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LOCAL • INDEPENDENT • FREE Volume 11  •  Issue 45  •  November 18 – November 24, 2016 • (518) 581-2480

14 Athletes Head to States

by Kiersten Racela Saratoga TODAY ITHACA — Fourteen athletes will represent Ballston Spa and the Saratoga Springs Blue Streaks at the NYS Championships at Ithaca

College on Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19. The swimming preliminaries as well as diving preliminaries, semifinals, and finals will be held on Friday. Swimming finals will take place on Saturday.

Creating an Economic Supermoon • What to Expect in 2017 •

by Norra Reyes Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — The large meeting room at the Saratoga Springs City Center on Thursday, November 10 was crowded with businessmen, land use planners, economic developers and elected officials all wondering the same thing – what do the national election results mean for job creation and economic growth in Saratoga County in 2017? The answer is – it depends. A supermoon effect of economic growth in any area of the

country depends on a planetary alignment that reaches from the federal world of the new President-elect to all the local worlds of homeowners, mayors, town supervisors, and educational institutions, among others. Each group has its own internal shifts and changes, and each affects the other, so economic results can be diverse and unpredictable. Wrapping economic development arms around all those moving parts is a challenge, but one Marty Vanags, president of the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership (the See Supermoon pg. 12

Three athletes will be representing the schools in the diving portion of the championships on Friday: Ballston Spa’s Emma Swistak will be representing Ballston Spa; while Felicity Ryan and Samantha Badar will represent the Blue Streaks. Ballston Spa will have a 200-meter team competing on Saturday. Emma Hoffman, Tierra Damico, Corinne Pepper, and Annalise Pepper will represent Ballston Spa. Corinne will also be swimming the 100-yard breaststroke. The Blue Streaks will have strong representation

for Saturday’s events. Taylor Patnode and Autumn Boxley will swim in individual events as well as in two relays. Patnode See States pg. 43

Notes from

City Hall

• Officer Arpei Honored

See pg. 35 Designed by Ben Cohen.

Inside TODAY

• Pitney Farms Forever Green

Blotter 5

• Sit and Lie Law Modified

Business 18-19

• City Adopts Public Arts Policy See Notes pg. 10, 11

Obituaries 6 Education 22-23 Pulse 35-37 Sports 43-48


Week of November 18 – November 24, 2016

Man on the Street “Following this week’s “supermoon,” the next time the full moon will come this close to the earth again will be in the year 2034. What do you think, hope, or fear Saratoga may look like in the year 2034? ”

I hope it never loses its tradition and stays a historic small town. — David Macvane, Saratoga Springs.

I fear more condominiums and more chain stores. I hope we bring back family-owned businesses and the charm of 15 or 20 years ago. — Susan Brennan, Saratoga Springs

We hope it stays much the same. We love the quaintness and the character of the walking city: the Victorian homes, the carriage houses, and the track. - Bruce and Barbara Peters, Saratoga Springs.

I’ve traveled a great deal and Saratoga is one of the best towns I have ever been to. I hope it doesn’t grow too much and that it maintains its special flavor and quaintness that everybody loves. — Jim Panzel, Saratoga Springs.

Week of November 18 – November 24, 2016


“Love” Overcomes Hate Coffee with a Cop on Friday SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs Public Library hosts “Coffee with a Cop,” 9:30 a.m. Friday at the library, located on 49 Henry St. The free event provides an opportunity for community members and members of the Saratoga Springs Police Department to connect, chat about community issues and discuss what it's like to serve the Saratoga community. When city workers responded on Monday to the Caroline Street scene where a swastika had been spray-painted onto the crosswalk, they discovered some unknown person, armed with their own painting tools, had painted over the universal hate symbol with an entirely new design. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

41st Craft Marketplace SARATOGA SPRINGS — More than 100 artisans will offer their wares at the Saratoga Springs City Center from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 26 for the Craft Marketplace, a tradition on the Saturday after Thanksgiving for 41 years. Crafts include jewelry, paintings, children’s toys, blown glass, pottery, holiday ornamentation, edibles, clothing and one-of-a-kind items. Admission is $5 and includes two raffle tickets along with exclusive offers to participating downtown Saratoga restaurants and retailers,

which further promotes Small Business Saturday. All proceeds from the Craft Marketplace benefit the Saratoga Center for the Family, a nonprofit

organization providing counseling, prevention programs and more for victims of child abuse and neglect and families throughout Saratoga County. Learn more at



GLOBALFOUNDRIES Provides $10,000 Grant for STEM MALTA – GLOBALFOUNDRIES has partnered with miSci (Museum of Innovation and Science) to provide STEM education through a $10,000 grant that will enable 300 middle schoolaged students from five regional Boys and Girls Clubs to experience the immersive science programs and interactive galleries at miSci during school break in February 2017. The students’ agenda for “GLOBALFOUNDRIES Week at miSci” will include a mission at the Challenger Leaning Center (CLC), a show in the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, and exploration of miSci’s hands-on galleries. “Experiential learning engages students in critical thinking, problem solving and decision making,” said Dr. Thomas

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Week of November 18 – November 24, 2016

DeMarco: Top Real Men Wear Pink Fundraiser SARATOGA SPRINGS — In its inaugural year, the Real Men Wear Pink campaign raised over $50,000 to support the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Albany. Throughout the month of October, over a dozen prominent area men participated in the activity, raising funds and encouraging the women in their lives and in the community to take action in the fight to end breast cancer. David DeMarco, president and CEO of Saratoga National Bank and Trust Company, was the campaign’s top fundraiser, gathering over $12,000. DeMarco participated in the campaign both to help the community and to honor a close friend who has battled breast cancer. [See “Real Men Wear Pink” frontpage story in Saratoga TODAY’s September 16 issue.] Carm Basile, CEO of CDTA, came in the second highest fundraiser.

For more information, visit RealMenAlbanyNY. For free breast cancer information and

resources or to donate, visit the American Cancer Society’s website at or call 1-800227-2345 anytime, day or night.

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Stop-DWI PSA to Screen in Local Cinemas BALLSTON SPA — Moviegoers in Saratoga County will soon see a 30-second public service announcement before regularly scheduled films, as Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo kicks-off the Holiday Season with a cautionary video about the dangers of drinking and driving. The short video depicts men and women of various ages entering a sobriety checkpoint, conducting a sobriety field test, being arrested and their vehicles towed, while sheriff deputies echo the message to be responsible and don’t drink and drive. The Stop-DWI PSA will run in Regal Cinema’s in Saratoga County from November through December and reach an estimated 70,000 moviegoers.


Edward J. Wager, 35, of Caroga Lake NY was sentenced on Nov. 9 to serve up to 15 years in prison for an alcohol-related crash that occurred in the town of Providence in June 2015 and caused the death of his passenger, Roxanne Opalka, according to the Saratoga County District Attorney’s Office. “The maximum sentence imposed today by Judge Murphy reflects the consequences appropriate for someone found guilty after trial of operating an ATV with a BAC of .19 and causing the death of another person after having been previously convicted twice in the past 10 years of alcohol related offenses,” District Attorney Karen A. Heggen said in a statement. Wager was convicted in July by a Saratoga County Trial Jury of multiple felony counts of vehicular manslaughter and DWI charges. Robert L. Johnson, 30, of Hudson Falls, was sentenced on Nov. 2 to serve 1.5-3 years in state prison, after pleading to fourth-degree grand larceny. Joshua





Schenectady, was sentenced on Nov. 2 to eight months in Saratoga County Jail, after pleading to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree. Elliott Q. Ruggles, 24, of Gansevoort, pleaded on Nov. 3 to felony DWAI. Sentencing is scheduled to take place Jan. 11. Henry J. Desnoyers, 45, of Waterford, pleaded on Nov. 3 to aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree. Sentencing is scheduled to take place Jan. 11. Kevin S. Bishop, 40, of Albany, pleaded on Nov. 3 to criminal mischief in the third degree. Sentencing is scheduled to take place Jan. 11. Yadwinder Singh, 31, of Elmhurst, pleaded on Nov. 2 to felony DWI. Sentencing is scheduled to take place Jan. 11. Dusty G. Pederson, 45, of Scotia, pleaded on Nov. 1 to felony DWI. Sentencing is scheduled to take place Jan. 11.

POLICE Ganesh N. Bhagwandin, 21, of Schenectady, was charged on Nov. 4 with criminal possession of stolen property – a felony, and theft of services due to a stolen credit card, a misdemeanor. Daniel J. Urschel, 43, of Delmar, was charged on Nov. 4 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor, and a vehicle equipment violation. Robert J. Stampfli, 25, of Glens Falls, was charged on Nov. 4 with criminal possession of a controlled substance, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle – both misdemeanors, and unlawful possession of marijuana. Satin L. Dewitt, 29, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Nov. 4 and Nov. 1, with

BLOTTER 5 second-degree criminal trespass, criminal contempt, and harassment, all misdemeanors. John Valentin, 21, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Nov. 4 with felony criminal mischief. Paul M. Fulghum, 53, of Malta, was charged on Nov. 4 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor, and a vehicle equipment violation. Chen Qing, 43, of Malta, was charged on Nov. 3 with misdemeanor criminal trespass. Joseph J. Deschenes, 45, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Nov. 3 with misdemeanor criminal trespass. Andrew D. Cecala, 21, of Ballston Spa, was charged on Nov. 3 with fourth-degree stalking, a misdemeanor.

Mark T. Bay, 45, of Elmira, was charged on Nov. 2 with misdemeanor DWI and failing to keep to the right side of the lane. Meagan M. Greenway, 31, of Ballston Spa, was charged on Nov. 2 with criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor. Margaret C. Sansiveri, 66, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Nov. 2 with criminal possession of a controlled substance, and criminally using drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors.

Stayson P. Mayfield, 26, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Nov. 1 with criminal trespass in the third degree, a misdemeanor. Louis H. Bramen, 50, of Wilton , was charged on Nov. 1 with third-degree burglary, a felony. Benjamin T. Kubicek, 23, of Jefferson, Wisconsin, was charged on Nov. 1 with misdemeanor DWI and a vehicle equipment violation.



Week of November 18 – November 24, 2016

Albert John Vance Jr.

Carole DeMayo Grayson

Richard B. Hill

GANSEVOORT — Albert John Vance Jr., 80, a resident of Jewell Rd., passed away Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at Glens Falls Hospital surrounded by his family. Born January 22, 1936 in Saratoga Springs, he was the son of the late Albert John and Dorothy Mundell Vance Sr. A memorial service and gathering for family and friends will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, November 20, 2016 at the Gansevoort Volunteer Fire Department in Gansevoort. Memorials can be made in his memory to the Gansevoort Fire Department, PO Box 172, Gansevoort, NY 12831. Arrangements are under the direction of Flynn Bros. Inc. Funeral Home, 13 Gates Ave., Schuylerville, NY 12871. Online remembrances can be made at

CLIFTON PARK — Carole DeMayo Grayson, 75, died on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in Troy of natural causes. Born in Troy on April 15, 1941, she was the daughter of William and Kathleen DeMayo. There were no calling hours and services were private at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke and Sons/Bussing and Cunniff Funeral Homes of Saratoga Springs. Online remembrances may be made at www.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Richard B. Hill, age 73, passed away on Friday, November 11, 2016 at Saratoga Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was the son of the late Donald Hill and Lillian Calhoun Hill, born on August 26, 1943 in Middletown, NY. Calling hours will be held on Sunday, November 20, 2016 from 2 pm to 4 pm at Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Ave. in Saratoga Springs. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, November 21, 2016 also at Compassionate Funeral Care. Interment with military honors will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, November 21, 2016 at the Gerald B.H. Solomon, Saratoga National Cemetery 200 Duell Rd. Schuylerville, NY. If you wish to express your online condolences or view the Obituary, please visit our website at www.

Alexander Michael Ventrella GALWAY — On the morning of November 10, 2016, Alexander Michael Ventrella passed peacefully in his sleep. He was 27 years old. Alex was born in the city of Saratoga Springs on November 11, 1988. Calling hours were held on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at Tunison Funeral Home in Saratoga Springs. To honor Alex’s memory, many people chose to wear the color purple. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made toward the funeral services. Online remembrances can be made at www.

Alinda Bradley Nichols SARATOGA SPRINGS – Alinda Bradley Nichols, 53, passed away peacefully on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016 at Wesley Health Care Center, after a 17-year battle with a Traumatic Brain Injury. Relatives and friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, 2016 at the William J. Burke and Sons/Bussing and Cunniff Funeral Homes of Saratoga Springs. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Alinda’s memory to The Wesley Foundation, Neil Roberts Enrichment Fund, 131 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Online remembrances may be made at

Frank J. Dzurek GREENFIELD CENTER — Frank J. Dzurek passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. He is survived by his wife Helena (Drlickova) Dzurek. Friends and relatives gathered to remember him on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 at the William J. Burke and Sons/Bussing and Cunniff Funeral Homes of Saratoga Springs. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 at St. Clement’s Church in Saratoga Springs. Burial followed at Greenfield Cemetery. Online remembrances may be made at www.

Gary W. “Carp” Carpenter, SARATOGA SPRINGS — Gary W. “Carp” Carpenter, 68, passed away on Wednesday, November 9, 2016. Gary was born in Saratoga Springs on November 7, 1948. Relatives and friends gathered in his name on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016 at the William J. Burke and Sons/Bussing and Cunniff Funeral Homes of Saratoga Springs. A funeral home service followed; burial was held in Maplewood Cemetery in Saratoga Springs. Online remembrances may be made at www.

Milton P. Mintzer SARATOGA SPRINGS — Milton P. Mintzer, 93, passed away at his home, surrounded by his loving family, on Monday, November 14, 2016. Born May 18, 1923, in Brooklyn, he was the son of the late Julius and Sadie Kurtzer Mintzer. The traditional Shiva Service was held at the family home at 25 MacArthur Dr. beginning Wednesday, November 16, 2016, and following through on Thursday the 17th, Saturday the 19th, as well as Sunday the 21st and Monday the 22nd. All services are at 7:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Congregation Shaara Tfille, 84 Weibel Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 Online remembrances may be made at

Richard Francis Grace SARATOGA SPRINGS — Richard Francis Grace, 84, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 10, 2016. There were no public services; burial was private at the convenience of the family. Richard was laid to rest in the Calvary Cemetery in Rutland, alongside his parents, brother Jack, and his son. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Palliative Care Services, Saratoga Hospital, 211 Church St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Online remembrances may be made at

Vincent Cottone Jr. SARATOGA SPRINGS — Vincent Cottone Jr., age 69, has silently closed the door of life and departed from us on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at Saratoga Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was born on March 8, 1947 in Brooklyn, NY, the son of the late Vincent Cottone Sr. and Christine Cassara Cottone. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 18, 2016 at Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Ave. (Rte 9 and/or Marion Ave.), Saratoga Springs. Interment following the service will be at St. Peter’s Cemetery, 150 West Ave. in Saratoga Springs. If you wish to express your online condolences or view the Obituary, please visit our website at www.

