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MEN OF THE MAT by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY

SARATOGA COUNTY — Few sports demand so much and give so little as wrestling. But as the legendary competitor and coach Dan Gable said, “Once you’ve wrestled, everything else in life is easy.” Locally, as the temperatures drop and athletes head indoors, a unique group of young men, and a few women, prepare to entertain loyal fans in one-on-one battles. Wrestling season has begun.

by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — City entrepreneur Drew West admitted this week that he fully understood how it would be “a daunting task to go against a behemoth” like eBay Inc. in court. Still, he said, “I couldn’t walk away from righting the wrong.” Early this year, West, the owner of American Natural Gas on Railroad Place, partnered with his father, Albany attorney Thomas West, in filing a lawsuit against eBay in Saratoga Supreme Court for breach of contract and unjust enrichment, among several other claims. See Story pg. 14

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Summer Festival Gets a NEW HAT by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — A pair of music-centric street festivals which bookended the start and conclusion of the Saratoga racing meet for a generation are no more. The Saratoga County

Chamber of Commerce, main sponsors of the Hats Off and Final Stretch festivals, announced this week that it will instead feature a “Welcome Back to Racing” fan event promoting bands performing at a variety of on-site locations at bars, restaurants and hotels.

“It’s a different downtown than it was 30 years ago,” said Chamber President Todd Shimkus. “We have so many more bars and restaurants. We think a better way to spend our time and money is to promote all the different bands playing See Story pg. 13

inside TODAY Obituaries 6 Families TODAY Workforce Housing 8 Holiday Gift Guide Property Transactions 20, 21 Arts & Entertainment Drew West. Photo provided.

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Neighbors: WHO: David Barker WHERE: BROADWAY

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Snippets of Life from Your Community

Q. Where are you originally from? A. North Jersey. Q. When did you come to Saratoga? A. In 1981. Q. What was Saratoga Springs like when you first moved here? A. There were a lot of For Rent signs then, up and down Broadway. We rented the Newberry building and divided it into three stores. We did all the work and the whole second floor we rented for our wholesale place. We had a T-shirt and screen-printing business. Q. Saratoga is a lot busier now. A. The City Center coming in made a big difference. It really turned things into more of a year-round place. Q. What did you want to be when you were a kid? A. I wanted to own my own business. Really. Q. When did Impressions move into its current location? A. In the mid-80s. It used to be Barclay’s bar. When we first moved in, there were still a lot of bottle-tops and swizzle sticks in the floor. Q. What is your favorite time of year? A. I love the winter - snowmobiling and skiing. We’re going to Killington tomorrow to break out the skis. Q. What is most enjoyable to you regarding the arts? A. I like going out and seeing local bands. When I bought the Golden Grill and turned it into Bailey’s (since sold), I dealt with the local music scene and that was a lot of fun.

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Q. What are your future plans? A. At Impressions, we have a long-term employee, Maddy Zanetti, who has worked for us since she was 14 years old. She’s in the process of making a deal with us to take over.

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A CAUTIONARY TALE by Chad Beatty Saratoga TODAY I recently reached out to a childhood friend whom I hadn’t spoken to in a while. After the initial greetings and well wishes, Paul shared a story that shook me to the bone. His story is a lesson for all of us. Following is a very brief overview of his ordeal: On Monday morning, Aug. 14, Paul was awakened around 4:30 a.m. because his daughter was sick to her stomach. His wife also said that she wasn’t feeling very well and they assumed they had eaten something bad the night before. After getting his family tucked back in bed, Paul headed into work. Around mid-day he called home only to go into voicemail. He repeated the process to his wife’s cell phone – voicemail again. While this wasn’t unusual for his busy household, he did find it strange that no one answered any phones. He quickly got pulled into a work project and dismissed the unanswered calls. After a long workday he arrived home around 7 p.m. Upon opening the front door, he found his 12 year old daughter lying on the floor in the vestibule.

She was unconscious. He immediately dropped to his knees and began hollering for his wife. There was no answer. He quickly flew up the stairs into his son’s room. The 9-yearold was curled up in a fetal position unconscious on his bed. A thousand thoughts went through his mind in a split second. He screamed for his wife. No response. Fumbling with his phone his fingers erratically dialed 911. “What’s your emergency?” “My family is all unconscious and I can’t wake them up! Please send help!!” With no signs of a break-in or violence, he assumed that something in the house was the culprit. He scooped up his son, ran him downstairs and out the front door, laying him on the front porch. He repeated the process with his daughter. By this point Paul had begun to experience a headache and he was feeling sick and weak. He scanned the area and fate had a neighbor out for an evening walk. He screamed to him for help. The two of them ran up the stairs and picked up his wife. He

3 quickly realized that the dead weight of an adult is far different from that of a child. The two of them managed to get her down the stairs and into the fresh air. While they were laying her down, first responders were arriving at the scene and trying to assess the situation. “My 2 step-sons are still in the basement” he exclaimed. The responders donned their protective gear and entered the home. His two step-sons were also unconscious. By now the scale and scope of the emergency response indicated the gravity of the situation. A scene commander could be heard directing ambulances and fire trucks from five or six towns as well as police vehicles and three helicopters. Paul’s block looked like a scene from a disaster movie. In the end, Paul, his entire family, two of his neighbors and three

responding police officers were taken to the hospital. The condition of the older two boys was so fragile they were flown by medical helicopter to Jacobi Medical Center in New York City for treatment with hyperbaric oxygen therapy to rid their blood of carbon monoxide. By luck or divine intervention, his entire family recovered. They would later discover that it was carbon monoxide poisoning caused by a faulty hot water heater exhaust pipe. Officials recorded a level of 1,600 parts per million of carbon monoxide on the second story of the home; the level is supposed to be zero with a maximum of 35 ppm for one hour of exposure. High concentrations of carbon monoxide kill in less than five minutes. Once again, the level in their home was 1,600 ppm! By all accounts, Paul’s family should have been dead. At the end of our conversation

Paul shared a final thought with me… Not overly religious and only attending church on holidays, Paul had a strange urge to attend mass the day before. While listening to the homily, something struck a chord deep in him. ‘Speak Lord. Your servant is listening.’ He continued to think about the words throughout the next day; the day of the tragedy/miracle. Paul told me he hasn’t missed weekly mass since the event and truly believes it was divine intervention that allowed his family to survive…as well as fantastic first responders. This holiday season make sure you check your carbon monoxide detectors. They need to be clean of debris, active and have fresh batteries. And if you have the opportunity, thank a first responder for everything they do. GOD BLESS.



County Joins Effort to SOLVE CRIMES

Holiday Event FOR VETERANS

BALLSTON SPA — The Saratoga County Sheriff ’s Department announced this week its participation in a new program to solve crimes, which enables county residents to give anonymous tips for potential cash rewards. The newly formed Capital Region Crime Stoppers “provides several ways for the public to submit 100 percent anonymous tips and information to the police,”

according to a statement released by the group. The Capital Region Crime Stoppers hotline is 1-833-252-8477. Those who provide information and tips that successfully lead to an arrest may be eligible for a cash reward. For more information, visit the website

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Next week, the Veterans Peer Connection in Ballston Spa will celebrate the one-year anniversary of its “Veterans Coffee Meet Up” held every Tuesday at Saratoga Coffee Traders, which is located at 447 Broadway. From 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12, veterans and

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their supporters are invited to attend the event, according to Program Coordinator Amy Hughes. She said the group intends to help veterans kick off their holiday festivities with coffee, door prizes, raffles and a special guest. Veterans Peer Connection has enlisted Mike Brown, who has

ties to the Broadway coffee shop and is the current owner of Death Wish Coffee in Round Lake, for a guest appearance. For more information, contact Hughes at or 518-884-4999; or visit the website

CHAMBER’S Veterans Business Council ELECTS NEW OFFICERS SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce Veterans Business Council will be led by a newly elected group of officers in the year ahead, as voted on at a recent council meeting. The Veterans Business Council is a select group of area business

leaders who volunteer as council members to help veterans in Saratoga County find employment opportunities or entrepreneurial opportunities that may fit their unique skill sets. The group supports other veterans’ agencies through fundraising efforts and information sharing about career pathways, jobs,

training and business ownership in the greater Saratoga area. The new leadership team includes: Karen Charbonneau, Chair, Saratoga Home Team of the Miranda Real Estate Group; Jason Collins, Vice Chair, veteran outreach coordinator, Office of Veteran and Military Education

(OVME) at SUNY Empire State College; Michael Kennedy, Treasurer, human resources at Saratoga Bridges; Randal Hagen, Secretary, assistant vice president at Ballston Spa National Bank; Dan Colvin, Immediate Past Chair, Momentive Performance Materials; and Colonel Dave


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COURT Paul J. Sims, 26, of Stillwater, was sentenced Nov. 29 to 16 months-to-4 years, and 1.5to-5 years in state prison, after pleading, respectively, to felony DWI in connection with an incident in Malta, and criminal mischief in Saratoga Springs. Nicholas L. Moon, 28, of South Glens Falls, pleaded Nov. 30 to felony DWI, in connection with an incident in Saratoga Springs. Sentencing scheduled Feb. 1, 2018. Jared M. Tenace, 27, of Schenectady, was sentenced Dec. 1 to 1.5 to 3 years in state prison, after pleading to criminal possession of stolen property, a felony.

POLICE Brian F. Egan, age 52, Saratoga Springs, was charged on Dec. 4 with aggravated harassment, a misdemeanor. Amy V. Kilgallon, age 21, Colonie, was charged on Dec. 3 with misdemeanor DWI, unsafe lane change, and unlawfully driving on or across sidewalk. Peter I. Pyon, age 36, Saratoga Springs, was charged on Dec. 2 with criminal mischief in the third degree – a felony, and endangering the welfare of a child – a misdemeanor. Michael L. Nailor, age 27, Saratoga Springs, was charged on Dec. 2 with misdemeanor DWI. Chad M. Radock, age 42, Saratoga Springs, was charged on Dec. 2 with misdemeanor DWI, and unlawful possession of marijuana. Forrest J. Burnetter, age 23, Burnt Hills, was charged on Dec. 1 with unlawful possession of marijuana, and criminal possession of marijuana – a misdemeanor. Zachary W. Akers, age 21, St. Johnsville, was charged on Dec. 1 with unlawful possession of marijuana. Dennis E. Hill, age 31, Johnstown, was charged

on Dec. 1 with criminal possession of a controlled substance, and unlawful possession of marijuana. Michael J. Vittengl, age 61, Saratoga Springs, was charged on Dec. 1 with grand larceny fourth degree/ exceeds $1,000 – a felony. Richard E. Marvin, age 34, Ballston Spa, was charged Dec. 1 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor. Michael R. Bottari, age 26, Ballston Spa, was charged Nov. 30 with misdemeanor DWI, refusing a pre-screen test, improper lane use, headlight violations, and making an unsafe lane change. Scott F. Parillo, age 44, Saratoga Springs, was charged Nov. 30 with criminal possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence- a felony, and endangering the welfare of a child. Carmen Cammuso, age 34, Stillwater, was charged Nov. 30 with two misdemeanor counts petit larceny. Elizabeth A. Paone, age 65, Albany, was charged Nov. 30 with petit larceny. Gregory R. Mackey, age 40, Valatie, was charged Nov. 29 with circumvent interlockcourt order-operate w/o device, aggravated unlicensed operation, refusing a chemical test, unlawful possession of marijuana, and no/expired inspection certificate. Nicholas A. Bliek, age 26, Ballston Spa, was charged Nov. 29 with misdemeanor DWI, felony aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and speeding. John D. Bonarrigo, 48, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Nov. 28 with Criminal Possession of Forged Instrument, a felony, and Petit Larceny, a misdemeanor, in connection with an alleged check-cashing incident that occurred in the Town of Malta on Oct. 16.

BLOTTER 5 SARATOGA POLICE REPORT The Saratoga County Sheriff ’s office reported a serious personal injury motor vehicle crash occurred shortly after midnight on the morning of Sunday, Dec. 3 on Donnan Road in the town of Galway. A 2004 Chevy Malibu sedan overturned in a ditch was discovered on the north side of Donnan Road along with the four occupants who had all exited the vehicle. The operator of the vehicle, 26-year-old Kayla M. Baker, of Ballston Spa, was taken to Saratoga Hospital by Galway EMS with serious injuries to her upper body and subsequently transferred to Albany Medical Center. Passengers Kaila M. Miner, 21, and Paige M. Norton, 21, were taken to Saratoga Hospital for treatment of lacerations, and Capri M. Fafard, 25, transported via Life Net helicopter to Albany Medical Center with head injuries. The initial investigation revealed Baker was travelling west on Donnan Road when she exited the north side of the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned the vehicle. The initial investigation has identified alcohol and vehicular speed as contributing factors to the crash. Baker was charged with

misdemeanor DWI and reckless driving, the violations unlawful possession of marijuana and unreasonable speed, and several other vehicle and traffic law violations. She is

scheduled to appear in Galway Town Court Jan. 11, 2018. The crash is being investigated by the Sheriff ’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit and additional charges may be filed.



June Weidlich

Marie Montero

SARATOGA SPRINGS — June Weidlich, age 91, passed away on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at Wesley Healthcare Center. A graveside service was held on December 1, 2017. If you wish to express your online condolences or view the Obituary, please visit our website at www.

FORT EDWARD — Marie Montero, 74, passed away on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Glens Falls Hospital. A graveside service will be held in the spring at Moss Street Cemetery in Kingsbury. Arrangements are by Compassionate Funeral Care, Inc., 402 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs.

Kenneth P. Rhinehart SARATOGA SPRINGS — Kenneth P. Rhinehart, age 60, passed away on Monday, November 27, 2017. A funeral service will be held at noon Monday, December 11, 2017 at Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Ave., Saratoga Springs. Friends may call at 11 a.m. prior to the service. Interment with military honors will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, December 11, 2017 at Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville.

Frederick Baker Bolster SARATOGA SPRINGS — Frederick Baker Bolster passed away Dec. 4, 2017 Calling hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10 at the Burke Funeral Home, North Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 11, Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville. Please visit at

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Patricia Ann Samascott

Peter Edward Fisher, Sr.

Thomas Petrones Sr.

ROCK CITY FALLS — Patricia Ann Samascott, age 77, passed away Saturday, November 25, 2017 after a long courageous battle with cancer. A mass of Christian burial was held Saturday, December 2, 2017 at St. Paul’s Church in Rock City Falls. Donations in her honor may be made to St. Mary’s Church, 2113 East St, Galway, NY 12074.

FORT EDWARD — Peter Edward Fisher, Sr., passed away Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. He was born on December 8, 1920 in Canada. Calling hours were held Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Church, Fort Edward. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Thursday, December 7, 2017.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Thomas Petrones Sr., age 71 passed away on Saturday, November 25, 2017. A mass of Christian burial was held Thursday, November 30, 2017 at St. Peter’s Church in Saratoga Springs. If you wish to express your online condolences or view the Obituary, please visit our website at www.

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Joan A. Trembley

SARATOGA SPRINGS — John Conklin passed away December 4, 2017. Calling hours will be 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, at Burke Funeral Home, North Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Funeral home service will be held at 11 a.m., burial will be in Corinth Rural Cemetery, Corinth. Please visit at

CORINTH — Noah Phillips died on Sunday, December 3, 2017. Calling hours from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 11, 2017 at Burke Funeral Home, North Broadway, Saratoga Springs. A funeral home service will follow at 11 a.m.; burial will be in South Side Cemetery, Corinth. Please visit at

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Joan A. Trembley passed away on December 2, 2017. Relatives and friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 at the Burke Funeral Home, Saratoga Springs. A funeral home service will follow at 1 p.m.; burial will be private. Please visit at

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PEARL HARBOR Attack Remembered

by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY

SARATOGA SPRINGS — With a December chill in the morning air, members of the Daughters of the American Revolution gathered Thursday at the Congress Park War Memorial for an annual wreath-laying ceremony—at the precise moment in 1941 that Japanese fighter planes had begun a devastating attack on the U.S. Navy base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. “This is important, to remember this day,” explained Heather Mabee, a principal organizer of the event and the local Daughters of the American Revolution chapter. As of July 2017, nearly 76 years after that fateful morning thrust the United States into

World War II, Mabee reported that there were still a handful of survivors who served on the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor. “The ship was most heavily hit in the raid,” she said, reading from a prepared statement. The surprise Japanese attack, which started at 7:55 a.m., damaged or destroyed 20 U.S. ships and 300 aircraft; it also claimed the lives of more than 2,400 U.S. military personnel and civilians, while injuring almost 1,200 individuals. “More than seven decades after President Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared Dec. 7, 1941 as ‘a date which will live in infamy,’ tangible proof of the day’s events are still visible at Pearl Harbor,” Mabee continued. “Machinegun strafing holes from Imperial Japanese fighter planes still dot the

Saratoga Springs Mayor Joanne Yepsen joined Heather Mabee (center) and other members of the Daughters of the American Revolution for a memorial ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

now-unused runway at Ford Island and airplane hangars at Hickam Air Force Base. Oil, sometimes called ‘black tears,’ still seeps up

from the sunken USS Arizona, beading the surface of the water at the battleship’s memorial.” Similar wreath-laying

ceremonies are held nationwide each December, Mabee said, to recognize the U.S. Navy ships lost and various battle sites in Pearl Harbor.



