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Saratoga Springs City Council

The ‘Red Sea,’ And A Wave Of Change

by Arthur Gonick Saratoga TODAY

SARATOGA SPRINGS – An overflowing council chamber, which looked more like a Target team member meeting, or perhaps a Boston World Series home game than a usual audience, greeted new Mayor Joanne Yepsen and the 2014 Saratoga Springs City Council at their first regular meeting of the new year on Tuesday, January 7. The first order of business was a public comment period, which normally is scheduled for about 15 minutes. But not on this evening. A virtual sea of red-shirted, redscarfed, red everything-clad audience comprised the overwhelming majority of the dozens who lined up to express their opinions on the pending siting of a capital region expanded

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gaming facility. Most of the commenters (this reporter estimated that perhaps as much as 80 percent of those who went to the public microphone) were members, or had some degree of support for the viewpoint of of SAVE (which stands for Saratogians Against

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Vegas-style Expansion), an organization that is strongly committed against the siting of an expanded gaming facility in the city or in Saratoga County. Of course, there were several people during the comment period that expressed support for such an expanded facility in town, most

notably at the Saratoga Casino and Raceway (SCR). These commenters were a cross-section of SCR employees, management (represented by Vice President George W. “Skip” Carlson) and members of Destination Saratoga, a group which advocates siting the See ‘Red Sea’ pg. 11

Farmers’ Market 2014 Tips For A Healthy New Year

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Many people make New Year’s resolutions related to food. How about you? Whether you want to lose weight, eat healthy, or simply try eating and cooking new things, the farms and vendors at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market can enrich your 2014 food journey. To help get you started, here are a few tips for enjoying See 2014 pg. 26

Inside TODAY Blotter 3 Obituaries 4,5 Business


Education 16,17 Gigs/Movie Listings


Sports 28-32

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Now We’re Cooking!

Executive Chef Tony DeStratis expertly demonstrates his garde manger skills.

Lake George Country Club Executice Chef Tony DeStratis transforms a block of ice into a sea horse.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — Skidmore College is hosting the third annual American Culinary Federation Culinary Conference and Competition through Friday, January 10, in the College’s Murray-Aikins Dining Hall. The public is invited to watch the finals today as teams from 10 college from five states show off their culinary skills and techniques. “Allez cuisine!”

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Children from Skidmore’s childcare facility ooh and ahh over Chef Tony’s sea horse.

Service with a smile, BOCES culinary arts student Sydney Jameson.

Skidmore Executive Chef Jim Rose with the assistance of BOCES culinary arts student John Chillrud demonstrates the making of smoked duck sausage for the attendees of the American Culinary Federation.


Week of January 10 – January 16, 2014 Jarrod Matthew Stewart, 25, of Daniels Road in Saratoga Springs, was arrested December 20 and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument. Eric J. Koval, 23, of Co. Route 67 in Stillwater, was arrested December 21 and charged with third degree assault. Sarah Marie Galvin, 29, of Walworth Street in Saratoga Springs, was arrested December 21 and charged with an expired inspection certificate, speeding, failure to keep right, refusing a prescreen test, DWI, BAC more than .08 percent and aggravated DWI. Justin C. Ball, 24, of Stormy Lane in Gansevoort, was arrested December 21 and charged with failure to stop at a stop sign, improper rear lights, DWI and BAC more than .08 percent. Gerald M. Cahill, 25, of Becker Street in Schenectady, was arrested December 22 and charged with third degree assault. Jeniliegh P. McDonald, 21, of Trottingham Court in Saratoga Springs, was arrested December 22 and charged with fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Timothy A. Brown, 25, Road in Ballston arrested December charged with

of Paisley Spa, was 22 and unlawful

possession of marijuana and criminal possession of a controlled substance. McDonald and Brown were arrested at 1:50 a.m. after a traffic stop.

DWI, passing a red traffic signal light and failure to keep right.

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Kyle W. Squires, 22, of Haas Road in Schuylerville, arrested December 28 and charged with DWI, BAC more than .08 percent, improper headlights and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Robert D. Cook, 26, of Orenda Springs Drive, was arrested December 24 and charged with fourth degree criminal mischief.

Willie V. Davis, 38, of Paisley Road in Ballston Spa, was arrested December 28 and charged with third degree assault. Davis was arrested on a warrant at 12:30 a.m.

Ethan G. Wilson, 22, of W. Road in Amsterdam, arrested December 22 charged with disorderly duct and resisting arrest.

Sasha L. Hika, 18, of Congress Street in Saratoga Springs, was arrested December 24 and charged with fourth degree criminal mischief and third degree assault. Tyler S. Parker, 22, of Division Street in West Charlton, was arrested December 24 and charged with DWI, BAC more than .08 percent and improper headlights. Taylor D. Koppens, 27, of St. Paul Street in Baltimore, was arrested December 24 and charged with criminal possession of marijuana, an improper rear license plate light and an expired inspection certificate. Hamilton H. Craig, 17, of Perry Hill Road in Shushan, was arrested December 26 and charged with petit larceny. Brian M. Schenone, 29, of Fillmore Street in San Francisco, was arrested December 27 and charged with DWI, BAC more than .08 percent, aggravated

Christopher Brucculeri, 21, of Norland Court in Saratoga Springs, was arrested December 28 and charged with BAC more than .08 percent, DWI and aggravated DWI. Lauren N. Ciaglo, 31, of Harris Road in Corinth, was arrested December 29 and charged with improper headlights, failure to keep right, DWI, BAC more than .08 percent and aggravated DWI. Kyle James Waldron, 23, of Hayden Glen in North Charleston, South Carolina, was arrested December 29 and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Jonathane Proctor, 24, of San Louis Drive in Gansevoort, was arrested December 29 and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Both Waldron and Proctor were arrested at 2:45 a.m. following an incident on Caroline Street. Victoria M. Snyder, 20, of Crescent Terrace in Cohoes, was arrested December 29 and charged with false personation. Michael P. Stern, 41, was arrested December 29 and charged with fourth degree grand larceny. Khylan L. Hunt, 27, of Thimbleberry Road in Ballston Spa, was arrested December 30 and charged with criminal sale of marijuana. Alyssa Mallen, 19, of Adams Street in Saratoga Spring, was arrested December 31 and charged

with second degree criminal contempt/disobedience. Audrey Ione Avery, 20, of Wineberry Lane in Malta, was arrested December 31 and charged with DWI, BAC more than .08 percent and improper equipment (obstructed view front/rear by object). Timothy L. Randall, 27, of Main Street in Corinth, was arrested December 31 and charged with speeding, DWI, BAC more than .08 percent and aggravated DWI. Sharif D. Murray, 24, of 2nd Avenue in Schenectady, was arrested January 1 and charged with disorderly conduct, obstructing governmental administration, harassment and resisting arrest. Murray was arrested at 3:34 a.m. after officers responded to a fight in progress call.


obituaries Corinne J. Mulligan

GRANVILLE — Corinne J. Mulligan, 61, of The Orchard Nursing Home in Granville, died peacefully in her sleep on December 27. Born on November 27, 1952 in Oneonta, she was the daughter of the late Isaac Shaylor and Betty Shaylor Benge. Mrs. Mulligan worked for many years as a teacher at the Saratoga Christian Academy until her retirement in 1991. In her leisure, Corinne enjoyed needle point, teaching people needle point and various other crafts. She was a member of the Truthville Baptist Church in Granville. She is predeceased by her husband Douglas Mulligan, whom

she married on July 3, 1971. He passed away on February 26, 2004. Mrs. Mulligan is also predeceased by her three brothers, Richard, Isaac and Robert Shaylor and a sister Felta Bills. Survivors include two sons: Michael and his wife Tammie Mulligan of Wilton, and Daniel Mulligan and his wife Jessica of Saratoga Springs; a daughter Kelli Lampron of Victory Mills, NY; a brother Gene Shaylor; and a sister Debbie Shaylor. She is also survived by nine grandchildren: Kiersten, Samantha, Morganne, Rileigh, Padraic, Ashley, Danny, Lonna and Nathan; as well as a special friend and her roommate at The Orchard, Joyce Rist.

Marie Bardino Corsale

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Marie Bardino Corsale, 89, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 3 at Saratoga Hospital. A lifelong resident of Saratoga Springs, she was born on July 12, 1924. She was the daughter of the late Charles J. Bardino, Sr. and Antoinette Arpey Bardino. Marie graduated from Saratoga Springs High School, Class of 1942, and for several years worked as an accountant for Bardino Gas and Oil Company in Saratoga Springs. She married Francis E. Corsale at the Church of St. Peter on May 4, 1947. He died on January 1, 1982. She was a

communicant of the Church of St. Peter. In later years she also attended St. Clement’s Church. She and her husband were the proprietors of the St. Charles Motel and the St. Francis Motel. For many years she and her husband wintered in Miami, Florida. Following his death she resided with her mother in Ft. Lauderdale during the winter months. She was also predeceased by her sister, Teresa Bardino Nardelli. Marie was very devoted to her family and will be missed by her surviving brother, Charles J. Bardino, Jr.; two nieces, Marisa Nardelli and Majella Bardino Eastman; two nephews, Charles J. Bardino III and John J. Bardino. She is also survived by three grandnieces and three grandnephews, an aunt, an uncle, and several cousins and in-laws. The family wishes to express its gratitude for the care she received from the medical and nursing staff of 2D Saratoga Hospital.

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Week of January 10 – January 16, 2014

Charles H. Peterson

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Charles H. Peterson, 81, of High Rock Avenue in Saratoga Springs, died peacefully at Saratoga Hospital on January 2. Born on July 27, 1932 in Chicago, he was the son of the late Harold Peterson and Ann Ruth Eliasson Peterson. After graduating high school, Charles enlisted in the U.S. Army in December of 1952 and was active until 1954. He then continued in the U.S. Army Reserve until December of 1960. Upon his discharge from the Army, Mr. Peterson and his wife Marilyn moved back to the Chicago area and he was employed by Automatic Electric as a telephone engineer. They transferred with the company from Chicago to the Albany area in 1962

and moved to Saratoga Springs in 1967. Mr. Peterson started and worked at Saratoga Trophy and Engraving for several years until he sold the business. He also served as the past president of the Saratoga Springs Rotary Club. In his leisure, he was an avid reader and loved his politics. Charles enjoyed playing golf at the various courses in the area and when his boys were young, he was very active in the Saratoga Little League. Mr. Peterson is survived by his wife of 61 years, Marilyn Peterson of Saratoga Springs; three sons: Gary Peterson and his wife Cecilia of Colchester, Connecticut, Tom Peterson and his wife Marcia of Phoenix, Maryland, and Dan Peterson and his wife Julie of Saratoga Springs; a daughter: Laurie Braim and her husband Tim of Saratoga Springs; a brother, Richard Peterson, and a sister, Anna Marie Garrett, both of Florida; and 12 grandchildren: Katie(Matt), Andrew, Erik, Hannah, Christian, Adam (Kat), Nathan, Jack, Steven, Caroline, Austin and Joshua.

David W. Keiper

SARATOGA SPRINGS — David W. Keiper, 75, passed away Tuesday, December 31 at Saratoga Hospital. Dave was born in Brooklyn on March 4, 1938 to parents Richard and Velma (Wood) Keiper. He graduated from Brooklyn Technical High school and started his career as a union sheet metal worker in New York City. He married Anne Flanagan in 1959 and started his family while pursuing a college education in night school, obtaining his engineering degree from Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute. Dave served as Deputy Commissioner of Highways for the city of New York from 1970 to 1974. His career then took him to the state capitol where he worked as Director of Operations for the New York State Assembly in Albany until 1982. Dave then served as NYS Commissioner of Bill Drafting in the capitol Building, Albany, until his retirement in 2001. He was very involved in Brooklyn politics in the 1960s and ’70s and quickly developed a talent for managing campaigns. His work expanded to city and statewide elections. He was instrumental in the successful

elections of John Lindsay for NYC Mayor in 1965 and 1969, Hugh Carey for Governor in 1974 and then Mario Cuomo for Governor 1982 and 1986. Dave continued his involvement in New York state politics, managing campaigns for State Senators and Assemblymen all over the state throughout the 1980s. He moved to Saratoga Springs in 1976 and then lived in Wilton from 1978 until 1989, where he served on the Wilton Town Planning board. After his retirement, Dave moved to the North fork of Long Island wine country, where he enjoyed the company of many old friends. He then returned to Saratoga in 2012 to be closer to his family. Dave lived his life to the fullest and had many strong interests and passions, among them his love of great food and fine wines. He was an accomplished cook, creating amazing dishes for his family. Dave was a true patron of the arts, his love of classical music, opera and fine art influenced him throughout his life and travels. He also loved history and travel, seeing many parts of the world numerous times including virtually all of Western Europe and the U.K., Sicily, Yugoslavia, Greece, Turkey, the Mediterranean, Australia, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Thailand and many more. His favorite destination was Paris and the wine country of France. He is survived by his children: Melissa Keiper of Brooklyn, Elizabeth (Doug) Keiper of Brooklyn and Stephen (Sue) Keiper of Wilton; his beloved grandchildren: Nathan Keiper and Nicholas Keiper of Wilton and Lauren Keiper of Brooklyn. He is also survived by his sisters; Suzanne (Martin) Sanders of Campbell Hall and Mary (Dan) Ryan of Chester, as well as his nieces and nephews. The family would like to give special thanks to Dave’s caregiver and friend Gloria Rodeheaver, with whom he developed a remarkable, close bond.

Week of January 10 – January 16, 2014

Donald L. Morrow, Sr. SARATOGA SPRINGS — Donald L. Morrow, Sr., 83, died Saturday, December 28 at home. Born on August 27, 1930 in Albany, he was a graduate of Roselville High School in Colonie. Donald went through the apprenticeship program at General Electric and received a degree in drafting and as a machinist. He retired from Ford Motor


Doris Venner Haberland

Company in 1989. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Marilyn (Skiff ); sons Donald Morrow, Jr. and Richard Morrow; daughters Marilyn (James) Steward and Cheryl (John) Hammel; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Elizabeth Nelson; three bother in-laws and many nieces and nephews.

