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Film Forum Fights for Survival by Chelsea DiSchiano Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Dozens of members and supporters of the Saratoga Film Forum showed up to a special meeting March 27 to discuss the future relevance of the organization as it prepares to compete with the downtown location of Bow-Tie Cinemas, scheduled to open later this summer. The meeting was led by Amy Godine, president of the nonprofit organization, and moderated by Dale Willman of Saratoga Wire. Godine said the problem with Bow-Tie Cinemas moving in doesn’t have to do with its location or the forum’s lack of digital capacity—the main issue is that if BowTie wants to show an indie movie on its first run, the Saratoga Film Forum (SFF) will have to wait until after the theatre is done showing it before they can have the rights to screen the movie. “We cannot compete,” Godine said. “Once they book a film, we don’t have access. For instance, in this March/April series, if we take away the classics, documentaries and our other film forum events, there are only nine movies left— and seven of those nine would screen in Bow-Tie.” Godine explained that there See Pulse pg. 32

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More Hotels and Markets In Store for Saratoga by Patricia Older Saratoga TODAY

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The strip mall on Congress Street known as Congress Plaza will be torn down to build a new 140-room hotel as part of a proposal by DCG Development Co. out of Clifton Park. The revised plans show a sixstory, 140-room hotel located in the southwest corner of the lot. CVS has a lease with DCG that requires

no other building be built near it, but everything west of CVS and Trustco Bank will be razed for the new construction. The plaza once housed a Grand Union supermarket and later, Broadway Joe’s, a dinner movie theater. The project features traffic and pedestrian access improvements that were requested by the city, and restaurants and a bar on the first floor. The project will head to the

Design Review Committee before seeking final approval from the planning board. In other business, Sonny Bonacio presented plans for 7.8 acres on Weibel Avenue, across from Danielle’s Bridal, for 120 apartments and 12,000 square feet of commercial space, similar to ones built at 60 Weibel Avenue. “It is similar to the existing project with slight differences,” said architect Dave Carr of the L.A. Group, See Planning Board pg. 14

Saratoga Girls Win Gold at Sydney International Rowing Regatta

Featured Stories Exit 11A Controversy GlobalFoundries seeks to eliminate Exit 11A from its planned development district. See News pg. 17

Hoofprints Walk of Fame The first event announced for Saratoga 150 brings new exhibit to Saratoga Race Course. See Sports pg. 37

Inside TODAY Obituaries 5 Business


Summer Camps


School Budgets


Best of 2013


Religion 26 Pulse/Local Gigs


Weekend Forecast FRIDAY


55|28 Back row: Makenzie Hart, Caroline Murphy, Claire Murphy, Shannon Merboth, Lexi Georgia. Front row: Meghan Hampton, Makenzie Battle, Kelly Wegner, Kerri Wegner. Photo provided. See Rowers Win Gold pg. 18




Week of March 29 – April 4, 2013

Paint, Sip and Fundraise SARATOGA SPRINGS — Playgrounds were the inspiration and motivation at Paint & Sip Studio on Tuesday, March 26. Aspiring artists from Geyser Road Elementary School gathered at the creative studio on Henry Street in a fundraising effort for the new playground at Geyser Road School. The painter’s challenge: create a work of art portraying a swing set on a hill as illustrated by instructor Lindsey Hammer. Although the colorful canvases may not fetch big bucks at a gallery, half of the proceeds (price of admission including materials and art instruction) will help keep the kids of Geyser school swinging for many years to come.

TA DA! Everyone has new artwork for their walls. Photos courtesy of

Paint & Sip Studio art instructor Lindsey Hammer illustrates creative technique for painting a sky.

Adam Westbrook prefers a green sky

Laura Berrios-McKeon attentive to the expert art instruction


Week of March 29 – April 4, 2013 Rebecca R. Schultz, 18, of Palmer Terrace in Gansevoort, was arrested March 19 and charged with two counts of criminal tampering in the third-degree, a Class B misdemeanor, and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation charge. Schultz was arrested on a warrant issued in connection with the paint ball incidents on the eastern side of the city in late January and early February. Schultz was processed and arraigned in City Court. Amy E. Kraus, 41, of Spa Circle in Saratoga Springs, was arrested March 19 and charged with overdriving, torturing and injuring animals, an unclassified misdemeanor. Kraus was arrested on warrant for failing to provide the necessary food, water, veterinary care and living conditions for her animals. Kraus was arraigned in City Court. Henry Davis, 49, of Grand Avenue in Saratoga Springs was arrested March 21 and charged with petit larceny, a Class A misdemeanor. Davis was arrested on a warrant for an incident occurring January 7. He was alleged to have stolen $50 worth of merchandise from the Price Chopper location on Ballston Avenue. Jonathan C. Adams, 29, of Van Wagenen Drive in Fultonville, was arrested March 21 and charged with petit larceny,

a Class A misdemeanor. Shortly before 5 p.m., officers responded to Hamada Egyptian Bazaar on Broadway for reports of a shoplifter. The owner of the store told police he had caught an individual stealing from his store. Adams was identified at the scene and placed under arrest. The value of the item in question was $200. Melanie O. McGraw, 17, of Pyramid Pines in Wilton, was arrested March 22 and charged with petit larceny, a Class A misdemeanor. McGraw was arrested in relation to an incident on March 4. She is alleged to have stolen $35 from another student at Saratoga Springs High School during lunch. She was processed and arraigned in City Court. Eric J. Vanbuskirk, 51, of Stanley Street in Schenectady, was arrested March 22 and charged with driving while intoxicated (second offense), a Class E felony and operating a motor vehicle with blood-alcohol content greater than .08 percent, a Class A misdemeanor. There were also related parking violation charges. At 1 a.m., Vanbuskirk’s car was stopped on South Broadway by police. He appeared to be intoxicated and was arrested. Dianna P. Baker, of Kirby Road in Saratoga Springs, was arrested March 21 and charged with

criminal mischief in the fourth-degree with intent to cause damages to property, a Class A misdemeanor. Officers responded to a call around 8 p.m. indicating someone causing damage to a home. When they arrived, they placed Baker under arrest. Daniel R. Larmon, of Doten Avenue in Saratoga Springs, was arrested March 21 and charged with assault in the third-degree with intent to cause physical injury, a Class A misdemeanor. Larmon was arrested for an incident taking place March 12. He is alleged to have assaulted a worker from a group home. Larmon was processed and arraigned in City Court. Katherine O. Lafalce, 21, of Washington Street in Saratoga Springs, was arrested March 21 and charged with grand larceny in the fourth-degree exceeding $1,000, a Class E felony. Lafalce was arrested after it was determined that she stole over $1,000 from her place of employment, Pizza 7 on Caroline Street. The thefts have occurred over the last month. She was processed and arraigned in City Court.

Wallace D. Julius, 45, of Gridley Street in Saratoga Springs, was arrested March 21 and charged with criminal contempt in the second-degree, a Class A misdemeanor and harassment in the second-degree with physical contact, a violation charge. Julius was arrested on a warrant issued following a domestic incident that occurred March 16. Julius is alleged to have violated a full stay away order of protection and continued harassing the victim. Julius was arraigned in City Court. James M. Williams, 18, of Kaydeross Avenue West in Saratoga Springs, was arrested March 21 and charged with criminal tampering in the third-degree, a Class A misdemeanor. Williams was arrested on a warrant issued March 11. He allegedly


discharged a fire extinguisher inside a home on Allen Drive. Williams was processed and arraigned in City Court. Ankit Grover, 22, of Knollwood Drive in Clemson, South Carolina, was arrested March 22 and charged with criminal mischief in the third-degree, a Class E felony; assault in the third-degree with intent to cause physical harm, a Class A misdemeanor; unauthorized use of a vehicle with no consent, a Class A misdemeanor; and petit larceny, a Class A misdemeanor. Officers responded around 9 p.m. to a domestic incident on Leward Way. After investigating, Grover was arrested and taken to the police department. He was processed and held pending a City Court arraignment.


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CSEA Sues County over Maplewood Manor Sale Locally Owned and Operated

Marketing Company Hired to Sell the Nursing Home

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BALLSTON SPA — As the county moves forward with their plans to move Maplewood Manor to a privately-run facility, the union that represents the infirmary’s employees filed a lawsuit to block the Saratoga County’s plans to sell it. The Civil Service Employees Association, which represents the 325 Maplewood Manor employees, is asking New York State Supreme Court to rule that the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors acted illegally when they created a local development corporation to take ownership of Maplewood Manor. That is the first step in a means to sell the nursing home. CSEA is asking the court to rescind the decision. In the meantime, a Chicago

real estate broker was hired by that LDC, Maplewood Manor Local Development Corp., to find a buyer for the 277-bed nursing home. National realtors, Marcus & Millichap of Chicago, were picked from a total of four real estate firms who applied to market the nursing home and to review the qualifications of prospective buyers. It will be compensated with 2.5 percent of the final sale price. The Board of Supervisors wants to sell Maplewood Manor because of its history of losing millions of dollars per year at taxpayer expense. At the beginning of the year, the boards voted to transfer the facility to the Maplewood Manor Local Development Corp., as a means of allow the LDC to negotiate a sale.

Week of March 29 – April 4, 2013

Local Man Charged in Cocaine Distribution Investigation SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs Police Special Investigation Narcotics Unit (SIU) and the New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET) executed a warrant to search a Jefferson Street home which resulted in the arrest of 24-yearold Zorry Williams. Authorities searched the home March 26, after targeting Williams as a possible narcotics dealer. City police have been working to crack down on the distribution of cocaine. The search turned up illegal drugs as well as cash associated with

the sale of those drugs. Williams was arrested at the scene and charged with two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third-degree and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, all Class B felonies. Williams was processed at the Saratoga Springs Police Station and remanded to the Saratoga County Jail, where he is being held on $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond. Williams’ case is just the latest in a string of arrests around the Spa City for the illegal distribution of narcotics.

Journal Register Company’s Sale Approved NEW YORK — The company that owns both the Saratogian and Troy Record newspapers, Digital First Media, announced March 28 that the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York has granted their final approval for the sale of the assets of Journal Register Company and its affiliates. Both parties are projecting an April 2 sale date.

Journal Register is being acquired by 21st Century CMH Acquisition Co., which is an affiliate of funds managed by Alden Global Capital, who are the most recent owners of Journal Register Company. The Journal Register Company declared its second bankruptcy in three years in 2011 while still a publically traded company, before being purchased by Alden Global Capital.


Week of March 29 – April 4, 2013

Joyce A. (Montross) Harris SARATOGA SPRINGS — An Angel of Saratoga passed away on March 17 after years of battling various diseases including esophageal cancer. She was 78 years young. In the 1980s and early 1990s she owned and operated Pinky’s New and Vintage Boutique on Caroline Street. Her sparkling personality and generosity made all who came in contact with her feel a pure joy. She loved her Red Hat luncheons until she became too ill to attend. She is predeceased by her parents, Dorothy Fonda Montross and Jeremiah Walter Montross; and a brother, Ronald Montross, who died in the Korean War. Survivors include her

daughter Valerie K. HarrisMeinzer of Porter Corners, her son, James R. Harris II of Silver Springs, Florida and her constant

canine companion, Spirit. The family wishes to express their many thanks to all at Dr. Jama Peacock’s office, Dr. Arthur Ostrav, Dr. Edward Liebers and Dr. Desmond DelGiacco who allowed her to come home. Much appreciation to the staff at Saratoga Hospital ICU who adored her. Joyce donated herself as an Anatomical Gift to Albany Medical College. There will be no Memorial Service and per her wishes her ashes will be freed over Lake Champlain. Donations would be gratefully appreciated to assist the family and may be mailed to 1107 North Creek Road, 33 Park Place, Porter Corners, NY 12859.

Timothy Kevin Clare SARATOGA SPRINGS — Timothy Kevin Clare of Caroline Street, died Wednesday, March 20 after a short but courageous battle. He was 48. Tim was born December 18, 1964, in Suffern to the late Kevin and Aileen (Rogers) Clare. He and his family located to Clifton Park and was a 1982 graduate of Shenendehowa High School. Tim participated in several sports while at Shen but was most proud of his varsity basketball days. He then went on to graduate from Marist College in 1986 where he earned a BA in Economics. Tim married his wife Susan McDonnell on July 16, 1989. Tim had a diversified career in the Insurance industry. He worked for Met Life, Nationwide and most recently FEMA. He took great pride in the work he did and managed to make many great friends and acquaintances over the years. Tim was a very active and devoted Dad to his two children, Brigid and Patrick. He coached basketball, soccer and baseball. He never missed a game and was the first to cheer them on. Tim was also a member of the

IAABO and really loved officiating at boy’s high school basketball games. He was an avid sports fan who’s favorite teams included the NY Giants and the NY Mets. Tim and his family enjoyed travelling and took several trips to Disney World, the Caribbean and Ireland. Tim was looking forward to attending his daughter’s graduation in May from Fordham University. Tim is survived by his wife Susan, daughter Brigid and son Patrick all of Saratoga Springs; brothers Terence (Peggy) of Malta, Brendan (Cheri) of Tampa, FL, William (Shawn) of Albany

and Brian (Karen) of Portland, OR; sister MaryEllen (John) Siple of Latham and numerous nieces and nephews. Tim’s family would like to thank all of the healthcare professionals at Memorial Sloan Kettering, Albany Medical Center and Saratoga Hospital for the excellent care he received throughout this last year. Thank you to Hospice of Saratoga for their guidance and support while at Saratoga Hospital. Relatives and friends may call from 2 – 5pm Sunday, March 24, 2013 at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs (584-5373). A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30am Monday, March 25, 2013 at St. Clement’s Church, Lake Ave. In lieu of flowers, Tim’s wish was to establish a fund for his children’s education. Donations may be made to: Clare Children Education Fund, c/o Meredith Rumpf, Adirondack Trust Co., 473 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Online remembrances may be made at

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Mary T. “Cis” Walsh SARATOGA SPRINGS — Mary T. “Cis” Walsh passed away Thursday, March 21 at The Pines Nursing Home in Glens Falls. Born on Aug. 20, 1929 in Saratoga Springs, she was the daughter of the late Clement and Isabelle (Chase) James. In addition to her parents, Mary was predeceased by her brothers, Clement “Chic” James, Bernard “Bernie” James and William “Bill” James. She was also predeceased by her husbands, Al Madison of Corinth, Frank Argus of Wilton and Ed Walsh of Saratoga Springs. Survivors include her four children, Bruce Madison

and his companion Kathy of Queensbury, David Madison, Dale and Renata Madison all of Maine, Diane and Orrin Joudrey of Maryland; siblings Thomas James and Margaret Camarro both of Saratoga Springs; her grandchildren, Deborah, Stephanie, Orrin, Jamie and Marco; her great-grandchildren, Alexus, Zachary and Mayla as well as many nieces and nephews. Burial will be in the family plot at St. Peter’s Cemetery, West Ave. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Anthony (Tony) F. Licata

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Anthony (Tony) F. Licata, who was born on Jan 9, 1930 in Manhattan, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, March 22. He was 83. The son of the late Frank and Marie (Domino) Licata, he married his beloved Rose Marie on August 27, 1949 in Manhattan and later moved to Saratoga Springs. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Rose Marie: one sister, Camille (Albert) of Staten Island; one brother, Jimmy of Staten Island; two sons and one daughter, Anthony (Sharon) Licata, Michael (Tina) and Lisa Marie Licata-Stoll, all of Ballston Spa; his grandchildren, Meagan (Joe) Dickinson of Gansevoort, Sydney Rose Stoll of Ballston Spa, Bryan Licata of Queens, Kelly Licata of VT,

Jennifer Licata of Virginia and Casey Dougall of Mass.; two great-grandchildren, Taylor Ann Catalfamo and William Dickinson of Gansevoort and several nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by two brothers, Frank of Ft. Lauderhille, FL., and Salvatore, who died during World War II. Burial was in the family plot at Greenridge Cemetery.

