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Obituaries 6 Growth on the Lake 12 Property Transactions 18, 19 Girl Scouts 20 Holiday Gift Guide 29-31

by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Renee Banagan is a senior at Saratoga Springs High School who has been playing field hockey for the Blue Streaks since seventh grade modified. She is the team goalie. “I actually didn’t play field hockey last year, I took a break for the Robotics Team but I have been on the team since modified. I’ve just been with it ever since then and this year we actually ended up winning...   •   (518) 581-2480

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9,000 Voters 10 Vote Difference 18 Military Ballots Coming See Charter pg. 13, 14

Intensity on the faces of candidates, attorneys, and political advocates alike during the counting of absentee ballots at the Saratoga County complex on Tuesday, Nov. 21. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.



Week of November 17 – November 21, 2017

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Week of November 17 – November 21, 2017


ponsors Sought for Holiday Wreaths to HONOR

SCHUYLERVILLE — In sun, snow or rain, the 12th annual Wreaths Across America ceremony will be held next month at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. The holiday-themed ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 16, starting at 12 p.m. It honors fallen heroes by laying remembrance wreaths that can be sponsored by relatives, friends, fellow Americans and businesses locally or nationwide. In addition, at state houses including the Capitol building in Albany, a 3-foot memorial wreath with all military service flags will be placed on Monday, Dec 11, ahead of the ceremony in Schuylerville. The theme for 2017 is “I’m an American. Yes, I am.” In 2015, there were 2,900 locally sponsored wreaths. Last year that number increased to 7,028. With projected interments to be 10,900 veterans at the Saratoga National Cemetery by December, organizers hope to make this year the first that wreaths get placed at all gravesites. Individuals, businesses and groups from communities

nationwide will sponsor wreaths. They will be placed in all 50 states from Maine to Alaska and Hawaii, at several locations in Iraq, and at 24 national cemeteries on foreign soil. Cadets and senior members of the Mid-Eastern Group Civil Air Patrol, along with local Patriot Guard Riders, will preside over the Schuylerville ceremony. The Honor Guard Association will present the colors, conduct a rifle salute and provide the bugler. Simultaneously, Wreaths Across America events honoring veterans will occur at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia and participating locations nationwide. The events follow a weeklong annual pilgrimage that starts at a wreath factory in Harrington, Maine. Last year 110,000 of the Worcester Wreath Company’s products were laid at Arlington National Cemetery. In 2016, 1.2 million Christmas wreaths donated from Maine journeyed to 1,228 national veterans’ cemeteries and memorial sites across the country. The history of the ceremony dates back to 1992, when Wreaths Across America Founder Morrill Worcester wanted to send a surplus of 5,000 wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery. The Civil Air Patrol answered the call.


Photo provided. With assistance and guidance from former U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), the local squadron in Machias, Maine, helped Worcester fulfill his grand wish by escorting trucks filled with wreaths to Arlington. A group of cadets also spent over four hours laying the wreaths at the cemetery and helped to start what is now known as Wreaths

Across America each December. Twenty-five years later, 58,000 Civil Air Patrol members and volunteers run over half of the 1,000 ceremony locations. The laying of wreaths at the local Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery began in 2006. The cost of the wreaths is $15, and the deadline for sponsorships is Monday, Nov. 27.

Volunteers are also needed to help place wreaths on Dec. 16 and then remove them on Jan. 20, 2018. Directions for volunteering and ceremony details can be found on the Wreaths Across America website listed below. For more information or to sponsor a wreath, visit




SARATOGA SPRINGS — This week’s counting of absentee ballots yielded more votes for each of the top contenders in the city race for two county supervisor seats. Unofficial results from the Saratoga County Board of Elections indicated that Saratoga Springs Supervisor Matthew Veitch ended up with nearly 4,900 votes; and city attorney Tara Gaston earned more

than 4,000, which qualifies her to be only the second woman serving among 23 county supervisors. As a result of the Nov. 7 countywide contests, Gaston is one of four new supervisors who, in December, will be invited by officials to attend informal meetings at the county complex in Ballston Spa, as well as a separate board orientation. The four new supervisors will be present at the board’s organizational meeting in early January. The date of that meeting has not been set.

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by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY MALTA — Unofficial results from the Saratoga County Board of Elections indicate that the Malta Town Board will end up with only one new member. Two seats were available in the Nov. 7 race for the board. After the counting of absentee ballots on Nov. 14, the unofficial results show that Councilman John Hartzell maintained a 40-vote lead over his main contender, fellow

Republican Sharon Farley Schiera. Hartzell earned 1,974 votes to Schiera’s 1,934. Democrat Cynthia Young increased her vote count from 1,996 to nearly 2,100, qualifying her to replace outgoing Malta Councilwoman Maggi Ruisi. The Board of Elections will certify all Nov. 7 election results at a later date.

CORRECTIONS An article in the Nov. 10-16 issue of Saratoga TODAY (“City Woman Wins County Supervisor Seat,” pg. 11) mistakenly reported that the group Saratoga Unites endorsed 12 candidates for local political offices. The Saratoga Unites Political Action Committee, Inc. interviewed and endorsed only four candidates: Tara Gaston and Pat Friesen for Saratoga Springs Supervisor; Sergia Coffey for Milton Town Board; and Emily Mastrianni for Greenfield Town Board. An article in the Nov. 10-16 issue of Saratoga TODAY (“DeLucia Wins Second Term in Malta,” pg. 10) misidentified Tom Williams. Williams is a member of the Town of Malta Democratic Committee.

FAIR TRADE EXPO AT CITY CENTER SARATOGA SPRINGS — The first Saturday in December is once again the day that Capital Region residents will have the opportunity to join the fight against worldwide poverty. The 4th annual Saratoga Fair Trade Market Expo is scheduled to take place on Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the City Center.

Admission to the expo is free. The Fair Trade Market Expo lends a hand-up to artisans in the developing world, giving them the opportunity to earn an honorable living and support their families. This year’s expo features 17 vendors and projects including several with roots in the city. They include Mango Tree Imports;

the Bosnian Handcraft Project; AOET Uganda; the Giving Circle; Ben and Jerry’s; Bon Bon Brazil NY; and Every Basket Counts. New Life Fellowship Church and the Bosnian Handcraft Project at 51 Old Gick Road in Saratoga Springs are hosting the expo. For more information, call the church office at 518-580-1810.

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COURT Nathan K. Stone, 27, of Middle Grove, pleaded Nov. 9 to felony burglary in Milton. Sentencing scheduled Jan. 18, 2018. Paula A. Watts, 35, of Saratoga Springs, was sentenced Nov. 8 to five years of probation, after pleading to aggravated DWI with a child, in Saratoga Springs. Juliana S. Dreweck, 41, of Schenectady pleaded Nov. 6 to felony DWI in Saratoga Springs. Sentencing scheduled for Nov. 25. Ezekiel J. West, 24, of Schenectady, was sentenced Nov. 6 to 1.5 years state prison, after pleading to attempted criminal possession of a weapon, a felony, in Saratoga Springs. Hartley E. Waller, 28, of Schuylerville, was sentenced Nov. 3 to 1.5 years state prison, after pleading to rape, in connection with an incident in Mechanicville. Alycia M. Andreadakis, 43, of Ballston Spa, pleaded Nov. 3 to felony attempted burglary, in Ballston. Sentencing scheduled Jan. 12, 2018.

POLICE Sarah E. Blackwell, 23, Cohoes, was charged Nov. 9 with false impersonation. Roy W Mort, 28, Cohoes, was charged Nov. 9 with criminal contempt first degree-felony.

Clifford Williams, 54, Saratoga Springs, was charged Nov. 8 with offering a false instrumant for filing – felony, welfare fraud – a misdemeanor. Daniel B. Bonesteel, 49, Saratoga Springs, was charged Nov. 8 with four misdemeanor counts criminal possession of a weapon, and one count assault. Glen A. Perry, 33, Corinth, was charged Nov. 8 with aggravated unlicensed operation, unlawful use of mobile phones in motor vehicle, no/expired insurance, operating unregistered motor vehicle on highway. Kevin D. Gailor, 30, Saratoga Springs, was charged Nov. 8 with assault. Katelyn A. Spadafora, 28, Ballston Spa, was charged Nov. 8 with criminal mischief. Randy L. Jones, 50, Schenectady, was charged Nov. 8 with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Fernando Loachamin, 30, Saratoga Springs, was charged Nov. 6 with aggravated unlicensed operation. Jonathan A. Shannon, 19, Greenfield Center, was charged Nov. 6 with two felony counts criminal sale of marijuana. Craig A. Plummer, 58, Greenfield, was charged Nov. 3 with unlicensed operation/ refused chemical test.

BLOTTER 5 Kristin M. Anderson, 31, Saratoga Springs, was charged Nov. 3 with endangering the welfare of a child. Jill A. Mason, 31, Saratoga Springs, was charged Nov. 3 with misdemeanor DWI, and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Justin E. Horsfield, 34, Argyle, was charged Nov. 3 with criminal possession of a controlled substance, failure to signal a turn. Anthony P. Delaurie, 40, Gansevoort, was charged Nov. 2 with misdemeanor assault. Kortni I. Liedel, 21, Ballston Spa, was charged Nov. 2 with aggravated unlicensed operation, failure to display registration. Sean J. Cooney, 46, Central Square, was charged Nov. 2 with misdemeanor DWI, and aggravated DWI. Kimberly C. McFerran, 40, Mariah Center, was charged Nov. 2 with aggravated unlicensed operation. Erin L. Canning, 39, Saratoga Springs, was charged Nov. 2 with aggravated harassment.

John M. Ruggiero, 32, Rexford, was charged Nov. 2 with misdemeanor DWI, and failure to obey traffic control device. Samantha L. Jacobson, 30, Albany, was charged Nov. 2 with misdemeanor DWI, unsafe lane change, failure to keep right. Jerald V. Stephen, 40, Saratoga Springs, was charged Nov. 1 with obstruction of breathing or blood circulation. Alberto Lijo, 23, Parsippany, was charged Nov. 1 with criminal possession of marijuana, criminal possession of a controlled substance. Patrick F. Mcloughlin, 26, Niskayuna, was charged Nov. 1 with misdemeanor DWI, speeding, aggravated DWI, and aggravated unlicensed operation. Randy L. Jones, 50, Saratoga Springs, was charged Oct. 31 with misdemeanor petit larceny. John P. Valentin, 22, Saratoga Springs, was charged Oct. 31 with obstruction of breathing or blood circulation.

Nicholas M. Pucci, 27, Cohoes, was charged Oct. 31 with criminal mischief. David D. Farr, 36, Saratoga Springs, was charged Oct. 31 with attempt petit larceny, criminal possession stolen property, and two counts criminal possession of a controlled substance. Anna J. Jastrzab, 31, Saratoga Springs, was charged Oct. 31 with misdemeanor DWI, refuse pre-screen test, leaving the scene of an auto accident, and criminal mischief. Mickey C. Knorr, 32, Queensbury, was charged Oct. 29 with misdemeanor DWI, aggravated unlicensed operation, failure to notify DMV change of address, following motor vehicle too closely. Danielle D. Montville, 24, Saratoga Springs, and Kysha T. Truong, age 25, Ballston Spa, were each charged Oct. 29 with assault. Galen J. Seerup, 30, Saratoga Springs, was charged Oct. 28 with felony DWI, and operating motor vehicle suspended registration.



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Richard “Dick” Lofink

Margaret Von Stetina

Scott S. Bujanowski

William K. Stevens

Richard Robinson

Saratoga Springs ­ — Richard “Dick” Lofink, 74, passed away suddenly on 11/6/2017. A “Celebration of Life” was held on 11/15/2017 at Burke & Bussing Funeral Home, Saratoga Springs. A funeral service and burial with military honors at the Saratoga National Cemetery was held on 11/16/2017. Please visit our website at

Saratoga Springs — Margaret Von Stetina, age 68, died November 9, 2017 at Saratoga Hospital. Calling hours were 11/13/2017 at Burke & Bussing. Funeral Homes. A Funeral was held 11/14/2017 at St. Mary’s Church, Ballston Spa. Burial will be announced at a later date. Please visit our website at

Gansevoort — Scott S. Bujanowski, age 47 passed away on November 13, 2017. A memorial service will be held at 3 pm on Friday, November 17, 2017 at Wilton Baptist Church, 775 Saratoga Road, Wilton. Family and friends may call from 1 pm to 3 pm prior to the service at the church. If you wish to express your online condolences or view the obituary, please visit our website at

Gansevoort — William K. Stevens, age 78, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, November 6, 2017 surrounded by his loving family and closest friends. To honor William’s wishes there will be no service or calling hours. If you wish to express your online condolences or view the Obituary, please visit our website at

Gansevoort — Richard “Rick” Robinson, age 72, passed away on Monday, November 13, 2017. A service will be held at 11 am on Friday, November 17, 2017 at Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Ave. Saratoga Springs. Family and friends may call from 10 am to 10:45 am. Interment will be at a later date. If you wish to express your online condolences or view the Obituary, please visit our website at

Thanksgiving Guide

Week of November 17 – November 21, 2017

7 Enjoying the Nov. 12 Hall of Springs Veterans Ball (left to right): SaratogaWilton Elks Exalted Ruler Deborah McCabe; Ed Decker; Gail Decker; Sharon Sommer; Al Sommer; Cheryl Hage-Perez; Esquire Gerry Conboy and John Safford. Photo provided.

Walter Blair with Debra Blair Debart. Photo provided.

VETS HONORED SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Sunday, Nov. 12 Marion Buchanan and Walter Blair, both residents of Prestwick Chase at Saratoga, were honored for their service in World War II at the 2nd Annual Veterans Ball held in the Saratoga Spa State Park’s Hall of Springs. Buchanan served in the Women’s Army Core from

March 1943 until October 1948. Blair served in the U.S. Army from March 1943 until December 1945. A Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge #161 member, Mario Trieste, was among the WWII veterans honored as well. Trieste served in the U.S. Navy. The Veterans and Community Housing Coalition organizes the

annual ball to raise money and bring awareness to homeless veterans in the area. In addition, the SaratogaWilton Elks presented a check to Cheryl Hage-Perez, executive director of the housing coalition. The amount of $1,000 was donated to the coalition from the proceeds of a recent car show organized by the Elks lodge.

Marion Buchanan (right) and Janet Koelbel. Photo provided.



Saratoga Builders Association Donates $75,000 & Announces Award Winners SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Tuesday, the Saratoga Builders Association presented proceeds totaling $75,000 from the 2017 Saratoga Showcase of Homes to Rebuilding Together Saratoga County and Habitat for Humanity of Northern Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties. The funds raised were the highest amount since 2011. The Saratoga Builders Association has now contributed over $1.1 million dollars to local charities from its new home tour event, which has been organized for 22 years.

The 2017 Saratoga Showcase of Homes edition featured 14 awardwinning builders, presenting 18 homes. This year’s tour had nearly 4,000 visitors over three weekends. The builders’ artistry, along with the many talented designers who showcased their work, gave visitors an opportunity to preview current trends in building, landscaping, decorating and interior design. In what has become an autumn tradition, the Saratoga Builders Association is dedicated to this long-running show being an integral part of the season.

(Left to right) Wayne Samascott, President of the Saratoga Builders Association; Stephan von Schenk, President and CEO of Adirondack Trust Company; Michelle Larkin, Executive Director of Rebuilding Together Saratoga County; Lisa Licata, Showcase co-chair; and Barry Potoker, Executive Director of Saratoga Builders Association and Showcase co-chair. Photo by

Early Start to ‘Toys for Toga’ Charity Drive by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Max Oswald said this week that his dedication to producing quality beer is matched by his penchant for giving back to the community. The holidays provide ample opportunity for him to make the best of both worlds through a program called “Toys for Toga.” Either cash or new, unwrapped toys can be donated at participating businesses for the annual charity drive. It brought in 3,000 toys and $10,000 last year, according to Oswald, the owner of Saratoga Brewing Company on Excelsior Avenue. “That, to me, shows the depth of support in town,” he said. “That’s always been our thing.” The proceeds directly support programs at the Franklin Community Center, CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services and the Mechanicville Area Community Center. Local bars and restaurants display a cardboard box with the Toys for Toga logo, and for every donation they place small cards

that say “helping kids in our community.” Those who wish to donate also can purchase Toys for Toga mugs from Saratoga Brewing. On Tuesday, Oswald was joined in his on-site taproom by a lively group of people including Talia Cass of the city’s Convention and Tourism Bureau, as well as MacKenzie Zarzycki and other staff members of DeCrescente Distributing in Mechanicville. They had gathered to announce an early start of the Toys for Toga drive as a means to finalize the process before Christmas. There were two other “surprises,” Oswald said. He hopes a “Warehouse Roller Disco” event that is being organized on Saturday, Dec. 2 will boost contributions to the Toys for Toga drive this year. Oswald also reached an agreement with a city candy shop to produce a new beer called Peppermint Pig Stout, whose sales in local establishments would further direct attention to the Toys for Toga charity. For more information, visit the website

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PEOPLE’S CHOICE WINNERS: McPadden Builders in the Classic Home category; Marini Homes in the Executive Home category; and Bella Home Builders (Cedar Bluff) for the Luxury Home category. REALTOR’S CHOICE WINNERS: McPadden Builders in the Classic Home category; Abele Builders in the Executive Home category; and R J Taylor Builders in the Luxury Home category.

