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Volume 7 • Issue 7

A Lesson for City Hall by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY

SARATOGA SPRINGS – The parents and students of Lake Ave. Elementary School have established a money-making, character-building recycling program that could serve as a model for Saratoga Springs City Hall, where there’s only one kind of receptacle for refuse: the garbage bin. “This is shocking,” said Joanne Yepsen, Saratoga County supervisor. “We need to get into the 21st

century and get a system in place as a role model for the rest of the city as soon as possible.” Yepsen knows the recycling situation at city hall is a concern to many members of the community, and not only because city residents and employees are complaining about it. She and Commissioner of Finance Michele Madigan see recycling efforts throughout their community and want to get the city on board.

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King Pin 4-Year-Old Rules the Lane by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY On a Friday afternoon at his favorite bowling alley, Macallan Gagné picks up his ball, a swirling red and black six-pounder, and makes his way to the lane. His focus is on the 10 pins that stand 60 feet in front of him.

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Saratoga On Tap by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - I hope you’re thirsty, because the First Annual Saratoga Beer Week is set to kick off its run Thursday, February 23. The inaugural Beer Week is presented by and Saratoga Festivals. This 21 and up event will take place over the course of three days, culminating with a pair of beer tasting summits at the Saratoga Springs City Center

February 25. The featured events throughout the weekend include seminars on various topics relating to beer, and an exclusive rare beer and food pairing supper. Event representatives expect over 80 different breweries to be involved during the festival. Tickets must be purchased to all the featured events, and are available online at The First Annual Saratoga Beer Week is brought to you by the same

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Geyser Road Students Embark on a “Disney Vacation”

We’re sure the second grade students at Geyser Road Elementary school would have preferred a trip to Magic Kingdom, but that doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy a “Disney Vacation.” Music teacher Megan O’Sullivan’s class took

to the stage February 7, performing two concerts for their parents as well as the school. Students were encouraged to break out their favorite vacation clothes for the musical performance with bright colors, visors, cameras, and – of course – mouse ears.

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Galen J. Seerup, 24, pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree burglary, a class-D felony. Seerup was arrested March 4 in Providence and was sentenced to one and one third to four years in state prison. William Hubbell, 61, of 299-3 Hudson River Rd., Waterford, pleaded guilty to charges of thirddegree grand larceny, a class-D felony and first-degree falsifying business records, a class-E felony. Hubbell was arrested in Waterford for incidents that occurred from January 2008-April 2011 and was sentenced to five years of probation and $38,985.58 in restitution. Philip R. Pombrio, 50, of 65 Gabriel Rd., Corinth, was resentenced January 17 by Judge Jerry Scarano to one year in Saratoga County Jail, credit for time served with probation terminated. Pombrio was originally convicted May, 6, 2010, of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony, for which he was sentenced to time served and five years of probation. Kelly L. Carey, 38, of 994 State Route 67, Ballston, was resentenced January 17 by Judge Jerry Scarano to time served and continued probation. Carey was originally convicted October, 1, 2010, of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony, for which she was sentenced to five years of probation and a fine. Carrie L. Mosher, 45, home-

less, was resentenced January 17 by Judge Jerry Scarano to one year in Saratoga County Jail, credit for time served with probation terminated. Mosher was originally convicted July 1, 2008, of third-degree grand larceny, a class-E felony, for which she was sentenced to time served, five years of probation and restitution. Timothy J. Maye, 47, of 818 Altamont Ave., Schenectady, was resentenced January 17 by Judge Jerry Scarano to continued probation. Maye was originally convicted November 17, 2010, of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony, for which he was sentenced to six months in jail and five years of probation. Jeffrey R. Lawrence, 25, of 4 Ash St., Corinth, was resentenced January 17 by Judge Jerry Scarano to continued probation. Lawrence was originally convicted November 8, 2010, of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony, for which he was sentenced to five years of probation with ignition interlock device. Christopher J. Simione, 55, of 1 Pinewood Rd., Glens Falls, was resentenced January 3 by Judge Jerry Scarano to continued probation. Simione was originally convicted July 10, 2009, of thirddegree attempted criminal sale of a control substance, a class-C felony, for which he was sentenced to six months in Saratoga County Jail and five years of probation.

April M. Allen, 26, of 900 Rock City Rd., Milton, was resentenced January 3 by Judge Jerry Scarano to continued probation. Allen was originally convicted August 2, 2010, of second-degree attempted forgery, a class-E felony, for which she was sentenced to five years of probation and restitution. Michael D. Rickson, 23, 1 Preserve Way, Saratoga Springs, pleaded guilty to a charge of thirddegree attempted burglary, a classE felony. Rickson was arrested in Saratoga Springs for incidents that occurred in August 2011, and was sentenced to time served, five years of probation and restitution. Sylvester L. Jackson, 46, of 314 Louden Rd., Saratoga Springs, has been charged with multiple offenses including third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class-B felony; third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class-B felony; and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor. Jackson was arrested in Saratoga Springs for incidents that occurred in September 9 and 12 and is expected to return to court at a later date. Eric Loeser, 21, of 24 Reed Lane, Clifton Park, has been charged with multiple offenses including four counts of predatory sexual assault against a child, a class-A-II felony; three counts of first-degree criminal sexual act, a

class-B violent felony; three counts of third-degree criminal sexual act, a class-E felony; six counts of firstdegree sexual abuse, a class-D violent felony; five counts of endangering the welfare of a child, a class-A misdemeanor; making punishable a false written statement, a class-A misdemeanor; two counts of second-degree sexual abuse, a class-A misdemeanor; and thirddegree sexual abuse, a class-B misdemeanor. Loeser was arrested November 9 in Clifton Park for


incidents that occurred from February 2009- August 2010 and from May 2010-July 2011. Loeser is expected to return to court at a later date.



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Firefighter Arrested on Crack Charges

Stolen iPad leads to More Charges

SARATOGA SPRINGS - A narcotics investigation led by the Saratoga Springs Police Department resulted in the arrest of a city firefighter and his girlfriend for possession of crack cocaine. Justin Moran, 31, and Janel Sweet, 30, were arrested Thursday night. Their two children were both present at the time of their arrest. Both Moran and Sweet face a litany of charges, including felony fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of hypodermic needles, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and endangering the welfare of a child. Moran was on involuntary medical leave with the city’s fire department at the time of his arrest, but has worked as part of the force for six years. The two were arraigned in city court, with bail set at $15,000 cash or $30,000 bond.

WILTON – A woman from Johnstown was arrested by the Saratoga County Sherriff’s Department after she allegedly stole an iPad from the Target located in Wilton. Deputies report that while leaving the store, 35year-old Melissa A. Hendricks allegedly charged at a loss prevention officer before a struggle ensued, and Hendricks fled the scene in her vehicle. She was pulled over by deputies and New York State Police where her passenger, Thomas Hendricks II of Johnstown, was found to be in possession of marijuana. Melissa Hendricks was arraigned in Wilton Town Court on thirddegree robbery charges and was sent to Saratoga County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail. Thomas Hendricks faces unlawful possession of marijuana charges. The iPad was returned undamaged.

Dave Matthews Confirms Return

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It is unknown how long the audit will take, but the mayor stated that findings will be presented by the comptroller’s office and will be made a matter of public record.

Ballston Spa Winterfest Cancelled BALLSTON SPA – Due to the lack of wintery weather this season, Ballston Spa has been forced to cancel the village’s annual Winterfest, planned to begin February 17. The event is centered on closing off a portion of Bath Street and packing it with snow to allow patrons to sled down the street. Without snow, village officials have decided to scrap this year’s event and hope for better luck next year. All events related to the Winterfest have been cancelled, including evening events scheduled at the Milton Community Center.


Man Caught with $40,000 Worth of Marijuana

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Mayor Scott T. Johnson announced that the audit he requested for the Saratoga Springs Housing Authority was agreed to by the New York State Comptroller’s office. “Since the allegations have gone beyond bed bug infestation and involve concerns over fiscal accountability and propriety, an independent review by the comptroller’s office will best serve the public interest and provide certainty in judging the fiscal practices of the housing authority,” said Mayor Johnson in a statement released February 15.

SARATOGA SPRINGS – 31year-old Jonathan Ching of Aletta Street was caught with 10 pounds of marijuana February 14. Another eight pounds was discovered following a police investigation. He is charged with felony second-degree possession of marijuana, according to a statement from the Saratoga Springs Police Department. The department’s narcotics unit had targeted Ching during an investigation concerning transportation and distribution of marijuana. Officials say the estimated street value of the marijuana is $40,000. Ching was arraigned in city court, and was taken to Saratoga County Jail on $7,500 bail.

Comptroller to Band Audit of SSHA

SARATOGA SPRINGS According to the band’s official website, the Dave Matthews Band will make their triumphant return to Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) for a pair of shows June 8 and 9. The band traditionally plays two shows at SPAC every summer, but they took a hiatus in 2011 to work on new material. Tickets go on sale to the general public March 9. Opening for Dave Matthews Band this season is the funk act Lettuce. The band will kick off their summerlong U.S. tour May 18 in Texas.


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MALTA – Southbound drivers heading home on the evening of February 13 were held up following a two-car crash that sent two people to the hospital. New York State Police say a woman traveling northbound crossed the center median and struck a southbound driver head on. Neither driver was seriously injured in the crash, though the northbound driver was treated for a broken leg, and both were transported to a hospital for evaluation. Authorities believe the accident may have been the result of a medical incident experienced by the northbound driver, possibly diabetic in nature. As a result of the accident, southbound traffic


on I-87 was held up for hours, just north of exit 12.

Joint Volunteer Firehouse Plans Scrapped MALTA – A plan for two volunteer fire companies to construct a shared fire station is no longer being considered according to Malta Ridge Fire Company President Fred Lee. Since 2009, the company had hoped to possibly share the station with Round Lake Hose Company, and build a new fire station in Malta. This was after a 2009 fire protection report that said a centralized station staffed with both companies would be the best way to cover their territory. A possible site on Dunning Street was determined, and the companies made a formal requrest to purchase the townowned land last month. Luther Forest residents have opposed the sale publicly, and boardmembers for the fire companies voted to walk away from the Dunning Street property February 14. Both companies have since declared they will no longer seek a shared firehouse and will pursue other options.

Knock, Knock. Sez Who! STILLWATER – Barry Ostrager, president of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders Inc., has agreed to purchase Sez Who Farm. The 265-acre farm was once home to hundreds of Thoroughbred race horses but closed its doors amidst the 2009 economic recession. Terms of the sale have not been disclosed, and the deal will not be finalized until February 21. The former owner of the Coxackie-based Contemporary Stallions, Gus Schoenborn Jr., will have a 25 percent stake in the farm’s ownership as well. Owners that were no longer able to occupy Sez Who Farm had been sending their horses to Pennsylvania. Racing officials are optimistic that the return of the farm will bring money to the economy, and create jobs in Saratoga County.

CORRECTION: Concerning the 2012 State of the City address, Saratoga Springs Commissioner of Finance Michele Madigan was incorrectly identified as responding on behalf of the city’s Democratic Party. Her response was solely on behalf of her position as the city’s Commissioner of Finance. Saratoga TODAY regrets the error.




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PBA Names Officer of the Year by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – Officer Thomas Sartin of the Saratoga Springs Police Department was named the 2011 Officer of The Year by the Saratoga Lieutenants Police Benevolent Association (PBA) February 10. Officer Sartin was acknowledged for his high standard of performance in daily duties and displaying strong leadership characteristics throughout 2011. Officer Sartin started his tenure with the SSPD when he was hired in April 2001. He previously worked as a police officer for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection and as an officer for the SUNY

University Police force. He is currently assigned to the city’s Traffic Safety Division, working both days and evenings. “I’ve worked with Officer Sartin for over a decade now, and he’s always been very professional and hardworking,” said Lieutenant Sean Briscoe. “This past year he shone particularly brightly.” In 2011, Officer Sartin issued 851 traffic citations and 539 parking citations. He was also one of the department’s field training officers, using his experience to train other officers to be ready when on the job. Officer Sartin spent his time as an active commercial vehicle inspector and a motor vehicle collision reconstructionist, helping investigate and recreate auto accidents to

determine what exactly took place. His job responsibilities also saw him volunteer to maintain the department’s mobile data terminals, all R.A.D.A.R. and L.I.D.A.R. technology, as well as the three license plate readers owned by the police department. His involvement with ELSAG North America, a company that develops license plate reading technology, helped secure a new reader for the department, valued at over $20,000. “He’s a very energetic, enthusiastic officer,” said Captain Michael Chowske. “He goes above and beyond on a regular basis because he wants to see things done right. He has a very strong work ethic.” The Officer of the Year award is

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Pictured left to right: Lt. Linda Quattrini, Lt. Sean Briscoe, officer Tom Sartin, Lt. Robert Jillson and Lt. John Catone an annual award given by the Saratoga Lieutenants PBA to an officer who displays excellence in police duties and dedication to their position throughout the cal-

endar year. Officer Sartin is preceded by the 2010 Officer of the Year, recently promoted Investigator Justin Ahigian.



