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Volume 7 • Issue 3

Mr. Reliable You Get What You Give Freshman Wrestler Pins the Competition

by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – Dominic Inzana may only be a freshman on the Saratoga Springs wrestling team, but don’t let his young age or 106 pound frame fool you. Dominant Dominic is good old Mr. Reliable, amassing an impressive 28-3 record this season,

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Supporting Local Business Key to Saratoga Strength by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS –As bigbox stores begin to fall, many of Saratoga’s small businesses are outlasting the giants. And thanks to educated consumers and buy local initiatives, the continued success of Saratoga’s small business community means greater success for the Saratoga community as a whole.

Borders has closed. Friendly’s filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Best Buy, Sears and Barnes & Noble are struggling to survive. But local, unique small businesses in downtown Saratoga Springs – Impressions of Saratoga, G. Willikers Toys, Saratoga Guitar Shop, Gaffney’s Restaurant, n. Fox Jewelers and more each boast multiple decades of staying power in our local community. But the question remains: how

does David continue to slay Goliath again and again, even in today’s difficult economic climate? For Dennis Brobston, president of the Saratoga Economic

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“...when visitors come to the area from out of town, do you take them to the mall to show off the parking lot, or do you take them to downtown Saratoga?” Linda Ambrosino Owner of G. Willikers Toys

S.S.F.D. Responds to Call

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by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY


Department to Take Over EMS Ambulance Service

Dominic Inzana

Development Corporation, part of the answer comes down to the little guy’s ability to change course and adapt quicker than their larger

SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Saratoga Springs City Council approved a measure that will allow Saratoga Springs Fire Department (SSFD) to assume temporary operation of ambulance service throughout the city. SSFD has a plan in place, and could begin transporting patients in need of hospital care as soon as this week. The council voted 4-1 to approve the measure, with Mayor Scott

Johnson being the only dissenting vote. The vote allowed the city to file for a municipal certificate of need, or Muni-con, that is necessary to allow the fire department to transport patients to the hospital. The vote was held during their January 17 meeting, following a two hour public forum regarding the issue. For now, the approval to provide ambulance service would only be on a temporary basis. The city council amended their resolution plans to include a “sunset clause,” which

requires the proposal to be re-evaluated after both 12 and 18 month periods. If the program is not generating enough revenue, or even losing money following those reviews, another solution is likely to be sought. The decision over who will provide backup support to the fire department has not yet been made. Private companies such as Mohawk or Empire Ambulance Service could

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SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Saratoga Springs Public Library honored the late Martin Luther King Jr. Monday, January 16, inviting the public to attend a series of programs to commerate the civil rights advocate. Pictured at the top, attendees view clips from the documentary, “At the River I Stand,” a film demonstrating

the integral connection between the struggle for civic and economic rights. Bottom left, Jim Kates speaks from the lectern as the keynote speaker. Bottom right, Joe Bruchac and his son, Jesse, perform “The War at Home,” a song about Americans on the homefront during WWI.

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James J. Pigliavento Jr., 37, of 6 Nicklaus Dr., Gansevoort, pleaded guilty to a charge of seconddegree strangulation, a class-D violent felony. Pigliavento was arrested June 7 in Wilton and was sentenced to four months in Saratoga County Jail, five years of probation and to pay restitution in the amount of $200. Clifford C. Johnson, 53, of 1659 Route 4, South Glens Falls, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while ability impaired by drugs, a class-E felony. Johnson was arrested April 8 in Malta and was sentenced to five months in Saratoga County Jail and five years of probation. Jason E. Labutta, 32, of 2436 Crawford Rd., Schenectady, pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree attempted burglary, a class-E felony. Labutta was arrested May 15 in Clifton Park and was sentenced to two to four years in state prison. Jameson J. Tromans, 28, of 54 Crescent City, Clifton Park was resentenced January 13 by Judge Jerry Scarano to 10 weekends in Saratoga County Jail and continued on probation. Tromans was originally convicted July 31, 2008, of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony, for which he had been sentenced to time served, five years of probation and a fine. Stacey L. Dressel, 31, of 3 Vanderbilt Terrace, Saratoga Springs, pleaded guilty to a charge

of third-degree robbery, a class-D felony. Dressel was arrested April 23 in Galway and was sentenced to one to three years in state prison. Akiva D. Abraham, 46, of 316 Miller Rd., Rexford, was arraigned January 11 on multiple charges spanning from April 1, 2007, to December 31, 2008, including: third-degree grand larceny, a classD felony; three counts of fourthdegree grand larceny, class-E felonies; and Section 52 Workers Comp. Law, a class-E felony. Abraham is expected to return to court for sentencing at a later date. Michael T. Garrick, 29, of 317 4th Ave., Apt. 4, Mechanicville, pleaded guilty to a charge of fourth-degree grand larceny, a class-E felony. Garrick was arrested June 2 in Wilton and was sentenced to one and a half to three years in state prison. Erik M. Gilboy, 30, of 1 South Federal St., Apt. 319, Saratoga Springs, pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree attempted burglary, a class-D felony. Gilboy was arrested August 3 in Day for an incident that occurred November 1, 2010, and was sentenced to four years in state prison, five years of post release supervision and restitution to be determined by the judge. Adriano Bonopaladino, 35, of 800 Parkview Dr., Hallendale, FL, pleaded guilty to charges of second-degree attempted assault, and fourth-degree criminal possession

of stolen property, both class-E felonies. Bonopaladino was arrested September 23 in Saratoga Springs for an incident that occurred September 18 and was sentenced to one to three years in state prison on each charge and restitution. Regina L. Falco, 44, of 17 Rolling Brook Dr., Clifton Park, pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree attempted forgery, a class-E felony. Falco was arrested June 10, 2010, in Halfmoon for incidents occurring on or between November 24, 2009, and May 10, 2010, and was sentenced to pay restitution in the amount of $59,002.29. Vincent L. Nichols Sr., 45, of 157 Elm St., Saratoga Springs, was resentenced January 5 by Judge Jerry Scarano to one year in Saratoga County Jail with credit for time served, probation terminated. Nichols was originally convicted July 19, 2010, of fifth-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class-E felony, for which he had been sentenced to time served and five years of probation.

Sarah J. Volmar, 35, of 2004 Route 9N, Greenfield Center, was resentenced January 5 by Judge Jerry Scarano to one to three years in state prison with probation terminated. Volmar was originally convicted December 22, 2010, of driving while ability impaired by drugs, a class-E felony, for which she had been sentenced to time served and five years of probation to include drug treatment court. Christopher R. Myers, 33, of 7 Kilmer Rd., Greenfield, was resentenced January 5 by Judge Jerry Scarano to one year in Saratoga County Jail with credit for time served, probation terminated. Myers was originally convicted December 11, 2009, of first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a class-E felony, for which he had been sentenced to four months in jail and five years of probation.


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State Farm Layoffs May from Schuylerville, won over $93,700 at the Saratoga Casino and Lead to Growth by 2013 MALTA – State Farm Insurance Company announced plans to lay off 41 employees at their Malta plant, and 283 across New York State. State Farm spokesperson Doug Nadeau feels that while the initial news about lost jobs may have been startling, people may not be looking at the bigger picture. In September 2011, State Farm began a process that would relocate associates from other offices to either the Malta location or a similarly sized facility in Concordsville, Pennsylvania over the course of two years. According to Nadeau, some of the laid off employees were first offered relocation, but declined the offer. Nadeau is confident that this will ultimately lead to growth at the Malta location, as “hundreds” of new jobs could be brought specifically to the area by September of 2013. The Malta State Farm Office opened in 1991, and currently staffs over 1,000 people.

Schuylerville Resident Hits Jackpot SARATOGA SPRINGS – This should make you think twice about passing up the penny slots in any casino. On Thursday, Monday January 9, Jerry Peters, a farmer

Raceway while playing Bally’s Quick Hit Platinum, a penny slot machine. So far in 2012, she is the first player at the casino to collect a prize of this scale.

Village of Corinth Says No to Consolidation CORINTH –Residents of the Village of Corinth turned down a proposal that would have dissolved the village and its government during a public referendum on Tuesday, January 17. If passed, the proposal would have combined the village with the neighboring town of Corinth, a move to consolidate the two local governments and potentially save $200,000 annually. Residents turned it down by a final tally of 338 against to 209. The proposal to combine the municipalities has been placed under a four year moratorium, and cannot be revisited until at least 2016. Village residents pay village taxes for garbage pickup and snow removal. They also pay town taxes, since they’re technically part of the town. By voting against the consolidation, village residents indicated they don’t seem to mind paying a little more to keep their identity. It is estimated that Village of Corinth residents are only spending

about $200 more in taxes annually than their neighboring townspeople.

County Farm Service Agency Could Lose Funding BALLSTON SPA – The Saratoga County Farm Services Agency office in Ballston Spa could be one of 131 field offices nationwide cut from the USDA’s budget in an attempt to save $150 million. The Saratoga County Board of Supervisors passed a unanimous resolution opposing the measure during their Tuesday, January 17 meeting. The Farm Service Agency field office, which is located within the county complex in Ballston Spa, provided services to over 500 land owners last year. If shut down, local farmers would have to travel to the Washington-Warren County Field Service Agency in Greenwich, which presents an inconvenience and increased travel expenses. The USDA is also eyeing offices in Albany, Yates and Sullivan counties for closure. As of press time, no decisions had been made.

GlobalFoundaries Waterline Approved BALLSTON SPA- A service contract between the Saratoga


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County Water Authority and GlobalFoundaries was finally approved Tuesday, January 17. The 10-year agreement gives GlobalFoundaries a variable pricing structure that incentivizes buying in bulk. The company, which is projected to use a maximum of 5 million gallons a day, receives a $2.50 per 1,000 gallon rate when daily consumption is over 4 million gallons and a $2.75 per 1,000 gallon rate when it dips below 4 million. Despite the bulk-rate discount, GlobalFoundaries’ rate is still higher than the $2.08 per 1,000 gallon rate the governments of Clifton Park, Wilton and Stillwater pay. A review process will be done quarterly to adjust the rate based on usage and an annual increase of 3 percent or the regional cost of living index will be applied.

Farnsworth Honored for Service with DBA SARATOGA SPRINGS - Susan Farnsworth, the director of promotions and marketing for the Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association (DBA), was honored Wednesday, January 18 at the organization’s general membership meeting for 25 years of outstanding service and dedication to the DBA. “It’s been my privilege and honor to work with Susan,” said


Jeff Clark, president of the DBA. “When something needs to be done, Susan gets it done. We commemorate Susan’s 25 years of service to not just the DBA, but to Saratoga Springs as a whole.” Among her many accomplishments, Farnsworth is responsible for successfully bringing in 22,000 people during the DBA’s Victorian Streetwalk, as well as implementing the DBA Gift Card Program, which has brought hundreds of thousands of dollars into downtown. “Susan has grown with the DBA, but the DBA has grown because of Susan,” said Mark Baker, president of the Saratoga Springs City Center. “We owe you a debt of gratitude for the health and growth of our community.” Farnsworth also received gratitude from Mayor Scott Johnson, who although unable to attend himself, had a formal proclamation presented to Farnsworth thanking her for her service. Farnsworth, who at one point commented, “I feel like I’m on ‘This is Your Life!’” was also presented with flowers from Posie Peddler, a painting of downtown Saratoga Springs from Crafters Gallery, a DBA gift card and the “Dilbert’s Guide to the Rest of Your Life” book.




Friday, January 20, 2012

Linda Toohey to Retire in June by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY

begun working together to ensure a smooth transition. “Working at the chamber is just more fun than anyone should have as a job; it’s just a wonderful place to work, a wonderful organization with a great team of people,” Toohey said. “I have enjoyed –loved – going to work every day.” Apparently, Toohey isn’t the only staff member with this sentiment. Shimkus pointed to Joe Dalton, the former president who retired in 2010 after 40 years with the chamber, to Terri Tommell (the chamber’s controller), a more than 30year staff member; to Jeff Shinaman (vice president of membership and marketing) who is nearing his 15year mark; and Annamaria Bellantoni (vice president of tourism), who has spent 24 years onboard. “It is special that this chamber has this caliber of leaders who have been with the chamber as long as they have. [They] have never lost that fire, that energy and desire to help this community and the members,” Shimkus said. Lucey, who has been with the chamber for four years, is looking to continue that tradition, and both Toohey and Shimkus are confident in her ability to do so. In her new role, Lucey will focus specifically on community development. She will continue to oversee the chamber’s new international travel program, which provides chamber and community members with the chance to explore foreign economies that are impacting the global marketplace. Last year,

SARATOGA SPRINGS – After more than 30 years serving the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, Linda Toohey recently announced her plans to retire in June. Since joining the chamber in 1980, Toohey has established and coordinated a variety of programs that have contributed to the overall health of our community. Her imprint is on the chamber’s networking mixer program, which brings local business leaders together each month; Leadership Saratoga, a vital training program; and the ‘Saratoga Welcomes You’ program, which was launched 20 years ago to help families relocating with State Farm and now assists GlobalFoundries families moving to the area. “The impact she has had on the chamber and community is overwhelming and so multifaceted it’s really difficult to pinpoint,” said Todd Shimkus, chamber president. He did, however, cite one significant contribution: Leadership Saratoga, a “legacy Toohey created 27 years ago.” Each year, Leadership Saratoga selects up to 24 outstanding individuals and provides them with the additional skills, knowledge and networks needed to effectively serve their community in volunteer leadership capacities. Toohey launched the program in 1985, staying onboard through her 31-year career at the chamber to facilitate its growth and expand its impact. “Today we have over 600 people all over Saratoga County volunteering and making a difference to their community because of that program, because of Linda Toohey’s personal and professional leadership and guidance,” Shimkus said. Kathleen Lucey, vice president of community development and a 2009 Leadership Saratoga grad, will take over the program upon • Saratoga Today Toohey’s departure. Linda Toohey will retire after 31 years at the They have already Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce.

Lucey brought locals to China. In November 2012, she will bring a new group to Abu Dhabi, Dubai. As Lucey looks forward to her future with the chamber, Toohey is preparing to shift her focus and responsibilities toward the many local organizations and projects to which she is dedicated. She is the vice chair of the Skidmore College Board, the chair of SPAC’s development committee, and will be a cochair of Saratoga Hospital’s capital campaign to build a community

health resource center. “Our loss at the chamber is the community’s gain,” Shimkus said. “I just thought this was a great year and a good time to turn the program over to a really smart, young and vibrant professional. I think all programs need new and fresh thinking,” Toohey said. “It’s time.” For more information about Leadership Saratoga or any other programs offered through the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, visit

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Kathleen Lucey will take over Leadership Saratoga.



