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Giving Back by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY WILTON – Jonathan Reid, a local menswear store, has been in business for almost fifty years outfitting weddings, proms, and other formal events. In anticipation of the upcoming prom season, Jonathan Reid will be offering free tuxedo rentals to over a dozen area school districts, in hopes those students who may not have been able to afford renting a tuxedo will be able

to attend and enjoy their prom. The company feels it’s important to acknowledge the communities and patrons who have kept them around for almost half a century. Jonathan Reid has reached out to area high schools’ prom advisors, offering to outfit at least two young men for prom, free of charge. The store says it would be up to the school districts to determine who exactly should receive the offer, if

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Frost Faire by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY

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Richard Houle, operations manager at Johnathan Reid

SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Saratoga Springs Public Library attracts over half a million visitors downtown each year, plays host to over 400 local community groups, runs approximately 800 programs open to the public, and as of 2011 can proudly boast the highest circuphoto by MarkBolles.com• Saratoga TODAY

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SCHUYLERVILLE – The 17th annual Frost Faire at Saratoga Battlefield is scheduled for this Saturday, January 28, just in time to fight off any cabin fever. The Frost Faire is a great chance to get outside and enjoy some unique local wintertime fun. The event, sponsored by the Town of Stillwater and Saratoga National Historical Park, kicks off at

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Library boasts record circulation by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY

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lation numbers in its 17-year history. How big, exactly? In 1994, the library checked out 466,856 pieces of media to card-carrying members. For 2011, that number more than doubled: an astonishing 873,539 items were circulated in total. And make no mistake about it – this huge increase is no coinci-

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Students Use “Found Objects” to Create Humanoid Models by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – Fifth grade students in the Saratoga Scholars Program gathered

together Wednesday, January 25 at the Gick Road WSWHE BOCES facility to show off their handcrafted humanoid models, projects the students have been working on since early October

using found objects to create 3-D models of the human body. Using heavy doses of yarn, tubing, rubber bands and a few tennis balls, the students designed various biological systems found in the body in creative and sometimes surprising ways – all to great effect! Each model – six in total – was given a name and birthday by the team of elementary students responsible for its creation.

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Timothy Kaye, 30, of 2 Prospect Lane, Round Lake, has been charged with multiple counts including: two counts of first-degree kidnapping, a class-AI felony; second-degree kidnapping, a class-B felony; firstdegree attempted criminal sexual act, a class-C violent felony; first-degree criminal sexual act, a class-B violent felony; third-degree criminal sexual act, a class-E felony; and endangering the welfare of a child and third-degree attempted criminal sexual act, both misdemeanors. Kaye was arrested in Clifton Park for incidents that occurred in Malta and Saratoga Springs throughout the month of July 2011 and is expected to return to court at a later date. Michael D. Compton, 48, of 443 Englehart Rd., Ballston Spa, was resentenced January 20 by Judge Jerry Scarano to one to three years in state prison, probation terminated. Compton was originally convicted January 15, 2009, of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony, for which he had been sentenced to time served and five years of probation to include recovery/drug treatment court. Stephen M. Gullotti, 27, of 58 Milton Ave., Upstairs Apt., Ballston Spa, pleaded guilty to a charge of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class-D felony. Gullotti was arrested October 27, 2010, in Malta and was sentenced

to six months in Saratoga County Jail and five years of probation. Sean Wilson, 23, of 98 Ash St., Saratoga Springs, pleaded guilty to a charge of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a class-E felony. Wilson was arrested September 20 in Saratoga Springs for an incident that occurred September 18 and was sentenced to six months in Saratoga County Jail and five years of probation. Jonathan L. Rogers, 32, of 255 Main St., Apt. 4, Corinth, pleaded guilty to a charge of first-degree criminal contempt, a class-E felony. Rogers was arrested January 1 in Corinth and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing March 15. Dennis D. Delaney, 41, of 17 Saratoga Ave., Round Lake, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. Delaney was arrested November 6 in Saratoga Springs and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing March 15. Adam C. Smith, 34, of 129 Saratoga Rd., Clearview Motel, South Glens Falls, pleaded guilty to a

charge of failure to report an address change within 10 days, a class-D felony. Smith was arrested December 15 in Moreau for an incident that occurred November 18 and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing March 16. Charles W. Lovejoy, 53, of 7248 Fish House Rd., Galway, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-D felony. Lovejoy was arrested July 12 in Providence and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing March 15. Brian S. Latshaw, 28, of 41 Edmond Dr., Ballston Spa, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. Latshaw was arrested January 4 in Ballston Spa and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing March 16. Gustavo Artavia, 33, of 45A

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October 8 and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing March 13. Veeto J. Harris, 57, of 15 Gadley Ave., Saratoga Springs, pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class-C felony. Harris was arrested in Saratoga Springs for incidents that occurred March 15 and March 24 and was sentenced to three years in state prison and one and a half years post release supervision. Galen Seerup, 24, of 55 Union St., Apt. 4, Saratoga Springs, pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree burglary, a class-D felony. Seerup was arrested August 23 in Saratoga Springs for incidents that occurred August 23 and August 24 and was sentenced to two to four years in state prison.


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WEEK IN REVIEW

Fatal Car Crash in Wilton WILTON - A car crash in Wilton on the afternoon of January 21 has left an 11-year-old boy dead. The accident happened on Corinth Mountain Road, when a minivan driven by 39-year-old Shiho Price of Castleton crossed a double yellow line and struck a pickup truck head on. Price’s son, James Eggleton, died on the scene. The three other children occupying the minivan, a 14-yearold girl, and two boys ages 2 and 3, were taken to Albany Medical Center following the crash. The 3-year-old remains hospitalized with serious injuries. Their names have not been released. The two occupants of the pickup truck were treated for minor injuries at Saratoga Hospital. Price has been ticketed following the crash for failing to keep right, and driving at an unreasonable speed. Police say the road was wet at the time of

the accident, and the minivan was going around a curve.

Woman Robbing Woman

Indicted for Elderly Blind

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Michele L. Rose, 49, was indicted last week for allegedly stealing more than $300,000 from an 82year-old blind woman, for whom she was providing home health care. Rose was indicted on 46 felony charges for stealing more than $300,000 over the course of five years. Police allege Rose stole directly from the woman’s checking account to pay her and her family members’ bills. She could face up to 15 years in prison.

Beverly’s Café to Shut Its Doors S A R AT O G A S P R I N G S Popular downtown breakfast spot Beverly’s Café will be closing its

Phila Street location after 22 years. While the restaurant’s ownership has not committed to closing for good, it seems that remaining in Saratoga Springs may become a challenge. Owner Michael Bowman has stated that right now there doesn’t seem to be many affordable options for him to remain downtown, and is even considering locations in Ballston Spa should he decide to relocate. Another alternative would be a possible merger with the Turf Club restaurant located at 139 Union Ave. The Turf Club is the current venture of Beverly Reedy, Bowman’s mother, who originally opened the café in 1989. The building Beverly’s currently operates out of is owned by the same group that owns Caffe Lena, 47 Phila, Inc.

Congressman Report

Releases

SARATOGA SPRINGS United States Congressman Chris Gibson (NY-20) released a report this week highlighting his year in Washington. The full report, which can be seen on his congressional website, focuses on his involvement in economic growth, restoring fiscal responsibility, and “protecting our freedoms and cherished way of life.” Initiatives receiving the congressman’s support include funding for nanotechnology research in the Capital Region, tax code reformation to eliminate loopholes, and for the continued funding of programs such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. The congressman also voted to repeal and defund President Obama’s health care initiatives, as well as voting against

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an extension of the Patriot Act. Congressman Gibson also made an effort to work across party lines, reporting that 30 separate bipartisan bills supporting small businesses received his approval.

bistro as a new business office for the restaurateurs. DZ Restaurants also operates Chianti il Ristorante and Forno Bistro located in Saratoga, and Pasta Pane in Clifton Park.

Batcheller Mansion Up for Sale

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SARATOGA SPRINGS - The historic Batcheller Mansion bed and breakfast has been put on the market by its current owners, who hope to sell the estate and move on to other ventures. The building’s owners, Bruce and Lysette Levinsky, have recently dropped their asking price from $5.5 million to $2.9 million. The property could be kept as a business, or new owners could possibly convert the mansion into a private residence. Until the building sells, the Levinskys say they plan to continue to improve upon the property, with plans to start holding new events at the mansion. The couple has owned the building since 1986.

SARATOGA SPRINGS Saratoga Traveler has relocated to a new location at 6 Phila St. The store originally opened in a location on Broadway in November 2011. The store is owned by Saratoga Springs resident Jed Civic and exclusively sells the Schenectady-based Tough Traveler brand of luggage. Aside from the Tough Traveler showroom in Schenectady, Saratoga Traveler is the only store to exclusively sell the brand.

Tapas on Tap for Us SARATOGA SPRINGS - DZ Restaurants, a company owned by David and Roslyn Zecchini, will be opening their fourth restaurant in Saratoga County following the purchase of a building at 384 Broadway. They plan to open a Mediterranean-style bistro and tapas bar called Boca Bistro. The sale of the building is expected to close sometime next week and the bistro is projected to be open sometime later this year. The building’s previous tenants included Raina’s boutique and Pizza on Broadway. There are also plans to use the floors above the

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Beverage Center to Open Near GlobalFoundries MALTA - A new location for Minogue’s Beverage Center is expected to open along Route 9, close to the GlobalFoundries chip plant in Malta. While the sale of the property is not yet final, ownership expects the deal to close before March. Minogue’s is a family run business, and currently operates three separate locations. The Malta location would be their biggest store yet, expected to be anywhere between 7,000 and 8,000 square feet. The other half of the renovated 16,000-squarefoot building will be leased for retail or office space. Construction on the existing building could begin as early as April, weather permitting. Minogue’s is targeting a possible opening in July.


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Prom Tuxedos continued from Page 1 they choose to do so. The deal would not be limited to certain items, but rather allow the recipient to select what they would want to wear, and match it to their date’s gown. The schools involved range as far north as Ticonderoga, and as far south as Mechanicville. “We sent blank certificates to these schools, and if the students come in we’re going to let them pick out what they would like to wear,” said the company’s operations manager Richard Houle. Along with the tuxedo rental offers, each area school district will receive a $50 gift certificate to Jonathan Reid to be offered as a door prize for their after prom estivities. “We feel it is very important to support the schools in their efforts to keep the students safe during prom night, and we commend them for offering a safe and enjoyable environment for their students,” said Houle. The selected schools’ prom advisors were contacted privately a few weeks ago in a letter sent to them by Jonathan Reid. Pam Driscoll, the advisor for Schuylerville City School district was impressed not only by the gesture, but that there was a way to include the some of the young men attending prom. “We do a program for the girls involving their gowns, but there’s never been anything for the guys,” said Driscoll. “We feel any student who wants to go should be able to go.” While still the social pinnacle of any high school student’s year, the cost associated with attending prom for this generation can add up quickly. These days, prom night traditionally involves renting a limousine and tuxedo, and buying tickets,

flowers, and other expenses, to where some students might not feel their family can afford for them to attend. “We’re not looking to boast or brag. We’re sincere about what we do, and how we give back to the community,” said Houle. “A lot of families cannot afford everything in these harder times, so I decided it was time we did something special for them.”

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OBITUARIES James H. and Jacqueline A. Cole O’Rourke

Saratoga Springs, NY – James H. and Jacqueline A. Cole O’Rourke passed away Tuesday, January 24, 2012. James was born July 28, 1927, in Saratoga Springs, the son of the late Francis J. and Helen V. Clare O’Rourke. Jacqueline was born August 7, 1934, in Corning, NY, the daughter of the late Gerald and Edith Gorham McNeil. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by one brother, the Rev. Colin O’Rourke and one sister, Ann. M. Pemberton. In addition to her parents, Jacqueline was predeceased by her husband, James. They spent all of their time together and were never apart. They are survived by James’ sister, Helen E. O’Rourke; their special friends, Tom

Lucas and Laura Darcy; nephews, Frank and S t e p h e n Pemberton; and several cousins. Relatives and friends may call from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 28, 2012, in the Church of St. Peter, 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow in the family plot at St. Peter’s Cemetery, West Ave., Saratoga Springs. Memorials may be made in James and Jacqueline’s memory to the Church of St. Peter, 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneralhome.com.

Palmyra D. Weliczka Wilton, NY – Palmyra D. Weliczka, 94, died peacefully at Maplewood Manor Monday, January 23, 2012. Myra was born December 2, 1917, in Utica, NY, the eldest child of the late Matthew and Anna Dylis. In addition to her parents, Myra was predeceased by her husband, Joseph; brothers, Matthew, Wytol (Vit) and Raymond; sisters-in-law, Anna Bendzunas, Rose Hutchinson, Betty and Martha Weliczka and Eve and Marie Dylis. Myra is survived by her son, Kenneth F. (Mary Ellen) Weliczka; grandchildren, Kenneth J. (Jennifer), Michael (Lee) and Lauren; great-granddaughters, Abigail, Emma and Anika Weliczka; and several

nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends may call from 4 -7 p.m. Sunday, January 29, 2012, at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, (518) 584-5373. The family will receive family and friends from 9-10 a.m. Monday, January 30, 2012, at The Church of Sts. Anthony & Joseph, 228 South Main St., Herkimer, NY, (315) 823-3410. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in the family plot at St. George’s Cemetery, Whitesboro, NY. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneralhome.com.

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Elizabeth Ann Rosse Saratoga Springs, NY Elizabeth Ann Rosse, 75, passed away December 26, 2011. Born June 3, 1936, in Plattsburgh, NY, Ann was the daughter of the late Howard and Elizabeth Shambo. In addition to her parents, Ann is predeceased by a sister, Mary Batten and two brothers, John and Kenneth Shambo. Survivors include her siblings, Robert (Jann) and Donald Shambo and Margaret MacDougal; children, Robert (Razz) Rosse, Brian (Grace) Rosse, Maryann Fernandez, Kelly (Glen) Delecce and Suzanne (Robert II) Bradley; 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and her for-

mer husband, William Rosse. Relatives and friends may call from 11 a.m.-noon Saturday, January 28, 2012, at the William J. Burke and Sons/Bussing and Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs (518) 584-5373. Funeral services will follow at noon at the funeral home officiated by Rev. Neil Draves-Arpaia. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Rd., Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneralhome.com.

