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Making Waves Whitewater Park to Increase Tourism Revenue in Region by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY HADLEY – Many whitewater kayakers dream of reliable local access to rapids, and as of last week our region’s aqua thrill-seekers inched a step closer to having their dream come true.

The Sacandaga Whitewater Park , a project to improve the rapids on the Sacandaga River with manmade waves, passed a major hurdle last week when the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) approved all the permitting during its October 13 meeting.

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F R E E Volume 6 • Issue 43


Small business is the backbone of the American economy, and here in Saratoga County we know it always has been. This week, Saratoga TODAY Newspaper is highlighting over 50 local entrepreneurs who are looking out for their customers during these tough economic times. The Buy Local Section is our

way of giving back to the community, and showing our support to the locally-owned and operated businesses. The strength of our region’s locally-owned businesses might be our greatest asset, and you can show them your support by keeping local dollars local. Flip through pages 19-46 and see what these local businesses have to offer.

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New Visions: Teen Doctors by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA COUNTY - No, those teenagers walking the halls of Saratoga Springs Hospital and Wesley Health Care Center wearing lab coats and carrying clipboards aren't auditioning for a reboot of the classic early 90's sitcom, "Doogie Howser, M.D." These 17-year-old high school seniors from all across Saratoga County are part of a highly competitive program known as New Visions, which gives young adults the chance to shadow doctors,

physical therapists, pediatricians and other health care professionals while learning first-hand the realities of working in the medical field. "The whole point of the program is to expose high school seniors who have a very strong interest in the medical field to a variety of different medical career choices before they go commit to specialized majors [in college] like pre-med, nursing, physical therapy, medical technology or what-have-you," said Lisa E. Hart, BSMT, MSEd, the program instructor for New Visions. "This way they

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Inside TODAY... Meet the Candidates pgs 5-8 Swedish Hill Winery pg 10 Obituaries pg 13 Road to the Future pg 14

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New Visions class of 2011.

Showcase of Homes pg 17 Fall Festival pgs 56-57

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“Lawyers Leap” for Make-A-Wish! GANSEVOORT - Nearly a dozen supporters of the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Northeast New York, including several Capital Region lawyers, raised more than $6,000 by jumping out of an airplane!

The hair-raising fundraiser took place on Saturday, October 22, at Saratoga Skydiving Adventures in Gansevoort. Organizer Mary Kenney, who is both an attorney and Make-A-Wish volunteer, said that the “Lawyers Leap for Wishes”

event was a way to build awareness, generate involvement from the legal profession and raise funds. As the first jumper, she said that it was a thrill, made even better because it was for a great cause. “I know firsthand how donations help make the

heartfelt wishes of our wish children become a reality,” she said. Other “leapers” included MakeA-Wish chapter CEO William C. Trigg III. Trigg said that he was impressed with the willingness of the participants to “take a leap of

faith and jump out of a perfectly good airplane.” Because of the successful response, look for this to become an annual event. “The response from the legal community, volunteers and other supporters was outstanding,” said Trigg.

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Make-A-Wish chapter CEO William C. Trigg III comes in for a smooth landing at Saratoga Skydiving Adventures!



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Jay A Lapier, 20, of 3513 State Route 196, Fort Edward, pleaded guilty to a charge of fourth-degree grand larceny, a class-E felony. Lapier was arrested June 25 in Moreau for an incident that occurred on June 24 and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing December 16. Jennifer L. Samuel, 32, of 19B2 Jefferson Terrace, Saratoga Springs, pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class-C felony. Samuel was arrested February 2 in Saratoga Springs and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing December 16. Nicoli Ninas, 22, of 79 Harrison Ave., Rensselaer, pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree grand larceny, a class-D felony. Ninas was arrested April 13 in Clifton Park for an incident that occurred February 19 and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing December 16. Shawn R. McCarthy, 23, of 1562 Broadway, Rensselaer, pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree grand larceny, a class-D felony. McCarthy was arrested April 13 in Clifton Park for an incident that occurred February 19 and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing December 16. Matthew D. Todd, 30, of 5 William St., Apt. 4, Corinth, pleaded guilty to a charge of first-degree criminal contempt, a class-E felony. Todd was arrested December 13 in Corinth and was sentenced to time served in addition to five years of probation. Anthony P. Delaurie Jr., 34, of 385 Daniels Rd., Lot 4, Saratoga Springs, pleaded guilty to violating probation and was resentenced

October 13 by Judge Jerry Scarano to two years in state prison and two years of post release supervision. Delaurie was originally convicted April 28 of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class-D felony, for which he had been sentenced to five years o f probation. William E. Bray, 32, of 329 Atomic Project Rd., Lot 31, Ballston Spa, pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree attempted assault, a class-E felony. Bray was arrested March 25 in Milton and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing December 8. Tracy J. Novotny, 42, of 71 Hamilton St., #7, Saratoga Springs, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. Novotny was arrested June 25 in Corinth and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing December 8. Enrique O. Dejesus, aka “Richard Day,� 35, of 38 Tyler Dr., Saratoga Springs, pleaded guilty to a charge of fourth-degree grand larceny, a class-E felony. Dejesus was arrested April 27 in Saratoga Springs and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing December 1. John T. Schempp II, 31, of 116

Rt. 32, Schuylerville, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. Schempp was arrested February 20 in Saratoga Springs and was sentenced to one year in Saratoga County Jail, a $520 surcharge and three-year ignition interlock. Julie P. Higgins, 33, of 62 Ray Rd., Rexford, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. Higgins was arrested September 18 in Halfmoon and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing December 22. Joseph P. Lynch, 27, of 5 Merion Ave., Clifton Park, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. Lynch was arrested June 24 in Malta and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing December 15. Scott K. Warland, 43, of 130T Fox Hollow Dr., Rensselaer, pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. Warland was arrested December 31 in Clifton Park and was sentenced to five years of probation and ignition interlock.





Bomb Threat Causes Mechanicville School Evacuation

brought back into the building to complete the day on an amended schedule.”

MECHANICVILLE – The Mechanicville School Board reported that a written bomb threat discovered in a boy’s bathroom on Tuesday, October 25 caused students to be temporarily evacuated from Mechanicville Junior/Senior High School. A statement on the school district’s website said: “At approximately 10:30 a.m. (Tuesday) morning, a threat was found to be written in the high school boy’s bathroom. Sheriffs were notified immediately resulting in the recommendation to evacuate students from the building to the exhibition field bleachers. The State Police K-9 Unit was brought in as an added layer of safety to all students and staff, and upon clearance from law enforcement, students were

OnStar Call For Help Leads to DWI Arrest GREENWICH – A man who called the emergency notification system OnStar for assistance ended up being arrested after admitting that he was too drunk to drive. Gary Kietlinski, 53, called made the call to OnStar from inside his GMC pickup truck around 2 a.m. on Sunday, October 23, to report he was on Gray Avenue in Greenwich and was too drunk to drive. OnStar patched Kietlinski through to Cambridge-Greenwich Police, where he repeated his condition to officers. When police arrived, a breath test showed his blood alcohol content was 0.19 percent, more than double the 0.08 percent threshold for driving while intoxicated .


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Kietlinski was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated and released pending prosecution in Greenwich Village Court.

Judicial District • Ann Crowell for New York State Supreme Court Justice, 4th Judicial District.

Saratoga Springs PBA Endorses Candidates

Malta Planning Board Approves Urgent Care Facility

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Stating that “these candidates possess the qualities needed to lead this city through tough financial times and have proven track records of common sense leadership and cooperation,” Paul Veitch of the Saratoga Springs Police Protective and Benevolent Association (PBA) announced, on October 19, the endorsement of five candidates for the upcoming November 8 elections : • Anthony “Skip” Scirocco for commissioner of public works • Michelle Madigan for commissioner of finance • John Franck for commissioner of accounts • Joanne Yepsen for Saratoga County supervisor • Matthew Veitch for Saratoga County supervisor. The PBA declined to endorse any candidate for mayor or commissioner of public safety. The PBA also endorsed two candidates in state elections: • Robert Chauvin for New York State Supreme Court Justice, 4th

MALTA – At their October meeting, the Town of Malta Planning Board gave approval to Saratoga Hospital’s proposal for a 60,000square-foot urgent care facility at Northway Exit 12. The two-story facility will be constructed at Saratoga Medical Park at Malta, which sits on a 140acre former horse farm at the exit’s northwest corner. Saratoga Hospital officials hope to break ground on the urgent care facility by the end of the year and have a target completion date of fall 2012. It will be a joint venture between Saratoga Hospital and Albany Medical Center.

Saratoga Springs Caregiver Charged with Stealing Wilton Senior’s Life Savings WILTON- Michele Rose, 49, a private caregiver from Saratoga Springs, was charged with seconddegree grand larceny, a felony, on Wednesday, October 19, in Wilton Town Court. Rose is charged with stealing


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Michele Rose $513,479 from an 82-year-old legally blind Wilton woman to whom she was providing home health care. Rose would take care of the woman’s mail and her business transactions. Rose is alleged to have written checks to herself from the woman’s account, depleting her life savings over a period of five years. If convicted, Rose could receive up to 15 years in prison. After arraignment, Rose was released without bail over the objection of Saratoga County prosecutors, who characterized Rose as a great flight risk. She is due back in Wilton Town Court on November 22.



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Saratoga County municipalities are gearing up for the General Election on November 8, and you should be too. Use this section as a quick refresher, flip through pages 5-8 and meet the candidates for your community’s goverment. Note: we have included profiles for the contested races within our readership (Ballston, Malta, Milton, Saratoga Springs and Wilton). The remaining county races are listed in alphabetical order throughout the section.


Supervisor Patti Southworth

Pete J. Connors

Town Council Member Paul Simpson

Party Endorsements: Democratic, Independence, Republican Residence: Ballston Current Office: In second term as Ballston Supervisor. Background: Licensed pharmacist, obtained degree at Albany College of Pharmacy in 1983. Began managing pharmacies right out of college, from which she gained experience in "dealing with staff, budgets and the public." Contact Info: Cell: (518) 441-6548 Website:

Party Endorsements: Republican, Conservative Residence: Ballston Spa Current Office: clerk at the Saratoga County Supreme Court in Ballston Spa. Background: Former firefighter, has served on the Board of Directors at the Cornell Cooperative Extension, past president of the Ballston Spa Lions Club, past exalted ruler of the Benevolent Protective Order of the Elks. Served in the United States Army from 1976 -1979 Contact Info: Email: ndidates-2/town-supervisor-peterj-connors/

PartyEndorsements: Democratic, Independence Residence: Ballston Current Office: none Background: B.A. in psychology from SUNY Geneseo, familiar with modern technology. Contact Info: Website:

Uncontested Race: Tax Collector Anne C. Hogue (R,C)

Bruce Hogan

Party Endorsements: Democratic, Independence Residence: Ballston Lake Current Office: none Background: Associate degree in power engineering from Wentworth Institute in Boston, MA; industry experience in engineering, sales and project management; worked for Milton CAT for 25 years. Currently employed as a substitute school bus driver for the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake School District. Contact Info: Website:http://ballstonfirst.wor

(pick two) Timothy J. Szczepaniak

PartyEndorsements: Democratic, Independence Residence: Town of Ballston Current Office: none Background: Mechanical engineer; earned B.S. from University of Maine in 1988. Currently works for Mohawk Fine Paper as a plant manager for Cohoes site. Contact Info: Website:

Party Endorsements: Republican, Conservative Residence: Town of Ballston Current Office: Town Council since 2008 Background: Earned B.A. in criminal justice from Southern Vermont College. Served as police officer in Bennington, VT, for seven years. Worked at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory for 23 years, starting as a security police officer and moving up to hold multiple management positions; he currently supervises 45 employees as manager of facilities and services. Contact Info: Email: W e b s i t e :

William A. Goslin Residence: lives in Burnt Hills

Town Clerk Robert Ogle

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Carol R. Shemo Party Endorsements: Conservative, Republican Residence: Ballston Lake Current Office: Deputy Town Clerk (past 15 years) Background: Holds a B.S. in Biology from St. John's University. As Deputy Town Clerk, she has obtained a New York State Education Department Grant for records management to computerize clerk's office record system. Managed the town's website, managed William E. Sewell Community Room. She has volunteered as a library board of Trustee member for the Town of Ballston Community Library. Contact Info: Email: Website:

Party Endorsements: Republican, Conservative

Current Office: none Background: A graduate of Ballston Spa High School and Hudson Valley Community College. Parishioner at Our Lady of Grace Church. Has worked in the telecommunications industry for 35 years, currently as the director of information technology for Davis Vision in Latham. Past captain and past president of Eagle Matt Lee Fire Company of Ballston Spa, and is past president of the Community Emergency Corps. 2010 recipient of a "National Jefferson Award" for volunteer service in his community. Contact Info: Email: Website:

Clifton Park County Supervisor Anita Daily (R,C, I) Town/County Supervisor Martin C. O'Connor (D,WF) Phil Barrett (R,C,I) Town Clerk Pat O'Donnell (R,C,I) Town Justice Robert A. Rybak (D,C,WF,I) Joseph C. Berger (R) Council Members (Vote for two) Wanda E. Zygmuntowicz (D,WF) Scott Hughes (R,C,I) James Whalen (R,C,I) Highway Superintendent Rick Kukuk (R,C,I) Town of Corinth Supervisor Richard B. Lucia (R)

Town Clerk Rose E. Farr (R) Cherie Sullivan (P) Town Justice (Vote for two) Lane Shermerhorn (R) Ambrose Fred Clothier (R) Council Member (Vote for two) Jeffery Collura (R) Joshua D. Hallidy (R) Highway Superintendent Shawn Eggleston (R) Galway Town Justice Alison C. Thomas-Oravsky (R) Council Members (Vote for two) Susan C. Sutch (R) George W. Weed (R) Greenfield Supervisor Richard Rowland (R,I,C)

Town Clerk Mary Ann Johnson (R,C) Council Member (Vote for two) Daniel Cochran (R,C) Thomas Kinsella (R,C) Halfmoon Supervisor Deanna L. Stephenson (D, WF) Mindy A. Wormuth (R, C, I) Town Clerk Lynda A. Bryan (R, C, I) Town Justice Kevin J. Tollisen (R, C, I) Council Members (Vote for two) Craig A. Hayner (R,C,I) John P. Wasielewski (R, I) Highway Superintendent John E. Pingelski, Jr. (R, C, I)


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Library Proposition on Ballot

Supervisor Paul Sausville

Cynthia Young

Party Endorsements: Republican, Independence Residence: Malta Current Office: Malta Supervisor (for past 5 years) Background: Professional engineer, received Bachelor's degree in civil engineering from University of Vermont and completed graduate training at SUNY Buffalo; over 30 years in town government leadership, including six on town council and five as supervisor; Former president of Sausville & Schriber Consulting Engineers, founded in 1999; former program chief with NYSDEC; 35 years with NYSDEC Contact Info: Call: (518) 885-4533 Email:

Party Endorsements: Democratic, Working Families Residence: Malta Current Office: none Background: Member of the Ballston Spa Education Foundation; member and treasurer of the Malta Sunrise Rotary; former longtime chairperson of the Malta Youth Commission; former trustee of Brookside Museum. Malta: Board of Assessment Review, Zoning Board of Appeals; former deputy town clerk and assessment data collector. Contact Info: Campaign Phone: (518) 899-2240 Email: Website:

Town Council Member Carol P. Henry

Party Endorsements: Democratic, Working Families Residence: Malta Current Office: none Background: Graduated from LaFayette College with a B.A. in civil engineering. Currently employed as a project manager for a large commercial mechanical contractor in the Capital District. Active in town government since 1992; having served on trails committee for 14 years, and as chairperson for the majority of that time; currently serves on the planning/zoning review and open space committees; original and current chairperson for the Luther Forest Technology Campus Citizens Response Board. Belongs to the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), for which she served as regional director from 2008-2010. Contact Info: Cell: (518) 316-1718 Email:henryformalta

Tara Thomas

Party Endorsements: Republican, Independence Residence: Malta Current Office: Town Council since 2008 Background: Served as a Teen Representative to the Malta Youth Commission and as a Youth Recreation Counselor while growing up in Malta. Graduated from Alfred University with Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design and Communications; received Auto Cad /Engineering Certification from Hudson Valley Community College in 1997. Has been president of her company, Tara Thomas Design, since 2007. Presently works for Assembly Republican Leader Brian M. Kolb in the Office of Member Services. Contact Info: Email:tarathomasformalta Website:


Town of Malta voters will be asked to vote on Proposition 414 regarding the Round Lake Library’s annual funding. If approved, this proposition will establish the Town of Malta’s annual contribution to the library budget at $291,000. This would be an increase of $76,000; $215,000 has already been allocated from the general revenues of the Town of Malta’s 2012 budget. The 2012 allocated amount, however, represents a cut of approximately $60,000 from the previous year’s budget. If passed, the proposition would increase the amount contributed to the library’s budget to $291,000 from the Town of Malta’s general revenues. The Town Board will have the option of obtaining the additional $76,000 in funding for the library by imposing a town-wide tax. This tax will be approximately five cents per $1,000 assessed value per year; or an increase of $7.47 per year for a household with an assessed value of $150,000. If the proposition does not pass, the library will need to operate with the $215,000 allocated in the Town of Malta’s 2012 proposed budget. The Round Lake Library Board has stated that in order to operate with $215,000, cuts in staffing, operating hours and/or purchases of resources such as books and DVD’s will need to be examined. Also, funding for 2013 and subsequent years will need to be procured from the Town Board, whereas proposition 414 establishes an ongoing Town Board annual contribution at $291,000.

