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Volume 9  •  Issue 10  •  March 14 – March 20, 2014

Gene Kelly, Jacques d’Amboise To NMD Hall Of Fame

John Travolta To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award by Arthur Gonick Saratoga TODAY  •  (518) 581-2480

Featured Stories


SGF Fundraiser Shatters Record

SARATOGA SPRINGS— Attention dance and pop culture enthusiasts: Mark down August 9 on your calendar, as the National Museum of Dance (NMD) will have it’s own version of “Saturday Night Fever.” Saratoga TODAY has

Best Of Saratoga See pgs. 10-12

Families Today Families


See NMD Hall Of Fame pg. 30 See Families Today pg. 15-25 Photo By Gus Carayiannis

by Brian Cremo Saratoga TODAY

Top left, John Travolta. Bottom , Gene Kelly, Jacques d’Amboise.

SOUTH GLENS FALLS — After last year’s South High Marathon Dance raised $489,000, which was $100,000 more than the year before, people again said, “How can this happen? You can’t keep breaking the totals.”

Tinney’s Tavern Is Back

New Owners Revive Sports Enthusiast’s Paradise by Arthur Gonick Saratoga TODAY

MIDDLE GROVE – A beloved institution among snowmobilers, outdoor enthusiasts and fans of “just good times” has returned. After a year of being idle, Tinney’s Tavern, at

450 Lake Desolation Road in Middle Grove, is back up and running, with new ownership that had barely little time to catch their breath since taking over late last month. “We are fortunate to be near the Mulleyville and Galway snow trail systems,” said new co-owner Kevin

Joyce. “The snowmobilers saw the flurry of activity and couldn’t wait for us to get opened again. Fortunately for us, the previous owner left the place in excellent shape.” So with some hard work overnight (an a tap-line cleaning assist from Saratoga Eagle) after officially taking ownership on See Tinney’s pg. 5

$583,015.14 later, the record was shattered again in 2014 and the dance marathon shocked, donated, entertained and made yet another mark on the lives of the South Glens Falls Community and those around it. “It’s bizarre,” said co-adviser of the event and South High art teacher See Dance pg. 9

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Week of March 14 – March 20, 2014

Geyser Road Elementary Family Dance SARATOGA SPRINGS — It was groovy to the max, man! A 60s theme bridged the generation gap.

Proceeds of the dance will help fund the new playground. Right on, Photos by Sara Bolles far out!

Week of March 14 – March 20, 2014


Wilton Town Board Meeting Review: A Snapshot Of The Night’s Discussions

Board Invites Speaker On Open Government, Welcomes New Planning Board Member by Colette Linton Saratoga TODAY WILTON — In the initial stages of the meeting on March 6, there was an announcement updating the audience of a plan to have the Executive Director of The Committee on Open Government, a unit in the Department of State, Robert Freeman, meet with the Wilton Town Board. The Committee on Open Government is a unit in the Department of State that oversees and advises the government, public and news media on freedom of information, open meetings and personal privacy protection laws, according to the organization’s webpage on the Department of State’s website. The Committee on Open Government provides training to government and other interested groups. The public is invited to attend event which is planned to be rescheduled for April. The board then moved on to approve the resignation of former Wilton Planning Board member Don Needham. First alternate Dr. David Gabay of Gabay Chiropractic, located in Saratoga Springs, is now a member of the planning board. “Wilton Community Meet and Greet”: Board Reaches Out To Hear Public Comment In the Wilton Mall near the entrance of Healthy Living on April 5 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., town board members as well as planning and zoning board members will be available for public comments, questions, concerns and criticisms. Holding a “Wilton Community Meet and Greet” was one of Councilwoman Joanne Klepetar’s initiatives when she first took her position on the board, she said. “This will probably be one of the first times the Town Board members have reached out to the general public in a long time,” Klepetar said. “We don’t have a lot of participation from the busy folks in Wilton,” she said. “So, I think it’s important to reach out and find out what’s important to them.” She plans to hold a “Wilton Meet and Greet” at least every other month in the future. “R U Okay?” Response Program Gets New Start The program “R U Okay?”, a phone tree system to contact seniors or community members, was reintroduced by

Councilwoman Joanne Klepetar. The program, which was last updated in 2008, serves as a way for volunteers to contact individuals who may need assistance in an emergency, such as in the event of a power outage or gas leak. Klepetar is taking names to update the current call list. “It’s kind of like a phone tree,” Klepetar said. “Every volunteer will have people to call to make sure they

(individuals included on the list) are okay.” The previous list will be updated and volunteers will make a round of calls this spring to confirm contacts. For more information, to be added to the list, to add someone else to the list, or those interested in volunteering, contact Joanne Klepetar at



week in Review Mayor Yepsen Receives VFW Distinguished Citizen Achievement Award

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The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States District 3 recently presented Saratoga Springs Mayor Joanne Yepsen with the “Distinguished Citizen Achievement Award” for her years of dedicated support and service to our veterans’ community. District 3 Commander Gene Ratigliano said: “Joanne Yepsen has always worked very closely with the Veterans of Foreign Wars on many projects that were instrumental in ensuring veterans in and around Saratoga County are represented in all matters dealing with veteran issues.  She has a special place in her heart for veterans and for what they do and have done for our country and is most deserving of this award.”

Mayor Yepsen served on the Veterans Advisory Committee of the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors, was involved with restoring the Veterans War Memorial in Congress Park, and was instrumental in moving the Guardian House for homeless women veterans into a more secure position to serve this deserving population. The mayor also founded the NYS Coalition for Women Veterans, which resulted in a collaboration of state and county veterans counselors, VA representatives, and veterans’ organizations. “I am extremely honored and humbled to receive this award.” Mayor Yepsen said. “Helping our veterans has been, is, and will remain a priority for me moving forward.”

Week of March 14 – March 20, 2014

Attempted Thief Runs Straight To Police SARATOGA SPRINGS— Fiftyseven-year-old Robert D. Horton was caught in a ironic circumstance after his attempt to steal the wallet of Lois Celeste, the Senior Center Executive Director on Wednesday, March 5. The situation began when Celeste walked back toward her glassed-in office only to find Horton already standing there in her office rummaging through her purse. When confronted, Horton claimed to be looking for the bathroom. “He kept saying ‘I wasn’t in your wallet; I wasn’t in your purse; I wasn’t in your office, as we’re standing in my office,” Celeste said. As Celeste questioned the man, another staff member entered the room. That’s when Horton decided to flee and Celeste followed in pursuit. She said that it may not have been a very good decision, but she was concerned with her wallet that contained cash and credit cards including her Senior Center credit card. Celeste chased Horton across Williams Street, across Hamilton

and cross-lots by St. Peter’s Church onto Broadway. Horton continued to run across Broadway to the Holiday Inn, which ironically for him, had a Department of Homeland Security Conference that was on break at the time. More than 100 police officers attended the conference that day, and it was a plain-clothed Albany Police Officer followed by Saratoga Springs police officers who ran outside to find out what was going on. Horton was arrested and was charged with fourth-degree attempted grand larceny. After all the commotion, it was found that Celeste’s wallet actually had remained in her office at the Senior Center. The wallet had been tossed into the corner when he was caught with his hands in her purse. Celeste was most disturbed by the fact of someone who took advantage of the trust of the Senior Center, whose doors are always open to everyone. Horton was issued tickets for the misdemeanor and was released to appear in court March 11.

SARATOGA SPRINGS— The Downtown Business Association (DBA) announced their opposition of expanded casino gambling in the city of Saratoga Springs after voting on the issue in late February. The DBA voted on Wednesday for the objection to a ‘Las Vegas Style Destination Casino’ due to their concerns for displaced businesses that they said may

lose customers resulting from a decrease of pedestrian traffic downtown. In a statement from their newsletter, the DBA wrote: “Unless operational arrangements, binding agreements and assurances can be made with these entities, the DBA cannot support any entity, competing community or project that is looking to take consumer traffic or economic development from the downtown corridor.” The statement was made several days after the City Council voted its opposition to the state law that would allow a destination resort casino to be built in the city. Peter Martin, one of the city’s representatives on the Board of Supervisors later advised the City Council to review its position on bringing a casino into the city.

DBA Opposes Gaming Expansion

Week of March 14 – March 20, 2014


Tinney’s Tavern Is Back With A Bang! continued from page 1

Saturday, March 22 at 10 p.m. The new owners have many plans in the works, which generally revolve around the concept of the word “expanded” as in, expanded food, beverage and music offerings that remain faithful to the concept of what made Tinney’s Tavern a great place to be year-round, while throwing a few extra things into the mix that will serve to put their personal stamp on things. While certain plans are not ready

A Family Affair: Left to right: Back row Kimberly Joyce, Kevin Joyce, Brian Brumley, Melissa Brumley bottom row left to right Brian Joyce, Erin Joyce, Nicholas Brumley, Sarah Brumley.

February 28, Tinney’s was open for business the next day. “We had a fantastic turnout the first two weekends, especially since we only had time to rely on word of mouth,” said co-owner Brian Brumley, who is also a co-owner of the Spring Street Deli in Saratoga Springs. The Brumley’s also own

Saratoga Wine & Spirits. If you haven’t been there yet, a perfect time to make plans is for next weekend’s (March 21-22) grand re-opening festivities, which will have a variety of giveaways from both Saratoga Eagle and Empire Merchants spirits, and a performance from Southern rocker’s HyTyde on

to reveal at this time, expect that the new owners of Tinney’s Tavern are quite aware that they have 200 feet of waterfront and plan to develop promotions that capitalize on it. In the meantime, Brian Brumley was excited about the idea of owning a special place, in a special place: “We both are outdoorsmen and a big part of us buying the property was to cater to outdoor enthusiasts in a family friendly environment. “ He said. “ With both of us having young

families we look forward to having them grow up in the beautiful foothills of the Adirondack Park. Tinney’s has been around since the 1940s and has a lot of great history. We would like to carry on the tradition by offering fair priced quality food to the locals and visitors who come up to enjoy all the seasons.” For more information about the new Tinney’s Tavern, visit or phone (518) 450-1066.



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Week of March 14 – March 20, 2014

Laddie Zwijacz son of the late Stanley and Rose Zwijacz. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by seven brothers, Joe, John, Stanley, Theodore, Frank, Burt and Stubby, as well as his sister, Helen. Laddie received his GED in Goldsboro, North Carolina and in 1951 joined the U.S. Air Force. He was a flight line mechanic for 20 years. Laddie loved to work on diesel motors and enjoyed gardening and camping. Survivors include his daughter, Nikki Tortora of Saratoga Springs and his son, Marc (Cheryl) Zwijacz of Wilton; grandchildren, Amber Heine, Sarah Zwijacz, Alexie Zwijacz and Zachary Zwijacz; brother, Richard of Wilton; sisters, Vanda Pillesky of Wilton and Nellie Votrubek of Pulaski, Tennessee, and his former wife, Sonya Isolda of Saratoga Springs.

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Candace Cherry Salvi SARATOGA SPRINGS — Candace Cherry Salvi, 66, passed away on Friday March 7 at her home with her loving sons and Carmine at her side. She was born on November 27, 1948, in Saratoga Springs, the daughter of the late Richard J. and Kathryn Morris Cherry. Candace grew up in Saratoga, attending Saratoga Springs, High School. She enjoyed reading, arts and crafts and the

horses. Candace is survived by her lifelong friend and companion, Carmine Tantalo; sons, Jason Laperriere of Pierson, Iowa and Sean Daley of Saratoga Springs; brother, William Cherry of Saratoga Springs; sister, Marlene Coleman of Monroe, Michigan; and granddaughter, Giana Laperriere of Scotia. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Richard C. Cherry.

HUDSON FALLS — Laddie Zwijacz, 82, passed away Monday, March 3, after a long illness, at his home with his daughter, Nikki, very good friend, Lynn Sherlock-Webb, and his Boston Terrier, Sam, at his side. Born on February 6, 1932 in Wilton, he was the

James A. Gilchrist Nicholas Ryan Kapusniak WAUKESHA, WI— Nicholas Ryan Kapusniak “Nick”, 20, passed away March 1 in St. Louis. Nick was a loving son, grandson, great grandson, brother, nephew, cousin and friend. We will always remember him as a loving, caring and talented individual who always put himself before others. He was an avid drummer who loved music, achieved the rank of Eagle Scout with troop 641 Oshkosh, Wisconsin, played tennis, and was very active in his church, community and fraternity. He is survived by his parents, Rich Kapusniak and

Renee Bennett-Kapusniak, and sister, Amanda Kapusniak of Waukesha, Wisconsin; his grandparents, Charles and Alberta Bennett; his great-grandmother, Maryellen Celeste; his aunts and uncles, John Kapusniak and Stacey Waterman, Steve Kapusniak and Dr. Julie Dubiel-Kapusniak, Michael and Michele Decker, Kerri Bennett-Bishop; and his cousins, Mark Kapusniak, Kim Labunski, Dr. Brian Carkner, Justin Carkner, Tristan Bishop, Evan Bishop, Claire Kapusniak. He was predeceased by his grandparents, John and Helen Kapusniak.

MALTA — James A. Gilchrist, 65, more commonly known as “Jimmy,” passed away March 7 at Saratoga Hospital. Jimmy was born June 24, 1948 in Albany to Teresa Gilchrist and the late Robert Gilchrist. After serving in the U.S. Navy from 1965-69 on the USS Strong dd-768, as a boiler technician during the Vietnam War, Jimmy was employed

at the Saratoga State Park as a plant utilities manager for more than 30 years. Since retiring, he enjoyed his employment as the bar manager at Quarters in Saratoga Springs. In addition to his father, Jimmy is predeceased by his twin brother John. Jimmy is survived by his wife, Freda Thompson, and mother, Teresa; one son, Patrick Thompson and his wife Alison of Newport News, Virginia; one daughter, Elizabeth Morelli of Mechanicville; three grandsons, Bryce, Julius, and Sabastian; one granddaughter Kelsea; five siblings, Eddy, Danny, Susan, William and Robert; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Jeanna Marie Galford SPOKANE, WA — Jeanne Marie Galford, 69, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 5. Born on April 22, 1944, in Saratoga Springs, she is predeceased by her parents Thomas and Grace (Herrick) Dunn. Jeanne was a telephone switchboard operator after graduating from Saratoga High School in 1963, and later a homemaker who raised her sons from her first marriage to Robert O’Connor. Once her sons had entered school, she returned to work where she held various office and bookkeeping jobs with her most favorite

places to work being at Sealed Air in Scotia and Northwestern Construction, Inc. in Spokane, Washington. Jeanne moved where her family life took her and after a short marriage to Frank Galford when she lived in Waverly, Ohio, she returned to Glenville in the early 1990s to be closer to her mother. Then Jeanne moved to Spokane, Washington, in 2000, to be nearer to her grandsons. Survivors include three sons, Kevin O’Connor of Cincinnati, Ohio; Patrick (Marcie) O’Connor of Spokane, Washington; and Sean O’Connor of Seattle. Jeanne also had two grandsons, Ian and Evan O’Connor of Spokane, Washington; one sister, Carole (Jim) Mills of Broadalbin; and a niece and nephew and their families.

Week of March 14 – March 20, 2014


Reshaping Mind, Body and Soul

Healthy Initiatives Offered At Quad Graphics

by Monique Boulet For Saratoga TODAY For years, the large Quad Graphics plant hidden behind the Geyser Road Elementary School would be visible during my daily running or biking routine on Adams Road. However, I was never fully aware of the extensive Wellness Program they offer their employees and families since nearly inception of the site. After having had the pleasure of speaking with some of it’s employees, who have WOWed me with the immense and extensive Wellness facility and operation, it is obvious that Quad Graphics is a state of the art place to work. Quad Graphics has been a leading employer and provider of print and multichannel solutions for consumer magazines, special interest publications and directories with plants in various locations in North America, Latin America and Europe. Their local site in Saratoga Springs has been around for the last two decades, and for almost the entire time, there has been a wellness center on site. This center has improved drastically over the years and has kept up with the times in providing it’s employees, their spouses and dependents a 24-hour state of the art Wellness Center with the goal of keeping their employees happy and healthy. The motto that backs up their success is: If the employees are healthy, the result is a better

product and satisfied customer. Out of their nearly 750 employees, approximately half take advantage of using the Wellness Center, plus those that use the extensive marked trails for outdoor workouts. From my experience, this is a significant number utilizing the wellness resources offered. In addition to the 24-hour access, there is partial access to the center for retired employees, visiting employees, customers and vendors. I spoke with Sarah Currier, Fitness Coordinator at Quad Graphics, who took pride in explaining the extensive list of services that are offered through the fitness center. In addition to running the “gym”, Sarah provides personal training on a one on one, and group classes such as Zumba, Kickboxing and Boot Camps. She holds routine monthly health promotions with incentives and cash prizes. These could include educational tools, free training packages, or points for living a more healthy life, such as including more fruits and vegetables in the diet. These points add up and at the end of the year any participating employee and spouse can each earn a $250 reward for embracing a healthier lifestyle. The company also offers a Telehealth Service in which its employees have the added benefit of utilizing a regional dietitian and wellness coach. As a dietitian, fitness trainer and health coach for area corporations, I know these efforts reap huge benefits to the employee and family, as well as the benefits shown to the employer. A recent Harvard study on workplace wellness found that medical costs fall about $3.27 for every dollar spent on wellness programs, and absentee day costs fall by about $2.73 for every dollar spent. This average return on investment suggests that such programs can prove beneficial for budgets and productivity as well as the more obvious health and happiness of the employee, their significant other, their dependent(s) and certainly adds to the satisfaction of the customer via a better product and a

high standard of customer service. If you are a business, corporation, or non-profit organization and have some news you would like to share, I welcome the information. We are, after all, working together to create one of the healthiest areas in the world! Don’t forget March 12th is National Registered Dietitian’s Day! Before using a nutritionist, I encourage you to first find out that he or she is a Registered Dietitian (RD) and a Certified Dietitian Nutritionist (CDN) to accept insurance claims in NYS. Monique Boulet RD, CDN,CPT (518) 312-6309


BLOTTER Brian F. Triola, 19, of Madison Street in Saratoga Springs, was arrested March 2 and charged with criminal possession of marijuana, possession of alcohol under the age of 21, a cell phone violation and consumption of alcoholic beverages. Tara V. Gillette, 33, of Port Ewen, was arrested March 3 and charged with criminal trespassing. Lynn M. Grabowski, 59, of Waterbury Street in Saratoga Springs, was arrested March 4 and charged with stalking and harassment.