Week of December 8 – December 14, 2017

‘WORKFORCE HOUSING’ Units PLANNED for Route 9 in Malta by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY MALTA — The real-estate firm that is currently building 140 residential units at the intersection of East Line Road and Route 67 in Ballston is advancing a separate proposal with Malta town officials, involving 15 acres of property located off of Route 9 between Ellsworth Commons and Cramer Road. Previously, town officials had approved plans for the Malta Crossings development on the same land, which included a hotel and residential units. Conifer Realty, a Rochesterbased company, has renamed its

new proposal as the Red Pine Grove complex. The property would be subdivided into two separate parcels of about two and 13 acres. The larger parcel would be mostly residential, and Conifer Realty currently has no plans to develop the smaller parcel near Route 9 due to the presence of archeological remains. Matt Jones, the Saratoga Springs attorney representing Conifer Realty, said Red Pine Grove will be the “only workforce housing development in Malta,” similar to the firm’s Blue Heron Trail complex going up a few minutes west in the Town of Ballston. Conifer Realty’s proposal in Malta calls for 12 three-story apartment buildings with a total of Matt Jones in his West Avenue office. Photo by

nearly 100 units; and a three-story “senior housing” structure close to Route 9 with 70 units, according to minutes of the June 20 Malta Planning Board meeting. The firm also will build a senior clubhouse, a separate clubhouse for families, a maintenance garage, a sewer-pump station, and a storm water treatment area. There will be a 144-foot “buffer” of trees to lessen any visual impacts on homeowners in the existing Cramer Woods neighborhood, according to the planning board. In November, Jones and his associates appeared before the

Malta Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) to request variances for eight-foot ceiling heights on upper floors of the senior building; and an increase in that building’s frontage length to more than 227 feet. Both requests were denied by the ZBA, since Malta town code specifies nine-foot ceilings and a maximum frontage of only 120 feet. The planning board is expected to consider Conifer Realty’s amended design plans again at a meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 19 in the town complex. Jones said the firm is reviewing engineering aspects of the project and would submit a final site plan to the planning board for approval no sooner than January. Construction is expected to start in summer 2018, he added. On Wednesday, though not required by town planners, a public forum was organized by Conifer Realty to hear concerns from local residents about the Red Pine Grove project. It was held at a similar property owned by the firm on Waite Road in Rexford. Jones said a number of neighbors’ concerns were

identified and that Conifer Realty planners will consider them as the proposal moves forward. Mary Mahoney, a retired state worker and Luther Forest resident for 30 years, addressed the Malta Town Board on Monday, Dec. 4 after being granted the opportunity to do so by Supervisor Vincent DeLucia. She criticized town officials for even considering the Red Pine Grove project and, in general, approving so much construction. “We need housing,” Mahoney admitted, but added that the town also needs more “bus service” and “social planning.” Many residents in Malta, Mahoney told the board, think town officials favor the profit motives of developers over the needs of longterm residents, without regard for proper planning, traffic impacts or light and sound pollution. Most recent construction projects, she added, end up looking like “barracks” filled with people who “live on batteries.” When DeLucia politely requested that Mahoney conclude her comments, she said: “I won’t bother you anymore on this subject if you change your evil ways.”

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Marine Reserves Team Up With

DUNKIN’ DONUTS on ‘Toys for Tots’

Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee Ivo Garcia and Dunkin’ Donuts mascot “Cuppie” attend the Toys for Tots Train stop with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in Saratoga Springs on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017 to pass out toys and winter coats to families in need this holiday season.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and Dunkin’ Donuts “Toys for Tots Train” took to the rails last weekend for its annual two-day run to deliver holiday cheer to children across New York. This year’s trip results from Dunkin’

Donuts contributing $30,000 to the Toys for Tots Foundation. Powered by Amtrak and Norfolk Southern, the Toys for Tots train made its annual run on Saturday, Dec. 2 with stops in Binghamton, Bainbridge, Oneonta, Cobleskill and Delanson.

Marine Gunnery Sgt. Albert Roman (center, with microphone) welcomes families and thanks Dunkin’ Donuts for the support during a special ceremony. Photos provided by Ed Lewi Associates.

On Sunday, Dec. 3, the train made its way north from Albany with stops in Saratoga Springs, Fort Edwards Whitehall, Port Henry, Port Kent, and Rouses Point, adjacent to the Canadian border. Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees joined U.S. Marine Corps Reserve

volunteers as they traversed the state to deliver toys and winter coats to children in need. Thousands of toys were also delivered at each station to local non-profit organizations for distribution to those who qualify in their communities. The contribution from

Jake’s Help From Heaven Donates Over $500,000

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — At the year-end Board of Directors Meeting, Jake’s Help From Heaven awarded over $30,800 to area residents with medical challenges and disabilities. This brings their total awarded to $525,170 since its inception in 2011. “We are so proud to have reached this amazing landmark in only 6 years. We believe so strongly

in the work we do and the help we provide to those with medically complicated lives. Brian and I know first-hand the difficulties associated with having a family member with complex medical issues and love being able to make things a little easier for our families,” said Heather Straughter, co-founder of Jake’s Help From Heaven. Jake’s Help From Heaven

provides support to those with medically complicated and fragile lives living within 100 miles of Saratoga Springs. Applications are received on a rolling basis and reviewed on a quarterly basis. Jake’s Help From Heaven supports its applicants in many ways including but not limited to: purchasing adaptive equipment, reimbursement for therapies

including hippo-therapy, medical travel reimbursement, purchasing or reimbursing items of medical necessity and medical convenience. Their goal is to increase the quality of life for their applicants. For more information, please check our facebook page at jakeshelpfromheaven or their website

Dunkin’ Donuts brings the company’s nine-year grand total to $260,000 in support of the Toys for Tots campaign. “We appreciate the continued support and dedication from our community partner Dunkin’ Donuts and its franchisees, who have helped to keep our holiday train on track for the ninth year in a row,” said Marine Gunnery Sgt. (Ret) Albert Roman, local coordinator of the Albany Toys for Tots campaign. “The holiday season is all about giving back to our communities, and the generosity from Dunkin’ Donuts of gifts for thousands of children is a true example of what it means to give back.” Dunkin’ Donuts also warmed up the volunteers and families at select station stops with complimentary hot chocolate and baked goods. “Dunkin’ Donuts is honored to support the Marines as they bring joy to children in need through the Toys for Tots campaign,” said Eric Stensland, field marketing manager for Dunkin’ Donuts. “Seeing the joy on children’s faces as we help deliver toys on the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Dunkin’ Donuts Toys for Tots Train, we are reminded of the importance of this amazing effort which has such a vital impact on our community.” The U.S. Marines have worked with more than 200 community agencies to distribute toys this holiday season and are equipped to serve 200,000 children. The Toys for Tots Foundation receives additional support from a number of companies and organizations throughout the greater Capital Region. That includes a $25,000 donation from Wal-Mart and a raffle sponsored by Seymour’s Motorized Sports for a 2017 Can Am Outlander 850xt and Triton aluminum trailer ATV. SEFCU, the Clifton Park and Halfmoon EMS and members of the Saratoga, Schoharie and Fulton County Sheriff ’s Departments also support the Toys for Tots campaign. To learn more, visit, www., www. or


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P I T N E Y M E A D O W S to Host ‘ORNAMENT FESTIVAL’ SARATOGA SPRINGS — Pitney Meadows Community Farm, located at 223 West Avenue, will turn its new “high tunnel” greenhouse into a festive facility

for making holiday ornaments and decorations on Sunday, Dec. 10. At the “Holiday Ornament Festival” between 1 and 3 p.m., families will find all of the

materials they need to make a wide range of decorations. They include pinecone bird feeders, painted gourds, recycled wrapping paper from newspapers,

(Left to right) Sandy Arnold, Kim Fonda and Jim Favaloro. Photo provided.

and ornaments from such natural materials as pinecones, acorns, walnuts, berries and seedpods. Heaters will make the hightunnel space comfortable. Mike Fields from the Washington County Draft Animal Association will offer wagon rides with horses decked out and decorated for Christmas for all to enjoy a tour around the farm. 

 Hot chocolate, cider, Christmas cookies and other holiday refreshments will be served. Also, the Saratoga Santa will make a special appearance around 2:15 p.m. A $5 per-person or $15 perfamily donation is suggested.

All proceeds will go towards the Children’s Greenhouse and Gardens, scheduled for construction in 2018. 

 Members of the Pitney Meadows team will be on hand to give tours, show the progress that has been made in bringing the historic farm back to life, and answer questions about the farm project. Space is limited, and pre-registration is requested. Registration is available through the farm’s website at www.

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NOTES FROM CITY HALL by Thomas Dimopoulos • Saratoga TODAY

Proposal to Decrease City Taxpayer Peter Martin Makes Costs for Health Care VOTED DOWN Appointment of DEPUTY PUBLIC SAFETY COMMISSIONER

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Outgoing Public Safety Commissioner Chris Mathiesen initiated a public hearing and council discussion this week to alter the salaries and benefits received by future council members. The proposal suggested, starting in 2020, councilmembers pay a portion of health care benefits they currently receive cost-free and that health care benefits for life be eliminated, while increasing the five councilmembers’ annual salaries from $14,500 to $18,000. City Council members,

upon election, are eligible to receive health care coverage freeof-charge. The family plan cost is approximately $25,000 for each council member, and four members are currently enrolled in some form of a city health insurance plan. For former council members who have served 10 years or more and retire after age 55 – of which there are a small handful – those benefits are received for the duration of their lifetime. Mathiesen suggested councilmembers receiving city health care coverage pay $4,000

annually out-of-pocket, and that given the rising costs of health care coverage, that the lifetime benefits be eliminated. The measure was defeated 4-1, with Mathiesen casting the lone yes vote. The recommendation, had it passed, would have amended the City Charter – which sets salaries for the mayor and commissioners. There are no charter stipulations regarding deputies’ salaries, or related to health benefits for council members. Those are periodically set forth by City Council resolution, or through collective bargaining agreements.



SARATOGA SPRINGS — The council on Nov. 28 unanimously adopted the city budget for 2018. The $46.1 million plan represents a slight increase over this year’s $45.5 million budget. “I view the 2018 year as a transformative year for the city,”

Finance Commissioner Michele Madigan told the council when presenting the plan for vote. “I have high hopes that the new City Council as well as our everevolving workforce will be able to tackle several key issues and problems: lowering the city’s health care related expenses,

addressing short-term rental concerns, updating parking systems citywide, better using IT to benefit city residents and City Hall itself, (as well as) some land use issues that will be before the next City Council that need to be addressed.”

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Peter Martin, Saratoga Springs Public Safety CommissionerElect, announced the appointment of John S. Daley as Deputy Commissioner of Public Safety effective Jan. 1, 2018. “Daley completed his Bachelor of Science in Finance at Siena College. He earned a master’s in Business Administration from Union Graduate College and a Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School. Daley has worked extensively in New York State Government, served as Legislative Director for Assembly member John T. McDonald III and then in various capacities in the State Senate - most recently as director of the Senate Committee

on Consumer Protection. While working full time in the Senate, Daley also worked part time as a Law Clerk in the Saratoga Springs Public Safety Department.

John Daley appointed Deputy Public Safety Commissioner. Photo provided.


SARATOGA SPRINGS — Next week, a representative of the Hollywood, California based owners of West Avenue Property LLC will meet with the Zoning Board of Appeals. The company has proposed the construction of a mixed-use development adjacent to the Saratoga Train Station consisting

of a hotel, townhomes, senior and assisted living residencies and retail stores. The purpose of the meeting is to request a variance of the maximum building height of its hotel – from 50 feet to 56 feet – as well as to seek zoning ordinance relief in build-out requirements for a number of the accompanying buildings.


PARKING GARAGE SEEKS EXTENSION SARATOGA SPRINGS — With construction not yet begun due to pending litigation, the Saratoga Springs City Center Authority this week plans to approach the Design Review Commission to seek an extension

of an Architectural Review approval, which was granted June 1, 2016 for the development of a multi-level parking structure at High Rock, just east behind the existing City Center.

Week of December 8 – December 14, 2017


Popular Summer Festival to Wear a NEW “HAT” Story continued from front page... at all the different restaurants. So, instead of us closing streets and setting up bands and stages, we’re going to collectively promote everything that’s going on inside the restaurants, bars and hotels downtown.” Last year, the festival featured five bands each night over the course of the two-day festival, down from eight bands that performed at eight different venues each night just six years earlier, and the 10 bands who performed at the free festival in 2004. At that time, there were approximately one dozen different businesses and organizations sponsoring the event along with the Chamber and the New York Racing Association. The cost to stage the events totals more than $30,000 and while Shimkus acknowledged sponsoring entities like NYRA and others are not contributing as much as they once had in years past, he said money is not a driving force in the Chamber’s

“...we think there is a better alternative that is more supportive of the entire downtown.” decision. “For us, it was the fact that we think there is a better alternative that is more supportive of the entire downtown.” Shimkus also refuted some public comments that have been made, including some raised during this week’s City Council by local residents, that fears of vehicular terrorism played a role in the festival’s cancellation. “I can absolutely guarantee you the notion of a terroristic attack had nothing to do with our decision to make this change,” Shimkus said. The Hats Off festival, later complemented by the season-ending Final Stretch festival, was first staged in the 1990s as a way to increase crowds for the annual opening weekend of the racing season.

“NYRA came up and Ed Lewi was with them and they were discussing what they could do to build up the attendance at the races on the first and the last weekend,” recalled Joe Dalton, who ran the Saratoga County Chamber for 40 years, before retiring in 2010. “The Chamber basically put it together – myself, and Ed Lewi. NYRA said they would put up half the money and we would raise the other half. And it went very well,” Dalton said. “It attracted people and built up the first and last week of racing, attendance-wise. It benefitted the town and NYRA. Over the years, though, it built up so much that both of those weekends now have big crowds coming, so the need for it dissipated.” Susan Farnsworth was hired by the Chamber to coordinate the Hats Off and Final Stretch festivals, which she did for for 17 years. Among her duties were hiring a team that set up and tore down the staging, supplying equipment, securing city permits and coordinating with the police, and collaboratively working to secure sponsors and to hire bands “The Hats Off Festival would draw about 20,000 people each night; Final Stretch drew about 15,000 the first night, and about 10,000 on the second evening,” said Farnsworth, who currently lives in Israel. “My favorite part of the festivals was watching people enjoying the music, seeing children dancing; The atmosphere was fun, friendly, welcoming. It helped secure Saratoga Springs’ reputation as one of the best small cities in America,” she said. Farnsworth recalled how some visitors would schedule their trips to Saratoga to coincide with the festivals. “The original purpose (of the festivals) was to bring more visitors to town the first and last day of racing,” she said. “I am very sad to see this tradition end, but times change.” “The primary change is that Hats Off has largely been, for

30-plus years, a bunch of bands the Chamber has paid for, with staging outside and downtown in a variety of different places,” Shimkus says. “This last year, we had a stage on Caroline Street. We closed the road. We had security there. We paid for a band. What we saw was that Saratoga City Tavern (also) had a band, Gaffney’s had a band, Spa City Tap and Barrel had a band – everybody on Caroline Street that had a space, had a band, and

we went: What are we doing?” Plans are being formulated to sponsor a July festival – it may be staged the Thursday prior to Opening Day – in and around existing bars and restaurants and could include locations such as Hattie’s alleyway, Henry Street venues and on Beekman Street. The Hats Off festival, which ran from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, largely drew crowds 21 and over. “Maybe

that wasn’t the case 10 years ago, but it is now. Families are not coming to the Hats Off festival,” Shimkus said. The specifics will be decided in the new year. “Everybody out there that’s freaking out, just be a little patient and know that the Chamber has always done what’s in the best interest of the downtown,” Shimkus said. ‘When we announce our final plans, I think everyone will go: ‘Wow, that’s a really good idea.’”



Week of December 8 – December 14, 2017


Wilton Nonprofit SHED LOST to City Man WINS First ‘Suspicious’ Fire

Part of LEGAL CASE Against Online Giant Story continued from front page... Lawyers for eBay, based in San Jose, California, later petitioned to have the case moved to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York in Albany. On Friday, Dec. 1, a motion by eBay to dismiss the lawsuit was denied by U.S. District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino. The Wests are seeking $25 million. Cory Daniel Struble, a New York City attorney representing eBay for the national law firm Quinn Emanuel, deferred comment to California attorney David Grable with the same firm. Grable did not return a call for comment.

The pending lawsuit relates to communications that occurred several years ago between Drew West and eBay executives; and the contested use of “an internet auction valet,” as described in the judge’s decision, “a service that simplifies the process for sellers on virtual marketplaces.” Drew West has found financial success in such “valet” services for 20 years, D’Agostino explained. West and eBay first reached an agreement to collaborate in 2007 and the company formally hired him as a consultant in 2011, she added.

The lawsuit alleges that, by October 2014, eBay executives were taking commercial advantage of a “business plan” that West had previously presented to them without his consent, according to D’Agostino’s decision. “It was a simple contract case,” explained Thomas West, noting how eBay executives were “fascinated” by his son’s ideas as well as his “knack for moving merchandise.” Thomas West said the legal victory on Dec. 1—in which all four claims made “survived” eBay’s motion to dismiss—allows the “discovery” phase of the legal process to begin and a potential trial by jury, during which both men say they will be vindicated. “I think the merits are there,” added Drew West. “We’re just looking for our day in court.”

Cliff Seguin with the ruins of his Operation Adopt A Soldier storage shed. Photo by

by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY WILTON — Cliff Seguin said that he will not let the destruction of monsters, fog machines and other props interrupt his nonprofit group’s mission of lifting the spirits of U.S. soldiers during the holidays.

A storage shed owned by Seguin’s Operation Adopt A Soldier, situated near Gavin Park, was destroyed in a fire on Sunday. It was being used to store electronics and props valued at about $3,000, which the group utilizes for haunted hayrides given in the park each autumn. “We’re going to come out of this stronger than we were,” offered Seguin, when contacted this week for comment. He said the shed was not covered by insurance. Lt. Jeff Brown of the Saratoga County Sheriff ’s Office said there was no “cause” found in the ruins of the storage shed, which did not have electric service. “It’s definitely a suspicious fire,” Brown said. “We’re investigating it as an arson.” Seguin, who founded Operation Adopt A Soldier in 2004 along with Dominick Commisso, explained that the group’s volunteers are in the midst of sending hundreds of holiday packages to active-duty military personnel and would not be deterred by the blaze. “We’re doing it all for the soldiers,” he said. www.operationadoptasoldier. org/about-us



DPW Garage Debacle Photos by Lori Mahan

Week of December 8 – December 14, 2017

Schuylerville HIGH HONOR ROLL HIGH HONOR 8th Grade:

Ian Baker, Chloe Bartholomew, Eliza Barton, Anna Belden, Rebecca Brandt, Ava Brophy, Abigail Caron, Victoria Cooper, Willow Greene, Makenzie Harrington, Anastasia Koumanis, Anna Lail, Sarah McMahon, Aubrie Methven, Tara Murphy, Natalie Myers, Molly Nastacie, Claire Pelletier-Hoblock, Katie Pelletier-Hoblock, Clare Sacks, Amber Sisson, Mark Solan Jr, Megan Stadel, Sadie Tavares

7th Grade:

Ian Bailey, Lillian Bodensieck, Christopher Buettner, Daniel Carozza, Kahlan Diotte-Davenport, Jordan Dooley, Gabriella Everleth, Lucas Fitzgerald, Lauren King, Nathaniel King, Macey Koval, Sofie Lamodi, Lillian Letzring, Anthony Luzadis, Daniel MacMillan, Jr., Miranda Mash, John McGarrahan, Draven Mueller, Ryan Pantano, Angelina Parella, Amanda Star Pflieger, Bailee Seymour, Hannah Sherman, Arielle Sowle, Owen Sullivan, Irene Torres-Guzman,, Riley VanCott, Caitlyn VanDeusen, Megan Vianese, Alayna Wian, Elliott Woods, Jocelyn Zapien-Espinosa

6th Grade:

The DPW garage.

by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — The city’s Department of Public Works (DPW) garage at 19 Van Rensselaer Street has been there since before Division Street Elementary School, which was built back in the 1960’s. Last January there was a fire in the middle of the night at the garage, called in by a neighbor. Kathy Wilson, a concerned citizen who lives on Central Avenue, about four streets away from the garage, worked with newly elected Commissioner of Public Safety Peter Martin on his campaign this fall. In an email, Wilson said that Martin “shares our concern and will work with the City Council to help remove this danger from our midst.” Since the fire last January provided the city with insurance money, Wilson said she hopes that “the city council would look at the insurance money and sell that land off. That land could become all residential.” Anthony “Skip” Scirocco, Commissioner of Public Works, said “we have done everything to limit the activity over there. We have no plans to move the garage because there is nowhere to move it.” The city owns the building, but National Grid rents it for $16,000 per month. “If National Grid would move

out tomorrow, I’d move the garage over there, but at $16,000 a month, we want to keep that revenue for the city,” Scirocco explained. Wilson and her neighbors are concerned about the amount of fuel kept in that garage and the chemicals stored there. “What if there was a chemical released into the air? The school isn’t air-conditioned and the windows are open in the summer. The garage is just an overall hazard now,” Wilson said. “I went to Division Street Elementary School and the DPW garage was there. It was there before the school was. Saratoga Springs Central School District didn’t feel the garage was an issue before it built there,” Scirocco said. Wilson countered, saying that back then it was a less residential area. “It’s a lot of older homes, the area wasn’t built up like it is now. The kids on my street all walk to school. The garage has been there, out of sight out of mind, but after the fire it was really brought to the forefront. The chemicals, the fuel, the heavy equipment, traffic. They’re exiting all day long. It’s just an overall dangerous situation. There are no sidewalks at the school and you’re forced to walk by the garage. The whole area is just really more residential than it was back then,” Wilson elaborated. “Safety is a concern and I get that,” Scirocco said, “but we are

The Division Street Elementary School.

always working to improve our safety measures.” Wilson says that the crews who work at the garage are all nice people. She added, “the noise is annoying but not more so than a siren in the night, and sometimes the new blacktop is smelly.” To her, it’s about safety concerns with the elementary school across the street. Maura Manny, Director of Communications for Saratoga Springs Central School District, released a statement on the DPW garage concern. “All Saratoga Springs City School buildings have multiple plans in place for emergency situations. Specific information cannot be provided publicly as it compromises the safety of our staff and students,” Manny said. “I trust that this is going to be an important enough issue for the council to work together on. I’m hoping this is something all of us can agree on, that this is an issue that needs to be looked at carefully and addressing the risks to the surrounding neighborhood and the school,” Wilson said. “The school has used the garage as a safe haven before in times of need. They used it just last week when they had to evacuate the students. We work with the school and they work with us. It’s a great partnership,” Scirocco countered. As of now, no plans to move the DPW garage are in place.

