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LOCAL • INDEPENDENT • FREE Volume 11  •  Issue 47  •  December 2 – December 8, 2016

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After the Fire

by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — The lingering smell of smoke still permeated the air one week after a Thanksgiving Day fire displaced residents of five apartments and forced the closure of four businesses on Putnam and Caroline streets. A faulty electrical extension cord located in a small storage area in the rear of the Mio Posto restaurant was deemed the cause of the blaze.

by Kiersten Racela Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – This week Saratoga TODAY would like to recognize sophomore runner Kelsey Chmiel. This past cross-country season, Kelsey’s list of athletic accomplishments is both extensive and impressive. She finished the season undefeated in dual meets. Kelsey also broke a course-record four times (Great Meadows Invitational, Wing Foot Cross Country Invitational, Suburban Council Championships, and NYS Public High School Championships), and was crowned champion at each of these meets. Kelsey was also crowned champion at two other events (Sectionals and NY

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Augie’s To-Go:

Family-Style Italian for Pick Up in Saratoga


by Norra Reyes Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Building a mouth-watering lasagna from scratch can be a real challenge for busy moms on-the-go, which is one reason why Augie Vitiello, chef and owner of popular mainstay Augie’s Family Style Italian Restaurant in Ballston Spa, is bringing his famous recipes to Saratoga Springs at a new take-out-only location coming in January. “It’s so exciting to have Augie’s To Go moving into the neighborhood!” said Katrina Lucas of Saratoga Springs. “A quick weeknight meal just got so much easier. We can pick up the kids from after-school activities and pick up a fresh, amazing Italian dinner down the street.” See Story pg. 18

Gift See pg. 26-29

Inside TODAY Blotter 5 Obituaries 6-7 Business 17-19 Education 22-23 The new Augie’s Family Style Italian To Go will have several prepared dishes from the restaurant’s menu available for take-out at 223 Lake Avenue in Saratoga Springs sometime in January. Photo provided.

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Week of December 2 – December 8, 2016

Man on the Street “Were you aware the Saratoga Revolution baseball team is coming to Saratoga Springs?”

“No, I wasn’t aware but I’m very excited about it. It brings new possibilities for young people to excel in their sports dreams. It’s nice to see something like that in a small town instead of a big city.” ~ Dana Vincek, Saratoga Springs

“I wasn’t aware, but I think that’s really awesome, “I did know about this actually. I think it will be it’s always good to hear new things coming to great having a team close by, instead of driving Saratoga. I know baseball makes a lot of people all the way to Troy to watch the Valley Cats play.” happy.” ~ Sarah Staalesen, Clifton Park ~ Hannah Kennedy, Burnt Hills

“ I did know about this. I think it will definitely bring something different to the city. It will give people a team they can root for that’s close by.” ~ Stephanie DiPreta, Clifton Park

“No I wasn’t aware. I think it’s fantastic, it adds one more attraction to residents and tourists.” ~ Aaron Ward, Ballston Spa

Week of December 2 – December 8, 2016


Drop Box Donations Secure $2,300 for Homeless by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — A drop box initiative launched in late summer encouraging pedestrians to donate to local nonprofits serving the homeless rather than giving money directly to panhandlers has secured $2,300. A check was presented to Shelters of Saratoga this week. “This goes a long way to helping those who we help in the community,” said Shelters of Saratoga Executive Director Mike Finocchi. Giving money directly to someone who is homeless and who has an addiction may be feeding that addiction, explained Finocchi, whereas placing donations in the secure drop boxes goes directly to needs administered by Shelters of Saratoga. The agency oversees the Code Blue Saratoga emergency shelter and since 1991 has been assisting individuals who are homeless or atrisk of homelessness by offering a path to self-sufficiency.

New Funding Available for Performing Arts in Saratoga Springs SARATOGA SPRINGS — A new program designed to directly support arts organizations in the Saratoga Springs community has been initiated by the Skidmore College Arts Planning Group. More than $42,000 in grants are available for the 2017 calendar year. Under the new program, 501(c)(3) nonprofit community arts organizations located in the Saratoga Springs area— including Greenfield, Malta, Ballston Spa, and contiguous communities—may apply for grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. To qualify, an organization’s primary activity must include the production and/ or presentation of visual and/ or performing arts (including music, dance, theater, art, literature, media and film), and projects must engage Skidmore students, faculty or Continued on page 4.

The first handful of decorative drop boxes were installed along Broadway in August by the Saratoga Springs Special Assessment District, and more are on the way. One hundred percent of those donations go directly to those in need, with no administrative costs to interrupt the process, said Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce President Todd Shimkus. “By putting the money directly into the box, it will get to what the need is, which

changes every week,” Finocchi said. “This time of year it’s socks and thermal underwear and other winter-type clothing.” “I’m thrilled that we are doing more as a community together to help those less fortunate, especially at this time of year of giving,” said city Mayor Joanne Yepsen. “Our City Council is proud to partner with the Downtown Special Assessment District, Chamber and Shelters of Saratoga on such a worthwhile project.”

Tom Roohan, Shelters of Saratoga Executive Director Mike Finocchi, Harvey Fox, and Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce President Todd Shimkus, present a check to Shelters of Saratoga on Nov. 29, 2016. Photo by Keith VanVeghten.



Week of December 2 – December 8, 2016

New Funding Available for Performing Arts in Saratoga Springs

County Vote to Override NYS Tax Cap Slated for Tuesday BALLSTON SPA — County supervisors will vote Tuesday on whether to override the New York State tax cap. The vote will be preceded by a public hearing on the 2017 Saratoga County Budget at 4:30 p.m. in the county boardroom in Ballston Spa. The vote is scheduled to take place at 5 p.m. “Our board is well aware of the concerns raised by citizens relative to our consideration to override the state’s tax cap and the decision to take this measure will ultimately allow the county to maintain the lowest and the most stable tax rate of all the 62 counties that make up New York State,” Board of Supervisors’ Law and Finance Chairman Ed Kinowski said in a statement.

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The tax cap, first implemented in 2011, limits the growth in property taxes to 2 percent per year or the growth in inflation, whichever is lower. As inflation has fallen in recent years so too has the tax cap. The cap for counties, cities, and towns has dropped to 0.68% for 2017. “The problem with the law is that it doesn’t allow a carve-out for areas, like Saratoga County, that are having assessment growth, which is clearly tied to economic development and investment in new residential and commercial properties,” said County Administrator Spencer Hellwig. “This growth always requires more infrastructure upgrades, maintenance and services. Large scale development

projects are often tax exempt and with counties forced to lower tax rates to come in under the cap, we are not getting the revenue we need to pay for these expenses. These tax-exempt properties still need the services we provide whether those are law enforcement, emergency service, fire service, infrastructure service, or connecting properties to water or sewer.” The 2017 county General Fund Budget totals $245,170,474 which includes $56,551,768 in unfunded programs mandated by New York State Government. Saratoga County’s population has grown by 26,000 residents in the past fifteen years and it is the fastest growing county in the state.

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staff in a significant way to further Skidmore’s mission of education and development in the arts. Funds can be used for artistic fees, materials used in production or performance, or as stipends for Skidmore student internships. Organizations interested in applying for funds should send proposals in Word Document format with exhibits to Paul Calhoun, Dean of

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Week of December 2 – December 8, 2016

Police Continue Investigation of Missing Saratoga Man

Kaitlyn Fox, 23, of Boilingbrook, Illinois, was sentenced on Nov. 21 to serve 4.5 years in state prison and 10 years of post-release supervision, after pleading to attempted rape in the first degree. Justin L. Rouse, 28, of Hudson Falls, pleaded on Nov. 18 to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, reckless endangerment, and a speeding infraction. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 20.

The Saratoga County Sheriff ’s Office continues to actively investigate the missing person case of Fred “Fritz” Drumm. Drumm, who was 68 years old at the time of his disappearance, has been missing from his residence on Burgoyne Road in the Town of Saratoga since the morning of Nov. 24, 2015, and his whereabouts remain unknown. No evidence of foul play has been found. As hunters and outdoorsmen return to the woods, the Sheriff ’s Office asks that residents pay attention to their surroundings and report anything they feel could be helpful to the investigation. This would include the discovery of clothing or any other items that could forward the investigation. The family of Fred “Fritz” Drumm would also like to extend their appreciation to the community for its continued support, and remind residents that there is a $5,000 cash reward offered for information that directly leads to the whereabouts of Fred “Fritz” Drumm. Please call the county Sheriff ’s Office at 518-885-6761 with any information.

COURTS Caroline R. Garrity, 31, of Saratoga Springs, pleaded on Nov. 21 to attempted criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 23. Justin A. Miller, 34, of Stillwater, pleaded on Nov. 21 to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 23.

Stephen P. Barrant, 40, of Lake Luzerne, was sentenced on Nov. 18 to serve six months in prison and five years of probation, after pleading to burglary in the third degree. William J. Powers, 61, of Ballston Spa, pleaded on Nov. 18 to possessing a sexual performance of a child. Sentencing is scheduled to take place Jan. 20. Shayne M. Richardson, 24, of Saratoga Springs, was sentenced on Nov. 17 to three years in prison and one year of post-release supervision after pleading to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. James C. Moses, 30, of Troy, was sentenced on Nov. 17 to time served and five years of probation after pleading to burglary in the third degree. Orion Hamchuck, 35, of Troy, pleaded on Nov. 16 to felony DWI. Sentencing is scheduled to take place on Jan. 11. Zachary D. Palmer, 30, of Gansevoort, was sentenced on Nov. 15 to five years of probation after pleading to felony DWI.

POLICE Mary A. Hyer, 52, of Selkirk, was charged on Nov. 19 with felony criminal possession of controlled substance. Howard E. Hyer, 52, of Selkirk, was charged on Nov. 19 with felony criminal possession of controlled substance, and unlawful possession of marijuana. Frank A. Barone, 34, of Latham, was charged on Nov. 19 with

BLOTTER 5 felony criminal possession of controlled substance.

18 with aggravated harassment in the second degree, a misdemeanor.

Alexa R. Berry, 25, of Gansevoort, was charged on Nov. 19 with aggravated unlicensed operation with three or more prior suspensions, a misdemeanor.

Armand A. Laforest, 32, of Troy, was charged on Nov. 18 with first-degree criminal contempt, a felony.

Ashley M. Dunlavey, 23, of Glens Falls, was charged on Nov. 19 with misdemeanor DWI and refusing a pre-screen test.

Louis S. Guerra, 42, of the Bronx, was charged on Nov. 17 with criminal contempt in the first degree, a felony.

Christopher J. Cionek, 22, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Nov. 18 with criminal mischief in the fourth degree, endangering the welfare of a child, and obstruction of breathing or blood circulation – all misdemeanors.

Nicole M. Ronk, 38, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Nov. 17 with aggravated unlicensed operation, and criminally using drug paraphernalia second degree, both misdemeanors, and failing to signal a turn.

Brendan L. Maydick, 55, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Nov. 19 with misdemeanor DWI and misdemeanor aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. Brent G. Dickinson, 38, of Malta, was charged on Nov.

Bridgette A. Barr, 46, of Stillwater, was charged on Nov. 17 with aggravated harassment in the second degree, a misdemeanor. Moreno G. Celestino, 53, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Nov. 16 with criminal contempt in the second degree, a misdemeanor. Dominique M. Managault, 20, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Nov. 16 with criminal possession of marijuana in the fifth degree, a misdemeanor.

6 Beth E. Johansen SARATOGA SPRINGS — Beth E. Johansen passed away on November 11, 2016 after a lengthy illness. She died peacefully in her Saratoga Springs home of 40 years with her husband Michael White by her side. She was 65. Beth was born in Jamaica, NY and grew up in Lindenhurst, NY. She attended SUNY Albany, class of 1972 and earned a Master’s Degree from Albany Medical College in 1984. She worked as a medical laboratory technician at several labs including Glens Falls Hospital. For 25 years, she was a Clinical Laboratory Inspector for the New York State Department of Health. Beth was an avid gardener, and treasured the hours she spent tending her beautiful garden. An enthusiastic hiker, camper, skier, kayaker, ornithologist and botanist, she was known for her habit of carrying multiple books on hikes for identifying flowers along the trail. She loved sharing her outdoor experiences, most notably in the high peaks of the Adirondacks, with her son, husband, friends, and fellow members of the Adirondack Mountain Club. Beth was a peace activist and member of the Saratoga Peace Alliance and often joined the group for their weekly peace vigil outside of the Broadway Post Office. She served as Chair of the Saratoga County Green Party for more than a decade, and participated in many grassroots efforts for making a better world. Beth and her husband were active members of the Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs and she practiced meditation with the Albany Tendai Buddhist group. She is survived by her husband and their son Sean Haggerty. She is also survived by her brother Mark Johansen (Lynn Taormina), brother Paul Johansen (Jean Maddaloni), and sister Ellen Johansen (Howard Harris), as well as eleven nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed by her family, friends, neighbors and local community. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 2 p.m. Contributions can be made in Beth’s memory to Community Hospice of Saratoga Springs and the Adirondack Mountain Club.

Charles J. Cardini GANSEVOORT — Charles J. Cardini, age 73, died unexpectedly at his home on November 21, 2016. He was born on November 1, 1943, in Milan, Italy and was the son of the late Carlo Cardini and Eleanore Lavazzari Cardini. “Charlie,” if you worked with him or knew him casually, or “Cheech” to loved ones, family and childhood friends, joined the General Electric Company Apprentice Program shortly after his graduation from Niskayuna High School in 1961. He spent the last 30 years of his GE career as an Instructor and Technical Support for Gas Turbines at the GE Training Center in Niskayuna. His life however, was not defined by his career but more importantly by the passions he pursued in his spare time. He was a talented photographer using his natural artistic eye and skill to capture the power and grace of modern locomotives and beauty of thoroughbred racehorses in action. He was a lifelong lover of all animals, ranging from turtles, to cats, to horses, and was never without a pet in his life and home. But those who knew him best understood that his

OBITUARIES greatest passion and comfort was music. As a music enthusiast and an accomplished musician on the guitar, he was particularly knowledgeable and devoted to the music of the 60s and 70s. During that time, he was never happier than when he was watching performances in the small intimate venues of New York City’s Fillmore East and Saratoga Springs’ Caffe Lena. He taught his children that Eric Clapton could make his guitar speak and give you chills if you listened closely enough, and that nobody could tell a story through song like Bob Dylan. Cheech is survived by his loving family: son Jeff Cardini (Krista), grandchildren Elizabeth, William, Sophia and Jack of Norwood, MA; daughter Melissa Trombetta (Bryan), grandchildren Elsa and Luke of Ossining, NY; and son Peter (Heather) and grandson Niko of Derry, NH. Arrangements are under the direction of Compassionate Funeral Care, Inc, 402 Maple Ave. in Saratoga Springs. If you wish to express your online condolences or view the Obituary, please visit our website at At the family’s request, there will be no calling hours or service; instead they wish to honor his memory with an excerpt from the song “Forever Young” written by Bob Dylan. May God bless and keep you always May your wishes all come true May you always do for others And let others do for you May you build a ladder to the stars And climb on every rung May you stay Forever young

Darren D. Carrara SARATOGA SPRINGS — Darren D. Carrara, beloved grandson, son, brother, father, uncle and friend, of Saratoga Springs passed away suddenly at the Saratoga Hospital on Friday, November 25, 2016 from a heart attack. He was only 39 years old and left us way too soon. Born on July 26, 1977 in Rutland, VT he was the youngest son of Richard S. Carrara and Dawna M. (Merrill) Carrara. Darren graduated from Clarkson University class of 2000. While attending Clarkson, he became a brother of the T.E.P. (Tau Epsilon Phi) Fraternity. Darren was the proud owner of the Comic Depot on Broadway in Saratoga Springs. For the last 13 years, Darren poured his heart and soul into creating a loving, supportive community where his customers became his family. His legacy in the comic book world will live on through the amazing and loving friendships he fostered and through his store that he worked tirelessly to build and grow over the years. Darren was a kind and generous soul often reaching out to others in need offering his time, support and smile. His gentle demeanor, easy smile and laughter will forever be missed by his family and all those whom he touched. Survivors include his children, daughter Mackenzie Parker Carrara and his son Oliver Patrick Carrara, his father Richard Carrara and step-mother Carol of Palm Coast FL, his mother Dawna M. Carrara of Rutland, his brother Dana Merrill Carrara and his wife Valerie of Castleton, VT, his sister, Tammara Carrara Stewart of Middletown Springs, VT, the mother of his children, Kristi Carrara of Schuylerville, his girlfriend, Jennifer

