Saratoga County Jail with no bail. Both will return to court at a later date. Susan E. Steenburgh, age 32, Saratoga Springs, was charged Oct. 16 with assault. Mark Allen Proper, Age 49, Ballston Spa, was charged Oct. 15 with aggravated unlicensed operation. Edward Walton, Age 27, Waterford, was charged Oct. 15 with criminal possession of controlled substance. Chad M. Yetto, Age 34, Cohoes, was charged Oct. 14 with criminal trespass. York L. Mills, Age 28, Gansevoort, was charged Oct. 14 with criminal contempt. Londell C. Vanaernem, Age 41, Ballston Spa, was charged Oct. 14 with criminal mischief.

Dino A. Petrocelli, Age 58, Albany, was charged Oct. 14 with misdemeanor DWI, fail to keep right. S. Purdy, Age 42, Ballston Spa, was charged Oct. 13 with reckless endangerment, obstructing governmental administration, circumvent interlock-court order-operate w/o device, aggravated unlicensed operation, fail to comply with lawful order of the police. Tino A. Liggero, Age 61, Saratoga Springs, was charged Oct. 13 with endangering the welfare of a child. Rogerio F. Torres, Age 35, Schenectady, was charged Oct. 13 with criminal possession of a controlled substance. Morris D. Vaughn, Age 33, Saratoga Springs, was charged Oct. 13 with criminal mischief. Elizabeth J. Gallo, Age 25, Averill Park, was charged Oct. 13 with misdemeanor DWI, failed to stop at stop sign, fail to keep right, passed a red traffic signal light

6 Carleton J. “Cookie” King, Jr. (Capt. USN, Ret.) Carleton J. “Cookie” King, Jr. (Capt. USN, Ret.), 83, died early Sunday, October 22, 2017, at Virginia Beach General Hospital. His death followed a short illness during which he was lovingly attended to by his family and friends. Born on September 7, 1934, in Saratoga Springs, NY, to Carleton J. and Constance (Roddy) King, Sr., he was a standout high school athlete who aspired to a career in the US Navy as an aviator. He realized this dream, graduating from the US Naval Academy in 1957. Shortly thereafter, he married Joan Elizabeth Simon, of Ballston Spa, NY – perhaps his greatest achievement. Cookie King had a notable career as

OBITUARIES a naval officer after receiving his wings in 1958. He flew from aircraft carriers on oceans and seas all over the world, serving with several squadrons in the antisubmarine (VS) community, flying the S-2 Tracker, and later with the airborne early warning (VAW) community, flying the E-2 Hawkeye. He also served as the Flight Deck Officer of the USS Essex, Detailer for the Bureau of Naval Personnel, and, while an instructor in the Engineering Department of the Naval Academy, was awarded an MS in Personnel Management from George Washington University. While on the Essex, he was on the team that recovered the astronauts of Apollo 7 and later was the Plane Commander of the last aircraft to fly from the deck of the Essex before it was decommissioned. The proudest achievements of his naval aviation career came with the key leadership roles

of Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of both RVAW-120 and VAW-124. Captain Cookie King was a well-respected and beloved leader, shipmate, classmate, crew member, and Cold Warrior; he was renowned for his charm, imposing 6’6” frame, off-color sense of humor, quick smile, short fuse, warm generosity, and big heart. Following his 30 year career in the Navy, he worked as a recruiter for several real estate companies in the Virginia Beach area before his complete retirement. Cookie King’s professional pursuits were balanced with hobbies, community service, and life with his family and friends. He was an avid golfer, famous for his long game; while lettering in golf at the Naval Academy, he established a record for the longest drive that stood for decades. Cookie was a keen boater and could often be seen on the Lynnhaven River in his boat, the “Cookie Cutter,” with friends and family. He was an umpire for community little league baseball and often officiated on the same fields on which his sons were playing. He loved keeping up his

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lawn, grilling out, and his pet cockatiels. Cookie was also tireless in his role leading the St. Nicholas Catholic Church Golf Committee. Following Joan’s death in 2001, Cookie remarried Ann McDermot Scaglione in 2005; Ann was a great comfort to him in his final years and she survives him. He is also survived by his children Carleton “Chip” King, III, Christopher (Susan Sanchez) King, Marguerite “Marghe” (Robert) Means, and Andrew King; his sister Constance “Connie” (James) Murphy; his grandchildren Cayce Means, Taylor Means, Austin King, and Isabel King; and 7 nieces and nephews, including Constance “Connie” Murphy Maddry, Colleen Murphy

Columbo, and James “Jim” Murphy, III. Cookie leaves behind many loving friends. Funeral services will be held on November 2, 2017, at 11AM at the St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Virginia Beach. Cookie’s remains will be interred in a private family service at the US Naval Academy Columbarium at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project http s : / / supp or t . wou nd e d “Lord, guard and guide the men who fly through the great spaces in the sky. Be with them always in the air, in darkening storms or sunlight fair; Oh hear us when we lift our prayer, for those in peril in the air!” The Navy Hymn

Robert E. Wickizer SARATOGA SPRINGS — Robert E. Wickizer passed away Oct. 24, 2017. Visitation Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, 10am to 11am, at the historic Church of St. Peter, 241 Broadway, followed by a funeral liturgy at 11am. Burial in family plot at St. Peter’s Cemetery, West Ave. Please visit at

Burke & Bussing Funeral Homes


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Saratoga Casino Hotel Donates Proceeds from Vapor Show

(Left to right): Skip Carlson, vice president of external affairs at Saratoga Casino Hotel; J Yager, The Burners U.K.; Kathleen Anderson, director of entertainment at Saratoga Casino Hotel; Todd Hanhurst, The Burners U.K.; Eileen Bird, executive director of To Life!; Chris Tomen, The Burners U.K.; and Marjorie Maniccia, development manager at To Life!

SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Oct. 18, Saratoga Casino Hotel presented a $13,185 donation to the organization ‘To Life!’ from funds raised at the Oct. 13 reunion show of The Burners U.K. in Vapor Night Club, and a casino promotion the same day. Serving a 10-county region across the Capital District, To Life!

works to educate and alleviate the burden of breast cancer diagnoses for both patients and families. The sold-out reunion show in Vapor welcomed more than 800 attendees. A portion of all ticket sales and the proceeds raised at a live auction the same night were donated. The Burners U.K. had not performed together since 2013.


Complete Makeover Contest SARATOGA SPRINGS — In December, one winner will get her “Moxie with Simplicity” as part of a local contest to support Wellspring, a nonprofit dedicated to ending relationship and sexual abuse in the community. Brandon Dewyea, Image Maven at Moxie and Tina Briscoe, Owner of Simplicity A Salon, have teamed up to create the contest. Together they will host a fundraising event on Sunday, Dec. 3 at Simplicity, 86 Congress Street, where the winner will be revealed. The winner will receive a new precision haircut and style, enhanced with custom color technique and makeup application by the Simplicity team. An energy healing, image consulting and gift certificates are also included in the prize. The contest is open until Friday, Nov. 3 to any woman. To enter, contestants can enter their names, emails and a few brief sentences about why they want the makeover on the contest website:

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Week of October 27 – November 2, 2017

Mark Baker Answers a Question Over the last several months, when campaigning and knocking on doors, the question asked most by residents is, “Mark, why are you running for mayor?” As the former executive director of the Saratoga Springs City Center and former president of the Downtown Business Association, I have spent the last three and a half decades working with individuals from all walks of life in our community. I built my career by creditable leadership and cooperating with others and I learned what we must do to protect and nurture Saratoga Springs into its potential, set forth by the visionaries of our past generations. After retiring from the City Center, I had the desire and saw

the opportunity to give back to a Saratoga community that has given me and my family so much. I felt the need to dedicate the knowledge I have learned over my career and share my time in serving the people of Saratoga Springs. I’m not pursuing public office for the money, as we know has become a talking point in recent weeks. I’m doing it because I now have the time and expertise to serve our citizens. My community involvement has helped me form positive relationships with business owners and non-profits throughout the city, and has taught me how to work with individuals on both sides of the political spectrum. Over the course of three decades and eight different mayoral

Former Mayor Supports Meg Kelly for Mayor I am writing in support of Meg Kelly’s candidacy for mayor of Saratoga Springs. Meg has a unique and varied background in the Saratoga Springs community. A member of the LPGA, she is a local golf pro and has given lessons in the sport to hundreds of local residents over the decades. Wearing another hat, she has been devoted to the establishment and maintenance of a Children’s Theater group that reflects her interest in the arts and her commitment to wholesome activities for our young people. More importantly, though, Meg’s current experience as

deputy mayor gives her a broad understanding of the many issues confronting the city and the needs to be addressed. Meg brings a no-nonsense, roll-upyour-sleeves and get-it-done attitude to the mayor’s office. She will bring continuity and reliability to the operations of City Hall in 2018-2019 in such areas as open space protection, promotion of the arts, and government transparency. I urge my friends and neighbors to vote for Meg Kelly for Mayor on Nov. 7. Kenneth Klotz Former Mayor Saratoga Springs

On Behalf of Veterans As we approach Veterans Day 2017, we should thank all veterans that went into the military to keep our country a free nation. These are people that put their life on the line, these men and women from all branches of the military did what they believed in—freedom, I guess that is what this is all about. We have a special group of veterans that continue to serve their country long after they leave the military. These veterans are from all ages and all wars along with those that served in our country subject to

anything they were told to do to protect America. These dedicated men and women are called Honor Guards; they stay active and perform the military rites that honor our veterans in their time of need. Those rites are performed at all military cemeteries, and elsewhere as needed. We thank you for your service to our fallen heroes. God bless our veterans and God bless America. Sid Gordon Saratoga Springs

administrations, my staff and I were able to successfully grow the City Center into the multimillion-dollar facility it is today, creating a successful, year-round destination community. My experience serving our country as a member of the United States Air Force and at the City Center taught me the skills required to balance a budget and run a facility of its magnitude in a fiscally responsible manner. These are the skills I will bring to City Hall next year as your mayor, and

ensure Saratoga Springs continues to move in a positive direction. As your next mayor, my desire to continue growing our community for the benefit of our citizens will be of the utmost importance. I’ll advocate for positive business practices that will help improve our community, and help restore ethical accountability to the Mayor’s office. I’ll serve as an outlet and voice for every resident of our community regardless of political leanings, because before we are Republicans or

Democrats, we are all Saratogians. So now, if you see me walking down Broadway, having a coffee, or even if you see me knocking on doors in your neighborhood, say hello. I’m just a regular Saratogian like you, looking to give back to a special city in upstate New York that I have come to love, and am thankful to call my home. Mark Baker Mayoral Candidate Saratoga Springs

Change in Wilton, Please We Wilton residents are fortunate to live in a town with clean water, clean air and an abundance of recreational opportunities. We appreciate our town leaders and the many years some have given to oversee town business. Unfortunately, in recent years, those same leaders have chosen to represent a very small fraction of our population: those engaged in profiting from unbridled land development at the expense of the general welfare of town residents who face increased congestion and reduced quality of life. This year Wilton residents are fortunate to have a choice of some highly qualified men and women who are eager to represent all town residents, not just a

select few. Twenty-five years ago Wilton was a town of 11,000 residents. Now, with a population of almost 18,000 our demographics have changed. There are new techniques for dealing with paving roads and snow removal and progressive ideas for enhancing our quality of life. Three incumbents, all Republicans, have held their positions for a collective 97 years, almost a century. Our current Supervisor has held a position on the town board or as supervisor for 25 years, our highway superintendent for 32 years, and our town justice for 40 years. These positions have gone unopposed for decade after decade.

Rather than encouraging any development that arrives at their doorstep, which will only increase traffic congestion and overwhelm our classrooms, policies should be put in place to make sure that all new development will enhance the character of our town and the quality of life for those residents already living here. Our present leaders are not innovative in addressing these and other issues. They have become complacent knowing their jobs are safe. Let’s make a change and give Wilton the enthusiastic, qualified and progressive stewardship it deserves. It is long overdue. Jim Zack Wilton

Mark Baker for Mayor In great disappointment, I observed the unethical behavior of the current administration. Saratoga Springs deserves a mayor with a strong history for being a proven leader, with unquestionable integrity and ethical practices. Beyond a doubt, Mark Baker is that capable person. Knowing and working with Mark Baker for 22 years at the City Center, for Catholic Charities’ Festival of Trees, he helped to make it possible and a yearly success. In 34 years, Mark’s superb business sense increased the rate of occupancy at the City Center by 86 percent. Saratoga businesses profited during track season, as well as

year-round, through accommodating a unique variety of venues at the City Center, under Mark Baker’s savvy direction. Knowingly, Meg Kelly and Peter Martin supported Mayor Joanne Yepsen’s unethical decision to appoint Francine Vero Saratoga City Court Judge. Vero was a lawyer with the law firm Harris Beach from 2013-2016. This firm represented the mayor on her ethics charges, in 2016, and recommended Vero, a lawyer for only 10 years, with absolutely no experience as a judge, to be appointed our judge. This is an obvious conflict of interest and a detriment to our community. Can Meg Kelly be trusted as Saratoga’s next mayor? Retired

Saratoga County Court Judges Williams and Scarano have endorsed Andrew Blumenberg, defying Meg Kelly’s unethical decision. Judge Scarano publicly stated that Drew has the most courtroom experience, coupled with his high ethical and moral standards, makes him the best qualified for the job. Without question, Saratoga Springs needs Mark Baker as mayor, to help reinstate the honesty, integrity, ethical practices and credible leadership lost within the current administration. Our community needs to return to its ideals by voting on Election Day for Mark Baker. Rose Verro Saratoga Springs


Week of October 27 – November 2, 2017

City Center Leader For Mayor The Saratoga City Center came into existence in 1984 through the efforts of many local business and community leaders. The founders knew they needed someone at the helm who could steer this project successfully and enable the center to become the economic engine that it is. They found that leader in Mark Baker. Mark served as president and executive director of the City Center for over 30 years. His leadership, integrity, interpersonal skills and strategic thinking were critical to ensuring the success of the center. As a result of his leadership, the facility’s usage increased over five-fold. In 2016, the facility held 170 events, which created over 216 revenue-producing days for local businesses, and boasted an 86 percent occupancy rate. The same skill

set that allowed him such success at the City Center is the same skill set that we need in the mayor’s office right now. Mr. Baker has worked with many mayors and city officials with different agendas, from different political parties and varied visions for the town’s growth. He successfully harnessed this diversity of thought to ensure that the best interests of Saratoga Springs came first. With decades of experience partnering, listening and working with a wide variety of people in our community, we can be assured that Mark Baker will continue this inclusive leadership style as mayor. I look forward to voting for Mark Baker on Tuesday, Nov. 7 and hope you will join me. Melissa Zieker Saratoga Springs

Respect for Others We have read about, and listened to the voice mail left for Public Safety Commissioner Skip Scirocco by Patrick Kane, a member of the Charter Review Commission. This message was disturbing on many levels. All of us have chosen to live in the Saratoga Springs area because of the many wonderful things this community offers. Saratoga Springs is in strong financial shape and the envy of its peers across New York State and beyond. Our quality of life did not happen by accident. It is the result of hard work and commitment by many of our residents, especially people like Commissioner Scirocco and other members of our City Council. All our elected officials, whether you agree with them or not, spend

countless hours in an attempt to make Saratoga Springs a better place to work, live and raise our families. They deserve to be treated with respect and consideration. Leaving a message like Mr. Kane did is a prime example of what’s wrong with our government and country today. Name calling, bullying and degrading another person is what we are trying to teach our children not to do. This kind of mean, personal attack is not okay in the schoolyard, at City Hall or in Washington, D.C. Please keep civility, politeness and respect for another person’s opinion in mind as we discuss how to make Saratoga Springs a better place for all our residents. Tom and Kristie Roohan Saratoga Springs

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A Wilton Family for McEachron I moved to the town of Wilton with my family more than 10 years ago and we have no regrets. Wilton is the picture perfect area with a combination of suburbia integrated with rural flair. That is a combination we’ve never seen replicated before. Wilton has the best of all worlds complimented with convenient shopping, beautiful hiking trails and so much more. This emphasizes the importance of supporting and appointing the most qualified, competent individuals that can represent the residents of Wilton, in a fair and honest way. Tenaciously representing and standing for all the residents of Wilton, John McEachron is a man that epitomizes the embodiment of character and integrity. Councilman John McEachron is and always will be the consummate representative for all the residents of the town of Wilton, no matter

your party affiliation. John has his finger on the pulse of all that is going on in our living, vibrant town. John and his wife Kim are long-term residents; they have raised their kids in Wilton and now watch their grandkids grow up here. John McEachron has a devoted, altruistic concern for all the residents of Wilton, whether he is helping a single mom with a flat tire, a stranded motorist, or assisting the elderly with arduous tasks. We refer to him as Honest John, and he is the man of choice for all the residents of Wilton. Being a volunteer fireman in the town of Wilton, John is always accessible any time day or night. Honest John is unlike any politician, because he’s really not a politician. John is a humanist first. He interacts with his constituency with a devout sense of altruism. John

truly is a man of, for and by the people. When confronted with questions on the issues pertaining to the town of Wilton, John will always provide a straightforward, honest answer. His honesty and candor is refreshing and impressive to say the least. John is a diligent representative who has worked hard and will continue to work hard for all his constituents. John McEachron is an honorable man who as a leader is not as concerned with the election, as he’s concerned with the current and future generations of the residents of Wilton. John constantly works assiduously in a conciliatory fashion to ameliorate any and all issues, cares and concerns pertaining to the residents of the town of Wilton. In short, John McEachron has our unwavering support. Joe Moran and Family Wilton



Week of October 27 – November 2, 2017

Saratoga County-Saratoga Springs Commissioner of Public Safety The Commissioner of Public Safety supervises the Department of Public Safety - the Police Department, the Fire Department, Code Administration, Animal Control, and Parking Enforcement. The Commissioner serves on the City Council which has legislative powers. This information is provided by the League of Women Voters of Saratoga County through its website, an electronic voter guide for county, town and city races in the November 2017 general election.

What unique qualifications do you have that make you a good candidate to meet the current needs of the community?

Biographical Information

Donald Braim My experience will be my strongest asset for this job. I served as a member of the Saratoga Springs Police Department for 22 years, retiring as a Criminal Investigator. I then spent 20 years working in management at the Saratoga Casino and Raceway as Director of Security, retiring as Senior Vice President of Operations. In the Saratoga Springs Police Department, I led a Special Investigations Unit combating the scourge of illegal drugs, which is an important issue facing this city and others today. The key to our success then was a team approach based on strong coordination within our unit and interdepartmental cooperation with a range of other local, state, and federal agencies. At the Saratoga Casino and Raceway, I managed over 200 employees, while overseeing the safety of 2 million guests every year, along with 1,100 horses and over 700 horsepersons. My private sector experience will be used to manage the Public Safety Department. Peter Martin I have experience as a leader in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. For four years, I have served our citizens as County Supervisor, and participated in many county committees focusing on the needs of our city. I have gained meaningful insight into the workings and people in state, county and city governments. I started in government service as Saratoga County Clerk where I improved on efficiency and safety. Prior to that, I was a senior officer of a national financial services company, supervising a staff of professionals across the country. There, I formed a compliance department to insure adherence to the complex area of federal and state laws. My successful career allowed me to give back to the community, including working as a senior officer of several charities, like the Arthritis Foundation, Caffè Lena and Lakes to Locks Passage. The experience of leading these organizations has given me the ability to work with a variety of people, reach consensus and achieve goals

Donald Braim (REP, CON, IND, RFM)Retired Education St. Peters High School Hudson Valley Community College, A.A.S. Criminal Justice Russell Sage College, B.S. Criminal Justice FBI National Academy Graduate Experience and Qualifications Saratoga Springs Police Department, 22+ years retired as a Criminal Investigator. Saratoga Harness Track, 20 years retired as the Sr. Vice President of Racing Operations Key Endorsements Saratoga Springs Police Benevolent Association Police Conference of New York Police Benevolent Association of New York, Representing University Police, Encon Police, Park Police and Forest Rangers Police Benevolent Association of New York State Troopers, Inc., representing Troopers to the rank of Major Saratoga Springs Fire Department, Local 343 New York State Professional Fire Fighters Association, Inc. Party Endorsements Republican Party Conservative Party Independence Party Reform Party For more information www. Campaign Phone (518) 587-7145 Campaign Mailing Address 29 Walter Drive Saratoga Springs, N.Y. 12866 Campaign Email www.