Madison Awilow, Chloe Barber, Taylor Barraclough, Abigail Becker, Parker Bendon, Sophie Bodnar, Anika Buff, Mackenzie Carrara, Landon Conner, Jonathan Crear, Sam Dwyer, Dale Eglin, Amber Enright, Kyerra Garmley, Nicholas Gerardi, Paige Gregoire, Jenna Hart, Jakob Howarth, Eleanor Hughes, Sean Klingebiel, Nathaniel Levin, Keegan Long, Presley MacNaughton, Reilly McCormick, Mary McGloine, Joshua Merrill, Brenna Moran, Abigail Morency, Austin Mosher, Christopher Nastacie, Mallory Sickles, Madelynne Solan, Ryan Stark, Emily Tavares, Crystal Ubillo, Adrianna Vidot, Sophia Wahl


Cody Belden, Camilla Brown, Lulu Burkowski, Jack Dwyer, Delaney Goldenberg, Samuel McGarrahan, Patrick McGloine, Emily Oakes, Olivia Schultz, Troy Soriano, Olivia Stortz, Rachael Stortz, Molly Vianese, Cameron Wian

Grade 10:

Sydney Alexanian, Sebastian Calo, Meghan Clark, Abigail DeLor, Holly Deyoe, Eva Drohobycky, Devon Dunkle, Molly Elder, Kaela Ellis, Brady Eugair, Michael Gale, Lillian Gardner, Hannah Klingebiel, Layla Korman, Hannah Koval, Charles Luzadis, Matthew McCarthy, Emma Nesbitt, Hunter Phillips, Tyler Senecal, Audrey Sickles, Sydney Sliva, Ethan Sowle, Sean Swenson, Reese Tavares, Alexander Vallee, Lucas Welch, Ian Winchell, Sarah Yule

Grade 11:

Aidan Anderson, Calvin Bordas, Annika Brown, Tristan Brown, Cassiel Cifone, Catherine Claps, Jenna Colvin, Jared Everleth, Austin Gardner, Paul Harshbarger, Sarah Lamodi, Michael Lanfear, Samuel Levin, Grace Pelletier-Hoblock, Sierra Rechak-Lacoba, Emilie Skodt, Violet Smith, Colette Stone, Luke Tompkins, Rose Zullo

Grade 12:

Cameron Alber, Makenzie Arsenault, Grace Beaulac, Freya BirkasDent, Amanda Carlstrom, Emily Carlstrom, Kathryn DeLoriea, Samantha Ellis, Hannah Eustis, Zachary Galcik, Sidney Gregorek, Morgan Gunter, Mikhail Hailu, Grace Hanehan, Nathan Hefner, Jessica Hinners, Devynn Hough, Kadon Lane, Jessica Melita, Amy Moreau, Batai Mueller, Teghan Murray, Michael Pink, Christine Putnam, Tristan Turner, Emily Vallee, Mikayla Verti, Alice VoellWhite, Katelyn Weed, Derek Wilson

Week of December 8 – December 14, 2017



Ballston Spa CSD Holiday Concerts BALLSTON SPA — In the upcoming weeks, the Ballston Spa Central School District Music Department is presenting several free winter concerts in the high school, middle schools, and elementary schools. Visit for the exact dates and times of each concert.

Saratoga County Sheriff's Deputies John Carey and Nikki Voegler with CTE Criminal Justice Studies students and Instructor David Foldi. Photo provided.

Criminal Justice Students at WSWHE BOCES SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Friday, Dec. 1 the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Criminal Justice Studies students at the F. Donald Myers Education Center heard from two Saratoga County Deputy Sheriffs, who are alumni of the program. Deputy Sheriff John Carey, class of 1996, and Deputy Sheriff Nikki Voegler (class of 2007) presented to all classes about law enforcement and their day-to-day duties as police officers. The deputies spoke about their experiences and the career paths that led them to the Sheriff ’s Department. Students also saw the Deputies’ protective gear, safety items they pack in their vests, and their patrol car. Both deputies said the security certificate they obtained upon completion of the Criminal Justice Studies program gave them a good head-start on their career. Both went on to complete their bachelor’s degrees, a requirement for most law enforcement careers.

Educational Conference Board Calls for $2.0 Billion State Aid Increase NEW YORK — The Educational Conference Board (ECB) is calling for $2.0 billion in state aid increase for 2018-19 to continue current educational services for New York’s students. According to ECB’s analysis, total school spending would need to rise 2.8 percent next year to preserve current services.

Left to right, Nancy Wade-Leary, selection committee member; Father Bob Harrison; Kelly Collins; Mr. and Mrs. Collins. Photo provided.

Ballston Spa Graduate Awarded Sister Carolyn Krebs Memorial Scholarship BALLSTON SPA — Kelly Collins, a 2017 Ballston Spa high honors graduate, has been awarded the 2017 Sister Carolyn Krebs Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a college student and member of a local Catholic Church in Saratoga County. This scholarship is based on the student’s plans for a career in music, academic achievement, and extracurricular activities. Collins is attending University of Tampa to become a music teacher.

Academy of Lifelong Learning Book Fair at Barnes & Noble SARATOGA SPRINGS — Barnes & Noble is hosting a book fair to benefit the Academy of Lifelong Learning at their 50 Wilton Square location on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A portion of proceeds from that day will

benefit the Academy. For online shoppers, from Dec. 9 to 14, use the book fair ID# 12074506 at Contact the Academy office at 518-587-2100 ext. 2415 for more information.

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

Skidmore College Program Supports Arts Organizations Throughout Saratoga County SARATOGA COUNTY — The Skidmore College Arts Planning Group will provide over $42,000 in grants to support arts organizations in Saratoga Springs and surrounding communities. The program offers local 501(c)(3) nonprofit community arts organizations in the Saratoga Springs area may apply for grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. To see if your organization qualifies and for any other inquiries, email Paul Calhoun at pcalhoun@

miSci Presents a Festive Display at Annual Holiday Train and Toy Show SCHENECTADY — Museum of Innovation and Science (miSci) celebrates the holiday season with its annual Train and Toy Show. The 2017 exhibit features running model trains, an intricatelydesigned LEGO cityscape, a train engineering simulation console, and the “Season of Light” show in the Suits-Bueche planetarium. For the full schedule, ticket prices and purchasing, and more information, visit

AWRA Movement Spreading Nationwide CAPITAL REGION — Coach Rich Johns visited Duke University in North Carolina to present Act with Respect Always (AWRA) to the First Year A.C.T.I.O.N. (accountability, commitment, teamwork, integrity, now) Program, which helps first year studentathletes effectively lead themselves during this transition year at Duke.

Coach Johns with some of the Duke students. Photo provided.



Week of December 8 – December 14, 2017

City Man Recognized GLOBALLY for ENTREPRENEURIAL Research by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Modern technology definitely helps Andrew Corbett, PhD, to maintain his notable reputation at Babson College in Massachusetts. Typically, from Labor Day through early May, the Saratoga Springs resident serves as the Paul T. Babson Chair of Entrepreneurship at the college, located near Boston, as well as the chair of its Entrepreneurship Division. In an email this week describing his travel routine, Professor Corbett said he either commutes on the Massachusetts Turnpike “once or twice” each week during academic semesters

Andrew Corbett. Photo provided.

at Babson; or he utilizes “digital assets,” often by teaching courses online in “the comfort of my attic office right here in downtown Saratoga.” Previously, Corbett taught aspiring business owners for about a decade at the Lally School

of Management at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy. Brianna Radicioni, the spokeswoman for Babson College, issued a statement recently describing how Corbett had received a positive recognition in an academic journal for the overall usefulness of his research. “Yes, he makes that drive all the time,” she confirmed. The Journal of Small Business Management, in a September study titled “Contributing Forces in Entrepreneurship Research: A Global Citation Analysis,” had named Corbett among a list of the “Top 25 Entrepreneurship Researchers in the World.” “The study performed an analysis of all entrepreneurship articles published in leading entrepreneurship and management outlets from 2002 to 2013,” explained Radicioni. “It calculated the volume of work done by professors around the world together with each article’s citation impact (a measure that shows how much a researcher’s work is used by other scholars, entrepreneurs and practicing managers). The study concludes that Corbett ranks

20th in entrepreneurship research impact globally.” “As a research scholar, Andrew Corbett continually creates impact above and beyond his role as chair, professor and mentor to Babson’s Butler Launchpad accelerator,” offered Babson College Dean of Faculty Bala Iyer. “This global recognition as one of the top 25 contributing authors to entrepreneurship

ethic and the concept of rugged individualism. But that concept of individualism sometimes gets stretched a bit too far in the popular and mainstream press. “So we see stories on Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk of Tesla, Bill Gates, or Oprah and they are seen as Superman or Superwoman. And, obviously, that is not true,” Corbett added. “The myth of the single, super-

“THE MYTH OF THE SINGLE, SUPER-ENTREPRENEUR IS JUST NOT ACCURATE.” research is well-deserved—one that brings great pride to the entire Babson community, especially its Entrepreneurship Division.” Aside from the significance of his achievement, Corbett was asked how his work at Babson applies to Saratoga County residents who plan to start their own businesses. “One thing that we can learn from the canon of entrepreneurship research is that many of the myths people hold are just not true,” he said. “The United States is a country built upon a strong work

entrepreneur is just not accurate.” Corbett calls Saratoga Springs “a wonderful example of some of my work examining entrepreneurial ecosystems: a system of businesses and institutions that co-exist and co-evolve for betterment of all.” The “anchor” businesses in the area, such as Saratoga Hospital, Skidmore College and SPAC, combined with the more recent presence of GlobalFoundries, all serve to “create more opportunities,” according to Corbett. Corbett says his “methodology” proposes that “anybody can be an entrepreneur” with a proper focus on basic realities. “What do you know? Who do you know? What are you interested in?” he advises. “Don’t follow the latest trends or hottest industries, per se, but follow your interests and abilities. “Think about it as testing your hypothesis with some first potential customers,” he said. “Small steps, small actions. Learn and readjust. It is an act, learn and build model.” While Corbett sees “a growing opportunity for businesses that can help serve the semiconductor industry,” local entrepreneurs also may find success in technology, design, analytics and advertising, he said, “particularly in the medical area.” Corbett singled out Fingerpaint on Broadway, noting how “anchors like those both create and attract superior individual talent that often can spin-off on their own to fulfill other growth needs.”

Week of December 8 – December 14, 2017



Launches New Websites, Logos SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Adirondack Trust Company has launched new websites and logos for both the bank and its insurance agency, Amsure. Adirondack Trust’s new website was designed to be easy for customers to use, with an emphasis on responsiveness for mobile devices as well as simple navigation. The site has other new features, including a mapenabled locations page, making it easier to find Adirondack Trust’s many branch and ATM locations; and a Financial Learning Center

that provides educational resources to the communities Adirondack Trust serves. The bank’s website remains The new bank logo is a simplified version of its iconic circular symbol, with an “A” and a tree at its center, evoking the spirit of the Adirondacks. In addition, Adirondack Trust’s Saratoga Springs insurance agency—formerly known as Adirondack Trust Insurance Agency—has adopted the Amsure name and brand. Amsure, which

has been Adirondack Trust’s Albany insurance agency for nearly 10 years, is widely recognized as an industry leader in Risk Management, Commercial and Personal Insurance, Surety, Life Insurance and Employee Benefits. Amsure’s new logo mark will be the same as Adirondack Trust’s, bringing together both brands with one recognizable icon. Its redesigned website,, offers the same user-friendliness and mobile-responsiveness as the bank’s website.


BUSINESS RELOCATES BALLSTON SPA — Nancy’s Alterations has moved to a new location in the village at 2131 Doubleday Avenue, in the rear of the building. Store hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Owner Nancy Fareri can be reached at 518-885-8514.

ASSOCIATE CREATIVE DIRECTOR JOINS PEP SARATOGA SPRINGS —The Patient Experience Project (PEP), a full-service, patient-centric marketing and communications agency, announced the hiring of awardwinning designer April Drugan. In her role as an associate creative director, Drugan is responsible for producing and supervising PEP’s high-level, quality work, from development and presentation through execution. Before joining PEP, Drugan worked as a senior art director at Abelson Taylor, a healthcare marketing agency in Chicago, Illinois. She also was an art

director at GSW, a healthcare advertising firm in Columbus, Ohio. Her clients included such pharmaceutical companies as Takeda, Sanofi-Aventis, Genentech, Eli Lilly, Abbott, Astellas, and Mallinckrodt. Drugan earned her bachelor’s degree in graphic design and art education, with honors, from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. She has won 18 healthcare advertising industry honors for her work including Effie, Rx Club, MM&M, PM 360 Pharma Choice, Global, and Aster awards. For more information, visit the website

April Drugan. Photo provided.


DECEMBER NETWORKING BREAKFAST BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association (BSBPA) will be sponsoring a Networking Breakfast from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 19, hosted by Victoria’s Corner at 223 Milton Avenue. Victoria’s Corner offers unique home décor and vintage to mid-century modern furniture. With showrooms in Ballston Spa and Glens Falls, they feature an eclectic array of revived and restored dressers, armoires, tables and desks, interior accents, thousands of yards of custom fabrics, pillows and accessories, decorative house wares and everything needed for

“DIY” projects. They also offer professional, in-home, custom decorating services. Cost for the networking breakfast is $5 with advance reservation—prepayment available at or RSVP to and pay at the door. Non-reserved walk-ins that morning are $10. Business and community members are welcome. Membership information will be available. The BSBPA sponsors networking breakfasts every month throughout the year at different locations in Ballston Spa. For more information, visit the website at

20 BALLSTON SPA 1443 Route 50, $600,000. New York Development Group Kensington LLC sold property to Kensington Court Apartments LLC. 70 Lake Rd., $498,000. Bretton and Erica Adams sold property to Wei Huang.

TOWN OF BALLSTON 6 Van Vorst Dr., $209,000. Mary Nixon sold property to Charles Fernandez and Kim Vo. 3 Kaleen Dr., $360,000. David and Danielle Donnelly sold property to Andrea Stankovic. 936 State Route 67, $221,500. Jason Serra sold property to

PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS Jason and Stephanie Savaria.

CHARLTON 1403 Cosgrove Dr., $481,452. Bordeau Builders Inc. sold property to Daniel and Vikki Mazzone.

CLIFTON PARK 92 Balsam Way, $460,190. Heritage Builders Group LLC sold property to Vipul Nagula and Pranitha Rachakatla. 3 Dhara Ct., $120,000. Kain Development LLC sold property to DeGraff Bloom Custom Builders Inc. 213 Tallowwood Dr., $182,000. Eric Morales sold property to Mumtaz Sial.

86 Balsam Way, $487,927. Heritage Builders Group LLC sold property to Arun Ghanta and Sanjeetha Bhogadi. 14 Heritage Pointe Dr., $445,485. Heritage Builders Group LLC sold property to Matthew and Kimberly Robbins. 50 Chatsworth Way, $410,000. Sandeep and Ruchira Gupta sold property to Rajiv Kunisetty. 8 Wall St., $245,000. Jacquelyn Cafaro and Robb Jukes sold property to Dennis and Elaine Blondin. 1124 Ballston Lake Rd., $178,000. Trevor Stay sold property to Shane Koval. 1707 Crescent Rd., $550,000. Richard and Susan Mincher sold property to Stephen and Sharon Bonanno. 43, 45, 47 Appleton Rd., $200,000. Peter Belmonte, Jr. sold property to Rafael Flores. 63 Michelle Dr., $292,500. Kong Yeap (by Agent) and Grace Kam (by Agent) sold property to Kyle Holzhauer. 63 Balsam Way, $446,462. Heritage Builders Group LLC sold property to Kevin Volk and Cynthia Hoetzer. 107 Ashdown Rd., $142,000. JP Morgan Chase Bank NA sold property to William Snyder. 2 Blue Jay Way, $323,900. Schuyler LLC sold property to Brandon and Cynthia Hamill. 33 Brittany Oaks, $285,000. Robert, Daniel, Ronald, John Renzi and Lisa McLaughlin sold property to Steven Ferguson. 3 Brier Court, $290,000. Jeffrey and Debra Robinson sold property to Brian and Briana Scripter. 18 Kendra Dr., $414,645. B and A Development LLC sold property to David and

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Mariann Amodio. 1633 Crescent Rd., $320,500. Patricia Russell (as Trustee) sold property to David Malizia and Cristiane DeFreitas Malizia. 11 Pinewood Dr., $240,000. Stephen Eichler (as Trustee) sold property to Charmaine and Thomas Lewis. 64 Esopus Dr., $320,000. Guy and Sedley Hoose sold property to Joshua Morick and Kelly Rohrbacher Morick. 8 Wall St., Unit 422, $212,000. Clifton Park Senior Living LLC sold property to Georgiana McDermott. 6D Deer Creek, $160,000. Walter Wintsch sold property to Nathaniel Morra. 20 Valdepenas Lane, $275,000. David and Mary Bobear sold property to Derrick Ambrose, Sr. 29 Denhelder Dr., $555,000. Dean and Karen Little sold property to Georgia Piatkowski. 481 Moe Rd., $232,500. Daniel DeSilva sold property to Ronald Caruso.

