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Superfund’s Big Impact Project Could Close Excelsior for Up to One Year by Patricia Older Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — In the final phase of the cleanup of the Niagara Mohawk Superfund site off of Excelsior Avenue, the Environmental Protection Agency proposes to shut down part of Excelsior for approximately six months, tear into the parking lot of a local business and replace the original Old Red Spring well with a new one. The excavation and remediation is expected to take up to six months to complete and cost $6.5 million. This cleanup will be the final phase of the Niagara Mohawk

Superfund site remediation which began in 1990. From 1853 to the 1929, Saratoga Gas and Light and, later, New York Power and Light Company, used the property to manufacture gas to power street lights. A byproduct of that process, coal tar, was disposed of on the property at the corner of Excelsior and East Avenue and the ground became contaminated with compounds that were later discovered to be carcinogenic. The site, now owned by National Grid, was declared a Superfund site in the 1990s and the first phase of the remediation, called OU-1, had five areas—the seven-acre parcel where the manufacturing plant had stood; two and a half acres where

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BALLSTON SPA — Citing they feel it is a political appointment for the child of a major campaign contributor, volunteers who have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations for Saratoga County’s Animal Shelter have pledged to withdraw their support

if the Board of Supervisors moves forward next week to appoint 22-year-old Christina Abele to the $62,000-a-year job. The board is poised to hire Christine Abele at their March 19th meeting. Abele is the daughter of Chris Abele, a family partner in Abele Builders and a major Republican Party campaign See Animal Shelter pg. 15

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Week of March 15 – March 21, 2013

It was a “Seussabration” at St. Clements School


SARATOGA SPRINGS — In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, St. Clement’s School held “Dr. Seuss Week.” The week-long tribute to one of the most iconic children’s authors of all time culminated with a Seuss-abration March 9, as students dressed up as their favorite Dr. Seuss characters for a party complete with Thing 1, Thing 2 and several Cats In the Hat.

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Week of March 15 – March 21, 2013 Jeremy J. Furey, 22, of Washington Street, was arrested March 7 and charged with aggravated criminal contempt, a Class D felony; aggravated family offense, a Class E felony and assault in the third degree with intent to cause physical injury, a Class A misdemeanor. Officers responded to a domestic dispute which the victim indicated she had been assaulted by an ex-boyfriend, identified as Furey. The victim had an active order of protection against Furey, which stipulated absolutely no contact. Furey was located and placed under arrest. Peter Vardouniotis, 31, of Saratoga Springs was arrested March 6 and charged with theft of services/refusal to pay for services, a Class A misdemeanor. Vardouniotis entered the Stewart’s on Church Street and proceeded to consume various food items and left without paying. When confronted by police, Vardouniotis said he could not pay for what he had eaten and was placed under arrest. Emerick J. Benaquista, 17, of Seth Lane in Glenville, was arrested March 6 and charged with attempted assault in the second-degree with intent to cause physical injury, a Class E Felony and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth-degree, a Class A misdemeanor. Officers responded to the BOCES facility on Hennig Road for reports of an out of control student. Police were informed that Benaquista was roaming the halls with a sharpened pencil looking for a teacher he was upset with, intending to stab

her. The teacher was placed in a secure area and officers apprehended Benaquista. He was taken to the police department and processed. Niall P. Roche, 38, of State Street, was arrested March 6 and charged with two counts of stalking in the third-degree and two counts of criminal contempt/disobedience in the second-degree, all Class A misdemeanors. Roche was arrested on a warrant from two separate domestic complaints occurring March 5. Roche allegedly threatened the victim with physical violence, followed her to various places and violating the full stay away order of protection. Roche was processed and arraigned in City Court. Anthony F. Aubin, 23, of Vale Drive in Saratoga Springs was arrested March 7 and charged with grand larceny in the third-degree, a Class D felony. Aubin was arrested on a warrant issued from a theft on January 28. He is alleged to have stolen a car and sold it to a dealership. The vehicle has since been recovered. Megan Marie Forbes, 35, of Ebony Oaks in Clifton Park, was arrested March 9 and charged with driving while intoxicated with blood-alcohol content greater than .08-percent, both Class A misdemeanors. Officers responded to a one-car accident on South Broadway when they observed a black Acura disabled and engulfed in flames. The operator was identified as Forbes, who was standing nearby. Officers suspected Forbes was highly intoxicated

and placed her under arrest following an interview. No one was injured in the accident. Steven L. Poissant, 58, of West High Street in Ballston Spa, was arrested March 9 and charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence, a Class E felony and driving while intoxicated, a Class A misdemeanor. Officers stopped a vehicle along Railroad Place and identified the driver as Poissant. He appeared to be intoxicated and it was determined that he was operating on a suspended drivers license from a previous DWI arrest. He refused a field sobriety test and was placed under arrest. Stacey A. Walker, 41, of Maxwell Drive in Saratoga Springs, was arrested March 8 and charged with conspiracy in the fourthdegree, a Class E felony. Walker was arrested on a City Court warrant as part of an ongoing narcotics investigation. Walker was processed and remanded to Saratoga County Jail pending bail. He is alleged to have participated in the distribution of cocaine and heroin.

Robert C. Weatherly, 28, of Walworth Street in Saratoga Springs, was arrested March 9 and charged with robbery in the third-degree, a Class D felony and coercion in the second-degree with intent to cause physical injury, a Class A misdemeanor. Weatherly was arrested following a domestic dispute which occurred earlier in the day. Weatherly is alleged to have taken personal property of the victim in an effort to get her to leave with him. He was processed and celled pending arraignment. Nancy Farinas, 51, of Caroline Street, was arrested March 9 and charged with criminal mischief in the fourth-degree to prevent assistance, a Class A misdemeanor and criminal mischief in the third-degree, a Class E felony. Officers responded to Stonequist


apartments for reports of a dispute. Officers made their way to the fifth floor, where the victim indicated a female friend had started an argument and began destroying property in their apartment. Farinas was identified as the aggressor and was placed under arrest. Todd W. Crounse, 28, of Castleberry Drive in Gansevoort, was arrested March 11 and charged with driving while intoxicated with blood-alcohol content greater than .08-percent, Class A misdemeanors. Officers observed a car run a stop sign on High Rock and Excelsior Avenues before stopping the vehicle. The driver was identified as Crounse, who appeared intoxicated. He was asked to perform a series of standardized field sobriety tests, at which time he was placed under arrest.


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week in Review Fatal Bus Accident Closes Northway CLIFTON PARK — A Saratoga Springs woman was killed March 12 after she lost control of her vehicle and struck a bus carrying a college lacrosse team. The car, a Porsche, had two passengers inside: the 65-year-old driver and the woman who was killed. The driver was taken to Albany Medical Center, where he was in critical yet stable condition. It is not immediately known what caused the Porsche to lose control, but the wet weather is likely to have been a factor. There were only four minor injuries to students traveling on the bus, which left the highway and came to a stop on its side in a ditch. The car veered toward the median following impact. A white van was also involved in the accident, but it is unknown whether it was hit with debris from the crash or another vehicle. The van suffered minor damage and the driver was unharmed. The accident closed the Northway for five and a half hours as crews worked to clean up the scene. Commuters were backed up from the scene of the accident between Exits 9 and 10 in Clifton Park all the way to Exit 11 in Round Lake. The 34-man lacrosse team vacated the bus from an emergency hatch on the roof before being taken to Clifton Park-Halfmoon

Fire Department. It is not believed that the driver of the Porsche was under the influence at the time of the accident. An accident reconstruction team is working to recreate the accident. The passenger in the sports car was pronounced dead at the scene. Mental Health Center’s Move to South Broadway Approved by Saratoga Springs Planning Board SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga County Mental Health Center’s plan to consolidate its substance abuse treatment program, mental health clinic and Friendship House day-treatment program all into one location at 135 South Broadway was approved by the Saratoga Springs Planning Board March 13. Over a dozen letters were written to the City Council and crowds of people, both in favor and against the move of the center, showed up to speak at two public hearings on the subject. Finance Commissioner Michele Madigan was the only council member to speak out against the Mental Health Center. Despite the concerns brought to the council by those against the motion, the Planning Board ultimately determined that the property would not negatively impact the neighborhood’s character or economic vitality. The specialuse permit that was approved for the site is a requirement of the

Week of March 15 – March 21, 2013 particular city zone for any development. The project will also need to go before the Design Review Commission for review before final plans are approved. Man Who Threatened Skidmore Student to Be Extradited to Saratoga Springs SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs Police Department announced March 14 their plans to extradite the man who threatened a Skidmore student with gun violence. Police announced that Lance Leonard of Sherborn, Mass. would be brought from Atlantic City Justice Facility in New Jersey where he has been detained since the arrest. Lt. John Catone said that SSPD investigators John Barney and James Bell would travel to New Jersey on March 15 to retrieve the suspect. It is estimated the trip will only be one day. Leonard caused quite a stir when he allegedly threatened a female Skidmore student’s father that he would harm her and himself should the victim attempt to break contact with Leonard. Skidmore campus went into lockdown following the victim’s father notified the local police. Leonard was arrested at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City without incident. He was unarmed at the time of his arrest.


ave you heard about our contest with the soonto-be-here Healthy Living Market? In celebration of the store’s arrival at the Wilton Mall, we’ve teamed up to get Saratoga Springs living healthy! We’re giving our readers a chance to win $25 gift cards to the Healthy Living Market, but you’ll have to do some searching to get it! We’ve hidden some Healthy Living Market logos throughout this newspaper, including within some ads. Your mission (should you choose to accept it) is find all of them. When you think you’ve got them all, head to and click on the “Healthy Living Contest” banner on the left side of the page. Enter your information and guess and if you’re correct, we’ll enter your name in a drawing for the gift card! We’re pleased to announce that this week’s winner is Joey Buscema of Saratoga Springs! He found all 10 logos that we hid last week. How many are in this week’s paper? Well that’s up to YOU to find out! So start your search and GOOD LUCK!

Week of March 15 – March 21, 2013


Frank M. Frolish

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Frank M. Frolish, 90, a lifelong resident of Saratoga Springs, died peacefully at the home he built and lived in for over 60 years, on Tuesday, March 12 surrounded by his loving family. Born in Saratoga, he was the son of the late John and Agnes (Voyacek) Frolish. He proudly served as a medical corpsman in the Army Air Force during WWII beginning in 1942. During his period of military service, he earned several medals including the EAME service medal, the American theater service medal, a good conduct medal, and the WWII Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged in 1945. He met and married the late Irja Munter Frolish and they built their home and family. In addition to his parents and wife, Frank was preceded in

death by siblings Ludwig Frolish, John Frolish, Frances Beach, Mildred Kusick, Mary Handy, Agnes Frolish and Elizabeth Frolish. He leaves behind sister Bertha Frolish of Saratoga Springs. Survivors include children Alan Frolish and daughterin-law Joan of Saratoga Springs, Lori Fitzgerald and son-in-law Jerry of Ballston Spa and Lisa Kersey of Gloucester, Virginia. He is also survived by six grandchildren and one great-grandchild, Adam (Julie) Frolish, Jeremy (Alicia) Frolish, greatgranddaughter Ayla, Timothy Fitzgerald, and Matthew, Jessica, and Caroline Kersey. Thanks and endless gratitude to Frank’s longtime caregiver Diane Mosher. Relatives and friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, March 15 at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Simon Udemgba at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church in Rock City Falls at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 16. Burial will follow at Middle Grove Cemetery. Memorial gifts can be made to Wesley Evergreen Adult Day Program, 131 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 in memory of Frank.

grandchildren, Liesel Socoloski (Michael), Elizabeth Dorvee, George Dorvee, Brianne Racoma (Rey), Sarah Dorvee, M. Chase Dorvee, Jordan Gonyea and Mariah Gonyea; dear friend, Leslie Bottger; his sister, Arlene Green (Clarence) of Florida; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held 9 a.m. Friday, March 15 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial with full military honors will follow at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday evening from 6 – 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.



SARATOGA SPRINGS — Andrew E. Keefe of Bryan St. passed away Friday, March 8. Born on July 10, 1930 in Albany, he was the son of the late Sara Scully and Andrew Keefe.

Andrew graduated from Albany Academy and the US Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point. In 1958 he was Chief Nuclear Test Engineer for Electric Boat Company in Groton, CT and then in 1977 he was Nuclear Project Manager at Kesselring Site in West Milton, retiring in 1978. Andrew married Margaret Vogel in 1978. In addition to his parents, Andrew was predeceased by a sister, Gertrude Keefe. Survivors include his two children from his first marriage,

Michael Keefe of Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Patricia Keefe of Saratoga Springs; his wife, Margaret Vogel Keefe of Saratoga Springs; two grandsons Nile and Nathaniel Keefe and good friend Rocco. Burial will be in the family plot at St. Peter’s Cemetery, West Ave. Donations may be made in his memory to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneralhome. com.

Patricia A. Allrich

Rock City Falls — Patricia A. Allrich passed away Saturday, March 9 at her home. She was 77. Born on July 13, 1935 in New York City, she was the daughter

Edward J. Bianco BALLSTON LAKE — Edward J. Bianco 73 of Ballston Lake, passed away Tuesday, March 12 at his home, surrounded by his family. Born in Schenectady, June 2, 1939, he was the son of the late Gaston and Mary Bianco. Ed served in the US Army. He worked for General Electric Co in Schenectady for 30 years. Ed and his wife raised long haired dachshunds for many years. He was a member of the Saratoga Kennel Club. His greatest joy was the time he spent with his beloved dogs. He was predeceased by his brother, John Bianco. Ed is survived by his wife, Nancy Bianco; his children, Lynn Bianco Murphy of Rochester, Sandra Gonyea of Westerlo, Mark Porter (Linda Davis) of Ballston Spa, Kathi Dorvee (George) of Ballston Spa and Lisa Dorvee (Michael) of Ballston Spa; eight

of the late Harry and Minnie (Kornacki) Kit. Patricia married the late Richard L. Allrich on April 12, 1958 in Greenfield Center at St. Joseph’s Church. Patricia was employed as a clerk/typist for the Saratoga County Clerk Office in Ballston Spa. Survivors include her two sons, Richard C. (Suzanne) Allrich of Charlton and Gregory S. (Karan) Allrich of Ballston Spa; one daughter, Karen J. (Douglas) Fay of Rock City Falls; four grandchildren, Natasha Fay, Katelyn Fay, Olivia Allrich and Avery Allrich; one brother, Harry (Maxine)

Kit of Maine; sister-in-law Gail (Manuel) Tobio of Nassau and several nieces and nephews. There will be no calling hours. A graveside service was conducted on Wednesday, March 13 at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery where she was laid to rest with her husband. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga. 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneralhome. com

Daniel Balmuth

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Daniel Balmuth, Saratoga Springs, died on March 8 following a long illness. He was 83. Loving husband, devoted father and grandfather, accomplished scholar, he will be forever missed by his family, friends, and those in the Saratoga, Skidmore College, and Temple Sinai communities

whose lives he touched. Daniel was born and raised in the Borough Park neighborhood of Brooklyn. Dan married Rita Jacknow on June 27, 1953. The Balmuths moved to Saratoga Springs in 1958, where Dan began his career as a professor of history at Skidmore College, teaching there for 40 years until his retirement in 1998. He is survived by, his immediate family: wife Rita, children Susan Balmuth and David Horne of Seattle, David Balmuth and Randi Cigelnik of Chicago, and Michael and Jill Balmuth of Boston; grandchildren Rachel and Sarah Horne (Seattle), and Amy (Chicago), Evan and Lexi (Boston) Balmuth, as well as siblings Jerome Balmuth of Hamilton, Lorraine Widman of Portland, Oregon and Marilyn

Stolove of Plainview. He also has many nieces and nephews who warmly remember annual Thanksgiving gatherings at the Balmuth family home in Saratoga. Burial was at Beth El Cemetery for Temple Sinai, Gansevoort Road in Moreau. The Daniel Balmuth Fund for Jewish Studies at Skidmore College sponsors a lecture series on Jewish history. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Daniel Balmuth Fund c/o Skidmore College, 815 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, New York 12866 ( Donations may also be made to Temple Sinai, 509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneralhome. com.