Peter Martin (DEM, WF, WEP) Saratoga County Supervisor, City of Saratoga Springs Education BA Boston College; JD Boston College Law School; Series 7 Securities Broker; Series 24 Securities Principal; Series 65 Investment Advisor; Successful completion of New York State and Washington Bar examinations. Experience and Qualifications Saratoga County Supervisor; Saratoga County Clerk; Lawyer, General Counsel and Sr. Vice President, The Ayco Company; President, The Mercer Allied Company; Chairman, The Arthritis Foundation, Northeast United States Region; Vice Chairman, Caffè Lena, Inc. Key Endorsements Saratoga County Labor Federation Party Endorsements Democratic Party, Working Families Party, Women’s Equality Party For more informationwww. Campaign Phone (518) 587-7845 Campaign Mailing Address Friends of Peter Martin, P.O. Box 303, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 Campaign Email

Week of October 27 – November 2, 2017


Saratoga County-Saratoga Springs City Judge This information is provided by the League of Women Voters of Saratoga County through its website, an electronic voter guide for county, town and city races in the November 2017 general election.

Biographical Information

What unique qualifications do you have that make you a good candidate to meet the current needs of the community? Andrew Blumenberg I've been the Saratoga County Public Defender assigned to Saratoga Springs City Court since November of 2007. I've handled over 5,000 criminal cases out of City Court among my many other duties in the Saratoga County Public Defender's Office. In addition to being knowledgeable with all aspects of criminal law I am intimately familiar with the workings, personnel and litigants of Saratoga Springs City Court from my ten years of representing the public on criminal charges there. There is no lawyer over the past ten years who has had more of a presence in that courtroom and I believe my extensive experience there "uniquely qualifies" me for the position of Saratoga Springs City Court Judge.

Francine Vero (DEM, WF, IND, WEP) Saratoga Springs City Court Judge

Andrew Blumenberg (REP, CON, RFM)Lawyer

Education Albany Law School of Union University, Juris Doctor, cum laude, 2006; Providence College, Providence, RI., B.A. English, minor-Development of Western Civilization, cum laude, May 2003.

Education Hobart College, BA 1989 Syracuse University, JD 1994

Experience and Qualifications Judge Francine Vero has experience presiding over thousands of civil and criminal matters. She is solely responsible for all domestic violence and civil cases, including landlord/tenant eviction proceedings. She also handles the DWI, vehicle and traffic and parking enforcement calendars, as well as felony arraignments. Judge Vero is a former trial attorney with ten years of experience litigating in Supreme, Federal and City Courts. She was senior counsel with Harris Beach, a top law firm. Key Endorsements Saratoga Springs Firefighters - Local 343; Saratoga County Central Labor Council Party Endorsements Democratic (endorsed unanimously); Independence; Women's Equality; Working Families For more information www.; www.; Facebook - @ judgefrancinevero Campaign Phone (518) 253-3929 Campaign Mailing Address Committee to Elect Judge Francine Vero, P.O. Box 810, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 Campaign Email committee@

Experience and Qualifications Admitted to practice law in New York 1995 & North Carolina 1997. Saratoga County Public Defender's Office from 11/07-present. Key Endorsements Retired former Saratoga County Court Judge's Scarano and Williams. Party Endorsements Republican, Conservative & Reform parties. Campaign Mailing Address Friends of Andrew Blumenberg PO Box 165, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Francine Vero As the incumbent, I know firsthand what is required to preside over the diverse civil and criminal matters that come before the Saratoga Springs City Court. As judge I have experienced and gained perspective of the skills needed to control a courtroom and oversee cases involving adversarial lawyers and powerful emotions among all parties. Moreover, I am solely responsible for the specialized Domestic Violence Compliance Court. For thirteen years prior to taking the bench I volunteered and worked with community members to provide services for individuals and families threatened with domestic violence. My years of commitment to this cause have given me the knowledge and experience necessary to preside over Saratoga Springs’ specialized court to address domestic violence. I also understand the commitment and dedication required for judicial service. I know the position requires availability on a 24 hour basis to handle off-hour court proceedings because I have lived it.



Saratoga Teen Who Sparked Monday Search Apprehended, “Hid Gun in Garage” After Domestic Dispute

Week of October 27 – November 2, 2017

Two Killed in Milton Crash MILTON — A single-car crash in the early morning hours on Oct. 22 claimed the lives of 19-year-old Logan Wieland of Galway, and 19-year-old Conor Bradshaw of Ballston Spa. The involved vehicle, a

2001 Volkswagen Passat, was traveling east on Birchton Road prior to the crash, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff ’s Office. The vehicle left the north side of the road and struck a tree.

Military Museum to Honor Veteran of the Year Saturday

Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo discusses search for teen on Monday, Oct. 23, 2017. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY WILTON — A 16-year-old Saratoga Springs High School student, believed to having gone missing with a handgun shortly before noon on Monday, was found and taken into custody without incident near his Wilton home on Route 9 early Monday evening. He did not have the handgun with him at the time. “He got into an argument with his mom inside the house. He had the gun and she locked herself in a room. Prior to his leaving the house, he hid the

gun in the garage,” said Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo. “She last saw him with it, so we assumed he had it.” Police conducted a search for the teen that covered a threemile area around Route 9/ Maple Avenue and Northern Pines Road, that involved NY State Police, Saratoga Springs Police, state Park Police, as well the county Sheriff ’s Department and a New York State Police Aviation unit helicopter. Maple Ave Middle School, Dorothy Nolan Elementary School, SUNY Adirondack Wilton Center, and Skidmore College, as well as childcare centers in the area were

all placed on precautionary lockout. Afternoon and evening events at the schools were cancelled, including a mayoral debate that was slated to take place at the high school. “He was taken to Saratoga Hospital for a mental evaluation. Because he made suicidal comments prior to leaving the house, our main concern was safety – his safety and with (potentially) a gun the safety of others,” said Zurlo, who would not comment at this time as to whether the handgun is legally registered. It was not immediately known whether charges related to the incident would be filed.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The 2017 Veteran of the Year Award ceremony will take place 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28 at the state Military Museum on Lake Avenue. The 2017 awardee, Philip Imbarrato, served in the Korean War in 1953 in the 6th Tank Battalion, 24 Infantry Division. The battalion’s primary mission was the guarding of North Korean POW’s near Puson. After leaving

Korea, Imbarrato was posted to Mount Fuji Army base until his discharge in 1955. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the UN Korea Service Medal, U.S. Korean Service Medal, and ROK War Service Medal. After returning to the U.S., Imbarrato, who lives in Ballston Spa, worked as a sales representative until his retirement in 1999.

Upcoming Meetings at City Hall 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30: City Council Meeting - 2018 Budget Workshop. 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30: Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1: Design Review Commission Meeting.




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Week of October 27 – November 2, 2017


Notes from City Hall by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — This week, the Rip Van Dam Hotel, located at 353 Broadway, submitted plans to the Planning Board for a site plan modification regarding a proposed new sixstory mixed-use hotel with 142 rooms to be sited on Washington Street, behind the current Rip Van Dam and Starbucks coffee shop. In late August, an application was submitted to the city seeking to increase the room count from 142 to 152 rooms. Adelphi Hotel Partners submitted plans to the Planning Board regarding 19-23 Washington St. SEQR consideration of lead agency

status and coordinated review for construction of the Washington Street Hotel & Spa. Situated on the north side of Washington Street between Universal Preservation Hall and the Rip Van Dam site, the proposed new six-story hotel and spa will include a spa on the basement level and first-floor gym, lounge, meeting rooms and a warming kitchen. A one-story connector will provide access to the existing stone house, which will be renovated as a guest suite. A pool will be in an attached single-story structure. The second through sixth floors of the new building will include 50 additional guest suites. The hotel will be operated independently from the Adelphi Hotel.

Broadway and Washington Street intersection today. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

Broadway and Washington Street intersection proposal, after construction of a new six-story hotel.

Overview design showing both - the proposed Rip Van Dam six-story addition, and the proposed (Adelphi) six-story hotel and spa.



Week of October 27 – November 2, 2017

Ground Broken on 118,000 sq. ft.Geyser Road Warehouse by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — In recent weeks, drivers on Geyser Road definitely noticed when whole stands of trees were cut down and the operators of heavy machinery created an access road to the future site of the SKS Bottle and Packaging, Inc. warehouse. A 118,000-square-foot facility will be the permanent home for a family business that has grown steadily and moved numerous times since it was first created in the 1980s, says company President Ken Horan. The new SKS Bottle warehouse will be close to the train tracks on the eastern edge of the W.J. Grande Industrial Park. This week, crews were busy grading the “pad” on which it will be located. From its existing warehouse

An aerial view of the SKS Bottle work site off Geyser Road. Photo by

in Watervliet, SKS Bottle supplies the multi-billion dollar trade in glass, plastic, metal and cardboard containers, as well as the associated caps and labels. The company does not manufacture the products it distributes to cosmetics, personal care, pharmaceutical

and various other industries. Horan said he expects the $15 million project on Geyser Road to be completed by late in the summer of 2018. He said the interior of his new warehouse and headquarters will offer a total of 143,000 square feet of space, including two stories of offices. Horan added that he and his brother Steven are “extremely excited” that the project is coming to fruition for their family. Most of the 112 employees at SKS are involved in “pack and ship” activities, Horan said. Other staff members manage the company’s sales, marketing and accounting, or develop in-house computer software used for tracking inventory.

Work crews prepare the “pad” for construction. Photo by

All of the SKS jobs will be transferred from Watervliet to Saratoga Springs. The addition of a halfdozen jobs may be necessary by 2020, Horan said. Plans are also in the works to add 125,000 square feet to the main warehouse at a later date. Munter Enterprises is the general contractor for the site work, according to Horan. John Munter Jr., when reached for comment this week, said he and his brother Michael still own 50 to 60 acres of “developable” property in the Grande Industrial Park. Their father, John Munter Sr., had originally owned or sold much of the nearby land. “We’ve had a very good, steady demand for the past seven or eight

years,” Munter said, referring to a recent expansion of business in the industrial park. The Horans bought 22 acres for their project. Two smaller properties, on either side of the SKS Bottle access road, are still available for development. In a May 25 letter to Kate Maynard, the principal planner in Saratoga Springs, the Saratoga County Planning Board found that the SKS Bottle project would have “no significant county-wide or intercommunity impact.” “The site is relatively flat and comprised of grass and brush with a treed perimeter,” the letter states. “The Geyser Brook runs above the north property line and parallel to [the] eastern boundary and the site gradually slopes down toward the brook. Such conditions result in runoff not being of a major concern.” In April, according to the planning board letter, the Albany engineering firm Creighton Manning issued a “traffic assessment” for that section of Geyser Road, which is a short distance from the warehouse shared by Artisanal Brew Works and Upstate Distilling Co. The Creighton Manning assessment indicated that truck drivers who exit the SKS Bottle access road may experience some difficulty turning left on Geyser Road, due to the proximity of a bridge over the train tracks. The county planning board endorsed the idea of city officials further monitoring the traffic situation if projects for “the other two parcels to be developed” are approved. On July 3, Mark Torpey, chairman of the Saratoga Springs Planning Board, signed the official “notice of decision” that allowed construction on Geyser Road to commence.

Week of October 27 – November 2, 2017

Roohan Buys Broadway Building An iconic downtown building changed hands on Tuesday, Oct. 24. The Pfeil Building at 340 Broadway was purchased by real estate broker Tom Roohan and his family for $6.25 million. Built in 1997 by developer/ owner Jeffrey and Deane Pfeil, at the time it was the first new, private building on historic Broadway in 50 years. The 24,000-square-foot building is easily identifiable by one of its primary tenants, Eddie Bauer. “We are excited at the opportunity to own this first class building. “ Said Tom Roohan. “The Pfeils and the Adirondack Trust Company made it all possible.”

PEP Hires Director for Chicago Office SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Patient Experience Project (PEP), a patient-centric marketing and communications agency, has announced the hiring of Matthew Cornelius as director of patient engagement. Cornelius provides oversight, strategic direction and leadership for “PEPpartners,” the agency’s patient relationship management offering. He is based in Chicago, Illinois. Before joining PEP, Cornelius held director of business development and engagement director roles at Patient Health Perspectives, LLC in Chicago. Previously, he was a creative and digital media account director at Firstline Media, also in Chicago, where he oversaw accounts for such clients as Astra Zeneca, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and the Army Reserve.

Additionally, he has experience as a media relations manager, having developed and executed media strategies for clients that included Major League Baseball, Bayer, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson. Cornelius earned a bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism and film, with honors, from Georgia State University in Atlanta, and a master’s degree in communications, public relations and advertising from DePaul University in Chicago.

Saratoga National Bank Parent Co. Shares Quarterly Results GLENS FALLS — This week, Arrow Financial Corporation announced operating results for the three and nine-month periods ended Sept. 30. Net income for the third quarter of 2017 was $7.4 million, an increase of $678,000, or 10.1 percent, from net income of $6.7 million a year earlier. Diluted earnings per share (EPS) for the third quarter was $0.53, an increase of 10.4 percent from diluted EPS of $0.48 during the comparable 2016 quarter. Annualized key profitability ratios continue to remain strong, as measured by a return on average equity of 12.07 percent and a return on average assets of 1.08 percent for the third quarter, compared to 11.75 percent and 1.06 percent a year earlier. During the third quarter, Arrow subsidiary Saratoga National Bank and Trust Company completed the final steps toward establishing its tenth branch in Schenectady. The new office opened Oct. 10 and expands the bank’s presence in the

BUSINESS BRIEFS 15 Capital District. Also in the third quarter, Arrow’s lead subsidiary, Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Company, legally merged its two property and casualty insurance agencies; they are now operating as one unified business line as Upstate Agency LLC.

Four New Hires at Trampoline GLENS FALLS — Trampoline, a women-owned, full-service marketing and advertising agency, announced the hiring of four new staffers in the third quarter, bringing the total number of jobs created in 2017 to seven. The agency develops awardwinning creative campaigns for companies in the industries of destination marketing, higher education, manufacturing and adventure sports. Increased work has resulted in the creation of more professional jobs in the region. Meg Erickson, Trampoline’s media and communications specialist, hails from Brant Lake. Erickson was hired in the summer of 2017. Her expertise, in forecasting and reporting for the campaigns she develops across multiple social media platforms for counties and adventure tourism destinations, has resulted in new account acquisitions. Megan Coloccia brings 10 years of industry experience to Trampoline in her role as project manager. She manages current and prospective clients while supporting the internal teams. This particular role marks a new chapter for the company and will be an integral part of the company as it continues to grow.

Oliver Derosier is a graphic designer originally from the West Coast, who moved to Albany. He was an intern at Trampoline during the summer of 2016. Derosier joined the ranks as a full-time designer in 2017 and now proudly calls Glens Falls home. Derosier has been a great addition to the work Trampoline does for six ski destinations. Peter Gryga, as media and communications assistant, adds to the social media and communications team. Gryga came aboard in the fall of 2017. Growing up in the Glens Falls area, Gryga was already immersed in the Trampoline culture without having stepped in the office. He brings media planning and buying expertise, along with an account and project management background. He has also been involved with some of Trampoline’s existing clients, which has proven beneficial. An agency-wide volunteer day is on the books at Double H Ranch in Lake Luzerne thanks to Gryga’s history of ad passion for volunteerism. For more information, contact Amanda Magee at amanda@ or call 518-798-9155.



Week of October 27 – November 2, 2017

Is it Time? by Matt La Farr for Saratoga TODAY If you haven’t purchased a new phone system in the last five years, now is an excellent time to look at upgrading! Keeping up with technology is key to running a business and can make all the difference between success and failure. If you don’t have the best technology, you risk falling behind your competitors.

Why replace? Your phone system is technically obsolete. The most common reason to change your phone system is that your existing system is just too old. Lack of manufacturer support and software updates, as well as hard-to-find parts, significantly increase the risk of costly production outages and expensive repairs. Costs to repair and or replace an obsolete system that has failed can easily be twice that of replacing a system before it fails. You need new functionality. Technology is rapidly

changing and the features of your existing phone system probably lag significantly behind the latest systems. Your current system might still function properly. We hear it all the time, “I pick up the receiver, I make a call. It works.” Leveraging the latest technology makes your job easier and improves your client relationships. A win-win, as they say. Most older systems do not have access to new technologies, including: • F i nd - Me / Fol l ow - Me which allows important calls to reach you no matter where you are. • Voicemail delivery to email. Additionally, if you have your email synchronized to your cell phone, you have access to your work messages anywhere you have signal. • The ability to use IP phones and remote extensions for workers anywhere in the world. • Mobile Apps that allow a user’s cell phone to become an extension on the system. • Desktop Applications that assist with call control directly from your PC without ever touching the physical phone. • Networked systems for multiple locations (transfer calls to your other offices as if they were in the same building). • Detailed Call Accounting that allows you to track calls by extension, phone number, or activity.

• Ability to use SIP trunks – leveraging the cost savings and flexibility of VoIP phone lines. • Self-administer many changes that used to require an onsite visit from a technician. • When an adjustment is outside of your ability to selfadminister, remote management of the system by your telecommunications partner allows you to save on the cost of rolling a truck to your location. What is available to help financially right now? There are several great reasons to invest before the end of this fiscal year. Tax Benefit Did you know that Section 179 of the IRS Tax Code can help to lower the cost of your equipment purchase? Section 179 allows you to deduct the FULL amount of equipment purchased, financed, or leased up to a $500,000 value! This dollarfor-dollar reduction of taxable income goes straight to your tax savings.

NEC Lease There are great leasing opportunities being offered immediately that allow you to finance the

cost of the hardware and installation over 60 months, while reaping the benefit of that investment right now. NEC is offering a 0% lease to qualifying businesses to coincide with the 5-year hardware warranty offered on their phone systems. At the end of the five year term, you can decide if you would like to purchase the equipment at its Fair Market Value (FMV), return the equipment to NEC and lease or buy a new system, or continue the lease at the same rate in 60 day increments until you decide it’s time to move to new hardware.

Why NEC? If you’ve been paying attention to the industry in the past few years, you’ve seen mergers, bankruptcies, and the complete disappearance of some of the biggest players in the corporate phone system arena. Through it all, one company has continued to thrive and invest in its products, which is why Tech II has chosen to partner with NEC. Your business can’t afford downtime and neither can your communications. NEC provides a reliable, ‘always on’ solution. There’s less hardware, fewer

licenses, and less maintenance to worry about. NEC’s global market share is #1 in SMB in the worldwide market for the second consecutive year and #2 in the US, with no plan to stop pushing forward!

Why Tech II? Our team recently met with an owner who was quite obviously in serious “business pain” from being over-promised and under-delivered on a phone system solution that fell short and left him and his business open to loss of reputation and possible legal action. It is important to carefully vet those in whom you would place your trust for your communication needs. Tech II is the oldest and best provider of telecommunication services in the region. We have the depth and breadth of talent you need to feel secure that we will be there for you when you need us. For information on the many services Tech II has available to help your business, visit us online at, or give us a call at (518) 587-1565 and let us help you simplify your technology.

Country Living Within City Limits SARATOGA SPRINGS — Kaydeross Partners, LLC is currently developing Saratoga’s newest residential oasis, east of Route 9 off Kaydeross Avenue West, within the city limits. After three years of

planning and city zoning approvals, the 14-acre parcel will boast four prime building lots and a new road within the outer district of Saratoga Springs. The Reserve at Ohonte Way offers a unique opportunity for

the homeowner wanting close proximity to downtown, the Saratoga Race Course, Saratoga Spa State Park and Exit 13 access combined with the privacy, serenity and beauty that come with wooded home sites that range in size from two to five acres. The outer boundaries of all four parcels are part of a conservation zone that prohibits any building that would disturb the natural environment. The Reserve at Ohonte Way was named to honor the indigenous Mohawk Native Americans from this area. Like the word “Kayaderosseras,” the word “Ohonte” is Mohawk. Ohonte translates to “green” or “grass.” For pricing and more information on The Reserve at Ohonte Way contact Wayne Perras with Keller Williams at WPerras@ or 518-316-6420.