OBITUARIES Vernon A. Gardner

Saratoga Springs, NY- Vernon A. Gardner, 85, died suddenly at Ellis Hospital Thursday, February 9, 2012. Born May 19, 1927, in Altona, NY, he was the son of the late Albert Gardner and Rose Patnode. In addition to his parents, Vernon was predeceased by his wife, Greta Vanderbogart and son in-law, Timothy P Allen. Survivors include his sons Paul G. (Jean), Bruce W. (Renee), Elric D., Ronald R. (Donna) and James V.; daughter, Carol A. Allen; brother, Roger (Peggy); a brother in-law,

George Vanderbogart; a sister inlaw, Audrey (Ed) Barrington; companion, Karen Kennedy; 15 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday. Burial will follow in the family plot at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Saratoga Springs, NY. Memorial donations can be made to the Spinal Cord Association in the memory of Timothy Allen. Online remembrances at

Veronica Priester Greenfield Center, NY – Veronica Priester, 83, passed away Tuesday, February 14, 2012. Born January 1, 1929, in Saratoga Springs, NY, Veronica was the daughter of the late Andrew and Veronica Strakos. She was married to the late George R. Priester. Survivors include her son, Rodney E. (Kim) Priester; granddaughter, Danielle Priester; sisters, Bertha Stone, Helen Wilson and Josie Hudson. There will be no calling hours.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, February 17, 2012, at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, 3159 Route 9N, Greenfield Center, NY. Burial will follow in the family plot at Greenfield Cemetery. 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 www.burkefuneral

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Janice H. Waring Saratoga Springs, NY – Janice H. Waring, 79, passed away Monday, February 13, 2012. Born June 14, 1932, in Saratoga Springs, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Hazel Tessier Delay. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, G. Philip ìPhilî Waring; son, Michael J. Waring; sister, Catherine Zabala; and son-in-law, David Bradley. Survivors include her children, Sharon (Henry) Pennell, Clare (Barney) Villa, Janice Waring-Bradley, Colonel Philip F. (Patricia) Waring, David G. (Valerie) Waring and Walter J. Waring; siblings, Walter “Butch” (Betsy) Delay and

Carol Hickey; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Thursday, February 16, 2012, at St. Clement’s Church. Burial will be in the family plot at St. Peter’s Cemetery, West Ave., Saratoga Springs. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Online remembrances may




Arthur H. Johnson Sr. Wilton, NY - Arthur H. Johnson Sr., died Friday, February 10, 2012, after a short illness. Born in the city of Rensselear, NY, April 6, 1919, he was the son of the late James H. Johnson and Ella (Fuller) Johnson. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, James H. Johnson and sister, Rose G. Brown. Survivors include his wife, Gladys Johnson; children, A r t h u r (Barbara) Johnson Jr., Diana (Tom) Bisnett and Kathie (Ed) Wait; sister, Mildred

Johnson; eight grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren who loving referred to him as “Great Johnson.” Relatives and friends may call 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, February 21, 2012, at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, (518) 5845373, to be followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will follow at noon at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St.,, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. 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.




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Bowler continued from Page 1 He begins his delivery, stopping just short of the foul line to release the ball on its path. The ball rolls slowly, hooking just enough to knock down nine pins. It’s a decent roll for an experienced bowler and an even better attempt for the more casual bowler. For a 4-year-old, who’s playing without bumpers, it’s practically unbelievable. “Mommy, are we going bowling today?” Joe and Kim Gagné were simply looking for something to do with their children one afternoon. They decided a few rounds of bowling at Saratoga Strike Zone would be a nice way to get out of the house. Macallan was only 3 ½ at the time, but seemed to enjoy himself. After that day, Macallan began to ask his mother when they could return. Joe decided he would start bringing Macallan for practice every Sunday morning. He would join an after school league, meeting each Friday to bowl with his friends. It wasn’t long before Macallan began to show potential. This caught the eye of Laurie Wallschlager, who works at Saratoga Strike Zone, and has been bowling for 30 years. “I’ve never seen a 4-year-old with the natural talent Macallan has,” said Wallschlager. “Everyone stops and watches him, and they want to know who he his.” Macallan may only be receiving informal lessons from his father, but Joe’s boy has a remarkably natural delivery, adjusted to accommodate his smaller frame, of course. His sound mechanics make up for his lack of power. As he matures, many of those rolls collecting eight or nine pins will be strikes. On February 5, Macallan bowled a 162. It is his official high game total, and he didn’t do things the easy way. While he managed a strike in the second frame, the real damage came as he picked up a jaw-dropping seven spares. If the mark of a true bowler lies in their ability to pick up spares and close frames, Macallan figures to be off to the best start possible. The connection Macallan has to bowling doesn’t stop when he leaves the lane. His mother, Kim, says her son “lives” bowling. She tapes weekly Professional Bowling Association and Capital Region Bowling telecasts for him, allowing him to watch the pros do battle on the biggest stage in their sport. He has a favorite professional bowler, Missy Parkin. He bowls at home on the Nintendo Wii, or anything else he can improvise with.

Letter to the Editor “In our house anything is a bowling ball, anywhere is a bowling lane,” said Kim. Bowling has opened up new opportunities for Macallan, allowing him his first chance to compete against other avid bowlers. He recently qualified for a United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Scholarship regional tournament scheduled for later this month at Burnt Hills Lanes. Macallan’s impressive 162-game also qualified him for a Pepsi Youth Scholarship tournament to be held at Spare Time South Glens Falls in early Spring. Macallan could be earning for his higher education before he even starts grade school. An afternoon at the lanes with Macallan makes for quite a show. You can practically see the genuine excitement radiating from his face as he knocks down another set of pins. He emulates all his favorite professional bowlers’ gestures or “reacts” as he once described to his mother. His celebratory fist pump is just as much an act of triumph as it is a tribute to his sports idols. Macallan took a liking to the boastful antics of Pete Weber Jr, a relative maverick in the world of professional bowling. While he knows how to celebrate like a winner, he takes mistakes in stride, choosing to mimic and adjust his delivery motion as he walks from the lane rather than pout. His threegame total was 288, or an average of 96 pins a game. “You wouldn’t expect to see a 160-game until maybe 8 or 9-yearsold,” explained Wallschlager. “I’ve never seen a child so young with so much talent; he’s like a little Tiger Woods of bowling.” Despite his early success, Macallan’s parents are just glad their son is having fun, and only hope to nurture his passion for bowling. Kim hinted that formal lessons could be on the horizon, but for now he’ll continue practicing each week with his father. Macallan returns to attempt picking up the spare. He sets his sights on the lone pin that remains standing. He takes aim and releases. As it moves along, it begins to curve and rolls past the pin to the back of the lane. Wide right. Macallan turns around and walks back to the bench where he was sitting, thinking about what to do next time. Fortunately for him, he’s got plenty of time to work on that. He won’t be eligible to join a varsity bowling team until at least seventh grade, or eight years from now.

Reader’s View from Saratoga Springs Commissioner of Finance Michele Madigan My campaign promised increased transparency and improved communication from the Finance Department. This Reader’s View describes my delivery on that promise, outlining my first several weeks as Commissioner of Finance. In November 2011, SEMS informed the City that it could no longer depend on SEMS to provide ambulance transportation. The SSFD was prepared to avert a crisis, and due to the actions of the 2012 Council, is now doing so. This issue has been debated for 20 years; the current council addressed the challenge presented by the SEMS situation in 17 days. Furthermore, this action will result in payment for emergency medical services that the SSFD has been providing for years without reimbursement from insurance companies or government agencies, as reimbursement is tied to patient transportation. Assuming transportation duties allows the SSFD to recoup some of the expenses they were already incurring. At my request, the Council has required the SSFD to provide fiscal reports in January and July of 2013 so that we may review the costs of this service and revisit our decision. I assure you that I am committed to providing ambulance services as efficiently as possible. In December 2011, Stonequist residents informed the prior Council of bed bugs in their homes. This began as a plea for the Saratoga Springs Housing Authority (SSHA) to address a public health issue; it has become something much larger. Serious allegations of impropriety have been made, and the 2012 City Council has stepped up to demand answers. While the Mayor has asked the State to audit the SSHA, I have requested that this include a forensic audit. If it doesn’t, then one should be performed at SSHA expense. It is critical that the many outstanding questions be resolved. Most pointedly, with about $2.8M in unreserved funds, why is SSHA reluctant to spend the approximately $30,000 required to rid Stonequist of bedbugs? The vast majority of Saratoga Springs property owners pay their property taxes in full and on time, but some do not. In the fall of last year the City foreclosed on 31 properties that were three or more years delinquent. This task was left unfinished, and Finance is now working to bring the properties back onto our tax rolls. I have called for the city’s Real Estate Committee to review each property and make recommendations to the Council, and we expect several will be available for auction later this year. Finance is investigating the possibilities of online payments of taxes and utility bills, perhaps even via credit card. We are also revisiting the city website, intending to redesign the current content, make it more user friendly, and include a new “Transparency” section for the Finance Department. Lastly, as promised, I have begun work on the presentation of the 2013 Comprehensive Budget so that the tax payer will have a better understanding of where the City’s funding comes from and where it goes. Please do not hesitate to contact me regarding the above or any other issues of concern to you. Kind Regards, Michele Madigan, Commissioner of Finance (518) 526-9377



BUSINESS Local Business Briefs

Service Stars Awarded, New Doctors on Staff at Saratoga Hospital SARATOGA SPRINGS – Saratoga Hospital has named Sarah Jones, RN, and Karen Lucia, RN, its service stars for the months of November and December 2011, respectively. Sarah has been with the hospital since October 2008, when she started as a patient care assistant. She completed her RN degree with the help of a scholarship from the hospital and now works on the D1 telemetry floor as a registered nurse. Karen has been with the hospital since August 1986 and is a registered nurse in the ICCU. The Service Star of the Month program recognizes employees and volunteers who go above and beyond the call of duty to provide great service to hospital customers. Both recipients were nominated by family members of patients they cared for. Hospitalwide celebrations were held in their honor. Saratoga Hospital also announces the addition of three doctors to its growing medical staff: Morris Kopels, MD; Nancy McDermott, MD, DMD; and Jeffrey Rea, MD. Dr. Kopels is board-certified in

emergency medicine and practices with Saratoga Emergency Physicians. Dr. McDermott practices with Saratoga County Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates. Dr. Rea is board-certified in emergency medicine and practices with the Albany Medical Center Hospital Emergency Department.

Couch White Expands Saratoga County Presence MALTA - Couch White, LLP, a full-service business law firm with offices in Albany and Saratoga Springs, opened its third Tech Valley office at 107 Hermes Road in the Saratoga Technology + Energy Park on February 1. “The addition of a Malta office meets our strategic initiative to provide clients in this geographic area with efficient access to the nationally-recognized resources of Couch White,” said Leonard H. Singer, partner at Couch White, LLP. “Our decision to establish a physical presence in Malta is in response to the needs of our current, and also potential, clients. As our local economy continues to grow into a more regional and global economy, we are expanding our business model to better serve those clients. Clearly, Saratoga County is a hub of economic development and we want to be an integral part of that success.” Couch White, LLP is a nationally-recognized, full-service business law firm based in Albany, NY, with primary practice areas in energy, construction, commercial and business, environmental, and labor and employment law.

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ZonicRealty Brings Industry up to Speed by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – ZonicRealty is an online real estate firm designed for the homeowner. Founder and principal broker Eric Eckardt, a Saratoga Springs resident, launched the online real estate marketplace in the beginning of January, introducing a new concept that reinvents the role of a traditional real estate brokerage to satisfy the modern homebuyer, saving consumers thousands of dollars per transaction. “Technology and social media has changed our industry: Ninety-four percent of homebuyers go online when searching for a home, according to the National Association of Realtors,” Eckardt said. “That’s pretty significant.” Eckardt, who has a background in investment banking and was formerly the general manager and partner of Hunt Real Estate ERA in the Albany Capital Region, noticed this shift and realized that the industry needed to catch up to its consumers. So, Eckardt established a “consumer centric” brokerage that connects agents and consumers through a three-dimensional virtual environment that inspires collaboration. The result was Here’s how it works: sellers simply log on to, cre-

ate a profile and connect with a local agent that is familiar with their region. The agent will then come to their home to take pictures, much like a traditional broker, and establish a plan for maximizing exposure. According to Eckardt, the consumer can be as involved in the process as they desire and can take control of their sale with an online profile that empowers them with “information previously limited to agents.” The greatest difference is that ZonicRealty doesn’t have a physical office, which only eliminates high overhead costs that the real estate brokerage would otherwise have to pass on to the consumer. “It’s our value proposition – we list homes at a low as four percent, when traditionally a real estate firm would charge between five and seven, and when the homebuyer [makes their sale] we give 20 percent of the commission we earn back to them.” On the other side, homebuyers can log on, select their parameters (location, price, school district, etc.), and create a unique profile that will do the legwork for them. The virtual marketplace is plugged into the MLS (multiple listing service), affording access to extensive inventory that matches the buyer’s desires, even when they’re not sitting in front of their computer. “Anytime a home goes up [that

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Eric Eckardt fits your parameters] you will receive an automatic notification. You don’t have to constantly jump online,” Eckardt explained. The online firm has been growing since it launched last month, and ZonicRealty will soon establish a presence in other markets including Buffalo, Syracuse and Rochester. For Eckardt, this model is the wave of the future, not only because it utilizes the power of the Internet and social media, but because ZonicRealty does so in a way that favors the consumer. “We believe that technology will give real estate consumers better information, more choices and lower transaction costs,” Eckardt said in a written statement. For more information, visit or call (888) 803-2006.

New Music School on Spring Street by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – Kniskern Music House, a wellknown music school and instrument rental site headquartered in Clifton Park, is now open at 138 Spring Street. Owner Kathleen Kniskern quietly expanded her services to the Saratoga Springs community this winter to meet the growing demand for her music house’s unique and proven approach. Kniskern, a retired educator, originally opened Kniskern Music House eight years ago at 1783 Route 9 in Clifton Park. A highly-trained staff of instructors, all of whom have degrees in education or music, work with students young and old. Kniskern Music House offers an array of unique programs for all instruments

– band and orchestra – that cater to specific age groups and abilities. The goal is to introduce students to the joys of playing an instrument, a skill that, according to Kniskern, yields benefits far beyond entertainment. “Empirical studies show that music increases a child’s ability to focus and learn,” she said. “When teaching a child how to play an instrument, you are giving them more than one skill. We are really focused on helping the child reach his or her full potential, and music is one very beautiful vehicle to help achieve that.” The studio is set up to promote enthusiasm about music and to include families and parents in the learning process. Brightly colored walls, large windows that bring in natural light, and a comfortable waiting area encourage students to

involve their parents and siblings in their lesson. Kniskern Music House also offers a unique instrument rental program that is open to any student enrolled in a music program. “Rentals accumulate points toward purchase of instrument,” she said. The instructors take great care in fitting each student to their instrument. As Kniskern explained, the personal attention is especially important for youngsters who are just starting out. Kniskern and her highly-qualified staff of instructors are eager to welcome new students and parents at their Spring Street location. They plan to introduce an array of new and exciting classes and programs within the next few months. For more information, visit



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Coming Soon: PJ’s BAR-B-QSA by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – Construction is underway at 1 Kaydeross Avenue (on the corner of Route 9), where a popular Saratoga barbeque joint is undergoing an exciting transformation. This spring, PJ and Carolyn Davis will reopen their seasonal restaurant, PJ’s BBQ, as PJ’s BAR-B-QSA, a year-round destination for American barbeque fare. The couple announced last spring plans to re-invent the restaurant, citing a desire to improve their customer service and fulfill PJ’s dream of creating a chain of restaurants that offer a taste-tour of American barbeque traditions. Construction broke ground on December 5, 2011. F.H. Alexander of Ballston Lake is the contractor. PJ’s has been serving award-winning outdoor barbeque, made to order on two 20-foot firebrick pits during the early spring to late summer season, since 1984. This spring, the restaurant will make that tradition available year-round. PJ’s BAR-B-QSA will offer the full “taste of American barbeque,” with plates from all BBQ regions: Kansas City, known for a unique style of wet ribs; Memphis, famous for its dry-rub ribs; traditional Texas brisket; North Carolina, famous for its pork helpings; Virginia, known for smoked sausage; the pacific northwest, which boasts delicious

smoked salmon; and, lastly, Northeastern-style BBQ chicken, which the Davises have been serving since day one. Along with these new and delicious additions to the menu, the Davises are reinventing • Saratoga TODAY their ordering area PJ and Carolyn Davis look forward to their grand reto allow all-season business and opening this spring. improve efficienAlthough the flagship restaurant cy. They have purchased year-round will soon reopen to unveil significant barbeque equipment to be used changes, the Davises are confident indoors and have also expanded their their long-time customers will find staff. the same quality barbeque and great “We’re creating some new jobs – atmosphere, only with more choices full-time and year-round,” said and more chances to enjoy them. Carolyn. The couple expects to need “We’re so excited to open,” said between 25 and 50 employees. PJ. “We are looking forward with PJ explained that the new ordering great anticipation to offering PJ’s system will be very similar to BAR-B-QSA, A Taste Tour of Panera, where customers walk in, American Barbeque, year-round to place their request and then continue our wonderful customers and loyal down the line to pick up their food. supporters.” In addition, a separate pick-up area For more information about PJ’s will service customers that called in BAR-B-QSA or to fill out a their order ahead of time. job application, visit This new all-American concept is designed to be a prototype for franchises. The couple obtained their state franchise license three years ago in anticipation of the renovation project, and with hopes of establishing a brand that would grow beyond Saratoga Springs.