(pick two) Peter S. Klotz Party Endorsements: Republican, Independence Residence: Ballston Spa Current Office: Town Council since 2008 Background: Malta Planning Board 20002007; Planning Board Chairman 2004-2007; Pastor of St. Peter Lutheran Church since 1988; Life Member of Malta Ambulance Corps since 1988 (responded to over 1000 Calls): Past President, Corps Captain, Treasurer. Contact info: Phone: (518) 470-7592 Email: Website:

Ryan Gregoire Party Endorsements: Democratic Residence: Malta Current Office: none Background: Received B.S. from SUNY Brockport; studied political science, history and international studies. Was a member of the Brockport Student Government as Academic Council Representative and Parliamentarian. Interned at Congressman Scott Murphy's office, Senator Charles E. Schumer's office. Works for WSWHE BOCES as a substitute teacher. Contact Info: Cell: (518) 312-9374 Home: (518) 583-6401 Email: Website:

Town Clerk: Florence Sickels (R,I)

Uncontested Races: Town Justice: James R. Nichols (R)

Mechanicville Supervisor Thomas J. Richardson (D) Commissioner of Accounts Mark Seber (R,C,I)

Moreau Supervisor Preston L. Jenkins, Jr. (D,I) Town Justice Jeffrey B. McCabe (D,R,C) Council Members (vote for two) Gina LeClaire (D,I) Andre M. DelVaux (R,C) Robert Vittengl, Jr. (D,I)

Elizabeth C. Lanfear (R,C)

Northumberland Supervisor Will Peck (R) Town Clerk Denise D. Murphy (R) Town Justice James S. Ebans (R) Council Members (Vote for two) Daniel P. Gale (R) Patricia A. Bryant (R) Highway Superintendent Neil B. Petteys (R)

Crandall Library District's Proposition Number One on Moreau Ballot This Election Day, residents in the town of Moreau will be asked to make an important decision that will affect their community library. The Crandall Public Library District's proposed 2012 budget of $4,140,275, which reflects a .46 percent increase over 2011, is to be partially funded by the cities and towns that make up the district: Moreau, Glens Falls and Queensbury. Each municipality is facing a slight ad valorem, or property tax increase, to compensate for the raise in budget. If the proposal passes, the town of Moreau would be responsible for contributing $680,143, a $20,823 increase from 2011. What does this mean for Moreau taxpayers? According to Onboard Informatics, a leading provider of real estate information, the average property value in Moreau, 2009, was $177,043. Last year, a person with that assessed property value paid $86.37 in library taxes. Under the 2012 proposed budget, the same person would pay $90.61, a difference of about $4.25. So for less than an increase of $5, an average Moreau taxpayer can decide to pass the proposed 2012 budget and continue to maintain and expand the library's programs. If the budget proposal does not pass by a majority of the district's three municipalities, the library board will decide to either have a re-vote by the end of the year or cut the budget and its programming. Remember: New York voting ballots are double-sided and this proposition, as well as any others, will be found on the back side of the ballot. To find out exactly how much your property tax would increase, visit -Christina James



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Milton Town Clerk Meg Stevens

Supreme Court

Town Council Member (pick two) Shawn Raymond

Joseph J. Miranda Jr.

4th Judicial District of NYS (pick three) The Fourth Judicial District covers 11 counties: Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery, Saratoga, Schenectady, St. Lawrence, Warren and Washington. John Lahtinen

Party Endorsements: Democratic Residence: Ballston Spa Current Office: None Background: Community Volunteer for over 15 years, former chairperson on the Business and Professional Association, Secretary for Ballston Area Community Center, (former chairperson); former chairperson with Ballston Spa Education Foundation; Associates Degree in business administration from Adirondack Community College Contact Info: Email:

William J. Mevec

Party Endorsements: Republican, Conservative Residence: Ballston Spa Current Office: Town Clerk (since 1974) Background: Former Town of Milton Committeeman in 1972, Former Secretary/Treasurer of Town of Milton Republican Committee, President of Mevec Funeral Home, Inc.

Uncontested Races: Supervisor Daniel Lewza (R,I,C) Town Justice Thomas L. Schroeder (R,C) Highway Superintendent David C. Flores (R,C) Tax Collector Sharon A. Sommer (R,C)

Party Endorsement: Democratic Residence: Ballston Spa Current Office: None Background: Assistant Engineer for the Warren County Department of Public Works; Engineering Consultant; former board member of Friends and Neighbors of Ballston Spa; Coach for Ballston Area Recreation Committee soccer league, Volunteer at local MATHCOUNTS competition; Associates degree in civil Engineering from Hudson Valley Community College; Bachelors in Civil Engineering from SUNYIT, Utica Contact Info: Search "Milton NY Democrats" on

Party Endorsements: Republican, Conservative Residence: Ballston Spa Current Office: Milton Town Council Member (for 16 yeras) Background: Deputy Supervisor for 6 years, Village Trustee for the Village of Ballston Spa for 10 years, County Coordinator of Recycling and Solid Waste for 22 years, Graduate of Ballston Spa High School, 1966; Graduate with a BA in business administration from St. Michael's College in Vermont, 1970 Contact Info: Email:

Barbara A. Kerr

Benny L. Zlotnick Jr.

Party Endorsements: Republican, Independence, Conservative Residence: Ballston Spa Current Office: None Background: Alternate on Milton Planning Board in 2009; on the committee to rewrite abandon vehicle and zoning ordinance; Campus Card Office Coordinator at Skidmore College for 25 years, overseeing production, debit accounts, meal plans, and negotiations with downtown businesses; Graduate of Albany Business College Contact Info: Phone: (518) 369-5271

Residence: Ballston Spa Party Endorsement: Hometown Party Current Office: Town of Milton Planning Board (since 2002) Background: Technical and Sales Representative in Construction Services for the Polyset Company for 22 years; Associates Degree in marketing from Hudson Valley Community College; 2004 graduate of Leadership Saratoga. Contact Info: Email:

John Silvestri

Party Endorsements: Republican, Conservative Residence: Plattsburgh Current Office: Associate Justice, New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division Background: New York State Supreme Court Justice for 11 years; private practice of law for 27 years with a concentration in civil litigation Contact Info: Website:

Party Endorsements: Democratic Residence: Chestertown Current Office: Town of North Hudson Town Attorney, President of Warren County Bar Association Background: General attorney practice in Chestertown for 28 years; Warren County Bar Association President; North Hudson Town Attorney for eight years; attorney for Ticonderoga and Indian Lake Fire Districts; Warren County Assistant District Attorney for two years Contact: Info: Website:

Ann Crowell

Robert John Chauvin

Party Endorsements: Republican, Conservative Residence: Gansevoort Current Office: none Background: Earned degree from Albany Law School in 1992; admitted to New York bar in 1993. Over 30 years of legal and private sector business experience: Confidential law clerk to honorable Stephen Ferradino, Justice of the Supreme Court (September 2002 to present); Deputy Counsel New York State Division of Parole (1999-2002). Contact Info: Email: Website:

Party Endorsements: Republican, Conservative Residence: Saratoga Springs Current Office: none Background: Earned degree from Albany Law School, Juris Doctor, in 1976; Admitted to New York Bar in 1976; 36-year career: Law Office of Robert J. Chauvin, Esq. Sole Proprietor 1983 to present; Deputy Town Attorney Town of Halfmoon 2005 to present; part-time Assistant District Attorney, Saratoga County 1980 to December 2010; Town Attorney Town of Halfmoon Part Time 1986 to 2005 Contact Info: Website:


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Saratoga Springs

Mayor Scott T. Johnson

Brent A. Wilkes

Commisioner of Finance Kenneth Ivins Jr.

Michele Madigan

Commisioner of Public Safety Richard Wirth

Party Endorsements: Republican, Conservative, Independence Residence: has lived in Saratoga Springs his entire life Current office: Mayor, Saratoga Springs (since 2008 seeking third term) Background: Raised in Saratoga Springs and returned in 1987, after Law School and working in Manhattan and Las Vegas; Graduate of St. Peter's Academy 1973; Syracuse University 1977 (B.A. in Economics); University of San Diego Law School 1981 (JD); Retired attorney after 25 years in litigation and commercial law Contact Info: (518) 587-8888 Email: scottjohnsonformayor Website: www.ScottJohnson

Party Endorsements: Democratic, Working Families Residence: lives in Saratoga Springs Current Office: none Background: Masters degree in Public Affairs; Former municipal policy advisor to Governor; Former Chief Administrative Officer, Gloucester, MA; Former professor of public administration; Directed a statewide technical assistance unit for local governments; Owned a management firm for local governments and nonprofits since 1989 Contact: (518) 584-8553 Email: brent Website: www.BrentWilkesFor

Town Justice


Party Endorsements: Republican, Conservative, Independence Residence: Saratoga Springs Current Office: Commissioner of Finance (since 2008 - seeking third term) Background: Many years as a local businessperson Owner of Ivins Computer Consulting. Former President of the Southern Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce. Contact: Email: Website:

Party Endorsements: Democratic, Working Families Residence: Saratoga Springs Current Office: none Background: Managed budgets in both the public and private sectors. Master of Library and Information Science from the State University at Albany. Created business and finance libraries for New York State Small Business Development Center, United States Small Business Association and a private commercial lender. Crafted and executed three to five year plans, managed staff and budgets. Contact Info:(518) 526-9377 Email:madiganforfinance Website:

Chris E. Mathiesen

Party Endorsements: Republican, Conservative, Independence Residence: Saratoga Springs Current Office: Commissioner of Public Safety (since 2010 - seeking second term) Background: Master of Professional Studies from Adelphi University. Saratoga Springs Owner, President and licensed Private Investigator at Craig Investigations, Inc. for over 24 yrs. More than 35 years of administrative public service. Contact Info: (518) 306-5394 Email: Website: www.WirthFor


Party Endorsements: Democratic, Working Families Residence: Saratoga Springs Current Office: none Background: Doctor of Medical Dentistry from Farleigh Dickinson University Dental School. Member of Saratoga Springs Zoning Board of Appeals (2000-2006); Chairman in 2005-06. Contact Info: Phone: (518) 527-2710 Email: Website: www.mathiesen Uncontested Races: Commissioner of Accounts John P. Franck (D,I,WF) Commissioner of Public Works Anthony Skip Scirocco (R,I,C)

Town Council (pick two) John J. Wood Party Endorsements: Democratic Residence: Gansevoort Current Office: Wilton Town Justice Background: Served as the Wilton Town Justice for 28 years, a New York State Police Officer/Investigator with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation for 20 years, contractor and builder for 51 years

David R. Towne Party Endorsements: Republican, Independence, Conservative Residence: Gansevoort Current Office: None Background: Retired Investigator with Saratoga County Sheriff's Department, Real estate agent with Roohan Realty, former member on the town of Wilton's Zoning Board of Appeals

Jared K. Dinsmore

Steven C. Streicher

John J. Lant

Charles A. Gerber

Party Endorsements: Democratic, Independence Residence: Wilton Current Office: None Background: Member of the Board of Directors for the Regional YMCA of Saratoga; Co-founder and President of Wilton Food Pantry; Coach for Wilton Youth Baseball and Wilton Youth Soccer; Technology Consultant; Bachelors degree from the University of Albany in business administration, 2000; Leadership Saratoga Graduate Contact Info: Website:

Party Endorsements: Republican, Conservative Residence: Wilton Current Office: Wilton Republican Committee Member, District 8 Background: Independent contractor/physical therapist for 10 years; Masters in physical therapy from Upstate Medical School in Syracuse; BS in Health Sciences from Upstate Medical School; BA in international business and trade and industrial geography from University at Buffalo, Associates in math and science from Adirondack Community College Contacts: Phone: (518) 369-4874

Party Endorsements: Republican, Independence Residence: Wilton Current Office: Chief for the Greenfield Fire District; Member of Wilton Disaster Management Committee Background: Owner of Lant's Auto Sales, 37 years as firefighter, 40year Wilton resident Contact Info: Phone: (518) 584-7131

Party Endorsements: Conservative Residence: Wilton Current Office: Council Member on Wilton Town Board, Wilton Republican Committee Background: Council Member on the Wilton Town Board for 8 years; Owner of Saratoga Land Management Corp.; B.S. SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse; Syracuse University 1985, with a degree in forest biology/resource management Contact Info: Phone: (518) 526-1014 Email:

Uncontested Races: Supervisor Arthur J. Johnson (R,I,C) Town Clerk Carol D. Maynard (R,C) Highway Superintendent Kirkland D. Woodcock (R,C)




Friday, October 28, 2011


Finger Lakes Winery Charms Local Tastebuds by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - You can now sample the flavors of Swedish Hill wines at a tasting room that opened at 375 Broadway in October. The tasting room is the second location for Swedish Hill, a familyowned Finger Lakes winery that also runs a sample station in Lake Placid. The Peterson family established Swedish Hill in 1986, and later launched two additional ventures, Goose Watch and Penguin Bay wineries, also in the Finger Lakes region. Guests are invited to stop by and sample any of the 20 original Swedish Hill wines, five of them sparkling, which the Petersons have hand selected for Spa City taste buds. They offer a deal that includes six tastes for just $5, including a souvenir

glass. The motto is "try before you buy," which you can do by the bottle or case and at very reasonable price points. Store manager and Saratoga Springs native John Phillips has handled sales and marketing for Swedish Hill for nearly six years, and is thrilled to now have the opportunity to share the brand with his home community. The tasting room brings something unique to Broadway, and it's clear that locals and pedestrians are catching on: "Business has been great," Phillips said. As a New York State business, the Swedish Hill family and staff is focused on supporting other local companies. Also available in the Swedish Hill tasting room is an assortment of locally made cheeses, maple syrups and candies, among a number of other products, and winery

CEO Dave Peterson said the plan is to bring in more. "There is a lot more interest in supporting local products," he said. "It makes sense in today's economy and today's world; it's greener because there is less transport involved, and it's good for the community." The brand may not have fermented in Saratoga County - rather in Romulus, the Cayuga lake town where Peterson's family began making wines 25 years ago, but it's still a New York product and that's something Swedish Hill takes great pride in. The winery is proud to be a significant player in the rapidly evolving Finger Lakes wine region. "We have really found our place in the wine world and have become more nationally and internationally recognized for the quality of [our wines], and we're excited both for the local community to discover us as well as the cross-section of tourists that come to Saratoga throughout the year. It's a thriving community." Peterson said For Peterson, opening the Saratoga

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Wine tasting room manager and Saratoga native John Phillips toasts to Swedish Hill’s Broadway debut. Springs tasting room was a logical next step in the growth of Swedish Hill. "We started as a very small winery back in the 1980s, and from the beginning we [have] built our market by getting people to taste our wines," Peterson said. "This was an opportunity to link up with a new group of consumers that may not have tried our wines yet, or may not be familiar

with Finger Lakes wines in general; it was a natural extension for us." Peterson explained that Finger Lakes wines are distinctive because they are produced in a cool climate. "We are different from anywhere else in the world, and our Rieslings in particular, are what we are becoming known for internationally," he said, adding that Finger Lakes sparkling wines also shine in the world market. "We are arguably one of the best places in the world to produce sparkling wines." In particular, Swedish Hill has earned a reputation for their highquality Optimus, which is a Bordeaux-style blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and merlot. The winery was the first in the Finger Lakes to produce a Meritage, which, according to Peterson, has become a standard for red wine quality. "It has been extremely popular [in Saratoga] since we opened. It's a top seller," he said. Both Phillips and Peterson expressed their enthusiasm about joining the growing downtown business community. The tasting room is the perfect pairing for an adjacent business development that is slated for the space behind 375 Broadway. Ballston-Spa based Martell Brothers Brewing Company purchased the four-story building that now houses the tasting room in 2010, and is working with the city to approve their plans for a brew pub that will be accessed through an alleyway between Swedish Hill and the neighboring Saratoga Shoe Depot space. Although the brew pub project is at least six-months off, Swedish Hill's recent grand opening is a sweet taste of what's to come. For more information about Swedish Hill, visit or call (518) 450-1200.