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Daniel J. Levy

Prominent Community Member Harry J. Dutcher Dies Saratoga Springs, NY - Harry J. Dutcher, of Meadowbrook Rd., died January 12, 2012, in the intensive care unit of Saratoga Hospital. He was 66. Born August 21, 1945, in Newark, NJ, Harry was the son of Isabelle and James Dutcher. Harry attended Florida State University as an undergraduate. He completed his studies and received a bachelor’s in English literature from Bloomfield College in NJ. He subsequently served for three years in the U.S. Army, including a tour in Vietnam, for which he was awarded a Purple Heart and a Distinguished Service Medal. On August 14, 1971, he married his friend and sweetheart, Monica King of Irvington, NJ. Harry followed her career advice and attended Drexel University School of Library Science, obtaining his M.L.S. in1973 and began his professional career at the Atlantic County Library in Mays Landing, NJ. Later, he took the position of assistant director at Kitchigami Regional Library in Pine River, Minnesota. His beloved daughter, Kate, was born in March 1978 and the nursery staff told Harry and Monica that Kate “cried in a New Jersey accent.” In1979 he took the position of audio/visual consultant with the Lincoln Trails Library System in Champaign-Urbana, IL. Harry and Monica wanted to return east to raise their daughter near family, so when Harry saw an ad in the New York Times for director of the Saratoga Springs Public Library, he happily answered it. Harry started the posi-


tion in August 1982. During his 25-year career at the Saratoga Springs Public Libary he was responsible for galvanizing the necessary support and ultimately overseeing the construction of the new state-of-theart facilities. A longtime folk music enthusiast, Harry was also a member of the board of his cherished Caffé Lena in Saratoga and he often indicated that this historic venue was one of the principal reasons he chose to live in Saratoga. Harry was also a member of the Saratoga Rotary Club and was actively involved in the Saratoga Literacy Volunteers Program. People were always struck by Harry’s modesty, intelligence, and his unique sense of humor and irony. His disarming personality never failed to win people over. Survivors include his wife, Monica; daughter, Kate (John) Buglino; siblings, Maureen (Michael) Sumner, and Robert (Mariah), James (Linda), Terry (Maggie) and Michael (Patricia) King; and eight nephews and seven nieces. A Memorial Service for Harry will be announced at a later date. Those wishing to honor his memory are asked to do so through a contribution to the Saratoga Public Library, 49 Henry St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Home, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY, (518) 584-5373. Online remembrances may be made at

Saratoga Springs, NY- Daniel J. Levy, 21, died Sunday, January 15, 2012, after a long struggle with mental illness. He took his own life. A 2008 graduate of Saratoga Springs High School, he was a talented artist, a loving brother and son, an avid skateboarder and an empathetic and kind human being. He is survived by his mother, Jennifer

Delton; father, Adam Levy; and many, many friends and relatives who loved him dearly. Donations may be sent to Four Winds Saratoga, 30 Crescent Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Arrangements are under the direction of the Tunison Funeral Home, 105 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Jay Martin Schultz Stillwater, NY - Jay Martin Schultz, 84, passed away January 16, 2012. Jay was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Doris (Hagadorn) Schultz; parents, Joseph and Florence (Suchoskic) Schultz; brother, John Schultz; sisters, Thelma Little, Betty Latham, Ruth Bardwell, Ann Richmond and Helen Green. Survivors include his children, Joseph (Kathy), Clarence, Vincent (Karen) Schultz, Jean (Brian) Dolgas, Linda Schultz, Ruth (Terry) Martin, Roy (Rita) Schultz and Harold (Woody) Schultz; siblings, Rita Clark, Jean Mihaleck and Robert (Joanne) Schultz;

11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jay’s name to the Saratoga Rubin Dialysis Center, 59 Myrtle St., Suite 200, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Services will be private at the request of the family. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Home, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY, (518) 584-5373. Online remembrances may be made at

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Dear Editor, I like Governor Andrew Cuomo and what he has done for New York State up until now. I think most New Yorkers are pleased with our governor. He is a hard worker and has great ideas for our state. The new project he has in mind to be located in Queens, the largest hotel and convention center, seems to be a great idea for New York State. The only thing I se that may not be so good is where the funding is coming from. There has to be other sources for funding other than funds from the gambling industry, even though the money may be available, it’s better to look elsewhere for many reasons. We are lucky to have a strong governor who is somewhat of a visionary; he now has to find the funding needed for his great idea in Queensthe governor is right, New York State is the greatest state in the country; we just have to make it better for the people and their pocketbooks. -Sid Gordon

Dear Editor, Doesn’t anyone remember the factories we had in this area of New York State? Saratoga had ladies garments made on High Rock Ave. Hundreds and hundreds of people worked daily every week for years and years. Schuylerville and Victory Mills had factories with hundreds and hundreds of people working daily for many years. Amsterdam, Perth and surrounding area had big-time factories with hundreds and hundreds of people working daily for many years. We all know of the G.E.- Alco- etc in the Schenectady area with thousands of people working daily for many years. Lots of work for everyone- where did it all go? We all know where it went: overseas to other countries. This has taken place all over the country. We need this work back again. Our leaders know this and someone needs to do something to see that this happens soon. This is one way for our country to get back on its feet again. I keep reading about large buildings being torn down to make room for new office buildings. Why do this? These old large buildings can be used for factories to make clothes, shoes and hundreds of items that can be sold to our people and other countries. We need work for the hundreds of thousands of blue collar workers to boost our economy to where it used to be. Our leaders know this. It’s time to do something about it. I just don’t know why others can’t see what is needed to help our country get back on its feet again. Hopefully some of our leaders will see this and try to get us started in the right direction again. -Sid Gordon



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Salvatore Joseph Amato Ballston Spa, NY Salvatore Joseph Amato passed away Sunday, January 15, 2012. Sal was born October 19, 1928, in Brooklyn, NY, to the late Josephine and Michael Amato. In addition to his parents, Sal was predeceased by his younger brother, Primo and childhood friend and brother-in-law, Mario Leornardi. Sal is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Cecelia; five sons, Michael (Monica), Peter, Thomas (Colleen), Joseph and John (Mary Beth); grandchildren, Daniel

(Amie), Matthew (Kate), Linda (Taiowa Waner), Raymond, Laura and Melissa; siblings, Michael (Mary Lynn), Madeline (Mohr) Leonardi, and Richard and Filomena Mohr; and several nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Thursday, January19, 2012, at St. Clement's Church, 231 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs. Burial will be at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Rd., Schuylerville. Online remembrances may be made at

Bernice E. Howard Ballston Spa, NYBernice E. Howard, 88, died peacefully Sunday, January 15, 2012. Born December 3, 1923, in Corinth, NY, she was the daughter of the late Nathan Carleton and Hazel Young Carleton. Bernice was predeceased by her husband, William Howard. Survivors include her sons, James W. (Judith) and William A. Howard; daughters, Patricia A. (Robert) Stanton, Bonnie L. Lee and Robin L. Schlenbauer; siblings, Lloyd Carleton, Charlotte Reome, Edna DeCourey, Eleanor Carleton and Norma Carleton;

grandchildren, Julie Haas Francine Merrills, Tanya Richardson and Joseph Lee; and nine great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Thursday, January 19, 2012, at the Tunison Funeral Home, 105 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Burial will be at M a p l e w o o d Cemetery in Wilton in the spring. Memorial donations can be made to Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Online remembrances made be made at

Reina L. Horwitz Saratoga Springs, NY – Reina L. Horwitz, died Thursday, January 12, 2012. Born October 22, 1916, in Brooklyn, NY, she was the daughter of the late Herman and Sarah Nunes Frankort. In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her husband, Charles Wolf Horwitz; sister, Constance Madnick; and one grandson, Theodore C. Horwitz Survivors include her two sons, Richard (Sandra) and Theodore (Crystal) Horwitz ; sister, Anne (Edward) Barron; grandchildren, Anne Cox, Stacey Horwitz, Marc (Lisa) Horwitz, Reina (Stephen) Selby and Anya (Patrick) Lyons; and seven greatgrandchildren.

A memorial service was held Wednesday, January 18, 2012, in Congress Hall at Prestwick Chase, 105 Saratoga Blvd. in the town of Greenfield. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 440 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205 or Wilton Emergency Squad, 1 Harran Lane, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Home, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY, (518) 584-5373. Online remembrances may be made at

Nancy L. Eveland Saratoga Springs, NYNancy L. Eveland, 68, died Friday, January 13, 2012. Born September 15, 1943, in Saratoga Springs, she was the daughter of the late Albert Almy and Dorthea Blanchard Almy. Survivors include her daughters, Jodi (Robert) Smith, Tracy Eveland, Mollie Loomis and Hidie (David Krause) Eveland; sisters, Alice (Jerry) Williams, Pauline Shaft, Patricia Kale, Charlene Ennis, Carol Aimy, Mary Lou Folts and Joyce

Douglas P. Braim Saratoga Springs, NY - Douglas P. Braim, 52, passed away Friday evening, January 13, 2012, following a courageous battle with lung cancer. Born December 13, 1959, in Saratoga Springs, he was the son of Joseph and Beatrice (Smith) Braim. Doug was predeceased by an infant sister, Theresa. Survivors include his parents, Joseph and Beatrice (Smith) Braim; sons, Douglas Jr., Christopher and Joseph; siblings, Donald (Elaine), Susan Briggs, Joanne (Joseph) Natalie and Joyce (Jay) Tourtellot; and a number of


aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and good friends. Relatives and friends may call from 5-7 p.m. Friday, January 20, 2012, at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Home, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY, (518) 584-5373. Burial will be private. Memorial contributions may be made in Doug’s name to the Saratoga Hospital Foundation, 211 Church St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Online remembrances may be made at

Salmon; grandchildren, Mary Mendoza, Sara and Joseph Barnes, Christopher, Tammy, Shelby and Zachary Eveland, David Krause Jr. and Schuyler Loomis; great-grandchildren, Marco Mendoza and Layla Boice; two great-grandchildren on the way; and her significant other, Arthur Bonner. Services were held Tuesday at the Tunison Funeral Home, 105 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Online remembrances can be made at



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Dominant Dominic Inzana continued from Page 1 built upon hundreds of hours of hard work, dedication and desire. Inzana joined the varsity wrestling team at 96 pounds as a seventh grader, making it all the way to sectionals his very first year. The following season Inzana sharpened his skills and focus, reaching the state finals as an eighth grader in a highly competitive weight class. This year, you can expect even bigger things from this rising star. “Our goal for Dominic is for him to make it back to the state tournament,” said varsity wrestling coach Kris West. “At the 106 weight class, you’re going to have some very tough matches, but I think he’s ready, and I think it isn’t unrealistic for him to place in this year’s state tournament.” It was apparent almost immediately to West that Inzana’s ability on the mat was something special, even though Inzana was still in sixth grade when the two first crossed paths. “He came up through the peewee program and he comes from a wrestling family, so he had a really solid base when he joined us in seventh grade,” said West. “From seventh grade on he’s just been one of the hardest workers, and it’s clear that he’s one of the most experienced guys in the room.” Inzana’s family has played a large part when it comes to encouraging their son in the sport. “My dad wrestled when he was in high school and college,” said Inzana, “and he was really good. He was the one that kind of got me

into it.” To this day, Inzana’s father serves as a role model for the young wrestler. But Inzana said he also draws inspiration from a wrestler named Anthony Robles, a stunning individual who won the 2010-2011 NCAA wrestling championship at 125 pounds, despite being born with only one leg. “He’s really good,” said Inzana, who was impressed with how the wrestler, “took the disadvantage that he had and turned it into his advantage.” To sharpen his own skills, Inzana practices two hours every day with his Saratoga teammates, works with a personal trainer three times a week at Global Fitness, and wrestles constantly during the offseason with a travel team. “I know Dominic does a lot of work in the offseason, so he’s gained a lot of experience from that,” said West. “During this season we have some tough lightweights now, and they bang heads every day. But he’s never been afraid of anybody, even when he was a seventh grader. He wrestles with older kids, scraps with them and beats them out. I think there was even an older guy he fought when he was still in seventh grade that ended up quitting because he couldn’t beat Dom.” But quitting simply isn’t a word in Inzana’s vocabulary. “I just love to win; I love the feeling of winning,” said Inzana. “Just going out there and to have your hand raised and everything, it’s just great.” Inzana is only a freshman in

high school, so while wrestling in college is certainly on his mind, he still has plenty of time to narrow down his choices. “I’m looking to maybe get a scholarship to keep wrestling in college because I like it. I just really want to keep the sport going,” he said. But until Inzana reaches the collegiate level, coach West plans to continue working with the young wrestler to help him improve. “I’d say 90 percent of his wins are by pin, which is a lot. He’s very reliable,” said West. “He’s got a lot of moves on top and is very strong on top; he’s good on his feet, he’s good on bottom, but I think if he really wants to take it to the next level he’s got to get a little bit better on his feet.” For Inzana, working to increase his stamina is a definite priority, an area West agrees there’s always room for improvement. “106 pounds is a tough weight class, so he’s going to have to be able to go six minutes in those matches. He’s going to have to work on his conditioning there. But if he improves that much more, he’ll just be tougher,” said West. With his impressive record of only three losses, 28 wins and climbing, Inzana is a force to be reckoned with in the New York State wrestling community. With only a few weeks to go before sectionals and, hopefully, the state tournament, Inzana had only this to say to future opponents: “Just be on your toes.”


Phantoms Planning To Disappear after 2013 by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY GLENS FALLS – Less than three seasons after relocating to Glens Falls, the Adirondack Phantoms are on their way out of town. The franchise announced January 17 that it will relocate to a new $158 million facility in Allentown, Pa. for the 2013-2014 season. The team will play the rest of this season, and all of the 2012-2013 season in Glens Falls before moving down to their new home. The team’s owners, brothers Robert and Jim Brooks, bought the franchise back in 2009 when they were known to hockey fans as the Philadelphia Phantoms. Following the demolition of the Philadelphia Spectrum, they relocated the team to Glens Falls, but maintained all along that they would return to Pennsylvania once an adequate venue became available. The news comes halfway through the Phantoms’ best season since moving to Glens Falls. Their record currently stands at 20 wins and 16 losses. The Phantoms are the minor league affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Philadelphia Flyers. The news comes in the midst of a pair of games against their natural rival, the Albany Devils. The Phantoms lost on their recent trip down Interstate 87, allowing the Devils to jump out to a 5-0 lead before finishing with three unanswered goals for a final score of 5-3 during a matinee game on January 16. The team will host Albany January 18, and won’t play their rivals again until March. The Phantoms moved to the area in hopes of reviving the excitement that surrounded the last American

Hockey League franchise, the Adirondack Red Wings. The Red Wings were a wildly successful franchise, missing the post season in only one of their 20 seasons in Glens Falls, while winning four AHL Calder Cup Trophies in the process. The Red Wings disbanded in 1999, and the United Hockey League’s Adirondack Frostbite debuted in 2000. The Frostbite would disband in 2006 when the team was unable to reach a lease agreement with the Glens Falls Civic Center. Glens Falls remained without a team until the Phantoms arrived in 2009. Construction on the new Allentown facility has not yet begun, but the team is expecting it will be ready by the time they begin their 2013-2014 season. The team’s Executive Vice President Chris Porreca acknowledged that Robert and Jim Brooks had been in discussion with Allentown regarding relocating for about six years. The Brooks brothers have stated publically that they would work with Glens Falls to try and lure a new franchise into the market, but have not had any direct discussions with any teams as of yet. In the meantime, the Phantoms are hopeful the community will rally around them, and send a message to any new franchise looking for an excitable fan base. “I think true hockey fans are going to continue to come out and support us, and show the rest of the league that this is a viable market,” said Porreca. “We’re going to work with the local businesses, the mayor, and the Glens Falls Civic Center to grow our sponsorship and fan base.”