DAY 10 Lakeview Terrace, $262,000. Walter and Laura Lalak sold property to James and Carla Cooper.

GALWAY 139 Dylan Dr., $375,000. Dylan Road LLC sold property to Brian and Katie Pustolka.

HALFMOON 18 Kelly Lane, $277,900. Annas Place of Halfmoon sold property to Christine Schiavo (as Trustee). 136 Woodin Rd., $225,000.

John Dariano (as Trustee) sold property to Pamela and Darrell LaPage. 6 Fieldstone Dr., $415,000. Douglas and Lynn Roche sold property to Sunoo Kim and Eoun Shin. 1570 Route 9, $780,000. Corcione Associates Partners sold property to Yaohang and Quisheng Wang. 11 Generals Way, $203,000. Leo and Margaret Bouleris sold property to John Jurgenson. 161 Anthony Rd., $310,000. David Canfield sold property to David and Catherine Infantino. 122 Stone Quarry Rd., $115,000. Wells Fargo Bank (as Trustee by Atty) sold property to Akhtar Muhammed. 15 Silo Dr., $455,000. Daniel and Karen Iveson sold property to Christopher and Katherine Calogero. 116 Pruyn Hill Rd., $246,000. Robert and Sandra Gervais sold property to Scott and Emily York. 639 Hudson River Rd., $331,000. Bank of New York Mellon (as Trustee by Atty) sold property to Jason Micare and Kimberly Carney. 17 Shelbourne Dr., $497,500. Neil and Laura Weinreb sold property to National Transfer Services LLC. 17 Shelbourne Dr., $475,000. National Transfer Services LLC sold property to Umit and Neha Akkaya. 8 Adsit Lane, $232,000. Brian Speech and Theresa Vancort sold property to Robert and Carol Rymanowski. 205 Yorktown Dr., $140,000. Jonathan Nott sold property to Mark McMahon. 24 Kelly Lane, $286,856.

Week of December 8 – December 14, 2017 Annas Place of Halfmoon LLC sold property to Alexandra Dureaghin.

MALTA 24 Venttura Court, $80,000. Lecmor Residential LLC sold property to DeGraff Bloom Custom Builders Inc. 8 Canopy Lane, $370,500. Gang Xiao and Chanjuan Xing sold property to N P Dodge, Jr. (as Trustee) and Leslie Delperdang (as Trustee). 5 Hills Rd., $70,000. Edward Powers sold property to Lisanne Powers. 131 Thimbleberry Rd., $205,000. Douglas and Ashley Nathe sold property to Luis Montes. 4 Bowman Ave., $222,000. Stelo Home Solutions LLC sold property to Robert and Diane Delauro. 8 Canopy Lane, $370,500. N P Dodge, Jr. (Trustee) sold property to William Gembinski. 25 Thimbleberry Rd., $194,809. Thomas, Joanne and Colin Klepetar sold property to Stephen and Jillian Gerding.

MECHANICVILLE 12 New York Ave., $20,475. Top Notch Construction Management Inc. sold property to Andrew Peterson. 273 Saratoga Ave., $285,000. Ann and Stephen Cerone sold property to Sean and Stefanie Stewart. 116-118 South Second Ave., $190,000. Daniel and David Murphy and Joan Brennan (co Execs) sold property to Joseph and Somsong Hostetter.

MILTON 602 Elk Circle, $185,000. Corbin Joshu sold property to Douglas Bierman. 26 Birchwood Lane, $12,000. Tammy Schmid (by Trustee) sold property to Raymond Schmid. 984 Goode Rd., $299,000. Lisa Mayer sold property to Russell and Sandra Williams.


20 Wyndham Way, $347,469. McPadden Builders LLC sold property to William and Constance Birdsall. 251-253 Greenfield Ave., $350,000. Raymond Sylvain and Joanne Svoboda Sylvain sold property to 251 253 Greenfield Avenue LLC.

MOREAU East Rd., $145,000. Marjorie and Richard Gallup sold property to Jenna Sanders. 46 Oak View Dr., $335,000. Monique and Walter Fethke, Jr. sold property to David and Kathy Cerny. 241 Gansevoort Rd., $287,000. Denise Clothier sold property to Vincent Cross, Jr. 173 Ferry Blvd., $185,500. Jeffrey and Diana Macey sold property to Julie Carpenter and Casey McDermott.

property to Charles and Monika Cronin. 39 Ash St., $417,000. TR Culp and Associates Inc. sold property to Matthew Dines. 123 York Ave., $428,400. Ryan and Sonja McFadden sold property to Robert and Theresa Kennedy. 32 Vallera Rd., $405,000. KC2 Vallera 2015 LLC sold property to Joel Chalfin. 11 Vallera Rd., $476,500. Jennifer and Jerry Scarano, Jr. sold property to Thomas Hart and Nancy Halleck. 163 Meadowbrook Rd., $498,700. Jesse Lena sold property to Stacey and John VanMarkwyk, III. 5 Prospect Dr., $264,000. Dale Eggebraaten sold property to Nicholas and Sarah Brockway. 143 Jefferson St., $638,500. James Doyle sold property to Thomas and Paula Haughey.

TOWN OF SARATOGA 178 Grand Ave., $388,000. Marc 121 Hughes Rd., $85,000. Timothy and Erin Desmond sold property to Wayne and Barbara Lasher.

SARATOGA SPRINGS 199 Clinton St., $375,000. SBDT Ventures LLC sold

Daquila sold property to Joshua Nixon.

32 Joseph St., $837,537. Bonacio Construction Inc. sold property to John and Karen Achenbach. 51 Ash St., $304,500. LaBarge

Building Management LLC sold property to Fuchsia Properties LLC. 5 Wampum Dr., $220,000. Peter and Kristine Baruzzi sold property to John Stephens.

STILLWATER 8 Calvin Court, $669,214. Grace Moore LLC sold property to William and Suzanne Dodge.

WATERFORD 46 – 48 Sixth St., $162,000. Madison and Dalisa Peruzzi sold property to Brian Hume. 206 Middletown Rd., $50,000. Mary Deming (by Exec) sold property to John Desimone.

21 WILTON 724 Route 9, $303,000. Karen Tomasovic sold property to Kristen Meyer. 32 Edie Rd., $270,890. Linda Corbeil sold property to Daniel Crosbie and Megan Flint. 2 Wellington Court, $810,348. Galarneau Builders Inc. sold property to Christopher and Claire Eatz. 7 Scout Rd., $140,000. Paul Matenus (by Admin) sold property to William and Mary Ebert. 137 Traver Rd., $190,000. Diana Krawetz (by Exec) sold property to Lawrence Zajac and Ashley Krulish.



Week of December 8 – December 14, 2017

Looking SHARP sharpness with time. However, sharpening a knife is easy if you have the right tool and know how to use it. I remember what my father said about tools; “Great tools help yield great results.”

Here is how to use a sharpening tool for steel:

by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY


my Foodie Friends! When I turned 12 years old my father invited me downstairs to educate me on all the tools in his workbench area. My two brothers and I were never allowed in the workbench area, never! It was off limits to the young barbarians. When I walked into his inner sanctum, I was nervous. He spoke to me in an adult soft tone while describing to me how quality tools meant a lot to him. He showed me his sharpeners and how he kept his tools and my mom’s knives sharp. I asked my Dad why he would want the knives to be sharp since he had always told us to “be careful, it’s sharp!” He went on to tell me that if you are careful a sharp knife does what it is supposed to do and

a dull knife is a recipe for a very nasty cut. Later in his life when he gave me one of his sharpeners I was honored. I still use it today when I sharpen knives here in the store. So in honor of our first annual Wusthof Day, which is today at our store on 33 Railroad Place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., I’m going to bring up some great hand sharpeners that will help keep your knives honed. Megan Rich from Wusthof Trident will be here to sharpen one or two of your knives from 11 a.m. to 12 noon for free. From 12 noon to 2 p.m. she will teach knife skills and answer any questions. Here are some brands for you to check out when you stop in and share a cup of coffee with me during some cold winter’s day. The best advice I can give is that a good knife is the one that best fits in your hand and is a sharp knife. You could own the most expensive knife in the world, but if it’s dull it’s not as good as a sharp $10.00 knife. Even a good knife will lose some of its


How to sharpen knives correctly: Place the knife blade against the tip of the sharpening steel at an angle of approximately 20 degrees and 15 degrees for Asian style knives. Pull the knife down and across the steel, describing a slight arc. Repeat this action on the

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Generally there are three different materials used for sharpening steels: Chromium-plated stainless steel: Sharpening steels with a chromium-plated, grooved surface deliver a good re-sharpening result and are relatively immune to damages (my favorite.) Ceramics: Sharpening steels with a ceramics blade sharpen gently and carefully. However, the ceramics blade is sensitive to shock. A fall can easily damage it. Diamond: Sharpening steels with a diamond coating of the blade deliver a particularly fine re-sharpening result. The average life span is shorter, though, because the coating tends to wear off with time.

Served at the Saratoga Senior Center TUESDAY




• Salisbury Steaks • Mashed Potatoes • Carrots • Peas

• Shepher’s Pie • Baked Fish with Picatta • Broccoli Sauce • Warm • Brown Rice Cornbread • Beets • Pineapple • Tropical Fruit


13 • Herbed Chicken with Gravy • Stuffing • Butternut Squash • Mandarin Oranges


14 • Pork Loin with Cranberry Mustard Sauce • Red Bliss Potatoes • Brussels Sprouts • Peaches

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

back of the steel to sharpen the other side of the blade. Repeat steps 2 and 3 five to ten times, alternating the left and right side of the blade. It is very important to maintain the angle of 20 or 15 degrees and to run the full length of the cutting edge along the steel from the hilt to the tip of the knife. The speed of the movement is not important. Use finesse, not brute force!

How to sharpen with a 2 or 4 Stage Hand Sharpener: Place your sharpener on a flat surface. Hold the sharpener with one hand and the knife handle with the other. Insert knife blade fully into the slot. Apply moderate downward pressure (remember, finesse) on the blade while pulling the knife toward you through the appropriate notch. Repeat this action, always pulling from heel to tip (never back and forth) through the carbide or the ceramic notch. The first stage carbide (coarse) sharpens dull edges.

The second stage ceramic (fine) provides a polished, razor-sharp edge. A reasonably sharp knife may only require light honing. A steel or hand sharpener may vary in cost from low to high but they can help make your knives last a lifetime. If you like, stop in to 33 Railroad Place and I can give your knives a new factory edge for only $5.00 each and answer any questions you may have. Remember, a great knife is in the hand of the beholder and a sharp knife is up to you! Oh, and after my trip to the work bench I came up the stairs to my mom feeling very grown up and more understanding of my dad’s care of his tools. Remember, my Foodie Friends, that “Life Happens in the Kitchen.” Stop by Compliments to the Chef today, Friday December 8th from 11 to 2 p.m. to learn more about how to use and care for your knives.

Take Care, John and Paula




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

Charles Holub of Scotch Ridge Farm.

by Himanee Gupta-Carlson for Saratoga TODAY Photos by Pattie Garrett. For Charles Holub, of Scotch Ridge Trees & Berries, diversity is “the lifeblood of a small farm.” His farm in Duanesburg is a case in point. Scotch Ridge starts its season with the Saratoga Farmers’

Market selling seedlings started in its greenhouses for spring gardens. As spring shifts toward summer, cartons of berries, tomatoes and bouquets of cut flowers become the primary crops. Summer folds into fall and then winter, and as December arrives, trees and handmade wreaths, door swags, and kissing balls make their appearance. Holub was busy making wreaths last week in his workshop, a shed that serves as an entry point for berry pickers in the summer and cut-your-own tree visitors on weekends in December. An icecoated pond and piles of greenery surrounded the shed. Inside, the spicy scents of Douglas fir, Scotch pine, white pine, blue spruce, and

Week of December 8 – December 14, 2017 Frasier fir, a propane heater and soft stereo music system created a festive environment. “My grandson was here last weekend,” Holub said. “He called it the Christmas place.” Holub starts his wreaths with a handful of branches trimmed to size. He mixes varieties of greenery to achieve a diversity of color, texture and smell, and crimps them onto a frame, handful by handful. He adds sprigs of laurel and holly, and cones, ribbons, and continues to crimp until the circle is complete. All of the natural materials are gathered from his land or from the farms and yards of friends and family. Holub grew up on the land he farms. The eldest of five children, he enjoyed a 35-year engineering career with New York

State and retired at age 55. A few years before retirement, he began planning Scotch Ridge Farm. He planted his first trees around 1991, and began bringing them to market about 10 to 12 years later. Seedlings, berries, tomatoes and cut flowers followed as the operation grew. Now, he plants about 1,000 trees a year. The trees take about 12 to 15 years to mature, and in the busy weeks of December, he makes about 30 wreaths a week. “Farming is a risky venture,” he says, “Yet, there’s a great satisfaction in growing things and having success.” The Saratoga Farmers’ Market is 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays at the Lincoln Baths Building in Saratoga Spa State Park. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Scotch Ridge Farm.

y a d i l Ho Hot Chocolate

• Makes 2-3 servings • Prep time & cook time: 10 minutes

INGREDIENTS * Find these Ingredients at the Farmers’ Market!

• 3 cups of chocolate milk* (Battenkill Valley Creamery is the best!) • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar • 1 teaspoon vanilla • ¼ teaspoon salt • 4 - 6 oz. semi-sweet or dark chocolate* pieces coarsely chopped • Marshmallows* by The Chocolate Spoon

INSTRUCTIONS 1. In a saucepan, mix together the milk, sugar, vanilla and salt 2. Whisk over medium heat until milk steams and sugar dissolves. 3. Whisk in chocolate pieces, stirring until dissolved. 4. Top with a homemade marshmallow by The Chocolate Spoon. Enjoy! Recipe courtesy of Marcie Place, owner of The Chocolate Spoon

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Week of December 8 – December 14, 2017


Family Treasure


by Megin Potter for Saratoga TODAY


of life’s most precious treasures. The allure of the earth’s beautiful resources has inspired the creation of deJonghe’s special accessories for more than 35 years. That’s when Dennis deJonghe opened deJonghe Original Jewelry on Caroline Street. In 1988, the store was relocated to Broadway. Since then it has served as a second home to him and his family.


“The kids would hang out here because they had to,” recalled Dennis. His wife Peggy is the store’s accountant, and his three children Sarah, Rebekah, and Evan, all had jobs to do here while they were growing up. Whether they were joining the jewelers in the back doing repairs and stringing pearls, or selling finished originals in the gallery, deJonghe’s heirloom jewelry became a family-run business. Today, Sarah promotes deJonghe originals on Etsy, has her own line of jewelry, and has two small children. Rebekah works as a physical therapist and is mother to two children, as well. Evan became a father in September and works with his own father at the store to design and market deJonghe jewelry. “I always knew I wanted to be here. I always knew it was my end game,” said Evan.

GRACEFUL CURVES Dennis characterizes himself as a creative who learned the art of running a business through trial and error. When Evan came into his current managerial role at the store in 2013, Dennis said he welcomed his son’s business savvy and gemologist training. “It did surprise us – he takes things to a whole other level,” said Dennis. The transition includes Evan taking the initiative to teach new computerized design software, digital cataloging, and other advanced systems to his family and the colleagues he’s known since boyhood. This requires strategic scheduling and is eased by the shop’s sincere and collaborative work environment. “It’s a very open and laid back atmosphere here. They trust me, and that goes both ways, too,” said Evan.

ELEGANCE TO BE REMEMBERED Estimating that approximately

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80 percent of their business is custom orders, fortune lends them to design award-winning earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and other stylish pieces with a flair for the dramatic. Their flowing, asymmetrical style features an awe-inspiring collection of hand-selected, ethically-sourced gemstones. “I have a bad addiction for buying stones, often right from the miners themselves,” said Dennis. With a legacy of active involvement in the community’s business, arts, and recreational associations, the deJonghes have also incorporated many of the city’s most important milestones into their distinguished designs. Beginning in the 1980’s when Dennis incorporated the Spirit of Life into his work, it is continuing into the present with jewelry celebrating SPAC’s 50th Anniversary last year, and with this year’s line of jewelry supporting Universal Preservation Hall. “I’ve always wanted one of your pieces,” Dennis hears often from the community of customers that, like his family, respect deJonghe’s uncompromising commitment to integrity. The 2017 Holiday deJonghe Jewelry Collection features sensually curving handmade gold earrings, exquisite gemstone rings, and statement-making pendants.

For more information call 518-587-6422 or go to www.




Week of December 8 – December 14, 2017 Photo provided.

Healthy Holidays by Meghan Lemery Fritz, LCSW-R for Saratoga TODAY AS WE APPROACH the holiday season we will get ready to spend time with family and enjoy the holiday season. While we would all like to have a happy

holiday season, the key to a successful holiday is to protect your emotional, physical and spiritual health. This time of year can trigger uncomfortable feelings of sadness, regret, anger, and guilt leading to the holiday blues. The best way to safeguard yourself from an unhealthy holiday is to be aware of your feelings and create a plan of action that works to keep you healthy and strong all season long. Many of us feel like we have to spend time with specific family members during the season. This kind of pressure can cause us to feel anxious and physically uncomfortable with a pit in your stomach or a lump in your throat. As soon as you feel that way about the plans you are making for the holiday, stop and tune in to what these physical symptoms are

telling you. Our bodies have a built in GPS system that will let us know immediately when we need to stop and recalculate. If spending time with a certain family member makes you feel


and allow yourself to experience extreme anxiety and discomfort. Pay attention to your GPS and make a commitment to honor your peace of mind over pleasing others. Have a strategy in place of how you will navigate the holiday


“...stop and love yourself enough to acknowledge the truth of your feelings....”

physically uncomfortable and you find yourself dreading the holidays, stop and love yourself enough to acknowledge the truth of your feelings. Many of us consistently override our GPS system and continue to put ourselves in uncomfortable family dynamics to avoid conflict. The problem with this is that while you may protect other people from feeling uncomfortable, you feel sick and stressed out. Do not take one for the team

season and who you would enjoy spending time with. For those family members that you would rather stay away from be honest with yourself and loved ones (when possible) about your plan of action to protect yourself from toxicity and negativity. Instead of spending the evening with people that stress you out, have a time limited plan and stick to it. Time limits will help keep your anxiety level low and make you feel more in control of a difficult situation.