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Changes Downtown by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY Mimosa Gallery to Leave Beekman in 2012 SARATOGA SPRINGS - Mimosa Gallery, located at 70c Beekman Street, will vacate its side-by-side spaces in the Arts District before the first week in January 2012. Gallery owner Michelle LaLonde announced this week that she was asked to leave by her landlord Mary Chen, who plans on renting both storefronts to new tenants: one to accommodate another artistic business and the other to a restaurant, potentially. LaLonde is sad to leave the Beekman Arts District, but is optimistic she will find another local space to showcase "art for home and wear." "Mimosa will continue," she said. The contemporary craft gallery opened in 2005 to showcase work by local, regional and nationally-recognized artists. Since the grand opening, LaLalonde has doubled her space, expanding to the neighboring storefront to include a fine art and handmade furniture gallery in 2007. Of the two storefronts, LaLonde will leave the fine art and handmade furniture gallery by November 7, but will remain open in the "original" space until January 10. "I'm sure I'll find a new place by then [January 10], but we feel really bad about leaving the arts district. It's very disappointing," she said. Since its grand opening seven years ago, Mimosa Gallery has become an anchor of the arts district as a unique network of diverse talents that now includes more than 50 artists who have used the space to make their work accessible and enjoyable for everyone - the erudite and novice. LaLonde credits the success of the gallery to the loyal artists and community members who continue to show their support, despite the uncertainty of Mimosa's home. "I have have gotten over 100 emails from customers and over 50 from artists about the whole thing [closure]," LaLonde said. "There is definitley a lot of support, and it's encouraging me to make sure I do find a spot. It makes me feel really good." Showings at Mimosa Gallery had been booked through 2014. "I just feel bad for the artists," LaLonde said, pointing to one particular artist who has spent two years preparing for a December showing. The local gallery owner has already begun the search for a new space, and is interested in exploring options on Broadway. At this point, it's just a

matter of finding the right location. Most importantly, LaLonde said she is optimistic the right space will make itself available, hopefully before her lease is up. "My thoughts are that everything happens for a reason. We are going to find an even better location," she said. Stay tuned as Mimosa Gallery looks for a new home.

Cupcake Lab Closes SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Cupcake Lab, a downtown cafĂŠ known for its cupcakes, coffee and bistro fare, closed its doors at 517 Broadway (main entrance in Long Alley) on Sunday, October 23. Owners Elizabeth and Mike Phillips opened the cafĂŠ in 2010. A message posted on The Lab's website offers words of encouragement: "We wish to thank each and every one of you for being our customers and our friends[;] we can't wait to welcome you to our new location." The note continues to explain that the move comes "after two years of explaining where Long Alley is." Elizabeth said the new location is pending and cannot be disclosed. She does not expect to reopen before Thanksgiving. She did, however, emphasize that fans of The Lab can still get their fix of cupcakes, cookies and other desserts by special order. The Phillips request that orders be placed with 48 hours notice. They are offering delivery. For more information about The Cupcake Lab or to place a special order for the holidays, visit or call (518) 583-3144

City Linkz to Move to Mall SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Owners of City Linkz, the urban clothing and shoe boutique that opened on Broadway in August, recently announced their plans to relocate to the Wilton Mall. The shop opened late this summer on the second floor of 360 Broadway, the former location of Cole's Woodwind Shop, to offer urban style clothing for men, women and children. An October 16 post on the City Linkz Facebook page explains that the store will be closed over the next few weeks as the staff makes the transition. City Linkz is not the only 360Broadway tenant to announce its plans to vacate. Portfolio PR Group, a local public relations firm headquartered on the top floor, was recently acquired by Albany's Overit Media. CEO Nicole Messier said she and her 12 employees will relocate to Albany by the end of the year.

Adirondack Trust is First Corporate Rotary Club Member SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Saratoga Springs Rotary Club recently inducted The Adirondack Trust Company as its first corporate member. Corporate membership is a new concept for Rotary International, and the Saratoga Springs Rotary Club is


one of only a few clubs nationwide to be accepted into the pilot program. Adirondack Trust was chosen as the first corporate member because of the company's long history of supporting club activities, among many other contributions to the community. Four Adirondack Trust employees will participate: William Bergan, Andrew Ferrara, Michael O'Connell and Charles V. Wait, Jr.


According to Don McPherson, chairman of the Saratoga Springs Rotary's membership committee, the club hopes to welcome more corporate members. "Membership offers an excellent opportunity for businesses and individuals to become more involved and make a positive impact in the community," McPherson said.


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Whitewater continued from Page 1

The Sacandaga-Hudson River Advisory Council, a nonprofit aimed at increasing regional recreation tourism, is behind the pro-

posal, and has been pushing the $1 million project since 2004. The Sacandaga Whitewater Park is designed to include three “park and play” boating areas between the Stewarts Bridge Dam on the Sacandaga River and the confluence of the Hudson River 3.5 miles downstream. Large boulders would be placed in the river at these sites to push and direct water over natural obstacles, typically rocks, thereby creating “hydraulic features” that allow whitewater boaters to perform stunts and improve their technique. “This site is ideal for this kind of whitewater park,” said project leader John Duncan, who first introduced the idea in 1998. He said the river’s “on-off flow” is a significant draw for avid kayakers who look for waterways that guarantee constant highquality waves. A 40-year Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license issued in 2002, guarantees recreational dam releases on the Sacandaga River. Approximately 4,000 cubicfeet-per-second of water is released every day from the third Saturday in June to Labor Day, and on the weekends between Memorial Day and the third Saturday in June. "This is a tremendous opportunity to develop a unique whitewater destination in the Adirondack Park that will benefit both kayak and other whitewater enthusiasts,” said Keith McKeever, public information officer for the APA. “The proposal demonstrates communities working with their assets to build tourism and economies using indirect benefits from the Sacandaga River's hydropower licenses.” If installed, conservative projections of the whitewater park’s eco-


nomic return suggest $1 million of private sector activity each year, based on the assumption that tourists will take advantage of local goods, services and amenities, and that the river will attract relevant events. Saratoga County would enjoy a three percent share of the tax revenue, and new jobs would be created. “It will be huge for the region as a whole if it’s done correctly,” said Saratoga Springs kayaking instructor Johnny Miller. “Kayaking is a great boost to the economy and kayakers will travel from all over if it’s done correctly.” Miller said this region is already one of the best places in the world to launch and grow a kayaking career, and that a project to improve the whitewater kayaking experience with manmade waves will only add to the recreational appeal. “I have been trying to grow the sport by teaching people first in the Saratoga YMCA pool,” Miller said, explaining that if people learn the skills in the pool where they are more comfortable, they can eventually pursue moving water and graduate to whitewater rapids. One particular student, Ed Cunningham of Ballston Spa, has been kayaking for nine years, the past three on whitewater. He has been following the whitewater park project and is waiting to see what happens. “A lot of ‘playboaters’ are really looking forward to those improvements, and to having local access to quality waves,” Cunningham said. With the recent APA approval, all of the permits are now in place for the Sacandaga-Hudson River Advisory Council to move forward with the whitewater park project. The next step would be to obtain $1 million in funding, which has been a challenge for the kayaking group since the proposal was first brought to the table. But a new obstacle appeared this week: a property conflict with National Grid. Duncan received a phone call from a company representative early Wednesday, October 25, bringing to his attention that two of the proposed manmade wave sites involve placing rocks on National Grid’s river property. “They refused to allow that to happen, so two of the sites may not currently be feasible,” Duncan said. Although he is hopeful the third site will remain available and conflict free, Duncan said there is always “someone” that is unhappy. “We’re 10-14 years down the line now, and I never anticipated it would take this much time and effort,” he said. “I never thought finding the funding was going to be the easy part, but it appears that may be the case.”



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Josephine Vernon Saratoga Springs, NY- Josephine Vernon died peacefully on Sunday October 23, 2011. Born in Bronx, NY, she was the daughter of the late Joseph DelGiudice and Nina Moscadelli DelGuidice. In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her husband, Joseph, brothers and sisters. Survivors include her two sons, Joseph (Christine) and Michael (Carol Dove); brother, Joseph DelGiudice; sister, Melissa Johnson; grandchildren, Jason and Cody Vernon and Taryn Vernon-Coltos;

two great-grandchildren, Nickole Vernon and Lola Coltos; and stepgrandchildren and great-grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Thursday, October 27, 2011. She will be buried with her husband at the Greenridge Cemetery in Saratoga Springs. Memorial donations can be made in her memory to the Community Health Center care of Saratoga Hospital Foundation, 211 Church St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Pauline E. Crowell Saratoga Springs - Pauline E. Crowell, 92, passed away on October 25, 2011. Born in Shortsville, New York on December 6, 1918, she was the daughter of the late Edwin and Mary Ellen Sweeney. In addition to her parents, Pauline was predeceased by her beloved husband of 62 years, William Y. Crowell, Jr. Pauline is survived by her children, Ann C. Crowell and her husband Steven Shultz and his daughter Jessica Shultz and William Y. Crowell; sister, Mary Barrows; brother, Edwin (Frances) Sweeney; and various nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Thursday, October 27, 2011. A private burial will be held at St. Dominic’s Cemetery, Shortsville, NY. Memorial contributions may be made to Wesley Health Care Center, Inc., 131 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY, (518) 5845373. Online remembrances may be made at

Isabell Furgess Saratoga Springs, NY - Isabell Furgess, 95, passed away Wednesday, October 19, 2011. Isabell was predeceased by her husband, Tom. She is survived by four nieces, two nephews, a host of grandnieces and grandnephews, an adopted nephew (Will) and many loving friends. A memorial service was held on Monday, October 24, 2011, at the

Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY (518) 5845373. Online remembrances may be made at

Mary A. Allen Saratoga Springs, NY - Mary A. Allen, 81, passed away Tuesday, October 25, 2011. Born on March 17, 1930, in Saratoga Springs, she was the daughter of the late Wallace and Catherine (Hogan) Gailor. In addition to her parents, Mary was predeceased by her daughter, Donna (John) Iuliucci; her husbands, James Mulholland who was the father of her children, Robert Wendell and Richard Allen; her siblings, Wallace, Earl, James, Charles, John, Helen, Catherine (Cookie) Gailor and Laura (Arlene) Riddle. Survivors include her son, Dennis Mulholland; four grandchildren, Tina Taylor (Lamont), Emily, Lesley and Elizabeth Mulholland; three greatgrandchildren, Kari, Dylan and Giada; siblings, Frances Gailor, Margaret Grant, Maude (George) Maloney, Charlotte (Richard) Collins, Harvey Gailor, Fred (Beverly) Gailor, and Daniel (Mae) Gailor; and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins. Relatives and friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Friday, October 28,



Kathleen (Kay) M. Lant Saratoga Springs, NY- Kathleen (Kay) M. Lant, 85, died suddenly Wednesday, October 19, 2011. Born on August 14, 1926, in Schuylerville, NY, she was the daughter of the late John A. Drew and Lillian Wood Drew. She was predeceased by her husband, James W. Lant; grandson, John J. Lant Jr.; brothers, Charles, Malcom, John and Francis Drew; and sister, Alberta Davis. Survivors include three sons, James, John and Jerrold; two daughters, Karen A Harrison and Bobbi Lant; siblings, Joseph Drew (Carol), Thomas Drew ( Mary) and Robert Drew and Yvonne Drew; 10 grandchildren, Mark Harrison (Patty), Julie Harrison (Donnie Bullard), James Lant (Ann), Jodi Lant, Amy

Mcdonald (Mike), Kerry McCann (Brendan), Kelly (Ben Lomus), JoAnne Lant, Jason Lant (Brandy) and Brooke Ryder; 11 great-grandchildren, Bradley, Olivia, Adam, Ashley, Tyler, Kiara, Jessie, Kelsey, Haley, Jack and Garrett; very dear friend, Charles VanRensselaer; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Monday, October 24, at the Tunison Funeral Home 105 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Kathleen will be interred next to her husband James at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Saratoga, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Kathleen’s memory to the Maple Avenue Fire Company.

Bernadette M. Bowes Wilton, NY - Bernadette M. Bowes, 88, passed away on Tuesday, October 18, 2011. Born on August 28, 1923, in Queens, NY, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Anna Peffer Meenahan. Bernadette is survived by her husband, Tom; cousins, Virginia McNulty, George James, Mary Payette, Thomas Kirwan and Carol Kirwan Skorez; her sister-in law, Joan Bowes; her nephews, Brian, David, Mark and Douglas Hobbs; and her nieces, Debbie and Wendy Hobbs.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, November 4, 2011, at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Rd., Schuylerville. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY (518) 5845373. Online remembrances may be made at

John J. (Jay) Burns, Sr. Wilton, NY - John J. (Jay) Burns, Sr. passed away October 25, 2011. He was 82. Born on May 22, 1929, in the town of Hebron, he was the son of the late William and Geneva (Clute ) Burns. In addition to his parents, Jay was predeceased by two brothers, William and James; his cherished sister, Grace (Mae) Rice; baby sister, Yvonne; and son, John J. Burns, Jr. Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Frances M. (Jackson) Burns; two sons, James Michael and Brian K. (EllaMae); daughter, Geneva (Archie) Ayala; three brothers, Joseph (Marguerite), Clarence (Norma) and Francis (Sharon); six grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins. A graveside service will be held at

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Road to the Future Program Explores STEM Opportunities for Young Adults as Tech Companies Flock to Region SARATOGA COUNTY - The Saratoga Springs City School District, in partnership with Tech Valley Career Pathways Consortium, will present an evening of exploration and discovery about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 1 at the Saratoga Springs City Center. Called "Road to the Future," the program features a panel discussion about opportunities for young adults in the 21st century, along with opportunities to network with area colleges and businesses. The program is offered in conjunction with Parent University, a community collaboration involving the Saratoga Springs City School

District and the Saratoga Partnership for Prevention. To learn more, visit the school district website at www.sarato "Road to the Future" is one of several STEM initiatives offered by the school district as part of its commitment to prepare students for STEM fields in college and the workforce. All around Saratoga County, students and residents are seeing growing local opportunities in the science and technology fields. On Monday, October 24, Congressman Chris Gibson was joined by College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the University at Albany Senior Vice President and CEO Dr. Alain Kaloyeros to announce the launch of CNSE's Solar Energy

Development Center in Halfmoon. The new center is an integral component of the CNSE green energy initiative that will retain 17 green collar jobs, create opportunities to grow the high-tech workforce and further expand CNSE's growing portfolio of clean energy research, development and commercialization. "Today's announcement continues our region's growth as the next place for 21st century technology,” said Gibson. “This facility will preserve existing jobs and ensure that our area remains at the forefront of research into clean energy technologies that are so vital for our future. I applaud CNSE's efforts to invest in our local communities and look forward to continuing to work with them to expand public-private partnerships here in Tech Valley." CNSE is now managing and operating the former Veeco facility at 13 Corporate Drive, which features a state-of-the-art, 100 kilowatt prototyping and demonstration line for next-generation copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) thin film solar cells. With the ability to be manufactured at lower cost on both glass and flexible substrates and significantly improving energy efficiency and reducing the cost of installation to less than $1 per watt, CIGS-based cells offer great promise to dominate the market for building integrated


Friday, October 28, 2011 materials, including commercial and residential rooftops, among applications ranging from solar farms to portable devices. The opening of its Solar Energy Development Center further expands CNSE's growing presence across upstate New York. The world's most advanced universitydriven research enterprise with more than $12 billion in high-tech investments, CNSE's footprint also includes its world-class Albany NanoTech Complex, an 800,000-


square-foot megaplex currently being expanded by more than 50 percent; the Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center of Excellence (STC) in Rochester, which offers state-of-theart capabilities for MEMS fabrication and packaging; the Computer Chip Commercialization Center at SUNYIT in Utica, which CNSE cofounded and manages; and the Nanotechnology Innovation and Commercialization Excelerator in Syracuse, which CNSE co-founded.

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Congressman Chris Gibson holds flexible CIGS thin-film solar cells produced at CNSE’s Solar Energy Development Center in Halfmoon. Standing alongside Gibson, from left to right, includes CNSE Vice President for Clean Energy Programs, Dr. Pradeep Haldar; NYSERDA Vice President for Technology & Strategic Planning, Janet Joseph; CNSE Senior Vice President & CEO, Dr. Alain Kaloyeros.