Emily Marie Capeci Scuderi

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Emily Marie Capeci Scuderi, of Saratoga Springs, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 17. She was 95. Born on Aug. 26, 1917 in Stillwater, she was the daughter of Joseph Capeci and Catherine Cerrillo. She was the youngest of eight and was predeceased by her parents and all of her siblings. In addition to her parents and siblings, Emily was predeceased by

her husband of 52 years, Joseph (Gramps) Scuderi, who passed away on March 20, 1996. She is survived by her daughter, Mary Scuderi of Saratoga Springs; son, Lee F. Scuderi and wife Donna, grandson, Lee F. Scuderi, Jr. and granddaughter, Laura all of St Peters, MO as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Burial was in the family plot at Greenridge Cemetery, Lincoln Ave.


Signing Off

by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY As some of you may already know, this will be my last edition of Saratoga TODAY Newspaper as managing editor. While I leave with new opportunities on the horizon and the helpful knowledge of what it really takes to run a weekly publication, I can’t help but reflect back on some of the people I’ve met and the places I’ve been since starting my career in journalism. This paper represents such an array of my career “firsts.” I’ve been afforded the platform to write on almost every single facet of Saratoga Springs and Saratoga County: news, politics, sports, education, business, entertainment and everything in between. I’ve been included in magazines read all across the country. I’ve stood in the pouring rain outside of Saratoga Performing Arts Center in a fancy shirt and tie while I bartered with a man to allow me into a Yanni concert after my ticket was too wet to scan. I’ve been strapped inside a motorless plane and shuttled 6,000 feet above the city more or less against my will. All the while, still finding the time to make sure that this paper left the building every Thursday afternoon to make sure it ended up in your hands by Friday morning. Letting go has been harder than I imagined it would be. For all the stress, long days, arguments,

Week of March 29 – April 4, 2013

From the Publisher’s Desk

last minute assignments and general mayhem that working for a newspaper includes, it’s entirely possible I’ll never have the opportunity to do something like this again. There are many wonderful people I’ve been fortunate enough to work with here, all of whom are just as dedicated to seeing this newspaper thrive as I was. I feel I’m leaving at a time when the editorial talent at this paper has never been stronger. In my opinion, Chelsea DiSchiano and Patricia Older are two of the most driven and talented writers this paper has ever had. It’s comforting to leave the paper in such capable hands. Above all, I owe a special thank you to anyone who has ever taken the time to sit down and read something I’ve written. I don’t think I can really quantify how much it means to any writer, let alone me, who never dreamed he’d ever rise to anything beyond blogger status. The readers of this paper are its lifeblood. Without you, we’re just shouting into the abyss. I thank you for your continued support of Saratoga TODAY Newspaper. To list everyone I’d like to personally thank before I sign off would require about seven more pages of space, so I’d like to simply take a moment to thank my mother, Cindy Marshall, for her unwavering support of a son who lucked into a job he wasn’t sure he even had the ability to do. I love you, Mom. Thank you to Chad, Kim, Robin, Chelsea, Patty, Rich, Eric, Jess, Jim, Cindy, Chris, Arthur, Yael, Dan, CJ and everyone else who moved on before I did. I’ll still be writing for Simply Saratoga Magazine, which I was also fortunate enough to be put in charge of during my time with Saratoga Publishing. Whether you liked me, hated me or if this is the first thing you’ve ever seen me write, thank you for reading. Signing off, Andrew Marshall

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by Chad Beatty Saratoga TODAY This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of watching the 2013 NCAA wrestling championships, broadcast live from Iowa. Talk about exciting! The stadium was packed and filled with electricity as the country’s best grapplers stepped on the mat to test their skill, preparation and mental toughness. History was also made as New York native Kyle Dake of Cornell University became the first fourtime national champion to win at four different weight-classes and became only the third wrestler to ever win four national titles! Also in the world of wrestling, it was recently announced that the IOC (International Olympic Committee) has decided to eliminate the sport of wrestling beginning in the 2020 Olympic Games. What?

I, along with hundreds of thousands of others around the globe, find this news shocking and unacceptable. Let’s start with the fact that wrestling has its roots in the ancient Greek games and has been a part of every modern Olympics since they began in 1896. Wrestling is one of the few sports that is practiced on every continent and in every country on Earth. Wrestling is a sport that builds character, physical fitness, discipline and lifelong skills. And, important to us, the United States remains one of the most successful active nations, with 50 all-time gold medals and 125 medalists overall. Apparently, wrestling was chosen for elimination among the “core sports” so that a new sport could be admitted. This sounds like a plausible explanation, but let’s take a deeper look into this situation.

One example of a “core sport” that will continue is the modern pentathlon. You don’t know what the modern pentathlon is? That isn’t surprising. It is an odd mix of shooting, horseback riding, fencing, running and swimming. If you don’t know anyone who competes in the modern pentathlon, you would be like most people. However, I would bet my paycheck that you know someone, or a lot of people, who compete in wrestling. The United States is home to active and flourishing pee wee, high school and collegiate wrestling programs that produce amazing athletes. Now let’s take a look at the other side: the new sports vying for inclusion into the Olympic Games. They include such popular events as squash, roller sports, sport climbing, wake boarding and wushu. I won’t bother commenting on that. One last point that has substantial relevance to this discussion relates to Olympic sports that have a professional counterpart such as basketball, golf, boxing, etc. If you win an Olympic gold medal in wrestling, you ARE the best wrestler in your weight class on the planet. You have beaten the best of the best and solidified your place in history. If you win a gold medal in golf, you may have a shot playing against Tiger Woods someday. Keep wrestling an Olympic sport!

Letter to the Editor This letter was sent to us in response to our publisher Chad Beatty’s editorial titled “Red Dawn.” There are important issues before us in the debate about guns. Our nation and our community are divided about the complex tradeoffs between the God-given and constitutionally mandated freedoms of Americans, both the freedom to bear arms and the freedom from violence. In this context, the publisher of Saratoga Today enters with a commentary about Red Dawn. This was a lousy movie the first time. Patrick Swayze and several other high schoolers save our land from the Soviet empire. I haven’t seen its remake. (Rotten Tomatoes reviewers gave it a 13% rating out of 100.) The threat this time, apparently, is the North Koreans, who

play the role of villains previously performed by the Russians and Cubans. Mr. Beatty argues that when this actually does happen Americans won’t be able to defend themselves. The suggestion is made that Patrick Swayze and his friends were able to steal their fathers’ weapons and save our country the first time because they enjoyed a level of liberty no longer available to us. The column goes on to lament government’s efforts to reign in America’s obesity epidemic and some effort to protect scarce natural resources. The punch line? The American government’s attempt to undermine your ability to defend yourself against the hordes of foreign Communists about to attack the mainland is just one of the many ways it is robbing you of freedom. In the context of rising rates of gun violence, and legitimate

concerns about competing freedoms, our citizens deserve better than this facile yarn. The idea that some evil power is about to launch a ground war against us, and our military is not up to the task is more than “far-fetched.” It’s fear-mongering. The issues are complicated enough without introducing such Hollywood fantasies. Anyone who attended this past weekend’s Arms Fair in the Saratoga City Center, as I did, knows the vast majority of visitors are regular, decent, law-abiding citizens. Neither those people who feel protective of the Second Amendment who attended the show nor are those concerned about gun violence who protested outside served by such comparisons. John Brueggemann Saratoga Springs

Week of March 29 – April 4, 2013


Siros Given Two-Year Outdoor Entertainment Permit by Patricia Older Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — After being restricted by oneyear special use permits, Siro’s Restaurant won approval at Wednesday night’s Saratoga Springs Planning Board Meeting for a two-year permit, thus opening the door for them to seek investors to help make improvements to the popular summer night spot. “We have a one year special use permit,” said attorney Robert Sweeney, who was representing Siro’s. “We want to do improvements to address the sound issues but it is hard to attract investors with a one-year permit.” Sweeney went on to ask the Board to grant a four-year special use permit, adding that it would not be a “free pass” for the popular summertime restaurant. “We would still have to abide by the permit rules,” said Sweeney, adding that the City would still have the authority to levy fines if Siro’s violates any of the requirements. Siro’s has long been a source of frustration for neighboring residences during the track season. Neighbors have voiced concerns about the volume of the live bands and the loss of quality of life that comes with living next door to a popular night spot including large crowds, early morning garbage pickups and parking. A one-year special use permit for outdoor entertainment was enacted a few years ago to help curb the excesses of the restaurant. A noise monitor was installed to measure the decibel levels being emitted from the night club and requirements such as a parking agreement with NYRA were required. For the two-year permit, Siro’s stepped up to the plate and hired their own noise monitoring company in addition to the one hired by the city. They also added a second noise monitoring device that will be located closer to the neighboring residences. In addition, Sweeney said they have spoken to their waste management company and have asked that garbage pickup not be until at least 8 a.m. “We will have a sign on the Dumpster and enclosure that says pickup cannot be before 8 a.m., as

well as a lock on it and a person to come in and unlock it for them,” said Sweeney. Siro’s has also offered to lower the number of hours of outdoor entertainment from 270 hours to 210, keep the decibel level at 70 dB’s, add sound barrier walls and floating top to a running generator and have in place a parking agreement with NYRA. Councilman Philip Klein applauded Siro’s for their efforts to be a good neighbor but said he would not go as far as to approve a four year permit. “I am very pleased the total hours will be reduced and hope we have solved the garbage problem,” said Klein. “But I don’t see

a justification to increase the decibel level to 72, I believe 70 is reasonable. With that said, I am agreeable to a two-year review but not four years.” Councilman Tom Lewis agreed, adding that Board members are “very sensitive” to the needs of Siro’s neighbors. “If over the next two years you can show you are not going over [the decibel level,] I would be comfortable with a longer [special use permit for outdoor entertainment,]” said Lewis. While Board Chair Clifford Van Wagner said he wanted to keep the permit at one-year and was not willing to budge on the decibel levels, he was willing to vote for the

two year permit as well. “I want Siros to prove they are doing the job right,” said Van Wagner. Siro’s will pay for the noise monitoring and the council will

receive an annual report following each track season. If any violations are found to have happened, Siro’s can be fined and are subject to not having the special use permit renewed in 2015.



Week of March 29 – April 4, 2013

Bikeatoga—Bicycle Recycle Day Saratoga Hospital Promotes SARATOGA SPRINGS — work to emphasize the environmenAnn Marie Cross, MS, RN Looking to clean out your garage tal, economic and health-related or storage space, while providing essential transportation to needy members of our local community? On Saturday April 6 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m., representatives from Bikeatoga will be at the Eastern Mountain Sports store at 3066 Route 50 in Wilton to collect used bicycles. Bicycles collected will be distributed to needy people in the Saratoga Springs region by Bikeatoga. Bikeatoga, formerly Saratoga Healthy Transportation Network, is a local bicycle advocacy organization dedicated to pushing for a better future by making functional cycling more convenient, accessible, and safe in and around Saratoga Springs. Bikeatoga’s volunteer members

benefits of everyday cycling, as well as the pleasure of it. The group runs the Bikeatoga Workshop out of the basement of the Church of St. Peter at 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. The Workshop is generally open on Thursdays from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. For more about the bike workshop visit or A children’s bike giveaway is planned for the spring, and adults can “earn a bike” by volunteering at the workshop. So, on Saturday April 6 do something good for the environment, help those in need and unclutter your garage. For more information on donating a bike, contact Joanne at (518) 265-8507 or Doug at (518) 577-0286.

Ann Marie Cross, MS, RN

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Ann Marie Cross, MS, RN, has been promoted to administrative director for Emergent and Urgent Care Services at Saratoga Hospital. As such, she is responsible for overseeing clinical nursing practices at

the hospital’s Wilton Medical Arts, Malta Medical Arts and Alfred Z. Solomon Emergency Center. Cross will also oversee the clinical nursing practice for Malta Med Emergent Care, located off Northway Exit 12, when that facility opens June 3. Cross joined Saratoga Hospital in 2009 as director of the hospital’s Alfred Z. Solomon Emergency Center. She has over 30 years of experience in nursing management and supervision in Capital Region hospitals. Previously, she served as the director of Emergency Services for Glens Falls Hospital and administrative nursing supervisor at St. Mary’s Hospital in Troy. Cross holds both a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science from The Sage Colleges in Troy and a Registered Nursing license from Maria College in Albany.