Week of March 15 – March 21, 2013

From the Publisher’s Desk: Red Dawn

by Chad Beatty Saratoga TODAY

Last weekend I decided to checkout Red Dawn, a remake of a 1984 film which featured the late Patrick Swayze. Although the characters and the times were different, the theme was the same: the U.S. is under attack by foreign aggressors. Within days the majority of the population was forced into camps or methodically tracked to ensure order. But fear not, because unfortunately for the occupiers, small groups of rag-tag patriots, many of whom are H.S. children, band together and save the day. Here is where the story gets interesting; the aggressors in the movie are the North Koreans. If you haven’t been following the news lately (in real life), North Korea has just threatened a nuclear

strike against America and threatened to end the 60-year-old armistice that ended the Korean War. Coincidence? Odd? Scary? Yes to all of the above. While the idea of foreign aggressors taking over the United States by flying in and parachuting throughout our country is farfetched, sometimes fact can be stranger than fiction. When the movie was over, I envisioned all of us, you, me and other patriots throughout the country, banding together to save America. Whether from foreign or domestic aggressors, I am confident that patriots will rise up to save a nation. However, there are some problems with my futuristic vision. Here is an overview: As we scrambled to unite our forces and prepare to defend our homes, we would be severely outgunned as we loaded our limited semi-automatic weapons with a maximum of seven rounds. For every 30-round clip the enemy fired, we would need to reload four times. As if that didn’t put us at a tactical disadvantage, finding ammunition will be a bigger issue as the

President has now enacted restrictions and tracking programs on any non-government ammunition purchases. He has also limited the amount of magazines a household can possess, so reloading, and damaged magazines, will compound any problems. To further exacerbate the issue, the government has taken the infamous soft drink size limitations from New York City and expanded it to all drinks and food items, so gathering supplies has become a problem throughout the country. Luckily, a limited water supply is not an issue because the government has had us on lowflow shower heads and toilets for years. (I still have problems getting all the soap rinsed off.)

Okay, you get the picture. Here’s the bottom line: freedom and liberty are precious. Every time the government reaches into your pocket, whether for your money or your freedom, a small part of us and a small part of liberty, dies. Stay alert. Read the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Understand the founding principles that created the greatest nation on earth. Do your homework, stay vigilant and live free. “Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed—else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.” —Dwight D. Eisenhower

Week of March 15 – March 21, 2013


Decluttering Your Home, and Your Life

Manuela Broderick. Photo courtesy of

by Patricia Older Saratoga TODAY

WILTON — Walking into the home, Manuela Broderick knew she had her work cut out for her. The elderly woman was a “collector” and every nook and cranny of her home was filled with something. There was the collection of dolls that she kept adding to, the dozens of paint cans, partially used, clothing, newspapers and books. There were essentially pathways through the house. The yard was overgrown and the rooms had not been painted in years. “A real estate agent had called me and said they wanted to put this house on the market,” said Broderick, who is a professional organizer, planner and stager. “This was one of the

biggest projects I had to tackle.” Broderick, who admits she has been an “organizer” since childhood, said when she walks into a room she can see its potential. “I do not see it as a challenge,” said Broderick. “I walk into a space and immediately see what has to be done.” She said after she made a move to the area over 13 years ago and found herself at home as

a full time mom, she decided to take what she naturally loves to do and turn it into a business she could work around her children’s schedules. “Organizing is in my blood,” said Broderick. “I looked at myself to see what I love and I’ve been doing this all my life for my family friends, so I decided it was the thing to do.” Broderick said most people are overwhelmed when they go to reclaim a room or a space that has become clutter and crowded. “They want to try and conquer it all at once,” said Broderick, who says she tries to educate the client, if they want, to teach them the skills and tips to keeping their spaces uncluttered. “I work with the client so they learn how to continue it throughout their life,” said Broderick. “Once they learn the skills they can continue to use them throughout their lifetimes.” Others, she says, just want her to come in and clean it. “Some clients just want me to come in and simplify their living spaces,” said Broderick, adding that most people tend to be uncomfortable that they let their living spaces get so out of control. “I work in a confidential manner because some people are so overwhelmed and embarrassed,” said Broderick. “If they are willing, I try to educate them.” She said that each project is different and requires a distinctive approach. “Each home, each office is different and personality comes into play,” said Broderick, adding that once she decides on a game plan, she has to slow down in her rush to want to tackle the project. “The client needs to see what I have in mind and how I can help and benefit them.” She said her services have been used to stage a home for a sale, organize an office or a living

space or prepare a home for an event or party. She added that she has even readied homes for the track season. “When someone is getting ready to rent their home for the summer track season, it can seem overwhelming on what to put away, what to take with them and what to leave,” said Broderick, adding that she comes back after the season to help put everything back in place. “If you plan to do it, putting a system in place helps it to become less cumbersome.” Continuing, Broderick said she always takes her client’s own personality and needs into account when working for them. “Someone like a hoarder takes much more time,” said Broderick. “It is emotionally and psychologically difficult for them to part with something they have developed an attachment to.” As for the elderly woman with the “very lived in home,” Broderick said she talked with her at first, guiding her to see if the item really was needed. “With the elderly there is a bit of separation anxiety,” said Broderick. “It is about finding a comfort level and to slowly lead

them into the decision to separate from [the item.] When they find that the stuff is not going into the dump but to someone else, it gives them that release where they can let it go.” That home, said real estate agent Joan Taub of Prudential Manor Homes, “was very lived in” and required more than just organizing. It needed shrubs trimmed, rooms and cabinets painted and a total clean out. “The woman liked to collect items—there was an insurmountable amount of stuff in her home,” said Taub. “Manuela did a wonderful job. I wish more people would take my recommendation to use her.” For more information on Manuela, please visit her website at or call (518) 569-2391.



Week of March 15 – March 21, 2013

Carter Conboy and Brown & Palumbo Saratoga Urology SEDC Annual Dinner Michael C. Barnas SPRINGS — The to Begin Accepting 2013SARATOGA Joins Couch White Announce of Counsel Relationship SEDC Annual Dinner will be held on Thursday, May 9 at the as a Partner New Patients Affiliation to provide geographic and practice area enrichment to clients

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Carter Conboy, a full-service law firm in Albany’s legal market for over 93 years, and Brown & Palumbo, PLLC, a boutique law firm in Syracuse providing industry-specific legal services in the areas of aggregates and mining, construction, energy, government, immigration, insurance, telecommunications and waste management, are establishing an of-counsel relationship between the two firms. “Carter Conboy is very pleased to enter into this professional affiliation with Brown & Palumbo, PLLC,” said Michael J. Catalfimo, the Firm’s Chief Operating Officer. “The specialized skills of Brown and Palumbo’s talented attorneys will add both depth and breadth to the services we offer our clients, and the addition of an office location in Central New York will create

conveniences and efficiencies for some of our clients who do business in that area of the State.” Carter Conboy’s affiliation with Brown & Palumbo continues a strategic plan of diversification and geographic expansion which the firm began in 2006 with the establishment of a creditors rights practice. In 2011, the Firm opened a Saratoga Springs office through the merger and acquisition of Hamilton Watt, PLLC and the following year hired retired United States District Court Magistrate Judge, David R. Homer, as counsel. In 2013, Carter Conboy created Capital District ADR, LLC, a full service mediation and arbitration company. Carter Conboy has been recognized by the U.S. News & World Report, Best Lawyers and Fortune Magazine as one of the best law firms in the nation.

Mailey Leaves Stewarts for State Job MALTA — Former television newsman Tom Mailey is leaving Stewarts for a job in state government. Mailey had been a spokesman for Stewarts for the past five years. Prior to that he was a meteorologist with News Channel 6 for almost 20 years. Mailey will become the public information officer for the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. Mailey will be leaving Stewarts for the state position next week.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Urology, a new urological practice will begin accepting patients beginning March 6. The office is located at One West Medical, Suite 320 in Saratoga Springs. The practice has been established by Dr. Matthias Solga, an Urologist with over 20 years’ experience as a specialist in Urology in Berlin, Germany. Dr. Solga graduated from the Medical Faculty of Humboldt University in Berlin in 1984 and became Board Certified in Urology by The Administration of Health in Germany in 1990. From 1991-1992 Dr. Solga headed the Department of Diagnostic Ultrasound Urology Clinic at Humboldt University in Berlin and was a representative of BK Medical, Denmark in 1992-1993. Dr. Solga has been in private practice since 1993 in Berlin Germany where he practiced medicine with his mother, Ursula Solga, MD who is also a physician specializing in Urology. Saratoga Urology will provide state-of-the-art equipment and the latest techniques for patients in a cost-effective and friendly environment and will treat a variety of urological conditions. Saratoga Urology hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Call (518) 306-6184 for more information.

Saratoga Springs City Center. The SEDC Annual Dinner is the premier business event for Saratoga County executives. Last year the dinner was attended by more than 850 business leaders from Saratoga County and the Capital Region. Once again, it will be a cocktail style event with an array of culinary stations, giving participants the best opportunity to interact and network. Call (518) 587-0945 to learn the benefits of sponsorship or email Dennis Brobston at dbrobston@

Thirsty Owl Opening in Saratoga SARATOGA SPRINGS — The corner of Broadway and Lincoln Avenue will become home to a new wine tasting room featuring wine from a New York vineyard—the Thirsty Owl Outlet and Wine Garden. Customers will be able to buy bottled wine to-go or wine by the glass at the shop. The wine is produced at the Cupp family’s 150-acre vineyard, The Thirsty Owl Wine Co., in Cayuga Lake. The Cupps purchased the former bed and breakfast, the Kimberly Inn, at the corner of Broadway and Lincoln Avenue, in September 2011. The building has been totally renovated and a new addition built on. The tasting room will be in the new addition and a restaurant will open in early summer. The Thirsty Owl, at 184 South Broadway, will be the city’s second tasting room—Swedish Hill Winery opened at 379 Broadway in 2011.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Michael C. Barnas joined Couch White, LLP as a Partner. Prior to joining Couch White, Mike was with General Electric Company, where he most recently served as Senior Counsel for Renewables within GE Energy’s Power & Water business unit. Before joining the renewables business, Mike served as Counsel to the Commercial Operations team at GE Energy Products, where he helped manage GE’s response to the dramatic growth of the U.S. gas turbine market from 1998 through 2002. Between 1989 and 1998, Mike was a transaction lawyer with GE Energy, where he helped to negotiate dozens of supply and service contracts. In that capacity, Mike also advised GE sales teams throughout the world on commercial and tax issues in cross-border transactions and developed documentation for complex deals. Mike began his GE career in 1981 in GE’s Human Resources department. During his distinguished legal career with GE, Mike was lead counsel for GE in negotiating the supply and service contracts for the largest wind farm in the world, and supported the development of the first offshore wind farm in the Republic of Ireland. As a transaction lawyer, Mike advised GE on consortium agreements as well as engineering, procurement and construction, and services contracts for thermal and hydro-electric projects. He also worked extensively in mergers and acquisitions, and supported the restructuring of GE’s hydro joint venture in Brazil. Barnas is admitted to practice in New York. He is a member of the American and New York State Bar Associations and is a graduate of Fordham University and Columbia University.

Week of March 15 – March 21, 2013


New Baby Gear Store Set to Open Circus Café Purchases the Former Russo’s

Binx owner Ilissa Goman models a set of pink beads that double as a teething ring for new babies. The baby gear shop opens on Saturday, March 23 at 74 Beekman Street, Saratoga Springs. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Binx, a new baby shop on Beekman Street in Saratoga Springs is having their grand opening on March 23. Owner Ilissa Goman said that she got the idea for the specialty baby shop while on a trip to New York City with her husband. “We were blown away at what was available,” said Ilissa, who is expecting her first child. “A lot of the places were startups and had some awesome products—things we can’t get around here.” She said she first tried out the idea for a specialty baby store at a pop up holiday shop. “I tested the idea out at Tiny Tots Tearoom,” said Ilissa, adding that she decided after it went so well to open her own place in the Spa City. Binx offers not only specialty items, like the colorful and fashionable beads moms can wear which also double as teething beads, they offer services not available elsewhere such

as car seat and stroller cleaning, baby proofing installation assessments and high quality breast pump rentals. “The breast pumps are very hygienic—every rental gets their own new accessory kit and no milk actually circulates through the pump,” said Ilissa. Other items she offers are amber teething beads, Your Toy artwork by a local artist and Undercover Mama, an undergarment for breastfeeding moms that covers their bellies when they breast feed their baby. Ilissa said the store will also offer a variety of parenting classes including Baby Food Making 101, New Parent Bootcamp and Healthy Sleep 101. Binx is located at 74 Beekman Street and its hours are 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturday and 12–4 p.m. on Sunday. Call (518) 339-8786 for more information.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Christel and Colin MacLean, owners of Circus Café, have purchased the space adjacent to Circus Café, formerly known as Russo’s Restaurant. The new space is to be named The Crown Grill at Circus Café and will represent an expansion of Circus Café. “The Crown Grill will be upscale casual and will offer guests a separate and distinct dining experience from Circus Café. While Circus has a fun, whimsical French Circus theme, The Crown Grill will have more of a Ralph Lauren polo feel with rich fabrics, oriental rugs, decorative wall coverings, leather seating and ambient lighting,” Colin MacLean said. While there will be some crossover between the Circus Café and The Crown Grill menus, each will have its own signature dishes. Instead of popcorn on the tables and the homemade cotton candy dessert found at Circus Cafe, The Crown Grill will serve flatbreads at the start of the meal and will be announcing its own special, signature dessert. Lunch features at The Crown Grill will include gourmet farmstead grilled cheese sandwiches, a select short list of signature burgers as well as creative salads, pastas and sandwiches. The dinner menu at The Crown Grill will focus on fine hand

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cut steaks, roasted vegetable entrées, fresh seafood, a selection of handmade pasta dishes, amongst many other additions. In preparation for the expansion, the MacLean’s hired Executive Chef, Steve Kerzner who most recently held the Chef de Cuisine position at Prime at Saratoga National. Prior to that Steve was with 677 Prime and Prime Bar and Grill, all part of Mazzone Hospitality. Christel MacLean said, “Steve’s excellent culinary background, stellar training, terrific personality and ability to connect with both the casual dining and upscale casual dining, is remarkable. Steve is a great fit and we are thrilled to have him with us.” The MacLean’s and Chef Kerzner also plan minor tweaks to the Circus Café menu, including the addition of new menu items that guests enjoyed

as specials. The two spaces will be accessible to one another via several openings including an eight foot high arched pocket door in the rear of the restaurant which will be opened for catering, large parties and special events. “The concept of an expansion into an adjacent space that has its own identity and shared kitchen facilities is one that is tried and true and offers guests and the restaurant increased flexibility and also cost efficiencies.” Christel MacLean said. “What is great in this case is that the Russo’s space has a very large, updated kitchen that is about three to four times the size of the kitchen on the Circus side,” she added. “We will likely use the Circus Café kitchen for prep, salads, and homemade desserts; and also for the very busy nights in town like Victorian Street Walk, First Night, Hats Off and Final Stretch.” It is anticipated that The Crown Grill will be open by May 1. The Crown Grill will share the same hours as Circus Café and will be open for lunch, dinner, and late night bar, seven days a week. For more information about Circus Café, located at 392 Broadway and The Crown Grill, located at 390 Broadway, please visit or call (518) 583.1106.

