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Volume 9  •  Issue 13  •  April 4 – April 10, 2014

Leader Of The Pack Blue Streak Alumna Earns EAGL Gymnast Of The Year

by Brian Cremo Saratoga TODAY

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina State sophomore gymnast Brittni Watkins set the bar

high before the start of her second season with the Wolfpack. “I looked at all the banners in the beginning of the year before the season started and I picked See Gymnast pg. 16

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Saratoga Center For The Family

Building Stronger Families by Arthur Gonick Saratoga TODAY

SARATOGA SPRINGS— The Saratoga Center for the Family is a major community asset, yet many county residents are not fully aware of the incredible array of services they provide. This is the first of a multi-part series about the Center and its activities. Simply put, there is no better time to explore The Saratoga

Center for the Family (SCFF) than the month of April. “April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.” noted Jennifer Wormley, who is the coordinator for SCFF’s Harriet M. West Child Advocacy Center (CAC). Ms. Wormley oversees both the CAC and SCFF’s counseling divisions, bringing a multi-disciplinary team into one cohesive unit. “This month, SCFF encourages all individuals and

Featured Stories Women Of Influence Winners Winners Inside See Story pg. 14


See Saratoga Center For The Family pg. 15

Voting Begins See pgs. 10-12

Inside TODAY Collegiate gymnast Brittni Watkins, a former Blue Streak, strikes a pose complete with the North Carolina State Wolfpack symbol, during competition this season. Photo by Greg Mintel.


The SCFF Team. Upstairs: John Kelly, Diane Parish, Eileen Betts, Kelly Barry, Denise Atkinson, Pat Covell and Mary Beth York. Downstairs: Leah Ferrone, Terry White and Jennifer Wormley. Photo By

Expanded Wellness:

Obits 6 Business 8,9 Education 18,19

Ground Breaking Set For Late Spring In Wilton

by Colette Linton Saratoga TODAY WILTON — Owners of Saratoga Health & Wellness announced their plans for the construction of a new facility, eventually moving out of the old and into a new location, for which they plan to break ground ahead of summer.

Pulse/Food 26-32 Sports 36-40

Weekend Forecast FRIDAY

48|32 Rendering of the new Saratoga Health and Wellness Facility to break ground before summer. To be located in Wilton, the facility will be nearly 25 percent larger than the gym’s current location on Gick Road in Saratoga Springs. Photo provided.

The new facility will be located at 538 Maple Avenue, and is expected to open, if construction

remains on schedule, in October. Owners and physiologists of Saratoga Health & Wellness Michael


Lapolla and Nicholas Galuardi have been in the planning stages for the See Expanded Wellness pg. 14


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Week of April 4 – April 10, 2014

Next Stop? SPAC! Photos by Lawrence White

Girls run through steps with New York City Ballet NYCB Children’s Ballet Master Dena Abergel (right) and Arch Higgins, Assistant Children’s Ballet Master (left). One hundred girls auditioned for the 48 spots; the children selected will dance at SPAC in this summer’s NYCB presentation of Circus Polka.

A local girl (literally) leaps at the opportunity to audition for a chance to dance with NYCB during its Saratoga season, July 8- 12.

Wilton Community Meet “N” Greet

On Saturday, April 5 from 10 am – 2:30 pm officials from Wilton town government will be on hand to answer questions and take your

concerns, criticism and compliments at the Wilton Mall Entrance of Healthy Living Market. “We know you’re busy so we’re coming to you.”


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Family Fun Day Benefits Jake’s Help From Heaven anywhere in the continental US on Southwest Airlines • Two tickets to a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park during the 2014 season • A 47” LG LED TV So Sunday, April 27 shapes up

Heather, Ethan and Brian Straughter. Photo by Deborah Neary.

SARATOGA SPRINGS – On Sunday, April 27 the Fourth Annual Family Fun Day to Benefit Jake’s Help From Heaven will take place at the Saratoga Strike Zone, 32 Ballston Avenue in Saratoga Springs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Jake’s Help From Heaven Foundation, founded in 2011, is a non-profit foundation dedicated to supporting individuals with multiple medical challenges and disabilities. Countless challenges occur in caring for medically fragile, special needs individuals. The foundation’s goal is to assist individuals affected by debilitating illnesses. The popular event’s family bowling component had been sold out since February, but The Strike Zone’s End Zone Sports Pub will also be the site of a big party (for

ages 21 and older) where there are still spots available. Tickets for that portion of the event are $20/person and include admission, 2 slices of pizza and your first drink (soda or beer). There are several ways to obtain tickets. They can be bought online at www.eventbrite. com/e/4th-annual-family-funday-registration-10468982007, or at the jakeshelpfromheaven. com site. Also, if you wish you can mail a check made out to Jake’s Help From Heaven Foundation and send it to Heather Straughter at 161 Circular Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Finally, you can register by phoning (518) 306-5665. However you pay, there is a deadline of April 25 to register for admission. “We want to make it easy for as

many people as possible to come to the party!” Heather Straughter said. “Admission also allows you to get in on some awesome raffles.” Indeed, the foundation has gathered a prodigious amount of “star stuff,” well worth the price of a ticket if you are the winner. For instance, the “Day at the Races” package includes a VIP box (which seats five people) at the Saratoga Race Course on August 28. Bring your appetite as the package includes $50 for lunch at Hattie’s Track Shack and $250 for Dinner at Sperry’s Restaurant following the races. Raffle tickets for this package are $100, and only 25 of these will be sold. Other packages and items will be available. Tickets for these are $20 each, or six for $100. Examples include: • Two round-trip tickets

pepper sauce, mushroom ragout, mashed sweet potatoes vegetables, wine, dessert and hot / cold beverages. Admission is $40 per person for adult members, $45 for non-members. Member children under 12 are $15 and $20 for non-members. Advance reservations are highly recommended. For more

information, call (518) 584-2370 or email saratogajcc@verizon. net. Also, the Congregation will have its first monthly hourlong family Shabbat service on Saturday, April 5. Led by Rabbi/ Cantor Kenneth Blatt, services will begin at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Kiddush lunch. This is also open to the entire community.

Celebrate Passover!

SARATOGA SPRINGS— The entire community is welcome to join Congregation Shaara Tfille/The Jewish Community Center of Saratoga Springs, located at 84 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga Springs as they celebrate the Jews’ freedom from slavery by hosting a Contemporary Passover Seder on Tuesday, April 15 at 6 p.m. The meal will be catered by Cynthia Shaw of “What’s Cooking” and includes the traditional Seder plate, matzo ball soup, gefilte fish, boneless chicken breast in tomato and red

as an opportunity to help a worthy cause, while perhaps doing very well for you as well! For more information about the event, raffles and the foundation, visit -Arthur Gonick


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week in Review Saratoga Scrap Yard Key to Possible Parking Site SARATOGA SPRINGS— Saratoga Springs Mayor Joanne Yepsen is scheduling a meeting with Spa City Recycling to see if the business would be amenable to a land swap for the purpose of creating a public parking area to serve the Beekman Street Arts District. The city would trade the business land it could use that isn’t located near a residential area in exchange for property. Yepsen mentioned the potential land swap or perhaps an outright purchase of the property during a town hall-style meeting she hosted last week at the Principessa Elena Society on Oak Street, a block from Spa City Recycling. The process is “very preliminary”, she said but hopes something can be worked out, even if it means a direct purchase of the property by the city. “If we’re going to create a desirable area for people to locate as artists and residents, we need to accommodate them with parking,” she said. Spa City owners Giorgio Atzeni and James Riccardi lease the land under Spa City Recycling. Atzeni said that he is willing to discuss moving, but that the current location suits his business perfectly. “I’m open to suggestions and we’ll take it from there,” he said. DCG Development Co. Updates Congress Plaza Facade CLIFTON PARK— The Saratoga Springs Design Review Commission approved DCG Development Co.’s façade improvement project for Congress Plaza.

DCG Development Co. is entering its second phase of work, which focuses on refacing the balance of the Congress Plaza shopping center. The architecturally rich design will update the 30-year-old building front, adding steel decorative arches and Robinson iron columns, extending the brick to match what already exists and adding signage. Work on Embassy Suites Saratoga Springs is expected to be completed by contractor Bast Hatfield in the fourth quarter of 2014. Work will begin on the façade improvement, again with Bast Hatfield as contractor, as soon as the plans are completed. Remaking Rip Van Dam SARATOGA SPRINGS— A $45 million plan would remake the 179-year-old Rip Van Dam on Broadway into a modern hotel with custom features. Bruce Levinsky of Merlin Development in Saratoga Springs recently obtained site plan approval to renovate 16 rooms in the pre-Civil War hotel and attach a new six-story, 160room hotel to the rear of the building accessible from Washington Street. The Rip Van Dam is next to the Adelphi Hotel, which was built in 1877 and is undergoing significant interior renovations. The Adelphi is expected to reopen in 2015. Levinsky said he wants to start construction on the Rip Van Dam this summer and finish by 2016. “You’ll have two of the oldest buildings in the city back to their original glory,” said Jim Quinn of the Provident Development Group, a partner in the Rip Van Dam development. “It will be pretty remarkable.”

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State-wide Paranormal Tourism Initiative Debuts Haunted History Trail Brochure SARATOGA SPRINGS— The tourism promotion agencies of 20 counties across New York State have banded together to promote their haunted tourism attractions to thrillseeking visitors. The printed trail map highlights haunted locations in Greater Niagara, Finger Lakes, Central New York, Capital/Saratoga, The Catskills, Hudson Valley and the 1000 IslandsSeaway Regions.  “In 2010 the Canfield Casino in Congress Park was featured in an episode of Ghost Hunters where mysterious paranormal activities were analyzed,” said Annamaria Bellantoni, tourism director for the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce. “This only increased the desire for people to visit Saratoga for paranormal experiences.”  This nearly 400-mile trail of yearround ghostly adventures is detailed online at www.HauntedHistoryTrail. com, as well as in a new trail map brochure. $300 Million Casino Resort has support of Albany County Sheriff ALBANY— Craig D. Apple Sr., Albany County Sheriff, released a letter of approval showing his support for the $300 million-plus resort casino proposed for the outskirts of Albany. Apple wrote the letter to David Flaum, chairman and CEO of Flaum Management Co. Inc. in Rochester, and John Signor, president and CEO of Capital District OTB. Together they comprise Capital Gaming LLC. Capital Gaming LLC designed

the project, simply referred to as “Project E23” on 60 acres of land off Noonan Lane near Thruway Exit 23. As of last week, when Flaum had announced the plans publicly, Capital Gaming did not have an agreement with a casino operator. In the letter, Apple stated that because the site is not bordering any residential areas and would result in almost no foot traffic that there will be no disturbances and that it will not have a negative impact on anyone in the neighborhood. Adirondack Pub & Brewery Nearly Quadruples Size Pub to Start Whisky and Bourbon Production LAKE GEORGE— Adirondack Pub and Brewery owner John Carr announced plans to purchase the fouracre lot off of Route 9 to expand his existing beer brewery operations threefold and establish a new distillery. The price of the property was reported to be $1.25 million. The development is expected to cost $5 million over the course of five years. Carr said that of all the improvements he plans for the property, he is most excited about the distillery, which will be called High Peaks and produce whiskeys and rye under the brand name Cloudsplitter. His goal for the High Peaks Distillery is to make 5,000 cases of whiskey and bourbon annually under their Cloudsplitter brand. The site will also allow them to increase beer production to 35,000 barrels a year, up from 9,000 barrels expected this year, Carr said. Renovations for Clifton Park’s Largest Price Chopper CLIFTON PARK— The Golub Corporation is now seeking to renovate Clifton Park’s largest Price Chopper on Route 146, shortly after its plans for a new store were denied by the town Planning Board. The planned renovation in the 77,000-square-foot facility would include a new façade, drive-thru pharmacy, a Starbucks, a QuickCare Clinic as well as additional parking and other improvements. The application to renovate the Price Chopper was presented this week to the town Planning Board and is to be reviewed again at an upcoming meeting. This proposal follows the refusal from the Planning Board in midMarch for the zoning zone change that was sought by developer Nigros Cos. that would have allowed the construction of a new Price Chopper farther west of town which was intended to replace an older, smaller store located across the street.


Week of April 4 – April 10, 2014 Philip J. Taylor, 40, of Jefferson Street in Saratoga Springs, was arrested March 24 and charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle. Kenneth M. Conte, 20, of Kirby Road in Saratoga Springs, was arrested March 25 and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of stolen property, improper vehicle equipment and unlawful possession of marijuana. Joseph S. Ferrara, 25, of Adams Street in Saratoga Springs, was arrested March 25 and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of stolen property. Michael S. Andrews, 17, of Hathorn Boulevard in Saratoga Springs, was arrested March 25 and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of stolen property. Andrews, Ferrara and Conte were arrested following a traffic stop. Christine B. Lee, 18, of Farmington Avenue in Saratoga Springs, was arrested March 25 and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance. It is alleged that back on February 26, she did possess LSD. She was arraigned and released on her own recognizance. Amelia J. Welch, 24, of Route 9 in Warrensburg, was arrested March 25 and charged with DWI, BAC more than .08 percent, driving the wrong way down a one way street, entering a stop or yield intersection and unlawful possession of marijuana. Kevin Johnson, 46, of South Broadway in Saratoga Springs, was arrested March 26 and charged with petit larceny. Johnson was arrested on a warrant. Lester E. Lolley, 31, of Lincoln Avenue in Saratoga Springs, was arrested March 27 and

charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Brian J. Bennett, 42, was arrested March 27 and charged with disorderly conduct. Kevin S. Cuva, 41, of Waterbury Street in Saratoga Springs, was arrested March 27 and charged with unlawful imprisonment, obstruction of breathing, criminal contempt and criminal mischief. Ronald G. Morelli, 33, of County Route 70 in Stillwater, was arrested March 27 and charged with petit larceny. Justin E. Furgason, 33, of Middle Street in Ballston Spa, was arrested March 27 and charged with petit larceny. Morelli and Furgason were arrested on warrants after allegedly being involved in the theft of a chainsaw from the Tractor Supply on Weibel Avenue on February 5. Conor R. Sullivan, 25, of South East Street in Saratoga Springs, was arrested March 28 and charged with criminal mischief. Sullivan had allegedly damaged a door and fire alarm box at Dango’s just prior to the arrest. Fraatz-Garcia

Gustavo E. Fraatz-Garcia, 30, of Avery Street in Saratoga Springs, was arrested March 30 and charged with assault, menacing, criminal possession of a weapon and obstruction of breathing. Saratoga Police responded to a disturbance call on Avery Street just prior to the arrest. Upon arrival, officers located a 25 year

old male victim who shared an apartment with FraatzGarcia. It is alleged that the victim and Fraatz-Garcia had gotten into a verbal argument inside the apartment, during which time Fraatz-Garcia began to choke the victim with his hands. The victim was able to escape from the attack. Fraatz- Garcia allegedly grabbed a folding knife and began to threaten the victim with it. He allegedly slashed the chest of the victim with the knife, which caused a minor laceration to the victim’s chest. The victim was able to get out of the apartment and notify police. The victim did not require emergency medical services. Fraatz- Garcia was arraigned and committed to Saratoga County Jail. Johnson

Orion M. Johnson, 21, of Wright Street in Saratoga Springs, was arrested March 29 and charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon. Johnson was arrested on a warrant at 9:46 a.m. The arrest stems from an incident on March 21 at 13 Caroline Street. During the incident it is alleged that Johnson smashed a beer bottle on

the head of another patron. The act caused the 21-yearold male victim to sustain a severe laceration to his head that required emergency medical treatment. Johnson was arraigned and was released on his own recognizance. Ryan T. Ostrander, 23, of Emigh Road in Rock City

Falls, was arrested March 30 and charged with improper lane use, BAC more than .08 percent, driving while intoxicated, aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle and operating an unregistered motor vehicle on the highway. Ostrander was arrested at 3:39 a.m. following a traffic stop.