Natasha J. Rose Saratoga Springs, NY – Natasha J. Rose, 38, passed away Friday, January 20, 2012. Born July 21, 1973, in Glens Falls, NY, she was the daughter of Stefani and the late Roger E. Rose. Natasha is survived by her daughter, Isabella; mother, Stefania; sisters, Vanessa and Sabrina; a niece, Madison; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Relatives and friends may call from

noon-4 p.m. Friday, January 27, 2012, at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, (518) 5845373. A funeral service will take place at 4 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneralhome.com.

Janice L. (Sorensen) Woodley Saratoga Springs, NY – Janice L. (Sorensen) Woodley, 83, died Saturday, January 21, 2012. Born May 9, 1928, in Perry, NY, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Arloine (Calkins) Sorensen. Survivors include her husband, Paul Woodley; children, Constance (Donald) Buchholz, Rebecca (Craig) Ritter, JoAnn (Bruce) Shirley and Douglas (Deborah Riegel) Woodley; grandchildren, Robert and Jessalyn Shirley, Samantha Mendez, George Buchholz, Julianna DuRose and Sarah Riegel; and great-grandchildren,

Andrew, Morgan and Sarah Buchholz, Aiden DuRose and Lauren Mendez. Funeral services were held Thursday, January 26, 2012, at the funeral home officiated by Rev. Derik Roy. Burial will be at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga Nationa1 Cemetery, Duell Rd., Schuylerville. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Home, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY, (518) 584-5373. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneralhome.com.

Anne Marie Arpei Okeechobee, FL – Anne Marie Arpei, 48, passed away peacefully at home Friday, January 13, 2012. Born August 26, 1963, in Saratoga Springs, she was the daughter of Malcolm and Virginia Kenyon Arpei. In addition to her parents, Ann is survived by her husband, Keith Eberhard; sisters, Dianna (Jeff) Narbon, Susan Arpei and Lisa Arpei-Furraro; brothers, Peter (Bonnie) Arpei and Malcolm (Sherrie) Arpei, Jr.; beloved Goddaughter, Nichole Arpei; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday, January 27, 2012, at t the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, (518) 584-5373. Burial will follow at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Rd., Schuylerville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Anne’s name to the Make A Wish Foundation of NE New York, One Mustang Dr., Cohoes, NY 12047. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneralhome.com.

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Hospital Meets Growing Demand by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY WILTON – Glens Falls Hospital received approval from the New York State Department of Health late last week to pursue a $600,000 expansion project at the Medical Center at Wilton, affording the facility the opportunity to meet a growing demand for services from a growing community. “When we first built the facility back in 2005, we had some additional space on the second floor at the Medical Center at Wilton that was not finished at the time,” said Paul Scimeca, vice president for physician practices and community health with the Glens Falls Hospital. “We kept it available as what we called a shell space for future expansion, and we’re thrilled to be able to now look at expanding it and to finish off that space.” What was once 3,500 square feet of empty “shell” space on the facility’s second floor will soon be transformed into additional clinical space for physicians and practitioners, including primary care and family practice space. “It will have new examination and treatment rooms, along with new examining room equipment as well,” said Scimeca. “Family practice and endocrinology are our two specialties at that facility, so [the expansion] will provide additional clinical space for our diabetes educators as well as our nutrition counselors.” Scimeca indicated that the 18,000-square-foot facility at 135 North Road has experienced tremendous growth since it first opened in 2005. In 2011 over

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30,000 patients passed through their doors, nearly twice as many as when they first opened for business. The growing demand for services mirrors the growth of the Wilton community itself, which the 2010 U.S. Census data revealed is the fastest growing population of any town in New York State. “The expansion is necessary simply because we continue to see very, very strong growth in the Wilton community. We’re thrilled to be a part of it and very pleased to be able to expand so that we can provide additional care for patients and the community,” said Scimeca. Construction on the project will begin as soon as the hospital finds a construction company to complete the job, something they hope to achieve in short order. Once started, it’s estimated construction will take a mere four months to complete, which means the space will ideally be open to the public in late May, early June. And with a total of 8 acres of

15th Annual Bartenders Ball! Event to Benefit Victims of Domestic Violence SARATOGA SPRINGS – The 15th Annual Bartender’s Ball is not only a great way to honor and celebrate the men and women who devote themselves to the service and hospitality industry, it’s also a great way to support local charity organizations benefiting domestic violence victims. The Bartender’s Ball is scheduled for Saturday, February 11 from 6:30 p.m. - midnight at the Saratoga Springs City Center, at the top of Broadway in downtown Saratoga Springs. This year, proceeds from the ball will go to the county’s only domestic violence shelter, Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services of Saratoga County. Tickets are $50 per person. Join the ball’s platinum sponsors, including Saratoga Casino and Raceway, for this winter’s most spectacular event. The Bartender’s Ball has been known to sellout, so reserve your tickets today by calling (518) 583-0280.

land at the Medical Center at Wilton location, future plans for expansion are still on the table. “Although we have no definite plans at this time, we do have the opportunity for further expansion,” Scimeca confirmed. While the hospital expects to add one new physician to the staff in the fall, there are no immediate plans to hire any additional staff members. But as with future plans for further expansion, new staff remains an option as the hospital continues to grow.

Rebuilding Together Names 2012 Board of Directors SARATOGA COUNTY Rebuilding Together Saratoga County is pleased to announce their 2012 board of directors, including new members, Jacqui Harris and Barbara Mitchell. Jacqui Harris is an occupational therapist with 27 years of experience. She has been employed by Saratoga Hospital for 17 years and works for Gentiva Healthcare Services as a home health occupational therapist. Barbara Mitchell has spent most of her career in marketing, and currently manages corporate communications for FingerPaint Marketing, a fully integrated marketing and advertising agency located in Saratoga Springs.

New officers elected for 2012 are President Lee Ecker, Partner at CHA; Vice President Maria Fontaine, school social worker from East Greenbush School District; Treasurer Dave Blair, accounting manager at W.M. Schultz Construction Co.; and Secretary Michael Tuck from Balzer Tuck Architecture. Other members who continue to volunteer for the board of directors are Jesse Boucher of Kodiak Construction, Matt Coseo of McMahon & Coseo, Kim Crocetta- attorney, Lisa Mitzen of Homestead Financial Services, Deb VanDeMar of SEFCU and Paul von Schenk of Adirondack Trust Insurance Co.


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Experience Saratoga Library continued from Page 1 dence, and certainly no accident. “What we did is we looked really closely at the borrowing patterns and the makeup of our overall collection,” said A. Isaac Pulver, the director of the Saratoga Springs Public Library. When Pulver joined the library in 2008, circulation numbers had plateaued for several years in the mid-600,000 range. But instead of seeing those numbers as an impenetrable ceiling, Pulver and his staff began to tweak the formula behind the library’s success. “The very first thing we did was we lifted any kind of borrowing restrictions on children’s material,” said Pulver. “Also, after looking at the trends, we actually decided to get out of the magnetic media business altogether – no more VHS, no more cassette tapes – and instead we put our resources into things that people actually wanted.” Instead, the library began to build a solid collection of DVDs and CDs – forms of media people were actually using in the new millennium. “The fastest growing parts of our collection in terms of circulation and use are the movies, which is because there’s no place else left in Saratoga Springs where you can rent or borrow a movie,” said Pulver. “We also changed the way we collected. We used to only add a movie to the collection if it had award nominations. We’ve gotten

“We’re always looking for more ways to say yes to people.” A. Isaac Pulver Director of Saratoga Springs Public Library

away from that and moved more toward buying things that are in demand. It’s more of a give-thepeople-what-they-want system,” he said. It sounds simple – give the people what they want – but the results have been dramatic. As less desirable materials are removed from the shelves, in-demand books, movies and music become more visible and easier for patrons to find. In the four years that Pulver has been the library’s director, annual circulation has increased by 206,825. And while part of that success is due to the library’s collection and less restrictive borrowing policies, it’s also largely because of a major philosophical shift in the library’s operation model. “Traditionally, libraries are a warehouse for materials. But we’ve kind of moved away from that model now. Today, it’s really more about creating experiences,” said Pulver. “To that end, we’re doing a lot more programing.” Welcome to what may be the understatement of the year. Julie

Moore, the community relations coordinator, is ready to announce over 200 programs open to the community for the spring season. “In total, I’d say we have somewhere close to 800 programs we offer year-round,” said Moore. “We have programing for adults, children, teens, and we have a very extensive computer education component.” The goal, said Moore, is simple. With courses for beginning and advanced computer users, parenting workshops, literacy programs, language and cultural programs, history seminars, film screenings, cartooning instruction, video game design labs and even improvisation acting classes, Moore always asks herself, “With so many different interests within the community, how can we address as many as possible in a way that’s not only fun, but educational as well?” “We want to develop partnerships with the community,” Moore added. “We want to let people know that we’re here, and we’re not just books. I think this is more of a place for an experience.” The library is also one of the few, if not only spaces within Saratoga Springs that allows nonprofit organizations to sign up to use a meeting space at absolutely no charge. Boy Scouts, knitting clubs, homeschool groups and more all call the Saratoga Springs Library their home base – nearly 400 organizations in total. Community programs for teens, children and adults, a modern selection of desirable materials and transforming the library into a place where experiences are made are all key to the library’s success. Other programs and unique features, including the Book Bag shop, the Higher Grounds Caffé coffee shop, the historic Saratoga Room and a wonderful outreach program that delivers materials to homebound patrons also play a huge role in keeping the library relevant. But in the end, the Saratoga Springs Public Library is as successful as it is thanks to one key element: “We’ve got a great staff,” said Pulver. “I think really, in addition to all of the great materials and programs we have to offer, the staff is probably the most important thing to making sure people continue to have a good experience with us.” To learn more about the Saratoga Springs Public Library or to view some of the programs they offer, call (518) 584-7860, or visit www.sspl.org.

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Most Borrowed Books for 2011 Top 10 Most Borrowed Adult Fiction 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson The Confession by John Grisham The Housekeeper and The Professor by Yoko Ogawa Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue Rescue: A Novel by Anita Shreve Tick Tock by James Patterson 10th Anniversary by James Patterson Hell’s Corner by David Baldacci Minding Frankie by Maeve Binchy Toys by James Patterson

Top 10 Most Borrowed Teen Fiction 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Angel: A Maximum Ride Novel by James Patterson Matched by Allyson Condie The Gift by James Patterson Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare Awakened: A House of Night Novel by P.C. Cast Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen Fallout by Ellen Hopkins

Top 10 Most Borrowed Children’s Fiction 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules by Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley’s Journal by Jeff Kinney Harry Potter and The Deathly Hollows by J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Upcoming Programs at the Library Chinese New Year with Margaret Pearson Monday, January 30 from 1-2 p.m. Margaret Pearson, author of “The Original I Ching: An Authentic Translation of the Book of Changes,” will present a program on the Chinese New Year and how the I Ching can help you clarify planning for this upcoming year. With 15 years of research and writing,

Winter Teen Improv Showcase Tuesday, January 31 at 6:30 p.m., H. Dutcher Community Room The 2012 Winter Teen Improv Showcase, directed by Terrie Gifford, will showcase the word of teen actors Caitlyn Ball of Saratoga Springs, Nick Cavotta of Ballston Lake, Connor and Rael Haley of Clifton Park, Rina Rhoades of Galway, Isaac and Wyatt Smith Queensbury, and Max Stirton of Slingerlands.

Anger Management for Children February 1, 8, 15, 29; March 7, 14 from 5:30-6:30 p.m., Susman Room (Glasby Room on Feb. 8 and March 14) The library is offering an anger management seminar for children in grades 5-8 and their parents facilitated by the Saratoga Center for the Family staff. Participants will learn how to identify triggers as well as develop coping skills, healthy expressions of anger and de-escalation techniques. Register in the Children's Room or by calling (518) 584-7860, opt. 3.

A.L.L. Information Session Thursday, February 2 at 1 p.m., H. Dutcher Community Room The Academy for Lifelong Learning at Saratoga Springs (A.L.L.) will host an information session about their programs. Registrations are now being accepted for the spring term which starts April 9, 2012, with groups meeting on Mondays through Thursdays. For information or to request a brochure, visit www.esc.edu/ALL or call (518) 587-2100, ext. 2415.

Community Cinema Series Wednesday, February 8 at 7 p.m. Screening of “More Than a Month” Filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tilghman sets off on a cross-country campaign to end Black History Month. His tongue-in-cheek journey explores the complexity and contradictions of relegating an entire group’s history to one month in a so-called "post-racial" America. Community Cinema is a groundbreaking public education and civic engagement initiative featuring free monthly screenings of films from the Emmy Award-winning series Independent Lens.



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FOOD

Friday, January 27, 2012

Love Venison? You Should Try Chevon (goat meat)!

Suzanne Voigt Farmers’ Market

Recently at the farmers’ market table, there was a discussion as to the virtues and love of venison (deer meat) and why it wasn’t being sold at the market. Venison is known for its lean, high protein content and its ability to make lowfat delicious stews and sausages. However, wild deer meat cannot be sold in any market as it is not slaughtered and covered under the USDA label. (Note, commercially sold venison is domestically raised, often in feed lots, fed grain and supplements and tastes quite different from wild.) But if you love wild venison then you might just really love chevon or goat meat! And the farmers’ market has goat meat! According to Liza Porter, owner of Longview Farm and a goat farmer, “customers think goat meat tastes and cooks up very much like venison—juicy, lean and delicious.” Longview

Farm goats are happy, naturallyraised goats, fed mother’s milk when young, then raised outside most of the year, getting nutrition from wild forage and pasture. The resulting meat is not just delicious; it’s chemical-free and totally healthy to eat! There are many cuts and ways to cook chevon. Longview Farm has a wonderful list of cuts and simple meals to make from goat meat available at their farmers’ market table and on their website. At this time of year, however, I would suggest a goat-meat based stew for an exceptional savory winter meal. Slow cooking chevon results in a stew with tender meat, bursting in flavor and little fat. Below is a time-tested goat stew favorite from Longview Farm. (Note: Chevon stew needs to be cooked very slowly AND at a low temperature to have it come out well—it’s perfect for throwing in a slow cooker on low in the morning for a savory dinner at the end of the day!)