Week of March 14 – March 20, 2014 operation of a vehicle and an unsafe lane change. Ragotskie was arrested at 10:52 p.m. after being involved in a motor vehicle accident. Regina M. Gemmett, 38, of West Circular Street in Saratoga Springs, was arrested March 8 and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminally using drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance outside the original container.

Christopher S. Reavey, 24, of Arapaho Path in Saratoga Springs, was arrested March 5 and charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, criminally using drug paraphernalia and assault. The assault charge, which Reavey had an outstanding arrest warrant on, was from an alleged February incident. Lee C. Waterman, 34, of Blue Sky Road in Waterloo, was arrested March 5 and charged with failure to register as a sex offender. He was arrested on a warrant at 6:08 p.m. Michael T. Reynolds, 54, of Saratoga Springs, was arrested March 6 and charged with possession of a controlled substance outside the original container, criminal possession of a controlled substance, BAC more than .08, DWI and aggravated DWI. Mathew S. Ragotskie, 22, of Stone Church Road in Ballston Spa, was arrested March 7 and charged with aggravated unlicensed

Raphael L. Riach, 43, of Ruggles Road in Saratoga Springs, was arrested March 8 and charged with failure to signal a turn, DWI, BAC more than .08 percent, unlawful possession of marijuana and aggravated DWI. Jacklyn L. Postulka, 23, of Randall Road in Ballston Spa was arrested March 8 and charged with BAC more than .08 percent, DWI, criminal possession of a controlled substance, failure to keep right and speeding.

Gerardo Mele, 55, of Ford Avenue in Latham, was arrested March 5 and charged with improper lane use, DWI, failure to signal a turn and speeding. Rafael Luna, 31, of Ford Avenue in Latham, was arrested March 5 and charged with obstructing governmental administration. Both Mele and Luna were arrested at about 3:10 a.m. following a traffic stop.

Spa, was arrested March 8 and charged with following a motor vehicle too closely and aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle. Lorman was arrested at 2:15 p.m. after allegedly being involved in a property damage accident.

Emilio Astacio, At about 7:45 Friday night, March 7, officers responded to Four Winds Hospital on Crescent Avenue in regards to a threatening phone call staff had received at about 7:30 p.m. The nature of the call concerned the staff and they subsequently initiated a lock down of their facility (prior to officers arriving).Officers immediately began an investigation into who made the call and to access the threat itself. Four Winds staff lifted their lock down after about three hours.Officers continued their investigation into the incident on Saturday and into the early morning hours Sunday. Based upon the investigation, police charged Emilio R. Astacio, 17, of Columbia Street in Cohoes, with “Making a Terroristic Threat,” which is a class “D” felony.It is alleged that Astacio called Four Winds Hospital and told them “I have a gun and I am going to blow all your heads off.” Astacio was arraigned and committed to Saratoga County Jail on $50,000 cash/ $100,000 bond. Brian K. Lorman, 28, of Middleline Road in Ballston

Robert D. Horton, 57, of Fifth Avenue in Troy, was arrested March 5 and charged with attempted grand larceny. After allegedly trying to steal a wallet from the Saratoga Senior Center, Horton was chased by the executive director before running to the Holiday Inn on Broadway, where he encountered the meeting of about 100 off duty police officers. Horton was arrested at 12:43 p.m. Lisette Ann Leroux, 47, of Knickerbocker Street in Ballston Spa, was arrested March 11 and charged with failure to keep right, failure to take a pre-screening device and DWI. Jordan A. Hensleigh, 23, of Middleline Road in West Milton, was arrested March 11 and charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Week of March 14 – March 20, 2014

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Recipient Stories, Life Lessons Help Make Marathon Special

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Thomas Myott. “Over the years the student body has increased in our school district. We have just under 1,000 students from grades nine through 12 in high school and we had 800 in the initial signup.” Since the dance began in 1977, there have only been two times that fundraising totals have not surpassed the previous year. In its 37-year history, the event has raised more than $4.2 million for 318 beneficiaries. This year, the money raised is going to 39 organizations and individual recipients. But the dance marathon is not just about the money. “The true spirit of the dance is about being able to give back to the community and people who are in need,” Myott said. “It’s not necessarily just financial. I’ve heard this from numerous recipients. Just knowing that you have not only the student body, but a community behind you is so empowering because most of these people are going through this alone. When you have cancer you tend to huddle around your immediate surroundings, but to be able to know that you have a backing of hundreds of kids in a community to support you is so, so empowering. We hear at the closing ceremony when recipients tell their story and there’s not a dry eye in the house.” Along with co-advisers Daniel Albert and Jody Sheldon, Myott helps

“You have created a lasting contribution towards a better world.”

-Carla Biviano, South Glens Falls High School Principal

the overall direction of the event, but insists that it’s the students who make the magic happen, as well as a 40-member strictly volunteer core—a “giant machine” as he calls it. Aside from the money raised at the dance, students alone raised over $350,000. Many went well over their $150 minimum as part of registration. The top four students raised over $10,000 each. Senior Nick Hutchins raised $13,912. The elementary schools have their own smaller dances to prepare the kids for the high school dance and, in addition to middle school families and students, raised more than $44,000 this year. “It came from a variety of sources and we’re pleasantly surprised with the money that was coming in,” Myott said. The husband of a 2013 recipient, who passed away from cancer last year, stopped by last weekend’s dance and presented a $2,000 check—money that

was given to him and his wife from the dance marathon and not used. “It’s something he didn’t have to do, but it’s stories like that which are so inspirational,” Myott said. “It generates such a good feeling and a positive spin on the dance’s mantra and what the mission is for.” The marathon is also shown through a live broadcast on high definition cameras throughout the evening online at, where people can also make donations. Eventually, organizers want to make a Webathon with a program online part of the event. “It was only three years ago that we had this junky little camera duck taped to a broom handle and all these chords attached to it just so we could try broadcasting on the internet and it was a garbled, fuzzy mess,” Myott said. Starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 7 and wrapping up around 10:30 p.m. Saturday after a closing ceremony, the 24-plus hour dance marathon included choreographed group dances with more than 700 students in the gym. One of the choreographed dance sessions included former student Matt Sorano, 20, who has Juvenile Parkinson’s Disease. One of this year’s recipients (of an iPad to help him with communication), Sorano was raised above the crowd with his illuminated wheelchair attached to an apparatus on a pulley system, as the lights were turned off for

Matt Sorano, 20, is lowered into the student crowd during a choreographed dance at the 37th Annual Dance Marathon at South Glens Falls High School. Photo by Gus Carayiannis.

two to three minutes. “It was just spectacular, just this moment of…the whole place gasped,” Myott said. “The music was choreographed with it. It was just a spectacular moment. It’s crazy stuff like that that the dance is known for. If people have an idea, as long as it’s safe and nothing too crazy, we’re like, ‘Go ahead and try it.’” With the event anticipated to continue growing, Myott said he is often asked when the marathon will have to be moved to a bigger location. For him, the gym is too special. Accommodations will continue to be

made for the event to always stay in its home location, he said. Another successful year for a good cause, filled with the heartwarming stories of recipients and more than enough good vibes to pack a gym, and students are already thinking of ways to make the 38th Annual Marathon Dance even better next year. “You remember tonight and know what you have done,” South Glens Falls High School Principal Carla Biviano said, during the event. “You have created a lasting contribution towards a better world.”

SPAC Classical Tickets Available Online March 18 Online Discounts for NYCB, Bolshoi Ballet and Philly Orchestra Tickets Until April 18

SARATOGA SPRINGS – On Tuesday, March 18 at 10 a.m., tickets for Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s 2014 classical season will go on sale to the public online at Until April 18, individuals who purchase

tickets online for amphitheatre seating to evening ballet or orchestra performances will receive a 10% discount by using coupon code EARLYBIRD; SPAC members are entitled to discounts of 15 to 20 percent depending

on membership level. More information on group discounts is available by calling 518-584-9330, ext. 134. More information on SPAC memberships is available at or by calling SPAC at 518-584-9330.

Tickets, which went on sale to SPAC members beginning February 25, will be available for the following: the Martha Graham Dance Company, Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival, New York City Ballet, MOMIX, the

Bolshoi Ballet, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at SPAC. SPAC’s Box Office will open on Thursday, May 15 at noon for in-person and phone transactions.


• NEW YORK CITY BALLET | (July 8 – 12)

• THE BOLSHOI BALLET | (July 29- Aug 1)

• MOMIX | (July 22) • THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA | (Aug 6 – 23) •CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER | (Aug 11 – Aug 26) Earth, Wind and Fire, photo by Randee St. Nicholas

NYCB in ‘After The Rain,’ photo by Paul Kolnik



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Renovations At Saratoga Hospital Underway Ballston Spa Hospital Responds To Increased Demands for Surgical Care Stylist Joins


by Colette Linton Saratoga TODAY

SARATOGA SPRINGS – In response to the growth of Saratoga County, increased demand for surgical and intensive care services, and increases in the number of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures, renovations at Saratoga Hospital are now underway to transform the intensive care unit as well as tear down an existing building for new and larger operating rooms. Saratoga Hospital will have ten state-of-the-art operating rooms to provide room for additional surgical technology; 13 new pre-operative care spaces and 16 post-operative care spaces; and 19 private intensive care units. The hospital’s President and CEO, Angelo Calbone, and Manager of Marketing and Communications Ellen Kerness, wrote in an email to Saratoga TODAY that the demand for surgical and intensive care services was stretching the limits of

The Cramer House on Myrtle Street is in the process of being torn down, while work on a new intensive care unit has been underway in an empty shelled space elsewhere in the hospital. Photography by Mark Bolles.

the hospital’s operating services and recovery units. The number of surgical procedures of both inpatient and outpatient services, they wrote, had increased by more than 75 percent since 2000, and the medical staff, number of

surgeons, increased by 63 percent. The planned renovations will provide larger rooms for new and previously available technology at the hospital. Calbone and Kerness also wrote that by having a smarter, more

efficient technology, the hospital will be able to facilitate greater efficiency in managing surgical procedures, reduce the time patients spend in transport, shorten procedure times and support higher surgical volumes.

BALLSTON SPA – Nuance, A Boutique Salon announced that stylist Morgan Pembrook has joined their creative team. A graduate from The Paul Mitchell School, Pembrook’s fashion-forward style and creative approach has gained her a position in one of the top salons in the Capital Region. Pembrook in addition to creating wearable, fashionforward styles in the salon she will routinely participate in fashion shows and editorial shoots with the team of stylists at Nuance. Nuance, A Boutique Salon is home to a team of creative artists who are passionate about the art of hair styling. The salon has been voted one of the best in the Capital Region several times in the Times Union’s “Best Of ” contests. Consumers can call Morgan Pembrook at (518) 383-5350 to schedule an appointment.

Stewart’s Holiday Match Donation Reached New Supervisor at Flynn, $1.34 Million; 1,471 Charities Benefit Walker, Diggin CPA, PC

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Checks, totaling $1.34 million, have been mailed to nonprofit organizations that applied for Stewart’s Holiday Match funds. The money will assist local children’s charities within the 30 counties where Stewart’s Shops are located. “It is both challenging and inspirational to read over all the applications requesting funding. This year we received a record number of requests, for more than $3.6 million. While we couldn’t meet everyone’s needs, we were able to provide $1.34 million dollars to 1,471 organizations,” said Stewart’s

Foundation President Susan Dake. “We are pleased to be a part of all the good work these local charities accomplish.” Stewart’s Shops said that customers were able to donate the same amount of money to the program as last year, despite having six less collection days because of the shortened time between the holidays. Donations are collected from Thanksgiving Day through Christmas Day at all Stewart’s Shops locations. Individual donations are then matched by Stewart’s Shops, penny for penny. There are no administrative costs and 100 percent of the funds, that are collected and matched,

directly benefit children’s organizations within the communities that make the program such a success. The Stewart’s Holiday Match has allocated nearly $19 million since the program’s inception in 1986. The company continues to give back to the communities where its shops are located, donating $2.5 million dollars annually, and family foundations contributing an equal amount. Stewart’s credits the success of the Holiday Match program to their generous customers, dedicated shop partners who worked to collect the funds, and to the media partners that helped get the word out in our communities.

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Saratoga Springs-based Flynn, Walker, Diggin CPA, PC recently promoted Megan Nelson, Certified Professional Accountant (CPA), from Senior Accountant to Supervisor. In this new role, she will continue to focus on financial statement and tax return preparation for the firm’s diverse group of clients with an expanded presence in all facets of client administration. She will also be responsible for providing ongoing maintenance

and troubleshooting support for the firm’s QuickBooks clients. Nelson’s accounting background includes over a decade of experience with individuals, corporations, and nonprofits, providing services such as tax return preparation, financial statements, bookkeeping, sales tax and payroll. She resides in Queensbury and completed her undergraduate studies in business and accounting at SUNY Plattsburgh.

American Heart Association To Honor Physicians At Ball In Saratoga

From left, Anne Saile, Neil Golub, Dr. Guillermo Sosa-Suarez of St. Peter’s Hospital, Jane Golub; Dr. Anne Errichetti, CEO of St. Peter’s Health Partners; Dr. Andalib Nawab of Ellis Medicine; and James Connolly, president and CEO of Ellis Medicine. Award winner Dr. Augustin DeLago of Albany Medical Center is not pictured. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS – The American Heart Association presented three physicians with its top awards last week and will commemorate their efforts again during the Capital Region Heart Ball on Friday, March 21 at the Saratoga City Center. The three physicians were Dr. Augustin DeLago of Albany Medical Center, who received the Physician of Excellence in Interventional Cardiology Award; Dr. Guillermo Sosa-Suarez

of St. Peter’s Health Partners, who received the Physician of Excellence in Electrophysiology Award; and Dr. Andalib Nawab of Ellis Medicine, who received the Donald Led Duke Heart Hero Award. The Capital Region Heart Ball “A Night at the Movies” will begin at 6 p.m. at the Saratoga City Center, 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. During the event, the area’s hospitals will be highlighted and live

music will be played by the band Grand Central Station. Sponsors include Albany Medical Center, BBL Family of Companies, St. Peter’s Health Partners, MVP Health Care, SEFCU, CDPHP and Nigro Companies. Media sponsors are CBS6, Albany Broadcasting and the Times Union. Tickets for the fundraiser are $250 each. For information, visit or call (518) 869-4046.



