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Volume 7 • Issue 20

Saving Classroom Cutbacks the Ballet by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY

SARATOGA COUNTY – Saratoga County school districts may have dodged a bullet this year after voters approved a majority of the proposed budgets Tuesday, May 15, but drastic cuts in staffing and programing, paired with dwindling state aid and limited revenue will continue to compound district woes in the years ahead. Only Stillwater Central School District was unable to get the neces-

“This has been a challenging budget year for districts across the state, and I think we’re going to see that budget challenges are here to stay for the foreseeable future” Dr. Stanley Maziejka Stillwater Superintendent of Schools

sary votes to pass its 2012-2013 budget on Tuesday. Though a majority of voters approved the vote (480 – 373), the budget failed to garner the 60 percent supermajority needed to pass a budget whose tax levy of 3.08

percent was higher than the tax cap limit. Because of a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) agreement with GlobalFoundries earlier this year, a complicated formula that determines the tax levy percentage actually

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by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – In 2009, the New York City Ballet’s residency at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) was cut from three weeks down to two. This year, SPAC and the NYC Ballet are discussing the possibility of limiting the season to only one week because of rising costs. And in just a few years’ time, maybe less, the NYC Ballet may disappear from SPAC’s lineup altogether.

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Lawsuit Adds New Costs to NYS Breweries by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY


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SARATOGA SPRINGS – Microbreweries in New York State received some bad news earlier this month when the fallout from a lawsuit filed against the state deemed tax breaks offered to in-state beer makers were ruled unconstitutional. The result could cost New York’s

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dropped Stillwater’s rate by nearly 4.5 percent compared to the previous year. While Stillwater’s proposed budget still cut total spending by .31 percent, without a supermajority the budget was dead in the water. “This has been a challenging budget year for districts across the state, and I think we’re going to see that budget challenges are here to stay for the foreseeable future,” said Dr. Stanley Maziejka, the superintendent of schools for Stillwater. “Even as we strive to address the

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Photos by How’s this for Complete Streets? The Skidmore Early Childhood Center, a lab nursery school on campus at Skidmore College, held their third annual Trike-A-Thon to raise money for St. Jude's Research Hospital May 10-11 on the green in front of Case Center. The event has collected over $2,000 over the past two years for medical research aimed at fighting cancer and other serious illnesses in children. Our cameras were on the scene as some local children took to the sidewalks to support a good cause.




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Michael James Roy, 35, of 28 Mohawk Drive, Waterford, has been charged with eight counts of possessing a sexual performance by a child, class-E felonies. Roy was arrested July 18 in Waterford for an incident that occurred July 14 and is expected to return to court at a later date. Robert J. Thompson, 38, of 24 Suffolk Lane, Gansevoort, has been charged with two counts of aggravated vehicular assault, class-C felonies; two counts of first-degree vehicular assault, class-D felonies; second-degree assault, a class-D felony; seconddegree vehicular assault, a class-E felony; two counts of driving while intoxicated, class-E felonies; aggravated driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony; second-degree reckless endangerment, a class-A misdemeanor; and reckless driving, a misdemeanor. Thompson was arrested November 20 in Saratoga Springs and is expected to return to court at a later date. Clyde D. Woodruff, 35, of 40 Madison St., Saratoga Springs, has been charged with two counts of driving while intoxicated, class-E felonies. Woodruff was arrested November 26 in Malta and is

expected to return to court at a later date. Zulfiqar A. Zulfi, aka “Rodger,” 45, of 1 Jamison Drive, Clifton Park, pleaded guilty to a charge of fifth-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class-E felony. Zulfi was arrested November 13 in Malta for incidents that occurred September 1 and November 3 and has been sentenced to time served and five years of probation. Charles J. Chilson, 34, of 10 Lincoln Ave., South Glens Falls, pleaded guilty to a charge of thirddegree criminal possession of marijuana, a class-E felony. Chilson was arrested July 8 in Moreau and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing July 6. Ronald D. Harrison, 44, of 262 Schaghticoke Rd., Kent, Conn., pleaded guilty to charges of driving while intoxicated, a class-D felony, and criminal impersonation, a misdemeanor. Harrison was arrested May 17, 2011, in Halfmoon. For driving while intoxicated, Harrison has been sentenced to one to three years in state prison and ignition interlock for three years. Harrison was also sen-

tenced to six months in Saratoga County Jail for the criminal impersonation charge, which will run concurrent with the state prison term. Philip Smith, 70, of Lot 50, Crescent City Mobile Home Park, Halfmoon, pleaded guilty to a charge of first-degree sodomy, a class-B felony. Smith was arrested December 6 for an incident that occurred during the summer of 2001 and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing July 5. Scott M. Forgett, 36, of 160 Lincoln Ave., Apt. 12C, Saratoga Springs, has been charged with two counts of failing to register as a sex offender, class-E felonies. Forgett was arrested February 16 in Saratoga Springs for an incident that occurred February 2 and is expected to return to court at a later date. Ervin T. Rose, 29, of 1125 Sixth Ave., Schenectady, has been charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class-B felony, and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class-A misdemeanor. Rose was arrested November 29 in Clifton Park for an incident that occurred April 17,

2011, and is expected to return to court at a later date. Lenworth McGowan, 42, of Lot 18, Ave. M, Malta Gardens, Mechanicville, has been charged with fourth-degree conspiracy, a class-E felony; first-degree criminal nuisance, a class-E felony; five counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, class-B felonies; five counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, class-B felonies; and five counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, class-A misdemeanors. McGowan was arrested November 10 in Malta for incidents that occurred from September 1 – October 11 and is expected to return to court at a later date.


Timothy J. McEachron, 51, of 185 Paisley Rd., Ballston Spa, has been charged with two counts of driving while intoxicated, class-E felonies. McEachron was arrested February 4 in Wilton and is expected to return to court at a later date.



City Council Recap for 5/15 SARATOGA SPRINGS – As city council met for their regularly scheduled May 15 meeting, two oftdiscussed topics were set to reach a culmination of sorts. The council’s agenda included votes regarding changes to the city’s last call hour from 4 to 3 a.m., and whether a proposal to change the city’s charter would finally receive a spot on the November ballot. Only one of those would be resolved that night, while the other remains in limbo awaiting further review. The nonpartisan group Saratoga Citizen scored their biggest victory to date in their mission to amend the city’s charter and change the form of government from mayor-commission format to council manager format, which would necessitate the

hiring of a city manager to oversee day-to-day operations. The council voted 4-1 in favor of putting the initiative up for a popular vote come Election Day this November. Mayor Scott Johnson was the lone vote not supporting the measure. The proposal is technically now on behalf of the city council, as Accounts Commissioner John Franck had prepared it based on the Saratoga Citizen submission. This ends two years’ worth of back and forth between Saratoga Citizen and the city council regarding this change. Saratoga Citizen originally submitted a petition back in 2010 demanding they place the initiative up for popular vote. It was rejected for a number of technicalities, including improper binding and lack of a

fiscal note that was eventually deemed unnecessary. Patrick Kane and Brent Wilkes of Saratoga Citizen say they will now spend the next five months educating the public on what these changes could really mean, and how they affect their daily lives. Meanwhile, a vote to more or less decide the city council’s opinion on making the last call hour 3 a.m. instead of 4 a.m. was called off prior to the meeting by Public Safety Commissioner Chris Mathiesen. Multiple print and broadcast news outlets had spent the day publicizing the vote, only for it to be cancelled following a public comment period. Representatives from Caroline Street businesses like Esperanto and Desperate Annie’s were in attendance to plead their case against the proposed change.

Search for Missing Teen Continues GREENWICH – A teenager’s mysterious disappearance has gripped the region as a community hopes for his safe recovery. Jesse Cale, 18, has been missing since May 11. He was last seen around midnight that evening, after leaving a campsite he was sharing with a group, possibly in search of firewood. When he did not return, the group went looking for him, before alerting the police. By the next morning, search crews involving the Schuyler Hose Company, state forest rangers, New York State police dive teams and a helicopter crew had assembled to carry out the search. Three days of searching both the river and a 300-acre zone surrounding Cale’s campsite did not reveal any possibilities of his whereabouts.


Week of May 18 - May 24, 2012 Searches were conducted of a nearby underground infrastructure that was once part of a mill, after a woman had reported hearing “tapping” coming from within. Crews searched the narrow passageways or “raceways,” but they did not find anything. According to his family, Cale suffers from learning disabilities, and is prone to seizures. Cale is about 6 feet tall, weighs approximately 170 pounds, and has red hair. He was last seen wearing a red shirt, a white hooded sweatshirt and jeans. The family is now offering a reward of $20,000 leading to the safe return of Jesse Cale. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Jesse Cale is being asked to contact the New York State Police immediately.

Woman Evaluated After Driving into Multiple Houses SARATOGA SPRINGS- After an apparent domestic dispute, a Saratoga Springs woman’s mental health was evaluated at Saratoga Hospital. Rebecca Breaux, 39, of Waterbury Street is alleged to have driven her car into houses and vehicles May 12. She also allegedly poured lighter fluid on three individuals before throwing knives at them. Breaux is said to have hit two homes and four cars before her vehicle came to a stop and police managed to pull her out of it. Breaux was arraigned in Saratoga Springs City Court Sunday. Breaux will reappear in court to face numerous charges including a second-degree criminal mischief charge, a felony, due to the high dollar amount of damage she allegedly caused which exceeded $1,500. She was also charged with various misdemeanors associated with the incident.


Naked Woman Disrupts Ballston Businesses BALLSTON SPA – A Saratoga Springs woman decided to put the “no shirt, no shoes, no service” policy of two local stores to the test Tuesday, May 15, strolling into Curtis Lumber and a Stewart’s convenience shop wearing a smile – and absolutely nothing else – during her afternoon outing. Forgoing traditional attire, (i.e. clothing) 49-year-old Barbara LaFleur stopped by Curtis Lumber, where she was captured on the store’s security cameras and engaged in some polite conversation before heading to the Stewart’s shop on Route 67. At Stewart’s, a manager asked her to leave after inquiring about her missing shirt and pants. LaFleur was picked up by state police shortly after leaving Stewart’s, fully clothed. LaFleur, who Saratoga County’s District Attorney James A Murphy, III indicated was attempting to freely express herself, could face up to 90 days in jail for public lewdness.

NYRA Names New Boss SARATOGA SPRINGS - Ellen McClain has been named president of the New York Racing Association by their board of directors. Also, Kenneth V. Handle, a seasoned attorney with corporate ethics expertise, has been hired as acting general counsel and chief ethics and compliance officer as well as secretary of NYRA’s board. These appointments replace former president, Charles Hayward, and senior vice president and last general counsel, Patrick Kehoe, after the two were nabbed in a recent scandal that cost betters $8.5 million dollars in overcharges over a 15-month period. The New York State Racing and Wagering Board and the state inspector general’s office are conducting an investigation.