Goat Stew Ingredients 2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper ½ teaspoon sugar 2 teaspoons dried thyme ¼ cup all-purpose flour 2 pounds goat meat 2 tablespoons olive oil

The French Press (Coffee’s favorite gadget)

2 cloves garlic, chopped 2 cups water 1 cup dry red wine 6-8 carrots, scraped and coarsely chopped 2 medium onions cut into thick wedges Celery or celeriac Potatoes cut into bite-size chunks

Directions Combine the salt, pepper, sugar, thyme and flour in a shallow bowl. Bring the goat meat to room temperature and mix with the seasoned flour until well coated. Heat the olive oil in a soup pot, add the meat and sauté until browned. Add the garlic, sauté for 1 minute. Pour in the water and wine. Simmer, stirring occasionally for 45 minutes to an hour, or until meat is tender. Add liquid if necessary. Add the vegetables and simmer for an additional 30 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Set on the back of the stove for several hours to mellow, if you have time, and reheat gently right before serving. (If you prefer to slow cook in a Crock-Pot, brown the seasoned floured meat with garlic and then transfer it into the Crock-Pot, add the liquid and vegetables on top, cook on low for approximately 4-6 hours or until the potatoes and meat are tender.

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John Reardon Compliments to the Chef Hello my foodie friends! I would like to talk about the Bodum French Press. I am mentioning the name brand because first, I believe that they are an outstanding company and most importantly they are a 100 percent family-owned business. Their products perform well and have great customer satisfaction. It is no secret that I love coffee! There are many ways to make coffee and the French press is one of the best. People who use a press know and act like it is their own secret. You can see it in the smile they have when they talk about it as they are purchasing one for a friend.

My customers have many different passions for their favorite products but French press people are especially knowledgeable and loyal. If I do not have the size they want they’ll tell me: “Well that’s OK, we can wait!” They won’t go somewhere else and they will check to see when I get it in. So what it is about this gadget that’s so appealing? French pressmade coffee captures a lot more of the flavor, aromas and oils from coffee beans than drip coffee makers. You lose a lot of the robustness using a paper filter. The French press is easy to use. Just follow these simple directions: • Use coarse ground coffee (fine grounds will escape through your screen) • Add hot water and stir • Wait about four minutes and press coffee slowly to the bottom • Enjoy a great cup of coffee You should probably consume your coffee within 20 minutes as it could become bitter. Although, some coffee drinkers prefer it that way – so do whatever your taste buds want! You can also vary the strength by adding more or less coffee. If you’re a tea drinker, don’t worry – you’re not being left out! They also make a tea press, which is becoming quite popular. Do what is best for you (and your taste buds), but remember: family businesses, like Bodum, care about their products because they put a little bit of themselves and their heritage into them. Stop in to my family business, and let’s have some coffee talk. Take Care, John


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New Visitor Center Aims to Recharge Local Economies by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY SCHUYLERVILLE – The Historic Saratoga-Washington on the Hudson Partnership has received a $350,000 grant to create a visitor’s center located on the site of the former Saratoga Town Hall. The partnership will couple that money with $191,000 in state funds received last month to create a new gateway visitors center, one that they’re hoping will help jump-start the local economy. The money was awarded as part of the $785 million Gov. Andrew Cuomo allotted to the state’s regional economic development councils back in December. “This is one of the things that we’ve spoken about for years now, driving the economy up and down the river. All of these small villages’ economies have been hit hard over the last 30 years,” said Tom Richardson, chairman of The Historic Saratoga-Washington on the Hudson Partnership. The center’s main goal will be to promote tourism, not just for Saratoga Battlefield, but for the surrounding towns and villages where lesser-known historic events took place. The partnership is made up of 15 municipalities located in Saratoga and Washington counties, many of which have their own historic landmarks that tourists may not otherwise get the chance to see. “Well it’s going to provide a home in which to house both people and exhibits promoting all of the culture and historical assets we have in the area here,” said, Saratoga Town Supervisor Thomas Wood. “It will serve a location in which tourists can stop in and learn about all the attractions and opportunities that are available to them, and hopefully they will go visit these places and spend some money,” the supervisor continued. The partnership is committed to protecting the battlefield and making sure it remains as pristine as it did when the Battle of Saratoga took place back in 1777. The partnership also hopes to prevent some of the commercialization that has plagued other battlefields or historic sites. “If you’ve ever been to Gettysburg, there’s a T-shirt stand on every corner, and that’s what we’re hoping to avoid,” said Richardson.

The site of the future visitor center holds historic ties to the American Revolution. The building sits on top of the actual location where General John Burgoyne’s British army surrendered to the United States in October 1777. The landmark is often referred to as the “Sword Surrender” site, as General Burgoyne physically surrendered his sword to American General Horatio Gates, which eventually led to the United States’ victory in the Revolutionary War. A painting of the event hangs in the United States Capitol building rotunda. Despite the property’s historical significance, the existing structure comes with quite a few logistical problems. The building currently located there is in dire need of renovation. The foundation for the building has shifted, leaving questions about whether to knock it down, or lift the existing building up and excavate underneath to make sure the structure rests on solid footing. The Town of Saratoga moved their offices from the location in September of 2008, citing the building’s continued deterioration and that is was simply not big enough to accommodate the town’s business any longer. Construction is expected to take a large chunk of the available funds for the project, but Supervisor Wood did not indicate a preference of the two options, and says he will wait until the engineers and architects determine which is more reasonable. “If it’s more economically efficient to demolish that building and start all over again, I’d be in favor of that, or if we can use that building in some way, I would support that as well,” said Wood. Richardson feels the money they’ve raised so far will be sufficient, but is hopeful the partnership will receive more grant money for the project. The property will cost around $115,000, and from there the rest of the money will go to either the renovation of the building, or construction of a brand-new facility. Once purchased, the deed to the land will actually be held by Friends of Saratoga Battlefield, a nonprofit organization that supports the historic site through programming, and fundraising initiatives. Between the Saratoga Battlefield and the Locks to Lakes passage, over a quarter million people will

visit the area this year, and Richardson thinks it’s time tourists know more about what happened in these surrounding towns and villages. “What we’re trying to do is work together with these communities to protect the battlefield, but also to become an economic engine to help all these small communities make a comeback,” said Richardson.

The partnership was formed in 2006, when then assemblyman Roy McDonald and current assemblyman Steven Englebright worked with former Senator Joe Bruno, to preserve, enhance and develop the historic, agricultural, scenic, natural and recreational resources and the significant waterways within the partnership region.


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Adirondack Christian Fellowship 8 Mountain Ledge, Wilton Contact: 587-0623; acfsaratoga.com Services: Sunday 8 a.m. & 10 a.m.

Adirondack Friends Meeting 27 Saratoga Ave., South Glens Falls, NY 12803 Website: www.adirondackfriendsmeeting.org Regina Baird Haag, pastoral minister Parsonage Phone: 518-793-3755 Email Address: AdirondackFM@nycap.rr.com Service times: 10:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings The Alliance Church 257 Rowland St., Ballston Spa Contact: 885-6524. Services: Morning worship 10:30 a.m. Assembly of God Faith Chapel Rev. Jason Proctor 6 Burgoyne St., Schuylerville Contact: 695-6069 Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Assembly of God Saratoga 118 Woodlawn Ave Saratoga Springs NY 12866 Contact: 584-6081 Sunday Worship 10 a.m., coffee served at 9:45 a.m. Bacon Hill Reformed Church 560 Route 32N, Bacon Hill, NY Contact: 695-3074 Rev. Janet Vincent Worship service 10 a.m. Sunday School 10 a.m. All are welcome. Handicapped accessible Baha’i Community of Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-9679; 692-7694; usbnc.org. Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa Contact: 885-7312; ballstoncenterarpchurch.org Services: Sunday Worship Service, 10:30 a.m. Ballston Spa United Methodist Church 101 Milton Ave. Contact: 885-6886. Services: Sunday 10:00 a.m. Bethesda Episcopal Church 41 Washington St., Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-5980. Services: Sunday, 6:30, 8 & 10 a.m. Church of Christ at Clifton Park 7 Old Route 146, Clifton Park Contact: 371-6611, cliftonparkchurch ofchrist.com Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Christ Community Reformed Church 1010 Route 146, Clifton Park Contact: 371-7654; ccrc-cpny.org. Services: Sundays 9:15 & 11 a.m. Christ Episcopal Church Corner of Routes 50 and 67, Ballston Spa Contact: 885-1031. Services: Sunday 8 & 10 a.m. Congregation Shaara Tfille 84 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-2370;

saratogasynagogue.org Services: Sat. 9:30 a.m., Mon. & Thurs. 7:30 a.m., 3rd Fri. each month 7:30 p.m. Handicapped Accessible

Corinth Free Methodist Church 20 Hamilton Ave., Corinth 654-9255; 792-0271 Services: Sunday at 10 a.m. Corinth United Methodist Church 243 Main Street, Corinth Contact: 654-2521; cfumc@cnyconnect.net Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Cornerstone Com munity Church Associate Pastor Paul Shepherd located in the Malta Commons Contact: 899-7001 mycornerstonechurch.org Services: Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Community 2001 Route 9 Round Lake (Exit 10 of Northway) Contact: 877-8506, ccorpusc@nycap.rr.com Mass Schedule: Sat. 4 p.m., Sun. 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Weekday Masses: MonFri at 9 a.m. Eastern Orthodox Christ the Savior 349 Eastline Road, Ballston Spa Contact: 786-3100; xcsavior@yahoo.com. Services: Sunday: 9:15 a.m. First Baptist Church of Saratoga Springs 45 Washington St., Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-6301. Services: Sunday: 11:00 a.m. First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa 202 Milton Ave. (Rt. 50), Ballston Spa Contact: 885-8361; fbcballstonspa.org Services: 10:15 a.m. First Presbyterian Church of Ballston Spa 22 West High Street, Ballston Spa Contact: 885-5583 Services: Sunday at 10 a.m. Full Gospel Tabernacle 207 Redmond Road, Gansevoort 518-793-2739 Service: Sunday 10:00 a.m. Bible Study: Thursday 6:30 p.m. Grace Brethren Church Rev. Dan Pierce 137 W. Milton Road, Ballston Spa Contact: 587- 0649 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Handicapped accessible. Grace Community Church of Malta Wed. 7:30pm - Good Times Restaurant, Lake Rd. 2nd Floor Fri. Saratoga Chapel - 7:30 p.m., corner of Eastline & Lake Rd. Sun. 10 a.m. - Comfort Suites, Clifton Park Northway Exit 11 next to Chili's Greater Grace Community Church Pastor David Moore 43 Round Lake Rd. Ballston Lake (Malta Mall) Contact: 899-7777; .ggcc-malta.org Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Highway Tabernacle Church 90 River Road, Mechanicville

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Friday, January 27, 2012 Contact: 664- 4442. Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Hope Church 206 Greenfield Avenue, Ballston Spa Contact: 885-7442. Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Jonesville United Methodist 963 Main St., Clifton Park Contact: 877-7332. Services: Sunday 8:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Living Springs Community Church 59 Pine Road, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584- 9112. Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Living Waters Church of God 4330 State Rt. 50, Saratoga Springs Contact: 587-0484; livingwaterscog.us Services: Sundays 10 a.m. Malta Presbyterian Church Dunning Street, Malta Contact: 899-5992. Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Malta Ridge United Methodist Church 729 Malta Avenue Ext., Malta Contact: 581-0210. Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Middle Grove United Methodist Church Pastor Bonnie Bates 429 Middle Grove Rd., Middle Grove Contact: 581-2973 Services: Sunday 9:00 a.m. Handicapped accessible New Horizon Church 150 Perry Road, Saratoga Springs Contact: 587-0711. Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. New Life Fellowship 51 Old Gick Road, Saratoga Springs Contact: 580-1810; newlifeinsaratoga.org. Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Childcare is available at all services. NorthStar Church Shenendehowa High School, West Auditorium, Clifton Park Contact: 371-2811; northstarchurch.com Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Old Saratoga Reformed Church 48 Pearl St., Schuylerville Contact:oldsaratogareforme church.org Services: Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Handicapped accessable. Old Stone Church Affiliated with the American Baptist Churches 159 Stone Church Rd., Ballston Spa Contact: 583-1002 Sunday: 9 a.m. Adult Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Service 11:45 a.m. Coffee & Fellowship in Living Stone Hall Wednesday: Noon Potluck Luncheon 1 p.m. Choir rehearsal, 2 p.m. Bible Study Group PresbyterianNE Congregational Church 24 Circular St., Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-6091; pnecc.org Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Quaker Springs United Methodist Church Pastor Jim Knapp 466 Route 32 South, Quaker Springs

Contact: 695-3101; qsumc.com Services: Sundays 9 a.m. Handicapped accessible. River of Hope Fellowship 100 Saratoga Village Blvd. Malta Commons, Suite 3, Malta Contact: 881-1505; riverofhopefellowship.com Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Roman Catholic Church of St. Peter 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-2375. Services: Eucharistic Celebrations: Saturday 5 p.m.; Sunday 7:30, 9 & 11 a.m. St. Clement’s Roman Catholic Church 231 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-6122. Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8, 9:30, 11:15 a.m. & 5 p.m. St. George's Episcopal Church 912 Route 146, Clifton Park Contact: 371-6351; stgeorge@csdsl.net Services: Saturday at 4:30 p.m., Sunday at 8 & 9:30 a.m. St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church 3159 Route 9N, Greenfield Center Contact: 893-7680; sjoegctr@nycap.rr.com rcda.org/churches/St.JosephsChurch Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 10:30 a.m. Handicapped accessible St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church 167 Milton Ave., Ballson Spa Contact: 885-7411; stmarysbsta.org Services: Saturday 4 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m. Handicapped accessible St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church 771 Route 29, Rock City Falls Contact: 893-7680; sjoegctr@nycap.rr.com; rcda.org/churches/ St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 149 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-0904 Services: Saturday evening at 5 p.m. with Holy Communion. Sundays at 8:30 & 11 a.m. with Holy Communion. St. Peter Lutheran Church 2776 Route 9, Malta Contact: 583-4153 Services: Sunday mornings 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. St. Thomas of Canterbury 242 Grooms Road, Halfmoon Contact: st-thomas-of-canterbury.org Service: Sunday at 10 a.m. Saratoga Abundant Life Church 2325 Route 50 South, Saratoga Springs Contact: 885-5456; saratogaabundantlife.org Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. Saratoga Chabad 130 Circular St., Saratoga Springs Contact: 526-0773; saratora@aol.com saratogachabad.com Saratoga Friends Meeting (Quaker) Corner of Routes 32 and 71, Quaker Springs