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Week of November 17 – November 21, 2017


SPEEDERS in Wilton

by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY WILTON — Councilman Steve Streicher closed the town board’s November meeting by voicing his concerns about speedy drivers in Wilton’s residential areas. “It happens all the time. I’m just worried that someone’s going to get hit by a car,” the father of two said. Streicher added that he is often disturbed enough by aggressive drivers to “chase them down,” even though he refrains from actually doing so. The Wilton Town Board proceeded to briefly discuss lowering speed limits on town roads, much like officials in Malta are planning to do at present. Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently signed a state law enabling Malta to lower speed limits, but the process still requires complicated traffic studies at the town level. Bryan Viggiani, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation, said Wilton officials could lower speed limits on town roads only if they find “a legislative sponsor” in the same manner as Malta officials and secure passage of a separate state law. The Saratoga County Sheriff ’s Office handles traffic law enforcement in Wilton, which

does not have its own police force. A request for comment specific to the town was not returned by the sheriff ’s office. At the Nov. 9 meeting, Wilton Highway Superintendent Kirklin Woodcock expressed his concern to the town board that there are “entrapment” issues related to reducing speed limits in residential areas. “A lot of these residents get misconceptions with what the town of Malta is doing,” Woodcock said, when contacted for comment this week. He argued that reducing a speed limit from 45 to 30 m.p.h. can be “confusing to the motorist.” Woodcock said he has observed many speeders, in particular, on Lawler and Worth Roads. But not “every road in the town” is affected by serious problems, he added. “My work crews are exposed every day, and it’s getting worse, not better,” Woodcock said. “They’ll blow your pants-leg right off.” If even one “flagman” gets injured or killed by the actions of speeders, according to Woodcock, that is one too many.

A Wilton highway crew performs work this week on Smith Bridge Road. Photo by

Wilton Officials DECLINE Hiring Town Planner by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY WILTON — The public hearing held on Nov. 9 regarding next year’s $8.2 million budget was notable for a lengthy speech by the woman who was defeated in the election for town supervisor only two days earlier. Before he interjected to move the public hearing along, Wilton Supervisor Arthur Johnson allowed Nancy Dwyer—the first candidate to pose an electoral challenge for that position in many years—more than five minutes to speak about an assortment of issues related to the town’s growth. When she knocked on doors during her political campaign,

Dwyer reported, many residents brought up similar issues. “It was a major concern, the development in this town,” she said. Dwyer concluded by urging Johnson and the other Wilton Town Board members to reinstate funds for a town planner position, which was eliminated several years ago. During a budget workshop on Oct. 18, Councilwoman Joanne Klepetar apparently had discussed the same subject. “Thank you, Nancy,” she said, after Dwyer had walked away from the microphone. At the Nov. 9 meeting, Klepetar made a motion to amend the town budget to allocate funds for a town planner. Councilman John McEachron then voiced his concern about Wilton’s low “growth rate,” which he said does not currently justify spending money on the position. “If the need arises, I’d absolutely be for it,” McEachron added. Klepetar’s motion did not receive a required second, which negated her budget amendment proposal. The three largest expenditures in Wilton are $1.7 million for government support; $1.3 million for employee benefits, and $1.2 million for culture and recreation. The spending plan also includes $900,000 for road improvements, and additional funds for a $2,800 salary increase plus bathroom upgrades at the popular Gavin Park. Johnson praised town leaders for avoiding the imposition of a general tax for 36 years. The town derives 75 percent of its revenue from retail sales taxes. The town board approved the $8.2 million spending plan, with only Klepetar opposed.

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by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY SCHUYLERVILLE — Saratoga town officials and a large group of area homeowners are focusing intently on a proposed 100-acre housing subdivision that would offer premium views of Saratoga Lake. For two years, the proposal to build 32 homes on either side of Cedar Bluff Road has been promoted by Saratoga Springs developer Witt Construction. The plan involves three separate parcels of land not far from the lake, according to Libby Coreno, an attorney from the Saratoga Springs firm Carter, Conboy, Case, Blackmore, Maloney and Laird. Coreno represents Witt Construction in the town’s review process. Cedar Bluff Road connects to Route 9P on the northeastern part of Saratoga Lake. The first mile of the roadway—where Witt Construction would build the homes—is notable for a steep incline, sharp turns and the surrounding dense forest. On Oct. 25, Coreno arranged a detailed presentation of the


project for Town of Saratoga Planning Board members and answered numerous questions. Minutes of that meeting indicate that Witt Construction would adhere to a “no build” line on the western edge of the site, avoiding terrain that slopes down toward Saratoga Lake. Coreno said the developer is also planning to preserve two large wooded areas as open space, totaling more than 50 acres. On Monday night, the planning A view down Cedar Bluff Road in Saratoga. board invited Photo by Larry Goodwin. Coreno and her requirements set forth in the associate to a formal workshop state Environmental Quality regarding the Witt Construction Review Act (SEQRA) as they proposal. In attendance were prepare to vote on the proposal. about 20 town residents who A negative SEQRA were allowed to be present at the determination by the planning workshop but not to speak. board would indicate that The planning board environmental impacts from the members are adhering to project do not warrant further

The Saratoga Planning Board after its Nov. 13, 2017 workshop. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

study. A positive determination would impose substantial costs on Witt Construction for several months of additional study. “Those of us who have been closely following this subdivision strongly believe that a positive declaration is required,” wrote Saratoga resident John Cashin, in a Nov. 9 email sent to a long list of other recipients. “The proposed development has so many insufficiently mitigated impacts that a negative declaration would not be in the long-term best interests of the community.” Among other issues, according to Cashin, the project’s potential impact on Route 9P traffic, storm-water runoff, groundwater and tree removal have not been thoroughly studied.

“Despite all of these open items, the Planning Board is taking this development to a premature SEQR determination stage and may make a decision based on merely oral, unbinding commitments of the developer,” Cashin concluded. “Such a determination places our community at undue risk and should be vigorously opposed.” At the Nov. 13 workshop, Saratoga Planning Board Chairman Ian Murray guided the other board members in reading through a detailed list of SEQRA questions. At least two issues that Cashin mentioned in his email (storm runoff and digging wells for water to supply the new homes) were repeatedly discussed by the board, and acknowledged as sticking points. “We’re taking a hard look at it,” Murray said. He added that the “clock will start” when the planning board votes on either a negative or positive SEQRA determination. A formal public hearing would be scheduled within 60 days of that vote. The board did not plan to vote on the Cedar Bluff Road project at its regularly scheduled meeting on Nov. 15, according to Town Clerk Linda McCabe. Tom Yannios, a homeowner who attended the Monday night meeting, said afterward that his big concerns are the tree removal and the potential for adverse impacts on the water quality of Saratoga Lake. He explained that Saratoga town code prohibits large-scale tree cutting on hilly terrain. “The elephant in the room here wasn’t even addressed,” Yannios said. Coreno responded that her client is well aware of that town code. “We have to be in conformance,” she said.

Week of November 17 – November 21, 2017


Narcan Training BALLSTON SPA — The Saratoga County Sheriff ’s Office will host a free Narcan training and a heroin/opioid abuse discussion at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22 at the Saratoga County Fire Training Center. Narcan (or Naloxone) is a life-saving drug that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. There is no cost for the training and participants will be provided a Narcan kit at the conclusion, courtesy of the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, at no charge. The training is open to anyone who would like to attend and is expected to take approximately 1-½ hours after which participants

10 BALLOTS Split the Difference Between YES and NO in City CHARTER Referendum by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY (and guests) are invited to stay for a discussion on recent developments in the field of heroin and opioid addiction and treatment. Persons interested

in attending are asked to email Lieutenant Dan Morley at to RSVP.

A Life of Service

Saratoga County Sheriff ’s Deputy Dies The Saratoga County Sheriff 's Department announced this week "with great shock and sadness," the tragic death of Deputy Sheriff John Brown. Brown was a triathlete and collapsed while on a training run in Albany. Funeral services will be held Friday Nov. 17 at Grace Fellowship Church, 20 Delatour Road, Watervliet. Public viewing will take place 10 a.m. to noon. Funeral service at


noon. Burial at Saratoga National Cemetary with military honors at 3 p.m. Deputy Sheriff Brown was posthumously promoted to the rank of investigator and his family will be presented with his certificate of promotion.

BALLSTON SPA – They descended on the village of Ballston Spa Tuesday – politicians and lawyers and election officials, members of the media and curious onlookers – on an unpredictable morning which gave no hint of the cold winter that will surely come, and no clue about how the prized chips of the day might fall. All present crowded into a sublevel room at the county complex, Building Number Five. The “solar building,” as employees call it, was constructed atop land deeded to Saratoga County nearly 200 years ago by a New York City merchant named Nicholas Low for the development of a County Clerk’s office, assuring Ballston Spa would stand at the center of county government. On this day, the 30-or-so

people inside the building’s sublevel basement came to witness the opening and counting of approximately 550 absentee ballots. Some carried with them a cautious optimism to re-affirm the seat they’d won on Election Night remained secure, others with an angst-riddled hope that what they had lost might be regained. Most came to witness the counting of votes of the public referendum that could change the only form of governing the city of Saratoga Springs has known in its 102-year history. The Election Night tally depicted a city divided and a race too close to call. Of the nearly 8,500 ballots cast, the difference was a measly 48 votes. There were 4,202 YES votes cast that urged Charter Change. There were 4,154 NO votes registered in favor of maintaining the status quo. The counting of the absentee ballots, most assumed,



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would settle the final score. The current Commission form of governing relies on five elected part-time council members, each of whom are responsible for administering their own department, as well as serving as legislators. The proposed CouncilManager form of governing would see that the council hires a nonpartisan, professional city manager to carry out city policies. 10:16 a.m.: The first handful of ballots are taken from their envelopes and displayed to watchers. Saratoga Springs District Two, Embury Apartments: Yes. No. Yes. No. No. Yes. No. No. Attorneys scrawl stick figures atop their legal pads. The No’s have gained two votes. The overall Yes lead of 48 drops to 46. 11 a.m.: More districts come in. The count: 18 Yes, 32 No. Overall Yes lead drops to 34. 12:30 a.m.: Break for lunch.

The count on the day: Yes 128, No 161. Yes lead drops another 19 votes. Math update, overall: Yes 4,330, No 4,315. Overall Yes lead drops to 15. Fortified by sandwiches and fueled by caffeine, everyone returns from lunch and is moved upstairs to a bigger room. First up, one of the Senior Citizens Center’s voting districts. Result: 7 Yes, 14 No. Overall: 4,337 to 4,329. Yes lead up by eight. 2:02 p.m.: Saratoga Springs High School Gym voting district - 10 Yes, 17 No. Overall: 4,347 to 4,346. Yes clings to the lead by one vote. Stress begins to show on some of the faces in the room. 2:15 p.m.: City Center voting district: Yes 24, No 18. Yes back up by seven. Deep breaths on all sides. Over the next half hour, voting districts at United Methodist Church, a second Senior Citizens Center, and the Interlaken Community Center are presented, collectively

giving the No count 18 additional votes, and the lead. The room loses its mind. There are some audible noises. Whether these are cries of joy, or cries of pain are difficult to determine. At this point, it’s hard to tell the difference. 3 p.m.: The mailman arrives. An election commissioner is dispatched to meet the mail carrier to learn if any last-minute absentee ballots have arrived on this, the deadline day. Inside the room, the counting continues of ballots from the city’s two final districts. And then it is over. The No votes have it, by seven. But, wait, suddenly five more ballots are presented. These were set aside during the course of the day’s counting, one of the election officials explains. “It ain’t over til it’s over, and it ain’t over yet,” says Richard Sellers, a spokesman for SUCCESS, a citizen organization that supports

maintaining the current form of governing. “It feels a lot better to be up by seven than down by 48, or whatever it was a week ago (but) “I’ll celebrate when they tell me it’s over.” “It’s a squeaker,” says Charter Review Commissioner Treasurer Gordon Boyd. The commission, which officially disbanded when the polls closed Election Night, conducted 16 months of study, staged dozens of public meetings and voted to pursue the possibility of Charter Change and adopt a council-manager form of governing. A decade ago, Boyd was a member of the SUCCESS group. This time he is part of the pro-change group. In the exploration of Charter alternatives, some residents have changed their minds over time and party lines crossed, making it all the more difficult to gauge which way the majority will go. Adding to the unpredictability, the members of the City Council have also taken sides - this despite the words of state Board of Elections attorney Brian Quail, who said advocacy by a municipality on a referendum question is unlawful, and that a municipality hiring counsel to participate in a canvas conducted by the Board of Elections is, in his 16 years of experience, unprecedented. Twenty-four hours earlier, City Council members John Franck, Michele Madigan and Anthony “Skip” Scirocco – each of whom have spoken in favor of maintaining the current form of governing, approved by a 3-0 vote the hiring of a Glens Falls attorney and an associate attorney at the combined rate of $525 per hour to observe Tuesday’s event and “defend the city’s right to have all proper absentee ballots counted.” The two council members who have spoken in favor of changing the form of governing, Mayor Joanne Yepsen and Commissioner Chris Mathiesen, did not attend Monday’s “Special” City Council meeting. John Aspland, the main attorney hired to observe the absentee ballot count does just that, occasionally inking notes on a legal pad throughout the day. Those last five ballots, the “setasides,”are presented. Two are ruled invalid. The other three are held up, one at a time: No, no, and…no. The unofficial tally stands at 4,458 No, 4,448 Yes. It is a calculation that would require the re-beading of an abacus: 50.06141926 percent No, 49.943858073 percent Yes. Approximately half the city’s eligible 18,000 voters took part in the vote. “The absentee ballots came

in strong just as they did in 2012 when the Commission form of government beat down a challenge,” Sellers says. The 2012 vote which proposed amending the Charter and replacing the Commission form of government with a ManagerCouncil form resulted in 6,738 4,872 No victory, a 58-42 percent difference. A referendum in 2006 proposing a change to a strongmayor form of government was voted down 5865-3615, roughly a 62-38 difference. Counting this year’s referendum, the margin of differences have grown smaller with each successive vote. “I don’t think the issue of the form of government in Saratoga Springs is going to go away any time soon,” a disappointed Boyd says. “But I think we have a lot to be proud of, a lot to build on. This was a people’s campaign. We had the forces of both political party leaderships and the government of Saratoga (springs) mobilized against this proposal and we fought them pretty much to a draw.” Eighteen Military Ballots were requested, as of this week, none have been returned. They must be received by the Board of Elections by Monday, Nov. 20 to be counted, and indications are any which do arrive will be counted Tuesday, Nov. 21. Boyd was asked whether the referendum vote could be headed for the courtroom. “I don’t know. I just don’t know,” he responds. “We want to be sure that every valid vote has been counted.” Bob Turner, who served as chairman of the Saratoga Springs City Charter Review Commission, said there are currently conversations being had regarding “overvotes,” which occurs when one votes for more than the maximum number of selections allowed in a contest. Turner said he doesn’t know the specific number of overvotes that appeared on voter’s ballots, but the incident could occur when voters hand write-in candidates on the front of the ballot and inked traces appear as multiple markings on the ballot’s reverse side, which is where Charter Change proposition question was printed. “We’re exploring the processes. That could lead to a hand count of all 8,000-something ballots,” Turner said. That decision whether to pursue the matter could come early next week. The ballot numbers remain unofficial until they are certified by the Board of Elections. That process is anticipated to take at least a few weeks.

Week of November 17 – November 21, 2017




Selecting Health Insurance Options

by Todd L. Shimkus, President of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce Saratoga TODAY Like many Chambers, we’ve been helping sole proprietors and small businesses to select health insurance plans for decades. Originally, health insurance companies created Chamber plans that were appealing to local small businesses. They included hospitals and doctors in their local networks. They offered benefits that small business owners and their employees wanted. These plans were priced differently with savings resulting from the creation of a pool of participating businesses through the Chamber. Until 2014, New York State still allowed insurance companies to discount their rates for sole proprietors that chose to purchase health insurance through a local Chamber. Today, we have community rated plans in New York State.

While there are some income based subsidies and tax credits, there are no discounts for Chamber members or anyone else. Whether you call your local Chamber, work with a local broker or go to the carrier directly, you get the same plans at the same prices. Insurers are required to offer a range of plans – platinum, gold, silver and bronze. There are certain guarantees in terms of what must be covered but insurers can vary deductibles, co-pays, and other cost-sharing options. With health insurance rates continuing to skyrocket year after year, we’ve seen employers look for ways to reduce these cost increases. TWO CLEAR TRENDS HAVE EMERGED. The first involves employers switching to higher deductible plans. Plans with higher deductibles are less expensive with some of the cost shifted to employees who pay out of pocket as they use health care services. Second, employers have retained plans with higher costs by asking employees to pay more for these plans. Instead of the employer paying 80 percent of the cost, perhaps the employer picks up 70, 60 or 50 percent. New York State pre-approves these community-rated health insurance plans. Every year, the state reduces the rate increase requests submitted by insurance companies. This sounds great BUT the state is still approving significant rate increases.

with The Adirondack Trust Insurance Agency after a lengthy RFP process was conducted. The goal remains the same during this open enrollment period. This means we want to do the best we can helping our members find health insurance options for themselves and their employees. If we can help, please give us a call at 518-584-3255.