Week of March 14 – March 20, 2014

Kilpatrick Family Farm

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Though it’s been hard to wiggle free of winter’s icy grip this year, signs of spring are beginning to appear at Kilpatrick Family Farm in Middle Granville (Washington County). The staff of the farm, which produces vegetables and berries, as well as poultry and eggs, is busy starting crops indoors for the coming summer. “We’re super excited for the new growing season. We’ve worked hard all winter to have the greatest selection available. We’re trying some new greens, tomatoes and other vegetables,” said Michael Kilpatrick, the farm’s co-owner. Kilpatrick is excited about revealing a big surprise for the farm coming this spring. At the indoor Saratoga Farmers’ Market at the Lincoln Baths, Kilpatrick

Family Farm’s table in March features greens, such as lettuce, spinach and kale. Although greens have been precious this winter, the farm will have an “explosion” of many varieties by the second half of this month, according to Kilpatrick. Many types of hardy vegetables like carrots, potatoes and beets are also available. “The very cold temperatures this year have made it harder to produce abundant winter greens like spinach and mixed salad greens, but as things start to warm up, we look forward to bringing those back to market,” notes Kilpatrick. “After a few warm winters when we grew accustomed to having a wide selection of greens, we’re reminded this year that our new farming technologies such as climate-controlled hoop houses or high tunnels have their limits versus super-cold temperatures.” He added. “Sometimes, we just have to wait for the weather to warm up.” Even though the colder temperatures have made cultivating crops more challenging this winter, Kilpatrick has had a busy start to 2014. To begin the year, he got married. His wife, Savannah, is no stranger to the hard work of farming, since she met Kilpatrick during a rigorous farm internship program in the summer of 2012 at Polyface Farms in Virginia. Kilpatrick has also traveled during

these colder months to speak at several agricultural conferences on topics like season expansion and the farm’s use of social media and other marketing programs. “Farmers use the winter months to network, learn, and plan for the coming season, and I like to share some of what I’ve learned on our farm, which uses organic methods and is Certified Naturally Grown,” comments Kilpatrick. Kilpatrick Family Farm manages more than 500 acres of land, sells at farmers’ markets and also is represented in some local retail stores. The farm focuses attention on many different aspects of modern-day farming, including soil health and fair wages, as well as giving back to the community through soup kitchen donations and future-farmer education. Looking ahead to the Saratoga Farmers’ Market’s outdoor season, which begins in May, Kilpatrick expects to have another busy year. “We are in the process of hiring a Market Stand Manager, who will oversee the crew and sales of our crops on Wednesdays and Saturdays. We already have started signing up members for our CSA (farm share) program, which usually averages about 200 to 300 households. Our summer season CSA share distribution begins on May 3, but anyone interested in participating in our year-round CSA can join at any time.”

and have every utensil you’ll need. They have a size, style and color to fit your needs. They also make great wedding and shower gifts. Paula and I are very good friends with a couple that live on the Connecticut shoreline. Their names are Kathy and Phil and we fixed them up on their first date many years ago. Their house is located almost across the street from a beautiful place called “Harkness Park” which is right on the ocean. They are obsessed with anything to do with a picnic. When we visit we try to avoid trigger words like: Basket, wine, blanket, corn on the cob, ocean, sunset or rise etc. Even if it is raining Kathy would say Phil honey where’s that big umbrella? We could take Paula and John on a picnic in the Park! One time the big umbrella was broken and I made the mistake of saying “aww, too bad we were really looking forward to

it.” Kathy immediately spoke up and said “Phillip,” (she calls him that when she is in her take charge mode) “get the truck and take John with you to the store and buy a new one.” Off we went but with Phil, it was not just the umbrella he was going to search for, it was the wood for the bonfire on the beach. I reminded Phil that it was raining and he turned and looked at me with a big smile and a weird look in his eyes and said “I’ve made some of my best fires in the rain and besides it’s going to stop any time now.” Paula and Kathy were back at the house loading the giant picnic basket with enough food for a week. Phil is very picky about his firewood so there were a lot of stops before we found the right stuff. On the way back to Phil’s home I kept going over in my mind was it Paula or me that used one the trigger words and which word did we use? We finally made it to the beach and

Greens ready for transplanting at Kilpatrick Family Farm.

Hearty Borscht *Ingredients are available at the market


1 Tbsp. butter or oil 1 cup diced onion* 1 cup peeled, grated sweet potato* 1/2 tsp. salt (divided) 2 cups peeled, grated red beets* 2 cups shredded red cabbage* 1 1/2 quarts broth or water 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar* 1 Tbsp. dried dill Salt and pepper Optional garnish: crème fraîche* or plain yogurt*


• Heat butter or oil in bottom of 5-quart soup pot. Add onion and cook for 2 to 3 minutes until translucent. Add sweet potato, sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt, and continue cooking for another 3 to five minutes. Add beets and continue cooking for another 2 to 3 minutes. Add cabbage and continue cooking for 2 to 3 minutes more. • Pour in broth or water, and another 1/4 teaspoon of salt, cover, and bring to a boil. Turn heat down to low, and simmer, covered, for about 15 minutes. If you want a thicker soup, use a blender to puree a small amount of the cooked vegetables, and then return mixture to soup pot. • Remove from heat and add the apple cider vinegar. Stir in dill; season with salt and pepper to taste. • Serve hot or chilled, with optional garnish.

Think Spring. It’s Picnic Time!

by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY Hello my Foodie friends! Let’s say goodbye to winter once and for all this year! I have just received a new batch of picnic baskets, which are still in big demand, and they are literally a party in a basket. They come with everything from blankets to wine pouches

set up our, well; I’ll just call it a carport and start the fire or raging inferno! You know it did stop raining just like he said and we had one of the more perfect days in our lives that day!

Remember my Foodie Friends: “Life Happens in the Kitchen, or a carport kitchen at the beach!” Take care, John

Week of March 14 – March 20, 2014



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Go2Snax: Your (Healthy) Refreshments Are Served by Arthur Gonick for Saratoga TODAY

Owners Lynn Pohl and Lauren Rose next to their Go2Snax machine at Cutting Edge Martial Arts.

Elans and Alex ponder healthy choices

SARATOGA SPRINGS— As parents, local entrepreneurs Lauren Rose and Lynn Pohl can relate to the dilemma a mom or dad faces when walking or wheeling their children past brightly colored vending machines that have become a part of the landscape. The siren call of bright colors, TV marketing campaigns and of course, high fructose corn syrup makes an attack of the “mommy, mommy I want’s” an inevitable result. Somehow, to most kids, something that comes out of a vending machine just tastes better. And thus, parental resistance has often been futile — until recently. Lauren and Lynn explored some options and decided there was a better way: a way to satisfy a child’s vending mania and still provide nutrition. They founded Go2Snax, an affiliate of the international firm Grow Healthy Vending – a company whose mission is to offer “an alternative to the standard junk food and sugar-laden drinks that dominate the marketplace.” Lynn and Lauren have begun to place their high-tech vending machines at various places in our market with many more likely to come this year. Currently, you can look them over at Cutting Edge Martial Arts (175 Ballston Ave, Saratoga Springs), Global Fitness (in the Shoppes of Malta at 19 Kendall Way) and at The School of The Arts at The National Museum of Dance (99 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs). “We view our company as a community-based social wellness partnership.” Lauren Rose said. “Our machines are customizable, but all the products are designed to meet or exceed nutritional guidelines, including the USDA’s “Smart Snacks in Schools” mandate. There are hundreds of

different items to choose from and with the growing popularity of healthy foods there are many names you will recognize: Stacey’s Pita’s, Kashi Foods, PopChips, Horizon Organic Milk and Clif Bars are some brands that have already carved out markets for themselves, and their taste will get a welcome reception from your discerning X-year-old. The machines themselves utilize a touch-screen that is userfriendly, accepting cash, coin and debit/credit cards. Your kids might find it to be as fun to navigate as a Wii game, but for parents, an important feature is that when a product is touched, the nutritional information label is displayed to encourage a quality, thoughtful selection before purchase. The shelves within each machine are customizable depending on the needs of your location. The basic configuration is with three rows of snacks and two rows of drinks. But they can be made up as “snack-heavy,” “drink heavy” or “snack-only” as needed. Best of all, the machines are delivered, installed and do not cost the location anything. In fact, Go2Snax has a generous commission and profit-sharing partnership that any location can participate in. “With the growing awareness of childhood obesity and healthy eating, from the White House on down, this is something we are very proud to be a part of,” Lauren said. “It’s a business that works in concert with a greater mission.” Indeed, it would be a surprise if you don’t see Go2Snax machines in many local schools, large retail facilities and offices in the near future. The confluence of good taste and good nutrition can be an irresistible combination. For more information, visit To contact local owner/operators Lynn Pohl and Lauren Rose, call (518) 290-3131, or email

A customer chooses from a variety of well-known and healthy name brands. Nutrition label information can be viewed for every product before purchasing. Photos By

16 Adirondack Christian Fellowship   8 Mountain Ledge, Wilton 587-0623; Services: Sunday 8 a.m. & 10 a.m. Adirondack Friends Meeting 27 Saratoga Ave., S. Glens Falls 793-3755; AdirondackFM@nycap.; Regina Baird Haag, pastoral minister Services: 10:30 a.m. Sunday The Alliance Church 257 Rowland St., Ballston Spa 885-6524 Services: Morn. Worship 10:30 a.m. Assembly of God Faith Chapel 6 Burgoyne St., Schuylerville 695-6069 Rev. Jason Proctor Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Assembly of God Saratoga 118 Woodlawn Ave., Saratoga Springs 584-6081 Services: Sunday Worship 10 a.m., coffee served at 9:45 a.m. Bacon Hill Reformed Church 560 Route 32N, Bacon Hill 695-3074 Rev. Janet Vincent Services: Worship service 10 a.m. Sunday School 10 a.m. All are welcome. Handicapped accessible. Baha’i Community of Saratoga Springs 584-9679; 692-7694; Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa 885-7312; Services: Sunday Worship Service, 10:30 a.m.

RELIGION Corinth United Methodist Church 243 Main Street, Corinth 654-2521 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Cornerstone Community Church 516 Park Ave., Mechanicville 664-5204 Pastor Frank Galerie Services: Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Community

Routes 50 & 67, Ballston Spa 885-1031 Services: Sunday 8 & 10 a.m. Christian Restoration Ministries Saratoga Senior Center 5 Williams St., Saratoga Springs 796-4323 Pastor Pat Roach Services: Sunday 10 a.m.; 6:30 p.m.

2001 Route 9, Round Lake 877-8506, Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m.; Weekday Masses: Monday-Friday 9 a.m. Eastern Orthodox— Christ the Savior 349 Eastline Road, Ballston Spa 786-3100; Services: Sunday: 9:30 a.m. First Baptist Church of Saratoga Springs 45 Washington St. 584-6301 Services: Sunday: 11 a.m. First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa 202 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa 885-8361; Services: 10:30 a.m. worship 9 a.m. Sunday School (all ages) First Presbyterian Church of Ballston Spa 22 West High St., Ballston Spa 885-5583 Services: Sunday at 10 a.m. Full Gospel Tabernacle 207 Redmond Road, Gansevoort 793-2739 Services: Sunday 10 a.m.; Bible Study: Thursday 6:30 p.m. Galway United Methodist Church 2056 East Street (at intersection of Route 147), Galway 882-6520 Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. (9 a.m. in July and August) Grace Brethren Church 137 W. Milton Road., Ballston Spa 587-0649 Rev. Dan Pierce Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Handicapped accessible. Greater Grace Community Church Pastor David Moore 100 Saratoga Village Blvd. #17 899-7777; Services: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. Good Times Restaurant, Lake Rd. 2nd floor; Friday 7:30 p.m. Saratoga Chapel, Eastline & Lake Rds; Sunday 10 a.m. - Glenville Senior Center, 32 Worden Rd. Greenfield Center Baptist Church 30 Wilton Road., Greenfield Center 893-7429 Services: Sunday School for all ages - 9:45 a.m. Church Service - 11 a.m. Prayer Meeting - Wednesday 6:30 p.m.

Congregation Shaara Tfille

Highway Tabernacle Church

Ballston Spa United Methodist Church 101 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa 885-6886 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Bethesda Episcopal Church 41 Washington St., Saratoga Springs 584-5980 Services: Sunday 6:30, 8 & 10 a.m. Church of Christ at Clifton Park 7 Old Route 146 371-6611; Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Christ Community Reformed Church 1010 Route 146, Clifton Park 371-7654; Services: Sundays 10 a.m. Christ Episcopal Church

84 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga Springs 584-2370; Services: Saturday 9:30 a.m., Monday & Thursday 7:30 a.m., third Friday each month 7:30 p.m. Handicapped Accessible Corinth Free Methodist Church   20 Hamilton Ave., Corinth 654-9255; 792-0271 Services: Sunday at 10 a.m.

90 River Road., Mechanicville 664-4442 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Hope Church 206 Greenfield Ave., Ballston Spa 885-7442 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Jonesville United Methodist 963 Main St., Clifton Park

877-7332 Services: Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Living Springs Community Church 59 Pine Road., Saratoga Springs 584-9112 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Living Waters Church of God 4330 State Rt. 50, Saratoga Springs 587-0484; Services: Sundays 10 a.m. Malta Presbyterian Church Dunning Street, Malta 899-5992 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Malta Ridge United Methodist Church 729 Malta Ave., Ext., Malta 581-0210 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Middle Grove United Methodist Church 581-2973 Pastor Bonnie Bates Services: Sunday 9 a.m. Handicapped accessible New Horizon Church 150 Perry Road, Saratoga Springs 587-0711 Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. New Life Fellowship 51 Old Gick Road., ­­ Saratoga Springs 580-1810; Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Childcare is available at all services. NorthStar Church Shenendehowa High School West Auditorium, Clifton Park 371-2811; Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Old Saratoga Reformed Church 48 Pearl St., Schuylerville Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Handicapped accessible. Old Stone Church (American Baptist) 159 Stone Church Road., Ballston Spa 583-1002 Services: Sunday 9 a.m.; Adult Sunday School 9 a.m.; Service 10:30 a.m. Coffee and Fellowship in Living Stone Hall; Wednesday: noon potluck luncheon; 1 p.m. choir rehearsal; 2 p.m. Bible Study Group Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church 73 Midline Road, Ballston Lake 399-5713 Services: Saturday 5 p.m. Sunday 8:15 & 10:15 a.m. Handicapped accessible. Presbyterian-NE Congregational Church 24 Circular St., Saratoga Springs 584-6091; Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Quaker Springs United Methodist Church  466 Route 32 South, Quaker Springs 695-3101; Pastor Al Johnson Services: Sunday 9 a.m. Handicapped accessible.

Week of March 14 – March 20, 2014 River of Hope Fellowship 100 Saratoga Village Blvd. Malta Cmns., Ste. 3, Malta 881-1505; Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Roman Catholic Church of St. Peter 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-2375 Services: Eucharistic Celebrations: Saturday 5 p.m.; Sunday 7:30, 9 & 11 a.m. St. Clement’s Roman Catholic Church 231 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs 584-6122 Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8, 9:30, 11:15 a.m. & 5 p.m., 1 p.m. Spanish Service St. George’s Episcopal Church 912 Route 146, Clifton Park 371-6351; Services: Saturday 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 8 & 9:30 a.m. St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church 3159 Route 9N, Greenfield Center 893-7680;; Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 10:30 a.m. Handicapped accessible St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church 167 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa 885-7411; Services: Saturday 4 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., noon. Handicapped accessible St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church 771 Route 29, Rock City Falls 893-7680;; Services: Sunday 8:30 am. Handicapped accessible. St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 149 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs 584-0904 Services: Saturday 5 p.m. with Holy Communion. Sundays 8:30 & 11 a.m. with Holy Communion. St. Peter Lutheran Church 2776 Route 9, Malta 583-4153 Services: Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. St. Thomas of Canterbury 242 Grooms Road., Halfmoon Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga Abundant Life Church 2325 Route 50 South, Saratoga Springs 885-5456; Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. Saratoga Chabad 130 Circular St., Saratoga Springs 526-0773;;

Saratoga Friends Meeting (Quaker) Rts. 32 and 71 Quaker Springs 587-7477; 399-5013 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga United Methodist Church Henning Road, Saratoga Springs 584-3720; Services: Sunday 9 & 10:45 a.m. Handicapped accessible.

Saratoga Seventh-Day Adventist Church 399 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs 882-9384; Services: Sabbath School: 10 a.m. Worship Service: 11:30 a.m. Shenendehowa United Methodist 971 Route 146, Clifton Park 371-7964 Services: Sunday 9 & 10:30 a.m. Simpson United Methodist Church Rock City Road, Rock City Falls 885-4794 Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Soul Saving Station for Every Nation Christ Crusaders of America 62 Henry St., Saratoga Springs 584-3122 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church 1 Grove St., Schuylerville 695-3918 Services: Sunday 8a.m. & 9 a.m. (Sunday School at 9:00 also) Temple Sinai 509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-8730 Shabbat Services: Friday 6 p.m. Preceded by 5:30 p.m. Oneg. Handicapped Accessible. Terra Nova Church 45 Washington St., Saratoga Springs 833-0504; saratogaquestions@terranovachurch. org, Services: Sunday 5:30 p.m. Childcare: six months–four years and expanding. Handicapped accessible. The Salvation Army Worship, Service & Community Center 27 Woodlawn Ave., Saratoga Springs 584-1640; Mail-P.O. Box 652 Captain Aaron A. Boone, Sr.; Captain Amber S. Boone Commanding Officers/Ministers Services: Sunday School 10 a.m.; Praise & Worship 11 a.m. Trinity United Methodist Church 155 Ballard Road., Gansevoort 584-9107; Rev. Patti Molik-Pastor Services: Sunday 9 and 11 a.m. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs 624 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-1555; Services, Nursery Care, and Religious Education: Sundays 10 a.m. Youth Group: Sundays 11:30 a.m. Unity Church in Albany 21 King Ave., Albany 453-3603 Services: Sunday 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. West Charlton United Presbyterian Church 1331 Sacandaga Road., West Charlton 882-9874 Rev. Thomas Gregg, Pastor Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Wilton Baptist Church 755 Saratoga Road, Wilton 583-2736;; Services: Sunday Service 11 a.m.

Week of March 14 – March 20, 2014



Tending To The Garden Of Your Mind Pulling Up The Weeds In Your Life

by Meghan D. Lemery LCSW-R For Saratoga TODAY How is your mood these days? Are you experiencing peace and joy in your everyday life or frustration and impatience? Are you living your life “on purpose” or going through the motions feeling numb and dead on the inside? How is the garden of your mind? Are you tending to your garden or letting the weeds take over? When I lived in Boston I lived next door to an elderly woman who had a beautiful garden. Every morning she would spend hours in her garden tending to each plant and flower. Many mornings I would sit on my porch, sip my coffee and watch her peacefully pulling out the weeds and tending to her precious flowers with patience and love. I think our mental state can be compared to tending to a garden; do we have beautiful flowers of joy and peace or toxic weeds of bitterness and guilt? The weeds in your heart and mind are feelings of bitterness, anger, unforgiveness, guilt, self-loathing and negativity. Do you spend your days reviewing the list of those that have offended you? Do you beat yourself up daily for past mistakes or regrets? These are the weeds that can take over your mind and lead to racing thoughts, a dark depression, constant anxiety or physical illness and chronic pain. If you are someone who is easily frustrated, impatient and critical, you can be sure you have some weeds to deal with. The only path to peace and joy in your everyday life is to pull your weeds out from the root and confront the issue. Holding onto your weeds only makes you ill and deadens your heart. Forgiveness is not about letting the person who hurt you off the hook, rather forgiveness allows light into our hearts so we can heal and move forward. It takes the heavy burden of offense and resentment off of our hearts and minds preparing the soil for new growth and experiences.

