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Saratoga War Horse by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – Only 1 percent of American men and woman have answered their country’s call to serve and protect in the military, and yet out of the entire general population in the United States, those who have served account for 20 percent of all suicides. “America is losing its battle against suicide by veterans and

service members. And, as more troops return from deployment, the risk will only grow,” writes Dr. Margaret C. Harrell and Nancy Berglass in a recent study commissioned by the U.S. Army, entitled “Losing the Battle.” The statistics are like a hard punch to the gut. From 2005-2010, it’s estimated that a service member took their own life at a rate of once every 36 hours. During the last two

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Globally Competitive B’Spa High School Earns World School Status by Christina James Saratoga TODAY BALLSTON SPA- In a job market that is becoming more and more competitive, Ballston Spa High School is giving its students a considerable advantage. The school announced Wednesday, January 4 that after an intensive two-year application process it was awarded status as an International Baccalaureate

Trevor English, a local veteran, experiences firsthand the power of Saratoga War Horse.

“It is a tremendous accomplishment and a wonderful opportunity.” Kristi Jensen Ballston Spa High School Principal

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(IB) World School. As one of only 751 high schools in the United States with this distinction, Ballston Spa students now have access to a challenging college and career preparatory program. “Bringing the IB program to Ballston Spa High School is going to give our kids a lot of opportunities,” said parent Eileen Block.

S A R AT O G A SPRINGS – As Medicare, Medicaid, and the entire national health care system brace for change, Saratoga County is preparing to implement just a few of the newest programs by February 1, 2012. Both Saratoga and Schenectady counties will be among the first in

the state to enroll Medicaid patients into what will be known as a “health home.” Health homes, by no means an actual, physical home, will instead act as a community-based network of health providers, coming together to better coordinate the care of patients with

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Happy New Year! First Night Rings in 2012 SARATOGA SPRINGS – Thousands of revelers rang in 2012 at the 16th annual First Night Saratoga celebration on New Year’s Eve. Needless to say, the event was a success! Hosted by Saratoga Arts for the second year, 2012 First Night Saratoga was themed “Art Unleashed” and featured more than 80 performers in 35 venues, most of them filled to capacity, across Saratoga Springs. Although the official numbers are not yet in, First Night Saratoga coordinator Jackie Marchand said the 2012 celebration was one of the most highly attended First Nights in years. “We would definitely say that First Night 2012 was a big success!” Marchand said. “Of course, the weather helped out a lot, but we hoped that we put on a program that had something for everyone.”

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Dean Davis presents live reptiles at the Lake Avenue School. First Night Saratoga debuted in 1995 as a New Year’s Eve celebration of Arts and Community. The familyfriendly, non-alcoholic celebration takes over downtown Saratoga Springs each year with live performances and fun and educational activi-

ties and presentations (like Dean Davis’ Living World Ecology Reptile Show, which was a big hit in 2012). For more information about First Night Saratoga or Saratoga Arts, visit




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Angel L. Ortiz, 38, of 506 First Ave., New Hyde Park, pleaded guilty to a charge of fifth-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class-E felony. Ortiz was arrested August 29 in Saratoga Springs and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing March 1. William D. Gailor, 53, of 40 Staffords Bridge Rd., Saratoga Springs, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. Gailor was arrested September 3 in Saratoga Springs and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing March 1. Richard M. French, 61, of Budget Inn, Room 6, Gansevoort, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. French was arrested July 2 in Saratoga Springs and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing March 1. Michael T. McHale, 32, of 15 Jacob Drive, Clifton Park, pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child in the vehicle, a class-E felony. McHale was arrested August 28 in Clifton Park and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing March 1. David G. Bordeau, 36, of 36 Second Ave., Hadley, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. Bordeau was arrested August 7 in Hadley and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing March 1. Michael E. Lawless, 28, of 112 Pine Ridge II, Clifton Park, plead-

ed guilty to a charge of first-degree criminal contempt, a class-E felony. Lawless was arrested September 11 in Halfmoon and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing March 1.

ing while intoxicated, a class-E felony. Sipe was arrested April 22 in Saratoga Springs and was sentenced to time served and five years of probation to include drug treatment court.

Brian C. Samoranski, 28, of 2804 Foxwood Dr. South, Clifton Park, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a classE felony. Samoranski was arrested August 18 in Clifton Park and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing March 1.

Lyle E. Brown, 37, of 885 Middleline Rd., Apt. 42, Ballston Spa, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a classD felony. Brown was arrested December 5, 2010, in Clifton Park and was sentenced to time served and five years of probation to include drug treatment court.

John H. Meyer, 34, of 133 Second St., Waterford, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. Meyer was arrested August 21 in Clifton Park and was sentenced to five years of probation and ignition interlock. Julie P. Higgins, 33, of 62 Ray Rd., Rexford, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. Higgins was arrested September 18 in Halfmoon and was sentenced to five days in Saratoga County Jail, five years of probation and ignition interlock. David M. Wunsch, 23, of 26 Marlyand Ave., Colonie, pleaded guilty to a charge of fourth-degree grand larceny, a class-E felony. Wunsch was arrested September 15 in Halfmoon for an incident that occurred September 13 and is expected to return to court for sentencing at a later date. Adam D. Sipe, 25, of 235 Middleline Rd., Ballston Spa, pleaded guilty to a charge of driv-

Paul F. Archambault, Jr., 25, of 108 Third St., Waterford, pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree arson, a class-C felony. Archambault was arrested June 1, 2010, in Halfmoon and was sentenced to time served and restitution. Cory M. Briscoe, 37, of 71 Hamilton St., Apt. 22, Saratoga Springs, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. Briscoe was arrested July 13 in Saratoga Springs and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing March 7. Shawntae Paulk, 32, of 496 Tenth St., Saratoga Springs, pleaded guilty to a charge of thirddegree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class-C felony. Paulk was arrested September 3, 2010, in Saratoga Springs and was sentenced to two


and a half years in state prison and two years post release supervision. Troy D. Cassell Jr., 28, of 3 Musket Dr., Apt. 3, Schuylerville, pleaded guilty to a charge of fifthdegree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class-D felony. Cassell was arrested June 7 in Saratoga for an incident that occurred February 2, 2010, and was sentenced to five years of probation. Kevin M. Harrington, 31, of 139 Elm St., Apt. 1, Saratoga Springs, pleaded guilty to a charge of first-degree criminal contempt, a class-E felony. Harrington was arrested October 16 in Saratoga Springs and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing February 27. Donald T. Whitman Jr., 36, of 4 Pheasant Way, South Glens Falls, pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, a class-D felony. Whitman was arrested August 23 in Wilton for an incident that occurred April 21 and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing March 2.

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Stabbing at The Metro SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Albany man who was allegedly stabbed in the abdomen at the Metro bar on New Year’s Eve is in stable condition. The victim, whose name is not being released by the Saratoga Springs City Police Department, is undergoing treatment at Albany Medical Center. According to police, the victim sustained a single stab wound to the abdomen at 1:30 a.m. January 1 while at the Metro bar on Maple Avenue. Police responded to the incident and the victim was transported to Albany Medical Center by ambulance. Officers and investigators immediately closed the bar and secured the area where the alleged incident took place. The investigation will continue as no arrests have been made.

Fatal Accident on Route 9 SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Saratoga Springs man who was fatally struck by a car while walking down Route 9 on New Year’s Day is the fourth victim to be killed along that stretch of the road in the past two and a half years. Duane O’Dell, 48, was walking northbound on the southbound side of Route 9 between Kaydeross Ave and West Driscoll Road at approximately 9:15 p.m. when he was struck by a 1993 Ford Explorer. The driver was 40-year-old David Gurney of


Corinth. Gurney, who was heading south on Route 9, immediately stopped his vehicle and attempted to aid O’Dell. Saratoga Springs police, firefighters and EMS personnel responded and O’Dell was pronounced dead at the scene. Gurney was not injured in the accident. Police do not believe speeding or alcohol were a factor in the accident. Following the fatal accident, Route 9 South was closed in both directions from Kaydeross Ave West to Old Post Road from 9:15 p.m. to midnight. The section of Route 9 where the accident occurred is very dark, there are no streetlights and the few homes and businesses scattered along that section provide little or no light on the roadway.

Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing from Horse Show BALLSTON SPA – Charles “Dewey” Walling, 56, the former chairman of the St. Clement’s Horse Show, pleaded guilty Tuesday, January 3, to stealing $27,111 from the catholic school’s annual fundraiser. The Saratoga Springs resident is expected to receive six months in jail and five years of probation for one count of fourth-degree grand larceny, a felony. Walling must repay the $27,111, which he stole over the past five years while volunteering for the St. Clement’s Horse Show.

Mathiesen Questions Last Call SARATOGA SPRINGS – Saratoga Springs’ new Public Safety Commissioner Christian Mathiesen questioned whether a 4 a.m. last call hour for bars is appropriate for the city during the Tuesday, January 3 city council meeting. Mathiesen raised his concern following an incident that took place January 1, 2012, at 1:30 a.m., when an individual was stabbed outside the Metro bar establishment. He has asked the city council to consider a 3 a.m. last call. Mathiesen, who campaigned on reducing late night/early morning violence in the heart of the city, is not the first public official to question Saratoga’s 4 a.m. last call hour. Saratoga Springs Accounts Commissioner John Franck proposed changing last call to 2 a.m. nearly two years ago, with the caveat that hours be extended during the summer track season.

Teen Rape Case Involves Seven Victims STILLWATER – A 14-year-old boy from Stillwater is under investigation for allegedly raping seven minors, girls and boys. The teen, whose name is not being released, was charged December 23 for firstdegree rape and two counts of committing a first-degree criminal sex act,


Record Year for Holiday Match

SARATOGA SPRINGS – The 25th annual Stewart’s Shops’ Holiday Match Program ended with a record dollar amount contributed for local children’s charities. The company announced this week that its customers contributed a record $700,000. Stewart’s Shops is matching that amount, which means a total of $1.4 million will be distributed to local children’s charitable organizations in spring 2012. “It is impressive that people in these difficult economic times have been so generous over the past month,” said Susan Dake, Stewart’s Foundation president. The Holiday Match Program is based on customers making contributions in the 328 Stewart’s Shops located in upstate New York and western Vermont from the period between Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Stewart’s matches all individual customer donations. The money raised benefits children’s organizations directly within the communities where Stewart’s Shops are located. There are no administrative costs and 100 percent of the funds collected and matched benefit the communities that have made this program so successful. After this year’s funds are distributed, over $16 million will have been allocated since the program’s inception in 1986. The $700,000 that Stewart’s is matching is 31 percent of the $2,250,000 donations budget for Stewart’s Shops in 2012. Children’s charities can still apply for funding from the Holiday Match Program. Applications are available in all Stewart’s Shops or online at Applications must be submitted or postmarked by January 31 to be considered for funding. Visit Stewart’s Shops’ website ( for further information on the program. both felonies for which he could face up to 25 years in prison. The initial charges led police to six other potential victims. District Attorney James A. Murphy II alleges the boy raped the seven minors, at least one of them younger than 11 years old, in 2011. The Stillwater boy is being tried as an adult and is currently held at the Capital District Area Detention Center for Youth in Albany on

$50,000 bail bond.