Saratoga Hospital Names Service Stars

Gaffney’s Patio Work Started SARATOGA SPRINGS — Work started this week on Gaffney’s renovations that will see the enclosure of one of its outdoor patios. The year-round room will be glassed in, giving the ambiance of being outdoors, but will enable the bar and restaurant to use the space year-round. The dining area will be 1000 square-feet and will seat approximately 40 people. Owner John Baker was requested and received the zoning variance request earlier this year because current city laws require any additions in that section of the city to be no more than two stories. In addition, Gaffney’s location at 16-22 Caroline Street falls into the city’s Transect-6 Urban Core District and according to the city’s building code that area is designated to accommodate an intensity and diversity of retail and business on the ground level and upper floor residential uses. The renovations will not affect Gaffney’s outdoor bar, The Winner’s Circle, nor their indoor restaurant and bar, but during the day hours, the sidewalks along Caroline and Putnam will be closed. The project is expected to take approximately two months to complete.

Hot Fudge Company Owner Featured in New Book

Maura Russo, RN

Noelle Smassanow, RNC-OB, IBCLC

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Hospital has named Noelle Smassanow, RNC-OB, IBCLC, the Service Excellence Star of the Month for December and Maura Russo, RN, Service Excellence Star for January. Smassanow, of Ballston Spa, is a nurse in the hospital’s William J. Hickey Women’s Health Services unit and has been with Saratoga Hospital for over 30 years. She was recognized for her efforts to help new mothers with breastfeeding and to promote the skin-to-skin

contact that leads to successful mother-baby bonding. Russo, of Saratoga Springs, joined Saratoga Hospital in 2011 and works in medical-surgical and orthopedic units. She was recognized for making each patient feel as though they are the only one she is caring for. The Service Excellence Star of the Month program recognizes employees and volunteers who go above and beyond the call of duty to provide great service to hospital patients, visitors and staff.

GREENFIELD CENTER — Katie Camarro, owner of Sundaes Best Hot Fudge Sauce in Wilton has been featured in a new “Where Women Cook” hard cover publication called Pie-Ography—Where Pie Meets Biography, 42 Fabulous Recipes by 39 Extraordinary Women. Katie’s four-page piece is filled with colorful photos, some interesting insights into her life and company, and a recipe for her Maple Walnut Hot Fudge Ice Cream Pie. Sundaes Best is a line of twelve hot fudge sauces under Greenfield’s Greatest Food Company, Inc. established by Camarro and her husband Jeff Shinaman in 2001. Based on a Shinaman family recipe, the ingredients include Stewart’s half & half, Cabot butter, real sugar, and top shelf cocoa and dark chocolate. The dessert toppings can be found locally in the Capital Region and in 400 retail, kitchen and gift stores across the country. For more information, go to

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Shmaltz Brewing Opening New York Brewery Roohan Realty Welcomes Meredith von Schenk

Meredith von Schenk

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Roohan Realty is pleased to announce that Meredith von Schenk has joined the Company as their Graphic Designer/Marketing Assistant. Meredith brings with her a range of professional experience, having worked in New York City for several ad agencies and corporations in the fashion/apparel industry. She

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CLIFTON PARK — After 16 years as one of contract brewing’s loudest cheerleaders, Shmaltz Brewing Company, handcrafters of HE’BREW- The Chosen Beer and Coney Island Craft Lagers, is breaking with tradition and opening its own New York State production brewery at Exit 10, Clifton Park. Shmaltz’s new home boasts a 50-barrel brew house with 20,000 barrels of annual capacity. With a $3.25 million dollar budget and countless hours of planning and preparation, what began as an improbable fantasy only one year ago, has blossomed into a nearly 20,000 square-foot brewing reality. The brewery expects to hire at least 10 full-time staff for the new operation in addition to the dozen staffers currently handling sales, marketing and contract brewing operations. The space also touts a 1,700

square-foot tasting room and roughly 800 square-feet of office space. The first stainless kettles were delivered this week and the inaugural brew date is targeted for lateApril. Packaging should commence in May and June and Shmaltz projects bringing 100% of its production in-house by mid-to-late summer. The heart of Shmaltz’s new operation features a custom-made, five-vessel manual brew house, as well as eight fermentation and two beer tanks. They will have the capability of 120 bottle-per-minute packaging. The new Shmaltz brewery will package 12 and 22 ounce bottles and kegs of their diverse core and seasonal favorites. Several new releases and collaborations are on tap for 2013, and Shmaltz will continue their acclaimed exploration of barrel-aging with a current inventory of

more than 300 bourbon, rye whiskey, and tequila barrels. Even with this new beginning, Shmaltz will be piloted under the watchful and experienced eyes of the same dynamic team that’s brought the craft beer world many years of delicious beer and delicious shtick, including Jeremy Cowan, proprietor, Bob Craven, general manager, Matt Polacheck, art director, Zak Davis, national sales manager, Jesse P. Cutler, PR director and Paul McErlean, consulting brew master who created every recipe in Shmaltz’s awardwinning family of beers. SEDC will assist with a press event and a ribbon cutting ceremony in late April or early May. The official, public grand opening bash will take place on Sunday, July 7. Brewery tours will be available to the public this summer.

Saratoga Sponsor-A-Scholar at The Brook Tavern SARATOGA SPRINGS — Come to the grand opening of The Brook Tavern, 139 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs, and support Saratoga sponsor-a-scholar on Sunday, April 14, 5–8 p.m. Bring your friends! Bob and Mary Alice Lee, owners of the award-winning Wishing Well Restaurant in Wilton, are opening The Brook Tavern at the corner of Union and Nelson. It was formerly known as the Turf Club

and Springwater Inn. The grand opening event will feature a cash bar and complimentary samples from the new menu. The Brook Tavern will donate 50 percent of the bar receipts to Saratoga Sponsor-aScholar. Go back to The Brook Tavern for dinner any night in April and part of the proceeds will go to SSAS. The Brook Tavern dinner menu features a “Union Neighbors”

section where a percentage of items sold each month will benefit a local not for profit. Saratoga Sponsor-A-Scholar is a non-profit organization that helps economically disadvantaged students at Saratoga Springs High School realize their dream of going to college. For more information call SSAS executive director Jim LaVigne at (518) 587-2472 or e-mail

also worked for the world’s largest commercial real estate services firm, CB Richard Ellis. She holds a B.F.A in Industrial Design and Marketing from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She volunteers with Rebuilding Together Saratoga County and serves as an active member on the SPAC Junior Committee. Meredith resides in Saratoga Springs with her husband Paul. Roohan Realty has been serving the community’s residential and commercial property needs since 1969 and is celebrating its 44th anniversary. Conveniently located at 519 Broadway in Saratoga Springs, Roohan Realty is the largest locally based and family-owned real estate company in the area with over 50 professionally licensed agents. For further information, please call (518) 5874500 or visit their website at www.


Week of March 29 – April 4, 2013

This Week’s SPOLIGHT

North Country Horses Horses, Horses, Horses! That’s what you get at North Country Horses Summer Horsemanship Camp. North Country Horses offers a full day summer camp program

for children and young adults 6–16 years of age.

Pre and post camp care is available for working parents to ensure that children are in a safe and fun filled environment before and/or after the camp’s regular 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. hours. The focus is on horses from the first feeding in the morning until it’s time to go home in the afternoon. Campers will enjoy riding time, in both group and individual lessons. They are introduced to all aspects of horse care and handling, and will participate in many other horse related activities and crafts. North County Horse Campers need to be prepared to have fun! Our 2013 camp dates are the weeks of July 8–12, July 15–19, July 22–26, July 29–August 2, August 5–9, August 12–16 and August 19–23. Sign up early! Spots are limited and filling quickly. More information is available by emailing NorthCountryHorse@ or calling/ texting North Country Horses at (518) 441-5959.

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Week of March 29 – April 4, 2013

Simplifying School Budget Issues in Saratoga County Saratoga Springs City School District: Facing $1.2 million in budget cuts

by Chelsea DiSchiano Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA COUNTY — School districts in Saratoga County have recently been preparing their budgets for the 2013–14 school year, as budget approvals will be voted on by residents in their respected school districts in May. The annual statewide school budget vote, and Board of Education elections, will be held May 21 from 7 a.m.–9 p.m. Here is a closer look at the budget issues local school districts are trying to work through in their meetings before the final budgets are voted on in May:

The Saratoga Springs City School District is looking to cut $1.2 million in programs and positions as they discuss the best ways to balance the 2013–14 budget. The Board of Education has been discussing controversial cuts to athletics programs, including removing the assistant coaching positions for the boys and girls varsity tennis teams at the high school, in addition to dissolving the freshman boys’ lacrosse team and the assistant coaching position for the bowling team. Field trips and arts programs such as Arts in Education will also be reduced. In addition to the athletics program cuts, there is a possibility of 11.5 staff positions that will not be filled. Though vacant positions won’t be filled, Superintendent Michael Piccirrillo said that no current jobs will be lost through these budget cuts. By removing jobs through attrition and rearranging certain positions to fill multiple needs, the district expects to save $949,769. The school district is also looking to move the expensive BOCES Regional Tutoring Center program

in-house to reduce the costs of which the district currently pays $115,000 annually. By moving the program in-house, the district would save $70,701. The next Board of Education meeting and budget workshop will take place April 9 at Dorothy Nolan Elementary School at 7 p.m. Schuylerville School District: Facing budget gap between $642,000 and $1 million Though Schuylerville schools are currently slated to receive an increase in state aid for the 2013-2014 school year (around $500,000), the additional aid is offset by increasing costs of projected increases in health insurance costs and state mandated contributions to the Teachers Retirement System (TRS) and Employee Retirement System (ERS). With those costs in mind, Schuylerville is prepared to face a budget gap between $642,000 and $1 million. Tax levy cap legislation created in the 2011-2012 years also plays a significant role in the planning of next year’s budget. The legislation limits the tax levy increases that a district can impose on taxpayers if the school budget is approved by a simple majority

of voters (50 percent “yes” votes, plus one). Districts can go above their tax levy limits if 60 percent of voters approve the budget proposal. Schuylerville and districts across the state will have to plan for the worst-case fiscal scenario— a zero percent tax levy increase, which, in turn, leads to the need to hand out pink slips to all staff members who could potentially  lose their jobs. In Schuylerville, more than a dozen staff members received notice that their jobs are in jeopardy for the 2013-2014 school year. “We don’t anticipate that all the people who received pink slips will lose their jobs, but we are forced to give them notice in the event that our budget is voted down twice and we aren’t permitted to increase our tax levy,” said Superintendent Dr. Ryan Sherman.   Health costs are also an issue in planning the budget—for Schuylerville, health insurance costs increased an average of 10 percent over the last two years.  If the increases continue, it could mean $640,000 in added expenditures for the district. Since the 2010-2011 school year, spending has dropped by more than $1.2 million and nearly 20 jobs have been cut, including 16 teaching positions, 3.2 non-teaching positions and one administrative position (four of the teaching positions were cut through attrition or retirement). To learn more about the Schuylerville School District budget, visit www.schuylervilleschools. org. The Board of Education will meet again April 15. Ballston Spa Central School District: Budget increase of $3,240,490 The Ballston Spa School District’s

2013–14 budget is currently slated for $79,634,892, which is actually an increase of $3,240,490 from the 2012-13 year. The budget was slightly modified on March 20, amending it to $174,000 less then the proposed amount from the school board’s meeting on March 6. The decrease in funds is due to the total costs of the health insurance renewals. In his presentation to the school board, Superintendent Joseph Dragone said the budget is contingent upon the finalization of the state budget, which will determine how much aid the district will get from the state for the next year. Dragone also said the district is expecting a 1.2 percent increase in state aid from the amount received last year. To stay within the state’s tax cap, the limit for how much of the district’s budget can come from property taxes is $43.9 million for 2013–14, an increase of $1.4 million over last year. The allowable tax levy limit is 3.22 percent. However, Dragone said the district won’t have to use that full amount if they receive the necessary amount of state aid. The 2013–14 budget will add two new teaching positions— one will be a media specialist at the district’s new Gordon Creek Elementary School, the other for a sixth grade English/Language Arts and math teacher. The district plans to use savings from higher salaries of retiring teachers to fund the two new positions. 2013–14’s biggest expenses are $40.5 million for contractual and salary obligations, $12.3 million for health insurance and $6.6 million for pensions. Budget numbers can change once the state budget is finalized. The Ballston Spa Board of Education will meet again April 10 at the high school library for a final review of the budget.


Week of March 29 – April 4, 2013

Saratoga Springs Music Ensembles Ballston Spa Student Earns Award Attend Disney Honors Music Festival in Model Bridge Competition

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs High School Symphonic Band, Chamber Orchestra and Choraliers attended the prestigious Disney Honors Music Festival held February 28– March 3 in Walt Disney World, Florida. These select performing groups participated in instrumental and vocal clinics, listened to guest speakers and performed for evaluators. The groups had the

opportunity to perform for nationally recognized conductors and adjudicators, and receive instruction from the adjudication panel. The festival culminated with a gala celebrating the accomplishments of festival participants. Before heading home on March 4, the Choraliers performed for a packed house at the Downtown Disney Waterside Stage, receiving two standing ovations.

Ballston Spa Structure Team Heads to Odyssey of the Mind World Finals SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Washington-Saratoga-WarrenHamilton-Essex BOCES Gifted and Talented Resource Center is pleased to announce the results of the Region 6 teams that competed in the New York State Odyssey of the Mind Tournament at Binghamton University on Saturday, March 23. At the top of the list is the Ballston Spa High School Structure Team, which is heading back to the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals after placing second in their problem and division. This will be the team’s second consecutive trip to the World Finals, which will be held

at Michigan State University from May 22–25, 2013. The Washington-SaratogaWarren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES Gifted and Talented Resource Center congratulates all Odyssey of the Mind participants and winners. “We are so proud of all the students, coaches, and parents for their tremendous creativity and effort,” said Odyssey of the Mind Regional Director Eileen Minder. “Until last year, we never had a team move on to World Finals, and now, we are thrilled to have a repeat! We wish the Ballston Spa High School team all the best as they go on to Michigan.”

BALLSTON SPA — A junior at Ballston Spa High School, Maggie Zink recently won third place and a $50 prize in the Aesthetic Design Category for the Engineer’s Week Model Bridge Competition. The Foundation for Engineering Education, the Structural Technical Group of the Mohawk-Hudson Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Eastern NY Chapter of the Association for Bridge Construction and Design, and Curtis Lumber Company sponsored the local Model Bridge Competition for high school students during the 2013 Engineer’s Week Celebration.  The model bridge competition requires each student to build a 400 mm long balsa wood bridge. Each bridge is measured for conformance with the MBC rules, weighed and then loaded to failure. The competition has been held annually since 1983. The model bridge competition is open to full-time high school students and involves building a model truss-type or arch-type bridge out of balsa wood with the parts joined by yellow carpenter’s

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glue. Each model is judged on its aesthetics (appearance and quality of construction), then weighed and loaded to failure by a testing machine. Model efficiency scores are computed based upon maximum load at failure divided by the weight of the model. Cash prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in categories of efficiency, load capacity, and aesthetics. The Ballston Spa High School competes in the event annually. Please contact Science Coordinator Diane Irwin at 884-7150 for more information.