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Fire Department Takes on Ambulance Service continued from Page 1 still be brought in to support the SSFD, or the city could opt for a nonprofit organization such as the Wilton or Malta municipal EMS providers. This issue can be traced back to late last year, when the nonprofit Saratoga Emergency Medical Services (SEMS) informed the city that they would be forced to cease operation. SEMS has provided the city’s ambulance service since 1979. The news of SEMS closing sparked debate over whether the ambulance service should be absorbed by the city’s fire department, or if a private sector business or another nonprofit organization should be brought in to transport patients. The fire department

already responds to a majority of emergency calls, but patients needing hospital care have been transported by SEMS. The revenue generated by having SSFD provide ambulance service could prove worthwhile. SEMS collected revenue by charging the patient’s insurance provider, which is now money that could be collected by the city. Saratoga Springs Fire Chief Robert Williams addressed the council and assured them that “nothing would change” in their emergency response process except that they would now be able to transport patients and bill for service. He expressed his confidence in the department’s familiarity with the city as a major advantage over a new company coming in. Saratoga Springs Fire Department is hoping to purchase a used ambu-

Councilman Franck Wants Answers; City Swears in New Police Officers by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – Saratoga City Councilman John Franck had some strong words for the Housing Authority Board of Commissioners during the latest city council meeting on January 17. The accounts commissioner told the council he has “lost his patience” with the Housing Authority Board’s director Ed Spychalski. Franck was adamant that Spychalski come before the council and address concerns over a bed bug infestation effecting Stonequist Apartments, as well as the director’s hefty $152,000 salary. Franck also wished to address Spychalski’s hiring of his wife and both his children to jobs within his department. Franck is looking for Spychalski to explain why it took almost six months to begin treatment on the apartment building’s infestation. Franck asked public safety commissioner and fellow council member Christian Mathiesen to send the city’s public health officer, Paul Okosky, and members of the Saratoga Springs Fire Department to inspect Stonequist Apartments, a building owned by the city’s public housing authority. Bed bugs were first reported in the building in July of 2011. The problem was brought before the city council in December when a

resident of Stonequist complained that not enough was being done to quell the infestation. Bed bugs are a nocturnal, wingless insect that feeds on human blood. Their bites can cause allergic reactions and leave itchy welts on the skin. Once indoors, they can be extremely difficult to eradicate without the help of an experienced pest control professional. Commissioner Franck also claimed that Spychalski’s salary grew over 100 percent from 2006 to 2011, and finds it “atrocious” that he now makes slightly more annually than the Lieutenant Governor of New York. He is suggesting the board’s members appear to meet with the council at their January 31 meeting. Franck plans to review the housing authority’s budget since 2007, which was the last time their annual report was provided for the city council. In other city council news, Saratoga Springs Police Department (SSPD) swore in three new police officers to their force to begin the meeting: William T. Arpei, Kiel S. VanWagner and John D. Bateholts, Jr. The new officers were all graduates of the Zone Five Law Enforcement Training Academy in Schenectady. The department also swore in three new investigators. Megan Mullen, Christopher Callahan and Justin Ahigian were recognized before last night’s meeting. All three investigators should be on the job by January 23.

lance for backup, and hire at least one new fireman. This contradicts a report filed by the firefighters union back in 2007 that allegedly suggested the department would need to hire as many as 10 new firefighters in order to feasibly assume the responsibility. Mayor Johnson has maintained his interest in that report and stated that he was not comfortable voting in favor of the matter until he had a chance to read the document. During the meeting, the mayor said he had only seen nine of the report’s 57 pages. The department purchased an ambulance five years ago that has sat largely unused in the West Avenue #2 station since. Prior to the vote, the public was firmly split on whether the ambulance service should be provided by the public or private sector. President of Firefighters Union Local 343 Joe Dolan spoke passionately in support for the fire department to be selected, feeling the resources to do so are already in place. Dolan cited that other municipalities such as Troy, Watervliet, and Glens Falls have already authorized their fire departments to provide ambulance service. Dolan pointed out that the fire department is already familiar with the city, and feels they’re prepared to respond to any situation.

“Your worst day is what we are prepared to do,” said Dolan. Dolan did not mix words when acknowledging the idea of allowing private sector business to be brought in. “We are here because private businesses fail,” Dolan explained. Saratoga resident David Bronner spoke out in favor of allowing a private sector business to be selected for the service. Bronner stated that the potential for revenue is even higher with a private company, using potential income taxes and rent as examples. Bronner also spoke candidly about whether the

council was trying to save jobs that will be lost once the SAFER federal stimulus grant expires in November. The fire department was able to hire seven firefighters thanks to the over $650,000 grant, but cannot rely on another until the department reapplies in November. “This is not to say the department shouldn’t keep their EMS role,” said Bronner, “I have confidence in the Saratoga Springs Fire Department, but we need to take a long hard look at our options before moving so quickly.”

City to Host Public Forums on Community Development Block Grant Entitlement Funds The Saratoga Springs Office of Community Development is holding two public forums to discuss the allocation of the 2012 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Entitlement Award. The 2012 Entitlement Award total is approximately $300,000. Applicants are encouraged to present their proposals, and public input will be received at the following public hearings facilitated by the Community Development Citizen Advisory Committee: • Monday, January 30 at 6 p.m. in the city council room, located on the first floor of city hall • Thursday, February 2 at 6 p.m. at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center, 15 Vanderbilt Avenue For additional information, contact the Saratoga Springs Office of Community Development at (518) 587-3550, ext. 2575.



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Small Businesses Draws Strength from Community Support continued from Page 1 counterparts. “Being flexible is the key,” said Brobston. “Being adaptable is much more important than being 10 percent below [in price to] everybody. Having knowledge is what that’s all about, as well as building a relationship with your customers. From my perspective, the locals do that much better.” Technology has also played a key role in keeping local companies vibrant and relevant, according to Todd Shimkus, president of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce. “I think they’ve really benefited from social media and the ability to collect emails and build friends on Facebook,” said Shimkus. “Even offering discounts to frequent customers through emails. I think they’ve become great marketers in terms of targeting their message to customers and making sure they come back more often. I think that started as a way for them to survive at first, and has become a way for them to thrive going forward.”

With buy local initiatives taking hold and events like the American Express Small Business Saturday surging in popularity, more consumers are taking the time to buy products made, grown or sold by other members in their community. The Internet may have brought about the Global Age, but consumers are quickly learning the benefits of supporting their neighbors. “The fact is that consumers are more educated today. They have more access to information than they ever had before about products,” said Shimkus. “But one of the things that I think is really neat about local stores and restaurants is that you’re going to find something that’s unique in that store. And I think that’s what a lot of people are looking for.” Beyond finding one-of-a-kind, unique products or menu items in local small businesses and restaurants, when consumers spend their money at a local mom-and-pop, that money in turn is reinvested in the community in a variety of ways – and in much larger quantities than when the same product is pur-

chased at a national chain. “Certainly when you buy local at a local restaurant or at a local retailer, you know that money is staying local, as opposed to going to a large operation that’s headquartered somewhere else. The profits [from local businesses] are probably being turned back into the local community, either at their business, or when they’re buying a home here, buying a car at a local dealership here, etc.” said Shimkus. Money spent locally also generates revenue when it comes to sales tax. The more spent within Saratoga County (as opposed to purchasing the same product through an Internet retailer like Amazon), the more money the community is able to reinvest in itself. Local businesses in Saratoga also give back in a different way to

community residents, including helping to operate several special events that residents have come to know and love. “Our members put on a lot of things that you’ve probably become familiar with, like the Victorian Streetwalk and the Fall Festival,” said Jeff Clark, president of the Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association (DBA). “They’re events we hold throughout the year so that our local residents understand that we appreciate them as much as we appreciate our visitors to Saratoga in the summer.” For Marianne Barker, owner of Impressions of Saratoga on Broadway, the equation is simple: “I’ve always believed that you get out of it what you put in,” she said at a recent DBA meeting. Barker was speaking of the effort she and her husband, Dave, put into running their successful shop in down-

town Saratoga Springs. But the same idea can be applied to a community’s support of their local businesses. The more customers support small businesses over large corporate chains, the more the community will benefit from a vibrant, unique and happening downtown district. “Saratoga has a lot of community spirit; we take pride in our community,” said Linda Ambrosino, owner of G. Willikers. “I always like to ask people, when visitors come to the area from out of town, do you take them to the mall to show off the parking lot, or do you take them to downtown Saratoga?” With many of the big-box chains traditionally located in malls struggling to remain afloat, educated consumers are answering Ambrosino’s questions loud and clear. They’re choosing to support their community by spending local.

Chowderfest Details Announced! SARATOGA SPRINGS – Enjoy some winter fun and some great food at the 14th Annual Chowderfest held in Saratoga Springs Saturday, February 4, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. The event is coordinated by the Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau. Visitors can pick up a ballot and taste chowders from over 60 participating establishments and vote for their favorite. Each sam-

ple of chowder is $1, and is paid directly to the establishment. Valid ballots need 5 stickers from participating businesses and can be turned in to the Saratoga Springs Visitor Center, Saratoga Springs City Center or the Saratoga Arts Center. For an additional $7, Chowderfest attendees can take home an official long-sleeve Chowderfest T-shirt with a completed ballot. Winners will be announced in front of the Saratoga Springs City Center at 6

p.m. on the day of the event. New for 2012: An additional Chowderfest Award has been added, called “Most Creative Chowder-Themed Dessert”! In an effort to be more environmentally friendly, a limited number of official Chowderfest “CHUGS” (reusable mug/lid/spoon combination) will be sold at Crafters Gallery, Impressions of Saratoga, The Local Pub & Teahouse and Just Plain Good for $5 each. Visitors can also bring their four-legged family members as there are participants serving dog chowder. The popular Dog Chow Down will take place at 1 p.m. at the Saratoga Downtowner Motel. One of Mayor Johnson’s dogs will be on hand to pick the winning chowder! Chowderfest is an event that takes place during the 15th Annual Winter Weekend, February 3 - 5. For a list of participating restaurants, Winter Weekend events and further details, visit or call (518) 584-1531.



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Help the Wilton Food Pantry! Trinity United Methodist Church, 155 Ballard Rd., Wilton Join the Wilton Food Pantry Board of Directors The Wilton Food Pantry is recruiting new volunteer board members. The board is a working board and meetings are held once a month. Board members may also expect to attend committee meetings on an asneeded basis. If you are interested in becoming a board member, complete the application at the pantry’s website at The deadline for applying is January 31, 2012. Become a Volunteer The Wilton Food Pantry is a volunteer based organization and cannot exist without the help and support of individuals and community organizations. If you interested in volunteering at the pantry, complete the form at the pantry’s website at Submitted forms will be emailed to the volunteer coordinator who will follow up with applicants in a timely manner. Donate Food The pantry accepts food donations directly onsite Wednesdays from 45:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9-10:30 a.m. Non-perishable food items can also be dropped of during regular business hours at: the three Saratoga National Bank Branches near Wilton, 3 Carpenter Lane; 227 Ballard Rd.; 4208 Route 50; and at the Ballston Spa National Bank at 625 Maple Ave. The pantry is in need of canned meats, soups, canned or dried fruits and vegetables, canned beans, rice, pasta, tomato sauce, cereal, oatmeal, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, jelly, dry milk, sandwich Ziploc bags and grocery bags.

The Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York Need You! It’s that time of year again- Girl Scout Cookie Season! Be sure to look for the little green ladies and buy yourself a few dozen boxes of thin mints and support their important organization! Want to do more than just buy cookies? You can! Girl Scouts is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated solely to girls – all girls – where, in an accepting and nurturing environment, girls build character and skills for success in the real world. In partnership with committed adult volunteers, girls develop qualities that will serve them all their lives, like leadership, strong values, social conscience and conviction about their own potential and self worth. We are looking for volunteers who represent the diversity of the world we live in – women, men, senior citizens, younger adults and people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds– anyone who wants to help make a difference in the lives of girls. Whether you would like to work directly with girls or adult volunteers in support of girls, there is a place for YOU at Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York (GSNENY). It’s easy to get started as a Girl Scout volunteer! Visit the GSNENY website at and fill out an application under the “for volunteers” tab. Send completed applications to the volunteer information coordinator via email at or by mailing it to 8 Mountain View Ave., Albany NY 12205.

Cancer Fundraiser with Donny Elvis Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge #161, 1 Elks Lane, Saratoga Springs The Elks are hosting an American Cancer Society fundraiser Friday, February 10, from 7-10 p.m. Enjoy live entertainment, giveaways and refreshments for a great cause. Donny “Elvis” Romines will provide the event’s entertainment and a representative from the American Cancer Society will be doing a presentation. If you or someone you know has been affected by this disease, here is your chance to help! Tickets are $15 and available at the door. For more information or to make a reservation, call Helen at (518) 745-7821. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Calling All Animal LoversBuddy Needs a Home! Buddy is a small 12-year-old long haired Chihuahua mix. He is very sweet and adorable, but will need a home that doesn’t mind some longterm medical issues. His owner passed away and he’s just too precocious to get put down. He is available as a free adoption to a senior citizen. Fill out an application at or call (518) 428-2994 for more information

HELPING HANDS 11 Wine Tasting for Soroptimist International of the Adirondacks

Empire Theatre Plaza, 11 South St., Glens Falls Friday, January 27, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. enjoy a happy hour with a cause! Come mingle with friends and taste a few wines at the Second Annual Soroptimist Wine Tasting. A $15 ticket comes with a coupon for UnCorked Glens Falls, and the proceeds of the evening go toward Soroptimist International of the Adirondacks’ programs to better the lives of women and girls in our community. Tickets are available in advance at (518) 798-5718 or at the door.

Saratoga County Office for the Aging Needs Volunteers! The Saratoga County Office for the Aging sponsors a home delivered meal program for seniors throughout the county and they are in desperate need of volunteers. Volunteers transport and deliver meals Monday-Friday between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Please call the office at (518) 884-4100 for information on how you can help.

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Places of Worship Please contact Robin Mitchell for any copy changes: (518) 581-2480x 208 rmitchell@ Adirondack Christian Fellowship 8 Mountain Ledge, Wilton Contact: 587-0623; Services: Sunday 8 a.m. & 10 a.m.

Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa Contact: 885-7312; Services: Sunday Worship Service, 10:30 a.m. Ballston Spa United Methodist Church 101 Milton Ave. Contact: 885-6886. Services: Sunday 10:00 a.m.

The Alliance Church 257 Rowland St., Ballston Spa Contact: 885-6524. Services: Morning worship 10:30 a.m.