Seeber Trail Update BALLSTON SPA- A new trial is forming in an 11-year-old case. Katherine Seeber, who pleaded guilty to the murder of her step great-grandmother in January of 2001, is heading back to the courtroom after Judge Jerry Scarano tossed out her original guilty plea. An attorney handling Seeber’s appeal cited mishandling of a key piece of forensic evidence and the prevalence of confession coercion as key reasons for a new trial. Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy III opposes the new trial, referencing her guilty plea, confession and decision to forgo a trial in 2001 as reasons she is not entitled to more legislative action.



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s far as I'm concerned, the Occupy movement has been occupying too much of our time lately. Yes, it was interesting in the beginning and the basic premise had merit. I too am disgusted by corporate and political corruption. Over the past years I have slowly lost faith in many corporate leaders and a number of elected officials. A few names that immediately come to mind are: Madoff, Freddie Mac, Enron, Solyndra, Spitzer, Rod Blagojevich, John Corzine, John Edwards…to name a few. But corruption certainly is not limited to the wealthy or successful. Corruption exists at every level, in every state and town, and at every socio-economic level. As far as I can tell the protesters don’t seem entirely sure why they’re protesting or how they will know if they accomplished their goals. However, it seems to me that the common point agreed upon by the majority of the Occupy protesters is their hatred for the so-called 1 percent and that they (the 1percent) don't pay their fair share. Well according to recent data, the wealthiest 1 percent of the population earns 19 percent of the income but pays 37 percent of the taxes. If we expand our view and look at the top 10 percent of wage earners we will see that they pay 68 percent of the total income taxes. That only leaves 32 percent of the taxes to be paid by 90 percent of the population. And who are these 1 percenters? Are they corporate leaders or professional ball players? Are they real estate developers or surgeons at your local hospital? Are they your next door neighbors? The 1 percent may be all of the above, but the only thing the protesters see is the exciting wealth and the shiny cars. What they don't see is the developer who risked everything he had on his visionary business plan to build homes for

employees of the new corporation moving into town. They don't see the 80+ hour weeks the corporate CEO puts in, or the weekends he/she spends away from family to ensure the company continues to make payroll. They don't acknowledge the brilliance of the surgeon who is saving human lives or the fact that he/she spent thousands of hours studying and a decade paying off student loans. They don't see the tens of thousands of jobs that the 1 percent creates and the innovations they bring to the table to stay ahead of the competition. For the most part there is a reason the 1 percent is the 1 percent. They go above and beyond every day to make things happen. There has always been a 1 percent and there always will be a 1 percent. Even if we eliminated the current 1 percent, the next group down would then be the new 1 percent. Are the protesters going to have a problem with them also? If the Occupy protesters want to stifle or eliminate capitalism, then they desire nothing more than socialism or communism. If they want to hold people accountable and enforce the laws, then perhaps they should address all of society beginning with themselves. Lately it seems as though their disdain and anger is directed toward the hard working men and women of the nation’s police forces, who, I would have to imagine, don’t fall into the 1 percent of the population that they seem to despise. The scenes of apoplectic protesters, foaming at the mouth as they scream at police officers, make me sick to my stomach. The stories and scenes of rampant drug use, public urination and pristine parks decaying into garbage repositories are unacceptable. If the protestors want 24-hour access to the media and the public, I recommend they do what every other ‘responsible’ person or group does: Rent a storefront. They can hang posters in their windows, invite the public in, and make as large a mess as they want. In the meantime, I have a message to the Occupy protesters: Don’t lump me, or the majority of the people I speak with, into your 99 percent of the population. You don’t speak for me and I don’t condone your behavior. (*For the record, I didn’t even address the multi-millions of unbudgeted taxpayer dollars that have been spent for.)

GlobalFoundries-Malta Foundation Funds Free Smoke Detector Program MALTA – The Fire Companies of Malta have successfully launched their Safe and Sound Smoke Alarm Program thanks to a $2,500 grant provided through the GlobalFoundriesMalta Foundation. The Malta Ridge Volunteer Fire Company and the Round Lake Fire Department, collectively known as The Fire Companies of Malta, will provide more than 600 free smoke detectors to seniors, disabled persons, and individuals and families living in low-income households. Allerdice Hardware (ACE) will be providing the fire companies with smoke detectors at a significant discount. “The facts are very clear, smoke alarms save lives,” said Chief Peter Shaw of the Malta Ridge Volunteer Fire Company. “According to the National Fire Protection Association, 30 percent of homes are not adequately protected and 70 percent of home fire deaths in the United States occur in homes that don't have a working smoke detector.” This effort will help ensure the safety of families throughout the Malta community. All residents are reminded to clean and test their smoke detectors once a month and replace batteries at least twice a year. Smoke detectors should be installed on every level of your home, including the basement, making sure that there is an alarm outside every separate sleeping area. Mount smoke alarms high on walls or ceilings. Ceiling mounted alarms should be installed at least four inches away from the nearest wall, wall mounted alarms should be installed twelve inches away from the ceiling. To qualify for a free smoke alarm, you must be a resident of Malta or

Round Lake. Residents should call the Malta Ridge Fire Station at (518) 584-6155 or Round Lake Fire Station at (518) 899-2511 to pick up a free smoke alarm or to schedule a free home installation. The Fire Companies of Malta is just one of 13 organizations to receive grant money from the GlobalFoundries- Malta Foundation in its first wave of donations. A total of $37,500 was awarded to the following organizations December 21, 2011: • Captain Youth & Family Services: $5,000 toward the purchase of a new van for the Runaway and Homeless Youth Shelter in Malta • Dunning Street Rural Cemetery: $2,500 for maintenance and improvement projects for historic landmark • Junior Achievement of Northeastern NY: $4,600 for materials supporting practical economic education and learning experiences in 46 classrooms in six local elementary schools • Literacy New York: $3,000 to expand English language instruction and educational programs • Living Resources Corp: $3,050 to provide therapy scholarship help to children with multiple disabilities • Malta League of Arts: $2,000 to support creative arts programs and events throughout the community in 2012 • Malta Ridge Cemetery Association: $2,500 for maintenance and improvement projects for historic landmark • Malta Seniors, Inc.: $1,000 to support social and cultural enrichment activities benefiting senior citizens in Malta • Malta Sunrise Rotary Club:

$2,000 to support the “Rebuilding Together Saratoga” Town of Malta Work Day event providing home and property repairs for families in need • Malta Veterans Committee: $1,500 to sponsor the Fourth Annual Malta Military, Veterans and First Responders Parade in 2012 • Round Lake Auditorium: $4,700 for new sound, lighting and A/V equipment • Rugrunners Robotics Club: $3,150 to help fund equipment and materials for competitive robotics club at Shenendehowa High School As part of the development agreement for Fab 8, GlobalFoundries will contribute a total of $5,000,000 to this fund in installments, marked by key milestones toward the construction and start of operations of Fab 8. The Foundation will be fully funded by July 2012.



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Thoroughbreds Help Vets Heal continued from Page 1 years of combat, more soldiers have died from suicide than those lost on the actual battlefield. For Bob Nevins, a Vietnam veteran and former airline captain, the loss was simply unacceptable. “I started reading the news and seeing quotes that indicated that not since Vietnam have suicides been at such high, record levels,” said Nevins. “But this time,” said Nevins, “I saw a solution.” With the help of local horse expert Marilyn Lane, Nevins sought to address the problem head on. Together and with the help of many individuals working behind the scenes (including Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Chris Gibson), the duo have designed a unique and powerful solution, pairing soldiers struggling to readjust to civilian life with Thoroughbred horses also struggling to find a second career after their time has ended on the racecourse. Based out of the horse stables off of Ruggles Road in Saratoga Springs, they call it Saratoga War Horse.

On paper, the program seems simple enough. Based on the works of Monty Roberts, who gained fame as a great and talented “horse whisperer,” the program teaches soldiers to communicate with a horse using the equine’s own language, gaining its trust and friendship in a one-onone hands-on exercise. In practice however, the experience has proved to be extremely powerful for participating veterans, opening them up to a new understanding and shift in perspective that helps them to feel grounded, able to finally start leaving their demons behind. Their words, not mine. “You learn something new about yourself,” said Trevor English, a local musician in Saratoga Springs who completed a tour in Afghanistan as a Maintenance Squad Leader for the U.S. Army’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems platoon for the 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, before his discharge in April of 2010. “It’s just amazing,” he said, “indescribable. I couldn’t really explain how I felt, except that it was one of the greatest days of my life. It’s empowering.”

* * * During English’s first run through the Saratoga War Horse program in late November, a small group of veterans and interested parties were allowed to stand by: English stands in the center of a medium-sized circular pen, leading in a large and powerful Thoroughbred. As instructed previously during the orientation for the program, English unclips the horse from its lead and tosses the rope behind it. The rope spurs the horse to action, running along the edge of the pen as it circles English. As English looks for subtle signs of communication from the animal – a bowed head or the particular positioning of the ears – the eyes of both man and horse lock. It’s a kind of tunnel vision, described English, where everything outside the pen suddenly disappears, becomes unimportant. The soldier in the center finds himself unexpectedly forced to live only in the present moment, putting aside years of baggage and emotional turmoil that minutes earlier seemed impossible to let go of. In the pen, between man

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A local veteran embraces Saratoga War Horse. and horse, there simply is no room for such things anymore. English stops throwing the lead and the horse comes to a stop. Standing in the center, the Afghan vet is instructed to turn his back to the animal and wait. He doesn’t see the horse, said English, more like he feels its presence. The giant animal walks carefully up to the soldier and delicately places its nose on his shoulder. English is beaming, at a complete and utter loss for words. He’s made his connection, and his smile says all you need to know about just how moving and powerful his experience has been. * * * Since his first experience with Saratoga War Horse, English has decided to work closely with the program. With the help of Nevins, Lane, and instructor Melody Squier, English is hoping to become the program’s newest instructor, and has already had a chance to watch a few of his buddies step into the pen themselves. “The benefits of this program are so obvious to me,” said English. “If I can help out in any way to relate my experience to other people who are going through the same sort of issues, I’m going to try and help however I can.” Reaching a wide range of military veterans struggling to readjust to civilian life is exactly what Saratoga War Horse is all about. “We’re not a mom-and-pop operation,” said Nevins, “and we’re not do-gooders. We’re trying to find a solution to this national tragedy of losing our young soldiers to suicide

because nobody knows how to help them get through it. So we want Saratoga War Horse to serve as a model that can be used nationally so we can reach as many veterans as possible.” To that end, the staff at Saratoga War Horse has enlisted the help of Veterans Affairs (VA) to conduct a scientific review of the program, giving it added weight, merit, value and eventually funding support. The program has already begun to turn some heads at the VA. “You’ve got me thinking on a multitude of different levels,” said Col. Eric Olsen, a New York Army National Guard chaplain. Olsen has seen many men struggle after returning from combat. “A lot of these suicides are happening because these kids don’t really understand who they are once they’re through with their service,” said Olsen. “But this can remind them of why they took that step in the first place – to better themselves. It reminds them of who they are.” Perhaps the most astounding thing about Saratoga War Horse is how repeatable the program’s results are. Vets from many different backgrounds, of varying personalities and levels of skepticism, have found time and again that indescribable moment that occurs when a connection is made. It’s results such as these that give folks like English, Nevins, Lane and Squier hope that someday soon the program could be used to effectively reach our nation’s soldiers.