Congregation Shaara Tfille Offers Preschool SARATOGA SPRINGS — Congregation Shaara Tfille, located at 84 Weibel Avenue, is thrilled to announce a new Sunday Hebrew Preschool program for young children (ages 2 to 6 years old) this spring. For the remainder of this school year, they will hold four class sessions of Sunday Hebrew Preschool on April 14, April 28, May 5 and May 19. The tuition for the 4 class sessions, per child, is $50 total. The classes will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will end at 11:30 a.m. If you are interested in having your child enroll in this program, please feel free to call the Synagogue office between 9:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m. Monday–Friday at (518) 584-2370 to speak to Carole, administrative executive or Rabbi Kenneth Blatt. Congregation Shaara Tfille is an inclusive, egalitarian and Conservative Synagogue that holds Monday and Thursday morning services at 7:30 a.m., Saturday Shabbat services beginning at 9:30 a.m. In addition to regular religious program, the Congregation offers a Hebrew School, Adult Education program, ‘Live 92nd Street Y’ broadcast series, Men’s Club and Sisterhood.

Student Recognized for Academic Achievements NEWBURGH, N.Y. — Elizabeth Krupski of Clifton Park, N.Y., a nursing major, was recently honored at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, N.Y. for making the fall Dean’s List. The Dean’s List distinction is awarded each semester to students who have carried at least 12 graded credits with a minimum semester GPA of 3.5. Mount Saint Mary College, located 60 miles north of New York City, is ranked a Top-Tier Regional University (North) by U.S. News & World Report, and offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs preparing students for careers in healthcare, business, education, social services, communication/media and more.

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Week of March 29 – April 4, 2013

Saratoga Hospital Honors Organ Donor

continued from page 1 adding that this project would be using the grade level on the northern side as part of the building itself and that storm water runoff would be contained underground instead of through containment ponds. He continued, saying that the mixed use project was designed to connect with the existing project next door; but that a 120-foot-wide parcel separates the two and they have thus far been unsuccessful in getting the owner to sell them the land or grant right-of-way usage. “The two projects are designed to work together,” said Carr. “We hope to eventually work out some sort of agreement with Mr. Stone and eventually link up and create a harmonious plan.” The existing project has 178 apartments and 124,000 square-feet of mixed use retail space. The project now goes before DRC for review. Board members approved the project for the corner of Marion Avenue and Excelsior, which includes a 20,000 square-foot Fresh Market in the southwest corner. Fresh Market, a European-style marketplace, is known for their fresh meats, seafood, fruits and vegetables. The project will also see an art gallery, retail shops and 30

apartments. The revised plans, known as the Excelsior Avenue Mixed Use Development project, were first approved in 2003 for a much largerscaled project with, among other retail and restaurant spaces, 69 condominiums, a large banquet facility and an 80-room hotel. In 2007, work stopped and the lot has remained vacant. Planning Board Chair Clifford Van Wagner said the city is pleased to see the undeveloped corner finally being built up and on a smaller scale than what was initially approved. “It is less dense than what can be approved for the site,” said Van Wagner. “The former project was at least twice, if not three times the size. This is clearly less dense and will encourage pedestrian traffic.” Construction will take more than a year, but will start with the Fresh Market store. Plans call for Marion Avenue to be widened for a turning lane and re-striped. The builder has also added a bike rack, trees and benches on the Excelsior Avenue side with a sidewalk bump out for a CDTA bus stop. In addition, along the Route 50 side, since it is considered a “gateway” to the city, the builder is going to place large landscape boulders, landscaping greens and low bushes.

Arron Ford raises an organ donor flag at Saratoga Hospital in honor of his fiancée, the late Rosa Durr. Ford, who works in the operating room at Saratoga Hospital, is assisted by Durr’s niece Hibbiba Ibrahim. Also pictured, from left, family members: Alicia Jemison, the Rev. Rose Durr, Michael Jemison and Trayvon Jackson. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Hospital recently raised a flag to honor the late Rosa Durr, whose decision to be an organ donor gave the gift of life to three others. Durr, 45, died suddenly in December.

Durr was the fiancée of Arron Ford, who works in the operating room at Saratoga Hospital, a job that has shaped his perspective on organ donation. “When you see, firsthand, what organ donation means for patients, you come to appreciate that there is no greater gift,” Ford said. Saratoga Hospital flies a special “organ donor” flag for every organ donation at the hospital.

After a week, the flag is taken down, cleaned and presented to the donor’s family as an expression of gratitude. Flags are provided and cleaned by the Center for Donation and Transplant, which coordinates the retrieval of donated organs and tissue at more than 43 hospitals throughout northeastern New York and western Vermont.

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Week of March 29 – April 4, 2013

A Voice for Veterans: Operation Adopt-A-Soldier

by Jackie Kingsland Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Let’s try to recall what was happening in our lives ten years ago, back in 2003. What was the biggest challenge at that time? For two community members, they each had a son facing deployment overseas, heading off to war to serve our country. Cliff Seguin and Terri Perry are the parents of those service members. Cliff ’s son deployed to Kuwait; Terri’s to Iraq. With each parent facing their own array of emotions from tremendous pride to fear of

the unknown, the journeys taken to support their children while overseas and cope here at home began differently. Their goals to make all military men and woman as comfortable as possible and provide a sense of home, while never forgetting the sacrifices made, were exactly the same. Eventually their paths lead down the same road and so began “Operation Adopt-aSoldier.” ( Cliff Seguin founded the nonprofit organization located in Wilton in 2003. During those first months of war in Iraq, he and other co-workers from his employer’s facility at the time sent care packages to one platoon where Cliff ’s son, Steven, was a member. Cliff attended a “Support Our Troops” rally and fundraiser later that same year and partnered with Dominick Commisso, who also was sending care packages to his two sons serving in Iraq. The following year in 2004, Cliff crossed paths with Terri Perry, the founder of Project Yellow Ribbon

and military mom to Edward. Together with Helping Hands of New York, the two joined forces with Operation Adopt-a-Soldier (OAS) to serve the organization’s mission and provide support to every service member, their families, as well as raise awareness of the daily sacrifices the military and their loved ones make for the sake of our freedom. “There is nothing out of the realm that we won’t do to provide support to our troops,” claims Terri. Cliff adds, “We don’t want what they do for us to be forgotten.” And what a difference they do make in the lives of the troops, their family members, our community and other veteran organizations. In addition to forwarding care packages, through the organization’s volunteers and Board members, OAS offers reinforcement to military family members through a Family Readiness Program and maintains a volunteer staff for home repairs such as plumbers, carpenters and electricians, as well as computer specialists, financial planners and support group referrals. The volunteers travel to airports to welcome home returning military members, give presentations to churches, schools, youth groups and host various events to raise awareness. Some of these activities include community dinners, dances, a harvest festival and a “Support our Troops” walk. They have recently received the honor of being asked to serve as

administrators for placement of Memorial Day Flags at Saratoga National Cemetery. You might be wondering what you can do to help. There are several options: write a soldier, host an event to benefit OAS, volunteer at events, make a contribution of your time, drop off supplies, or make a monetary donation by visiting their website. Volunteers are welcome for packing boxes for shipment to our military on Thursdays from noon–2 p.m. or on Saturdays from 3-5 p.m. at their site located at 4281 Route 50, in Wilton. A supply list requested by service members is listed on their website and include items such a snacks, toiletries, calling cards and even “shower curtains requested by a female soldier for Operation: Bathroom Morale”, Terri explains. “If a soldier requests a specific item, we will send it to them.” “Whatever they need,” states Cliff. If you have a loved one serving overseas and want to add them to the organization’s list, reach out to Terri by telephone at (518) 2324526 or email Pterrilee418@aol. com. You can contact Cliff at (518) 587-8010, or email him at Businesses can donate to help our troops through the organization’s Annual Sponsorship Program for Operation Adopt-a-Soldier and Project Yellow Ribbon. This entails a three-tier membership (gold, silver and bronze) and each member level receives updated newsletters and meeting minutes, letters from a soldier (if received), a Support our Troops magnet and membership card. To reciprocate their appreciation, OAS offers to display signage, announce their business, include businesses’ name on the website and newsletter list; which details meeting minutes, organizational goals, soldier updates, fundraising events and a list of sponsors. One area’s business, Living Resources, has employees volunteer every week for the last eight years. If you visit their location in Wilton to volunteer, drop of supplies or donations, you may notice their space is now at full capacity. “We are looking for a larger space, somewhere along Route 50 or in the Wilton area,” Cliff explains. “We have outgrown this space and need a larger facility to store supplies. A larger area can be utilized for our other services.” “Yes, I remember when I first

began helping at OAS, we had a small trailer,” says Terri. “A large space will help us to host events at the site, offer counseling and family readiness group meetings. If a returning soldier comes home with no place to go, we can provide a bed for them.” With the assistance of Cliff Gerber, a member of the OAS Board of Directors, 40-plus volunteers, including a military mentor for Family Readiness Groups (FRG), Operation Adopt-a-Soldier has supported our troops now for a decade. The organization recently celebrated 10 years in operation and will continue to stay the course and support service members and their loved ones even as the wars wind down overseas and more military men and women return home. “As long as there are soldiers who are deployed, we will send care packages, a sense of home, letters, and never let them be forgotten”, says Cliff, as Terri nods fervently in agreement. The organization’s website ( includes soldiers’ heartfelt letters, a supply list for the troops, fundraising events, OAS news, and useful links including: the military branches, Disabled American Veterans, Make the Connection (PTSD), Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and Association of Disabled Veterans to name a few, as well as several area drop off sites: Ballston Community Library in Burnt Hills; Rutland Marble Granite in Greenwich; Saratoga County Clerk’s Office in Ballston Spa and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Saratoga Springs. If you were a 96-year-old WWII veteran named Leslie E. Lane, what would you do to support military men and women? As it turns out, Mr. Lane paints Christmas ornaments and delivers them to Operation Adopt-a-Soldier with the help of his daughter, Anita. Each and every ornament has a special and heartfelt message attached from Mr. Lane. Reach out to OAS –volunteer, host an event, make a donation to help them meet their goals and offer more support to our military, write a soldier a letter, drop off supplies or contribute your time. Make a sacrifice just like our service members and their loved ones do. As always, thank you to our veterans for their service. See you back here next month at A Voice for Veterans.

Week of March 29 – April 4, 2013



GlobalFoundries Seeks to Eliminate Requirement of Constructing 11A Exit from Planning Document Photo provided

by Chelsea DiSchiano Saratoga TODAY

MALTA — At a special meeting of the Malta Town Board March 25 and at the March 26 Planning Board meeting, GlobalFoundries announced it is seeking four amendments to the planned development district (PDD) for Fab 8.2, one of which would be to remove the requirement of planning an Exit 11A and instead add six different traffic mitigations. Matt Jones, real estate attorney for GlobalFoundries, told the planning board that GlobalFoundries does support the notion of building an Exit 11A at some point in the future, but currently wants to eliminate it from the PDD as a condition so the company can move forward with its plans for Fab 8.2. Malta residents have made it clear in several previous town board meetings that they would like the town to build an Exit 11A to alleviate traffic concerns as the chip plant continues to add steep growth to the region. “I’m in favor of Exit 11A being pursued,” said planning board member David Wallingford. “I realize it will take eight to 10 years until it becomes an actuality, but I think what we as a

board need to look at is not only the GlobalFoundries business of the Luther Forest Technology Campus, but the buildout of the park that will later need to be addressed, and I feel that 11A will address those increased volumes of vehicular traffic.” Planning board member Roger Laime said the board also needs to address the financing of Exit 11A and/or the six traffic mitigations GlobalFoundries is seeking to replace the addition of 11A. “How is it going to be funded and where would the money come from?” Laime asked. “Everything we’re discussing has a monetary cost, and I want to make sure the town board knows they need to explore all intersections and possibilities and see if there’s more that we have to consider.” “Something needs to happen now so GlobalFoundries can move its business forward, but we can’t lose sight of future planning for the infrastructure that needs to be taken into account,” said planning board member Carrie Woerner. “When removing restrictions and altering things, we should make sure future requirements are identified and plans put in place to make sure we can deliver the infrastructure necessary for the next company that buys property in Luther Forest.” Stillwater resident and

planning board member Carol Marotta said she thinks the Exit 11A requirement should remain in the planning document so that the town board doesn’t lose sight

of constructing the exit. “I feel it would not be the right move to give up on 11A— once it’s out of documentation, it’s out of sight and out of mind and not part of the mix anymore,” said Marotta. “I truly believe that the requirement was put in there for a very good reason—to get traffic directly to the site and to keep it off the local roads. [11A] may not get built for 10 years, but I think we have to still keep it in the mix and have movement toward it for long-term planning purposes.” Board member Dave Bowman said the six traffic mitigation points should be implemented now, on top of starting plans for Exit 11A. “We need to pursue these six mitigation points, but we also need to stick to 11A,” Bowman said. “Work has to be started now so it’s done before we go farther forward—we’ve got to keep 11A in there one way or another so it comes down the road next time we approach it. If it’s going to take eight to 10 years, then the work has to start now so we stick to 11A

in the future.” Other planning board members echoed Bowman’s sentiment, and at the end of the meeting the board voted unanimously to recommend to the town board that they approve the amendment changes GlobalFoundries is seeking, with the condition that they still keep Exit 11A language in the PDD with some other triggers— such as the buildout of the LFTC park—so as not to lose track of it in the future. It is ultimately up to the Malta Town Board to vote for or against GlobalFoundries’ amendment changes. The other three changes GlobalFoundries suggested include adding 15 feet in height to building stacks for a total height of 125 feet, increasing the footprint of the Fab from 550,000 square feet to 575,000 square feet, and adding a larger clean room. The Town Board cannot vote on the PDD until the entire State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) is completed, which won’t happen until May, at the earliest.


