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LOCAL • INDEPENDENT • FREE Volume 11  •  Issue 48  •  December 9 – December 15, 2016

Five Decades

Saratoga Hospital’s 1st 50-year Employee SARATOGA SPRINGS — More than fifty years ago, when the Civil Rights movement was in full swing and Medicare was in its infancy, the national median household income was $7,143, and Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as the first black Supreme Court Justice, Thelma Williams studied at Manpower and started a career in nursing at University Hospital in Syracuse. Shortly afterwards, she began working in the operating room at Saratoga Hospital, and stayed there for 45 years, single-parenting her five children. Now a surgical liaison, the See Decades pg. 10 • (518) 581-2480

Ranked # 1 in State

by Kiersten Racela Saratoga TODAY

SCHUYLERVILLE — This week’s Athlete of the Week was nominated by wrestling head coach Erik Johanson. Junior Orion Anderson is currently a junior on the school’s wrestling team. As a mere freshman Anderson made quite the impression on the Mighty Horses, by finishing as a runner-up at the New York State competition. The very next year he was crowned the New York State champion. He is currently ranked as the top wrestler in

Photo provided by Erik Johanson, head coach, Schuylerville High School Wrestling See Ranked pg. 55

Tear Down:

Historic Building Couldn’t be Saved

by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY

Thelma Williams is celebrating the 50th anniversary of her nursing career at Saratoga Hospital. Photo by Cathleen Duffy.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The demolition team arrived from Schenectady alongside the Thursday morning sun and began the delicate disassembly of a fragile 19th century building on Caroline Street ravaged by fire on Thanksgiving Day. Efforts to salvage the structure, which included securing a third engineering opinion late Tuesday, proved unsuccessful. “The result is not what we hoped,” said Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation Executive Director Samantha Bosshart, in a statement issued Thursday morning.

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Inside TODAY Blotter 5 Obituaries 6 Business 16-17 Education 20-21 Pulse 46-49 Demolition begins at 26 Caroline Street Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

See Tear pg. 8

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Week of December 9 – December 15, 2016

Man on the Street “What is your favorite local winter activity?”

“Sledding, we take the kids over to the hill by McGregor Golf Course.” ~ Angelina Rall, Saratoga Springs

“Tubing at West Mountain.” ~ Travis Reynolds, Hudson Falls

“Ice skating.” ~ Bri-Anna Burke, South Glens Falls

“Ice skating at Weibel Ice Rink.” ~ Erica Timmons, Hagerstown, Maryland

“Playing outside with my daughter.” ~ Serita Holland, Clifton Park

“I enjoy sight seeing, I do a lot of that here and where I’m from. I love the mountains.” ~ Ken Kringle, Charleston, South Carolina

Week of December 9 – December 15, 2016


Skidmore Cares Initiative Holds Annual Holiday Give-Back Campaign SARATOGA SPRINGS — Skidmore College hosted an open house at Scribner House on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 for its Skidmore Cares program. The initiative serves as a collective effort to give back to the Saratoga region during the holiday season by working as teams to collect food items, Skidmore Sonneteers singing holiday songs

Skidmore student athletes count, sort and pack donations.

Fingerpaint’s #HoHoToga2016 SARATOGA SPRINGS — On December 8, all 150 employees from Fingerpaint’s offices in Scottsdale, Arizona; Conshohocken, Pennsylvania; and Saratoga Springs teamed up for #HoHoToga2016 to benefit several local organizations with whom they’ve been partnering all year long. Ten teams were sent out on a surprise mission to purchase various items for local nonprofits, including holiday gifts, clothing, food, pet supplies, art supplies and more. Right before they were dispatched, each team was given a budget, a shopping list and instructions on where to shop and where to drop off the items when they’re done. #HoHoToga2016 is part of two full days of team building for Fingerpaint. In all, the company will be supporting at least 25 local restaurants and businesses during the gathering, as well as nonprofits Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, Saratoga Bridges, Franklin Community Center, Shelters of Saratoga, and Special Olympics.

Skidmore Cares Drop-Off.

school supplies, and monetary donations to distribute among Saratoga County agencies. Donations of food and non-food items have topped the monetary equivalent of $10,000 in four of the past five years. Skidmore Cares is celebrating 11 years of giving. Photos by Mark Bolles.



Wall and McKay Join Hirsch Media Roll of Honor SARATOGA SPRINGS — Esteemed media members Dr. Maryjean Wall and the late Jim McKay have been elected to the National Museum of Racing’s Joe Hirsch Media Roll of Honor. Wall, a three-time Eclipse Award winner and the first woman to be accepted to the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Association, joined the staff of the Lexington Herald-Leader in 1967 and worked for the paper until retiring from full-time duty in 2008. One of the first women to cover thoroughbred racing on a regular basis, Wall won Eclipse Awards for her writing in 1980, 1997 and 1999. She is also a two-time nominee for the Pulitzer Prize. Following her retirement from the newspaper, Wall completed her PhD in American History from the University of Kentucky. She has authored two books and won numerous other awards. McKay (1921-2008), graduated from Loyola College (Md.) in 1943 and served in the Navy during World War II as a captain of a minesweeper. McKay became a reporter for the Baltimore Sun before joining that organization’s new TV station, WMAR-TV, in 1947. He joined CBS in New York in 1950

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before moving on to ABC and serving as host for the influential “Wide World of Sports,” which debuted in 1961. McKay founded the Maryland Million Day, and has won 13 Emmy Awards, including two for his 1972 coverage of the summer Olympic Games in Germany, which included his reporting on the terror attack that resulted in the deaths of 11 Israeli Olympic team members. McKay was inducted into both the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame and the American Sportscasters Hall of Fame. McKay died at the age of 86 on June 7, 2008. Following McKay’s death, the Maryland Million Classic was renamed the Jim McKay Maryland Million Classic in his honor. In April 2009, the Maryland legislature passed a joint resolution to officially rename the entire event the Jim McKay Maryland Million Day. The National Museum of Racing’s Joe Hirsch Media Roll of Honor was established in 2010 to recognize individuals whose careers have been dedicated to, or substantially involved in, writing about thoroughbred racing (nonfiction), and who distinguished themselves as journalists. For more information, visit

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Scam Warning STATEWIDE — New York State Troopers are reminding the public about the often-used “Grandparent Scams” as reports of these types of scams are beginning to surface once again. These common scams involve unknown individuals calling older or elderly people and then pretending to be a relative of the victim, usually a grandson or granddaughter. The unknown caller then pretends to be that relative while reporting that he or she has been involved in some sort of criminal issue or a motor vehicle accident and requests

money be sent to help the situation in the form of bail money, medical bills, or repairs to a car. The most recent incident was in Rensselaer County and involved the caller pretending to be a grandson involved in a motor vehicle accident and DWI arrest. The caller was convincing enough that the victim purchased gift cards on three separate occasions and relayed the card numbers and access codes for redemption of the cards in order to pay for legal, medical and car repair expenses. The victim was scammed for over $10,000.

The State Police advocate that anyone who receives such a call should ask questions that an imposter would not be able to answer correctly such as the date of their mother’s birthday or the city they were born in and also to call the family of the person who is allegedly seeking assistance to check on the legitimacy of the request. Officials ask that if you have been the victim of a scam or an attempted scam, report the incident to your local law enforcement or State Police barracks.

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COURT Fred G. Jubin, 47, of Lake George, pleaded on Dec. 1 to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 19. Jayme L. Laque, 36, of Ballston Spa, was sentenced on Dec. 1 to serve five days in jail and a five-year term of probation, after pleading to felony DWI. Quentin Pinkney, 35, of Albany, was sentenced on Nov. 29 to serve 4.5 years in state prison, after pleading to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. Emily R. Latalladi, 32, of Saratoga Springs, pleaded on Nov. 29 to attempted burglary in the third degree. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 24. Brian S. Munger, 53, of Northumberland, was sentenced on Nov. 28 to serve 4.5 years in state prison, after pleading to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. Freddie Brown, 46, homeless, was sentenced on Nov. 28 to serve two to six years in state prison, after pleading to a failure to report a change of address within ten days of relocation. Ryan A. Pappalau, 21, of Ballston Spa, was sentenced on Nov. 28 to serve 1-1/3 to 4 years in state prison, after pleading to second-degree vehicular assault, and driving while ability impaired by drugs. Joshua A. Anderson, 26, of Glenville, pleaded on Nov. 28 to fourth-degree grand larceny, and was placed on interim probation to include treatment.

In an effort to combat underage drinking in Saratoga County, the Saratoga County Sheriff ’s Department conducted a joint operation with the New York State Liquor Authority on Dec. 3. With the assistance of two volunteers under the age of 21, 11 establishments were checked for compliance with state penal and Alcoholic Beverage Control laws, with violations occurring at four establishments. The following charged with one count each unlawfully dealing with a child, and NYS ABC 65(1) Prohibited Sale: New Star Bar, 415 Palmer Ave, Corinth - Nanette M. Birsett, 52, of Corinth; Speedway 3006 State Route 50, Wilton Justin C. Wilson, 35, of Malta; Sunoco, 3009 Route 50, Wilton - Marleen M. Hansen, 34, of Gansevoort; Sunoco, 2465 Route 9, Malta - Alexander M. Rand, 31, of Saratoga. Lawrence D. Wright, 64, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Dec. 2 with promoting a sexual performance by a child, and possessing a sexual performance by a child- both felonies. Saratoga Springs Police Department executed a search warrant as a result of an investigation involving on-line child exploitation associated. with the residence. The local FBI Child Exploitation Task Force, which is based out of Albany, assisted with the investigation. Matthew J. Hayden, 37, of Amsterdam, was charged on Nov. 26 with criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a misdemeanor.

Stephen E. Wrobel, 41, of Troy, pleaded on Nov. 23 to felony DWI. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 26.

Anthony P. Timony, 24, Ballston Lake, was charged on Nov. 26 with misdemeanor DWI, failing to stop at a stop sign, and leaving the scene of an auto accident, after being involved in a property damage accident.

Gerald E. Baumgartner, 40, of Malta, was sentenced on Nov. 23 to serve 1.5 to 4.5 years in state prison after pleading to felony aggravated DWI.

Dejon M Cochran, 22, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Nov. 26 with misdemeanor DWI, and driving the wrong way on a one-way street.






Saratoga Springs, was charged on Nov. 23 with misdemeanor DWI, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, leaving the scene of an auto accident, and unlawful possession of marijuana. Jane A. Moretta-Miller, 20, San Francisco, California, was charged on Nov. 23 with criminal possession of a forged instrument, a misdemeanor. Alexandria M. Myers, 19, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Nov. 22 with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended

registration, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, both misdemeanors. Bridgette A. Barr, 46, of Ballston Spa, was charged on Nov. 22 with aggravated harassment in the second degree. Nadja Todorovic, 52, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Nov. 21 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor, and failing to stop at stop sign. Daniel A. Armstead, 30, of Mechanicville, was charged on Nov. 21 with

aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor, after being involved in a property damage accident. Brendan A King, 35, of Schenectady, was charged on Nov. 21 with petit larceny, criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument-, and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

6 Anthony Sansiveri, SARATOGA SPRINGS — Anthony (Tony) Joseph Sansiveri, 85, passed away on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 at Wesley Health Care Center. Born on Dec. 20, 1930 in Saratoga Springs, Tony was the son of the late Frank and Jenny (Scuderi) Sansiveri. He served in the Navy during the Korean War on board the USS Wisconsin. After his service to his country, Tony was a barber for 50 years. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sisters, Mary Brundage, Peggy Smith and brother, Jerry Sansiveri. Relatives and friends gathered to pay their respects on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016 at the William J. Burke and Sons/ Bussing and Cunniff Funeral Homes of Saratoga Springs. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at the historic Church of St. Peter in Saratoga Springs; burial with military honors followed at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville. Donations may be made in Tony’s memory to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or Church of St. Peter, 231 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or The Wesley Foundation, 131 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Online remembrances may be made at

Carol Lee (Little) Phillips MECHANICVILLE — Carol Lee (Little) Phillips, age 66, passed away Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at Albany Medical Center after a brief illness. Born in Saratoga Springs, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Thelma (Shultz) Little. Carol worked at Price Chopper for over 25 years, she had retired just two short years ago. Carol was a devoted mother and loved spending time with her family. She is survived by her son, James Joseph Phillips Jr. (Felicia) and daughter, Sara Jane Phillips; her lifelong partner of 42 years, James Phillips; brothers, Samuel (Mary) Little, Timothy (Anne) Little, Gary (Lena) Little; one special sister Betty (Robert) Kirkpatrick who has always been there to help Carol in every way possible; late sister Judith (Ernie) Weibickie; also, several nieces and nephews. Family and friends may call on Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 10 am to 12 noon at Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Ave., (Rte 9 and/or Marion Ave.), Saratoga Springs, NY, followed by a graveside service at St. Mary’s cemetery, 115 Cemetery Rd, Schuylerville, NY. In lieu of flowers donations in honor of Carol may be made to Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Rd, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Homes For Orphaned Pets Exist (H.O.P.E.), PO Box 2497, Wilton, NY 12831.

Edgar J. Graham Jr. SCHUYLERVILLE — Edgar J. Graham Jr., 88, a resident of Baker Drive in Gansevoort and formerly of Colonie, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at Saratoga Hospital. Born October 9, 1928 in Albany, he was the son of the late Edgar J. and Martha Carr Graham Sr. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Lorraine Morand Graham and his son, Edgar J. Graham III. Survivors include his daughter with whom he resided, Lorraine (David) Steele of Gansevoort; his son, Robert (late June) Graham Sr. of Colonie; and grandchildren, Derek (Kylie) Anson, Melissa Anson, Robert Graham Jr., Carolyn Steele and Jennifer Steele. A funeral service was held on Monday, December 5, 2016

OBITUARIES at Flynn Bros. Inc. Funeral Home in Schuylerville with Rev. Martin Fisher, officiating. Burial followed at Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville. Memorials can be made in his memory to Catholic Charities, 142 Regent St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Online remembrances can be made at www.flynnbrosinc. com

Richard “Dick” McConnell SARATOGA SPRINGS — Richard “Dick” McConnell, 71, died on Thursday, Dec.1, 2016 after a brief illness. Born in Dobbs Ferry, NY, Dick was the son of the late Violet and Harry McConnell. He graduated from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) with the class of 1969. A resident of Saratoga Springs for nearly 41 years, he had various layovers in Brooklyn, Key West, Spencertown, NY, and Brant Lake, NY. Survivors include his son, Ian McConnell, and daughter, Brooke McConnell (Christopher Hemstead), as well as five grandchildren. Relatives and friends gathered to remember him on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016 at the William J. Buke and Sons/Bussing and Cunniff Funeral Homes of Saratoga Springs. A memorial service followed at the funeral home. Burial was private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Code Blue Saratoga []. Online remembrances may be made at

Sandra Lee Miles SARATOGA SPRINGS – Sandra Lee Miles, wife of N. Richard Miles passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016 after a sixteen-month battle with brain cancer. She was 71 years old. Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan on April 22, 1945 and raised in Albany, NY, she was the daughter of the late Frederick J. and Beatrice J. Longe (Crawford). Sandy graduated from the Milne School in Albany and then attended Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey where she graduated with a degree in Psychology. Later in life she earned her master’s degree in clinical social work from SUNY Albany. Besides her parents, Sandy is predeceased by her beloved niece Michal L. Matthews (Longe). Surviving are her husband N. Richard Miles; son Christopher J. Miles, wife Jessica, grandsons Ellery and Oisin; son David R. Miles, wife Shannon, grandson Colin; sister Janet M. Longe; brother Thomas F. Longe and his wife Laurie; brother Frederick J. P. Longe, and many cousins, nieces and nephews. There will be no public calling hours and funeral services will be private at the discretion of the family. Memorial contributions may be made Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or The American Brain Tumor Association, 8550 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Suite 550, Chicago, IL 60631 or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Rd., 2nd Floor, Bethesda, MD 20814. Online remembrances may be made at

Susanna M. Lloyd SARATOGA SPRINGS — Susanna M. Lloyd, 73, passed away Friday, December 2, 2016 at Saratoga Hospital. She was a lifelong resident of Saratoga Springs. Survivors include her son Charles F. LaViolette, III and his wife, Kat, her daughter Tammi Kanniard, siblings Ben, Fran, Peter, and Ann Good, nine grandchildren; Cameron Kanniard, Johnathon Parker, Zachary Kanniard, Justin LaViolette, Kylee

Week of December 9 – December 15, 2016 LaViolette, Alycia Howe, Galadriel Crouch, Tyler Haight, Alex Jones, and several nieces and nephews. Susanna is predeceased by her daughter, Dawn Jones, and ten siblings. Friends and relatives gathered to say their goodbyes on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at the William J. Burke and Sons/ Bussing and Cunniff Funeral Homes of Saratoga Springs. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Susanna’s name to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Online remembrances may be made at burkefuneralhome. com

Thompson F. Temple SCHUYLERVILLE — Thompson F. Temple, 65, passed away on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at the Gateway House in Milton, following a courageous battle with cancer. Born on September 28, 1951 to William and Helen (Boyce) Temple, Tom was a lifelong resident of Schuylerville, where he resided with his wife, Patricia (Corsetti) Temple whom he married on July 28, 1973. Tom is predeceased by his parents, and an infant daughter, Trisha. Survivors include his wife, Pat; son, Thompson A. (Abbey) of Saratoga Springs and daughter, Jennie McReynolds (Lucas) of Middle Falls. Tom has three grandchildren and one step-grandchild that brought him tremendous joy and pride, Patrick and Alyssa Temple, and Layla McReynolds and Daniel Sebast. Tom is also survived by two sisters, Tonya Dybowski (Gary) and Terri Pezdek (Mitch); two nephews, a niece, a grandniece and several cousins. Viewing hours were held on Thursday, December 8, 2016 at Flynn Bros., Inc. Funeral Home in Schuylerville. A funeral service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9 at the funeral home, with Rev. Martin Fisher, officiating. Interment will follow in the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville. Memorial contributions may be made to the General Schuyler Rescue Squad, PO Box 111, Schuylerville NY 12871 or to Schuyler Hose Co., 35 Spring St, Schuylerville NY 12871. Online remembrances can be made at

Thomas A. Coffinger Sr. SCHUYLERVILLE — Thomas A. Coffinger Sr., 79, a resident of County Rd. 113, passed away Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at Glens Falls Hospital after a courageous battle with Pancreatic Cancer. Born August 8, 1937 in Bacon Hill, NY, he was the son of the late Ernest and Eleanor Boyce Coffinger Sr. Mr. Coffinger was a veteran of the US Air Force serving from 1954-1959 and was a member of the American Legion Liberty Post # 515 in Greenwich. A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, December 12, 2016 at the Bacon Hill Reformed Church, 560 Route 32N in Schuylerville, with Rev. Janet Vincent officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in the Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville. Friends may call on Monday from 2 to 3 p.m. at the church prior to the service. Memorials can be made in his memory to the Bacon Hill Reformed Church. Arrangements are under the direction of Flynn Bros. Inc. Funeral Home, 13 Gates Ave., Schuylerville. Online remembrances can be made at

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Week of December 9 – December 15, 2016

Tear Down: Historic Building Couldn’t be Saved Continued from front page.

