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November 22 – November 30, 2017

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TA R G E T S H O O T E R S ON N O T I C E IN WILTON by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY BALLSTON SPA — Apparently, in a wooded area east of the Wilton Mall, what one town resident calls “common sense” does not deter gun enthusiasts from disturbing nearby homeowners by shooting trees and cans at will. This week, the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors voted to officially ban target

shooting in the natural preserve, which occupies 60-plus acres of county-owned land. New signs have been placed to discourage gun owners and the Saratoga County Sheriff ’s Department will enforce the ban, effective Jan. 1, 2018. The woods are popular among local residents for walking trails. But many have voiced complaints to town and county officials about a sharp increase — over several See Story pg. 8


The Saratoga Downtowner on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. Both the longstanding motel and the building housing the former Lillian’s Restaurant were sold this week. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos. See Full Story pg. 10

Ballston Spa Rail Project 4 Small Business Saturday 12, 13 Vets Receive Tax Break 16 Religion 20, 21 Holiday Gift Guide 29-31 Victorian Streetwalk 33-35 Black Friday Deals 39


Neighbors: Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

WHO: Joanne Yepsen WHERE: City Hall Q. This is the first November in quite some time you are looking forward to a private life. A. I’ve had a public life for 12 years and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. Now, I am looking forward to moving on - to new challenges, new opportunities and spending more time with my family – which I know everybody says when they’re not running again, but I truly do mean it because my kids are all

Week of November 22 – November 30, 2017

Snippets of Life from Your Community

over the country and I don’t get to see them enough. Q. What type of work will you be doing? A. I’m not making any specific announcements at this time, but going forward I’ll be working on policy issues and legislative issues on both the state and federal level; public affairs, strategic communications and governmental relations. I’m very excited about it. It’s a way to take all the passion and connections I have from these 12 wonderful years, move forward and continue to work on issues that I really care about and know need to be improved. Another effort I’ll be involved in is working with women across the state to promote the opportunity for them to become involved in politics, and to also do some training with high school students - so they can feel empowered - and work with college students on their aspirations politically and in government. Q. You spent 12 years in public service. A. Four years as mayor and prior to that eight years as county supervisor for Saratoga Springs. Q. What did you find most surprising in the mayor’s position? A. How rigorous the job is. It has been non-stop for four years and I don’t think you can go 150 percent forever. So, I’ll be changing my routine a little bit and going back to some of the things I used to enjoy doing, like playing tennis and traveling – which is really important for mental and physical health. But, it’s been very rigorous, and I don’t know

any other way to do this job other than giving 150 percent. It’s not a part-time job; it really is around-the-clock. Q. What thoughts do you take away politically? A. I feel no one should go unopposed in races, because the voters need choices. Any time you’re running for office you have the opportunity and the challenge of having a message that resonates with the community and you’ve got to talk to a lot of people to figure out what your platform and what your agenda is. So, something I would like to see the county and the city do is make sure that every time there’s a position up for election that there’s at least two people running in each position. Q. How are you feeling emotionally? A. I know the time is right and I’m ready for my next chapter. I feel extremely proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish these four years. I know we’re leaving the city in a stronger position than when we found it. You know I just got my first recognition and award this past Saturday (from the Saratoga Springs Democratic Committee) with a certificate and flowers and to be honest I felt a little choked up, because I’ve been on a treadmill so long that I haven’t been able to feel. So, I’m starting to thaw out a bit and I’m starting to recognize how great this has been, how great the city is, and how great the achievements have been in these four years. Q. Any parting thoughts? A. I just want people to know I’m not going anywhere. Saratoga will be my home base and I’ll continue to work on things like Code Blue and women’s issues and so many of the things that we started here.

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FOR DOUBLE H RANCH; Related Documentary Film to be Shown in Bow Tie Cinemas

by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — On the night of Thursday, Nov. 16, tall outdoor flame heaters and about a dozen valet parking attendants in red jackets were enlivening Broadway in front of the newly remodeled Adelphi Hotel. The valets were on guard for the arrivals of well-dressed supporters of the Double H Ranch in Lake Luzerne. A fundraiser for Double H Ranch had been organized in the Adelphi Hotel’s spacious ballroom as much to celebrate the hotel’s recent renovation, as it was to reflect on the nearly 25 years in which hundreds of children have found new friends and a welcoming staff at the Lake Luzerne facility. The nonprofit Double H Ranch, founded by philanthropist Charles R. Wood and the late actor Paul Newman, provides summer camp experiences and year-round activities free of charge to children with serious health problems. Its doors first

Kate Walsh and Max Yurenda pose last week near a photo of Double H Ranch founders Charles Wood and Paul Newman. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

opened in 1993, on the Fourth of July holiday. Max Yurenda, the executive director and CEO of Double H Ranch, excitedly greeted supporters as they arrived in the Adelphi Hotel’s main lobby. Yurenda was pleased to announce the start of a “longterm partnership” with the hotel for similar events. Kate Walsh, the Double H

Ranch sales and communications director, reported that 175 people had signed up for the Nov. 16 fundraiser. According to a statement provided by Rubenstein Public Relations, ticket prices ranged from $125 for young professionals (30 and under) to $175 for general

admission. Guests enjoyed multiple dishes and desserts prepared by the Adelphi Hotel’s “culinary team,” as well as the music of Garland Nelson’s Soul Session.

Dec. 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., there also will be a viewing of a new documentary film at Bow Tie Criterion Cinemas, located at 19 Railroad Place in Saratoga Springs. The film is titled “Double H Ranch—Magic Happens Here.”

Separately, staff at the Double H Ranch are organizing a “Camper Holiday Party” on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the nonprofit’s main location, 97 Hidden Valley Road in Lake Luzerne.

Tickets are limited for the documentary viewing and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.



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U.S. NAVY RAIL WORK BEGINS A work site near Eastern Avenue in Ballston Spa. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

BALLSTON SPA — On Nov. 12, work crews began upgrading idled train tracks in the village that will be used for large shipments of materials for the U.S. Navy’s Kesselring training facility in West Milton.

Gene Terwilliger, a spokesman for the Naval Nuclear Laboratory, indicated by email that the rail work is scheduled to continue until Friday, Dec. 15, affecting tracks on either side of Eastern Avenue.

A separate two-day project to upgrade the Eastern Avenue crossing is expected in spring 2018, but Terwilliger said no firm dates have been set. In concert with village, county and state workers, Navy

officials are preparing to receive shipments from Canadian Pacific Railroad related to a refueling of the S8G nuclear submarine prototype at Kesselring. Since the 1950s, more than 50,000 U.S. Navy personnel

have been trained at the West Milton facility. A separate, $180 million project will involve the installation of a new high-tech simulator of a submarine engine room by 2022.

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In partnership with the Ballston Spa Community Emergency Corps, Saratoga County Sheriff and U.S. Marine Corps, the parade will again spotlight the Toys for Tots campaign. Volunteers from these organizations will collect donations of new, unwrapped toys from spectators along the parade


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COURT Antonio E. Barrone aka Mario J. Stacchini aka Antonia E. Barrone, 48, of Albany, was sentenced Nov. 11 to 1-3 years in state prison after pleading to two felony counts DWI, one felony count and two misdemeanor counts aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, criminal impersonation, fleeing an officer, and unlawful possession of marijuana, in connection with incidents that occurred in the town of Wilton. Aaron M. Current, 26, Saratoga Springs, pleaded Nov. 17 to criminal contempt. Sentencing scheduled Jan. 19, 2018. Brandon Sewall, 24, Amsterdam, pleaded Nov. 17 to felony attempted assault in connection with an incident in Saratoga Springs. Sentencing scheduled Jan. 19, 2018.

POLICE James M. Brush, age 42, Saratoga Springs, was charged Nov. 17 with felony grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property. It is alleged that Brush, who was a member of a painting team working at a

home on Echo Ridge Drive, stole jewelry from the home valued in excess of $13,000. Police said “a good portion” of the jewelry has been recovered. Brush was sent to Saratoga County Jail in lieu of $2,000 cash, or $4,000 bond. Susan E. Steenburgh, age 32, Saratoga Springs, was charged Nov. 17 with misdemeanor assault, criminal mischief, and aggravated criminal contempt, a felony. James S. Sluti, age 33, Saratoga Springs, was charged Nov. 17 with misdemeanor criminal contempt. Zachary J. Johnson, age 20, Gansevoort, was charged Nov. 16 with two felony counts criminal sale of a controlled substance. Michael W. Ballaris, age 29, Portland, Oregon, was charged Nov. 16 with misdemeanor DWI, speeding, and following a vehicle too closely. Michael O. Murphy, age 53, Saratoga Springs, was charged Nov. 15 with criminal mischief unlawful imprisonment. Kimberly 21,

A. Chrysler, age Gansevoort, was

BLOTTER 5 charged Nov. 15 with aggravated unlicensed operation, operating an unregistered motor vehicle on highway, and no/expired inspection certificate. Clifford L. Staring, age 60, Saratoga Springs, was charged Nov. 15 with reckless endangerment. Matthan Garland, age 30, Saratoga Springs, was charged Nov. 14 with criminal contempt. Bow Shee, age 27, Nashville, Tennessee, was charged Nov. 12 with misdemeanor DWI, aggravated unlicensed operation, consumption of alcoholic beverages, making an unsafe lane change and driving on shoulders and slopes. Samuel R. Heroux, age 20, Ballston Lake, was charged Nov. 12 with unauthorized use of a vehicle. Elmer L. Santiago, age 45, Saratoga Springs, was charged Nov. 11 with assault, and criminal possession of a weapon. Both charges are felonies. Bradley M. Clifford, age 34, Saratoga Springs, was charged Nov. 11 with disorderly conduct, harassment, and attempted assault.

Valerie A. Bailey, age 53, Copake, was charged Nov. 11 with aggravated unlicensed operation, and following motor vehicle too closely.

criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminally using drug paraphernalia, and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Marshall J. Mendez-Renta, age 22, Saratoga Springs, was charged Nov. 11 with criminally using drug paraphernalia, tampering with physical evidencea felony, and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Timothy R. O’Connell, age 21, Saratoga Springs, was charged Nov. 17 with misdemeanor DWI.

Melanie O. Munoz, age 22, Saratoga Springs, was charged Nov. 11 with two misdemeanor counts

Adam Zawartkay, age 27, Stony Creek, was charged Nov. 17 with aggravated unlicensed operation, a misdemeanor, and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration.


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Letters EDITOR

Week of November 22 – November 30, 2017



It is time to find the courage to forgive. Losing an election is very difficult, especially if you felt as though you really had some good to do. However the reality of an election in America is that votes decide how and with whom a government will move into the future. An ability to move forward productively after political defeat is, I believe, the single most important virtue necessary for a successful Republic. The ability to move forward productively after political defeat, in my opinion, has everything to do with a cultural understanding of political forgiveness, especially in an E pluribus Unum nation such as ours. As our nation (and City) has moved to a multicultural model of democracy (where representatives of tribes are expected to fight exclusively for that tribe) the idea of productive political governance has become extremely confusing and weak. When compromise is considered betrayal by the tribe and progress is measured only in tribal advances, the country (and City) as a whole suffers. What to do? Let us learn again how to forgive. For those of us fortunate enough to have been taught “The Lord’s Prayer”, let us be encouraged to remember that trespasses and debts include political affronts and disappointments. Bitterness and revenge will never make us a better nation (or City). And let us consider that although we are made up of different peoples, religions and sexes, we are one in what America has always stood for in the world – a light of freedom and opportunity for all.



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Honors Her Saint



GANSEVOORT — On Friday, Nov. 17, the SaratogaWilton Elks Lodge #161 Americanism Committee visited Ballard Road Elementary School. Exalted Ruler Debbie McCabe accompanied Susan and Dave Waghorn to help distribute 90 dictionaries to students in the four 3rd grade classrooms. The dictionaries were well received

by the students. Thirty additional copies were donated to the school’s “Back Pack” program. This year, in addition to searching for the longest word, the students were asked to look up the words “Thanksgiving,” “Pilgrim” and “Turkey,” given the Thanksgiving holiday. One student even shared a “Turkey Call” with the class.