Week of October 27 – November 2, 2017


NY’s Largest Aquatic Center Coming to Exit 12 MALTA — The Adirondack Aquatic Center has received its first $1 million pledge from an anonymous donor, marking the largest contribution to date. The proposed $22 million, 80,000-square-foot facility will be built in the health and wellness corridor along Route 67 in Malta. The multi-use, year-round facility will hold four pools of varying lengths, including a 50-meter Olympic-size pool. They will have depths and temperatures for diverse programs such as learn-to-swim, exercise and rehabilitation, as well as training and competition. Kara Haraden, president of the aquatic center’s board of directors, said in an email that a total of more than $2 million has been raised for the project “with $6 million

pending.” She added, “we are also exploring financing options.” Construction of the aquatics center, on the property located between two separate entrances of the State Farm corporate campus, is expected to begin in 2019, according to Haraden. The Town of Malta was chosen as an ideal location for the project after the idea was developed in early 2013, according to a summary on the Adirondack Aquatic Center website ( TSE Consulting performed a feasibility study, which found that the Capital Region “is under-served in terms of year-round, accessible, indoor water,” the summary states. “The study also found that not only is there community demand for an aquatic-only center, it can also be

Saratoga Partnership Announces Second Annual Prosperity Summit

Jodi Shelton. Photo provided.

MALTA — The Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership, the county’s designated economic development agency, announced this week that the leader of an influential semiconductor trade association will deliver a keynote address at the second annual Saratoga County Prosperity Summit on Thursday, Nov. 16 at the Saratoga Springs City Center. With a theme of “Exploring the ‘Next Wave’ of Opportunity for Saratoga County,” the event will also feature keynotes from CEOs of top technology firms with a presence and impact in the region. Jodi Shelton, co-founder, president and board director of the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA)—widely regarded as the most important global voice for the semiconductor industry—will speak to attendees about the significant impact and importance of the region’s

technology sector, led by the continued growth of GlobalFoundries and its Fab 8 advanced manufacturing facility in Malta. She will also discuss emerging trends in the worldwide semiconductor market, and highlight opportunities for businesses in Tech Valley and across the Northeast to capitalize on the integration of computer chip technology in nearly every industry. Also delivering keynotes at the event are Rick Whitney, CEO of M+W Americas and Greg Moran, president and CEO of OutMatch. The summit, which is open to the public, will also feature a pair of panel discussions: “Smart Cities: How Infrastructure, the Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data Intersect to Drive Next-Generation Communities,” with panelists Chris Covell, president, SmartWatt Energy; Tony Civitella, CEO, Transfinder; and Saratoga Springs Finance Commissioner Michele Madigan. “Building the Ecosystem – What a Technology Startup Needs to be Successful,” with panelists Peter Kalish from General Electric R&D and SCORE; Nick Mesiti, Patent Attorney and Partner at Heslin Rothenberg Farley and Mesiti P.C.; and John Schneiter of Free Form Fibres. For more information, including details on registration and sponsorship opportunities, visit http:// prosperitysummit/.

cost-effective as well as a source of economic development.” Haraden said a previous Planned Development District (PDD) application being reviewed by Malta officials was “dissolved” because the Adirondack Aquatic Center was included in a commercial rezoning of the Route 67 corridor. Malta officials are reviewing no formal site plans at this time, she added. In 2018, an official fundraising campaign will kick off and the Adirondack Aquatic Center’s board of directors is seeking both public and private sector funds.

Renderings provided by Megan Baker of Baker Public Relations.

While the intent is to underwrite the project’s cost using private money, financial support from various state and

local grant programs is also being sought and will be crucial toward leveraging additional private sector investment.


PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS Reid Miller sold property to Daniel Lill, Jr.

37 Lakehill Rd., $191,000. Rachel Ferrer sold property to Jonathan and Janna Bedel.

1515 Route 146, $315,000. Jill Ollari sold property to Christopher Wild.

701 North Ave., $221,000. Derik and Kristen Goodmore sold property to Christopher and Katelynn Attanasio.

15 Sturbridge Ct., $269,000. David and Breann Parseghian sold property to Daniel and Jared Parseghian.

CLIFTON PARK 143 Ashdown Rd., $295,000. David and Sharon Pappas sold property to Kevin and Kelly Rockwood. 13 Old Plank Rd., $150,000.

5 Old Coach Rd., $258,000. Jarid and Kerry Colucci sold property to Terri Hiltz and Scott Kokaly. 8 Wall St., Unit 239, $197,250. Clifton Park Senior Living LLC sold

property to Daniel and Arlene Cole. 5 Terrace Court, $331,000. Krista Furguson and David Haley sold property to Eric Morales and Michelle Buonanno. 669 Bruno Rd., $349,900. Mark and Dorline Rokjer sold property to Scott Weatherwax and Elizabeth Curren. 230 Lapp Rd., $271,000. Sergey Sandul sold property to Seth Lasky. 17 Firestone Lane, $326,000. Christopher and Christine

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Alonge sold property to Alan and Janine Giudici. 3 Morgan Court, $399,900. Linus and Haejin Jang sold property to Xingjun Chen and Jianjing Lin. 142 Innisbrook Dr., $367,500. Kavi and Kajni Kaul sold property to Mallikarjun Karadge and Nietu Marigowdara. 748 Charlton Rd., $370,000. Aiman Alkurabi sold property to John Janikas. 34 Vischer Ferry Rd., $253,350. Kristanna Loken sold property to Beth Lacy.

CORINTH 198 Lemont Ave. $206,000. Lisa Hoffman sold property to Lindsey Bedell.

GALWAY 1691 NYS Rt 29, $207,000. James and Mel Briele sold property to Kevin O’Bryan.

GREENFIELD Wilsey Rd., Lot B 99, $40,000. Jessa Lena sold property to William and Carrie Slack. 3 Annacrest Dr., $32,000. Walter and Dorothy Barney (as Co-Trustees) sold property to Old Sawmill LLC. 25 Hyspot Rd., $142,500. Claire Bullis sold property to Joseph Fitzgerald. 11 Canyon Crossing Rd., $351,000. Jacqueline Jackson sold property to Christopher and Morgan Lansing. 17 Main St., $65,500. Peter Brandenstein and Sharon Robinson-Brandenstein sold property to David and Jennifer Jensen.

99 Alpine Meadows Rd., $20,800. Diane Supple and Francine Gradziel sold property to Susan Fudger. 72 Lincoln Mountain Rd., $22,500. Kurt and Laura Paul sold property to Bret and Colleen Young. 288 Miner Rd., $250,000. Scott Williams, Sr., (by Admin) sold property to Warren Engloff and Joan Genchi. 15 Mill St., $138,297. Kristin and Thomas Michaels sold property to Nicholas Fredenburg.

MALTA 11 Lake Ave., $599,000. Ivy and Paul Gallacchi, III sold property to James and Chrystina Monte. 206 Thimbleberry Rd., $199,500. Kathryn Skanes sold property to Nikita Valcik. 79 Pepperbush Place, $167,500. Jessica McNamara sold property to Eric Magnano. 5 Suntree Park, $327,000. Arnaud Bousquet (by Agent) and Andrea Vieira (by Agent) sold property to Noor Saujauddin. 183 Thimbleberry Rd., $160,000. Kevin Kissane sold property to Kristin Carminati. 18 Nostalgia Lane, $352,464. Deutsche Bank National Trust Company (As Trustee By Atty) sold property to Jon Spisak. 5 Bellflower Rd., $225,000. Michael and Candace Stefanik sold property to Brian and Jenna Macri.

MILTON 102 West High St., $129,000.

Week of October 27 – November 2, 2017 Daniel Johnsen sold property to 1329 West High Street LLC. 2 Linden Lane, $220,400. University and Green LLC sold property to Cheryl Diaz.


property to Patrick Dee. 166 Main St., $100,000. Larry and Linda Leturgez, sold property to Kenneth Beecher.

243 Meadowlark Dr., $277,500. Debra Carkner sold property to Amanda Blodgett.

30 Barrington Dr., $385,000. Robert Grinnell (Ind and As Atty) and Denise Grinnell (by Atty) sold property to Juan Semanate and Paola Valenzuela.

122 Kayaderosseras Dr., $317,500. Timothy and Kimberly Hipwell sold property to Rory and Kathryn McCabe.

5 Doe Run, $273,500. Roger and Ellen Dziengeleski sold property to Corey Martiniano and Rena McFarlane.

723 Burgoyne Ave., $344,900. Genaro and Joan Lambert sold property to Tanya and William Hickey, Jr.

85 Harrison Ave., $164,800. Rose Kobor sold property to Summer Fazzone.

129 Kayaderosseras Dr., $326,810. Jason and Emily Straight sold property to Bret Liszewski. 48 Skylark Dr., $290,000. Hope Bamford (by Agent) sold property to Robert DeVoe, Jr. 11 Pleasant St., $192,900. Diane Berube sold property to David and Judith Covey. 15 Ballston Ave., $202,000. Todd Crouch sold property to Matthew and Jennifer Cubell. 320 Jatski Dr., $437,500. Brian and Melanie Osterhout sold property to James, Marilyn and Karen Smiley. 505 Elk Circle, $185,000. Jared DeMagistris sold property to Kyle, Ashley, James and Margaret Washock. 751 Route 29, $230,000. Valerie Miller sold property to Dale and Amber Trojan. 587 Grand Ave., $335,000. John Paskalides (Ind and As Atty) and Aline Paskalides (by Atty) sold property to David Topino.

MOREAU 157 Fort Edward Rd., $65,000. Wilimgton Savings Fund Society (as Trustee, By Atty) sold

SARATOGA SPRINGS 70 Railroad Place, Unit 608, $1,194,950. Jeffrey Ridha sold property to David and Michele Agahigian. 5 Orenda Spring Dr., $210,000. Marcia Beach sold property to My Nguyen. 28 White St., $495,000. 28-32 White Street LLC sold property to Brien and Cynthia Hollowood. 22 Winners Circle, $237,000. Paul Scutieri sold property to Konrad and Anna Gdowska. 119 Van Dam St., $375,000. Kathryn Gorman sold property to Dennis Gosier and Tiffany Britt.

10 Skyward Dr., $1,254,340. Munter Land Holdings LLC sold property to Twinbrook Realty LLC. 136 Adams St., $470,000. Bonnie Smith sold property to Lou Rondinello, Eugene Jacobowski and Ronald Black. 56 Hathorn Blvd., $185,000. Norman and Diane Webster sold property to Robert and Tara Mount. 3 Pamela Lane, $488,995. Blitman Saratoga LLC sold property to Diane Webb. 10 Sunset Dr., $165,000. Peter Cahill sold property to Wayne and Jennifer Hussey. 34 Circular St., $575,000. Citibank (As Trustee) sold property to CFM 25 Industrial Inc.

STILLWATER 20 Secretariat Lane, $271,000. Patricia Nugent (As Trustee) sold property to Michael Mauer. 22 Independence Row, $220,000. Christopher and Carrie Dambro sold property to Kailyn Sisco. 29 County Route 75, $223,000. Vincent and Carol Borden sold property to Shelby Hansen. 11 Neilson Ave., $136,740. Lisa Luther sold property to Christine Viall and

Nicole Alger.

WILTON 12 Commerce Park Dr., $100,000. KLN LLC sold property to Granite and Marble Works Inc. 13 Trolley Bed Lane, $210,000. Richard and Christine Wolfe sold property to Mark and Erica Pritchard. 14 Fenimore Place, $413,500. Sean and Jennifer Smith sold property to Jason and Emily Straight. 21 Preserve Way, $540,000. Maria Vargas Zoas sold property to Brett and Rebekah Nelson.

19 33 Timbira Dr., $310,000. Roland and Patricia Laffert sold property to Steven Hutter. 17 Thunder Run, $315,000. HWGIK LLC sold property to Lee and Colleen Park. 89 Parkhurst Rd., $410,459. 740 Route 9 LLC sold property to John and Kathryn Cannone. 13 Whispering Pines Rd., $183,900. Shawn and Tracy Lescault sold property to Paulina Grinnell. 16 Whirlaway Blvd., $294,500. Daniel and Beaudoin sold property to Leslie Levesque.

20 Ghosts in the Yaddo Gardens Ghosts in the Yaddo Garden Tours will be held on Friday and Sunday evenings at 5 p.m., through October 29. Docent led tours begin at the Yaddo Garden parking lot and last for approximately one hour. This tour is of the Yaddo Gardens and does not include the Yaddo Mansion. Cost is $10 per person (children 12 and under are free). Private docent led ghost tours may be arranged at a date convenient to your group through October 29. Contact Yaddo at 518-584-0746 or for more information.

Schuyler Farms Haunted Corn Maze Stop by and enter our Field of Screams Friday and Saturday nights in October. Every twist and turn in the maze will hold a new surprise for you. As you navigate your way thru the corn maze, with just a flashlight to light your way, anticipation and fear will build inside of you. There are demons and ghouls around every bend...masked men with chainsaws following behind you...haunted buildings within the maze to pass thru...and many more surprises that will make you laugh and cry. Cost is $14 per victim. For more information call 518-695-5308 or visit

Double M Haunted Hayrides Your journey will begin with a true Haunted Hayride on a tractor-drawn wagon. Your journey will continue on foot into the Walking Undead where you will enter the zombieinfested prison. Beyond Walking Undead is Brutality, the deep woods compound of a tortuous family. Next up, the Last Inn, a residence that is known for disappearing guests and our newest attraction Outage, a total darkness experience. The fun continues in our midway area with The Schadenfreude Circus, a side show that is sure to impress you and probably freak you out. Thursday, Friday Saturday and Sundays through October 29. Buy tickets now! Or call 518-884-9122 to make reservations! Not recommended for children under 8 years old. For more information visit http://

Nightmares at Liberty Ridge Farm SIX Haunted Attractions, all full of the scariest monsters and creepiest creatures you can dream up. Featuring: Two Haunted Houses, a Haunted Corn Maze, Wooden Stockade Fence Maze, The Underworld Tunnel, a Trail

HALLOWEEN CALENDAR through the Haunted Forest. Also included is the Psychic Sideshow and a Haunted Trolley Ride! Open every Friday & Saturday night through October 28. Screams start at 7 p.m. Last admission sold at 10 p.m. Nightmares Admission is $26. In the case of inclement weather, Liberty Ridge Farm will determine by 5:00 pm if Nightmares is to operate. Announcements will be posted on our website and Facebook page. For more information call 518-664-1515 or visit https://libertyridgefarmny. com/nightmares/. The farm is located at 29 Bevis Rd., Schaghticoke.

Operation Adopt a Soldier Harvest Event - Haunted Hayride & Haunted House Join Operation Adopt A Soldier for its 16th annual Haunted Hayride at Gavin Park in Wilton, October 27 and 28, 5 to 10 p.m. A family friendly feature will be available from 4 to 6 p.m. The event offers fun for all ages with games, food, face painting and a costume contest at 6:30 p.m. nightly. Cost is $10 for “Little Screamers” and $12 per person. You can prepurchase tickets and skip the line, simply message us here or email, OperationAdoptASoldierInc@gmail. com. You’re in for a scare if you join us for our Haunted Hayride after dark! For more information call, email or Facebook message.

13th Annual Ballston Spa Witch Walk Double double, toil and trouble! It’s time to bust out your broom sticks and magic wands! The annual Witch Walk is making its way to the streets of Ballston Spa, beginning at the American Legion located at 23 Pleasant St. in Ballston Spa, on October 27 from 6:30 – 11:55 p.m. for its spookiest year yet! Wristbands are available: Send $25 per person. You can make a check written out to cash or Carol Lang, 457 Garret Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020. Send with a self-addressed envelope or include your address so we can mail the tickets to you.

Ghost Ship Cruise Head down the haunted trail leading to the dock where ghosts and ghouls await. Then, set sail for a one-hour haunted cruise with a crew of the dead! Warm up by the fire on the shore, and make your own s’mores. Cruise on Friday, October 27 or Saturday, October 28 at 7 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. Book your spot online at Cost is $20 for adults, $10 for children. For more information call 518-956-2626.

Whispering Bones - An Evening of Spooky Storytelling On Friday, October 27 at 7:30 p.m. Hubbard Hall, located at 25 E. Main St., Cambridge will have their annual fundraiser and evening of spooky stories return just in time for Halloween. You’ll be sure to get a kick out of these bizarre, sometimes scary, and hilarious stories told by our company of storytellers. $20 General Admission/$10 Students.

Halloween Family Fun Day On Saturday, October 28, from 10 a.m. – Noon, families can enjoy free admission to the National Museum of Racing located at 191 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs there will be a Halloween-themed craft activity in the Horse Play! Gallery. Recommended for ages 3-10. For more information, call 518-5840400.

Tang Family Saturday: Spiders and Spider Webs On Saturday, October 28 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. we will take a ride to the second floor in our spooky elevator with Tony Oursler’s Talking Light, then look at Dean Snyder’s shiny metal spider web in in the Staff Only part of the museum. Afterwards, we will make colorful spiders and spider webs out of pipe-cleaners, beads, and colored wire, just in time to decorate for Halloween or just for fun! Free admission. The museum is located on the Skidmore Campus, 815 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs.

Boo2You Halloween Festival The Glens Falls Collaborative announces its annual Boo2You Halloween festival to take place Saturday, October 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. The Children, and their grown-ups, are encouraged to attend in costume to trick or treat and enjoy the festivities. Activities along Glen Street, and in City Park, from 2 to 4 p.m., include trick-or-treating at downtown storefronts and along “candy lane” with guest businesses and organizations, meet and greet with costumed characters, spooky dance performances by local dance schools, and a ‘Fun Zone’ including pony rides, petting zoo and games. Boo2You is presented by the Glens Falls Collaborative and sponsored by the Glens Falls BID and the City of Glens Falls. For more information, visit www. Follow the Glens Falls Collaborative on Facebook at downtownglensfalls. Inquiries may be directed to ourglensfalls@gmail.

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com. Glens Falls Collaborative Members can set up on Candy Lane at Boo2You at no charge. A space is $50 for non-members. Visit www.glensfallscollaborative. com and navigate to the Boo2You event page to register.

Hubbard Hall-o-ween Monster Mash Ball Hubbard Hall-O-Ween moves INSIDE the Hall this year for a Monster Mash on Saturday, October 28 at 7 p.m. Costumes are encouraged as you dance your way through spooky corners and delicious treats like Apple Cider and Pumpkin Bread will surely please all members of your party from the tiniest trick-or-treater to the strongest super hero. Tickets and concession sales go to support the Hubbard Hall Dance Costume Fund! 25 E. Main St., Cambridge. General Admission is $10 and $5 for students.

2017 Saratoga DBA Fall Festival in Saratoga Springs Bring the whole family to celebrate the fall season in beautiful downtown Saratoga Springs with fun and games at the 16th Annual Saratoga Downtown Business Association Fall Festival on Saturday, October 28, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Some of the Fall Festival Activities Include: Rock Climbing Wall, Music Performances, Magic Shows, Trick or Treating, Petting Zoo and Pony Rides, Photo Booths, Costume Parade, and more! All entertainment is free and open to the public. For further information, contact the Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association at 518-587-8635.