Week of December 2 – December 8, 2016 Forgue of Saratoga Springs, three nieces, Abby Stewart, Isabella and Julia Carrara, and his maternal grandmother, Irene V. Merrill. He is also survived by his Comic Depot family, the comic community and his T.E.P. brothers. Calling hours are from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, December 2 at the Tunison Funeral Home, 105 Lake Ave. in Saratoga Springs. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in his memory for his children (Oliver and Mackenzie) to the Darren Carrara Memorial Fund in care of Glens Falls National Bank, 73 Broad Street, Schuylerville, NY. Online remembrances may be made at www.tunisonfuneral

Eileen A. Jameson SARATOGA SPRINGS — Eileen A. Jameson, age 77, passed away on November 23, 2016, at Saratoga Hospital. She was born on January 19, 1939, in Boston, MA, to Leslie McElhiney and Edith Gray McElhiney. Eileen graduated from Schenectady High School in Schenectady and attained her Associates degree from SCCC. She worked as a Social Worker for Saratoga County for many years. Eileen enjoyed crafts and was an avid seamstress. She was an active member of the “Brave Wood Carvers” where she did sculpturing. Eileen is survived by her son, Danny Jameson (Shelly), son, Jeffrey Scott Jameson (Judy), and daughter Heidi Jill Limongi (Greg); eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Gary Jameson, son Patrick Jameson, and daughter Susan Jameson. A graveside service was held on Monday, November 28, 2016 at Barkersville Cemetery in Middle Grove, NY. Family and friends gathered to remember her prior to the graveside service. Arrangements are under the direction of Compassionate Funeral Care, Inc, 402 Maple Ave. in Saratoga Springs. If you wish to express your online condolences or view the Obituary, please visit our website at

George Becktoft SARATOGA SPRINGS — George Herman Becktoft formerly of Benedict St. in Saratoga Springs, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 27, 2016 at the Orchard Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Granville, NY. He was 87 years old. Born in Mt. Vernon, NY on Sept 19, 1929, he was the son of the late George Becktoft and Philipina Crolly Becktoft He and his family moved to a farm in Ballston Spa when he was 15. He graduated from Ballston Spa High school class of 1949. He was voted best looking in his class. Upon graduating from high school, George enlisted in the United States Army where he was a paratrooper with 508th Airborne. He married his wife Claire in 1952. She passed on June 14, 1986. Mr. Becktoft was a retired Captain of the Saratoga Springs Fire Department with 29 years of service and he was awarded the Medal of Merit for his service. He was also the owner and operator of George’s Bow and Gun Shop of Saratoga Springs for 40 plus years. Mr. Becktoft was member of the Home of the Rising Sun

Week of December 2 – December 8, 2016 Lodge #103 where he served as the Master Masons Shriners, Blue Lodge, Commandery, Cryptic Council and was a 32 degree Knight Templar with the Masonic Lodge. He was also a member of several clubs and organizations including the NRA, American Legion Post 70 in Saratoga Springs, the Italian American Club and the Eagles Club of Saratoga Springs. George was also an avid hunter, fisherman and archer. In his leisure, he enjoyed being a gunsmith, gardening, photography, and singing and dancing. He is predeceased by his parents George and Philipina Becktoft and his wife Claire. Survivors include a son, Jeff Becktoft and his wife Colleen of Gansevoort, two daughters, Lisa Garrison and her husband David of Greenfield, and Dena Elizabeth Becktoft of Saratoga Springs, two grandchildren, Tracy O’Conner and Christopher Becktoft, three-great-grand-children Leigha, Jordan and Skylar, a brother, Phil Becktoft and his wife Debbie of Stillwater, and several nieces and nephews. Calling hours were held on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at the Tunison Funeral Home, 105 Lake Ave. in Saratoga Springs. Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 2 at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at the Corinth Cemetery in Corinth, NY . Memorial donations can be made in his memory to the Alzihmers Disease Association, 4 Pine West Plaza, #405, Albany, NY 12205. Online remembrances may be made at

Dr. Lionel D. Alboum SARATOGA SPRINGS — Dr. Lionel D. Alboum, 82, “went to seek and receive his reward” on Saturday, November 26, 2016. He was a doctor of internal and holistic medicine. He was beloved by many and will be greatly missed. Dr. Alboum is survived by his children; Helaine, Marc, and Jeffery, and

his wife, Ann. Honoring his wishes as a nonconformist, there shall be no calling hours or funeral services. Sooner or later we lose a loved one. Death is a merciful means of getting rid of the physical body which has housed our spirit on earth. One grieves, yet would not want our grief taken from us, even if it could be, for our love is wrapped up with our grief. Grief is the price we pay for love. “Love is eternal, death is a horizon, and the horizon is only the limit of our sight.” It has been said, “Death is not extinguishing the light, but putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.” When you are born, you cry, but your loved ones rejoice. When you die, you shall rejoice, but your loved ones shall cry. Online remembrances may be made at

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OBITUARIES 7 Susan E. Morehouse Madelyn Whitney Kurak SARATOGA SPRINGS/MILTON SARATOGA SPRINGS — Madelyn (Maddy) Whitney Kurak, age 102, passed away on Friday, November 18, 2016 at Wesley Health Care surrounded by her loving family. She was the widow of George Peter Kurak. Maddy was born on March 22, 1914 in Syracuse. She was the youngest of nine children and the daughter of the late Arthur Whitney and Jennie Eaton Whitney. Maddy attended Syracuse public schools and later graduated from CCBI, a Business School. She retired as the executive secretary to the president of the Syracuse Automobile Dealers Association. She and her husband were loyal to Syracuse University sports; football and basketball, holding season tickets for over fifty years. Maddy was a dedicated volunteer for the American Cancer Society, Volunteers of America, and St Peter’s Mobile Meals Program. She was a former member of O’Hav Shalom Tenants Association, Bethlehem Grange and a life member of the Valley Presbyterian Church in Syracuse. Maddy will be remembered for her great spirit, her optimism and always singing her favorite songs. She was an avid reader and also enjoyed crafting and pottery. Maddy was known for her love and devotion to family and friends. She is survived by her daughters, Kerry Kurak/Kurtus, Muriel True (David); three grandchildren, Patricia Covell (David), Pam Hart (John), David C. True Jr.; three great-grandchildren, Brian Hart, Sarah and Emily Covell; and her devoted friend, BonnieKaye Dietz all from Saratoga Springs. A private graveside service will be held December 5th at Woodlawn Cemetery in Syracuse. There will be no calling hours. Please donate to your favorite charity of choice in honor of Maddy. To express your online condolences and view the Obituary, please visit our website at

Peter J. Coyne SARATOGA SPRINGS — Peter J. Coyne, age 78, passed away on Sunday, November 20, 2016 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on February 10, 1938 in Corona, Long Island, NY, the son of the late Charles Coyne and Ethel Bauer Coyne. Peter was last seen leaving town in a Herse with a roof rack. Left a note on the table that he was heading for the first bright star beyond the moon. There he will meet his love Helen and they will continue their journey together. His last words to everyone were “Enjoy the popcorn and prepare for your journey.” He is survived by his daughter, Kelly Campoli and grandchildren, Patrick Coyne, Katie Campoli and Krystal Asselin. At the family’s request, there were no calling hours or service. Interment will be private at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Saratoga Springs. Arrangements are under the direction of Compassionate Funeral Care, Inc, 402 Maple Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. If you wish to express your online condolences or view the Obituary, please visit our website at

— Susan E. Morehouse passed away peacefully Friday, November 25, 2016 at her granddaughter’s home with her family by her side. Born on October 28, 1922 in Saratoga Springs, she was the daughter of the late John and Elizabeth Fecenko Hlavaty. Susan was lifelong resident of Saratoga Springs, a graduate of Saratoga Springs High School in 1941, and the loving wife for 67 years to the late Kenneth Morehouse. She loved her job of seventeen years as a crossing guard at Spa Catholic because she said the kids kept her going. Susie also worked as a crossing guard at the Saratoga Race Course during the racing season (thank you, Andy). She enjoyed bowling, a good Polka, and western music, especially when she would go see Jimmy Sturr. Susie was a parishioner of the Church of St. Peter and a member of The Catholic Daughters of America, which she enjoyed attending and socializing very much with her sister Katie. In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by two sons, Kenneth G. Jr. and Arthur Morehouse; four sisters, Anna Wells, Mary Convery, Helen Hlevaty, Katherine Welch and one brother, William Watulak. Survivors include her sister Veronica “Ronnie” Flewelling of Corinth; one granddaughter, Dana Cassell of Milton; her sisters-in-law, Beverly Watulak, Pamela Bender, Deborah Bender, Laura March, Candace Fitzgerald; very dear friends, Troy and Kim Cassell; a special friend Erik Teresko and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Susie’s family would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Kuffs and his nurse Cristine for all of the special care that they gave to her. Relatives and friends gathered in her name on Monday November 28, 2016at the William J. Burke and & Sons/Bussing and Cunniff Funeral Homes of Saratoga Springs. A funeral service followed conducted by the Rev. Thomas H. Chevalier, pastor. Committal services were held on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at the family plot in St. Peter’s Cemetery, also in Saratoga Springs. Memorials may be made in her name to the Church of St. Peter, 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Online remembrances may be made at



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New County GOP Chair Looks to “Keep Good Going” by Norra Reyes Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA COUNTY — The new Saratoga County GOP chair, Steve Bulger, says he has much to be thankful for this holiday season given the pretty big GOP wins in November as a result of the strong party leadership of his predecessors. “John Herrick [the former GOP county chair] had big shoes to fill when Jasper Nolan stepped down after 27 years. Nolan really helped build the Republican party into the strong committee it is now, and John kept the committee strong,” said Bulger. “He actually grew the number of GOP elected officials, especially women. He helped elect Judge Ann Crowell to the Supreme Court, and Senator Kathy Marchione, which was really important to broaden our base of our party by helping attract more women. John did a great job with that and I’m grateful for it. He also increased the number of county supervisors who are Republican. We’re in a strong position thanks to his leadership.” Bulger was about 38 years old when he was invited to join the Clifton Park Republican Committee in 1997, starting out licking envelopes and putting out signs. He liked volunteering for the GOP and became more involved over a span of about 20 years. His background is in business. With a bachelor’s degree in government and law, Bulger went into the business world for 30 years, primarily in the medical device industry. The experience left an indelible imprint on him after spending quite a bit of time in operating rooms as a technical resource for nurses and surgeons while the devices were being inserted. “A planned knee replacement or other surgery is one thing,” he said, “but emergency surgery was quite another. How quickly someone’s life can change for the worse because of an accident. Seeing that, I have an appreciation of good health. If you have never needed surgery, it’s a total blessing, because so many lives

Steve Bulger became chair of the Saratoga County Republican Committee in September. Photo by Francesco D’Amico.

are impacted – not only for the victim, but their families.” After that, in 2011, Bulger went to work for Congressman Chris Gibson, serving as his district director for the six years he has been in office. Now, Bulger said the timing was right for him to seek a new role serving the party. “I couldn’t do this if I was going to be working with Congressman Gibson,” said Bulger, “but once he decided not to run for congress or governor, that freed up my commitments. When Chairman Herrick announced in July he was going to step down, I thought it might be a good opportunity for me to see if the committee would be interested in having me be their chairman.” After several candidate interviews among local committees across the county, the full committee vote was held on Sept. 19 and Bulger was chosen as the new County GOP chair. “My number one goal is simple,” said Bulger, “and is just three words: keep good going. We are in a strong position and I’m blessed to move into a leadership role with such a strong committee in this county. We’ll continue the policies, maybe upgrade some of our technology and social media strategy, improving platforms to communicate with supporters and potential voters.” Bulger acknowledged the GOP did well this year. “We now have Senator-elect Tedisco, and Mary Beth Walsh is taking his former Assembly seat,” he said. “Marchione won again

– she is strong and respected in our county. Republicans won local races, too, and I credit the committee and the candidates as well as John Herrick for a great job. The voters rewarded them by electing them to those positions because of a lot of the work they had done previously.” With the big national wins of both houses and the Presidency, Bulger would like the Republicans to focus on the economy, which he says will be good for both the country and the county. “What most Americans want is a strong economy, fair trade deals that will help our economy, and an equitable tax system,” said Bulger. “I don’t care for the side show stuff, such as should Hillary [Clinton] be prosecuted. I hope they will focus on what people want – getting the economy moving. This is a guy who built a large business empire [Presidentelect Donald Trump], and you don’t do that by yourself. He’s shown he can build a successful team, so whoever he decides is the best person for a particular role, I don’t care about their background or their party, if the President-elect chooses them, I’ll trust his choice.” Bulger sees his role as a support to GOP elected officials in “whatever decisions they are making that they believe are in the best interest of the public. It’s not my job to tell them how to vote.” The Saratoga County GOP committee has approximately 350 members who, as a group, will make their positions known to the elected officials. Part of Bulger’s role will be to help make sure that those in office are responsive to constituents and represent them in an honorable manner and help them get re-elected, as well as recruit new candidates who have integrity and good character. He said one thing he learned well under Gibson is that, after the election, it is important to listen to all constituents, that elected officials represent everyone, not just members of their party. “It’s sometimes a challenge to find good candidates,” said Bulger. “It’s a lot of work for little to no pay and you’re always

Steve Bulger pauses for a photo with former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner, left, and Congressman Chris Gibson, right. Photo provided.

on the clock. Someone can walk up to you in the grocery store saying they want you to do something. Finding people who want to step up and make that commitment of time, well, our county has been fortunate – and our country – that there are people who want to serve in this way. They are doing it to help their community, they believe in it.” Bulger acknowledged that the Internet has a lot to do with people’s hesitancy to run for office because there are so many more platforms to criticize people. “Especially in a small town where they just want to serve, and they think they can do a good job on the town board,” said Bulger, “they find themselves opened up to all this potential criticism, which can turn people off if they are not ready for it. So to make sure we have candidates who are prepared, we have training for them.” The candidate training will include managing social media, understanding election campaign finance laws, ethics laws, and how to deal with

constituent groups. “The New York State Republican Committee asked Congressman Gibson to put together a candidate academy,” said Bulger, “a full day session to help train potential candidates and even existing elected officials. We did six of those across the state. We are going to be bringing that model here to Saratoga County to help prepare our candidates to face an election cycle.” Bulger says it is an honor for him to take on this new role. “I can continue my service to my community and the county that I was doing with Congressman Gibson,” said Bulger. The Saratoga County Republican Committee leadership team includes Vice Chairman Roger Schiera, Treasurer Cory Custer, and Secretary JoAnn Kupferman, as well as Women’s Republican Club President Dianne Freestone and an active Young Republicans Club. For more information, Bulger can be reached at gopsaratoga@gmail. com or visit

Week of December 2 – December 8, 2016

Ingersoll-Marco Wedding

Photo by Tracey Buyce Photography.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Julia Marco (Ingersoll), daughter of C. Michael and Nancy Ingersoll of Saratoga Springs, married Jesse Marco, son of John and Marjorie Marco of Mechanicville, on November 25. The ceremony and reception were held at the Canfield Casino with the bride’s uncle, Rev. Robert Sturge, as the officiant. The bride was attended

by her sister and maid of honor, Emily Ingersoll, as well as bridesmaid, Kathleen Ronayne. The groom’s brothers, John and Aaron Marco, shared the role of best man. 

