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Walk-In Wellness Community Health Resource Center Aims to Provide Primary Care to Uninsured by Chelsea DiSchiano Saratoga TODAY

Photo courtesy of Stock Studios Photography

Located at 24 Hamilton Street, one block west of Broadway and Congress, the Community Health Resource Center is also conveniently located by a bus line.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Last week, Terry Lee was walking through the emergency department of Saratoga Hospital when she noticed that every chair in the waiting room was filled with sick patients. Almost every person there was waiting to be treated for the flu. “You don’t need to go to the emergency room for the flu,” said Lee, executive director of the

Dancing Down

Broadway by Stefany McBrady for Saratoga TODAY

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Take a stroll down the streets of Downtown Saratoga Springs and you may get the sense that this is a town known for health, history, and horses. Unique to Saratoga are the decorated horse sculptures you see throughout downtown that were a part of the “Horses, Saratoga Style” project of 2002. In an effort to bring awareness to the rich arts scene in Saratoga, the National Museum

of Dance will launch “Saratoga En Pointe;” a project which will result in 24 different sculptures of ballet pointe shoes that will be decorated by artists from around region. Five years ago when the President of the Museum of Dance, Michelle Riggi, saw the decorated horses along Broadway, she dreamed of one day seeing pointe shoe sculptures all around town. Sarah Hall Weaver, assistant director for the museum, added her take on about Michelle’s idea saying: “She always has ideas tucked away See Saratoga En Pointe pg. 7

Saratoga Foundation. “You need to be seeing a primary care physician.” The ever-present problem of uninsured patients seeking medical care through the emergency department of Saratoga Hospital is one of the main reasons it decided to open up a Community Health Resource Center (CHRC), a medical facility that will cater toward people who are uninsured or underinsured and need a place to receive primary health care. See Wellness pg. 10

Featured Stories A Voice for Veterans A new monthly feature outlining local resources for Veterans. See Veterans pg. 11

Wilton Town Meeting Local residents upset after Councilman monopolizes public forum. See News pg. 14

Adopt-a-School Local students find a way to give back to victims of Hurricane Sandy. See Education pg. 18

Inside TODAY Blotter 3 Obituaries 4–5 Business


RSVP 16–17 Pulse/Local Gigs


Weekend Forecast FRIDAY





Super Science Saturday in Ballston Spa BALLSTON SPA — The four Ballston Spa elementary school PTAs’ annual Super Science Saturday was held on Saturday, January 19 as over 300 students and their families explored the wonders of science through many hands-on experiments and activities. Super Science Saturday consists of multiple stations with exciting topics that allow each participant to perform a variety of experiments at their own pace throughout the event. In addition to various stations of experimentation in the physical and biological sciences, three special stations were available this year, including: the StarLab Learning Dome, the Children’s Museum of

Science and Technology program, and the KAPL-NOVA scientists with electricity experiments. All elementary students and their families were invited to

participate. In addition to being a super day of science, it was also a soup-er day for the local food pantry. Families were asked to bring a non-perishable item to donate.

Week of January 25 – January 31, 2013

Week of January 25 – January 31, 2013 James L. Flacke, 53, of Railroad Place was arrested January 15 and charged with assault in the third-degree with intent to cause physical injury and criminal mischief in the fourthdegree with intent to damage property, both Class A misdemeanors. Officers arrived following an altercation between Flacke and another person. Flacke was determined to be unwelcome at the residence, at which time he was taken into custody. Timothy M. Albright, 30, of Shore Avenue was arrested January 15 and charged with two counts of criminal possession of marijuana in the third degree, a Class E felony. Albright was arrested in connection to an on-going narcotics investigation. Allison M. Greenlee, 26, of Park Street was arrested January 16 along Lake Avenue and charged with driving while intoxicated, a Class A misdemeanor. She was also charged with speeding in a posted zone and an equipment (headlights) citation, both violation charges. Greenlee was observed traveling at a high rate of speed along Lake Avenue without her headlights on. She was issued a field sobriety test and taken into custody. Jay F. Waldron, 42, of Zephyr Lane was arrested January 16 along Caroline Street and charged with criminal contempt in the first-degree, a Class E felony. Officers responded to a domestic dispute and determined that Waldron was in violation of a previously issued order of protection and arrested. Galen Connell, 18, of Crown Court in Ballston Spa was arrested January 16 along West Avenue and charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, a

violation charge. Connell was found to be in possession of the marijuana during a routine traffic stop. James R. Prochilo, 25, of South Broadway was arrested January 17 and charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the firstdegree, a Class E felony. He was also charged with driving while intoxicated, a Class A misdemeanor along with violation charges of failing to keep right, unsafe lane change and speeding in a posted zone. After being stopped for erratic driving, Prochilo was issued a field sobriety test and taken into custody. Clifford J. Jones, 22, of Maple Avenue was arrested January 19 along Caroline Street and charged with disorderly conduct, a violation. The charge stems from an altercation which took place in front of the City Tavern. Franklin L. Byrd, 30, of Charles Franklin Street in Monroe, North Carolina was arrested January 19 along Jackson Street and charged with driving while intoxicated, and driving with blood-alcohol content greater than .08 percent, both Class A misdemeanors. He was also charged with speeding in a posted zone, a violation charge. Byrd was stopped along Union Avenue after officers noticed his car moving erratically. He was stopped and issued a field sobriety test before he was taken into custody. Eric J. Jones, 19, of Maple Avenue was arrested January 19 along Congress Street and charged with driving while intoxicated, a Class A misdemeanor. He was also charged with failure to stop at a stop sign, unlawful possession of marijuana, both violation charges. Jones’

BLOTTER vehicle was stopped at Putnam Street for a traffic violation. Jones appeared intoxicated, and officers issued a field sobriety test before he was arrested. Nathan L. Thomas, 35, of Harwich Lane of West Hartford, Connecticut was arrested January 19 along Caroline Street and charged with criminal trespass in the second degree and criminal mischief in the fourth degree, both Class A misdemeanors. Officers responded to a possible domestic dispute on Caroline when they found the victim, who explained that the man she had just returned home with had kicked in her door, and was still inside the apartment. When officers arrived, Thomas refused to leave. He was then arrested. Robert C. Walton, 26, of Sand Creek Road in Albany was arrested January 20 along Putnam Street and charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first-degree, a Class E felony. He was also charged with driving while intoxicated, a Class A misdemeanor. There were also violation charges of operating a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver and driving the wrong way down a oneway street. Officers stopped the vehicle on Phila Street for traveling towards Broadway. He was issued a field sobriety test and taken into custody.



obituaries Mary-Ann Zambuto

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Mary-Ann Zambuto of Lincoln Ave. Saratoga Springs died peacefully at Saratoga Hospital on Friday, January 11. She was 74 years old. Born on February 28, 1938 in Corona, she was the daughter of the late Phil Triantafillides and Mary DiBenedetto. Mrs. Zambuto worked for over 10 years as an Administrative Law Assistant for the New York State Attorney General in Queens. Mary-Ann loved the beach and the ocean and visited them as often as she could. She loved

to read as well. She was an avid Yankees Fan and New York Rangers Fan, but most of all she loved her children and got her greatest enjoyment from spending time with them. She is predeceased by her husband Salvatore “Sam” Zambuto who died on July 21, 2009. Survivors include her son James Thomas Zambuto and her daughter Joann Ann Zambuto both of Saratoga Springs, a brother in-law Thomas Zambuto of Tampa, FL, a sister in-law Rose Pina and her husband Rich of St. James and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Family and friends may call from 2–4 and 7–9 on Tuesday January 15 at the Tunison Funeral Home 105 Lake Ave. Saratoga Springs. A Mass of Christian Church will be held at St. Clements Church on Wednesday January 16 at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.

Marie Coppernoll Baker

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Marie Coppernoll (Pace) Baker, 93, a lifelong resident, passed away on Wednesday, January 16. Born on Aug. 22, 1919 she was the daughter of the late Harvey and Mary (A’Hearn) Coppernoll, Sr. Marie is survived by four generations of loving family which include her two daughters, Barbara (Joseph) Pace MacFarland and Mary Lou Baker; five grandchildren, Linda L. MacFarland, David W. (Lisa) MacFarland, Sr., Mary Kate

MacFarland, Jo-Ann (Mike) MacFarland O’Reilly, Carrie J. MacFarland; eight greatgrandchildren, Kyle, Kaela, Emalee and Reid Priester, David W. Jr. and Tyler MacFarland and Ryan (fiancé Mallory Marotta) and Dylan O’Reilly and two great-greatgrandchildren, Damien S. DeCrescenzo and Aiva J. Priester. She is also survived by her niece Theresa (Victor) Harper and her nephew Arthur J. (Jean) Coppernoll and their families. In addition to her parents, Marie was predeceased by her two sisters, Catherine and Elizabeth and her two brothers, Arthur J. (Helen) and Harvey Jr. (Grace.) A funeral service was held on Monday, January 21 and was followed by burial in the family plot at St. Peter’s Cemetery, West Ave. Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or to Adirondack Save-A-Stray, 4880 Rt. 9N, Corinth, NY 12822.

Week of January 25 – January 31, 2013

Claudia Talmadge

Anne R. Jenkins SARATOGA SPRINGS — Anne R. Jenkins (nee Uscavitch) passed away Sunday, January 13 at Saratoga Hospital. She was 98. Born on September 15, 1914 in Ballston Spa, she was the daughter of the late Anton and Antoinette Shaulinsky Uscavitch. In addition to her parents and her husband, Anne was predeceased by her sister Sadie (Uscavitch) Brackett and her brother Joseph Uscavitch.

Survivors include her sons, George R. Jenkins II and Paul A. Jenkins, both of Saratoga Springs; her grandchildren Justin M. Jenkins of Morgantown, WV, J. Colin Jenkins of Albany and Paul J. Jenkins of Saratoga Springs. There will be no calling hours or services. A day at the track is being planned so her many friends can honor her memory while recalling the memories she gave them.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Claudia Talmadge died peacefully on January 16 at Wesley Health Care Center in Saratoga Springs. Arrangements are under the direction of the Tunison Funeral Home 105 Lake Ave. Saratoga Springs. Online remembrances at www.tunisonfuneralhome. com

Thomas R. Eyester BALLSTON SPA — Thomas R. Eyester of Ballston Spa died suddenly on January 19 at Saratoga Hospital. He was 47 years old. Born on March 10, 1965 in Islip, he was the son of Frederick Eyester and Catherine Bergamine Eyester of Long Island. He is pre-deceased by a brother, Michael Eyester. Survivors include his wife of over 22 years, Sergia Coffey — Eyester of Ballston Spa, two sons, Thomas M. Eyester of Sarasota, FL and James

(Jamie) Eyester of Ballston Spa; his parents, Frederick and Catherine Eyester; two brothers, Fred and David Eyester; and a sister, Susan Eyester of Long Island. Funeral Services were held January 22. Memorial donations can be made in his memory to the Boston Children’s Hospital, 401 Park Drive, Suite 602, Boston, MA 02115 or at w w w. ch i l d re nshopit a l. org/giving

Douglass Raymond Waring

MALTA — Douglass Raymond Waring 88, died on January 14. He was born on October 5, 1924, in New Jersey, the son of Raymond and Aileen (Shaeffer) Waring. He was a pilot in the Army Air

Corps during WWII. He married Gretchen Schoonmaker in 1950. They had three children. He married his second wife, Nancy (Utley) Waring, in 1978 and they had two children. He was predeceased by two remarkable women; Nancy (Utley) Waring and Gretchen (Schoonmaker) Waring. He was also predeceased by his daughter Sally Waring. He is survived by two sisters, Patricia (Waring) Kohn of Saratoga Springs, Nancie (Waring) Tyler of Malta; two brothers, Winston Waring and his wife Judy of Turnersville NJ and C. Joseph Waring and his wife Barbara of Delanson; two daughters Jill Waring of Palo Alto California and Ashley Waring of Delft Netherlands; two sons — Scott

Waring and his wife Karen EthierWaring of Mystic CT and Todd Waring and his wife Eve Gordon and children Tessa and Grace of Santa Monica, California; sisterin-law Anne Latham and husband Tom of Eastford Ct; and brotherin-law Robert L. Utley Jr. and wife Joanne of Winston Salem, NC. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the ‘Saratoga Springs Lions Foundation’, P.O. Box 166, Saratoga Springs, New York 12866; or to Vitas Hospice Care, 628 Hebron Avenue Suite 300, Glastonbury, CT 06033. The funeral was held on Tuesday, January 22 at the First Baptist Church of Saratoga Springs.

Week of January 25 – January 31, 2013

Florence M. Peters SARATOGA SPRINGS — Florence M. Peters, age of 94, died Wednesday January 16. Florence was born in 1918 in Dickson City, PA to her father, Anthony Cienscsyk, and her mother, Tillie Yarosh. She was married to Alfred G. Peters. In addition to her parents, Florence was predeceased by her husband Al, her brother Frank Ciensczyk, her brother Chester Chinsky and her sister Francis

Novak. She is survived by her son, Dan Peters of Macedon and her daughter, Romaine Guzi of Argyle, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in her honor on Monday January 21 at the Church of St. Peter, Saratoga Springs. Interment was Tuesday January 22 in the family plot at Bethel Cemetery in Croton-On-Hudson.


SARATOGA SPRINGS — Mrs. Ruth Klink Dougher passed away peacefully, surrounded by her children, Tuesday, January 15 at St. Peter’s Hospice in Albany after a brief illness. She was 77. Ruth was born in Buffalo, on May 19, 1935, the daughter of Walter and Gladys Klink. Ruth was predeceased by her parents, Walter and Gladys and her husband, Richard. Surviving her are her

Our dearest “Citto”, It’s been a few years since you’ve been here and we’re all trying to heal inside. Not a single day passes by where we are not in constant remembrance of you. When we hear the sweet sound of organ music, see an old model ship or smell sauce boiling on the stove it makes missing you that much harder...But knowing you are safe and resting peacefully amongst the angels gives us a sense of calmness. We will one day be able to see your toothy grin and hear your comforting voice telling us to come sit at the table for ‘just one more helping’ of our family’s favorite Italian dishes that you loved so much. Until that day, we remember you and miss you with all of our hearts and you will forever be “The leader of the Band.” —Your loving family forever & always

Deacon Roy Harvey Washington

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Deacon Roy Harvey Washington of Richard Ave. Saratoga Springs, went home to the Lord on Sunday January 13 surrounded by his family. He was 85.

BALLSTON SPA — Hildegarde Margaret Janowski Lindquist was born in Chicago on November 12, 1921. She was the daughter of Alma Prohl Janowski and Stanley Janowski. Hilde married John C. Lindquist in 1947, a union which lasted for close to 66 years. They had two children, Suzanne and Christopher. Preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, William and

Born on July 16, 1927 in Brooklyn, he was the son of the late George Washington and Eleanora Smith Washington. He is predeceased by his parents and son Michael Washington and siblings Dorothy Williams, Donald Washington, Kenneth Washington, Evelyn Selsey, Leon Washington, and Leslie Washington. He is survived by his wife Maxine A. Rollins Washington. He leaves to mourn his children, Randolph (Francine) Washington of Palmyra, VA, Clifford Washington of Brooklyn, Alisha Washington of Malden, MA., and Evelyn Smith of Waterford; as well

as siblings Harold Washington (Lee) of Willingsboro, NJ, and Robert Washington of Brooklyn; four grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. The going home service was Thursday, January 17 at the Mount Olivet Baptist Church on the corner of Crescent and Jefferson streets. Interment was at the Greenridge Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made in his memory to Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, PO Box 154, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 and Marjorie Doyle Rockwell Center — Alzheimer’s Care Program, 421 West Columbia Street, Cohoes, NY 12047.

