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For the Love of Scott

Mowing lawn could violate proposed noise ordinance by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY MALTA – Residents and business owners in Malta are making noise about too much noise regulation. Noise regulation has been an ongoing issue in the town of Malta, as residents and businesses embrace the presence of jackhammers, backhoes and the music of major construction underway right in their backyards. But what began two years ago with residents of the Luther Forest

neighborhood voicing complaints against relentless construction activity has since provoked changes to town law that some say goes too far. Residents will have the chance to comment on the town’s amended noise ordinance during a public hearing on March 5 at 6:55 p.m. The draft on the table proposes limiting construction activity to between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and then 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on

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“[Malta] is going down a path that attempts to regulate virtually every activity that makes noise by any resident at any time.” Todd Shimkus President , Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce

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SARATOGA SPRINGS – She’s been described by many as the “Mother Earth of Caroline Street,” as someone who is always the first to offer a helping hand and the last to ask for any-

thing in return. When Kim Smith, the general manager at Gaffney’s Restaurant and Bar for 25 years, found out her husband, Scott, had been diagnosed with brain cancer, it was in her nature to deal with the challenge on her own. But after everything

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Skate & Create Community art show to benefit Saratoga Skate Park by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - As city skateboarders celebrate the recent excavation of the once-buried concrete bowl located at the East Side Recreation Park, their attention now turns to raising money for its repair. Local artists and community mem-

bers are organizing a skateboard deck art show and silent auction called On Deck. The show will be hosted by the Spring Street Gallery, and is scheduled to open March 3. On Deck will feature skateboard decks featuring graphics designed by over 70 artists hoping to do their part to support the skateboard

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Chowderfest 2012 Winners

The 2012 Chowderfest was a huge success. Thousands of people headed out to downtown Saratoga Springs on an unseasonably nice February weekend. People’s Choice for best chowder went to The Seven Horse Pub, who also won best OffBroadway chowder. Best On-Broadway chowder belonged to Cantina, and Best Non-Downtown chowder was awarded to Longfellows. Best Newcomer award went to the Saratoga Springs Fire Department. The most chowder served was awarded to The Parting Glass. Rounding out your award winners are the categories of Best Chowder-themed Dessert being awarded to Bettie’s Cakes, and the Dog Chow Down award going to Sloppy Kisses of Saratoga. Congratulations to all the winners!

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Michael P. Brymer, 38, of 13 Mountain View Drive, South Glens Falls, pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree grand larceny, a class-D felony. Brymer was arrested July 13 in Moreau and is expected to return to court at a later date. Stephen A. Farina III, 34, of 1242 Viewmont Drive, Niskayuna, was resentenced January 26 by Judge Jerry Scarano to continued probation. Farina was originally convicted December, 16, 2008, of fifthdegree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class-D felony, for which he had been sentenced to two months in Saratoga County Jail and five years of probation. John Bopp, 55, of 13 Morrison Ave., Troy, pleaded guilty to a charge of first-degree sex abuse, a class-D felony. Bopp was arrested February 18 in Clifton Park and was sentenced to 10 years of probation. Jurgis J. Paliulis, 23, of 670 West River Rd., Northumberland, was resentenced January 31 by Judge Jerry Scarano to six days in Saratoga County Jail and continued on probation. Paliulis was

originally convicted October 17, 2005, of first-degree sexual abuse, a class-D felony, for which he was sentenced to 10 years of probation. Nicholas J. Cassillo, 29, of 40 Church Ave., Ballston Spa, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. Cassillo was arrested May 22 in Mechanicville and was sentenced to five years of probation, a fine and ignition interlock device. Jason C. Hamm, 32, of Route 30, Vails Mills, pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree burglary, a class-C felony. Hamm was arrested March 12 in Mechanicville and is scheduled to return to courts for sentencing March 29. Peter D. Bombard, 32, of 20 Lincoln Ave., Glens Falls, has been charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, and two counts of driving while intoxicated, all class-E felonies. Bombard was arrested August 27 in Wilton and is expected to return to court at a later date. Chad M. Herron, 37, of P.O. Box 31, Palatine Bridge, has been

charged with two counts of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. Herron was arrested October 7 in Wilton and is expected to return to court for sentencing at a later date. John F. Bowen Jr., 28, of 46A Suncrest Drive, Waterford, has been charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, and two counts of driving while intoxicated, all class-E felonies. Bowen was arrested July 11 in Halfmoon and is expected to return to court for sentencing at a later date. Lisa A. Loftus, 42, of 119 Pine Ridge Rd., Clifton Park, was resentenced January 24 by Judge Jerry Scarano to continued probation. Loftus was originally convicted October 20, 2008, of driving while intoxicated and endangering the welfare of a child, for which she was sentenced to time served and five years of probation. Timothy J. Maye, 47, of 818 Altamont Ave., Schenectady, was

resentenced January 23 by Judge Jerry Scarano to one year in Saratoga County Jail with credit for time served and probation terminated. Maye was originally convicted November 17, 2010, of driving while intoxicated, a classE felony. Roselee M. Young, 51, of Round Lake, was resentenced January 23 by Judge Jerry Scarano to one year in Saratoga County Jail with credit for time served, probation terminated. Young was originally convicted June 22, 2009, of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony, for which she was sentenced to 90


days in Saratoga County Jail and five years of probation. James C. Waters, 22, of 301 Woodland Rd., Syracuse, pleaded guilty to a charge of fourthdegree grand larceny, a class-E felony. Waters was arrested August 24 in Northumberland and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing March 16.



College’s Mold Problem Raises Health Concerns by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – After the completion of a relocation process for 50 employees, Skidmore College has begun addressing a mold problem found in a room of the Starbuck Center building on campus. Following complaints of health issues from several employees, the college began temporarily relocating the employees as an independent consultant begins testing at the Starbuck Center. College representatives said tests are still ongoing, but initial results have been disclosed to employees in the Starbuck Building. The consultant located the presence of mold in only one room, and made recommendations to remediate the problem. Skidmore College has been forthcoming with confirmed information, and plans to continue disclosing results until a resolution is reached. Until then, the college doesn’t think city residents or students should panic. “We have no information at this point to suggest that community members should be concerned,” said Dan Forbush, spokesperson for Skidmore College. “Testing and other reviews are ongoing, and if we do become aware of any information that causes us concern, we will share it immediately.” The plan is to begin the remediation process as soon as all employees have been relocated. The relocation process began at the end of January, and all affected

offices are scheduled to be relocated by February 13. Skidmore College has also ordered testing for the affected employees, also to be conducted by an independent consultant. “In addition to conducting this study of the building, we have contracted with an independent consultant to perform a medical review of the health issues that some employees in Starbuck are reporting,” said Vice President for Finance and Administration Michael West in a memo released to Skidmore faculty and staff. West added that the review will begin soon. Among other tests performed at the Starbuck Center, radon levels were well below both EPA and OSHA action levels, and carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide levels were within recommended ranges. No detectable levels of formaldehyde were present, and very low readings of possible volatile organic compounds were indicated at well within their permissible levels. Upon disclosure of the results, West added the main concern for him is the well-being of Skidmore’s faculty and staff. “The health and safety of our employees is, as always, of paramount concern. We will continue to work closely with the employees of Starbuck Center and with our independent consultants.” The Starbuck Center building houses such departments as student academic services, academic advising, registrar, financial aid, and the bursar’s office. All of the offices listed have been relocated across the Skidmore Campus.

Man Injured in Route 29 Collision SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Saratoga Springs Police Department responded to a car accident on the morning of February 6 that was caused by a motorist trying to pass on a two-lane road. Conan O’Rourke, 41, of Saratoga Springs was thrown from his Chevrolet Avalanche after being struck from behind by a Porsche SUV around 5:45 in the morning between Gilbert and Ruggles road, according to investigators. The collision sent O’Rourke’s vehicle off-road where it hit a guard rail, rolled over, and launched through trees before it landed in a 40foot ravine along Route 29, according to police. O’Rourke was airlifted to Albany Medical Center in critical condition, and was upgraded to serious condition later that afternoon. The driver of the SUV, 53-year-old Deborah Britton of Saratoga Springs, was allegedly following too close behind O’Rourke, and struck the rear driver’s side of the Avalanche as she attempted to pull into the oncoming lane to pass. Britton was treated at the scene by the Saratoga Springs Fire Department and transported to Saratoga Hospital before being released. Route 29 was closed for about six hours in both directions during police investigation. Police say the investigation is ongoing, and charges are pending.

DWI Sweep Nabs Drunk Drivers SARATOGA SPRINGS - Saratoga Springs Police Department conducted dedicated DWI patrols and set up a DWI checkpoint over Super Bowl weekend in support of a statewide effort to crack down on drunk driving. The sweep resulted in the arrest of 10 motorists on various DWI related charges, between the days of February 3-6. The SSPD and New York State Police worked together to catch seven drunk drivers at their Union Avenue checkpoint on the evening of February 3. One felony DWI arrest was made, along with two for aggravated DWI, two for DWAIdrugs, and two for misdemeanor


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DWI. Five of the operators were charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, one of which faces an additional charge of criminal possession of marijuana in the fifth degree. One individual stopped was arrested for felony aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, as he was found to have 22 suspensions on his license, as well as warrants for his arrest in the city of Schenectady and Cayuga County, NY.

Salem Explosion Changed to “Homicide?” SALEM - The July 2011 explosion that killed five people may not have been an accident. At least one of the victim’s death certificates was changed from “accidental” to “homicide,” according to Washington County District Attorney Kevin Kortright. Kortright did not indicate that there were any suspects. State Police Capt. Steven James said they were looking at a “subject of interest.” An attorney for one of the victims disputes the change, citing no evidence to suggest anything other than an accident had occurred. State Police reports from August said the blast was due to a propane leak that was likely ignited by a pressure switch of a basement water heater.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS - The city of Saratoga Springs is deciding what to do with 31 parcels of property it acquired after their owners allegedly failed to pay property taxes for several years. Eight of the properties have structures on them, five of which are occupied. The buildings were foreclosed upon in September 2011.

Mega Bus Stops in Saratoga SARATOGA SPRINGS – The popular discount bus service Mega Bus has announced their plans to provide service out of Saratoga Springs to both New York City and Burlington, Vermont. According to the company’s schedule, service will begin April 2. Trips from Saratoga to New York City will be scheduled in


the evening, while trips to Burlington will leave around midday. Ticket prices will start as low as $4, but as with all Mega Bus fares, that price will go up as the scheduled departure date gets closer. The Mega Bus website does not have a confirmed stop for Saratoga Springs, but passengers already booked will receive an email upon that locations determination. Wilton Mall has been speculated as a possible location for Mega Bus’ stop. A mall spokesperson confirmed they have been contacted by Mega Bus, but said nothing had been agreed upon yet.

Schuylerville Dairy Receives Federal Aid SCHUYLERVILLE – King Brothers Dairy has received funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Value-Added Grant program totaling $49,500. The approval was announced February 3 by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. The money will be used to help the Schuylerville business increase milk sales and home delivery business. The dairy also plans to upgrade their in-house software system. In New York State alone, the program has funded 21 total projects totaling nearly $2 million dollars of federal aid. The program’s goal is to encourage the development of business and entrepreneurship by providing technical assistance and access to funding.

Rebuilding Relocating


WILTON – The local organization Rebuilding Together Saratoga County (RTSC) has announced they have a new home. In a partnership with local property manager DA Collins, RTSC has struck a deal to relocate to 267 Ballard Road, Suite 4 in Wilton. RTSC is a community program that allows volunteers to help make repairs to homes of low-income property owners in Saratoga County. RTSC works with the elderly and the disabled, and aims to help them live independently and safely. RTSC operates at no cost to the homeowner.

Sangwych Says Sayonara SARATOGA SPRINGS - Putnam Street sandwich shop Sangwych has closed its doors. The Brooklyn-style specialty deli was opened in April 2011, and closes two months shy of its one-year anniversary. Owners John Meyer, Jon Malm and Bobby Holt purchased the business from its original owner, Ron Farber, in August 2011.




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Feet on the Street Chad Beatty PUBLISHER

Last week we ran a story related to the 20 pecent reduction in the city of Saratoga Springs’ police force. Since 2009 the number of full-fledged officers has dropped from 72 to 65. I don’t know about you, but this concerns me. As I have stated in the past, I feel the main function of government is to enforce the laws, maintain a peaceful society and keep the public safe. Topics such as regulating my water usage or telling me what light bulbs I can use fall far down on my list of essential government duties. As far as the men and women in blue, I have the utmost respect for them. While you and I may complain about our stress levels at work, we don’t put our lives on the line every day when we show up at the office (although after some of my editorials I do get worried). The hard-working officers of the SSPD and the low crime rates in Saratoga Springs are a shining example of the effective and essential role police play in our lives. Let’s take a look at a few reasons behind my feelings: Local – Saratoga Springs is a great place to live, work and raise a family. For the most part, all of us are hard-working law-abiding citizens. Unfortunately, like every other city or town in the great USA, there are some bad apples in the group. When those bad apples decide to snap, and our families are dining downtown, it is the men and women of the SSPD who will be responding to the call. I want to make sure they are adequately staffed and properly trained to protect our loved ones.

Regional – We have been blessed with a vibrant and thriving local community. People from around the region and country flock to the Spa City throughout the year for some much needed rest and relaxation. A cornerstone to our bustling downtown is the safety that our locals and visitors have come to expect. The fact of the matter is that just a short ride down the road, hardened criminals are awaiting their next victim. Gangs and hoodlums DO exist in our region. It is a quick and slippery slope that leads prosperous towns into disrepair and chaos. It is much easier to maintain what we have (prosperity, low crime rates, vibrant downtown, safe neighborhoods) than to reclaim it down the road. Global – Global terrorism remains a constant threat. Whether it relates to anti-democracy sentiment or the battle over religious freedom, the United States, its citizenry and its allies are always a target. Groups such as Al-Qaeda, Al-Shabaab, Egyptian Islamic Jihad, Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad Union, Muslim Brotherhood, and, of course, the Taliban are always out there plotting their next attack (not to mention the possibility of domestic terrorism). If any of these groups manage to make it past our military, and make it past the feds, it will be the men and women of our nation’s police forces that charge headfirst into danger to assure our safety. I know, I know, many of you may think I am a little extreme or paranoid, but none of us could have imagined events such as 9/11, the Oklahoma City bombing or the Fort Hood shootings. And unfortunately when evil is involved, nothing is off-limits. You may recall a story from 2004 in which armed Chechen Islamic militants took more than 1,100 people hostage (including 777 children). The result: 380 people dead. This is a scenario that no community should ever have to experience. As a society we must pray for peace, but we must also be prepared for battle. In closing, I recommend the government let me figure out how much water I require to flush my toilets, and they can figure out a way to keep more officers on the street.

Saratoga County Fair Announces $1,000 Scholarship BALLSTON SPA - The Saratoga County Fair announced Wednesday, February 8, that up to 10 $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to current New York State high school seniors and students currently enrolled in college. The New York State Association of Agricultural Fairs and the New York State Showpeople’s Association will

be sponsoring the scholarships. The qualifying students must be active at the Saratoga County Fair. All applicants from Saratoga County must submit their applications through the Saratoga County Fair by no later than Friday, April 13, 2012. Information is available at the Saratoga County Fair office, 162 Prospect Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020. You can also learn

more through the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County and from local high school guidance department offices. Applications must be printed and completed from the web at For more information, contact the Saratoga County Fair office at (518) 885-9701.



Saratoga Springs, NY – Mary Daley, 93, passed away Thursday, February 2, 2012. Born October 11, 1918, on her family’s horse farm in County Limerick, Ireland, she was the eldest child of the late Thomas and Catherine Ryan Keyes. Mary and her husband, Edward, married in 1938, spending 61 wonderful years together until Eddie’s passing in 1999. In addition to her parents and husband, Mary was predeceased by her son-in-law, Thomas Flanagan; granddaughter, Patricia; grandson, Patrick; brothers, Thomas, Edmund and Joseph; and sisters, Rita Brick and Theresa Thompson. Survivors include her daughter,

Patricia Flanagan; granddaughters, Mary (Rob) Gammon, Kathy (Ray) Bobbitt and Peggy (Rodney) Gray; great-grandchildren, Matthew (Stacey) Gammon, Ryan Bobbitt, Emma Bobbitt, Taylor Gray and Madison Gray; and many nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, February 7, 2012. Burial will be at the family plot at St. Peter’s Cemetery, West Ave., Saratoga Springs. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Online remembrances may be made at

Thomas E. McCall Sr. Saratoga Springs, NY – Thomas E. McCall Sr., 87, passed away Thursday, January 26, 2012. Born October 18, 1924, in Saratoga Springs, he was the son of the late Mary and Edward McCall. Tom was predeceased by his wife, Jeanne; brothers, John and Daniel McCall; and daughter-in-law, Maggie. Survivors include his son, Thomas “Skip” McCall; grandchildren, Carrie, Melissa, Tomarra, Tara, Tommy and Tiffany; great-

grandchildren, Cody, Savannah, Tairah, Trayvone and Brad. There will be no public calling hours and burial will be in the spring at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, (518) 584-5373. Online remembrances may be made at

Stanley Weissman Saratoga Springs, NY- Stanley Weissman, 80, passed away January 29, 2011. Stanley was born October 4, 1931, in the Bronx, New York, to European immigrants Morris and Anna. Stanley is survived by his three sons, Seth (Gail Tallman), Lee and Neil (Ellen): grandchildren, Julie, Alex, Lindsey and Natalie; sister,

Joan; and nieces, Stephanie and Valerie.

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Louis S. Verdile

Saratoga Springs, NY – Louis S. Verdile, 75, passed away Tuesday, February 7, 2012. Louis was the son of the late Luigi and Frances Terrone Verdile. Survivors include his wife, Bernadette Verdile; children, Frances (John) Howard and Paul Verdile; granddaughters, Mary Frances and Laura Grace Howard; siblings, Phyllis Verdile and Charles Verdile; brothers-in-law, Michael Verdile, Raphael M. Verdile Jr. and Vincent P. (Lou-Ann) Verdile; as well as many nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, February 10, 2012, at St. Clement’s Church.