Molly Towne (second from right) at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. Photo provided by Susie O. Towne.

SARATOGA SPRINGS – On Saturday, Nov. 18, during a mass at Ford Field in Detroit, the Roman Catholic Church beatified Fr. Solanus Casey, a Franciscan Capuchin friar who died in 1957. The ceremony brought Fr. Casey a step closer to being declared a Saint.

This was a very special occasion for Saratoga Springs native Molly Towne, who was stillborn 33 years ago—it was approximately 30 minutes before Molly had a heartbeat. Molly’s family has always attributed the return of her life

to the intercession of Fr. Solanus. Molly was invited to attend the Beatification Mass and participate in the relic procession — a oncein-a-lifetime experience, and one she will never forget.

Back row: Teacher Ms. Waghorn, Dave Waghorn and Susan Waghorn; Front row: students Emily Lyons, Colby Becker and Lena LeFevre.



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A tin can with bullet holes found in the Louden Road nature preserve in Wilton. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

years—in the noises and inherent dangers associated with the daily presence of target shooters. “The last three years have been hell for everybody,” claimed Carlyle Terrace resident Kyle Fillion, during a Nov. 15 public hearing that focused on the matter at the county complex in Ballston Spa. According to minutes of that hearing prepared by county Board of Supervisors Clerk Pamela Wright, only seven residents were in attendance and not one spoke in opposition to the target-shooting ban. The ban does not apply to properly licensed seasonal hunters in the preserve who adhere to New York State hunting laws. Fillion said county supervisors should be made aware of the “weaponry” being used, lamenting the “trees that have been shot down, cut down, mowed down.” Kempton Place property owner Bill Morris said he supports the county ban due to the significant amount of development

that has occurred near the nature preserve. He also faulted target shooters for routinely leaving bullet shell casings behind. Ted Van De Ven, a Cedarcrest Drive resident, indicated that

Nov. 19, a woman walking her little dog in the preserve said she had neither seen nor heard target shooters that day. She explained that they usually become active later in the afternoon. Like


he is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution—the one that prevents federal lawmakers from infringing upon the rights of Americans to purchase and possess guns. Still, Van De Ven said, he “couldn’t even believe that it was legal” for people to shoot targets on the land north of Louden Road in Wilton. “Go join a gun range. Go do it safe,” he said. Sally Gangell, another Carlyle Terrace resident, also called the situation “a living hell” that makes many local dogs uneasy. On the afternoon of Sunday,

Fillion, she also noted how their bullets have felled numerous trees through the years. “These people that are out there target shooting, they’ve got no regard for anyone but themselves,” offered Alan Kindl, a military veteran and resident of Ingersoll Road, at the Nov. 15 public hearing. “This goes on in the morning and all day long. All we hear is constant shooting and I don’t know if they are too cheap to just go join a range or what. “It’s gotten to the point now where I’m not a big advocate of legislating common sense, but I think that’s what we have here,” Kindl concluded.

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SARATOGA DOWNTOWNER Sold; CANTINA Restaurant TAKES OVER LILLIAN’S Location by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – A pair of multi-million-dollar deals in the heart of the city’s downtown district will affect three long-standing fixtures in a real estate overture that may best be titled: Broadway Variations. The Saratoga Downtowner motel, constructed on Broadway and Division Street in 1963, was sold to the Lark Hotel group

for $4.55 million, according to records at the Saratoga County Clerk’s office. Meanwhile, Cantina restaurant owner Jeff Ames, located across the street and a half-block away from the motel, has purchased for $2.2 million the former Lillian’s Restaurant on Broadway, where he anticipates opening a new two-story Cantina restaurant next May. “I thought long and hard about making this move, but it was an opportunity to own my

own building,” said Ames, adding that the new location will be a lot more “bistro-ey.” Ames is selling the lease at the current Cantina restaurant, where he opened for business in 2007, for $699,000. After nearly 18 years of operating their 42-room motel on Broadway, Mary Cae Asay and her husband, Bill, have sold the Saratoga Downtowner to Lark Hotels. The company will be making its first entry into New York and currently operates

intimately sized boutique hotels in Maine and Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Mendocino, California - a coastal community north of San Francisco. “I am really pleased about this new hotel group coming in because they have a focus on a sense of place. They want it to reflect Saratoga. They’re going to renovate it and I think they’re going to bring a refreshed vitality to the corner here,” said Mary Cae Asay. She said she will miss seeing the thousands of picturetakers capturing images of her garden outside the motel as well as many longtime guests, some of whom have stayed in the same room year-after-year, and have made the experience feel more akin to having visiting relatives come for a stay. “Maintaining the integrity of Saratoga was really important to me. We had multiple offers, but I was very grateful that this particular one worked out because they’re interested in keeping such a strong sense of Saratoga as part of their new business,” said Asay, who recently opened an office on Maple Avenue where she uses a holistic device – called a BEMER to aid people in their healing. Her

husband, Bill, plans on continuing to coach the Saratoga Springs High School boys swim team, as he’s done since the Asays first moved to the area. “The other thing I’m going to do is now go visit my guests, at their inns and restaurants and shops. They’ve come to my place, now I’m going to go to theirs,” Asay said. “A lot of these people have come to the Downtowner for 15, 20, 30, 40 years. That’s how loyal and traditional our guests are. They love coming back to the Downtowner. We are the fourth owners since 1963 and I feel honored to be a part of that history.” Lark Hotels CEO Rob Blood said in an email response that the company is excited to become part of the Saratoga community and to write the next chapter for the Downtowner. “While we are not yet ready to fully reveal our plans for the motel, I can say that our repositioning will focus on the cultural and creative community that is such an important part of the Saratoga Springs area,” Blood said. “We are currently targeting a summer 2018 opening for the property and look forward to unveiling more detailed plans soon.”

Week of November 22 – November 30, 2017

TOWN OF BALLSTON 118 Scotchbush Rd., $25,000. Alan Watson (by Admin) sold property to Randy and Elizabeth Prock. 82, 84 and 86 Lancaster Ct., $246,000. Traditional Builders LTD sold property to JKM Builders LLC. 8 Saddlebrook Blvd., $376,218. Barbera Homes Kelley Farms LLC sold property to Edward Schmitz and Hilary Healy. 3 Miller Court, $340,000. Kenneth and Judith Madej sold property to Vincent and Carolyn Speenburgh. 73 Ballston Ave., $123,500. Wells Fargo Bank sold property to Kent McCort and Rose Wood. 59 Lancaster Court, $277,105. Traditional Homebuilders and Developers Inc. sold property to Kelly Tromblee and Kermit Salfi. 25 Pearce Lane, $173,998. Thomas Iwinski sold property to Han Nguyen. 193 Middleline Rd., $75,000. Donald and Michele Rhodes sold property to Bordeau Builders Inc. 193 Middleline Rd., $390,255. Bordeau Builders Inc. sold property to Scott Bobrowich and Jenna Battenhausen.

CORINTH 12 Bleeker St., $43,000. Steven and Kathleen Cole sold property to Richard Lindsey. 120 Oak St., $120,000. Joseph Foy (by Exec) sold property to Michelle and Donald Roberts, Jr.

GALWAY 6013 W. Middle Line Rd., $81,000. Wells Fargo (as Trustee, by Atty) sold property to Rehab A Home LLC. 5022 Jockey Court, $116,000. Bayview Loan Servicing LLC sold property to James McCauley. Hermance Rd., $2,500. Joan Selleck sold property to Arthur and Mary Pagano.


TOWN OF GREENFIELD 481 Alpine Meadows Rd., $825,000. Mitchell and June Havens sold property to Ryan and Janet Kramer. Hughes Rd., $167,000. Mary Balogh sold property to Burt and Diana Schwab.

MALTA 2160 Rowley Rd., $831,000. Dennis Brida, Juliane Kargut Brida and Scarlett Brida sold property to Robert McKay, Jr. and Anna Hollander. 38 Timber Trace, $310,000. Kim Fonda (as Trustee) and Kenneth White and Heidi Taflan sold property to Lynn Davis and Mark Pennock. 4 Wake Robin Rd., $166,000. Levbow Associates LLC sold property to Sarah Franklin. 81 Ordelia Lane, $285,592. Farone Amedore LLC sold property to Sukeshwar Kannan.

MILTON 80 Knollwood Hollow, $207,000. Karen Boese sold property to Gregory and Dunia Buchardt. 136 Deer Run Dr., $164,500. Melissa and Lee Lurie sold property to Kathleen Smith. 32 Knollwood Hollow Terrace, $215,000. Phyllis Mrozkowski sold property to Martina Belanger. 75 Thompson St., $140,000. Lolo Properties LLC sold property to James Caracci and Christopher Palazzo.

TOWN OF SARATOGA 63 Broad St. and Alley, $95,000. Bernard and Brenda Wood sold property to CLH23 LLC.

SARATOGA SPRINGS 268 Broadway, Unit 308, $1,260,210. 262 Broadway LLC sold property to Vincent Vivolo, Jr.

408 Broadway, $2,200,000. 408 Broadway Realty Co. LLC sold property to ACT 408 Broadway LLC.

STILLWATER County Route 75, $285,000. Valcia Micheli and Vincenza Paradiso sold property to Roe Mar Farms LLC. 83 Luther Rd., $450,000. John and Faith Parker sold property to Carol and Michael York.

WILTON 2 Hopeful Lane, $210,000. Careen Joscelyn sold property to Paul Delnevo and Stephanie Romeo. 35 Apple Tree Lane, $302,500. Stephanie and George Bull, Jr.

11 sold property to Robert and Karen Stehlin. 5 Eighteenth Pass, $50,000. Michael Dennis (by Exec) and George Akakelian sold property to CGM Construction Inc. 5 Eighteenth Pass, $485,000. CGM Construction Inc. sold property to Francis and Rebecca Ryan (as Co-Trustees). 5 Knollwood Dr., $325,000. Kevin Farrell sold property to Joseph and DeeDee Cigan. 22 Conklin Court, $497,843. McPadden Builders LLC sold property to Joseph and Lida Varone.


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SARATOGA SPRINGS – On Friday, Nov. 17, Paula and John Reardon (center, with scissors) were joined by Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce officials for a ribbon cutting at their new Compliments to the Chef location at 33 Railroad Place. On their website, the Reardons describe the shop as a

“high-end kitchen boutique for all of your kitchen needs.” It is now located on the same block as Bow Tie Criterion Cinemas, after the Reardons vacated their previous space in the Fresh Market plaza. For more information, visit

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by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY MALTA – A yearlong effort by the town supervisor to promote more parking spaces has produced results at Ellsworth Commons, a prominent mixed-use commercial and residential plaza on Route 9. Earlier this month, work crews hired by Ellsworth

Commons eliminated grassy areas at the edge of Route 9 to create nearly 30 additional parking spaces in front of the two most visible buildings at the plaza. Malta Supervisor Vincent DeLucia said the minor road construction followed a lobbying effort on his part that started in late 2016. “I kept insisting that the owners of Ellsworth Commons”

do the work, he said, “even though I didn’t have the authority or control.” The original site plans for Ellsworth Commons included the same parking spaces but were ultimately modified to include the grassy areas instead, according to DeLucia. The state Department of Transportation (DOT) has authority over projects on roads such as Route 9. DeLucia said the DOT’s approval of the project is at least partially connected to the Town of Malta’s wider effort to reduce speed limits. The Malta town complex is located directly across from Ellsworth Commons. Currently, the area speed limit is 30 m.p.h., but many drivers travel much faster than that as they either enter or leave a 45 m.p.h. zone only a short distance to the north. Ellsworth Commons offers 70,000 square feet of retail space and more than 300 apartments. Yet some local residents have questioned town leaders about longstanding problems with commercial vacancy rates at the plaza. DeLucia said that apartments in Ellsworth Commons have “the highest percentage of rentals” due to the proximity of GlobalFoundries. A call to Ellsworth Commons for comment was not returned. For more information, visit the website

Week of November 22 – November 30, 2017

WESLEY NAMES LEISURE SERVICES DIRECTOR SARATOGA SPRINGS — Last week, the Wesley Community announced that Meghan DiMeglio has been appointed Director of Leisure Services at Wesley Health Care Center, part of the senior living campus in Saratoga Springs. In her role, DiMeglio is responsible for planning and scheduling all Wesley Health Care Center resident activities, organizing community outings, and coordinating well-being programs with outside groups. DiMeglio has extensive experience serving families and clients in all stages of life, and has implemented a variety of programs, activities and interventions that are educationally and developmentally appropriate to meet the goals of each person. DiMeglio is a Board Certified Music Therapist and a National Roster Internship Supervisor, who has achieved the advanced certification of Hospice and Palliative Care Music Therapist designated by the Center for Music Therapy in End of Life Care. She is currently pursuing a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Music Therapist certification through the National Institute for Infants and Child Medical Music Therapy in partnership

Meghan DiMeglio. Photo provided.

with Florida State University and Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare. DiMeglio is a graduate of Nazareth College in Rochester, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in music therapy. She previously worked for a nonprofit organization in North Carolina, serving as both a youth bereavement coordinator and hospice and palliative care music therapist. For more information, visit the website




GLENS FALLS — Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Company, the parent of Saratoga National Bank, has announced the appointments of Blake Jones to vice president and marketing director; and Jillian Cutrone to assistant vice president and communications manager. Jones will manage the marketing team and oversee the company’s marketing strategy. She has been with the bank for five years and most recently served as vice president of communications. Jones has nearly 15 years of experience in communications, including a background in journalism. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Washington and Lee University and is active in the community through service on various local nonprofit committees. Cutrone will be responsible for corporate communications, media relations and developing content for advertising and marketing campaigns. She will report to Jones.