Irene V. Gilmore

Hildegarde Margaret Lindquist Stanley and her sister-in law, Marion, she joined Heaven’s angels on Wednesday, January 16 following a long battle with heart problems. Hilde is survived by her husband John; two children, Suzanne Swenson and Christopher; her daughter-inlaw, Lynne; one brother, Robert; two grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Hilde was a loving wife, mother, and friend who gave so much to so many and will be sorely missed. Memorial contributions may be made to The Community Hospice of Saratoga, 17 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.


Anthony Albert Boccitto

Ruth Klink Dougher sisters, Marie Van Schaik of Greenville PA and Jeanne Klink of Nashua, NH; her children, Jane (Don) Hughes of Saratoga Springs, Jennifer McCracken of Batavia, Michael (Karen) Dougher of Tuxedo and Timothy Dougher of New City; and her grandchildren, Phillip Dougher of Virginia Beach, VA, Amethyst McCracken of Batavia, and Mitchell, Aidan, Claire, and Paige Dougher of Tuxedo. A funeral mass was celebrated on Friday, January 18 at Bethesda Episcopal Church. Internment of the remains will be at a later date at Grace Episcopal Church in Nyack where her husband rests. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to ARC Foundation of Rockland, 25 Hemlock Drive, Congers, NY 10920.

ALBANY — Irene V. Gilmore passed away Wednesday, January 23 at St. Peter’s Hospital. She was 93. Born on May 19, 1919 in Saratoga Springs, she was the daughter of the late Nelson and Rose (Rock) Derlick, Sr. Irene graduated from Saratoga Springs High School in 1937 and Mildred Elly in 1938. She married Francis Gilmore on Sept. 28, 1941 and together they raised four children. Irene worked for the Harvey Co. in Saratoga Springs, as a secretary for General Electric in Schenectady and for many years as a clerk for NY State Dept. of Tax and Finance in Albany.

She loved to read and took great interest in politics. Her greatest pleasure and enjoyment was spending time with her loving family. In addition to her husband Francis who passed away in 1976 and her parents, she is predeceased by two brothers, Nelson and Richard. Survivors include her children, Karen and Paula Gilmore both of Albany, Michael (Barbara) Gilmore of Greenville, SC and Steven Gilmore of Malta; two sisters, Evelyn Izzo of Saratoga Springs and Lorraine Fitzgerald of Ballston Spa; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends may call from 10 a.m. to 12 noon Saturday, January 26 at the William J. Burke & Sons/ Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Funeral services will be at noon at the funeral home. Burial will follow in the family plot at Greenridge Cemetery, Lincoln Ave. Donations may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Online remembrances may be made at


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week in Review Cuomo Delivers 2013–14 Budget Address, Jordan Reacts SARATOGA SPRINGS — On January 22, Governor Andrew Cuomo outlined the 2013–2014 $142.6 billion executive budget. The highlights of the budget include eliminating a $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes, hold spending increases below two percent for the third consecutive year, increase education aid by $889 million, reform the Workers Compensation system to save $900 million, raise the minimum wage from $7.25/ hour to $8.75/hour, and build on the mandate relief enacted in 2012-13 by providing a Stable Rate Pension Contribution Option to allow local governments and school districts to realize Tier VI savings. New York State Assembly Minority Leader Pro Tem Tony Jordan (R, I, C-Jackson) released a statement expressing his opinions on the new budget: “While I am pleased that Gov. Cuomo’s 2013–14 Executive Budget Proposal would close the state’s $1.3 billion deficit without raising taxes on working families, we need to do much more. These families need job opportunities and relief from crushing taxes, especially our state’s escalating property taxes,” Jordan said. He continued, “Creating opportunities means that we must continue to invest in our economy and lift the tax and regulatory

burdens placed on our job creators. As important as job creation is, we need meaningful unfunded mandate relief for schools and local governments so that property taxes can at last be lowered, keeping our communities affordable for families. “Additionally, in Gov. Cuomo’s casino plan he continues to not disclose where these sites will be or provide any clarity as to whether any funds will be available to support the important horse racing industry. “These are the changes I am looking for and I am eager to work with the governor and my colleagues in the legislature to see that they are implemented.” Parents of Slain Boy Plead Guilty to Child Neglect FORT EDWARD — The parents of the 13-year-old boy who was fatally shot while playing with a shotgun last June, plead guilty in Washington County Family Court to child neglect. The couple was charged following the boy’s death because the gun had not been secured or locked up. Louis and Nicole Cota were each represented by different attorneys in the court proceedings held last Wednesday, January 23, and both responded when asked, that they understood the charges against them. Louis Cota, dressed in jail garb and in handcuffs, has been incarcerated in Clinton County Jail

Week of January 25 – January 31, 2013 since last November when he was charged with having sexual relations with a child less than 15 years of age. That case is still open. Nicole Cota lives in Clinton County with the other children and could lose them with the plea. Since the case was transferred to Clinton County for disposition, the judge can decide to remove the children from her custody, have it disposed of in contemplation of dismissal, or could place her on probation. Gary Cota was fatally shot last June in the family home when a friend and he were handling a gun they had found in the house. At the time, the Cota’s lived on Keating Street in the village. It has since been determined that it was the first time the gun had been fired, and while the Cota’s have said they did not believe there were any bullets in the house, Fort Edward Police Sergeant Justin Derway said forensics were being done on the bullet to try and determine where it came from. He also said he did not know if any criminal charges would follow. Saratoga Springs Man Arrested for Fifth Time in a Week SARATOGA SPRINGS — It has been quite a week for James Flacke. The 53-year-old has been arrested five times in the last week, all of which have been in relation to alleged domestic disputes with his ex-wife.

On January 15, officers responded to Railroad Place after getting a call indicating an assault had taken place. After the officers arrived, they encountered Flacke, who appeared to have been in an altercation with another individual. Officers then questioned the homeowner, who indicated that Flacke should not be present. Flacke was arrested and transported to the police department for processing. He was charged with assault in the third-degree with intent to cause physical harm and criminal mischief in the fourthdegree with intent to cause damage to personal property, both Class A misdemeanors. He was then arrested January 22 and charged with on a warrant related to the January 15 incident. The home in question on Railroad Place belonged to his exwife, but was occupied by a pet sitter at the time. Flacke also allegedly threatened City Court Judge Jeffrey Wait and was reportedly trespassing outside his chambers. He is also alleged to have left threatening voicemails for two active members of the Saratoga Springs Police Department and fought with officers as they attempted to take him into custody. On January 22, Flacke was charged with burglary in the second-degree, a Class C felony. He is currently in Saratoga County Jail.

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“Saratoga En Pointe” Comes to Broadway continued from page 1 and it’s great.” This year marks the 100th anniversary of the National Museum of Dance, making this the perfect time to make Ms. Riggi’s dream a reality. “We work well together toward our dreams,” Riggi said about the Board of Directors at the National Dance Museum. Designed by Cow Painters, the same company who created the horses around Saratoga, these fiberglass statues will stand five feet tall and are modeled after the foot of Ana Pavlova, this year’s Hall of Fame inductee. On February 1, from 6-8 p.m. at the National Museum of Dance, there will be a reception to kick off Saratoga En Pointe. It’s there you’ll find artists located throughout the foyer, each of whom was carefully selected based on the vision and talent they display in their original work. Interested sponsors will peruse the room where the artists will present them with drawings of their designs for the sculpture, along with other examples of their work. Sponsors will then choose the artist and design they would like to see for their pointe shoe sculpture and attempt to quickly claim it before someone else can. These original works of art will be available for purchase at a cost of $5,000. The owner of the sculpture can be an individual, group, organization or business who can choose where they would like to have it displayed.

On May 31, the sculptures will be unveiled at the National Museum of Dance during a special ceremony. This will be a rare opportunity to see all of these spectacular pointe shoes in one location before they are moved to their new locations. That same day, there will be the official opening of the newly renovated C.V. Whitney Hall of Fame, which is funded in

part by the Saratoga En Pointe project. Location maps detailing the exact whereabouts of each statue will be made at the Visitor’s Center in Saratoga so that residents and Tourists alike can be a part of the excitement by finding and photographing the sculptures. A goal of the project is that business and tourism will benefit from the

beauty the sculptures will bring to the community. If you might not be able to afford one of these sculptures, you’ll have every opportunity to see them out in public following the sale. For more information about the project or the National Museum of Dance contact (518) 584-2225.



The Consulting Alliance Luncheon

Lisa Giruzzi Menands —The Consulting Alliance will hold a luncheon meeting on Friday, March 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Wolferts Roost Country Club, 120 Van Rensselaer Blvd., Menands. The cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Guests and prospective members are invited to attend. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (518) 512-9713 or by emailing info@ The program “Influence Without Arm Twisting” features Lisa Giruzzi, owner of Transformational Conversations in Albany. She will discuss the four communication

myths preventing consultants from getting what they want, three littleknown secrets for influencing others and effective communication strategies that can be implemented immediately to impact powerfully the behavior of others. Giruzzi has more than 25 years of experience helping people become more successful through effective communication. She is the author of 31 Days to Transform Your Life and co-author of 42 Rules for Creating WE. The latter book reached #1 on Amazon in Leadership, Management, Motivation and Organizational Behavior and was an overall bestseller. Her newest book is Bringing Out The Best In Your Employees: The Ultimate Guide for Managers and Supervisors to Engage and Empower Employees to Be More Successful and Productive Through Effective Communication. Giruzzi is the owner of the consulting firm Transformational Conversations (, which specializes in enhancing communication and performance. She is also a co-host of the television talk show Real Conversations.

Ireland Named Executive Chef at Saratoga Golf & Polo Club

John Ireland SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Golf & Polo Club welcomes John Ireland, who has been named the new Executive Chef for the private member club. Over the past two years, Ireland was providing his culinary skills for Panza’s Restaurant. Prior to that, John served for five years as Executive Chef at The Wine Bar in downtown Saratoga Springs. He has also worked for the Ritz Carlton and The Comus Inn in the Washington D.C. area. Since moving to upstate New York, Ireland was named one of the areas “Rising Star” chefs in 2010 by the Albany Chefs’ Food & Wine Festival. In 2012, Ireland won the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region Iron Chef competition and the Saratoga Farmers Market Iron Chef challenge. John, 32, lives in Malta with his wife Shayna and their daughter Everlie.

Week of January 25 – January 31, 2013

Exhibitor Booths Available for Saratoga Home & Lifestyle Show

Provost Earns NAHB Recognition

Saratoga Springs — Limited space is still available for exhibitors at the Saratoga Home & Lifestyle Show, which will be held Friday, March 1 through Sunday, March 3, at the Saratoga Springs City Center. The show will feature roughly 120 exhibitors throughout the first floor of the Saratoga Springs City Center, with a wide range of home improvement, outdoor living, family recreation, and lifestyle products and services, as well as great prizes. By securing a booth, businesses can exhibit their goods and services to the 5,000 people expected to attend the show. The show is managed by the Saratoga Springs Rotary Club to raise funds for the club’s donations to community organizations, youth scholarships, and humanitarian aid. Formerly called a Home & Garden Show, the event will mark its 40th anniversary in 2013. The Home Show hours at the City Center will be Friday, March 1 from 5–9 p.m.; Saturday, March 2 from 9 a.m.–7 p.m.; and Sunday, March 3 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults; $1 for kids 5–12; and under 5 are free. Further information about the show and exhibitor opportunities is at Any business interested in a booth should call Heather Kisselback at (518) 932-1367 or email

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Cecil Provost, owner of Saratoga Construction and sister companies Saratoga Modular Homes and Saratoga Log Homes, is now one of the few builders nationwide recognized as a Certified Green Professional (CGP) by the National Association of Home Builders. This identifies him as a Building Professional using the skills and the best strategies for incorporating green building principles into new home and remodeling projects. The CGP curriculum includes training from leading building industry practitioners and academics on a range of topics, including strategies for integrating green building principles into homes using cost-effective methods of construction. Coursework is based on the National Green Building Standard, the only ANSI-approved rating system for green homes, developments and remodeling projects. The standard includes sections on energy, water and resource efficiency; indoor environmental quality; lot and site development; and home owner education. “Green Building is the hot buzzword right now, and it’s an honor to receive this recognition, but to us it’s just common sense” says Provost. “Anyone who’s lived in a poorly insulated home, or one with mold, understands why this is so important. Our projects today are so much healthier and energy efficient than anything built even five years ago… and the best part is we’re saving our clients’ money and giving them a more comfortable place to live or work in the process.” For additional information about NAHB’s green programs, visit www.nahbgreen. For more information about Saratoga Construction, visit www. SaratogaConstruction.NET or call (518) 587-0100. Saratoga Construction is located at 46 Lake Avenue in Saratoga Springs.

Week of January 25 – January 31, 2013

Okby Earns Corporate Retirement Director Designation

H. Michael Okby NEW YORK — Wealth Advisor H. Michael Okby of the Morgan Stanley Saratoga Springs’ office has been appointed as a Corporate Retirement Director (CRD). Michael earned the CRD designation after advanced training and examination, focusing exclusively on the corporate retirement plan marketplace. The curriculum involves in-depth study of plan design, investment strategy, plan administration, fiduciary issues and other related retirement topics. In addition, Financial Advisors must have $50 million in retirement assets, five years industry experience and maintain a clean compliance record. Of Morgan Stanley’s more than 16,000 Financial Advisors, Mr. Okby is among only approximately 180 individuals who have qualified for this prestigious designation. The CRD designation recognizes Financial Advisors who have dedicated their practice to helping corporate clients manage all aspects of their retirement plans. The services our Corporate Retirement

Directors can offer include assistance with: plan evaluation and design, vendor selection, investment review, fee benchmarking and educating participants on topics critical to retirement security such as asset allocation and dollar cost averaging. “Morgan Stanley is pleased to recognize Michael Okby and his group for their proven ability to help retirement plan sponsors manage their responsibilities in today’s complicated retirement environment,” said Patrick Rieck, Executive Director and National Retirement Distribution Manager for Morgan Stanley. “The Corporate Retirement Directors represent the backbone of our commitment to the retirement industry. We are confident that through their outstanding leadership, extensive training and commitment to excellence, Morgan Stanley will continue to lead the industry by providing our clients with the highest level of service possible.” With approximately 29 years in the financial services industry, Okby joined Morgan Stanley in 1990 and opened the Saratoga Springs office in 1997 as Vice President/ Branch Manager. He attended Michigan State University and received a Senior Financial Advisor Certificate from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania. He is an alumnus of the inaugural Leadership Saratoga class and continues to serve on numerous community and civic organization boards.


ECTRA Winter Gateway SARATOGA SPRINGS — The 2013 ECTRA (Eastern Competitive Trail Ride Association) Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet will be held February 8–10 at the historic Gideon Putnam Resort in the Saratoga Spa State Park. ECTRA sanctions Competitive and Endurance equine events from Maine to Maryland. Saturday seminars include presentations on detecting and treating lameness with Western and alternative (Eastern) methods) by Dr. Jennifer Bevilacqua VMD, VSMT, CVA, CVTP; pasture management for horses by David Leggett, Cornell Cooperative Extension Educator; and on Lyme Disease by Dr. Annie Madison DVM. The ECTRA annual meeting is held including the election of Board members. Sunday morning there is a Judges’ Clinic and a Ride Managers’ session. All are invited to attend these sessions as well. There will be vendors present and a silent auction is planned. The highlight of the event for many is the Awards Banquet on Saturday evening. Reservations are required. Registration information and schedule of events can be obtained by emailing Deadline for reservations is January 21.