When someone treats you poorly or hurts you, it is always about them, not you. Hurt people, hurt people. Recognize that any hurt or offense in your life is about someone else’s baggage and pain being projected onto you. When we see things in this light it makes it easier to let go and move forward. When possible, confront the people you need to forgive so that you can have closure and move on. If it is not possible to confront the person who is the weed in your life, write them a letter expressing your hurt and anger (not to send but in a private journal). This is a wonderful way to give yourself closure and put your feelings out on the table. More often than not the person we have to forgive or confront is ourselves. If you are constantly beating yourself up and feeling guilty about your past, make a choice to forgive yourself. You don’t know what you know until you know it. If you had known to make a better choice in your past, you would have. Recognize the place of pain you were in when you look at the past with regret. Be willing to view yourself with eyes of compassion and acceptance, not judgment and condemnation. Unforgiveness toward ourselves and one another can kill us emotionally, physically and spiritually. Don’t wait for the desire and warm fuzzy feelings to forgive yourself or someone else. Sometimes the decision and choice to forgive is the first step, and the feelings follow this choice. Don’t be lazy about your weeds. Dig deep and pull out your weeds so that you can make room for peace and joy. We all desire to feel loved and accepted. That acceptance starts with you. Begin to focus on peaceful, loving, joyful thoughts. Keep a gratitude journal of what you love about yourself or the loved ones in your life. Practice planting seeds of joy by giving acceptance and love to everyone around you. Take time to practice patience and kindness to your family, friends, colleagues and the slow cashier at the grocery store. Go out of your way to help others in any way that you can. All of these acts of kindness plant the seeds of peace, love, joy and abundance. As we approach the new season of spring, take some time to tend to the garden of your mind. Let the warmth and light of spring warm your heart and free your mind from the dark cold days of winter! Wishing you love, self acceptance and peace this spring and always! Ms. Lemery is a psychotherapist practicing in Glens Falls and Saratoga Springs. For more information email


18 Families TODAY

Week of March 14 – March 20, 2014

Our Elders, Our Actions:

Where Many Families Journey: Denial River

by Clare Colamaria For Saratoga TODAY The definition of the psychological term “denial,” as stated by Merriam-Webster, is “a condition in which someone will not admit that something sad, painful, etc., is true or real; a psychological defense mechanism in which confrontation with a personal problem or with reality is avoided by denying the existence of the problem or reality.” You know who you are, and I am going to do my best to

shed light on the topic of denial before it’s too late. Snap out of it! What do I always preach: “Don’t wait for a crisis to happen before you take action.” The longer you wait, the less choices you have to consider as options and golden opportunities. In some cases, when a family first receives a diagnosis of a chronic disease, denial is common place for a short term. Most families need time to rap their head around the hand they were just dealt. They need time to process their thoughts and emotions. Understandably so, but then what, and better yet, when should you take steps in dealing with the concerning issues at hand? It is a process, a process of sorting out your many thoughts, emotions, questions, concerns and fears. I am not saying this is an easy task to approach, on the contrary. It will take a small village to manage the changes that will be occurring in the near and

distant future. This is just part of the reason why so many families journey down Denial River. They really don’t want to deal with it. It’s not pleasant, it takes tremendous time and energy and in some cases confrontations you would rather avoid with family members. Denial will just prolong the inevitable; it allows enough time for you and your family members to get caught up in the everchanging turbulent currents of eldercare management. So let me ask you these questions: Are you afraid of what lies ahead? Are you fearful that you will not be able to manage the care of a spouse or loved one? Would you just rather not deal with it? What is at the root of your denial? Managing care is a job, a big job, and not many of us are trained or educated about eldercare management until it is thrust at us at the speed of light. Then we need to figure it out real fast and hope we get it right.

Am I right? Yes I am. I know for a fact because my brothers and I experienced it first hand with my father, as do most of my client families. Why aren’t there classes or workshops to prepare us for this job that is handed to us without being asked if we want it or not? Well, there are, but we’re so busy with life and getting lost in the current going down Denial River. Who has time to explore all the possibilities? Would you know the right ones when faced with hundreds of options? If you’re stuck, I get it! But please reach for a life preserver and seek professional help. There are many wonderful resources for families today. This is exactly where I help families. I consult, guide, navigate and hold your hand through what you may see as daunting and unchartered territories. Pointing you in the right direction and introducing you to proper resources depending on

your specific needs. The sooner you reach for the life preserver, the calmer the waters become. Instead of tubing down Denial River, opt for the smooth and steady cruise ship with the unlimited options; this doesn’t have to be daunting. You don’t have to do it all by yourself. Allow yourself time to breathe and regain your life back. Don’t let denial ruin your opportunities. The longer you ignore the situation you are faced with, the more challenging and heartbreaking it will be when you are inevitably forced into making decisions and provisions that are dictated to you. Denial—the river of fears and tears. Clare Colamaria founded A Senior’s Choice, LLC. in 2009, helping families with eldercare management throughout the Capital Region and beyond. For more information call Clare at (518) 424-2527 or visit her website at

Week of March 14 – March 20, 2014


Senior Calendar Saratoga Springs Public Library

49 Henry St, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 (518) 584-7860 * Books and Tea Reading Group: Thursday, 3/20, 4/17, & 5/15, 3:30–5 p.m. Books and Tea is an ongoing library book discussion group that meets monthly from September through June. Multiple copies of each month’s selection are kept in the Reading Group Choices collection on the first floor. Books may also be put on hold and borrowed through Interlibrary Loan on our online catalog at the Information Desk. Please visit for details. No registration required. (Susman Room) Victorian Saratoga Springs in 3D: Thursday, March 27, noon–1 p.m. Robert Joki loved to collect things and among his prized collections were his stereo views of Saratoga Springs upon which he based his 1998 book, “Saratoga Lost: Images of Victorian America.” See the splendor of Victorian-era Saratoga Springs through the eyes of Victorian photographers as Sue Joki shares some of the images from Bob’s collection which is now part of the collection of the Saratoga room thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Library. No registration required. (H. Dutcher Community Room)

Adult & Senior Center of Saratoga

5 Williams St, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 (518) 584-1621

Washington, DC from March 16-19 (Friday-Monday) You’ll visit our nation’s capital during cherry blossom season for awe-inspiring sights including the Capitol, White House, War Memorials, Arlington National Cemetery, Smithsonian and much more. The cost is $419 per person/ double occupancy. Please call (518) 584-1621 for details or visit www.    “Conversations about Dementia”: Tuesday, March 18, 2-3 p.m. We’ll host a presentation on difficult conversations caregivers need to have when a loved one shows signs of cognitive impairment, including when to see a doctor, making legal and financial plans and when to stop driving. This program is great for adult children as well.  Please call (518) 584-1621 for details or stop by the Center to sign up. 

Perthshire Cabaret and Irish Pub: Wednesday, March 19. Enjoy a fantastic lunch buffet and O’Malleys Irish Pub cabaret show. Pay $50 at sign up. Leave the Center at 11 a.m. and return at 3 p.m. Sign up by Friday, March 14. Happy Hour: Thursday, March 20, 3:30-5 p.m. Bring your own beverage and some snacks to share if you’d like. We’ll supply munchies, music and fun… and it’s free!

Zieker Eye Offering Free Vision Screenings: Thursday, March 20, 11:30 a.m. Please call (518) 584-1621 for details or stop by the Center to sign up. 

Medicare 101: Thursday, March 20, 1–2 p.m. Kim Weaver from MVP will be here to provide an overview of Medicare & Medicare Advantage plans and answer your questions. Please call (518) 5841621 for details or stop by the Center to sign up.  The Center’s men’s group, “Silver Foxes” headed to Skidmore College on Thursday, March 20 for lunch. The group encourages men to socialize and enjoy time together. Transportation is provided by the Center and leaves at 11:30 a.m. Pay $1 at sign up and bring $9.75. All men invited! Irish American Heritage Museum: Friday, March 21. Explore the Irish American experience and a delicious lunch at the charming Orchard


Tavern. Pay $10 at sign up and bring lunch money ($10-12) and $3 admission fee with you. Leave the Center at 10:00 and return at 2:30. Aging in Place Home Show: Monday, March 24, 9 a.m.-noon. Home service professionals will be at the center to offer help and advice on how to stay in your home and community. Featuring Home Helpers / Direct Link, Stone Industries, Rebuilding Together Saratoga, Clearview Exterior Cleaning, Enable Mobility, Barrier Free Systems, AllGreen, Onward and Upward, Office for the Aging, Office of Emergency Preparedness, Red Cross, Saratoga Concierge and more.


for Lifelong Learning at Saratoga Springs Empire State College 111 West Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 (518)-587-2100, ext. 2415 A.L.L. OFFERS A VARIETY OF SPRING COURSES Sponsored by Empire State College, the Academy offers non-credit, academic study groups as well as social and leadership opportunities to mature learners. Unlike traditional college courses, A.L.L. study groups provide the opportunity to experience the joy of learning without the pressures of prerequisites, exams or term papers.  Mature learners also appreciate that classes are led

by their fellow members and usually involve discussion and active learning rather than a lecture format. The spring term will begin April 7 with groups meeting during the daytime on Mondays through Thursdays. Spring 2014 courses include:   Jeanne Robert Foster, Voice of the Mountains, Are We Too Soon Old: Too Late Smart? No!; Saratoga State Park: Walks You May Not Know About; Monday Speaker Series; Hollywood: Is It Better The Second Time Around?; Staying On Top Of Modern Tech Tools; Revisiting Afghanistan with Saratoga Reads; Making Sense of Investing; Painting Lab; Introduction to Historical Fashion; Voices From The Heartland: Three Midwestern Writers; A Brief Survey Of Elements In Indian, Chinese And Japanese Studies; The Writers Circle; Wednesday


Speakers Series; Interpretive Hikes At Moreau Lake State Park; The Ancient Origins Of Anti-Semitism; Intermediate Italian Conversation And Writing; You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: Writing Creative Nonfiction; Digital Storytelling; Mindful Doodling; Wildflower Identification For Beginners; More Aspects Of The American Revolution; Buddhism: An Introduction; Battle Of The Millennium; Millionaires’ Row, Lake George: Then And Now; Adirondack Crafts: History And Demonstration At the Adirondack Folk School. The Academy’s spring 2014 brochure and registration form are available at area libraries, though the A.L.L. office, and on the A.L.L. web site: ALL. Contact the office at: (518) 5872100, ext. 2415 to request a copy.


Week of March 14 – March 20, 2014

This Week’s SPOLIGHT


Skidmore Sports Camp Northwoods

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Skidmore College offers a variety of programs for children of all ages during the summer months.

provide a variety of fun activities that happily challenge the imagination, intellect, and body. The camp’s home base is Falstaff ’s Pavilion on the Skidmore College campus, but campers frequent the Williamson Sports Center, Schick Art Gallery, Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, and Zankel Music Center. The daily

enrichment activities led by the qualified staff are supplemented by weekly field trips to recreational and historical sites, and visits by special guests. Children will also enjoy arts and crafts, ceramics, games, hiking, and daily swim time. One and two-week sessions are available from June 30-August 15.

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for his or her sport of choice. Adults, novice or experienced, can participate in a rowing program offered throughout the spring, summer and fall at the Boat House located on beautiful Fish Creek. All other programs are held on the Skidmore Campus at the Sports and Recreation Center and/or the adjacent fields.

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In True Irish Fashion: Gone But Not Forgotten

by Kate Towne Sherwin For Saratoga TODAY Have you all heard about a traditional Irish Wake? Leave it to the Irish to come up with a tradition that involves “lots of food and plenty of drink to be consumed.” The body would be laid out in the deceased’s home, and family and friends “would come and socialize and remember the departed person’s life. This wasn’t a time for tears to say the least; it was more of a party than a funeral. It was the traditional Irish way of celebrating one’s life and ensuring that they had a good sendoff (information from” My own grandmother had such a wake, and what wonderful memories we all have of it.

If making a point to remember loved ones who have passed away with joy, along with the sorrow, is particularly Irish, then add it to the list of the million reasons why I love that so much of my family came from the Emerald Isle. This particular Irish trait is significant to me recently, as I’ve had a deceased loved one on my mind this winter, more than usual, but in only happy ways. I lost a baby several years ago—six years and five months, to be exact. Even though I was only six weeks along, we’d already told our family and friends our happy news. Our oldest was not quite 3 years old then, and we’d told him, too. In some regards, this made the loss harder; in other ways, easier. We named the baby Ignatius. We never knew for sure if the baby was a boy or a girl, but I only ever sensed “boy,” and since I’m the baby’s mom, I figured that counted for something. As the years have passed, it’s just become accepted among our other boys that they have a brother who “died in Mommy’s tummy,” and they talk about him often. When people exclaim, “You have five boys?” one of the boys inevitably says, “We actually have six boys! One in heaven!” It melts me every time I hear that, even while I scramble to

explain to the understandably confused other what it means. I should also note that sometimes the boys even say “seven boys!” because, as my seven-year-old keeps telling me, “I really hope the new baby is a girl. But I’m sure it’s a boy.” Certainly a mother never forgets her baby, but I love that my other children also keep in mind the baby that only I knew. I love that he’s remained an important part of our family. I love that his short life has provided many opportunities for us to talk about death with the boys, and life, God and heaven. I also love, in a sad and wondering way, having heard about so many other loved-and-lost babies other moms told me about when they heard of my loss. So many women have suffered through so much hope and sadness, and so many have lost multiple babies. My own mom lost two. Several others I know have lost two or three; my grandmother lost five. I know one woman who lost six and another who lost nine. As someone I know who recently suffered her first miscarriage and also experienced the outpouring of love and shared grief said, “What a crowd of beloved babies there must be, waiting and praying for us!” I know it might seem strange that this is what’s on my mind now, when we’re eagerly awaiting our sixth born baby, but a mother’s heart never stops beating for

her babies, no matter how short a time they have lived and how many others she might have, and Baby Ignatius is as much my child as the others. And this Irish girl finds it easy to see the connection between life and death, this world and the next. So this is what’s been happening recently that has Baby Ignatius on my mind more than usual: Taddy, our toddler, loves Thomas the Tank Engine, so I often sing one of the theme songs to him. At the part where the song says, “Thomas, we love you,” since our oldest boy is Thomas, I add in all the other boys’ names, too. “Gabey, we love you! Johnny, we love you! Xavey, we love you! Taddy, we love you,” before ending with, “All the engines, we love you!” I’ve always done this when I’ve sung this song to the boys,

adding in the new brothers’ names as they’ve come along, but it wasn’t until recently that they reminded me to add in, “New baby, we love you!” and, of course, “Baby Ignatius, we love you!” Tad just loves the song, and asks for it often, and has started singing along with me. I’ve heard him say all his brothers’ names before, of course, except for Ignatius—and how delighted I was to hear his pronunciation: “Baby Natey.” “Natey” is just the sweetest rendition of Ignatius I could think of, and how much sweeter coming from a 2-year-old. “Baby Natey,” I say sometimes now, and I love how familiar and affectionate it sounds. That’s it. That’s my big story. But it has affected me in such nice and significant ways the last couple of months. Because of it I’ve been thinking how to be remembered and loved after we’re gone is something we all hope for, and how Ignatius has that, not through anything he’s done, just because we refuse to stop remembering and loving. Six years ago I remember wondering how I could possibly ever stop crying; six years later I can see the extra joy and depth Ignatius has brought to our family. I came across an Irish prayer recently that had this lovely part in it: May God give you—for every storm, a rainbow; for every tear, a smile; for every care, a promise; and a blessing in each trial. These are my hopes for all of you on this St. Patrick’s Day! Kate Towne Sherwin is a stayat-home mom (SAHM) living in Saratoga Springs with her husband and their sons Thomas (9), Gabriel (7), John Dominic (5), Xavier (4) and Thaddeus (2); they expect their sixth baby in spring 2014. She can be reached at

Week of March 14 – March 20, 2014



‘Spring Is Coming… Fundraiser for Educational Enrichment: ‘A Taste of Ballston Spa’ And So Are Ticks’

Parent University Hosts Discussion About Lyme Disease SARATOGA SPRINGS – Saratoga Springs City School District’s Parent University will sponsor a presentation by the Lyme Action Network entitled “LYME DISEASE 101 - What EVERY Family Needs To Know About Lyme and Tick Borne Diseases” on March 20 at 7 p.m. in the Maple Avenue Middle School Auditorium, 515 Maple Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY. The session, free and open to

the public, will feature presentations by SUNY Adirondack microbiologist Professor Holly Ahern, and LAN President Christina Fisk, discussing the medical, biological and political aspects of Lyme disease and the other common tick borne infections that are prevalent in the region. Information about tick safety, disease prevention, and what to do if you or your child is bitten will also be covered.

Drama Club Presents ‘The Poisoned Apple’

SCHUYLERVILLE – Schuylerville Drama Club presenting “The Poisoned Apple” this weekend starting on Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 7 p.m. The performances will be held in the Schuylerville High School auditorium. Tickets will be sold at the door and are $5 for students and $8 for adults.