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Saratoga Rowers Take Gold continued from page 1

by Patricia Older Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — It was worth all those 5 a.m. winter mornings on Fish Creek for sisters Claire and Caroline Murphy. Bundling up for the cold did not stop the bitter wind from biting at the exposed skin on their faces and hands or keep spray from the smooth water from sinking into the layers of clothes as their muscles strained to maintain the strenuous rhythm of oars to water. But the moment their team crossed the finish line in the Sydney International Rowing Regatta, grabbing the gold for the girls rowing team, they knew the effort was worth the price. “We race in the U.S and in Canada, but we have never been on a stage that big,” said Caroline, a senior at Saratoga Springs High School. “When we stood on that Olympic dock where Olympians had stood, it was the greatest feeling—it was worth it all.” “It was definitely all worth all those practices,” said Claire, a SSHS freshman, adding that even the adventure of travelling to Australia for 10 days, seeing the sights and meeting the U.S. team was an once-in-a-lifetime experience. “We had such a great time.” Claire and Caroline are the daughters of James and Laurie Murphy of Saratoga Springs and

are members of the Saratoga Rowing Association. The Girls’ 8 Team was invited last fall to participate in the international event after winning the Head of the Charles Regatta held in Boston. Coach Eric Catalano said the competition was even more significant because it is the first time the World Cup competition, the Interstate competition and the International competition were held at the same time in Australia. “We were the only ones invited from the United States,” said Catalano, who coaches the boys, girls, modified, freshman and varsity teams for SRA. Getting there was not easy for the nine-girl team – Shannon Merboth, Lexi Georgia, Meghan Hampton, Makenzie Battle, Kerri Wegner, Kelli Wegner, Makenzie Hart, Claire and Caroline. Claire and Caroline said they both tried the sport when they were in the seventh grade at a rowing camp and fast fell in love with the discipline and dedication required to excel at it. “Dad had tried rowing and said it was fun, so I did it at camp,” explained Caroline, who will be attending Duke University in the fall. “I like how at times it can be really intense and at other times it is so relaxing and allows you to de-stress.” Claire, a lacrosse athlete, had looked at rowing a little more warily and thought she wouldn’t

want to switch sports. But that all changed when she began to notice the opportunities opening up for her older sister.” “I saw all these cool places Caroline got to go [for competitions] so I tried it at camp and really liked it,” said Claire. Preparing for rowing competitions is not for the faint of heart, said the girls, pointing out that the teams usually enter the water in April for the training, but it is, said Caroline, actually a sport that requires year round dedication and preparation. “In the winter we get ready by working out with the rowing machines, bicycling and doing a lot of core exercises,” said Caroline, noting that their workouts tend to avoid weight-bearing routines to avoid injuries. Once practice sessions start in April, SRA members work out in a variety of ways, sometimes rowing in singles, doubles, or in the longer, eight-person boats. “Training can be fun,” said Claire, adding she’d rather be in race than the grueling pace of the practice. “In the spring we have the shorter races and those are the most fun—the most adrenaline.” While it should have been a time of indoor conditioning, when the team received the invitation in February, they had only two weeks to get back on the water where they could dig in and ready themselves. “Most of your strength

comes from outdoor rowing,” said Caroline, adding that it takes more than putting oar to water to win a race. “The sport is really team oriented as well as an individual achievement.” Claire explained that for the 2000 meter run in Australia, the team has a set rhythm and system in place. For this particular race, she said, each team had a lane they must row in and everyone begins the race at the same time. “You have to start up and you have rhythm and beats—sometimes you have to shift down and other times, pull as hard as you can so we don’t waste energy,” said Claire, noting that the coxswain, the person who steers the boat and calls out directions and instructions, is crucial to the team’s ability to work well together. “The coxswain has to let us know where we are and what we are doing.” Catalano, who is worldrenowned in the rowing community, said the team was incredible during the meet, which featured two days of heat races and the finals on Sunday, March 24. “I could not be prouder of those girls for how they faced adversity within the race and for how they responded,” said Catalano, noting that the coxbox, the speaker through which the coxswain calls out directions, did not work during one of the heats and almost cost the girls’ the race. “They did really well.”

Catalano noted that the five seniors on the team were all headed to colleges with rowing teams. “They are all recruited athletes,” said Catalano, noting that Shannon was heading to the University of Pennsylvania, Lexi to Cornell, Caroline to Duke, and twins Kelli and Keri to Boston University. Both girls pointed out that just about anyone can join the rowing association, no matter what their skill level is and have a good time. “They never make cuts, so anyone can do it,” said Claire. “You can make it what you want it to be.” “They even have adaptive rowing for physically handicapped or disabled rowers,” pointed out their dad, Jim, who added that the rowers truly respect the coach. “They listen to him, he has them under control, and never for a moment did Laurie or I had a worry about their safety or welfare halfway across the world,” said Jim. “By his focusing on success, by holding up that model, they want to do their best.” For more information on Saratoga Rowing Association, call (518) 587-6697 or email info@

Police Department and City School District Announce New Partnership Aimed At School Safety SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs Police Department and the Saratoga Springs City School District are proud to announce a partnership aimed at increasing security in our public elementary schools while enhancing the positive relationships between police officers and the district’s staff, faculty, students and parents. Beginning April 2, each public elementary school within the city limits (Division Street, Caroline Street, Lake Avenue and Geyser Road) will provide workspace that police officers can utilize to perform certain clerical and investigative tasks that would otherwise require the officer to return to police

headquarters. This will give each school an increased police presence while allowing officers to build relationships with both staff and students. It is important to note that the officer will NOT use the space to conduct interviews and will NOT bring witnesses, victims or suspects into any school. All interviews will continue to be conducted at police headquarters. Since the suspension of the Police Department’s D.A.R.E. program in early 2010, the police department has been exploring various means to reintegrate its officers into the elementary school setting in a way that is both non-threatening and allows officers to form long-lasting

bonds with our city’s young children. Since officers will be utilizing this space as part of their normal routine patrol activities, it is anticipated that this partnership will be at no cost to city and school district taxpayers. Officers will be in the schools at various times during the day and night. The police department will also reach out to the city’s private schools in the near future to discuss the same issues with the hope that similar plans can be implemented. Saratoga Springs High School already has a police officer onsite in the role of a resource officer. The district’s other schools are located outside the city.

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Week of March 29 – April 4, 2013

Liberty Tax Service Donates to Franklin Community Center Take a look at this week’s newest club members!


From left to right: James Carero, Lori Cronk, and Elizabeth Elligott. Branch Owner, Brian Muller is not pictured. Photo provided.

BALLSTON SPA — Employees from Liberty Tax Service on Doubleday Ave. in Ballston Spa present Franklin Community Center’s Bo Goliber with a box of non-perishable food items and monetary donations collected at their roadside party held on March 16. The business wanted to tie in an opportunity to help the community during the busy tax season.






Saratoga Springs Bus Drivers Recognized for Volunteer Efforts Tooth Fairy Club is sponsored by:

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BALLSTON SPA — Mr. and Mrs. Sean Stanford of Plymouth, Massachusetts are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Leigh Meaghan Stanford, to Michael Warren Beson, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Beson of Ballston Spa, New York. The bride-to-be is a 2005 graduate of Plymouth North High School. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English language and literature from Fordham University and her Master of Arts in teaching from Northeastern University. She is a first-grade teacher in the Watertown Public School system.   The prospective groom is a 2004 graduate of Ballston Spa High School and earned his bachelor’s degree in art history from Fordham University and a Master of Arts in English from Union College. He teaches high school English at Old Rochester Regional High School.   An October 2013 wedding is planned in Plymouth.

SARATOGA SPRINGS —Bus drivers from the Saratoga Springs City School District volunteered 148 hours of their time to drive shuttles during the South Glens Falls High School Marathon Dance in March. The benefit raised $489,716 for over 40 various individuals and organizations. Left to right are Jack Carpenter, Patricia Shultes, Diane Sacca, Jared Foro, Gwen Holbrook, Art LaBrake, Mikee Boyce, LeaEt Ordon and Jeff Schraner. Participating drivers not in the photo are Chuck TenEyck, Larry Reddon, Bill Hollner Sr., John Lynch, and Sean Daugherty.

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




Upcoming Town Meetings Town of Ballston: Ballston Town Hall  323 Charlton Road  885-8502 3/26: Town Board, 7:30 p.m. 3/27: Planning Board, 7:30 p.m. 4/3: Zoning Board of Appeals, 7:30 p.m. Village of Ballston Spa: 66 Front Street 885-5711 4/9: Village Board of Trustees, 7:30 p.m. 4/23: Village Board of Trustees, 7:30 p.m. Town of Greenfield: 7 Wilton Road 893-7432 4/9: Planning Board, 7 p.m. 4/11: Town Board, 7 p.m. 4/30: Planning Board, 7 p.m. Town of Malta: 2540 Route 9 899-2818 04/1: Town Board, 7:00 p.m. Town of Milton: 503 Geyser Road 885-9220 4/3: Town Board, 7 p.m. 4/17: Town Board, 7 p.m. City of Saratoga Springs: 474 Broadway 587-3550 4/2: Saratoga Springs City Council, 7 p.m. 4/9: Planning Board, 7 p.m. Town of Saratoga: 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville 695-3644 4/8: Town Board, 7 p.m. Village of Schuylerville: 35 Spring Street 695-3881 4/10: Board of Trustees, 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 4/4: Town Board, 7 p.m. 4/17: Planning Board, 7 p.m. Saratoga County Board of Supervisors: 40 McMaster St, #1 Ballston Spa, NY 12020 (518) 885-2240

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) 882-5562 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 Single Parents of the Capital District Meet Up Calling single parents ages 30s–70s (with young or adult children) – Parents Without Partners (PWP) meets 6:45 p.m., April 6, for their singles orientation and open house at the Shenedehowa Adult Community Center, at Clifton Commons. Meet other singles from the Capital District, Saratoga and surrounding areas. PWP brings singles together in a fun, supportive, social environment through a variety of monthly activities for parents alone and/or with their children. Children’s activities are subsidized through chapter funds. Learn more at: PWP796 or call (518) 348-2062. 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,

Week of March 29 – April 4, 2013 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. 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. 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: Pizza and Wing Night There will be a pizza and wing night at Victory Mills Fire Department on Saturday, April 27, 4–8 p.m. Eat-in or carry out. A 12 cut cheese pizza will be $11; 12 cut with the works, $18, toppings are $2 each – sausage, pepperoni, peppers, onions, mushrooms and extra cheese. Wings with celery and bleu cheese: one dozen $8; extra bleu Cheese .75 cents, plain, mild, hot or extra hot. Spring Antique Appraisal Show Malta Community Center will have a fun and informative event featuring Mark Lawson of Mark Lawson Antiques as he educates participants on the world of antiques and performs appraisals. This special event will take place on Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Admission for Malta residents with one appraisal item is $9; nonresidents $10. General Admission

for Malta residents is $2; non –residents $3. Pre-registration is encouraged. Call (518) 899-4411 for more information. 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 Boston Bus Trip There will be a Boston bus trip on Saturday, May 4, sponsored by the Greenwich Elk’s Auxiliary. The bus will leave the Greenwich Elks lodge on Route 40 in Greenwich at 6 a.m. Participants will be dropped off at Quincy Market. The bus returns to the Lodge by 11 p.m. Cost is $50 until April 15; $55 after that date. Mail a check or money order to Kim Strainer, 9 St. Lea Court, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or call (518) 3616994 for more information. Class of ’78 to Celebrate 35th Reunion The Saratoga Springs High School Class of 1978 will be celebrating its 35th Class Reunion the weekend of July 5–6. On Friday, July 5, class members will be gathering at the Courtyard of the Inn at Saratoga at 7:30 pm. A cover charge of $5 will cover the cost of finger foods. On Saturday, July 6 at 7 p.m., the Class will hold a Great American Barbeque at the Washington Inn, catered by Longfellows Restaurant. Included in the festivities, the Class will honor those great Americans in the Class of 1978 who have served in our armed forces. Cost will be $48 per person. In addition, on July 5 the Class will hold a golf tournament at a course to be determined. More information and invitations will be available on the Class’s website, www.classof1978. org, and on the Class’s Facebook page: Saratoga Springs High School Class of 1978. Anyone wishing to volunteer or seeking further information, please send an email to

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Friday, March 29

Monday, April 1

Annual First Friday Fish Dinner

Second Open House for New Saratoga Greenbelt Trail

The Sons of Italian American War Vets Post 35, 247 Grand Ave., Saratoga Springs 4–7 p.m. Featuring New England Clam Chowder, Shrimp Cocktail, Steamed Clams, Fish Fry and Hand Cut Fries. All for only $15. Come early as we sell out! For more information contact the Club at (518) 584-1841.

Empire State College, Room 126, 2 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs 6:30–8 p.m. The second public open house will be held to provide public input on the concept of creating a Greenbelt Trail around the City of Saratoga Springs. The Greenbelt Trail is being proposed to connect the City’s three existing rail-trails: the Spring Run, Bog Meadow and Railroad Run trails. These trails have been developed as community projects over the past 20 years, and the idea of creating a city-wide trail system is included in the City’s Open Space Plan. The Greenbelt is being imagined as a 10 mile loop around the city for walkers, runners, bikers, hikers, cross country skiers, snow shoeing, dog walking and other trail uses. The primary purpose of the meeting is introduce and discuss trail alignment alternatives throughout the city, key connections, potential new trailhead locations, and public/ private partnership opportunities. This is the second public meeting about the project, and interested citizens, businesses, property owners and organizations are encouraged to attend and share their ideas. A coalition of local organizations has retained Alta Planning + Design to create the action plan for the Greenbelt Trail. For More Information Call: (518) 584-6634.

Good Friday Fish Dinner Saratoga Wilton Elks, 1 Elks Lane, Rte. 9, Saratoga Springs 4:30–7 p.m. New England Clam Chowder, Your Choice of Broiled or Fried Fish, Oven Roasted Potatoes, Baked Macaroni and Cheese, Green Beans, Coleslaw, Rolls and Butter, Dessert, Coffee and Tea. Donation Requested: Adults $10; Seniors (62 yrs) and Miliary (active or retired w/ID card) $9; Children 5-12 $5; Children under 5 Free. All takeout $10. Cash Bar Available.

Lights Out At The Ice Rink 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: Adults $4; Children/Sr. Citizens $3; Nonresidents: $5/$4. Skate Rentals available for $4.