Naton D. Leslie, Jr. An eclectic and versatile author, Professor Leslie was first and foremost a poet with over 300 poems published nationwide and overseas. He was both an NEA and NYFA fellow. A prolific essayist, his work has been included in Best American Essays and recognized with notable status since 1997. He also leaves behind a large body of work yet to be published. Professor Leslie put himself through college, earning a bachelor’s from Youngstown State BALLSTON SPA — Dr. Naton University and a master’s and D. Leslie, Jr., 57, of Ballston Spa, doctorate from Ohio University. author and professor of English Professor Leslie leaves behind at Siena College, died Friday his beloved wife and soul mate, morning, December 27, after a Susan, of Ballston Spa; and chillong, courageous battle. Professor dren, Erin Jackson of Manhattan, Leslie was a Kennedy Award win- Keith Jackson of Glens Falls and ner at Siena College. Claire Jackson of Rensselaer; also, Professor Leslie’s publications his mother, Margaret “Peggy” include seven books of poetry, a Leslie; sister, LueAnn Morocco non-fiction work about second- (Frank), of Alliance, Ohio; and hand culture in America, “That nephew, Dr. Frank Morocco, Jr. Might be Useful,” and a collec- (Rachael); and grandnephew, tion of short stories including, Dominic of Columbus, Ohio. “Marconi’s Dream,” which won He was predeceased by his the George Garrett Fiction Prize. father, Naton D. Leslie, Sr.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Doris Venner Haberland, 79, a longtime resident of Colonie, passed away Monday, December 23 at Wesley Health Care Center in Saratoga Springs, after a long and difficult battle with Dementia. She is now back in the loving arms of her husband, Raymond, who predeceased her in July of 2011. Doris was born on February 6, 1934 in Schroon Lake to Earl and Dora Venner, “one of the coldest days on record,” as she would tell. Doris moved to Albany at the age of 16 and worked

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Gertrude Kenyon Powers Chamberlin GREENFIELD CENTER — Gertrude Kenyon Powers Chamberlin, 101, passed away Saturday, January 4 at Wesley Health Care Center with her husband at her side. She was born on March 3, 1912 in the Town of Moreau, Saratoga County, the daughter of the late Delbert and Lela Kenyon. Gertrude was a civic minded person, having delivered homedelivered meals for over 30 years and serving on the board of trustees at the Greenfield Center Baptist Church. She was also president of AARP chapter 380 at one time. In addition to her parents,

she was predeceased by her first husband, William M. Powers; a 4-year-old son, Billy; a grandson, Richard; and brothers, Dorr Kenyon, Vincent Kenyon, and Harold Kenyon. Survivors include her husband, Ernest S. Chamberlin; sons, Thomas F. Powers (Katherine) and Richard L. Powers (Jodie); grandsons, Ernest (Michelle), Albert (Stephanie) and Jake; granddaughters, Connie (Jeff) and Barbara and several nieces, nephews and great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Sanford (Yvonne), her sister, Shirley, and a daughter-in-law, Jan.

in downtown Albany at Lerner’s and Whitney’s. She was married to her beloved husband, Raymond Frederick Haberland on May 5, 1952 in Amarillo, Texas, where Raymond was stationed in the Air Force. Their married life together spanned 59 years.  They were blessed with three sons who survive her: Steven (Elaine) of Cody, Wyoming, David (Brenda) of Delanson and Mark (Lynn) of Greenfield Center. She is also survived by her granddaughter, Dena (Don) DeLude of Latham and their children Jase and Alana, grandson Shane Haberland of Denver, Colorado, granddaughter Gina Carbone, great-granddaughter Daphne and great-grandson Nicholas. Doris was loved by many nieces and nephews, her longtime and best friends Fran Maurel, of Colonie, and Miles and Marilyn Seeley of Schroon Lake. She also had much love for “daughter” Karen (Mike) Gasiorowski of Clifton Park. Doris was a wonderful, loving and caring woman who had a zest for life, friends and family. She and Ray loved spending their summers in Schroon Lake. 

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Edna Heyman, 89, of 44 Pepper Lane in Saratoga Springs, died peacefully surrounded by her son, daughter inlaw and granddaughter on December 23 at her home. Born on August 19, 1924, in the Bronx, she was the daughter of the late Harry Rosenberg and Fanny Kaufman Rosenberg. She had one brother, Jack Rosenberg, who predeceased her, and is survived by Jack’s daughter, Diane Sporn, and her two children. A graduate of Evander Childs in the Bronx, and a model and aspiring actress, Edna performed on radio in New York, including the well-received Davey Crockett Show, playing Davey’s wife. Sublimating an inner passion to be a working woman and see the world, and following a short-lived first marriage to a

family-arranged Harvard professor, she reconnected shortly after World War II with her first love, Herbert Heyman, had one child, Steven, and moved to the Long Island suburbs. However, Edna refused to allow marriage or motherhood to extinguish her passion for people, travel and the full life experience. Often referring to Brenda Starr as her role model, Edna went on to write extensively for several newspapers, becoming an editor and a columnist. She was also the head counselor of The Girls’ Camp at Camp High Point for several years, where she had met Herb before the war and chaperoned teen tours to Europe. She and Herb also spent many winters on the Costa del Sol in Southern Spain where she developed many international relationships that she sustained throughout her life. In her leisure, Edna especially enjoyed bridge, concerts and theater, entertaining, and time with her small family. Herbert Heyman, her husband of 55 years, died in 2003. She is survived by her son, Steven, and his wife, Joy Heyman, of Saratoga Springs, and her granddaughter, Nicole Faye Heyman, who currently resides in Brooklyn and works for PBS/ POV. For all of her travels and adventures, she will be best remembered for her ability to listen and render opinions without judging, as well as for her honesty, open-mindedness, storytelling and wisdom. She was born a people-person and all who met her were the richer for it. Special thanks to Community Hospice of Saratoga, as well as her nurses, Colleen and Kim.



week in Review

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — Above: On January 1, Judge Jeffrey Wait administers the oath of office to Mayor Joanne Yepsen at the Canfield Casino as daughter Emma holds the Bible and son Cole looks on. Below: Mayor Yepsen (C) and her new team: Gayle LaSalle, Sarah Burger, Joseph Ogden and Tony Izzo. Photos by Sheila A’Hearn.

Week of January 10 – January 16, 2014

Stillwater Woman Receives 18 1/2-Year Prison Sentence

BALLSTON SPA — Joey Paul was accused of fatally shooting her boyfriend in the face at point-blank range a year and a half ago with an AK-47. On Tuesday afternoon, Paul was sentenced to 18 ½ years in prison and five years of postrelease supervision for the murder of the late Matthew Furlani. Furlani, 28, was unarmed when he was killed with the weapon he owned while staying at his Church Street apartment in Schuylerville, according to his mother, Christina Harwood–Downey. Before Paul’s sentencing, Harwood–Downey’s impact statement was interrupted midway through by Paul, who yelled obscenities and insults at the victim’s mother and others in the courtroom. Before the murder, Paul, 30, of

Stillwater, did not have a felony on her record. She did however have multiple misdemeanor theft offenses on her record and at one point allegedly hit her sleeping boyfriend over the head with a lamp and threatened to kill him. Paul was offered a plea deal of first-degree manslaughter, according to Saratoga District Attorney James A. Murphy III, because of a severe mental health conviction. Police said that Paul walked out of the Schuylerville apartment door with her hands raised, stating “The gun was not supposed to go off,” on the morning of the murder on July 1, 2012. A year and four months after saying the shooting was an accident, Paul admitted to the murder in November. Paul will serve her sentence at Bedford Hills Correctional, a women’s prison in Westchester County.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Monday morning, at about 2 a.m., officers were called to the Hilton Garden Inn on South Broadway in regards to a medical assist. Upon arrival, officers found the call to involve an unresponsive 53-yearold male in the bathroom of one of the hotel rooms. Saratoga Springs Fire Department also responded. The man was transported to Saratoga Hospital, but passed away a short

time later. The deceased had been at the hotel visiting a registered guest there and was in that guest’s bathroom. Preliminary investigation led police to believe that the male died from a heroin overdose. Official autopsy results are not available at this time. There have been rumors that the unidentified man had recently won money in the lottery or by other means just prior to his death.

Man Found Dead At Hilton Garden Inn

Week of January 10 – January 16, 2014


Code Blue Diary by Andrea Barry Saratoga TODAY

Note: Andrea Barry has been Saratoga TODAY’s intern for this past semester. She is currently a senior at Saratoga Springs High School. To complete her internship she was asked to choose an assignment based on current events and write about her experiences. She elected to become a volunteer at Saratoga Springs’ new Code Blue shelter, which is located on the campus of St. Peters Church and became active on December 24. She visited on what could be one of the coldest nights of the new year. SARATOGA SPRINGS - Going into Code Blue on Friday, January 3, I wasn’t sure of what to expect. I knew it would be eye opening and awakening to say the least. But what I didn’t realize was the power that strangers had to touch me in such a way. My experience there was undoubtedly life changing. In Saratoga Springs, the Code Blue facility at St. Peters Church becomes active when the temperature outside drops below 10 degrees (with wind chill factored in) or a foot of snow falls. On

this night the forecast was severe: potentially falling to 20 degrees below zero or even lower. In circumstances so extreme, this facility could mean the difference between life and death for several in our community. Upon arriving, my first task was to help organize the donations table. Clients then would come and pick out the items they needed most. From something as simple as of pair of socks, or every day as jeans, the appreciation was tremendous. Later, I helped serve food. I don’t think there was a single person who didn’t say thank you. When I wasn’t involved with a task, I was speaking with the clients. I was touched by our differences, but even more was amazed about our similarities. Each person there had a story, a past and a purpose. Sadly, something went awry for them along the way. I got to know some wonderful, giving volunteers as well. Listening to what most endure on a daily basis was incredible to me. It was then that I realized just how fortunate I was. Although only for a night, the

facility takes people off of the streets and provides them with a hot meal and a bed to sleep in. These simple things are so commonly taken for granted yet are capable of meaning the world to some. Thanks to Code Blue, I was able to engage in a life altering experience and encounter some of the strongest individuals I have ever met. If you wish to volunteer or donate, visit

(l-r) Code Blue volunteers Crystal Swinton, Mayor Joanne Yepsen, Leann Driscoll and Andrea Barry sort and fold donated clothes.



Week of January 10 – January 16, 2014

Saratoga National Bank Retains 5-Star Rating For 19th Consecutive Quarter

SARATOGA SPRINGS Saratoga National Bank and Trust Company continues its streak as a five-star bank, entering the new year with 19 consecutive quarters and

achieving a ‘Superior’ rating by BauerFinancial, an independent research and rating firm. BauerFinancial gives the five-star rating to banks excelling in areas of capital quality,

asset quality and profitability. “To have earned the fivestar rating through that period is pretty significant,” Karen Dorway said, president and director of research at BauerFinancial. “It’s (Saratoga National Bank and Trust Company) shown a really long track record of successful performance and an extremely low level of delinquent loans.” BauerFinancial’s financial data from September 30, 2013, indicated that the number of banks able to match the 19-month consecutive five-star rating nationwide amounted to 1,409 of the 6,850 banks evaluated; and in New York, there were 35 banks out of 163. “Saratoga National Bank

and Trust Company has thrived by keeping deposits local and focusing on the success of the communities in which it does business,”Dorway said. The company’s philosophy as a community bank as well as its conservative attitude toward underwriting with loans has helped the bank stay ahead during tough economic conditions like those experienced at the start of its streak, David DeMarco said, CEO of Saratoga National Bank. “We have always, as a community bank, made it a point to support the community we serve by maintaining our underwriting standards as they’ve been since our inception. We’ve always had

strong capital; we have always attempted to be profitable and competitive, but you have to make good quality loans.” BauerFinancial uses data obtained in Call Reports that are filed quarterly with government regulators, in addition to historical and other financial data to assign their ratings. All banks are evaluated by the same criteria, and banks sometimes buy reports on other banks to see how they size up to the competition. Established in 1988, Saratoga National Bank and Trust Company currently has seven offices located in Corinth, Saratoga Springs, Wilton and Clifton Park.

SOS To Benefit From Bookstore And Boutique’s Weekend Sales

Saratoga Springs - Northshire Bookstore and Piper Boutique will be donating 20 percent of all sales transacted on January 11 and 12 to Shelters of Saratoga. For the General Manager of Northshire Bookstore, Nancy Scheemaker, this January is the company’s first post-holiday season, after only having opened its doors in August 2013. The start of a new year not only has a slump in sales for some businesses, but also in the amount of donations going to nonprofits. “It is important to support local nonprofits and encourage other businesses to help support them; we’re glad to celebrate what they (nonprofits) do,” Scheemaker said. Shelters of Saratoga (SOS), provide affordable housing

opportunities, informational and social assistance related resources to adults in the Greater Saratoga Region who are homeless, or are at risk of homelessness. “The Northshire Bookstore is very excited to have an opportunity to support the local ongoing humanitarian works of SOS,” Scheemaker said. “We hope the community will join us in celebrating the great works of this very important local organization.” With the additional efforts of local businesses, SOS was able to exceed the goal for its year-end appeal of $20,000 by December 2013. “The one thing we have found is that after the holidays, and approaching summer, is when clothing and food starts to dwindle,” Cindy Harrington, director of marketing and

development, said. The support that SOS receives from the community has helped the nonprofit provide services to homeless individuals with varying needs, some of which are related to the early and harsh winter season the area is experiencing, the Executive director of SOS, Peter Whitten, said. Piper Boutique’s donation will benefit Shelters of Saratoga’s Youth Outreach Program. Northshire Bookstore’s donation will go to the general fund. Other businesses in Saratoga Springs will be hosting their fundraising events later this month to help community and nonprofit organizations. For more information on some of them, look to Saratoga County’s Chamber of Commerce event web page and SOS’s website.

Week of January 10 – January 16, 2014


Downtown Salon Receives Recognition For InHouse Education And Professional Culture

From back left to right, Jessica Shattuck - Eufora Educator, Jacquie Rea - Paramount Beauty, Dana Pavcych, Tina LevielleBriscoe - Simplicity Owner, Beverly Ziegler - Paramount Beauty and Eufora Brand Manager, Liza Vaughn, Maureen Georgia, Natyssa Taras, Sahn Briscoe - Simplicity Owner, Marsha Degido-Flores - Business Development Manager. Front Row left to right, Annie Fitzgerald, Melissa Calzada.

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Henry street salon, Simplicity, is unique in that it carries one brand of hair products, Eufora. More than that, however, is that the engaging relationship between these two companies has rebranded customer interactions into one of professional experience that stands out. In the salon industry, stylists are on a commission basis. This structure can be difficult for newer stylists lacking in experience. Simplicity differs in that it offers education, both in cutting techniques and business related aspects. One frequent customer, Rebecca Sewell, said that the staff ’s ability to make educated recommendations for her and her family’s hair care needs keeps her coming back to her favorite stylist. “Everyone here is helpful, everyone down to the receptionist. And she’s the best,” Sewell said giving a decided smile to her stylist. Customizing the customer’s experience and pairing them with a product, is Simplicity’s business approach. This has led to its recognition for being one of the top stores in New York for Eufora product sales. “Education is the foundation because not only do we receive education, and not only for me as the owner, to my stylist employees, but to the client as well,” Tina Levielle-Briscoe, Simplicity’s owner , said. “So, it’s just this circle that happens, and that’s what makes the product so successful.”

Levielle-Briscoe has been in the salon industry for 25 years, and a salon owner for 13. Eufora’s hair products are not the first that she has worked with, and never before has she chosen to work with just one brand. She said that it is because of the products ability to deliver results in combination with the training, for which stylists themselves pay, and Simplicity’s artistic approach toward a client’s personal style and well-being that Eufora fulfills the salon’s professional needs as well as those of

the client. “Their philosophy supports us as a business. It’s not just about selling a product, it’s about educating. And it works,” Levielle-Briscoe said. “ Clients come back to buy the product. It’s not something that’s a quick sale. They see results. “ Simplicity’s owners, Sahn Briscoe and Tina LevielleBriscoe, were awarded for their achievement in the salon industry on January 7, and their salon will be featured in an upcoming issue of Eufora International’s EQ magazine.