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Health Homes For Better Care continued from Page 1 chronic or reoccurring health conditions. “The health home looks to incentivize a community to take a more long-term approach in the care management of an individual, especially for those with chronic illnesses or individuals who are at a high risk for admission and readmission into a hospital,” said Joseph Twardy, president and CEO of the Visiting Nurse Service of Schenectady and Saratoga Counties (VNS). “It’s a much more holistic approach to health care.” VNS is one of several organizations leading the way to create the area’s local health homes. Once established, Twardy expects a network of some 600 local care facilities, all coordinating with one

another and sharing information to better treat the patient, instead of treating the isolated conditions. By taking a larger view at how to treat a subject, the hope is not only for better care that avoids conflicts and duplication, but also one that reduces expenses drastically. “I think the savings will far exceed even the $20 million number that’s been given with what we’re bringing to the table,” said Twardy. Health homes have been designed to address two components of the nation’s health care system: quality of care and cost. Eventually all Medicaid patients will be enrolled into a care management health home, but for now the focus is on the 20 percent of patients across the country that total up to 80 percent of the cost in the health community. “The health home initiative is

about better care, but it’s also about the spike and continuing upward trend in the cost of care. We have to bend that cost curve, so to speak, and the health home initiative will do that,” said Twardy. “It’s a lowcost program with the better coordination of care that will reduce the duplicative tasks, will avoid more costly care over less costly preventative care, and will coordinate resources between organizations to again avoid duplication.” Preventive care measures include

anything from helping to design a healthy and sustainable diet, linking individuals to social and support programs for mental illness or substance abuse, and ensuring that patients actually attend their scheduled appointments with physicians. “Care management is at the core of what the health home will provide,” said Twardy. Several local health care institutions have already filed letters of intent with New York State indicating their interest in becoming a member of a community home health network. Local organizations include Saratoga Hospital, Glens Falls Hospital, Seton Primary Care, Hometown Health Centers and Ellis

Medicine. “We’ll provide the right care in the right place, reducing hospital readmissions and resulting in the more effective use of the emergency department,” said Ellis Medicine President and CEO James W. Connolly. “By improving access to care and providing better coordination of care, this model has the potential to improve the health and well-being of our entire community in the years to come.” Other organizations, such as CDPHP, MVP Healthcare and Fidelis have also sent the state letters of intent to join the health networks.


Community Corner Saratoga Springs Youth Programs FCC Receives Donations


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The Allegiance Bowl Committee Inc. recently presented a check in the amount of $10,000 to the Saratoga Springs Pop Warner football and cheerleading programs. To date, the Allegiance Bowl, which is sponsored by The Adirondack Trust has raised over $60,000 for youth athletic programs in the greater Saratoga Springs area.

Back Row (L to R): Robert Ward, Laurie Coppola, Joe Lucas, Dave Karcher, Scott Perkins, Matthew Riker, Lisa Karcher, Julie Briscoe, Margaret Noel, Adam Hills. Front Row (L to R): Nick Coppola, Joe Coppola, Everett Norris, Mike Coppola, Kristiana Briscoe

OAAS Given Flag by Local Soldier Soldier Chris Brunelle of Hudson Falls presents Chairman of Operation Adopt a Soldier Cliff Seguin with an American flag that he carried with him throughout his time in Afghanistan.

The Melanie Foundation donated $7,500 to Franklin Community Center’s afterschool prevention program Project Lift. Pictured from L to R: President Mike Myers, Palio; President George O’Donnell, The Melanie Foundation; Treasurer Vicki Merola, The Melanie Foundation; Jennifer Sarver, Race Committee Member; Coordinator of Development and Volunteers Bo Goliber, Franklin Community Center; and Executive Director Kari Cushing, Franklin Community Center.



Tooth fairy club

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Saratoga Women’s Fest Committee Members Amejo Amyot and Lin Murphy present Franklin Community Center’s Bo Goliber with a $1,000 check from the proceeds of the 2011 Women’s Fest.

Holiday Inn Gives a Needy Family a Merry Christmas The staff of the Holiday Inn Saratoga Springs recently donated over 100 gifts of toys, clothing and household items to a local family of nine this holiday season. The volunteer effort was coordinated by team members Cathy French and Kevin Bardon. The project was completed in conjunction with the local organization, Women for Better Families.




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IB Program Comes to B’Spa continued from Page 1 “Our district is really providing our children with a level of learning that was not possible when I was in high school.” The liberal arts-based IB curriculum begins with preparatory classes in ninth and 10th grade and culminates the student’s senior year with examinations in six subject areas. The subjects include everything from experimental sciences and mathematics to classes of a more philosophical or artistic nature. “I’m especially excited about the Theory of Knowledge class,” said 10th grader Allyson Block. The curriculum itself is supplemented with two levels of difficulty, “higher” and “standard;” community service requirements; and an extended essay that spans the duration of the two-year program. “Over 22 of our staff members have prepared to implement the IB curriculum,” said Principal Kristi Jensen. “They have spent the last year drafting course outlines, preparing lessons and learning about the rigor of the program. They are very excited that we are now an official International Baccalaureate World School.” The addition of the IB program to the high school’s academic portfolio gives B’Spa graduates a considerable advantage during the

dreaded college application process. Graduates of IB World Schools are recognized by universities as well-rounded critical thinkers that are more likely to be successful in college. Universities see the student’s academic success through increased educational standards as a good predictor of their future. In some cases, colleges even go as far as granting the IB diploma holders second-year status upon admission. “The mission of the IB program aligns with our district’s goals,” said IB Coordinator Laura Schmitz. “[It] is a challenging, broad, balanced program of education designed to equip students with the academic skills needed for university study.” And with Newsweek ranking five IB World Schools in the top 10 best high schools in America, the program seems to be working. In a report conducted by the Educational Policy Improvement Center (EPIC), the correlation of the high school IB program standards and established collegeready standards found the two to be “highly aligned.” “What is perhaps most notable about our findings is the degree to which IB standards were found to be related to the kinds of key cognitive strategies that our previous research points to as being so important for success in colleges

and universities,” reported EPIC CEO David Conley. “We have learned that it’s not enough for students to study content in isolation; they must use their content knowledge to solve problems, make conjectures and inferences, and think deeply about the big questions of the disciplines. The IB standards seem to be particularly well suited to achieving these aims.” This nontraditional method of instruction helps students apply meaning to what is being taught, and that results in better understanding and long-term comprehension. “The classes will be taught in a way that is relevant to today’s society and my own life,” said student Lydia Freehafer. “Because of this, I will be able to better retain the material [I am] taught long after the lesson has ended.” This new curriculum brings with it a realm of possibilities for students and the Ballston Spa Central School District and the faculty couldn’t be happier. “It is a tremendous accomplishment and a wonderful opportunity,” Jensen said. Ninth and 10th grade students interested in the IB program are invited to attend an informational meeting Thursday, January 12, at 2:30 p.m. in the Ballston Spa High School cafeteria.

All Stars Student Art Exhibit for Saratoga County High Schools SARATOGA SPRINGS - Saratoga Arts is pleased to announce that its eighth annual High School All Stars Art Exhibition will be on view in The Arts Center Gallery from January 7 through January 28. The Gallery is located at 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. High school art teachers throughout Saratoga County, including Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Saratoga Springs, Shenendehowa, South Glens Falls, The Waldorf School and WSWHE Boces selected work in all media from their strongest students to exhibit in The Arts Center Gallery. From sculpture to drawing, these wonderful artworks highlight the dedication of area art teachers together with the amazing talent of their art students. By encouraging younger generations of Saratoga County’s artists to excel in their creative work, Saratoga Arts fulfills its mission of cultivating, nourishing and sustaining the arts in all of its forms. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, January 7 from 3 - 5 p.m. This year’s exhibit is co-curated by Erica Wardell. Wardell is a graduate of Saratoga Springs High School and an All Star Show alumna. Wardell is currently working towards a BFA in Studio Art, with a focus in painting and sculpture, and a minor in Education from the College of Saint Rose in Albany. For more information, call the Saratoga Arts at (518) 584-4132 or email Gallery Hours are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.


OBITUARIES Robert (Bob) E. Teal

Saratoga Springs, NY – Robert (Bob) E. Teal, Sr., 73, passed away Wednesday, December 28, 2011. Bob was predeceased by his parents, Howard P. and Lillian J. Teal, Sr.; sister, Mildred Blount; and brother, Howard P. Teal, Jr. Survivors include his wife, Dawn (Greenwalt) Teal; children, Colleen (David) Conti, Robert E. Teal, Jr.; stepdaughters, Tara A. Shaw and Carrie (Shaw) Oliver; grandchildren, Lauren, Aiden, Jamie, Dalton and Riley; brother, Allen (Linda) Teal; and close friends, John Salvi and Grace Sheldon.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 260 Osborne Rd., Loudonville, NY 12211





Association of NE New York, 155 Washington Ave., Suite 210, Albany, NY 12210. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Home, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY, (518) 584-5373. Online remembrances may be made at


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Landon McCord Moore, Jr. Saratoga Springs, NY – Landon McCord Moore, Jr., passed away unexpectedly Thursday, December 29, 2011. Born February 21, 1952, in Saratoga Springs, he was a son of the late Landon McCord and Mary Frances (Thompson) Moore, Sr. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Jeffery George and his father-in-law, George “Skip” Hartman. He is survived by his wife, Amy L. (Hartman) Moore; children, Phoebe and Landon Moore, III; brother, Eskey Moore; sister, Deborah Moore; motherin-law, Maureen Hartman; brothers-inlaw, Marc (Shannon) Hartman and

Jason Hartman; sisters-in-law, Lori (Sheila) Hartman and Lisa (Abe) Bates; and several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Landon’s name to the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center or to the Phoebe and Landon Moore College Fund, c/o TCT Federal Credit Union, 416 Rowland St., Ballston Spa, NY 12020. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Home, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY, (518) 584-5373. Online remembrances may be made at

Peggy L. Smith Ballston Spa, NY – Peggy L. Smith, 63, passed away peacefully December 26, 2011.

and close friends, Pat Haskel, Sue Doyle,






Born April 6, 1948, in Saratoga Springs, NY, she was the daughter of the late Ralph and Hazel (Garnsey)

At her request, there are no calling hours and burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery at the family’s convenience.