New Law Firm Office

Couch White, LLP, a full-service business law firm headquartered in Albany, held a ribbon-cutting for the opening of their new office located at 38 High Rock Avenue in downtown Saratoga Springs. Pictured, left to right, front, Todd Shimkus, Saratoga Chamber; Judge Stephen A. Ferradino; Leonard H. Singer; Stephanie W. Ferradino;

Grace Ferradino; and Frank Parillo, Saratoga Prime Properties; back row: Linda Haskell; Melanie J. LaFond; Robert M. Loughney; John R. Vero; Harold D. “Chip” Gordon; Judy Ferradino; Dennis Rigosu, Syvertsen Rigosu Architecture; Garrett E. Bissell; Brian Straughter, Turf Hotels; Michael Hoffman, Turf Hotels; and James S. King.

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“Emergency departments have a tradition of becoming a provider as a last resort for a lot of people,” said Angelo Calbone, CEO of Saratoga Hospital. “It’s one of the few services you can use in health care where you don’t need prearranged physician’s orders, so a lot of people will use the ER as a source of health care and it’s not a good source of health care.” Calbone added that more people use the emergency department than most people think due to a New York law that states emergency rooms can’t turn away patients, even if uninsured. “It’s not in the hundreds of thousands, but it’s every day,” Calbone said. “There are a number of people that use it regularly as their point of primary service. It’s inefficient for the system and it’s not great care for them—it doesn’t get them into the system properly so a physician can say, ‘I see this going on, let’s bring you back in five days and see how this is going,’ or ‘Try this medicine and see if it controls your blood pressure a little better.’” Lee said the CHRC will try to

educate patients on when it is and isn’t appropriate to use the hospital’s emergency department. “It’s important that the community understands the purpose of this center,” Lee said. “You do not want to go there if you live downtown and suddenly have a heart attack—you still want to come to the emergency department. But if you are aching all over and think you have the flu, [the center] is where you go, and we’ll try to get you to build a relationship with the doctor who is there.” The CHRC will be headed by Dr. Sri Tumuluri, a primary care physician who will take on the role of medical director for the center. Dr. Tumuluri originally attended and received a Bachelor’s degree from the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania before deciding to pursue a career in medicine. “This is my lifelong interest,” Dr. Tumuluri said. “That’s why I became a doctor and I pursued [this opportunity] and it turned out to be this great fit, so I’m absolutely thrilled.” After completing a primary care

residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, Dr. Tumuluri worked as a hospitalist at Albany Stratton  VA  Medical Center providing in-patient care for people with illnesses that keep them in the hospital for an extended period of time. “Every time I see these patients at the VA that are so sick, I wonder why someone didn’t intervene a few weeks ago so they don’t have to be so sick now,” Dr. Tumuluri said. “So now I get a chance to try.” The CHRC, along with trying to build relationships between patients and doctors, will also provide dental care and a “patient navigator” who will help new patients through the process of paperwork and finding other resources they may need. Calbone said patients may come in and be eligible for the Child and Family Health Plus program, Medicare or Medicaid programs and can use the patient navigator to help them see if they qualify. “If someone comes in that has no coverage whatsoever but has the ability to meet some of the many criteria for the state’s insurance programs, we want to engage them and pull them in and try to enroll them in these programs,” Calbone said. “You wouldn’t find that in a typical physician’s office.” Besides having a patient navigator on hand to help those who may be feeling overwhelmed, the CHRC is also hoping to create offices for several local not-for-profits so patients who might need other resources can find help in the same building. “The thing we want to do is keep people from getting the runaround,” Lee said. “I found myself heading up

Week of January 25 – January 31, 2013 this effort and I’ve learned a lot about bureaucracy and red tape, and what drives a lot of people crazy about nonprofits overall is being told to go here for this, or there for that. You just don’t have the energy to fight all those battles, so what we really want is kind of a one-stop shop for health; mentally and physically.” Calbone emphasized that though a lot of people have confused the new center for a clinic, it is not a clinic and will be run like any other ordinary primary health care office. “[A clinic] typically implies that you come in and take a number, sit in a waiting room and someone at some point may see you,” Calbone said. “It’s going to be organized and operated as a traditional practice where you’ll be brought in for initial visit appointments.” Calbone also said that in the long run, opening the center will save the hospital in money and resources. “It is much more expensive to run an emergency department than it is to run a practice like we’re describing, considering many of the individuals we’re talking about don’t have a payment source,” Calbone said. “We believe that keeping people in the process and assisting them in their relationships with medical care keeps them healthier and prevents catastrophic illnesses and the unmanaged chronic diseases that put them in the ER, so ultimately over time we will spend less on the hospital side.” Though the CHRC will primarily be targeting the demographic of uninsured or underinsured patients, both Calbone and Lee stressed that the center will be open to anyone and everyone, whether you have insurance or not. “Everybody in the community is welcome and everyone will be treated the same,” Lee said. “There will be no difference to someone who walks in with a fur coat and someone who walks in with no coat.” Sitting in the heart of downtown Saratoga on Hamilton Street right by a bus line, the center is in a prime location where patients

can walk from their homes or businesses downtown, or ride the bus to and from their homes. The Saratoga Foundation has raised the majority of the funds needed to operate the Community Health Resource Center, but still has $300,000 to go before they reach their ultimate $3 million goal. “The last money is always the hardest money to get in,” Lee said. “The good thing is we already have the money to pay the hospital back for the center — what hurts us is [raising money] for the endowment component. The interest from that would offset the losses of the center, which over a year’s time will be around $600,000, so we really want to raise the money for the endowment.” Though the center was originally set to open this month, the opening has been delayed until June 1 while the center waits for renovation approvals from the Department of Health. “This thing isn’t going to be fully defined the moment we open it and it’s not going to be finished product on day one,” Calbone added. “I’m convinced that as we go into this we’re going to look at it and say, ‘Whoa, we didn’t see that coming—we didn’t know that was going to be predominant need inside all these other needs,’ so we’re happy to say we don’t have it all figured out. We want to grow and change as we see the demand.” “I’m really excited and I think Saratoga Hospital is doing a great thing,” Dr. Tumuluri said. “I want it to be a success story and an example of how communities can take care of each other.” Until then, the Saratoga Foundation will be busy trying to raise the last of the funds needed for the center’s endowment. To make a donation, go to and click on The Capital Campaign for Saratoga Hospital, click Donate Now and then select the Community Health Resource Center Campaign. You can also call the Foundation office at (518) 583-8340.

Week of January 25 – January 31, 2013


A Voice for Veterans by Jackie Kingsland Saratoga TODAY

SARATOGA COUNTY — Military men and women. Veterans. Whether reserves, active military, retired after a life-long career, wounded in action, enlisted, noncommissioned officer or officer; they are dedicated individuals who serve their country. They are soldiers—some experiencing multiple deployments to countries with mountainous terrain and unbearable heat; where body armor replaces LL Bean; weapons are essential and the continuous threat of violence becomes a way of life. Their strides are with discipline, their actions are with honor. They are our veterans. The wars overseas may be ending but the battles in the hearts and minds of the troops will continue. Isn’t it time to honor the sacrifices they’ve made by building strong collaborations and raising community awareness to area programs and support services? Or something as simple as sharing a comrade’s story or inform residents of returning soldiers and fundraising events? Welcome to the publication portal for the community; Saratoga Springs’ contributing voice for veterans. There are many Saratoga area military groups, area employers, non-profit organizations and community agencies willing to offer veterans services and assistance as a token of appreciation. For example, Empire State College, situated right here in Saratoga Springs, offers numerous services, tuition assistance and college credits for military training as part of their commitment to veterans and military students. The college truly cares for our service men and women and demonstrates their dedication by staffing veterans, providing onsite counselors, forming a Student

Veteran and Military Club, as well as advising, advocating and raising awareness for students. The services also apply to spouses, Department of Defense (DOD) employees and troops to teachers. If you visit their website ( or send an email to,) you can obtain a wealth of useful information to support veterans. Saratoga Springs County Supervisor Joanne Yepsen is very involved with the community veteran services and works diligently to honor our veterans and assure that Saratoga County continues offering assistance and programs. For instance, the Honoring our Deceased Veterans program is a county initiative that remembers the sacrifices veterans have made by holding a ceremony the Board of Supervisors Chambers located at 40 McMaster Street in Ballston Spa. Each month, a deceased veteran from a different municipality is honored. Supervisor Yepsen is also doing her part to honor those who have served or are in between deployments and are reintegrating back to civilian life. Yepsen, who is a founder of the Guardian House for Homeless Women Veterans and an original committee and founder of the Coalition of Women Veterans of New York State, recognizes the importance in working collaboratively with other organizations like Patriot Hills through public and private partnerships to better serve the needs of reintegration, healing, educational and vocational opportunities for our veterans and their families in our region. Patriot Hills of New York, Inc. is a nonprofit organization with a large presence here in Saratoga County. Established and founded by retired Master Sergeant Jeannine Mannarino, it is comprised of

volunteers, both military and civilian, who work together to provide programs and services for veterans during their transition, reintegration and healing as they return home. Patriot Hills also addresses critical veterans’ issues such as eliminating homelessness, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) education and recovery, employment workshops and training, teaching interview and follow up techniques for veteran job seekers and organizing family support programs. One of the collaborative partnerships Patriot Hills has formed in Saratoga County includes the New York State Military Museum. Patriot Hills co-sponsored their first and second annual symposiums for the Coalition for Women Veterans of New York, in conjunction with Empire and Excelsior College, who offers tuition assistance to veterans and their families and a local VFW where they will begin to provide resources and programs, conduct workshops and offer an environment for veterans and families to surround themselves with other comrades within their community. For viewing more information about this organization, visit their

website at: If you need assistance filing claims with US Department of Veteran Affairs for veteran disability compensation, education, health care eligibility, or a VA loan certification or for transporting veterans in Saratoga County to the VA Medical Center or the VA Homeless Outreach of the VA Veterans Center in Albany, the Saratoga County Veteran Service Agency’s mission is to “…assist veterans and their families with securing earned benefits and services through quality customer service and advocacy.” The veteran service agency can be reached for claims by appointment only Monday– Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. by calling (518) 884-4290 or for afterhours van transportation (518)  742-0863


or visit www.saratogacountyny. gov for further details. It’s only a short distance to Greenwich in Washington County, where you’ll find a large facility surrounded by rolling acres and mountainous views. This is where Christ the King Spiritual Life Center is located. The Center is hosting, for the first time, a Welcome Home Initiative for Military Women Only. This event takes place January 27–29, 2013, to help those suffering with physical, psychological or spiritual trauma from combat. Contact for more information about the event. This is a very small sample of the many programs, resources and conversations we will be having each month here in Saratoga TODAY, providing a Voice for Veterans.



Upcoming Town Meetings Town of Ballston: Ballston Town Hall  323 Charlton Road  885-8502 1/29: Town Board, 7:30 p.m. Village of Ballston Spa: 66 Front Street 885-5711 1/28: Village Board, 7:30 p.m. Town of Greenfield: 7 Wilton Road 893-7432 1/29: Planning Board, 7 p.m. Town of Malta: 2540 Route 9 899-2818 2/04: Town Board, 7:00 p.m. Town of Milton: 503 Geyser Road 885-9220 2/06: Town Board, 7 p.m. City of Saratoga Springs: 474 Broadway 587-3550 2/05: City Council, 7 p.m. Town of Saratoga: 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville 695-3644 1/28: Zoning Board of Appeals, 7 p.m. Village of Schuylerville: 35 Spring Street 695-3881 2/13: Village Board of Trustees, 7 p.m. Town of Stillwater: 66 East St., Riverside Mechanicville, NY 12118 Town of Wilton: 22 Traver Road 587-1939 2/07: Town Board, 7 p.m. Saratoga County Board of Supervisors: 40 McMaster St, #1 Ballston Spa, NY 12020 (518) 885-2240

“Souper” Supper Old Saratoga Reformed Church, located at 48 Pearl St. Schuylerville, will be hosting a “Souper” Supper on Saturday, February 9 from 4–6 p.m. Enjoy bottomless bowls of soup, with bread, salad and dessert included. Cost for adults is $6 and for children 5–10 $3. Children under 5 are free. Reservations are appreciated, but walk-ins are welcome. Dine in only. Call (518) 695-3926 for reservations. A.L.L. Spring Brochure Ready Whether your interests lie in art, literature, history, languages, religion, writing, the outdoors or a variety of other topics, A.L.L., the Academy for Lifelong Learning at Saratoga Springs, has something for you. Sponsored by Empire State College, the Academy offers non-credit, academic study groups as well as social and leadership opportunities to mature learners. The spring term will begin April 8, with groups meeting during the daytime on Mondays through Thursdays. The Academy’s spring 2013 brochure and registration form are available at area libraries, through the A.L.L. office, and on the A.L.L. web site: ALL. Call (518) 587-2100, ext. 2415 to request a copy. Call for Folk or Irish Musicians and Dancers Come audition for an opportunity to showcase your talent during “Café Malta-Irish Style,” an intimate coffee house at the Malta Community Center on Saturday evening, March 16. They are looking for talented musicians, vocalists, small acoustic bands, storytellers and/or dancers. The show is planned for the day before St. Patrick’s Day, so Irish tunes would be fun, but not mandatory. Auditions are held by appointment only. MCC is also looking for three to four talented teen or young adult singing waiters and/or waitresses. Contact Elyse Young at (518) 8994411 x 305 or theater@malta-town. org for more details or to schedule an audition.