The fire displaced residents of five apartments and forced the closure of four businesses on Putnam and Caroline streets. A faulty electrical extension cord located in a small storage area in the rear of the Mio Posto restaurant was targeted as the cause of the blaze. The structure deemed most seriously affected was a vacant brick building at 26 Caroline St. that islisted on the National Register of Historic Places and which had most recently housed the Living Room. Two initial engineering reports deemed the building unsafe and recommended total demolition. On Monday, Bosshart approached the City Council on behalf of the

Preservation Foundation and offered $2,000 to secure a third structural opinion and questioning whether any part of the building could be salvaged. The City Council, by a 4-0 vote, approved an emergency declaration seeking that third study, which was conducted Tuesday by Mike Miller of Ryan Biggs Associates. “We walked through the building and it’s a devastating site, destroyed,” reported city attorney Vincent DeLeonardis afterwards, adding that preliminary findings of the third study were consistent with previous reports. No formal report had yet been presented, but DeLeonardis recited an email received from Miller, which read in part: “The extent of damage has

compromised the structural integrity of the building at 26 Caroline Street and forms an unsafe condition. This forms a risk to the public in front of the building as well as to the adjacent properties. Further collapse of the building could occur at any time.” In response, the Preservation Foundation reported that it did not know why steps couldn’t be taken to preserve the façade, particularly since they had yet to receive a copy of the owner’s structural report dated Nov. 30 that specifically addresses that topic, or a copy of the Ryan Biggs preliminary report. “The Foundation looks to the future of this site and working with the property owner and the Design Review Commission to ensure that replacement infill is appropriate in scale and design,” added the organization. “I have a lot of options and will have to go through them one by one,” said the building’s owner by Louis Lazzinnaro. Prior to

the fire, Lazzinnaro said he was hoping to refurbish the existing building, “but unfortunately that’s not going to happen now, so we’ll see what makes sense.” Lazzinnaro said he purchased the building two or three years ago, and was still waiting for definitive answers regarding damage coverage from his insurance company. He’s currently working with an architect to create conceptual drawings of what might replace the building and while it’s too soon to tell what may be developed in the space, he said he assumes it will be a mixed-use development. “I had an independent engineer to see if the façade could be saved, but because of the way the building is - there’s no open space in the back - everything has to be done from the front,” Lazzinnaro said. “Most importantly, no one was hurt during the fire and I don’t want to see anyone get hurt during the demolition.” The demolition will be done

slowly and cautiously given the current state of the building’s integrity and is expected to take 1-1/2 to 2 weeks, according to early accounts. The stretch of Caroline Street where the buildings were damaged by fire will remain closed during the demolition. DeLeonardis said the Ice House was “not terribly affected” by the fire whereas Mio Posto is “in very rough shape, but is not as structurally precarious as 26 Caroline.” The structural status of Mio Posto restaurant on Putnam Street is not currently known. The four businesses affected by the fire - Sperry’s restaurant, the Ice House, Mio Posto restaurant, and Hamlet & Ghost – remain closed. Brendan Dillon, co-owner of Hamlet & Ghost said he is hopeful the craft cocktail bar may re-open by New Year’s Eve.

New Empire Crate Showcases Local Products SARATOGA —Brandon and Dingeman of

SPRINGS Brianne Stillwater

launched The Empire Crate this October. Based on their experiential awareness of the great diversity of products stretching from Niagara Falls to Wall Street and from Brooklyn to Buffalo, the couple has put together a company the ships a wide variety of New York State products every month to subscribers’ doorsteps. Their focus is on canvassing the multitude of talented, motivated artisans within the state’s borders, sampling their products and then choosing the “cream of the crop” for conveniently packaged delivery. “We’ve been collecting outstanding edibles from our travels across New York State and are extremely excited to share these unique finds with our customers,” said Brandon Dingeman, cofounder of The Empire Crate. “These small-batch, handmade products are outstanding and will impress you enough that you’ll find yourself talking about them around the water cooler at work.” Between them, the Dingemans have lived at no less than 18 different addresses within New York State over the years. They discovered

copious amounts of unique food in their travels and thought about how great it would be to handselect those very products to share with people in both New York State as well as across the country. “I’ve especially enjoyed getting to know the talented artisans behind these exceptional products,” added cocreator, Brianne Dingeman. “I’ve been sincerely touched by their warm, friendly stories of what inspired them to create their own businesses and the pride they take in their craft.” For a set price every month, The Empire Crate offers subscribers a box filled with a surprise variety of hand-selected food products from cities and towns across the state. Subscribers have a choice of month-to-month or 3-month/6-month prepay options. Once subscribers are introduced to products through The Empire Crate subscription box, these products then become available for direct purchase through the website’s online “Empire Shop.” All subscription options include free shipping. For more information, visit www. or call 518-227-1233.

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Five Decades Saratoga Hospital’s 1st 50-Year Employee Continued from front page.

80-year-old Williams has reached her 50th anniversary, the first Saratoga Hospital employee to do so, and is feeling blessed. “I believe I was the first woman of color to work at the hospital. I never had a problem, always felt respected, and the hospital has become my family,” said Williams. On Dec. 1, the milestone was acknowledged throughout the hospital on banners, buttons and even the cafeteria menu, as well as an evening reception in her honor. “Thelma embodies the culture of Saratoga Hospital: the commitment,

dedication and compassion that drive every interaction with every patient,” Saratoga Hospital President Angelo Calbone said. “The fact that she has continued to work here for half a century says as much about our hospital as it does about her. In Thelma and Saratoga Hospital, our community has two amazing ‘institutions.’” A three-time cancer survivor, Williams is well known for her tenacity and compassion, qualities she says are important in a nurse. “You got to be able to talk to people. You have to work it out, work it through, so they understand what they need to hear. You see a lot in the operating room,” said Williams, “and you know within

your first couple days if that’s the work for you or not.” “We saw a lot of tonsillectomies and appendicitis cases,” said Williams. “There have been a number of cases that made me cry. Like the gentleman who held my hand and said, ‘don’t let me die.’ And we did everything we could do.” There have been many hard cases and joyful ones, and she said she got through the tough days by counting her blessings. “I go home, I look at my kids, who are healthy,” said Williams, “and I just thank the Lord that everything’s turned out the way it has. Denise Orszulak, CNOR, RN,

Left to right, front row: Tracy Constantine and Krista Tangora. Left to right, back: Sebastian Lilien, Lisa Kolodzie, Thelma Williams, Christina Litwa, and Sue Rodgers. Photo by Cathleen Duffy.

Pictured here is Thelma Williams - on the right - with Marcy Dreimiller, Associate Vice President Human Resources, celebrating Thelma’s 50th year of employment at Saratoga Hospital. Photo courtesy of the Human Resources and Marketing Department at Saratoga Hospital.

said she has known Williams for 32 years. “We’ve been in the O.R. together, on the vascular team for many years, long days,” said Orszulak. “In a busy surgery day, she can outlast them all. Sometimes we’ll go six, seven, eight hours.” Orszulak and Williams have been through quite a bit together. “I survived colon cancer and two breast cancers,” said Williams. “Denise, my buddy, she took me, took care of everything, talked to the doctor, the whole nine yards. These people, they are my family.” Orszulak was with Williams during her cancer treatments. “Thelma is a fighter,” she said, “and she doesn’t let anything get her down. She just accepted it and fought it like a champ. I don’t recall her missing any work during her treatments. She did what she had to do and bounced back and kept going. She is very strong, very independent.” Williams grew up in Saratoga Springs and began her Saratoga Hospital career in 1966 at age 30. Her first assignment was as a nurse on a medical-surgical floor, working 3 to 11 p.m. Six months later, she transferred to her dream job as a nurse in

the “O.R.,” a position she held for 45 years until becoming a surgical liaison nurse, providing information and support for families while their loved ones are in surgery. Williams is especially grateful to several members of the hospital staff who have encouraged her in her career. “I need to mention Dr. Bell, Dr. DelGiacco and Dr. O’Conner,” said Williams, “those three are my big support. And Dr. Isenberg, he was the man.” During her tenure, William has seen extraordinary growth at the hospital and in the community. She remembers when the hospital had three O.R.’s, all on the ground floor. Those are long gone, replaced most recently by a multistory Surgical Pavilion that’s home to 10 state-ofthe-art operating suites. “There’s something about this hospital and the way we treat our patients and each other. Everyone here is like a second family to me. I am going to keep working here until I can’t work any longer,” Williams added. For more information: www. or

Week of December 9 – December 15, 2016


Notes from City Hall by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY Council Adopts Resolution to Stand Against Intimidation

The Saratoga Springs City Council unanimously adopted a resolution to stand against any act intended to demean, devalue, or intimidate another because of their race, ethnicity, religion, nation of origin, disability, gender, sexual identity, or political views. The resolution was proposed in the aftermath of what is described as post-election “aggressive and threatening behavior,” and “national events have left many Americans troubled and afraid,” in addition to the appearance of swastika graffiti on the streets of New York City, Philadelphia, and in Saratoga Springs.

Open Space Committee

Supervisor Matt Veitch delivered a presentation about the Open Space Committee, of which

he is chairman, and provided a historical overview of the 7-member group, which was created by the City Council in July 2001 - and cited some of the parcels that have been purchased by the committee. Tasked with the mission to acquire, improve and preserve open space, Veitch explained purchases have included approximately 15 acres of land at Ten Spring Woods near the Spring Run Trail, more than 46 acres off Route 50 South at the edge of the city line by Milton, 3.8 acres on Saratoga Lake – since converted into the city’s waterfront park, and the purchase of development rights for the Pitney Farm.

Saratoga Springs gets a Mobile App

A ”Saratoga Mobile” App has been created and is free to download, Finance Commissioner Michele Madigan announced. The app, which may be found by searching for the keyword phrase “Saratoga Mobile” and

features locales – such as SPAC and Saratoga Race Course – recreation, public restroom locations, and other amenities.

Pitney Farm

The council unanimously approved an agreement naming the Agricultural Stewardship Association (ASA) - a notfor-profit corporation based in Greenwich - as the third-party enforcer in the city’s purchase of a conservation easement of the 166-acre Pitney farm on West Avenue.

Updated Plan for Complete Streets Still Under Discussion

The council was presented with the Complete Streets Advisory Board’s policy draft, which has been updated since the council last adopted the measure in 2012. The goal is implementing the development of a network throughout the city with streets designed to enable safe access for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists alike.

The short-term, two-year action plan calls for the development of an Americans with Disabilities Transition plan and implementing policy changes to support making the city accessible for people of all ages and abilities, and implementing strategies for infrastructure improvements and programming recommendations. The longer four-year plan calls for developing an ongoing, complete streets inventory and audit process to document the accessibility, safety, and connectivity, and incorporating the information into a complete streets ”report card.” Some councilmembers expressed concern over what was called the plan’s over-reaching demands of city department resources and the subsequent financial impact of the proposal should it become policy. The council will host further discussion about the plan in the future before going to a vote.

Residents Interested in Serving on City Boards will see a Streamlined Application Process

Mayor Joanne Yepsen introduced a new procedure for citizens to serve on city commissions, boards and committees. Applications will now be put online on the city’s web site to encourage residents to apply for the boards, Yepsen said. Previously, resumes were secured by the mayor’s office.


The City Council will host a special meeting regarding affordable housing at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at City Hall. Members of the city’s planning and community development departments and members of the Affordable Housing Task Force will lead the presentation and discussion. The Zoning Board of Appeals will host a meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12 at City Hall.


Happy 90th Birthday, Paul Woodley! SARATOGA SPRINGS — Paul Woodley Celebrated his 90th Birthday with his friends from Jackson Street at Pennell’s Restaurant. He was born December 2, 1926. Paul served as a Corporal in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. Paul has lived and worked in Saratoga Springs for 67 years. In 1959, with his beloved wife Janice (May 9, 1928-January 21, 2012) and their children, the Woodley’s moved from an apartment on Starbuck Lane to their new home on Jackson Street. According to his Jackson Street Family, “Paul is the Patriarch of Jackson Street. He is loved, honored and highly respected by all his neighbors. He continues to mow his lawn, paint his house and snowblow his driveway. He is our hero! He loves to tell stories

about the places and people of old Saratoga. He shares his expertise of gardening and his abundant tomato harvest with all of us. He enjoys joining in meals and merriment, keeping himself busy. Paul has shown us how wonderful life can be when you surround yourself with good friends and lots of good food! We love you Paul.”

Frederick Allen Lodge Christmas Party SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Saturday, December 10 at 6 p.m., the Frederick Allen Lodge at 69 Beekman Street will be holding its Christmas party for members, friends,

Week of December 9 – December 15, 2016

Thank You, Saratoga!

Every year the youth group of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Saratoga Springs places fliers out to the surrounding community to collect food for St. Paul’s Food Pantry to help with the preparation of Thanksgiving bags that are given out to clients in need. On November 5, the Youth group went door to door to collect the donations and so much was donated this year that more than 50 Thanksgiving bags were distributed to local families in need. The soup supplies for winter were stocked along with many other treats not usually available in the pantry that were donated. The Youth of St. Paul’s and the food pantry would like to thank the community of Saratoga for their generosity and giving spirit.

Making Empty Stockings Full

and anyone interested in the Lodge and wishing to show support. Bring a dish to share. For information or reservations please call Bill at 518-796-4581.

Holiday Kids Bikes Giveaway SARATOGA SPRINGS — Bikeatoga will be holding its annual Holiday Kids Bike Giveaway on Saturday, December 10, in Saratoga Springs. Over the past several months, Bikeatoga has collected and refurbished used kids bikes specifically for this event. Parents or guardians of children who are in need of a free bicycle must call the Bikeatoga Phone line at 518-290-0065 and leave a voicemail. You will receive a return call with an appointment for Saturday, December 10, and directions to the Bikeatoga Workshop. The Holiday Kids Bike Giveaway is by appointment only,

and a parent or guardian must be present. Helmets will be provided by Cornell Cooperative Extension and the City of Saratoga Springs, through a grant from CDTC. Bikeatoga is prepared to give away approximately 60 bikes to needy children through age 17. The best selection of bikes is for younger children, and selection of some bike sizes is limited. We cannot guarantee we will have the size requested. Bikeatoga is dedicated to pushing for a better future by making functional cycling more convenient, accessible, and safer in and around Saratoga Springs, NY.

Prestwick Chase residents raised over $2,000 to help provide Christmas wishes for the Empty Stocking Program run by the Saratoga County Children’s Committee for children in the local area. Many heartfelt thanks to the Prestwick Resident Community for bringing joy to these children and their families this holiday season.



Week of December 9 – December 15, 2016

SKS Returning to Saratoga? Distributor Seeks to Invest $16m Locally by Norra Reyes Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — SKS Bottle and Packaging, Inc., is seeking to return to Saratoga, where it was originally founded in 1986, bringing 100 employees with a plan to grow. The company looks to invest nearly $16 million in a new 128,000-square-foot building at the WJ Grande Industrial Park in Saratoga Springs. According to Michael Valentine, assistant administrator for the Saratoga County IDA and senior planner for the Saratoga County planning department, the IDA will be meeting on Monday, Dec. 12 to discuss the SKS application. “The site hasn’t gone through the Saratoga Springs planning process yet,” said Valentine, “so we can’t give a final okay on Monday. Plus it has to go through the SEQR process and a public hearing. But

if all goes well, it could break ground in the Spring.” They purchased the 22-acre property from Munter Enterprises, and it will double as corporate headquarters and operations center, and there are plans to double its size in 10 years. Dennis A. Brobston, president of the Saratoga Economic Development Corporation, said SEDC would be with SKS at the SCIDA presentation, which is open to the public on Monday at 8 a.m. at the planning board offices at 50 West High Street, #3 in Ballston Spa. “They estimate 78 percent of their business is outside New York, making this a company that could have easily left New York State,” said Brobston. “We worked with its leadership for over two years to set the stage for the right location and investment consideration to attract its 100 jobs to Saratoga and to incentivize

growth that will produce 20 more jobs in five years.” Brobston said SKS is not a manufacturer, but a product distribution company that buys parts and assembles them, items such as lotion pumps, olive oil bottles, and deodorant tubes. They do scientific work as well, and will sell to GE. Items are shipped out often in less-than-truckload size. It is possible to buy 20 items or 100,000 items from them, and that flexibility has helped them grow. Brobston said their vendors are all over, both national and international firms. They have a facility in Reno, Nevada, as well.

“They started here and moved out because we didn’t have a building big enough at that time,” said Brobston, “so they went to Watervliet. Now they are looking to come back and we have a property that will work for them. It’s a second-generation family running it, a great team of people. Of their existing employees, there’s an expectation that a good many of these people will transfer to Saratoga Springs.” The average wage is near the $39,000 range, which is above the Capital Region average of $31,600 for this sector. Brobston feels confident that the IDA will ultimately approve it because he said it fits in

the zoning and is a solid program with growth potential. “The nice thing about this project is that these are singles and doubles, if you use a sports analogy,” said Brobston. “A nice solid project with administration people, management people, a workforce in packaging and all across the spectrum in pay. The goal of economic development is not putting all your eggs in one basket. These kinds of projects continue the diversity and support of the economy – which is especially important when downturns occur. The more companies you have, the less downturn you feel.”

Thoroughbred Feed Moving to Schuylerville SARATOGA SPRINGS — Sara Baldes, the business manager and controller of Thoroughbred Feeds, confirmed Thursday, Dec. 8, that the company is relocating to 165 Route 4 in Schuylerville, opening on Monday, January 9. The feed company will remain open at its current location on East Avenue until Friday, January 6.

“Our lease is up at the end of the year,” said Baldes, “and Fasig-Tipton owns the property and they have some plans for it. I don’t know what those plans are, there are plenty of rumors, but they purchased the property behind us and to the side of us as well.” She said she’s been looking for alternative space for two years. “There’s literally nothing

that can meet our space needs that we can afford in Saratoga Springs,” said Baldes. “But it’s only about ten minutes away and it really shouldn’t have much of a negative impact because the core of our business is delivery. We have few walk-in customers anyway, and it will bring us closer to several farms, so hopefully the move will improve our sales to farms and increase farm walk-in customers.” Baldes said during track season, Thoroughbred Feed will do as its competitors do, and set up trailers at the track to service anyone just as they have done in the past. “We’re the best in hay, grain and straw for over fifty years,” said Baldes. “A big product we started selling last year is the wood burning pellets, for those who have the pellet stoves to heat your home. The kind we have here is the best on the market, the most efficient for the best price. I’ve had people come back that have had pellet stoves their whole lives, and say it’s handsdown the best around.” Thoroughbred Feed carries Purina, Nutrena, Tribute and Hallway feeds, as well as the wood-burning pellets. Hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.