Based on the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, “The Poisoned Apple” is a magical and humorous 90-minute fairytale. Audiences will meet refreshing versions of characters they might expect and some interesting characters they may not. For more information, please contact

‘Why Did Women Wear That?’ Saratoga National Historical Park Exhibits 18th Century Women’s Clothing

STILLWATER – In recognition of Women’s History Month, Saratoga National Historical Park will offer a display on women’s clothing in the 18th century, as well as a lecture on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 1:30 p.m., with guest speaker Samantha HallSaladino discussing Shaker community founder Mother Ann Lee. There is no fee associated with either event. The Mini Exhibit “Why Did Women Wear That?” For centuries, it was the norm for women and girls to wear stays or corsets. During the Revolutionary War, these back-lacing garments encased the body in a hard, form-fitted shell which limited movement and comfort. This exhibit explores how stays were made, what they were made of, and answers

the question on everyone’s mind: why did women wear them? Special Program “Mother Ann Lee – Founder of the Shakers” Shaker Heritage Society education coordinator Samantha HallSaladino will speak about Mother Ann Lee, the revolutionary founder of the Shaker movement, and about the Shakers during the American Revolution. Saratoga National Historical Park is located between Route 4 and Route 32 in the Town of Stillwater. For more information, contact the visitor center by calling (518) 670-2985 or check the website at or park’s Facebook site at saratoganhp.

BALLSTON SPA – The Ballston Spa Education Foundation (BSEF) will hold its annual fundraiser, “A Taste of Ballston Spa” on Monday, March 24 from 6-8 p.m. at the HVCC TEC Smart Campus, 345 Hermes Road in Malta. The BSEF’s signature event raises money for educational enrichment for all students in the Ballston Spa School District. Since its inception in 1996, the foundation has awarded over $313,000 in grants for programs, projects, technology and classroom equipment that enhance the learning experiences of students in grades K-12. Several displays from past grants recipients will be on exhibit at the event, including the Ballston Spa district’s highly

successful Robotics team. Guests will be able to sample delicious offerings from some of the area’s most popular restaurants and food vendors, including Sunset Cafe, Ripe Tomato, LaBella’s, Augie’s, Front Street Deli, Pellegrino Imports, Crystal Rock, Bear’s Cafe, Village Sweet Shoppe, 50 South and more. A cash bar, with wine and beer, will be available. There will be a raffle for gift baskets and other great prizes. Tickets for the event are $30 per person, $55 per couple, $10 for students and are available for presale on the BSEF website, www. ballstonspaeducationfoundation. com, or checks can be mailed to BSEF “Taste of Ballston Spa”, PO Box 276, Ballston Spa, NY 12020. Please indicate the names of those

attending. Tickets will also be available at the door. For more information: Sponsors of the event include: HVCC TEC-SMART, The Ballston Journal, Ballston Spa National Bank, Adirondack Trust Company, Ballston Spa Veterinary Clinic, Trustco Bank, Richard J. Connors & Streever Agency, Sherry Hoffman/State Farm Insurance. The Ballston Spa Education Foundation is a volunteer 501(c) (3) corporation whose purpose is to support the mission of the Ballston Spa Central School district by raising and distributing resources for educational enrichment outside the realm of the daily operational needs of the district.

Nine Schuylerville Students Have Work Accepted for Publication SCHUYLERVILLE – Nine Schuylerville High School students have had their work accepted for publication in the juried journal Talent Unlimited. The students are: · Cianan Allen-Mayer, whose short story entitled “Bland” was chosen to be published; · Makayla Boden, who had three written pieces accepted— poems entitled “Chemical” and “Dicendum” and a prose piece entitled “Trust and What We Keep Inside Ourselves”; · Kelsey Buchanan, whose poem titled “Lullabies” was chosen for publication; · Charlie Henlie, whose pencil sketch entitled Girl Portrait will be published; · Brianna Jeffries, who had a charcoal art piece entitled “Jurassic Staircase” accepted;

· Anna Kozubal, who had two poems accepted for publication— “Where Your Heart Lies” and “Butterflies Lies”; · Bresney Pettit, whose written piece entitled “Evolution of a Broken Heart” was chosen to be published; · Caitlin Scavone, whose poem

titled “Speak” will be published; and · Gabby Wood, who will have her poem, “Death Row”, published in Talent Unlimited. Talent Unlimited features the highest-quality work of students from more than two dozen area school districts. Hundreds of entries are judged each year.

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Empty Threats

“You know what the Ukraine is? It’s a sitting duck. A road apple, Newman. The Ukraine is weak. It’s feeble. I think it’s time to put the hurt on the Ukraine.” –Cosmo Kramer, RISK enthusiast. Every time an international crisis pops up, proposed solutions always seem to include leverage,

both military and economic—how can one party bend another to their will? A friend of mine, who’s a bit of a “prepper,” recently posted an article which absurdly stated that, “Needless to say, Russia could do far more economic damage to the United States than the United States could do to Russia.” For the uninitiated, a “prepper” is someone who’s convinced the world is ending, and they’ve filled their basements with Twinkies, gold coins, and Tang, just-in-case. Presumably that, by discontinuing the use of the dollar as its reserve currency and by “dumping” its U.S. debt, Russia could strangle the U.S. economy and bring it to its knees. Of the $17.4 trillion in U.S. debt, Russia holds only $150 Billion—hardly a large share. The debt they hold is not callable, meaning they cannot just show up one day and demand payment, and when they do eventually get paid, they’re getting paid in U.S. dollars.

Let’s translate this to the household level, so you can get a better feel for just what’s happening. Consider the following: The “we’re going to dump your debt” argument: Let’s say you have a 30-year mortgage, but your banker shows up on your doorstep one day and says, “Hey, I know you’re supposed to pay us back over 30 years, but we’d really like it if you’d pay us now.” You’d probably have some choice words before sending him on his way. If the bank wanted to get paid back now, the only option it would have is to sell your mortgage to another bank, and based on current interest rates, it may have to take a loss to do it. The only thing that changes for you is who you write your check out to each month; do you really care what bank holds your mortgage? So, Russia could certainly sell the $150 billion in bonds it’s now holding, but who cares?

SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Saturday, April 26, the Saratoga Regional YMCA is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and wellbeing, features healthy minded vendors, Taylor’s Heroes Extreme Bootcamp Challenge, brain buster games, Giffy’s BBQ, bounce houses, and lots more to motivate and teach families how to develop

a healthy routine at home. There will also be a 1K Fun Run, with registration beginning March 22. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, celebrated at nearly 1,600 Ys across the country, aims to get more kids moving and learning, so they can keep up the habit all summer long – a critical outof-school time for kids’ health. Research shows that without access to out-of-school physical and learning activities, kids fall

behind academically. Kids also gain weight twice as fast during summer than the school year. “One in three U.S. children is obese,” said Taraya Ostwald, Saratoga Regional YMCA’s Youth & Family Director. “This statistic, coupled with the fact that once summer hits children will be more idle, demonstrates why it’s important to help families develop healthy habits now. As part of the Y’s commitment to healthy living, through YMCA’s Healthy Kids

by Stephen Kyne, Sterling Manor Financial For Saratoga TODAY

Week of March 14 – March 20, 2014

The “we’re going to hurt the dollar” argument: This makes as much sense as if the bank threatened to burn your house down. Since your home is the collateral which is securing your mortgage, how much sense would it make for the bank to burn it down? If the bank did burn your house down, would it then be able to sell your mortgage to another bank? So, even if Russia could somehow hurt the dollar, would it? Consider that all interest and principal payments on our debt are being paid in U.S. dollars, hurting the dollar would diminish the value of our debt payments and hurt the marketability of the notes Russia is currently holding. By the way, China holds $1.3 trillion in U.S. debt; do you think it has an interest in hurting the dollar? The only real economic warfare that Russia can engage in is to ransom its energy exports to Europe. Russia has an incredibly homogenous economy, of which over 50 percent is hydrocarbon based. Apparently all the windmills in Holland can’t satisfy the continent’s energy requirements, and Europe has become increasingly dependent on Russian energy, especially

natural gas. In fact, Russia is the world’s second-leading producer of natural gas; do you know who produces more? That would be the United States. It turns out that North American production of natural gas outpaces Russia by over 30 percent. If Russia forces an increase in the price of natural gas, at what point does it become overwhelmingly economical for the United States to increase exports to our European friends? In short, Russia has very little economic leverage against the United States, a fact which is certainly not lost on the Russians. I’ll leave you with this one disclaimer: I’m writing this piece on Friday March 7, for publication on the 14th. If, by the time you’re reading this, we’re at war with Russia, my “prepper” friend also has a bunker, and you’ll find me there. Stephen Kyne is a partner at Sterling Manor Financial, in Saratoga Springs and Rhinebeck. Securities and investment advisory services offered solely through Cadaret, Grant & Co., Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC. Sterling Manor Financial and Cadaret Grant are separate entities.

YMCA Aims To Help Kids Exercise Minds And Bodies Day, our goal is to improve the health and well-being of kids and inspire habits they can continue into adulthood.” In celebration of YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y offers the following tips to help families develop healthy habits: High Five the Fruits and Veggies: Make sure kids get at least five servings a day, the minimum number nutritionists recommend to maintain healthy

childhood development. Foster an Early and Onging Passion for Books: Read to and with your kids. Help children read at every age and every stage of their development.

Team Up for Athletic Events: Set a family goal of great health by teaming up for community or charity events like races, walks, fun runs, bike rides, etc. Volunteer Together: Find a cause that matters to the kids. Open their eyes to a world beyond themselves and the rich rewards that come from making a difference. Lead By Example: Be a good role model—kids can be influenced by seeing how hard their parents work at home or on the job, and how rewarding that experience is. The SRYMCA’s Healthy Kids Day takes place at the Saratoga Springs Branch, located at 290 West Avenue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is sure to be a fun day for the entire family. For more information, please contact Taraya Ostwald at (518) 583-9622, ext. 120 or visit

Week of March 14 – March 20, 2014




The Hand In Front Of The Face

by Matthew Goodemote For Saratoga TODAY Moving my practice to Saratoga last year has been a blessing, but initially I struggled to decide whether or not to close down my Gloversville practice (that I owned for 10 years). I tried for a while to do both, but my heart was telling me to put all my efforts in Saratoga. Now my Saratoga practice has been growing and I am so grateful for the opportunity to help new patients. I am trained in the McKenzie Method. The McKenzie Method is a well-recognized “technique” for treating back and neck pain. After receiving my diploma from the McKenzie Institute, I worked with a spine surgeon in Virginia. These experiences really taught me a lot about myself and about therapy, but one of the best lessons I remember was in the McKenzie Diploma program. We had an exceptional instructor and he was always coming up with ways to help drive the message home so we wouldn’t ever forget it. On this particular day we were asked to put our hands in front of our faces and to spread our fingers apart just enough to see but also somewhat obscured (You can try this too!). Next we were asked to notice everything in the room. Look at the walls, the people, the furniture, etc. Then to really focus in on one particular thing, let’s say a painting or picture on the wall. Finally we were asked to, “Describe everything we see.” My classmates and I described in detail what we saw. The descriptions varied of course with some that were clearer than others. He would ask some to be more clear and specific and he did this with his questions. So

I took the lesson to be that the questions we asked “painted the pictures” we would see. It is very important in my profession to ask open-ended questions and then follow ups for clarification but avoiding leading questions. So, feeling satisfied with myself, thinking I understood the lesson, our instructor asked us why no one described the hand in front of our faces! I was blown away. Remember we were to “describe everything we see.” But none of us described the most obvious thing we saw. We had literally missed the hand in front of our faces. It may sound simplistic, but I have focused much of my career on this practice. I try very hard to see the obvious solutions to the patient’s problems. I often find that, as a society, and especially with the Internet guiding our self-diagnosis, we can miss the obvious and often-simple solution to the problems we are facing. It would be nice if things were always easy to figure out, like the hand in front of our face, but often there is more going on. But I guess my point would be to make sure we first start with the hand in front of our face and if that does not work out then dig deeper. I would like to give an example from my past. I had a patient, when I was in Virginia, who came to me with lower back pain that was affecting his ability to sit more than 5-10 minutes at a time. He was an older man with several medical issues that limited what he was able to do. The surgeon I worked with sent him to me with the words of encouragement, “I doubt there is anything you can do for him, but give it a try.” Of course for my ego this sounded like a challenge and I love a good challenge. So when the patient came into my evaluation room I was determined to “fix” him. I asked all the good questions we are taught to ask and did a very thorough evaluation to make sure I had all the information I could possibly gather to get it right. The patient was frustrated and felt like he was not getting the help he wanted, and he said something to me that, for whatever reason, hit me between the eyes and a light bulb went on. He said, “My main problem

is sitting.” He said that if I could just help him figure out how to sit better he would be happy. This was the hand in front of the face. I had been looking at everything except what it was that mattered to him, and I was looking at what “I” wanted it to be so I could help him. Fortunately when I heard that, I stopped and said, “Well, a good place to start would be your posture while sitting.” So I taught him how to use a lumbar roll (I am old enough to remember when lumbar supports were not as common as they are now and convincing people to use them was difficult at times). Anyway, I gave him a roll and sent him on his way. He came back a few days later with a big smile on his face and told me that the roll was a “miracle.” He told me it felt so good that he actually strapped the roll to his back so wherever he went he would have it. And he literally came into my office with the roll on his back. Sometimes the easiest and most simple solution is the best one. I do realize that it is not always this easy and it doesn’t work for everyone, but I believe that we should always start with the hand in front of our face. I have had tremendous results through the years using his mentality. Each week I have patients

who come in to me and I consider it my job to help them figure out what is going on and to hopefully offer solutions to their impairments. But there are times of course where there is more to it than just correcting someone’s posture and sending them with a lumbar roll. As the years have gone on I find that although I continue to learn new things, I tend to go back to the basics again and again. When I say basics I don’t mean simple always, but I do mean that the diagnosis should stand up to scrutiny. For me, the patient has all the answers and it is my job to ask the questions that

will uncover what is really going on. My instructor would tell us, “We come to a conclusion when we are tired of asking questions.” I enjoy figuring out the puzzle, but at the same time I think I really do like it as much or more when the solution is so obvious it’s easy to figure out…like the hand in front of the face. For those out there that are discouraged, rest assured there is likely a solution and maybe all that has happened is that you are looking at everything “out there” and the thing you are missing is the hand in front of your face! I am always ready to help when/where I can!


Farmers’ Market Accepting Vendor Applications The Ballston Spa Farmers’ Market is currently accepting applications for vendors for the 2014 season. This year’s market will take place in Wiswall Park in downtown Ballston Spa from June 12 to October 18. The market will once again take place twice a week, Thursdays from 3-6 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m.–noon. All products sold must be grown, raised or created by the vendor. No resale items or fundraisers. For an application email or call (518) 885-2559. Waldorf School: Early Childhood Open House Meet the early childhood faculty and parent volunteers, tour our locations, and learn about the value of a Waldorf Education on Saturday, March 22 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Early Childhood Center, 212 Lake Ave. DanceFlurry Saratoga Contradance Contras, squares, and couples dances will be from 8-11 p.m. (lesson for beginners at 7:30 p.m.) Saturday, March 22. All group dances taught, newcomers welcome. No need to bring your own partner. Wear sneakers or other soft-soled shoes only, please. Adults $10, students and seniors $7, children under 15, $6. The location is First Baptist Church, 45 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs. For more information call (518) 899-0105 or visit League of Women Voters: Sojourner Truth Sojourner Truth will be visiting the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, March 22. As part of the League of Women Voters of Saratoga County’s Famous Person Fundraiser, D. Colin will share how one woman’s history changed one nation’s history. The cost is $40 per person, including a full course breakfast buffet starting at 9 a.m. The program will conclude by noon. For more information visit the League’s website at or call (518) 728-0237. Reservations and a check made out to LWVNY Education Fund should be mailed to Mary Lou Classen at 4 Blue Spruce Lane, Ballston Lake, 12019 prior to March 15. Acoustic Performers Sought Looking for talented soloists, duos or small acoustic bands to perform in this year’s Café Malta on Saturday,

LOCAL BRIEFS March 22. Only three to four acts will be selected and each group will perform a 15-20 minute set. Also seeking specialty acts including comedians and/or dancers to perform on an intimate stage at the Malta Community Center, 1 Bayberry Drive, Malta. Auditions are by appointment only. Contact Elyse Young, Artistic Director at (518) 899-4411, ext. 305 or email theater@malta-town. org for more details or an audition appointment. Aging in Place Home Show Monday Home service professionals will be at the Saratoga Senior Center (5 Williams Street, Saratoga Springs) to offer help and advice on how to stay in your home and community as you age on March 24 from 9 a.m.-noon. Call (518) 584-1621 for details or visit www. Newmeadow ‘Meet and Greet at the Museum’ Newmeadow preschool and the Children’s Museum at Saratoga are joining efforts for their first ever “Meet and Greet at the Museum.” The event will be held on March 28 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Children’s Museum at Saratoga, located at 69 Caroline Street, Saratoga Springs. The event is open to the public. Church of St. Peter Pasta Dinner The Church of St. Peter, Youth Ministry Programs will be hosting a Pasta Dinner Saturday, March 29 from 6-8 p.m. in the Parish Center, 64 Hamilton Street, Saratoga Springs. Homemade spaghetti with meat sauce, tossed salad, bread, beverage and dessert will be provided. Adults, $8; seniors and children 12 and under, $6. Call (518) 584-2375 for more info and to purchase tickets in advance. Spa Catholic Brooks House BBQ The Saratoga Central Catholic Athletic Booster Club is sponsoring the 4th Annual Brooks House of BBQ Sunday, March 30 from 2-5 p.m. The BBQ will be held at Saratoga Central Catholic High School rain or shine. BBQ chicken for $10 or BBQ ribs for $12. All dinners include a baked potato, coleslaw, roll and cookie and are packed for take-out or dine in. All pre-purchased dinners will need to be picked up by 4 p.m. Deadline for purchasing pre-purchasing dinners is March 24. To purchase tickets call Saratoga Central Catholic High School at (518) 587-7070, ext. 102. Shelters of Saratoga Gala Celebrate the achievements of Shelters of Saratoga at the Helping Hope Take Flight gala at Longfellows Restaurant, April 3 from 6-9 p.m. Reservations are available for $100 per person. To make a reservation call (518) 581-1097 or email​

