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LOCAL • INDEPENDENT • FREE Volume 11  •  Issue 46  •  November 23 – December 1, 2016 • (518) 581-2480

4,000 Expected at Turkey Trot

Runners take their marks at the Christopher Dailey Turkey Trot. Photo provided by Mark Dailey, Christopher Dailey Foundation.

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Victorian The Inside Scoop on Barbara Lombardo Thomas Dimopoulos Streetwalk bySaratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — The traditional lighting of the Christmas Tree, dozens of downtown sites offering free entertainment, and the seasonal arrival of Santa, Clara, Rumple Dumple and the holiday elves will highlight the 30th Annual Victorian Streetwalk, which is set to take place in downtown Saratoga Springs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1. Saratoga Central Catholic School Choir will serenade the See Victorian pgs. 33-35

Barbara Lombardo poses with a flyer showcasing her talk, “Inside Scoop,” at the Saratoga Springs Public Library on Nov. 17, 2016.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Ten thousand days of newspapers.

More than a million published words. Barbara Lombardo has served as a leading voice in the community for more than a generation - her words educating, entertaining, and often inspiring open dialogue of a variety of issues among political leaders and city residents alike. “I got into journalism during the era of Watergate,” the longtime journalist and managing editor of The Saratogian explained to a crowd gathered at the Saratoga Springs Public Library to hear her speak

about her 38-year career in the local news business. “There was a great feeling of what you could do – and not just tearing down a president – but in your own community.” She joined The Saratogian staff in June 1977 working the City Hall beat and by age 30 became the newspaper’s managing editor, directly supervising the newspaper’s day-to-day operations, overseeing editors, writing her column “Fresh Ink,” and helping to launch a countless number See Scoop pg. 13

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Week of November 23 – December 1, 2016

Man on the Street “What is your favorite Thanksgiving memory? ”

Left to right: Gene Daily; Doris Ludewig; Kathy Pannullo; and Ed Peticolas. “Chris Dailey is my grandson, and I have been to every Turkey Trot since the beginning. The first year, there were 350 runners, and last year there were 3,500. I’ll be there in front of City Hall when it starts, and then my son, Mark, (Chris’ father), drives me to the finish line, and afterwards we go the celebration at the hotel. Then we’ll go to my son Bryan’s house for Thanksgiving Dinner.” ~ Gene Dailey, 85, resident of Prestwick Chase, Saratoga Springs “We had a large house in the country and 20 to 25 people would be there. I’d make the turkey and dressing, my husband made the sauerbraten, and everybody brought a dish to pass. One year, I had the flu and I could hear everyone laughing downstairs. I went down 4 or 5 steps on the stairway to call down to see what was happening. Someone had talked two of my granddaughters (they were 10 and 11) into taking a small bite of the sauerbraten for the first time. When they counted them down together, one put the fork in her mouth and the other put her fork on the table. We couldn’t stop laughing.” ~ Doris Ludewig, 86, resident of Prestwick Chase, Saratoga Springs “I’m originally from England, where instead of Thanksgiving, we had a Harvest Festival. After we were married and moved here, we would host Thanksgiving. My husband was one of 5 boys. The kids would dress up as pilgrims and Indians. I cooked for two days! A nice roast turkey with all the trimmings.” ~ Kathy Pannullo, 83, resident

of Prestwick Chase, Saratoga Springs

“I always name my turkeys and have for years. This year’s turkey is named Remus. Last year was Romulus. Thanksgiving is a great time for family to just enjoy each other – there’s no pressure around presents. And, as I lived in Texas for over 60 years, there’s the Dallas Cowboy football game to look forward to!” ~ Ed

Peticolas, 75, resident of Prestwick Chase, Saratoga Springs

Week of November 23 – December 1, 2016


Teens and Screens Movie: Plus a Bike Giveaway SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Nov. 30, Parent University will host a showing of “Screenagers,” a film about growing up in the digital age. The screening will take place in the Maple Avenue Middle School Auditorium at 7 p.m. “Screenagers” probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director’s own, and depicts messy struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Surprising insights from authors and brain scientist’s solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world. A brief panel discussion will follow the film. All attendees will be able to enter a giveaway to win a refurbished bike, courtesy of Bikeatoga. The winner will be chosen at the end of the program and will be given instructions on how to pick up the bike. Parent University programs are generally designed with parenting adults in mind, community

members, students, district staff and teachers are also welcome at events. All events are free and no registration is required for programs unless

otherwise specified. This program is co-sponsored by the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs.



Week of November 23 – December 1, 2016

Vigil Remembers Those Who Died STOP-DWI In Recognition of National Homeless Awareness Week Thanksgiving Crackdown SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga-North Country Continuum of Care, Saratoga Housing Committee held a candlelight vigil on Thursday, Nov. 17 at High Rock Park, in recognition of National Homeless Awareness Week. The gathering was attended by approximately 50 people from the community as well as by members of the City Council and agencies that assist the homeless - including those that serve victims of domestic violence, veterans, and youth. City Mayor Joanne Yepsen read a proclamation on behalf of the event, and a reading of names was held in remembrance of the four homeless people in the local community who had died in the past year. Shelters of Saratoga will host a

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BALLSTON SPA — Saratoga County police agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort to crack down on impaired driving. The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown effort runs from Nov. 23 to Nov. 27. State Police, County Sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force. Thanksgiving weekend is one of the busiest travel times of the year, and more people on the roadways means the potential for more vehicle crashes.

During the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in 2014, 341 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in traffic crashes across the nation. In a combined effort to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives, law enforcement officers across New York State will take to the roads. Research shows that highvisibility enforcement can reduce impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. Sobriety checkpoints play a key part in raising awareness about the problem.

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COURTS William C. Kreidler, 42, of Cohoes, was sentenced on Nov. 14 to 1-1/3 to 4 years in state prison, after pleading to felony DWI. Kristy M. Rich, 36, of Saratoga Springs, was sentenced on Nov. 14 to 3.5 years in state prison with two years of post-release supervision, after pleading to attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree. William E. Didylowski, 60, of Saugerties, was sentenced on Nov. 14 to five years of probation, after pleading to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fifth degree. Mark G. Giacomaro, 42, of Milton, pleaded on Nov. 14 to felony DWI. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 18. Russell Dawson, 44, of Waterford, was sentenced on Nov. 14 to six months in jail and 10 years of probation, after pleading to sexual abuse in the first degree. Kevin G. Taylor, 63, of Cohoes, was sentenced on Nov. 10 to five days in Saratoga County Jail and five years of probation, after pleading to felony DWI. Shelly A. Annas, 47, of Ballston Spa, pleaded on Nov. 10 to felony DWI. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 12. Joseph J. Jannicelli, 51, of Cohoes, was sentenced on Nov. 10 to time served and five years of probation, after pleading to felony DWI. Kirieme M. Pitts, 24, of Cohoes, pleaded on Nov. 10 to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 9. Brittni M. Weis, 30, pleaded on Nov. 10 to leaving the scene of an accident, a felony, related to the operation of a motor vehicle involving her vehicle and a 9-year-old who had been riding a bike, according to the Saratoga

County District Attorney’s office. The incident occurred in June at the Pyramid Pine Estates in Wilton. Weis left the scene and did not report the incident until several days later. The victim was taken by helicopter to Albany Medical Center with serious injuries, including a fractured skull and jaw. The victim has since returned home, following a significant period of rehabilitation. Sentencing is scheduled to take place Jan. 12. Fardin M. Sharifipour, 45, of Niskayuna, was sentenced on Nov. 10 to 1.5 to 3 years in state prison, after pleading to attempted criminal possession of a forged instrument, a felony. Lindsay A. Landon, 24, of Middlebury, VT, pleaded on Nov. 9 to criminal possession of a controlled substance. Sentencing is scheduled to take place on Jan. 4. Matthew J. Werner, 29, of Corinth, was sentenced on Nov. 9 to four years in prison and 10 years of post-release supervision, after pleading to sexual abuse in the first degree. Rodney S. Agard, 50, of East Greenbush, was sentenced on Nov. 9 to three years in prison and one year of postrelease supervision, after pleading to criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree.

POLICE Lehan J. Allen, 31, of Corinth, was charged on Nov. 15 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the second degree, a misdemeanor. Jeremy M. Depasquale, 36, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Nov. 13 with felony criminal mischief, criminal tampering in the third degree- a misdemeanor, and harassment in the second degree. Christina M. Laronca, 37, of Mechanicville, was charged on Nov. 13 with assault in the third degree, and resisting arrest- both misdemeanors.

BLOTTER 5 Dominic C. Hernandez, 22, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Nov. 13 was charged with misdemeanor DWI and misdemeanor aggravated DWI, after being involved in a property damage accident. Duane E. Garney, 36, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Nov. 11 with criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a misdemeanor, and seconddegree harassment. Samuel N. Brewer, 37, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Nov. 11 with assault in the third degree, a misdemeanor. Dragos C. Minciunescu, 35, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Nov. 10 with misdemeanor petit larceny. Bradley W. Rice, age 34, of Bennington VT., was charged on Nov. 9 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor

vehicle third degree – a misdemeanor, and unlawful use of mobile phones in motor vehicle. Edmund T. Bracken, age 53, of Middle Grove, was charged on Nov. 9 with aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree – a misdemeanor, and failure to use due care, following a motor vehicle accident. John T. Brennan, 31, of Greenfield, was charged on Nov. 8 with aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree – a misdemeanor, and making an unsafe lane change, following a motor vehicle accident.

James V. Boscia, 66, of Saratoga Springs was charged on Nov. 8 with criminal trespass in the third degree, a misdemeanor. John R. Swantak, 36, of Ballston Spa, was charged on Nov. 6 with misdemeanor DWI, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, unlawful possession of marijuana, and two vehicle equipment violations. Jason R. Pratt, 37, of Ballston Spa, was charged on Nov. 6 with misdemeanor assault in the third degree.

6 Agnese Piscitelli SARATOGA SPRINGS — Agnese Piscitelli passed away at the age of 94 on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016. She was a Saratoga Springs resident for fifty-four years. Agnese was born in Brooklyn on July 22, 1922. Her parents, Francesco Ambrosino and Maria Tramontana, immigrated to the United States from Procida, Italy in the late 1800’s. Agnese married the late Frank Piscitelli on June 16, 1946 and they made their home in Brooklyn. She was employed as a floral designer for the Decorator Plant Company, prior to leaving to raise her family. A parishioner of St Clement’s Church, Agnese was a member of The Catholic Daughters of America. She also was a lifelong member of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Elks. Agnese loved to cook and take care of her family. She had a reputation for making the “World’s” best eggplant and chocolate cake.  Agnese was preceded in death by her husband Frank Piscitelli. She is survived by her sons Ralph Piscitelli of Norwich, CT and Robert (Bob) Piscitelli and his wife Joan of Westminster, CO. She was the proud Grammy of two granddaughters, Dr. Francesca Petrie and her husband Adam of Beaverton, OR and Maria Piscitelli of Saratoga Springs and was also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends gathered to remember her on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016 at St. Clement’s Church in Saratoga Springs where a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated. Burial followed in the family plot at St. Peter’s Cemetery, also in Saratoga Springs. The family is requesting, in lieu of flowers, to make donations to Eddy Visiting Nurses Association in Agnese’s honor / We will be forever grateful to Gina and the other nurses at Eddy’s for the outstanding care they provided Agnese. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke and Sons/Bussing and Cunniff Funeral Homes of Saratoga Springs. Online remembrances may be made at

Kara (Koester) Woodworth RICHMOND, VA — Kara (Koester) Woodworth of Richmond, VA passed away on October 24, 2016 at age 39 after a 4½-year fight with breast cancer. She leaves behind her husband Patrick, five-year-old son Nick, parents Jim and Nancy Koester (Penn Yan), brother Craig Koester (San Francisco), parents-in-law Nancy and Harold Woodworth, sisters-in-law Kerry Woodworth and Kim Woodworth Racaza (Saratoga Springs) and many close friends and extended family members. Kara grew up in Webster where she graduated from Webster High School (‘95) and was a graduate of SUNY Cortland (‘99). After several happy years living in Boston and Portsmouth, NH, Kara and her husband made their home in Richmond, VA to raise their son. Kara’s profession in consumer goods saw her work for companies including Frito Lay, ConAgra, and Kraft Foods. Her death leaves an enormous hole in our hearts and profound sorrow. Yet, the extraordinary grace, selflessness, humor, and love she showed throughout her life both well and sick - provide an example of how to grieve her loss and remember her many amazing qualities. There

OBITUARIES was a memorial celebration in Richmond on November 13, and another celebration of life next summer at her favorite place, Keuka Lake. Memorial donations may be made in a fund established to support her son Nick’s future. Contributions can be made in care of Patrick Woodworth, 13607 Prince William Drive, Midlothian, VA 23114 or via PayPal at

Michael E. Hallock SARATOGA SPRINGS — Michael E. Hallock, age 68, passed away on Sunday, November 20, 2016 at Saratoga Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was born on October 19, 1948 in the Bronx, the son of the late Eugene Hallock and Anita Reichert Hallock. Michael graduated from Cambridge High School, class of 1966. Following graduation, he continued his education attending RPI earning his Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and attended Albany University where he earned his Master’s degree in Business. Michael worked for the NYS Department of Health as a public health engineer for many years. He had a passion for collecting and working on Porsche cars and in his spare time he enjoyed traveling. He especially loved spending time with his family and friends. Michael is survived by his loving wife, Debbie Hallock; son, Ryan Hallock, brother, Thomas Hallock (Kathy); sisters, Grace Hallock, Catherine McGuire, Mary Hallock; step-son, George Gunderson (Jess); grandchildren, Sheila and Ally Gunderson; stepdaughter, Karen Bechtel (John); sisters-in-law, Diane Cook (William), Lynn Roberts (Dennis), Nancy Courtney (Charles); mother-in-law, Rita Reynolds; and favorite niece and nephews. A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Ave. in Saratoga Springs. Family and friends may call from 1 to 2:45 p.m. prior to the service. In lieu of flowers a donation may be made in honor of Michael to the American Lung Association, 155 Washington Ave # 201, Albany, NY 12210 If you wish to express your online condolences or view the Obituary, please visit our website at www.