Week of December 9 – December 15, 2016

Saratoga Hospital: “A” for Patient Safety SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Hospital has once again earned an A for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, ranking among the safest hospitals in the U.S. For fall 2016, Saratoga Hospital was one of 844 hospitals nationwide—and just 15 in New York state—to receive the highest ranking of A. Saratoga Hospital also earned an A for the spring 2016 period. The hospital recently completed a $34 million expansion and renovation including a state-of-the-art intensive care unit and world-class Surgical Pavilion. Both incorporate the most advanced infection control equipment, supported by comprehensive reporting and other best practices. Developed under the guidance of an expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts and is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. To see Saratoga Hospital’s full grade, and to access consumer-friendly patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade. org. For more information about Saratoga Hospital, visit

Art Director Starts at The PEP

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Kayla O’Hare is a new employee at the Patient Experience Project (PEP), a full-service, patient-centric communications agency based in Saratoga Springs. O’Hare, an award-winning graphic designer, is the newest member of the PEP’s Creative Department. In her role as an art director, she is responsible for various aspects of print and digital design, including branding, business systems, posters, brochures, websites, interactive and interface design, and packaging and electronic prepress production. Previously, O’Hare worked in the higher education sector. O’Hare earned a bachelor’s degree in graphic design, with a minor in communications, from The College of St. Rose in Albany. Learn more about the PEP and career opportunities at

BUSINESS BRIEFS 17 Holiday Orientation and Mixer SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce will celebrate its 2016 Holiday Mixer at the Gideon Putnam on Thursday, December 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. Immediately before the mixer, from 4 to 5 p.m., there will be an orientation for any new or existing members looking to maximize their membership. After the orientation, you are invited to join your fellow Chamber members for an evening of networking, drinks, and hors d’oeuvres at one of the largest networking events of the year. Thank you to Adirondack Technical Solutions for sponsoring this event. $10. Register at

BSBPA Networking Breakfast BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association will be sponsoring a Networking Breakfast on Tuesday, December 20, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., hosted by Sage Wine and Spirits, 55 Front Street, in Ballston Spa. Cost for the breakfast is $5 with advance reservation or $10 that morning, both payable at the door. Business and community members are welcome; you do not need to be a BSBPA member to attend this event. Membership information will be available. The BSBPA sponsors networking breakfasts every month throughout the year at different locations in Ballston Spa. For more

information or to RSVP, email The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association, established in 1983, is a nonprofit organization committed to making the Village of Ballston Spa a great place to live, work and visit. To learn more, visit at www.

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

conclude with a dessert reception, running until 9:30. Tickets are $100. Visit for more information. 2016 Chair of the Board, Matt Jones, Attorney at The Jones Firm, will be recognized for his leadership and recap the successes of this past year. In addition, 2017 Chair, Dave Collins, from D.A. Collins Companies, will be welcomed in, along with the Chamber board, volunteers and 25-year anniversary members being recognized for their support. Sponsorship opportunities are available ranging from $500 to $3,500, which includes admission to the event. If you are interested in having your business name and/or logo displayed for members to see, please contact Keith VanVeghten,, or call 518-584-3255.


Week of December 9 – December 15, 2016

Week of December 9 – December 15, 2016

BALLSTON SPA 9 Lakehill Rd., $199,000. Susan Somers sold property to Mildred Smith. 148 Lakehill Rd., $208,000. Christine and Stephen Couth sold property to Rhonda Wheland and Jose Zermeno. 1018 Saratoga Rd., $180,000. John Tomasko sold property to Gary Curcio Jr. 1016 Saratoga Rd., $150,000. John Tomasko sold property to Gary Curcio, Jr. 1014/10 Route 50/White Beach Rd., $66,000. John Tomasko sold property to Gerard Manilenko. 15 Beacon St., $273,000. James and Candance McColl sold property to Richard Herrara and Kristin McCormack. 33 Sycamore St. $33,138. Heritage Builders Group LLC sold property to Brian and Kelly DeMichele.

GALWAY 3031 South Shore Rd. E., $300,000. Charlotte and Steven Warren sold property to Laura Hess and Jeffrey Feero. 1369 Point Rd., $310,000. Shari Pens sold property to Patricia Battesh.

GREENFIELD 336 Greene Rd., $41,000. John Boyd sold property to Edward Powers. 6631 Middle Grove Rd., $262,000. Anita Williams sold property to Kenneth Rhodes and Katlin Wenzel. 29 Bump Hill Rd., $180,850. Joshua Wakefield and Angela Nickels sold property to Collin Hunter and Michele Youngs. 18 Main St., $18,000. Daryl Samek (Ind and As Admin) and Michael Samek (by Admin) sold property to Adam Samek. 1209-1211 North Creek Rd., $215,000. Beatrice Miller sold property to Ghani Syed.


MALTA Lot 48 Maiden Circle, $346,442. John Luke Development Co. LLC sold property to Robert and Jennifer Graybeal. 22 Covel Ave., $90,000. Kelly Shaw sold property to Daniel and Diane Shapiro. 25 Vettura Ct., $80,000. Lecmor Residential LLC sold property to DeGraff Bloom Custom Builders Inc. 108 4th St., $159,800. Dean Pflaum sold property to Richard Baudoux, Jr. 14 Riley Cove, $629,000. David and Patricia Borisenok sold property to Timothy and Kristin Kennedy. 4 Maple Forest Dr., $484,400. Darren Herbinger Construction LLC sold property to Richard Dearborn, Jr. and Sarah Linville. 16 Plum Poppy South, $282,500. Maria and Timothy Fredericksen, Jr. sold property to Cartus Financial Corporation. 4 Maple Forest Dr., $93,000. H and L Development LLC sold property to Darren Herbinger Construction LLC.

MILTON 682 Stark Terrace, $342,000. Brookfield Location Inc. sold property to Jeremy and Elizabeth Logue. 72 Margaret Dr., $141,500. NYC Reo LLC sold property to Robert Palma. 26 Fawn Dr., $204,000. John and Brenda Jesmain sold property to Michael and Diane Nelson. 169 Juniper Dr., $195,000. Annemarie Stahl sold property to Robert Catman. 337 Malta Ave., $120,000. Michael and Karen Bright sold property to George Long. 489 Crooks Grove Rd., $38,000. Cathy Lawrence sold property to Tanya Priest. 771 Stone Church Rd., $360,000. Dean and Marybeth Uebrick sold

property to Allison and Douglas Akins.

SARATOGA 41 Morgans Run, $153,000. Warren Wheeler and Adam Rozek sold property to Kyle Kommer. 1120 Route 29, $81,000. Fannie Mae sold property to Timothy Myers. 727 Route 29, $735,000. Amanda Crames sold property to Mary Maranville and Kevin Dott. 211 Walsh Rd., $349,000. Nicholus and Susan Washco sold property to Michael Quartatato and Domenica Newell –Amato. Wilbur Rd., $70,000. James and Kathy Mayer sold property to William and Stephanie Aldinger. Brook Dr., $16,750. James Drake sold property to Marcie Krout.

SARATOGA SPRINGS 16 East Harrison St., $230,000. Harold Albertson sold property to Michael Rosebrook. 113 Elm St., $785,000. Aleda Wright sold property to James and Noreen Loiselle. 5 Wedgewood Dr., $375,000. Francis and Marian Grattan sold property to Joshua and Sarah Johnson. 38 High Rock Ave., Unit 6F, $895,000. High Rock Condominiums LLC sold property to Richard Pitbladdo, Jr. (by Atty). 3 Iroquois Dr., $370,000. Karen Drakas-Jackson and Ronald Jackson sold property to National Transfer Services LLC. 3 Iroquois Dr., $370,000. National Transfer Services LLC sold property to John Madkour. 22 Waterview Dr., $432,000. Leslie Novak sold property to Marshall Klein. 114 Lawrence St., $330,000. Kate Pabst sold property to Scott Hale and Darla Miklash.

STILLWATER 1 Lakepointe Way, Lot 30, $354,104. Mason Street LLC sold property to John and Carol Piroli. 466 County Route 75, $250,000. Joanne Roback (as Trustee) sold property to Eric and Gina Bishop.

WILTON 29 Parkhurst Rd., $387,000. Donald Legere sold property to Scott and Linda Auvil. 1 Saw Mill Court, $608,917. Smith Bridge LLC sold property to Alison Johnson. 97 Edie Rd., $270,000. Bonnie and Michael Grolley, Jr. sold property to Matthew and Kelly Groff.

19 Parkhurst Rd., $86,500. Joan Stevens sold property to 740 Route 9 LLC. 18 Gailor Rd., $320,000. James and Aimee Kehoe sold property to Robert and Sarah Spivey. 22 Craw Lane, $442,382. McPadden Builders LLC sold property to Vincent and Simona Asaro. 27 Preserve Way, $612,335. Kent and Kimberly Williams sold property to David Catalfamo and Jessica Proud. 51 Cobble Hill Rd., $415,000. Patrick and Holly Nunn sold property to Matthew and Renee Young.



Week of December 9 – December 15, 2016

Teaching Empathy Saratoga Springs City School District Gives Back to Greater Community by Kiersten Racela Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Thursday, December 15, the Saratoga Springs City School District will hold its first ever Project Kids Care Day. All six elementary schools will be giving back to the community during the school day by making and delivering items to over thirty outreach organizations. Items will range from hygiene bags, blankets, dog bones, cookies, and sockstockings filled with various goodies. Although there will be no fundraising for this event, generous donations from parents and staff of the school district will be the foundation for some of the projects. While each student will not be volunteering, some of the students

will instead be delivering the made and donated items. Staff from the various schools within the school district will be also be traveling to collect any donations. Empathy is the word of the month, set by the Saratoga Springs City School District. It refers to one’s ability to recognize and respond to the needs and suffering of others. For Maura Manny, Director of Community Outreach and Communications for the Saratoga Springs City School District, she hopes that Project Kids Care Day will encourage students to become aware of other’s feelings and various circumstances that are different from their own. “By engaging students in activities and projects where they can be generous and by modeling generosity towards ourselves

and the organizations we are supporting, we are fostering a sense of themselves as caring people,” said Manny. Project Kids Care started two years ago, in lieu of a traditional holiday party for fifth grade students at Dorothy Nolan Elementary School. For Manny, the most satisfying outcome of this event is seeing the student’s willingness to give back to those who are in need. Rather than taking time to make things for themselves, students are instead making items for people in need. Said Manny, “not one student has asked what was in it for them, rather they were excited to be helping out others. Any donations for this wonderful event are greatly appreciated. Anyone seeking more information on the event or wish to make

In 2014 as part of Project Kids Care Day, Mrs. Knight’s fifth grade class made place mats for Meals on Wheels. Photo provided by Maura Manny, Director of Community Outreach and Communications, Saratoga Springs City School District.

a donation may contact Maura Manny, Director of Community Outreach and Communications for the

Saratoga Springs City School District, by phone at 518-5834786 or email at m_manny@

Week of December 9 – December 15, 2016


School Lead Levels Status SARATOGA SPRINGS — In Late October, Saratoga Springs City School District learned that several of the schools had lead levels in its drinking water that exceeded 15 parts per billion (ppb). With concerns from the community regarding lead exposure to faculty, staff and students of the schools, the status of the

lead cleanup has been highly anticipated. Maura Manny, the school district’s spokesperson, released this statement regarding the cleanup status: “We have remediated kitchen sinks at the High School, Division Street Elementary, Geyser Road Elementary and Greenfield Elementary Schools. Post

remediation test results for one sink at Greenfield Elementary and two sinks at the High School are pending. Replacement of the drinking fountain in the main corridor and faculty sink faucet at Caroline Street are in process. Drinking fountains identified for removal will be replaced with a more modern water bottle filling model with lead filtration.

Galway Central School District Agrees to New 4-Year Teachers’ Contract GALWAY – In consideration of all the stakeholders, the Galway Teacher’s Association and Galway Central School District Board of Education have recently agreed to a new contract that was unanimously approved by both sides on Tuesday, December 6. Both parties believe the half percent increase over step (step

average under 2 percent) for the next four years, maintaining a 15 percent employee contribution for health benefits, and the teachers’ dental insurance contribution decreasing from over 65 percent to under 44 percent was a reasonable compromise that will benefit the teachers, the students and the community.

Schuylerville Central School District Capital Project SCHUYLERVILLE — On Tuesday, December 6 residents of the Schuylerville Central School District approved a $24.7 million capital project by a vote of 348 to 277. “We want to thank the community for continuing to support the school district,” said Chief Information Officer Stacey Rice. “We are very excited about this

project. It will give us the facilities and tools we need to expand our STEM offerings and prepare our students for their futures in 21st century careers.” The project is set to fix structural issues, increase school safety and security, and modernize facilities to help educators better prepare students for their future.

“The district has made many academic and co-curricular improvements during the previous two years,” said Galway Superintendent Shannon Shine. “With this agreement in place, the Galway Central School District can keep the positive momentum moving forward.” The contract will be in effect through June 30, 2020.

All remediation plans have been reviewed and approved by the District’s architects.” Erin Bell, a chemistry teacher at Saratoga Springs High School, thinks that the school district handled the situation very suitably. “I think they handled it well because they were very transparent about it. It was posted on the website and I believe they sent messages home. They tested every source of water in the building, even ones that they

didn’t think had any reason to have lead in it and all the results were posted. I have sinks all over my room that are very well labeled as handwashing only until they can address the situation. I think their level of transparency is appropriate and appreciated,” said Bell. For more information on the results received by the school, visit http://www. cfm?story=106422&.

Week of December 9 – December 15, 2016




Angels Among Us by Norra Reyes Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — During this bustling holiday season, there are some who are facing the fact that they will not live to see the new year, and their families are seeing an empty chair at their holiday tables. Robin Byrt, executive director of Mary’s Haven, a community home for the dying, knows well the challenges families face from grief and loss during the holidays. She and program assistant Nancy Pompa provide care and comfort to the residents of the home, who have been diagnosed with an illness leaving them in the last three months. Byrt oversees the volunteers and staff, coordinates care, and assures a safe and wholesome environment for the residents. She said there are about 65 volunteers, each working about 4 hours a week so residents can receive around the clock care. Byrt and Pompa are employed by the Community Hospice of Saratoga, and work in partnership with the Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties, who own Mary’s Haven. Hospice provides the training for the volunteers, as well, usually two eight-hour days two times a year. Byrt has been with Mary’s Haven 11.5 years and Pompa has been involved for 10 years, most of those years as a volunteer in the beginning. According to Sister Charla Commins, executive director of Catholic Charities, Mary’s Haven was built 14 years ago with the generous support of Tom Roohan of Roohan Realty and numerous local builders and businesses. “Before then, there really wasn’t something here for people at the end of life who had no families,” said Sister Charla. “We can only take in two residents at a time, and we take in those with the most need at the time – homeless, or someone with no family whatsoever, or couples where the spouse cannot provide care.” “They are coming to terms with death, and we help them through that,” said Byrt. “With so much of their independence

Mary’s Haven provides a comfortable, well-appointed home for those diagnosed with only three months or less to live.

Robin Byrt, left, and Nancy Pompa provide care and comfort to the terminally ill in Saratoga Springs.

lost already, we make sure they are ultimately in charge of their own care, as long as they are making safe decisions. We take care of the cooking, laundry, medicines, walks, and bathing – whatever they need when they need it. There are no set meal times – if they are hungry for a meal or just a snack, we are happy to take care of it. We help them live every day to the best they can.” Byrt said sometimes residents would talk about things they haven’t had the chance to do yet, so the staff and volunteers will hold a party or do what they can to help the resident experience it. They have held Yankees, Disney, and even horse jockey parties. “We had one couple renew their vows,” said Sister Charla. “They had eloped and so never really had a wedding, so we held one. Father Fitz officiated.” Sister Charla said the work is very rewarding. “I have found this is one of the most peaceful and joy-filled places around, because we are helping people on the journey to the next stage with dignity and nurturance and love.” Sister Charla is a clinical social worker and provided quite a bit of counseling in the 80’s and 90’s to HIV and AIDS patients. “I’ve always been drawn to death and dying,” she said. “It is the most fragile journey you’re going to take, and you need to be surrounded by the most fulfilling things.” Byrt agrees. “We provide a very warm atmosphere,” she said. “They share their fears with you, the things they hoped to have

done before they passed. For Thanksgiving and Christmas, we’ll do the whole dinner and invite their families and make it as festive as possible, and have gifts for them.” “People aren’t looking for answers,” said Sister Charla. “They are looking for support, someone to listen, to share their worries for those they leave behind.” Byrt says they provide some support for the families, as well, but said there are additional supports and support groups provided through Hospice for them. “Some individuals want to be hugged or have their hands held, some don’t,” she said. “If people want to know step by step what they’ll see in the coming days we’ll share that, but some don’t want to know it.” Hospice and volunteers are there to support the staff and each other, as well. Pompa remembered a 62-year-old resident who touched her heart. “He was so polite, so kind,” she said. “Just so grateful, and naturally sometimes angry while coming to terms with his situation, and then turn around and be so nice. He has stayed on my mind. I can’t help thinking about the job 24 hours a day.” “It’s important to always live in the moment,” said Byrt. “I remember one lady who looked at me and said ‘are you going to be here?’ and I said yes, and she said ‘I’m scared.’ And it clicked for me, what she was feeling. I am glad to have been there for her.”

A husband and wife hold hands for as long as they can before saying goodbye in one of the resident rooms at Mary’s Haven.

In warmer seasons, residents can enjoy a backyard full of flowers, a pond, outdoor swing, and a gazebo.

Byrt, Pompa and Sister Charla remembered another time when a resident was sitting on the edge of her bed and her daughter came in, kneeling before here, and they hugged. The resident found the strength to stand, and was able to really hug her daughter, before sitting down and smiling before the daughter quietly walked away. “There were tears in their eyes,” remembered Byrt. “It was amazing, really amazing. There was an awareness that she knew her daughter was there, something I’m not sure she was aware of prior to that.”

Sister Charla said the holiday season certainly heightens the feeling of loss, but memories are sustaining. “It’s so therapeutic to talk about lost loved ones and the times we had together, to remember. We all feel better when we do something for someone else. When we are grateful for those memories, we can pay it forward by volunteering.” Mary’s Haven is located at 35 New Street. For more information, call 518-584-9307 or visit For information about support groups and more, call Community Hospice at 518-581-0800.




Week of December 9 – December 15, 2016

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

by Peter Bowden for Saratoga TODAY The symbolism and use of trees as decorations at this time of year are far older than many of us suspect. It is known, for instance, that pre-Christian Romans displayed decorated evergreens (oak trees which are evergreen in that part of the world). They

lit the tree with candles and often topped the tree with a sun symbol. The ancient Celts of the British Isles also ornamented oak trees with apples and candles to offer thanks to the sun during the solstice period. Many of us can still remember when the Christmas tree wasn’t put up until Christmas Eve. This tradition likely had its roots (no pun intended, well...maybe) in the English tradition of bringing home the Yule log on Christmas Eve. The Yule log was generally a large stump, often including the roots, and was decorated with mistletoe, holly and other greenery. The log was lighted with a bit of the previous year’s log (thus protecting the house from fire for the upcoming year) and needed to be kept burning for

at least twelve hours to ensure continued good fortune. With the advent of central heating, the appeal of the Yule log has been all but forgotten. The evergreen tree as the tree of choice for solstice celebrating appears to have its origins in the Christianizing of the Germanic tribes of Eastern Europe. Some of the earliest accounts tell of St. Boniface dedicating the fir tree to the Christ Child with the oath “You are the light of the world, a tree ever green” to counter the sacred oak of Odin in the eighth century. Other accounts credit Martin Luther as the first to bring home a cut evergreen tree and decorate it with candles that symbolize the stars in the sky over Bethlehem the night Christ was born. Hundreds of years passed until the tradition of decorating evergreen trees at Christmas became common. It wasn’t until 1841 when King Albert displayed a decorated evergreen tree in his palace that the tradition took hold in English speaking countries. Like the American people, American Holiday celebrations have become a melting pot of customs and traditions brought to our shores from the older cultures of our forefathers. The evergreen, ancient symbol of life everlasting is still included as the bright focal point of a celebration of rebirth, light and life.