Bethesda Episcopal Church 41 Washington St., Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-5980. Services: Sunday, 6:30, 8 & 10 a.m.

Assembly of God Faith Chapel Rev. Jason Proctor 6 Burgoyne St., Schuylerville Contact: 695-6069 Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m.

Church of Christ at Clifton Park 7 Old Route 146, Clifton Park Contact: 371-6611, cliftonparkchurch Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m.

Assembly of God Saratoga 118 Woodlawn Ave Saratoga Springs NY 12866 Contact: 584-6081 Sunday Worship 10 a.m., coffee served at 9:45 a.m. Bacon Hill Reformed Church 560 Route 32N, Bacon Hill, NY Contact: 695-3074 Rev. Janet Vincent Worship service 10 a.m. Sunday School 10 a.m. All are welcome. Handicapped accessible Baha’i Community of Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-9679; 692-7694;

Christ Community Reformed Church 1010 Route 146, Clifton Park Contact: 371-7654; Services: Sundays 9:15 & 11 a.m. Christ Episcopal Church Corner of Routes 50 and 67, Ballston Spa Contact: 885-1031. Services: Sunday 8 & 10 a.m. Congregation Shaara Tfille 84 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-2370;

Friday, January 20, 2012 Services: Sat. 9:30 a.m., Mon. & Thurs. 7:30 a.m., 3rd Fri. 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. Corinth United Methodist Church 243 Main Street, Corinth Contact: 654-2521; Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Cornerstone Com munity Church Associate Pastor Paul Shepherd located in the Malta Commons Contact: 899-7001 Services: Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Community 2001 Route 9 Round Lake (Exit 10 of Northway) Contact: 877-8506, Mass Schedule: Sat. 4 p.m., Sun. 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Weekday Masses: Mon-Fri at 9 a.m. Eastern Orthodox Christ the Savior 349 Eastline Road, Ballston Spa Contact: 786-3100; Services: Sunday: 9:15 a.m. First Baptist Church of Saratoga Springs 45 Washington St., Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-6301. Services: Sunday: 11:00 a.m. First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa 202 Milton Ave. (Rt. 50), Ballston Spa Contact: 885-8361; Services: 10:15 a.m. First Presbyterian Church of Ballston Spa 22 West High Street, Ballston Spa

Contact: 885-5583 Services: Sunday at 10 a.m. Full Gospel Tabernacle 207 Redmond Road, Gansevoort 518-793-2739 Service: Sunday 10:00 a.m. Bible Study: Thursday 6:30 p.m. Grace Brethren Church Rev. Dan Pierce 137 W. Milton Road, Ballston Spa Contact: 587- 0649 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Handicapped accessible. Grace Community Church of Malta Wed. 7:30pm - Good Times Restaurant, Lake Rd. 2nd Floor Fri. Saratoga Chapel - 7:30 p.m., corner of Eastline & Lake Rd. Sun. 10 a.m. - Comfort Suites, Clifton Park Northway Exit 11 next to Chili's Greater Grace Community Church Pastor David Moore 43 Round Lake Rd. Ballston Lake (Malta Mall) Contact: 899-7777; Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Highway Tabernacle Church 90 River Road, Mechanicville Contact: 664- 4442. Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Hope Church 206 Greenfield Avenue, Ballston Spa Contact: 885-7442. Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Jonesville United Methodist 963 Main St., Clifton Park Contact: 877-7332. Services: Sunday 8:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Living Springs Community Church 59 Pine Road, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584- 9112. Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Living Waters Church of God 4330 State Rt. 50, Saratoga Springs


Contact: 587-0484; Services: Sundays 10 a.m. Malta Presbyterian Church Dunning Street, Malta Contact: 899-5992. Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Malta Ridge United Methodist Church 729 Malta Avenue Ext., Malta Contact: 581-0210. Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Middle Grove United Methodist Church Pastor Bonnie Bates 429 Middle Grove Rd., Middle Grove Contact: 581-2973 Services: Sunday 9:00 a.m. Handicapped accessible New Horizon Church 150 Perry Road, Saratoga Springs Contact: 587-0711. Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. New Life Fellowship 51 Old Gick Road, Saratoga Springs Contact: 580-1810; Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Childcare is available at all services. NorthStar Church Shenendehowa High School, West Auditorium, Clifton Park Contact: 371-2811; Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Old Saratoga Reformed Church 48 Pearl St., Schuylerville Contact:oldsaratogareforme Services: Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Handicapped accessable. Old Stone Church Affiliated with the American Baptist Churches 159 Stone Church Rd., Ballston Spa Contact: 5831002 Sunday: 9 a.m. Adult Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Service 11:45 a.m. Coffee & Fellowship in Living Stone Hall




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Wednesday: Noon Potluck Luncheon 1 p.m. Choir rehearsal, 2 p.m. Bible Study Group PresbyterianNE Congregational Church 24 Circular St., Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-6091; Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Quaker Springs United Methodist Church Pastor Jim Knapp 466 Route 32 South, Quaker Springs Contact: 695-3101; Services: Sundays 9 a.m. Handicapped accessible. River of Hope Fellowship 100 Saratoga Village Blvd. Malta Commons, Suite 3, Malta Contact: 881-1505; Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Roman Catholic Church of St. Peter 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs Contact: 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 Contact: 584-6122. Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8, 9:30, 11:15 a.m. & 5 p.m. St. George's Episcopal Church 912 Route 146, Clifton Park Contact: 371-6351; Services: Saturday at 4:30 p.m., Sunday at 8 & 9:30 a.m. St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church 3159 Route 9N, Greenfield Center Contact: 893-7680; Church Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 10:30 a.m. Handicapped accessible

St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church 167 Milton Ave., Ballson Spa Contact: 885-7411; Services: Saturday 4 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m. Handicapped accessible

Saratoga United Methodist Church Henning Road at Fifth Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-3720; Services: Sunday 9 & 10:45 a.m. Handicapped accessible.

St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church 771 Route 29, Rock City Falls Contact: 893-7680;;

Saratoga Seventh-Day Adventist Church 399 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs Contact: 882-9384; Sabbath School: 10 a.m. Worship Service: 11:30 a.m.

St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 149 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-0904 Services: Saturday evening at 5 p.m. with Holy Communion. Sundays at 8:30 & 11 a.m. with Holy Communion. St. Peter Lutheran Church 2776 Route 9, Malta Contact: 583-4153 Services: Sunday mornings 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. St. Thomas of Canterbury 242 Grooms Road, Halfmoon Contact: Service: Sunday at 10 a.m. Saratoga Abundant Life Church 2325 Route 50 South, Saratoga Springs Contact: 885-5456; Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. Saratoga Chabad 130 Circular St., Saratoga Springs Contact: 526-0773; Saratoga Friends Meeting (Quaker) Corner of Routes 32 and 71, Quaker Springs Contact: 587-7477; 3995013. Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

Shenendehowa United Methodist 971 Route 146, Clifton Park Contact: 371-7964. Services: Sunday 7:45, 9 & 10:45 a.m.; Acts II Contempory 10:45 a.m. Simpson United Methodist Church Rock City Road, Rock City Falls Contact: 885-4794. Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m.

Soul Saving Station for Every Nation Christ Crusaders of America 62 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-3122 Services: Sunday 10 a.m & 6:30 p.m. Temple Sinai 509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-8730. Services: Friday 8 p.m. Handicapped accessible The Salvation Army Worship, Service & Community Center 27 Woodlawn Avenue, Saratoga Springs Mail - PO Box 652 (518) 584-1640 Sunday School - 10:00 a.m. Praise & Worship - 11:00 a.m. Captain Aaron A. Boone, Sr. Captain Amber S. Boone Commanding Officers/Ministers Trinity United Methodist Church Rev. Gail Falsetti-Pastor 155 Ballard Rd., Gansevoort Contact: 584-9107; tum-

13 Service: Sunday 10:00 a.m. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs 624 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-1555; Services: 10 a.m. Religious education and nursery care at the 10 a.m. service each Sunday Unity Church in Albany 21 King Avenue, Albany Contact: 453-3603: Services: Sunday, 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. West Charlton United Presbyterian Church Rev. Thomas Gregg, Pastor 1331 Sacandaga Rd., West Charlton Contact: 882-9874; Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Wilton Baptist Church 755 Saratoga Rd, Wilton Contact: 583-2736;; Services: Sunday Service 11 a.m.






See puzzle solution on page 29


See puzzle solution on page 29

ACROSS 1 Certain lymphocytes 7 Clumsy sort 10 Kind of signal 14 Had none left 15 Ajman and Fujairah, for two 17 Adelaide altercation? 19 “Are we ready?” 20 Pose 21 Relay part 22 Singerʼs yeshiva boy 25 Samoaʼs capital 29 Joint acct. info 31 Beginning poet? 34 Jazz __ 37 Keen on 38 Pince-__ glasses 39 Fight over the last quart of milk? 42 ESP, e.g. 44 Palm starch 45 Exhaust 46 One always talking about his MacBook Air? 49 Court team: Abbr. 53 Org. at 11 Wall St. 54 Rubs the right way? 57 Big Apple subway div. 58 Sneeze, cough, etc. 61 Certain college member 63 Canʼt color the sky, say? 68 Stuff in the back 69 Soaks 70 Cleaning challenge 71 Date 72 Swarms DOWN 1 Gets behind 2 Things to get behind 3 Naval officer 4 Early 2000s Senate minority leader 5 Virginiaʼs __ Caverns 6 Life time 7 Island welcome 8 Emmaʼs portrayer in “The Avengers” 9 Wins a certain card game 10 Drink listing 11 Hagen of Broadway 12 Alter, maybe

Movie Review The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo In an investigation where there are no clues left to find and you have little if any cooperation from those around you, anyone could be the killer you are looking for. What’s the plan? Is there one? Mikael Blomkvist (played by Daniel Craig) is co-owner and writer for Millennium magazine and has recently suffered a professional setback that could bankrupt him and his publication. An unscrupulous man with alleged criminal dealings has won a libel suit that might end his career. Soon after, however, Henrik Vanger (played by Christopher Plummer) makes him an offer. Find out who is responsible for the disappearance and likely the death of his niece Harriet 40 years earlier. He also believes that whoever’s responsible is a member of his family. The family that lives on the same large estate they did during the disappearance and somehow manage to avoid speaking to each other. Blomkvist is promised a substantial salary in addition to evidence that will bring about the demise of the man who brought the libel suit against him. When he asks if he might employ a research assistant, Vanger’s (Plummer’s) lawyer recommends the woman who did the background check on Blomkvist before they hired him. A troubled loner with a peculiar appearance by the name of Lisbeth Salander (played by Rooney Mara).

At The Movies With Trey Roohan

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Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people. - Unknown

Words to know: harangue: n, a long pompous speech or tirade See puzzle solutions on page 29

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43 Alias user 47 Landlordʼs fileful 48 Mtn. stat 50 Like nobility 51 Band on the road 52 Burnout cause 55 Crayola color renamed Peach in 1962 56 Cold War defense acronym 59 B&B 60 Fords of the past 62 Handle user, and a hint to this puzzleʼs theme 63 Impede 64 Unlock, in verse 65 Mini-albums, briefly 66 Make haste 67 Fire

Now I have no doubt that the books on which this film and its 2009 Swedish language predecessor were based on are better than the movie. Not because I’ve read them. In actuality, I haven’t read a book since high school. But since people who do read the books first ALWAYS say that the book is better, than it must be the case. It couldn’t possibly be an effort on their part to sound and feel superior. Putting that aside, Craig as Blomkvist was a surprisingly wise choice and Plummer, along with others, make for an intriguing, albeit despicable Vanger family. But the real star is Rooney Mara as the brilliant, beautiful and unstable Lisbeth. Despite a few small roles in other films and guest appearances on numerous television series, Mara’s most recognized for her performance in The Social Network. That role was child’s play compared to Lisbeth. This is truly a breakout performance that, one would hope, could bring a slew of bigger roles and a long successful career. See it now. (8.8/10) For comments and questions, contact me at .

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Rich Johns Spreads Message at Student Teacher Seminar Rich Johns, nationally recognized coach and founder of Act With Respect Always, delivered the keynote address at the three-day Student Teacher Seminar at SUNY at Potsdam Wednesday, January 18. A motivational speaker, Johns shared his Act With Respect Always “pay it forward” movement, stressing the importance of self awareness on a daily basis.

Thank you Saratoga Community!

Many thanks are due to the Saratoga community for the many thoughtful and beautiful donations to the Visitor Center Mitten Tree! Over 200 items were donated this year, the majority of which were handmade. During the holiday season, those in need of warm winter wear received mittens, hats and scarves from the community-supplied tree. The bulk of the leftover items were delivered to the Franklin Community Center for distribution to those in need throughout the winter. Thank you one and all for your kindness and generosity! Pictured: Bo Goliber, coordinator of development at the Franklin Community Center, receiving this year's Visitor Center Mitten Tree donations from Johnnie Roberts.

Ballston Spa National Bank Donates $10,000 to Brookside Brookside, home of the Saratoga County Historical Society, is pleased to announce that Ballston Spa National Bank donated $10,000 to help the museum offer programs and services in 2012. Like other museums in New York State, Brookside has suffered from funding cuts, but continues to serve nearly 12,000 people each year through education programs, exhibits and research services. Pictured: Brookside's Executive Director Joy Houle and President Jeanne Obermayer with Ballston Spa National Bank's President and CEO Christopher R. Dowd.


Community Corner

Shelby and Evan Schneider are proud to announce the birth of their stunning new duo Finn Oliver and Jane Margaret. The two made their debut at 8:09 and 8:12 a.m. December 28, 2011. Finn weighed 6 lbs. 14 oz. and was 20.25 inches long, while Jane weighed 6 lbs. 1 oz. and was 19 inches long. The doubly proud grandparents are Judith Phetteplace and Michael, and Lois and Robert Schneider. The twins join siblings Molly and Tanner at home. Congratulations to the Schneider family!



Tooth fairy club Take a look at this week’s new club members

SUNY Adirondack Students Receive Fall 2011 Semester Honors SUNY Adirondack’s President’s List honored the following local full-time students who maintained 4.0 grade-point averages: Janine Benedetto and Gloria Moran of Ballston Spa; Erin Coleman of Clifton Park; Mackenzie Browne, Jonathan Brzozowski, Leeanne Horton, Erica Koslowsky and Jennifer O’Neil of Saratoga Springs; and Cindy Wright of Stillwater. Excellent work!