Burial with military honors will follow at 12:30 p.m. at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Rd., Schuylerville. In lieu of flowers, donations in Louis’ memory may be made to the Verdile Family Endowed Scholarship Fund at Albany Medical Center, c/o Albany Medical Center Foundation, PO Box 8928, Albany, NY 12208. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs (518) 584-5373. Online remembrances may be made at

William R. Ernst Sr. Gansevoort, NY – William R. Ernst Sr., 78, passed away Monday, February 6, 2012. Born February 13, 1933, he was the son of the late Joseph Wesley and Elizabeth Ody Ernst. In addition to his parents he is predeceased by two brothers, Joseph and James Ernst and one sister, Beverly Ernst Colman. Survivors include his wife, Susan Ernst; children, Peggy (Jeff) Bush, William (Marina) Ernst Jr., Elizabeth (Tim) Pritchard, Melissa (Forrest) Greene and Michael (Corine) Ernst; grandchil-

dren, Jeffrey Melander, Joshua Garcia, Brandon Bush, Sarah Pritchard, Max Ernst, Evan Ernst, Cierra Broadway and Malayah Smith; as well as several nieces and nephews. Burial with military honors will be at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Rd., Schuylerville. Donations may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Online remembrances may be made at

Josephine Katherine Iorio Saratoga Springs, NY - Josephine Katherine Iorio, nee Randio, died peacefully Saturday, February 4, 2012. She was born to Italian immigrants, Maddalena Chianese and Francesco Randio in the hamlet of Coeymans, New York. Josephine was predeceased by her husband, Vincent Salvatore Iorio, and her firstborn son, Dr. Andrew F. Iorio. She is survived by her son, Patrick, (Jamie); daughter, Debra (Michael) McKeever; grandchildren, Jennifer Iorio Taddeo (Thomas), Andrew Iorio and Sarah, Jessamine, Thomas and Adriana McKeever; greatgrandchildren, Lexi Iorio and Ava Taddeo; siblings, Ralph (Marie) Randio, Sam (Jean) Randio, Liberta Judware, Teresa Fox and Susan Burnell Legg; sister-in-

law, Adrienne Iorio Caruso; many nieces, nephews and her dearest friend for the past 70 years, Josephine Raucci. Relatives and friends may call from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Friday, February 10, 2012, at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, (518) 584-5373. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 11, 2012, at St. Clement’s Church, 231 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs. Burial will follow at St. Peter’s Cemetery, West Ave., Saratoga Springs. Online remembrances may be made at

Dr. David E. Long Saratoga Springs, NY –Dr. David E. Long died unexpectedly February 7, 2012. Born March 6, 1931, in Crawfordsville, IN, he was the son of the late Harold and Gladys Long. He is survived by his wife, Joann (Moore) Long; daughters and their families, Susan and Jack Moyer and their children, Margaret and Matthew; and Melissa and Robert Drislane and their children, Connor, Emma and Rachel; his sister-in-law and her husband, Sue Ellen and Philip Walker; and several nieces and nephews. A service to celebrate his life and

memory will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, February 11, 2012, at the Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church, Henning Rd. at Fifth Ave., with a reception following in the Fellowship Hall. The family has suggested that those who wish to honor his memory may contribute to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 15 Tech Valley Drive, Suite 4, East Greenbush, NY 12061. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, (518) 584-5373. Online remembrances may be made at

Michael J. Ronca Scotia, NY- Michael J. Ronca, 50, passed away suddenly Wednesday, February 1, 2012. He was born May 14, 1961, in Niskayuna. He was the grandson of the late Guido and Mary Ronca, and Louis and Marion Tenace. Michael is survived by his wife, Karen; children, Mark and Blake; parents, Nicholas and June; brothers, Nicholas (Debra), Donald, Richard (Christine) and

James (Deborah); 12 nieces and nephews; and five godchildren. Burial will be in St. Anthony's Cemetery in Glenville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region, 101 State St., Schenectady, NY 12305. Arrangements are under the direction of Catricala Funeral Home, Inc, 1597 Rte 9 Clifton Park, NY 12065.




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Residents React to Proposed Noise Regulation continued from Page 1 Sunday, when construction activity is also prohibited within 500 feet of a residence without the resident’s written consent. However, limitations move beyond the realm of major construction activity to include “any source of sound” that creates more than 50 decibels between the hours of 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. or 60 decibels between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. when measured at or beyond the property boundary of an adjacent property. To offer a reference point, a

power lawn mower or snow blower can generate more than 100 decibels. “It’s not my neighbor using a leaf blower or putting a roof on that’s the problem, it is the major construction – the apartment complexes going up in our backyard – that we are talking about,” said Patti Heidlemark. Heidlemark, a homeowner on May Apple Way, is among a group of residents that have been voicing complaints to the town board for the past two years. Their neighborhood abuts construction of Ellsworth Commons.

“We originally asked the town board to change the ordinance because Ellsworth Commons was literally being built in our backyard seven days a week 14 hours a day,” she said. “We wanted relief on weekends from major construction, but they are making this much bigger than it needs to be, which is typical of the town of Malta these days.” However, there are exceptions. Residents can complete work on their home that exceeds the permitted noise level and time restrictions if they obtain written consent from

OBITUARIES Thomas J. McNicholas Auriesville, NY - Thomas J. McNicholas, 89, passed away Monday, February 6, 2012. Born August 26, 1922, in Johnstown, NY, he was the son of the late Thomas and Mary (Smullen) McNicholas. Survivors include his wife, Jean C. Smith McNicholas; children, Thomas M. (Martha) McNicholas and Susan M. (Charles) Veeder; grandchildren, Elizabeth and Michael McNicholas, Katie Veeder Smith and Jodi Veeder. There will be no public services and burial will be

in the Auriesville Cemetery at a later date. Donations may be made in Thomas’ memory to the Schenectady City Mission, 425 Hamilton St., Schenectady, NY 12305-2608. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/ Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs (518) 584-5373. Online remembrances may be made at

Anne Wochinger Zimmerman Middle Grove, NY - Anne Wochinger Zimmerman, 61, passed away Thursday, February 2, 2012. Anne was born September 24, 1950, to Marilynn and Frank Wochinger and grew up in Lynbrook NY. Anne is survived by her parents, Frank and Marilynn Wochinger; her husband, John Zimmerman; daughters, Lesley (Adam) Hostetter and Laura (Ryan Smith) Zimmerman; siblings, Nancy (Bob) Hayes, Mark Wochinger and Joe Keegan, Carol Wochinger and Alison (Thomas) Siragus; several aunts, uncles,

cousins, nieces and nephews who all provided wonderful support through this tough time. A celebration of Anne's life took place Wednesday, February 8, 2012. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of a donation in loving memory of Anne to The Giving Circle, Inc, PO Box 3162, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or Online remembrances may be made at

Saratoga County’s Deceased Veteran of the Month James Joseph Finan The Saratoga County Veterans Service Agency has named James Josepg Finan the February 2012 Deceased Veteran of the Month. Finan will be honored Tuesday, February 28 during a public ceremony. The ceremony begins at 2:30 p.m. at 40 McMaster St., Ballston Spa, and is followed by a reception. Finan was enlisted in the U.S. Army from 1952-1954 and was a corporal during the Korean War. He received three Battle Stars for Korean combat action. After leaving the Army, Finan worked as a New York City Transit Authority subway conductor for 20 years and was chaplain of Chapter 60 Adirondack Korean War Veterans of America. Finan is survived by his wife, Louise; daughters, Jean Marie Gebhard and Roseanne Raimone; grandson, Daniel James Raimone; and granddaughters, Hannah and Sarah Gebhard.

their neighbors and submit it to the town’s code enforcement office. “The town’s code enforcement officers may permit temporary use […] if anyone objected or needed to get a waiver to work on Sundays,” she explained. “So, I believe this law is flexible and it also is going to give our neighbors the relief on Sundays that they were asking for.” However, Heidlemark asserts that, once again, the issue is not with her neighbors. “If I had a problem with my neighbor I would work it out with them,” she said. “We have lost common sense.” Members of the local business community share this sentiment – concern that the town is headed toward “nonsensical” overregulation. Todd Shimkus, president of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, has been working with the Malta Business and Professional Association (MBPA) to help the town achieve a solution that is beneficial for residents and business owners.

“I would say there is a need for some additional regulations, just not these,” Shimkus said. He is fearful that such strict noiselimitations could make it difficult for local businesses, specifically contractors and landscapers, to conduct daily functions, and that it could even deter new business from moving into Malta. “They are going down a path that attempts to regulate virtually every activity that makes noise by any resident at any time – it almost sounds like something you would see if we were talking about the people’s republic of Malta,” Shimkus said. But according to Thomas, “Malta is open for business.” She does not believe restrictions have deterred development in the town, based on growth in the Exit 11 and Exit 12 area, where approved planned development district projects have been subject to specific restrictions on weekend activity. “We refocused our efforts and are addressing what we were asked to address,” Thomas said.

Malta Spotlighter’s Theater Troupe Announces Spring Musical Hold on to your hats, folks! Be transported to Main Street of the 1850s Old West! Spotlighter’s Theatre Troupe will be producing “Wagon Wheels West” with performances slated for June 8 and 10. Auditions are scheduled for March 25 and 26, by appointment only. For additional information, please contact artistic director, Elyse Young, at (518) 899-4411, ext.305 or




Local Business Briefs Chamber Women’s Business Group SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce Women’s Business Group will meet Tuesday, February 14 from 9-10 a.m. at the Hampton Inn and Suites, 25 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs. The event is open to all women chamber members and is free of charge. Registration by Monday, February 13 is appreciated. For more information or to register, visit, call (518) 584-3255 or email

nfrastructure Expands Team MALTA – nfrastructure is celebrating the addition of two seasoned account managers to its sales team. Bridget Nuss and Matthew Sperling both bring more than 20 years of

Friday, February 10, 2012 with Empire Financial Partners, were recently granted the ACE Silver Award from the John Hancock Financial Network (JHFN), one of the highest honors JHFN bestows upon financial professionals within the national network. ACE stands for “Achieving Client Excellence.” Both professionals work at 6 Butler Place in Saratoga Springs.

experience in technology sales and leadership to nfrastructure, and will be responsible for developing and growing relationships with key nfrastructure customers. “nfrastructure welcomes both Bridget and Matt to our dedicated and highly motivated sales team. Their experience, professionalism and expertise will be instrumental in Roohan Realty continuing overall customer satis- Announces Top Sales faction, and helping our clients, and Performers new clients, reach or exceed their SARATOGA SPRINGS – business goals and objectives,” said Roohan Realty, located at 519 Daniel T. Pickett, nfrastructure Broadway, is pleased to chairman and CEO. announce the company’s top sales performers for 2011. JHFN Honors Local Congratulations to Julie Bonacio, Professionals Kate R. Naughton, Meg SARATOGA SPRINGS – Shon Minehan, Valerie Thompson, McLain, financial professional and Palma Pedrick, Carole Tarantino, president of Saratoga Strategic Christina Papdopoulos, Chris Planning, and Rebecca Matthews Benton, Jane Mehan and Mara Alexander, a financial professional King. The “Rookie of the Year” award went to Sage Cerone. In total, these accomplished Realtors achieved over $50 million in real estate property sales last year. Roohan Realty has been serving the community’s residential and commercial property needs since 1969 and is celebrating its 43rd anniversary.

Fenimore Promotes Perez to Senior V.P. COBLESKILL– Debra Perez was promoted to the role of senior vice president at Fenimore Asset Management, the investment advisor to FAM Funds. As senior vice president, she is responsible for long-term strategic planning and growth of the investment vehicles and services that the firm offers. “During her 20-year tenure, Deb has been a leader in elevating our business services and offerings. She continually pursues excellence,” said Fenimore chairman and founder Tom Putnam. “Deb is also passionate about giving back to the community and has volunteered for many organizations.”


Coffee Shop to Open at Market Center by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – The first major tenant, aside from Price Chopper, has announced plans to open in Market Center, Bonacio Construction’s residential-commercial project at 19 Railroad Place. SPoT Coffee, a company with locations in Western New York and Canada, has selected Saratoga Springs for the location of its 10th coffeehouse, the first of at least three slated for upstate New York. The company announced last week that it has signed a lease for a 2,460square-foot space on the first level, with hopes of opening in the spring of 2012. The coffee shop will offer a menu of gourmet foods and specialty beverages, including Belgian waffles, freshly prepared gourmet pizzas, signature sandwiches, in-house roasted coffee and an assortment of freshly baked desserts. “We are very excited to have them,” said Sonny Bonacio, president of Bonacio Construction. “[The coffee shop] is a great use for the

space; it’s vibrant and alive, which is what we had always envisioned.” Built by Bonacio Construction and Galesi Group, the six-story Railroad Place project includes 124 residential units above more than 30,000 square feet of commercial space, 19,000 of which will house a new Price Chopper. Plans also call for parking space for 151 cars. In addition to SPoT Coffee, Feigenbaum Cleaners also announced that it will take advantage of the new mixed-use building. According to Bonacio, the local dry cleaner will open a drop-off/pick-up store in an 1,800-foot space. Two 500-square-foot commercial spaces are available. “We’re about 90 percent occupied on the ground floor and we have 56 of the 124 apartments rented,” Bonacio said. The first residential tenants are expected to move in by late spring. SPoT plans to open three or four new cafes in the region over the next year. The company is also considering additional locations in the Saratoga area. • Saratoga TODAY

Construction continues at 19 Railroad Place, where Bonacio Construction is building a six-story mixed-used building. The building is expected to welcome its first tenants, including the recently announced SPoT Coffee, this spring.




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Sparkle on Broadway Raina’s Jewelry re-opens at new location by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – Raina’s Jewelry is back, and more radiant than ever. Lorri Birmingham re-opened her popular jewelry and gift boutique last weekend at 380 Broadway, just in time for Chowderfest. She was closed through January to facilitate a move from 386 Broadway, just a few doors up the street, where she’d been for four years. Raina’s, fondly named after Birmingham’s 8-year-old granddaughter, specializes in affordable hand-crafted and custom jewelry made by local artisans, including the owner herself. The shelves sparkle with Swarovski crystals, bright colors and semi-precious stones that gleam from an array of necklaces, earrings, bracelets and watches, among a handful of other fancy accessories like handbags, shawls and headbands that are on display. For Birmingham, having the ability to sell jewelry and gift items that are both dazzling and affordable puts her in the business of “making friends.” “We love our customers,” she said. Birmingham, who has an artistic background, originally opened Raina’s as a summer boutique, and it wasn’t long before her customers wanted more. With a few successful tourist seasons in her ledger, Birmingham made the decision to open a year-round location in Saratoga Springs. She introduced Raina’s to the Broadway marketplace in 2008, changing the name of her northern store to Sunflower. She has since established quite the following – so much so that she finds summer customers will drive out of state to buy a gift from her in the off-season; locals even offered to help her move last month. “It was really heartwarming to see how much we matter to our neighbors,” she said. “We have made a lot of friends here.” Although she wasn’t thrilled about the recent move (her landlord sold the building), Birmingham said she is now happy with the outcome. Relocating her store, even just a few yards south, reminded

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her of how many friends she’s made through Raina’s. For her, continuing the tradition of the boutique at a new location signifies as much about the strength of her business as it does about the relationships she’s established through it, and about the importance of adding some sparkle to the world. “I’ve had people come in and say ‘I’m buying this because I have cancer,’” she said, explaining that a brightly-colored treat like an inexpensive pair of earrings can really make someone feel great. “You find something you like and your whole day is better,” Birmingham said. Aside from the treasures available for purchase in the store, Raina’s also makes custom jewelry, a service that has become especially popular with bridal parties. Brides can come in, meet with Birmingham, and pick out materials and jewels that accentuate their wedding and match their

bridesmaids’ gowns. The local artist will then create one-of-a-kind pieces to match their celebration and personality, a special service she delights in providing. With Birmingham’s endless supply of creativity and sparkling accessories, it’s no surprise Raina’s continues to welcome new “friends.” For more information about Raina’s Jewelry, stop by 380 Broadway or call (518) 796-5456.




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Ballston Spa Holds Information Night February 16 for International Baccalaureate Program and Kindergarten BALLSTON SPA - The Ballston Spa Central School District is approaching a big night for parents and students late next week, when they plan to hold information sessions February 16 regarding kindergarten orientation and registration, as well as the high school’s International Baccalaureate Program. For young students entering kindergarten in the fall of 2012, Ballston Spa’s elementary schools are inviting parents to attend an orientation February 16 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Wood Road/Milton Terrace North Elementary School in the cafetorium. The meeting, which is geared strictly for parents and guardians, will provide insight into what Ballston Spa’s kindergarten program is and what it offers new students. The school has also announced that registration for kindergarten will begin for Wood Road and Milton Terrace South Elementary Schools

April 3-5, with Milton Terrace North and Malta Avenue Elementary Schools scheduled for May 1-3. Contact the central registration office at (518) 602-0256 to learn more. Over at the high school, students beginning the fall of 2012 as ninth or 10th graders are invited to learn more about the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program February 16 at 7:30 p.m. The IB coordinators and staff will provide information about the new program and its implementation at Ballston Spa High School. The program is designed to offer high school students an opportunity to access an advanced curriculum, recognized internationally by colleges and universities as one of the most rigorous academic programs for college and career preparation. For more information, visit the high school guidance department webpage at or contact Laura Schmitz, IB coordinator, at (518) 884-7150.


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Saratoga Arts Center Offers Series of Programs for Students During February Break by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS Schools may be nearing their February break in a couple of weeks, but that doesn’t mean interested students will have nothing to do from February 20 24. For young learners ages 5-14 looking for some extracurricular fun during the break, look no further than the school break camp programs offered by the Saratoga Arts Center. Students ages 5-7 are invited to join the visual arts program, “Imagine That!” Students ages 814 are also encouraged to join “Imagine That!” in a class designed specifically for older kids. For those looking for a little theater during their break, try the program, “Get Into The Act!” for ages 5-12. “For our theater program, kids can expect to learn basically everything that goes into a full production,” said Tanya TobiasTomis, the education director for the Arts Center. “They will learn character development, they’ll learn set design, and, in a week,

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A young art student works on her canvas, painting a scenic landscape at the Saratoga Arts Center. they’ll learn an entire play.” For the visual arts classes, the Art Center offers students a chance to learn theories on composition, perspective, balance and more, all while working with materials not typically used at home or at school. “We do drawing, we do painting, and we always do something that’s three-dimensional,” said

Tobias-Tomis. “In the past we have done a lot of found-object sculpture, wire sculpture and paper mache.” The Arts Center is currently accepting enrollment for their February break camp, as well as their April break and summer break camps. To learn more or to sign up, visit or call (518) 584-4132.

Author John Fleischman Comes to Saratoga Library SARATOGA SPRINGS - The author of “Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science,” is coming to the Saratoga Springs Public Library Thursday, February 16 at 7 p.m. to speak with fans and the public about his work. John Fleischman, whose book was selected as a junior companion title for young readers by Saratoga Reads, will give a presentation appropriate for a wideranging audience, from young readers in fourth grade through adults. Free tickets are available in the children’s room at the Saratoga Springs Public Library. Call (518) 584-7860 for more information. Fleischman is a science writer for the American Society for Cell

Biology, and his work has appeared in Discover, Muse and Air & Space Smithsonian. His book, “Phineas Gage,” tells the true story of a railroad construction foreman who survived for 11 years after a 13-pound iron rod shot through his skull in a rock-blasting accident in 1848.