If you can share this plan with someone else- friend, spouse, loved one, do so and pick a code word that you will use if you need to get yourself out of a situation immediately. Have a plan of what you will do when you use that code word. For example, you will exit the room, go outside, take a deep breath and re-group. Or, you will head to the bathroom and take a minute to get your peace of mind back. If the situation is causing extreme anxiety and you find yourself triggered by a certain family member, use the code word with a safe person, grab your coat and let people know you are not feeling well and need to leave. Whenever you choose to override your internal GPS, you are setting yourself up for anxiety, depression and physical symptoms of a migraine, GI trouble, or a heavy lump in your throat. How other people (family members) feel about your boundaries is NOT your problem. Be unapologetic in taking care of yourself emotionally, physically and spiritually. The best gift you can give yourself in any season is to honor your health above all else. Do not give other people the power to steal your joy and peace. Make this holiday season happy and healthy. YOU ARE WORTH IT! Meghan Fritz is a psychotherapist practicing in State College, PA. For more information or to schedule a consult email: Also follow her on twitter @meghanlfritz.

Week of December 8 – December 14, 2017


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by Katherine Morna Towne for Saratoga TODAY

a football as a party favor at a friend’s birthday party recently and he carried it around for days. My thirteen-year-old loves to throw tennis balls and small rubber balls against the wall and catch them and do it again (and again and again). They’re forever losing basketballs and baseballs over our backyard fence, and every year we’re always looking for the perfect ball to play with while swimming, so really, balls are never a bad idea. (Honorable mention, especially for younger boys: anything with wheels.)


“Mothering Boys” DRAWING SUPPLIES If someone were to ask me for a top-five gift list for boys—the top five things that are most likely to be well received and well loved by boys in general, and that most parents would likely approve of—these are the things that would make the list, based on the six boys in my house (ages 3 to 13) and their varied personalities and interests, and all the things they’ve asked for and/ or been given over the years:


Boys love balls. The younger the boy is, the more excited he is about balls. It doesn’t matter if he has a hundred balls at home already and is currently holding one in each hand, if he sees another child with a ball, or a display of balls at the store, he will go bananas. Even as they get older and aren’t quite as enthusiastic, and even for boys who aren’t so inclined towards sports, balls still seem to have a decent success rate. My nine-year-old received

I’m putting these two things together in the same category because they’re similar—lovely, quiet activities that nevertheless have always been a big hit with my boys. “Books?” you might be thinking skeptically to yourself, as my brother did when, for my oldest’s second Christmas, he asked what my son might like, and I said, “Books!” and he said, disgustedly, “Come on, let him have a little fun!” Now that he has his own children, I’d be interested in whether he’d still say the same thing, because in my experience, age-appropriate new books about topics that boys tend to like are always a big hit. Topics I would put in this category include: dinosaurs, vehicles, bugs/snakes/ sharks, science experiments. And like with the balls, it doesn’t matter to my boys if they already have a bunch of books on that subject. My one particular dinosaur lover frequently receives new books about dinosaurs on birthdays and at Christmas, and he pores over



each one, every time—for him, the topic never gets old. Drawing supplies are similar, and I’m not talking fancy ones either—a new box of crayons and a package of copy paper will keep my boys drawing for hours. Even as I write this, my three-year-old is scrounging through our “crayon box”—an old shoebox with stubs of crayons and broken pencils and the occasional pen—and drawing happily; when Santa replenishes the crayon box with new drawing implements, he and all his brothers will miraculously find themselves even more inspired.


I have some boys who are crazy about Legos, and I have others who are just kind of okay with them, and yet the majority of them ask for new Lego sets for every holiday, and insist on buying Lego sets to give their friends at the birthday parties they’re invited to. We have an enormous bin of Legos, thanks to the various sets they’ve received over the years and a very generous friend who gave us all her boys’ old Legos, and most days at least one of my boys (usually two or three) goes running right for the bin as soon as we get home from school and spends the rest of the afternoon pawing through the bin and building what they call “Lego creations.” They don’t seem to care that the pieces of sets get swallowed up into the communal bin fairly quickly (except one boy, who keeps his in his room), and you can find sets for just about every interest.


This category is, to me, sad but true. My boys love video games, phones, tablets, laptops— you name it. We were generously given a video game system several years ago (which, honestly, is the only reason I allowed it in the house), and when it pooped out on us last year we were generously given a different one. We have a limited number of video games and we strictly regulate when the boys can play and for how long (only on the weekends or days off; one hour each per day), and, no joke, they think about and plan for their turns all week. My older boys are required to have Chromebooks for school, and even though most of what they do on them is schoolwork, the younger ones are green with envy and are counting down the days until they’re in middle school. Phones and tablets regularly show up on their birthday

and Christmas wish lists (they don’t seem to realize how futile this effort is!). One of them got a calculator for Christmas one year—just a regular old calculator with no bells or whistles—and it was one of the most coveted items by all the boys for weeks.

#5 STAR WARS AND SUPERHEROES Finally, rather than being “things,” this category is about “themes.” Star Wars, Spiderman, Superman, Batman, the

Avengers—those are all things that my boys find endlessly exciting. Apply these themes to the gift ideas mentioned above and you’re gold! I hope this is a helpful list for any of you who have boys to buy gifts for this winter! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Kate and her husband have six sons ages 13, 11, 9, 7, 5, and 3. Follow her at www.facebook. com/kmtowne23, or email her at




Week of December 8 – December 14, 2017

Using Flexible Spending to

Give Your Eyes a Little Love! What is a Flexible Spending Account?

Established by the U.S. government to provide employees with a tax-free method for paying out-of-pocket medical and healthrelated expenses, Flexible Spending Accounts have increased in popularity in recent years, especially since they enable individuals to lower their taxable income.

by Susan Halstead ABOC, FNAO for Saratoga TODAY With only a few weeks left to use the funds in your Flexible Spending Account before they are gone for good, don’t forget to use some of that flex money to give your eyes a little love.

Here’s how Flexible Spending Accounts work:

Flexible Spending Accounts allow employees to have money withheld tax-free that they can use toward various health and dependent-care expenses (for example, the cost of day-care.) Funds are either deducted from the account via a debit card, or

the employee can submit receipts of eligible purchases, and the funds are credited against the balance of the account. The only downside to Flexible Spending Accounts is that if you don’t use up all of the balance in your account by the end of the calendar year, you lose them for good. It is the infamous “Use ‘em or lose ‘em” situation that causes many people to scramble during the month of December to find ways to utilize remaining balances in their Flex Spending Accounts.

prescription glasses, December is great time to get an eye exam and upgrade your eyewear. If you’ve recently purchased a pair of “everyday” eyeglasses, you might use the remaining balance in your Flexible Spending Account to add a second, more “daring” pair of designer eyewear to your wardrobe.

Several ways to use your Flex Spending to care for your eyes:

Because prescription sunglasses are considered medical devices, they qualify as an eligible Flex purchase. If you’ve been dying to add a great pair of designer prescription sunglasses to your eyewear collection, now is the time. Any sunglass frame qualifies, including designer sunglasses, provided they contain a valid prescription lens.

The good news is that Flex Spending Accounts are actually surprisingly “flexible” when it comes to how you use the dollars you have contributed over the year. While the government is very clear about the types of things that Flex funds can be spent on (day care is fine, summer camp is not), there are plenty of ways to use your Flex contribution wisely before time runs out. Vision care products and eyewear are often overlooked as an option!

1. PRESCRIPTION EYEGLASSES OR READING GLASSES: Like prescription sunglasses, eye glasses are medical devices. Flex funds can be spent on both prescription lenses and the frames to hold the lenses. If you’ve been putting off getting a new pair of





Suffering from eye strain, headaches or blurry vision after a long day at the computer? Computer glasses or the new “anti-fatigue” lenses might help. Many people who don’t normally need eyeglasses find that a good pair of computer glasses can help them focus better after extended stints on the computer, as well as reduce eye fatigue.



If you want to stock up on contact lenses for the coming

year, you can use your Flexible Spending Account funds to buy ahead for 2018. Even better, buying a year’s supply of contacts enables you to take advantage of bulk discounts and rebates to stretch your Flex Spending dollars even more. If you’re concerned about your prescription changing during the year, don’t worry: Most optometrists will allow you to return your sealed, unmarked contact lens boxes for a new prescription.



Want to make your brown eyes blue? Colored or tinted contact lenses are eligible for Flexible Spending, provided they are prescription lenses.



While regular safety glasses don’t qualify for Flexible Spending, if you require a prescription in your safety glasses, you can use your Flexible Spending benefit to help cover the cost. These are great even for home use and yard work eye protection!


You can also use your Flexible Spending Account dollars to offset deductibles and copays for eye exams. If you haven’t had an eye exam in the past year and you have some Flex funds you are about to lose, schedule an eye appointment in December and be sure to get your receipts in before the end of the calendar year.

Susan Halstead is a nationally and NYS Licensed Optician and the owner of Family Vision Care Center in Saratoga Springs. Susan can be reached for comments or questions via email: Susan@ or by telephone 518-584-6111.


Week of December 8 – December 14, 2017


Why are HSAs so popular now? Savings Accounts (HSAs). However, an HSA can offer much more than just an interest-bearing account to help cover out-of-pocket medical costs. It should be considered as a very good long-term vehicle to cover future medical expenses.


by Kevin T. Smith, CFP®, CTFA, CDFA™ for Saratoga TODAY Kevin Smith is a Senior Client Relationship Manager at Fenimore Asset Management, the investment advisor to FAM Funds, headquartered in Cobleskill, NY with a branch office in Albany.


employees are spending more and more from their paychecks on health insurance premiums. With these cost increases, we have seen many employers offer a High-Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) as a health insurance option for employees. This has grown the popularity of Health

First of all, an HSA is only offered in conjunction with an HDHP. Typically, you are eligible to enroll in one if you have opted for an HDHP as your plan-type during open enrollment for health insurance with your employer. Automatic payroll deductions present an excellent way of forced savings into these accounts and offer a triple-tax advantage: 1. Tax deduction 2. Tax-deferred growth 3. Tax-free withdrawal if used for medical expenses For 2017, a person enrolled in individual coverage may contribute up to $3,400 whereas a person with family coverage may contribute up to $6,750 (2018 limits are cost-of-living adjusted {COLA} to $3,450 and $6,900, respectively). Additionally, if you are older than age 55, you may make an additional $1,000 catch-up contribution per spouse.



• Participants in an HSA are typically provided with a card linked to the account which allows you to pay for qualified medical expenses with ease • HSAs may serve as a good option for higher income earners that max out their qualified retirement plans through work and are still looking for a tax deduction • Funds not used in the account remain there and are continuously rolled over each year until they are used (unlike Flexible Spending Accounts) • Check with your plan’s trustee, but investment options may include stocks, bonds, and mutual funds as opposed to simply an interest-bearing account


Too often we are shortterm thinkers, but the long-term advantages of HSAs should not be overlooked. Consider the fact that many of us will live roughly a third of our lives in retirement so it is important to consider potential


HSAs can help cover medical EXPENSES in a tax-efficient manner.

healthcare costs during those golden years. For example, estimates of average medical expenses for a healthy 65-year-old couple range from $225,000 to $275,000. If an individual or family is able to contribute significantly each year into their plan and build up a considerable savings in their account, this can be a great option to help cover some of the following costs both tax- and penalty-free: • Long-Term Care Insurance Premiums: probably one of the most overlooked advantages (policy needs to be qualified per IRS standards) • Medicare Parts B, C (Medicare Advantage Plans), and Part D (Prescription Drug Coverage) • Orthodontics: any parent who has paid for a child’s braces knows that they are not cheap and not covered by traditional dental coverage. • Some over-thecounter medical items such as insulin, reading glasses, contact lenses, and wheelchairs (items that the IRS considers qualified medical expenses).


Any withdrawals from an HSA that are not used specifically for qualified medical expenses may be hit with a 20 percent penalty and subject to income tax. Once you turn 65 and begin receiving Medicare, you are no longer eligible to contribute to an HSA; however, there are no required minimum distributions and funds will remain in the plan until spent down. Additionally, it is good to check with the trustee of your HSA to review your investment options. Remember, with our life expectancies lengthening, our medical expenses will follow suit. HSAs can provide an excellent way to alleviate some of these future medical costs in a tax-efficient manner. As always, I recommend including your accountant or tax preparer in the decision. In summary, an HSA should be on your radar as much as your 401(k) and other employer-sponsored plans because it can be a terrific savings account to cover both current and future medical expenses. For more information and “light reading” on HSAs, the IRS offers Publication 969.


Week of December 8 – December 14, 2017

SENIOR CALENDAR… Adult and Senior Center of Saratoga

5 Williams Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 • 518-584-1621 December Happenings FRIDAY, DEC. 8, 11 a.m. End-of-Year Planning and Getting Ready for Next Year Free and open to the public. With Ray Bryan, Janney Montgomery Scott - “Long-term care insurance: take advantage of the tax advantage” and Thomas Layton, NY Long-Term Care Brokers - “End-of-Year Planning.”

FRIDAY, DEC. 8, 2 p.m. Charlie Kuenzel Presents, “Mineral Baths: Not Just for Saturday Nights” $2/members • $5/non-members Learn about the history of Saratoga’s mineral baths. Sponsored by Seeker Eye.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 13, 10 a.m. Saratoga Artifacts with Charlie Kuenzel (Hosted by Memory Cafe) Free and open to the public. View and discuss a variety of Saratoga artifacts with Charlie Kuenzel.

FRIDAY, DEC. 15, 12:30 p.m. “State of the Senior Center” Member Meeting Free. Sponsored by CDPHP. As we are now in the tsunami of aging with our baby boomers driving our growth, we need to hear from you, as we grow with you. Lois will present on our growth and 2018 plans. What are your needs? What programs are most valuable to you? What do you need from your Senior Center?

FRIDAY, DEC. 15, 2-4 p.m. 9 MILES EAST WEDNESDAYS, Holiday Party 10:55-11:20 a.m. Free. Sponsored by Centers Health Care. Let’s celebrate the holidays! Mixing, mingling, entertainment, food & friends! • Music & Dancing by Steve Keller • Light Fare • Raffles • A visit from Santa Claus • BYOB! Bring your favorite beverage.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 20, 10 a.m. Holiday Cookies and Stories (Hosted by Memory Cafe) Free and open to the public. Make and eat holiday cookies while you share fun holiday traditions

FRIDAY, DEC. 22, 10-2 p.m. Holiday Movies and Cookie Decorating Free and open to the public. Get in the holiday spirit with some classic holiday movies and cookie decorating. Cookie materials provided.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 27, 10 a.m. Music with Jeff Walton (Hosted by Memory Cafe) Free and open to the public. Settle down from all the excitement of the holidays with a performance from Jeff Walton.


Cookies are a great hostess gift during the holidays, but who has the time to bake? Our good friends at Saratoga’s Bread Basket Bakery do! We will be selling tins of their delicious cookies beginning Dec. 4 for $11 each.


A thoughtful holiday gift! Get a head-start on your holiday shopping! Give yourself or your loved one a gift that will last a lifetime. Purchase a tile and be honored on the walls of the senior center for years to come. You can create your own tile or have one designed for you. See the front desk for details or call 518-584-1621.

A convenient local weekly meal delivery service to the center to make it easy for you to enjoy healthy, delicious food including vegan and gluten-free options.

Excursions [Open to the Public] WASHINGTON DC

5 days, 4 nights • $599 March 16 - 20 Trip Highlights: 8 meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 dinners, two guided tours featuring the WWII Memorial, Capitol Hill, Embassy Row, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Smithsonian, the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, and more!


7 days, 6 nights • $815 $75 deposit due by 6/14/18 October 14 - 20 Trip Highlights: 10 meals, 6 breakfasts, 4 dinners, the Virginia Beach Boardwalk, guided tour of Colonial Williamsburg, dinner cruise on the Spirit of Norfolk, admission to the Nauticus & Battleship Wisconsin and more!

2018 Excursions Informational Slideshows Presented by Collette


Trip Date: April 26 - May 5, 2018


Trip Date: July 15 - 22, 2018


Trip Date: Sept. 3 - Sept. 13, 2018


Trip Date: Oct. 31 - Nov. 10, 2018


Informational Slideshow, Jan. 17, 2018, 1 p.m. Trip Date: Dec. 7 - 14, 2018


Informational Slideshow Jan. 17, 2018, 1:30 p.m. Trip Date: March 13 - 19, 2019


NIAGARA FALLS (CANADIAN) & TORONTO COMMUNITY 5 days, 4 nights • $539 CONNECTIONS $75 deposit due by 2/11/18 June 11 - 15 Trip Highlights: 8 meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 dinners, guided tours of Niagra Falls & Toronto, a visit to Casa Loma, Niagra-on-the-Lake & Queen Victoria Park, a journey to The Falls on a “Hornblower Niagra Cruise” and much more!

Do you need help with transportation, respite, home visits, etc? Please call Jane at 518-584-1621 ext. 206.


Do you have an hour to assist with transportation, friendly visiting or shopping? Flexible hours and no time commitments! Please contact Lisa at 518-584-1621 ext. 210.

Week of December 8 – December 14, 2017



310 Northline Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 • 518-885-6740

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The Lillian Worth Wilton Senior Center

18 Traver Road, Gansevoort, NY 12831 • 518-587-6363 Lillian Worth Senior Center is in the Town Hall Complex. 18 Traver Road. It is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Center will be closed Christmas Day and when Saratoga Springs Schools are closed for inclement weather. Members must be 50 years of age. However, spouses younger than 50 may join and participate in all activities, but cannot vote until they reach age 50. Dues are $10 per year. Bus transportation to and from the Senior Center, the Mall, grocery stores and appointments is available by calling the Saratoga County Office of the Aging at

884-4100 before noon on the day before the transportation is needed.




6:30 p.m The Ballston Area Senior Citizens are resident members of the Town of Ballston, Milton and

the Village of Ballston Spa. We also welcome other townships to come in and join our Community. We also have monthly Dance, Pickin’s Session and Bus Trips. If you would like to join our community come in on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; the fee is $10.00 a year January to December. Sign up for joining, will not take place on Thursday, Dec. 14, or Dec. 21. Come in and join for the year 2018, we hope to see you soon. Call Membership — 518-885-4229 During the Winter months if the Schools are closed for inclement weather the Center is closed. Mark your calendar come and join us for a night of fun.