Saturday, March 30 Great Schuylerville Egg Hunt Schuylerville High School, 14 Spring Street, Schuylerville 11 a.m. There will be 3 egg hunts for 3 age categories. Birth to 4 yrs. old at 11 . Grades K-2 will be at 11:15. Grades 3-6 at 11:30. We will have over 10,000 eggs, face painting, a live teen band, bounce house and a visit from Daisy the Clown and the Easter Bunny. PLUS, it’s all free! Come share the fun. In case of rain the event will be held in the High School. For more information call (518) 695-6069.

Sunday, March 31 HAPPY EASTER!

Saratoga Springs Retired Teachers Association Meeting Longfellows Restaurant, 500 Union Ave. (Rte. 9), Saratoga Springs, 12 p.m. Membership is open to retired educators who taught and/or live in Saratoga County. For membership information, call (518) 587-5356.

Trout Unlimited— Flyfishing The Battenkill Saratoga Springs Public Library 49 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs 7 p.m. The Adirondack Chapter of TU presents Flyfishing the Battenkill. Rich Norman, River Expert and Master Fly Tier will share his vast knowledge on which fly patterns work, when to use them and how to present them for the greatest success on this fine river. Everyone welcome! For more information call Mark at (518) 893-2228.

calendar American Legion Auxiliary Meeting 23 Pleasant Street, Ballston Spa 7 p.m. Unit 234 Ballston Spa/ Schuylerville. Junior member dues will be raised to $6. All members are welcome and anyone interested in joining the Auxiliary can email Ann at

Tuesday, April 2 Saratoga Job Fair Saratoga Springs City Center, 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 10 a.m.–4 p.m. There will be numerous employment counselors ready and willing to answer your questions. The Capital Region Human Resource Association along with area College Career Counselors will be on hand to do one-on-one resume critiques and job coaching. For more information visit

Wednesday, April 3 2013 Geyser Creek Fish Stocking Geyser Creek, Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, 11 a.m. Throngs of families flock to the banks of Geyser Creek with buckets in tow. They line up to await the arrival of the huge fish hatchery truck. 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. Sometimes we are even lucky enough to have warm weather! If you plan on attending, be sure to wear warm clothes and boots, and arrive early to make sure you receive a fish. 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.

Korean War Veterans Social Event Saratoga Wilton Elks, Route 9, Saratoga Springs, 12 p.m. Adirondack Chapter #60 will meet for their social event and regular business meeting (to follow at 2 p.m.) Polish buffet lunch. Cost is only $10. Call Linc @ 584-1966 if you are planning on attending.  Looking to recruit

new members (and revive old ones). The Chapter is looking for veterans who served during the Korean War ERA.1950–1955. If you have questions and want more information, call Commander Shaw @ (518) 584-2638.

Thursday, April 4 Crowd-Sourced Constitutional Convention Tang Museum at Skidmore College 815 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs 7 –8:30 p.m. “Crowd-Sourced Constitutional Convention” Community-wide conversation in response to the US Constitution. For more information visit Free.

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 Rd. 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.

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.


Family Friendly Events Friday

Jenn Zhao from Organiworks is leading a workshop at the Tiny Tots Tea Room about making your own organic body scrub. You will be making 3 containers of any combination of salt scrubs or sugar scrubs to take home. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and costs $25 to attend.


Family Story Time is back at the Saratoga Springs Public Library. This drop-in program starts at 11:30 a.m. and is open to kids of all ages and their parents. The Gore Mountain Maple Festival might be the perfect time to enjoy a late-season ski or snowboard. Lift tickets are just $30, maple demonstrations and sampling all day, and live music starts at 1 p.m. Looking for Easter fun? • The Malta Easter Egg Hunt starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Malta Community Center • The Great Schuylerville Easter Egg Hunt starts at 11 a.m. at Schuylerville High School • The Children’s Guide indoor Easter Egg Hunt is at Afrim’s in Colonie and starts at 12 p.m.


Enjoy an Easter brunch at one of your favorite restaurants. Reservations are strongly encouraged!

Happy Easter Everyone!

Blood Drives March 30: 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Rising Sun Masonic Lodge 687 N Broadway Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 April 3: 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Empire State College 113 West Ave. Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

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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 29 – April 4, 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. (9:00 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 29 – April 4, 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

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, a 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


Terra Nova Church 45 Washington St., Saratoga Springs 833-0504; saratogaquestions@ Services: Sunday 5:30 p.m. Childcare: 6 months–4 years and expanding Handicapped accessible. The Salvation Army/ Worship, Service & Community Center 27 Woodlawn Ave., Saratoga Springs 584-1640; Mail-P.O. Box 652 Captain Aaron A. Boone, Sr.; Captain Amber S. Boone Commanding Officers/Ministers Services: Sunday School 10 a.m.; Praise & Worship 11 a.m. Trinity United Methodist Church 155 Ballard 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; wiltonbaptist@;; Services: Sunday Service 11 a.m.


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Across 1 Beginning to bat? 5 Styptic stuff 9 Leapfrog 13 Cleaver kid 14 Collaborative website 15 Actress Anderson 16 Hide cyberspace crimes? 19 Macbeth or Hamlet 20 Most cozy 22 “Where __”: 1996 Beck hit 25 Mr. __: Dr Pepper rival 26 Bemoan 27 Amsterdam cops? 30 “Barnaby Jones” star 32 Editor’s mark 33 Strong-legged bird 34 Pendleton Act pres. 35 Objects of poolside ogling? 40 Writer Marilyn __ Savant 41 Chambéry shout 42 Olive, for one 44 Parting word 47 Hayseed that doesn’t tip? 49 Push for payment 50 Peppy 52 Málaga-to-Cádiz dirección 53 Like the L.A. Times Building 55 Nitwit 57 NBA military appreciation initiative, and a hint to this puzzle’s theme 62 Broadway governess 63 The Supremes or Cream 64 Remote button 65 Honey drink 66 Realizes 67 Victim of spoilage? Down 1 “Shark Tank” airer 2 Corp. leader 3 __4: Toyota SUV 4 Like some imaginations 5 MP’s concern 6 Pickup opener 7 Ho’s instrument 8 Cause of a big slice 9 Mardi Gras torch 10 Focal points

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11 Cartoonists, at times 12 Offer to one who’s been recently blessed? 17 “Goodbye, Columbus” author 18 Fireside shelf 21 Common base 22 Points a finger at 23 Sounds of disdain 24 Difficult spot 25 Potbellied 28 Clothes lines 29 Brit. recording heavyweight 31 Peace rally slogan 34 Hairy “pet” 36 Clicking site 37 Ph.D. seeker’s exam

At the Movies with Trey Roohan The Crow (1994)

If the question were put to you, would you “go gently into that good night”? What if you weren’t given the choice and, instead, were left with the more grisly task of balancing the scales? Would you take it? It’s Mischief Night, or Devil’s Night as it’s referred to in this film, in Detroit and the night before musician Eric Draven (played by Brandon Lee) and Shelley Webster (played by Sofia Shinas) are to be married. Then, thanks to their efforts to fight eviction for themselves and their fellow tenants, their home is broken into. The invaders toss Draven (Lee) through a window and send him plummeting to the ground three stories below and savage his bride-to-be. The first officer on the scene is Sgt. Albrecht (played by Ernie Hudson) and when Shelley asks about her fiancée, he spares her the truth and tells her he’s fine. Then, when the latchkey kid that Eric and Shelley have taken under their wing stumbles upon the scene, Albrecht relays the lie once again. The child, Sarah (played by Rochelle Davis who also acts as the film’s narrator), sees through the sergeant’s reassuring fiction and departs soon after. Flash-forward one year, Sarah is visiting the graveyard where Shelly and Eric have been laid to rest and encounters a crow. After she’d left, the crow begins tapping on Eric’s headstone with his beak. Then, that night, Eric emerges from his grave, shaking and traumatized. He returns to the apartment that he and Shelley once shared and finds that it is a ruin of the home he knew. While there, he begins experiencing flashbacks of the night one year before when he lost everything. Seeing the men responsible, who call themselves T-Bird (played by David Patrick Kelly), Tin-Tin (played by Laurence Mason), Funboy (played by Michael Massee), and Skank (played by Angel David). Still reeling from those memories, Eric grabs onto the frame that once held the apartment’s only window and swings out and back in. He notices that he’s cut himself on remnants on the window but, to his surprise, he heals almost immediately. With this new gift, he dons all black clothes, decorates his face in the style of a harlequin mask that was on the floor of his home, and sets out to seek revenge with the crow as his guide. I cannot adequately express how much I love this movie. The tone, the cinematography, the soundtrack, the antagonists. Everything about this movie is top-drawer. Fans of the graphic novel of the same name that inspired the film say that the master criminal in the film, known as Top Dollar in the novel and not actually given a name in the film, was far more ordinary than the evil genius Michael Wincott portrayed. Other critics say that the death of Brandon Lee gave this film a legacy it didn’t earn, much the same way that critics claim Heath Ledger’s death before the release of The Dark Knight added anticipation it wouldn’t have gotten otherwise. As I was only ten when the film was first released, I was not aware of the film itself or Lee’s death until much later. What I will say is that I cannot watch this film enough. As a comment on this as the second review in my favorite film series, I promise that they are not all films that highlight violence and vengeance. Nor are they all based on graphic novels which I haven’t read. Even so, if you haven’t seen The Crow, shame on you. (7.8/10) For comments and questions, contact me at

38 Brooklyn Nets forward Humphries 39 Dissenting group 43 Barely earn, with “out” 44 Oklahoma city 45 Duke’s home 46 Chant 47 Seals’s partner 48 In need 51 Mac alternatives 54 Spanish address 55 Creamy spread 56 Early Nebraskans 58 Pay dirt 59 Word of sharing 60 Class-conscious org.? 61 Prepared

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. Magnificent, Magniloquent, Munificent Magnificent means grand or splendid. The Hearst Castle has a magnificent view of the ocean. Magniloquent means colorful, extravagant, or lofty in speech.

My professor’s magniloquent talks are entertaining but confusing. Munificent means extremely generous. The celebrities gave a munificent donation to the relief effort.

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 29 – April 4, 2013


SaratogaArtsFest Offers Special Opportunities for Youth SARATOGA SPRINGS — SaratogaArtsFest 2013, the citywide celebration of the arts scheduled for June 6-9, is offering two special opportunities for area students to participate in the festival and get involved with the arts. The ArtsFest is this year hosting its first high school short story contest, with the intention of making it an annual event. Area students in grades 9-12 are invited to submit a work of original, short fiction of up to 1,000 words. In keeping with the festival theme of “Celebrating 150 Years of Arts in Saratoga,” the stories should envision Saratoga Springs 150 years in the future, in the year 2163. The submitted stories will be judged by local award-winning authors Steve Sheinkin and Jennifer Armstrong. The top three submissions will receive prizes and be honored at an awards ceremony and reception held during ArtsFest. The first prize story will be published in Saratoga Living magazine.

Entries should include name, grade, school, English teacher, entry title, and word count. Stories must be submitted by April 15 either by email at or mail at SaratogaArtsFest, Short Story Contest, PO Box 451, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Requests for more information should be submitted by email to the above address. To bring the arts to as many young people as possible, SaratogaArtsFest will again offer free admission packages to students who participate in the festival through YES!—the Youth Experiencing SaratogaArtsFest program. Registration for the YES! program will be open April 15-30 to students K-12. An online application will be available on the SaratogaArtsFest website at www. In addition, paper applications will be available on local school district websites.

Week of March 29 – April 4, 2013



Unique Performance to Mark the 100th Anniversary of Stravinsky’s ‘The Rite of Spring’ The 5 Browns, A Piano Quintet of Siblings, To Premiere New Arrangement SARATOGA SPRINGS — Skidmore College and SaratogaArtsFest are teaming up to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Paris premiere of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, with the world premiere of a new arrangement for five pianos. The performance, by The 5 Browns—a group of five siblings hailed for their piano virtuosity—will take place on Wednesday, May 29, at 7:30 p.m., in the Arthur Zankel Music Center at Skidmore College. The performance will feature the complete Rite of Spring and will also include classical pieces from works such as The Planets by Gustav Holst and Islamey by Mily Balakirev. Russian composer Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, a ballet and orchestral work, was written for the 1913 Paris season of Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes company. The work’s premiere on May 29, 1913, at the Théatre des Champs-Elysées in Paris was scandalous. The avantgarde nature of the music, outrageous costumes, and unusual choreography caused a near-riot in the audience. Although designed as a work for the stage, the music over time achieved growing acclaim as a concert piece and later became recognized as one of the most influential musical works of the 20th century.

The 5 Browns—Ryan, Melody, Gregory, Deondra, and Desirae— all attended the Juilliard School, becoming the first family of five siblings to be accepted to the school simultaneously. The quintet enjoyed their first wave of critical attention in February 2002 when People magazine dubbed them the “Fab Five,” at a time when their ages ranged from 16 to 23. Soon after they were featured on Oprah and 60 Minutes. The 5 Browns have released 3 CDs, all of which went to number one on Billboard Magazine’s classical album chart. Proclaimed the New York Post, “One family, five pianos and 50 fingers add up to the biggest classical music sensation in years…When these kids do Rachmaninoff, they’ll make you forget about Marshall amps.” Event ticket holders and Skidmore students are invited to a pre-performance talk by Charles Joseph, a Skidmore professor emeritus and leading authority on Stravinsky. The talk will take place at 6 p.m. in Skidmore’s Filene Recital Hall. Joseph is the author of three books on the composer— Stravinsky and the Piano (1983), Stravinsky Inside Out (2001), and Stravinsky and Balanchine: A Journey of Invention (2002). His work has also appeared in a

number of journals, anthologies, and encyclopedias. Tickets to The 5 Browns’ performance are now on sale and are available at or at the Zankel Music Center box office Tuesday through Friday, 1–5 p.m. The 2013 ARTSPASS can be purchased at Reserved orchestra seats for The 5 Browns performance are $125 or discounted to $50 with a 2013 SaratogaArtsFest ARTSPASS. Reserved balcony seating is $75

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or discounted to $20 with an ARTSPASS. The ARTSPASS will provide admission to the range of events for the seventh citywide celebration of the arts, taking place June 6-9 at venues throughout Saratoga Springs. An ARTSPASS also provides benefits and discounts yearround at area arts organizations.