Whatever the origins of the practice, I love the smell of a fresh Balsam Fir when I bring it inside. The trick is to keep the tree hydrated so the needles stay on and the tree stays fresh and fragrant. The first step is to get a fresh tree. When you’re out in the tree lot picking out your tree, bend the little branch tips to make sure they are supple, not brittle. With Thanksgiving as late as it is this year, all the firs should be in fine shape. Beware of spruce trees which are notorious for falling apart quickly once they’re cut and brought inside. Next, make sure to make a fresh cut on the base of the tree right before you bring it inside. The reason this is so important is because the tree has sucked air into the bottom-most cells of the trunk. Even if the tree is placed in water, it can’t absorb it because the first cells at the base are clogged with air. A fresh cut exposes fresh cells that can absorb water and send it along to the cells above right out to the branches and needles. Most tree lots will offer to make this fresh cut for you. This is fine if you’re going to rush home and get the tree into water within and hour. If

it will be longer than that, you might as well wait and make your own fresh cut on the tree at home. Make sure that your tree stand is clean before you put your tree into it. If your tree stand is like mine, it spends most of its time in the shed gathering dust. If you don’t clean this dust out, it will mix with the water the tree is absorbing and clog up those all-important cells that you just exposed at the base of the truck when you made your fresh cut. When you place the tree into the stand, fill the stand up with very hot water. Hot water is absorbed more quickly than cold water so the tree will rehydrate as quickly as possible. You don’t need to use hot water every time you add water to the stand; just the first time. Make sure that the tree stand always has water in it. If you let it run dry, the tree will suck air into the bottom cells again and it won’t be able to absorb water until another fresh cut is made. This isn’t likely to happen once the tree is decorated. Remember: Fresh Tree, Fresh Cut and Fresh Water. Thanks for the read.

Week of December 9 – December 15, 2016




The Wonder and Healing of Christmas

by Katherine Morna Towne for Saratoga TODAY Every day I drive from one side of the city to the other multiple times for school drop-off and pick-up, never mind grocery store runs and doctor appointments in and amongst all the school goings on. Part of that drive includes a section of Broadway, and one afternoon before Thanksgiving my curmudgeonly children echoed what they’d been hearing the adults in their lives (that is, me) say about Christmas music on the radio before Thanksgiving and Christmas shop displays before Halloween: “What?!” they exclaimed, like old men peering critically at the shenanigans of young’uns. “They’re decorating for Christmas already?” They were referring to the wreaths and ribbons bedecking the Narnia-esque lampposts lining Broadway, and even as they said it, swaggeringly, like they were personally offended, their complaints became grudging compliments because, really, downtown is gorgeous when decorated for Christmas. Every day since then at least one of them mentions the decorations in a sort of awed voice during our daily route, and not just on Broadway—maybe this happens every year and I just never realized, but I was surprised at how quickly several houses we pass in our travels got all their exterior lights up, and perhaps even more surprised at how little I minded that so many were Christmasminded so soon. My boys aren’t the only ones who are loving it—I really am as well! I don’t know if you all feel this way, but I’m suspecting my uncharacteristic patience with early Christmas decorations this

year has to do with the stress of the election season. I remember reading a headline online somewhere earlier in the fall that said something like, “Americans are stressed out over the election, study shows.” I might have tried to come up with something stronger than “stressed out” if I were writing the headline (“hyperventilating,” maybe, or “panic stricken”), but otherwise I think we’d all agree with it. And it didn’t really seem to get better after the election, just different. No matter who you voted for, I’m sure you agree that “stressed out over the election” still applies for many, and both sides are still showing a lot of nastiness (at least from what I’ve seen on social media). But very recently, in the last week or two, I’ve been noticing kindness in what seems like greater abundance. I’ve seen customers at the grocery store and elsewhere insisting that others cut in front of them in line to check out. On the roads and in parking lots I see drivers stopping to let other cars in or to let pedestrians cross. The Giving Tree at school had items hanging from it the day it was put up. It’s not the actions themselves that seem different from past years, it’s the amount of them, and maybe there’s no difference at all—maybe I’m just extra aware this year because of the negativity that seemed to saturate so many human interactions for the past few months—but it’s all helping me feel like we’re starting to recover. I can see that perhaps for some, all this kindness is a backlash

against the results of the election— a way of taking a stand against the new administration maybe, or against the nastiness of politics in general. Which is pretty amazing, really, if that’s what’s happening— not a terrible result at all—and it doesn’t surprise me that it’s right in conjunction with Thanksgiving and Christmas, two holidays that specifically help us remember all that we’ve been given and to give thanks by extending ourselves to others. To all of that I say: Let it happen. Let yourselves be caught up in the joy and hope and love and peace of the season. After the autumn we’ve had, it’s clear we all need this, that we’re not made to be in a world where “it’s always winter but never Christmas,” as C.S. Lewis wrote. Like my boys’ hearts were warmed and softened by the beauty of the Christmas decorations, allow yourselves to be warmed and softened and restored by these holy and magical few weeks. Like my boys are full of innocent excitement, allow yourselves to feel hopeful. Like my boys have been constantly bugging me to go to the store to buy the things on the lists of the children “adopted” by their classes for the Empty Stocking Project, allow yourselves to be extra generous and thoughtful toward others. And what better place to be during Christmas than this beautiful city of ours? I’ve written before about how we’re perfectly situated close to cities and farms, water and mountains, highways and byways

in one of the loveliest parts of our country, but every year my breath is taken away by the extra beauty that this season brings to our city. There is so much to be grateful for. A very Merry Christmas to all of you, dear readers! My very best

wishes and prayers for wonder, generosity, peace, hope, and love for you and yours. Kate and her husband have six sons ages 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, and 2. She can be reached at kmtowne23@




Week of December 9 – December 15, 2016

Runners Hip

by Matthew Goodemote MPSPT, Dip. MDT

for Saratoga TODAY I’m excited to write today’s article. My staff and I have been experimenting for about a year to come up with an effective strategy for treating a condition we are seeing in the clinic that I am calling “Runner’s Hip.” I have not found anyone on the internet using this term but I am using this name for a few reasons, mainly because I stumbled onto it while working with a few runners early on and because a large number of our patients that are runners describe these symptoms. My staff and I have since realized that it occurs in dancers, rowers, office workers and salespeople that drive a lot. We’re also quite sure that it is not always connected to a specific activity and is more likely a combination of activities, but I’ll get into that a bit later. The patients we have seen with “Runner’s Hip” have diagnoses like IT band syndrome, hip pain, gluteus weakness, lower back pain and SI joint pain but they all share a common attribute... tension in their iliacus muscle. Briefly I will share with you the event that triggered me and my staff

to dig deeper to uncover what we believe to be a very important pattern that is often thought to be a separate issue. Then I will describe the symptoms and finally a very brief description of what you can try on your own at home if the symptoms seem to fit your own issue. Here’s what happened: I had a patient that came to my clinic with “hip and thigh pain” that started while working out, specifically running faster during a training session. The pain didn’t go away so she went to her physician and was diagnosed a “IT band syndrome.” This particular runner talked about symptoms in the outer region of her hip...which is partly why her diagnosis was IT band syndrome, but that is not important. What is important in this case was how she described her symptoms. She described them as a “deep pain” in the hip/pelvis and that she “couldn’t get to it” through traditional methods of icing, resting or stretching. One day I was doing some “deep tissue work,” but she kept saying that I wasn’t “digging hard enough.” She assured me that in the past she had had body work done and the therapist had to be super aggressive. So I gripped my fingers on her pelvic bone and pushed really hard with my thumbs into the muscles on the outer part of her upper thigh (i.e. tensor fascia lata muscle). With this type of grip I was finally able to alleviate her symptoms. What I didn’t know at the time was that the results were better because I gripped the muscle on the inside of the pelvic bone...not the outer muscle that I was trying to help.

So my technique helped... but not for the reason I thought! Around this time we had multiple patients with similar complaints and location of symptoms. When this happens I believe it is important to pay attention because it typically means I am about to learn something important! After a few sessions with this patient, a light bulb went off and I realized that her improvements came from working on the muscle “inside the pelvis” not the outside. The muscle I was gripping on the inside of the pelvis is the iliacus muscle. This muscle joins with another muscle called the psoas to make up the iliopsoas muscle. The psoas has had a lot of attention and you will find a lot of information online about it. The focus of this article is on the iliacus muscle. Over the next several months (one year) my staff and I have improved our testing so we can identify when the iliacus is a contributing factor to our patient’s condition. I am not a fan of the typical tests that clinicians use and have my own clinically reliable test that is perhaps for another day. We also improved our manual techniques so we are able to alleviate the pain much faster by going directly to the painful muscle groups. We are also better able to educate our patient how they can do the same at home. And what I consider the most important part, we have a much better understanding of the mechanics involved that are causing the issue and what specifically is“faulty.” WIth this information it is fairly easy to help teach our patients what they can do to resolve the issue and resume their activities. The most common complaint I hear from patients with “Runner’s Hip,” is pain in the hip region, most commonly the outer/side of the hip, but it can also be “deep” in the pelvis or even lower back. We also typically

hear that the pain is in the outer leg and at times also in the buttock region. Patients often describe pain or difficulty with activities like going up stairs or hills, pain while running and pain with prolonged sitting. There are a lot of patients that also have pain or difficulty transitioning from sit to stand or in and out of cars. Objectively my staff and I can feel tension in muscles around the hip. But the main tension we feel is in the iliacus muscle inside the pelvis. This is a key component of the problem and is found universally with our patients presenting with this group of symptoms. The majority also have tension in the buttock, but mainly the deep rotators not the gluteus group (but they can be tight too). We are also finding most have postural issues (i.e. slouching) with externally rotated hips on the symptomatic side (i.e. toes going out while walking and at rest). One of the first things I noticed was someone walking with their toe pointing away from the midline...their symptomatic side was more extreme in this position. Poor posture and rotated hips contributes to an abnormal gait pattern that we typically see where the symptomatic side turns out and away more noticeably than the non-involved side. Testing strength typically reveals “weakness” with the ability to hold an erect posture while lifting the thighs. The iliacus has a role of stabilizing the pelvis while the psoas lifts the thigh bone. We have very few patients that are able to do this without compensating. This is a very important part of the condition. In addition we have noticed that due to faulty mechanics our patients struggle to engage the gluteus muscles, especially when we keep them

in a position where their iliacus is needed to keep the pelvis stable. This applies to all positions from lying down to sitting and even when standing or walking. At home you can notice if you have similar symptoms or when you push your fingers into the muscle located right inside the pelvis bone on the side and towards the front of your body. Push your hand on the pelvis bone on the side and slightly forward. If you feel pain or tension then it is likely something is going on with your posture. Or if you notice while you are walking that the foot on the symptomatic side turns out and you have pain or tension on the muscle inside the pelvis then it is worth getting looked at by my staff. The solution is to identify what you are doing to contribute to the issue and to first and foremost find ways to alleviate your symptoms. There are a variety of issues that we see but the most consistent issues are tension in the muscle and inability or difficulty using the iliacus to stabilize the pelvis in proper position while sitting, standing or moving (i.e. walking or running). At home you can use pressure to your sore muscle and simply hold firmly until the muscle relaxes. Next work on your posture and be faithful about avoiding the slouched position. And finally try walking with your toes facing straight ahead or slightly out to the side. If you are wondering if you have the condition and simply can’t figure it out on your own then please contact us so we can assess and guide you on what you individually need to do. Or you can email if you have any questions. My email address is and our office number is 518-306-6894. Thanks for reading my article!




Week of December 9 – December 15, 2016

Senior Calendar…

Adult & Senior Center of Saratoga

5 Williams St, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 (518) 584-1621 Holiday Celebration - Dec. 20, 3-5PM - Mixing, mingling, entertainment, food, and friends! Let’s celebrate the Holidays! Pay $2.00 at sign up! Sponsored by Centers Health Care. Music & Dancing by Steve Keller, Light Fare, Photos by Walgreen’s, A visit from

Santa Claus and more!!! Bread Basket Cookies for Sale - 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. 1st

for $11 each. Holiday Art Show and Sale: Artists from our center and the community will be showcasing their work. The exhibition will include works in drawing, painting, ceramics, and more. All artwork is for sale. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Center. If you wish to display your art, please sign up at the front desk. If you wish to be a vendor, call the front desk. Egg Nog, Cookies and Caroling: Tues., Dec. 13, 11-11:30AM. Volunteers from DeCresente Distributing Co. will be here to entertain us with holiday songs. Stop by to listen or join in the sing-a-long. Free and Open to the Public. NEW! Poker Fridays: Stop by the center on Fridays to share some laughs over a friendly game of poker with friends. Free. Gift Cards Now Available! Gift cards make great

stocking stuffers for the holidays!

Ridge is an award winning fine dining restaurant with excellent food, great service, TRIPS – OPEN TO and an inviting ambiance. THE PUBLIC Tues., Dec. 13: “Capital Pay $5 at sign up & bring Area Flute Ensemble”: lunch money. Leave the cenPresented by Troy Savings ter at 11:00. DECEMBER Bank. Lunch at Illium Cafe HAPPENINGS after concert. Pay $10 van fee at sign up & bring lunch December Dinner - Gideon money. Leave the center at Putnam, Tues., Dec. 13. $10 11:00AM. Return about 3:30 per person. Members only. Wed., Dec. 14: “Capital CDTA Presentation - Dec. Holiday Lights, 15, 1PM. CDTA will be Washington Park, Albany”: doing a presentation at the Explore this enchanted dis- center on how to use the play of lights that are sure to transit system and Star serfill you with the spirit of the vice. Free and open to the season. Optional stop for public. Please sign up. snacks, weather permitting. Reminiscing Group Leave the Center at 5:15PM Wednesdays at 10:15AM. and return at 8PM. Pay $15 Join your friends and be at sign up. nostalgic. Thurs., Dec. 15: Computer, Phone & iPad “Governor’s Mansion at Help - Need help with your Christmas”: Tour the holi- computer, kindle, iPad, day decorated Governor’s or phone? Appointments Mansion and then enjoy available every day. Call the a delicious lunch at the front desk and sign up! Albany Pump Station. Leave Tarot Cards Mary will not the center at 10AM. Tour is be here Nov and Dec. free. Pay $10 at sign up for Book Club Tues., Dec. 27 at van. Bring lunch money. 3PM. “Crossing to Safety” Fri., Dec. 16: “Christmas by Wallace Stegner Through Their Eyes”: Legal Services Thurs., Dec. Explore the culture of five 1st, 1:30PM. Call Office for continents through this the Aging at 518-884-4100 unique display of over 100 for an appointment. Nativity sets from around Blood Pressure Clinic the world in Hudson Falls, Wed., Dec. 14, 11AM-12PM. NY. Stop for lunch on CDPHP - Open Enrollment the way at the Peppermill Holiday Stocking Stuffers! Restaurant. Leave the We are approaching the Center at 11AM and return crazy, but fun holiday seaat 3PM. Pay $10 at sign up. son and have some great Bring lunch money and $5 stocking stuffers for your friends and family, includadmission. Tues., Dec. 27:” Lunch ing Hoffman’s Car Wash Bunch - Lake Ridge”: tickets and Senior Center Tucked away in the village of Round Lake, Lake Continued on page 29.

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gift certificates for memberships and classes. Pick some up at the member meeting. Do you shop on Amazon? Shopping on Amazon for the holidays? When you shop with Amazon Smile, Amazon will donate to the center at no cost extra cost to you! Go to com and choose the senior center at checkout. It’s that easy! Please spread the word to your friends and family! We are now offering yoga classes five days a week! Choose your style. Yoga - Now 5 days a week. Choose your style. $10 each

Kundalini Yoga Meditation and yoga together. Mondays 11:30-12:30. Gentle Yoga - Mat and some chair poses. Tuesdays 10-11:15 and Wednesdays 9:45-11AM. Chair and Prop Yoga - For those who do not want to get on the floor. Thursdays 1:30-2:30PM. Flow Yoga - Mat poses only. Take your practice up a notch. Fridays 10-11AM. Nutrition Making Nutrition & Healthy Living Fun! with Siobhan Monday, Dec. 19, 1-2pm. Staying active and healthy

The Wilton Senior Center 18 Traver Road, Gansevoort, NY 12831 518-587-6363 Open every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00am. - 3:00pm. Lillian Worth Senior Center is in the Town Hall Complex. 18 Traver Road. It is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00am. to 3:00pm. The Center will be closed Christmas Day and when Saratoga Springs Schools are closed for inclement weather. Members must be 55 years of age. However,

spouses younger than 55 may join and participate in all activities, but cannot vote until they reach age 55. Dues are $4 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 518-884-4100 before noon on the day before the transportation is needed.

The Academy for Lifelong Learning 111 West Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 * 518-587-2100, ext. 2390, 2415 Founded in 1992, the Academy for Lifelong Learning is a nonprofit, membership organization providing academic classes and social activities for seniors. It is an

independent entity sponsored by SUNY Empire State College with offices at 111 West Avenue in Saratoga Springs. For more information, go to www.




at the holidays. Giveaways. Free. Open to the Public. Writing Your Story: Crafting Short Memoirs with Rachel Kurtz. This is a 6-week seminar taking place on Wednesdays from 3-4, beginning on 12/7 and ending 1/11. Free. Bring a notebook. Fiction Writing - Do you like reading fiction? Love stories, adventure and so forth? How about trying your hand at writing fiction? A published author can teach you the basics right here in the Senior Center. Free. Tuesday 3-4PM. Love to Dance - Try

Stay Tuned For.... “Soup”er Social Fridays You spoke. We listened. Thank you to all who attended our State of the Senior Center last month and offered all your great Art Classes: Painting with Susan suggestions. We have met - All mediums, begin- as a staff and come up ners welcome. Mondays with some exciting things for the new year including 12:30-2:30 Holiday Wreath mak- monthly breakfasts, take ing with Marylou- Dec. out and eat in dinners, 14, 2-4PM, Free. Supplies Soup, and Social Fridays provided. You may bring and more. We have also your favorite decoration. updated our wish list and December Dinner: put an accessible van at Gideon Putnam, Tues., the top and are working Dec. 13. Sign up Mon., on getting a grant for this. Dec. 5 @ 10AM. $10 per Stay tuned for updates in January’s newsletter. person. Members only. Aerobics on Tues. or Thurs. with Valerie from 11:30-12:15. Zumba is held on Wed., 11:10-12 with Emily. Have fun. Dance at your own pace.