Mildred Jane Mallory SARATOGA SPRINGS — Mildred Jane Mallory, 75, died Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 at her home on Route 29. Born Oct. 12, 1941 in Orange, MA, she was the daughter of the late Rutherford Allen Sr. and the late Ellen Emmett Allen. Millie was a nurse’s aide at Wesley Nursing Home for several years and a stayat-home mother for her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed arts and crafts and especially spending

Week of November 23 – December 1, 2016 time with her children and grandchildren, who were all the love of her life. Survivors include her children, Edwin G. “Chip” Mallory III (Sue), Sherry A. Langley, Jay L. LeGere (Jacques), Donald W. Mallory (Bunny) and Yvonne Mallory; grandchildren, Tiffany Boyd (Nate), Christopher Mallory (Erin), Barry Mallory (Brittany), Mandi Strassburg (Ricky), Britt Miller (Tomarra), Raven Langley, Kyle Mallory (Meaghan) and Dante Langley, great- grandchildren, Devynn Hough, Sydney and Brianna Mallory, Aiden, Kaleb and Zoe Strassburg, Blaine Boyd, Savannah Mallory and Charleigh Mallory. One of sixteen children, Millie is also survived by sisters Sandy Harrington, Donna Mack (Roger) and brothers Walt Allen (Joan) and Jim Allen. Friends and relatives gathered in her name on Monday, Nov, 21, 2016 and a memorial service was held at the William J. Burke and Sons/Bussing and Cunniff Funeral Homes in Saratoga Springs. Burial followed at Maplewood Cemetery, corner of Weibel Ave. and Louden Rd. A celebration of Millie’s life was held immediately after at the Quaker Springs Fire House in Schuylerville. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Online remembrances can be made at

Wayne Wilcox GREENFIELD CENTER — Wayne Wilcox of Squashville Road passed away Thursday, November 17, 2016 at The Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Hoosick Falls. He was 82. Born January 11, 1934 in Saratoga Springs, he was the son of the late Edward and Veronica (Baker) Wilcox. Wayne attended Saratoga High School and was a graduate of the Class of 1952. He enjoyed woodworking and was a fantastic clock maker. He worked for the Van Raalte Knitting Mill and the City of Saratoga Springs Post Office. In addition to his parents, Wayne was predeceased by his wife of 48 years, Anne Elizabeth Wilcox and a sister, Eleanor Tracey. Survivors include his four children Lisa (Noah) Wilcox, Wayne (Joanne) Wilcox, Jr., Tina (Richard) Knott and Julie (Dan) Hinckley; siblings, Robert Wilcox, Lois Hall, Mary O’Connor, Gary Wilcox and Debbie Gailor. He was the proud grandfather of five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren as well as a loving uncle to several nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends gathered to say their goodbyes on Monday, November 21, 2016 at the William J. Burke and Sons/Bussing and Cunniff Funeral Homes in Saratoga Springs. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1 Penny Lane, Latham, NY 12110. The family would like to extend a special Thank You to the nurses and staff at the Center For Nursing and Rehabilitation in Hoosick Falls for the loving care that was given to Wayne (Dad) while he was with them. Online remembrances may be made at www.

Week of November 23 – December 1, 2016

Happy 90th Birthday, Mildred Leone!

On November 12, 27 members of Mildred Leone’s family and friends gathered at Pennell’s Restaurant in Saratoga Springs to celebrate her 90th birthday with a surprise party. Leone, a resident of Saratoga Springs, is retired from Costco, had six children and has several grandchildren. Photo provided.

Rebuilding Together and Lowe's Help Two Veteran Homeowners

WILTON, HADLEY — Rebuilding Together Saratoga County recently partnered with Lowe’s to provide critical repairs for low-income homeowners in the community. Lowe’s generously gave Rebuilding Together a grant that made it possible for them to help two veterans in Wilton and Hadley. Rebuilding Together installed a furnace for the

homeowner in Hadley - just in time for the cold weather! They also replaced the roof, installed new flooring, and made repairs to the ramp and stairs for the homeowner in Wilton. Rebuilding Together Saratoga County is grateful for the support of Lowe’s. To learn more about Rebuilding Together, visit www.


Robotics Initiative Receives $6k from BSNB BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Central School District has once again received generous support from Ballston Spa National Bank (BSNB) to fund the Ballston Spa High School Robotics Team’s participation in the annual US FIRST Robotics competition. The $6,000 in funding, combined with additional corporate sponsorships and team fundraising, will allow the district’s team to design and construct a robot according to this year’s specifications, participate in regional competitions, and continue to expand the robotics initiatives

Ballston Spa High School Robotics Team 3044 Co-Captain Yang Lin (right) expresses the team’s appreciation to Christopher Dowd, BSNB President and CEO, along with Team 3044 Coach Darrel Ackroyd (left).

to additional students in the district. For additional

information, visit the district website at

Host Families Needed SARATOGA SPRINGS — For the 2017 summer season, 30-plus collegiate baseball players will relocate to the Saratoga Springs community and Saratoga Revolution needs your help. The players come from all over the United States to continue to develop their baseball skills. A host family adopts a player to become a member of their family while giving the player a sense of comfort and home life in a new city.

Players will need a home and a bed during the season. Though families may only be able to host one player, Saratoga Revolution greatly appreciates any family able to host two players coming from the same college or university, which further helps acclimate players to the new setting. All members of the family will receive a T-shirt; free registration to the Saratoga Revolution Summer Baseball Camps; recognition at the Revolution

home game at the end of the season; and an invitation to Saratoga Revolution special events. The family will also receive a stipend as a “thank you” for their kindness. For more information, email Jessica Munson, Host Family Coordinator, at hostfamily@saratogarevolution. com or complete the 2017 Host Family Application on the team’s website at www.



Week of November 23 – December 1, 2016

Stewart’s Holiday Match Kicks Off CAPITAL REGION — Generous customers have helped Stewart’s Shops contribute more than $22 million to thousands of local children’s organizations since 1986. Now the company seeks your support once again, as the Stewart’s Holiday Match campaign kicks off on Thanksgiving Day. “Our customers have put their trust in Stewart’s Shops and the Holiday Match program, and it has been incredible to watch the donations grow year after year,” said Stewart’s Shops President Gary Dake. “We have been doubling their generous donations and supporting kids in our local communities for 30 years. That’s something everyone should be proud of.” The Holiday Match program set another record in

2015, as Stewart’s customers donated $870,000; a $100,000 increase over 2014. Those donations were doubled to more than $1.74 million with the Stewart’s match, with checks sent to more than 1,570 children’s charities. “Stewart’s Shops is committed to making all our shops’ communities stronger by supporting local non-profits,” said Stewart’s Foundation President Susan Dake. “The Holiday Match fund drive enables local children’s organizations to help thousands of children year round.” Donations to Stewart’s Holiday Match will be collected from Thanksgiving Day through Christmas Day across its 336 shop locations in upstate New York and southern Vermont. Stewart’s Shops then matches

individual customer donations. 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 501(c)3 foundation; all donations are tax-deductible. Stewart’s gladly

accepts funds from groups or businesses, but only matches individual donations. To apply for funding, local childrens’ organizations are encouraged to apply online at Paper applications are also available at shops. The deadline for submission is January 31, 2017. All groups applying must be locally based, benefit children under

18, and be a qualified, charitable 501(c)3 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.

Adopt-A-Family to Distribute 660 Baskets

Girl Scout Troop #3320 joins other community members packing Thanksgiving baskets for delivery. Photo provided.

SARATOGA COUNTY — On Saturday, November 19, the Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council, Inc. (EOC) packed 660 Thanksgiving baskets with the help of Girl Scout Troop #3320, the Skidmore Baseball Team, members of the Presbyterian New England Congregational Church and over 50 volunteers from the local community. EOC helps families, single parents, grandparents raising their grandchildren, individuals with disabilities

and the elderly make ends meet. Through the Adopt-AFamily project, EOC is able to distribute Thanksgiving baskets containing a full Thanksgiving meal to hundreds of local families. A full holiday meal includes a 5-pound bag of locally grown potatoes, 1 pound bag of fresh carrots, stuffing mix, gravy mix, a peck of fresh apples, cranberry sauce, yams, corn, green beans and a $10 gift certificate to Hannaford for their choice of meat.

EOC wants to extend the greatest appreciation to the individuals, businesses and agencies that have donated to help fill the Thanksgiving baskets this year. For example, Goose Island Farms in Argyle provided 3,375 pounds of potatoes at a discount, Five Guys Burgers and Fries donated 200 pounds of potatoes and Saratoga Apple donated 3 crates of apples and 1 crate of pumpkins. For more information about Saratoga EOC, any of the programs or volunteering, visit or call 518-288-3206.

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Week of November 23 – December 1, 2016

A Tale of Two - No, Three – Bridges: Replacement Slated for 2018 by Maureen Werther for Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — A public forum regarding the state Department of Transportation’s plans to replace two bridges in Saratoga County and maintain a third volleyed between the productive and the contentious during a meeting at the Saratoga Music Hall on Nov. 15. The forum was attended by NYSDOT representatives, area residents and local business owners. NYSDOT Project Manager Richard Filkins discussed the two bridges the agency plans to replace in 2018. The bridges that carry Crescent Avenue over the Northway, in Saratoga Springs, and East High Street over the Northway, in the town of Malta, will be completely replaced with modern bridges of steel construction that have a projected lifespan of 70 years.

Enlarged maps were set up in the room for residents to view proposed detours that will be put in place at both Crescent Avenue and East High Street when work commences. NYSDOT Regional Director Sam Zhou and several other NYSDOT representatives provided information and answered questions related to the upcoming work. Local community leaders from Saratoga Springs and Malta present included Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner, who thanked the NYSDOT for holding the meeting and for their cooperation and great partnership with the community. Filkins calmed citizens’ concerns about the potentially negative impact on local emergency vehicles’ response time to calls from residents and businesses on the west side of the bridge as work progressed. Filkins stated that the

NYSDOT met with local emergency services representatives in Malta and Saratoga to devise optimal detour routes for emergency vehicles during the construction. Residents on the east side of the Northway have been concerned about being cut off from access to services located in Saratoga Springs. Filkins said the city will work to discourage detoured traffic from using Kaydeross Avenue, which is a narrow road that cannot safely accommodate trucks, cyclists, pedestrians and additional vehicular traffic. Filkins also noted that plans are in place for both new bridges to have expanded fivefoot wide shoulders to accommodate the growing amount of bicycle and pedestrian traffic in the area.

Nelson Avenue Extension Bridge Following



and comment period regarding the two replacement projects, discussion turned to the future of the Nelson Avenue Extension bridge. Residents raised questions about the political motivations of the NYSDOT decision, as well as the agency’s lack of a plan to replace the Nelson Avenue Extension bridge any time soon. Others asked how the NYSDOT could have changed their earlier position - which included a proposal to demolish the bridge without replacing it - only to later tell the public that the bridge was in better condition than the other two bridges scheduled to be replaced. Filkins, Zhou and others repeatedly attempted to reassure concerned citizens that NYSDOT was committed to providing the community with regular six-month updates on the status of the bridge. Zhou said that while there were no current funds available to

replace the bridge, there were things NYSDOT can and will do to “maintain” the bridge, and prevent future erosion from water seeping into the concrete “boxes” that connect the center spans to the side spans. Both Filkins and Zhou explained that they had to make decisions based on the condition of the structures, as well as the volume of traffic that travels over them. “We have a certain amount of money and we have to use it where it is needed the most,” said Filkins, noting that the volume over the Crescent Avenue and the East High Street bridges is significantly higher than the traffic across the Nelson Avenue Extension bridge. “Take my word, we will keep the bridge open,” Zhou added. Suzanne Balet-Haight, organizer of a petition that initiated dialogue between residents and elected officials and resulted in NYSDOT’s decision not to demolish the bridge, thanked area political leaders for working together to prevent the demolition of the Nelson Avenue Extension bridge. However, she said, the bridge is still “at risk” and the work of the community, along with their elected officials and of NYSDOT, was not done. “Maybe monitoring is enough for now. But, it’s the same kind of bridge and construction as the other two bridges, and it was built at the same time they were,” said Balet-Haight, in remarks made after the meeting. “Now, it’s an issue of when it will be replaced.” Balet-Haight conceded that the NYSDOT and Regional Director Zhou are in a tough position, with a limited amount of funds. “It’s important that, when the next round of funding comes into the NYSDOT, we need to be a strong, unified voice once again,” she said.



Week of November 23 – December 1, 2016

NY Gives: Local Nonprofits to Participate in Nov. 29 Event by Kate Bunster Guest Columnist SARATOGA SPRINGS — After the Thanksgiving leftovers have been devoured and the chaos of Black Friday has died down, over 600 nonprofit organizations throughout the state will join together to keep “the season of giving” going. This year, The New York Council of Nonprofits (NYCON) and United Way of New York State (UWNYS) have partnered to launch NY Gives Day, a statewide day of giving to be held on Nov. 29. The 24-hour fundraiser will take place online from the comfort of a computer or mobile device- sans the inevitable long lines and boisterous crowds of Black Friday. Out of the 500+ nonprofit organizations signed up to participate in NY Gives Day are a handful of local agencies

including The Adult and Senior Center of Saratoga; The Giving Circle, Inc.; Captain Youth and Family Service; The Prevention Council; and the Mechanicville Community Services Center. No matter what cause they support, there is a common theme of passion and a strong need for financial support across the board. The Adult and Senior Center of Saratoga has over 175 members walk through their doors each day to take advantage of their vast programs and support services. Since 2010, membership has increased from 300 to over 1,300, according to Lois Celeste, Executive Director. “As our membership numbers increase, so does our need for funding,” said Celeste. “Fundraisers like NY Gives Day make a huge difference in the quality of services we provide for our members.”

