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Issue 49   •   December 15 – December 21, 2017   •   •   (518) 581-2480


NATIONAL NETWORK FEATURES SPA CITY by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Congress Park and the Saratoga Battlefield. Ulysses S. Grant and Solomon Northup. Yaddo, the Canfield Casino and Saratoga Race Course. Millions of viewers across the country will have the opportunity to learn about the lore and allure Saratoga has offered its locals for centuries See Full Story pg. 12

A trio of C-SPAN Cities Tour vehicles in Congress Park in September during the network’s visit to Saratoga Springs. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.



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Coaches Damian Fantauzzi and Ty Stacey with Co-captains Ani Crocker and Kennedy Murphy. Photo by See Story pg. 47


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Season Greetings


Giving Back


Holiday Gift Guide



Week of December 15 – December 21, 2017

Neighbors: Snippets of Life from Your Community

WHO: Elizabeth Prairie WHERE: Broadway

PHOTO BY: Lori Mahan

Q. How long have you been living in Saratoga Springs? A. I just moved back in April. Q. Where were you before? A. New York City, I was working down there as a brand marketing manager. Q. What do you do in Saratoga? A. : I own Social Static, which is a social media marketing agency. Q. What made you decide to move back to Saratoga? A. This town is so much like a character. There is something about it, like a spirit almost. It reminded me of a little neighborhood in New York City but with a smaller hometown feel. I was drawn back here. Q. Did you go to Saratoga High School? A. No, I went to Shenendehowa. So, I grew up in Clifton Park. I graduated in 2009. Q. If anyone could play you in a movie, who would you choose? A. I’ve been told I look like that musician Ellie Goulding.

Week of December 15 – December 21, 2017


VETERANS CONNECT with Santa and Each Other on Broadway by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – This week, local military veterans shared holiday cheer as they celebrated the one-year anniversary of a social event held every Tuesday at Saratoga Coffee Traders, specifically for them to make new friends. Amy Hughes, program coordinator for the Veterans Peer Connection in Ballston Spa, first organized the coffee meet-up in early November 2016. In the course of almost 60 weeks it was canceled only one Tuesday due to bad weather. “We had ice,” she said. Hughes said 15 or 20 veterans regularly show up between 5 and 7 p.m. each week to mingle at the coffee shop, located at 447 Broadway. On the Tuesday before Christmas, though, a boisterous crowd of 30 veterans filled the small back room for the occasion. Stillwater Supervisor Ed Kinowski, chairman of the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors and a veteran himself after 38 years of service in the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard, was in attendance with his wife. Also invited was Death Wish Coffee Company owner Mike Brown, who explained to the crowd that he opened Saratoga Coffee Traders in 2008 before developing his own unique vision for the coffee industry. The veterans applauded his company’s success.

Nick Casey (as Santa Claus) and Stillwater Supervisor Ed Kinowski at Saratoga Coffee Traders. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

“We do love your coffee,” one man confessed. Afterward, Brown said it surprised him “how big this is,” noting how Death Wish Coffee Co. offers discounted products to military veterans and strongly supports local firefighters and law enforcement—whose members are often veterans, too. “This means more than you can really put into words,” offered Nick Casey in his Santa Claus costume. He served in the Air National Guard and met Kinowski during that time. Casey described the coffee meet-ups on Broadway as “vets for vets,” noting how in the early weeks only two or three people attended. “I came looking for help and now I’m helping,” he said, after making his rounds with hearty exclamations of “ho-ho-ho.” Will Ryan, who served in the U.S. Army for eight years, explained how Hughes connects individual veterans in an ongoing mentorship

program. He said mentors offer to help struggling veterans with trips to grocery stores, the filing of paperwork for healthcare at the Veterans Administration, or whatever they need.

“I volunteered for the military. I love to serve,” Ryan said. “I wanted to work with veterans, so this is what I found. It just made sense that I would come here to Amy’s program.” Tory Landry reported that he has served in the National Guard for 19 years, and now works out of the Watervliet Arsenal. He has attended all of the coffee meet-ups in Saratoga Springs, while serving as a mentor for veterans who are deemed “high risk.” Landry routinely meets with incarcerated veterans at the Saratoga County jail. “Nobody wants to ask for help,” Landry observed. Veterans “join the military, they succeed in that aspect, so asking for help is tough to do.” But the mentors, he added, can help to “open a dialogue.” “Saratoga County seems to be very good at establishing that core support foundation…to allow all these events to happen,” Landry said.

The Veterans Peer Connection, a Saratoga County agency supported through New York State grant funds, pays the tab every Tuesday at Saratoga Coffee Traders. The agency organizes numerous activities throughout the year as well. It has scheduled a free event for veterans on Thursday, Jan. 18 at The Comedy Works, located at 388 Broadway. Sandy Arnold, who served in the U.S. Army and Reserves for more than 20 years, sat at a table Tuesday night with several more women veterans. She praised the coffee meet-ups arranged by Hughes and the role of Veterans Peer Connection in general. “It’s really nice. I’ve made a lot of real friends,” Arnold said. “We’re there for each other.” For more information, call 518-884-4999 or visit the website



Hospital Names Security Chief SARATOGA SPRINGS — Taylor Herrick has been promoted to director of public safety at Saratoga Hospital, with responsibility for a team of 20 public safety officers. Herrick joined the hospital in January 2007 as a part-time public safety officer and rose quickly through the ranks. For the past six years, he has held the position of public safety coordinator, which is second in command. A certified security professional and certified public safety instructor,

Herrick spearheaded the hospital’s security guard training program, which is approved by New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. He holds multiple certifications from agencies including the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Department of Homeland Security. Herrick is active on many hospital committees and work groups, including the Emergency Preparedness, Security Nurses and Physicians, Environment of Care, and Patient Department Safety Advocates committees.

Farm Bureau Reaps Awards SCHUYLERVILLE — The Saratoga County Farm Bureau was presented with all eight possible Silver Key Awards at the New York Farm Bureau State Annual Meeting, which was held on Dec. 5 and 6 in Albany. The Silver Key Awards are presented to county Farm Bureau branches that have exhibited excellence in a variety of categories. In addition, Saratoga County Farm Bureau President Jamie Pettis III, of Schuylerville, was recognized with the Distinguished President Award for overall county programs.

Week of December 15 – December 21, 2017

Wilton Seeks More Speed Reductions WILTON — The Wilton Town Board voted last week in favor of adding four roadways to a pending request with county and state officials related to reducing local speed limits.


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The board added Blanchard Road, North Road, Waller Road and Worth Road to a list compiled by the Saratoga County Department of Public Works, which forwards all such requests to the state Department of Transportation (DOT). The topic of aggressive drivers on Wilton roads has been discussed at numerous town board meetings in the last year. Previously, Wilton officials had requested speed-limit reductions on Ballard Road and Edie Road. So far, state DOT officials have not responded to any of the requests, according to Town Clerk Amy Baldwin.

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Week of December 15 – December 21, 2017

COURT Nicholas J. Valcik, 34, of Ballston Spa, pleaded Dec. 5 to promoting prison contraband in the firstdegree. Sentencing scheduled Jan. 30, 2018. Trevor J. Hammar, 29, of Milton, pleaded Dec. 5 to felony burglary, and two felony counts grand larceny in connection with incidents suspected of taking place in Milton in October. Sentencing scheduled for Jan. 30. Lana M. Senecal, 28, of Middle Grove, pleaded Dec. 6 to felony grand larceny in connection with an incident in Malta. Placed on interim probation to include Treatment Court. Blake E. Labarge, 25, of Saratoga Springs, was sentenced Dec. 6 to five years of probation, after pleading to felony DWI, in Saratoga Springs. Temujin V. Bozeman, 59, of Saratoga springs, pleaded Dec. 6 to felony DWI in Saratoga Springs. Sentencing scheduled Feb. 7. Wayne S. Fuller, 57, of Wilton, was sentenced Dec. 6 to five years of probation after pleading to felony DWI. Mensah L. Watson, 23, of Saratoga Springs, was sentenced Dec. 7 to three years in state priosn, after pleading to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, a felony, in connection with an incident that occurred in Saratoga Springs.

Jeanne E. Gorcesky, 50, of Saratoga Springs, was sentenced Dec. 7 to five days in jail and five years of probation, after pleading to felony DWI in Wilton.

POLICE Brett N. Klersfeld, age 62, of Valatie, was charged Dec. 9 with criminal sex act in the third-degree, a felony, and forcible touching, sexual abuse, and sexual misconduct – misdemeanors, following a complaint received by the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office of an alleged forced sexual conduct against a female patient by a mental health provider in the town of Malta. Klersfeld is accused of engaging in sexual conduct with a female incapable of consent by virtue of her being a patient while he was her mental health care provider. The acts are suspected of having occurred during treatment sessions in October and November 2017. Klersfeld was arraigned and sent to Saratoga County Jail in lieu of bail or bond to await further proceedings, according to authorities. Kevin J. Martuscello, 49, of Gansevoort, was charged Dec. 9 with felony grand larceny. It is alleged Martuscello stole a wallet containing cash and debit cards from a basket at the Wilton Walmart on Dec. 4. Jacquelyn A. Clark, age 35, Ballston Spa, was charged Dec. 7 with speeding, aggravated unlicensed operation, refused chemical test.

BLOTTER 5 Matthew S. Ragotskie, age 26, Saratoga Springs, was charged Dec. 7 with petit larceny - a misdemeanor. Jason E. Berben, age 35, Clifton Park, was charged Dec. 7 with aggravated harassment. Timothy M. Derlinga, age 49, Saratoga Springs, was charged Dec. 7 with misdemeanor DWI, fail to signal - turn, change lanes, parked, speeding. Jonathan E. Joyal, age 25, Ballston Spa, was charged Dec. 6 with misdemeanor DWI, fail to comply with lawful order of the police, fail to obey traffic control device, unsafe lane change4 counts, reckless drivingmisdemeanor, speeding, no/ expired inspection certificate, unlawful fleeing police officer in motor vehicle – a misdemeanor. Victoria M. Hoffman, age 27, Troy, was charged Dec. 6 with petit larceny – a misdemeanor.

Zachary M. Morgan, age 27, Stillwater, was charged Dec. 6 with issuing a bad check/ passes check knowing no funds – a misdemeanor. Edouard F. Questel, age 68, Gansevoort, was charged Dec. 6 with assault in the second degree/intent physical injury – a felony. John J. Calderon, age 41, Saratoga Springs, was charged Dec. 6 with misdemeanor DWI, aggravated DWI, fail to signal - turn, change lanes, parked, fail to obey traffic control device. Anne E. Cummins, age 39, Saratoga Springs was charged Dec. 6 with felony DWI as a second offense, felony aggravated DWI, and unlawful use of mobile phones in motor vehicle. Cummins was charged after being involved in a property damage accident. Isaac W. Greco, age 21, Alonte J. White, age 26, both of Saratoga

Springs, were charged Dec. 8 with assault in the first degree/ intent to disfigure, assault in the first degree/during felony/flight, robbery in the first degree/serious physical injury, robbery first degree/ threatens use of dangerous instrument, assault in the first degree/intent deadly weapon. It is alleged that during the early morning hours of July 4, Greco and White forcibly stole money from a 30-year old man in the area of Gardner Lane. The victim suffered a significant laceration to his face which required initial emergency medical treatment at Saratoga Hospital and subsequent extended follow-up care, police said. White is in Saratoga County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash, or $200,000 bond. Greco is currently lodged with the state Department of Corrections on unrelated charges, according to police, who added that their investigation showed this as an isolated incident and not a random act.



Week of December 15 – December 21, 2017

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Lawrence J. Ostwald

SOUTH GLENS FALLS/ WILTON — John R. Monroe passed away on Thursday, December 7, 2017. Calling hours were held Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 at the Burke Funeral Home, North Broadway. A funeral home service followed and burial was in St. Peter’s Cemetery, West Ave. Online remembrances may be made at

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Lawrence J. Ostwald passed away December 11, 2017. Calling hours 11 a.m. to 12 noon Friday (Dec. 15) in the Church of St. Peter, Broadway with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow.Burial with military honors will be 1:30 p.m. at Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville. Please visit

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SALVATION ARMY Builds Holiday Spirit SARATOGA SPRINGS — This month, children in the Salvation Army After School Program made over 300 cards and hand delivered them to residents of The Wesley Community. The kids also delivered gift bags that they had hand packed. The Salvation Army’s Christmas Assistance Distribution days are Dec. 19, 20 and 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the group’s 27 Woodlawn Avenue facility. Donors for its “adopt an angel” program are still being sought. Tags can be found at Saratoga National Bank, Adirondack Trust

Week of December 15 – December 21, 2017


on South Broadway, First National Bank of Scotia in Wilton, BJ’s, and Boscov’s in Clifton Park. The Salvation Army branch also issued a challenge to local schools to ring the charity bell this year. Saratoga Springs High School athletic teams are covering six stands on Sat., Dec. 16. Varsity Lacrosse Coach Elaine Lotruglio and Athletic Director Peter Sheehan are coordinating the volunteer effort. From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., local students will ring bells on Broadway and at Wilton Mall and Market 32.