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Community Rallies for Local Family Planning For the Future continued from Page 1 Smith and her family have done to help the local downtown community, it was only a matter of time before the couple’s friends and family rallied to their support. When word got out less than two weeks ago that Gaffney’s planned to host a fundraising benefit, “For the Love of Scott: Music Mayhem!” for the Smith family on February 12, hundreds of local musicians, businesses, Gaffney’s regulars, friends, family and more jumped at the opportunity to help their dear friends. “Everybody wanted to do something,” said John Baker, owner of Gaffney’s. “Kim is like another sister to me. She’s the first one to drive someone home from the bar, the first one to step to the plate to do anything for anybody,” he said. “And Scott is just the salt of the earth,” said Marianne Barker, owner of Impressions of Saratoga. “He’s another one that will just help whenever. He always wanted to learn and explore and help other people. Just to see them together, there’s such a bond between them, and I think everybody just wanted to help.” To say “everyone” is almost an understatement at this point. In less than two weeks’ time, over 25 bands and acts (many of whom Kim herself has booked at Gaffney’s over the years) volunteered to play the benefit, over 100 businesses rallied to provide silent auction items and inkind donations, and hundreds of downtown-regulars and patrons voiced their intentions to attend Sunday’s benefit. T-shirt graphics and printing have all been donated to support the cause; Steve Sullivan from the Olde Bryan Inn is donating all of his proceeds from Chowderfest; Kim Klopstock from Fifty South Restaurant and Bar and Matthew and Chad Tallman from the Bread Basket are donating food; this list goes on and on and on. “The response has been overwhelming. It’s just – it’s crazy,” said Sharon Bolton, who helped to spearhead and organize the event for Kim and Scott. “People right away were just jumping in and offering their support all over downtown. They all just love this woman and her family and they want to help.” The seven-hour long benefit, set for Sunday, February 12 from 1 – 8 p.m., will feature bands playing both up and downstairs at Gaffney’s in half-hour time slots. Meanwhile, a slew of silent auction items, including an iPad, New York Yankee and

Baltimore Orioles tickets, a midweek romance package from Longfellows, a mahogany humidor with cigars, two lift tickets to Gore Mountain, a $200 value Tracy Buyce Photo Session, a round of golf at Saratoga National and much more will be up for bid. Matt McCabe, owner of Saratoga Guitar, is also donating an Eastman 803 CE Jazz Guitar with case, valued at $2,500, for the auction. “We’re a city, but we’re still a small community. I’ve known Kim for a long time, and she’s an integral part of the fabric of our downtown,” said McCabe. “She’s provided a lot of work opportunities for musicians and the people locally. She’s just a great gal, and I know Scott works really hard, so what goes around comes around. You do what you can, when you can.” There will be food and drinks available during the event, with a

$10 price of admission at the door (which will go directly to the Smith family). Gaffney’s will also be collecting donations for the Smith family, which can be made at the bar or by mail. Checks should be made out to “The Scott Smith Fund,” and can also be donated directly to Adirondack Trust Company at 473 Broadway before, during or after the event. “This is really a love affair,” said Bolton. “Kim is always the one organizing benefits for everyone else. This time everyone else wanted to help her.” The goal is to raise $30,000 during the benefit to help offset some of the expenses the Smith family has incurred during their battle with cancer. To show your support for two integral members in Saratoga’s downtown community, stop by Gaffney’s at 16 Caroline St. Sunday, February 12 from 1 – 8 p.m.

For The Love of Scott: Music Mayhem Lineup Gaffney's Starting Gate Music 2:00 - 2:25 Ubuntu 2:35 - 3:00 Trevor English & Frankie 3:10 - 3:35 Low 'N Lonesome ~ Phil Drum & Rob Adkins 3:45 - 4:10 Dance Mansion Duo ~ Marcus Ruggiero w/Brian Kelley 4:20 - 4:45 Chris Carey 4:55 - 5:20 Justin Joyner of GRAVITY 5:30 - 5:55 Steve Candlen 6:05 - 6:30 Jeff Brisbin

Gaffney's Upstairs Music 1:00 - 1:25 Matt McCabe 1:35 - 2:00 Mikki Bakken & Brian Gibney of The Fighting 86's 2:10 - 2:35 George Fletcher & Folding Money 2:45 - 3:10 Erin Harkes 3:20 - 3:45 New Shoes Blues 3:55 - 4:20 Rick Rourke & Lost Wages 4:30 - 4:55 Acoustic Circus 5:05 - 5:30 Johnny & The Triumphs 5:40 - 6:05 Sirsy 6:15 - 6:40 Richie Ortiz 6:50 - 7:15 Garland Nelson 7:25 - 8:00 Big Medicine & Friends

Wilton Accepts Economic Growth Plan by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY WILTON - The Wilton Town Board met Thursday, February 2 for their monthly meeting, where they accepted the final draft of the Exit 16 Linkage Study, a Saratoga County resolution providing a multi-jurisdictional all-hazard mitigation plan was approved, and recently elected Councilman John Lant squared off with Highway Superintendent Kirklin Woodcock over hiring practices and the use of town funds. Raymond O’Conor, who stepped down from his position as deputy supervisor on the town board at the end of 2011, joined consultant Chuck Voss from Barton & Loguidice and Sandra Misiewicz from the Capital District Transportation Committee to present the final plan for the Wilton Exit 16 Linkage Study. The trio, along with other town officials, business and community leaders, have spent the last year developing an economic growth plan the town can use as a guideline for growth through 2035. The plan, which addresses transportation issues, the development of vacant land for commercial use and creating a sense of identity and town center, is focused on the stretch of land along Ballard Road, from just east of Commerce Park Drive to Northern Pines Road. The town accepted the final version of the plan, which can be used (or not) as a guideline for future growth.

To view the plan online, visit During the town board’s committee reports, Councilman Lant made several suggestions to members of the town board. Among his suggestions were to require department heads to give a written report of their activities at the end of each month, reinstate a sign-in and sign-out sheet for town employees, and suggesting a $5,000 pay cut for town councilmen who currently make $13,104 annually. But it was when Councilman Lant addressed Highway Superintendent Woodcock regarding $174 spent by Woodcock during a training breakfast at Saratoga Diner that things got heated. Lant questioned why Woodcock could not hold the meeting in the town’s highway garage or the town hall to save the money, to which Woodcock contended that there was not enough space for his employees. Woodcock also argued that he has never been over budget during his tenure as highway superintendent. Councilman Robert Pulsifer interjected and stated that Woodcock has the right to use funds from his budget as he sees fit. Lant noted that, at the very least, Woodcock should spend the money at an establishment like Scotty’s in Wilton instead of spending money outside the township, where it will not benefit the Wilton community directly.



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2012 State of the City by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – Mayor Scott T. Johnson made the annual State of the City address on the afternoon of February 5, at the Saratoga Springs City Center. The mayor said financial indicators and ongoing economic development indicate the city is relatively strong, and stronger than most in the considerably tougher national economic environment. Mayor Johnson stressed the city council should remain focused on “fiscal conservatism, good management, and improved efficiency.” The mayor went on to address the restoration of Saratoga’s rightful share of video lottery terminal (VLT) revenue from New York State. The mayor stated that without a guarantee that those funds will be shared with the city, that it would be “financially irresponsible” to depend on the funds to balance an annual budget. Mayor Johnson went on to talk about the statewide movement toward legalizing casino gambling. He explained his concerns over the threat legalizing casino

gambling would bring to the city, as well as the VLT model brought forth by NYRA. The mayor declared that whatever proposal goes forward, it must include guarantees that Saratoga Springs will receive fair compensation and not threaten the stability of the annual meet at Saratoga Race Course. “Make no doubt about it, a threat to racing’s future is a threat to our survival,” said Mayor Johnson. The Democratic response to the mayor’s State of the City was issued by Saratoga Springs Finance Commissioner Michele Madigan. Madigan agreed with Mayor Johnson that relying on non-guaranteed VLT revenue would be irresponsible, but felt the statement was hypocritical and said the basis of the city’s 2012 budget included these nonguaranteed funds. She said that some of the monetary figures disclosed regarding the city’s unappropriated unreserved fund balance in Mayor Johnson’s speech may have been premature, and said while an increase would be welcome, the numbers would not be final until the end of February.


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community within Saratoga Springs. The skateboard decks will be part of a silent auction, and proceeds will go toward the park. Notable artists include part-time Saratoga Springs resident Jeremy Fish, who will be donating screen prints for T-shirts to raise funds, and photographer Daesha Harris. The show’s curator is Belinda Colon, who collaborated on the idea with her husband, Benj Gleekman, and the skate park’s unofficial spokesperson, Charlie Samuels. The group decided it was important to keep their positive momentum going following the celebration of the bowl’s November 2011 reopening. Colon began contacting artists almost immediately and found numerous volunteers for the cause. Gleekman feels the decision to hold an art show speaks loudly to the symmetry enjoyed by skateboard and art culture. “Skateboarding is an individual and expressive activity, as opposed to a team sport where you’re boxed in by the rules,” said Gleekman. “In skateboarding you can do what you want and because of that it attracts creative individuals. We’re all part of this big creative community.” The recruitment efforts ranged from telephone calls, to an open invitation for submissions on the gallery show’s Facebook page. Before long, the roster of contributing artists passed 70. Colon says whether it’s pop art, street-graffiti art, or screen prints, the gallery will have something for everyone. Initial plans for the gallery include the opening on March 3, which will coincide with the beginning of the silent auction. The auction will stay open throughout the month, and may include an online listing of what is available at the show. For now, the gallery is expected to host other fundraising ventures including yoga classes and a screening of a film made by

Samuels. The art show and fundraiser is just the latest chapter in the history of Saratoga Skate Park. The skate park originally opened in the East Side Recreation Park in 1988 and gave city skateboarders a place to call their own. In 2004 the park received a major new addition when a 37-foot, kidney-shaped concrete bowl was built. The bowl replicates the kind of rounded concrete pools that professional skateboarders would popularize in the 1970s and 80s. It was the park’s most unique feature, as most skateboard parks cannot afford or facilitate concrete bowls. Then one morning in March 2010, the bowl was filled with dirt. Saratoga Springs skateboarders received no warning of the city’s plans to do so, and were left scratching their heads over the decision. There were no outstanding lawsuits stemming from the skate park. There were no complaints filed to the city regarding the skate park. No one had gotten injured. “All I remember was showing up at the park one day to skate and the bowl was filled in,” remembers Gleekman. “It was depressing. I still went, but you’d show up and every day there’d be more and more weeds growing out of it,” he continued. Rumors swirled about possible reasons behind the filling of the bowl ranging anywhere from a response to graffiti around the park, to lack of funding, to the age-old argument of safety liability. The bowl likely would have remained filled if not for the organized efforts of Charlie Samuels, a resident of Saratoga Springs and lifelong skateboarder. The photographer and filmmaker would attend city council meetings throughout 2011, demanding to know why he was being ignored. He even went so far as to begin asking council members to meet him for coffee to discuss the matter, an offer that was

eventually accepted by Accounts Commissioner John Franck. The meeting with Franck paved the way for Samuels to begin discussions with other city officials as he attempted to have his voice heard. His lengthy, and at times heated, battle with the Saratoga Springs City Council attracted the attention of local media. He was dubbed “the 50-year-old skateboarder,” who looked at concrete pools as “the holy grail” of skateboarding. Samuels sees his role in this a bit differently. “I’m just a skateboarder that wants to skate, and have this facility open to the public,” said Samuels. Samuels wasn’t alone in his fight, and his plight was taken up by another local skater who opened a “Save the Skate Park” Facebook page. The page became a home base for people interested in preserving the integrity of the park and to date has over 3,000 people behind its cause. One morning in November 2011, Samuels received a call from Commissioner of Public Works Anthony Scirocco, asking him to meet with him down at the park. When he arrived, Samuels wasn’t sure he believed what he saw. “I saw dump trucks carting dirt out and next to the pool was a backhoe filling them. It was almost too good to be true,” recalls Samuels. Following the excavation of the pool, Samuels was thrilled. The bowl was reopened in November 2011, and will stay open under a “skate-at-your-own-risk” policy for the coming warmer months. The bowl could use a significant amount of repair, as concrete coping around the lip of the bowl has begun to deteriorate. Samuels says he’s willing to contribute to costs associated with the concrete bowls’ upkeep, along with the money raised by On Deck. For more information on the show, visit the On Deck Art Gallery page on Facebook.



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Estate Planning by Debbie Verni, Harry Miller, and Nicole Clouthier of the Herzog Law Firm P.C. Saratoga TODAY Hopefully you have not been in this position often, if at all. However, as difficult as dealing with a loved one’s death may be, it is important to know the basic steps that need to be taken to ensure that your loved one’s affairs are taken care of. No one wants to leave a mess for their survivors. In an ideal world, your loved one would have left detailed instructions for their burial, a listing of their assets, where to find their will, and who their estate planning attorney is. Unfortunately, this is not often the case. The first thing we recommend is to assess the situation. Secure and inventory your loved one’s personal effects, including keys, cell phone, wallet, credit cards and cash. Did your loved one own a home? Do his or her belongings need to be secured? If your loved one did not live with you, change the locks of their residence. If they did live with you, make sure you know where all the keys are located. Are there any immediate factors, such as minor children, pets or other dependants, that need to be taken care of? Have all family members and close friends been notified? Who is in charge? Did your loved one nominate an individual to handle their affairs? If not, it is important to have a discussion with family members to determine the chain of command or how decisions will be made. Once this general assessment is complete, the real work begins. As a preliminary matter, you should try to locate any estate planning documents your loved one may have made. There may be a pre-paid funeral or specific instructions on what type of service, if any, your loved one wanted. If there are no instructions, you will have to take it upon yourself to make the necessary funeral arrangements. In general, if there are several surviving children/relatives you should include those who knew your loved one best when making the final arrangements if possible. Next, it is important to collect your loved one’s important

papers. In addition to any estate planning documents you may have already found, these include: bank statements, tax returns, insurance policies, deeds to real property, and motor vehicle titles. Your loved one’s mail can be a great resource for determining what assets and debts they may have had; therefore, you should also arrange to have their mail forwarded. You should contact the Social Security Administration ( and any company that was paying your loved one a monthly pension. Inform them of your loved one’s death and request that they do not send the next monthly check. Funeral directors oftentimes contact social security. Ask the funeral director if they have done so. Once you have determined what assets and debts your loved one had, you should begin contacting these institutions and advise them of your loved one’s death. At this point, depending on how your loved one had their assets titled, it may be necessary to present their will for probate, or begin an administration proceeding if there is no will. The probate or administration process can be quite complex and difficult to navigate. For instance, if there is no will, then the next of kin will have to decide who will be appointed as administrator. The administrator’s job is to collect and distribute the assets. Even if a will is located, and there is clear direction as to whom will serve as executor, many estates are more complicated than simply paying final bills and splitting the remaining funds among the next of kin. No two estates are the same and it is important to look at the specifics of each situation to determine the most appropriate steps to take and how to proceed. We recommend that all individuals handling a loved one’s estate meet with an experienced estate lawyer to ensure that the estate is properly taken care of and nothing is overlooked. The Herzog Law Firm P.C. focuses its practice in the areas of estate planning, estate administration, Medicaid planning and elder law. They have offices in Saratoga, Albany and Kingston. Nothing in this article should be construed as legal advice.


The Under-Utilized Concept of Asset Location

Stephen Kyne Sterling Manor Financial We’ve all heard about the benefits of Asset Allocation – diversifying your investments among the various uncorrelated investment asset classes in order to ease volatility in your accounts. So, you have a diversified portfolio, consisting of holding in IRAs, Roth IRAs, your 401(k), and non-retirement (taxable) investment accounts; have you given much thought to which holdings should go into which accounts in order to improve your portfolio’s tax-efficiency? Few have heard about another important concept, called Asset Location. This theory recognizes the importance of the types of accounts you should be putting all of your diversified investments into. If all of your investments are in retirement accounts (IRA, 401K, etc) then you don’t need to worry as much about Asset Location today, since they’re all taxdeferred, but it may become an important concept for you in the future. If you also have money in taxable accounts (accounts where you get a 1099 each year), then taxes on capital gains, interest and dividends can erode your net worth over time. Bond interest and some dividends in taxable accounts are taxed at an investor’s normal ordinary income tax rate. Studies show that up to 20 basis points (.2 percent) can be gained each year on your financial investments simply by placing your holdings in the proper types of accounts. Let’s look at an example of inefficient asset location. Suppose you are holding municipal bonds from the state in which you reside, inside of your Roth IRA. Since your Roth IRA is already a tax-free account, what benefit is gained by holding tax-free municipal bonds in it? None. So, based on the concept of Asset Location, it would make

more sense to put these tax-free investments in a regular brokerage account, and put investments producing otherwise taxable interest and dividends in your Roth IRA. Another example we often encounter, is an investor holding dividend-producing stocks in a non-retirement account, who has no immediate need for income. Each year, that investor is receiving a 1099 for their dividends and paying taxes on them. Between federal and state taxes, they could be losing almost 22 percent of their dividends unnecessarily. Maybe those investments should be located in a different type of account. If the investor doesn’t need the income that’s being generated, maybe they shouldn’t be invested in holdings that produce taxable income at all. The goal of Asset Location is to divide investments among taxable and retirement accounts in a way that will defer taxes and ultimately provide the best after-tax returns. Placing investments in the wrong type of accounts can easily rob

young investors with moderate retirement savings of 20 percent of their after-tax nest egg over their lifetimes. The overall effectiveness of Asset Location depends on your tax bracket, investment holding periods, and the tax code of the securities. An additional benefit of Asset Location is that it takes a holistic view of your net worth by looking at overall asset allocation across all your accounts, which is something many investors fail to do. Working with your independent financial advisor, as well as your tax professional, you can work to determine the best mix of assets to help meet your goals. Stephen Kyne is a partner at Sterling Manor Financial in Saratoga Springs. He can be contacted at 583-4040. Securities and investment advisory services are offered solely through Cadaret, Grant & Co., Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC. Sterling Manor Financial and Cadaret Grant are separate entities.


Friday, February 10, 2012


Strawberry-licious Valentine’s Fun

by Jodie Fitz Saratoga TODAY There’s nothing like starting Valentine’s Day with a pink breakfast and a little love for everyone! One of our favorite smoothies is my Strawberry Smoothie and this time of year it’s a perfect blend with the use of fresh frozen strawberries. It’s also a quick fix (my favorite kind of recipe) and if you run out of time for breakfast, it makes a great afterschool snack.