NYCON expects a successful turnout for their first year and has great faith in the generosity of the people of New York to make this possible, according to Valeria Venezia, vice president of Membership and Marketing at NYCON. “We are so excited about this project because it’s going to put a spotlight on and generate resources for the amazing services nonprofit organizations provide in every community across the state,” said Venezia. South of the Senior Center is the Mechanicville Community Services Center. A self-proclaimed one-stop shop for the community, the center hopes to raise funds for youth and senior services through NY Gives Day. This is funding that runs a deficit, according to Executive Director Megan Quillinan. “We hope that by doing an online fundraiser, it encourages people to give,” said Quillinan. “It’s good to get in the spirit of giving back.” Participating charities within the Saratoga TODAY coverage area include: Hudson Crossing Park, Schuylerville; ACTT Naturally Inc., Greenwich; The Prevention Council, Saratoga Springs; The Giving Circle, Inc.,

Saratoga Springs; The Adult and Senior Center of Saratoga, Saratoga Springs; Mechanicville Area Community Services Center (MACSC), Mechanicville; Vethelp, Ballston Spa; Warren Washington Association for Mental Health, Hudson Falls; Moreau Community Center, South Glens Falls; The Charlton School, Burnt Hills; The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls; Amorak Youth Inc., Glens

Falls; and SUNY Adirondack Foundation, Queensbury. #NYGivesDay will start at 12 midnight Eastern time on Visit the website early to learn more about the participating charities and how to give. Kate Bunster is the marketing coordinator for the Adult and Senior Center of Saratoga Springs. Learn more at

You Shop, We Wrap SARATOGA SPRINGS — On the morning of Black Friday, simply drop off your packages at the Arcade Building, 376 Broadway in Saratoga Springs on Friday, November 25 between 7 to 11 a.m. Continue shopping, go have breakfast or

maybe nap off Thursday’s turkey. The possibilities are endless. When you return your packages will be ready to go. A suggested donation of $3 to $10 per package benefits homeless care in the Saratoga region. Cash or credit

card accepted. Thank you to Roohan Realty, Ron and Linda Peacock; and Network Saratoga for sponsoring this event.

Pantry Items Needed Shelters of Saratoga programs feed 700 individuals each year, and are looking for assistance restocking their shelves. Simply pick up a few extra items on your next trip to the market, or rally neighbors and friends for a food drive. Any assistance is greatly appreciated. A printable list of items needed most can be found at Drop off 7 days a week, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Shelters of Saratoga at 14 Walworth Street, Saratoga Springs.

Week of November 23 – December 1, 2016


The Inside Scoop on Barbara Lombardo Continued from front page.

of journalists’ careers. The origins of Lombardo’s own career were founded in a series of serendipitous moments. “I took journalism classes as a lark and got hooked. As it turned out, someone at The Saratogian had died and I was offered a job to start as soon as I finished grad school,” she said during the discussion at the library, moderated by longtime area writer Maria McBride Bucciferro. “I fell in love with Saratoga. I married my college boyfriend and we raised our children here. Things just worked out wonderfully.” Lombardo cited a lengthy list of a dozen publishers she worked with during her fivedecade career that alternated between collaborative camaraderie and ethical conflict. “There was one publisher - and I won’t name him - but a story in the Associated Press his first day on the job was about one of the big department stores that was being sued for discrimination against its workers and having to pay a big fine. That department store was one of our biggest advertisers,” said Lombardo, recalling pressure that was placed on her to stifle the news piece. “The publisher didn’t want me to put that story in the paper at all, let alone where I did put it: on the front page,” she said. She spoke about memorable stints alongside publisher Linda Glazer Toohey in the 1970s - at the time one of the youngest female publishers in the country - and a decade later with Monte Trammer, whose actions Lombardo cited as a role models for newspaper ethics. “Monte was at a session with a publisher of another paper when somebody asked: ‘If I buy an ad for your company what do you get in exchange for news coverage?’ The publisher of the other paper said that if you buy an ad, you get a story. Monte said that our news columns were not for sale. That’s just as true today,” Lombardo said. “It’s

not like you don’t get some pressure, but say you’re doing a story about apple picking and you go to three or four apple orchards to get comments. I believe strongly that you should go to the orchards that are advertising with you, because it’s an opportunity for you to support the companies that are supporting you. But it doesn’t mean you would only go to them, or give somebody special preference.” These days she teaches a journalism class at the University of Albany, which she’s been doing since 2008, and maintains an online blog, titled “Done with Deadlines,” at: “One of the things I always loved about journalism in Saratoga was that we were in a competitive market,” she said, explaining that the competitive scramble for scoops, sources and stories in the pre-Internet days had a definitive timeline that no longer exists. “Once that deadline came it was over. Now, it’s never over. You constantly have to be out there - and with fewer and fewer resources. I’m also concerned now with things being archived online on some cloud somewhere and not in newspapers, or microfilm like they used to be.” During her time at the Saratogian Lombardo saw the American newsroom transform from a bricks-and-mortar foundation that housed journalists skillfully trained at scribing barrels of ink, to an open-air market of unfettered opinions, blurring the lines of reality and cluttering cyberspace. The Internet has, at least in part, posed a slew of challenges for the industry. “The biggest challenge is how to make money out of the way people are getting their news now – which is on their phone. Newspapers have traditionally relied on their advertising from print and they have not succeeded in raising the same amount of revenue from advertising online. That’s been the crux of problem,” Lombardo said. Allowing public commentary alongside articles in real time can be both a blessing and a curse, at times providing new leads and sources while at other times allowing a

forum for anonymous posters to verbally skewer public figures and private citizens alike. “There’s a responsibility to try to avoid some of the comments and on some stories cut the comments off, because they

can be so heartless or personal. I believe that’s part of the downside of the Internet: the ability to say things anonymously,” she said. “What I personally enjoyed was the thrill of the chase, pursuing a story that sometimes could

be a bad event, but you feel that you’re doing something good,” Lombardo said. “Things that make a difference in the community. Sometimes that might make some people unhappy, but overall it can make peoples’ lives better.”



Week of November 23 – December 1, 2016

Reader’s View: The Mayor-Council-Manager Government by Bob Turner Chair Saratoga Springs Charter Review Commission Ellen Polimeni, the Mayor of Canandaigua, and Matt Horn, the City Manager of Geneva, spoke with the Charter Review Commission Subcommittee on Alternative Forms of Government on November 14, about the challenges facing their respective cities, and the role of the mayor-councilmanager form of government. The meeting was part of a lengthy analysis by the Saratoga Springs Charter Review Commission to assess how our city functions under its current charter, based on the commission form of government. In a mayor-councilmanager form of government, citizens elect a mayor and city council that sets the policy direction for the city and then hires a city manager to handle administrative tasks on a day-to-day basis.

Both officials emphasized that the mayor-council-manager form of government improved the elected official’s ability to communicate with citizens. “If the council members have to approve invoices and hear personnel grievances,” said Manager Horn, who joined the meeting by phone, “it makes it hard to get out and hear people and attend neighborhood meetings.” Both Polimeni and Horn said that having a city manager enabled more people to run for office. The average council member worked 6-10 hours a week in their council-manager system, they added. Both officials felt that the city manager had helped diminish partisan bickering and infighting. Polimeni said that, since she doesn’t have to administer the dayto-day operations of the city, she can “work on promoting consensus in the city council and keep it pointed in the right direction.” Horn said that having a city manager provides

administrative continuity since department heads don’t change with each election. According to Polimeni, having a city manager helped to depoliticize important capital budget decisions so they are made on objective criteria. “Several residents can complain about the paving of Elm Street,” she said. “However, the city manager can say Maple Ave is actually older and in worse condition. Then the City Council can make a more informed and fair decision.” The Canandaigua city council spends the first two months of the year setting the strategic plan for the year and then has the city manager implement those goals, said the Mayor. Horn agreed with her characterization. “I have a one year contract. I know exactly who I report to. I am a servant of the City Council. I don’t set policy. If I am not moving the needle, I am gone.” Both officials emphasized that the New York State Property Tax Cap has placed cities under pressure to do more than less. Having a city manager had enhanced cooperation between the cities and

Canandaigua Mayor Ellen Polimeni (right), with Charter Review Commission members Laura Chodos and Matt Jones. Photo provided.

saved their taxpayers’ money, they said. Canandaigua and Geneva share Information Technology and Assessment officers and have joined the Finger Lakes Health Consortium to keep employee health costs down. Canandaigua previously had the commission form of government but changed, according to Polimeni, because of

the lack of communication and cooperation between the different silos of government. The Commission welcomes feedback from the public at this email address: A webcast of the entire meeting can be viewed at this link: http://saratogaspringsny.

Free Elbow Grease Against Hate We deplore the increase in hate speech around the country, and here in Saratoga Springs. At our monthly meeting, we decided to volunteer our help to people whose properties might be defaced with hate-inspired graffiti. We formed a work group with the know-how and materials to remove these messages. We

took this action because of incidents happening elsewhere. Little did we know how soon the City would see its first example here, when someone painted a swastika near Caroline Street School. This symbol of hate is intended to frighten and silence people. For us, it will have the opposite effect.

We are issuing this press release to give voice to our Committee and everyone in our community who is outraged to find this ugly symbol displayed in the heart of our City. In the face of these actions, we want to make it clear that we, as Democrats and members of this community, strongly condemn all manner of hate speech. We call on the City Council to issue a similar statement, censuring the defacement of public property with a sign that has come to symbolize the horror of holocaust. Going forward, we want to rub out any new expressions of hate by volunteering to help property owners remove graffiti. We are available through our Web site,, and our Facebook page, Saratoga Springs Democrats as well as by contacting our city Chair directly at We intend this practical service to say to our community that we will remain a force working against the voices of hate and intolerance. Charles Brown, Chair Saratoga Springs Democratic Committee

Week of November 23 – December 1, 2016


16 City Center Lands NYSCOSS SARATOGA SPRINGS — The New York State Council of School Superintendents (NYSCOSS) has selected the Saratoga Springs City Center as the location for its annual Fall Leadership Summit through 2020. The Fall Leadership Summit offers keynote addresses by national experts in the fields of leadership, education and related areas; opportunities for members to share best practices; interactive discussions with the Commissioner of Education about New York State issues and initiatives; and more. “NYSCOSS and the Saratoga City Center have enjoyed a longstanding partnership and I’m honored and excited that we will be the home to the Fall Leadership Summit for many years to come”, said Mark E. Baker, President of the Saratoga Springs City Center. “My team works

BUSINESS BRIEFS tirelessly to welcome and service the New York State Council of School Superintendent’s attendees and knowing they appreciate our state of the art venue and the high level of attention to detail we provide validates our efforts. Hundreds of delegates fill our hotels and enjoy our award winning city.”

Mastaitis Lends Experience to Mock Trial CLE

BALLSTON SPA — Katherine L. Mastaitis, Senior Litigation Associate at Donnellan and Knussman, PLLC, recently participated as the Attorney for the Child during a Continuing Legal Education simulated trial presented by the New York State Bar Association. This program will be available online through the New York State Bar Association as a practical guide for other attorneys. Mastaitis has extensive experience representing children since commencing her legal career with Children’s Services Legal Division in the Bronx in 2005. Prior to joining

Donnellan & Knussman, PLLC, Mastaitis was an attorney at Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York. She currently serves as an Attorney for the Child in Saratoga and Warren Counties. Mastaitis practices family and matrimonial law and is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Saratoga County Bar Association. She also serves on the Board of Directors at the Capital District Child Care Council. To learn more, visit

Week of November 23 – December 1, 2016

international aerospace and defense industry to implement trade compliance training programs, from client kick-off and launch to ongoing support and training. Dahl earned her bachelor’s degree in communications, with honors, from The University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. Learn more about the PEP at

Dahl Joins PEP

Longtime Saratoga Restaurant is Sold

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Patient Experience Project (PEP), a full-service, patient-centric communications agency based in Saratoga Springs, has announced the hiring of Maureen Dahl to its staff. Dahl has joined the PEP as an account manager. Dahl previously worked at Content Enablers in Saratoga Springs, where she supported clients in the domestic and

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Gaffney’s Restaurant, which John Baker has owned and operated at 16 Caroline Street since 1982, has been sold. The sale, for $3.4 million, includes the restaurant as well as a dozen apartments on Caroline Street and took place Nov. 18, according to records at the

Saratoga County clerk’s office. “I started it when I was 24 and now I’m 59,” Baker said this week, posing for a picture on Monday inside the restaurant that he will continue to operate through the December holiday season. The restaurant is now under the ownership of Saratoga Hospitality, LLC, the team behind Max London’s Restaurant, Mrs. London’s Bakery and Café, and the Saratoga Stadium. “We have great respect for what Gaffney’s has meant to the Saratoga community, staff and guests since 1978, and we look forward to continuing the traditions established here under John a long time ago,” said Ryan Venezia, partner, Saratoga Hospitality, LLC. “We wish John the very best as we know how much Gaffney’s has meant to him. We’re dedicated to improving the already fun, lively and friendly atmosphere and bringing first-class food to Gaffney’s.” Starting after the first of the year, Saratoga Hospitality, LLC will make improvements to the interior and eventually the exterior. Gaffney’s will continue to operate as a restaurant and bar offering American cuisine, cocktails, outdoor dining, light catering and live music.