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Ballston Spa Recognizes Distinguished Alumni BALLSTON SPA - The Ballston Spa Central School District recently recognized six distinguished alumni at the second Annual Alumni Recognition Ceremony that took place on October 12 at the Ballston Spa High School. Dr. William Kelley, class of 1950, was honored for his distinguished career and numerous professional accomplishments in the field of science. Mr. James Funiciello, class of 1954, was honored for numerous accomplishments in the area of athletics and Mr. Maurice "Christopher" Morley (2001) was honored posthumously for his dedication and service to his country and the community of Ballston Spa. Former Ballston Spa educator and coach, Mr. Ron Ravena, class of 1960, was honored for his distinguished career in education and in the area of athletics. Mr. Brien Hollowood, class of 1975, was recognized for his numerous accomplishments as a businessman and for his dedication and service to the communities of Ballston Spa and Saratoga Springs. Ms. Karen Heggen, class of 1981, was honored for her distinguished career in law and government and for her dedication and service to the community. For more information on the annual awards, or to join the alumni committee and plan for future events, please visit the website at or contact Courtney Lamport at (518) 884-7195 x1369.

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From left to right: alumni recognized at the fall 2011 Ballston Spa Alumni Recognition Ceremony included Dr. William Kelley, Mr. James Funiciello, Nancy Morley (accepting on behalf of her husband Maurice “Christopher” Morley), Ms. Karen Heggen, Mr. Ron Ravena and Mr. Brien Hollowood.

NYLA Conference Brings Library Community Together for 118th Year SARATOGA SPRINGS - New York's library community will assemble once again at the New York Library Association's (NYLA) 118th Annual Conference and Trade Show on November 2-5, at the Saratoga Hilton and City Center in Saratoga Springs. This year's theme will be "New York Libraries Rock!" The four-day event brings approximately 1,000 attendees from all types of libraries from around the state to participate in over 90 educational workshops, attend a variety of special events, meet with library vendors and network together. This year's keynote speaker, scheduled for Thursday, November 3 at noon will be Sonia Manzano, best known as the character Maria on "Sesame Street." Sonia will discuss a variety of current and relevant topics in today's society. Tickets to Sonia's keynote luncheon are available to the public for $33/person and can be obtained by calling NYLA at (518) 432-6952. Join Sonia as she takes you through a humorous, heartfelt and poignant journey encompassing how litera-

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Sonia Manzano, better known as “Maria,” and her pal Elmo. ture is taught on the show, her own reading experiences, her foray into publishing, her take on young adult literature, and behind the scenes anecdotes about Muppets accrued in her thirty-five years on the show. In addition, author Chris Bohjalian, whose critically acclaimed novel "Midwives," was selected for the Oprah Winfrey Book Club, will present at a special event held at the National Museum

of Dance Thursday, November 3, at 5:30 p.m. Joe Raiola, senior editor of "Mad Magazine," will speak at the Farewell Luncheon on Saturday, November 5 at 12:30 p.m. Raiola will discuss censorship topics, banned books, movie ratings and more. Tickets for the Farewell Luncheon with Joe Raiola are also available to the public at $30/person.


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New Visions continued from Page 1 have a little bit of background and a lot of experience before they commit to anything at a university." For driven high school students with a passion for medicine, New Visions offers a unique view into the medical world, accepting 15 students each year from high schools in Saratoga County to participate in classroom instruction and clinical

rotations - something most medical students won't see until several years into college. "These students are in the program from September through June, Monday through Friday, with clinical rotations on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays," said Hart. "They're actually out in the medical field for 75 mornings shadowing clinicians and health care providers."

Students who are accepted into the program take on a tremendous workload, spending most of their day at Wesley Health Care Center or on clinical rotations before returning to their home schools to complete the rest of their regular coursework. It's a heavy load and a lot of work, but the rewards of the program can be tremendous. "It's rigorous, by all means," said Saratoga Springs High School senior Aidan Hopper, who entered the New Visions program at the beginning of September. "It's a lot of work, but the program is so enjoyable. We have this astounding opportunity. The fact that we are immersed in the medical field as 17-year-olds - not many people get to say that they shadowed a doctor today or learned about medical ethics or anatomy or physiology at our age." Before even stepping into a clinical setting, students are required to learn about medical ethics, confidentiality, HIPAA issues and patient rights, ensuring that they are ready to enter the public arena before shadowing a doctor or mentor. Once instructed on the basics, students partake in a series of clinical rotations, designed to introduce them to as many professions in the medical

field as possible. "There are about 60 clinical sites that everybody goes to," said Hart. "For example, they all go to the pharmacy, emergency room, a veterinarian, a dentist, vision center, chiropractor, pediatrician, family health care provider and X-ray department. Then there's about three weeks where they can choose additional rotations that they're interested in exploring." For Hopper, having an opportunity to see the oncology department first-hand is something the senior is looking forward to. "Throughout my life I've been inspired by medicine and people that have been affected by it. Numerous members of my family have been affected by cancer, so I'm looking into oncology," said Hopper. "I feel like there are so many positions out there, but I'd never want to push papers when I could be helping someone else." While a survey conducted by Hart shows that 85 percent of the students who go through New Visions (out of the 75 percent who responded to her survey) continue pursuing a medical career, the skill sets learned in the program are valuable for nearly every kind of academic and professional pursuit.


"I think it's really important for students to develop self-intrinsic motivation, those skills that they're really going to need for college," said Hart. "They learn time management and study skills, organizational skills and personal responsibility." "I never really studied until this year and I've always been a procrastinator," admits Hopper, "but not this year. After the first couple of weeks at New Visions, you really kick into gear. It's phenomenal, because it's just what I needed going into college next year." After shadowing the medical staff during his clinical rotations, Hopper was most impressed by how kind his mentors have been, not only to him, but to the patients as well. "They're probably some of the nicest people that you can meet," said Hopper. "They're really inviting and they really want to teach you everything they can while you're there. All of the doctors and physical therapists that I've dealt with have also been extremely caring and attentive to each and every patient," he added. The professionals who agree to be mentors for these students are under no obligation to do so, said Hart, and it's these approximately 100 medical professionals who really help to make the program something special. "Wesley Health Care Center has been very, very generous in providing us our space," said Hart. "The students love having their classroom in a medical setting. All of the mentors throughout the community see the value of this program and have been incredibly generous with their time and willingness to teach my students. We can't say thank you enough to the clinical mentors, Wesley Health Care Center, Saratoga Hospital and all the different health care providers throughout the community." During January and February, Hart will travel to each of the different school districts in Saratoga County to speak with juniors about New Visions and the opportunities it affords them. Hart will also hold a parent and student information meeting March 7, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. in the activities room at Wesley Health Care Center. Applications for the program are due April 5, followed by an interview for a spot in the program. "If you're a junior in Saratoga County, most likely you will see me in your classroom in January or February," said Hart. "There are only 15 spots, but any student during the spring of their junior year can apply to the program."



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Showcase of Homes Raises $75,000 for Local Charities SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Saratoga Builders Association (SBA) set a new record during the 2011 Showcase of Homes, totaling $75,000 in proceeds, all of which will be donated to local charitable organizations. Proceeds from the showcase will be divided between Rebuilding Together Saratoga County and Habitat for Humanity of Northern Saratoga, Warren and Washington County. Over the last 16 years, SBA has donated over $700,000 to local charities and college scholarship funds. Sponsored by the Adirondack Trust Company and 60 other generous supporters, the 2011 Showcase of Homes was the largest event in the show's history, featuring 16 award-winning builders and 19 homes. Nearly 4,000 tickets were purchased to attend the event over the show's three-weekend span, with the "Chefs - Saratoga Style" evenings drawing record-breaking crowds. Those in attendance were able to take in the fine artistry displayed by the many talented designers represented in the showcase, giving the

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From left to right: Heidi Ives, Adirondack Trust; SBA President Tony Verhaeg; SBA Executive Director Barry Potoker; Rebuilding Together Saratoga County Executive Director Michelle Larkin; Tammy DiCara, Habitat for Humanities; Cochair Lisa Licata-Stoll; Executive Vice President of Adirondack Trust Stephan von Schenk community an opportunity to preview their fine work and current trends in building, landscaping, decorating and interior design. Winners of this year's People's Choice Awards included Waldron Builders (Brampton Woods) for Classic Homes; Witt Construction (Woodard Road) for Executive Homes; R J Taylor Builders for Luxury Homes; and Bonacio Construction for Condominium Homes. With the 16th annual Showcase of Homes behind them, the SBA is looking forward to bringing back the long-running show next year, continuing a tradition that has

become an integral part of the fabric in Saratoga's fall season. The 2012 Showcase of Homes has been set for September 15-16, 22-23 and 29-30. For more details, or to view this year's award winners, please visit To learn more about the Saratoga Builders Association, Inc., please visit, or contact Executive Director Barry Potoker by phone at (518) 3660946, or by email at

Emerald Ash Borer Knocking on Saratoga County’s Door ALBANY - An invasive insect species known as the emerald ash borer has been found in southern Albany County, increasing the likelihood that this destructive bug will make its way to Saratoga County. "It's unfortunate, but not much of a surprise," said Casey Holzworth, a natural resource steward for the New York State Office of Parks and Recreation and Historic Preservation. "They're spreading across the state and we're trying to slow the spread, but we really have no way of stopping it." The emerald ash borer lays its eggs in ash trees, found in large quantities throughout New York

State. Once inside, the larvae feed on the live tree, eventually killing the host after they hatch. With winter on the way, Holzworth indicated that now is the best time to try and locate contaminated trees. But come the spring, the ash borer will hatch, causing possible infestations and devastation to natural wildlife. "The big issue is that we need to make sure the public understands they have a role to play," said Holzworth. "It's important to follow firewood regulations and make sure we're not accidently transporting these insects."

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The emerald ash borer, as found in southern Albany County.



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LOCAL Welcome to our “Buy Local” special section. As a locally-owned and locally-operated business, Saratoga TODAY understands the importance of supporting local merchants and maintaining a vibrant local economy. Whether the business is a flashy storefront in downtown Saratoga Springs, or an eclectic shop off the beaten path, these entrepreneurs rely on you to keep the registers ringing. What you will usually find when frequenting these merchants is shop owners and employees who are extremely knowledgeable about their product line and passionate about their store. They have a vested interest to keep you happy, and they will usually go above and beyond to meet your needs. Why is buying local important to your community? • Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in our community’s future. • Local non-profits receive an average of 250 percent more from smaller businesses than they do from larger businesses. • Our one-of-a-kind businesses, and there are plenty of them, are an integral part of the distinctive character of our community. When people choose their vacation they generally seek out a destination that offers them the sense of being someplace not just anyplace - so they are a big draw for tourism. • Small local businesses are the largest employers nationally and provide the most jobs to residents. • Locally owned businesses buy local products – large chains don’t. This means a smaller carbon footprint and more sustainable growth. • Locally owned businesses generally set up shop in town or city centers as opposed to developing on the fringe. This means less urban sprawl, congestion and habitat loss. So remember, when making ALL of your shopping choices, think local first!

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Owner: John Michaels and Dave Michaels Website: Contact #: 899-6311 Years in Business: 55 Locations Change…tradition doesn't for The Michaels Group For generations The Michaels Group has been recognized as a leader in the new home building industry. Starting out from humble beginnings as a landscape designer, Jim Michaels conceived a vision of building high quality homes that incorporated individual lifestyles so as to have lasting value. Today, that tradition continues as The Michaels Group continues to build their hallmark designs throughout the Capital Region and beyond. Known for quality construction and outstanding customer service, every member of the Michaels Group understands our commitment to customer care. We know the home that we are building represents a major investment to the homeowner and we are committed to making it a great experience from start to finish.





Owner: Mario DiSiena Contact #: 587-9865 Website: Years in Business: 31 The Furniture House is a specialty furniture store on Saratoga Lake. Take a drive around the lake and enjoy our spectacular view. Inside our unique store explore numerous rooms filled wih fine furniture and accessories. We offer merchandise from large manufacturers, like Henredon and Drexel Heritage, to small specialty companies, such as Charleston Forge and Ekornes, that offer custom pieces and finishes. Experience a unique shopping experience at The Furniture House “more than just a place to shop”



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Owners: L ynette & Dan Whaley Contact #: 584-8460 Website: Years in Business: 59

Having served Saratoga’s dry cleaning and laundry needs since 1952, we are proud to be the Local’s choice. We are still a locally, family owned company that cares about our customers, the environment and our community. We are the highest rated “Green Cleaner” in the capital district for our environmental awareness in all aspects of our business. If you are looking for a “Green” alternative for dry cleaning, we are the only cleaner in the area that can offer you truly environmental dry cleaning with Kreussler’s SolvenK4 system which is biodegradable, risk-free to human health, air, soil and water. Remember that we can clean any item to keep you looking and feeling good! From tuxedos and gowns to your comfy jeans and sweaters, to your favorite comforter, we clean (and repair) it all! We offer convenient counter hours, FREE home and business delivery and Self-Service Laundromats at both Saratoga Locations. Visit our 160 South Broadway location on Saturday, 10/29 from 11:00 until 4:00 for the Saratoga Downtown Business Association’s Fall Festival. We will have a Bounce House, crafts, games and Coats for Kids collection and distribution. If you need a coat, please come see us and pick out your favorite. This will be fun for the whole family!

Owners: Dude Dehn & John Mishoe Address: 180 Beekman Street, Saratoga Springs Contact #: 584-1880 Website: (also on Facebook) Years in Business: 119 We may be the oldest flower shop. But we have the newest ideas!

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Owner:Laura Farrar Contact #: 584-4838 Website: Years in Business: 5 Voted a local favorite in 2009, 2010 and 2011, Violet’s & Stella’s of Saratoga is a women’s clothing and shoe boutique located in downtown Saratoga Springs, NY. Violet’s opened in 2007 and Stella’s joined in 2010. Since then owner Laura Farrar has been dedicated to offering women stylish dresses, designer denim, handbags, leather boots and evening shoes at attractive prices. The boutique houses looks for every occasion, from weekend casual to special events. Owned and operated by women, we are dedicated to helping women feel confident and beautiful.





Owner: Alison Keller New York Licensed Massage Therapist Address: 81 Railroad Place Saratoga Springs Contact #: 583 - 4667 Years in Business: 19 The relaxation commences as you step through the doors. Entering into a welcoming and peaceful surroundings of pleasing sound, sight and smell for the senses to begin a journey of letting go of tensions and worries. Each massage treatment is provided recognizing the importance of considering that the body functions as a whole organism. The therapeutic massage encompasses mind, emotion and physical wellbeing. Alison received her initial credentials from the Florida School of Massage and Natural Therapy in Gainesville Florida and has trained additionally in various Therapeutic modalities at the Connecticut School of Massage, The Swedish Institute in Manhattan NYC, and The Australian College of Massage in Sydney Australia.


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IMPRESSIVE INTERIORS Owner: Richard & Lea Covell Website: Contact #: 518-583-4871 Years in Business: 37

Owner: Edwin Davison Jr., M.D. Website: Contact #: 584-5821 Years in Business: 18 We are a comprehensive eye care office conveniently located in Saratoga. We utilize the latest technology to provide complete, quality eyecare. We provide both medical and surgical eye care, as well as routine examinations. We have a full service optical dispensery, offering the latest fashions in prescription eyewear and sports eyewear.

The Covells carry on the 100 year old family tradition of quality craftsmanship and a level of customer service that can only be found in a small, locally owned business. Their casual, down to earth way of doing business keeps customers returning to Impressive Interiors for all of their decorating needs."

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THE ADIRONDACK FRANK ADAMS Owner: TRUST COMPANY JEWELERS privately held Contact #: 584-5844 Website: adirondack Years in Business: 109 As an employee owned and locally managed bank we offer a variety of banking services, including: • Personal and Business Banking • WebWise® Online & Mobile Banking • Investment Management and Retirement Planning • Insurance – Personal and Business We continue to receive a 5-star “Superior” rating from Bauer Financial for our financial strength and have branches throughout Saratoga County and in Glens Falls and Queensbury. Member FDIC

Owner: Kimberly Adams Russell Contact #: 435-0075 Albany 583.4099 Saratoga Website: Locations: Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany 18 Division Street, Saratoga

Frank Adams Jewelers is the Capital Region’s premier retailer of internationally recognized and award winning designer jewelry and timepiece brands. A third generation family-owned business established in 1922, Frank Adams Jewelers is proud to represent the enduring gifts of luxury that are passed from generation to generation.