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From the Publisher’s Desk Lactose Intolerant

Chad Beatty Publisher If you haven't been subjected to the latest cover of Time magazine, consider yourself lucky. The disturbing image, which borders on child pornography, pictures a very attractive woman standing in a seductive pose with her left breast protruding out of her shirt. Attached to her breast is her 3 or 4-year-old son who is standing on a stool. Looming large next to them is the headline "Are you mom enough?" Wow...where do I even start? There are so many things wrong with this message that I don’t even know where to begin. First off, I can't quite figure out if the editors did this for shock value or if someone actually thought it was a good idea. Either way it was in poor taste and offensive in my book. Let's start with the mother. As far as I can tell she seems more concerned with her sexy looks than she is with breast-feeding. I can happily tell you that any breast-feeding mothers I have been in the presence of, whether they were family, friends or strangers, did it with love and class. It was a nurturing and maternal process

strengthening the bond between mother and child. They showed modesty and dignity while delivering essential nutrients to their children. Another issue is the age of the child. As far as I'm concerned, if the child is wearing camouflage pants and can stand on a chair next to his mom, he is too old to breastfeed. The child in this image is at a developmental level where he is learning essential coping skills for life and he has reached an age

where he will retain his memories. I don't know about you, but I certainly don't want any memories of being latched to my mother’s breast, especially on the cover of a national magazine. Last, but certainly not least, is the message "Are you mom enough?" Mom enough for what, exactly? To breast-feed a child who is clearly too old? “Mom enough” to pay more attention to your own body than to your child’s? To make sure everyone is looking at you and

that you are the center of attention? What does this message say to moms who cannot physically breast feed? Does it mean they aren't “mom” enough? Overall, this cover set breastfeeding and attachment parenting back a decade. My final statement on this topic: This is a bad cover, a bad image and a bad message. Bad job Time magazine; I am finished with you and will not be reading you in the future.

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School Budgets continued from Page 1 concerns of taxpayers during this difficult economic period, our board of education remains committed to our mission to offer a quality education for our students.” The Stillwater Board of Education will now reconvene Tuesday, May 22 to discuss either putting the same budget up for another vote, amending the budget before it’s brought back to the voters or put up a contingency budget that is stripped down to the bare minimum. The remaining local districts were fortunate enough to pass their budgets by fairly wide margins on Tuesday. Saratoga Springs voters approved the budget by a 2,203 – 601 margin; Ballston Spa (which was also affected by the PILOT agree-

Ballet continued from Page 1 “This is our legacy and this is our heritage,” said Marcia J. White, SPAC’s president and executive director, regarding the long-standing partnership between SPAC and the NYC Ballet. “But at some point there’s a tipping point. And I think that we’re there. It’s getting to be a real financial challenge.” The ballet has become a staple in Saratoga Springs and a mainstay at SPAC since it first opened in 1966,

ment with GlobalFoundries) received a needed supermajority to pass their budget by 1,737 – 759; Schuylerville passed their budget by 725 – 292; Burnt Hills-Ballston Spa’s budget passed by 1566 – 654; and South Glens Falls voters approved their district’s budget by a 1143-424 margin. While these districts were able to gain approval for their 2012-2013 budgets, a majority of the districts did so only by cutting numerous staffing positions, programs and services. The cuts for some were deeper than others this year, and are likely only the beginning as financial troubles continue to mount year after year. In Schuylerville, whose budget decreased for the second year in a but with rising costs and decreasing returns, the long-term fate of the ballet is in jeopardy. This year SPAC will spend approximately $1.7 million to fund the ballet’s two-week residency – an increase in cost that began with a $100,000 jump in 2011 and another $220,000 jump for this season. Currently, the NYC Ballet accounts for roughly 40 percent of SPAC’s yearly budget. An average cost to host one night of the ballet costs SPAC $180,000. “If we charged the appropriate cost of a ticket to cover that evening, the tickets would have to be $100. Our average ticket price is $35,”


row, the budget was made to work within the state tax levy limit by cutting nine teaching positions; eliminating an assistant principal position at an elementary school; cutting funding for seven other non-teaching positions and several other positions due to a loss in federal aid; cutting funding for supplies and summer school; and eliminating the modified cross-country team and cutting winter junior varsity cheerleading. Other funding cuts, including substitute teacher compensation, cutting four extra-curricular clubs, a two-year salary freeze for administrators and increased health insurance contributions from staff were also needed to make the numbers work. Other districts, including Saratoga Springs, were forced to make deep cuts in staffing – a trend Saratoga has witnessed over the last several budget cycles starting in 2009-2010. This year, Saratoga cut a total of 18 positions – including 12 teachers and six

support staff members. “Over the last several years, we’ve reduced our staff by about 46.5 people,” said Kurt Jaeger, the assistant superintendent for business for the Saratoga Springs district. Ballston Spa has seen dramatic cuts in staffing since 2009-2010, having lost over 50 full-time positions in total. To balance their budget, Saratoga Springs drew heavily from their reserve fund, as well as budgeting approximately $5.3 million from the undesignated fund balance. If the district continues to pull from their remaining reserve funds at the same rate, Jaeger predicted that in four years’ time, the remaining balance left would be, “not an awful lot.” “Obviously we’re very cautious and right now our relative position is stable,” said Dr. Janice White, superintendent of schools for Saratoga Springs. “But certainly it is not sustainable in five, 10 years.”

To make the numbers work, Saratoga, like many other districts, are getting more and more creative when it comes to finding savings – refinancing bonds, consolidating bus routes, looking for savings in energy and gas costs – doing anything they can before they start cutting into programing that affects students. “Education is an investment,” said White, “and people want to know that they’re getting a return on their investment.” But with fixed costs mandated by the state continuing to rise, state aid falling year after year and the tax cap placing a limit on revenue, schools are being asked to do more while said investments continue to decrease. Creative solutions can go a long way to closing the budget deficits, but compounding challenges place reasonable limits on how long districts can operate before something has to give.

explained White. But despite the relatively low ticket prices, the ballet accounts for only 10 percent of SPAC’s yearly attendance. After cutting the NYC Ballet season from three to two weeks in 2009, SPAC was able to cut their costs by about one third. However, savings generated from the cut have all but evaporated. “We’re losing more money in two weeks now than we did when the season was three weeks,” said White. SPAC has also recently lost some of their major sponsors, including HSBC Bank. “And that’s the economy,” said White. “I think it’s the challenge that’s facing the arts industry in gen-

eral. I think that what happens is in an economy like this, the last entity to get any support and for people to consider philanthropy, in my opinion, is the arts.” Currently, SPAC and the NYC Ballet are engaged in conversations as both organizations look to limit the rising costs of the ballet and look for ways to plug the financial gap. “We want to make sure that the NYC Ballet stays here,” said White. “But we’re giving them an additional $220,000. What do we do next year? Do we do another $200,000? It’s not possible.” With no meaningful state, federal or city aid received by SPAC, the organization is dependent on the support of corporate sponsors and indi-

vidual patrons of the arts. “We’re fortunate because we have about 74 corporate sponsors this year. We need additional sponsorships, and we need companies to support SPAC,” said White. Individuals too can do their part to save the ballet, White indicated. Perhaps the easiest way to support SPAC and the arts is to become a member at SPAC. “A membership at SPAC has tremendous benefits,” said White, pointing to early access to tickets, discounts, parking options and an opportunity to visit the new Patron’s Terrace, “and it supports us as well.” Currently SPAC has set a challenge for itself to reach 3,000 new members. Currently the organization is at 2,500. “That’s a way anybody can help SPAC,” said White. “It’s really all about coming and supporting the venue.” One event White is hoping will generate a lot of interest this season is the Ballet Gala July 1, featuring a world premiere performance by choreographer Justin Peck. It’s the first world premiere event of its kind at SPAC, something not usually seen outside of a major metropolitan like New York City. “We want people to come and enjoy this summer; we’d love for them to become members and to bring friends and support the ballet,” said White. “First and foremost, we want to do everything we can to keep the New York City Ballet here at SPAC.” For more information or to become a SPAC member, visit their website at



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Beer Tax Could Raise Prices continued from Page 1 quickly growing craft beer industry millions of dollars in once-waived taxes and fees. Previously, in-state microbreweries were exempt from state excise taxes if they brewed less than 200,000 barrels annually. The same goes for label-registration fees, which can cost upward of $150, and includes small-batch or limited-release beers. The New York State Liquor Authority and the Department of Taxation and Finance conceded that the tax breaks were unconstitutional, citing the precedent from U.S. Supreme Court decisions that prohibits state government to give preferential treatment to products produced within the state. The suit, brought forth by Massachusettsbased Shelton Brothers Brewing, was originally filed in 2006 to challenge a ruling by the State Liquor Authority that certain Ridgeway brand labels were targeting underage drinkers. The suit claimed the plaintiff’s First Amendment rights were being violated, but also included a challenge to the SLA’s practice of imposing label and registration fees on out-of-state breweries, while waiving the same charges for small in-state breweries on the first 200,000 barrels filled. At first glance, you might wonder what the fuss is about over a $0.14 increase per gallon of beer brewed and sold in New York State. Each barrel of beer contains 31 gallons. That means an increase to $4.34 per

barrel of beer brewed. The news gets worse for breweries within New York City limits, who will see an increase of $8.06 on every barrel of beer brewed. Saratoga Springs is home to Olde Saratoga Brewing Company, who between the 30 different styles of beer brewed throughout the year produces an estimated 36,000 barrels a year. “If we sell it to Texas or California, there’s no difference,” said Keith Ricciardone, general operations manager for Olde Saratoga Brewing. “We did around 36,000 barrels last year. If we sold all of that in New York State, it would have come to $158,000 more to stay in business. Now, we’re going to 50,000 barrels this year, and that is going to cost $217,000. Where’s that money going to come from? We’d have to pass it on to the consumer, and that’s just not right.” It’s estimated that at least half of everything produced by Olde Saratoga is then sold in New York State. This would mean an annual cost of almost $80,000 annually that never existed before. The brewery had just added two new tanks in late 2011 to up their brewing capacity by another 1,000 barrels a month. “It might hurt sales,” said Ricciardone. “We can’t reinvest or put more tanks in and make more beer, because the more you do that the more you’re penalized.” For now, relief might come in the form of a Federal tax break. United

States Senator Chuck Schumer is supporting the national BEER Act, which would provide a 50 percent break on the current $7 excise tax imposed on each of the first 60,000 barrels produced for breweries across the country to only $3.50. Olde Saratoga Brewing Company is just one of dozens of in-state breweries now affected. New York boasts the most microbreweries of any state on the east coast, and ranks only behind California and Colorado nationally. While those breweries would still be subject to paying taxes on anything shipped into New York, other states charge less in excise tax per barrel, and could reduce costs associated elsewhere to make up the difference. Despite being one of the fastestgrowing industries in New York State, could a change like this serve to stifle that growth, or perhaps convince brewers to move their operations to a different state? “It could if people don’t have that kind of money to spend,” said Ricciardone. “I would say if I was thinking about starting a brewery I’d consider going to Vermont. Even then, anyone in Vermont shipping into New York State has got to pay that tax.”

7 You Say You Want a Revolution by Emily Fowler Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGSSaratoga Springs will be among the many cities around the world Saturday, May 19, recognizing celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s global initiative, “Food Revolution Day.” The effort, which urges Americans to come together to “stand up for real food,” (as opposed to unhealthy options) is bringing together local participation and offering events aimed at educating families.

Deborah Czech, a Wilton resident, is the coordinator for Saratoga’s events. “It’s often hard for people to change their eating habits. That’s where Food Revolution comes in; it’s a day for people to ask questions, make connections, get some tips, and find the inspiration they need to start eating healthier food,” Czech said. All Food Revolution Day events are free and open to the public. For more information, call (518) 5810435 or visit

Food Revolution Day Events Schedule • May 19, 2012 Meet the experts from local 9 a.m.-1 p.m. farms during a panel discussion. Saratoga Farmers’ Market, 2-3 p.m. High Rock Pavilions 9 Miles East Farm, Kids can take part in a 136 Goff Rd., Schuylerville scavenger hunt and basil Farm tour and planting party planting activity while adults for kids (weather permitting). can stop by an information 4 p.m. table featuring slow food in Saratoga Olive Oil, the Saratoga region, Eat 484 Broadway Smart NY and other Take part in a delicious food-related programs. tasting. Noon-3 p.m. All Day Four Seasons Natural Foods, Saratoga Springs YMCA, 33 Phila St., 290 West Ave. Try new healthy foods See just how much sugar is and ingredient samples here. hiding in our drinks with a large 2 p.m. structure built by kids. Saratoga Springs Public Library 49 Henry St.



