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LOCAL • INDEPENDENT • FREE Volume 11  •  Issue 49  •  December 16 – December 22, 2016

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Deli Celebrates 20 Years

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Spring Street Deli and Pizzeria co-owners Anthony Gargano, left, and Brian Brumley celebrate 20 years of success for the popular neighborhood eatery. Photo by

Hunter Heads to West Point

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Imagine two young men, 22 and 23 years old, riding their mountain bikes to a meeting that could make or break their dream of creating a local deli and pizzeria, and walking in with their caps still on backwards. That was 20 years ago, and the man who then owned the 132 Spring Street building, George Lega, tossed them out

by Kiersten Racela Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Senior goalkeeper Hunter Choy has been

named Athlete of the Week. This season Hunter was a co-captain and standout for the varsity boy’s soccer team. Leading the defense on See Hunter pg. 45

See Deli pg. 16

Federal Deadline Urges City to Action on Affordable Housing by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY

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on their ears. “He wouldn’t even talk to us,” remembered Spring Street Deli and Pizzeria co-owner, Brian Brumley. “Fortunately, our attorney was a good friend of Mr. Lega’s, so he convinced him to give us a second chance. We went back – without hats – and sat with him for four hours. We really hit it off, and he later sold the building to us and held the papers, a pretty big deal for

SARATOGA SPRINGS — City Mayor Joanne Yepsen looked up at the 50 or so people who crowded into City Hall Wednesday afternoon and spoke to the reason for the gathering. “We don’t want to become a community that only the elite can afford,” the mayor said. The City Council’s special mid-day meeting on Dec. 14 effectively kicked-off an 18-month project to address affordable housing in Saratoga Springs. “Residents are saying, ‘We are pricing ourselves out of our own

city,’ meaning that the market rates are higher than what they can afford. I think it’s time for us as a council to address some of the short-term needs as best we can with some longterm solutions,” Yepsen said. “And affordable housing may not just be an option any more – it may be required by the federal government.” The 1968 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH), was amended in 2015 with a final rule that states communities must address affordable housing needs and come up with a consolidation plan to carry out actions. That plan is specifically due from Saratoga See Dealine pg. 14

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Inside TODAY Blotter 5 Obituaries 6-7 Business 16-17 Education 22-23 Pulse 36-39 Sports 43-47


Week of December 16 – December 22, 2016

Man on the Street What is your favorite Spring Street Deli Menu Item?

“Ham, egg, and Swiss sandwich.” ~ Justin Kreider, Saratoga Springs

“All of the freshly made soups.” ~ Matt Palmer, Saratoga Springs

“The Behren’s Sandwich.” ~ Kyle Herrick, Troy “Blackened chicken and veggie soft taco with black beans.” ~ Meaghan McFarland, left, Saratoga Springs “Veggie burrito.” ~ Nicole Williams, right, Ballston Spa

Week of December 16 – December 22, 2016


Demolition on Caroline Street by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — The demolition began this week of a 19th century building at 26 Caroline St. ravaged by a Thanksgiving Day fire. The two-story building was constructed in the 1870s and its façade modified in circa 1908 to install large first-floor

Demolition began Monday, Dec. 12, 2016 at 26 Caroline Street. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

Vice on Broadway

A film crew from visited Saratoga Springs this week to film an episode about the birth of the potato chip that will air in late January 2017. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

windows. Efforts to salvage the structure’s facade were unsuccessful. A faulty electrical extension cord located in a small storage area in the rear of the nearby Mio Posto restaurant on Putnam Street was targeted as the cause of the blaze and resulted in the closure of four businesses. At least two of those businesses - Sperry’s

restaurant, and Hamlet & Ghost – hope to reopen by New Year’s Eve. The owner of the 26 Caroline St. structure, Louis Lazzinnaro, last week said he was working with an architect to create conceptual drawings of what might replace the demolished structure and that the new design could possibly feature a mixed-use development.



Community Mourns Teenager Buried in Snow GREENWICH — A 13-yearold boy died Tuesday, December 13, after being trapped for hours under mounds of snow. According to Greenwich Police Chief George Bell, Joshua J. Demarest, 13, of Greenwich, a 7th grade student at Greenwich Junior-Senior High School and Tyler J. Day, 12, also of Greenwich and a student at the same school, had gone out on Rock Road, dressed warmly, to enjoy building snow forts. They had been digging tunnels into snow banks in a parking lot where the town public works department routinely dumps snow. Investigators believe the boys to have been accidentally buried by one of the trucks completing that work. According to Bell and public works superintendent Leo Flynn, it would have been impossible for the workers to know the boys were there, and the staff is devastated by the tragic accident, as is the entire community. The boys were reported missing around 5 p.m., and police with a K-9 unit and other investigators conducted a search, found a sled

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belonging to one of the boys in a snow bank, and began digging for them. Bell commended investigators for their hard work, estimating they had moved about 7 tons of snow in minutes. Demarest was found unresponsive, and CPR was immediately performed. Day was found alive shortly thereafter, and both boys were transported to Saratoga Hospital, where Demarast was pronounced dead shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday. Day was treated for hypothermia and is now recovering at home. At the Wednesday morning news conference, Bell also reported that young Demarest’s grandmother had passed away Tuesday at approximately 3 p.m., and the family was facing both losses. Superintendent Mark Fish of Greenwich Central School District expressed his grief for the family at a news conference, speaking of a boy who was well liked and a good student. Grief counselors have been made available to the school community.

Week of December 16 – December 22, 2016

City Center Appoints McMahon Executive Director SARATOGA SPRINGS — At the Wednesday, December 14, Saratoga Springs City Center Authority Board meeting, Chairman Joe Dalton announced that by a unanimous decision, Ryan E. McMahon had been selected as the new Executive Director of Saratoga Springs City Center. McMahon will assume this new position January 1, succeeding Mark E. Baker who has led the City Center since its inception in 1984. Baker is retiring effective December 31. “I am honored that the members of the Saratoga Springs City Center Authority have entrusted me to lead a venue of such importance to the Saratoga economy,” said McMahon. “I intend to continue the tradition of excellence established by Mr. Baker. For 32 years, the City Center has been a vital part of making Saratoga Springs a year round destination and has contributed millions to the local economy. I look forward to working with our clients, the City Council and important hospitality partners, in maintaining our place of leadership and success in the meetings market as

new competition emerges.” Prior to relocating to Saratoga Springs, McMahon was the Director of the Times Center, the New York Times’ premier performance, events, and convention venue in Times Square. Earlier in his career, McMahon was the Production Manager for the Manhattan Theatre Club bringing multiple TONY® Award winning productions to the stage. McMahon has spent the past several years working for the Saratoga Springs City Center in the role of Operations Manager. During his tenure as Operations manager for the City Center, he has been in charge of and pivotal to the successful replacement of the original roof, installing a public Wi-Fi system, major HVAC and lighting upgrades as well orchestrating the National Holstein Convention, the North East Organic Farmers Association, Dance Flurry and other major events and conferences at the City Center. McMahon met his wife Colleen Parker McMahon, a Saratoga native, in 2006 while they lived in New York City. He found himself charmed by both

his wife and her hometown and chose to commit to them both. Accordingly, they relocated to Saratoga Springs in 2011. The Saratoga Springs City Center offers 32,000 square foot of leasable space and is at the core of a unique conference complex. The City Center has served as host to corporations, New York State associations, trade groups and northeast regional organizations, among others. For more information visit

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COURTS Lee M. O’Dell, 55, of Clifton Park, pleaded on Dec. 9 to felony DWI. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 3. Patrick P. Prince, 41, of Loudonville, was sentenced on Dec. 7 to one year in Saratoga County Jail, after pleading to felony DWI. Matthew D. Sheehan, 39, of Ballston Lake, was sentenced on Dec. 7 to one year in Saratoga County Jail, after pleading to felony DWI. Jared A. Brockbank, 26, of Mechanicville, pleaded on Dec. 5 to felony rape in the third degree. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 6. Reinaldo A. Torres, 53, of Ballston Spa, pleaded to felony rape in the second degree. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 27. Alfred J. Hall, 26, of Gansevoort, was sentenced to two years in state prison and two years of post-release supervision, after pleading to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree. Andre R. Allen, 29, of Saratoga Springs, was sentenced on Dec. 2 to 2.5 years in state prison and 10 years of post-release supervision, after pleading to felony rape, in connection with an incident that occurred in Malta.

POLICE Joshua T. Bouleris, 22, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Dec. 6 with criminal tampering in the third degree, two counts of criminal mischief in the fourth degree, assault in the third degree, and endangering the welfare of a child. All charges are misdemeanors. Edward G. Dennis, 45, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Dec. 5 with criminal contempt second

degree/mandate of court, a misdemeanor. Peter B. Lonergan, 20, of Weston, Connecticut, and Theodore W. Badenhausen, 21, of Mendham, New Jersey, were each charged on Dec. 5 with misdemeanor petit larceny, and trespassing. Lisa R. Milo, 55, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Dec. 4 with criminal mischief, a misdemeanor. Jordan M. Lafontaine, 24, of Rotterdam, was charged on Dec. 4 with misdemeanor DWI, aggravated DWI, unlawful possession of marijuana, and following a vehicle too closely. Jeremiah J. Hopkins, 34, of Ballston Spa, was charged on Dec. 4 with misdemeanor DWI, leaving the scene of an auto accident, and failure to keep right. Anjali N. Delotsang, 19, of Ithaca, and Owen T. Campbell, 20, of Foxborough, Massachusetts, were each charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument, and criminal trespass third degree – both misdemeanors. William J. Frederick, 27, of Schenectady, was charged on Dec. 3 with criminal possession of marijuana fifth degree, a misdemeanor. Shawn M. Johnson, 34, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Dec. 3 with criminal trespass third degree, a misdemeanor Manish Saha, 42, of Niskayuna, was charged on Dec. 3 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle third degree- a misdemeanor, and speeding. Luis M. Marin, 44, of Wilton, was charged on Dec. 3 with criminal mischief in the second degree – a felony.

BLOTTER 5 Jonathon F. Imbo, 31, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Dec. 2 with criminal possession of marijuana fifth degree, a misdemeanor. Shan M. Shaffe, 19, of Wilton, was charged on Dec. 1 with leaving the scene of an auto accident, criminal possession of a controlled substance, operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs – all misdemeanors, and improper lane use and unlawful possession of marijuana. Kimberly A. Chrysler, 20, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Dec. 1

with misdemeanor petit larceny. Matthew W. Campion, 30, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Dec. 1 with felony DWI as a second offense, and refusing a pre-screen test. Timothy L. Tanner, 38, of Ballston Spa, was charged Nov. 30 as a fugitive from justice, a felony. Tanner was wanted in Massachusetts on a felony warrant for alleged assault and battery on a household member. Jody C. Quackenbush, 45, of Saratoga Springs, was

charged on Nov. 30 with third-degree misdemeanor assault. Patrick J. Weatherwax, 22, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Nov. 30 with second-degree criminal contempt, a misdemeanor. Brendan A. King, 35, of Schenectady, was charged on Nov. 30 with misdemeanor petit larceny. Henry J. Hester, 41, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Nov. 28 with criminal possession of marijuana, and criminal possession of a controlled substance both misdemeanors.

6 Alice Buesing WILTON — Alice Buesing entered into the presence of Jesus, surrounded by her family, on December 11, 2016. She was born in Secaucus, NJ on August 20, 1920 to Alice and Frank Auffinger, the first of seven children. Alice married Henry G. Buesing on November 9, 1941. During World War II, she waitressed and worked as a machine operator in a local factory. After the war, they built a home in Lincoln Park, NJ. In June of 1930, Alice and Henry moved to a small farm near Saratoga Springs. Later, in 1975, Alice started her antiques business and continued until retiring in 2006. Aside from Alice’s professional career, she enjoyed her home, her family, and caring for people. She loved her church and her dogs and cat. In addition to her parents, Alice is predeceased by her husband, Henry; sisters Lillian and Ruth; and brothers Buddy and Frank. Survivors include her daughters, Nancy, Eileen, and Irene; sons Henry and Donald; brother, Harry; sister Mickey; and 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Relatives and friends gathered to remember her on Thursday, December 15, 2016 at the William J. Burke and Sons/Bussing and Cunniff Funeral Homes of Saratoga Springs. A funeral service will be celebrated at noon on Friday, December 16, 2016 in the First Baptist Church of Saratoga Springs. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Rd. in Schuylerville. Memorials may be made in her name to the Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St. in Saratoga Springs. Online remembrances may be made at burkefuneralhome. com.

Beverly M. (Gorham) Blodgett GREENFIELD CENTER — Beverly M. (Gorham) Blodgett of Route 9N passed away Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016 at Saratoga Hospital. She was 83. Born on Aug. 6, 1933 in Saratoga Springs, she was the daughter of the late Lonny and Josephine (Smith) Gorham and a lifelong area resident. A 1951 graduate of Saratoga Springs High School, she was employed by the Carusone and Carusone firm for several years. Bev also worked for 24 years in the Saratoga Springs City Court prior to her retirement and was a member of the Greenfield Senior Citizens. Survivors include her husband of over 62 years, Charles T. Blodgett of Greenfield Center and several cousins. Graveside services will be conducted at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road in Schuylerville at a May 2017 date and time (to be announced). There are no calling hours and memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J.