Master Dance Class Nacre Dance Company will offer a Master Class with Jim May from the Sokolow Dance Theatre Ensemble on Sunday, February 3, 10 a.m.–11:30 a.m. at Myers Center for Dance at 153 Regent Street, Saratoga Springs. The class is open to intermediate modern dancers. There is a participation fee of $15 per person or $10 for students. For additional information, please visit their website at www.nacredance. com or email Fish Creek Rod & Gun Club Breakfast The Fish Creek Rod and Gun Club located on route 32 south of the village of Victory will be cooking breakfast on February 10, 8 a.m.– 11 a.m. and will continue on the second Sunday of each month all year. Eggs cooked to order, bacon, sausage, toast (white or wheat), pancakes (regular, blueberry, buckwheat, apple cinnamon), French toast, home fries, orange juice, coffee, tea, hot chocolate. Cost is for adults $6; children $3. Everyone is welcome. Musical Collaboration Pianist Margaret Kampmeier returns to the Saratoga Chamber Players to present a concert with violinist Jill Levy on February 3 at 3 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 5th Avenue and Henning Road, Saratoga Springs. The two musicians have been frequent collaborators at recent Saratoga Chamber Players concerts. The concert opens with Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No.4 in A minor, Opus 23; next will be Stravinsky’s Divertimento for violin and piano. Also on the program is the work of Estonian composer, Arvo Pärt, Fratres, written at a time when religion was frowned upon by the Communist state. The program ends with the piece by Robert Schumann, Sonata, No. 1 in A minor, Opus 105 written in 1851. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 seniors, $12 students and free to children, who must be with a parent or guardian. To purchase tickets, call (518) 928-9664. For more information go to www. Community Barn Dance There will be a Community Barn Dance on Friday, February 1 with traditional American and multicultural community dancing. Music will feature Paul Rosenburg calling with live string band music

Week of January 25 – January 31, 2013 by the Fireflies. There will be a pulled pork or chicken dinner starting at 5:45 p.m. with dancing to begin at 7 p.m. All ages are welcome. Cost is $10 per student, $15 per person and $25 per couple. All proceeds are to benefit The King’s School. Tickets are available at The King’s School, 6087 Rte 9N, Hadley. For more information, call (518) 654-6230 or visit the website at Indoor Farmers’ Market Offers Organic Seeds The next monthly Ballston Spa Indoor Farmers’ Market will take place on Saturday, February 9 in the Cornell Cooperative Extension auditorium at 50 West High Street in Ballston Spa from 9 a.m. until noon. Thinking about starting a garden? At the February market, the Ballston Spa Farmers’ Market will be selling seeds as a fundraiser. The seeds are from High Mowing Seed Company of Vermont and are 100% organic. Individual seed packets and seed packet collections, perfect for gift giving, will be available. There is no cost for shipping. Orders will be taken at the February market and distributed at the March market. A CCE Master Gardener will be on hand to answer any questions. Future markets will take place on March 16, April 6, and May 4. For more information please visit the BSBPA website or call (518) 885-2772. 21st Annual Interagency Awareness Day Health and human service organizations are invited to participate in the 21st annual Interagency Awareness Day and will be held Wednesday, March 13 from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. at the Dance Center on the Skidmore College Campus, 815 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Display and distribute information about your organization and learn about services offered by over 90 health and human service agencies. Tables are $30 per organization and admission is free. For more information call Saratoga County EOC, Dottie Sellers, at (518) 5873158, ext. 111. Malta Spring Activites Brochure The Town of Malta’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Human Services Spring Activities Brochure is now available online at www. It will be available

at the Malta Community Center and registration will begin for spring classes and programs on February 1. Please call the Malta Community Center at (518) 8994411 for more information. Bus Trip to Ehrhardt’s The Old Saratoga Seniors is hosting a bus trip to historic Ehrhardt’s Waterfron Resort in Hawley, PA. on March 27 to see O’Malles’ Show and have lunch. The bus will leave the train station is Saratoga Springs at 6:30 a.m., proceed to the American Legion in Schuylerville and leave there at 7 a.m. They will arrive at Ehrhardt’s at 10:30 a.m.; lunch is at 11:30 a.m. and the show begins at 1:30 p.m. The bus leaves for Saratoga at 3 p.m. with a snack provided, arriving at the Legion at 7:30 p.m. and train station at 8 p.m. Please call Mary LaMora at (518) 584-7986 for more information. Closing date is February 20. Sweetheart Dinner Dance Bring your special partner for a night of dance, dinner and romance at the annual Sweetheart Dinner Dance held at the Saratoga/ Wilton Elks Lodge on Saturday, February 9, from 6 p.m. to midnight. Appetizers and cash bar at 6 p.m., followed by a choice of prime rib, stuffed chicken or pasta primavera with sides and dessert at 7 p.m. Performing will be Gravity, providing a musical repertoire of favorite melodies. Their high energy with amazing instrumentals makes the dance floor a favorite place to be. Raffles, photo ops and other surprises will delight the attendees. Cost is $30 per person. Reservations only and must be made by February 3. Call Penny at (518) 587-7597 for more information or to make reservations. Saturday Play Days Throughout January and February, the National Dance Museum will be offering Saturday Play Days. Guests will be welcomed for the exclusive use of the Alfred Z. Solomon Children’s Wing on Saturdays from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Admission for supervising adults are free, children ages four and up are $3 each, children ages three and under are free. PlayPass Membership holders also receive unlimited free admission for the visiting child and an accompanying adult. Call (518) 584-2225 for more information.

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Week of January 25 – January 31, 2013 Laughter: The Best Medicine Comedy Fundraiser

Friday, January 25 Congress on Your Corner Malta Community Center, 1 Bayberry Dr., Malta Noon–4:00 p.m. Congressman Paul Tonko will host Mobile Office Hours. Do you have questions about Veteran’s Benefits, Social Security or small business loans? Need assistance navigating the federal government? Or simply want to introduce yourself? Staff from Congressmen Paul Tonko’s office will be available to help and say hello. For more information call (518) 465-0700.

Saturday, January 26 Winter Antique Show National Museum of Dance, 99 S. Broadway, Saratoga Springs 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (Sun. 10 a.m.– 4 p.m.) The museum will host over forty antique vendors from the area, providing an immense variety of antique objects for anyone to purchase. For more information visit or call (518) 584-2225 ext. 3001.

Tang Museum Exhibition– Opener 24: Carrie Moyer– Pirate Jenny Tang Museum at Skidmore College, 815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs On-going through May 19. For the past two decades, Carrie Moyer’s paintings have boldly merged political imagery, abstraction, and unapologetic visual pleasure. Complex and seductive, her paintings layer overlapping, biomorphic forms, vibrant colors, and a diversity of textures. Tang Museum hours are Tuesday–Sunday, Noon to 5pm; Thursday, Noon to 9pm; closed Mondays and major holidays. For more information call 580-8080.

DiDonna’s South Shore Restaurant, 113 Rt 9P, Malta 8:00–10:00 p.m. This fundraiser is for Lucas Lemery who is battling a cancerous brain tumor while his parents battle the necessary medical bills. Admission is $15 per person with all proceeds being donated (bring 4 people and you get in for free). Food and drink will be served before and during the show. Reservations not required, but suggested. For more information call (518) 584-0227.

14th Annual Ham Dinner Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church, Henning Rd. and Fifth Ave. (across from BOCES) Saratoga Springs 4:00–6:30 p.m. Baked ham with raisin sauce, mashed Idaho potatoes, fresh carrots w/honey glaze, spinach salad w/special dressing, rolls, homemade pies. Free Will Offering—all proceeds to benefit the missions program of the Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church.

Saratoga Contradance First Baptist Church, 45 Washington St., Saratoga Springs 8:00–11:00 p.m. (Beginners session 7:30 p.m.) Caller Michael Kernan with the Beverwyck String Band

Sunday, January 27 The Beast Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library, Moe Rd. Clifton Park The Beast is an original play written by Marty Egan, Produced by Not So Common Players, and directed by Monica Cangero. Set in one of the darkest periods of WWII from mid 1940 to late 1944 when most of France was occupied by the German Army and led by Hitler’s Nazis. Free theater for all. For more information visit www.

calendar Monday, January 28 Wilton Wildlife: Preschool Pioneers Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park 11:00 a.m. This once-a-month series of lessons will help young naturelovers with colors, numbers, and shapes while doing fun games and nature crafts. This month we will be creating bird feeders for our feathered friends using peanut butter and pine cones. Adults are expected to support their children during the program. Preregistration is required for all events at least one business day in advance of the actual event. If Saratoga Springs school district cancels classes due to bad weather, our programs will also be canceled. For more information call (518) 450-0321 or email info@

Tuesday, January 29 Wilton Wildlife: Nature’s Home Schoolers (5–8 grades) Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park, Camp Saratoga 2:00–3:30 p.m. Program Topic: Animal Tracking. This program is designed to supplement home school curriculum with nature based science. Lessons include hands on activities and information about the plants and animals found in the Saratoga Sand Plains. There is a fee of $3 per student. Please dress appropriately for the weather. This program can be done on snowshoes and we have some available for rent for an additional $3. If Saratoga Springs school district cancels classes due to bad weather, our programs will also be canceled. For more information call (518) 450-0321 or email

Wednesday, January 30 Saratoga Trees: Past, Present and Future Skidmore College, Davis Auditorium of Palamountain Hall, 815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs. 5:30 p.m. Tom Denny, a community volunteer, who is heading up Sustainable Saratoga’s Urban

Forestry Project, will give the presentation. The talk will place the recently completed inventory of Saratoga Springs street and park trees into a broader context of the city’s history, current policies, and future plans. Current photos and inventory date will frame discussion of the role trees could play in building a sustainable future for the city. For more information visit

Thursday, January 31 Tang Museum Workshop: “Government by and for the People” Tang Museum at Skidmore College, 815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 7:00 p.m. A facilitated discussion on democratic ideals and obstacles with Skidmore student Jean Ann Kubler ’13. For more information call (518) 580-8080.

Saratoga Reads Junior Discussion Series for Grades 4–6 Saratoga Springs Public Library, 80 Henry St., Saratoga Springs 6:30–8:00 p.m. Fifth, sixth and seventh graders join high school students and college students in a two part discussion of the 2013 Saratoga Reads Jr. selection. To register send email to Tell us your name, phone number, school, teacher and grade. Students must be able to attend both sessions (1/31 and 2/7). February 12 is the snow date.


Family Friendly Events Friday

Colonie Center, Wolf Road, Albany 5:30–7 p.m. With a new twist this year, families will need to take photos of certain items throughout the mall and report back to Radio Disney with the photos. The Radio Disney road crew will be there rocking out to awesome music while playing games and giving out prizes. The scavenger hunt begins at 5:30 p.m. in the center court so make sure you arrive early to register.


It’s preschool shopping time! The absolute best place to gather info on all the area schools is this Saturday at the Saratoga Library’s Preschool fair. From 10 a.m.–12 p.m. you can chat with reps from over 16 area schools. For more information see page 19.


It’s the 18th annual Frost Faire at Saratoga National Historic Park (Saratoga Battlefield). Enjoy sledding on their huge hill, a bonfire, hot refreshments, a nature hike, horse-drawn carriage ride, games, and more. 11 a.m.–3 p.m.


Head to the National Museum of Dance from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. and enjoy Saturday Play Days. Guests will have exclusive use of the Alfred Z. Solomon Children’s Wing for fun and creative play.

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Letter to the Editor Dear Editor: The Town of Wilton had another “informational” open meeting this week which was poorly planned and executed. Aware of a great deal of citizen interest in proposed changes to the town’s Master Plan — the most drastic since the Town Comprehensive Plan was approved in 2004 — the meeting space could accommodate less than three-fourths of the public, and there was no provision for additional seating, microphones for citizen feedback, etc. Worse than the inadequate facilities for a public meeting, the meeting itself became a charade. Most of the information given was by Councilman Pulsifer, who took the opportunity to pontificate on his “Conservative Republican principles as expounded by our founding fathers.” Mr. Pulsifer went to such length on his views that 100 minutes into the meeting, the discussion still centered on #3 of 23

proposed changes. When citizens of Wilton tried to give their views, Mr. Pulsifer quickly curtailed their input and advised them to “stay on message — on the item under discussion.” Many of us left in exhaustion and disgust. It makes one wonder that the discouragement of feedback, and the lack of hospitality to the public, has anything to do with the fact that every Councilman, except possibly Mr. Johnson, who is retired, has a business interest in the town that could possibly benefit from further development. Somehow, Wilton needs to do a better job of providing a forum for the free exchange of information between its elected officials and its citizenry. Wilton is at a critical point in its development and must do it right in terms of maintaining its quality of life and its property values. Respectfully, Nancy and Frank Tetz

Week of January 25 – January 31, 2013

Residents Walk Out of Wilton Meeting by Patricia Older Saratoga TODAY WILTON — Frustrated with Councilman Robert Pulsifer’s seemingly lack of respect and constant reminders from him that the meeting was only “a presentation,” residents who showed up for Wednesday night’s informational meeting on the proposed zoning changes in Wilton started walking out in droves, expressing anger that Pulsifer refused to listen to or consider their concerns. “I would have done better if I stayed home and talked to my dog,” muttered one frustrated resident as he left town hall nearly two hours after the meeting had begun. Only four of the 23 highlighted changes to the zoning law had been covered up to that point. The meeting was marked with bitterness and frustration as Pulsifer

talked over residents and spent the majority of the meeting telling antidotal stories meant to bolster his reasoning for the proposed changes. “I’m prepared to be here until 2 a.m. if I have to,” said Pulsifer, adding that he was proposing the changes because he had been the town’s lawyer for the zoning board and did not like the alterations made during his tenure. “I didn’t agree [with the changes by the previous board,] and I ran for office and I was elected and I can make these changes,” Pulsifer told the crowd. Repeatedly ignoring requests from residents to question him, Pulsifer often spoke over the audience, telling them to stick to the item at hand and not deviate into other areas, adding he was tired of the “personal attacks.” “When the presentation is done, then you can ask questions,” said

Pulsifer. “I am being respectful to you, now be respectful to me.” Continuing, he told residents they had had their opportunity for public comment at the public hearing. “The public hearing was at last month’s meeting and you missed your chance,” said Pulsifer. “This meeting is presentational only.” The crowd groaned and some tried to speak up, asking he respect them and their concerns. “Respect us! We don’t want to hear your stories, we want you to hear us,” countered one resident from the audience, as Pulsifer launched into yet another antidote about a client living in Greenwich who had an issue with a neighbor who “probably had dementia,” but none the less, was always “yelling at the oil man.” At another point in the meeting, when a resident requested the microphone so that everyone could hear his question, Pulsifer pulled it close into his body and turned slightly away, refusing to give it up. “Let him have it,” said Supervisor Art Johnson, who walked over to Pulsifer and physically took the microphone from him, handing it to the resident. Even other board members appeared frustrated with Pulsifer. Councilman John Lant stood up and left, telling Pulsifer as he passed in front of him that he “should listen to the residents.” Later, Supervisor Johnson finally asked the councilman to quit covering the minor issues and get to the proposed changes that people were most concerned with, adding that he fully understood the residents’ frustration. “We listened to what the residents had to say,” said Supervisor Johnson, noting that a board workshop was planned for Monday, January 28 at 4 p.m. “We are not all in agreement on all the proposed changes,” said the supervisor. “But we are holding a workshop and the public is invited although there will be no opportunity to comment.” He pointed out, though, that once the workshop is completed, a revised edition of the proposed changes would be available for public viewing. “There was some frustration and I should have said something sooner,” said Johnson. “We do want to listen and we want to do what our residents want.”

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Ballston Spa Lions Club Inducts New Members, Accepts Grant Take a look at this week’s newest club members!

Lion Mary Claire Noakes, Trustee; PDG Joan Scott,Trustee: King Lion Harry Petersen; PDG Ed Stano, Trustee and Lion Hugh Hollowood, Grant Project Chair at the NYS & Bermuda Lions Foundation Inc. Grant Presentation BALLSTON SPA — On January 16, the Ballston Spa Lions Club held their biweekly dinner meeting at the Spa Brauhaus. It was a very busy night for King Lion Harry Petersen, the club’s president. With the help from PDG Ed Stano, the Club installed two new members Eileen and Ralph Melo as Lions. Club Lion Hugh Hollowood accepted a grant check of $1,900 from the New York State & Bermuda Lions Foundation, Inc. from District Trustees PDG Joan Scott, PDG Ed Stano and Lion Mary Claire Noakest to be used towards the Club’s purchase and installation of a “Special Needs Portable Lift” for the Village of Ballston Spa Swimming Pool.

SaratogaArtsFest Announces New Board Chair, Two New Board Members


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The SaratogaArtsFest board of directors has named local arts leader Dee Sarno as the organization’s new board chair. In addition, the ArtsFest has elected two new board members—Susan Brome, executive director of the Empire State Youth Orchestras, and Jael Polnac, an attorney. Sarno replaces Marie Glotzbach, who played a pivotal role in the founding of SaratogaArtsFest in 2007 and has served as chair of the board since the organization’s inception. Glotzbach will continue her membership on the board.The annual ArtsFest is a four-day citywide celebration of the arts held in June at venues throughout Saratoga Springs. The upcoming festival is scheduled for June 6-9.