Louise Lincoln Jordan

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Louise Lincoln Jordan, 72, a longtime resident of Saratoga Springs, died at her home on November 26, 2013 after a brief illness. She was born on July 22, 1941 to the late Ruth Branson and Charles Waters Lincoln of Upper Montclair, New Jersey. She married William Louis Jordan on August 13, 1966. Louise was a professional Interior Designer for over 40 years and was a 1963 graduate of the Parsons School of Design. She

headed the design department of Hugh M. Keiser Associates in New York City and later initiated the Interior Design Group of C.T. Male and Associates before establishing her own practice in Saratoga Springs. Louise was an avid gardener and a longtime member and past President of the Orenda Garden Club of Saratoga Springs. For many years she prepared wreaths and Christmas trees for sale at the Festival of Trees; all proceeds went to Catholic Charities. Louise was preceded in death by her parents Ruth B. and Charles W. Lincoln and her sister Susan Branson Lincoln. Louise is survived by her husband of 47 years, William L. Jordan of Saratoga Springs, and her brother, Thomas, and his wife, Maryann of Charlottesville, Virginia. She is also survived by her many nieces and nephews of both the Lincoln and Jordan families.

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John “Jack” Tuczynski SARATOGA SPRINGS — John “Jack” Tuczynski, 92, passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 26. Born on April 26, 1921 in Valatie, he was the son of the late Joseph and Helen (Roginski) Tuczynski. He attended Martin H. Glynn High School and graduated from Ichabod Crane High School in 2009 through the Veteran’s Recognition program. During World War II, Jack served proudly as a member of the U.S. Army’s 5307th Composite Unit, also known as Merrill’s Marauders, where he and his regiment were tasked with long range penetration of enemy lines during the Burma campaign. He was discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant. He received the Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star Medal and Presidential Unit Citation. Jack was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a member of Saratoga Wilton Elks #161, American Legion Post #0862 in Lake Luzerne, Greenfield Fire

Dr. James B. Dorsey

George Bookasta SARATOGA SPRINGS — George Bookasta passed away last week in Saratoga Springs at 96. He was a child movie star in the Golden Era of Hollywood, a big band leader, World War II veteran, entertainer, director, producer, avid horseman, loving father, grandfather and friend to many. George was born on July 14, 1917 in Kansas City, Missouri. At the age of 3, George—with a mustache, bowler and Charlie Chaplin outfit—was seen by a talent scout on the Vaudeville stage and signed by Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and Charlie Chaplin for United Artists. The family then moved to Hollywood. George was cast in a dozen child star roles opposite Pickford, Reginald Denny and numerous other leading stars of the day. Amongst his most memorable roles, George played opposite Lupe Velez, as “Spotty”, in Henry King’s “Hell’s Harbor”, one of the earliest feature films with sound. He also played in the Thief of Baghdad, Little Annie Roonie, Coquette, Rosita and Night Bird. George went to Hollywood High School and was an unbeaten track star, playing football and baseball as well. He started his own orchestra

after high school in the 1930s and was soon headlining Hollywood’s Cafe de Paris, live on national radio. George joined the U.S. Army in 1943 and was sent to the European front. He was a Sergeant and Army radio operator who saw active service during World War II in Germany and France where he was injured in battle. George formed an orchestra in the army, was a leader of men on the battlefied and escaped death many times. After the war, seeing an opening in the new TV industry, George developed the nation’s first weekly TV magazine, TV TIME, which he published for several years. George was a horse owner and active part of the thoroughbred industry and Saratoga community. George had friends everywhere he went and the respect of all who knew him. He could regularly be seen at the horse racing track and enjoying the restaurants and shops of Main Street in Saratoga Springs, bringing smiles to people‘s faces.

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Company No. 1, Hadley Hunting Club and Robinwood Park. He was a volunteer at the Saratoga Hospital Nursing home for over 13 years with 4,884 accumulated hours of service. Jack was predeceased by his wife of 51 years, Amelia, his brothers Joseph, George, and Bill Tuczynski, his sisters Katherine O’Brien and “Babe” Egnasher, step children John and Arlene Holbrook and beloved great nephew and buddy Brock Tuczynski. He is survived by four grandchildren, including Jackalyn Rongo, and five great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews including Buck, Kathy and their daughters Darcy and Reanna. Jack was a friend to many and will be remembered for his happy nature, sense of humor and his endearing ability to develop lasting friendships wherever he went.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Dr. James B. Dorsey, 86, passed away peacefully Saturday, March 29 with his loving family by his side. Born on August 29, 1927 in Saratoga Springs, he is the son of the late Francis E. Dorsey, Sr. and Katherine (Baker) Dorsey. Dr. Dorsey attended Saratoga Springs public schools and upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy V-5 Aviation Cadet program. Following his service duty, he completed undergraduate studies at Brown University. He received his Juris Doctor degree at Albany Law

School and practiced law with his father, the late Francis E. Dorsey, Sr. He graduated from New York Medical College in New York City and completed his internship at Greenwich Hospital, Greenwich, Connecticut. He then completed a three year residency in vascular surgery at Lennox Hill Hospital in New York City. On June 10, 1950, he married the former Patricia Ann Walsh of Saratoga Springs. After receiving his law degree and medical degree, he was recognized as one of a few to achieve that distinction. He served on the surgical staff at Saratoga Hospital for over 25 years and was Saratoga County Coroner for three years. He practiced law with his son-in-law, John J. LaBoda and his son, James B. Dorsey, Jr. In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his loving daughter, Alison Golinski (Gary) and his only brother, Francis E. Dorsey, Jr. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Patricia Walsh Dorsey; five children, Katherine (John) LaBoda, Mary L. Lee, Pamela (Bruce) Boghosian, Suzanne Dorsey and James B. Dorsey, Jr. (companion Nancy Ravena); seven grandchildren, John (Aubrey) LaBoda, Olivia LaBoda (fiancée Ryan O’Malley), Cheston Lee, Amanda Dugan, Darian (fiancée Cynthia) Boghosian, Megan Golinski and George Carlson and one great-grandchild, Darian Boghosian, Jr.

John Minot Swersky SARATOGA SPRINGS — John Swersky, 46, passed away on Saturday, March 29 at Saratoga Hospital. He was born on October 16, 1967 in Northampton Massachusetts, the son of David and Jane Fleming Swersky. John, a graduate of the Riverdale Country School, attended Skidmore College and enjoyed reading, listening to music, philosophizing and taking long walks in nature. John is survived by his father and step mother David and Jayne Swersky and his two half siblings, as well as a half-sister Blaine Dunham Birchby. He is preceded in death by his mother Jane Fleming and his life companion Nina Martino.

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Property Transactions BALLSTON SPA

518 Marcia Lane, $273,000. Peter Connors sold property to Henry and Marianne Kawecki. 364 Charlton Rd., $60,000. John and Kathy Ebert sold property to Christopher and Ashley Rickert. 31 Forestbrook Dr., $352,179. Heritage Builders Group, LLC sold property to Stephen and Linda Myers. 109 Charlton Rd., $258,529. John and Tamara Lewis (by Ref) sold property to Fannie Mae. 31 Skaarland Dr., $229,000. Pauline Mason sold property to Paul and Janet Didonato. 36 Lancaster Court, $339,245. Traditional Builders LTD sold property to Wilfred and Maureen Wege. 14 Gartner Dr., $200,000. Beverly Blowers sold property to Laura and Bradley Muschott. 158 Ballston Ave., $230,000. Kevin and Nina McCauliffe sold property to Michael Coffee Jr. and Michael Coffey Sr. 1 Charlton Rd., $154,853. Michael Samek sold property to First National Acceptance Company. 34 Everson Way, $245,000. Carol Oropallo sold property to Town of Ballston. 819 County Route 67, $375,000. Larovigne Management LLC sold property to Vitlo Enterprises, LLC.


38 Lake Ave., $175,000. Donald and Marian Smith sold property to Joseph and Tracy Lynch. 4 Beverly Place, $269,900. Christopher and Laurie Glockler sold property to Kevin and Barbara Hinkley. Lot 91 Willis Way, $391,390. John Luke Development Co. LLC sold property to John and Maribeth Pagoda. 3 Wake Robin Rd., $167,000. Amber Nebolini sold property to Michael Morand and Sharon Curley. 16 Lake Ave., $68,000. William Bourassa sold property to Dana Pomerville and Lisa Santy. 178 Arrow Wood Place, $149,000. Steven Asplin sold property to

William and Carolyn Pedersen. 4 Village View Bluff, $239,000. Curtis Ulrich sold property to Matthew and Krystal Hubbell. 13 Sonja Lane, $345,000. John and Sheila Gibson sold property to Cartus Financial Corporation. 13 Sonja Lane, $345,000. Cartus Financial Corporation sold property to Thomas and Jean Tsounis. 3 Hunters Run, $320,000. Mar and Michael Gullo (as Trustees) sold property to Kimberly Salerno. 64 Thimbleberry Rd., $144,500. Deena Whitaker sold property to WHR Group Inc. (by Nominee). 64 Thimbleberry Rd., $135,000. WHR Group Inc. sold property to Nancy Boice. 45 Wake Robin Rd., Adam and Samantha Smith sold property to WHR Group Inc. 45 Wake Robin Rd., WHR Group sold property to Robert and Francesca Cesare. 121 Arrow Wood Place, $147,000. Eileen Nall and Russell Gowie sold property to Nicole Nall. 59 Admirals Way, $466,075. Malta Land Company, LLC sold property to Mark and Kathleen Walaska.


7 Flying Dutchman Way, $386,000. Donald and Kathleen Cootware sold property to Xuefeng Zhou. 21 Beacon Hill Dr., $850,000. Debra Avellino sold property to Bart and Morena Rizzuto. 20 Excelsior Springs Ave., $380,000. Jeffrey Kelly and Linda Smyth sold property to Arthur Perkowski and Paris Maney. 2 Madeline Dr., $265,000. Brandon and Mary Finch sold property to Sean Comiskey and Corey Lindley. 44 Central Ave., $529,340. DeGraff Bloom Custom Builders Inc. sold property to Thomas and Monica Isenovski. 38 High Rock Ave., Unit 4, $982,500. High Rock Condominiums LLC sold property to Lawrence and Marie Zinter. 71 Phila St., $220,000. Margaret Roberts (by Agent) sold property to Elizabeth Howe.

Old Schuylerville Rd., $82,500. Melissa Paquet sold property to Michael and Jill Deanzeris. 84 Tamarack Trail, $156,000. Karen Kennedy sold property to Carol Allen. 54 Doten Ave., $485,000. Trojanski Custom Builders LLC. sold property to Kevin and Abigail Crotty. 116 State St., $840,050. John and Katherine Walthausen sold property to Robert Cummings and Annette Bacola. 9 Outlook Ave., $400,000. James Butkus sold property to Regina Cunningham. 16 Heather Lane, $159,000. Richard and Diahne Hallstead sold property to David Stagnitti. 12 Elizabeth Lane, $270,000. Seth Gregory sold property to Edward and Margaret Gilgallon. 116 High Rock Ave., $266,774. US Bank National Association (by Atty) sold property to Helen and Harold Simpson. 219 Crescent Ave., $630,000. Linda Bruno Navarra sold property to Eric Ren and Bridget Milot. 15 Alger St., $4000. City of Saratoga Springs sold property to Marjorie Martin. Union Ave., $455,000. William Walbridge and Christina Brown sold property to Larissa Hawley. 228 Caroline St., $800,000. William Wankel and Karyn Iaria sold property to George and Alyssa Fricke. 13 Elizabeth Lane, $314,000. Janet Egeland and Kathryn Boone sold property to Arlen Dahlquist. 46 Pamela Lane, $367,822. Blitman Saratoga LLC sold property to Deborah Sculco.

64 Ludlow St., Unit 202, $269,000. 64 Ludlow Street LLC sold property to Paul and Kimberly Valente.


20 St. Charles Court, $185,000. Pine Brook Landing LLC sold property to Michael and Kathleen Galvin. 188 Edie Rd., $1.00, Kelly Hayes sold property to Richard and Cathleen Zwijacz. 11 Waverly Place, $398,681. Tra Tom Development Inc. sold property to Jeffrey and Lisa Troupe. 753 Route 9, $150,000. Becki and James Cramer sold property to Wilton Baptist Church. 21 Corinth Mountain Rd., $260,000. Stephen Sexton sold property to Mary Hansen. 20 Whirlaway Blvd., $258,000. Mark Juliano sold property to Christopher and Tessa O’Maggio. 6 Joseph Lane, $284,900. Jay-

son Young sold property to Elizabeth Vasica and William Morgan. 5 Chestnut Hill Dr. $659,555. RJ Taylor Builders Inc. sold property to Peter and Susan O’Malley. 11 Maya Dr., $270,000. Mary Beth Kelly and Marie Sabatini (as Trustees) sold property to George and Michele Arnold. Strong Rd., Colonial Heritage Mobile Home Park LLC sold property to Joseph and Colleen Patterson. 24 Lonesome Pine Trail $450,000. Rachid and Gherissia Daoui sold property to James and Erin Hall. 151 Edie Rd., $310,000. Richard Kline and Catherine Remi-

llard sold property to Matthew Carollo. 32 Timbira Dr. $265,000. Dennis and Ann Ryan sold property to Joseph and Barbara Dedeyn. 141 Ingersoll Rd., $425,000. Deborah Rastinehad sold property to Peter and Gail Guzi. 54 Fairway Blvd., $161,299. Deutsche Bank National Trust Company (as Trustee, By Atty) sold property to One Hundred Twelve Broad Street LLC. 7 Aberdeen Way, $215,000. John and Carrie Nichols sold property to Nicholas Barton. 32 Palmer Terrace, $257,000. Van and Judith Herbert sold property to Collin and Melanie Donohoue. 20 Nottingham Dr., $373,000. John Robinson sold property to Leston and Lauren Sheeley. 538 Maple Ave., $217,500. Marion Miller (by Exec) sold property to Saratoga HW Properties LLC. 30 Harvest Lane, $565,000. Roseann Giorgi and William and Linda Baker sold property to Glenn and Cynthia Park. 9 Roberts Court, $264,000. Federal National Mortgage Association (by Atty) sold property to Megan and Thomas Crowley. 319 Ruggles Rd., $157,500. RBS Citizens sold property to John and Kathryn O’Leary. 18 Cherry Tree Lane, $280,000. Glenn and Cynthia Park sold property to Mark and Christin Boeckman. 47 Worth Rd., $142,344. Michael Chan (by Ref) sold property to Wells Fargo Bank.