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Famous Life Coach Jeff Yalden Speaks at 31st Safe Spring Student Leadership Conference by Chelsea DiSchiano Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Palamountain Hall at the Skidmore campus was filled with over 200 high school students from all around Saratoga County on March 12 as they excitedly anticipated a lecture by life coach Jeff Yalden, famous for his appearances as a life coach on MTV’s popular reality program, “MADE.” Yalden made the appearance for the 31st Annual Safe Spring Student Leadership Conference put on by The Prevention Council of Saratoga County in its effort to encourage students to be sober while celebrating upcoming spring activities, such as the prom and graduation. Students from 12 school districts in Saratoga County brought in their own “Pride Boards”—decorative poster boards with ideas on how to promote positive prevention methods in their schools—which were then displayed throughout Palamountain Hall for all to see and

discuss. The conference started off with a screening of anti-bullying videos created by WSWHE-BOCES students for their “Be an Ally” campaign before the lecture by Jeff Yalden began. A variety of topics were covered during his almost two-hour long lecture, making the students cheer and clap with loud laughter at certain parts, but wiping away tears at others as he spoke of some of his more morose life experiences and lessons learned. Yalden gave several personal anecdotes to reveal many of the life lessons he has learned, from growing up in an abusive household and dealing with his grandfather’s death, to his current issues with anxiety and depression. The lecture had various themes and advice throughout, such as to seek approval only from yourself instead of from others; never change your character for other people and remain true to yourself; making sure to have a positive attitude no matter what and to live life like no one else is watching. He also spoke frequently about

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his dog Chase, who passed away two years ago. Many students in the crowd were spotted wiping tears from their eyes as Yalden described his little best friend and how Yalden had taken him for granted his

whole life. “If I stuck one of my daughters and my dog in the trunk of my car for 30 days and then came back to let them out, my dog would be the only one happy to see me,” Yalden said to laughing teenagers. “I took him for granted all 12 years of his life.” He used his experiences with Chase to compare the way his dog lived to the way humans should live—by accepting others for who they are and never judging anyone. The final message Yalden emphasized to students was to avoid disappointment by lowering any unrealistic expectations they might have. “Don’t focus on your expectations,” Yalden said. “Focus on the objective—the present moment—which gives you

control. If you do that, you won’t face disappointment.” “You need to ask yourself three things every day,” Yalden said. “Is my life meaningful? Is it fulfilling? Is it rewarding? If the answer to any of those questions is no, then your purpose isn’t great enough.” The Wilton Barnes & Noble location will host a bookfair from Saturday, March 16 to Thursday, March 21 to benefit The Prevention Council. The Prevention Council will be in attendance for arts and crafts, face-painting and story time. A percentage of any books purchased at the book fair with a voucher will be donated to the Council. To learn more about The Prevention Council or for more details on the Bookfair, visit www.


Week of March 15 – March 21, 2013

International Scholar Sue Thomas to Keynote 2013 Transliteracy, Technology and Teaching Conference Empire State College’s Center for Distance Learning, the SUNY Librarians Association and the SUNYLA Working Group on Information Literacy, the goals of the 3Ts conference are to prepare participants with new ways to engage their students, enrich their classes and broaden their perspectives about 21st-century teaching and learning. “The expanded scope of this year’s conference, “Transliteracy from Cradle to Career,” is achieved by including K–12 educators in order to create a dialogue with higher-education faculty, librarians and online instructional designers about the future of education,” said Tom Mackey, dean of SUNY Empire State College’s Center for Distance Learning. “Teaching and learning are changing just as fast as technology and we owe it to our students to help them succeed in completing their education.” Presentations will be led by scholars and practitioners from Auburn University, SUNY Geneseo, the University of Manitoba, Buffalo State College, the State University of New York at Albany, California State University Channel Islands, St. Jerome’s University and Empire State College.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Sue Thomas, an international scholar, author and research professor of new media at the Institute of Creative Technologies, faculty of art, design and humanities, at De Montfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom, is this year’s keynote speaker for the 2013 Transliteracy, Technology and Teaching Conference themed “Transliteracy from Cradle to Career.” The Transliteracy Research Group, led by Thomas, defines “transliteracy” as the ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms, tools and media from signing and “orality” to handwriting, print, TV, radio, film and digital social networks. “Transliteracy is causing a stir amongst teachers, librarians, employers and anyone interested in the changing nature of communication,” said Thomas. “We take many of our literacy skills for granted, whether they involve scratching a message in the sand, talking on the phone, or penning a letter. But digital media has brought new kinds of literacies to the table. They will never replace traditional habits, but rather add to the rich menu of ways in which we interact with each other.” Sponsored by the SUNY

Schuylerville Robotics Takes Home Two Rookie Awards SCHUYLERVILLE — Thanks to NASA and the generosity of a few local businesses, the Schuylerville Robotics Team was able to finance its trip to Rochester March 1 and 2 to participate in the Finger Lakes Regional First Robotics Competition. This rookie team did an outstanding job as they battled against many veteran teams.  After nine matches, with a

final record of 4–5–0, this rookie team placed 29th out of a field of 49 teams and brought home two prestigious awards: Highest Rookie Seed Award and Rookie Inspiration Award.  The team would also like to  thank their friends from Team 250 out of Colonie, New York, for their guidance and on-going support. We could not have succeeded without you!


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Parent Information Ballston Spa’s Clean Tech Early Meetings About College High School Information Night BALLSTON SPA — The invited to attend this free and inforChanges in Ballston Spa Central School District mative event, which takes place Curriculum and Hudson Valley Community from 6:30-8 p.m. on March 19 at the GLENS FALLS — Race to the Top Network Team Facilitators with the Washington-Saratoga-WarrenHamilton-Essex BOCES will hold two information sessions for parents/guardians regarding the curriculum changes associated with the implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards. The first presentation will take place Monday, March 11, 2013 in the Fort Ann Central School District cafeteria from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The second presentation will occur on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at the Glens Falls City School District, in the High School Auditorium, from 6:30–7:30 p.m. Race to the Top Network Team Facilitators Courtney Jablonski and Michael DeCaprio will discuss what will change for children as the new Common Core Learning Standards are rolled out. They will explain how: •

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Common Core Learning Standards differ from the New York State Learning Standards The curriculum is “shifting” Typical English/language arts and math questions will be different Parents/guardians can help their children at home as they transition to the Common Core Learning Standards

All parents and guardians from any school district are welcome and encouraged to attend these important information sessions. The sessions are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Race to the Top Network Team Senior Facilitator Courtney Jablonski at or at (518) 581-3733.

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College are holding an information night to acquaint parents, students, teachers and school district leaders with an innovative program that brings advanced technology education to high school students. The program allows area students to earn up to 25 college credits during their junior and senior years while completing their high school diplomas. Now in its second year, the Clean Technologies & Sustainable Industries Early College High School is continuing to seek new 11th grade students from across the Capital Region. The public is

college’s Training and Education Center for Semiconductor Manufacturing and Alternative and Renewable Technologies (TECSMART) at 345 Hermes Road in Malta. The site is located in NYSERDA’s Saratoga Technology + Energy Park® (STEP®). Additional information will also be available at the conclusion of the program. The night is being sponsored by Gilbane. Registration and additional information on the Clean Technologies & Sustainable Industries Early College High School is available on the district website at


Week of March 15 – March 21, 2013

Excelsior Avenue and Old Red Spring to Be Impacted by EPA Cleanup continued from page 1

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the former skating rink was located; an abandoned, underground brick storm sewer; several sections of Spring Run Creek; and a section of property once owned by Spa Steel. In 1995, the EPA issued a Record of Decision and the cleanup of the property at the corner of Excelsior and East Avenue resulted in tons of contaminated soil being removed and a layer of blacktop, several feet thick, laid over the entire seven acre parcel.

But with public outcry at the total blacktopping of the original plant site, the EPA revised the cleanup of the remainder of the site, modifying the cleanup of the former skating rink property and a section of the abandoned storm sewer and agreed the historic brick Round House would be preserved. This second phase of the cleanup, which is now in its public comment phase, involves one-half of an acre and, if the EPA goes the

route they are suggesting, would involve digging up a portion of Excelsior, part of the parking lot of The Mill and the lands between Excelsior and High Rock, which contains Old Red Spring. According to the EPA documents, soil samples were taken from 43 soil borings and installed 17 monitoring wells between 2008 and 2011. Maria Jon, remedial project manager for the EPA, said those tests revealed contamination of shallow aquifers and soil across approximately a half-acre area. The contamination does not flow any further south and does not contaminate the nearby stream. Jon said that there are several actions the EPA can take which include no action at all, partial cleanup or total remediation of the contaminated soil. The action they are leaning toward, she said, is a middle ground—Alternative 3A at a cost of $6.5 million and a construction time of six months. Jon stressed that while the contamination does not pose any real threat to residents (unless they need to dig shallow wells for water;) they proposed partial removal of the contaminated soils and liquids and replace Old Red Spring piping to the aquifer in case it is “compromised” during the excavation. “Keep in mind, right now there is no risk because the city receives

their water from Loughberry Lake,” said Jon. “This risk to exposure is if one assumes if the existing water source did not exist. Contamination is not migrating beyond that area and it is not discharging into Spring Run Creek.” “Contaminants migrated to this area via the top of the subsurface,” said Jon, noting that the silty clay layer that ranges from 15-feet to 24-feet below the surface acted at a confining agent, keeping the contaminates from reaching the aquifer which supplies the Old Red Spring. The 3A alternative, said Jon, divides the project into two halves. One will remove the top five feet of contaminated soil below Excelsior Avenue—called in-situ soil stabilization (ISS) and install a containment barrier; and the second part would see the removal of the surface soils up to two feet below grade in the area not targeted by ISS; add organic nutrients, oxygen releasing compounds and chemical products to “enhance biodegradation” of the soil around Old Red Spring; and plugging and abandoning the existing Old Red Spring well and installing a replacement well. Sal Badalamenti, an engineer with the EPA, said the existing gazebo would remain where it was. “The pavilion will not be moved and it will all look the same,” said Badalamenti. “We plan to restore the area to its original condition.” Among others, two other options offered by the EPA are to take no action at all and leave the existing contaminates where they are or total remediation at a cost of $10.8 million. Those who spoke up at the public comment meeting seemed unconvinced the government needed to disrupt the city, the residents and the tourists for a cleanup that they admit is not harmful the way it is.

Tom Roohan, who owns The Mill property, said previous cleanups of the Superfund site, has created problems for both him and his tenants. “What do I say to my tenants who don’t want to pay their rent because they can’t park?” asked Roohan. A portion of the parking lot would be disrupted for the cleanup. “We are concerned with contaminated water that is only 20 feet deep. We live in a municipality where shallow wells are not allowed—none of this contamination is moving around. It seems to me, personally, we are penalizing National Grid and it does not seem like a good use of money.” Steve Lefebere, who identified himself as a licensed professional geologist, said the Red Spring Well is a historic site and was concerned about the capping of the original line. “I feel you could take what measures are necessary to protect the well,” said Lefebere, noting that the aquifer it draws from has been protected from the contamination by the layer of clay. Larisa Romanowski, community involvement coordinator, said that while the agency was presenting several options for the cleanup, they need the public to have a say in the process and would make a final decision after the public comment period closed the end of this month. “The proposed cleanup plan was released in late February and the public comment runs until March 28,” said Romanowski. “We want the public’s input and comments can be done in a variety of ways—online or in writing.” To date, the cleanup of the Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. Superfund site has been conducted and paid for by Niagara Mohawk and National Grid with oversight by the EPA. For more information go to the website superfund/npl/niagaramohawk

Week of March 15 – March 21, 2013


Organizations Set to Stop Donations to Animal Shelter Over Hiring continued from page 1 contributor. Carol Lang, who started the Busy Bones 500 several years ago as a way to raise money for the shelter, said the organization would not donate another penny if the county goes forward with their decision to give the $62,413-a-year job, “plus excellent benefits,” to Abele. “I have nothing personally against her and I am not saying she does not deserve a job, what I am against is that she has absolutely no supervisory experience and this is a supervisor’s job responsible for a $800,000 budget,” said Lang. “Think about it, how many 22-year-olds can budget their own checkbooks, much less a budget of $800,000.” The position entails the administration of an $830,000 budget, the oversight of 13 employees and 340 volunteers and the care and adoption of hundreds of animals that pass through its doors. The committee responsible for screening and interviewing the candidates were Personnel Officer Jack Kalinkewicz, Charlton Supervisor and County Board Chair Alan Grattidge, Wilton Supervisor Art Johnson and Halfmoon Supervisor Mindy Wormuth. Abele has donated thousands of dollars over the last several years to the Republican coffers, including money for Wormuth’s and Grattidge’s elections. Lang said she feels the committee did not seriously consider some other, more qualified candidates, including ones recommended by out-going supervisor Dan Butler. “Dan recommended three very qualified shelter employees,” said Lang. “Not only did they not consider them qualified after years and years as employees and experience, they did not consult with him about their choice.” Those three employees— Kelly Devall (22 years,) Leta Wells (20 years,) and Ryan Dreher (18 years)—were interviewed, but Grattidge said Abele was the only

one who came into the interview with a future plan for the shelter. “Christina came in very confident and she presented herself very well,” said Grattidge. “She was the only one who had taken the time to study our budget and came in with an action plan.” Lang feels Abele was coached for the interview. “I believe this is a political appointment,” said Lang. “Someone told her what to do and what to expect at the interview. I feel even the job qualifications in the posting were tailored to her.” Pointing out that nowhere in the posting does it call for supervisory experience, Lang said she has filed a Freedom of Information request for Abele’s resume and those of the top 10. Sixty-two people applied for the position and 10 were interviewed. “Don’t you think having experience as a supervisor should be one of the requirements?” she asked. Abele is a recent graduate of Siena College and has been a volunteer dog walker at the shelter since 2010. She also organizes some of their adoption clinics in Clifton Park. “This is totally unfair to the other applicants who have years and years of experience and degrees, not to mention training,” said Lang. “This job starts out at $62,413 and I think it should be somebody who has come up through the ranks, not a political appointment.” Friends of the Saratoga County Animal Shelter president Sandy D’Ambrio said her organization is also upset about the appointment. Noting that while Butler had also started in the position when he was 22, it was a different world and different organization 35 years ago. “The shelter was a small and relatively simple operation,” said D’Ambrio. ”Dan developed the shelter from just a temporary warehouse into the complex humane institution it has become.”

Continuing, she said that while she has nothing personal against Abele, she feels her inexperience is a detriment to the future of the animal shelter. “Christina has no experience in managing personnel, budgets, veterinary services, volunteer programs and public relations at a large county animal shelter like ours,” said D’Ambrio. “She is a recent graduate of Siena Collage where she majored in business learning skills to successfully interview for a position.” Lang said she was already concerned Abele will retaliate against some of the employees for not supporting the decision to hire her. “I was told that [Abele] has already gone into human resources

and inquired about how to terminate employees,” said Lang. “And the position is not even official yet.” Both Lang and D’Ambrio said that if the board of supervisors move forward with appointing Abele, neither would raise another penny for the animal shelter. Lang, whose Busy Bones 500 has donated over $45,000 to the shelter in recent years, said her efforts would stop immediately. “I won’t donate another penny,” said Lang, adding that she just would like the supervisors to slow down and review the applicants again. “I would like to see it reposted with clearer qualifications,” said Lang. D’Ambrio agreed, noting that she too, would not raise any more

money for the shelter, adding, “Friends of the Saratoga County Animal Shelter are concerned that the supervisors are not acting in the best interests of the taxpayers, the shelter and most importantly, the homeless animals. This is not an indictment against this young woman, but if she is the best candidate of those interviewed, the search needs to continue until someone with more on-the-ground experience is found.” The Saratoga County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to make a decision at their March 19 meeting. The meeting will be held in the board room at the Saratoga County Administration Building on McMaster Street in Ballston Spa at 4 p.m.