Walter S. DeNew Jr. SCHUYLERVILLE — Walter S. DeNew Jr. 85, a resident of Jones Rd. in Wilton, passed away peacefully Saturday, November 12, 2016 at home surrounded by his loving family. A funeral service was held Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at Flynn Bros. Inc. Funeral Home in Schuylerville; the Rev. Martin Fisher officiated. Burial followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery, also in Schuylerville. Donations in Walter’s name may be made to the Maple Avenue Fire Department No. 4, 615 Maple Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY, 12866. Online condolences and messages to the family may be made at

Week of November 18 – November 24, 2016



Breakfast with Santa BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association (BSBPA) is once again presenting the annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 3, from 8 to 11 a.m. in the gymnasium of St. Mary’s School, 40 Thompson Street, 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. Family activities at the breakfast include a craft table, a reading corner with a free book for each child, and a chance to take your own family photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Live performances will take place with students from the Capital Region Language Center and Ballston Spa Middle School Launching

Pad. Sponsors include McDonald’s of Ballston Spa, Burlingame Orthodontics, North Country Printing and A Bead Just So. All proceeds will go to support community events and village beautification. A percentage of the proceeds from the breakfast will go to support the youth programs at St. Mary’s Parish. The public is also invited to bring

unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots. The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association, established in 1983, is a nonprofit organization committed to making the Village of Ballston Spa a great place to live and work, and to bringing quality events for all ages to the community. More information can be found at

Week of November 18 – November 24, 2016

Property Beautification Award Winners

BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association, in partnership with Curtis Lumber, honored business owners and residents whose renovation, restoration, and beautification efforts have enhanced the Ballston Spa community over the past year. The winners were chosen from nominations submitted by others in the community. At a reception last month at Brookside Museum, each award recipient

was given a framed certificate along with a Curtis Lumber gift card in recognition of their efforts. The presentations were made by BSBPA board member and Beautification Chairperson Michelle Burlingame, Curtis Lumber representative Doug Ford, and Pete Bardunias, CEO of the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County. The full list of winners can be found in the BSBPA November 2016 Newsletter at

Comics Raise $4,400 for Cancer Fund

BSNB Food Drive and Donation Match BALLSTON SPA — Ballston Spa National Bank is organizing its annual food drive in an effort to help alleviate hunger during the holiday season. From Nov. 1 through Nov. 26, all BSNB locations will be collecting non-perishable food items that will be donated to local food pantries. In addition to non-perishable food items, BSNB will be accepting

monetary donations and will match the total amount collected up to $2,500. The food pantries benefitting from the bank’s efforts are: Christ Episcopal Church – Ballston Spa, First Baptist Church – Ballston Spa, United Methodist Church – Ballston Spa, Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council, CAPTAIN

Food Pantry, Malta Community Center, Greenfield Food Pantry, Jonesville Methodist Church Helping Hands Food Pantry, Greater Galway Community Services Association, Stillwater United Church, the Wilton Food Pantry and new this year, Living Hope Church—Burnt Hills. BSNB’s website can be found at

Comedian Jodi Weiner, currently undergoing cancer treatment, entertained a crowd of more than 150 people Thursday night, November 10 at the Embassy Suites hotel in Saratoga Springs to support Saratoga Hospital’s Cancer Patient Fund as her way of saying thank you to the hospital’s Mollie Wilmot Radiation Oncology Center. The fund helps cover expenses that insurance doesn’t, such as transportation, wigs, dietary supplements, even food. She was joined by comedians Vinnie Mark, Chris Monty and Mike Speirs. The event raised about $4,400. Plans are in the works for similar events each year. Photo provided.

Guitars for Vets

Frank Pemberton (pictured here in a hat and green jacket) donated four guitars to local veterans’ shelters in honor of Veterans Day. After rebuilding them from spare parts with his own hands, he donated two to the Vet House shelter for male veterans and two to the Guardian House shelter for women veterans on November 4. Both programs are run by Vet HELP of the Saratoga County RPC. Pemberton served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War era and has been playing guitar for 51 years. Photo provided.

Week of November 18 – November 24, 2016


Cyber Security Breakfast SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga County Chamber is hosting a Cyber Security Breakfast on Thursday,

Fair Trade Market Expo SARATOGA SPRINGS — The 3rd Annual Saratoga Fair Trade Market Expo has changed its venue this year to the 2nd floor of the Saratoga Springs City Center. Admission to the Expo is free and will take place Saturday, December 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Everything on sale at the market has been made under fair trade conditions, meaning the artisans and producers received fair compensation for their labor, enjoyed safe workplaces, and created their goods using environmentally friendly practices. The Fair Trade Market Expo is an opportunity to enjoy the talents of artisans in the developing world, as well as help them earn an honorable living for themselves and support their families. This year’s market will feature several vendors with roots in Saratoga Springs. These vendors include Mango Tree Imports, The Bosnian Handcraft Project, AOET Uganda, The Giving Circle, Healthy Living Market, Bon Bon Brazil, and Razimus Jewelry. Some of the unique products that shoppers will be seeing are Brazilian Brigideros, Ugandan jewelry, wood carvings from Guatemala, and Mayan handwoven textiles such as scarves, bags, table linens, ornaments and animals. Also they will find handmade quilts from Vietnam, baskets and handbags from Africa and Asia, sweaters, slippers and jewelry from Bosnia and much more. There will be a free scavenger hunt all day with prizes for kids. The Expo is hosted by The Bosnian Handcraft Project and New Life Fellowship of Saratoga. For more information, call Mary Jo Kowalewski at 518-587-4785.

December 8, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Saratoga National Golf Club, 458 Union Avenue. $20 to register.

The expert panel will discuss hackers, rogue employees and other bad actors and how they impact today’s business

leaders. They will also share tips and strategies to defend your business from these critical threats. Thanks to event

sponsor Whiteman Osterman and Hanna. For more information, or to register, visit www.



Week of November 18 – November 24, 2016

Notes from City Hall

City Police Officer Recognized For Actions; Pitney Farm Purchase Approved; City Sidewalk Law Amended by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Jerry Carpenter Jr. died in June, a few hours shy of his 21st birthday, his family by his side. In an emotionally moving ceremony Tuesday night at City Hall, Carpenter’s family thanked Saratoga

Springs Police Officer Bill Arpei for answering the call to tend to the Saratoga Springs High School graduate in his time of need. “On that day, June 2, that afternoon, the call was received by an officer for a young man in cardiac arrest,” family friend Donna Flinton told a chamber room crowded with residents and council members gathered

to decide the city’s business. The call was placed by Carpenter’s sister. From Jefferson Terrace, the emergency was reported as a young man in severe medical distress. “Officer Arpei responded within minutes of the call and assessed everything. He started chest compressions and continued to do so even after EMS came to take over,”

Flinton said. “Unbeknownst to the officer, Jerry had only one working lung as well as a host of other complications. With Officer Arpei’s CPR, his not giving up on our boy and EMS’ help, Jerry was resuscitated.” Although resuscitated, the young man whose obituary remembers him as an innocent soul with a brave heart who spread love to all who knew him, passed away a week later. “The officer was asked to be kept in the loop, and we did,” Flinton said. “We informed Officer Arpei that Jerry had passed, and of the funeral arrangements, hoping he would perhaps come. He sure did. And in full uniform. It gave the family and myself great pride to know the Saratoga Springs Police Department would allow Officer Arpei not just to attend, but to salute as we passed by,” she recalled. “With that, my friends, everyone just cried. That was our time. And that was the time he gave us. He not only refused to give up on him, but he cared - and caring and compassion is not always prevalent in today’s society.” One of the young man’s sisters handed Arpei a keychain, to signify the day her life forever was changed and the moment the officer was welcomed as a member of the family. With the presentation of a statue she noted how they would never forget the officer’s actions. “When we look at you, we see Jerry,” Flinton said. “Because of you, his mother was able to sit with him for the last few days he had, hold his hand and tell him he could go dance in heaven with his grandfather. His grandmother was able to kiss him one last time and tell him that she loved him. His sisters were able to say goodbye and lay with him as he took his last breath - and we celebrated his

birthday - because in some country he was 21,” she told the officer, who joined the city police department five years ago. “These are the moments the family will cherish forever and they know they wouldn’t have had them if it wasn’t for you.” In the crowded council chamber overcome by silence some in the crowd choked back tears. “We feel it was time to express our family’s gratitude towards one of our own,” she said. “Saying just thanks, we think, is not appropriate. But that’s all we’ve got.” Residents and council members alike stood up and the chamber erupted in a lengthy ovation.

City Approves Purchase of Pitney Farm: Westside Farm to Stay a Farm Forever After much deliberation, the council unanimously approved the city purchase of the development rights of the 166-acre Pitney Farm on West Avenue. The city is spending $1.165 million - $1.13 million outright and $35,000 in closing costs – to purchase the development rights to ensure the farm land will remain a farm in perpetuity. Members of the council had expressed hope that a portion of the 166-acre farm could be used to house recreation fields for youth sports such as soccer, field hockey and lacrosse. DPW Commissioner Anthony “Skip” Scirocco was especially adamant that the city may have done a better job negotiating the fields into the land contract, as the city lacks those resources. The closing is scheduled to take place in mid-December. At the same time, the city will issue a bond anticipation note. The interest will be 0.95 Continued on page 11.

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percent, Finance Commissioner Michele Madigan said. A contract of sale for the farm was signed between the Pitney Family and the newly created 501(c)(3), Pitney Meadows Community Farm. The vision for the farm includes the creation of a community agricultural resource center to function as a teaching facility and incubator, as well as offering access to the community to cultivate gardens and enjoy nature trails on the property.

City Amends Sidewalk Sitting Ordinance – Penalties Reduced, Law Still in Effect The city’s controversial “sit and lie ordinance,” which was adopted in June and makes it unlawful for any person to sit or lie down upon a public sidewalk, was amended by the City Council this week. The changes include a streamlining of exceptions to the law; those exceptions allow for medical emergencies, or in curbside areas permitted for street performers, as well as easing penalties for code violators. The previously adopted penalties called for a minimum $50 fine for first offenders, escalating to misdemeanor charges with the potential of up to 30 days of jail time and fines of up to $500 for repeat offenders.

The new penalties call for a maximum $50 fine for first offenders. Subsequent offenders would be subject to a fine not exceeding $250 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 15 days, according to the city’s general penalties for offenses, posted on the city website. The New York Civil Liberties Union submitted testimony alleging both the original law and the amended proposal targets homeless people and is unconstitutional and should be rescinded altogether. Public Safety Commissioner Chris Mathiesen – who brought forward both the original and amended proposals – argued that the ordinance was based on other municipalities’ existing ordinances and that “it does pass constitutional muster.” The council members were in general agreement in expressing belief that the ordinance is related to pedestrian safety issues and does not target the city’s homeless population. The amended ordinance was approved 4-1, with city Mayor Joanne Yepsen casting the lone vote against. “I don’t like this law and I don’t see a need for it,” said Yepsen, who also cast the lone vote against the initial proposal in June.

On a High Note, City Center President Says Goodbye Longtime Saratoga Springs

NEWS 11 City Center President Mark Baker delivered the City Center Authority’s annual report for 2015 to the council on Tuesday. In 2015, the City Center hosted 154 events and secured 252 days of paid activities - marking the highest number of annual paid events in the building’s history. The 2016 schedule already tops that number, Baker added, and reported $2.1 million in sales tax revenue was generated in 2015 for the local community. More than 155,000 people attended events last year. “For 33 years it’s been a pleasure to serve for you and with you,” said Baker, who last week announced he will retire as the organization’s president at year’s end. “In the last 33 years I think it’s become most obvious that there is no place like Saratoga Springs – our history, our style, our grace,” Baker said.

‘Eyesore’ at Interlaken to be Demolished, Replaced by Single-Family Homes The council unanimously voted to support a Planned Unit Development SEQRA determination regarding a property on Crescent Avenue in the Interlaken community. The long-abandoned home will be demolished and the land subdivided into four parcels where four single-family homes will be developed. Residents of the neighborhood

addressed the council, alternately referring to the existing building as “an eyesore” and “a neighborhood blight,” and outnumbered those opposed to the building’s demolition by a 10-1 margin.

City Public Art Policy Approved; Changes Coming for City Arts Commission

The council unanimously approved a public art policy that will provide a civic planning process for the acceptance and placement of artwork in public areas. The city Arts Commission – a 20-member advisory board appointed by the mayor in 2015 will review submissions using artwork and site selection criteria and may recommend to accept or reject an artwork. The Commission is tasked with reviewing proposals for consistency with the city’s goals and where appropriate, recommending acceptance or rejection of such acquisitions for the city. “Public art,” in this scope, is defined as publicly accessible artwork that enriches the city through its aesthetic qualities, considers the social and physical context of the site, and addresses the goals of the city. The Arts Commission will also undergo changes to its member bylaws. Starting in January 2018, the committee will be comprised of a maximum of 11

members; four will be selected by the commissioners and the balance appointed by the mayor. Currently, all 20 members have been selected by the mayor.

Upcoming : A Zoning Board of Appeals meeting will take place 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21 at City Hall. Among the items to be discussed is an area variance that is sought at 96 Ballston Ave. to provide for a proposed 22-lot subdivision and the development of 22 townhouse units. A Planning Board meeting will take place 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22 at City Hall. The Charter Review Committee will host a meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nvov. 22 at the Saratoga Music Hall. A vote initially slated to be held this week regarding the Saratoga Springs Complete Streets Plan was tabled. The council agreed that it needed more time to review the 200-plus page document to fully explore the financial ramifications of the proposal’s recommendations. Those discussions, and a potential vote on the plan, is expected to take place in December. A public presentation by the Open Space Advisory Committee was also tabled until December.



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Creating an Economic Supermoon: What to Expect in 2017 Continued from front page.

Partnership), is confident is manageable here in Saratoga County. To explore how that can be done, the Partnership hosted a Saratoga County Prosperity Summit last week at the City Center, inviting experts such as Hugh Johnson, chairman and CIO of Hugh Johnson Advisors, LLC. Johnson’s successful management

work of over a billion dollars in equity and investments for individuals and institutions has prompted his appearances on CNBC, NBC Nightly News, Wall Street Week, The News Hour, ABC World News Tonight and CBS Evening News. Johnson predicted fewer regulations and a good, solid year for Saratoga County in 2017, although the first half of a new Presidential

term historically tends to be a bear market, and nationally, the economy will likely expand at a slow pace. “The financial market environment will be positive but certainly not great,” said Johnson. “Everything is fine, but I’m saying, hang on, watch carefully and I hope we all collectively have a great 2017.” The keynote speaker, Jeff Finkle, President, International Economic

Development Council said workforce preparedness was one of the biggest issues facing economic developers in 2017. The national focus on a college degree has minimized the number of young people entering the skilled labor force, and developers are feeling that shortage across the country. Malta Deputy Town Supervisor John Hartzell said that hearing several of the panelists’ concerns about workforce is something the county really needs to pay attention to. “There’s a crucial need for a trained workforce to meet employer needs going forward in our county and region. I think our local secondary and postsecondary schools are aware of this, and we need to ratchet it up,” said Hartzell. “The other thing I took away from the summit is that economic development success tends to be regional, and that we’re going to have to reach across some traditional lines of counties and economic development agencies to succeed on a regional basis.” The free summit at the City Center covered a variety of topics – from the state of economic development to case studies and community preparedness. Speakers also included: Matt Jones, Founder, The Jones Firm; Rocky Ferraro, Executive Director, Capital District Regional Planning Commission; Tom Kucharski, President + CEO, Invest Buffalo Niagara; Brian McMahon, Executive Director, New York State Economic Development Council; Congressman Paul Tonko, NY-20 and many others. Kucharski has presided over a sea change in Buffalo’s economic growth and future prospects. His advice for 2017? “What I found in New York is everyone needs to put their swords down,” said Kucharski. “In this global economy you aren’t competing against each other, you’re competing against the world.” Wilton Town Supervisor Art Johnson said he found Hugh Johnson’s remarks about the stock market and timing very informative, but the panelists’ comments on preparing a community for economic development hit home for him, validating that Wilton is doing something right. “A lot of what they were talking about was how to get a project through the local level with some sense of predictability and reliability,” said Art Johnson. “I can relate to that very closely because some things they suggested, Wilton already has in place. We have a free pre-application process where a developer can

meet with me, our planning board chair, and both the planning and building departments. We will give them the sense right away whether a project has any chance of going through, what hurdles they may face, and whether traffic or open space will be an issue. Or be honest with them that it’s not going to work. You’d find out upfront before investing in the project. This is helpful for both the town and the applicant.” One of the areas of unpredictability discussed frequently was the reaction of homeowners and community members to development. Often, a development project will go through several hoops in the process before a public hearing is announced about the project, and the panelists said when a community is surprised or overextended, costs go up and the viability of the project goes down. “To provide the predictability that is necessary, we need to invest in planning,” said Ferraro. “There’s a failure to do so in many of our municipalities. They use the excuse of regulations as planning, but there should be more than that. There’s an unfairness associated with using SEQR [State Environmental Quality Review] as the planning method. We should start before then. We need to bring the public in earlier in the process, so the developer doesn’t go through the whole SEQR process and then the town holds a public hearing and finds out the public is against the project. Find out the opposition first, be proactive.” Ferraro gave an analogy of economic development’s impact on roads and other infrastructure. “It’s like this cup of water,” he said. “One project causes this much traffic, filling part of the cup, then the next one causes more, adding more to the cup, then a project comes in that would overflow the cup and that project is hit with all the costs of upgrading the road, even though the cause was the combination of all the previous projects.” He suggested that rather than hit one developer with all that cost, and possibly lose the project and not get the road upgrades funded, local planning departments could calculate what the future needs of the road would be, and spread that cost across all projects coming in that will contribute to the road’s wear and tear. “When it comes to the traffic studies as new large developments are being built, what happens is, until you Continued on page 13.