Week of November 23 – December 1, 2016


Small Shops: Founded on American Courage by Norra Reyes Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA COUNTY — There is something so quintessentially American about “bootstrapping,” and no one does it better than entrepreneurs and small business owners. Building a business from nothing more than an idea, sweat, and a prayer is a courageous undertaking. It’s something to think about the next time you walk into a small shop filled with hand-made soaps. Or dine at a local restaurant built from a grandparent’s secret recipe. Or even when you pay your neighbor’s kid to mow your lawn. When a small business owner falls down, he has to pick himself up by his own bootstraps. There are no shareholders to lean on. No highretainer attorneys or accountants to offer advice. An entrepreneur knows that each mistake could be her last. She knows if she doesn’t work today, she doesn’t get paid. “When you have your own business, everything is personal. It’s your livelihood. For other people, it’s your job, but for us, it’s our lives, it’s what we do. Even when we aren’t here, we’re thinking about it, thinking about how to make it better,” said Maddy Zanetti, managing partner at Impressions of Saratoga and vice president of the Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association. “The scariest part is believing in yourself, believing that you can run a store and be successful. You don’t have an employer to worry about that; it’s just you. Of course we couldn’t do it without all our employees, but as a business owner, you are putting yourself out there.” The risks are so high; you wonder why anyone would even do it. Much as you might wonder why a farm boy in Utah would put his last dime into inventing an electronic camera tube (which led to the first television), or why hundreds of thousands of pioneers would pile whole families into covered wagons to build a new life – and new cities – across wild lands with nothing but the raw skills of brain and brawn. Debi Gustafson, co-owner of Ye Olde Wishin’ Shoppe at 19 Low Street, Suite 2 (side entrance) in Ballston Spa, said, “The whole thing is a risk really. We had all this inventory and opened the store, and put our own savings in it. A big box store probably has investors and such. For us, it’s a family business, and we’re

Impressions of Saratoga, offering gifts, collectibles and souvenirs as well as Taste of Saratoga gourmet food items, is all set for Small Business Saturday. Photo provided.

here every day working all the time. You put your whole life into it.” Small business owners know they must master being flexible in uncertain times and changing circumstances, or close up shop. Gustafson said her family’s business began with her grandparents, and

at one point they lost the shop they were renting because the building was being renovated. For a while, it was running out of her grandfather’s house and her grandma was selling items on eBay. Now they have a brickand-mortar shop that Gustafson says has been doing better each year since

it opened three years ago. “We’ve evolved into vintage clothing and jewelry and vinyl records,” said Gustafson. “We also now have a lot of handmade local jewelry and other items, including a local photographer with vintage photos.” The Small Business Saturday initiative that began in 2010 recognizes the tremendous economic contribution entrepreneurs and small business owners have made to the strength of this country. The annual event has proven that shopping small keeps local dollars in the community, positively affecting job creation and economic growth in locales across the U.S. “I think this is our seventh Small Business Saturday,” said Zanetti. “We’ve done it every year they’ve had it, and it’s grown each year. We don’t offer discounts, but we have a raffle and food samplings and hot cider as a thank you to our customers. We have longer hours and give them the best service possible. We feel offering a discount on that day takes away from what Small Business Saturday is all about, supporting small businesses and giving back to the community.” Small businesses offer more personalized service, more variety and unique items, and are very likely supporters of local nonprofits and other community initiatives. The majority of dollars spent in a small business stay in that locale. Shopping small on Small Business Saturday, and every

Maddy Zanetti’s Smitty is ready to Shop Small on Saturday, Nov. 26. Photo provided.

day, is one way to say “thank you” to the innovators, artisans, service providers, and other pioneers who keep America working. “I think it gets better every year,” said Gustafson. “We’re doing three little sales: the first one is buy one - get one half off on all our used vinyl; the second is 10 percent off new vinyl; and then 20 percent off storewide. Each year, more people are trying to shop local and support small businesses and do something different than just going to the mall. It’s cool to see more interest in Small Business Saturday.” To learn more about Impressions of Saratoga, visit To learn more about Ye Olde Wishin’ Shoppe, visit To learn more about Small Business Saturday, visit



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Week of November 23 – December 1, 2016

Saratoga Builders Association Donates $70k Showcase of Homes People’s Choice Winners Announced SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Wednesday, November 16, the Saratoga Builders Association presented $70,000 in proceeds from the 2016 Saratoga Showcase of Homes to Rebuilding Together Saratoga County and Habitat for Humanity of Northern Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties. This is the highest amount raised in the past five years. The presentation took place at the main branch of the Adirondack Trust Company on Broadway. The Saratoga Builders Association has now contributed over one million dollars to local charities from the area’s new home tour event. The 2016 Saratoga Showcase of Homes “People’s Choice” award winners were also announced.

The Saratoga Builders Association presented $70,000 to two local charities from the proceeds of the 2016 Saratoga Showcase of Homes. From left to right: Stephan von Schenk, President - Adirondack Trust Company; Barry Potoker, Executive Director - Saratoga Builders Association and Co-Chair; Tammy DiCara, President - Habitat for Humanity of Northern Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties; Michelle Larkin, Executive Director – Rebuilding Together Saratoga County; Lisa Licata, Co-Chair; Charles V. Wait Jr., Executive Vice President – Adirondack Trust Company. Photo by

Congratulations to McPadden Builders for the Classic Home category, Volpe Custom Homes

for the Executive Home category, Terrace Homebuilders for the Luxury Home category and Barbera Homes for the Town Home category. The 2016 edition of the Saratoga Showcase of Homes just concluding its 21st year, was a blockbuster event with 16 award-winning builders presenting 19 homes. This year’s tour had over 3,500 people purchasing tickets to visit these beautiful new homes on display over three weekends. This year also saw the

The four 2016 Saratoga Showcase of Homes “People’s Choice” Awards were announced. Left to right: Matt and Jaime McPadden of McPadden Builders - Classic Home category winner; Mia Barbera of Barbera Homes – Town Home category winner; Frank and Denise Volpe of Volpe Custom Homes – Executive Home category winner; and Terrace Homebuilders – Luxury Home category winner (not pictured). Photo by

return of the Friday night kickoff event called the “Taste of Showcase” attended by nearly 400 people. The builder’s artistry along with the many talented designers who helped showcase their fine work gave our community an opportunity to preview current trends in building, landscaping, decorating and interior design. In what has become an autumn tradition in the area, the Saratoga Builders Association is dedicated to this long-running show being an integral part of the fabric in the fall season. The 2017 Saratoga Showcase of Homes dates are set for

September 16-17, 23-24 and September 30 - October 1. For more details on the homes, builders, award winners, and virtual tours of every home, visit www. The Saratoga Builders Association, Inc. (SBA) is a specialized professional trade association representing an industry basic to the well-being and economy of the people of Saratoga County. For more information, visit or contact Barry Potoker, Executive Director at 518-366-0946 or bpotoker@

A Round of Applause for the Saratoga Showcase of Homes The area’s premiere new home tour, the 2016 Saratoga Showcase of Homes shined brightly this year with 19 locations from 16 of our regions finest builders on display. In what has become a tradition in Saratoga County and now celebrating its 21st year, this wonderful community event has become part of the fabric in our fall season. Thank you to all of our generous sponsors, volunteers and everyone involved for making this extraordinary event a “Grand Slam” for our community. The Saratoga Builders Association is proud to be able to donate the proceeds from this event to our

local charities, now bringing the total contribution to just over one million dollars. Special thanks to the dedicated, hard-working members of the showcase Committee: Co-Chair Lisa Licata, Drew Aiello, Jesse Boucher, Tammy DiCara, Fran Dingeman, Marci Fila, Jim Furey, Mark Hogan, Michelle Larkin and Pam Stott. Congratulations to the stars of this show, the exceptional builders for their commitment, incredible talents and awardwinning artistry --- AmedoreFarone, Bella Home Builders, Barbera Homes, Belmonte Builders, Blitman Development, Bonacio Construction, Caruso

Home Builders, Herbinger Homes, Heritage Homes, LaFemme Home Builders, Malta Development, McPadden Builders, Saratoga Builders, Terrace Homebuilders. Volpe Custom Homes and Witt Construction. And lastly, a standing ovation for all of you who purchased tickets to tour these magnificent homes, for without you, this show would not be possible. We are so grateful for your continued support. Barry Potoker Co-Chair, 2016 Saratoga Showcase of Homes Executive Director, Saratoga Builders Association


Week of November 23 – December 1, 2016

Week of November 23 – December 1, 2016

BALLSTON SPA 20 Katharine Court, $82,000. Traditional Builders LTD sold property to Traditional Homebuilders and Developers Inc. 61 Lancaster Court, $328,000. Traditional Homebuilders and Developers Inc. sold property to Carole Vansise. 133 Charlton Rd., $224,000. William and Doris Marley sold property to Andrew and Christin Sickels. 3 Long Creek Dr., $562,000. Charles Morris sold property to Matthew and Jennifer Salisbury.

CHARLTON 662 Charlton Rd., $249,000. Claire Liebert sold property to Kristine Burdick and Steven Ellsworth. 2274 Cook Rd., $313,660. Cook Road Holdings LLC sold property to Glenn Teter and Rachel Pagano.

CLIFTON PARK 30 Linden Ct., $182,200. Trustco Bank sold property to Nazar and Oksana Chervinka. 34 Chatsworth Way, $405,000. Pinjia Zhang sold property to Avinash Ganesh. 24 Glenwood Dr., $270,000. Khai and Karen Gibbs sold property to Mark Reynders and Meghan Chapin. 6 Whispering Pines, $209,000. Ruthann Snyder and Sherrie White sold property to Carlos and Jennifer Osorio. 62 Esopus Dr., $275,000. Yan and Kit Tsu sold property to Robert Baldwin. 23 Bonneau Rd., $340,000. Fredrick and Kimberly Proctor sold property to Living Resources Corporation. 4 Imperial Court, $281,000. Frederick and Beverly Coons sold property to Jason Spiegel and Claire DelVecchio. 3 Ridge Lane, $186,000. Hugo DeMartino (by Exec) sold property toAlison Demartino. 23 Greenlea Dr., $265,500. Arthur and Claudia Hroncich sold property to Sri Vemula.

GALWAY 5757 Jockey St., $320,000. Susan


Stewart sold property to Jeffrey and Teresa Sendzicki.

GREENFIELD 130 Middle Grove Rd., $95,000. David McDonald sold property to LPC Properties LLC.

MALTA 40 Weston Way, $395,877. Barbera Homes Malta Springs LLC sold property to Larry and Carol Raike. 80 Meadow Rue Place, $244,000. Ryan Lockwood sold property to Jennifer Thorne and David Dorsey.

MILTON 12 Knollwood Hollow Terrace, $192,000. John and Penelope Flomer sold property to Barbara Reali-Wood. 6059 County Farm Rd., $157,500. Pennymac Corp (by Atty) sold property to Christopher Hughes. 25 Oakwood Ct., $460,740. Metro Builders Corp sold property to Mileton and Tarra Rust. 46 Deer Run Dr., $129,200. Secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development sold property to Timothy Brockmon. 3779 Lewis Rd., $22,000. Linda Fierro sold property to Keith McNally.

MOREAU 23 Ferry Blvd., $162,000. Rebecca and Randon Chibroski sold property to Bridget Early.

19 Jackson Ave., $174,000. Todd Moses sold property to Nolan and Melissa Tucker.

15 Stratton St., $750,000. Stephen Mittler sold property to William and Kathryn Crager.

31 Charles St., $165,000. Michael Tasick sold property to Sharon Mallette.

70 Curt Blvd., $135,202. Vicky Lopez sold property to Willington Savings Fund Society (as Trustee).

9 Leland St., $197,160. Margaret McManus (by Atty) sold property to Rubin Williams and Julie Loomis-Williams.

NORTHUMBERLAND 421 Wall St., $153,000. Fannie Mae (by Atty) sold property to Michael and Linda Ballestero. 136 Rimbrave Dr., $245,000. Stewart and Crystal Freemire sold property to Tyler Veglia.

SARATOGA SPRINGS 7 Sarazen St., $310,000. Linda Klaus (by Atty) sold property to Janine Rome. 9 Furlong St., $412,500. John and Catherine Dougherty sold property to Mark and Beth Tooker. 124 Victoria Lane, $615,000. Frederick and Jeannine Moran sold property to Chase Twichell and Russell Banks. 6 Hathorn St., $225,000. Rock Solid Real Estate LLC sold property to Marisa Ronzoni. John and Norah Gill (Ind and as Co-Trustees) sold property to John and Susan Kent. 14 Deerleap Place, $164,500. Nicholas and Rita Dispenziere sold property to Matthew Harrison.

61 Sarazen St., $427,300. Michael Quartararo sold property to Helaine and Francis Zarro, Jr.

STILLWATER 1157 Hudson Ave., $181,500. Robert Finigan, Sr., sold property to Mark and Ashley Bailey. 2 Halyard Ct., $364,000. Barbara Roberts (Ind and as Agent), Scott Bradley, William Bradley (by Agent) and Stephanie Sousie sold property to Michael and Paula Nelsen.

23 7 Carpenter Place, $259,000. Signature Home Buyers DBA sold property to Matthew and Lindsay Callahan. 213 County Route 75, $185,000. Nicholas Lupo (by Admin) sold property to Christina McAuliffe.

WILTON 22 Peach Tree Lane, $300,000. Richard and Diane Benson sold property to David and Sharyn Dabiere. 10 Oldham Place, $428,084. Tratom Development Inc. sold property to Michael and Jennifer Wormley. 16 New Britain Dr., $169,600. Phyllis and Clifford Seguin, Jr. sold property to Steven Boynton. 1 Hanover Rd., $187,500. Michael and Lenore DeMartino sold property to Raymond Stephens.



Networking Night Business Leaders and School Teachers Get Together to Discuss Future Partnerships

by Dr. Joseph Greco Saratoga Springs City School District SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Tuesday, November 15, the Saratoga Springs City School District hosted their first official Networking Night to bring educators and business leaders together to discuss future partnerships. During this event, several teachers and students gave mini presentations on what they are currently working on in their classrooms and how they envision partnering with local businesses to help enhance the “real-world” relevance of their course material. Teachers are always looking for opportunities to collaborate with professionals in our community, just like local businesses are always looking to bridge the communication and skills gap that exists between

education and industry. However, it is challenging for both sides to connect with each other. An event such as Saratoga’s Networking Night gets the right people in the room together in order to focus on solving these issues. Getting the right people in the room is arguably the most important step in this whole process. I personally met with each invited business leader and teacher to make sure that they had similar beliefs about the advantages of collaboration, and saw the long-term benefits that a partnership could have on the quality of instruction for students. When I graduated from college, I went directly into education as a high school science teacher. While I was proficient in preparing students for the end-of-year assessments, I had very little “real-world” experience to help make the course content relevant for my students. If I would have had the opportunity to participate in a networking event like this, I’m sure it would have greatly improved my knowledge of STEM careers and how to improve student engagement in the classroom. Over twenty local business leaders attended the event, held at Saratoga High School’s new Project Based Learning facility.