Often times, we end up paying more for less when it comes to health insurance and what is covered. So while our government has focused on extending insurance coverage to more people — ­ a worthy goal — very little has changed so far to bring healthcare costs down. That is why insurance premiums go up. WANT PROOF OF HOW EXPENSIVE HEALTH INSURANCE REALLY IS IN SARATOGA COUNTY? Go to On our health insurance page, you can access pdf ’s of the communityrated plans offered locally to small employers and sole proprietors by three local carriers. There are lots of choices. When it looks like a plan is less expensive, be sure to check out the deductibles. Nothing is affordable really anymore. To help our members evaluate their options, we recently partnered



Week of November 17 – November 21, 2017

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In his youth, Martin was fond of producing artistic sketches and paintings of flowers. Then, as he pursued various different work opportunities, Martin eventually met a man who revealed to him “the meat and potatoes” of the floral arrangement industry.

Opens on Broadway

In 2000, Martin relocated to California and “really started coming into my own,” staying there for 11 years. Every new opportunity elevated his experience, he said, and the “creativity” of the numerous designers he worked for further bolstered his interest in the wider floral industry. The highlights of his time in California include producing floral displays for popular films and television series, such as “Princess Diaries,” “Legally Blonde 2,” “Spider Man 2,” “The West Wing,” “Desperate Housewives” and “The Office.”

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by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Sidney Martin says he is ready for a new phase of the floral arrangement journey that he started years ago in Los Angeles. “I’m just really looking forward to bringing my talent to Saratoga,” Martin confessed this week, during a tour of his Congress Park Plaza shop. It is located below ground level at 268 Broadway, one door to the right of Complexions Spa for Beauty and Wellness. Martin said he wants to bring “the beauty of what I do on a daily basis to individuals who think that flowers are just flowers. They’re so much more than that.” A ribbon-cutting event was scheduled on Friday, Nov. 17 to mark the grand opening of Martin’s Simply Sidney Floral Design and Home Accents. From 5 to 9 p.m., members of the public are invited to formally celebrate Martin’s arrival as a city business owner. At the outset, Martin says he already has made arrangements to employ four or five people on a part-time basis and that he may need “a few more hands” when the bridal season arrives next spring. Multiple types of decorative

home furnishing items will be available for retail purchase in his shop. Martin said he would offer “a mix of new and inventive” products that will “constantly be refreshed.” He was excited to show bars of soap that “look like gems” made by a company in Oneonta. Whenever possible, Martin added, he will aim to support local producers. “We’ve all got to support each other or else it’s just not worth it,” he said. Clearly, though, floral arrangements will be Martin’s bread and butter. The back half of his shop is walled off as a space for the large metal tables and a flower cooler that define his main production area. Saratoga Springs is “definitely a prime market for florists,” offered Rich Coogan, a sales representative and cutflower buyer for the wholesale Bill Doran Company in Albany. Martin gets most of his flowers from the Bill Doran Co. Coogan called Martin “an extraordinary designer,” adding that the wholesaler plans to help him be “as successful as he can be.” Originally from a small town in northeast Georgia, Martin explained that his passion for flowers was related to the fact that his grandmother and mother are “huge gardeners.”

For three years, Martin also prepared displays for the Golden Globes, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Hollywood Film Festival. Yet Los Angeles “gets really heavy,” Martin said. “After 11 years of being there I was just burned out.” Martin explained that his husband, public relations specialist Tas Steiner, hails from Loudonville, which brought the couple to the Capital Region for family visits or recreational excursions to lakes and the Saratoga Race Course. “There was something about Saratoga that I just loved,” Martin said. The couple eventually agreed to rent property on Railroad Place in Saratoga Springs. Steiner worked closely with Tracy Strann, the former chief marketing officer for the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, who started her own public relations firm this year. Strann conducts media outreach for Simply Sidney Floral Design and other popular city businesses, including the newly renovated Adelphi Hotel. Martin, though busily making his final arrangements for the Nov. 17 ribbon cutting, was eager to open his new Broadway shop. “Yeah,” he said, “it just seems like this is the perfect little spot for my first foray into the business world.”

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BUSINESS BRIEFS 17 Photo provided.

Hospital Aces Patient Safety Survey SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Hospital is one of just seven hospitals in New York— and the only facility in the Capital Region—to receive an “A” for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group. It is the hospital’s fourth top rating in a row. The Leapfrog Group, a national ratings organization, assigns letter grades of A, B, C, D and F to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms. The grades are assigned twice each year. For fall 2017, Saratoga Hospital is one of 832 nationwide awarded an “A” for keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States. Mary Jo LaPosta, senior vice president of patient care and organizational excellence and

chief nursing officer at Saratoga Hospital, attributes the hospital’s consistent, strong performance to an organization-wide commitment to patient care and safety. The hospital made a significant investment in patient safety as part of a recent $34 million renovation and expansion, including 10 state-of-the-art operating suites and a new intensive care unit equipped with the latest infection control technology. The hospital also recently installed “smart” IV pumps in all facilities as added protection against medication errors. Both the pumps and the major renovation were made possible with strong fundraising support from the community. According to Angelo Calbone, Saratoga Hospital president and CEO, that support is an important factor in the hospital’s success.


Birthing Unit Opens

GLENS FALLS — The new Joyce Stock Snuggery family-centered birthing unit is now fully open at Glens Falls Hospital. The popular unit, which first opened in 1985, underwent a $5 million renovation over the past 12 months. It now features 20 completely remodeled labor-deliveryrecovery-postpartum care rooms, where families experience all phases of the birthing process in privacy and comfort; an expanded and enhanced Special Care Nursery for newborns requiring advanced care; a larger waiting area; two new nurses’ stations; and reconfigured hallways, improving traffic flow for staff and providing easier travel between patient rooms and operating rooms for unplanned cesarean sections.

Two area obstetrical practices deliver at the Joyce Stock Snuggery: Women’s Care in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and North Country Obstetrics and Gynecology. Women wishing to give birth at the Snuggery are encouraged to develop a relationship with a provider at one of these practices prior to becoming pregnant. The Joyce Stock Snuggery is named in honor of a former Glens Falls Hospital nurse and local businesswoman, whose son and daughter-in-law made a $1 million gift to the renovation project in her memory through their Bill and Joanne Stock Foundation. Bill Stock, a 1979 graduate of Glens Falls High School who now lives in Phoenix, Arizona, has enjoyed a highly successful career

DZ Restaurants HIRES Sales Specialist SARATOGA SPRINGS — Last week, DZ Restaurants announced and welcomed Carol Ippoliti as the company’s sales manager. Ippoliti is responsible for all private event sales for Chianti Il Ristorante, Forno Bistro and Boca Bistro. A Scotia native, Ippoliti began her journey at Glen Sanders Mansion, where she fell in love with the restaurant industry. The quick pace and constant movement

perfectly matched her personality. Ippoliti studied hospitality management at Schenectady County Community College. During this time, she also began her sales career with The Mallozzi Group. She was promoted to sales manager and off-premises catering director. Most recently, Carol worked as a sales manager for Mazzone Hospitality. As the sales manager at DZ

Restaurants, Ippoliti focuses mostly on fulfilling the needs of the guests. She enjoys customizing menus and events for each individual. For more information, visit the website Carol Ippoliti. Photo provided.

as an engineer and entrepreneur. Other major donors to the capital campaign include Stewart’s Shops and the Dake family at $250,000; the David S. and Janet R. Sheridan Foundation at $250,000; the Sandy Hill Foundation at $200,000; the Charles R. Wood Foundation at $100,000; Philip H. and Susan K. Morse at $100,000; and Irving Tissue at $100,000. For more information, visit the website

18 TOWN OF BALLSTON 52 Cypress St., $359,900. Heritage Builders Group LLC sold property to Stephen and Rebekah Poulin. 9 Gartner Dr., $215,000. Christopher Kownack sold property to Michael and Elizabeth Sitterley. 6 Saddlebrook Blvd., $352,809. Barbera Homes Kelley Farms LLC sold property to Geraldine Bastolla. 30 Cypress St., $341,493. Heritage Builders Group LLC sold property to Daniel and Lisa Napolitano. 23 Pearce Lane, $224,998. David and Carole Doherty sold property to Kyle Soellner.

PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS CHARLTON 25 Anthony Dr., $650,000. Constance and William Safford III sold property to Kim and JanetCragnolin.


14 Ivy Court, $259,000. John and Kathleen Toucher sold property to Theresa Crowder. 61 Stoney Creek Dr., $198,000. Evan Sax sold property to Aislinn Melia.

3 Wildflower Way, $465,000. Vikas Midha and Vanita Mani sold property to Brian Baxter and Csilla Szabo.

7 Oakhurst Court, $384,750. Robert and Linda Shrake (Co-Trustees) sold property to Vaishali and Chandrashekhar Khandekar.

38 Hemlock Lane, $252,500. Agnes Pollock (by Agent) sold property to Paul Ammerman and Brian Fissette.

26 Locust Lane, $329,500. Stephen and Janet Grey sold property to Michael and Melissa Raduazzo.

16 Fieldstone Dr., $529,712. ER Land Development LLC sold property to Benjamin Anderson and Tanya Macleod.

15 Sunflower Terrace, $325,000. Bordeau Builders Inc. sold property to Kathleen Earl.

6 Berkshire Dr., $110,000. Faith Tree (by Exec) sold property to David Johnson.

CORINTH 13 Sherman Ave., $33,000. William Pellizzi sold property to Todd and Wendy Bentley. 187 Miner Rd., $43,000. Daniel and Daren Robarge sold property to Frank Giaculli. 29 Wiley Way, $25,000. Terre Holdings LLC sold property to Foothills Builders LLC. 29 Wiley Way, $281,025. Foothills Builders LLC sold

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property to Andrew Streim.

GALWAY 1624 Perth Rd., $348,000. Mark and Kelly Freebern sold property to Daniel and Linda Shelley. Barkersville Rd., $112,000. Ralph Devust (by Exec) sold property to Daniel and Alline McLoughlin.

TOWN OF GREENFIELD 198 Alpine Meadows Rd., $25,000. Jack Pauling sold property to Perley and Wanda Rice. 304 Middle Grove Rd., $255,000. Mary and William Bokus sold property to Joseph Jagiello.

property to Tina Stanford.

HALFMOON 210 Yorktown Rd., $112,000. Eric Gustavson sold property to Heather Landry. 27 Ponderosa Dr., $210,000. Glenn Vance sold property to Robert and Robin Antonelli. 33 Harris Rd., $316,000. Joyce Ross sold property to Stanley Franks. 00 Fitch Rd., $80,000. George Gasser sold property to Van Dorsten Corporation. 9 Generals Way, $214,000. Ryan Frantzen sold property to Megan Brown.


940 Locust Grove Rd., $145,000. Jeffrey Collura sold property to Kent McKernon and Melanie Lafond.

5 North Ridge, $317,300. Gregory and Katie Sherwin sold property to Joshua and Sarah Eldredge.

19 Dunham Pond Rd., $34,000. Christopher and Leslie Clairmont sold property to James and Christin Dillon.

7 Scotch Mist Way, $255,000. Kelly Tromblee sold property to Matthew and Cassandra Hickey.

290 Allen Rd., $60,000. David Canfield sold property to Mark and Katherine Torpey.

22 Vettura Court, $383,836. DeGraff Bloom Custom Builders Inc. sold property to Carol and Donald Eurillo, Sr.

521 Ridge Rd., $239,000. Micahael and Catherine Madej sold property to Nicholas Coss. 276 Spier Falls Rd., $280,000. Joseph and Jamie Defoe sold property to Mary Sedlak and Carmen Gallo. 201 North Milton Rd., $215,000. Albert Powers and Katherine Powers (A Life Estate) sold property to Derek Reid. 7 Lower Meadow Lane, $740,000. Timothy and Kelly Burke sold property to Sean McDonald and Nicole Tehan. 49 Dunham Pond Rd., $271,000. Dee Lewis Breger sold

5 Hudson Court, $349,900. Peter and Diane Smiel sold property to Paul and Stephanie Kendall. 2 Hunters Run, $372,000. Patrick Tvarkunas (as Trustee) sold property to Russell and Sally Florence. 44 Admirals Way, $530,613. Malta Land Company LLC sold property to Thomas and Sandra Lowe. 18 Wake Robin Rd., $156,000. William Stanton sold property to Michele Fisher. 148 Arrowwood Place, $159,000. Ian Miller sold property to Brett Biondolillo.

Week of November 17 – November 21, 2017 110 Thimbleberry Rd., $205,000. Joanna Rockwood sold property to Diane Whitney. 45 Yachtsman Way, $737,746. Malta Land Company LLC sold property to Lissa Mattson. 33 Hillman Loop, $348,807. Farone Amedore LLC sold property to Julie Wege and Miguel Diaz. 13 Essex St., $309,879. Barbera Homes Malta Springs LLC sold property to Terry Johnson.

MILTON 607 Middle Line Rd., $41,375. Joan and Kenneth Milanese sold property to Stack Properties Management LLC.


3 Ferry St., $49,000. Steve and John Otrembiak sold property to Clifford Lawrence, Jr. 29 Morgans Run, $167,480. Brian Saunders sold property to Nicole and Nicholas Leduc. 00 Fitch Rd., $80,000. George Gasser sold property to Van Dorsten Corporation.

SARATOGA SPRINGS 56 Court St., $299,000. Michael and Nancy Ingersoll sold property to Carlton Schultz and Vincent Forbes. 57 Van Dorn St., $187,000. Andrew Sharts sold property to Peter Loyola.

306 Rowland St., $139,000. Marian Phillips (by Atty) sold property to Thuy Starks.

7 Collins Terrace, $455,000. Ingeborg Hilberg (as Trustee) sold property to Kenneth and Andrea Robb.

298 Meadowlark Dr., $225,000. Regina Capobianco sold property to Bella Zhdanova and Katherine Palat.

67 Trottingham Rd., $204,000. Tim Chamberlain and Jessica Spaulding sold property to Eileen Perron.

161 White Rd., $450,000. Saratoga National Bank and Trust Company sold property to Brandon Ryther and Alexandra Naja.

67 Belmont Dr., $290,000. Mariesa Coppola sold property to Cassandra Kubinski and Bogdan Gologan.

91 Saratoga Ave., $195,000. David and Sybil Newell sold property to Jaimee Martin. 3442 Galway Rd., $255,000. Benjamin Potter sold property to Nicholas Hayes. 25 Red Coach Trail, $200,000. Michael and Amy Campbell sold property to Brookfield Relocation Inc. 25 Red Coach Trail, $200. Brookfield Relocation Inc. sold property to Alexander Paschal. 1164 Goode Rd., $259,000. Gail Howard (as Trustee) sold property to Alexander Mena.

TOWN OF SARATOGA 9 Herkimer St., $234,000. Priority Electrical Services Inc. sold property to Amanda Sanders. 58 Gates Ave., $7,850. Kristin Thrane sold property to Jason Young and Clifford Lawrence, Jr. Schuyler Hills Subdivision, $500,000. John Arpey (as Trustee) sold property to Northeast Green Tech LLC.

46 Sicada St., $445,000. E and H Management LLC sold property to Jennifer and Jerry Scarano, Jr.

Simpson and Helen Simpson Chelstowski sold property to Zachary and Jamilah Smith. 9 Persimmon Place, $209,475. Joseph Street Saratoga LLC sold property to James Kelly and Elizabeth Walsh Kelley. 120 Kaydeross Park Rd., $395,000. Seymour and Gladys Siegal sold property to 120 Kaydeross LLC. 6 Jenee Way, $389,500. Mark and Angela French sold property to Michael and Stacey Barss.

STILLWATER Farley Rd., $85,000. Patrick and Colleen Young sold property to Anthony Caton. 1 Meehan Rd., $450,000. Kathrine Kotraba sold property to Thomas and Mary Barscz. 28 Major Dickinson Ave., $175,000. Mary and Catherine Baker and William Lewis sold property to Michael Baker and Lindsey Lewis. 407 Hudson Ave., $49,334. Mary Lovell, Raeleen George and Randall Morby sold property to Randall Morby.