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Breaking Boundaries in a New Running Season Local Fleet Feet Sports Store Opens Registration for Training

by Colette Linton Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Some people who never thought they could run before or needed an extra push to get out the door have found that facing the challenge with a team and skilled coaching staff they can go much further than they had ever thought they could. Six years after the Fleet Feet Sports Store of Albany, and at their Malta location as of November, started its “No Boundaries” walk/run 5K training program, dozens have crossed the finish line of their first event. Nancy Radigan was among the first group to do so. Her and her husband, Kevin Radigan, have been with the program since its inception. Nancy was a swimmer in high school and college but didn’t think about getting into running until having watched her husband and son complete races together. “I was just like ‘wow’ that’s so cool, and I wanted to do it, but I needed a lot of help,” Nancy said. She admits it wasn’t easy to cover the distance at each practice, but the motivation and encouragement from the coaches and the running group, which

is both diverse in age and running experience – if not complete beginners, kept her moving toward her goal and eventually finishing races with her husband and son. “For me, even though I’ve run these six years, it’s still very hard for me,” she said. “It truly makes a difference, them (coaches and fellow runners) being there. The motivation and the encouragement is just… I cannot say enough. It brings tears to my eyes to look at people we’ve seen,” she added. “They’ve (Fleet Feet) had people who have not run a step and for them to finish a 5K,” she shakes her head recalling the experience that she said was inspiring. “And it doesn’t matter what group they’re in: at the race, everybody is at the finish line cheering.” No Boundaries is now one of five programs - Walk Fit, No Boundaries, No Boundaries II, Faster Farther 5K (3.1 miles)/10K (6.2 miles)/15K (9.3 miles) and Half (13 miles) & Full Marathon (26.2 miles). Training lasts 10-12 weeks ahead of area races. Lessons that focus on the basics of posture, reach, cadence, breathing and team support, Fleet Feet Sports Owner Charlie Woodruff said, during the first year of the No Boundaries program 23

people of 37 were able to complete the program. However, since 2009, the number of individuals who start and finish the programs has grown to over 90 percent, exclusive of injuries. “People come back, time after time after time,” Woodruff said. “People pick up a program, they ramp up a program, and they do more than they ever dreamed they would be doing.” Woodruff said that when he had opened the stores in the area, one thing that he didn’t anticipate, which has now become a highlight, is the culture of the community that is created in the running programs. “I routinely hear at our wrap up meetings: ‘I went to a meeting, and I didn’t know anybody. I went to a couple of workouts, and these people became my running buddies and now they’re my friends.’ So the community part of this is unbelievable,” he said. Individuals submit a medical waiver in order to participate in any of Fleet Feet Sport’s tiered programs for walkers, beginning runners, intermediate and advanced runners. A 12-week program cost $125 and includes educational clinics, a training plan, entry fee into the designated goal race and continued education.

No Boundaries Coach Lisa Millis and Fleet Feet Sports Owner Charlie Woodruff at Saratoga Spa State Park. Photo by Mark Bolles.

Registration is now open at both Fleet Feet Sports Albany and Fleet Feet Sports Adirondack in Malta for all five training programs for the remainder of 2014 races.

ATC’s Assistant VP Receives Certified Financial Planner Designation SARATOGA SPRINGS — John Conroe, CFP, AFIM, assistant vice president and investment officer at The Adirondack Trust Company, was recently authorized by the certified Financial Planner Board of Standards to use the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and CFT certification marks in accordance with CFP Board certification and renewal requirements. The CFP designation identifies those individuals who have met the rigorous experience and ethical requirements of the CFP Board, have successfully completed financial planning coursework and have passed the CFP Certification Examination. CFP

professionals also agree to meet ongoing continuing education requirements and to uphold CFP Board’s Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Rules of Conduct and Financial Planning Process. Commenting on this recent accomplishment John Fullerton, senior vice president of the ATC Investment Group noted, “We are extremely pleased that John has received this designation and we are enthused about the added value it will bring to our clients. John has a broad understanding of the elements involved in developing an effective financial plan for individuals and couples.”

For dates and times of information sessions prior to registration about training options, contact Fleet Feet Adirondack at (518) 400-1213.

Saratoga Hospital Appoints Chief of Plastic Surgery

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — Jitendra Singh, MD, MS, has been appointed Chief of Plastic Surgery for Saratoga Hospital. Dr. Singh, board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, has been affiliated with Saratoga Hospital since 2008. Dr. Singh is in private practice and has offices in Glens Falls and Saratoga Springs.


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Team Leader of Area Law Firm Receives University Certificate SARATOGA SPRINGS — Elena DeFio Kean, team leader of Towne, Ryan & Partners, P.C.’s Labor and Employment Group, received a certificate in Labor Relations-Collective Bargaining Studies from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, following completion of a six course study over the past year. “Working with management to reach collaborative resolutions with its respective labor union is one of the most rewarding parts of my job,” DeFio Kean said. “The techniques I learned have enhanced and allowed me to build upon my

municipal experience.” DeFio Kean was named in the 2013 New York Super Lawyers Magazine, a Thomson Reuters publication, as being in the top 5 percent of attorneys in Upstate New York for the fourth consecutive year, as well as on the lists of the Top 25 Women Lawyers and on the list of the Top 25 Hudson Valley Lawyers in the same edition for the second consecutive year. Established in 2009, Towne, Ryan & Partners, P.C. is certified as a Women Business Enterprise by the State of New York, one of the largest law firms in the state to hold this certification.

Saratoga National Bank Opens Second Office This Year SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga National Bank and Trust Company has announced plans for its eighth location - its second office to open this year and the first location outside of Saratoga County. Pending all regulatory approvals, the new office will be located in Colonie is expected to open later

this year. The office will feature a full range of financial services as well as a lobby, drive-in lane and ATM. President and CEO David DeMarco said that expanding to Clifton Park last spring opened the door to new banking relationships in the Capital Region, which the bank will further develop with this move.

Saratoga Hospital Doctor Awarded For Community Service

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The medical staff of Saratoga Hospital presented its Community Service Award to Dr. Rachid Daoui in recognition of his exceptional patient care and quality. Dr. Daoui, a nephrologist, has been a member of the Saratoga Hospital medical staff since 2003. He is among the hospital’s most respected physicians

and is beloved and admired by patients, staff and colleagues. “His knowledge and expertise in the field of nephrology is outstanding,” said Dr. Renee RodriguezGoodemote. “We are privileged to have him as our colleague and thankful to have him available for the care of our patients.” Goodemote, who is Medical Director of the Saratoga

Community Health Center, presented the award at the annual Doctors’ Day celebration. Saratoga Hospital is the Saratoga region’s leading healthcare provider. The only acute-care facility in Saratoga County, the hospital has a medical staff of over 450 physicians and other credentialed providers, offering care in a broad range of medical specialties.

Saratoga Casino and Raceway Announces Partnership with The Olde Saratoga Brewing Company SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Casino and Raceway has announced a new business partnership with The Olde Saratoga Brewing Company, located less than three miles from the casino. Beginning next month, featured beers from Saratoga Brewing Company will be on tap at Diamond Jim¹s and at a bar on the lower club level of the casino.

“I was overly impressed with the level of passion Max and his team put forth to create such high quality brews,” said Jennie Jurkiewicz, director of Food and Beverage at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. “It is the same level of passion for quality that we strive to deliver to the millions of guests that come through our doors every year. Being able to serve them a

local brew that offers a true taste of Saratoga is an honor for us.” Since 1997, The Olde Saratoga Brewing Company has been crafting high quality beers at their brewery located at 131 Excelsior Avenue. Known for their popular Saratoga Lager and Saratoga IPA, The Saratoga Brewing Company is also the fourth largest brewery in New York State.


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past year for an expansion project with the goal of owning property and having more control of their business destiny, they wrote in a press release. The new facility is to offer the same experience that customers have come to expect from the fourand-a-half-year-old business such as a relaxed fitness environment, wellness and nutrition consulting services, professional and degreed staff members, and “plenty of room to move around,” Lapolla said. New programs may become available along with the new facility

as a result of client recommendations. One such possibility would be to include more educational space and group instruction such as pilates, tai chi and yoga. A mezzanine, a key feature in providing additional space in the gym and consulting area, will house office space. “In this way we free up more of that valuable square footage,” Lapolla said. “That’s one of the things our customers like is that there’s a lot of room to move around. It’s more of a homey feel and we want to keep that kind of

atmosphere.” The planned facility will be about 23 percent larger than their current gym located at 30 Gick Road in Saratoga Springs, or 9,000 square feet. In addition, there will be 5,000 to 6,000 square feet of leasable tenant spaces. Lapolla said that it’s important to bring a health and wellness community to the facility and housing businesses in related fields in the tenant spaces in order to help create the desired atmosphere for a beneficial give and take between health care specialties.

“I think that what we try to bring to the community is make the idea of improving your health more accessible to more people and people generally come to our facility because they are looking for the noncompetitive atmosphere, and it’s what we try to offer,” he said. Saratoga Health and Wellness will remain at its current location until its lease ends in October. LaMarco Physical Therapy will be joining the Saratoga Health and Wellness center in their move to Wilton. LaMarco Physical Therapy has been working with

the health center for about three years and plans to occupy a space on the first floor of the new facility. “It’s a great relationship, a great marriage between an injured and ageing population that continues to be more physically fit and more aware of being physically fit,” James Markwica, owner and physical therapist at LaMarco Physical Therapy. “We’ll be helping to maintain their health so that they (clients) can continue to their activites and gym membership.”

Artist/Illustrator Anita Kunz To Give Talk At Skidmore Work By Kunz Featured In The Current “Graphic Advocacy” Exhibition At The College SARATOGA SPRINGS — Artist and illustrator Anita Kunz will lecture on her work at 6 p.m. Wednesday,

April 9, at Skidmore’s Schick Art Gallery. The talk is free and open to the public.

From now through May 2, Kunz’s work is included in the Schick Art Gallery exhibition titled “Graphic Advocacy: International Posters for the Digital Age, 2001-2012,” featuring advocacy posters by artists from around the world. With topics ranging from environmental degradation to dirty politics to human rights, these posters are shrewd, visually compelling, and often witty in their illustration of complex contemporary issues. Elizabeth Resnick, chair of Graphic Design at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, curated the exhibition. She writes, “Posters are dissent made visible – they communicate, advocate, instruct, celebrate and warn,

Artist and illustrator Anita Kunz will speak at Skidmore April 9. Her work has been featured in a number of popular periodicals including The New Yorker. Photo provided.

while jarring us to action with bold messages and striking iconography.” Kunz is a Canadian by birth who has lived in London and New York, and has been widely published in Europe, Scandinavia, Japan and South Africa. Her work has been featured in a number of popular periodicals and she has completed a number of magazine covers, including Rolling Stone, Time, Newsweek, the Atlantic Monthly and The New Yorker, for

which she has done a dozen covers. She has more than 50 book jackets to her credit. Her work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at the Art Institute of Boston and the Govinda Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Foreign Press office in New York City and the Creation Gallery in Tokyo. The Society of Illustrators Museum of American Illustration mounted a mid-career retrospective of her work in 2000.


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Gateway House Opens In Ballston Spa

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BALLSTON SPA – The official opening of the Gateway House of Peace was signified with a joyous ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, April 1. The Gateway House will serve all of Saratoga County and is located at 479 Rowland Street in Ballston Spa.

Two bedrooms are available in this home and the first resident will move in this month. Gateway House of Peace is a local charitable hospice dedicated to serving terminally ill residents of Saratoga County who are diagnosed with three months or less to live and can no longer safely remain in

their homes. The home will provide around the clock care in a home-like setting to individuals who need a safe and comfortable place to spend their final days. For more information or to make a donation to Gateway House of Peace, please visit

SCFF Building Stronger Families continued from page 1 organizations to play a role in making Saratoga County a better place for children and families.” Ms. Wormley continued. As such, they have developed and coordinated a series of activities throughout this month. The schedule appears at the end of this story. But the larger point is that SCCF makes Saratoga County a better place for children and families year-round. The actual statistics of people whose lives are stronger because of SCFF are nothing short of staggering. Consider these numbers for 2013, provided by SCFF’s Community Outreach Administrator Leah Ferrone: • 522 intakes for individuals requesting mental health counseling services • 587 counseling clients served • 3,630 counseling appointments • 19 prevention or coping groups • 208 participants served in Prevention or Healing Programs • 126 children came through the Child Advocacy Center for investigations of abuse and neglect “Also, SCFF went into seven Saratoga County classrooms last year and taught 136 children the Educating and Empowering curriculum.” Leah Ferrone noted. But the numbers tell only part of the story. In our next segment, we’ll take a look inside SCCF and their activities that for 37 years have been geared to one goal: building stronger families.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The following activities and events have been created to promote Child Abuse prevention and awareness throughout Saratoga County communities: Throughout the month of April - Prevent Child Abuse flags will line Broadway in downtown Saratoga Springs. - Each day SCCF will post Family Strengthening and Abuse Prevention tips. See and SaratogaCenter. Sunday April 6 – Uno’s Dough Rai$er­ The Saratoga Uno will donate up to 20 percent of your lunch or dinner check to Saratoga Center for the Family. Diners need to present a ‘dough ticket’, which can be downloaded at: Crime Victims Candle Light Vigil ­The Crime Victims Vigil is an opportunity for crime victims, their families and friends to come together to share their stories and experiences with the community. The vigil starts at 4p.m. at the Presbyterian New England Congregational Church in Saratoga Springs. District Attorney James A. Murphy III’s Crime Victims Unit brings this to the community. Monday, April 7 - Split: Divorce Through Kids’ Eyes ­Told from the perspective of children ages 6-12, this 30 minute documentary explores the impact divorce has on a child¹s mind and heart as their families change. This film and discussion is for parents who are divorced along with their children. SCFF Clinical Director, Kelly Barry, will lead a discussion following the viewing. 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Saratoga Springs Public Library. Thursday, April 10 - Parent University: Online Safety for Kids The Internet has drastically changed the way that children interact with the world. The Internet also offers new risks. FBI Special Agent David Fallon and NCMEC Education Specialist, John Kelly will present topics about Internet safety. Brought to you by Parent University and Saratoga Center for the Family. 7-8:30 p.m. at Maple Avenue Middle School Auditorium. Saturday 4/12 - Bacon Hill Bonanza 5k/10k ­The 2nd Annual Bacon Hill Bonanza Road Race, Walk and Fun Run will be donating a portion of proceeds to Saratoga Center for the Family. For more information, visit The Donny Elvis Show ­Enjoy a night with ‘The King’ impersonator, Donny Elvis, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, in Saratoga Springs at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 and proceeds benefit SCFF. Presented by Ct. McLaughlin #422, Catholic Daughters of the Americas. Tuesday 4/22 - Alex and Ani: Charity By Design ­Between 7-9 p.m., the Saratoga Alex and Ani store will donate 15 percent of all proceeds to Saratoga Center for the Family.