Representatives from companies such as GE, Siemens, Sematech, 1st Playable Productions, Garnet River, and Mosaic Associates, joined the Saratoga Economic Development Corporation and Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner in taking the first steps towards a collaborative partnership with the school district. Now that the business cards and innovative ideas have been exchanged, the next steps are for the teachers and business leaders to continue the conversations to find out what type of partnership works best for both sides. While some business were initially only looking to make a classroom visit, others were prepared to offer potential internships to some of our senior-class students. Regardless of level of the partnership, the underlying theme is the same – the educational experience is about improving the connection between course-content and the real world for the students. If you would like more information on how you can participate in an upcoming networking night or would like to know more about STEM education at Saratoga Springs, please contact me, Dr. Joseph Greco, K-12 Director of Math, Science and Technology Integration at

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Holiday Vendors at Saratoga Farmers’ Market Offer Seasonal Specials

Saturdays, 9 to 1 Lincoln Baths Saratoga Spa State Park

by Himanee Gupta-Carlson for Saratoga TODAY The holiday shopping season is upon us. But before you prepare to dive into the crowded shopping center parking lots, consider how the Saratoga Farmers’ Market might make holiday shopping a more affordable and localized experience. The market is kicking off the holiday season this Saturday with its regular

vendors who offer an array of fresh produce, farm-raised meats and dairy products, and locally produced goods. In addition, several shorter-term vendors will be at the market between November and January, offering specialized items that might give your holiday shopping list a refreshing twist.

Among the holiday vendors is Mark Bocian, owner of Freddy’s Rockin’ Hummus, a small-batch hummus producer from Sharon Springs, NY. Bocian, who named his business after his cat, began making hummus about eight years ago and offers a range of different flavors, which he invites customers to sample. All of his preparations have organic chickpeas, lemon juice, and garlic as a base. For the holidays, Bocian recommends a special blend that includes cranberries, parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme. It is named, appropriately, Scarborough Fair. These vendors will be part of a holiday market that is aimed in part at supporting local entrepreneurs in building up their businesses. The market’s start Saturday also coincides with the national Small Business Saturday, which is a U.S. Small Business Administration initiative aimed at encouraging

consumers to support small businesses in their communities. “We saw this as a great opportunity to open up our market space to growing businesses in our community who specialize in locally made crafts and foods,” said Market Administrator Julia Howard. “It’s also a chance for all of our new and regular customers to get their gift shopping done while visiting our market on Saturday mornings.” Look for features, stories about other holiday vendors in upcoming weeks. Currently, the list includes: - 22 Shades of Grey, artful attire. - Bliss Angels, cornhusk angels (only on December 3).

- Bon Bon Brazil, specialty candies - Creations & Spells, dream catchers, lip balms and handmade candles - Pocket Gardens, native plant designs - Saratoga Suds, handmade soaps - Wash Green and Clean, laundry and green cleaning product. - Zoe Burghard Ceramics, handmade ceramic products. The Saratoga Farmers’ Market is held 9 a.m.-1 p.m. each Saturday at the Lincoln Baths Building in the Saratoga Spa State Park. Holiday vendor booths will be on the second floor. Customers may access the area via stairs or elevators.

Deviled Eggs with Hummus Adapted from 10 Things to do with Hummus on Serves 8



* Ingredients can be found at the market

1. Halve hard-boiled eggs lengthwise, then scoop the yolks into a mixing bowl. 2. Mash the yolks with 1/4 cup hummus and 1/4 cup olive oil. 3. Pipe back into the eggs. Sprinkle with paprika and garnish with fresh parsley.

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8 hard-boiled eggs* 1/3 cup hummus* ¼ cup olive oil Smoked paprika Fresh parsley*

Week of November 23 – December 1, 2016



by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY Hello my Foodie Friends! We hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving! The Reardon family did some reminiscing this past weekend about Thanksgiving past. 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 took 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 Lincoln Continental 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 Lincoln. 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 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 27 years since this happened, Ron could tell this story like it happened yesterday. We still love to go over 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. We did get the recipe for the Mincemeat Pie: Mincemeat Pie 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 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar 2 oz shredded beef suet (1/2 cup) 1/4 cup brandy 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 2 teaspoons finely grated fresh lemon zest 2 teaspoons finely grated fresh orange zest 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg For pie Pastry dough 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 1/4 cup cold vegetable shortening 1/2 teaspoon salt 4 to 8 tablespoons ice water Blend together flour, butter, shortening, and salt in a bowl with your fingertips or a pastry blender (or pulse in a food processor) until most of mixture resembles coarse meal, with the rest in small (roughly peasize) lumps. Drizzle 4 tablespoons ice water evenly over and gently stir with a fork (or pulse in a food processor) until incorporated. Gently squeeze a small handful: It should hold together without falling apart. If it doesn’t, add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time, stirring (or pulsing) after each addition until incorporated, continuing to test. (Do not overwork dough or it will become tough.)

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, rotating on work surface, into a disk. Wrap disks separately in plastic wrap and chill until firm, at least 1 hour. 1 large egg, lightly beaten 2 teaspoons granulated sugar Accompaniment: whipped cream or premium vanilla ice cream PREPARATION Make mincemeat: Stir together all mincemeat ingredients. Chill in an airtight container at least 3 days. Make pie: Put a baking sheet in middle of oven and preheat oven to 400°F. Roll

out 1 piece of dough (keep remaining piece chilled) on a lightly floured surface into a 13-inch round and fit into a 9-inch glass pie plate (4-cup capacity). Stir mincemeat, then spoon into shell. Chill pie while rolling out top. Roll out remaining disk into a 10-inch round on lightly floured surface. Cut into 10 (1-inch-wide) strips

with a fluted pastry wheel or a knife. Arrange strips in a lattice pattern on top of filling and trim strips and edge of bottom crust, leaving a 1/2-inch overhang. Seal edges and crimp decoratively. Brush lattice and edge with some of egg and sprinkle with sugar. Bake until pastry is golden brown, 50 minutes to 1 hour. (If pastry rim gets too dark, tent with foil.) Cool 2 hours before serving. At CTTC located in the Compliments to the Chef Plaza, we carry everything you need to make your favorite pie this season; including cooling racks (versus the Lincoln Continental!). Keep your pies safe! Remember my friends: “Life Happens in the Kitchen”. Enjoy the holiday season baking and making forever interesting memories. Take Care, John and Paula


LOCAL BRIEFS producers all over the world! The Market will be held at the Saratoga Springs City Center on December 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission.

The History and Current Status of Medicare and Obamacare The Saratoga Torch Club celebrates the anniversary of its series of fascinating monthly presentations on Thursday, December 1, 2016. Dee Stulc, M.D., will present The History and Current Status of Medicare and Obamacare. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. For information and reservations, contact President , Gerald Stulc, M.D., at deusrex@live. com. Ballston Spa Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Capture the spirit of our genuine, small town holiday tradition, as the village of Ballston Spa rings in the season with this annual celebration on Friday, December 2. Enjoy holiday floats, marching groups, musicians and carolers, animals, fire trucks and more. Parade step off is at 6:30 p.m. sharp at old South Street School and will proceed down Milton Avenue. Santa himself officially lights the village Christmas Tree at Wiswall Park at approximately 7:45 p.m.. Saratoga Fair Trade Market Expo There will be about a dozen vendors offering exquisite items from all over the world: jewelry, textiles for the home, baskets, clothes, handbags, purses, scarves, children’s products, and more. Mayan Hands, Mango Tree Imports, Women’s Peace Collection, Amani ya Juu, and Freeset, all fair trade businesses will be present, as well as several small projects like the Bosnian Handcraft Project, that provide training and markets to people for whom it’s nearly impossible to find employment in the countries where they live. Our Fair Trade Expo provides people in our region with opportunities to buy great gifts at the same time that they empower the

Holiday Art Show and Sale Artists from our center and the community will be showcasing their work at the Saratoga Springs Senior Center located at 5 Williams Street in Saratoga Springs on December 3 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The exhibition will include works in drawing, painting, ceramics and more. All artwork is for sale. Free and open to the public. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Center. Come and support the Center and our talented members. Benefit for Debbie Collin On May 26, 2015 Debbie, was diagnosed with ALS and has had a very rapid and steady progression through the stages of this disease. She requires mechanical assistance to breathe and cough and mobility is limited. On top of the many emotional challenges the family must face, wheelchair ramps, assist bars and a new shower are just the beginning changes necessary for her home to be habitable. Medicine, supplements and food that Debbie also requires is quite costly. In short, monetary assistance would greatly ease the burden for Debbie and her family as she battles this horrible disease. Debbie was a long-time member of the West Mountain Ski Patrol. They have offered to donate the time and facility to hold this benefit. Come join the Collin family and countless supporters for this benefit to support Debbie and the local ALS chapter on December 4 at West Mountain Ski Center. Cost is $15. Hot dogs and Hamburgers and entertainment are planned as well as a silent auction of prizes including a weekend package at Mirror Lake Inn. All proceeds from this event will be donated to Debbie and the ALS local chapter. Please contact Gigi Barrett (Debbie’s sister) 518798-3376 for more information or to RSVP.

Monthly Meeting Catholic Daughters of America The Catholic Daughters of America, Court #422, will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, December 6 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 50 Pine Road, Saratoga Springs. Members gather at 6 p.m. for refreshments and social time, with the meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. Members are asked to bring donations for the Shelters of Saratoga. Items needed are: seasonal clothing, winter boots, coats, underwear, socks, men’s belts, personal care items (razors, shaving cream, toothbrushes, toothpaste), pantry items (pop top canned goods, high protein snacks, milk, coffee, fresh meat, fruit, vegetables), gift cards. New members are always welcome. For more information call 518-583-2905. Holiday Elves On December 8 volunteers from Merick + Co. will be coming to The Saratoga Senior Center from 8-11 a.m. to help assist with wrapping gifts, writing holiday cards and online shopping. There will also be holiday cookie and tree decorating. Then join us from 4-5 p.m. for more festivities with the staff from Fingerpaint. Free for members. For more information call 518-584-1621. Breakfast with Santa There will be Breakfast with Santa on December 10, at the American Legion Henry Cornell Post 234, 23 Pleasant St., Ballston Spa, from 8 - 10:30 a.m. A Fairytale Christmas Carol-The Musical Malta Spotlighter’s Theatre Troupe presents “A Fairytale Christmas Carol-The Musical,” on Saturday, December 10 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 11 at 2 p.m. This fun musical will charm you with its cast of storybook characters in all the leading roles, and a great musical score telling the story of the classic Christmas Carol in a new and clever way. Wonderful entertainment for the whole family presented at the Malta

Week of November 23 – December 1, 2016 Community Center, One Bayberry Drive, Malta. Free tickets for the first 50 children registered (accompanied by a registered adult) courtesy of Stewarts Holiday Match. Additional sponsors include Global Foundries-Malta Foundation and Adirondack Trust Company. Tickets are $10 advanced and $15 at the door (if available). For more information please contact Elyse Young, Artistic Director or 518-899-4411 or visit www. Adult Christmas Party On Friday, December 16 the Catholic Daughters are invited to attend the Knights of Columbus Adult Christmas Party from 6 -10 p.m. Limited tickets are available, call 518584-8547 for information. Children’s Christmas Party On Saturday, December 17 the Knights of Columbus will hold their Children’s Christmas party from 9 a.m. - Noon. The Catholic Daughters will be providing crafts and rabbits for the children to pet and take their picture with. For more information about the Catholic Daughter’s or any of their events, contact Regent Aileen Thomas at 518-583-2905. Senior Trip to Christmas Show The Olde Saratoga Seniors is hosting a trip to the Hall of Springs, Saratoga Springs for a Christmas Show with Jimmy Mazz and a luncheon on Tuesday, December 20. Bus will leave American Legion at 10:15 a.m. and return approximately 4 p.m. Cost is $39 per person. Any questions, call Mary LaMora at 518-584-7986. Mail checks to PO Box 60, Schuylerville, NY 12871. Anyone is welcome. Options to Pay for College Concerned about paying for college? College costs are rising at unprecedented rates; Are you properly prepared to handle the expense of higher education? Join us at the Saratoga Springs Public

Library’s Susman Room for an informal meeting every first and third Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. to discuss different options to pay for college education. Receive $1000 credit towards your personal Scholars Tuition Rewards* program for attending. *As recognized by U.S. News and World Report (7 Ways to Save for Children’s Education- September 2014). Clearance Sale Second Hand Rose Thrift Shop, 116 Broad St., in Schuylerville is having a 10 percent off of holiday items over $1.00. This sale will continue until December 31, after January 1 there will be a shop-wide inventory clearance sale. The shop is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and beginning on November 25 shop hours will be extended to Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. until December 31. Listen to our ad on Froggie 100.3 FM. Like us on Facebook. Volunteers are needed and appreciated. Our proceeds, after expenses, are given back to community service organizations. For more information, please call Second Hand Rose Thrift Shop at 518-695-4640. Seeking Tax Assistance Volunteers TaxAide, the free income tax assistance program sponsored by the AARP Foundation and the IRS, is seeking volunteers for the coming tax season. TaxAide volunteers answer questions, prepare and file returns for low to moderate income taxpayers and seniors from February 1 to April 15 at various sites in the Capital District. Volunteers typically participate one day per week, with flexible schedules to accommodate volunteer availability. No experience is required, but computer experience is helpful for tax counseling. Volunteers also needed to greet taxpayers, review documents, confirm appointments by phone, or assist with computer hardware/software matters. Training is provided. For more information contact Gail Carroll, 518-541-3173 or email

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Week of November 23 – December 1, 2016 Annual Ballston Spa Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner

Family Friendly Event

Wednesday, November 23 Cancer Support Group Saratoga Hospital, 211 Church St., Saratoga Springs. Noon – 1 p.m. The cancer support group is a safe container to explore common physical, financial, emotional, cognitive, developmental, familial and spiritual issues. Pierre Zimmerman, who facilitates this group, has been working with people who have cancer for the last 12 years, leading support groups, mindfulness based stress reduction programs and spiritual retreats. Pierre is a survivor of stage 4 cancer, diagnosed in 2001 and given a few months to live. He has been dedicating a large part of his life since then to supporting people on their journeys with cancer. Call Pierre at 413- 992-7012 to register and confirm, as schedule may be subject to change.