Healthy Living Market and Cafe Coming to Wilton Mall SARATOGA SPRINGS – Five years after J.C. Penny moved out, a 35,000-square-foot anchor space in the Wilton Mall finally has a new tenant. The owners of Healthy Living Market and Café, a natural foods supermarket based in South Burlington, Vermont, announced plans last week to open a location at the Route 50 shopping destination. Construction is scheduled to begin this summer and a grand-opening date is expected in mid-winter. The market will provide approximately 140 jobs. It’s extremely exciting,” said Leah Palmer, marketing and public relations representative for the Wilton Mall. “Not only are we filing a space that has been vacant for about five years, but we are [welcoming] something completely unique.” Healthy Living Market and Café will offer shoppers a one-stop destination for natural groceries, fresh organic and local produce, locally sourced meats and poultry, crusty artisan breads, a world of cheese, health and beauty products, a complete vitamin and supplement department, freshly prepared foods and a broad selection of microbrews and wine. The market at the Wilton Mall will include a café for dining in or taking out, featuring an eclectic menu, made fresh daily, including vegetarian and vegan options for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and a full barista area for a wide variety of coffee and tea drinks. The Learning Center will offer cooking demonstrations, hands-on cooking classes, and community lectures that focus on wellness. When looking to open a second location, company owner Katy Lesser recognized the vibrant, growing community of Saratoga Springs and knew it was the perfect fit. “The energy and spirit I see in Saratoga Springs matches the kind of environment we love to support; a community that’s passionate about a certain quality of life where good food and agriculture play important roles,” she said. “We’re anxious to begin partnerships with businesses and farmers, schools and organizations in the area, and start working to become part of the community.” For more information on Healthy Living Market and Café, visit



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Students are Model Recyclers continued from Page 1 Just a few blocks east of 474 Broadway, the students at Lake Ave. Elementary School, including Madigan’s son, earn $350 each year for their recycled paper, bottles and cans – money the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) then uses to fund important programs and philanthropic activities. “Lake Ave. [school] sits in the heart of Saratoga Springs, and they’ve implemented a whole green initiative – kids are learning about recycling at an early age,” Madigan said. “I’m a little surprised city hall doesn’t recycle, but I think we can work to change that.” Madigan, who brings her work recyclables home with her, is currently researching programs that could turn waste into extra revenue for the city, and Yepsen said she hopes to have the issue on the city council agenda before the next meeting. However, they need every office on board, specifically the Department of Public Works, which is responsible for gathering and disposing of waste. Commissioner Skip Scirocco was not available for comment.

It seems cooperation is the key. The elementary school’s successful recycling program is the result of a spirited partnership between the PTA’s Green Team, the staff, student council and a company called Green Fiber Earth that pays for paper waste and repurposes it for insulation. “Our program at Lake Ave. can absolutely be used as a role model for the city,” said Monica Winn, mother and Green Team member. Winn explained that each week, the student council becomes the “Green Fiber Earth Patrol,” as students move from room to room, gathering paper waste and rating each class on their recycling efforts. For a job well-done, the patrol leaves a note that says “Good job, you are helping to conserve the earth’s natural resources!” For classrooms needing improvement, the note says “Wasted resources are lost forever.” A Green Fiber Earth bin in the staff parking lot is filled with recyclable materials collected by the student council. “It is available to the whole community to use for their unwanted paper, including cardboard, phonebooks, newspaper and rinsed out

milk and juice cartons,” Winn said. Students also gather bottles and cans, which the Green Team then brings to a recycling facility to collect deposits. With the money earned from collecting paper, bottles and cans, in addition to an annual book sale, the students at Lake Ave. have made two donations in honor of their school mascot, the leopard: they adopted a snow leopard at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse and have also made a donation to the World Wildlife Fund. Winn said she hopes to put additional funds toward a three-bin composting system that would reduce pre-plate food waste in the cafeteria and benefit the school’s gardening club. The $350 generated through the recycling program may not seem like a lot, but it certainly goes a long way. “The school is doing this and perhaps the city should as well,” Madigan said. “I am feeling optimistic that we can move the sustainability and recycling issues up the ladder on the priority list and really start thinking about how to preserve and protect our great city,” Yepsen said.


2,000th Veteran Shares Story SARATOGA SPRINGS - A 94-year-old Saratoga Springs resident who flew B-24 bombers in World War II has become the 2,000th veteran to record memories of his service with the New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center. Charles P. Evans who was born February 3, 1918, told his wartime story to Wayne Clarke, the museum’s oral history program coordinator Monday, February 13. Established on Veterans Day 2000, the New York State Veteran Oral History Program, administered by the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs, involves professional military historians using the latest digital technology to preserve the story of New York’s veterans in their own words. Each interview conducted enters an individual veteran’s experiences into the permanent public memory of the state and nation and builds a collection of irreplaceable value for historians and the general public. Each veteran who desires to participate is asked, as a first step, to complete a veteran’s questionnaire. The information entered on this form not only helps the historians prepare for the interview, it also helps get the veteran ready to be interviewed. The modern version of a form in use since the Civil War, it becomes part of the permanent record along with the actual interview itself. The 2,000 interviews are available to the public and researchers at the New York Military Museum located at 61 Lake Avenue in Saratoga Springs.

Visit the Military Museum! 61 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs 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. For more information, call (518) 581-5100 or visit

Governor Proposes Merging Racing and Wagering, Division of Lottery by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA COUNTY – Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget seeks to merge the Racing and Wagering Board with the Division of Lottery in order to cut costs and streamline efficiency, and will extend the $10 tax for horse owners racing horses in New York State. According to the 2012-2013 proposed executive budget, the governor seeks to merge the Division of Lottery and the Racing and Wagering Board to provide, “a single entity for the overall coordination of gaming policy and regulation in New York State.” Also noted in the budget, “The gaming industries constitute a vital sector of New York State’s overall economy, and their continued growth will contribute to economic development and job creation in this state. Gaming options both in and out of New York have expanded exponentially, but regulation of this sector remains mired

in the 1960s.” The merger is one of several proposed in the executive’s budget for government agencies. If all mergers are approved, the proposal claims New York State will save $10 million annually in expenses. The newly created agency pending a merger between the Division of Lottery and Racing and Wagering Board would be rebranded as the New York State Gaming Commission. Cuomo also extended the $10 fee for Thoroughbred horses who race in New York State, including at the Saratoga Race Course and the Saratoga Gaming and Raceway. The fee, which first appeared in 2009, raises approximately $1 million annually and has been used to fund drug-testing of horses. The state legislature is now tasked with discussing and debating Governor Cuomo’s proposed budget. A final budget is due for approval by April 1.




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Don’t Miss the 2012 Enchanted Wedding Expo Feb. 26! Brides, pre-register by Thursday, February 23 for a chance to win great prizes by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – Save the date! The 2012 Enchanted Wedding Expo is February 26, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Saratoga Springs City Center (522 Broadway). It’s an event you won’t want to miss! Saratoga TODAY’s Enchanted Wedding celebrates the SaratogaAdirondack region as a year-round wedding destination. Not only do we have exceptional seasonal backdrops, fantastic attractions and amenities, but we also boast a highly soughtafter group of wedding professionals that is unmatched anywhere else. In its fifth year, Enchanted Wedding brings nearly 100 of our region’s top wedding professionals together under one roof to help you plan the wedding of your dreams. Expo guests will have the chance to peruse, taste-test and chat with the experts, all while enjoying live music and the romantic backdrop of downtown Saratoga Springs. The 2012 event sponsors are Posie Peddler and Allerdice Party Rent-All. Admission is a five dollar donation to the Adirondack Trust Community Fund. Complimentary coat check is provided. “This is truly a great event every year; the whole team at Saratoga TODAY looks forward to it,” said Chad Beatty, publisher and owner of Saratoga TODAY newspaper. “What sets our expo apart is the quality and quantity of vendors, and, of course, the food. Brides, save your appetite and prepare to be wowed!” Our guest list includes florists, caterers, entertainers, photographers, bridal boutiques – you name it, they’ll be there. No other bridal expo lets you connect with as many venues and caterers under one roof. Plus, our talented caterers and bakers will have plenty of sweet and savoury treats for your sampling. “When brides are planning a wedding in Saratoga, they want to use Saratoga vendors, even if they’re not from around here,” said Maureen Donnally, owner of Lily~Saratoga Bridal Boutique. This is her fifth year participating in the Enchanted

Wedding Expo. “It’s great to have so many [professionals] here together to help brides create a complete Saratoga wedding,” she said. As our vendors look forward to the big day, so can you! Brides, pre-register online at nchanted wedding and be entered for a chance to win great prizes!

Here’s what eligible to win:



• A beautiful $500 ice sculpture from The Ice Man • 25 percent off your floral arrangements from Posie Peddler • A 4-day/3-night honeymoon sweepstakes at a five-star resort in Riviera Maya (excludes airfare) (offered by Pack Your Bags Travel and Karisma Resorts) Pre-registration will close at 5 p.m. Thursday, February 23 to facilitate setup at the Saratoga Springs City Center, so make sure you fill out your online form as soon as possible! What’s more, this fabulous event is linked to an equally fabulous publication: the 2012 edition of Enchanted Wedding Magazine, hitting the racks February 17 (that’s this Friday!).As the companion piece to the expo, this glossy publication is your all-local guide to planning a wedding in the Saratoga-Adirondack region, an allseason destination to say ‘I do.’ Enchanted Wedding magazine will be placed in each gift bag handed out at the expo, and is also available at our vendor locations and online throughout the year. The online edition is available in turn-page technology with advertisement hot-links, directly connecting our readers to our vendors’ websites. We can’t wait to give you a sweet taste of what our region’s wedding professionals have to offer. The possibilities are endless. Join us February 26, from 11 a.m.3 p.m., at the Saratoga Springs City Center. For more information about the 2012 Enchanted Wedding Expo or to pre-register and enter to win great prizes, visit enchantedwedding.

Share Your Story. Brides, we’d love to hear your stories! We’re already looking forward to the next edition of Enchanted Wedding magazine, and we need your help. Log on to our website (, and tell us about your engagement and wedding. We’re always looking for exceptional local weddings, couples and vendors to feature.

Make the most of the Enchanted Wedding Expo: Trina Lucas, expo coordinator, offers a few tips for maximizing your Enchanted Wedding experience: • Save time by connecting with close to 100 wedding professionals in one afternoon. • Discover new venues, unique floral artists, talented photographers, and countless others who can enhance your special day. • Meet, compare and save. Be sure to ask our vendors for Enchanted Wedding specials. • Have fun! Make it a date with your fiancé or a girls’ outing with your mom and bridesmaids. Taste, see and experience the possibilities for your own enchanted wedding.