Wolberg Electrical Supply Expands, New Location Offers Energy Consultants KINGSTON – Energy efficiency will be the theme for years to come, both in new homes and when replacing older lighting fixtures. Wolberg Lighting Design and Electrical Supply will be available at their new location to consult on products that both conserve energy and have aesthetic appeal. Long-time electrical professionals Tony Gougoutris and Ruthann Buono will be the store’s manager and account manager, respectfully, alongside energy consultants who are on staff to assist in answering questions and provide lighting layout services.

Wolberg Lighting Design and Electrical Supply’s new location in Kingston, New York, features a modern showroom with various indoor and outdoor electrical products. The 12,000-square-foot showroom and electrical counter hosts a full inventory of electrical and lighting products for electricians, builders and homeowners. The supply branch in Kingston is located at 1221 Ulster Avenue. Wolberg Electric was established in 1925 and has locations in Albany, Saratoga and Schenectady.


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The ‘Red Sea,’ And A Wave Of Change

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capital region expanded gaming facility at SCR) as well as private citizens who favor such a facility. However, numbers do not lie, and it cannot be denied that SAVE has once again exhibited the ability to turn out big, motivated, visible numbers. This would be evident even if you were watching the proceedings on a blackand-white television. But the questions remain: will those numbers count? And will the city council count those numbers and do what several SAVE members, as well as some of those not part of the “red sea” advocate: to pass a firm resolution against siting an expanded gaming facility in the city? It is no stretch to say that the council has a tough soul-searching road ahead as it formulates its position, if any, on this issue. By and large, given the amount of commenters and the intensity that advocates on both sides feel about this issue, the gallery was generally well behaved, and if not silent, cordial to opposing viewpoints. Mayor Yepsen needed to use her gavel just once to restore order. Yet, the people who wished to opine on both sides kept coming, and the public comment period, rather than a quarter-hour, extended well

into a second hour. After the public had wound down, the council went into executive session for about 45 minutes. It appeared that it was shaping up to be quite a long night. Yet, remarkably, once having emerged from executive session, the council conducted an orderly, organized and most importantly brisk session in which a large agenda with several important items were dispatched just under 60 minutes. As this reporter has vehemently criticized the council for previous meandering, ponderous and nearendless pointless discussions, they must be credited when due. Here’s hoping that this sea change in comportment continues. Among the notable developments in the January 7 meeting: • The capital budget was amended, by a 5-0 roll call vote, to provide funds for the public safety department to complete its renovations of the police department facility. This in itself is notable in itself; more so, because the council agreed to modify the usual agenda process to move up this important item much earlier in the process, allowing the interested public to hear the discussion and vote. Normally, public safety department


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Week of January 10 – January 16, 2014

The People’s Wall: On Expanded Gaming Note to Readers: We invite your thoughts and emails. Please keep your comments brief (150 words or less) and email them (no snail mail please) with a phone number to confirm to Saratoga TODAY reserves the right to edit or reject any offensive or other language as needed. What a dilemma Saratoga Springs is faced with. If Saratoga Casino and Raceway is chosen to get a Vegas-style casino – Downtown Saratoga will be destroyed along with SPAC and other businesses! If Rensselaer is chosen for a casino, then Saratoga Casino and Raceway will be destroyed! If Saratoga Casino is gone – what will replace it? Saratoga will not get the revenue it has bee accustomed to receiving. It would be interesting to know how the Saratoga hotels and restaurants do during the winter months. SPAC, of course, is idle. Other than the Victorian Streetwalk, First Night, Chowderfest and the Flurry there is not much going on downtown in the winter. A casino with entertainment could help fill the gaps and even help downtown if there was a designated area (like a visitors center) that promoted downtown Saratoga. The City Center’s concern about the size of the event space at the casino could be resolved if the casino agrees to have only entertainment (dancers, singers, bands, etc.) and not conventions! John J. Totten Saratoga Springs

that are dark and struggling. We don’t need any more development. We’re a small city. The Chamber’s “fact finding forum” on the proposed Vegas-style, full-scale casino, hotel, restaurants and convention center, was short on facts, long on vague promises, and almost all about business and money, not community effects on people, city, crime, etc. 450 casino “supporters” we’re bussed in under threats of fines to pack the house, just like a stacked deck. The Chamber event was an infomercial for the first hour! Skip Carlson and Rita Cox were sweetly promising to live in harmony with Saratoga, but a casino, convention center, hotel, and restaurants would try to keep their patrons there and would be in competition. Mark Baker, John Baker and Harvey Fox raised concerns about dangers about a “mini-Vegas” on downtown, but SAVE, a citizens group, was not allowed to speak. 58% of Saratogians voted against allowing casinos, and in electoral terms that’s a landslide, but that doesn’t matter unless people pressure the politicians. Robert W. Davis Saratoga Springs

Why I’m against the proposed casino complex: It’ll bring more crime, pull people from downtown, undermine the city convention center and other venues, increase congestion, put a strain on infrastructure, lead to more devastation to families due to gambling and other addictions, bring the guys in shiny suits back to town, make this a less attractive place to live (which will affect property values), and be spiritually deadening. Look at the places near casinos

Add me to EXTREMELY opposed list. Ask people if they remember horse racing in Atlantic City?  Some will recall the Matchmaker, the United Nations Handicap and world-class racing and then the casinos came to make everything better... Marilyn Lane Saratoga Springs A pragmatic approach is to establish a point that both parties can agree upon. Without a doubt, gambling

brings risk: property value, crime, quality of life, infrastructure and tax risks to name a few. There are also benefits: jobs, economic growth & tax revenue. In similar cases where risks of adverse conditions potentially harming tax payers, their land values and quality of life for residents are absorbed by property owners’ (AK, PA oil & gas) ongoing compensation in the form of royalties is paid to the land owners.  Let’s share the risk and reward with the residents and taxpayers by sharing profits based on property tax participation- pro-rated proportionately.   In this model, true entrepreneurship prevails.   If the pro casino faction balks, their self-serving greed will surface. If they accept, their points gain validity.  With great decision-making power comes immense responsibility. I hope Saratoga’s leaders raise the bar for accountability and social responsibility. Stephen D. Berg  Resident and Business Owner The nightmare of Saratoga’s historic flat track forsaken for the airconditioned “Destination Saratoga Casino” is too threatening to be ignored.  Yet, to date, it seems NYRA is sitting this one out.  At the casino forum, two thoroughbred breeders and one for the standardbreds represented horse interests. Collectively they tried to convey concerns of being left behind and told chilly stories of failed racetracks when a casino comes to town. But where was NYRA?  Could it be in collusion with the Governor’s office (where it seems SPAC has gone), or are there conflicts of interest? What say you NYRA? Robert M. Toole Saratoga Springs So my take on the meeting at the city center is that we still know very little about what the potential development of the 160 acres really is. I think this meeting was nothing more than fluff from the development side. We have to “wait and see” how much they cram into their RFA’s, and then it’s too late. I would like to see their proposal BEFORE it is filed! Why can’t we have a meeting to discuss the proposal that has the very real possibility of altering what we have worked for, for so long? Why have we never embraced harness racing like we have thoroughbred racing? As a life-long resident do not recall any development of that part of racing to improve attendance. Is it really “failing” to the point we could lose if casino development is blocked? What

other options have been explored? I think it was abundantly clear the opposition to Casino expansion has made their presence known and as someone said; the large turnout for, against, and undecided does represent we are a concerned community; and hopefully we can all stay on this issue like flies on rice! We should we have a voice at the next meeting! Just saying... Kim Fonda My family spans five generations in Saratoga Springs, including my daughter who, if we stay, will attend the same school as her mom, uncle, great grand-uncle and great grandmother. I can work anywhere in the U.S., but chose to come home – a rarity based on the AP story of January 4, noting the mass exodus of young professionals from upstate NY. I have many concerns about the siting of a casino in Saratoga Springs - principal among them is the recent talk of ‘promises,’ and ‘assurances’ being made in the name of getting this deal done. I’m equally concerned about so-called ‘partnerships’ to exist between private interest groups and our city, and its residents and businesses. While I’m sure some of our public officials have benefitted from their own personal partnerships with these private interest groups, let’s ask ourselves honestly: How real are these promises? How binding are these assurances? How strong are these partnerships? Private casino interests are just that: private. These same people promising public partnerships have a single objective: maximizing private interests. There is nothing inherently wrong with maximizing private interests. There is something disingenuous about doing so under the pretenses of acting in the public’s best interest. I submit to you the same group promising you partnerships and thoughtful expansion will act in the public’s interest only if doing so furthers their own agenda. That is something less than a true partnership. We’ve now heard the following: “We’ll build a “Saratoga-style” casino.” “We will close at 1 a.m. if the Saratoga Springs bars have to” “We don’t plan to offer subsidies on drinks / meals / entertainment” “We will work with the local businesses” “Development will be in line with Saratoga’s culture and history” What precisely are the legally binding mechanisms requiring private casino

interests to adhere to these promises? Moreover, when it suits these same interests to sell to new owners in order to maximize their own bottom line, what can this city point to in order to bind successors and assigns as to these same promises? Private casino interests are the first to speak of their neighborhood pride. Can you say the same for Genting, Ceasar’s, MGM and other corporations buying up casinos nationwide? What kind of partnership should we expect then? Casinos are in the business of making you feel as if you have a chance to win, when you otherwise know the odds are stacked decidedly against you. It’s smoke and mirrors. This entire bid for a “Saratoga-style” casino in partnership with the city and its businesses and residents is just more of the same. I respectfully ask our elected officials to please stop buying the talking points of the racino – your citizens are smarter than that. Uphold the vote of your citizens and pass a resolution against the siting of a casino in Saratoga Springs. Brooke McConnell Saratoga Springs I am urging each member of the City Council to protect the precious resources of our City and pass a resolution against full gaming in Saratoga Springs.Powerful forces, fueled by greed alone, are determined to force this facility down our throats if we stand idly by. No community in history has withstood the crushing social impacts of casino gambling within their city limits. Increased problem gambling, embezzlement, drunk driving, burglaries are all proven to increase when a casino comes to town. Detroit needs a casino. Monticello would benefit from a casino. Placing a casino in Saratoga would be like encouraging a dingo farm to be next to a child care center. As a former local business owner, 34 year resident and Grandfather, I treasure what Saratoga has to offer. As a property owner, much of our personal wealth lies in the local residential and commercial properties we have worked so hard to acquire, renovate and maintain over the decades. A casino threatens property values. This is a proven fact, not merely an opinion. I wouldn’t choose to send my granddaughter to college in a casino town, and suspect many other families wouldn’t either. Please just say ‘no way’ to the casino...they only care about themselves. Russell Pittenger Saratoga Springs

Week of January 10 – January 16, 2014


DA Murphy Begins Fifth Term

BALLSTON SPA— Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy, III was sworn in as District Attorney on Monday, January 6 by County Clerk Craig Hayner. Murphy begins his 5th term as DA, marking his 17th year as top prosecutor and his 26th year in the DA’s Office.  Murphy has significantly expanded the role of the DA by focusing on victim’s rights and been a longtime supporter of strengthening the laws that allow victims the right to speak at sentencing, receive restitution and compensation from the Crime Victims Board and have an active role in the outcome of their criminal case.  As the chief law enforcement officer for 14 police agencies in a county of 215,000 people, Murphy runs an office of 21 assistant district attorneys, 5 investigators, a crime victims unit and as well as a number of support staff functions.  He and his assistants prosecuted nearly 10,000 criminal cases last year along with a staggering 96,000 vehicle and traffic offenses in the 44 justice courts in Saratoga County as well as Saratoga County Court and grand jury.  Upon being sworn in Murphy said “I am honored to serve Saratoga County as DA and to continue to bring justice to victims of crime in this county.  By joining with law enforcement, not for profits, community agencies, schools, parents and government officials we can work together to make our community safer.” Saratoga County is unique in that people want to live here because our quality of life is high, the scenery is beautiful and our towns and cities are thriving,” Murphy continued. “In part, this is because our crime rate is low and we live in a very safe place. I attribute that to the hard work of the men and women in my office and their close relationship with the police officers and their extraordinary work.  I proudly stand with my partners in law enforcement who dedicate themselves to doing the right thing to make sure the correct person is charged, that criminal cases are thoroughly investigated and that the interests of justice are served in each and every case.” A significant step that Murphy recently accomplished was the installation of digital recording rooms in nearly every law enforcement office across the county allowing police officers to digitally record defendant›s statements from beginning to end.  As a result, claims by

arraignments. The idea is that defendants would not be required to be transported from jail to justice courts throughout the county, ultimately saving on manpower, overtime, court time, fuel and enhancing safety and security of the inmate. A two-way teleconferencing feature would allow the defendant and all parties including the judge to see and talk to one another remotely.

defendants of «coerced confessions» by police have vanished. Hearings on voluntary confessions have been reduced to the defense attorney and the judge watching the recording,

with very few witnesses, significantly reducing court time.   The DA said he hopes soon to implement new technology by allowing for televised/ remote

“If private business can do it and save money, why can›t the public sector as well?” Murphy said. “The most important thing is to safeguard the defendant›s constitutional rights. If those are protected and we can save taxpayer dollars, then I think it›s a good idea.” Murphy further said, “Mostly it›s an honor to work in the trenches alongside them.”

14 Adirondack Christian Fellowship   8 Mountain Ledge, Wilton 587-0623; Services: Sunday 8 a.m. & 10 a.m. Adirondack Friends Meeting 27 Saratoga Ave., S. Glens Falls 793-3755; AdirondackFM@nycap.; Regina Baird Haag, pastoral minister Services: 10:30 a.m. Sunday The Alliance Church 257 Rowland St., Ballston Spa 885-6524 Services: Morn. Worship 10:30 a.m. Assembly of God Faith Chapel 6 Burgoyne St., Schuylerville 695-6069 Rev. Jason Proctor Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Assembly of God Saratoga 118 Woodlawn Ave., Saratoga Springs 584-6081 Services: Sunday Worship 10 a.m., coffee served at 9:45 a.m. Bacon Hill Reformed Church 560 Route 32N, Bacon Hill 695-3074 Rev. Janet Vincent Services: Worship service 10 a.m. Sunday School 10 a.m. All are welcome. Handicapped accessible. Baha’i Community of Saratoga Springs 584-9679; 692-7694; Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa 885-7312; Services: Sunday Worship Service, 10:30 a.m.

RELIGION Corinth United Methodist Church 243 Main Street, Corinth 654-2521 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Cornerstone Community Church 516 Park Ave., Mechanicville 664-5204 Pastor Frank Galerie Services: Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Community

Routes 50 & 67, Ballston Spa 885-1031 Services: Sunday 8 & 10 a.m. Christian Restoration Ministries Saratoga Senior Center 5 Williams St., Saratoga Springs 796-4323 Pastor Pat Roach Services: Sunday 10 a.m.; 6:30 p.m.