Through the month of March, the ARTSPASS admission package for adults and seniors will be discounted from $40 to $35, and during that time military personnel (active or past) can claim a pass for free. Admission to the festival for youth (17 and under) is free at all times.



Week of March 29 – April 4, 2013

Saratoga Film Forum Contemplates Future of Organization continued from page 1

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would be no dishonor in calling it a day for the Film Forum after 20 successful years, but after polling the audience it became clear that almost everyone in attendance wanted to see the film forum remain intact despite the new competition. Three big questions remained:

What can the SFF bring to the table that Bow-Tie can’t? Will there be community support for this niche? How can supporters make the SFF sustainable and affordable? The Film Forum, which gains the most profits from screening popular indie films, will lose most

of its revenue when Bow-Tie moves in and they no longer have the rights to screen those films. One option the Film Forum has is to rent out a screen in the Bow-Tie theatre and split the profits with the company. But the SFF won’t be able to use the theatre on weekends or weekday afternoons— leaving only weeknights to use the space, which is not a feasible option for many members. Another option suggested was to partner with Proctors and Universal Preservation Hall and use the downstairs space at UPH to

screen films. Some of the problems members found with that option are the poles in the space that would obstruct views, as well as the dark, basement-like feel of the room. Many attendees were in favor of remaining at the Saratoga Arts Center, but were unsure of how to make enough money to continue renting out the space. There was also some debate between the audience on whether or not the organization should take advantage of partnering with BowTie or not. “If we leave our longtime theatre space, we exacerbate our identity crisis,” Godine said. “Will we be invisible in our new corporate home?” David Howson, a board member of Saratoga Arts, said he thinks the Film Forum should take advantage of working with Bow-Tie. “Bow-Tie has developed this great market, and I think you’re better off working with them than against them,” Howson said. “I encourage you to take advantage of the audience that is here, because it is here—it’s just not tapped, and I think you can ride

on that somehow.” Other supporters disagreed, asking what would happen if BowTie suddenly decided to discontinue the partnership after realizing how low the profits from SFF are. “They can change their mind about us in one year, and then the Film Forum would have to start over again in finding a new home,” one supporter said. Several other ideas were brought up on how to continue making revenue in new ways, including becoming a more discussion and panel-oriented organization; showing local filmmakers’ short films before screening feature films; using streaming services to stream lectures and other media; creating bigger-draw events like large film festivals, and screening more niche films and foreign films. No decisions were made at the meeting, but the Saratoga Film Forum will continue brainstorming and discussing ideas on how to stay relevant in the future. To learn more about the film forum’s mission, visit the website at


Week of March 29 – April 4, 2013

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friday, 3/29:

saturday, 3/30:

Dan Faulk Quartet, 9 pm

The Donatello’s, 9 pm

Justin Joyner of Gravity, 9 pm

E-Town Express, 9 pm

The Schmooze, 9 pm

Kings English, 10:30 pm

Gathering Time, 8 pm

Karaoke with Nasty Cat, 8 pm

HPB (High Peaks Band), 9 pm

Larry Hooker, 6:30 pm Soul Session, 10:30 pm

@ 9 Maple Avenue - 583.2582 @ Bailey’s - 583.6060

@ Bentley’s - 899.4300 @ Caffè Lena - 58322

@ Gaffney’s - 583.7359

Marcus Ruggeiro, 8:30 pm @ Irish Times - 58303

@ Gaffney’s - 583.7359 @ Irish Times - 58303

@ JP Bruno’s - 745.1180 @ The Mill - 899.5253

@ Primelive Ultra Lounge - 583.4563

The Heaters, 8 pm

Crispy Critters, 5:30 pm Spolier, 10:30 pm

@ Ravenswood - 371-8771

Just Nate, 9 pm

In the Moment, 6:30 pm

@ JP Bruno’s - 745.1180 @ The Mill - 899.5253

The Shames, 9 pm

DJ Dingz, 10 pm

@ Saratoga City Tavern - 581.3230 @ Upstate Concert Hall - 37112

@ The Parting Glass - 583.1916

tuesday, 4/2:

George Giroux, 6:30 pm

The Mowgli’s, 7 pm

@ Primelive Ultra Lounge - 583.4563

@ Vapor - 792.8282

Project Weather Machine, 9:30 pm @ Putnam Den - 584.8066

Chuck Kelsey, 8 pm @ Ravenswood - 371.8771

BL3ND, 7 pm

@ Upstate Concert Hall - 37112

Grand Central Station, 8 pm @ Vapor - 792.8282

thursday, 4/4: Tim Ortiz, 8 pm @ Irish Times - 58303

Jeff Walton, 6 pm @ The Horsehoe - 587.4909

Bell Biv DeVoe, 7 pm @ Vapor - 792.8282

saturday, 3/30:

open mic nights:

Out of the Box, 9 pm

Sun. Open Mic, 7 pm

@ 9 Maple Avenue - 583.2582

Blackouts, 9 pm @ Bailey’s - 583.6060

Just Nate, 9 pm @ Bentley’s - 899.4300

M.R. Poulopoulos w/Caitlin Canty, 8 pm @ Caffè Lena - 58322

Karaoke, 10 pm @ Circus Café - 583.1106

@ Bailey’s - 583.6060

Tue. w/Rick Bolton, 8 pm @ Gaffney’s - 587.7359

Wed. Open Mic, 8 pm @ Putnam Den - 584.8066

Thur. Open Mic, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena - 58322

Thur. Open Mic, 10 pm @ Circus Café - 583.1106




Week of March 29 – April 4, 2013

Coming Together for Easter

by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY Hello, my Foodie Friends! In the immortal words of Jean Paul Sartre, “Au revoir, gopher.” Even though Punxsutawney Phil was a little off, spring is really coming soon. I can feel it! Johnny and Aubrey are actually coming home for the weekend to spend Easter with us! Paula and I are going to cook up a great meal for their Easter dinner and we would like to share it with you! The big question is will they get Easter baskets this year? I know they are in college and

they will say “Dad, I’m too old for baskets of Peeps!” My money is on them taking their baskets back to school with them. Two people we will miss being at the table with us this year are Nanny Marie and Papa Paul who just can’t make the long trip from Connecticut. Happy Easter Mom and Dad! Also we would like to wish our friend Doctor Russrev a happy birthday! He says it’s his 29th! (There have been calls made to see his birth certificate,) Also extending a happy birthday to our boy John turning 22 on the 22nd! If you are running around on Sunday and see our “open” sign, stop in and have some free coffee and wish J.R. IV a happy birthday as the kids and I will be manning the store from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and giving Paula a day off. Here is our meal suggestion and remember “Life Happens in the Kitchen”! Take care, John and Paula

Arrosto di Maiale al Latte (Pork Loin Braised in Milk) Created for the 4 1/2 qt. round

French oven. Serves 4–6 This classic preparation illustrates the Italian philosophy of cooking: Use the best ingredients and the simplest preparation that brings out their inherent flavor. The overnight marinating isn’t strictly necessary, but we find it makes the pork a little more succulent. Ingredients: 2 pounds boneless pork loin 1 garlic clove, cut in thin slivers 2 cups dry white wine or dry Italian vermouth (only 2 cups Laurie Lowendehale) 2 tablespoons flour 1 tablespoon butter 2 tablespoons vegetable oil Salt and freshly ground pepper 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary 2 1/2 cups whole milk Directions: Wipe the pork with a damp paper towel. With a sharp knife, make tiny slits in several places on the pork roast and insert a sliver of garlic in each.

Place the roast in the 4 1/2 QT. French oven and pour over the wine. Cover with the lid and place it in the refrigerator. (The enamel coating is non-reactive so it’s ideal for marinating.) Marinate the roast overnight and turn it in the marinade several times. About an hour before cooking remove the pan from the refrigerator and let the pork come to room temperature. Then remove the pork from the pan and pat the roast dry with paper towels. Discard the marinade and wipe out the pan with another paper towel. Lightly dust the roast with a little flour. Place the pan on the range top and, over medium-high heat, melt the butter and the oil. When the pan is hot, put in the meat, fat side down. Brown, turning the meat, until all sides are nicely colored. Pour off most of the fat and season the roast with salt and freshly ground pepper. Add the rosemary and 1 cup of the milk. Bring to a simmer then lower, the heat to

medium-low. Cover the pot but leave the lid a bit askew. Cook, turning the meat occasionally, until the milk is reduced and forms a thick brown sauce. This will take about 20 minutes. Add the remaining milk and continue cooking at a gentle but steady simmer, again with the lid slightly askew. Turn the meat every 15 to 20 minutes. The roast is done when it tests tender when pierced with a two-pronged fork. Total cooking time is 1 1/2 to 2 hours. If the pan is dry add a bit more milk. Remove the roast to a cutting board and cover with foil to keep warm. The milk should have formed a thick brown sauce. If not, raise the heat and cook until the sauce is nut brown. Tip the pot and skim off most of the fat from the surface. Discard rosemary sprigs. Cut the pork into thin slices and return them to the pan, turning the slices to nap them with the sauce. Place the meat on a warm platter or individual plates and serve at once.

‘Tis the Season for Syrup—Saratoga Farmer’s Market Saratoga Farmers’ Market customers know Sheldon Farms from Salem in Washington County especially for all kinds of potatoes, featured at the stand from late summer into early spring, and for the amazing sweet corn in summer. Even this late in the potato season, Sheldon Farms brings five varieties to the Market. However, if a customer doesn’t look at all the offerings, they will miss one of the best, the maple syrup the Sheldon Farms produces every year. Maple sugaring season continues this week, and owner Albert Sheldon predicts the trees are likely to produce an average amount of syrup, which will mark a huge improvement over last year’s disastrous yield. To produce a good run of sap, the days must be warm, but not so warm that trees begin to bud and cold enough at night that the flow pauses. Albert explained, “Although last week the temperatures were too cold and the sap wasn’t running,” he hopes for a more normal flow now. Contrast this with 2012’s abnormally warm weather, when sap season ended almost as soon as it began, and the supply of syrup was minuscule. “Like anything in agriculture,” Albert said philosophically, “no two years are alike.” “Sugaring is a tradition I want

to keep going.” Albert noted that he continues to produce syrup much like his ancestors did in Rupert, Vermont, where he still harvests some sap on land that was part of the original homestead. Sugaring provided dairy farmers with income in early spring in the 1800s, and provided work for farm hands just like it does today. Albert’s employees work in the sugar bush to harvest the sap and make the syrup, just before the rush of plowing fields and spring planting begins. The Sheldon family history in farming and in the United States traces to Colonial when a Sheldon settled in Connecticut. Some family members migrated to Deerfield, Massachusetts, and later to Rupert. Growing potatoes, running a dairy farm and maple sugaring are themes that run through the family’s heritage for nearly all that time. In 1946 Albert’s father and an uncle moved to Salem from Rupert. His father bought land south of Salem which was suited to growing hay and grain crops and potatoes, and met Albert’s mother when buying seed potatoes. His uncle purchased another parcel of land for the dairy farm and used the nearby pasture land. When Albert’s generation came of age, he and some

cousins started Woody Hill Farm, which is easily seen on the east side of Route 22, closer to the Village. After twenty years in the dairy business, Albert returned to growing potatoes, which his father had continued while Albert was with Woody Hill Farm. Soon Albert began to diversify by adding sweet corn, and later a colorful array of vegetables. The farm stand and the stand at the farmers’ market sparkled with green peas and green beans, summer squash, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and even Brussels sprouts. But there will always be the maple syrup. It and honey are the primary locally produced totally natural sweeteners. The sap is running now, draining through plastic tubes and into collection vessels. At the sugar house, 40 gallons of this sap are boiled down into one gallon of syrup. Finally the pints and quarts and half gallons find their way to the Saratoga Farmers’ Market where we can all enjoy this treat on pancakes or French toast, or as an ingredient in the following recipe, adapted from the Vermont Maple Cookbook. Maple “Pumpkin” Cheesecake— With Winter Squash

Ingredients for the Cheesecake: (Note: Ingredients marked * are available at the Saratoga Springs Farmers’ Market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through the end of April at the Division Street School.) ¼ cup butter, melted 1¼ cups graham cracker crumbs ¼ cup sugar 3 8-oz packages cream cheese, softened 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk ¼ cup Sheldon Farms maple syrup * 1 lb cooked butternut winter squash* 3 eggs * 1½ tsp cinnamon 1 tsp nutmeg ½ tsp salt How to make the Cheesecake Preheat the oven to 350°F. (Prepare the winter squash. Sandy Arnold of Pleasant Valley Farm, reports that the butternut squash still available at the farmers’ market is smooth and creamy and perfect for ‘pumpkin’ cheesecake. Cut in half one butternut squash, remove the seeds, and bake until tender. Mash and use one pound of the squash meat for the cheesecake. Reserve the rest for another use.) Reduce the oven heat to 300 degrees.

Combine butter, crumbs and sugar, press into a 9-inch spring form pan. In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until fluffy, and then gradually beat in sweetened condensed milk until smooth. Add ¼ cup Sheldon Farms maple syrup and the remaining ingredients, and pour into the prepared pan. Bake at 300 degrees for an hour and a quarter or until set (center will be slightly soft). Cool, then chill. Top with Maple Pecan Glaze. Ingredients for Maple Pecan Glaze: ¾ cup Sheldon Farms maple syrup* ½ pint Battenkill Valley Creamery heavy cream * 1 tbsp butter ½ cup chopped pecans Toast the pecans on low heat in a frying pan in butter until just golden and fragrant. In a saucepan, combine ¾ cup maple syrup and ½ pint whipping cream. Bring to a boil and continue to boil rapidly while stirring occasionally for 15-20 minutes until the mixture is thick. Cool the glaze, and add the toasted pecans. Cut the cheesecake into servings, and drizzle the glaze over each piece.

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Community Sports Bulletin Olympic Gold Medalist St. Clements Takes Capitol Region Diocesan Championship over St. Gabriel’s Jamill Kelly Visits Spa City BJJ Photo provided

MALTA — Spa City Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy recently hosted 2004 Olympic Silver medalist Jamill Kelly (center). Jamill shared stories and taught a variety of techniques during his stop to the Capital Region. For more information contact Spa City Jiu-Jitsu at (518) 2482080 or go to

Saratoga Rowing’s 16th Annual Silent Auction Celebration April 11 Back Row: Head Coach Tony Schuster Drew Patnode, Ben Urbaedis, Rece McClements, Aiden Schuster, Marcus Davis, Daniel Signor Asst. Coach Ted Waite. Front Row: Jake Welcome, Brett Morse, Evan Farr, Evan Schuster, Aidan Khoury, Aidan Waite. Photo provided.