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

Union Fire House, 319 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, Noon – 3 p.m. Take home meals are also available Sponsored by the community for the community. There is no cost and all are welcome.

Friday, November 25 15th Annual Holiday Open House The Shirt Factory, 71 Lawrence St./21 Cooper St., Glens Fall, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Visit Shoppes, galleries, artist studios, guest vendors, handcrafted artisan gifts, holiday raffle giveaways. The open house will be held on November 25 – 27 and December 10 and 11.

Saturday, November 26 Saratoga Holiday Craft Marketplace Saratoga Springs City Center, 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Over 100 artisans will display and sell wares. This charity function of 41 years offers a whole array of outstanding crafts along with several unusual items. Celebrate Small Business Saturday with the very epitome of small business at this show. The $5 entry fee goes directly to the mission of The Saratoga Center for the Family to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect. Visit for more details.

Brookside Museum Artisans Market Brookside Museum, 6 Charlton St, Ballston Spa, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Find the perfect gift! Brookside Museum’s Artisans Market will feature local artisans varying from jewelry, ornaments, photography, hot fudge, soaps and lotions, aprons and much more! A portion of each sale goes directly to the Saratoga County Historical Society at Brookside Museum, leading Saratoga County in the preservation and education of local history. through Friday, December 23.

CALENDAR 31 Sunday, November 27 Dharma Meditation with Pierre Zimmerman One Big Roof, Center for Mindful Practices, 538 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Health & Wellness Building, Saratoga Springs, 9-10:15 a.m. Weekly meditation followed by short discussion. All contemplative traditions honored. By donation. For more information call 413-9927012 or visit www.oneroofsaratoga. com.

35 $60). Call 518-587-5000 to reserve your ticket or visit, www.

frequently to see all the amazing creations that the artists have been working on for the show.

Screenagers Film Showing

Korean War Veterans Association Christmas Party

Monday, November 28

Maple Avenue Middle School Auditorium, Maple Ave., Saratoga Springs, 7 p.m. “Screenagers” probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director’s own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Parents, students, staff and community members are invited to attend . All Parent University programs are free and no registration is required for programs unless otherwise specified.

Parent/Child Workshop

Know Your Snow

Saratoga Springs Public Library, H Dutcher Community Room, 10:45 – Noon Children ages 12-36 months and a parent or caregiver will participate in interactive hands-on learning and play stations and enjoy circle time with song and movement activities. Visit the Children’s Room or call 518-584-7860 ext. 305 to register.

Crandall Library, Downtown Glens Falls, 7 p.m. Researcher Charlotte Demers will present “Know Your Snow” for the Southern Adirondack Audubon Society’s monthly program. Free and open to the public. Demers will discuss how snow is formed, the different type of snow flakes and why snow is so important to many mammals. She will offer information on “ice in” and “ice out” dates and the impact of climate change on Adirondack winters. Please avoid wearing fragranced products to the program. Fragranced products trigger allergies, asthma and migraines in others attending the event. For more information, visit wwwsouthern adirondackaudubon. org.

Tuesday, November 29 Make a Seasonal Ornament Saratoga Springs Public Library, The Children’s Room, 4:15 – 5 p.m. Celebrate the season by creating a holiday ornament. For students in grades 3-6. Register by using our online calendar or by calling the Children’s Room at 518-584-7860, ext. 305.

Wednesday, November 30 Saratoga Festival of Trees Preview Reception Saratoga Springs City Center, 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 6 – 8 p.m. Be the first to walk among 250 intricately decorated trees, wreaths, and centerpieces. The Saratoga Springs Festival of Trees is a fun-filled event and fundraiser that takes place from November 30 through December 4 and is great for kids and adults alike, putting the spirit of Christmas in everyone’s heart. Tickets for the preview reception are $75 (under

Thursday, December 1 The Round Lake Artisans Holiday Market Stop by the Victorian Village of Round Lake on Thursday, December 1 from 4 – 8 p.m. The Market will be held in the Round Lake Village Hall located at 49 Burlington Ave., Round Lake for some holiday cheer, buy some presents, eat some sweet treats provided by Leah’s Cakery and support some local artists. Shopping Local and Handmade is made easy with our eclectic collection of gifts including pottery, paintings, fiber art, cards, knitting, jewelry, blacksmithing, honey, candles and more! Check our Facebook page

Log Jam Restaurant, Route 9, Lake George, Noon Hosts are Patti and Gene Slavin. We will be ordering off the menu. For reservations or further directions, please contact the Slavins at 518793-2358 by November 29. Korean War Veterans or Veterans who served in Korea at any time, spouses, widows and friends are all invited to attend. For further information or an application to join the organization, please contact Comm. Roger Calkins at 518-584-3037.

Multi-Author Signing Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 6-8 p.m. More than a dozen authors - both children’s book authors and authors of books for adults – will be signing books in our store during the Victorian Streetwalk. Stock up on signed books as holiday gifts, in this rare opportunity to chat with authors from around our region. For more information on these or other events, call 518-682-4200 or 1-855-339-5990, or visit the Northshire Bookstore website at

Annual Holiday Celebration The Lodge, Corner of Nelson and Crescent Ave., Saratoga Springs, 6 p.m. The event will be an evening of cocktails, dinner and celebration among the friends and supporters to celebrate all the wonderful work of Old Friends at Cabin Creek Thoroughbred retirement farm, and ReRun Thoroughbred rehab, re-training and adoption facility. Tickets are $100 each. Proceeds go directly for winter feed for the residents at both farms. To purchase tickets call Joann Pepper at 518-698-2377. You can also mail a check, payable to Old Friends at Cabin Creek, 483 Sand Hill Road, Greenfield Center, NY 12833. To purchase tickets to support ReRun, you can call Lisa Molloy at 859595-6660 or visit their website at and click on reservations information and ticket purchase on their eventbrite page.

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Week of November 23 – December 1, 2016


30th Annual

Victorian Streetwalk ~ December 1 Tree Lighting At 6 p.m. Kicks Off Evening Of Holiday Joy! Photos by Terri-lynn Pellegri

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crowd with Christmas Carols 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 the Christian Brothers Academy Marching Band, and Santa’s elves. Mayor Joanne Yepsen will light the tree at 6 p.m. Santa, Clara, elves and Rumple Dumple will visit with children throughout the evening in the beautiful Santa Cottage renovated by the students at the F. Donald Myers Education Center Construction Trades Program. Enjoy over 35 sites with free entertainment, including the Flying Fingers Fiddlers, Spa City Duo, Shenendehowa MS Select Choir, Pokingbrook Morris Dancers, a cappella and brass groups from

Skidmore College, Saratoga Soundtrack Chorus, 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, live reindeer, Santa and Mrs. Claus, Festival of Trees at the City Center, special DBA local Coupon Books, face painting, Newfoundland Dog Club. The Saratoga City Ballet and Octavo Singers will also be delighting audiences of all ages as they combine talents at the Universal Preservation Hall. Stop by the Post Office with your stamped Christmas card envelopes, get them canceled with the specially designed 30th Anniversary Victorian Streetwalk cancellation (free) and you have a month to mail them.


Broadway will be closed from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., from the Route 50 arterial to the Spring Street intersection. CDTA will operate free shuttle buses every 20 minutes from the Empire State College parking lot at 111 West Ave. on the city’s west side, 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 p.m. We love your dogs as much as you, but please leave them home; a Saratoga Springs City Ordinance for all large events. The 30th Annual Victorian Streetwalk is brought to you by the Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association in downtown Saratoga Springs.

Santa's Hours VSW Dec 1st ...........6-9p.m. Dec 2nd ...................4-7p.m. Sat Dec 3rd ..............1-4p.m. Sun Dec 4th ..............1-4p.m. Fri Dec 9th ..............4-7p.m. Sat Dec 10th ............1-4p.m. Sun Dec 11th ...........1-4p.m. Fri Dec 16th ............4-7p.m. Sat Dec 17th.............1-4p.m. Sun Dec 18th............1-4p.m. Wed Dec 21st ..........4-7p.m. Thurs Dec 22nd .......4-7p.m. Fri Dec 23rd ............4-7p.m. Sat Dec 24th ... Back to the North Pole!


Week of November 23 – December 1, 2016

30th Annual

Victorian Streetwalk ~ December 1 1. Olde Bryan Inn

14. Celtic Treasures

2. City Center

15. Saratoga Springs Public Library

(123 Maple Ave.) 6:00 – 9:00 Rick Bolton (522 Broadway) 6:00 – 9:00 Saratoga Abundant Life Church (2 sets, weather permitting) 6:00 – 9:00 Catholic Charities Festival of Trees 6:00 – 9:00 Gingerbread House Display

3. Temple Sinai

(509 Broadway) 6:00 – 9:00 Gift Shop open inside, free cider. Roohan Realty (519 Broadway) Mother Ginger National Museum of Dance School of the Arts 6:00 – 8:30

4. Collamer Parking Lot

(494 Broadway) 6:00 – 9:00 The Ice Man – Live Ice Sculptures

5. Mountainman Outdoor Supply (490 Broadway - ) 6:00 – 9:00 Cotton Candy

6. Stinky Dog

(488 Broadway) Eggnog and Stinky cookies 6:00 – 8:30 Live Music with Jason McCullough, Brent Weaver and Dave Lawler

7. Encounter

(482 Broadway) 6:00 – 8:30 National Museum of Dance School of the Arts Dancers

8. City Hall Steps

(474 Broadway) 7:00 – 9:00 Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church Singing and Hot Chocolate

9. Post Office

(475 Broadway) 5:00 – 9:00 Special Postal Cancellations. 6:30 – 7, 7:30 – 8:30 Saratoga Springs High School Fiddle Club 6:00 – 9:00 Adirondack Mountain Club

10. Spoken

(27 Church St.) 6:30 – 8:30 Spa City Duo

11. Adirondack Trust Co.

(473 Broadway - Inside) 6:00 – 6:40 Skidmore Dynamics 6:45 Racing City Chorus 7:30 Racing City Chorus 8:30 Racing City Chorus Drive Thru 7:00 Schwa Cappella Singers 7:35 Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Select High School Choir 8:00 – 8:30 The Skidmore Treblemaker 8:30 – 9:00 The Skidmore Sonneteers Steps: Salvation Army Band

12. Fallon Wellness Pharmacy of Saratoga (472 Broadway) 6:30 – 8:30 Betsy and The ByeGons

13. G. Willikers

( 461 Broadway) 6:00 – 9:00 PJ Duell Face Painting 7:00 – 9:00 Mr. Twist 6:00 – 9:00 DBA Downtown Coupon Book Table

(456 Broadway) 6:30 – 9:00 Tommy Wadsworth with Drank the Gold (49 Henry St.) 6:00 – 9:00 Gingerbread House Display

16. Saratoga Marketplace

(454 Broadway) 6:00– 6:30 Waldorf School Chorus 7:00 – 8:00 Capitaland Chorus 8:00 – 8:30 Sonneteers

17. Soave Faire

(449 Broadway) 6:30 Sax-O-Claus (Strolling) 7:30 Bandersnachers 8:30 Bandersnachers

18. Wheatfields

(440 Broadway, outside)

19. Putnam Market

Photo by Terri-Lynn Pellegri.

28. Top of Phila Street

6:00 – 9:00 David Moore Irish Band

29. Ben and Jerry’s

(Corner Putnam and Phila) 6:30 – 8:30 Magic Dan, Magician

30. Candy Company

(435 Broadway, Outside) 5:45 – 9 CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY 5:45 – 6:00 Caroling by the Saratoga Central Catholic Chorus 6:00 Mayor Joanne Yepsen lights the trees, Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive with all the elves, free hot chocolate and cookies. Children can visit Santa throughout the evening until 9 p.m. Brought to you by the Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association, sponsored by Saratoga Today. Cookies and Hot chocolate donated by Hungry Spot, Putnam Market and Gaffney’s. 6:00 – 6:30 Skidmore College Brass Quartet 6:00-9:00 Santa Cottage with Santa and Mrs. Claus

(5 Washington St.) 6:00 – 9:00 Old Fashioned Hot Roasted Chestnuts

(427 Broadway) 6:00 – 9:00 Live Reindeer

(353 Broadway and Block to Division) 6:00 – 9:00 Pet Partners LLC located outside Frivolous Boutique 6:00 – 6:45 and 7:45 – 8: 40 Saratoga Soundtrack Women’s Choir 7:00 – 7:30 Shenendehowa Select Middle School Chorus

20. Crafters Gallery 21. Gaffney’s

(16 Caroline St.) 8:00 – 12:00 Megan Houde

22. Lifestyles

(436 Broadway) 7:00 – 7:30 and 8:00 – 9:00 John and Orion Kribs, Doug Moody

23. The Washington Building Northshire Bookstore

(424 Broadway) 6:00 – 8:00 Northshire Bookstore, multi-author book signing for children and adults 6:00 – 8:00 Mother Goose visit with face painting 6:00 – 9:00 Hammer Dulcimer Music by Bill Flanagan

24. Outside Washing Building

(420-422 Broadway) 6:00 – 9:00 Nemer Motor Group Photo Booth with decked out holiday Jeep 6:25 – 6:40 Flying Fingers 6:50 – 7:20 Skidmore’s Rejoice! Inspirational Choir 7:30 – 7:55 Skidmore Treblemakers

25. Circus Café

(392 Broadway) 7:00 -9:00 Tim Wechgelaer, Victorian Fiddle

26. Fingerpaint

31. Universal Preservation Hall

(25 Washington St.) 7:00 – 9:00 Octavo Singers and Saratoga City Ballet will each perform a special holiday performance. Octavo Singers will perform a unique set of holiday carols. The dancers of Saratoga City Ballet will grace the stage with selected dances from the seasonal favorite, the Nutcracker.