OBITUARIES Burke and Sons/Bussing and Cunniff Funeral Homes of Saratoga Springs. Online remembrances may be made at

David Wayne Moises Takeo Miháy Pickett Becerra Johnstone Medina PROVIDENCE, RI — David Wayne Moises Takeo Miháy Pickett Becerra Johnstone Medina, 50, died suddenly on Tuesday morning, December 6, 2016, at his home in Providence, RI. He leaves his sister Alejandra Pickett Becerra, her husband Daniel Hill, and their daughter Isabella of Scotia, his sister Adriana Pickett Becerra of Brooklyn, his sister Anastasia Pickett Becerra, her husband Noman Nally, and their children Aloysius, Sasha, and Carmen. David also leaves his remaining uncle, aunts, and many cousins in Bogotá, Colombia and Venezuela, and several cousins in NY, MD, PA, and CA; his adopted Amtrak and Providence families, and friends throughout New York, Utica, RI, Boston, and Albany. He was preceded in death by his mother María del Carmen Becerra Medina de Pickett in 1983; his father Dr. David Wayne Pickett Sr., 81, who died 11 days before, on Saturday morning, November 26, 2016; and his feline companions Claudette, and Loki. Born in Utica on June 2, 1966, David grew up in Utica and Whitesboro, New York. He attended Elementary School in Whitesboro and left high school three years early, after 9th grade, to attend Bard College at Simon’s Rock in 1981. Later, he attended Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica. As a child, David was an ingenious costume maker. At a very early age he made and flew in Superman and Batman costumes whenever he got the chance. He also created costumes for, and starred as Spiderman, Spock, and later as Darth Vader. He held several martial arts belts in Judo, sang in the Grace Church boys choir, was an accomplished musician as a drummer and singer, had an encyclopedic knowledge of movies and a vast collection, and a passion for Star Trek, Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings. He was an avid skilled MMO-RPG gamer and was really good at board games too. David had the opportunity to travel to Japan, and to visit family in Bogotá, Colombia, Venezuela, and Mexico several times. He loved to read and to learn, and excelled at everything he put his mind to. David had a giant personality concentrated in a beautiful gentle spirit. He was brilliant, articulate, strong as an ox, and had an uncanny sense of direction. He was funny, sensitive, loyal, and generous to a fault. He was a good friend, and an extraordinary brother, uncle, cousin, and nephew. His friends and sisters will remember long conversations and marathon movie nights with him, feasting on pizza, chicken wings, and liter bottles of soda. As a young man, David began his twenty-seven-year career at Amtrak as a Café Attendant, and later became an Assistant Conductor, and finally an Engineer, a job he loved and at which he excelled. His knowledge of the train was legendary. He was known to be a stickler for the rules and was a whiz at problem solving. David will take one last ride on the train to return home to NY where he will be buried in Scotia in a private family funeral. A celebration of his life is planned by his family in warmer weather, the details of which will be announced at a later date. David now is traveling to the stars at warp speed and he is the commander of his own ship. Calling hours in Scotia will be on December 15, 2016 between 4 and 7 p.m. at the Pickett-Hill Family Home, 541 Sacandaga Rd. in Scotia. Online remembrances may be made at www.

Week of December 16 – December 22, 2016

Dominick Dachille SARATOGA SPRINGS — Dominick (Dickie) Dachille 88, a native Staten Island resident, died peacefully in his home in Saratoga Springs on December 13, after battling a terminal illness. A veteran of the Armed Forces, he served overseas during the Korean War. A dry-wall contractor by trade, he owned his own dry-wall business on the Island for over 50 Years and retired in 1991 when he moved to Saratoga Lake. Dominick loved horseracing especially “August in Saratoga.” A baseball enthusiast, he was a staunch New York Yankees fan. In his youth, he was an outstanding pitcher for an amateur baseball team and was recruited to try out for the Brooklyn Dodgers farm team. He also enjoyed gardening and cooking and was known to many for his “extraordinary eggplant parmigiana.” Dominick was an adoring father and grandfather with a genuine affection for babies and young children. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and will be fondly remembered for his generous spirit, his quick wit and humorous storytelling. He is survived by his devoted wife of 58 years Janice Updale Dachille, loving children, Michael and wife Carel, Neil, daughter Rae Erin, and granddaughter Arielle. Dominick is predeceased by his brother Frank (“Frankie Dash”) and his sister Antoinette (Ann) and her husband Anthony (Nino) Morreale. Family and friends paid their respects on Thursday, December 15, 2016 at Compassionate Care Funeral Home in Saratoga Springs. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to St. Jude Children Research Hospital or The Community Hospice, 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

John “Jack” Maeby GANSEVOORT — A memorial Mass for John “Jack” Maeby, Sr., who died on August 21, 2016, will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016 in the Church of St. Peter, 241 Broadway in Saratoga Springs. Online remembrances may be made at burkefuneralhome. com.

Josephine D. Waite SARATOGA SPRINGS — Josephine D. Waite of Schuyler Drive in Saratoga Springs, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday, December 5, 2016. She was 92 years old. Born on December 9, 1923, in Leuven, Belgium, she was the daughter of the late Henri and Emily Reumans. Mrs. Waite was a war-bride and was married to her husband Norman Waite for over 50 years until he passed away in June of 1997. She and her husband were members of the Elks Lodge # 161 in Saratoga Springs for many years. Her greatest love and enjoyment came from her children, grandchildren and greatgrandchild. She will be greatly missed by all of them. Survivors include her son, Edward Waite of Myrtle Beach, SC, two daughters Yolanda Sprecher and her husband Randy of Plain, WI, and Vera Nichols and her husband Gene of Stowe, VT, a sister Nini Dillaerts of Belgium, three grandchildren, Eric Waite, Scott and Kim Sprecher and a great grandson Derek Sprecher. Family and friends gathered to remember her on Friday, Dec. 9 at the Tunsion Funeral Home of Saratoga Springs. Funeral services were held at the funeral home on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016 Burial followed at the family plot in Ballston Spa Village Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made in her memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 262 Danny Thomas Place in Memphis, TN 38105 or at

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Keith W. Vance GANSEVOORT — Keith W. Vance, 54, a resident of Jewell Rd. passed away suddenly Tuesday, December 13, 2016 doing what he loved best, with his boys by his side. Born January 24, 1962 in Glens Falls, he was the son of Wayne and Sandra Vance of Gansevoort. Keith retired from Washington Correctional Facility where he worked as a Corrections Officer for 25 years. He was currently employed at the Town of Moreau Recreational Park. He was a life member of Gansevoort Fire Department, and was an avid hunter and outdoorsman. In addition to his mother Sandy, he was predeceased by his grandparents, Milton and Marie Post, Albert “Bud” and Dorothy Vance, his grandparents-in-law Alexander “Ike” and Lena Adamson, and John and Florence Kelly; his uncles Gary Vance and Albert “John” (Pat) Vance; and aunt Lorraine Post Smith. Survivors include his loving wife and high school sweetheart of 36 years, Tammy Adamson Vance of Gansevoort; his two sons, Joshua (Erin) Vance and Jordan (Jennica) Vance, all of Gansevoort; his only granddaughter and sidekick, Madeline Vance; his father Wayne (Maryann) Vance of Gansevoort; his brother, Kevin (Laurie) Vance of NC; mother and father-in-law Herbert and Mary Lois Adamson; uncle Harold (Betty) Vance; aunt Kathy Vandecar and Kathy Vance; as well as many other aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and close friends. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, December 17, 2016 at Flynn Bros. Inc. Funeral Home, 13 Gates Ave. in Schuylerville. A reception will be held for family and friends immediately following the service at the Gansevoort Fire House. Friends may call on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials can be made in Keith’s memory to the Gansevoort Fire Dept., PO Box 172, Gansevoort, NY or St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl, Memphis, TN 38105-9959. Online remembrances can be made at

Loretta Joan Rituno SARATOGA SPRINGS — Loretta Joan Rituno, age 75 passed away on December 6, 2016 after a lengthy illness. She was born in Brooklyn on April 7, 1941, and moved to the Saratoga area in 1959. Loretta was born in New York City to Sylvia and Jesus Lopez with her siblings Barbara Teeling (deceased), Stanley Lopez, and Rose Decker. Loretta moved to the Saratoga area in 1959. She was a beloved mother, sister, aunt, grandmother and great-grandmother. Loretta was very giving with her time, her resources and her attention to her family. Her house was always full of nieces, nephews and family members that shared in her kindness.

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OBITUARIES 7 Family gatherings brought together several generations of Lopez, Rituno, Teeling, Pittingers and Deckers at Loretta’s house where all were welcome. She was quick to share whatever she had with any that needed a warm place to stay or food to sustain them as well as love to nourish the soul. After her retirement, she moved to South Carolina to live with her daughter, returning to us during the holidays and to refill our cups with joy. Loretta was born to Sylvia and Jesus Lopez along with her siblings Barbara Teeling (deceased), Stanley Lopez, and Rose Decker. In her youth, the family moved to Saratoga with her Aunt Rozzie, Uncle Joe and their children Carol Trippi (deceased), Benita Pittinger and Larry Pittinger. She is survived by two children, Carrie DeChants and Sherman Rituno, brother Stanley Lopez and sister Rose Decker (Glenn), grandchildren, David DeChants, Christine DeChants Cote (Jeremy), Jonathan DeChants, Daminan Rituno, and Anthony “AJ” Mauldin as well as great-grandchildren Dylan DeChants and Madison Rituno. She is predeceased by her husband Patrick Rituno (1998) and her son Mitchell Vincent (2005). A Celebration of Life was held on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at Temple Sinai, 509 Broadway in Saratoga Springs with a gathering at the Temple following the service. Arrangements are under the direction of Compassionate Funeral Care, Inc, 402 Maple Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. If you wish to express your online condolences or view the Obituary, please visit our website at

Maude E. Gailor Maloney EAST GREENBUSH — Maude E. Gailor Maloney, 75, of East Greenbush, passed away on Wednesday, December 7, 2016. She was born in Saratoga Springs and lived in Rensselaer for over 30 years before moving to East Greenbush 12 years ago. Maude was a Licensed Practical Nurse working for Central Nursing Service. She enjoyed baking, and after retiring from nursing, she became a baker at Wal-Mart. She was very charitable, helping many organizations. One of her biggest joys was adopting a family at Christmastime providing gifts for all. She was a member of the Rensselaer Senior Center and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Melvin Roads American Legion Post. Maude was the wife of George E. Maloney, mother of David, Scott and Paul Maloney, and grandmother of Pauly, Madeline and Marissa. She was one of sixteen children; she leaves behind siblings Fred Gailor, Marg Grant, Fran Gailor and Charlotte Collins. Friends and relatives said their goodbyes on Monday, December 10, 2016 at the New Rural Cemetery in East Greenbush. Contributions in Maude’s name may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude’s Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or

Rita Murphy SARATOGA SPRINGS — Rita Murphy answered her call to heaven on December 8, 2016. She was 91 years old. Born on June 12, 1925, in Brooklyn, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Barrett and Marion Reardon Barrett. Mrs. Murphy married her husband of over 50 years, John G. Murphy, on October 12, 1947. He passed away September 10, 1998. She is predeceased by her parents, Thomas and Marion Barrett, sister Lillian (Bernard) Funk, brothers Richard (Marjory) Barrett, Bernard Barrett, as well as her loving husband of 50 years, John G. Murphy. Survivors include her son John Thomas Murphy and his

wife Louise of Massapequa Park, NY, three daughters, Rita Mary DeCrescenzo and her husband Peter of The Villages, FL, Donna Ondreicka and her husband Paul of Baldwin and JoAnn Varney and her husband Glenn of Saratoga Springs, a brother, Thomas Barrett and his wife Irene of Florida, a sisterin-law Arlene Barrett of Florida. She was “Nanny” to Michael, Shannon, Dan, Robert, (Janet), Heather, Kevin, Daniel and Riannon, great-grandmother to Julian. Rita was also a loving friend to Joan Varney and loved her Toga Boy. Friends and family gathered to say their goodbyes on Sunday, December 11, 2016 at the Tunison Funeral Home in Saratoga Springs. A mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Clement’s Roman Catholic Church in Saratoga on Monday, December 12. Burial will follow at a later date at Memorial Cemetery in Deerfield Beach, FL. Memorial donations can be made in her memory to St. Jude Children’s research Hospital or at www.stjude.orgOnline remembrances can be made at www.tunisonfuneralhome. com

Shawn T. Powell SCHUYLERVILLE — Shawn T. Powell went to his final resting place on Sunday, December 11, 2016 at Saratoga Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Shawn was born on February 25, 1972 at Saratoga Hospital. He spent his youth in the town of Wilton and graduated in 1991 from Saratoga Springs High School. He is predeceased by his loving and adoring mother, Joan Powell. Survivors include his girlfriend Dawn Medick and her daughter Jessie; Shawn’s sons, Devin (13) and Ethan (12) all of Schuylerville; his father Raymond Powell of Cossauyna Lake, NY; brother Richard Powell (Rebecca) of Corinth and sister Naomi Powell Farrington (Neil) of Gansevoort. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Shawn enjoyed a career in boxing at The Saratoga Boxing Club from the time he was 10 years old until transferring to Schenectady Boxing Club at age 18. He went on to become a professional boxer and traveled throughout the east coast of the United States and included fights in Ireland. He was also Golden Gloves Champion of New York State. Shawn was employed by C.R. Bard in Glens Falls. He loved his job and the overwhelming love and support he received from his coworkers, especially throughout his brief illness. Shawn considered his co- workers as family. Shawn’s greatest love and accomplishment in life was his boys Devin and Ethan. You would often see Shawn and Devin running together on Rt. 4 and through the village of Schuylerville and the city of Glens Falls. He was proud of Devin and enjoyed traveling to many of his school track meets. Ethan was Shawn’s “mini me” as he had a lot of energy and kept him on his toes. Shawn loved and was proud that Ethan had a special connection with animals. He was very proud of how smart he was and knew if Ethan put his mind to it he will go very far in life. Shawn had a great impact on the many people he met throughout his short life of 44 years and will be greatly missed by all. Relatives and friends gathered in his name on Thursday, Dec.15, 2016 at the William J. Burke and Sons/Bussing and Cunniff Funeral Homes of Saratoga Springs. Burial followed at St. Peter’s Cemetery, also in Saratoga Springs. A celebration of Shawn’s life took place immediately following at The VFW Post 20, at 192 Excelsior Ave., in Saratoga Springs. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Adirondack Trust c/o Naomi Farrington in Trust for Devin and Ethan Powell. Online remembrances may be made at

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Week of December 16 – December 22, 2016

Happy 107th Birthday, Marion Buchanan Looking Back on War, Women, and Moon Walks by Norra Reyes Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — When you meet Marion Buchanan, you become immediately aware that you are in the presence of a lady in her truest form. Marion’s petite stature belies a tall order of graciousness, and as she takes your coat and shakes your hand, you sense her strong civic duty and know this is a woman who values a good job well done. Marion was born Dec. 18, 1909 in Dedham, Massachusetts just outside of Boston. A loyal Red Sox fan, the team recently sent her a birthday greeting with some souvenir gifts, including dirt from Fenway Park. She moved to Glenville in 1984, and after selling her home, she moved to Prestwick Chase in Saratoga Springs in 2008, where she is today. The active 107-year-young woman has a history rich in

public service. She is the second child of 7 and has never married, but between all of her nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and her siblings’ progeny, she says her family numbers around 50. Marion remembers America’s entry into World War II clearly. It was to be a turning point in her life. “I was in my living room, listening to the New York Philharmonic, when the announcement came over the radio, we were at war,” recalled Marion. “I was shocked. All the members of my family were, it was totally unexpected.” She was in her third year at Boston University at the time, working and going to school at night. Not long after that radio announcement, she joined the Women’s Army Corps (WAC). “I was secretary to the WAC staff director in the European Theater,” said Marion. “When I returned in 1947, I was

stationed at the Pentagon for a year and a half. I also served in a bombardier school in Carlsbad, New Mexico. I was an administrative specialist in the personnel division.” She was thoughtful for a moment, then smiled as she said, “I was scared at first. When I was a child, I suffered from homesickness, but my mother felt I should represent the family and be of service, so she helped me. My brother joined the navy soon after I joined the WACs.” Marion saw the role of women change dramatically during her life, saying it is very different now from when she first joined the WACs. “We weren’t accepted,” she said. “We were new, and they thought we wouldn’t be effective. But I think the WACs did a good job, and relieved a lot of the men in their work so they could go off to war.” She shook her head, saying,

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“They tell me women still aren’t getting equal pay. One thing I do miss after women’s rights, though, is the respect. It used to be, a man would jump up to let you have his seat.”