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Taxing Us to Prosperity? Say No to Saratoga County Tax Hikes If you want less of something you tax it. I haven’t heard people complaining about too much prosperity. So why are Saratoga County Supervisors poised to pass higher taxes on us but pay raises for elected officials? With the budget set for final vote on December 14, citizens deserve answers. The 2017 budget proposal

shows the tax levy at $57 million compared to $54.17 million in 2016. That’s a 5 percent tax hike breaking the state tax cap, not the 1.77 percent quoted by the county administrator, Spencer Hellwig (Times Union, 11/2/16). After our petition to the County opposing higher taxes was signed by over 260 Saratoga County taxpayers in 48 hours (sign on at http://bit.

ly/2fwIbrW), County Administrator Spencer Hellwig said, “We’re trying to factor for a structural imbalance in our budgets (Daily Gazette, 11/15/16).” Interpreting government speak, that’s admitting they aren’t collecting enough of our money as they want to spend. My daughter’s college fund is “structurally imbalanced” too, but I

Where’s “Under God”? Whoa - how extremely disappointing to see the words “under God” missing in the Pledge of Allegiance. [See photo in Saratoga TODAY’s November 11 issue on page 14, “Election Night Eve’s Night of Healing Music.”] Our kids have been robbed of their heritage as history is being re-written. Our country

has been so blessed - but now people think that it is all their own self-effort.

 If you do not have a strong moral foundation with virtuous, principled ethics- you will be standing on shifting sands. If everyone sets up their own standard of what is right and wrong - you will have to ask yourself, whose “truth” will prevail? Keep

in mind that this philosophy has been a disastrous road that has been embarked in history. Maybe by keeping God in the equation, perhaps we might keep the next mass killers like Hitler, Stalin or Pol Pot out of your idealistic world. Just a thought. Kristine Lytle Saratoga Springs


have a good understanding of what’s going to happen around them in the community. Having homeowners participate in the process of deciding what will happen around them, even if it’s not exactly what they want, will at least give them the opportunity to participate, provide input, and be aware, which is important. We as town officials should make that happen.” Finkle summed up the steps to a positive economic future well. He emphasized there needs to be an increase in blue collar labor, with more access to quality training; more concentration on local retention on existing businesses; more attraction and working with small businesses and entrepreneurs; more development project process predictability; and disaster preparedness. “Ever since Katrina hit, disaster planning response and resiliency is a major issue,” said Finkle. “Even D.C. had an earthquake. Our infrastructure is in serious decline. Are you prepared?” Vanags said the Prosperity

Summit is just one of many conversations like this that will happen. “I like to think of this as an ongoing dialogue. The issue of consistency and predictability is most important, and the brokers and businesses want to know what happens during the process, the A-B-C’s that have to be followed, and they want to know if they can count on it. We’ll do that, that’s the role we play, coordinating between government and developers. We want to be the agent for streamlining these processes and I think many of our supervisors know and recognize that. I’m encouraged by the number of people who attended as well as who attended. It’s their investment that makes this kind of thing work. We plan to do a workforce roundtable in the first quarter of next year, so we’re reaching out to local employers for their input as we put that together.” For more information about the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership, visit

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hit the tipping point, there’s no need for additional traffic infrastructure,” said Saratoga Springs Supervisor Peter Martin. “And then when you find you do need it, the next person has to pay for everything. I agree, it’s important to think ahead to allocate those costs to all.” Another suggestion was providing prospective homeowners with zoning maps, so they know exactly how close they are to land that could be developed commercially in future or other projects. “It would be easier on everybody if folks, when they bought the property, would have accurate expectations about what will happen,” said Hartzell. “They think the forest or field next door is going to be there forever, and then it’s gone. One of the things we can do is make sure we have the community engaged in the land use planning process, so they

don’t raid our home payments for it. Instead of a 5 percent tax hike, our Supervisors should reduce spending. While Administrator Hellwig says the tax cap “denies the county from enjoying the benefits of its growth (Times Union, 11/15/16),” state policy specifically allows a growth factor in the tax levy to cover expanding services. Permitted factors in the levy, combined with $1 million saved from the $297.6 million budget, could avoid breaking the tax cap. Reducing pay raises for elected officials and department heads is a start.

Eliminating $778,000 in duplicative spending on a government startup, when the privately funded 38-year Saratoga Economic Development Corporation is a proven catalyst for billions invested and thousands of jobs, is another. Recent elections remind us an informed electorate must hold government officials to account. Time to engage locally to stop excess taxes and spending. Rob Arrigo Founder, Upstate Victory Fund Wilton



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Raucci’s Corner: Lansky, The Mob, and Saratoga

by Joe Raucci for Saratoga TODAY Drive down Union Avenue past the historic Saratoga Racetrack and head towards Saratoga Lake. As you cross the overpass at exit 14 you have just entered the bygone era of the Lake Houses. Along this road that winds towards Lake Lonely stood five imposing structures. The owners were infamous: Charlie “Lucky” Luciano, Frank Costello and Joe Adonis to name a few. To give the credit where credit is due, it was the fertile mind of a Jewish immigrant named Meyer Lansky who

masterminded the advent of the clubs. For one month every summer, this otherwise quiet town would awaken, hosting one of the premier race meets in this country. The rich and famous, the high rollers and those who wanted to see or be seen needed something to occupy their evenings after the races. It was Lansky who provided the vehicle. Great food, top entertainment and gambling, especially gambling, would be the passengers. There was Meadowbrook, then further down the road, the classy Piping Rock. Here you would be treated to entertainment of the highest quality. Sophie Tucker, “the last of the red hot mama’s” wowed the patrons. Then there was Joe E. Lewis He would open his show with this quotable quip: “How long I been on” to the delight of the crowd. This was mob kingpin Frank Costello’s jewel, and all others would vie for second billing. Then, curving toward Lake Lonely, were Newman’s and probably the most plush of the clubs - Riley’s Lake House. This one was known for its local ties.

A postcard of the Piping Rock Casino in Saratoga Springs. Photo provided. Meyer Lansky, 1958. Photo by Al Ravenna, World Telegram staff photographer - New York WorldTelegram and Sun Collection. Public domain, Library of Congress.

Class and opulence were the themes there. The Chef from the world-famous eatery, Delmonico’s, was brought in to oversee the restaurant’s kitchen. Here, superb meals were prepared to perfection. No expense was spared to keep the patrons engaged at this posh club. Arrowhead Inn with its lodge style architecture was the finishing touch. Sitting behind a stone wall at the end of the road with the same name, this was the mob’s brilliant entrepreneur Meyer Lansky’s piece of the pie. The finest entertainers in the country were contracted to perform

on the stage. There was Bing Crosby and, straight from Havana, Desi Arnaz, Jr. and his Latin beat. And how about these well-known bandleaders - Xavier Cugat and Vincent Lopez. This was world-renowned entertainment. Make no mistake about that. The era of the lake houses was relatively short. It spanned the late twenties to the early fifties. The stories and lore, however, will live on forever. Changing times along with a new political landscape would no longer be on the side “of the good old days.” The clubs would close down for good in the early 1950s. Lansky, always ahead of the curve, had already packed his bags, his eyes firmly fixed on south Florida. With its warm weather and sandy beaches it was prime real estate for the syndicate. Hollywood, Florida would

become home to La Boheme and Brook Club along with the Colonial Inn. These clubs were elegant and drew the elite of society. Why not? Take a drive down to Hialeah, Florida for some of the greatest horse racing on the planet. Then back up U.S.1 and a night out at a world-class nightclub along with gambling on a grand scale. As with Saratoga, this party too would end. It was just the precursor to the big move. The mob had bigger fish to fry, and the frying pan was a Caribbean island that welcomed them with wide-open arms. Cuba was a dream come true, a dictatorship that would have the mob’s interests as the highest priority. Here Lansky and his pals would take their business opportunities into uncharted territory. The old models and plans were thrown out the window. Luxurious hotel casinos would rise along Havana’s Melacon. Here the cruise ships would unload their passengers who were thirsty for the hospitality the island was famous for. Junkets flew in gamblers and those looking for the diversions that Havana would gladly provide. Awaiting them were the brand new hotels, The Havana Hilton, The Capri and Lansky’s brainchild, The Riviera. Then there were the nightclubs. The elegant Tropicana with its spectacular outdoor shows along with Club Montmartre, and Sans Souci hosted standing room only crowds night after night. Things were great. Organized crime had reached its zenith. As a thinly disguised Meyer Lansky, Hyman Roth laments in Godfather Two, “We are bigger than US Steel.” Enter Fidel Castro. On New Year’s Eve, 1959, he and his army marched into Havana and put an end to Lansky’s great vision. The mob may have suffered a serious blow when they were exited from this Island paradise. The impact would only broaden the horizon. Three thousand miles west of Havana, a desert town named Las Vegas awaited their arrival.

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Thanksgiving Guide Giving Thanks In Memory of Chief Jake Swamp by local poet, Joseph Bruchac Thanksgiving is more than just one day, so a Mohawk elder said to me. Though it is good that we remember this time with feasting each November. We need to give thanks every dawn for the gifts of life, for each breath drawn. For everything that keeps us living, we speak our words of true thanksgiving.


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THANKSGIVING PRAYER by Susan D. Anderson I’m thankful for my mother, and I’m thankful for my dad. I’m thankful for my sisters, and for all the fun we’ve had. I’m thankful for my brother, Tom, (even when he’s jerky.) But most of all, I’m oh-so-thankful not to be a turkey.



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The Bread Basket Café Now Uptown Café Same Ownership, New Name

SARATOGA SPRINGS — According to Matthew Tallman, partner at The Bread Basket Bakery and The Uptown Café, you just can’t predict what customers will do when they walk into a store. If a business knew what their customers were going to do they would be an instant success. Having some superpower to predict customer behavior is every businessperson’s

dream. The restaurant formerly known as The Bread Basket Café could have used that power last month when it launched a new coffee shop on Weibel Avenue in the Springs Apartment complex. “Our customers at both locations were confused. They expected the shops to serve the same products. The Bread Basket Bakery is a full service bakery specializing in custom cakes, fresh breads, pies, and home made pastry. We are serving many of the bakery items at The Uptown Café, but the selection is limited. We really want to focus on the coffee

and the plated food, not the baked goods. Fresh fruit, salads, and omelets are a big part of our new business, ” said Tallman. The original name, The Bread Basket Café, has been removed and the restaurant is now Uptown Café. It can be found on the corner of Weibel Avenue and Bliven Avenue just two doors down from the Saratoga Springs hockey rink. Matthew also explains, “The Uptown Café is not owned by The Bread Basket Bakery. The Uptown Café is a customer of The Bread Basket Bakery. It’s wonderful

being able to leverage my bakery business on Spring Street. The products that we purchase from the bakery are the best available product you can find in Saratoga County.” Matthew’s partner, George Kotsakis, owns his own coffee distribution company called Gama Foods. Their relationship creates a synergy that makes Uptown Café the perfect destination for breakfast and lunch. Customers can appreciate The Uptown Café’s use of many local products, such as farm fresh eggs from Thomas’

Farm in Schuylerville, tea from Saratoga Tea and Honey, honey from Double A’s Bees Farm in Round Lake, and dairy products from Battenkill Valley Creamery in Salem, NY. The Uptown Café is a coffee shop specializing in fair trade organic coffee and tea serving light fare from local sources. Located at 3 Hamstead Place Suite 104b, Saratoga Springs, it is open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. in winter, and has plans to be open until 8 p.m. in summer. For more information, visit

Black Friday Saratoga SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Black Friday, November 25, over a dozen stores in downtown Saratoga are opening up at 6 a.m. and offering progressive savings of 50 percent from 6 to 7 a.m., 40 percent from 7 to 8 a.m., 30 percent from 8 to 9 a.m. and 20 percent throughout the rest of the day on “from everything” to “select items.” “Black Friday Participant” sandwich boards and balloons will differentiate the storefronts of participating Black Friday Saratoga businesses. The first shoppers who make a purchase in each business will receive a complimentary Black Friday Saratoga shopping bag (while supplies last), filled with information and special offers from area restaurants and sponsors, courtesy of Stewart’s Shops, the Saratoga Regional YMCA, Insurance Agency Group of NY LLC, and Network Saratoga.

New to Black Friday Saratoga this year is “Wrapping for Charity.” The Shelters of Saratoga will be stationed in the lobby of the Arcade Building at 376 Broadway from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Shoppers can drop off gifts to be wrapped while continuing to shop. Gift wrapping will be priced at $3 to $10 per package. All proceeds will go to Shelters of Saratoga. For more information, visit A complete list of the businesses and their hourly offerings will be listed on http://blackfridaysaratoga. com/ on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Each business’s Small Business Saturday offer will also be listed. Black Friday Saratoga is organized by Network Saratoga, an event planning company that specializes in creative concepts for group promotions, small business development and nonprofit fundraising events in the Saratoga County region.

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Lemery Greisler Welcomes Lester

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Lemery Greisler LLC, a leading Capital Region business law firm, has announced the addition of Chelsey T. Lester as an associate attorney. Lester’s practice focuses on corporate transactions, commercial lending, bankruptcy, creditors’ rights and real estate law. Prior to joining Lemery Greisler, Lester was an associate at Whiteman Osterman and Hanna, LLP. Lester graduated from Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the selective interdisciplinary program in Economics, History, Government and Philosophy. She received her Juris Doctor from Emory University School of Law. Lester is a native of Saratoga Springs and is admitted to practice in the State of New York, Georgia, and before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of New York and Northern District of Georgia. For more information on Lemery Greisler, please call 518-581-8800 or visit www.

Vedder Promotion

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Adirondack Trust Company has promoted Maureen Vedder to Senior Vice President of Retail Branch Banking. Vedder joined the Adirondack Trust Company in 2015 and is responsible for the overall management of Adirondack Trust retail branches. She has over 20 years of experience in banking, including prior roles at other institutions as a senior manager in retail sales strategy, regional branch management; insurance and corporate learning and development. She studied Business Management at the University of Phoenix and is a graduate of the New York Bankers Association Management School of Banking.

BUSINESS BRIEFS 19 promoted Jack Arnold to Executive Vice President of the Administrative Operations Division. Arnold joined The Adirondack Trust Company in 2004 as the Controller and currently holds the position of Executive Vice President of Operations, Chief Administrative Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer after working sixteen years at other local financial services institutions. Arnold served on the board of Transitional Services Association, Inc. from 2007 to 2012, where he held the positions of President, Vice President and Treasurer. He earned his bachelor’s in accounting from Elon University in North Carolina and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accounts. He is also a member of the New York Bankers Association Tax Committee.

PEP Welcomes Digital Strategist

Arnold Promotion

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Adirondack Trust Company has

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Patient Experience Project (PEP), a full-service, patient-centric marketing and communications agency based in Saratoga Springs, has announced the hiring of Brenna Kubisch. Kubisch is a digital strategist at the PEP who is responsible for helping

clients to drive customer engagement through the use of inbound and outbound digital marketing approaches. Before joining the PEP, Kubisch served as a digital marketing strategist in the higher education sector, leveraging search engine optimization, search engine marketing, content marketing, email marketing, and other digital practices to attract qualified applicants. Additionally, she has launched effective social and email marketing campaigns for a regional chamber of commerce in upstate New York. Kubisch also has experience in event planning and public relations, including having developed publicity campaigns for more than 50 self-published authors. Kubisch earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from the State University of New York at Cortland. Learn more about the Patient Experience Project at www.