Julia is a Communications Manager for Allegory Studios in Saratoga Springs and Jesse is a Landscape Designer at Brookside Nursery in Ballston Spa. The couple will continue to reside at their home in Saratoga Springs.

It’s a Boy! BALLSTON SPA — Alexis Rogers and Travis Taylor of Ballston Spa announce the birth of their son, Colton James Taylor, born November 2 at 5:59 p.m. at Saratoga Hospital. He weighed 7 pounds 4.8 ounces and was 19.5 inches long. He joins a sister, Hailey Brooke Taylor. His maternal grandparents are Marlena Smith of Ballston Spa and Eric Rogers of Corinth. His paternal grandparents are Kelley and

William Taylor of Ballston Spa. His maternal great-grandparents are Donna Smith of Ballston Spa and the late Bernie Smith, and Joanne Rogers of Corinth and the late Douglas Rogers. His paternal great-grandparents are Elizabeth Mabb of Ballston Spa and the late Clarence Mabb and Carol Taylor of Ballston Spa and the late Robert Taylor. His great-greatgrandmother is Geraldine Mabb of Ballston Spa.

Saratoga Fair Trade Market Expo

The 2nd Annual Saratoga Fair Trade Market Expo will take place Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Saratoga City Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Everything on sale at the market has been made under fair trade conditions: the artisans and producers received fair compensation for their labor, enjoyed safe workplaces, and created their goods using environmentally friendly practices. The Expo is hosted by The Bosnian Handcraft Project and New Life Fellowship of Saratoga. For more information call Mary Jo Kowalewski at 518-587-4785. There will be a free scavenger hunt all day with prizes for kids. Admission is free.


Celebrating Senior Volunteers SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Nov. 29, over 80 local seniors gathered at the Adult and Senior Center of Saratoga for their annual volunteer luncheon. This year was their largest turn-out yet. Volunteer participation has skyrocketed since the center launched their Community Connections program in 2015. To date, they have matched over 150 seniors with volunteers to assist them with household chores, respite assistance, transportation, shopping, home visits and referrals to other Saratoga County organizations. These are vital services that risk running a deficit

Joseph Almeida is one of the volunteers recognized at the Adult and Senior Center of Saratoga. Photo provided.

as the baby boomers continue to age. For volunteer opportunities at the Adult and Senior

Center of Saratoga, visit


Week of December 2 – December 8, 2016

Week of December 2 – December 8, 2016


Reader’s View: Why Say Yes to the County Budget

It has been a pleasure and an honor to serve you as your County Supervisor. Recently, there has been some concern expressed over the County’s 2017 budget. As a steward of your tax dollars, I want to explain some facts of the budget and why it raises taxes over 2016 and exceeds the State Tax Cap. The tax rate for 2017 is $2.30 per $1,000 of assessed value, an increase of just under 2 percent, from the $2.26 per $1,000 currently -about a $12 increase for the entire year on a $300,000 house. The NYS Tax Cap allows local governments to raise their tax levy by 2 percent per year, or by the rate

of inflation, whichever is lower. For 2017 the tax levy increase can only be 0.68 percent. In real dollars, that means for 2017 the County can only increase the tax levy on the general operating budget from $54.17 million to $54.53 million, or $368,357-a miniscule amount of the total $297 million budget. Because the County’s total assessed value rose by $724 million dollars in one year, this would force the tax rate (the amount each taxpayer pays proportionally to make up the tax levy) down from $2.26 per $1,000 to $2.19 per $1,000. We cannot keep taxes flat, as we would by default exceed the Tax Cap since we would collect more than the $368,357 allowed. The County did follow the Tax Cap rules in 2015 and 2016, and lowered taxes accordingly. These actions created deficits in the budget that were filled by using surplus fund balances. Yearly, the County budget is impacted by unfunded State Mandates. For 2017, this is projected to be $56.5 million. Without exceeding the tax cap, we cannot collect enough property taxes to cover those costs. Our sale of the Nursing Home and Landfill, and elimination of Public Health Home Health services, are cuts we have

made to try to improve budget conditions in a Tax Cap environment. The City of Saratoga Springs receives many services from the County. We receive Sheriff Patrols for SPAC special events, and for our busiest days at the Racetrack. We have Mental Health and Public Health located in our City. The City has had nearly $1M in County road and bridge work completed over the past 10 years. While we are planning on adding some Sheriff Deputies in 2017, no other County department is receiving any major increase in staffing or funding. Each year, the Board of Supervisors must decide what level of services are appropriate for our residents, at a reasonable level of taxes. The Tax Cap legislation has caused the County to look seriously at the budget and to make appropriate cuts. This year, the cap level, if followed, will negatively impact the County’s ability to provide sufficient services. The 2017 County budget is balanced and meets the current service needs of our residents. Based on these factors, I will be voting in favor of exceeding the Tax Cap as well as for the 2017 County budget. Matthew E. Veitch Supervisor-City of Saratoga Springs


Christmas Bird Count Set Area birders and nature enthusiasts are invited to join Southern Adirondack Audubon Society (SAAS) members in the 117th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, Dec. 17. Birders of all skill levels are needed. Non-birders are welcome to help spot birds or keep team records. Most of the birding is done from the car although some teams may need to walk along trails or in area parks. The Christmas Bird Count is a good way to get to know area birders and increase your skills. The bird count area covers a 15-mile diameter circle centered in South Glens Falls. To join a count team for a whole or partial day, contact Linda White at 518-222-5675 or email at lindamezzadonna@gmail.

com. The Saratoga Christmas Bird Count will be held on Sunday, Dec. 18. Contact Jean Holcomb for more information at The Lake George Land Conservancy, based in Bolton Landing, will also hold its Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, Dec. 17. For details, visit events-and-programs/. Tens of thousands of volunteers will participate in more than 2,000 individual counts throughout the Americas from midDecember to early January. The information becomes a valuable addition to the U.S. government’s natural history monitoring database. Thank you for your help. Laurel Male SAAS

Popular State Park Fountain ‘Closed Indefinitely’ SARATOGA SPRINGS — Due to prolonged dry weather, the State Seal Fountain is not functioning properly, and will be closed indefinitely until adequate water pressure returns, according to the state

Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation office. The popular fountain is located just off the Avenue of the Pines, near the entrance of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.



Week of December 2 – December 8, 2016

After the Fire Continued from front page.

The structure most seriously affected, a vacant brick building on Caroline Street that most recently housed the Living Room, has been deemed structurally unsound and faces demolition. There is no set timeline of when that demolition may occur. City attorney Vincent DeLeonardis said inquiries were made as to whether the building’s façade may be salvaged, but it appears that salvaging any part of the structure will not be possible. The building, commonly referred to as sitting at 30 Caroline St., is listed as being located at 26 Caroline St. on tax forms and is owned by Louis Lazzinnaro. The 19th century brick building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, according to Samantha Bosshart, executive director of the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation. The organization continues to explore the possibility of preserving the building or the facade, she added. The building at 68 Putnam

St. – housing the Mio Posto restaurant where the fire originated - appeared to have sustained serious damage as well, although engineers have yet to make a structural determination regarding that building. Saratoga Springs Fire Department crews encountered heavy smoke and fire conditions when responding to the incident shortly after 2:30 a.m. on Nov. 24. The fire extended throughout the first floor and ceiling areas and eventually burned into adjacent buildings housing Hamlet & Ghost - at 24 Caroline St. - and to the vacant building which formerly housed the Living Room bar. Hamlet & Ghost, Sperry’s restaurant, and the Ice House also sustained varying amounts of damage. “I was here that night, had just left and was a couple of blocks away when they called me and told me what was going on,” said Brendan Dillon, co-owner of the craft cocktail bar Hamlet & Ghost. “Us and Sperry’s are dealing with some similar stuff - a lot of water damage and

Firefighters at Caroline Street on Thursday morning Nov. 24, 2016 after an early morning blaze spread from a Putnam Street restaurant and caused damage to a series of businesses and apartments at the L-shaped intersection. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

smoke damage - and I think the Ice House has some structural stuff to

deal with. This whole block was filled with smoke for a long time.” Residents from 24 ½ Caroline Street were safely evacuated. Dillon estimated it could be two to three weeks until his business reopens, and in response has kicked off a fundraising campaign to help support Hamlet & Ghost’s 18-member staff and their families until they are able to come back to work. “It’s something to keep our staff paid and happy for the next couple of weeks,” said Dillon, as workers piled scorched debris into a metal dumpster outside. “It’s a hard time of the year for anybody to be out of work and making sure we have some funds coming in to pay them was a big thing.” The GoFundMe emergency campaign has raised more than $10,000 and contributions may

be made by visiting: https:// A benefit will also be staged 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday at The Merry Monk, 84 Henry St., and will feature a silent auction and sale of Hamlet & Ghost gift certificates and merchandise. A portion of the event’s food and beverage sales will also be donated to benefit Hamlet & Ghost employees. The fire began at about 2:30 a.m. and fire crews were still on scene 14 hours later overhauling and extinguishing small pockets of hidden fire. The Saratoga Springs Fire Department was assisted by members of Malta Ridge, Rock City Falls, and Ballston Spa fire departments. Wilton EMS and Empire Ambulance also responded to the scene.

Week of December 2 – December 8, 2016


Notes from City Hall by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs Residential Rehabilitation Grant Program provides those with limited resources the opportunity to make necessary repairs to increase the safety, security, and energy efficiency of their homes. The program may provide up to $15,000 in necessary repairs for single-family households. Resident homeowners with rental units (up to three) may be eligible for an additional $5,000 per unit if they rent to income-eligible persons at fair-market rents for a minimum of four years. The income eligibility guidelines are HUD-mandated and are subject to change. The requirements for income-eligible people to obtain this grant include a necessary occupancy time of four years, and a resident within city lines. Program guidelines and grant

applications are available at the Office of Planning and Economic Development in City Hall.

Upcoming Meetings at City Hall

Monday, Dec. 5 – City Council Pre-Agenda Meeting, 9:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 5 - Planning Board Workshop, 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 - City Council Meeting, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7 - Design Review Commission Meeting, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 - Planning Board Meeting, 7 p.m.

City Boards: Did You Know?

The Saratoga Springs Planning Board is a seven-member citizen board appointed by the mayor to 7-year staggered terms. The Planning Board has jurisdiction over the development of most new multi-family, commercial, institutional and industrial projects.

The City Council gives the Planning Board the following independent authorities to review development activities within city boundaries: Site plan review; Floodplain Variances; Soil Erosion and Sediment Control; Special Use Permits; Subdivision Review. The Planning Board also provides advisory services to the City Council, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Design Review Commission on various development activity. The seven-member board, and respective date of term expiration is as follows: Mark Torpey, chair 12/31/20; Robert F. Bristol, vice chair 12/31/19; Clifford Van Wagner 12/31/18; Tom L. Lewis 12/31/16; Howard Pinsley 12/31/17; Janet Casey 12/31/21; Jamin Totino 12/31/22. The Planning Board meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month.

Public Works Deputy Commissioner to Retire; Search for New Deputy Underway SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Springs Public Works Deputy Commissioner Tim Cogan will retire Dec. 31. He served the past seven years in the city’s DPW department as second in command. Cogan’s primary responsibility was oversight of the daily DPW operation, which included snow plowing, leaf pickup, and the city’s yearly paving program. “You might not be able to find anyone in New York State who is better at paving jobs than Tim Cogan,” said DPW commissioner Anthony “Skip” Scirocco. “Tim would respond to emergencies at all hours of the day or night, from downed tree limbs to water main breaks, and then fix problems

so that residents never had to worry or be inconvenienced,” said Scirocco. Cogan worked for the Department of Public Works in various roles including as a supervisor before being appointed deputy by Scirocco. In total, Cogan has over 45 years of service to the city. The search for a new Deputy Commissioner of Public Works is underway. Those interested in the position should reach out to the DPW office. A background in construction, project management, transportation, or other relevant experience will be considered. Interested parties can call 518-587-3550 ext. 2561 or email their credentials to



Week of December 2 – December 8, 2016

Lawsuit to be Brought in Legionnaires’ Death by Norra Reyes Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — James Earl Johnson of Gansevoort learned that his mother, Alice Johnson, 86, had Legionnaires’ disease a few days before her death on October 26. She had been a resident of The Wesley Community, a senior care and senior living facility in Saratoga Springs. Her case was one of 19 cases now confirmed by the New York State Department of Health (DOH) in Saratoga County. Johnson recently retained Attorney Michael Conway of Harris, Conway and Donovan, PLLC, to investigate the matter on behalf of his mother’s estate. Conway has served

Freedom of Information Law requests to DOH, the Saratoga County Health Department, and the city of Saratoga Springs Department of Public Works. Once obtaining information that clearly identifies the source of the Legionella, his firm will bring a lawsuit on behalf of the estate. The law firm is also representing Susan Gonino, one of the confirmed cases, who has stated she had no contact with The Wesley Community. According to DOH, there are 12 cases associated with Wesley Health Care Center that are currently under investigation, and 7 cases in Saratoga County that are not associated with the facility. Two of the Wesley cases have died, however both had

underlying health conditions. “We are investigating whether the common link is the city water supply,” said Conway, “and we’re hoping the department of health is looking into that issue.” A prepared statement from DOH said, “The New York State Department of Health continues to closely monitor cases of Legionellosis in the Saratoga Springs area. Multiple sources have been investigated, including construction on the municipal water system. As a precautionary step, state DOH recommended water restrictions for the facility, which it has implemented. The Department will continue to work aggressively to identify an environmental source and

protect against any additional cases in the Saratoga area.” According to Saratoga Springs Public Works Commissioner “Skip” Scirocco, the municipal water construction taking place on Woodlawn Avenue is a line not in service yet. “As far as we know, we have not been contacted by the health department,” said Scirocco. “They haven’t said there are any issues with the city’s water.” At the time of the interview, Scirocco had not yet received the forthcoming FOIL request from Conway. “The water treatment plant was just upgraded a few years ago,” said Scirocco. “It could be from somebody’s hot water heater or from someone’s house.”

The Legionella bacteria exist naturally in water and moist soil. For illness to occur, an individual would have to breath it in from a mist, such as from evaporative condensers, air conditioning cooling towers, or even home vaporizers that are not regularly cleaned. It is not uncommon for the illness to be diagnosed as a mild respiratory disease or even pneumonia. An increased awareness and focus on Legionnaires’ disease has led to a greater likelihood of detection and diagnosis by health care providers and does not necessarily mean there has been an increase in the number of Legionella cases in New York State. Between 200 and 800 cases are diagnosed annually statewide.