Benson. In addition to her parents, Peggy was predeceased by her husband, John. Survivors include her sisters, Linda (Bernard) Lindsay, Eileen Gilkey, Irene Dyman, Alice (Scott) Kilburn, Debbie (Peter) Benson and Carol Benson; brothers, William (Judy) Benson, John and Mark Benson; nieces and nephews;

Arrangements are under the direction

& Cunniff Funeral Home, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY, (518) 584-5373. Online remembrances may be made at

place at a later date at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Schuylerville. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Home, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY, (518) 584-5373. Online remembrances may be made at

Celia Hammond Ballston Spa, NY - Celia Hammond, 92, joined her husband, the late Ralph C. Hammond, January 3, 2012. Survivors include her loving children, George Hammond, Shirley Miller, Jane Decker and Sharon Tibbitts; along with many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great, great-grandchildren that she loved very much. In keeping with her wishes, there will be a private burial for the immediate family at St. Peter’s Cemetery in

Harold Louie Stevens

“He Paid the Price for Freedom.”

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David E. Stephens Saratoga Springs, NY – David E. Stephens, 83, was reunited with his beloved Tuesday, December 27, 2011. After discharge from the U.S. Navy following the war, he lived for several years in South Africa. There will be no calling hours. Burial will take

Saratoga County Deceased Veteran of the Month

Saratoga Springs. Those wishing to make donations may do so to the Activity Fund of Maplewood Manor, 149 Ballston Ave., Ballston Spa, NY 12020. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Home, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY, (518) 584-5373. Online remembrances may be made at

The Saratoga County Veterans Service Agency has named Harold Louie Stevens the January 2012 Deceased Veteran of the Month. Stevens will be honored Tuesday, January 17 during a public ceremony. The ceremony begins at 2:30 p.m. at 40 McMaster St. in Ballston Spa, and is followed by a reception. Stevens was enlisted in the U.S. Army from 19421944 and was attached to the 60th Division. He served in the Tank Corps during WWII and took part in the Invasion of Sicily and the D-Day invasion of Fortress Europe. Stevens, a 1942 Saratoga Springs High School graduate, was killed in action August 22, 1944, during the Battle of St. Lo, France. Stevens is survived by his sisters, Marlow O’Donnell, Betty Butterfield, Velma Wilson, Linda Budinger and Evelyn Hover; and his brother, Robert.



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Andreas (Andy) Farstad Bolton Landing, NY - Andreas (Andy) Farstad, 85, died December 25, 2011. Born November 18, 1928, in Schenectady, NY, he was the son of the late Andreas M. Farstad and Evelyn (Snyder) Farstad. In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his wife, E. Mary Irish Farstad and two brothers, Robert H. Farstad and Donald C. Farstad. Survivors include his children, Thomas, Richard (Debbie), William (Mary) and Karen (Thomas) Campbell; grandchildren, Jocelyn, Kendra, Erik, Daniel, Erin, Carrie, Rachel, Andrea and Brian; and seven great-grandchildren. Following crema-

tion, he will be interred next to his late wife at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. Online remembrances may be made at

Beverly M. Rainville Saratoga Springs, NY - Beverly M. Rainville, 77, passed away Tuesday, December 20, 2011. Born September 15, 1934, in Saratoga Springs, she was the daughter of the late Alfred Santabar and Madeline (Brockway) Salls. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Eugene R. Rainville and one brother, Alfred Santabar, Jr. Survivors include her daughters, Vicky (Craig) Sutherland, Lori (Byron) Potter, Cathy (Keith) Pepper and Diane Rowe; grandchildren, Justin, Craig Jr., Chris, Josh, Brad, Bryant, Christina and Tara; great-grandchildren, Deanna, Emily, Nathan, Madelyn, Casey, Aiden, Kala and Callie; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and her devoted companion, her dog Babe. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday December 27, 2011, in St. Clement’s Church, 231 Lake Ave.,


Robert “Bob” Hickey South Portland, Maine - Robert “Bob” Hickey, 82, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, December 27, 2011. Born May 1, 1929, in Saratoga Springs, NY, he was the son of the late William J. and Mary A. (Nevins) Hickey. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother and sister-in-law, Dr. William J. and Mary Frances (Collins) Hickey and a sister and brother-in-law, Maryjane and Joseph Lodge. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Laura (Hogan) Hickey; daughters, Laura (Richard) Joyce and Susan Hickey; son, Robert (Kelly) Hickey; brother-in-law, John M. (Erin) Hogan; grandchildren, Dr. Ryan Joyce, Christopher Joyce and Nikki Hickey; and several nieces and nephews. Burial will be at the family plot in St. Peter’s Cemetery, West Ave., Saratoga Springs. Memorials may be made in Bob’s

name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Home, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY, (518) 584-5373. Online remembrances may be made at

Frank W. Grear

Saratoga Springs. Burial will be in the family plot at Maplewood Cemetery, Louden Road. Memorials may be made in Beverly’s name to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Online remembrances may be made at

Saratoga Springs, NY – Frank W. Grear, 86, passed away Tuesday, December 27, 2011. Born August 26, 1925, in Clemons, NY, he was a son of the late Chauncey and Thelma (Snoody) Grear. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Theresa (DeWitt) Grear; one son, Roy F. Grear; and a sister, Gloria Shaw. Survivors include his son, Frank J. (Bernice) Grear and his granddaughter, Tiffany Grear Aldrich. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Frank’s name to the charity of one’s choice. Arrangements are under the direction

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New Deli on Lake Ave by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – In 2012, resolve to check out the newest addition to the East Side: a neighborhood restaurant and corner store with a growing menu. East Side Deli and Pizzeria opened November 30, 2011, at 223 Lake Avenue (in the building that previously housed Giacone’s) to offer fresh homemade pizzas, wings, sandwiches, Italian dinners, deli meats by the pound, and fresh baked desserts, along with a convenient market of locally-made products and necessity items. Owner Vickie Neilen, a lifelong Saratoga County resident, opened East Side Deli and Pizzeria with the neighborhood in mind. She wanted to create a meeting place where youngsters could grab a slice of pizza or a handful of candy, where local workers could enjoy their lunch break or buy a roll of toilet paper on their way home, and where families could get dinner to eat in or take out. She said the East Side Deli has turned into exactly what she had envisioned. “Business has been great,” Neilen said. Locals have already come to rely on a handful of homemade specialties like East Side’s baked ziti and chicken parm (made with Neilen’s delicious tomato sauce), mozzarella triangles (which proved to be the perfect way to break my New Year’s resolution), hand-packed burgers, and, of course, the pizza. The menu boasts an array of specialty pizzas – a list of savory creations that Neilen said she plans to keep growing. To give you a sampling, East Side Deli’s specialty pies include Buffalo chicken (wing sauce, chicken and mozzarella), Hawaiian (traditional cheese with ham and pineapple), chicken cordon bleu ( bleu cheese, provolone, mozzarella,



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chicken and ham) and bacon cheeseburger (onion, ground beef, bacon, tomato, pickles, American and mozzarella cheese topped with lettuce and special dressing). Of course, traditional pies are also an option, and the pizzeria has more than 20 toppings on hand for you to create your own delicacy. Also available at East Side are homemade pasta and potato salads, soups, hot and cold sandwiches, and deli meats and cheeses by the pound (ham, fresh-cooked turkey, salami, capiccola, swiss and provolone). And that’s just the beginning. Neilen is getting ready to unveil a breakfast menu, which should be available within the next few weeks. Then in the spring she plans to introduce a traditional assortment of ice creams – chocolate, vanilla and twist – and fried dough, which is sure to be a treat for the many athletes and families that gather across the street at East Side Rec. from spring through the fall. “I love being in this neighborhood; it’s the perfect spot,” she said. But Neilen’s community pride extends beyond the East Side of Saratoga Springs; she also aims to support her fellow small business owners. Many of the menu items incorporate local ingredients, like sandwich bread from a bakery in Ballston Spa, Saratoga Springs-made Parillo

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sausage, and dairy products from King Brother’s Dairy in Schuylerville. A majority of the market offerings are also locally-made, including Sundaes Best Hot Fudge, Saratoga Peanut Butter Company products and Damn Good Beef Jerky, and the list continues to grow. “We already have eight or nine local vendors and we just keep adding them as they come,” Neilen said, explaining that she will add Saratoga Chips to the list in the near future. “It is absolutely important for us to support local business.” Neilen also adds items as her customers request them. “We’ve had a customers come in and say ‘oh, I wish you had this or that’ and then I’ll just go get it,” she said. No matter how much the menu at East Side Deli and Pizzeria grows, the core will stay the same. You can always count on this restaurant and marketplace for its great food, friendly service and convenience. East Side Deli has planned a handful of Super Bowl Sunday specials. To inquire about the details or learn more about this new local business, visit or call (518) 587-2545.

– SPRINGS SARATOGA Roohan Realty recently welcomed Elizabeth Todd, licensed associate broker, to its growing team. Todd, a Saratoga Springs resident, joins Roohan Realty with 10 years of experience, specializing in all aspects of residential sales including new construction. She is a Certified Relocation Specialist, Accredited Home Stager ASP, member of the National Association of Realtors, New York State Association of Realtors and the Greater Capital Association of Realtors.

Board of Supervisors to GlobalFoundries Host Career Fair BALLSTON SPA – The Saratoga County Board of Supervisors will with fair career a host GlobalFoundries January 12 from 47 p.m. in the Saratoga County Administration Building, located at 40 McMaster Street in Ballston Spa. GlobalFoundries Prospective employees will have the opportunity to speak with company representatives, learn about job openings at Fab 8, and receive information about how to successfully prepare for a career in the semiconductor industry. GlobalFoundries is the world’s first semiconductor foundry with a truly global manufacturing and technology footprint. Fab 8, located on the Luther Forest Technology Campus in Malta, will be operational in 2012. Current career opportunities in Malta include failure analysis technician administrative assistant; wafer fab operator

BALLSTON SPA – Ballston Spa National Bank (BSNB) announced that it has teamed with Real Goods Solar, a leading solar energy integrator, to install solar panels at the BSNB Corporate Plaza facility in the Town of Ballston. The 51 kW roof mounted photovoltaic system is estimated to produce 59,276 kWhs annually. In addition to making BSNB’s operations more sustainable, using solar power has a positive impact on the business’ carbon footprint. The clean energy it produces has an environmental benefit comparable to planting more than 1,100 trees and will reduce the building’s CO2 emissions by over 2,000,000 lbs over the next 25 years. In addition, BSNB incorporated energy efficient windows and lighting systems in the design of the Corporate Plaza facility, among other environmentally friendly design elements including recycled content for the building’s insulation, wallboard, carpeting and ceiling tiles.