A Night Remembering Sinatra Dinner Show The Clifton Park Elks Ladies Auxiliary presents “A Night Remembering the Music of ‘The Chairman of the Board,’” a dinner show featuring the music of Sinatra performed by Chris Jason. The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 11 at the Clifton Park Elks Lodge, 695 MacElroy Road in Ballston Lake. Dinner is a choice of Sirloin Steak or Crab Stuffed Haddock. Tickets are $35 per person. Seating is limited, only pre-paid reservations accepted. Reservations and payment must be received by April 4. To reserve tickets, send a check payable to Clifton Park Elks Ladies’ Auxiliary, P.O. Box 872, Clifton Park, NY 12065. For additional information, contact Johanna Mrochko at (518) 371-1451. Day With The Bunny Easter egg hunts at the Henry Cornell American Legion in Ballston Spa will take place April 5 from 11 a.m.-2p.m (toddlers to age 5, 11 a.m.; ages 6-8, 12:30 p.m., ages 8-11, 1:30 p.m.) Lasagna Dinner Old Saratoga Reform Church, 48 Pearl Street in Schuylerville, is hosting lasagna dinner April 5 from 4:30–6:30 p.m. The menu will feature lasagna (meat or vegetarian) or baked ziti, tossed salad, Italian bread, choice of desserts and beverages. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 5-10. Children under 5 free. For reservations call (518) 695-6638. Take-out available. For more information call (518) 695-3479. Donate to Simpson UMC’s Annual Flea Market Consider putting aside your unneeded and usable housewares, tools, toys, crafts, puzzles and antiques (no clothing, electronics, computers or TVs) to donate to Simpson United Methodist Church, 1089 Rock City Road, Rock City Falls, for the annual Flea Market and Bake Sale on Saturday, April 5 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Donations are currently being accepted every Wednesday and daily beginning Sunday, March 23. Leave items on the side porch if needed. Any questions call Laura at (518) 288-5922 or Welna at (518) 885-9316. ‘Dance +24’ The Dance Alliance and Skidmore College are sponsoring “Dance +24” on Sunday, April 6 from 10 a.m.5:15 p.m. Hosted by The National Museum of Dance and the School of the Arts, Dance +24 is a one day dance festival for all ages and abilities. Pre-registration for the full day is $35 ($30 for DA members) or $45 ($35 DA members) at the door. Registration at the door begins at9:30 a.m. For more info visit www.

Week of March 14 – March 20, 2014 Wonderland! Auditions Announced Malta’s Spotlighter’s Theatre Troupe, celebrating 25 years of Community Theatre in 2014, announces the first show of the anniversary season. Wonderland!, a silly, adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s “Through the Looking Glass” will wow audiences with its upbeat music and interesting set of characters. Dozens of actors, actresses, singers and dancers ages 8 through adult are being sought for June 14 and 15 performances. Auditions are by appointment and by age group on Sunday, April 6 and Monday April 7. Please contact Artistic Director Elyse Young at (518) 899-4411, ext. 305 or email for an appointment. Catholic Daughters of the Americas Fundraiser The Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court McLaughlin No. 422, will be hosting a fundraiser by presenting “The Donny Elvis Show.” The show will take place on Saturday, April 12 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 50 Pine Road, Saratoga Springs. Admission is $15 and tickets will be sold at the door. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the show begins at 6:30 p.m. For further information contact Anne at (518) 885-0663, Shirley at (518) 5847627 or June at (518) 584-9045. Annual Polka Benefit The Annual Polka Benefit at the Saratoga Knights of Columbus, 50 Pine Road will be April 13 from Noon to 6 p.m. The 25th Anniversary Palm Sunday Polka Benefit will feature allstar polka musicians from the past 25 years, alternating with polka country musicians. For reservations contact Steve or Cathy Coblish by calling (518) 899-3061 or emailing scoblish@ Tickets are $15. Seating is limited. Third Annual Autism Awareness Information Fair The third annual Autism Information Fair will be April 27 at the Saratoga Springs City Center from noon to 3 p.m. Exhibitors include recreational programs, camps, technological apps for autism, school programs (pre-K through college) and therapeutic programs. Art exhibit, games, crafts and a bounce house will also be on site. Tour of West Point The Friends of the NY State Military Museum, Saratoga Springs are sponsoring a day trip to the West Point Military Academy and Museum on Monday, May 19. A Yankee Trails chartered bus will leave the military museum on Lake Avenue at 8 a.m. and return at approximately 6:30 p.m. Cost of the trip is $41 per person, which

includes transportation and admission to the museum and Academy. Lunch not provided, gratuities are extra. For further info or reservations contact the museum at 61 Lake Avenue, or call the gift store at (518) 226-0490, Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Malta Spring Activities Brochure Available The Town of Malta’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Human Services Spring Activities Brochure is now available on at www.maltaparksrec. com. Create your new household account today so you can register for your favorite activities with no convenience fees. Classes, new sports programs and special events are scheduled to begin in March. Call the Malta Community Center at (518) 899-4411 for more information. Saratoga County Office for the Aging The Saratoga County Office for the Aging is in urgent need of volunteers to help deliver meals to homebound seniors in the City of Saratoga Springs. This program helps many seniors remain independent in their own homes. Nutritious meals are prepared, packed and ready for transport. Delivery takes between 30 minutes and one hour. Call Billie Jo or Denise at The Office for the Aging at (518) 363-4020 or (518) 884-4100 for more information. Saratoga County Chamber Workshop The Saratoga County Chamber will host a three part workshop with Ray Patterson of the Stakeholders, Inc. to provide additional information to nonprofits about recruiting, training, supporting evaluating and celebrating their volunteers. This training series is in addition to the many workshops, seminars and collaborative meetings regularly held for area nonprofit management staff and will be brought to the Chamber members free of charge. The sessions will be held on the second Thursday in February and April from 8–10 a.m. at Saratoga Bridges. Reservations can be made directly through the Chamber at www. Youth Center Seeking Junior Mentors The Youth Center is seeking Volunteer Junior Mentors (grades nine through 12) to work with the tween program. Some of these volunteer positions may grow into summer jobs. All volunteers will be required to complete a training course that is currently under development. Training is tentatively planned to begin in March. Contact the Youth Center at (518) 695-6100 and leave your contact information and the best time to call you.

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Week of March 14 – March 20, 2014 U.S. Vice President was married to Madame Jumel, one of the largest landowners in Saratoga Springs. Public is welcome. For more information call (518) 587-2978.

Annual St. Patty’s Day Dinner

Family Friendly Event

Friday, March 14 Kundalini Yoga in the Park Saratoga Spa State Park, The Lincoln Baths, Saratoga Springs, 9:30–11 a.m. Every Friday, Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan with Kim Rossi, Spa Director at The Roosevelt Baths & Spa. This class is open to everyone with or without yoga experience. Class cost for local guests is by donation, $20 for all others guests. For more information call (518) 321-5660.

Fish Fry Friday Fish Creek Rod and Gun Club, Route 32 South of the village of Victory 5–7 p.m. Menu: Fried Fish, Fried Clams, or Fried Chicken Tenders, $8.50, Clam Chowder $5 a quart. You are invited to eat in at our club house or to call ahead for take-out (518) 695-3917. Everyone will be welcome, every Friday through March.

Saturday, March 15 Thurman Maple Days Various Sugar Houses, Thurman, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Follow the signs. Producers open up their sugarhouses for free tours and demonstrations. For more information call (518) 623-9718 or visit www.

Wilton Mall Kids Club: St. Patty’s Day Fun Wilton Mall, Saratoga Springs, 1–3 p.m. The Children’s Museum of Saratoga will be here with fun activities and St. Patty’s crafts for the kids to make and bring home. There will also be face painting and a leprechaun scavenger hunt. Don’t forget to wear your green. For more information call (518) 583-2138.

Heritage Hunters of Saratoga County Town of Saratoga Town Hall, corner of Route 4 and Route 29, Schuylerville, 1 p.m. Charles Kuenzel and David Patterson, retired Saratoga Springs High School teachers and business owners of “Saratoga Tours,” will introduce us to Aaron Burr’s Saratoga. The controversial Revolutionary War hero, duel survivor, State Assemblyman, and

VFW Post 358, 68 East North Street, Ballston Spa, 1–6 p.m. Corned beef, potatoes, carrots and cabbage. $10 per person at. Eat in or take-out available. For more information call (518) 885-8580.

Stories from the Sandbox New York State Military Museum, 61 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs, 2 p.m. A panel of women veterans, present stories of their unique experiences during recent service in Iraq and Afghanistan. For more information call (518) 581-5100.

$10,000 Cash Raffle and St. Paddy’s Day Dinner Fundraiser Wayside Inn, 104 Wilton Road, Greenfield Center, 6 p.m. Come support the playground fund for the Greenfield Elementary School. The winning ticket will be drawn at our Luck O’the Dragon St. Paddy’s dinner. Winner does not need to be present to win. Additional smaller cash prizes will be awarded as well. For more information visit www.

Sunday, March 16 Sermon on the Mount Highway Tabernacle, 235 Hudson Ave., Mechanicville, 10:30 a.m. Drama ministry of Matt & Tina Zawisa, The Living Gospel, will be presenting the Sermon on the Mount. For more information call (518) 664-4442.

Concert: The Revelations of Divine Love Arthur B. Zankel Music Center, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs 3 p.m. The Revelations of Divine Love: Metaphors from Sea and Sky, an oratorio by Carson Cooman is presented by Burnt Hills Oratorio Society. A pre-concert lecture by the composer at 2 p.m. For ticket information call (518) 416-4060 or visit

Potluck and Movie Night 2 Imperial Lane, Charlton, 5:15 p.m. New Thought New York Center for Spiritual Living is hosting a potluck and movie night featuring the film, “Unlikely Friends,” a compelling documentary about the incredible healing power of forgiveness, followed by discussion. For more information, visit www. or call (518) 423-3569.


Monday, March 17

Wednesday, March 19

Parkinson’s Support Group of Saratoga

Surrounded by History

Woodlawn Commons, 156 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, 2 p.m. This meeting is open to anyone with Parkinson’s Disease, family members and friends. For more information, call Joyce Garlock at (518) 885-6427 or Marilyn Merry at (518) 798-8947.

Tuesday, March 18 Lenten Luncheon Series Old Saratoga Reformed Church, 48 Pearl St., Schuylerville, Noon–1 p.m. Session two of four, DVD study of the Life and Writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Lutheran pastor and theologian who was committed to following Jesus Christ. The sessions will go through April 1. Please bring your own bag lunch, beverages will be provided. Handicapped accessible. For more information call Pastor Joyce deVelder at (518) 695-3260.

2014 Annual Meeting and Community Mixer Ballston Spa Elks Lodge, 10 Hamilton Street, Ballston Spa, 6 p.m. Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association Annual Meeting and Mixer is an opportunity to review accomplishments, honor our outgoing board members and welcome our new ones, as well as look forward to the upcoming year. The evening will begin with a social hour and buffet at 6 p.m., followed by the official meeting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person and are available online at

Saratoga Greenbelt Trail Open House Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St., Saratoga Springs, 6:30–8:30 p.m. A public open house is scheduled for the opportunity to learn about the proposed trail connecting destinations and favorite places around Saratoga Springs. The evening will include a chance to see the draft Greenbelt Trail Feasibility Study and to discuss the potential for this important initiative. The Greenbelt is being imagined as a 10mile loop around the city for walkers, runners, bikers, hikers, cross country skiers, snow shoeing, dog walking and other trail uses. Interested citizens, businesses, property owners and organizations are encouraged to attend and share their ideas.

.22- Caliber Rifle Competition Fish Creek Rod and Gun Club, Route 32 South of the Village of Victory, 7 p.m. Last Shoot, everyone will be welcome. Bring your own .22-caliber rifle and ammunition. For additional information contact Tim at (518) 728-7098.

Canfield Casino, 1 East Congress Street, Saratoga Springs, 7 p.m. Northshire Bookstore will partner with The Saratoga Springs History Museum to host a reading, discussion and signing with three author/historians. The authors presenting their work will be Beverly Bridger, Bob Cudmore and Jeremy Davis. Admission is $5, free for museum members. For more information on this or other events, call (518) 682-4200 or (855) 339-5990, or visit the Northshire Bookstore website at www.

Thursday, March 20 Cancer Support Group One Big Roof, 433 Broadway, Suite 302, Saratoga Springs, Noon–1 p.m. Pierre Zimmerman, who facilitates this group, has been working with people who have cancer for the last 12 years, leading support groups, mindfulness based stress reduction programs and spiritual retreats. Pierre is a survivor of stage 4 cancer diagnosed in 2001 and given a few months to live. Donations welcome. Call Pierre at (518) 450-1624 to register and confirm, as schedule is subject to change.


Upcoming Town Meetings Town of Ballston: Ballston Town Hall 323 Charlton Road (518) 885-8502 3/25: Town Board, 7:30 p.m. Village of Ballston Spa: 66 Front Street (518) 885-5711 3/24: Board of Trustees, 7:30 p.m. Town of Greenfield: 7 Wilton Road (518) 893-7432 3/25: Planning Board, 7 p.m. Town of Malta: 2540 Route 9 (518) 899-2818 3/18: Planning Board, 6:30 p.m. Town of Milton: 503 Geyser Road (518) 885-9220 3/19: Town Board, 7 p.m. 3/27: Zoning Board, 7 p.m.

Film: Kiss the Water

City of Saratoga Springs:

Saratoga Film Forum, 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 7:30 p.m. In a small cottage on the northern coast of Scotland, Megan Boyd twirled tiny bits of feather and fur, silver and gold into fishing flies that were at once works of art, magical - and absolutely lethal. Discussion following the film by John Braico of Trout Unlimited. Underwriting for our “In the Public Interest!” Movie Series comes from the Adirondack Trust Company Community Fund. Not rated, suitable for all ages. For more information and a listing of movies and show times visit www.

474 Broadway (518) 587-3550 3/24: Zoning Board, 7 p.m. Town of Saratoga: 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville (518) 695-3644 3/26: Planning Board, 7:30 p.m. Village of Schuylerville: 35 Spring Street (518) 695-3881 3/17: Planning Board, 6:30 p.m. Town of Stillwater: 881 N. Hudson Avenue Stillwater, NY 12170 (518) 664-6148 3/17: Planning Board, 7 p.m.