Cutrone joins the company’s marketing department with close to 15 years of experience. She most recently managed communications for a leading global technology brand and holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications and History

from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania. BauerFinancial rates Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Company a 5-Star Superior institution.

Jillian Cutrone. Photo provided.

Blake Jones. Photo provided.

For more information, visit the website




Week of November 22 – November 30, 2017


Veteran Tax Break

R E S OL U T I O N by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – At its Nov. 14 school board meeting, the Saratoga Springs City School District Board of Education voted to adopt a resolution for the Alternative Veterans’ Tax Exemption at Level C and a 10 percent Cold War Veterans’ Tax Exemption at Level C. According to a statement from Maura Manny, director of community outreach and communication at the school district, “the Alternative Veterans’ Exemption (AVE) was established in 1984 for municipalities…and the Cold War Exemption (CWE) in 2007. Beginning in 2014 (AVE) and in 2016 (CWE), school districts were given the option to adopt these exemptions, which would exempt a portion of an eligible

veteran’s assessed property value from real property taxes. The exemptions are only available to veterans who served during a designated time of war, and only applicable to primary residential properties.” The tax levy (total amount of taxes) collected from all residents does not change but rather causes a shift in taxes, allowing qualifying veterans to apply to have their school taxes lowered. Non-qualifying taxpayers would experience an increase. According to Lew Benton, a veteran and representative of an ad-hoc group of veterans who have been advocating for this tax break since last summer, members of the veteran community went to the board of education several months ago and asked what exemptions, if any, were offered. Prior to the school board making their final decision on Nov. 14, the exemption was

included on many board-meeting agendas, there was an online survey, and a public hearing was held to gather feedback from the community members. Benton and his fellow veterans reviewed all of the board meeting minutes, for language

“THERE WAS A DISCONNECT BETWEEN THE BOARD ABOUT WHAT A VETERAN REALLY MEANS,” BENTON SAID. suggesting a misunderstanding on the board’s part. “There was a disconnect between the board about what a veteran really means,” Benton said. The ad-hoc group then

decided to take the board minutes and craft a memo regarding any misconceptions, providing clarification and appended anything that seemed to need highlighting and explanation. The group presented the memo in June to the board. Following that, more meetings were held and the veterans’ group encouraged the board of education to “review, discuss and put it

back on the table to draw a conclusion,” Benton said. “While this is not the level we sought, it is a first step and will benefit many, particularly those of modest means and younger veterans attempting to become home owners,” said Benton. Both exemptions will go into effect for the 2018-19 school year budget.

Week of November 22 – November 30, 2017

TCT Federal Credit Union Scholarship BALLSTON SPA — TCT Federal Credit Union (TCT) is offering local high school seniors a chance to win scholarships for college. TCT is participating in the New York Credit Union Association’s statewide credit union scholarship program, which provides credit union members with scholarships. In 2017, scholarships awarded ranged from $500 to $1,500. To be eligible, students must be high school seniors attending two or four-year accredited educational institutions for the first time in fall 2018, and members of TCT Federal Credit Union. For more information about the scholarship program, and TCT membership eligibility requirements, contact one of TCT’s four branches of visit

p.m. Copies of the book are available for those interested in attending the program. Email Maura Manny for a copy at Tuesday, Dec. 5: “Hidden Mischief ” presented by the Prevention Council. This interactive program shows the clever ways teens are hiding drug and alcohol use as well as how to spot signs of use and talk to a child about the risks. This program will be held in the Saratoga Springs High School Library at 6:30 p.m. Parents of high school students are invited to attend the PTSO meeting at 5:45 p.m. prior to this program. Tuesday, Jan. 23: Sports Related Concussions for K-12 Families presented by Eric Deim. This program will be held at Caroline Street Elementary School at 6:30 p.m.

EDUCATION BRIEFS CTE Students Create Baskets of Thanks SARATOGA SPRINGS — Career and Technical Education (CTE) students will show thanks this holiday season by helping their community at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 21 the Saratoga Wilton Kiwanis Club will work in conjunction with the Key Club at the F. Donald Myers Education Center located at 15 Henning Rd, Saratoga Springs, to prepare over 80 holiday food baskets for local families in need. This is called “Operation Turkey.” Tables and food stations will be set up to create Thanksgiving baskets, which volunteers will deliver to families in need, seniors, and area shelters. This effort is spearheaded by the Culinary Arts program. The Kiwanis Club


will be providing all the food needed to prepare a meal for up to six people. Environmental Conservation and Forestry students also sponsored a food drive and their donations will be included in the baskets.

Skidmore College Presented the 17th Annual Beatlemore Skidmania Concert SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Friday, Nov. 17 and Saturday, Nov. 18, a musical tribute to the timeless performances of the Beatles were performed by Skidmore students and faculty. Beatlemore Skidmania began 17 years ago as a one-off concert by members of an educational

seminar and then grew into the biggest campus music event of the year, concerts sell out every year. Skidmore College Music Professor Gordon Thompson, who is set to retire this year, proposed the idea for Beatlemore Skidmania in 2001, as a way to uplift spirits in the wake of 9/11. All proceeds from Beatlemore Skidmania ticket, poster, and t-shirt sales are donated to local nonprofit organizations and student financial aid via the Skidmore Cares holiday campaign. A new Beatles-related theme is selected each year. This year’s theme was the year of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Magical Mystery Tour albums.

Skidmore College Launches Fundraising Campaign: Creating Our Future SARATOGA SPRINGS — Skidmore College has launched a multi-year fundraising campaign with a goal of raising $200 million by 2020. The campaign was launched during a gathering of nearly 400 Skidmore students, faculty, alumni, and friends in New York City to honor members of the Presidents Society. Additional campaigns will be held around the country and on Skidmore’s Saratoga Springs campus beginning Spring 2018. A key priority of the campaign is the construction of the Center for Integrated Sciences (CIS), which will house 10 departments and programs in the physical and life sciences departments.

Upcoming Saratoga CSD Parent Programs SARATOGA SPRINGS — Wednesday, Nov. 29: “Finding Peace in a Frantic World” book discussion. Discover how mindfulness reveals a set of simple yet powerful practices that you can incorporate into daily life to help you break the cycle of anxiety, stress, and exhaustion. This program will be held in the Maple Avenue Large Group Instruction Room (LGI Room) at 6:30

Skidmore students with President Philip A. Glotzbach. Photo provided.

Beatlemore Skidmania’s proceeds are donated to local nonprofits and student financial aid. Photo provided.



Week of November 22 – November 30, 2017

LOCAL Artisans ENRICH HOLIDAY offerings at Saratoga Farmers’ Market

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

by Himanee Gupta-Carlson for Saratoga TODAY Photos by Pattie Garrett. As you pull open the doors of the Lincoln Baths Building to enter the Saratoga Farmers’ Market, an extra treat awaits. The market is hosting in addition to its usual array of locally grown and produced fruits and vegetables, cheeses,

meats, milks, honey, maple syrup, and specialty goods a set of holiday vendors through December 30. These vendors are setting up shop on the building’s second floor, transforming the space into a market within the market. They offer locally roasted coffees, craft beers, baked breads, cheesecakes, jerky, salad dressings, and chocolates. The holiday market also features artists and craftspeople who create innovative attire, metal works, fine art prints, ceramics, jewelry, watches, and clocks. And for your canine companions, look for the specialty dog treats. The holiday market, like the Saratoga Farmers’ Market, is aimed at building relationships between local entrepreneurs and residents of the Saratoga area. In the spirit of Small Business Saturday, it gives the entrepreneurs a space to showcase and sell their goods. At the same time, it offers market shoppers seeking creative gifts for families, friends, and themselves an opportunity to find them. The goal, says market director Julia Howard, is to open up the farmers’ market – long known for the best farm fresh foods grown, raised, or produced in the region – to creators of local foods and arts of all kinds. “We see this as a

special benefit for our regulars,” Howard says, “and as a way to support the local economy even more during the holidays.” To visit the holiday market, go upstairs, via the staircases near the Lincoln Baths entrance or the elevators located in the middle of the building. You will find vendor stalls lined up around the railings and tucked into various nooks and crannies. The atmosphere is festive, yet relaxed. Unlike the frenzy of a shopping mall, vendors are available to describe their products, answer any questions, and share stories of how they came up with their creations. Howard notes that some space remains upstairs for additional artisans. Those looking for an opportunity to display and sell hand-crafted items can contact her at julia@ The Saratoga Farmers’ Market is 9 1 p.m. Saturdays at the Lincoln Baths Building in the Saratoga Spa State Park. Its holiday market runs through December 30. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Grated Carrot Salad • Serves: 6

INGREDIENTS * Find these Ingredients at the Farmers’ Market!

• 2 Tablespoons balsamic maple dressing* (Momma’s Secret Salad Dressings) • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon • 1 Tablespoon minced shallot* • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper • ¼ cup olive oil* • 1¼ pound carrots*, peeled and shredded • 1 cup chopped fresh parsley*

INSTRUCTIONS 1. In a large bowl, whisk together the vinegar, tarragon, shallot, honey, and cayenne. Let sit for 10 minutes. 2. Whisk in the oil until emulsified, then add the carrots and parsley. 3. Stir until evenly coated. 4. Season with cayenne pepper. 5. Serve or refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Adapted from recipe featured in Milk Street Magazine.