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Friday, January 20, 2011

To Decide


HELP Directory

Alcoholics Anonymous Saratoga Springs (518) 587-0407

Gayle LaSalle I’m the Boss of Me

One of the freedoms we all have is to make choices. We make choices every day. We choose whether to eat well or grab that doughnut. We choose whether to go home right after work or stop at the gym first. I know one of the first choices I make each day is whether to obey the alarm clock or hit the snooze button. As with every other choice we make, there are both benefits and consequences to this choice. I won't lie; I often choose to hit the snooze sometimes more than once. I like my sleep and I think I've made my bed a bit too comfortable. I'm happy for the moment - cozy in the cocoon of my bed, but there are often consequences to sleeping in. Most of the time the consequence is simply a need to rush around; I don't get to eat breakfast or I may rush the dog on his last trip outside which, of course, I may pay for later, especially if I'm in so much of a rush that I forget to leave out the “pee pad.” Other days, the consequence may be not attending a meeting that may have resulted in great ideas, leads or connections. I learned this the other day, when I made the positive choice, after some deliberation, to get up and get to the meeting. It was one of the most productive meetings I've attended. The consequences of not going may not have been apparent to me at the time I was still cozy in bed, but in hindsight would have been considerable. The good thing about these everyday choices is that we can learn from them and choose to make a different choice tomorrow. Most of the time it’s clear and fairly easy to know which one we "should" make. Other choices are not so clear or nearly so easy. It's difficult to see emotions as choices.

“To decide, to be at the level of choice, is to take responsibility for your life and to be in control of your life.” Abbie M. Dale

When someone else does something or something we can't control happens, we struggle to see our choices. But we do have choices. We choose how to respond. That choice will impact how we ultimately feel. Yes, it's easy to think that anger, hurt or bitterness is someone else's fault and therefore their responsibility. It's hard to see how we control our choices in such situations. In fact, we too often unconsciously prefer to feel powerless because with choice comes responsibility; responsibility for how we act, how we treat others and what we say. How many times have you heard someone say "I wouldn't have done/said that if..." and then blame someone else for what they did or said? At the extreme is the person who says something mean or even hits and then blames the person they hurt. "I wouldn't have hurt you if you hadn't..." as if there'd been no choice, no other way to respond. Of course there is a choice and we all have choices. With those choices come the responsibility for our actions and the consequences of those actions. On the other hand, with choices comes so much freedom. I like the freedom of "being the boss of me" enough to take the responsibility. What about you? Gayle LaSalle is a motivational speaker, author and corporate trainer. For more information about her work or to contact her, visit


Alzheimer’s Association Glens Falls (518) 793-5863 Gamblers Anonymous Saratoga/Albany (518) 292-0414 Narcotics Anonymous Saratoga/Albany (518) 448-6350 Overeaters Anonymous Saratoga Springs (518) 584-8730 Sexaholics Anonymous Saratoga Springs (518) 964-6292 AIDS Council of Northeastern New York Glens Falls (518) 743-0703 Shelters of Saratoga Saratoga Springs (518) 587-1097

Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis of Saratoga County Saratoga Springs (518) 583-0280 Hotline (518) 584-8188 Saratoga Center for the Family All aspects of family counseling Saratoga Springs (518) 587-8008 Saratoga County Alcoholism Services Saratoga Springs (518) 587-8800 St. Peter’s Addiction Recovery Center Ballston Spa (518) 885-6884 Franklin Community Center Food Pantry & Furniture Distribution Program (518) 587-9826 101 Washington Street (Food Pantry Mon-Fri, 8 am4 pm; free clothing/furniture Wed, Thurs, and Fri, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.)

Health and Support Groups Stepmother Support Group: Saratoga Stepmoms Where: Virgil's House, 86 Henry St. When: Every third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. What: Support group for women in a relationship with men who have children from a previous relationship. Contact:

Caregiver Support Group Where: Evergreen Adult Day Services, 357 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa When: Last Tuesday of each month, 3-4 p.m. What: Support for caregivers, families and friends of people with dementia. Contact: Trudi Cholewinski (518) 691-1516

Parkinson's Support Group Where: Woodlawn Commons, Saratoga Springs When: Third Monday, at 2 p.m. What: A group open to anyone with Parkinson's disease, family members and friends. Contact: Joyce Garlock (518) 885-6427

Parents Without Partners Where: Shenedehowa Adult Community Center, at Clifton Commons What: Single parents can meet other single parents in a supportive environment.

Contact: (518) 348-2062,

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Meetings held at two locations: - Wesley Health Care Center, Day Activity Room, 133 Lawrence St, Saratoga Springs: Every Thursday at 7 p.m., with weigh-ins from 5:45-6:45. - Trinity United Methodist Church, 155 Ballard Rd. Wilton: Every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., with weigh-ins from 5:30-6:30. What: Support for those looking to lose weight in a sensible manner. Annual membership is $26 with monthly dues of $5.

Saratoga Fibromyalgia Friends Where: Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St., Sussman Room When: Second Tuesday, 3 - 4:30 p.m. Contact: Dawn (518) 470-4918

Saratoga Springs Debtors Anonymous Where: United Methodist Church When: Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Contact: What: Support for those who are dealing with debt and wishing to become more financially responsible. There are no dues or fees; the only requirement for membership is a desire to stop incurring unsecured debt.




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Virgil’s House Thrives With Tech by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – When Kathleen Quartararo opened Virgil’s House in 2007, she wanted to do something different, to offer an alternative to bustling coffee shops where technology contributes noise and distraction. “It’s not that we are against technology,” she said,” but that we wanted to offer a little haven where you don’t have to worry about someone with their computer or people talking on their phone.” The concept was a hit. Virgil’s House has since carved its own niche as a cozy, quiet and relaxing meeting ground in downtown Saratoga Springs, so much so that when Quartararo began allowing technology inside the 86 Henry Street coffee shop last summer, the laid-back atmosphere went unchanged. Customers are now allowed to check their email or work on their computer while they enjoy the coffee, specialty drinks, café foods and, of course, the atmosphere Virgil’s affords them. It was a move initiated by customer requests and one made with some apprehension, but now, nearly six months later, Quartararo sees that she has opened her

doors to a new clientele. In fact, some say it’s more inviting now than ever before. “Our regulars have been bringing in more people, spouses and friends; it’s great,” Quartararo said. “Many of our customers are thrilled to know that if they have to, they can use technology.” Although the coffee shop has gone from a tech-free zone to a tech-friendly zone, it’s still not a place where you’ll find people talking loudly on their cell phones. Techfriendly is the key word: customers are welcome to use their iPhones, Blackberrys and laptops but with regard to those around them. Long phone calls should be taken outside or in the back hallway. “We have plenty of room, so it’s not a distraction,” she said. “We’ve never had an issue and people are still really very light on the technology when they come in.” As Quartararo explained, it’s all about preference. The people who frequent Virgil’s do so because it’s different, because they like the atmosphere, and when they take advantage of the new rule, it’s with respect to the setting. “The tech piece is really working in quite nicely,” she said. For more information about Virgil’s House, visit or call (518) 587-2949.

O’Connell and Aronowitz Opens Closing Centre SARATOGA SPRINGS – The law firm of O'Connell and Aronowitz recently announced that it has expanded its commercial and residential real estate practice to include a new Real Estate Closing Centre in the firm's 1 Court Street office. This addition brings the firm's full spectrum of real estate services to Saratoga Springs, expanding upon a successful real estate practice established in the firm's Albany and Plattsburgh offices. Lead by partner Jami Durante Rogowski, Esq., the closing centre will continue to focus on both commercial and residential real estate transactions. "We are very excited about our recent move to Saratoga Springs," Rogowski said. With the expansion in Saratoga Springs, Rogowski and associate

Brittnay M. McMahon, Esq. will join Matthew J. Dorsey, Esq., whose family has provided legal services to the Greater Saratoga community for three generations. For more information, visit


Local Business Briefs Hospital Employee Receives Award from Maria College SARATOGA SPRINGS – Mary Jo LaPosta, vice president and chief nursing officer at Saratoga Hospital, has received the President’s Alumni Award for Excellence in Nursing from Maria College of Albany. The award recognizes LaPosta’s focus on caring, creating a teachinglearning environment and fostering personal and professional growth among nurses. LaPosta has more than two decades of experience in nursing administration in the Capital Region and Long Island hospitals. She holds a doctor of philosophy in nursing from Adelphi University’s Marion A. Buckley School of Nursing in Garden City, NY, and a master’s degree in science from Russell Sage College in Troy. She has served as the chief nurse executive at Saratoga Hospital since 2008.

a perfect fit for our growing team.” Stevens is a graduate of SUNY Oswego, with a B.A. in graphic design. He also graduated from SUNY Adirondack with an associate degree in marketing this past December.

Saratoga Care Appoints Officers, New Members SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Board of Trustees of Saratoga Care announced this week that it has appointed the following officers for 2012: Michael D. West, chairperson; David M. Mastrianni, MD, vice chairperson; Michael H. Iacolucci, treasurer; and Donna Montalto, secretary. The board also welcomed two new members: Judith A. Ekman and Alan C. Oppenheim. Ekman and Oppenheim replace retiring trustees Richard E. Schumaker Jr. and Rabbi Jonathan L. Rubenstein.

New Hire at Mannix

FAM Funds Recognized by Money Magazine

GLENS FALLS –Mannix Marketing has added Scott Stevens to its team of Internet marketing professionals as a graphic design and social media specialist. Scott Stevens began an internship at Mannix Marketing in January 2011. Now, exactly one year later, Stevens joins the company as a full-time employee. “We're happy to welcome Scott Stevens as a full-time employee,” said Sara Mannix, founder and CEO of Mannix Marketing. “He is a smart, hardworking and capable individual with incredible potential –

COBLESKILL ─ For the seventh consecutive year, the FAM Value Fund has been named to Money Magazine’s “Money 70,” a list of top mutual funds that investors should consider when assembling “a highquality, long-term portfolio using low-cost investments.” The Money 70 criteria includes: fees lower than their category average, a strong record for putting shareholders first, a consistent strategy, experienced and trustworthy managers, and admirable long-term performance. The FAM Value Fund has been on

the magazine’s list of recommended mutual funds for seven consecutive years.

IT Provider Partners with SUNY MALTA – The Research Foundation of the State University of New York (SUNY) announced January 12, a partnership with nfrastructure, an information technology (IT) systems and services provider with operations at Malta’s Saratoga Technology and Energy Park. Through this partnership, nfrastructure will take over all IT-related functions that support research at the 64 SUNY campuses, including the University at Albany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CSNE). The Saratoga County company will offer positions to all 34 of the Research Foundation’s information systems personnel. “nfrastructure is pleased to be working with the [Research Foundation] to provide state-ofthe-art information technology platforms and services. This is a crucial component to further drive innovation and keep New York competitive in the global marketplace,” said Daniel T. Pickett, chairman and CEO, nfrastructure. “Our culture, people, processes and scale across New York State perfectly complement the [Research Foundation’s] mission to support SUNY.”




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The Tech Effect: How Technology is Changing the Face of Education by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS Technology has changed the very fabric of American society, whether it be its use in the workforce, how we interact socially with our peers and family, or in just the sheer number of products now available to the average consumer. As these technological tools become more versatile and more affordable, their uses are also starting to spill over into the classroom, providing educators and students with more opportunities and possibilities than ever imagined before. Take Saratoga’s own St. Clement’s Regional Catholic School, where after a generous donation from a local parent, every student in the fourth and fifth grade classrooms now has access to their very own iPad. “There are so many things that we can do now that we couldn’t do before,” said Lisa Shimkus, a fifth grade classroom teacher at St. Clement’s. “With students these days, their attention spans are a lot shorter, just because of the way

they’ve been brought up with instant access to pretty much everything. This generation needs to be taught a different way because everything has always been about instant gratification ever since they were young. To keep them interested in what’s going on, they need to have fast information coming to them virtually all the time.” Not only has Shimkus discovered that having an iPad for every student has dramatically changed an educator’s approach to teaching, the technology has also opened up avenues to students who in the past instructors have traditionally struggled to reach. “Especially with the struggling students, this keeps them in tune with their learning. They’re not shutting down. They’re vested in their learning and they’re interested. So that’s huge.” Indeed, being able to reach more students by using these technological tools is potentially a huge boon to the educational system. With the new iPads, both Shimkus and parents have noticed a startling and encouraging change in student behavior.

“The [iPads are] absolutely great,” said Liz Zwickle, parent of a student at St. Clement’s. “They don’t want to play Angry Birds any longer; they actually want to do research instead.” Shimkus echoed Zwickle’s sentiment, saying she’s heard students actually say that they “love doing research” now that they have an iPad at their disposal. “It’s incredible,” said Shimkus. “That’s not usually something you hear very often.” The new iPads are used to help students in a variety of ways, from reinforcing math skills, creating slide shows and presentations, helping with research projects and even using Google Earth to take virtual tours of far away cities the students may be learning about in class. “Beyond their use as visual aids, a lot of the apps are even more kinesthetic than that,” said Shimkus. “They’re not just seeing these virtual cities, they’re moving the screen around and physically manipulating the iPad so that, for example, buildings on Google Earth will look more three-dimensional. So not only are you hitting the visu-

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Fifth grade teacher Lisa Shimkus helps her students navigate an iPad during a lesson at St. Clement’s Regional Catholic School. al learners, you’re also reaching the kinesthetic learners who need to be more interactive, who need to be able to touch and move.” For Stephanie Ryall, the technology teacher at St. Clement’s, “I’m always asking, how can we individualize education more?” To that end, specialized programs on the iPads have been designed to specifically tailor questions on the fly to each individual student and their ability. If a student is struggling with a certain concept in math, the program will ask more questions about that concept, slowly explaining and reinforcing the basics before advancing to something new and more challenging.

And if a recent report by Adam Satariano and Peter Burrows in Bloomberg News, published January 18, is to be believed, Apple is on the verge of announcing a new suite of educational software designed specifically for students in grades K-12. Digital textbooks are on the horizon, promising once again to change the way students are fed information in the 21st century classroom. “The students are really excited about [the iPads] and what they can do with them,” said Ryall. “So they’ll be ready for next year when we’re able to do something new. There’s just so many ways we can go with it.”



Friday, January 20, 2012


Helping Haiti: Schuylerville Elementary Students Step Up Students Mark Haiti Earthquake Anniversary with Fundraiser to Build New School SCHUYLERVILLE - One Schuylerville Elementay School student emptied her piggy bank. Another donated all of her Christmas money. And together, with the rest of the student body going above and beyond to help, Schuylerville Elementary School students marked the two-year anniversary of the Haiti earthquake by starting a fundraising effort to build a new school in the struggling country. The students raised $900 in just one day after being asked to bring in $1 and to dress in red and blue (the colors of Haiti’s flag) to recognize the country and its needs. Members of the school’s Kindness and Compassion Club helped organize the event and many heartfelt stories emerged as generous learners geared up for the day. This is the first in a series of fundraising activities that will take place throughout Schuylerville Central School District in the coming months. The goal is to raise at least $5,000, which is the cost to build a three-room school with a bathroom. The idea originated with Laura Delair, interim assistant principal at the Jr.-Sr. High School, who has committed

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Laura Delair (right) accepts money from Schuylerville second-graders Anastasia Koumanis (left with polka-dot dress) and Anna Lail, who want to help build a new school in earthquake-ravaged Haiti. herself to doing volunteer work in Haiti. She has visited the country twice, working in Grand Saline, a remote village north of Port Au Prince; she plans to return during the April break to bring monetary and other donations and initiate the process of building a school there. “The generosity of our students is overwhelming,” Delair said. “This will be a great project to be

involved with. Our students will be able to have updates on the building of the school and we’re hoping to be in contact with the kids who attend the school once it’s finished.” It’s estimated that the 9.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, killed 300,000 people, injured 250,000 and left more than a million people homeless.