BUSINESS Hannaford Supermarkets Opens New Location in Malta

MALTA - Hannaford Supermarkets is holding a grand opening ceremony Saturday, May 19 for its newest store, located at 43 Round Lake Road in Malta. Managed by Burnt Hills/Ballston Spa native Steve Robyck, the newest Hannaford measures 35,000 square feet and will feature the same high quality produce, seafood department, butcher shop, bakery, deli, full-service pharmacy and wide selection of organic, natural and gluten-free products Hannaford customers have come to know and love. Hannaford will serve the growing Malta community and employ

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PJ’s Bar-B-QSA Open for Year-Round Business! by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY

approximately 100 associates at its new location. To celebrate its grand opening, Hannaford Supermarkets is presenting a $1,000 donation to each of the following organizations: Chango Elementary School, Charlton Heights Elementary School, Francis L. Stevens Elementary School, Round Lake Library and the David R. Meager Malta Community Center.

SARATOGA SPRINGS - The wait is finally over - PJ’s Bar-BQSA is open and here to stay! What was once only a summer season tradition here in Saratoga Springs, the newly constructed indoor facility at the same Route 9 location means PJ’s will now be a year-round mainstay, bringing back all the same great tasting BBQ, the same great tunes and the same great atmosphere, but now during the fall, winter and spring seasons as well. “The biggest change is we’ve enclosed the front so people don’t have to stand outside during cold or wet weather,” said PJ Davis, owner of PJ’s Bar-B-QSA. “But the food’s all the same great tasting BBQ that people have come to expect over the last 28 years.” The BBQ-enthusiast’s paradise will be offering up two new styles of ribs for year-round consumption: Memphis and Kansas City styles. “The Memphis ribs will be a dry rub, while the Kansas City ribs will be a wet sauce rib, served year-

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PJ’s Bar-B-QSA is ready and open for year-round business after the completion of their new indoor facilities. round,” said Davis. “We will continue to serve our PJ style ribs during the summer, but those will only be seasonal because we cook them outside.” For those who enjoy eating their meals outside at the old picnic tables - have no fear. Customers will still be able to enjoy the same outdoor eating and same great music from the DJ booth as they always have. Now open year-round, Davis will be looking to franchise the Bar-BQSA business model across New York State. “Our concept for Bar-B-QSA is, ‘A Taste Tour of American Barbeque,’” said Davis. “A number of years ago I had this idea of taking the country’s best BBQ regions and putting them all under one roof. So,

for example, we’ll take the BBQ from Texas, where they cook over mesquite wood, and use that style here. So you’ll be able to taste all of those regional favorites here.” PJ’s also has a sense of BBQ history, proudly displayed on its “Wall of Flame.” Here, five BBQ pioneers, dating all the way back to the early 1900s, are given small bios and tributes. PJ’s Bar-B-QSA - new name, new building, same great tasting BBQ. Now open year round, swing by their location at 1 Kaydeross Ave. in Saratoga Springs off Route 9 Friday, May 18 at 10:30 a.m. for their ribbon cutting ceremony. For more information, call (518) 583-2445, (518) 583-7427 or visit



Week of May 18 - May 24, 2012

Business Briefs New Hire at FingerPaint Marketing SARATOGA SPRINGS – FingerPaint Marketing, Inc., a fully integrated marketing and advertising agency, welcomed Amoreena O’Bryon to their growing team. In her role at FingerPaint, O’Bryon will provide creative direction and design for Webbased and mobile applications. For over a decade, O’Bryon has owned a graphic design company, managing and creating national advertising campaigns with a focus on Web-based solutions. Prior to that, she spent time at SF Interactive in San Francisco as an associate creative director and at J.Walter Thompson, where she developed media plans for print and interactive for Sprint, Goodyear and E*TRADE. O’Bryon has designed awardwinning websites for many wellknown brands such as Jamba Juice, Snapple and Netscape. “Amoreena has impressive experience in consumer industries that will enhance our creative team,” said Ed Mitzen, FingerPaint partner. “We are excited to have someone with her background and talent on our team.”

Saratoga Smiles Receives Small Business Excellence Award SARATOGA SPRINGS - Dr. Richard L. Dennis, owner of Saratoga Smiles, located at 176 Lake Avenue in Saratoga Springs, was recently presented with a 2012 Small Business Excellence Award at a ceremony held May 2 at The Desmond Hotel. The 14th Annual Awards were hosted by the New York Business Development Corporation and the Small Business Administration. Dr. Dennis was nominated for the award by Richard Ferguson, vice president of Saratoga National Bank and Trust Company. Recipients are recognized for their small business successes and the contributions made to their communities. Dr. Dennis was chosen to receive the award because of the success he had in opening a second practice to meet a growing need in the community. As he became aware of the difficulty many Saratoga

County residents had finding dental offices willing to accept Medicaid, Fidelis and other county assistance insurance plans, Dr. Dennis decided to establish a practice that would provide quality dental care to these patients. With the help of the financial team at Saratoga National and the U.S. Small Business Administration, Dr. Dennis was able to restructure his existing loans and secure funding to purchase the dental practice of a retiring doctor. The move to the Blackmer Building at 28 Clinton Street enabled Lake Dental of Saratoga to provide patient care five days per week, shortening the average wait time for an appointment from four months to two weeks. As a small business owner, Dr. Dennis was able to employ a second full-time team of dental professionals and another dentist, Dr. Cara Hernas. Providing jobs as well as a much needed service to the residents of Saratoga and the surrounding areas earned Dr. Dennis this recognition. He is grateful to his terrific teams, at Saratoga Smiles and at Lake Dental of Saratoga, as well as Richard Ferguson and his team at Saratoga National for providing the help and support he needed to make this venture a success.



Oh…My Posh!! Creates Dazzling Candy Buffets for Any Occasion by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – Lifelong Saratoga County resident and Mechanicville High graduate Kelly Hayes began designing unique and inspiring candy buffets for her family and friends’ parties a few years back as just a hobby. But as Hayes began receiving more and more positive feedback for her fun, visually stunning and delectable candy buffets, she decided to turn her hobby into a brand-new business: Oh…My Posh!! Candy Buffet, LLC. “I fell in love with designing each buffet specific for each event,” said Hayes. “I love watching people’s eyes light up when they see a candy buffet… a truly mouthwatering experience.” Oh…My Posh!! creates unique candy buffets custom tailored to her customers’ taste, party theme and request, and has helped design buffets for weddings, showers, corporate events, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, sweet 16 parties and more. Along with themed candy buffets, Hayes can also design party favors for guests to take home with them. Oh…My Posh!! provides, “decorated apothecary jars filled with delicious candies, personalized labels, favor containers, props and linens, and an attendant to assist

your guests for the full length of the event,” said Hayes. “Our clients get to choose flavors, colors and themed candy to make their candy buffet unique.” Hayes and Oh…My Posh!! will

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help create a lasting impression at your grand event, so give her a call at (518) 366-7390 or visit ndyBuffetLLC to learn more.



Week of May 18 - May 24, 2012


Life is Beautified by Local Task Forces Spirit of Life Statue and Trask Memorial to Receive Restorations by Emily Fowler Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS Representatives from the Saratoga

Springs Preservation Foundation (SSPF) and Saratoga Springboard, as well as Saratoga Springs Mayor Scott Johnson, were on hand Monday, May 14, at a press conference in Congress

Park to announce plans for Saratoga Springs’ leading lady’s makeover. The iconic “Spirit of Life,” statue, nearly 100 years old, is located in the park and is the heart of the Trask Memorial. “The statue is the centerpiece of our city. We have a plan in place to make sure this treasure remains part of our history and part of our future,” said Stephen Carleton of Saratoga Springboard. Two local groups are ensuring just that. Saratoga Springboard is a group of professionals who volunteer their efforts to support local nonprofit organizations. They’ve selected the SSPF’s restoration campaign for their latest commitment. This project seeks to honor and continue the legacy philanthropists Katrina and Spencer Trask began 100 years ago. Both organizations’ ideals are seamlessly inline with the Trasks’ dedication to give back to their community while preserving and beautifying the city. To raise money for the project, Saratoga Springboard and the SSPF will present TRASK, an art show and fundraising event. TRASK will feature various mediums of artwork by local artists and will be held June

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From L to R: Mayor Scott Johnson, Samantha Bosshart of SSPF, and Alysa Arnold and Stephen Carleton of Saratoga Springboard. 28 in the Canfield Casino. Local artists encouraged to submit entries for this juried event. According to SSPF executive director, Samantha Bosshart, the last restoration of the statue occurred over 30 years ago, and the SSPF is hoping to raise $200,000 for the project which will take three and a half years to complete and the city has chipped in $25,000 already. The masonry work surrounding the statue will be the most expensive aspect of the job ahead and one part of the three-phase approach to reconstruction. The memorial’s surrounding landscape is another phase which includes maintaining the pine trees which were originally planted in 1915, and the statue itself, which has been well

maintained over the years by the city’s Public Works Department. “Preservation is not something that takes place on its own. It takes people, time and effort. It’s a group effort,” said Bosshart. The Trask memorial was made by the same acclaimed collaborating duo of sculptor Daniel Chester French and architect Henry Bacon before they produced the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The completion of the restoration project will coincide with the city’s centennial in 2015. For more information on the upcoming TRASK event or the restoration project, visit or


TODAY Week of May 18 - May 24, 2012


Albert Frederick Cushman Jr. Saratoga Springs, NY - Albert Frederick Cushman Jr., 56, passed away Saturday, October 29, 2011. Albert was known as “Freddie” to his family and some friends and as “Al” in more recent years. He was a U.S. Marine veteran of the Vietnam War and a lifelong animal lover. Survivors include his mother, Frances Hamilton; brothers, Kenneth W. Cushman and Thomas E. Cushman; and sisters, Brenda C. Rehg and Joanne Radcliff. He was an uncle to eight nieces and nephews and five great-nieces and great-nephews. He also leaves behind his longtime

dog companion, Deuce. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a funeral service for Albert at 11 a.m. Friday, May 25, 2012, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 149 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Burial with military honors will follow at 1 p.m. at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Rd., Schuylerville, NY. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs (518) 584-5373. Online remembrances may be made at

Guy J. “Jud” Kilmer Colonie, NY- Guy J. “Jud” Kilmer died Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at Saratoga Hospital after a brief illness. He was 73 years old. Mr. Kilmer was born May 31, 1938, at his family’s homestead in Middle Grove, NY. He was the son of the late Guy T. Kilmer and Thelma Best Kilmer. Jud married his wife, Sandra Thomas Kilmer, August 5, 1967. Survivors include his wife of over 44 years, Sandra; sons, Judson W. (Michelle Thom) Kilmer and Jason W. Kilmer; brother, Kurt H. (Annette) Kilmer (Annette); sister, Eunice L. Kilmer; three grandchildren,