32. Granite Palace

(358 Broadway - outside) 7:00 – 9:00 Pokingbrook Morris Dancers

33. Salt and Char

34. Saratoga Arts Center

(320 Broadway) 6:00 – 9:00 Annual Members’ Show Art Exhibit 6:00 – 9:00 Gingerbread House Display 7:00 – 9:00 Ed Stander, glass player

35. Visitor Center

(Congress and Broadway) 6:00 – 8:30 Northland Newfoundland Club (live dogs) 6:00 – 9:00 Gingerbread House Display 7:00 – 9:00 Sonny and Perley Duo

36. NBT Bank

(295 Broadway) 7:30 – 8:30 Choir of St. Peter

37. Complexions Spa

(268 Broadway, next to Congress Park) Open House, register to win free massage, enjoy free face painting, paraffin treatments, chair massages, special gifts and more.

38. In front of Spa Central Catholic School

6:30 – 8:00 Live Nativity Scene with live animals, Saratoga Central Catholic Choir.

39. Strolling on Broadway

(395 Broadway - outside) 7:00 – 9:00 Er Go Blu (Dan Garcia and Katie Swyer)

Strolling and various locations Saxophonist; Regina Erwin and Sean Pettis, Candy Company Toy soldier, Sax-O-Claus, Victorian Characters , Colleen Mahar - Victorian Stilt Walking Juggler.

(368 Broadway) 6:00 – 9:00 Victorian Photo Booth with instant printed photos (outside) 7:00 – 7:40 Skidmore Accents

We encourage you to dress in the Victorian era. We love your dogs as much as you, but please leave them home; a Saratoga Springs City Ordinance for all large events.

27. Impressions

Week of November 23 – December 1, 2016


Victorian Streetwalk December 1

Week of November 23 – December 1, 2016


‘Bright Moon, Bright Sun’ Saratoga Springs Rockers Celebrate First New Release in 14 Years by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Check, one. Check, two. Check. Check. Check. If Bobby Carlton was trying to confuse the wait staff inside the redbrick bistro that boasts creative food, craft drinks and live music, it clearly wasn’t working. Armed with their three Fender instruments – two guitars and a bass, their boxes of special effects – seven soundwave bending foot-pedals, and the back-beat thwomps of a drummer gluing it all together, Dryer celebrated the release of their new five-song EP at One Caroline last weekend, showcasing the harmonious weavings of punk-driven power chords and melodious hooks that the band has brought to the nation’s stages the past 24 years. “We’re still a dirty bar venue kind of band playing loud rock music,” said Carlton, who co-founded Dryer with bassist Rachael Sunday in 1992, soon after she had left Skidmore College and was working at Strawberries record shop on Broadway. Drummer Joel Lilley joined the group in 1993. “It’s really crazy. I didn’t know a band could go that long,” the guitar player said, laughing. “We did what we could do in the time we were a touring band, and we had some great experiences. We were able to tour the U.S. several times and we slept on a lot of floors, played a lot of clubs and got to meet some shady people.” After a decade of touring and recording, the threesome broke up in 2002. The owner of a New Jersey-based record label convinced them to reform for what was to be a one-off show at Putnam Den in 2010. “At that time it meant calling Rachael, who I hadn’t talked to in eight years, and asking if she’d be into it. So, I threw it out there and surprisingly Joel and Rachael were both on board to do the

show. The turnout was so huge that we were like: Oh, people really do enjoy Dryer. So we just started playing together again.” In 2014, the band added guitar player Brian Akey, who had played with the Massachusetts based band Winterpills. “They were the darlings of the New York Times for a while. Brian moved to Saratoga Springs and someone introduced us,” recalled Carlton. “He just came up one night and expressed interest in playing with Dryer. We’d been a three-piece band for 20 years and never strayed from that, but when Brian came in I was excited about the idea of having another guitar player,” Carlton explained. “Here’s the thing: I know exactly what kind of guitar player I am. I’m not real proficient, but I know about power chords, so I like the idea of having this whole other layer of guitars – and it really works.” The showcase of sound blends raw riffs, sweet vocals and an underlay of melody-laced guitaristry. “The moment Brian came in it opened things up quite a bit and changed the landscape. It makes it more fun.” The band’s four-member interplay is evident in both their live sets and the new fivesong EP. “Bright Moon, Bright Sun,” which marks Dryer’s first issue as a quartet and its first overall release of new music since 2002. Now nearing the quartercentury mark since the band’s formation means finding a

Dryer celebrating the release of their first new-music CD in 14 years with a performance at One Caroline on Nov. 18, 2016. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

new way for the creative mind. “You have to adjust. For me, I cut my teeth on punk rock music coming out of the city – basement shows and CBGB’s in the early days and the whole D.C. scene, so that part still is there for me. I think if I didn’t have that, I probably wouldn’t want to be playing music anymore in this capacity,” Carlton said. “I might stay at home, Instagram a photo here and there of me playing a song. But, I’m still playing shows, I’m still traveling to clubs and I think that comes from the fact that I grew up in that era of punk rock

music. The Ramones and The Descendants were huge inspirations for me. They had that ‘Get out and do it, no matter how old you are’ attitude. “You know you can choose to sit home and do nothing – which is fine – but that’s not me. We’re still doing it at a capacity that’s good for us,” he said. “When I was in my twenties and Dryer was touring, I was sleeping on a dirty floor

and thinking: oh man, I’m in Michigan, playing a rock show. I made it! But now, I’m still being creative and I’m sleeping in my own bed at night. That to me is making it.” “Bright Moon, Bright Sun” is available on a variety of digital streaming sites, and the band has plans to release the tracks on a vinyl format in the future. For more information, visit: https://



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

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

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

North Country Festival of Trees and Jingle Bell Jubilee Kicks Off Dec. 1 GLENS FALLS — The 25th annual North Country Festival of Trees will take place Thursday, Dec. 1 to Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Queensbury, 88 Ridge St. in Glens Falls. A highlight of the four-day event is Friday evening’s Jingle Bell Jubilee – the evening of fine cuisine, dancing and spirits in the newly renovated Queensbury features music by the Electric City

Horns. 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 welcomes visitors beginning at 4 p.m. on Thursday and continues through the weekend. General admission is $7, seniors $5, and children 12 years of age and under $3.

All events benefit Prospect Center, a division of the Center for Disability Services. Prospect Center serves more than 1,200 individuals and families in Warren, Washington, Northern Saratoga, Hamilton and Essex counties. For tickets and information, visit: www., or call 518-832-6124.

Week of November 23 – December 1, 2016

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

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

Toys for Toga Kicked Off Tuesday

Tree Lighting at Gavin Park Dec. 2 WILTON — An annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place Friday, Dec. 2 at Gavin Park. The event begins at 6 p.m. with holiday songs featuring Frosty, Rudolph and Santa’s elves. At 6:45 p.m.,

the lights will go up on Gavin Park’s Colorado Spruce tree, followed by Santa’s arrival to meet and greet the crowd. From 6:45 – 8:30 p.m., the event will continue inside the Dailey Gym, where Santa will

hand out candy, treats, and gifts, and holiday movies will be shown. The all-weather event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 518-584-9455.

Thoroughbreds to be Celebrated at Holiday Gathering SARATOGA SPRINGS — Old Friends at Cabin Creek Thoroughbred retirement farm, and ReRun Thoroughbred rehab, re-training and adoption facility are joining together Thursday, Dec. 1 to host their annual holiday celebration at The Lodge, located at Nelson and Crescent Avenues. The event, which begins

at 6 p.m., will feature an evening of cocktails, dinner and celebration. Tickets are $100, with the proceeds going directly to Old Friends at Cabin Creek and ReRun. Monies raised from the tickets will pay for winter feed for the residents at both farms. To find out more about the event and to purchase

tickets to support Old Friends at Cabin Creek, visit or call Joann Pepper at 518-6982377. To purchase tickets to support ReRun, you can call Lisa Molloy at 859-595-6660 or visit their website at www. and click on reservations information and ticket purchase on their eventbrite page.

The kick-off for Toys for Toga took place on Tuesday, November 15 at the Saratoga Brewing Tap Room located at 131 Excelsior Ave in Saratoga Springs. Photo provided.

MECHANICVILLE — DeCrescente Distributing Company, Saratoga Brewery and Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau (SCTB) have kicked off the fourth annual Toys for Toga campaign to help provide local children with toys for the holidays. The event took place Tuesday, November 15 at Saratoga Brewery. The local community can spread holiday cheer by donating new, unwrapped toys at participating locations through Friday, December 8. Just look for a cardboard box with the Toys for Toga logo. On December 12, all donated toys will be distributed equally among three local charities: Franklin

Community Center, CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services and Mechanicville Area Community Services Center. Last year, Toys for Toga collected more than 2,500 toys and raised $7,500. This year, the bar has been set high as the trio hopes to collect 3,000 toys and raise $10,000. In addition to the toy boxes, coasters and pinups will be available for purchase at local bars and restaurants. Financial contributions can also be made at All cash donations will be donated evenly amongst the charities and spent on toys.

Week of November 23 – December 1, 2016


It’s Living Revolutionary War History -- And You Are There SCHUYLERVILLE — In October 1777, a young mother and her three daughters experienced a week besieged in a foul cellar under a fierce cannonade by the American forces. Here were women and children, desperate wounded soldiers, cries, blood and human waste, no water and nothing save despair. As part of the observance of New York History Month, Ms. Debbie Bailey, in period dress, will portray the

Baroness Frederika Riedesel [ree-DAY-sell] and give a personal and terrifying account of British Gen. John Burgoyne’s campaign during the battles of Saratoga in 1777. The experiences witnessed by the Baroness will be performed in the very same Schuylerville home where she, with her three young daughters, took refuge as Britishled forces retreated from the Saratoga Battlefield. The home had served as a temporary

hospital of sorts for the retreating British and German forces. Join “Baroness Riedesel” for afternoon tea, refreshments and genteel conversation in this re-enactment at The Marshall House, 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday Nov. 26. The home, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is located at 136 Route 4 North, Schuylerville, and will be open to the public for this presentation free of charge. For information call 518-695-3765.

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

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

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

Toys for Tots Collection Point at Ballston Spa Parade BALLSTON SPA — Community Emergency Corps of Ballston Spa will again be an official drop-off point for Toys for Tots, a program sponsored by the United States Marine Corps. The campaign has assisted needy children all around the Capital Region for over 45 years. The Ballston Spa Holiday Parade will be a point of collection. The parade will spotlight the Toys for Tots campaign, in partnership with Community Emergency Corps, the Saratoga County Sheriff ’s Department, the Ballston Spa Rotary, and the U.S. Marine Corps. Volunteers from the organizations will be on hand to collect donations of new, unwrapped toys from spectators along the parade route as well as at the tree lighting. New, unwrapped toys, games, books, puzzles, sport balls, dolls, snow toys, and anything for kids from infant to teens are all accepted. Stuffed toys are the only exception.

Toy donations can also be delivered to the Community Emergency Corps station, 78 Thompson St., Ballston Spa until Dec. 15, days or evenings. Toys collected in this area are redistributed back into the same area

History Hall of Fame Inducts Two Saratogians, Hosts Quiz Bowl Challenge

to families in need. The Ballston Spa Holiday Parade takes place at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 2. For information about the Toys for Tots campaign, contact Ray Otten, Executive Director of CEC, at 518-885-1478.

The Quiz Bowl Challenge at the Saratoga Springs History Museum on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Early 20th century state Sen. Edgar Brackett, and Charles Dowd – credited with first proposing multiple time zones – joined 23 previously inducted members in the Saratoga Springs History Museum’s Hall of Fame, during a ceremony held at Canfield Casino Thursday night. The Hall of Fame was established in 2006 to honor men and women who have

made significant and enduring contributions that have enhanced the civic, social, cultural, religious, education or business life in Saratoga Springs. The induction ceremony was followed by a Jeopardystyle tournament and featured questions about Saratoga Springs history, local history, geography, geology, and pop culture. More than 100 people attended the event.



Week of November 23 – December 1, 2016

“SPAC50” Commemorative Book To Launch at Northshire Bookstore Dec. 8 SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Saratoga Performing Arts Center has chronologized its five-decade history in a limited edition, 350-page commemorative coffee table book. SPAC50 brings alive unforgettable memories and little known insights into the founding and development of the celebrated arts venue. “SPAC50” explores the venue’s music, dance, and educational offerings through 11 themed chapters, including contributed essays by field experts such as Denise Warner Limoli, associate professor of

dance at Skidmore College, and Tom Denny, professor emeritus of music history at Skidmore College. Accompanying the text are over 450 images, many of which have never been published, as well as reflections from the artists and leaders who shaped SPAC’s past. A robust timeline of season highlights traces five decades of artistic excellence in all genres, ranging from the classical arts to rock and roll. SPAC50 will be available on Thursday, Dec. 8 at Northshire Bookstore, 424

The New York City Ballet on stage at Saratoga Performing Arts Center in 2013. Saratoga TODAY file photo.