Week of December 2 – December 8, 2016


Largest Gift in 68 Years

From left, Amy Raimo, Executive Director, Foundation and Vice President for Community Engagement, Saratoga Hospital; Angelo G. Calbone, President and Chief Executive Officer, Saratoga Hospital; and Barbara King, Saratoga Hospital Volunteer Guild President. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Hospital Volunteer Guild has pledged $500,000—the auxiliary organization’s largest gift ever—to help bring “smart” intravenous (IV) pumps to all Saratoga Hospital facilities. The gift also is the most significant to date for the hospital’s newest fundraising initiative, which seeks more than $1 million to buy and set up 270 smart pumps and related software. In presenting the pledge, Guild President Barbara King cited the benefit to virtually everyone who turns to Saratoga Hospital for care. “That this project will touch every patient who comes through the doors of a Saratoga Hospital site every day is praiseworthy and extraordinary,” she said. IV pumps have long been used to deliver lifesaving fluids, from blood products to advanced antibiotics, insulin, and chemotherapy. New “smart” pumps include technology designed to ensure that patients receive the right medication at the right dose and the right time. The result is enhanced safety and better outcomes. “The Guild’s pledge is the latest example of our volunteers’ amazing contributions to Saratoga Hospital and those we serve,” said Amy Raimo, executive director of Saratoga Hospital Foundation and vice president for community engagement. “The Guild consistently takes the lead and sets an example in supporting our programs and serving our patients and visitors,”

she added. “There is no better, more committed partner—to the hospital or the community.” Since its founding in 1948, the Guild has donated more than $3 million to Saratoga Hospital. Guild gifts have helped build the hospital’s new Surgical Pavilion and Marylou Whitney and Desmond DelGiacco, MD, Intensive Care Unit; Alfred Z. Solomon Emergency Center; Saratoga Community Health Center; and more. Guild donations have helped purchase an electronic medical records system and state-ofthe-art equipment. The Guild also has pledged $100,000 to the hospital’s permanent endowment to support healthcare in Saratoga County for generations to come. Equally important, Guild volunteers donate tens of thousands of hours each year to help improve the patient experience and support those in need in the Saratoga community. “Everything we do flows from the mission and vision of the hospital—the compassion, customer service, and commitment to excellence in healthcare in our region,” said Betsy St. Pierre, associate director of volunteer services at Saratoga Hospital. “Our volunteers provide support, kindness, and encouragement, and that decreases avoidable suffering. “They’re making a big difference in the Hospital and the Saratoga region,” she said. For more information: volunteer-guild/.



Week of December 2 – December 8, 2016

New Senior Living Facility Opens Its Doors

The library at the Summit at Saratoga. Photo by Tom Wall.

The new Summit at Saratoga’s 110-unit independent living community off route 50 expands the Capital Region’s senior housing options. Photo by Tom Wall.

SARATOGA SPRING — Local and regional politicians gathered with members of the Saratoga business community on Thursday, December 1 for the ribbon cutting and grand opening of The Summit

at Saratoga, a 110-unit senior independent living community for those 55 and older. Located at 1 Perry Road, a short drive from an array of retail conveniences on Route 50, including major grocery

and big box outlets and minutes from bustling downtown Saratoga, the three-story apartment-style community features a mix of one- and twobedroom apartments ranging in size from 715 to 1,225

square feet on 12 landscaped acres. Forty percent of these units are currently reserved by individuals and couples from Saratoga, Warren, and Washington counties, as well as out-of-state locations such as Vermont, Massachusetts and Florida. “It’s rewarding to have this project finally open and welcoming so many new faces,” said Summit Senior Living, LLC Principal Adam DeSantis. “Our goal was to always provide a relaxed, independent and maintenance-free lifestyle that could serve this rapidly growing market. By being so close to an array of retail conveniences, including major grocery and big box outlets and downtown Saratoga for those who enjoy fine dining and other attractions, I feel we have certainly accomplished that objective.” “This market is underserved in terms of luxurious, yet affordable housing options for those over 55 who don’t want the hassles of home ownership,” added Town of Wilton Supervisor Art Johnson. “This new community not only provides a full range of activities to keep seniors active in mind, body and spirit, but also a safe, physical living environment that includes free transportation services to medical appointments and 24-hour emergency services through an emergency call and fire detection system. I am delighted to welcome Adam, his staff and all the new residents to our

community.” Modeled after Summit Senior Living’s sister communities in Glenville (The Meadows at Glenwyck) and North Greenbush (Eastwyck Village), The Summit at Saratoga has no entrance fees. Each apartment offers upscale carpeting and floor tile, granite countertops, balconies/ patios for all apartments, fullsize washers and dryers in each apartment, and central air conditioning. Included in each month’s rent is cable television and Internet service, water, sewer, and trash. Rental fees also offer access to the Senior Engaged Life® (SEL) program, which allows residents to enjoy everything from regular speakers and outings to Pilates and cooking classes. SEL services also include links and referrals to community service providers, educational programs, health and wellness activities, finance/legal resources, transportation services for shopping and medical visits, as well as a daily continental breakfast. Other community amenities include: an integrated clubhouse featuring an indoor pool and hot tub, sauna, fitness center, full-service day spa, tavern, movie theater and a variety of other recreational areas, including bocce ball and pickle ball courts. For more information, visit, or call 518-430-2136.

Week of December 2 – December 8, 2016


Adirondack Trust’s Record Year for SBA Loans stagnated while waiting to save enough funds for the growth.” “We are extremely thankful to have the trust and support of ATC,” he said. “We’re excited about the partnership created that has allowed both of our companies to thrive.” In 2014, another milestone year, The Adirondack Trust Company transitioned from an active SBA Small Community Bank Lender in the Capital Region, to a Large Community Bank Lender, which includes banks with $1-$10 billion in assets. The SBA Capital region covers the following counties: Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Essex, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga,

Kru Coffee at 46 Marion Avenue in Saratoga Springs was one of the many small businesses benefiting from The Adirondack Trust Company’s record lending year. Photo by Bark Eater Photography.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Adirondack Trust Company announced that 2016 has been a record-breaking year for its lending through the U.S. Small Business Administration. For the year ending Sept. 30, 2016, The Adirondack Trust Company approved 56 SBA 7(a) loans, amounting to more than $4.4 million. In 2015, the bank approved a then-record of 38 SBA 7(a) loans, amounting to $3.2 million, making 2016’s year-over-year approvals an increase of 47 percent in volume and 38 percent in dollars. “With this company record, we are showing our community that we are committed to its growth and the small businesses that make this area strong,” ATC President Stephan von Schenk said. “Since our founding in 1901, this has been the center of our work: Every day, we work closely with locally owned and operated businesses, and we are proud to be able to help them grow by making SBA and other financing programs available. We are only as strong as our community, and the core of our mission is to continually serve that community.” In addition to helping business owners achieve their financial goals, The Adirondack Trust Company’s SBA lending program assisted in creating 89 new jobs across 24 businesses in the region, putting more dollars into more local pockets. 87 North

Enterprises, LLC (DBA Kru Coffee) was one of those businesses, using SBA funding to help start their flagship coffee shop off Route 9 in Saratoga Springs, and hire four employees. “Adirondack Trust helped us to secure 30 percent of the financing for our startup of Kru Coffee,” said Kyle Brock, owner of the innovative coffee shop and coffee wholesaler that opened earlier this year. The coffee-shop location boasts multiple state-of-theart Slayer espresso machines and Steampunk coffee brewers, along with Brūbender Concept Bar, an in-house roastery, and plenty of space for patrons. “Working with Adirondack Trust felt like working with a business partner, rather than just a banker trying to close on a loan. The process was very clear and straightforward, which helped in not distracting us from the thousands of other details required to make this venture a reality.” Cartwheels Gymnastics Center in Clifton Park, was also a recipient of SBA funding this past year, using much-needed dollars to help expand the veteran-owned business. “The Adirondack Trust Company is one of the biggest reasons we’re in business today,” said Cartwheels Owner Jason Dammer. “After being denied by a handful of other

banks, it was ATC that decided we were a risk worth taking. The then-SBA Patriot Express program was especially helpful in expanding our business— without the loans, our business would have plateaued and even

Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, and Washington. The Adirondack Trust Company is an independent, locally owned and operated, community bank offering a wide variety of business and personal financial services. The bank has more than $1 billion in assets and 12 branch offices. The bank offers banking, trust, insurance, and investment management services, and originates real estate mortgages, both residential and commercial, and commercial business loans throughout its primary market area. The bank’s website is



Week of December 2 – December 8, 2016

Augie’s Expanding to Saratoga Springs Continued from front page.

Augie’s Family Style Italian To Go will continue the Augie’s concept, with familiar menu items as well as prepared foods such as packaged homemade pastas and sauces. There will be homemade cannoli, seasonally flavored gelatos, and other desserts as well. “You can come in and pick up a pound of fresh pasta and quart of marinara at your convenience,” said Vitiello. “Or you can call ahead to pick up a pan of eggplant parm, lasagna or meatballs and salad to have for company at home the next day. Fresh and hassle-free.” Vitiello said he often heard from his restaurant customers that they wished he had a location in Saratoga Springs. “We’re making life easier for our great customers in Saratoga so they don’t have to drive to Ballston Spa,”

Chef Augie Vitiello displays a fresh Atlantic halibut, a popular favorite at Augie’s Family Style Italian Restaurant. Photo provided.

said Vitiello. “It’s a great East side location, across from the park where

there’s lots of activity and a big population of families that want good, wholesome Italian food at a reasonable price just a phone call away. I see a niche for that, and I think it will do really well.” Vitiello is taking over the former pizzeria at 223 Lake Avenue, just across from East Side Recreation Park, which has been empty for about a year. “The landlord has been doing extensive renovations to the property,” Photo provided.

said Vitiello, “and he’s excited having me join the property and bring it back to life. We’re anticipating an opening date in mid-January.” Vitiello has originally opened his restaurant in Larchmont in 1990, and moved to Ballston Spa in 2004. “It’s been great,” he said. “We’ve been growing all the time, constantly expanding what we do. We’ve expanded our footprint in the restaurant and now have two private dining rooms for private parties and banquets. It’s been pretty active and promising.” Vitiello sees that success growing with this new take-out venue, which will be its own entity, with a phone number, website, and social media sites separate from the existing restaurant. For questions about Augie’s Family Style Italian To Go, email For questions about Augie’s Family Style Italian Restaurant, located at 17 Low Street in Ballston Spa, call 518-8848600 or visit

Week of December 2 – December 8, 2016

Franklin Community Center a New Team Member

Thank you to The Adirondack Trust Company for sponsoring the 2016 Saratoga Young Professionals Network. $10. Register at

Cyber Security Breakfast

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Franklin Community Center welcomes Stephany Deuel to the Project Lift team as its newest full time Family Outreach Educator for Project Lift, working primarily with Geyser Road and Greenfield Elementary Schools. Deuel grew up in Stillwater and graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Most recently, Deuel worked for a Schenectady non-profit organization that provided services and case management for adults with mental illness. Project Lift is currently operating in all six of the Saratoga Springs City School District Elementary Schools with the Family Outreach Educators now working directly out of the schools to help facilitate the bonding between families and the schools. For more information, visit

Saratoga Young Professionals Network SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Young Professionals Network will meet for their December networking event at Thirsty Owl Outlet and Wine Garden, 184 South Broadway, on Tuesday, December 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. Come out and enjoy an evening of networking while enjoying drink specials and complimentary hors d’oeuvres with fellow young professionals.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The 2016 Presidential campaign was unprecedented in many ways, including the critical impact of lax security, document theft and breaches of confidentiality that affected both candidates’ campaigns on a daily basis. Please join us Thursday, December 8, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Saratoga National Golf Club at 458 Union Avenue for a panel discussion on these events and why they matter to your business. Hackers, rogue employees and other bad actors are an unfortunate fact of life for today’s business leaders and our panel will be sharing tips and strategies to help you defend your business from these critical threats. For more information or to register, visit $20.

Patient Experience Manager Joins PEP

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Patient Experience Project (PEP), a full-service, patient-centric communications agency based in Saratoga Springs, has announced the arrival of Alissa Buhrmaster. In her role as patient experience manager, Buhrmaster oversees the agency’s patient relationship management (PRM) program, including documentation, planning, and logistic coordination for patient workgroups,

BUSINESS BRIEFS 19 ambassador programs, advocacy boards, and other custom programs and events. Buhrmaster has more than 15 years of event planning experience. Most recently, she worked as an event sales manager at Mazzone Hospitality in Saratoga Springs. Previously, she was an event planner at PALIO, a healthcare advertising agency, and the Selva Group, a medical education agency, both divisions of inVentiv Health based out of Saratoga Springs. Learn more about the PEP and career opportunities at www.the-pep. com.

Holiday Orientation and Mixer SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce will celebrate its 2016 Holiday Mixer at the Gideon Putnam on Thursday, December 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. Immediately before the mixer, from 4 to 5 p.m., there will be an orientation for any new or existing members looking to maximize their membership. After the orientation, you are invited to join your fellow

Chamber members for an evening of networking, drinks, and hors d’oeuvres at one of the largest networking events of the year. Thank you to Adirondack Technical Solutions for sponsoring this event. $10. Register at

99th Annual Dinner SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce cordially invites you to the 99th Annual Dinner on Thursday, January 26, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the Saratoga Springs City Center, 522 Broadway. The event will kickoff with a Cocktail Hour, from 6 to 7 p.m. and will be followed by dinner and the program, from 7 to 8:30 and will conclude with a dessert reception, running until 9:30. Tickets are

$100. Visit for more information. 2016 Chair of the Board, Matt Jones, Attorney at The Jones Firm, will be recognized for his leadership and recap the successes of this past year. In addition, 2017 Chair, Dave Collins, from D.A. Collins Companies, will be welcomed in, along with the Chamber board, volunteers and 25 year anniversary members being recognized for their support. Sponsorship opportunities are available ranging from $500 to $3,500, which includes admission to the event. If you are interested in having your business name and/or logo displayed for members to see, please contact Keith VanVeghten,, or call 518-584-3255.

Week of December 2 – December 8, 2016

BALLSTON SPA 180 Kingsley Rd., $165,000. Kathleen Porcelli sold property to William Strong and Deborah Spoonogle. 7 Mourningkill Rd., $216,000. Deborah Piccirilli sold property to Daniel McNally.

CHARLTON 1406 Cosgrove Dr., $549,900. Bordeau Builders Inc. sold property to Andrew and Nicole Barnes. 1501 Division St., $385,000. Alex and Melissa Capo sold property to Thomas and Karin Poitras. 792 Swaggertown Rd., $300,000. Deborah Caruso sold property to James Harrigan.

CLIFTON PARK 36 Tekakwitha Court, $185,000. Gail Metzger sold property to Courtney Thayer. 111 Blue Barns Rd., $135,000. John Beach sold property to Mark Klos. 8 Wall St., Unit # 321, $219,500. Suzanne Lukaszewski sold property to Joley Tetreault (as Co-Trustee) 680 Bruno Rd., $139,000. US Bank Trust National Association (as Trustee by Atty) sold property to Amber and Kody Kowalowski. 18 Pebble Beach Dr., $292,500. Joseph and Theresa Dumais sold property to Jesse Boyce.

CORINTH 34 Holmes Rd., $35,500. Citimortgage Inc. (by Atty) sold property to Annette Jones.

GREENFIELD 653 Coy Rd., $162,000. Fannie Mae (by Atty) sold property to Crystal Horn. 27 Pepper Lane, $475,000. Joyce Tarantino (as Trustee) sold property to Robert and Joan Hawthorne.

MALTA 11 Thistle Dr., $305,800. William and Meghan McLain sold property to Michael Vallely and Lauren Roman. 22 Wake Robin Rd., $153,700. Kerry Meehan sold property to Jocelyn and Cynthia Farrell.


Lot 32 Maiden Circle, $420,000. John Luke Development Co. LLC sold property to Sangwoo Lim. 25 Hillman Loop, $300,845. Farone Amedore LLC sold property to David Moore and Ellen-Byrl Moore.

MILTON 3368 Galway Rd., $235,000. Michael and Diane Ostrander sold property to Taylor Janis. 643 Stark Terrace, $380,900. Joan Gannon-Farnum (by Agent) and Christopher Farnum (by Agent) sold property to Ian Lanning. 3995 Lewis Rd., $40,000. Jolene Gagne sold property to Eric and Megan Cutbush. 21 Knollwood Hollow, $223,000. William and Regina Delia sold property to George and Theresa Rogers.

Tracy and Raymond Barnes, III sold property to Michael Tracey.

SARATOGA 10 Ashleigh Lane, $374,302. Saratoga Builders Inc. sold property to Thomas and Catherine Gross. 56 Brown Rd., $222,500. Saratoga Development LLC sold property to Peter Loyola and Hilary Moynihan. 58 Brown Rd., $140,000. Saratoga Development LLC sold property to Peter Loyola and Hillary Moynihan.