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Adirondack Christian Fellowship 8 Mountain Ledge, Wilton Contact: 587-0623; Services: Sunday 8 a.m. & 10 a.m. Adirondack Friends Meeting 27 Saratoga Ave., South Glens Falls, NY 12803 Regina Baird Haag, pastoral minister Parsonage Phone: 518-793-3755 Email Address: AdirondackFM@ Services: 10:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings The Alliance Church 257 Rowland St., Ballston Spa Contact: 885-6524. Services: Morning worship 10:30 a.m. Assembly of God Faith Chapel Rev. Jason Proctor 6 Burgoyne St., Schuylerville Contact: 695-6069 Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Assembly of God Saratoga 118 Woodlawn Ave Saratoga Springs NY 12866 Contact: 584-6081 Sunday Worship 10 a.m., coffee served at 9:45 a.m. Bacon Hill Reformed Church 560 Route 32N, Bacon Hill, NY Contact: 695-3074 Rev. Janet Vincent Worship service 10 a.m. Sunday School 10 a.m. All are welcome. Handicapped accessible Baha’i Community of Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-9679; 692-7694;

Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa Contact: 885-7312; Services: Sunday Worship Service, 10:30 a.m. Ballston Spa United Methodist Church 101 Milton Ave. Contact: 885-6886. Services: Sunday 10:00 a.m. Bethesda Episcopal Church 41 Washington St., Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-5980. Services: Sunday, 6:30, 8 & 10 a.m. Church of Christ at Clifton Park 7 Old Route 146, Clifton Park Contact: 371-6611, cliftonparkchurch Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Christ Community Reformed Church 1010 Route 146, Clifton Park Contact: 371-7654; Services: Sundays 9:15 & 11 a.m. Christ Episcopal Church Corner of Routes 50 and 67, Ballston Spa Contact: 885-1031. Services: Sunday 8 & 10 a.m. Congregation Shaara Tfille 84 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-2370; Services: Sat. 9:30 a.m., Mon. & Thurs. 7:30 a.m., 3rd Fri. each month 7:30 p.m. Handicapped Accessible

Friday, February 17, 2012 Corinth Free Methodist Church 20 Hamilton Ave., Corinth 654-9255; 792-0271 Services: Sunday at 10 a.m. Corinth United Methodist Church 243 Main Street, Corinth Contact: 654-2521; Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Cornerstone Com munity Church Associate Pastor Paul Shepherd located in the Malta Commons Contact: 899-7001 Services: Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Community 2001 Route 9 Round Lake (Exit 10 of Northway) Contact: 877-8506, Mass Schedule: Sat. 4 p.m., Sun. 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Weekday Masses: Mon-Fri at 9 a.m. Eastern Orthodox Christ the Savior 349 Eastline Road, Ballston Spa Contact: 786-3100; Services: Sunday: 9:15 a.m. First Baptist Church of Saratoga Springs 45 Washington St., Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-6301. Services: Sunday: 11:00 a.m. First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa 202 Milton Ave. (Rt. 50), Ballston Spa Contact: 885-8361; Services: 10:15 a.m. First Presbyterian Church of Ballston Spa 22 West High Street,

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


Living Springs Community Church 59 Pine Road, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584- 9112. Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Living Waters Church of God 4330 State Rt. 50, Saratoga Springs Contact: 587-0484; Services: Sundays 10 a.m. Malta Presbyterian Church Dunning Street, Malta Contact: 899-5992. Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Malta Ridge United Methodist Church 729 Malta Avenue Ext., Malta Contact: 581-0210. Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Middle Grove United Methodist Church Pastor Bonnie Bates 429 Middle Grove Rd., Middle Grove Contact: 581-2973 Services: Sunday 9:00 a.m. Handicapped accessible New Horizon Church 150 Perry Road, Saratoga Springs Contact: 587-0711. Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. New Life Fellowship 51 Old Gick Road, Saratoga Springs Contact: 580-1810; Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Childcare is available at all services. NorthStar Church Shenendehowa High School, West Auditorium, Clifton Park Contact: 371-2811; Services: Sunday 10 a.m.




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Old Saratoga Reformed Church 48 Pearl St., Schuylerville Contact:oldsaratogareforme Services: Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Handicapped accessable.

St. Clement’s Roman Catholic Church 231 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-6122. Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8, 9:30, 11:15 a.m. & 5 p.m.

Old Stone Church Affiliated with the American Baptist Churches 159 Stone Church Rd., Ballston Spa Contact: 5831002 Sunday: 9 a.m. Adult Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Service 11:45 a.m. Coffee & Fellowship in Living Stone Hall Wednesday: Noon Potluck Luncheon 1 p.m. Choir rehearsal, 2 p.m. Bible Study Group

St. George's Episcopal Church 912 Route 146, Clifton Park Contact: 371-6351; Services: Saturday at 4:30 p.m., Sunday at 8 & 9:30 a.m.

PresbyterianNE Congregational Church 24 Circular St., Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-6091; Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Quaker Springs United Methodist Church Pastor Jim Knapp 466 Route 32 South, Quaker Springs Contact: 695-3101; Services: Sundays 9 a.m. Handicapped accessible. River of Hope Fellowship 100 Saratoga Village Blvd. Malta Commons, Suite 3, Malta Contact: 881-1505; Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Roman Catholic Church of St. Peter 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-2375. Services: Eucharistic Celebrations: Saturday 5 p.m.; Sunday 7:30, 9 & 11 a.m.

St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church 3159 Route 9N, Greenfield Center Contact: 893-7680; Church Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 10:30 a.m. Handicapped accessible St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church 167 Milton Ave., Ballson Spa Contact: 885-7411; Services: Saturday 4 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m. Handicapped accessible St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church 771 Route 29, Rock City Falls Contact: 893-7680;; St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 149 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-0904 Services: Saturday evening at 5 p.m. with Holy Communion. Sundays at 8:30 & 11 a.m. with Holy Communion.

St. Peter Lutheran Church 2776 Route 9, Malta Contact: 583-4153 Services: Sunday mornings 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. St. Thomas of Canterbury 242 Grooms Road, Halfmoon Contact: Service: Sunday at 10 a.m. Saratoga Abundant Life Church 2325 Route 50 South, Saratoga Springs Contact: 885-5456; Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. Saratoga Chabad 130 Circular St., Saratoga Springs Contact: 526-0773; Saratoga Friends Meeting (Quaker) Corner of Routes 32 and 71, Quaker Springs Contact: 587-7477; 3995013. Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga United Methodist Church Henning Road at Fifth Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-3720; Services: Sunday 9 & 10:45 a.m. Handicapped accessible. Saratoga Seventh-Day Adventist Church 399 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs Contact: 882-9384; Sabbath School: 10 a.m. Worship Service: 11:30 a.m. Shenendehowa United Methodist 971 Route 146, Clifton Park Contact: 371-7964. Services: Sunday 7:45, 9 &

10:45 a.m.; Acts II Contempory 10:45 a.m. Simpson United Methodist Church Rock City Road, Rock City Falls Contact: 885-4794. Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Soul Saving Station for Every Nation Christ Crusaders of America 62 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-3122 Services: Sunday 10 a.m & 6:30 p.m. Temple Sinai 509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-8730. Services: Friday 8 p.m. Handicapped accessible The Salvation Army Worship, Service & Community Center 27 Woodlawn Avenue, Saratoga Springs Mail - PO Box 652 (518) 584-1640 Sunday School - 10:00 a.m. Praise & Worship - 11:00 a.m. Captain Aaron A. Boone, Sr. Captain Amber S. Boone Commanding Officers/Ministers


Trinity United Methodist Church Rev. Gail Falsetti-Pastor 155 Ballard Rd., Gansevoort Contact: 584-9107; Service: Sunday 10:00 a.m. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs 624 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-1555; Services: 10 a.m. Religious education and nursery care at the 10 a.m. service each Sunday Unity Church in Albany 21 King Avenue, Albany Contact: 453-3603: Services: Sunday, 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. West Charlton United Presbyterian Church Rev. Thomas Gregg, Pastor 1331 Sacandaga Rd., West Charlton Contact: 882-9874; Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Wilton Baptist Church 755 Saratoga Rd, Wilton Contact: 583-2736;; Services: Sunday Service 11 a.m.



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Local AP Scholars Exceed State, National Averages by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA COUNTY – New York State Advanced Placement (AP) students ranked second in the nation for their overall success with AP exams in 2011, with more than 26 percent of public high school graduates scoring a three or higher on an exam, far exceeding the national average of 18.1 percent. The College Board, which oversees the AP Exams, announced their findings late last week, noting that only the state of Maryland, with 27.9 percent of participating students scoring a three or higher (on a five point scale) surpassed New York’s rate of 26.5 percent. “This year’s [findings] highlight the tremendous progress and success of New York’s students and educators,” said College Board President Gaston Caperton. “I am confident that New York’s AP community will continue to grow and will continue to offer all students the opportunity to succeed in college and beyond.” While nationally New York State is near the top of the heap, local high

schools can boast even better results. “Increased participation in honors and AP courses is one of our main goals for this year,” said Maureen Dana, spokesperson for Saratoga Springs City School District. “Our goal is to have 80 percent of our students take at least one AP or honors course by the end of this year. So we’ve seen a very large increase, both in the numbers of students participating and in the numbers of students achieving at a high level.” Not only has enrollment in AP courses at Saratoga Springs High School jumped dramatically over the last 10 years – from 178 students in 2001 to 483 in 2011 – scores too are on the up and up. In May of 2011, 747 AP exams were taken (students are allowed to take more than one exam in different subjects). Of the 18 subjects represented during the exams, students averaged a score of 3.50 across the board, with only two exam subjects, music theory and world history, falling below a mean score of 3.0. For their accomplishment, Saratoga was recognized by the Washington Post in 2011 as one of

the top American high schools based on their participation with AP courses. In 2010, Saratoga was also honored by Newsweek as being among the top six percent of public high schools nationwide. The Ballston Spa School District has also seen some encouraging results from their efforts to enroll more students in AP and honors courses. “We have steadily increased the number of tests administered over the last four years,” said Stuart Williams, spokesperson for the Ballston Spa School District. “There were 399 AP Exams administered in 2011. Of the 399 tests, 75 percent registered a score of a three or higher.” For their achievement, Ballston Spa was recognized last year on the College Board’s AP Achievement List, the only school in the Capital Region to make the list. The AP Achievement List recognized 388 schools nationwide for opening AP classroom doors to a significantly broad pool of students while maintaining a strong percentage of students scoring a three or higher. “We are honored to have received national recognition for the work we are doing to support student achievement,” said Ballston Spa Superintendent of Schools Joseph P. Dragone. “This award affirms our support of the AP program and provides incentive for our continual efforts to develop the strongest academic opportunities for our students as we move forward with district initiatives.” With greater opportunities to

enroll in AP courses at local districts, Duane Brown, Saratoga Springs’ department head of guidance, believes that many students can benefit from the rigorous coursework and challenging classroom setting. “I think kids will rise to the level that you expect of them,” said Brown. “By taking the AP courses, they have an opportunity to earn college credits in high school, which is great. But I think the biggest advantage of the AP courses is that when they go off to college, they’re going to have a much better idea and feel for what’s going to be expected of them, compared to the kids who

haven’t pushed or challenged themselves.” In 2011, 40.3 percent of all graduates from New York public high schools took at least one AP Exam, a sharp increase from 31.9 percent during 2006 and 27.9 percent in 2001. With 26.5 percent of 2011 students scoring a three or higher, that figure too has jumped from 21.0 percent in 2006 and 18.7 percent in 2001. To view the College Board’s full review on New York State’s AP achievements, visit esultsforNewYorksClassof2011.pdf.

February Vacation Events at Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park WILTON - With kids coming up on their February vacation, the Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park (WWPP) will have daily programs geared toward connecting children with nature. While snow has been scarce so far this winter, a grand snowshoe adventure is planned for February 18-19 if a few inches are accumulated by the weekend. Snowshoes can be rented for $5 (free for members of the WWPP) a pair at the Health Lodge at Camp Saratoga for a fun trek through the woods. Hours on Saturday are 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Sunday from noon - 4 p.m. Tuesday, February 22 from 1 – 2 p.m., students are invited to participate in the free Animal

Adaptations Snowshoe Walk. Participants will explore the outdoors during winter and learn how to identify tracks in the snow. This program is designed for children 5 and older. Pre-registration is required, please call or email by February 20. The program will proceed with or without snow. On Wednesday, February 22, WWPP joins forces with the Saratoga Springs Public Library to hold an Animal Tracking Snowshoe Walk in Congress Park from 11 a.m. - noon. Participants will meet in the Crawshaw Story Room to receive animal footprint identification cards and loaner snowshoes. They will then walk as a group to Congress Park and look for animal tracks. This program is limited to 20 families, or when the snowshoes run out, so register early by calling (518) 584-7860, ext. 3. Participants are asked to bring their own snowshoes if possible. Children must be accompanied by a parent or a caregiver and should be at least 5 years of age. Cocoa and popcorn are the perfect accompaniment to watching a movie about cold and ice come Thursday, February 23. The movie, “March of the Penguins,” will be shown free of charge at the park office at 80 Scout Road starting at 2 p.m. For additional information or to register for these programs, call the WWPP office at (518) 4500321 or email For a full listing of events, visit at



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Friday, February 17, 2012


SARATOGA SPRINGS - Over 90 local high school students at the Washington-Saratoga-WarrenHamilton-Essex (WSWHE) BOCES F. Donald Myers Education Center competed for top honors at the SkillsUSA competition, demonstrating their talents in a variety of different disciplines. Students competed in categories such as graphic arts, criminal justice, cosmetology, culinary arts, horse care, welding, auto body, forestry, information technology and more - skills learned as they study different career paths at WSWHE BOCES - for a chance to advance to regionals and eventually

states and nationals. As they advance, students will have an opportunity to win prizes and substantial scholarships for their demonstrations. “At the regional competition, students can win scholarship money to further their education beyond high school in their chosen field,” said Wendy Liberatore, spokesperson for WSWHE BOCES. Students also have an opportunity to win tools and equipment needed for their specific trade through the competition. The first leg of the local competition is judged by BOCES teachers, with the final results set to be tallied by Friday, February 17. For those advancing to regionals and beyond, judges will be made up of industry insiders and skilled professionals.

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Cosmetology student Tiffany Hunter of South Glens Falls The regional competition will take place Wednesday, March 14 in Schenectady. “This competition hones their skills,” said Liberatore. “It helps them to learn quickly about the career they’re studying and inspires them to practice and become even better.” SkillsUSA, a national nonprofit organization, is devoted to rewarding students for excellence, for involving industry in directly evaluating student performance and in keeping career training relevant to employers’ needs. To view results from the local competition, visit

Ballston Spa Science Olympiad Team Qualifies for State Competition BALLSTON SPA - The Ballston Spa High School Science Olympiad Team recently placed second at the regional competition at the College of Saint Rose. Ballston Spa students won medals in an astounding 15 out of 20 events, with four earning first place. Their successful finish qualifies the team for the state competition at Canesius March 30 - 31. The team is coached by high school instructors Theresa Rousseau, Jim Poirier and Mary Ellen Kusnierz. The Science Olympiad tournament is a rigorous, academic, interscholastic competition that consists of a series of individual and team events which the stu-

dents prepare for throughout the year. The events are well-balanced between the various science disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, computers and technology. The team of 15 students competed in 20 events, which range from the construction of a robot to college-level pen-and-paper assessments. Ballston Spa High School turned in first place performances in categories including: Disease Detectives, by Denise Croote and Sarah Zdunczyk; Helicopter, by Denise Croote and Keara Traylor; Remote Sensing, by Kevin Blake and Brian Parsons; and Robot Arm, by Jeff Carminati and Ryan Gifford. photo provided

by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY

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BOCES Competes in Local SkillsUSA

The B’Spa Science Olympiad Team: Coach Poirier, Jake Hurtt, Mike Hosek, James Markiewicz, Kevin Blake, Haley Canham, Evan Mendez, Sarah Zdunczyk, Captain Denise Croote, Johnny DeGuardi, Keara Traylor, Katy Stringer, Jacob Devasagayum, Jeff Carminati, Ryan Gifford, Brian Parsons (missing from photo), Coach Rousseau, Coach Kusnierz



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New York City Ballet Comes to Saratoga Springs Schools by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS From the bright lights of the Big Apple to the halls of Saratoga Springs High School, local students will have a chance to learn a few dance moves from the pros: dancer Andrew Scordato with the New York City Ballet, and instructor Mary Anne Fantauzzi. Beginning Tuesday, February 7, students in select physical education classes were introduced to a special dance class entitled, “Tendus, Tarantulas and Tambourines.” Run by Mary Anne Fantauzzi, Saratoga Springs mathematics teacher and New York City Ballet Workout Instructor, the fiveweek program will explore the aerobic and anaerobic energy systems in the body as students simulate simple ballet steps that affect heart rates. The class will also feature video highlights of photo provided George Balanchine’s NYC Ballet dancer Andrew Scordato “Tarantella,” an extremely physical and athletic dance. Students who partake in all five during his presentation, “Mambo, sessions, the last of which includes a Murder and Misguided Love.” The tour of the National Museum of program will feature clips from the Dance, will receive a free lawn pass New York City Ballet’s version of to an evening performance of the “Romeo and Juliet,” and “West Side New York City Ballet at Saratoga Story,” both ballets in which Performing Arts Center. Scordato was a performer. Students Students in the English classes of will have an opportunity to discuss Amy Totino, Michael Katz, Anne the story lines, characters, sets, cosKauth and Johanna Friedman will tumes, music and use of mime in have an opportunity to meet with each performance before students New York City Ballet dancer begin their study of Shakespeare this Andrew Scordato come March 7 spring.