BSBPA Networking Breakfast BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association will be sponsoring a Networking Breakfast on Tuesday, December 20, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., hosted by Sage Wine and Spirits, 55 Front Street. Sage Wine & Spirits specializes in sustainable, organic, local, and craft products and worldwide wines and spirits that are produced with attention to quality, good value, and care for the planet. Cost for the breakfast is $5 with advance reservation; walk-ins that morning are $10. Register and pay online or RSVP to or call 518-8852772 and pay at the door.

Arrow Financial Cash Dividend GLENS FALLS — The Board of Directors of Arrow Financial Corporation (NasdaqGS® – AROW) on October 26, 2016, declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.25 per share payable December 15, 2016, to shareholders of record December 2, 2016. This represents an increase of 3 percent over the cash dividend paid in the fourth quarter of 2015, as a result of the 3 percent stock dividend distributed September 29, 2016. It also represents the 23rd consecutive year that cash dividends paid to shareholders have increased. Arrow Financial Corporation is a multi-bank holding company headquartered in Glens Falls, New York, serving the financial needs of northeastern New York. The Company is the parent of Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Company and Saratoga National Bank and Trust Company. Other subsidiaries include North Country Investment Advisers, Inc.; two property and casualty insurance agencies: McPhillips Insurance Agency, which is a division of Glens Falls National Insurance Agencies, LLC, and Upstate Agency, LLC; and Capital Financial Group, Inc., an insurance agency specializing in the sale and servicing of group health plans.

20 BALLSTON SPA 70 Lancaster Court, $314,085. JKM Builders LLC sold property to Maureen Donnally. 8 Harvester Way, $404,148. Legacy Custom Homes LLC sold property to Arslan and Jamila Basharat. 22 Midline Rd., $230,000. Shelley Leatherwood sold property to John Hall. 74 Lancaster Court, $271,824. JKM Builders LLC sold property to Linda Cillo.

CHARLTON 30 Underpass Lane, $110,500. Joseph Brooks sold property to Amanda Done.

PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS CORINTH 501 Palmer Ave., $118,000. Thomas and Sheri Welch sold property to Peschieri Property LLC. 214 Palmer Ave., $146,800. Kevin Hanna sold property to Joyce Wells.

GREENFIELD 308 Bockes Rd., $320,000. Paulette Azon sold property to John and Brenda Jesmain.

MALTA 2347 Route 9, $989,000. Shecky Development LLC sold property to Rockhurst LLC.

87 Lasher Rd., $267,999. Bret Wade and Joni Merssineo-Wade sold property to Michaelo Fallat and Kristen Cortigiano.

11 Bowman Ave., $275,000. Michael Alford, Daniel Rainville and Kevin Darragh sold property to Mark and Mallorie Luciano.

2282 State Route 67, $53,212. Fannie Mae (by Atty) sold property to High Rock Property Management LLC.

Lot 3 Maiden Circle, $380,723. John Luke Development Co. LLC sold property to Justine and Rachael Morley.

26 Old Stage Rd., $440,000. Peter and Dawn DiLorenzo sold property to Daniel Anderson and Kathryn Pierce.

Lot 8 Maiden Circle, $360,476. John Luke Development Co. LLC sold property to Anthony Zappone.

24 Pepperbush Lane, $199,000. Debra and Israel Garrow sold property to Jennifer Borden. 414 East Line Rd., $417,500. Delia Marzigliano sold property to Ryan Stephens and Elizabeth Harding.

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3662 Galway Rd., $257,000. Michael and Danielle Hiltunen sold property to Israel and Debra Garrow.

9 & 11 James St., $462,000. Nancy and William Hieber, Sr. sold property to 11 James Street LLC.

5 Linden Lane, $211,600. University and Green LLC sold property to Daniel Karkotsky.

1 Marjorie Dr., $191,000. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development sold property to Anthony Aquino.

41 Bayberry Dr., $375,000. Rainbow Chen sold property to Lucas and Lindsay Salazar.

132 Hutchins Rd., $197,000. David Burke sold property to Margaret Owen.

137 Arrowwood Place, $100,000. James and Joanne Nair sold property to Laura McClements and Jason Peterson.

528 Elk Circle, $180,000. Kristina Dreps sold property to Robert Tabone.

MILTON 16 Linden Lane, $237,460. University and Green LLC sold property to Lisa Valentine. 746 Route 29, $120,480. Fannie Mae sold property to Colleen Krupski. 26 Division St., $165,500. Linda Krywy (by Exec) sold property to Casey Laque and Deborah Zetterstrom. 789 Schuyler Way, $323,000. Leonard Kies and Candace Muller sold property to Lauren Humenik.

SARATOGA SPRINGS 30 Schuyler Dr., $225,000. Jean Holcomb sold property to Edward and Joy Holcomb. 4 Crommelin Dr., $205,000. David and Deborah Diamond sold property to Roger and Audrey Williams and Mary DeSantis. 121 Grand Ave., $332,500. Erik Geizer sold property to Matthew Smith. 107 Elm St., $598,100. Bonacio Construction Inc. sold property to Joseph and Marilyn Frey. 20 Hutchins St., $326,000. Carol Leighton sold property to John and Shannon Shand.

96 Deer Run, $165,000. Brenda Lowery sold property to Diane Carson and Robert Popielarski.

77 Excelsior Ave., $1,000,000. 77 Excelsior Avenue LLC sold property to Prime Beechwood 3 LLC.

303 Greenfield Ave., $103,000. Margaret Roohan sold property to Brian Caron.

3 St. Jude Court, $352,000. Patricia Battesh sold property to Peter and Maureen Agostinello.

9 Glenwod Dr., $215,000. Marie Hurley (as Trustee) sold property to Vincent and Annette O’Neill.

STILLWATER 442 County Route 76, $600,000. Pamela Nelson and Peter Buck sold property to Mechanicville Homestead LLC. 22 Ridge Court, $260,000. Richard and Pauling Alagna (cotrustees) sold property to Kevin VanBuren.

WILTON 46 Meditation Way, $147,000. Donald Martin (as Trustee) sold property to Angela McCarty. 4 Greylock Dr., $378,000. Melissa Waghorn sold property to Charles and Brittany Day. 2A Parkhurst Rd., $279,900. Courtney and Anthony McCracken sold property to Boon Goh. 41 Palmer Terrace, $255,000. Ryan and Leanne Donelan sold property to 41 Palmer Terrace. 2 Preston Court, $55,500. Swift Group Inc. sold property to Lawrence and Deborah Casey. 22 Woodlake Dr., $295,000. Jared Dinsmore and Kathleen Maynard sold property to Riley and Nicole Robinson. 1 Claire Pass, $365,000. Richard and Katherine Cordovano sold property to Harold and Ellen Redling. 6 Saw Mill Court, $588,472. Smith Bridge LLC sold property to Martha and Stephen Smirles. 16 Farmington Ave., $195,000. Paula Schewe sold property to Mark Davis. 5 Preston Court, $56,500. Swift Group LLC sold property to William and Gertrude Krouse.



Week of November 18 – November 24, 2016

Virtual Reality Learning An Innovative Mobile Classroom Sparks a New Trend in Learning by Kiersten Racela Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Many students learn by trying and doing. In order to fully maximize this idea, educators must take away that fear of failure. If students are afraid of learning for fear of breaking or spilling something, making an incorrect incision, or even blowing up a circuit, then they will never reach their full potential. ZSpace is a virtual reality learning system. The Sunnyvale, Califonia-based company is granting students a chance to perform various experiments with high-tech, three-dimensional computer programs. Students are using the technology in classrooms and labs worldwide for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) learning, medicial instruction, and corporate training. The technology combines elements of VR (virtual reality) and AR (augmented reality) to create lifelike experiences on the computer that are both immersive and interactive.

Participants wear lightweight 3D glasses, and use a stylus attached to a screen to create a seamless experience. ZSpace appeals to a vast demographic of students, particularly students enrolled in grades 2-12. “Schools are showing all of us how virtual reality will be used in the future,” said Paul Kellenberger, zSpace CEO. “zSpace created the technology and the content, but it’s the teachers and students who have found amazing ways to use it to learn and discover, whether they’re solving physics problems, studying cells, or creating 3D models. They’re on the forefront of discovering how virtual reality can be used to enhance our daily lives.” According to Lisa Grippo, zSpace East Coast representative, “it’s becoming increasingly difficult for students to be engaged in learning. We hope that zSpace will allow students to latch onto the technology, something that they currently do in their daily lives.” In addition, Grippo goes on to explain why this technology can be particularly helpful in the science field. “Over time we’ve seen an increasing number of

students opt out of dissection, whether it be for religious reasons, the decreased use of formaldehyde in schools, or the increased cost of obtaining the actual objects needed for dissection.” One of the zSpace apps that is providing a solution to this problem is zSpace Studio. This exploration allows students to compare, dissect, analyze, measure, annotate, and explore thousands of 3D models from the zSpace Model Gallery or 3D models created by students. These, along with other applications assisting in various subjects, gives students the opportunity to learn in a way that’s useful for them, as opposed to opting out of one way of obtaining information. To date, more than 450 school districts nationwide have obtained the technology, in addition to various colleges, universities, and medical schools. A zSpace lab typically has anywhere between ten to fifteen computer stations. The zSpace STEM Lab is designed for student-centered learning, with teachers in each lab acting as facilitators. Each school typically engages 2-3 students per zSpace system,

Photos provided by Claire Vartabedian, L. Wolfe Communications

resulting in labs with ten or more zSpace systems. Each zSpace system consists of a 24’’ HD Display with zSpace virtual reality technology, a zSpace stylus and eyewear, a keyboard, and a mouse. zSpace was named “Cool Vendor” by Gartner Inc. and awarded “Best New Product” by Tech and Learning Magazine. On Friday, November 11, the zSpace virtual reality school bus was parked outside of the Saratoga Springs Hilton hotel. This was one stop of the bus’s East Coast Tour. The stop included demonstrations of the latest in VR-based learning experiences. The event agenda included a hands-on demonstration aboard the bus, a hands-on presentation and learn best practices from current customers, and the opportunity for spectators to explore standards-based activities, lesson plans, and video tutorials. Grippo recalls planning this stop on the tour around the NYSPTA conference, held from November 11 through November 13. “My hope was

to speak with people at this conference, as well as give the community more information on this innovative new technology.” Spectators were given the chance to see how the technology works. Says Grippo, “our hope is to integrate this technology to students, and to keep them eager to constantly learn.” In addition to K-12 schools, medical schools and universities are also using zSpace for Health Sciences, CTE, and vocational training programs. Coxsackie-Athens Central Schools is the first school district in the Capital Region to obtain this technology. The zSpace virtual reality bus will continue its East Coast tour by visiting Rochester at the end of November. Grippo anticipates that zSpace will come back to the capital region with various spring tour dates that will later be announced. Those interested in more information about this growing new technology are encouraged to visit www.

Week of November 18 – November 24, 2016

State Education Department Announces Public Comment Period on Proposed Amendments to School Counselor Regulations SARATOGA SPRINGS — Based on public comment and stakeholder feedback, the New York State Education Department further revised proposed amendments to the school counselor regulations to strengthen and better prepare school counselors and to more clearly define their duties and responsibilities. The Department will hold a second public comment period from November 30 through December 30 on the proposed regulations. “We know that with the right guidance and support, every child can succeed in school and in life,” said Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa. “That’s why it’s so important to make sure that all children have access to individuals who provide counseling services and that those individuals are highly skilled.” “Every day, children face a variety of challenges at home, school, in their community and personally,” said Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. “No matter what the issue, school counselors are there to work together with other school professionals to make sure these children get the help and services they need.” Working with the School Counselor Advisory Council (SCAC), in September 2015 the Department proposed amendments to improve both school counseling preparation programs and guidance programs, as well as the certification requirements for school counselors – and received significant public comment. For more information, contact Johathan Burman or Jeanne Beattie by phone at 518-474-1201.

NYSED: No Changes to Grades 3-8 ELA & Math Tests in 2017 or 2018 SARATOGA SPRINGS — After thorough review and careful consideration by State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, Chancellor Betty A. Rosa, Vice Chancellor T. Andrew Brown and members of the Board of Regents, the Department will keep the grades 3-8 English Language

Arts and Mathematics tests at three sessions for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years. “I have always said that state assessments must be diagnostic, valid, and reliable – and they must provide timely and practical information to teachers, administrators and parents,” said Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa. “Maintaining the current testing for now will allow us to measure student development over time in these areas. While we will consider moving to two-day tests for 2019, we will also examine the possibility of adding multiple measures of student achievement into the assessments.” NYSED, in close collaboration with its assessment contractor Questar, and its assessment Technical Advisory Committee, engaged in a thorough review into the feasibility of modifying the tests to a two-session design. NYSED will implement new Grades 3-8 tests in 2019 aligned to the content standards resulting from the standards revisions process that is currently underway and will revisit shortening the tests at that time. These new tests will be developed with substantive input from educators across the state and the design will be optimally suited to measure these new New York State learning standards. For more information visit

Saratoga Foundation For Innovative Learning Awards $20,000 in Grants in 2016 SARATOGA SPRINGS — SFIL is pleased to announce that with donations from its generous sponsors and the service of the foundation board, over $20,000 was raised during the 2016 grant cycle. Funds from this round of grants were awarded to the following five innovative learning initiatives: youth bagpipes for the Maple Avenue Middle School Music Department, iPad Air 2’s and an Apple TV for Dorothy Nolan Elementary School Library, Gene 2.0 Kits for a DNA mapping project for Saratoga Springs High School’s SPRING Program, materials for a sustainability park at Saratoga Springs High School, and architecture and design supplies for educating young engineers programs that are open to all elementary school students.

EDUCATION BRIEFS Examples of grants awarded previously include iPad minis for the morning math students of Caroline Elementary School, the Division Street School Stability Ball program, the Division Street School Little Passports program and the Maple Avenue Middle School Steel Drum program. Founded in 2013, the Saratoga Foundation For Innovative Learning is a nonprofit organization committed to raising and distributing grants to students, staff and teachers in the Saratoga Springs City School District. For more information about The Saratoga Foundation for Innovative Learning please visit

Nominee Recommendations for the Saratoga Springs City School District Hall of Distinction SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs City School

District is seeking the public’s input on candidates for the fourth annual Hall of Distinction. The Saratoga Springs City School District Hall of Distinction provides a wonderful opportunity to honor and celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of the graduates of our school district. The program was designed to instill in our students the concepts of achievement and excellence with the Hall of Distinction Inductees serving as exceptional role models. Their personal accomplishments, either to their individual fields of endeavor or to the broader community, exemplify what our students may attain through initiative and commitment. Potential candidates must have graduated from Saratoga Springs High School at least ten years ago, and must exemplify our District’s educational philosophy through an outstanding social contribution to the broader community by making a difference in the lives of others; and/or outstanding

23 professional contribution to, or achievement in, their field of endeavor. All recommendation/application forms must be submitted by December 21, 2016. Last year’s inaugural Hall of Distinction Inductees were James A. Murphy III and Dottie Pepper. Both have contributed and continue to contribute tremendously to our community. A committee composed of community members, students, board of education members, former and current high school administrators, and former and current high school teachers will review the nominations and select the honorees. Two outstanding individuals will be honored during the Saratoga Springs High School Awards Night on Wednesday, May 24. For more information about the Hall of Distinction and for the nominee form, please visit the Saratoga Springs City School District’s website at

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Giving Thanks to the Pumpkin Saturdays, 9 to 1 Lincoln Baths Saratoga Spa State Park

by Himanee Gupta-Carlson

for Saratoga TODAY The bold orange hue of pumpkins makes fall festive in Saratoga. But as the vivid glow of fall gives way to the wetness of winter, a question arises: What to do with the bounty of pumpkins, gourds, and other winter squashes? The best answer, of course, is to eat them, especially at Thanksgiving. In doing so, you’re continuing a history of feasting that might stretch back thousands of years. Nate Barksdale writes in “The History of Pumpkin Pie” that pumpkins likely were a part of the first Thanksgiving feast. The orange gourds were first grown in the Americas around 5500 B.C.E. When European explorers traversed the New World, pumpkins were among the foods brought back to Europe. By the time the Pilgrims left England, pumpkins were well known throughout the Atlantic. Pumpkin is an acquired taste -- both then and now. Europeans made it palatable through pies. These pies involved steaming or roasting a pumpkin to cook and soften the flesh, scooping it out, and combining it with eggs, cream, and spices. This concoction was then poured into a pie crust and baked. Such pies have deep roots in New England Thanksgivings, with one town, Colchester, in Connecticut postponing its celebration of the holiday in 1705 because of a lack of availability of molasses to make pumpkin pie. These days, pumpkin pie often is made with canned pumpkin, as a result of the Libby’s company introduction of the product in 1929. While the introduction of canned pumpkin has given pie

making a boost in the convenience realm, we at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market stick to the idea of appreciating pumpkins fresh. Like other winter squashes, pumpkin can be roasted, slow cooked or stewed. While perfect in pie, it also can be a side dish stuffed in the style of the accompanying recipe. Give it a try. As for all of those spent jack o’ lanterns that might be lingering in garages or on doorsteps, pumpkins and other winter squashes compost beautifully to

create new soil. The Friends of the Market would be delighted to accept lingering remains of jack o’ lanterns and any other squashes in its compost bucket at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market each Saturday. For more on pumpkins, visit www.history. c o m / n e w s / hu n g r y - h i s t o r y / the-history-of-pumpkin-pie. The Saratoga Farmers’ Market is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at the Lincoln Baths Building at the Saratoga Spa State Park.