New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. Todd Balog (left) is congratulated on Dec. 8, 2017 by his wife Amy and sons Hyrum and Aiden at the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs. Photo provided by New York State Military and Naval Affairs.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — New York Army National Guard Major Todd Balog, an Afghanistan veteran with more than 16 years of active and Guard military service, received his promotion to the rank of lieutenant colonel in a Dec. 8 ceremony at the New York State Military Museum. Balog currently serves as the commander of the 369th Special Troops Battalion, headquartered in New York City. He also serves

full time on the Joint Staff in the New York National Guard headquarters as an active guard and reserve officer assigned to the Joint Training and Exercises Division in Latham. In August 2001, Balog received his commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army from the Michigan State University Army ROTC program. Following the Armor Officer Basic Course and Scout Leader Course at Fort Knox,

Kentucky, he served on active duty with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Fort Irwin, California as an armor platoon leader and later as protocol officer for the Army’s National Training Center. In September 2007 Balog joined the New York Army National Guard where he has served as an operations officer in the 42nd Infantry Division, Aide-de-Camp to the division commander, headquarters company commander and division secretary of the general staff. He deployed to Afghanistan for a combat tour with the Headquarters Company, 427th Brigade Support Battalion, as a base closure team leader in Regional Command East. In February 2013, upon return from Afghanistan, Balog returned to Troy and served as the 42nd Infantry division headquarters battalion executive officer. In November 2015, he was assigned to the Joint Staff in the New York National Guard headquarters in Latham, where he served as the state partnership program director until February 2017. Balog is a graduate of the Armor Officer Basic Course, Scout Leader Course, Adjutant General Captains Career Course and Command and General Staff Officers Courses. Balog holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University. Lt. Col. Balog resides in Saratoga Springs with his wife, Amy, and sons Hyrum and Aiden.

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Week of December 15 – December 21, 2017

Wilton Sets Public Hearing for CANYON RUN EXTENSION by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY

WILTON — Town residents will have a chance early next month to address the need for a special drainage district in relation to the proposed Canyon Run Extension housing project on Gailor Road.

At its Dec. 7 meeting, the Wilton Town Board set the related public hearing for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 4 in the town complex. The board has authority to approve the creation of such localized taxing districts. Last year, the 44-lot housing proposal on almost 40 acres — part of the existing Canyon Run development near the Adirondack

Northway — already had received preliminary approval by the Wilton Planning Board. But amongst “contingencies” that needed to be satisfied was proper surface drainage, according to Planning Board Executive Secretary Lucy Harlow. At a cost estimated in the hundreds of thousands, developer Daniel Galusha is expected to pay for installing a drainage system at Canyon Run Extension. Town officials would be required to inspect that installation process from start to finish. Subsequently, residents in

the new Canyon Run Extension homes would be required to pay a special tax related to the long-term maintenance of the drainage district. The minutes of a May 18, 2016 public hearing quoted Tawny Terrace resident Brigitte Giacchetta, who directly addressed the subject in an email to the planning board. “I do have some concerns regarding this proposal,” Giacchetta said. “My first concern is drainage. The area is very wet and since I have a drainage swale through the back of my property I am worried

about the additional water flow and where it’s going to go.” Giacchetta cited a number of other concerns in her email, echoing comments made by several residents at the public hearing. “The construction will bring traffic, heavy machinery, and people speeding down Gailor road,” she predicted. Wilton Planning Board Chairman Michael Dobis assured the residents who spoke that town officials would “consider all the comments and questions” received, according to the official minutes.

Week of December 15 – December 21, 2017


Woman Receives $300,000

FOR SPECIALTY FARM IN MOREAU MALTA — The Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership announced on Wednesday that the New York State Regional Economic Development Council has awarded $300,000 in funding to support the construction of Z-HUB in the Town of Moreau. The Z-HUB project is the brainchild of Rachel Czub, 31, a second-generation farmer who recently returned to the Capital Region after a career in investment banking. Her new venture will connect farmers and the state’s burgeoning craft beverage industry. “I am grateful to the Regional Economic Development Council for awarding this important funding to help bring this dream to reality,” said Czub, in a Dec. 13 statement provided by Steve Janack of The Janack Group. The first facility of its kind in New York, Z-HUB will establish a reliable source for high-quality barley and specialty grains by growing, processing, storing, packaging and shipping grains to craft brewers and distillers. The company will be located on 310 acres of the Czub Farm on Old West Road, close to the Adirondack Northway Exit 17 — a key consideration for transportation of grain to craft brewers and distillers. The first phase of the $1.5 million project will involve construction of the facility and the purchase and set-up of grain storage, cleaning and processing equipment. The county Prosperity Partnership provided strategic guidance, technical assistance, business planning, and access to resources to support and advance the project.

“This is great news for farmers and great news for craft brewers, and more importantly, for bringing the two together. I appreciate the invaluable assistance of the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership and can’t wait to get started,” Czub said. “We are delighted to have assisted Rachel in securing critical funding for this exciting project, which offers significant economic impact that cuts across industries,” said Prosperity Partnership President Marty Vanags. “It supports the growth of New York’s booming craft beverage industry, provides a vital revenue source

to farmers, and answers rising consumer demand for high-quality, homegrown craft beverages.” The project also provides a solution for craft brewers and distillers statewide who hold a Farmer Brewers or Distillers license and will be required to source raw material from New York producers by 2019. It is expected that ground will be broken next spring for the project. In addition to the grain hub, Czub has plans to create a vibrant agritourism destination to showcase on-site craft brewing with a taproom, an entertainment and event center, and brew pub.

Rachel Czub. Photo provided.



Week of December 15 – December 21, 2017

NOTES FROM CITY HALL by Thomas Dimopoulos • Saratoga TODAY

SPA CITY FEATURE TO BROADCAST ON C-SPAN with the premiere broadcast of a special Saratoga Springs segment airing on C-SPAN II and C-SPAN III this weekend. The show was filmed during a multi-day visit by a C-SPAN Cities Tour crew in late September, and is presented by the cable and satellite television network as an exploration of the American Story. The episode includes a visit to the mineral springs, a driving tour through Saratoga Springs, and conversations with local politicians, historians, horse trainers and jockeys, and Solomon Northup biographer David Fiske.

THE SCHEDULE: Noon, Saturday, Dec. 16: Book TV (C-SPAN2, Spectrum Channel 226). Non-fiction programming from the city includes a look at the memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant as he spends his dramatic last days at his cottage, racing against time and terminal cancer to finish writing about his life. Former Albany attorney Andrew McKenna discusses his memoir, “Sheer Madness: From Federal Prosecutor to Federal Prisoner,” – which details his struggles with opioid addiction.

The Music Room at the Yaddo Mansion. The arts colony was one of several locations in and around Saratoga Springs visited by C-SPAN in September. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17: American History TV (C-SPAN3, Spectrum channel 227). History segments include a visit to Saratoga Race Course to examine thoroughbred racing’s impact on the historical identity and economy of Saratoga Springs, a tour of Saratoga National Historic Park where two battles occurred that help turn the tide of the American Revolution.

David Fiske, who is featured in the C-SPAN broadcast, holds a copy of Solomon Northup’s “12 Years A Slave,” in Congress Park. Photo courtesy of C-SPAN.

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Week of December 15 – December 21, 2017


Holidays Around the World: IMMIGRANT STORIES by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Up on the stage where folk heroes strum, the podium is slung with dozens of banners representing the flags of the world. Wednesday night at Caffe Lena, Shobhan Parthasarathy, Gia Sereni, Mao Chen and Francelise Dawkins shared their respective stories of holiday celebrations in India, Ecuador, China and France, during the program Immigrant Stories: In Their Own Words. Dawkins, the daughter of a Parisian cabaret dancer and costume designer, appropriately opened the evening by welcoming the audience with a hearty “Bonsoir!”

The event, sponsored by the Saratoga Immigration Coalition, is staged at Caffe Lena every other month. Here are some of the childhood memories and holiday stories shared Wednesday night: WE CELEBRATED national holidays such as the founding of the People’s Republic of China Day, which is Oct. 1 every year. We had a big parade. We also celebrated the establishment of People’s Liberation Army Day on Aug.1. So, our celebrations were on those holidays. One of the holidays I liked when I was a little kid in China was International Children’s Day, on June 1. And when I was going to college we celebrated International Women’s Day. Does anyone know this day? No? Supposedly, women

all over the world celebrated this day, we were told. As a young student in college, women students had a half-day off. But, the problem here is that in the Chinese language the word ‘women’ has a lot of very complicated connotations (connected with a national agenda). Many of my college classmates didn’t want to be called women. We preferred it to be called International Youth Day. So, I’m very glad when I came to this country, that we didn’t have to celebrate this day, and that I could get away from this word. - Mao Chen. THERE ARE hundreds of different gods and goddesses in the Hindu religion. I don’t even call it a religion, because the way it

differs from Christianity or Islam is that there is no founder, no one person who started Hinduism. It has evolved over centuries. You can worship any god you want and still be Hindu. It’s more about growth and improvement on your own, a singular journey that you take yourself and not so much with the whole congregation. So, that’s why we don’t have a day that is assigned to go to church, or go to temple, or to the mosque. You can go to a temple any day that you want, but most Hindus have a shrine in their home where they (worship). The holiday part: because there are so many celebrations, each god has a special day. Diwali is the most celebrated. It’s a fun holiday that mostly signifies the

victory of good over evil, of light over darkness, so that’s why it’s called the Festival of Lights. Western mythology has Roman and Greek mythology. I think the Hindu gods are very much akin to the Greek gods and goddesses because they symbolize learning, or military prowess, or some aspect of life. I have now lived here longer than I ever lived in Bombay (currently known as Mumbai). Now this is home for me. - Shobhan Parthasarathy. Immigrant Stories: In Their Own Words continues on Feb. 15 when the theme is: love around the world. For more information and to participate in the series, call 518-951-0702.



Week of December 15 – December 21, 2017


SARATOGA SPRINGS — The owners of four popular Saratoga County restaurants officially announced the hiring of a new culinary director on Dec 12. to oversee operations and build upon the group’s brand name. Colleen and Tim Holmes have welcomed Chef Chris Dore to serve as culinary director for WOW Restaurants Inc. Since last June, Dore has completed a focused training of a new restaurant team at 2 West Bar and Grille on West Avenue in Saratoga Springs, the most recent addition to the WOW Restaurants Inc. quartet. The group’s other establishments include Wheatfields Restaurant and Bar on Broadway, Wheatfields Bistro and Wine Bar at the Crossings in Clifton Park, and BWP Beer Wine Pizza located at 70 Weibel Avenue.

A native of Saratoga Springs, Dore’s professional career began in a kitchen at age 15 when he took a job working under Executive Chef Fabrizzo Bazzino. Two years later, Dore attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Dore returned to his roots in Saratoga Springs where he helped open the Forno Toscano and Max London’s restaurants. Dore took the position of Executive Sous Chef at Sperry’s Restaurant under Certified Master Chef Dale Miller. His culinary journey next led him to Druthers Brewing Co. where he met his wife of three years. Dore then went on to work for Mingle on the Avenue and the Gideon Putnam Restaurants. As culinary director of WOW Restaurants, Dore is developing a specific plan for each establishment.

Culinary Director Chef Chris Dore of WOW Restaurants. Photo provided.