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‘Strength Of Pack Is The Wolf , Strength of Wolf Is The Pack’

continued from page 1 one,” Watkins said. “I said, ‘I want this one,’ and I picked ‘Gymnast of the Year.’ Everyone was like almost doubting me and saying, ‘No, you can’t do that, there’s only been one other person,’ but I said, ‘I don’t care. I want it.’ So I worked really hard in the gym to just go for it.” Months later, Watkins became the second NC State gymnast ever to earn the East Atlantic Gymnastics League Gymnast of the Year award (Christi Newton, 1996). Watkins finished the regular season with the No. 1 Regional Qualifying Score on vault, floor and in the all-around. She led the league on vault with a RQS of 9.890, was first on floor with a score of 9.820 and was first in the all-around with a RQS of 39.071. Nationally, she ranks 15th in the all-around. She also garnered EAGL

Gymnast of the Week honors a record four times this season en route to claiming first-team AllEAGL on vault, beam, bars, floor and the all-around. “[This season]’s meant the world to me,” Watkins said of reaching such a high goal and realizing that “anything is possible” as she moves forward. “I’ve made some changes in gymnastics and school and it’s all helped me get to my goals.” Watkins’ road to Division I success started when she was about 3 years old when her mom had her join Stepping Star Gymnastics in Saratoga Springs. Moving a lot between Cambridge and Saratoga Springs with her mom, Watkins spent most of her pre-college education time in Saratoga. “I fell in love with gymnastics when I realized I was gifted with ability that not many people

were given, so I needed to take advantage of it and do the best I could do with it,” Watkins said. To take advantage of local opportunities, she made the move to World Class Gymnastics in Latham, which Watkins credits to helping her get where she is today—with one of the most memorable individual seasons in school history. “It was a lot of hard work and dedication,” Watkins said. “Lot of sweat, blood and tears—literally. You have to work through every injury no matter how bad it is.” When it came down to where she would compete at the collegiate level, Watkins had her decision narrowed down to three schools: West Virginia, Maryland and NC State. Although Watkins visited NC State three times, it really only took her the first time to realize where she belonged. “I said, ‘I love [NC State], I want to be here,’” Watkins said. “It was more of a family there than anywhere else. I felt the connection, especially with the coaches and the teammates.” Head coach Mark Stevenson was “the main guy” who made Watkins feel at home in Raleigh before she made the transition to collegiate gymnastics her freshman year. With the Wolfpack qualifying for their 12th straight National Collegiate Women’s Gymnastics Championships Regional, Stevenson’s teams at NC State have competed in postseason play 26 times in his 34 seasons as head coach. After finishing third at the EAGL Championships, the Pack are looking to advance past the NCAA regional round. Last year, the team finished fifth at the Ohio State regional. This year, Watkins and the Pack travel to the closest possible regional site for the program— the University of Georgia. As six regionals are held throughout the country, with the top two from each advancing, Watkins said she is happy with the location draw and the chance to advance to nationals. “Last year we had some issues that we worked through and this year I think it has really come out that we’re a strong team and we want to make it to nationals really badly,” Watkins said. “We’re pushing everyone as hard as we can and making sure everyone is

Brittni Watkins goes to work on the balance beam, one of the four events she competes in. Photo by Peyton Williams.

healthy to get to our goal. I think it’s going to be tough for us, but I think we have the best chance that we could. If we were to place in a different region, I don’t think we would have had as good of a shot as we do now. Any of those teams could make a mistake and we could have our best meet and that’s what is going to put us there. But we want to compete against the best teams and beat the best teams.” Those teams are Georgia (No. 6 RQS in the nation), Michigan (No. 7), Central Michigan (No. 18), Ohio State (No. 22) and Rutgers (No. 32). The Wolfpack are ranked 28th in the country with a RQS of 195.615. With regional action beginning Saturday at 4 p.m., Watkins will also have the chance to individually advance to nationals. With the top two all-around competitors, as well as the event winners from each regional, advancing with an automatic bid, Watkins has one particular

teammate she hopes to compete with if her team does not qualify. “[Stephanie Ouellette] literally helped me with everything,” Watkins said. “She does all four events with me, so she has my back and I have hers. Before bars she calms down. Before beams she gets me excited. She’s been there for literally every single thing.” Ouellette was named Senior Gymnast of the Year. Fresh off one of her top performances in the all-around, Ouellette brings years of success and experience. She was the EAGL floor champion last season, a four-time EAGL First Team all-arounder and is someone Watkins has been able to look up to. Proud to be part of the Wolfpack and a team that wants a trip to nationals just as bad as she does, Watkins said her main goal is for the team to advance as a whole. “The strength of the pack is the wolf and the strength of the wolf is the pack,” Watkins said.


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Reshaping Mind, Body and Soul

Steer Clear Of Becoming An Overtrained Athlete

by Monique Boulet For Saratoga TODAY YIPPEE!!!!!! SPRING!!!!!! I just love the fresh air on my face as I ride, birds chirping when running and new ferns sprouting around me when hiking. Spring is a time many start to consider running a 10K, a Marathon, or even take on a Century Ride. Here’s the deal. More is not necessarily better when it comes to training and there is much that needs to be considered when you push to that

next level of performance. Especially when there is a deficit of recovery time, sleep, hydration and adequate nutrition. When this occurs, the athlete becomes a target for Overtraining Syndrome. Physical exercise, sports and performance training will cause stress onto the body that can lead to serious long term conditions if over worked without adequate rest and recovery. Driven athletes, whether elite or not, will often get caught up in their drive to succeed and end up carrying a heavier load than the body is capable of recovering from on a perpetual basis. This leads to stagnation in their performance and Overtraining Syndrome. Over training can be a serious setback to the athlete in that it opens the door to injuries, debilitating symptoms and the inability to perform at all. During stress and exercise, your body releases a hormone called cortisol from the adrenal

gland. Cortisol’s primary function is to release glucose into the blood at times of stress. It also helps regulate blood pressure and aids inflammation. Cortisol levels rise with exercise but should decrease to a normal range with adequate recovery. Cortisol is released during the body’s fight-or-flight response and provides short bursts of energy needed to decrease sensitivity to pain and increase immunity. Excess cortisol however, from chronic stress and over training, breaks down muscle tissue, and suppresses the immune system. It also causes more of the excess glucose circulating the blood to be stored as fat, usually in the waist area. Long term, it can cause a series of nasty symptoms that weigh heavily on the body and the athletes ability to perform. Ironically, what the athlete wants to achieve in working it to the max, unfortunately becomes a more unattainable goal in that he or she

tries to over compensate with even more training to correct the worrisome symptoms.

to introduce any new gaming resolutions, stating that the one the council passed on March 4 reflected the majority of citizen’s sentiment. However, in theory, the council has the option of passing another resolution of support if it believes that SCR has addressed the numerous points of objection raised in the latest resolution to it’s satisfaction, including demonstrating overwhelming public support. The number of public commenters expressing the opinion that the council must ‘stay the course’ against expanded casino gaming were greater than all other issues that were raised combined. While thanking the council for their actions to date, the number of citizens who spoke against expanded gaming clearly indicated that they don’t regard this issue as a done deal. Nor do the pro-expanded gaming forces. While they opted not to speak, many members of the pro-expanded gaming group Destination Saratoga and other advocates for SCR’s application were seen in the gallery. You get to know who these people are—even if they are not in white or red shirts. And so, the game continues. But the highlight of this council meeting was about the process of inclusiveness - of bringing new citizen voices and perspectives into service to the city. Mayor Yepsen herself announced

a total of 20 appointments to various committees, boards and authorities. She also that she would be forming a 9/11 Memorial Event Committee shortly. The Mayor announced the 15 members that she appointed to her newly formed Business Advisory Council, which she said was “by design a diverse and thoughtful group of business professionals who have already shown great enthusiasm for the mission of this council.” The appointees are: Alisa Dalton of The Dalton Law Firm Colleen Holmes of Wheatfields Restaurant Richard Ferguson of Saratoga National Bank Matt McCabe of Saratoga Guitar Harry Moran of Sustainable Saratoga and Sustainable Wealth Advisors Lu Lucas of The Adirondack Trust Company Lisa Schroder Bevis of Clotheshorse Mike DeAngeris of Embrace the Race Marlo Merrithew of Key Bank Richard Farrell of Saratoga Family Practice Pat McGowan of Informz Sharon Borgus of Fingerpaint This new committee will be charged with “advising our city government on issues pertaining to business and commerce, such as: streamlining communications between our business community and City Hall; eliminating

unnecessary red tape and regulations; promoting sustainable, long-term growth consistent with the city’s comprehensive plan; and marketing our city’s cultural and economic assets more effectively.” Mayor Yepsen stated. To existing committees, the Mayor also made the following appointments:

Signs of over-training for sports athletes Insomnia, depression, loss of appetite and/or weight, amenorrhea, decreased ability to train or endure a long workout, muscle and joint soreness/aches/tightness/ injury, chronic fatigue, lowered immune system, headaches, dehydration, moodiness, irritability and an elevated heart rate. How to Treat Overtraining Syndrome If you suspect you are overtraining, try the following: • Rest and Recover is the absolute first step in healing. Reduce or stop exercise and allow yourself at least a few days of rest. Drink plenty of fluids and alter

your diet if necessary.

• Get a sports massage. This may help relax you mentally and physically. • Begin Cross Training. This often helps athletes who are overworking certain muscles or suffering from mental fatigue. Utilizing other muscle groups while maintaining strength in supporting muscles can allow the over worked muscles a break and time to repair. If you are a business, corporation, food establishment or nonprofit organization and have some news you would like to share on your healthy initiatives, I welcome the information. We are, after all, working together to create one of the healthiest areas in the world! Monique Boulet RD, CDN, CPT (518) 312-6309

Saratoga Springs City Council

by Arthur Gonick Saratoga TODAY

SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Tuesday, April 1 meeting of the Saratoga Springs City Council was back in the regular meeting room, which was filled though not overflowing; the larger music hall upstairs was no longer necessary as the council and city moved into the post-casino era. Or did they? The formal release of the Request For Application (RFA) guidelines by the State Gaming Commission on Monday, March 31 contained a provision that any application must be accompanied by a local resolution, passed after this past Election day, that supports the application for it to be considered. The council clearly has not done this, passing instead a resolution that expressed concerns with several provisions of the Upstate Gaming Act. “I thought, with the resolution we had passed, that we had taken care of this issue,” said Commissioner of Public Works Anthony “Skip” Scirocco. Well, yes and no. If the council takes no further action to support the application by Saratoga Casino and Raceway (SCR) then the chances of the commission going against it’s own RFA guidelines are meager. Mayor Joanne Yepsen stated she has no plans

Board of Ethics Marilyn Rivers (a re-appointment, she is also the current Risk and Safety Manager for the city) Courtney DeLeonardis Brendan Chudy Preservation Foundation Elizabeth Israel Housing Authority Joanne Foresta Later, Commissioner of Accounts John Franck also got in appointment mode, naming four citizens to be Commissioners of Deeds – this is an officer that has authority to take affidavits, depositions, acknowledgments of deeds, etc., for use in the state by which the person is appointed. The office is similar to that of a Notary Public. The appointees were: Jonathan Van Wie Jenna Carson Gregory Lewis Wade Collins

Otherwise the council meeting contained discussions of a wide variety of items. The impact of the state budget’s on-time passage, a budgeted increase in VLT (Video Lottery Terminal) money – Commissioner of Finance Michele Madigan noted that the city is slated to get an extra $498,000 over last year, while County Supervisor Matthew Veitch reported that Saratoga County will also get a $166,000 increase. The council also heard Commissioner of Public Safety Chris Mathiesen’s thoughts on the recent harness track fire, in which about 30 horses were rescued successfully in large part by his department’s quick and organized response. Finally, this reporter’s one-man permanent Committee on Wasting Council Time has awarded its prize of the evening to Commissioner Scirocco, who submitted his 2013 Department of Public Works Department Annual Report. The Commissioner chose to read a salient passage of the introduction into the record, which basically was a history of the city’s water works, presumably from the time of the Petrified Sea Gardens through the WPA in World War II and into the modern era. This, given the late hour, left both his fellow council members and the dwindling gallery absolutely spellbound.



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Library to Celebrate Ballston Spa Education Foundation Grand Reopening of Teen Raises Funds, Receives Donations Room, Bookstore, Café SARATOGA SPRINGS — The public is invited to the official grand reopening celebration and ribbon cutting for the Teen Room, bookstore and cafe at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5, on the first floor of the Saratoga Springs Public Library. “We’re very pleased to be wrapping up the final phase of our multiyear interior remodeling project, which has resulted in vastly improved service points, greatly expanded our technology offerings, and immensely enhanced the library-going experience for everyone,” said Library Director Ike Pulver. Saratoga Springs Mayor Joanne Yepsen, Saratoga Springs City School District Superintendent Michael Piccarillo, and the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce’s Vice

President of Member Services Denise Romeo as well as the Library Board of Trustees President Kenneth Bolerud will be on hand to formally welcome each of the new and improved library offerings to the community. In addition to light refreshments, Saturday’s celebration will offer visitors the opportunity to become a member of The Friends organization, as well as enter a door prize drawing for a $30 gift certificate donated by Northshire Bookstore. Anyone may enter the drawing by visiting the Friends’ Book Bag Shop on April 5 prior to 2 p.m. The Saratoga Springs Public Library is located in the heart of downtown Saratoga Springs at 49 Henry Street. For more information and a list of programs, visit

Dr. Barbara Messier Named CASDA Principal of the Year

Dr. Barbara Messier in 2012 accepting the elementary school’s National Blue Ribbon award. Photo provided.

Dr. Barbara Messier, principal of Lake Avenue Elementary School, has been selected as a CASDA (Capital Area School Development Association) Principal of the Year. Dr. Messier will be honored at the CASDA annual awards dinner on April 24, 2014.

Dr. Messier was nominated by her PTA who noted her strong leadership of Lake Avenue Elementary School. Under her leadership, the school was nationally recognized as a Blue Ribbon School for high student achievement and reflection of national values in education. Teachers and staff at Lake Avenue Elementary appreciate Dr. Messier’s commitment to whole-child development of students and her commitment to personal engagement with the students. Parent engagement is another factor in Dr. Messier’s success. Her attendance at monthly PTA meetings and willingness to work with parents to encourage learning is reflective of an empowered community around Lake Avenue Elementary School.

Parent University To Host Internet Safety Program April 10 SARATOGA SPRINGS — “What’s Your Child Doing Online” is the title of the Parent University program scheduled for Thursday, April 10 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. John Kelly, an education specialist for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and David Fallon, an FBI special agent, will present a program about Internet safety that includes:

cyberbullying, exposure to inappropriate content, online predators, posting personal or inappropriate information and sexting. The program will be held in the Maple Avenue Middle School Auditorium and is open to the public. This presentation is a collaboration between Parent University and Saratoga Center for the Family.

BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Education Foundation’s (BSEF) recent fundraising event “A Taste of Ballston Spa” raised over $4,000 for educational enrichment. The Foundation greatly appreciates the generous support of the event sponsors: HVCC TEC SMART, Ballston Spa National Bank, Ballston Spa Veterinary Clinic, Adirondack Trust Company, The Ballston Journal, Trustco Bank, Sherry Hoffman Insurance and Richard J. ConnorsStreever Agency. Special thanks to Fifty South, Beverly’s Eatery, Front Street Deli, Pellegrino Imports, The Ripe Tomato, Sunset Cafe, Village Sweet Shoppe, Zest, Augie’s Family Style Italian Restaurant and Crystal Rock for providing the delicious food and beverages for the evening and to all the businesses and individuals who donated items for the raffle, as well as all who attended. The event, which was held on March 24 at HVCC TEC SMART, offered samplings of food specialties from several local restaurants and food vendors, a variety of raffle items and was well attended. The BSEF was also the recent recipient of $1,000 in funds from Stewart’s Holiday Match program. In addition to its sponsorship

Community tries “A Taste of Ballston Spa” at BSEF fundraising event. Photo provided.

of the “Taste”, Ballston Spa National Bank has given a $500 donation to the Foundation. The Board of Directors of the BSEF is tremendously grateful to these two major donors for their longtime and steadfast support of the Foundation’s mission on behalf the students of Ballston Spa schools. The Foundation’s Annual Appeal has gratefully accepted an additional $1,800 so far this year from individuals in the Ballston Spa community. Since 1996, BSEF has provided over $313,000 in grant awards in all areas and grade levels, including the Arts, Science, Math, English and Language Arts, Social Studies, Physical Education, Technology and Literacy. The great majority of Ballston

Spa students have benefited from programs, equipment and/or projects that were funded by BSEF grant money. The Foundation will be announcing the grant award winners for its Spring 2014 grant cycle prior to the Ballston Spa Board of Education meeting in early May. At that time, major donors will also be recognized. The Ballston Spa Education Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with an all-volunteer board of community members whose mission is to raise and distribute resources for educational enrichment opportunities outside the realm of the daily operational needs of the Ballston Spa Central School District.

Author Thomas Chambers to Speak at Saratoga National Historical Park STILLWATER — On Sunday, April 6, at 2 p.m., Saratoga National Historical Park hosts Dr. Thomas Chambers as he discusses his new book “Memories of War: Visiting Battlegrounds and Bonefields in the Early American Republic”. In this free program, Dr. Chambers addresses the progression of early American battlefields from places of conflict to places of tourism and remembrance. Fields and forests, once green and serene, became

witness to great privation, suffering, tragedy and triumph. After, they gave way to relative obscurity, falling back to quiet agricultural use, and sometimes passing into aging ruins. Yet in time, as better mobility and leisure time encouraged tourism, a growing romanticizing of the past breathed new life in these sites and called forth many people to experience their own connections with these bygone battlefields. This presentation is

co-sponsored by Friends of the Saratoga Battlefield and Siena College’s McCormick Center for the Study of the American Revolution, and is part of the Dell and Audrey Thompson Distinguished Lecture in American Revolution Studies. For more information about this or other events, please call the Visitor Center at 518-670-2985 or check our website at or our Facebook page at www.facebook. com/saratoganhp.

Division Street Principal Receives Innovative Learning Award The Saratoga Foundation for Innovative Learning (SFIL) awarded a grant to Dr. Greer Miller, principal at Division Street Elementary School. Dr. Greer Miller was awarded the grant to fund materials and supplies for the STEM Lab at Division Street Elementary School.

SFIL is a non-profit organization, comprised of community members that share a common goal of fostering forward-thinking and creative opportunities in the Saratoga Springs City School District. The foundation provides grants to implement original and creative programming for Saratoga

Springs City School District students. The Division Street Stem Lab is still in development stages and is expected to be completed during the 2014-2015 school year. The STEM Lab will provide hands-on activities and materials that will benefit all students at the school.

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‘Kids Helping Kids’ 5K Walk To Benefit Campaign ‘Springs For Life’ Bringing Water To A Community Half A World Away

I wanted to do,” she said. “We like to think about what it is like, but until you actually do it, to think about the physical burden of doing it. When I was walking, it was exhausting but that you were actually carrying the water that was making your family sick: that was very difficult.” “Springs For Life” has already received the coordinates of their first four wells to be built in Tigray, Ethiopia. Each well will not only reach the wealth of the water table beneath the sundrenched geography Photos provided by Suzanne Barrick from her trip to Tigray, Ethiopia, visiting the sites of where the of Tigray, servicing wells were built and the communities affected by them. Barrick is pictured in the top right photo. about 250-500 people in a community, but it will cascade Ambassador Suzanne Barrick by Colette Linton into improving other areas of life. moved to Saratoga Springs two and Saratoga TODAY “So what you find is when water a half years ago from Texas. SARATOGA SPRINGS — She brought her experiences projects are implemented, enrollFrom history, to tourism and a city with the faith based nonprofit, which ment in schools go up, and the brand, the element of water is a donates 100 percent of the funds it mothers the women can do other facet of Saratoga Springs that per- receives to building wells in Africa things, less commute, the water is healthier, and the kids are at school,” meates many aspects of life and with her to Saratoga. business. However the funds to be After seeing firsthand during a Barrick said. “And it’s a whole transraised on April 12 from the “Kids trip last year to Ethiopia the impact formation of the quality of life that Helping Kids” 5K, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., the wells her previous congregation they have.” The non-governmental orgain this community will be directed funded, she decided to initiate a simnizations (NGOs) that dig the wells to benefit another community half- ilar campaign at St. Clements. way around the world. During her trip, she wanted to also educate the community on how St. Clements Regional Catholic experience a situation that many to properly maintain the equipment School of Saratoga Springs and have a difficult time imagining: the and about a level of sanitation that the St. Clements Roman Catholic daily four to six mile trek women was not possible before. “Kids Helping Kids” will be Church since January have raised and girls in Ethiopia walk for water. the final event to wrap up the $27,365.03, as of March 25, for “It took me 15 minutes to their campaign “Springs For Life”, stabilize the jerry can,” she said. campaign. President and Founder of an initiative to build five wells in The jerry can being the container “Water To Thrive”, located in Tigray, Ethiopia. weighing 30-45 lbs when filled with Texas, Dick Moeller, visited St. The campaign started when water and carried on one’s back. “Water to Thrive” Program “That was one of the things Clements March 22 on World

Water Day. Since the nation-wide program’s inception, 450 projects have been carried out to support approximately 210,000 people in four countries in Africa. The average congregation

raises between $5,000 and $10,000 to raise money for one or two projects, and that the amount of funds that St. Clements has aggregated is a great result, he said. “It has gone really well,” he said.


Week of April 4 – April 10, 2014

This Week’s SPOLIGHT

Saratoga Clay Arts Center Kids&Clay Summer Programs School’s out, summer’s here, time to ramp up the fun at Saratoga Clay Arts Center! Summer 2014 brings an exciting series of programs for ages 7-16, taught by professional local artists/teachers and ranging in topics and techniques. All classes are open to all skill levels beginning and up. Pinch pots, slab

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projects, wheel throwing, glazing, and firing techniques come together to provide each student with exciting new experiences, knowledge of a new skill or enhanced techniques, and their creations to take home to use and share with friends and family. What could be better than playing with clay all summer?! Sixteen week-long summer

programs run for eight weeks, beginning June 30 and concludes on August 31 with each student being invited to participate in our 3rd Annual Kids&Clay Summer Art Exhibition and Ice Cream Social at the center’s Schacht Gallery. Each week brings a different opportunity in clay. Visit SCAC’s website at for more details on programs, registration dates, fee details, and while you are there, take some time to check out the rest of their site and their Facebook page to view awesome photo albums that offer a glimpse inside SCAC. Register TODAY for some messy, exhilarating, creative fun this Summer!

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Week of April 4 – April 10, 2014 Adirondack Christian Fellowship  

Corinth United Methodist Church

8 Mountain Ledge, Wilton 587-0623; Services: Sunday 8 a.m. & 10 a.m.

243 Main Street, Corinth 654-2521 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Cornerstone Community Church

Adirondack Friends Meeting 27 Saratoga Ave., S. Glens Falls 793-3755; AdirondackFM@nycap.; Regina Baird Haag, pastoral minister Services: 10:30 a.m. Sunday The Alliance Church 257 Rowland St., Ballston Spa 885-6524 Services: Morn. Worship 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., coffee served at 9:45 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. All are welcome. Handicapped accessible. 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 Service, 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 St., Saratoga Springs 584-5980 Services: Sunday 6:30, 8 & 10 a.m. Church of Christ at Clifton Park 7 Old Route 146 371-6611; Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Christ Community Reformed Church 1010 Route 146, Clifton Park 371-7654; Services: Sundays 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. Congregation Shaara Tfille 84 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga Springs 584-2370; Services: Saturday 9:30 a.m., Monday & Thursday 7:30 a.m., third Friday each month 7:30 p.m. Handicapped Accessible Corinth Free Methodist Church   20 Hamilton Ave., Corinth 654-9255; 792-0271 Services: Sunday at 10 a.m.

516 Park Ave., Mechanicville 664-5204 Pastor Frank Galerie Services: Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Community 2001 Route 9, Round Lake 877-8506, Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m.; Weekday Masses: MondayFriday 9 a.m. Eastern Orthodox— Christ the Savior 349 Eastline Road, Ballston Spa 786-3100; Services: Sunday: 9:30 a.m. First Baptist Church of Saratoga Springs 45 Washington St. 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 at 10 a.m. Full Gospel Tabernacle 207 Redmond Road, Gansevoort 793-2739 Services: Sunday 10 a.m.; Bible Study: Thursday 6:30 p.m. Galway United Methodist Church 2056 East Street (at intersection of Route 147), Galway 882-6520 www.galway-united-methodist-church. com Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. (9 a.m. in July and August) Grace Brethren Church 137 W. Milton Road, Ballston Spa 587-0649 Rev. Dan Pierce Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Handicapped accessible. Grace Fellowship Saratoga 165 High Rock Ave 518-691-0301 Website: http://saratoga.gracefellowship. com/ Pastor: Mike Adams Service Times: Sundays 9 & 11 a.m. Greater Grace Community Church Pastor David Moore 100 Saratoga Village Blvd. #17 899-7777; Services: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. Good Times Restaurant, Lake Rd. 2nd floor; Friday 7:30 p.m. Saratoga Chapel, Eastline & Lake Rds; Sunday 10 a.m. - Glenville Senior Center, 32 Worden Rd. Greenfield Center Baptist Church 30 Wilton Rd., Greenfield Center 893-7429 Services: Sunday School for all ages - 9:45 a.m. Church Service - 11 a.m. Prayer Meeting - Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Highway Tabernacle Church 90 River Rd., 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. Handicapped accessible 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 10:30 a.m. Childcare is available at all services. NorthStar Church Gowana Middle School , Clifton Park 371-2811; Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. + 11:15 a.m. Old Saratoga Reformed Church 48 Pearl St., Schuylerville Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Handicapped accessible. 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. Coffee and Fellowship in Living Stone Hall; Wednesday: noon potluck luncheon; 1 p.m. choir rehearsal; 2 p.m. Bible Study Group 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. Handicapped accessible. 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. Handicapped accessible. River of Hope Fellowship 100 Saratoga Village Blvd. Malta Cmns., Ste. 3, Malta 881-1505; Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Roman Catholic Church of St. Peter 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-2375 Services: Eucharistic Celebrations: Saturday 5 p.m.; Sunday 7:30, 9 & 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. & 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;; www.stjosephschurchgreenfieldcenter. org Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 10:30 a.m. Handicapped accessible 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. Handicapped accessible St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church 771 Route 29, Rock City Falls 893-7680;; www. Services: Sunday 8:30 am. Handicapped accessible. St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 149 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs 584-0904 Services: Saturday 5 p.m. with Holy Communion. Sundays 8:30 & 11 a.m. with Holy Communion. 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. Thomas of Canterbury 242 Grooms Road, Halfmoon Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga Abundant Life Church 2325 Route 50 South, Saratoga Springs 885-5456; Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. Saratoga Chabad 130 Circular St., Saratoga Springs 526-0773;;

Saratoga Friends Meeting (Quaker) Rts. 32 and 71 Quaker Springs 587-7477; 399-5013 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga United Methodist Church Henning Road, Saratoga Springs 584-3720; Services: Sunday 9 & 10:45 a.m.

Handicapped accessible. Saratoga Seventh-Day Adventist Church 399 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs 882-9384; Services: Sabbath School: 10 a.m. Worship Service: 11:30 a.m. 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 584-3122 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church 1 Grove St., Schuylerville 695-3918 Services: Sunday 8a.m. & 9 a.m. (Sunday School at 9:00 also) Temple Sinai 509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-8730 Shabbat Services: Friday 6 p.m. Preceded by 5:30 p.m. Oneg. Handicapped Accessible. Terra Nova Church 45 Washington St., Saratoga Springs 833-0504; saratogaquestions@terranovachurch. org, Services: Sunday 5:30 p.m. Childcare: six months–four years and expanding. Handicapped accessible. The Salvation Army Worship, Service & Community Center 27 Woodlawn Ave., Saratoga Springs 584-1640; Mail-P.O. Box 652 Captain Aaron A. Boone, Sr.; Captain Amber S. Boone Commanding Officers/Ministers Services: Sunday School 10 a.m.; Praise & Worship 11 a.m. Trinity United Methodist Church 155 Ballard Road, Gansevoort 584-9107; Rev. Patti Molik-Pastor Services: Sunday 9 a.m. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs 624 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-1555; Services, Nursery Care, and Religious Education: Sundays 10 a.m. Youth Group: Sundays 11:30 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 Service 11 a.m.


Office For Aging Seeking Volunteers The Saratoga County Office for the Aging is in immediate need of volunteers to help deliver meals to homebound seniors in the Town of Greenfield. This program helps many seniors remain independent in their own homes. A training/ orientation is provided. Call Billie Joe or Denise at The Office for the Aging at (518) 363-4020 or (518) 884-4100. Saratoga Elks Ladies Auxiliary Theater Fundraiser Home Made Theater is presenting “Boeing Boeing,” a riotous farce set to arrive, so fasten your seat belts Friday, April 25 at 8 p.m. Buy tickets April 8-10 and give the code “boeingladies” over the phone at (518) 587-4427 between the box office hours of noon and 5 p.m. You can also buy tickets at Tickets are $23-$26. Catholic Daughters of the Americas Fundraiser The Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court McLaughlin No. 422, will be hosting a fundraiser by presenting “The Donny Elvis Show.” The show will take place on Saturday, April 12 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 50 Pine Road, Saratoga Springs. Admission is $15 and tickets will be sold at the door. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the show begins at 6:30 p.m. For further information contact Anne at (518) 885-0663, Shirley at (518) 584-7627 or June at (518) 584-9045. Annual Polka Benefit The Annual Polka Benefit at the Saratoga Knights of Columbus, 50 Pine Road will be April 13 from Noon to 6 p.m. The 25th Anniversary Palm Sunday Polka Benefit will feature allstar polka musicians from the past 25 years, alternating with polka country musicians. For reservations contact Steve or Cathy Coblish by calling (518) 899-3061 or emailing scoblish@ Tickets are $15. Seating is limited.