Week of March 15 – March 21, 2013

Local Teen Advocates for Arthritis Foundation in Washington D.C.

From left to right: Val Delp, Legislative Assistant to Senator Gillibrand, Michael, Jody Higgins and Sonya Andrews from the Arthritis Foundation. Photo provided.

by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY GANSVOORT — 14-year-old Michael Higgins wants to make a difference for the estimated 50 million American citizens currently living with arthritis. Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at age 8, Michael is only one of 300,000 children currently suffering from the disease. The Gansevoort teen was one of 350 advocates who were invited as ambassadors of the Arthritis Foundation to speak at their 15th annual Advocacy Summit held in Washington D.C. on Capitol Hill

March 4-6. His mission was to share the story of his daily battles with arthritis and to urge politicians to support funding for more pediatric rheumatologists throughout the country. “We met with congressmen and the representative’s staff members along with other members of the Arthritis Foundation,” said Michael. “We didn’t so much have it planned what I would say. I just told my story about what happened and how far I had to travel to get to a doctor.” Six years ago, Michael suffered a foot injury that was not healing properly. His parents

weren’t sure what to make of it as Michael continued to feel pain that doctors struggled to diagnose. Frustration with the disease continued to mount. “At first my feet just kind of started to hurt and I didn’t know why. I had broken a couple of toes a few months earlier and they just never healed,” recalled Michael. “At first they thought I was just messing around but as time went on they started to see I was being serious.” “He had injured his foot and it never got better,” said his mother, Jody Higgins. “We had him tested for a lot of different issues. We weren’t exactly sure what was going on. He was also diagnosed with juvenile diabetes as well, which is what the doctors believed was why he wasn’t healing. After we had that under control, he still wasn’t getting any better and both his feet were very swollen. That’s when we went to Fletcher Allen Children’s Hospital in Vermont.” Michael’s parents would turn to a doctor located roughly

three hours north of their home in Burlington, Vermont. The family chose Vermont because despite other in-state medical providers, Burlington was technically the closest. “Even though New York is blessed with many pediatric rheumatologists, most of them are towards New York City. There’s actually quite a few down there. You have to pick the closest option, which was the one that’s in Burlington. She’s actually the only one in the entire state of Vermont,” said Jody. While three hours to the closest doctor might seem like a lot of driving, the Higgins family considered themselves lucky to have the option when you consider the lack of pediatric rheumatologists in other parts of the country. When he traveled to Washington, he hoped to raise awareness of just how significant the lack of proper care was for other children dealing with the same issues day in and day out. “I would say there definitely has to be a lot more of them

because there really aren’t that many pediatric rheumatologists. When people think of arthritis, they think it’s a disease that only the elderly get but there are a lot of kids across the country with it that there is no help for. In fact, in some Midwestern states, there are no doctors at all. They have to travel hours upon hours every couple of months just to be seen.” After years of treatment, Michael lives as close to a normal life as possible. He remains very active, playing basketball, football and running track. His mother’s outlook is realistic yet hopeful. “He needs to remain active for the rest of his life because that helps. They always say ‘A body that’s in motion will stay in motion,’ and that’s really true for people who suffer from arthritis,” said Jody. “He can have flare ups. There’s been times he’s been in a wheelchair. Frequently he’ll have to use crutches. It knocks you down for a while when there is a flare up but in Michael’s case, he’s doing really well now.”

LFTC Response Board to Push for 11A Exit to Alleviate Traffic Concerns by Chelsea DiSchiano Saratoga TODAY

MALTA — After reviewing a revised traffic impact study recently completed by GlobalFoundries, The Luther Forest Technology Campus Community Response Board ultimately decided to put pressure on the Malta Town Board to add an 11A exit on the Northway before the company begins building its proposed Fab 8.2 campus. “They’re acknowledging the need for an 11A exit, but they don’t want to delay the approval of the Fab 8.2,” said Carol Henry, chairwoman of the community response board. “But they do acknowledge that they may need an exit.” According to the traffic study, peak traffic times on Route 9 and at the roundabouts in the Exit 11 area are from 4:30–5:30 p.m. on weekdays. However, those peak times are based on a traditional 8 a.m.-5 p.m. workday, even though GlobalFoundries have shift workers that work a 6 a.m.–6 p.m. shift.

“At times I can’t get out of my street between 6 and 6:30 p.m.,” said committee member Patty Heidelmark. “It’s so busy.” “If you’re traveling home from Albany, you won’t be hitting the [Dunning Street] intersection until close to 6 p.m.,” Henry added. “So really the peak [traffic time] isn’t 4:30–5:30 p.m., because people heading home won’t hit those intersections until around 5:30–6 p.m.” Committee member Roy Muermann said the traffic in the Exit 11 area is due to the amount of development happening, not only on the LFTC campus but in residential areas as well. “With the amount of development happening in that area, I think 11A is definitely needed—the thing is, it has to happen before the new Fab gets built,” Muermann said. “GlobalFoundries should acknowledge that the traffic impacts there have more to do with development around the area as opposed to just Luther Forest.” Suggestions made by the committee at the meeting to help reduce traffic congestion were to encourage

mass transit or riding bikes to work. Members also spoke of possibly encouraging GlobalFoundries to stagger their shift workers so that there isn’t so much traffic in the 6 p.m. hour every weeknight. Ann Klotz, another Malta resident and committee member, said an 11A exit would be beneficial to everybody, and that the committee needs to pressure the town board to make sure it happens. “Exit 11A would be a plus all around—for LFTC workers, for people coming out of the park, and for those caught in between,” Klotz said. “It’s something we definitely want to encourage and keep the heat on, because in the long term it just makes sense.” “If we don’t force the issue, it will never happen and we’ll be stuck with congested roads forever,” Muermann added. Heidelmark said now is the time to take action for a new exit. “This could be our one chance,” she said. “If building the Fab 8.2 isn’t going to help build Exit 11A, what will?”

Week of March 15 – March 21, 2013


Four Seasons Eyes New Location Letter to the Editor

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by Patricia Older Saratoga TODAY

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Four Seasons Natural Foods owner Richard Frank is thrilled about the upcoming move for the retail portion of his longstanding health food store and café on Phila Street. “We are excited about the move—there will definitely be more space to display products and then there is the added benefit of parking,” said Frank, adding that he hopes to move into the old Warren Electric building at 120 Henry Street by October. He said that he was looking forward to more “elbow room,” and that the store would be offering many more products for their customers. “There will be a larger selection of fresh produce and we will be adding some products that we do not have the space to carry right now,” said Frank.

The present location, including the café, is only 3,000-square-feet. The Henry Street location is 9,000 square-feet. The restaurant portion of the business, along with a few retail offerings will remain on Phila Street. At Saratoga’s Design Review Committee earlier this month, board members gave their nod of approval to Frank’s plans for the warehouse style building. “We have to add some outside lights and are redoing the walkways,” said Frank, adding that façade changes and landscaping were also planned. “Basically we are taking a warehouse and bringing it up to retail standards.” Four Seasons first opened its doors in 1989 as a small health food store on Caroline Street. The store moved a year later to their present location on Phila Street where they developed a loyal following of customers. In 1991, Frank brought out his partners and soon added a

restaurant portion to the store serving buffet-style meals. One of the first restaurants to offer vegetarian meals, Frank said his attributes the success of his shop to his customers, the employees and his being an actual part of its everyday workings. “We have some pretty loyal fans,” said Frank. “There has always been a good core of people who shop here.” While he is a little wary of losing some of the foot traffic associated with downtown Saratoga, Frank said he hopes the closeness of the new location and the added bonus of off-street parking will keep the customers returning. “There will be some adjustment with foot traffic, said Frank, “But I am hoping with the parking and that it is only a five minute walk people will still seek us out. I feel we have always been a destination site anyway.” Frank said he hoped they will be able to open the new location by October.

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Philanthropy Instilled in Students’ Lives at Early Age “The Love of Humanity; the giving of oneself for the benefit of others” is one definition of philanthropy. The dancers at the 36th Annual South High Marathon Dance truly embody the meaning of the word. On March 1 and 2 we watched in awe as over 800 students danced with boundless energy and enthusiasm. We witnessed their strong and united spirit of community. Their simple purpose is to help neighbors in need within their midst. The dancers share a common goal of raising hope and providing relief for families and individuals struggling with health issues or financial hardship. As the sea of dancers parted Saturday night, and individual recipients came forward to share their stories of hope, restored faith and love, the students—exhausted mentally as well as physically—wore their hearts on their sleeves. The fact that this student body raised $489,716.27 in this economic climate is unbelievable, in and of itself. But the countless hours of preparation and dedication beyond the walls of the gym that weekend may be the real story. This commitment runs through the veins of the dancers who rehearse choreographed movements with their teachers, partner with local businesses and organizations to raise funds months prior, and gather personal contributions and silent auction items. This commitment is exemplified by the student chair committee, the SGF High School principal, teachers, organizers


and advisors, and the alumni who set the precedent for this event. It is instilled in the young siblings who are dancing in their seats, waiting for their chance to one day dance to make others smile. This close-knit community of South Glens Falls shares a sense of caring so deeply rooted, that improving the human condition is a way of life. Parents and teachers: be very proud of raising youth who truly build community. Dancers, stand TALL and PROUD. Your sense of purpose—helping your community—is admirable, and your compassion is unbridled. You are part of a selfless legacy of giving that will only continue to grow. Dancers, we were honored to be there as representatives of Wilton Food Pantry. The true recipients of your heroic and passionate efforts are the many local families. Because of you, we can continue to provide food for the tables of struggling families, and their children who make up 35% of our clients. In 2012 your funds helped us deliver the equivalent of over 24,000 nutritious meals. You have lifted the spirit of countless families, who are forever grateful to each and every one of you! You inspire us all to reach higher, dig deeper. YOU epitomize Bulldog pride, social responsibility, and the joyful meaning of philanthropy! Debi Zellan—President, WFP Connie Tower—Vice President



Week of March 15 – March 21, 2013

The Saratoga Farmers’ Market’s First Cheese Maker

The Saratoga Farmers’ Market has become known for diversity of products and surely one category with the variety to please every palate is the dairy section. Today the Market boasts products from all the major species: goat, cow and sheep. But it wasn’t always so. Fifteen years ago, Liza Porter was already a vendor at the market, with her beautiful pressed flower cards and crafts. While at the Market she was also purchasing more and more food from other vendors. Soon Liza and David ate their last bite of commercial, conventionally-grown pork. “It had no smell while it was cooking and no rich porky flavor. The texture felt like cardboard in the mouth,” Liza explained. “We wondered what had been done to the poor pig to completely eliminate all that deliciousness. We bought our first half-pig from Arnold Grant (M&A Farm) at the Farmers’ Market, and never looked back.” They were living in Wilton at the time and soon were raising chickens on their lawn. “When we couldn’t get an exemption to have pigs in that rapidly-suburbanizing

The Porters named the new place Longview Farm for its westerly view across the Hudson Valley, actually back towards where they had lived in Wilton. “It’s a beautiful hill-side farm with overgrown, brushy pastures perfect as goat habitat. The house had to be completely redone but its bones were good.” Even though there was no barn and no cheese house, they worked harder than ever and were ready to receive a herd of goats just in time neighborhood, we knew we would for them all to celebrate Christmas eventually move.” in 2005. “Once we owned the goats,” They tackled several things at Liza explained, “we could see we’d once. The clincher was the fateful never know enough about cows day that Liza went to a cheese mak- to run our own cow dairy. Besides ing conference where she met a pas- we’re surrounded by high-quality sionate cheese maker. She came dairy farms in Argyle.” home and described it all to David They soon found a wonderful and they agreed, “We could do that!”  young couple with a small herd who David, with many skills agreed to supply the cows’ milk. acquired through over two decades With more time to make cheeses, of house painting, was ready to they expanded their line to at least build the cheese factory; a tiny 15 cheeses plus yogurt.  seven by fourteen feet space in their “The goats are the humorgarage, which still met all the state’s ous and spirited  centerpiece of the strict health regulations. Liza, with farm. They make milk for cheese, an equal tenure as a physician assis- and  entertain the farmers. The tant, already know how to keep farmers make the cheese, but there things clean and how to work with are gallons of whey left over.” microbes, in this case the beneficial Pigs returned to the farm as the microbes that turn simple the sim- clean-up crew for the whey, turning ple ingredients of milk and cream it into delicious pork. Broiler chickinto sophisticated artisanal prod- ens cycle through the goat pastures, ucts like crème frâiche, quark, and eating worms, bugs and weed seeds, yogurt, as well as cheeses like blue, parmesan and feta. If having pigs in Wilton was out of the question, raising dairy cows there would have been totally impossible. They turned to a variety of colorful dairy farmers who were willing to sell them fluid milk. They were now in business with excellent cheeses and vigorous sales to enthusiastic customers, as the Saratoga Farmers’ Market’s first cheese vendor. It nearly all came crashing Hello, my Foodie Friends! down when their sole milk supThanks to everyone who plier pulled out, and they realstopped in last week and asked ized they needed their own farm. Paula about grapes. She can laugh After searching for a year and lookabout it now. This week, I’d like to ing at over fifty farms, they found contribute a recipe that is delicious! their “dream-farm” in Argyle, My mother always had bananas Washington County, which meant around the house and if we wanted it had mostly potential. a snack this was one of our favor“It was abandoned, and no ites. She would make all kinds of one else wanted it,” Liza said. At salads and desserts with “nanas!” one time the farm belonged to Paula has continued this with an ancestor of another Saratoga our kids and when Aubrey comes Farmers’ Market family. Dave home for spring break there had Randles’ great grandfather once better be some on the counter! lived there. Dave and Marge, who On rainy days, bananas served as still live in Argyle, operate the Johnny and Aubrey’s pirate guns Argyle Cheese Factory and are as they built the blanket forts. one of the now four cheese vendors at the Market.

cleaning and improving the pastures while making meat for the Farmers’ Market. The laying hens work together tending the lawn and close-in pastures, and lay perfect eggs. The annual round of new baby goats and the milk production has become deeply satisfying. The arrival of the piglets each spring has become a defining moment. While the land feeds the animals and the poultry, and the farmers take care of them all, Liza sells the products at the Market. The income from those sales enables the Porters to renew the cycle each year. Gradually new buildings have appeared and Liza and David can see that the farm may become as handsome as it was when Dave Randles’ great-grandfather lived there. The following recipe contains several products from the Saratoga Farmers’ Market, including two from Longview Farm: Scalloped Potatoes with Cheese (Recipe serves five as an entrée and ten as a side dish. Ingredients marked * are available now at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market.) Ingredients: 4 lbs. potatoes sliced about 1/4” thick *

2 storage-type onions, finely diced * 1 lb. Longview Farm High Rock Cheese, coarsely shredded * ½ lb. Longview Farm ham, finely diced * 1 qt. 2 percent milk from Battenkill Valley Creamery * 4 tbsp. all-purpose flour 4 tbsp. salted butter Salt and pepper Directions: Preheat the oven to 375°F. Melt the butter in a heavy pot, over medium high heat. Sauté onions for about 5 minutes. Sprinkle flour over onions and stir to make a roux, cooking until raw flour-smell goes away. Add 1 cup of milk and stir until smooth, then slowly add the rest of the milk and stir until it comes to a simmer and thickens a little. Off heat, gently stir in the cheese until it melts. Put a layer of potatoes in a 10 x 14 inch roasting pan. Spoon cheese sauce over potatoes and sprinkle with finely diced ham. Layer in the rest of the potatoes. Shake the pan so the top layer is fairly flat. Pour the rest of the sauce over the top and spread it around so there is sauce over all the top potatoes. Grind on pepper and salt lightly. Bake at 375°F for about an hour. Check to see if top is brown and center is bubbly. If not, cook a little longer.