16 Caroline St., $3,400,000. John Baker sold property to Caroline Street Properties LLC.

28 Revere Run, $307,000. Krug Group Corp sold property to Randy Jordan.

154 Woodlawn Ave., $685,000. Julie Paulussen sold property to Julia Dunn.

23 Walden Circle $502,658. Amedore Homes Inc. sold property to Bruce and Karen Adelman.

318 Ballston Ave., Unit C, $298,000. 318 Ballston Ave, LLC sold property to David Allen. 49 Curt Blvd., $187,000. Jenna Swindt sold property to John Lundon. 10 Sarazen St., $370,000. David and Joan Oboyski sold property to Ann Marie Begley-Kaye.

5 Schuyler Heights Dr., $17,500. Wells Fargo Bank sold property to Elad and Gideon Meir.

82 Church St., $680,000. 82 Church St., LLC sold property to 82 Church Street Realty LLC.

Herkimer St., $8,000. George Sullivan sold property to Kori Siciliano and Jacob Fort.

2 Albany St., $50,000. William Cherry sold property to Blue Star Enterprises.

7 Anthony Lane, $611,000. Saratoga Builders LLC sold property to Sean and Casey Walter.


682 Stark Terrace, $342,000. Jared and Molly Verdught sold property to Brookfield Relocation Inc.


36 Dunn Rd., $279,000. Donna and Donald Seavey, Jr. sold property to Lenore and Michael DeMartino, Jr.

16 Karista Spring Dr., $175,000. John and Kelly Allison sold property to Amanda Baldwin.

289 County Rt 75, $315,000. Miceli Valcia sold property to Roe Mar Farms LLC.

682 Stark Terrace, $342,000. Brookfield Relocation Inc. sold property to Jeremy and Elizabeth Logue.

195 Division St., $125,000. Glens Falls Area Habitat for Humanity sold property to Christopher and Alicia Clements.

2 White Oak Path, $195,400. Allison and Douglas Akins, Sr. sold property to Christina Flora and Stephen Corey.

129 Grand Ave., $359,000. Jessie Albert sold property to Emanuel Contompasis.

270 Rowland St., $157,000. Michael Garavelli sold property to Matthew Goodfriend.

1043 Rock City Rd., $250,000.


3 County Route 76, $36,001. US Bank Trust (as Trustee by Atty) sold property to Timothy Connally and Joseph Riley. 588 NYS Route 9P, $115,000. Harold Goldstein sold property to Salvatore Fusco. 1 Brightman Rd., $70,000. Jean Lescault sold property to James Close.

WILTON 859 Route 9, $36,000. Ann and John Myers sold property to Melissa Pronto. 1 Hanover Rd., $187,500. Michael and Lenore DeMartino sold property to Raymond Stephens. 32 Meditation Way, $207,000. Jane Wood sold property to Michael Bogardus. 13 Stonehedge Dr., $290,000. Matthew and Renee Young sold property to Marina Gregory.



Week of December 2 – December 8, 2016

Ben Ferrara Wins Lifetime Achievement Award SYRACUSE — The New York State Association of School Attorneys is extremely pleased and proud to report that Ben Ferrara has been named the recipient of the New York State Association of School Attorneys (NYSASA) 2016 Lifetime Achievement
 Award. The Award recognizes Ben’s exemplary leadership and dedication to the service of public schools, the school law profession and the Association. He was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the NYSSBA Pre-Convention Law Conference on Thursday, October 27. Ben is the first such recipient of NYSASA’s Lifetime award, which places special emphasis on the prestige and honor it reflects. He has had a remarkably successful career, which has included not only direct services to School Boards and Superintendents, but contributions to the wider field of education law. He has earned great respect from his school law colleagues in New York State as well as nationwide. He served on the Board of Directors of the 3,000 members National School Boards Association (“NSBA”), Council of School Attorneys (“COSA”) and for 11 years was its Chair. He also served as a member of the NSBA Board of Directors during 1996-97.

representation and related services to school districts and BOCES throughout New York State. In addition to his thriving practice, Ben has written and lectured extensively in the fields of education law and public employment law. He has been a frequent speaker and participant at programs

Headshot provided by Katherine Senn, Office Administrator, Ferrara Fiorenza PC

In 2011, Ben was honored by COSA at the NSBA Convention in San Francisco with its Lifetime Achievement Award. At the time, it was only the third award made in the history of that organization. In addition to his activities on behalf of these national organizations, Ben continues to serve as a Director and Past President (1998) of NYSASA, and is a frequent speaker and panelist for its activities. While serving as an officer and director of this organization, Ben helped to initiate and maintain numerous services for NYSASA, which have become ongoing programming activities. Ben’s practice has always been focused on providing exemplary advice, counsel,

sponsored by the N.Y.S. School Boards Association, NSBA, COSA and other nationwide, statewide and local conferences dealing with education law, school board training, public sector employment and labor relations is- sues. The NYSASA is proud to recognize Ben for this achievement

and for his indelible mark both on the field of school law and his many colleagues and friends fortunate enough to work with him over the years. They thank him for making this mark while maintaining – and demanding – the highest standard of ethics and true character. Congratulations sir!

Funding for Saratoga County Women and Girls

Local Soroptimists Make $25,000 Grant Funding

Provided by Dee Sarno, Fund Distribution Committee, Soroptimist Saratoga

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Soroptimist International of Saratoga County (SISC) announces the availability of $25,000 in grant funding for organizations that serve the needs of women and girls in Saratoga County. These awards, given by the club each year, seek to improve the lives and quality of life of women and girls in our local community. In 2016, SISC awarded 19 grants totaling $25,095 to the following organizations: Alcohol Prevention Council, Ballston Area Community Center, Bridging People and Places, CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services, Children’s Museum at Saratoga, Code Blue Program of Shelters of Saratoga, Dance Alliance, Fast Break Fund, Franklin

Community Center, Helping Hands School, I Am, I Can, Inc., Junior Achievement NENY, Lions Club – Camp Abilities Saratoga, Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson, Rebuilding Together Saratoga, Saratoga Center for the Family, Saratoga EOC, Shelters of Saratoga, Women’s Voices, Women’s Visions. Each of these organization has various projects that realize SISC’s mission to assist women and girls. In order to qualify for this funding, candidate organizations either must be in or currently serve the needs of citizens of Saratoga County. Consideration will be given in accordance with number of people served. Grants are typically awarded for programmatic, start-up, or capital

projects. Individual endeavors, such as pageants and competitions, are not funded. The application deadline is January 31, 2017. For a grant application, visit the SISC website at Applicants may send their completed application to Dee Sarno at, or send by mail to 44 Pamela Lane, Saratoga Springs, New York, 12866. SISC is part of an international volunteer service organization of business and professional women dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world. SISC’s two signature fundraisers, the Secret Garden Tour in early summer and the Cabin Fever fundraiser in late January, fund all club grants.

Week of December 2 – December 8, 2016

Saratoga Springs Native Awarded Scholarship Through IEEE SARATOGA SPRINGS — Drew HasBrouck, a student at Northeastern University’s College of Engineering, was one of five Northeastern students who received a scholarship through the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Power and Energy Society Scholarship Plus Initiative for the 20162017 academic year. This is the third consecutive year HasBrouck has been selected for this scholarship. Since becoming a PES Scholar, HasBrouck has completed co-op assignments at CDM Smith and GE Energy Financial Services (EFS). At GE EFS, he worked to identify and mitigate technical risks associated with the financing of utility scale power projects,

specifically focusing on solar photovoltaic (PV) plant operation. A Saratoga Springs native, HasBrouck is on track to complete a BS/MS in electrical engineering and a minor in sustainable energy systems. He expects to graduate in 2018.



Parent University to Host Respect and Character Program SARATOGA SPRINGS — A Parent University program titled “Act with Respect Always” is scheduled for Tuesday, December 6 at 7 p.m. The program will be held in the Saratoga Springs High School Library. Coach Rich Johns, President of Act With Respect Always, will share what inspired him to begin Act With Respect Always. Stressing honesty, teamwork, empathy, kindness, love and acceptance, Coach Johns strives to make everyone aware of their daily actions. He introduces to each audience the 99 and 1 idea, a personal character assessment plan. Speaking to mindfulness, he hopes to have everyone constantly draw

‘”reflection’” towards themselves to be as kind as possible. With this knowledge, each person can access his or her own character “score” every minute of every day. In addition, a Parent University program titled “Character Education in our District” is scheduled for Friday, December 9 at 7 p.m. The program will be held in the Maple Avenue Middle School Large Group Room on the second floor. Character Education is part of the everyday work of the Saratoga Springs City School District. In our schools you will regularly see classrooms lessons that reinforce

monthly character traits, character education awards and assemblies, and opportunities for students to further good character through clubs and projects. In addition, the District’s PBIS initiative continues to build a culture where positive behavior is reinforced. 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. For more information visit www.

District Capital Project Vote SCHUYLERVILLE — On Tuesday, December 6, voters in the Schuylerville Central School District will decide on a $24.7 million capital project that includes renovations and updates at all three district schools, as well as the administration building and bus garage. Voting will take place from

noon to 8 p.m. at the Schuylerville Central School District Administration Building, located at 14 Spring Street, Schuylerville. If approved, the proposed project would fix structural issues, increase school safety and security, and modernize facilities to help educators better prepare students

for their futures – including 21stcentury careers. The scope of the project focuses on increasing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) opportunities, reducing the number of shared classrooms, and creating space to help move middle school classes back to the middle school.



Week of December 2 – December 8, 2016

Shopping at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market, Naturally Sirloin Steak with Mushroom Sauce, Pair with Northern Cross Vineyard’s Oaked Marquette Recipe adapted from Fine Cooking Serves: 4

Saturdays, 9 to 1 Lincoln Baths Saratoga Spa State Park

by Himanee Gupta-Carlson for Saratoga TODAY Walking outdoors in December carries a special allure. Often, it is cold – but not frigid; damp – but not soaking wet; gray but crisp. It is nature – like a cat – beginning to curl up for the winter’s nap, fully fed and content. Much of what the Saratoga Farmers’ Market represents in its winter months interacts with this sense of nature. During December particularly, several farmers and vendors of handicraft items are offering special items that invite shoppers to join the indulgence with nature. Check out the corn husk angels that Bliss White McIntosh has handcrafted from the husks of locally grown popcorn, goldenrod pods, and dried milkweed. Or the intricate “pocket gardens” for office desks, kitchen tables, or other tiny locations

Northern Cross Vineyard

Bliss Angels

created by Kate Brittenham with native species as the focus. Consider the soaps, lip balms, and candles made by Megan Canell of Creations and Spells, and the nature-inspired designs of Gretchen Tisch with the Feathered Antler. And visit Kathleen O’Reilly’s Northern Star Vineyards booth for her Marquette red wine, aged in Washington County oak. Many of these products

come from found items. Behind each lies a storyline intrinsic to nature. McIntosh, for instance, is a gardener and basket maker. When she is not making corn husk angels, she is immersed in such projects as the community garden housed at the Cambridge schools. The garden includes a three sisters planting of the indigenous corn, beans, and squash companion combination. Her three sisters include Blue Hopi corn, red Vermont cranberry beans, and butternut squash. The students celebrated with a colorful harvest feast that included the blue corn, the red beans, and the glorious orange hue of butternut squash soup. By making angels from husks and silks – essentially the throwaway parts of the corn we eat – McIntosh stretches the life of a plant longer. That philosophy also infuses Brittenham’s pocket gardens. Brittenham is a Skidmore College graduate who majored in Environmental Studies. Her container gardens for homes, offices, and dorms are composed of native species grown often from seed she collected herself. “I’m a believer in genetic diversity and I want to perpetuate species,” she says. “Making these gardens is one way to prolong life and to build awareness among others.” The Saratoga Farmers’ Market is held at the Lincoln Baths Building in the Saratoga Spa State Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through April.



* Ingredients can be found at the market

1. Mix the mustard, brown sugar, thyme, ginger, and paprika in a bowl until well combined. Coat all sides of the steak cubes in the mix.

- 2 teaspoons dry mustard - 2 teaspoons light brown sugar - 2 Tablespoons fresh thyme leaves* - 1½ teaspoons ground ginger - 1½ teaspoons sweet paprika - 1½ pounds sirloin steak cut into 1 inch cubes* - ½ pound of fresh mushrooms (shiitake and oyster)* - 2 Tablespoons olive oil - 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter - 4 scallions, thinly sliced, white and light green parts separated from dark green parts* - 1 cup dark beer

Pocket Gardens

2. Remove and discard the stems from the mushrooms, clean and slice them ¼ inch thick. 3. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is shimmering, add half the steak and sear them until nicely browned, 2-3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and repeat with remaining steak. 4. Reduce the heat to medium, add 1 Tablespoon of butter to the pan and let it melt. Add the mushrooms, the scallion whites and cook stirring occasionally until the mushrooms soften and brown, 4 to 6 minutes. Pour in the beer. Scrape the bottom of the pan with the spoon, raise the heat to medium high, bring to a boil and cook, uncovered until the liquid is reduced by half, about 4 minutes. Return the steaks and any accumulated juices to the pan, cover tightly with a lid and reduce the heat to a low simmer. Braise, turning the steaks after 8 minutes, until tender and cooked through about 16 minutes total. Transfer the steaks to a cutting board and slice them thinly. Cut the remaining 1 Tablespoon butter into four pieces and swirl them into the sauce. Stir in the scallion greens.

Week of December 2 – December 8, 2016


“Mangez bien, riez souvent, aimez beaucoup”

by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY Hello my Foodie Friends. I hope the holiday season is off to a magical start for everyone. We want to thank our community for the wonderful support on Small Business Saturday. We are so thankful for our foodie followers that think of coming to Compliments to the Chef to fulfill their culinary needs and to purchase holiday treasures for friends and family. As you probably know from my many articles, I love to go to the movies. Recently I saw the movie “Allied” with Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard. The movie’s genre’ is a WWII romance and thriller. The movie actually starts out in Casablanca. Both Pitt and Cotillard speak French in the early parts of the movie. French is such a beautiful language to listen to. Along with the language, is the food and cookware that comes from France. We have two lines of cookware from a company called De Buyer. Thanks to more than 180 years of experience working with various metals such as steel, stainless steel, copper and aluminum, De Buyer is recognized as a leading brand in the creation of products, expertise and excellence in cooking utensils. De Buyer’s cookware and tools are greatly appreciated by culinary Professionals throughout the world. The company has received awards of distinction by the EPV (Living Heritage Company) and the French government. The De Buyer B Element French Collection version is made with a cast stainless steel riveted handle inspired by the Eiffel Tower. It

is a beautiful and ergonomic handle. The pan is an elegant, modern pan, perfect for buffets, outdoor dining or for the table. The thick heavy iron pan is coated in an Organic Bee’s Wax finish that allows for a natural anti-oxidation protection and facilitates seasoning with improved natural non-stick properties. The pan has enhanced non-stick qualities when used for the first time. The De Buyer B Element cookware is excellent for the caramelization of food. Users tip: preheat using a little fat. Care: Season when first used. Deglaze, rinse with warm water, dry and lightly oil. Store the pan in a dry place. Do not use detergents or put in the dishwasher. The De Buyer B Element cookware can be used on all cook tops including induction. The French Collection is a gorgeous way of getting this cookware into your home. There is also the Mineral B Element with the Riveted handle curved in French-style for easy handling and is ergonomic. For individuals that love to cook with copper, De Buyer carries Inocuivre; a copper cookware made with exceptional material of 90 percent copper and 10 percent stainless steel. Inocuivre masters the cooking process perfectly through uniform heat diffusion. The range therefore ensures remarkable cooking results, perfectly uniform on any cook top except for induction. With their cast stainless steel handles, Inocuivre utensils bring charm and elegance to your kitchen. The stainless steel interior makes it easy to clean your copper utensils. At CTTC, we carry this fabulous line of cookware. We are located at the Compliments to the Chef Plaza on Marion Avenue. If you are looking for that new, different, wonderful pan for that “special culinary someone” this holiday season, stop by our shop and take a look at the various assortment of “cool tools” we have for cooks. Mangez bien, riez souvent, aimez beaucoup means: “Eat well, laugh often,

love abundantly.” This season, divulge in some wonderful French recipes, and play Edith Paif; “La Vie En Rose” while you are cooking. Julia Childs gave some interesting advice from her book, My Life in France: “This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cooktry new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun!” Have fun cooking with your family and

friends this season. Stop by our store this season and find those culinary must haves.