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Owner: Dianne Carola Contact #: 587-1455, 253-1433

Website: www.dancefactory Years in Business: 33

Conveniently located near Congress Park, the Dance Factory offers professional and gentle instruction to both children and adults. Classes offered are hip hop, ballet, jazz, tap and lyrical with students as young as 2 years old. Dianne Carola, studio owner and Instructor, is proud to announce the expansion of her studio space beginning November 1st. The addition of a second room and new mirrors will enhance the already beautiful space, complete with large floor-to-ceiling windows and a very plush parent observation area and extra space for our summer camp programs (Saratoga Creative Arts Day Camp), which runs in July and August. For more info, please visit our website at or call 253-1433. Dianne Carola is certified by Dance Educators of America, a certified zumba instructor, and the official dance instructor for Galway Central School District and Lake Ave. Elementary School. New students wishing to dance in Saratoga at the Dance Factory may register until November 3rd.


Owner: Jackie Seitz Website: Contact #: (518) 587-LOSE (5673) or (518) 210-6508 Years in Business: 21 years I’ve been in the diet and weight loss business for 21yrs, I love working as a weight loss coach. My diet program is physician approved, and we teach our clients how to lose weight by eating regular grocery store bought food. I have years of experience and limitless strategies, to help my clients overcome any challenges they may encounter while on the road to achieving their weight loss goals.

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Owner: Stephen Smith/ Wayne Cherry Website: Contact #: 518-587-5310 Years in Business: 9 Years Quality mattresses at outlet prices.

Owners: Marianne (aka: Mare) & Dave Barker Address: 368 Broadway,Saratoga Springs Contact #: 587-0666 Year in Business: 33 Established in 1978, Impressions of Saratoga strives to offer a unique collection of products at affordable prices. Impressions offers their customers an eclectic mix of the traditional blended with the unexpected! Souvenirs, collectibles, locally made gourmet food products, authors and artists, jewelry, cards, gifts ... are showcased in this historic location. Gift Baskets, free gift wrapping, shipping and many other services available. Old fashioned, friendly customer service offered year round.




Owner: Gail Purdy-Brophy Website: Contact #: 518-584-5400 Address: 70-72 Congress Street Plaza Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 Years in Business: 51 Years in Business Saratoga’s largest and best selection of fine wines & spirits since 1960. We carry over 7000 items at discount prices. Our extremely knowledgeable staff can help you find a nice selection.

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Owner: Christine Lloyd & Michael McQuatters Website: Years in Business: In business 8 years WHERE LEGENDS ARE MADE. Legends offers over 50 hot & cold Sandwiches & Salads… PLUS Homemade Soups, Paninis & Burgers. Eat in, Carry out of Free Delivery! Catering Available. Off Street Parking, Plenty of Seating, Patio.

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Owner: Nancy M Smith Website: Contact #: 518-581-0023 Years in Business: 20 years in 2012 A must see stop for all home furnishings. Furniture • Lamps • Pictures • Mirrors • Decorative Accents • Custom Window Treatments • Area Rugs • Custom Painted Lawn Jockeys!

Owners: John & Sherry Knotek Contact #: 221-7111 Years in Business: 7+ A specialty store with a “Little Bit of Attitude”! Offering the finest Salsas, Spices, Hot Sauces, BBQ’s & more. Check out our newly expanded dried spices, chilies, and sea salt selection. Be sure to come in and “Get Sauced” at our sample bar where you can try a variety of our own salsas along with other amazing Saratoga and New York State products.



FASHION FLOORS Owner: Paul & Jackie Mound Contact #: 583-1423 Address: 644 Maple Ave Rte 9, Saratoga Springs Years in Business: 23 Fashion Floors of Saratoga has been serving the people of Saratoga County since 1988. We carry major brand names such as Shaw, Mohawk, Queen, Philadelphia for carpeting. Armstrong, Mannington, Shaw and IVC in sheet vinyl and all species of prefinished and unfinished hardwood flooring. Our installers are highly trained and qualified, you get the very best for less! Pay us a visit -- you will be very happy you did, simply put, we offer higher quality products and professional installation for less than ANYONE.

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Spa City Jiu Jitsu

Instructors: Chad Beatty Bob Dashnow Eddie Fyvie Contact #: 248-2080

Website: Years in Business: 6

At SPA CITY Jiu-Jitsu we teach Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts, the most in demand styles in the United States. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (Japanese for "Art of Gentleness") is a cutting edge Martial Art style, perfected by the legendary Gracie Family in Brazil. The essence of Jiu-Jitsu is the ability to flow quickly from one technique to another to control an attacker. This style allows for a smaller person to defeat a much larger attacker. Learn the same techniques the Gracie Family and their students have used to dominate Mixed Martial Arts Competitions for the past 80 years.

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Owner: Pam Worth Contact #: 587-2772 Website: Years in Business: 1 1/2 Enter the store and you will instantly realize, this is different. Saratoga native, Pam Worth, uses her over 28 years experience as a buyer and a merchandiser to create and deliver a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. With a significant customer base, Pam reaches out to help women feel comfortable in their clothes, and they are not dissappointed. Voted 2011 "The Best of the Best" , Pam's honest approach and extensive background certainly sets her apart. Always grateful and consistant in her vision, Pam is truly proud to be a local business owner, and to be recognized as such. Be sure to pop in and see what is being "Spoken" about!!

Owner: Jim & Gretchen Squires Website: Contact #: 587-8273 Years in Business: 101 Saratoga’s finest flower market, with the largest flower inventory in the capital district. Open 6 days a week, along with deliveries 6 days a week. Come see us at our great new location at 92 West Avenue Saratoga Springs!



STOCKADE IMPORTS Owner: Deborah Barthold Contact #: 583-2044 Address: 543 Broadway Saratoga Springs Website: stockadeoriental Years in Business: 22 Stockade Oriental Rug Imports is a direct importer of Fine Hand Woven and Oriental Carpets & Rugs. Our showroom, located in the old firehouse building in Saratoga Springs has one of the largest inventories in the entire region. While we work with decorators and have customers from all over the world, the local region we serve includes Albany and the entire Capital District, Saratoga Springs, Lake George, the Adirondacks to Lake Placid, Plattsburgh and beyond. Fine hand-woven rugs and carpets are not mass produced, disposable items. Every carpet is a one-of-a-kind work of art, made as they have been for centuries. They are an investment that will appreciate in value and that can last for many, many generations.

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VAUGHN VISION Owner: Chad Vaughn O.D. Website: Contact #: 306-5290 Years in Business: 10 months

With the use of state of the art diagnostic equipment and technology, Dr. Vaughn sees patients of all ages for comprehensive eye exams, as well as contact lens fittings, dry eye treatment, diagnosis and management of eye diseases, and lasik co-management. They offer a wide selection of unique, fashionable, and trendy frames and sunglasses to meet all of your vision needs, at prices to fit anyone's budget.

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Owners: Ralph Mangino Sr.& Family Contact #: 885-5301 (Ballston Spa) 843-5702 (Amsterdam) Website: Years in Business: 33 Mangino Buick is thrilled to announce the addition of GMC, which means it now offers a full line of GMC trucks, SUV's and parts in addition to to their current full line of premium Buick cars and crossover vehicles. The Mangino Family has a long history in this community and they have been providing superior sales and service to their customers for over 33 years.

Owner: Wally Allerdice Contact #: 518 584-8884 Website: Years in Business: 12 Address: 120 Excelsior Ave. (across from Olde Saratoga Brewing Co.) A L L E R D I C E GLASS & MIRROR is part of the Allerdice family of businesses catering to the home improvement needs of Saratoga County and beyond. The Glass & Mirror divisions specializes in repair and service work, sales and installation of Custom/Semi-Custom Shower Enclosures, Replacement Windows, Storm Doors, Aluminum Store Fronts as well as many other glass, mirror, plexi-glass and polycarbonate products. Whether it’s time to repair or replace, Ask Allerdice!


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Owner: Brian and Kelly Hayes Contact #: 289-5600 Address: 2353 Route 9 Malta, NY 12020 Years in Business: 1 3 Locations for all your residential and commercial needs. Now climate controlled facility in Malta, other locations in Wilton, NY.

Owner: J. Thomas Roohan Contact #: 587-4500 Website: Years in Business: 42 Roohan Realty has been serving the Saratoga region's real estate needs since 1969. The award-winning team of 50 professionals specializes in residential, commercial, new construction and equine properties. Roohan Realty is committed to a hometown philosophy of community involvement. Visit the office conveniently located at 519 Broadway in downtown Saratoga Springs.

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Owner: Dennis Nye Website: thevault Address: 10 Caroline St Saratoga Springs, NY Contact #: 583-3479 Years in Business: 25





The Vault- A nationally competitive buyer and seller of coins, collections and gold and silver. Located just off Broadway in Saratoga Springs, NY, we carry a huge selection of coins and collectible sports cards. More than just coin dealers, we are gold buyers too! We buy and sell estate jewelry and collectibles. We also buy and sell diamonds, watches, paper money & fine jewelry. Huge selection of estate jewelry, vintage jewelry, coins & collections, gold, silver, diamonds, antiques, and sports cards & memorabilia

Owner: Greg Hydock Contact #: 518 798-4228 We are proud of the company we’ve built over the last 30+ years. We have worked hard to serve our customers with integrity and quality doors, parts and service. Our staff is well seasoned and professional. From our experienced sales people and office staff to our expertly trained technicians, we stand ready to service our customers. We have worked hard at being quick to the problem, reliable and professional on the job, and all at the same time, known for fair and accurate billing.



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Owner: Peter J. Gailor Website: Contact #: 518-584-4475 Years in Business: 30+ years Peter J. Gailor Landscaping and Excavating has been serving the Saratoga/Capital Region for more than 30 years. With the knowledge and experience to design and build some of the most fascinating to the most simplistic of landscapes. Whatever your needs are when it comes to the outside living of your home or business, allow the experts of Peter J. Gailor Landscaping & Excavating to bring your dreams and our designs to life.

Owner: Bob McKenna, Co-owner & General Manager Contact #: 584-7272 Website: Years in Business: 22 New Country Toyota of Saratoga Springs is the Hometown Dealership that brings service, convenience and value to Saratoga Springs. You'll find a wide selection of new Toyota vehicles in stock, including the super efficient Toyota Prius, hard working Toyota Tundra and Tacoma pickup trucks, the sporty Toyota Yaris compact and the family friendly Toyota Sienna as well as the popular Toyota cars and SUV's including the Toyota Corolla, Camry, Avalon, Highlander, FJ Cruiser, Venza, 4 Runner, Rav4 and Sequoia. You'll also find an expert Toyota service team waiting to help with all of your Toyota repair and maintenance needs. Discover the benefits of owning a Toyota and working with a dealership that puts your satisfaction first.

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Contact #: 518-584-0002 Saratoga 518.400.1028 Malta Address: 221 W. Circular St., Saratoga Springs 2570 Rte. 9, Malta Website: Years in Business: 16 Projects go more smoothly and look more professional when you're working with the right tools. The complement to Allerdice Party Rent-all, Allerdice Rent-All - tool division provides the right advice, sales, service and rental to achieve beautiful results. Whether you need a generator for an unexpected power outage or contractor equipment we have what you need. Before your next home improvement project Ask Allerdice and Rent, Set, Go!.

Owner: Jim Paddock Contact #: 584-5656 Address: 254 Washington St Saratoga Springs, NY Years in Business: 13 We are your complete One-Stop service center. We specialize in remanufacturing transmissions for all makes and models, foreign or domestic



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BRAATHE ENTERPRISES Owners: Robert Braathe Contact #: 290-0812 Address: 12 Circular St Saratoga Springs NY 12866 Website: and Years in Business: 6 Braathe Enterprises has a team of business professionals and virtual interns who deliver inexpensive websites that work and creative online education that works. As a member of the Apple Consultants Network since 2005, we also provide sales advice, setup, training & support for Macs, iPads, iPhones, and software.

CHESTWOOD KITCHENS Owners: Dan Snyder Contact #: 587-3788 Website: Years in Business: 19

We offer several lines of cabinetry in our showroom. We are also a full service remodeling company, from design to finish, we've got you covered. We are here to make your remodel stress free, stop in a let us help you.

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Owner: Rory Wilson & Bob Fuller Website: Contact #: 584-3632 Address: 33 Caroline St., Saratoga Years in Business: 20 years

Owner: Rick & Denise Woodcock Website: Contact #: 584-7924 Years in Business: 25 years in business Sheds of various styles, sizes, colors as well as custom sheds to match just about any home.

Family, Friends and Good Food All Happen at D’Andrea’s


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Owner: Chris and Sue Pitts Website: Contact #: Saratoga 587-0455 Clifton Park 371-4641 Years in Business: 17 Elevate Cycles offers a wide variety of bicycles and accessories for all types of riders. We also offer full service bicycle repair in both our location. We’re a bike shop, supporters of our community , cyclist and fitness enthusiasts that work hard to make cycling fun for every rider that visits our shops.



Owners: Michael Phinney and Jonathan Haynes Contact #: 587-7256 Website: Years in Business: 4 With dart boards, a reclaimed-timber bar, a stone fireplace and a large outdoor Pub Garden to relax and enjoy your spirits in a “Local” Adirondack chair; the Local Pub and Teahouse is a truly unique neighborhood pub. Stop in and enjoy live music, weekend brunch, and the best fish n’ chips in town. Our chef takes great pride in exceptional preparation of classic pub style food, daily specials and a fresh made soup or chili every day. Whether you’re looking for a beer and a burger or some tea and a salad, you will be able to enjoy yourself without emptying your wallet, with meals ranging from $6 to $15. Come in and see why The Local has been bestowed with honors such as “Best Beer Selection, Best Fish and Chips, Best Burger” and “One of the best watering holes in the Northeast.”

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Owner: Phil & Judy Viger Website: Contact #: 587-0333 or 792-2225 Years in Business: 29 Adirondack Tree Surgeons is locally owned and family operated and has been providing tree care service to the Adirondack Region of Upstate New York since 1981. We provide tree care services for Saratoga, Warren, Washington, Westchester counties and the surrounding areas. Owners Phil & Judy Viger, and their staff of skilled tree care specialists, guarantee your satisfaction with any of our tree removal, tree care, tree pruning or stump grinding services.

Owners: Rich & Tara Nimmo Address: 462 Route 29 West, Saratoga Springs Contact #: 584-WINE (9463) Year in Business: 2 If you haven’t been to the Saratoga Winery yet, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Warm up with our hand crafted wines at our Adirondack style tasting bar while you experience a fun and informative wine tasting. We offer a large selection, appealing to many palates. Not a wine drinker?? Let us change your mind. You can come in during all business hours for a wine tasting to find a new favorite. Bring your friends and family in for our Friday Night BB-Q’s, and enjoy live music from 6-9pm. The Saratoga Winery has become a favorite venue for birthday and bachelorette parties, as well as bridal showers, office parties and fundraisers. However you don’t need a special occasion to come relax with a glass of wine. So don’t put it off any longer! Come and see what all the buzz is about! UPCOMING EVENTS Steak & Wine Tasting: 10/29/11 Anniversary Open House: 11/19/11, Winery Christmas Party 12/17/11 Like us on Facebook and receive updates on upcoming events and the Friday night music line up



COMPLIMENTS TO THE CHEF Owners: John and Paula Reardon Contact #: 226-4477 Website: Years in Business: 10

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Owner: Dr. Robin M. Solomon, Audiologist, Board Certified in Audiology

Contact #: 580-0080 Address: 12 Mountain Ledge, Suite 2, Wilton, NY 12831

Compliments to the Chef is a unique kitchen supply and cutlery store which carries leading brand names such as: All Clad, LeCreuset, Emile Henry, Viking, Jura Capresso, Wusthof, J. A. Henckels, Shun, Global and Kyocera and much more. It is different from the big box stores by offering a Helping people with hearing problems in our ONLY mission. Hearing Care Resources, LLC was warm, inviting store filled with a knowledgeable, friendly staff and the best in kitchenware from founded by Dr. Robin Solomon, who has been an Audiologist since 1987 and has been providing around the world. Customers enjoy a relaxed shopping environment while the staff works diligent- consistent high quality hearing care to the residents of the Saratoga Springs/Wilton area since ly to satisfy each individual’s needs. 1998. Saratoga Springs and Wilton’s only locally owned and operated private Audiology Practice. Proud to be a part of our community.