16 Horseshoe Dr., $440,000. Christine Edgerly (as Trustee) and Karen Redick (as Trustee) sold property to Nancy Ruede.

57 Timbia Dr., $292,779. Tra Tom Development Inc. sold property to Kyle Briggs and Michelle Cerniglia.

93 York Ave., $925,000. H. Case

3 Rolling Green Dr., $587,676.

Bella Home Builders Inc. sold property to Timothy Ferris and Abby DelGiacco. 9 Forest Way, $310,000. Wendy Slater (Ind and as Agent) and William Slater (by Agent) sold property to James and Mary Edwards. 34 Tom Sawyer Dr., $282,500. James and Diana Rodgers sold property to Paul and Gina Langway. 710 Route 9, $179,500. John Sodemann sold property to Ericka Richards. 26 Cider Mill Way, $499,500. Menderes Cirakoglu sold property to Sirva Relocation Credit LLC. 26 Cider Mill Way, 499,500. Sirva Relocation Credit LLC

19 sold property to Nicholas and Barbara Coupas. 5 Cider Mill Way, $418,134. Smith Bridge LLC sold property to William and Andrea Campbell. 3 Eastridge Dr., $923,650. Cottage Hill Townhomes LLC sold property to Christopher Ryan and Chloe Wormser. 7 Sweetbriar Dr., $399,900. Harvey and Elenor Stein sold property to Joseph and Jamie Defoe. 58 Hearthstone Dr., $650,000. Christopher and Joanne Hedges sold property to Scott and Jessica Centea. 131 Traver Rd., $205,000. William and Heather Agnos sold property to David Gottlieb.


EDUCATION Brownies & Juniors From troops 3232 & 3288 pose with paramedic Rick Race & Jennifer Schumacher in front of the Selkirk Life Net 7-1 chopper.

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GIRL SCOUTS LOOK AT LIFESAVING EQUIPMENT by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY SCHUYLERVILLE — From noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12 four troops in the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York (GSNENY) chapter worked on achieving their First Aid badge or pin by learning about 911, the basics of first aid, such as using household items in a first aid situation and identifying cardiac and stroke symptoms, and meeting with local fire and EMS personnel from the General Schuylerville Emergency Squad and the Saratoga Hose Company,

along with LifeNet paramedics. Coordinator Kim Austin has been Troop #3085 Leader for three years and was given this idea by other troop leader Lana Cawrse. “We were lucky because one of the other troop leaders, Lana Cawrse, has a brother-in-law who is a paramedic for LifeNet, Andrew Cawrse. They had basically initiated this over a family dinner and when we talked about it and decided to open it up to all of the Schuylerville troops, a lot of that fell into my hands. LifeNet generously donated their helicopter and Hudson Crossing donated the location,” Austin explained.

Along with a helicopter for the girls to explore and learn about, two fire engines were present and the girls got a thorough tour of the compartments in both engines and a lesson on evacuating from a home in the event of a fire with their families and pets. “I think the most exciting part of the day was being able to explore the helicopter and try on the gear and participate in a mock rescue. They also learned from the paramedics, Andrew and his partner Brian, about splinting broken limbs with household items like bags of peas and chopsticks. They also learned stroke awareness, identifying the signs of a stroke,” Austin said. Though it was only 40 degrees that day, Austin said they were lucky that it was a “warm 40 degrees,” so the girls and their leaders could comfortably learn what was being offered to them. “Every year the GSNENY allows them to earn another 1st aid badge or pin so they continue to increase their skills through the curriculum and they build confidence by seeing people participate in these things. The best thing is they were interacting with real personnel who do these things every day and who they might encounter in these situations. It may make them want to

Week of November 17 – November 21, 2017 be involved in this type of occupation in the future,” Austin said. The girls’ parents were excited about what was being offered to their daughters. “From the parents I talked to, they were very excited the girls were having such a rich experience and got to have 20 minutes with each station. They were excited to see the girls learn that much at such

a young age,” Austin explained. “It’s great when we can bring all the troops together for a really great learning experience that is memorable for the girls and continue to build community support for Girl Scouts. We’re not just about cookies and crafts. Our goal is to build the next generation of leaders, which I feel is certainly true in this situation,” Austin vocalized.

The girls during their tour of the Life Net 7-1 helicopter.


by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY

Troop # 3087 poses with their Buddy Bench.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Katie Ploss has been the troop leader of Troop # 3087 for the past three years. Her troop consists of 15 third graders who decided they wanted to build a Buddy Bench for their Greenfield Elementary School. Lucy Ploss, one of the Girl Scouts, described the Buddy Bench as, “something that people can use to go to when they are lonely.” The bench will be displayed on the playground for years to come. It is a place for any kid who is feeling lonely or left out to sit on and find a friend. “The bench means that if someone is friendless they can go and somebody might sit down with them,” said Maya Balouskas, Girl Scout. Ploss said that they started raising money for the bench in August; the girls decided a garage sale would be the best option for money raising and they all contributed items to sell in the Greenfield Town Wide Sale. By the end of the weekend, they had more than met their goal of $350. Once the bench was bought,

the girls brought it to the school. “We had every student in the entire school do a thumbprint in the shape of a rainbow on the back of the bench. We had a plaque made and then we put the school name on the back of the bench as well. Now the girls will implement how to use the bench. The principal has brought attention to the bench being outside and what it’s meant for, being kind and being there for people who are lonely,” Ploss explained. “The Buddy Bench means kindness to me. Kids can have someone to play with and not be left out for the whole recess,” said Girl Scout Eliza Watson. “The girls are doing a great job explaining to people what it’s used for and so for years to come it’ll be used by all the students in the school. We just really look forward to seeing it bring kindness. It’s really just about keeping the Girl Scout promise of being courageous, strong, friendly, and helpful, and the girls are doing a great job of showing how to carry that out,” Ploss commended. In total, the bench cost approximately $350. The Buddy Bench can be found at the Greenfield Elementary School.

Week of November 17 – November 21, 2017

Schuylerville Students Partake in Equine Affaire SCHUYLERVILLE — More than a dozen Schuylerville equine science class students and FFA members traveled to West Springfield, Mass. on Thursday, Nov. 9 to participate in the annual Equine Affaire. This event is regarded as the largest equine event in North America, where students attended clinics taught by leading trainers, coaches, judges, and experts in the horse industry. The students had access to three buildings full of vendors and a breed pavilion showcasing dozens of different horse breeds from around the world. Students had invaluable access into equine related careers and colleges and universities offering equine related majors.

Schuylerville Drama Club Hosted Improv Night Fundraiser SCHUYLERVILLE — On Thursday, Nov. 16 the Schuylerville Drama Club hosted “A Night at the Improv” to help raise money for its upcoming production of Les Miserables. The event featured a night of comedy and fun where students, staff, and community members had the opportunity to get on stage and act. There were three categories offered: singles, pairs, and groups, the best in each category received an award.

Skidmore College Appoints New Head of Academic Affairs

Dr. Michael Orr will begin his tenure at Skidmore College in July 2018. Photo provided by Diane O’Connor.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Michael T. Orr has been named the dean of faculty and vice president for academic affairs, effective July 16, 2018 at Skidmore College. Dr. Orr, who was selected through a national search, currently serves as Krebs Provost and dean of the faculty at Lake Forest College, in Lake Forest, Illinois, where he is also a professor of art history. “Dr. Orr will continue

Skidmore’s tradition of strong administrative leadership in the Office of Academic Affairs. He comes to the college with strong support from both the search committee and the community at large. We will benefit from the breadth of capabilities and experiences he will draw upon in his new position,” said President Philip A. Glotzbach.

Galway Jr/Sr High School Honor Roll for First Quarter GALWAY - Principal Michael Miller is proud to announce the following students achieved honor roll for the first quarter of the 2017-2018 school year: ACADEMIC HONORS: Grade 7: Christopher Comstock, Sara Conti, Shelby Crawford, Abigail Ehrenbeg, Sophia Fasolino, Van Horvath, Kailey Jankowski, Emma Jordan, Sydney Kress, Joshua T. Lovelass, Stephanie Martin, Lillian Ryder, Thomas Villano III. Grade 8: Camryn Carnevali, Anna Dabrowski, Eliza A. Egan, Hannah French, James Hilton, Rosie Matecko-Conti, Anna E. Meisenburg, Alexis A. Rose, Emma Spadaro, Sadie Underwood, Gavriell D. Wenk, Jordan Zuk. Grade 9: Erin Abernathy, Kiana Arey, Braden Boudreau, Charles Clarke, Diana Colangelo, Morgan Drouin, Antonio Hart, Ashleigh Heuser, Joshua Hoyt, Emily Johnston, Katy Kurtzner, Isabella Mancini, Arianna Persaud, Ryan Ripepi, Leanne Rydzewski, Rowan Smith, Ella Underwood, Glenda Vanaken, Lindsay Wight. Grade 10: Kaylee Bagdan, Paige Brink, Vanessa Colangelo, Sydney Crawford, Madison A. DesPres, Walter J. Ellsworth, Anna K. Gardner, Rachel A. Germain, Hannah R. Hofmann, Ryan J. Lovelass, Alex R. Malanoski, Ruth E. Reichard, Jade Sicluna, Victoria Trifiletti, Elizabeth Vanaken, Rachel Wnuk. Grade 11: Danielle L. Baldwin, Mairina Callahan, Sarah Ernst, Riley F. Flint, Lindsey Gileski, Lily Gullett, Cori Hardcastle, Christian Hines, Ryan T. Ingle, Osie S. Johnston, Madison R. Kieft, Justin M. Kozlowski, Erik Malanoski, Jacob L. O’Brien, Jasmine Pilczuk, Evelyn J. Relyea, Emma E. Smith, Hannah Thompson, Anna Wnuk, Natalie Zembsch, Siela Zembsch Grade 12: Schuyler Arnold, Elizabeth Bonk, Zarah M Chaverri, Griffen C. Gannon, Nicholas O. Hanna, James W. Hofmann, Julianne M. LaBreche, Benjamin

EDUCATION BRIEFS Lafreniere, Erik Matthews, Olivia McNeill, Evan Morse, Annelise Ostrowski, Jake R. Restivo, Molly Ryan, Leah H. Vanderhorst, Maya A. Vanderhorst, Brandon Wight, Graham D. Willbrant. Grade 12: Schuyler Arnold, Elizabeth Bonk, Zarah M Chaverri, Griffen C. Gannon, Nicholas O. Hanna, James W. Hofmann, Julianne M. LaBreche, Benjamin Lafreniere, Erik Matthews, Olivia McNeill, Evan Morse, Annelise Ostrowski, Jake R. Restivo, Molly Ryan, Leah H. Vanderhorst, Maya A. Vanderhorst, Brandon Wight, Graham D. Willbrant. HIGH HONORS: Grade 7: Alaina Aschmutat, Quinn Bernard, Kira Bishop, Brian Brink, Jr., Kerringtyn Davis, Grace DeNisio, Olivia DesPres, Jayden DeVellis, Skye Fitzgerald, Jadon Flinton, Megan LaCerais, Daniel Liberatore, Emma Mariani, Sydney Mariani, Jillian Neahr, Spencer Newsom, Grace O’Brien, Molly Oravsky, Kaelin Pitman, Joseph Remscheid, Emmett Rolfe, Elijah Tompkins. Grade 8: Brian Alden, Logan R. Aldrich, Anneliese Altamirano, Karley Barkley, Nathan J. Baxter, Kylee Decker, Shanley DeRidder, Jalene N. Graham, Keira Grupe, Isabella S. Hart, Kaya Horvath, Elisabeth B. LaBreche, Frank J. McCleneghen, Amanda McCray, Trishelle Oliver, Ryan J. Peterson, Julia Reedy, Jack Ryan, Grayson Signor, Alexandrea Smith. Grade 9: Heather Atkinson, Trevor Carnevali, Dylan Collins, Benjamin Jordan, Sean Morse, Lauren Mothon, Bella Rose Pecor, Joseph Scheeren, Brendan Shader, Michelle Sherman. Grade 10: Aila K. Bishop, Holden Decker, Kimberly LaCerais, Hailey A. McElhiney, Victoria Mello, Mikayla M. Neahr, Gabrielle Scheeren, Carson Scribner, Nathaniel R. Urban, Leah N. Willbrant. Grade 11: Abigail T. Brice, Samuel D’Alessandro, Autumn R. Fluty, Samantha L. Grant, Darren Heigel, Shane Henderson, Kathleen L. Milton, Steven Mothon, Aidan O’Beirne, David O’Connell, Joshua Rumsey, Matthew J. Sowle, Jia Cheng Wang, Nicholas Zuk. Grade 12: Callia A. Boudreau, April Carlson, Caitlin Coons, Andrew C. Cretty, Gabriella Decker, Christina M. DesPres, Carlee Horstmann, Philip Marchese, Justin T. Matthews, Grace Montague, Eric Mothon, William Ous, Dillan H Palaszewski, Jillian R. Quay, Justine V. Quay, Jasmine Rose, Joshua Scheeren, Meaghan Whalen, Adam J. Wright. HONORS: Grade 7:

Matthew Colabello, Ryan Garcia, Annabella Teter, Samantha Teter. Grade 8: Walter Bishop, Ava D’Alessandro, Avery J. Gilman, Mason Groves, Angelina Gutto, Lily Mae Pepper, Dalton D. Sargent, Logan P. Seburn, Caden Sherman, Myels P. Shippey, Bryannah SumnerArnold, Timothy Vandenburgh, Samantha (Sam) Webb-Horvath. Grade 9: Luke Bennett, Clayton Darling, Noah Flint, James Grogan, Kyle Hunter, Hunter Jenison, Samuel L. Mitchell, Caleb Oughton, Anthony Powers, Kaitlin Pritchard, Shayna Reed, Cecily Rolfe, Xavier Russell, Brandon JSmith, Matthew Walker, Michael Zelezniak. Grade 10: Britney Bernash, Alexis Biss, Taylor Coughlin, Trissety Denton, Hunter M. Gould, Kenneth Hay, Aiden M. Holbrook, Joshua J. Jankowski, Alexandra B. Knizek, Kimberly Martin, Jaquline Pilczuk, Hayli Raylinsky, Carter Scribner, Garrett T. Shippey, Jake Sicard, Gabrielle Signor, Peter Stewart. Grade 11: Elise N. Arey, Meghan Baldwin, Dakota Dery, Sean Devernoe, Cassidy Freeman, Seth M. Garrison, Kathryn J. Hersey, Julia K. Holbrook, Michael J. Sowle, Lindsey Zawisa. Grade 12: Hannah G. Bramer, Hannah Darling, Bradley Harrington, Tyler D. Larson, Samuel E. Mitchell, Samantha Munchbach, Mariah Nissen, Timothy Oliver, Leah Oughton, Ryan T. Rydzewski, Kaitlin A. Sisler.

Ballston Spa Mayor Visits with Second Graders

21 BALLSTON SPA — On Monday, Nov. 6, Milton Terrace Elementary School second graders had a special guest, Ballston Spa Village Mayor John Romano. The students were learning about local government and excited to ask their mayor about his job and how he makes laws.



Week of November 17 – November 21, 2017

for Northern Cross, GREAT WINE is all about the GRAPE

Saturdays, 9 to 1 Lincoln Baths Building at the Spa State Park

by Himanee Gupta-Carlson Saratoga TODAY Photos by Pattie Garrett I love wine. I would drink it all day long if common sense didn’t advise otherwise. So I want the glass (or two) of wine I enjoy with dinner to be as good as possible. If it’s local, even better.

For these reasons, my first taste of Northern Cross Vineyard’s Lacrosse wine was love at first sip. “It’s got a very distinctive taste,” said Kathleen Weber, as she poured a sample at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market. “Be prepared for that.” Weber explained that the flavor of the wine was all about the grape that created it and the conditions under which that grape was grown, harvested, and fermented. Weber and her husband Andrew grow the grapes they use to make their wines themselves, and crush and ferment them naturally. No artificial colors, flavorings, or additives are used. I tasted the wine and smiled. It was like a food grown locally: fresh, flavorful, hearty. The Webers began selling wine at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market in 2014, a

few years after starting their vineyard on two acres of what used to be grain fields in Easton. They currently offer three white wines – Lacrosse, Prairie Star, and LaCrescent – and two reds – Marquette and Battenkill Red. While the latter red is a blend of three grapes, all of the other wines are named simply after the grape from which they were made. “We try to keep wine simple,” says Kathleen Weber. All of the grapes were bred to withstand harsh winters. This cold hardiness, says Andrew Weber, makes them

suitable to creating wines distinct to our region. The Webers have petitioned the federal government to designate an area mapped as the Upper Hudson as an American Viticultural Area. This designation – akin to Central New York’s Finger Lakes region – enables wine growers in a specific area their wines’ growing areas more specifically to customers. I have sipped Lacrosse with many holiday meals: roast turkeys and ducks at

Thanksgiving, beef briskets over the December holidays and New Year, hams and pork ribs around Easter. For other ideas on pairings, visit Northern Cross’s tasting room on weekends, or stop by their farmers’ market booth. The Saratoga Farmers’ Market is 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays at the Lincoln Baths Building in the Saratoga Spa State Park. You can also follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Chicken with Herbs • Total time: : 3 hour 30 mins • Serves: 4 - 6

INGREDIENTS * Find these Ingredients at the Farmers’ Market!