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Contact: 587-7477; 399-5013. Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga United Methodist Church Henning Road at Fifth Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-3720; saratogaumc.com. Services: Sunday 9 & 10:45 a.m. Handicapped accessible. Saratoga Seventh-Day Adventist Church 399 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs Contact: 882-9384;saratogasda.org Sabbath School: 10 a.m. Worship Service: 11:30 a.m. Shenendehowa United Methodist 971 Route 146, Clifton Park Contact: 371-7964. Services: Sunday 7:45, 9 & 10:45 a.m.; Acts II Contempory 10:45 a.m. Simpson United Methodist Church Rock City Road, Rock City Falls Contact: 885-4794. Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Soul Saving Station for Every Nation Christ Crusaders of America 62 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-3122 Services: Sunday 10 a.m & 6:30 p.m. Temple Sinai 509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-8730. Services: Friday 8 p.m. Handicapped accessible The Salvation Army Worship, Service & Community Center 27 Woodlawn Avenue, Saratoga Springs Mail - PO Box 652 (518) 584-1640 Sunday School - 10:00 a.m. Praise & Worship - 11:00 a.m. Captain Aaron A. Boone, Sr. Captain Amber S. Boone Commanding Officers/Ministers Trinity United Methodist Church Rev. Gail Falsetti-Pastor 155 Ballard Rd., Gansevoort Contact: 584-9107; tumcwilton.com Service: Sunday 10:00 a.m. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs 624 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-1555; saratoga-uu.org Services: 10 a.m. Religious education and nursery care at the 10 a.m. service each Sunday Unity Church in Albany 21 King Avenue, Albany Contact: 453-3603: Services: Sunday, 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. West Charlton United Presbyterian Church Rev. Thomas Gregg, Pastor 1331 Sacandaga Rd., West Charlton Contact: 882-9874; westcharltonupc.org Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Wilton Baptist Church 755 Saratoga Rd, Wilton Contact: 583-2736; wiltonbaptist@gmail.com; wiltonbaptistchurch.com Services: Sunday Service 11 a.m.


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Friday, January 27, 2012

American Cancer Society: Saving Lives

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by Christina James Saratoga TODAY In Saratoga County, eight people die from cancer each WEEK and 23 more are diagnosed. It’s hard to imagine what those numbers would be without the help of the American Cancer Society (ACS). Founded in New York City in 1913, the ACS was the brainchild of 15 physicians who were hoping to do more. Establishing a mission of four key elements, research, education, advocacy and patient and family services, the newly-created ACS began helping people combat this still foreign adversary. Today, the ACS’s influence on cancer treatment and prevention is incredible. “We inform people about screening ages and resources,” explained ACS’ Road to Recovery Coordinator Audrey Shaw. “We also ensure that federal and local governments continue to fund cancer programs adequately to continue successfully reducing the incidents of cancer.” The ACS’ scope goes even further. They provide transportation assistance so that cancer patients can get to their medical appointments; they offer insurance assistance, financial assistance and even help cancer patients feel better about themselves by providing them with wigs and makeup. “The American Cancer Society is right here, right now, serving cancer patients and their families,” said Shaw. An incredible chance for you to help this invaluable organization is happening Friday, February 10, from 7-10 p.m. The Saratoga-Wilton Elks are hosting an American Cancer Society fundraiser, that’s really more of a party. Live entertainment, giveaways and refreshments- all for a great cause! Local Donny “Elvis” Romines, the famous tribute artist, is graciously providing the event’s music. “The entertainment that Donny Elvis gives the audience is beyond words,” said event chair Helen Levendos. “He not only sings for the audience, he gets them involved.” Fabulous items including watches, Craftsman tools, champagne, and gift certificates to local restaurants and businesses, have all been donated as giveaway prizes. “All of our items were given to us by restaurants, businesses and individuals donating to a great cause,” said Levendos. “And 100 percent of all the money raised goes to the American Cancer Society.” If you or someone you know has been affected by this disease, here is your chance to help! Doors open at 6 p.m. and tickets are $15 and available at the door. For more information or to make a reservation, call Helen at (518) 745-7821. To find out what else your American Cancer Society is doing, go to www.cancer.org.

Upcoming Blood Drives *Receive coupon for free pound of Dunkin Donuts coffee when you give blood at any of the following locations: Shenendehowa Teachers Association Gowana Middle School, 970 Route 146, Clifton Park Friday, January 27, from 1-5 p.m. Living Waters Church of God 4330 Route 50, Wilton Saturday, January 28, from 8 a.m.-noon

YMCA of Saratoga Wilton Branch 20 Old Gick Rd., Saratoga Springs Friday, January, from 1:30-6:30 p.m.

Calvary Episcopal Church 85 Lake Hill Rd., Burnt Hills Saturday, January 28, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Target - Saratoga 3031 Route 50, Saratoga Springs Tuesday, January 31, from noon-5 p.m.

When you buy a $15 ticket, you don’t just get access to a night of fun and prizes- your money directly funds the efforts of the American Cancer Society. In the last year alone, the Capital Region of the American Cancer Society: • Gave 2,997 rides to cancer patients to and from their treatment appointments. • Gave 365 free wigs to women. • Informed 2,633 local individuals – persons with a cancer diagnosis, family members and friends – with information about diagnosis, treatment, support services, financial assistance or other services available. • Provided 97 ladies with a free makeup and skin care kit valued at $250 and vital self-esteem boosting during a Look Good, Feel Better session • Provided 561 newly-diagnosed individuals with Personal Health Managers Nearly $4.4 million comes to Capital Region researchers through seven active cancer research grants. The American Cancer Society is the largest private funder of cancer research in the United States.


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PUZZLES PUZZLES PUZZLES

Sudoku

Friday, January 27, 2012

“Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, 'Make me feel important.'” Mary Kay Ash

Words to know: quahog: n. An edible clam

Crossword

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Scrabblegram

Movie Review

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We Bought A Zoo

ACROSS 1 More than irk 7 Ending with neur11 Ring leader? 14 “Take it easy!” 15 Bonus, in adspeak 16 Actress Lupino 17 Wichita-based aircraft company 18 Accordion-playing satirist 20 Soft spreads 21 Pact 22 Idaho crop 24 Santa __: West Coast winds 25 “Sonic the Hedgehog” developer 28 Western symbol 30 Hikerʼs chewy snack 32 Chart used for comparisons 36 “I didnʼt need to know that!” 37 Family leader? 38 Early Beatle Sutcliffe 40 Lower land? 41 Steakhouse section 43 Coming-of-age ritual 45 Medium 49 Grub 50 Italian bubbly source 53 The Dike Kokaral divides its two sections 55 Earthʼs life zone 57 Float __ 61 Where many shop 62 One making big bucks? 63 Payable 64 Default consequence, for short 65 Theyʼre often distinguished by degrees 66 Slalom curve 67 God of lightning 68 Fix, in a way, as a lawn

“Life is an adventure.” A cliché if ever there was one. But for some people, it just so happens to be true. And Matt Damon is portraying one such person in this latest family effort from acclaimed writer/director DOWN Cameron Crowe. 1 Danish shoe brand Benjamin Mee (Matt Damon) is an adventure columnist for a strug2 Seasonal number gling newspaper, if that’s not redundant, and father of two children. His 3 Obeyed a court order wife recently passed away due to illness leaving him to raise those chil4 One who didnʼt get in dren on his own. His daughter Rosie (played by Maggie Elizabeth Jones) 5 Infomercial knife is regularly losing sleep thanks to the hard-partying college students in the house next door. His son Dylan (played by Colin Ford) is a 14-year-old artist who’s develBroom Hilda oped a taste for the macabre of late and who has recently been expelled from school. Rather than keep his job at the paper, which he would’ve held onto despite their financial problems thanks to his editor’s sympathy, Mee decides to sell his home and find more picturesque surroundings for him and his family. After rejecting several houses for being dull or dime-a-dozen, they find a home situated on the grounds of a struggling zoo and embark on their greatest adventure yet. It’s cutesy, I’m not denying that. But while Zookeeper had nothing else going for it, this is entertaining and interesting and I enjoyed it very much thanks to Crowe’s screenplay and direction, a typically interesting effort from Damon and an excellent supporting cast in Elle Fanning, Thomas Hayden Church and Scarlett Johansson. (7.1/10) For comments and questions, contact me at movies@roohanrealty.com .

At The Movies With Trey Roohan

Raising Hector

Animal Crackers

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6 LAX listing 7 Trendy place to get gas? 8 Kicks off 9 One of the Gallos 10 Drink with sushi 11 Torn asunder 12 Minneapolis suburb 13 Things to face 19 “My World of Astrology” author 21 Turkey diner, probably? 23 WWII invasion city 25 Certain NCOs 26 “Forever, __”: 1996 humor collection 27 Author Sheehy 29 Bust __ 31 Ironically, they might be even 33 Inventing middle name 34 Three-__: sports portmanteau 35 Derisive cries

38 Prepare to be shot 39 Some twitches 42 Like copycats 44 Enthusiastic 46 God, in Judaism 47 Sleazeball 48 Maine resort 50 Humble place 51 Skull cavity 52 Popular rubbers 54 Canadian poet Birney 56 Saucy 58 Pub offer 59 Trouble spots for teens 60 Reason for being denied a drink 62 Row of black squares preceding or following six puzzle answers, thereby completing them


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Friday, January 27, 2012

Planning for Preschool

Jenny Witte Mamatoga Preschool can sneak up on you pretty quickly; one day your little one is just starting to use words and then all of a sudden it’s time to think about sending them off for their first school experience. It can be a daunting task too, choosing the right school. Maybe your child has never spent that much time away from you, maybe you’re not sure which type of school is right for their personality, maybe you’re overwhelmed by the sheer number of great options out there. Don’t worry; even though it can seem like a lot to take in, there are some ways to make choosing the right school easier. A good question to ask when starting out is how does the school approach learning? Some philosophies are more play-based and some introduce reading and math earlier than others. There are multiple philosophies with early education. Some preschools might follow specific educational models like the Montessori Method or the Waldorf Approach. Some schools might use Dr. Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences or Dr. Mel Levine’s All Kinds of Minds strategies in the classroom. Since all children learn differently, doing a little research on the different teaching methods and philosophies might help you make the best decision for your child. Looking at how discipline is handled in the classroom is another important aspect when picking a school. According to co-author of “Preschool for Parents,” Diane Trister Dodge, “Children need to learn how to work out their problems, not be isolated from them.” The best teachers know how to deflect problems before they become conflicts. You also want to make sure that their style of handling conflicts between students and discipline is similar to your own philosophy. It’s important that you agree with a school’s disciplinary

approach and trust their judgment since small children have a hard time with mixed messages; they might get confused if they are getting timeouts at school but a different response at home. Part of being a preschooler is about testing boundaries, and you want to make sure that the teachers handle this in a way you feel comfortable with and support. Class size is another important consideration. The National Association for the Education of Young Children issues these guidelines for teacher/student ratios: 1:6 for 2-year-olds (with a maximum class size of 12 children) and 1:10 for 3 to 5-year-olds (with a maximum of 20). Research shows that smaller classes can make a difference, especially if they are combined with other key elements of a quality preschool program, such as well-qualified teachers who are sensitive to student needs and learning styles. ìStudies do show that when groups are smaller, and teacher to student ratios are lower, teachers provide more stimulating, responsive, warm and supportive interactions in the classroom,” said Steve Barnett, the director of the National Institute for Early Education Research. A great question to ask is: what is a typical day like for students at the school? Find out how your child’s day will be structured if they attend that school. Although introducing some structure is an important part of preschool, a good program will include enough time each day for ìexploration, free play and peer interaction,” said Jack Shonkoff, M.D., the head of the National

Academy of Sciences committee on integrating the science of earlychildhood development. Keep in mind that each individual school sets their own tone and has their own method. So, do your research and see which program might be the best fit for your little one. Maybe your child would thrive with more structure, or maybe your more freespirited little one would feel comfortable in a less structured, more creative environment. Finally, the most important thing is to trust your own instincts as a parent when choosing a preschool for your child. You know what works for your child better than anyone else. From when their naptime is (or was) to when they are hungriest, or how much structure or lack of structure they need, you are the best expert on your own child. Never underestimate that expertise. There are no quantifiable answers for what preschool will be the best fit for every child. What worked best for your best friend’s child might not work best for yours. Many moms depend on the advice from fellow mothers, and rightfully so, but when choosing a preschool you have to keep your child’s individual personality in mind. Your friend might rave about one school and how much she loved it, but it might not be a good fit for your little one. If you ask the right questions and keep your child in mind, you are sure to make the right choice! Jenny Witte is the founder of Mamatoga.com, an online resource for moms with local ideas for where to shop, eat and learn in Saratoga.