Yo-Ho-Ho and a Bottle of Rum When the truce was called they had their snack in hand. So as we enter our spring shower season have your kids invite their friends over and build a blanket fort with bananas to storm the castle. Then make this recipe for their moms and dads! Maybe add a little extra rum or cognac for the moms. Remember my Friends: “Life happens in the kitchen.” Take care, John and Paula Bourbon Street Bananas Flambé Created for the 10 1/4” iron handle skillet (Serves 6–8) This is a most impressive grand finale to a dinner for six; it looks dramatic and tastes so good! Note the many variations you can use with this basic recipe. Ingredients: 6 firm, ripe bananas 5 tablespoons unsalted butter

4 teaspoons light or dark brown sugar 3/4 cup cognac or brandy or rum Directions: 1. Thinly slice the bananas on a slight diagonal. Melt the butter in the skillet over medium-high heat. Immediately add the bananas and sauté them quickly, sprinkling them with the brown sugar so that they caramelize a little. Warm the cognac in a small saucepan. 2. Make sure the overhead fan is turned off and that you use long fireplace-type matches. Standing well back, pour the just-warmed cognac over the bananas, strike a match, and ignite the cognac in the pan. Shake the pan until the flame dies down. 3. Serve directly from the pan, or over pound cake or ice cream, with whipped cream if desired—to which you can add a scant tablespoon of bourbon for even more flavor.

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Week of March 15 – March 21, 2013

Week of March 15 – March 21, 2013




Week of March 15 – March 21, 2013


Week of March 15 – March 21, 2013

Victory Mills Fire Department Pizza & Wing Night Victory Mills Fire Department will be having a Pizza and Wing Night on March 23 from 4 p.m.–8 p.m. Eat in or carry out will be available. To place a carry out order call (518) 695-6623 after 2 p.m. Famous person Fundraiser As part of the League of Women Voters of Saratoga County’s Famous Person Fundraiser, Bill Hickman and Rita Russell will impersonate John and Abigail Adams in a play called “A Marriage of Two Minds” at the Gideon Putnam Hotel in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, March 23. Based on letters between the couple, the play depicts their devotion to each other and their zeal for liberty throughout the 10 years of the American Revolution. The cost is $50 per person including a full course breakfast buffet starting at 9 a.m.; the program will conclude by 12 p.m. For more information, visit the League’s website at www. or call (518) 7280237. Reservations are requested by March 15 and should be mailed to Mary Lou Classen at 4 Blue Spruce Lane, Ballston Lake, 12019. Tax deductible receipts will be issued at the event. Winter Raptor Fest There will be a Winter Raptor Fest on March 23 and 24, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. at Gallup Ridge Farm, 186 Blackhouse Road, Ft. Edward. There will be live bird of prey programs, free-flight raptor shows, guided birding walks, a raptor photo booth, horse-drawn sleigh rides and kids’ activities. http:// is dedicated to raising awareness of, and protection for, endangered ShortEared Owls and other threatened and at-risk birds and their habitat. The Great Calamity—The Flood of 1913 Discover how one of the nation’s worst floods interrupted life in and around Saratoga County. Through photographs, newspaper articles and personal accounts, Corinth Historian Rachel Clothier will explain how this natural disaster destroyed local landmarks and

created permanent changes in the area in the program, The Great Calamity: The Flood of 1913 on March 28 at 7 p.m. at The Saratoga County Historical Society in Ballston Spa. Cost is $5. For more information, please visit or call (518) 885-4000. Geyser Creek Fish Stocking The date for the 2013 Geyser Creek Fish Stocking is Wednesday, April 3. If you haven’t attended the Fish Stocking before, this event is Spa Park’s spring rite of passage. Throngs of families flock to the banks of Geyser Creek with buckets in tow. They line up at 11 a.m. to await the arrival of the huge fish hatchery truck and each family plays creek welcome committee to its own brown trout before snacking on hot dogs, learning how to cast a fly rod and listening to live music. Please bring your own bucket to transfer the trout to the stream. Food is available for a suggested donation. This event is free and you do not have to register. If you have any questions, please call Alli at (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116. Animal Shelter Luncheon The Vista at the Van Patten Golf Course in Clifton Park will host a buffet on Saturday April 6 from noon to 4. Cost is $30 per person in advance. All proceeds will benefit Estherville Animal Shelter a no kill facility in Saratoga County. For ticket information, call Barb Kerker at (518) 8825562 or visit our website at Saratoga Baby and Toddler Expo The 2013 Saratoga Baby and Toddler Expo will take place on Saturday, April 6, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. The event is free, family-friendly, and will be held on the scenic campus of Saratoga Independent School at 459 Lake Avenue. All attendees will receive a free reusable shopping bag at the door with samples and information from many of the exhibitors. There will be educational presentations scheduled throughout the day; the schedule of events and all exhibitors can be found at www. For more information, please contact Colleen Pierre colleen@saratogamama. com (518) 338-7304. Up to date information about exhibitors and presentations can be found at www.

LOCAL BRIEFS The Donny Elvis Show The Catholic Daughters will present the Donny Elvis Show on Saturday, April 6. The doors open at 5 p.m. and the show begins at 6:30 p.m. Admission $15. Food will be available for purchase; there will be a 50/50 Raffle and other prize raffles. Prepaid reservations accepted for parties of six or more. The event will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 50 Pine Road, Saratoga Springs. For additional information call (518) 885-0663; (518) 584-7627 or (518) 584-9045. Holocaust Remembrance Service A Yom HaShoah/Holocaust Remembrance Service will be held Sunday, April 7 from 2–3 p.m. at Congregation Shaara Tfille, 84 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga Springs. It will be a musical remembrance conducted by Rabbi/ Cantor Kenneth Stuart Blatt with a musical accompaniment by Michael Clement. The program is open to the Saratoga Springs community. Call (518) 584-2370 for more information. A light snack will follow the program. Wave Riders Support Program The Community Hospice of Saratoga will offer a six-week support group for children who have experienced the death of someone significant in their lives, including a parent, grandparent, sibling or friend. Children meet in age-specific groups, and share thoughts and feelings through art, music, games and discussion. A Parent Educational Support Group is offered concurrently. It is free of charge and open to the community. The group will be held at The Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St, Saratoga Springs. It will begin Tuesday, April 9 and run for 6 weeks. Registration is required. Please contact Sarah Etkin-Sefcik, LMSW at (518) 5810800 for more information. Genealogy 101 Genealogy 101 will be beginning at the Saratoga County Historical Society on April 10 from 1–3 p.m. and will run during the same time on the following two Wednesdays– the 17 and 22. This three-session introduction to genealogy will help you get started, teach basic research skills and acquaint you with vital records, state and federal census records, deeds and wills, cemetery and other databases, online websites and more. Visits to the County

office, County Surrogate Court and County Historian’s office will help familiarize you with resources available at the county level. Basic genealogy forms and other resource materials will be provided. Pat Peck, an experienced local genealogist, will lead the classes. The cost of this 3-part seminar is $45 per person, $40 for SCHS Members. Preregistration is required by Monday, April 8. For more information, please visit or call (518) 885-4000. Public History Conference on Underground Railroad Registration is now online for the 12th Annual Public History Conference on the Underground Railroad Movement to be held April 12, 13 and 14 at The Sage Colleges in Albany & Troy and The Myers Residence in Albany and can be accessed at A variety of activities including a demonstration of the US Colored Troops War Re-enactment Unit will take place. The Conference is open to everyone: children and adults, scholars and general public. Registration available at or call (518) 432-4432. Race for Hospice and Youth Ministries The 34th Annual St. Peter Keys Race for Hospice and Youth Ministries with a 5k, 10k and 1 mile kid’s fun run will be held at the Saratoga Spa State Park on Saturday April 20. Pre-registration starts at 8 a.m. and all those who pre-register by March 31 get a free tee-shirt. The times for all the events are as follows: 10K–9 a.m.; one mile fun run–10:30 a.m.; and 5K–11 a.m. The organization is also looking for local businesses to put together gift baskets for the raffle prizes to help raise money for hospice. Those interested can email: Heritage Hunters History Faire On Saturday, April 20 from 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Heritage Hunters will hold its second annual History Faire. Come and learn about the purposes and resources of local history organizations. Many local historians, historical societies, churches, cemeteries, funeral homes, lineage groups and youth groups will be present. Other features include workshops, door prizes and hands-on activities. For more information email melfrejo@ or call (518) 587-2978.

Upcoming Town Meetings Town of Ballston: Ballston Town Hall  323 Charlton Road  885-8502 3/26: Town Board, 7:30 p.m. 3/27: Zoning Board of Appeals, 7:30 p.m. Village of Ballston Spa: 66 Front Street 885-5711 3/25: Village Board of Trustees, 7:30 p.m. Town of Greenfield: 7 Wilton Road 893-7432 3/26: Planning Board, 7 p.m. Town of Malta: 2540 Route 9 899-2818 4/01: Town Board, 7 p.m. Town of Milton: 503 Geyser Road 885-9220 3/20: Town Board, 7 p.m. City of Saratoga Springs: 474 Broadway 587-3550 3/20: DRC, 7 p.m. 3/27: Planning Board, 7 p.m. Town of Saratoga: 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville 695-3644 4/10: Board of Trustees, 7 p.m. Village of Schuylerville: 35 Spring Street 695-3881 4/08: Town Board, 7 p.m. Town of Stillwater: 66 East St., Riverside Mechanicville, NY 12118 4/10: Board of Trustees, 7 p.m. Town of Wilton: 22 Traver Road 587-1939 3/20: Planning Board, 6:30 p.m. 3/28: Zoning Board of Appeals, 6:30 p.m. Saratoga County Board of Supervisors: 40 McMaster St, #1 Ballston Spa, NY 12020 (518) 885-2240 event

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Lights Out at the Ice Rink

Friday, March 15 Arms Fair Saratoga Springs City Center 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs March 15, 5:30–8 p.m., March 16, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., March 17, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Bring items to sell and trade with exhibitors. Tables or more information (518) 664-9743,

Lenten Fish Fry Christ the Savior Orthodox Church, 349 Eastline Road, Ballston Lake 4:30–7:30 p.m. Value and Quality! One half pound hot fried fish, a pile of fries, a side of coleslaw, dessert and beverage. $8 (discount for seniors and veterans). For more information call (518) 363-0001.

All You Can Eat Dinner Principessa Elena Society, 13 Oak Street, Saratoga Springs 5–7 p.m. Minestrone Soup, Rigatoni w/broccoli, Garlic, Oil, Spaghetti w/Marinara Sauce, Meatballs, Salad, Dessert, Coffee, Bread, Butter. Seniors: $8; Regulars: $9. Children: 5–12 $5; Under 5 free. Take out: $10. Cash bar available. All are welcome. For more information call (518) 584-4163.

Godspell St. Clement’s Church, 234 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs 7 p.m. Shows are 3/15, 3/16, 3/17. Free will offering at the door to benefit the Outreach Program (that provides, food, clothing and financial assistance to local families in need). Show directed by Karey Hall-Trimmings, Choreographed by Tina Baird. For more info

Weibel Avenue Ice Rink, Saratoga Springs 6:30–7:30 p.m. Friday nights in March, all ages welcome to come and skate under the Disco Lights. Admission: Saratoga Springs Residents—$4 Adults; $3 Children/Sr. Citizens; Non-residents $5 Adults; $4 Children/Sr. Citizens. Skate Rentals Avail for $4.

Saratoga County 2013 Restaurant Week Participating Restaurants in Saratoga County The event runs from March 15–24. Over 30 participating restaurants. You’ll find 3 course fixed price meals for $20.13. For a list of participating restaurants visit: restaurants.html.

Saturday, March 16 Photography Walk Old Gick North on Scout Rd. 2:00 p.m. Register by Friday, March 15 at 4pm. Be sure to bring your walking shoes and camera to enjoy this meadow habitat. We will guide participants through the trails and stop frequently to capture the beauty that surrounds us. If snowshoes are needed, they will be available at parking lot 1 at Camp Saratoga, free for members, $3 for non-members. For more information or to register call (518) 450-0321.

Maddalena Giocopuzzi, Piano & Matteo Bovo, Violin Saratoga Arts Center, 320 Broadway 7:30–9:30 p.m. Con Brio Performing Arts is pleased to present Maddalena Giacopuzzi, piano and Matteo Bovo, violin, in their first American concert tour. Maddalena and Matteo are graduates of the E.F. Dall? Abaco Conservatory in Verona, Italy. Last year, Douglas and Linda Bischoff heard Maddalena in a recital in Verona, and were so impressed that they

invited her to perform here in New York with Matteo. Maddalena?s concert repertoire includes music of Scarlatti, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt, and repertoire of the duo will include Mozart, Schumann and Kreisler. We are thrilled to welcome these talented Italian musicians to the greater Saratoga area. To enjoy absolutely beautiful music, and to meet our noted guests, please call for reservations. (518) 796-8184 Cost: $12.

Make-A-Wish Gala— A Wishful Evening Hall of Springs Saratoga Springs 6 p.m. The Gala will support the chapter’s mission to grant the wishes of children in the 518 area code who face life-threatening medical conditions. The event will also feature Wish Children and families, celebrating the more than 1,300 wishes that have been granted to local children thus far by the chapter. Proceeds from the event will help fund the 100 wishes expected to be granted this coming year. The Hall of Springs will be a spectacular setting to enjoy cocktails, dinner, auctions, and live entertainment with “The Accents” band. Live auction items include spectacular and unique packages that will make wishes come true for the auction winners. For more information call (518) 782-4673.

Week of March 15 – March 21, 2013 Malta Garage Sale

Sunday, March 17

The corner of Route 9 and Hearn Road, Malta 10 a.m.–3 p.m. The Malta Ridge Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary is sponsoring a March Madness Garage. Try our homemade soups and deserts. There will also be an Easter basket raffle.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at West Mountain

Genealogy and Local History Heritage Hunters of Saratoga County Town of Saratoga Town Hall, corner of Route 4 and Route 29, Schuylerville 1 p.m. The speaker will be Bob Jones, an Associate Professor of Economics at Skidmore College. He is currently involved with Greenfield’s Historian, Ron Fuelner, in mapping the town’s cemeteries.  Bob will explain the process and how we might use “Google Earth” to solve our own geographical riddles.  Public is welcome.  For information call (518) 587-2978.

V.F.W. St. Patrick’s Day Dinner 68 East North Street, Ballston Spa 2–6 p.m. Join the V.F.W. Post 358 for a St. Patrick’s Day dinner of corned beef. Eat in or take-out available.

Maple Weekend

Café Malta Irish Style

Participating Farms in the Capital Region 10 a.m.–4 p.m. each weekend Sat./Sun. March 16,17, 23,24 Take a free tour at area sugar houses and experience maple sugar making in New York State’s premier maple producing region. For more information and a list of participating farms visit and

The Malta Community Center, 1 Bayberry Drive, Malta 6:30 p.m. Town of Malta Parks and Recreation announces Café Malta-Irish Style, an intimate Coffee House just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. Show starts at 7 p.m. Performers include Tom Choiniere, Mike Yates, Lucy & Dennis Montano, Luther Nilsen, Hill Country Cloggers, Don & Elyse Young & Singing Waitresses. Seats are $6 advanced and $8 at the door. Coffee and dessert will be available for purchase. Contact The Malta Community Center at (518) 899-4411 for advanced ticket information.