Stuffed Pumpkins While pie is the go-to preparation for pumpkins, we invite you to consider this recipe, adapted from Kim Serverson of the New York Times. This recipe features market pumpkins and vegetables, Murray Hollow bread, and Longview Farm’s High Rock Cheese in place of the Gruyere below. Other small winter squashes such as acorn or sweet dumpling also can be used in place of the pumpkin.



2 small pumpkins (or 6 mini pumpkins) orange or white 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter 2 scallions (about 1/3 cup) chopped 1 large garlic clove, finely chopped 4 cups Swiss chard (or baby kale) stemmed and roughly chopped (about 4 ounces) 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice ½ cup homemade bread crumbs, lightly toasted 2/3 cup shredded Gruyere cheese (used Homestead Artisan’s High Rock Cheese) ¼ cup pine nuts, toasted ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg ¼ cup heavy cream 1 tablespoon olive oil

1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Wash the pumpkins and remove the tops as if for a Jack-o’-lantern. 2. Scoop out the seeds and stringy insides with a spoon, leaving the flesh intact. Rinse out the cavity. 3. Melt butter in a saute pan over medium heat, then add the scallions and cook for a few minutes. Add the garlic and saute for another minute or so until fragrant. Add the swiss chard and cook until it just wilts, about 3 or 4 minutes. 4. Remove from heat, stir in the lemon juice and transfer to a bowl. Add the bread crumbs, cheese, pine nuts, and nutmeg. Mix well, and then stir in cream. 5. Divide the filling into the pumpkins and replace the tops. Rub a baking dish with olive oil and arrange the filled pumpkins in the dish. 6. Bake for 1 hour, watching to make sure the tops don’t brown too much. Test the pumpkin by piercing with a fork. If the skin doesn’t pierce easily, remove the tops and bake for another 15 to 20 minutes. Replace the tops and serve hot.

Week of November 18 – November 24, 2016


“I See” Said the Turkey everywhere and grandma was close to tears when she asked me to check on and baste the Turkey. This was a big Turkey (28 lbs) 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

by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY Hello again my Foodie Friends! No Thanksgiving would 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. Now let me explain I am a Giants fan and so is my mother-in-law so watching the Cowboys is not our favorite thing but her son is and so is my sister-in-laws 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’s happy. My mother-in-law was 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-laws 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 block field goal and touched it. Oh nooo! Well the Dolphins got another chance and won. Not good around grandma’s house. My mother-in-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 without them. The brothers-in-law 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

Saratoga County Winter Restaurant Week Three-Course Dinner | $10, $20 or $30 Lunch Specials | $5 or $10

Enjoy the 12th Annual Saratoga County Winter Restaurant Week from December 2-8, 2016. Get a 3-Course dinner for just $10, $20 or $30 plus tax & tip at participating Saratoga County restaurants! Start off with your choice of an appetizer or salad, then choose from a menu of delicious entrees, and top it off

with a decadent dessert! Some participating restaurants are offering lunch specials for just $5 or $10 plus tax & tip. Saratoga Restaurant Week is the perfect time to get out and try new restaurants in Saratoga County. Reservations are suggested! For more information on participating restaurants go to .

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! Remember my friends; “Life happens in the Kitchen” So stop in to the Compliments to the Chef plaza at 46 Marion Ave to pick up your Turkey Basters and Happy Thanksgiving to all! Take care, John and Paula



Small Business Saturday: Saratoga Small Business Saturday began six years ago as a way to support small, local businesses in your area the Saturday after Thanksgiving. While the holiday shopping season usually begins with the Black Friday rush, Small Business Saturday November 26, is a way to support small businesses rather than national chains, which helps support the economy of your community. Brookside Museum Artisans Market Find the perfect gift! Brookside Museum’s Artisans Market will feature local artisans varying from jewelry, ornaments, photography, hot fudge, soaps and lotions, aprons and much more! A portion of each sale goes directly to the Saratoga County Historical Society at Brookside Museum, leading Saratoga County in the preservation and education of local history. Open Saturday November 26 through Friday December 23 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Brookside Museum is located at 6 Charlton Street in Ballston Spa. Saratoga Holiday Craft Marketplace Over 100 artisans will display and sell wares at the Saratoga Springs City Center from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 26 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This charity function of 41 years offers a whole array of outstanding crafts along with several unusual items. Celebrate Small Business Saturday with the very epitome of small business at this show. The $5.00 entry fee goes directly to the mission of The Saratoga Center for the Family to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect. Visit for more details. Saratoga Festival of Trees Don’t miss this beloved Saratoga tradition, running from Wednesday, November 30 through Sunday, December 4 at the Saratoga Springs City Center. The Saratoga Springs Festival of Trees is a fun-filled event and fundraiser that is great for kids and adults alike, putting the spirit of Christmas in everyone’s heart. See more than 250 beautifully twinkling

trees, wreaths, centerpieces and other holiday items on display for visitors to purchase or simply admire.

lots on the east side of Saratoga Springs to downtown from 4:30 to 10 p.m.

Screenagers Film Showing “Screenagers” probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director’s own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world. A brief panel discussion will follow the film. This program is presented by the Saratoga Springs City School District Parent University committee and the Waldorf School of Saratoga. It will be held at the Maple Avenue Middle School Auditorium from 7 – 8:15 p.m. Parents, students, staff and community members are invited to attend . All Parent University programs are free and no registration is required for programs unless otherwise specified.

Multi-Author Signing for Victorian Streetwalk Join us on December 1, 6-8 p.m. during downtown Saratoga’s annual Victorian Streetwalk as we present more than a dozen authors - both children’s book authors and authors of books for adults - signing books in our store. Stock up on signed books as holiday gifts, in this rare opportunity to chat with authors from around our region. For more information on these or other events, call 518-682-4200 or 1-855339-5990, or visit the Northshire Bookstore website at www.

Know Your Snow Researcher Charlotte Demers will present “Know Your Snow” on Wednesday, November 30, for the Southern Adirondack Audubon Society’s monthly program at Crandall Library in downtown Glens Falls. The talk will be held at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Demers will discuss how snow is formed, the different type of snow flakes and why snow is so important to many mammals. She will offer information on “ice in” and “ice out” dates and the impact of climate change on Adirondack winters. Please avoid wearing fragranced products to the program. Fragranced products trigger allergies, asthma and migraines in others attending the event. For more information, visit www.southernadirondackaudubon. org. Saratoga Springs Victorian Streetwalk 2016 This is a holiday event that can’t be missed! Come out to downtown Saratoga from 6 to 9 p.m. and join in the fun! Enjoy over 35 sites with free entertainment. CDTA is running free bus shuttles every 20 minutes from the Empire State College parking lot at 111 West Avenue on the west side of Saratoga Springs, NYRA’s Oklahoma track just off Exit 14 of I-87, Gate 21 on the corner of East Avenue and Union Avenue, and the Weibel Avenue Skating Rink parking

The Round Lake Artisans Holiday Market Stop by the Victorian Village of Round Lake on Thursday, December 1 from 4 – 8 p.m. The Market will be held in the Round Lake Village Hall located at 49 Burlington Ave., Round Lake for some holiday cheer, buy some presents, eat some sweet treats provided by Leah’s Cakery and support some local artists. Shopping Local and Handmade is made easy with our eclectic collection of gifts including pottery, paintings, fiber art, cards, knitting, jewelry, blacksmithing, honey, candles and more! Check our Facebook page frequently to see all the amazing creations that the artists have been working on for the show. Ballston Spa Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Capture the spirit of our genuine, small town holiday tradition, as the village of Ballston Spa rings in the season with this annual celebration on Friday, December 2. Enjoy holiday floats, marching groups, musicians and carolers, animals, fire trucks and more. Parade step off is at 6:30 p.m. sharp at old South Street School and will proceed down Milton Avenue. Santa himself officially lights the village Christmas Tree at Wiswall Park at approximately 7:45pm. Saratoga Fair Trade Market Expo There will be about a dozen vendors offering exquisite items from all over the world: jewelry, textiles for the home, baskets, clothes, handbags, purses, scarves, children products, and more. Mayan Hands,

Week of November 18 – November 24, 2016 Mango Tree Imports, Women’s Peace Collection, Amani ya Juu, and Freeset, all fair trade businesses will be present, as well as several small projects like the Bosnian Handcraft Project, that provide training and markets to people for whom it’s nearly impossible to find employment in the countries where they live. Our Fair Trade Expo provides people in our region with opportunities to buy great gifts at the same time that they empower the producers all over the world! The Market will be held at the Saratoga Springs City Center on December 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. Holiday Art Show and Sale Artists from our center and the community will be showcasing their work at the Saratoga Springs Senior Center located at 5 Williams Street in Saratoga Springs. The exhibition will include works in drawing, painting, ceramics and more. All artwork is for sale. Free and open to the public. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Center. Come and support the Center and our talented members. Call for Non - Profit Organizations Non-profit organizations are invited to participate in The Shirt Factory’s Holiday Open House events November 25 -27, and December 10 - 11. There will be no fee for any licensed non-profit organization on the third floor only. Set up your own table / display, you must have someone in attendance at all times from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Funds from any items sold should go to the organization. Spaces are limited and will be provided on a first requested basis. For more info and an application, email shirtfactorygf@ 15th Annual Holiday Open House Visit Shoppes, galleries, artist studios, guest vendors, handcrafted artisan gifts, holiday raffle giveaways. The open house will be held on November 25 – 27 and December 10 and 11, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., at The Shirt Factory, 71 Lawrence St./21 Cooper St., Glens Falls. Breakfast with Santa There will be Breakfast with Santa on December 10, at the American Legion Henry Cornell Post 234, 23 Pleasant St., Ballston Spa, from 8 10:30 a.m.

A Fairytale Christmas Carol-The Musical Malta Spotlighter’s Theatre Troupe presents “A Fairytale Christmas Carol-The Musical”, on Saturday, December 10 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 11 at 2 p.m. This fun musical will charm you with its cast of story book characters in all the leading roles, and a great musical score telling the story of the classic Christmas Carol in a new and clever way. Wonderful entertainment for the whole family presented at the Malta Community Center, One Bayberry Drive, Malta. Free tickets for the first 50 children registered (accompanied by a registered adult) courtesy of Stewarts Holiday Match. Additional sponsors include Global Foundries-Malta Foundation and Adirondack Trust Company. Tickets are $10 advanced and $15 at the door (if available). For more information please contact Elyse Young, Artistic Director or 518-899-4411 or visit Senior Trip to Christmas Show The Olde Saratoga Seniors is hosting a trip to the Hall of Springs, Saratoga Springs for a Christmas Show with Jimmy Mazz and a luncheon on Tuesday, December 20. Bus will leave American Legion at 10:15 a.m. and return approximately 4 p.m. Cost is $39 per person. Any questions, call Mary LaMora at 518-584-7986. Mail checks to PO Box 60, Schuylerville, NY 12871. Anyone is welcome. Options to Pay for College Concerned about paying for college? College costs are rising at unprecedented rates; Are you properly prepared to handle the expense of higher education? Join us at the Saratoga Springs Public Library’s Susman Room for an informal meeting every first and third Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. to discuss different options to pay for college education. Receive $1000 credit towards your personal Scholars Tuition Rewards* program for attending. *As recognized by U.S. News and World Report (7 Ways to Save for Children’s EducationSeptember 2014).

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Family Friendly Event

Friday, November 18 My Favorite Pets 6:00 pm -Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. An evening with National Book Award winner Jeanne Birdsall & bestselling illustrator Harry Bliss! Birdsall & Bliss will present their hilarious new picture book about one child’s outrageous school essay on his “pet” sheep. Things to know about sheep: Sheep live outside. Sheep have wool. Sheep will not learn to ride a skateboard.

Notte Italiana! Stillwater United Church Fellowship Hall, 747 Hudson Avenue, 5:30 p.m. Menu (Gluten-free available) includes a pasta bar and authentic homemade sauces, bread, garden salad, homemade Italian desserts and beverages. Take-out available at 6:15 p.m. Tickets: Adults- $12 and children under 12-$5, under 5-Free. Contact 518-664-7984 for advance tickets or purchase at door. Handicap accessible. The proceeds will support the purchase of the fellowship hall renovations.

Saturday, November 19 56th Annual Winter Sporting Goods Equipment Sale Burnt Hills United Methodist Church, 815 Saratoga Rd., Burnt Hills, 9 a.m. – Noon This is an opportunity for you to buy and sell new and used


winter sports equipment. This is a consignment sale but we also have some new equipment supplied by a vendor. For more information call Greg Adams at 518-399-5875.

Vendors and crafters will offer assorted items great for holiday gifts. The event will be held indoors and admission is free. For directions call the church at 518-581-0210.

Craft Fair

Genealogy and Local History

Coburg Village, 1 Coburg Village Way, Rexford, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Handmade items available for purchase include various crafts, Christmas items, knitting, crocheting, sewing, and quilting. Proceeds go toward a donation to Captains Family Services in Clifton Park. Free admission.

10th Annual Lake George Polar Plunge For Special Olympics Shepard Park Beach, Lake George, Noon – 1 p.m. Last year nearly 600 participants braved the icy waters while hundreds of spectators looked on with excitement. These daring participants help by showing their support for the Special Olympics and raising money for the organization. Many form teams and have fun with it. The goal is to get friends, family, colleagues and other donors to sponsor your plunge, ultimately raising thousands of dollars to help the Special Olympics reach their fundraising goal. Spectators are free.

Annual Holiday Lighted Tractor Parade Downtown Greenwich, 6:30 p.m. Join in the fun at the 4th Annual Holiday Lighted Tractor Parade in Greenwich! Choose your favorite tractor as they parade through the historic village. These tractors are sure to catch your eye as each one must have a minimum of 1,000 lights. And each tractor with a float/trailer must have a minimum of 2,000 lights. They will truly be a sight to see.

Holiday Affair at the Malta Ridge UMC Malta Ridge United Methodist Church, 729 Malta Ave Extension, Malta Ridge, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Town of Saratoga Town Hall, Corner of Rt. 4 and Rt. 29, Schuylerville, 1 p.m. Heritage Hunters of Saratoga County will meet. Program speaker will be Hollis Palmer, historian, author and life-long educator. Hollis, an eighth generation Saratogian, has just released his twelfth book, “Saratoga 1858: a novel of sorts.” He will speak about his latest book, his writing process and how he uses stories as a way of conveying a message. Public is welcome. For information call 518-5872978

Tang Family Saturdays Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College, 2 – 4 p.m. Come to our 14th Annual Make-a-Turkey-Out-of-aPotato Festival. We will make holiday centerpieces out of potatoes, pipe-cleaners, feathers, and beads. Create a fantastic bird sculpture to decorate your table! Suitable for children ages 5 and up with their adult companions. Free and open to the public. Reservations encouraged, space is limited. For more information and reservations, please call 518-580-8080.

Stompin’ Soles Skidmore College Dance Theater, Skidmore Campus, 7 and 9 p.m. Performance by Skidmore’s student tap dance club. Free and open to the public. For more information call 518580-5392.