2001 Route 9, Round Lake 877-8506, Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m.; Weekday Masses: Monday-Friday 9 a.m. Eastern Orthodox— Christ the Savior 349 Eastline Road, Ballston Spa 786-3100; Services: Sunday: 9:30 a.m. First Baptist Church of Saratoga Springs 45 Washington St. 584-6301 Services: Sunday: 11 a.m. First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa 202 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa 885-8361; Services: 10:30 a.m. worship 9 a.m. Sunday School (all ages) First Presbyterian Church of Ballston Spa 22 West High St., Ballston Spa 885-5583 Services: Sunday at 10 a.m. Full Gospel Tabernacle 207 Redmond Road, Gansevoort 793-2739 Services: Sunday 10 a.m.; Bible Study: Thursday 6:30 p.m. Galway United Methodist Church 2056 East Street (at intersection of Route 147), Galway 882-6520 Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. (9 a.m. in July and August) Grace Brethren Church 137 W. Milton Rd., Ballston Spa 587-0649 Rev. Dan Pierce Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Handicapped accessible. Greater Grace Community Church Pastor David Moore 100 Saratoga Village Blvd. #17 899-7777; Services: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. Good Times Restaurant, Lake Rd. 2nd floor; Friday 7:30 p.m. Saratoga Chapel, Eastline & Lake Rds; Sunday 10 a.m. - Glenville Senior Center, 32 Worden Rd. Greenfield Center Baptist Church 30 Wilton Rd., Greenfield Center 893-7429 Services: Sunday School for all ages - 9:45 a.m. Church Service - 11 a.m. Prayer Meeting - Wednesday 6:30 p.m.

Congregation Shaara Tfille

Highway Tabernacle Church

Ballston Spa United Methodist Church 101 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa 885-6886 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Bethesda Episcopal Church 41 Washington St., Saratoga Springs 584-5980 Services: Sunday 6:30, 8 & 10 a.m. Church of Christ at Clifton Park 7 Old Route 146 371-6611; Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Christ Community Reformed Church 1010 Route 146, Clifton Park 371-7654; Services: Sundays 10 a.m. Christ Episcopal Church

84 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga Springs 584-2370; Services: Saturday 9:30 a.m., Monday & Thursday 7:30 a.m., third Friday each month 7:30 p.m. Handicapped Accessible Corinth Free Methodist Church   20 Hamilton Ave., Corinth 654-9255; 792-0271 Services: Sunday at 10 a.m.

90 River Rd., Mechanicville 664-4442 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Hope Church 206 Greenfield Ave., Ballston Spa 885-7442 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Jonesville United Methodist 963 Main St., Clifton Park

877-7332 Services: Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Living Springs Community Church 59 Pine Rd., Saratoga Springs 584-9112 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Living Waters Church of God 4330 State Rt. 50, Saratoga Springs 587-0484; Services: Sundays 10 a.m. Malta Presbyterian Church Dunning Street, Malta 899-5992 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Malta Ridge United Methodist Church 729 Malta Ave., Ext., Malta 581-0210 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Middle Grove United Methodist Church 581-2973 Pastor Bonnie Bates Services: Sunday 9 a.m. Handicapped accessible New Horizon Church 150 Perry Road, Saratoga Springs 587-0711 Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. New Life Fellowship 51 Old Gick Rd., ­­ Saratoga Springs 580-1810; Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Childcare is available at all services. NorthStar Church Shenendehowa High School West Auditorium, Clifton Park 371-2811; Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Old Saratoga Reformed Church 48 Pearl St., Schuylerville Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Handicapped accessible. Old Stone Church (American Baptist) 159 Stone Church Rd., Ballston Spa 583-1002 Services: Sunday 9 a.m.; Adult Sunday School 9 a.m.; Service 10:30 a.m. Coffee and Fellowship in Living Stone Hall; Wednesday: noon potluck luncheon; 1 p.m. choir rehearsal; 2 p.m. Bible Study Group Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church 73 Midline Road, Ballston Lake 399-5713 Services: Saturday 5 p.m. Sunday 8:15 & 10:15 a.m. Handicapped accessible. Presbyterian-NE Congregational Church 24 Circular St., Saratoga Springs 584-6091; Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Quaker Springs United Methodist Church  466 Route 32 South, Quaker Springs 695-3101; Pastor Al Johnson Services: Sunday 9 a.m. Handicapped accessible.

Week of January 10 – January 16, 2014 River of Hope Fellowship 100 Saratoga Village Blvd. Malta Cmns., Ste. 3, Malta 881-1505; Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Roman Catholic Church of St. Peter 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-2375 Services: Eucharistic Celebrations: Saturday 5 p.m.; Sunday 7:30, 9 & 11 a.m. St. Clement’s Roman Catholic Church 231 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs 584-6122 Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8, 9:30, 11:15 a.m. & 5 p.m., 1 p.m. Spanish Service St. George’s Episcopal Church 912 Route 146, Clifton Park 371-6351; Services: Saturday 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 8 & 9:30 a.m. St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church 3159 Route 9N, Greenfield Center 893-7680;; Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 10:30 a.m. Handicapped accessible St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church 167 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa 885-7411; Services: Saturday 4 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., noon. Handicapped accessible St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church 771 Route 29, Rock City Falls 893-7680;; Services: Sunday 8:30 am. Handicapped accessible. St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 149 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs 584-0904 Services: Saturday 5 p.m. with Holy Communion. Sundays 8:30 & 11 a.m. with Holy Communion. St. Peter Lutheran Church 2776 Route 9, Malta 583-4153 Services: Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. St. Thomas of Canterbury 242 Grooms Rd., Halfmoon Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga Abundant Life Church 2325 Route 50 South, Saratoga Springs 885-5456; Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. Saratoga Chabad 130 Circular St., Saratoga Springs 526-0773;;

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

Saratoga Seventh-Day Adventist Church 399 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs 882-9384; Services: Sabbath School: 10 a.m. Worship Service: 11:30 a.m. Shenendehowa United Methodist 971 Route 146, Clifton Park 371-7964 Services: Sunday 9 & 10:30 a.m. Simpson United Methodist Church Rock City Road, Rock City Falls 885-4794 Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Soul Saving Station for Every Nation Christ Crusaders of America 62 Henry St., Saratoga Springs 584-3122 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church 1 Grove St., Schuylerville 695-3918 Services: Sunday 8a.m. & 9 a.m. (Sunday School at 9:00 also) Temple Sinai 509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-8730 Shabbat Services: Friday 6 p.m. Preceded by 5:30 p.m. Oneg. Handicapped Accessible. Terra Nova Church 45 Washington St., Saratoga Springs 833-0504; saratogaquestions@terranovachurch. org, Services: Sunday 5:30 p.m. Childcare: six months–four years and expanding. Handicapped accessible. The Salvation Army Worship, Service & Community Center 27 Woodlawn Ave., Saratoga Springs 584-1640; Mail-P.O. Box 652 Captain Aaron A. Boone, Sr.; Captain Amber S. Boone Commanding Officers/Ministers Services: Sunday School 10 a.m.; Praise & Worship 11 a.m. Trinity United Methodist Church 155 Ballard Rd., Gansevoort 584-9107; Rev. Patti Molik-Pastor Services: Sunday 9 and 11 a.m. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs 624 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-1555; Services, Nursery Care, and Religious Education: Sundays 10 a.m. Youth Group: Sundays 11:30 a.m. Unity Church in Albany 21 King Ave., Albany 453-3603 Services: Sunday 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. West Charlton United Presbyterian Church 1331 Sacandaga Rd., West Charlton 882-9874 Rev. Thomas Gregg, Pastor Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Wilton Baptist Church 755 Saratoga Rd, Wilton 583-2736;; Services: Sunday Service 11 a.m.

Week of January 10 – January 16, 2014

Ballston Spa Education Foundation Presents Grant Awards


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(l-r) Laurie Sickles, BSEF Grant Award Chairperson, Kevin Schaefer, Ballston Spa Board of Education Vice President, Ellen Mottola, BSEF officer, and Superintendent Dr. Joseph Dragone, the BSEF grant check presentation.

BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Education Foundation (BSEF) recently presented grant awards to educators in the Ballston Spa Central School District. The grant awards, which totaled over $8,500, included funds for ASK NAO robot software in the Wood Road Elementary School’s Special Education classrooms, rocket equipment for the High School Physics Department and chess sets for the third grade at the Milton Terrace North Elementary School. Grants were also awarded to the high school for a 3D printer in the Technology Department and

graphic tablets for use in the Art and Technology classes. “On behalf of the school district and staff members who received grant awards this fall, I would like to extend our appreciation to the BSEF as they continue to provide for enrichment experiences in our district,” said Superintendent Joseph P. Dragone, Ph.D. of the Ballston Spa CSD. “The continued support of non-profit organizations like the BSEF demonstrates our progress in providing college and career readiness for all students, and we appreciate their commitment to sustaining district initiatives.” With these latest grant

awards, the BSEF has funded over $313,500 in enrichment grants to the school district since its inception in 1996. The Ballston Spa Education Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with an all volunteer board made up of community members whose mission is to raise and distribute resources for educational enrichment opportunities outside the realm of the daily operational needs of the Ballston Spa Central School District.

Ethan Frederick McGuirk GLENS FALLS — Shawn and Sara McGuirk of Glens Falls announce the birth of  a son, Ethan Frederick McGuirk who was born December 3 at 10:57 p.m. at Saratoga Hospital.   Ethan was born 7 pounds, 3 ounces and 20.5 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Ellen and Al Holtz of Saratoga Springs and paternal grandparents are Harold

and Tammy McGuirk of Cocoa, Florida and Tammy Hayden of Mechanicville.



Week of January 10 – January 16, 2014

Film Screening On January 11 Launches Year 10 Programming For Saratoga Reads

SARATOGA SPRINGS Saratoga Reads and SUNY Empire State College will present a screening of the film “Kandahar” on Saturday, Jan. 11, 1:30 p.m. at the Empire State College Center for Distance Learning, 113 West Ave, Saratoga Springs. The film will be followed by a moderated panel discussion. The screening will kick off a series of events related to this year’s Saratoga Reads book of choice, “And the Mountains

Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini. Saratoga Reads is celebrating it 10th year as a community-wide reading program. The 2001 Iranian film “Kandahar” is set in Afghanistan under the rule of the Taliban. It follows the partly true, partly fictionalized story of an Afghaniborn woman living in Canada who returns to Afghanistan after her sister threatens suicide through a letter. Her harrowing journey into and through

Afghanistan takes many twists and turns. The film is directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf and won him the Federico Fellini Prize from UNESCO in 2001. Following the film, there will be a panel discussion facilitated by Dr. Himanee Gupta-Carlson, assistant professor and area coordinator for historical studies at the ESC center for distance learning. Panelists include Ryan Smithson, Empire State College graduate, US Military veteran,

and author of “Ghosts of War: The True Story of a 19-Year-Old GI” (2010); and Patricia A. Walsh and Arlene P. Loucks, sisters and co-authors of “The Pieces Comes Together…At Last: The Memoirs Of An Adult Adoptee and Her Sister” (2013). The event is open to the public free of charge. Local Turkish restaurant Istanblue will provide a sampling of Mediterranean food. Other January events centered on “And the Mountains

Echoed” include a Books and Tea Book Discussion at Saratoga Springs Public Library on Thursday, Jan. 16, and a book discussion at the Moreau Community Center on Saturday, Jan. 25. Students in grades K-12 are invited to enter the Saratoga Reads Lego contest, taking place on Saturday, Feb. 8, at Division Street School in Saratoga Springs. Entries are due to Saratoga Reads by Jan. 31.

A Walking, Talking, Shooting Robot: Area Schools Take Up Challenge To Build It

BALLSTON SPA – There are robots that are involved in everyday activities, such as vending machines and ATMs , but it is difficult to imagine either of those being able to carry an exercise ball down a field, then shoot the ball and cooperate with others - much less how to build a robot that could. Students throughout the Capital Region have already formed teams to tackle this task as part of the 2014 FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). Over the next five weeks, they will strategize, design, build and test a robot that, they hope, will be able to exhibit

these talents to win the competition. His third time participating in the competition, Dennis Mooney, a senior of Ballston Spa High School, said that he gets a lot of enjoyment from the experience. He and his teammates spend about three to eight hours a week outside the classroom collaborating on the project. Mooney also participates in other extracurricular activities such as track and field, which is also a large time commitment; however, if it came down to choosing between his other extracurricular activities and this project he said: “I would go to robotics any

day before the others.” Interest in robotics is growing in the Capital District. The number of teams has grown from three teams just a few years ago to over eleven teams, including rookie teams from Cambridge and Troy this year. It will be the first year that a regional competition will be held in the Capital District. All teams participating in the event received a kit of parts. Additional parts can be purchased bought Rensselear campus on March 13 – 15 to compete in the New York Tech Valley Regional Competition. Accomplished inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen founded FIRST in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. FRC is an annual competition that challenges high

The Ballston Spa High School Robotics Team #3044 was part of an alliance that won first place at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute FRC F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Regional Competition in Massachusetts last March and proceeded to national competition.

school students working alongside professional mentors to construct robot of their own, and compete in the ultimate Sport for the Mind that measure the effectiveness of each robot, the power of teamwork and collaboration, and gracious

professionalism. Through their participation in FRC, students experience the excitement of science, engineering, technology and innovation and qualify for over $18 million in college scholarships.

Ballston Spa Central School District Holds UPK Enrollment Until January 31 BALLSTON SPA - Ballston Spa Central School District is enrolling for its 2014-2015 Universal Prekindergarten Program (UPK). Eligibility requires residency within the school district, and the applicant must have turned four years of age on or before December 1, 2013 in order to enroll for the 2014-2015 school year. Agencies that provide the UPK Program for the district are:

YMCA Malta Childcare – Malta Commons Contact: Amy Wert 518-583-4342 Saratoga County EOC Head Start Contact: Kathy Shannon 518-884-7270 (ext. 3360) New meadow Malta Commons Contact: Patti O’Rourke 518-899-9235 Ballston Area Community Center Contact: Amanda Dymond 518-885-3261 (ext. 16)

To obtain an application, call the agencies listed to the left, contact the District at 884-7195 (ext. 1336) or go to the district’s web page at The deadline for applications is January 31, 2014. For questions regarding the program, call the Ballston Spa Central School District’s Office of Curriculum, Assessment and Pupil Services at 518-884-7195 (ext. 1336).