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events as a matter of form, and clearly remembers history’s turning points as if they were yesterday. “I was working for an orthopedic surgeon when a woman called in to speak with her father. She told us Jack Kennedy had been shot,” Marion said seriously. “That was a terrible experience.” Marion was at the Grand Canyon when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. “I was very proud of my country,” she said, “and very proud of him, certainly. The whole world was watching. I remember getting our bags at the hotel, and the bellhop, who was Chinese, refused to pack our bags until the take-off. I was very proud of Jack Kennedy for having instigated the program.” Her favorite presidents are Harry Truman, Jimmy Carter, and, naturally, John F. Kennedy. She laughed and said, “I’m a Republican and my favorites are all Democrats. But Jack really was an inspiration to so many young people

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at the time.” Marion said she has no secret to share for longevity. “I’m here by the grace of God,” she said. “I have done nothing at all to improve my life. I guess I would say it’s

important to not take life too seriously, and be happy.” And then she laughed and said, “If I were to do it all over again, I probably would make the same exact mistakes I did the first time.”

Marion, who is fond of classical music and jazz; an avid Bridge player; a world traveler even after the war; a dedicated career woman who wore her hats and gloves with style, and a staunch patriot

who has served her country well, has left those of us following behind her some very big shoes to fill. Thank you for your service, Marion Buchanan, and happy birthday.

Week of December 16 – December 22, 2016


Expert Panel Provides Cyber Security Advice

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — One of the biggest issues in modern times impacting consumers, government, and businesses is cyber security. According to a 2013 survey by the National Small Business Association, 44 percent of small businesses reported being the victim of a cyber attack, with an average cost of approximately $9,000 per attack. Small businesses have valuable information cybercriminals seek, including employee and customer data, bank account information, access to business finances, and intellectual property. Small business employers also provide access to larger networks such as supply chains. With that in mind, the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce hosted a cyber security breakfast panel with experts from the University at Albany, Saratoga Hospital, and Arrow Corporation. They shared tips and strategies to help defend businesses from these critical threats. Sponsored by Whiteman Osterman and Hanna, the breakfast was attended by about 60 participants and held on Thursday, December 8, at Saratoga National Golf Club. “For the Chamber, our interest in hosting this workshop is to help our members to understand the threats they face with a seemingly endless number of cyber attacks coming from near and far,” said Chamber President Todd L. Shimkus, CCE. “I think every organization could be a victim. It may be hard to protect yourself from every attack but we’re all better off staying apprised of the things we can do to minimize the threat. We really appreciate the work of Whiteman Osterman and Hanna to help us organize this presentation on a topic that is both timely

and relevant to our members. The panelists are all experts in this field and the best practices they shared offered practical advice everyone who attended could use.” The panel was moderated by Chris Meyer, attorney at Whiteman Osterman and Hanna, and included: Dr. Sanjay Goel, Director of Research for NYS Center for Information Forensics and Assurance and Professor and Chair of Information Technology Management at UAlbany; Kathleen Kelleher, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Saratoga National Bank; and Gary Moon, Senior Security Analyst at Saratoga Hospital. “I think it was very well received,” said Meyer. “The single most significant message that the panelists shared was that the human element is extremely important in cyber security. It is vital to make sure employees are knowledgeable and appropriately trained. Meyer said the panelists made the observation that the greatest cyber risk many organizations face in Saratoga County is from employees being tricked into clicking on links in fraudulent emails. Ransomware is unfortunately common, and the office of Attorney general and law enforcement is very active in this area. The primary enforcer on the federal level is the Federal Trade Commission, in concert with the Federal Bureau of Investigations and other law enforcement to track down criminals. The panel also used examples from the recent Presidential campaign to highlight causes of leaks of sensitive company information to social media. They panel recommended employers ensure

trust and loyalty in staff, and the need for confidentiality agreements and other strong internal security measures. Meyer said there was a general recognition by attendees that there are many things businesses can do to control their risk, and with proper planning, they can have a leg up on prevention, as well as have an ability to recover quickly if struck by an incident. “We could have talked all day,” said Meyer. “People need to regularly monitor their credit reports and take action as soon as they see something unusual. It’s safe to say that just about everyone at some point has had his or her personal

information compromised. Often, people assume that it was stolen from a particular place and it turns out not to be true. It’s not always the case that where you think it happened is where it happened. If you are using your social security number or buying online or even using your debit card at a doctor’s office, your information may have been comprised. It’s a risk we all have to take for the convenience of these transactions. It’s both an aspect of people taking responsibility for their own affairs and then being prepared to deal with the event should it, unfortunately, occur.” The U.S. Small Business Administration unveiled a new

cyber security webpage for small businesses at in October. The SBA cyber security webpage is a resource for small business owners to discover online courses, training opportunities, blogs and webinars, as well as learn cyber security information tips, including how to: protect against viruses, spyware and other malicious code; educate employees about cyber threats; safeguard Internet connections by using a firewall and encrypting information; and use best practices on payment cards, including shifting to more secure credit card payment technology known as “EMV.”



Week of December 16 – December 22, 2016

Notes from City Hall: Vote to Change Saratoga Springs Government Could Come in the Spring by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — City residents could be voting as soon as next spring on a referendum to change the way the city has governed for the duration of its 101-year history. This week, the 15-member Saratoga Springs City Charter Review Commission unanimously approved the drafting of a new charter, and in a 12-3 straw poll voted to draft a motion for a new form of government. The work will begin immediately to prepare a proposal

for an alternative form of government to be considered by the commission, with the goal of being placed before the voters in spring 2017. A new form of government, if approved by voters, could go into effect as soon as 2018. “Changing a city’s charter is not something to be undertaken lightly,” said charter commission chairman Bob Turner. “I think the members of the commission felt very confident in their understanding of the city charter to make their decision. It was a long process, but well worth it.”

Turner said the commission’s goal was to conduct the most comprehensive and in-depth review of Saratoga Springs’ city government that has ever been executed. Interviews were conducted with 20 current and former city council members, 10 city hall department heads, and six other mayors and city managers, in addition to separate surveys of City Hall employees and potential City Council candidates. A town hall meeting and 30 committee and subcommittee meetings were held over the past 6 months.

City Workers: Commission Form of Government Doesn’t Work A 16-question survey distributed to City Hall and Public Safety employees from Nov. 25 to Dec. 8 received 75 responses. More than eighty per cent of those workers have worked at City Hall for at least six years. The majority responded that political conflicts or tensions between department commissioners affected workers’ ability to do their jobs and nearly half said they didn’t trust deputy commissioners to make decisions in the best interest of the city. As to the commission form of government specifically, 71.8 percent of the city employees said they don’t believe it provides for effective management of the city, and most opted instead for either a strong mayor, or city manager form of governing. Five members – the mayor plus four commissioners heading the departments of Public Safety, Public Works, Finance, and Accounts, respectively – comprise the Saratoga Springs City Council, which operates in a commission form of government. That is, each council member is responsible for administering their own department as well as serving as legislators. The concept was founded in Galveston, Texas in 1901 after a storm ravaged the city, killing more than 5,000 people and creating the need for a useful way of post-disaster governing. Five department heads were given equal say in how the city should be reconstructed. It proved to be

an efficient measure. The city of Houston adopted a similar form four years later. By 1912, 206 cities in 34 states followed suit, from Margate City, New Jersey - with a population of 129, to Oakland, California, with 150,000 residents at the time. Saratoga Springs followed suit shortly after it was incorporated as a city in 1915.

Survey: Commission Form of Government Excludes Diverse Voices and Talent, Chairman Says In a second recently issued survey by the charter review commission, a pool of 182 potential City Council candidates who were queried revealed that changing from the commission form of government would dramatically increase the number of people willing to run for City Council. Only 8.2 percent responded they would be “somewhat,” or “extremely likely” to run for one of the four commissioner positions in the current system of governing. More than three times as many said they were “somewhat or “very likely to run” were they to serve as a part-time legislator and did not have any administrative responsibilities. Commission positions are paid an annual salary of $14,500 and hire a fulltime deputy to run their office. Interviews with current and former commissioners revealed that many found it challenging to balance a full-time job with the dual demands of running a major department and legislating, Continued on page 9.

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a combination unique to the commission form of government. Seventy percent of the survey respondents reported working full-time. “We clearly have a large pool of civically engaged citizens who want to serve the city, but are unable to make the time commitment required under the commission form of government,” Turner said. “The data shows we are excluding a diverse set of voices and talent.”

The Commission has met two to three times each month since June to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the charter. The next meeting will take place 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27 at City Hall.

Upcoming Meetings The City Council will host a pre-agenda meeting 9:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 19 and a full council meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20 at City Hall. The Zoning Board of Appeals will host a meeting 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19 at City Hall.

Members of the Saratoga Springs City Charter Commission working on resolution to begin work for an alternative form of government to be considered by the Commission, with the goal of being placed before the voters in the Spring of 2017. Photo provided.



Week of December 16 – December 22, 2016

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Springs in May 2020, with submissions due at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development by October 2019. “We are planning this will take us about a year and a half to put together, so we’re starting at the right time,” Yepsen said. Survey Says: Additional Housing Needed A 228-page market study regarding housing needs in Saratoga Springs conducted during the summer by GAR Associates indicates a strong demand for additional housing in the city, and recommends multiple rent tiers targeting different income bands in the development of workforce, family, and senior housing. The study points to Saratoga Springs’ disparity in income levels as a supporting case to be made for affordable housing projects that specifically feature workforce-oriented and mixed-income housing, where attorneys would live in the same building as busboys, explained Saratoga Springs Housing Authority Executive Director Paul Feldman. “Affordable housing to me is not only by the HUD standards

(residents should not spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing), but for Saratoga Springs it’s taking care of our hospitality industry and making sure that the workers can get to work and live close to jobs,” Yepsen said. “So, it’s workforce housing for our hospitality industry and it’s allowing young professionals to move and work here.” The study reported the average listing price of a new singlefamily home in Saratoga Springs is $504,000, the average annual earning salary is about $70,000, and that of the more than 600 housing units built in the city during the past decade -in addition to another 200 or so on the table in the future - none include an affordable housing component. “What the market study shows is that 80 percent of the people who need more affordable housing are Saratogians,” Yepsen said. “They currently live here and are having trouble paying their bills. Eighty percent of the people are our own people - and that’s why I’m taking this to heart. We need to do this. Hopefully this will be the beginning of a plan.”

Saratoga Springs, December 2016, Woodlawn Avenue facing east. More than 600 housing units have been developed in Saratoga Springs in the past decade and another 200 are on the table in the near future. Photo by

There are several options to be explored, from working with private developers, to nonprofits. A decade-old Inclusionary Zoning ordinance revived by Sustainable Saratoga earlier this year calls for the

dedication of a small percentage of all future units built be designated for moderate, or low-income households. In exchange, builders would receive a bonus that allows an increased density of the project. The IZ would also spread the dispersal of mixed-use affordable housing across the community. “If the IZ ever passed the council, it would mean every developer, from here on in, would include a percentage of affordable housing,” Yepsen said. The proposal currently sits at the city and county planning boards for their respective advisory opinions, after which it will be required to pass through the city’s Land Use boards before being returned to the council for a potential vote. In a community with high-income characteristics such as Saratoga Springs, incentives often have to be provided in order to create the support for municipal approvals associated with affordable housing. The Middle Class Gap Yepsen said looking at the housing gap from a continuum of care spectrum, the path begins at the Code Blue emergency shelter, continues on to Shelters of Saratoga, and transitions to public housing and eventually private housing.

But, that’s where the path ends. “That middle gap, to me, is what really is the crux of the problem, because you’re not eligible for help, yet you can’t afford the high-end condos either, so you end up stuck in the middle,” Yepsen said. “And Saratoga Springs is going to be feeling that more, unless we can at least introduce some other price points for housing in the city. It is for me, a priority and that is the reality of the situation. The question now is: What does the council want to do about it?” The survey reports that land adjacent to The Saratoga Springs Housing Authority’s Stonequist Apartments would be ideal for a large mixed development. Currently, the city is looking at grant funding opportunities to develop 20 to 26 new affordable housing units at Jefferson and Vanderbilt Terrace. “We’re thrilled that we’re a thriving economic community and we don’t want that to change at all,” the mayor said. “Our package of assets and cultural opportunities are going to thrive and grow, but we’ve got to take care of our own too. We need to be both - an economically thriving tourist community and a residential year-round affordable community, with a high quality of life.”

Week of December 16 – December 22, 2016

BALLSTON SPA 8 Jovan Court, $380,000. Christine McPartlin sold property to Jason and Jennifer Capello . 941 State Route 50, $127,500. Timothy and Debra Murphy sold property to Timothy Murphy. 20 Sycamore St. $312,000. Sarah and Thomas Linville sold property to Christine McPartlin. 1425 Saratoga Rd., $195,000. Darryl Levan and Dorinda Gifford-Levan sold property to Sean Smith. 21 Apple St., $257,000. Gregory and Susan Birbilis sold property to Christopher Eckerlin. 13 Katharine Court, $426,174. Traditional Homebuilders and Developers Inc. sold property to Tony and Alysse Kasowski. 362 Goode St., $360,000. Jeffrey Fendick sold property to Andrew and Mia Detor. 535 Reita Street, $165,000. Lois Harper (by Agent) sold property to Daniel Shields. 9 Apple St., $149,500. Ana Pieruccetti sold property to Carter Flanigan. 44 Jenkins Rd., $158,000. Tammy Townsend and Scott Crawford (Co Trustees) sold property to Sean and Tammy Townsend. 14 Saddlebrook Blvd., Lot 65, $373,000. Legacy Custom Homes LLC sold property to Julie Moynehan. 47 Cypress St., $319,990. Heritage Builders Group LLC sold property to Casey and Turina Parker.