18th Annual Scary Story Night! Join us on October 28, from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. for an evening of spooky Native tales hosted by the well-known storytelling trio of Joseph, James and Jesse Bruchac. The first half of the performance will focus on stories that may be a bit frightening but not too scary for smaller children. The second half of the performance will include some truly terrifying tales featuring readings from Joseph and James Bruchac’s best known books. This event will also include our annual pre-carved Pumpkin Contest! Children 12 and under may vie for prizes in the following categories: Scariest, Most Original and Funniest Jack-O-Lanterns. Parents are invited to bring in their child’s pre-carved pumpkin by 6:30 p.m.

for judging. The spooky tales start at 7 p.m. The second half of Scary Story Night will be held outdoors at 8 p.m. so dress for warmth! In case of inclement weather, the event will be held strictly indoors in the Performance room. Light refreshments will be offered, both healthy and Halloween goodies! The event will be held at Ndakinna Education Center, located at 23 Middle Grove Rd., in Greenfield Center. Suggested Donation of $10 for adults and $7 for children under 12. For more information call 518-583-9958.

Tales of the Crypt at Ballston Spa Village Cemetery Whatever happened to Eliza Walsh? Join in on Sunday, October 29 at 2 p.m. at the Ballston Spa Village Cemetery to possibly find out as local writers and poets will attempt to unearth (pun intended) the mystery of Eliza’s ultimate place of rest. There will also be a brief history of Edward and Eliza Walsh presented, along with the history of the village cemetery. Guided tours of the cemetery will be offered. Hot dogs and other refreshments will be available. Donations are appreciated. Attendees will meet at the Walsh Crypt near the southern Ballston Avenue entrance. Parking is available within the cemetery near the pond area and by the office/shop. Bring your family, neighbors, and friends. Seating is limited so bring a lawn chair. The rain venue will be at the Brookside Museum at the intersection of Front Street and Charlton Street.

Creep Show VI: Benefit for Caffe Lena Yes, boys and ghouls, it’s that time again when Caffe Lena turns to the dark side--for a good cause. It’s a sinful, silly and sinister musical extravaganza to raise funds for Caffe Lena’s year-round programming. On October 29 from 7 – 9:30 p.m., enjoy a diverse night of deadly grooves and devilish tunes at Caffe Lena, located at 47 Phila Street in Saratoga Springs, with a rich array of 518 bands, along with a couple songs by The Wrecking Board featuring Caffe Lena’s shockingly talented Board and Staff. Treat us to your presence at this important fundraiser and we won’t have to paper your house later in the year. Cost is $20 general admission, $18 for members and $10 for students and children.




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13 Reasons to Think Local, Buy Local and Be Local


Choosing to patronize locally owned, independent businesses benefits our community. Think Local First!

Create more good jobs

Shopping local retains our


Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally and in our community, provide the most jobs to residents.

People don’t like losing shops and services in their communities but don’t equate this to how they spend their money. Most people can get to their local shops easily and this is especially important for the elderly and young generations and those without transportation.


Get better service


Local businesses often hire people with a better understanding of the products they are selling and take more time to get to know customers. Local shops and businesses value their customers.

Buy local and support yourself


More products, affordable prices Local shops sell a wide range of great products at affordable prices. Many people fall out of the habit of shopping locally and are then surprised by the range of products and gifts available.



Shopping local saves you money

Several studies have shown that when you buy from an independent, locallyDawn Oesch owned business, rather than nationally owned businesses, significantly more of your Marketers have done a good job of money is used to make convincing us that local business purchases from other local equals expensive. If you add travel businesses, service providers fees to transfer items and your time, and farms – continuing to the overall cost is often much higher. strengthen the economic base of the community.


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community groups

Non-profit organizations receive an average of 250 percent more support from smaller business owners than they do from large businesses.


Keep our community unique Where we shop, where we eat and have fun – all of it makes our community home. Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of this place. Our tourism businesses also benefit. “When people go on vacation they generally seek out destinations that offer them the sense of being someplace, not just any place,” says Richard Moe, president of the National Historic Preservation Trust.

9.environmental Reduce impact

Locally-owned businesses can make more local purchases requiring less transportation and generally set up shop in town or city centers as opposed to developing on the fringe. This generally means contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution.


Invest in community


Put your taxes to good use

Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community’s future.

Local businesses in town centers required comparatively little infrastructure investment and make more efficient use of public services as compared to nationally owned stores entering the community.

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12. Buy what you want

A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the longterm. A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based not on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.



local prosperity

Roseann Hotaling, Owner of Country Corner Cafe ŠMark Bolles

A growing body of economic research shows that in an increasingly homogenized world, entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to invest and settle in communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character.

Think local first + Buy local when you can = Being a local!


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Multi-Generational Family Businesses

by Megin Potter for Saratoga TODAY


family is composed of members who have bonded together in some way, and who are committed to one another’s well-being. Sometimes, the less traditional this structure looks, the better it works.

THE PATRIARCHS In 2001, when Jeffrey Wodicka and Neil Castro purchased the historic 1866 structure 15-minutes from downtown Saratoga, it was completely empty. Today, timeless original

details can still be found throughout The Mansion Inn. Intricate brass door knobs and hinges, and gas chandeliers seamlessly coexist alongside carefully selected vintage furniture pieces and paintings that fill its 23 rooms, including a large oil of Ralph

Waldo Emerson by noted Civil War Era artist Darius Cobb. “Their vision was to keep it in the family while also sharing it with others as a bed and breakfast,” said Jeffrey’s daughter, Lori Wodicka.

GRANDE DAME For the past 15 years, Lori has adopted the leadership role at The Mansion Inn. She replaced her brother, Todd Wodicka as general manager after just one season. He did rejoin the team last Continued on page 27

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year however, and plans to work as the bar manager there for the 2018 season. “The mansion is a family member. It is an extension of me. It is my life. There’s a lot invested into it. It’s not a job I come to everyday, it’s a part of me. Because of that, guests have a completely different experience than they would have at another place. I welcome them into my family,” said Lori. Over the years, The Mansion Inn has remained a bed and breakfast during track season, but on the weekends, and from April until November, it is open almost exclusively as a wedding

The mansion is a family member. It is an extension of me. It is my life. There’s a lot invested into it. It’s not a job I come to everyday, it’s a part of me. Because of that, guests have a completely different experience than they would have at another place. I welcome them into my family.”

venue. The house’s small deck was enlarged twice so that it is now big enough for a 50’ x 50’ tent, and the barn was renovated four years ago. A BUNDLE OF JOY In the last two years, Jeffrey has been spearheading the 801 Supper Club, a showing of Broadway-caliber performers, which have included comedian Judy Gold, and singer Jerrod Spector. “It’s just something he loves, that’s his baby,” said Lori. Transitions happen organically, and like with any old house, they have endured growing pains, she said. “I never understood that term, ‘labor of love’ until I did this job. If the house wasn’t considered a family member you couldn’t deal with it – and you wouldn’t deal with it,” she said. Over the years, the pipes have clogged and frozen over the winter. Once, while eight months pregnant with her first child, Charlie, the ceiling started to collapse. While holding it up with one hand, Lori knew just who to call with the other.

ANOTHER’S ON THE WAY Lori’s kids, who now also include twins, Sam and Soren, call him “Uncle Ricky.” Executive Chef Rick Bieber joined the team in 2003, and has been like Lori’s work husband ever since, she said. “There’s nothing he won’t do

for us,” said Lori. Outside of work, Rick’s often at family dinners, holiday gatherings, or together with them watching polo. “Throughout the years, I’ve really become part of the family,” he said.

Now, Rick is busy preparing the menu for a micro-brew popup restaurant on November 10th that will feature a five-course beer and dinner pairing. “It’s my little baby, I’m totally excited,” he said. For more information go to Continued on page 28


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rom behind a construction curtain, Dr. Matt Smith walks out to join his wife, Joan in the front office of Smith Weight Loss and Wellness, where she works reception. Already smiling broadly, they seem to brighten even more when their daughter, Dr. Kevy Smith walks in. Kevy has often been a presence in the offices, visiting with her parents and answering phones when needed, but now she too wears the dark blue scrubs and is a certified chiropractor in her own right.

It’s so rewarding seeing her as a professional. Yes, she’s my daughter and I’m proud of her, but wow, she’s also a really good chiropractor,” -says Joan, of her daughter Kevy



The Smiths have three businesses all in the same building on Route 9, Matt Smith Chiropractic (which changed to simply Smith Chiropractic in March when Kevy came aboard), is joined by Saratoga Sports Massage, which opened eight years ago, and Smith Weight Loss and Wellness which opened in 2014. Kevy liked her science classes in school, and wanted to pursue a career in healthcare, but initially studied neuroscience and psychology before finally concentrating on chiropractics. “She saw how we enjoyed coming to work every day, so shedecided maybe that’s what she’d like to do, too,” said Matt. Kevy nodded, saying that seeing how revved up her father was each morning, and how he was helping people, encouraged her make the decision to work with him this year. “I wanted to work with him, but make a name for myself as a chiropractor, too,” she said.

Growing her reputation as a medical practitioner, Kevy is taking her parent’s example and adding her unique perspective to create optimum health for herself and her patients. “I’ve learned my healthy habits from them, but my mantra is moderation and balance,” she said. The Smith family spends time away from the office walking their golden doodles (Kevy even brings hers into the office on occasion) and sharing dinners together. “We enjoy cooking, but Kevy’s really taken it up a notch,” said Joan. They had eaten a dinner of roasted chicken, carrots, and parsnips the night before that Kevy prepared in a bundt pan for juicy, flavorful meat that is still crispy-on-the-outside. Advocating eating six small protein-based meals throughout the day is part of the nutrition, exercise, and behavior modification plan that Matt teaches patients, often resulting in a dramatic weight loss that transforms their lives.

Smith Weight Loss and Wellness - Dr. Kevy Smith, Daughter, Dr. Matt Smith with Wife Joan Smith

GREAT REFERENCES Navigating the fine lines between their work and personal relationships to communicate effectively at the office, the family strives to be consciously respectful toward one another, talking to each other as professionals, and leaving the work talk at work when the day is done. This creates a relaxed familiarity that is palpable and welcoming. “It’s so rewarding seeing her as

a professional. Yes, she’s my daughter and I’m proud of her, but wow, she’s also a really good chiropractor,” said Joan. “Isn’t it just fun having her here?” Matt asked his wife. “Yea, it’s a blast,” she said, nodding. To schedule an appointment at Smith Chiropractic, go to Continued on page 29

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oe and Pierrette Baldwin didn’t set out to create a legacy, they were just living each day, working, and trying to support their family. Their wartime love story began in France and blossomed into a 60-year marriage, four children, eight grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and Chez Pierre, a fine dining restaurant that has been earning a special place in the hearts of its customers for 53 years. Building a legacy like that takes love, commitment, and sacrifice. TEAM WORK “We all started off in the kitchen doing dishes,” said Pia Field. The Baldwin’s youngest daughter, she’s been Chez Pierre’s president for a decade and its owner for four. Her husband, Lincoln Field is now the head chef, but all the family members have worked there at one time in various positions. “That’s the way it is in a family business, we all stepped up,” said Pia. Eager to explore the other options this experience could

afford her, Pia studied business dining in college and took a job in the corporate world. Finding it too focused on the bottom line instead of on loyalty, she and Lincoln came back home to work at the restaurant. “We came in with the mindset that we were employees and where it went from there, only time could tell. We both always knew our place,” she said. UNFORGETTABLE YOU Pierrette’s endearing sincerity created many close friendships over the years, some of which have continued even during her retirement. Still living in the apartment above the restaurant, she comes down to speak French and share stories with customers. Joe, who had been such a presence there for so many years passed away in 2013. “We all miss him. He was a big force in the kitchen. He made the family dinner before opening up the restaurant and I would just marvel at his cooking,” said Pia. Chez Pierre always stayed open back then, even on Christmas. Today, things are changing.

A NEW GENERATION “Christmas is our holiday, it’s the only day we close,” said Pia. That’s not the only thing that’s different, however. Chez Pierre now offers an updated bistro menu year-round, featuring a choice of soup or salad, lighter half-portion entrée, and a dessert for $27. “For me, it’s about the locals. For my mom, that was a hard transition from traditional fine dining. We’ll take people in jeans, you used to have to get dressed up and wear a jacket. It used to be a big deal to go out, now it’s commonplace,” said Pia. As one of the sole surviving French restaurants in the area, Bastille Day celebrations continue to be a big deal. That’s the day Pia gets up to sing, and everyone gets to share in their love of France. “For that night, everybody gets to be French, so we have to make sure to step it up a notch,” she said. For more information go to Chez Pierre, 979 Saratoga Road, in Gansevoort or online to


Week of October 27 – November 2, 2017

Local Health Care—“Buy Local” Isn’t Just for Retail!

by Susan E. Halstead, ABOC, FNAO for Saratoga TODAY


here are many great reasons to “buy-local” and support family-run businesses. One well known fact, is that for every $100 spent locally, $45 stays in the local economy, creating jobs and expanding the city’s tax base; as opposed to franchise or chain stores where only $14 remains in the community and on-line stores…$0.00!

Perhaps less well known or thought about are the additional advantages to obtaining your health care through a private practice provider that is locally-owned and operated. Locally-owned and family-run businesses often possess a level of expertise and a passion for the services and products they are providing that is unmatched by employees and managers of larger care facilities. They also tend to have a greater interest in getting to know their patient base—who are, after all, also their neighbors. Simply put, local owners and employees take a special pride in their professions. Small businesses donate more than twice as much per sales dollar to local non-profits, events, and teams compared to big businesses. I am the third owner of my optometric practice, which will be celebrating 100 years of service to the Saratoga Springs community in 2020. There is a very high level of accountability to that end. My predecessor, Dr. William Ling advised me

from day one, “People like to go to who they know-so get involved in the community!” He had set the bar high and donated his time and money to dozens of community organizations; serving as School Board President, The Wesley Search Committee (which ultimately, was responsible for Wesley being built in Saratoga Springs instead of Troy), YMCA Vice President, Trustee for the Saratoga County Red Cross, etc, etc, etc! I have followed Bill’s great advice by volunteering on numerous boards and donating monies to numerous organizations. I care about our

community and I involve my staff in doing the same. So patients at my practice are extensions of our family and our friends. They are not retail numbers whisked through the process to meet a quota. So when you think about supporting local and family-owned businesses, consider your healthcare decisions along with your shopping and dining choices. We are fortunate to live in a community that still offers us many choices when it comes to health care services. The casual encounters you enjoy at neighborhood-scale

businesses and the public spaces around them, helps to build relationships and community cohesiveness. Susan Halstead, ABOC, FNAO is a NYS and Nationally Licensed Optician and Owner of Family Vision Care Center at 205 Lake Avenue in Saratoga Springs. Susan is currently serving as Saratoga County Health and Wellness Chair and is the President of Saratoga Flower and Fruit Mission of Saratoga Hospital. Susan can be reached for questions or comments via e-mail, or by telephone, (518) 584-6111.

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Unique and One of a Kind Shops by Megin Potter for Saratoga TODAY


rom artist’s attic to country farmhouse cozy, the refurbished Crafter’s Gallery on Broadway brings a modern sensibility into its mosaic mix. Lighter, brighter, and more open, the surprisingly savvy selections of the store’s new owner, Christina Lowes, have created a whole new shopping experience that is warm, relaxing, and full of charm. “The biggest surprise has been how good the feedback is, and how long it’s lasted,” said Lowes. BALANCING OLD WITH NEW

A mainstay since 1993, Lowe’s took over operations at the Crafter’s Gallery in February, installing luxury vinyl wood patterned flooring, adding track lighting and simple chandeliers, as well as a coat of paint. “It’s not pretentious at all. I wanted to class it up, but make it still approachable. I think people are very

comfortable in here,” she said. Rearranging the assortment of fine art, creating wider aisles, and adding products from new vendors, there is one important element of the store that has remained unchanged; their custom framing services. For years, customers have appreciated getting original, large-size, oilon-canvas paintings from local artists at affordable prices, which can also be

framed right here, said Lowes. ARTISANS SHOWCASE As a former biologist, Lowes knows how to organically organize items to bring out their natural beauty. Put too many different curios in a space and it instantly looks corny. This store has a warmhearted touch that invites you to peruse, meander and collect, while avoiding looking too country kitsch.

Handmade pottery, wood pieces, floral and home décor, handcrafted stained glass, jewelry, knit and crochet items exist symbiotically in the artisan market. Women’s clothing is a new addition this year, as well. Crafter’s Gallery gives small scale crafters a big exposure spot on the busiest street in town, while shoppers have a chance to get “ridiculously affordable” amazingly unique items.

Prices begin with chocolate candies that cost just 50 cents and go up to a $1,250 Richard Salls original framed oil painting, with most a comfortable spot in between. “We have such a big selection and something for every budget. We usually can help people and they’re often surprised because they found something they couldn’t find elsewhere,” said Lowes. Continued on page 33


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EVERYONE’S EMPORIUM Quirky gifts including hand-shaped pottery animal banks by Guilderland artesian Earth & Fire, laser-cut wood earrings in all kinds of unusual designs, custom Saratoga memorabilia including track and GPS signage, flattened beer and liquor bottles, and soy candles in Saratoga water glasses are among the special pieces that you’ll find here. In keeping with the shop’s new country style, there are repurposed bottle lamps,

humorous hand towels, and wood signage, as well. “Wood signs really pop. They speak to a lot of people,” said Lowes. Crafter’s Gallery, on 427 Broadway in Saratoga Springs will be open extended hours on Black Friday and Shop Local Saturday (November 24th and 25th) and will be open until 9 p.m. the following week through December. For more information go to Continued on page 34


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t’s going to take more than luck if you’re trying to buy a one-of-akind gift at a chain store. Instead, go where randomness has been built into the business equation for more than 20 years. Selling sports cards and memorabilia, jewelry, coins, and a smattering of other valuable metals, The Vault holds the key to unique gift-giving. “We’ve got some really oddball stuff,” said owner Dennis Nye. VARIETY’S VAGABOND From alluring century-old diamond jewelry to modern silver charms in unusual shapes and sizes, scavenging through The Vault’s glass cases is, at the very least, a lesson in self-restraint. The closer you look, the more you see – and the more you want. The pieces are jammed together, overlapping in layers, without the glaring lights of a jewelry showroom to needlessly entice the unexperienced viewer with glitz and glamour. The lack of a fancy display might dissuade the passerby on Caroline Street’s busiest nights, as might Nye’s lack of dramatic salesmanship. What Nye does have however,

is a magnifying glass around his neck and a sincere interest to save some of the select pieces that come in (and that he deems worthy) from the being melted down into scrap metal. The variety is endless, appropriate for every style and budget. ON SHIFTING TIDES Classic formal strands of pearls rest alongside fantail earrings from the audacious 1980’s, and a chunky boho turquoise necklace. Droolworthy gemstone rings and silver bracelets beg to be tried on today because they might not be there tomorrow. “We never know what’s coming in, it’s always something different,” said Nye. It’s the coins that are his most popular items, he said. Whenever there is movement either way in the collectible metals market, people are coming in to buy and sell. There’s no way for him to predict how or when these fluctuations will occur, he said, but he always strives to be fair in his pricing. He can offer the best pricing in the area because he’s built up an extensive client list of buyers

and regular customers, he said. As a member of the Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association, The Vault participates in popular local events including the Fall Festival and the Victorian Streetwalk. HIDDEN TREASURE With coins and packs of sports cards that cost less than $1, even the most frugal shoppers may find

a delightful surprise. That’s what happened in 2006 when an $1100 signed Michael Jordan card was pulled from a stack. Antiques, such as a platinum and diamond clover-shaped pin appraised at $25,000, Nye will sell at a price much lower, likely at about $17,000, he said. Other items, such as the gold cross-eyed fox cuff-links,

although valuable, are for sale simply because of their extraordinary uniqueness. “I just couldn’t send them off to be melted down, they’re too cool for that,” he said. The Vault is located at 10 Caroline Street, in Saratoga Springs. Continued on page 35.