Week of January 10 – January 16, 2014



The Arts Center Gallery Opens Annual High School All Stars Exhibition

A Showcase of Saratoga, Fulton and Montgomrey County High School Artists From January 11-25 SARATOGA SPRINGS – High school art teachers throughout Saratoga, Fulton and Montgomery County, including Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Ballston Spa, Saratoga Springs, Shenendehowa, South Glens Falls, Stillwater, Amsterdam, Gloversville, Mayfield and Northville, select work in all media from their strongest students to exhibit in The Arts Center Gallery (320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs). From sculpture to drawing, these wonderful works of art highlight the dedication of area art teachers together with the amazing talent of their art students. By encouraging younger generations of artists to excel in their creative work, Saratoga Arts fulfills its mission of cultivating,

Opening Reception January 11, 3 to 5 p.m. nourishing and sustaining the arts in all of its forms. Guests are welcome to visit the Arts Center Gallery from 9 a.m. -5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturday from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Local, regional and nationally known artists’ work is displayed in our 2,000 square-foot gallery. Opening receptions and discussions with the artists are free and open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to browse through our gallery shop, featuring fine art by over 50 of our member artists. For more information, contact Elizabeth Dubben, director of exhibitions at or (518) 584-4132

Option For Cheaper SAT Prep Meant To Offer Opportunity To More Students

CLIFTON PARK – CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services in collaboration with Capital District Consulting are offering SAT Prep courses to cover the strategies and techniques that all students should know beforehand. A lot of students often underperform on the SAT because they are unfamiliar with how to approach it, Lawrance Silverman said, president of Capital District Consulting; while other students may live outside the Capital Region and in this way “ends up being more expensive for people”. The goal of the course is to prevent test anxiety and to fully prepare students to perform at their best on both the math and English portions of the exam. Colleges often base scholarships on a combination of grades and SAT scores,

so underperforming on the test can cost a prospective student and their family thousands of dollars in lost scholarships. Before starting college, Silverman’s own personal desire to move into the field of psychology required that he take the SAT, and knowing of these challenges, he later decided to give back to the community and host a test prep course. The course fee is $225.00 and classes will run from 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. on March 10, 13, 17, 20, 24 and 27. Classes will be held in the conference room of CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services in Clifton Park. Scholarships are available for students in need. Thirty percent of the course fee will be donated to CAPTAIN programs and services.



Week of January 10 – January 16, 2014

Week of January 10 – January 16, 2014

fun and games


Across 1 Like many bar brews 6 2013 World Series champs, familiarly 9 PC problem solver 13 Garlicky sauce 14 Stinky Le Pew 15 Storybook baddie 16 Recycled sheets for scribbling 18 Senior’s big dance 19 Rain heavily 20 Dry as the Gobi 21 Perfect spots 22 Org. headed by the U.S. Comptroller General 23 End-of-filming cast event 25 “Alley __” 26 Under lock and __ 27 Pervasive glow 28 Used a rotary phone 30 Fried rice ingredient 31 Spider’s trap 34 Scandal-ridden Texas-based corporation 35 Pirate’s “yes” 36 Odometer button 38 Fast sports cars 39 “Great” primate 40 Skiing coats 41 Rain delay rollout 43 Pick up the tab 44 Tattoos, slangily 45 Toy gun loaded with rolls 48 Morning hrs. 49 Plane handler 50 Stun with a police gun 51 Shopping bag 53 Admit frankly 54 Scrubbing brand with two periods in its name 56 Christmas candle scent 57 Works in un museo 58 With glee 59 Serving whiz 60 Golfer’s smallest wood? 61 Tough journeys Down 1 Brewer’s oven 2 “Good job!” 3 Ripped to shreds


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4 Shrine to remember 5 Dot on a domino 6 Old-timey photo hue 7 Spot with regular and guest columnists 8 Gen-__: millennial preceder 9 First-rate 10 Long-legged wader 11 Chum 12 Tailoring borders 14 Fencing defense 17 Poked at like a cat 21 Lobed organ 24 Wrinkly little dog 25 Keats’ “__ on Melancholy” 26 Historical novelist Follett 29 Suffered a blackout 30 Cyclone center 32 Ice cream treat

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See puzzle solution on page 29 33 Jack’s access 35 Supplier of software hidden in 16-, 23-, 45- and 54-Across 36 Bit of sunlight 37 Pooh-pooher’s sound 39 Tycoon Onassis 40 Prefix with -lithic 42 On point 43 Hustlers chasing rustlers 45 Word with duty or pride 46 Like a hermit 47 Personal shopper’s asset 48 For the bond-issue price 49 Bearded Smurf 52 “Grand” ice cream maker 54 Went unused 55 TSA employee

Writing the Right Word by Dave Dowling Accuracy in word choice is a key to effective communication. This quick weekly tip will help you filter the confusion in some of our daily word choices. A la mode, Alamode À la mode refers to being served with ice cream. The restaurant served pie à la mode with every meal.

Alamode refers to a thin silk usually found in scarfs and hoods. She complemented her winter outfit with a black alamode scarf.

Dave Dowling is the author of the The Wrong Word Dictionary and The Dictionary of Worthless Words. Signed copies are available for purchase at the gifts and home goods store, Homessence on Broadway in Saratoga Springs.


LOCAL BRIEFS For “Dax’s Big Birthday Bash.” This is the night to celebrate Dax and The Northway Rivalry continues Call (518) 480-3355 or visit for more information.

‘War Horse’ Premieres at Proctors The National Theatre of Great Britain’s epic “War Horse,” winner of five 2011 Tony awards including Best Play, will make its premiere at Proctors, January 15-19. Tickets are on sale now and are available by calling (518) 346-6204, going online at www., or visiting the Box Office at Proctors, 432 State Street Schenectady. Winter Classic XX Girls’ Hockey Tournament The Glens Falls Recreation Center presents the Winter Class XX Girls’ Hockey Tournament, January 17-20. One of the oldest and largest girls ice hockey tournaments in New York, hosting teams from Northeast states, Ontario and Quebec, the event will raise money for local charities. Games will also be played at thee Glens Falls Civic Center. Visit for more information. Purple Tie Affair Coming to Saratoga The first annual Purple Tie Affair will be held on January 18 at the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs. From 7-11 p.m., guests will enjoy delicious food, drinks, a silent auction and dancing with entertainment by The Accents Band. A multi-purpose celebration, proceeds from the event will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), while a large focus of the night will highlight corporate teams and individual recruitment for Team in Training (TNT), the athletic endurance program that raises funds for LLS cancer research and patient services. Tickets for A Purple Tie Affair are $55 per person or $100 per couple in advance and can be purchased online at Make sure you visit A Purple Tie Affair’s Facebook and Instagram pages to see photos of some of the events available to participate in. For more information contact Danny Arnold (518) 495-2594 or email Adirondack Phantoms Hockey: Dax’s Big Birthday Bash See Adirondack Phantoms hockey host the Albany Devils at the Glens Falls Civic Center on January 18, starting at 7 p.m.

Bridal Day Weekend Plan your day with the area’s leading professionals at Dunham’s Bay Resort in Lake George. Engagement party and girls night out, two levels, with after party is offered until midnight on Saturday, January 18. Prizes will be given away at both these events and you must be present to win. The bridal show will be on Sunday, January 19 and a free wedding package giveaway will be awarded on Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. For more information call (518) 7926092 or visit Spice up Your Winter With Wine Tasting Adirondack Winery in Lake George is hosting a free wine tasting on January 18 and 19. Spiced mulled wines, gourmet food, cheese and chocolates will be available on that Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Call (518) 6689463 or visit adirondackwinery. com for more information. ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ at St. Clement’s St. Clement’s Church and Corpus Christi Church present the musical Jesus Christ Superstar, January 23, 24 and 25th at 7:30 p.m at Corpus Christi in Round Lake. Tickets are $10. Call (518) 584-6122. Dreamzzz: Adirondack Theatre Festival Winter Gala Performance The 20th Annual Adirondack Theatre Festival Winter Gala Performance will be January 25 at the Charles R Wood Theater in Glens Falls. Celebrate an enjoyable evening with ATF. There will be entertainment by high caliber New York City musical theatre performers. Food and beverages from area restaurants, and the region’s most unique silent and live auctions will also be present starting at 7 p.m. Call (518) 8740800 or visit for more information. Torch Run: Fireworks Fireworks will be on display for free on Gore Mountain on January 26, starting at dusk. Call (518) 2512411or visit for more information. County Chamber of Commerce 96th Annual Dinner From 6-9:30 p.m., January 30, the

Chamber will recognize 25 and 50-year anniversary members and volunteers that dedicate their time to the overall mission of the Chamber, the Board of Directors and staff. In addition, the Chamber will be honoring the Saratoga 150 committee and recapping the 150th year of racing this past summer. Tickets for the event at the Saratoga Springs City Center (522 Broadway) are $100 per person or $1,000 for a table of 10. If interested, contact Keith VanVeghten through email at kvanveghten@saratoga. org or Denise Romeo at dromeo@ Gavin Park Pickleball Indoor Pickleball has begun at Gavin Park and runs from now until April. Players of any experience level can participate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:15 a.m.–11:15 a.m. Three to six courts will be available each session. Participants may bring their own equipment or may use the park’s. Players must register, in person, at the Gavin Park Office, 10 Lewis Drive, Wilton. Doors open at 9 a.m. No regular commitment is required. Cost per person, per day, is $3. For more information call (518) 584-9455. Seeking Tax Assistance Volunteers TaxAide is seeking volunteers for the coming tax season. TaxAide volunteers answer questions and prepare and file returns for low to moderate income taxpayers and seniors from February 1 to April 15 at various sites in Saratoga County. No experience is required. For further information, visit taxaide or call (518) 373-1076. Win Your Wedding Contest  If you have a romantic, quirky, funny, or unique wedding proposal story, the National Museum of Dance wants to hear from you. Submit your proposal story in 250 words or less along with a photo, or a twominute video (using a YouTube or Vimeo link) for a chance to win your wedding. All submissions must be received by February 28. The story with the most likes on the Dance Museum’s Wedding Facebook page on March 20 will win a wedding package valued at over $15,000 from some of the capital region’s best wedding vendors.  The winning couple will be announced March 21. Contact or (518) 584-2225, ext. 3001 for more information or to submit your story. Saratoga County Chamber Workshop The Saratoga County Chamber will host a three part workshop with Ray Patterson of the Stakeholders, Inc.

Week of January 10 – January 16, 2014 to provide additional information to nonprofits about recruiting, training, supporting evaluating and celebrating their volunteers. This training series is in addition to the many workshops, seminars and collaborative meetings regularly held for area nonprofit management staff and will be brought to the Chamber members free of charge. The sessions will be held on the second Thursday in February and April from 8–10 a.m. at Saratoga Bridges. Reservations can be made directly through the Chamber at www. Mavens of Mayhem: Book Discussion The Upper Hudson Chapter of Sisters in Crime, The Mavens of Mayhem, will meet on Saturday, January 18 at 10:30 a.m. at The Bethlehem Public Library (451 Delaware Ave., Delmar). Denis Foley, scholar, author, and Delmar resident, will speak about the genre of True Crime. He will discuss his book, “Lemuel Smith: The Compulsion to Kill,” as well as his book in progress on ‘Legs’ Diamond. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information visit http://www. Winterfest 2014 Come Enjoy the Walkable North Bennington Village on February 1. Penguin Plunge Teams Check in at 9 a.m., costumes by 10:30 a.m. and at 11 a.m. take the dip in Lake Paran. The Chili Fest by the NorShaft Lions Club at VAE will follow the Plunge. Live music will be at VAE for the warm up party plus a cash bar and ice cream sandwiches. There will also be ice carving at the North Bennington Train Station to begin on Friday and finish Saturday with awards at 3:30 p.m. The pet parade is 4 p.m. at Whitman’s Feed Store. Wagon Hay Rides throughout the Day from 11:30–4.m. Dog sled rides are weather permitting. Also, the kids’ carnival will be in the elementary school. Email for more information. Note: Penguin Plunge benefits the Vermont Special Olympics, so form a team and register on their website. Hubbard Hall Opera Theater: A Condensed Piano Production Hubbard Hall Opera Theater (HHOT) will present a travelling piano production of Bizet’s “Carmen,” Saturday, February 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Dorset Playhouse and Sunday, February 2 at 3 p.m. at The University of Albany Performing Arts Center.

Lake George Arts Project’s Courthouse Gallery Opening January 18 and running through February 21, the Lake George Arts Project’s Courthouse Gallery will present a two-person exhibition of recent work by Hillary Fayle and Yari Ostovany. The opening reception takes place on Saturday, January 18, from 4 – 6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. All You Can Eat Monthly Dinner An all you can eat dinner will be available at the Principessa Elena Society at 11 – 13 Oak Street in Saratoga Springs on January 17from 5–7 p.m. The menu includes sausage minestrone soup, baked ham, Au Gratin potatoes, vegetables, pasta with sauce, salad, bread, butter, dessert, coffee and tea. Seniors $8; Regular $9; Children 5-12, $5; Under 5 is free. All Take Out Dinners $10. All are Welcome. For more information call (518) 584-4163. Acoustic Performers Sought Looking for talented soloists, duos or small acoustic bands to perform in this year’s Café Malta on Saturday, March 22. Only three to four acts will be selected and each group will perform a 15-20 minute set. Also seeking specialty acts including comedians and/or dancers to perform on an intimate stage at the Malta Community Center, 1 Bayberry Drive, Malta. Auditions are by appointment only. Contact Elyse Young, Artistic Director at (518) 899-4411, ext. 305 or email for more details or an audition appointment. Youth Center Seeking Junior Mentors The Youth Center is seeking Volunteer Junior Mentors (grades nine through 12) to work with the tween program. Some of these volunteer positions may grow into summer jobs. All volunteers will be required to complete a training course that is currently under development. Training is tentatively planned to begin in March. If you are college bound, your educational vitae should include volunteerism. So, if you are motivated and interested in personal growth, adding volunteerism to your educational vitae, mentoring younger children and having great fun while doing it, contact the Youth Center at (518) 695-6100 and leave your contact information and the best time to call you.  For up-to-the-minute information visit greaterschuylervilleyouthprogram.

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Week of January 10 – January 16, 2014

Family Friendly Event

Friday, January 10 Fish Fry Friday

Fish Creek Rod and Gun Club, Route 32, Victory, 5 – 7 p.m. Menu: Fried Fish, Fried Clams or Fried Chicken Tenders - $8.50 each, also Clam Chowder at $5 a quart. You are invited to eat in at our club house or to call ahead for Take Out (518) 695-3917. Everyone is welcome.

Auditions for Center for Disability Services Telethon 314 South Manning Blvd., Albany, 6 – 8 p.m. Performers of all ages and talents are invited to open auditions for the 54th Annual Center for Disability Services. Dance troupes, choral groups, singers, duos, trios and novelty acts are encouraged to sign up. Those selected through the audition process will perform during the telethon broadcast on FOX23, live from the Holiday Inn in Albany on Wolf Road. The Telethon will be held January 26. Call (518) 944-2120 or email to schedule an audition. Go to www. for information.

Saturday, January 11 Saratoga Stress Reduction Program Introductory Class One Big Roof, 433 Broadway, third floor, Saratoga Springs, 8:30 – 10 a.m. A nine-week stress reduction and pain management course, taught by Dr. Selma Nemer, Caroline Russell Smith and Pierre Zimmerman, in which students learn mindfulness meditation as a practice for growth and healing. Call Dr. Selma Nemer at (518) 581-3180, ext. 307 to register now.