Week of December 9 – December 15, 2016

Tis’ the Season Managing Your Expectations This Season and Always

by Meghan Lemery Fritz LCSW-R

for Saratoga TODAY The holidays can be a time of warmth, love, peace and celebration as we honor each other with gifts, share meals and spend time with those most precious to us. It is a time of heightened awareness and sensitivity for most people and managing our expectations of ourselves and others is the key to getting through the season with peace instead of chaos, stress and dread. Perhaps you grew up in a home filled with warmth and love. Your parents decorated the house with lights and gifts were

overflowing under the tree. You may look forward to this time of year with excitement and joy. Your expectation as an adult is to have a wonderful celebration filled with love and gift giving. Your spouse on the other hand may have grown up in a family where holidays were a reminder of stress, chaos and family dysfunction. Getting together with family members as an adult can be a trigger for panic, stress and anxiety. You would rather hide under the covers than celebrate a season that reminds you of a traumatic upbringing. As an adult with your own family and friends you have the opportunity to create the kind of holiday that works for you. Take the time to be honest with yourself and your loved ones about what the holidays mean to you. Have an open dialogue with your partner about what kind of holiday you want to create together to break any cycles of dysfunction that you grew up with. Be sensitive to your partner’s need and resist the urge to pressure your spouse into

spending time with a family he or she may feel no connection to. Create a holiday that meets both of your expectations and be honest about what works for you. During the holiday season I receive many calls from clients who dip into depression and anxiety. They feel riddled with guilt that they cannot enjoy the season with their loved ones. There is no shame in working through your issues from the past. Get the help you need to resolve any deep rooted pain you may have experienced in your upbringing. Most of us enter into the season stressed out about money and the hectic schedule. Don’t fall into the trap of buying gifts you can’t afford. Have a plan of what you can realistically afford and honor that budget to avoid the holiday hangover. Holidays can also be a source of major stress for many couples. If one partner has an expectation that they will be lavished with gifts from their spouse and they receive a book of coupons for date night and a foot massage this can cause a major

breakdown in communication. Be clear about what you want and what you expect. No one is a mind reader and expecting your partner to know what you want and expect is not realistic or healthy for your relationship. When my sister started dating her now husband, she was beyond ecstatic at the thought of her new love buying her romantic gifts at Christmas. She did some snooping and came across two beautiful boxes with elaborate wrapping. She was certain she was getting a bracelet and necklace based on the shapes of the boxes. She immediately went out and bought him a classic precious moments I.D bracelet with her initials engraved on the back. She was certain this would seal their love and that this would be the most romantic Christmas of her life. Imagine her surprise when her sweetie pie handed her the gifts and she received a compass and buck knife with her initials engraved on it. She panicked realizing she had out gifted him big time. Luckily she resisted the urge to hurl the compass at his head. When he saw her reaction he innocently said, “We love to hike

I thought you would love these gifts! They have such meaning!” Nothing says I love you like your own monogrammed buck knife. Needless to say that began a series of discussions about expectations. From that Christmas forward my brother-in-law was banned from giving camping equipment as a gift. If you want roses and diamonds ask for them. Make your list, check it twice and don’t worry about whose naughty or nice. The difference between a mediocre versus wonderful holiday season depends on you. Make a plan, ask for what you want and get the help you need if you slip into a dark place. Recognize that living a life that works for you is about honoring your feelings and owning your truth. Don’t fall into the trap of burying your own feelings to please other people. This will only lead to resentment and bitterness. Do not expect other people to know what you want or how to please you. Take the drama out of the holidays by honoring your needs and wants. Meghan Fritz is a psychotherapist practicing in State College, PA. For more information email

Week of December 9 – December 15, 2016




Q: What is my total cost of ownership for my professionally managed assets? A: There are a three concrete fees that you should be mindful of as you determine your total cost.

by Christopher J. La Porta, CFPÂŽ

for Saratoga TODAY The writer is the Director of the Private Client Group at Fenimore Asset Management headquartered in Cobleskill, NY with a branch office in Albany. As with most things in life, there is more than one cost associated with a service or product. Due to all the talk about fees in the financial press, I

think it is very timely to discuss some of the basics so that you are informed of your total cost of ownership. There are many types of fees that you may be charged depending upon the investments your asset manager utilizes in your portfolio. The three most significant categories of fees are asset management fees, product fees, and transaction fees. Asset Management Fees: When you hire a financial advisor or asset manager, you pay them a management fee for investment selection. This is straightforward. Management fees can vary considerably depending upon a multitude of criteria. The investment vehicle, investment style, and asset class, to name a few, all influence the fee. For example, large-cap asset management tends to be less expensive than small- or mid-cap management because the research and investment selection process is usually not as intensive. The investment

vehicle chosen also dictates the fee assessed. For instance, hedge funds may charge a management fee (e.g. 2.00 percent per year) and a performance-based fee (e.g. 20 percent of profits). Most managers typically charge a flat fee based on assets under management. Product Fees: The other potentially substantial fee to be keenly aware of is the actual cost of the product. In addition to the management fee, there is likely a fee associated with the investments that the manager selects. For instance, even in passive management, exchange traded funds (ETFs) and low-cost index funds still carry additional expenses. A portfolio of mutual funds has expense ratios associated with each fund. These fees may be additional to the advisor’s management fee. Transaction Fees: There may also be transaction fees to purchase and sell securities. These fees are specific to the investment and may vary

considerably. For example, you could purchase a no-load mutual fund; however, there may be a transaction fee associated with the particular fund. Stock trading commissions have become much more reasonable over the years, but can still add up significantly in a portfolio with a strategy that employs a high level of trading each year. Although beyond the scope of this article, taxes (if

applicable) can also play a significant role in total cost, especially in a high-turnover management strategy. I hope this gives you a better understanding about the additional costs associated with the total cost of ownership. I believe that financial advisors and asset managers should always be transparent with their fees while striving to provide excellent investment research and service.



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Stocking Up on Self-Care at the Farmers’ Market

Saturdays, 9 to 1 Lincoln Baths Saratoga Spa State Park

by Himanee Gupta-Carlson

for Saratoga TODAY The season of giving often feels overwhelming: The appeals from charity, gift lists, card lists, parties’ lists, cooking lists, and the push –commercialized – to be festive and jolly, no matter what. Amid this frenzy, it seems only appropriate to ask whether you have put care of the self on your holiday to-do list. Year-round, the Saratoga Farmers’ Market’s offerings of healthy, locally produced food are all about self-care. During the holiday season, the market ratchets self-care up further, with several holiday products that allow you to take care not only of others but also most importantly of yourself first. To begin stocking up on selfcare, stop by Creations & Spells and check out owner Megan Canell’s artfully designed candles, lip balms, soaps, and other gift items. Canell, a young artist from Schenectady, crafts all of her

Clarity Juice.

items through recycled and/or repurposed materials, often using such things as the rippled rings of a discarded water bottle to create candle molds. She creates selfcare that also cares for the earth through her approach to repurposing materials that no longer serve their initial use. “I love making things out of materials that no longer seem useful, and I’d like to encourage others to do the same,” says Canell. The inspiration for her business comes in part through her grandfather, a military veteran who suffered post-traumatic stress disorder and found relief through art therapy that had him collecting life’s discards to create art. Other self-care items shape how we eat, drink, and care for our bodies and homes. For instance, Karie Pastore emphasizes good health through all natural, allergen friendly

laundry detergents, body sprays, room fresheners and other items at Wash Green and Clean. Mary Jane Pelzer’s handmade soaps are laden with healing, all natural products. Rick Green encourages sweet health with his bee balm and aromatic beeswax candles at Ballston Lake Apiaries, Bobby Chandler talks up the health benefits of mushrooms in his teas at Mariaville Mushrooms, and Sydney Peyser’s fresh vegetable and fruit juices will give you an explosive flavor of great health at Clarity Juice. And if you need self-care while shopping, try Armin Hrelja apple strudel at Euro Delicacies, made with local apples and handmade phyllo. Visit the Saratoga Farmers’ Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at the Lincoln Baths Building in the Saratoga Spa State Park.

“Do It Yourself” Lip Balm Shared by Megan Canell of Creations & Spells



1. In a mason jar, slowly heat coconut oil, almond oil, and beeswax - ½ teaspoon 2. Pour the liquid into coconut oil small container(s). Try - ¼ teaspoon using your empty lip almond oil or balm containers and black seed oil make this a recycling - 1 Tablespoon project as well. beeswax* Note: Have paper towels - Optional: For a or rags readily available colorful lip balm, because the process can get messy. use 1 whole * Ingredients can be found at the market

crayon chopped into small pieces in place of beeswax. Use the color crayon of your choice

Ballston Lake Apriaries.

Wash Green and Clean.

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Attitude Adjustment

by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY Hello my Foodie Friends. The holiday season can be trying and very stressful. Often times we are put to the test in our patience in finding those special treasures for our friends and loved ones and working through holiday parties and events. Holiday stress calls for an attitude adjustment. The holidays should be “the most wonderful time of the year” but can be the most stressful time of the year. Converting that stress into a fun, positive attitude may take a reminder of the holiday memories that make us smile. Holiday memories are often made in the kitchen. Time spent in the kitchen over the holiday seasons can be full of sweet and wonderful memories. The kitchen can be the main hub of family activity, especially during the holiday season. Baking and decorating holiday cookies, and spending extra time trying new recipes can be part of those memories. Perhaps trying out a special breakfast or brunch recipe. Some of my most favorite memories are surrounded by the preparation and eating of holiday treats. Oh, and the smell of those holiday recipes brings back the best memories. The smell of holiday foods plays a role in how we will remember the holidays, but the setting in which we experience a meal also factors into how we smell and therefore taste it. There is a connection between our senses in that the context can dramatically affect our perception of smells. Smells from the past bring back emotions from the past, which

gives memories a vividness that we equate with being better. Those smells of Christmas are the smells of childhood. Family heirloom recipes invite the smell of Christmas into your home and can change the feeling of stress during the season making us smile. There are so many attitude expressions that reflect how we feel or say something about someone in the kitchen. At Compliments to the Chef we have fun “attitude aprons” that can be a different and appropriate gift for foodies. Some of the attitude sayings we carry are: “I’m the Chef, that’s why”; “Everyone loves an Italian Cook”; “You are in my Kitchen Because…”; “Obey the Cook”; and “Italian Mothers Rule” are among some of the selection. One of my favorite holiday movies is The Grinch Who

Stole Christmas where Cindy Lou Who made his heart grow 3 sizes because of her smile. Remember; “a smile is just a frown turned upside down.” Maybe an attitude apron can turn that frown into a smile. Remembering what is important in life can help us manage the stress of the holiday season. Make those holiday memories in the kitchen wearing an “attitude apron” or find that fun apron for someone with an “attitude.” Give that special person an “attitude adjustment” with an apron that says it all. Stop by Compliments to the Chef located at 46 Marion Avenue for those cool tools for cooks. Spend time in the kitchen creating those memories that make you smile and laugh and that can last a lifetime. Remember; “Life Happens in the Kitchen.” Take care, John and Paula.


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Puzzles Across 1 “That’s terrible!” 5 Like some stockings 9 Guck 14 Windfall 15 “The Salt-N-__ Show” 16 Trojan War figure 17 Roman god of the sky 18 Genre that often includes a ballet 20 Utopias 22 Excited, with “up” 23 TV teaser before the first commercial 26 C(tm)te d’Azur sight 29 Lean-__ 30 Nasser’s confed. 31 Harsh 33 Swamp 36 Bone-dry 37 James Bond and others 42 Open org. 43 Second book in Clavell’s “Asian Saga” 44 Fanatic 47 One-up 48 Time zone word: Abbr. 51 Buddhist branch 52 “Great” 1975 Redford role 56 Free-for-all 57 Savanna heavyweight 58 Skinny, so to speak, or what’s hidden in 18-, 23-, 37- and 52-Across 63 Lined up, with “in” 64 Movers’ challenge 65 Degree holder 66 Without 67 Choose to join 68 Ages and ages 69 Choice word Down 1 Protest 2 Jinx 3 King output 4 Upright 5 EPA sticker stat 6 Adverb in odes 7 Produce 8 Capital NE of Vientiane 9 Quick learner

See puzzle solutions on page 54

See puzzle solution on page 54

10 “Dragnet” force, briefly 11 Rage 12 Orbiter for 15 years 13 Spanish “that” 19 Pressures for payment 21 Ting or ping 24 When doubled, a South Pacific capital 25 Blow 26 First name in game shows 27 Iroquoian people 28 Cabs and syrahs 32 “You’re So ___”: 1973 #1 hit 33 Carrier that doesn’t fly on the Sabbath 34 Where to hear maas and baas 35 Popular chip 37 __ bass 38 Words of understanding

39 Eddie __, detective involved in the actual “French Connection” 40 Each 41 Slender candle 45 Was in debt regarding 46 Yarn 48 Fusilli shape 49 Mortise partners 50 Nod 53 Pigeon’s place 54 Golden, in Guadalajara 55 Full moon, e.g. 56 Thigh-high attire 58 2010 GM financial event 59 Little bite 60 Did nothing 61 One might keep you from seeing the show

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: Facetious, Factious, Factitious Facetious means humorous or flippant. Cathy was being facetious with her stories and meant no harm. Factious means causing internal dissension or opposition. A factious attitude can hinder any workplace. Factitious means artificial or unnatural. Speculation caused the factitious value of those stocks.The doctor ruled out malingering or a factitious disorder.

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

Pet Adoption Sunday, December 11th, 1-4 pm Wilton Mall, Behind Santa’s Village

Basil is a playful, soft and cuddly female kitten.

Bear is a loving 10 year old lab mix who is great with kids and other dogs.

Crookshanks and Rubeus are male kittens who need lots of playtime!

Chloe is a sweet husky mix looking for help with her medical issues.

Frankie is a cuddly boy who loves to sing and prefers girl kitties to boys.

Harper is a calm, older boy who gets along with everyone and has lots of extra toes!

Doc McCready is a hound mix looking for lots of play time. No cats please!

Jasmine is an affectionate calico who gets along well with other cats.

Minnie is a lab who loves everyone, but has unresolved health issues.

Louise is a quiet senior kitty who loves to be brushed.

Mia is a lovely orange tabby and she’d prefer a home with no dogs.

Rustie is a mixed breed with gold eyes who is playful and friendly.

Mooch is a laid back guy who would be happy with a lap to call his own.

Sasha is a timid husky/ shepherd mix who likes kids and other dogs.

Paprika is a playful long haired girl who would be happy with an active family.

Pearl is a real snuggler but she prefers to be an only pet.

Tucker is looking for a patient and understanding adult only home.

Stella Blue is a mysterious girl who is looking for a quiet home.

Wyatt is an Australian shepherd looking for a family who is familiar with the breed.

Tiny is an affectionate girl who loves to be petted.

Our greatest wish is to have a home for Christmas... “Until one has Loved an Animal a part of One’s Soul remains Unawakened!” All HOPE dogs and cats are fully vetted and spayed or neutered. Applications to adopt or foster are available at

40 Adirondack Christian Fellowship   8 Mountain Ledge, Wilton 587-0623 | Services: Sunday 8 a.m. & 10 a.m. Adirondack Friends Meeting 27 Saratoga Ave, South Glens Falls 793-3755 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Assembly of God Faith Chapel 6 Burgoyne St, Schuylerville 695-6069 | Rev. Jason Proctor Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Assembly of God Saratoga 118 Woodlawn Ave, Saratoga Springs 584-6081 | Services: Sunday Worship 10 a.m. Bacon Hill Reformed Church* 560 Route 32N, Bacon Hill | 695-3074 Rev. Janet Vincent | Services: Worship service 10 a.m.; Sunday School 10 a.m. Baha’i Community of Saratoga Springs 584-9679; 692-7694 | Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa | 885-7312 Services: Sunday Worship, 10:30 a.m. Ballston Spa United Methodist Church 101 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa 885-6886 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Bethesda Episcopal Church* 41 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs | 584-5980 The Very Rev’d Marshall J. Vang Services: Sunday 8:00AM & 10:00AM Calvary Capital District 17 Low Street, Ballston Spa | Pastor Andrew Holt Services: Sunday 10 am | Church of Christ at Clifton Park 7 Old Route 146, Clifton Park 371-6611 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Christ Community Reformed Church 1010 Route 146, Clifton Park | 371-7654 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Christ Episcopal Church Routes 50 & 67, Ballston Spa | 885-1031 Services: Sunday 8 & 10 a.m. Christian Restoration Ministries Saratoga Senior Center 5 Williams St, Saratoga Springs 796-4323 | Pastor Pat Roach Services: Sunday 10 a.m.; 6:30 p.m. Christian Science Church 107 Circular St, Saratoga Springs 584-0221 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Community Alliance Church 257 Rowland St, Ballston Spa 885-6524 | Services: Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. Congregation Shaara Tfille* 84 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga Springs 584-2370 | Services: Saturday 10 a.m. Corinth Free Methodist Church   20 Hamilton Ave, Corinth 654-9255; 792-0271 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Corinth United Methodist Church 243 Main Street, Corinth 654-2521 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Cornerstone Community Church 516 Park Ave., Mechanicville | 664-5204 | Pastor Frank Galerie Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Community 2001 Route 9, Round Lake 877-8506 | Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8 & 11 a.m.;

RELIGION Eastern Orthodox — Christ the Savior 349 Eastline Road, Ballston Lake 212-7845 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. First Baptist Church of Saratoga Springs 45 Washington St, Saratoga Springs 584-6301 | Services: Sunday 11 a.m. First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa 202 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa 885-8361 | Services: 10:30 a.m. worship, 9 a.m. Sunday School (all ages) First Presbyterian Church of Ballston Spa 22 West High St, Ballston Spa 885-5583 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Full Gospel Tabernacle 207 Redmond Road, Gansevoort 793-2739 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Galway United Methodist Church 2056 East St, Galway | 882-6520 Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. (9 a.m. in July and August) Grace Fellowship Saratoga 165 High Rock Ave, Saratoga | 691-0301 Pastor: Mike Adams Services: Sundays 9 & 11 a.m. Grace Brethren Church* 137 W. Milton Road, Ballston Spa 587-0649 | Rev. Dan Pierce Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Greater Grace Community Church Pastor David Moore | 899-7777 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Greenfield Center Baptist Church 30 Wilton Road, Greenfield Center | 893-7429 Services: Sunday School for all ages - 9:45 a.m.; Church Service - 11 a.m. Highway Tabernacle Church 90 River Road, Mechanicville | 664-4442 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Hope Church 206 Greenfield Ave, Ballston Spa 885-7442 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Jonesville United Methodist 963 Main St, Clifton Park 877-7332 | Services: Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Living Springs Community Church 59 Pine Road, Saratoga Springs 584-9112 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Living Waters Church of God 4330 State Rt. 50, Saratoga Springs 587-0484 | Services: Sundays 10 a.m. Malta Presbyterian Church Dunning Street, Malta 899-5992 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Malta Ridge United Methodist Church 729 Malta Ave. Ext, Malta 581-0210 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Middle Grove United Methodist Church* 581-2973 | Pastor Bonnie Bates Services: Sunday 9 a.m. Mt. Olivet Baptist Church Corner of Jefferson St. & Crescent St. Saratoga Springs | 584-9441 Rev. Dr. Victor L. Collier, Pastor New Horizon Church 150 Perry Road, Saratoga Springs 587-0711 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. New Life Fellowship 51 Old Gick Road, ­­Saratoga Springs 580-1810 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. NorthStar Church Gowana Middle School, Clifton Park

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371-2811 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. & 11:15 a.m. Old Saratoga Reformed Church* 48 Pearl St., Schuylerville Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Old Stone Church (American Baptist) 159 Stone Church Road, Ballston Spa 583-1002 | Services: Sunday 9 a.m.; Adult Sunday School 9 a.m.; Service 10:30 a.m. Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church* 73 Midline Road, Ballston Lake 399-5713 | Services: Saturday 5 p.m. Sunday 8:15 & 10:15 a.m. Presbyterian-NE Congregational Church 24 Circular St, Saratoga Springs 584-6091 | Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Quaker Springs United Methodist Church* 466 Route 32 South, Quaker Springs 695-3101 | Pastor Al Johnson Services: Sunday 9 a.m. River of Hope Fellowship 100 Saratoga Village Blvd, Malta Cmns, Ste. 3 | 881-1505 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Roman Catholic Church of St. Peter 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-2375 | Services: Saturday 5 p.m.; Sunday 7:30, 9 and 11 a.m. St. Clement’s Roman Catholic Church 231 Lake Ave, Saratoga Springs 584-6122 | Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8, 9:30, 11:15 a.m. and 5 p.m., 1 p.m. Spanish Service St. George’s Episcopal Church 912 Route 146, Clifton Park 371-6351 | Services: Saturday 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 8 & 9:30 a.m. St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church* 3159 Route 9N, Greenfield Center 893-7680 Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 10:30 a.m. St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church* 167 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa 885-7411 | Services: Saturday 4 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., Noon. St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church* 771 Route 29, Rock City Falls 893-7680 | Services: Sunday 8:30 am. St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 149 Lake Ave, Saratoga Springs 584-0904 | Services: Saturday 5 p.m.; Sundays 8:30 & 11 a.m. St. Peter Lutheran Church 2776 Route 9, Malta | 583-4153 Services: Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m.; Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church 1 Grove Street, Schuylerville 695-3918 | Rev. Donna J. Arnold Services: Sunday 8 & 9 a.m. St. Thomas of Canterbury 242 Grooms Road, Halfmoon Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga Abundant Life Church 2325 Route 50 South, Saratoga Springs 885-5456 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m.