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4 skinless, boneless chicken breast* halves (2 lbs.), pounded ¼ inch thick Kosher salt and pepper 2 ½ cups white wine vinegar 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 cup finely chopped mixed herbs, such as, parsley*, tarragon, basil*, thyme*, rosemary*, sage*, and mint*

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Tightly roll them up lengthwise and secure with toothpicks at 1-inch intervals. 2. In a large saucepan, combine the vinegar, ¾ cup of water, and a pinch of salt and bring to a gentle simmer. Add the chicken and cook over low heat until just white throughout, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a work surface and let cool slightly. Discard the toothpicks. Slice the chicken crosswise into 1-inch-thick rounds. 3. In a large bowl, whisk the olive oil with the mixed herbs and season with salt and pepper. Add the chicken, turning to coat in the herb oil. Let cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight. Bring the chicken to room temperature and serve. NOTE: Serve with crusty bread and Lacrosse, Prairie Star, or LaCrescent wines by Northern Cross Vineyard. Adapted from recipe by Katie Caldesi shared by My Saratoga Kitchen Table



Week of November 17 – November 21, 2017

“I SEE” said the Turkey...

by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY


again my Foodie Friends! Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without the telling of the Grandma and the Turkey story. It was a long time ago when Johnny was 3 and Aubrey was 5 months old when we made the annual trek to Grandma’s house to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner and watch football. To begin; let me explain I am a Giants fan and so is my mother-in-law so watching the Cowboys is not our favorite thing. However, her son is and so is my sister-in-law’s husband. Yep, two Cowboy fans in the same house and they do not like each other! I love football, so I watched but the room was silent because they don’t speak to each other. They were holding their feelings down to make my mother-in-law happy. My mother-in-law was

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without them. The brothers-inlaw were pressed into service to find the glasses. These were not just any glasses; they were big and black and hard to lose but there were no glasses to be found. We looked everywhere, and Grandma was close to tears when she asked me to check on and baste the turkey. This was a big turkey at 28lbs and it smelled great. I grabbed my son Johnny and the baster which he took charge of and opened the oven to show him the turkey. He said look daddy the turkey can see better. Yep he found the glasses neatly melted in perfect harmony with the bird, so it looked like he had eyes! I started laughing and everyone joined in. Needless to say, we had ham and lasagna but no turkey. It didn’t matter because the rest of the day was perfect. Thanksgiving can be a lot of fun but sometimes there are stressful events that can happen that threaten our need

Office for the Aging Lunch Program at the


Day 20 17 Turkey Special! • Turkey & Gravy • Mashed Potatoes • Stuffing • Greenbean Casserole • Cranberry Sauce • Dinner Roll • Pumpkin Pie

busy making a huge feast for all to enjoy. She was very nervous because she wanted everyone to get along. We always ate after the game and this one was a tight one. Most Cowboy fans may want to stop reading now. With just seconds left in the game, the Miami Dolphins lined up to make a game winning field goal and it was blocked by the Cowboys! The brothers-in-law were silent. I wanted to yell but held back because of the tension. All of a sudden one of the Cowboys (Leon Lett) chased the blocked field goal and touched it. Oh nooo! Well the Dolphins got another chance and won. Not good around Grandma’s house. My motherin-law was now really nervous that her day could be ruined. Her kitchen was filled with many dishes all cooking at once. There was a shout from the kitchen and Grandma announced that she had lost her glasses and could not see

• Roast Pork & Gravy • Mashed Potatoes • Brussel Sprouts • Warm Apple Crisp





• Chili • Rice • Spinach • Pineapple

• Goulash • Mexican Corn • Warm Spiced Peaches


23/ 24 CLOSED for the Holiday!

We Wish You a Happy Thanksgiving!

Menu Subject to Change. Coffee, tea and butter are served daily. The suggested contribution is $2/meal. There is a $6 fee for guests under the age of 60. Please make checks payable to: Northeast Dining and Lodging, c/o Saratoga County Office for the Aging, 152 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020

for everything to be perfect. Remember, my friends that “Life happens in the Kitchen”. Among

our greatest and most treasured memories are the ones that are based in the kitchen or around a meal. As you get ready this season for your festivities and feasts, stop into Compliments to the Chef located at 33 Railroad Place. Pick up roasters, basters, thermometers, and more for your meal. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Take Care, John and Paula


Week of November 17 – November 21, 2017

Puzzles Across 1 Alaska’s Alaskan Malamute, for one 9 Have rounds all around 15 Locks maintenance 16 Tennyson’s “lily maid of Astolat” 17 Volcanic glass 18 Omitted from a speech? 19 Calms 20 Spells out 22 __ United: English soccer team 23 Serious order shortage? 24 Ideal: Abbr. 26 Where Andorra is 28 __-American 29 Picketing displays 33 Iranian city known for its carpets 35 Rest 36 Where Andorra is 37 Ascribe (to) 38 Few are chosen 40 Hamlet 41 “Moulin Rouge” (1952) co-star, familiarly 43 Storm dir. 44 __-wip 45 Underhanded undertaking 50 Bonus 52 Southwestern native 53 Hyphenated frozen food brand 54 Ear-piercing 56 Analgesic rub 57 Gave the business 58 Auto options 59 Blows Down 1 Marine hazard 2 China setting 3 Theater access 4 F-A-C, e.g. 5 One barely working? 6 Place of honor 7 __ pro nobis 8 Pair in many languages 9 Britain’s Yeoman Warders, familiarly 10 “Hyperbole and a Half” blogger Brosh 11 __ check 12 Avoids being seen by 13 Private sign?

See puzzle solutions on page 46

See puzzle solution on page 46 14 __ XING 21 “The Good Wife” crisis manager Gold 23 Rx 25 Drops off 27 Some house-to-garage links 28 Yellow Pokémon species that ultimately evolves to Alakazam 29 Roaring group 30 What “love is like,” in a 1960s hit 31 Take in 32 No small feat 34 Bare 38 Bad news metaphor 39 Eponymous weapon 42 Star Wars, initially 44 Godzilla ally, at times

46 Prefix with tropic 47 FDR bought the first one in 1941 48 Champagne holder 49 Kerfuffles 51 University of Latvia locale 52 Lineup member, hopefully 53 Delivery pros 55 __ populi

Writing the Right Word by Dave Dowling

Accuracy in word choice is a key to effective communication. In your daily writing and speaking, try to make sure you use the right word in the right place with the right spelling. By doing so, its effect will affect your communication in a positive way. This quick weekly tip will help you filter the confusion in some of our daily word choices. This Week: Deductive, Inductive (Concerning Types of Reasoning) Deductive means to reason from the general to the specific (top-down approach). Example: All people need water to survive; Bob is a person; Bob needs water to survive. Inductive means to reason from the specific to the general (bottom-up approach). Example: Bob needs water to survive; Bob is a person; all people need water to survive. Dave Dowling is the author of The Wrong Word Dictionary and The Dictionary of Worthless Words. Both books are available from many book retailers, and signed copies can be obtained by contacting Dave at

Week of November 17 – November 21, 2017


Congregation Shaara Tfille, located at 84 Weibel Avenue in Saratoga Springs, invites the community to a Musical Shabbat Service on Friday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m. Rabbi/Cantor Kenneth Blatt will conduct and perform a program that features a variety of music from Broadway, modern Israeli compositions, traditional liturgical prayer songs, Cantorial pieces and melodies from the American Songbook adapted for the Jewish Sabbath. He will be accompanied by keyboardist Michael Clement. There will be a Deli Dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $18 for adults, children 14 and under $7. RSVP by contacting 518-584-2370 or Rabbi Kenneth Stuart Blatt has been the Spiritual Leader with Congregation Shaara Tfille since January of 2010. He received his Rabbinical Ordination from The Rabbinical Academy, the Mesifta Adath Wolkowisk. He studied

cantorial music with the renowned Cantor Leon Berger in Brooklyn, NY and continued his Judaic studies at the School of Sacred Music of Woodmere, NY where he received his Cantorial Ordination. Although he practiced dentistry for a decade, his interest in the performing arts led to a M.F.A. from Florida Atlantic University and a PhD in Theater from Michigan State University. As a professional entertainer, Rabbi Blatt has performed in theaters, cabarets, hotels, community centers and synagogues and acted and directed more than 30 theatrical productions. Michael Clement is an accomplished pianist and organist. He has performed with the Tucson Symphony, the Arizona Opera Company and Orange County, CA Opera. Michael is currently the Music Minister for Emmanual Baptist Church in Albany and the Pianist for the Lake George Opera Festival. He has served

hosts Breakfast and “The Jews and First World War – Unleashing the Dogs of War” Adult Education Discussion Congregation Shaara Tfille, located at 84 Weibel Avenue in Saratoga Springs, invites the entire community to join them for Breakfast and an Adult Education discussion on “The Jews and First World War – Unleashing the Dogs of War” on Sunday, November 19 at 10 a.m. The cost is $10 per adult and $5 for children under 13. For more information or to make reservations, contact 518-584-2370 or saratogajcc@ This Adult Education discussion class, led by Rabbi Kenneth Blatt, will be the first of a three-part series of discussions regarding the impact of The First World War on the Jewish people. While most Jews are knowledgeable regarding the devastating consequences of World War II, the ramifications of the so-called, ‘Great War’ are more obscure. To understand the Holocaust and the birth of

the modern State of Israel, it is necessary to understand what happened to the Jews during WW I. The first session will focus on the events leading up to the outbreak of hostilities. Congregation Shaara Tfille is an egalitarian Conservative congregation located at 84 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga Springs, that welcomes all Jews, inter-faith families and the LGBTQ community. The Synagogue holds Monday and Thursday morning services at 7:30 a.m., third Friday Family Shabbat evening at 7:30 p.m., Saturday Shabbat morning services at 10 a.m. In addition to regular religious program, the Congregation offers a Hebrew School, Adult Education programs, ‘Live 92nd Street Y’ broadcast series, Men’s Club and Sisterhood.

as Music Director at St. Peters Presbyterian Church and Music Director of Opera Excelsior and is a Vocal Coach and Accompanist

at the College of Saint Rose and Skidmore College. Michael attended the Eastman School of Music, the Chautauqua Institute,

University of Arizona and University of Southern California.



Week of November 17 – November 21, 2017

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

Christian Science Church 107 Circular St, Saratoga Springs 584-0221 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Community Alliance Church 257 Rowland St, Ballston Spa 885-6524 | Services: Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. Congregation Shaara Tfille* 84 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga Springs 584-2370 | Services: Saturday 10 a.m. Corinth Free Methodist Church   20 Hamilton Ave, Corinth 654-9255; 792-0271 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Corinth United Methodist Church 243 Main Street, Corinth 654-2521 | Services: Sunday 11 a.m. Cornerstone Community Church 100 Saratoga Village Blvd. #8 Ballston Spa. | 664-5204 | Pastor Frank Galerie Services: Sunday 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Community 2001 Route 9, Round Lake 877-8506 | Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8 & 11 a.m.; Eastern Orthodox — Christ the Savior 349 Eastline Road, Ballston Lake 212-7845 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. First Baptist Church of Saratoga Springs 45 Washington St, Saratoga Springs 584-6301 | Services: Sunday 12 noon First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa 202 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa 885-8361 | Services: 10:30 a.m. worship, (9 a.m. in July and August) 9 a.m. Sunday School (all ages) First Presbyterian Church of Ballston Spa 22 West High St, Ballston Spa 885-5583 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Full Gospel Tabernacle 207 Redmond Road, Gansevoort 793-2739 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Galway United Methodist Church 2056 East St, Galway | 882-6520 Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. (9 a.m. in July and August)

Grace Fellowship Saratoga* 165 High Rock Ave, Saratoga | 691-0301 Pastor: Mike Adams Services: Sundays 9 & 11 a.m. Greater Grace Community Church 100 Saratoga Village, Building 17, Ballston Spa. Pastor David Moore | 899-7777 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Greenfield Center Baptist Church 30 Wilton Road, Greenfield Center | 893-7429 Services: Sunday School for all ages - 9:45 a.m.; Church Service - 11 a.m. Highway Tabernacle Church 235 Hudson Ave., Mechanicville | 664-4442 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m., Sunday School 9:30 Hope Church 206 Greenfield Ave, Ballston Spa 885-7442 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Sunday School 9 a.m. Jonesville United Methodist 963 Main St, Clifton Park 877-7332 | Services: Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Living Springs Free Methodist Church 59 Pine Road, Saratoga Springs 584-1003 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Living Waters Church of God 4330 State Rt. 50, Saratoga Springs 587-0484 | Services: Sundays 10 a.m. Malta Presbyterian Church 118 Dunning Street, Malta 899-5992 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Malta Ridge United Methodist Church 729 Malta Ave. Ext, Malta 581-0210 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Middle Grove United Methodist Church* 429 Middle Grove Rd, Middle Grove 581-2973 | Pastor Bonnie Bates Services: Sunday 9 a.m. Mt. Olivet Baptist Church 100 Cresent St. Saratoga Springs | 584-9441 | Services 10 a.m. Rev. Dr. Victor L. Collier Perry Road Baptist Church* 150 Perry Road, Saratoga Springs 587-0711 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Pastor Thomas Van McClain New Life Fellowship* 51 Old Gick Road, ­­Saratoga Springs 580-1810 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m.


Week of November 17 – November 21, 2017


PLACES OF WORSHIP NorthStar Church 970 Rt. 146, Clifton Park 371-2811 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. & 11:15 a.m. Old Saratoga Reformed Church* 48 Pearl St., Schuylerville Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Old Stone Church (American Baptist) 159 Stone Church Road, Ballston Spa 583-1002 | Service 10:30 a.m. Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church* 73 Midline Road, Ballston Lake 399-5713 | Services: Saturday 5:30 p.m. Sunday 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Porter Corners United Methodist Church 512 Allen Road, Porter Corners,NY Service: Sunday 8:45 am Followed by Fellowship Arlene Schmidt, CLM | Handicap accessible Presbyterian-NE Congregational Church 24 Circular St, Saratoga Springs 584-6091 | Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Quaker Springs United Methodist Church* 466 Route 32, Schylerville 695-3101 | Pastor Ben Lalka Services: Sunday 9 a.m. River of Hope Fellowship 100 Saratoga Village Blvd, Malta Cmns, Ste. 3 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Roman Catholic Church of St. Peter 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-2375 | Services: Saturday 5 p.m.; Sunday 7:30, 9 and 11 a.m. St. Clement’s Roman Catholic Church* 231 Lake Ave, Saratoga Springs 584-6122 | Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8, 9:30, 11:15 a.m. and 5 p.m., 1 p.m. Spanish Service St. George’s Episcopal Church 912 Route 146, Clifton Park 518-371-6351 | Services: Saturday 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 7:30 , 9, & 11:30 a.m. St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church* 3159 Route 9N, Greenfield Center 893-7680 Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church* 167 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa 885-7411 | Services: Saturday 4 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., Noon. St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church* 771 Route 29, Rock City Falls 885-4677 | Services: Saturday 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.; Sunday 8:30 am.

St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 149 Lake Ave, Saratoga Springs 584-0904 | Services: Saturday 5 p.m.; Sundays 8:30 & 11 a.m. St. Peter Lutheran Church 2776 Route 9, Malta | 583-4153 Services: Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m.; Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church 1 Grove Street, Schuylerville 695-3918 | Rev. Donna J. Arnold Services: Sunday 8 & 9 a.m. St. Thomas of Canterbury 242 Grooms Road, Halfmoon | 348-0842 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga Abundant Life Church 2 Hutchins Rd. Saratoga Springs 885-5456 | Services: Sunday 8:20 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Saratoga Chabad 130 Circular St, Saratoga Springs 526-0773 | Saratoga Friends Meeting (Quaker) 571 Rt32, Quaker Springs 587-7477; 399-5013 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga United Methodist Church* 175 Fifth Ave, Saratoga Springs 584-3720 | Services: Sunday 9:00am and 10:45am Saratoga Seventh-Day Adventist Church 399 Union Ave, Saratoga Springs 587-6951 | Services: Sabbath School: 10 a.m. Worship Service: 11 a.m. Schuylerville United Methodist Church 51 Church St., Schuylerville 695-3101 | Services: Sunday 11 a.m. Shenendehowa United Methodist 971 Route 146, Clifton Park 371-7964 Services: Sunday 9 & 10:45 a.m. Simpson United Methodist Church 1089 Rock City Road, Rock City Falls 885-4794 Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m.