Strawberry Smoothie 2 cup strawberries, frozen ½ cup low-fat milk 6 oz. low-fat vanilla yogurt 2 tablespoon lime juice 1 tablespoon honey 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Add the strawberries, milk, yogurt, lime juice, honey and vanilla extract into the blender and mix thoroughly. Makes approximately three 8 oz. servings. STRAWBERRIES: Fresh strawberries can be substituted in this

recipe. If you do use fresh strawberries, they must be rinsed, the greens removed and the berries sliced before blending. In addition, add 2 cups of ice for thickness and coldness. If you are using the frozen strawberries, be certain to purchase the freshly frozen berries NOT the package with added syrups and sugars. The fresh frozen strawberries with nothing added have the same nutritional value as the fresh. The price typically remains the same yearround making it affordable throughout all of the seasons. Hulling the Strawberries: I love a good gadget! My favorite strawberry huller is made by Chef n’ and you can typically find it in specialty kitchen stores for under $10. When I brought this find home my kids actually fought over who was getting a chance to hull more strawberries; can’t go wrong with that argument! Dairy: The USDA at is recommending the use of low-fat products. You can learn more about the latest information, updates and releases by visiting their site.


Cabin fever? Soak up some culture at one of Saratoga County’s amazing museums: Brookside Museum 6 Charlton St., Ballston Spa 885-4000• Maintained by the Saratoga County Historical Society, Brookside offers classes, has five galleries, a hands-on-history room, a research library, and a gift shop. Open Tues.-= Fri. from 10a.m.-4 p.m. and Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

National Bottle Museum 76 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa 8857589• The museum displays exhibits about early bottle making methods and tools, as well as handmade bottles. The museum is also the host of numerous classes and events. Open Mon.-Fri. from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Children’s Museum at Saratoga 69 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs 584-5540 • Housing 11 interactive exhibits and a handson art studio, children ages 2-10 can hone their creativity, grow and socialize. Open July 1 through Labor Day: Mon.-Sat. from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Sunday noon-4 p.m. and Labor Day through June: Tues.-Sat. from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Sunday noon-4:30 p.m.

National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame 99 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-2225 • The only museum in the nation dedicated to American professional dance, the National Museum of Dance is a living museum, where dance is featured in archives, exhibitions, classes and special events. Open Tues.-Sat. from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Friends of Ulysses S. Grant Cottage P.O. Box 2294, Wilton 587-8277 • Grant Cottage is the historic site where Ulysses Grant spent his last days. Complete with original furnishings, Grant’s personal items, and a spectacular view of the Hudson Valley. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day: Wed.-Sun. from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Labor Day to Columbus Day: Sat. and Sun. from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Hyde Collection 161 Warren St., Glens Falls 792-1761 • The Hyde Collection features watercolors, drawings and paintings from Homer, Picasso and more in the historic setting of the Hyde House. Rotating galleries provide a constant fresh set of exhibitions. Open Wed. – Sat. from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday noon – 5 p.m.

National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame 191 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs 584-0400 • The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame displays the history of American Thoroughbreds. Visitors can enjoy exclusive Oklahoma tours, public programs and interactive galleries. There changing special exhibits that make every visit a different experience. The museum is closed until February 29 for exhibit updates. New York State Military Museum 61 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs 581-5100 New York State’s military history collection is housed here in a historical 1889 armory. A complete history is showcased including displays from the Revolutionary War to the current conflict in Iraq. The museum also has a military history library and archive. Open

Tues. – Sat. from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday noon-4 p.m. Saratoga Automobile Museum 110 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs • 587-1935 The museum commemorates New York State’s automotive heritage and features changing exhibits including antique, classic, race, Indy, sports and stock cars. The museum includes three galleries, an orientation theater and gift shop. Open June – Sept.: daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Oct.-Dec.: Tues.-Sun. from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Jan.-Feb.: Wed.-Sun. from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and March - May: Tues.-Sun.:10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saratoga Harness Hall of Fame Jefferson St., Saratoga Springs 587-4210 A harness museum housing sulkies, old-time heroes and antique horseshoe displays. Open May-June and Nov., Thurs.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and July- Oct., Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saratoga Springs History Museum The Canfield Casino, Congress Park, Saratoga Springs•584-6920 The Saratoga Springs History Museum has three floors of exhibits that tell the story of Saratoga Springs. The museum is open daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Stillwater Blockhouse Routes 4 and 32, Stillwater 664-1847 The Blockhouse is a museum that houses information about the American Revolution and the history of the Town of Stillwater. Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery Skidmore College, 815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs 580-8080 • One of the first interdisciplinary museums of its kind in the country, the Tang’s exhibitions and programs combine a variety of subjects with new works of international, contemporary art. The Tang also is host to artist talks, tours, films, music and children’s activities. Open Tues.-Sun. from noon-5 p.m. and Thurs. noon-9 p.m. Wilton Heritage and Farm Museum Mt. McGregor and Parkhurst roads, Wilton The Wilton Heritage Society Museum, located at Mt. McGregor and Parkhurst Roads in Wilton, is open Fri.-Sun. 1-4 p.m. during June, July and August. Exhibits include a Victorian parlor, a one-room school, Wilton landmarks, Mt. McGregor and a farm annex.



Friday, February 10, 2012


Heart-Healthy, Heart-Stealing Seafood Linguine

Suzanne Voigt Farmers’ Market

It’s the season to impress your sweetheart, so why not do it with a delicious heart-healthy romantic dinner for two? This betterthan-restaurant dish is made from

local fresh ingredients and goes superbly with a fresh green salad and a bottle of Pinot Grigio. The ingredients are fresh and local from the Saratoga Farmers’ Market—you can’t get better tasting seafood in Saratoga than Pura Vida and the vegetables produced in hoop houses by our local farmers are as sweet and tasty as they are in summer. This meal is low in cholesterol, low in fat, but high in fiber, potassium and LOVE!

Ingredients • 6 ounces whole-wheat linguine, or spaghetti • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

• 3 cloves garlic, chopped • 1 tablespoon chopped shallot/onion • 1 cup diced Sushan Hydroponic Tomatoes, diced • 1/3 cup white wine • 1/4 teaspoon salt • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper • 8 small clams (about 1/2 pound), scrubbed • 6 ounces sea scallops • 6 ounces flaky white fish, cut into 1-inch strips • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh marjoram, or 1 teaspoon dried, plus more for garnish • 2 tablespoon grated Longview Farm Parmesan cheese,


Preparation 1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes, or according to package diretions. Drain and rinse. 2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet (with lid for later) over medium heat. Add garlic and shallot and sauté approxmately 1 minute until beginning to soften. 3. Increase the heat slightly. Add diced tomatoes, wine, salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook for 1 minute. Add clams, cover and cook for 2

minutes. Stir in scallops, fish and marjoram. Cover and cook until the scallops and fish are cooked through and the clams have opened, 3 to 5 minutes more. 4. Spoon the sauce and clams over the pasta and sprinkle with additional marjoram and Parmesan (if using). Note: The recipe lends itself to varieties of fish, depending on what is available. Mussels for clams, shrimp, lobster, salmon can all be used instead of scallops—and any flaky white fish is fine.

The Wok: A Surprisingly Romantic Cooking Utensil

John Reardon Compliments to the Chef Hello Foodie friends! First, let me thank all of you that have stopped in personally to let me know that you enjoy this column! Your kind words and well-wishes have inspired me to keep coming back each week with new stories from the kitchen. Recently, I had a young lady come in and ask me to help her buy cookware, so she could prepare something called “The Engagement Meal.” I learned that this meal is a powerful method for getting what you want – simply cook your significant other a great meal and they will finally propose! The young man she was dating had been taking a long time to pop the question. There is a lot of great karma in this strategy, and it brought me back to the first time my wife cooked for me! I still remember the candles and the gleam in her eyes. It was chicken and fried dough with green beans and potatoes too! I called my mom and she said eat everything

on your plate because it will mean a lot to her. Yes, I was a lucky young man – at least that is what the emergency room doctor told me the next day. You see, I had salmonella poisoning. And that is how I knew she was the one for me. She tried her best and put so much love into making this meal. I even remember how she held my hand as they loaded me into the ambulance. Well I am happy to tell you that today she is an awesome cook! Ladies, it really is the thought and effort that matters, but if you want to avoid poisoning your prince charming I suggest making sure you thoroughly cook the chicken. I suggest a stir-fry for your engagement meal, and use a wok to ensure it’s cooked all the way through. Yes, my fellow foodie friends and hopeless romantics, this week’s must-have kitchen gadget is the Chinese wok!

A wok is a wide bowl shaped cooking vessel with handles used commonly in Chinese and Asian cooking. Woks are great for stir-frying, stewing, boiling, braising and steaming. Compliments to the Chef carries a large assortment of high-quality woks that suit the needs of the Asian-cooking enthusiast. Some of the best companies carrying this cookware are Joyce Chen, Helen Chen (her daughter), All-Clad and Lodge just to name a few. I recommend purchasing a wok that is made of carbon steel or cast iron – those are my favorites, as they both spread heat evenly and are easy to clean. Cast iron woks are superior to carbon steel woks in their heat retention and uniform heat distribution qualities. The material also allows the formation of a more stable layer of seasoning, which means your meal is less likely to stick to the pan.

But there are benefits to carbon steel woks – they are a little less expensive and still perform very well. Although woks come in several sizes, my customers prefer the 14” wok. It allows for cooking large and small portions. The handles are designed to stay cool on the stovetop, so you can easily remove the pan from the burner without using potholders. Its curved sides diffuse heat and extend the cooking surface, which helps with tossing and stirring. The great depth allows ample room to cook a whole fish, if so desired. Simmering, deep frying, or steaming, are just a few of its multiple uses. Season them with vegetable oil before use and after cleaning. You could even purchase a nice bamboo steamer

to steam your vegetables. Delicious! Whereever your tastes take you, this pan can deliver! So the next time your significant other asks you if you want to go out to dinner, you should say “No! I’m cooking you a great meal and I have the tools to do it!” Oh, and when you’re looking in to each other’s eyes from across the table, remember “Life Happens in the Kitchen!” Take Care, John


Friday, February 10, 2012




Meghan D. Lemery LCSW-R I’m not a big fan of Valentine’s Day. It’s not that I am a cynic when it comes to love, trust me, a love cynic would not spend weeks in mourning from watching Rose say goodbye and let Jack go into the cold icy water. I’ve seen “Titanic” hundreds of times and I still do the ugly wailing purple face cry at the end of the movie. No, I am not a love cynic at all; rather, it is the whole idea of Valentine’s Day that leaves me feeling doubtful and slightly verklempt. One day a year is dedicated to showering the people you love with affection, adoration, praise and love. It’s a magical day in which all of your problems and dysfunction disappear at the sight of a dozen roses or a box of chocolates. Here’s the deal, I think Valentine’s Day is for love amateurs. It promotes lazy relationship habits and sugarcoats reality. Having had the privledge of helping people navigate the sometimes tricky path of relationships, I have come to believe that people are shockingly lazy about love. Willing to postpone, put off, too busy, the

kids, the bills, the this, the that. LOVE can wait. The biggest excuse I hear about dysfunctional relationships over and over again is “We’ll get to it when we have time.” (Or, we’ll cram months of neglect into one romantic day a year when cupid will work his magic). Wake up people! You will always have bills to pay and responsibilities that can suck the romance right out of your relationship. Your life will always be busy and full of excuses to let your relationship head into the abyss of boredom and laziness. I challenge you to take a deep look into the most important relationships in your life. Are they healthy? Do you make time to spend with the people you love? If you are waiting for things to “settle down” or life to get easier, I assure you, things will only become increasingly tense and unhealthy. STOP the laziness now and save your money on roses and chocolates for a few practical tips to improve the quality of your relationships. BE THE MATE YOU WANT Feeling uninspired with your sweetie pie lately? Do you feel like the main squeeze in your life has become dull and un-romantic? Before you let your special someone know how unhappy you are, take a good look in the mirror. If elastic pants and crocs have become your comfy cozy uniform get a match and some lighter fluid. You cannot expect romance when you live in a Snuggie. Spice things up and be willing to be real with yourself.

Often the things that bother us most about the people we love are the things we are guilty of doing. Think back to the magical moments of a budding new romance. You made sure your chin hair was plucked and your socks matched. Keep dating your mate and focus on doing the little things that show you care about yourself and your sweetie pie. Be the mate you want and remember, you can’t be upset about lack of romance and connection if you do nothing to rekindle the flame. Relationships are a two-way street, what you expect is what you must give. Be Proactive instead of Reactive Weekly date night. This is a proactive commitment you can make in your relationship that will serve as a buffer to the tense times that suck the energy and romance

out of relationships. I cannot tell you how many people groan when I give them the homework of a weekly date. This is simple people. Put a date weekly on the calendar, turn off the phone, television, computer, or anything else that serves as a distraction. Make time for one another to talk about fun and interesting things rather than the business of running a household. Couples that make time for fun and date night report feeling closer and more connected than couples who never make time for a night together. Good relationship habits such as date night protect you from falling down the rabbit hole of feeling disconnected and unhappy. Praise, Praise, Praise Compliment the people you love EVERY DAY. Notice I did not say “Compliment the people you love

ONCE A YEAR with hearts that have impersonal and cheesy slogans on them.” Did you know that when it comes to relationships we are far more likely to remember the negative things we are told rather than the positive? Watch your words. Are you speaking criticism and judgment or love and acceptance? Every human being on the planet wants to be told they are a gem. Make it a priority to compliment your sweetie pie and ALL the people you love in your life. The gist of Valentine’s Day is to show gratitude for the people we love the most. Go ahead and celebrate your love but don’t wake up on February 15 and go back to all of your bad relationship habits. Take time DAILY to show love and appreciation in ALL of your relationships and watch how much more connected and love you will feel on the daily basis! Don’t wait until this one day each year to say cheesy things and be a sap, do it every day! Wishing you red hot romance this Valentine’s Day and every day! Ms. Lemery is a psychotherapist practicing in Glens Falls and Saratoga Springs. For more information please visit


Friday, February 10, 2012



Tallying up the Subtle Changes Clare Colamaria Our Elders, Our Actions We all know someone who is elderly – a parent, relative, neighbor or even an acquaintance you chat with while on the treadmill at your gym. And oftentimes we worry about them. These somebodys, unbeknownst to them, might be creating a sense of worry or concern for those

around them because of small changes in the way they execute typical tasks. Their routine may seem a bit off. What are the subtle signs? They may look unstable on their feet or appear to get lightheaded when bending over or standing up. Do they forget where they parked their car? Well, I do that sometimes too, but if an elderly person regularly gets turned around, and is often found wandering through parking lots looking for their vehicle it may be a source for concern. This change in routine is hazardous in several

ways, and it’s your responsibility to take notice. They could be wandering for a long time in hot, humid or cold weather, they could get struck by a car because they are not paying attention to anything other than searching for their car and they are susceptible to becoming preyed upon. It is up to us, the younger citizens and observers, to step in and either address these concerns or bring it to the attention of someone close to the individual that is raising concern. In my experience, it is the children,

Local Senior Center Activities The Olde Saratoga Seniors Schuylerville Town Hall (518) 695-4217 AARP Defensive Driving Course The seniors will host an AARP Defensive Driving course April 20 at the Schuylerville Town Hall from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost is $17 for AARP members and $19 for non-members. Call Roberta Hewitt to register at (518) 695-3695.

Saratoga Springs Senior Center 5 Williams St., Saratoga Springs (518) 584-1621 Tai Chi for Arthritis Two introductory classes, February 16 and February 23 from 2-3 p.m., will teach this slow and steady ancient Chinese exercise. Participants may attend one or both of these free classes. Wear loose clothing and soft-soled shoes. Please sign up in advance.

How to Find a Job When You’re Over 55 Larry Finkle from Experience Works will be at the center Friday, February 17 from noon-3 p.m. to present an older-worker job search workshop. Learn how to apply for work and about various resources available to older adults. Please sign up for this free event as seating is limited. Bring a résumé if you have one and a pad of paper. EPIC Prescription Program A represen¬tative from the NYS EPIC Program (Elderly Phar¬maceutical Insurance Coverage) will be at the center Thursday, February 23 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. to offer one-on-one counseling for current mem¬bers and for those wishing to sign up. You can join if you are a NYS resident, 65 or older with a single income up to $35,000 or married income of up to $50,000. EPIC is free and provides coverage in the Part D coverage gap. Sign up for a time slot!

nieces, nephews and sometimes grandchildren of seniors who contact me with concerns for their elderly loved ones. Very rarely does an elder contact me directly because they are worried about themselves, on the contrary, most will tell you they are “just fine, don’t worry about me.” RED FLAG! Beware, Beware! It is time to take notes and give special attention to your elderly loved one’s habits. Pay close attention to changes in their daily activities like their sleep habits or hobbies- perhaps they used to read the newspaper daily and now you notice it just sits on the table unopened. Also look for changes in their emotions. Are they lonely or depressed, perhaps not as active because they have lost interest in something that once brought them great joy? What about their medications, do they need constant reminders to take them? But what do you do if you notice a change? Well, first you need to really think about how these declines or changes are affecting their life. Has it impacted their safety and wellbeing and, if so, to what extent? Do not ignore or make light of these subtle telltale signs, start a list or log. Some things will need immediate attention. For example, if you notice your elderly loved one is having trouble keeping their balance, you’ll want to secure things like railings at doorways, and make sure they have support bars and handles in their

shower. Replace or remove loose carpets or throw rugs that could cause them to trip and fall. Here’s the thing: you know what causes you to worry or even get aggravated and upset, so pay attention and ask for assistance if you find problems that need to be addressed. I remember the days of juggling my work, my children, my home, my father, his home and all that went along with it. It takes a lot of time, energy and patience and not all of us have it to give. If that is the case, you need to admit that you can’t do it all on your own and get assistance for not only your loved one’s sake but for yours as well. I would say this is a great place to start. There are many resources available for assistance in the home. There is companion care, which is a social and verbal assistant for your loved one – a companion to prepare meals, help with tasks like grocery shopping, light housekeeping and getting dressed, or bringing them to the senior center for some socialization. This type of care will not only lift their spirits and help your loved one remain alert and vibrant, but it will also enable you to keep a sense of normalcy in your life because you have given yourself peace of mind knowing they are being looked after. This will lighten your workload and responsibilities. It is your responsibility to make sure your loved one’s needs are being met, but it does not mean you can’t hire someone to assist you in doing so. Sometimes companion care alone is not enough, you may need someone to assist in hygiene or transferring them from a chair to the bed. This type of service is referred to as home health aides. These aides can also give medications to your loved one and much more. Any of these in-home care resources can be hired for as little as three hours per day or as much as 24 hours a day, seven days a week if that is what is needed. It all depends on your needs, wants and what you or your loved one can afford. I just want you to know there is help and assistance for almost every area you are concerned about or know you will need to address in the near or distant future. Don’t be afraid to ask for assistance. For answers to your questions or to find the proper resources for your needs, go to or call Clare (518) 4242527, founder of A Senior’s Choice, Your Eldercare Crisis Coach.