Rts. 32 and 71, Quaker Springs 587-7477; 399-5013 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga United Methodist Church* Henning Road, Saratoga Springs 584-3720 | Services: Sunday 9:00am and 10:45am Saratoga Seventh-Day Adventist Church 399 Union Ave, Saratoga Springs 882-9384 | Services: Sabbath School: 10 a.m. Worship Service: 11:30 a.m. Schuylerville United Methodist Church* 51 Church St, Schuylerville 695-3101 | Services: Worship at 11am Shenendehowa United Methodist 971 Route 146, Clifton Park 371-7964 Services: Sunday 9 & 10:30 a.m. Simpson United Methodist Church Rock City Road, Rock City Falls 885-4794 Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Soul Saving Station for Every Nation Christ Crusaders of America 62 Henry St, Saratoga Springs Services: Sunday 10 a.m. www.SOULSAVINGSTATIONCHURCH.COM Stillwater Christian Fellowship Meeting at Liberty Ridge Farm 29 Bevis Road Schaghticoke, NY 12154 Stillwater United Church (Presbyterian U.S.A.) 747 Hudson Avenue, Stillwater | 664-7984 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Temple Sinai* 509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-8730 | Shabbat Services: Friday 6 p.m. or 8p.m. (rotating schedule) Saturdays: 10:30a.m. Terra Nova Church* 45 Washington St, Saratoga Springs 833-0504 | Services: Sunday 5:30 p.m. The Salvation Army/ Worship, Service & Community Center 27 Woodlawn Ave, Saratoga Springs 584-1640 Services: Sunday School 10 a.m.; Praise & Worship 11 a.m. Trinity United Methodist Church 155 Ballard Road, Gansevoort 584-9107 | Rev Keith Mann Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs 624 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-1555 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Unity Church in Albany 21 King Ave., Albany 453-3603 Services: Sunday 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. West Charlton United Presbyterian Church 1331 Sacandaga Road, West Charlton 882-9874 | Rev. Thomas Gregg, Pastor Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Wilton Baptist Church 755 Saratoga Road, Wilton 583-2736 Services: Sunday 11 a.m.

Saratoga Chabad 130 Circular St, Saratoga Springs 526-0773 | Saratoga Friends Meeting (Quaker)

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Congregation Shaara Tfille and The Jewish Community Center of Saratoga Springs Celebrate Chanukah

Congregation Shaara Tfille and The Jewish Community Center of Saratoga Springs, located at 84 Weibel Avenue in Saratoga Springs, will have a Chanukah Celebration on December 18th at 11:00am. Entertainment will feature professional Ventriloquist, Comedian and Actress Sylvia Fletcher and her Magic Trunk. Sylvia dazzles her audiences with her amazing talent, lively unforgettable characters, inanimate objects and voice illusions. Her performances and show are productions

that incorporates her hilarious, intriguing world of comedy that is described as “VENTASTIC”. The festivities include a dairy luncheon featuring latkes, children performing and lighting the Menorah. The cost is $10.00 per person over age 16; free for children under 16. Reservations by Wednesday, December 14 to 518-584-2370. The event is sponsored by a generous grant from Jewish Federation of Northeast NY. Congregation Shaara Tfille

is an egalitarian Conservative congregation located at 84 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY that welcomes all Jews, inter-faith families and the LGBTQ community. The Synagogue holds Monday and Thursday morning services at 7:30am, third Friday Family Shabbat evening at 7:30pm, Saturday Shabbat morning services at 10:00am. In addition to regular religious program, the Congregation offers a Hebrew School, Adult Education programs, ‘Live 92nd Street Y’ broadcast series, Men’s Club and Sisterhood.



Adult Christmas Party On Friday, December 16 the Catholic Daughters are invited to attend the Knights of Columbus Adult Christmas Party from 6 -10 p.m. Limited tickets are available, call 518584-8547 for information. Children’s Christmas Party On Saturday, December 17 the Knights of Columbus will hold their Children’s Christmas party from 9 a.m. - Noon. The Catholic Daughters will be providing crafts and rabbits for the children to pet and take their picture with. For more information about the Catholic Daughters or any of their events, contact Regent Aileen Thomas at 518-583-2905. Holiday Book Fair The Saratoga Springs Public Library/ Saratoga Reads is holding a holiday book fair at Barnes and Noble on Saturday, December 17. Friends of the Library volunteers will be on hand to wrap purchases for free. A children’s story time will take place at 10 a.m. along with holiday face painting from 10 a.m.- Noon, and a day long coloring contest. Barnes and Noble will donate a portion of the day’s sales to help fund Saratoga Reads programming. Annual Christmas Cookie Sale The cookie sale will take place on December 17 at Christ the Savior Orthodox Church, located at 349 Eastline Rd., Ballston Lake, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Select from a variety of home baked cookies. Fill your container with your choice for $10. The church is located ½ mile south of Stewart’s Shop at the intersection of Eastline Rd. and Rt. 67 west of the Northway. Believe 2016 The Dance Factory of Saratoga Springs proudly presents

“Believe 2016” on Saturday, December 17 at 1 p.m. at Schuylerville High School. Tickets are available at the studio, Wilton Mall and at the door. We support the Saratoga County Animal Shelter and Hendrick Boards. This production features festive music and dance in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop, dancers three years old and up. For more information call 518523-1433. Celebrate Chanukah with Sylvia Fletcher and her Magic Trunk Congregation Shaara Tfille and The Jewish Community Center of Saratoga Springs, located at 84 Weibel Avenue in Saratoga Springs, will have a Chanukah Celebration on December 18 at 11 a.m. Entertainment will feature professional Ventriloquist, Comedian and Actress Sylvia Fletcher and her Magic Trunk. Sylvia dazzles her audiences with her amazing talent, lively unforgettable characters, inanimate objects and voice illusions. Her performances and show is a production that incorporates her hilarious, intriguing world of comedy that is described as “VENTASTIC”. The festivities include a dairy luncheon featuring latkes, children performing and lighting the Menorah. The cost is $10 per person over age 16; free for children under 16. Reservations by Wednesday, December 14 to 518-584-2370. Christmas Bird Count Area birders and nature enthusiasts are invited to join Southern Adirondack Audubon Society (SAAS) members in the 117th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Birders of all skill levels are needed. Non-birders are welcome to help spot birds or keep team records. Most of the birding is done from the car although some teams may need to walk along trails or in area parks. The Christmas Bird Count is a good way to get to know area birders and increase your skills. The Saratoga Christmas Bird Count will be held on Sunday, December 18. Contact Jean Holcomb for more

information at jeanh46@icloud. com. For details: http://www. Tens of thousands of volunteers will participate in more than 2,000 individual counts throughout the Americas from mid-December to early January. The information becomes a valuable addition to the U.S. government’s natural history monitoring database. Senior Trip to Christmas Show The Olde Saratoga Seniors are hosting a trip to the Hall of Springs, Saratoga Springs for a Christmas Show with Jimmy Mazz and a luncheon on Tuesday, December 20. Bus will leave American Legion at 10:15 a.m. and return approximately 4 p.m. Cost is $39 per person. Any questions, call Mary LaMora at 518-5847986. Mail checks to PO Box 60, Schuylerville, NY 12871. Anyone is welcome. Havurah Vatik Hannukah Celebration Join local musicians on Tuesday, December 20, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. of the Adirondack Klezmer Band for their second rollicking celebration of the Hannukah festival. Instrumentalists Al Wadler, clarinet; Bob Orban, trumpet; Jim Fuchs, sax; Ray Rabl, drums; Barbara Rosoff, violin; Neil Herr, guitar; and Amy Mix-Sargent, keyboard/piano will treat us to traditional melodies and dances of Eastern Europe: the “voice of the Jewish heart.” A festive catered lunch featuring Latkes follows the program. RSVP 518-584-8730, ext. 4. Holiday Celebration at the Senior Center Celebrate the Holidays on December 20, 3 – 5 p.m. with mixing, mingling, entertainment, food and friends. Pay $2 at sign up. The event is sponsored by Centers Health Care. There will be music & dancing by Steve Keller, light fare, photos by Walgreen’s, a visit from Santa Claus and more. The Adult & Senior Center of Saratoga Springs is located

Week of December 9 – December 15, 2016 at 5 Williams St., Saratoga Springs. For more information call 518-584-1621. First Night Saratoga 2017 - A Night of Magic As one of the oldest and largest First Night celebrations in the country, First Night is the most affordable, accessible, familyfriendly, safe and exciting way to spend New Year’s Eve in the region. On Saturday, December 31 join over 15,000 revelers as Saratoga Art’s hosts over seventy 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. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $20 for adults, kids under $12 are free with a paying adult. Saratoga Winterfest and Camp Saratoga Snow Shoe Races The Saratoga Winterfest 5K Snowshoe Run/Walk will be held on Sunday, February 5 at 11 a.m. in the Saratoga Spa State Park. Camp Saratoga 8k Snowshoe Race will be held on Saturday, February 18 at the Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park at 10:30 a.m. Go to to download an application or link to online registration at www. A limited supply of Dion Snowshoes will be available at a $5 rental charge. Email Laura Clark at laura@ to reserve a pair or phone 518-581-1278. For information about the entire Dion Snowshoe Series and for snow updates visit www. Options to Pay for College Concerned about paying for college? College costs are rising at unprecedented rates; Are you properly prepared to handle the expense of higher education? Join us at the Saratoga Springs Public Library’s Susman Room for an informal meeting every

first and third Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. to discuss different options to pay for college education. Receive $1000 credit towards your personal Scholars Tuition* Rewards program for attending. *As recognized by U.S. News and World Report (7 Ways to Save for Children’s EducationSeptember 2014). Clearance Sale Second Hand Rose Thrift Shop, 116 Broad St., in Schuylerville is having a 10% off of holiday items over $1.00. This sale will continue until December 31, after January 1 there will be a shop-wide inventory clearance sale. The shop is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and beginning on November 25 shop hours will be extended to Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. until December 31. Listen to our ad on Froggie 100.3 FM. Like us on Facebook. Volunteers are needed and appreciated. Our proceeds, after expenses, are given back to community service organizations. For more information, please call Second Hand Rose Thrift Shop at 518695-4640. Seeking Tax Assistance Volunteers TaxAide, the free income tax assistance program sponsored by the AARP Foundation and the IRS, is seeking volunteers for the coming tax season. TaxAide volunteers answer questions, prepare and file returns for low to moderate income taxpayers and seniors from February 1 to April 15 at various sites in the Capital District. Volunteers typically participate one day per week, with flexible schedules to accommodate volunteer availability. No experience is required, but computer experience is helpful for tax counseling. Volunteers also needed to greet taxpayers, review documents, confirm appointments by phone, or assist with computer hardware/ software matters. Training is provided. For more information contact Gail Carroll, 518-5413173 or email gcarrollaarp@

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Family Friendly Event

Friday, December 9 16th Annual Santa’s Play Land Quick Response, 2077 Route 9, Round Lake, 5:30 p.m. This year will be bigger and better than ever. Enjoy a visit with Santa and friends as well as refreshments. Hop aboard The Quick Express train or one of the horse and wagon rides. This free family event is a community favorite. Please visit our website or Facebook for more details. Parking is once again offsite.

Christmas Carol Schuylerville Public Library, 52 Ferry St., Schuylerville, 6 p.m. Due to popular demand, the Traveling Lantern Theater Co. returns to the to bring us “Christmas Carol” Open to all ages, join us for highlights of Charles Dickens holiday classic and refreshments.

Winter Dance Concert Skidmore College Dance Theater, Friday 8 p.m., Saturday 2 p.m. The Skidmore Dance Department presents an evening of dance with choreography by faculty and guest artists. Tickets (price TBA) go on sale 45 minutes before each performance; arrive early for best seating. For more information call 518-580-5392.

Saturday, December 10 Breakfast with Santa American Legion Henry Cornell Post 234, 23 Pleasant St., Ballston Spa, 8 - 10:30 a.m.

24th Annual Holiday Cookie Sale The Galway United Methodist Church, Corner of Galway-Ballston Road and Rte. 147, 10 a.m. The public is invited to purchase a

variety of cookies and treats. Various craft items will be available for purchase as well.

are $8 general admission, $5 for seniors (students and children free). Ticket link:

Holiday Open House at The Shirt Factory

Sunday, December 11

Corner of Lawrence and Cooper Streets in Glens Falls, December 1011, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Visit the studios, shops, and galleries, and the guest artistans throughout the building. Find a unique handcrafted item or an original work of art for your Holiday gift giving. For directions or more information visit the website

Tang Family Saturdays Tang Teaching Mnuseum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College, 2 -4 p.m. Snowflakes - After checking out the snowflakes in Sixfold Symmetry: Pattern in Art and Science, we will make snowflake designs suitable for hanging, using Gelli pads to print patterns within patterns. Suitable for children ages 5 and up with their adult companions. Free and open to the public. Reservations encouraged, space is limited. For more information and reservations, please call 518-580-8090.

A Fairytale Christmas Carol-The Musical Malta Community Center, One Bayberry Drive, Malta. Saturday 2 and 7 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. Malta Spotlighter’s Theatre Troupe presents “A Fairytale Christmas Carol-The Musical”, This fun musical will charm you with its cast of story book characters in all the leading roles, and a great musical score telling the story of the classic Christmas Carol in a new and clever way. Free tickets for the first 50 children registered (accompanied by a registered adult) courtesy of Stewarts Holiday Match. Tickets are $10 advanced and $15 at the door (if available). For more information please contact Elyse Young, Artistic Director theater@malta-town. org or 518-899-4411 or visit www.

Skidmore College Orchestra Zankel Music Center, Ladd Concert Hall, 8 p.m. The Skidmore College Orchestra will give the World Premiere performance of Loris Chobanian’s “Variations on an Israeli Theme for Two Guitars and Orchestra.” Tickets

Monthly Breakfast The Fish Creek Rod and Gun Club, Route 32 south of the village of Victory 8 – 11 a.m. 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 $7, child $4, Everyone will be welcome. 518-695-3917.

Book Fair Barnes and Noble, Wilton, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Schuylerville Library is at Barnes and Noble. Holiday crafts for kids from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saratoga City Ballet performs excerpts from “The Nutcracker” at 11 a.m., Story Time with Mrs. Clause at noon and 12:30 p.m., and Christmas carols with girl scouts at 1 p.m. Hope to see you!

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

Consciousness-Raising Book Discussion Woodlawn Commons, 156 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs. 6 p.m. Albany-Saratoga Spiritual Adventures is hosting a spiritual book discussion. All are welcome whether or not they’ve read the selection. This month’s book is Seven Stories of Christmas Love by Leo Buscaglia. For more information, visit or call 518-366-9918.

Monday, December 12 Wellness Walk Camp Saratoga North at Wilton Wildlife Preserve, 80 Scout Road, Gansevoort, 10 a.m.

Enjoy nature with others looking to get outside! The walk is geared towards gentle exercise and is for participants at basic fitness levels.For locations, as well as to register, please call or email: info@

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.

Tuesday, December 13

Ballston Spa High School, 220 Ballston Ave, Ballston Spa, 7 p.m. Ballston Spa Community Band will offer a public performance of new and old holiday music. The performance will offer a broad array of musical styles, including traditional carols, selections from show tunes and many more. The concert is free.

Pieroghi Sale Christ the Savior Parish, 349 Eastline Rd., Ballston Lake, Pick up 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Potato/cheese, sauerkraut - new price is $8/doz.- & Farmer’s cheese - price stays the same - pieroghi may be ordered. Also a limited supply of stuffed clams are available again. Call 518-363-0001. With holidays coming soon, please get you orders in as soon as possible.

Victorian Luncheon Longfellows Restaurant, Rt. 9P, Saratoga Springs, Noon – 2 p.m. All women are invited to attend the luncheon. Cost is $15.00 inclusive. Our Special Feature is the Victorian Choir from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Our Speaker, Carol Weiman, from Auburn, NY shares “Moving from Unloved to Loved.” Reservations are required. Please call Ellie at 518-584-3779 or Anita at 518-583-4043.

The Metaphysical Meaning of Christmas Woodlawn Commons, 156 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Albany-Saratoga Spiritual Adventures is hosting The Metaphysical Meaning of Christmas. Come and learn about how New Thought views the Christmas holiday. There will be a discussion, candle lighting service and refreshments. Donations welcome. For more information, visit www. or call 518366-9918.