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

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Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group Join us for our first meeting of the Saratoga County Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) Support Group. The meeting will be held Wednesday, November 29, from 5 – 6:30 p.m. at the Health and Fitness Center, 2nd floor, 6 Care Lane, Saratoga Springs. The support group is free and open to IPF patients, their family members, friends and caregivers. IPF is a rare condition that causes scar tissue to grow inside the lungs. It is estimated that IPF affects approximately 100,000 people in the United States. The cause of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis is unknown. The Saratoga County support group will meet regularly, and meetings will typically feature an educational presentation as well as discussion with others affected by IPF. For more information contact Marie or Susan at the Health and Fitness Center at 518-886-5676. Climate Watch National Audubon Society Program Manager, Zach Slavin will present “Climate Watch” on Wednesday, November 29, as part of the monthly program of the Southern Adirondack Audubon Society. The program will be held in the Christine McDonald Community Room of the Crandall Library in Glens Falls, NY. The free program will start at 7 p.m. and is open to the public. For more information visit www. Jazz Concert Capital District Jazz is excited to announce the next event in its monthly concert series, Jazz at the Spring: Co-leaders saxophonist Adam Siegel, one of the Capital Region’s brightest young players, and pianist Galen Pittman with their quartet explore the music of Lennie Tristano. The concert will be held at Spring St Gallery, 110 Spring St., Saratoga Springs, on Thursday, November 30, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the

Community Emergency Corps and Toys for Tots Community Emergency Corps of Ballston Spa will be an official drop off point for donations for the Toys for Tots program sponsored by the United States Marine Corps. We will be partnering with the Saratoga County Sheriff ’s Office. Toys will be accepted at 78 Thompson St., Ballston Spa, until December 15. New, unwrapped toys, games, books, puzzles, sport balls, dolls, snow toys, and anything for kids from infant to teens are all appreciated. Stuffed toys are the only exception. You can drop them off anytime, days or evenings. If we are not at the building due to answering emergency calls, we hope you will return at another time with your contribution. Toys will be redistributed right back into this community to those in need. Folks may bring toys to donate during the annual Santa Parade in Ballston Spa on December 1. Step off is at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Ray Otten, Executive Director of CEC, at 518-885-1478. Ballston Spa Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association’s annual Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting takes place, Friday, December 1. The step off time is 6:30 p.m., proceeding on Milton Ave. and ending in Wiswall Park on Front St. with Santa lighting the Christmas tree. The parade has become a hometown-style holiday tradition, with fire trucks, floats, animals, kids and Santa parading down the main street of the village. The Holiday Parade is a true community event so parade participants are welcome. If your organization, group or business would like to take part in the parade that night, go to to register, or contact Ellen Mottola at the BSBPA office 518-885-2772 or Southern Saratoga Artists’ Society Exhibit The Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library will be exhibiting the work of members of the Southern Saratoga Artists’ Society from

December 1 through December 29 during regular library hours. For more information, visit the Society’s website: Breakfast with Santa The Ballston Spa Business & Professional Association (BSBPA) is once again presenting the annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 2, from 8-11 a.m. in the gymnasium of St. Mary’s School, 40 Thompson St., in the Village of Ballston Spa. A delicious pancake breakfast will be provided courtesy of the Eagle Matt Lee and Union Fire Companies. Children and their families will enjoy activities, live performances and a chance to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Cost for the breakfast is $5 per person and reservations are not necessary. All proceeds will go to support community events and village beautification. A portion of the proceeds from the breakfast will go to support the youth programs at St. Mary’s Parish. We will also be collecting unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots, so please bring a toy to donate if you would like. Gifting the Adirondacks Holiday Fair The community is invited to the Folk School to share some holiday goodies and a cup of something warm to ward off the Adirondack chill. It’s your chance to shop for some of the amazing items made by our instructors and other local artisans. The “big room”, as well as our gift shop, are brimming with decorations and gifts, snacks and good cheer. Please stop by on December 2 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and end our very fine 2017 season while we raise a toast to new things ahead for 2018! The school is located at 51 Main St., Lake Luzerne. For more information call 518-696-2400 or visit www. 2017 Saratoga Fair Trade Market Expo Fight against worldwide poverty while getting all your holiday shopping done in one location, on Saturday, December 2, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Saratoga Springs City Center. A beautiful array of handcrafted gifts fairly traded from around the world. There will be live music by local music

Week of November 17 – November 21, 2017 teacher/musician Jon Tario and a free scavenger hunt all day with prizes for kids. Come shop with purpose and joy. Free Admission. Hosted by New Life Fellowship Church and The Bosnian Handcraft Project. For more information call 518-580-1810. Elvis Blue Christmas Concert and Dinner The Saratoga Children’s Theatre announces their Blue Christmas Fundraiser, on Saturday, December 2 at the Saratoga Music Hall. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a light dinner (included), and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Raffle baskets and 50/50 raffle will be available. Help support Saratoga Children’s Theatre during this night of music and fun. Come see this two-act reproduction of Elvis on tour, featuring multi award winning Elvis Tribute Artist, Mathew Boyce, and his 28-piece Suspicious Mind Orchestra. Tickets: $40 for adults, $35 for seniors, and $15 for students. For more information and tickets, please visit ww.saratogachildrenstheatre. org or call 518-430-7423. Korean War Veterans Association Christmas Party and Meeting The Christmas party/meeting of Ch. 60 Korean War Veterans Association will be held at noon on December 5 at the Log Jam restaurant, located in the outlets, South of Lake George. We will be ordering off the menu. Hosts are Patti and Gene Slavin. Please call the Slavin’s at 518-793-2358 with your reservations by December 3. The December raffle will be awarded, and entertainment will be provided. All veterans who served anywhere during the Korean War or in Korea at any time, spouses, widows, family and friends are all eligible to attend. For further information or an application to join the organization, please contact Comm. Roger Calkins at 518584-3037. Annual dues are $10 for veterans and $5 for associates. Poetry Readings On Wednesday, December 6, Caffè Lena will present poetry readings by Marilyn Zembo Day and Leslie Neustadt. An open reading will follow. Doors open for sign-ups at 7 p.m. and the

readings will start at 7:30 p.m. The host for the event will be Carol Graser and the cost is $5, free for students. Caffè Lena is located at 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs. For more information, call 518-5830022, or visit Bus Trip to New York City Come celebrate Christmas in NYC on December 6. See the Rockefeller tree, browse holiday windows, get some Christmas shopping done or see a show. Bus trips and excursions are open to the public, regardless of age. Bring your friends, family or grandkids. For more information call the Saratoga Senior Center at 518-584-1621. 4th Annual Snow-A-Palooza Join us on Thursday, December 7, at 4 p.m. at the Malta location of Bryant & Stratton College located at 2452 Route 9, Suite 201, Malta. This event is free and includes a craft room, cookie decorating room, game room, refreshments and a visit from Santa on his Red Fire Engine courtesy of Round Lake Fire Department. In addition, there will be a silent auction with various items donated by local businesses and not-for-profits to help raise funds to support the Toys for Toga, the Ballston Area Community Center, and the Mother Teresa Academy Cancer Awareness Fund. For more information on volunteering and/or donating please contact Melyssa Wall at 518-437-1802 ext. 280. Breakfast with Santa Come have breakfast with Santa on December 9 from 8 - 10:30 a.m. at the American Legion, located at 23 Pleasant St., Ballston Spa. Make some crafts and sit on Santa’s Lap to tell him what your wish is for Christmas. All Village children are invited to join us at this event. Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Saratoga Mineral Baths: Not Just for Saturday Nights, presented by Charlie Kuenzel. Free and open to the public, no registration required. The programs take place from 12-1 p.m. in the H. Dutcher Community Room, Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St., Saratoga Springs. For more information, call 518-587-3241 or visit, www. or

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Week of November 17 – November 21, 2017

Family Friendly Event ! Friday, November 17 Holiday Crafternoon Ballston Spa Public Library, 21 Milton Ave. (Rt. 50), Ballston Spa, 3 p.m. Create a one-of-akind Thanksgiving centerpiece. This free event is open to people ages 13 and up. Registration is required, limit 20. To register call 518-885-5022. For more information call, stop in or visit,

Benefit for Gabby Wright Saratoga Wilton Elks, 1 Elks Lane, Saratoga Springs, 6 p.m. Gabby Wright from Glens Falls, is a 26-year-old girl who was born with spina bifida. She is paralyzed from the waist down. Donny “Elvis” Romines will be performing. All proceeds to help Gabby’s parents get a wheelchair van with a lift. There will be raffles, 50/50, food available and a cash bar. Tickets are $20 at the door.

Done to Death Ballston Spa High School Auditorium, 220 Ballston Ave., Ballston Spa, 7 p.m. Ballston Spa High School’s Troupe presents Done to Death, a mystery comedy by Fred Carmichael. The 2-act play, written in 1970 follows once famous mystery writers as they are brought together to apply their mystery writing styles to write a tele 0 show. The show alternates between imagination and reality. The play will also be performed on November 18 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $5 for students/ seniors, available at the door.

Kids Fun Night Maple Avenue Middle School, Maple Ave. (Rt. 9), Saratoga Springs, 7 – 9 p.m. Students in grades K-5 are invited

to Kids Fun Night, featuring open gym, crafts, games, and activities. This fundraiser is hosted by the Saratoga Springs High School Boy’s Cross-Country and Track & Field teams. Coaches, athletes, and athletes’ parents supervise all activities. $10 per child; snacks/drinks available for purchase. More information:

Saturday, November 18 Book Fair Benefit Barnes & Noble 50 Wilton Square, Saratoga Springs, All day A book fair to benefit the Adirondack Folk School. A portion of the proceeds from your purchases will benefit AFS. Come out and visit us or make your purchases online www. from November 18-23. Please use book fair ID 12082640 for all online purchases. Share the news with friends and family and help raise money for the Adirondack Folk School.

Vendor Fair Stillwater United Church, Fellowship Hall., 747 Hudson Ave, Stillwater, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Some of the vendors include LuLaRoe, Tupperware, Usborne, Halfmoon Massage, Books by Darrin Renner, Old Saratoga Naturals, One Hope, Norwex, Thirty-One, LipSense and many more. Get a jump-start on your holiday shopping and shop local. Lunch will be available. Free admission and handicap accessible. Call 518-664-7984 for more information.

Heritage Hunters: Genealogy and Local History Town of Saratoga Town Hall, Rt. 4 and Rt. 29, Schuylerville, 1 p.m. Loraine Wies, Local History Librarian at the Saratoga Springs Public Library, will be the speaker. Lori previously served as the Adirondack Research Librarian in the Kelly Adirondack Center at Union College. She describes herself as a “proudly addicted genealogist,” who loves to do historical research, and will speak about some of the projects she has undertaken in the Saratoga Room at the library. Public is welcome. For information call 518-587-2978.


CALENDAR Pocahontas Malta Community Center, 1 Bayberry Dr., Malta, 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Malta Spotlighter’s Theatre Troup, directed by Elyse Young, presents “Pocahontas”, featuring a combination of 35 children, teen and adult actors weaving their story the weekend before Thanksgiving. The show will also be presented on Sunday, November 19 at 2 p.m. Featuring beautiful music, impressive scenery and costumes. Advanced tickets are $10 until November 17 and can be purchased in person the Malta Community Center or online at Thereafter, tickets will be $15. A limited number of free tickets with adult purchase are still available through a grant from Stewarts Holiday Match. Call for additional information at 518-899-4411.

Tang Family Saturdays Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, 2 – 3:30 p.m. Annual Potato Turkey Festival - Come to our 15th Annual Make-a-Turkey-Out-of-a-Potato Festival. We will make holiday centerpieces out of potatoes, pipe-cleaners, feathers, and beads. Create a fantastic bird sculpture to decorate your table. Registration is required and can be made any time. Free and open to the public. Suitable for children age 5 and up along with their adult companions. Reservations are highly encouraged as space is limited. 518-580-5542.

Sunday, November 19 Breakfast Buffet Saratoga-Wilton Elks, 1 Elks Ln., Rt. 9, Saratoga Springs, 8:30-11 a.m. Now featuring eggs to order, fruit cocktail, French toast, pancakes, potatoes, breakfast sausage and ham, corned beef hash, sausage gravy and buiscuits, scrambled eggs, eggs benedict, juice, coffee and tea. Donation Requested: Adults $10, Seniors and Military (Active/Retired with ID Card) $9, Children 5—12 $8, Under 5 Free, Take-outs $10. Call 518-584-2585 for more information.

Breakfast and “The Jews and First World War – Unleashing the Dogs of War”

Breakfast and an Adult Education discussion. The cost is $10 per adult and $5 for children under 13. For more information or to make reservations by Thursday, November 16, contact at 518-584-2370 or

Consciousness-Raising Book Discussion Woodlawn Commons, 156 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, 6 p.m. Join us for a spiritual book discussion. All are welcome whether they’ve read the book, or not. This month’s book is Power Through Constructive Thinking by Emmet Fox. Hosted by Albany-Saratoga Spiritual Adventures. For more information, visit www. or call 518-366-9918.

Monday, November 20 Wellness Walk Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park - Opdahl Farm Trailhead, 155 Ballard Rd., Gansevoort, 11 a.m. Enjoy nature with others looking to get outside. The walk is geared towards gentle exercise and is for participants at basic fitness levels. It is led by YMCA fitness instructor, Linda Hovious and is on a different trail each month. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Call 518-450-0321.

Parkinson’s Support Group Meeting Woodlawn Commons, 2nd floor, Wesley Health Care Center, 156 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, 2 p.m. This meeting is free and open to anyone with Parkinson’s Disease, family members and friends. For more information call Bruce McClellan at 518-331-9611.

Tuesday, November 21 BSBPA Networking Breakfast 48 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa, 7:30-8:30 a.m. November’s Networking Breakfast is hosted by Roohan Realty at their commercial property in

Ballston Spa. A great way to share and promote your business or organization with others in the community, the breakfasts are open to all. Cost is $5 with advance reservation, payable online or at the door or $10 walk-in at the door. RSVP at

Wednesday, November 22 Cancer Support Group Saratoga Hospital, 211 Church St., Saratoga Springs, Noon – 1 p.m. The cancer support group is a safe container to explore common physical, financial, emotional and spiritual issues, among others. Pierre Zimmerman, who facilitates this group, has been working with people who have cancer for over 12 years, leading support groups, mindfulness based stress reduction programs and spiritual retreats. Call Pierre at 413-9927012 to register and confirm, as schedule may be subject to change. Free & open to all.

Thursday, November 23 The 16th Annual Christopher Dailey Turkey Trot

Saratoga Springs City Hall, 474 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 8:30 a.m. Each year, on Thanksgiving morning, thousands of runners congregate to race in the annual 5K Turkey Trot race, which benefits the Christopher Dailey Foundation. There is no dayof registration this year - you must register in advance. Cost is $27 from November 13 - 22. Entry fees are non-refundable. Register online at ZippyReg. com. Online registration closes at noon on Tuesday, November 21. Register by mail by filling out the entry form at and mailing it with a $24 check per runner to: Christopher Dailey Foundation, c/o AREEP, PO Box 38195, Albany, NY 12203-8195. Do not mail after November 17. Register in person between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Saratoga Hilton Hotel.

Congregation Shaara Tfille, 84 Weibel Ave., Saratoga Springs, 10 a.m. The entire community is invited for

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SPAC Presents Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Bethesda Episcopal Church

Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Photo by Matt Dine.

by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — As part of Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s continued commitment to presenting programming that extends beyond the traditional summer months, SPAC announced that the Orchestra of St. Luke’s will perform Bach’s beloved Brandenburg Concertos at Bethesda Episcopal Church on Friday, Dec. 8.

Show time is 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 General Admission seats and can be purchased online at “To be able to present some of Bach’s most beloved repertoire performed by one of the world’s great chamber orchestras in an acoustically and architecturally exquisite space during the festive holiday season is a great privilege,” said Elizabeth Sobol, SPAC president and CEO, in a statement. David Hyde Pierce, Saratoga

Springs native and Board Member of Orchestra of St. Luke’s, praised the return of Orchestra of St. Luke’s to Saratoga and the new initiative: “This concert means so much to me. SPAC was where as a young boy I first encountered the great artistry of the orchestra and the ballet; Bethesda, a place of comfort and worship for my family, was where I sang in the choir and learned to play the organ; the Orchestra of St Luke’s is the finest musical ensemble I’ve ever known, and they’re like family to me. It is a rare opportunity to hear music this great played this beautifully in such an exquisite setting— but that’s Saratoga.” The Orchestra of St. Luke’s performs approximately 80 concerts each year at venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. The Dec. 8 “SPAC @ Bethesda Church” program will feature Bach’s six Brandenburg Concertos, which were composed as a gift to the Margrave of Brandenburg in 1721, and are still considered pinnacles of the Baroque repertoire.

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Hubbard Hall Produces

New Chamber Edition of Rupert Holmes’ “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY CAMBRIDGE — A new chamber edition of Rupert Holmes’ Tony Award-winning “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” opens Saturday, Nov. 18 at Hubbard Hall. Creator Rupert Holmes created the new version specifically for Hubbard Hall, with new characters local to the area, and regional references and flavor. Based on Charles Dickens’ incomplete last novel, “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” is solved by the audience each night, giving each cast member the chance – and challenge – to be the murderer, while delighting audiences with a new outcome every night. An Opening Night Dinner will take place 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18 in the Round House Bakery Café, located on

the ground floor of Hubbard Hal. Admission to the dinner is $40. Performances will run Saturday, Nov. 18 through Sunday, Dec. 3 and are staged Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. No performance on Sunday, Nov. 18. Tickets are $30 General Admission/$15 Student. All tickets are available online at or by calling the box office at 518-677-2495. Since 1878, Hubbard Hall Center for the Arts and Education has developed, produced, and presented theater, music, dance and the visual arts.