Week of November 22 – November 30, 2017


by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY


my Foodie Friends! The holiday season is a great time to reminisce and bring up the stories that are told time and time again. Many family traditions have to do with holidays and holiday food and the stories that soon become part of our traditions. These traditions can strengthen family bonds, contribute to your children’s identity and wellbeing, and create lasting memories. While we sat around the kitchen table, my wife Paula brought up a story about our time together before kids. That is when our one baby was our dog Bogie. He was named after Humphrey Bogart and he loved to roam between our house and our neighbors next door. This was before invisible fences and we didn’t have the money for a regular fence. Bogie was a German Shepherd/Black Lab mix puppy when we rescued him. His color was pure black and he grew very fast to100 lbs of muscle. He was the happiest dog in the world and

loved by both our family and our friends next door, Ron and Deedee, whose children were now grown. Bogie could make anyone feel like they were his favorite person in the world. He would go over to visit Ron and Deedee, who were passionate foodies, every day. He always came back carrying leftovers which were usually a big steak or ham bone. They loved him as much as we did. Bogie would however, test your love from time to time by taking food that wasn’t offered to him. There was the Halloween party that stopped dead in its tracks as all of our guests watched in amazement as Bogie took an entire pizza down the hallway and quickly devoured it. He never stole food from Ron and Deedee until his thievery reached legendary status on Thanksgiving 1989. There was a knock on our door and it was Ron. He had his head down and in a sad voice he said; “John, Bogie stole two of the mincemeat pies I had baked for Thanksgiving”. I responded to Ron with a mixture of denial and embarrassment; “are you sure, how do you know”? Ron said he put his pie on the roof of his 1989 Mercury Marquis, with 3 miles on it, in the garage to cool. When he opened the garage door to go out he forgot to close it. When he came back, there were no pies. However, there were paw prints on the hood of his beloved Marquis. Those prints then headed in the direction of our house. Ron and I then found the empty, perfectly cleaned, pie tins. I apologized and offered to pay

22 • Goulash • Mexican Corn • Warm Spiced Peaches


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At Compliments to the Chef we carry everything you need to make your favorite pie this season; including cooling racks (versus the Mercury Marquis!), pie chains, pie plates, and all of your baking cool tools. Keep your pies safe! Remember my Foodie Friends: “Life Happens in the Kitchen.” Enjoy the holiday season baking and making forever interesting memories. Stop by and shop for your traditional holiday season culinary needs at 33 Railroad Place in Saratoga Springs (near the Bow Tie Theatre).

Take Care,

John and Paula

Office for the Aging Lunch Program


for the pies but Ron laughed and told me not to worry. He said he would have to think of a new place to cool his pies and remember to close the door next time. Although it has been many years since this happened, Ron can still tell this story like it happened yesterday. We still love to go over to their house and have a cup of coffee and talk about Bogie. Where did we find the dog after his caper? He was curled up by Paula’s legs in the kitchen sleeping it off. I think this was “the start of a beautiful friendship”

Served at the Saratoga Senior Center MONDAY


CLOSED for • Herb the Holiday! Encrusted Fish We Wish • Red Bliss Potato You a • Carrots Happy • Mandarin Thanksgiving! Oranges







• Beef Pot Roast • Red Bliss Potato • Carrots • Fruit Jello with Whipped Topping

• Chicken & Biscuit • Broccoli • Tropical Fruit

• Meatloaf & Gravy • Garlic Mashed Potatoes • Beets • Pears

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

19 We did get the recipe for the Mincemeat Pie:

MINCEMEAT PIE INGREDIENTS For Mincemeat • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and finely chopped • 2⁄3 cup Golden Raisins • 2⁄3 cup Dark Raisins • 2⁄3 cup dried Currants • ½ cup packed Dark Brown Sugar • 2 oz. (½ cup) shredded Beef Suet • ¼ cup Brandy • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

• 2 tsp fresh grated lemon zest • 2 tsp finely grated fresh orange zest • ½ tsp ground Allspice • ½ tsp ground Nutmeg • 1 large egg, lightly beaten • 2 tsp Granulated Sugar For Pie Pastry Dough • 2 ½ cups All-purpose Flour • 1 ½ sticks (¾ cup) cold unsalted butter, cut into ½” cubes • ¼ cup cold vegetable shortening • ½ tsp salt

INSTRUCTIONS (Accompany with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.) Pie Pastry Dough 1. Blend flour, butter, shortening, and salt in a bowl until most of mixture resembles coarse meal. 2. Evenly drizzle 4 tbsp ice water and gently stir with a fork (or pulse in a food processor) until incorporated. 3. Gently squeeze a small handful; it should hold together. If it doesn’t, add more water, 1 tbsp at a time. Do not overwork dough or it will become tough. 4. Turn out onto a work surface and divide into 2 portions. With heel of your hand, smear each portion once in a forward motion to help distribute fat. Gather each portion of dough and form it into a disk. Wrap disks separately in plastic wrap and chill until firm for at least 1 hr. Mincemeat Prep: Stir together all mincemeat ingredients. Chill in an airtight container for at least 3 days. 1. Put a baking sheet in middle of oven and preheat to 400°F. 2. Roll out 1 piece of dough (keep remaining piece chilled) on a lightly floured surface into a 13” round disk and fit into a 9-inch glass pie plate (4 cup capacity). 3. Stir mincemeat, and spoon into shell. 4. Chill pie while rolling out top. 5. Roll out remaining disk into a 10” round disk on lightly floured surface. Cut into 1” strips with a fluted pastry wheel or a knife. 6. Arrange strips in a lattice pattern on top of filling and trim strips leaving a ½ inch overhang. Seal edges and crimp decoratively. Brush lattice and edge with some of egg and sprinkle with sugar. 8. Bake until pastry is golden brown, 50 mins. - 1 hr. (If pastry rim gets too dark, tent with foil.) Cool for 2 hrs. before serving. We don’t know where Bogie’s relatives may be so Bon Appetite but look around first.



Week of November 22 – November 30, 2017

PLACES OF WORSHIP Adirondack Christian Fellowship 8 Mountain Ledge, Wilton Contact: 581-587-0623 | Services: Sunday 8 a.m. & 10 a.m. Adirondack Friends Meeting 27 Saratoga Avenue, South Glens Falls Contact: 518-793-3755 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Assembly of God Faith Chapel 6 Burgoyne Street, Schuylerville Contact: 518-695-6069 Rev. Jason Proctor Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Assembly of God Saratoga 118 Woodlawn Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-6081 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Bacon Hill Reformed Church* 560 Route 32N, Bacon Hill Contact: 518-695-3074 Rev. Janet Vincent Services:10 a.m. Sunday School: 10 a.m. Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa Contact: 518-885-7312 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Ballston Spa United Methodist Church 101 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa Contact: 518-885-6886 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Baha’i Community of Saratoga Springs Saratoga Springs Public Library, Glasby Room Contact: 518-692-7694, 518-885-0876, 1-800-22UNITE Public Meetings: 1st Tuesdays 7 p.m. Bethesda Episcopal Church* 41 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-5980 | The Very Rev’d Marshall J. Vang Services: Sunday 8 a.m and 10 a.m. Calvary Capital District 17 Low Street, Ballston Spa Contact: Pastor Andrew Holt Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Church of Christ at Clifton Park 7 Old Route 146, Clifton Park Contact: 518-371-6611 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Charlton Freehold Presbyterian Church 768 Charlton Road, Charlton Contact: 518-399-4831 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Christ Community Reformed Church 1010 Route 146, Clifton Park Contact: 518-371-7654 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Christ Episcopal Church* 15 West High Street, Ballston Spa Contact: 518-885-1031 Services: Sunday 8 and 10 a.m.

Christian Restoration Ministries Saratoga Senior Center: 5 Williams Street, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-796-4323 | Pastor Pat Roach Services: Sunday 6:30 p.m. Christian Science Church 107 Circular Street, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-0221 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Community Alliance Church 257 Rowland Street, Ballston Spa Contact: 518-885-6524 Services: Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. Congregation Shaara Tfille* 84 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-2370 | Services: Saturday 10 a.m. Corinth Free Methodist Church 20 Hamilton Avenue, Corinth Contact: 518-654-9255, 518-792-0271 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Corinth United Methodist Church 243 Main Street, Corinth Contact: 518-654-2521 | Services: Sunday 11 a.m. Cornerstone Community Church 100 Saratoga Village Boulevard. #8 Ballston Spa. Contact: 518-664-5204 | Pastor Frank Galerie Services: Sunday 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Community 2001 Route 9, Round Lake Contact: 518-877-8506 | Services: Saturday: 4 p.m. Sunday: 8 and 11 a.m. Eastern Orthodox — Christ the Savior 349 Eastline Road, Ballston Lake 212-7845 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. First Baptist Church of Saratoga Springs 45 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-6301 | Services: Sunday Noon First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa 202 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa Contact: 518-885-8361 | Services: 10:30 a.m., (9 a.m. in July and August) Sunday School: 9 a.m. (all ages) First Presbyterian Church of Ballston Spa 22 West High Street, Ballston Spa Contact: 518-885-5583 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Full Gospel Tabernacle 207 Redmond Road, Gansevoort Contact: 518-793-2739 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Galway United Methodist Church 2056 East Street, Galway Contact: 518-882-6520 Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. (9 a.m. in July and August)

Grace Fellowship Saratoga* 165 High Rock Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-691-0301 | Pastor: Mike Adams Services: Sundays 9 and 11 a.m. Greater Grace Community Church 100 Saratoga Village, Building 17, Ballston Spa Pastor David Moore | 899-7777 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Greenfield Center Baptist Church 30 Wilton Road, Greenfield Center Contact: 518-893-7429 Services: 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. (all ages) Highway Tabernacle Church 235 Hudson Avenue, Mechanicville Contact: 518-664-4442 Services: Sunday: 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Hope Church 206 Greenfield Avenue, Ballston Spa Contact: 518-885-7442 Services: Sunday: 10 a.m. Sunday School: 9 a.m. Jonesville United Methodist 963 Main Street, Clifton Park Contact: 518-877-7332 Services: Sunday: 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 10:30 a.m. Living Springs Free Methodist Church 59 Pine Road, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-1003 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Living Waters Church of God 4330 State Route 50, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-587-0484 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Malta Presbyterian Church 118 Dunning Street, Malta Contact: 518-899-5992 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Malta Ridge United Methodist Church 729 Malta Avenue Extension, Malta Contact: 518-581-0210 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Middle Grove United Methodist Church* 429 Middle Grove Rd, Middle Grove Contact: 518-581-2973 | Pastor Bonnie Bates Services: Sunday 9 a.m. Mt. Olivet Baptist Church 100 Cresent Street, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-9441 Rev. Dr. Victor L. Collier Services: 10 a.m. Perry Road Baptist Church* 150 Perry Road, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-587-0711 Pastor Thomas Van McClain Services: Sunday 10 a.m. New Life Fellowship* 51 Old Gick Road, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-580-1810 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m.


Week of November 22 – November 30, 2017


PLACES OF WORSHIP NorthStar Church 970 Rt. 146, Clifton Park Contact: 518-371-2811 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Old Saratoga Reformed Church* 48 Pearl Street, Schuylerville Contact: Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Old Stone Church (American Baptist) 159 Stone Church Road, Ballston Spa Contact: 518-583-1002 Services: 10:30 a.m. Olde Liberty Baptist 600 Route 67 Malta Contact: Services: Sunday: 10, 11 a.m., and 2 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church* 73 Midline Road, Ballston Lake Contact: 518-399-5713 Services: Saturday: 5:30 p.m. Sunday: 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Porter Corners United Methodist Church* 512 Allen Road, Porter Corners Service: Sunday 8:45 a.m. Followed by Fellowship Arlene Schmidt, CLM Presbyterian-NE Congregational Church 24 Circular St, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-6091 | Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Quaker Springs United Methodist Church* 466 Route 32, Schylerville Contact: 518-695-3101 | Pastor Ben Lalka Services: Sunday 9 a.m. River of Hope Fellowship 100 Saratoga Village Boulevard Malta Commons, Ste. 3 Contact: Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Roman Catholic Church of St. Peter 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-2375 Services: Saturday: 5 p.m. Sunday: 7:30, 9 and 11 a.m. St. Clement’s Roman Catholic Church* 231 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-6122 Services: Saturday: 4 p.m. Sunday: 8, 9:30, 11:15 a.m. and 5 p.m. Spanish Service:1 p.m. St. George’s Episcopal Church 912 Route 146, Clifton Park Contact: 518-371-6351 | Services: Saturday: 4:30 p.m. Sunday: 7:30 , 9, and 11:30 a.m. St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church* 3159 Route 9N, Greenfield Center Contact: 518-893-7680 | Services: Saturday: 4 p.m. Sunday: 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church* 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa Contact: 518-885-7411 | Services: Saturday: 4 p.m. Sunday: 8:30, 10:30 a.m., Noon

St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church* 771 Route 29, Rock City Falls Contact: 518-885-4677 | Services: Saturday: 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.; Sunday: 8:30 am. St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 149 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-0904 | Services: Saturday: 5 p.m. Sunday: 8:30 and 11 a.m. St. Peter Lutheran Church 2776 Route 9, Malta Contact: 518-583-4153 Services: Sunday: 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9:15 a.m. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church 1 Grove Street, Schuylerville Contact: 518-695-3918 Rev. Donna J. Arnold Services: Sunday 8 and 9 a.m. St. Thomas of Canterbury 242 Grooms Road, Halfmoon Contact: 518-348-0842 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga Abundant Life Church 2 Hutchins Road, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-885-5456 | Services: Sunday 8:20 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Saratoga Chabad 130 Circular Street, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-526-0773 | Saratoga Friends Meeting (Quaker) 571 Rt32, Quaker Springs Contact: 518-587-7477; 518-399-5013 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga United Methodist Church* 175 Fifth Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-3720 | Services: Sunday 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Saratoga Seventh-Day Adventist Church 399 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-587-6951 | Services: Sabbath School: 10 a.m. Worship Service: 11 a.m. Schuylerville United Methodist Church 51 Church Street, Schuylerville Contact: 518-695-3101 | Services: Sunday 11 a.m. Shenendehowa United Methodist 971 Route 146, Clifton Park Contact: 518-371-7964 Services: Sunday 9 and 10:45 a.m. Simpson United Methodist Church 1089 Rock City Road, Rock City Falls Contact: 518-85-4794 Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m.