Focused first on 2 West, Chris has worked closely with Chef de Cuisine Nicholas Fredenburg to create a new menu filled with a selection of American comfort foods influenced by both chefs’ heritages and made with “clean products.” Together Dore and Fredenburg infused the techniques of fine dining in every dish with an appeal to reasonable price points so families can easily afford dinner. When asked to describe the food served at 2 West, Dore commented, “We take a clean, creative approach to the foods we

Chef de Cuisine Nicholas Fredenburg. Photo provided.

serve. There’s a lot of preparation that goes into the cooking that happens here.” Dore brought up his personal favorite menu item, the “Black N Blue Burger,” made with blue cheese roasted pork belly, house turmeric pickle and signature steak sauce. “The beef is a New York farm signature blend and the taste is extraordinary,” Dore said. He continued, “The 2 West menu selections of Bouillabaisse and Beef Stroganoff are tried-andtrue recipes that come from as far back as my great-grandmother. Every menu item has an interesting

story of origin behind it.” “The macaroni and cheese dish on the menu is the type you would bring to a potluck,” said Fredenburg. “It’s definitely a crowd pleaser. It’s made with basic ingredients and the taste definitely ‘brings you back.’ There have been raves about the new menu. Patrons recognize a creative aspect to the food and the love behind it as well as the hard work that went into preparing it. We want them to enjoy sitting down at our table each day, showcasing to them who we are and letting them know that we’re so glad they enjoyed dinner with us,” added Fredenburg. Fredenburg is among the class of 2018 Rising Star Chefs. Following in the footsteps of Chef Dore, who achieved Rising Star Chef recognition in 2015, Fredenburg will be taking part in the Albany Chefs’ Food and Wine Festival in January. Other members of the new 2 West team include Sous Chef Derek Adams, Director of Operations Carey Armstrong, and 2 West General Manager Matt Gabriel, among others. Dore’s vision for all four WOW restaurants is similar to what he has established at 2 West. Wheatfields in Clifton Park and Saratoga will focus on their Italian heritage and the deep roots of authentic Italian food that brings back memories. Dore shared remembrances of making homemade ravioli with his Italian grandmother as a child and how those memories continue to inspire him as he refreshes the menus at both Wheatfields restaurants in the area. For more information, visit

Week of December 15 – December 21, 2017

Account Director Hired at PEP

Emily Cortez. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS —The Patient Experience Project (PEP), a full-service, patient-centric marketing and communications agency, has announced the hiring of Emily Cortez. In her role as an account director, Cortez is responsible for managing clinical trial recruitment and retention projects. Cortez has more than 15 years of experience as an advertising account executive, with a specialty in clinical trial projects. Before joining PEP, she was a vice president and program director at TBWA\WorldHealth, Omnicom Health Group in Chicago, Illinois. Previously, Cortez was a clinical trial recruitment services manager at Radiant Research, also in Chicago. Over her career, she has managed various pharmaceuticalsponsored clinical trial accounts with a focus on patient recruitment, patient materials, clinical trial communications and compliance, advertising and media planning. Cortez earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration and public relations from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The board members are Tina Baird, Laurie Zabele Cawley, Robin Crist, Sue Edwards, Nan Guslander, Anny Holgate and Julie Joedicke. The Dance Alliance is an allvolunteer, nonprofit organization of choreographers, dancers, dance advocates, teachers, students and lovers of dance. It co-sponsors events with the National Museum of Dance, Skidmore College, Emma Willard School, Russell Sage College, The Egg and Proctor’s Theatre. New members are always welcome. For more information, visit the website

Local Chef on National TV Show SARATOGA SPRINGS — The city steakhouse Salt and Char will be one of several restaurants featured in an episode of “Best Thing I Ever Ate” on the Cooking Channel. The episode will showcase Chef Braden Reardon’s American Wagyu Ribeye Cap steak, as recommended by Saratoga Springs regular Chef Bobby Flay. The “Best Thing I Ever Ate” show highlights what the biggest food stars and chefs eat in their free time. The episode premiers at 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 18 on the Cooking Channel.

Dance Alliance Board Takes Shape

Mary Anne Fantauzzi. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS ­ — Earlier this month, the Dance Alliance of the Capital Region announced its 2017-2018 officers and board members. Serving in the respective officer roles will be Mary Anne Fantauzzi, President; Mary DiSanto-Rose, Vice President; Gail Tassarotti, Treasurer; Sharon Sassaman, Assistant Treasurer; Carla Schlist, Secretary; and Sarah DiPasquale, Assistant Secretary.

Mary DiSanto-Rose. Photo provided.

BUSINESS BRIEFS 15 Alpin Haus Rated Among Top Dealers AMSTERDAM — Alpin Haus, the Northeast’s largest, familyowned outdoor recreation retailer, has been named one of the “Top 50 RV Dealers in North America” by RVBusiness magazine. Alpin Haus owns and operates RV stores in Amsterdam, Gansevoort and Port Jervis, New York. On Nov. 8, company representatives accepted the designation at the 2017 RV Dealers Association International Convention/Expo at Bally’s in Las Vegas, Nevada. Alpin Haus offers a full line of recreational vehicles, parts, services and accessories. For more information, visit

(Left to right) Alpin Haus employees Jason Rattray; Erik Betz; Joe Richards; Andy Heck; Tom Morin; Harold Shapiro; Chris Carmichael; and Nancy Arcaro. Photo provided.



Week of December 15 – December 21, 2017

NOTES FROM CHAMBER OF COMMERCE by Todd Shimkus, President of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce • for Saratoga TODAY


We believe the Saratoga County Chamber changes things for the benefit of our members and ensures Saratoga County is and always will be a great place to live, work and play. Each year around this time, we like to take a look back to highlight some of the key accomplishments we’ve achieved in pursuit of this mission. As with any list, it certainly does not include everything we did. But we believe these Top 10 accomplishments demonstrate our recent history of success made possible because of the investments made in the Chamber by all of our members: 10. We hosted 87 ribbon cuttings in 2017. We believe every ribbon cutting is a celebration of a dream come true. 9. We’re still the #1 healthiest county in all of New York State. 2017 was the second consecutive year we were honored with this top ranking by the University of Wisconsin’s Population Institute. 8. More than 100 volunteers spent five weeks in April and May helping us to secure a record 270+ new Chamber members as part of our 2017 Membership Blitz. 7. We produced a video early this year to advocate for a site specific plan to build workforce housing in Saratoga Springs. Four development projects are now moving through the planning process on all of the sites we featured in the video. 6. We worked with Saratoga County Clerk Craig Hayner

and Saratoga County Veterans Director Frank McClement to help rebrand and expand business and Veteran participation in the FAVOR Veterans discount program. This partnership is helping us to ensure Saratoga County is always one of the most Veteran friendly places to live. 5. We purchased and wrapped a used van to create the Chamber’s Visitor Van. The Visitor Van now functions as a mobile information center capable of promoting Chamber members at locations across Saratoga County. 4. As Saratoga County’s Official Tourism Promotional Agency (TPA), our year-round advertising campaign was expanded into new geographic and behavioral target markets. County occupancy taxes are up 7.5 percent during the first three quarters of the year as is demand for hotel rooms. 3. A delegation from the Chamber visited Global Foundaries’ semiconductor manufacturing facility, in Dresden, Germany. While there, the delegation also spent time learning how communities along the Elbe River have grown their local tourism economies. Now we’re talking with the NYS Canal Corporation to explore how these ideas might be helpful here in Saratoga County. 2. Our volunteer SCORE advisors met with a record 191 new clients in 2017. We have an award winning SCORE program thanks to these volunteers. They are helping entrepreneurs and startups to create new jobs and new locally-owned small businesses in communities across Saratoga County. 1. In April, we celebrated the passage of bipartisan legislation to reprivatize NYRA as a notfor-profit corporation ending state government control over the Saratoga Race Course after seven years. We worked closely with Senator Marchione and Assemblywoman Woerner over the last three years to achieve this goal.

Week of December 15 – December 21, 2017

TOWN OF BALLSTON 22 Main St., $12,500. Kenneth Merchant sold property to Ballston Lake Sewer District. 17 Lot 2 France Lane John and Florence France sold property to Craig and Catherine Todd. 60 McMaster St., $300,000. John and Robin Conroe sold property to Timothy and Amy Fealey.

CLIFTON PARK 5212 Forest Point Dr. South, $212,500. Salvatore and Glenda Corcione sold property to Jeremiah and Jennifer Richardson. 14 Tanglewood Dr., $307,500. Jason Sczerba and Shaunesy McIntyre sold property to Kristie and William Schohn, Jr. 169 Tallow Wood Dr., $175,000. Helena Marks sold property to Jiabin Li and Kuiyang Zhang. 22 Payne Court, $248,000. Vicente Miranda sold property to Kerry Mcclurg. 3 Plantation Crest, $375,000. James Sinnott (by Agent) and Lynn Sinnott (by Agent) sold property to Lawrence Fabits. 12 Wood Dale Dr., $300,000. Steven Warren and Jennifer Johansson sold property to Marc Jarvi. 15 Northcrest Dr., $330,000. Lawrence and Lisa Kelly sold property to Matthew and Ann Baker. 8 Wall St., $125,000. Frederick DeCasperis sold property to Marybeth Rajczewski (CoTrustee) and Angela Anedola (Co-Trustee).

GREENFIELD Young Rd., $350,000. Charles and Arden Blunt sold property to Kroma Kill LLC. 143 Sand Hill Rd., $285,000. Melinda Cassick sold property to Robert and Donnamarie Thomas.

HALFMOON 20 Dover Place, $205,100. Ronald and Colleen Mielewski sold property to Jan Briere. 48 Beach Rd., $269,900. George Decker III sold property to Mark and Laurie Wilson.


11B Point West Dr., $227,125. Point West Townhomes of Halfmoon LLC sold property to Teresa and Priscilla Tryniszewski. 115 Cemetary Rd., $485,000. Dean Campbell (Ind and as Trustee) sold property to Joy and Gerald Wilkes, Jr.

MALTA 102 Arrow Wood Place, $200,000. Jacob and Misha Marvel sold property to Jordan Keefe.

125 Goldfinch Lane, $180,000. Elizabeth Iovino sold property to Kyle and Lindsey Sabatka.

11 Arrowhead Rd., $601,000. Amy Deluca sold property to Dennis and Susan Didonato.

185/207 Paisley Rd., $3,427,000. Young 2016 Charitable Remainder Unitrust, Mary Jo Young (as Trustee) sold property to Forest Hills Park LLC.

3 Brookview Terrace, $410,000. Amy and Nicholas Masi sold property to Steven Dodds and Jiraporn Wanapun.

28 Skylark Dr., $250,000. Patrick Center sold property to Carol Breault. 211 Whitetail Court, $179,000. Jeremiah Bailey sold property to National Transfer Services LLC.

61 Snowberry Rd., $197,000. Sara and Matthew Agan sold property to Peter and Nozomi Delia.

211 Whitetail Court, $179,000. National Transfer Services, LLC. sold property to Belinda Colgan.

386 Brownell Rd., $520,000. Jennifer Brewster sold property to Michael and Eileen Guidice.

58 Eastern Ave., $307,999. Christian Merrill sold property to Adam Wroblewski and Molly Malone.

106 Plum Poppy North, $238,000. Jerry Weinstein sold property to Corey Heller and Kathryn Greene. 63 Burlington Ave., $160,000. Mary Jo Lanahan sold property to Sarah Rodda and David Ziegler Sheridan.

MILTON 62 Chapman St., $210,000. Marie Fountaine-Engle and Frances Reynolds sold property to David Adams. 137 West Milton Rd., $70,000. Perry Road Baptist Church sold property to Michael, Mary, and Lucien Schallehn and Valerie Bonfey. 1100 Baker Rd., $325,000. David Stack sold property to Anthony Stella, Jr.

SARATOGA SPRINGS 6 Worden Lane, $207,000. Elizabeth Caruso sold property to Courtney Haskins. 142 Woodlawn Ave., $390,000. Eric Nestler sold property to 138 Nelson LLC. 10 Concord Dr., $189,145. Kristin and Markham McNary sold property to Brian Barton. 18 Benedict St., $328,000. Ezra Milchman and James Turney sold property to Dwight and Cheryl Lawing. 12 Newton St., $345,000. Stephan and Lindy Godlewski sold property to Alexander Ciota and Keli Scott.

43 Joseph St., $265,000. Mark and Michele Phillips sold property to Joel and Rachel Moss and Terese Pellegri.

STILLWATER 1232 Hudson Ave., $178,900. Lisa Fosmire (as Successor Trustee) sold property to Alexander Hunt. 748 Hudson Ave., $200,500. Kayderock Associates Limited Liability Company sold property to Thomas Gear. 15 Sunrise Lane, $250,000.

17 Elizabeth Gerighty sold property to Terrell Farrar. 52 Gurba Dr., $267,271. Camelot Associates Corporation sold property to Daniel and Teresa Griffen. 575 NYS Route 9P, $210,000. Carolyn Baldwin (by Co-Execs) sold property to George and Beverly Menneto. 31 Lakepointe Way, Lot 39, $351,420. Mason Street LLC sold property to Mary Connelly. 11 County Rte 76, $209,000. Dominick Arico sold property to Anthony and Katelyn DeCrescenzo.

WILTON 2 Tom Sawyer Dr., $280,000. Gregory Morris sold property to Donna Garrison.