Friday, February 10, 2012


A New Way to Treat Depression by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) in 2008 to treat clinical depression, and according to Dr. Randy Pardell, who brought the technology to Saratoga late last year, the results are absolutely astounding. “What TMS does is it uses a magnetic pulse, which converts into electrical energy. And what it does is it stimulates the areas of the brain that are underperforming and under functioning in people who have depression,” said Dr. Pardell. “It is a gentle but persistent stimulation that causes the circuits of the brain that are underperforming to get them to start performing again.” Compared to traditional treatments for depression, such as medication or anti-depressants, TMS has shown to carry few side effects. Unlike some medications, whose side effects include weight gain, sexual side effects or a mental dulling, TMS patients experience what Dr. Pardell classified as

“local site sensitivity and headaches, but those are usually very mild, and we have ways to address that with how we provide the magnetic stimulation.” “TMS is an incredibly safe and effective treatment,” he added. Now that the TMS technology has been installed at the Simor Centre for Wellness at 75 Railroad Place in Saratoga Springs, Dr. Pardell’s staff is currently being trained to bring this treatment to the greater Capital District. For patients who are interested in learning more about this treatment option, Dr. Pardell is holding a complimentary TMS Educational Day Friday, February 17 from 1 6 p.m. Interested parties are encouraged to register by calling (518) 306-5125 or through the website at “Contact our number and we will put you in for maybe a halfhour treatment timeslot. We want to give each person individual time to talk about TMS,” said Dr. Pardell. “So call the office and we will schedule an appointment.” To learn more, visit

Electronic Medical Record Keeping Introduced at Glens Falls Hospital GLENS FALLS - Glens Falls Hospital’s Primary Care Centers are introducing a new Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system, with four offices launching the service February 1 in Hoosick Falls, Salem, Greenwich and Cambridge. Instead of paper charts, patient records will be securely stored through a computer system with health records being fully connected throughout the entire Glens Falls Hospital network of health centers and physician practices. “As in other records, evolving from paper to computer filing systems provides superior storage capabilities, greater efficiencies for patients and doctors and improved integration within our health system,” said Joan

McFaul, chief information officer for Glens Falls Hospital. “For patients, access to quality care becomes simpler and safer when records can easily be shared,” said Dr. Barney Rubenstein, medical director for Glens Falls Hospital’s Adirondack Medical Services. “Important information such as prescribed drugs, medical conditions, allergies and other portions of the medical history can be accounted for much more quickly.” The upgrade of the Glens Falls Hospital Electronic Medical Records system in the health centers is supported through a generous contribution from the Mary McClellan Foundation.

by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - You may be checking the mail for some heartfelt Valentine’s Day letters this Tuesday, but don’t forget to check up on the health of your own heart this February, aka American Heart Month. Coronary heart disease is still the leading cause of death for both American men and women, affecting huge swaths of the population. But knowing the risk factors associated with heart disease, symptoms, and a few basic preventative measures can go a long way to keeping you healthy and well.

Risk Factors: There are several common risk factors associated with heart disease. Check to see if the following conditions are relevant to you: • arrhythmia

• diabetes • high cholesterol • high blood pressure • obesity • peripheral artery disease • unhealthy diet/physical inactivity • tobacco use/secondhand smoke

Preventive Measures: If you happen to fall into one of the above categories - don’t lose all hope yet. There are many things that can be done to reduce your risk of heart disease, including changes in diet and exercise routines. • Cut back on foods with high cholesterol content • Avoid foods and drinks with added sugars or large amounts of sodium • Eat more vegetables and fruits • Moderate your alcohol use • Consult with a physician to begin an exercise regimen • Eat lean meats and poultry • Avoid stress when possible • Stop smoking

Symptoms and Signs of a Heart Attack: Despite taking the precautions necessary to avoid a serious heart condition, there are still cases where a heart attack will occur in patients. Knowing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack can greatly increase the chance of a positive outcome, so be on the lookout for the following: • Chest discomfort or pain. This pain, typically located near the center of the chest, can last for more than several minutes, or can come and go. It can feel like a squeezing effect, pressure or fullness, and can be mistaken for indigestion. • Discomfort in one or both arms, back, stomach, neck or jaw • Shortness of breath • Nausea, cold sweats or lightheadedness To learn more about heart disease, visit the American Heart Association at


Friday, February 10, 2012



Gratitude Kate Towne Sherwin Saratoga SAHM

Our little one has arrived! Do you remember my column from last month? The one entitled “Ready or not” where I discussed how out-of-our-control birth can be, despite the most careful plans? I won’t get too detailed with the birth story, as not everyone likes to know every gory bit like I do, but I will say that the birth didn’t quite follow the doctor’s expectations nor mine- I wouldn’t think, given my past experience, that there would be much unexpected about a planned induction and subsequent recovery, but I was surprised by labor that was much shorter and a baby born much quicker than anticipated, and my recovery has

seemed quicker than ever before as well, all of which I’m grateful for! Indeed, hours before I expected to meet our newest addition, birth happened, in the early morning of January 6. As with all my other children, this baby was a wonder to behold, a totally new face to learn, a totally new personality to shake up and enrich our family dynamic. There is so much new about a new baby, even a baby who has several older siblings: I haven’t been able to stop looking at this new little face or the long fingers and long toes; I marvel at how the baby and I know each other already, and how much we still have to learn; and what about that new baby smell? No matter how many new babies one has cuddled and nuzzled, that smell is never old or too familiar. Each one of my other babies had full heads of black hair at birth (even though their hair all turned to shades of blond and light brown as they got older), but this baby has sparse hair, and it looks light brown and blond, depending on the light. I have quickly learned that the baby is mostly quiet unless

hungry, sleeps soundly and for a long time when snuggled on my chest, does not like cold air or cold hands, does not yet care for baths, and does not mind noise of any volume. I can see both Thomas’ and Gabe’s faces, as they looked as newborns, in the face of my newest child, despite the fact that Thomas and Gabe look as different from each other as brothers can look; I also see a lot of Johnny and hardly any at all of Xavier. But all the big brothers share with the new baby something we’ve all been waiting nine months to find out: our new baby is a boy! Thaddeus Philip is blessed to be the fifth of five brothers, and I am blown away to be the mother of all these sons. One of my favorite things is seeing how the big brothers absolutely love their new baby brother. Though they all had different ideas about whether we were going to have a boy or a girl, they all think Taddy (as we’ve been calling him so far) is “so sweet” and “so cute.” “Can I hold the baby, Mom?” I hear several times a day, or “Mom! The baby’s crying! He needs you!” Johnny and I had a funny conversation the other day, during which he told me, with a sad face, “I wish I had my very own baby.” I reminded him about one of his beloved stuffed animals, a seahorse he long ago dubbed “Baby Harold.”

Photo Provided “But Mom!” he said, indignantly, “Baby Harold is not real! He is a seahorse!” Indeed! He went on to clarify that he wanted a baby with “eyes, a nose, knees, and feet,” and when I suggested that, were he to get married when he’s a man he might have his own babies, he shyly told me that he wants “to marry you, Mama.” Be still my heart! (That’s the kind of swoony stuff that can happen when you have sons.) Taddy is four weeks old as I write this (a week before you’re reading it), and already we’ve settled back into aspects of our former family rhythm, with the older boys’ school schedule and extracurricular activities; my husband has been back at work for a

couple of weeks now after being able to stay home for a while after the birth; I’m able to get a shower in most days; and even sneaking a few minutes here and there to write this piece would have seemed impossible two weeks ago. It is a lifeline to remember how fast the most difficult moments, hours and days after birth fly by, though they seem interminable when they’re happening. I can’t believe it’s been four weeks already- I can still vividly remember the time before we knew who this baby was, even though he now seems like he’s been a part of our family forever. I want to thank all the medical professionals who cared for the baby and I during my pregnancy, labor, delivery and stay in the hospital. We had wonderful nurses and doctors caring for us and making sure we were both OK, both at Myrtle Street Obstetrics and Gynecology and Saratoga Hospital- I am very grateful for all of them. (And a special thank you to the nurse who helped me through labor and delivery, despite having to deal with a very cranky and uncooperative me! Thank you, Michelle!) We’re also so grateful to our family and friends, who have all been so helpful and generous to us as we adjust to life with a newborn, and to all of you who have let us know of your love and prayers! Kate Towne Sherwin is a stay-athome mom (SAHM) living in Saratoga Springs with her husband, Steve, and their sons Thomas (7), Gabriel (5), John Dominic (3), Xavier (1), and Thaddeus (5 weeks). She can be reached at



Friday, February 10, 2012

Be a Market Sweetheart and BTGO for EOC!


Helping Hands

Buy Two Give One to Saratoga’s Needy Literacy NY Needs Estherville Animal Shelter Gets Saratoga County an Early Valentine Market coordinator. “They brought by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY

SARATOGA SPRINGS – This Saturday, February 11, the Saratoga Farmers’ Market will hold its second BTGO event – buy two, give one – to benefit the Saratoga County Equal Opportunity Council (EOC) Emergency Food Pantry. The buy two, give one program was launched before Christmas by Saratoga Springs mother and market frequenter Nicole Kempton. She was inspired by a can drive held at the market in the fall and thought that those less fortunate should also be able to enjoy fresh local goods. “I felt really guilty walking out of the market with baskets of lovely local fresh produce and all we seem to give to food banks is highlyprocessed nonperishable [goods],” she said. At first, Kempton thought to ask farmers and vendors for donations, but realized that if customers purchased the goods the program could double as a way to support local agriculture. “I thought, if you could buy an extra item at the market to donate, it supports the local farmers and families in the area at the same time,” she said. So Kempton coordinated a program with the market to launch a “test run” BTGO drive before Christmas. The event was a hit! Locals donated more than 200 pounds of fresh food that went directly on the shelves at the EOC food pantry. “It was a huge success,” said Suzanne Voigt, Saratoga Farmers’

[to the pantry] fresh eggs, onions, spinach, bacon – everything! And the farmers were generous too.” Program organizers hope to surpass their initial collection in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, when round two of BTGO hits the farmers’ market this weekend. This Saturday, February 11, when you head to the Saratoga Farmers’ Market to buy your groceries, purchase an extra item to donate to the EOC food pantry. The first 50 shoppers to make a donation will receive an “I Support the Farmers’ Market” sticker. The year-round farmers’ market is located at 220 Division Street, inside Division Street Elementary School, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the winter. Collection bins will be placed at the market table and various other locations at the market. Don’t miss out on this easy opportunity to support local farmers and help your neighbors in need. “Every time someone comes into the food pantry as a customer and sees that we have fresh fruits and vegetables available, their face lights up and they almost can’t believe what they’re seeing. This partnership with the Saratoga Farmers’ Market has been invaluable to us at Saratoga EOC Emergency Food Pantry and all of the customers we serve,” said Mikki Bakken, community services advocate for the EOC. “The value of the dignity a person feels when they are able to provide their family with good wholesome food, even during the most difficult of times, is immeasurable.”

Oliver Needs a Home! Oliver is a young terrier mix. He is energetic and good with other dogs. He has an interest in chasing cats but will not hurt them and would make a great little buddy! For adoption information, visit H.O.P.E. online at Volunteers and foster families are always needed; call (518) 428-2994 to find out how you can help.


Literacy NY is in need of tutors in Saratoga County and has scheduled two new tutor orientations to help recruit. New Tutor Orientations: February 16, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library Room C-D February 28, 9:30- a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saratoga Springs Public Library –Glasby Room Literacy volunteer tutors work with adults who wish to improve their reading, writing, and/or math skills, study for the GED, or learn English. Literacy’s students often have a specific life goal such as finding, retaining, or improving employment, studying for a driver's license, helping a child to read, talking to the doctor, reading labels on prescription medicines or passing the citizenship exam. They offer one-on-one as well as small group instruction so both students and volunteers can decide wish type of tutoring would work best for them. For more information about becoming a tutor, visit or call (518) 5831232.

Candy’s Carnival of Hearts: A Relay For Life Fundraiser Knights of Columbus, 50 Pine St., Saratoga Springs Enjoy a fun, kid-friendly evening Saturday, February 18 from 6-9 p.m. and benefit a great cause! Join Candy Hertik and her family to offer love, friendship, encouragement and support to Candy as she faces another round of chemotherapy. There will be food, music, a silent auction, face painting, popcorn, cotton candy, games and more! Adults $20 and children are free. Please RSVP to Carla Alvord at For more ways to help Relay For Life, visit

The animals at the Estherville A n i m a l Shelter are getting an unexpected Va l e n t i n e ’s Day present: a b r a n d - n e w, 2012 Nissan commercial van! The van will be available for the public to view, along with several of the shelter’s animal residents, Monday, February 13, from noon1 p.m. in front of Benson’s Pet Center on Route 50 in Wilton. The van will be used to transport dogs and cats to and from adoption clinics and to the veterinarian, as part of the shelter’s work to rescue and care for animals and to deliver happy, healthy pets to new owners. “This gift will go a long way to helping solve so many of the dayto-day practical problems facing the shelter,” said Muriel Gurren, whose family has owned and operated the no-kill shelter for 60 years. “Our vehicles were all worn out, and the shelter really had no reliable transportation, which hindered our mission. Now we can spend more time caring for the animals and finding them new homes and less time worrying about lining up suitable a vehicle.”

The van was donated by local resident Hugh Hammett, a vice president at SUNY Empire State College. “I saw this new van on display and thought, well, why not give this to the shelter?” said Hammett. “The Estherville staff does everything on a shoe-string budget. The operation may be humble, but these folks take animals that have been abandoned, abused or neglected. They love them, nurse them back to health, and find them homes if they can.” The Estherville shelter is a family-owned, no-kill animal shelter located in Greenfield Center. Estherville, founded by Edna-Ann Senecal and Henry Klare, has been helping animals since 1952. For more information about the Estherville shelter or ways you can help their cause, visit or stop by their upcoming animal clinic Saturday, February 25, from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. at Benson’s Pet Center (3083 Route 50, Saratoga Springs).

Upcoming Blood Drives Boy Scout Troop 246 Clifton Park Elks Saturday, February 11, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Ballston Spa National Bank 990 Route 67, Ballston Spa Monday, February 13, from noon-6 p.m.

SUNY Adirondack Community College Wilton Center 6 Mountain Ledge Dr., Wilton Tuesday, February 14, from 3-7 p.m.

Hudson Valley Community College Siek Campus Center, 80 Vandenburgh Ave., Troy Wednesday, February 15, from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Saratoga Springs Public Library 49 Henry St., Saratoga Springs Wednesday, February 15, from noon-6 p.m.


Friday, February 10, 2012


National Dental Month by Leisha Arbogast, R.D.H, of Smile Sanctuary for Saratoga TODAY February is a month of chocolates, candy hearts and cards of love. Ironically it is also National Dental Health Month and National Heart Health Month. For those of us in dentistry it is a month to educate the importance of good dental care. We bring awareness to how proper brushing, flossing, the right food choices and regular dental checkups prevent dental diseases. It is always a great time for me to go into the schools to remind the students, and, yes, the staff that flossing does not take five minutes and is more important than brushing. The students understand that the choices we make in

what we eat make a difference in our dental health. Sugary snacks encourage cavities and feed the bad bacteria in our mouth. Regular brushing reduces the bacteria in our mouth that causes dental disease. Daily flossing is the only thing to break up the bacteria between the teeth that cause gum disease and cavities between the teeth. They also know that bleeding gums mean that their mouth is not healthy. The students are energized after my visit. My hope is they go home and practice what they have learned. Just like any good habit it takes practice to continue any good habit for a lifetime. When I started in dentistry 31 years ago, dental health was our primary concern. In the last 10 years this has come full circle with a direct correlation between a healthy mouth and good overall health. Research has now indicated that one of the top three things you can do to prolong good health and longer life span is daily dental flossing. The health of the mouth has now become more important as a leading factor to our overall health. Our mouth can be a barometer overall health. The mouth has indicators for diabetes, high blood pressure, nutritional deficiencies and other indicators seen during routine dental cleanings. Thirty two years ago when I

entered my first classroom to do my first dental health presentation little did I know the information I gave those students would have such a long-lasting impact on their overall health. At that time the choices for flossing aids were limited and toothbrushes were soft, medium and hard. Now the dental aisles even overwhelm consumers as well as the dental professional. These vast choices allow everyone to be equipped with the floss and toothbrush to maintain their dental health. When choosing what is right for you seems overwhelming ask your dental team. February is fittingly dedicated to both dental and heart health. Did you know that the bacteria in your mouth affects your heart? That poor food choices cause poor oral and overall health? That lack of dental care also encourages overall health problems? Promoting overall health and well being through good dental habits is important to everyone. As we try to keep up our New Year’s resolutions at this point in the year remember to make them a habit. As a family add the practice of good dental health for a long life habit toward overall good health. Written by Leisha Arbogast, R.D.H. at Smile Sanctuary, owned by Dr Mark Moreau in . Leisha has been a dental hygienist for 31 years specializing in oral health evaluations and educating her patients to obtain optimal dental and overall health.


Massage Makes Sense When you put yourself in the proper hands! by Alison Keller Saratoga TODAY

Not all licensed massage therapist use the same approach.

Massage therapy brings relief, relaxation and health benefits –both while you are on the massage table during the session and during the days following as well. Whether you want to reduce pain, increase mobility, better manage a condition, hasten your healing process or help your body to adjust to changes like pregnancy, putting yourself in the properly trained and experienced hands of a massage therapist can make all the difference. Here are some helpful hints for finding the right massage therapy for when you are looking for lasting results and real changes that are measurable and resolute:

Look for a massage therapist that is interested in providing therapy for specific results. Ask the therapist about what techniques they will use and why they think they are the best method for meeting your specific need. They should be open to discussing with you the results you are looking for and what you should expect to see and feel during and after the therapy. Each follow-up session should build on the previous one so you find increased results after each session.

Cost does not determine the quality of the massage you will receive. Some assume that if you pay more for a specific therapy it must be better, but this is a misconception. What is important is that the price reflects a good value for great attention to your health concerns. Is the massage therapist speaking with you about your health, your needs and the results you expect from your massage session? Are your needs met?

Location does not determine the quality of therapy. Quality massage therapists can be found in spas, private offices, health care facilities, and doctors’ offices to name a few. Where a therapist decides to work is a personal choice. A well-trained and experienced therapist can be found anywhere. What is important is that the location is clean, safe and comfortable. A relaxing environment is also important. Remember: the therapy is only as affective as the therapist applying the session.