Phinney Design Group Announces New Hire SARATOGA SPRINGS – Phinney Design Group, a multidisciplinary Architecture and Interior Design Firm in Saratoga Springs, hired James (Jace) L. Brown as an intern architect/job captain. Brown holds a bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College and a master’s degree in architecture from RPI and was previously employed as Vice President of Strategic Projects at Witt Construction, Inc. Jace is currently designing a lakeside residence in Pilot Knob, NY.

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College Board Honors 116 Saratoga Students with AP Scholar Awards by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – A total of 116 students at Saratoga Springs High School received Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar Awards for their academic achievements, nearly doubling the amount awarded to the district during the previous year. Saratoga administrators cited higher enrollment numbers in the AP college-level courses as part of the reason for this year’s increase, along with both the hard work and dedication from students and teachers. Last year the district was represented by 64 AP Scholar students. “We have more and more students taking challenging AP classes that help prepare them for success in college,” said Duane Brown, head of the high school Guidance Department. Brown noted that AP courses offered to students increased from 10 to 13 classes from 2010 to 2011. An additional two AP courses are being considered for next year’s curriculum. All AP courses are taught by existing faculty at no additional expense to the district, save for the exam fee students are asked to contribute. The Saratoga district has set a high bar for itself when it comes to the enrollment numbers for AP and honors classes. “The current district goal…specifically sets a target to increase the percentage of students taking at least one AP or honors course to 80 percent by the end of 2011-2012,” said Michael Piccirillo, assistant superintendent for secondary education. In May of 2001, 178 students enrolled in AP courses, with 267 AP exams completed. Compare those results to May of 2011, 10 years later, when 483 students enrolled in AP courses took 747 exams. “[This] is a direct result of efforts by the district to increase

participation rates in AP courses,” said Piccirillo. The College Board, which oversees the Advanced Placement Program, recognizes student achievement on a tiered system based on performance. Four students at Saratoga Springs High School qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by scoring an average of 4 or higher on a 5-point scale for AP exams, as well as those who scored 4 or higher on eight or more of the exams. Those honored at Saratoga Springs High School include Jacob Diamond, Eric Reidy, Paarth Taneja and Kyle Willmott. Thirty students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award for scoring an average grade of 3.5 or higher on all AP exams taken. Students with grades of 3 or higher on five or more of the exams also received the honor. Twenty students were presented with the AP Scholar with Honor Award for an average grade of 3.25 on all AP exams, as well as students with grades of 3 or higher on four or more of the exams. Rounding out the 116 AP Scholars were 62 students who qualified for the AP Scholar Award. The AP Scholar Award was presented to students who completed three or more AP exams with grades of 3 or higher. Several of this year’s award recipients were juniors at the time of the examination, and will once again have another opportunity to complete AP coursework and compete for honors during their senior year.

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Saratoga Springs Names New Superintendent of Schools SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Board of Education of the Saratoga Springs School District announced Thursday, January 5, that they have selected Michael Piccirillo as the new superintendent of schools, effective July 1, 2012. The Board of Education will vote on the appointment at the next meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 10, at the Lake Avenue Elementary School. Piccirillo will succeed Dr. Janice White, who has been superintendent since July 2007 and a Saratoga Springs administrator for nearly 13 years. Piccirillo brings to the position a distinguished 25-year career as an educator, most recently as assistant superintendent for secondary education in Saratoga Springs. The board was impressed not only with his performance as assistant superintendent, a position he has held since 2007, but also in meeting the challenging criteria it established for the position. “Based on his career achievements, successful service as assistant superintendent for secondary education and demonstrated vision about the future of public education, Michael Piccirillo is the ideal superintendent for Saratoga Springs at this time,” said Regina Gapczynski, president of the Board of Education. “His singular experience and expertise and his particular approach to leadership and learning will allow him to build on Dr. White’s legacy while developing the next generation of leadership, and continuing the next level of excellence that is at our district,” Gapczynski said.

In his five years with the Saratoga Springs City School District, Piccirillo has become increasingly responsible for a broad range of school district operations and initiatives in his role as assistant superintendent. Most notably, he has supervised the 6-12 instructional program; facilitated the district Educational Development Achievement Council for review of K-12 instructional programs; overseen the district’s K-12 Gifted and Talented and enrichment programming; and developed 21st Century and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathemat-

ics) programming. Piccirillo has focused on student achievement goals and targets, resulting in improved student performance. His work has led to decreases in failure rates and improved graduation rates for students overall and for sub group populations. His efforts have contributed to the district ranking in the top 10 of the Albany Business Review for the past two years. He has had fiscal responsibility for program budgets and has participated in the development of district policies and regulations.


14 upcoming town meetings Town of Ballston: Ballston Town Hall 323 Charlton Road 885-8502 1/11: Jenkins Park Advisory Board, 7 p.m. Village of Ballston Spa: 66 Front Street 885-5711 1/9: Village Board, 7:30 p.m. 1/11: Planning Board, 7:30 p.m. Town of Greenfield: 7 Wilton Road 893-7432 1/10: Planning Board, 7 p.m. 1/12: Town Board, 7:30 p.m. Town of Malta: 2540 Route 9 899-2818 1/11: Planning Board, 7 p.m. Town of Milton: 503 Geyser Road 885-9220 City of Saratoga Springs: 474 Broadway 587-3550 1/9: Zoning Board of Appeals, 7 p.m. 1/10: Design Review Commission Wkshp, 5 p.m. 1/11: Planning Board, 7 p.m. Town of Saratoga: 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville 695-3644 1/9: Town Board, 7 p.m. Village of Schuylerville: 35 Spring Street 695-3881 1/11: Board of Trustees, 7 p.m. Town of Stillwater: 66 East St., Riverside Mechanicville, NY 1/9: Planning Board, 7 p.m. Town of Wilton: 22 Traver Road 587-1939 Saratoga County Board of Supervisors: 40 McMaster St., # 1 Ballston Spa, NY (518) 885-2240

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Brookside Museum Closed Most of January 6 Charlton St., Ballston Spa The museum at the Saratoga County Historical Society will be closed January 1-30 and will reopen Tuesday, January 31, at 10 a.m.

Preschool Program Registration Begins Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St. Beginning Saturday, January 7 everyone may register, regardless of residency, for all toddler and preschool story times, story/art, story/music, and/or the parent/child workshops. Stop by the Children's Room or call (518) 584-7860 opt. 3.

SUNY Empire State College and Clinton Community College Announce Pathways Transfer Agreement Empire State College and Clinton Community College have formally entered into an agreement that will ease transferability of community college credits to a four-year program leading to a bachelor’s degree at Empire State College. The Pathways Transfer Program is designed for Clinton Community College students who have completed or will complete an associate degree, A.A., A.S. or A.A.S., prior to enrolling at Empire State College. Through the agreement, all of the credits earned at Clinton Community College can be transferred toward a bachelor’s degree, B.A., B.S. or B.P.S., at Empire State College providing a seamless transition for Clinton Community College graduates. For more information, visit

Friends of Saratoga Battlefield Awarded $38,000 Grant The Friends of Saratoga Battlefield have been awarded a $38,000 grant from the Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust for the design and fabrication of a classic brass or bronze bas relief sculpture

replicating the famous painting celebrating the Revolutionary War victory at Saratoga. It will be a major part of the cultural landscape development of the historic “Sword Surrender Site” on the west side of Route 4 just south of Schuylerville. The historic 19-acre site is where British General John Burgoyne surrendered his sword to American General Horatio Gates in 1777, marking the “Turning Point of America’s Revolutionary War.” It will be a key feature for heritage tourism in the area, linking Saratoga Battlefield to sites in Schuylerville and Victory where the British retreated before their surrender. To find out more about the grant or the Friends of Saratoga Battlefield, call Tim Holmes at (518) 587-9499.

Kinder Skate Program This program is designed to expose kids to the slippery world of ice skating. An early start in skating can produce a lifetime of pleasure. A responsible adult must accompany children on the ice and be available to assist instructors. Please use single blade skates only, rental skates will be available for $4. Kinder Skate is for children ages 3-6 at the Vernon and Weibel Ice Rinks. The cost for 1 session for city resident is $30 or non-city is $60. For more information, call (518) 587-3550, ext. 2300.

Zumba Classes Recreation Center, 15 Vanderbilt Ave., Saratoga Springs The Saratoga Springs Recreation Department will be offering Zumba classes Monday and Wednesday nights at 6 p.m. For information about price and registration, call (518) 587-3550, ext. 2300.

Schuylerville Home Repair Grant Program to Include Rental Units Income eligible homeowners residing in the Village of Schuylerville can receive grant assistance to address health, safety and energy efficiency issues. In addition, owner-occupied 1 – 4 unit rental properties are now eligible for grant funds. All village homeowners are encouraged to apply. Grant funds are typically used to repair or replace items to make homes more energy efficient. Applications are available at 35

Spring St., Schuylerville, or online at For more information, contact Marvin & Company at (518) 6953344.

Hannaford Selects After The Fire for Donation Kiosk Each month Hannaford selects a nonprofit organization to be the recipient of their Donation Kiosk and After The Fire has been chosen as the January 2012 recipient at the Ballston Spa Hannaford, 11 Treible Ave. The Donation Kiosk is located near the main entrance, and customers' donations will be greatly appreciated.

Hyde Museum New Admission Policy and Hours


A.L.L. Spring 2012 Registration Sponsored by SUNY Empire State College, the Academy for Life Long Learning (A.L.L.) offers noncredit, academic study groups to mature learners. The spring term starts April 9, 2012, with groups meeting Mondays through Thursdays. The spring 2012 brochure and registration form are available at area libraries, through the A.L.L. office, and on the website: Registrations must be received by January 10 to be included in the first draw for study group placement.

Annual Moonlight Ski and Snowshoe Date Change

161 Warren St., Glens Falls The Hyde Collection Art Museum has changed its general admission policy from a suggested donation to paid admission. Admission for adults is now $8; seniors (60+) $6, students $4; museum members and children 12 and under are free. The museum is free every Wednesday. The new visitor hours are as follows: January 1- May 31, 2012: Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Monday, Tuesday, and most national holidays.

Camp Saratoga, Scout Rd., Wilton The popular Annual Moonlight Ski and Snowshoe has been rescheduled for Saturday, February 4, from 6-9:30 p.m. Enjoy 2.5 miles of lit, groomed trails. The terrain is suitable for all levels and ages and includes a smaller 1-mile loop. Participants can arrive anytime. Snowshoes will be available on a first-come first-serve basis in the warming hut off Lot 1. The rental fee is $3/person for nonmembers. There is no charge for WWPP members. Call (518) 4500321 for more information. This event is free and open to the public.

June 1 - December 31, 2012: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday noon-5 p.m.; closed Monday and most national holidays.

Registration Open for Winter Snowshoe Races

Ballston Spa Offers Community Swims The Ballston Spa Aquatics Program is offering public use of the pool during adult lap swimming sessions, from 6-7 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and Monday – Thursday evenings from 8-9 p.m. A family/open swim is also offered Saturday afternoons from 2-4 p.m. Additional opportunities are offered throughout the year, including adult Aqua Cardio classes and a Learn-To-Swim Program. District residents with ID, $1; nonresidents $2. For more information, contact the pool office at (518) 884-7150, ext. 2324.