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map of the Adirondacks hung in teacher John Nemjo’s Florida classroom. Every day he’d look at it and think, ‘I’ll move there someday’. That was nearly 25 years ago, and although he didn’t realize it at the time, he was getting ready for the adventure of a lifetime. Now he owns six stores selling outdoor gear, and Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company is where people go to get ready for their own outdoor adventures. PREFERRED CHOICE

“I can evolve, and evolve quickly,” said Nemjo. The Mountainman Outdoor Supply on Broadway has grown from a single storefront into two. Store manager Joseph Vidarte helped with the multiple transitions, which included cutting a walkthrough in a brick wall, tearing down a divider, and installing rough-cut paneling. “I lost sleep over it, there’s no doubt about it,” said Vidarte. Other changes were more easily accomplished. These included adding climbing gear, disc golf

supplies, and most recently, a large assortment of fishing flies. Another feature, their extensive library of books and guides, is especially useful because out in the woods, there is no Wi-Fi. “The mountaineers set the bar high, so having a library is crucial to educate customers about the Adirondacks. The Adirondacks are awesome,” he said. EXCLUSIVELY FOR YOU Mountainman employees live the outdoor lifestyle. “I have an exceptionally knowledgeable staff. They use the products they sell,” said Nemjo. One of only 41 companies in the country to be an official brand partner of Northface, and the largest Patagonia dealer in upstate New York, Mountainman has exclusive access to special products. “We offer a unique selection of brands, many of which are hard to find anywhere else,” he said. These include Arc’teryx jackets. “Just look at the seams, the sealed cuff, the fit, and the better durability without a ton of weight, it’s just beautifully made stuff,”

said buyer Brian Nasser. The only place to get quality footwear on Broadway, Nasser said that you don’t have to be climbing up a mountain to like their products. “Anybody who walks in here can find something that would be great for them - from the beginner to someone out in the nastiest conditions,” he said. FOR THE COMMON GOOD Mountainman’s partnerships and influence have helped them support a number of charitable causes

including Patagonia’s grant funding of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail that runs from their Old Forge location 740 miles to Fort Kent, Maine. The largest dealer for Swift canoes and kayaks in the country, Mountainman’s try-before-youbuy events including Saratoga Paddlefest attract thousands of people every year. “This business isn’t about me, it’s about the people that work for me and getting people into the outdoors,” said Nemjo. Mountainman Outdoor Supply

Company, 490 Broadway will be offering extended hours and discounted items on Black Friday (some exclusions apply). Like them on Facebook and be invited to their Friends & Family Night on November 8th for special deals. Tom Rosecrants, owner of Rocksport in Queensbury will present Rockclimbing 101 for the Mountainman Adventure Series, Tuesday Nov. 14th 6 - 8 p.m. For more information call 518-584-3500.


Week of October 27 – November 2, 2017

Teachable Moments…Making Local Shopping A Family Affair

by Haley Grant for Saratoga TODAY


ne of the wonderful qualities that the Saratoga community prides itself on is the multitude of family and locally-owned businesses that make up the town. Although some may consider shopping with their children to be more of an errand than anything else, Saratoga offers a variety

of unique ways in which shopping with children can be both educational as well as a fun family outing. The Saratoga Farmers’ Market located at the High Rock Park Pavilions is known as Saratoga’s year-round outdoor market, offering a large selection of food and produce directly from local farmers. While many find the market a great place to experience local food products, the Saratoga Farmers’ Market also provides a variety of programs and events that encourage children to become involved in the local community. The Power of Produce (POP) Club provides children ages 5-12 with a unique and fun opportunity to become active young members in the local food system. Through participating in this club, children may engage in conversations with local farmers, as well as participate in educational games to learn about new produce. The POP

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Club is a wonderful way to engage and educate children in the local community and, as a result, provide them with a better understanding and appreciation.

This opportunity for educational involvement in the local Saratoga food system is not only limited to young children and parents, but to teenagers and young adults as well.

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This internship offers a vast range of experience for young adults who may have an interest in agriculture, marketing, photography, food access, as well as many other areas. The program is unique in that it provides teenagers with real

world experience, while teaching them more about the Saratoga community and those who support it. The community spirit and family engagement extends well beyond the local food system in Saratoga. G. Willikers Toy Store, located in Saratoga’s vibrant downtown area, boasts a high selection of children’s toys and games, while providing a warm and fun family atmosphere. For 32 years, this local toy store has left its mark on the Saratoga community with educational toys, games, and their signature purple bags. One event that G. Willikers looks forward to every year is the annual Christmas Window weekend, in which customers may visit the store wearing something red in order to receive 10percent off their entire purchase. This event is a wonderful tradition of Saratoga that not only demonstrates holiday spirit, but demonstrates the Saratoga community spirit to family and children of all ages. G. Willikers provides both adults and children with the opportunity to support small businesses, which is a large part of what makes Saratoga the special community that it is. Whether it be wandering into a local boutique or making a weekly trip to purchase groceries, these small businesses provide Saratoga with both history and unique traditions for locals of all ages to enjoy.

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Week of October 27 – November 2, 2017

We Have What You Want – Shop Local by Megin Potter for Saratoga TODAY


esearch shows that people appreciate a gift more when it is something they truly want. Figuring out what that is, however, can be stressful -especially if it’s meant to be a surprise (and not a gift card). When aimlessly searching the same old stores’ massive selection is only adding to your frustration, and online ordering is making you feel like a cog in the machine, turn to that amazing alternative – buying local. TWO SPECIAL DAYS: BLACK FRIDAY AND SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

Take action to get the gift you want to give - and that they want to receive. Saratoga Springs is a gift giver’s happy hunting ground. With acres of creativity and experience you can trust, your neighbors are making and selling a

dazzling array of top quality, unique items. When you buy local, your money is reinvested in the community, benefiting everyone. • With tremendous Black Friday deals and super Small Business Saturday specials, the weekend after Thanksgiving is a time we can all be grateful for. • Many stores extended hours, as well.


season in a variety of ways. “The fun part for me is to run into the store owners. It’s one of those unique special things about those two days,” said Todd Shimkus, President of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce. • In Saratoga, people help make the weekend a big deal.

1. It’s FOR the people.

“He’s our ray of sunshine, but I hug everybody that comes in then. It’s all people I adore who have supported me all year long, and I’m so grateful for their support,” said Worth. Making it a family affair, Worth’s husband, Steven often serves as doorman on Black Friday morning. To meet, greet, and help out, Worth’s mother Myla Hoffman, and her daughter, Mattison are often there, as well.

Widely accepted and promoted, the entire weekend encourages people to shop locally and gets them in the spirit of the

2. Their Expertise is UNMATCHED. Small business owners have an intimate

Deals backed by ideals everyone can be proud of - buying local makes it all possible. Offering coffee and cookies, many shop owners including Pam Worth, owner of Spoken Boutique, have been participating in the weekend events since Small Business Saturday was introduced in 2010.

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knowledge of their products. Ask them a question, and not only have they likely heard it before, but they easily come up with an answer you’d never even imagined (no matter how much research you’ve done, or reviews you’ve read beforehand). That’s what happens when Shimkus goes into Spoken and starts talking to Worth. “All of a sudden I’m shopping because they show me something. Someone in my family would like that new thing, or the hottest selling item,” he said. “Then I go to G. Willikers for toys, and holy cow, their sellers are educators, or Northshire’s, and they’ve read every book in the place. It’s just a different personal experience than you can have anywhere else,” said Shimkus. • Customers tell Worth that of all the places they’ve traveled, they’ve never seen a downtown better for communication. “There’s nothing better than human interaction. I don’t want to lose the power of that. I know every

single piece in my store, how to wash it, what it’s made of. I want people to walk in, feel it, try it,” said Worth.

3. The DISCOUNTS. While the people and the knowledge they possess are assets any time of year, on this special weekend, it’s the discounts and the store’s extended shopping hours that get all the glory. “It varies by store, many have a line to get in when they open at 6 a.m. The bulk of people are the store’s most loyal customers who appreciate the deals,” said Shimkus. • Unbelievably, for Black Friday’s earliest shoppers, scoring items at 50percent off is not uncommon. While some stores offer a sliding scale of discounts throughout the morning, others are opting for a steady discount throughout the day, and some, discounts on both Black Friday and for Shop Local Saturday. “It’s such a great day, it really is. That’s my thank you to my customers,” said Worth about Black Friday.

For Business-to-Business CONNECTIONS. When independent businesses buy from local businesses they are ensuring their livelihood and creating a neighborhood that is a great place to live and to work.

word of their activities to spread.

“We’ve got to figure out a way to protect and preserve the vibrant character downtown. It’s all critically important to the community,” said Shimkus.

• The Chamber has many tools to help businesses spread the word of their services and products, including digital marketing, social media, sponsored posts, and contests.


• Businesses can buy in larger quantities, allowing their customer base to expand, and

5. SHARE it. “Let people see you shopping locally. You’re modeling great behavior to help the community succeed and others will follow – I guarantee it,” said Shimkus.

• When shoppers share with their friends it makes an

indelible impact – and it’s easy to do! “It’s really about getting out there and supporting local businesses that have made a commitment to what real retailing is. We want to see you and give you a nice gift – which is a big discount,” said Worth.

#ShopLocal #ShopSaratoga #BlackFridaySaratoga #ILoveSaratoga


Week of October 27 – November 2, 2017

Double the Impact: Locally Produced, Locally Sold by Megin Potter for Saratoga TODAY


decadently smooth dessert made with flavors that make your taste buds tingle, Saratoga Gelato has been delighting us with their unique Italian ice creams for nearly 15 years. MADE HERE TO ENJOY HERE

“Each pan is handmade, batch by batch for you, right here in Saratoga,” said owner Eugene Bizzaro. He makes everything in the back kitchen with the freshest local ingredients he can find. Vintage style photographs of his family hang along the narrow shop’s walls leading up to the glass case filled with beautiful varieties of creamy gelato drizzled with chocolate sauce, or heaped with fresh toppings. Bizzarro, with his dark hair and big smile, patiently stands

ready to scoop out the tempting treat while customers wait on an indoor park bench swinging their legs, or stand with their arms folded behind them, while their eyes search for the flavor they will indulge in that day. REAL INGREDIENTS “I’m going to make something I can give to my children and anyone who comes in,” said Bizzaro. With four young children and gluten sensitivity

himself, he is especially conscious of how food choices can affect one’s health. Items such as vegan sorbets and glutenfree almond chocolate biscotti grace the menu, but everything is made from scratch with no extra additives or coloring. “Food is your first defense, so everything you put in your mouth has an effect on you,” said Bizzaro. Whether it’s summer and he’s picking berries up from Winney’s, or chopping fresh chunks of watermelon, it’s fall

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treat, at least you can feel good about it later because you can say, ‘I’m still being good because I’m eating good stuff ’,” said Bizzaro. ON THE GO Available in a dish or a cone, in pints, quarts, and mixed into drinks such as the signature Saratoga Gelato latte served with sea salt gelato, caramel syrup and

whipped cream, customers are sure to walk away with something that tastes amazing. With less fat than ice cream and less processing than frozen yogurt, demand has been such that in the past three years Bizzaro has also been serving gelato at weddings and events from a mobile cart. “It’s just one step in the right

direction,” he said. Saratoga Gelato is available at restaurants around town including Ronnie & Ralphie’s, the Hall of Springs, the Crown Grille, the Old Bryan Inn, Sweet Mimi’s and at Troy’s Testo’s Restaurant. For more information go to or stop in to Saratoga Gelato, 458 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Continued on page 42


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hen Marisa Fitch sees a cupcake, she thinks soap. She’ll see an interesting idea, such as eyeball cupcake toppers for Halloween, and translates it into a greatsmelling innovative new soap for her company, Lather Bar. “I’ll pour anything, really,” she said. From the kitchen in the back of her Broadway shop, Fitch makes up to 700 bars of soap every week. They are sold in Christmas Tree Shops, locally at Healthy Living Market and Stinky Dog. With local brews in some varieties, Old Saratoga Brewing Co. and The Saratoga Winery stock her soaps, as well. “Here, they’re left naked because it shows off their character and beauty,” said Fitch. DOWN BY THE WATERING HOLE

Twice a week Fitch fills 5-gallon buckets at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s Orenda Mineral Spring as a base for her soaps. Making liquid soaps as well, it’s the bars that she really loves.

“Bar soap is near and dear to me. I like the look of them and I’ve always used bar soap. I have free samples here, so if you use liquid soap, at least you can try the bars and see how you feel about them,” said Fitch. IN A LATHER Distinctive because of their ingredients, swirls of color, unique shapes, and rough top edges, Lather Bar soaps are suitable for all kinds of skin types. “Everything for me, with soap, is personal preference. Some people like a more abrasive soap like the coffee, others want something for sensitive skin. We help them find whatever they’re looking for,” said Fitch. Her favorites are the relaxing nag champa body bar and the tea tree and charcoal facial cleansing bar. “It’s amazing, I’m obsessed with it,” she said. Lather Bar also sells bath accessories including beech wood naturally draining soap dishes and soap sacks to catch flower buds and other fine particles from

filling up tub drains. RAISING THE BAR Five years ago, Fitch was learning cold process soap making but didn’t want to wait a month for it to cure. That’s when her husband, Andrew, drove her

to the store in a snowstorm for a crockpot so she could make hot process soap instead. A regular user of Irish Spring soap beforehand, he now likes her pine scented soaps, a refreshing lemon zest, or the craft beer varieties, she said.

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by the process and love the experience,” she said. The 1 ½ hour soap making classes are limited to 10 people per class and are $40/person, which is cheaper than it would cost if you were going to buy the 7 bars of soap (at their average cost of $7 per bar) you will have to take home the following day. Classes fill up fast so reserve your spot today by going to

Everything for me, with soap, is personal preference. Some people like a more abrasive soap like the coffee, others want something for sensitive skin. We help them find whatever they’re looking for.”


Week of October 27 – November 2, 2017

Farmers’ Market is Local to the Core

by Himanee Gupta-Carlson

for Saratoga TODAY


t’s 8 a.m. on a Saturday. Saratoga Springs is waking up, smelling the coffee and contemplating the day. Meanwhile, at High Rock Park, farmers are arriving from Milton, Ballston Lake, Argyle, Fort Edward, Salem and elsewhere. Within an hour they will create a space that represents local, food,

farming and community at its best. The Saratoga Farmers’ Market is local to the core. Farmers grow their vegetables and fruits, raise their animals, and make their artisanal cheeses, breads and other goods mostly within a four county radius. They rely on Saratoga shoppers to buy their goods as much as Saratoga relies on them for farm fresh food. This shared fellowship keeps money in our economy, strengthens our food systems and lets farmers and other businesses thrive. What does local look like? How does it work? This glimpse into the farmers’ market provides some clues. 8:15 am and farmers are carousing with each other as they unload squash, lettuce, apples, beans and other goods. Tables snap open, tablecloths unfold. Bales of straw, sheaves of corn stalks, and pumpkins — hundreds of pumpkins — find their place. In between, the farmers

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Saratoga Farmers’ Market

sip coffee, joke about the weather and brag good naturedly about their goods. They check out each other’s stalls. They will buy from or barter with each other, knowing that the cooperative nature of a farmers’ market means supporting one other.

The early birds arrive. Selling cannot start until 9 a.m. But that doesn’t restrict regulars from checking out the offerings — or when an item is in short supply lining up to buy it first. “Got any arugula?” The question comes from a market regular.

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Farmers’ Market at the winter location, Lincoln Baths

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early?” a volunteer asks. “Oh yes,” reply the women, with one noting that she comes in from Ticonderoga. 9 a.m. and vendor Anna Mae Clark rings a bell. The market springs to action. Shoppers fill their bags, musicians play their hearts out and children and parents crowd around a table where the weekly activity features pumpkin painting. By 11 a.m., the volunteers’ soup tureen is empty

and market director Julia Howard is scrambling to find more pumpkins. One farmer drives back to his farm for more gourds while another provides five dozen. For Howard, the popularity of pumpkins is a coup. More children mean more families, more shoppers — and more future farmers. As 1 p.m. approaches, gifts of food pile up for musicians as do donations for Franklin Community Center’s food pantry

with which the market partners. The bell rings. The market ends. The farmers pack up and head home, knowing that they’ll be back again. The Saratoga Farmers’ Market moves Nov. 4 to its winter location at the Lincoln Baths Building in Saratoga Spa State Park, where the market will continue Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.


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Holidays are Extra-Special at Local Shops by Haley Grant for Saratoga TODAY


n Saratoga, you can find many ways to make any holiday celebration special while supporting local downtown businesses. While many may decide to make a trip to their nearest mall for their annual celebrations and holidays, downtown Saratoga stands out in its ability to make these moments special with its oneof-a-kind local businesses, restaurants and boutiques. Whether it be a birthday, an anniversary, Thanksgiving, or Christmas, Saratoga boasts a variety of local shops that make the occasion a unique and wonderful event for all. Saratoga suggests a large menu of options for birthday celebrations and gifts, from eateries to local boutiques. With all of the stress and pressures we face on a regular basis, what better way to treat yourself on your birthday than by pampering yourself with a relaxing spa day? Saratoga Botanicals Spa invites you to luxuriate in one of their many spa packages that they have to offer. From relaxing massages, to replenishing facials, and any other body

treatment, Saratoga Botanicals makes it possible for their guests to unwind from their daily stresses and treat themselves to their multitude of services. Saratoga Botanicals also offers seasonal specials, featured on their Facebook page, such as the new Pumpkin Papaya Enzyme Facial Treatment and Pumpkin Chai Body Butter Massage, which is now at a seasonal discounted price. The spa’s store also has a large selection of organic skin care products, as well as makeup, aromatherapy, and bath and body products. Gift certificates are available for purchase online, making the perfect, relaxing birthday gift for your loved one. If pampering your car is more your preference, celebrate your birthday or a loved one’s with Boxley’s Auto Services. For over fifty years, Boxley’s has served the Capital Region with its auto detailing services and has more recently expanded to home professional cleaning services as well as work place cleaning. Nothing says “happy birthday” quite like driving around town in a car that looks brand new. Celebrate a family or friend’s birthday with a car makeover and enjoy Boxley’s free pickup and delivery, a service dedicated to

Saratoga Botanicals

enhancing efficiency while making your car look good as new! Saratoga might also be the perfect romantic getaway for you and your loved one, whether you are a local or a visitor. If you are looking to make an anniversary special, head over to Dehn’s Flowers and Gifts for the perfect floral arrangement for your significant other. Dehn’s Flowers has served as Saratoga’s florist for over 120 years now as a family-owned business. Choose among Dehn’s impressive selection of classic roses or perhaps a modern

bouquet for your loved one. There is no better way to make your significant other feel special on your anniversary than by surprising them with the perfect bouquet! Saratoga also offers a large selection of top notch restaurants, perfect for any romantic evening. Chianti II Ristorante, located on Division Street in Saratoga, invites you to make your dining experience special by discovering their authentic northern Italian cuisine. If you are feeling more adventurous, you may decide to Continued on page 49

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participate in one of Chianti’s Italian cooking classes that are offered regularly. Spend quality time with your significant other and learn a few cooking skills from professionals that you may use back home in your own kitchen for a nice quiet night in! With Thanksgiving just around the corner, Saratoga is the perfect place to make preparations for the holiday season through local business. The city features festive boutiques on every street, as well as Farmers’ markets and festivals. Perhaps this Thanksgiving, you will show your holiday spirit with a gift or party favor from Saratoga Wine & Spirits, located on Maple Ave. This locally-owned business offers a large variety of products for your holiday season. Saratoga Wine & Spirits is unique from many others in that they

Mrs. London’s Bakery & Cafe

are educational as well, hosting free wine tastings every Friday for their customers. They also offer weekly specials and deals on their products, as well as frequent new arrivals. Pair your beverage of choice with the perfect dessert or pastry this Thanksgiving from Mrs. London’s Bakery, located on Broadway in downtown. This French rooted boutique bakery has offered high quality baked goods from scratch for over 20 years now and continues to be a lovely holiday tradition of Saratoga. Perhaps one of the most festive times of the year, Christmas in Saratoga is something truly magical for people of all ages. One cannot resist the lure of the Christmas lights and wreaths that decorate the downtown area, or the beckoning of the festive shop windows. The season kicks off every year on the Thursday after Thanksgiving


James & Sons Tobacconists

with the annual Victorian Streetwalk. This magical tradition of Saratoga includes a variety of entertainment, with carolers strolling through downtown, as well as the Festival of Trees. With the numerous Christmas parties and family get-togethers that will be fast approaching, it is important to know where one might go to find that perfect holiday gift. For unique, quality gift baskets, head over to Gifted Grace, a local business that prides itself in their beautiful assortment of gift baskets. Gifted Grace makes perfect gift basket arrangements for coworkers, party guests, secret Santa gifts, and anything in between.