SBA Accepting Applications for $1,000 Cash Scholarship Award SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Saratoga Builders Association (SBA), Inc. is continuing its commitment to education and is currently accepting applications for their $1,000 scholarship in 2012. The organization makes this scholarship available annually to high school seniors who are planning to pursue an education in the construction industry. The scholarship award is open to any high school senior in Saratoga County who is planning to pursue construction education at a two or four-year accredited college or university, or to students who would like to purchase tools for employment in construction. Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. They must demonstrate current or past involvement

in the construction field, including classes taken in high school, to be eligible for this award. Each applicant must also submit a high school transcript or list of construction classes taken and a short essay (less than 500 words) describing why they are interested in a construction industry career and what events led to this decision. Applications for the SBA Scholarship program must be post-

marked on or before March 30, 2012. Only the first 30 completed applications will be accepted, so applicants are encouraged to apply early. The winner and their school will be notified by May 1, 2012. To receive a scholarship application, please contact Barry Potoker, executive director, at (518) 366-0946, by email at, or go to the SBA website at


Preschool Fair at Saratoga Public Library SARATOGA SPRINGS The Saratoga Public Library is having their Preschool Fair Saturday, January 21 from 10 a.m. – noon in the H. Dutcher Community Room. The fair will include more than a dozen area preschools. Information about the schools and programs will be available as well as school representatives to answer questions. The event is sponsored by: The Waldorf School, Katrina Trask Nursery School, The Beagle School, and Saratoga Springs Public Library. Preschools attending include: Abundant Life

Preschool, Apple-A-Day Nursery, Apple Blossom Bunch Day Care, Katrina Trask Nursery School, Malta Montessori School, National Museum of Racing Preschool, Saratoga Independent School, Small Wonders Christian Preschool, Spa Christian Preschool, St. Clement’s Regional Catholic School, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Storybook Academy, The Beagle School, The Early Childhood Center at Skidmore College, The Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs and the Saratoga Regional YMCA Preschool.


20 upcoming town meetings Town of Ballston: Ballston Town Hall 323 Charlton Road 885-8502 1/20: Water Committee, 8 a.m. 1/26: Planning Board, 7 p.m. Village of Ballston Spa: 66 Front Street 885-5711 1/25: Zoning Board of Appeals, 7:30 p.m. Town of Greenfield: 7 Wilton Road 893-7432 Town of Malta: 2540 Route 9 899-2818 1/23: Special Town Board, 6:30 p.m. Town of Milton: 503 Geyser Road 885-9220 1/26: Zoning Board of Appeals, 7 p.m. City of Saratoga Springs: 474 Broadway 587-3550 1/23: Zoning Board of Appeals, 7 p.m. 1/25: Planning Board, 7 p.m. Town of Saratoga: 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville 695-3644 1/23: Zoning Board of Appeals, 7 p.m. 1/25: Planning Board, 7:30 p.m. Village of Schuylerville: 35 Spring Street 695-3881 Town of Stillwater: 66 East St., Riverside Mechanicville, NY Town of Wilton: 22 Traver Road 587-1939 1/26: Zoning Board, 7 p.m. Saratoga County Board of Supervisors: 40 McMaster St., # 1 Ballston Spa, NY (518) 885-2240

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Friday, January 20, 2012

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Wilton Wildlife Homeschool Classes Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park is offering two classes designed specifically for homeschooled children Thursday, January 26 and Friday, January 27from10:30 a.m.noon. Children will be able to discover the outdoors and learn about animal adaptations that help them to survive in the winter. The same program will be held both days to accommodate more participants. Preregistration by January 23 is required. There is a $3 fee per child per class. For people who do not have snowshoes, rentals will be available at $5 for non-members and free for members. If there is no snow, the program will take place without snowshoes. For more information or to register, contact (518) 450-0321 or visit

Battle of the Divisions at Gavin Park Where do you plan to be Saturday, January 21, at 6 p.m.? Don’t know? Well come on down to Gavin Park at the Daily Gymnasium and watch your favorite JR NBA coaches battle it out for the right to be called champs! That’s right. This competition is coaches versus coaches! You can also win prizes during our free throw contest during half time. Admission is free with a non-perishable food item for the Wilton Food Pantry. For more information, contact (518) 584-9455.

52nd Center for Disability Services Telethon The 52nd Center for Disability Services Telethon is Sunday, January 29, from noon- 7 p.m., on WXXA/FOX23 News, live from the Holiday Inn Albany on Wolf Road. The community fundraising and awareness weekend will kick off with the Country 107.7 WGNA Radiothon all day Friday, January 27, and during Friday afternoon drive time on ESPN Radio 104.5 FM The Team WTMM. The center’s mission is to enable and empower people, primarily those with disabilities, to lead healthy and enriched lives.

Help Send Saratoga High School Jazz Band to Disney World Saratoga Guitar is donating a percentage of all sales made from January 10 to February 20 to the Saratoga High School Jazz Band to help with their travel expenses. The Jazz Band has been selected to represent Saratoga in February at Disney World on the World Stage. Visit one of Saratoga Guitar’s convenient locations at 60 West Ave. or 8 Caroline Street.

Yaddo Artist Program Expands with Support from Knight Foundation Yaddo, the artist community in upstate New York, will expand the geographic reach of its artists’ residency program, and strengthen its depth in particular genres, with a $125,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The grant will fund residencies of four to eight weeks for eight artists drawn from eight cities where Knight Foundation invests. The artists will be given private living and studio space at Yaddo, and, if needed, financial aid to help cover costs such as lost income, transportation and childcare – expenses that might otherwise prevent an artist from accepting the offer of a residency. With support from Knight Foundation, Yaddo will host a series of informational sessions across the country, often with the help of artists who have spent time at its Saratoga Springs campus. Yaddo will also work with other institutions to encourage applications from individuals working in forms and regions currently underrepresented in the Yaddo community.

Malta Residents Holding Forum to Fight Corporate Influence on Elections Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St., H. Dutcher Community Room Democracy is for the people. Malta is holding a public forum Saturday, January 21, from 2-3:30 p.m. to discuss the consequences of a Supreme Court decision detrimental to the public interest and talk about what can be done to repeal that decision. The court’s ruling, made on January 21, 2010, said that corporations are people who have a First Amendment right to spend as much money as they want to promote or defeat political candidates. Since then, corporations have spent hundreds of millions of dollars to run ads and engage in other activities to sway voters to support candidates

who serve the interests of those corporations. For more information, call Kathy Koebrich at (518) 5873616 or visit

National Park Service Hosts Recruitment Session for Amtrak Guides If you like trains and history, come to a National Park Service volunteer recruiting session Saturday, February 4, at 1 p.m. in the Erie Canalway/Peebles Island Visitor Center at 1 Delaware Ave., Cohoes or on Sunday, February 26, at 1 p.m. at Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites at 4097 Albany Post Rd, Hyde Park. To learn more or reserve your spot, contact volunteer manager Joe LaLumia at (518) 573-8628 or at

Saratoga Bridges Golf Trip Raffle Saratoga Bridges is holding a limited raffle of only 300 tickets for $100 each to the first Major Golf Tournament in 2012 at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, GA, April 4-5, 2012. The drawing will be held March 12. Saratoga Bridges is very grateful to Relph Benefit Advisors as tickets are extremely hard to obtain and they have been generously donated for the fourth year! First Prize package includes: a private charter plane from Albany or Rochester to the tourney; a round at the Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken, SC, or shopping in Aiken; dinner; an overnight stay; spectator at the tourney; and shuttle transportation both days. Second Prize is a $100 gift card from Price Chopper and Third Prize is a $50 Gift Card from Price Chopper. Purchase tickets at

Crafty Shopper’s Marketplace Needs Vendors Malta Community Center, 1 Bayberry Dr., Malta The Malta Community Center Crafty Shopper’s Marketplace will be Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Vendors of manufactured and handcrafted merchandise are invited to apply for a space at this indoor/outdoor market at the center. Booth fees are $50 for an inside space or $40 for an outside space. Call the Malta Community Center at (518) 899-4411 for an application or more information.

Want to Get Published? Galway Junior/Senior High School students are partnering with


the Galway Public Library to publish a coffee table book in the spring. They would like to include material from community members, such as poems and quotes, photos, drawings, paintings and sketches. To submit an item for review, digital files may be emailed to or Specific artwork requirements are posted on both the Galway School District and Galway Public Library websites.

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

Ballston Spa Offers Community Swims The Ballston Spa Aquatics Program is offering public use of the pool during adult lap swimming sessions, from 6-7 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and Monday – Thursday evenings from 8-9 p.m. A family/open swim is also offered Saturday afternoons from 2-4 p.m. Additional opportunities are offered throughout the year, including adult Aqua Cardio classes and a Learn-To-Swim Program. District residents with ID, $1; nonresidents $2. For more information, contact the pool office at (518) 8847150, ext. 2324.

Meditation Classes Saratoga Springs


19 Maple Ave., Second Floor Evening Classes: Wednesdays, 7 – 8:30 p.m., January 18 – February 29 Topics range from overcoming stress and finding peace to transfusing our relationships with others with meaning and happiness. Each class includes a guided meditation, teaching and discussion. Drop in for any class or attend all. Everyone is welcome. Cost is $10 per class ($5 for seniors and students). Lunchtime Meditations: Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon 12:45 p.m. Let go of daily stress and enjoy a mid-day meditation in a peaceful space. The emphasis is on developing a calm and positive mind. Everyone is welcome. Cost is $5 per class. For more information, visit or call (845)856-9000.



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events Friday, January 20 All-You-Can-Eat Dinner 13 Oak St., Saratoga Springs The Principessa Elena Society will have its monthly fundraising all-you-can-eat dinner from 5-7 p.m. Seniors $8, adults $9, children 5-12 $5 and takeouts $10. For information, call (518) 584-4163.

LARAC “Creation Myths” Exhibit Opening Lapham Gallery, City Park, Glens Falls Northeast Feltmakers Guild’s Creation Myths opens at Lapham Gallery, with a reception from 5-7 p.m. featuring local musician Kate Blain and refreshments by The Chocolate Spoon and Uncorked. A Gallery Talk will begin at 5 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Fish Fry The Fish Creek Rod and Gun Club, Route 32, Victory Enjoy a delicious fish fry from 5-7 p.m.: Fried fish, clams or chicken tenders are all only $8. Clam chowder will also be available for $5 a quart. All are invited to eat in at the club house or to call ahead for takeouts at (518) 695-3917.

Saturday, January 21 Saratoga Springs Area Preschool Fair Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St. Please join us for the annual preschool fair and explore area preschools from 10 a.m.noon. Over 16 preschools will be represented. For more information, contact Anne Maguire at The Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs: (518) 587-2224.

Heritage Hunters of Saratoga County Meeting Saratoga Town Hall, Rt. 4, Schuylerville The Heritage Hunters will meet at 1 p.m. Program speaker Lauren Roberts will highlight the resources available at the county

historian’s office. She will also explain how to access the Saratoga County Clerk’s online resources, including deeds, mortgages and censuses. The public is welcome to attend. For information, call (518) 587-2978.

Open Mic Night for Teens Round Lake Library, 31 Wesley Ave., Round Lake The library is working with the community center to provide an Open Mic Night for Teens at 7 p.m. If you're interested in performing, talk to the staff at the library. Bring your friends and enjoy the evening!

Sunday, January 22 Breakfast Buffet Sons’ of ITAM Post 35, 247 Grand Ave., Saratoga Springs A delicious breakfast buffet from 8-11 a.m. $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and children under 5 are free.

Salsa Sunday The National Museum of Dance, 99 S. Broadway, Saratoga Springs This event will feature Salsa classes for adults and children, general dancing, and a performance by Tango Fusion Company. Salsa classes will take place from 2-5 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Admission is $15 per person, $25 per couple and $30 for families (two adults with children under 15). For more information, visit

Greek Popular and Folk Dance Workshop Bloom Studio, 153 Regent St., Saratoga Springs The directors of Fotia Greek Dancers, Evan Euripidou and Maria Panayotou, are holding a dance workshop from 2-4 p.m. Dancers of all levels are welcome to attend. Free to Skidmore students. For more information, contact Adriana Gómez Piccolo at or leave a message with contact information at (518) 583 4645.

Wednesday, January 25

Chicken and Biscuits Dinner 1 Elks Lane, Route 9, Saratoga Springs From 4:30-7 p.m. enjoy a complete dinner, vegetables, scallop potatoes, dessert and coffee/tea. Cash bar available. Adults $9, children 5-12 $5, under 5 free, seniors and military with ID $8, takeouts $10.

Paperback Sale Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St., Community Room The Book Bag Shop will conduct a one-day

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10 cent paperback sale from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Other items in the Book Bag Shop will be 20 percent off from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Funds raised are used to enhance library services.

Hydrofracking Film Screening Crandall Library, Community Room, Glens Falls Southern Adirondack Audubon and the Adirondack Mountain Club present a public screening at 6:30 p.m. of the film "Gasland," a Sundance Film Festival Awardwinning documentary by filmmaker Josh Fox. The film explores the environmental issues and corporate greed within the natural gas drilling industry known as hydrofracking.

Thursday, January 26 Ice Cream Social Saratoga Seniors Center, 5 Williams St. At 6:30 p.m. enjoy a make-your-own ice cream social featuring the music of Young at Heart. Tickets are $4 for members and $6 for non-members and can be purchased in advance.

Friday, January 27 Murder Mystery Evening Gideon Putnam Resort, 24 Gideon Putnam Rd., Saratoga Springs Home Made Theater is hosting their annual

benefit Murder Mystery Evening “Fatal Fortunes.” Guests may choose between Friday, January 27 and Saturday, January 28 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 and reservations are limited. Reserved tables are available for parties of 8, 9 or 10 (orders must arrive together). For more information, visit or call Home Made Theater at (518) 587-4427.

Augustine Classical Academy Open House Augustine Classical Academy, 52 William St., Mechanicville An Open House is being held from 7-9 p.m. Tours of the school, displays of student work and student presentations will celebrate and showcase second quarter accomplishments. Refreshments will be served. Contact the school at (518) 541-2089 or email with any questions. All are welcome.

Upcoming Frost Faire 2012 Saratoga National Historical Park, Stillwater January 28 from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. enjoy snow tubing on the "Big Hill," a bonfire, hot refreshments, nature hikes and more! Visit or call (518) 664-9821 ext. 224 for more information.

Saratoga Contradance. First Baptist Church, 45 Washington St., Saratoga Springs Contras, squares and couples dances Saturday, January 28 from 8-11 p.m., with


beginners lesson at 7:30. All dances taught and newcomers are welcome. Wear sneakers or other soft-soled shoes only, please. Adults $10, students $7, children under 15 $6. For more information, call (518) 8854430 or visit

Winter Antique Show National Museum of Dance, 99 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs Saturday, January 28, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, January 29, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. What antiques will you find? With over 40 vendors, you are bound to find some real treasures in a museum full of antiques! For more information, visit

Soroptimist Cabin Fever Luncheon Gideon Putnam Resort, Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs Saturday, January 28, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., escape the winter blues and join Soroptimist International of Saratoga County at the annual Cabin Fever Luncheon. Tickets are $60/person. For more information, visit

13th Annual Ham Dinner Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church Saturday, January 28 from 4-6:30 p.m. enjoy baked ham with raisin sauce, mashed potatoes, carrots, salad, rolls and homemade pies! Adults $9, seniors $8, children under 18 $5 and children under 11 are free. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling (518) 584-3720, extension 17.