Blood Drives March 21, noon -5 p.m. 38 High rock Ave., Saratoga Springs March 22, 8 a.m. -1 p.m. 221 Jones Rd.., Saratoga Springs March 22, 8 a.m. -noon 2776 Rt. 9, Malta

Town of Wilton: 22 Traver Road (518) 587-1939 3/19: Planning Board, 6:30 p.m. Saratoga County Board of Supervisors: 40 McMaster St, #1 Ballston Spa, NY 12020 (518) 885-2240

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Week of March 14 – March 20, 2014

week of 3/14-3/20 friday, 3/14: Rob Lindquist Trio, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue - 583.2582

High Peaks Duo, 9 pm @ Bailey’s - 583.6060

Sugar Pill, 8 pm @ Ravenswood - 371.8771

Dj Motion, 9 pm @ Bentley’s - 899.4300

@ Gaffney’s - 587.7359

Mike DiAngelis Duo(1 pm), Irish Step Dancers(4+7 pm), Juvenlile Scotia Bagpipers(6 pm), Neversink(9 pm) @ Irish Times - 583.0003

Lady Strange, 10:30 pm @ JP Bruno’s - 745.1180

George Giroux, 6:30 pm @ Primelive Ultra Lounge - 583.4563

Kevin McKrell, 8 pm

Chelsea Cavanaugh, Bobby McGrath, Decadence, 8 pm

Rebecca Angel Band, 8 pm

Scott Garling, 8 pm

Rich Ortiz, 9 pm

Crossfire, 9 pm

@ The Parting Glass - 583.1916 @ Caffè Lena - 583.0022 @ Gaffney’s - 587.7359

Jeff Brisbin, 7 pm


@ Putnam Den - 584.8066 @ Ravenswood - 371.8771 @ The Mill - 899.5253

Hair Of The Dog, 7 pm

@ Maestros - 580.0312

@ The Parting Glass - 583.1916

Black Abbey Band will be busy on St. Pats. Gaffney’s at 1pm, Irish Times at 4pm

Slow Burn (5:30)/Funkalicious, 10:30 pm

Karaoke, 9 pm

@ JP Bruno’s - 745.1180

@ The Rusty Nail - 371.9875

Woodstone, 8:30 pm @ Irish Times - 583.0003

sunday, 3/16:

Chris Dollard, 6:30 pm @ Primelive Ultra Lounge - 583.4563

Filming Ohio, 4 pm

tuesday, 3/18:

Ideal Situation, 9:00 pm

@ Bailey’s - 583.6060

Tom Lopez: The Best Of Saratoga Springs, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena - 583.0022

@ Caroline St. Pub - 583.9400

@ The Mill - 899.5253

N.S. Dakotas/Ray Murray + The Bomb Squad, 6 pm @ The Saratoga Winery - 584.9463

Steve Smith, 8:30 pm @ The Rusty Nail - 371.9875

The Audiostars, 8 pm @ Vapor - 792.8282

saturday, 3/15: Pat Attanasio Group, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue - 583.2582

MIllie (4 pm)/Summit, 9 pm @ Bailey’s - 583.6060

Dj Motion, 9 pm @ Bentley’s - 899.4300

Bad Chaperones, 10 pm @ Caroline St. Pub - 583.9400

Rich Ortiz, 9 pm @ Cantina - 587.5577

The Whippersnappers, 8 pm @ Caffè Lena - 583.0022

Jazz Night, 10 pm @ Circus Cafe’ - 583.1106

Bolton, Nolan and Greene, 9 pm

Brothers Flynn (1 pm)/Wild Irish Acres Dancers (3pm) @ Irish Times - 583.0003

Live Jazz Brunch, 10 am @ Primelive Ultra Lounge - 583.4563

Anniversary Celebration w/Irish Stepdancers + Forthlin Road, 1 pm @ The Parting Glass - 583.1916

monday, 3/17: Craic Agus Ceoil(noon),Black Abbey(4pm),An Clar Step Dancers/Wild Irish Dancers + Juvenile Scotia Pipe Band @ Irish Times - 583.0003

SSHS Fiddle Club/Vontus (4 pm) @ Bailey’s - 583.6060

Larry O’Hooker, 6:30 pm

Forthlin Road(6pm)/McKrells(noon + 5 pm)/ Irish Step Dancers(7 pm) @ The Parting Glass - 583.1916

Rich Ortiz, 10 pm

Open Mic w/Rick Bolton, 9 pm @ Gaffney’s - 587.7359

Jeff Brisbin, 7 pm @ Maestros - 580.0312

wednesday, 3/19: Jeff Walton, 7 pm @ Maestros - 580.0312

Mobile Deathcamp, 9 pm @ Putnam Den - 584. 8066

Masters Of Nostalgia, 9 pm @ One Caroline - 587.2026

Bobby Dick + Susie, 6:30 pm @ Primetime Ultra Lounge - 583.4563

thursday, 3/20: Al Bruno, 8 pm

@ Seven Horse Pub - 581.0777

@ Brook Tavern - 871.1473

Open Mic, 8 pm

@ One Caroline - 587.2026

Open Mic, 10 pm

Chris Carey/Tim Wechgelaer, 7 pm

@ Caffè Lena - 583.0022

Black Abbey(1 pm)/Jeff Walton + TIm Wechgelaer, 4 pm

@ Circus Cafe’ - 583.1106

@ Gaffneys - 587.7359

Jeff Brisbin, 7 pm @ Crown Grill - 583.1105

Week of March 14 – March 20, 2014



Ballston Spa Community Band To Perform A Free Show At Saratoga Middle School Janack, music teacher at Maple Avenue Middle School will share conducting honors. In addition, several of Mr. Janack’s students will join the group for one number. The performance will offer a broad array of musical styles, including selections from the Broadway musical Annie; a

Ballston Spa Community Band Performing at the Lake George Bandshell. Photo by Liz Lajeunesse Photography

BALLSTON SPA – Ballston Spa Community Band, now in its ninth year of music-making, will offer a public performance on Wednesday, March 19 at Saratoga Springs Middle School on Maple Avenue. The group was formed and is directed by Ms. Tracy DeRagon, chair of the music program at Ballston Spa Central Schools. The Community Band is made up of community members and students from Saratoga

and surrounding counties. The band has previously performed at Saratoga ArtsFest, Lake George Community Band Festival, Ballston Spa High School, Proctor’s Theater and many other venues in the region. Several area music teachers are members of the group, and for this performance, they will serve as conductors for various numbers. Kelly Seymour, music teacher at St. Mary’s Elementary School in Ballston Spa and Andy

medley of Michael Jackson: Through the Years; First Suite in E-flat by Gustav Holst, Fantasy on Yankee Doodle and several other pieces. The concert is free and begins at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Peter Miller at (518) 893-7484 or petermil@



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learned that at NMD’s August 9 Gala, legendary dance/actor/ singer Gene Kelly and former New York City Ballet Principal Dancer/Choreographer Jacques d’Amboise will be enshrined in the NMD Hall of Fame. Also, John Travolta, whose

iconic performance in Saturday Night Fever pushed the dance and cultural phenomenon of Disco to the forefront, will be the recipient of the Museum’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Ms. Michele Riggi, President of the Museum’s Board of

Directors, also stated that the August 9 Gala will mark the grand opening of a special facility at the Museum— The Mr. and Mrs. Ronald A. Riggi Theater. This will be a 48-seat film screening theater, but will provide the additional community asset of serving as a “black box” theater for live performances as it will be equipped with a stage. “The foundation laid out by our founders (Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney and Mr. Lewis A. Swyer) gave us a great platform to grow upon,” Ms. Riggi said. “In my nine years as Board President, I’ve been fortunate to help elevate and broaden our program offerings.” But the Museum’s robust financial health during Ms. Riggi’s tenure, through our economy’s uncertain economic times is a remarkable achievement. “We’ve gone from $5,000 in our bank account to over a million,” Michelle Riggi noted.

She shared the nominating and election processes for the Museum’s Hall of Fame Induction and Lifetime Achievement awards, which are different. “For The Hall of Fame, we have a nominating committee of about 50 dancers, educators and others in the discipline. A preliminary list of several is generated and this is discussed for about six month among the committee members.” Ms. Riggi notes. “Eventually the Board of Directors receives a list of six nominees, and votes on the eventual winner(s).” For the Lifetime Achievement Award: “This is initiated by the Board and the President. We are looking for a person who has had a broad impact on popular culture, which includes dance but includes much more.” She said. At press time, Michele Riggi could confirm that Patricia Ward Kelly, Gene Kelly’s widow will be in attendance at the NMD Gala, and will also be delivering a presentation about Gene Kelly’s

life and times the following day at Skidmore’s Janet Kinghorn Bernhard Center. As for an appearance by John Travolta? “We’re trying.” Ms. Riggi said. So that may or may not happen. But if history tells us anything, in the long run it’s a losing proposition to bet against anything Michele Riggi is “trying” to do.

The Best Of Saratoga Springs

A Special Evening With Tom Lopez and Friends

SARATOGA SPRINGS— Writer, director and cosmic adventurer Tom Lopez has traveled the globe recording exotic sounds and working with such legends as Allen Ginsberg, Philip Glass, Yoko Ono and Laurie Anderson. Operating under the alias Meatball Fulton, Lopez founded the ZBS commune / media company on a small island on the Hudson River, where for the past 40 years he has produced a series of audio dramas heard around the world on NPR, the BBC, Armed Forces Radio, Internet radio and in downloadable podcasts. In celebration of this year’s 25th anniversary of his quirky and beloved NPR series, “Saratoga Springs,” Tom Lopez and Friends will stage a rare live performance at Caffe` Lena on Sunday, March 16, which will include segments of the 1989 series “Saratoga Springs,” and the forthcoming series “Saratoga Noir.” Lopez’ whimsical story about Saratoga - described by Variety magazine as “a sort of avant-garde Peyton Place without the angst” - weaves together fictional characters and the city’s real people, from the racetrack and the spas to the old casinos and hotels and features a cameo appearance by “Lena the Queen of Saratoga” herself. Caffe` Lena is at 47 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs. For more information visit or phone (518) 583-0022.

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Yaddo Alum Joan Snyder Returns To Deliver Skidmore’s Malloy Visiting Artist Lecture

Joan Snyder, The Sunsets, left, 2013. Oil, acrylic, paper mache and berries. On linen. Photo: Gilbert Plantinga Joan Snyder, Because, right, 2012. Oil, acrylic, paper mache and herbs. On linen.

SARATOGA SPRINGS. — Painter Joan Snyder, an artist known for experimentation with materials and technique, will deliver Skidmore’s Malloy Visiting Artist Lecture at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18. Free and open to the public, the lecture will be in the Filene Recital Hall on the Skidmore College campus. The event marks a return to Saratoga Springs for Snyder, who was a guest artist at Yaddo, the Saratoga Springs artists’ retreat, in 2004. Snyder’s work was also featured in “The Jewel Thief,” a critically acclaimed multi-media exhibition at Skidmore’s Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery in 2010-2011. An abstract artist, Snyder is known for what Roberta Smith, writing in The New York Times, calls a

“spirited, in-your-face, opulently textured, outrageously colorful style” developed over 40 years. Snyder herself says, “It’s an inner dialogue that often begins with some writing on tiny sketches while listening to music. These ideas for painting then appear on unbleached linen with many layers of paint and often other materials such a silk, burlap, dirt, dried flowers, berries, herbs, and glitter. Why, in the end, it all seems to work is a mystery, sometimes even to me.” The MacArthur Foundation, which selected Snyder for one of its fellowships in 2007, believes that Snyder’s work communicates universal messages. In its award announcement the foundation noted, “While her paintings mirror her personal experience, the visual messages she provides through her images

convey universal and readily understood emotions…. Snyder has extended the expressive potential of abstract painting and inspired a generation

of emerging artists.” Snyder’s work is included in many public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art,

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, whose motto is “Helping Families Cope With Cancer, One Household at a Time� announces its 5th annual Project Easter Bunny project will begin on Monday, March 17. founder Lisa Morahan started the project after being too ill on Easter Sunday in 2009 to make one basket up for her son while in the middle of chemotherapy treatment. In 2010, enough toys and candy were collected to make up 100 baskets. 135 were made in 2011, 190 in 2012 and 225 in 2013. This year’s goal is to collect enough new small toys and candy for 250 baskets.

Several area cancer organizations and hospitals caring for cancer patients will receive baskets so children of those in treatment will have a nice big basket to open on Easter morning. Locations to receive baskets include The CR Wood Center at Glens Falls Hospital, Samaritan Hospital, The Mollie Wilmott Radiation Oncology Center at Saratoga Hospital, The Community Hospice of Saratoga, The Hope Club in Latham, New York Oncology Hematology of Albany, CRAAB, To Life! in addition to families helped by Simplifying Lives and If you are interested in helping this effort please bring unopened candy and brand new small toys to donate to the following locations

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Across 1 “Famous Potatoes” state 6 Speak drunkenly 10 Addition word 14 “__ what?”: “What next?” 15 Adhesive strip 16 Shopper’s memory aid 17 Porky’s girlfriend 19 Impressionist 20 Very __ yours 21 Utter mess 22 Tire inflater 24 Feigns sleep, say 28 Pitt of “Troy” 30 Three-note chord 31 Aboveground trains 32 Per __: for each person, as income 35 Got one’s uniform dirty, perhaps 36 Runs away from military duty 38 Israeli parliament 43 “Exodus” author Leon 45 Haughtily terse 46 “From __ Zinc”: vitamin slogan 49 Skimpy skirts 51 Cut out, as coupons 52 Either of two of the Inspector Clouseau films, with “The” 56 Cooler cubes 57 World book 58 Like a lummox 60 Lamb serving 61 Yipping adoptee 66 Pile 67 Undersized 61-Across 68 Sharp-crested ridge 69 Novelist Ferber 70 Twistable cookie 71 Leavening agent Down 1 AOL, for one 2 Deer girl 3 Devices to stop tiny invading armies 4 Semiannual time-change amount 5 Admit (to) 6 Patronize, as a hotel 7 Spot for a cat, or drink like a cat 8 Wire service initials 9 Coffee order: Abbr. 10 Thinks ahead

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Writing the Right Word by Dave Dowling Accuracy in word choice is a key to effective communication. This quick weekly tip will help you filter the confusion in some of our daily word choices. Abdicate, Abrogate, Arrogate

Abrogate means to abolish, cancel, or revoke something. Why are the politicians seeking to abrogate the agreement?

Abdicate means to give up, relinquish power, or renounce Arrogate means to take, claim, or assume without any right. formally. He arrogated to himself what should be in the company By leaving the job, did Paul abdicate his rights to a pension? charter. Dave Dowling is the author of the The Wrong Word Dictionary and The Dictionary of Worthless Words. Signed copies are available for purchase at the gifts and home goods store, Homessence on Broadway in Saratoga Springs.

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Registration Still Open For Freihofer’s Challenge by Brian Cremo Saratoga TODAY ALBANY — The is one of the most well-known all-female 5k road races in the nation, as Olympic and world champion runners make the journey to the Empire State Plaza in Albany to take part in the event. Despite a humid day in the mid80s, last year’s number set an event record with a field of 5,045. But even if you’re not a professional runner, or have never ran at all, you can still register for the 36th Annual Freihofer’s Run for Women and take part in the 5k. The Freihofer’s Training Challenge is a perfect way for first-time runners, or those who need to get in running shape, to prepare for the day of the race, which is Saturday, May 31. In its fourth year, the Freihofer’s Training Challenge will begin Monday, March 17 at The Crossings of Colonie. Attracting more than 400 women last year, ranging in age from 14-72 years old, the 10-week program

follows an enhanced version of the well-known “Couch to 5k Running Plan” and includes novice, intermediate and advanced options with certified coaches, trainers and fitness gurus. “It’s really upbeat,” said mentor and Event Director George Regan, who also runs with the women participating. “It’s very supportive. It’s just a lot of fun. I’m inspired and motivated by these women. You get into life, you have children, you’re working and it’s hard to keep that schedule. This program has motivated me to get back in shape. From what I see, it’s really transformational—the women who get involved.” Training Challenge participants will begin each week with a Monday exercise session involving walking, jogging and running. The first three weeks are exclusively walking, which is why online registration will be open until April 6. After that, or when the participants reach the 400-mark, registration will be closed off as training gets more intense.

Workouts are offered at noon, 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. A Saturday group run will take place at Colonie Town Park at 8:30 a.m. Runners are instructed to complete a third workout on their own at a time during the week that is most convenient for them. “I hear so much at the sessions people saying, ‘I can’t run. I’m not a runner,’” Regan said. “But the way this program is structured and all the support we have with it, we will keep you out there. Part of completing this training challenge program is getting to the starting line of the Freihofer’s Run for Women and I’ll tell them again at the first session on Monday that if they get to the starting line, they will absolutely finish the event. It’s so energy charged and there’s so much camaraderie, they’re going to have fun with friends and they will finish if they get to the starting line.” Of the 416 women who participated in the Training Challenge last year, 80 percent crossed the finish line of the 5k. The Freihofer’s Training Challenge

is also offering sportwalking as an alternative program. Walkers, who receive all Training Challenge benefits, will meet at The Crossings of Colonie at a designated time, where they will train for the Freihofer’s Run for Women with a goal of sportwalking the 3.1-mile course in 45 minutes or less. The training program will also incorporate core and flexibility work to help prevent common running injuries. “It’s important because if they come in here and their body gets stressed after the first week and then even more stressed after the second week and they’re not doing their stretching and applying some of the tips they learned here, they’re going to break down,” Regan said. “They’re not going to be able to get to the starting line and that doesn’t help anybody.” A virtual training program is also offered for those who can’t participate in the full Freihofer’s Training Challenge at virtual. The Freihofer’s Training

Challenge costs $40. To register for both the Training Challenge and the actual 5k, visit or call (518) 273-5552. A Training Challenge Facebook page can be found at freihoferstrainingchallenge. The first 5,000 entrants receive a high-performance, female-cut technical T-shirt. Other perks include free health screenings by Capital Care physicians, massages, chiropractic adjustments and discounted running gear at the CapitalCare/CDPHP Health & Fitness Expo. There will also be clinics featuring elite athletes, live music both around the course and on stage following the race, refreshments, and races for kids throughout the day. For more information about the Freihofer’s Run for Women, as well as the 27th annual Kids’ Run, 26th annual Community Walk, 4th annual Freihofer’s Junior 3k Run and the USA 5k Race Walk Championships, visit From the home page, you can also link to the event’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages.