Pre-Register Your Child for Kindergarten SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Saratoga Springs City Schools are pre-registering all students who will start kindergarten in September 2012. Children who will be 5 years of age on or before December 1, 2012, are eligible to attend kindergarten during the 2012-2013 school year. Pre-kindergarten census forms, which will be sent home with elementary and preschool students on February 3, should be completed and returned by February 27 to the school the child will attend. Parents who did not receive forms are asked to contact one of the elementary schools listed below by February 17 with the child's name, address, phone number, date of birth and gender. Caroline Street School: (518) 584-7612 Division Street School: (518) 583-4794 Dorothy Nolan School: (518) 584-7383 Geyser Road School: (518) 584-7699 Greenfield School: (518) 893-7402 Lake Avenue School: (518) 584-3678

Local Preschools Apple-A-Day Nursery School 45 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs (518) 583-9442 The Beagle School 115 Regent Street, Saratoga Springs (518) 587-7507 www.beagleschool.com Church Mouse Nursery School 202 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa (581) 885-8362 Country Knolls Nursery School 19 Thunderbird Drive, Ballston Lake (581) 877-7401 Saratoga County EOC Head Start 10 Franklin Street, Saratoga Springs (581) 583-2370 Hansel & Gretel 66 Seward Street, Saratoga Springs (581) 584-0934 Katrina Trask Nursery School 24 Circular Street, Saratoga Springs (518) 584-8968 Little Angels Nursery School 22 West High Street, Ballston Spa (5810 885-3540 Malta Montessori 100 Saratoga Village Boulevard, Ballston Spa (518) 633-1971 www.maltamontessori.com

Saratoga Independent School 459 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs (518) 583-0841 www.siskids.org Saratoga Regional YMCA Preschool 290 West Avenue, Saratoga Springs (518) 583-9622, ext. 114 Small Wonders Christian Preschool 175 5th Avenue, Saratoga Springs, (581) 584-3720 St. Clement’s Regional Catholic School 231 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs (518) 584-7350 www.stclementsschool.org St. Paul’s Lutheran Christian Childhood Center 149 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs (581) 584-0904 www.spelcss.com St. Mary’s School 40 Thompson Street, Ballston Spa (518) 885-7300 www.smsbspa.org Storybook Academy Nursery School 421 Geyser Road, Ballston Spa (581) 587-0707 Teddy Bear Day Care Center 4 Mountain Ledge Drive, Wilton (581) 584-2273

North Country Academy 7 Care Lane, Saratoga Springs (518) 584-9982 www.northcountryacademy.com

The Early Childhood Center at Skidmore College 815 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs (518) 580-5140

Saratoga Abundant Life Preschool 2325 Route 50, Saratoga Springs (581) 885-5456

The Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs 122 Regent Street, Saratoga Springs (518) 587-0549


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STEM Academy and THINK Series Open Registration for Spring Enrichment Programs by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – The STEM Academy and THINK Series are set for their spring enrichment programs this February, welcoming Saratoga Springs students grades 2-8 to take advantage of a wide range of courses that focus on important 21st century concepts in science, technology, engineering, math, language arts, the humanities and more. The Saratoga Springs City School District and WSWHE BOCES Gifted and Talented Department have teamed up to offer five weeks of enrichment programs through the STEM Academy and THINK Series programs, with an introduction session to the various courses scheduled for Wednesday, February 15, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Maple Avenue Middle School cafeteria.

Both sets of programs are designed to challenge students to think, innovate, create, learn, explore and gain useful knowledge to become successful global citizens. STEM Academy will host a

series of fun, exciting and engaging programs for students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Programs will include Building Robots, Computer Game Design, Forensic Science and Anthropology, Aerodynamics, LEGO Mindstorms, Naval Engineering, courses in nanotechnology and more. The THINK Series will focus more on language and cultural arts, featuring courses where students can learn either Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Spanish languages, partake in tango fusion dance classes, creative writing workshops, improvisation classes and more. Online registration for STEM Academy is available at w w w. w s w h e b o c e s . o r g / s t e m . Online registration for THINK Series programs can be found at w w w. w s w h e b o c e s . o rg / t h i n k . Registration for both ends February 17. For information about the 2012 spring courses through the STEM Academy or THINK Series, contact Kim Wegner, gifted and talented program manager for WSWHE BOCES at (518) 581-3580.

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Searching for a Super Twenty-nine Candidates Apply to Fill Burnt HillsBallston Lake Superintendent Position BURNT HILLS - A total of 29 candidates have applied to be the new superintendent of schools for the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake School District for the start of the 2012-2013 school year. The board of education began their search for a new candidate following the announcement in early September that Jim Schultz, the school’s current superintendent with 40 years of experience at the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake School District, will be retiring as of June 30, 2012. The board of education is holding their first round of interviews for the position this month. After reviewing each of the 29 applicant’s credentials, the board has whittled down the field to 15 candidates, who will take part in the first round of interviews. Applications for the position were due by December 30, 2011. The Board of Education is working with Capital Region BOCES Superintendent Dr. Charles Dedrick on the search for a new district leader to replace Schultz when he retires at the end of the current school year. "This is an impressive pool of candidates," said Dedrick. "There are a number of individuals here with extensive experience. I look forward to meeting the applicants and working with the board to identify the candidate who will be the best fit for Burnt HillsBallston Lake." The single largest group of applicants includes sitting superintendents in other school districts, Dedrick indicated. Other applicants are currently assistant superintendents or school principals. Most of the applicants are from New York State, but some have applied from as far away as the West Coast. There were no internal applicants.

The board of education will progress through three rounds of interviews before a final candidate is selected. Board of education members have held the first round of interviews at the BOCES facility in January, and will identify the semi-finalists to advance to round two. Round two for the interviews will take place at the Burnt HillsBallston Lake district offices February 6 - 8. Three teams of stakeholder group representatives will each interview the semi-finalists and later share their findings with the school board. The three stakeholder teams will be facilitated by Burnt HillBallston Lake Assistant Superintendents Richard Evans and Jacqueline St. Onge, along with Human Resources Director Amy Baluch. Each team will have 14-15 staff and non-staff members including teachers, administrators, support staff, high school students, PTA representatives, and community-atlarge representatives. Board of education members will hold the third round of interviews with finalists in early March. They expect to announce the name of the winning candidate at their meeting on April 3. To follow the school’s progress as they continue to search for a new superintendent for the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake School District, visit www.bhbl.org/District/superintendentsearch.htm for a timeline and up-to-date information.

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Building a Better Tomorrow High School Academic Fair SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Saratoga Springs High School Guidance Department will hold an “Academic Fair” in the cafeteria from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Thursday, February 2. Parents/guardians and students currently in grades eight through eleven are invited to attend. Current eighth-graders and their parents are invited to a special presentation from 6:30 - 7 p.m. in the Loewenberg Auditorium. Department heads and representatives of each of the following areas will be present to answer questions: English, Social Studies, Mathematics, Foreign Language, Art, Business, Technology, Family and Consumer Sciences, Science, Music, Physical Education, Health, Guidance, Special Education, and BOCES Career and Technical Education. They will address questions about course curriculum, what year to take courses, appropriate electives, state mandates, and how to enroll in advanced placement, honors or selective courses. For further information, contact the guidance office at (518) 5876690, ext. 3310, 3351 or 3359.

HVCC to Offer Monday Night Academic Advisement at TEC-SMART MALTA - Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC) will offer academic advisement from 58 p.m. on Monday evenings at its TEC-SMART educational facility in Malta. TEC-SMART - Training and Education Center for Semiconductor Manufacturing and Alternative and Renewable Technologies - is the college’s satellite educational facility located in NYSERDA’s Saratoga Technology + Energy Park on Hermes Road in Malta. An academic advisor will be available to meet with students not enrolled in a degree program, offering advice on course selection and scheduling for upcoming terms. Prospective students can also stop in to apply for admission to the college during academic advisement. Classes at TEC-SMART include those aimed at careers in the semi-

conductor manufacturing and clean energy fields as well as business, the humanities, and the liberal arts, including English, psychology, math and more. For more information, or to make an appointment to speak with an academic advisor, call the college’s Office of Continuing Education, Summer Sessions and Workforce Development at (518) 629-7338.

Maple Ave. Musical Club Presents Peter Pan! SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Musical Club at the Maple Avenue Middle School will present six performances of “Peter Pan” on two weekends in February. The show is scheduled for Friday, February 3 at 1 and 7 p.m.; Saturday, February 4 at 7 p.m.; Friday, February 10 at 7 p.m.; and Saturday, February 11 at 1 and 7 p.m. Directed by Candace Calvin and produced by Kathy Fogarty, the show features more than 100 students in the cast and crew. Tickets, available at the door, are priced at $7 each. They can also be purchased in advance by calling Lisa Capasso at (518) 281-0397.

B’Spa Middle School Wins Future City Competition Award by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY BALLSTON SPA – The mystical lost city of Atlantis may have fallen to the bottom of the sea, but as far as the Ballston Spa Middle School’s Future City team is concerned, an underwater location is prime real estate for designing an innovative, energy efficient city of the future. The Future City team recently competed in the Capital District’s Future City Competition, where the students redesigned the city of Ballston Spa into an underwater marvel, able to function and thrive below the churning waters above. Using the ocean to supply the city with a clean and virtually unlimited supply of energy, the team was awarded the “Best Water Management Plan” honor. Led by coach and middle school teacher Jeff Gargano, the team was also assisted by David Zink from Philips Healthcare – MRI, who served as an engineering mentor for the team. The team itself, made up of 10 Ballston Spa Middle School students, included Josh Bush, Owen Cobart, Erik Hallas, Kyle Hudson, Dominic Maiello, Abbey Mayer, Jodi

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Ballston Spa’s Future City team stands proudly by their 3-D model of an underwater city. Onzo, Danica Smith, Stephan Washburn and Anna Zink. The Future City Competition, which is part of the nationwide National Engineers Week, strives to provide students with a basic understanding of engineering concepts in a fun and exciting way while encouraging a hands-on approach. The competition is geared to encourage sixth, seventh and eighth grade students to consider careers in engineering.

The topic for this year’s competition was all about finding new and/or creative ways to power a city of the future. The Future City project has four phases: to design, build, write, and present such a city. Scores from the computer city design (100 pts.), essay-narrative (90-points), 3-D model (120 points) and verbal presentation (90 points) were totaled to determine the regional winner.


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18 Nikita Convertible Furnishings partners with Stockade Imports

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Friday, January 27, 2012

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Healthy Living Boutique Opens on West Ave. by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY

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The new faces of 543 Broadway: Nikita, Joanne and Deborah. SARATOGA SPRINGS – Nikita Indoor Outdoor Convertibles has closed its 508 Broadway storefront to partner with Stockade Imports. Citing high rent on Broadway, furniture designer Nikita Grigoriev and his wife Joanne have joined Deborah Barthold of Stockade Imports at her 543 Broadway showroom. They officially closed their doors on December 31.

“Although Nikita and I feel a twinge of sadness at not having a dedicated showroom, we are absolutely delighted to be partnering with Deborah Barthold of Stockade Imports,” said Joanne. With the addition of the modern Nikita line, Stockade Imports expands its selection of international and fair trade products – hand woven rugs, curtains, draperies and chandeliers – to include solid hardwood furniture made in upstate New York. Nikita also brings a line of high-quality outdoor fabrics. For more information, visit www.stockadeorientalrugs.com or call (518) 583-2044. For more information about Nikita Indoor Outdoor Convertibles, visit www.justleanback.com.

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Healthy goods for a greener world – that’s the motto of For Earth’s Sake, a new earth-friendly food and gift boutique located at 120 West Ave., suite 102. Greenfield resident Tina Bakkalapulo quietly opened the store Saturday, January 14, to unveil a large selection of chemical-free, gluten-free, organic and “clean” foods, supplements, beauty products and gifts. The mother of two, who recently transitioned her two daughters and husband into a green lifestyle, designed the store with her family in mind. As someone who regularly shops for healthy foods and “clean” products, Bakkalapulo said there was nothing more disappointing than not being able to find what she needed. There are a few empty spaces on the shelves of For Earth’s Sake and Bakkalapulo plans to fill them with products that locals can’t find anywhere else. She is asking customers to tell her what they would like to see in stock. “I want to be the store that can carry it for them,” Bakkalapulo said. But Bakkalapulo won’t put just anything on the shelf. She thoroughly researches each brand and product to make sure it’s clean, healthy and high-quality. “I want to make sure I’m confident in what I’m selling,” she said, emphasizing her pride in the products she has already selected. The store is divided into sections: supplements, foods and household supplies, gifts for men and women, and beauty products. For Earth’s Sake carries a variety of all-natural supplements, including the new Natural Patches, Vermont-made essential oil patches that come in eight blends, among a variety of vitamins and

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Kristen Manz, one of four local employees at For Earth’s Sake, models a line of eco-friendly upcycled accessories with store owner Tina Bakkalapulo. health-promoting products. In the foods section, you’ll find bulk grains, organic spices, teas, baby foods, pet and cleaning supplies, and a number of local goods also sold at the farmers’ market including maple syrup from Rascher’s Sugarhouse, honey from an apiary in Ballston Spa, eggs and beef from Brookside Farms, and the famous Puckers Pickles that are made in Washington County, in addition to wild salmon and organic chicken. The store also boasts an assortment of gluten-free foods – everything from cookies and chocolate covered pretzels to frozen pizza, macaroni and cheese, pasta and more. Plus, you’ll find a line of chemical-free drink mixes: “If you’re going to have a cocktail, it might as well be a healthy one,” Bakkalapulo said. According to Bakkalapulo, health comes from within and so does beauty, which is why she’s committed to providing her customers with all-natural toiletries and makeup. For Earth’s Sake carries a variety of highly sought-after chemical-free beauty products – everything from non-toxic nail polishes and all natural soy polish remover

to lotions, shampoos, and skincare specially designed for tweens. The selection includes makeup for both adult woman and girls – products by Mineral Fusion, Priti NYC, Tata Harper, and Good for You Girls. Within the coming months, Bakkalapulo plans to host a series of mini-facial parties to educate her customers about the different lines and the benefits of using natural products. “Your skin is your largest organ and people don’t realize that if you put something on your skin that’s full of chemicals, your body will absorb it,” she said. That applies to men as well. Bakkalapulo has dedicated a corner of her store to masculine toiletries. Last but not least, For Earth’s Sake is home to an array of unique USA-made gift items, including two watch brands: WeWood watches (the company plants a tree for every purchase), and Sprout eco-friendly timepieces, which are made of corn resin, organic cotton and mercury-free batteries. The mix also includes messenger bags, wallets and belts made of upcycled materials – bicycle tires and seatbelt straps; clocks made of vintage vinyl, bowls built from bicycle chains, scarves and handmade jewelry. Bakkalapulo is thrilled to offer these high-quality products and many more as she continues stocking her shelves. Stop in and see what she has to offer. For more information about For Earth’s Sake, visit www.forearthssake.com or call (518) 306-6605.