NEACA Arms Fair Saratoga Springs City Center, 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 9 a.m. Fine collector guns, military souvenirs, books and militaria for show and sale, Saturday and Sunday. Admission: $8 Adults, $7 Seniors, under 14 free with an adult. For more information visit

Pilates for a Purpose

Reform. A True Pilates Studio, 18 Division St. Suite 203 Saratoga Springs, 10 – 11 a.m. 100 percent of donations go to

the non-profit. Please join us for an open level Pilates mat class. All levels and experience welcome. No charge for class. Donations accepted at the door. Please wear comfortable clothing and socks. Bring a yoga mat if you have one and arrive 15 minutes prior to class. For more information call (518) 871-1315.

‘Isabella’s Shoe Studio’: Meet the Author Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 11 a.m. Join author and illustrator Violet LeMay as she introduces Isabella, a smart and funny 7-year-old girl who dreams of becoming a famous shoe designer. She invites young artists not only to read the story, but also to create their own art. Combining a fun and quirky narrative with creative doodles and activities, this interactive storybook is sure to keep stylish little artists busy for hours. For more information visit www.

Celebrating Women in Nature Roosevelt Baths & Spa, Saratoga Springs, 4 – 8 p.m. Celebrate the beautiful natural world and meet the women who made these photographs possible. Refreshments and light fare, local musicians and tarot readings. Complimentary chair massage, make-up application, eye treatments and foot massage will also be provided by Roosevelt Baths & Spa. Other prizes include spa service of choice and mineral baths. For all enquiries and to RSVP email

Scholarship Campaign Kick Off Party Saratoga Springs YMCA Branch, West Avenue, 6 – 9 p.m. Join us for an evening of fun, with music by Kid DJ, a silent auction, raffle giveaways, and food and beverages from local vendors. We will also be providing complimentary babysitting for the guests, including pizza, a bounce house, and movie. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Y scholarship fund, We Build People. Cost is $50. For more information contact Susan Rhoades, Saratoga Springs branch/ annual Giving Director at (518) 583-9622, ext.104 Please visit our website to purchase tickets at www.

The Stone that Started the Ripple

Filene Hall, Skidmore College, 7 p.m. A one act play dramatizing a modern-day reunion of the

calendar suffragists. A humorous yet historical representation of the return of the women who initiated the crusade for women’s right to vote. Using their actual words from the 1800s, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth, and Lucretia Mott offer commentary on the status of women’s issues today. Tickets are $10. For more information or to reserve a seat call (518) 728-0237.

Sunday, January 12 Sunday Breakfast Fish Creek Rod and Gun Club, Route 32, Victory 8 – 11 a.m. Eggs cooked to order, bacon, sausage, toast (white or wheat), pancakes ( regular, blueberry, buckwheat, apple cinnamon ), French toast, home fries, orange juice, coffee, tea, hot chocolate. Cost: Adult $6.00; Child $3. Everyone is welcome.

‘The Five People You Meet in Heaven ‘Book Discussion Woodlawn Commons, 156 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, 6 p.m. New Thought New York Center for Spiritual Living is hosting the discussion of the book by Mitch Albom. All are welcome whether or not they’ve read the book. For more information visit www. or call (518) 423-3569.

Monday, January 13 Aussie Olympic Send Off Party Peabody’s, 39 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs, 6 – 10 p.m. Join the Australian Men’s Bobsled Team as they relax in Saratoga Springs before heading to the Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Enjoy Australian food and hoist a pint of Fosters. We will auction off the guys as an “honorary boyfriend” while they are competing. Get texts and inside pics from the Olympics like only the athletes can show. $20 with advance reservation or $25 at the door. For more information call (518) 886-8673.

org for more information and other events.

Tuesday, January 14 Skype for Beginners Saratoga Springs Public Library, Computer Lab, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Learn to use the free version of Skype, a 2003-founded software program, now a part of Microsoft, which is available online. Anyone can use Skype to make voice or video calls using a computer. Learn the basics, and learn about the free verses the paid version of the program. For more information call Kathy Handy (518) 584-7860, ext. 257.

Wednesday, January 15 Guided Mindful Meditation Saratoga Springs Public Library, Susman Room, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Take a break from the daily grind and clear your mind with guided Mindful Meditation led by professionals from One Roof Holistic Health Center. Sessions are free and open to the public, and will be held on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Everyone is welcome. For more information contact Gina Michelin at (518) 584-7860, ext. 250.

Thursday, January 16 Moonlight Ski 2014 Vischer Ferry Nature Preserve, Riverview Road, Rexford, 7 p.m. Join us during our free Family Moonlight Cross Country Ski evening, snow conditions permitting. Everyone is invited to participate and must bring their own ski equipment. There will be a warm-up fire and the Shenendehowa Nordic Club will provide hot drinks. Meet at the preserve’s main parking lot on Riverview Road (at the Whipple Bridge) at 7 pm. For more information visit www.

Saratoga Springs Public Library, H. Dutcher Community Room, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Local favorite, singer songwriter and performer extraordinaire, Jeff Walton will lead an all-acoustic song swap. Bring your guitar, bring your ukulele, bring your harmonica. Get off your couch and come down and share your music. All abilities and ages are welcome. No registration required. Visit www.sspl.

Upcoming Town Meetings Town of Ballston: Ballston Town Hall 323 Charlton Road (518) 885-8502 1/29: Planning Board, 7:30 p.m. Village of Ballston Spa: 66 Front Street (518) 885-5711 1/13: Board of Trustees, 7:30 p.m. Town of Greenfield: 7 Wilton Road (518) 893-7432 1/14: Planning Board, 7 p.m. Town of Malta: 2540 Route 9 (518) 899-2818 1/21: Planning Board, 6:30 p.m. Town of Milton: 503 Geyser Road (518) 885-9220 1/15: Town Board, 7 p.m. 1/23: Zoning Board, 7 p.m. City of Saratoga Springs: 474 Broadway (518) 587-3550 1/20: Zoning Board of Appeals, 7 p.m. Town of Saratoga: 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville (518) 695-3644 1/13: Town Board, 7 p.m. Village of Schuylerville: 35 Spring Street (518) 695-3881 1/20: Planning Board, 6:30 p.m. Town of Stillwater: 881 N. Hudson Avenue Stillwater, NY 12170 (518) 664-6148 1/20: Planning Board, 7 p.m. 1/21: Board of Trustees, 7 p.m.

Town of Wilton:

Song Swap with Jeff Walton

Blood Drives January 14, noon - 5:30 p.m. 16 Saratoga Bridges Blvd. Ballston Spa January 15, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saratoga County Courts Lot Ballston Spa


22 Traver Road (518) 587-1939 1/15: Planning Board, 6:30 p.m. Saratoga County Board of Supervisors: 40 McMaster St, #1 Ballston Spa, NY 12020 (518) 885-2240

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Week of January 10 – January 16, 2014

week of 1/10-1/16 friday, 1/10:

saturday, 1/11:

Steve Lambert Quartet, 9 pm

Kings English, 10:30 pm

@ 9 Maple Avenue - 583.2582

Brandon Scott, 9 pm @ Bailey’s - 583.6060

Dj Motion, 9 pm @ Bentley’s - 899.4300

Jes Hudak, 8 pm @ Caffè Lena - 583.0022

ILL Funk Ensemble, 10 pm @ Caroline St. Pub - 583.9400

Megan + The Brats, 9 pm @ Gaffney’s - 583.7359

Rich Ortiz, 8:30 pm @ Irish Times - 583.0003

Radio Junkies/Strangely Weird, 10:30 pm @ JP Bruno’s - 745.1180

Spoiler, 9 pm @ The Mill - 899.5253

@ JP Bruno’s - 745.1180

Hair Of The Dog, 8 pm @ The Parting Glass - 583.1916

George Giroux, 6:30 pm @ Primelive Ultra Lounge - 583.4563

A Night For Jerelle, 8 pm @ Putnam Den - 584.8066

Karaoke/Dj Darik, 9 pm @ The Rusty Nail - 371.9875

sunday, 1/12: Live Jazz Brunch, 10 am @ Primelive Ultra Lounge - 583.4563

Contra Dance Party, 3:30 pm @ The Parting Glass - 583.1916

Forthlin Road, 9 pm

monday, 1/13:

Just Nate, 6:30 pm

@ One Caroline - 587.2026

Mallett Brothers, 9 pm

tuesday, 1/14:

@ The Parting Glass - 583.1916

@ Primelive Ultra Lounge - 583.4563 @ Putnam Den - 584.8066

John Eisenhart, 8 pm @ Ravenswood - 371.8771

Mike Jessup, 9 pm @ The Rusty Nail - 371.9875

Jeff Brisbin, 7 pm

Chris Carey/Tim Wechgelaer, 7 pm

Rich Ortiz, 10 pm

@ Caroline St. Pub - 583.9400

Open Mic with Rick Bolton, 9 pm @ Circus Cafe - 583.1106

Jeff Brisbin, 7 pm @ Maestros - 580.0312

@ Maestros - 580.0312

The Refrigerators, 8 pm @ Vapor - 792.8282

wednesday, 1/15: Jeff Walton, 7 pm

saturday, 1/11:

@ Maestros - 580.0312

Pete Sweeney Quartet, 9 pm

@ One Caroline - 587.2026

@ 9 Maple Avenue - 583.2582

The Blackouts, 9 pm

Masters Of Nostalgia, 9 pm Celtic Session, 8 pm @ The Parting Glass - 583.1916

@ Bailey’s - 583.6060

The Schmooze, 9 pm @ Bentley’s - 899.4300

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Molly Durnin, 9 pm

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@ Irish Times - 583.0003 @ The Mill - 899.5253

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Week of January 10 – January 16, 2014



“Women In Nature” Takes Off All Photos By Deborah Neary. See Story On next page.

PULSE “Women In Nature” Takes Off Forecast 1/25: Chili!


by Arthur Gonick Saratoga TODAY

SARATOGA SPRINGS – ““Woman in nature” is about reconnecting with our true selves through the creative process.” So states Deborah Neary, who has put together a stunning series of photographs of females that are communing with their natural selves in a natural habit. According to Deborah, this has never been more important, and the process is invigorating as both subject and photographer get back to a state where they rid themselves of their technological and other encumbrances and become their true selves. “We live in a world of computers, cell phones and virtual realities. Our connection with the physical, natural world is diminished, the result is an uneasy feeling, a lack of feeling at home in one’s body.” She says. “There is a need to spend more time with nature, to actually stand in the water, lay down in the wild grass, and feel the earth beneath our bare feet, to re-ground and reconnect with the earth and our authentic being. “Woman in nature” is about reconnecting through this creative process.” Deborah further states: “Working with natural elements in

safety and affirmation, we purposefully abandon cultural and societal constraints that limit expression and acceptance. The result is powerful, primordial and magnificent. My subjects find the experience deeply moving and transformative.” A process that reflects back synergistically to the photographer as well as the viewer. “Photographing women in nature satisfies my own longing to linger a while in the forest while engaging my passion: to make art and relate with other women,” she says. “Simply being in nature is healing for everyone involved.” The show is scheduled for display at the Roosevelt Spa and Baths through this month. An important point to note is that this is to be regarded as mature content, for adults only as some of the subjects are photographed reconnecting with nature and themselves au’ naturel. For those who don’t speak French that means with little or no clothes though as our photo examples show, this is by no means universal, yet you have been warned. At Saturday’s reception, many of the models that posed for the photographs on display will be available to meet and discuss their experiences. Additionally, there will be live original music by Jackie Callahan and Clem Marino, tarot readings by Sarah

Hopkins, a variety of complimentary pampering goodies and refreshments provided by Putnam’s restaurant at the Gideon Putnam Hotel. The best recommendation I can give to view this show comes from our Production Director Frank Garguilio, who runs through hundreds of photos each week. This was the first time in quite a while that he made a point to call me to say “Wow! Where did these come from?” So we’ll call this exhibit Frank’s “Pick of the Week.” Mine, too – and I bet yours as well.

Women in Nature A Photo Exhibition by Deborah Neary

Roosevelt Baths And Spa Saratoga Springs Free Note: Mature Content / Adults Only Please

Week of January 10 – January 16, 2014

SCHUYLERVILLE— On Saturday, January 25, the Saratoga Clay Arts Center (167 Hayes Road, Schuylerville) will hold it’s third annual Chili Bowl Fundraiser.  Area clay artists are busy making over a thousand bowls for the event.  Five “celebrity chefs” (Sean Comiskey (2013’s Chili Bowl defending champion) from Druthers, Paul Higgs from Roma Foods, Tim Neal from Parkside Eatery, Jason Proctor from Espressohuis and Brad Holub from Longfellows Restaurant) will compete and, along with the center, five charities of the “Chef ’s Choice” will benefit from the proceeds. You’ll be able to  vote for “Best Chili”  and support the efforts of your favorite chef, and of course, take home a wonderful work of art as a souvenir. “I promise you›ll have a great time and enjoy the day,” said Jill Kovachick, the Center’s director. But note well, advance planning is highly advised, as this event has exploded in popularity in just it’s third year. “Because of the success we experienced last year, we are

continuing to pre-sell chili bowls and tickets for specific time slots. Since the event is 5 hours long, we will only pre-sell 200 chili bowls for each one-hour time period,” Jill said. “After 200 bowls are sold, the time slot will be closed.  Your ticket will be issued with the time period you choose. Hopefully, this will eliminate the crowding we experienced last year.” Online registrations will take preference to walk-ins. If all the bowls are sold online, there will be no walk-ins allowed. So come out of the cold and get online for your best choice of time slots—it’s time to plan for a delicious winter thaw already. For more information or to register for the event, visit

Week of January 10 – January 16, 2014

Tie One On!

SARATOGA SPRINGS – The first Purple Tie Affair will be held on Saturday, January 18 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the National Museum of Dance (99 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs). Guests will enjoy food and drinks from Longfellows, a silent auction and dancing with entertainment by The Accents Band. A multi-purpose



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celebration, the night will highlight Team in Training (TNT), an athletic endurance training program that raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), cancer research and patient services. All proceeds from the event will benefit LLS. Tickets are $55 in advance, $100 per couple and $60 per person at the door. For more information and tickets visit

‘Superstar’ at St. Clement’s, Corpus Christi

It’s A Total Mystery Why You Would Miss This! SARATOGA SPRINGS— Home Made Theater (HMT) will host their annual benefit Murder Mystery evening High School Reunion 2014: Burying the Past on Friday, January 24 at 7 p.m. at the Gideon Putnam Hotel. It’s murder at the old alma mater when Home Made Theater presents its annual murder mystery dinner. Dust off your letterman’s jacket, shake out

your pompoms and join HMT at the first combined reunion for two rival schools that were forced to merge. Grudges, lost loves and petty jealousies are the perfect ingredients for an unforgettable, and deadly celebration. Help solve this high school whodunit and enjoy an evening of reminiscing about those glory (or gory) days with your fellow classmates. The evening will include dinner

and a cash bar, a raffle and prizes; one for solving the mystery and one for the most creative wrong solution to the crime. Tickets are $50. Reserved tables are available for parties of 8, 9, or 10 (orders must arrive together). For further information or to download the invitation visit or call (518) 5874427 to purchase tickets.