Week of December 15 – December 21, 2017

Caribbean CHRISTMAS Photos provided.

by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY BALLSTON SPA — Milton Terrace Elementary School students are in the giving spirit this holiday season. Each year the students participate in at least one community service project, usually focusing on providing community assistance to those in the local community. This

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year, the students decided to go a little beyond the community at large. In conjunction with The Giving Circle, Milton Terrance Elementary School students will be working on Operation: A Caribbean Christmas. This project asked students in grades K-5 to make homemade Christmas cards for kids in Puerto Rico and St. Thomas who were affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

The work is done through the library instruction class taught by Sheila McIntyre, point-person at the school for Operation: A Caribbean Christmas. “As a Building Leadership Team (BLT), we have always looked for opportunities to help that reach far beyond Ballston Spa. A friend of mine who works with The Giving Circle approached me a while ago and asked if our school would be

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interested in helping them out with their Operation: A Caribbean Christmas project. I brought the idea to our BLT, and it was unanimously agreed upon that the students would love this,” said McIntyre. The Giving Circle, an allvolunteer 501(C)(3) non-profit, contacted McIntyre to work on the project. This organization was founded in 2005 in response to the destruction left behind by Hurricane’s Rita and Katrina. Since their beginning, they have responded to nine natural disasters throughout the U.S., including local and international projects. This project is the perfect opportunity for the students to learn about children their own age who live differently than them; learn about different cultures; to show empathy for others struggles; and to feel like they can lend a helping hand. Before beginning with their cards, the students researched the islands and learned about their holiday celebrations, what languages they speak, what school is like, and what their homes and communities look like. “It is always rewarding to see young children get excited about learning about different communities and cultures and helping others. The best part occurred during our discussions about what would be important for the students to know about

Puerto Rico and St. Thomas before we could make the cards. The first question one fourth grader came up with was ‘what words of comfort could we send them?’” said McIntyre. This question resulted in a discussion between the students which helped them to come up with the phrases they would put on their cards. Some phrases include, “we are all in this together,” and “I hope you can rebuild soon.” The Giving Circle will use the cards to accompany gifts and gift cards that will go to families in need in Puerto Rico and St. Thomas. “We have local partners on each island, we send the cards directly to them and they do the distribution,” Donna Olson, who works at The Giving Circle, clarified. “Interestingly, there were several students from grades K-5 who had a personal connection to Puerto Rico, whether they have relatives that live there, or their parents were born there. This provided a connection for the students themselves and gave them an opportunity to share their relative experiences with their fellow students,” McIntyre explained. Lake Avenue Elementary School also created greeting cards and had a hurricane relief committee contribute $400. The Giving Circle is still collecting donations, visit www. to see how you can help.

Week of December 15 – December 21, 2017

EDUCATION BRIEFS bicycles. The workshop is held to reach out to the community and help many children and families who cannot afford bikes.

Students Visit Local Research Lab

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Ballston Spa High School’s Robotics Team BALLSTON SPA — Ballston Spa High School’s FIRST Robotics Team #3044 and FIRST Tech Challenge Team #6945 recently hosted a Hudson Valley First Lego League (FLL) Qualifying Tournament at the Ballston Spa Middle School. Eight FLL teams and eight Jr. FLL teams participated in the regional tournament. The first and second place overall winners were the Ballston Spa B.E.A.S.T.s (4-H) and Mighty Thinkers (Ballston Spa Middle School), respectively. These teams will now compete at a SemiFinal Tournament at NYSUT Headquarters in February 2018. Other awards include: Robot Design (Cyborg Unicorns, Milton Terrace Elementary School), Project Award (Motors in Action, Wood Road Elementary School), Core Values (Spartan Flow, Queensbury School District), and Robot Performance (Mighty Thinkers, Ballston Spa Middle School). Additional information is available by contacting Diane Irwin at

Saratoga Springs CSD To Register Kindergartners SARATOGA SPRINGS — Kindergarten registration for the Saratoga Central School District will be conducted in the Registrar’s office for age eligible children entering school in Sept. 2018. Children must be five years of age on or before Dec. 1, 2018. For more information and to begin the process go to,

Biketoga Holiday Giveaway SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Saturday, Dec. 9 in the basement of Saint Peter’s Church, about 60 children and their families stopped by to select free

SCHUYLERVILLE – High school students in Mrs. Flores’ Living Environment class got the opportunity to tour the Skidmore Microscopy Imaging Center (SMIC) on Tuesday, Dec. 5. While there, students learned about various microscopes that research labs use, they toured the research labs that use Scanning Electron Microscopes, Transmission Electron Microscopes, Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopes, and Fluorescent Light Microscopes. Students now can apply for the Young Scholars Cell Biology Summer Institute where they will have the opportunity to work in various fields of cell biology and do research using these microscopes.


Education, among other things. If interested in applying, submit a letter by Dec. 30 to Superintendent of Schools Dr. Patrick McGrath, BH-BL CSD, PO Box 1389, Burnt Hills, NY 12027. In the letter, explain why you think you’d be a valuable addition to the committee. Include in the letter your mailing address, phone number, and email address. Only BH-BL residents can apply for the committee.

Potential candidates must have graduated at least 10 years ago and must exemplify the district’s educational philosophy. All forms must be completed by Jan. 5, 2018. For more information visit

Saratoga CSD Hall of Distinction Honorees

BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Education Foundation (BSEF) presented $6,800 in grant awards to educators in the Ballston Spa Central School District for educational enrichment projects throughout the district. For more information contact the BSEF at

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Springs Central School District is seeking the public’s input on candidates for the fifth annual Hall of Distinction Honorees, which is an opportunity to honor and celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of the graduates of the school.

Educators Awarded Grants from the Ballston Spa Education Foundation

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Seeking Members for 2018 Bond Referendum Board BURNT HILLS-BALLSTON LAKE — The district is looking for five BH-BL residents to serve alongside administrators, faculty, staff members, and PTA representatives on the 2018 Referendum Committee. The committee is responsible for evaluating the projects proposed by an internal group, prioritizing the identified projects, and making recommendations to the Board of

Ballston Spa CSD representatives receive grant awards from BSEF Officers Susannah Amiteye and Stephanie Lamphere. Photo provided.



Week of December 15 – December 21, 2017

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

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

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

Week of December 15 – December 21, 2017 RELIGION


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

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

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

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Week of December 15 – December 21, 2017 The Saratoga Central Catholic Student Council sponsored a dress down day on Halloween; the cost to participate was a pair of socks. Students donated 457 pairs to CODE BLUE of Saratoga Springs, Shelters of Saratoga, Saratoga Center for the Family, and Franklin Community Center.

The Saratoga Central Catholic volleyball program presented Renee Russell, Director of the Mollie Wilmot Radiation and Oncology Center, and Head Nurse Vickie Healy, with this year’s Saints Spike Out Cancer check from their fundraising activities in Oct. The team raised over $1,400 for the center.

Saratoga Central Catholic students and the SCC choir performed the Living Nativity during the Saratoga Springs Annual Victorian Streetwalk on Nov. 20 in front of Saratoga Central Catholic High School.

Giving Back Compiled by Lori Mahan ◆ Photos provided.

Saratoga Central Catholic students volunteered on Dec. 2 for The Saratoga Springs Annual Festival of Trees Breakfast with Santa. All proceeds support Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren, and Washington Counties.

Saratoga Central Catholic students participated in the Polar Plunge on Nov. 18 at Lake George to raise money for The Special Olympics. The students raised $1,200.

Saratoga Central Catholic School’s BOCES Thanksgiving luncheon at the Church of St. Peter’s Parish Center on Nov. 20 hosted by the SCC Senior Class. The senior class has hosted this luncheon for BOCES students and staff for over 20 years.

Week of December 15 – December 21, 2017



Saratoga PLAN’s ‘Conservation Heroes’ (left to right) Dusty and Arlene Rhodes; Mayor Joanne Yepsen; Dave Bowman; Dawn Szurek; Don Carpenter and Alice Farnsworth; and Neil and Cathy Roberts. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Last week, in recognition of recent contributions to conserve 1,041 acres of land, the group Saratoga Preserving Land and Nature (PLAN) presented eight “Conservation Hero” awards to property owners and the City of Saratoga Springs. The Dec. 7 reception was held at Spring Street Gallery and generously underwritten by hostess Barbara Glaser, a longtime PLAN supporter and open space advocate. Award recipients had donated and sold acreage or development rights to create permanently protected property. The terms of the protection agreements will be upheld and enforced in perpetuity by Saratoga PLAN to guarantee they remain productive farms, wildlife habitats, scenic views and trails for all to enjoy. The property owners were Neil and Cathy Roberts, who conserved 144 acres of their Fiddle-i-Fee Farm in Northumberland; Gary and Anne Vanderhorst, 90 acres on the Cottage Farm in Charlton; Dawn and Dorothy Szurek, 311 acres of fertile farmland in Charlton; David Bowman, 129 acres on the Malta Ridge Orchard and Gardens in Malta; Donald Tooker, 89 acres of his working farm in Wilton; Don Carpenter, 89 acres of farm fields and wooded

buffer to the Gloweegee Creek in Galway; and Dusty and Arlene Rhodes, 23 acres of woodlands connecting two other conserved properties in Galway. Saratoga Springs was awarded for conserving the 166-acre Pitney Meadows Community Farm on West Avenue. Outgoing Mayor Joanne Yepsen and Public Safety Commissioner Chris Mathiesen accepted the award on behalf of the City Council, which voted last year to invest $1.13 million from open space bond act funds to purchase a conservation easement on one of the last remaining pieces of active farmland within city limits. Saratoga PLAN Executive Director Maria Trabka presented the Conservation Hero awards, according to a prepared statement. “Conservation Heroes are those rare people who can see beyond their own boundaries and beyond their own lifespans. They are people who appreciate their ancestors and invest today for their descendants,” Trabka said. “They are true stewards of the land who recognize that they are not only charged with the responsibility, but more like blessed with the opportunity, to care for a parcel of land for a short time while on Earth as others who came before and will come after in that land’s continuum.” Each recipient was presented

with a handmade, hand-painted birdhouse, decorated by local artists to reflect aspects of the conserved properties. Bruce Cranston, David and Cole

Smith and Mike Triller built the birdhouses. The participating artists were Trish Lyell, Amy Smith, Dana Kear, Takeyce Walter, Kate Edwards, John and

Chris Colley, Sue Ginouves and Loretta Martin. For more information, call 518-587-5554, or visit www.



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

by Himanee Gupta-Carlson for Saratoga TODAY Photos by Pattie Garrett. Often we think that farms are only about food. We know and love our favorite farmers at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market for the produce they grow and the animals they raise. Less known perhaps is the creativity that

comes from farming and its spirit of doing things one’s self. That creativity shows itself in full force at the holiday market. The holiday market is a special offering of the Saratoga Farmers’ Market that takes place through Dec. 30 alongside the regular market. It features specialty foods, handicrafts, and opportunities to participate in such activities as making your own wrapping paper. Last Saturday at the market, I headed upstairs where the holiday vendors were based. For the next half hour, I sampled Saratoga Chocolate Co. niblets, sniffed beans roasted by the Upper Hudson Coffee, and admired the horseshoe wine racks made by metal worker William Herrington, and the ceramic creations from Zoe Burghard, and the market’s newest holiday addition,

handmade furniture from Dark Horse Designs in Ballston Spa. The artists behind these creations greeted market shoppers and described their creations. Dark Horse’s Heather Mason, for instance, noted that the work benches, dog beds, and kitchen islands on display all came from the horse farm itself. The farm recently replaced its fencing. Rather than throw out the wood, owner Kyle Hauptfleisch turned it into kitchen islands that contain shelving, work tables, drawers, and even horseshoes for hanging dish towels on the side. Mason added paint and other designs. I also made wrapping paper with help from Emily

Vallee, of Living Resources Art. Vallee laid down a sheet of plain packaging paper and handed me raw potatoes, purchased from the vendors downstairs and cut to create stamps of trees and stars. I created my paper by dipping the stamps into paint and imprinting them on paper. Vallee taped my paper to some railing and I did my weekly shopping as the paint dried. Living Resources gallery and workshop space at 70 Beekman St. is running holiday wrapping paper workshops all day on Saturdays and Sundays until the end of December. For those who wish to create more intricate wrapping paper designs with selfcarved linoleum blocks, the fee is

$10. They are also open 7 days a week: Sundays and Mondays from 12-6 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 11-8 p.m.; and Saturday from 12-8 p.m. The Saratoga Farmers’ Market is 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturdays at the Lincoln Baths Building in Saratoga Spa State Park. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Tossed Apple & Kale Salad Looking for a crisp and festive complement to your holiday table? Try this quick and healthy starter, compliments of chef and yoga instructor Meg Affonso.

INGREDIENTS * Find these Ingredients at the Farmers’ Market!

• 1 bunch kale* • 1 pound firm apples* • ½ cup pumpkin or squash seeds* • 1 tablespoon olive oil • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup* • Salt, to taste

ORANGE MUSTARD VINAIGRETTE: • 4 tablespoons toasted sesame oil • 6 tablespoons apple cider vinegar • Juice of 1 orange • 1 tablespoon Dijon (or other) mustard • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup* • 1 teaspoon salt • black pepper to taste • 1 shallot*, minced

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Lightly toast pumpkin seeds in pan with olive oil and salt. Remove. 2. Remove kale leaves from stems and tear into bite-size pieces. Steam in water until wilted. Drain and set aside. 3. Chop apples into bite-size chunks. 4. Combine kale and apples, and toss with maple syrup. 5. Whisk together vinaigrette ingredients and drizzle over kale and apples. 6. Top with pumpkin seeds. Toss lightly and serve.