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SARATOGA TILE & SARATOGA STRIKE ZONE SUPPLIES Owner: Craig Burrows Address: 4249 Route 50 N (2 miles north of the Wilton Mall) Contact #: 584-6700 Kelly Marcantonio & Craig Burrows Website: Years in Business: 14 Glens Falls Tile & Supplies has been in business since 1997. We opened our second location last year just 2 miles north of the Wilton Mall at 4249 Route 50. Our number one priority is CUSTOMER SERVICE! We take the time to get to know our customers’needs, so we have a better understanding of the best products to promote to reach their desired result. Our Design Specialists have over 100 years of combined building trades experience; our showroom, over 10,000 different product samples. Our showroom is conveniently located and designed for your comfort. We encourage you to stop by, and look forward to serving you!

Owner: Frank Parillo & Rich Sheldon Address: 32 Ballston Ave Saratoga Springs NY 12866 Contact #: 584-6460 Website: Years in Business: 3.5

The best in Family Fun, Bowling, Bumper Cars, Ballocity, Redemption Arcade, VIP Bowling Suite and End Zone Sports Pub.


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ARCHITECTURAL MILLWORK Owner: Kim Praught Contact #: 518-587-7707 Years in Business: 20

Owner: John Zanetti Contact #: 587-1363 Years in Business: 25 “Finely Crafted Wood Work�

Zanetti Architectural Millwork fabricates kitchens, entertainment centers, bookshelves, wall paneling, frieplace surrounds, furniture, and entry doors, as well as, plastic laminated cabinets and counter tops. We have 25 years experience working with residential and commericail clients. Please contact us for any projects that require woodworking and fine cabinetry

Black Iris offers the most beautiful and distinctive flowers and plants in Saratoga. Our floral designs are fresh,natural and unique. Come in and see our eclectic mix of home and garden decor. We are located just off broadway at 68 Ballston Avenue, Saratoga Springs.

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Owner: Skip Harsha Website: Contact #: 743-1500 Years in Kitchen & Bath Industry: 20 Planning on remodeling your kitchen or bath or building a new home? SE Kitchens and Baths will work with you in creating your new kitchen or bath, with the taste, style and functions that meet you and your family’s needs. SE Kitchens & Baths offers the complete package for the best value and service. From Country to Contemporary, SE Kitchens & Baths will help you with endless design creativities, and solve any design dilemma that may seem impossible. From the beginning to final completion, we’ll guide you through the problems of storage capacity, accessibility, functionality, ventilation, lighting, safety, quality and beauty. We’ll guide you through making the right decisions and help you stay within your budget. We’ll strive to meet or exceed your expectations by creating the look and feel that you and your family will enjoy for years to come.

Owner: Dave and Debora Hummel Contact #: (518) 584-6293 or Website: Years in Business: 13 Located just minutes from Saratoga Springs, we are one of Saratoga’s best kept secrets. With a showroom over 14,000 square feet, we are the one shop stop for restaurant equipment and supplies for your commercial kitchen or home. From conception to completion, our services include commercial kitchen consulting, design, sales and service. Our beautiful, spacious showroom is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM-5:00 PM and Saturday, 9:00 AM-2:00 PM for both our wholesale customers and retail clientele. We offer a wide variety of commercial kitchen equipment and supplies, including china, glassware, bar supplies, cookware, food storage, warewashing, refrigeration, ranges and so much more. Founded in 1998, we are a service based company with superior customer service that looks to suit our customers with products that best match their application. We are located just minutes from exit 16 of the Northway – please call or email us today to discover why we are one of Saratoga’s best kept secrets.



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Owner: Chad Beatty Contact #: 581-2480 Website: Years in Business: 5 Welcome to Saratoga Publishing, where "business-as-usual" takes on a whole new meaning. We aren’t a publicly-owned media giant. We aren’t a mega-mart publisher who treats clients like numbers. We ARE a locally-owned and operated boutique Media Company located in Saratoga Springs, NY. We ARE real people who live in the communities, shop at the stores and have children in the schools. We care about our clients, our readers and our local issues.

Owner: Cindy Quade Website: SignatureHomes Contact #: 376-2965 Years in Business: 25+ With over 25 years in the real estate business, Cindy Quade has dedicated most of her career on the sales and marketing of new homes for builders. Selling over 460 Million in real estate, she has worked closely with thousands of buyers helping to realize their dreams of owning a new home. Starting Signature Homes Realty in 1991 the goal was to service the region with a small office of top professional realtors vs a more traditional larger brokerage. The goal of each agent is to provide exceptional customer service and extensive experience in the real estate field. Cindy holds the GRI, CSP and RSPS designations, is the 2009 Realtor of the year, Past President of Women’s Council of Realtors, is on the committee for Professional Standards and is a Trustee of the Educational Foundation



Friday, October 28,2011

local briefs

Polar Express North Creek Train Ride

Join us in any one of our three exciting Zumba classes and stay in shape this winter! Regular Zumba class is Thursday nights from 6-7 p.m., Zumba Toning is Saturdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m. and Zumba Gold is Tuesdays from 9-10 a.m. All three classes start the first week of November, are six-weeks long and require pre-registration.Call the Malta Community Center for pricing and information at (518) 899-4411.

The Saratoga & North Creek Railway is hosting a magical train trip that will bring “The Polar Express” story alive for children and their families. The adventure begins on November 18, with select dates running through December 28. The Polar Express is approximately a one-hour round-trip that departs at either 6 or 8 p.m. from the train station in Saratoga Spring located at 26 Station Lane. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call (877) 726-RAIL (7245).

Prescription and OTC Safe Drug Drop 10/29

Send Holiday Events to the BSBPA

With prescription and over-thecounter (OTC) medications becoming the new “party” drugs for teens, Saratoga County residents are encouraged to get rid of unused or expired medications at the following drug drop locations this Saturday, October 29: The Police Benevolent Range, 52 Weibel Ave., Saratoga Springs The NY State Police Public Safety building, 5 Municipal Plaza, Clifton Park The CVS parking lot, 12 South Central Ave., Mechanicville All drop sites will be open from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The process will be completely anonymous with no questions asked. In most cases, residents don’t even need to get out of their cars. Items that cannot be accepted include needles, syringes, aerosols or pressurized containers, thermometers, bloody or infectious waste, and hydrogen peroxide.

The Ballston Spa Business & Professional Association is putting together a holiday event print program for its Ballston Spa Holiday Weekend. The BSBPA encourages all local businesses, churches, schools and community groups who have holiday-themed events or activities happening between Friday, December 2 and Sunday, December 4 to contact them with description, date and time of the event to be included in this holiday brochure which will be available throughout the community. Send information to Ellen Mottola at or call the BSBPA at (518) 8852772. Please submit events no later than November 11.

ZUMBA at the Malta Community Center

Reserve Early for the Saratoga Festival of Trees Santa Events! The 16th Annual Saratoga Festival of Trees will be held December 1- 4. Parents are encouraged to call early to ensure a seating reservation for the popular Family Day events that include breakfast and sundaes with Santa on Saturday, December 3. All seatings require prior reservations (adults must accompany children). Tickets are $8 per person and include admission to breakfast or sundaes, a tour of the trees and a photo with Santa. One of the breakfast seatings is almost already sold out, so call soon! For more information, to make a reservation or to volunteer for the Saratoga Festival of Trees, please call Catholic Charities at (518) 587-5000 or visit

Medicaid Payment Phase Out Legislation Senator Roy McDonald announced today that the legislation he introduced with Senator Patrick Gallivan (R-Erie) and Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (DWestchester) to phase out Medicaid payments made by local counties has picked up 39 additional sponsors in the Senate (20) and Assembly (19). The legislation’s goal is to phase out over time the Medicaid payments for county governments across the state. On average, the Medicaid portion accounts for 45 percent of an individual county’s local property tax levy. Only New York and California require that counties shoulder the burden for a portion of Medicaid payments.

Saratoga Springs Retired Teachers Association Meeting Longfellows Restaurant, 500 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs Meeting is on Monday, November 7, at noon. Membership is open to retired educators who taught in and/or live in Saratoga County. For

new member information and luncheon reservations, please call (518) 587-5356.

Sew a Reusable Grocery Bag The Saratoga County Historical Society’s Green Chic sewing class will begin on Wednesday, November 2 at 6:30 pm. and registration is now open. Participants are welcome to bring 1-yard of cotton fabric of their own choosing, or select fabric from a limited supply that evening. Ages 12 and up, $25/ person ($20 for members). Pre-registration is required by October 29. For more information, call (518) 885.4000.

Saratoga Multiple Sclerosis Self Help Group Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St. Meeting Thursday, November 3 from 6-8 p.m. Registration is not required. For more information, call 1-800FIGHTMS.

Antique Appraiser to Visit Saratoga for UPH Benefit Universal Preservation Hall, 25 Washington St., Saratoga Springs On Saturday, November 5, expert appraiser Douglas Stinson of Boston will visit the Universal Preservation Hall. For a $25 donation, attendees are treated to a 60minute presentation during which everyone's items will be professionally appraised before the crowd. The event, which is hosted by North Peak Auctions, will generate funds for further renovations to UPH. While not required, reservations for either the 9 or 11 a.m. seating are preferred and can be made by calling (518)-683-5922. For more information, please visit

Defensive Driving Class Reformed Church, 48 Pearl St., Schuylerville The Turning Point at Old Saratoga Rotary is sponsoring a state-approved defensive driving class Saturday, November 19, from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Cost is $30 and pre-registration is required. Call Nick Nichols at (518) 695-3548 to register or for more information.

Holiday Season Relaxation 1958 Amsterdam Ave., Ballston Spa With the hustle and bustle of the Holiday Season fast approaching the Capital District, Route 67

Country Store and Café is offering an evening of creativity and relaxation before it all begins. On Thursday, November 10 and Thursday, December 8, all who attend will learn how to make their own handcrafted cards and be able to sample some fresh-dipped chocolates. This event is sure to get you in the holiday spirit a little early this year. Questions and RSVPs may be emailed to Visit or call (518) 882-7347 for more information.

upcoming town meetings


Town of Ballston: Ballston Town Hall 323 Charlton Rd. 885-8502 • 11/1: Town Board, 7:30 p.m. 11/2: Zoning Board of Appeals, 7 p.m. 11/2: Parks & Rec. Committee, 7:30 p.m. Village of Ballston Spa: 66 Front Street

Saratoga National Historical Park Photo Contest Saratoga National Historical Park is having a photo contest to select the photo to appear on its 2012 Annual Park Pass. Until November 4, visitors may submit up to three photos to be considered for next year's Annual Pass. The winning photo will also be included in a special 2012 park calendar, and the photographer will receive a complimentary annual pass to the park. Each photo submitted must be taken within park boundaries and a complete list of rules may be obtained by contacting Megan Stevens at (518) 664-9821 ext. 219, or by email at For more information about this or other events, visit

Meditation Classes: “Freedom from Painful Emotions” 19 Maple Ave., 2nd Floor, Saratoga Springs Wednesdays, 7 – 8:30 p.m.. Series runs October 19 – December 14 (no class Nov. 23). Each class includes a guided meditation, teaching and discussion. Drop in for any class or attend all. Everyone is welcome! Cost is $10 per class ($5 for seniors and students). For more information, visit or call (845) 856-9000.

885-5711 • Town of Greenfield: 7 Wilton Road 893-7432 • 11/1: Zoning Board of Appeals, 7 p.m. 11/3: Town Board-agenda, 7:30 p.m. Town of Malta: 2540 Route 9 899-2818 • 11/1: Town Board- agenda/special, 6:30 p.m. Town of Milton: 503 Geyser Road 885-9220 • City of Saratoga Springs: 474 Broadway 587-3550 • 11/1: City Council, 7 p.m. 11/2: Design Review Commission, 7 p.m. Town of Saratoga: 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville 695-3644 • 11/3: Town Board-agenda, 7 p.m. Village of Schuylerville: 35 Spring Street • 695-3881 10/31: Board of Trustees workshop, 6:30 p.m. 11/2: Board of Water Management, 7 p.m. Town of Stillwater: 66 East St., Riverside Mechanicville, NY 12118 11/3: Town Board- agenda, 7 p.m. Town of Wilton:

Saratoga Springs Jewelry Makers' Group Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry Street Come join the casual fun, discussing and designing jewelry, on any, or all, of eight Monday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m. The meeting dates are: October 17, 24, 31 in the Glasby Room (limit 20 people), and November 21, 28, December 5, 12 and 19 in the Susman Room (limit 30 people).

22 Traver Road 587-1939 11/3: Town Board, 7 p.m. Saratoga County Board of Supervisors 40 McMaster St., # 1 Ballston Spa, NY 12020-1985 885-2240 • 10/27: Water Authority, 2:45 p.m.

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living Oct.

28 - Nov. 3 events Friday & Saturday Little Theater on the Farm Presents Haunted Barn 27 Plum Rd., Fort Edward The Little Theater on the Farm presents the Seventh Annual Haunted Barn October 28 and 29 from 6-9 p.m. The haunted forest will challenge your senses, if you feel like something is following you, it probably is! Admission is $5. For more information and directions, visit

Operation Adopt a Soldier’s Haunted Hayride Gavin Park, Wilton October 28 and 29 from 5-10 p.m. join in on the fun with $5 hayrides, costume contests, bounce houses, refreshments and an hour for little screamers! All proceeds benefit Operation Adopt a Soldier and veterans. For more information, call (518) 587-8010.

Saturday, October 29 Fall Festival Living Springs Community Church, 59 Pine Rd., Saratoga Springs Attend the Fourth Annual Fall Festival from 2-6 p.m. This free family event features a tractor hayride, bounce house, games, crafts and refreshments. For more information, visit

Mamatoga Momster Bash & Benefit Irish Times Pub & Restaurant From 1-4 p.m. celebrate Halloween, Mamatoga style! All proceeds benefit the Franklin Community Center

and the Children's Museum at Saratoga. Kid-friendly food and drinks, music, raffles and prizes, kid activities, crafts and a costume contest! Advance tickets $20, at door $25. More information visit:

Trolley Ghost Tours Tours leave from the Hampton Inn, 25 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs At 1 and 4 p.m. hop on the Horsin’ Around Trolley for a 90-minute tour around Saratoga with historian David Pitkin. Rides are $26 per person. For more information, visit

Tang Museum Family Day Tang Museum, Skidmore College From 2-3:30 p.m. children ages 5 and up with an adult can enjoy a brief tour of a current Tang exhibition followed by a hands-on art activity. Free and open to the public. For reservations and information, call (518) 580-8080.

Sunday, October 30 Very Grave Indeed


Friday, October 28, 2011

Brookside Museum 6 Charlton St., Ballston Spa The Saratoga County Historical Society will host a workshop, “Very Grave Indeed: Historic Cemeteries and the Culture of Dying in the 19th Century,” that will take place from 1-4 p.m. Learn about the many facets of historic cemeteries and the stories and resources they offer. Presenters will share information on funeral and burial customs of the 19th century, gravestone cleaning methods and materials, and using information gleaned from cemeteries to research family trees and local history. During this program, you will travel to a nearby cemetery to learn how to identify monument styles and clean gravestones. The cost of this workshop is $25 per person. Pre-registration is required for this popular class. Please call (518) 885-4000 or email to register.

Monday, October 31 Harvest Party 310 Northline Rd., Ballston Spa The Calvary Chapel of the Capital District is holding a Harvest Party on Halloween from 7-9 p.m. at the Milton Community Center. Admission is free.

Trick-or-Treating Clifton Park: 4-8 p.m. Saratoga Springs: There is a midnight curfew for trick-or-treaters.

Trick-or-Treating with B95.5 Clifton Park Center, Clifton Park From 3-7 p.m. bring your kids to a safe, warm location to trick-or-treat on Halloween night! Clifton Park Center is the perfect location with over 50 merchants who participate.

Tuesday, November 1 Young Professionals Network Meeting Paddock Lounge, 6 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs. The Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals


Network will meet from 5-6:30 p.m. The cost is $10. This is a networking event as well as an opportunity for attendees to share any issues they feel are important and would like to suggest that the chamber focus on. Reservations are requested, visit or call (518) 584-3255.

Wilton Candidate Forum Trinity United Methodist Church, Ballard Rd., Wilton The League of Women Voters of Saratoga County is sponsoring a Candidate Forum at 7 p.m. All candidates are invited to participate. Forums are open to members of the public and will include an opportunity for questions from the audience. For more information, visit the League’s website at or contact Ann Kril at (518) 584-1436.

Build Communication Skills with Saratoga Turf Talkers Longfellow’s Hotel and Conference Center, 500 Union Ave. Join us at the next meeting of the Saratoga Turf Talkers Toastmasters Club, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. The club provides a supportive and positive learning environment designed to help you become a better public speaker and business communicator. Build self-confidence and enhance personal and professional growth in a relaxed, informal setting. For more information, call Mary Alice Hallett at (518) 884-2806.