Soul Saving Station for Every Nation Christ Crusaders of America 62 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-3122 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Stillwater Christian Fellowship Meeting at Liberty Ridge Farm 29 Bevis Road, Schaghticoke Contact: 518-288-8802 Services: 10 a.m. Stillwater United Church (Presbyterian U.S.A.) 135 Hudson Avenue, Stillwater Contact: 518-664-7984 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Temple Sinai* 509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-8730 | Shabbat Services: Friday: 6 p.m. or 8 p.m. (rotating schedule) Saturday: 10:30 a.m. Terra Nova Church* 45 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-833-0504 | Services: Sunday 9 a.m. The Salvation Army/ Worship, Service & Community Center 27 Woodlawn Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-1640 Services: Praise & Worship 11 a.m. Sunday School: 10 a.m. Trinity United Methodist Church 155 Ballard Road, Gansevoort Contact: 518-584-9107 | Rev. Keith Mann Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs 624 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-1555 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Unity Church in Albany 21 King Avenue, Albany Contact: 518-453-3603 Services: Sunday 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday School: 11 a.m. West Charlton United Presbyterian Church 1331 Sacandaga Road, West Charlton Contact: 518-882-9874 | Rev. Thomas Gregg Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 10:30 a.m. Wilton Baptist Church 755 Saratoga Road, Wilton Contact: 518-583-2736 | Services: Sunday 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

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

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

2017 Saratoga Fair Trade Market Expo Fight against worldwide poverty while getting all your holiday shopping done in one location, on Saturday, December 2, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Saratoga Springs City Center. A beautiful array of handcrafted gifts fairly traded from around the world. There will be live music by local music teacher/musician Jon Tario and a free scavenger hunt all day with prizes for kids. Come shop with purpose and joy. Free Admission. Hosted by New Life Fellowship Church and The Bosnian Handcraft Project. For more information call 518-580-1810. Elvis Blue Christmas Concert and Dinner The Saratoga Children’s Theatre announces their Blue Christmas Fundraiser, on Saturday, December 2 at the Saratoga Music Hall. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a light dinner (included), and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Raffle baskets and 50/50 raffle will be available. Help support Saratoga Children’s Theatre during this night of music and fun. Come see this two-act reproduction of Elvis on tour, featuring multi-award winning Elvis Tribute Artist, Mathew Boyce, and his 28-piece Suspicious Mind Orchestra. Tickets: $40 for adults, $35 for seniors, and $15 for students. For more information and tickets, please visit ww.saratogachildrenstheatre. org or call 518-430-7423. Traditional English Choral Service A traditional English choral service of Advent Lessons and Carols will be held at Bethesda Church, Washington St. near Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 3 p.m. The choir is directed by Dr. Kathleen Slezak and accompanied by Organist, Farrell Goehring with a reception immediately following. A free will offering will be taken. For more information call 518-584-5980. Korean War Veterans Association Christmas Party and Meeting The Christmas party/meeting of Ch. 60 Korean War Veterans

Week of November 22 – November 30, 2017 Association will be held at noon on December 5 at the Log Jam restaurant, located in the outlets, south of Lake George. We will be ordering off the menu. Hosts are Patti and Gene Slavin. Please call the Slavin’s at 518-793-2358 with your reservations by December 3. The December raffle will be awarded, and entertainment will be provided. All veterans who served anywhere during the Korean War or in Korea at any time, spouses, widows, family and friends are all eligible to attend. For further information or an application to join the organization, please contact Comm. Roger Calkins at 518584-3037. Annual dues are $10 for veterans and $5 for associates. Poetry Readings On Wednesday, December 6, Caffè Lena will present poetry readings by Marilyn Zembo Day and Leslie Neustadt. An open reading will follow. Doors open for sign-ups at 7 p.m. and the readings will start at 7:30 p.m. The host for the event will be Carol Graser and the cost is $5, free for students. Caffè Lena is located at 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs. For more information, call 518-583-0022, or visit or visit 4th Annual Snow-A-Palooza Join us on Thursday, December 7, at 4 p.m. at Bryant & Stratton College located at 2452 Route 9, Suite 201, Malta. This event is free and includes a craft room, cookie decorating room, game room, refreshments and a visit from Santa on his Red Fire Engine courtesy of Round Lake Fire Department. There will be a silent auction with various items donated by local businesses and not-for-profits to help raise funds to support the Toys for Toga, the Ballston Area Community Center, and the Mother Teresa Academy Cancer Awareness Fund. For more information on volunteering and/or donating please contact Melyssa Wall at 518-437-1802 ext. 280. Breakfast with Santa Come have breakfast with Santa on December 9 from 8 - 10:30 a.m. at the American Legion, located at 23 Pleasant St., Ballston Spa. Make some crafts and sit on Santa’s Lap to tell him what your wish is for Christmas. All Village children are invited to join us at this event.

Bus Trip to New York City Come celebrate Christmas in NYC on December 6. See the Rockefeller tree, browse holiday windows, get some Christmas shopping done or see a show. Bus trips and excursions are open to the public, regardless of age. Bring your friends, family or grandkids. For more information call the Saratoga Senior Center at 518-584-1621.

Dinner Theater: The Call of Christmas Experience the Christmas Story like never before. Performances are on Saturday, December 9 at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the South Glens Falls United Methodist Church, located at 15 Maplewood Parkway, South Glens Falls. Advance sale tickets $10 or at the door $12. Seating is limited so make your reservation early, 518-793-1152.

Friends in Adoption Get Acquainted Workshop Families interested in adopting infants in need of forever families. The workshop will be held at the Inn at Saratoga, 231 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. It begins at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 6, continuing Thursday all day, December 7, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. We are very excited to be offering onsite consults at the end of the workshop on December 7. For more information email brandi@

Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Saratoga Mineral Baths: Not Just for Saturday Nights, presented by Charlie Kuenzel. Free and open to the public, no registration required. The program takes place on December 14 from 12 – 1 p.m. in the H. Dutcher Community Room, Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St., Saratoga Springs. For more information, call 518-587-3241 or visit, www. or

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Week of November 22 – November 30, 2017 Thanksgiving morning, over twothousand runners (and walkers) will congregate to race in the annual 5K Turkey Trot race, which benefits the Christopher Dailey Foundation. Cost is $27. Last chance to register is November 22 at Saratoga Hilton Hotel from 4 – 8 p.m. No day of registration.

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Wednesday, November 22 School Vacation Workshop: SustainABLE You! The Children’s Museum, 69 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 9 a.m. — Noon Join us for this fun and interactive camp as we work our way through a series of Sustainability experiments brought to you by the NISE Network. We will investigate cool new sustainable products, participate in creating a sustainable community and explore what to do when resources get scarce. For more information call 518-584-5540.

Acoustic Blues Open Mic and Jam Café Lena, 33 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, Sign-ups 7 p.m. Opening Set is at 7:30 p.m. Acoustic Jam to follow. All levels of playing are welcome. Hosted by: NYS Blues Hall of Fame inductee Sonny Speed for SABS. Featured artist is David Rubin, a Blues Open Mic regular player who specializes in Blues, traditional Folk, and old Jazz tunes. Come listen and play the Blues. Admission: $5. | 518-587-6433

Thursday, November 23 The 16th Annual Christopher Dailey Turkey Trot Saratoga Springs City Hall, 474 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 8:30 a.m.

24th Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner Union Fire Company #2, 319 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa, Noon – 3 p.m. Take home meals are available, deliveries also available by contacting 518-885-7121. Sponsored by the community, for the community. There is no cost and all are welcome.

Friday, November 24 21st Annual Price Chopper/ Market 32 Capital Holiday Lights in the Park Washington Park, Albany, 6 – 9 p.m. An all-new, drive-through spectacular with more than 125 displays and scenes. $20-$125 depending on size of vehicle.

Saturday, November 25 The 42nd Annual Holiday Craft Marketplace Saratoga Springs City Center, 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Kick-off your holiday shopping season while enjoying Unique Handmade Crafts from over 100 Artisans, Silent Auction, Crafter Raffles, and Small Business Saturday promotions to downtown Saratoga Merchants. $5 admission. Admission includes 1 free raffle ticket; children under 12 are free. $3 Admission after 3 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Saratoga Center for the Family.

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CALENDAR be donated to The Shelters of Saratoga. Visitors can mix and mingle with some of the area’s leading artists and help support our neighbors less fortunate. Refreshments will be served. For more information, visit

Sunday, November 26 Holiday Train Comes to Saratoga Amtrak Station, West Ave., Saratoga Springs, 7:20 p.m. Local food banks will be accepting donations to ensure those less fortunate can access adequate food this holiday season and year-round. The Holiday Train provides a box car stage, a line-up of great musical talents and a corporate contribution to the local food bank. Attendees are encouraged to donate food and funds, all of which stays in the community. Items such as infant formula, canned meats, and spaghetti sauce are in popular demand. The entertainment lineup this year includes Jim Cuddy, Devin Cuddy and Kelly Prescott. Schedule is subject to change. Times indicate arrival times – show starts 10-15 minutes after, please come early.

Monday, November 27 Kindness Club: Words for Winter Warmth Crawshaw Story Room, Saratoga Springs Public Library, 6 – 7 p.m. Each meeting we will make or do something to help spread a little more kindness to our friends, family and community. For grades 2-5. This month: make greeting cards, magnets or other objects to wish others Warm Winter Wishes and Season’s Greetings. For more events at the library visit

Tuesday, November 28

Thursday, November 30

Big Love

Round Lake Artisans Holiday Market

Janet Kinghorn Bernhard Theater, Skidmore College, 815 N. Broadway Saratoga Springs, 8 p.m. Written by two-time Obie Award-winning playwright Charles L. Mee, Big Love fuses the ancient and the modern by bringing the plot of Greek tragedian Aeschylus’s The Suppliants into the modern era. Tickets are $12 general admission, $8 for students. Visit for tickets and show dates and times, or call the Box Office at 518-580-5439.

Wednesday, November 29 Festival of Trees: Preview Reception Saratoga Springs City Center, 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 6 – 8 p.m. Be the first to walk through hundreds of beautifully twinkling trees, wreaths, centerpieces and other holiday items available for viewing and sale. Sumptuous wine and hors d’oeuvres provided by Longfellows and Olde Bryan Inn. Proceeds benefit Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties. Cost is $75. Under 35 years of age, $60. For more information call 518-587-5000.

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group Health and Fitness Center, 2nd floor, 6 Care Ln., Saratoga Springs, 5 – 6:30 p.m. The support group is free and open to IPF patients, their family members, friends and caregivers. The Saratoga County support group will meet regularly, and meetings will typically feature an educational presentation as well as discussion with others affected by IPF. For more information contact Marie or Susan at the Health and Fitness Center at 518-886-5676.