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Friday, January 27, 2012

Local Business News Roohan Realty Welcomes Kasia Israel SARATOGA SPRINGS – Roohan Realty is pleased to announce that Kasia Israel, newly licensed sales associate, has joined its growing team. Kasia is an energetic new Realtor who specializes in personalized client care. She was born in Poland where she received her master’s degree in social psychology. After college, she worked as a project manager in Warsaw's banking district before discovering her passion for homes, architecture and the building trade. Kasia's commitment and individualized attention to all her clients makes her the perfect choice if you are buying or selling a home. Kasia lives in Saratoga Springs with her husband, Adam, and 11-month-old son, Kai.

T-Shirt Graphics Announces New Hire BALLSTON SPA – T-Shirt Graphics is pleased to announce that they have hired Deborah Iuliano as their director of marketing and executive account representative. T-shirt Graphics, based in Ballston Spa, has been producing some of the finest screen printed, embroidered apparel and promotional products since 1984. Their long history of working with Fortune 500 companies, along with a host of mid-sized and small businesses has made their company one of the premier custom garment companies in the Capital Region.

AccuStaff Opens in Malta, Responds to Regional Growth MALTA – AccuStaff, an employment services company headquartered in Colonie, announced this week the opening of its newest location at 2374 Route 9 in Malta. The company, which has additional offices in Albany and Johnstown, has planned the expansion in response to growth throughout the region. AccuStaff has been listed among the top temporary staffing agencies by the Business Review for the last three years and aims to continue their long run of success as they expand their services into Saratoga County. Since 1979, AccuStaff has been providing local businesses with temporary, temp-to-hire, and direct hire recruitment services. The company has provided staffing solutions for everything from basic administrative/office support and light industrial positions to highly technical project management, business analysts, and beyond. “Being a locally-owned business,

we wanted to be on the doorstep of future local growth. As the business climate in Malta is changing minute by minute, we wanted to position ourselves to be where the growth is. Our new location will allow us to dive even further into the local employment base within Saratoga County and the surrounding area and provide our client partners with great talent resources,” said Heather Rafferty, owner of AccuStaff. AccuStaff is an affiliate of Randstad US, the third largest staffing agency in North America.

MBPA Elects New Leadership MALTA – The Malta Business and Professional Association (MBPA) announced this week that it has elected Kevin Harkins of Principal Financial Group as its new president, among a handful of appointments to its 2012 board of directors. Joining Harkins on the association’s executive board are: Dan Wagner of State Farm Insurance – Dan Wagner Agency, first vice president; Ray Patterson of Capital Consulting Group, second vice President; Kristyn Kamber of Trust Co. Bank, treasurer; Paul Loomis, of Gilbane Building Co., immediate past president; and Pamela Grandin of Hunter Learning Solutions, secretary. Dan Wagner and Ray Patterson were each elected to three-year terms on the 2012 MBPA Board of Directors. In addition, the following four individuals were appointed to unexpired board positions: Stephanie Ferradino of Jones Ferradino Attorneys-at-Law; David Fragomeni of Fragomeni Insurance and Financial Services; Steve Gottman of Ginley & Gottman, PC; and Kristyn Kamber. The other members of the board of directors are: Pete Bardunias of the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County; Ray Liuzzo of C.T. Male Associates; Patricia McFee of Pioneer Bank; Anthony Panza of Panza’s Restaurant; Brad Sexauer of Saratoga Hospital; and Todd Shimkus, of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce. “We’ve assembled a talented and dedicated team of volunteers to lead the Malta BPA in 2012,” said Harkins. “We’re already planning for a successful series of breakfast meetings, the annual Taste of Malta event, the Malta BPA 5K and many other events of value to our members and this extraordinary community.” For more information about the Malta Business and Professional Association, visit www.maltabpa.com.

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19 Saratoga TODAY Announces Employee Promotion SARATOGA SPRINGS Saratoga TODAY newspaper is proud to announce that Daniel Schechtman has been named the new editor of Simply Saratoga magazine. This bi-monthly publication celebrates the people, the places and lifestyle of Saratoga Springs; it is our company’s signature magazine, and we’re thrilled to have Daniel at the helm. “This is a great move for Daniel and I am confident that his skills and personality will allow him to seamlessly roll into his new position,” said Chad Beatty, owner and publisher of Saratoga

TODAY. “He has proven himself over and over to be a dedicated team player and this is a well deserved promotion.” In addition to his responsibilities covering news and education, Daniel has also recently transitioned from sports to Pulse, our weekly entertainment section. This change comes as our newest team member Andrew Marshall moves into his role as sports writer. You can reach Daniel Schechtman via phone at (518) 581-2480, ext. 203, or email at reporter@saratogapublishing.com

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20 upcoming town meetings Town of Ballston: Ballston Town Hall 323 Charlton Road 885-8502 www.townofballstonny.org 1/31: Public Hearing on Solar Panels, 7 p.m. 1/31: Town Board, 7:30 p.m. Village of Ballston Spa: 66 Front Street 885-5711 www.ballstonspany.org 1/30: Village Board, 7:30 p.m. Town of Greenfield: 7 Wilton Road 893-7432 www.townofgreenfield.com 1/31: Planning Board, 7 p.m. 2/2: Town Board Agenda, 7:30 p.m. Town of Malta: 2540 Route 9 899-2818 www.malta-town.org 1/30: Town Board Agenda, 6:30 p.m. 2/2: Town Board Special meeting, 7 a.m. Town of Milton: 503 Geyser Road 885-9220 www.townofmiltonny.org City of Saratoga Springs: 474 Broadway 587-3550 www.saratoga-springs.org 1/31: City Council, 7 p.m. 2/1: Design Review Commission, 7 p.m. Town of Saratoga: 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville 695-3644 www.townofsaratoga.com Village of Schuylerville: 35 Spring Street 695-3881 www.villageofschuylerville.org 2/1: Board of Water Management, 7 p.m. Town of Stillwater: 66 East St., Riverside Mechanicville, NY www.stillwaterny.org 1/23: Zoning Board, 7:30 p.m. 2/2: Town Board Agenda, 7 p.m. Town of Wilton: 22 Traver Road 587-1939 www.townofwilton.com 2/2: Town Board, 7 p.m. Saratoga County Board of Supervisors: 40 McMaster St., # 1 Ballston Spa, NY (518) 885-2240 www.saratogacountyny.gov 2/1: Personnel & Insurance Committee, 3 p.m. 2/1: Economic Development Committee, 4 p.m.

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Adirondack Trust Awards Grant to Domestic Violence Youth Services The Adirondack Trust Company (ATC) Community Fund recently awarded a $2,000 grant to support the youth services programs of Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services (DRVC)of Saratoga County, a Saratoga-based nonprofit organization. Domestic violence between adults can be very difficult for the children involved; they do not have to be direct targets of abuse to be affected. In fact, witnessing domestic violence can impact a child in ways similar to direct abuse. Like adults, children who live with domestic violence may struggle with confusion, anger, anxiety and depression. Age-appropriate support can make a tremendous difference in their healing. Specialized youth services help children address safety concerns, identify and appropriately express feelings and emotions, increase self-esteem, and cope with loss and separation. With funding sources like the ATC Community Fund, DVRC can continue to support our youth. All DVRC services are confidential, nonjudgmental,and free of charge. Contact the 24-hour hotline at (518) 584-8188 for assistance.

Saratoga Springs Public Library offers Tax Prep Assistance 49 Henry Street, Susman Room Saratoga Springs Public Library will be holding its annual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program led by Drake Nilsson a certified IRS volunteer. This is a free service for taxpayers (with incomes of $50,000 or less) that is geared toward helping anyone in need. To participate in the VITA program at Saratoga Springs Public Library, individuals will need to pick-up a numbered ticket from the library’s information desk on the day they plan on getting assistance. Tickets are limited to 25 per day. Sessions will be held Saturdays and Sundays, beginning February 4 through April 15 from noon-3 p.m. Bring your social security cards and all appropriate official documenta-

tion necessary- such as picture IDs, receipts, statements, etc. For more information, call (518) 584-7860.

National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame to Close Through February The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will be closed to the public from January 23 through the end of February for the installation of a new exhibit and updates to museum galleries. The museum’s preschool program will still be held on Fridays as scheduled. The museum will reopen to the public with winter hours of 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and Sunday from noon-4 p.m. beginning on March 1. For more information, visit www.racingmuseum.org.

Do You Know Who Your Ancestors Are? Heritage Hunters genealogy and local history group is now receiving dues for 2012. Yearly membership is $15 and includes monthly program meetings, a bi-monthly 24page newsletter, a surname exchange index and a reduced fee for the yearly genealogy conference. This year’s October conference speaker will be well-known genealogist and writer Dick Eastman. Email cwald36709@aol.com or call (518) 587-2978 for membership information.

Sustainable Saratoga Update In 2008, Saratoga Springs received a $20,000 Urban Forestry Grant from the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The grant provides funding to assist the city in developing a master plan for the city's trees (specifically, the street and park trees under city responsibility). In order to develop the most informed plan, the grant required the city to conduct the first-ever comprehensive inventory of the city's trees and to analyze the economic and environmental benefits provided said trees. Sustainable Saratoga is providing volunteer labor and the expertise to conduct the inventory and analysis that will help develop the master plan. The DEC and the city agreed that this volunteer effort, lead by Casey Holzworth, could serve as an in-kind contribution to fulfill the city's obligation to provide $20,000 in matching funds. A steering group has been hard at work for the last few months to ensure that the deadline is met. Group members are Casey Holzworth, Amy Durland, Rick Fenton, Jim Zack, Rayna Caldwell,

Alex Chaucer, Blue Neils and Tom Denny. Sustainable Saratoga expects to be a lot more visible with this project in the coming weeks. Data collected will be presented with presentations to the public and published information. If you have questions or want more information about this important project, email saratogatreesurvey@gmail.com.

Upstate Equine Medical Center Nutrition Seminar Upstate Equine Medical Center, 362 Rugg Rd., Schuylerville The fourth annual winter nutrition client educational seminar will take place February 15 in the conference room at the Rugg Road hospital. Two speakers will be featured: Dr. Krishona Martinson will lecture on “Improving Hay Feeding Efficiency” and Mr. George Peters will speak about “Horse Sense: Applying Normal Equine Behavior to Training Techniques.” The format is interactive so lively discussion is expected! Upstate Equine Medical Center veterinarians will also be in attendance to address any questions. There will be door prizes and refreshments. RSVP is encouraged by calling (518) 695-3744 or emailing UpstateEquine@aol.com by February 11.

Grieving Children and Families Support Program The Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs The Community Hospice of Saratoga is offering a six-week support group for children grades K-8 who have experienced the death of someone significant in their lives, including a parent, grandparent, sibling or friend. Children meet in agespecific groups, sharing thoughts and feelings using art, music, games and discussion. A Parent Educational Support Group is offered concurrently. Groups, which are free of charge and open to the community, begin March 1 and run for six weeks. Registration is required. Contact Sarah EtkinSefcik at (518) 581-0800 for more information.

Championship Ice Racing at Glens Falls Civic Center Cancelled The Championship Ice Racing event scheduled for Saturday, January 28, at the Glens Falls Civic Center has been cancelled due to a scheduling conflict. All ticket holders who purchased their tickets via

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Saratoga Springs Retired Teachers Association Meeting Longfellows Restaurant, 500 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs Meeting is on Monday, February 6, at noon. Membership is open to retired educators who taught in and/or live in Saratoga County. For new member information and luncheon reservations, please call (518) 587-5356.

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

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

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

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Murder Mystery Evening Gideon Putnam Resort, 24 Gideon Putnam Rd., Saratoga Springs Home Made Theater is hosting their annual benefit Murder Mystery Evening “Fatal Fortunes.” Guests may choose between Friday, January 27 and Saturday, January 28 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 and reservations are limited. For more information, call Home Made Theater at (518) 587-4427.

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

Saturday, January 28 Frost Faire 2012

Saratoga National Historical Park, Stillwater Enjoy snow tubing on the "Big Hill," a bonfire, hot refreshments, nature hikes and more from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Visit www.nps.gov/sara or call (518) 664-9821 ext. 224 for more information.

Poetry Reading and Celebration One Big Roof, 433 Broadway, Ste. 302, Saratoga Springs From 5-7 p.m. three poets, Elaine Handley, Marilyn McCabe and Mary Sanders Shartle, will read from their individual and collected works in celebration of the publication of their collaborative book of poetry “Tear of the Clouds.” For more information, visit www.oneroofsaratoga.com.

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

ners lesson at 7:30. All dances taught and newcomers are welcome. Wear sneakers or other softsoled shoes only, please. Adults $10, students $7, children under 15 $6. For more information, call (518) 885-4430 or visit www.danceflurry.org.

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

Winter Teen Improv Showcase

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Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St., H. Dutcher Room A talented group of teens will present an improvisational show at 6:30 p.m. The show is free and open to the public. For more information, call (518) 584-7860.

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Olde Saratoga Seniors Meeting Saratoga Town Hall, Schuylerville The Olde Saratoga Seniors will gather with a potluck lunch at noon for a business meeting.

Storyteller Betty McCanty

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

SUNY Empire State College, 2 Union Ave., Room 126, Saratoga Springs The Academy for Lifelong Learning at Saratoga Springs (A.L.L.) continues its brown bag lunch and learn series with a session from Betty McCanty. Grab your bag lunch and stop by for this special program beginning at noon.

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

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Book of Changes Program Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St., H. Dutcher Room Author Margaret Pearson author of “The Original I Ching: An Authentic Translation of the Book of Changes,” will present a program from 1-2 p.m. on the Chinese New Year, and how the I Ching can help you plan for the upcoming year. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call (518) 584-7860, ext. 248 or visit www.sspl.org.

Tuesday, January 31 St. Clement’s Open House 231 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs Looking for a school that matches your values? Drop in during Catholic Schools week for a tour of the school Tuesday, January 31 or Wednesday, February 1 from 911:30 a.m. or 12:30-3 p.m. If these times aren't convenient, call (518) 584-7350 to schedule a time that fits your schedule.