Gavin Helps Host IREVA Tourney

Managed by Lakeside Volleyball Club, last weekend’s 2014 Great Nor’Easter Tournament (GNE) for Girls took place at Gavin Park. The Iroquis-Empire Volleyball Association tournament featured matches throughout Saratoga County and the Capital District from March 8-9 for ages14-15-18. Photos by

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Community Sports Bulletin Taylor’s Heroes Xtreme Boot Camp Challenge SARATOGA SPRINGS — Consider registering for Taylor’s Heroes Xtreme Boot Camp Challenge, which will be April 26. In memory of Taylor Miller, who was a Saratoga Springs High School graduate who was killed in Afghanistan in a suicide bomb attack June 21, 2010, Taylor’s Heroes provides fitness and nutrition programs to children who want to lead a more active and healthy lifestyle. Pre-registration is available online at www.taylorsheroes. org/2014-xtreme-boot-camp-challenge/. Registration the day of the event begins at 9:30 a.m. The race starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Saratoga Springs YMCA. Whether you’re a serious athlete, runner, or couch potato, the event is for everyone from kids to adults. If interested in sponsoring or volunteering, email Melissa Zieker at

Ballston Spa Senior Babe Ruth Registration BALLSTON SPA — Ballston Spa Baseball would like to announce that registration is now open for Senior Babe Ruth for the upcoming 2014 season. Ballston Spa teams will play a 12-14 game schedule and compete against teams from neighboring towns, such as Galway, Saratoga, Wilton and South Glens Falls in the newly formed Saratoga County Recreational Babe Ruth League. To play for a Ballston Spa team, you must be a resident of Ballston Spa, Malta or Milton and you must be age 15 or younger as of May 1. To sign up today, click on the “Registration” link on the website Registration is open through March 31. Practices start the second week of April. Games start April 26. For questions, or to volunteer as a coach, email the league director at

Skidmore Girls’ Basketball Classic Registration Underway

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The 2nd Annual Hoop Fest Girls’ Basketball Classic will be Saturday, April 26. Spend the day playing toplevel basketball and prepare for a great summer of July hoops while enjoying the surroundings of Saratoga Springs and all the area has to offer. College coaches will be in attendance as games go from about 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Skidmore College. Cost is $275 per team. Teams will be classified as grades 6-12 A and B (limited to 20 teams). Each team will play three games during Saturday’s competition and each game will have two

lobby of the Williamson Sports Center. Checks and money orders can be made to Skidmore College Women’s Basketball, 815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

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Blue Streaks Gymnastics Earn Section II Honors SARATOGA SPRINGS — Blue Streaks Julia VanHorne Victoria Shaffer and Courtney Kirshe garnered All-Around honors for the Section II Gymnastics All-Star team. For the Vault, Sophie Hrebenach and Kelsey Jackowitz got AllStar nods and Hrebenach and Abby Zabielski made the Uneven Bars squad. Kelsey Jackowitz was honored for her performances on the Balance Beam and was named among the best in the Floor Exercise along with Hrebenach.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — To help make a difference in the lives of children affected by the work of Saratoga Children’s Theatre, this year’s Sunset Open Golf Outing will take place May 16 at the Saratoga Spa Championship Course. Deadline for registration is April 15. For more information call (518) 580-1782 and pick up a registration form. Those interested can also visit w w w. s ar ato g a ch i l d re ns to pledge support, make a donation or be a sponsor.



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MLB’s Weapons Of Mass Destruction

by Damian Fantauzzi for Saratoga TODAY There was an article on the internet last week about Major League Baseball’s addiction to chewing tobacco. An article written by Mark Townsend, who writes for “Big League Stew” on “Yahoo Sports.” To his credit he is right on target about smokeless tobacco being an addiction in pro baseball. He mentions that MLB has unsuccessfully tried a full ban of smokeless tobacco. Products like dip and snuff, I consider to be weapons of mass destruction. The league has been unable to get a full ban on its use. There was a time when teams used to supply the product to the players. That is now prohibited,

but that hasn’t stopped the players’ personal use of the stuff, or snuff. As we all know, some bad habits are not easy to quit. In a related article written by Peter Abraham, of the “The Boston Globe,” he mentions how David Ortiz, fondly known as Big Papi, spits in his batting glove before coming to the plate—a routine he dares not to quit because it’s part of his superstition. MLB players are notoriously superstitious. Big Papi claims the worst habit he wishes he could break is his need to have a pinch of tobacco in his right cheek— something he’s been doing since he started in the minors. The use of smokeless tobacco in the game has lessened over the past few years, but Abraham points out in the article that of the 58 percent of Red Sox he interviewed, 21 admit to using chew or dip. The main reason that chewing tobacco and using dip are still a baseball tradition is because it’s a habit the players use to calm their nerves, so they claim. Many players became users through copying others, like teammates, or other influences from baseball. Not surprising! It’s human nature, when curiosity becomes a

road taken by the copycat. When the youngsters want to act like adults, they emulate habits— good or bad can develop. This has been going on for eons, but it can become a determent to the health of the “wannabes.” The addiction to nicotine is the problem, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Abraham found that Smokeless tobacco has a higher concentrate of nicotine than a cigarette. He said, “Although the nicotine is absorbed more slowly, a greater amount stays in the bloodstream.” What are the many dangers of smokeless chew or dip? Some of the worst cancers known to mankind are related to the mouth and stomach. There are different forms of oral cancer, gum disease, lesions in the mouth and on the tongue that can develop into cancer. We have all seen photos of people, mainly men, who have had part of their jaw removed, or their tongue partially cut out because of the cancer that developed from their addiction to smokeless tobacco products. The surgeries are permanent and there is little that can be changed through plastic surgery. The photos are usually cases of the lucky ones who survived their addiction

because the more unlucky ones have paid with their lives. Overall, in Abraham’s interviews of the many Red Sox, he found that the majority of them who use the products want to wean themselves off. In one interview with third baseman Brandon Snyder, he said he quit after he found out his wife was pregnant early last season. “One night I had a dream that I died from something having to do with dip,” he said. “When I woke up I didn’t have the slightest want to need a tobacco product. I had been doing it since I was 13.” Outfielder Jonny Gomes, who uses chew, said he didn’t want to quit. His justification for his use, in my opinion, is irrational. “I’d quit if my family wanted me to,” Gomes said. “The kids aren’t old enough to realize what’s going on. People are baffled I don’t do it in the offseason because I do it all the time when we’re playing. But I don’t have an addictive personality. There’s just something about it that goes with baseball. There’s something attached to hitting. I can’t describe it. Once I stop playing, I’ll never do it again. I know it’s a bad idea.” Tell me, where is his reasoning on this topic? It’s something that goes with baseball? This is a motivation of inconsistent logic. It shows you what

he knows about kids because they are the biggest wannabes or copycats. They want to follow their heroes, the stars of the game. They don’t miss a lot of what’s going on. Copy the good things, is what we all hope for, but sometimes the children don’t understand why adults do what they do. But it’s cool to emulate! There is a bit of good news in the MLB minor leagues. They have banned the use of any type of smokeless tobacco. From what I read, they really haven’t been very good about monitoring its use. The push against the use of performance enhancing drugs has been a big issue in the game, so is nicotine the drug of preference? Who does it hurt? All of us! Besides the health related concerns for the players, it’s those little fans who admire their baseball heroes we should be concerned about. What Gomes said about his kids being too young to understand, he is so wrong. This scenario is not only about his children. Probably the biggest concern for our society and in the world of Major League Baseball, is that if these super stars can use dip, what makes them think the curious little fans won’t be influenced? Like it or not Jonny Gomes, you and all of professional baseball players are role models who hopefully are worthy of imitation by America’s youth!

Dottie Pepper Part Of New PGA Of America Task Force PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – In response to the changing face of America and downward participation trends, the Board of Directors of the PGA of America announced the creation of a PGA Task Force to grow the game through non-traditional means. Former LPGA Professional, PGA Board Member and Saratoga Springs resident Dottie Pepper is one of 10 experts on the Task Force. Aside from Pepper, the Task Force includes American skier Bode Miller, former NFL player Melvin Bullit, part owner of TopGolf Tom Dundon, co-host of Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive” Damon Hack, PGA of American CEO Pete Bevacqua and PGA of America President Ted Bishop. Comprised of a diverse group of millennial, multicultural, female, industry, and non-industry experts united in their common interest to grow

the game, the Task Force will develop and evaluate non-traditional concepts harnessing the unmatched network of the 27,000 men and women PGA Professionals. “There is nothing that I have been part of to date that is more important and has greater opportunity,” Bishop said. “The golf experience needs to be redefined. For many people, the traditional 18-hole round simply doesn’t work. With the industry at a critical juncture of growth it

is our responsibility to consider any and all potential alternatives to enhance the consumer’s enjoyment of the game.” Other members of the Task Force are Arlen Kantarian, who while CEO spearheaded the USTA’s efforts to reverse downward participation trends of tennis; Mark King, CEO of TaylorMade-adidas Golf and recent architect of HackGolf. org, which the commission will utilize to crowd source many of these cutting-edge

concepts; and editor of Audience Engagement at Golf Digest Ashley Mayo. Although this PGA-led Task Force will maintain a longterm lens, its efforts will focus on developing concepts that can be quickly actioned against and implemented by PGA Professionals and the industry at large. For more information about the PGA of America and members of the Task Force, visit

Dottie Pepper

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National Museum Of Racing Announces Hall Of Fame Finalists Photos courtesy of NYRA.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Four jockeys, four Thoroughbreds and two trainers comprise the 10 finalists on the National Museum of Racing’s 2014 Hall of Fame ballot, as selected by the Hall of Fame Nominating Committee. The candidates are: jockeys Chris Antley, Garrett Gomez, Craig Perret and Alex Solis; Thoroughbreds Ashado, Curlin, Kona Gold and Xtra Heat; and trainers Steve Asmussen and Gary Jones. Curlin, Kona Gold and Asmussen are finalists for the first time. Hall of Fame voters may select as many candidates as they believe are worthy of induction to the Hall of Fame. The four candidates with the highest vote totals will be elected. The finalists were selected by the Hall of Fame’s 16-member Nominating Committee from a total of 84 candidates suggested throughout the year by turf journalists, Thoroughbred industry participants and racing fans. The results of the voting on contemporary candidates will be announced on Friday, April 25. The induction ceremony will be held at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion in Saratoga Springs Friday, August 8 at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony is free and open to the public. Alex Solis Solis has won 4,980 races and has purse earnings of $234,665,846 in a career that began in 1982. He has won 321 graded stakes and 633 overall stakes. Solis has won three Breeders’ Cup races, including the 2003 Classic with Pleasantly Perfect. He won the 1986 Preakness with Snow Chief. He ranks ninth all time in earnings and 30 th in wins. Major victories for Solis include the Santa Anita Derby, Florida Derby, Hollywood Derby, Malibu, Pacific Classic, Wood Memorial, Santa Anita Handicap, Dubai World Cup, Bing Crosby Handicap, Manhattan Handicap, Metropolitan Handicap, and Jockey Club Gold Cup, among others. He won the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in 1997. Chris Antley Antley won 3,480 races and had purse earnings of $92,261,894 in a career that

spanned from 1983 to 2000. He won 127 graded stakes races and 293 overall stakes. The leading North American rider by wins in 1985 with 469, Antley was a two-time Kentucky Derby winner, taking the Run for the Roses with Strike the Gold in 1991 and with Charismatic in 1999. He also won the Preakness with Charismatic. Other major victories for Antley included the Jockey Club Gold Cup, Woodward, Santa Anita Handicap, Hollywood Derby, Alabama, Wood Memorial, Manhattan Handicap, Carter Handicap, Louisiana Derby, Blue Grass Stakes, Coaching Club American Oaks and Jerome Handicap, among others.

Garrett Gomez Gomez has won 3,769 races and has purse earnings of $205,224,899 in a career that began in 1988. He has won 318 graded stakes and 566 overall stakes. Gomez won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey in 2007 and 2008 and led all North American riders in earnings each year from 2006 through 2009. Gomez won a record 76 stakes races in 2007 and has 13 Breeders’ Cup wins to his credit, including the 2010 Classic with champion Blame. Among Gomez’s major victories are the Pacific Classic, Travers, Santa Anita Derby, Whitney Handicap, Stephen Foster, Kentucky Oaks and Jockey Club Gold Cup. He won the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in 2011. Curlin Curlin (Smart Strike— Sherriff ’s Deputy, by Deputy Minister), bred in Kentucky and owned by Jess Jackson’s Stonestreet Stables after a private sale early in his 3-yearold season, won 11 of 16 career starts and has the highest purse

earnings in North American history at $10,501,800, surpassing the previous mark set by Cigar. Trained for the majority of his career by Steve Asmussen, Curlin won the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Jockey Club Gold Cup, Preakness, Arkansas Derby and Rebel at 3 in 2007 to be named Horse of the Year and Champion 3-Year-Old Male. At 4, he was once again Horse of the Year and added Champion Older Male honors. Curlin won the Dubai World Cup, Stephen Foster, Woodward and his second Jockey Club Gold Cup in 2008. Overall, he won nine graded/ group stakes, including seven Grade/Group 1s.

Craig Perret Perret won 4,415 races and had purse earnings of $113,837,299 in a career that spanned from 1967 through 2005. He was the leading apprentice jockey in earnings in 1967 and won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey in 1990. Perret won the Kentucky Derby with Unbridled in 1990 and the Belmont Stakes with Bet Twice in 1987. Along with four Breeders’ Cup victories, Perret has also won the Haskell, Travers, Queen’s Plate, Florida Derby, Coaching Club American Oaks, Wood Memorial, Hopeful, Clark Handicap, Jerome, Withers and Carter, among others. He won the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in 1988. Ashado Ashado (Saint Ballado— Goulash, by Mari’s Book), bred in Kentucky and owned by Starlight Stables, Paul Saylor and Johns Martin, won 12 of her 21 career starts with purse earnings of $3,931,440. She was named Champion 3-year-old Female in 2004 and Champion Older Female in 2005. Trained by Todd Pletcher, Ashado won the Spinaway, Schuylerville and Demoiselle at 2. At 3, she won

the Kentucky Oaks, Breeders’ Cup Distaff, Coaching Club American Oaks, Fair Grounds Oaks and Cotillion Handicap. In her final season, at age 4 in 2005, Ashado won the Go for Wand Handicap, Ogden Phipps Handicap and Beldame. Kona Gold Kona Gold (Java Gold— Double Sunrise, by Slew o’ Gold), bred in Kentucky and owned in partnership by trainer Bruce Headley, Irwin and Andrew Molasky and Michael Singh’s High Tech Stable, won 14 of 30 career starts with earnings of $2,293,384. He won the Eclipse Award for Champion Sprinter and was runner-up for Horse of the Year in 2000 when he won the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, Ancient Title, Bing Crosby, Potrero Grande and Palos Verdes. In winning the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, Kona Gold broke the Churchill Downs and Breeders’ Cup record for six furlongs with a time of 1:07.77. A five-time Breeders’ Cup Sprint participant, Kona Gold won the Bing Crosby and Potrero Grande again in 2001. He also had multiple victories in the El Conejo Handicap, including a Santa Anita track record in 1999. Kona Gold’s other major wins included the San Carlos Handicap and Los Angeles Handicap. Overall, he won 10 graded stakes, including two Grade 1s. Xtra Heat Xtra Heat (Dixieland Heat— Begin, by Hatchet Man) won 26 of 35 career starts and finished out of the money only twice with earnings of $2,389,635. Trained by John Salzman, Sr., Xtra Heat was named Champion 3-Year-Old Filly in 2001. She won 10 stakes races, including the Grade 1 Prioress. Xtra Heat won six races in a row twice during her career and posted two victories in both the Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie Handicap and the Grade 3 Endine Stakes. She also won the Vagrancy Handicap, Genuine Risk Handicap, Beaumont Stakes and Astarita Stakes. Gary Jones Jones won 1,465 races and had purse earnings of $52,672,611 in a career that spanned from 1975 to 1996. He won 102 graded stakes and 233 overall stakes. Jones trained 104 stakeswinning horses, including Turkoman,

the 1986 Champion Older Male. Jones trained Turkoman to victories in the Marlboro Cup, Oaklawn Handicap and Widener Handicap. He conditioned Hall of Famer Best Pal to wins in the Santa Anita Handicap, Oaklawn Handicap, Hollywood Gold Cup and Strub. Jones also trained Kostroma to a world turf record of 1:43 4/5 in the 1 1/8-mile Las Palmas Handicap. Other major victories for Jones included the Mother Goose, Santa Barbara Handicap, Hollywood Oaks, Del Mar Futurity, Hollywood Futurity, Yellow Ribbon, Swaps, Apple Blossom Handicap, San Antonio Handicap, La Brea, San Felipe, Santa Anita Oaks, Hollywood Gold Cup, NYRA Mile, Milady Handicap, Fantasy, Californian and Norfolk, among others.

Steve Asmussen Asmussen has won 6,703 races with purse earnings of $214,030,552 in a career that began in 1986. He ranks second all time in wins and fifth in earnings. Asmussen won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer in 2008 and 2009 and has led all North American trainers in wins nine times and earnings three times. Asmussen has won 164 graded stakes and 752 overall stakes. In 2004, Asmussen won 555 races to surpass the single-year record of 496 that had been held by Jack Van Berg since 1976. Asmussen broke his own record in 2008 with 621 wins and topped it once again with 650 wins in 2009. Asmussen trained Curlin to Horse of the Year honors in 2007 and 2008 and Rachel Alexandra to the Horse of the Year title in 2009. With Curlin, Asmussen won the Preakness, Breeders’ Cup Classic, Woodward, Stephen Foster, Arkansas Derby, Rebel and two editions of the Jockey Club Gold Cup. He trained Rachel Alexandra to wins in the Preakness, Woodward, Haskell and Mother Goose. Asmussen has also trained champions Kodiak Kowboy and My Miss Aurelia. He has four Breeders’ Cup victories.

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Week of March 14 – March 20, 2014


See Hall Of Fame Finallists pg. 39

Prepping For Freihofer’s Run Begins Monday

Participants in last year’s Freihofer’s Run Training Challenge, which brought in over 400 people, stand together before later competing in the 5k that attracts more than 4,000 women from the Capital Region and the rest of the United States to Albany. This year’s 10-week Training Challenge begins March 17. Photo by Edward Parham/Freihofer’s Run for Women. See Freihofer’s Run pg.36

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