GLENS FALLS — For the third high school sports seasons in a row, Look TV and Janney Montgomery Scott have awarded a stand out athlete a $1,000 scholarship and the student’s school $250. Glens Falls’ Indian Mike LeNoir was picked to receive the High 5 Leadership grant from a group of eight players. The field of eight was selected at the end of each Play X Play High School football game aired on Look TV.


Week of January 25 – January 31, 2013

Masked Merriment

12th Annual Hattie’s Mardi Gras a Smashing Success for SPAC

by Trina Lucas Saratoga TODAY It was a Bourbon Street Bash! The Canfield Casino was lit with revelry last Saturday, as Hattie’s hosted their 12th annual Mardi Gras Soirée. Well known as a kick-off to the New Year, the party benefits a different non-profit organization each winter, in festive New Orleans-style. This year, the spotlight shone on the classical programs of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Hostess and belle of the ball, Hattie’s own Beth Alexander, welcomed guests alongside Marcia White, President and Executive Director of SPAC, and honorary chairs, Michele and Ron Riggi. While several sipped hurricanes at the bar, others wandered into the parlor, where floor-to-ceiling murals brought the Big Easy to Saratoga. Skip and Colleen Carlson surveyed the scene from the perimeter with Mary Gavin. Feathers, glitter and jewels adorned masks scattered on tables and shelves, and

spilling from urns of beads. Beads, beads and more beads! Michael Panza and the team at Fine Affairs had transformed the space. Dancing atop the silent auction display were exquisite pieces by noted New York City Ballet costume designer Karinska, including some from signature Balanchine ballets like “Jewel” and “Firebird.” Bids climbed on original art, baskets of cheer, restaurant certificates and of course, tickets for the summer season at SPAC. Spotted checking out the items were Beth Smith, Bruce Schnitz, Rebecca Beers, Nehme Frangie, Melissa and Chris Zieker, Nikki Roche, Terry Lee, David Povero and Steve Bouchey with his son, Ryan. Nearby, Heath Ames, Heather Ward and Linda Toohey shared stories, while Ann MacAffer and Todd Moody laughed with Ann O’Leary and Jim DeCamp. In the corner, Heather Bohm-Tallman captured the frivolity at her ‘crazy booth.’ Newlyweds Meredith and Paul von Schenk struck a playful pose with friends AJ and Laura Palkovich, and new parents Rachel and Tommy Uccellini whooped with Cari Endres, John Witt and a band of masked friends. Heather Straughter, striking in green (the color for 2013), joined husband Brian, Susan and Jeff Halstead, Bridget and Vladimir Kraev, and Amy and Jared Cantanucci for a picture perfect group shot. Jim Condry and Cathy Lindberg were also captured in vibrant action, and photographer Rob Spring stepped in front

Event hostess Beth Alexander with daughter Zoe

cappella rendition of Ben E. King’s Pierre, Cassandra Partyka, Ardie of the camera with his wife, Rosie. Shortly after 7 p.m., Alexander, “Stand By Me,” before the band and Dan Russell, Tara Cosgrove glowing in her Rina di Montella took the stage. Then, as always, Soul and Bob Kimmerle. The party continued with gown from Saratoga Trunk, opened Session rocked the house. Spinning the ballroom doors. The rousing around the dance floor were Brian music, merriment and more pho“When the Saints Go Marching In” and Melissa Brumley, Michele tos, crazier by the hour. Beth beckoned attendees, led by danc- Jacobs, Amy Raimo, Jaime Diaz, gathered the Hattie’s crew for a ers of the Northeast Ballet, who Elaine Sillery, Jude and Colleen picture, and Christianne Smith, performed briefly before attention turned to the center of the room and the famed Hattie’s buffet. Jambalaya, beans and rice, étouffée, ribs and cheese grits were just some of the delicious specialties served. Icy tiers overflowed with oysters, crab legs and jumbo shrimp. Mini éclairs and brownies were a sweet ending to the feast. Seen enjoying the spread were Jim and Christine Mastrianni, Brad and Julie Shelsy, Jennifer and John Lefner, Cara and Toby Milde, Beth and John LaRow, Sharon Loomis, Tina and Alex Frolish, Justin Jordan, Robin Kish Jared and Amy Cantanucci with Susan and Jeff Halstead and Dr. Jon Gerber. Chef Jasper Alexander popped out of the kitchen to survey the buffet and make sure the food kept flowing. He chatted with several friends along the way, all of whom raved about the event. This year’s cause was near and dear to his wife, Beth, herself a ballerina and an instructor with Myers Dance Center. From the stage, she remarked with pride that her daughter, Zoe, had recently performed in one of Bruce Schnitz and Beth Smith her old costumes. Zoe, who had been greeting everyone near the front door, beamed up at her mother. Alexander turned the microphone over to Marcia White who thanked Hattie’s, the planning committee, honorary chairs, board members and most importantly, the record-breaking crowd that turned out for SPAC. The support was overwhelming. Transitioning as only he can, Garland Nelson inspired the group to join in an a Who are those masked women? (Amy Raimo and Gayle LaSalle)

Week of January 25 – January 31, 2013 Cassandra Lyons and Julie Slovic were snapped in a fun shot. A large ensemble, including Julie Johnson, there with husband Mayor Scott Johnson, Michele Funiciello, Gayle LaSalle, Anne Donlon and Natalie Sillery posed to pay homage to the designer who dressed them, Don O’Neill of Theia. Needless to say, all of the fashions that night were colorful and fabulous. Festivities culminated with the much-anticipated raffle drawing. Excitement had been building as $20 tickets were sold throughout

the evening, offering purchasers the chance to drive home the new Prius waiting outside. New Country Toyota generously donated a twoyear lease on the car, which was won by Tracy Benedetto. Founded by Jasper and Beth in 2001 as a way to give back and support local charities, Mardi Gras has raised more than $250,000 since its inception for nonprofits like Shelters of Saratoga, Saratoga YMCA, Saratoga Hospital and most recently, Saratoga Bridges and Saratoga Sponsor-a-Scholar.

Ryan, John and Erin Pezzulo with Tina and Alex Frolish, Rick and Cassandra Partyka and Justin Jordan

AJ and Laura Palkovich with newlyweds Meredith and Paul von Schenk

SPAC President and Executive Director Marcia White (center) with Natalie Sillery and David Meyers

Saratoga Children’s Theatre (Left) Artistic director Michael Lotano and instructor Sarah Sutliff emceed the January 12th fundraiser for Saratoga Children’s Theatre. (Below) A cabaret spotlighting the young stars of SCT, the evening also introduced their summer production schedule. Registration for the 2013 camp season is now open, for ages 4-18, at For the full event story, visit




Week of January 25 – January 31, 2013

Ballston Spa Schools Adopt District Uprooted by Hurricane Sandy Students Across New York Unite in ‘Schools Helping Schools’ Initiative

by Chelsea DiSchiano Saratoga TODAY BALLSTON SPA — When Superstorm Sandy struck the New York coast last fall, the area was inundated with offers of help and supplies from citizens all around the country. But as the media’s coverage of the disaster began to fade, so did the aid from onlookers. School districts across the state of New York are hoping to change that. An initiative called Schools Helping Schools, started by the New York State Council of School Superintendents (NYSCOSS), is matching affected school districts with schools from all around New York in a statewide adopt-aschool donation and relief effort. Currently, 13 school districts downstate are still in need of relief and 25 districts from around the state have already committed to adopting each district—the most affected districts even receiving help from multiple other districts. “Some of the downstate schools, especially on the south shore of Long Island, lost their entire school buildings,” said Kyle McCauley Belokopitsky, assistant director of government relations at NYSCOSS. “In one district, every single student in the entire district lost their home, so in that case, multiple districts would adopt that district and communicate with each other on how to support the school.” Locally, the Ballston Spa Central School District (BSCSD) decided to take part in the Schools Helping Schools project by adopting the Massapequa Public School District, located in southeastern

Nassau County on Long Island. “[Massapequa] did not have major damage to school buildings, but they’re trying to provide support for 275 homeless families who were displaced by Hurricane Sandy,” said Stuart Williams, BSCSD coordinator of community relations. “The families lost everything due to the hurricane damage and they are in need of resources to assist the families with daily living.” In its efforts to help the families of Massapequa students, several BSCSD schools have created different fundraisers—the latest being “Hat Day” at Malta Avenue Elementary School, where students and staff paid a dollar to wear a hat in school for a day. The school only has around 400 students, but was able to raise an “exceptional” $513.12 to donate to the Massapequa school district, according to Williams. “Students [and their families] and the staff are very supportive of assisting others in need, so when an unfortunate event such as this occurs, they step up and ‘get it done,’” Williams said. “Our schools include service learning and character education programs that include being a responsible citizen, and providing for others in the community is part of what we hope students learn.” Other fundraisers in BSCSD schools have included a pasta dinner at Milton Terrace North Elementary, put on by third grade students to raise money for victims of Hurricane Sandy, which collected close to $1,800. Ballston Spa Middle School hosted their third “Scottie’s Closet” event and distributed all of the clothing left to the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Ballston Spa teachers and staff have also gathered supplies and

donations for an elementary school in Coney Island. Belokopitsky said schools throughout the state have been donating various items according to each district’s unique needs. “We’ve had gift card drives so students can replace clothes or other things they need, and then we’ve had donations of monies to support extracurricular activities or academic field trips that were going to be cut because the districts couldn’t afford them,” Belokopitsky said. “Each district talks to each other and communicates and figures out what the adopting district can help with for the affected district, so every single match was very different and very unique.” One school is even donating an entire library to another school that lost all its books in the storm, Belokopitsky said. “They’re actually putting the kids from that school on a school bus with the books and driving them down to Long Island to deliver the books,” Belokopitsky explained. “They’re going to have a big day together where the students get to meet each other and talk and stock the shelves together to create a bonding experience for both students’ districts.” Belokopitsky added that NYSCOSS is excited about the opportunities for students from across the state to bond with each other. “It’s really bringing districts and students who would normally have no contact from some of our very northern and western country schools or our western schools, or even some of the state’s poorest schools and matching them up with downstate schools that are often very different from them,”

Belokopitsky said. “It’s very exciting for us here at the Council to make this bridge between students—most of the districts that have been adopted are continuing communications and doing penpal relationships or student projects where they’re sending pictures to each other, so it’s really been a great bridging opportunity.” As for the future of the Schools Helping Schools project, Belokopitsky said the project will continue even after the destruction of Hurricane Sandy has been alleviated. “We’re hoping that [Schools Helping Schools] will withstand any future type of emergency, so we envision this continuing forever,” she said. “Hopefully, as schools need help we will reach out to colleagues across the state, whether it is a fire or another weather emergency. We’re still matching schools now for the hurricane, so it’s all still continuing.” BSCD schools are already planning more fundraisers in their efforts to help the Massapequa district, Williams said. “Milton Terrace South Elementary School is also matched

with the school district and will have several fundraisers in the coming weeks,” he said. “A ‘Coin Collection’ will be made via donation cans that will be placed in local businesses to collect contributions from the community, and a ‘Have a Heart Clothing Drive’ will be held February 11–15.” During that week, new clothing and gift cards will be collected—the clothing doesn’t matter if it’s for a girl or boy, size, color or item, as long as it is new for winter or spring. “A Taste of Milton Terrace South” will raise money as staff members make a monetary donation of their choice to sample the various soups/chilies prepared by other staff members during an upcoming luncheon. All funds will be used to purchase gift cards to send to Massapequa. To learn more about the Schools Helping Schools initiative or to “adopt” a school district in need, contact Kyle McCauley Belokopitsky at or (518) 694-4874. To learn how to help Ballston Spa’s fundraising efforts, contact Stuart Williams at


Week of January 25 – January 31, 2013

Saratoga Springs Area Preschool Fair SARATOGA SPRINGS — The 5th Annual Preschool Fair, co-sponsored by the Saratoga Springs Public Library and the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs, will be held Saturday, January 26 from 10 a.m.– Noon. This is a wonderful opportunity to explore our area preschools with over 15 preschools represented. The fair will be held at the Saratoga Springs Public Library ground floor in the Story Hour Room, Glasby and Susman rooms. The library is located at 49 Henry Street in Saratoga Springs. For more information, call the library at (518) 5847860 or Anne Maguire at the Waldorf School at (518) 584-7643 ext 16.

Participating Preschools: The Waldorf School of Saratoga 122 Regent Street Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 Anne Maguire 584-7643 ext. 16 Abundant Life Preschool 2325 Route 50 South Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 Kathy Yasenchak 885-5456

Katrina Trask Nursery School 24 Circular Street Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 Marny Mansfield 584-8968 Malta Montessori School 100 Saratoga Village Blvd. Ballston Spa, NY 12020 Kerry Brader 633-1971

Small Wonders Christian Preschool 175 5th Avenue Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 Bridgett Patton 584-3720

North Country Academy 7 Care Lane Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 Cindy 746-7133/584.9982

Storybook Academy 421 Geyser Road Ballston Spa, NY 12020 Melanie Edwards 587-0707

St. Clement’s Regional Catholic School 231 Lake Avenue Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 Jane Kromm 584-7350

Spa Christian Preschool 206 Greenfield Avenue Ballston Spa, NY 12020 Laurie Slater 885-0508

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church 149 Lake Avenue Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 Joan Beaudoin 584-0904

Apple-A-Day Nursery 45 Washington St. Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 Debbie Peck 583-9442

Saratoga Independent School 459 Lake Avenue Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 Felice Karlitz 583-0841

Saratoga Regional YMCA Preschool 290 West Avenue Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 Colleen Girvin 583-9622

Apple Blossom Bunch Day Care 4 Peck Avenue Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 Heather Stewart 845.521.5300 The Beagle School 115 Regent Street Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 587-7507 The Early Childhood Center at Skidmore College 815 North Broadway Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 Mary Ellen Towne 580-5473

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Week of January 25 – January 31, 2013 Adirondack Christian Fellowship   8 Mountain Ledge, Wilton 587-0623; Services: Sunday 8 a.m. & 10 a.m. Adirondack Friends Meeting 27 Saratoga Ave., S. Glens Falls 793-3755, AdirondackFM@nycap.; Regina Baird Haag, pastoral minister Services: 10:30 a.m. Sunday The Alliance Church 257 Rowland St., Ballston Spa 885-6524 Services: Morn. Worship 10:30 a.m. Assembly of God Faith Chapel 6 Burgoyne St., Schuylerville 695-6069 Rev. Jason Proctor Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Assembly of God Saratoga 118 Woodlawn Ave., Saratoga Springs 584-6081 Services: Sunday Worship 10 a.m., coffee served at 9:45 a.m. Bacon Hill Reformed Church 560 Route 32N, Bacon Hill 695-3074 Rev. Janet Vincent Services: Worship service 10 a.m. Sunday School 10 a.m. All are welcome. Handicapped accessible. Baha’i Community of Saratoga Springs 584-9679; 692-7694; Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa 885-7312; Services: Sunday Worship Service, 10:30 a.m. Ballston Spa United Methodist Church 101 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa 885-6886 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Bethesda Episcopal Church 41 Washington St., Saratoga Springs 584-5980 Services: Sunday 6:30, 8 & 10 a.m. Church of Christ at Clifton Park 7 Old Route 146 371-6611; Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Christ Community Reformed Church 1010 Route 146, Clifton Park 371-7654; Services: Sundays 10 a.m. Christ Episcopal Church Routes 50 & 67, Ballston Spa 885-1031 Services: Sunday 8 & 10 a.m. Christian Restoration Ministries Saratoga Senior Center 5 Williams St., Saratoga Springs 796-4323 Pastor Pat Roach Services: Sunday 10 a.m.; 6:30 p.m. Congregation Shaara Tfille 84 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga Springs 584-2370; Services: Saturday 9:30 a.m., Monday & Thursday 7:30 a.m., third Friday each month 7:30 p.m. Handicapped Accessible