Schuylerville Dance-A-Thon Raises $4K for Red Cross

SCHUYLERVILLE - Schuylerville students present a check for $4,165 to Gary Ferris, executive director of the Adirondack/Saratoga Chapter of the American Red Cross. Organized by the Friends of Rachel Club, the money was raised during the school’s recent dance-a-thon to benefit the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.



Major Gifts to Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs Provide Funding for Middle School Scholarship Program SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs is delighted to announce two substantial gifts. The first donation is from John and Elizabeth Armstrong, current WSSS grandparents, and the second is from The Dudley T. Dougherty Foundation, named for the grandfather of current WSSS parents. Their generous donations will help support the Steiner Scholarship which provides an opportunity for minority students to attend the school during their middle school years. The Steiner Scholarship is awarded to a student for three consecutive years, allowing the recipient to complete sixth, seventh and eighth grade at the school. The scholarship is named after the founder of Waldorf education, 20th century Austrian philosopher and educator Rudolf Steiner, and was established in 2011 thanks to lead gifts by Saratoga Springs residents Barbara Glaser, a former WSSS parent, and Jennifer Armstrong, a current parent at the

school. Both women became parents through trans-racial adoption and share a strong interest in supporting cultural diversity in the community. “These gifts are a statement of faith in this community and in what our education stands for. Their support helps reinforce our belief in this important experience for all children,” said Anne Maguire, director of admissions. The scholarship is aimed at minority students of proven academic achievement and financial need who reside within busing distance of the school and are entering sixth grade. Applications must be submitted by June 30 prior to the upcoming school year. For more information on applying for the

Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs’ Steiner Scholarship, please contact the admissions office at the Waldorf School at 587-2224. Donations toward the scholarship’s endowment can be made through the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region at

Send your education stories or briefs to Daniel Schechtman at reporter@saratoga

Community Corner Happy 70th It’s a Boy!



Linvan and Ted Doukas are proud to announce the birth of their son Michael Doukas. Michael was born at 12:29 p.m. February 1, 2012. He weighed 7 lbs. 11 ounces and was 21 inches long. The proud grandparents are Jian Tian Liu and Chun Hua Guo of China and Apostolos and Effie Doukas of Belmont, Mass. Michael joins his brother, Peter Doukas, at home. Congratulations to the Doukas family!

Dororthy Dodd - a Woman of Many Talents Writing, painting, jewelry-making and designing inspirational cards are some of the many talents that Wesley Health Care Center resident Dorothy Dodd possesses. Dorothy is shown above with one of her paintings and a book of her short stories. Dorothy’s stories are filled with family, pets and critter memories depicting the past as she grew up during the depression years. She exhibited her acrylic and oil paintings, cards and jewelry art at The Wesley Gallery in 2010.

Thank You to the Schuylerville Community Wesley Health Care Center residents Martha Schwartz and Elmer Schwartz celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary Tuesday. They were married February 14, 1942. Happy Anniversary!

The Board of Directors of SAFER (Schuylerville Area Food and Emergency Relief) would like to thank all of the individuals, businesses, churches, organizations and Schuylerville school staff and students who have contributed so much in so many ways to SAFER's success. Through the efforts of many local people, we have continued to serve the growing number of families in need of emergency services. Thanks to the tremendous community support, we were able to accomplish many of our goals in 2011 and we, as well as the recipients, appreciate everything. We look forward to another successful year ahead. -Maureen Cronin Rossley, corresponding secretary of SAFER


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Adam Brady Receives Starfish Award Adam Brady, a third-grader in Mrs. Kostrzebski's Ballard Road Elementary School class, is shown holding his recently received Starfish Award. The award, based on a starfish story about making a difference, went to Adam for his everyday kindness and helpfulness to others and is a part of the Act With Respect Always Program.

Academic Brag Time! The following Students are turning some heads at their respective universities: Elizabeth Lenzi A childhood/early childhood education major, Elizabeth has recently been placed on SUNY Cortland’s President’s List for her incredible academic performance. In addition to receiving an A- or higher in every course she was enrolled in, Elizabeth ranked fifth out of all 915 students in her department. Katherine Wait An exploratory studies major at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, Katherine has been named to the Dean’s List for her academic efforts. To be eligible for this honor, a student must achieve an academic grade point average of 3.5 – 4.0.


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Help CANDi- Cats and Dogs International Photos by Tracey Buyce

by Christina James Saratoga TODAY The solution to animal overpopulation is simple: spay or neuter your pets. But in places dominated by tourism like the Caribbean and Cancun, Mexico, locals can’t always afford that option. With minimal animal protection laws, this leaves millions of stray cats and dogs to die hungry in the streets- or at the hands of desperate humans. Cats and Dogs International (CANDi) was formed to help change all that. A travel executive with more than 20 years experience, Darci Galati decided to use tourist-based businesses’ and travelers’ desire to have stray-free streets to make a positive difference. Highlighting the damage to the overall vacation experience, Galati established a nonprofit organization that saves the lives of stray animals in the Caribbean and Mexico through spay/neuter, adoption and educational programs- all funded by the tourism industry, travelers and pet lovers. “One hundred percent of all donations to CANDi go to the animals to end their suffering in this vacation paradise,” says Galati. CANDi implements programs that provide long-term control of animal overpopulation in places where local governments and animal lovers may not be in a position to provide assistance.

Local photographer and animal lover, Tracey Buyce, recently traveled to Mexico to document a CANDi clinic and shared her story and photographs with Saratoga TODAY. “A few weeks ago I volunteered to document a dog sterilization clinic in Cancun, Mexico, with CANDi International,” Buyce wrote. “I also documented the street dogs of Mexico and a local rescue group facility. I find it difficult to put this experience into words in a way that would truly say how I feel. This was a life-changing experience.” Her images were intended to capture the people and purpose of the clinic, providing CANDi with a visual aid to help spread their cause, but she captured so much more. The resulting images project true empathy- and give the viewer an insight to her personal experience in Mexico. “The dogs of Cancun touched my heart and taught me about compassion, cruelty, love, hard work, and taking action for a cause,” Buyce explained. “I was also deeply moved by the volunteers and organizations involved in this clinic. Their compassion and work ethic to save these animals is truly inspiring.” CANDi programs are funded primarily through public donations. Your donation will help supply places in need with effective, preventionbased programs and promote animal advocacy. To make a donation, visit

Upcoming Blood Drives Tiny Tots Tea Room - Plaza 8, Clifton Park Saturday, February 18, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Target - 578 Aviation Rd., Queensbury Monday, February 20, from noon-5 p.m. Christ Church United Methodist - 54 Bay St., Glens Falls Thursday, February 23, from 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m.




Friday, February 17, 2012

Zehr’s Mushroom Chowder A winner at the farmers’ market They came together beautifully for a warming, sensuous blending of flavors that just totally pleased the palate. We are thrilled that they are willing to share the recipe with us so we can try and reincarnate this body of soup for our own home enjoyment! (Shhh, it’s also good for you!)

Suzanne Voigt Farmers’ Market

This year we had a clear winner at the market during our mini chowder event. Jeremy Zehr, mushroom farmer extraordinaire, brought to the market tantalizingly delicious mushroom chowder, made by his wife at their farm. Of course all the ingredients were fresh and organic.

Ingredients 1 ½ lbs Zehr shitake and/or oyster mushrooms 1 medium onion, diced 2-3 garlic cloves, pressed 3 tbsp. butter 3 carrots, peeled and diced 3 potatoes, peeled and diced 2 pints chicken stock ½ cup flour 2 cups whole milk 1 tsp. thyme ½ tsp. parsley Salt and pepper to taste

A Great Pick

Directions 1. In a large pan, sauté onions and garlic in butter for about two minutes over medium-high heat. Add cut mushrooms and continue to sauté for six more minutes. Set aside. 2. In a large saucepan, bring chicken stock to boil and add carrots and potatoes. Reduce heat and simmer until vegetables are al dente. 3. Meanwhile, mix milk and flour while vegetables simmer. 4. Add stock and vegetables to mushroom and onion pan. Stir in flour and milk mixture. Add herbs, salt and pepper. Stir together and simmer until thick. ENJOY! -The Zehr Family


John Reardon Compliments to the Chef Hello my foodie friends! How was your Valentine’s Day? Did you tell your loved ones that you love them? Well it’s been pretty busy here at Compliments to the Chef! One item that we had multiple requests for is called a pickle picker! That’s right, and it begs the question: How many pickles can a pickle picker pick if a pickle picker could pick pickles? Say that 10 times fast and get back to me. It is a handy little tool that my mom had in her gadget arsenal. Why did she have it? Well, when you have three boys and two girls who all like pickles you find something to keep 10 hands (varying in states of cleanliness) out of the pickle jar. It was great for grabbing my brothers’ noses too! We stayed away from the girls because their calls for mom came too quickly. It was fun and easy to use this gadget when I was a kid, and it still is. That’s why so many of

our customers come in to request them. Thinking about it: how many times have you stabbed for a pickle with a fork before you gave up and went for it with your hand? The pickle picker has been around for a long time and can be used for other jar-grabbing items or if your brother drops something down the drain. It resembles a hypodermic needle without the needle. You just push the end and the grabber jaws come out like a claw machine in an arcade! Now go get your pickle! Thinking about it, my brothers and I were never quieter as we waited our turns to use it. My mom was a genius! She would use this gadget as a way to end our quarrels. All she had to say was “who wants pickles?” Listen, John, Danny, Billy, CarolAnn and Patty didn’t get gummies or candy; we got carrots, apples, celery, plums, pears, melon, grapes and PICKLES! Don’t get me wrong, sometimes when mom’s back was turned a wet finger would dive into the sugar bowl, but that could never be proved! Is a pickle picker a must-have for your kitchen? Well, you will have to decide that for yourself. As for my family, there are still a lot of smiles when we reminisce about mom’s pickle picker. So when a customer comes in and asks me for one, I smile and say if I am out I will get it here fast! Life Happens in the Kitchen. Take care, John




Friday, February 17, 2012

It’s Not Fair!

Gayle LaSalle I’m the Boss of Me ow many times have you heard someone make this exclamation? And, how often has it been about something rather insignificant? As my Tante explained to me, there is a difference between a crisis and a pain in the tookus (butt). I explain this in my book “Pearls From My Tante - Life lessons you won’t learn in the classroom.” She said a crisis is life-altering or life-threatening, and that everything else is just a “pain in the tookus!” I’m sure that in the moments when we exclaim ‘It’s not fair!’ the situation we are referring to seems very significant, but when we stop and really think about it, it’s most often not. In fact, few of the things people find unfair are, in fact, true crises. Let me tell you something you probably already know: Life is often NOT FAIR! In fact, if I can ever locate the person, creature or gremlin that runs around telling young children that life should be fair, we’re going to have a very serious discussion. Let me put a caveat in here. I’m not advocating that we not teach children to play fair or to treat other people fairly. This is basic kindergarten 101.Rather, let’s not encourage a belief that the events of life are always or should always be fair. It sets people up for disappointment and frustration. These are the people who, at 30, 40 and beyond, are still bellowing “It’s not fair” and expecting everything to be fair. That’s just not reasonable. Because, even in the best lived lives, things happen that are just unfair. When someone we love, dies, it’s not fair! When we get a flat tire on our way to an important appointment - especially if it was no fault of our own, it’s not fair! There are many things that are unfair and most often beyond our control. We can general-


ly recognize the big things that are unfair, but even some of the less significant things can create frustration and disappointment. For example: I know I’d love to be able to sing. I find it freeing, and it can be so pleasing to others, unless you have my voice or lack of. I cannot sing and to tell the truth no one has every asked me to do so, twice. But is this unfair? Perhaps in some ways it is. But is it life-altering or life-threatening that I can’t sing? No. In this situation, I can remind myself that I probably have skills that some who have beautiful voices lack and they may think that unfair. It really comes down, in many cases to how we choose to think about it. Do I sometimes think it’s unfair when someone seems to gain success easily while I work hard for what I have? Of course, I have those moments. But does this outward success guarantee that person is happy? Of course not, and nor does it protect that person from life’s happenings. There is always more than meets the eye, and we shouldn’t assume that one person ‘has it all.’ We read all of the time about successful people having trials and tribulations that are often not of their own making. Many situations seems unfair to children. They might think it’s not fair if a friend gets something they want and haven’t been given, or if a parent says no to something as simple as a lollypop before dinner. Teenagers tend to think many things in life are unfair, especially those

rules set by adults. However, as adults, it seems we should know to be a bit more realistic and begin to accept the pros and cons of life, to see the difference between a “pain in the tookus” situation and a true crisis. But that doesn’t mean that life can’t be unfair. It certainly can and too often is. Today I learned that a 5-year-old little girl, the child of my daughter’s friend, has passed away, shortly after the diagnosis of an inoperable brain tumor. If life were really fair, parents would never have to bury their children. This situation is more than a pain in the tookus, or an inconvenience; it’s a crisis, a severe life-changing and life-threatening event. So what to do when life is not fair? We can rail at the unfairness. We can carry on and blame others, God, or the universe. Or, we can take some time to honor our feelings – whether anger, grief or simple frustration – before exploring our options for coping. We can move from self-pity to self-empowerment. Yes, even in the most severe of situations. I must share with you that when the love of my life died in a car accident nine years ago, I truly experienced that feeling of total frustration and unfairness. It was a second love relationship for both of us, and we’d waited quite some time to find each other. We’d both been through some rough times and finally found peace in each other. When that was taken from me, I really did want to give up and did give up, at least for a while.