Looking for a creative way to give the gift of time? Stop by the James & Sons Tobacconists in downtown Saratoga for a fun tradition of Saratoga. With three lounges, as well as discounts on cigars and boxes, James & Sons is the perfect local spot for private events and social gatherings. This downtown business offers a variety of memberships that include many benefits and specials, which makes for great gifts this holiday season. No matter what the occasion may be, Saratoga’s vibrant and active downtown district has all that you need to make any celebration special. To spend a holiday or private celebration in Saratoga is truly a gift to all who have the chance to experience it.

Week of October 27 – November 2, 2017


Week of October 27 – November 2, 2017


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Writing the Right Word by Dave Dowling

Accuracy in word choice is a key to effective communication. In your daily writing and speaking, try to make sure you use the right word in the right place with the right spelling. By doing so, its effect will affect your communication in a positive way. This quick weekly tip will help you filter the confusion in some of our daily word choices. This Week: Baluster, Banister Accent usually describes how people pronounce words of a language different from their mother tongue. It reveals one’s place of origin. Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks English with an Austrian accent. Dialect is usually spoken by people who live in a certain region of a country. Dialects have distinctive vocabulary, pronunciation, intonation, and grammar. She spoke the language in a regional dialect, which made it difficult to understand. 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 October 27 – November 2, 2017

Sustainable Saratoga Recycling Day by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY On Saturday, Oct. 21, retired teachers Art and Julie Holmberg, with a committee of 6-8 people and the help of the environmental class at Saratoga High School taught by Jody Visconti, and the Honor Society, among many others, came together to create Saratoga Recycles Day. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., roughly 500 cars came through and donated everything from electronics, metals, bicycles, small appliances, and textiles such as hats, towels, clothes and rags, in any condition. Some textiles were recycled and some were redistributed. They shared the proceeds with the Saratoga High School clubs. Mayor Joanne Yepsen proclaimed it Recycling Day. Upstitch, a company in Albany, collected crochet needles, yarn, fabrics, sewing notions and sewing baskets to help educate people in impoverished areas and help them learn those skills. Starting late last winter, the committee began to volunteer their time and organize the event, which included the vendors JGL Recycling in Colonie, American Clothing Company in Glens Falls, Bike Toga in Saratoga and Upstitch.

“It began with reading an article about Bethlehem. Dan Rein was named recycler of the year and so I looked on the website and saw what they did and how much they gathered. We patterned this after the Bethlehem program that has been recycling and having a recycling day for the past four to five years,” Art Holmberg explained. “This was a very cooperative effort with Saratoga Springs Central School District. It started off with just environmental classes lending a hand and turned into the Honor Society helping. The students primarily helped with textiles and unloading cars,” Holmberg said. Skidmore College students developed a pamphlet that talked about all of the places you can bring your recycling products in the local area, listing what they accept, addresses, etc. “In general I go to Weibel Avenue transfer station and see what people throw down into the landfill and I just shudder when I see what’s been thrown in there that could be recycled and reused,” Holmberg said. “There’s so much in recycling and reusing that we need to do more of as Americans and particularly in Saratoga,” Julie Holmberg added. One hundred backpacks were collected for Shelters of Saratoga; 11,500 pounds of

Photo provided. clothes were collected; and 89 bicycles were collected with Levi Rogers arranging the bike station and doing some repairs on site. Bike Toga took 25 bikes to repair and then redistribute to the people of the community at a very low cost, and seven people exchanged bikes on the spot. The Backstretch Employee Service Team (B.E.S.T.) took 12 bikes to keep on hand for next season. They collected a great deal of textiles as well.

Statistically speaking, Americans generate about 84 pounds of clothing every year and 70 percent of that material goes into a landfill, taking years to break down. The committee members have already planned the event for next year, to take place on Oct. 20, 2018.

“We were so encouraged by the community’s response, we were very thrilled,” Julie Holmberg said. “Start packing things up for next year. Eventually, with enough help and support we could do this twice a year. It was a shot in the dark, but we succeeded,” added her husband.

Saratoga CSD Appoints New Superintendent

Dr. Michael Patton, new Superintendent at Saratoga CSD. Photo provided by Saratoga CSD.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs City School District Board of Education has announced their intent to appoint Dr. Michael Patton, currently the superintendent of the South Glens Falls Central School District, as the new Superintendent of Schools for Saratoga. Patton is expected to begin his duties January 1, 2018 and has been offered a three and one-half year agreement with an initial salary of $182,000.

“Dr. Patton is a proven leader and outstanding communicator,” said JoAnne Kiernan, Board of Education President, “his ability to connect with individuals and groups at all levels enables him to tap into the best of our community’s culture, talent and commitment to successfully lead our district into the future.” Patton has been superintendent in South Glens Falls for the last six years. Before that, from 2004-2011 he was principal at Queensbury High School and from 1996-2004 he served the Ballston Spa Central School District, first as a guidance counselor and then as assistant principal at the high school. “I am honored to have been offered the opportunity to serve the students, staff and community of Saratoga Springs as their new superintendent of schools,” Patton said.

Week of October 27 – November 2, 2017

Third Annual Safe Harbour Conference SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Friday, Oct. 27 at 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Zankel Music Center at Skidmore College the Third Annual Safe Harbour Conference will be taking place. Safe Harbour: NY is an initiative dating back to 2008 that began to recognize the victims of human trafficking as victims, instead of criminals, and ensuring that vital services are available to them. The conference will be to educate, inform, and raise awareness to prevent and stop trafficking. For more information, visit www.saratogacff. org.

Pink and Denim Day at Ballston Spa Middle School BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Middle School has worked together to raise awareness for breast cancer during the month of October. Various clubs in the middle school, including the Service Club, the National Junior Honor Society, and the Pink & Denim Committee educated the staff and students about the illness. They also raised money by selling pink ribbons and auctioning off a Breast Cancer Awareness Basket. Through these efforts, the Ballston Spa Middle School has donated over $500 to the American Cancer Society.

Saratoga Foundation for Innovative Learning (SFIL) Raises over $20,000 SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Oct. 19, SFIL hosted its fourth annual “Celebrate. Innovate. Educate.” event at Prime at Saratoga National. 100 attendees and sponsors heard from past and present grant recipients, the Blue Streak Bagpipe Club, and more. Proceeds from the event will be used to fund the following grants: Hurricane Simulation Materials for Natural Disasters Classes; Forensic Science Genius Hour Materials; VEX Robotics Super Kits for Morning Math Group; Playaway BookPacks and Accessories for Caroline Street Elementary School Library; Pop-up Performance Space at


Saratoga Springs High School; Saratoga Springs High School Sustainability Park Phase Two.

Saratoga Sponsor A Scholar Starts its Tenth Year

Event is free with museum admission and pre-registration is required.

The Dance Alliance of the Capital Region

SARATOGA SPRINGS — With the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year, those students who would excel are those who adopt a routine that facilitates learning. For 32 kids in Saratoga Sponsor A Scholar Program at Saratoga Springs High School, that entails a commitment to attend homework sessions every Monday after classes. Not only does this provide the structure to organize their upcoming week, they have the opportunity to meet with tutors, receive announcements of upcoming college trips and other special events. All 64 graduates of Saratoga Sponsor A Scholar from the last ten years have been accepted into college. This is a program that depends entirely on donations from the community. 100 percent of donations are spent on students, while the Saratoga Sponsor A Scholar Board covers all overhead costs.

Caroline Street School Spirit Week

CAPITAL REGION — The Dance Alliance of the Capital Region was proud to award four area dancers with the Pat and Sven Peterson Summer Dance Scholarship. Geneva Robinson attended the Alvin Ailey School Summer Intensive in New York City, Sydney Lemelin attended the Stephen Petronio Workshop at Skidmore College, Hannah Butts attended the National Museum of Dance School of the Arts Summer Intensive, and Collin Mackenzie attended the NYS Summer School of the Arts (NYSSSA). All of the dancers reported having an enriching and positive experience. To learn more about the Pat and Sven Peterson Summer Dance Scholarship and the many programs and benefits of the Dance Alliance go to

Ballston Spa Donations to Puerto Rico BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Central School District has begun taking donations of school supplies for children in Puerto Rico affected by the hurricane. They have already begun shipping boxes to those affected. Donations can be dropped off at the bus garage at 1458 Saratoga Road at any time. As of now, there is no cut off for the donations.

DeMaranville Farm and Gardens SARATOGA SPRINGS — Schuyler Pond on Route 29 will be hosting their first agricultural education field trip for the Schuylerville Elementary third graders on Friday, Oct. 27 with a second field trip scheduled for Monday, Oct. 30. On these field trips, they will be discussing the importance of local agriculture, eating locally grown fruits and vegetables and nutrition, the top NYS crops, and the journey of a pumpkin. Visit www. DeMaranville to schedule a field trip or to learn more.

Teacher of the Week CAMBRIDGE — Every week during the school year, TCT Federal Credit Union salutes local educators and school employees for their outstanding efforts during the year. For the week of October 23, 2017, the Teacher of the Week Award was presented to Mrs. Sara Andrew, seventh grade English teacher at the Cambridge Junior-Senior High School. “Mrs. Andrew does a great job of explaining her lessons so her students understand the material. She is also a soccer coach at Cambridge and is an inspiration both in the classroom and on the field. When correcting her students’ work, Mrs. Andrew can clearly communicate what was done wrong in order for them to improve their grade moving forward,” the students said.

S.T.E.A.M. Saturday SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. at The Children’s Museum at Saratoga, families with children three and up are invited to join the museum for programs designed around science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Caroline Street Elementary School will have their Spirit Week beginning Monday, Oct. 30 through Friday, Nov. 3. On Monday, students and staff are encouraged to wear a sports shirt or jersey; Tuesday is crazy sock day; Wednesday is crazy hair / hat day; Thursday is pajama day; Friday is spirit day. All students and staff are encouraged to participate.

Dorothy Nolan Food Drive SARATOGA SPRINGS — Dorothy Nolan Elementary School is holding a food drive now until November 10. All food will be used to make up food baskets to help families during the

55 holidays. Please bring in canned and dry goods to donate.

Schuylerville Student Scientists Survey Hudson River SCHUYLERVILLE — Schuylerville Elementary students in Peter Carner’s fourth grade class explored the Hudson River on Tuesday, Oct. 12 as part of a statewide event. Carner’s class joined more than 5,000 other students from New York City to Schuylerville as part of the fifth annual “Day in the Life of the Hudson River Estuary.” Students walked to Hudson Crossing Park, where they used seine nets, water testing kits, and measuring tools to investigate aquatic life, water chemistry, tides and weather. Students shared their data online with other participants, so they can better understand how their piece of the river fits into the larger Hudson estuary ecosystem. DEC’s Hudson River Estuary Program sponsors the annual event.



Week of October 27 – November 2, 2017

Saratoga Farmers’ Market Celebrates Last Gasp of Summer Photos by Pattie Garret.

Saturdays, 9 to 1 High Rock Park Next Saturday, Nov. 4th Lincoln Baths Building at the Spa State Park

by Himanee GuptaCarlson, PHD

many of our summer vendors, thanks to farmers who make use of greenhouses, high tunnels, and state-of-the-art storage technologies to grow and maintain a high level of quality local produce year-round. We also will be holding our seasonal holiday home arts and crafts bazaar. While we love the summer market, we relish our November through April time indoors, too. For many of our vendors, the winter market offers a cozy, intimate space for farmers and shoppers

for Saratoga TODAY October is inching toward November. At the Saratoga Farmers’ Market, this means that we are preparing for our annual transition, from outside to in. Join us tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at High Rock Park for our final celebration of summer and our last outdoor market. What’s fresh in late October? Still ripening tomatoes, crisp salad greens and frost-sweetened kales, freshly dug sweet potatoes,

carrots, beets, radishes, turnips, our amazing seasonal pumpkins and an array of other winter squashes, cups of warm apple cider and, as midday temperatures creep toward the high sixties, iced lemonade. The market also will be participating in the Saratoga Springs’ Downtown Business Association’s

annual Fall Festival. We will feature music from Four Old Guys and Er Go Blue and a free fall wreath making activity for children of all ages. We also will announce the winner of our annual Guess the Weight of the Pumpkin contest at 10 a.m. We also are looking forward to our fifth winter season at the

Lincoln Baths Building in the Saratoga Spa State Park, which begins next Saturday, Nov. 4. As tomorrow’s market ends, we will pack up our summer signs and shut down the market shed. When you visit us next Saturday, you will find us under not openair tents but in a bazaar-like atmosphere indoors. Our winter market features

to get to know each other better. Winter is a great time to ask your favorite farmer questions about their farms. Winter also is an opportunity to stockpile recipes and other food preparation tips. The Saratoga Farmers’ Market ends its summer season tomorrow at High Rock Park. The market moves indoors to the Lincoln Baths Building at the Saratoga Spa State Park on November 4, where it will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through April. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Delicate Squash with Maple Syrup and Jam Adapted from recipe by Dinner at the Zoo, shared by My Saratoga Kitchen Table Serves: 4

Ingredients * Ingredients can be found at the market

Directions 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut the squash lengthwise and remove the seeds. Cut the halves into ¾ inch slices.


2-3 pounds delicata squash* (about 2 2. Line a sheet pan with average sized foil and coat with olive oil. squash)


2 Tablespoons together the olive oil, olive oil, plus maple syrup, and jam. more for coating 4. Pour the olive oil the pan*

3. In a small bowl mix


2 Tablespoons maple syrup*


2 Tablespoons raspberry jam*

mixture over the squash and toss to coat. 5. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until the squash is tender and starting to brown. Serve immediately.

Week of October 27 – November 2, 2017


“All You Need in Life is A Friend with Chocolate”

by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY Hello my Foodie Friends! Paula and I love to use products from family owned business and especially if they are local! We have been fans of Katie and Jeff for 10 years now! Sundaes Best Hot Fudge Sauce is a product of Greenfield’s Greatest Food Company, Inc. located in the hills overlooking Saratoga Springs, New York. They use only the very best ingredients including real chocolate and cocoa. They also use awardwinning NY State (Family Owned) Stewarts® wholesome milk, cream and sweet butter. Sundaes Best Hot Fudge Sauce is great on ice cream, fruit, cake, in recipes or just grab a spoon and dig in! As they mention on the label, Jeff’s mom has been making this homemade hot fudge for family, friends and her church congregation for more than forty years ... and she still does. Katie and her grandmother have had a Saratoga Tradition enjoying hot fudge sundaes from ice cream shops since Katie was a little girl. They’ve combined mom’s recipe with their love for hot fudge to offer

Sundaes Best. Katie, Jeff, Paula and John encourage you to start a Sundae Tradition of your own. You should see the smiles from those that receive Sundaes Best Hot Fudge Sauce as a gift! Try this recipe:

Combine baking mix, 1/2 cup sugar, milk, oil, vanilla, almond flavor.

Raspberry Upside Down Cake

Immediately invert over a serving plate.

1/4 cup melted butter 3/4 cup sugar, divided 1-1/2 cups fresh raspberries, divided 4 TB sliced almonds, divided 1-1/2 cups biscuit baking mix 1/2 cup milk 2 Tb oil 1/2 tsp each vanilla and almond flavor 1 beaten egg Drizzle butter in a 9” round pan. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup sugar. Sprinkle with 2 Tb of almonds. Arrange 3/4 cup of raspberries with open ends up.

Beat with electric mixer for 4 minutes. Pour into pan over raspberries and almonds. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.

Allow to cool for several minutes and remove pan. Garnish with remaining raspberries and almonds. Drizzle with Sundaes Best Raspberry or Original Hot Fudge Sauce! Stop by our family owned Compliments to the Chef located on 33 Railroad Place. We are right down the street from family owned Stewarts Shop, family owned Bow Tie Cinema, family owned No. 1 Nail, family owned Greenhouse Salad Co., family owned Price Chopper and family owned Spot Coffee! Oh, our Building? Family owned (Bonacio)! Remember my Foodie Friends: “Life Happens in the Kitchen” Take care, John and Paula



Winter Edition of “The Guide” “The Guide”, a listing of winter activities offered by the Town of Malta’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Human Services is available online at www. It is available at the Malta Community Center and registration will begin for winter classes and programs on November 1, 2017. New classes, sports programs and special events are scheduled to begin in December. Please call the Malta Community Center at 518-899-4411 for more information. Fundraiser for After the Fire “The Not Too Far From Home Comedy Tour” will perform at the Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge #161, 1 Elks Lane, Saratoga Springs on Friday, November 3 at 8 p.m. Aaron David Ward, Tom Anzalone and Steven Rogers will provide the laughs at this fundraiser for After the Fire. For advance tickets at $15, contact Maureen Smith at 518-5811823, or tickets will be available at the door for $20. Come and join us for an evening of fun, and to help support After the Fire. Corks, Forks and Brews Raise a glass to support Saratoga Center for the Family at “Corks, Forks & Brews.” In its 5th year, this crowd favorite will take place on November 3, from 6 – p.m., at the newly renovated Saratoga Springs Holiday Inn, located at 232 Broadway in Saratoga Springs. Guests will sample wine, beer, spirits, and food from vendors such as Adirondack Winery, Shmaltz Brewing, Pick Six, Stella Pasta Bar, and more – all while supporting SCFF’s programs. Tickets are $65 per person and may be purchased at or by calling 518-587-8008. Arts, Crafts and Gift Fair The Malta Department of Parks and Recreation will be hosting their annual Arts, Crafts and Gift Fair on Saturday, November 4 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Malta Community Center located at 1 Bayberry Drive,

just off Route 9, ½ mile north of Routes 9 and 67. Over 60 vendors will be on hand for your holiday shopping pleasure. This highly attended show has free admission and free parking. Call the center at 518-899-4411 for additional information. Kids Night Out – Fundraiser A Blue Streaks Varsity Swim and Dive Team fundraiser. Drop your kids off for an evening of fun at Lake Avenue Elementary School while you enjoy a night to yourself on Thursday, November 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be games, Legos, arts and crafts, movies. Babysitting and activities provided by the Saratoga High School Girls’ Varsity Swim and Dive Team. No re-registration necessary. Just sign your child in at the main entrance. Only $10 per school-age child. Snacks and drinks for sale $1 each. For more information or questions, Contact Paul Benzon, Annual Church Garage & Bake Sale Indoor, rain or shine. Saturday, November 11, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. No early birds admitted. All proceeds benefit church youth group activities. The sale will take place at the Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church, located at 24 Circular St., Saratoga Springs. Something for everyone: Antique, vintage, gently used, new. Furniture, linens, housewares, books, CDs, toys, collectibles, appliances, jewelry, much more. No clothing or computers. Bring a box to fill! Plus, home-made cakes, pies and cookies. Come early for the best selection; come back again after 2 p.m. for the half-price sale. Paperback Sale The Friends of Saratoga Springs Public Library are having a 25-cent used paperback sale on November 14 and 15. Open to the public, it’s held in the Dutcher Community Room from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Get some great reads for the winter ahead. Cash, credit cards and checks accepted. Library is located at 49 Henry St. in downtown Saratoga Springs. For questions, call the Friends Book Shop at 518-584-7860, ext. 333. Book Fair Benefit Barnes & Noble is hosting a book fair to benefit the Adirondack Folk School at their Saratoga

Springs location. It’s Barnes & Noble’s way of giving back to the community. A portion of the proceeds from your purchases will benefit AFS at no additional cost to you. Come out and visit us on Saturday November 18 or make your purchases through Barnes & Noble online (www. from November 18-23. Please use book fair ID 12082640 for all online purchases. Share the news with friends and family far and wide and help raise money for the Adirondack Folk School. Barnes & Noble is located at 50 Wilton Square, Saratoga Springs, NY. Havurah Vatik Rabbi Kenneth Blatt, spiritual leader of Congregation Shaara Tfille, located at 84 Weible Avenue in Saratoga Springs, will present a program on “Roosevelt and the Jews”. Rabbi Blatt has long had an interest in history, especially in the relationships between U.S presidents and American Jews. In this presentation he draws on a wealth of research to explore President Roosevelt’s close working relationship with Jewish advisors, contrasted with ambivalent policies regarding Jewish immigration and the effects of Nazi policies. A catered lunch follows the program. We need your RSVP by November 15. CFall the Temple Sinai Havurah Vatik reservation line at 518584-8730, ext. 4. Let us know if you plan to attend the luncheon, need to cancel your reservation, need transportation or you can provide transportation for another member. All Saratoga area seniors 55 plus are welcome. Holiday Cheer Bus Trip The Olde Saratoga Seniors is hosting a bus trip to New York Mills, NY at the Twin Ponds Golf & Country Club. The club will feature a Xmas show staring Vincent Talarico, who sells out in Atlantic City. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy an afternoon of Holiday Cheer with a delicious lunch included. This event will take place on Wednesday, November 29. Cost will be $48 per person. Please mail check to PO Box 60, Schuylerville, NY 12871. For further information, contact Pat at 518-338-2329. Deadline will be November 8.