Corinth Free Methodist Church   20 Hamilton Ave., Corinth 654-9255; 792-0271 Services: Sunday at 10 a.m. Corinth United Methodist Church 243 Main Street, Corinth 654-2521 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Cornerstone Community Church Malta Commons 899-7001; Associate Pastor Paul Shepherd Services: Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Community 2001 Route 9, Round Lake 877-8506, Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m.; Weekday Masses: Monday-Friday 9 a.m. Eastern Orthodox— Christ the Savior 349 Eastline Road, Ballston Spa 786-3100; Services: Sunday: 9:15 a.m. First Baptist Church of Saratoga Springs 45 Washington St. 584-6301 Services: Sunday: 11 a.m. First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa 202 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa 885-8361; Services: 10:30 a.m. worship 9 a.m. Sunday School (all ages) First Presbyterian Church of Ballston Spa 22 West High St., Ballston Spa 885-5583 Services: Sunday at 10 a.m. Full Gospel Tabernacle 207 Redmond Road, Gansevoort 793-2739 Services: Sunday 10 a.m.; Bible Study: Thursday 6:30 p.m. Galway United Methodist Church 2056 East Street (at intersection of Route 147), Galway 882-6520 Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. (9:00 a.m. in July and August) Grace Brethren Church 137 W. Milton Rd., Ballston Spa 587-0649 Rev. Dan Pierce Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Handicapped accessible. Greater Grace Community Church Pastor David Moore 899-7777, Services: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. Good Times Restaurant, Lake Rd. 2nd floor; Friday 7:30 p.m. Saratoga Chapel, Eastline & Lake Rds; Sunday 10 a.m. - Glenville Senior Center, 32 Worden Rd. Greenfield Center Baptist Church 30 Wilton Rd., Greenfield Center 893-7429 Services: Sunday School for all ages - 9:45 a.m. Church Service - 11 a.m. Prayer Meeting - Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Highway Tabernacle Church 90 River Rd., Mechanicville 664-4442 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m.

RELIGION Hope Church 206 Greenfield Ave., Ballston Spa 885-7442 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Jonesville United Methodist 963 Main St., Clifton Park 877-7332 Services: Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Living Springs Community Church 59 Pine Rd., Saratoga Springs 584-9112 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Living Waters Church of God 4330 State Rt. 50, Saratoga Springs 587-0484; Services: Sundays 10 a.m. Malta Presbyterian Church Dunning Street, Malta 899-5992 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Malta Ridge United Methodist Church 729 Malta Ave., Ext., Malta 581-0210 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Middle Grove United Methodist Church 581-2973 Pastor Bonnie Bates Services: Sunday 9 a.m. Handicapped accessible New Horizon Church 150 Perry Road, Saratoga Springs 587-0711 Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. New Life Fellowship 51 Old Gick Rd., ­­ Saratoga Springs 580-1810; Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m.–Noon Childcare is available at all services. NorthStar Church Shenendehowa High School West Auditorium, Clifton Park 371-2811; Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Old Saratoga Reformed Church 48 Pearl St., Schuylerville Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Handicapped accessible. Old Stone Church (American Baptist) 159 Stone Church Rd., Ballston Spa 583-1002 Services: Sunday: 9 a.m.; Adult Sunday School 9:00 a.m.; Service 10:30 a.m. Coffee & Fellowship in Living Stone Hall; Wednesday: noon potluck luncheon; 1 p.m. choir rehearsal; 2 p.m. Bible Study Group Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church 73 Midline Road, Ballston Lake 399-5713 Services: Saturday 5 p.m. Sunday 8:15 & 10:15 a.m. Handicapped accessible. Presbyterian-NE Congregational Church 24 Circular St., Saratoga Springs 584-6091; Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m.

Quaker Springs United Methodist Church  466 Route 32 South, Quaker Springs 695-3101; Pastor Al Johnson Services: Sunday 9 a.m. Handicapped accessible. River of Hope Fellowship 100 Saratoga Village Blvd. Malta Cmns., Ste. 3, Malta 881-1505; Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Roman Catholic Church of St. Peter 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-2375 Services: Eucharistic Celebrations: Saturday 5 p.m.; Sunday 7:30, 9 & 11 a.m. St. Clement’s Roman Catholic Church 231 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs 584-6122 Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8, 9:30, 11:15 a.m. & 5 p.m. St. George’s Episcopal Church 912 Route 146, Clifton Park 371-6351; Services: Saturday 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 8 & 9:30 a.m. St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church 3159 Route 9N, Greenfield Center 893-7680;; Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 10:30 a.m. Handicapped accessible St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church 167 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa 885-7411; Services: Saturday 4 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., noon. Handicapped accessible St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church 771 Route 29, Rock City Falls 893-7680;; Services: Sunday 8:30 am. Handicapped accessible. St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 149 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs 584-0904 Services: Saturday 5 p.m. with Holy Communion. Sundays 8:30 & 11 a.m. with Holy Communion. St. Peter Lutheran Church 2776 Route 9, Malta 583-4153 Services: Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. St. Thomas of Canterbury 242 Grooms Rd., Halfmoon Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga Abundant Life Church 2325 Route 50 South, Saratoga Springs 885-5456; Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. Saratoga Chabad 130 Circular St., Saratoga Springs 526-0773;;


Saratoga Friends Meeting (Quaker) Rts. 32 and 71 Quaker Springs 587-7477; 399-5013 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga United Methodist Church Henning Road, Saratoga Springs 584-3720; Services: Sunday 9 & 10:45 a.m. Handicapped accessible. Saratoga Seventh-Day Adventist Church 399 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs 882-9384; Services: Sabbath School: 10 a.m. Worship Service: 11:30 a.m. Shenendehowa United Methodist 971 Route 146, Clifton Park 371-7964 Services: Sunday 9 & 10:30 a.m. Simpson United Methodist Church Rock City Road, Rock City Falls 885-4794 Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Soul Saving Station for Every Nation Christ Crusaders of America 62 Henry St., Saratoga Springs 584-3122 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. Temple Sinai 509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-8730 Friday 8 p.m. Oneg Sabbat Saturday 10:30 a.m. Oneg Sabbat Handicapped accessible The Salvation Army Worship, Service & Community Center 27 Woodlawn Ave., Saratoga Springs 584-1640; Mail-P.O. Box 652 Captain Aaron A. Boone, Sr.; Captain Amber S. Boone Commanding Officers/Ministers Services: Sunday School 10 a.m.; Praise & Worship 11 a.m. Trinity United Methodist Church 155 Ballard Rd., Gansevoort 584-9107 Rev. Patti Molik-Pastor Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs 624 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-1555; Services, Nursery Care, and Religious Education: Sundays 10 a.m. Youth Group: Sundays 11:30 a.m. Unity Church in Albany 21 King Ave., Albany 453-3603 Services: Sunday 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. West Charlton United Presbyterian Church 1331 Sacandaga Rd., West Charlton 882-9874 Rev. Thomas Gregg, Pastor Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Wilton Baptist Church 755 Saratoga Rd, Wilton 583-2736;; Services: Sunday Service 11 a.m.


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Across 1 Fair share, maybe 5 Polite denial 11 Pro-__ 14 Arch type 15 Commensurate (with) 16 Soaked 17 Cry from a duped investor? 19 Brother 20 “I” strain? 21 Where to find Ducks and Penguins: Abbr. 22 Eyes 24 Cry just before dozing off? 28 Eschewed the backup group 31 Mrs. Gorbachev 32 Influence 33 Took in 37 Lab medium 38 Thinking out loud, in a way 40 Farm father 41 Anthem fortifications 43 Cupid’s boss 44 Free 45 Dog named for the bird it hunted, familiarly 46 Cry from a superfan? 50 Hose 51 Dig in 52 John, Paul and George, but not Ringo: Abbr. 55 Electees 56 Cry from a Jeddah native? 61 Iron __ 62 Troubled state 63 Vronsky’s lover, in Tolstoy 64 “Balderdash!” 65 Some aces 66 Kid Down 1 Clinton’s birthplace 2 Bug-eyed 3 Jay related to a peacock? 4 Casbah headgear 5 Had a little something 6 Frère de la mère 7 Dent, say 8 Big lug

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See puzzle solution on page 28 9 Travel org. since 1902 10 “Captain Kangaroo” character who told knock-knock jokes 11 Really bad 12 Haggard of country music 13 Flight part 18 Ocean-bay connector 23 Someone to admire 24 Grouch 25 Sung approval? 26 Prison area 27 Bring on board 28 Injury reminder 29 ‘70s Olympics name 30 Good earth 34 Pixie dust leaver, to Peter 35 Deco designer

At the Movies with Trey Roohan Django Unchained

What would you do to rescue the woman you love? Fight, maim, kill? What if, after doing all of those things, the one true test left was holding back? Could you? Would you want to? Less than a decade before the Civil War, Django (a slave portrayed by Jamie Foxx) is being escorted, in chains, by his masters, the Speck brothers. They are traveling through a remote, wooded area when they encounter someone unexpected. Their unexpected company is former dentist, Dr. King Schultz. Schultz (portrayed by Christoph Waltz) is looking for a slave formerly owned by men he wishes to find. The slave, it turns out, is Django. The Specks have no intention of surrendering Django to the doctor and make that point very clear. The doctor then kills one Speck brother and leaves the other alive but seriously wounded. Schultz (Waltz) then informs Django that if he can identify the men he’s searching for, whom Schultz is hunting in hopes of securing a bounty, and aid in their capture, Schultz will grant Django his freedom and give him $75 and a horse. Schultz also reveals that he despises slavery as a concept. Once the men Schultz was after are found and dealt with, Schultz tells Django that, as he has never given anyone their freedom before, he feels a certain responsibility. The two men become colleagues, hunting fugitives for money. In addition, the former dentist offers to help Django find the one thing he really wants: his wife Broomhilda. Broomhilda (also a slave, portrayed by Kerry Washington) was named by her original owners who were German, like Schultz. She was left scarred by her owners, who were also Django’s, and then the two were auctioned separately. After a few inquiries, they learn that Broomhilda is now in the possession of well-known plantation owner and Francophile Calvin Candie and residing with Candie on the plantation counter-intuitively referred to as Candie Land. While some people worship Tarantino’s body of work, generally speaking, I can take it or leave it. I didn’t like Pulp Fiction, or Reservoir Dogs, thought Inglorious Basterds was decent but overrated, but loved Jackie Brown. Jamie Foxx, on the other hand, has proven his skill time and time and again and, while not every film he’s appeared in could be considered quality, the fault rarely, if ever, lies with him. As for Waltz, it is refreshing to see him portray a character with redeeming qualities and he does so very well. DiCaprio, contrastingly, tends to play characters that are, or are at least meant to be, likeable. Despite being well-mannered, Calvin Candie is anything but. Even so, his performance is masterful. Critics who dislike this film have come at it from both sides. Some take issue with the film for not depicting slavery seriously. Others see the depiction of Caucasians as villains as the continuation of some sort of disturbing trend. Of course, the fact that Christoph Waltz portrays one of the protagonists would seem to contradict that but, why let logic interfere with an argument? As for what I think, those who suffer typically deserve it and slave masters are shown as vicious because, more often than not, they were. I liked this film and I can’t imagine why those who can see this film with an apolitical eye wouldn’t. (8.3/10) For comments and questions, contact me at

36 Beloved 38 Uffizi hangings 39 Hubbub 42 Pays to play 43 Into a state of decline 45 Ocean borders 46 Patch plant 47 Rock’s __ Boingo 48 Start 49 One may follow a casing 52 Trig function 53 XXX, at times 54 Three-handed game 57 Singer DiFranco 58 Bookmarked item nowadays 59 “Gloria in Excelsis __” 60 British rule in colonial India

Writing the Right Word by Dave Dowling Accuracy in word choice is a key to effective communication. This quick weekly tip will help you filter the confusion in some of our daily word choices. Cache, Cachet, Cash Cache is a hiding place. The bears found a cache of food belonging to some hunters. Cache also is small, fast computer memory that holds recently accessed data. Could the cache handle the extra memory requirements?

Cachet refers to a mark of authenticity, prestige, or quality. The state courts have a cachet that the local courts lack. Cash is ready money. His wallet was fat with cash when he left the poker game.

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

Week of January 25 – January 31, 2013


Adding Spice to Life

by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY Using spices in preparing foods has not only been for their nutritional value but for flavor enhancing. For all you chemistry lovers out there, I would like to start off with a little joke for you: A chemistry teacher asks his students, “Does anyone happen to know any good jokes about sodium?” After the class thought long and hard for a good joke about sodium, they finally answered by saying, “Na.” Now, of course, that joke is only slightly funny if you know anything

about the periodic table of elements, but the point of it was to introduce one of the key elements that make up the very widely used spice known as salt. Two of the most used spices in the world are salt and pepper. Salt is considered the “King of Spices.” It is a natural mineral (sodium chloride) as is mined from underground. Pepper is the second most used spice. Black pepper is the fruit of the pepper plant harvested unripe but not far from ripening - called the peppercorn. The fruit around the seed shrinks and darkens as it’s dried, forming black pepper. A different form of black pepper is produced in all countries that grow it. Fully ripened pepper fruits are used to make white pepper (it is the seed with the fruit removed). White pepper is more expensive than black due to the cost of processing. Green pepper is harvested pepper that is not ripened yet. It is processed to avoid fermentation of any kind. It has a fresh, herbal flavor. Green pepper is used in Western cooking.

It is mixed in mustard, pepper steak and sauces. White pepper is often used in cream-based sauces. Many customers have asked “why grind salt and pepper?’ There are many reasons to grind pepper or salt rather than grabbing the preground containers on your shelf. When you grind pepper, the fresh peppercorn releases essential oils that flavor your food. These oils become dull and stale in pre-ground pepper, providing much less flavor. While salt does not go stale, there are other reasons to use a mill to grind salt. Cracked salt can add different texture to dishes. Additionally, gourmet or specialty salts typically come in very large crystals. If you wish to use these delicious and elegant salts in your food, you will need to purchase a salt mill. Salt and pepper mills come in many different styles. There are three main types of salt and pepper mills that consist of the standard twist-top mills, lever operated mills, and electric salt and pepper mills. If you are

going for a traditional style, the twist top mills are the way to go. This is the most common pepper or salt mill. Lever operated mills consist of two levers that you squeeze together, much like a pair of scissors. These mills are generally more modern looking. Finally, electric mills may be used if you wish to have a quick grind. One of the most important factors to consider when purchasing a salt or pepper mill is the composition mechanism of the blade. While many cheaper mills come with plastic blades or gears, the grinding action will eventually wear away at this plastic. In addition to depositing plastic bits in your food, these mills will cease to function. A mill with metal blades is a good choice for grinding pepper. However, salt will eventually corrode metal. As such, it is important to purchase a salt mill with a ceramic blade. Ceramic will stay sharper much longer than metal, as well. So, although a pepper mill with metal blades will be effective, ceramic blades may be an even better choice.