Sunday, November 20 Breakfast Buffet Saratoga-Wilton Elks, 1 Elks Lane, Rt. 9, Saratoga Springs, 8:30 – 11 a.m.

Fruit cocktail, French toast, pancakes, potatoes, breakfast sausage and ham, corned beef hash, 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.

Dharma Meditation with Pierre Zimmerman One Big Roof, Center for Mindful Practices, 538 Maple Ave., Saratoga Health and Wellness Building, Saratoga Springs, 9-10:15 a.m. Weekly meditation followed by short discussion. All contemplative traditions honored. By donation. For more information call (413)992-7012 or visit www.

Monday, November 21 Parkinson’s Support Group 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.

Mental Illness Support Group Transitional Services Building, 127 Union St., Saratoga Springs, 7:30 p.m. Our county has a support group for families who are dealing with a member with mental illness. Our meetings are the first and third Mondays of each month.

Tuesday, November 22 Cancer Support Group Saratoga Hospital, 211 Church St., Saratoga Springs, Noon – 1 p.m. The Cancer Support Group meets at Saratoga Hospital

on the 4th Wednesday of each month with Pierre Zimmerman, MS. Free and Open to All. Call Pierre for more information, 413-9927012.

Wednesday, November 23 Cancer Support Group Saratoga Hospital, 211 Church St., Saratoga Springs. Noon – 1 p.m. The cancer support group, regardless of the type of cancer one faces, is a safe container to explore common physical, financial, emotional, cognitive, developmental, familial and spiritual issues. Pierre Zimmerman, a survivor of stage 4 cancer, diagnosed in 2001 and given a few months to live, has been working with people with cancer for 12 years, leading support groups, mindfulness based stress reduction programs and spiritual retreats. Call Pierre at 413-992-7012 to register and confirm, as schedule may be subject to change.

Thursday, November 24 15th Annual Turkey Trot Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 8 a.m. The Christopher Dailey Foundation’s Annual Turkey Trot 5K Run/ Walk packet pick up is at the Saratoga Hilton on Wednesday, November 23 between 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. or Thursday, November 24, 6:30 – 8 a.m. Last chance to register in person is on Wednesday, November 23 at Saratoga Hilton. There will be no day of race registration. On line registration closes at noon on Tuesday, November 22. Entry fee is $24 until November 13 and $25 from November 14 – 23. All proceeds benefit the Christopher Dailey Foundation. Register online at www.zippyreg. com/?event=815 or www. christopherdaileyfoundation. com.

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THE SOCIETY PAGE Written by Thomas Dimopoulos. Photographed by Francesco D’Amico.

Janine Lloyd and H.O.P.E. Executive Director Wendy Mongillo.

Stephanie & Joe Shemo.

Daniel Alderstad, Kirsten Morgan, Bill & Maureen Morgan.

Brenda and Mike Tholin, Sue Dakin.

Silent Auction items.


Gala raises H.O.P.E. for Orphaned Pets

ARATOGA SPRINGS - The fifth annual H.O.P.E. gala was staged Friday, Nov. 11 at the Saratoga National Golf Club.

Debra Sneed.

H.O.P.E. - Homes for Orphaned Pets Exist - is a not-for-profit organization of volunteers from Saratoga and surrounding counties dedicated to assisting previously abandoned, orphaned and neglected animals. The goal is to find suitable adopters who will provide the animals with a lifelong commitment of love and care.

Teri Desorbo, Chris Lasher.


Week of November 18 – November 24, 2016

THE SOCIETY PAGE Written by Thomas Dimopoulos. Photographed by Francesco D’Amico.

Mehdji Belizaire, Amya Bertrand, Erika Hall.

Melissa Russo, Rachael Dwyer, Patty Riggi. Giving Circle Celebration Continues Rehabilitation Efforts Locally and Internationally


ARATOGA SPRINGS – A celebration to host The Giving Circle Taste of Africa and the 2016 Compassion Awards was held at Canfield Casino in Congress Park on Nov. 10, 2016.

The event featured the tastes, sights, sounds and stories of Africa, and raised funds for The Giving Circle and friends of AOET, in Uganda. The Giving Circle is an all-volunteer non-profit organization based in Saratoga Springs. Founded in 2005 in response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the organization’s mission has since expanded to seek out communities in need and connect them with those with the resources to help. The award, which commends the ideals and values of The Giving Circle’s selfless compassion in action, honored: local resident Elizabeth Alexander; Jake’s Help from Heaven for their nonprofit work; local business The Hellwig Family & Trans-Border Global Freight, and Kim Klopstock, who received the Founder’s Award, for the lifetime dedication to acts of compassion.

Giving Circle at the Canfield Casino.

Luke Armstrong and Annie Nowhickney.

The Giving Circle’s efforts have included working locally with underserved families in Saratoga County, nationally in continuing rehabilitation efforts in the Gulf Coast and New York City areas, and internationally with Giving Circle Africa projects including working with orphanages, schools and health clinics in Uganda. Karyl Maenza & Ron Deutch.

Kim Klopstock.



Tang Museum Appoints Curator-at-Large SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College this week announced the appointment of Isolde Brielmaier as Curatorat-Large. With extensive experience as a curator, scholar, and writer in innovative contemporary art exhibitions and programming, Brielmaier will help develop new approaches for curating, commissioning, developing, and presenting the work of interdisciplinary artists and other cultural producers across platforms. As Curator-at-Large, she will work with the Tang’s team to plan and implement exhibitions and artist projects, produce inventive programs at the Tang and in New York City, expand interdisciplinary research and scholarship, advise the Museum on key acquisitions, and share her expertise with Skidmore faculty, staff, and students. Brielmaier is currently Assistant Professor of Critical Studies in the Department of Photography, Imaging, and Emerging Media at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, and oversees

the arts and cultural programming at Westfield World Trade Center. Her previous posts include serving as Chief Curator of the SCAD Museum of Art, as well as developing and managing programs at Prospect 3 New Orleans, the Bronx Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and the New Museum. Based in New York City with regular visits to the Tang, Isolde joins the staff in November 2016. Among Brielmaier’s duties will be to collaborate with Ian Berry and the Tang Museum team on realizing critical aspects of the College’s $1.2-million Mellon Foundation initiative to strengthen the ways the Museum uses its collection to explore issues of identity and race, and to support interdisciplinary research in this area. The initiative aims to expand scholarship and access to works by contemporary artists of color in the Museum’s collection by enhancing the digital archive, bringing visiting artists and scholars to Skidmore, and forging educational partnerships with other colleges and universities.

Week of November 18 – November 24, 2016

Come On Down: The Price is Right Live On Stage

A winner captured in mid-leap, during The Price is Right Live! stage show, which comes to the region next spring. Photo provided.

ALBANY — Tickets go on sale Friday, Nov. 18 for The Price Is Right Live! – an interactive stage show that gives eligible individuals the chance to “Come On Down” to win. The show will take place at the

Palace Theatre in Albany on April 20, 2017. Prizes may include appliances, vacations and possibly a new car. Playing to audiences for nearly nine years, The Price Is Right Live! has given away more than $10

million in cash and prizes and sold more than 1.2 million tickets. Tickets start at $32.50 and will be available at the Palace Box Office, 19 Clinton Ave., or by phone at 800-745-3000.

Local Actress Reprises Maria Callas Role in CPI’s “Master Class” at Riggi Theater

Tony Award Winner Ron Holgate of Saratoga directs his spouse, Anny DeGange (L) as Maria Callas and his daughter Chloe Holgate as one of her students in Master Class (photo provided).

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Creative Place International (CPI) presents “Master Class,” featuring an array of area talent bringing playwright Terrence McNally’s powerful drama to life on Nov. 18-20 at the National Museum of Dance. Local Broadway veteran Anny DeGange portrays the opera diva Maria Callas, a glamorous, largerthan-life, caustic, and surprisingly drop-dead funny pedagogue, holding a voice master class at the Julliard School. Alternately dismayed and

impressed by the students who parade before her, she retreats into recollections about the glories of her own life and career. Included in her musings of her younger years as an ugly duckling, is a fierce hatred of her rivals, the unforgiving press that savaged her early performances, her triumphs at La Scala and her affair with Aristotle Onassis. CpI’s Master Class is directed by Tony Award Winner Ron Holgate, DeGange’s husband. They are joined by their daughter,

Chloe Holgate, and a cast of accomplished area performers including actress Eleah Jayne Peal, tenor soloist Michael Lotano and pianist Mark Evans. Performance dates: 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18 and Saturday, Nov. 19, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20, at the Riggi Theatre at the National Museum of Dance, 99 South Broadway. Tickets are $25 and are available online at or on the CPI reservation line 518-584-7780.

Week of November 18 – November 24, 2016


‘You Tell Me That You’ve Heard Every Sound There Is’ Skidmore Students To Perform Tribute to Beatles’ “Revolver” by Kyra Fragale for Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — The 16th annual Beatlemore Skidmania concerts will be staged this weekend at the Arthur Zankel Music Center on the campus of Skidmore College. The annual, ever-changing Beatles’ retrospective show, called Beatlemore Skidmania, will focus on the 50th anniversary of the group’s

who regularly perform during the concert finale. “Nobody loves the Beatles more than me,” said Brown, who began planning this year’s project prior to the start of the school year. Approximately 70 students are involved in the Skidmore production. Members of the 2016 Beatlemore Student Committee are enrolled in an independent study earning academic credit for this

a variety of genres and styles - practicing songs. The poster is chosen through a student contest. An illustration by student Ben Cohen was selected as the winning design out of two dozen submissions. Pictures of all entries can be found on the events Facebook page BeatlemoreSkidmania. “The event speaks to the interest in music,” said Brown, who thinks the event will con-

Beatlemore Skidmania 2016 event poster designed by Ben Cohen, who acknowledged it was difficult to emulate the look of the pre-computer days of the 1960s using today's software, so he scanned his own hand-drawn illustrations and incorporated them into computer-generated imagery. Beatlemore Skidmania rehearsals at the Zankel Music Center in 2014, featuring Jake Ratkevich (drums) Elliot Daniels (lead vocals, bass) and Ian Bakerman (vocals and guitar). Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

record “Revolver,” released in 1966, and will include versions of Beatles tunes from 1963 to 1966. Skidmore Music Department Professor Gordon Thompson created the concert to conclude one of his Beatles inspired classes in 2000 as an end-of-semester celebration for his students. The concert started off small, with just his class, but over the years grew into a community and regional performance. The concert was granted the Skidmore College President’s Award in 2014 in honor of personal excellence, educational mission and for embracing campus pride. With Thompson in London teaching Skidmore’s First-Year Experience, Joel Brown, distinguished artist-in-residence in the Skidmore Music Department took over the leadership role for this year’s shows. It is Brown’s second production, although he has previously been involved in the performance aspect with his band, The Rust Brothers,

hands-on learning experience. With the concert approaching, Brown holds a class every Friday for students to get prepared for the show. This entails the art students creating the posters and T-shirt design, the publicity department spreading the word, tending to the technicalities of lighting and sound, and 14 acts – who range in

tinue for as long as people have a passion for the Beatles. Performances will be held in the Arthur Zankel Music Center’s Ladd Concert Hall, on the Skidmore campus at 8 p.m. Friday Nov. 18, and at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and the Skidmore community, and $5 for students and children.

All proceeds from Beatlemore Skidmania ticket, poster, and T-shirt sales will be donated to local nonprofit organizations and student financial aid via the Skidmore Cares holiday-season charity drive. In 2015,

approximately $12,500 was raised from show proceeds and contributed to Skidmore Cares programs. This year’s event will also be livestreamed so viewers and Skidmore alumni can watch from around the world.



Price Chopper and Market 32 Launch Hunger Campaign, Holiday Toy Drive SARATOGA SPRINGS — Price Chopper and Market 32’s Check Out Hunger, a campaign that raises dollars and food donations for regional food banks and their affiliated kitchens and pantries and the annual Holiday Toy Drive kicked off this past weekend and will run through Saturday, Dec.10. Check Out Hunger gives shoppers the opportunity to add a small monetary donation

to their grocery bill -- bringing the total to the next whole dollar amount - through the Round Up Your Change program and to purchase a set-price Food Package, a $5, $10 or $15 selection of pantry essentials. The annual Holiday Toy Drive, in partnership with The Salvation Army, offers toy collection sites at every Price Chopper and Market 32 throughout the six-state service

area, with the goal of distributing the toys to children in need within the communities where the toys were donated. Price Chopper and Market 32 will match donations for both campaigns of up to $5,000. Last year’s campaigns raised more than $42,000 and 26 tons of food that were distributed to a dozen area food banks and more than 3,000 toys that were distributed locally.

Folk Music “Lessons and Carols” in Ballston Spa BALLSTON SPA — Mysterious and rare Advent and Christmas carols drawn from Celtic, AfricanAmerican, and Early American traditions are the trademark of the “Festival of Lessons and Carols,” slated for Christ Church in Ballston Spa on Sunday and Monday, Dec. 4 -5. The concert is anchored

by folk music legends John Kirk and Trish Miller of Greenfield Center with special guests Joel Rosenberger of Saratoga Springs, Dan Berggren of Ballston Spa, and Rick Bunting of Bainbridge, and includes Field Horne and Theresa LaGattuta-Bruno of Saratoga Springs, and Kristin

McCabe of Charlton. The concert is free and takes place by candlelight at 4 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Monday, at Christ Church located on the corner of Route 50 and Route 67. Child care is provided for the Sunday matinee. For more information, call 885-1031.

Week of November 18 – November 24, 2016

Toys for Tots Collection Point at Ballston Spa Parade BALLSTON SPA — Community Emergency Corps of Ballston Spa will again be an official drop off point for Toys for Tots, a program sponsored by the United States Marine Corps. The campaign has assisted needy children all around the Capital Region for over 45 years. The Ballston Spa Holiday Parade will be a point of collection. The parade will spotlight the Toys for Tots campaign, in partnership with Community Emergency Corps, the Saratoga County Sheriff ’s Department, the Ballston Spa Rotary, and the U.S. Marine Corps. Volunteers from the organizations will be on hand to collect donations of new, unwrapped toys from spectators along the parade

route as well as at the tree lighting. New, unwrapped toys, games, books, puzzles, sport balls, dolls, snow toys, and anything for kids from infant to teens are all accepted. Stuffed toys are the only exception. Toy donations can also be delivered to the Community Emergency Corps station, 78 Thompson St., Ballston Spa, NY until Dec. 15, days or evenings. Toys collected in this area are redistributed back into the same area to families in need. The Ballston Spa Holiday Parade takes place at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 2. For information about the Toys for Tots campaign, contact Ray Otten, Executive Director of CEC, at 885-1478.

“A Fairytale Christmas Carol - The Musical” On Stage MALTA — Malta Spotlighter’s Theatre Troupe presents “A Fairytale Christmas Carol- the musical,” at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10 and 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11. The fun musical features a cast of story book characters and a great musical score telling the story of the classic Christmas Carol in a new and clever way. Get in the holiday spirit with wonderful entertainment for the

whole family presented at the Malta Community Center, One Bayberry Drive. This production will include free tickets for the first 50 children registered, who are accompanied by a registered adult. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. For more information, contact Elyse Young, Artistic Director, at: theater@ or (518) 899-4411, or visit

Tree Lighting at Gavin Park Dec. 2 WILTON — An annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place Friday, Dec. 2 at Gavin Park. The event begins at 6 p.m. with holiday songs featuring Frosty, Rudolph and Santa’s elves. At 6:45 p.m., the lights will go up on Gavin Park’s Colorado Spruce tree, followed by Santa’s arrival to

meet and greet the crowd. From 6:45 – 8:30 p.m., the event will continue inside the Dailey Gym, where Santa will hand out candy, treats, and gifts, and holiday movies will be shown. The all-weather event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 518-584-9455.

30th Annual Saratoga Springs Victorian Streetwalk set for Dec. 1 SARATOGA SPRINGS — The 30th annual Victorian Streetwalk will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1 in downtown Saratoga Springs. The Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association sponsored event features a tree-lighting

ceremony, a visit by Santa, Clara, the elves and Rumple Dumple to Santa’s Broadway Cottage, Christmas Carol serenades, a marching band and free entertainment at 35 different sites. Check next week’s paper for a full list of activities.