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Arts Center Turns Up the Heat for

“Chili Bowl” by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY

SCHUYLERVILLE – With winter’s chill finally settling in, the Saratoga Clay Arts Center is hoping you’ll warm up to a little competition at their First Annual Chili Bowl. The event is scheduled for January 28, at the Clay Arts Center, located at 167 Hayes Road in Schuylerville, kicking off at 11 a.m. and running until 3 p.m. A portion of the proceeds generated from the event will go to support the Schuylerville Area Food and Emergency Relief Fund, as well as the Franklin Community Center Food Pantry. Admission to the event is $1, or free with the donation of a non-perishable food item. The Arts Center is offering a unique chance to try some hearty chili made by some celebrity chefs, who will be pitted against one another in what the center is calling a “Chili Challenge.” While the chili competition may get people talking, the event is centered on the hundreds of handmade chili bowls that the center is hopeful to sell. “I reached out to ceramic artists all over the Capital Region from Saratoga, Glens Falls, all the way to Albany,” explained Saratoga Clay Arts Center Director Jill Kovachick. “We held a ‘throw down’ last week where a lot of people came and got a lot of work done.” The center expects to have over 500 donated bowls available for purchase at the event. Each bowl is a one-of-a-kind piece of art, but they’re not just for show. The Arts Center is offering the unique promotion of “Fill the bowl, eat the chili, keep the bowl,” for only $15. Each bowl purchased comes with a com-

plimentary bowl of chili prepared by one of the celebrity chefs. There will be an auction held for more valuable ceramic pieces created by the late Toshiko Takaezu, a world renowned ceramic artist, as well as the nationally recognized Steven Hill. Additional pieces will be for sale, with prices ranging anywhere from $15 to $90. Kovachick says the idea for the Chili Challenge came from a fundraiser she was involved with during her teaching days at Skidmore College. She credits the rest of her staff at the Clay Arts Center for revisiting the idea with her to help raise money for the local charities. The Chili Challenge will feature a variety of recipes and styles from the celebrity chefs, who each have their own specialties to fall back on. One should expect a more Cajunthemed approach from Jasper Alexander of Hattie’s Restaurant. Rob Chrust from Amigos Cantina will likely draw upon spicier, Latin flavors. The wild cards in this event are Mike McLoughlin of Curtis Lumber in Schuylerville and News Channel 13’s chief meteorologist Bob Kovachick. Mr. Kovachick, husband of the center’s director Jill, will be participating on behalf of The Meat House Butcher Shop in Saratoga Springs, who will be donating the ingredients for the weatherman’s chili. The winner will receive bragging rights over who makes the best chili in Saratoga, as well as a trophy being created by members of the Clay Arts Center. Kim Klopstock of Fifty South Restaurant in Ballston Spa is planning to make a vegetarian-friendly chili for the event. “I never think inside the box,” joked Klopstock.

Klopstock says she has always tried to use more organically grown and fair trade ingredients at her restaurant, and should provide a nice alternative for those who don’t eat meat, or for those simply looking to try something new. While she’s excited to be participating, Klopstock says it’s not about the competition for her, and only hopes to lend her name and cuisine to a worthy cause. The First Annual Chili Bowl will also feature entertainment by jazz guitarist Chuck Kish of the Hot Club of Saratoga band. For more information, contact the Saratoga Clay Arts Center at their website or call them at (518) 581-CLAY.

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Equine Photographer Recognized by Andrew Marshall National Publication bySaratoga TODAY Photo by Sharon Castro


Sharon Castro is known throughout the Thoroughbred racing community as a first rate equine photographer. Now she’s garnered national attention for her impressive imagery. Castro was recently honored by Cowboys & Indians magazine for her entry in their annual photo contest. Cowboys & Indians is a western lifestyle magazine, and calls itself “The Premier Magazine of the West.” Local horse racing fans may be familiar with Castro’s work featured in Equicurean magazine, published by Saratoga TODAY newspaper. Castro’s photo titled “Homeward Bound” was selected as a winner of the equine category. The photo will be printed as part of Cowboys & Indians’ “Annual Photographs of the West” issue to be released in March 2012. The stunning photograph depicts a stable of galloping horses kicking up a cloud of dust, alongside a sprinting dog, captured in full stride. The photo’s many layers begin in the foreground where we find a lone rancher atop a horse, and works outward to include the other animals and the sloping Rocky Mountains in the distance. The photo was taken at the Bar Horseshoe Ranch in Mackay, Idaho. Castro spent over 25 years working with and riding Thoroughbred horses before picking up the camera, so she knows her subjects as well as anyone. Her love of horses serves as the inspiration for her photography. “I try to capture the romance and grandeur that these great and mighty beings have always evoked in my dreams,” said Castro. Castro is currently in Florida for the Wellington Equine Festival, where she has teamed up with fellow photographer Randi Muster to offer fine art prints. Wellington Equine Festival is one of the largest equestrian expos in the entire country. Castro returns each spring in anticipation for the upcoming track season. For more information about Sharon Castro’s photography, visit her website at

Rock ‘n’ Raise Money Putnam Den Hosting Benefit for ASPIRE NY by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY

SARATOGA SPRINGS - When a group of old friends reunite, one might be tempted to say they’re “getting the band back together.” For Mike Perkins, the phrase takes a quite literal meaning. Perkins is the founder of The Mike Perkins Project, a rock band he started back in his college days. Through the years, other members have come and gone, relocating to different parts of the country. Today, Perkins is still located in Saratoga. The rest of his band is scattered across the country, including places like Boston, Long Island and North Carolina. Once a year, the band reunites and plays a show for a charitable cause. This year the Putnam Den will be hosting that very benefit this coming Saturday, January 21. Doors open at 8 p.m. with the show starting at 9 p.m. The cover charge is a $20 per person donation or $30 for couples and is tax deductible. All of the money collected at the door will go to benefit ASPIRE NY, a local organization that helps families challenged with autism and other related disorders. Saratoga Eagle Beverage Distribution is sponsoring the event and will be donating $500 on top of whatever money is raised at the door. Mama Mia’s Pizza and Café will donate pizza and Hannaford Supermarkets will be donating assorted snacks for the event. While Perkins enjoys playing with his old friends, he’s even more thrilled to be giving back to his community.

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The Mike Perkins Project “I try to make these fundraisers simple and require little effort from the charitable organization,” explains Perkins, “The band has a great time playing and gets to feel good about raising a lot of money for charity.” About ASPIRE NY: ASPIRE NY is a Saratoga-based foundation helping serve teens and young adults affected with high-functioning autism and similar social disorders, as well as their families. The organization’s roots trace back to 2004, when co-founder Deb Garrelts, an occupational therapist for Granville School District, wanted to form a group to encourage social development. She started “The Lunch Bunch,” a small group of children with similar social disorders. Her work led Julie Marks, ASPIRE’s other founding member, to contact Garrelts while looking to relocate from New Jersey. Both Garrelts’ and Marks’ sons are affected by autism, and Marks was looking for a group that would understand her son’s disorder and provide an outlet for social interaction. Garrelts and Marks joined forces, and by 2005, their group had doubled in size. In 2007, they incorporated, and one year later they received their approval as a nonprofit organization. Today the group serves over 50 families from as far north as Warrensburg, and as far south as Ravena. For more information on ASPIRE NY, visit their website at For more information about the fundraiser, contact The Putnam Den at (518) 584-8066.




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“ Markie” on the Marquee is Good for Biz by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - Get ready to party like its 1989. Hiphop icon, actor, comedian, human beatbox, and all-around goofball Biz Markie is coming to Vapor Night Club and Lounge on Saturday, January 21 as part of Saratoga Casino and Raceway’s Sights and Sounds event series. Tickets are going for only $10. Dress code is enforced for this event, so come dressed to impress. Known as the “Clown Prince of Hip Hop,” Markie has worked alongside such legendary artists as The Beastie Boys, The Rolling Stones, Will Smith, and the Wu-Tang Clan. Markie is best known for his 1989 release, “Just a Friend.” The song was a huge success, peaking at number nine on the U.S. Hot 100 singles chart. In 2008, “Just a Friend” was recognized by the music channel VH1 as one of the “100 Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time.” Co-headlining the event with Markie is DVDJ Dread. Dread is a video DJ based out of the greater Capital Region, who was named “Best Local DJ” by Metroland, Albany’s alt-weekly newspaper in 2008 and 2009. His mixes were prominently featured on 102.3 KISS FM’s “Five O’Clock Traffic Jam,” segment every Friday afternoon during rush hour. The segment quickly became one of the station’s most popular. The Sights and Sounds series at Vapor Night Club’s resident master of ceremonies i s

the host of “The J Will Jamboree” on Jamz 96.3, J Will. J Will couldn’t be more thrilled with what Vapor Night Club is doing with the Sights and Sounds series. “For as long as I can remember, Vapor has had this stigma of being ‘a club for old folks,’ and they have created a night to try and change that.” said J Will. The Sights and Sounds series is only entering its third week of promotion, but Markie represents the biggest name to be booked by the night club so far. “Every weekend is a new experience, whether it is with local DJs or national acts.” Said J Will. “Biz is in town this weekend to perform, and I hope he’ll bless us with some of his mixing skills!” While Biz’s roots are in hip hop, he has found a second career as a spokesperson and voice actor. He was most recently involved in an ad campaign for the electronics chain RadioShack. Markie also lends his voice to several cartoons and children’s programs including Nickelodeon’s “Yo Gabba Gabba” and Cartoon Network’s series “Adventure Time.” He has appeared as contestant on VH1’s “Celebrity Fit Club,” as well as a recurring cast member on the MTV show “Nick Cannon’s Wild’n Out.” Vapor Night Club and Lounge is located within the Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Crescent Avenue in Saratoga Springs. For more information on the event, visit Vapor Night Club’s website at Vapor-Nightclub or call (518) 581-5772.


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SARATOGA SPRINGS – Back for 2012 at Saratoga City Center is the New Eastcoast Arms Collectors Association (NEACA) holding their annual Arms Fair. This will be the 29th year that NEACA is holding the arms fair, and is the 86th event NEACA has held overall. The fair officially begins Saturday, January 28, but NEACA members are allowed a sneak peak of the fair the evening of Friday, January 27. NEACA is anticipating over 250 different vendors and collector dis-

plays for fairgoers to browse. The NEACA is “urging the public to participate,” by bringing items to buy, sell or trade with exhibitors. All guns sold at the event are subject to a federal background check. Gun collectors can browse antique exhibits ranging from the Civil War to World War II. It’s not only about the firearms though, as antique sword and knife vendors will be attending. Artwork, decoys, books, traps and other assorted pieces of Americana will also be on display.

Something’s Brewing at Saratoga Arms by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - Olde Saratoga Brewing Company and the Saratoga Arms Bed and Breakfast have teamed up to offer a rather sudsy deal for an early Valentine’s celebration. The event is called Something’s Brewing – An Ultimate Bed and Brew weekend. The first session is scheduled for the weekend of February 3. The bed and breakfast hopes you and your sweetheart will enjoy a weekend of craft beers, fine dining, and just plain fun. Throughout the weekend, Olde Saratoga is offering unprecedented access to their brewery and their brewing process. The brewery will have a master brewer on hand to explain any questions you may have about taking hops and barley and turning them into beer. It’s a great chance to learn more about craft beer and how it’s made. If simply drinking the beer is more your style, several tastings are scheduled throughout the weekend. Tours will be immediately followed by a four course beer pairing dinner. The meal will be prepared by Sperry’s Restaurant, and the menu was designed by Certified Master Chef Dale Miller. Saratoga Arms is planning similar weekends for the coming months, in case you can’t make it to this one. For more information on booking a reservation, visit For more information on Olde Saratoga Brewery, you can find them at

NEACA is anticipating over 3,000 people to visit the fair this year. Food will be available, as well as door prizes and free parking. Admission to the fair is $8 per person, $7 for senior citizens. Existing NEACA members are admitted free of charge, and children under 14 will be admitted for free with an adult. If you’re interested in attending, or if you would like to register as a vendor, contact the NEACA at (518) 664-9743, or visit their website at




Friday, January 20, 2012


Basque Vegetable Soup

Suzanne Voigt Farmers’ Market

There is a region in northern that runs along the border of that is famous for its independent nature and its rich and unique cuisine. The land is rugged and breeds spirited people with a love of home and hearth. Influenced by both Spanish and French cuisines, the Basque regional food is known for its simple, yet rich and distinctive taste. This Basque vegetable soup has made its way into the home and hearts of Ayer’s family, owners and operators of a small meat and prepared food farm in Argyle, NY. Peggy Ayer often cooks for three

generations at once and they all love this hearty soup. The soup is a complete meal and is perfect with some brick oven bread on the side. (Notethis week the Saratoga Farmers’ Market should have broiler chickens and sausage for sale, as well as local leeks, carrots, onions, turnips, potatoes, cabbage, herbs and even beans to make this terrific soup as fresh and tasty as it gets!) Ingredients 1 boiler chicken (2-3 lbs) 8 cups water 2 medium leeks, sliced 2 medium carrots, sliced 1 large turnip, peeled and cubed 1 large onion, chopped 1 large potato, cubed 1 garlic clove, minced 1 ½ tsp salt ½ tsp pepper 1 Tbsp. minced fresh parsley 1 tsp dried thyme ¾ lb. Polish sausage links 2 cups navy beans, rinsed and drained 1 cup shredded cabbage 15 oz fresh (or canned) tomato sauce

Directions In Dutch oven, slowly bring chicken and water to a boil, skim foam. Reduce heat then cover and simmer for 45-60 minutes or until chicken is tender. Remove chicken and set aside until cool enough to handle. Strain broth and skim fat from broth and return broth to Dutch oven. While chicken is cooking: Chop vegetables into small bite-size portions and set aside. In a frying pan, sear sausage links, remove from heat and cut into bite-size pieces and set aside. Add chopped leeks, carrots, turnip, onion, potato, garlic, salt, pepper, parsley and thyme to clear broth in Dutch oven. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes. While vegetables are cooking, remove cooked chicken meat from bone/skin and add to vegetables cooking in Dutch oven. Continue simmering until vegetables are tender and chicken is warmed. Serve immediately with bread on the side.