Village Hall, 49 Burlington Ave Round Lake, 4 – 8 p.m. Celebrate the spirit of making this season and relax while you enjoy doing your holiday shopping in the quaint Victorian village of Round Lake. The talented artists and artisans of the Village of Round Lake will be offering a variety of unique, locally handmade items, perfect for gift giving.

Saratoga Tree Lighting Ceremony In front of Putnam Market, 435 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 6 p.m. Kick off the Victorian Streetwalk with the Saratoga Tree Lighting Ceremony. Santa and Mrs. Claus will make an appearance, arriving by horse drawn carriage, they will visit with your children. There will be free hot chocolate and cookies with music by Star 101.3 radio.

Victorian Streetwalk Various locations in Saratoga Springs, 6 – 10 p.m. Enjoy over 35 sites with free entertainment. Broadway will be closed from 5 to 10 p.m. from the Route 50 arterial to Spring Street intersection.

Festival of Trees Saratoga Springs City Center, 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 4 – 10 p.m. 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 into 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. $8 adults, $5 seniors, $3 children over 10, children under 10 free. The event goes through December 3.

AMP Gallery, Saratoga Marketplace, 454 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 2 - 4 p.m. A portion of all proceeds will

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Week of November 22 – November 30, 2017


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

ADOPTION LOVING COUPLE WISHES TO ADOPT BABY- Into a home filled with happiness, security, and endless love. Expenses paid. Call/text Michael and Maureen 917-975-9487

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Week of November 22 – November 30, 2017


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Writing the Right Word by Dave Dowling

Accuracy in word choice is a key to effective communication. In your daily writing and speaking, try to make sure you use the right word in the right place with the right spelling. By doing so, its effect will affect your communication in a positive way. This quick weekly tip will help you filter the confusion in some of our daily word choices. This Week: Verbiage, Verbosity Verbiage is excessive wordiness, usually written. The contract was padded with too much legal verbiage. Verbosity is excessive and boring wordiness, usually spoken. The guest speaker’s verbosity almost put the audience to sleep. 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 22 – November 30, 2017

NYRA Announces Skidmore Thoroughbreds

Hockey Team Race Dates by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – The New York Racing Association (NYRA) has announced their 2018 racing schedule, which will be 229 days of live thoroughbred racing at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park, and Saratoga Race Course. Saratoga Race Course will have a 40-day summer meet. The meet will feature the 91st running of the Grade 1 Whitney and the 149th edition of the Grade 1 Travers. The Saratoga season begins on Friday, July 20 and will have its last day on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3. Races will take place six days a week, with Tuesday being the dark day. The race course will offer plenty of other non-race activities throughout the week. Some family friendly, some brewery and winery tastings, there will be

something for everyone to enjoy. The Belmont Stakes Racing Festival takes place on Thursday, June 7, featuring the 150th Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 9. After the Saratoga season, racing returns to Belmont for a 36-day Fall Championship meet that begins on Friday, Sept. 7 and concludes Sunday, Oct. 28. Racing at Aqueduct continues through April 22, 2018 and is held four days a week during January and February and three days a week in March. NYRA has announced that the popular, promotional 2018 Racing Calendar will be offered through a special three-day sale Dec. 30, 2017 through Jan. 1, 2018 at Aqueduct Racetrack. The full 2018 racing schedule can be found at

by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Ice hockey is known to be a sport where the crowd is just as riled up as the players. Whether it’s their team shooting the puck into the goal or a fight breaking out between the two teams on the ice. Robert Hutchison, Skidmore College hockey coach, has started his third season with the Skidmore Thoroughbreds.

Skidmore Thoroughbreds team, 2017-18. Photo by Nate Smith.

The Thoroughbreds have had their fair share of injuries this season, but nothing too severe. Pre-season began in Sept. and on-ice training with the coaching staff started in Oct., per NCAA regulations. The team is experiencing the typical challenges of a new season, such as team and personnel turnover, they remain focused on the goal at hand: “for us, the focus is consistently on maintaining a high compete level, being a great communicator, and being a great teammate regardless of their role within the team on any given day,” Hutchison explained. This seasons’ captains are Luke Alletzhauser, class of 2018, and Adam Moodie, class of 2019. “Both [captains] bring different strengths to the table but are very well suited to lead this group. With such an inexperienced group, it will take some time for our key players to emerge, but Moodie is coming off a solid sophomore campaign as is fellow junior defenseman Corey Morgan and goaltender Brandon Kasel,” Hutchison said. Hutchison describes the team as “young, but very talented,” he has the group working consistently to improv on a weekly basis. “We’ve had our very good days and some moments of adversity in the first five weeks of the season. The New England

"For us, the focus is...being a great teammate regarldess of their role...” Hockey Conference is an ubercompetitive league with at least three to five of our eight teams consistently in the top 15 of the National Rankings. Consequently, every game is a highly anticipated contest and we’re always working to focus on the next opponent and not look beyond each individual matchup,” he explained. While the team is matching up well against the top 15 opponents, the inexperience late in games “has been evident. This group has responded well to learning on the fly in the early going, but will only continue to improve with increased games under their belts,” Hutchison said. “We’re fortunate to have a great group of young men who work hard, share a common goal, and genuinely care about being high quality student-athletes,” Hutchison said proudly. The Skidmore Thoroughbreds will be playing Fredonia at 2 p.m. and at 5 p.m. against Hamilton vs. Canton on Nov. 25. All game information can be found at

Week of November 22 – November 30, 2017



YMCA: Not Just A Gym, A Community by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — The YMCA “is a lot more than just a gym. It encompasses everything. If there is anything someone is looking for, we probably offer it. Whether it’s childcare, aquatics, gymnastics, tennis. Even if we don’t have it at a specific branch, it is probably offered at one of our other Y’s,” said Mike Miakisz, marketing director of all Saratoga Regional YMCA branches. Whether you are going to the YMCA to work out or participate in one of their many fitness classes offered, or take a dip in the pool, you will be greeted warmly by every employee you pass, and probably every member you see as well. The Saratoga Springs YMCA (SRYMCA) is much more than a gym to its’ members, it is a place to gather and socialize, too. Allison St. Pierre, executive director, knows every member and employee by name and greets them without hesitation. Their most popular employee seems to be Connor McEvoy, a

young man who has been working in the custodial department for the last three months. “When I first moved up here, which was in June of last year, I had no job and my mom, and my support team wanted me to get a job. I became a member here and then we talked to my now-boss, Chris Schumacher, and he got me a job as a custodian,” McEvoy explained. “Connor is always in the fitness area lifting weights,” Miakisz said, “or he’s walking around the track listening to his music and singing. When he works, he always interacts with the members and it’s just fun to see them interacting. He’s smiling, they’re smiling. He always puts a smile on people’s faces.” “He’s the best, period,” said Lou Gregory, affectionately called Mayor Lou by fellow members. Gregory has been working out at the SRYMCA since 2009. “This is a really great place, it truly is. Connor makes it a little better. I come in sometimes, you know I’m older, I get a little grumpy, but then I see him, and I cheer right up. He’s always in a good mood, he’s a good man,”

Gregory said affectionately. “I don’t want it to go to your head though,” he said to McEvoy, “because you do cause trouble sometimes.” “I do not!” McEvoy laughs. It’s clear the two men have a wonderful friendship, all because of the SRYMCA bringing them together. Matt Murray, an employee, started off as a member, too. “I was having problems with my hip, so my doctor said, ‘we’re going to replace the first hip, but you need to lose 30 pounds before we do the other hip.’” Murray decided to follow his wife’s lead and join the SRYMCA and began to work with a personal trainer. He lost the necessary weight, had the surgery, and after having such a positive experience with the staff and other members, he retired from his job at the state where he had worked for the last 35-years and decided to work at the Y. He has been an employee for the last year. “I feel wonderful, it keeps me young. Working here has been a great experience,” Murray said sincerely.

“We’re really unlike any other gym because of the relationships that people form here. These guys on our senior league basketball team will probably stay here for a half an hour to an hour in the café just sitting and socializing and having a coffee. It’s a really neat thing to see. It’s more of a community,” Miakisz said. Financial assistance is provided to whoever needs it, no one is ever turned away from a membership. “I think we gave over $500,000 in financial assistance last year,” Miakisz explained, “we’re always giving back to our community and that’s a big perk of us being a 501(c)(3) charity.” Aside from all the fitness classes, childcare, and sports teams offered, SRYMCA also has a LiveStrong program which is open to anyone who has battled any illness, whether in the past

or presently. It is a free program for people to get back on their feet with their fitness. “It isn’t set up as a support group, but it forms into one,” St. Pierre explained. Membership applications, pricing, and class schedules can be found at The SRYMCA is located at 290 West Avenue, with other branches located in Battenkill, Corinth, Malta, and Wilton.

Connor McEvoy, one of the SRYMCA’s most popular employees. Photo by Lori Mahan.



Week of November 22 – November 30, 2017

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

Elks Hoop Shoot on Dec. 2 SARATOGA SPRINGS — From 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 2 the Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge No. 161 will be holding its annual Hoop Shoot basketball free throw shooting competition at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center at 15 Vanderbilt Ave. This event is free and open to boys and girls ages 8-13. There will be three separate age divisions, 8-9 year old’s, 10-11 year old’s, and 12-13 year old’s. Participants’

eligibility will be determined as of their age on April 1, 2018. Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place winners in all age groups. Local winners will advance to the District Championship and have the opportunity to advance further. For more information, contact Saratoga-Wilton Elks Hoop Shoot Director Steve Dorsey at 518-369-1985.

Suburban All-Stars 2017 Field Hockey SARATOGA COUNTY — The Suburban League has announced their 2017 all-stars. First Team - Saratoga Springs: Liz Pratt, grade 12; Erin McCarthy, grade 12; Lindsey Frank, grade 11; Jessie House, grade 12; Grace Zeihnert, grade 12. Burnt HillsBallston Lake: Sadie Mitchell, grade 11; Sydney Plemenik, grade 11; Courtney Pedone, grade 12. Second Team - Saratoga Springs: Sophie Hieronmyi, grade 12; Alanie Genter, grade 12. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake: Andrea Desrochers, grade 12; Hanna Pochobradsky, grade 9. Saratoga Springs also has an all-state player this year, to be announced at the Dec. 3 banquet.

Skidmore College Men’s Basketball SARATOGA SPRINGS — Skidmore College opened their 2017-18 men’s basketball season with an 89-79 victory at Castleton College. Junior forward Dakpe Yiljep had a stellar performance in his first game as a Thoroughbred and led the team to victory in the season opener for both teams on Wednesday, Nov. 15. The Thoroughbreds have won four of the last five season openers. Yiljep led the Thoroughbreds with a 25-point, 11-rebound double-double, shooting 10-for13 from the field. Edvinas Rupkus added a double-double of his own with 19 points, 13 rebounds, and five assists. Pat Gallagher and Noah Meren scored 13 and 11 points, respectively. Chase Ta tallied eight points and a tied gamehigh with nine assists.

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Football BURNT HILLS — BALLSTON LAKE – On Friday, Nov. 17 Burnt HillsBallston Lake (BHBL) Spartans played Yorktown and saw their first, and only loss, of their undefeated season. Yorktown won over BHBL, 34-19. Starting off with a bang for Yorktown, who scored seven points in the first quarter, BHBL made some

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moves in the second quarter with 13 points. However, Yorktown also had 13 points in the second quarter. BHBL fell short in quarter 3, not scoring at all, versus Yorktown’s 14 points. In the final quarter, BHBL had six on the board with Yorktown not scoring at all. In the end, Yorktown’s early lead in the first quarter proved to be their winning ticket. BHBL will no longer advance this football season. Almost to the date exactly, BHBL lost to Somers in the same playoff game, only advancing this far last season as well.