Week of November 18 – November 24, 2016

Spa City Rockers Host Record Release Party Friday Night SARATOGA SPRINGS — Bob Carlton and Rachael Sunday, who first met and formed the group Dryer in 1992, will lead the four-member member band in a special performance at One Caroline Friday night in celebration their new release, “Bright Moon, Bright Sun.” The five-song EP marks the first public release of new recordings by the indie-rockers since 2002. Showtime is 9 p.m. at 1 Caroline St. “We’re still a dirty bar venue kind of band playing loud rock music, but there’s something about One Caroline Street that’s a great environment for us,” band co-founder Bob Carlton said this week. The show is free.

Dryer performing at the Tang Museum July 11, 2015. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

The night’s first set will be the “dinner” set, and those wishing to eat can reserve a table at: If you just

want to hang at the bar and listen, no reservations needed. The second set will be the rock set. The band says: just show up!

week of 11/18-11/24 friday, 11/18: Greg Klyma, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena at Ndakinna Center — 583.0022 Jukebox, 10 pm @ Caroline St. Pub — 583.9400 Ubuntu, 9 pm @ Gaffney’s — 587.7359 Hot Club of Saratoga, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue — 583.2582 Dryer — bright Moon, Bright Sun release party, 9 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026 Big Medicine, 9 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583.1916 Roger Held, 7 pm @ Wishing Well — 584.7640

saturday, 11/19: Motion Blur, 10 pm @ Caroline St. Pub — 583.9400 Acoustic Circus, 9 pm @ Gaffney’s — 587.7359 Whisky River — classic country music, 7 pm @ Hudson River Music Hall —

832.3484 Dave Fisk Quartet, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue — 583.2582 Pink Talking Fish, 10 pm @ Putnam Den — 584.8066 Hair of the Dog, 8 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583.1916 Rob Aronstein, 7 pm @ Wishing Well — 584.7640

sunday, 11/20: Caravan of Thieves, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena at The Parting Glass — 583.0022

monday, 11/21: Russ Kennedy, 6:30 pm @ Brook Tavern — 871.1473

wednesday, 11/23: Blackouts, 8 pm @ Gaffney’s — 587.7359 Hot Club of Saratoga, 7 pm @ Hamlet + Ghost — 450.7287 Eastbound Jesus, 9 pm @ Putnam Den — 584.8066

First Night 2017 to Highlight Local and Regional Artists on New Year’s Eve SARATOGA SPRINGS — This year’s lineup of musical entertainers performing at Saratoga Arts’ annual New Year’s Eve celebration includes The Figgs, Sirsy, Wild Adriatic and the Ramblin’ Jug Stompers. The First Night 2017 festival, expected to draw 15,000 revelers to downtown Saratoga Springs, will stage more than 70 regional and touring performing groups in 30 venues. A full range of music genres will be represented - from country-rock (Grit N Whiskey, Crow Ridge) and retro cover-band and tribute artists (Big Fez and the

Surfmatics, Harold Ford, and 17-year-old award-winning Elvis impersonator Matthew Boyce), to Django Reinhardt jazz (Nisky Dixie Cats, Hot Club of Saratoga) and Irish infused groups (Kevin McKrell, Grafton Street Trio). The event also features a full array of comedians, mentalists, “mind artists,” and dance-friendly Latin-infused and funky swing rhythms. First Night 2017 takes place from 6 p.m. to midnight on New Year’s Eve. Ticket information and an expanded entertainment schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.

38 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 | Regina Baird Haag, Pastor Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Assembly of God Faith Chapel 6 Burgoyne St, Schuylerville 695-6069 | Rev. Jason Proctor Services: Sunday 10:45 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. Baha’i Community of Saratoga Springs 584-9679; 692-7694 | 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. 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. Christ Community Reformed Church 1010 Route 146, Clifton Park | 371-7654 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Christ Episcopal Church Routes 50 & 67, Ballston Spa | 885-1031 Services: Sunday 8 & 10 a.m. Christian Restoration Ministries Saratoga Senior Center 5 Williams St, Saratoga Springs 796-4323 | Pastor Pat Roach Services: Sunday 10 a.m.; 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 10:30 a.m. Cornerstone Community Church 516 Park Ave., Mechanicville | 664-5204 | Pastor Frank Galerie Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Community 2001 Route 9, Round Lake 877-8506 | Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8 & 11 a.m.;

RELIGION 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 11 a.m. First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa 202 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa 885-8361 | Services: 10:30 a.m. worship, 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. Grace Brethren Church* 137 W. Milton Road, Ballston Spa 587-0649 | Rev. Dan Pierce Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Greater Grace Community Church 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 90 River Road, Mechanicville | 664-4442 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Hope Church 206 Greenfield Ave, Ballston Spa 885-7442 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Jonesville United Methodist 963 Main St, Clifton Park 877-7332 | Services: Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Living Springs Community Church 59 Pine Road, Saratoga Springs 584-9112 | 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 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* 581-2973 | Pastor Bonnie Bates Services: Sunday 9 a.m. Mt. Olivet Baptist Church Corner of Jefferson St. & Crescent St. Saratoga Springs | 584-9441 Rev. Dr. Victor L. Collier, Pastor New Horizon Church 150 Perry Road, Saratoga Springs 587-0711 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. New Life Fellowship 51 Old Gick Road, ­­Saratoga Springs 580-1810 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m.

Week of November 18 – November 24, 2016

NorthStar Church Gowana Middle School, 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 | Services: Sunday 9 a.m.; Adult Sunday School 9 a.m.; Service 10:30 a.m. Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church* 73 Midline Road, Ballston Lake 399-5713 | Services: Saturday 5 p.m. Sunday 8:15 & 10:15 a.m. 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 South, Quaker Springs 695-3101 | Pastor Al Johnson Services: Sunday 9 a.m. River of Hope Fellowship 100 Saratoga Village Blvd, Malta Cmns, Ste. 3 | 881-1505 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 371-6351 | Services: Saturday 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 8 & 9:30 a.m. St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church* 3159 Route 9N, Greenfield Center 893-7680 Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 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 893-7680 | Services: 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 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga Abundant Life Church 2325 Route 50 South, Saratoga Springs 885-5456 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. Saratoga Chabad 130 Circular St, Saratoga Springs 526-0773 |

Saratoga Friends Meeting (Quaker) Rts. 32 and 71, Quaker Springs 587-7477; 399-5013 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga United Methodist Church* Henning Road, Saratoga Springs 584-3720 | Services: Sunday 9:00am and 10:45am Saratoga Seventh-Day Adventist Church 399 Union Ave, Saratoga Springs 882-9384 | Services: Sabbath School: 10 a.m. Worship Service: 11:30 a.m. Schuylerville United Methodist Church* 51 Church St, Schuylerville 695-3101 | Services: Worship at 11am Shenendehowa United Methodist 971 Route 146, Clifton Park 371-7964 Services: Sunday 9 & 10:30 a.m. Simpson United Methodist Church 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. www.SOULSAVINGSTATIONCHURCH.COM Stillwater Christian Fellowship Meeting at Liberty Ridge Farm 29 Bevis Road Schaghticoke, NY 12154 Stillwater United Church (Presbyterian U.S.A.) 747 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 5:30 p.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. West Charlton United Presbyterian Church 1331 Sacandaga Road, West Charlton 882-9874 | Rev. Thomas Gregg, Pastor Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Wilton Baptist Church 755 Saratoga Road, Wilton 583-2736 Services: Sunday 11 a.m.

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Week of November 18 – November 24, 2016

Puzzles Across 1 Halloween costume part 5 640 acres: Abbr. 9 Longtime employee 14 Death Valley’s is the lowest in North Amer. 15 Mammoth feature 16 China’s Zhou __ 17 “Dirty Jobs” host Mike 18 County Kerry’s isle 19 Deep chasm 20 *Manhattan site of Strawberry Fields 23 “So long” 24 Young horse 25 One from Nairobi 27 Ultimate conclusion 30 Made of oak, e.g. 32 Small swallow 33 Pumps or clogs 35 Thin piece of change 38 __ out a living 39 *Prepare for printing 42 Guy’s partner 43 Bank (on) 45 Glue in a hobbyist’s kit 46 “Let me think ... “ 47 Utter madness 50 Michelangelo masterpieces 52 Tallied, with “up” 54 Group after boomers 55 “How relaxing!” 56 Process for selecting theatrical performers, and a hint to the first word of the answers to starred clues 62 Bit of luck 64 Place for koi 65 Prefix with distant 66 Italian ball game 67 Woodworking tool 68 Put on a pouty face 69 Filled (in), as a comic strip 70 Frog’s kiddie-lit friend 71 Yard event Down 1 Bygone Ford division, for short 2 Sunburn soother 3 Stitched up

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4 Complain 5 Furtive 6 Comforter to get comfy in 7 Car sticker abbr. 8 Swedish furniture chain 9 Didn’t hold water 10 Having five sharps, musically 11 *Untrustworthy, as a business 12 Course that’s good for one’s GPA 13 Ascended 21 Barnyard perch 22 MGM rival 26 Homer’s nice neighbor 27 Password creator 28 High-speed highway 29 *Word processor error finder 30 Teary-eyed 31 Bone, in Italian

34 Oil gp. with 12 member nations 36 Papa’s partner 37 Stately shade trees 40 Paid out 41 Making, as a knot 44 Big laugh 48 Did some smooching 49 Aquafresh tube letters 51 Overabundance 52 Talmud expert 53 Brother of Moses 54 Tokyo shopping district 57 Petty quarrel 58 Chore list heading 59 Greenish-blue 60 Temporary calm 61 Similar to 63 Unreturnable serve

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: Eek, Eke Eek is simply a noise one makes when frightened. Eek! A bat just flew in their house. Eke means to obtain something usually with difficulty. For years he tried eking out a living on his low salary. 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 18 – November 24, 2016


14 Athletes Head to States Scotties and Blue Streaks Set to Compete in NYS Championships

Emma Swistak, Emma Hoffman, Tierra Damico, Corinne Pepper, and Annalise Pepper pose for a team picture. Photo provided by Stuart Williams, Coordinator of Community Relations Ballston Spa Central School District. Continued from front page.

will be swimming the 50 free and 100 free, while Boxley will

be swimming the 500 free. The Blue Streaks Victoria Breslin, Morgan HoffmanSmith Rena Wise, and Nicole

Murphy make up the team’s 200 Medley Relay. Breslin will be swimming the butterfly, Hoffman-Smith will swim

Saratoga Central Catholic End of Season Banquet

This year’s Saratoga Swim & Dive State Team poses for a team photo before practice. Photo courtesy of Joshua A. Muldner, Girl’s Varsity Swim and Dive Head Coach, Excelsior Springs School.

freestyle, and Murphy will swim breaststroke. Rena Wise will round things off by swimming freestyle for the relay, as well as swim in the 200 freestyle relays. The Championships will begin on Friday at 8:00 a.m. with swimming warm-ups and preliminaries as well as all diving events. The event will

Photo provided by Rich Johns, President, Director, Act With Respect Always

SARATOGA SPRINGS - Coach Damian Fantauzzi and his cross-country teams at Saratoga Central Catholic recently held an end of the season banquet. Each player was honored and received gifts of appreciation for a great

season. Act With Respect Always President/Director Rich Johns was guest speaker for the banquet. AWRA is a 501 (c) 3 Charitable Organization with its main mission to give back. They helped to sponsor shirts for each student/

athlete. Those seeking more information on the organization may can contact Coach Johns at www. More information about the banquet may be found by visiting www.

conclude on Saturday at 8:00 a.m. with swimming warmups, followed by swimming finals and consolation finals at 10:00 a.m. More information about the Championships may be found by visiting http:// w w w. ny s p hs a a . org / Sp or t s / Swimming-Diving-Girls/ Championship-Preview.



Week of November 18 – November 24, 2016

Moving On Up!

BHBL Spartans Advance in Class A Bracket of 2016 NYSPHSAA Football Championships by Kiersten Racela Saratoga TODAY MASSENA — The Burnt HillsBallston Lake Spartans football team scored an astounding 57 points and held host Massena Red Raiders to 10 points in a playoff game of the Class A bracket of the 2016 NYSPHSAA Football Championships on Friday, November 18 at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York. BHBL held Massena scoreless through the first period of play. The Spartans were able to break the 0-0 score late in the first quarter. Quarterback Darien LaPierto completed a ten-yard pass to junior running back Jake Stanko, giving BHBL a 6-0 advantage. Sophomore running back DJ Lashley finished the offensive drive by rushing for the two-point conversion, giving the team an 8-0 lead. A short time later sophomore running back Vincent Daviero recorded his first touchdown of the night, thanks to a 10-yard rush into the end zone down the right field line. This, combined with the extra point conversion by Connor McCormick, put the Spartans up 15-0, to end the first quarter of play. With eleven minutes to play in the second quarter, Lapierto threw a perfect spiral ten yards to senior wide receiver Dan Dahlin for a touchdown. The extra point by McCormick put the Spartans up 22-0.

Division 1

Massena scored their first points of the game, thanks to a field goal made by special teams. The second quarter also showcased the strong BHBL defense. The defense managed to sack Massena quarterback Cedric Maurer, giving the Spartans possession on Massena’s forty-five yard-line. The defense caused the Massena offense to turn the ball over on downs their very next offensive possession. This strong defensive performance led a six-yard rushing touchdown by Stanko and an extra point made by McCormick, giving the Spartans a 29-3 lead. The BHBL defense would hold strong once again, causing Massena to turn the ball over on downs going into halftime. With approximately ten minutes to play in the third quarter, Stanko ran for fifteen rushing yards to the end zone, giving him his third touchdown of the night and the Spartans a 36-3 lead after the extra point conversion by Connor McCormick. Massena would finally score their only touchdown of the game late in the third quarter, thanks to a fifteen-yard pass from Maurer to wide receiver Nate Bressard. The extra point conversion by Merrick Taraska cut the score to 36-10. It wouldn’t take long for the BHBL offense to respond. Daviero recorded his second touchdown of the evening thanks to an impressive twenty-yard run.

Connor McCormick was able to convert the extra point. The Spartan defense would record their second sack of the game. The defense sacked Maurer on Massena’s own 22 yard line, giving the Spartans possession. The valiant efforts of this defense would lead to another BHBL touchdown, thanks to a 30 yard run by Stanko. McCormick’s extra point gave the team a staggering 50-10 lead. BHBL’s defense would be quick to respond entering the final quarter of play. The defense would record yet another sack, giving the offense possession on the 48 yard line. With two minutes left in the game, the Spartans would score their final touchdown of the game, thanks to an impressive 20 yard run by senior Jake Warren. The extra point by McCormick would cap off the scoring of the game, making the final score of the game 57-10. Top offensive performances from BHBL came from Dan LaPietro, Jake Stanko, and Dan Dahlin. LaPietro finished the game with a 100 percent pass completion percentage, 44 passing yards, and 1 touchdown. Stanko recorded 3 carries on the night, 31 rushing yards, and 2 touchdowns. Dahlin finished the night with 2 receptions, 31 yards, and 1 touchdown.

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Johnathan Shaw and Cannon Martucci had great numbers for the Spartan defense. Shaw made 5.0 tackles on the night, 2.5 tackles for a loss, and recorded 0.5 sacks. Martucci added 1 tackle, 1 tackle for a loss, and 1 sack. With this win the Spartans improve their overall record

to 10-1. The team moves on to the semi-finals of the Class A bracket of the NYSPHSAA Football Championships, where they will take on topseed Somers. The game is scheduled for Friday, November 18, and opening kickoff will occur at 8:00 p.m.