Saratoga Zymurgist Welcomes New and Experienced Hobbyists SARATOGA SPRINGS – Wine making and home brewing are excellent year-round hobbies, especially in the Saratoga region, where we have access to fresh fermenting ingredients and the expertise of the staff at Saratoga Zymurgist. Located at 112 Excelsior Avenue, Saratoga Zymurgist is a full service home brewing and wine making shop that offers everything you need to start making your own spirits. Owners Reed and Mary Antis, who purchased the business in 2011, sell equipment, ingredients, kits and books, and even offer free weekly classes for beginner and expert home brewers and winemakers. “It’s a fun hobby that’s easy to do here because we have an abundant amount of [ingredients] that people like to ferment,” he said. Reed explained that it is legal to brew beer and make wine at home for

personal consumption, emphasizing that it is illegal to distill in New York. Fruit and grapes are used to make wine, honey from local apiaries makes delicious mead (honey wine), locally-produced apple cider is ideal for hard cider, and a variety of ingredients can be fermented into beer, including barley and hops. In our region, hard cider is a popular home project. Between August and December, many hobbyists enjoy using apple products from local orchards to make their own beverages. “New people come in every fall to make hard cider. It’s a traditional drink here in the Northeast,” Reed said. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced home brewer, Saratoga Zymurgist offers classes to help you expand your horizons and taste buds. Classes are free and are held on

Saturdays from 9-10 a.m. Classes are limited to six people, so pre-registration is required. You can sign up in the store or online at

Upcoming classes include: January 21: A course for new and inexperienced winemakers using a wine kit February 4: Reed will share techniques for making better beer using extracts and specialty grains February 11: Brewing for beginners; learn all the steps to making your first successful batch of beer with confidence. February 18: A course for new and inexperienced winemakers using a wine kit. To pre-register, call (518) 5809785 or email For more information, visit

Kitchen Gadgets

John Reardon Compliments to the Chef Hello my foodie friends! Today we are going to explore the world of kitchen knives! Many customers ask me how to choose the best knife. How do you know which one is best? Is it price that determines it? Is it the brand? Is it sharpness? I always say that the best knife is the one that best fits and feels good in your hand. Not the one that can cut a penny or a tin can we don’t eat those items! It is the one that holds its edge but can also be sharpened easily. Start with knives that are the most versatile. Before making a purchase, you should have an expert fit you to your knife the same way you would with shoes or clothing. I usually recommend these four knives for people who are starting a gourmet set: Chef’s knife (also called cook’s knives) (6-10”) It is called the all-rounder for

professional and hobby chefs, suitable for chopping herbs, cutting vegetables, slicing and dicing fish and meat. The curved blade allows for a nice rocking motion. A work horse of a knife! Practice with this knife and you will get better and better. Also remember to use your steel to keep it sharp! Paring knife (3-4”) It is used for cleaning, paring, peeling and slicing small fruit and vegetables. It is also used to prepare intricate garnishes. The paring knife is a very efficient extension of thumb and finger. This helps to give good leverage. Bread Knife (8-10”) It is used for cutting bread or any other food of soft substance with a tough skin or crust. The aggressive scalloped edge cuts hard crusts effortlessly and evenly. Do not cut meat or fish with this scalloped or serrated edge knife as it will not produce an even slice with those foods. Do not use steel with this knife; it is not necessary and may damage the edges. It should stay sharp for at least five years if not abused. Santoku with hollow edge (5-7”) (Japanese loosely meaning “three virtues”- slicing, dicing and mincing) The Santoku knife, fitted with the razor edge, is the all-rounder for Asian cuisine, preparing fish, meat or vegetables. This is my favorite knife! It slices tomatoes paper thin and it cuts boneless meat and fish into small pieces. The specially contoured edge is perfect for chopping vegetables and the wide blade doubles as a spatula. Use your steel regularly as it can dull easily. Whatever knife you chose, make sure you practice with it! Learn how to hold it so it becomes an extension of your hand. Stop in and see me anytime and I will show you personally. Remember use quality tools and keep them sharp and your tasks become easier and fun. Take care, John



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Ziehnert Skating School Takes First at ISI Lake Placid Figure Skating Championships SARATOGA SPRINGS - Ziehnert Skating School took first place over 26 teams at the 2012 ISI Lake Placid Figure Skating Championships on January 12-14, building off of last year’s first place performance in 2011 and second place finish in 2010. The newly formed school was started back in 2010 by national competitor and coach, Glenn Ziehnert and former student now professional, Justin Morrow. Justin was a national level icedancer and competed at the Olympic Trials in Spokane, Wash., in 2010. "Justin and I have such a strong competitive background. I believe we are producing stronger skaters because we are training them with competition in mind. Our skaters are always well prepared. I pick events and give them situations that give our skaters the best chance for their own individual success. I believe every skater is different and every skater has their own strengths and talents," said Ziehnert. The ISI competitions are an excellent introduction to competitive figure skating. Most of the skaters in the Ziehnert Skating School began in the Learn to Skate Program and moved on to individual lessons from there. Each student is given a skating routine with music. These ISI programs teach the students about performing, technique, drama and simply enjoying the art of figure skating. The skaters performed individual routines and group events in Lake Placid. For Julianna Bonn, the competition turned out to be a great way to celebrate her 5th birthday, racking up a first place finish individually and another first place finish in tandem with her cousin, Ashlyn Chartier. Teammate Katie Dunleavy also had a fantastic outing, taking home four gold medals for her artistic skating a technical mastery. Abby Hansen, Erica Li, Tereska Nardelli and Annabelle Parham also took home gold medals, with teammates Sara Parker, Jennifer Steele and Molly Gagnon each putting in solid performances themselves. You can join Ziehnert Skating School at any time. From beginner to advanced, call (518) 265-4242 to learn more.

JMJC Claims 9 Medals GLENVILLE - Athletes from the Jason Morris Judo Center (JMJC) started the year off strong with a dominate showing at the Starrett Cup, which is the first leg of the Zebra Tour. JMJC's medal haul included 7 golds. Burnt Hills High School graduate Hannah Martin, 22, started the team off by going 4-0 to capture the 63kg title and the $250 cash prize. Among Martin's wins was a victory over U.S. #1 ranked Janine Nakao in an overtime thriller. This was a very good warm up for Martin's European tour, which will include one of the year’s biggest events in Paris at the French Open (February 3-4),

followed by a trip to Budapest for the Hungarian Open (February 11-12). Cammi Kaichi, 24, started her year off right going 4-0 in 52kg to win the first prize and $250. Kaichi dominated by winning all her matches by ippon (fullpoint). On the men’s side, Tony Sangimino, 21, performed at an extremely high level, going 5-0 to nail down the 81kg title and the first place prize money. Sangimino won all is matches by ippon, displaying a wide range of techniques. Sangimino ended his day slamming Edwin Vallejo with a devastating foot sweep in the first 30 seconds. Burnt Hills Graduate, Nick Kossor, 26, who is also going on the European tour,

Girls’ Basketball Schedule

Boys’ Basketball Schedule

Ballston Spa

Ballston Spa

1/13: at Saratoga Springs, 51-56 L 1/20: at Averill Park, 7 p.m. 1/27: vs. Colonie, 7 p.m.

1/13: vs. Saratoga Springs, 49-62 L 1/20: vs. Averill Park, 7 p.m. 1/27: at Colonie, 7 p.m.

Burnt Hills

Burnt Hills 1/13: vs. Shenendehowa, 31-55 L 1/20: at Mohonasen, 7 p.m. 1/27: vs. Guilderland, 7 p.m.

1/13: at Shenendehowa, 58-63 L 1/20: vs. Mohonasen, 7 p.m. 1/31: at Saratoga Springs, 7 p.m.

Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Springs

1/13: vs. Ballston Spa, 56-51 W 1/17: at Schenectady, 52-25 W 1/20: at Guilderland, 6:45 p.m.

1/13: at Ballston Spa, 62-49 W 1/20: vs. Guilderland, 7 p.m. 1/27: at Columbia, 7 p.m.



1/13: at Stillwater, 39-44 L 1/20: at Hoosic Valley, 7 p.m. 1/27: vs. Greenwich, 6 p.m.

1/13: vs. Stillwater, 60-43 W 1/17: at Hoosick Falls, 30-42 L 1/27: at Greenwich, 6 p.m.

South Glens Falls

South Glens Falls

1/16: vs. Glens Falls, 47-45 W 1/26: vs. Scotia, 7 p.m. 2/02: at Broadalbin-Perth, 7 p.m.

1/17: at Glens Falls, 40-60 L 1/20: at Johnstown, 7 p.m. 1/27: at Scotia, 7 p.m.

posted a 4-0 record to capture the 60kg championship along with the winner’s purse. Brice Rudat, 23, won the 100kg division going 4-0 to also pick up the $250. Pete Stanley, 27, won the 100kg novice and placed third in the 100kg elite division. Cameron Shanahan, 13, had a good day going 3-0 to take gold for the 13-14-year-old 50kg division. Brad Bolen, 22, closed out the JMJC medal count picking up a bronze in the 66kg weight class. Bolen will travel to Europe to compete at the Tblissi Open in Georgia January 28-29, and then will go to Paris to join JMJC teammates Nick Delpopolo, Nick Kossor, Hannah photo provided Martin, Kyle Vashkulat and coach Hannah Martin faces off against Janine Jason Morris.


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Friday, January 20, 2012

Saratoga Saints Triumph Girls’ Varsity Basketball Team Defeats Whitehall 30-25 by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Saratoga Catholic girls’ varsity basketball team cruised to a victory Monday night against Whitehall, earning the hard fought 30-25 win and improving their record to 4-7 overall. Though the Saints were able to snag an opening-day win at the start of the season, the team struggled early on to find their footing, dropping their following six consecutive matchups. But momentum is starting to swing in Saratoga Catholic’s favor, with Monday night’s win being the third successful outing of their last four. “It was great to get the win,” said head coach Steve Lombardo. “We did some things better than we have in the past, especially since this is a very young team.” The Saints have two eighth graders playing on the varsity team and only one senior, Molly Cioffi. But while the team may be on the young side, experience on the court is starting to pay off. “Molly Cioffi, our only senior, demonstrates a lot of leadership by example. She gives 100 percent of herself 100 percent of the time,” said Lombardo. Cioffi led the way for the Saints Monday night, scoring a gamehigh 9 points. Tied for game-high honors was teammate Meghan Mensler, who also netted 9 points

- including a three-point bomb late in the fourth quarter to hold Whitehall back. “Meghan [Mensler] is our point guard, and really helps us get into our offense,” said Lombardo. “She had somewhat of a slow start, but really came through for us in the second half.” Whitehall’s Rebecca Lavin led her team with 8 points on offense, with Ariel Ayers chipping in with 5 points. But the duo lacked strong support from their teammates and were unable to overcome the Saints on their own. Still, Lombardo indicated that Monday’s game was a little too close for comfort, and something he thinks Saratoga Catholic can avoid in the future. “My concern is we need to take better care of the basketball,” said

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Lombardo. “We sometimes have a habit of putting ourselves in more difficult situations than we need to, especially when it comes to unforced turnovers.” But with momentum back on the Saints’ side, the girls are hoping to improve their record yet again this Friday, January 20 when they travel to face Northville at 6 p.m.


Lead by Example environments of a team’s infrastructure because they are not qualified for that role. The responsibility of leadership is not perfectly defined since there isn't a singular answer to a situation when dealing with individuals or the team. The manner or method used when dealing with a player, one-on-one, is very challenging. The relationship with a group or Damian the team can be entirely different Fantauzzi than a situation based on a one-toone scenario. Let me address some of the posiLately, I have had many discussions with some people, mostly tive aspects of leadership. I have had coaches, about the importance of my moments of being directed and leadership. Questions that come up being inspired by others in my life. frequently regarding the topic Conversely, I have had the experiinclude: what makes a good leader, ence of being a person who, hopefulhow does someone become a leader, ly, was an inspiration to others! A and what determines leadership? good leader becomes an outstanding While some of the concepts are obvi- leader when they are able to admit to ous – there are simply those who lead their misjudgments of certain situaand those who follow – I'd like to tions with a declaration of admission. An individual in a leadership position share with you some of my ideas. My friend and colleague, Rich has to understand that being right is Johns, is the founder of "Act With not always part of the criteria for Respect Always!" To him, the organ- being a good leader. There are many ization is a "pay it forward" move- positions of leadership in society, be ment, one that stresses self awareness they in sports, business or governon a daily basis. I think part of his ment, but the same rules of good focus is to understand how people leadership still apply. Failure to lead can become somesee you and how you see others, and what effect we have on one another! what of an obvious flaw. The results He looks at each person as a leader can be devastating to those who foland stresses teamwork, civility and low. An example: the head coach dicseven key personal traits (respect, tates to his or her assistant coaches empathy, awareness, courage, hon- and players their goals and how they esty, integrity and trust). I feel that are all expected to relate to one Rich has touched on some good qual- another according to their positions. ities here about what a leader needs But if the team is unable to realize to be and do to lead others. But to these goals, the consequences could carry this a little further, in order to mean a shift in the chain of comhave a leader there must be "those mand, or a different strategy might who follow" who have the confi- evolve with the reconfiguration of dence in their "commander" to travel personnel from the top-down or the on the right path for the journey, bottom-up. The person at the top has to see what the needs of the group are whatever or wherever it may be. The sports world has many differ- and have the courage to make the ent leaders. In all aspects of athletics, necessary moves, adapt and refocus. Can anyone lead? My personal from the middle school teams to professional leagues, the coach is the opinion is pretty simple: leaders leader with the help of assistant aren't born, they're made! Not everycoaches, team captains, (who some- one can be the quarterback, a head times are the best player or star of the coach or the mayor. But in life there team and leads by example) and the are stories where, at one point or veterans with their overall expertise another, we all have been the leader as tenured players. Coaches have a in some fashion. Maybe it's with a hierarchy that they must answer to group of friends, being the oldest siband look to for guidance or advice. In ling in your family, a teacher, a lead the organization of teams, from inter- violinist, the boss on the job or, most scholastic sports to the pros, coaches important of all, a parent. And there must answer to the director of athlet- are times when we lead by example, ics of a school district or the owner of whether we knew it or not. Most a franchise. All must answer to a importantly we all have the ability to hierarchy, such as the administration lead others in some manner. Coach and board of education of schools or Johns likes the concept of "pay it forthe shareholders of the professional ward" and I think he has it right! To organizations. Therefore, not every- lead by example, I feel, might be the one can lead others in the various best definition of good leadership!



Friday, January 20, 2012

Saratoga Falls to Pittsford 4-3 SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Streaks jumped out to take an early lead against the state’s third-ranked Pittsford team, but two late goals in the final period were enough to sink Saratoga in a close 4-3 defeat. Alex Luse and Tom Naples each scored a goal for Saratoga and provided an assist, with Devin Smith scoring the final goal for the Streaks. Saratoga drew first blood against the Panthers, building up a 2-1 lead by the end of the first period.

The Pittsford Panthers would tie the game with just over 12 minutes remaining in the second period before Smith found the back of the net to give Saratoga a 3-2 advantage. But the Streaks ran into a wall during the final period. Unable to score on offense, Saratoga’s advantage disappeared as the game was tied with eight minutes left. Pittsford’s Andrew Scuncio scored the final goal with six minutes to play to give the Panthers the win.

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