Division 2 Warriors-36: Doug Chamberlain-12, Jacob Hernandez-8 Cavs-10: Carson Moser-4, Morgan Guilder-4 Lakers-30: Micah Poag-12, Peyton Keegan-4 Hawks-24: Gianni Delgado-13, Brayden Elliot-4 Thunder-27: Zach Streicher-12, Jackson Howell-11 Knicks-11: Tyler Weygand-9, Mason Cormier-2 Trailblazers-42: Rowan Armstrong-21, Ronan Rowe-7 Celtics-21: Jack Gutowski-11, Kaiden Moore-3

Town of Wilton Recreation Jr. NBA Scores

Division 3 Timberwolves-33: Nick Scalo-12, Davey Carroll-9 Lakers-23: Evan Rando-10, Alex Cutler-9 Warriors-37: Andrew Masten-13 Rockets-9: Drew Crossett-4, Tobey Diulio-3 Knicks-32: Hunter Ingram-10, Jacob Durkee-8 Hawks-17: Zach Delany-6, Trey Stanislowsky-5

SATURDAY 11/18/17 Division 1 Hawks-13: Gavin Lafrance-7, Carson Engelhard-4 Cavs-12: John Lizzi-4, Cole Whitman-4 Warriors-37: Thomas Krogmann-10, Maxim Sawcz-10 Thunder-4: Nick Humowitz-2, Mason Sleicher-2 Lakers-18: Brendan Conley-4, Andrew Wells-4 Celtics-15: Jude Hamilton-Jones-7, Landon Lockrow-6 Heat-18: Owen Fear-6, Brady Girard-4 Knicks-15: Bobby Morris-7, Jackson Dunbar-4

Division 4 Hawks-53: Ben Stimpson-13, Caroline Laniewski-12 Celtics-31: Andrew Murauskas-9 Cavs-30: Jacob Aday-8, Chase Corbett-8 Warriors-26: Ben Hull-9 Wolves-38: Andrew Blaha-14, Josh Foley-8 Blazers-26: Booth, Bulman and Krackeler-5

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Week of November 22 – November 30, 2017

22nd Annual

Saratoga Festival of Trees

Festival of Trees Schedule: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29 Preview Reception ◆ 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Reservations required.


4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets: $8 Adults | $5 Seniors | $3 Children over 10 Children under 10 are free Special Ticket Price After 6 p.m. (During Victorian Street Walk) All Adults $3 | Children under 10 are free


SARATOGA SPRINGS — It’s the most wonderful time of the year at the Saratoga Festival of Trees, beginning on Wednesday, November 29 through Sunday, December 3 at the Saratoga Springs City Center. This fun family event and craft fair puts everyone in the holiday mood. Walk amongst over 250 beautiful twinkling trees, wreaths, centerpieces and other holiday items for visitors to purchase or simply admire. Money raised at the festival will go toward Catholic Charities, which provides services for the community through family counseling, group homes,

hospice care and mentoring programs for children. This year, over 100 volunteers have collaborated to make the Festival of Trees as beautiful as it has been for two decades. Businesses, families and individuals donate Christmas trees to the festival, which are then decorated, usually with a theme. People can then buy the fully decorated trees and have them delivered to their home or office. For the children, Santa will be making a stop at the Festival of Trees, along with Rudolph and Frosty. On Saturday, family day at the festival, families can have

breakfast and sundaes with Santa. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Catholic Charities at 518-587-5000. Guests can be the first to choose from the hundreds of trees, wreaths, and centerpieces at the preview reception on Wednesday, November 29 at 6 p.m. Food and drinks will be provided by Olde Bryan Inn and Longfellows. Tickets to this exciting preview party are $75 and $60 for those under 35. For more information about the festival or to make reservations for the preview reception or breakfast and sundaes with Santa, log on to:

2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets: $8 Adults | $5 Seniors | $3 Children over 10 Children under 10 are free


Family Day ◆ 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets: $8 Adults | $5 Seniors | $3 Children over 10 Children under 10 are free Breakfast with Santa ◆ Seating at 8, 9:30, and 11 a.m. $8 per person Sundaes with Santa ◆ 12:30 p.m. - $8 per person Santa's Workshop ◆ 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Admission is free ($1 per activity)


11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets: $8 Adults | $5 Seniors | $3 Children over 10 Children under 10 are free

Stewart’s Holiday Match Kicks off Thanksgiving Day Campaign MALTA — Stewart’s Shops is teaming up with its customers once again to raise money for local children’s charities. The Stewart’s Holiday Match campaign begins on Thanksgiving Day and runs through Christmas Day at all shop locations. The program doubles customer donations penny for penny, and has set fundraising records for three

consecutive seasons. In 2016, customers donated an incredible $926,000 to the program, doubling to more than $1.85 million with the Stewart’s match. This was a $100,000 increase over the previous season. The funds supported a record 1,737 children’s organizations across the 31 counties where Stewart’s shops are located. Since 1986, this program

has contributed more than $24 million to thousands of local children’s organizations. All the money donated goes to charity; there are no administrative costs. The funds are allocated in March. The goal of Holiday Match is to encourage individual giving and broaden the base of support for local charities. Stewart’s Holiday Match is a 501c3 foundation; all donations are

tax-deductible. Stewart’s gladly accepts funds from groups or businesses, but only matches individual donations. Local children’s organizations are encouraged to apply for funding online at Paper applications are also available at shops. The deadline for submission is Jan. 31, 2018. All groups applying must be locally

based, benefit children under 18, and be a qualified, charitable 501c3 organization. A brochure listing all the local organizations that received funds last season will also be available in all Stewart’s Shops and at Stewart’s Shops thanks its customers, shop partners and media partners for their support each year.

Victorian Streetwalk


Week of November 22 – November 30, 2017

31st Annual

Photos by Dave Bigler.

Thursday night, November 30, 2017 is the 31st Annual Victorian Streetwalk brought to you by the Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association in downtown Saratoga Springs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Broadway will close from 5:00 to 10:00 from the Route 50 arterial to the Spring Street intersection. CDTA, a festival Gold Sponsor, is running free shuttle buses every 20 minutes from the Empire State College parking lot at 111 West Avenue on Saratoga Springs’ west side, Silver Sponsor NYRA’s Oklahoma track just off Exit 14 of I-87, Gate 21 on the corner of East Ave and Union Ave, and the Weibel Avenue Skating Rink parking lots on the east side of Saratoga Springs to downtown from 4:30 until 10:00. Carolers will serenade the crowd beginning at 5:45 p.m. as the children wait for Santa and Mrs. Claus who will arrive on horse and

carriage (Saratoga Horse & Carriage) escorted in by Santa’s elves. The Honorable Mayor Joanne Yepsen will light the tree at 6:00 p.m. Santa, Clara, elves and Rumple Dumple will visit with children throughout the evening in the beautiful Santa Cottage which will be in the center of Broadway, Santa will visit with children on November 30 and throughout the month of December. Enjoy over 35 sites with free entertainment, including the Flying Fingers Fiddlers, Spa City Duo, Saratoga Springs Fire Department fire truck, Shenendehowa MS Select Choir, Saratoga City Ballet Dancers, Pokingbrook Morris Dancers, a cappella and brass groups from Skidmore College, Saratoga Soundtrack Chorus, Skidmore Circus Club, Sax-O-Claus, The National Museum of Dance School of the Arts ballet dancers and Mother Ginger, the Saratoga

County 4-H clubs gingerbread house display at various locations, The Ice Man, Santa and Mrs. Claus, Festival of Trees at the City Center, special DBA local Coupon Books, face painting, Newfoundland Dog Club, Octavo Singers. The list goes on and on. Stop by the Post Office with your stamped Christmas card envelopes, get them canceled with the specially designed 31st Anniversary Victorian Streetwalk cancellation (free) and you have a month to mail them. The festivities continue until 10:00 p.m. throughout downtown Saratoga Springs. Don’t miss out on the wonderful holiday event for the whole family! We love your dogs as much as you, but please leave them home; a Saratoga Springs City Ordinance for all large events. Please visit for a full schedule.

Santa's Hours

VSW Nov 30th ...... 6-10p.m. Fri Dec 1st .............. 4-7 p.m. Sat Dec 2nd ............. 1-4 p.m. Sun Dec 3rd ............ 1-4 p.m. Fri Dec 8th .............. 4-7 p.m. Sat Dec 9th .............. 1-4 p.m. Sun Dec 10th .......... 1-4 p.m. Fri Dec 15th ............ 4-7 p.m. Sat Dec 16th............ 1-4 p.m. Sun Dec 17th........... 1-4 p.m. Wed Dec 20th ......... 4-7 p.m. Thurs Dec 21st ....... 4-7 p.m. Fri Dec 22nd ........... 4-7 p.m. Sat Dec 23rd ........... 1-4 p.m. Sun Dec 24th .... Back to the North Pole!


Week of November 22 – November 30, 2017


10. Mary Martin & Co.

2. City Center

11. Spoken

123 Maple Avenue 6-9 p.m. Gary Blodgett, soloist 522 Broadway 6-10 p.m. (2 sets, weather permitting) Saratoga Abundant Life Church, Catholic Charities Festival of Trees Gingerbread House Display

3. Temple Sinai

509 Broadway 6-10 p.m. Gift Shop open inside, free cider.

4. Roohan Realty

519 Broadway 6-10 p.m. Mother Ginger National Museum of Dance School of the Arts

5. Walton & Broadway 494 Broadway 6-8:30 p.m. Glee-Convery

6. Collamer Parking Lot 494 Broadway 6-10 p.m. The Ice Man LIVE Ice Sculptures

7. Mountainman Outdoor Supply

490 Broadway (outside) 6-10 p.m. Cotton Candy

8. City Hall Steps

474 Broadway 6-7:30 p.m. Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church Singing & Hot Chocolate 8-10 p.m. Saratoga Soundtrack Women's Choir

9. Post Office

475 Broadway 6-10 p.m. Special Postal Cancellations 6:30-7, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Saratoga High School Fiddle Club 6-10 p.m. Adirondack Mountain Club Skidmore Circus Club

493 Broadway 6-10 p.m. The Ginley Girls & Spurs 27 Church Street 7-9 p.m. Spa City Duo

12. Adirondack Trust Co. 473 Broadway INSIDE: 6-6:30 p.m. Skidmore Dynamics 6:30, 7:30, 8:30 p.m. Racing City Chorus DRIVE THRU: 7-7:30p.m. Schwa Cappella Singers 7:35 p.m. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Select High School Choir 8:05-8:30 p.m. The Skidmore Treblemakers 8:30-9 p.m. The Skidmore Sonneteers STEPS: Salvation Army Band

13. Fallon Wellness Pharmacy 472 Broadway 6:30-8:30 p.m. Betsy & the ByeGons

14. G. Willikers

461 Broadway 6-10 p.m. PJ Duell Face Painting Mr. Twisty DBA Downtown Coupon Book table

18. Soave Faire

449 Broadway 6-10 p.m. Sax-O-Claus (Strolling) 7:30-8 p.m. Bandersnatchers 8:30-9 p.m. Bandersnatchers

19. Putnam Market

435 Broadway (outside) 5:45-10 p.m. CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY! 5:30-6 p.m. Saratoga Horse & Carriage Mayor Joanee Yepsen lights the trees, Santa & Mrs. Claus arrive with the elves, free hot cocoa & cookies. Children can visit Santa until 9 p.m. 6:30-9 p.m. Skidmore Brass Quartet **Brought to you by the Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association, sponsored by Saratoga TODAY. Cookies & Hot Chocolate donated by Hungry Spot, Putnam Market and Gaffney's.