Broadway, in a free, open-tothe-public launch party from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The book

may be purchased for $75. Refreshments will be served and guests are invited to share

their favorite SPAC memories. Prior to Dec. books can also be purchased online at

week of 11/23 - 12/1 friday, 11/23: Jukebox, 10 pm @ Caroline St. Pub — 583.9400 Toga Boys, 9 pm @ Gaffney’s — 587.7359 Darren Lyons Trio, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue — 583.2582 Holly & Evan Band, 9 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026 Mister F, Lord Electro, 10:30 pm @ Putnam Den — 584.8066

@ 9 Maple Avenue — 583.2582 A World For You, Under the Den, The Furter Unsound, Hasty Page, 10 pm @ Putnam Den — 584.8066 Get Up Jack, 8 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583.1916 Rob Aronstein, 7 pm @ Wishing Well — 584.7640

sunday, 11/25:

Rob Aronstein, 7 pm @ Wishing Well — 584.7640

Dan Berggren & Alex Smith, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena at Ndakinna Center — 583.0022

saturday, 11/24:

monday, 11/26:

Annie & The Hedonists, 8 pm @ Caffè Lena at Ndakinna Center — 583.0022

Jeff Brisbin, 6:30 pm @ Brook Tavern — 871.1473

The Late Shift, 10 pm @ Caroline St. Pub — 583.9400 Maggie and Zac, 5 pm @ Gaffney’s — 587.7359 Rich Ortiz, 9 pm @ Gaffney’s — 587.7359 John Savage Quartet, 9 pm

wednesday, 11/28: Hot Club of Saratoga, 7 pm @ Hamlet + Ghost — 450.7287

Week of November 23 – December 1, 2016


Puzzles Across 1 Big name in ATMs 4 Ten to twenty? 8 On fire 14 Worldwide workers’ agcy. 15 On __ with 16 Brooklyn Bridge features 17 “The Matrix” hero 18 Utah lily 19 Delivers an old standard, perhaps 20 *Last president who was a Founding Father 23 Not from a Scot 24 Fifth-century leader succeeded by his son Ellac 25 __ Aviv 26 Tent holder 27 Sportscaster Andrews 28 New Deal org. 29 Hustles 31 Smith students 33 “If only __ listened!” 34 Memo words 35 Smartphone buy 36 *Limp cause 40 Hold ‘em tell, maybe 41 Ingredient in Off! 43 Top-row poet on the “Sgt. Pepper” album cover 44 Remains at the campsite 46 Misses the mark 47 Party person 48 Spillane’s “__ Jury” 49 Org. that produces the magazines Highroads and Journey 50 The past, in the past 51 Risk being caught off base 54 Grisham hero, often: Abbr. 55 Fixer-upper, perhaps, and a hint to the answers to starred clues 57 Only reigning pope to write an autobiography 59 Tiny bit 60 Gun, as an engine 61 Most irritated 62 Emptiness 63 T size 64 Baby’s outfit 65 Luncheon ender

See puzzle solutions on page 46

See puzzle solution on page 46 66 Patriotic gp. since 1890 Down 1 Turtle in a 2014 film 2 Soccer shoe feature 3 *In the low 70s, usually 4 Bit of sibling rivalry 5 Hypothetical primate 6 Titicaca, por ejemplo 7 *Feature of most cars nowadays 8 Honor 9 Charge for a ride 10 Wall St. news 11 *On one’s own 12 Varied mixture 13 To be, to Ovid 21 Cork’s location 22 Opposite of attract

26 Chi follows it 30 “Just a few __” 31 Dwyane of the Miami Heat 32 Mathematical process 37 Good thing to have before a meal 38 Dinero 39 Winning football coach’s surprise 42 Airport screening org. 45 Persian for “king” 48 “Of course!” 52 Greek finale 53 Piano keyboard component 54 Lhasa __ 55 Spanish ayes 56 Warning sound 58 His, to Henri

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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: Decadence, Decadents Decadence means showing low morals and a love for world pleasures. It can also mean being artificial or lacking in quality. The acceptable level of moral decadence has plunged recently. Decadents are spoiled people with low morals and a love for worldly pleasures. Some of their wealthiest members can be labeled as decadents. 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

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Week of November 23 – December 1, 2016

4,000 Expected at Turkey Trot by Kiersten Racela Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Mark and Maria Dailey lost their son, Christopher, on November 23, 2001. The Christopher Dailey Foundation was established with a goal to not only build a lasting and living memory of Christopher, but also to enrich the children of the local community with a place to learn, play, and enhance their lives through team and individual sports activities. “My daughter, Chris’ older sister, always found getting gym-time difficult when she was on a sports team,” recalls Mark Dailey. “Over time we realized that the Saratoga area needed more gym space. We also wanted to memorialize Chris in some way. What better way to do that than by

raising money to build a sports facility in his name?” At the foundation’s 8th Annual Golf Tournament, on May 18, 2009, the board of directors announced that the Christopher Dailey Memorial Youth Gymnasium had been completely paid for. The gymnasium provides a space where various youth groups, as well as special needs athletes, may continue to grow their passion for different sports. On Thursday, November 24, the Chris Dailey Turkey Trot will take place in Saratoga Springs. When the foundation first started to fundraise, the Turkey Trot wasn’t even a thought. In May 2001 the foundation hosted a golf tournament, which turned out to be a huge success. Eventually a neighbor of the Daileys suggested a Turkey Trot race. The Daileys were able to

create a 5k-race course around their neighborhood, and slowly it became more successful. “We came to realize that the race had a much larger response from the community, and that’s how it became an annual event,” said Dailey. The cold and sometimes snowy weather of this event coincides with Mark Dailey’s favorite memory of his son. Chris was an avid lover of the winter weather. Recalls Dailey, “when Chris would come home from school, and there was snow on the ground, he would go out sleigh riding with his friends until dinner. They would always come in with red cheeks, but each of them would have a smile on their face.” Last year the race had approximately 3200 paid participants. This year Mark hopes the race has even

From left to right, Brendan Dailey, Laura Rose Dailey, and Chris Dailey in the summer of 2001. Photo provided by Mark Dailey, The Christopher Dailey Foundation

more success. Their expectation for this year’s race proceeds is approximately $50,000. “Our goal for 2016 is to beat our final total from the year before. The more money we raise, the more money we can give back to the community, which is always our primary goal,” said Dailey. The race starts at Saratoga Springs City Hall, and will

finish on North Broadway in front of John Witt’s Office. Start time for the race is scheduled for 8:30 a.m., and there is a $25 entry fee. Those interested in registering for the race, or learning more about the Christopher Dailey Foundation may visit

Take The Ice! SSHS Ice Hockey Shows Their Stuff In Section II Jamboree by Kiersten Racela Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — The SSHS Boy’s Ice Hockey team began their season play in the Section II Jamboree, held on Saturday, November 19 at Union College. The team played CBA, Shen, and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake. The Blue Streaks ended the night tying with CBA and Shen, and defeating Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake. The Blue Streaks return eleven players from last year’s roster, including All Section II Team Forward

Jake Fauler, First Team Goalkeeper Tom Fornabia, Second Team forward Jonathan Luse, and Honorable Mention defender Eric Jess. This year’s roster is fairly balanced, which is a new experience for head coach David Torres. “This is the first time that I’ve not only had a balanced team, but a younger team,” said Torres. He will be looking to the upperclassman, and especially the senior class for leadership. “You don’t have to wear a C on your sweater to be considered a leader. There are unspoken leaders,

guys who can, and who I expect, to lead by example,” said Torres. The team’s first home game will be on Friday, December 9. The game will be part of the Don Kauth Memorial Tournament. This tournament has special ties to the Saratoga Springs community. Don Kauth was a strong supporter of Saratoga Youth Hockey. He passed away on September 11, 2001. Kauth’s son, Patrick, was a member of the 1999 Blue Streaks’ New York State championship team. His daughter, Kathleen, was a member of the bronze

The SSHS Boy’s Ice Hockey team skates onto the ice for their first scrimmage. Photo by

medal-winning 2006 United State’s Olympic Hockey team. “Carrying on tradition is the major theme for the team this

year,” said Torres. “We want our guys to continue to build upon the great success that we’ve had as a team in recent years.”

Town of Wilton Recreation - Jr. NBA Scores Gavin Park Saturday 11/19 Division 1

Cavs-21: Josh Simon-11, Timothy Sikoryak-6 Warriors-19: Chase Billington-11, Jack Geckler-4 Pacers-24: Dunne, Birnby, Lakrow, Streicher tied with 4 Magic-12: Trevor Driscoll-4 Celtics-24: Evan Rosetti-10, Jacob Hernandez-6 Bulls-16: Owen Mongan-10, James Voorhies-4

Rockets-33: Elliot, O’Rourke, Sweenor tied with 8 Warriors-19: Jacob Durkee-14

Thunder-35: Kyle Holmes-14, Ethan Dinsmore-6 Bulls-17: Aidan Dunne-6, Andrew Masten-2

Nuggets-32: Ben Cohen-10, Zach Delaney-10 Thunder-27: Tyler Weygand-10, Johnathan Hinds-5

Nuggets-51: Frankie Laniewski-17, Charles DeRizzo-14 Warriors-22: Arieon Rose-7, Max Hamilton-Jones-7

Bulls-22: Jaden Viger-16, Henry Hanrahan-2 Blazers-10: Griffin Brophy-5, Calvin Curtis-5

Division 4

Division 3

Thunder-21: Jayden Osinski-13, John Steinfort-6 Nets-13: Steven Fodera-9, Luke Manuel-4

Raptors-38: Jaxon Young-11, Elijah Woods-10 Celtics-22: Jackson Reynolds-10, Justin Duscher-8

Division 2

Rockets-32: Flagg Taylor-18, Brendon Young-10 Blazers-29: Zachary Carpenter-14, Zack Scalia-5

Hawks-16: Bryant Savage-8, Antone Robbens-4 Cavs-10: Micah Poag-4

Nuggets-44: Benjamin Hull-14, Rece McClements-12 Pacers-34: Julian Silva Forbes-14, Henry Tucker-7 Celtics-40: Shamir Shaffe-17, Joshua Kelly-9 Warriors-24: Jonathan Irons-10, Aidan Arciero-7



Week of November 23 – December 1, 2016


Learn To Skate Lessons

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

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Join the Saratoga Springs Figure Skating Club for their Learn to Skate lessons. Lessons will be held on Sunday, November 27. After Thanksgiving, lessons will resume on Sunday, December 4 and 11. Learn to Skate is a curriculum that offers something for skaters of all abilities. Solid skill development based on the ABC’s of basic athleticism- Agility, Balance, Coordination and Speed. A progressive system that, upon completion of the program, allows skaters to confidently advance to more specialized areas of skating. The organization offers two lesson packages. The Basic LTS Package consists of ½ hour group lesson and ½ hour practice ice. The cost for this package is $87 for the 6-week session. The Advanced LTS package consists of ½ hour group lesson and ½ hour additional specialty class. The cost for this package is $150 for the 6-week session. The Saratoga Springs Figure Skating Club is a nonprofit 510c3 organization. Registration for the program may be done online at

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

www.SaratogaLearnToSkate. com. Those requesting any more information regarding the program are encouraged to contact Bart by phone at 518-490-1231 or by email at ice@SaratogaSpringsFSC. info.

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

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Saratoga Springs Recreation Center Holiday Hours SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs Recreation Center will observe holiday hours from 11a.m.-7p.m. on Friday November 25. The Saratoga Springs Recreation Center will be closed Thursday, November 24 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. For additional information contact the Recreation Department at 518-587-3550 ext. 2300 or by email at recreservations@

2017 Winter Intro to Ice Skating SARATOGA SPRINGS — Join us on the ice this winter for Intro to Ice Skating. This Saratoga Springs Recreation Department program will introduce skaters ages 3 through adult to the exciting world of ice-skating. Already know the basics? This program will build upon skills already learned. A strong foundation can produce of lifetime of pleasure on the ice. Sign up at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center at 15 Vanderbilt Avenue Monday–Friday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.

or Sunday 12-6 p.m.. Early Bird registration ends Dec 27. For additional information or to download forms go to Contact the Recreation Department at 518587-3550 ext.2300 or with questions.

4-Mile Reindeer and 1 Mile Jr. Reindeer Run QUEENSBURY — This race to benefit Cindy’s Comfort Camp and Adirondack Runners will take place on Sunday, December 4 at 9:00 a.m. at SUNY Adirondack, located at 640 Bay Road in Queensbury. Registration may be done online at www. event/show/371579701.

Drop-In Sessions SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs Recreation Department offers drop-in sessions in Adult Basketball, Pickleball, Racquetball and Wallyball. Visit and click on Rec Center Calendar for the latest schedule. For additional information please call 518- 587-3550 x2300 or email

Week of November 23 – December 1, 2016


That’s A Wrap, Folks BHBL Ends Season with a 48-24 Loss to Somers by Kiersten Racela Saratoga TODAY LINCOLNDALE — The Burnt HillsBallston Lake football team finished their season in the 2016 NYSPHSAA Class A Football Championships semifinals with a loss to top seed Somers 48-24. The Tuskers kicked off to the Spartans to start the game. Somers broke the 0-0 score with approximately six minutes to play in the first quarter, thanks to a rushing touchdown by senior running back Messiah Horne. The extra point conversion gave the Tuskers a 7-0 advantage. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake responded with two long runs and a sixteenyard pass, but failed to put points on the board. With under a minute to play in the first quarter, senior kicker Connor McCormick kicked a fifteenyard field goal, making the score 7-3 to end the first quarter. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake would be forced to punt the football after a three-and-out offensive drive early in

the second quarter. This possession led to a forty-yard touchdown pass by junior quarterback Kevin Olifiers. The extra point conversion put the Tuskers up 14-3. With under three left to play in the half and the Somers with possession of the ball on their own six-yard line, the Spartan defense recorded a quarterback sack and regained possession. This led to a two-yard rushing touchdown by junior running back Jake Stanko. The extra point made by McCormick cut the lead down to four by a score of 14-10. Somers would be quick to respond, thanks to a seventyyard touchdown run by senior wide receiver Matt Pires. The extra point conversion would give the Somers a 21-10 lead going into halftime. The Spartans would score their second touchdown of the game with seven minutes to play in the third quarter, thanks to a thirty nine-yard touchdown pass to junior running back Mike Levan. The extra point by McCormick would cut Somers’

lead to four by a score of 21-17 to end the third quarter. Early in the fourth quarter, Somers would record their fourth touchdown of the game, thanks to an eighty-yard rushing touchdown. The extra point conversion by sophomore kicker Kevin Graber gave the Tuskers a 28-17 lead. A short time later Somers would record yet another touchdown. The extra point gave the Tuskers a 35-17 advantage. The Tuskers would add on two touchdowns within five minutes, increasing their lead by a score of 48-17. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake would have one last offensive strike with approximately two minutes to play in the game. Senior tight end Patrick Hopsicker caught a touchdown pass, making the score 48-23. The extra point conversion by McCormick put the score at 48-24 to end the game. Despite this loss the Spartans remain the Class A Super Bowl champions. The team finished with a final overall record of 10-2, and a final league record of 6-1.

Volume 11  •  Issue 46

Holiday Gift Guide. See pages 24-27.


Week of November 23 – December 1, 2016


Victorian Street Walk. See pages 33-35.

Holiday Magic at SPAC’s Nutcracker Tea

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The magic of the holidays came to life at the Hall of Springs on Sunday, Nov. 20 at SPAC’s annual Nutcracker Tea, featuring a traditional English Christmas Tea and a performance of the Nutcracker Ballet staged by the celebrated Northeast Ballet Company. Photos by

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