Sham “Rock” the Block Lake George Sat. 10 a.m.; Sun. 12 p.m. Live traditional Irish and American music, Celtic games, traditional Irish food specialties. Bounce houses, children’s activities, wagon rides and tons of fun! St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday. Free. (518) 361-2559.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day @ West! Come in wearing green and you will be able to get a 5 hour Lift Ticket for $25! Then let the kids loose for our scavenger hunt. Pick up your scavenger Hunt clues at the Front Desk and play along for your chance to win prizes. Cost $25 if you wear green! For more information visit:

Breakfast Buffet Saratoga-Wilton Elks, 1 Elks Lane, Saratoga Springs 8:30–11 a.m. Fruit Cocktail, French Toast, Potatoes,Biscuits w/Sausage Gravy, Breakfast Sausage and Ham, Corned Beef Hash, Scrambled Eggs, Eggs Benedict, Juice, Coffee and Tea. Donation requested. Adults $8; Senior and Military (Active/Retired w/ID Card) $7; Children 5–12 $6; Children under 5 free; take-out $8.

The Book Bag Shop Sale Saratoga Springs Public Library March 17–24, 2013 Friends of the Library will hold a 50 percent off sale of all books, DVDs, CDs, cassettes and Video Cassettes in The Book Bag Shop on the main level of the library. Shop hours: Mon–Thurs 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Sunday 1–4 p.m..

Begin to Spin Saratoga Cycling Studio 11:15 a.m.–12 p.m. 40 minutes that include bike setup, explanation of the Spinning program and a short ride to get you comfortable on the bike and ready for your first class. While all of our classes are appropriate for beginners, this might help you to get started. Free.Please sign up online through our website to reserve your bike

Concert Burnt Hills Oratorio Society Burnt Hills Oratorio Society presents Grand Mass in E flat Major by Amy Beach. Arthur Zankel Music Center,

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Week of March 15 – March 21, 2013 Ladd Concert Hall 2 p.m. $20 general admission. For ticket information call (518) 580-5321 or go to

Monday, March 18 An Introduction to Essential Oils Malta Community Center, 1 Bayberry Dr. Malta 6:30–8 p.m. This workshop directly addresses top health concerns that are facing today’s community. By using Essential Oils we can effectively and naturally obtain relief. This class will give you an understanding of how to select and utilize essential oils properly. You will smell and experience the oils 1st hand. Space is limited to call and register now! For more information call (518) 899-4411.

BSBPA Community Mixer The Ballston Spa Business & Professional Association (BSBPA) will be holding its Annual Meeting and Community Mixer on Monday, March 18 from 6–8 p.m. at the Ballston Spa Elks Club, corner of Route 50 and Hamilton Street. The social hour and community mixer begins at 6 p.m. with the formal meeting beginning at 7 p.m. The event is open to members and non-members alike. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at www.ballston. org or at Coffee Planet, 100 Milton Avenue.

Food Addicts Anonymous Meeting United Methodist Church, Adkins Room, 175 Fifth Avenue Corner of Henning Road Saratoga Springs, 7 p.m. Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? Are you underweight or overweight? Obsessed with food, weight, dieting? You are not alone. Today, there is a solution. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous meet weekly. There are no dues, no fees and no weigh-ins. For more information, call John at (518) 605-3090 or Helena at (518) 584-8190 or visit the website at

Investing Wisely Seminar The Wesley Community’s Woodlawn Commons, 156 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs 2:30–3:30 p.m. This is a free seminar courtesy of The Wesley Foundation. Refreshments will be served. There will be no sales or solicitation during this program. Registration is required by Friday, March 15 by calling (518) 691-1420.

Tuesday, March 19 Ribbon Cutting: Hatsational! By DEI 510 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 10:00 a.m. Hope to see you there!

Historical Talk with Bill Dake Bill Dake will share stories, family history and how Stewart’s came to evolve from Dake’s ice cream on Tuesday, March 19 at the Town of Greenfield Historical Society’s monthly meeting. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Community Center in Greenfield, next to Town Hall. For more information call (518) 893-7432 ext 300, or (518) 587-6060. The public is invited.

Teen Improv Boot Camp Saratoga Springs Public Library, Susman Room 4:30 p.m. It’s the sixth Teen Improv Boot Camp at Saratoga Springs Public Library! Teens will go through four sessions of improvisational comedy training with Terrie Gifford to prepare for the Saratoga Springs Public Library’s sixth Teen Improv Showcase—where teens will act out skits and scenes with help from the audience. It’s like “Who’s Line Is It Anyway?” Only funnier! Grades 6–12. Contact the library to reserve your spot! Registration Required: please call (518) 584-7860, ext. 239

Film Screening of “Lincoln” Skidmore College, Gannett Auditorium 7 p.m. Join the Office of Student Diversity Programs, Ujima, and Saratoga Reads for a screening of the acclaimed 2012 movie, “Lincoln.” Free Admission. For more information call (518) 580-5741

calendar Wednesday, March 20 Gold Medal Annuals, Perennials and Flowering Shrubs for the Capital Region Saratoga Springs Public Library, H. Dutcher Community Room 12 p.m. Popular gardening expert Kerry Ann Mendez presents a new gardening program just in time to plan your spring gardens. Her program features new introductions as well as favorite stalwarts for easy-care gardens that best the competition. Design tips and sustainable practices are included. Adult program.

Cantina for a Cause 430 Broadway, Saratoga Springs Old Friends at Cabin Creek is calling all caballaros and amigos to meet them at Cantina. Tell the server or bartender that you are there for Old Friends at Cabin Creek and Cantina will donate 33 percent of your bill to Old Friends at Cabin Creek. Kitchen opens at 11:30 a.m.–9 p.m. Cantina’s kids menu available all day. Dinner reservations strongly recommended. Please casll (518) 587-5577 for more information.

Thursday, March 21 Health Fair Adult & Senior Center of Saratoga, 5 Williams Street Saratoga Springs 9 a.m–12 p.m. Meet with health care professionals face to face and try out the “Virtual Dementia Tour”. Attend clinics & screenings for hearing, sight, dental, physical therapy, blood pressure and skin. Free and open to the public! Sponsored by CDPHP, Home Helpers, Jeffrey Ridha, MD, Sports PT and Smile Sanctuary. For more information call (518) 584-1621.

Wiawaka Holiday House: Still Making History Saratoga Springs Public Library, H. Dutcher Community Room Founded in 1903 as a place of

respite for immigrant women working in the garment factories of Troy and Cohoes, NY, Wiawaka is America’s oldest, continuously operating women’s retreat. Executive director, Christine Dixon, will discuss the property’s rich history and how Wiawaka still operates true to its founding mission. Adult Program.

Open House for Camp Saradac Saratoga Springs Recreation Center 6 p.m. On Thursday March 21st, the Saratoga Springs Recreation Department will be hosting an Open House for Camp Saradac at 6pm at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center. If you have questions concerning the Open House, Contact us at (518) 587-3550 ext 2300 or at

On Going Events: Saratoga Springs Public Library Adult Storytelling Workshop, Parent/Child Workshop, Vita Tax Program, Computer Classes & more. Too many events to list. Please visit our website for all our ongoing programs at

Wilton Wildlife Preserve 80 Scout Road, Wilton Nature’s Homeschoolers, Conservation Conversations, Preschool Pioneers & more! Too many events to list. Please visit our website for all our ongoing programs and weekly events.


Family Friendly Events Friday

Library Babies at the Saratoga Springs Public Library. Drop anytime from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Children’s Museum at Saratoga Making Connections Autism program. Free program for children’s ages 2–10. 5 p.m.


National Geographic’s Kids Club. This free club meets in the Wilton Mall food court from 1–3 p.m. This month, learn about dinosaurs with fun crafts! The New York State Maple Producers Association invites families to learn all about the production of maple syrup. This weekend on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Blue Iris Photography is hosting Mini-Easter Sessions! Book now and receive a 45 minute photo session for just $100 and a CD of edited and non-edited photos, mailed to you promptly! A $350 value for just $100. Call ahead to reserve your spot: (518) 320-4862.

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Tang Museum Exhibitions Tang Museum, Skidmore College, 518 S. Broadway, Saratoga Springs Visit our website for more information & to view our weekly events call (518) 580-8080.

Blood Drives March 16: 8 a.m.–12 p.m. Ballston Lions Club 310 Northline Rd Ballston Spa, NY 12020 March is Red Cross month! Enter for a chance to win a Preparedness Kit and be Red Cross Ready.

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26 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@; 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;

RELIGION Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa 885-7312; ballstoncenterarpchurch. org Services: Sunday Worship Service, 10:30 a.m. Ballston Spa United Methodist Church 101 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa 885-6886 Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

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

Bethesda Episcopal Church

Corinth United Methodist Church

41 Washington St., Saratoga Springs 584-5980 Services: Sunday 6:30, 8 & 10 a.m.

243 Main Street, Corinth 654-2521 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m.

Church of Christ at Clifton Park 7 Old Route 146, Clifton Park 371-6611; cliftonparkchurchofchrist. com Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Christ Community Reformed Church 1010 Route 146, Clifton Park 371-7654; Services: Sundays 10 a.m. Christ Episcopal Church Routes 50 & 67, Ballston Spa 885-1031 Services: Sunday 8 & 10 a.m. Christian Restoration Ministries Saratoga Senior Center 5 Williams St., Saratoga Springs 796-4323 Pastor Pat Roach Services: Sunday 10 a.m.; 6:30 p.m.

Cornerstone Community Church Malta Commons, Malta 899-7001; Associate Pastor Paul Shepherd Services: Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Community 2001 Route 9, Round Lake 877-8506, ccorpusc@nycap. Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m.; Weekday Masses: MondayFriday 9 a.m. Eastern Orthodox— Christ the Savior 349 Eastline Road, Ballston Spa 786-3100;xcsavior@yahoo. com. Services: Sunday: 9:15 a.m. First Baptist Church of Saratoga Springs 45 Washington St., Saratoga Springs 584-6301 Services: Sunday: 11 a.m.

Week of March 15 – March 21, 2013 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 Rd., Ballston Spa 587-0649 Rev. Dan Pierce Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Handicapped accessible. Greater Grace Community Church Pastor David Moore 899-7777, Services: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. Good Times Restaurant, Lake Rd. 2nd floor; Friday 7:30 p.m. Saratoga Chapel, Eastline & Lake Rds; Sunday 10 a.m. Glenville Senior Center, 32 Worden Rd.

Greenfield Center Baptist Church 30 Wilton Rd., Greenfield Center 893-7429 Services: Sunday School for all ages - 9:45 a.m. Church Service - 11 a.m. Prayer Meeting Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Highway Tabernacle Church 90 River Rd., Mechanicville 664-4442 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Hope Church 206 Greenfield Ave., Ballston Spa 885-7442 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Jonesville United Methodist 963 Main St., Clifton Park 877-7332 Services: Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Living Springs Community Church 59 Pine Rd., Saratoga Springs 584-9112 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Living Waters Church of God 4330 State Rt. 50, Saratoga Springs 587-0484; Services: Sundays 10 a.m. Malta Presbyterian Church Dunning Street, Malta 899-5992 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Malta Ridge United Methodist Church 729 Malta Ave., Ext., Malta 581-0210 Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

Week of March 15 – March 21, 2013 Middle Grove United Methodist Church 581-2973 Pastor Bonnie Bates Services: Sunday 9 a.m. Handicapped accessible New Horizon Church 150 Perry Road, Saratoga Springs 587-0711 Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. New Life Fellowship 51 Old Gick Rd., ­­ Saratoga Springs 580-1810; Services: Sunday 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 Rd., Ballston Spa 583-1002 Services: Sunday: 9 a.m.; Adult Sunday School 9 a.m.; Service 10:30 a.m. Coffee & Fellowship in Living Stone Hall; Wednesday: Noon potluck luncheon; 1 p.m. choir rehearsal; 2 p.m. Bible Study Group Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church 73 Midline Road, Ballston Lake 399-5713 Services: Saturday 5 p.m. Sunday 8:15 & 10:15 a.m. Handicapped accessible.

Presbyterian-NE Congregational Church 24 Circular St., Saratoga Springs 584-6091; Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Quaker Springs United Methodist Church  466 Route 32 South, Quaker Springs 695-3101; Pastor Al Johnson Services: Sunday 9 a.m. Handicapped accessible. River of Hope Fellowship 100 Saratoga Village Blvd. Malta Cmns., Ste. 3 881-1505; Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Roman Catholic Church of St. Peter 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-2375 Services: Eucharistic Celebrations: Saturday 5 p.m.; Sunday 7:30, 9 & 11 a.m. St. Clement’s Roman Catholic Church 231 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs 584-6122 Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8, 9:30, 11:15 a.m. & 5 p.m. St. George’s Episcopal Church 912 Route 146, Clifton Park 371-6351; Services: Saturday 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 8 & 9:30 a.m. St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church 3159 Route 9N, Greenfield Center 893-7680; sjoegctr@nycap.; Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 10:30 a.m. Handicapped accessible

RELIGION St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church 167 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa 885-7411; Services: Saturday 4 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., Noon. Handicapped accessible St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church 771 Route 29, Rock City Falls 893-7680; Services: Sunday 8:30 am. Handicapped accessible. St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 149 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs 584-0904 Services: Saturday 5 p.m. with Holy Communion. Sundays 8:30 & 11 a.m. with Holy Communion. St. Peter Lutheran Church 2776 Route 9, Malta 583-4153 Services: Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. St. Thomas of Canterbury 242 Grooms Rd., Halfmoon st-thomas-of-canterbury. org Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga Abundant Life Church 2325 Route 50 South, Saratoga Springs 885-5456; Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. Saratoga Chabad 130 Circular St., Saratoga Springs 526-0773;;

Saratoga Friends Meeting (Quaker) Rts. 32 and 71, Quaker Springs 587-7477; 399-5013 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga United Methodist Church Henning Road, Saratoga Springs 584-3720; Services: Sunday 9 & 10:45 a.m. Handicapped accessible. Saratoga Seventh-Day Adventist Church 399 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs 882-9384; Services: Sabbath School: 10 a.m. Worship Service: 11:30 a.m. Shenendehowa United Methodist 971 Route 146, Clifton Park 371-7964 Services: Sunday 9 & 10:30 a.m. Simpson United Methodist Church Rock City Road, Rock City Falls 885-4794 Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Soul Saving Station for Every Nation Christ Crusaders of America 62 Henry St., Saratoga Springs 584-3122 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. Temple Sinai 509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-8730 Friday 8 p.m. Oneg Sabbat Saturday 10:30 a.m. Oneg Sabbat Handicapped accessible


The Salvation Army/ Worship, Service & Community Center 27 Woodlawn Ave., Saratoga Springs 584-1640; Mail-P.O. Box 652 Captain Aaron A. Boone, Sr.; Captain Amber S. Boone Commanding Officers/Ministers Services: Sunday School 10 a.m.; Praise & Worship 11 a.m. Trinity United Methodist Church 155 Ballard Rd., Gansevoort 584-9107 Rev. Patti Molik-Pastor Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs 624 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-1555; Services, Nursery Care, and Religious Education: Sundays 10 a.m. Youth Group: Sundays 11:30 a.m. Unity Church in Albany 21 King Ave., Albany 453-3603 Services: Sunday 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. West Charlton United Presbyterian Church 1331 Sacandaga Rd., West Charlton 882-9874 Rev. Thomas Gregg, Pastor Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Wilton Baptist Church 755 Saratoga Rd, Wilton 583-2736;; Services: Sunday Service 11 a.m.