MALTA 5 Twinflower Court, $360,000. Robert and Darlene Landor sold property to Keith Dolan. 154 Thimbleberry Rd., $193,500. Paul Tokarchuk and Tiffany Festo-Tokarchuk sold property to George Simok. 43 Yachtsmans Way, $506,352. Malta Land Company LLC sold property to Donald and Donna Seavey. 178 Thimbleberry Rd., $194,000. Mary Edgerton sold property to Jennifer Chudy and Linda Cosey.


27 Walden Glen, $247,500. Frank and Susan Levy sold property to Adam and Margaret White. 4 Raspberry Dr., $235,000. Sally Secombe sold property to David Neun. 10 Surrey Dr., $344,000. Matthew Scarpino sold property to Sirva Relocation Properties LLC. 10 Surrey Dr., $344,000. Sirva Relocation Properties LLC sold property to Harsh Kothari and Krutika Patel. 13 Snowberry Lane, $167,500. David and Dena Fasola sold property to Patricia Linck. Lot 37 Fenlon Lane, $398,099. John Luke Development Co. LLC sold property to Paul and Rachel Michaels. 18 Spinnaker Dr., $95,000. Fred and Carol Margulies sold property to Peter and Marianne Lofrumento. 258 Thimbleberry Rd., $170,000. Shelley Wilcox sold property to Colleen Peters-Hussey. 732 Malta Ave., Ext. $458,500. Scott Hommel sold property to David and Johanna Eldridge. 58 Village Circle North, $467,282. Belmonte Properties LLC sold property to Michael and Kimberly Beyer. 4 Timber Trace, $848,391. Malta Development Co. Inc. sold property to Daniel and Tara Jennings. 1 Callaghan Blvd., $391,000. Blitman Rosen Development

LLC sold property to Jason Deluca.

MILTON 25 Court St., $165,100. Crystal and Jeffrey Moore sold property to Phillip and Melissa Kutas. 420 Stone Church Rd., $267,000. Giovanni and Julie Warren sold property to Kellie Summerville and Joshua Burks. 501 Leahy Lane, $138,500. Elizabeth Paraszczak sold property to Kenneth and Susann Getsch.

9 Pamela Lane, $441,091. Blitman Saratoga LLC sold property to Mary Ermides. 25 East Broadway, $536,473. Bonacio Construction Inc. sold property to Brett Baker-O’Neal and Todd O’Neal. 12 Callagan Dr., $276,000. Glenn Germaine, Carol Campbell, and Richard Germain sold property to Timothy Freiermuth and Adriana Umana. 199 Clinton St., $375,000. Jessica and Peter Robinson sold property to SBDT Ventures LLC.

1029 Middle Line Rd., $139,620. Fannie Mae (by Atty) sold property to Lauren Rabbitt and Aaron Petteys, Jr.

36 Maple Dell, $229,000. David Levesque and Dawn Dawson sold property to Norbert Rawert, Jr. and Rebecca Johnson.

37 Wood Thrush Ct., $222,000. James LaPointe sold property to Christopher and Claire Greco.

1 Robinhood Court, $265,000. Louis and Constance Alonzo sold property to Sarah and John Weldon, Jr.

SARATOGA SPRINGS 11 Arapaho Path, $200,850. Joshua and Sarah Johnson sold property to Nicole Nolan.

9 Spa Circle, $530,000. Carolyn Pennell (by Agent) sold property to Marcus and Jamie Farone.

6 Ingersoll Rd., $134,000. Dianne Sardegna sold property to Heather O’Leary.

159 Circular St., $211,746. Timothy Luse and Tina Zaengle sold property to William and Tina Zaengle.

19 Holly Dr., $116,000. Keybank National Association sold property to Steven and Claudia Guditus. 82 Quevic Dr., $Mary SheldonPrice sold property to John Colucci. 23 Jenee Way, $385,000. Joseph and Barbara tyler sold property to Joslyn and Eric Ross.

287 Jefferson St., Unit 1. $176,000.

15 Van Jackson, Jr. sold property to Martina Zobel. 45 Greenfield Ave., Unit 31, $595,000. Albertus Beumer sold property to John Moran. 32 Casino Dr., $229,900. Patrick and Laura Mansfield sold property to Brody Flachbart. 16 Apapaho Path, $193,100. Lynn and Lynda Goodness sold property to Brittani Hanson.

WILTON 4 Forest Way, $339,000. Vivien Callison sold property to Brian and Kristy O’Donnell. 37 Fieldstone Dr., $310,000. Belinda Eisenberg sold property to Bryan and Sarah Berry. 350 Gurn Springs Rd., $1,021,312. Christopher and Angela Watt sold property to Nicole Byrne. 1 Oldham Place, $392,417. Tra Tom Development Inc. sold property to Michael and Diane Parrish. 26 Bradford Dr., $420,000. Carl and Elizabeth Jahn sold property to Peter and Jessica Robinson. 222 North Rd., $25,000. Audrey Sukala (by Admin) sold property to Viola and Samuel Wahnon.



Week of December 16 – December 22, 2016

Made from Scratch: Deli Celebrates 20 Years Photos by

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a couple of kids. No one does that. If he were still with us today to see us hit 20 years, I’d say thank you. Thank you for giving us the opportunity. The guy was just incredible.” Brumley and his childhood friend, deli co-owner Anthony Gargano, turned out to be a good bet. They had grown up in the restaurant business and five houses away from each other in Geyser Crest. After comparing notes, the two friends felt confident they could create a neighborhood eatery that people would enjoy regularly, so they reached out to a chef friend of theirs, Rob Cone, to help set them up at the Spring Street location. “Rob said we’ll do everything fresh from scratch daily,” said Brumley. “Homemade

The deli and pizzeria is holding several gift card giveaways on its Facebook page in celebration of its 20-year anniversary, and will hold a grand prize drawing on Dec. 31 for a Wood Fired Pizza Party at the winner’s home for 50 people from the deli’s mobile pizza oven. Register to win by stopping by the deli or visiting the Facebook page.

soups, salsas, dressings, making a better product than just any deli with sliced meats and processed, canned food. We make it all homemade. We’ve added more items to the deli menu, and now, we’re expanding our catering menu. We purchased a wood fired pizza truck a few

years ago, and that’s been growing. We’ve done weddings and such, but we’d like to do more events. The business is capable of doing any size party.” With made from scratch offerings and a philosophy that a happy staff leads to happy customers, it’s no wonder the Spring Street Deli and Pizzeria has much to celebrate on its 20th anniversary. “We’ve had so much support from family and friends over the years,” said Brumley. “They’ve helped us get where we are, and we can’t thank them enough.” Gargano agrees and added, “You have to find yourself some

great employees and we’ve done that. Our staff is incredible. A lot of them are lifelong friends. They work hard and make it look easy.” Brumley said, “The best part is, through the years, the kids that worked for us still come back. Some will be home visiting from college and can’t wait to eat Spring Street instead of mom’s cooking. Parents will even buy favorites here and bring them to their kids in Boston or wherever because they miss it.” Brumley and Gargano both attribute their success to that community support plus hard

work, dedication, and providing great food at affordable prices. They feel the business has become more than just a deli; it’s a lifestyle, with loyal clientele that visit daily, a neighborhood place where customers and staff kid around with each other, often about sports. They even kid about the day they first opened. “It was either the 5th or 7th of December in 1996,” said Brumley. “We both think it’s a different day. We probably could go look it up in the paperwork, but why not just make it an anniversary week? Or month?” “It’s a playful atmosphere,” Gargano said. “Every day there’s something great that goes on. This past Thanksgiving, I was able to bring my daughter Chloe in to help me make platters, and she said it was one of the best times of her life, working with me.” Brumley has two children, 6-year-old Nicholas and 5-yearold Sarah. Gargano and his wife, Kelly, have two daughters, 6-year-old Chloe and 3-yearold Cora. “Chloe’s been saying she wants me to buy Little India next door so she can have a bakery next to her daddy’s deli,” said Gargano. “She can’t wait until she’s older to come work with me.” For more information, to find out about the giveaways or the daily specials, visit the Spring Street Deli Facebook page or call 518-584-0994. For catering, ask for Meaghan Macfarland, the front of the house and catering manager, or Brumley or Gargano. Also visit

Week of December 16 – December 22, 2016

Energy Demand Assessment Underway SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) is coordinating a strategic assessment of energy use in the Capital Region corridor from eastern Albany north through Saratoga County to Warren and Washington counties. Increased demand for electricity and natural gas have contributed to the price fluctuations affecting diverse employers’ competitiveness and consumer rates, including small and larger businesses as well as institutional users. The survey was created in consultation with National Grid. SEDC is soliciting input from businesses, hospitals, school districts and local governments related to use of electric and heat resources. The information will be collected confidentially, blinded and evaluated in aggregate to better understand current energy user’s sources, pricing and expected future demand. Energy rates are a competitive vulnerability compared to other areas of the country. To participate in the assessment, contact SEDC at dbrobston@

SCCC New Board SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Dec. 8, the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce’s 27 member Board of Directors elected the 2017 Executive Board. The 2017 Officers are as follows: Chair, David Collins, of D.A. Collins, in Wilton; Chair Elect, Brian Straughter, of Turf Hotels and the Hampton Inn, in Saratoga Springs; Vice Chair, Theresa Agresta, of Allegory Studios, in Saratoga Springs; Kevin Hedley, of Hedley & Company, LLC, in Clifton Park; and Immediate Past-Chair, Matt Jones, of the Jones Firm, Attorneys at Law, in Saratoga Springs. The Board of Directors is unique in that all of our volunteer Board members live and work in communities across Saratoga County.

ATC Receives 5 Stars

SARATOGA SPRINGS — BAUERFINANCIAL, the Nation’s Premier Bank Rating Firm congratulates The Adirondack Trust Company of Saratoga Springs for ringing in 2017 with its highest 5-Star Superior rating. The Adirondack Trust Company has earned this top honor for 42 consecutive quarters, earning it even higher accolades. The Adirondack Trust Company is an “Exceptional Performance Bank” for securing a 5-Star rating for 40 consecutive quarters or longer. The Adirondack Trust Company is an independent, locally owned and operated, community bank, offering a wide variety of business and personal financial services. The bank has more than $1 billion in assets and 12 branch offices. The bank offers banking, trust, insurance, and investment management services, and originates real estate mortgages, both residential and commercial, and commercial business loans throughout its primary market area. The bank is a Bauer 5-Star Rated Superior Bank. The bank’s website is AdirondackTrust. com.

Fingerpaint Opens Fourth Office SARATOGA SPRINGS — Fingerpaint, a full-service marketing agency with headquarters based in Saratoga Springs, has opened an office in Columbus, Ohio. The new space becomes the fourth office for the agency, rounded out by offices in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania and Scottsdale, Arizona. Located at 400 W. Rich Street in Columbus, the Columbus team collectively excels at experiential and digital innovation, pioneering new solutions to marketing challenges, while maintaining a steadfast dedication to fostering the

BUSINESS BRIEFS 17 consumer-brand connection. In 2016, Fingerpaint received eleven American Advertising Awards (formerly the ADDYs), the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition. Due in part to its “people first” philosophy, the agency received the 2014 Med Ad News Agency of the Year Award; has been named to Inc. Magazine’s list of the 5000 Fastest-Growing Companies for the past four years; and was selected as one of the Albany Business Review’s Best Places to Work in 2014 and the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Best Places to Work in 2016. Founder Ed Mitzen was most recently honored as the 2016 Med Ad News Industry Person of the Year. For more information, visit

Customer Appreciation Day SARATOGA SPRINGS — Stop by Plum Dandy, 419 Broadway, on Friday, December 23 and celebrate Customer Appreciation Day with a buy one, get one free from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.

BSBPA Networking Breakfast BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association will be sponsoring a Networking Breakfast on Tuesday, December 20, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., hosted by Sage Wine and Spirits, 55 Front Street, in Ballston Spa.

Cost for the breakfast is $5 with advance reservation or $10 that morning, both payable at the door. Business and community members are welcome; you do not need to be a BSBPA member to attend this event. Membership information will be available. The BSBPA sponsors networking breakfasts every month throughout the year at different locations in Ballston Spa. For more information or to RSVP, email info@ The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association, established in 1983, is a nonprofit organization committed to making the Village of Ballston Spa a great place to live, work and visit. To learn more, visit at


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Nature As Your Classroom Pre-K in the Park’s Unique Learning Approach by Kiersten Racela Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Students generally learn at a desk. They are given information to memorize from a book, and are expecting to regurgitate that information at the drop of a hat. For Heather Stewart, Director, Apple Blossom Bunch Day Care, she wanted to give students the opportunity to have a more hands-on learning experience. She wanted children to learn more about the world around them beyond the pages of any book. A nature-based pre-school in Saratoga Springs, the program focuses on social understanding and the community aspect. Says Stewart, “I modeled this program after the television show Mr. Rogers. I invented this school based on childhood memories and childhood development.” Students can learn the most from memories they

created by being in school, particularly at ages three through five, and Stewart wanted to make sure that each memory a student creates was enjoyable. “Experience is in the community,” recalls Stewart. “If we want to learn about a farm, we can travel to one. We don’t need to just sit around and learn about a farm from the pages of a book.” The school emphasizes social understanding by making students aware of the current problems in the world. Stewart believes that these students should be aware of the challenges that they will eventually need to face. “We focus on aspects such as the homeless and animal shelters,” says Stewart. “The upcoming generation will have more problems than the previous generations, and students should be aware of those problems early on so they can deal with it down the road.” Each classroom is comprised of

Students dressed in their mud buddies and ready for the field trip of the day. Photo provided by Heather Stewart, Director, Apple Blossom Bunch Day Care.

fourteen students and three teachers. Pre-K in the Park combines traditional and hands-on learning throughout each day. On a field-trip day, after students arrive at 7:45 a.m., they partake in free-play. Stewart describes this free-play as “natural.” There are no electronics in the room, and there is minimal teacher involvement. Children have the ability to decide how to use the materials that are in front of them. A blessing is said before eating lunch. According to Stewart, this blessing is more so about teaching students where their food comes from. “We want the kids to know where their food comes from and how it’s made. So we try to thank the earth for our food at least three times every day.” Each field trip corresponds with a letter in the alphabet. Students dress in their “muddy buddy” suits (multilayered outdoor suit designed to keep children clean and comfortable), and venture out into the community. For example, students visited the firehouse to correspond with the letter F. Sometimes food will be brought back