Week of December 15 – December 21, 2017

by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY


my Foodie Friends! Making our holiday favorites can require us to reach for our “go to” tools like a Chef knife or a paring knife. One item I find myself reaching for is a Microplane® Grater. Richard Grace, a founder of Grace Manufacturing based in the Arkansas River Valley, said in 1995 that he did not originally set out to make graters. Richard Grace was an engineer by education. His original intent was to make woodworking tools. However, his tools quickly became globally recognized for his innovative process of applying photo-etching technology to graters that created ultra-sharp cutting edges. Made in the USA, the tiny

teeth behave like extremely sharp knives to cut ingredients with precision rather than tearing or shredding like most stamped graters. The blade ensures that food does not stick or block, but instead gently slides along the cutting surface to produce perfect results every time. Microplane® is now the preferred grater of choice for professional chefs and cooking enthusiasts worldwide. Cheese graters have become an essential tool in a gourmet kitchen. Microplane® graters have distinguished themselves from others as a result of their patented chemical process that produces ultra-sharp cutting edges. They are so much better than their competition that my customers

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come in and don’t even use the word grater or zester they just ask if I have any Microplanes®! Their zesters were originally a woodworking tool; this best seller grates even the hardest Parmesan Reggiano as well as other hard cheeses into fine lacy wisps. Ideal for topping your favorite spaghetti and meatballs or a Caesar salad. It’s also wonderful for effortless citrus zesting to add natural flavors to a lemon crème brulee or a basic vinaigrette. They are used by the finest at home chef moms and dads everywhere. I can remember my daughter Aubrey’s first experience with a grater. She had just come home from gymnastic practice at the YMCA. Her coach Kim told her that she has to concentrate and

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• Pasta Bake with Sauce • Tuscan Blend Vegetables • Peas • Chocolate Chip Cookies

• Boiled Ham & • Swedish Cabbage Meatballs and Noodles • Red Potatoes • Broccoli • Carrots • Spiced Apples • Mixed Vegetables and Raisins • Pineapple




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• Macaroni and Cheese • Stewed Tomatoes • Green Beans • Fruit Jello with Whipped Topping

• Chicken Marsala • Garlic Mashed Potatoes • Sonoma Blend Vegetables • Dinner Roll • Cheesecake with Cherries


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

focus when she is on the beam. Well, when coach talked, Aubrey listened so when my wife asked her to help with the cooking she was very excited. Paula asked her to grate some cheese for supper and gave her the grater and about 3 pounds of Romano cheese. The phone rang and Aubrey who was 6 years old was left to concentrate and focus on her task at hand. That was a mistake. She went to town on that block until there was nothing but a nub. There was cheese everywhere and our dog, Scarlett, looked like she had extreme dandruff. We got to her before she got to her knuckles. She is good now but we try not to leave her alone. So if you are looking

for a grater, stop by Compliments to the Chef now located at 33 Railroad Place in Saratoga Springs. This cool tool is near and dear to my heart and helps to serve the “grater good.” Remember my Foodie Friends, “Life Happens in the Kitchen” especially during the magical holiday season. Please Join us at Compliments to the Chef on Saturday December 16 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. with Katie of Sundaes Best Hot Fudge for a hot fudge tasting event. — Yummy!

Take Care, John and Paula



The Puppet People Present: “A Christmas Carol” A Charles Dickens holiday classic, this show features beautiful handcrafted marionettes, shadow puppets, gorgeous masks, lavish costumes, vivid sets, a professional soundtrack that includes many holiday favorites, and a giant 9-foot parade puppet. The show will be on December 28 at the Saratoga Springs Public Library in the H. Dutcher Community Room at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Pick up free tickets in the children’s room. For children ages 5 and up. For more information and other events at the library, visit 20th Annual First Night Saratoga 5K Run Begin the First Night celebration right by joining the run before the huge New Year’s event. Start and finish on the beautiful Skidmore campus. Limited to 1,500 Runners: Due to the overwhelming success of this run, there will be no day of race registration. All registered runners will receive a limited edition First Night Saratoga moisture-wicking shirt. All race finishers will receive a commemorative First Night Saratoga medal. Registration is $30. Entry fees are nonrefundable and nontransferable. Run your race for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society with Team in Training. The run begins at 5:30 p.m. To register, visit online_reg/reg2017.php?e=980. First Night Saratoga 2018 - Light Up the Night First Night Saratoga is New York’s largest New Year’s event outside of NYC. As one of the oldest and largest First Night celebrations in the country, First Night is the most affordable, accessible, family-friendly, safe and exciting way to spend New Year’s Eve in the region. On Sunday, December 31 join over 15,000

revelers as Saratoga Arts hosts dozens of regional and touring performing groups in thirty venues throughout Historic Downtown Saratoga Springs. Starting with the 5K road race at Skidmore College at 5:30 p.m., culminating with the fireworks in Congress Park at midnight, and packed full of live music, dance, comedy and magic in between, this event will be a highlight of your outgoing year. Cost is $20 for adults. For more information, visit New Year’s Eve Free Cab Rides Free Cab Ride Home program is a service that has been provided for over a decade in an effort to reduce the incidents of drinking and driving in the communities they serve, especially during celebratory times. Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP, provides free cab rides home to those who have been drinking, on a “noquestions asked” basis. Free Cab Ride Home Areas: Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Saratoga Springs, Amsterdam, Fulton and Montgomery County, Utica, Plattsburgh, NY, Burlington, VT and Springfield, MA. This service has provided thousands of safe rides home since its inception and will continue to keep our communities safe this New Year’s Eve. To get your free cab ride home simply call our tollfree number 1800LAW1010 or 1.800.529.1010. Rifle Competition Fish Creek Rod and Gun Club will start a 22-caliber rifle competition at the club house. You will need to bring your own rifle and ammunition. First shoot will be Tuesday, January 2, 2018, starting at 7 p.m. and will continue every Tuesday for the month of January. For information contact the club house at 518-695-3917. Call for Local Folk or Irish Performers Come audition for an opportunity to showcase your talent during our annual “Café Malta,” an intimate coffee house at the Malta Community Center

on Saturday evening, March 10, 2018. We are looking for talented musicians, vocalists, small acoustic bands, storytellers and/or dancers. Each acoustic act selected will play a short 10-15-minute set. Auditions are by appointment only the week of January 2-7, 2018. Contact Elyse Young, Artistic Director, at 518-899-4411 x 305 or theater@ for more details or to schedule an audition. We are also looking for 3-4 talented teen or adult singing waiters or waitresses to help serve dessert and coffee and perform an opening number. Hattie’s 18th Annual Mardi Gras Benefit Hattie’s 18th Annual Mardi Gras Soiree to benefit AIM Services, Inc. On Saturday, January 13 from 6 – 10 p.m., get ready to dance along to music by Soul Sessions and Garland Nelson, enjoy delicious treats by Chef Jasper Alexander, and experience the “New Orleans of the north” with us! For details and to attend this event, visit AIM Services, Inc.’s website and scroll down to Upcoming Events. AIM Services, Inc. is dedicated to supporting the “power of potential” in people of diverse abilities. Through community-based services, advocacy, and education, dedicated professionals focus on supporting people in achieving their personal goals, while promoting a sense of selfconfidence and independence. The event will be held at the Canfield Casino, 25 E. Congress St., Saratoga Springs. Cost is $100 per person. To register, visit form/1wm2?mode=h5. Benefit Spaghetti Dinner Danny MacMillan, a 12-year-old from Schuylerville, was diagnosed with E-Wing Sarcoma Cancer. Danny started chemotherapy and underwent surgery to remove the mass. After further testing they discovered cancer cells in the muscle tissue and it was decided that it would be best to amputate the leg. The surgery is scheduled for January 2, followed by more chemotherapy and eventually a prosthetic leg. This has taken a big toll on the family emotionally and

Week of December 15 – December 21, 2017 financially. The dinner will be held on January 19, from 5 – 8 p.m. at Schuylerville Elementary School cafeteria. Tickets are $10 per adult, $5 for children 4-13 years old and children under 4 free. Dinner will include spaghetti, salad, bread, drinks and desserts, take out also available. We will also have raffles and a 50/50 drawing. If you are unable to make the dinner but would like to donate to the MacMillan Family, they have an account set up at Glens Falls National Bank, set up under the name “Team DanDan Benefit.” This is the only legitimate account for Danny MacMillan.

2018 Cabin Fever Luncheon Soroptimist International of Saratoga County (SISC) is excited about our 2018 Cabin Fever event, themed, ‘Talk About It,’ as we narrow our focus on human trafficking. A $32 billion annual industry, modern day trafficking is a type of slavery that involves the transport or trade of people, for work. The luncheon will be held on Saturday, January 20 at 11 a.m. at the Saratoga National Golf Club, located at 458 Union Ave., in Saratoga Springs. Cost is $75. For more information or to register visit events/cabin-fever.

Christmas Eve Services SARATOGA ABUNDANT LIFE CHURCH will be having a Christmas Eve Service on December 24 at 6 – 7:15 p.m. There will be no morning services that day. The church is located at 2 Hutchins Rd., Saratoga Springs. ROUND LAKE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, located at 34 George Ave., Round Lake, will be having a Christmas Eve Candle Light Service, Sunday, December 24, at 5 p.m. There will be lots of special music. Come join the celebration of Jesus' birthday. THE MALTA RIDGE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH will hold its annual Christmas Eve service on Sunday, December 24 at 7 p.m. at the church located at 729 Malta Avenue Extension in Malta Ridge. All are welcome. There will be no service Sunday morning on the 24th. CHARLTON FREEHOLD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, located at 768 Charlton Rd., Charlton invites the community to the 5:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Service. The Celebration Brass, a quartet of musicians, will be the guest musicians for this special evening. Come celebrate Jesus’ birth on this holy night with candles, a godly message and excellent music.

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Week of December 15 – December 21, 2017

Family Friendly Event

Friday, December 15 Fundraiser Dinner Principessa Elena Society, 11-13 Oak St., Saratoga Springs, 5 – 7 p.m. The dinner will benefit Actt Naturally, Veteran’s Oranization. Munu: Pasta Fagioli, pasta with sauce, meatballs with sauce, sausage and peppers with sauce, salad, Italian bread, butter, dessert, coffee, tea. Donations: Seniors $8, Regular $9, Children 5-12 $5, Under 5 free. All take out dinners $10. All are welcome.

Kids Fun Night Maple Avenue Middle School, Rte. 9/Maple Ave., Saratoga Springs, 7 – 9 p.m. Saratoga Springs students in grades K-5 are invited to Kids Fun Night, featuring open gym, crafts, games, and activities. This fundraiser is hosted by the Saratoga Springs High School Boys’ Cross-Country and Track & Field teams. Coaches, athletes, and athletes’ parents supervise all activities. $10 per child; snacks/drinks available for purchase. For more information email,

iTheater Saratoga Presents: American Soup with Andy Warhol National Museum of Dance, 99 S. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 7:30 p.m. Andy Warhol returns! A celebration of pop culture and the landmarks of history on the evolution of the American spirit, all set to iconic music from the last 50 years. Live music from the 60s to the turn of the millennium provokes a visit to where and who we were. Presented by iTheatre Saratoga with CPI

and the National Museum of Dance and back by popular demand for the Holiday season. Performances are December 15,16*, 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. December 17 at 2 p.m. at the General Admission: $25 Adults / $15 Students. *December 16 Benefit Performance $50 ticket for more information or to reserve tickets call 518-584-7780.

Saturday, December 16 25th Annual Cookie Sale Galway United Methodist Church, Corner of Galway-Ballston Rd. and Rte. 147, Galway, 10 a.m. The public is invited to purchase a variety of cookies and treats. The sale will continue until sold out. Various craft items will be available for purchase as well.

Annual Christmas Cookie Sale Christ the Savior Church, 349 Eastline Rd., Ballston Lake, 10 a.m. Homemade cookies will be sold by the pound. Homemade borscht by the quart will be available. Also, a limited amount of frozen potato/ cheese, sauerkraut, and farmer’s cheese will be available. Firstcome, first-served. For more information call 518-306-5754.

Wreaths Across America: National Day of Remembrance Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Rd., Schuylerville, Noon The ceremony is presented by the Civil Air Patrol, Local Patriot Guard Riders and represented by all military branches. The Saratoga Cemetery Honor Guard will present the colors, Bugle for Taps and Rifle Salute. Everyone is invited, children most definitely.

Tang Family Saturdays Tang Teaching Museum, Skidmore College, 815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 2 – 3:30 p.m. Construct a Train. We will talk about Kate Ericson and Mel Ziegler’s piece Constitution on Tour and construct train cars out


CALENDAR of cardboard. Free and open to the public. Suitable for children age 5 and up along with their adult companions. Reservations are highly encouraged. For additional information and reservations, or to be added to our Family Saturday e-mail list, please call the Tang’s Visitor Service Desk at 518-580-8080.

Sunday, December 17 Make and Take: Holiday Ornaments and Cookies The Children’s Museum, 69 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Members Appreciation Event Open to all museum members. Join us for a fun-filled free event in which we will decorate Holiday Ornaments and Cookies. Pre-registration is required so that we can purchase enough supplies for the event. Call 518584-5540.

Chanukah Funday Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St., Saratoga Springs, 1 – 4 p.m. Enjoy crafts for Chanukah as well as hear the story of Chanukah from our gigantic Chanukah book. Come and see how oil is made, enjoy dreidel games as well as enjoy Chanukah delicacies such as latkes, chocolate coins and doughnuts.