“Life’s not fair. Get used to it.” Bill Gates

But with the help of those who love me and my own teachings, I realized that while I could not change this event, I could choose how to respond. Yes, I could have continued to feel sorry for myself and many would not have blamed me for it, but instead I chose, slowly but surely, to remind myself that I had a love that some never get to experience, one that I had thought might never happen. I remind myself that this relationship gave me many things in life that I would have not had otherwise. This is not just about me and my experience. I want to look at the story of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. While being in public office puts one at inherent danger, I doubt that she ever expected a shooting. Was it fair that she and others were hurt? That some were killed? Was it fair that Congresswoman Giffords will need years to heal and may never be completely well? Of course not! Yet,

she has refused to dwell on this unfairness. Instead, during all that has happened in the past year, she has chosen to focus on the positive and the future. She has not had unkind words for anyone. There has been no blame placed, not even toward the shooter. The congresswoman has instead chosen to focus on taking the high road, as she reportedly has done throughout her term in congress. She is clearly a class act, both personally and professionally. So, to those who choose to focus on life’s unfairness, that is your right. For me, and hopefully you (my reader), accepting that life is at times unfair and choosing to respond positively to unfair situations will allow us to thrive rather than simply survive. Gayle LaSalle is a motivational speaker, author and corporate trainer. For more information about her work or to contact her, visit


26 upcoming town meetings Town of Ballston: Ballston Town Hall 323 Charlton Road 885-8502 2/23: Farmland Protection Committee, 7 p.m. Village of Ballston Spa: 66 Front Street 885-5711 2/22: Zoning Board of Appeals, 7:30 p.m. Town of Greenfield: 7 Wilton Road 893-7432 Town of Malta: 2540 Route 9 899-2818 Town of Milton: 503 Geyser Road 885-9220 2/23: Zoning Board of Appeals, 7 p.m. City of Saratoga Springs: 474 Broadway 587-3550 2/21: City Council, 7 p.m. 2/22: Planning Board, 7 p.m. Town of Saratoga: 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville 695-3644 2/22: Planning Board, 7:30 p.m. Village of Schuylerville: 35 Spring Street 695-3881 2/20: Planning Board, 6:30 p.m. Town of Stillwater: 66 East St., Riverside Mechanicville, NY 2/16: Town Board, 7 p.m. Town of Wilton: 22 Traver Road 587-1939 2/23: Zoning Board, 7 p.m. Saratoga County Board of Supervisors: 40 McMaster St., # 1 Ballston Spa, NY (518) 885-2240

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Friday, February 17, 2012

L A LOC fs e i r b

Read Your Poems or Just Listen During April Celebrate National Poetry Month with public readings! Readings will take place each Saturday in April 2012, from 1-3 p.m. in downtown Saratoga Springs. The time allowed to each poet depends upon how many featured poets and other poets are signed up. Venues: April 7- Saratoga Arts’ building, Broadway April 14- Steps of the U.S. Post Office, Broadway *No slots available April 21- Saratoga Arts’ building, Broadway April 28- Feneex Boutique, 30 Beekman St. Poets will not be paid for their readings, they may bring their own books to sell, but must handle their own sales. No tables or cash boxes will be available for selling books. If you want to read, call Barbara Garro at (518) 587-9999 and leave a message with your phone number.

Cudney’s and Franklin Community Center Partnership Cleaning out your closets can be a daunting task, especially when you don’t want to throw away clothes that might be useful to someone else. But where should you donate them? How do you know they are really going to a great cause? The answers to those questions are now right here in your own backyard, thanks to a new partnership between Franklin Community Center and Cudney’s Launderers and Dry Cleaners. Beginning March 3, all Cudney’s locations in Saratoga and Wilton will feature bins where they will accept your gently-used, in-season clothing on the first Saturday of each month from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The clothing will then be sorted, cleaned and donated to Franklin Community Center, a nonprofit human service agency serving less-fortunate children and families in Saratoga County. For more information, visit or www.franklincommunity

Saratoga Tourism Bureau Needs Volunteers! The Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau is offering an exciting opportunity for local residents, students, professionals and others to support and promote all of the things that make Saratoga a wonderful place to visit! We are looking for volunteers with flexible hours and the ability to do various assignments such as event support, staffing the bureau’s hospitality table and tent, and assisting event organizers. To volunteer, fill out an application form at volunteers or call (518) 584-1531, ext. 104.

5th Annual LaVoy5k Needs Sponsors! This run, held April 28, is in memory of Kristen LaVoy whose life was short but full because of the donation of others. The event educates the public about organ, tissue and eye donation and is a great opportunity for your organization to give something as someone did for Kristen. The funds raised from this event go directly to The Center for Donation & Transplant (Donate Life). For more details, email or call (518) 928-5808.

Genealogy 101 Registration Begins Brookside Museum, 6 Charlton St., Ballston Spa Genealogy 101 will be held Thursdays, April 12, 19 and 26 from 1-3 p.m. Tracing your family can be an immensely rewarding experience. This three-session introduction to genealogy will help you get started, teach you basic research skills and acquaint you with vital records, state and federal census 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 you 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 is $45 per person. Pre-registration is required by April 9 for this popular class. Contact Anne Clothier at (518) 885-4000 or at for more information or to register.

Business Planning-101 Seminar Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St., Glasby Room Saratoga Springs Public Library is partnering with New York State’s Small Business Development Center to bring emerging entrepreneurs and existing small business owners together for a Business Planning-101 seminar 9:15-10:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 29. In this seminar, participants will learn the foundations for developing a solid business plan. The seminar is free and open to anyone with an interest in either starting-up or further developing a small business. Registration is required; to register, call Julie Moore at (518) 584-7860, ext. 250 or email

Saratoga Dances II Celebration & Forum National Museum of Dance, 99 S. Broadway The Dance Alliance and the School of the Arts at the National Museum of Dance will cosponsor an afternoon celebrating the creation of Saratoga Dances II Sunday, March 4, with events from 1-4:30 p.m. Master classes will be held from 1:15-2:30. The cost of a class for members, seniors and students is $15 to participate and $5 to observe. The fee for the general public is $20 for class and $10 to

observe. Preregister at or register and pay in person at 2 p.m. March 4. Jay Rogoff, dance writer and poet-in-residence at Yaddo, will moderate a free community forum from 2:45-3:45 p.m. The forum will encourage community input and questions about the collaborative process involved in planning Saratoga Dances II. Those attending can also enjoy refreshments and a silent auction as well as the opportunity to meet the artists from 3:45-4:30 p.m.

Seeking Vendors and Crafters Christ the Savior Orthodox Church, 349 Eastline Rd., Ballston Lake Christ the Savior Orthodox Church is seeking vendors and crafters for their second annual flea market taking place July 7, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the church. Outside and indoor spaces are available. For more information, email or call (518) 3630001.

Craft/Garage Sale Vendors Needed 1 Elks Lane, Saratoga The Saratoga-Wilton Elks Ladies Auxiliary is looking for market vendors for an indoor market to be held once a month, Sundays from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The cost for an 8-foot table space is $15 paid in advance. Doors open for setup at 9:30 a.m. The next craft/garage sales are February 26 and March 11. For an application or more information, call Linda at (518) 289-5470.

Community Bingo Every Monday 1 Elks Lane, Saratoga Springs Doors open at 4 p.m. with games beginning at 7. Sandwiches, hamburgers and weekly specials are available at 5 p.m. Come and spend an evening and play! An evening of fun for old and young happening every Monday night!

Stopping SNAP Fraud -Kevin Concannon Americans expect and deserve a government that ensures their hard-earned tax dollars are managed with accountability and integrity. Without that commitment, we risk undermining public confidence in the value of SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – formerly known as food stamps. This critical nutrition program helps millions of people in need put food on the table through tough economic times until they can get back on their feet. In support of this commitment, and as part of the Obama Administration’s ongoing Campaign to Cut Waste and root out fraud and abuse in federal programs, the USDA announced new steps to strengthen antifraud efforts in SNAP. While fraud is a relatively limited problem in SNAP – the violating stores represent less than half of one percent of more than 230,000 food stores authorized to redeem benefits – we have a zero tolerance policy for fraud. If you see suspicious activity, report it at

TODAY or by calling (800) 424-9121.

Donations Needed for 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) 8856810 to make donation arrangements.

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.

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

Affordable SAT Prep Course CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services, 5 Municipal Plaza, Suite 3, Clifton Park CAPTAIN is proud to offer SAT Prep! The course runs March 12, 15, 19, 22, 26 and 29 from 7-9 p.m. Scholarships will be available for students in need. The course fee is $179. For more information, call Larry Silverman at (518) 469-0259.

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. 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 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




Friday, February 17, 2012


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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.

All-You-Can-Eat Dinner 13 Oak St., Saratoga Springs The Principessa Elena Society at will have its monthly fundraising all-you-can-eat dinner Friday, February 17, from 5-7 p.m. Seniors $8, adults $9, children 5-12 $5 and takeouts $10. For information, call (518) 584-4163.

Saturday, February 18

Before You Die” is this week’s theme. Come see and learn about the best of the best in a special presentation highlighting some of America’s finest National Parks, from coast to coast. For more information, call (518) 664-9821 or check the park website at

Monday, February 20 Parkinson's Support Group Meeting Woodlawn Commons, Saratoga Springs This 2 p.m. meeting is open to anyone with Parkinson's Disease, family members and friends. For more information, call Joyce Garlock at (518) 885-6427 or Dorothy Clark at (518) 584-3894.

Presidents’ Day Program Children’s Museum at Saratoga 69 Caroline Street, Saratoga Springs Kids will be learning about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln through stories and crafts. Make a George Washington silhouette, an Abraham Lincoln top hat, or both. George Washington 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Abraham Lincoln 11:30 a.m.– noon, free with museum admission, pre-registration is required. This program is for children age 6 and up. Call (518) 5845540 to register.

Tuesday, February 21 All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Supper

Heritage Hunters Meeting Saratoga Town Hall, corner of Rt. 4 and Rt. 29, Schuylerville Heritage Hunters of Saratoga County will meet at 1 p.m. at the. The program speaker will be Joan Parslow, director of the Church of Latter-Day Saints Family History Center in Loudonville. The public is welcome. For information, call (518) 587-2978.

Sunday, February 19 Armchair Tours Saratoga National Historical Park, Stillwater From 1:30-3:30 p.m. beat your cabin fever with a series of free “Armchair Tours” at the historical park. “10 National Parks to See

Schuylerville United Methodist Church, 51 Church Street, Schuylerville Enjoy an all-you-can-eat pancake supper from 4-6:30 p.m.

Andrew Simmons’ Wildlife Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St., H. Dutcher Community Room Educator, naturalist, and wildlife expert Andrew Simmons brings with him a crew of creatures that you will get to know from 2-3 p.m. This program is for children ages 6 and older and their families. Space is limited. Free tickets are available in the children's room. For more information, call (518) 584-7860, opt. 3.

6 Charlton St., Ballston Spa Brookside, home of the Saratoga County Historical Society, is holding their Victorian Tea Party February 21 and 22. The Victorian Tea Party will be offered twice each day from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and from 1-3 p.m. The program is best suited for children ages 6-14. Parents are welcome to stay, but are asked to pay the program fee. The cost is $8 per person. Pre-registration is required by Friday, February 17. For more information, visit or call (518) 885-4000.

Wednesday, February 22 Media Website Tutorial Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St. Learn how to use various media websites including those of various newspapers, television stations and more from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Discover how blogs are incorporated into media websites and learn other aspects of media website use. Bring questions! Registration is required; call (518) 584-7860 ext. 257 to register.

Ash Wednesday Fish Dinner 1 Elks Lane, Route 9, Saratoga Springs From 4:30-7 p.m. Complete dinner, soup, salad, entrée, dessert and coffee/tea. Cash bar available. Adults $9, children 5-12 $5, under 5 free, seniors and military with ID $8, takeouts $10.

Animal Tracking Snowshoe Walk Saratoga Springs Public Library 49 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs Participants will meet in the Crawshaw Story Room to receive animal footprint identification cards and loaner snowshoes. They will then walk as a group to Congress Park, put on the snowshoes and look for animal tracks. This program is limited to 20 families, or when the snowshoes run out, so register early. Please bring your own snowshoes if you have them. Children must be accompanied by a parent or a caregiver and should be at least 5 years old. If there is no snow on the ground, the program will still run as a nature walk and activity. Pre-registration required in the library’s children’s room or by calling (518) 584-7860, option 3.

Thursday, February 23 “March of the Penguins” Showing Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park, 80 Scout Rd., Park Office Did you know that Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park once looked like the arctic and was covered by glaciers? From 2-3:30 p.m. come learn about these wonderfully unique birds. Popcorn and hot chocolate will be served. Pre-registration is required by February 21; call (518) 450-0321 or email to reserve your spot!

Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce Mixer Hyatt Place, 20 State Farm Place, Malta The Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly mixer from 5-6:30 p.m. There will also be a New Member Orientation from 4-5 p.m. This mixer is also featuring an opportunity to meet the 2012 Saratoga County Chamber Board of Directors. Cost is $5 with reservations and $10 after the reservation deadline of 5 p.m. Tuesday, February 21. Contact (518) 5843255 for more information or to register.

Friday, February 24 Puppet People Legend of Sleepy Hollow Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St., H. Dutcher Community Room A thrilling, comic rendition of Washington Irving's classic story, this show features handcrafted marionettes, two life-sized puppets, special lighting, and smoke effects accompanied by both classical and traditional folk music. There will be three performances: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Open to all ages. Free tickets will be avail-


able in the children's room. Call (518) 584-7860 opt. 3 for more information.

Upcoming Snowshoe Walks at Gavin Park's Family Fun Day Gavin Park, Wilton Join Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park February 25 on a snowshoe walk discovering nature outdoors from 1-4 p.m. Gavin Park will also be providing a free bounce house and refreshments. In addition, there will be a search and rescue demo and a family snowman building contest.

Free Spaghetti Dinner Trinity United Methodist Church, 155 Ballard Rd., Wilton Enjoy a free spaghetti dinner Sunday, February 26 from 5-7 p.m. Open to the entire community!