Week of October 27 – November 2, 2017 Community Emergency Corps and Toys for Tots During this upcoming holiday season Community Emergency Corps of Ballston Spa will again be an official drop off point for donations for the Toys for Tots program sponsored by the United States Marine Corps. For 2017, we will again be partnering with the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office. We will be accepting toys at our station at 78 Thompson St., Ballston Spa, until December 15. New, unwrapped toys, games, books, puzzles, sport balls, dolls, snow toys, and anything for kids from infant to teens are all appreciated. Stuffed toys are the only exception. You can drop them off anytime, days or evenings. If we are not at the building due to answering emergency calls, we hope you will return at another time with your contribution. As a reminder, toys collected in this area are redistributed right back into this area to those in need. Folks may bring toys to donate during the annual Santa Parade in Ballston Spa on December 1. Step off is at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Ray Otten, Executive Director of CEC, at 518-885-1478. Bus Trip to New York City Come celebrate Christmas in NYC on December 6. See the Rockefeller tree, browse holiday windows, get some Christmas shopping done or see a show. Bus trips and excursions are open to the public, regardless of age. Bring your friends, family or grandkids. For more information call the Saratoga Senior Center at 518-584-1621. Saratoga County Veterans 6th Annual 5k Revolutionary Run Join us for a beautiful morning run on November 4 at Fort Hardy Park, located at 1 Red St., Schuylerville from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The course takes you past the Champlain Canal Lock C5 in the Hudson Cross Park. There is also a “Kids Fun Run” and a 50/50. Proceeds benefit the Saratoga County Veterans Trust Fund. The funds received will be utilized to assist Veterans with the following: training, education, healthcare, housing, essential services, and projects dedicated to the welfare and support of our Veterans. Cost is $25 in advance or $30 the day of the run. To register on line visit, https://runsignup. com/Race/NY/Schuylerville/ RevolutionaryRunForVeterans

Annual Veterans Day Ceremony Join Saratoga National Historical Park located at 200 Duell Rd., Schuylerville, in honoring all those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, including the Continental soldiers and militiamen who served here at Saratoga in 1777. Musket firing demonstrations and discussions about Revolutionary War American soldiers will take place throughout the day. Free admission. For more information call 518-6702985. Ladies Day Avoid the crowds at the mall and come see us at Lia Nissan of Saratoga, located at 2906 Route 9 in Malta, for Ladies Day, Sunday, November 12 from 2 – 5 p.m. Pampered Chef, Lula Roe, It Works, Premier Designs, Young Living Oils, Usbourne Books, Traveling Vineyard, Arbonne, Graceful Touch Massage, SpiriChill Bracelts, and Wit’s End Boutique are just some of the great vendors that will be here displaying their items and having free giveaways. Anything you can think of that a woman would like to give as a gift or for herself. We will have complimentary food and drinks along with many free giveaways. It will be a fun filled event and a great way to get a jump start on Christmas shopping. Free admission. Second Annual Veterans Ball Veterans & Community Housing Coalition, Inc. (VCHC) is putting on The Second Annual Veterans Ball as an effort to raise money towards our mission. VCHC’s mission is to put an end to Veteran homelessness. All the money raised for this event goes straight to the Veterans of our organization. This year, the Ball will be held at The Hall of Springs, located at 108 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs from 5 – 9 p.m. There will be food by Mazzone Hospitality, silent auction items, an honorary ceremony for our honored Veterans, a cash bar, cake by HoneyBee Bakery, 50/50 raffle, a photo booth and more. VCHC invites you to join us for this dazzling event. In honor of many, in memory of all – Come dance the night away! Tickets cost $50. For more information about VCHC, please like us on Facebook @VCHCvethelp. For more information about The Ball, please contact Mianna directly at

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Week of October 27 – November 2, 2017 There will also be a petting zoo, great food free cider and donuts, a chili cook-off, bounce houses, and much more. For more information, visit www. or call 518580-1810.

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Friday, October 27 Soundbytes Fundraiser Knights of Columbus, 50 Pine Rd., Saratoga Springs, 7 p.m. Saratoga Soundtrack’s Open Mic Fundraiser featuring a multitude of talents: guitar/singer duos, soloists, poets, comedians, piano/ vocalists, quartets, acoustic, rock, a cappella and more. A $10 (suggested donation) including participants.

Saturday, October 28 Ballston Area Senior Citizens Annual Bazaar Milton Community Center, 310 Northline Rd., Ballston Spa. 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. There will be a country store, pie table, a 50/50 raffle, a quilt raffle, baskets for silent auction, books and puzzle table and more. Our Café will be in full swing, with a nice variety of hot and cold foods. Over 35 vendors and crafters showing off their wares for your shopping pleasure, and get you in the holiday spirit, think Christmas, it is just around the corner. Put us on your calendar, bring family or friends spend the day and have fun. More information contact: Ballston Area Seniors at 518-8856740. Check out our web page, www.ballstonareaseniors.

Great Fall Festival and Giveaway New Life Fellowship Church, 51 Old Gick Rd., Saratoga Springs, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. A free event for the whole family. We will have kid’s activities, games, and family fun contests.

Stories Under the Big Top Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 10:30 a.m. Students in the Maple Avenue Middle School Drama Club will present their fall play “Stories Under the Big Top” by Lorraine Thompson. Come one! Come all! Step right up! Watch the greatest stories on Earth come alive under the big top! It’s a circus full of laughter and lively storytelling as the ringmaster and players perform a variety of well-known tales such as “The Bremen Town Musicians,” “The Billy Goat’s Gruff,” “The Lion and the Mouse,” “Monkey See, Monkey Do” and “The Magic Fish.” For more information or other events visit

Tang Family Saturdays Tang Museum, Skidmore Campus, 815, N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 2 – 3:30 p.m. Spiders and Spider Webs - We will take a ride to the second floor in our spooky elevator with Tony Oursler’s Talking Light, then look at Dean Snyder’s shiny metal spider web in in the Staff Only part of the museum. Afterwards, we will make colorful spiders and spider webs out of pipecleaners, beads, and colored wire, just in time to decorate for Halloween or just for fun! free and open to the public. Suitable for children age 5 and up along with their adult companions, the Family Saturday programs are fun and educational. Reservations are highly encouraged as space is limited and the programs are very popular. You may sign up for each program up to one week in advance. For additional information and reservations, or to be added to our Family Saturday e-mail list, please call the Tang’s Visitor Service Desk at 518580-8080.

CALENDAR 59 Roast Beef Dinner South Glens Falls United Methodist Church, 15 Maplewood Parkway, S. Glens Falls, 4:30 – 6 p.m. Homemade Soups and Desserts. Adults $10, Children ages 5 – 12, $5. Take-out and delivery available. 518-793-1152.

Sunday, October 29 Sunday Meditation 538 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs, Saratoga Health & Wellness Building, 9 – 10:15 a.m. Buddhist meditations and teachings from all three traditions (Tibetan, Zen, and Vipassana) are offered Sunday mornings from 9:00 – 10:15 a.m. at One Big Roof. One Big Roof, Center for Mindful Practices, is a sanctuary for contemplative and restorative care providing workshops, meditation and movement. For more information call Pierre Zimmerman 413-9927012 or visit,

Fall Celebration Filene Hall, Skidmore Campus, 815 N. Broadway,. Saratoga Springs, 3 p.m. Chamber Players opens its 31st regular season with a fall celebration featuring piano and flute. Works to be heard of Beethoven, Hersant, Weinberg and Dvorák present instrumental combinations of viola and cello, flute and piano, and piano quartets. Prize winning musicians include Artistic Director & ASO concertmaster, Jill Levy; Michael Roth, Associate Concertmaster of the NY City Ballet Orchestra; cellist Eliot Bailen, Artistic Director of the Sherman Chamber Festival & principal cello of the NY Chamber Ensemble; Susan Rotholz, principal flute of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra; and pianist Benjamin Hochman, winner of the 2011 Avery Fisher Career Grant. For complete bios of the musicians, information on the entire season and to purchase tickets go to www. events/category/2017-2018concert-season/

Monday, October 30 Ghost Tours of the Canfield Casino Saratoga Springs History Museum and Canfield Casino, 1 E. Congress St., Saratoga Springs, 6 – 8 p.m. The tours last about 1 hour and will be led by actual eyewitnesses to paranormal events that have been recorded in the last few years at the Historic Canfield Casino. The tour will include parts of the Canfield Casino as well as all three floors of the Saratoga Springs History Museum. Come learn the stories, the legends and the lore of this great building. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for children 6-17, children under 6 free. Time slots begin at 6 p.m. and tours run every 20 minutes with the last tour stepping off at 8 p.m. Reservations are encouraged as each tour is limited to 15 people. Reservations can be made by calling 518-584-6920.

Tuesday, October 31 Halloween Stories and Crafts Saratoga Springs Public Library, Crawshaw Story Room, 6:30 – 7:00 p.m. Drop by the library and hear some Halloween stories, make a pumpkin craft and decorate a cookie. For preschool age and up. For more events at the library visit,

Wednesday, November 1 Volkswalk for Fun, Fitness and Friendship Saratoga Spa State Park, Start: Hilton Garden Inn, 125 S. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 10 a.m. Register from 9:30-9:55. There are 5 and 10 K options available. For more information, contact

Olde Saratoga Senior’s Luncheon Town Hall, 35 Spring St., Schuylerville, Noon It will be in honor of our veterans. All veterans are invited. Entertainment will be Don Young. This will be a casserole luncheon. Hope to see everyone there including our veterans. For information, contact Pat 518338-2329.

Poetry Reading Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 7:30 p.m. Caffè Lena will present a poetry reading by Martin Willitts, Jr. and D. Colin. An open reading will follow. Doors open for sign-ups at 7p.m. The host for the event will be Carol Graser and the cost is $5 general, free for students. For more information, call 518583-0022, or visit www.caffelena. org.

Thursday, November 2 A Green Gathering Harvey’s Restaurant and Bar, 14 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 5 – 7 p.m. Green Drinks: A “green gathering” for those who work, volunteer, or have a passion for promoting the environment, conservation, and sustainability. Cash bar available (nonalcoholic drinks and food may also be purchased). Visit Saratoga%20Springs for more in-formation.

The Basics of Alzheimer’s Disease Home of the Good Shepherd Memory Care Residence, 390 Church St., Saratoga Springs, 4 p.m. Guest speaker William Hinrichs from the Alzheimer’s Association will speak about “The Basics of Alzheimer’s Disease” Please RSVP to Courtney Lamport at 518-450-7360 x102 or via email at

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SPAC’s “Nutcracker Tea” to be Staged Nov. 19 SARATOGA SPRINGS — SPAC’s popular “Nutcracker Tea,” is back for two performances - at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. - on Sunday, Nov. 19. The event will feature excerpts from “The Nutcracker” by Northeast Ballet Company, a traditional English Christmas Tea, American Girl activities, giveaways, gift bags, and more. Tickets are $75 for adults and $35 for children 15 and under, and are on sale at, or by calling 518-5849330 ext.164. Proceeds benefit arts education programs at SPAC. At both seatings, American Girl Place of New York City will host a Raffle for a Gabriela doll and her accompanying storybook. Gabriela is the American Girl Doll of the Year,

Pakistan’s Sachal Ensemble to Stage Live Appearance, Screening of Film in Saratoga

Nutcracker Tea in 2016. Image by

a limited edition doll who has a passion for dance and art. American Girl Place will also provide a fashion and arts activity for young guests; additional activities include a Nutcracker Raffle and a Nutcracker Store with specialty Nutcrackers for sale. The Nutcracker, composed in 1891 by Tchaikovsky, is a fairy tale

ballet that tells the story of a little girl’s journey through a fantasy world of fairies, princes, toy soldiers and an army of mice. First performed in 1892 in St. Petersburg, Russia, it has become an American classic since choreographer George Balanchine introduced his production in 1954 in New York City.

Saratoga Chamber Players Kick Off Season on Sunday SARATOGA SPRINGS - Saratoga Chamber Players opens its 31st regular season with a fall celebration featuring piano and flute at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29 in Filene Hall, on the Skidmore College campus. Musicians include Artistic Director and ASO concertmaster, Jill Levy; Michael Roth, associate concertmaster of the N.Y. City Ballet Orchestra; cellist Eliot Bailen, artisticdDirector of the

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Sherman Chamber Festival and principal cello of the N.Y. Chamber Ensemble; Susan Rotholz, principal flute of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra; and pianist Benjamin Hochman, winner of the 2011 Avery Fisher Career Grant. For complete bios of the musicians, information on the entire season and tickets, go to:

Levy, Rotholz and Bailen will also be at Caffè Lena, at 3 p.m. Saturday Oct. 28 to perform a free children’s concert. Bailen has written music for narrated versions of “Ferdinand the Bull” and “Mirette on the High Wire.” Also on the program are Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf,” adapted, narrated and played by Susan Rotholz, and three duets for violin and cello by Gliere.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Sachal Ensemble musicians -known for their extraordinary journey from Lahore to Lincoln Center featured in the “Song of Lahore” film -- will bring their soulful music-making and the story of how they saved a piece of their culture despite Pakistan’s tumultuous political climate, to Saratoga audiences for a one-ofa-kind performance. The 10-piece group, touring the United States for the first time, combines conventional instruments with traditional Pakistani ones for South Asian spins on Western classics.

The live performance takes place at SPAC’s Spa Little Theatre 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30. Tickets for the performance start at $40 and can be purchased via SPAC will also present two screenings of the documentary “Song of Lahore,” which chronicles the Sachal Ensemble’s journey, at 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29 at Bow Tie Criterion Cinemas in Saratoga Springs. Tickets are $5. In one of the most poignant moments of the film, Nijat Ali, conductor of the Sachal Ensemble says, “we want to show the world that Pakistanis are artists, not terrorists.”

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Henry Rollins Coming to Albany ALBANY — Henry Rollins, who first burst into American consciousness with the California hardcore band Black Flag 35 years ago, will perform at The Egg on State Street on Jan. 20, 2018. More recently, Rollins has worked as a radio and

television host and has appeared in several films. Tickets range from $25 to over $100 for a VIP meetand-greet and are on sale at, www. and the Egg box office, at 518-473-1845.

Henry Rollins is staging a show at The Egg in January. Photo provided.

Creep Show Comes to Caffè Lena on Sunday SARATOGA SPRINGS — Originally dubbed “A Night of Murder Ballads,” the sixth annual Caffè Lena Creep Show is back at Caffè Lena, 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29. Join host Michael Eck, modern string bands Rusticator and Brain Medicine, popular songwriter M.R. Poulopoulos, improv comedy troupe MOPCO and the truly frightening Wrecking Board – the latter a combo comprised of musical members of the Caffè Lena board of directors - for a monster mash of musical mayhem. Eck, who has penned a suite of murder ballads based on true Albany County crimes, will draw from those as well as the classics. Tickets are $18 $20 and are available by phone,

at 800-838-3006, and online at: The Creep Show is a benefit for Caffè Lena and

all proceeds support year-round programming at the venue.

The Frank Wakefield Band will perform at The Parting Glass on Lake Avenue in Saratoga Springs at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4. Tickets are $15 and available by phone at 518-583-1916, or online at: Photo provided.

Fire Letters, who have recently relocated to Western Massachusetts from Puerto Rico to better share their love and music, bring their ethereal beats to One Caroline in Saratoga Springs on Friday.

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Boo2You Halloween Fest in An Evening of Ghost Stories, Hall-O-Ween Downtown Glens Falls Saturday Monster Mash Ball At Hubbard Hall

Hubbard Hall Monster Mash Ball this weekend. Photo provided.

CAMBRIDGE — Kelvin Keraga hosts an evening of creepy and chilling tales, told by some of the region’s best storytellers at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27. The event takes place at Hubbard Hall. All proceeds from the show will go to help Hubbard Hall’s Arts Education Scholarship

program. This program helps to ensure that no student at Hubbard Hall is ever turned away from a class based on financial limitations. Tickets are $20 General Admission, $10 Students, and are available online at, by calling 518-6772495, or at-the-door.

At 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, the venue will host the Hubbard Hall-O-Ween Monster Mash Ball. Costumes are encouraged. Tickets are $10 General Admission, $5 Students, or $20 for a family of three or more. Tickets and concession sales go to support the Hubbard Hall Dance Costume Fund.

Hunger Walk on Sunday Begins at Congress Park SARATOGA SPRINGS — The annual CROP Hunger Walk will take place 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29. Pre-registration begins at 12:30 and walkers will gather at the Spirit of Life statue in Congress Park. The purpose of the CROP Walk is to raise awareness of the problem of world hunger and funds to combat it. Over 1,000 walks are held each year throughout the country in support of Church World Service programs, raising approximately $10 million

dollars of the organization’s $80 million budget. CWS is a leader in maintaining refugee camps throughout the world, in addition to providing disaster relief in the US and elsewhere. A portion of funds raised go locally to the Saratoga County EOC. A recent United Nations report indicates that for the first time in decades the numbers of people at risk for starvation, largely due to dislocations caused by drought and violence.

Approximately 25,000 persons die every day as a result of starvation or disease caused by lack of access to clean water. Sunday’s walk route is approximately 2.5 miles around the downtown streets, with a rest stop at the Presbyterian New England Congregational Church. For more information, go to: www.crophungerwalk. org, or contact local coordinator Ken Klotz at 518-587-1534, or

Boo2You Festival in Glens Falls. Photo provided.

GLENS FALLS — The annual Boo2You Halloween festival will take place 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, with activities along Glen Street, and in City Park. Events include trick-ortreating at downtown storefronts and along “candy lane” with guest businesses and organizations, a meet-and-greet

with costumed characters, spooky dance performances by local dance schools, and a ‘Fun Zone’ including pony rides, a petting zoo and games. Children and adults are encouraged to attend in costume. For more information, visit:

Laffer Gallery Presents Annual Juried Group Show Saturday

Images from the Laffer Gallery’s 5th Annual Upstate Invitational, which opens Saturday. Photo provided.

SCHUYLERVILLE — The Laffer Gallery will open a new exhibit, “5th Annual Upstate Invitational,” on Saturday, Oct. 28, at its space on 96 Broad St. The exhibit features artwork by regional artists Andrea Hersh, Regis

Brodie and Christopher Murray and will run through Nov. 26. An Opening Reception will be held 5-8 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 518-6953181, or go to:


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Ominous Seapods to Reunite for a Pair of Regional Concerts in January COHOES — The Ominous Seapods - a popular local ‘90s jam band who parted ways in 2001 will be staging two reunion shows at the Cohoes Music Hall, at 58 Remsen St., in January.