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

Women Who Sing Clifton Park Halfmoon Public Library, 475 Moe Rd., Clifton Park, 2 p.m. Local news anchor Benita Zahn is joined by three veteran Fort

Salem singers. Join us at the as the quartet lights up the stage with their vocal talents and harmonies. All ages are welcome to attend. Please register online, in-person or by calling the Library at 518-371-8622.

Seth and the Merry Melix Winter Concert Saratoga Springs Public Library, H. Dutcher Community Room, 2 p.m. A winter wonderland celebration complete with live music. We hope to offer you and your family a joyous and merry time together as we appreciate the beauty and wonder of a new season. No registration required.

Saratoga Children’s Chorus Concert Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church, 175 Fifth Ave. at Henning Rd., Saratoga Springs, 3 p.m. After twenty-five years of providing a musical outlet for young singers in the Saratoga area, Saratoga Children’s Chorus will sing its final concert. The chorus will be going on hiatus as it reorganizes for the future. Free and open to the public, the celebratory concert will feature works by Britten, Papoulis, Rao, Diack, and a song cycle called, “Snow Songs” written by Pykett specifically for the chorus in 2001. The church is handicapped accessible. Free admission.

Monday, December 18 Pre-K Nature Hour: Winter Animal Adaptations Camp Saratoga, 80 Scout Rd., Wilton, 10:30 a.m. This monthly program is for our youngest explorers (ages 3-6 years old) where we use children’s love of nature to teach simple concepts. Adults are expected to attend. This is an outdoor program so please come dressed for the weather. We will go on a short walk, do a simple nature craft, and have a healthy snack! Preregistration is required. Contact us at info@wiltonpreserve. org or 518-450-0321 for more information or to register.

Parkinson’s Support Group Woodlawn Commons Bldg 2nd floor, Wesley Health Care Center, 156 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, 2 p.m. This meeting is Free and open to anyone with Parkinson’s Disease, their family, friends, and care givers. For more information call Bruce McClellan at 518-331-9611 or Kevin McCullough 518-222-4247.

Tuesday, December 19 Mud Pond Hike Moreau Lake State Park. 605 Old Saratoga Rd, Gansevoort, Noon Come out for an early morning hike, a perfect opportunity to start off your day. This hike is a pretty flat hike. The group will start off on the nature trial and head out to Mud Pond. There will be beaver lodges and maybe some other fun wildlife to see. This hike is fairly easy, about 2.5 miles roundtrip. Reservations are necessary with 24 hours advanced notice. Call 518-793-0511.

Wednesday, December 20 Science ExplorersDoes Snow Float? The Children’s Museum, 69 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 10:30 a.m. Drop in for this popular weekly program where we discover the different ways in which science is all around us. Ages 3 and up. For more information call 518-584-5540.

Thursday, December 21 Knee High Naturalist Moreau Lake State Park, 605 Old Saratoga Rd, Gansevoort, 1 p.m. This class is intended for children ages 1-6 and their parents/ guardians along with any siblings. We will read a short story or two based on the outdoors and then go for a short hike hoping to see some cool wildlife. Registration is necessary with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please stop at the office first to pay for the class.

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Week of December 15 – December 21, 2017


Lincoln Center Theater

SPAC: 7 Performances, 4 Programs of NYCB

King And I” Coming

First-Ever Capital Region Appearance

Production of “The

in 2018; National Ballet of Cuba to Make

to Proctors in May

SCHENECTADY — the national tour of the Lincoln Center Theater Production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The King And I” will make its Schenectady premiere May 1-6 at Proctors. One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, “The King and I” boasts a score that features the classics “Getting To Know You,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance,” “I Have Dreamed” and “Something Wonderful.” Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and

tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher, whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. “The King and I,” directed by Bartlett Sher, won four 2015 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical. Tickets begin at $20 and are on sale at the Box Office at Proctors, 432 State St., by phone at 518-346-6204; and online at

Giselle, coming to SPAC in 2018. Photo by Carlos Quezada.

SARATOGA SPRINGS – At its board meeting on Dec. 7, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center announced performance dates featuring the New York City Ballet, Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival, and The Philadelphia Orchestra during the 2018 season. New York City Ballet will return to its summer home for four distinct programs over seven performances on July 17-21, including an all-Balanchine evening, a program featuring 21st century choreographers, a celebration of the centennials of both Jerome Robbins and Leonard Bernstein, and a story ballet. Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival will take place June 23-24, The Philadelphia Orchestra from Aug. 1-18, and the Chamber Music

Society of Lincoln Center, Aug. 5-21. Specific programs will be announced in January. The season will feature the first-ever Capital Region appearance of the internationally renowned National Ballet of Cuba, known around the world for its exuberant flair and uniquely Cuban, athletic training based in the Russian style. Three performances of “Giselle” will be staged on June 6-8. Additionally, the “SPAC on Stage” series featuring dynamic, young, genre-crossing artists will return for its second season, and Opera Saratoga will present four operas from June 29 to July 15: Franz Lehár’s rollicking operetta “The Merry Widow,” Gian Carlo Menotti’s Pulitzer Prize winning “The Consul,” and a double-bill

featuring David T. Little and Royce Vavrek’s “Vinkensport,” and the American Premiere of “Rocking Horse Winner,” by Gareth Williams and Anna Chatterton - the first opera to prominently feature horse racing on Opera Saratoga’s stage. New York City Ballet has selected an interim leadership team pending an internal investigation into sexual harassment allegations against Peter Martins, its ballet master in chief, the company announced Dec. 8, according to a report by the New York Times. SPAC President Elizabeth Sobol issued a statement Dec. 7 that acknowledged the investigation into allegations against Martins, but added that no comment will be made regarding the allegations or complaints while the investigation is in progress.

FOLK MUSIC CAROLS Free Concert in Ballston Spa

BALLSTON SPA — Carols drawn from Celtic, African American, and Early American traditions are the trademark of a “Festival of Lessons and Carols” concert at Christ Church, Ballston Spa, on Sunday and Monday, Dec. 17-18. The concert is anchored by John Kirk and Trish Miller of Greenfield Center with Field Horne and Theresa LaGattuta-Bruno of Saratoga Springs and Kristin McCabe of Charlton. This year’s special guests are Joel Rosenberger of Saratoga Springs, Dan Berggren of Ballston Spa, Rick Bunting of Bainbridge, and Carolyn Waters of Natick, Massachusetts.

While African American spirituals, Irish ballads, and Shape Note hymns are the majority of the music performed, each year some modern carols are included, such as Berggren’s “Road to Bethlehem,” a nativity story about fatherhood, or Jim Boyes’ “Meadowhall Carol,” which explores the issue of homelessness at the holidays. The ensemble has produced three compact disks. The concert is free and takes place by candlelight at 7:30 p.m. at Christ Church, on the corner of Route 50 (Church Ave.) and Route 67 (West High St.) in Ballston Spa. For more information, call 518-885-1031.

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RUNNIN’ DOWN by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Rochmon Record Club continues its successful monthly run at Caffe Lena on Tuesday, Dec. 19, this time with a focus on the music and career of Tom Petty. Some fading notebook scribbles related to live appearances witnessed by this reporter, to get you in the mood: Saratoga Performing Arts Center, August 2006. In the end, Tom Petty finished where he began, completing the circle of a 30-year career with a final stroke on his jangling guitar to the tune of “‘American Girl.” Thirty years ago, the youthful face of the singer stared back from his debut album, donning a black leather motorcycle jacket beneath the logo of a guitar shooting through a heart like a broken arrow. Sunday night, Petty returned as the musical maestro of the timeless verse, adorned in crushed velvet with glitter speckles and caught in the reflection of the floodlights that sprayed the crowd in crimson and lavender neon. With the word out that this summer’s tour may be the band’s last large cross-country journey, there was a touch of finality in the air at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, where a sell-out crowd of 25,000 cheered Petty and his band of Heartbreakers through a 19-song set celebrating their decades of musical service. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, August 2005. Wearing a schoolboy smile and a multicolored ascot that invoked the mod Carnaby Street pop-isms of his teenage years, Tom Petty clutched the neck of his white tear-shaped guitar and led his band of Heartbreakers through a rousing two-hour set at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center Saturday night. Petty’s onstage exuberance was reciprocated by a joyous gathering of nearly 25,000 fans, while breathing new life into

a Dream:

1970s material “Breakdown,” “Listen To Her Heart,” and “Refugee,” revisiting drive-time radio hits “‘I Won’t Back Down,” and “Free Fallin,’” and ratcheting up the sonic intensity beneath the lighted effects of the whitehot strobes with a hit parade that included “Learning To Fly,” “Mary Jane’s Last Dance,” and “Don’t Come Around Here No More.” Saratoga Performing Arts Center, July 2002. For a quarter of a century, Petty has weaved the poetic language of the common man with a sonically jangled surrealism, along the way acquiring star-power leverage to do battle with record labels, concert promoters and music publishers, and championing the rights of fans and fellow musicians. His name has been engraved on a five-point star on Hollywood Boulevard, and he was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Not bad for an insurance salesman’s son who grew up in Gainesville, Florida who left high school to pursue his vision of the American dream. Friday night, performing on the fifth date of a summerlong tour, Petty tore through the set opener ‘’Runnin’ Down A Dream,’’ flashing his pearly whites at the mic. “‘It was a beautiful day, the sun beat down,’’ he sang, amid the arsenal of guitar riffs behind him, ‘’I felt so good, like anything was possible.’’ With the backdrop projecting images of falling snow, Petty sang, ‘’Please shed some light on the road less traveled,’’ in a piece titled ‘’Lost Children,’’ as the stage resembled a scene inside a tumbling Christmas snow globe. Haunting melodies oozed from within during his tune ‘’It’s Good To Be King,” and Petty donned a Rickenbacker guitar for the show-closing ‘’American Girl,’’ giving birth to a jangling resonance which hung in the dense air long enough to inspire one last primal dance from the faithful. Eventually, they filed out to rejoin the rest of the world, taking the vibration of its memory as far as they could with them into the night. Palladium, New York City, July 1978. “Breakdown” is a nice

song. Moody, like Mink DeVille. “I Need To Know,” from the new album, kicks it well enough for a boy from the sticks, ‘tho not as kicking as, say, The Ramones. A slew of obligatory ‘60s covers dotted the night and the highlight was, of course, “American Girl,” which sounds like a tune Petty lifted from Roger McGuinn’s mojo. Rick Derringer opened the show. He was fine, though not nearly as entertaining as when he played with Edgar Winter Group a few years back. Ted Nugent came on to play a song or two, which signaled most everyone it was a good time for a bathroom break. Ran into David Johansen in the art-deco bathroom downstairs.

Rochmon Spins Tom Petty at Lena’s Tuesday

His new solo album is great and he’s playing the Bottom Line next weekend with Sylvain. Somebody said Warhol is here, up in the front somewhere. Tuesday’s event begins at 7 p.m., although if last month’s sold out celebration of Rod Stewart’s

“Every Picture Tells A Story” is any indication, you want to get there early, or you’re likely to get shut out. Doors open at 6:30. Admission: $5 donation, which goes to the restoration funds of Caffe Lena and Universal Preservation Hall.

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Week of December 15 – December 21, 2017


McKrells to Stage Holiday Shows at The Egg, Parting Glass

The McKrells and the Mountain Snow “Orchestra” will perform a holiday show at The Egg 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15, as part of the American Roots & Branches concert series. Kevin McKrell, John Kirk, and Brian Melick have brought Christmas cheer to audiences for

years as the “orchestra” for the annual Mountain Snow Mistletoe Show. This year, the ensemble will be joined by the new McKrells and their Celtic-influenced “folkgrass” for a down home evening of holiday music, merriment and mischief. Tickets are $28 and are available at The Egg Box Office at

the Empire State Plaza, by telephone – 518-473-1845 or on line at The McKrells will also stage their Xmas Show at the Parting Glass in Saratoga Springs 7 p.m. Dec. 21-22, and at 3 and 7 p.m. on Dec. 23. Admission for these shows is $12.

“The Nutcracker: Sweet & Swingin’” is a fusion of Jazz, Tap, African and Ballet featuring live music by The Chuck Lamb/Ria Curley Quintet along with dancers Johnny Martinez & Diane Lachtrupp of Tango Fusion. The show takes place 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 16 at the Saratoga Springs High School, Loewenberg Auditorium. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for Students/ Seniors and children 5 and under are free. To purchase tickets, go to: buy-nutcracker-tickets. For more information contact info@ or call 518-584-1895.

YANNI CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY of Acropolis Concert with Show at Proctors SCHENECTADY — Performer and composer Yanni will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of “Live At The Acropolis” with a world tour that will launch on April 23 and stage a show at Proctors on May 13.