Treatment may require more than one session. Keep in mind that not everything is achieved in one session, especially if you want to remedy a chronic condition. An experienced and trained massage professional will be able to determine the correct massage techniques that would yield you the results you are looking for. In many cases, massage sessions should be scheduled closer together in the beginning because the effects of massage are cumulative, but after a few initial sessions the massages can be spaced further apart. Massage therapy can be relaxing and therapeutic at the same time. Variation in technique is sometimes necessary. You should expect your therapist to keep records of your therapy and progress. Alison is a licensed massage therapist at her private office at in . She can be reached at (518) 5834667. This year, Alison celebrates her 20th year in business. She has extensive formal education in anatomy, physiology and kinesiology and has been providing massage therapy for individuals and, in some instances, three generations of families.



Friday, February 10, 2012

True Valentine “There comes that mysterious meeting in life when someone acknowledges who we are and what we can be, igniting the circuits of our highest potential.” - Rusty Berkus

Gayle LaSalle I’m the Boss of Me ith Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, I thought a quote about friendship would be appropriate. We all are likely to have many people with whom we are friendly. When my daughter was young, I tried to help her see that she might be friendly with many people, but that to have a true friend is precious and one is lucky to have one or two of these in their lifetime. To me, the above quote defines real friendship. Yes, that person with whom we love to shop or go to a game with is likely a friend. The person you can share your secrets with is a friend. But that friend who sees you - all of you - and is willing to help you see the best in yourself is truly the friend that is invaluable. I’ve been blessed with two particular people in my life who have defined friendship, both in different ways. For several years, I was truly blessed to have found such a friend in my love life - Keefe. He was my cheerleader, friend and lover. Having someone being your lover and best friend is an amazing gift. And, as most women do, I have a very best girl friend. I’ve learned that a very best friend is not just who you spend the most time with and that true friendship often transcends distance and life changes. My friend Julia and I have frequently been in different stages of life, over the last 30 years. I was a single mom when she was single and fancy free. Then, when my daughter was grown, Julia married


- later in life - and now has two small children. Yet, I know, as well as I know my own face, that she is my best friend; as close as any sister could be. Sometimes we don’t have the chance to speak for weeks at a time. Then when we do, it’s like no time has passed. She is the person who will always be there for me; the one who left her husband and sleeping child when the love of my life died suddenly. Despite a four-hour drive she arrived at my home at seven in the morning, to hold my hand, take care of me and just love me for four days. I know, in return, no matter where I am or what I’m doing if she ever needs me, as I needed her, I’ll be there. In the past years, I’ve been fortunate to find a few new friends who are my yay-sayers, my cheerleaders, and my confidants. They keep me going when I struggle to see the potential or when I just feel down. I know who they are and I’ve learned to seek them out. For this I am so fortunate and so very appreciative. My true valentine may no longer be with me; however, because of him, and my ongoing friendship with Julia, I know what friendship is like. I know how to value that friendship when I’m lucky enough to find it. My goal is to cherish those friendships and to hopefully be able to return it with all the same gifts I receive. I hope that those who have gifted me with their friendship, who have sustained me and helped to ignite my highest potential, will realize that everything I accomplish belongs to them as well. For, you, my readers, in addition to all the hoopla that surrounds Valentine’s Day, I hope you will take a moment to cherish your friendships and loves, and dedicate yourself to honoring them every day, not just on February 14. Gayle LaSalle is a motivational speaker, author and corporate trainer. For more information about her work or to contact her, visit

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HELP Directory

Alcoholics Anonymous Saratoga Springs (518) 587-0407 Alzheimer’s Association Glens Falls (518) 793-5863 Gamblers Anonymous Saratoga/Albany (518) 292-0414 Narcotics Anonymous Saratoga/Albany (518) 448-6350 Overeaters Anonymous Saratoga Springs (518) 584-8730 Sexaholics Anonymous Saratoga Springs (518) 964-6292

AIDS Council of Northeastern New York Glens Falls (518) 743-0703

Saratoga County Alcoholism Services Saratoga Springs (518) 587-8800

Shelters of Saratoga Saratoga Springs (518) 587-1097

St. Peter’s Addiction Recovery Center Ballston Spa (518) 885-6884

Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis of Saratoga County Saratoga Springs (518) 583-0280 Hotline (518) 584-8188 Saratoga Center for the Family All aspects of family counseling Saratoga Springs (518) 587-8008

Franklin Community Center Food Pantry & Furniture Distribution Program (518) 587-9826 101 Washington Street (Food Pantry Mon-Fri, 8 am4 pm; free clothing/furniture Wed, Thurs, and Fri, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.)

Health and Support Groups Stepmother Support Group: Saratoga Stepmoms Where: Virgil's House, 86 Henry St. When: Every third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. What: Support group for women in a relationship with men who have children from a previous relationship. Contact: Caregiver Support Group Where: Evergreen Adult Day Services, 357 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa When: Last Tuesday of each month, 3-4 p.m. What: Support for caregivers, families and friends of people with dementia. Contact: Trudi Cholewinski (518) 691-1516 Parkinson's Support Group Where: Woodlawn Commons, Saratoga Springs When: Third Monday, at 2 p.m. What: A group open to anyone with Parkinson's disease, family members and friends. Contact: Joyce Garlock (518) 885-6427 Parents Without Partners Where: Shenedehowa Adult Community Center, at Clifton Commons What: Single parents can meet other single parents in a supportive environment. Contact: (518) 348-2062, w w w. m e e t u p . c o m / P W P 7 9 6 . TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Meetings held at two locations: - Wesley Health Care Center, Day Activity Room, 133 Lawrence St, Saratoga Springs: Every Thursday at 7 p.m., with weigh-ins from 5:45-6:45. - Trinity United Methodist Church, 155 Ballard Rd. Wilton: Every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., with weigh-ins from 5:30-6:30. What: Support for those looking to lose weight in a sensible manner. Annual membership is $26 with monthly dues of $5.

Saratoga Fibromyalgia Friends Where: Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St., Sussman Room When: Second Tuesday, 3 - 4:30 p.m. Contact: Dawn (518) 470-4918 Saratoga Springs Debtors Anonymous Where: United Methodist Church When: Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Contact: What: Support for those who are dealing with debt and wishing to become more financially responsible. There are no dues or fees; the only requirement for membership is a desire to stop incurring unsecured debt.


26 upcoming town meetings Town of Ballston: Ballston Town Hall 323 Charlton Road 885-8502 2/15: Parks & Rec. Committee, 7:30 p.m. Village of Ballston Spa: 66 Front Street 885-5711 2/13: Village Board, 7:30 p.m. Town of Greenfield: 7 Wilton Road 893-7432 2/14: Planning Board, 7 p.m. Town of Malta: 2540 Route 9 899-2818 Town of Milton: 503 Geyser Road 885-9220 City of Saratoga Springs: 474 Broadway 587-3550 2/13: Zoning Board of Appeals, 7 p.m. 2/15: Design Review Commission, 7 p.m. Town of Saratoga: 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville 695-3644 2/13: Town Board, 7 p.m. Village of Schuylerville: 35 Spring Street 695-3881 Town of Stillwater: 66 East St., Riverside Mechanicville, NY 2/16: Town Board, 7 p.m. Town of Wilton: 22 Traver Road 587-1939 2/15: Planning Board, 6:30 p.m. Saratoga County Board of Supervisors: 40 McMaster St., # 1 Ballston Spa, NY (518) 885-2240 2/13: Buildings & Grounds, 3 p.m. 2/13: Public Health, 4 p.m. 2/14: Racing, 2 p.m. 2/14: Criminal Justice, 2:15 p.m. 2/14: Public Safety, 3 p.m. 2/14: Social Programs, 3:30 p.m. 2/14: Public Works, 4 p.m. 2/15: Law & Finance, 4 p.m. 2/15: Agenda, 5 p.m. 2/16: InterCounty, 10:30 a.m.

Friday, February 10, 2012

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Donations Needed Garage Sale


Milton Grange #685 will hold their annual garage sale Saturday, March 31 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Rock City Road in Ballston Spa. Donations of used household items (excluding clothing and electronics) are needed for the sale. Proceeds from the garage sale are used to support programs in the community including the ECHO Food Pantry and vegetable plants for Head Start students. Call (518) 885-6810 to make donation arrangements.

Ballston Spa Networking Opportunities The Ballston Spa Business & Professional Association (BSBPA)announces two upcoming opportunities for networking in the Ballston Spa community. On Tuesday, February 28, a Networking Breakfast will be held from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at Russell’s Deli, 303 Milton Avenue. Cost is $5 with advance reservation or $10 that morning. All are welcome; you do not need to be a BSBPA member to attend. The BSBPA will host its Annual Meeting and Community Mixer Monday, March 19 at the Ballston Spa Elks Lodge, Hamilton Street. The evening will start with a social hour from 6-7 p.m. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. The mixer and meeting are open to the public. The cost is $15 per person with buffet and cash bar. Pre-sale tickets are available online at or at Coffee Planet, 100 Milton Avenue. For more information, contact Ellen at (518) 885-2772 or

Martial Arts School Break Camp Malta Community Center In this four-day camp over winter break, students ages 7-15 will learn basic blocks, kicks, strikes, stances and self-defense. Martial Arts respect, discipline, confidence, focus and goal-setting will be

introduced. The camp will take place February 21-24 from 1-4 p.m. Register by February 14 ($50 Malta residents, $55 non-residents). For more information, call (518) 899-4411.

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

Earth Week Recycled Art Show - Call for Entries In celebration of Earth Week, Hudson Crossing Park is seeking artists to exhibit their work at Saratoga National Historical Park Friday, April 20 – Sunday, April 29 for the second annual Recycled Art Show. Entries must be submitted by Friday, April 9 to, which provides entry forms, submission details and pictures of past entries.

Local Rotary Club Selected For New Program Beginning February 15, the Ballston Spa Rotary club will commence weekly Wednesday 7:15 a.m. meetings at the D-Line Pub across the street from its Tuesday 12:15 p.m. meeting site at the Factory on Prospect Street in the village. Weekly meetings are crucial for maintaining club projects and as forums for speakers on current topics. Anyone interested in joining Ballston Spa Rotary can email ballstonsparotary

St. Peter’s Keys Run Registration The 33rd annual St. Peter’s Keys Run will be held Saturday, April 21,

at the Columbia Pavilion in the Saratoga Spa State Park. The 10K will begin at 9 a.m., the Children’s One Mile Fun Run will begin at 10:30 a.m. and the 5K will begin at 11 a.m. Pre-registration is $18 or $23 for day-of registration. The children’s mile is $10. The race benefits the Community Hospice of Saratoga and The St. Peter’s Youth Group. Applications can be downloaded at For more information email or call Jeff Clark at (5118) 581-7550.

Daughters of the American Revolution Monthly Meeting RSVP The monthly meeting will be held Tuesday, February 14, at noon at the Holiday Inn on Broadway in Saratoga Springs. A presentation titled “Grave Stone and Cemetery Preservation,” featuring speaker Joseph Ferrannini, will begin at 1:15 p.m. If you plan to attend, call Corinne (518) 584-3468.

Affordable SAT Prep Course CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services, 5 Municipal Plaza, Suite 3.Clifton Park CAPTAIN is proud to offer SAT Prep with Capital District Consulting, a company whose mission is self-improvement. Thirty percent of the course fee will be donated to CAPTAIN programs and services. SAT Prep will specialize in strategies and techniques that all students should know before taking the SAT. The stated goal of the course is to prevent test anxiety and to fully prepare students to perform at their best on both the math and English portions of the exam. Visit and register today. The course fee is $179. Classes will run March 12, 15, 19, 22, 26 and 29 from 7-9 p.m. Scholarships will be available for students in need. For more information, call Larry Silverman at (518) 469-0259.

Singing Valentines Quartets from the Racing City Chorus will travel throughout the Capital District region– for Valentine’s Weekend, Saturday, February 11-14. Deliveries will be


from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. at offices, schools, restaurants, hospitals, nursing homes – almost any place you can imagine. Four singers will deliver a rose from Posie Peddler, a sampler of Saratoga Sweets chocolates, a personalized card, and they will sing two love songs. This funfilled gift starts at $49.95 and can be enhanced to a dozen roses, or a full pound of chocolates, or both for an extra charge. For more information, visit To order a singing valentine, call (518) 306-4667.

Saratoga Springs Public Library offers Tax Prep Assistance 49 Henry Street, Susman Room Saratoga Springs Public Library will hold 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, through April 15 from noon-3 p.m. Bring your social security cards and all appropriate official documentation 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

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events Friday, February 10 Wilderness Forensics: Solving the Mystery Through Track & Sign Ndakinna Education Center, 23 Middle Grove Rd., Greenfield Center Master tracker Dr. Halfpenny will explain the use of track and sign in the verification and identification of various rare and endangered species throughout the world. The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. and feature a PowerPoint presentation. A Q&A session will follow. The cost is $10.

Annual Pig Roast & Barn Dance The King's School, 6087 Route 9, Hadley The King's School’s annual Pig Roast and Family Barn Dance will take place from 6-8:30 p.m. The evening will feature Paul Rosenberg as the caller and the band Fireflies. Price per couple is $25 and $15 per single. Tickets are available in advance and all proceeds benefit The King's School spring 2012 student mission trip to Spain. For more information, call (518) 654-6230 or visit

Friday & Saturday Coin Collectors Event Residence Inn Saratoga Springs, 295 Excelsior Ave. Friday from 9 a.m.-6p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The International Coin Collectors Association (ICCA) will be purchasing coins, paper currency, gold and silver on behalf of their

global network of collectors, dealers and refineries. This special event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, February 11 Grange Meeting Old Stone Church, 159 Stone Church Rd., Ballston Spa The public is invited to join members of Milton Grange #685 for a meeting and pancake breakfast beginning at 8 a.m. The cost is $5 per person and reservations are required. Reservations can be made by contacting Paul at (518) 429-4649.

Love, Sparkles and Fancy Hats Hubbard Hall, 25 East Main St., Cambridge Enjoy a glam chocolate cabaret featuring entertainment from the Theatre Company at Hubbard Hall and friends and luscious complimentary desserts starting at 8 p.m. Cash bar available. Ages 21 and up.

Souper Supper Old Saratoga Reformed Church, 48 Pearl St., Schuylerville The Old Saratoga Reformed Church is holding a Souper Supper from 4-6 p.m. Soups, chili, breads, salads and desserts will be served. Adults $6, children ages 5-12 $3. Please call (518) 692-6638 for reservations, which are recommended but not required.

Author Ann Hauprich Presentation Home of the Good Shepherd, 60 Waller Rd., Wilton The importance of preserving the past for future generations will be the topic of a presentation by author Ann Hauprich from 11 a.m.-noon. For more information, call Rebecca Detora at (518) 580-0702.

Tang Museum Family Day Tang Museum, Skidmore College Children ages 5 and up with an adult can enjoy a brief tour of a current Tang exhibition followed by a hands-on art activity. Free and open to the public from 23:30 p.m. Reservations are strongly suggested. For reservations and information, call (518) 5808080.

Sunday, February 12 Black History Month Exhibit Saratoga National Historical Park, Stillwater The park will host a month-long exhibit featuring Agrippa Hull, a black soldier who fought in the Battle of Saratoga. From 1:30-3:30 p.m., a special free program, “Men of African Descent at the Battle of Saratoga,” will introduce visitors to the exhibit. For more information, call (518) 664-9821.

Book Discussion Barnes and Noble, 3029 Route 50, Saratoga Springs Join members of the Saratoga Vital Aging Network (SVAN) at 3 p.m. for a book discussion on this year’s Saratoga Reads winning book “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot. The discussion is sponsored by SVAN and Saratoga Reads.

Monday, February 13 Quaker Springs Seniors Meeting Quaker Springs Firehouse The Quaker Springs Seniors will meet for a potluck lunch and meeting at noon. There will be a guest speaker from the Northeast Association of the Blind covering understanding and living with low vision.

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

Tuesday, February 14 Preschool Registration Open House Abundant Life Preschool, Route 50 Abundant Life Preschool will host an open house from 5-8 p.m. Registrations will be taken for the 2012-2013 school term to begin in September. Morning classes are available for 3 and 4-yearolds. For more information, con-

tact Kathy Yasenchak at (518) 885-5456.

Korean War Veterans Meeting Bentley's Restaurant, Route 9, Malta Adirondack Chapter #60 Korean War Veterans Assoc. will meet for a noon luncheon. Please call (518) 584-2638 to reserve your spot. Open to any Korean War Era veteran. For more information, contact Commander Ray Waldron at or (518) 584-4362.

Thursday, February 16 Lecture by Jeff Goodell Skidmore College, Gannett Auditorium Jeff Goodell, writer for Rolling Stone, will share his thoughts on climate change, renewable energy and big coal at 7 p.m. This lecture is part of a series of events related to the "New Energy Economy," and is put on in conjunction with the national organization "Focus the Nation." For more information, call (518) 580-5865.

Author John Fleischman Presentation Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St., H. Dutcher Community Room Saratoga Reads presents author and science writer John Fleischman, who will give a public talk at 7 p.m. Fleischman is the author of “Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science.” For more information, visit

Third Thursday Breakfast Saratoga National Golf Club, 458 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs The Saratoga County Chamber’s breakfast will take place from 7:30-9 a.m. This month’s speaker is Dennis Brobston from the Saratoga Economic Development Corporation. Cost is $15 with reservations, $20 after the reservation deadline. Reservation deadline is Tuesday, February 13. This event is open to all chamber members. To make a reservation, call (518) 584-3255. For more information about the breakfast and other chamber events, visit


International Baccalaureate Information Night Ballston Spa High School The Ballston Spa High School will offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) program to students beginning in the fall of 2012. All ninth and tenth grade students and families interested in the IB program (who have not previously attended an information session) are invited to attend at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, February 17 Chocolate & Chuckles Saratoga Abundant Life Church, 2325 Route 50 The Heart to Heart Women’s Ministry presents Chocolate & Chuckles at 7 p.m. A rich evening filled with desserts, music, comedy and heartwarming stories by speaker Sue Duffield. For more information, call (518) 885-5456.

Monthly Fundraiser Dinner Principessa Elena Society, 13 Oak Street, Saratoga Springs The society will host an all-youcan-eat fundraiser dinner from 57 p.m. The cost for seniors is $8, adults $9, children 5-12 $5, and children under 5 are free. For more information, call (518) 584-4163.

Upcoming All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Supper Schuylerville United Methodist Church, 51 Church Street, Schuylerville Enjoy an all-you-can-eat pancake supper February 21, from 4-6:30 p.m.

Enchanted Wedding Expo Saratoga Springs City Center, 522 Broadway Sunday, February 26, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. a $5 admission fee gets you access to the area’s best wedding vendors and all proceeds benefit the Adirondack Trust Community Fund. Brides can preregister online at m/enchantedwedding.