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Renowned Cellist and Saratoga Springs Native Returns to Region for Performance at The Egg

Rochmon Drops the Needle on Rod Stewart Classic at Caffe Lena Tuesday

by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY ALBANY — Saratoga Springs native Ashley Bathgate – whose cello stylings have garnered acclaim by everyone from the New York Times (an “eloquent new music interpreter,”) to the Washington Post (“a glorious cellist”), returns to the region for a performance at The Egg, at the Empire State Plaza on Saturday, Nov. 18. Last seen in these parts coaxing ethereal tones from the strings of her cello and slicing the air with resonating vibrations in a 2016 performance at the Tang Museum, Bathgate – a 2002 graduate of Saratoga Springs High School - will perform an entirely new series of reflections inspired by the Unaccompanied Cello Suites of J.S. Bach. The work incorporates extended performance techniques, live electronics, and external media resulting in a radical deconstruction and re-imagination of the original music. Concert showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $28. Students are $14 at the door – and special group rates are also available. For more information on the concert, group sales and a special lecture/demonstration call: THE EGG BOX OFFICE: 518-473-1845 In addition to the concert, Bathgate will be conducting a cello technique demonstration and master class at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18 at The Egg, where she will provide insight into her approach to playing the cello – both in the traditional manner as well as how she utilizes electronics that comprise “Bach Unwound.” This event is free and open to the public.

Every Picture Tells a Story: Rod Stewart, joined by Ronnie Wood.

by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY

Cellist extraordinaire and Saratoga Springs native Ashley Bathgate returns to the region for a performance at The Egg. Photo by Caleb Blansett.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Bolstered by now-classic performances of the songs “Maggie May,” “Mandolin Wind,” the album’s title track, and a moving rendition of Tim Hardin’s “Reason to Believe,” Rod Stewart’s 1971 solo album “Every Picture Tells a Story” will receive the Rochmon treatment at Caffe Lena on Tuesday, Nov. 21. Rochmon Record Club gathers once a month under the guidance of music savant Chuck Vosganian, who selects one ground-breaking rock or pop album to dig deep and wide in creating an entertaining, illuminating program of

anecdotes, biographical, technical information and photos. Stewart, accompanied by Ronnie Wood, was ascending to the height of his powers with “Every Picture Tells a Story”- an album cranky rock scribe Robert Christgau graded with an A-plus with extra credit for Rod the Mod’s ability of being “tawdry enough to revel in stellar popand-flash” while able to “refine the rock sensibility without processing the life out of it.” Doors open at 6:30 p.m., presentation begins at 7, and a $5 donation is suggested. Donations go to the restoration funds of Caffe’ Lena and Universal Preservation Hall.

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STOMP to Stage Show at Palace

SARATOGA CITY BALLET Presents “The Nutcracker: Sweet & Swingin’” by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY

by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY ALBANY — STOMP, the international percussion sensation returns to THE Capital Region for one night only on March 20. From its beginnings as a street performance in the UK, STOMP has grown into an international sensation over the past 20 years,

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having performed in more than 50 countries and in front of more than 24 million people. Tickets for STOMP are $65, $49 and $39

and are available at the Palace Box Office and Ticketmaster at 800745-3000. For more information visit

SARATOGA SPRINGS —Saratoga City Ballet presents “The Nutcracker: Sweet & Swingin’” at 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 16 in the Loewenberg Auditorium at Saratoga Springs High School. The event features live music by The Chuck Lamb/Ria Curley Quintet and dancers Johnny Martinez and

Diane Lachtrupp of Tango Fusion. Tickets are $25 and $15. To purchase tickets, visit For more information contact info@saratogacityballet. com or call 518-584-1895. Correction note: a photograph of two dancers incorrectly accompanied this announcement in the Nov. 10 issue of Saratoga Today. The dancers depicted are from a different dance troupe.

Theatre Troupe to Stage Pocahontas in Malta by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY MALTA — Thirty-five children, teen and adult actors weave their story on the Malta Community Center stage the weekend before Thanksgiving in a presentation of Pocahantas.

The Spotlighter’s Theatre Troupe show will be staged 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19. Advance tickets are $10 and can be purchased through Nov. 17

at the Malta Community Center, One Bayberry Drive, or online at Door tickets are $15. Call the Malta Community Center for additional information at 518-899-4411.

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Tue: 7:00, 9:40 WeD & Thu: 10:30 AM, 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 9:40

CoCo (PG) 2D

week of 11/17-11/23

friday, 11/17: Padriac Decker, 9 pm @ Bailey’s — 583.6060 Lori Lieberman, 8 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583-0022 Lou’s Groove, 8 pm @ Hudson River Music Hall — 832-3484 Mike O’Donnell, 7 pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583-1890 Dave Fisk Quartet, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue — 583-2582 Folkfaces, 9 pm @ One Caroline — 587-2026 Cruel Life Tour: Traitors, Sabella, The Alaskan, Beast, 7 pm @ Putnam Den — 584-8066 Kilashandra Irish Band, 8 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583-1916 Shop With a Cop Benefit Show Starring: Danielle Bradbery, 7 pm @ Upstate Concert Hall — 371-0012

saturday, 11/18: The Dude Abides, 9 pm @ Bailey’s — 583-6060 The Lustre Kings, 8 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583-0022 2096, 10 pm @ Caroline St. Pub — 583-9400 Bee Gees Tribute, 7:30 pm @ Hudson River Music Hall — 832-3484 Joe Gitto-Dan Wanczyk Jazz Duo, 6:30 pm @ Mouzon House — 226-0014 Michael Benedict Jazz Vibes, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue — 583-2582 No Volume Button Presents Bez Aloha & Friends, 9 pm @ One Caroline — 587-2026 Aaron Lewis Band , 8 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583-1916

JusTiCe LeAGue (PG-13) 2D

Saint Motel, 7 pm @ Upstate Concert Hall — 371-0012

sunday, 11/19: Bright Series: Amythyst Kiah, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 Proudest Monkey’s: A Dave Matthews Tribute, 3 pm @ Hudson River Music Hall — 832-3485 DJ Selector David Normal, 8 pm @ One Caroline — 587-2026 Hot Club of Saratoga, Noon @ Salt & Char — 450-7500 Kevin McKrell, 8 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583-1916 Hollywood Undead, 6 pm @ Upstate Concert Hall — 371-0012

Fri: 12:10, 1:00, 2:30, 4:00, 5:30, 6:10, 8:30, 9:10, 9:50 sAT & sun: 11:20 AM, 12:10, 1:00, 2:30, 3:10, 4:00, 5:30, 6:10, 8:30, 9:10, 9:50 Mon: 11:50 AM, 3:10, 5:30, 6:10, 8:30, 9:10, 9:50 Tue: 12:00, 3:00, 4:00, 5:50, 8:40, 9:30 WeD & Thu: 11:50 AM, 12:50, 2:50, 3:50, 5:50, 9:00, 10:05

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tuesday, 11/21: Rochmon Record Club: Every Picture Tells A Story, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 Drank the Gold, 7 pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583-1890

wednesday, 11/22: Acoustic Blues Open Mic & Jam, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583-0022 Tim Wechgelaer & Chris Carey, 7:30 pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583-1890 Masters of Nostalgia, 8:00 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026

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Fri - Tue: 1:50, 10:40 WeD & Thu: 1:50, 10:45 Fri: 11:50 AM, 2:10, 4:40, 7:30, 9:20 sAT & sun: 11:40 AM, 2:10, 4:40, 7:30, 9:10 Mon: 1:00, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30, 9:20 Tue: 12:50, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30, 9:20 WeD & Thu: 11:40 AM, 2:20, 4:40, 7:20, 9:10 Fri - sun: 10:30 AM, 1:30, 4:20, 7:20, 9:40 Mon: 1:30, 4:20, 7:20, 9:40 Tue: 1:30, 4:20, 7:20, 9:40, 10:10 WeD & Thu: 10:10 AM, 1:10, 4:10, 7:00, 9:45

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monday, 11/20: Open Mic Night, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 Super Dark Collective: The Dolly Spartans, Top Nachos, Gay Twin, 10 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026

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DADDy’s hoMe 2 (PG-13) 2D

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MurDer on The orienT eXPress (PG-13) 2D

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Urgent Need of Volunteers Got an hour? Why not give it back by spending time volunteering in your community? The Saratoga County office of the Aging is in immediate urgent need of volunteers to help deliver meals to homebound seniors in the following areas: Greenfield, Galway, Mechanicville, Saratoga, Schuylerville, South Glens Falls and Wilton. We are also currently seeking substitute drivers for many communities throughout Saratoga County. This program helps many seniors remain independent in their own homes. Nutritious meals are prepared, packed and ready for transport. Delivery takes about an hour. A training/ orientation is provided. Being a volunteer for this program is a gratifying experience, seniors look forward to seeing a friendly face with their meal delivery. Please call Billie Jo or Stacey at The Office of the Aging, 518-363-4020 or 518363-4033 for details.

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for track records in two consecutive starts. The racing public started to wonder. Was Belair on its way to a third Triple Crown?

by Joe Raucci Saratoga TODAY Photos Provided Saratoga has always been the August place to be. When one thinks of horse racing, the two go hand in hand. There are exceptions to every rule. With that in mind let’s go back to August 31, 1955, when two superb racehorses took center stage on a summer afternoon at Chicago’s Washington Park. This event was met with the utmost anticipation by the horse racing public, as well as sports fans in general. Let’s look at the contestants.

NASHUA His road to the Match Race was paved with brilliance. Nashua was sired by the renowned stallion Nasrullah. He was bred by one of the great names in American racing, William Woodward, at his beloved Belair Stud Farm. Add the training skills of “Sunny Jim” Fitzsimmons and the unmatched riding talent of Eddie Arcaro and you have the recipe for perfection. His racing career started with notoriety. He easily took his first start at Belmont Park in the Spring of 1954. It was here at the Spa where he would start to turn heads. He took both the Grand Union Hotel Stakes and then the Hopeful, with a wire-to-wire score on closing day. Then it was back to Long Island

The 1955 season started at Hialeah, Miami’s Mecca of winter racing. Here, Nashua took the Flamingo and then added the Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park to his blossoming resume. He had one more start on his agenda before heading to Louisville for the Derby. He took home the Wood Memorial here in New York. A train would now take him on the rail to Bluegrass Country and a shot at immortality.

ENTER SWAPS It can be said that Nashua was the product of a time when the great names in racing were producing one champion after another. The most famous families in America owned the top stables and could afford to race horses of the highest quality. Kentucky and Maryland were the sacred breeding grounds that produced them. Swaps road to the match race on the other hand started in the unlikely state of California. Known for the movie business and its scenic coast, the breeding of thoroughbred race horses was far down the list of achievements in the Golden state. This would take a dramatic turn when Rex Ellsworth imported the stallion Khaled from England. He would go on to sire sixty-one stakes winners here in the States. Swaps would be his greatest gift to the world of horse racing. In the spring of 1952 he was foaled. Ellsworth, his owner, was the polar opposite of the blueblood owners that ruled eastern racing. He and his trainer Mesch Tenney were cowboys. They were as content sporting cowboy boots and a Stetson hat as their eastern counterparts were comfortable

in a Brooks Brother’s suit. Where the horse racing palaces back east were called farms and stables, Ellsworth’s operation was known as a ranch. The seeds of the match race were being planted. Swaps’ racing career started in May of 1955. He won his first start at Hollywood Park easily. The rest of his two-year-old campaign was good, but nothing to get excited over. This would change dramatically when he made his first start as a three-year-old. He took the San Vincente easily and then added the Santa Anita Derby.

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THE RACE The racing public demanded a showdown. It would be one for the ages. East verses West, New York society and real live cowboys. Add Bill Shoemaker and Eddie Arcaro, their names synonymous with race riding genius and the perfect elixir had been brewed for a Match Race.

The race itself was conceived at a dinner table at New York’s famed “21.” Here Bill Woodward Jr. and the actor Don Ameche discussed the possibility. Ameche, a friend of Ben Lindenheimer, owner of Chicago’s Washington Park relayed the conversation to him. The wheels were in motion. Ellsworth agreed to the match. The race was to be held on a Wednesday afternoon.

Ellsworth, Tenney and Swaps were headed for Kentucky. In a final prep for the Derby, Swaps easily won an allowance race at Churchill Downs. A week later the Derby was at hand. Nashua was the crowds’ choice. It was not to be his day. Swaps, with his rider Bill Shoemaker’s urging, took the lead from the start. He never looked back, besting Nashua by one and one-half lengths. Swaps had no plans on racing in the other Triple Crown events. He was not nominated for the Preakness or Belmont Stakes. On the other hand, Nashua won both and had come close to winning the Triple Crown. Now the chatter started. Who was better? Swaps had defeated Nashua in the Derby. Yet Nashua came back to take the final two legs. When would they meet again? Swaps headed back west where he was now known as the “California Comet.” This is when the show really took off. Back at home, he took three straight at Hollywood Park. He set and then tied another track record in two of those contests. And how about Nashua? He took the Dwyer Stakes at Aqueduct, then headed out to Chicago for a romp in the Arlington Classic, giving him ten wins in his last eleven starts. The only blemish, his defeat at the hands of Swaps in the Derby.

Program Cover for the Match Race.

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Why not? Above all, racing is a business and running the race on a weekday would give the track a Saturday crowd midweek. It was to be contested at the classic distance of one and one quarter miles, with a winner take all purse of one hundred thousand dollars. “Sunny Jim” decided to rest Nashua for the race whereas Mesch Tenney, his counterpart decided to give Swaps a tightener before the two met. He chose the American Derby on the turf at Washington. Swaps not only won the race, he set a new World’s record in so doing. The table was set. Now it was time for the race. The entire country was awaiting this one. Unfortunately, it had rained the day before, leaving the surface at best in good condition. The rich and famous, along with racing fans from around the country converged on Chicago for the race. Television, relatively new to the scene broadcast the event nationwide. My friend and Saratoga native, the late Alphonse “Sans” Derossi once told me that many Saratogians headed down to Rocco’s Restaurant, now the Parting Glass, to watch the event. He further explained that few had television sets in their homes at that time. Not surprisingly, he stated that most, if not all of the area crowd rooted for Nashua. With more than 35,000 fans in attendance, the horses, both looking confident, made their way to the starting gate. At approximately five o’clock central time the gate opened. Arcaro, yelling like a howling wolf, hustled Nashua to the lead. The stunt worked. As with match races in general, the horse that gets an early lead has a huge advantage. Swaps, a front runner with a lot of early speed, was caught off guard. Shoemaker would now have to make a run at Nashua, not his

original plan. On the backstretch he did just that. Three times he made a move at Nashua. Each time he was not able to get by him. Into the stretch, Shoemaker, realizing he was finished, let up on Swaps. Nashua had breezed to a six and one-half length victory.

THE AFTERMATH Shortly after the race Swaps’ connections said that he was not in top form for the event, having acquired a blister on one of his hooves days before the race. Swaps was finished for the year. The Woodward’s thrill of winning the race would not last very long. Bill Jr. died two months later, when his wife Ann supposedly mistook him for a home invader and ended his life with a blast from a shotgun. The Woodward dynasty, along with Belair Stud, was now part of history. The entire stock of Belair was sold off. Leslie Combs, one of Kentucky’s most famous horse racing sons, bought Nashua for one million dollars, an eye-popping number for that era. Nashua, after taking his two final starts for Belair was named Horse of the Year for 1955. He raced as a four-year-old in the colors of Combs’ Spendthrift Farm. Although he had a solid campaign that year, 1956 was to be all Swaps. After losing the Match Race, Swaps did not race again at three. Never completely sound, time was needed to get him ready for the racetrack at four. And was he ever! No less than seven times in his ten races in 1956, he tied or broke track records. Four times he set World records. It is to this day an astounding accomplishment. Adding to that, he shouldered 130 Pounds seven times in his run



at the history books. His career abruptly ended that fall when he took a misstep in a workout. Swaps was easily voted Horse of the Year for 1956. Both equine stars have entered horse racing’s Hall of Fame here on Union Avenue. Their names go hand-in-hand. When one thinks of Swaps, his next thought is Nashua. Match races have a tendency to forge that. The same can be said for War Admiral and Seabiscuit. The Ill-fated Ruffian, Foolish Pleasure race had the same effect. More relevant is the fact that match races seldom live up to their hype and almost never prove who is the better racehorse. Swaps outranks Nashua in all the polls taken over the years. War Admiral is an all-time great. He may have lost to Seabiscuit. It does not change the fact that he

Unused ticket for the race.

was a much better horse. In Ruffian’s case we will never know. Head and head with her male counterpart Foolish Pleasure, she shattered bones in one of her front legs early in the race and was put down days later. Since that fateful day in 1976 there has been no match race of consequence and not much stomach for one to take place. They are a thing of the past. Yet, in their time nothing in sport equaled the anticipation and exhilaration that preceded these events. It was Mano a Mano, a duel, two adversaries going head-to-head in a Letter from Bill Woodward to the Chairman of the NYS Racing Commission days after the race. Match Race.



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Skidmore Athletes Rake it in for Senior Citizens by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Saturday, Nov. 10 more than 60 Skidmore athletes raked leaves for senior citizens

Photos provided. throughout Saratoga Springs. The volunteers split into five different groups, conquering more than a dozen yards.