Tickets range from $35 to $325 and go on sale Dec. 15, at the Box Office at Proctors, 432 State St., by phone at 518-346-6204; and online at

Palace Theatre Announces Four Shows for the New Year ALBANY ­— Jam band moe. will return to the region for a pair of shows at the Palace Theatre on Feb. 23-24. The band, founded in 1990, cancelled the majority of their 2017 Summer Tour after the band’s bassist/vocalist, Rob Derhak, was diagnosed with Nasopharyngeal Cancer earlier this year. He has since issued a statement to report, “my doctors have given me a green light… a clean bill of health and declared me cancer free, with only a minimal chance that it will return. The support I received was instrumental in helping me get through this. I am truly looking forward to seeing everyone when I hit the stage again this February, with moe.”

Brit Floyd, a Pink Floyd cover band, will perform a 45th Anniversary retrospective of Pink Floyd’s 1973 album, “The Dark Side of the Moon,” at the Palace Theatre on April 17. Tickets are $64.50, $54.50, $49.50 & $39.50 Chris Daughtry, of American Idol fame, will stage a show at the theater on April 7 (tickets: $69.75, $59.75, $49.75, $39.75, $34.75), and stand-up comedian Gabriel Iglesias (tickets: $78, $58, $43), will perform on April 19. Tickets for each of the shows go on sale Friday, Dec. 15 at the Palace Theatre Box Office, located at 19 Clinton Ave., as well as via Ticketmaster Charge-by-Phone at 800-745-3000 or online at

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Savoy Soul Club, 8 p.m. @ One Caroline — 587-2026

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Ferdinand (PG) 2d

STar WarS: The LaST Jedi (PG-13) 2d

Open Mic Night, 7 p.m. @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022

Hasty Page, 8 p.m. @ Bailey’s — 583-6060

Wed & Thu: 10:45 aM, 1:45, 4:50

Baroque Music Tribute, 3 p.m. @ Strand Theater — 832-3484

Pink Talking Fish with Annie in the Water, 8 p.m. @ Putnam Den — 584-8066

saturday, 12/16:

JuManJi: WeLcoMe To The JunGLe (PG-13) 2d JuManJi: WeLcoMe To The JunGLe (PG-13) 2d

Rochmon Record Club: Tom Petty Tribute, 7 p.m. @ Caffè Lena — 583-0022 Drank the Gold, 7 p.m. @ Inn at Saratoga — 583-1890

Wed & Thu: 7:30, 10:00


Ferdinand (PG) 2d;

monday, 12/18:

Action Bronson – Blue Chips 7000 Tour, 7 p.m. @ Upstate Concert Hall — 371-0012

Wed & Thu: 11:10 aM, 2:00, 4:40

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

Mary Scholz / Selector Ed’s Holiday Soul Stomp, 9 p.m. @ One Caroline — 587-2026

The Resolutions Vocal Ensemble, 7 p.m. @ Strand Theater — 832-3484

The GreaTeST ShoWMan (PG) 2d The GreaTeST ShoWMan (PG) 2d


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Wonder WheeL (PG-13) 2d Wonder WheeL (PG-13) 2d RESERVED SEATING

Fri: 10:30 aM, 2:00, 4:30 Mon & Tue: 10:30 aM, 2:00, 4:30 Wed & Thu: 10:35 aM, 1:10, 4:10 Fri: 7:00, 10:10 SaT & Sun: 10:30 aM, 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 10:10 Mon & Tue: 7:00, 10:10 Wed & Thu: 6:40, 9:15 Fri: 12:30, 3:00 Mon - Thu: 12:30, 3:00 Fri: 5:30, 8:00, 10:40 SaT & Sun: 12:30, 3:00, 5:30, 8:00, 10:40 Mon - Wed: 5:30, 8:00, 10:40

The diSaSTer arTiST (r) 2d The diSaSTer arTiST (r) 2d RESERVED SEATING

Fri: 1:10, 4:10 Mon & Tue: 1:10, 4:10 Wed & Thu: 1:20, 4:20

JuST GeTTinG STarTed (PG-13) 2d JuST GeTTinG STarTed (PG-13) 2d

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wednesday, 12/20: Bluegrass Jam with Schroon River String Band, 7 p.m. @ Caffè Lena — 583-0022 Tim Wechgelaer & Chris Carey, 7:30 p.m. @ Inn at Saratoga — 583-1890 Masters of Nostalgia, 8 p.m. @ One Caroline — 587.2026

coco (PG) 2d coco (PG) 2d RESERVED SEATING

Fri: 6:40, 9:20 SaT & Sun: 10:10 aM, 1:00, 4:00, 6:40, 9:20 Mon & Tue: 6:40, 9:20 Wed & Thu: 6:30, 9:10

darkeST hour (PG-13) 2d

Thu: 7:00, 9:30


Fri: 10:00 aM, 12:50, 3:45 Mon & Tue: 10:30 aM, 12:50, 3:45

Wonder (PG) 2d

The Charles Cornell Trio: Charlie Brown Christmas Music, 1 p.m. @ Strand Theater — 832-3484

thursday, 12/21:

Wonder (PG) 2d

The Bluebillies Old-Time Christmas Revue, 7 p.m. @ Strand Theater — 832-3484

Ezekiel’s Wheels, 7 p.m. @ Caffè Lena — 583-0022

Murder on The orienT eXPreSS (PG-13) 2d

Jeff Walton, Acoustic Folk-Rock, 6 p.m. @ Inn at Saratoga — 583-1890 Cloud Lifter, 8 p.m. @ One Caroline — 587-2026 The Broken Hearts: A Tribute to Tom Petty, 9:30 p.m. @ Putnam Den — 584-8066


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PiTch PerFecT 3 (PG-13) 2d

Thu: 7:00, 10:00

JuManJi: WeLcoMe To The JunGLe (PG-13) 2d Ferdinand (PG) 2d STar WarS: The LaST Jedi (PG-13) 2d

Wed & Thu: 7:45, 9:40

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JuST GeTTinG STarTed (PG-13) 2d coco (PG) 2d

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VOLUNTEERS WANTED Seeking Tax Assistance Volunteers. TaxAide, the free income tax assistance program sponsored by the AARP Foundation and the IRS, is seeking volunteers for the coming tax season. TaxAide volunteers answer questions, prepare and file returns for low to moderate income taxpayers and seniors from February 1 to April 15 at various sites in the Capital District. Volunteers typically participate one day per week, with flexible schedules to accommodate volunteer availability. No experience is required, but computer experience is helpful for tax counseling. Volunteers who do not wish to prepare returns are also needed to greet taxpayers, review documents, confirm appointments by phone, or assist with computer hardware/software matters. Training is provided for all positions. Volunteers may be reimbursed for a moderate level of necessary travel expenses. For more information on how you can join our team in Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties contact Communication Coordinator Gail Carroll, 518-541-3173 at Over age 55 and like to Drive? We have the perfect volunteer opportunity for you. Saratoga County Office for the Aging is in immediate need of volunteer drivers to take seniors to and from medical appointments. We provide the vehicle, gas, schedule, and directions. Please call us for more information at 518-8844100. RSVP: Retired Senior Volunteer Program, helps recruit volunteers age 55 and older for many opportunities throughout Saratoga County.



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Puzzles Across 1 Provoke 7 Clichéd currency 14 Cone site 16 Crop duster, e.g. 17 Unhelpful helper 18 Like garden gnomes 19 Subject for a meteorologist 21 Respiration point 22 It’s often twisted 26 Slangy 21-Across 30 Holy recess 34 Holy jurisdiction 35 Rude dude 36 Subject for an oceanographer 39 Summed up 41 Nullified 42 Subject for an electrician 44 French sky 45 Cycle starter? 46 Cry of enlightenment 47 Homecoming cry 48 Kitchenware 50 Formerly floppy medium 53 Subject for a news team ... and a description of 19-, 36- or 42-Across? 61 “Hogwash!” 64 Personal __ 65 Somewhat 66 Femur or fibula 67 Butterflies on ankles, say 68 Teammate of Duke and Jackie Down 1 “Concord Sonata” composer 2 Lower-class, to Brits 3 Chowder bit 4 China’s DF-31, e.g. 5 Gift of the gifted 6 Opener for Don Quixote? 7 It has big teeth 8 “Gramma” in the comic strip “Stone Soup” 9 Chowderhead 10 He was on deck when Blake was up 11 “And more” letters 12 Masked drama 13 Crack

See puzzle solutions on page 45

See puzzle solution on page 45 15 Space balls 20 Raise 23 The way things stand 24 Atone for 25 Tease 26 Wrong move 27 “Wrong, wrong, wrong!” 28 Get the better of 29 Oklahoma tribe 31 Sonar pulse 32 “The Mikado” weapon, briefly 33 Tube traveler 36 Ceremonial accessory 37 And 38 Diplomacy 40 Gay syllable 43 Teased

47 Long cold spell 49 2013 Masters champ Adam __ 51 Airport abbr. 52 Bad bug 54 Biblical connector 55 Move, in real estate lingo 56 Saloon and deli offerings 57 Weird feeling, perhaps 58 Plenty of poetry? 59 Island goose 60 Word with farm or house 61 Stick for 10-Down 62 In the style of 63 Bombed

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Accuracy in word choice is a key to effective communication. In your daily writing and speaking, try to make sure you use the right word in the right place with the right spelling. By doing so, its effect will affect your communication in a positive way. This quick weekly tip will help you filter the confusion in some of our daily word choices. This Week: Gild, Guild Gild means to cover with a golden appearance. The beautiful Canadian sunset gilded the grass in the valley. Guild refers to an association of trades people. Steven Spielberg is a member of the Directors Guild of America. Dave Dowling is the author of The Wrong Word Dictionary and The Dictionary of Worthless Words. Both books are available from many book retailers, and signed copies can be obtained by contacting Dave at

Week of December 15 – December 21, 2017



Saratoga Springs Ice Hockey Photos by

by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Coach David Torres has been coaching the Saratoga Springs ice hockey team for seven years now. With the league games starting this week, Torres and his guys are ready to take their solid defense to the ice. “We’ll be very competitive in the league. We have excellent goalies and excellent defense, I think those will be our strong points this season,” Torres said. “We’re still learning to play together. We’re still young but we have some proven leaders on the team,” he explained. The team has 23 players total this season; three goalies, eight defensemen, and 12 forwards. “We had a record number of kids try out for the team; it was very competitive. It’s a lot of talent coming up. I like our team, I think we’ll be very competitive in the league and hopefully we could return to sectional finals if we do all the right things during the season and if we stay healthy, we should be in the mix,” Torres said. Ryan Jones, a senior and one of the captains, has played hockey since he was four years old and is playing on varsity for his third season and plays hockey year-round. “Ryan’s a great leader in the locker room. He leads by example and leads by being a good influence on the younger guys on the squad,” Torres said of Jones. Matt Shamburger, a senior and third-year varsity player, is

also one of the teams’ captains. “Being a captain is a big role on the team and I’m taking it very seriously. I’m trying to lead our team and I want to create a team where the youngest and oldest get along, no one gets excluded. I think it’s really important that everyone feels like we’re all one unit. It helps the team perform at a higher level and creates a more fun environment for everyone,” Shamburger said. Xavier Clarke, a sophomore who has played on varsity for two years, is described by Torres as, “a great player, one of the best defensemen in the league.” “It’s pretty fun being a captain,” Clarke said, “I’ve got a whole different role on the team now rather than just being a regular player.” All of the captains agree, they have a young offensive line and that is looking like their biggest challenge for this season, but that’s why they have upped their intensity this year in practice.

They want to learn, they work hard, and at the same time they have fun “I love the practices. The kids come to learn every day. They’re so enthusiastic about learning, they hate to miss practice. There’s just something about our practices that’s inviting. I’m not sure what that is exactly but maybe it’s the comradery combined with the fun drills we have. They want to learn, they work hard, and at the same time they have fun,” Torres said.

“During our practices we’ve been working really hard, conditioning more than ever before. We have a young team this year so everyone is out there working as hard as they can to prove themselves and that helps the older guys too,” Shamburger explained. Jones had nothing but praise for freshman Will Detora, who started on varsity this season. “We had watched him at his youth hockey games, we knew he’d be good but we didn’t expect him to make this much of an impact. He’s playing on the second

line for us and he has been really impressive so far,” Jones praised. Shamburger has been impressed so far with goalie Brad Hipsley, a senior. “Brad’s a baseball guy but he came back for one last season with us. He’s been working really hard and we’ve all been extremely surprised at how well he’s been

doing. We think he’ll be a starter for us this season and we’re really happy to have him back. He’s definitely a big factor for our team,” Shamburger said. “Playing the game you love,” Jones simplified, “nothing beats it.” For upcoming game information, check out the Sports at a Glance page.