Wednesday, December 14 Baked Ham and Chicken and Biscuits Dinner Saratoga-Wilton Elks, 1 Elks Lane, Rt. 9, Saratoga Springs, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Soup, toss salad, baked ham, chicken and biscuits, mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, rolls and butter, dessert, coffee and tea. Donation

Holiday Concert

It’s Pickins’ Time Milton Community Center, 310 Northline Rd., Ballston Spa, 7 – 9:30 p.m. The popular Ballston Area Seniors Pickins’ Session will be held at the Admission is free, open to the public, and there is ample free parking. Please bring finger foods to share. Bring your guitar, banjo, fiddle, harmonica or whatever you use to make music – or just come.

Storytelling Open Mic Harkness Building, Woodlawn Commons, Saratoga Springs, 7 pm. Admission is Free. Come listen to a fine evening of stories performed by local tellers. Or sign-up to tell a story of your own: new storytellers are always welcome. Sign-ups for storytellers at 6:45 pm.

Thursday, December15 Holiday American Red Cross Blood Drive Curtis Lumber, Route 67, Ballston Spa, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Share in the spirit of giving this holiday season and help save lives in your community. The need for blood donations is constant and every donation is a lifeline to patients in hospitals. The number one reason people donate blood is to help others. Please join in the spirit of giving through the holidays and share your power. To make an appointment, please call Golenne Kortz at 518490-1395. As a special thank you, all presenting donors will receive a coupon from Curtis Lumber for 35% off all in-stock Winter Carhartt at our Ballston Spa location.

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Week of December 9 – December 15, 2016


Week of December 9 – December 15, 2016

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

Bryce Coss and Jacob Dauphinais clock in volunteer hours for the Sponsor-aScholar program.


Heather Straughter, Mary Gavin, Colleen Carlson, Julie Johnson.

The Flower and Fruit Mission of Saratoga Hospital Hosts Annual Snow Ball

ARATOGA SPRINGS – Festive decor, live music and an auction were staged Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 at the Canfield Casino, where the Flower and Fruit Mission of Saratoga Hospital hosted its annual Snow Ball dinner and dance.

Founded in 1904, The Flower and Fruit Mission has supported women’s health services at Saratoga Hospital for more than a century. Through the decades, The Mission has sewed thousands of blankets, caps and clothing items for the infants born at Saratoga Hospital, provided flowers and fruit for new mothers, and made countless jars of homemade jam for hospital meals and annual fundraisers. The Mission holds annual fundraisers in May - The Spring Luncheon – and in December - The Snow Ball. To date, more than $1.3 million has been raised for equipment, scholarships, facility improvements and nurses’ education. Photos by

Saratoga County Court Judge James Murphy, Jean Tarrant and Laurie Murphy.

Susan and Bill Dake.

Saratoga Hospital CEO Angelo Calbone.


Snow Ball gala, inside the Canfield Casino on Dec. 3, 2016.

ARATOGA SPRINGS – The Saratoga Springs History Museum hosts its annual holiday fundraising gala from 6:30 to 11 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9 at the Canfield Casino. The event features honorary chairpersons Charles and Candace Wait, live music by the Accents, dinner stations catered by Longfellow’s Restaurant, and a silent auction.

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 our rich, unique history.

Co-chairs Barbara Ferraro, Lisa Higgins and Susan Halstead.

Tickets are $65 in advance, $55 for museum members and those 40 and under, and $70 at the door, and can be purchased by phone at 518-584-6920 or online at



Tom Durkin as Santa in Holiday Celebration at Racing Museum SARATOGA SPRINGS — The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will host a holiday celebration of the arts, featuring an appearance by legendary racing personality Tom Durkin as Santa Claus, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17. Admission to the Museum is free throughout the day. Numerous invited artists, photographers, crafters and various other vendors will be on hand, featuring original works of art, photography, prints, jewelry, clothing and apparel available in a variety of price ranges. Durkin, the famed race-caller

and track announcer of the New York Racing Association from 1990 through 2014 and the voice of the Breeders’ Cup for more than 20 years, will arrive dressed as Santa Claus at 1 p.m. for a meet-and-greet with guests and photo opportunities. Sharon Crute, Rich Gabriel, Nick Martinez, Greg Montgomery and Karin Volkommer will be among the renowned equine artists on hand. Professional photographers participating in the event include Connie Bush, John Childs, Greg Cuda, Cathy Duffy and Lawrence White.

Other notable vendors include Adirondack Flannel, Burden Lake Candles, Cobble Hill Farm Apothecary, Jewelry by Jeanna, Razimus Jewelry, Saratoga Trunk and author Brien Bouyea, who will be signing copies of his book “Bare Knuckles and Saratoga Racing: The Remarkable Life of John Morrissey.” The Holiday Celebration of the Arts will also feature movie screenings in the Hall of Fame Gallery throughout the day. There will be food and beverages available for purchase.

Week of December 9 – December 15, 2016

Children’s Museum Re-Opens on Caroline Street SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Children’s Museum at Saratoga held its re-opening on Monday,

Dec. 5 following a four-month renovation at its location on Caroline Street. Photos by

CPI Stages New Play that is A Different Take on the Holiday SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Creative Place International (CPI), a not-for-profit professional theatrical/cultural resource based in Saratoga Springs, stages a sneak preview reading of Thom Cammer’s new play, “The Naughty List,” 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16 at the National Museum of Dance, 99 South Broadway. Billed as a different take on the Holiday – ‘Tis the season to get even, according to organizers

– the play features a few laughs and some scary stuff to make for family-friendly holiday fun. Set in 1934 Depression America, “The Naughty List” features a host of quirky film noir type characters whose clever quips recall vintage Hollywood gangster pictures. The play also reinforces the concepts of broad community, family and worldwide values that are respected by all cultures.

A collection of accomplished theatrical professionals will read the play, directed by Anny DeGange, who just concluded her performances as Maria Callas in CPI’s production of MASTER CLASS. Admission is free, donations are welcome. For more information about CPI visit: www. thecreativeplaceinternational. org or call 518-584-7780.

Abram reaches new heights with the help of the Children's Museum program facilitator Jeannie Kromer.

Need a Free Bike? Bikeatoga Can Help SARATOGA SPRINGS — Bikeatoga will hold its annual Holiday Kids Bike Giveaway on Saturday, Dec.10 in Saratoga Springs. Over the past several months Bikeatoga has collected and refurbished used kids bikes specifically for this event. Parents or guardians of children in need of a free bicycle must call the Bikeatoga phone line at 518-290-0065 and leave a voicemail. You will receive a return call with an appointment for Saturday and directions to the Bikeatoga Workshop. The Holiday Kids Bike Giveaway is by appointment only, and a parent or guardian must be present. Helmets will be provided by Cornell Cooperative Extension. Bikeatoga is prepared to give away approximately 60 bikes to needy children through age 17. The best selection of bikes is for younger children, and selection of some bike sizes is limited. Bikeatoga cannot guarantee we will have the size requested.

Director of Education Davis Lotto introduces the all new WePlaySmart interactive play table.

Future veterinarians Lucas and Izzabella.

Week of December 9 – December 15, 2016


Bringing It All Back Home: Caffè Lena Marks Dec. 30 Re-Opening with Larger Performance Space, More Shows, and Beer and Wine Menu SARATOGA SPRINGS – Since May 1960, the Spa City’s legendary Caffè Lena has been hailed for presenting the brightest new stars of folk and roots music. That tradition is poised to continue today, as the cafe prepares to take a bold step into the future. In January of 2016, Caffè Lena announced a partnership with Bonacio Construction. In June, as construction began, the cafe took its programming to the road by offering performances at nearly one dozen venues in Saratoga Springs, and beyond. At the café meanwhile, they set about raising the do-re-mi for an ambitious $2 million renovation campaign to modernize Lena Spencer’s intimate concert hall. Then, they began hammering. They hammered in the morning. They hammered in the evening. For six months, they hammered and repurposed a half-century of history, put it in the back of a red VW Microbus with shovels and rakes and implements of destruction, and guided by a Chevy that led a procession to the levee, have returned once again with a renewed vigor, bound for glory and ready for the next 50 years. “We’re making history again,” said Stanley McGaughey, chair of the Caffè’s Board of Directors, in a statement. “Open the doors and let the music play!” On Friday, Dec. 30.

Suitcase Junket on stage at the Zankel during Caffe Lena’s 55th anniversary party in 2015. The musician will perform at the café’s re-opening on Dec. 30. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

Caffè Lena re-opens its doors, featuring a performance by The Suitcase Junket. The concert is sold out. Caffè Lena, the spiritual home of music lovers and music-makers, has retained familiar architectural elements and many original furnishings, along with its all-volunteer hospitality staff. A new, contemporary atrium entry and lobby allows patrons a gathering space to chat, share memories and peruse artist merchandise. Improved spacious staircases and accessible restrooms ease congestion. And most importantly, the performance room, updated from 80 to 100 seats, provides better sightlines, more headroom and a new state-of-the-art sound system. A richer menu of light fare and desserts—prepared in an onsite commercial kitchen—still features Caffè favorites from hearty chili to famous chocolate chip cookies

made according to Lena Spencer’s original recipe. The Caffè’s classic beverage list, with a variety of coffee drinks, teas and iced soft drinks, now includes regional beer, wine and hard cider. Artist and administrative spaces have also been fully renovated, occupying the Caffè’s former black box theatre; allowing the venue to better meet the needs of its performers.To that end, Caffè Lena will also increase its calendar by 30 percent, hosting a full slate Thursday through Sunday evenings. Dates through January (including First Night Saratoga) are listed at With 75 percent of its fundraising goal met, the Caffè will host its official grand opening in late spring when its long-awaited elevator is complete, making the coffeehouse accessible to all members of the community.

SPAC To Offer Summer Pass Ticket Specials Starting Dec. 17 SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Performing Arts Center offers its 2016 Holiday Collection ticket specials in time for holiday gift giving. Available through Thursday, December 22, the collection includes a classical season lawn pass for all performances of New York City Ballet and The Philadelphia Orchestra; a new flex ticket option for the Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival; and a holiday gift subscription to Opera Saratoga. SPAC’s new President and CEO, Elizabeth Sobol, invites audiences to join her at the Hall of Springs box office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17 for hot chocolate and holiday cheer. The Classical Season Lawn Pass includes lawn admission to all 2017 performances by New York City Ballet in July – excluding the NYCB gala - and The Philadelphia Orchestra in August.

Passes are $150 (typically $185), or $6.50 per performance; the Pass also includes the option to upgrade five lawn tickets to amphitheater seats for $5. A flex lawn ticket to the Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival on June 24 – 25 will be available for $50 (one-day lawn passes are typically $65) and can be used on either day of the Festival. Opera Saratoga’s 2017 Season, from July 1 to July 16 includes the operas “Falstaff,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and a special 80th anniversary production of Blitzstein’s “The Cradle Will Rock,” which premiered on Broadway in 1937. All performances include English supertitles projected above the stage. Holiday Collection purchase of all three of Opera Saratoga’s 2017 season operas is $99 (regular price $150). This offer is only available for new subscribers and gift subscriptions; seating is in the

rear balcony or side front orchestra with other seating options available at different prices. SPAC also offers Classical Season Gift Certificates to classical season performances - including the Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival, New York City Ballet, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The Saratoga Wine and Food Festival, and other special engagement performances - available in any denomination. All Holiday Collection offerings may be purchased online at or by phone at 518584-9330 through Thursday, Dec. 22. Purchasing fees will be waived for all Holiday Collection offers. On Saturday, Dec. 17, Holiday Collection packages may be purchased inperson, from 10 2 p.m. at the Hall of Springs Box Office.

Saratoga Arts Celebrates Regional Artists with Year-End Exhibit

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Arts hosted the opening reception of its annual Members’ Show on Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Arts Center Gallery, at 320 Broadway. The year-end exhibition includes over 230 artists

displaying artworks, ranging from painting, drawing and printmaking to sculpture, ceramics, and photography. The show is on display through Dec. 31. Photo by Francesco D’Amico for

NorthCountryARTS announces 'Visions 2017: A Juried Art Exhibition' GLENS FALLS -— NorthCountryARTS will be accepting entries for their Spring juried exhibition, Visions 2017, until Feb. 19, 2017. The show runs from March 29 to April 29, 2017, with an opening reception and awards ceremony to be held in April. Awards for the exhibit include Gold, Platinum, and Silver levels with prizes of $750, $500, and $250 respectively. There will be additional awards for Peoples’ Choice. The juror for this year’s exhibit is sculptor and Professor of Art at Skidmore

College, Victoria Palermo. A maximum of two pieces may be submitted at Please search for NorthCountryARTS Visions 2017. There is a jurying fee of $25 for NCA Members and $35 for Non-Members. Artists may contact NorthCountryARTS at for more information. The show will be held at the Shirt Factory Gallery located in the Shirt Factory building at 71 Lawrence Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801.



Skidmore College Orchestra to Perform World Premiere Saturday

Skidmore College Orchestra. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Skidmore College Orchestra will stage the world premiere performance of Loris Chobanian’s “Variations on an Israeli Theme for Two Guitars and Orchestra,” at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Zankel Music Center. Composer Chobanian will conduct the world premiere performance, which features guitar soloists Bryan Reichert

and Chris Ellicott. Also featured on the program will be Skidmore ArtistIn-Residence soprano Sylvia Stoner-Hawkins, who will sing “Songs My Mother Taught Me” and “Rusalka’s Song to The Moon,” by Antonin Dvorak. Dvorak’s songs will be followed by a performance of two movements of Dvorak’s “New World Symphony”, conducted by Anthony Holland, founding

Music Director and Conductor of the Skidmore College Orchestra. Now in its 35th year, the college orchestra is a semiprofessional ensemble of college students, professionals and community members, all dedicated to bringing live orchestral music performances to Saratoga and the surrounding communities. Tickets are $8 general admission, $5 seniors; students and children admitted free.

HMT to Stage A Charlie Brown Christmas SARATOGA SPRINGS — Home Made Theater celebrates the holiday season with the staging of “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” from Dec. 9 to Dec. 17 at the Spa Little Theater in Saratoga Spa State Park. The performance of “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” by Charles M. Schulz, is based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson, stage adaptation by Eric Schaeffer, and by special arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson. The show, with underwriting support by Saratoga TODAY, is suitable for the whole family and runs weekends Dec. 9 through Dec. 18 at the Spa Little Theater in Saratoga Spa State Park. The classic television special comes to life in this faithful adaptation where the Peanuts gang grapples with the real meaning of Christmas. When Charlie Brown complains about overwhelming commercialism during the holiday season, Lucy suggests that he direct the school Christmas pageant. He accepts, but this proves to be a frustrating endeavor. When an attempt to restore holiday

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Saratoga Soroptimists Announce Keynote Speaker for Cabin Fever 2017 SARATOGA SPRINGS — Author, motivational speaker, and U.S. Congressional advisor Kasey Mathews will be the keynote speaker for Soroptimist International of Saratoga County premier fundraiser, Cabin Fever. Mathews will showcase her memoir, “Preemie: Lessons in Love, Life and Motherhood,” on Jan. 21, 2017 at the Saratoga National Golf Club. Tickets are $75 and event proceeds are used to improve the lives of women and children locally, nationally and internationally. “Our Cabin Fever event is one

of two fundraisers we hold each year that raise thousands of dollars, almost all of which is passed on to local and global organizations working to improve the lives of women and children,” said Charlotte Gilet, SISC President. “We are thrilled that Cabin Fever attracts a sellout crowd of more than 200 attendees each year, which enables our local Soroptimist Club to provide critical funding to not-for-profit organizations across our region and world.” Tickets are available via the SISC website: http://soroptimistsaratoga. org/events/cabin-fever.

Ballston Spa Community Band Celebrates Stage Holiday Concert BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Community Band will offer a public performance of new and old holiday music 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14 at Ballston Spa High School. The free concert will offer a broad array of musical styles, including traditional carols such as Silent Night

and Greensleeves, selections from show tunes such as Polar Express, plus Festival Sounds of Hanukah, Little Drummer Boy, Christmas Eve/ Sarajevo, Runaway Sleigh and others. The group is made up of community members and students from Saratoga County and the surrounding region.

Staging of The Nutcracker at Maple Ave. Middle School SARATOGA SPRINGS — The School of the Arts at the National Museum of Dance will present two performances of The Nutcracker – at 1 p.m. and at 7 p.m. - on Saturday, Dec. 10 at Maple Avenue Middle School’s Trombley Auditorium. Tickets are $17 per person. Dancers ranging

in age from 7 to 17 will perform the classic Nutcracker roles. The performance will feature Second Act variations in the Kingdom of the Sweets. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: http:// event/2706375.

Saratoga City Ballet Presents Annual Nutcracker spirit with a forlorn little tree fails, he needs Linus’ help to learn the real meaning of Christmas. The cast of A Charlie Brown Christmas includes Francesca Gardner as Woodstock, Laura Graver as Violet, Kristine Hanlon as Snoopy, Shannon Horan as Marcie, Aaron M. Lambert as Charlie Brown, Olivia Larson Frieda, David Mann as Schroeder, Amanda Martini-Hughes as Sally, Katie McClure as Heather, Patti Mullin as Peppermint Patty, Frank Perilli as Linus, Rebeca Rodriguez as Lucy, Emily Stewart as Eudora, and Robin Wissler as Pig Pen.

The design team includes Director Laurie Larson, Scenic Designer Mary Fran Hughes, Lighting Designer Matthew T. Teichner, Costume Designer Sherry Recinella, Properties Designer Wende Smith and Sound Designer Barry Streifert. Performances are 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 9 and 16, 1 p.m. on Dec. 10, 11 and 18, and 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 17. General admission tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for children age 12 and under. For reservations or more info visit or call HMT at 518-587-4427.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga City Ballet presents its annual Nutcracker Act II “The Land of the Sweets,” at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18. at the Saratoga Springs High School Loewenberg Auditorium. This is Saratoga City Ballet’s 23rd production of the Nutcracker and will feature dancers from 4-18 years old. The production begins with Angels leading Clara into the Land of Sweets where they are greeted by the Sugar Plum Fairy and her court. The story of the daring battle against the mice is retold and the whole kingdom rewards Clara with a celebration

of dances from around the world. Sweets from faraway lands entertain Clara, and the Sugar Plum Fairy performs a special dance in her honor. Tickets for both performances are available at www. and are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. There will also be a cash raffle. First prize will be $300, and the second prize $150. The drawing will be held at the Sunday performance - you don’t need to be present to win. For information or to purchase tickets for the cash raffle only, contact or call 518-584-1895.