LOCAL BRIEFS APT Show The Adirondack Productions and Theater, Inc. (APT) 6th Annual Show will be performed in April on Thursday, April 17 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, April 19 at 2 p.m. in the Queensbury High School Auditorium. This year’s show is called “WAPT TV.” There is a suggested donation of $5. Principessa Elena Society Lenten Dinner The Principessa Elena Society Lenten Dinner, at 11 – 13 Oak St. in Saratoga Springs, will be April 18 and start at 7 p.m. Escarole soup, baked fish, scallop potatoes, vegetable, pasta with sauce, salad, bread and butter, dessert, coffee and tea will be on the menu. Seniors $8, adults $9, children 5–12 $5, under 5 free. All take-out dinners $10. All are welcome. Elks Lodge Fish Dinner The Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge No. 161 presents a fish dinner Friday, April 18. The menu will include New England clam chowder, your choice of broiled or fried fish, oven roasted potatoes, baked macaroni and cheese, green beans, coleslaw, rolls and butter, dessert, coffee and tea. Donation requested: $10 adults, $9 seniors (62 years), $9 military (active or retired) with ID Card, $5 children 5-12, children under 5 Free, $10 all take-outs. A cash bar will also be available. Craft and Vendor Fair Benefiting Relay For Life On Saturday, April 19 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., there will be a craft and vendor fair at the Holiday Inn (232 Broadway) in Saratoga. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society through the Saratoga Relay For Life, which is taking place June 6-7 at the Eastside Recreation Field in Saratoga. At the fair there will be free admission, pictures with the Easter Bunny, raffle prizes and over 40 vendors and crafters. More information is available at saratogaspringsny or by calling Jillian at (518) 792-5477. Third Annual Autism Awareness Information Fair The third annual Autism Information Fair will be April 27 at the Saratoga Springs

City Center from noon to 3 p.m. Exhibitors include recreational programs, camps, technological apps for autism, school programs (pre-K through college) and therapeutic programs. Art exhibit, games, crafts and a bounce house will also be on site. Christine Wade Coming to Barnes & Nobel Christine Wade will be appearing for a reading/Q&A/ signing at Barnes & Nobel at 3029 State Route 50, Saratoga Springs on Friday, May 2 at 7pm. Swedish American Pancake Breakfast Enjoy a hearty and tasty breakfast Sunday May 4 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Burnt Hills Fire Department, 811 State Route 50, Ballston Lake. Menu: Swedish pancakes with lingonberries, hot cakes with maple syrup, breakfast sausage, juice, coffee. Adults $6, children 5-12 years $3, children under 5 eat free. Take out is available. For more information call (518) 812-7520. Tour of West Point The Friends of the NY State Military Museum, Saratoga Springs are sponsoring a day trip to the West Point Military Academy and Museum on Monday, May 19. A Yankee Trails chartered bus will leave the military museum on Lake Avenue at 8 a.m. and return at approximately 6:30 p.m. Cost of the trip is $41 per person, which includes transportation and admission to the museum and Academy. Lunch not provided, gratuities are extra. For further info or reservations contact the museum at 61 Lake Avenue, or call the gift store at (518) 2260490, Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saratoga County Chamber Workshop The Saratoga County Chamber will host a three part workshop with Ray Patterson of the Stakeholders, Inc. to provide additional information to nonprofits about recruiting, training, supporting evaluating and celebrating their volunteers. This training series is in addition to the many workshops, seminars and collaborative meetings regularly held for area nonprofit management staff and will be brought to the Chamber

Week of April 4 – April 10, 2014 members free of charge. The sessions will be held on the second Thursday in February and April from 8–10 a.m. at Saratoga Bridges. Reservations can be made directly through the Chamber at www.saratoga. org. Treasure or Trash? Spring Antique Appraisal Show Join the Malta Community Center for a fun and informative event featuring Mark Lawson of Mark Lawson Antiques as he educates on the world of antiques and performs appraisals. This special event will take place on Saturday, May 3 from 10 a.m. to noon. Admission for Malta residents with one appraisal item is $15/ non-residents, $17. General admission for Malta Residents is $2/non-residents, $3. Preregistration by April 4. Don’t wait as space is limited. Call (518) 899-4411 for more information. Farmers’ Market Accepting Vendor Applications The Ballston Spa Farmers’ Market is currently accepting applications for vendors for the 2014 season. This year’s market will take place in Wiswall Park in downtown Ballston Spa from June 12 to October 18. The market will once again take place twice a week, Thursdays from 3-6 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m.–noon. All products sold must be grown, raised or created by the vendor. No resale items or fundraisers. For an application email or call (518) 885-2559. Youth Center Seeking Junior Mentors The Youth Center is seeking Volunteer Junior Mentors (grades nine through 12) to work with the tween program. Some of these volunteer positions may grow into summer jobs. All volunteers will be required to complete a training course that is currently under development. Training is tentatively planned to begin in March. Contact the Youth Center at (518) 695-6100 and leave your contact information and the best time to call you. Seeking Grant Applicants The Karen & Gary Dake Foundation for Children

has announced their pledge to issue over $30,000 in grants for local children with disabilities in 2014. Members of the community who know or provide care for a child or children with disabilities are encouraged to apply for funding on their behalf. Applicants/ providers should reside within a 50-mile radius of Saratoga Springs. Applications and additional instructions for funding are available on the Foundation’s website at www. or by calling the Foundation at (518) 226-0252. Seeking Tax Assistance Volunteers TaxAide is seeking volunteers for the coming tax season. TaxAide volunteers answer questions and prepare and file returns for low to moderate income taxpayers and seniors from February 1 to April 15 at various sites in Saratoga County. No experience is required. For further information, visit or call (518) 373-1076. Substance Abuse Prevention Council Seeks Volunteer Speakers The Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention Council is looking for volunteer speakers for its monthly Victim Impact Panel. The purpose of the panel is to put those convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs face to face with those who have experienced this tragedy first hand. Speakers include: crash victims or their family members, first responders and others. If you are interested in learning more about this volunteer opportunity please contact Robin Lyle at (518) 5811230, ext. 3610 or robinlyle@ Schuylerville Youth Program The Youth Center is seeking Volunteer Junior Mentors to work with the tween program. All volunteers will be required to complete a training course that is currently under development. Training is tentatively planned to begin in March. Contact the Youth Center at (518) 695-6100 and leave your contact information and the best time to call you

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Week of April 4 – April 10, 2014 Wilton Community Meet and Greet The Mall Entrance to Healthy Living Market, 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Officials from Wilton town government will be on hand to answer questions and take your concerns, criticism and compliments. We know you’re busy so we’re coming to you.

Family Friendly Event

Friday, April 4 Kundalini Yoga in the Park Saratoga Spa State Park, The Lincoln Baths, Saratoga Springs. 9:30–11 a.m. This class is open to everyone with or without yoga experience. Class cost for local guests is by donation, what you feel like giving, $20 for all others guests. For more information call (518) 321-5660.

Fish Fry Friday Fish Creek Rod and Gun Club, Route 32 south of the village of Victory, 5–7 p.m. Fried Fish, Fried Clams or Fried Chicken Tenders: $8.50 each. Clam Chowder $5 a quart. You are invited to eat in at our club house or to call ahead for take-out (518) 695-3917.

First Friday Various Shops and Restaurants in Ballston Spa, 6–9 p.m. Celebrating Earth Day, lots to do at over 20 different venues around town.

Saturday, April 5 Milton Grange Annual Garage Sale Rock City Rd., Ballston Spa, 8 a.m.–3 p.m. All proceeds from the garage sale are used to support community programs. Please call Sam at (518) 8856606 to make donation arrangements.

Saratoga Baby Expo

Saratoga Independent School, 459 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Learn about birthing options, pediatricians and childcare, shop for unique handmade items, check out some baby gear and furniture, and enjoy some delicious food. Admission is free and the first 200 guests will receive a free swag bag filled with special offers and information. For more information visit

Guided Walk at Rowland Hollow Creek Preserve Rowland Hollow Creek Preserve, Rowland St., Ballston Spa, 10–11:30 a.m. This nature walk is part of a series of hikes led by Saratoga PLAN intern, Andrew Gillcrist. This event is limited to 15 participants so please RSVP with your name, phone number, and address to Good footwear is advised, and crampons are suggested if temperatures allow for ice. The event is free, although donations are greatly appreciated. For more information, visit or call (518)587-5554.

Estherville’s Spring Luncheon Van Patten Golf Club, 924 Main St, Clifton Park, Noon–4 p.m. Raffles, silent auction and door prizes. Estherville is a No Kill family run business helping troubled animals for over 60 years. For more information visit

Lasagna Dinner Old Saratoga Reform Church, 48 Pearl Street, Schuylerville, 4:30–6:30 p.m. Lasagna (meat or vegetarian) or baked ziti, tossed salad, Italian bread, choice of desserts and beverages. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 5-10. Children under 5 are free. Reservations are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. For reservations please call (518) 695-6638. Take-out available. For more information call (518) 695-3479.

Parents Without Partners Open House Shenendehowa Adult Community Center, Clifton Commons, Clifton Park, 6:30 p.m. You are invited to meet other singles from the Capital District, Saratoga and surrounding areas. PWP brings singles together in a fun, supportive, social environment through a variety of monthly activities for parents alone and/or with their children. For more information call (518) 348-2062 or visit

Sunday, April 6 Annual Health Fair St. Clement’s Parish Center, 231 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs, 8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. All ages welcome, no charge for this event. Apart from a blood pressure clinic, this will be informational in nature. Areas to be exhibited are: Women’s Health and Fertility, Information on Crisis Pregnancy among young women, Hospice House for the terminally ill on Hospice, A Weight Loss Program, Sleep Disorders, and Saratoga County Emergency Preparedness. There will be two drawings for health and wellness packages.

Breakfast Buffet

Saratoga Wilton Elks, 1 Elks Lane, Saratoga Springs, 8:30–11 a.m. Donation Requested: Adults $8, seniors and military (Active/Retired with ID Card) $7, Children 5–12 $6, Under 5 Free, Take-outs $8. For more information call (518) 584-2585.

Day with the Easter Bunny

Henry Cornell American Legion, 23 Pleasant St., Ballston Spa, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Easter Egg Hunt Times: toddlers to age 5, 11:30 a.m.; age 6–8, 12:30 p.m.; age 8–11, 1:30 p.m.

Saratoga Kids: Super Hero Party

Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 11 a.m. Join our booksellers for a fun celebration of all things super hero, with crafts, games and fun for all ages. Whether you’re a fan of the traditional DC and Marvel heroes, or interested in some less conventional super folks, this day will be more fun than a vat of toxic goo. For more information visit

Volkswalk: Saratoga State Park Starting Point Hilton Garden Inn, 125 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 1:30 p.m. Join the Empire State Capital Volkssporters for Fun, Fitness and Friendship. Register 30 minutes before start. For more information, www.ava. org. ESCV

Metaphysical Book Discussion

Woodlawn Commons, 156 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs. 6 p.m. New Thought New York Center for Spiritual Living is hosting a discussion of the book “Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One” by Dr. Joe Dispenza. For more information, visit www. or call (518) 423-3569.

Senior Jazz Recital

Arthur Zankel Music Center, Ladd Concert Hall, 8 p.m. David Slitsky, Andrew Koehler and William Sacks. Free and open to the public. For more information call (518) 580-8381.

Monday, April 7 Spring Walking Groups Senior Center, 5 Williams St., Saratoga Springs, 9:30 a.m. MVP sponsors an Easy Distance Walking Group and a Trail Walking Group on Mondays. Meet new friends and get out into the fresh air for some exercise. Celebration planned for June 16. Please call (518) 584-1621 for details or stop by the Center to sign up.

Saratoga Springs Retired Teachers Association Meeting Longfellow’s Restaurant, 500 Union Avenue (Route 9P), Saratoga Springs, Noon Membership is open to retired educators who taught and/or live in Saratoga County. For membership information, call (518) 587-5356.

Trout Unlimited Meeting

Crandall Library, Glens Falls, 7 p.m. The Adirondack Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold its April general meeting. The program will include an award winning movie where a young man abandons his family for a solitary life of fly-fishing. His goal is to find his way in the fishing world and thereby find himself and love. All are welcome to attend. For more information call Mark at (518) 893-2228.

Crawshaw Story Room, 4:30 p.m. The Tang Museum will lead this creative workshop for children. Participants will use different materials to create a unique piece of art each week. Open to grades K-3. For more events at the library visit

Upcoming Town Meetings

Wednesday, April 9

Ballston Town Hall 323 Charlton Road (518) 885-8502 4/8: Town Board, 7:30 p.m.

Life Rocks Jewelry Senior Citizens Center, 5 Williams Street, Saratoga Springs, 1 p.m. Lauren Cavanaugh from Life Rocks Jewelry shares her talent. Learn how to make a mobile with stones and beads, and learn how to wrap stones in decorative silver wire. Cost is $5 per class. Please call (518) 584-1621 for details or stop by the Senior Center to sign up.

Polish Dinner Saratoga Wilton Elks, 1 Elks Lane, Saratoga Springs, 4:30–7 p.m. Kielbasa, Sauerkraut, Stuffed Cabbage, Pierogi, Potato Pancakes, Applesauce, Rolls and Butter, Dessert, Coffee and Tea. Donation requested: $10 adults, $9 seniors (62 years) & military with ID card, $6 children 5-12, children under 5 Free, $10 all take-outs. For more information call (518) 584-2585.

Storytelling Open Mic The Community Room, 2nd floor, Harness Building, Woodlawn Commons, 156 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, 7 p.m.Sign-ups for storytellers at 6:45 p.m. Come listen to a fine evening of stories performed by local tellers. Or signup to tell a story of your own: new storytellers are always welcome. Admission is free. For more information call (518) 587-4536.

Thursday, April 10 Interfaith Prayer Meeting and Continental Breakfast Courtyard of Longfellows Restaurant, 500 Union Ave. Saratoga Springs 7:15–8:30 a.m. The subject presented by our Guest Spiritual Leader will be “Making a Difference.” There are no charges or donations. All are welcome. For more information call (518) 587-9104.