Saratoga Winterfest 5K Snowshoe Race: Sunday, February 5, 2012, at 11 a.m. in the Saratoga Spa State Park. Camp Saratoga 8K Snowshoe Race: Saturday, February 11, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. in the Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park. This race is a qualifier for the United States National Snowshoe Championship. Visit to download an application or link to online registration at A limited supply of Dion Snowshoes will be available at a $5 rental fee. Email Laura Clark at to reserve a pair or phone Jeff Clark at (518) 581-7550. For information and snow updates, visit

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events Friday, January 6 Clifton Park History Presentation Historic Grooms Tavern, Clifton Park At 7 p.m. Clifton Park Town Historian John Scherer will give a presentation on some of the more interesting experiences he has encountered in researching the history of Clifton Park. Hear about some remarkable discoveries and the serendipitous manner in which they came to light.

Saturday, January 7 Ellis Paul Family Show Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs At 11 a.m. Ellis performs songs off his Parent’s Choice award-winning family album, “The Dragonfly Races” and his new album “The Hero In You.” Kids $5, adults $10.

Free Pilates Mat Class The Pilates Institute, 37 Henry St., Suite 202, Saratoga Springs Let The Pilates Institute help you set the tone for 2012 with a free trial class from 10-11 a.m.

Free Ski Demo Day West Mountain Ski Area, Queensbury From 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. come try out those new skis you want to buy! Registration starts inside the main lodge at 8:30 a.m. There will be no charge for demo skis, however, you must have a valid drivers license and credit card in order to demo for the day. Vendors will include Nortica, Atomic, Rossignol, Head, Line, Volkl, Blizzard, Smith and more.

Parents Without Partners Meeting Shenedehowa Adult Community Center, Clifton Commons Parents Without Partners (PWP)

meets at 6:45 p.m. for our Singles’ Orientation and Open House. Meet other singles from the Capital District, Saratoga and surrounding areas. Children’s activities are subsidized through chapter funds. Learn more at or by calling (518) 348-2062.

Sunday, January 8 Saratoga Shopping Fair Hilton Garden Inn, 125 S. Broadway Treat yourself to an afternoon of shopping from 1-4 p.m.

Sheep Shearing Day Open House Foster Sheep Farm, 460 West River Rd., Schuylerville The third annual Shearing Day Open House will run from 10 a.m. 4 p.m. The Yarn Shop at the farm will be open, featuring ongoing demonstrations by local knitters, spinners and weavers. The shop will be stocked with a selection of yarn, spinning wheels, looms, pattern books, knitting notions and accessories. For more information, call (518) 338-6679.

Monday, January 9 Saratoga Springs Retired Teachers Association Meeting Longfellows Restaurant, 500 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs Meeting is at noon. Membership is open to retired educators who taught in and/or live in Saratoga County. For new member information and luncheon reservations, please call (518) 587-5356.

Trout Unlimited Monthly Meeting Series Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St. Trout Unlimited’s monthly meeting starts at 7 p.m. and is open to all supporters and enthusiasts of cold water fisheries. Topics will include current issues on the Kayaderosseras Creek and Atlantic salmon preservation. For more information, call (518) 893-2228.

Thorofan Meeting The Turf Club, corner of Union and Nelson Thorofan, the organization for horseracing fans, is holding its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. The public is welcome to attend and desserts are on the house.

Storytelling Open Mic in Saratoga Caffė Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs Enjoy a wonderful evening as Christie Keegan and other storytellers from Saratoga and the Capital District share contemporary, personal and traditional stories. New storytellers are always welcome. Storytelling starts at 7 p.m. Sign-ups for tellers at 6:45 p.m. Admission is $3. For more information, call (518) 587-4536.

Wednesday, January 11 Storyteller Carol Gregson SUNY Empire State College, 2 Union Ave., Room 126, Saratoga Springs The Academy for Lifelong Learning at Saratoga Springs (A.L.L.) continues its brown bag lunch and learn series with popular North Country

HELPING HANDS Stay Warm This Winter

With the temperatures plummeting, it is important to take action and make sure that your family stays warm this winter. If you are a lowincome homeowner, there are programs in place to assist you in both the weatherization of your home and the payment of utility bills. Saratoga County’s Home Energy Assistance Plan (HEAP) provides energy assistance to families with low incomes by issuing grants to fuel dealers for heating and utility related costs. The county’s Economic Opportunity Council (EOC) conducts a professional energy analysis of your home and installs weatherization measures that reduce energy use and help lower utility costs. If you are a renter, the EOC will even explain this program to your landlord and work to secure their approval. Eligibility for these programs varies. For more information on HEAP, call (518) 884-4146. To see if your home qualifies for a weatherization makeover, call (518) 587-3158, ext. 17.

storyteller Carol Gregson. Grab your bag lunch and stop by for this special program beginning at noon.

Daisy Bates, First Lady of Little Rock Saratoga Springs Library, 49 Henry St. The film “Daisy Bates, First Lady of Little Rock” tells the story of Daisy’s life and public support of nine black students who registered to attend the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, which culminated in a constitutional crisis – pitting a president against a governor and a community against itself. The free screening starts at 7 p.m. in the H. Dutcher Community Room.

Taste of Italy Dinner 1 Elks Lane, Route 9, Saratoga Springs From 4:30-7 p.m. Complete dinner, soup, meatballs, fettuccine, dessert and coffee/tea. Adults $9, children 5-12 $5, under 5 free, seniors and military with ID $8, takeouts $10.

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participate in the community chat.

Friday, January 13 Augustine Classical Academy Kindergarten Open House 52 William St., Mechanicville An Open House for incoming kindergarteners and their parents! From 10 a.m.-1 p.m. potential families are invited to visit with the current kindergarten class and their parents. Lunch and childcare will be provided. For more information or to register, call (518) 5412089.

Upcoming Waldorf School Alumni Reunion Fifty South, 2128 Doubleday Ave., Ballston Spa Waldorf and Springhill alumni are invited to attend a reunion gathering Saturday, January 14 at 8:30 p.m. to celebrate with friends and faculty.

Breakfast Buffet

Galway School Second Community Chat Galway High School, 5317 Sacandaga Rd. Galway Central School District will hold its second community chat at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, January 12, in the Galway Junior/Senior High School auditorium. In an effort to keep the Galway community informed about the challenging 2012-13 school budget, the school superintendent and the board of education invite the community to

1 Elks Lane, Route 9, Saratoga Springs Let the Saratoga-Wilton Elks serve you a buffet breakfast Sunday, January 15, from 8:30-11 a.m. Adults $7, seniors/military with ID $6, children 5-12 $5 and under 5 eat free. Takeouts $8.

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Upcoming Blood Drives Mechanicville Stillwater Elks 300 Park Ave., Mechanicville Monday, January 9, from 1-6 p.m. *Receive a coupon for a free pound of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee

DA Collins 269 Ballard Rd., Wilton Wednesday, January 11, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. *Receive a coupon for a free pound of Dunkin Donuts’ coffee

Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce Wesley Health Care Center, 131 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs Wednesday, January 11, from noon-6 p.m. *Receive a coupon for a free pound of Dunkin Donuts’ coffee

Glens Falls Hospital 100 Park St., Glens Falls Thursday, January 12, from 11:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. *Receive a coupon for a free pound of Dunkin Donuts’ coffee



Friday, January 6, 2012



16 "Love means loving the unlovable – or it is no virtue at all." - G.K. Chesterton

Words to know: Superciliousness: adj. haughty disdain, arrogance


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1 You might do it after making a wish 5 Equally undesirable 10 Sitting around 14 Stopped sitting around 15 “10 Things __ About You”: 1999 comedy 16 Symbol of courage 17 *Major financial concern 20 Already old, with “so” 21 Words before “Do I have to?” 22 *Numbers field? 25 Quits 28 Caring but strict approach 32 Get ready for a concert 34 Orch. section 35 Noted 16-Across portrayer 36 Put away 37 Some awards 40 “Dracula” director Browning 41 Kidʼs reward, maybe 43 __ Dhabi 44 Electronic music genre 46 Certain settlerʼs tract 49 “Itʼs nobody __ business” 50 *Fantasized 52 Dispossess 55 Japan and China are in it 59 *Misrepresent, in a way 62 “You said it!” 63 “Exodus” actor 64 “The __ Affair”: Jasper Fforde novel 65 Squabble 66 Fired, as a cartridge 67 Epitome of thinness


Movie Review

The Descendants

1 Songwriter Jacques 2 Crazy, in a Ricky Martin song 3 Baja bears 4 Lost it 5 Name meaning “beloved” 6 Slowest to mix, perhaps 7 Hint for understanding this puzzleʼs starred answers 8 Flight coordinators: Abbr. 9 “Gloria in Excelsis __” 10 Hostility 11 Rect. bisector

Two big decisions that could forever affect your family’s future are ahead of you. One of them already made, the other still being debated. Then you’re hit with news you never saw coming and expected to deal with it quietly. Matt King (played by George Clooney) is a lawyer in Hawaii and, by virtue of his profession, the sole executor a family trust that controls 25,000 acres of untouched land on Kauai that they will lose relatively soon thanks to the rule against perpetuities. In addition, he is married with two daughters and their mother has been in a coma for six months since a boating accident and the terms of her living will dictate that she will soon be disconnected from life-support. His younger daughter, Scottie (played by Amara Miller), is unaware and is holding out hope that her mother will wake up. His 17-year-old daughter, Alex (played by Shailene Woodley), is away at a reform school, of sorts, and still bears a great deal of resentment for her mother as a result of being sent away. She claims the motivation for that decision was her discovery of her mother’s infidelity and says as much to her father. First rejecting the idea, Matt (Clooney) eventually accepts it and then decides to confront the other man in her life, bringing his daughters along under the pretense of a much needed respite.

At The Movies With Trey Roohan

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12 Run easily 13 Massachusetts motto opener 18 Confesses 19 Whip part 23 Native Rwandan 24 Everglades wader 25 Put away 26 All, in Asti 27 Graveyard shift hr. 29 Promising words 30 “Pop Up Video” airer 31 Subject of the biography “The Man Who Loved Only Numbers” 33 Prefix with -pus 38 Retired

39 Apparently do 42 Insignificant amount 45 Grime fighter 47 ʼ60s-ʼ70s Japanese leader 48 Make really uncomfortable, in a way 51 Fancy neckwear 52 LAX postings 53 Siren 54 Big name in furniture 56 Lid trouble 57 “Able was __ ...” 58 Fired 60 Thinking-on-oneʼs-feet indicators 61 It may be left on a table

Hawaiian music isn’t really my taste. Perhaps it’s the tone, perhaps it’s that I don’t speak and could never learn the language. On the other hand, it does set the mood beautifully as do the many shots showcasing Hawaii’s natural majesty. Clooney brings the conflict to life with a typically gripping performance and the cast all back him to varying degrees. I will say the part of Brian Speer, the man King (Clooney’s) wife was having an affair with was not very well-acted by Matthew Lillard, but it’s a part with little screen time and few lines so it’s forgivable. See this movie. (8.3/10) For comments and questions, contact me at .