Jr. NBA Scores Town of Wilton Recreation Gavin Park - Saturday 11/12

Pacers-26: John Dunne-6, JoJo Birnby-6 Warriors-16: Cole Whitman-10, Chase Billington-4

Thunder-37: Jack Maloney-14, Ronan Rowe-11 Rockets- 19: Brayden Elliott-7, Camden Rhude-4

Thunder-26: Evan Barthelmas-6, Cooper Walley-6 Celtics-23: Lucas Ferro-14, Justin Duscher-3

Nets-16: Mason Cormier-12, Sam Cormier-4 Magic-13: Reese Lamos-3, Hudson Peck-2

Cavs-30: Howell, Armstrong and Grunow tied with 6 Nuggets-15: Benjamin Cohen-9, Shelby Fitch-2

Raptors-33: Jaxon Young-12, Elijah Woods-9 Blazers-27: Zachary Carpenter-16, John Vilca-5

Celtics-25: Jacob Hernandez-10, Noah Rosettie-4 Blazers-18: Jack Doyle-10, Ryan Dingmon-4

Bulls-25: Jaden Viger-8, Braden Crowley-6 Warriors-12: Jacob Durkee-8, Ben Slavett-4

Division 4

Thunder-19: Jayden Osinski-12, Austin Osinski-4 Bulls-16: Owen Mongan-8, Peyton Keegan-6

Division 3

Division 2 Hawks-31: Rodell Evans-16, Gianni Delgado-11 Blazers-20: Calvin Curtis-10, Jack Marry-4

Warriors-34: Arieon Rose-18 Bulls-30: Aidan Dunne-10, Peyton Viger-6 Nuggets-25: Charles DeRizzo-8, Owen DeTeso-6 Rockets-19: Treyvn Stanislowsky-4, Flagg Taylor-4

Bulls-46: Liam Vanwagenen-15, Vanwagenen-9 Celtics-42: Shamir Shaffe-25, Quakenbush-8

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Nuggets-22: Andrew Phillips-8 Warriors-20: Jonathan Irons-5, Greydon Parker-5

Week of November 18 – November 24, 2016


Coaching Women Versus Men May Differ

by Damian Fantauzzi for Saratoga TODAY After winning an Olympic Gold Medal in Beijing with the Men’s National Team, Head Volleyball Coach Hugh McCutcheon changed over to the women’s side of the game to lead the Women’s National Team to a silver medal in London. A common question he was asked was, “What’s the difference between coaching men and women?” AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) Executive Director, Kathy DeBoer, has great material to suggest the differences between coaching men and women. The trend of switching from coaching the men’s game to the women’s game has slowly become a trend in the NCAA Collegiate scene. The irony is that many coaches started this trend years ago on the high school level, when boy’s volleyball was starting to grow and girls’ volleyball was in existence for many years. Many girls’ volleyball coaches transitioned to the boy’s side. So, now it’s not only going from boys to girls, there is also a trend that is moving from girls to boys. I switched from boys to girls basketball at Saratoga High School in 1999. I’ve been asked the question numerous times, “Is there a difference between coaching the girls and boys?” Here are some comparisons I sorted out to make this analogy. First deals with the intense motivational approach for boys versus a democratic approach for girls. There’s a thin line that separates that idea. One style of coaching doesn’t work for each athlete. It’s all about finding

that balance while doing your best to cater to each athlete’s preferred coaching style. Secondly, focusing on the individual for boys versus focusing on the relationship among the players for girls, but teaching the individual transforms into the relationships for the team. Thirdly, encouragement for the girls is required and not always expected from the boys. Generally an important dynamic for all, encouragement is paramount for both genders. Fourth, there is a notion that more interaction between coach and players exists on a girl’s teams versus a more distant relationship between coach and players on a boy’s teams. Of all of the comparisons mentioned above, this is the one I find myself disagreeing with the most. In all of my years as a coach I have never, and will never, distance myself from my athletes in terms of communication regardless of their gender. I believe in keeping the lines of communications open for each of my athletes. Note that there’s more to coaching than running practices and creating game strategies. It is also about developing athletes by motivating and getting the best out of them. The biggest, and maybe the most important ideology all coaches should practice is staying connected to all the players, which at times is not an easy accomplishment, and can be a task. Understanding general tendencies and traits that exist between male and female athletes are one way to help them develop. These generalizations can also help a coach in knowing their athlete as a player and as an individual. When I coached girls basketball, the athletes were so accepting of my help, especially in developing their fundamentals with shooting in particular! I had boys who, at times fought me off and did not like changing their game because they felt more comfortable doing it their way, even though their way was fundamentally incorrect. In terms of psychology, I have observed that males tend to be more analytical,

linear and logical in processing information. This point is way out in left field. It’s comparable to the archaic thought that girls can’t do math, and boys can. The theory is a generality about boys in that they prefer information to be presented in a fact-oriented and objective manner. Females tend to like the whole picture. Meaning they like to understand why they are performing a certain task and its rewards. Here is an important concept when coaching both genders; it’s the coach’s job to explain, demonstrate and repeat concepts for reinforcement to aid in the team’s development of their cognitive skills. Generally speaking, both boys and girls are best informed when concepts are presented in a larger context. In the short of it all, sometimes drills are harder to grasp than seeing it put together as a whole concept, and then breaking down the whole, like an offense in basketball, into parts/drills (part versus whole coaching concept). How you communicate between genders can make a difference in how your message is received. Females tend to be more interested in how you say things as opposed to what you’re actually saying. I have seen coaches who tend to belittle an athlete because they might be having some difficulty understanding concepts. This happens on both sides of the spectrum. The tone of your voice and body language is more important to females than the words you are conveying to the team. I don’t always agree with that because both genders have to deal with their emotions. I believe that the demeanor of their coach affects both genders. Girls might express it more externally through their emotions as opposed to boys. I am of the opinion that male and female athletes worry more about what others will think of them. Thus when communicating your message as a coach you should never single the athletes out in front of their peers to avoid embarrassment. During competition males

tend to be more individualistic as opposed to females who prefer a more cooperative style. Boys value individual accomplishment over the team while girls prefer team success to individual accomplishments. Boys want to be the “alpha males” on the team, which can sometimes hurt the team as a unit. Since girls want to fit in, they will sometimes sacrifice their individual talents in preference to being accepted by their peers. These statements can be fairly generalized because they can work in either direction. In my experience with coaching, the two genders have a comparison that I would to add to the above mentioned. I got the crux of the above information from a variety of sources, and tried my best to condense my findings. One article comes from a group known as Sport Information Resource Center (SIRC). It has been the leading and most trusted source of learning, sharing, and supporting Canada’s sport community

for over 40 years. The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) was incorporated as a private non-profit educational corporation named the Collegiate Volleyball Coaches Association (CVCA) in 1981. I found both of these groups to have factual comparisons relative to my column. Finally, since I have been fortunate to coach both boys and girls, I have realized that there is little difference in how I coached either gender. There needs to be an understanding that all athletes deserve to be treated like you, as a coach, would hope you would be treated, with fairness and respect. All people have feelings. All people have different ways of learning and how to handle criticism, whether constructed or destructive, in the most humanly possible way. I am currently coaching co-ed cross-country and track at Saratoga Central Catholic. In fairness, understanding their needs, and treatment of the athletes with respect they deserve has been our motto.



Week of November 18 – November 24, 2016

COMMUNITY SPORTS BULLETIN Adirondack Sports Winter Expo at Saratoga Springs City Center SARATOGA SPRINGS — Winter is making a comeback at the sixth annual Adirondack Sports Winter Expo, which returns to the Saratoga Springs City Center on Saturday-Sunday, November 19-20. The show features 100 exhibitors covering ALL winter sports and everything attendees need for alpine skiing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, plus winter health, fitness, travel and much more! There will be great sales on alpine and Nordic gear, clothing, footwear, demos, seminars and fun family activities. Attendees will be eligible to win $5,000 in prizes to ski resorts, outdoor shops, winter/summer races, health professionals, fitness centers, and travel destinations. Fun activities for adults and families include Damien’s Rock Wall, the interactive Health, Fitness and Recovery Zone, and craft beer tasting area! The Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York will be on hand to collect food and monetary donations over the weekend. Attendees with donations increase their chances of winning prizes with additional tickets! Admission is $5 for adults, Children 18 years old and under will have free admission. Hours are Saturday from 10am-5pm and Sunday from 10am-4pm. For more information visit www.

Send your sports stories or briefs to Kiersten Racela, Sports Editor at Kiersten@Saratoga

First Night Saratoga 5K Run SARATOGA SPRINGS — The 19th annual First Night Saratoga 5K Run, presented by the Saratoga Arts, will be held on Saturday, December 31 at 5:30 p.m. The run is limited to the first 1,500 registrants. There will be no day-ofrace registration. A ChronoTrack B-Tag computerized scoring system will be used. 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 as well as the top three male and female finishers in five-year age categories. All finishers will receive a FIRST NIGHT COMMEMORATIVE MEDAL. Register by November 25 for the early registration fee of $25 and a guaranteed long-sleeved shirt. After November 25, registration will be $30. Save time by registering online, or download an application and map at .For further information contact First Night Saratoga by phone at 518-584-4132.

Saratoga Springs Figure Skating Club to Host Testing Session SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Sunday, November 20 the Saratoga Springs Figure Skating Club will host a testing session from 8:00a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Vernon Ice Rink. The test structure is often referred to as “the backbone of U.S. Figure Skating.” In Figure Skating there are between six and eight test

levels, the highest level referred to as “Senior” or “Gold.” Upon completion of the first test and throughout a skater’s career, the U.S. Figure Skating test becomes the national standard for each athlete. Members of U.S. Figure Skating pass approximately 30,000 U.S. Figure Skating tests in a typical calendar year. Applications along with payment and USFS number must be received by Saturday November 5. Late applications will be accepted depending if ice time permits, but will be charged a $10 late fee. Scheduling preferences will be given to SSFSC members first. The schedule for the test times will be posted on Tuesday November 15. To access a registration form visit Those seeking additional information are encouraged to contact Bart Bergbom by email at

skaters to confidently advance to more specialized areas of skating. The organization offers two lesson packages. The Basic LTS Package consists of ½ hour group lessons and ½ hour practice ice. The cost for this package is $87 for the 6-week session. The Advanced LTS package consists of ½ hour group lesson and ½ hour additional specialty class. The cost for this package is $150 for the 6-week session. The Saratoga Springs Figure Skating Club is a nonprofit 510c3 organization. Registration for the program may be done online at Those requesting any more information regarding the program are encouraged to contact Bart by phone at 518-490-1231 or by email at

Learn To Skate Lessons

HUDSON FALLS — The 5K course is very flat and fast. The 10K course has one hill, which is early on in the race. Proceeds from this race will raise money to provide food and clothing to underpriviledged children throughout several county areas. The race will occur on Saturday, November 19 at Hudson Falls Middle School, located on Notre Dame Street in Hudson Falls. Participants may sign up for the race by visiting operation-santa-run-5k-10krun-walk-2016.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Join the Saratoga Springs Figure Skating Club for their Learn to Skate lessons. Lessons begin on Sunday, November 6, and will continue Sunday, November 13, 20, and 27. After Thanksgiving, lessons will resume on Sunday, December 4 and 11. Learn to Skate is a curriculum that offers something for skaters of all abilities. Solid skill development based on the ABC’s of basic athleticism- Agility, Balance, Coordination and Speed; a progressive system that, upon completion of the program, allows

Puzzle solutions from pg. 42

Operation Santa Run 5K/10K Run/Walk

Moreau Overlook MOREAU — Join us as we take a hike up the Palmertown range in the Moreau Lake State Park on Monday, November 21. Take in a spectacular view of Moreau Lake from the top. There will be elevation changes geared for moderate hikers. Registration is necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, and may be done by calling 518-793-0511.

Breakers Club 2016 Christmas Break WILTON — From December 27 through December 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. the Breakers Club will be offering their Holiday Break program. This is a school break program offered for grades K-6. The event will take place in Gavin Park. Activities for the event include gym games, crafts, movies, bingo. All of these undertakings are weather permitting. Participants are asked to bring the appropriate attire. The club will supply an afternoon snack and drink. The fee for this program is $40 per day for a resident with a three-day minimum per break. Nonresidents will be charged $50 per day for a three-day minimum per break. A $10 cancellation fee will be enforced. Those looking to register may do so by visiting www.


Week of November 18 – November 24, 2016

All Outdoors Winds of Change

by Tim Blodgett for Saratoga TODAY We are a funny species. We live in a world of change, yet we try so hard to control and manage every aspect of our lives that we ignore the simple rhythms that reverberate around us. This year has been exceptional in its dissonance. Our hearts and minds have been tugged in so many different ways that it can be hard to remember that all else follows where those changes lead. Disconnect for an hour or two. Go outdoors and open your eyes to nature. There’s a wide world out there in which you can immerse yourself. Allow yourself to see from a different perspective those things you see every day. There’s enough time to fret about other concerns when you go back indoors.

Rut Ahoy Deer hunters statewide will be in the woods early Saturday morning for the opening of regular deer season in the southern zone. This timing of opening day and the peak of the breeding season, or “Rut” as it is known, combine to create a perfect storm (yeah, I went there) in which the majority of the deer harvest occurs in the first few days of the season. Bucks, who are normally very cautious, throw it all to the wind as their hormone addled brains send them in reckless pursuit of does. Many of them end up filling freezers instead. This doesn’t create a population crisis as deer are rather promiscuous and the rut is not a one-day event. Many hunters I know have been spending a lot of time in the woods learning the habits of the local deer population and trying to find where the biggest bucks live. They will use what they learn to try to selectively take a particular deer. Others will head into the woods and hope for the best. Either way, remember to use caution, wear hunters orange and be mindful that you are not likely to be alone out there. I have been on both sides of the preparation game over the years. Some years all my scouting and planning were in vain. Other years, luck was all I needed. Whichever camp

you come from, the smart use of scents and calls will help you fill your tag. Even more important than the scent you use is the management of your own scent. People stink. We smell like cars and pets and perfume and thousands of other things not found in the woods. Taking precautions to minimize the presence of human scents goes a long way. The use of scent eliminators and cover scents to trick a deer’s nose will help too. One year I remember using a cottontail rabbit scent used for training beagles because I figured that a rabbit would alarm nothing. It worked! Remember to use good sense when afield and remember the training that you received in your huntertraining course. The New York State mandated safety courses that all hunters are required to take have been teaching safety and best practice for many years. They are the reason for the excellent safety record of New York’s hunters. The work of these dedicated instructors has reduced the number of hunting related accident to the lowest levels in decades. They strive for zero accidents, and we should too. Bravo There are no sure bets out there except for death and taxes. Hunting qualifies as a low percentage bet. Many hunters endeavor

Photo provided by Tim Blodgett.

for years without even a glimpse at the jackpot. Therefore, any deer you take, especially during bow season, is a trophy to be proud of. To all of you who were successful this year and to all those who spent long hours in the woods, congratulations! Enjoy the tasty

meals shared with family and friends and the stories recounting your adventures. The lessons learned during your time spent afield will stay with you and it is your responsibility to pass them on to the next generation of outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen.

VENT Fitness Opens by Kiersten Racela Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Due to open in the first quarter of 2017, VENT Fitness, the locally owned fitness brand, will open a new location in the former Talbot’s space at Congress Park Centre, located at 321 Broadway. This addition in Saratoga Springs will be the fifth VENT Fitness gym. The franchise already has locations in Latham, Albany, Niskayuna, and Guilderland. The family had been researching the Saratoga area for the past five years. “We believe this location is an ideal setting for the next chapter in the evolution of the VENT Fitness Brand,” said owner and founder Bill Lia, Jr. “ During the last six or eight months, we ultimately chose this

location because we were looking for a space to really exhibit the studio concept. The gym will appeal to the active lifestyle of the demographic of people in this area. This location will help showcase the specific type of fitness programming for the VENT Fitness brand as well as appeal to the active lifestyle of the population within the area,” recalls Lia Jr. A preview session of the space is anticipated to occur within the next two to three weeks. “This will give prospective members a chance to see the facility and get a sense of what VENT Fitness is all about. We will also be offering special membership packages in an effort to reach as many people as we can,” says Lia Jr. More information on the VENT Fitness franchise may be found by visiting

Photo provided by Charlotte Skinner-Todd, Brand Manager and Graphic Designer, VENT Fitness.

Volume 11  •  Issue 45

See Winds, page 47.


Week of November 18 – November 24, 2016


See VENT, page 43 Photo provided by Charlotte Skinner Todd, Brand Manager, Graphic Designer, VENT Fitness

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