In how the idea came to be, volleyball player Bailey Hutchins, a junior at Skidmore College, decided to combine her honors forum position and SAAC (student-athlete advisory committee) position to create a citizenship project, which is required for her to complete her minor. A citizenship project is required of all honors students and is described as, “students should use their talents to contribute to campus and/or community life. A Citizenship Project will give [the student] the opportunity to develop a creative endeavor outside of the classroom or as an extension of a classroom experience.” “I began thinking of ideas this summer when I was interning at the senior center on what I could do within the community that could be practical and meaningful. With the help of Lois, the executive director of Saratoga Senior Center, we determined an unmet need of the senior population was raking leaves in the fall,” Hutchins explained. A total of 40 rakes were donated by Allerdice Hardware, Skidmore Facilities, and Skidmore Community Service. “It was a chance to help seniors, even on a small scale, to live independently and age in place. We received a lot of positive feedback and gratitude. Even enjoying snacks seniors provided,” said Hutchins.

Jr. NBA Scores TOWN OF WILTON RECREATION – JR. NBA SCORES SATURDAY, NOV. 11, 2017 DIVISION 1 CELTICS-20: Jude Hamilton-Jones - 12, Landon Lockrow - 4 THUNDER-7: Reese Lemos - 4, Mason Sleicher - 2 KNICKS-29: Jackson Dunbar - 12, Bobby Morris - 7 CAVS-18: Cole Whitman - 8, Anderson Baird - 4 LAKERS-19: Brendan Conley - 6, James Voorhies - 4 HAWKS-6: Carter Reardon - 4, Carson Engelhard - 2 HEAT-23: Jojo Birnby - 11, Brady Girard - 6 WARRIORS-10: Jackson Shaw - 4

DIVISION 2 KNICKS-48: Tyler Weygand -15, Mason Cormier - 12 CAVS-7: Evan Walsh - 4, Patrick Seguin - 2 BLAZERS-42: Rowan Armstrong -17, Ryan Dingmon - 6 HAWKS-19: Dylan Marcello - 8, Gianni Delgado - 6 THUNDER-25: Zach Streicher - 6, Nithin Arulselvan - 6 MAGIC-3: Michael Plourde - 2, Michael Moore - 1 LAKERS-35: Micah Poag - 10, Kaden Wright - 9 WARRIORS-17: Jacob Hernandez - 8, Evan Rosettie - 5

DIVISION 3 TIMBERWOLVES-26: Nicholas Scalo - 8, Thomas Maurer - 7 HAWKS-23: Trey Stanislowky - 9, Anton Robbens - 5 KNICKS-42: Hunter Ingram - 12, Rhude Durkee - 10 ROCKETS-20: Tobey Diulio - 9, Jared Sleicher - 6 WARRIORS-30: Zach Carpenter - 7, Tanner Wilson - 6 TRAILBLAZERS-18: Philip Viger - 6, Julian Silva-Forbes - 4 HAWKS-37: Charles DeRizzo - 11, Frankie Laniewski - 7 CAVS-34: Jacob Aday - 12, Cullen Vanwagenen - 12


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by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY *continued from front page SARATOGA SPRINGS — Renee Banagan is a senior at Saratoga Springs High School who has been playing field hockey for the Blue Streaks since seventh grade modified. She is the team goalie. “I actually didn’t play field hockey last year, I took a break for the Robotics Team but I have been on the team since modified. I’ve just been with it ever since then and this year we actually ended up winning *the Section II championship in the Class A division, which is really awesome. We made it to regionals and ended up losing to Baldwinsville, but that’s okay. We all just really wanted to win sectionals this year and we did that. We became a really strong family through this past month of field hockey and that was really cool. Field hockey is by no means an individual sport,” Banagan said. Banagan had nothing but praise for her coach, Joanne Hostig, “playing for her is a lot of fun. She really cares about us and how we play on the field. She gives us every resource that we could really need to be at our best for every game. We’ve had personal trainers come in, we’ve had a lot of new equipment this year, and since Saratoga doesn’t have turf space, we’ve been able to rent out a lot of turf spaces thanks to our awesome Booster Club. So she really just tries to provide us with anything that we need to be the best that we can be.” Banagan is also on the school’s Robotics Team and has been active since eighth grade. “Way back in eighth grade, Mr. Sweeney, a technology teacher at Maple Ave Middle School had heard about this robotics program called VEX Robotics and he bought a starter kit and he told any kids that wanted to come in after school and help build a robot for a competition could drop by and help out. So me and ten other kids went and did that. I fell in love with it. The next year we bought a few more robot kits and grew into a couple separate

teams and ended up competing all around NYS,” she explained. This year, the Robotics Team was a state finalist, earning them a spot in the world competition in Kentucky. Banagan is in the TECHSMART Program, and through that she is earning a year’s worth of college credits and with a grant that they provide her, she is able to go to Hudson Valley Community College for a year free of cost. “I think I might take advantage of that,” she laughed, “I’ll finish my associates degree in mechatronics, which is what I’m currently working towards, and then hopefully I’ll transfer to a four-year school like RIT and finish with a mechanical engineering degree.” On top of robotics and field hockey, Banagan has been to Uganda twice, with a third trip this upcoming February, through AOET (AIDS Orphans Education Trust Fund). “My neighbor is part of the New England Presbyterian Church and through that church there has been a lot of people who have gone to Uganda with this organization. My neighbor knew that I’d always wanted to travel so they informed me about this and I went for the first time in 2016. It was a twoweek medical mission trip. We were bringing over medical and school supplies for local schools over there. We performed somewhere around 600 physicals on children,” Banagan said. Travel expenses for AOET are out of pocket. The money they fundraise goes into the organization, which has two schools in Uganda, a primary and a secondary school, and a medical

clinic. The program also has a sponsorship aspect where people from around the world can sponsor a kid for $38 a month. This money provides them with schooling, access to the medical clinic, and at least one meal a day. Banaga’s trips typically line up with school breaks, resulting in her only missing one week of school instead of the full two that she’s gone. “I always try to go in ahead of time and get my work. I always talk to my teachers, just to make sure they know what’s going on. They’re so great about helping me stay on track with what I need to know,” she said. This year, her favorite teacher is Ms. Narkiewicz, her physics teacher. “She’s a really great teacher. She really cares about her job and her students and she wants to build basically a class that’s going to help benefit us the best it can,” Banagan said of Narkiewicz. Banagan said that the best part of her senior year is, “the freedom I have. It’s really awesome just to be able to do things with my friends after school.”

Renee during a Robotics Team competition.

Renee during field hockey season.

Renee in Uganda. Photo provided.


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Two Saratoga County Locals Inducted to

Baseball Hall



by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA COUNTY — On Thursday, Nov. 9 two local gentlemen were inducted in the New York State Baseball Hall of Fame: Paul Mound, of Saratoga, Union College baseball coach and creator of Saratoga Stampede; and John DeGregory, of Schuylerville, a well-known baseball player during his high school and college years at Sienna College. With over 400 people in attendance, MC Rodger Wyland, Sports Director for NewsChannel 13, spoke of Mound and DeGregory’s achievements in baseball, along with the other 14 members of the 2017 inductee class: Buffalo Bisons, Minor League Blue Jays Affiliate; Andy Van Slyke, St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates; Paul O’Neill, New York Yankees and Cincinnati Reds; BJ Surhoff, Milwaukee Brewers and Baltimore Orioles; Shawon Dunston, Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants; Marty Appel, New York Yankees Media, author; John Sterling, YES Network Announcer; Carl Yastrzemski, Boston Red Sox, Cooperstown Hall of Fame; Sandy Koufax, Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers; CB Bucknor, Major League Umpire; Phil Schoff, Syracuse, St. Johnsville; Walt Weiss, Oakland Athletics, Colorado Rockies; Omar Minaya, New York Mets, MLB Players Association; and Andy Yager, upstate umpire. “When you’re getting inducted side by side with all those Major League Baseball guys, it’s very humbling. It was professional all around, a very special night,” Mound said of the evening. Mound has been coaching Union College baseball since 2011 and has led the Dutchmen

to their fifth consecutive 20-win season, the longest active streak in the Liberty League. He is the third coach in the program history to reach the 150-career win mark. “As I’m sitting there looking at the names of the people that are up on the podium in front of me, I’m sitting there going ‘what am I doing here?’” Mound laughed. “I never got into doing all of this stuff to get recognized. I got into it simply because I love the game and I always wanted to give kids an opportunity like I had as a kid. When you start reflecting back on it, you think, ‘holy cow, I guess I did do more than I even realized I did,’” Mound said. Mound’s high school baseball coach is also in the New York State Baseball Hall of Fame, along with three other people from his baseball organization, Saratoga Stampede. DeGregory had a selfdescribed, “very long and very productive career as a baseball player at whatever level I played at. Unfortunately, I wasn’t given the opportunity to play at the pro level but I played in Sienna, I played in Connecticut in the Norwich City League for two years, and in the Albany Twilight League,” DeGregory said. DeGregory is no longer active in baseball, he is currently working at Newport News and has done so for the last 30 years. In his early adulthood, he tried out for the Houston Astros and was offered a playing contract with them that he turned down. “There were some circumstances that I decided not to pursue the contract, I thought I would be given more opportunities and it just never happened that way but I was able

2017’s inductees to the NYS Baseball Hall of Fame.

to adjust and I have a great career in the naval nuclear program that I’ve been a part of for almost 35 years. I am really happy that although it didn’t work out for me in a baseball sense, I do have a very successful career outside of baseball,” DeGregory said. “I was very honored to be a part of that ceremony and I am proud to be a part of that group of inductees and all of the other inductees over the years,” DeGregory stated.

"I would relive the night 100 times if I could,” Mound laughed... “I would relive the night 100 times if I could,” Mound laughed. “The event was fantastic, we were sold out. John DeGregory and Paul Mound were all wellreserved, all gentlemen. They are well-respected within the local community. Paul is a tremendous success with Stampede and has done a remarkable job building Union baseball into a powerhouse. Degregory is the best hitter I ever saw, played with, or played against,” said Rene LeRoux, Executive Director of New York State Baseball Hall of Fame.

The plaque featuring the class of 2017’s inductees.

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Saratoga Springs

Recreation Department

Intro to ice skating playtime.

by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – Jill Ramos, program coordinator of Saratoga Springs Recreation Department (Rec Center), and John Hirliman, director, have a busy season at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Department. Right now, they are in the middle of their fall intro to ice skating program, which is designed for ages three to adult. The program is to learn the basics of ice skating. It continues in January for eight weeks. There is also a family skate session for parents and children 12 and under, open public skate sessions which is for all ages. “Introduction to ice skating has been around in various forms for 20 years, we’ve been running these sessions since the rink opened over 20 years ago. They were a part of our old rink also, which was built in the 1970’s,” Ramos said. The Rec also has adult hockey sessions, which are “open stick sessions” that give participants the ability to work on drills and shooting on goals. Also open figure skating sessions, which are geared toward figure skaters, giving them the ability to work on their jumps, spins, and dances. Coaches can attend both. They will also be expanding their skating schedule during the holiday season.

The rink also offers skate rentals. Prices vary for everything offered at the Rec, on and off the rink. “City residents who have a Rec card receive a discount on all of our programs,” Hirliman said. All program and pricing information is available on their website,, the public skating schedule is online as well. “Saturday is opening day for our basketball program, which has also been going on for 20 plus year. We have close to 400 players and 70 volunteer coaches,” Hirliman said. The basketball program is open to ages 3-18 and games take place during the week and on Saturdays from November through February. “Right now, we are registering for our winter programs, which includes the introduction lessons and volleyball programs that start in January. We also have a partnership with the youth boxing program,” Hirliman explained. “Our most popular programming is the intro to skating, basketball, soccer, and our summer camp,” Ramos added. Their summer camp is for ages 5-15 and it is an 8-week day camp that goes on a variety of field trips, at least three per week, arts and crafts, and sport activities.

The rec center basketball court.

Approximately 150 kids attend. “We have volunteer applications for camp counselors on our website that can be submitted through email. Or someone can stop by the rec center and fill out an application and go from there. They are mostly all paid positions. Our biggest volunteer opportunity is through coaching basketball and soccer though,” Hirliman said. Another popular program is their adult basketball program which has drop-in sessions weekly. “Some nights you’ll have up to 60 people playing, it’s very popular,” Hirliman explained. Every day after school is open

gym, which is free to attend with a Rec card and you do not have to be a city resident to partake. Kids have the opportunity to throw around the ball, run the track, and enjoy the facilities. This is free until 5 p.m. every day with varying times on the weekends, depending on what other events are scheduled. As far as donating to the Rec Center goes, “a lot of people ask how they can donate or provide us with items. We have a non-profit group called Saratoga Springs

Friends of Recreation, they have a Facebook page. They’re the organization that if someone is looking to donate anything, they’re the outlet for being able to do that,” Hirliman said. Saratoga Springs Friends of Recreation can be found at www. All program and pricing information is available on their website,, the public skating schedule is online as well.



Week of November 17 – November 21, 2017

COMMUNITY SPORTS BULLETIN First Night Saratoga 5K Run SARATOGA SPRINGS — The 20th Annual First Night Saratoga 5K Run, presented by the Saratoga Arts, will take place on Sunday, Dec. 31 at 5:30 p.m. This run is limited to the first 1,500 registrants and there will be no day of race registration. Register by Nov. 24 for the early registration fee of $25 and a long-sleeved shirt. After Nov. 24, registration is $30. Save time by registering online at www.saratoga-arts. org. The USA Track and Field certified course starts and finishes on the Skidmore College Campus. Awards will be given to the top three overall male and female finishers in five-year age categories. All finishers receive a First Night Commemorative Medal. There will be refreshments after the race along with showers and restrooms available in the athletic complex. For more information, call First Night Saratoga at 518-584-4132. Registration online is available at

20 Saratoga Springs High School Students Sign Commitment Letters SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Wednesday, Nov. 8 SSHS held a celebratory signing ceremony for student-athletes to sign commitment letters to play intercollegiate athletics.

The following students were recognized: Lewis Clarke – Baseball at Manhattan College Keellyn Cummings - Track & Field at Monmouth University Brian Hart – Baseball at Marist College Brad Hipsley – Baseball at Stony Brook University Haley Kondo – Gymnastics at Cornell University Isabella Mastrion – Tennis at Hartwick College Grace Purdy – Lacrosse at University of New Hampshire Katherine Silver – Lacrosse at Brown University Emily Turner – Track and Field at Bucknell University Katherine Wendell – Lacrosse at Bucknell University Zachary Zwijazcz - Swimming at Penn State University The following student-athletes signed letters to row in college: Ava Corollo – Nova Southeastern University Madeline Dodd University of Louisville Kathryn Grabowski Boston University Stella Haley – Duke University Zoe Hasbrouck – Brown University Sydney Klotz – Syracuse University Bradley Martin – University of Virginia Lorelei Meidenbauer – Cornell University Madalyn Rascoe – Old Dominion University

16th Annual Christopher Dailey Turkey Trot SARATOGA SPRINGS — Starting at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 23, hundreds of runners will congregate at Saratoga City Hall to participate in the 16th Annual Christopher Dailey Turkey Trot, all proceeds to benefit the Christopher Dailey Foundation. There is no day-of registration, you must be registered by Nov. 22, entry fee is $27. The Christopher Dailey Foundation (CDF) is a non-profit organization supporting youth sports in the community. Since 2012, CDF has given over $500,000 to 5-+ youth organizations. To register for the race, visit www.ZippyReg. com by noon on Tuesday, Nov. 21. For more information and other registration options, call 518-581-1328.

YMCA Fall Basketball League Sign-Ups SARATOGA SPRINGS — From now until Nov. 19, the Saratoga Springs YMCA will be holding sign-ups for their fall basketball league, games start Dec. 3. Registration fees are $74 for YMCA members and $125 for non-members, scholarships are available to those who qualify. The fall league is co-ed so both boys and girls are encouraged to sign up. Kids from other areas are also encouraged to play. There will be two coaches per team and nine scheduled games with at

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least one playoff game for each team, totaling to 12 games. The league is always looking for more coaches and sponsors. Contact Mike Laudicina at “On November 19, we have something we call Skills Assessment. It’s not a try out because a try out means you might not make it. Everybody makes the team; we just want them to be evenly matched. Everybody gets to play in the league; everybody has to sit down too. So if you have a star player, they can’t play the whole game,” Mike Laudicina, league coordinator, said. To register, visit

Saratoga Springs Rec Basketball Registration SARATOGA SPRINGS — This league includes Tiny B’Ball, Intro, Boys and Girls Leagues. Sign up at the rec center at 15 Vanderbilt Avenue Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Sunday from 12 – 6 p.m. Email recres er for pricing.

Saratoga Springs Rec Intro to Ice Skating SARATOGA SPRINGS — Sign up at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center at 15 Vanderbilt Avenue Monday – Friday from 9 a.m.- 8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., or Sunday from 12 - 6 p.m.

Email for pricing.

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

Girl Scout’s Dare to Climb Registration CAPITAL REGION — Dare to Climb, a special mentoring event for girls sponsored by the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York (GSNENY), will take place on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Great Escape Lodge in Queensbury. This full day program will feature presentations by strong female leaders in the area and a networking workshop. Open to both Girl Scouts and non-members in grades eight and up. This event will give girls the opportunity to speak with some of the region’s most successful women in different job fields. Registration is $50. This includes breakfast, lunch, admission to the Indoor Water Park on the day of only, and a presentation by Linehan College Counseling. For more information or to register visit, or call 518-489-8110 ext. 112.


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