Send your calendar items to Christina James at before 5 p.m. on Monday for Friday publication.




JERSEY SHORE CAST MEMBER CRASHES SARATOGA NIGHTLIFE SARATOGA SPRINGS – Vapor Night Club is bringing a little taste of Jersey to Saratoga Springs this month. Vinny Guadagnino, one of the roommates from the hit TV show "Jersey Shore" will be hanging out with fans at the club Saturday, February 18. Vinny is from Staten Island and is best known on the show for his close- Vinny Gua photo p dagnino rovided knit relationship with his Italian family. He has been a cast e v e n t s member since the first air date, that Vapor has offered durand sparked increased interest in ing their new Sights and Sounds his character this season when he Saturdays, a hip and modern club left the shore house. series with DVDJ Dread, DJ Reel Vinny recently guest-starred on and DJ Playground. the comedy series "The Hard Doors open at 9 p.m. and tickets Times of RJ Berger" playing the are $15 in advance or role of RJ’s cousin and has also $20 at the door. They can been featured on the show be purchased online at "90210." Guests His appearance is one of several must be at least 21 years old to recent celebrity and guest DJ enter Vapor.

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Local Gigs Week of 2/10-2/17

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Friday, 2.10:

•George Giroux, 6:30 pm

•Rick Rosoff Quartet, 9 pm

•Papadosio w/Third Nature, 9 pm

@ 9 maple avenue - 587.7759

•Jason I, 9pm @ bailey’s - 583.6060

•Chris Smither, 8 pm @ caffè lena - 583.0022

•Tim Wechgelear and Larry @ gaffney’s - 587.7359

•Marcus Ruggiero, 8:30 pm @ irish times - 583.0003

•Remainders, 7 pm @ the paddock lounge - 330.2426

•Garcia Project @ parting glass - 583.1916

•Al Santoro Trio, 6:30 pm @ primelive ultra lounge - 583.4563

•SRA w/Gravity, 9pm @ putnam den - 584.8066

•Burners UKOReunion, 9 pm UT!

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•Tony Jenkins Jazz Trip, 8:30 pm @ wallabee’s jazz bar - 792.8282

Saturday, 2.11: •Keith Pray’s Soul Jazz Revival, 9 pm @ 9 maple avenue - 587.7759

•Ubuntu, 9 pm @ bailey’s - 583.6060

•Master Cylinders @ bullpen tavern - 583.9400

•Pierce Pettis, 8 pm @ caffè lena - 583.0022

•Nouveau Jazz Beat, 10 pm

@ primelive ultra lounge - 583.4563 @ putnam den - 584.8066

•Tom Daddario & Peyton Clarkson, 8 pm @ van dyck, 348.7999

•Lake George Sax Quart., 9 pm @ wallabee’s jazz bar - 792.8282

Sunday, 2.12: •Archie Fisher, 7 pm @ caffè lena - 583.0022

Thursday, 2.16: •Irish Celtic Session, 7 pm @ parting glass - 583.1916

•Brent Haviland & Bryan Mull, 9 pm @ wallabee’s jazz bar - 792.8282

•The Play Doughs @ gaffney’s - 587.7359

Friday, 2.17: •New Regime, 9 pm @ 9 maple avenue - 587.7759

•Mike LaPoint, 9 pm @ bailey’s - 583.6060

•Sloan Wainwright, 8 pm @ caffè lena - 583.0022

•Rick Bolton & Jeff Walton @ gaffney’s - 587.7359

•Dance Flurry Dance Party, 9 pm @ irish times - 583.0003

•Wardsteiner, 7 pm @ the paddock lounge - 330.2426

•McGroovin Band, 9 pm

@ circus café - 583.1106

@ parting glass - 583.1916

•Acoustic Circus

Open Mics:

@ gaffney’s - 587.7359

•Bratpack, 9:30 pm @ irish times - 583.0003

•Dave Berger Trio feat. Michael Benedict @ max london’s - 587.3535

•Jeff Walton, 7 pm @ the paddock lounge - 330.2426

•Kevin McKrell, 9 pm @ parting glass - 583.1916

•Tue. w/Pete Pashoukos @ gaffney’s - 587.7359

•Wed. Open Mic @ putnam den - 584.8066

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

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




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Mimosa Gallery Hits Broadway for Grand Opening Ceremony by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS Mimosa Gallery, formerly located at 70c Beekman Street in Saratoga Springs, is making its triumphant return to Saratoga, welcoming all guests to attend their grand opening ceremony Saturday, February 11 at their new location at 489 Broadway. Mimosa Gallery, which opened its doors at the new location earlier this week, is inviting the public to attend their opening reception from 4 - 7 p.m. this Saturday, when the gallery will also hold its most popular sale of the year: 10 x 10 = $100. “It’s very exciting to be on Broadway,” said Michelle LaLonde, owner of Mimosa Gallery. “It’s such a special building; I feel like we’ve been

here forever.” Refreshments will be served during the reception, allowing the public to peruse the fine art, handmade furniture and contemporary crafts in the brand-new space. Light entertainment, including live acoustic guitar music, will also be featured. “The minute I walked in to check it out, I just knew that it was going to be a good home for us,” said LaLonde of the gallery’s new location. But whether or not the gallery would have a home at all came into question late in October 2011, when LaLonde received news that her landlord on Beekman Street was asking her to leave. “When this first happened to us and we lost our lease, it was so devastating,” said LaLonde. Mimosa, which in its own way had become the heart of the arts district on Beekman Street, was

Trace Your Family History at Brookside Museum BALLSTON SPA - Have you ever wanted to trace your roots and learn more about your ancestors? At the Brookside Museum in Ballston Spa, local residents will have a chance to do just that in the very near future. Brookside, home of the Saratoga County Historical Society, has announced a new program, Genealogy 101, which will be offered to interested parties beginning Thursday, April 12, and continuing April 19 and 26 from 1 – 3 p.m. This three-session introduction to genealogy will help get your search started, teach you basic research skills and acquaint you with vital records, state and federal cen-

sus records, deeds and wills, cemetery and other databases, online websites and more. Visits to the County Clerk’s office, County Surrogate Court and County Historian’s office will help familiarize participants with resources available at the county level. Basic genealogy forms and other resource materials will be provided. Pat Peck, an experienced local genealogist, will lead the seminar. The cost of this three-part seminar is $45 per person. Preregistration is required by April 9 for this popular class. Please contact Anne Clothier at (518) 885-4000 or for more information or to register.

asked to make way for new tenants by their landlord, Mary Chen, who at the time planed on renting the storefront to another artistic business and possibly a restaurant. LaLonde was given until the beginning of January 2012 to vacate the premises. “Actually, I think it was an article written in Saratoga TODAY about us losing our lease,” said LaLonde. “As soon as it came out, the manager of the building at 489 Broadway called up and said I’ve got a great space for you. So we started working on the new space December 1 so we could open up.” The new space at 489 Broadway is much larger, with more of an open feeling than the prior storefront on Beekman Street. And given a few months’ time, LaLonde expects to grow even further. “There are two back rooms, one of which will be turned into a gallery space as well,” said LaLonde. “We’ll have a few more hundred square feet, and that will mostly be where we show the fine art and handmade furniture. We’re very excited about it,” she added. As is tradition, Mimosa Gallery will continue to highlight local artists, as well as other artists from across the globe who create stunningly beautiful hand-

crafted furniture, crafts and fine art. “Our logo is, ‘art for home and ware,’ so everything at Mimosa is handmade,” said LaLonde. “We’re always looking for different things from artists from all over the country, as well as local artists. It’s really been well received, thanks to our great customer base.” Mimosa Gallery has once again found a home, now located at 489

Broadway in Saratoga Springs. Stop by the gallery this Saturday, February 11 from 4-7 p.m. for their opening reception, or to take part in their 10 x 10 = $100 sale, featuring original artwork no larger than 10” by 10” and selling for $100 or less. Visit to learn more, or call (518) 583-1163.



by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA COUNTY February is Black History Month, and Saratoga County is set to feature several programs highlighting just a few of the great accomplishments, achievements and contributions by the AfricanAmerican community and individuals to the local region. To kick things off, the Saratoga National Historical Park is holding a month-long exhibit (free and open to all) highlighting an African-American soldier during the American Revolutionary War, Agrippa Hull, who fought in the Battle of Saratoga. The historical park, located between Route 4 and Route 32 just north of Stillwater, will also hold a spe-


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cial free program Sunday, February 12, entitled, “Men of African Descent at the Battle of Saratoga.” The program will, once again, highlight the life of Agrippa Hull, as well as unveil new information about free and enslaved African American soldiers fighting in the Battle of Saratoga. Hull, who was a slave early in his life, fought during the American Revolution and eventually became a rather successful businessman. Historical documentation on his life and family, which still exist, will present attendees with a unique look into an ordinary soldier and an extraordinary man. The program will also explore some of the park’s findings on the racial integration of the

Continental Army, integration that wouldn’t occur again until the Korean War. To learn more information about the program or the exhibit, call the visitor center at (518) 664-9821, or visit At the Saratoga Springs Public Library, Grant Cottage tour guide Steve Trimm is scheduled to give a presentation in the H. Dutcher Community Room Thursday, February 16 at noon on Harrison Tyrell, an African-American who was close to President Ulysses S. Grant during his last months of life. Born a slave, Tyrell had a unique insight into the life of Grant. Tyrell’s legacy was carried on by his son, a Harvard University graduate who was appointed the first black Municipal Court Judge in Washington D.C. Trimm will share Tyrell’s story at the library, highlighting a fascinating tale that was overlooked by many during Tyrell’s lifetime because he was African-American. To learn more, visit, or call (518) 584-7860, ext. 254. The National Museum of Dance will hold its Black History Month celebration Sunday, February 26 from 2 - 4 p.m. The event, which will feature numerous speakers, exhibits and more, seeks to highlight the struggle for human rights, equality and dignity by African-Americans and all peoples in works of literature, music, dance and visual arts. Inspirational speaker Mary Nell Morgan, Ph. D and SUNY Empire State College Associate Professor of Political Science plans to begin the event with a presentation on African-


photo by David A. Fullard

Dyane Harvey in Eleo Pomare’s “Roots,” 1972. American’s historic struggle for equality. Garland Nelson, lead vocalist for Soul Session and musical director of Quiet Storm Gospel Choir will also be on hand at the event. Daesha Devn Harris, local artist and photographer, will have her exhibit, “I’ve Got a Home: Inside a Community of Color,” on display at the museum. The exhibit studies the historic and contemporary contributions of people of color in their homes. Glen Conner, executive direc-

tor of the Eleo Pomare Dance Company, will examine an exhibition currently housed at the museum, “Eleo Pomare: The Man, The Artist, The Maker of Artists,” which highlights the life of Eleo Pomare, a ColombianAmerican choreographer, dancer and teacher. Dyane Harvey, a former Eleo Pomare Dance Company member and current assistant to the director of Forces in Nature Dance Theatre will also speak and take questions about the exhibit. Admission to the event is free, although donations are encouraged. Refreshments will be made possible thanks to donations from Circus Cafe and Sperry’s owners Christel and Colin Maclean. To learn more about the event at the National Museum of Dance, visit, or call (518) 584-2225.

PULSE 31 Tango for Two: Dance and Romance SARATOGA


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by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY aSARATOGA SPRINGS Looking for a fun way to impress your date this weekend before Valentine’s Day? Try a night of dinner, champagne and tango dancing, coming to the Mine Saturday, February 11. Billed as the Dance and Romance event held at the Mine, an underground restaurant and bar located at 388 Broadway in Saratoga, the evening will feature tango lessons, dinner, dessert and champagne for couples. Two Argentine tango dance instructors, David and Audeliz, will be on hand to provide dancing instruction and develop a couple’s connection this preValentine’s weekend. "We are so glad to host these dancers for this event. The last time they dropped into our club it was magical. They danced a tango and enthralled the entire bar,” said Catherine Harris, owner of the Mine. "After discussing the idea, we decided to make a great package for couples who want to try something exciting and romantic for Valentine's Day," she explained.

The event features a dinner for two, including an appetizer and desserts, a glass of champagne and tango dancing lessons. DJ El Gato Negro will also make an appearance later in the evening, a man known for his unique tangos and music from Buenos Aires, Montevideo and Paris. "The key to dancing Argentine tango is developing a connection with your partner, communication and establishing trust," said master Argentine tango instructor and choreographer, David Wolf. "What I like about tango is the lessons learned also apply to any good relationship." Dancing the tango, Wolf explained, requires a couple to communicated non-verbally through the 'abrazo,' or embrace. In learning this form of non-verbal communication, dancers develop an intimate bond that helps them better understand one another. "I could not think of a better gift for a couple on Valentine's day, or a better way to get to learn about someone on a date than these dance lessons,” said Wolf. Wolf, owner of the Saratoga SAVOY, is no stranger to Argentine tango. With many years of experience behind him,

Calling All Artists Saratoga Arts Center Seeks Submissions from Visual Artists for Upcoming Gallery Shows SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Arts Center Gallery at 320 Broadway in Saratoga Springs is seeking artist submissions for several upcoming shows, and will even be hosting an information session on how to submit Wednesday, February 29 at 6 p.m. The Arts Center is seeking submissions for two different shows at the gallery: the Annual 2012 Juried Exhibition this summer, and a feature exhibition set for 2014. This year’s annual juried exhibition has been titled, “con•struct,” and will showcase artists who use their ideas, concepts and perceptions to build visual realities that otherwise would not exist without their mind’s eye. Artists are encouraged to submit works that embrace

the idea of art as a construct, as an object that exists only because of one’s insight and memory; metaphors fueled by everyday thoughts, environments, social circumstances and historical events. Artists Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison will jury the 2012 exhibit, with a reception to be held Friday, August 3 from 6 - 8 p.m. The drop-off day to submit work for the summer show is Monday, July 30 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Late entries are not permitted. The exhibition is juried by review of actual artwork, not digital images or slides, and one submission per artist is permitted. The Arts Center is also seeking submissions for a feature exhibition in 2014. Visual artists are encouraged to submit images of their most

his resume includes dancing alongside an international cadre of instructors, well known dancers and in many events, as well as having produced several tango shows. However, Wolf prefers to be known for his ability to make dancing obtainable even to the greatest dancing novice, and in the past has helped teenagers, adults and even blind students to dance. "Anyone can dance," Wolf said. "It is only a matter of will. Taking that first step makes all the others easy." The Dance and Romance event will run from 5 - 8 p.m. Saturday, February 11. The event will first introduce people to Argentine tango with a lesson, followed by dinner and champagne. People are encouraged to call the Mine, (518) 871-1430, to register early to ensure a table. More information can also be found at the Saratoga SAVOY Facebook page, For further information, contact the Saratoga SAVOY at The Saratoga SAVOY, 7 Wells St, Saratoga Springs, NY, 12866, visit their website at, or by phone at (518) 587-5132.

recent artwork for consideration, and curatorial proposals are also encouraged. Submissions are reviewed by the exhibition committee, comprised of a select group of local arts professionals. The committee selects artists to exhibit in four-solo, twoperson or three-person exhibits in the 2,000-square-foot gallery space. Artists who have exhibited more than one artwork in an exhibition at the Arts Center Gallery within the past three years are not eligible to submit. This restriction does not include participation in the center’s annual members exhibition. Submission deadline for the 2014 exhibition is set for March 31, 2012. Submissions received after March 31 will not be accepted, and incomplete submissions will not be reviewed. For artists unfamiliar with the submission process, the Arts Center invites all to attend a free information session Wednesday, February

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Grab your dancing shoes and head to the Mine this Saturday for a night of tango during the pre-Valentine’s Day weekend. 29 at the gallery. Topics covered will include photographing and preparing images of your artwork, preparing image lists, artist statements, artist biographies and résumés, and instructions on how to package and present your materials. General guidelines for submitting, as well as what the Arts Center gallery typically looks for, will also be discussed. Please RSVP by Monday, February 27 if you plan on attending. To learn more, call Saratoga Arts at (518) 584-4132, or visit



Community Corner

St. Clement’s Catholic School Gives Back St. Clement’s Catholic School celebrated Catholic Schools Week with a variety of community service initiatives and fun activities. The children bought hearts from which the $450 in proceeds went to the Ronald McDonald House; they donated socks to a homeless shelter in Philadelphia; and they enjoyed the annual "Souper" Bowl, a fun fundraiser that brought in 1,162 cans of soup for donation to local food pantries. On Friday, the children and teachers participated in Pajama Day. If they brought in a new blanket or sheet set, they could wear their pajamas for the day. Hundreds of blankets, sheets and baby blankets were donated to local shelters and Birthright.


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It’s a Girl! Angela Aragon and Brian Palmateer are proud to announce the birth of their baby girl Myla Palmateer. Myla was born at 2:23 p.m. January 29, 2012. She weighed 8 lbs. 8.5 ounces and was 21 inches long. The proud grandparents are Cary Aragon of Saratoga Springs and Scott Aragon of Glendale, Arizona, and Jody Ramsey of Saratoga and Pat Palmateer of Greenfield. Myla joins her sisters Lexi and Averi Doyle at home. Congratulations!

Reunited! Waiting for Jake Family, friends and Halfmoon American Legion Members gather at Albany Airport to welcome home fellow Legionnaire Jake Lamountain from a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

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Homespun Dance Theater visits St. Clement's during Catholic Schools Week.

Malta Business & Professional Association 5K a Success The Malta Business & Professional Association (MBPA) is truly appreciative of all of the runners who came out to support local veterans from the Saratoga Rural Preservation Council and the Town of Malta first responders. Through the work of volunteers, sponsors and runners, the MBPA was able to donate over $13,000 to local nonprofit agencies.

Jake Reunited - - Jake Lamountain is reunited with his family at Albany Airport upon returning from a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

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Race director Paul Loomis presents vet coordinator Terry Clare and area veterans with a check.


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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

What do you do when you lose the one person you’re closest to before you’re ready? Do you simply give up and start the healing process or do you hold on to whatever’s left with all you have? Without any explanation, we open on the funeral of jeweler, husband, and father Thomas Schell (portrayed in flashback sequences by Tom Hanks). But Oskar, his son (played by Thomas Horn) won’t tolerate the formality of a funeral with an empty coffin, as firefighters and rescue workers were unable to find his remains among the wreckage of the World Trade Center, makikng the symbolic burial the only option available to Linda, Thomas’s wife and Oskar’s mother (played by Sandra Bullock). Still struggling, Oskar (Horn) goes to a closet filled with his father’s things and, among them, finds a jacket with an envelope containing a key and the word “black” written on the outside. Where is the lock? What’s contained inside? After exhausting easily available sources of information (e.g. the doorman in his building and the neighborhood locksmith) Oskar decides to launch a massive investigation of any listing with the name Black contained with the five boroughs of New York City. An undertaking that would be difficult enough on its own but made even more so by his many phobias and unusual personality traits. Some of which include carrying a tambourine as a stress ball of sorts, and avoiding public transportation at all costs.