20. Lifestyles

Caroline Street & Broadway 6-10 p.m. John & Orion Kribs

The Washington Building 21. Northshire Bookstore

456 Broadway 6:30-9 p.m. Tommy Wadsworth with Drank the Gold

424 Broadway, Washington Bldg. 6-8 p.m. Mother Goose visit with face painting 6-8:30 p.m. Hammer Dulcimer Music Rise Movement Yoga Studio

16. Saratoga Springs Public Library

22. Outside Washington Building

15. Celtic Treasures

49 Henry Street 6-10 p.m. Gingerbread House Display

17. Saratoga Marketplace

454 Broadway 6-6:25 p.m. Waldorf School Chorus 6:30-6:55 p.m. Drastic Measures 7-8 p.m. Capitaland Chorus 8-8:30 p.m. Sonneteers

420-422 Broadway 6:25-6:40 p.m. Flying Fingers 6:50-7:20 p.m. Skidmore's Rejoice! Inspirational Choir 7:30-7:55 p.m. Skidmore Treblemakers 6-10 p.m. Nemer CJDR

23. Braeburn Tavern 390 Broadway 7-9 p.m. Tim Wechgelaer, Victorian Fiddle

All performers & times are subject to change. Broadway is closed from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Please visit for a full schedule.

24. Fingerpaint

395 Broadway (outside) 7-9 p.m. Er Go Blu (Dan Garcia & Katie Dwyer) 6-10 p.m. Saratoga Springs Fire Department with Fire Truck (Division Street & Broadway)

25. Impressions

368 Broadway 6-10 p.m. Johnny Miller LLC Victorian Photo Booth with instant printed photos 7-7:40 p.m. Skidmore Accents

26. Candy Company

5 Washington Street 6-10 p.m. Old Fashioned, Hot Roasted Chestnuts

27. Adelphi Hotel

365 Broadway 6:30-7:30 p.m. Octavo Singers will perform a unique set of holiday carols. 6-10 p.m. Live Jazz Band outide Morrisey's on patio - complimentary hot cider, caramel corn & pastry chef cookies!

28.Pink Paddock

338 Broadway 7-9 p.m. Pokingbrook Morris Dancers

29. Raina's Jewelry Store 6-10 p.m. Saratoga City Ballet

30. Arcade Building 6-10 p.m. Timeless Duo

31. Salt & Char

353 Broadway 6-6:45 & 7:40-8:40 p.m. Saratoga Soundtrack Women’s Choir 6:30-7 p.m. Bandersnatchers 7-7:30 p.m. Shenendehowa Select Middle School Chorus

32. Frivolous

385 Broadway 6-10 p.m. Saratoga City Ballet: Tap & Jazz Dancers

33. Saratoga Arts Center 320 Broadway 6-10 p.m. Gingerbread House Display

7-9 p.m. Ed Stander, glass player 7:30-8:15 p.m. Saratoga City Ballet w/ selected dances from the Nutcracker.

34.Visitor Center

Congress & Broadway 6-8:30 p.m. Northland Newfoundland Club (Live dogs) 7-9:00 p.m. Sonny & Perley Duo 6-10 p.m. Upper Hudson Valley Wine Trail (5 wineries selling samples and bottles)

35. In front of Spa Central Catholic School 6:30-8 p.m. Live Nativity Scene with live animals, Saratoga Central Catholic Choir

36. Harvey's

6-10 p.m. Swinging Palms

37. Bailey's

6-10 p.m. South Street Saints

38. Ben & Jerry's

(Corner of Putnam & Phila) 6:30-8:30 p.m. Magic Dan, Magician 6-10 p.m. Rock & Roll Band: New American Cuisine

39. Hattie's

6-10 p.m. Jeff & Becky Walton Hot Buttered Rum Special

40. Caffe Lena

47 Phila Street 7-10 p.m. Will Dailey *ticketed event - purchase through Cafe Lena website

41. Three Vines Bistro 23 Congress Street (plaza) 6-10 p.m. Chris Dollard

Strolling on Broadway:

Candy Co. Toy Soldier, Colleen Mahar, Homemade Theatre Cast from A Christmas Carol, Sax-OClaus, Mrs. Claus, Victorian Characters, Victorian Stilt Walking Juggler & Skidmore Circus Club

Week of November 22 – November 30, 2017


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Week of November 22 – November 30, 2017


North Country Festival of Trees, JINGLE


JUBILEE Weekend Kicks Off Nov. 30

GLENS FALLS — The 26th Annual North Country Festival of Trees will take place Dec. 1 to Dec. 3, at The Queensbury Hotel, 88 Ridge St. The weekend event kicks off with the Jingle Bell Jubilee, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., on Thursday evening, Nov. 30. All events benefit Prospect Center, a division of the Center for Disability Services. The Jingle Bell Jubilee features an evening of fine cuisine, dancing and spirits, live music by the

Electric City Horns and a live and silent auction. As part of the event, decorations, including trees, wreaths, gifts and home goods, will be available for purchase. Tickets are $75 per person. The North Country Festival of Trees will welcome visitors to its opening night 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1, and continues 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. General admission is $7, seniors $5 and children 12 years of

age and under $3. On Saturday and Sunday, Breakfast with Santa, including a full meal and a holiday keepsake for guests, is from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tickets are $13. On Saturday evening, the Sugar Plum Ball, a dress up occasion featuring Red Hot Kids Entertainment, is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $13. For information, go to or call 518-832-6124.

Proctors Announces Holiday Season HIT Parade SCHENECTADY — Proctors and Capital Repertory Theatre will present the following events during the holiday season: Lunch with Santa, 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 26, Key Hall at Proctors, $15. A Charlie Brown Christmas Live! On Stage, 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26, MainStage at Proctors, $20-$50. Northeast Ballet’s Annual The Nutcracker, 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2; 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, MainStage at Proctors, $20–$45. Sponsored by FAM FUNDS.

Sweets and Treats 2017, noon, Sunday, Dec. 3, Key Hall at Proctors, $20 kids, $10 adults. Gibson Brothers: North Country Christmas, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, GE Theatre at Proctors, $30-$75. Carol of the King: The Irish Dance Christmas Spectacular, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, MainStage at Proctors, $20–$60. A Garfield Christmas, 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22, MainStage at Proctors, $20–$50. New Year’s Eve Comedy at theREP—Pretty Much the Best

Comedy Show, 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, Capital Repertory Theatre, 111 N. Pearl Street, Albany, $15 in advance; $20 day of show. 18-and over. New Year’s Eve Celebration with The Chronicles, 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, GE Theatre at Proctors, $35 advance, $40 day of show. Tickets for all performances are available at the Box Office at Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady; by phone at 518.346.6204; and online at

Holiday Gala at Hall of Springs


SERVICES at Saratoga Hospital

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Flower & Fruit Mission’s Snow Ball holiday gala experience takes place 6:30 - 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 at The Hall of Springs. The black-tie party features a sit-down dinner, festive decor, live music by The New York Players’ Body & Soul, and a complimentary holiday cocktail. Tickets are $150. The Snow Ball captures the spirit of the Flower and Fruit Mission’s long history and dedication to raising funds for the William J.



Hometown Holidays

kicks off with Tree Lighting Dec. 1

Ceremonial tree lighting ceremony takes place Dec. 1 at City Park in Glens Falls. Photo provided.

Hickey Women’s Health Services at Saratoga Hospital. Founded in 1904, The Flower and Fruit Mission has supported Women’s Health Services at Saratoga Hospital for over 100 years. Thirtyfive women make up The Mission, including two current members who have served over 50 years. Tickets are available online at: For questions, email: theflowerandfruitmission@

GLENS FALLS — Downtown Glens Falls will be in the holiday spirit from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1 as the community officially ushers in the holiday season with “Hometown Holidays.” The ceremonial tree lighting takes place at 5:45 p.m. Friday in City Park. Saturday’s events include: Holiday House Tour in the Broadacres neighborhood of Glens Falls from noon to 3 p.m. Tickets are $20, benefit the Glens Falls Art Trail. At 2 p.m., a family concert featuring Glens Falls Symphony Children’s Choir and SUNY Adirondack’s Mountainaires will be held at The Hyde Collection. Admission by donation. A Scavenger Hunt will be held 3 to 5 p.m. at The Shirt Factory. For more information about the event, go to: glensfallscollaborative. com/hometown-holidays.

Week of November 22 – November 30, 2017



LIBRARY ANNOUNCES 2018 SaratogaREADS! Selections SARATOGA SPRINGS — To coincide with its new sustainability initiative, Saratoga Springs Public Library has chosen Elizabeth Kolbert’s Pulitzer-Prize-winning title, “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History,” as the next SaratogaREADS! community-wide reading and discussion selection. The sustainability initiative grew out of the library’s most recent planning process, which involved dozens of one-on-one interviews between library staff and community members about their aspirations for the community. The two goals of the initiative are: 1. The library will minimize its environmental impact; and 2. Residents of the library’s service area will be empowered to productively engage in dialogue about, and have the resources to ensure, a more resilient future. “The Sixth Extinction” has been chosen to help address both goals. The book explores five mass extinction events that have led to the demise of species from dinosaurs to dodo birds and rings a loud warning bell about the current rapid rate of man-made climate change and its global impact. “The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate,” a novel by Jacqueline Kelly about a young girl becoming interested in science and nature in turn-of-the-nineteenth-century Texas is the SaratogaREADS! Junior companion. The mission of SaratogaREADS! is to invite all members of the Saratoga Springs community to participate in a shared reading experience, and to take part in conversations and events inspired by the annual reading selections. Events focus on a single selection and a Junior Companion title for young readers. An extensive slate of programs related to this year’s selections, including a visit from Sixth Extinction author Elizabeth Kolbert, will take place at the library and throughout the community this winter. A full schedule of events will be posted on the library’s website, and at




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Capital District Jazz Presents: Jazz concert with the Siegel-Pittman Quartet, the music of Lenny Tristano. Thursday, Nov. 30, at Spring St Gallery, 110 Spring St. Info/ tickets, call: 518-587-6433, or go to:




Week of November 22 – November 30, 2017


11/22 - 11/30 friday, 11/24:

saturday, 11/25:

Rich Ortiz, 9 pm @ Bailey’s — 583.6060

The Schmooze, 9 pm @ Bailey’s — 583-6060

Annie & The Hedonists, 8 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583-0022

Annie & The Hedonists, 8 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583-0022

Mike O’Donnell, 7 pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583-1890

Lewis and the New Imperials, 10 pm @ Caroline St. Pub — 583-9400

Sketches of Influence, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue — 583-2582

Super Dark Collective Presents: AVI Buffalo with Dryer, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue — 583-2582

Hot Club of Saratoga, 9 pm @ One Caroline — 587-2026 Forthlin Road, 8 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583-1916 Robanic performs Bob Marley’s “Legend,” 8 pm @ Putnam Den — 584-8066 Easton Corbin, 7 pm @ Upstate Concert Hall — 371-0012

Gut Up Jack, 8 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583-1916

Super Dark Collective Presents: Rambler’s Home (Tom Waits Tribute), 10 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026

tuesday, 11/28: Drank the Gold, 7 pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583-1890

wednesday, 11/29:

Zoso - The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience, 7 pm @ Upstate Concert Hall — 371-0012

Conversations to Build an Inclusive American Community, 6 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583-0022

sunday, 11/26:

Masters of Nostalgia, 8 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026

Seth Glier, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 DJ Sime Gezus, 8 pm @ One Caroline — 587-2026 Hot Club of Saratoga, EVERY SUNDAY, Noon @ Salt & Char — 450-7500

Tim Wechgelaer & Chris Carey, 7:30 pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583-1890

Techno and House Dance Party, EVERY WEDNESDAY, 9:30 pm @ Putnam Den — 584-8066 Hot Club of Saratoga, 7 pm @Hamlet and Ghost – 450-7287

thursday, 11/30: monday, 11/27: Open Mic Night, 8 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022


Due to Saratoga TODAY’s early press date the Bowtie movie showings were not available for print but call or visit their website to review their show time listings. We apologize for any inconvenience. WILTON MALL, 3065 ROUTE 50, WILTON (518) 306-4707

Jeff Walton, 6 pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583-1890 The New McKrells, 7 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583-1916

Volume 11 • Issue 46


See Festival of Trees pg. 32


Week of November 22 – November 30, 2017



See 31st Annual Victorian Streetwalk pg. 33-35

The Northeast Ballet Company, featuring excerpts from “The Nutcracker,” at the Hall of Springs during SPAC’s popular “Nutcracker Tea” holiday tradition, on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. Photo by