Wednesday, November 2 Author Amy Tan Speaks at Hudson Valley Community College Hudson Valley Community College, 80 Vandenburgh Ave., Troy Amy Tan, acclaimed, best-selling author, will read from and discuss her work at 11 a.m. as part of the college’s Cultural Affairs Program. Tan’s talk is open to the public free of charge and takes place in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center.

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Olde Saratoga Seniors Potluck Schuylerville Town Hall The Olde Saratoga Seniors will honor the area veterans and their guests with a potluck lunch at noon. Entertainment will feature "The Wrinkled Ramblers.” Call Jim Young for further information at (518) 747-9213.

Waldorf Welcome 62 York Ave., Saratoga Springs Come learn more about how Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs works and how it can enrich your child's life. Join us from 8:15- 9 a.m. for a brief overview of Waldorf education followed by a visit to our classrooms. Please RSVP to

Upcoming Malta Community Center Arts, Crafts and Gift Fair David R. Meager Malta Community Center, 1 Bayberry Dr., Malta The Malta Department of Parks and Recreation will host their annual Arts, Crafts and Gift Fair on Saturday, November 5 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Beautiful handcrafted items made by local artisans will be available for your holiday shopping. Free admission and free parking. Call the center at (518) 899-4411 for additional information.

Elks’ Breakfast Buffet 1 Elks Lane, Route 9, Saratoga Springs Let the Saratoga-Wilton Elks serve you a buffet breakfast Sunday, November 6, from 8:30-11 a.m. Adults, $7; seniors/military with ID, $6; children 5-12, $5; and under 5 eat free. Takeout $8.

Donny Elvis Show

K of C Hall, 50 Pine Rd., Saratoga Springs The Catholic Daughters of the Americas present Donny Elvis on Saturday, November 5. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the show beginning at 7. Tickets are $15 and all proceeds go to the Guardian House in Ballston Spa.

Benefit Concert St. Peter’s, 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs A benefit concert for St. Peter's Youth Ministry will be performed by teacher-composer-musician Jeffrey Halstead on Sunday, November 6, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and free for 18 and under. Donations are graciously accepted.

12th Annual Apostolic Fellowship 1425 West High St., Ballston Spa Don’t miss this awesome November 5 fellowship service with Dr. Timothy L. Harper. Rally Service begins at 11 a.m. Email with any questions.

Election Day Turkey Dinner Round Lake United Methodist Church, 34 George Ave., Round Lake There will be two seatings: at 4:30 and 6 p.m. A limited number of takeout dinners will be available between 5:15-5:45 p.m. The menu includes turkey with all the trimmings and homemade pies. Adults $9, children 6-12 $5, children 5 and under free. Call (518) 713-4420 for more information.






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The Edible and Surprising Jerusalem Artichoke

Suzanne Voigt Farmers’Market

The Jerusalem artichoke is a bit of a puzzle. It has no relatives in the artichoke family but is actually a member of the sunflower family and looks more like a gnarly potato than a green artichoke. A native of North America, it grew in the wild along the eastern seaboard. American Indians called them “sun roots” and introduced these perennial tubers to

the pilgrims who adopted them as a staple food. In 1605, explorer Samuel de Champlain first encountered sun roots growing in an American Indian vegetable garden. He thought they tasted like artichokes, a description he carried back to France and it apparently caught on. The addition of Jerusalem to the name remains a bit of mystery, but the tuber with an odd name and look is here to stay and this wonderful, multipurpose vegetable can be found at the Saratoga Farmers' Market! Don't be put off by their looks; Jerusalem artichokes are a great culinary surprise. They add a special taste and texture to many meals. They can be eaten raw, adding crunch to your salad, dips or shredded into slaw. They can be baked/roasted, steamed, boiled and

mashed just like a potato. My favorite way to use Jerusalem artichokes is in stir-fry. I call them my "local water chestnuts.” Dice them and stir-fry them along with other fresh vegetables and seasonings. When using, scrub them clean with a vegetable brush, but don't remove the thin skin as it's just under the skin where the nutrients are found. Like apples, they discolor quickly after cutting, so cut close to serving time. Also, if cooking them, don't be alarmed if the skins darken. It is due to their high iron content. Below is a great introductory recipe for the first-time user.


Pan Roasted Jerusalem Artichoke

Melt 1 tablespoon butter with olive oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add Jerusalem artichokes and half of sage. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

(A simple way to introduce yourself to this long-honored tuber, from Bon Appétit)

• 3 tablespoons butter, divided • 2 tablespoons olive oil • 1 pound Jerusalem artichokes, (*Kilpatrick Family Farm, Otrembiak Family Farm) scrubbed, cut crosswise into 1/4 inch-thick-rounds • 3 tablespoons coarsely torn fresh sage leaves, divided • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


Sauté until brown and just beginning to soften, turning frequently, about 10 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer Jerusalem artichokes to shallow serving bowl. Add remaining 2 tablespoons butter and sage to skillet; fry until sage darkens and begins to crisp, about 30 seconds. Add lemon juice; simmer 1 minute. Pour lemon-sage butter over Jerusalem artichokes in bowl, tossing to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with parsley. Tomorrow is the last day of the Saratoga Farmers' Market outdoor season in High Rock Ave Pavilions. Next week, we will be starting our indoor season (Saturdays only) at Division St. Elementary School, 9 a.m.-1 pm.

Helping Hands Rebuilding Together Saratoga County’s Shelters of Saratoga Benefit Concert 8th Annual Fundraiser Dinner by Christina James Saratoga TODAY Rebuilding Together Saratoga County (RTSC), a nonprofit organization and community staple, needs your help. Functioning entirely on public donations and with a volunteerbased workforce, RTSC provides free home repairs to those in need, specifically low-income families, disabled individuals and veterans. Without constant, generous community support, this program will cease to exist. That’s why this Thursday, November 3, they need you to stop what you’re doing and go out to dinner. Held at Longfellows, RTSC’s 8th Annual Dinner is one of the organization’s prime fundraising events. “The dinner is an opportunity for all of us to gather and celebrate all we were able to do in the community during the year,” said Executive Director Michelle Larkin. The night’s activities begin at 6

p.m. and include a lot more than just a delicious meal. A cash bar, live and silent auctions, and live music from Peter Nelson of Saratoga Jazz are just some of the evening’s highlights. The community has already begun making this event a success for RTSC. Longfellows has generously donated the dinner, Peter Nelson is performing for free, and many must-have items have been donated for the auctions as well.

“Along with our live and silent auction items, which include a tasting for four from 50 South/Saratoga Rose and Yankee tickets, there will be an opportunity for folks to buy specific building materials for our projects,” said Larkin. “Another interesting auction item is a cooking class for 12 children offered by DZ Restaurants.” For more information about this event or other ways to help, visit www.rebuilding

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Join Shelters of Saratoga on Thursday, November 10, for an evening of music and magic at their Homelessness Awareness Month Benefit Concert. Tickets must be purchased by phone or in-person. When you purchase your ticket make sure you say you are doing so on behalf of Shelters of Saratoga. Call (518) 273-0038 for more information.

Upcoming Blood Drives Malta Sunrise Rotary Malta Ambulance, 2449 Rt. 9, Malta Friday, October 28, from 1-6 p.m.

SUNY Adirondack Community College Wilton Center 6 Mountain Ledge Dr., Gansevoort Monday, October 31. from 3-7 p.m.

Saratoga Lions Maple Ave Middle School, 515 Maple Ave., Saratoga Springs Saturday, November 5, from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.



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Movie Review

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ACROSS 1 Traveler's reference 6 Baldwin of "30 Rock" 10 A month of Sundays 14 Go after 15 "Later, dahling!" 16 Fictional sleuth who first appeared in the Saturday Evening Post 17 Comedian for hire? 19 Expresses delight 20 Finis, in Frankfurt 21 A month of Sundays 22 Euripides tragedy 23 What Shakespeare's parents had to do? 27 Zoo re-creation 30 Hippy dances? 31 More than portly 32 Frost, for one 33 Opening 36 __ chic 37 Low grade, or an appropriate title for this puzzle 39 18-Down's love 40 Orch. section 41 Quarry 42 Post-tonsillectomy treat 43 Gauchos' gear 45 Tabloid fodder 47 Green that's hard to swallow? 50 Material for some balloons 51 Couple's pronoun 52 Continental wine region 56 Punta del __ 57 Memoir title for Sela? 60 Massage therapy pioneer Ida 61 Way 62 Support in a loft 63 South Dakota's Wounded __ 64 Hudson River city 65 "That's just crazy talk!"

With the best players playing the right way, a team is assured a victory. But if the best players are too expensive, do you simply take who you can get and give in? Or have you been overlooking quality players simply DOWN because conventional wisdom said you should? 1 Part of a plot, often Billy Beane (played by Brad Pitt) is general manager of the Oakland A’s 2 "All righty __!" and after losing the last game of the season against the Yankees, three of 3 Developer's need his star players leave for more lucrative contracts. He’d hoped to match their offers, but the owner couldn’t afford it. Then, while looking for a trade at the Cleveland Indians’ headquarters, he noticed his counterpart Broom Hilda appeared to be taking direction from someone he’d never seen before. After the meeting he approaches Peter Brand (played by Jonah Hill), the one person he didn’t know in that meeting who seemed to be calling the shots. Brand and Beane soon have a rapport and before long Brand is Beane’s second-in-command despite serious resistance from the rest of the staff in the manager’s office who feel Brand is a threat to the team and the game itself. Sabermetrics has had wide-reaching and long-lasting effects on the game of baseball from supposedly ending the Red Sox losing streak to posthumously exonerating fabled great “Shoeless” Joe Jackson. The story is interesting and Jonah Hill acting way outside his comfort zone is, to say the least, adequate. Brad Pitt also plays his part well as he often does, regardless of the material. That said, at two hours and thirteen minutes, the film feels too long. I don’t say that because I believe all movies should be shorter than this, but I do believe this one should’ve been shorter. (6.8/10)

Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them - every day begin the task anew. Saint Francis de Sales

Words to know: froward- adj. Stubbornly contrary and disobedient. See puzzle solutions on page 60

4 Star of "61*"? 5 Ross __ 6 Buttonhole 7 Retired NPR host Hansen 8 It may be lent or bent 9 Grand Banks catch 10 Slide specimen 11 Easy to babysit, say 12 Number no longer used? 13 "Such a shame" 18 Princess with great buns? 22 Get weak in the knees 24 Had 25 K or G 26 Shades 27 Big bikes 28 Stand watch, say 29 Colt 45 holder 32 Layer

At The Movies With Trey Roohan

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Animal Crackers

34 Teatro __ Scala: Milan opera house 35 Parlor game 37 Movie monster, casually 38 Tip of the Yucatán peninsula? 39 Banish 41 Movie house suffix 42 Vase, in a pinch 44 Michael of "Caddyshack" 45 Like many ski slopes in April 46 Italian sweetheart 47 Uriah Heep, by profession 48 Is sporting 49 Numbers game 53 Freelancer's enc. 54 "South Park" co-creator Parker 55 Empty 57 On-target 58 Wheels 59 Neither masc. nor neut.


Community Corner

HRCCU Presents Donation to the Alzheimer’s Association of NENY Hudson River Community Credit Union (HRCCU) presented the Alzheimer’s Association of Northeastern New York with the credit union’s Jeans for Charity donation totaling over $420. On the first Friday of each month, HRCCU employees can wear jeans to work if they donate $5 to a designated charitable organization. The donation will help to support care consultations so families will receive the information they (L to R) HRCCU Sr. Financial Services Officer Anne Bourdeau need to take care of a loved one with this terand Alzheimer’s Association of NENY Executive Director rible disease. David Gregoire.

Sloopy Kisses Canine Howl-O-Ween Winner On Friday, October 21, Sloppy Kisses held their Third Annual Canine Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest at Clifton Park Center. There were 38 dogs entered into the contest. First Place went to the Klopfer Klan (Buddy, Wolfie, Caveman and Isabelle) from Ballston Spa. They dressed as a Picnic Lunch complete with a banana, a hot dog, a table setting and a tablecloth. The Klopfer Klan are all rescued dogs.


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SS Lions Club Aids Schoharie County Flood Recovery Efforts

The Saratoga Springs Lions Club Foundation delivered over $5,000 in food, supplies and gift cards during a recent trip to the areas in Schoharie County affected by flooding devastation. In addition to the delivery, 12 members of the club volunteered their day, ripping out damaged building materials from homes affected by the flooding. Local businesses Allerdice, Price Chopper, Stewart’s and Roohan Realty donated goods and services to help their cause.



Tooth fairy club

Take a look at this week’s new club members


Dunkin’ Donuts aids Red Cross On Tuesday, October 18, Dunkin’ Donuts made a donation of $66,823 to the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York to assist their local flood and disaster relief efforts. The donation resulted from a 10-day collection campaign at Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the greater Capital Region. On hand for the check presentation were Dunkin’ Donuts’ franchisees Kevin Garcia, Lucy Prudencio and Carlos Teixeira; Eric Stensland, DD marketing manager; and NENY Red Cross CEO Gary Striar.

Declan The tooth fairy club is sponsored by:

659 Saratoga Rd. Gansevoort, NY 12831 (518) 226-6010

It’s a Girl! Congratulations to our own Damian Fantauzzi, who became a proud new grandpa over the weekend. Born October 20, 2011, to parents Christine and Zachary, Isabelle Anne Fantauzzi is sure to have sports in her future!

SCCHS Battles Breast Cancer On October 18, 2011, the Saratoga Central Catholic Saints volleyball teams played in the Third Annual Coaches vs. Cancer match and sponsored a school-wide "Dress in Pink" day. The teams raised over $1000 for the Mollie Wilmot Oncology and Radiation Center of Saratoga Hospital. The event was organized by Maria Izzo and Margot Beach, volleyball coaches at SCCHS.

Dennis Patrick Furey Retires After Nearly 46 Years of Service Dennis “Denny” Furey has been a pillar of the Saratoga Springs community for almost half a century and, despite his professional retirement, will no doubt continue to be an important community asset. Whether he was working for his family’sowned and operated Colonial Heating and Air Conditioning or, more recently, Boyce & Dake, Denny has been a hard-worker and dedicated citizen. Denny’s professional services will be sorely missed, but his community contributions will last forever. Thanks, Denny, for all of your hard work!




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23 Years of Tribute to Tacky! LAKE GEORGE - The Black Velvet Art Party is a funky formal celebration which returns for its 23rd year on November 5. This fundraiser for the Lake George Arts Project invites people to dance to the music of Groove Therapy whilst dressed in full regalia, with prizes awarded in both artistic and fashionable categories. It’s a night where sophistication takes a holiday, all in good clean fun for an excellent cause. Proceeds go to fund the Arts Project’s “Courthouse Gallery” presentations and other programs. A silent auction of original black velvet artwork is the highlight of the event each year. In addition, all art entries are judged for prizes. Some of these highly competitive and coveted categories include: • “Velveluminous” (the brightest artwork) • “Velvelicious” (most delicious looking)

• “Velveeta” (cheesiest artwork) • “Velveluptuous” (sexiest artwork) • “Viva La Velvet” • “Best of” Black Velvet Even if you don’t have an artistic bone in your body, you should not be dissuaded from entering the premises in attire to compete in this year’s fashion contest – the 2011 theme is “BLING!” In general, perhaps it is best to think of wearing something that would look like “Mardi Gras on acid.” If you use that as a rough guideline, it’s a foregone conclusion that you’ll be a contender for some recognition in any number of categories. Perhaps you’ll be accepting the award for: • “Queen Velveteen” • “Tres Tacky” • “Velviagra” • “Svelte” • “King Black Velvet the 18th” • The highly coveted

“Joan Reid Award” for most inappropriate attire. Please note that the Lake George Arts Project has briefed me on the precise judging standards for each award, yet has told me that I would need to kill you if I shared them. I am allowed to say that each category is open to all genders (even to those who might be confused about same,) and that elitist categories like economic circumstances and/or good taste will not be factors in judging any award, particularly “velveeta.” I hope I made all this clear. If not, call (518) 668-2616 for more information. - Arthur Gonick

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Metal artist Jamie Bennett to Lecture at Tang November 1

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Jamie Bennett, '8th Matter of Appearance' SARATOGA SPRINGS - Jamie Bennett, professor of art in the metals program at the State University of New York at New Paltz, will present the Rosanne Brody Raab Lecture on Tuesday, November 1. Free and open to the public, this illustrated talk will begin at 6 p.m. in the Payne Room of Skidmore’s Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery. One of the world’s pre-eminent enamellists, Bennett is known for creating works using unique, electroformed shapes that feature meticulous use of color and ornamentation. He is a three-time recipient of fellowships from both the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Mr. Bennett’s work is in the per-

manent collections of more than 20 museums in the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.; and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Bennett has participated in a number of pioneering exhibitions including “Jewelry Moves” at the National Museum of Scotland and “New Times, New Thinking Jewelry in Europe and America” at the National Museum of Wales. A 2010 traveling exhibition of his solo works underscored his influence and impact in contemporary jewelry. The Rosanne Brody Raab Lecture was endowed at Skidmore by Ms. Raab, a member of the college’s class of 1955 and an art advisor whose firm specializes in the arts of craft and design as a way to showcase artists working in clay, fiber, metal and wood.