The band released its debut CD in 1994 and performed notable venues such as Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado, the Wetlands Preserve in New York City, and

the House of Blues in a variety of cities across the country. Tickets for a Jan. 13 show quickly sold out. A second show, to be staged 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12 has been added.

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saturday, 10/28: Saratoga Chamber Players Children’s Concert: Ferdinand the Bull, 3 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 Mipso, 8 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 Crazy Head Mazie, 10 pm @ Caroline St. Pub — 583.9400 Better Off Led — Tribute to Led Zeppelin, 7:30 pm @ Hudson River Music Hall — 832.3484 Jeff Brisbin, 7 pm @ Kraverie — 450.7423 Pat Attanasio Quartet, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue — 583.2582 Grand Boubousse, 9 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026 Halloween Dance Party & Costume Contest (DJ King), 8 pm @ Putnam Den — 584.8066 Forthlin Road, 8 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583.1916

sunday, 10/29: Creep Show VI — Benefit for Caffe Lena, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 F.A.C.T. Animal Rescue Benefit feat. The Carboys, 3 pm

@ Hudson River Music Hall — 832.3485 Selector Ed’s Soul Stomp, 8 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026


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Bright Series: Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 Open Mic — every Thursday, 10 pm @ Circus Café — 583.1106 SIRSY, 7 pm @ Kraverie — 450.7423 Hot Club of Saratoga, 7 pm @ Mouzon House — 226.0014 Rodeo Barons with Ali Handel, 9 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026 The McKrells, 7 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583.1916 Last In Line, Untaymed, More Than Human, 7 pm @ Upstate Concert Hall — 371.0012

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GARAGE SALES October 27, 28, and 29, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Meadowbrook Estates - 2 Rolling Brook Dr. Lawnmower, blower, landscape tools and equipment, chain saw, ladders, and household goods. SARATOGA SPRINGS Indoor Garage & Bake Sale Benefits youth groups. Sat., Nov. 11, 9am-3pm. Half price after 2pm. Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church, 24 Circular St. Everything but clothes & computers! Early birds not admitted.



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Crafters and Artisans Wanted The Malta Department of Parks and Recreation announces the date for the Malta Community Center Arts, Crafts, and Gifts Fair as Saturday, November 4 from 9:00 am-3:00 pm. Crafters and artisans of handmade items are being sought and vendors of manufactured merchandise will be considered on a juried basis for this lovely event at the Malta Community Center, 1 Bayberry Drive in Malta. Booth fees are $50 until August 31st and $60 thereafter. Call 899-4411 or visit for a show application.

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Week of October 27 – November 2, 2017


Saratoga Central Catholic Saints are Undefeated!

Grace Fornabia, #10, set the school and season record for number of kills. Photo by

Saratoga Springs & Burnt HillsBallston Lake Remain Undefeated by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Springs Blue Streaks and the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Spartans remain undefeated in their 2017 football season. Coach Terry Jones has led the Blue Streaks to an 8-0 overall, with a game on Friday, Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. against Shaker, this semi-final game will cost $6 to attend. This is a home playoff game that will determine if the team moves forward. This is the Blue Streaks second playoff game of the season so far. The Blue Streaks are ranked number

1444 nationally and are number 23 in the state. Last season, the Blue Streaks were 3-6, suffering many devastating losses. This season, however, they have come back swinging. Coach Matt Shell and the Spartans also have an 8-0 overall. They will be playing South Glens Falls on Friday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. at home. This playoff game will determine if they move forward, as well. The Spartans are ranked 2311 nationally and 45 in the state. Continuing their winning trend from last season, with 10-2 overall, the Spartans are fighting back hard this season to go all the way and become undefeated.

The Saints played against Cambridge on Friday, Oct. 20 and won. Photo by Continued from front page.

get along so well, laughs are nonstop, and there’s nothing better than a team that connects. If they connect off the court, they’ll connect on the court,” Izzo said of the team. Each senior girl has a buddy on the team, who is

either a sophomore or junior that they mentor for the season. The seniors are Grace Fornabia, Ani Crocker, Olivia Lawrence, and Mandy Bartoszek. Fornabia and Crocker are cocaptains of the team. Fornabia now holds the season and school record for number of kills. Fornabia makes

it look effortless in her abilities, seeming to take her opponents by surprise every time. “Grace is a one of a kind and has been a catalyst for the past couple of years. These girls have been a pleasure to coach and even more to watch them play very well together. I’m very proud of them and I will miss them,” Izzo said.



Week of October 27 – November 2, 2017

The Decade When Three New York City Teams Owned the Baseball World

by Joseph Raucci for Saratoga TODAY With the World Series right around the corner, let’s go back in time when baseball was King and three New York City teams were royalty. 1947 was the start of a magnificent journey. The Yankees, Dodgers, and Giants were about to own the sports world for an entire decade. World War Two was over. All the great Major Leaguers that went overseas to defend our country were back in uniform. The American public was thirsty for entertainment, and they were about to be treated to the best that America’s pastime could offer, New York City Style. Let’s start with the Brooklyn Dodgers. This team was about to travel a road that would lead to six National League Pennants in ten years. 1947 was the first. It was the year of Jackie Robinson. He became the first black player to play in the big leagues that summer. This future all-time great was a man of immense inner strength. He was not only gifted in baseball, add football, basketball, and track to his resume. He showcased these talents at UCLA in the early forties. He was a commissioned officer during the war and fought for civil rights when others only dreamed of it. Branch Rickey, the Dodgers general manager, keenly realized that it was time to integrate the sport. He sensed that Robinson was the one man that could make it happen. And he was. It is safe to say that no man ever had more fortitude than Robinson in making what is taken for granted today a reality. Game after game he took abuse from players and fans alike. Jackie rose above it. He played hard and used his bat, glove, and speed on the base paths to fight the

ignorance of that era. Above all he did it in silence. Most men would have been broken by the death threats, name calling, and more. Jackie Robinson took it on his chin, knowing full well that this was the only way to make the dream come true. He was named Rookie of the Year. Jackie was instrumental in leading “The Bums” as they were fondly called by their fans to the World Series that same year. They took on the New York Yankees, for the first of their six-subway series in the next ten years. And how about those Yankees! This was the greatest run in the long history of “The Bronx Bombers.” Starting in 1947 they began the ride. Led by the great Joe DiMaggio they took the 1947 series from the Dodgers. Then, with the exception of 1948 when Bob Feller’s Cleveland Indians took the pennant, they accounted for six Major League championships in seven years. Di Maggio made his classy exit from the game after the 1951 season. It was the Year that another all-time great made his debut. Mickey Mantle didn’t take long to own the Bronx. Arguably the most gifted power hitter we have ever seen, “The Mick” led the bombers to three straight championships. For five years the Yanks were King of the mountain. Three of the five straight were victories against very good, if not great, Dodgers teams. The 1950 version saw the Phillies, led by the superb right-handed pitcher Robin Roberts, and called “The Wiz Kids” go down in four straight. They were no match for a superior Yankees team. The next year the bombers took on the New York Giants in their miracle year of 1951 to notch their third of the five straight. Let’s take a look at those Giants. We have to start with Leo Durocher. He had managed the Dodgers in the early 1940s. “The Lip” as he was known to fans was a feisty, tough foul-mouthed character. Setting that aside, make no mistake about it, he was a baseball genius. The Giants got lucky. The Lip was suspended from baseball for associating with known gamblers. His tenure as Dodgers manager was over. Giants management quickly signed him to a contract when he became eligible for the 1948 season. Three years later it would all come

Willie Mays.

Joe Dimaggio.

Roy Campanella.

together. This was the rookie year of the immortal Willie Mays. He came up from the minors that year and quickly was nicknamed “The Say Hey Kid.” Durocher was instrumental in settling down Mays after a horrific start to his career in the Majors. When Mays stared to hit, the Giants in turn started to win. They found themselves thirteen and a half games behind the Dodgers as August began. Then they won an incredible fifty of sixty-two games to tie the Brooks at the end of the season. The two teams met in a threegame series for the right to play the Yankees in the World Series. Inexplicably the Dodgers won the toss and elected to play two of the three games at the Giants home field, the Polo Grounds. This mind-boggling move meant that games two and three would give the Giants the home team advantage. After splitting the first two games, the finale was at hand. The two teams played even for the first seven innings. Then Brooklyn exploded for three runs in the eighth inning. The Giants were in dire straights. In the bottom of the ninth they scored a run to get within two of their hated rivals. Then the baseball Gods took over. With the Giants trailing, and two men on base, Bobby Thomson stepped up to the plate. He hit a line drive over the left field wall. It has since been called “The shot heard ‘round the world.” The Giants had won the Pennant. Unfortunately, they would go no further. The Yankees were just too good. They put them away in a sixgame series. The Giants came back to the World Series in 1954. They took on a Cleveland Indians team that won a record 111 games, to best the Yankees by eight. That’s right the Yankees won 103 games and finished second. Unbelievable! The Indians led by probably the best pitching staff ever, entered the series a huge favorite. Leo Durocher had

other plans. In a series that was highlighted by one of the greatest catches ever made, by none other than Willie Mays, the Giants shocked the baseball world with a four-game sweep. 1954 was over. 1955 was about to begin. The Yankees and Dodgers were back at it in that year of Dodgers blue. They had peaked in 1953. They won 105 games and showcased a lineup that included four Hall of Famers. There was Jackie Robinson. We have already discussed him. Roy Campanella the three-time MVP was behind the plate. Five years later a car accident would end his brilliant career, and confine him to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. Then there was Duke Snider. He hit 40 home runs in five straight years and roamed center field at Ebbets Field like he owned it. Anchoring the infield was Harold “PeWee” Reese. Though small in stature, he stood tall with his golden glove and leadership qualities. They, along with first baseman Gil Hodges were the soul of the team. The Yankees took the 1953 series besting the Dodgers for the fourth time in seven years. As great as this Dodgers team was that year, they could not find a way to beat their historic foe. “Wait ‘til next year” became their fans’ war cry. Then 1955 came. The Yankees led by Hall of Famers Mickey Mantle, Phil Rizzuto, Yogi Berra, and Whitey Ford took their seventh pennant in nine years The Dodgers yawned their way to the National League flag, thirteen and a half games ahead of the second place Milwaukee Braves. The series was all Yankees for the first two games. Then the Dodgers came to life. They swept the next three. The bombers took game six, setting up a deciding game seven at Yankee Stadium. The Dodgers sent Johnny Padres to the mound in hopes of finally beating the Yankees. And he did just that. Not only had he

won the game, he had shut them out and clinched the series. The Dodgers were finally champions. The Borough of Brooklyn went wild. Next year had finally come. The two teams met again in1956. The Yankees took a sevengame series. It was highlighted by the only perfect game ever thrown in postseason play. Don Larsen pitched that gem in game five. The Yankees would go on to win seven more pennants and three more Championships until the dynasty finally crumbled in 1965. The Dodgers and Giants both had miserable seasons in 1957. The worst was yet to come. The next year both teams headed for California. The Yankees were now the City’s only baseball team. That being said, the decade of dominance had produced some astounding statistics. One of these teams was the winner in nine out of the ten World Series played. Sixteen of the twenty teams that played in those fall classics were New York teams. And get this. No less than thirteen players from the era are Hall of Fame members. Most of the cast are gone now. The Mick, Peewee, Leo the lip, Yogi, and The Duke, Jackie Robinson, and Roy Campanella. Arguably, the greatest all-around player of all time, Willie Mays is still with us. Years have passed. Most of the baseball fans of today have no idea that the Giants and Dodgers were at one-time New York teams. For those who do remember, it was a time like no other. A time when three baseball teams captured the heart and soul of the greatest city in America. A final remark: Johnny Padres, the Dodgers hero and MVP of the 1955 World Series retired to this area during his retirement. He spent his golden years in Glens Falls, passing away in 2008.


Week of October 27 – November 2, 2017

LOCAL SPORTS AT A GLANCE Football: Saratoga Springs


Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (Girls)


Saratoga Central Catholic (Boys)


Schuylerville 8-1


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Saratoga Springs (Boys)


Saratoga Springs (Girls)


Ballston Spa (Boys)


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Schuylerville (Boys)


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Schuylerville (Girls)


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Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (Boys)


Field Hockey:



Field Hockey:

Friday, Oct. 27

Saturday, Oct. 28

Sunday, Oct. 29

Saratoga Springs vs. Shaker at 7:30 p.m. at Latham, NY

Ballston Spa vs. Queensbury at 10 a.m. at Colonie.

Saratoga Springs vs. Shenendehowa at 12:00 p.m. at Clifton Park, NY

Sunday, Oct. 29

Burnt Hills vs. Schuylerville at 2 p.m. at Schuylerville.

Schuylerville vs. Schalmont at 7 p.m. at Schenectady, NY Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake vs. South Glens Falls at 7 p.m. at Burnt HillsBallston Lake

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake vs. Queensbury at 2 p.m. at Queensbury.

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Skidmore Hockey Team Season Commences

First Night Saratoga 5K Run

SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Friday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Saratoga City Rink, the Skidmore Thoroughbreds will be playing Nichols College Bison in their season opener. There will be a free shuttle provided at 6:30 p.m. from Case Center and free t-shirts will be given out to the first 150 fans with canned goods to donate. Admission is free.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The 20th Annual First Night Saratoga 5K Run, presented by the Saratoga Arts, will take place on Sunday, Dec. 31 at 5:30 p.m. This run is limited to the first 1,500 registrants and there will be no day of race registration. Registration is strongly suggested as the race has sold out for the last 16 years. Register by Nov. 24 for the early registration fee of $25 and a long-sleeved shirt.

After Nov. 24, registration is $30. Save time by registering online at www.saratoga-arts. org. A ChronoTrack B-Tag computerized scoring system will be used in the race. The USA Track and Field certified course starts and finishes on the Skidmore College Campus. Awards will be given to the top three overall male and female finishers in five-year age categories. All finishers receive a First Night Commemorative Medal. There will be refreshments after the race along with showers and restrooms

Annual Halloween Skate

Week of October 27 – November 2, 2017 available in the athletic complex. For more information, call First Night Saratoga at 518-584-4132.

Saratoga Cup Ability Meet and NorthEast Short Track Racing Series 1

Saratoga Springs Ice Rink

SARATOGA SPRINGS — At the Saratoga Ice Rink on Weibel Avenue on Nov. 4, come see competitors ages 6 — 70 compete in the annual Saratoga Cup Ability Meet and the newly formed NorthEast Short Track Series speed skating competitions. Local, state, and interstate skaters will be competing. Races begin at 9:00 a.m. and run throughout the day until approximately 5:00 p.m. Admission is free. For more information,

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The ice rinks on 30 Weibel Avenue are now open with public skating times available. Visit www. for open skate times.

Saratoga Springs Rec Basketball Registration SARATOGA SPRINGS — This league includes Tiny B’Ball, Intro, Boys and Girls Leagues. Sign up at the rec center at 15 Vanderbilt Avenue Monday — Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. — 7:00 p.m., and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. — 6:00 p.m. Email re c re s e r v at i on s @ s a r at o g a for pricing.

Saratoga Springs Rec Intro to Ice Skating SARATOGA SPRINGS — Sign up at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center at 15 Vanderbilt Avenue Monday — Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., or Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Email re c re s e r v at i on s @ s a r at o g a for pricing.

Saratoga Rec Winter Program Registration SARATOGA SPRINGS — Early bird registration for winter programming begins Monday, Nov. 6 and ends Tuesday, Dec. 26. Youth boxing and volleyball will be offered. Email for additional information.

Saratoga Rec Drop-In Sessions Graphic provided by Jill Ramos.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Weibel Avenue Ice Rink will be hosting their Annual Halloween Skate on Saturday,

Oct. 28 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For Saratoga Springs children and senior residents admission is only $24 and adults are $4,

for non-residents children and senior admission is $4 and adult is $5. Costumes are encouraged but not required.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Drop-in sessions for adult basketball, pickleball, racquetball, and wallyball are now happening at the Saratoga Recreation Department. Visit for the latest schedule.

YMCA Fall Basketball League Sign-Ups SARATOGA SPRINGS - From now until Nov. 19, the Saratoga Springs YMCA will be holding sign-ups for their fall basketball league, games start Dec. 3. Registration fees are $74 for YMCA members and $125 for non-members, scholarships are available to those who qualify. The fall league is co-ed so both boys and girls are encouraged to sign up. Kids from other areas are also encouraged to play. There will be two coaches per team and nine scheduled games with at least one playoff game for each team, totaling to 12 games. The league is always looking for more coaches and sponsors, contact Mike Laudicina at if interested. “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,” Mike Laudicina, league coordinator, said. To register, visit www.

Week of October 27 – November 2, 2017


Free Speed Skating Training Sessions

Girl Scout’s Dare to Climb Registration

org/dare-to-climb or call 518489-8110 ext. 112.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Sponsored by the Saratoga Winter Club Speed Skating, a six session series of on and off ice speed skating training will be offered by top coaches and veteran skaters. Classes take place on Nov. 7, 9, 14, 16, 28, and 30 at Saratoga Rec. Basics of technique, safety, and equipment will be covered. Each session will have on-ice time. Passes can be picked up at the Halloween Skate on Oct. 28, the Saratoga Cup Ability Meet on Nov. 4, or at the Saratoga Ice Rink during the Winter Club practices on Tuesday and Thursday night. All ages are welcome. A $5 insurance fee may apply. For more information or to register, call 518587-9438 or 518-951-0702, or visit www.saratogawinterclub. org.

CAPITAL REGION — Dare to Climb, a special mentoring event for girls sponsored by the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York (GSNENY), will take place on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Great Escape Lodge in Queensbury. This full day program will feature presentations by strong female leaders in the area and a networking workshop. Open to both Girl Scouts and non-members in grades eight and up. This event will give girls the opportunity to speak with some of the region’s most successful women in different job fields. Early registration is $35 and cuts off on Oct. 29, registration after that is $50. This includes breakfast, lunch, admission to the Indoor Water Park on the day of only, and a presentation by Linehan College Counseling. For more information or to register visit, www.ywli518.

Upcoming Events at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame SARATOGA SPRINGS - On Saturday Oct. 28 starting at noon, Racing experts Tom Amello and Michael Veitch will analyze the upcoming 2017 Breeder’s Cup races with a Breeder’s Cup Preview Panel, free to attend. On Saturday, Nov. 4 there will be a Breeder’s Cup Viewing Party in the Hall of Fame Gallery, food and drink available for purchase. Takes place from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and is free to attend, food and beverages an additional cost. On Sunday, Nov. 5 there will be a Man o’ War Spotlight Tour in honor of the continued celebration of his 100th birthday. This guided tour will take

visitors through the history of the sport and feature objects related to Man o’ War and his connections. This event is limited to 50 people and reservations are required. It begins at 12 p.m. and is $15 for general public and $10 for Museum members, seniors, and students. To RSVP call 518-5840400 ext. 120 and leave your name, number, and number of attendees. On Saturday, Nov. 11 a 50-minute Pilates for a Purpose class will take place to benefit the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. No experience needed, the class is open to all levels. This class will take place from 10 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. at Reform Pilates Club at 18 Division Street and is free to attend. All donations collected will benefit the Museum. Call 518-871-1315 or email to sign up.

Head of the Fish Regatta SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Saturday, Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Head of the Fish Regatta will be taking place at Fish Creek. Tom Frost founded this regatta in 1986 and it is now in its 31st year. This year there are approximately 2,300 entries. Go to www. to check out the maps and schedule of the event on Oct. 28 and 29.

Celebratory Signing Day Ceremony at Saratoga High SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 3:30 p.m. Saratoga Springs High School will be holding a Celebratory Signing Ceremony in the lobby of the Blue Gymnasium for student-athletes who will be signing their commitment letters to play Intercollegiate Athletics.

Volume 11  •  Issue 42


Week of October 27 – November 2, 2017

Grace Fornabia, #10, set the school and season record for number of kills. Photo by See front page.


Ani Crocker, #8, has 22 service points, 13 aces, 3 kills, and 8 digs that game. Photos by See front page.

Still Undefeated, 8-0 Photo by