Week of December 8 – December 14, 2017

Knee Swelling Guidebook

by Matthew Goodemote MPSPT, Dip. MDT for Saratoga TODAY Last week I had a patient that came into the clinic with complaints of knee pain. The pain started for no apparent reason and was causing him a lot of pain and swelling. His wife told me that over the weekend his knee swelled up even more. After I realized I needed to have something I could hand out with instructions, so I decided to write today’s article so I would always have something to hand out. These are my general recommendations for someone with a swollen and/or painful knee. The popular expression R. I. C. E. is no longer the best advice!! Back in 1978, in The Sports Medicine Book, Dr. Gabe Mirkin coined the term RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation). Since then, icing has been the standard treatment for injuries and sore

muscles due to its ability to relieve pain immediately in a costeffective manner. Ice is still a great way to relieve pain, but to reduce swelling there are better options. Complete “rest” is no longer recommended. There are some occasions where I recommend resting but it is very rare and specific to the individual. I recommend stopping if something is making you worse, but advising it is OK to try again the following day. I also recommend patient use common sense, for example, if you sprained your ankle would you go for a run right after? If you have a big swollen knee, it is NOT a good idea to jump on it. These are “common sense” recommendations. Instead of resting it is important to mobilize your injured area. Mobilization, when possible, is crucial to the recovery process. If you have sprains, strains, pulls, bumps and bruises try to keep the region as mobile as possible by taking the nearest joint(s) through its full range of motion to the best of your ability.

Photos provided.

For the knee the heel slides and stationary bicycling are great ways to move the knee without aggravating it.

When Mobility is too painful or simply impossible, “activation” is a great next step. Activation can be manual (i.e. massage) where the muscle around the joint is massaged by hand to promote activation/blood flow. This is best performed by a physical therapist or massage therapist and can be taught to someone able to help at home. If that is too painful, try another activation technique in Physical Therapy like the electrical stimulation and in some cases ultrasound, which stimulates/ activates surrounding muscles without causing direct pain. It is also important to begin using the knee, foot and ankle as normal as possible as soon as possible and making sure no new issues come from walking with a limp.


Ideally, you want to compress the area and mobilize it while it is compressed. A simple knee wrap or ace bandage will make a big difference in recovery. I also recommend elevation...

but elevation as high as you can lift the foot...just prop it up as high as you can. On the back of the couch or exercise ball works. Water is essential for nearly every function of the human body. Dehydration can increase joint pain, muscle soreness and slow down the lymphatic process. Staying hydrated will ensure that everything is functioning properly. Make sure you are getting water when you’re injured, I recommend adding to your typical amount by 12-24 ounces per day. Observation is the last (but not least) step. Your body gives you continual feedback during the recovery process. It’s your job to observe and react to it. Having a physical therapist monitor

you through the process can be helpful. If you are interested in asking questions about your knee, please feel free to email me at goodemotept@gmail. com or call for an assessment at 518-306-6894.

IN SUMMARY THE PRIORITIES ARE: 1. Reduce/prevent swelling 2. Restore any lost motion 3. Restore function

Matthew Goodemote can be contacted by calling 518306-6894. Goodemote Physical Therapy PLLC is located at 3 Maple Dell in Saratoga Springs.

Week of December 8 – December 14, 2017


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Week of December 8 – December 14, 2017

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Week of December 8 – December 14, 2017




Week of December 8 – December 14, 2017

oliday Gift Guide

Week of December 8 – December 14, 2017



“ IMMIGRANT STORIES: In Their Own Words” SARATOGA SPRINGS — “Immigrant Stories: In Their Own Words” storytelling continues in Saratoga this holiday season with a gathering at Caffe Lena on Wednesday, December 13 at 7 p.m. The immigrant storytelling series is organized and sponsored by the Saratoga Immigration Coalition – a network of concerned individuals, faith communities and civic groups - and continues bi-monthly through April of 2018. Together, the coalition seeks to welcome immigrants, raise awareness, show support and appreciation for the contributions of immigrants vital, but often unseen role in our community. The inspiration for this series came from hearing stories on a daily basis when preparing for the “All Are Welcome Here” Walk & Vigil, sponsored by the Saratoga Immigration Coalition in August 2017. “It became apparent that hearing these stories from the immigrants themselves would allow space for personal healing as well as a different approach for educating the public, providing a

forum to find common ground,” noted Coalition member and event coordinator Maxine Lautenberg. “The story telling series is meant to create a space for dialogue for presenters and listeners in a casual, safe environment.” Caffe Lena, in a show of support for this project, offered the Coalition the use of the Caffe for these bi-monthly tellings in a casual, safe environment; a space for discourse will be provided for presenters and listeners. This type of programming and venue benefits tellers, listeners, and the community at large to break stereotypes and focus on everyone’s common ground through the presentations and conversations inspired. The Coalition is planning two more story telling evenings after the holiday presentation of December 13, one on February 15 and concluding on April 11, 2018. The first Immigrant Stories: In Their Own Words was held September 25 at Caffe Lena with four diverse speakers from varied situations in Columbia, Turkey, and the Dominican Republic who had

taken varied paths to their present lives as residents in the United States. It was a rich, informative evening, with laughter and tears, providing an opportunity for those with stories to be heard, said Lautenberg, and those listening could expand their awareness and knowledge of the who, what and where of our immigrant population. December 13 will be the second evening in the “Immigrant Stories: In Their Own Words” series and reflect the theme of the holidays. Almost everyone celebrates a holiday, be it religious, national, or personal, and in this way we are brought to empathy, understanding and common ground, Lautenberg explained. As in the first evening, storytellers will give accounts of their process of immigrating to the states with the experience of holidays woven in. Have immigrants continued to observe their traditional holidays? Have they assimilated? Have social pressures or interests come into play? Looking forward to February and the theme of Valentines Day, speakers will discuss the idea of “Love in the air” on February 15, 2018. Love

is universal, and the discussions will revolve around how relationships are common or varied around the world; how people meet their mate. How are relationships different and the same around the world? What happens to heart strings when countries (and governments) come into play? “Hearing immigrant stories can help us learn how to support immigrants in our area while building understanding and

tolerance between individuals, communities and societies, which ultimately helps build and sustain a culture of acceptance and peace,” Lautenberg explained. Doors at Caffe Lena open at 6:30 p.m. with speakers beginning at 7. For more information call 518-951-0702 or visit the SIC on Facebook at facebook. com/Saratoga-ImmigrationCoalition-458540114506608.

N ORTHWAY CHU RCH Opens Their State-of-the-Art Facility in Clifton Park 770 Pierce Road | Clifton Park, NY 12065

CLIFTON PARK — Northway Church is a fast-growing, modern, non-denominational church and has called the Capital Region home for over 15 years. Northway was founded in September 2002 by Senior Pastors Buddy and Debbie Cremeans in Malta, NY. Starting with a handful of people each Sunday, Pastors Buddy and Debbie embarked on a journey to reach people with the hope and love of Jesus Christ, reminding them that God’s not mad at people, He’s madly in love with people. Their goal remains the same today as it was 15 years ago, and that is to provide a church experience where people are built up and encouraged in God’s love. Today, Northway Church has grown from one small service in Malta to six locations and community campuses, including Clifton Park, N.Y., Rye, N.Y., Milford, Del., York, PA., Berkshires, MA. and Southeast Asia.

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Upcoming Events

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Week of December 8 – December 14, 2017

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

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

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

Week of December 8 – December 14, 2017 RELIGION

PLACES OF WORSHIP NorthStar Church 970 Rt. 146, Clifton Park Contact: 518-371-2811 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Northway Church 770 Pierce Rd. Clifton Park Contact: 518-899-1200 | Services: 9:30 a.m. and 11a.m. Old Saratoga Reformed Church* 48 Pearl Street, Schuylerville Contact: Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Old Stone Church (American Baptist) 159 Stone Church Road, Ballston Spa Contact: 518-583-1002 Services: 10:30 a.m. Olde Liberty Baptist 600 Route 67 Malta Contact: Services: Sunday: 10, 11 a.m., and 2 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church* 73 Midline Road, Ballston Lake Contact: 518-399-5713 Services: Saturday: 5:30 p.m. Sunday: 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Porter Corners United Methodist Church* 512 Allen Road, Porter Corners Service: Sunday 8:45 a.m. Followed by Fellowship Arlene Schmidt, CLM Presbyterian-NE Congregational Church 24 Circular St, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-6091 | Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Quaker Springs United Methodist Church* 466 Route 32, Schylerville Contact: 518-695-3101 | Pastor Ben Lalka Services: Sunday 9 a.m. River of Hope Fellowship 100 Saratoga Village Boulevard Malta Commons, Ste. 3 Contact: Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Roman Catholic Church of St. Peter 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-2375 Services: Saturday: 5 p.m. Sunday: 7:30, 9 and 11 a.m. St. Clement’s Roman Catholic Church* 231 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-6122 Services: Saturday: 4 p.m. Sunday: 8, 9:30, 11:15 a.m. and 5 p.m. Spanish Service:1 p.m. St. George’s Episcopal Church 912 Route 146, Clifton Park Contact: 518-371-6351 | Services: Saturday: 4:30 p.m. Sunday: 7:30 , 9, and 11:30 a.m. St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church* 3159 Route 9N, Greenfield Center Contact: 518-893-7680 | Services: Saturday: 4 p.m. Sunday: 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.

St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church* 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa Contact: 518-885-7411 | Services: Saturday: 4 p.m. Sunday: 8:30, 10:30 a.m., Noon St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church* 771 Route 29, Rock City Falls Contact: 518-885-4677 | Services: Saturday: 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.; Sunday: 8:30 am. St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 149 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-0904 | Services: Saturday: 5 p.m. Sunday: 8:30 and 11 a.m. St. Peter Lutheran Church 2776 Route 9, Malta Contact: 518-583-4153 Services: Sunday: 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9:15 a.m. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church 1 Grove Street, Schuylerville Contact: 518-695-3918 Rev. Donna J. Arnold Services: Sunday 8 and 9 a.m. St. Thomas of Canterbury 242 Grooms Road, Halfmoon Contact: 518-348-0842 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga Abundant Life Church 2 Hutchins Road, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-885-5456 | Services: Sunday 8:20 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Saratoga Chabad 130 Circular Street, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-526-0773 | Saratoga Friends Meeting (Quaker) 571 Rt32, Quaker Springs Contact: 518-587-7477; 518-399-5013 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga United Methodist Church* 175 Fifth Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-3720 | Services: Sunday 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Saratoga Seventh-Day Adventist Church 399 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-587-6951 | Services: Sabbath School: 10 a.m. Worship Service: 11 a.m. Schuylerville United Methodist Church 51 Church Street, Schuylerville Contact: 518-695-3101 | Services: Sunday 11 a.m. Shenendehowa United Methodist 971 Route 146, Clifton Park Contact: 518-371-7964 Services: Sunday 9 and 10:45 a.m. Simpson United Methodist Church 1089 Rock City Road, Rock City Falls Contact: 518-85-4794 Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m.

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

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Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Saratoga Mineral Baths: Not Just for Saturday Nights, presented by Charlie Kuenzel. Free and open to the public, no registration required. The program takes place on December 14 from 12 – 1 p.m. in the H. Dutcher Community Room, Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St., Saratoga Springs. For more information, call 518-587-3241 or visit, www. or iTheater Saratoga Presents: American Soup with Andy Warhol Andy Warhol returns! A celebration of pop culture and the landmarks of history on the evolution of the American spirit, all set to iconic music from the last 50 years. Live music from the 60s to the turn of the millennium provokes a visit to where and who we were. Presented by iTheatre Saratoga with CPI and the National Museum of Dance and back by popular demand for the Holiday season. Performances are December 14,15,16*, 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. December 17 at 2 p.m. at the National Museum of Dance, located at 99 S. Broadway, Saratoga Springs. General Admission: $25 Adults / $15 Students. *December 16 Benefit Performance $50 ticket for more information or to reserve tickets call 518-584-7780. Holiday Fun Bash Kids Night Out Drop the kids off at The Children’s Museum on Friday, December 15 from 6 – 9 p.m. for a fun-filled evening so you can go downtown for a datenight, get some last-minute holiday shopping done, or just relax. Pre-registration is required, ages 4 and up. $20 per child ($15 for each additional child). Our community room will be transformed and filled with fun Holiday themed activities and crafts. Additionally, your child will get

to play in our hands-on exhibits, enjoy a pizza dinner, socialize, and party. Children must be potty trained. Registration and payment is required no later than Wednesday, December 13. Space is limited. To register call the Museum at 518-584-5540. Kids Fun Night Saratoga Springs students in grades K-5 are invited to Kids Fun Night, featuring open gym, crafts, games, and activities, on Friday, December 15, from 7-9 p.m. at Maple Avenue Middle School on Route 9. This fundraiser is hosted by the Saratoga Springs High School Boys Cross-Country and Track & Field teams. Coaches, athletes, and athletes’ parents supervise all activities. $10 per child; snacks/drinks available for purchase. More information: Opening Day Bash at West Mountain Visit West Mountain Ski Area, located at 59 West Mountain Rd., in Queensbury, on Saturday, December 16 for their Opening Day Bash. The event will include $17 (4-hour) lift tickets, live music, food and drink specials, raffles and more. Because Mother Nature is in charge ~ it’s weather dependent. Annual Christmas Cookie Sale Christ the Savior Church, located at 349 Eastline Rd., in Ballston Lake is sponsoring its Annual Christmas Cookie sale on Saturday, December 16. Homemade cookies will be sold by the pound. Homemade borscht by the quart will be available. Also, a limited amount of frozen potato/ cheese, sauerkraut, and farmer’s cheese will be available. First-come, firstserved. Pick-up is from 10 a.m. to Noon. For more information call 518-306-5754 for information. Chanukah Funday Come to the Saratoga Springs Public Library, located at 49 Henry St., Saratoga Springs on December 17 at 1 – 4 p.m. and enjoy crafts for Chanukah as well as hear the story of Chanukah from our gigantic Chanukah book Come and see how oil is

made, enjoy dreidel games as well as enjoy Chanukah delicacies such as latkes, chocolate coins and doughnuts. Fort Salem Theater Presents Benita Zahn in “Women Who Sing” Local news anchor Benita Zahn is joined by three veteran Fort Salem singers. Join us at the Clifton Park Halfmoon Public Library, located at 475 Moe Rd., Clifton Park, at 2 p.m. as the quartet lights up the stage with their vocal talents and harmonies. All ages are welcome to attend. Please register online, in-person or by calling the Library at 518-371-8622. Seth and the Merry Melix Winter Concert Join us at the Saratoga Springs Public Library in the H. Dutcher Community Room on December 17 at 2 p.m. for a winter wonderland celebration complete with live music. We hope to offer you and your family a joyous and merry time together as we appreciate the beauty and wonder of a new season. No registration required. Saratoga Children’s Chorus Concert After twenty-five years of providing a musical outlet for young singers in the Saratoga area, Saratoga Children’s Chorus will sing its final concert on Sunday, December 17 at 3 p.m., at the Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church, 175 Fifth Henning Rd. Begun in 1992 by the late Alayne Trombley, music educator in the Saratoga schools, and the late Gwen Pykett, voice teacher, the chorus will be going on hiatus as it reorganizes for the future. Free and open to the public, the celebratory concert will feature works by Britten, Papoulis, Rao, Diack, and a song cycle called, “Snow Songs” written by Pykett specifically for the chorus in 2001. The church is handicapped accessible. Free admission. Havurah Vatik December Event Join us for a Hannukah Celebration at Congregation Shaara Tfille, located at 84 Weible Ave., Saratoga Springs on Tuesday, December 19 from 11 a.m. – 1

Week of December 8 – December 14, 2017 p.m. Join local musicians of the Adirondack Klezmer Band for their third fabulous appearance to celebrate the Hannukah festival. We will welcome Al Wadler on clarinet; Bob Orban on trumpet; James Fuchs on saxophone; George Painter, piano; Neal Herr on bass guitar; Ray Rabl, percussion; Barbara Rosoff and Judith Korot, violin, along with vocalist Anna Rose Johnson. This energetic ensemble will treat us to traditional Hannukah songs as well as the Klezmer melodies and dances of Eastern Europe: the “voice of the Jewish heart.” And once again, they’ll have us dancing in the aisles. A festive catered lunch featuring Latkes follows the program. We need your RSVP by December 13 by calling 518-584-8730, ext. 4. The Puppet People Present: “A Christmas Carol” A Charles Dickens holiday classic, this show features beautiful handcrafted marionettes, shadow puppets, gorgeous masks, lavish costumes, vivid sets, a professional soundtrack that includes many holiday favorites, and a giant 9-foot parade puppet. The show will be on December 28 at the Saratoga Springs Public Library in the H. Dutcher Community Room at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Pick up free tickets in the children’s room. For children ages 5 and up. For more information and other events at the library, visit 20th Annual First Night Saratoga 5K Run Begin the First Night celebration right by joining the run before the huge New Year’s event. Start and finish on the beautiful Skidmore campus. The first 3/4 mile is a gradual uphill on the perimeter road. The course exits the campus at Clinton Street and continues to Greenfield Avenue, continuing up North Broadway and back to campus. This is a moderately challenging course, including both hills and downgrades. Limited to 1,500 Runners: Due to the overwhelming success of this run, and having to close-out registration several years in a row, there will be no day of race registration. Awards: To

the top three overall male and female finishers, and top three male and female finishers in each 5-year age division. No duplicate awards. Shirts: All registered runners will receive a limited edition First Night Saratoga moisture-wicking shirt. All race finishers will receive a commemorative First Night Saratoga medal. Registration is $30. Entry fees are nonrefundable and nontransferable. Run your race for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society with Team in Training. The run begins at 5:30 p.m. To register, visit online_reg/reg2017.php?e=980. First Night Saratoga 2018 - Light Up the Night First Night Saratoga is New York’s largest New Year’s event outside of NYC. As one of the oldest and largest First Night celebrations in the country, First Night is the most affordable, accessible, family-friendly, safe and exciting way to spend New Year’s Eve in the region. On Sunday, December 31 join over 15,000 revelers as Saratoga Arts hosts dozens of regional and touring performing groups in thirty venues throughout Historic Downtown Saratoga Springs. Starting with the 5K road race at Skidmore College at 5:30 p.m., culminating with the fireworks in Congress Park at midnight, and packed full of live music, dance, comedy and magic in between, this event will be a highlight of your outgoing year. Cost is $20 for adults. For more information, visit New Year’s Eve Free Cab Rides Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP provides free cab rides home to those who have been drinking, on a “no-questions asked” basis. Free Cab Ride Home Areas: Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Saratoga Springs, Amsterdam, Fulton and Montgomery County, Utica, and Plattsburgh. This service has provided thousands of safe rides home and will continue to keep our communities safe this New Year’s Eve. To get your free cab ride home simply call our toll-free number 1800LAW1010 or 1.800.529.1010.