SCHENECTADY — The 2012–2013 St. Clements Biddy Boys A team claimed the Capitol Region Diocesan Championship on March 23rd at Bishop Gibbons High School. The team from Saratoga Springs defeated St. Augustine (Troy), Mater Christi (Albany), and St. Gabriel’s (Schenectady) to claim the title, taking place over the past two weekends. “I can’t be more pleased for our kids, our parents, and our families. The way this season, and that championship game ended, made all of the hard work worthwhile,” said St. Clements Head Coach Tony Schuster. In the first round of the Diocesan Championship Tournament, St. Clements defeated St. Augustine 51-35 paced by Drew Patnode with 17 and Dan Signor with 16. The Second round opponent for St. Clements was Mater Christi, and St. Clements was able to prevail 31-26 with Dan Signor leading the way with 12 points and Drew Patnode chipping in with 9. The championship tilt between St. Clements and St. Gabriel’s provided a familiar foe for St. Clements, as this was the 7th time these teams have faced this season. “When you play a team seven times, we know their plays, they know ours. It all comes down to execution and composure, and our team stayed in control and did what we came to do,” Schuster said. St. Clements was led in scoring by Jake Welcome and Dan Signor each with 15, and Rece McClements hit seven critical free throws down the stretch as the result of a double technical foul assessed to the St. Gabriel’s coaching staff. “I wouldn’t have wanted to end our season any other way,” concluded Schuster.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Rowing Association (SRA) is proud to announce its 16th annual silent auction fundraiser to be held April 11 at 6 p.m. at Longfellows Restaurant on Route 9P in Saratoga Springs. Generously underwritten by Longfellows, the event will feature lavish hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and both live and silent auctions. The shopping experience, courtesy of local vendors and others in the greater business community, will include: an array of unique merchandise such as spa and travel experiences, fine artwork, jewelry, handcrafted items, fashion apparel, gift certificates and fine gourmet foods and wines. SRA is a not-for-profit organization that offers education, training, instruction and participation in rowing to the youth and adults of Saratoga Springs and surrounding communities, including a recently introduced adaptive rowing program, which provides a rowing experience to adaptive rowers free of charge. Additionally, SRA hosts a series of competitive regattas, bringing thousands of rowers and their families from across the country into local restaurants and hotels every year, positively impacting the local economy. Tickets are $40 each or $70 per couple and are available online by visiting the Saratoga Rowing website at www.saratogarowing. com/silent-auction. For more information on how you can become introduced or connected to rowing, or to purchase tickets by phone, please call the Saratoga Rowing Association at (518) 587-6697.


Week of March 29 – April 4, 2013


“Hoofprints Walk of Fame” to Honor 30 Horses in Inaugural Class

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by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS —This summer, the New York State Racing Association (NYRA) and the Saratoga 150 committee will honor 30 Thoroughbred horses that have made their mark at Saratoga Race Course over the past 150 years and induct them into the newly-created Saratoga Hoofprints Walk of Fame. The sesquicentennial (aka 150th) anniversary of Thoroughbred racing in Saratoga Springs will take place this summer with the

unveiling of the Hoofprints Walk of Fame only the first of what Committee Chairman Charles Wait said would be over 180 different events over the course of the celebration. Along with Wait, the National Museum of Horse Racing and Hall of Fame welcomed Saratoga 150 honorary chairs Mary Lou Whitney and John Hendrickson, as well as NYRA vice president and chief marketing officer, Rodnell Workman. “Celebrating 150 years since the birth of racing would not have been complete unless we honored the historic athletes who helped

make Saratoga Race Course the number one race track in the country,” said Hendrickson. The announcement of the new attraction also included the unveiling of the first 30 entrants into the Walk of Fame. Each Thoroughbred’s name, sire, dam, owner, trainer and jockey will grace a granite plaque inside the Saratoga Race Course. The plaques also list that particular horse’s major wins at the Saratoga Race Course. The entire exhibit will permanently reside along the walkway outside the Clubhouse gates. “I hope future generations will be inspired and humbled to see the hoofprints of some of the greatest athletes that have ever lived,” said Ms. Whitney. “Saratoga was fortunate to host these amazing stars.” The order in which the horses will be displayed was determined by a random drawing, which was curated by the voice of Saratoga Race Course, Tom Durkin. The selection committee originally planned to induct 20 horses with its inaugural class, but decided to raise that number to 30 after it was too difficult to decide who to leave out. The Walk of Fame will induct two new members each summer following this year’s inaugural class. “These horses were selected as a result of their outstanding records at Saratoga Race Course. With this first group, we have chosen to honor outstanding Thoroughbreds from the 19th and 20th centuries,” said Michael Veitch, the Walk of Fame selection committee chair. “This is only the first step in recognizing the many stars of Saratoga racing history.” The project is a collaborative effort of NYRA, the Saratoga 150 committee and the National

The Inaugural Class of the Saratoga Hoofprints Walk of Fame • • • • • • • • • •

Affirmed Alydar Beldame Chief ’s Crown Discovery Duke of Magenta Easy Goer Eight Thirty Emperor of Norfolk Equipoise

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Exterminator Go for Wand Granville Harry Bassett Heavenly Prize Henry of Navarre Kelso Kentucky Lady’s Secret Man o’ War

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Native Dancer Regret Roamer Ruthless Secretariat Sky Beauty Tom Fool Top Flight War Admiral Whirlaway

Museum of Racing. The exhibit will be unveiled this July at the start of the Thoroughbred racing season. “The Hoofprints Walk of Fame is a true testament to the unsurpassed level of history and outstanding sportsmanship that has taken place in the last 150 years at Saratoga Race Course,” said

Workman. The list of inductees includes some of the titans of the sport’s history such as Secretariat, Affirmed and Man o’ War. There are also some lesser known equines being honored that ran during the late 19th century including Duke of Magenta, Ruthless and Beldame.



Week of March 29 – April 4, 2013

FGCU: Just Who Are These Guys?

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Florida Gulf Coast University: What? Who? Where? What’s his name? Who’s this coach? A 15-seed in the Sweet Sixteen. Really? In this modern era of college basketball, this is what it’s all about. During those years of only 32 teams in the NCAA tournament (which wasn’t that long ago,) this kind of thing

would never have happened. With the new seeding format of the NCAA tournament, the obvious result is that the “noname” schools, like the Eagles of FGCU, have a chance to shine and become a new geographical mark on the nation’s map in collegiate basketball. To think that sixty eight teams were seeded in the 2013 pairing and in one week 52 teams were eliminated! Let’s do a little history about the now named “March Madness” or as it probably should be called: “March Mayhem.” It used to be that each regional bracket had from two to four byes, and for some higher seeds it was a free ride into the next round. All this was before the relatively new format of 64 - which has since turned into 68 teams - was put into place. In 1985, the NCAA basketball committee made one of the best policy changes in its history: 64 teams were seeded in the tournament. There are 16 seeded in each of the four regions, having a number-one seed down through a 16-seed. Since 2011, there have been four play-in games for teams that were considered on the bubble (eight teams) and the winner of those games became the fill-ins at the 16 seed spots, and that’s throughout all four of the regional brackets: East, West, Midwest and South. In my opinion, I think that there needs to be more of these play-in games, maybe even for the 15-seed or beyond. Why? Simply put, there were teams or schools out there that were better than some of the other lower seeds and they were not given the opportunity to participate. For example, Maryland of the ACC, beat Duke twice; once during the regular season and in the ACC tournament. Duke is a number-two seed in the Midwest region and now a Sweet Sixteen contender! A school like Maryland is in one of the best leagues in collegiate basketball and needs to be given the opportunity to compete in a play-in round. The Terrapins could get hot and obviously make a run like FGCU. Being in the ACC is much more challenging than the smaller Division I leagues that

are now getting bids under the new format. Though their record was only 8-10 in conference play, overall they were 24-12. I’m using Maryland as an example because there are other schools or teams that also fall into the same category. An “at-large team” could someday become a national champ. Anything is possible in college athletics, especially basketball! An at-large bid means that a team could be invited to participate in a sporting tournament, without having qualified otherwise. It’s not their right, it’s an invite! The deal is simple, since they already call these four playin games the “first round,” then add more teams and give these schools that are considered “on the bubble” a chance to become contenders. “On the bubble” is an idiom for a possibility of being admitted or not. We can now see how good a team like Florida Gulf Coastal University is because they have been given a chance to be part of the dream. To see if the glass slipper fits, is all these at large schools are asking for - an opportunity. I think that the NCAA would find themselves in a win-win situation and it stands to raise even more money for future tournaments. You could actually make it a real first round by having teams play for the last four spots, which means numbers 13 through 16. That would add 16 more teams to the format; four in each bracket. I don’t really think that is a difficult scenario and it could easily be administered into the tournament layout. Ninety-eight percent of the seeding is already done by team

records and their RPI (Ratings Percentage Index), why not add 16 more chances and make it more exciting and competitive! Just look at the previous history of March Madness and the path of VCU, Gonzaga, Butler and let’s not forget to mention that Siena upset Ohio State in 2009. Cleveland State upset Indiana in 1986 and moved into the Sweet Sixteen and Lehigh University turned the tide on Duke last year. These are all Cinderella stories and these fairy tales make college basketball an exciting sport. This could be the fate of the University of Albany or Siena in a futuristic path of a dream come true! There is nothing like this in the NBA, because the playoffs are formatted into seven-game series. If I were a member of the NCAA basketball committee, I would seriously put this on the table, at least look at it and play it out on what the scenario could be and the popularity that might grow out of this format. Make the first round a bona fide event that actually be called a first round. Most people who follow sports, especially collegiate basketball, love rooting for the underdog. I love to watch this team from Fort Myers, Florida; they are athletic and play with real passion. This is fun to watch and when these guys take the floor, in the Sweet Sixteen, you will feel their passion because they are able to compete with the big names of college basketball! This is a true college basketball fairy tale, maybe even at the end, the glass slipper will fit, and Cinderella will live in the Castle of Florida Gulf Coastal University. May the Eagles soar!

Week of March 29 – April 4, 2013

Skidmore Sweeps Softball Doubleheader vs. Cobleskill SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Skidmore College softball team won both games of a doubleheader 2-1, 10-1 against SUNY Cobleskill, March 26 at Wagner Park. With the wins, the Thoroughbreds improve to 6-10, while Cobleskill drops to 2-4 overall. The first game featured strong pitching from both sides, as neither team plated a run in the early innings. The Fighting Tigers were first to get on the board when Julia Lull doubled to left field plating Kelsey Dezalia in the fourth inning. Skidmore countered in the home half of the fifth, scoring two unearned runs to take the 2-1 lead. Two runs would be all that the Thoroughbreds would need in the first game, as Katie Sorochka was nearly untouchable, allowing only three hits while striking out nine, including five of the game’s first seven batters, en route to her fifth win of the season. Brianne Gray was on the losing end for Cobleskill, despite only giving up five hits in six innings. With the loss, she moves to 0-3 on the year. Carol Brown went 2-2 with a walk and one run scored in for Skidmore. Katie Peverada was 1-2 with a double and a run scored, while Sorochka and Cassie Fishkin each went 1-3. Lull was 1-2 in the contest with an RBI double for the Fighting Tigers. Jessica Massi and Mattea Bagley each went 1-3. Skidmore was equally impressive in the second game, outscoring the Tigers 10-1 in five innings.

Sorochka took the mound for the Thoroughbreds again in the second game, and showed no fatigue from her game one start. The junior pitcher gave up one hit and a one run while dismissing five by way of the strikeout to earn her second win of the afternoon and sixth of the season. The Thoroughbreds got to the Fighting Tiger pitcher early, scoring two first innings runs. Fishkin doubled to deep center field, scoring Julia Schwartz and Sorochka to give the Thoroughbreds a 2-0 lead. Skidmore broke the game open in the bottom of the fourth inning, scoring six runs to bring the score to 10-1. Whiting started the Thoroughbred rally with a single up the middle followed by back-to-back walks for Sorochka and Schwartz. With the bases loaded and one out, Fishkin reached on a fielder’s choice and the Tigers couldn’t record an out on the play as Whiting scored. Three consecutive singles by Lila Rosenfeld, Peverada and Abby Shea plated four more Thoroughbred runs. The Thoroughbreds would score their 10th and final run on a Tiger error. Rosenfeld was 2-3 in the game with a double, three RBI and one run scored. Sorochka was 1-1 with a pair of walks and two runs scored, while Fishkin was 1-2 with three RBI and two runs scored. The Thoroughbreds return to action Friday, March 29 at 3:30 p.m. with a doubleheader against the Utica Pioneers in Utica.

Men’s Lacrosse Falls to Williams, 13-11 SARATOGA SPRINGS — Senior All-American midfielder Mike Perlow scored a season-high five goals, but it wasn’t enough as the Skidmore College men’s lacrosse team lost 13-11 to Williams College in a non-league contest, Tuesday night at Wachenheim Field. The Thoroughbreds are 2-6 and return to Liberty League action on Saturday at 1 p.m. at home against Vassar. The Ephs improve to 2-3. Williams took a 5-1 lead with 13:53 to play in the second quarter. Then Skidmore got on track, scoring five of the game’s next six goals over the rest of the quarter and into the third, to tie it 6-6. Perlow and J.P. Sullivan each scored twice in the run, while Bryan Connolly tallied

the tying goal at 10:55 of the third. The Ephs scored the next three goals to take a 9-6 lead and then extending the lead to four, 13-9 with 6:26 to play in the fourth. Sullivan and Kevin Mulvey scored late goals for the Thoroughbreds for the 13-11 final. Perlow’s five goals gives him 22 for the season. Sullivan finished with three goals. Jon Hoeg had a pair of assists and Sam Christiansen had six groundballs and four caused turnovers. Matt Diaco had 10 saves in goal for the Thoroughbreds. Evan Dedominicis and Conor Roddy had three goals each for Williams. David Lee won 20 of 26 faceoffs and had 10 ground balls. Dan Whittam had 12 saves for the Ephs, including 10 in the first half.




March 29th 2013