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Annual Moonlight Ski and Snowshoe Camp Saratoga, Scout Rd., Wilton The popular Annual Moonlight Ski and Snowshoe has been scheduled for Saturday, February 4, from 69:30 p.m. Enjoy 2.5 miles of lit, groomed trails. The terrain is suitable for all levels and ages and includes a smaller 1-mile loop. Call (518) 450-0321 for more information. This event is free and open to the public.

Café Malta Show

13th Annual Ham Dinner

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All are invited to eat at the club house or call ahead for takeouts at (518) 695-3917.

Katrina Trask Open House 24 Circular St. Saratoga Springs This open house, from 9-11 a.m. and 6-7 p.m., is for the registration of 3 and 4-year-olds for the 201213 school year. For more information, visit www.ktnurseryschool.org or call (518) 584-8968.

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Annual Skidmore Student Exhibition Skidmore University, Schick Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs The Student Exhibition goes on display today! Prizes and gift certificates for outstanding work will be announced at the opening reception from 5:30-7 p.m. For more information about the exhibit, visit www.skidmore.edu/schick.

Saratoga Springs High School Academic Fair SSHS Cafeteria The Saratoga Springs High School Guidance Department is holding an academic fair in the cafeteria from 7-8:30 p.m. Parents/guardians and students currently in grades eight through 11 are invited to attend.

Friday, February 3 Fish Fry The Fish Creek Rod and Gun Club, Route 32, Victory Enjoy a delicious fish fry from 5-7 p.m.: Fried fish, clams or chicken tenders are only $8. Clam chowder will also be available for $5 a quart.

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1 Bayberry Dr., Ballston Spa This year’s show, slated for Saturday, February 4, from 7-8:30 p.m. will feature Everest Rising, a tightly-knit quartet influenced by folk, jazz and rock. Other local bands will also be performing at the Malta Community Center. Desserts and coffee will be available. Tickets are $6 in advance and $8 at the door. Call (518) 899-4411 for more information.

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Musical Club Presents “Peter Pan” 515 Maple Ave., Saratoga Springs The Musical Club at the Maple Avenue Middle School will present six performances of “Peter Pan” on two weekends in February. The show is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, February 3; 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, February 4; 7 p.m. Friday, February 10; and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, February 11. Tickets are $7 at the door and can be purchased in advance by calling Lisa Capasso at (518) 281-0397.

Prom Fashion Show Hilton Garden Inn, Clifton Park Is your daughter driving you crazy with weekend prom shopping extravaganzas? Ditch the mall and go to the second annual Prom Fashion Show Sunday, February 5 from 1-3 p.m. This event features this year’s prom styles (dresses and tuxes), door prizes and a raffle to win a prom gown of your choice ($400 value) from Fancy Schmancy in Albany! Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door and proceeds benefit CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services.


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Send listings to entertainment@saratogapublishing.com En Vogue Comes to Saratoga Casino and Raceway The popular 90’s female R&B group, En Vogue, will perform at Vapor Night Club Thursday, February 2. Their most notable hits include "Free Your Mind," and "My Lovin (You’re Never Gonna Get It)," both which were top 10 hits on the Billboard charts from their second album release, "Funky Divas."


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GRAVITY Lets Loose Saratoga Sound at CD Release Party

by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - For six years GRAVITY has plugged away at the Saratoga music scene, performing in some of the area’s most popular venues with their eclectic collection of sharp, finely tuned cover songs. Known for their energetic stage presence and wildly popular song selection, the band is set for their biggest night yet - a CD Release Party for Saturday, January 28 at Prime at Saratoga National. “Ever since the band started, people would ask us for CDs,” said Justin Joyner, lead vocalist and guitarist for the band. “So I bought the necessary equipment and we recorded many, many shows over the last couple of years from several different venues.” It’s taken well over a couple of years to complete, but the band now has a product put together for all of their hard work. With live performances recorded at Vapor, the Paddock Lounge, Gaffney’s, the Horseshoe Inn, Bullpen Tavern, Irish Times, the Ice House and, of course, Prime at Saratoga National, this limited edition CD, ‘Live in Saratoga,’ features the best of the best from all across Saratoga Springs. “I don’t believe anyone else has ever done this, where it’s actually a compilation CD from all the major Saratoga venues,” said Joyner. “But I really wanted to encompass the feel of a live GRAVITY show on a CD. I wanted people to find a way to experi-

ence GRAVITY when they’re not able to get to a live show or when we’re not playing a live show.” And capturing that live Saratoga sound of a GRAVITY show wouldn’t be complete without a few fan favorites making their way to the track listing. Expect “Hard to Handle” by the Black Crowes and “Basket Case” by Green Day, not to mention the band’s crowd pleasing version of “Play that Funky Music White Boy” by Wild Cherry as just a few of the tracks coming your way. “We try to hit such a wide range of music from the last five, six decades, but we also try to give them our own little flair,” said Joyner. “We have two guitarists in the band, and we take guitar solos to make these songs our own in that way.” GRAVITY is made up of Joyner, Christian DeFrancqueville on vocals and bass, Scott Fivel on vocals and guitar, and Will Railton on drums. The lineup has remained the same over the bands six-year history, making Saturday’s release party the culminating achievement for the entire group. “We want this to be our biggest event ever as a band,” said Joyner. “It’s been six years in the making for us, and we definitely plan to keep going forward.” Doors open at 8:30 p.m. for the CD release party, with GRAVITY set to hit the stage for their performance at 9 p.m. Cover charge is $5 at the door, and includes a complimentary drink ticket that patrons can redeem at the bar. The first 20 guests to

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GRAVITY is set to release “Live at Saratoga” Saturday, January 28 during their CD release party at Prime. enter will earn a free CD - but don’t sweat it if you’re numbers 21 and up. CDs will be on sale all night long at half price - only $5

a pop. To sweeten the deal even further, one lucky fan will win a Best Buy gift card during a giveaway later in the night.

For more information, visit GRAVITY’s website at www.gravityny.com.


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Skidmore Student Exhibition Hits Schick Art Gallery for February 2 Opening by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS Over 175 student pieces of art entered, only 64 will make it through. Such is the selection process for the 2012 Skidmore Student Exhibition show, a careful and highly competitive process that, come Thursday, February 2, will showcase the best of the best student artwork at the Schick Art Gallery. It’s one of the most highly anticipated art shows for Skidmore and the community at large, celebrating the talent, imagination and creativity of the student body. “Perhaps the common theme throughout is that the show really emphasizes the skill and imagination that our students have,” said Peter Stake, associate professor of art and the director of the Schick Art Gallery. “But really it represents a wide range of work from all different levels.” Rebecca Shepard, the curatorial assistant at the Schick Art Gallery, was also impressed by the wide range of pieces submitted and selected for this year’s show. “It’s a whole range of media, for one thing,” said

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Student artwork on display at Skidmore’s Schick Art Gallery Shepard. “We have drawings, paintings, prints, ceramics, sculpture, fibers, jewelry, photographs - certainly the full gamut.” While the majority of the artwork submitted was from art majors at Skidmore, any student taking an art course on campus was welcomed to submit a piece for consideration. This year, to help with the selection process, professional artist and College of St. Rose art professor Deborah Zlotsky was brought in as a juror of the pieces. “She was really looking for quality, a mastery of the material, craftsmanship and an individual

voice,” said Shepard. Currently the faculty is in the process of readying the gallery for the February 2 show, typically one of the most popular art shows on campus. “I’m going to be putting it up in the next week, arranging the space to hopefully show off each piece at its maximum,” said Stake. “It’s going to be a fairly diverse show, and a crowded show,” he added. Prizes and gift certificates totaling more than $1,000 will be presented to several of the artists for their work during next Thursday’s opening celebration. Awards, including Honors in

Painting, will be announced at the opening, with prizes and gift certificates being funded by campus organizations and community businesses such as Allerdice, Adirondack Community Trust and more. “This is a really fun opening because it’s attended by a lot of students,” said Shepard. “The juror will be here as well, and she’s very happy and interested in speaking with students, both those whose work was accepted and those whose work was not accepted.” The Skidmore Student

Exhibition will hold its opening night reception Thursday, February 2 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at the Schick Art Gallery. The event is free and open to the public. Following the reception, the gallery will continue to display the artwork until Sunday, March 4. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 1 - 4:30 p.m. on weekends. To learn more about the 2012 Skidmore Student exhibition, visit www.skidmore.edu/schick.

Home Made Theater: And Then There Were None by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - Home Made Theater (HMT) is back, bringing to life (or to death?) one of Agatha Christie’s classic works, “And Then There Were None,” hosted at the Spa Little Theater beginning Friday, Februray 10. Directed by Dianne O’Neill Filer, this classic “whodunit” brings 10 strangers to a mysterious island before one by one, these troubled characters begin to die. But how, why, and who could be behind such a foul plot will leave you guessing until the very end. Ticket prices are $23 and $26. For reservations or further information, call HMT at (518) 587-4427 or visit www.homemadetheater.org.

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Mystery and murder are afoot in Agatha Christie's “And Then There Were None,” leaving audience members to ponder, “whodunit?” as the show unfolds at the Spa Little Theater.


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Ted Horowitz, aka “Popa Chubby,” back at the Van Dyck Popa Chubby boasts a wide and varied repitoir, and has been known to move from Hendrix straight into an instrumental version - delicate at first, then artfully raucous - of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow." If it sounds forced here, know that Popa has the skill to make it seem like a perfectly natural development come show time. Chubby can also tear it up on a straight blues classic, but his guitar work never substitutes speed for emotion. Popa makes every note count. Don't be fooled by the big man's playful image or mirthful banter: Popa Chubby is one deadly serious artist. Popa Chubby Band @ The Van Dyck: Friday, January 27, 2012 Two shows: 7 & 9:30 p.m. $17 advance, $20 door and day of show photo provided

SCHENECTADY - For the first time in years, Popa Chubby brings his entire band back to the Van Dyck, eschewing his solo act (for the time being) in favor of a loud, full and driving sound that is set to shake loose the roof. (If only the Van Dyck had known, they might have held off on all those fancy renovations.) Ted Horowitz, better known as the blues/rock guitar wiz "Popa Chubby," dominates any stage he’s on, and not just because he's very tall and very wide. Often classified as a postmodern blues artist, Chubby doesn't limit himself to just playing 12-bar recitations of blues standards. For the Popa, it’s all about intensisty, about bringing the most out of any given song. With recent performances at the B.B. King's Blues Club & Grill in Manhattan behind him, Chubby is set to bring that intensisty back to the Van Dyck.

Sole & Bone, Tap & Trombone SARATOGA SPRINGS Shake away those winter blues with guest tap artist Stefanie Weber and trombonist Mike Fahn as they share their creative process from their act, "Sole & Bone, Tap & Trombone." Hailing from Brooklyn and the Berkshires, Weber and Fahn will teach two master tap classes sharing their musical ideas and process. In addition, they will open a tap jam, performing a 20 minute set from their act before they open the floor to bring dancers in and guide them along the creative process. Co-sponsored by the Skidmore College Tap Troupe, Stompin' Soles and Saratoga Jazz Tap,

classes will take place Sunday, January 29, in the multi-purpose room of the Skidmore College Dance Department. Intermediate/Advanced Tap (ages 10-15) will be held from 12:30 -2 p.m., Advanced Tap for Teachers, Teachers Assistants & Dancers (ages 16 - adult) from 2:15 - 3:45 p.m. and the "Sole & Bone Tap Jam" (open to all ages 10-adult) 4:15 - 5:30 p.m. Fees for classes are $25 each, or $45 for a 90 minute class, plus the "Sole & Bone Tap Jam." Pre-registration is necessary. To register or for more information, contact Tina Baird at (518) 581-1791.

10:30 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m. This is a free event, with activities geared for the whole family. If there’s snow, make sure you bring your own snow tube or plastic sled to take a ride down the “Big Hill,” which is normally the first stop on the Saratoga Battlefield tour route. For safety reasons, the park rangers ask that no metal or wooden sleds be brought to be used during the event. Park ranger Eric Schnitzer says the event will take place with or without snow, and will feature both indoor and outdoor activities. Located at the base of the Big Hill will be games, winter nature hikes, a giant soldier puzzle, bottle fishing, and ice bowling for the kids, along with other special exhibits. In case a chill sets in on you or your little ones, the park will feature a “Warm-up Tent” stocked with hot cocoa, cookies and other refreshments sure to help you keep warm. The event will also feature

authentic horse-drawn carriage rides. Visitors can park their car and take a relaxing carriage ride from the parking lot all the way to the Big Hill and back again. A guided snowshoe tour is scheduled for 10:30 a.m., but the park asks that you reserve your spot ahead of time. In keeping with the park’s historical background, musket and cannon demonstrations will take place every half hour on the lawn outside of the visitor center. The visitor center will also have activities for the kids all day long including: contradancing, a colonial handwriting demonstration, a craft room featuring decorative tin piercing and copper embossing and a bonfire to make sure you stay nice and warm. At noon, children can look forward to a winter nature hike along

the battlefield that will feature prizes and hidden treasures to be found along the way. The event annually attracts hundreds of visitors. For more information on this or other events at Saratoga National Historical Park, please call the visitor center at (518) 6649821, ext. 224 or check out their website at www.nps.gov/sara.


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We want to wish Madison a very happy 8th birthday!

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It’s a Girl! Christine E. Beattie and DJ Johnson are proud to announce the birth of their beautiful baby girl Emma Ann Johnson. Emma was born at 2:13 p.m. January 9, 2012. She weighed 8 lbs. 9 ounces and was 21.5 inches long.

The proud grandparents are Margaret and John Beattie of Gansevoort, and Lillian and David Johnson of Saratoga. Emma joins her sister Alivia Emlyn at home. Congratulations!

Leadership Saratoga Names New Advisory Board Members You are growing into an amazing little girl and you are very loved by your family and friends.

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She can’t wait to see Mim and Grandpa Bob on #27. Happy Birthday Madison. Love, Mommy, Daddy, Vince a roo roo, Pepe, Grandma and Papa, Aunt Tiff, Uncle Dan and Gramps.