Week of March 15 – March 21, 2013

Stacey Cornell of Newmeadow Receives Board Certification in Applied Behavior Analysis MALTA — Stacey Cornell, MS Ed, has received Board Certification in Applied Behavior Analysis. Ms. Cornell has worked for Newmeadow for over 12 years and is the Bridges ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) Coordinator for Newmeadow’s Queensbury and Malta sites. Ms. Cornell also serves as lead teacher for the Newmeadow site in Queensbury.

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Newmeadow Presents Inaugural Funiciello Scholarship to Matthew Lovely MALTA — Newmeadow, an integrated preschool serving children with autism and other special needs since 1982, announced today the 2012 inaugural presentation of the Funiciello Scholarship Award to its first recipient, Matthew Lovely. Lovely, a current student of Siena College in Loudonville, New York, attended Newmeadow as a child and received the $2,500 award following the submission of an essay as part of the award criteria outlining Lovely’s demonstrated leadership ability.





Credit Unions Raise Funds for Kids at Area Hospitals

Tooth Fairy Club is sponsored by:

Nicole M. Byrne, D.M.D Pediatric Dentistry 659 Saratoga Road Gansevoort, New York 12831 (518) 226-6010

SARATOGA COUNTY — Thanks to the generosity of members from three area credit unions, the 2012 Credit Union Care for Kids Campaign raised over $4,000 to benefit pediatric programs at four area hospitals: Glens Falls Hospital, Saratoga Care, Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital (Schenectady) and Seton Health/ St. Mary’s Hospital (Troy). Credit unions from the Southern Chapter of the Adirondack District of the CUANY, Inc. who participated

in the 2012 campaign include: Hudson River Community Credit Union; Saratoga’s Community Federal Credit Union; and TCT Federal Credit Union. Fundraising was conducted throughout the year and included selling stuffed animals, candy bars, mugs, hats, raffle drawings, lobby coin drops and business donations. Credit Union Care for Kids is a community involvement program whose goal is to raise money for children’s hospitals and pediatric units throughout

New York State. The campaign is in keeping with the credit union movement’s philosophy of “people helping people.” The donations will help support the following pediatric services: •

Funds will be used to purchase items for a newly renovated Kids Cove Play Room, inside the Glens Falls Hospital’s pediatric unit. Fund the purchase of equipment, education and other needs of patients using Saratoga Care’s Pediatric Emergency Services. Provide iPad computers for the pediatric department at Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital. Well child visits, physicals, immunizations and diagnosis/ treatment of illnesses at Seton Health/St. Mary’s Hospital.

Since the program began in 1998, credit unions from the Southern Chapter have donated a total of $126,000 to benefit area pediatric programs

Week of March 15 – March 21, 2013 The quintessential hosts, Captain Douglas Dupouy and his wife, Lorna, circulated through their home’s spacious, first-floor rooms chatting with guests. The crowd sipped red and white varietals donated from six local wineries, beer provided by DeCrescente Distributing, and bubbles from Saratoga Water, while nibbling on hearty hors d’oeuvres by Maureen Clancy and students of by Trina Lucas the BOCES culinary program. Saratoga TODAY (The students assisted as waiters too!) Complementing their dishes Raising a Royal Playground were more appetizers donated by More than 150 knights and Creative Catering and Chef Dale fair maidens fed the Greenfield Miller of Sperry’s Restaurant. Elementary dragon at a fundraising And to satisfy everyone’s sweet event for the school’s playground tooth, Catering by Zest provided project on Saturday, March 2. Held bites of dessert. at the Villeroy Estate in Greenfield In the parlor area, commitCenter, the Knights of Generous tee member Shannon Kavanagh Hearts Gala was coordinated by was seen catching up with Martha the Home School Association, Brown. Keeping warm by the fire Greenfield Elementary’s parent- were Jill Ross, Jackie Gibbons teacher organization. HSA presi- and Jeanine Gannon. Greenfield dent Mary Yuhasz, vice president Elementary teachers Dave Shippee, Suzanne Hausam and school prin- Jessie Altman and Maryellen cipal Tina Davis welcomed sup- Annese chatted nearby with Town porters to the special benefit. of Greenfield Judge Michael Ginley and his wife, Jenn. Across the grand foyer, a short hallway led to the silent auction room, brimming with 60 items and packages donated by local businesses and individuals. Helping to raise the bids were Chris and Kristin Grosso, Casey Hostess Lorna Dupouy and committee member Jenn Ginley and Isabelle Cornell,

Greenfield teachers Dave Shippee, Jessie Altman and Maryellen Annese with principal Tina Davis

Casey and Isabelle Cornell with Jennifer and Derek Zeh

PULSE Derek and Jennifer Zeh, Matt and Jill Ragle, Denise Moffitt, Susan Kilinski, Jen Casavant and Julie Guetti. The highlight of the auction was a one-week trip to Ireland, donated by Global Consolidated Services and valued at $4,500. It went to the Edwards Family for their high bid of $3,800. Thanks to lively music and camaraderie, few left the party early. Robin and Alan Schwedt sat on the stairs for a bit, taking in all of the action. Keeping spirits high were Charlie Dake, Brigid Kilroy, Tonya Yasenchak, Jeff and Brianna Murratti, Rob and Jami Hawthorne, Jim and Christine Mastrianni, James Graeff and Jane Foley-Graeff. The gala net $18,500 for the playground project, bringing the total raised so far to just over $65,000. Greenfield Elementary’s current playground was built 25 years ago and is now in dire need of replacement. Together, the families and staff are designing a new structure which they hope to have built in early June if the $150,000 goal is met. To learn more, and help feed the Dragon, please visit www.

Black and White Beauty

Kids were the cause again on Saturday, March 9, as almost 170 gathered at Saratoga National Golf Club to celebrate the 4th annual Birthday Bash for the Children’s Museum at Saratoga. This year’s Black and White Ball was inspired by the classic children’s story of “Black Beauty,” captured by artist Frankie Flores in original artwork for the event. The festivities started at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres. Heather Bohm-Tallman snapped photos against a bold black and white backdrop before guests proceeded to the second floor of the club to be greeted by executive director Michelle Smith and chair Jenny Witte. Early attendees toasting the museum included board members Martha MacGregor and Jill Shapiro with their husbands, Jason and Todd. Fellow member Beth Gelber mingled with Jeff Farbaniec, both welcoming friends and thanking supporters. After a stop at the open bar, several made their way to the silent auction, featuring an eclectic collection of 76 items. There was a package for every interest, from gifts baskets overflowing with Saratoga Olive Oil, wine and children’s gifts, to a day at the Saratoga Racetrack and a two-night stay at the Mirror Lake Inn. Spotted shopping among


Frankie and Ann Marie Flores, David and Allison Meyers, Matt and Erika Gough

Todd and Jill Shapiro with Martha and Jason MacGregor

the beer tastings, theatre tickets and sports memorabilia were Bill and Sara Colman, Thomas and Andrea Bryson, Scott and Kelly Shallo, Jay and Trish Cardinale, Adam Feldman, Kelly Fisher, Nick Smith, Kristina Foti and the onair team of Walt Adams and Heide Kelly from 101.3 The Jockey. Soon, the mezzanine was humming with party-goers like Honorary Committee members Allison Meyers and Erika Gough, there with husbands David and Matt. Nearby, Shaun Miller and Lea Kananis had snagged a high-top for people-watching, and at the next table, Lindsay and Michael Speranza shared laughter with Wendy Lawrence and Peter Connolly. Joe and Chris Murphy, Lindsay Carr, Jeremiah Rivera, Tom and Lynn Cumm, Donna and Joe Patricke and Ann Marie Flores were also seen. Black horses of varied sizes and poses were scattered throughout the space, carrying the “Black Beauty” theme from room to room. Inside the ballroom, tables set with black and white linens provided a striking contrast, perfect for the tall centerpieces of gracefully bending white tulips. Admiring the décor, while grabbing a drink from the yet undiscovered ballroom bar, were Phil Robillard, McKenzie Vaughn, Anthony and Jamie Mastroianni, Jennifer Rankel and Adam McNeill. At 7:30 p.m., staff and volunteers encouraged the crowd to

Shaun Miller and Lea Kananis

Adam Feldman, Kelly Fisher, Kristina Foti and Nick Smith

relocate into the ballroom for dinner. The evening continued until 11 when the last of the silent auction items was checked out and final gifts were made to the museum. A special mention goes to the friendly volunteer trio of Jessica DeLoriea and sisters Felicia and Dayna Smith. In the end, more than $20,000 was raised to help underwrite the proposed Science Center and enhance the museum’s Making Connections autism program. Among the lead sponsors were Lemery Greisler, First Niagara, Fingerpaint, The Fort Miller Group, Saratoga National Bank, Axiom Capital, Blue Shield of Northeastern New York and Keeler Motor Car Company. “I’m especially grateful to the community for all of the support through sponsorships and silent auction donations,” commented Smith. “And to those who attended and made the event a great success.”



Week of March 15 – March 21, 2013

36th Annual Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival Announced

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival, one of the longest-running and most celebrated jazz events in the world, will be held at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, June 29 and 30. This year’s festival features a star-studded lineup of more than 20 top artists—from legends to luminaries. More information is available at Festival Fast Facts: Over the past 36 years, more than half a million fans have

attended the jazz festival. Founded in 1978 by jazz impresario George Wein, the festival has featured a “who’s who” of music greats including Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Dave Brubeck, Tito Puente and Joshua Redman. It’s all about the “the hang!” A sea of colorful tents and umbrellas is a signature of this event, as people celebrate, picnic, relax and enjoy exhilarating, live music. A festival feast of southern-style barbeque, international

specialties as well as beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) are available for sale. Guests are welcome to bring in food, beverages and tents and parking is free.   Music starts at noon both days. Tickets start at just $55 (lawn/ general admission); kids are free on the lawn. 2013 Headliners Include: TONY BENNETT — The iconic crooner and timeless star with 17 Grammy Awards to his credit, brings his singular voice to this year’s Jazz Festival. The Kennedy Center Honoree and NEA Jazz Master has continued to top the charts in his seventh decade as a recording artist with best-selling albums of duets in both 2011 and 2012. His latest project is a collaboration with Lady Gaga.

BUDDY GUY — In a career that spans nearly 50 years with over 50 albums released, living legend of the blues, Buddy Guy, will make his long-awaited return to the festival after becoming a Kennedy Center Honoree in 2012. Fans will also have the opportunity to check out the star in April at Eric Clapton’s famous Crossroads Festival at Madison Square Garden. DAVID SANBORN & BOB JAMES — Smooth jazz masters and multiple Grammy Award winners, venerated saxophonist David Sanborn and keyboardist Bob James reunite for their first collaboration since their landmark 1986 album Double Vision. The duo will be performing material from their upcoming release, Quartette Humaine. MCCOY TYNER QUARTET featuring special guest JOHN SCOFIELD — Considered to be one of the most influential pianists of the 20th century, Tyner will feature special guest guitarist John Scofield, who will be returning for his fourth time at the festival. KEVIN EUBANKS — Perhaps best known as the leader of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno band, the guitarist has also established himself as a prolific composer and

jazz guitarist. Eubanks will be touring in 2013 in support of his new album The Messenger. PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND — The legendary jazz group, which Rolling Stone said, “shines like a beacon of New Orleans jazz,” has traveled worldwide for decades. Recently receiving a NAACP Image Award, the group performed alongside Dr. John and The Black Keys at the 55th Annual GRAMMY® Awards. LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO — The male choral group from South Africa who rose to prominence as a result of singing with Paul Simon on his album Graceland will make their festival debut this year. Other celebrated artists include: GREGORY PORTER, RUDRESH MAHANTHAPPA, BIG SAM’S FUNKY NATION, THE COOKERS, GARY SMULYAN QUARTET, CARMEN SOUZA, BEN WILLIAMS & SOUND EFFECT, GILAD HEKSELMAN TRIO, CHRIS BERGSON BAND, INGRID JENSEN BAND, and more. Jazz Festival tickets will be available online at beginning Monday, March 18 at 10 a.m.

Week of March 15 – March 21, 2013


Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Continue Tradition of Fundraising on St. Patty’s Day

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs chapter of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick will meet again for the 61st time as they gather to honor the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick, on March 17. The very first annual dinner was held in 1953 with about 50 attendees. Since then, the black-tie event has been held in different venues throughout Saratoga Springs over the last 60 years, starting at the Worden Inn and varying until about 10 years ago when it started being hosted at The Holiday Inn. The organization has also grown in size—on the 50th anniversary, over 250 invitations were sent out and many dinners have seen between 200-250 people attend. John Pecora, member of the organization for over a decade, said the group has grown solely based on word-of-mouth advertising. “People can join by asking members already in the

organization,” Pecora said. “We don’t do any advertising—we’ve evolved through word-of-mouth all these years.” Pecora said Sons of St. Patrick is an organization deeply rooted in tradition and rich history. “One of the first chapters of the society was founded in the postRevolutionary War era in New York City by Irish-American Daniel McCormick, with the purpose to help the unusual number of impoverished and displaced Irishmen who had arrived in New York in the wake of the British Evacuation,” Pecora said. “The first meeting of the New York City Chapter was in 1784 at Cape’s Tavern. “George Washington was in the group,” Pecora added. “It just goes way back.” A fraternity of sorts, the Saratoga chapter of the Sons of St. Patrick does not allow women to join or attend the annual dinner,

though some chapters throughout the nation have begun to allow female members. The annual event, hosted every year on St. Patrick’s Day, isn’t just an entertaining dinner for its members—the purpose of the dinner is to raise funds to donate to local Catholic charities and schools such as St. Clements and Saratoga Central Catholic. “Last year we gave $2,000 to Catholic Charities, and $1,500 each to St. Clements and Saratoga Central Catholic,” Pecora said. “With our $100 dinner fee and 50/50 raffle, we usually raise around $5,000.” Every year, the dinner begins with a march from the organization’s officers, a greeting from the president/master of ceremonies and someone from a municipal government, a raffle and a guest speaker. “It’s a fun night and it’s a night where you can help raise money, so it’s a good event,” Pecora said. “It’s an organization I’ve really enjoyed being in.” To learn more about the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, go to


PULSE Coming in March to the Saratoga Film Forum


The Saratoga Film Forum is presenting a full roster of films and special events in March. Films are screened at the Saratoga Arts Center, 320 Broadway, on Thursday and Friday nights at 7:30 p.m. and at 3 p.m. on Sundays (unless otherwise indicated). Refreshments are available. General admission is $7; $5 for Film Forum members and students. For more information, go to

Silver Linings Playbook Thursday, March 21, 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 22, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, March 24, 3 p.m. Written and directed by David O. Russell, based on the novel by Matthew Quick; 122 min.; USA; 2012; rated R for sex, nudity, violence and language. Based on the debut novel by Matthew Quick, David Russell’s screwball “rom-com” received eight Oscar nominations. Oscarnominated Bradley Cooper stars as Pat Solatano, serving out an eightmonth stint in a Maryland mental health institution. Against medical advice, Pat’s mother Dolores (Oscar-nominated Jacki Weaver) has him released, although the conditions of the release include the requirement that he return to live with his mother and his father, rabid Eagles fan Pat Sr. (Oscarnominated Robert DeNiro), in Philadelphia. (Pat Sr. has been barred from Eagles games because of his violent tendencies.) Having lost his house, his job and his wife, Pat Jr. is determined to regain what he has lost, although the incident that resulted in the incarceration (revealed in flashbacks) might make marital reconciliation a tad

Week of March 15 – March 21, 2013

difficult—so will the restraining order from his wife. Still, armed with a dedication to healthy living and a positive attitude (in lieu of psychiatric medication, which he refuses to take), he strives to get back his old job as a substitute teacher. “Excelsior!” is his triumphant mantra. He is drawn toward the libidinous Tiffany (Oscarnominated Jennifer Lawrence, last seen at the Film Forum in Winter’s Bone and everywhere else in The Hunger Games), a young widow living in his parents’ neighborhood. Tiffany’s husband was a cop, killed in the line of duty, and she has dealt with her grief with promiscuity. Pat wants Tiffany’s help in reconnecting with his wife, while Tiffany wants to seduce Pat. So she makes a deal with him: she’ll deliver a letter to his wife if he agrees to be her partner in a ballroom dancing contest. Because this is essentially a screwball comedy, there is a collision with another bet involving the EaglesGiants game. The Central Park Five Saturday, March 23, 7:30 p.m. Directed by Ken Burns and Sarah Burns; 119 min.; France | Germany | Austria; 2012; not rated. From the master documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, and his daughter Sarah Burns, The Central Park Five furiously tracks the controversial case of five black and Latino Harlem teenagers who were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park in 1989. After the convicted youths spent between six and 13 years each in prison, a serial rapist and murderer already serving a life sentence in prison confessed to the crime. His confession

brought to light much more than the city’s mistake. It forced a consideration of a horrific miscarriage of justice fueled by racism, complacency, and hysteria. What lessons does this story hold for Saratogians in 2013? Stay for a panel-led discussion after this film, part of the “In the Public Interest!” series, supported by a grant from the Adirondack Trust Company Community Fund. For information on the panelists, see closer to the date of this event.