Mallet Brothers Put The Hammer Down

SARATOGA SPRINGS— The Mallett Brothers Band is an altcountry/rock band from Portland, Maine that is quickly establishing itself as a serious player on the northeast music-club scene. You get a chance to see for yourself on Friday, January 10 at Putnam Den (63A Putnam Street, Saratoga Springs). The show begins at 9:30 p.m. Admission is $7, $12 for the under 21 set. Slightly more rock than country, they provide musical melting pot that’s influenced equally by the folk and singer/songwriter influence of brothers Luke and Will’s dad David Mallett - himself a noted musician - as by the harder rock, punk and even psychedelic influences of the other band members.

The Mallet Brothers.

The result: song-driven music that holds up under a solitary listening, but that’s equally apt to crank a room full of rockers into high gear. Since forming in 2009, they’ve released three full length albums

and toured the country extensively, opening for acts ranging from .38 Special to Toby Keith to Travis Tritt to the Turnpike Troubadours, as well as headlining at leading clubs including the famed Continental Club in Austin.

Your Baby (Or Child) Needs A New Pair Of Shoes!

SARATOGA SPRINGS – On Saturday, January 11 at 11 a.m., Northshire Bookstore (424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs will

present a reading, art activity and signing for school-age readers with Violet LeMay, author of Isabella’s Shoe Studio. I s a b e l l a’s Shoe Studio, a Doodle storybook, is a perfect fit for kids with creative dreams.  The book is interactive,  emphasizing values such as friendship, collaboration and giving.  Isabella is a smart and funny seven-year-old girl who

dreams of becoming a famous shoe designer. She talks all about her artistic family while showing her absolute love for shoes. But that’s not all: Isabella invites young artists not only to read the story, but also to doodle tons of fun stuff and create their own art. With lists of “Cool New Words” and resources for places where readers can donate shoes and help people in need, this book is a perfect fit for kids with artistic dreams and charitable goals. This storybook will keep you stylish little artist busy for hours. For more information call (518) 682-4200 or visit

The cast of Jesus Christ Superstar.

Well, now. To hear about Jesus Christ in a Catholic church is not unusual, but to see a performance of Jesus Christ Superstar in one is another thing altogether. But in a sense, these performers can be regarded as answering to a higher authority. All of which is to say that the public is invited to enjoy 28 performing parishioners, plus a full band, comprised of all ages from middle school through adult, both amateur and professional, with proceeds going to benefit St. Clement’s partnership with Water to Thrive to help build water wells in Ethiopia. Jesus Christ Superstar will be performed next Thursday, Friday and Saturday, January 16 – 18 at St. Clement’s Church, and January 23 – 25 at Corpus Christi in Round Lake. All shows have a 7:30 p.m. start time. The director is Karey Hall-Trimmings, with musical direction by Matt Duclos and

Choreography by Tina Baird. Tickets are $10 general admission and are available at the St. Clement’s Parish Office for all shows. For more information, call (518) 584-6122. Oh, and while MY higher authority has sworn me to secrecy about specific details, I am permitted to say that a special “extra” scene has been added at the end to assure that everyone will be happy with the ending of the story… like one of the show’s song titles: everything’s alright.



Week of January 10 – January 16, 2014

New Owners, Same Cuisine Délicieusé At Ravenous by Arthur Gonick Saratoga TODAY

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Crepe and frites lovers rejoice! You’re in good hands with David Zuka and Julie Raymond, the brand new owners of Ravenous (21 Phila St, Saratoga Springs). Not only do they have the experience and expertise to continue the heritage of wonderful meals and traditional French favorites which has made Ravenous an instant favorite among many since it’s arrivée on the local cuisine scene in 1999, but a cultivated love for this restaurant specifically. David and Julie, who closed on the restaurant on January 2, had become regular Ravenous customers since they moved to the region in 2003. “It became one of our favorite places to eat. For the last two years we worked in New York City, but made the decision to come back to Saratoga Springs in hopes of running our own company. The

restaurant business is a natural choice since we both have experience, and passion for the business.” Indeed, David, who hails from the mid-Atlantic region, holds a degree in hospitality management and has worked in the restaurant business for 28 years in both operations and distribution. Julie, who is French Canadian, also holds a degree in hotel and restaurant management. She worked for about 10 years in the hospitality industry, studied at Le Cordon Bleu and had been working in manufacturing for the last 15 years before returning to food, her true passion. In order to assure a smooth transition, the original owners, Lauren Wickizer and Francesco D’Amico are working side-by-side with David and Julie. No major menu changes are planned. “This is a very good, healthy business,” Julie said. “We don’t need to fix something or tinker with anything.” So breathe a sigh of relief. All your favorites will remain. They are probably

the new owner’s favorites as well. “We were delighted when the opportunity to become a part of Ravenous presented itself since we loved the food and the friendly

Try at least one new item each week. While there are many familiar items at the market (such as carrots or cheddar cheese) there are always opportunities to try a something completely new. Pick up some crunchy kohlrabi or spicy chorizo or sweet cajeta (a caramel sauce made of goat’s milk). Did you know that underneath the ivory and light green (seemingly boring) exterior of the “beauty heart” radish is a brilliant magenta color that will transform your winter salads and crudité platters? Bring your own bags, if you can. While the market’s vendors always stand ready to offer you a plastic bag when needed, you can help to curb unnecessary use of disposable bags by using a reusable tote when at the market. Bring the kids and the non-cooks, too. There’s something to appeal to every age and interest. The market always has live music and sometimes sports other entertainment as well, like Balloon Gal Jenny or face-painters. (Watch the newsletter, website, and Facebook page for these announcements.) Tables and chairs on the second floor create a spot to enjoy your food and the music. Know your farmer, know your food. Take a minute to meet the vendors and farmers and ask about their farm or production facility. With only a few exceptions, the vendors at the market grow or make their products in Saratoga, Washington,

Schenectady or Rensselaer counties. Ask for help when you need it. Most vendors know what’s available throughout the market, and can help with preparation ideas, so don’t be shy about asking for recipes or tips! The friendly team at the front information table, in the lobby when you first walk in, can also answer many of your questions. This is the spot to obtain market tokens with your EBT/ debit/credit card, if you are low on cash, or pick up an insulated shopping tote for your purchases. Saratoga Farmers’ Market wishes you and your family a healthy 2014, with many enjoyable, local food adventures. Thanks for your support! More information is at On the home page, you can sign up for a weekly e-newsletter that contains news of the market and a recipe using seasonal market ingredients. You can also follow the market on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

left to right: Previous owners Lauren Wickizer and Francesco D’Amico; new Ravenous owners Julie Raymond and David Zuka.

atmosphere.” Julie said. “It is an honor to own such a great place and we intend to proudly continue to serve the Saratoga community and our loyal customers for many years

to come serving delicious crepes and amazing frites.” For more information, visit or phone (518) 581-0560.

2014: Tips For A Year Of Great, Local Food Adventures Continued from pg.1

the market, which is open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the magnificent Lincoln Baths building in Saratoga Spa State Park, right through April: Come hungry! The market has expanded the number of vendors carrying ready-to-eat items, so you can get breakfast, lunch and takehome entrees very easily. In addition to many beverage, bakery and dairy selections, the market’s weekly menu of hot prepared foods now includes made-to-order burritos, egg and sausage sandwiches, several kinds of soup/chowder/chili, custom omelets and many hearty entrees of Mediterranean origin (such as moussaka, spanakopita, cabbage rolls and eggplant parmesan).

Baked Beef Merlot This recipe is from “Farmers’ Market: Favorite Recipes,” a new cookbook by Diane Whitten of Cornell Cooperative Extension. Orders for the cookbook, which sells for $15, can be placed at the market’s information table in the lobby.

Ingredients *Ingredients available at Saratoga Farmers’ Market 2 pounds lean beef stew meat*, cut into 1 inch cubes 1 cup diced fresh tomatoes*, cored, peeled and seeded 6 carrots*, cut into coins (about 2 cups) 1 pound fingerling potatoes* 1/2 cup celery, cut into 1-inch slices 1 medium onion*, sliced and separated into rings 1 cup Merlot wine 3 tablespoons tapioca 1 slice bread, crumbled


• To peel fresh tomatoes cut an X on the blossom end and blanch in boiling water for 30-60 seconds or until the skin begins to peel away. Place in cold water to cool, peel off skin, remove core and seeds, and dice.  • Scrub potatoes and cut into halves or thirds.  Combine tomatoes and potatoes with remaining ingredients in greased 3-quart casserole dish.  • Cover and bake at 325 degrees for 3 1/2 hours.  Makes 6 servings.

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Week of January 10 – January 16, 2014

2013: A Year To Remember For Burnt Hills Graduate Hannah Martin BURNT HILLS — Burnt Hills graduate Hannah Martin, from the Jason Morris Judo Center (JMJC) in Glenville, enjoyed a remarkable run since failing to qualify for the 2012 Olympics. Martin, who was a 2008 Olympic alternate in the under 57kg (125.5 pounds) division and U.S. Open champion then needed to move up to the under 63kg division (138.8 pounds) in 2011. After moving up to her new weight class, Martin had limited success, going 0-1 at almost every event in the 2011 competition season. Martin traveled to El Salvador, Venezuela, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Samoa, only picking up two wins and no medals. Her only medal victory was claiming the 2011 U.S. Open title. Martin soon realized her journey to the 2012 Olympic Games in London was coming to an end when she lost in the first round in Paris and Hungary, and did not qualify for the 2012 Pan American Championship team. Martin was ranked No. 110 in the world at this time. To qualify for the Olympics, athletes need to be ranked in the top 14 for women and top 22 for men. It was then that she decided to step up her focus on training and improving to move toward 2016. After a few months of refocus and lots of judo, Hannah won her first U.S. National Championships in the spring of 2012. Martin started rising on the international scene in her new weight class in May 2012 at the Miami World Cup where she earned her first international bronze medal at 63kg. From there she would move on to El Salvador to win her first World Cup title and claim the No. 1 spot on the USA Rankings Roster. Later that summer she was the only American to travel to Argentina, where she made it to the final, barely losing to the No.1 ranked Brazilian, Katherine Campos. Martin continued to stay persistent and climb the world rankings. At the end of the 2012 competition season, she traveled to Apia, Samoa and picked up another Silver medal. In one year, she went from being No. 110 in the word to No. 28. 2013 started off in Paris, France where Martin went head to head with 2010 World Champion Morgane Ribout from France. The scores were tied, and in the last 30 seconds Martin was penalized for a leg grab. A new rule that was just introduced into the sport that year. “This match helped set the pace for the 2013 competition season,” Martin reflected “It made me think, ‘Hey, maybe I can hang with the best of the best.’” After the European tour, Martin

traveled down to South America and picked up a bronze medal in Uruguay, then won a silver medal in Argentina. After her two wins she was at a careerhigh No. 24 in the world. A few weeks later, Martin competed in the U.S. Nationals and won the 63kg title for a second straight year, once again solidifying her No. 1 spot in the United States. A week after Nationals, Martin and her NYAC/JMJC teammates Nick Kossor (60kg) and Brad Bolen (66kg) traveled down to Costa Rica for the Pan American Championships. This was the first time that Martin qualified for the Pan American Championships, posting a 3-1 record to take home the bronze medal. This result moved Martin up five slots on the world ranking list, putting her at No. 19 in the world. Martin also helped the USA women team capture their first ever team gold at the Pan American Team Championships, winning a tight battle against Brazilian rival Katherine Campos in the semifinals and then defeating Andrea Gutierrez (Mexico) in the final in under 30 seconds via arm-bar submission. After returning home from a successful Pan American Championships, Martin received an invite from the International Judo Federation (IJF) to compete at the World Masters in Tyumen, Russia. This event is one of the most prestigious tournaments on the judo world circuit. The top 16 players in each weight category are invited to compete at this event. Martin’s consistency in her training regimen on and off the mat led her up to this point. “This was a goal that I set for myself, next year (2014),” Martin mentioned. “She’s here every day,” added her coach Jason Morris. “Seven years, every day equals World Masters.” A day before leaving for the World Masters, Martin decided to travel to Ontario to compete at the Ontario Open as a warmup for the World Masters. Martin went 4-0 to capture the gold medal, throwing her opponent with an uchi-mata in the final. Martin made the journey to Tyumen, but lost first round to Italy’s Edwige Gwend. Martin returned home to continue training for the upcoming summer tour In Miami and El Salvador. Martin, did not medal in Miami but she came back strong, taking home a bronze medal from El Salvador. After this event, Martin was informed that she had officially qualified for her first World Championships. The rest of the summer was going to be spent training and prepping for the World Championships. At the last second, Martin and Morris decided that it would be a good opportunity

Hannah Martin. Photo by Lou DiGesare/

to compete at the Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix in Mongolia. Martin was very hesitant to travel such a long distance, and be the only American competing at this event, where she picked up her first Grand Prix bronze medal. A month later, Martin made her debut at the 2013 World Championships in Rio de Janeiro, placing ninth. Martin dominated in her first two matches, then moved on to fight Gevirse Emane (2011 and 2007 World Champion, 2005 World silver medalist and 2012 Olympic bronze medalist) from France. The match was a back-and-forth affair with the score remaining tied before Martin picked up her third shido (penalty), losing 3-2. Emane moved up to eventually win the bronze medal. After her ninth place finish she was now ranked No. 14 in the world. Two weeks after the World Championships, she traveled to Rijeka, Croatia to compete at the Grand Prix event. Martin had a disappointing seventh place finish at this event and decided to sign up to compete in the Uzbekistan Grand Prix to

redeem herself, and she did just that. Martin made it all the way to the finals at the Uzbekistan Grand Prix, losing to Mariana Barros from Brazil, who she previously beat in the semifinals in Argentina earlier in 2013. The silver medal finish put Martin at another career high of No. 11 in the world. After Tashkent, Martin won golds at the Morris Cup and the Quebec Open. Her final tournament of the year was scheduled to be the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. A week before the tournament, Martin injured her lower back during training and was thinking about cancelling her trip. “I already spent the money, and it was my last tournament of the year. Plus I did not want to let myself or my coaches down, so I decided to roll the dice and take a chance,” Martin explained. To her surprise, Martin made it all the way to the semifinals, where she lost to the eventual champion, Kathrin Unterzwurzacher of Austria, placing her in the bronze medal match against Mungunchimeg Baldorg of Mongolia, who is ranked No. 13 in the world.

“I kept in mind what my coach always says, ‘Don’t hope—make it happen,’” Martin said. “And then I threw her in the first five seconds for waza-ari (half-point) and then scored on her again for the bronze medal.” This was her third Grand Prix medal this year, and it placed Martin No.10 on the world ranking list. Even though the 2013 season is over, she is still working hard every single day. Martin rose 100 spots on the world rankings, going from No. 110 to No. 10 in just under two years. “I would not be where I am today without the help and support from my parents (Rebekah & Rich), the New York Athletic Club, all of my JMJC teammates and the guidance from my coaches Jason Morris and Teri Takemori,” Martin reflected, “I have learned a lot over the past few years and I think one of the most important lessons I have learned is to listen to my coach, stay positive, and to show up to the dojo everyday with one goal in mind, and that is to be the best version of myself.”