Courtney M, Alex E. and Sergeant Michael P. Kilmer; and his two canine friends, Tequila (Mutt) and Duchess. Funeral services will be held at the Tunison Funeral Home, 105 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 on Friday May 18, 2012, at 11 a.m. Burial will be in the family plot at the Hutchings Cemetery, Greenfield, NY Memorial donations can be made in Jud’s memory to the Greenfield Historical Society, P.O. Box 502, Greenfield Center, NY 12833 or the Middle Grove Fire Dept., 25 North Greenfield Rd., Middle Grove, NY 12850. Online remembrances can be made at

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Editor, I never get tired writing about veterans as they are a special group of people that join our military to serve our country, the United States of America. Veterans put their life on the line for us to do as they are told whether they like it or not. Freedom comes with a price that goes beyond words. Many of these young, brave men and women do not come back to their loved ones; they die fighting for freedom in one form or another. Many come back wounded and need the best care we can give them. Lots of our young men and women come back with wounds no one can see. They need special help to cope with life and to live as a normal human being. It’s not easy for any of the above to live the good life as a free American. They need all the help our government can give them. They only ask to be taken care of in the proper way and maybe just the following words from us AmericansThank you for your service to our country. You would be surprised how good the words “thank you” sound to our veterans and active service people. Without their services to our country, we would not be a free nation today. We as Americans should never forget their service to us. God bless our veterans and active duty men and women. -Sid Gordon Saratoga Springs

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Mildred "Millie" Gibson Forkel Colonie, NYMildred "Millie" Gibson Forkel passed away May 9, 2012, after a long illness and only one month prior to her 90th birthday. Millie was born in Albany, NY, and was the daughter of the late Helen and George Gibson. Mrs. Forkel was predeceased by her husband, Reinhold Forkel Sr., and a son, Reinhold

Forkel Jr. She is survived by five children, Frieda, John (Diane), Gus (Caroline), George (Jutta) and Deborah (Jonathan); 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. There are no services planned for this time. She will be laid to rest next to her husband at St. John’s Cemetery.

Cameron Campbell Dominick Troy, NY – Cameron Campbell Dominick, 40, passed away Thursday, May 10, 2012. Cameron was born on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1971, in Saratoga Springs to the late Gary and Joyce Campbell Dominick. Survivors include his brothers, Jonathan Dominick and Gideon Dominick; uncle, Dennis (Sherry) Dominick; cousin, Heather Dominick (Stephen) Kosmicki; aunt, Cecilia (James) Monaco; and many other cousins and dear

friends. Private services for the family will held at 1 p.m. Friday, May 18, 2012, at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs (518) 584-5373. Donations may be made in Cameron’s name to the charity of one’s choice. Online remembrances may be made at

Sophie I. Goldstein Saratoga Springs, NY Sophie I. Goldstein, 102, passed away peacefully May 14, 2012. Sophie was born in Tula, Russia, November 6, 1909, and moved to Saratoga Springs with her late husband, Dr. George Goldstein. Sophie is survived by her three children, Louise J. Goldstein, Barbara Goldstein Proctor and Geoffrey Goldstein; daughter-in-law, Deena Brown; three granddaughters, Gabrielle Tayac, Georgina Grimm and Kate James; and great-grand-

children, Sebastian and Jansikwe Medina-Tayac. Funeral services were held Thursday, at Shaara Tfille, 84 Weibel Ave., Saratoga Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sophie Goldstein, Jewish History Collection at the Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Online remembrances may be made at



upcoming town meetings Town of Ballston: Ballston Town Hall 323 Charlton Road 885-8502 Village of Ballston Spa: 66 Front Street 885-5711 5/23: Zoning Board of Appeals, 7:30 p.m. Town of Greenfield: 7 Wilton Road 893-7432 Town of Malta: 2540 Route 9 899-2818 5/21: Town Board, 7 p.m. Town of Milton: 503 Geyser Road 885-9220 5/24: Zoning Board of Appeals, 7 p.m. City of Saratoga Springs: 474 Broadway 587-3550 5/21: Zoning Board of Appeals, 7 p.m. 5/23: Planning Board, 7 p.m. Town of Saratoga: 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville 695-3644 Village of Schuylerville: 35 Spring Street 695-3881 5/21: Planning Board, 6:30 p.m. Town of Stillwater: 66 East St., Riverside Mechanicville, NY 12118 5/21: Planning Board, 7 p.m. Town of Wilton: 22 Traver Road 587-1939 5/24: Zoning Board, 7 p.m. Saratoga County Board of Supervisors 40 McMaster St., # 1 Ballston Spa, NY 12020-1985 (518) 885-2240

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Sustainable Saratoga Community Forum Empire State College, 2 Union Ave., Room 126 On Tuesday, May 22, from 7-9 p.m. Sustainable Saratoga will host a community forum on “Sustainability and the Comprehensive Plan: What it means for Saratoga.” The program panelists are local and national experts in municipal planning and smart growth. Panelists will explore ways in which the Comprehensive Plan process can expand the use of smart growth techniques and how Saratoga Springs can use this process.

One-room Schoolhouse Exhibit Open Brookside volunteer Craig Gould worked in collaboration with Paul Perreault, Malta Town Historian, to create a small exhibit on one-room schoolhouses in the Town of Malta. Items on display include photographs and archival documents from Brookside’s collection, as well as some items from the Malta Town Historian’s office. The exhibit will be on display at the Malta Branch of the Round Lake Library. The library hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

The Rotary Club of Ballston Spa 90th Anniversary Celebration Founded in May 1922, the Ballston Spa Rotary Club has been serving the local community for 90 years. Members, past members and the public are invited to attend an evening of dinner and memories at The Factory Upstairs Speakeasy, Tuesday May 29 at 6 p.m. The cost is $35 per person. Reservations are required by May 20. For more information, contact

Karner Blue Butterflies Emerge at Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park On Friday, May 11, the first Karner blue butterflies were observed at Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park. These endangered butterflies can best be seen on the Camp Saratoga North trail, located off of Scout Road in Gansevoort; and the Old Gick Farm and Fox trails, which

are accessed from parking areas off of Route 50, north of King Road.

Annual Food Sale United Methodist Church, 243 Main St., Corinth The United Methodist Church will be holding their annual food sale June 2 from 9 a.m.-noon. Homemade soups, salads, baked goods and much more will be available for purchase.

Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau’s 2012 Golf Classic Saratoga National Golf Club The bureau’s 2012 golf classic is taking place from 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 22. The entire event is open to bureau members, potential members, meeting planners and friends. Registration and lunch expo is from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. with a shotgun tee-off at 1 p.m. and concludes with a reception featuring awards and prizes from 6-7:30 p.m. You can choose to attend the golf portion, the reception only or both. The tournament will proceed rain or shine unless the course is closed. Sponsorship opportunities are still available by calling the bureau. Spaces fill quickly and are reserved on a first-come first-served basis. To register for the annual golf classic online, visit

Parkinson’s Support Group Meeting Woodlawn Commons, Saratoga Springs This meeting will take place Monday, May 21, at 2 p.m. and is open to anyone with Parkinson’s Disease, family members and friends. For more information, call Joyce Garlock at (518) 885-6427 or Dorothy Clark at (518) 584-3894.

Saratoga Springs Retired Teachers Association Meeting Longfellows Restaurant, 500 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs The monthly meeting will take place Monday, June 4 at noon. Membership is open to retired educators who taught in and/or live in Saratoga County. For new member information and luncheon reservations, please call (518) 587-5356.

Heritage Hunters Meeting Town of Saratoga Town Hall, Rt. 4, Schuylerville Heritage Hunters of Saratoga County will meet Saturday, May 19, at 1 p.m. Erica Wolfe Burke, archivist and special collections

librarian at the Folklife Center at the Crandall Library in Glens Falls, will offer tips and instructions for exploring the 1940 U.S. census. The public is welcome. For more information, call (518) 587-2978.

Help Design Greenfield Elementary Playground Greenfield Elementary has an online survey on their website ( asking for feedback about their current playground and what changes/ideas people would like to see incorporated into their new one. The goal is to obtain community input from the survey to be summarized and submitted to the designer. The survey will be online for the next few weeks.

Radiothon Raises More than Half a Million Dollars for Children’s Hospital It was a record-setting run for the 2012 edition of the Radiothon to benefit the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center. The two-day event set a new mark by raising $564,022, an increase of more than 17 percent from 2011. The Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center is a 125-bed facility devoted exclusively to the medical needs of infants, children and adolescents, and is the referral center for all seriously ill and injured children from 25 counties in upstate New York and western New England. It is staffed by 110 physicians trained in 34 subspecialties and more than 300 pediatric nurses, therapists, social workers and child-life specialists.

Adirondack Museum Introduces New Audio Tour This Season The museum is launching an exciting new audio tour when it reopens for the season Friday, May 25. Visitors will be invited to take a fresh look at the Adirondack Museum using the terrific new tour. The voices of real people who live in the Adirondacks today will guide visitors to a deeper understanding of the museum’s exhibitions, it dramatic setting, and what makes the Adirondacks unique. The audio tour will be offered free of charge to visitors with museum admission. The tour has been generously sponsored by National Grid as well as additional individuals and foundations. The Adirondack Museum reopens for its 55th season Friday, May 25, and is open seven days a week, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., through October 14. The museum will close at 3 p.m. on August 10 and September 7 for


special event preparations. For additional information, visit or call (518) 3527311.

Halfmoon Legion Memorial Day Ceremonies American Legion Post 1450 Pavilion, 275 Grooms Rd., Halfmoon Post Commander Jim Valenti invites the public to attend the legion’s annual Memorial Day ceremonies to be held Monday, May 28 at 11 a.m.. This year’s principal speaker will be Senior Chief Rich Cavalier, a 21year Navy veteran and native New Yorker who is currently serving as the Regional Supervisor for Officer Recruiting. The public is urged to attend and participate in this patriotic event to honor those who made the supreme sacrifice in defense of our freedom. Refreshments will be served immediately following the ceremony.

Saratoga Springs Orchestra Auditions


Waldorf School, 122 Regent St., Saratoga Springs Are you a musician looking for an alternative, dynamic and energizing orchestra experience? Then consider joining a team of exceptional young artists under the direction of a world class conductor. The Saratoga Springs Youth Orchestra (SSYO) is seeking serious student musicians ages 13-25 from the Saratoga region who are looking for a unique musical experience. Auditions begin Saturday, June 2 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For information and audition requirements, visit or call Jackie Royal at (229) 224-5672.

Park Your Car to Support Saratoga Shakespeare Co. Instead of hunting for hard-to-find parking spots during what promises to be a wildly successful ArtsFest weekend, support free professional theater by parking downtown with Saratoga Shakespeare. Saratoga Shakespeare Company will open The Saratogian’s private lot for public parking during ArtsFest on Saturday, June 9, from noon-midnight. The lot, located at Maple Ave. and Caroline St., has its entrance on Pavilion Row. For only a $10 donation to Saratoga Shakespeare Company, drivers can park in the lot. Donation is payable by cash, check, or credit card. Additional tax-deductible donations to Saratoga Shakespeare will be gratefully accepted as well. For more information, visit www.saratoga




Week of May 18 - May 24, 2012


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events Weekend-Long Adirondack Living Show Queensbury Dome, 326 Sherman Ave., Queensbury The Adirondack Living Show is a three-day celebration of camps, Adirondack art and rustic living. The show will be held Friday, May 18, from 1-8 p.m.; Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m.6 p.m.; and Sunday, May 20, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is $9, children 12 and under are free. For more information, visit

Musuem Invitational and Auto/Euro Show Saratoga Automobile Museum, 110 Ave. of the Pines, Saratoga Springs The weekend kicks off Friday, May 18, at 6 p.m. with a special guest appearance by Wayne Carini of the Velocity channel’s “Chasing Classic Cars” at the museum. Tickets are $40. On Saturday, some of Europe’s most iconic cars will be on the field from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday’s events also include the Invitational Gala Dinner at the Gideon Putnam Hotel with special guest and award-winning actor and car enthusiast, Edward Herrmann. Live auction included. Tickets are $150. The fourth annual Museum Invitational and Auto Show will take place Sunday, May 20, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dozens of beautiful automobiles from around the country will be showcased. Old, new or just unusual, all makes and models are welcome to show off in the park for the auto show. Car registration for the Sunday show is $15. For information, visit

Friday, May 18

American Girl Night Barnes & Noble, 3029 Rte. 50, Saratoga Springs Solve a mystery with the American Girl sleuths and stay for a discussion and activities in the children’s department. This event is for ages 8 and up and based on both fiction and nonfiction books by American Girl Publishing. For information, call (518) 583-7761.