When using a pepper mill it is recommended to use peppercorns with a diameter of five millimeters or less. Most peppermills are suitable for grinding black, white, dry green peppercorns and pink berries as well as dried coriander. For grinding salt, we recommend using salt with a diameter of four millimeters or less. Use dry coarse salt, dry sea salt, or rock salt. When grinding wet sea salt, the natural consistency and moisture content prevent using an ordinary salt mill. Salt mechanisms with spiral guides move the salt ensuring it does not stick together. Tip: Salt that is very wet will not grind properly. It is recommended to leave it out in the air to dry for 24-48 hours before filling the grinder. We carry a host of spices here at Compliments to the Chef to help “spice up” your life. Remember; “Life Happens in the Kitchen”. Take care, John, Paula and Aubrey

Soup’s On—At the Saratoga Farmers’ Market

This Saturday, January 23 the Saratoga Springs Farmers’ Market is hosting its third annual soup tasting event. To be sure “the soup is on,” approximately one dozen vendors will be offering their homemade soups to showcase the Market’s wonderful farm products and to warm your tummies in this frigid end to January. Visitors will be able to sample soups like mushroom-vegetable soup, cheese soup, yogurt-infused soup, meat soups and root vegetable soups. All tastings are free for your enjoyment. (The Saratoga Winter Market takes place between 10 a.m. and noon at the Market in the gym at the Division Street School.) Soups are wonderful comfort foods which warm our souls, offer plenty of low (or high, depending on the ingredients) calorie nutrition and are a thrifty way to use all sorts of leftovers and ingredients from the pantry. Once you decide on the stock, (beef, chicken, vegetarian, fish, or even plain water), let your leftovers lead the way, or take a tour of the

Farmers’ Market to find fresh ingredients, and garnishes such as fresh goat or cows’ milk cheeses, cream for chowder, poultry and meat, various veggies, and fresh herbs. Pick up some crusty fresh bread to compliment the soup to make your meal a success. You can’t go wrong and flexibility is the rule. Just in case you need inspiration for your soup, here is a wonderful winter warm-up from North Country Public Radio’s book, Stories, Food, Life, “Three Sisters Plus a Few Cousins Soup” by foodie and station manager, Ellen Rocco from DeKalb, New York, acknowledges the Native Americans’ trio of corn, beans and squash, emphases flexibility with a variety of herbs and uses wintery fresh local ingredients. Ingredients Serves 6 to 8 Ingredients market* are available at the Saratoga Spring’ Farmers’ Market. 2 tbsp. vegetable oil 2 onions, coarsely diced* 2 carrots, sliced* 2 stalks of celery, sliced* 8 cups of low-sodium broth (vegetable or chicken, purchased or homemade from Farmer’s Market ingredients*)

2 cups black beans (from a can, rinsed). Or dried beans that have been soaked and are ready to cook. 1 butternut or comparable winter squash*, or 2-3 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced* 2 cups frozen corn (hopefully from your own or your farmers’ summer garden) Seasonings to add during cooking include thyme, oregano or Italian seasoning mix, and for some zip, crushed chipotle pepper or dried hot red pepper flakes.

Seasonings for garnish include cumin (a must) or garam masala, and sprinkles fresh chives* or chopped parsley*.

Directions Heat the oil in a Dutch oven or heavy pot, then sauté onions, carrots and celery for a few minutes. Add all seasonings and some salt (more can be added later). Sauté for another minute. Add the broth, bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 30


minutes. (If you are using uncooked, soaked beans, add them now.) Add squash (sweet potatoes) and corn. (If using canned beans add them now.) Add more stock if the soup becomes too thick. Taste and adjust seasonings. Cook gently for another 30 minutes, or until the vegetables are done. To serve, ladle the soup into bowls, and sprinkle a bit of cumin, garam masala or chopped chives or parsley on top of each bowl. Serve with fresh, hot bread.



Week of January 25 – January 31, 2013

Saratoga Film Forum to Present “Chasing Ice” on February 2 Event Features Discussion with Lauded Climate Change Experts Scientist Jerry Jenkins, Skidmore Professor Catherine Hill SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Film Forum will present “Chasing Ice,” a one-night special event exploring global climate change, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 2, at the Saratoga Arts Center, located at 320 Broadway (on the corner of Broadway and Spring Street). The film will be followed by a panel discussion with two acclaimed climate change authorities, Catharine Hill and Jerry Jenkins. This highly praised documentary from director Jeff Orlowski features time-lapse footage taken over the course of a year by National Geographic photographer James Balog, and documents the changes that are shrinking the world’s

glaciers. Stunning photographs from Montana, Greenland, Iceland and Alaska highlight climate change, a distant-seeming, but urgent problem. Balog had been a skeptic about climate change, but his trip to Iceland opened his eyes to a planet in peril and sparked a drive to document the phenomenon. “Chasing Ice” is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of the changing planet. The photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers, Balog began deploying revolutionary timelapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. As the climate change debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Balog finds himself experimenting with untested technology in subzero conditions and confronts his own mortality. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Read more about “Chasing Ice” at The film will be followed by a

discussion with Catherine Hill, the Harder Chair at Skidmore College, and Adirondacker Jerry Jankins, a widely recognized biologist, researcher and author. Hill is a popular speaker on climate change and its impact on the economy, regulation and bio-fuel technologies. She is a prolific writer of the Green Blog for the Times Union and professional journals in her field, and helped make NYSERDA a national advocate for conservation. She is the founder and president of CooperHill, a strategic consultancy focused on forming relationships between educational institutions, government and industry and general business consulting. Clients have included Syracuse University, Brookhaven National Laboratory, the Long Island Association and New York Medical College. Her projects have included assisting Syracuse University in responding to a $130mm funding opportunity from the Department of Energy to improve energy efficiency in the built environment; and assisting Brookhaven in developing programs for Start-Up America, a program developed by the Obama Administration to reduce the patent licensing fees for technology. Jenkins is the author of “Climate Change in the Adirondacks: The Path to Sustainability” and the highly praised “The Adirondack Atlas.” He won the Harold Hochschild Award from the Adirondack Museum and

is an ecologist and lead researcher for the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Adirondack Program. An accomplished botanist, naturalist and geographer, he has almost 40 years of field experience. Over the course of his career, his work has included conducting biological inventories for the Adirondack Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, surveying rare plant occurrences for Vermont, chronicling the environmental history of acid rain with the Adirondack Lakes Survey Corporation, and understanding and interpreting historical changes to boreal lowland areas in the Adirondacks. His enthusiasm for natural history has also led him to study plant diversity and distribution across various forest types from the Champlain Hills to large working forest easements, and from old growth forests to high-elevation alpine communities. This is the first film in the new In the Public Interest movie night series made possible by the Adirondack Trust Company Community Fund, established to perpetuate the community spirit of giving and enhance the quality of life in the region. Refreshments will be available. Tickets are $7 for the general public, $5 for Film Forum members and students with ID. Learn more about the Saratoga Film Forum at, (518) 584-FILM or

Week of January 25 – January 31, 2013


Local Documentary Filmmakers’ Publish Book on Filmmaking for Archaeologists

Wilton resident Joseph W. Zarzynski (left) and Glens Falls’s Peter Pepe (right) during a video shoot at an archaeology site in Schenectady. Photo by Louise Basa/CAP.

SARATOGA COUNTY — Left Coast Press, a nationally renowned California publishing company, has just released their new book, “Documentary Filmmaking for Archaeologists,” written by two area documentarians, Peter Pepe and Joseph W. Zarzynski. Peter Pepe, President of Pepe Productions, a Glens Falls video production company, and Joseph W. Zarzynski, a Wilton underwater archaeologist and author, teamed up to write the book. Previously, Pepe and Zarzynski collaborated on producing three feature-length

award-winning documentaries about historic shipwrecks as well as creating several “mini-docs” for screening in museums, art galleries, and visitor centers. Two of their documentaries were about the French & Indian War (1755–1763) shipwrecks in Lake George, and the third video production was about a Confederate privateer shipwreck lost off St. Augustine, Florida in 1861. Pepe and Zarzynski have likewise taught several documentary filmmaking workshops at archaeology conferences around

the country. The pair used their talents and experience to write a book for archaeologists and other social scientists on the step-by-step process of making a documentary so that these scientists are better prepared to work with professional documentary filmmakers. Many accounts told by Pepe and Zarzynski in their book cite interesting anecdotes from the making of their documentaries: “The Lost Radeau: North America’s Oldest Intact Warship” [2005] (, “Wooden Bones: The Sunken Fleet of 1758” [2010]

(, and “Search for the Jefferson Davis: Trader, Slaver, Raider” [2011] (www. Peter Pepe has over three decades experience in corporate and documentary video production. Joseph W. Zarzynski directed Bateaux Below, the group of volunteer divers that from 1987 to 2011 studied Lake George’s historic shipwrecks. The book is Pepe’s first and Zarzynski’s fifth book. “Peter Pepe and Joseph W. Zarzynski have done a tremendous service in writing this first ever guide to archaeological film making. This is a must have book for every archaeologist who wants to reach a wide audience through the power of film,” wrote James P. Delgado, Host of National Geographic’s “The Sea Hunters” series (2001-2006), about “Documentary Filmmaking for Archaeologists.” The 6x9 in. format size book, 230 pages in length, is available in paperback ($32.95), hardcover ($89.00), and eBook ($32.95) from Left Coast Press. For more information on the book and how to purchase it, visit: www.lcoastpress. com/book.php?id=406.


Nacre Dance Company offers Master Class with Jim May at Myers Center for Dance SARATOGA SPRINGS — Nacre Dance Company will offer a Master Class with Jim May from the Sokolow Dance Theatre Ensemble on Sunday, February 3 from 10-11:30 a.m. at Myers Center for Dance at 153 Regent Street in Saratoga Springs. Jim May has been a dancer on the New York scene for over 40 years. His aim as artistic director of the Sokolow Theatre Dance Ensemble is to expand the art of dance to include the other arts (music, theater, painting, literature) working toward the progressive new style of theater/dance. Jim is coming to set Anna Sokolow’s piece “Kaddish” and has been a devoted disciple of her for 35 years. He has also been the co-artistic director of her dance company, Players’ Project, since 1980. This class is open to intermediate modern dancers. There is a participation fee of $15/person or $10 for students. For additional information on this class, please visit our website at or email



Week of January 25 – January 31, 2013

An Evening of Romance: Cocktail Event to Benefit SCC Arts

Humorist’s New Show Aims to Model Energy-Conscious Staging

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Local musicians, businesses and school volunteers will come together on February 10 to donate time and expertise in the hopes of raising money to support Saratoga Central Catholic High School’s Performing Arts Program. ‘An Evening of Romance’ will be a cocktail benefit event to take place on Sunday, February 10 from 6-9pm at The National Museum of Dance. The event will include Hor’s d’oeuvres by Maestro’s at the Van Dam with Chef John La Posta, a cash bar, silent and live auction and dessert. In addition, local musicians and singers will be performing romance songs throughout the ages. Musicians for the evening include Mikki Bakken, Molly McGrath, Sherian Nolan, Becky Walton, SCC Glee Club, and

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Combining his onstage drive to perform hilariously unique stories with his offstage zeal to preserve the natural environment, humorist Dirck Toll will attempt to do both in an experiment he calls Levelling Charges. A fast-paced, one-hour show, Levelling Charges will be performed at Caffè Lena as a special matinee using only natural lighting on the stage, only Toll’s natural voice for amplification, and a set made only of salvaged and reused materials. As Toll puts it, “Power corrupts, so we’ll see if using less power will corrupt me any less.” The show takes place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 10 at historic Caffè Lena, 47 Phila Street in Saratoga Springs. “As a profession, entertainers have been just as guilty of overconsumption as anyone else,” Toll says, “so this approach is my humble way of pointing everyone toward the next sensible phase of modern entertainment.” Some might say Toll is taking this to an extreme: Besides

other local artists. In anticipation of the evening ahead, Director of Saratoga Central Catholic’s Performing Arts Program and An Evening of Romance’s producer Pat Douglass is extremely excited for the evening’s compilation of talent, space and food. On her hopes of the evening, she said, “In order for our school to continue to grow, my hope is to raise an upwards of $10,000 from this wonderful event, and thank everyone ahead of time who participates in the evening.” For tickets to the event please contact Jean Taylor, Director of Development, at or call (518) 5877070 x108. About Saratoga Central Catholic: Saratoga Central Catholic

School is a Catholic, co-educational, diocesan school located in Saratoga Springs, New York, serving students in grades 6 through 12. They strive to provide the highest quality education while encouraging students to serve and respect others, think critically, and be compassionate, responsible, and confident citizens who are capable of adapting in an interdependent world. About Saratoga Central Catholic Performing Arts Program: As schools around our nation are canceling their performing arts programs due to financial hardships, Saratoga Central Catholic High School’s program is growing. They believe that a strong program, especially the triumph of being on stage and perfecting a script, is a strong reassurance of self worth and achievement for our students. The influence of theater prepares their students to face the numerous obstacles of life’s journey.

reducing the electric load for the show, his distinctive stage wardrobe will be from secondhand stores and his water will be in a forty-year-old bottle he found in the woods. “The water itself will be more recent, I think,” Toll speculates. Despite these consumptionminimizing measures, however, Toll promises that the content of the show itself will be uncompromised. Bypassing the transience of pop culture, politics, everyday observations, and other common comedy fodder, Toll instead specializes in mind-jolting humor that springs from unexpected twists of ideas and behavior. Levelling Charges is a singular combination of five uproariously bizarre adventure stories that feature a shifty craftsman, an unhelpful assistant, a mystified upholsterer, and an aggressive bystander. Toll single-handedly acts them all out in a hyperkinetic blend of theater, literature, performance art, and comedy. In addition to his previous sold-out appearances at Caffè Lena, Toll has performed at the Kleinert-James Arts Center in Woodstock, Dixon Place in New York City, and various other arts venues throughout New York and New England. Reviewing his work, San Francisco’s Factsheet Five has noted Toll’s “strong performance, combining humor and sophistication,” while Hudson Valley Magazine has commented, “Toll proves that the artful use of language can be music to the ears.” As with Toll’s previous shows, Levelling Charges is suggested for mature audiences, but immature ticket-holders will not be turned away. Advance tickets are $10 general, $8 students/seniors/ Caffè members. For tickets and more information, go to www. or call the Caffè at (518) 583-0022. “My hope,” says Toll, “is that even though the show’s environmental impact is reduced, Levelling Charges will still reach the usual high standard of dazzling nonsense that the public has come to expect from me.” Will this bold gambit end in triumph, failure or both? There’s only one sure way to find out: Join the experiment, spread the word, and see this show!