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SPAC 2012 Season: “Cirque” To Return SARATOGA SPRINGS – As part of its “The Building of a Season” series of announcements about artists or programs that will be part of its 2012 summer lineup, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) released that The Philadelphia Orchestra season will once again present Cirque de la Symphonie Friday, August 3. This fusion of cirque artistry and classical music creates an exhilarating visual and musical spectacle. Cirque de la Symphonie features world-record holders, gold-medal winners and former Olympians performing acrobatics, aerial feats, and astonishing displays of strength. The 2012 SPAC performance will feature an entirely new program of

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classical music and choreography. “Cirque de la Symphonie transforms the classical experience into a three-dimensional entertainment extravaganza,” said Marcia J. White, SPAC’s President and Executive Director. “Audiences of all ages are on the edge of their seats watching these acrobats perform astounding feats above the concert stage. It’s a notto-be-missed experience.”

Also Announced: Virtuoso Garrick Ohlsson to open Orchestra Season with Masterpiece The opening night program of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Saratoga season on Wednesday,

Photo by Paul Body August 1, will spotlight acclaimed pianist Garrick Ohlsson. Ohlsson, widely regarded as one of the top pianists in the world, will perform Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.

L to R: Garrick Ohlsson, Cirque, Trombone Shorty 1, a masterpiece that demands extreme virtuosity of both the orchestra and the soloist. “I’m thrilled to be returning to SPAC to open the orchestra season playing Tchaikovsky’s first concerto,” Ohlsson noted. “I vividly remember my first performance at SPAC in 1971, 40 years ago! Many of the beautiful tall trees that we musicians see from the stage had only recently been planted, and were only a few feet tall.” Jazz Festival adds Headliner Trombone/trumpet phenomenon Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and his band Orleans Avenue will be among the headliners at the 35th Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival. They will perform Sunday, July 1. Andrews, a New Orleans-born musician, has had a meteoric rise since the 2010 release of his Grammy-nominated 2010 debut album, “Backatown.” “Trombone Shorty” and his band are known for their signature “Supafunkrock” sound, which is a combination of New Orleans’ funk,

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rock, R&B and hip-hop. “Trombone Shorty’s rock-star presence and funk-meets-big brass sound has won him fans across the globe, enriched the jazz landscape and given the music world a bold, brilliant young talent,” said White. “The Building of a Season” is an integrated digital feature at which contains a wide variety of information about SPAC’s 2012 artists and programming, including streamed videos, YouTube interviews, photo galleries, media articles and reviews.

NMD to Host Third Annual Winter Antique Show The National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame (NMD), located at 99 South Broadway in Saratoga Springs, will host its third annual Winter Antique Show. Show hours are Saturday, January 28 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, January 29 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $5 for the general public and museum members are admitted free of Phot o Prov ided charge. Over 40 antique vendors will exhibit a variety of wares and treasure, transforming the museum into an antique wonderland. All profits from the antique show go toward funding the museum’s educational exhibits and programming. In 2012, NMD will feature two new exhibits: “Tails & Terpsichore” and “En Pointe!” “Tails and Terpsichore” is an exhibit about the many occurrences where animal and dance themes become intertwined. “En Pointe!” will explore the history, myths and reality behind Pointe shoes and ballet. For more information about the antique show, the museums exhibits and upcoming events, visit or call the museum at (518) 584-2225, ext. 3001.



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Van Dyck 2012 Schedule Laced with National Stars! SCHENECTADY – The Van Dyck Restaurant and Lounge, 237 Union Street, Schenectady, has announced a series of shows during the winter months that feature performers with national touring credits: All Photos Provided

To make rese rvati more inform ons or for ation, phon e (518) 348-7 999 or visit vandycklou tertainment.

Popa Chubby Band Friday, January 27 7 and 9:30 p.m. $15 advance, $18 day of show For the first time in years, Popa Chubby brings his entire band to the Van Dyck. Ted Horowitz, aka blues-rock guitar wiz "Popa Chubby," dominates any stage he is onand not just because he's very tall and very wide. Chubby is often called a "postmodern" blues artist. His genius is revealed as he moves from a rousing Jimi Hendrix tune into a delicate instrumental version of "Somewhere over the Rainbow" and makes it seem like a perfectly natural, effortless development. Chubby can also tear it up on many straight blues classics on a par with any current blues-rock guitar hotshots. Chubby's guitar work never substitutes speed for emotion; he makes every note count.

Randy Brecker with special guest Ada Rovatti Saturday, March 3 7 and 9:30 p.m. $22 advance, $25 day of show Randy Brecker has been shaping the sound of jazz, R&B and rock for more than four decades. His trumpet and flugelhorn performances have graced hundreds of albums by a wide range of artists from James Taylor to Frank Zappa, and he was a key part of the genre-defining jazz-rock unit, The Brecker Brothers, with his late brother Michael. As a composer, performer and in-demand studio musician, Randy Brecker continues to influence and inspire young musicians around the world. Special guest Italian-born Ada Rovatti started playing saxophone in Boston, working in big band ensembles. She has performed at important festivals such as the JVC Jazz Festival in New York City and the Montreal Jazz Fest with an impressive and diverse list of artists and bands. In addition to her musical expertise, Ada appeared in the movie ‘Mona Lisa Smile,’ which featured Julia Roberts.

Jason Marsalis Vibes Band Friday, March 16 7 and 9:30 p.m. $23 advance, $26 day of show Early on, it was clear that Jason Marsalis, the youngest brother of Wynton, Branford and Delfeayo had the lineage it took to be great. In high school, studying classical percussion with drums, his father, Ellis, suggested that Jason also explore the vibes. “There had only been a handful of great jazz vibraphonists as opposed to legendary trumpeters or saxophonists,” Jason said. “This presented to me more possibilities about the instrument and inspired me to learn, refine, and hopefully, extend its vocabulary.” Marsalis has been leading this vibes quartet for three years, not only performing his new compositions, but also helping expose audiences to classic pieces and music by new composers that he feels are underperformed. The serious, dedicated and energetic young players of the quartet include Will Goble (bass), Austin Johnson (piano) and David Potter (drums).

Saratoga Clay Arts Center to Host Clay Arts Workshop Saratoga Clay Arts Center, located at 167 Hayes Road in Schuylerville, is excited to present a workshop with Galen Odell-Smedley called “Teapots and Techniques for Wheel-Thrown Pottery” Saturday, January 14 at 10 a.m. and Sunday, January 15 at 4 p.m. This hands-on workshop will focus on the teapot to address various techniques for creating functional, wheel-thrown pottery. Participants will learn advanced throwing techniques to broaden the spectrum of possible forms. Galen will spend the first part of each workshop demonstrating and discussing his philosophy of functional pottery. Over the course of two afternoons, participants will create teapots and bolster their confidence when working on the wheel.

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Attendance is limited to the first 15 registrants. For more information or to register, contact Jill Kovachick at or (518) 581-2539.




Friday, January 6, 2012

Vegetable and Meatball Soup Suzanne Voigt Farmers’ Market This hearty soup is a comfort food that will still keep you on track to achieving your New Year’s resolution of eating well and reducing your caloric intake*. You can also make it ahead, freeze it for later, or just eat the whole thing right then and there! The recipe, which lends itself to adaptation and personal preferences, requires only one rule: use the freshest, most chemical-free ingredients available and enjoy!

Ingredients (for 6 servings) 2 large yellow onions (will need 2 cups diced) 1-2 oz (approx 1 slice) of bread (white or wheat), lightly toasted

1 pound of grass fed ground beef 1 large egg white 1 tsp olive oil 1 cup diced fresh local carrots 1-2 garlic cloves, diced 1 cup water 10-12 oz of beef consommé, undiluted 3 cups diced tomatoes (Sushan Hydroponic varieties are local and fresh) 2 tsp oregano 1 tsp basil 6 oz of fresh spinach, chopped (pesticide-free, local and fresh at the farmers’ market) 1 oz grated fresh parmesan cheese (try Longview Farm’s for a local fresh taste) black pepper and salt as desired

Directions 1. Grate 2 tbsp of onions and putinto large bowl, set aside 2. Chop remaining onion to measure 2 cups and set aside. 3. Put bread in food processorjust enough to make 1/3 cup coarse bread crumbs 4. In bowl with 2 tbsp of onion, add ground meat, egg white, bread

crumbs, pepper and pinch of salt (opt) and mix together with your hands until well blended. Shape mixture into 3-4 dozen 1-inch meatballs and set aside. Note: you can skip making meatballs and just buy some pre-made meatballs from Brookside Farm, but you will need to thaw and cut them in half to make them suitable for the soup. 5. Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the 2 cups of chopped onion, diced garlic and diced carrots and sauté them for 5 minutes until vegetables are tender. (I love to add some frozen peas or corn from my summer garden as well; be brave and add other fresh veggies you love here.) 6. Add tomatoes, basil and oregano and stir/sauté for a couple minutes more. 7. Immediately add water and consommé and bring whole amount to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and add the meatballs. Simmer 20 minutes until meatballs are no longer pink. 8. Stir in the chopped spinach. Taste and add salt and pepper if desired. Ladle into bowls and sprinkle servings with Parmesan cheese. (Again, you may use other greens such as kale, if you desire at this time).

Important Notes: If not serving immediately or freezing, it’s better to add the greens and cheese later—when reheating/serving as they are fresher and can become slimy upon freezing or reheating. * Made as above 1 1/3 cup servings: 170 Calories; 20g Protein; 14g Carb; 4g Fat; 2g Fiber; 3mg Iron; 97mg Calcium. All the ingredients, with the exception of the consommé, can be purchased at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market, guaranteeing freshness and quality of ingredients.


Gadget of the Week: A Short Course in Wine Openers 5. The ultimate corkpulling machine - The Rabbit Corkscrew

John Reardon

Compliments to the Chef

The Rabbit has two gripping handles that latch onto the top of a wine bottle and a top handle that drives the corkscrew into the cork and pops it out in three seconds flat. With another quick movement of the top handle the cork is ejected from the corkscrew.

Hello foodies and wine lovers! This week we will mention a few tools which could make your merrymaking easier.


1. The Basic Corkscrew The basic corkscrew is a spiral wire (called a “worm”) with a handle attached. The worm is turned into the cork, which is removed by pulling the handle up. The drawback of the basic corkscrew is that it provides no leverage. The cork must be pulled out by brute force, often with great difficulty.


2. The Bartender’s Corkscrew


This design uses a fulcrum that engages the top edge of the wine bottle, to give leverage to the handle when pulling the cork. It requires a sure hand and a lot of practice, however, to master its use.