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

information, call (518) 899-4411.

Native-American Music and Storytelling Evening Ndakinna Education Center, 23 Middle Grove Rd., Greenfield Center This final event in the spring “Down to Earth” Concert Series (supported by Saratoga Program for Arts Funding) begins at 7:30 p.m. and features Kontiwennenhawi: the Akwesasne Mohawk Women Singers and Onondaga Storyteller Perry Ground. Cost is for $12 adults, $10 seniors and children under 12. Call (518) 583-1440 for reservations.

World War II USO Show, a "Look Back in Time"

“Patton” Screening

NYS Military Museum, 61 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs In honor of Bob Hope's first USO broadcast on May 6, 1941, the Friends of the New York State Military Museum & Veterans Research Center will present a re-creation of an Armed Forces Radio broadcast and cantina performance. Refreshments like those at USO cantinas during World War II will be served. Come for this historic look back in time. Proceeds will benefit the Friends of the NYS Military Museum 2 -5 p.m. Cost is $25 or $30 at the door, $20 for active military personal. For information, call (518) 584-2244.

Plein Aire Art Saratoga National Historical Park Battlefield, Rte. 4, Stillwater All local artists are invited to visit the battlefield from 9 a.m.4 p.m. for a free day of enjoying the park's pristine landscape as inspiration for their art or photography. Rain date is Sunday, May 20. For information, call the visitor center at (518) 6649821, ext. 1777 or visit their website at

Antiques Road Show 1 Bayberry Dr., Malta Community Center Enjoy a fun and informative event featuring Mark Lawson of Mark Lawson Antiques and sponsor of “Antiques Road Show” as he educates participants on the world of antiques and performs appraisals from 10 a.m.-noon, hosted by the Town of Malta Department of Parks, Recreation & Human Services. Pre-registration is necessary. Space is limited. For


Elks’ Dinner

Saturday, May 19 Ballston Spa High School Auditorium, 220 Ballston Ave., Ballston Spa The Ballston Spa Film Festival, sponsored by the Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association, invites you to join in for the May installment of this monthly classic film series. Observe Armed Forces Day with the 1970 Academy Award-winning, “Patton.” This free film will be screened at 2:30 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. For information, visit

$5. For information, call (518) 587-6433.


Clothing and Plant Sale 159 Stone Church Rd., Ballston Spa If you’ve been bitten by the spring fever bug, but are on a budget, let the Old Stone Church help with that from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. For information, call (518) 384-0949.

Sunday, May 20

Elks’ Breakfast Buffet 1 Elks Lane, Rte. 9, Saratoga Springs Let the Saratoga-Wilton Elks serve you a buffet breakfast from 8:30-11 a.m. Adults $7, seniors/military with ID $6, children 5-12 $5, under 5 free, takeouts $8.

Monday, May 21 Community Bingo 1 Elks Lane, Rte. 9, Saratoga Springs Come spend the evening playing 17 regular games and two cover-all specials with two different bell jar games for old and young alike. Every Monday night the Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge #161 will present community bingo. Doors open at 4 p.m. and games begin at 7. Food will be available. For information, call (518) 584-2585.

Wednesday, May 23 Judaism Discussion Group JCC, 84 Weibel Ave., Saratoga Springs Rabbi Kenneth Blatt will lead an adult education discussion on the basics of Judaism at the Congregation Shaara Tfille/Jewish Community Center. This will be the second in a series that uses a participation format to cover: “Synagogue rituals and the significance of prayers,” “The importance of Shabbat and related customs,” “Jews by choice and the conversion process” and “other aspects of Jewish life.” An evening session with dessert and beverages will begin at 7 p.m. Events are free. For information, call (518) 5842370 or email to make a reservation.

Embroidery Workshop Spring Street Gallery, 110 Spring St,. Saratoga Springs Join Skidmore class of 2012 student and textile artist, Victoria Mangeniello, beginning at 2 p.m. The gallery’s current exhibit "A World in String" features work by two fiber artists who have never before shown their work- embroidery artist Vincent Cherico and 91-year-old rug hooker Betty Mason. The public is welcome to attend. Cost is

Revisiting Malta’s “Greatest Generation” Malta Ridge United Methodist Church, Malta Ave. Extension, Malta The Malta homefront during World War II will be the topic of the next meeting of the Malta Memories Historical Group beginning at 7 p.m. Anyone having memorabilia from that era is invited to bring it to the

1 Elks Lane, Rte. 9, Saratoga Springs Let the Saratoga-Wilton Elks serve you a dinner of chicken ‘n biscuits, scalloped potatoes and ham from 4:30-7 p.m. Adults $9, seniors/military with ID $8, children 5-12 $5, under 5 free, takeouts $10. Cash bar is available. For information, call (518) 584-2585.

New Meditation Class “Eight Steps to Happiness” 19 Maple Ave., Saratoga Springs Use the eight steps presented in this course to transform daily relationships and become a more loving person. Each class includes a guided meditation, teaching and discussion from 78:30 p.m. with Buddhist teacher Karen Bauer. Cost is $10.

Thursday, May 24 First Men's Night Workshop Simplicity, a Salon, 80 Henry St., Saratoga Springs Simplicity, a Salon believes every man is a hero and should be treated like one. From 6-7:30 p.m. all our male clients will enjoy complimentary scalp massages, hot towel treatments, consults, beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres. Space is limited and event is for salon clients. To reserve your spot, call (518) 583-7770.

Advanced NOOK Class Barnes & Noble, 3029 Rte. 50, Saratoga Springs Stop by at 7 p.m. and learn how to get the most out of your NOOK and how to borrow books from your local library using it. For information, call 518) 583-7761.

Friday, May 25 Clifford Comes to Town Barnes & Noble, 3029 Rte. 50, Saratoga Springs Clifford the big red dog will be making an appearance for a special pajama story time event beginning at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. For information, call (518) 583-7761.

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Fifth Annual Cantina Kids’ Fun Run Pre-Registration Open

Experience Wine Raffle

Jeff and Heath Ames, owners of the Cantina restaurant in downtown Saratoga Springs, are teaming up with the Saratoga Hospital Foundation to sponsor the fifth annual Cantina Kids’ Fun Run Presented by CDPHP on Sunday, June 3, 2012. The race benefits the Saratoga Hospital Pediatric Emergency Services and is for kids ages 12 and under. Festivities begin with registration at 8 a.m., followed by the race at 9 a.m. There will be two different routes for the race. Pre-registered kids are guaranteed an event T-shirt and water bottle. Medals will be given to all children with the top three boys and the top three girls from each course receiving special recognition. Additionally, there will be a bounce house and goodies will be at the finish line for runners, family and friends. The pre-registration fee is $12 per child on or before May 25. After that date and on race day, the registration fee is $15. Parents running with children must also pay and register. For more information or to register, visit or call (518) 583-8779.

Experience Works, a nonprofit that helps older workers transition back into the workforce, is raffling off a variety of 12 bottles of wine (one case) donated by Purdy’s Wine and Liquor of Saratoga Springs. Tickets are $10 for five chances to win. The drawing will be held June 1. To purchase a raffle ticket, contact Larry Finkle at (518) 490-2180 or email Proceeds will be used to enhance the organization’s supportive services.



Week of May 18 - May 24, 2012 TODAY

Temple Sinai Sunday School’s Mother’s Day Mitzvah! On Mother’s Day, Shawn Banner and Rachel Pearlstein's Kindergarten/first grade Temple Sinai Sunday school classes came together to plant a string bean and sunflower garden at Shelters of Saratoga’s 14 Walworth Street location. Shelters of Saratoga is a coed emergency homeless shelter that has been servicing the Saratoga region for over 21 years.

Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation Donates to Franklin Community Center Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation has granted $500 toward Franklin Community Center’s Project Lift Program. This donation will help the center purchase necessary items to make the Project Lift Program successful for the children and families it serves.

“Saratoga Dirty Dozen” A local band of runners is taking on the challenge of the 200-mile Ragnar Adirondack Run to honor the recently deployed Echo Company of the New York Army National Guard and to support them and other members of the military serving overseas through Operation Adopt A Soldier. The course begins in the Spa State Park in Saratoga Springs and passes through Saratoga, Washington, Warren and Essex counties, ending in Lake Placid. The team was named the “Saratoga Dirty Dozen,” after the 1967 World War II based film starring Lee Marvin. As a practical show of support, theteam will be raising money and supplies for Operation Adopt-ASoldier and collecting donations as they make their way from Saratoga Springs to Lake Placid. Anyone interested in participating in this effort to support and honor the men and women of our armed forces serving abroad should contact Kait Sicke, Lori Munn or Ray O’Conor at Saratoga National Bank.




Week of May 18 - May 24, 2012

Summer Camp Directory This Week’s Spotlight Cutting Edge

Cutting Edge Martial Art’s A+ After School and Summer Camp Program is a year-round child care solution that provides a positive, structured environment for children after school and during the day in the summer. During the school year, we pick children up directly from the local elementary and middle schools and provide an hour lesson that starts with our “Mat Chat,” a 10-minute character education lesson for the day, followed by a full 50-minute martial arts class. Parents have a window between 5-5:45 p.m. to pick up their children while children have the opportunity after class to get their homework started. During the summer, children get

all the benefits of our A+ Program but on a grander scale. We offer eight weeks of full-day camps and have no minimum or maximum number of days per week or number of weeks that a student can attend. Each week of camp, we have a curriculum of character education lessons, fun games, and a one-hour martial arts class every day. We watch a movie in the afternoons twice a week, have a video game morning on Fridays and take all our campers on an educational outing on Wednesdays and a fun and exciting outing every Friday. Our aver-

age camp size is 20-30 students, and we have three full-time staff working with our students. Our goal is to provide a familyfriendly and fun environment that feels like a home away from home. Our students have fun learning skills that can be used every day of their lives, and we try to provide memories that will last a lifetime. For many, our summer camps are a wonderful introduction to the martial arts. For more information, visit or call (518) 587-5501.