Wesley Health Care Center resident Jo Danna has published her book “The Sicilian Project.” Dedicated to anthropologist Margaret Mead and others, Jo details what happens when ancient ways collide with the modern world. After enrolling in a graduate program, Jo found anthropology a fascinating subject and took course after course until it was time to submit a research proposal for the dissertation. Her proposal was to find clues that would shed light on why immigrant children from rural pre-industrial communities do poorly on standard written IQ tests and how immigrants adapt to cultural change. “The Sicilian Project” is in two parts, revealing aspects of Jo’s life first in America, then in Sicily.

Leadership Saratoga announced the addition of four new members to its Advisory Board: Daniel Fortier, Jennifer Joseph Perry, Tara Pleat and Dan Wagner. Fortier is the general manager of Longfellows Inn in Saratoga Springs. He recently completed his 9th year of service to the Saratoga Hospital Foundation Board and also served on the Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau Board for three years. Perry is a member of the Domestic Violence Rape Crisis Services Center of Saratoga County Board of Directors. She is a founding member of Saratoga Springboard and a past president of the Saratoga City Ballet Board of Directors. Pleat is an attorney who practices in Clifton Park. She is currently the vice president of the Children’s Museum of Saratoga Board of Directors and is also a member of the Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services of Saratoga County Board. Wagner owns a local State Farm Insurance agency in Ballston Lake. He is the first vice president for the Malta Business and Professional Association Board of Directors and also has done youth mentoring and volunteer work for Ballston Spa School District Junior Achievement.

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Gianna Jeff and Heath Ames, owners of Cantina Restaurant, present Franklin Community Center’s Bo Goliber with a check for $514. Cantina donated 30 percent of the proceeds from their January 18 sales to benefit Franklin Community Center’s vital programming. Send all of your LOCAL hometown people news to: SARATOGA TODAY 5 Case Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 *Att. Christina or call: 581-2480 Or email to: cjames@ saratogapublishing.com. Don’t be left out…contact Christina today

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SPORTS Community Sports Bulletin

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Blue Knights Squirts C Team Wins Mass. Freeze out Tournament SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Saratoga Blue Knights Squirt C Team won the 2011 Western Mass Freeze Out ice hockey tournament located in Amherst, Mass. The Blue Knights are a local squirts team that is made up of both boys and girls ages 9 to 10. The Blue Knights were the only team representing New York at the tournament. Despite playing away from home, the Blue Knights showed great confidence and teamwork to walk away from the tournament undefeated. They opened the tournament with a Friday night 11 tie against N o r t h e r n Berkshire. The team then rallied together for a pair of games on Photo Provided Saturday, handing a PARTY TIME! - The Blue Knights celebrate their undefeated tournament run. 9-3 loss to a team from Ludlow that morning, followed by a much closer 2-1 win over a team from Waltham, Mass. in the afternoon. The Blue Knights were the top seed for the final game on Sunday, which featured a rematch with the Northern Berkshire Black Bears. The Blue Knights finished the tournament with a total team effort, with six different players scoring in a 6-1 tournament-clinching win. Blue Knights head coach David Wren was very proud of his team, citing the team’s goaltending and stalwart defense as the reason his team left Massachusetts with a big tournament win.

Local Girls Medal at Figure Skating Competition Area figure skaters Brenna Coonradt of Schuylerville, Kyra Hughes of Middle Grove, and Emma Nicholson of Saratoga Springs competed at the third annual Glens Falls Winter Figure Skating Classic competition held at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Saturday January 7, 2012. Coonradt placed first, taking home a gold medal. She is coached by Amanda Shelburne. Hughes and Nicholson both took home silver medals for their second place finishes, and are coached by Jill Ramos. All three young ladies practice locally at rinks around Saratoga Springs.

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Girls’ Basketball Schedule

Boys’ Basketball Schedule

Ballston Spa

Ballston Spa

1/20: at Averill Park, 66-33 L 1/27: vs. Colonie, 7 p.m. 1/31: vs. Shaker, 7 p.m.

1/20: vs Averill Park, 60-52 W 1/27: at Colonie, 7 p.m. 1/31: at Shaker, 7 p.m.

Burnt Hills 1/20: at Mohonasen, 46-44 W 1/27: vs. Guilderland, 7 p.m. 2/10: vs. Ballston Spa, 7 p.m.

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Burnt Hills 1/20: vs Mohonasen, 38-36 L 1/31: at Saratoga Springs, 7 p.m. 2/3: vs. Shaker, 7 p.m.

Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Springs

1/20: at Guilderland, 43-37 L 1/27: vs. Columbia, 7 p.m. 2/3: at Shenendehowa, 7 p.m.

1/20: vs. Guilderland, 59-47 L 1/27: at Columbia, 7 p.m. 1/31: vs. Burnt Hills, 7 p.m.

Schuylerville

Schuylerville

1/20: at Hoosic Valley, 52-28 L 1/27: vs. Greenwich, 6 p.m. 2/1: at Granville, 6 p.m.

1/27: at Greenwich, 6 p.m. 1/31: vs. Granville, 7 p.m. 2/3: vs. Cambridge, 6 p.m.

South Glens Falls

South Glens Falls

2/2: at Broadalbin-Perth, 7 p.m. 2/6: at Hudson Falls, 7 p.m. 2/7: at St. Johnsville, 6 p.m.

1/20: at Johnstown, 57-48 L 1/27: at Scotia, 7 p.m. 1/31: at Queensbury, 7 p.m.

Pilawa, Botiba Grab Weekly Liberty League Honors SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Liberty League recognized Skidmore College senior diver Doug Pilawa and women's basketball freshman Angela Botiba for their performances during the past week. Pilawa was named Liberty League Co-Diver of the Week, earning the honor for the seventh time this season. He finished the week with a perfect 4-0 mark, earning sweeps against Oneonta and Hartwick. Against Hartwick, Pilawa broke his own school record on the 3-meter with a score of 360.75. Skidmore swimming and diving hosts Rensselaer on Saturday at 1 p.m. Botiba earned Rookie of the Week honors for the second time this season during a 2-0 week for the Thoroughbreds. She put up 11 points and five rebounds in a league win at Clarkson and tallied a double-double two days later in a win over Albany College of Pharmacy. Skidmore is 11-3 overall, 4-1 in league play.


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Remembering the Western B During my teen years at Mechanicville High School, many of the local schools were members of leagues that no longer exist. Four of the schools from Saratoga County were in a league called “the Western B”, which consisted of eight teams. Besides Mechanicville, the other schools included were Saratoga Springs, Ballston Spa and Burnt Hills school districts from Saratoga County. The other four schools were Schenectady County’s Scotia High School and Draper High, which closed for two decades as a result of the area’s shrinking population after General Electric began downsizing. The remaining two schools, with two prolific athletic programs, were Gloversville and Johnstown from Montgomery County. My focus is on the Western B league because of the type of league it was and because of its proximity to our region. It was very competitive and there were many outstanding athletes that went on to play college sports, including some competing in Division 1 athletic programs. The coaching was outstanding in all of the sports, but I can relate mainly to basketball. I had the good fortune to play for a really good basketball coach, Mike Martone. He had us prepared for each game; under his direction, Mechanicville High School won the Class B Sectionals in 1960, despite lacking a big man at center. Saratoga had a great coach, Bill Dalrymple, who seemed to always produce teams that could put a lot of points on the board with great shooting. Gloversville’s coach was the late Jack Kobuskie, who passed away last July, and his teams were always in the heat of the battle as a Class A school. Gloversville lost to Linton, who was then the number one team in New York State, by two in the Class A Sectional championship in 1960. Floyd Jones coached for Ballston Spa. One of

Damian Fantauzzi his more memorable teams was the 1960 squad that had the biggest frontcourt in the area, featuring a 6’10” center, and a pair of forwards taller than 6’5. Scotia’s coach was the late Dick Causey; his teams were extremely athletic with great guards and shooting forwards. Burnt Hills, Draper and Johnstown had very competitive teams, with some excellent players. There have been many changes since those years. Most of the leagues’ structures have completely changed with the addition of the Suburban Council. Two examples are Mechanicville moving from class B to Class C and Saratoga moving up into Class AA from the Foothills Council into the Suburban Council. The Western B no longer exists. Like many other leagues, they’ve gone into the archives of Section II history. The Capital District had some of the most outstanding athletes and teams in New York State during the late 50s and 60s. Some of the local talent went to top colleges and universities across the country such as: Notre Dame, Xavier, Duke, Brown, Boston University, Yale, NYU, Utah, Cornell, New Mexico and Siena. To compare the players of that era to the kids of today wouldn’t be fair at all. Section II has a storied history, built upon the accomplishments of old – but its future is still being written by the young athletes of today.

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Friday, January 27, 2012

TODAY

‘Toga Dominates by Andrew Marshall

this year, not picking up spares and things like that,” said Coach Adams. Lloyd impressed onlookers with a SARATOGA SPRINGS – The rather powerful delivery motion, wins won’t always come this easy, using his strength to his advantage but for one afternoon the Saratoga and firing the ball down the lane. The Springs High School Boys’ varsity team doesn’t rely on brute strength bowling team alone, as sophoenjoyed their more Andrew biggest triumph of Marotta displayed the season, soundgreat technique ly defeating for a bowler of his Christian Brothers age, and held Academy 28 to 4 steady rolling a during their non206 the first league matchup game, and picked Tuesday. up a difficult spare The team was in the seventh shorthanded in a frame. big way, missing After a slow their highest averstart, the Blue aging bowler, senStreaks are hitting ior Jordan Nelson. their stride. The The Blue Streaks’ Photo provided by Cathy Duffy win puts the team other seniors Cool is the Rule - A relaxed group of SSHS Varsity Bowling Team Members on a three-game stepped up in his prior to their match with CBA winning streak, or absence, with Nik three times as their confidence and work on their Kohler tallying a team-high 266 technique heading into the back end many total wins as they had when the game, Andrew Lloyd carrying a per- of the regular season, with Sectionals streak began. Sectionals for boys’ fect game into the seventh frame of on the horizon. varsity bowling are scheduled to his first match, and Mike Richardson “What we need to improve on is begin February 10 at Boulevard rolling a 704, the first 700 the team consistency. We’ve been inconsistent Bowl in Schenectady.

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has had all season. The team’s overall score of 3882 is their highest output as a team this year as well. Head Coach Brenda Adams wasn’t anticipating a tough matchup for the Blue Streaks, but found it was a good chance for the team to build

B’Spa Falls Short

by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY

BALLSTON SPA – The Ballston Spa girls varsity bowling team knew they faced an uphill battle against a Mohonasen team that had already beaten them by over 700 pins earlier this month. While the Scotties rolled well, they were unable to keep pace with the Mighty Warriors and were defeated 27.5 to 4.5 Wednesday afternoon. Ballston Spa was much closer this time in total pins, with the 2992 to 2598 score being much closer than their first meeting. “We’ve had some struggles this season,” said head coach Monique Cohen. “We’re not a large team, but we’re holding our own and I expect us to be very competitive at Sectionals.” Mikayla Simek, the team’s highest averaging bowler, chipped in with a two game total of 499. Despite Simek bowling almost 75 pins higher than her

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BALLSTON ON THREE! - Coach Monique Brown and her team huddled together before their match with Mohonasen at Ballston Lanes normal average, Mohonasen was just too consistent, with dueling 568 totals from Erika Bollock and Jessica Mazzo. The team was looking to build on their recent momentum, winning two of their last three matches, including victories over South Glens Falls and

Saratoga Springs. The team turns their attention to an away match up against Colonie before a two game home stand against Columbia and Niskayuna. Sectionals for girls’ varsity bowling are scheduled to begin February 9 at Spare Time Lanes in located in Clifton Park.


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SPORTS 31 Local Fighters to make MMA Debuts TODAY

Friday, January 20, 2012

by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY BENNINGTON – Two local fighters are set to make their Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) debuts January 28 during the Kaged Kombat Fighting Championship at the Bennington Armory in Bennington, Vermont. Lenny Baker and Chad Niles are both students at the Spa City Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts Academy. Though they’re currently training in jiujitsu, both men feel their backgrounds as grapplers in other disciplines will give them the edge they’ll need to be a successful fighter. Baker, 31, is no stranger to the spotlight. He won a national championship as a collegiate wrestler for Division III Brockport back in 2001. He started training in jiu-jitsu to become better-rounded as a fighter. Baker says he’s in as good a shape as he was back in his

wrestling days, and certainly isn’t lacking in confidence either. ”I’m more ready than I’ve ever been,” said Baker. “I’m faster. I’m stronger. There’s no way my opponent is going to stop my takedowns.“ Niles on the other hand, began informal training as a boxer when he was only 14 years old. Around the time he graduated high school, the Greenwich native became interested in pursuing jiu-jitsu as his primary fighting style. Now 19, Niles has been working hard at the academy improving his technique; he feels the time is now to step into the cage and fight. “I think I have the potential to take it to that next level,” says Niles. “If I keep training and fighting, the sky’s the limit for me.” Even though both men are experienced grapplers, this will be the first time either of them competes in a sanctioned MMA bout. Baker and Niles both feel the academy has

prepared them as much as they can, and they definitely have the support of their instructors heading into their fights. “For both of them it’s their first time stepping into the cage, but I can assure you that they are prepared and ready to represent the Spa City,” said Chad Beatty, owner of Spa City Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts Academy. The event is being held in Vermont due to laws in New York State prohibiting MMA events. A bill that would allow for promotions like Kaged Kombat to hold their events here in New York currently sits waiting senate and executive approval. For now, the promotion remains patient, with an eye toward the future. “We, along with hundreds of thousands of other New Yorkers, hope that state government will take the necessary steps to legalize MMA in the near future,” said Nick Sanzo, co-owner of the Kaged

Lenny Baker

Chad Niles

Kombat promotion. “We would like nothing more than to hold our events locally so the fighters and their fans don’t have to travel to another state and invest their hard earned dollars in other communities.” To support our local fighters, the doors will open to the Kaged

Kombat Fighting Championship at 5:30 p.m. with fights scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are available at the door. The Bennington Armory is located at 200 Franklin Lane in Bennington, Vermont. For more information, visit www.nymmafights.com.


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