3. The Wing Corkscrew This corkscrew has handles on each side that rise like wings when the worm is turned into the cork. After full insertion, the handles are pulled down to leverage the cork out. Its design requires a thick, augur-like metal worm, which can crumble or even destroy a fragile cork.


5 4. The Self-Pulling Corkscrew This design consists of a basic corkscrew fitted into a guide. After the worm has been inserted into the cork, the user continues turning in the same direction, and the “stop” action of the guide forces the cork to pull itself out. By using a Teflon coating on the worm, friction between cork and worm are reduced so dramatically that the self-pulling action is almost effortless.

Whatever you choose to use they will all do the job! Pick the one in your price range that you are comfortable using. These tools run from $5-60. If you need help using one of these tools, stop in to see me with your bottle of wine and I will gladly open it for you. Happy New Year and Take Care! - John




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Lisa McTygue (518) 598-4098



Newly remodeled cape cod, large handsome kitchen with an island. New addition includes family room with cathedral ceiling and wood stove insert, oversized garage, office/den and mud room. Inviting brick paver entrance. Potential to finish the attic for more space. Bring your horses! Newer 2 stall barn could be 4. In/out paddocks attached to each stall, storage above for hay. Riding ring. 15 min to downtown Saratoga. Centrally located for all commuters. Office above garage would make a great home office space with separate entrance. Lisa McTygue (518) 598-4098



The current parcel pends sub-division approval. Beautiful farm country! Just off the beaten path and minutes to downtown Saratoga. Located in the terrific Schuylerville school district. Zoned Rural Residential. This property would make a great horse farm with a view! It could even be a potential sub-division per Town of Saratoga planning board approval. Taxes are an estimation based on current bills for entire property.

Charming cape with many updates. New carpet upstairs, refinished hardwoods on 1st floor, new kitchen floor, new counter and d/w. Fresh paint, updated bathrooms, new insulation, new retaining wall, updated electrical panel, 2 zone heat, new garage door, newer furnace and newer windows (2005). Move in ready, nice size bedrooms, clean as a whistle, Saratoga schools, low Wilton taxes, great price, what more could you ask for? Come see it today! $175,000

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A Salute to The General

Damian Fantauzzi In the summer of 1968, I was preparing for my first teaching job at Schuylerville Central School. I had the good fortune of being able to coach the boys' varsity basketball team after the former coach decided to retire. During that summer, many of the boys in the Schuylerville basketball program were attending a summer hoop camp in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania. The principal, the late John Ryan, asked me if I would be interested in working at the camp and be there with the kids. It was an easy choice for me and I said that I would be glad to, which gave me a chance to meet the kids. The name of the camp was "Top of the Poconos Basketball Camp" run by coach Bill Foster who, at that time, was the coach at Rutgers University in Camden, NJ. This camp was where I met the "General,” coach Bobby Knight. He was the head coach at West Point (asst. 1963-65 and head coach 1965-71) and the youngest Division I coach in the nation. Look up the word "intensity" in Webster’s and you might see his name in the definition. We seemed to hit it off right away. His charisma was overwhelming along with his stature of a 6'5" and weight of 240. There was a constant look of concentration on his face, a look of conviction and knowledge, and I could feel the genius. From the minute you met

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him, there was something about his demeanor that captured everyone's attention. There was a feeling of awe when in his presence. He was only 27 at the time and I was just 24, and we became instant friends – a friendship that lives on today. Many things have happened over the course of Coach Knight's career. But the influence that "Coach," a name he revered, has had on the game of basketball is astounding. He has a reputation with the media that resembles that of an embittered divorceé. He has been ridiculed by some members of the sporting media for some of his on-court antics because he has always been a person of spontaneous emotions with no regret or apologies. He is a guru for college and high school basketball coaches across the nation and world. Many coaches, to this day, have developed the philosophy of man-to-man defense and the drills that are the architectural genius of Knight. The name "General" comes from the fact that coach Knight, also a history buff and avid reader, has an admiration for generals Patton and MacArthur of World War II fame. Like a general, Knight expects his orders to be followed by his officers, the assistant coaches, and his troops, the players! It’s a quality that the assistants and players have to understand and live by in order to function under Knight's authority. And generally speaking, they did! As a player, Bobby Knight played for Ohio State and was a member of the NCAA Championship team in 1960. As a coach at Indiana University (1971-2000) he had three national championship teams: 1976, 1981 and 1987. His teams won 11 Big Ten Titles, an NIT Championship in 1979 and he coached the Olympic Gold Medal Championship team in 1984. He was named Coach of the Year many

Friday, January 6, 2012 times during his career and until recently he was the winningest coach in NCAA Division I history. Recently he was dethroned by his former player and assistant coach, Mike Krzyzewski of Duke. He finished his career at Texas Tech from 2001-2008 and had an overall career record of 902-371 with a .709 winning percentage. No matter what one may think of Bobby Knight, he is still a basketball coaching guru. He seems to be the most copied coach on the face of the earth. His philosophy of teaching the game is second to none, his knowledge of the sport has led to a mastery in the development of teaching fundamentals. His athletes had to place academics ahead of the sport of basketball. Therefore, a high percentage of his players earned their college degrees. Coach Knight was my mentor. He gave me a couple of opportunities to become a member of his staff and I decided to stay where I was and to do my own thing. Sometimes I wonder where it would have taken me, but I have no regrets. Coach Knight respected my decisions. In my career as a coach, I have had some great experiences and I attribute many of my successes to the influence of the "General." I feel that he is an outstanding man of character, conviction and devotion, and I will always appreciate what I gained from his knowledge and be grateful for what he had to offer. And I feel that he was misunderstood by his critics. He is a person of genius who had a focus which was interpreted in the wrong way, and with a drive that was goal oriented toward the perfection of a cause - basketball. I had the good fortune to learn so much, under the tutelage of Bobby Knight and learned how to dissect the game of basketball and pass on the knowledge to the players and guide them to perform beyond their own expectations. I salute the "General" for all that he has done for the game!

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Girls’ Basketball Schedule

Boys’ Basketball Schedule

Ballston Spa

Ballston Spa

12/28: vs. Duanesburg, 48-43 W 1/03: vs. Mohonasen, 47-42 W 1/06: at Guilderland, 6:45 p.m.

12/30: at Tamarac, 71-58 W 1/03: at Mohonasen, 45-49 L 1/06: vs. Guilderland, 7 p.m.

Burnt Hills 12/28: vs Troy, 32-53 L 1/03: vs. Averill Park, 14-57 L 1/06: at Colonie, 7 p.m.

Burnt Hills 12/29: vs. Glens Falls, 49-60 L 1/03: at Averill Park, 55-52 W 1/06: vs. Colonie, 7 p.m.

Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Springs

12/20: at Averill Park, 27-65 L 1/03: vs. Colonie, 32-48 L 1/06: at Bethlehem, 7 p.m.

12/20: vs. Averill Park, 45-50 L 1/03: at Colonie, 47-52 L 1/06: vs. Bethlehem, 7 p.m.



12/30: at Hudson Falls, 42-46 L 1/06: vs. Cambridge, 6 p.m. 1/11: at Tamarac, 7:30 p.m.

1/03: vs. Cohoes, 60-51 W 1/06: at Cambridge, 6 p.m. 1/10: vs. Tamarac, 7:30 p.m.

South Glens Falls

South Glens Falls

12/30: vs. Indian River, 67-25 W 1/06: vs. Broadalbin-Perth, 7 p.m. 1/10: vs. Hudson Falls, 7 p.m.

12/28: at Shaker, 47-74 L 12/29: vs. Colonie, 48-57 L 1/09: at Hudson Falls, 7:30 p.m.

Core de Ballet Comes to Total Body Trifecta SARATOGA SPRINGS – Saratoga’s Total Body Trifecta, Inc. is ringing in the new year with brand new programing, with instructor Mary Anne Fantauzzi’s Core de Ballet workout set to begin its first session January 9. Fantauzzi, the instructor and creator of the program, plans to hold classes twice a week, Mondays from 6:25 – 7:25 p.m. and Wednesdays from 5:20 – 6:20 p.m. The class will focus on blending the core movements of ballet with core stabilization moves. Workouts will include instruction on moving warm-ups, seated and supine stretches, abdominals and core stabilization, hip and back extension with port de bras, floor barre, movement and choreography segments and more.

No prior ballet expereince is necessary. “Core de Ballet is about the music, the muscles and the movement. It's a class where everyone can be a dancer even if it's for one or two hours a week,” said Fantauzzi. “[The class] fuses the three main principles of fitness our studio feels are equally important for a balanced workout experience: cardiovascular endurance during its movement segment, muscular endurance during its floor barre and standing center segments, and flexibility enhancement during the stretch and reverence segments.” To learn more about the program, visit www.totalbodytrifec, call (518) 581-8025, or visit the Total Body Trifecta location at 61 Lawrence St. in Saratoga Springs.




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Saratoga Wrestles Way to Top Defeats Niskayuna 57-24 and Improves Record to 12-1 for the Season

by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - The varsity wrestling Blue Streaks put on a masterful performance at home Wednesday, January 4, starting off the new year right with a 57-24 victory against a young Niskayuna team, improving their record to a cool 12-1 for the season. “This year’s success has come from a lot of hard work during the season and a commitment to improving during the offseason,” said coach Kris West. “The team has a nice combination of seniors this year mixed with some tough young wrestlers. It’s been nice to beat teams like Ballston Spa and Burnt Hills [this season], since it has been a few years since we last won.” Saratoga made quick work of their Niskayuna counterparts sev-

eral times during the evening, with three wrestlers taking little more than 30 seconds each before pinning their opponents for the win. Nick Drumm at 170 pounds and Jesse Spencer at 195 pounds each scored a quick half-minute victory, with 106-pound Peter Leal taking only 32 seconds to pin his opponent for the victory. Also able to pin their opponents for the win were Nick Gibbons at 182 pounds and Dan Matrazzo at 152 pounds. Both Gibbons and Matrazzo improved their records to 18-4 for the season. “The team’s top performers are Dominic Inzana, Dan Matrazzo, Nick Dyer, Nick Gibbons and Hunter Rumpf,” said West, “These five have placed in all our tournaments and have been the most consistent dual meet wrestlers. All five have a shot at placing in sectionals,” he added. Nick Dyer at 113 pounds picked himself up the win by decision

during the meet and improves to 14-4 this season. Teammates Gino Rosati at 160 pounds and Rich Cooper at 220 pounds also earned decision wins. Saratoga was afforded an additional three wins due to forfeits. “As a coach, I’m looking at each individual and their improvement over the course of the year,” said West. “I’m trying to put out a competitive team every year in a tough Suburban Council and to help each individual reach their season goals.” For wrestlers such as Gibbons, that means returning once again to sectionals, where last year he earned a fourth-place finish. For Inzana, a return trip to the state competition is the goal, where he competed last year for the first time as an eighth grader. “As a team, we’re just trying to improve each match and focus on being ready for the end of the year tournaments,” said West.

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Saratoga wrestlers put Niskayuna in a tight spot during Wednesday night’s match.

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