Remember; “Life Happens in the Kitchen”. Take care, John and Paula


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30 Adirondack Christian Fellowship   8 Mountain Ledge, Wilton 587-0623 | Services: Sunday 8 a.m. & 10 a.m. Adirondack Friends Meeting 27 Saratoga Ave, South Glens Falls 793-3755 | Regina Baird Haag, Pastor Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Assembly of God Faith Chapel 6 Burgoyne St, Schuylerville 695-6069 | Rev. Jason Proctor Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Assembly of God Saratoga 118 Woodlawn Ave, Saratoga Springs 584-6081 | Services: Sunday Worship 10 a.m. Bacon Hill Reformed Church* 560 Route 32N, Bacon Hill | 695-3074 Rev. Janet Vincent | Services: Worship service 10 a.m.; Sunday School 10 a.m. Baha’i Community of Saratoga Springs 584-9679; 692-7694 | Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa | 885-7312 Services: Sunday Worship, 10:30 a.m. Ballston Spa United Methodist Church 101 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa 885-6886 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Bethesda Episcopal Church* 41 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs | 584-5980 The Very Rev’d Marshall J. Vang Services: Sunday 8:00AM & 10:00AM Calvary Capital District 17 Low Street, Ballston Spa | Pastor Andrew Holt Services: Sunday 10 am |

RELIGION Church of Christ at Clifton Park 7 Old Route 146, Clifton Park 371-6611 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Christ Community Reformed Church 1010 Route 146, Clifton Park | 371-7654 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m Christ Episcopal Church Routes 50 & 67, Ballston Spa | 885-1031 Services: Sunday 8 & 10 a.m. Christian Restoration Ministries Saratoga Senior Center 5 Williams St, Saratoga Springs 796-4323 | Pastor Pat Roach Services: Sunday 10 a.m.; 6:30 p.m. Christian Science Church 107 Circular St, Saratoga Springs 584-0221 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Community Alliance Church 257 Rowland St, Ballston Spa 885-6524 | Services: Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. Congregation Shaara Tfille* 84 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga Springs 584-2370 | Services: Saturday 10 a.m. Corinth Free Methodist Church   20 Hamilton Ave, Corinth 654-9255; 792-0271 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Corinth United Methodist Church 243 Main Street, Corinth 654-2521 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Cornerstone Community Church 516 Park Ave., Mechanicville | 664-5204 | Pastor Frank Galerie Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m.

Week of December 2 – December 8, 2016

Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Community 2001 Route 9, Round Lake 877-8506 | Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8 & 11 a.m.; Eastern Orthodox — Christ the Savior 349 Eastline Road, Ballston Lake 212-7845 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. First Baptist Church of Saratoga Springs 45 Washington St, Saratoga Springs 584-6301 | Services: Sunday 11 a.m. First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa 202 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa 885-8361 | Services: 10:30 a.m. worship, 9 a.m. Sunday School (all ages) First Presbyterian Church of Ballston Spa 22 West High St, Ballston Spa 885-5583 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Full Gospel Tabernacle 207 Redmond Road, Gansevoort 793-2739 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Galway United Methodist Church 2056 East St, Galway | 882-6520 Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. (9 a.m. in July and August) Grace Fellowship Saratoga 165 High Rock Ave, Saratoga | 691-0301 Pastor: Mike Adams Services: Sundays 9 & 11 a.m. Grace Brethren Church* 137 W. Milton Road, Ballston Spa 587-0649 | Rev. Dan Pierce Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Greater Grace Community Church Pastor David Moore | 899-7777 thechurch@ggccmalta. org Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Greenfield Center Baptist Church 30 Wilton Road, Greenfield Center | 893-7429 Services: Sunday School for all ages - 9:45 a.m.; Church Service - 11 a.m. Highway Tabernacle Church 90 River Road, Mechanicville | 664-4442 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m.

Hope Church 206 Greenfield Ave, Ballston Spa 885-7442 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Jonesville United Methodist 963 Main St, Clifton Park 877-7332 | Services: Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Living Springs Community Church 59 Pine Road, Saratoga Springs 584-9112 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Living Waters Church of God 4330 State Rt. 50, Saratoga Springs 587-0484 | Services: Sundays 10 a.m. Malta Presbyterian Church Dunning Street, Malta 899-5992 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Malta Ridge United Methodist Church 729 Malta Ave. Ext, Malta 581-0210 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Middle Grove United Methodist Church* 581-2973 | Pastor Bonnie Bates Services: Sunday 9 a.m. Mt. Olivet Baptist Church Corner of Jefferson St. & Crescent St. Saratoga Springs | 584-9441 Rev. Dr. Victor L. Collier, Pastor New Horizon Church 150 Perry Road, Saratoga Springs 587-0711 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. New Life Fellowship 51 Old Gick Road, ­­Saratoga Springs 580-1810 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. NorthStar Church Gowana Middle School, Clifton Park 371-2811 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. & 11:15 a.m. Old Saratoga Reformed Church* 48 Pearl St., Schuylerville Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Old Stone Church (American Baptist) 159 Stone Church Road, Ballston Spa 583-1002 | Services: Sunday 9 a.m.; Adult Sunday School 9 a.m.; Service 10:30 a.m. Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church*

73 Midline Road, Ballston Lake 399-5713 | Services: Saturday 5 p.m. Sunday 8:15 & 10:15 a.m. Presbyterian-NE Congregational Church 24 Circular St, Saratoga Springs 584-6091 | Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m.

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31 Quaker Springs United Methodist Church* 466 Route 32 South, Quaker Springs 695-3101 | Pastor Al Johnson Services: Sunday 9 a.m. River of Hope Fellowship 100 Saratoga Village Blvd, Malta Cmns, Ste. 3 | 881-1505 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Roman Catholic Church of St. Peter 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-2375 | Services: Saturday 5 p.m.; Sunday 7:30, 9 and 11 a.m. St. Clement’s Roman Catholic Church 231 Lake Ave, Saratoga Springs 584-6122 | Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8, 9:30, 11:15 a.m. and 5 p.m., 1 p.m. Spanish Service St. George’s Episcopal Church 912 Route 146, Clifton Park 371-6351 | Services: Saturday 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 8 & 9:30 a.m. St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church* 3159 Route 9N, Greenfield Center 893-7680 stjosephs churchgreenfieldcenter .org Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 10:30 a.m. St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church*

167 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa 885-7411 | Services: Saturday 4 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., Noon. St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church* 771 Route 29, Rock City Falls 893-7680 | sjoegctr@nycap. Services: Sunday 8:30 am. St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 149 Lake Ave, Saratoga Springs 584-0904 | Services: Saturday 5 p.m.; Sundays 8:30 & 11 a.m. St. Peter Lutheran Church 2776 Route 9, Malta | 583-4153 Services: Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m.; Sunday School at 9:15 a.m.

RELIGION St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church 1 Grove Street, Schuylerville 695-3918 | Rev. Donna J. Arnold Services: Sunday 8 & 9 a.m. St. Thomas of Canterbury 242 Grooms Road, Halfmoon Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga Abundant Life Church 2325 Route 50 South, Saratoga Springs 885-5456 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m . Saratoga Chabad 130 Circular St, Saratoga Springs 526-0773 | Saratoga Friends Meeting (Quaker) Rts. 32 and 71, Quaker Springs 587-7477; 399-5013 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga United Methodist Church* Henning Road, Saratoga Springs 584-3720 | Services: Sunday 9:00am and 10:45am Saratoga Seventh-Day Adventist Church 399 Union Ave, Saratoga Springs 882-9384 | Services: Sabbath School: 10 a.m. Worship Service: 11:30 a.m. Schuylerville United Methodist Church* 51 Church St, Schuylerville 695-3101 | Services: Worship at 11am Shenendehowa United Methodist 971 Route 146, Clifton Park 371-7964 Services: Sunday 9 & 10:30 a.m. Simpson United Methodist Church Rock City Road, Rock City Falls 885-4794 Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Soul Saving Station for Every Nation Christ Crusaders of America 62 Henry St, Saratoga Springs Services: Sunday 10 a.m. www.SOULSAVINGSTATION CHURCH.COM

Stillwater Christian Fellowship Meeting at Liberty Ridge Farm 29 Bevis Road Schaghticoke, NY 12154 Stillwater United Church (Presbyterian U.S.A.) 747 Hudson Avenue, Stillwater | 664-7984 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Temple Sinai* 509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-8730 | Shabbat Services: Friday 6 p.m. or 8p.m. (rotating schedule) Saturdays: 10:30a.m. Terra Nova Church* 45 Washington St, Saratoga Springs 833-0504 | terranovachurch. org Services: Sunday 5:30 p.m. The Salvation Army/ Worship, Service & Community Center 27 Woodlawn Ave, Saratoga Springs 584-1640

Week of December 2 – December 8, 2016 Services: Sunday School 10 a.m.; Praise & Worship 11 a.m. Trinity United Methodist Church 155 Ballard Road, Gansevoort 584-9107 | Rev Keith Mann Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs 624 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-1555 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Unity Church in Albany 21 King Ave., Albany 453-3603 Services: Sunday 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. West Charlton United Presbyterian Church 1331 Sacandaga Road, West Charlton 882-9874 | Rev. Thomas Gregg, Pastor Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m.

Wilton Baptist Church 755 Saratoga Road, Wilton 583-2736 Services: Sunday 11 a.m.


LOCAL BRIEFS Zankel Music Center, Ladd Concert Hall. Tickets are $8 general admission, $5 for seniors (students and children free). Ticket link: skidmore. edu/zankel.

Christmas Carol Due to popular demand, the Traveling Lantern Theater Co. returns to the Schuylerville Public Library, located at 52 Ferry St., Schuylerville to bring us “Christmas Carol” on Friday, December 9 at 6 p.m. Open to all ages, join us for highlights of Charles Dickens holiday classic and refreshments. 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 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 Skidmore College Orchestra On Saturday, December 10, at 8 p.m. the Skidmore College Orchestra will give the World Premiere performance of Loris Chobanian’s “Variations on an Israeli Theme for Two Guitars and Orchestra” at the

Book Fair at Barnes and Noble Schuylerville Library is at Barnes and Noble in Wilton on Sunday, December 11 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Holiday crafts for kids from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saratoga City Ballet performs excerpts from “The Nutcracker” at 11 a.m., Story Time with Mrs. Clause at noon and 12:30 p.m., and Christmas carols with girl scouts at 1 p.m. Hope to see you! It’s Pickins’ Time On Wednesday, December 14, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. the popular Ballston Area Seniors Pickins’ Session will be held at the Milton Community Center, 310 Northline Road, Ballston Spa. Admission is free, open to the public, and there is ample free parking. Please bring finger foods to share. Bring your guitar, banjo, fiddle, harmonica or whatever you use to make music – or just come. 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 Daughters or any of their events, contact Regent Aileen Thomas at 518-5832905. Christmas Bird Count Area birders and nature enthusiasts are invited to join Southern Adirondack

Audubon Society (SAAS) members in the 117th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Birders of all skill levels are needed. Non-birders are welcome to help spot birds or keep team records. Most of the birding is done from the car although some teams may need to walk along trails or in area parks. The Christmas Bird Count is a good way to get to know area birders and increase your skills. The Saratoga Christmas Bird Count will be held on Sunday, December 18. Contact Jean Holcomb for more information at For details: events-and-programs/ Tens of thousands of volunteers will participate in more than 2,000 individual counts throughout the Americas from midDecember to early January. The information becomes a valuable addition to the U.S. government’s natural history monitoring database. Senior Trip to Christmas Show The Olde Saratoga Seniors are 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. Havurah Vatik Hannukah Celebration Join local musicians on Tuesday, December 20, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. of the Adirondack Klezmer Band for their second rollicking celebration of the Hannukah festival. Instrumentalists Al Wadler, clarinet; Bob Orban, trumpet; Jim Fuchs, sax; Ray Rabl, drums; Barbara Rosoff, violin; Neil Herr, guitar; and Amy Mix-Sargent, keyboard/piano will treat us to traditional melodies and dances of Eastern Europe: the “voice of the Jewish heart.” A

Week of December 2 – December 8, 2016 festive catered lunch featuring Latkes follows the program. RSVP by December 14 518584-8730, ext. 4. Holiday Celebration at the Senior Center Celebrate the Holidays on December 20, 3 – 5 p.m. with mixing, mingling, entertainment, food and friends. Pay $2 at sign up. The event is sponsored by Centers Health Care. There will be music and dancing by Steve Keller, light fare, photos by Walgreen’s, a visit from Santa Claus and more. The Adult & Senior Center of Saratoga Springs is located at 5 Williams St., Saratoga Springs. For more information call 518-584-1621. 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 Third Annual Winter Carnival of New Work Hot New Works Right in the Heart of Winter! January 21-29, 2017. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sundays at 2 p.m. The Carnival is an energizing, fun, and heartfelt series of new works. Your Flex, Theater, or All Access Pass gives you all access to the entire Carnival. Come once – come often. This year’s Carnival will focus on plays and monologues created with our community focused on issues of farming and our connection to the land and nature here in our region. Hubbard Hall is proud to partner with the Agricultural Stewardship Association and Young Playwrights’ Theater of Washington, DC to create and share this new work. Tickets: $10 General Admission/$5 Student per show or $25 General Admission/$10 Student for Entire Carnival.

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Week of December 2 – December 8, 2016 impossible to find employment in the countries where they live. Our Fair Trade Expo provides people in our region with opportunities to buy great gifts at the same time that they empower the producers all over the world! Free admission.

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Friday, December 2 Ballston Spa Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Downtown Ballston Spa, 6:30 p.m. 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..

Saturday, December 3 Defensive Driving Class First Baptist Church, 45 Washington St., Saratoga Springs, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. New York State approved. Save 10 percent on your base auto insurance for the next three years and receive up to 4 points off your driving record according to New York State Department of Motor Vehicle guidelines. Fee $35.00. Bring a friend and fee is $30.00 each. A portion of the fee goes to First Baptist Church. Registration required by calling Ray Frankoski at 518-286-3788.

Saratoga Fair Trade Market Expo Saratoga Springs City Center, 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 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

Ballston Spa Public Library, 21 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. A great assortment of books, movies, music and more. The popular “buck-a-bag” sale will be held from 3 – 4 p.m. If you are a Friend of the Library, stop down for your free item. For more information call 518-8855022.

Schuylerville Community Theater Festival of Trees and Craft Fair Town of Saratoga Town Hall, Corner of Route 29 and 4, Schuylerville, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Beautifully decorated trees, wreaths and centerpieces will be on display and offered for sale. There will also be numerous artisans offering unique craft items for sale and a variety of musical groups will be performing throughout the day. Then enjoy the annual parade down Main Street at 4:15 p.m. featuring the arrival of St. Nicholas on his white horse.

Holiday Art Show and Sale Saratoga Springs Senior Center, 5 Williams St., Saratoga Springs, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Artists from our center and the community will be showcasing their work. 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.

Tang Family Saturdays Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College, 2 – 4 p.m. Starry Mobiles - After looking at Grace DeGennaro’s paintings in Sixfold Symmetry: Pattern in Art and Science, we will make patterned mobiles out of paper circles and beautiful colored yarn. Suitable for children ages 5 and up with their adult companions. Free and open to the public. Reservations encouraged, space is limited. For

CALENDAR 33 more information and reservations, please call 518-580-8080.