One of the free-play classrooms in the Prek in the Park Progam. Photo provided by Heather Stewart, Director, Apple Blossom Bunch Day Care.

from certain field trips to help students learn about the food-making process. Stewart believes in teaching students in a health-conscious environment. She prides herself on providing an environment where parents are reassured that their students are well fed with organic food. Stewart and the rest of her staff hope that PreK in the Park will help reinforce positive memories for students that can be applied later in life. “Kids learn best while they are doing,” says Stewart. “We are creating

memories based on actual involvement in the community, instead of drilling information from a book into student’s heads.” PreK in the Park’s “home base” is located at the Saratoga Arts Center, and Congress Park. It provides students the opportunity to learn as a group while still experiencing nature and their community. More information can be found on the school’s website,

Week of December 16 – December 22, 2016

Schuylerville Holiday Festivities SCHUYLERVILLE — Community members are invited to an evening of holiday festivities on Monday December 19 at 7:00 p.m. in the Schuylerville High School Library. The Schuylerville Vocal Ensemble will perform and lead the audience in holiday tunes. Ms. Luke’s students and Mrs. Robert’s life skills students will offer refreshments and crafts. There will also be a special snowflake-making lesson with Mrs. Derby. The event is free and open to the public. Any donations will go to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Nominee Recommendations for the Saratoga Springs City School District Hall of Distinction SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs City School District is seeking the

public’s input on candidates for the fourth annual Hall of Distinction. The program was designed to instill in our students the concepts of achievement and excellence with the Hall of Distinction Inductees serving as exceptional role models. Potential candidates must have graduated from Saratoga Springs High School at least ten years ago, and must exemplify our District’s educational philosophy through an outstanding social contribution to the broader community by making a difference in the lives of others; and/or outstanding professional contribution to, or achievement in, their field of endeavor. All recommendation/application forms must be submitted by December 21, 2016. A committee composed of community members, students, board of education members, former and current high school administrators,

EDUCATION BRIEFS and former and current high school teachers will review the nominations and select the honorees. Two outstanding individuals will be honored during the Saratoga Springs High School Awards Night on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. For more information about the Hall of Distinction and for the nominee form, please visit the Saratoga Springs City School District’s website at

gathered over $7,240 this fall, and reached a total of over $80,300 that has been given back to the community through the program during the past ten years. Last year’s students specifically donated $6,600 in funds to nine local non-profit organizations during the district’s annual Penny Harvest Celebration that took place last May.

SEFCU Penny Harvest Completed

ARGYLE — Michael Healey was introduced as Superintendent of Schools for the Argyle Central School District at their meeting held on Thursday, December 8. Healey was offered a 3.5 year agreement with an initial salary of $125,000. He is expected to begin his duties on January 2, 2017. Mr. Healey has been with the Galway Central School

BALLSTON SPA — During the month of November, students collected coins in all of the schools in the Ballston Spa Central School District, and participated in a variety of events to raise funds to give back to charities in the local community. This year students

New Superintendent Introduced

23 District as a Junior/Senior principal for the past four years. Prior to joining Galway, he spent eleven years in the Northville Central School District. He began his career as a Health and Special Education teacher in the Junior/Senior High School, before becoming the Dean of Students in 2004. In 2005 Healey was appointed as PreK through 12 assistant principal, and from 2006-2012 he served as the Junior/Senior High School principal and CSE Chairperson. Healey will replace interim Superintendent Bill Scott. Healy and his wife, Brownyn, live in Ballston Spa with their ten-year old daughter Harriet, and their rescue dogs Sasha and Molly. In his spare time he enjoys cooking, reading, photography, and spending time with his family.

Week of December 16 – December 22, 2016


Artists Bring A Dash of Style to Farmers’ Market Holiday Hot Chocolate Recipe courtesy of The Chocolate Spoon 2-3 servings

Saturdays, 9 to 1 Lincoln Baths Saratoga Spa State Park


Directions * Ingredients can be found In a saucepan, mix at the market together the milk, - 3 cups of sugar, vanilla and salt. chocolate milk Whisk over medium (Battenkill Valley heat until milk steams Creamery’s is and sugar dissolves. the best!)* Whisk in chocolate - 2 Tablespoons pieces, stirring until brown sugar - 1 teaspoon vanilla dissolved. Top with a homemade chocolate - 1/4 teaspoon salt marshmallow by The -4-6 oz. semisweet or dark Chocolate Spoon. chocolate Enjoy!

by Himanee Gupta-Carlson

for Saratoga TODAY Farming and fashion are not exactly synonymous. Yet, as you visit the Saratoga Farmers’ Market tomorrow and on Christmas Eve, you might start to wonder why this is so. In between carrots and chard, handcrafted cheeses and farm raised meats, milks and yogurts are artists who are also farmers or inspired by the agriculture around us. Their offerings of creative couture, hand-painted attire, handmade jewelry, and warm wool items make a handmade holiday outfit entirely possible, in an innovative way. Earrings, brooches, necklaces, and barrettes sit on Kate Brittenham’s table at Pocket Gardens. All of the items are made from native wood barks, mosses, and lichens that Brittenham gathered herself. They represent not only Brittenham’s creativity but also nature itself. Nearby is Lubna Dabbagh’s collection of yarns, knitting and crochet kits, and hand-crafted scarves, hats, socks, sweater, and mittens from Blind Buck Farm. The wool comes from animals raised on the farm, which include Merino sheep, Angora goats and rabbits, and Luster long-wool sheep. The wool from the animals is processed in local mills, then returned to the farm for hand-dying. Local knitters and crocheters work with Dabbagh to produce her cozy creations. Next to Dabbagh, Peggy Gray is offering her line of women’s clothing here through her Buskirk based business 22 Shades of Gray. Gray, a master seamstress, makes all of the items herself with a goal of creating clothing for women that is easy to take care of and fun to wear. Take, for instance, her circle vest – an upper body fleece wrap that can

pieces coarsely chopped - Chocolate marshmallows by The Chocolate Spoon*

that farmers produce, their art is hand-crafted, eschews commonality, and is all about our relationships with the land around us.

be worn two different ways. In addition, Gretchen Tisch offers wearable art at Feathered Antler. The growing collection includes hand-painted boots, shirts, knit hats and sweaters, jewelry and dishware. Like Brittenham, Tisch draws her inspiration from nature,

going out for walks, taking in seasonal changes in color and feeling, and capturing these interactions into her art. In a way, Tisch and other artists evoke what the Saratoga Farmers’ Market is ultimately about. Like the fresh foods

The Saratoga Farmers’ Market will be open Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve at its usual 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday location at the Lincoln Baths in the Saratoga Spa State Park.



Week of December 16 – December 22, 2016


by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY Hello my Foodie Friends! Finding fun gadgets for stocking stuffers can be an adventure. At Compliments to the

Chef we have many innovative, and must have gadgets for your foodie that you are looking for. One of our favorites is the Garlic Zoom. This has been one of our biggest sellers for years. The Garlic Zoom is made by Chef n’; a company that offers innovative, ergonomic devices that present a new functionality and mode for an ingrained everyday object. Offering a safe and accessible design solution to a problem that faces much of the aging public, Chef ’n has created simple and effective tools. Chef ’n’s mission for over 31 years has been to make better tools, fun, and easier to use

so you can make better foods. They are known for being an ergonomic company. A long best-selling gadget is the Garlic Zoom. What does a Garlic Zoom do?? It can easily mince garlic cloves in seconds!! Simply peel cloves of garlic, fill, and roll the Garlic Zoom. The rotating stainless steel blades chop garlic in seconds for perfectly minced garlic without the mess or garlicky fingers. The Garlic Zoom includes gearing for easier rolling, and finger holds for safer blade removal and has sturdy construction

The features of this item include: • Powerful dual gears chop easily • Strong, durable construction • Large touch points for safe blade removal • Top-rack dishwasher safe! I love the name of this gadget. It reminds me of my children when they were very young finding items throughout the kitchen and playing with them making the “zoom, zoom” sound. The Garlic Zoom can be a fun way to get your younger foodies involved with prep work while mincing garlic; zoom, zoom, zoom.

Stop by CTTC at 46 Marion Avenue (Compliments to the Chef Plaza) in Saratoga Springs to find the many treasures for stocking stuffers. Along with the Garlic Zoom we have many cool tools for cooks. Look for those items that can help make cooking easier and fun. Oh, by the way, making fun sounds like “zoom, zoom” is permitted in the kitchen!! Remember; “Life Happens in the Kitchen!” even play time!! Take Care!; John and Paula.


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

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

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

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

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

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Week of December 16 – December 22, 2016

St. Thomas Welcomes All to a Traditional Christmas Carol Festival St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, 242 Grooms Rd., Clifton Park, NY 12065 They call it the Festival of Lessons and Carols, a traditional “sing-along” to help welcome in the Christmas season, and it’s open to everyone at St. Thomas Anglican

Church Saturday, December 17 starting at 3 p.m. The festivities, which include refreshments, will be held at St. Thomas, 242 Grooms Rd., Clifton Park, NY. Fr. John Bassett, the new parish priest, said, “We are very excited to open our doors and

offer this delightful caroling festival to all of St. Thomas’s neighbors and friends. In the holiday spirit, the Parish Hall will be decorated appropriately, and we guarantee a traditional Christmas celebration, with the old music of Christmas that generations have loved.

We Welcome You and Whole Family to Our Special Christmas Events

Community Alliance Church, 257 Rowland St. Ballston Spa NY 12020 Christmas Celebration this Friday Dec. 16 at 7 p.m., featuring a variety of creative talents from

people of all ages in our church and concluding with a dramatic presentation of a Christmas story by Mark Hodges. Christmas Eve from 7-8 p.m. we are featuring a

Candlelight Christmas Carol Sing-Along for our church and community featuring John Barbeau on the guitar and Pastor Gary on the violin from 7-8 p.m..

Please come and join us. This mid-afternoon gathering will include many traditional and very familiar Christmas Carols, nine lessons based on scriptural readings from Genesis to the Gospel of St. John, and of course holiday refreshments in the Parish Hall.

"The Truth Project" What are the differences between a Christian and secular worldview? Examine it yourself beginning January 4th for 10 successive weeks, “The

Jews and Music: From Cabaret to Broadway and Beyond January 8, 2017 at 3:15 p.m. – Congregation Shaara Tfille 84 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY The Jewish identity is closely aligned with music – from the traditional liturgical chants and nigguns, to the more modern Jewish inspired secular music – Jews and music have become an integral part of cultures around the world. Jews and Music: From Cabaret to Broadway and Beyond will touch upon some highlights of diversity in the music of Jews. The selections chosen by vocalists Rabbi/Cantor Dr. Kenneth Stuart Blatt, Sylvia Eowyn Bloom, Rabbi Monte Sugarman and Rabbi Anna Rose Sugarrman give us a taste of both the Jedeo-spiritual as well as the mainstream in which Jews have been notable. Performers

Sylvia Eowyn Bloom

and musical accompanists Michael Clement and Allen Mossman are professional musicians with a varied range of career paths that have enriched their lives and musical performances. This stirring program of musical diversity presented by Saratoga Jewish Community Arts and sponsored by Congregation Shaara Tfille and Temple Sinai with a generous

For the first time this year St. Thomas is presenting Lessons and Carols separate from and in advance of its normal and formal Christmas observance. The church is offering Lessons and Carols and its “old Christmas time flavor” to the public at large.

RabbiCantor Dr. Kenneth Stuart Blatt

Rabbi Monte Sugarman and Rabbi Anna Rose Sugarrman

grant from the Jewish Federation of Northeast New York will be presented on Sunday, January 8, 2017 3:35 p.m. at Congregation Shaara Tfille, 84 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga

Springs. Dessert reception will follow. $10 donation requested. RSVP: 518584-8730, opt. 2, or for more info: www.saratogajewishculturalfestival. org or on Facebook.

Truth Project” video class to be shown at Adirondack Christian Fellowship at 7 from 8:15 PM 8 Mountain Ledge Drive, Suite 2, in Wilton. FMI 587-0623



Eagle Watch Grab a pair of binoculars and join park staff on December 23 from 9 a.m. to noon, at Moreau Lake State Park on their weekly Bald Eagle survey. Moreau Lake State Park’s section of the Hudson is home to wintering bald eagles. It is important for us to monitor their population and health, please come and help us! Registration is necessary. A Christmas Carol The Puppet People Present: A Christmas Carol on December 28, at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the Saratoga Springs Public Library in the H. Dutcher Community Room. 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. This program is for ages five and older. Pick up tickets at the library. First Night Saratoga 2017 - A Night of Magic As one of the oldest and largest First Night celebrations in the country, First Night is the most affordable, accessible, familyfriendly, safe and exciting way to spend New Year’s Eve in the region. On Saturday, December 31 join over 15,000 revelers as Saratoga Art’s hosts over seventy regional and touring performing groups in thirty venues throughout Historic Downtown Saratoga Springs. Starting with the 5K road race at Skidmore College at 5:30 p.m., culminating with the fireworks in Congress Park at midnight and packed full of live music, dance, comedy, and magic in between. This event will be a highlight of your outgoing year. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $20 for adults; kids under $12 are free with a paying adult.