Week of December 15 – December 21, 2017




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

Basketball SATURDAY, 12/16

■ Saratoga Springs (Girls) vs. Our Lady of Lourdes 4:30 p.m. at Saratoga Springs High School MONDAY, 12/18

■ Schuylerville (Girls) vs. Johnstown 7 p.m. at Schuylerville High School TUESDAY, 12/19

■ Saratoga Springs (Boys) vs. Columbia 7 p.m. at Saratoga Springs High School ■ Saratoga Springs (Girls) vs. Columbia 7 p.m. at Columbia High School

■ Saratoga Central Catholic (Boys) vs. WaterfordHalfmoon, 7:30 p.m. at Saratoga Central Catholic High School ■ Schuylerville (Boys) vs. Johnstown, 7:30 p.m. at Fulton Montgomery Community College ■ Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (Boys) vs. Schenectady

7 p.m. at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School

■ Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (Girls) vs. Schenectady 6 p.m. at Schenectady High School WEDNESDAY, 12/20

■ Saratoga Central Catholic (Girls) vs. WaterfordHalfmoon, 7:30 p.m. at Waterford- Halfmoon High School THURSDAY, 12/21

■ Saratoga Springs (Girls) vs. Shaker 7 p.m. at Saratoga Springs High School ■ Saratoga Springs (Boys) vs. Shaker 5:30 p.m. at Shaker High School

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

■ Schuylerville (Girls) vs. Broadalbin-Perth 7 p.m. at Broadalbin-Perth High School

■ Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (Boys) vs. Averill Park 7 p.m. at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School FRIDAY, 12/22

■ Schuylerville (Boys) vs. Broadalbin-Perth 7:30 p.m. at Schuylerville High School

Bowling MONDAY, 12/18

■ Saratoga Central Catholic vs. Whitehall Central, 4:15 p.m. at Whitehall Elks Lane ■ Schuylerville vs. Johnstown 4:15 p.m. at Old Saratoga Bowl TUESDAY, 12/19

■ Saratoga Springs vs. Columbia 4 p.m. at East Greenbush Bowling Center WEDNESDAY, 12/20

■ Saratoga Springs vs. Shenendehowa 4 p.m. at Shen Spare Time, Clifton Park

■ Ballston Spa (Boys) vs. Burnt HillsBallston Lake, 4 p.m. at Saratoga Strike Zone ■ Schuylerville vs. Queensbury 4:15 p.m. at Kingpin Alley THURSDAY, 12/21

■ Saratoga Central Catholic vs. Hoosic Valley, 4:15 p.m. at Hilltop Bowl

■ Ballston Spa (Girls) vs. Mohonasen 4 p.m. at Saratoga Strike Zone

Wrestling SATURDAY, 12/16

■ Saratoga Springs vs. Multiple Schools Tournament, 9 a.m. at Cohoes High School WEDNESDAY, 12/20

■ Saratoga Springs vs. Burnt HillsBallston Lake, 6 p.m. at Saratoga Springs High School

■ Schuylerville vs. South Glens Falls 6:30 p.m. at South Glens Falls High School

Ice Hockey WEDNESDAY, 12/20

■ Saratoga Springs vs. Shenendehowa 7:30 p.m. at Shen Clifton Park Arena FRIDAY, 12/22

■ Saratoga Springs vs. West Genesee 6:45 p.m. at Weibel Ice Rink

*All information subject to change due to inclement weather.

Week of December 15 – December 21, 2017



COMMUNITY SPORTS BULLETIN Second Annual Winter Saratoga Wilton Soccer Club Academy WILTON — The Saratoga Wilton Soccer Club’s second annual academy for boys and girls ages pre-k through second grade begins Sunday, Jan. 14 and runs through March 18, 2018. Pre-k and kindergarten will be from 11:15 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. and first and second grade will be from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Gavin Park Gymnasium at 10 Lewis Dr., Wilton. It is $145 per player for 10 sessions. To register visit www.saratogayouthsoccerclub. or contact Juan Garzon at or 731-293-8305 for more information.

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

Saratoga Springs Rec Intro to Ice Skating SARATOGA SPRINGS — Sign up at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center at 15 Vanderbilt Avenue Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., or Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Email for pricing.

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

Saratoga Rec Winter Program Registration SARATOGA SPRINGS — Early bird registration for winter programming ends Tuesday, Dec. 26. Youth boxing and volleyball will be offered. Email for additional information.

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

Ballston Spa Athletics Hall of Fame BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Athletics Hall of Fame Committee

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

First Night Saratoga 5K Run SARATOGA SPRINGS – The 20th Annual First Night Saratoga 5K Run, presented by Saratoga Arts, will take place on Sunday, Dec. 31 at 5:30 p.m. This run is limited to the first 1,500 registrants and there will be no day of race registration. Registration is strongly suggested as the race has sold out for the last 16 years. Registration will included a long-sleeved shirt. After Nov. 24, registration is $30. Save time by registering online at A ChronoTrack B-Tag computerized scoring system will be used in the race. 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 in five-year age categories. All finishers receive a First Night Commemorative Medal. There will

be refreshments after the race along with showers and restrooms available in the athletic complex. For more information, call First Night Saratoga at 518-584-4132. Registration online is available at

Opening Day Bash at West Mountain GLENS FALLS — From 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16, West Mountain will be holding their opening day bash which consists of $17 four-hour lift tickets, live music, food, and drink specials. Call 518-636-3699 for more information.

Harlem Globetrotters Tour to Albany and Glens Falls CAPITAL REGION — Having just recently celebrated their second annual World Trick Shot Day last week, the Harlem Globetrotters announced their new tour to Albany and Glens Falls. At 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 the team will go to Cool Insuring Arena (previously the Civic Center) and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 11 they will be playing at the Times Union Center in Albany. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at, www. (Glens Falls show), or (Albany show).



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Jr. NBA Scores TOWN OF WILTON RECREATION SATURDAY, DEC. 9, 2017 DIVISION 1 Saratoga Blue Streaks Hockey SARATOGA SPRINGS – On Friday, Dec. 8 and Saturday, Dec. 9 the Saratoga Blue Streaks played two games in the Don Kauth Memorial Tournament. In game one, the Blue Streaks were beat by Mamaroneck, 3-0. Saratoga goalie Brad Hipsley had 19 saves. In game two, Saratoga lost to Williamsville North, 8-0. Saratoga goalie Brad Hipsley had 24 saves and Brad Blake had six.

Saratoga Central Catholic Bowling SARATOGA SPRINGS – On Wednesday, Dec. 6 the Saints played Hoosic Valley in a tight match; 3,587 for the Saints and 3,438 for Hoosic Valley. LJ LaFiura had the highest average for the Saints with 219, Tim Barrett followed closely behind with an average of 211. Jared Martin had the highest average for Hoosic Valley with 234 and Blake Wiebert with 206. The Saints won all three matches. On Thursday, Dec. 7 the Saints played Hadley-Luzerne,

beating them 3,052 for the Saints and 2335 for Hadley-Luzerne. Tim Barrett had the highest average for the Saints with 185, Zac Niles was close behind with 180. For Hadley-Luzerne, Ethan Marsh had an average of 147 and Blake Mattison with 141. The Saints record is currently 19-1.

Saratoga Regional YMCA Youth Basketball League ROTARY JUNIOR DIVISION: Saratoga Financial Services 37 – PJ BAR-B-QSA 32 Saratoga Financial used 18 points from Alex Cutler and 13 points from Carter Wood to take the first game of the SRYMCA Youth Basketball League season over PJ BAR B Q by a score of 37 to 32. Jordon Cousar and Gordon Murray each scored 11 points in the loss. Mexican Connection Restaurant 27 – Saratoga PBA 26 The Savage Brothers, Bryant and Alexander scored nine and eight points respectively to lead Mexican Connection to a squeaker one point victory over

Saratoga PBA 27 to 26. PBA was led by Emelyn Tineo with a game high 17 points.

SENIOR DIVISION: Village Photo 56 – Saratoga Firefighters 40 Village Photo got off to a 11-point first half lead over Saratoga Firefighters and coasted to a 56 to 40 victory. Jose Garcia had a team high of 18 points, while teammates Josh Kelly had 15 points and Patrick Deschanie had nine points for the winners. Firefighters got a game high 20 points from Enyer Tineo and Noah Rourke contributed 14 points. Berkshire Hathaway Blake, Realtors 55 – Cudney’s Launderers 31 BHHS Blake Realtors used a 20-point half time lead and never looked back as they defeated Cudney’s by a final score of 55 to 31. The Realtor’s Ian Fisk led the scoring with 22 points while Shane Richardson 13 points, Jake Graham 12 points and Cameron Fitzpatrick five points all helped in the win. Hunter Regels dropped in 20 points and Nate Scott contributed four points in the defeat.

CAVS-14: Cole Whitman - 6, Kaiden Paskewich - 6 LAKERS-10: James Voorhies - 10 WARRIORS-24: Grady Ostrander - 9, Maxim Sawicz - 5 KNICKS-16: Jayden Burke - 6, Brady Moore - 4 HEAT-22: Brady Girard - 8, Aaron Stuart - 6 CELTICS-16: Sammy Bagan - 6, Landon Lockrow - 4 HAWKS-22: Chase Palmer - 6, Carson Engelhard - 4 THUNDER-6: Mason Sleicher - 2, Reese Lemos - 2

DIVISION 2 KNICKS-15: Ben Slavett - 4, Sam Cormier - 3 LAKERS-14: Kihl Kelly - 6, Kaden Wright - 2 HAWKS-17: Gianni Delgado - 9, Dylan Marcello - 4 CELTICS-17: Jack Gutowski - 6, Sean Kelleher - 5 TRAILBLAZERS-37: Rowan Armstrong - 18, Ronan Rowe - 6 WARRIORS-26: Evan Rosettie - 8, Jacob Hernandez - 6 MAGIC-24: Michael Plourde - 6, Joseph Krason - 6 CAVS-14: Danny Larkin - 8, Carson Moser - 6

DIVISION 3 HAWKS-24: Trey Stinislowski-9, Bryant Savage-5 ROCKETS-13: Jared Sleicher-5, Tobey Diulio-4 KNICKS-30: Jacob Durkee-13, Hunter Igram-8 CELTICS-13: Arieon Rose-6, Jaden Viger-5 WARRIORS-24: Andrew Masten-14, Flagg Taylor-6 LAKERS-12: Alex Cutler-6, Evan Rando-4

DIVISION 4 WOLVES-43: Jordan Quintal-14, Tanner Wilson-11 WARRIORS-38: Zach Carpenter-14, Clayton Wilhelm-9 CAVS-46: Jacob Aday-10, Chase Corbett-10 CELTICS-31: Christian McGrath-12, Adam Daoui-9 BLAZERS-38: Jason Viger-13, Julian Silva-Forbes-9 HAWKS-37: Frankie Laniewski-12, Caroline Laniewski-10

Week of December 15 – December 21, 2017



Saratoga Central Catholic Girls Basketball Rebuild by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - “The Wasaren League has a reputation for girls basketball, it’s a tough league,” said Coach Damian Fantauzzi. With only ten players this season, Saratoga Central Catholic and their girls basketball program is in the middle of a rebuild after the previous coach was fired mid-season last year. After that, Damian Fantauzzi, cross-country coach, was asked to step in. “It’s definitely a challenge. When I took it over last year, there was a whole bunch of seniors on the team and now, this season we only have two seniors, including one who has never played before,” Fantauzzi said. Ani Crocker, a senior, is the only returning starter. “We’re a very young and green team,” Fantauzzi explained. The team this year consists

of two seniors, two juniors, four sophomores, one freshmen, and one eighth grader. Ani Crocker and Kennedy Murphy, a junior, are the captains. “They’re just green, there’s a lot they have to learn, one game at a time and one practice at a time, and hopefully we develop a basketball IQ. Not enough of them have played a lot of basketball,” he explained. Fantauzzi is assisted by Ty Stacey, who played on Fantauzzi’s team at Saratoga Springs High School in the early 1980’s. “He’s a welcome addition because he knows the game and he’s helping out with the kids. We’re on the same page with teaching the girls,” Fantauzzi said of Stacey. “The girls are very good and attentive, they’re listening and working hard. Maybe by mid-season or so, maybe we’ll be competitive enough that we can pull off an upset,” Fantauzzi explained.

He said that each practice is like coming into the classroom and learning about the game. Crocker is a triple-threat athlete, with soccer, volleyball, and basketball all on her roster. She is a key-player in the basketball rebuild. “Ani is just so athletic, she does things that amaze us sometimes because she doesn’t really focus on one sport. She’s just one of those talented kids,” Fantauzzi explained. Murphy, only a junior, also joined the team last year midseason after transferring from Saratoga Springs High School. “She has a pretty good basketball IQ because she comes from a basketball family. I’ve coached men in her family before, back when I was at Saratoga Springs High School. She’s got basketball in her blood,” Fantauzzi said. “Every game is a new challenge for us. We have our moments where we look like ‘wow!’ and

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then it kind of falls apart, but that’s because we’re learning,” he said. Coach Fantauzzi is patient though, he enjoys helping the team learn more and be better with each game. “We’re going against tradition and we’re hoping we can build a

new one. That takes time and it doesn’t happen overnight. I love teaching the game,” he said. The girls basketball team plays Tuesday, Wednesday, and Fridays. Information about their upcoming games are available on the Sports at a Glance page.

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Saratoga TODAY 12.15.17