Sunday, December 4 Breakfast Buffet Saratoga-Wilton Elks, 1 Elks Lane, Rt. 9, Saratoga Springs, 8:30 – 11 a.m. Fruit cocktail, French toast, pancakes, potatoes, breakfast sausage and ham, corned beef hash, scrambled eggs, eggs benedict, juice, coffee and tea. Donation Requested: Adults $10, Seniors and Military (Active/Retired with ID Card) $9, Children 5—12 $8, Under 5 Free, Take-outs $10. Call 518-584-2585 for more information.

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

Monday, December 5 The Best Books of 2016 Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 5 p.m. Experts from the Iroquois Reading Council, the Saratoga Springs Public Library and Northshire Bookstore will share their “Best of 2016” book lists for children and adults - and make some predictions about the Newbery and Caldecott announcements coming up at the Youth Media Awards (the “Oscars” of children’s literature!). Information will be shared on how to use these great new books in an educational setting. Professional development certification will be available for educators and librarians, and light refreshments will be served. This is also a great chance to get expert suggestions for your holiday shopping! For more information visit

Saratoga Retired Teachers Meeting Longfellows Restaurant, 500 Union Avenue (Rte. 9P), Saratoga Springs, noon. Prospective members, please call 518-587-5356 for membership

information and luncheon reservations. Retired educators who worked in Saratoga County or live in the County are eligible for membership.

Tuesday, December 6 Santa at the Library Schuylerville Public Library, 52 Ferry St., Schuylerville, Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Santa is making a special stop. He arrives at 6 p.m. Join us for cookies, crafts, stories, and of course – a night with Santa. Open to all ages. For more information call 518-695-6641.

Community Discussion about Suicide for Adults and Teens Saratoga Springs Public Library, Dutcher Community Room, 7 - 8:30 p.m. Guidance for adults talking with children and teens about suicide. Resources available from local agencies. Join us in sharing ideas, thoughts and hope. Sponsored by: The Prevention Council and Saratoga County Mental Health Services.

Wednesday, December 7 Guided Mindful Meditation Saratoga Springs Public Library, Susman Room, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Take a break from the daily grind and clear your mind with guided Mindful Meditation led by professionals from One Roof Holistic Health Center. Sessions are free and open to the public, and will be held on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 518- 5847860 ext. 205.

3rd Annual Snow-A-Palooza Bryant & Stratton College, 2452 Route 9, Suite 201, Malta, 4:30 p.m. This event is free to attend and includes a craft room, cookie decorating room, game room, refreshments and a visit from Santa on his Red Fire Engine courtesy of Round Lake Fire Department. In addition to providing a fun-filled, community event to local families, there will be a silent auction with various items donated by local businesses and not-for-profits to

help raise funds to support the Navy Child and Youth Programs and MBPA’s Community Events.

Body Contouring Event Saratoga Springs Plastic Surgery, PC, 3rd floor of 7 Wells St., Saratoga Springs, 5:30 – 7 p.m. Saratoga Springs Plastic Surgery, PC and Saratoga Springs MediSpa invites you to a Body Contouring Question and Answer Event. Learn about how you can “Shape Up” your body with LASER therapy, truSculpt® and Liposuction fat removal, Tummy Tucks, Breast enlargement and lifts and “Mommy Makeovers”. Find out what works and what doesn’t. Hosted by board certified plastic surgeon Steven Yarinsky, MD, you’ll have the opportunity to have your questions answered. Dr. Yarinsky has been in practice in Saratoga for over 25 Years and is currently the only plastic surgeon in the Capital Region able to offer the new Sientra “Gummy Bear” gel implants. Light snacks and refreshments will be served and all attendees will qualify for a Free Consultation ($200 Value) with Dr. Yarinsky and his staff at a later date. Seating is limited, so RSVP is required by 10 a.m. Tuesday, December 6 at 518-583-4019.

Poetry Readings Ndakinna Education Center, 23 MIddle Grove Rd., Greenfield, Doors open at 7 p.m. Caffè Lena will present poetry readings by Judith Prest and Mike Jorkovic. An open reading will follow. The cost is $5. Caffè Lena 518583-0022,

Thursday, December 8 Interfaith Prayer Meeting Courtyard of Longfellows Restaurant, 500 Union Ave. Saratoga Springs, 7:15 a.m. The Meeting begins at 7:30 a.m. and concludes no later than 8:30 a.m. Sign-in and continental breakfast begins at 7:15 a.m. There are no charges or donations. All are welcome. For more information call 518- 450-1615.

Launch Party Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 6 p.m Launch party for Saratoga Performing Arts Center 50th Anniversary Commemorative Book.

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Week of December 2 – December 8, 2016


Downtown Glens Falls' Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Downtown Holiday Fest on Friday GLENS FALLS — Downtown Glens Falls will be in the holiday spirit from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2 as the community officially ushers in the holiday season with “Hometown Holidays.” A gathering will be staged at 5 p.m. in City Park along the Bay Street side of the library to enjoy holiday music provided by DeeJay Mike DuBray from Regional Radio Group, who acts as Master of Ceremonies for the 5:45 p.m. tree lighting. The Glens Falls Community Theatre carolers will also perform. Once the tree is lit, Santa will greet the crowd before heading to Glens Falls National Bank, where children can get their picture taken with the man in red and tell him their holiday wishes. At the tree lighting, the Glens Falls Collaborative will provide maps showing the locations of holiday attractions,

Santa visits Glens Falls’ annual Hometown Holidays festival on Friday. Photo provided.

which include: Strolling carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides, an alternative gift fair and a saxophone playing Santa performing Christmas melodies onboard the trolley, as well as other events. Many Downtown

shops will be open and full of unique holiday gift ideas. The community event is organized jointly by The Glens Falls Collaborative, the Glens Falls Business Improvement District, and the city of Glens Falls.

Northshire Book Angel Program: Make a Difference in a Young Reader’s Life SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Northshire Bookstore has announced the expansion of the annual Book Angel Program in Saratoga Springs. The program launched in 2013 and this year, for the first time, will serve students at eight area schools, including every public elementary school in the Saratoga Springs City School District. Book Angel is a program that endeavors to put books into the hands of children who otherwise do not own or have access to them. Northshire solicits names from area schools and organizations, requesting that age, grade, interests, and reading levels be included so that a match can be made between a child and a book. Anonymity is preserved at all costs. Customers can become involved in several ways: choose an angel marked with the first name of each child and their interests from the Book Angel tree in the store to make a book match, or make a monetary donation through the Northshire website, at a register in the store, or in donation cans that are placed at each register. Store credit from Northshire’s

Readers Rewards program and gift cards may also be donated. Additionally, customers can make honorary tribute gifts to the Book Angel Program to recognize someone important, or to commemorate a milestone. These customers will receive a certificate to send and announce their gift. Northshire Bookstore donates many books to the program, and guarantees that every child whose name is submitted by their school will receive a book. Our booksellers then wrap

all of the books, and deliver them just in time for the December school vacation. The bookstore, located on Broadway, this month will also feature photos with The Grinch for kids from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, and a Polar Express Pajama Party, with a visit from Santa Claus at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 19. For more information, call 518-682-4200 or 1-855-3395990, or visit the Northshire Bookstore website at

Senior Fraud Presentation at The Summit At Saratoga SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Summit at Saratoga, an independent senior living community in partnership with Home Instead Senior Care, will host a senior fraud presentation titled, “Smart Seniors: Stay Safe. Take Control. Fight Back,” at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7. The talk will be held at The Summit at Saratoga, located 1 Perry Road. John Van Vorst, senior consumer fraud representative and Michael Sprague, consumer fraud representative from the New York State Attorney General’s Office, will talk about how to stop scam artists and abusers before they strike by informing them of personal rights, as well as steps

to take to protect assets and health. “Being a smart consumer requires having the tools to protect yourself from fraud and abuse,” said Van Vorst. “Unfortunately, there are many ways for con artists and other criminals to gain entry into our lives — over the phone, through the internet, and sometimes in our own homes. And too many of them make it a practice to target senior New Yorkers.” The presentation is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Reserve your place by calling 518-926-9003, or emailing

Community Yoga Night to Benefit Schuylerville Area Food Pantry SCHUYLERVILLE — Sample yoga styles from around the world during a special night to benefit the Schuylerville Food Pantry. The event takes place at GypsYoga Center, 120 Broad St., in Schuylerville at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, immediately following the traditional lighting of the memory trees at Saratoga Town Hall. Participate in yoga styles

suitable for kids and adults including: Kundalini, Hatha, Bhakti, and Egyptian Kemetic. Suggested donation: $5. All proceeds go to S.A.F.E.R. - Schuylerville Area Food and Emergency Relief. For more information, email, or visit: www, GypsYoga is a collaborative partner with Yoga Vedanta in Rishikesh.

Week of December 2 – December 8, 2016


First Night Saratoga Seeks Volunteers SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Arts is looking for volunteers to help with this year’s First Night Saratoga on Saturday, Dec. 31, from 6 p.m. to midnight in downtown Saratoga Springs. Volunteers can choose to work either a 3-hour or 6-hour shift at the venue of their choice (depending on availability). All

volunteers receive a free First Night Saratoga admission button, a free First Night poster and a discount coupon for dinner the night of the event. Volunteers choosing to work a 6-hour shift also receive a complimentary one year membership to Saratoga Arts. For more information about First Night and about

our volunteer opportunities visit firstnight. If you are interested in being a part of the biggest New Year’s Eve celebration north of NYC contact Mary Henninger, First Night Volunteer Coordinator, at 518-584-4132 ext. 208 or email

Musical Tribute to Rolling Stones, Kinks at Hudson River Music Hall Saturday HUDSON FALLS — A Rolling Stones tribute night will be staged on Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Hudson River Music Hall on 10 Maple St., in Hudson Falls. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. The music will be performed by HRMH House Band, known this particular night as The Tumblin’ Dice, and features Marc Clayton,

Jonathan Newell, Alan Dunham, Michael Craner and a special guest drummer. An opening set will include songs by the Stones’ mid-‘60s cotemporaries, The Kinks. Tickets are $10 general admission, $8 seniors and students. For more information, call 518-8323484, or go to:

Saratoga High School Students Host Poetry Competition at UPH Folk Music “Lessons and SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Springs High School students will host and take part in the national Poetry Out Loud competition at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at Universal Preservation Hall, on Washington Street.

Poetry Out Loud encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary

life. Since 2005, Poetry Out Loud has grown to reach more than 3 million students and 50,000 teachers from 10,000 schools in every state, Washington, D.C., the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The event is free and open to the public.

Saratoga Arts Hosts a Holiday Party on Saturday SARATOGA SPRINGS — Enjoy great food and conversation while celebrating local artists and the holidays at Saratoga Arts’ Holiday Party, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3.

Saratoga Arts’ holiday party is free and open to everyone and is a potluck; anyone who would like to is welcome to bring a dish to share. Currently on display is the

Annual Members’ Show, which runs through Dec. 31, and celebrates the work of the organization’s 233 member artists. Saratoga Arts is located at 322 Broadway.

Film Screening Dec. 6 Challenges Stereotypes SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Jewish Community Arts brings a film screening of “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” to Temple Sinai on Tuesday evening, Dec. 6. The screening takes place at 7 p.m., and will include an audience discussion and dessert reception. “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” is a fable told through the voice of a child, but it is not for children, and this story is not just of any child. Originally written for teen readers by author John Boyne, it is considered one of the most difficult and disturbing books for teens. “The Boy in the Striped

“The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” will screening on Dec. 6. Photo provided

Pajamas” generally sets aside the powerful stereotypes of evil German and besieged Jew and instead offers up two innocent eight-year-old boys, one Jewish and one German, neither of whom subscribes to

the idea that they’re supposed to hate each other. A $5 donation is requested. For reservations or information call 518-584-8730 ext. 2 or email:

Carols” in Ballston Spa

BALLSTON SPA — Mysterious and rare Advent and Christmas carols drawn from Celtic, AfricanAmerican, and Early American traditions are the trademark of the “Festival of Lessons and Carols,” slated for Christ Church in Ballston Spa on Sunday and Monday, Dec. 4 -5. The concert is anchored by folk music legends John Kirk and Trish Miller of Greenfield Center with special guests Joel Rosenberger of Saratoga Springs,

Dan Berggren of Ballston Spa, and Rick Bunting of Bainbridge, and includes Field Horne and Theresa LaGattuta-Bruno of Saratoga Springs, and Kristin McCabe of Charlton. The concert is free and takes place by candlelight at 4 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Monday, at Christ Church - located on the corner of Route 50 and Route 67. Child care is provided for the Sunday matinee. For more information, call 885-1031.



Week of December 2 – December 8, 2016

“SPAC50” Commemorative Book To Launch at Northshire Bookstore Dec. 8 SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Performing Arts Center has chronicled 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. The book was edited by Saratoga Springs historian Field Horne and designed by Chronogram magazine creative director David Perry. “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 Broadway, in a free, open-to-the-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 12/2-12/8 friday, 12/2: Jukebox, 10 pm @ Caroline St. Pub — 583.9400 Toga Boys, 9 pm @ Gaffney’s — 587.7359 New Regime, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue — 583.2582 Zach Deputy, 10:30 pm @ Putnam Den — 584.8066 Fenimore Blues, 9 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583.1916 Natt Phipps, 7 pm @ Wishing Well — 584.7640

@ 9 Maple Avenue — 583.2582 Sophistafunk with Gang of Thieves, 10 pm @ Putnam Den — 584.8066 Big Fez Christmas Show, 8 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583.1916 Rob Aronstein, 7 pm @ Wishing Well — 584.7640

sunday, 12/4: Front Country, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena at The Parting Glass — 583.0022

Saratoga Children’s Theatre benefit w/Elvis tribute artist Matthew Boyce 6:30 pm @ Saratoga Music Hall — 430.7423

Burns Sisters Holiday Show, 3 pm @ Caffè Lena at The Parting Glass — 583.0022

saturday, 12/3:

Alan Payette, 6:30 pm @ Brook Tavern — 871.1473

Tailspin, 10 pm @ Caroline St. Pub — 583.9400 Rick Nelson Trio, 9 pm @ Gaffney’s — 587.7359 Tumblin’ Dice: Tribute to Rolling Stones, Kinks, 7 pm @ Hudson River Music Hall — 832.3484 Nelson Esposito Quintana, 9 pm

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tuesday, 12/6: Turkuaz & New Mastersounds, 9 pm @ Putnam Den — 584.8066

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7 Decorator’s asset 8 Cheering like crazy 9 Hangers in lockers? 10 Justice Fortas 11 Figures in 9-Down 12 “Very nice!” 13 A proposal may ultimately lead to one 18 Lasso loops 22 Dr. Mom’s forte 25 Spiced tea brewed in milk 26 Toe woes 27 Mustang, for one 28 Chapter 11 factor 29 Berry in faddish supplements 30 Star of a classic sitcom set at a Vermont inn 35 Imprecise degree 36 Like provolone piccante 38 1998 Sarah McLachlan ballad

39 Initial request for an answer? 41 Bront’ heroine 42 German actor Jannings 43 Some outdoor grills 48 Slot machine part 49 __ tape 52 Macaroni Grill selection 53 Acting honor 54 Golfer Lorena 55 AOLers, e.g. 56 “Paradise Lost” figure 60 Spanish smooch 61 Lingerie catalog buys 62 Car trip game 64 Some advanced degs. 66 Floor pad 67 Part of IPA

Writing the Right Word by Dave Dowling

Accuracy in word choice is a key to effective communication. In your daily writing and speaking, try to make sure you use the right word in the right place with the right spelling. By doing so, its effect will affect your communication in a positive way. This quick weekly tip will help you filter the confusion in some of our daily word choices. This Week: Baluster, Banister A baluster is a short pillar that supports a handrail. The balusters on the deck were secured with small screws. A banister is the handrail on a staircase. We slid down the banister when we were children. Dave Dowling is the author of The Wrong Word Dictionary and The Dictionary of Worthless Words. Both books are available from many book retailers, and signed copies can be obtained by contacting Dave at



Week of December 2 – December 8, 2016

Saratoga Revolution Seeks Host Families Families Needed to Host Baseball Players SARATOGA SPRINGS — For the 2017 summer season, 30+ collegiate baseball players will be relocating to the Saratoga Springs community, and the Saratoga Revolution need your help! 