Artists in Action Join us in the H. Dutcher Community Room at the Saratoga Springs Public Library on January 4, from noon to 1 p.m. for our monthly Artists in Action series. This month featuring Jim Schreiner of Great Sacandaga Designs who will demonstrate rustic furniture making. Jim has been building Adirondack rustic and traditional furniture professionally since the early 90’s. His unique designs are hand-crafted using sustainably harvested local forest materials such as figured woods, bark, twig, and log species, along with wood carving. No registration required. For more events at the library, visit Free Beginner Dance Lessons with Spa City Swingers Come check out different styles of partner dances on Friday, January 6 and February 24, from 7 to 8 p.m., and see what makes it so much fun. No partner is necessary. Pre-registration is required. Call 518-899-4411 or log-on to reserve your spot. For ages 12+. New Saratoga Friends New Saratoga Friends is a social group for baby boomers who are new to the Saratoga area and are interested in making new friends to socialize with. We also welcome folks who are not new to the area but want to make new friends. This is NOT a dating or “singles” group! Couples and singles are welcome and there is no membership fee. Group members plan social activities based on their interests. You are welcome to join us in the Susman Room at the Saratoga Springs Public Library on Tuesday, January 24, 6:30-7:30 p.m. For more info or questions contact or join our New Saratoga Friends Meetup group (go to www.” 99th Annual Dinner The Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce cordially invites you to the 99th Annual Dinner on Thursday, January 26, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the Saratoga Springs City Center, 522

Broadway, Saratoga Springs. The event will kick-off with a Cocktail Hour, from 6 to 7 p.m. and will be followed by dinner and the program, from 7 to 8:30 and will conclude with a dessert reception, running until 9:30 p.m. Sponsorship opportunities are available ranging from $500 to $3,500, which includes admission to the event. If you are interested in having your business name and/or logo displayed for members to see, please contact Keith VanVeghten,, or call 518-584-3255. “A Day at the Races” Tutsi Fruitsy Ice Cream Social On January 21, from 2 – 4:30 p.m. at Saratoga Springs Public Library, H. Dutcher Community Room, this Saratoga Reads tie-in program, we honor the humor of Frank Sullivan’s 1930s with a showing of the Marx Brother’s film “A Day at the Races.” Come dressed in your silliest Marx Brothers inspired outfit, or your best 30’s Hollywood glamour style and you might win a prize for “Best Dressed”! Ice cream will be served. No registration required. AARP Tax Prep Tax-Aide, a volunteer tax preparation program will be offering free tax preparation and filing of tax returns for low to moderate incomes, with a preference for seniors beginning February 1, 2017 through April 13, 2017 at the Malta Community Center. Appointments are required by calling 518-8994411. AARP tax prep volunteers will be available, Wednesdays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and Thursdays, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Please make your appointment after you have received all of your income and tax documents. Saratoga’s Chowderfest Saratoga’s Annual Chowderfest, February 4, 2017, is one of the area’s most highly anticipated events of the year. Familyfriendly, fun and utterly delicious, Chowderfest features more than 80 vendors— including Saratoga County’s best restaurants and caterers—who

Week of December 16 – December 22, 2016 open their doors to the public and serve hot bowls of chowder to event goers. Sponsored by Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau, the 19-year anniversary of Saratoga Chowderfest starts at approximately 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and will feature live music, family-friendly activities and, of course, a wide variety of chowders.For more information, visit chowderfest. Saratoga Winterfest and Camp Saratoga Snow Shoe Races The Saratoga Winterfest 5K Snowshoe Run/Walk will be held on Sunday, February 5 at 11 a.m. in the Saratoga Spa State Park. Camp Saratoga 8k Snowshoe Race will be held on Saturday, February 18 at the Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park at 10:30 a.m. Go to www.saratogastryders. org to download an application or link to online registration at A limited supply of Dion Snowshoes will be available at a $5 rental charge. Email Laura Clark at laura@ to reserve a pair or phone 518-581-1278. For information about the entire Dion Snowshoe Series and for snow updates visit www. Annual Moonlight Ski and Snowshoe Join us at the popular and highly anticipated Annual Moonlight Ski and Snowshoe at Camp Saratoga on Scout Road. Luminaries will glow along 2.5 miles of groomed trails. Along the way you will find fields and forests, warming bonfires, and plenty of hot chocolate! The terrain is suitable for all levels and ages and includes a smaller 1 mile loop. Participants can drop-in anytime during the evening; no registration is needed. Snowshoes and crosscountry skis will be available on a first-come first-serve basis in the I.P. Winter Lodge off of Parking lot #2. The rental fee is $5/ person for non-members. Parking will be directed by WWPP. This event is weather permitting. Please call or email for more information or if you are interested in volunteering for this event, 518-450-0321; info@

Got An Hour? Why not give it back by spending time volunteering in your community? The Saratoga County Office for the Aging is in immediate urgent need of volunteers to help deliver meals to homebound seniors in the following areas: Ballston Spa, Greenfield, Malta, Saratoga, Wilton, and Mechanicville. We are also currently seeking substitute drivers for many communities throughout Saratoga County. Please call Billie Jo or Ashley at 518-363-4020 or 518-3634033 for details. Free Exercise Program for Seniors Increase your strength, flexibility and balance while decreasing your risk of falls and broken bones. The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Saratoga County’s Office of the Aging sponsors Osteoporosis Prevention Exercise Classes throughout Saratoga County for people over 50. This low impact program can help improve your health and well-being and you can have fun while you’re at it. Classes meet at least twice a week and weights are provided. Locations include Ballston Spa, Malta, Saratoga Springs, Clifton Park, Halfmoon, Wilton, Schuylerville, Greenfield Center, South Glens Falls, Hadley and Corinth, For information about how to jump start New Year call Jen Buscema at 518-884-4110. Give a Neighbor a Lift If you are over 55 and enjoy driving, then this is the volunteer opportunity for you. The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Saratoga County’s Office for the Aging provides rides to seniors in our community to medical appointments inside and outside of Saratoga County. There is no minimum requirement for hours volunteered, so if you have some extra time and would like to lend a helping hand, please reach out and call Jen Buscema at 518-884-4110.

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Week of December 16 – December 22, 2016

Family Friendly Event

Friday, December 16 Parkinson’s Support Group Woodlawn Commons Building, 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, family members and friends. For more information call Bruce McClellan at 518331-9611.

The Naughty List Riggi Theater, National Museum of Dance, 99 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 7:30 p.m. ‘Tis the season to get even! Celebrate the holidays with this reading of “The Naughty List,” by Thom Cammer. Presented by Creative Place International. Free event.

Saturday, December 17 Children’s Christmas Party Knights of Columbus, 50 Pine Rd., Saratoga Springs, 9 a.m. - Noon. The Catholic Daughters will be providing crafts and rabbits for the children to pet and take their picture with. For more information about the Catholic Daughters or any of their events, contact Regent Aileen Thomas at 518-5832905.

Holiday Book Fair Barnes and Noble, Rt 50, Saratoga Springs, 10 a.m. – Noon The Saratoga Springs Public

Library / Saratoga Reads is holding a holiday book fair at Barnes and Noble. Friends of the Library volunteers will be on hand to wrap purchases for free. A children’s story time will take place at 10 a.m. along with holiday face painting from 10 a.m.- Noon, and a day long coloring contest. Barnes and Noble will donate a portion of the day’s sales to help fund Saratoga Reads programming.

FACT Animal Rescue Holiday Adoption Day Saratoga Honda, 3402 Route 9, Saratoga Springs, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Meet adoptable cats from FACT and dogs from 11th Hour Rescue. There will also be several vendors with unique gifts for everyone on your shopping list, a bake sale with lots of delicious goodies, tons of raffle items that make great gifts, photo opportunities with fun holiday props, and more! Entry is free and this event is pet-friendly. For more information, visit www.

Photos with The Grinch Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Back by popular demand! Join us this holiday season to take a picture of your child with the Grinch. While you’re here, please consider making a donation or buying a book to support our Book Angels campaign, which gives new books to local children who would not otherwise receive them this holiday season. For more information visit www.

Family Film Saturday Ballston Spa Public Library, 21 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa 11 a.m. We will show “The Secret Life of Pets”, a comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day. Come along on the ultimate animated

CALENDAR 35 adventure that will leave the whole family “howling” with laughter. This event is free and open to the public. The movie is rated PG and runs for 1 hour and 30 minutes. For more information call 518-885-5022, stop in or visit

Annual Christmas Cookie Sale Christ the Savior Orthodox Church, 349 Eastline Rd., Ballston Lake, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Select from a variety of home baked cookies. Fill your container with your choice for $10. The church is located ½ mile south of Stewart’s Shop at the intersection of Eastline Rd. and Rt. 67 west of the Northway.

Toy Drive and Children’s Party Frederick Allen Lodge #609, 69 Beekman Street, Saratoga Springs, 1 – 4 p.m. Meet Santa, enjoy cookies, music, and games. Cosponsored by the Salvation Army. Adult party begins at 7 p.m. Open to the public. Drop off a children’s gift any time. For more information call Bob Reed at 518-583-2999.

Sunday, December 18 Breakfast with Santa Saratoga-Wilton Elks, 1 Elks Lane, Rt. 9, Saratoga Springs, 8:30 – 11 a.m. Fruit cocktail, French toast, pancakes, potatoes, breakfast sausage and ham, corned beef hash, scrambled eggs, eggs benedict, juice, coffee and tea. Donation Requested: Adults $10, Seniors and Military (Active/Retired with ID Card) $9, Children 5—12 $8, Under 5 Free, Take-outs $10. Call (518) 584-2585 for more information.

Celebrate Chanukah with Sylvia Fletcher and her Magic Trunk Congregation Shaara Tfille, 84 Weibel Ave., Saratoga Springs, 11 a.m. Entertainment will feature professional Ventriloquist, Comedian and Actress Sylvia Fletcher and her Magic Trunk. Her performances and show is a production that incorporates her hilarious, intriguing world of comedy. The festivities include a dairy luncheon featuring latkes, children performing and lighting the Menorah. The cost is $10 per person over age 16; free for children under 16. Reservations required. For more information, call 518584-2370.

Monday, December 19 Polar Express Pajama Party and a Visit from Santa Claus Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 6 p.m. All Aboard! The Children’s Department invites all little ones to wear their jammies and join us for a cozy evening with a reading of The Polar Express and visit from Santa Claus! Hot cocoa and a treat will be provided to all Polar Express passengers. For more information, call 518-6824200 or visit www.northshire. com.

Rosoff, violin; Neil Herr, guitar; and Amy Mix-Sargent, keyboard/piano will treat us to traditional melodies and dances of Eastern Europe: the “voice of the Jewish heart.” A festive catered lunch featuring Latkes follows the program. RSVP 518-584-8730, ext. 4.

Holiday Celebration at the Senior Center The Adult & Senior Center of Saratoga Springs, 5 Williams St. 3 – 5 p.m. Celebrate the holidays with mixing, mingling, entertainment, food and friends. Pay $2 at sign up. The event is sponsored by Centers Health Care. There will be music & dancing by Steve Keller, light fare, photos by Walgreen’s, a visit from Santa Claus and more. For more information, call 518584-1621.

Wednesday, December 21 Craftatoga: Holiday Gift Sachets Saratoga Springs Public Library, Susman Room, Saratoga Springs, 2 – 4 p.m. Join us for our monthly Craftatoga series, this session featuring guest crafter, Gloria Marceau, who will do a hands-on class in making holiday gift sachets. All materials will be provided. Register online on our website calendar or by calling Chris Alexander, Reference Librarian, at 518-584-7860, ext. 248.

Tuesday, December 20

Thursday, December 22

Havurah Vatik Hannukah Celebration

Lake Bonita Hike

Congregation Shaara Tfille, 84 Weibel Ave, Saratoga Springs, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Join local musicians of the Adirondack Klezmer Band for their second rollicking celebration of the Hannukah festival. Instrumentalists Al Wadler, clarinet; Bob Orban, trumpet; Jim Fuchs, sax; Ray Rabl, drums; Barbara

Moreau Lake State Park, 605 Old Saratoga Rd, Gansevoort, 1 – 3 p.m. Join us as we hike along the newly acquired land over at Lake Bonita. A park educator will lead this hike along the new property that just opened to the public. Registration is necessary with 24 hours advanced notice. Call 518793-0511.

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Week of December 16 – December 22, 2016

Fingerpaint Gets Festive With #HoHoToga2016 SARATOGA SPRINGS — Eight local charities got a holiday visit from Fingerpaint during their “philanthropy extravaganza,” #HoHoToga2016, Thursday. The marketing agency and all 150 of its employees engaged in a mission to fulfill wish lists for their various year-round community partners throughout the Capital Region, including: CAPTAIN

Youth and Family Services, Franklin Community Center, The Giving Circle/Jake’s Help from Heaven, Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, Saratoga Bridges, Saratoga Senior Center, Shelters of Saratoga and Special Olympics of New York. On December 8, all 150 Fingerpaint employees from the agency’s offices in Scottsdale,

Dropping off gifts at Shelters of Saratoga.

Dropping off gifts at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society.

Dropping off gifts to Saratoga Bridges.

Arizona; Conshohocken, Pennsylvania; and Saratoga Springs hit the streets of Saratoga Springs for the collective philanthropic effort. Ten teams were sent out on a surprise mission to purchase various items for local nonprofits, including holiday gifts, clothing, food, pet supplies, art supplies and more. Right before they were dispatched, each team was given a budget, a shopping list and instructions on where to shop and where to drop off the items when they were done. The company donated a combination of funds in lieu of client gifts and contributions from employees who usually pitch in toward community efforts during the holidays. “This is our first time ever getting all of our employees together in the same place for such a big community effort,” said Bo Goliber, who oversees community relations and philanthropy for Fingerpaint. “We’ve built so many great partnerships with all of these nonprofits. We thought it would be an impactful way for us to show our gratitude for being together because we all want to make a difference.” Fingerpaint has grown 123 percent in just the past three years, and Founder Ed Mitzen has made philanthropy a core value since the beginning. He says watching his entire team rally together for others is the perfect way to give thanks for the company’s success, and doing it this time of year in such a fun way makes all the hard work pay off. “We’ve been incredibly fortunate,” said Mitzen. “Our staff works so hard to make this company great, and coming together like this just brings it all full circle.” #HoHoToga2016 was part of two full days of team-building for Fingerpaint, including renting out a movie theater at Bow Tie Cinemas, team dinners at 15 different local restaurants, and a company holiday party on December 9 at Saratoga National Golf Club. In all, the company supported at least 25 local restaurants and businesses during the gathering.

Shopping at G. Willikers in Saratoga Springs for gifts to donate.

History of Saratoga Springs Coloring Book Signing

SARATOGA SPRINGS – On Saturday, December 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., local authors Charlie Kuenzel and Dave Patterson will introduce their new 18-page coloring book for all ages, full of images and historical facts from around Saratoga Springs at a coloring book signing at Impressions of Saratoga, 368 Broadway. The book is $15.99. Kuenzel is a native Saratogian and award winning retired high school educator of more than 30 years. He has a true love for his hometown that is evident in every page. Although Kuenzel loves to impart the stories and history of Saratoga, his real love is the

mineral springs that define early Saratoga. Patterson is a prominent retired high school social studies teacher and adjunct college professor who has received countless awards for his work. He has a deep love and appreciation for the city of Saratoga Springs. A past president of the Saratoga Springs History Museum, Patterson has entertained and educated countless numbers of visitors with humorous stories. For more information, contact Marianne Barker or Maddy Zanetti of Impressions at Saratoga at 518-587-0666, or visit www.

Week of December 16 – December 22, 2016

“SPAC 50” Book Released

Jane Wait, one of the founders of the Action Council at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, attending the “SPAC 50” book release party at Northshire Bookstore Saratoga on Dec. 8, 2016.