Wedding Planning Workshop 526 Maple Ave., Saratoga Springs A wedding workshop with style is taking place February 25 at 10 a.m. Reserve your spot today by emailing

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

Saratoga Contradance First Baptist Church, 45 Washington St., Saratoga Springs Contras, squares and couples dances Saturday, February 25 from 8-11 p.m., with beginners lesson at 7:30. All dances taught and newcomers are welcome. Wear sneakers or other soft-soled shoes only, please. Adults $10, students $7, children under 15, $6. For more information, call (518) 885-4430 or visit

Victorian Tea Party Brookside Museum,

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Sloan Wainwright Local Gigs Comes to Caffè Lena Week of 2/17-2/24

•BD Lenz, 9 pm

•New Regime, 9 pm

•Vinny Guadagnino, 9pm

•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 mastery of folk, pop, jazz and blues will be on display Friday, February 17 at Caffè Lena. Heather Maloney will open the show at 8 pm. Tickets are $20 at the door.

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Friday, 2.17:New @ 9 maple avenue - 587.7759

SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Wainwright family is legendary in the contemporary folk music scene, and Sloan is certainly no slouch herself. Known for her smooth, smoky voice with deep, rich tones, Wainwright’s


•Wardsteiner, 7 pm @ the paddock lounge - 330.2426

•McGroovin Band, 9 pm @ parting glass - 583.1916

•Elvis Impersonator Bill McGrath, 8:30 pm @ primelive ultra lounge - 583.4563

•Dryer w/Slim Charles, 9 pm @ putnam den - 584.8066

•Cryin’ Out Loud, 8 pm @ vapor - 581.5772

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

@ wallabee’s jazz bar - 792.8282 @ vapor - 581.5772

Sunday, 2.19: •Flurry Folk Oasis, 10 am - 11 pm @ caffè lena - 583.0022

Thursday, 2.23: •Irish Celtic Session, 7 pm @ parting glass - 583.1916

•Tim Pohl, 9 pm @ wallabee’s jazz bar - 792.8282

•Woodstone @ gaffney’s - 587.7359

•Jeff Brisbin, 8 pm @ irish times - 583.0003

•The Play Doughs, 6:30 pm @ primelive ultra lounge - 583.4563

Friday, 2.24: •Dave Fisk Quartet, 9 pm @ 9 maple avenue - 587.7759

Saturday, 2.18:

•Justin Joyner, 9 pm

•Marcus Benoit Band, 9 pm

•Beppe Gambetta, 8 pm

@ 9 maple avenue - 587.7759

•Tequila Mockingbird, 9 pm @ bailey’s - 583.6060

•Flurry Folk Oasis, 10 am - 11 pm @ caffè lena - 583.0022

•Wardsteiner @ gaffney’s - 587.7359

•Who Are You, 9:30 pm @ irish times - 583.0003

•Dave Berger Trio feat. Ray Alexander @ max london’s - 587.3535

•Dance Flurry, all day @ parting glass - 583.1916

•Ed Salvo, 6:30 pm @ primelive ultra lounge - 583.4563

•90’s Dance Party @ putnam den - 584.8066

•Mick Thomas & Chris Roach, 8 pm @ van dyck - 348.7999

@ bailey’s - 583.6060 @ caffè lena - 583.0022

•Jeff & Becky Walton w/ Mike Steiner @ gaffney’s - 587.7359

•Rakish Paddy, 8 pm @ irish times - 583.0003

•Mike Tomas, 7 pm @ the paddock lounge - 330.2426

•Screaming Orphans, 9 pm @ parting glass - 583.1916

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

•Wed. Open Mic @ putnam den - 584.8066

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

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




Friday, February 17, 2012


Dance the Weekend Away! The 25th Annual Flurry Festival at the Saratoga City Center and Hilton Hotel Friday, February 17 - Sunday, February 19 by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - It’s a festival of music and movement, everything from high-flying swing to two-steps and square dances, and it’s headed to the Saratoga Springs City Center and Hilton Hotel this weekend for the 25th Annual Flurry Festival. Featuring music and dances from across the globe - swing, tango, waltz, ballroom, African, Balkan, Celtic, Scandinavian, salsa, contra, square dancing and more, over 5,000 participants are expected to kick off their Sunday shoes and get down during the many workshops, instructionals and jam sessions this President’s Day weekend. The event begins Friday at 7 p.m. until 2 a.m., and continues Saturday, 9 a.m. - 1 a.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Ticket prices range from $25 - $100 depending on the type of ticket purchased (for example, a halfday ticket is, of course, cheaper than the all-weekend ticket), and can be bought at the door or the City Center ticket booth. The Flurry Festival is aimed at absolutely everyone – from the stumbling novice to seasoned professional, from tots to teens to adults. Over 250 separate sessions are planned during the weekend, with more than 400 performers

(be they musicians, dance teachers, callers or performance dancers) ready to strut their stuff. While headquartered at the City Center and the Saratoga Hilton, other nearby locations such as the Canfield Casino, Saratoga Music Hall, the Parting Glass Pub, Caffè Lena and Temple Sinai will also be hosting Flurry festivities, with free shuttle buses scheduled to circulate from location to location Saturday and Sunday. But the Flurry Festival isn’t just about dance. Hundreds of musicians will also be present for instrument and vocal workshops, concerts, participatory singing and jamming sessions, along with demos for vocals, fiddles, wind instruments, banjos, mandolins, piano, guitars, drums and more. Special guests at this year’s celebration include Genticorum, Notorious, Fennig’s All Star String Band, Jorge Cuevas and the Caribe Jazz Allstars, Bare Necessities, Annie & the Hedonists, Girl Howdy and, you guessed it, many, many more. It’s a whirlwind of energy and excitement, of world music, culture and dance, and it’s headed your way this weekend! For more information on the many events taking place during the 25th annual Flurry Festival, visit

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Couples try out a little swing and a twirl at the Saratoga Springs City Center.

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Hundreds of people gather at the Saratoga Springs City Center for the 2011 Flurry Festival, attended by well over 5,000 guests.




Friday, February 17, 2012

Dressed to Kill: James Bond Winter Ball Locked and Loaded

SARATOGA SPRINGS - The exhilarating lifestyle of James Bond, the iconic British spy portrayed in countless films and novels, is the inspiration for Saratoga Performing Arts Center's (SPAC) winter fundraiser, BOND: Shaken Not Stirred, scheduled for Saturday, February 25 at 8 p.m. at the Hall of Springs. Hosted by SPAC's Junior Committee, the Hall of Springs will be transformed into a “Casino Royale” lounge for the event, featuring a “Goldfinger” bar, generous “Dr. No” cocktail fare, live music and plenty of intrigue. SPAC tickets will be awarded to guests with the most authentic James Bond attire. Tickets, available at, are $70 (beer and wine), or $100 (full bar). "This year’s Bond theme will bring an elegance and sophistication to the evening with dress, cocktails and ‘Casino Royale’ décor," said Junior Committee Chair, Leah Margolis. “And remember, Bond attire is admired, but not required.” SPAC's Junior Committee, formed in 2010, consists of rising young professionals from in and around the Capital Region. The goal of the committee is to assist SPAC in fundraising, donor cultivation and outreach among their peers. Proceeds raised at the committee's Winter Ball help underwrite the classical programming and educational activities of SPAC's summer season. SPAC also launched a new interactive James Bond online trivia contest leading up to the event at Winners who "Crack the Code" will be entered to win a "Vesper Martini.” All contestants with the correct answer will be recognized on SPAC’s website and Facebook page and will automatically be entered to win James Bond’s signature drink at one of the participating restaurants. For more information about The Winter Ball, visit or contact Kristy Godette, or 518-5849330 ext. 109.


Tang Museum Spring Exhibition by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - It’s one of the biggest shows of the year for the Tang Museum at Skidmore College, and it’s happening this weekend, Saturday, February 18, during an opening reception from 6 - 7:30 p.m. for their new spring exhibition. Saturday’s opening reception will unveil the works of several renowned artists displaying their achievements in the coming months at the Tang Museum. Artists featured include Donald Moffett, known for his vibrant, abstract paintings; Nancy Grossman, who explores themes of violence and power with her drawings, paintings, sculptures, collages and more; and Pam Lins, whose first solo museum show will feature her formal, modernist and unique sculptures. Nancy Grossman, who will participate in a “Dunkerley Dialogue” with Elizabeth Streb (choreographer and dancer) at 5 p.m. prior to the reception, is featuring her exhibition entitled, “Tough Life Diary.” Put together from over five decades of work, Grossman’s style is often varied but challenging, typically defying definition or an easy interpretation.

“Her work is formally gorgeous, but its materiality and content often expose harder parts of our lives,” said Ian Berry, curator at the Tang Museum. Donald Moffett’s exhibition, “The Extravagant Vein,” will feature the artist’s abstract paintings and ethereal landscapes. Known for his highly textured relief works, paintings that defy and break through the two-dimensional plane, and the clever use of video projections over some of his canvases, Moffett’s work is closely linked to difficult social and political issues of the day. “[Moffett] pushes the boundaries of what we understand a painting to be,” said Tang Associate Curator Rachel Seligman. Pam Lins’ “Denver Gold,” installation features her modernist sculpture in her first solo museum show. “[Lins creates] installations and situations for her objects that play with architecture and space in interesting ways, like filling up a room so you are pushed to walk in and around her work,” said Berry. Saturday’s opening reception is free and open to the public. To learn more, visit

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Pam Lins’ installation, “Owl,” part of her display at the Tang Museum at Saturday’s opening reception.




Friday, February 17, 2012


First Annual BEER WEEK On Tap for Feb. 23 - 25 continued from Page 1

group that hosts the Saratoga Brewfest each summer and Oktobeerfest in autumn. Garth Ellms and AJ Bodden of Saratoga Festivals say the success of Saratoga Brew Fest led to the creation of Saratoga Beer Week, as a way to break up the end of February with an annual citywide event. While Saratoga Brew Fest is more of a craft beer event, Saratoga Beer Week will offer a bit more in the way of variety. While the craft breweries will be represented in full force, Beer Week will include a more international selection, with breweries from places ranging from Chile to Poland and much more in between. If you’re so much of a beer fanatic that you’re planning to attend all the festivities, you may be interested in purchasing a “Beer Week Passport.” Passport holders are granted entry into each of the marquee events during the week, without having to purchase a separate ticket. Passports will only be sold prior to Beer Week, so be sure to purchase yours ahead of time. If you can’t make it to any of the featured events, you can try and attend dozens of promotions being held at local restaurants and venues over the course of the weekend. Admission for many of the local promotions is free, but expect a cash bar at most venues. With literally dozens of promotions taking place throughout the weekend, you’ll be able to experience what makes Saratoga Beer Week such a unique event. On February 23, you can head on down to the tasting room at Olde Saratoga Brewery to take part in the kick off party. Brewers from all over New York State will be in attendance for you to meet, and they’ll be serving up some rare brews for your tasting pleasure. New York State is home to many great craft breweries such as Brooklyn, Davidson Brothers,

Ommegang, Brown’s and the unofficial host of Saratoga Beer Week, Olde Saratoga. “It’s a unique chance for customers to try different New York State-brewed beer, all in one place,” said Max Oswald of Olde Saratoga Brewery. February 24 offers more in the way of beer education, with two separate seminars being held at the Saratoga Springs City Center. The first session starts bright and early at 9 a.m., and touches on food pairing and home brewing. Andy Schwarz, head brew master for Redhook, Widmer Brothers and Kona, will be speaking on his experiences running a craft brewery. Seminar two will feature speaker Adon Allen, the Brewing Ambassador with Anheuser-Busch. Tickets to each seminar are $30 and free to passport holders. February 24 will feature a “Grand Food and Rare Beer” tasting event exclusive to passport holders only. Each brewery will be paired with a food of choice and participants can enjoy local musicians while mingling with national brewers. February 25 gets going early too, as Olde Saratoga Brewery will offer tours of their brewery starting at 10 a.m. This is in anticipation for the main event of Saratoga Beer Week, the pair of tasting sessions at the Saratoga Springs City Center. Session one runs 12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. and session two will take place

from 5 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. The only difference between the two sessions is when you’d like to start drinking. Tickets are $20 in advance, $30 at the door. Summit tickets are going fast, so be sure to get yours ahead of time. Your ticket includes admission, four beer or food sampling tickets, and a commemorative sampling glass. More beer tickets can be purchased at the event. Ellms says he’d like to add a day

each year, eventually making it a full week-long celebration. For now, the three-day festival is as much an experiment as it is a chance to bring a fun new tradition to downtown Saratoga Springs each February. The size of the festival should already rival the annual New York State TAP Festival in Hunter Mountain each spring, which featured 72 breweries at their 2011 festival.

The First Annual Saratoga Beer Week is a great chance to get out and enjoy an adult weekend, but remember to plan ahead and drink responsibly. Saratoga TODAY urges you to get home safely and always designate a driver.




Friday, February 17, 2012


SaratogaArtsFest Offers Early-Bird Admission Discounts SARATOGA SPRINGS SaratogaArtsFest is gearing up for its sixth annual citywide celebration of the arts, June 7-10, and as an early-bird incentive, the festival is offering special discounts

for adult admission and free passes for youth and military personnel through March 31. SaratogaArtsFest 2012 will offer a wide variety of arts experiences, including music, dance, visual art,

film, theater, and literary art. The festival is designed to appeal to a wide range of audiences, from the arts aficionado to families with young children. The ARTSPASS admission pack-

age for adults and seniors is now available at a discount of $5, resulting in a price of just $30. An ARTSPASS provides admission to the full range of events and cultural activities during the multifaceted arts showcase. The pass also provides discounts at Saratoga Springs restaurants and shops during the festival, as well as benefits yearround at area arts organizations. In addition, the ArtsFest is offering free festival weekend passes to youth (ages 5-17) and military personnel (active or past service). The festival weekend pass includes admission to most festival events. To purchase an adult ARTSPASS or to reserve a free youth or military pass, visit The special online offer ends March 31. “This incentive is about making access to the arts as affordable as possible for as many people as possible," said Mary Ellen O'Loughlin, executive director of SaratogaArtsFest. "Families and young people can take advantage of this offer to explore the variety of programs we are planning for June, including many activities for kids

and families.” Added O'Loughlin, "The free pass also enables us to extend special thanks to those who serve our country in the armed forces." Beginning April 1, the standard prices for admission will go into effect: adult $35, military $15 and youth $5. Students 18 and older can purchase a pass for $20, and children under age 5 years are admitted free. “The festival’s programming committee has done a terrific job of bringing together an extraordinary lineup of events for this year,” said Marie Glotzbach, chair of the SaratogaArtsFest board. “The program will provide wonderful opportunities both for Saratogia residents and the many visitors from out of town to experience the richness of the arts in our community. Although our arts partners will provide the core of the programming, the festival will be enhanced by several exciting national-profile performances and artists as well.” More information about the festival, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, is available at



Friday, February 17, 2012



33 Entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States. Ronald Reagan

Words to know: elucidate: tr. Verb. To make clear or plain.