Week of March 15 – March 21, 2013

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Puzzles Across 1 Suggests for the future 6 Mark on a paper 11 Kid’s cry 14 Harden 15 It may shimmer in the desert 16 Off-road transp. 17 Cherub? 20 Film buff’s station 21 Luanda is its cap. 22 Share the bill 23 Put in long hours 25 Chewy caramel candy 28 Carpet cleaners, briefly 29 Sicilian resort city 30 Slogan for certain Lee fans? 33 Part of a process 34 Sorvino of “Mighty Aphrodite” 35 Sendoff for a Christmas shopper? 42 Van Gogh subject 43 Adult polliwog 45 Pepper? 51 Spanish river to the Mediterranean 52 Firenze fellow 53 “But all I want is __ ‘iggins’ ‘ead!”: “My Fair Lady” lyric 54 Unburdens 55 Little rascals 58 Fish you can smoke 60 Oolong, for one 61 Windy day misfortunes during a spa visit? 65 Divine healer in “Xena” 66 “500” index that hints at this puzzle’s theme 67 Unexpected lamp benefit? 68 Aspin of the Clinton Cabinet 69 In a fitting way 70 Aircraft fuel portmanteau Down 1 Reams out 2 Calendar unit, perhaps 3 Beloved in “Man of La Mancha” 4 Airport near a Gt. Lake 5 Dreamcast maker 6 Number beyond comprehension 7 Indian author Santha Rama __ 8 Biblical mount

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See puzzle solution on page 36 9 Frisbee, e.g. 10 Hockey’s Phil, to fans 11 Rum and curaçao cocktail 12 “Sic ‘em!” 13 Ill-disposed 18 Crucifix letters 19 “Let us know,” initially 24 Reindeer raiser 26 Enters the poker pot with a minimum bet, slangily 27 “The Grapes of Wrath” character 31 Sea eagle 32 Living in a blue state? 36 Water__: dental gadget 37 Jr. and sr. 38 ‘70s-’80s quarterback Brian 39 Road to the Forum

40 Mom’s admonition to a rambunctious tot 41 Fragrant white flower 44 Amounts that often specify a time frame 45 Orchardist’s market measure 46 Place 47 Valuable violins 48 Dot-__ 49 Spine-tingling 50 Buds on spuds 56 Tower site 57 Clothes closer 59 Org. for women drivers? 62 Detonation cause 63 Cholesterol letters 64 Gun

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. Judicial, Judicious, Juridical Judicial refers to the law courts or judges. The judicial branch is just one branch of the U.S. Government.

Judicious refers to a person’s careful or wise judgment. The taxpayers want to see judicious spending. Juridical refers to the administration of justice. He proceeded to fulfill the juridical requirements of the case.

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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Week of March 15 – March 21, 2013

Community Sports Bulletin 12th JMJC Open Showcases Saratoga Convention Bureau Announces Area Judokas 2013 Golf Classic

Nick Kossor (white) throws JMJC teammate Joe Martinez (blue). Photo courtesy of Lou DiGesare/

GLENVILLE — Over 75 athletes from five different states participated in the 12th edition of the Jason Morris Judo Center (JMJC) Open, on the afternoon of Saturday, March 9. The JMJC Open is an in-house development tournament where aspiring judokas and athletes can get tons of mat time. Athletes of all levels compete to sharpen their skills in a relaxed and friendly environment. Among those competing were nationally-ranked athletes from the JMJC including United States number-one ranked Brad Bolen, number-one Nick Kossor, number-two Cammi Kaichi, number-three Tony Sangimino and number-fiveranked Brice Rudat.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau has announced their plans for the 2013 installment of their annual golf tournament. Taking place Tuesday, May 21 at Saratoga National Golf Club, the 2013 Golf Classic is open to bureau members, potential members, planners and friends. Registration is now open and costs $150 for golf and admission to the post tournament reception, $600 for a foursome and just $40 for admission to the reception only. The event begins at 11 a.m. with a lunch expo and registration. This leads up to a shotgun start to the tournament at 1 p.m. Following a full day of play at the beautiful Saratoga National Golf Club, an awards reception will take place from 6–7:30 p.m. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. If you have any questions regarding the tournament, call Kathy Price at (518) 584-1531 or email at

Prevention Council’s Tuff eNuff Challenge Registration Now Open SARATOGA SPRINGS — The day you’ve been waiting for has arrived. Registration is now open for the second annual Tuff eNuff Challenge. The race is scheduled for Saturday, May 18 at the BOCES campus/NYRA Lowlands site. Have you seen the updates to the Tuff eNuff page on their website? Maybe your happy, muddy face is featured there. Mark your calendar right now so you’ll be sure to join them for another great day filled with fun and mud for everyone. For the second year in a row, the Prevention Council will host a run that’s affordable and family-friendly, and where 100-percent of the proceeds go directly to our work in schools and communities throughout Saratoga County. Our prevention programs and initiatives directly benefit you, your children and your friends and neighbors! Registration is $25 before April 1, $30 between April 2 and the day of the race and $40 on race day itself (Registration will still be $25 for teens with valid student ID.) The Kids’ Run is $10! All proceeds support the Prevention Council of Saratoga.

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

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Week of March 15 – March 21, 2013


Saratoga Springs Wins Frozen Four State Championship by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY UTICA — After three attempts at bringing home a state championship in ice hockey, the Saratoga Springs boys’ varsity team finally reached the top of the mountain this past weekend in their fourth-straight Frozen Four appearance, defeating McQuaid Jesuit of Rochester by a score of 5-0 and winning the school’s first state championship in ice hockey since 1999. The Blue Streaks lost during the state finals in 2010 and 2011 and lost an overtime thriller during the state semifinals in 2012. Their fourth-straight trip to the state championship tournament turned out to be the charm, with Saratoga Springs bringing home the gold in front of a crowd filled with their supporters. Twin brothers Matt and Ryan Flynn provided the firepower for the Blue Streaks’ attack, each scoring two goals and combining

for three assists in the championship. Ryan Flynn would be named the tournament’s MVP for his efforts, which included the game’s first and subsequent game-winning goal: a penalty shot past McQuaid’s Brian Kick within the opening half of the first period. Ryan Flynn would tally his second goal of the game later in the period, with his brother Matt and Division I Player of the Year Tyler Bullard tallying the assists. The Blue Streaks admit one of their weakest areas was coming out flat during the first periods of games, and relying on rallies later in the game. That was not a problem for them during their playoff run, jumping out to early leads against Suffern, Niagara-Wheatfield and eventually McQuaid. Goaltender Dakota Smith was the difference maker for Saratoga, stopping all 17 shots he faced and posted his fourth shutout during the Blue Streaks’ sixgame post season run.

Saratoga had four players selected to the “All-Tournament Team,” which included the Flynn Brothers, Bullard and senior defensemen Brendon Wormley taking the honors. Coach Torres was honored as the Division I Coach of the Year on top of his players’ accolades. In order to reach the finals, Saratoga Springs had to take care of business in the semifinals against Niagara-Wheatfield Saturday afternoon. The Blue Streaks played aggressive early, jumping out to a lead and wrapping up the Falcons by a final score of 4-1. McQuaid Jesuit had their hands full Saturday afternoon with Section X representatives Massena, who were defeated 5-1. 17 players from the 2012 team remained on the roster for the state championship win. Mayor Scott Johnson has indicated plans to celebrate the achievement by naming a day in the team’s honor.

$450,000 Baseball Stadium Proposed for Geyser Park SARATOGA SPRINGS — A new $450,000 baseball stadium and a new collegiate baseball club are coming to Saratoga Springs this summer. The Saratoga Brigade, a team comprised of college baseball players from around the country, will begin playing in June. Saratoga was previously home to a similarly constructed team, the Saratoga Phillies, who relocated to Oneonta in 2009. Along with the new team, a $450,000 stadium is expected to be built inside Geyser Park. Two men formerly associated with the Saratoga Phillies will also be managing partners of the Bridgade. Keith Rodgers and Dan Scaring’s Phillies team played at the baseball facilities inside East Side Rec Park from 2004 to 2009. In 2010, the Saratoga Phillies would move to Oneonta. At the time, the lack of seating at the East Side Rec facility was compounded by the sparse amenities for the players the park also didn’t have, such as a full clubhouse and locker rooms. The team had also hoped to capitalize on a chance to increase revenue, which the club desperately needed

at the time. Scaring and Rodgers are expected to present their plan to the Saratoga Springs City Council during their March 19 meeting. Interested members of the public are allowed to attend the meeting if they’re interested in getting a first look. Should the project get the requisite approvals, there is a plan in place to begin construction as soon as April 1. There is an eight-week

construction schedule that would allow the team to begin playing as soon as June. Should there be any delays in construction or approvals, the team is prepared to begin the season at East Side Rec. Games will be free of charge to spectators, just as Saratoga Phillies games were. The team is asking anyone interested in hosting a player, or obtaining a media sponsorship should email them at Saratoga.

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Week of March 15 – March 21, 2013

A Man of Community Service: Dave Torres Damian Fantauzzi

Being the basketball junkie that I am, there is no substitute for the excitement that comes with the NCAA basketball tournament more commonly known as “March Madness.” But, to put my passion on hold, I would like to congratulate head coach Dave

Torres, his assistant coaches and the Saratoga Springs High School varsity ice hockey team for their memorable season and winning the 2013 New York State Championship. This season will be permanently etched into the memories of the SSHS hockey roster as an achieved dream that, in high school athletes, will live forever. Good job to all and enjoy it as you reflect. Let me give you all a brief synopsis of the man, Dave Torres. Coach Torres is a man of character and there is nothing about him that is superficial; he is who he is. Dave became the head coach of SSHS, after Mike Ricupero filed a leave of absence on November 22, 2011 followed by the resignation of assistant coach Jeff Harrington. Torres took over the position as interim head coach and during the process, Josh Knight became his assistant coach. Dave is the school systems’ truant officer and has been in that position for almost two decades. Josh is a former Saratoga Springs High School graduate who played Division I lacrosse for Syracuse University. Also on the coaching staff as a volunteer, is former SSHS grad and hockey standout, Tim Grande. The story about how all of this came about is ancient history and I do not intend to reopen that story. Coaches are no different than writers, doctors, teachers, lawyers and so forth. Everyone has their own philosophical approach to how they view what needs to be done. So, it is my opinion that there actually is no blame on anyone on how all of this transpired. The sum of it all is pretty simple: Dave Torres, aided by his excellent coaching staff, helped to guide the SSHS hockey team to the state’s Division I championship. They deserve nothing but praise for how they handled the past two years. During my years teaching and coaching at the high school, I have watched this hockey dynasty grow. People like Mike Santamore and Al Fairbanks are two of the pioneers of this program and I’m sure they feel as jubilant as the kids for the success of something they helped foster. There

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are many other people who had their hands in the development of the Saratoga hockey legacy, but I have to plead ignorance, in my own defense, about who they are. The late Johnny Wooden was known to say that a coach is only as good as the players he or she has. But to be fair, it does take a total team effort of the coaches and players to develop the chemistry to make a memorable season. The results of the 2012-13 Saratoga High School hockey season was a process from gameto-game and only became a culmination of the final results at the end of the season. It is now the time to look back and reflect on what happened during that process. Defeating the number one team in the state, Suffern, was no accident. I feel it was a wise move playing Suffern during the season; it was a hard fought battle that ended in a loss to the number-one team at the time, 3-2. It was a perfect formula for the big game a couple of weeks ago, when the Blue Streaks reversed the score and upset topranked Suffern, 3-2. From there, the team went on to the state semifinals where the Streaks were not to be denied the inevitable and won the no longer elusive state hockey championship. My personal contact with Dave has been a good experience.

He has been of great service to the school district and responsible for many successful outcomes by getting kids to school with his interventions, to helping some struggling students get focused on attending school and making it through to graduation. I don’t think there is enough credit given to Mr. Torres for his accomplishments as a truant officer. Not too many know about the stories of Dave Torres or the importance of his job by helping some troubled kids get their acts together. Because these are true to life happenings that generally go unnoticed and are unpublicized. Compared to winning a state championship, you would never hear about these things. Dave Torres has had many victories as a professional of the educational environment. I have nothing but high regard for the services he has given to the Saratoga Springs city school district. It is my opinion that Coach Torres has already won many championships and more as a champion to those he guided into the turnaround of their futures - the biggest trophy of all. Kudos to Dave, and I hope the skaters of the Blue Streaks’ State Champions hockey team know how lucky they were to have the right guy to step up to the plate and go to bat for them!

Week of March 15 – March 21, 2013

Skidmore Names New Men’s Soccer Coach

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — Skidmore College has named Jeremiah Kneeland head men’s soccer coach. Kneeland recently completed his sixth season as head coach at Elmira College. “I am excited to have Jeremiah join the Skidmore College family as our head men’s soccer coach,” said Gail Cummings-Danson, Skidmore athletics director. “Jeremiah has proven himself with a tireless work ethic, tremendous passion and an outstanding commitment to having studentathletes excel. I look forward to watching the progress our program makes under his guidance.” Kneeland compiled a 58-45-7 record at Elmira. The 2009 Empire 8 Conference Coach of the Year, his teams have been to four

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consecutive Empire 8 tournament semifinals, including a championship appearance in 2011. The 2012 team tied a program record with 13 wins. In six seasons, he has produced 22 All-Conference, four National Soccer Coaches Association of America AllRegion and three NSCAA Scholar All-Region student-athletes. A 2005 graduate of Elmira, Kneeland was a three-year starter for the Soaring Eagles, earning all-conference honors twice and serving as team captain his junior and senior years. He received his Master of Science degree from Elmira in 2011. “I am grateful to Gail Cummings-Danson and the search committee for giving me the opportunity to join the Skidmore College community and athletics family,” Kneeland said. “I feel very fortunate and excited to lead the Skidmore men’s soccer program into a new era.” Kneeland is a member of the United States Soccer Federation and holds his Advanced National Diploma from the NSCAA. He also holds NSCAA regional, and national goalkeeping diplomas.

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