Week of May 18 - May 24, 2012


Ballston Spa Ranked on U.S. News’ Best High Schools List BALLSTON SPA -Ballston Spa High School has been recognized on the “Best High Schools” list compiled annually by U.S. News. Nationally, the school was ranked as 1,151st, or in the top 5 percent, of 22,000 high schools across the country, and was awarded the silver award for both student success and the school’s focus on college and career readiness. In 2010 and 2011, Ballston Spa High School was ranked by both Newsweek and The Washington Post respectively, and is now recognized by U.S. News for the first time this year based on student achievement results from the ELA and math state assessments and the Advanced Placement (AP) examinations. “We are honored to receive national recognition for the work we are doing to support student achievement. The fall 2012 intro-

duction of our International Baccalaureate Program demonstrates the district’s unparalleled educational programs for students. This award provides incentive for our efforts to develop the strongest academic opportunities for our students as we continue to support college and career readiness,” said Superintendent of Schools Joseph P. Dragone, Ph.D. The U.S. News Best High School list is compiled by first analyzing how well students in over 22,000 high schools performed on state assessments, including the test scores of disadvantaged students, who tend to score lower on tests. The high schools identified as successful were then ranked nationally, in terms of college readiness. U.S. News determines the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work by analyzing

student success in Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) programs, both of which include college-level courses. “Our rating in U.S. News and World Report reinforces what our staff, students and parents already know about Ballston Spa High School. The staff is committed to helping each individual student reach his or her full potential,” indicated Principal Kristi Jensen. The number of Ballston Spa students taking college-level examinations continues to grow. The college coursework completed by students in the Early College High School at the TEC-SMART facility also provides an opportunity for students from throughout the region to earn high school and college credits simultaneously. In addition, the district will implement the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in the fall of 2012, providing additional academic opportunities for students. For more information on district initiatives, including the IB Program and Early College High School, call (518) 884-7150, ext. 2362 or visit

St. Clement’s Receives Saratoga Arts Grant SARATOGA SPRINGS - St. Clement's Regional Catholic School’s fifth grade has been awarded a $1660 grant administered by Saratoga Arts. This program is funded in part by the Arts-in-Education/Local Capacity Building Program, a re-grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by Saratoga Arts. The grant was awarded for the project "What Shape Am I?" Local poet Jackie Sweeney has worked with fifth grade teachers Jessica Leak and Lisa Shimkus during May to expand students' writing abilities while at the same time enriching their understanding of math through prose. Students will explore the concepts of poetry while specifically studying geometric concepts-from vertices to polygons, parallelograms to trapezoids. Students also participated in a poetry slam to celebrate their work. For more informa-

tion, on the grant and the program, contact St. Clement's Cultural Arts cochair Cindy Munter at (518) 428-1030.

Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs Turns 30 SARATOGA SPRINGS The Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs (WSSS) celebrated 30 years of Waldorf education with a Founders & Friends Celebration May 12. The celebration featured a music and art exhibit on “Wisdom and Wholeness of the Waldorf Curriculum,” curated by Mary Roberts. The Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs is an independent, nonsectarian, coeducational school for children from birth to Grade 12. WSSS strives to enrich students' capacity for imagination and aims to inspire a love for learning and a reverence for life and provides a strong focus on math, science, literature, languages and the arts. Founded in 1981, WSSS began as the Spring Hill School located in the parlor of Temple Sinai on Broadway. In 1987, the desire to expand and include an elementary school led to the purchase of the historic building #7 at 62 York Avenue. In 1996, the high school was founded at 122 Regent St. Over the years, the school has expanded to include an Early Childhood Center on Lake Avenue and most recently, a Forest Kindergarten program on Kaydeross Avenue in cooperation with Saratoga Spa State Park. The school is a full member of both the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America and the New York State Association of Independent Schools. For more information, visit




Week of May 18 - May 24, 2012


Skidmore Student Honored for Civic Engagement and Leadership SARATOGA SPRINGS Skidmore College has announced that Anna Graves, class of 2014, has been named a 2012 Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact, a national coalition of colleges and universities dedicated to fostering civic and social responsibility. Graves is among 160 students nationally to receive the award, which recognizes college students for their efforts to explore social issues and work toward positive change. Among her many initiatives at Skidmore, Graves has worked to increase student awareness of agriculture and food sources, environmental issues, and campus governance. Offcampus, she has pursued projects related to the developing world, sustainability, and literacy. Last year, as a first-year stu-

dent, Graves organized an alternative spring-break trip that took nine fellow students to a small community-supported farm in upstate New York, where they worked alongside farmers to learn more about food production and sustainable agriculture. In her first year, she was elected vice president of Skidmore’s Environmental Action Club and helped organize a trip for 80 students to Washington, D.C., to attend PowerShift 2011, a national student conference on climate change. During her summer break, Graves traveled to Ghana as a researcher with the Health and Humanitarian Aid Foundation. Later that summer she worked in Narragansett, R.I., as a deckhand on a fishing boat to learn more about sustainable fisheries and squeezed in an internship for a literacy organization that develops

programs for K-12 schools. Currently, Graves serves as president of Skidmore’s Outing Club and is vice president of the student government’s Academic Council. She has also been appointed to the Student Government Association. Graves is majoring in government and hails from Nashville, Tenn. “Anna is great example of the engaged and empowered young people we need for our next generation of leaders,” said Skidmore President Philip A. Glotzbach. “She is using her liberal arts education to make a difference both here on campus and in the wider world. We’re very pleased that her work has been acknowledged with the Newman award.”

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Anna Graves was named a 2012 Newman Civic Fellow for her work toward positive change.


FOOD Apple-Stuffed Chicken

Week of May 18 - May 24, 2012


Suzanne Voigt Farmers’ Market While the days of pumpkin patches and trick-or-treating are behind us, this delicious fall-inspired recipe is sure to make your family’s mouths water, even this time of

year! Saratoga Apple still has great apples and I am sure some apple jelly (or cider) can be found to fulfill the needed ingredients. It’s a delicious way to enjoy fresh chicken— and can be made even more sumptuous and spring-like by roasting it on the grill!

Ingredients 1 cup uncooked, long grain/wild rice mix 3 cups sliced fresh mushrooms 2 medium apples (cooking variety—crisp and tart/sweet, best), cored and chopped 1 cup shredded carrot

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1/2 cup thinly sliced onions (try shallots if you prefer) 1/2 tsp ground black pepper 1 large roasting chicken 2-3 tbsp. of apple jelly, melted (or cider, made into a syrup by adding sugar and boiling) Apple wedges

Directions 1. Cook the rice, adding mushrooms, chopped apples, shredded carrot, onions and pepper to the rice as it cooks. Don’t overcook —undercook if anything so stuffing doesn’t become a mushy mess later inside the roast-

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roasting, brush chicken two or three times with melted jelly or cider syrup. The chicken is done when the meat thermometer registers 180 degrees, the meat is no longer pink and the legs move easily in their sockets. Note: if grilling on a non-rotisserie grill, be sure to place a can of water in the grill to keep it moist and cover the chicken with aluminum foil until you start to glaze it in the last half hour. Serve with some lightly-buttered steamed or grilled spring asparagus.

piece immediately after use and make sure not to put in the dishwasher. You wouldn’t want to ruin something that could be passed on in your family for ages. That is why my wife has me clean all our pots and pans by hand! She claims that no one is as good as I am at cleaning them! As usual, our good friends Dave and Laurie Lowendehale and Lynn and Manny Russrev have stopped by to talk about another Greek/Roman giftwine, and they have taken to admiring our polished Beatriz Ball pieces. They ask me how I get the pieces to shine like that. After a long pause and a big sip of wine I say, “I’m good; I’m very good.” If you see my friends at the wine bar don’t tell them my secret. Remember my friends: “Life happens in the kitchen,” but most importantly, as Aubrey would say: “Stay classy Saratoga Springs.” Take care, John



Week of May 18 - May 24, 2012

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: Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. Assembly of God Faith Chapel 6 Burgoyne St., Schuylerville 695-6069 • Rev. Jason Proctor Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Assembly of God Saratoga 118 Woodlawn Ave., Saratoga Springs 584-6081 Services: Sunday Worship 10 a.m., coffee served at 9:45 a.m. Bacon Hill Reformed Church 560 Route 32N, Bacon Hill 695-3074 • Rev. Janet Vincent Services: Worship service 10 a.m. Sunday School 10 a.m. All are welcome. Handicapped accessible Baha’i Community of Saratoga Springs 584-9679; 692-7694; Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa 885-7312; Services: Sunday Worship Service, 10:30 a.m. Ballston Spa United Methodist Church 101 Milton Ave. • 885-6886 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Bethesda Episcopal Church 41 Washington St., Saratoga Springs 584-5980 Services: Sunday 6:30, 8 & 10 a.m. Church of Christ at Clifton Park 7 Old Route 146 371-6611; Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Christ Community Reformed Church 1010 Route 146, Clifton Park 371-7654; Services: Sundays 10 a.m. Christ Episcopal Church 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. 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. 654-9255; 792-0271 Services: Sunday at 10 a.m. Corinth United Methodist Church 243 Main Street 654-2521; Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Cornerstone Community Church Malta Commons 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, Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m.; Weekday Masses: Monday-Friday 9 a.m. Eastern Orthodox - Christ the Savior 349 Eastline Road, Ballston Spa 786-3100; Services: Sunday: 9:15 a.m. First Baptist Church of Saratoga Springs 45 Washington St. • 584-6301 Services: Sunday: 11 a.m. First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa 202 Milton Ave. (Rt. 50) 885-8361; Services: 10:15 a.m. First Presbyterian Church of Ballston Spa 22 West High St. • 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. Grace Brethren Church 137 W. Milton Rd., Ballston Spa 587-0649 • Rev. Dan Pierce Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Handicapped accessible. Grace Community Church of Malta 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.Comfort Suites, Clifton Park Greater Grace Community Church 43 Round Lake Rd. Ballston Lake (Malta Mall) 899-7777; Pastor David Moore Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Greenfield Center Baptist Church 30 Wilton Rd., Greenfield Center, NY 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 • 6644442 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 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.; Sunday School 9:30 a.m. LivingSprings Community Church 59 Pine Rd., Saratoga Springs 584-9112 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. LivingWaters 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. • 581-0210 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Middle Grove United Methodist Church 581-2973 • Pastor Bonnie Bates Services: Sunday 9 a.m. Handicapped accessible New Horizon Church 150 Perry Road, Saratoga Springs 587-0711 Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. New Life Fellowship 51 Old Gick Rd., Saratoga Springs 580-1810; Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m.-noon 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; 10:30 a.m. Service; 11:45 a.m. Coffee & Fellowship in Living Stone Hall; Wednesday: noon potluck luncheon; 1 p.m. choir rehearsal; 2 p.m. Bible Study Group Presbyterian-NE Congregational Church 24 Circular St., Saratoga Springs 584-6091; Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m.

RELIGION Quaker Springs United Methodist Church 466 Route 32 South 695-3101; Pastor Jim Knapp Services: Sunday 9 a.m. Handicapped accessible. River of Hope Fellowship 100 Saratoga Village Blvd. Malta Cmns., Ste. 3, Malta 881-1505; Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Roman Catholic Church of St. Peter 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-2375 Services: Eucharistic Celebrations: Saturday 5 p.m.; Sunday 7:30, 9 & 11:30 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;; Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 10:30 a.m. Handicapped accessible St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church 167 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa 885-7411; Services: Saturday 4 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., noon. Handicapped accessible St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church 771 Route 29, Rock City Falls 893-7680;; 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 mornings 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. St. Thomas of Canterbury 242 Grooms Rd., Halfmoon Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga Abundant Life Church 2325 Route 50 South, Saratoga Springs 885-5456; Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. Saratoga Chabad 130 Circular St., Saratoga Springs 526-0773;; Saratoga Friends Meeting(Quaker) Rts. 32 and 71, Quaker Springs


587-7477; 399-5013 Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

Saratoga United Methodist Church Henning Rd., 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 7:45, 9 & 10:45 a.m.; Acts II Contempory 10:45 a.m. Simpson United Methodist Church Rock City Rd., Rock City Falls 885-4794 Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Soul SavingStation 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 Services: Friday 8 p.m. 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. Gail Falsetti-Pastor Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs 624 North Broadway 584-1555; Services: 10 a.m. Religious education and nursery care at the 10 a.m. service each Sunday. Unity Church in Albany 21 King Ave. • 453-3603 Services: Sunday 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. West Charlton United Presbyterian Church 1331 Sacandaga Rd. 882-9874 • Rev. Thomas Gregg, Pastor Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Wilton Baptist Church 755 Saratoga Rd, Wilton 583-2736;; Services: Sunday Service 11 a.m.