Week of January 10 – January 16, 2014

Community Sports Bulletin Longtime Basketball Official Endorses AWRA SARATOGA SPRINGS — For Saratoga Springs coach Rich Johns has announced that Tim Higgins, longtime NCAA Division I Basketball Official, has endorsed Johns’ Act With Respect Always program. He is considered one of the most respected officials in NCAA basketball officiating history. Tim, who worked NCAA games for 35 years is now retired and devoting more time to his family and other interests. He officiated in 10 finals fours in his career. On the AWRA website Tim endorsement reads, “In my

experience of over 35 years of officiating, when there is respect between adversaries, it’s a better game because the nonsense is nonexistent. The total commitment of both teams and coaches is focused on the game instead of the unnecessary chaos. If somehow this could become the mantra of high school and college sports, moving forward, it could be a better and more enjoyable game for players, coaches, fans, administrators and all others involved in the game. Act With Respect Always is working hard to spread this important message for all to live by. Thank you Rich.”

New Ice Skating Rink Open At Gavin Park In Wilton WILTON — This winter, the Town of Wilton Recreation at Gavin Park is offering the public another opportunity for winter fun. The Park’s brand new ice skating rink is now open, and all are invited to bring their skates and head out onto the ice. Gavin Park’s ice skating rink is approximately 100 feet long by 70 feet wide. It is available for use by skaters of any age and level of experience; however, children 12 years old or younger must be under the direct supervision of a parent or guardian at all times. Since the facility is intended for pleasure skating only, no hockey sticks, pucks, or games of any kind are allowed on the ice. No Nordic speed skates are allowed. The rink is open weekdays

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from 1–8 p.m., Saturdays from noon to 8 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m., depending on weather conditions. There is outdoor lighting, so skating after sundown can be accommodated, although all skaters and visitors must be off the ice and ready to leave the Park when the lights go off at the close of skating hours. The new ice rink is located next to Gavin Park’s public pavilion and admission is free. For information about rink openings and closings, you may go to and look under “Ice Rink.” You may also call the Gavin Park office, Monday – Friday, from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. at (518) 584-9455.

Documentary On Saratoga Warhorse Earns Eclipse Award

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, National Turf Writers and Broadcasters and Daily Racing Form announced that HRTV, the Network for Horse Sports, won the Media Eclipse Award for Television– Features, January 2. The award is for the documentary “HRTV Presents: Saratoga WarHorse,” which offered a closer look at the Saratoga WarHorse foundation, which helps struggling war veterans with the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other issues by forming an equine-human connection with retired Thoroughbreds. Produced by Stacie Clark-Rogers, the 30-minute program originally aired on November 2, 2013. HRTV will receive the award at the 43rd Annual Eclipse Awards dinner, which is scheduled for Saturday, January 18 at Gulfstream Park Racetrack and Casino in Hallandale Beach, Florida.

Puzzle solutions from pg. 19

Barcia Brothers Move On

(l-r) Brothers Michael and Joseph Barcia.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Boxing’s Michael and Joe Barcia came out of the Silver Gloves Northeast Regionals in Elmira with victories. The Barcia bout wins send them to Kansas for nationals on January 29. Michael Barcia, 12, fought on Saturday, January 3 against Oscar Lopez (New Jersey) and won the semifinal decision. Joe Barcia, 14, was in a final on Saturday. He won by decision over Cole Kinney (New England). In Sunday’s finals, Michael Barcia beat Frances Hogan (New England).




Week of January 10 – January 16, 2014

Father Dan Nolan: A History Of Nostalgia

by Damian Fantauzzi for Saratoga TODAY Three weeks ago there was an obituary in the local newspapers about a well-known priest from Mechanicville, Father Dan Nolan. Father Dan’s history and legacy goes back to days of glory in the archives of a small city. Early in the 1950s, Dan Nolan was a member of one of the most famous high school basketball teams in New York State, a program that also was nationally recognized— Mechanicville High School. Not only was he a basketball star, but he was an all-around talented athlete. Father Nolan was also known for his extraordinary ability as quarterback for the MHS football team.  At the end of his high school career he accepted an athletic scholarship to Lehigh University, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.   As the Lehigh quarterback he continued his legacy in football by receiving the accolade

of “Little All American.” He played some basketball and baseball for the university, but later into his college career he just focused on football. After his collegiate career, Dan Nolan was drafted by the NFL’s Washington Redskins. But, soon after that he was dealt to the Pittsburgh Steelers as a backup quarterback to the famous Bobby Lane, who at that time was one of the best quarterbacks in professional football. Due to injury, Dan never had an opportunity to play a single game in the NFL.   After a couple of years of pursuing his quest as a pro athlete, he decided on a different calling. Many people from Mechanicville did not expect this life-changing move. Dan entered the seminary and began his career as a lifelong man of God. On December 16, 2013, at the age of 76, Father Nolan passed onto a higher calling. Here is a brief history of the Lehigh Hall of Famer.  He was a college division All-American and was selected to play in the 1957 North-South college all-star football game, known as The Blue-Gray Game. During his tenure at the engineering school, he led the Engineers (a team mascot that is no longer used by the university), as their starting quarterback, to a record 22 wins in 27 games. In that era of intercollegiate athletics, freshmen were not allowed to play at the varsity level, so Dan Nolan started his college varsity

career as quarterback in the beginning of his sophomore year. In 1955 and ‘56, the Engineers had identical records of 7-2, and in Nolan’s senior year, they improved to 8-1. Father Nolan played college football in a period before the forward pass became a dominating weapon. Even though he was an excellent passer, he still holds the title of being the best running quarterback in the university’s history.  Since his time at Lehigh, the game of football has totally changed, and even though the school’s record book was rewritten by Dan Nolan, his records have now been broken. Here are some of his stats:  He completed 142 of 298 passes for 2,317 yards and 16 touchdowns. Rushing the ball on 263 carries, he netted 720 yards and seven touchdowns. His total offense during a three year career at Lehigh was 3,037 yards. This was from 19551957 and that’s over 57 years ago. The game has changed so much over the past four decades that it might seem that Father Dan’s statistics at Lehigh are mediocre, but for that era, they were far from average. My family had a connection to the Nolan family.  Dan was the youngest of three brothers: Tom, John (Jasper) and Dan. Both Tom and Jasper played college football. In itself, that’s another story.  Dan’s dad, Tom, Sr., known as “Bunny” (mom, Kathryn Healy Nolan) had a very successful plumbing shop and business in Mechanicville.

They also lived up the street from my paternal grandparents. My dad, Dan Fantauzzi, was a very good friend of Bunny Nolan, and Nolan’s plumbing shop was connected to our building/restaurant. The building was Fantauzzi’s Italian-American restaurant, which was called the Venetian Tavern, and for 60 years it was on the corner of Park Avenue and Central Avenue. The business was a three-story building, with the restaurant on the first floor and apartments on the second and third levels. I lived in one of two apartments, on the third floor, with my parents and sisters. I used to play in front of Nolan’s plumbing shop, riding my tricycle up and down the wide sidewalk. Bunny always said, “Hello” to me, or waved through the store front window as I zipped by his shop. Once in a while I would see the boys going in and out of the store. Mr. Nolan never told me to move away. He was just a great guy.  So, in my early life, that was part of my connection to the Nolan’s.   During my early elementary school years, 1951-53, conversation in the city of Mechanicville was dominated by the success of the famed Whiz Kids—usually they were the buzz of the town. The high school didn’t have a gym large enough to accommodate the large crowds that were common place for all of the home games. So the games were played at St. Paul’s elementary school gym, which had

a fairly good size floor, but it was still an inadequate venue for the Whiz Kids—this era was a time that was based on the movie “Hoosiers.” I can remember my dad and I standing outside with hundreds of people at St. Paul’s. While games were going on inside the school, we were all part of the overflow crowd. There was a speaker above the entrance, so those of us out in the cold could hear the game’s commentator. This story was truly out of “Hoosiers,” but without a script. Father Dan was more than just a local hero. To me he was a role model, a person I wanted to emulate in my little world of playing the game of basketball. Dan Nolan’s legacy will live along with the famed Mechanicville Whiz Kids, a nostalgia that may never be duplicated. It was a memory of glory and what high school athletics used to mean to a small town like Mechanicville. There were so many towns across the United States, in those days, in an era of stories that were about young men and women who left their mark at the entrance of time. I would like to thank Dan Nolan and the Whiz Kids for what they did for Mechanicville. They gave our town its own story of “Hoosiers” and a love for the nostalgia that is imbedded in a small community’s history. Truly, Father Dan Nolan was an American icon, worthy of a tradition along with a recognition that may never return to our nation’s days of yesterday year.  

Skidmore Rolls Into Plattsburgh Tonight SARATOGA SPRINGS — Skidmore mens ice hockey heads into tonight’s game at Plattsburgh on a three-game winning streak. The Thoroughbreds took an ECAC East matchup with a 3-1 win over Castleton State, Tuesday night at the Saratoga Springs City Rink. At the halfway point of the ECAC schedule, the Thoroughbreds are 2-4-3 in the ECAC East and 6-4-4 overall. Skidmore also took down Nichols College, 2-0, and Salve Regina, 7-6, during the streak. On Tuesday, the Thoroughbreds got off to a 1-0 lead when Aaron Beck punched in his team high 11th goal of the

season at the 7:03 mark. Castleton’s Brian Greene tied the game in the second period, but the Thoroughbreds responded with two goals less than two minutes apart for the 3-1 lead in the second and eventual win. The Thoroughbreds have given up eight power-play goals in 14 games—good for a 15th ranked penalty kill percentage (87.7 percent) in the nation. Skidmore goalie Jack McDonald had 30 saves against Castleton. The Thoroughbreds play Plattsburgh tonight and Potsdam on Saturday for two non-league games. Both matchups are set to start at 7 p.m.

Senior forward Dave Dupuis splits defenders against Fitchburg State College, November 30 in a 3-1 Skidmore victory. Photo by SportsThroughThe

Week of January 10 – January 16, 2014


Holton Represents SSHS With Invitational Title SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Springs senior wrestler Matt Holton is 19-4 in his 23 matches this season. Usually wrestling in the 220pound weight class, he is 4-0 this year when moved up to 285 pounds against larger opposition. Holton claimed the 285-pound championship at the Saratoga Invitational last weekend, as the team finished seventh overall. Last year, he finished in fifth place at the invitational. Consistent progress on the mat goes hand-in-hand with Holton, who has been wrestling since eighth grade, according to head varsity coach Kris West. “He’s one of our unofficial captains this year and he’s just a good allaround kid,” West said. “A good athlete and hard worker. That’s the kind of kid who you want as the leader of your team. He’s definitely one of the hardest workers on the team, especially for a big guy. He just grinds guys down at that weight class. He’s probably in one of the best conditions around for heavy and super heavy weights. If you saw this kid wrestle in ninth grade to where he is now, you would never believe where he is. He’s put in time in the weight room, wrestling in the offseason and he pretty much does everything you ask of him as a coach. You can see that the hard work is paying off.” A key for Holton, who prides himself on being one of the hardest workers, has been joining teammates Dominic Inzana (junior) and Rich Schrade (sophomore) at Journeymen Wrestling, during the last couple offseasons. “You have to do a little more than what we do in the season,” West said. “We can make him a good wrestler in the season, but if you want to be a great wrestler, section and state champ, than you have to do it outside the season… and Matt’s done all those things.” Being around Olympic and

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NCAA athletes at Journeymen has helped improve the senior’s technique, while his speed and endurance for a big man has paid off, especially when West has decided to “test the waters” with Holton in the 285-pound upper weight class, depending on matchups. Where West feels the team is stronger with having Holton at 220 pounds in dual meets, tournaments are more opportune for him to go at 285. “My strategy doesn’t change, but I try not to be under anyone because they’re too heavy (in the 285-pound weight class),” said Holton. “I used my speed (at the Saratoga Invitational) and conditioning and I just kept pushing guys, wearing them out and eventually pinning them.” After quarterfinal and semifinal wins, Holton pinned Luzerne–Lake

George’s Adam Agresta in 2:30 to capture the lone Blue Streaks individual finals win of the Saratoga Invitational. The two kept it close in the beginning with neither wrestler able to get a takedown. In the second period, Holton stuck first with a takedown before he converted a reversal and held Agresta down the remainder of the period. After giving up an escape at the end of the second, Holton responded in the third when Agresta flopped to his hip with his arm up. Holton then punched through and pinned Agresta for the win. Holton focuses completely on wrestling all year round and says he is heavily influenced by his parents and the coaching staff at Saratoga Springs both on and off the mat. On Wednesday night, Holton and Saratoga Springs lost a one-sided

matchup to Burnt Hills-Ballston at home, dropping the Blue Streaks team record to 10-3. One of Saratoga Springs’ other losses this season came to another top team in the state, Shenendehowa. But it’s not to say West isn’t happy with where the team is at this point in the season. “We’re right where we should be,” said West on Tuesday afternoon. “We’ve beaten the teams we’re supposed to beat and we wrestled pretty tough in our losses.” As far as Holton is concerned, the future is still up in the air, but he has been in talks with The College at Brockport, where he hopes to wrestle next winter. But before that, his goal is to look back on his career at Saratoga Springs as a 2013-14 Section II tournament winner.

Blue Streaks Host Spartans In Suburban Matchup SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Springs boys basketball enters tonight’s home game against Burnt Hills at 3-3 in the Suburban Council, after Tuesday’s 57-48 win over Bethlehem. Despite turning the ball over 20 times and No. 2 scorer in the Suburban, Noah Arciero, being benched in the first quarter for disciplinary reasons, the Blue Streaks held the Eagles’ leading scorer, John Sica, to a season low 10 points to help come out on top. It didn’t hurt that the Eagles shot 8-for-23 from the charity stripe.


Junior point guard Chris Byno led the way for the Blue Streaks with 15 points, while Arciero managed to add in 13 in three quarters. The Blue Streaks host a struggling Burnt Hills team tonight at 7 p.m. in a North Division game. The Spartans (0-6 Suburban, 0-8 overall) are led by senior guard Austin Nydegger (17.3 points per game), but have not been able to compete this season. Aside from a seven-point loss to Saugerties on December 27, the Spartans have lost all their games by double digits.

Senior Saratoga Springs guard Noah Arciero (No. 10) is averaging 19.3 points per contest (19th in Setion II). Photo by

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Community Swim Opportunities BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Aquatics Program is currently offering opportunities for public use of the pool during adult lap swimming sessions from 6–7 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and on Monday through Thursday evenings from 8:30-9:30 p.m. A family/open swim is also offered on 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. The Community Swim Program is open to district students, families and community members. District residents need to show identification and pay a $1 entrance fee to utilize the pool. Non-residents are admitted, as space allows, for a $2 fee. Information is available online at, by clicking on the aquatics/pool button on the left side of the homepage. For more information, contact the pool office directly at (518) 884-7150, ext. 2324.

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Thoroughbreds Undefeated In New Year

See pg. 30 Senior forward Tony Giacin (left) had his seventh assist and fifth goal of the season in Tuesday’s 3-1 win over Castleton State, pushing the Thoroughbreds to 3-0 in 2014. Photo by SportsThroughThe

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