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Saturday, December 9 Breakfast with Santa

Family Friendly Event

Friday, December 8 17th Annual Santa’s Playland Open House Quick Response, 2077 Rt. 9, Round Lake, 5:30 – 9 p.m. The event continues to be free to the public with visits from Santa and friends, horse and wagon rides along with rides on the Quick Express trains and free refreshments. Due to the growing popularity, the event offers offsite parking at the Sysco foods parking lot and Corpus Christi parking lots. There will be signs for offsite parking. You can also visit their website or Facebook for additional details.

Saratoga Springs History Museum Holiday Gala Canfield Casino, 1 E. Congress St., Saratoga Springs, 6:30 - 11 p.m. The Holiday Gala features great music, great food and great shopping. Joining the event this year is the Accents, one of Saratoga Springs most celebrated bands that will play hot tunes as you dance the night away. Longfellow’s Restaurant, provides sumptuous dinner stations and the Silent Auction makes holiday gift giving a breeze. All proceeds will support the museum’s ongoing educational projects, materials and events. Tickets are $65 in advance, $55 for museum members, $55 for those 40 and under, and $70 at the door. Tickets can be purchased by calling 518584-6920 or

Tango Fusion Open House Newberry Music Hall, 388 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 8 p.m. New students may take a complimentary Salsa class. For more information go to www. or call 518-932-6447.

23 Pleasant St., Ballston Spa, 8 – 10:30 a.m. Sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary. Come have breakfast, do some crafts and sit on Santa’s lap. Tell him what you wish for. Village children welcome.

22nd Annual Holiday Breakfast – Jerusalem: The Heart of the World Hubbard Hall, 25 E. Main St., Cambridge, 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. This year Hubbard Hall celebrates a city at the heart of the Holidays: Jerusalem. Come taste the flavors and hear the music and dancing from the wonderful mix of cultures that calls this city home. It’s a city that holds the spirit of three major religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Seats are limited, so make sure to reserve early. $12 General Admission/$7 Students.

Defensive Driving Class First Baptist Church, 45 Washington St., Saratoga Springs, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. New York State approved. Save 10% 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 and can be made by calling Ray Frankoski at 518-286-3788.

Barnes & Noble Book Fair to benefit the Academy for Lifelong Learning Barnes & Noble, Wilton Square, 3029 State Route 50, Saratoga Springs, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Shop a book fair to benefit the Academy for Lifelong Learning with a portion of the proceeds from your purchases going to A.L.L. Stop by the Academy tables for a voucher to give to the cashier when checking out. Grab a free raffle ticket for a $50 gift card to B&N. Don’t miss the gift wrapping station where volunteers will be happy to wrap your gifts for free. Come out and visit us or make your purchases online at from December 9-14. Please use


CALENDAR book fair ID# 12074506 for all online purchases. Share the news with friends and family and shop B&N on December 9. For more Academy information, go to

Tang Family Saturdays Tang Teaching Museum, Skidmore College, 815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 2 – 3:30 p.m. Image Transfer Art - We will look at Njideka Akunyili Crosby’s artwork and discuss her mixture of painting, collage, and photo transfer in each piece. We will then learn to use transfer techniques to make our own images. Free and open to the public. Suitable for children age 5 and up along with their adult companions. Reservations are highly encouraged. For additional information and reservations, or to be added to our Family Saturday e-mail list, please call the Tang’s Visitor Service Desk at 518-580-8080.

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

Ballston Area Senior Monthly Dance Milton Community Center, 310 Northline Rd., Ballston Spa, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. There is a $5 entrance fee for non-member. The dance is open to the public and ample free parking. Members are asked to bring a snack to be shared. Peaceful Country Band will be providing the music. Come and enjoy the fun and dance the night away. Check out our web page,

Sunday, December 10 Monthly Breakfast Fish Creek Rod and Gun Club, Rt. 32, south of the Village of Victory, 8 a.m. Will be cooking breakfast and will continue on the second Sunday of each month all year. Eggs cooked to order, bacon, sausage,

toast (white or wheat), pancakes (regular, blueberry, buckwheat, apple cinnamon), French toast, home fries, orange juice, coffee, tea, hot chocolate. Cost: adult $8, child $4. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 518-695-3917.

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

Monday, December 11 Nature Arts Hour

Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park, Scout Road, Parking Lot 1, Wilton, 10:30 a.m. This monthly program is for our youngest explorers (ages 3-6 years old) where we use children’s love of nature to teach simple concepts. Adults are expected to attend. This is an outdoor program so please come dressed for the weather. We will go on a short walk, do a simple nature craft, and have a healthy snack. Preregistration is required 518-450-0321.

Tuesday, December 12 Pieroghi Sale Christ the Savior Church, 349 Eastline Rd., Ballston Lake, Pick-up 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Potato/cheese, sauerkraut, and farmer’s cheese will be available. You may email or call in your order. Email: ctspierogis@gmail. com, Phone: 518-363-0001. It is recommended that orders be placed as soon as possible.

Saratoga Springs Democratic Committee Holiday Party Principessa Elena Society Hall, 13 Oak Street, Saratoga Springs, 4:30 – 7 p.m. Join committee members,

elected officials, friends and supporters for fellowship, abundant food and celebration. $25 per person. Call 518-8108663 for more information.

Wednesday, December 13 Fish Dinner Saratoga Wilton Elks, 1 Elks Ln., Rt. 9, Saratoga Springs, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. New England Clam Chowder, your choice of broiled or fried fish, roasted potatoes, baked macaroni and cheese, vegetable, coleslaw, rolls and butter, dessert, coffee and tea. Donation Requested: $12 adults, $11. Seniors (62 years) and Military (Active or Retired) with ID Card, $8 Children 5-12. Children under 5 Free, $12 All Take-outs. Cash bar available. Call 518-584-2585 for more information.

Ballston Area Seniors Pickin’ Sessions Milton Community Center, 310 Northline Rd., Ballston Spa, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Free to the public, ample parking and please bring a snack to share. Amateur/ professional musicians, Check out our web page,

Glee-covery Holiday Concert Dee Sarno Theater, 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 7 p.m. Glee-covery is an interactive experience for those in recovery from alcohol and substance use seeking to express their gratitude and joy through song. This is a free, family friendly event. Hot chocolate bar & refreshments. Join us in celebration of the holiday season. Contact Healing Springs Recovery Community & Outreach Center at 518-306-3048.

Thursday, December 14 Science Explorers – Candy Cane Science The Children’s Museum at Saratoga, 69 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 10:30 a.m. Drop-in, ages 3 and up. Join us for this popular weekly program where we discover the different ways in which science is all around us. For other events visit

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Victorian Streetwalk from the

31st Annual

All images by captured during the 31st Annual Victorian Streetwalk on Nov. 30, 2017

Saratoga Springs HISTORY MUSEUM

Hosts Holiday Gala F R I D AY N I G H T

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs History Museum hosts its annual holiday fundraiser from 6:30 to 11:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8 at the Canfield Casino. The event features live music by the Accents, who will play hot tunes to dance the night away, dinner stations provided by Longfellow’s Restaurant, and a Silent Auction just in time for holiday gift giving.

Tickets are $70 at the door, and are also available by calling 518-584-6920 or online at All proceeds will support the museum’s ongoing educational projects, materials and events. The History Museum is one of the first stops in the city for schoolchildren, local families and tourists wanting to know more about Saratoga’s rich, unique history.

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Foreigner, Whitesnake, Bonham Saratoga Casino Hotel

announce 2018 SPAC Concert to host Country Benefit

Concert in Vapor

SARATOGA SPRINGS — A concert to benefit avid local country music fan, Sue Bogucki, will be staged Dec. 21 at Saratoga Casino Hotel. ‘We Band Together: A Tribute to Sue,’ will include appearances by Big Sky Country, Skeeter Creek, Moonshine Junkies, the Jason Wicks Band, Vinny Saj Band and the Back 40 Band featuring Mark Pierre. Sue Bogucki was a fixture of local country music events. She was named North Country Music

Awards ‘Fan of the Year,’ in 2016 and 2017, and would oftentimes be found in the front row of any local country music show. Bogucki, who prided herself in supporting artists locally before they transitioned into stardom on a national stage, passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 14. The benefit concert in Vapor will raise proceeds for her family to offset funeral expenses. Tickets are $20 and are available at All proceeds will go to the family of Sue Bogucki.

Natalie Merchant to join

Foreigner performing at SPAC, July 2016. The band is slated to return to the venue next June. Photo by

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Foreigner, Whitesnake, and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening, will stage a show at Saratoga Performing Arts Center on June 16, 2018, promoter Live Nation announced this week.

Tickets are $99.50, $79.50, $59.50, and $39.50 inside, and $29.50 lawn. A limited number of $90 lawn four-packs are also available, online at LiveNation. com, or Charge By Phone at 1-800-745-3000. The concert will mark the

second date of a 29-city summer “Juke Box Heroes Tour” featuring the three bands. Foreigner and Jason Bonham shared the stage at SPAC last July, during Foreigner’s 40th anniversary tour.

David Bromberg

Legendary multiinstrumentalist and songwriter David Bromberg will be joined by guitarist Jerry Douglas 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 at The Egg in Albany. Tickets are $36 and available at The Egg Box Office at the Empire State Plaza, by telephone – 518-473-1845 or online at

Lunasa at The Egg in March ALBANY ­ — Irish band Lunasa – along with special guest vocalist Natalie Merchant - will perform March 15 at The Egg. Lúnasa will celebrate its 20th anniversary with an evening of traditional and original Celtic music, highlighted by a special guest appearance on a few songs

by celebrated vocalist Natalie Merchant. American roots duo banjoist Richie Stearns and fiddler Rosie Newton will open the show. Tickets are $34.50 and available at The Egg Box Office at the Empire State Plaza, and by phone at: 518-473-1845.

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to the National Museum of Dance for Staging of “AMERICAN SOUP” Live music from the 1960s to the turn of the millennium provokes a visit to where and who we were, say show organizers, and “American Soup” reminds us that there is hope, even during our darkest times. “American Soup” will be staged at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 14, 15, 16, 22 & 23, and at 2 p.m. on Dec. 17. Tickets are $25 Adults / $15 Students and available at americansoup.brownpapertickets.

John McGuire as Andy Warhol, in “American Soup.” Image by Tim Raab Northern Photo.

by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — INSIDE THE RIGGI THEATER, the stage lights flare bright, illuminating a scatter of white paper scripts, clipboards and heavy binders strewn about the cherry-red seats. Actors mill about, waiting their turn to audition atop the stage. “Can you do a cold scene?” an actor sporting a man bun is asked. “Yes,” replies manbun. “Is it OK if I put you in a headlock?” Inside the theater, it is the middle of the summer on a weekday afternoon. Onstage it is June 1967, the time of the Monterey International Pop

Festival, where the Who famously blew up their instruments and Jimi Hendrix set his guitar ablaze. “Let’s do The John Scene,” suggests Mary Jane Hansen, who scripted the play, titled “American Soup.” The actor quickly falls into character. “I don’t want to go swimming!” he exclaims. “I want to go see the Jefferson Airplane!” Four months later, multiple auditions have been held, rehearsals staged and the cast in place and ready to present the production, which will take place at the National Museum of Dance Dec. 14-23. “American Soup” - presented

by iTheatre Saratoga, a division of The Creative Place International - is a celebration of pop culture and the landmarks of history on the evolution of the American spirit, Hansen says. It features the adventures of two American families in Queens, N.Y. living through events at the time – the moon landing, Vietnam, the Kennedy assassination juxtaposed with Andy Warhol’s philosophy. CPI founding member John McGuire portrays the role of Andy Warhol. “You have three things going on at the same time. You’ve got Andy. You’ve got the family in the restaurant. And there’s a band - music plays a big role in the play - and they all weave together,” explains Hansen, who grew up in Whitestone, in the north section of Queens.

com. Telephone reservations may be made at 518 584-7780 or email: Tickets for a Dec. 16 special benefit performance are $50 and includes admission to the performance, a post-show reception including actual soup, hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and a chance to meet some of the creative team. For more information about CPI, go to: www.

Broadway Stars Coming to The Mansion of Saratoga in 2018 ROCK CITY FALLS — The 801 Supper Club at The Mansion of Saratoga will present six intimate evenings with some of Broadway’s biggest stars during the 2018 summer season. Events include: May 24 Bobby Conte Thornton, currently staring as Calogero, the leading role in “A Bronx Tale,” and previously in “Grease,” “Les Misérables,” and “My Fair Lady.” June 21 - Jay Armstrong Johnson, star of the ABC drama “Quantico.” July 26 - Andrea Mcardle, Tony Award nominee star of “Annie.” Aug. 23 Lillas White, Tony Award winner and star of “The Life.” Sept. 20 Will & Anthony Nunziata, twin stars of Broadway’s “54 Below.”

Oct. 18 - Josh Young, Tony Award nominee of “Superstar.” All tickets $75 and include a three-course gourmet dinner prepared by Cordon Bleu trained Executive Chef, Rick Bieber. House wine, beer and soda complimentary. Tickets on sale now Purchase online by Dec. 24 and receive a 10 percent discount. Use coupon code: HOLIDAY2017. For more information, go to:, or call 518-885-1607. The Mansion of Saratoga, 801 Route 29 in Rock City Falls is a historic Saratoga Springs area nine-room inn, originally built as an imposing 23-room Venetian, villa-style estate in 1866.

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week of 12/8-12/14 friday, 12/8:

sunday, 12/10:

Leah Woods, 9 pm @ Bailey’s — 583.6060

The Forgettable Four, 2 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022

Holiday Folk Show: John Kirk, Trish Miller, David Kiphuth, Addie & Olin, Sara Milonovich, 8 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583-0022

Empty Pockets Holiday Show, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022

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

Hot Club of Saratoga, EVERY SUNDAY, Noon @ Salt & Char — 450-7500

Terry Gordon Quartet, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue — 583-2582 Hot Club of Saratoga, 9 pm @ One Caroline — 587-2026 Ripe with Okey Dokey, Campo, 8 pm @ Putnam Den — 584-8066 Darlingside / Front Country, 8 pm @ The Egg — 473-1845 John Lennon Tribute, 7 pm @ Hudson River Music Hall — 832-3485 Action Bronson – Blue Chips 7000 Tour, 7 pm @ Upstate Concert Hall — 371-0012

Misfit Jazz, 8 pm @ One Caroline — 587-2026

Baroque Music Tribute, 3 pm @ Strand Theater — 832-3484 The Victor Wooten Trio,8 pm @ The Egg — 473-1845

monday, 12/11: Open Mic Night, 8 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 Super Dark Collective Presents: Sun Voyager, 10 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026

saturday, 12/9:

tuesday, 12/12:

Rich Clements Band, 9 pm @ Bailey’s — 583-6060

Drank the Gold, 7 pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583-1890

Ellis Paul, 8 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583-0022 Motion Blur, 10 pm @ Caroline St. Pub — 583-9400 Jim Scala, 7 pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583-1890 John Savage Quartet, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue — 583-2582 The Resonators, 9 pm @ One Caroline — 587-2026 Enter The Haggis/ Black Mountain Symphony, 8 pm @ Putnam Den — 584-8066 David Bromberg and Jerry Douglas, 8 pm @ The Egg — 473-1845 Chevalier Ballet, 7 pm @ Strand Theater — 832-3484

wednesday, 12/13: Immigrant Stories: In Their Own Words - Holidays, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583-0022 Tim Wechgelaer & Chris Carey, 7:30 pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583-1890 Masters of Nostalgia, 8 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026 Techno and House Dance Party, EVERY WEDNESDAY, 8:30 pm @ Putnam Den — 584-8066

thursday, 12/14: Adam Ezra Group, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583-0022 Jeff Walton, Acoustic Folk-Rock, 6 pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583-1890 Cloud Lifter, 8 pm @ One Caroline — 587-2026 Scotty McCreery/ Drew Baldridge , 7 pm @ Upstate Concert Hall — 371-0012


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PETS FOR SALE Adorable home raised kittens. Calico female, orange and white male and bob tailed orange and white male. Call 518-332-3729.


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UPSTATE NY LAND! 5 to 41 acre tracts! Waterfront, old farmland, country bldg lots! Liquidation prices. Terms. Call 888-905-8847

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 who do not wish to prepare returns are also needed to greet taxpayers, review documents, confirm appointments by phone, or assist with computer hardware/software matters. Training is provided for all positions. Volunteers may be reimbursed for a moderate level of necessary travel expenses. For more information on how you can join our team in Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties contact Communication Coordinator Gail Carroll, 518-541-3173 at Over age 55 and like to Drive? We have the perfect volunteer opportunity for you. Saratoga County Office for the Aging is in immediate need of volunteer drivers to take seniors to and from medical appointments. We provide the vehicle, gas, schedule, and directions. Please call us for more information at 518-8844100. RSVP: Retired Senior Volunteer Program, helps recruit volunteers age 55 and older for many opportunities throughout Saratoga County.