Week of May 18 - May 24, 2012




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Movie Review

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ACROSS 1 Stretch in the womb 5 Stare open-mouthed 9 Sauce made with pine nuts 14 Samoaʼs capital 15 Flier since 1948 16 Different 17 Blue-tongued dog in the canine version of the “Twilight” series? 19 Madame Gorbachev 20 Numerical prefix 21 Trans Am option 23 T-Mobile competitor 24 Promise preceding a pronouncement 25 Powerful dog that loves a Passover staple? 29 Tireless campaign 31 Partial 32 Convenient encl. 33 Body sci. 36 Secondary railroad line 37 Rumbas for retrievers? 40 Crockpot concoction 42 “Go on!” 43 Victorʼs wife, in “Casablanca” 47 “Magnificent” mystic 49 Sources of local college tension 51 Engages in toy dog smuggling? 54 Smidgen 55 __ certain age 56 Place for Sundance? 57 Nepal rumbler 59 Off 61 Scholarly little Spitz? 64 Mardi Gras parade group 65 Medicinal houseplant 66 Japanese sandal 67 Tacked on 68 21-Across, e.g. 69 Firenze pronoun DOWN 1 Maneuvers 2 FDA-banned herbal supplement 3 Not just funny 4 Bryn __ College 5 “Fancy that!” 6 To a man 7 Chopin work 8 “Phaedo” philosopher 9 Mammal whose name derives from the Latin words for “pig” and “fish” 10 Greek vowel 11 Acupressure technique 12 More cranky

The Avengers

You’re larger than life. You have abilities beyond that of most human beings on the planet. Then the world finds itself in peril and to save it, you’ll need to join a group of people just as unique as you if not more so. What do you do? S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Nick Fury (played by Samuel L. Jackson) is overseeing a top secret project designed to study an energy source from another world known as the tesseract. The experiment soon goes awry and the tesseract appears to explode. In actuality, it has opened a portal allowing the malevolent being known as Loki (played by Tom Hiddleston) to emerge. It’s almost immediately clear that S.H.I.E.L.D. is outmatched and what’s worse, the supervisor of the tesseract project Dr. Erik Selvig (played by Stellan Skarsgard) and an experienced covert agent nicknamed Hawkeye (played by Jeremy Renner) became mindless drones under Loki’s (Hiddleston’s) command. Once the facility is destroyed and the invaders have moved on, Fury (Jackson) calls Agent Natasha Romanoff also known as the Black Widow (Scarlet Johansson) to recruit one member of The Avengers. The Avengers Initiative was abandoned some time before the events depicted in this film, but is reactivated for the sake of mankind and for lack of a better alternative. Romanoff (Johansson) is next seen in India resorting to subterfuge to gain audience with Bruce Banner (played by Mark Ruffalo). Banner (Ruffalo) has gone into hiding to escape opportunists in the American government, to remain calm, to spare the world and those around him any damage he might inflict as The Hulk. Next to be approached by S.H.I.E.L.D. is Iron Man, Tony Stark (played by Robert Downey Jr. in the character’s third major film). The last member left to recruit is Steve Rogers (played by Chris Evans), more commonly known as Captain America. When they’re finally brought together, Banner and Stark are tasked with tracing the energy source and, in so doing, locating the enemy. When that’s

At The Movies With Trey Roohan

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"When times are difficult, our best course of action is to be strong, loving, faithful, and trusting, and to live with integrity." Joan Guntzelman

Words to know: salient: adj. Projecting or jutting beyond a line or surface; protruding up or out. See puzzle solutions on page 28

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41 Took care of 44 Freudian principles 45 Dragnet users 46 New Yorkʼs Waldorf-__ 47 Dolphins Hall of Famer Larry 48 St. Paul hrs. 50 Used to be 52 Stock phrase 53 Author of epistolas 58 Visibility hamperer 60 Be a bit shy 62 Jersey sound 63 Flag carrier

accomplished, they meet yet another traveler from worlds beyond, Thor (played by Chris Hemsworth), Loki’s brother. Now, I was not really a fan of Captain America: The First Avenger, nor was I altogether pleased after seeing Thor. As for Bruce Banner’s larger half, perhaps it’s impossible to make a film about the Incredible Hulk that I wouldn’t like. First there was the Ang Lee/ Eric Bana film, then the Edward Norton film, both of which I enjoyed. Still, I did like Ruffalo. Also, Thor, Captain America and the Black Widow made individual contributions to enrich the story. Hiddleston may not be as physically imposing as Chris Hemsworth, but as an egomaniacal extraterrestrial, he is truly terrifying. I can’t comment on whether the 3-D effects added anything, as I saw it in 2-D, but regardless, The Avengers was incredible. The one thing I might say was lacking was Iron Man’s best friend James Rhodes wearing an armored flight suit of his own and going by the name War Machine. We caught a glimpse of that suit in action in Iron Man 2, but it was nowhere to be seen here and I thought the film was worse off for it. Still, very exciting, highly entertaining, and one great ride. See it. (8.1/10) For comments and questions, contact me at

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Week of May 18 - May 24, 2012

Brendan O’Meara’s 2012 Preakness Stakes Preview

Brendan O’Meara I’ll Have Another stole the show when he overtook a tiring Bodemeister to win the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby. Now it’s his time to shine as the leading horse come Saturday for what should be a competitive renewal of the $1 million, mile and 3/16, 137th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. Not since 1978 when Affirmed beat Alydar three times has there been a Triple Crown winner. There have been many flirtations, noses and guarantees in the 34 years since, but none have delivered. Trained by California-based Doug O’Neil, I’ll Have Another has been in Baltimore training up to the Preakness and is this year’s hope of snapping that 34-year drought. “I’m looking for energy and for him to maintain his stride. He has such a long stride. He continues to keep that,” O’Neill said. “He’s got great energy and a great appetite. Those are the basic things I’m looking to maintain.” O’Neil was still riding high from the Derby win, taking a moment to beam at the strapping chestnut son of Jim Dandy and Travers winner Flower Alley. “Look at that coat. He’s handled everything. He shipped from California to Kentucky and now to Maryland. He hasn’t missed a beat. An average horse couldn’t do that. As you ask horses to do things like this, the average horse would lose his appetite and you’d have to back off and slow down,” O’Neill said. “I’ll Have Another has just been thriving on it. The more we ask him, the more he gives. His overall appearance and energy level are just sensational.” I’ll Have Another’s composure and demeanor separates him and makes him a special talent. “He’s a very confident colt. He’s a very relaxed colt. He sleeps a lot in his stall, which is a great sign of a big horse. He’s very reserved. Then, on the track he’s got a lot of energy and spunk, but it’s not nervous

energy,” O’Neill said. “If he were human, he would have been somebody on stage doing Broadway or a top athlete. He likes the spotlight. He thrives on the attention. That’s a special quality.” The order of proceedings prior to the running of the Preakness is to parade the horses onto the turf course to saddle them. O’Neil will opt to saddle I’ll Have Another in the downstairs paddock before parading onto the turf course. With that in mind, O’Neil put his Derby champion through the necessary paces. “The game plan now will be to saddle downstairs there and then go out on the turf course where they do the ‘riders up,’” O’Neill said. “I like breaking up the monotony a little bit and we saddle these guys in stalls seven days a week. I just don’t want to saddle him in the wide-open if we don’t have to. They offered that opportunity to saddle in the stalls. I’d like to keep that consistent.” Bodemeister, who finished a gallant second to I’ll Have Another, galloped 1 ½ miles at Churchill Downs. Once trainer Bob Baffert got a look at him Monday, he saw no reason not to try and win his sixth career Preakness Stakes (Silver Charm, 1997, Real Quiet 1998, Point Given, 2001, War Emblem, 2002, Lookin at Lucky, 2010). “He cooled out quickly and started to eat right after the race,” Baffert said. “I was worried that he might be wiped out and just stay in the back of his stall for three days and sulk, but he never did.” Bodemeister will not breeze leading up to the Preakness. This practice is not uncommon for a Baffert trainee. “I didn’t work Lookin At Lucky after the Derby,” Baffert said. “If a horse didn’t really run or didn’t

show up in the Derby, I might breeze them to see if I was missing something.” Bodemeister won the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby three weeks prior to the Derby, an effort that made some question whether he could run a winning effort in Kentucky. He then set blistering fraction times before he surrendered the lead to I’ll Have Another at the 16th pole. “He deserves [a shot at the Preakness],” Baffert said of Bodemeister. “He won the Arkansas Derby and then came back in three weeks and ran a great race. He looks good and I don’t see why he can’t run another one.” Dullahan, the late-charging third place-finisher in the Derby, will skip the Preakness and instead aim for the Belmont Stakes three weeks later. “Dale Romans loves the way Dullahan came out of the Kentucky Derby and believes we could win the Preakness,” manager of Donegal Racing Jerry Crawford said. “But we believe we have a 3-year-old ‘Horse of the Year’ candidate and that his future is best served by not asking him to race for the third time in just five weeks in the Preakness.” Team Valor’s Went the Day Well, fourth in the Derby, is ready to arrive at Pimlico from his home barn in Fair Hill, Maryland. “He walked, got turned out and galloped a mile on the main track,” trainer Graham Motion said. 2011 juvenile champion Hansen, ninth in the Derby, came out of the race well according to trainer Mike Maker. The real question will be

whether or not the Preakness distance of 9 1/2 furlongs will be too long for the white son of Tapit. Turns out, that’s exactly what Hansen’s connections think and they will skip the Preakness. “It is a tough call,” Dr. Kendall Hansen said of the Preakness. “We want him to be the 3-year-old champion, but to do that, he has to win one of the classics. The mile and three-sixteenths (of the Preakness) may be a little bit out of his best distance. I think he is best between seven and nine furlongs, but he can go more than nine if he is calm and relaxed like he was in the Gotham.” “He is not going,” Maker said.

“That would be coming back a little quick.” Other horses considering the Preakness are Creative Cause, Optimizer, Walk, Tiger’s Pretension, Liason, Zetterholm, Teeth of the Dog, and Daddy Nose Best. The Preakness will air on NBC at 6:18 p.m. Brendan O’Meara is the author of “Six Weeks in Saratoga: How Rachel Filly Three-Year-Old Alexandra Beat the Boys and Became Horse of the Year.” He can Twitter on followed be @BrendanOMeara.