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Artist Application Deadline Approaching for

SaratogaArtsFest 2012 SARATOGA SPRINGSThe sixth annual SaratogaArtsFest, scheduled for June 7-10, 2012, is now accepting applications from artists who wish to participate in this citywide celebration of the arts. Applications are being sought from local, national and international artists Photo Provided representing a wide range of disciplines. The 2011ArtsFest included a performance Designed to appeal to a by “TwoSense,” a duo featuring Ashley variety of audiences, from Bathgate (right), on cello, and Lisa Moore, the seasoned arts enthusiast on piano. Bathgate is a graduate of to families with young chilSaratoga Springs High School, Class of dren, SaratogaArtsFest 2000. offers numerous events and performances at approximately 40 venues throughout Saratoga Springs. The four-day festival features music, dance, visual art, film, theater and literary art. The selection of artists will be competitive and decisions will be made by the ArtsFest program coordinators, each one specializing in a particular genre or type of participation. Consideration will be given to balancing the demands and availability of venues, audience appeal, budget, performance quality, genre balance and scheduling requirements. There are different application forms for performing and visual artists, and both of these documents can be found at Applications should be filed online. Supporting materials may be sent by mail to SaratogaArtsFest, c/o Skidmore College, Box 2460, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866-1632. The deadline for review in phase one of the selection process is November 15. Additional applications may be accepted during phase two of programming on a space available basis. For this second phase, performing artists may submit applications until December 1 and visual artists until February 1, 2012. Letters of notification will be sent to all artists in mid-February 2012. For more information, call (518) 580-8010, or email


Home Made Theater and Queens Shakespeare Company Present

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” SARATOGA SPRINGS - Home Made Theater, Saratoga’s resident theater company, along with Queens Shakespeare will jointly present a critically acclaimed Celtic re-imagining of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Nights Dream” at the Spa Little Theater. This production, which originally toured several theaters in New York City this past June, is visiting Saratoga Springs for a limited engagement. Performances are Saturday, November 5 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, November 6 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students. To purchase tickets, visit, or call (518) 587-4427. There will also be a special morning performance for groups of 15 or more on Tuesday, November 8 at 10 a.m. For information regarding this performance, contact Susan Miller at The Celtic folklore behind Shakespeare’s most magical comedy will be explored in an enchanting fantasy fairytale, in which the Faerie King and Queen are feuding and an enchanted forest has become their battleground. The Faerie court and its many spirits are in upheaval.

Tensions are high. Not the ideal setting for a rehearsal of “Pyramus and Thisbe.” Nor is it the best place for defiant lovers to escape their angry fathers and the unyielding law. The production staff of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” includes co-directors Jonathan Emerson and Joseph Sebring, who also designed the set and lighting. Costume designers are Helyn Rain Messenger and Kathleen Fletcher. The cast of New York actors includes Skidmore graduate Tristan Schafer-Goldman. Also in the cast are Liv Benger, Rachel Blithe, Alexandra Delare, Jonathan Emerson, Emmet Estreich, Kathleen Fletcher, Adam Gallinat, Bradley LeBoeuf, Ari Lew, Philippe A. Levesque, Ian Parmenter, Rachel Pfenningwerth, Cora Randolph, Kurt Roediger and John E. Sims.



DBA Fall Festival Joins in Worldwide “Thriller” Dance! -“Thrill the 518” on Saturday, October 29, at National Museum of Dance

SARATOGA SPRINGS - Preparations are underway to break a world record! “Thrill the world” is an attempt to break the world record for the largest simultaneous dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” Thousands of people in cities around the world will learn the “Thriller” dance and perform it at precisely at the same time. In Saratoga Springs, that time is 10 p.m. on Saturday, October 29. A special family friendly “Thrill the 518” event, designed to tie into the worldwide dance, is part of the annual DBA Fall Festival, which will take place throughout the city of Saratoga Springs beginning at 10 a.m. that day. The Thriller dance is the closing event of the festival. It will take place at the National Museum Dance, 99 South Broadway, from 8-10:15 p.m. Fittingly, the museum inducted Michael Jackson into their Hall of Fame last year. Registration for “Thrill the 518,” which is required, begins at the museum at 8 p.m. A final rehearsal of the dance will take place from 8-9 p.m. Registration will close at 9:15 p.m. All dancers are requested to bring extra socks, and of course, costumes are encouraged. Participants may also register at the Star 101.3 live broadcast, which will be downtown during the festival day from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Also, as part of the DBA Fall Festival’s day-long events, there will also be a free “Thriller Dance” class and workshop from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Saratoga Springs Senior Center, 5 Williams Street. Tara Rainstrom, coordinator of “Thrill the 518,” will teach the class. The entire experience will be enhanced by Michael Jackson impersonator, Miguel G. Jackson, who will be leading the dancers at the museum. Also, Soul Session Edu-tainment, Inc. will install special effect lighting with sound provided by Bailey’s Sound Systems. For more information about all DBA Fall Festival events, call (518) 3390636, or visit


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SPORTS Community Sports Bulletin Friday, October 28, 2011


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Five Tabbed by Liberty League SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Liberty League announced that five Skidmore College student-athletes earned weekly awards for their performances this past week. Field hockey sophomore Kelly Blackhurst was named Offensive Performer of the Week after posting 12 points in a 2-0 week for the sixth-ranked Thoroughbreds. Blackhurst tied a program record for points in a game with 10 (4G, 2A) in Friday's 6-0 win at Union and added another goal in the win over Vassar. Men's swimming and diving garnered two awards this week as senior Doug Pilawa was named Diver of the Week and freshman Logan Jones earned Rookie of the Week honors. Pilawa won the 1-meter and 3-meter dives with NCAA qualifying scores in this weekend's meet against St. Lawrence. Jones posted three wins in his collegiate debut, one as part of the 200 medley relay and the others coming in the 50 free and 100 free. In women's swimming and diving, junior Kristen Stearns was also named Diver of the Week. Stearns swept the diving events against the Saints, winning both the 1-meter and 3-meter dives in convincing fashion. Men's and women's swimming and diving host SUNY Potsdam Saturday, October 29. Volleyball senior Kelley Vershbow earned Performer of the Week honors after a 3-0 week for Skidmore. Vershbow recorded a team-high 35 kills, while also contributing 7 total blocks to help lead the Thoroughbreds to their sixth consecutive league victory. They host the Skidmore Invitational this Friday and Saturday at the Williamson Sports Center.

Ballston Spa 10/6: at Saratoga Springs, 34-29 W 10/14: vs. CBA, 7-33 L 10/21: at La Salle, 37-42 L

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 10/15: vs. Queensbury, 14-6 W 10/21: vs. Mohonasen, 47-6 W 10/28: at Troy, 7 p.m.

Saratoga Springs 10/6: vs. Ballston Spa, 29-34 L 10/14: vs. Shenendehowa, 13-55 L 10/21: vs. Colonie, 53-40 W

Schuylerville 10/07: vs. Johnstown, 32-14 W 10/15: at Schalmont, 14-26 L 10/21: at Ravena, 14-17 L

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From left to right: Kelly Blackhurst, Doug Pilawa, Logan Jones, Kristen Stearns and Kelley Vershbow

10/6: at Burnt Hills, 0-52 L 10/15: vs. Glens Falls, 6-41 L 10/20: vs. Green Tech, 22-26 L

Weibel Ave Ice Rink Open House

ASA Sponsors “Disabled” Hunt

SARATOGA SPRINGS The Weibel Ave Ice Rink held its open house Sunday, October 23. Representatives from the Saratoga Winter Club, Figure Skating Club, Youth Hockey and Gliding Stars were on hand for demonstrations.

WILTON - On Tuesday, October 18, Adirondack Sportsman’s Alliance (ASA) sponsosored a “disabled” fully guided hunt on private land in Saratoga County. The recipient of the hunt was George Troumbley, a local resident. Troumbley has not had the opportunity to get photo provided into the woods in the past President Mickey Suriano (left) and few years, and was thrilled George Troumbley (right) alongside the to be out once again. hunting blind.

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Jerry West: How Basketball Became a Legend’s Refuge

Damian Fantauzzi If you're around my age (I'd like to say 40, but try 60s), most of you know of Jerry West. West was an All-America college basketball player who played his intercollegiate career at West Virginia University (WVU) in the late 50s. While at WVU he set 12 school records. As a former scholastic and collegiate player myself, there are a lot of situations that I can relate to during West's time in college and in his NBA career. West became the player that he was in his own backyard, starting out when he and his brother put a makeshift hoop on a neighbor's storage building. Hard work and

love for the game resulted in a state championship during his senior year of high school and he became the first player in West Virginia history to score more that 900 points in a single season. He was sought after and recruited by 60 colleges. West's life was largely dominated by basketball and tragedy. When Jerry was 12 in a family of six kids, he lost his oldest brother, David, in the Korean War. He and David were very close, even though there was a 10-year difference between them. His brother was more like a father figure to him because West's dad was physically abusive. Basketball was his escape and became a place of refuge, a shelter from danger. When I was a kid, I always wanted to shoot like Jerry West because he was the purest shooter and most fundamentally sound scorer I ever saw. His shot was perfect! He was 6'3" tall and was the second draft pick in the NBA for the Minneapolis Lakers, a franchise that moved to LA during his rookie season where he became an LA Laker - he played as a swing-man. In 1961, he

Saratoga Spa Cyclocross by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS Hundreds of bikers from across the region gathered at the Saratoga Race Course Sunday, October 23 for the third annual Saratoga Spa Cyclocross race. Cyclocross is a style of bicycle racing imported from Europe, which demands riders take their bikes off-road, navigate a series of obstacles and hurtles before making their way to the finish line. Curtis White finished first in the Men’s Elite division for the race. In the Women’s Elite division, Jenny Ives secured a first place finish. Aurora Lamperetta, pictured to the right, navigated her way to a first place finish in the Cat. 4 Citizen Women/ Collegiate B level division.

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Top: A wave of cyclers take off from the starting line Bottom left: Aurora Lamperetta smiles as she rides her way to a first-place finish. Bottom right: Younger riders test their skills on the winding off-road course during Sunday’s Saratoga Spa Cyclocross.

played as a guard-forward in Los Angeles and averaged over 30 points a game for the season when the Lakers fell to the Celtics in the championship series of the NBA. Throughout his professional basketball career he put up big numbers as a prolific scorer, mostly before the 3point arc was introduced into the league. He had dozens of games where he scored over 40 points. There are many more accomplishments that I can get into about Jerry West as a player, but I won't. West played with the Lakers for his entire career, and retired from the game in 1974 after 14 years with 25,192 points and 14 years of all-star nominations. His impact on the game of basketball cannot be underestimated. In 1976 he had a three-year journey as the Lakers' head coach and in 1979 he worked as a scout and eventually was named general manager in 1982. He was instrumental in signing players such as Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and in 1996 he signed Shaquille O'Neal and 17year-old Kobe Bryant. In 2002, West moved to Memphis, leaving

the LA Lakers for the first time in his professional career to become President of Basketball Operations for the Grizzlies. Now he is an adviser for the Golden State Warriors. He recently revealed that he has struggled with lifelong depression. In an HBO interview on "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel," he talked about how his father beat him with a belt "it was brutal." He said he never knew what set his father off. It wasn't until his father hit his sister that West found the courage to stand up to the man that had abused him. At 12, West kept a shotgun under his bed and threatened to use it on his father if the abuse didn't end. Years ago his dad died of a heart attack. West attended the funeral, and in the interview with Bryant Gumbel he talks, with tears in his eyes, about how he wonders whether his father would be proud of him. Jerry West has just released a book of memoirs, "West by West: My Charmed, Tormented Life." It's a book that his second wife, Karen, his five sons (three from his first marriage) and four siblings didn't want him to write. I

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A bronze statue of Jerry West outside the Staples Center feel it has been eating up his insides for all of his life and he has finally released those emotions, like shaking a ton of bricks off of his shoulders, so he can finally free himself at the age of 72. That's a long time to be in such a state of emotional stress. Jerry West has set himself free. Fly high like a bird number 44!




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Ballston Spa Edges Saratoga Springs Soccer in Final Game of Regular Season by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS Ballston Spa's Connor Preece scored all three goals for his boys' varsity soccer team, giving the Scotties one final victory over Saratoga Springs, 3-2, to close out the regular season. Preece gave his team an early edge three minutes into play, outmaneuvering two defensive men before placing the ball just out of reach for the Saratoga goalie. Just one minute later, Preece struck again, pushing past the defense and driving the ball into the back of the net for a second time, giving the Scotties a 2-0 lead. But Saratoga was not about to go down without a fight. After settling down and finding their groove, the Streaks answered back with a goal of their own in the 17th minute. Saratoga's Morgan Smith found Alex Cadet open by the net, who sent a rocket past the Ballston Spa goalie to

bring the game up 2-1. With time running out in the first half, Smith once again found another teammate in an opportune spot. With his second assist of the evening, Smith passed to Kieran Mottau, who drilled the ball past the keeper to cap off the first half. With the score tied 2-2, Saratoga and Ballston Spa fought back and forth for the advantage. A series of shots from Saratoga were stopped by Scotties' goalie Evan Mendez, others flying high just above the crossbar. Moments later the Scotties tried to capitalize on a scoring opportunity themselves, but they too were frustrated by high shots and excellent work by the keeper. It wasn't until the 73rd minute that the stalemate was finally broken by none other than Preece himself. Fielding a corner kick from his teammate, Preece took a shot at goal, the ball skimming the tips of the Streak's goalie before finding its way to the back of the net.

Ballston Spa has been ranked as the number 6 seed in the Suburban Council Division. The Scotties will move on the face Troy in the first round of playoffs Saturday, October 29, beginning at 7 p.m. at Troy.

Saratoga earned the number 9 seed in the Suburban Council Division. They resume play Saturday, October 29 at 7 p.m. when they travel to St. Rose College to face Albany High School.

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Top: Connor Preece dribbles past the defender during Monday’s game against Saratoga. Bottom: Saratoga’s Morgan Smith fights to get his team back in the game.


Football Roundup by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA COUNTY - The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Spartans trampled Mohonasen in the opening round of Class-A Section II quarterfinals, outscoring their opponent 47-6 to advance in the playoffs. Burnt Hills was propelled to victory thanks to a solid run game and dominating defense, racking up 380 yards rushing with six carriers. Burnt Hills will face Troy in the next round of playoffs. Ballston Spa fell just short in their postseason game, falling 37-42 against LaSalle. Ballston Spa fell behind early in the first half, down 28-0 before the end of the second quarter. But a strong rally in the second half put the Scotties within striking distance after four unanswered touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters. But victory eluded the Scotties, who were unable to score the winning touchdown before time expired. Schuylerville was knocked out of the playoffs by a late field goal from Ravena, who defeated the Black Horses 17-14. In a Class-AA crossover game, Saratoga Springs finished with a win over Colonie, final score 53-40. Saratoga took a commanding 33-13 lead at the half over the winless Colonie team, who were unable to make up the difference before time ran out in the second half. Saratoga improved to 2-6 for their season. South Glens Falls dropped a close contest against Green Tech, who defeated the Bulldogs 26-22. Leading 22-20 at the end of the third quarter, a late touchdown by Green Tech in the fourth quarter gave the Eagles enough of an edge to secure the win.



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The Great Pumpkin Challenge by Greg Wolcott Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - The 11th Annual Great Pumpkin Challenge drew a record setting 1,800 participants in the 5K and 10K runs through Saratoga Spa State Park Saturday, October 22. Proceeds from the event, totalling $32,000, will benefit Saratoga Bridges. The top 5K finisher was Josh Merlis, 29, of Albany at 15:58. The top 5K female was Kari Gathen, 43, of Albany at 18:42. 10K winners were Mike Roda, 35, of Albany at 33:26, and Sereena Coombes, 36, of Queensbury at 40:26.

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Top: Josh Merlis comes in first during the 5K race. Bottom: Thousands line up for the start of the race in Spa State Park. Left: A Candy Corn Witch



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