Week of January 25 – January 31, 2013

Local Gigs Week of 1/25-1/31

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Friday, 1/25:

Saturday, 1/26:

Dan Faulk Quartet, 8 pm

New Shoes, 9 pm

Rick Nelson of High Peak, 9 pm

ETown Express, 9 pm

Yellow Dog, 9 pm

Kings English, 10:30 pm

The Pipe Kings, 9 pm

John Elsenhart, 9 pm

Bill Staines, 8 pm

Hair of the Dog, 7 pm

Rick Bolton, Arlin Greene and Sherri Nolan, 9 pm

Live Music, 5:30 pm

Steve Candlen, 8 pm

@ vapor - 306.5275

@ 9 Maple Ave - 583.2582 @ bailey’s - 583.6060

@ bentley’s - 899.4300

@ bayou cafe - 384.7226 @ caffè lena - 583.0022

@ gaffney’s - 587.7359

@ irish times - 583.0003

Feedback, 5:30 pm @ jp bruno’s - 745.1180

Static, 10:30 pm

@ gaffney’s - 587.7359

@ irish times - 583.0003 @ jp bruno’s - 745.1180 @ the mill - 899.5253

@ the parting glass - 583.1916

@ primelive ultra lounge - 583.4563

DVDJ Dread, 9 pm

Sunday, 1/27: Magpie, 7 pm @ caffè lena - 583.0022

@ jp bruno’s - 745.1180

Jeff Strange, 9 pm @ the mill - 899.5253

Thursday, 1/31:

Hair of the Dog, 7 pm

Rock Pile, 9 pm

@ the parting glass - 583.1916

Andy Iorio, 5:30 pm @ primelive ultra lounge - 583.4563

@ gaffney’s - 587.7359

Irish Celtic Session, 7 pm @ the parting glass - 583.1916

New York Players, 8 pm @ vopor - 583.4563

Open Mic Nights:

Saturday, 1/26:

Sun. Open Mic, 7 pm

Arch Stanton Quartet, 9 pm

Tue. w/Rick Bolton, 8 pm

@ 9 Maple Ave - 583.2582

Maurizio and Casey Chapman, 9 pm @ bailey’s - 583.6060

Spuyten Duyvil, 8 pm @ caffè lena - 583.0022

Live Jazz w/James Gascoyne, 10 pm @ circus café - 583.1106

@ bailey’s - 583.6060

@ gaffney’s - 587.7359

Wed. Open Mic, 8 pm @ putnam den - 584.8066

Thur. Open Mic, 7 pm @ caffè lena - 583.0022

Thur. Open Mic, 10 pm @ circus café - 583.1106


Hair of the Dog LIVE at The Parting Glass Friday, January 25 @ 7 p.m. Saturday, January 26 @ 7 p.m.




Week of January 25 – January 31, 2013

Community Sports Bulletin Win An Autographed Eli Manning Football from Gateway House of Peace

Saratoga Rowing Announces 2013 Silent Auction SARATOGA SPRINGS — Mark your calendars and circle it in red! Saratoga Rowing Association’s 16th Annual Silent Auction is to be held Thursday April 11, 2013 at Longfellows Restaurant! For questions regarding the auction or if you have an interest in participating on the event committee, contact event chair, Kim Grieco at

BALLSTON SPA — The Gateway House of Peace, a private, nonprofit Hospice facility in Ballston Spa is holding a fundraising raffle for an authentic Eli Manning-signed football. Here’s your chance to own a signed piece of NFL memorabilia by a Super Bowl MVP-winning quarterback. The ball comes with a certificate of authenticity from Verified Tickets can be purchased at the D-Line Pub in Ballston Spa, which is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.–10 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets for the raffle are just $10 each. The drawing for the Eli Manning-signed football takes place Friday, February 22 at 8 p.m. at the D-Line Pub. You don’t need to be present to win, just keep your raffle ticket after purchase.

Malta Parks and Recreation’s Spring Activities Brochure Now Available Online MALTA — The Town of Malta’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Human Services Spring Activities Brochure is now available online at It will be available at the Malta Community Center and registration will begin for spring classes and programs on February 1, 2013. Classes, new sports programs and many special events are scheduled to begin in March. Please call the Malta Community Center at (518) 899-4411 for more information.

Send your sports stories or briefs to Andrew Marshall, Sports Editor at amarshall @saratoga

Puzzle solutions from pg. 22

Suburban Council Coaches Versus Cancer Week SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Boys Basketball will be continuing the Suburban Council Coaches vs. Cancer program this Friday, January 25 versus Columbia at the Saratoga Springs High School. The freshman boys’ team plays at 4 p.m., with junior varsity tipping off at 5:30 p.m. and varsity starting immediately after. The Saratoga Boys Basketball Booster Club will be selling Coaches for Cancer Pin-Up Cards for $2 to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.

Week of January 25 – January 31, 2013


2013 Eastern Competitive Trail Ride Association’s Winter Meeting February 8–10


Saratoga Springs Hockey Hopes to “White Out” Weibel Avenue Rink Team raising money for American Cancer Society, Hosting Shenendehowa Jan. 30 by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY

Bill and Joanna Lasher (with Spicegirl and Breeze) welcome ECTRA participants to the Gideon Putnam Resort. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The 2013 ECTRA (Eastern Competitive Trail Ride Association) Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet will be held February 8–10, at the historic Gideon Putnam Resort in the Saratoga Spa State Park. The ECTRA sanctions competitive and endurance-based equine events all over the northeastern United States. The Saturday seminar sessions include presentations on detecting and treating lameness with Western and alternative (aka Eastern) methods by Dr. Jennifer

Bevilacqua VMD, VSMT, CVA, CVTP; pasture management for horses by David Leggett, Cornell Cooperative Extension Educator; and on Lyme Disease by Dr. Annie Madison DVM. The annual ECTRA meeting also includes board member elections. Sunday morning there is a Judges’ Clinic and a Ride Managers session. The public is invited to attend either or both of these seminars. There will be vendors present and a silent auction is planned. The awards banquet scheduled for Saturday evening is

considered one of the more popular events associated with the meetings. Reservations for the banquet are required. Registration information and a schedule of events can be obtained by emailing Bill Lasher, ECTRA event coordinator, at duniry@aol. com. You can register for the entire event or just Saturday’s seminars (which run from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Registration also includes lunch at the Gideon Putnam. For more information on the ECTRA, visit their website at www.

Jack Hatton This week’s athlete of the week is Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake wrestler Jack Hatton! Hatton, a senior wrestling standout for the Spartans is also a student at the Jason Morris Judo Center. Recently, Jack passed his judo coach, four-time Olympian and 1992 silver medalist, Jason Morris in career high school wrestling victories. Hatton’s 101 career victories at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake surpassed his coach’s career total of 98 this season. This season Hatton is an

incredibly impressive 29-2, and is currently preparing for the Section II Class B championships this coming February. He is expected to be a serious contender for a Sectional title in the 170-pound weight class. Hatton will attempt to live up to his coach’s legacy, as Morris is a two-time Sectional champion and has passed along his application of judo in amateur wrestling to his student. Hatton certainly appears to have caught on to the technique. Hatton has been a student of

Morris’ for six years and is also a 2011 Cadet World Judo Team member and 2012 Junior U.S. Open Judo Champion. Congratulations to Jack Hatton, your Saratoga TODAY Athlete of the Week!

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Taking a cue from professional and collegiate sports programs nationwide, the Saratoga Springs Boys Ice Hockey Team is hoping to “white out” Weibel Avenue Rink during their January 30 matchup against Section II archrival Shenendehowa – all while raising money for the fight against cancer in the process. Just like the faithful fans at the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Consol Energy Center or Penn State’s Beaver Stadium, the team is asking all their fans to come to the game decked out in all white as a show of pride and possibly “psych out” visiting teams. This time though, it’s for the Saratoga Springs ice hockey team as they engage in a Section II championship rematch from last season with their Southern Saratoga County nemesis Shenendehowa. There could be some serious Section II playoff implications on the line, as both teams will enter the contest hovering around the top of the CDHSHL standings. Saratoga has won the last three Section II tournaments which earned them a trip to Utica and a berth in the New York State championship

tournament. The team hopes to make it four-in-a-row this season, which would require a strong finish to the regular season against Shen. If you’re interested in attending the game in style or if you’d like to give to a good cause, official “White Out Weibel” T-shirts will be available in advance of the game. They cost $10, and can be found at the Saratoga Springs High School, Walton’s or at the Weibel Avenue Ice Rink during the evenings. Supplies will be available in limited quantities the night of the game. The shirts themselves are white and comes available in two styles: Blue Streak blue or Plainsmen green. The first 300 shirts sold come with a free “Togahack vs. Cancer” rubber bracelet. The sizes available are Youth Large, Large and Extra Large. Admission to the game is only $3 and student tickets are just $2. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the American Cancer Society’s Coaches Versus Cancer program, which is designed to help people in New York stay well, get fit, fight back and work toward finding a cure for cancer. There are various sponsorship opportunities available as well as raffles and donations supporting the event. Visit and click on the bulletin board menu option for more details.



Week of January 25 – January 31, 2013

Come on, Lance Armstrong!

Damian Fantauzzi

We understand what a difficult job it is to fess-up about how you made an attempt to dupe us or at least tried to. We also know that it is somewhat of a level playing field when it comes to doping in your sport and maybe you shouldn’t lose the accomplishments of your legacy. Because it certainly

seems there are an extravagant number of cyclists doing the exact same thing. The damage to what used to be a sport that was revered as the epitome of training—cycling—for the grueling Tour de France, might now be irreversible. There is an air of arrogance about Lance that has become his signature and he seems to wear it on his sleeve with pride. He has hurt many people on his path toward infamy, all the way to the point of completely destroying the careers of fellow teammates and people who supported him. You don’t bully team players. You have to always assume that no one is less important than you are. As a team member there is a philosophy that you are in this together with the Three Musketeers’ slogan of “All for one and one for all.” Somewhere on Lance’s road to success he lost his understanding of what that slogan stood for, as well as being the leader of the team— not to mention all the lying. My wife and I were big Lance Armstrong fans. Each and every summer we would tune into the Tour de France. We loved watching these athletes perform near impossible feats of endurance. They were amazing and Lance was always our favorite. To read about how he conquered his fight against cancer, only served to make him even more of a hero not only in our eyes, but millions across the globe summoning all they had to fight the very same battle. But, I began to become suspicious of what kind of man he was when he and his wife, Kristin, split up and eventually divorced. To think she had his back throughout his battle with the disease! Of course, not every celebrity has successful marriages - fame itself can be like a terminal disease to some relationships. I guess one battle Lance couldn’t win was the battle against the pressures and demons of selfishness. In his interview with Oprah, there were no apologies from the “LIVESTRONG” founder and it seemed he wasn’t looking for forgiveness for his lifetime

of deceit. It was classic Lance: stubbornly proud and controlling. Some emotions emerged from Lance when talking about his children defending him in their school and with their friends. He seemed to show some real remorse for being a liar to his own children and their delusion of his innocence. In my opinion, the real crime is that Lance has placed a black mark and a failing grade on his sport that will never recover, at least not in this country. Many other athletes of other sports are guilty of using PEDs (performance enhancing drugs), as written in my article of last week concerning the Baseball Hall of Fame. In Lance’s case though, the missing part that really doesn’t seem to hit home in the interview with Oprah is that it is obvious that he is not a team player. He did a number on former members of his team like Greg LeMond and the similarly disgraced Floyd Landis. He attacked their credibility by not coming out and admitting that his “former friends” were telling the absolute truth about taking performance enhancing drugs. All the clichés that exemplify the true meaning of team have lost their meaning within the context of this story. The stigma of cheater and liar will follow Lance Armstrong eternally. Looking back, it may be hard to see anything else. Isn’t being on a team kind of like a metaphor for the United States of America? As a member of a team, or a community and country, aren’t we supposed to have a common cause? No chain is any stronger than its weakest link. Everyone on the team is as important as the weakest player. This reminds me of what the late John Wooden of UCLA (the man who won the most NCAA championships in the sport’s history) famously said: “There’s no I in the word ‘team.’” In basketball, for example, the players are prepared in practice and it takes the whole team in that preparatory process. It’s just like Hillary Clinton once said: “It takes a village [to raise a child.”]

It seems to me that Mr. Armstrong has failed to recognize that a lot of his success was due to his entire cycling team, rather than solely his illegal use of PEDs and their preparation and sacrifice got him to where he ended up, despite his chemical enhancement on top of that. The team knew that they were wrong or at least they admitted to the wrong doing, but Lance was in complete denial of his poor choices. Who went down with him? His team, ex-wife, children and yes, even his relationship with the famed pop singer, Sheryl Crow. My feeling is that Lance Armstrong owes many people an apology. There were moments of bullying in trying to “strong arm” those who supported him (excuse the pun!) Not only does he have to ask his children for forgiveness but he has a long list of others who have been wronged that need to be considered. There are sportswriters, cycling officials, along with his ex-wife and children, ex-girlfriend and perhaps most important: his true fans. All of them deserve some sort of an apology for his greed and lack of integrity. Lance has plenty of company when it comes to superstars that are found to be guilty of cheating on the athletic field with the use of illegal PEDs and blood doping. It has become something that needs to be addressed, as the integrity of the sports world has been enveloped in a stigma of doubt. I don’t buy the philosophy that winning at all costs is the sole purpose of athletic competition or on the playing field. As a somewhat successful basketball coach, I can’t say that winning isn’t everything; it’s much more and how it’s done is what counts in the proper preparation to compete. Just remember that nobody can win in the cheating game!

Week of January 25 – January 31, 2013


Saratoga Remains Undefeated in Section II After Win Over South Glens Falls SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Blue Streaks varsity ice hockey team is having yet another great season, sitting at a perfect 9-0 in Section II play this year and looking like the team to beat in the approaching postseason. Overall, their record stood at 12-1-1 as they welcomed their neighbor to the north, South Glens Falls-Hudson Falls to town January 23. Despite a valiant performance from South Glens Falls goaltender Noah Price, who stopped 54 of the 58 shots he faced, Saratoga managed to crack the code during a three-goal third period to win by a final score of 4-1. Senior forward Tyler Bullard, who has leads the entire CDHSHL in both goals scored (24) and total points (46), led the way for the Blue Streaks, notching another four points on two goals and two assists. Bullard’s second goal would be the one to finally break the 1-1 tie the two teams had skated to by the third period. Senior captains Nick Winters, the next closest to Bullard in CDHSHL overall points (36), and Devin Smith would also score for the Blue Streaks. The story for the Bulldogs was the impressive play of their senior goaltender Price. Saratoga dominated shots on goal 58-8, yet Price had South Glens Falls locked in a 1-1 tie as the third period began. Price stopped 24 shots in the second period alone, keeping the Blue Streaks off the board for the

entire frame. Unfortunately for Price, the rest of the Bulldogs could not manage to generate any offense after a first period goal from Hudson Falls senior DJ Fish. Only one player on the entire Bulldogs roster managed a plus-minus differential better than zero, which was Bryan Schermerhorn’s one. Saratoga senior goaltender Spencer Glaim stopped seven of the eight shots he faced, and did not allow a goal after the first period. With the win, Saratoga moves to a perfect 10-0 in Section II play this season and sports a 13-1-1 overall. They sit at the top of the CDHSHL standings with a twopoint lead over Shaker (Saratoga has played one more game than Shaker) and a two-and-a-half point lead over Shenendehowa, who comes to Weibel Avenue January 30 for “White Out Weibel” night. Saratoga has now won eight games in a row. The Blue Streaks will welcome Section I powerhouse and defending New York State champion Suffern to town on January 25, in what should be a big test for the team as they move closer to a state championship of their own. For South Glens Falls, they fall to 2-7-1 in Section II play, and 4-9-2 overall for the season. They’ll play at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake on January 25 before returning home to play Section VII program Plattsburgh.


Volume 8  •  Issue 3

See Eli Manning Raffle pg. xx


Week of January 25 – January 31, 2013


See Athlete of the Week pg. 29

Blue Streaks Still the Team to Beat in Section II Hockey

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