Call for College Student Artists for Intercollegiate Exhibit SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Arts is partnering with the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council and the Arts Center of the Capital Region to present the 120° Intercollegiate Art Regional. The juried fine art exhibition is for students attending an accredited college or university located within 120 miles of Saratoga Springs, Troy, or Glens Falls.

The exhibition travels to a different host site each year highlighting the best of collegiate art students in the region. Saratoga Arts exhibition dates are March 4 to April 21, 2017. All media welcome and there is no entry fee. Tang Teaching Museum educator Ginger Ertz will act as guest juror. For full guidelines and to apply, visit:

“New Paintings” Art Opening at AMP Galleries

A new exhibit featuring eight new works by abstract painter Seth Benzel will open 4 – 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 at AMP Galleries, 454 Broadway.




Saratoga City Ballet Presents: Nutcracker Act II “The Land of the Sweets” SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga City Ballet will present its annual Nutcracker Act II “The Land of the Sweets,” by Artistic Director Vanessa Viscusi, at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18 at the Saratoga Springs High School Loewenberg Auditorium. This marks Saratoga City Ballet’s 23rd production of the Nutcracker and will feature dancers from 4-18. The production begins with Angels leading Clara into the Land of Sweets where they are greeted by the Sugar Plum Fairy and her court. The story of the daring battle against the mice is retold and the whole kingdom rewards Clara with a celebration of dances from around the world. Sweets from faraway lands entertain Clara, and the Sugar Plum Fairy performs a special dance in her honor. Tickets for both performances are available at www. and are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. There will also be a cash raffle. First prize will be $300, and the second prize $150. The drawing will be held at the Sunday

Week of December 16 – December 22, 2016

HMT Winter Acting Class for Adults Home Made Theater hosts new monologue and scene study for adults class, taught by actor/ director Jonathan Hefter. The class is for adults ages 18 and older, and meets 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 18, 25 and Feb. 1 and 8. Jonathan Hefter is a New York City-trained actor and director who got his start at Home Made Theater in 1987’s “On Golden Pond.” Since

returning to Saratoga in 2011, he has appeared in five HMT productions. Class size is limited. Registrations will be accepted in the order in which they are received and payment is due at the time of registration. Class fee is $175, or $155 if registration is postmarked by Dec. 20. For more information, go to:, or call HMT at 518-587-4427.

Award-Winning Author Keynote Speaker at Saratoga Soroptimists Event SARATOGA SPRINGS — Author Kasey Mathews will be the keynote speaker at Soroptimist International of Saratoga County’s premier fundraiser, Cabin Fever. Mathews will showcase her memoir, “Preemie: Lessons in Love, Life and Motherhood,” at Cabin Fever on Jan. 21, 2017 at the Saratoga National Golf Club. Proceeds of the event will be used to improve the lives of women

Ella Painter as Clara. Photo provided.

performance. There is no need to be present to win. For information or to purchase tickets

for the cash raffle only, contact or call 584-1895.

and children locally, nationally and internationally. Cabin Fever typically attracts a sellout crowd of more than 200 attendees each year, which helps the Soroptimist Club to provide critical funding to not-for-profit organizations. Tickets are $75 and available at the SISC website: http:// cabin-fever.

Saratoga Springs History Museum Holiday Gala

Saratoga Springs History Museum exhibition curator Michael Levinson, and Silvia, pose for a portrait during the museum’s annual holiday fundraising gala on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016 at the Canfield Casino. Photo by Francesco D’Amico.


Week of December 16 – December 22, 2016

Dancing Days Are Here Again with a Vinyl Twist and Shout SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Rochmon Record Club – the cyber-age moniker of Ballston Spa’s Chuck Vosganian - landed at Universal Preservation Hall Tuesday night, and he brought Led Zeppelin’s classic 1973 album “Houses of the Holy” with him. Accompanied by a pair of booming speakers, a Powerpoint presentation, and a turntable that spun the album’s tracks in sequential order, Vosgonian offered in-betweensong commentary and quirky anecdotes about the tunes and the band members who performed them. Once a month, Rochmon invades the physical space of a regional performance hall to digest and re-discover the classic tones of the rock and roll era. Next up in January, Rochmon will return to UPH to dissect Deep Purple’s 1972 album, “Machine Head,” which beat out

Pic Rochmon at Universal Preservation Hall on Tuesday Dec. 13, 2016, spinning tunes by and telling tales about the band Led Zeppelin. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

Rod Stewart’s “Every Picture Tells A Story,” Queen’s “Sheer Heart Attack” and Hall & Oates’ silver-covered album during a raise-your-hands vote conducted

among the dozens of music fans who attended Tuesday’s Led Zeppelin night. For more information, visit the Rochmon Record Club on Facebook.

week of 12/16-12/22 friday, 12/16: Ubuntu, 6:30 pm @ Bailey’s — 583.6060 Jukebox, 10 pm @ Caroline St. Pub — 583.9400 Rick Bolton & Jeff Walton, 5 pm @ Gaffney’s — 587.7359 Rich Ortiz, 9 pm @ Gaffney’s — 587.7359 Chuck Lamb Quartet, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue — 583.2582 Triskele Christmas Show, 9 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583.1916 Rob Aronstein, 7 pm @ Wishing Well — 584.7640

saturday, 12/17: South Street Saints, 8:30 pm @ Bailey’s — 583.6060

The Bluebillies 0ld.Time Christmas Revue, 7 pm @ Hudson River Music Hall — 832.3484 John LeRoy Quartet, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue — 583.2582 Kevin McKrell, 8 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583.1916 Rob Aronstein, 7 pm @ Wishing Well — 584.7640

monday, 12/19: Mike Passineau, 6:30 pm @ Brook Tavern — 871.1473

wednesday, 12/21: The McKrells Christmas Show, 7 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583.1916

Motion Blur, 10 pm @ Caroline St. Pub — 583.9400

thursday, 7/22:

Acoustic Circus, 9 pm @ Gaffney’s — 587.7359

The McKrells Christmas Show, 7 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583.1916

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Puzzles Across 1 Roam 4 Got ready for company, perhaps 9 Norse shape-shifter 13 Word often following “further” 14 One adopting a puppy, say 15 The Tempter 16 Trivial amount 17 *Bargain dairy product? 19 Go out 20 Dedicated lines 21 Eliminates completely 22 Bar supply 24 Farm cries 25 Vessel with a spout 26 Database command 27 Spots 30 __ of roses 32 *Nickname for a roller coaster highlight? 34 Reclined 35 Easily provoked 36 Soap containing ground pumice 37 *Security workers asleep on the job? 39 Only Dwarf without a beard 40 Had 41 Goes after 42 Oath for toondom’s Dick Dastardly 43 Provide money for 44 It’s named for a trapeze artist 47 Turkish tabby 50 Deaden, as a piano string 7 Muscle mag display 51 Reason for an extra period 8 Green Day drummer __ Cool 52 *Really hot cold drink? 9 Lorenzo of “Renegade” 54 Violin ending 10 Man with rising aspirations? 55 Cuckoopints, e.g. 11 Iron-rich cabbage 56 Merge 12 Signs 57 “Well now!” 15 Layered clouds 58 Bar offerings 18 Neighboring 59 It’s a stunner 23 Bluegrass characteristic 60 Reject 24 Transvaal settlers Down 26 Shakes off 1 They may be noble 27 2002 Cage/Streep film 2 __ Reader 28 Honky-tonk 3 Holiday rate, perhaps 29 Fix, in a way 4 Loser-to-be? 30 Goya’s “The Duchess of __” 5 Stray 31 Stretched 6 Arab potentate

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Writing the Right Word by Dave Dowling Accuracy in word choice is a key to effective communication. In your daily writing and speaking, try to make sure you use the right word in the right place with the right spelling. By doing so, its effect will affect your communication in a positive way. This quick weekly tip will help you filter the confusion in some of our daily word choices. This Week: Gender, Sex Gender describes the characteristics that a society or culture delineates as masculine or feminine. Sex refers to biological differences: chromosomes, hormonal profiles, and internal and external sex organs. Dave Dowling is the author of The Wrong Word Dictionary and The Dictionary of Worthless Words. Both books are available from many book retailers, and signed copies can be obtained by contacting Dave at

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Firecracker Distributes $30,000 Six Local Charities Benefit from 10th Annual Event by Kiersten Racela Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga’s annual July 4th “Firecracker 4” road race is brightening the financial outlook for several local nonprofit organizations this month as it distributes the 2016 race proceeds. In total, six groups will receive a total of $30,000 in contributions to further the recreational opportunities and pursuit of healthy lifestyles enriched in the history of Saratoga Springs. This community race has raised over $280,000 for health and recreation-related charitable

organizations since 2007. For 2016, these community organizations have been selected: - Veterans Business Council of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce; facilitating opportunities for Saratoga County veterans - Pitney Meadows Farm; recreational and trail system connecting via the Saratoga Greenbelt Trail to the YMCA, Saratoga Springs community and the Saratoga Spa State Park - Saratoga Camp Abilities Program; an annual Saratoga Springs Lions Club sports camp for blind/visuallyimpaired youth

- Saratoga Regional YMCA West Avenue; this facility to support trails connecting the YMCA, the existing Railroad Run Trail, the Saratoga Spa State Park and the community Saratoga Springs High School Boys’ and Girls’ Indoor/Outdoor Track /Field and Cross Country; supporting athletes of all abilities - Second Chance Sports; which assists disabled veterans and other individuals to begin playing sports without regard to their physical condition. The race’s “Run Your Colors” team competition promoted donations to the charities chosen by the teams with the greatest number of runners

Local Athletes Compete in National XC Championships BALLSTON SPA — Three athletes representing the Spa City Running club competed on Saturday, December 10 in the USATF Junior Olympic National Cross Country Championships in Hoover, Alabama. Faith DeMars. Mercedes Planavsky and Olivia Skylstad qualified for the national event by placing in the top 30 of their respective divisions at the Region

1 qualifier, held on November 20 at Saratoga Spa State Park. Region 1 includes teams from New York and New England. Planavsky competed in the 17-18 Division 5K, and DeMars and Skylstad ran in the 13-14 Division 4K. Planavsky earned a medal for finishing in the top 25 in her division. All attend Ballston Spa schools and are varsity runners on the Ballston Spa High

at 152 pounds, and Connor Haley at 160 pounds, earned third place finishes for the Blue Streaks. The team also took home first place for earning the most team points for the entire tournament. The Blue Streaks participate in the Tiger Duals tournament in Cohoes on Friday, December 16 and Saturday, December 17. More information about the team can be found by visiting i i / te ams / S ar ato g a Spr i ng s / .

give back to the community at the same time,” says Becky Weyrauch, owner of Rock Your Fitness in Malta. “We are honored to win this three years running.” The Firecracker 4 is managed by FC4, Inc., a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit committed to healthy lifestyle choices. Information can be found by visiting www.Firecracker4. com, as well as by visiting Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The management and volunteers of FC4 are grateful for the support of sponsors and runners who make this year’s donations possible.

Lamoreaux and Halter Named Longstreth/NFHCA All-Americans

School Cross Country and Track and Field teams.

MatMania Tournament Success Local Wrestlers Shine at Event GLENS FALLS — The SSHS Wrestling team found success at the MatMania tournament on Saturday, December 10 in Glens Falls. Seven Blue Streaks placed in the tournament. Eric Griskowitz and Mason Wolfe, weighing in at 106 pounds and 182 pounds respectively, took home first place finishes. Brant Robertson, weighing 195 pounds, earned second place. Ryan Encarnacion at 113 pounds, Tristan Biviano at 120 pounds, Ryan DiGiuseppe

registered for the race. This year those winning teams were: - 1st place: Rock Your Fitness: $1,000 award to Heart 9/11 charity - 2nd place: Saratoga Regional YMCA: $500 award - 3rd place: Pop’s Warriors for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: $250 award The Rock Your Fitness team from Malta was the winner’s of this year’s team competition. “Having the largest group for our Firecracker4 “Run Your Colors” team goes to the heart of what Rock Your Fitness is all about. Our members are hard-working people who challenge themselves and

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Senior midfielder Krista Lamoreaux and senior defender Becca Halter of the Skidmore College Field Hockey team were named as Longstreth/ National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III All-Americans, the NFHCA announced on Tuesday, December 6. Lamoreaux was named to the second team, while Halter was named to the third team. Lamoreaux finished the 2016 season with a career-high eleven goals and eight assists. She also started eighty-six games for the Thoroughbreds over her four year playing career.This is her first AllAmerican selection. Halter led all Skidmore defenders with thirteen points from four goals and five assists. Along with Lamoreaux, Halter started in

eighty-six games over her four year career. She is also a firsttime All-American selection. These two spectacular athletes were two of 48 studentathletes representing thirty four different schools that were selected as All-Americans. They were also two of five Liberty League players selected to the squad. On Monday, November 28 both athletes were named to the All-North Atlantic Region’s First Team. The Thoroughbreds finished the 2016 with a final record of 16-6, winning the Liberty League Championship, and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals.

BHBL XC Recognized Congratulations superb athletes!



BURNT HILLS — Athletic Director Joe Scalise and Coach Button recognized the boy’s varsity cross-country team at the Board of Education meeting held on Tuesday, December

13. The team was presented with the Board of Education Resolution of Appreciation for being crowned NYS Champions this past fall. Congratulations gentlemen!



Week of December 16 – December 22, 2016

Saratoga Shines in Home Opener Strong 1st Quarter Sets Tone for Blue Streaks SARATOGA SPRINGS — “Ballston Spa is always tough,” according to 4th year varsity boy’s basketball Coach Matt Usher. The Scotties, coming off an impressive 20-point victory over Niskayuna on Tuesday, December 5, came into Saratoga on Friday December 9 for a three-quarter battle. The Blue Streaks jumped out 21-9 to lead in the first quarter behind a pair of threes early by senior Adam Anderson and junior AJ Lawton. The game stayed close entering the second quarter with Ballston Spa outscoring Saratoga 10-8. However the Blue Streaks were able to pull away thanks to a strong team defensive effort in the third quarter giving the team a 53-30 advantage. “We tried to limit them to one shot and contest their jumpers,”

said head coach Matt Usher. Mixing up their defenses between man to man and zone, Saratoga finished off the game by outscoring Ballston Spa 21-12 in the fourth quarter to earn their second consecutive victory of the season by a final score of 74-42. Senior Adam Anderson led the team with twenty-four points and four 3-pointers, while going 8-for-10 from the foul line. Junior Brian Hart also contributed with twenty points. Josh Hipwell led Ballston Spa in scoring with fourteen points. “We have a great group, a fun group and they are easy to coach,” explains Coach Usher. The team is returning five players from last year, which includes senior forward Adam Anderson. Anderson, who averages 17 points per game,

is an athletic forward who can play multiple positions, has an impressive jump shot while playing tough around the rim, and has decent play around the perimeter. The team is also depending on Junior Brian Hart, who impressed his coach with a strong off-season, to come through for the Blue Streaks this year. Junior AJ Lawton, who led the team by scoring fourteen points against Mohonasen, is arguably one of the better shooters in the Suburban Council. Saratoga is now 2-0 on the season after narrowly defeating Mohonasen 47-40 on Tuesday, December 6. This upcoming week will be a test for the Blue Streaks, as they will play two of the top teams in the Suburban council: Shaker High School on Tuesday, December 13, and

Nick Chudy sets up for a three to extend the Blue Streaks lead. Photo by

Colonie High School on Friday, December 16. Both games will be on the road. Coming off of a 12-8 win-loss record a year

ago, the team expects to utilize their athleticism, defense and rebounding to improve for the 2016-2017 season.