Week of December 9 – December 15, 2016


Dead Coming to SPAC in 2017 SARATOGA SPRINGS — Dead & Company featuring Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, John Mayer and Bob Weir with Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti, will stage a show June 20, 2017 at Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $149.50, $99.50, $75.50, and lawn $40 and go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9 online at, T i c k e t m a s t e r. c o m or Charge By Phone at 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are subject to applicable fees.

week of 12/9-12/15 friday, 12/9: Friday, Dec. 9, 16 “ Jeanne O’Connor & the New Standard”, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena at Saratoga Arts — 583.0022 Friday, Dec. 9, 16 Jukebox, 10 pm @ Caroline St. Pub — 583.9400 Friday, Dec. 9, 16 T.J. Clancey and Bobby Vanier, 9 pm @ Gaffney’s — 587.7359 Friday, Dec. 9, 16 Tim Olsen Quartet, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue — 583.2582 Friday, Dec. 9, 16 Bobaflex w/Dead Superstar, 10:30 pm @ Putnam Den — 584.8066 Friday, Dec. 9, 16 Rob Aronstein, 7 pm @ Wishing Well — 584.7640

saturday, 12/10: Radio Junkies, 10 pm @ Caroline St. Pub — 583.9400 Folding Money, 9 pm @ Gaffney’s — 587.7359 HRMH House Band — John Lennon tribute, 7 pm @ Hudson River Music Hall — 832.3484 Terry Gordon Quartet, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue — 583.2582 Rob Aronstein, 7 pm @ Wishing Well — 584.7640

sunday, 12/11:

Wild World: A Tribute to Cat Stevens, 3 pm @ Hudson River Music Hall — 832.3484

monday, 12/12: Jeff Walton, 6:30 pm @ Brook Tavern — 871.1473

tuesday, 12/13: Rich Ortiz, 10 pm @ Caroline St. Pub — 583.9400 Two Step Tuesdays, 8 pm @ Crown Grill — 583.1105 Open Mic with Rick Bolton, 8 pm @ Gaffney’s — 587.7359 Chris Dollard + Melissa Marshall, 6:30 pm @ Primetime Ultra Lounge — 583.4563 Mark Pratt, 5:30 pm @ Three Vines Bistro — 306.5881

thursday, 12/15: Thursday, Dec. 15, 16 Session Americana, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena at the Arts Center — 583.0022 Thursday, Dec. 15, 16 Sirsy, 8 pm @ Gaffney’s — 587.7359


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Week of December 9 – December 15, 2016

Town of Wilton Recreation – Jr. NBA Scores Gavin Park Saturday, December 3, 2016 Division 1

Blazers- 15 Jack Doyle- 5 pts, Kihl Kelly 4 pts
 Cavs- 25 Josh Simon 13 pts, Aiden Faulkne 6 pts Magic- 22 Trevor Driscoll 6 pts, Noah Diulio 10 pts Warriors - 29 Chase Billington 17 pts, Cole Whiteman 6 pts

Thunder- 25 Ronan Rowe 15 pts, Jack Maloney 4 pts Warriors- 24 Jacob Durkee 21 pts, Nicholas Scalo 3 pts

Rockets- 23 Brenden Young 7 pts, Kyle Hill 6pts Celtics- 19 Aidon Slavett 6 pts, Lucas Ferro 6pts

Bulls- 28 Jaden Viger 14 pts, Rori Novack 6 pts Cavs- 27 Jackson Howell 9 pts, Toby Diulio 8 pts

Thunder- 24 Evan Barthelmas 9 pts, Alex Cutler 6 pts Warriors 13 Adam Manor 4 pts, Brandon Stimpson 4 pts

Hawks- 27 Rodell Guans 12 pts, Antone Robbens 8pts Nuggets- 18 Benjamin Cohen 10 pts, Zachary Delany 4 pts

Pacers- 18 Zach Streicher7 pts, Jake Schaeffer 8 pts Thunder- 25 Jayden Osinski 16 pts, Autsin Osinski 4pts

Division 3

Nets - 11 - Steven Fodoera 9 Celtics - 10 - Evan Roettie 4

Nuggets-38 Charlie DeRizzo 21 pts, Hayden Casavant 4 pts Blazers- 10 Zach Carpenter 4 pts

Division 2

Rockets- 11 Camden Rjude 14 pts, Liam Thrilkill 6pts Blazers- 26 Griffin Brophy 4 pts, Calvin Curtis 3 pts

Bulls- 16 Adam Daoui 5pts Andrew Masten 4 pts Raptors-36 Elijah Woods 12 pts, Jack Gulick 6 pts

Division 4

Celtics- 48 Josh Kelly 13 pts, Chase Borbett 10 pts, Shamir Shaffee 10 pts Nuggets- 23 Lindsey Bell 5 pts, Rece McClements 11 pts Pacers- 26 Jacob Aday 9pts, Joseph West 8 pts
 Bulls- 43 Benjamin Stimpson 10 pts, Josh Foley 9 pts

Season Opener Victory SSHS Defeats Mohonasen for First Win of Season by Kiersten Racela for Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Friday, December 2 the Saratoga

Springs High School girl’s basketball team started the holiday season with a 43-61 victory over the Mohonasen Mighty Warriors at Saratoga Springs High School.

This marks the team’s first overall victory and first conference victory, while Mohonasen will head into their next game striving for that first victory. The Blue Streaks led the score of the game by the end of each quarter of play. Scoring highlights for the team came from younger members of the team; in freshman guard Catherine Cairns and sophomore guard Kerry Flaherty. Cairns finished the game with twenty-four points and nine field goals. Flaherty recorded fourteen points and six field goals of her own. Five other Blue Streaks players contributed to the team’s win by combining for a total of twenty-three points and eight field goals. Senior forward Saeeda Abdul-Aziz led the scoring for Mohonasen. She finished the game with fourteen points, three field goals, and one three-pointer. Although head coach Robin

Sophomore guard Kerry Flaherty has control of the ball while looking to score a bucket for the Blue Streaks. Photo by

Chudy is happy with the team’s win, she is looking forward to their future. “The team still has a

bunch of little things to work on as a team,” said Chudy. Luckily the team has tremendous chemistry, which will come in handy as the season goes on. “Our girls work very well together, and we are focused on improvement,” said Chudy. One aspect of the game that coach Chudy would like her team to focus on is their offensive rebound game. “We will look to pull down a few more rebounds and be a bit more consistent inside the paint,” eluded Chudy. The team’s next test will be a rivalry game against Ballston Spa on Friday, December 9. Last season the Blue Streaks defeated the Scotties by a score of 59-41. Tip off is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.

Week of December 9 – December 15, 2016


From Jeers to Cheers

by Damian Fantauzzi for Saratoga TODAY Crowds at college sporting events are always entertaining. I love the “Cameron Crazies,” the student body of Duke University. They do have some very creative, non-threatening chants that are clever and funny. Chants like “Airball,” “You got swatted” and “You can’t do that” are not the worst things that players are going to have to hear during competition. Obviously, those also aren’t the worst words that will get yelled at the players. Some of the worst phrases that are said are directed at specific players about their families, GPA’s, and an occasional racial slur. It’s all about demeaning, belittling, embarrassing, and hurting the “other guy.” In the world of athletics I have written articles about how hard we have worked over the last 10-20 years to get coaches to stop treating their players in demeaning, embarrassing ways. Maybe we need to be doing the same with our fans. Now begins the same kinds of chants, with the tone and tenor being directed at the players from the high school cheering sections. Only in this situation, they’re yelling at scholastic athletes, who can range in the ages of 14 through 18 - children. Seventeen and eighteen year-olds are looked at as

young adults, but they are still in a fragile and tenuous time of their lives. Many high school players aren’t even seventeen yet, and lack some self-confidence. Many struggle with their self-image and sense of worth. Seeing these young athletes being yelled at in a demeaning way can be disheartening - frankly, the disrespect is disappointing. Consider those same kids watching snippets of the presidential debates and rallies of the candidates. Are they really seeing anything that is all that different from what they are seeing in the stands during games? Both are yelling inappropriate comments and bullying people on “the other team” in an effort to try to put them down and make themselves look better? Where did this come from? How has this become acceptable? Most importantly, isn’t it time we do something about it? The time has come for us to take back our bleachers. It is time to hold our fans accountable for their actions and let them know they are going too far. As a former basketball coach, I know it’s not fun to confront an entire student section, and there were times that I had to, and did. They need to know the difference between being respectful, or rude. When do we do this? Every school has a code of conduct and every student has to know it and practice the code, or be ushered out of the game. The kids have to know that they represent their school whether they’re in uniform or in the bleachers. As adults we have to establish what the line is first. Then we have to tell them what that line is. We have to give them the expectation of what it means to be a fan. Administ rators/co aches and teachers can work with student councils, captains’ councils, leadership classes, and teams to

enlist them to help police their own student sections. When fellow students turn to others and say, “Hey, we don’t say that here. We’re better than that,” it goes a lot further than when

administrators reprimand and punish kids. As with so many things, education is the key. The adults must become overt leaders by setting the example for the youth. Jeering is not a form

of cheering, it’s an expression of contempt, ridicule, and taunting. When the fans cheer, it should be in support for their team while being respectful of the opposing team.

Time Warner Cable News Scholar Athlete of the Week GALWAY — Congratulations to Senior Brooke Martin, who was named Time Warner Cable News Scholar Athlete of the Week. Brooke, who is currently ranked first in her class and is a member of the Section II Class C Championship Volleyball Team, was selected for the honor because she is a good scholar, good athlete, and good citizen.

Time Warner Cable will interview Brooke on November 10 for a profile that will air multiple times on Time Warner Cable News-Albany and online at Brooke was recently named a Semifinalist in the 62nd Annual National Merit Scholarship Program. She is the founder and captain of the MasterMinds Quiz Bowl Team, who are the remaining

undefeated league champions. She was named league MVP three times and was the all-time high scorer in New York State history. Martin has been a member of the JV and Varsity Volleyball teams for four years. They were undefeated WAC league champions in 2014. She played club volleyball for five years, and won a Scholar-Athlete Award.

Galway Scholar Athletes

GALWAY – Congratulations are in order for each of the Galway Junior/Senior High School Fall Varsity teams for earning the Team Scholar-Athlete Award. To qualify for this award, each team’s total grade point average for seventy-five percent of its roster

must be a 90.0 or above. The girl’s varsity cross country earned the highest grade point average of 97.26. Girl’s varsity soccer closely followed suit with a 96.36 grade point average. Boy’s varsity cross country earned an astounding 93.99 grade point average. Varsity

volleyball, varsity gold, and boy’s varsity soccer all finished within less than one point of each other, with teams earning a 92.88, 92.79, and 92.45 grade point average respectively. Cheers to these athletes who demonstrate what it means to be a scholar athlete.



Week of December 9 – December 15, 2016

COMMUNITY SPORTS BULLETIN North Side Playground Volunteers Needed SARATOGA SPRINGS — Volunteers and community support are needed on Saturday, December17 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to begin bringing the North Side playground to life. Anyone who would like to help is requested to bring a rake and shovel suitable for spreading wood chip fiber (mulch), and a pair of gloves. Volunteers must be fifteen years of age or older. Anyone who might be interested is encouraged to contact the Recreation Deparment by email at

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Learn to Swim BURNT HILLS — Student Learnto-Swim Classes will continue their winter session starting January 7 and will run through February 18. These fifty-five minute classes will last eight weeks. Children in grades K-6 are grouped by ability within each time period. This year there will be an addition of an advanced level class for students up to age fifteen years old. All participants must pre-register. Anyone looking to register may do so by visiting the school district website at www.

First Night Saratoga 5K Run SARATOGA SPRINGS — The 19th annual First Night Saratoga 5K Run, presented by the Saratoga

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

Arts, will be held on Saturday December 31 at 5:30 p.m. The run is limited to the first 1,500 registrants. There will be no day-ofrace registration. A ChronoTrack B-Tag computerized scoring system will be used. The USA Track and Field certified course starts and finishes on the Skidmore College Campus. Awards will be given to the top three overall male and female finishers as well as the top three male and female finishers in five-year age categories. All finishers will receive a FIRST NIGHT COMMEMORATIVE MEDAL. After November 25th, registration will be $30. Save time by registering online, or download an application and map at .For further information contact First Night Saratoga by phone at 518-584-4132.

BARC Winter Basketball Registration 2017 BALLSTON SPA — Boys and girls in grades third through ninth who reside in the towns of Milton, Malta, or Ballston, or the Village of Ballston Spa are encouraged to sign up for BARC Winter Basketball. Games will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Milton Terrace and Wood Road gyms. Games will be held from January 3 through February 9. The cost is $20.00 per child, with a limit of $50.00 for three or more children. If the child does not reside in the Ballston Spa school district, there will be an added fee of $25.00. Anyone looking to register may do so by logging onto and clicking on Online Registration. A late fee of $10.00 will be applied. Email for assistance in registering.

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

Spartan Junior Girl’s Basketball BURNT HILLS — The Spartan Junior girl’s basketball team is accepting registrants for girls in grades second through eighth. This program is run by BHBL Varsity Coach Gestwick, with the help of the girls varsity basketball team. Session

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will occur on the Saturdays through February 11 at the Middle School, located at 173 Lake Hill Road in Burnt Hills from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. The cost for each session is $50.00. Checks should be payable to BH-BL Girls Youth Basketball, and should be brought to the first session. Any questions can be directed to Coach Gestwick at 518-810-6675.

2017 Winter Intro to Ice Skating SARATOGA SPRINGS — Join us on the ice this winter for Intro to Ice Skating. This Saratoga Springs Recreation Department program will introduce skaters ages 3 through adult to the exciting world of ice-skating. Already know the basics? This program will build upon skills already learned. A strong foundation can produce of lifetime a pleasure on the ice. Sign up at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center at 15 Vanderbilt Avenue Monday–Friday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-7 p.m. or Sunday 12-6 p.m.. Early Bird registration ends Dec 27th. For additional information or to download forms go to Contact the Recreation Department at 587-3550 x2300 or recreser with questions.

Lake Bonita Hike GANSEVOORT — Nature enthusiasts are invited to hike along the newly acquired land at Lake Bonita on Monday December 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. A park educator will be leading the hike along the new property that just opened to the public. Registration is required, and may be done up to twenty-four hours prior to the hike. Anyone interested in signing up for the event may so my by contacting Rebecca Mullens at 518-793-0511.

Zumba Fitness Classes SARATOGA SPRINGS — Sign up for Saratoga Springs Recreation Department Zumba Fitness classes. Tennis and adults sixteen years of age and older are welcome to join. Session and drop in options available. Sign up may be done at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center, located at 15 Vanderbilt Avenue Monday’s through Friday’s between 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., on Saturday’s from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., or Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. For additional information or to download registration formsvisit www.SaratogaRec. com, or contact the Recreation Department at 518-587-3550 ext. 2300 or email with questions.


Week of December 9 – December 15, 2016

Local Judokas Excel

Ranked #1 in the State

From right to left: JMCJ’s Mitch Paltiel, Mike Luciano, Serenity Presti, Josh Paltiel, Tyler Michaelson, Brad Bolen, Zach Judy and Eric Skylar. Photo provided by Jason Morris, Jason Morris Judo Center.

PATERSON — Athletes from the Jason Morris Judo Center (JMJC) in Glenville excelled at the 18th annual Northeast Judo Championships on Sunday, November 4 at JFK High School in Paterson, New Jersey. Scotia High School freshman, Serenity Presti (14) opened the account winning Gold medals in both the 63kg 13-14yrs. & 63kg 15-16yrs.

categories. Burnt Hills High Senior, Ruslan “Zurg” Izerkin (17) was a double medalist, taking gold in the 73kg under21 division, earning bronze in the 73kg Senior Brown Belt category. SCCC student Josh Paltiel (18) took silver in the +100kg elite men’s division, then went on to capture the grand championship title and claimed its $500 prize. Burnt Hills High

Sophomore, Tyler Michaelson (15) captured a gold in the 60kg under21 category as well as placing 5th in the senior 66kg division. Brad Bolen (27) who also represents the NYAC won a silver medal in the mens elite while Zach Judy (23) was silver also, but in the 60kg mens elite weight class to close out the JMJC medal count at this years Northeast Championships.

Saints Defeated By Hoosick Falls SARATOGA SPRINGS — The varsity bowling team for Saratoga Central Catholic school lost its first match to Hoosick Falls on Wednesday, November 29 by a final score of 2,932 – 3,623. Terel Tillman recorded the highest overall score after three games for the Saints at 623 as well as the team’s highest individual game score of two hundred twenty-four in the third game. Teammates Tim Barrett and Jack Naughton also put up impressive numbers for the team. Barrett

finished with a three-game total score of five hundred nineteen; his best performance coming from the second game where he bowled a 191. Naughton finished with a three-game total score of four hundred sixty-six. His best individual came from his first game, where Naughton bowled a score of one hundred eighty. The only victory for the Saints came from the first game. Jake Lentz defeated Hoosick Falls’ Meghan Backes by a final score of 135-171. By the end of the match,

the Saints finished with overall scores of nine hundred seventyone, nine hundred fifty-six, and one thousand five for each game respectively. The Saints will travel to Corinth to take on the Corinth High School Tomahawks before hosting another home contest against Waterford-Halfmoon High School. The games are set to take place on Thursday, December 8 and Monday, December 12; and will have a start time of 4:15 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. respectively.

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New York State. This past summer he was named the Greco Roman New York State champion. A current member of New York State’s National Wrestling Team, Anderson was just one round away from being named an All-American at this past year’s National tournament. Through a total of three varsity seasons, he has accumulated an

astounding career record of 1086. Coach Johanson describes Anderson as “a great leader, and a role model on and off of the mat.” While being a spectacular athlete, Orion is a solid student in the classroom by maintaining a B grade point average. Anderson is yet another example of an exceptional student athlete. Congratulations on all of your success Orion. It’s very well deserved!

Foothills All-Stars Schuylerville Athletes Named to All-Star Team by Kiersten Racela Saratoga TODAY

Honorable Watson

SCHUYLERVILLE — Over three dozen fall athletes are being recognized as members of the Foothills All-Star team. The following athletes were recognized:

First Team: Morgan Gunter, Alison Burnham, Amanda Coleman, Hunter VanArnum

Boys Cross Country

Second Team: Lily Cerretani, Grace Hanehan, Alex Cappelletti, Rose Zullo

Second Team: Davante Jones Honorable Mention: Spencer Swoboda

Honorable Mention: Lauren Morency, Alice Voell-White, Lainey Koval

Girl’s Cross Country Second Team: Sunni Labounty



Field Hockey


Class B West Division All-Stars

First Team: • Quarterback: Stratton Sherman • Running Back: Derek Willson • Offensive Line: Thomas Donovan • Defensive Line: Darius Abron • Linebacker: Paul Harshbarger • Defensive Back: Mitch Burroughs • Defensive Back: Jeff Irish • Punter: Brady Griffin Honorable Mention • Linebacker: Matthew Peck • Offensive Line: Harrison

Williams • Linebacker: Carson Dunkel

Boys Soccer

Co-Coach of the Year: Michael Kopp


Offensive Player of the Year: Emily Vallee

Second Team: Tylor Graham

First Team: Emily Vallee, Maddy Nevins, Amy Moreau, and Kaitlyn Congdon

Congratulations to these spectacular athletes on all of their success!

Second Team: Sidney Gregorek, Karelyn Weed, Alexa Goldenberg, and Caitlin Kelleher Honorable Mention: Cassandra Cooper

Honorable Mention: Lexi Doyle

Volume 11  •  Issue 48

Week of December 9 – December 15, 2016



SARATOGA SPRINGS — Thousands of residents from near and far celebrated the traditional lighting of the Christmas Tree and the seasonal arrival of Santa, Clara, Rumple Dumple and the holiday elves during the 30th Annual Victorian Streetwalk in downtown Saratoga Springs on Dec. 1, 2016. Photos by Francesco D’Amico.

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