Village of Ballston Spa: 66 Front Street (518) 885-5711 4/14: Board of Trustees, 7:30 p.m. Town of Greenfield: 7 Wilton Road (518) 893-7432 4/8: Planning Board, 7 p.m. Town of Malta: 2540 Route 9 (518) 899-2818 4/7: Town Board, 7 p.m. Town of Milton: 503 Geyser Road (518) 885-9220 4/9: Planning Board, 7 p.m. 4/16: Town Board, 7 p.m. City of Saratoga Springs: 474 Broadway (518) 587-3550 4/9: Planning Board, 7 p.m. Town of Saratoga: 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville (518) 695-3644 4/14: Town Board, 7 p.m. 4/23: Planning Board, 7:30 p.m. Village of Schuylerville: 35 Spring Street (518) 695-3881 4/9: Board Of Trustees, 7 p.m. Town of Stillwater: 881 N. Hudson Avenue Stillwater, NY 12170 (518) 664-6148 4/15: Board of Trustees, 7 p.m. Town of Wilton:

Blood Drives

Tuesday, April 8

April 7, 1 p.m. - 7p.m. 35 Washington St., Ballston Spa

Saratoga Springs Public Library,

April 10, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 211 Church St., Saratoga Springs

Get Creative with the Tang Museum

Town of Ballston:

22 Traver Road (518) 587-1939 4/16: Planning Board, 6:30 p.m. Saratoga County Board of Supervisors: 40 McMaster St, #1 Ballston Spa, NY 12020 (518) 885-2240

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Week of April 4 – April 10, 2014

week of 4/4-4/10 friday, 4/4: Marcus Benoit Quartet, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue - 583.2582

Mike LaPointe, 9 pm

Master Cylinders, 9 pm @ Irish Times - 583.0003

Street Talk, 10:30 pm @ JP Bruno’s - 745.1180

Jeff Nania Trio, 7 pm

Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experiencee, 9 pm

Kings English, 10 pm

N+S Dakotas/Bear Grass, 8 pm

Peter Mulvey, 8 pm

Hair Of The Dog, 7 pm

Acoustic Circus, 9 pm

Karaoke, 9 pm

@ Bailey’s - 583.6060 @ Nanola - 587.1300

@ Nanola - 587.1300

@ Caroline St. Pub - 583.9400

@ Putnam Den - 584.8066

@ Caffè Lena - 583.0022

@ The Parting Glass - 583.1916

@ Gaffney’s - 587.7359

Steve Candlen, 8:30 pm @ Irish Times - 583.0003

Joe Nacco Trio (5:30),The Dude Abides,10:30 pm @ JP Bruno’s - 745.1180

Big Medicine, 9 pm @ The Parting Glass - 583.1916

The Remainders, 6 pm @ The Saratoga Winery - 584.9463


@ The Rusty Nail - 371.9875

The Heaters, 9 pm @ Bentley’s - 899.4300

The Heaters, 9 pm @ Ravenswood- 371.8771

The Ideal Situation, 9 pm @ The Lounge at Javier’s - 371.8771

Radio Junkies, 9 pm @ The Mill - 899.5253

Two-time Grammy winner and living Zydeco legend Terrance Simien is at Nanola on Saturday @ 9 p.m.

Jeff walton, 7 pm

Twiddle/Fikus, 9 pm @ Putnam Den - 584.8066

sunday, 4/6:

Dj Motion, 9 pm

Carol Carroll’s Piano All-Stars, 7 pm

@ Bentley’s - 899.4300

Phil Henry/ The Ya Yas/Jory Nash, 7 pm

Out On The Tiles, 9 pm

@ Caffè Lena - 583.0022

Rob Aronstein, noon

Masters Of Nostalgia, 9 pm

@ The Mill - 899.5253

Sean Lyons, 8:30 pm

@ Nanola - 587.1300

Funk Evolution, 8:30 pm

@ The Lounge at Javier’s - 371.8771

@ The Rusty Nail - 371.9875

Open Mic w/Steve Chindamo, 8 pm

@ Vapor - 581.5775

monday, 4/7:

saturday, 4/5:

Margo Macero, 6:30 pm

John Savage Quartet, 9 pm

Chris Carey/Tim Wechgelaer, 7 pm

@ Brook Tavern - 871.1473

@ Maestros - 580.0312

@ Caffè Lena - 583.0022

@ One Caroline - 587.2026

Celtic Session, 7 pm @ The Parting Glass - 583.1916

thursday, 4/10: Al Bruno, 8 pm

@ Seven Horse Pub - 581.0777

Open Mic, 8 pm @ Caffè Lena - 583.0022

@ One Caroline - 587.2026

Open Mic, 10 pm

@ Bailey’s - 583.6060

tuesday, 4/8:

New Artist Showcase, 8 pm

@ Caroline St. Pub - 583.9400

Rich Ortiz, 10 pm

Jeff Brisbin, 7 pm

@ 9 Maple Avenue - 583.2582

Summit, 9 pm

Gravity, 10 pm

Marcus Ruggiero, 9 pm @ Cantina - 587.5577

Rory Block, 8 pm @ Caffè Lena - 583.0022

Karaoke, 10 pm

@ Caroline St. Pub - 583.9400

Open Mic w/Rick Bolton, 9 pm @ Gaffney’s - 587.7359

Jeff Brisbin, 7 pm

@ Circus Cafe’ - 583.1106

@ Maestros - 580.0312

@ Gaffney’s - 587.7359

wednesday, 4/9:

Austin Barosi, 9 pm

@ Circus Cafe’ - 583.1106 @ Gaffney’s - 587.7359

@ Crown Grill - 583.1105

Gusto w/Paradox Saints,Soft Powers, Henry’s Rifle, 9:30 pm @ Putnam Den - 584.8066

Celtic Sesssion, 7 pm @ The Parting Glass - 583.1916

DJ Dragonette, 8 pm @ Cantina - 587.5577


Week of April 4 – April 10, 2014

APT To Be A Real Good Time

QUEENSBURY— The Adirondack Productions and Theater, Inc. (APT) sixth annual show will be performed on Thursday, April 17 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, April 19 at 2 p.m. in the Queensbury High School Auditorium. The suggested donation is $5. This year’s show will be called “WAPT TV.” APT includes approximately 60 developmentally disabled adults, ranging in ages from 20s to 60s. Their show usually centers on a central theme and actors perform approximately 60 or more vignettes, one to four minutes in length. Many times actors will sing along with the music to these brief scenes. The group begins rehearsing in September, once a week in two different locations, since the number of performers is so large and to accommodate the support staff, that must travel with the performers and sometimes assist during the rehearsals. APT members come from Warren, Washington and Saratoga Counties and they look forward to the rehearsals since they are a unique and wonderful social opportunity for this population in a very supportive environment. The program began in 2001, as part of a life skills education series at the Warren-Washington ARC. Shortly after, APT became incorporated as a non-profit organization run solely by volunteers. Ruth Bletz-Clark has been the group’s director for all six years and she along with a few of her family members and several other regular volunteers, offer their time and talents each week, to prepare these enthusiastic performers for their annual show.

Scenes from last year’s APT performance.

Gibson Brothers Roaring Back For More!

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Saratoga Guitar will again present the International Bluegrass Music Association Multi-award winning Gibson Brothers on

Sunday, April 27 at Lillian’s Restaurant. Tou r i n g behind two consecutive IBMA Entertainers of the Year Awards, Vocal Group of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Songwriter of the Year, Eric and Leigh Gibson return to Saratoga Springs for another great night of music in Downtown Saratoga Springs. Known for their incredible harmonies, the Gibson Brothers have also become known for their highly rewarded

songwriting and song selection as well as their very tight instrumental selections produced by a first rate group of band members, Mike Barber on bass, Jesse Brock on mandolin and Clayton Campbell on fiddle. Getting the opportunity

to spend a few hours with this bunch is like having them in your living room and it doesn’t take long to see and hear why they have won so many awards over the past few years. For information and tickets call (518) 581-1603.

the gibson Brothers In Concert

at Lillian’s Sunday, April 27, 7 p.m. 408 Broadway, Saratoga Springs Tickets: $ 25 Available by phone (518) 581-1603 or at Saratoga Guitar 492 Broadway, Saratoga Springs



Week of April 4 – April 10, 2014

Lamb: An Easter Tradition That’s Great Any Time Of Year

Lamb Tangine (*Ingredients available at market)


Adapted from Arabesque by Claudia Roden

SARATOGA SPRINGS— Spring officially started last month, at least according to the calendar. For the farms affiliated with Saratoga Farmers’ Market, preparations for warmer weather have been underway for a few months already. During the colder season, vegetable farmers order seeds; those who raise chickens and ducks order day-old birds; sheep farmers spend a lot of time in the barns with new-born lambs. At Elihu Farm in Easton, Bob and Mary Pratt saw their first lambs arrive on February first, and by the end of the month, 77 lambs from about 45 ewes were racing through the barn. “The lambs did much better than we did through the cold weather,” Mary Pratt said, shivering with the memory. “We didn’t need to use any heat lamps to keep them warm.” Later this month, when the weather is supposed to be more benign, another

35 ewes will be presenting their offspring to the world. The Pratt’s have been farming 150 acres in Easton since 1986. They have never used growth-promoting substances like hormones or low levels of antibiotics, and have never fed animal byproducts. “Our sheep and lambs graze pastures and regrowth from hayfields for three seasons, or eat hay in the winter, as well as a small amount of locally grown grain.” The farm’s market table usually offers lamb in many forms, from legs to chops to ground lamb, as well as ground mutton and three flavors of mutton sausage. For seasonal holidays, the Pratts’ schedule visits to the butcher so they can offer fresh cuts of lamb to their market customers and to some local restaurants. With Easter right around

the corner, they’re now taking orders for any cuts of lamb to be delivered fresh on April 19. “We offer legs of lamb in many forms,” Mary Pratt explained. “Customers can order legs bonein, whole boneless, boneless butterflied, or frenched, as well as shank and sirloin halves.” The farm offers other cuts fresh at this time of year, especially fresh racks of lamb. If a customer wants to order a whole or half lamb, that’s also a possibility. The butcher will cut the lamb exactly as the customer prefers, and there’s a savings of about 10 percent over buying the cuts individually from the display cases. “The customer decides how and when to prepare their lamb, over the course of several months. Unlike buying a side of beef, which takes up quite a bit of space, a freezer lamb is easier to store in a standard freezer.”

11/4 to 11/2 lbs. Elihu Farm boneless lamb shoulder* 5 tbsp. oil or clarified butter 1 onion* chopped Lots of freshly ground black pepper, and salt to taste 1 lb. or more small white ‘boiling’ onions, or yellow* or red onions* cut into thick wedges 1/2 tsp. ground ginger 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp. saffron threads soaked in 1/4 cup hot water (see notes) 2 large crisp pears (such as Bosc or Comice), or substitute crisp, sharp green apples* 2 or more tbsp. butter


• Cut the lamb into approximately 11/2-inch pieces and brown in 2 tbsp. oil. Add the onion and black pepper and simmer on top of the stove, or in the oven at 325 degrees for about 11/2 hrs. • Blanch the small onions in boiling water for a few minutes, cool, and remove skins and roots. Or use onion wedges. Add onions to the meat and cook 30 more min, until the onions are soft. • Wash the pears and cut into eights. Do not peel. Sauté in butter to brown and caramelize. • Add cinnamon, cloves and saffron with its liquid. Stir into the stew. Put the pear slices on top of the stew, and simmer gently until the pears are softened.


• Adding spices near the end will prevent the flavors from evaporating. • The dish will still taste great without saffron, but it won’t be the same. A tin of saffron is worth the splurge, and will keep for years in the freezer. Buy at a local fine foods store or order online at Atlantic Spice, Penzey’s or

Putnam Market Festival Brings Spanish Foods And Wines To The Heart Of Saratoga Springs

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Putnam Market will celebrate the Tastes of Spain with its first festival of the year this Saturday, April 5. Guests will experience a day of distinctive food and wine, including specially selected Spanish wines paired with choices of hams, cheeses, olives and almonds. “Spring is the season for simple, extraordinary food and wine,” said Cathy Hamilton, co-owner of Putnam Market. “Spanish cooking has enjoyed a decade of universal acclaim. The foods and wines featured in the festival not only naturally taste great, but also illustrate strong connections to the places they were made.” Throughout the five-hour festival, Putnam staff and chefs will guide visitors though the foundations of Spanish cuisine and its Roman, Muslim and Germanic cultural influences. Tasting

spanish food & Wine Festival

Putnam Market Saturday, April 5, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. 431 - 435 Broadway, Saratoga Springs stations will be set up throughout the market and the store’s chefs will be on hand to assist guests seeking hot and cold prepared foods, confections and desserts, all featuring fresh Spanish ingredients and recipes. Ten Spanish cheeses and nine wines will be available for sampling during the festival. Putnam Market’s food and wine experts will be available to discuss each selection and its unique origins. Putnam Market’s owners decided to hold the

festival to offer local residents a fun and relaxing cultural event during Saratoga’s off-season. “This is an opportunity for Capital Region food lovers to connect with new tastes,” Hamilton added. Located in the heart of downtown Saratoga Springs, Putnam Market offers an broad selection of locally produced and imported foods, including over 60 types of cheeses and 600 wines. For more information, visit or call (518) 587-3663.

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Week of April 4 – April 10, 2014

Night At The BrewSeum Photos by

Sam Bottini, Amy Domurad, Maura Manny, Marika Murray

Alison and Jon Laurin

Rich and Judy Martin

Chris Harmon, Jessika Poulin

Eugene and Melanie Dallas, Doug and Terri Schrader Kerri Tanner, Pat McGowin

Bruce Clements, Suzi Ingmire

Natiasia Cooper, Shirelle Mosher


Week of April 4 – April 10, 2014

How To Get Bluebirds In Your Yard This Spring

by Peter Bowden for Saratoga TODAY A sign of spring being near is when our resident bluebirds arrive home for the season. Anyone who has ever seen a bluebird knows the feeling of surprise and joy that accompanies a sighting of these lively creatures. Since they are not overly shy of humans and nest and feed in open areas, bluebirds are some of the easiest birds to watch and learn about. They are territorial, so once you’ve seen them in an area, odds are good that you’ll be able to visit and observe them on a regular basis. Those with a large lawn or property adjacent to open fields can attract their own resident bluebirds so they can enjoy them on a daily basis

during spring and summer. I am lucky to be able to host a pair of bluebirds and the little effort needed to attract them to your yard is amply rewarded by the color and liveliness they add to the little bit of the world we call our garden. The easiest way to lure bluebirds to your property is to provide bluebird-nesting boxes. If you would like plans for a bluebird-nesting box go to the NYS Bluebird Society webpage at If you purchase a bluebird box, all you need to know is where to mount it to attract bluebirds. Your bluebird box should be mounted on a post (wooden or metal). Mounting on trees is not advised, since it may allow predators to gain access to the box. Your bluebird-nesting box should be mounted with the bottom a minimum of 3 feet from the ground (4 feet to 5 feet is considered optimal). In our cold climate, the box should be mounted with the entrance facing southeast, away from our colder prevailing wind. Since bluebirds hunt for insects in lawns and meadows, it’s best to locate your box adjacent to these open areas. To help fledglings survive, try to place your boxes where there is a fencepost or tree within 100 feet of the entrance hole. This will give young bluebirds an easy, safe perch to reach on their first flight from the box.

Since bluebirds are territorial, nesting boxes should not be placed closer than 100 feet apart. If you have swallows in your area, they may compete with bluebirds for nesting boxes. In this situation, it may be necessary to place two boxes 5-15 feet apart. The swallows will occupy one box, leaving the other available for the bluebirds. Since bluebirds are on the

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increase in New York State, properly placing nesting boxes on your property is very likely to attract younger pairs of bluebirds with the possibility that they, and their offspring, will return to your area year after year. To lure nesting bluebirds to your area, have your nesting boxes up as early in spring as possible. As soon as the bluebirds return to the area, they’ll start investigating possible nesting sites. After that it is simply a matter of keeping the boxes clean

and safe. In fall or early in spring before the bluebirds arrive, the nesting box should be cleaned out. Remove any old nesting material and then scrape out dirt and debris with a putty knife or wire brush. Old nesting material should not be left on the ground near the nest but removed from the area to prevent parasites that can harm baby bluebirds in the nest. Washing out the nesting box with a spray of 1/10 bleach/ water will sterilize the box and it will be ready for the season. Thanks for the read.