Week of December 8 – December 14, 2017

Puzzles Across 1 Physics building block 5 Barbecue side 9 Run-of-the-mill 14 Track tipster 15 “How’s it goin’?” 16 Grammar topic 17 Folk story 18 Autobahn auto 19 British peers 20 It may be coiled in the grass 22 Frozen drinks 24 Brownstone entrances 26 Hebrew : Ben :: Arabic : __ 27 “... that golden key / That __ the palace of eternity”: Milton 28 “For real?” 29 Alias in a landmark case 30 Auctioned wheels 31 Unlikely replies from sycophants 32 Get dolled (up) 35 Atlantic and Pacific, in Monopoly: Abbr. 37 Prefix with magnetic 39 Subscriber’s order 43 Like some coffee tables 44 Biological building block 45 “Veep” network 46 Henry VIII’s sixth wife Catherine 49 Public health org. 51 Sends 53 Chef’s chamber 54 NYC airport 55 Brahms’ Opus 18, for one 56 Messenger bags 58 Bend at a barre 59 Nobelist Root 60 Kentucky border river 62 Publisher Adolph 65 Samurai without a master 66 Nix 67 Wailuku’s island 68 Speaks harshly 69 Endor villager 70 Design detail, for short Down 1 All-hrs. cash source 2 Fisher-Price product 3 Privy

See puzzle solutions on page 55

See puzzle solution on page 55 4 Ore. skiing destination 5 Crocs, e.g. 6 Guff 7 “Yes, cap’n!” 8 Home builder’s purchase 9 Salt Lake City team 10 Equine-like fish 11 Not ready for harvesting 12 Catching some z’s 13 To a smaller degree 21 Commercials on the tube, in adspeak 23 In need of leveling 24 Holiday song ender 25 Level, e.g. 33 Ancient source of prophecy 34 Award for excellence in the field 36 Nail polish 38 Fritos snack

40 Bit of ocean chop ... or, literally, what each part of 3-, 8-, 10-, 34- and 38-Down can have 41 Up to it 42 Too far off the trail 46 Tough questions 47 Land of Arthurian legend 48 Eye part with rods and cones 50 Kidney-shaped nut 52 Geometry rules 55 Hobgoblin 57 Followers of Attila 61 Skater Midori 63 Palette shade 64 Incite to go after, with “on”

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: Flair, Flare Flair refers to a natural ability or aptitude to do something. She has a natural talent and flair for performing on stage. Flare refers to a bright light or flame. The police set up a road flare around the accident. 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 8 – December 14, 2017


SPORTS Saratoga Blue Streaks vs. Christian Brothers Academy/JamesvilleDeWitt Ice Hockey

Jr. NBA Scores TOWN OF WILTON RECREATION SATURDAY, DEC. 2, 2017 DIVISION 1 KNICKS-14: Bobby Morris - 6, Jackson Dunbar - 6 HAWKS-5: Gavin Lafrance - 4, Jack Rucinski - 1 HEAT-34: Brady Girard - 16 THUNDER-7: Reese Lemos - 3, Nora Kelleher - 2 CAVS-17: Cole Whitman - 11 CELTICS-15: Landon Lockrow - 9 LAKERS-16: Andrew Wells - 6, James Voorhies - 4 WARRIORS-14: Grady Ostrander - 4, Thomas Krogmann - 4

DIVISION 2 BLAZERS-39: Rowan Armstrong - 13, Ronan Rowe - 10 LAKERS-25: Micah Poag - 8 MAGIC-20: Michael Plourde - 7, Joe Krason - 6 CELTICS-15: Jack Gutowski - 9, Sean Kelleher - 4 THUNDER-32: Owen Mongan - 8, Jackson Howell - 8 WARRIORS-10: Evan Rosettie - 6 HAWKS-26: Gianni Delgado - 11, Dylan Marcello - 8 CAVS-15: Danny Larkin - 8, Ryan Wolfe - 3

DIVISION 3 HAWKS-26: Antone Robbens - 12, Bryant Savage - 8 LAKERS-24: Evan Rando - 12, Lily Yankowski - 2 TIMBERWOLVES-42: Justin Duscher - 9, Thomas Maurer - 7 CELTICS-18: Arieon Rose - 6, Peyton Viger - 4 WARRIORS-35: Aiden Rosettie - 11, Andrew Masten - 10 KNICKS-27: Hunter Ingram - 9, Jacob Durkee - 7

DIVISION 4 TRAILBLAZERS-36: Jason Viger - 12, Caleb Quakenbush - 6 CAVS-33: Cullen Vanwagenen - 11, Jack Gulick - 6 CELTICS-30: Andrew Murauskas - 17, Zane Burnett - 6 WARRIORS-24: Tanner Wilson - 5, Mathew Kilinski - 4 HAWKS-36: Ben Stimpson - 10, Nathan Timm - 7 TIMBERWOLVES-34: Clayton Wilhelm - 9, Josh Foley - 8

SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Saturday, Dec. 2 the Saratoga Blue Streaks played Christian Brothers Academy (CBA)/Jamesville-DeWitt at the Weibel Rink. In the first period, Mack Ogden scored the first goal with an assist by Joe Amodio. CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt made a comeback in the second period with a goal scored by Kodi Dotterer. In the end, Saratoga had two more goals in period three from Xavier Clark and Devon Wormley, who had an assist by Charlie Leary. Saratoga goalie Brad Blake had 14 saves and CBA/ Jamesville-DeWitt goalie Manuel Pineda had 11 saves.

Saratoga Central Catholic Bowling SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Thursday, Nov. 30 the Saratoga Central Catholic Saints played North Warren. The Saints won all three games, with a total of 3,066 compared to North Warren’s 2,417. For the Saints, Micaela Barbolt had the highest average of 214.6 with Tim Barrett coming in second with an average of 171. For North Warren, John Conway had the highest average of 149.3 with Jacob Ferguson closely behind

with an average of 137.3 On Monday, Dec. 4 the Saints played Hoosick Falls and defeated them in all three games, with the overall score 3,505 to 3,435. Micaela Barbolt was the top average again, with 216. Tim Barrett was second for the Saints with 222. For Hoosick Falls, AJ Hurlburt had a top average of 207 with Erin McCart closely behind with 200.

Schuylerville Horses vs. South Glens Falls Bulldogs Basketball SCHUYLERVILLE — On Friday, Dec. 1 the Horses played their first league game against the Bulldogs and won, 69-56. Schuylerville scored 23 points in the first quarter, eight points in the second quarter, 20 points in the third quarter, and 18 points in the fourth quarter. Highlights for Schuylerville include great plays from “the big 3,” Nick Budesheim, Stratton Sherman, and Josh Mason. Sherman led all scores with 19 points. South Glens Falls highlights include Sam Maziejka who had 18 points.

Skidmore vs. Clarkson Basketball SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Skidmore Thoroughbreds are off to the best start in the

basketball program history with a 6-0 record. On Saturday, Dec. 2, the Thoroughbreds defeated the Clarkson Golden Knights with a 77-60 victory. Edvinas Rupkis, a junior guard, finished with 18 points and led all scorers with seven rebounds and four assists; Dakpe Yiljep, a junior forward, and Pat Gallagher, a sophomore forward, each finished with 10 points. Jack Byrne, a junior guard, and Noah Meren, a freshmen guard, each came off the bench to score nine points.

High School Cross Country SARATOGA COUNTY — Kelsey Chmiel, a junior at Saratoga Springs High School, won her third Class A title at sectionals, finishing second at states. At the Nike Cross Nationals in Oregon on Saturday, Dec. 2, Chmiel finished the girls race in 17:25. This was Chmiel’s best finish at the event, finishing fourth as a freshman and fifth as a sophomore. Faith DeMars, a sophomore at Ballston Spa High School, finished third at sectionals and 15th in the Federation Championship. Tyler Berg, a Burnt HillsBallston Lake student, finished 60th in 16:01.7. Saratoga Springs student Shea Weilbaker took 69th overall in 16:10.1.



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Ryan Frank Eric Spatafora Griskowitz DiGuiseppe SARATOGA SPRINGS — Frank Spatafora, a senior and captain of the wrestling team, has been on the mat since seventh grade. He started on varsity as a freshman at Saratoga High School and is also a football player, which helps with wrestling because it keeps him lifting all off-season. “Last year, along with a couple of my teammates, I got to wrestle in the sectionals tournament, which was a big accomplishment for me,” Spatafora explained. Spatafora said that he had an awesome football season and now he is “definitely trying to keep that momentum going” in his final wrestling season. Spatafora is trying to maintain his weight after losing some in the beginning, though he says that “candy and ice cream” isn’t helping him. “My goal this year is to place as high as I can in the Class A tournament and the sectionals tournament,” he expressed. Last year, Spatafora placed fifth in Section II.

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Eric Griskowitz, a sophomore at Saratoga High School, started wrestling in kindergarten and has been trying to avoid “ice cream and pizza” to maintain his weight ever since. “My parents always thought I was a crazy kid and they wanted me to do something and not be crazy around the house, so they brought me to the wrestling room and I started in the middle of the pee-wee season and continued from there,” he explained. Last season, Griskowitz lost in the sectionals and is hoping to take the win this year. He has won several varsity tournaments since joining the team in seventh grade. “I’ll be hopefully getting my one-hundredth win this weekend, which will be nice,” he said. He says that his biggest challenge will be cutting weight. “Maintaining my weight is definitely difficult for me. I’m trying to maintain a weight that’s lower than my average body weight,” Griskowitz explained. He also played JV lacrosse last year and is hoping to move up to varsity this season. He is a two-time Section II place finisher for Blue Streaks wrestling.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Ryan DiGiuseppe, a senior at Saratoga Springs High School, has been wrestling since he was four years old. Though DiGiuseppe used to also play football, he did not continue this season so that he could focus solely on wrestling. He stayed in shape during the off-season by lifting. When asked what his biggest accomplishment has been so far, he humbly said, “even just placing in a varsity tournament is a wonderful thing. Going to sectionals for three years in a row and placing twice, that’s a wonderful thing, too. It’s just amazing to be on the varsity team, it’s just a big accomplishment just to be here in general.” DiGiuseppe had nothing but nice things to say about his coaches, led by Coach Kris West. “They’re awesome, I love them. They push us hard. We have days where they’ll be on you about stuff, every coach does that though, and you just have to get through it. These coaches are so amazing, they’ve helped me for such a long time. They’ve had a big impact on my life,” he marveled. DiGiuseppe has goals outside of wrestling; he’d like to be an EMT or a firefighter. If he is offered the chance, he would pursue wrestling in college as well.

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BURNT HILLS-BALLSTON LAKE — Danny Jada, a senior and captain of the wrestling team at Burnt HillsBallston Lake High School, is ready to take on his fifth season on varsity. “I love wrestling and I’ve wrestled ever since first grade,” Jada said. His biggest accomplishment so far was placing second at sectionals last year. Being a captain requires leadership, both on and off the mat. “Jada is a great leader. He leads both by example and by just being a good teammate in the room and helping people out,” said varsity coach Stephen Jones. “I really enjoy the leadership aspect. I think I try to portray a good example to the younger kids. I try and help out with the pee-wee guys when I can. I really try and put in the time to help everybody out,” Jada said modestly. As far as his biggest challenge this season, Jada thinks of that from a captain’s perspective, too. “Our biggest challenge is probably trying to get the team ready for bigger events since we do have a younger team this year. A lot of new guys are stepping into the varsity lineup this season,” he explained. Jada is interested in finding a college that fits both his academic goals and one that has a wrestling team. As far as maintaining his weight goes, he said his biggest crutch is, “probably my mom’s homemade cooking.”

BURNT HILLS-BALLSTON LAKE — John DeConno is not a wrestler who started the sport as an elementary student, in fact, he didn’t begin with the sport until eighth grade after his sisters’ boyfriend recommended he try it out. “My sisters’ boyfriend was a wrestler. He told me, ‘you’re going to love it, you’re an aggressive kid.’ I didn’t really like sports like baseball, which is just a lot of standing around, so this is a sport that I can use my aggression and actually do something all the time. I’m always moving. I wasn’t sure about wrestling at first but I loved it right away. I fell in love with the sport from the start,” DeConno explained. Now in his junior year of high school, DeConno thinks he has an advantage to starting a little later than some of his teammates. “I think a lot of the kids that start early may be pushed into it. Then they can get burned out later on, but I think I started at a good time. I was mature enough, I was stronger and more grown, and I think I can perform better than a kid that may have started earlier,” DeConno said. “Wrestling is one of those sports where you’re always welcome. John’s a good athlete and a fast learner, he wants to get better every day,” said Coach Jones. Last year’s performance was the first time DeConno placed in sectionals. DeConno has big goals for this season, “I want to wrestle as hard as I can, learn as much as I can, and get to a state level.”

SCHUYLERVILLE – Orion Anderson, a senior at Schuylerville High School, is a three-time New York State finalist and a two-time state champion, which he achieved as a sophomore and a junior. Anderson began wrestling at age two, following in the footsteps of his older brother and sister. “My favorite high school match was probably my sophomore year in the states final because I wanted to get that state title so badly after losing it the year before,” Anderson reminisced. As a senior, his goal is simple: to be state champion again. He has committed to Binghamton, which offered him a full ride scholarship with an injury guarantee; he will sign his Letter of Intent in the spring. “I’m really trying to focus on my school work this year,” Anderson explained. The varsity team is coached by Buck Anderson, his father, and while the team isn’t large in number this year, Anderson is happy they have kids who are “definitely intense in the room and want to be there.” “My favorite part of the match itself is knowing that there is no one else but you out there and you just have to get it done. No one else is going to help you.”



Week of December 8 – December 14, 2017




WINTER SPORTS SEASON HAS BEGUN! League games and matches begin this week and are as follows:

All information subject to change due to inclement weather.

Basketball MONDAY, 12/11/17

■ Schuylerville (Girls) vs. Scotia-Glenville 7 p.m. at Schuylerville High School TUESDAY, 12/12/17

■ Saratoga Springs (Boys) vs. Shenendehowa 5:15 p.m. at Saratoga High School ■ Saratoga Springs (Girls) vs. Shenendehowa 6 p.m. at Saratoga High School ■ Saratoga Central Catholic (Boys) vs. Hoosick Valley 7:30 p.m. at Hoosick Valley High School

■ Schuylerville (Boys) vs. Scotia-Glenville 7:30 p.m. at Scotia-Glenville High School ■ Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (Boys) vs. Mohonasen 6 p.m. at Mohonasen High School

■ Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (Girls) vs. Mohonasen 5:30 p.m. at Mohonasen High School WEDNESDAY, 12/13/17

■ Saratoga Central Catholic (Girls) vs. Hoosick Valley 7:30 p.m. at Saratoga Central Catholic THURSDAY, 12/14/17

■ Schuylerville (Girls) vs. Gloversville 7 p.m. at Gloversville High School

■ Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (Boys) vs. Schalmont 6:30 p.m. at Schalmont High School ■ Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (Girls) vs. Notre Dame Bishop Gibbons 7 p.m. at Bishop Gibbons High School

Friday, 12/15/17

■ Ballston Spa (Boys) vs. Schenectady 7 p.m. at Ballston Spa High School

■ Schuylerville (Boys) vs. Gloversville 7:30 p.m. at Gloversville High School

■ Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (Boys) vs. Christian Brothers Academy 7 p.m. at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School

Bowling MONDAY, 12/11/17

■ Schuylerville vs. Gloversville 4:15 p.m. at Arterial Lanes TUESDAY, 12/12/17

■ Saratoga Springs vs. Shenendehowa 4 p.m. at Shen Spare Time ■ Ballston Spa vs. Averill Park 4 p.m. at Saratoga Strike Zone WEDNESDAY, 12/13/17

■ Ballston Spa vs. Schenectady 4 p.m. at Saratoga Strike Zone ■ Schuylerville vs. Hudson Falls 4:15 p.m. at Broadway Lanes THURSDAY, 12/14/17

■ Saratoga Springs vs. Colonie 4 p.m. at Saratoga Strike Zone

■ Saratoga Central Catholic vs. Waterford-Halfmoon 4:15 p.m. at Saratoga Strike Zone

Wrestling SATURDAY, 12/9/17

■ Schuylerville vs. Glens Falls 10 a.m. at Glens Falls High School TUESDAY, 12/12/17

■ Ballston Spa vs. Niskayuna 6 p.m. at Ballston Spa High School WEDNESDAY, 12/13/17

■ Schuylerville vs. Amsterdam 6 p.m. at Schuylerville High School THURSDAY, 12/14/17

■ Saratoga Springs vs. Shenendehowa 6 p.m. at Saratoga High School

Ice Hockey SATURDAY, 12/8/17

■ Saratoga Springs vs. Williamsville North 2:30 p.m. at Weibel Ice Rink WEDNESDAY, 12/13/17

■ Saratoga Springs vs. Adirondack Rivermen 6:45 p.m. at Weibel Ice Rink

Week of December 8 – December 14, 2017



COMMUNITY SPORTS BULLETIN Second Annual Winter Saratoga Wilton Soccer Club Academy

p.m., or Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Email for pricing.

WILTON — Beginning Sunday, Jan. 14 through March 18, 2018 the Saratoga Wilton Soccer Club’s second annual academy for boys and girls ages pre-k through second grade. Pre-k and kindergarten will be from 11:15 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. and first and second grade will be from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Gavin Park Gymnasium at 10 Lewis Dr., Wilton. It is $145 per player for 10 sessions. To register visit www.saratogayouthsoccerclub.siplay. com/site or contact Juan Garzon at or 731-2938305 for more information.

Saratoga Rec Drop-In Sessions

Saratoga Springs Ice Rink SARATOGA SPRINGS — The ice rinks on 30 Weibel Avenue are now open with public skating times available. Visit for open skate times.

Saratoga Springs Rec Intro to Ice Skating SARATOGA SPRINGS — Sign up at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center at 15 Vanderbilt Avenue Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00

SARATOGA SPRINGS —Drop-in sessions for adult basketball, pickleball, racquetball, and wallyball are now happening at the Saratoga Recreation Department. Visit www.SaratogaRec. com for the latest schedule.

Saratoga Rec Winter Program Registration SARATOGA SPRINGS — Early bird registration for winter programming runs through Tuesday, Dec. 26. Youth boxing and volleyball will be offered. Email recreservations@saratoga-springs. org for additional information.

Saratoga Springs Rec Basketball Registration SARATOGA SPRINGS — This league includes Tiny B’Ball, Intro, Boys and Girls Leagues. Sign up at the rec center at 15 Vanderbilt Avenue Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Email recreservations@ for pricing.

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Ballston Spa Athletics Hall of Fame BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Athletics Hall of Fame Committee requests nominations for its 2018 induction ceremony to be held in May at Ballston Spa High School auditorium. Nomination forms may be obtained on the Hall of Fame website and returned online or to the schools’ mailbox. Nominations will be accepted until midnight on January 15, 2018. Please include contact information for both the nominee and nominator. For more information, visit www. or contact Sylvia Bertrand at info@

Don Kauth Memorial Tournament SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Don Kauth Memorial Tournament will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 8 and Saturday, Dec. 9 at the Weibel Ice Rink. Kauth was 51 when he perished in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack at the World Trade Center. Kauth was lost on the 85th floor of the south tower. His daughter, Kathleen, went on to become a medal winning ice hockey Olympian. Before the tournament begins, there will be a one hour free skate where Kathleen will be available to talk about perseverance, have photos taken, and to join the one hour free skate.

For inquiries, contact Dave Torres (Saratoga HS Varsity Hockey Coach) at 518-421-2376.

National Museum of Racing’s Joe Hirsch Media Roll of Honor SARATOGA SPRINGS — Michael Veitch, Jack Whitaker, and the late Barney Nagler, have been selected to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame’s Joe Hirsch Media Roll of Honor. Veitch is a Saratoga Springs native and has been covering thoroughbred racing since 1979. He is the author of two books related to Saratoga racing; “Foundations of Fame: Nineteenth Century Racing in Saratoga Springs” and “Summit of Champions: Thoroughbred Racing in Saratoga Springs 1901-1955.” Veitch is also the chairman of the National Museum of Racing’s Historic Review Committee, among many other achievements. Whitaker, a Philadelphia native, is known for his distinguished coverage of the Triple Crown races, among many other media accomplishments in broadcast radio and at CBS and ABC. Nagler, who passed away in 1990, was a New York City native, and for nearly 40 years wrote a newspaper column mainly devoted to thoroughbred racing and boxing. He was also a radio writer for “Colgate Sports Newsreel” and a television producer of sporting events on NBC and ABC.

Saratoga TODAY 12.08.17  
Saratoga TODAY 12.08.17