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See puzzle solution on page 36

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Movie Review

Safe House

You’re in a position that requires very little of you and have been for some time. Then you hear your significant other is getting a new job nearly 6,000 miles away and begin angling for a transfer but before you can get it you are dropped in a situation unlike any you’ve ever been in. What do you do? Matt Weston (played by Ryan Reynolds) is the guardian of a CIA safe house in Cape Town, South Africa. While he is required to conceal the true nature of his workplace and his employer, once he’s entered the office, turned on the lights and locked the door behind him, he’s done just about everything he needs to do that day. Meanwhile, the agency’s most wanted fugitive, CIA agent turned traitor Tobin Frost (played by Denzel Washington), has been arrested in a nearby embassy while trying to escape the men who’d already murdered his business contact. Senior management at the agency is stunned and determined to find out what Frost (Washington) was running from in addition to ascertaining the true extent of the damage he’s already done since going rogue more than 10 years earlier. However, before Frost cooperates, hostile forces break through the facility’s defenses and assassinate Frost’s armed escorts. Soon, Weston (Reynolds) is on the run with Frost in tow all while trying to keep them both alive and deliver Frost to the intended destination.

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If you’ve seen “Enemy of the State,” “Man on Fire,” “Unstoppable,” or “Spy Game,” you’ll no doubt recognize the directing style of Tony Scott in this latest film starring Denzel Washington. The problem being that the director of this film is a man by the name of Daniel Espinosa and while I am a fan of Scott and his films, it shows a considerable lack of imagination on Espinosa’s part to direct his films in a near-identical manner. Putting that aside, Washington is exceptional as he often is, Reynolds is surprisingly good and spares us the sarcasm we’ve come to love and expect from him, and supporting players Brendan Gleeson, Vera Farmiga and Sam Sheppard make the sub-plot almost as interesting as the main story. I enjoyed it a lot. (6.8/10)

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Community Sports Bulletin Girls’ Basketball 2012 Records

Boys’ Basketball 2012 Records

Ballston Spa

Ballston Spa

Suburban Council: 5-11 Overall: 6-12

Burnt Hills Suburban Council: 3-13 Overall: 3-15

Lacrosse Teams Place in Preseason National Rankings The Skidmore College men’s and women’s lacrosse teams are both featured in the 2012 preseason polls. The men are ranked 20th in the USILA Coaches’ Poll and the women were one of four teams receiving votes in the IWLCA Preseason Poll. The men were one of four Liberty League teams featured in the poll after posting an 11-4 record last season and winning the Liberty League regular season title. Liberty League newcomer RIT is ranked eighth, while Union

is ranked 14th and RPI is ranked 19th. The Thoroughbreds return their top three scorers including AllAmericans Mike Holden and Ryan Perlow. The Skidmore men open their 2012 campaign on February 25 at Babson College at 2 p.m. and their home opener is March 17, at 1 p.m. on Wachenheim field. On the women’s side, the Thoroughbreds joined Ithaca, Williams and Liberty League nemesis Union as the four teams who received votes. Skidmore and

Union were the only teams from the Liberty League featured in the preseason poll. Leslie Stebbins, a 2011 IWLCA Empire Region First Team selection, anchors a 2012 team that returns eight players from last season’s squad that went 10-8 and reached the Liberty League playoff tournament for the first time in five seasons. They open the 2012 season on the road at Mount Holyoke March 3rd at 12:30 p.m. and face Middlebury in their home opener March 21 at 5:30 p.m.

Suburban Council: 5-11 Overall: 5-13

Burnt Hills Suburban Council:7-9 Overall: 7-11

Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Springs

Suburban Council: 6-10

Suburban Council: 4-12

Overall: 8-10

Overall: 5-13



Wasaren League: 5-9 Overall: 5-12

South Glens Falls

Wasaren League: 10-4 Overall: 11-6

South Glens Falls

Foothills Council: 6-7

Foothills Council: 4-10

Overall: 10-7

Overall: 4-14

Saratoga Central Catholic

Saratoga Central Catholic

Western Athletic Conference: 4-8

Western Athletic Conference: 8-7

Overall: 8-9

Overall: 10-9

Capital District Youth Basketball League Results Saratoga’s seventh grade team won its sixth straight game, defeating Scotia last Saturday by a score of 4643. The team continued to rely on a solid overall performance with balanced scoring led by Mike Tillman with nine points. Alex Hite had 10 rebounds and defen-

sive spark was provided by Connor Sullivan and Kevin Lahm with four steals apiece. The Saratoga sixth grade basketball team beat Scotia 61-15 on Saturday. All 10 players contributed to the win. A.J. Lawton, August Mahoney, Wes Eglintine, Matt Myers and Cam Flemming contributed 47 points for Saratoga.

August Mahoney also had 11 rebounds and seven assists for the streaks. On Thursday night, the sixth graders won their seventh consecutive game, beating Queensbury by a score of 64-46. Saratoga played solid team defense, creating numerous turnovers which led to transition baskets on offense. Once again, all 10

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players scored for Saratoga. August Mahoney and Matthew Larkin combined for 36 points and 10 assists, while Brian Hart had 12 points and numerous steals. Saratoga’s fifth graders beat Scotia by a score of 35-8. The game was back and forth for most of the first half before Saratoga pulled ahead to take the lead for good. Peter O’Toole

led the way for Saratoga with 10 points and six rebounds. Other major contributors were Andrew Patnode and Will Fox, who both had seven points and seven rebounds. Saratoga also got solid all-around games from Nate Chudy and Freddie Smith.




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Point (Guard) of Emphasis

Damian Fantauzzi Eli Manning is an amazing quarterback. After watching him guide the Giants to another Super Bowl championship it has shown me just how valuable a guy like Eli is to his team. There are only so many players of this caliber. Take his brother, Peyton, who guided the Indianapolis Colts to a Super Bowl title in 2007, or Tom Brady of the New England Patriots, Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints, or Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers; they’re all outstanding quarterbacks who also led their teams to Super Bowl titles. These are just to name a few, but there are many more “field generals” in the NFL’s past and present. I feel there are those quarterbacktypes of athletes in every sport and because of certain subtleties of their game, they might go unnoticed. Baseball’s Derek Jeter is a good example of this, as is the recently retired Jorge Posada. Jorge was a catcher which is a position in baseball that could be compared to a quarterback. He directs the team from his position because he has the best view, much like a quarterback on the field. The catcher knows the tendencies of certain hitters that come up to bat. Jeter is also in a

strategic part of the infield where he possesses an uncanny ability to make the right choice in directing his fellow infielders. Of course, baseball is obviously a different type of game than football. It is a game of instant reflexes upon the swing of a bat. There are no set plays like football, outside of situations that can occur with double plays or pickoff situations. It’s more of a strategy of reaction by the athlete to the situation, mostly from the defensive aspect of the game. The offense is generally orchestrated by the manager such as bunting situations, hit-and-run plays, sacrifice flies, and so on. The roles of leadership on the baseball field are observed by the fans and TV commentators as a game is in progress. Basketball has a player in a key position that is mentioned many times by sports commentators as the “quarterback of the team,” the point guard. The point guard handles the ball, knows when to give the ball up by passing, calls the plays and directs the offense. It’s a role that sometimes gets overlooked and even taken for granted by fans. When a basketball team doesn’t have a ball handler, they have to compensate by running an offense where the players are actively screening and passing. In my career as a basketball coach, I have had some good basketball-quarterbacks conducting our offenses, but I have also had teams without a highly skilled ball handler. In that situation, there still has to be a takecharge individual who replaces the skill of a point guard, and is willing to sacrifice individualism for the development of team play - someone with the leadership needed on the court. Soccer has its quarterback too. It can be the mid-fielder occasionally, but more often than not, it’s the

goalkeeper. Sometimes soccer is a game that has many quarterbacktype players who are take-charge individuals and help to direct teammates into positions. It’s a game of constant movement and action with different situations occurring all over the field. Therefore, reflexive decisions have to be made consistently in order to be successful. Soccer players can be compared to a third baseman in baseball with hits coming at you one after another, so there is no time to think. It’s all immediate response and instinctive movement. Individual sports like track and field, tennis, wrestling, golf and bowling are where the athlete is his or her own quarterback and the choices made have their own reflexive reaction. These sports are also team sports and there is that one individual the team looks to for direction and motivation. Sometimes it is the best bowler, runner or player who becomes the driving force behind the team’s success. I had a recent article about leadership and this article is obviously related. After seeing what Eli Manning did for the Giants in the Super Bowl, I felt the topic of team leadership needed to be expanded. It’s a role where special individuals inspire others. With the many different sports, some of the quarterback-type of athletes go unnoticed and do not get the credit that someone like Eli gets. Every sport has those individuals who can push a team to a successful performance and even a miraculous ending. In the non-athletic world, the classroom teacher is a great example of what a quarterback-type can do for a group. The winners are the kids; they’re the team in the Super Bowl of life and some are guided into important leadership roles by their quarterback, the teacher!


Saratoga Advances to Sectional Semifinals by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Saratoga Springs varsity hockey team is one step closer to making their third consecutive appearance in the state championships, downing LaSalle 9-1 in the section II quarterfinals to start their postseason run right. After defeating LaSalle in their season finale February 8, the Streaks took to the ice once again against the Cadets during the section II quarterfinal Wednesday, February 15. Despite outscoring LaSalle 8-1 during their previous meeting, Saratoga struggled to gain the clear upper hand in the opening period of the game. But with 10 seconds remaining in the first, Saratoga’s Brett Merriman found the back of the net to break the seal, paving the way for seven other Saratoga players to score goals of their own in a total teameffort onslaught. Following Merriman’s opening goal, teammate Tyler Bullard led his team with two goals and two assists. Saratoga’s Alex Luse, Mike Layman, Jamie Bartoszek, Joe Chiaravalle, Kyle Paton and Drew Hasbrouck all chipped in with one goal apiece before the night was through, putting a decisive end to LaSalle’s 2011-2012 season. Saratoga is looking to capitalize on its momentum and deep roster of strong players this postseason as they advance to the next round against CBA Friday, February 17. Leading the charge is veteran player Alex Luse, who was recently named Player of the Year and

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Saratoga Springs celebrates their quarterfinal win. Leading Goal Scorer by the Capital District High School Hockey League (CDHSHL). Joining Luse is Brendon Wormley, who was selected to the All CDHSHL Team. Nick Winters, Mike Layman and goalie Ryan Bourgeois were also honored this season, each of whom were tabbed for the CDHSHL Second Team. Saratoga will meet up against CBA at the Vernon Arena this Friday, facing a team the Streaks have defeated twice during the regular season. Meanwhile, Saratoga’s rivals at Shenedehowa continue a postseason run of their own, earning a 6-2 win against Burnt Hills-Ballston Spa Tuesday. Shen will face Shaker-Colonie Friday in the semifinals, a team they lost to 6-4 during the regular season.




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Streaks Spoil Scotties Senior Celebration by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY

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Senior Night Showdown - Ballston Spa senior forward Jennifer Sweeney tries to shake her defender, Saratoga Springs senior guard Heather Lewis, during the regular season finale at Ballston Spa.

BALLSTON SPA – The Ballston Spa girls’ basketball team celebrated Senior Night February 14, hoping to steal a win from Suburban Council rival Saratoga Springs. Both teams played hard in their regular season finales, but the Blue Streaks’ offense proved to be too much as they defeated the Scotties 49-26. Nine different players scored at least two points for Saratoga Springs, with Emily Petruccione

leading the way with 18, and Heather Lewis chipping in with 10 points of her own. Lewis’ presence was also felt on the defensive side of the ball, as she pulled down six rebounds to go with five blocks. Ballston Spa forward Geena Gallo started strong, with eight points in the first quarter, but she only managed to score three the rest of the game. The 11-point performance is the third-lowest total for Gallo all season, who put up 22 points on Saratoga Springs when they met in early January. The Blue Streaks were evenly matched throughout the first half and only held a threepoint advantage at the half. When an Allison Zdunczyk driving layup cut the Saratoga Springs lead to 20-19 to begin the third quarter, it seemed like we were in for more of the same. The Blue Streaks responded by outscoring the Scotties 26-7 the rest of the game, including a 16-2 run to finish the game. Saratoga Springs did the bulk of their scoring from inside the arch. Senior guard Hannah Sontz’s three-pointer from the corner midway through the third quarter was

the only one in the entire game. Saratoga Springs only attempted six free throws but failed to convert on any of their chances. While Saratoga made stopping Geena Gallo a priority, the rest of the Ballston Spa team didn’t fare much better. Outside of Gallo, the team only managed six field goals in total, and shot 55 percent from the free throw line. Coincidently, the game was also played for sole possession of third place in the Suburban Council’s North Division. The Saratoga Springs Blue Streaks finish their regular season with a record of 6-10 in conference play and 8-10 overall. The Ballston Spa Scotties end up with a 5-11 conference record and went 6-12 overall. Over on the boys’ side, Saratoga Springs hosted Ballston Spa for their senior night, defeating the Scotties 58-45. A.J. Sullivan led the way for Saratoga Springs with a season-high 20 points. For Ballston Spa, senior guard Aaron Sparks scored 18. The Blue Streaks started the game with an all-senior lineup, with regular starters Sullivan, Erik Tallman and Andrew Bartlett being joined by reserves Christian Flemming and Matt Beckwith. The Blue Streaks’ seniors played the entire first quarter together and jumped out to a nine-point lead. Ballston Spa trailed 30-20 at the start of the second half and were down as many as 15 before going on a 14-2 run during the third quarter. Ballston senior forward Ryan McVaigh was held scoreless in the first half, but broke out during the Scotties’ third quarter run, converting eight straight points to cut the Blue Streaks’ lead to only three points. Both teams finish the season with identical 4-12 Suburban Council and 5-13 overall records.



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