Week of April 4 – April 10, 2014


The White Party-Prime At Saratoga National Saturday, March 29. Photos By Rachel Jensen.


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Week of April 4 – April 10, 2014

Imaginary Worlds An Artistic Exploration Of What Shapes Our Experiences


SARATOGA SPRINGS— The Art Center Gallery announces its upcoming exhibition, Imaginary Worlds, bringing together four artists who explore the mechanisms that shape and define our experiences. Through various means of observation and perception, Dara Alter, Siobhan McBride, Susan Meyer and Kristina Paabus re-imagine the physical, transcendental and utopian properties of the world we live in. The exhibit is on display through May 31 at the Arts Center Gallery, 320 Broadway, Saratoga

Springs. The public is invited to an opening reception on Saturday, April 5 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Experience intriguing art and conversation, taste some of the best local craft beer and hors d’ oeuvres provided by Druthers Brewing Company and listen to deep sonic landscapes by DJ Paul Weil! Interested in learning more about Saratoga Arts? Join them at 5 p.m. for their annual meeting prior to the opening reception. For more information, contact Elizabeth Dubben, Director of Exhibitions at edubben@saratoga-arts. org or call (518) 584-4132

Skidmore Theatre Department To Present Drama About War From Differing Perspectives Vinyl

SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Skidmore College Department of Theater’s Spring production is If All The Sky Were Paper, directed by Lary Opitz. Performances are April 10-13 and April 17-19. All shows are in the Janet Kinghorn Bernhard Theater on the Skidmore College campus

at 8 p.m. except Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. In every American war from the Revolutionary War to Iraq and Afghanistan, people have captured the horror, pathos and intensity of warfare in their letters. Tens of thousands of these letters have been handed down

from generation to generation. Best selling author Andrew Carroll established the Legacy Project through which he has collected thousands of war letters. He created this piece of verbatim theater based upon many of these letters. If All The Sky Were Paper tells the story of war from the viewpoint of the men and women on the front lines, affected civilians, and loved ones on the home front. Tickets are $12 general admission and $8 for students and senior citizens. Tickets can be ordered online at skidmore. edu/academics/theater. Call the Skidmore Theater Box Office at (518) 580-5439 or email for reservations.

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Puzzles Across 1 Insect stage 6 Sink down in the middle 9 Heavy haulers 14 Not quite spherical 15 Single 16 Mild-mannered reporter Kent 17 Tennis court official 19 Overzealous type 20 Point after deuce 21 More narcissistic 23 Asian New Year 24 Harbor long-term resentment 27 Portuguese explorer Vasco 30 Open court hearing, in law 31 News org. 32 Construction zone cones 36 Earth-orbiting Gagarin 39 Birds that symbolize peace 41 Right, vis-à-vis left: Abbr. 42 Early PC interface 43 Glasses, in ads 44 More than mono 46 Workout facility 47 Water, in Juárez 49 Amazingly enough 51 Creamy confection 56 End of a prof’s URL 57 Type of vegetable oil 58 Yucky muck 62 Soup scoop 64 “Stay put!” 66 Partner of vim 67 Seventh Greek letter 68 Love, to Luciano 69 Length-times-width calculations 70 Opposite of NNW 71 Yankee shortstop Jeter who announced he will retire at the end of 2014 Down 1 Whatever she wants, she gets 2 Zealous 3 Rice-A-__ 4 Capital of Austria 5 Wd. modifying a noun 6 Dr Pepper and Dr. Brown’s 7 1973 Rolling Stones ballad

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See puzzle solution on page 37 8 Davis of “A League of Their Own” 9 Move like a squirrel 10 Right-angle bend 11 Political commentator with an Internet “Report” 12 Discount rack abbr. 13 Glide on ice 18 Sunlamp danger, briefly 22 Narcissists have big ones 25 Men pocketing baseballs 26 Sometimes-illegal turns, for short 27 Fizzling firecrackers 28 Each 29 Push gently 33 Valet’s purview 34 Not shut, poetically 35 “All Things Considered” airer 37 Rogers and Clark

38 Beliefs 40 WWII vet, say 42 Synthesizer pioneer 44 Room in una casa 45 Conclude by 48 Stomach ailments 50 Lentil or pea 51 Aqua __: aftershave brand 52 Firefighter Red 53 South American range 54 Pays, as the bill 55 Radii-paralleling bones 59 Skunk’s defense 60 Fairy tale fiend 61 Eye on the sly 63 Hawaii’s Mauna __ 65 Terrible

Writing the Right Word by Dave Dowling Accuracy in word choice is a key to effective communication. This quick weekly tip will help you filter the confusion in some of our daily word choices. Baited, Bated Baited means to entice or lure something. We baited the mousetrap with peanut butter.

Bated means to lessen the force or intensity of something. The team waited with bated breath to see who won the game.

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Saratoga Stars Shine Bright On And Off Ice SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Adaptive Ice Skating Stars wrapped up the 15th annual winter session last Saturday. Formerly known as the Gliding Stars, the Saratoga Stars have skated almost every Saturday since January with volunteers that include members of the Lion’s Club, Leo’s Club and Skidmore hockey players. Whether it’s choreographed skating or working on hockey skills, Program Chairman Mike Stoneback says Saratoga Stars goes beyond

skating once a week at the Saratoga Springs Ice Rink on Weibel Avenue. “It’s amazing,” Soneback said. “A lot of these kids get to know each other and the volunteers and kids skate together here for years and they grow up and mature. The relationships are a wonderful thing watch.” To volunteer or donate, call Mike at (518) 583-3900 or email him at Margaret D’Andrea can also be reached at (518) 441-0528 for more information.

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Community Sports Bulletin Saints, Bulldogs Set For Deciding Game 3 LOUDONVILLE — Fresno State evened the College Basketball Invitational Finals at one game apiece, as the Saints played their first home game at Siena’s Alumni Recreation Center in 17 years. The near-sellout crowd didn’t stop the Bulldogs from responding to a 61-57 Game 1 loss with a convincing 89-75 win in Game 2, Wednesday night. Fresno State (21-17) shot 64 percent from the field and 53 percent from 3-point distance in the win. Five players from Fresno State

Brett Bisping (31) gets fouled in the paint, during a loss to Fresno State, April 2. Photo by

scored in double figures, led by Allen Huddleston’s off-thebench performance with 20 points. After battling back from a 12-point deficit in Game 1 Monday night in Fresno, the Saints (19-18) could not come back on Wednesday against the Bulldogs’ firepower, after trailing by as many as 26. The best-of-three series will end in a decisive Game 3 at the ARC, Saturday morning at 11:30 a.m.

Saints’ Freshman All-American Marquis Wright (left) fights for a loose ball in Game 2 of the College Basketball Invitational finals.

Horse Show Signs On As Best Performance Competition Partner

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Top notch equestrian competition and philanthropy are at the heart of the Saratoga Springs Horse Show, which has been continuously operating since 1960. In the past two years, the show has donated over $80,000 to Saratoga County not for profit organizations. This year, the

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show will also be webcasting all rings and hosting a telethon for the local charities along with the competition. This year, the two-week show has also signed on as a Best Performance Competition partner to support horse welfare. The Best Performance Competition is the joint program of the EQUUS Foundation and the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF)

that gives horse shows and their exhibitors the opportunity to support horse welfare by doing what they do best - competing! All horse shows recognized by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) at the national and regional level, large and small, are welcome to participate. The Saratoga Springs Horse Show is the first three-ring Premier

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(AA)/Jumper Level 4 outdoor all-volunteer charity show of the season in the Northeast. It features a $25,000 Grand Prix, a $7,500 Welcome Class, a $5,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame event, and over 18 other classes of at $2,000 of greater each week. Stabling is provided at the historic Saratoga Race Course and competition takes place at

“Yaddo” (recently named a national historic landmark). Proceeds from this show are used to support non-profit charities within Saratoga County that are helping those in need. The first week of this year’s show will be April 30-May 4. The second week will be May 7-11.



Wild Wild Wildcats

by Damian Fantauzzi for Saratoga TODAY This year’s NCAA March Madness basketball tournament has been everything it’s meant to be, exciting and entertaining. Around this time, last year, the kids from Kentucky were all playing in their last high school basketball game and now they’re all playing in the Final Four for the NCAA National Championship. There have been some great college basketball games this year, but none compared to what we have been witnessing in these championship

games. The majority of the games have been very close and exciting. The University of Connecticut, a No. 7 seed, shocked many of the critics with the success of where they are. The Final Four bound No. 8 seeded University of Kentucky is a team loaded with super freshmen with great size. The overall favorite, from day one, has been the University of Florida and they will meet the UConn Huskies. I think we can count on this game to be what is expected, another thriller! Since a No. 1 is playing against a No. 7, don’t put your money on what looks to be a sure bet because there isn’t one. Someone failed to tell the Huskies that they’re a No. 7 seed. Also, don’t think the No. 2 Badgers are a sure bet against the Wildcats. They certainly will not take their opponent lightly. How could they? The young Wildcats have no idea that they are underdogs. Or, are they? Young people have no fear! Imagine this: There could be another first in NCAA history, one that is more possible than plausible. We could see a final game with a 7 seed playing an 8 seed for the national

championship. A tournament with a record number of overtimes and pick and rolls may be the most entertaining in NCAA’s National Championship history. Mostly every team has used a rendition in their man-to-man offenses of the ancient basketball strategy of the pick and roll, which translates into a player setting a screen on the guy, or girl with the ball and then releases from the screen (pick) and cuts to the basket, looking for a pass. The technology used by the referees of the video replay to help them make the right calls and even correct a questionable one, has really made an impact on these games. In the Wisconsin-Arizona game, with a little under three seconds left in the game, the refs watched a replay for five minutes to determine who got the ball. Arizona down by a score of 64-63, even though they were rewarded the ball, failed to score in their loss to the Badgers. It seems there is no room for human error, but there were questions that made most of us wonder, “Why are some referees quick with the whistle and other aren’t?” Then there are the officials who

housing and handling environments to improve equine health and welfare. Equine Wound Care The horse’s body has an amazing innate ability to heal; learn how to maximize that ability.  We will cover what to do when you first see a wound, which wounds are red alert situations, how wounds heal, and how vital your role is in the healing process.

Planning for Life-Time Care for Horses

Week of April 4 – April 10, 2014 seem to change their minds, philosophically, during the progression of a game by changing the way they make calls, from close to loose, or just the opposite. All is part of a tournament that has been one for the NCAA history book. Another first for March Madness, two brothers are coaches at different schools and both teams made it to the Sweet 16 and there was a possibility that if they made it to the final four, they would have played against each other— bothers Sean Miller, head coach of the University of Arizona, and his bother Archie Miller, the head coach at the University of Dayton and the Cinderella Flyer. Both the Dayton Flyers and the Arizona Wildcats were defeated by Florida and Wisconsin, respectively. I’m not making any predictions because so far I have struck out. I like Gators’ head coach Billy Donovan, but I’m not a Gators’ fan. I like the Kentucky Wildcats, a team assembled by the somewhat controversial coach John Calipari. I’ve always been a backseat fan of the University of Connecticut and I do like the second year coach Kevin Ollie. He has great energy and I love the way senior guard Shabazz Napier plays. I might be leaning in Wisconsin’s corner because I really appreciate what coach Bo Ryan has worked so hard for, in his first

Final Four as a Division I head coach. Ryan is an old school coach, a man of spirit, discipline and toughness. It’s something that he wears on his sleeve, which translates through how his team plays. They just don’t make these kinds of coaches anymore. The Bo Ryan’s of days gone by! A note of interest is that Wisconsin was the last team to defeat Florida, during the regular season. Ryan has been the head guy at Wisconsin since 2001. Since then, the Badgers have been averaging 25 wins a season under his command. If you look at the history of his career, one can see that he has paid his dues for his membership into the Final Four. He won four Division III national championships at Wisconsin-Platteville and has an overall career record of 704223. To top it all off, I feel his team has the total package of great outside shooting and a 7-footer who can take over a game, junior Frank Kaminsky. I am so ready for these games, and making things better, spring is finally here and the boys of summer are on the field. Baseball just gives me a warm feeling because my favorite weather is connected to the game. One question: Does anyone have a chance to win their NCAA pool? Mine was a real mess. I picked the Spartans of Michigan State to win it all!

Introduction to Ranch Horse Showing Ranch Horse Showing is becoming a more and more popular way for horse owners to get together, have some laughs and friendly competition.  This seminar will give you an overview to some of the classes offered at the Hudson Valley Ranch Horse Association Shows.   Poor Performance in the Equine Athlete Regardless of vocation, equine athletes can experience poor performance.  How do you address a problem that could originate from several or multiple body systems?  This discussion will focus on the diagnosis, causes, and treatments of common problems originating in the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and respiratory systems that limit the potential of the equine athlete.

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23rd Annual Saratoga Horse Symposium To Start April 12 BALLSTON SPA — Horse lovers everywhere, join the 23rd Annual Saratoga Horse Symposium on Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 13 at the Saratoga County 4-H Training Center. The Horse Symposium, a public event, will feature well known equine experts and veterinarians with live horse demonstrations, riding clinics and educational presentations. Horse enthusiasts from across New York State and New England look forward to this popular annual event.  Over 200 attendees are expected. SATURDAY  Snorts, Stomps, and Squeals A look at the comparisons and contrasts between domestic and feral horse behavior as a way to consider approaches to modifying

The Mechanics of Speed Exercises to help improve your horse’s agility in barrel racing and games. Proper turning and correct placement to improve speed and performance in your horse through patterns. Things a rider can do to help their horse so they are happy at the job they are doing. 

A discussion session focusing on the realities horse owners need to be prepared to face in order to provide, and pay for, a lifetime of care for their horses. Overcoming Anxiety in Your Horse What happens when your horse is anxious? Do you become anxious? Do you resort to begging or do you become angry, or do you just give up? This groundwork clinic will demonstrate techniques that will help to calm you both and get you  into a relaxed, working frame of mind.  SUNDAY   Managing Parasites Discussion on deworming products, fecal examinations, resistance in parasites, and parasites in the horse. 

The Western New York polo club will demonstrate how they are giving former racehorses a second career with dignity. Attendees will learn about working with and retraining the Thoroughbred Racehorse.  Thoroughbreds have a great work ethic, are quick learners and great athletes Equine Massage Find out why understanding how your horse’s skeleton and muscles work together can improve how you and your horse work as a team. Doors will open at 8 a.m. for registration. Classes will begin each day at 9 a.m. Pre-registration is $20 a day for adults and $10 a day for college students and $5 for 4-H youth. Please bring your 4-H enrollment card or college ID.  


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Slush Cup At West Mountain

Dylan Bachem

Zane Belden and Matt Forshei

Dad Todd Jorgensen with boys Bryce and Troy

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Slush Cup At West Mountain Meredith and Briana

Brian LaMountain The annual Slush Cup at West Mountain took place Saturday, March 29 from noon to 6 p.m., as local skiers and snowboarders showcased their abilities in a variety of wacky outfits and events, including a Cardboard Sled Derby, Pond Skimming and the Kiddie Cup. Photos by See Slush Cup pg. 39

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