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Watching Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, I couldn’t help but draw comparisons between it and August Rush, a 2007 film starring Freddie Highmore, Keri Russell and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. On the other hand, the receptions they received are complete mirror images. Audiences have not exactly embraced the former despite its Academy Award nomination while August Rush was generally maligned by critics and praised by audiences. That is the position I find myself in. To this day, I still watch my copy of August Rush while Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close just left me confused and otherwise dissatisfied. Good performances all around and a good comeback for Hanks after the Larry Crowne debacle, still I wasn’t impressed. (6.5/10) For comments and questions, contact me at .

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Community Sports Bulletin Girls’ Basketball Schedule

Boys’ Basketball Schedule

Ballston Spa

Ballston Spa

2/7: vs Shenendehowa, 69-33 L 2/10: @ Burnt Hills, 7 p.m.

Burnt Hills 2/7: @ Niskayuna, 44-23 W

Skidmore Hires New Assistant Lacrosse Coaches SARATOGA SPRINGS Skidmore College men’s lacrosse head coach Jack Sandler has announced that Mike Crimmins and Peter Hamilton have joined the coaching staff of the 19thranked Thoroughbreds for the 2012 season. Mike Crimmins comes aboard as a volunteer assistant. Crimmins is a local Saratoga Springs High School product, having a standout career that included the single season goals record (62) and being named twice as an Albany Times Union All-Area player. Following his high school career, Crimmins played four years at Loyola University in Maryland as an attackman and then a defensive midfielder upon returning from injury. During his time with the Greyhounds, he helped them advance to three NCAA tournaments. “Mike will be a strong addition to the staff,” said

Sandler. “I’ve known him since he was just starting at Loyola and it has been great to see him grow as a player both skill and knowledge wise. I look forward to his insight into how we play defense this spring and the players have already responded to his coaching.” Peter Hamilton joins the staff after spending 2010-2011 as a local development officer for the English Lacrosse Association. His time was spent both coaching and playing to help introduce and grow the game of lacrosse in the United Kingdom. Prior to his work in Europe, Hamilton was a volunteer assistant at his alma mater, Eastern Connecticut University. As a player, he was a 2004 High School All-American at Rutland High School in Vermont, and was a four-time First team All-Little East midfielder. He finished in the top 10 all-time for career goals and was a 2008 NEILA

East/West Senior All-Star. “It is exciting to have Pete join us this spring,” said Sandler. “He has a strong playing and coaching background that will allow him to hit the ground running. I’m confident he will bring new energy to our already potent offense.” Skidmore opens its 2012 campaign February 25 at Babson College at 2 p.m. and their home opener is on March 17 at 1 p.m. against Clark University.

Saratoga Springs 2/7: @ Shaker, 70-39 L 2/14 @ Ballston Spa, 7 p.m.

2/10: @ Burnt Hills, 7 p.m.

Burnt Hills 2/7: vs Niskayuna, 47-44 L 2/14: vs Shenendehowa, 7 p.m.

Saratoga Springs 2/7: @ Shaker, 53-42 L 2/10: @ Niskayuna, 7 p.m.



2/8: vs Tamarac, 57-52 L

2/7: @ Tamarac, 61-35 W

2/10: vs Stillwater, 7:30 p.m.

South Glens Falls 2/2: @ Broadalbin-Perth, 52-46 L 2/6: @ Hudson Falls, 39-35 W

Saratoga Central Catholic 2/3: vs Mayfield, 35-17 W 2/11 @ Schoharie, 1 p.m.

2/10: @ Stillwater, 7:30 p.m.

South Glens Falls 2/7: vs. Hudson Falls, 55-35 W 2/10: @ Gloversville, 7 p.m.

Saratoga Central Catholic 2/8: @ Berne Knox, 67-45 L 2/11 @ Schoharie, 5:30 p.m.

Blood Aims for London in 2012 Area track legend Nicole Blood has been selected to the New Jersey-New York Track Club, joining a roster of elite middle and long distance runners. Blood is known to Saratoga TODAY readers as the Saratoga Springs High School phenomenon that dominated Section II track and field events before moving to California in 2005. According to the runner’s blog, she has her sights set on a possible run

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2/10 vs Ballston Spa, 7 p.m.

2/7: @ Shenendehowa, 79-34 L

at the U.S. Olympic track team and plans to participate in the Olympic trials scheduled for the end of June. After high school, Blood attended the University of Oregon, which boasts one of the strongest track and field programs in the country. Blood was a nine-time NCAA Division I All-American and racked up four PAC-10 Championships throughout her collegiate career. Blood graduated University of Oregon with a

degree in journalism in 2010, and is now a member of Nike’s professional running team. The New Jersey-New York Track Club is a nonprofit organization providing assistance to elite level runners with travel expenses, living expenses, health care, training costs and entry fees. Their roster features competitors contending for national and Olympic championships.



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Planet Fitness Opening New Location in Wilton by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY WILTON – The Wilton Mall will soon be one of the latest homes of Planet Fitness. The mall is targeting an early spring opening, though no definite date has been determined. According to the company’s website, the Wilton location will be one of 18 Planet Fitness franchises scheduled to open this year, and one of four in the state of New York alone. The Wilton location, however, is the only one not in the New York City-Metro area. The new gym is yet another venture operated by local businessman, Dave Leon. Leon currently operates 13 Planet Fitness locations across New York State, with some as far west as Buffalo. The Wilton location will make 14, with a another scheduled to open up in Troy shortly thereafter. “Wilton Mall is easily accessed from the Northway and meets all parking requirements,” said Leon. “This new location gives us great visibility in the Saratoga market.” The gym will be located where J.C. Penney once resided, and is expected to take up as much as 17,000 square feet. Leading up to the opening, the Wilton site will be holding a “pre-grand opening” membership drive, just so

you’re ready to go when the gym opens. A spokesperson for the company overseeing the day-to-day operations of Wilton Mall, Macerich, is excited for the new 24-hour fitness center to open. “I think Planet Fitness will make a great addition to Wilton Mall,” said Macerich’s marketing director Leah Palmer. “Not only will it drive great traffic, but the community is really excited about the idea of being able to do [their workouts] all in one place,” she continued. Currently there are Planet Fitness locations in Clifton Park, Glenville and Queensbury, but nothing in between. The Wilton location figures to attract members that may have been traveling out of their way to workout. Planet Fitness markets itself as a “judgment –free zone,” which is an approach designed to make customers more comfortable with the idea of working out in public. One of the gym’s defining characteristics is called a “lunk alarm.” The alarm, which can be found in every Planet Fitness across the country, goes off when a patron drops heavy weights, or grunts while lifting as a means of attention-grabbing. The idea is to provide a much more relaxed environment for gym patrons who might not share the same enthusiasm for fitness.

”Planet Fitness is the easiest choice for someone to begin training as we offer no contracts, no monthly commitments, and no cancellation fees,” boasts Leon Of course, Planet Fitness is also known for being open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The added convenience of being able to workout whenever they choose is an important perk to customers with odd schedules. The gym has always offered very low and stable pricing for their facilities, and shies away from things such as juice bars, or day care programs that drive up costs for members, whether they use them or not. Planet Fitness is one of the country’s fastest growing in terms of unit growth, ranking second in the country according to Financial Times Magazine. Their 29.3 percent growth rate outranked several big name franchises, including Subway, 7-Eleven, Hertz Rentals, Hilton Hotels, and Dunkin Donuts. If you’re wondering why so many people are joining Planet Fitness, just ask Dave Leon: “All our clubs are open 24 hours a day, and we offer free training with memberships, all for just $10 a month!” For more information on joining Planet Fitness, visit



Ballston Spa Scotties Come Up Short HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY The Ballston Spa girls’ varsity basketball team gave it their best shot, but in the end were no match for Shenendehowa, losing 69-33 February 7. Shenendehowa is unbeaten in Suburban Council play, with a sparkling 14-0 record. Ballston Spa had no answers during a 2511 run in the second quarter, and went into halftime trailing 36-17. The Plainsmen took advantage of 12 turnovers by the Scotties in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Ballston Spa drops to 4-10 in the Suburban Council. The Scotties move closer to the end of their regular season with a pair of Saratoga County showdowns. Ballston Spa will be matching up against Burnt-Hills Ballston Lake February 10, and closing out the season against the Saratoga Springs Blue Streaks.

Speaking of the Saratoga Springs girls’ varsity basketball team, the Blue Streaks could only watch as the Shaker Blue Bison pulled down 28 offensive rebounds and sent them to a 70-39 loss February 7. Saratoga was unable to matchup with the size of the Shaker front court, and fell behind 10-0 to start the game. Shaker would lead by 32 points at the half. Madison Rowland led all scorers with 18 points, and Lauren Woods chipped in 13 for the Blue Bison. The loss leaves Saratoga Springs with a 6-10 record, while Shaker sits with the second best record in the Suburban Council at 14-2. The Blue Streaks return to the court when they host the visiting Niskayuna Silver Warriors February 10 at 7 p.m.

Saratoga Springs Students Sign Letters of Intent by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – For high school student-athletes looking to play at the collegiate level, this week marked an important deadline to sign their national letter of intent to commit to an athletic program. Celia D’Agostino, Liz Rogan and Katie Treichel of Saratoga Springs High School all made that commitment this week to continue on after leaving the prep level. Joining them is 2011 graduate

Tyler Hurd, who spent a year at a Vermont Prep school before deciding to attend university. Celia D’Agostino is joining the field hockey program at University at Albany. D’Agostino was a four-year varsity-level starter for the Blue Streaks. She joins a Great Danes squad that finished their 2011 season 13-7. UAlbany began recruiting D’Agostino midway through her junior year. D’Agostino shares the record for most career assists in Saratoga Springs field hockey history.

Also staying within the capital region is Liz Rogan. Rogan has committed to play soccer for the Siena Saints. The goalkeeper was named Suburban Council Player of the Year, and helped her Blue Streaks reach the Section II Class AA semifinals for two consecutive seasons. Rogan only allowed nine goals through 19 games this season. She joins a Siena Saints team that went 7-7-3 last season, and hopes to contribute as soon as this Fall. Unlike D’Agostino and Rogan, Katie Treichel will not be stick-

ing around the Empire State, and will take her cross-country running talents to our nation’s capitol. Treichel will join the crosscountry team at George Mason University in Washington, DC. Treichel was a highly soughtafter recruit, receiving offers from Aubrun University, University of Buffalo, Bradley University and the University of Kentucky before settling on George Mason. It’s no surprise she was so coveted as she was named to both the New York State all-state team, and

Suburban Council all-star squad. She also recently qualified for the cross-country nationals meet. Last, but not least, is Tyler Hurd, a 2011 graduate of Saratoga Springs High School who received a full athletic scholarship to play football for the Blue Devils of Central Connecticut State. The offensive tackle spent a year at Vermont Academy Prep School before deciding to attend college. Central Connecticut was 4-7 last season, and finished seventh in the Northeast Conference.




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Are You What You Eat?

Damian Fantauzzi As a coach, something that has always concerned me is not only an athlete’s ability, but the fuel that an athlete puts into their body. I believe that good nutrition and conditioning are an essential part of an athlete’s makeup in order to perform to the best of their ability. There are many theories about the types of food a player should eat during the season and before the game. In the old days, it was thought that sugar was a great energy booster to enhance an individual’s stamina, and give a player an edge over his or her opponent. At present, the research done on that philosophy has demonstrated that only certain kinds of sugar provide some sort of energy boost. It has been found that most processed, sugary foods have an adverse effect on the body, which creates a short high and a prolonged period of letdown, or crash. It’s a low where the athlete hits the wall of tiredness and the result turns into low energy. There was also a theory that your body needed a lot of salt because of the loss of bodily fluids through perspiration and that the body’s chemistry needed to be replenished. So many athletes were encouraged to take salt tablets or maybe eat foods with a high concentration of salt or simply add extra salt to their pregame meal. In college, our teams were fed pregame meals high in protein, and after the game it was usually a dinner consisting of steak and potatoes. The meat was

as lean as it could be, but that food group is now considered not to be the ideal dinner before athletic competition because of the slow digestive process of red meat. In today’s world of food-for-athletes, proper nutrition has practically become its own science. Sugar that benefits the body doesn’t come from a candy bar, but from eating complex carbs through digestion. The good starches turn into needed energy. These complex carbohydrates come from eating whole grains, such as whole wheat pasta, or brown rice. These foods have a positive slow digestive process that fuels the body for a much longer period and provides the energy and fuel for physical activity. Some fruits are good too; bananas for example, are a good source of potassium, a much-needed nutrient in athletics. Vitamin-C is an essential supplement of the body’s chemistry, and fresh oranges and limes have an abundance of the nutrient. Finally, everyone should have a good source of B vitamins, which can be provided through the eating of whole grains. Vitamin supplements are a good way to keep up with good nutrition. Most people who take supplements have a misunderstanding about the way supplements should be ingested. Some vitamins are fat soluble and some are water soluble. The fat soluble nutrients are not needed every day, but the water soluble vitamins are essentials that should be taken as part of your daily routine. Vitamins are useless if you don’t take them with food. Some people will take their nutrients as a substitute for breakfast, thinking that at least they are getting health benefits, in a quick way. This is not the case as water soluble vitamins need to be digested with food or they will just get flushed right out of your system. The digestive process helps your body to absorb the essential healthy elements that the body needs. The lack of food prevents the nutrients from trickling through the

intestines the way they’re meant to, in order benefit our health. When considering sodium, there are many athletic drinks and protein bars that are being pushed through television commercials and advertisements that claim they replace the electrolytes in your body lost from perspiration. “Careful,” is the secret word here. Do not overuse these drinks and nutrient bars. Water is still the best way to replenish your body’s electrolytes. Some of these commercially-sponsored drinks give you the impression that they actually help you become a better player. These drinks are okay once-in-awhile, but not as a daily supplement. They are usually high in sodium and sugar, which for some can be harmful over time. Try another secret word, “moderation.” The old cliché of “you are what you eat,” has plenty of merit to the message of who you are physically as a result of your diet. Conditioning is the key to becoming that dream athlete, but that doesn’t include the necessary skills and athleticism you might need for a particular sport. For example, to run a mile with efficiency, you need to run three to five miles a day, five days a week and sprint many 50-yard and 100-yard dashes during those workouts in order to be competitive. Fuel the body for exercise and condition properly. Don’t expect a miracle from those commercial “energy” foods and drinks. No more candy or soda or drinks that claim to enhance performance. Eat right, be smart, get in shape and stay in shape! Athletes are made through hard work and by treating their body to be physically prepared. There is no secret formula, whether in a bottle or wrapper, that can turn you into a superstar. Without the proper food and physical preparation, there are no shortcuts to superstardom!


Adirondack Women Perfect at ESWG by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY LAKE PLACID – The Empire State Winter Games’ (ESWG) women’s hockey competition produced a showdown of unbeaten teams looking to take home the gold medal. In the end, the host Adirondack delegation claimed a 4-2 victory over Western New York, who would have to settle for silver. The game was played on the Lake Placid Olympic Center USA rink. Saratoga Springs resident Monique Rafferty and Danielle Lennox of Lisbon scored only 2:25 minutes apart from one another to jump out to an early two-goal lead in the first period. 30 seconds into the second period saw Western New York get on the board, cutting the Adirondack lead to one. Adirondack would fire right back, with an unassisted goal by Christin Powers of Canton in the second, and another score by Stephanie Holmes of Lake Placid in the third period sealed victory for the host team. Western New York would score their second goal with nine seconds left in regulation, but it was too little, too late.

Holmes was joined on the team by her daughter Mackenzie. This was the first time in Empire State Winter Games history that a mother-daughter combination had been on the ice at the same time. During a game played the day before, Danielle assisted on a Mackenzie goal in the midst of a 9-1 rout of Long Island. The game saw Long Island grab an early 1-0 lead, and the Adirondack women storm back scoring nine unanswered goals. Both goaltenders played very well for their teams, despite there being six goals scored in the game. Adirondack’s Chantel Johnson of Canton had 22 saves on 24 shots, and Western New York’s Ashley Schneegold recorded 24 saves on 28 shots. In other ESWG women’s hockey news, the bronze medal was awarded to the New York CityMetro delegation, which saw a 22 game against Long Island get blown wide open to see NYC win 6-2 on their way to third place. Fourth place was awarded to the Central New York delegation, which defeated Hudson Valley 41 prior to the championship game.

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ADIRONDACK GOLD - The Adirondack Women’s Ice Hockey Team puts the pressure on the net during the championship game against Western New York at the Empire State Winter Games in Lake Placid.



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by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Saratoga Springs varsity hockey team celebrated senior night February 8, taking on the visiting LaSalle Cadets at Saratoga Ice Rink. The upperclassmen made sure not to disappoint the home crowd as senior Mike Layman tallied his first hat trick of the season, and Alex Luse chipped in with five points of his own to send the Blue Streaks to an 8-1 victory. The win also wraps up the top seed in the Section II playoffs for Saratoga, finishing the season with 19 points in the CDHSHL. Shenendehowa could possibly tie that mark by beating Bethlehem in their game February 10, but Saratoga holds the tiebreaker advantage. Clinching the top seed in the playoffs means Saratoga receives a first round bye before starting their postseason run towards a state title. Luse and Tyler Bullard both scored twice, and Brett Merriman added another to lock down what was already an impressive win. Luse’s fivepoint showing effectively seals the Section II points title, now

sitting a solid 12 points ahead of Eric Egan of Shaker/Colonie. Luse scored just over three minutes into the game to give Saratoga an early advantage. Layman would score the first two goals of his hat trick late in the first period. The Blue Streaks picked right back up in the second period, scoring two more goals in the first three minutes of the period to go up 5-0. Matthew Wagner of LaSalle would spoil a possible senior night shutout, scoring the Cadets’ only goal at 4:16 of the second period. It was all Blue Streaks from there out, as Saratoga Springs would find the net three more times in the third period, well after the game had been decided. The Blue Streaks finish the regular season with a 14-6 overall record and 12-2 in league play. Saratoga has played outstanding since their loss to Shenendehowa before Christmas, outscoring their opponents 42-4 in seven games since the December 23 loss.

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BULLARD ON PARADE - Saratoga Springs winger Tyler Bullard (#15) skating towards the LaSalle goal early in the first period just before senior Mike Layman would score his second goal in under two minutes.

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IT WAS THAT KIND OF NIGHT - Saratoga’s Kyle Paton (#6, in white) moves the puck as scoring Champ Alex Luse (#2) follows close behind. Luse would finish the game with two goals and three assists to lock up a Section II scoring title.

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