The Saratoga Revolution, a team within the New York Collegiate Baseball League owned by Tom and Kim Coons, will play its inaugural season in 2017. The players will come from all over the United States to continue to develop their baseball skills, playing 40+ games with hopes of chasing their dreams of becoming a professional baseball player. 

The Host Family Program is the foundation of the Saratoga Revolution

organization, and it is a critical part of building a successful communitybased team. 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. It is realized that a family may only be able to host one player. However if a family is able to host two players, there will be players coming from the same college/university. A host family will be expected to provide a home and room for the player(s) during the Revolution season. In addition to the rewards of forming a life-long relationship with the

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impressive 98.79 GPA. This season’s accomplishment both on the racecourse and in classroom indicates that Chmiel provides a superb example of a determined student athlete. Congratulations on all of your success Kelsey! It’s very much deserved!

Anyone interested in becoming a host family and being a part of REV NATION is encouraged to email Jessica Munson, Host Family Coordinator by email at hostfamily@ More information and registration forms may be found under 2017 Host Family Application on the team’s website at

Fall Sports Teams Recognized Schuylerville Sports Teams Honored for Academic Achievement by Kiersten Racela Saratoga TODAY SCHUYLERVILLE — Seven of the Fall 2016 Varsity sports teams earned the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Scholar Athlete Team Award. In order to qualify for this award, each team must maintain an overall grade point average of 90 or better. The

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State Federation). On Saturday, November 26, Kelsey finished as runner-up in the Nike Regional Cross Country meet at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls, New York. The arguable icing on the cake for this amazing athlete was qualifying for the Nike National Cross Country Meet, taking place in Portland, Oregon on Saturday, December 3. According to coach Linda Kranick, Chmiel is “a pleasure to coach, and is a true team player.” Chmiel also excels in the classroom. On top of her strenuous athletic schedule, she has managed to earn an extremely

player, the Saratoga Revolution will thank host families with a variety of gifts. These gifts include: free registration to the Saratoga Revolution Summer Baseball Camps, on-field recognition at a Saratoga Revolution home game at the end of the season, invitations to Saratoga Revolution special events, and a “thank you” stipend. The team currently holds thirty contracted players on its roster. Players come to the team from all across the United States, including Seattle, Alabama, Florida, and Kansas.

following teams were recognized: Varsity Girl’s and Varsity Boy’s Cross Country, Varsity Field Hockey, Varsity Golf, Varsity Girl’s and Boy’s Soccer, and Varsity Volleyball. Each of these teams is the prime example of the rewards of being a dedicated student athlete. Their dedication to their sport as well as their studies deserves this prestigious recognition. Congratulations athletes!

BHBL Spartans Excel Student Athletes Shine During Fall Season by Kiersten Racela Saratoga TODAY BURNT HILLS — Another fall sports season is in the books. Several teams for the Spartans achieved remarkable seasons. Six teams reached the state level of competition. The Football and girl’s volleyball team were crowned regional champions. The football team ended up losing in the East Finals of the state championships, while girl’s volleyball earned a fourth place finish at the state competition. The boy’s volleyball also earned a spot in the regional competition. Both the boy’s and girls cross country teams saw success this season. The girls finished fourth at the state championship, while the boys were crowned Class B state champions. The Field Hockey team

The BHBL Spartans Football team was one of four teams who competed at the state level this fall season. Photo by

rounded out the teams of Spartans competing at the state level. The team concluded their season with a loss in the regional competition. Aside from state competition, three additional teams earned a spot in post-season play. Boy’s soccer and girl’s soccer were each crowned

league champions while girl’s tennis were crowned sectional champions. The success of each of these teams serves as a prime example of the result of hard work, determination, and dedication. Congratulations to each of these athletes on another great season.

Week of December 2 – December 8, 2016


A New Frontier of Athlete Responsibility

by Damian Fantauzzi for Saratoga TODAY I bet you’ve seen it too. Some teammates lay plans to break a rule, but their captain is afraid to hold them accountable. They often feel like their friend above their actual superior.

Throughout the years of my coaching career I had my teams elect their captains. As time passed, I began to realize that it wasn’t always the right decision. It became more of a popularity contest. Eventually my assistant coach and I decided that we would pick the team’s captains. Unfortunately not everyone on the team is trustworthy. There can be some players who have their own personal agenda. When players notice their teammates talking negatively about another teammate, it can begin this domino effect that trickles down the entire roster. Some unhappy players might try to make every moment a daily experience of dread. Asking student athletes about the difficulty of standing up to teammates on wrong

choices will often times ignite anxieties. It becomes a means of social survival. In today’s world, peer pressure is at an all time high. It seems that too many student athletes live in the fear of intimidation from others, and would rather go along with the overall team atmosphere as opposed to their own, regardless of how toxic it may be. So what can we do? As I mentioned earlier, coaches must set a good example by selecting the appropriate team captains. I believe that in this era of athletics all team members need to take on leadership roles. Team leadership is a necessary entity, so that all can be clear about the goals of the team’s big picture. We are now in a culture that dictates an obsession

about society’s view of us as individuals. This is a scenario that might come from the offspring from social media, such as Facebook and Twitter. I feel in that the realm of this subject there is an unhealthy preoccupation with others’ opinions. People spend too much time trying to impress others, when they should really be focusing on themselves. To gain that focus, there needs to be an attitude of dedication, which includes the observation of the team’s rules. It’s beneficial for the coach to clearly lay out team expectations and guidelines at the beginning of the season. One effective technique I have found later in my career, is to set team laws or rules as a group. This includes a conversation about why these

rules are being put into place, and why those rules can be effective should each member of the team follow them. In conclusion, with some food for thought, there will be outsiders who speculate the team as a family aspect of athletics. Often times this can cause a divide and can drive a spike into the team’s chemistry. During pre-season, I would preach to my athletes that it’s important to stick together as a group, in order to avoid any negative outside influences that may deter the team away from its goals. In the contemporary world of today, a coach has to prepare his or her team of the possible outside interference and influences that could kill the soul purpose of the team-family.

Three Thoroughbreds Selected Three Skidmore Field Players Earn Season Accolade by Kiersten Racela Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — The trio of Becca Halter, Krista Lamoreaux, and Marissa Folts were named to the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III AllNorth Atlantic Region Team, the NFHCA organization announced on Monday. Both Halter and Lamoreaux were named to the

First Team, while Folts was named to the Second Team. Halter led the Skidmore defense with thirteen points from four goals and five assists. She also added a team-best three defensive saves. She is also a threetime Liberty League selection, as well as a Longstreth/NFHCA AllNorth Athletic Region Second Team selection in 2014 and 2015. On top of these prestigious athletic achievements, Becca is also

Ballston Spa JV Basketball Tournament Champions BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa JV girls basketball team won the Watervliet Tournament this past weekend. The Scotties breezed to a 51-24 victory on Friday, November 25, and held on in defeating a talented Mechanicville squad on Saturday, November 26 by a final score 44-39. Eighth grader Ana Gold was named the tournament MVP after scoring 18 and 10 pointes respectively in the two games. Caroline Srokowski, Ali Sgambati, Hunter Campion

and Maddie Barnum also contributed well to get the team off to a great start on the season.

a four-time Academic All-Liberty League selection and three-time NFHCA Scholar of Distinction. Krista Lamoureaux finished the 2016 season with a careerhigh eleven goals and eight assists. She also ranks 15th on the team’s all-time scoring list with 35 goals and 35 assists. Lamoreaux is also a four-time All-Liberty League First Team honoree, and in 2014 and 2015 was named to both the Longstreth/NFHCA

All-North Atlantic Region and ECAC Division III Mid-Atlantic First Team. Folts finished this season with three defensive saves to help lead the Skidmore defense alongside Halter. Marissa was also named the Longstreth/NFCHA Division III Player of the Week on September 21. This is the first All-Region honor for Folts, who was also recognized as an All-Liberty League Honorable Mention selection last season.

The Thoroughbreds finished the 2016 season with an overall record of 16-6. The team was crowned Liberty League Champions, and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals.

Local Golf Pro Makes Golf Channel Appearance Saratoga National Golf Club Director Appeared on “Morning Drive” by Kiersten Racela Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — The “Morning Drive” program on the Golf Channel played guest to a local golf pro. Saratoga National Golf Club Director of Instruction, Anders Mattson, made an appearance on the popular show on Tuesday, November 29, and Wednesday, November 30. The show airs every weekday morning from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Various coaches have been invited to appear on “Morning Drive,” the Golf Channel’s news and instruction program.

Mattson, age thirty-six, is one of the inaugural coaches of the Golf Channel Academy, a network of world-class coaches and teaching facilities whose goal is to improve a player’s game. With eighty locations as of July 2016, it is among the most expansive golf instruction networks in North America. A Queensbury native, Mattson began his professional career at Saratoga National Golf Club after graduating from Furman University in 2002. He received his Class A certification with the PGA of America in 2009, and was named the Head Golf

Professional at Saratoga National. Mattson also won the 2009 Northeastern New York PGA Stroke Play, and most recently the 2014 NENYPGA Match Play.



Week of December 2 – December 8, 2016

COMMUNITY SPORTS BULLETIN 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 a lifetime of pleasure on the ice. Sign up at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center at 15 Vanderbilt Avenue Monday–Friday 9am8pm, Saturday 8am-7pm or Sunday 12-6pm. Early Bird registration ends Dec 27. For additional information or to download forms go to Contact the Recreation Department at 518-587-3550 x2300 or with questions.

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.

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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

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

program, allows 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 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.

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Community Swim BURNT HILLS — Student Learn-to-Swim Classes will continue their winter session starting January 7 and will run through February 18. These fifty-five minute classes will last eight weeks. Children in grades K-6 are grouped by ability within

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each time period. This year there will be an addition of an advanced level class for students up to age fifteen years old. All participants must pre-register. Anyone looking to register may do so by visiting the school district website at www.bhbl. org/communityswim.

First Night Saratoga 5K Run SARATOGA SPRINGS — The 19th annual First Night Saratoga 5K Run, presented by the Saratoga Arts, will be held on Saturday, December 31 at 5:30 p.m. The run is limited to the first 1,500 registrants. There will be no day-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 25th for the early registration fee of $25 and a guaranteed long-sleeved shirt. After November 25th, 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.

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.

Elementary Ski Club SCHUYLERVILLE — Two important dates are approaching for parents of students in grades 3-6 who are interested in participating in elementary ski club. Thursday, December 22 will be the last day to register for this club. Anyone looking to register may do so by visiting the school’s website at www.schylervilleschools. org.

Week of December 2 – December 8, 2016


First LEGO League Tournament Ballston Spa Middle School to Host Robot Building Tournament by Kiersten Racela Saratoga TODAY BALLSTON SPA — On Saturday, December 3 Ballston Spa High School’s FIRST Robotics Team #3044 will host a Hudson Valley FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Qualifying Tournament. Teams from throughout the region will compete for the opportunity to advance to the upcoming Championship Tournament at Dutchess Community College in February 2017. 
 This year’s FLL challenge, named Animal Allies, requires students to design a LEGO robot that can be programmed to operate independently on the competition table, and accomplish several tasks related to human and animal interactions. Each team is judged based on the robot’s performance, design, core values and its ability to contribute a solution to proper waste disposal. There will be twelve First LEGO League teams from throughout the region competing in the tournament, as well as

three Jr. FLL teams. The Ballston Spa Central School District has fielded seven FLL teams for the 2016 season and one Jr. FLL team thanks to the donations of corporate sponsors. Teams from the Gordon Creek, Malta Avenue, Milton Terrace and Wood Road Elementary Schools, as well as teams from the Ballston Spa Middle School, will be participating in the competition. 
 Practice runs at each competition table will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 9:20 a.m. The opening ceremony for the competition will follow from 9:25 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. The Senior FLL competition will take place from 9:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., with the Jr. FLL Showcase being held from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. All teams will be recognized in an awards ceremony at the conclusion of the day’s competitions at 2:45 p.m. The tournament is sponsored by the Hudson Valley FLL, Dutchess Community College, FRC Team 3044 and the New York Tech Valley

Tensions mount as the Gordon Creek Steel Destroyers test their robot creation. Photo provided by Stuart Williams, Coordinator of Community Relations, Ballston Spa Central School District

FIRST Sponsors, which include GLOBALFOUNDRIES, GE, ASML, M+W Group, KLATencor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, National Grid, Mattson Technology, Lam Research, Applied Materials,

Turner Construction, Bechtel, SCREEN USA, Edwards, nfrastructure, Accumetra, Wonik IPS and PDF Solutions. 
 Additional information is available at http://www.sunydutchess.e du/legole ague/.

Those requesting more communication may contact Ballston Spa K-12 Science Coordinator Diane Irwin by email at, or at the High School by calling 518-884-7150.

Strutting Down the Court SSHS Girl’s Basketball Hosts Scrimmage Against Amsterdam by Kiersten Racela Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — In order to prepare for their upcoming season, the Saratoga Springs High School girl’s basketball team hosted a scrimmage against Amsterdam on Tuesday, November 22. Although no running score was kept, the game was competitive in its entirety, and gave the team a chance to test their skills in a game-like setting. The Blue Streaks will hold eleven players this season. Of those eleven athletes, seven are returners. Of the remaining four, two were pulled up from JV late last season, and two players are completely new to the varsity game. One of the challenges for the Blue Streaks will be being competitive during each game

Barringer will provide a dominant presence under the glass Recalls Chudy, “Briann is able to grab boards and rebounds every game, which will really help our offense.” Sophomore Kerry Flaherty will be a major contributor to the Blue Streaks. She has been a member of the varsity squad since she was in eighth grade, and each year she

A beautifully executed offensive pick gave the Blue Streaks a scoring opportunity early on in the game. Photo by

that they play. Said head coach Robin Chudy, “we want to be able to win each game that we know we’re capable of winning, as well as compete against some of our tougher opponents.” Those tough opponents include Shaker, Albany, and Shen. The team will look for major redemption against these three teams this season. Last season the three

teams handed the Blue Streaks six of the team’s nine total losses. In order to avenge these losses, Coach Chudy hopes that this year’s roster will provide a more balanced game with the addition of more shooting guards. She will also be looking for certain players for leadership this season. On the offensive side of the basketball, junior Briann

has never failed to impress. Says Chudy, “Kerry will be a major factor in our offense. She can help control the tempo of the offense each game for us.” The team’s season opener is scheduled for Friday, December 2 at Saratoga Springs High School. Tip off is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.

Ballston Spa Athletics Hall of Fame Nominations BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Athletics Hall of Fame Committee announced that it is accepting nominations for its induction ceremony on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Nominations will be accepted until midnight on January 15, 2017 via the committee’s website www.ballstonspaathleticshallof

Qualifications and applications are also on the website. Please be specific with regard to awards earned for individuals, team members, and teams as a whole with respect to League, Sectional, and States. Also contact information for both the nominee and the person making the nomination is required.

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Week of December 2 – December 8, 2016



Artist Sharon Bolton poses at Saratoga Arts on Nov. 29, 2016 with the poster she created for First Night 2017: A Night of Magic. The New Year’s Eve event presented by Saratoga Arts begins with more than 1,000 participants in a 5K run and concludes at midnight with a fireworks show in Congress Park. In between, some 70 acts will perform in nearly three dozen venues in downtown Saratoga Springs. Buttons are $15 if purchased by Dec. 25, $20 thereafter. Photo by Deborah Neary for