Town of Wilton Recreation - Jr. NBA Scores Gavin Park, Saturday 12/10 Division 1 Cavs-26: Will O’Donnell-8, Brennan & Simon-6 Bulls-25: Owen Mongan-11, Peyton Keegan-6

Thunder-33: Tyler Weygand-8 Hawks-21: Antone Robbens-13, Bryant Savage-4

Blazers-34: Zane Burnett-10, Zach Carpenter-10 Warriors-31: Max Hamilton-Jones 11, Caleb Davis-9

Warriors-18: Chase Billington-11, Cole Whitman-7 Blazers-11: Jack Doyle-9, Ryan Dingmon-2

Warriors-24: Jacob Durkee-14, Nick Scalo-5 Bulls-17: Jaden Viger-8, Philip Smack-4

Thunder-27: Kyle Holmes-7, Alex Cutler-4 Raptors-25: Elijah Woods-11, Shamir Mohamed-5

Magic-26: Noah Diulio-8, Trevor Driscoll-6 Thunder-23: Jayden Osinski-11, Austin Osinski-6

Nuggets-22: Zachary Delaney-10, Charley Cota-6 Blazers-12: Griffin Brophy-10, Davis Wilcox-2

Pacers-12: John Dunne-4 Celtics-10: Maxim Sawicz & Ryan Johnson-2

Division 3 Bulls-31: Nathan DeLaney-11, Garrett Farr-7 Rockets-18: Flagg Taylor-10, Aaron Dweck-4

Division 4 Warriors-33: John Irons-15, Aiden Arciero-8 Pacers-28: Kevin Amberger-8, Christian Arpey-5

Division 2 Rockets-30: Brayden Elliot-10 Cavs-25: Jackson Howell-10, Rowan Armstrong-9

Bulls-26: Clayton Wilhelm-8 Nuggets-25: Andrew Phillips-10, Kaan Lus-6

Nuggets-49: Frankie Laniewski-14, Charles DeRizzo-9 Celtics-27: Blake Bacas-6, Justin Duscher-6

SRYMCA Youth Basketball League Weekly Scores Saratoga Regional YMCA Saratoga Rotary Jr. Division, Sunday, December 11 D’Andrea’s Pizza 43 – Cudney’s Launderers 17 With the help of Elijah Wood’s 16 points, and 10 points from Ethan Dinsmore, the Pizza Makers were able to defeat Cudney’s in the first game of the season. The cleaners were led in scoring by Sean Lee, Bryant Savage and Jacob Armer with 3 points each. BHHS Blake Realtors 36 – Village Photo 29 In the closest game of the day, BHHS Blake Realtors

finally pulled out a 36 to 29 victory. Steve Beebe led the winners with 16 points, along with 10 points from Gavin Planavsky. Caleb Dunn with 15 points and Caiden White with 10 points led Village Photo in scoring.

controlled the boards and added 19 points. Jose Garcia had 21 points and Eli Smith 17 points for the Raloid Tool Company.

Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge Sr. Division Synergy Promotions 71 – Raloid Tool Company 47

With everyone on the team scoring, Toyota came away with a 64 to 20 win over Mexican Connection. Vinny Prime had a game high 18 points in the win, while Elias Wohl and Tommy Leary contributed 7 points each.

Synergy used a balanced scoring attack led by Avery Mickle’s 22 points, while teammate Shane Richardson

Toyota of Clifton Park 64 – Mexican Connection 20

Week of December 16 – December 22, 2016


Traditional Rivalries!

by Damian Fantauzzi for Saratoga TODAY One of the best rivalries in college football returned between the No. 25 Navy Midshipmen and Army Black Knights, where for the first

time since 2000 both teams enter the game with winning records, with Navy at 9-3 and Army at 6-5 I love watching this rivalry. There is something about a game like that, comparatively speaking, that places it on the same pedestal as holiday bowl games. This year Army defeated the Naval Academy 21 to 17 for the first time in fourteen years. To most true Army fans, that game competes with the Chicago Cubs fans’ feeling jubilant over winning the World Series. In my opinion the biggest form of rivalry comes from the amateur level. It’s the big fish in the little pond scenario. When I was a kid in Mechanicville, our high school

arch rivalry was with Saratoga. We were in a league that was primarily made up of Class B schools. These schools were part of the league’s make up, a very competitive league, with many rivalries throughout. Saratoga also had its in town foe, Saint Peters (Saratoga Central Catholic), a history worth researching. Mechanicville’s biggest rival now is neighboring Stillwater, a school that MHS did not play back in my days. Saratoga and Shenendehowa are now archrivals in the Suburban Council, with Ballston Spa still in the mix. Saratoga’s cross-town games with Saint Peters are no longer. Part of our country’s backbone is its love for sports, and

high school athletics seems to be the prime motivator for the continuing romance in this competitive environment. Those events are a big part of community environment. I love this stuff, and it’s meant to be good clean fun. But what it represents is the tradition of why our country leads the world in athletics. I know that we, as a country, aren’t dominating in some sports, but the overall picture shows that we have this tradition that exists at the interscholastic levels. Essentially our country’s athletic situation is rather unique. In Europe, for example, the interscholastic scenario is nonexistent, they do something that’s almost an extramural venue, but nothing

like what we have. Japan has something along that line like the Europeans, but nothing like what happens in the USA. Last week I mentioned the crowd control of the fans, much of which relates to this subject. I have witnessed this so many times in my career as a coach, there were some great atmospheres that coincided with big games, such as the rivalry between Saratoga and Shenendehowa. This stuff was electrifying and I couldn’t help but feeling, at the time, that there was nothing like it, I was as fired up as the players. It’s just pure fun and the experiences have indelible memories! Let’s hope this American tradition keeps its place in our way of life, it’s our true identification.

Opening Day at West Mountain

QUEENSBURY — Come one, come all! West Mountain will be opening on Friday, December 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. There will be a

fireworks show at 8:00 p.m. Some of the main features for opening day include: food and drink specials, live music from Hasty Page, bonfires,

raffles, and West Mountain merchandise for sale. Sixteen dollar four-hour lift tickets will also be offered. West Mountain Sports, the new on-site pro shop, will be featuring their new Montana Challenge Auto Tuning Machine. A brand new fleet of Elan skis and snowboards will be available to rent beginning on December 16. Season passes, program passes, and ticket holders will now receive

Hunter Heads to West Point Continued from front page.

the field, Choy helped contribute to the team’s eleven shutouts this season. Allowing only twelve goals on the year, he finished the year with a ninety-three percent save percentage. Recalls Jake Zanetti, boy’s varsity soccer coach, “he kept us in multiple games with his unique style of goalkeeping. He is a great allaround kid who is going to continue to do great things at the next level.” In the classroom Hunter is an outstanding student. With a ninetysix grade point average, he will be attending The United States Military Academy in West Point, New York beginning this fall. While balancing a demanding athletic and academic

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schedule, Hunter is also involved in several school clubs. He is involved in Student Council, Honor Society, Fiddle Club, and even War Reenactments. Recalls Zanetti, “he was a captain for us,

and did an amazing job of acting as a peer role model to his teammates. He took new members “under his wing” and really did his best to make everyone feel a part of the team’s success.”

discounts on rentals, tuning, and merchandise at West Mountain Sports. Ski and snowboard lessons will also be offered. Reservations for a lesson may be made by calling 518-6363699 ext. 336. Opening day is a great opportunity for enthusiasts to bring their skis and

boards to tune it up for the season. The latest information on West Mountain may be found by visiting, on Instagram @wesmtn, or on Facebook by searching West Mountain Ski Area. Anyone requesting more information about opening day may call 518-636-3699.



Week of December 16 – December 22, 2016

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

Breakers Club 2016 Christmas Break WILTON — From December 27 through December 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. the Breakers Club will be offering their Holiday Break program. This is a school break program offered for grades K-6. The event will take place in Gavin Park. Activities for the event include gym games, crafts, movies, bingo. All of these undertakings are weather

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permitting. Participants are asked to bring the appropriate attire. The club will supply an afternoon snack and drink. The fee for this program is $40 per day for a resident with a threeday minimum per break. Nonresidents will be charged $50 per day for a three-day minimum per break. A $10 cancellation fee will be enforced. Those looking to register may do so by visiting

Saratoga Springs Recreation Center Holiday Hours SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs Recreation Center will be closed on Saturday, December 24 and Sunday, December 25. On Monday, December 26, holiday hours will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It will also be closed from Saturday, December 31 and Sunday, January 1 for the New Years holiday. On Monday, January 2 holiday hours will be observed from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. For additional information please call 518-587-3550 ext 2300.

BARC Winter Basketball Registration 2017 BALLSTON SPA — Boys and girls in grades third through ninth who reside in the towns of Milton, Malta, or Ballston, or the Village of Ballston Spa are

encouraged to sign up for BARC Winter Basketball. Games will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Milton Terrace and Wood Road gyms at the high school.

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

All participants must pre-register. Anyone looking to register may do so by visiting the school district website at communityswim.

Spartan Junior Girl’s Basketball BURNT HILLS — The Spartan Junior girl’s basketball team is accepting registrants for girls in grades second through eighth. This program is run by BHBL Varsity Coach Gestwick, with the help of the girl’s varsity basketball team. Session will occur on the Saturdays through February 11 at the Middle School, located at 173 Lake Hill Road in Burnt Hills from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. The cost for each session is $50.00. Checks should be payable to BH-BL Girls Youth Basketball, and should be brought to the first session. Any questions can be directed to Coach Gestwick at 518-810-6675.

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Learn to Swim

Red Oak Ridge Hike

BURNT HILLS — Student Learn-to-Swim Classes will continue their winter session starting January 7 and will run through February 18. These fifty-five minute classes will last eight weeks. Children in grades K-6 are grouped by ability within each time period. This year there will be an addition of an advanced level class for students up to age fifteen years old.

GANSVOORT — Join in on a challenge 2.5 mile roundtrip hike on Red Oak Ridge on Tuesday December 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Climbers will climb halfway up the mountain ridge, and will walk through places pointed out by the hike educator. Hikers are encouraged to bring their own water on this hike. Registration is necessary and must be done with twenty-four hour advanced

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notice. Anyone interested in registering for the hike may visit

Board Members Needed SCHUYLERVILLE — The Old Saratoga Athletic Association had two vacant board member positions, cheerleading commissioner and football commissioner. Each position requires nomination. The continued existence and success of the organization is dependent on volunteers. Anyone in serving in one of the positions may attend the next Board meeting on Wednesday, December 21 at the Schuylerville Elementary School.

Zumba Classes SARATOGA SPRINGS — Sign up for Saratoga Springs Recreation Department Zumba Fitness classes. Teens and adults 16 years old and above are welcome to join. Session and drop in options available. Sign up at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center, located at 15 Vanderbilt Avenue Monday–Friday 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., or Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. For additional information or to download registration forms visit, or contact the Recreation Department at (518) 587-3550 ext. 2300 with any questions.

Week of December 16 – December 22, 2016

by Aidan Jolly for Saratoga TODAY


Young Team Tested SSHS Finishes Third at Don Kauth Tournament

High school hockey season is officially underway in Saratoga, as the Saratoga Blue Streaks opened up their season with the Don Kauth Memorial Tournament at Weibel Avenue Ice Rink on Friday, December 9, and Saturday, December 10. Going into their season opener on Friday evening, the Blue Streaks were looking to build upon the success of last season, having reached the state semifinals and winning their sixth sectional title in seven years. On Friday night, they took on the St. Joe’s Collegiate Marauders, a team out of Kenmore, located just outside of Buffalo. Saratoga would fall behind 6-0 by the end of the first two periods, but would score their first goal of the

season off the stick of junior forward Matt Shamberger at 3:16 in the third period. Saratoga would later score with forty seconds to play on a goal from team captain Jonathan Luse. This would continue his two-point night, as he recorded an assist on Shamberger’s goal. Despite the late offensive surge, St. Joe’s defeated the Blue Streaks in their season opener by a final score of 8-2. On Saturday afternoon, Saratoga took on the defending-state champion Mamaroneck Tigers. The offense of Saratoga managed only eight shots on goal, all of which were saved by Mamaroneck goaltender Andrew Gargiulo. Mamaroneck scored twice in the first frame on two goals, thanks to Michael Carducci. The first goal came at 4:39, and

the second at 13:30. The rest of the game remained quiet until less than a minute in the game, with Harrison Fried scoring with 39 seconds to play to make the score 3-0 in favor of the Tigers. Saratoga finished third out of four teams in the tournament. St. Joe’s was crowned tournament champions after a scoreless second period between Mamaroneck and Saratoga. They finished with a record of 2-0 in the tournament; their second victory resulted in shutting out Shenendehowa 4-0 on Saturday. Mamaroneck finished second in the tournament, as they also beat Shenendehowa 5-1 on Friday in Clifton Park. The Plainsmen finished fourth in the tournament standings. “Two really tough opponents. It’s a good start for

Captain Jake Faulner scans his options with the puck in the team’s game against Mamaroneck. Photo by

us. We’re young, we’re really young,” Saratoga assistant coach Terry O’Brien said Saturday, who was filling in for Saratoga head coach Dave Torres, who was out of town. “I’m very proud of the kids, how they played.”

With the pair of losses, Saratoga falls to 0-2 on the still young season. They will be playing Massena on Friday evening in a non-league game. Puck drop is scheduled for 6:45 p.m., and will be played at Weibel Avenue Ice Rink.

Volume 11  •  Issue 49

Week of December 16 – December 22, 2016



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