Week of May 18 - May 24, 2012


Local Gigs Week of 5/18-5/24:

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Friday, 5.18:

•King’s English, 10 pm

•Jeremy Gold Quartet, 9 pm

•Kevin & Kate McKrell, 8 pm

@ 9 maple avenue - 587.7759

•Woodstone, 9 pm @ bailey’s - 583.6060

•Vivid, 9 pm @ bentley’s - 899.4300

•52nd Anniversary Celebration/ Michael Cooney, 7:30 pm @ caffè lena - 583.0022

•The Resonators, 9 pm @ gaffney’s - 587.7359

•Black Abbey, 8:30 pm @ irish times - 583.0003

•Radio Junkies, 6 pm •Funk Evolution, 10:30 pm @ jp bruno’s - 745.1180

•Jeff Strange, 9 pm @ the mill - 899.5253

•Jeff Walton & Tim Wechgelaer, 9 pm @ the parting glass - 583.1916

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

•Dryer w/ House Boat, 9 pm @ putnam den - 584.8066

•Justin Joyner, 6 pm @ saratoga winery - 584.9463

•New York Players, 8 pm @ vapor - 581.5772

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

@ jp bruno’s - 745.1180 @ the local - 587.7256

•Forthlin Road, 9 pm @ the parting glass - 583.1916

•George Giroux, 6:30 pm @ primelive ultra lounge - 583.4563

•Timbre Coup, 9 pm @ putnam den - 584.8066

•Bluz House Rockers, 5:30 pm @ siro's - 584.7988

•Preakness Stakes, 2 pm @ vapor - 581.5772

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

Sunday, 5.20: •Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, 7 pm @ caffè lena - 583.0022

•Jeff Ellis Benefit, 2 pm @ the parting glass - 583.1916

Thursday, 5.24: •The Play Doughs, 8 pm @ gaffney’s - 587.7359

•Jeff Walton, 6 pm @ horseshoe inn - 587.4909

•Steve Candlen, 8 pm @ irish times - 583.0003

•Nate, 9 pm @ the mill - 899.5253

Saturday, 5.19:

•Soul Session Duo, 6:30 pm

•Pat Attanasio Quartet, 9 pm

Open Mics:

@ 9 maple avenue - 587.7759

•The Ideal Situation, 9 pm @ bailey’s - 583.6060

•The Schmooze, 9 pm @ bentley’s - 899.4300

•52nd Anniversary Celebration, 7 pm @ caffè lena - 583.0022

•Woodstone, 9 pm @ gaffney’s - 587.7359

•Master Cylinders, 9:30 pm @ irish times - 583.0003

@ primelive ultra lounge - 583.4563

•Sun. Open Mic, 7 pm @ 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 - 583.0022

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




Week of May 18 - May 24, 2012

‘Avenue Q’ premieres in Saratoga Springs

Yo, Adrienne! You’re a Star! Malta Native Makes ‘Glee-ful’ Debut by Arthur Gonick Saratoga TODAY LOS ANGELES – This is one of those fun stories to write on several levels. We have the “local makes good” angle certainly. And there’s the thrill of seeing somebody who hails from the region making her mark in a highly rated show on a major network. What makes this particularly engaging is that I, like perhaps some of you reading this, got to know this person just a few short years ago, yet a lifetime away. The short course is that Ms. Adrienne Parker, a native of Malta and a 2007 graduate of Ballston Spa High School, made her debut last Tuesday on the Fox TV Network’s smash hit “Glee,” in which she appears as a member of one of the rival choirs that are in a national singing and dance ensemble competition. If you missed that episode, Adrienne will be in at least a few more, toward the end of May, which are in production at this writing. Ms. Parker is not resting on those laurels as she is also scheduled to appear in a new show, named “Hollywood Heights,” which she describes as a “college age soap opera” that is now in pre-production and is scheduled to premiere in June on the cable network Nick at Nite. I was fortunate to make Adrienne’s acquaintance when she was a high school senior and she had just taken a job as a server at Bailey’s Café. As the music promoter at the time, I wish I could say that I spotted Adrienne’s talent immediately, but frankly I had no idea that these kind of big things were in store for her. However, there was no doubt that she was a hardworking young woman, friendly and popular with both her colleagues and customers. Just a genuinely nice person – which makes this dispatch doubly delicious to compose. The acting bug had bitten Adrienne long before high school. “This has always been my thing, since childhood,” she recalled. “My first role was as an orphan in “Oliver Twist” in first or second grade. Playing the narrator in “Joseph and the Amazing

Technicolor Dreamcoat” was my first lead – in middle school.” After a brief foray to SUNY Oneonta to study acting for a year, Adrienne made the plunge and journeyed to Los Angeles, where she attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. There she obtained some world-class training to help define and broaden her talent “particularly in dance… I had always enjoyed hip-hop and jazz, but here I got to refine my tap and ballet skills,” she said. From there, like many aspiring actresses, she played two roles: making appearances in indie films, music videos and did some print modeling, but also reprising her role as waitress at a bar in Beverly Hills. “The money’s really good,” she reports. When the callback came from the “Glee” producers “I got really excited,” she said, but when I asked her what it felt like to see herself on TV, she surprised me. “I’ve never seen myself, actually. I’m not even sure I’m going to look at the episode – I’m too critical. Well, maybe in a week,” she laughs. And so, Adrienne retains a level head about it all for the moment. “Out here, there are so many people involved with different aspects of Hollywood, so it’s not something to make a big fuss over… I’m waiting for a big breakout, then we’ll see,” she said. To that end, Adrienne certainly had no hesitation when I asked her about her short-term goals. “I’d really like to be on an HBO show, in a role that I can really connect with,” she said. “And theater of course, I miss being on the stage.” One connection Adrienne has not lost is with that of her home area. Her parents still make their home here, and she stays in touch with many of her friends from high school and Bailey’s, particularly Ms. Kerri Cerrone. I will tell you that she still has her 518 area code cellphone, but no, you cannot have her number! But to alert the paparazzi, you can expect to see her locally sometime in June or July when she returns for a few weeks. In our correspondence, I noted one


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Adrienne Parker, a Malta native, will make several apperances on the TV show “Glee.” passage that she wrote which sums up her continuing bond to her roots: “I'm working hard to represent my hometown!” Which is why it’s very easy to root hard for Adrienne, whether you know her or are about to.

SARATOGA SPRINGS The hit offBroadway/Broadway/offBroadway musical, “Avenue Q” is making its debut performance in Saratoga Springs May 26 - 27 and June 2 - 3 at the Saratoga Arts Center. A musical, featuring real life problems - finding a job, an apartment, love, handling racism and discovering one’s place in the world - is brought to life by a cast of loveable puppets in a production geared for mature audiences. photo provided May 26 and June 2 shows Kate and Princeton from “Avenue Q.” take place at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; May 27 and June 3 shows at 2 purchase tickets, call (518) 393-3496 or p.m. Tickets are $20 per pervisit the Saratoga Arts Center at 320 son. For more information or to Broadway in Saratoga Springs.




Week of May 18 - May 24, 2012

Blues Man Ernie Williams Tribute Concert SARATOGA COUNTY - On March 21, 2012, Ernie Williams, the Capital Region's longtime Ambassador of the Blues, passed away. The beloved musician started from humble roots in rural Virginia and eventually moved to the Capital Region during the early 1960s. He went on to become a highly acclaimed blues figure, winning numerous awards and performing all over the United States, including concerts at Symphony Hall in Boston and at the Chicago Blues Festival. In addition to his concert and club appearances, Williams released over 10 records and appeared at countless benefits. Among his favorite charities were ones that helped at-risk youth and provided relief for the poor. Williams also had a very successful Blues in the Schools program that took him to schools in five states. Over the last few years, Williams incurred medical costs that have been a severe financial burden to his family. His band and other area musicians will join forces Friday, June 1 to honor Ernie’s musical and personal legacy and raise funds to assist his family in this time of grief and need. The concert will take place at Troy's Revolution Hall (425 River Street, Troy, NY, (518) 274-0553). The show begins at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m. Longtime area bands Captain Squeeze and the Zydeco Moshers, the Bluz House Rockers and the Ernie Williams Band will all perform. A donation of $10 is requested. Tickets can be purchased in advance at or at the door.


SPAC Rock & Run 5K Kicks off Summer Season May 20th Event Highlighed by Live Music, 1K Kids’ Run and Post-Race Party

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s (SPAC) “Rock & Run” 5K, the first event of the 2012 Season, will take place Sunday, May 20 at 10:30 a.m. The family-friendly event features a certified 5K course through the Spa State Park with bands performing live music along the route, a 1K Kids’ Run and a free post-race party that is open to the community. Proceeds from the event help underwrite SPAC’s Vivienne Anderson Program, an initiative which provides underserved children with the opportunity to attend classical performances. Highlights of the event include: • 5K certified course through the Spa State Park • SPAC tickets for top male/female finishers • Live music along the course and at the post-race party by top bands including My Pet Dragon, Headband Jack, Black Mountain Symphony, Jenson Rhodes Band, The City Never Sleeps, Garland Nelson, Lost Cantina, Tamer Lane, Dirt Cheap, Kemp Avenue Band, Betsy and the Bygones, John Donvito and Tracy Corey • WEQX’s acclaimed morning on-air personality, Jeff Morad, serving as emcee • Post-race party featuring live music, activities and refreshments. Onsite vendors include Ben & Jerry’s, J&J Concessions, Fresh Healthy Café and free Vitamin Water • Kids activities including face painting, bouncy house, strolling magician and clown, crafts, kids yoga and Zumba demonstrations • Fitness demonstrations by Saratoga Bootcamp, U.S. Marine Corps, Saratoga YMCA, Zumba with Lisa Ruud Day-of registration: • Kids’ Race: 8 - 9:30 a.m., SPAC Amphitheatre, $7 per person • 5K: 8:30 - 10 a.m., SPAC Amphitheatre, $32 per person There is no cost for the general public to view the race or attend the post-race party.




Week of May 18 - May 24, 2012

Creative Photo and Graphic Holds Open House by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY BALLSTON SPA - The talented photographers of Saratoga TODAY at Creative Photo and Graphic are welcoming the public to their studio at 418 Geyser Road in Ballston Spa to see the work and meet with the artists during an open house celebration Thursday, May 24 from 5 - 9 p.m. “We’re hosting this event to recognize two members of my team, Deborah Neary and Sharon Castro, to show off some of their fantastic

work and to introduce them to members of the public,” said Mark Bolles, owner of Creative Photo and Graphic (and a talented photographer in his own right). Featuring light fare, music, a fun photo booth, an equine exhibit by Sharon Castro and work by Deborah Neary, the open house will showcase the artistic talent at Creative Photo and Graphic while giving the public a chance to meet with the photographers and inquire about their professional services and specialties. For Sharon Castro, that means focusing on her stunning, award-

winning equine and pet photography. Featured heavily in Equicurean magazine and many issues of Saratoga TODAY, Castro’s work time and again captures the raw, physical beauty and power of her equine subjects, stunning images that leave the viewer breathless and exhausted. Her work is not to be missed – so feel free to check it out and ask her some questions during the open house. Also be sure to check out the newest addition to Creative Photo and Graphic, Deborah Neary. Specializing in portrait, special event and candid photography, Neary’s

intimate work consistently pierces through the outer-guard of her subjects and brings forth honest, beautiful and touching moments that somehow live and breathe as still images. Her work has been featured throughout Saratoga TODAY newspaper, as well as most recently in Simply Saratoga magazine’s “Baby Bumps” article, featuring a new mother as she experienced a revolutionary ultra-


sound procedure. Be sure to introduce yourself to Neary and ask about her work. Featuring fine art, music, food and fun - come by Creative Photo and Graphic next Thursday, May 24 from 5 - 9 p.m. to meet a few of the premier photographers in the Saratoga region. For more information, visit w w w . P h o t o A n d or call (518) 490-1757.

Left: Photo by Sharon Castro Above: Photo by Deborah Neary

Timing Is Everything: Deadline Approaches for The HUMOR Project’s Conference LAKE GEORGE - Now celebrating its 35th anniversary, the HUMOR Project is sponsoring its 55th international conference at the Silver Bay YMCA conference center on Lake George on the weekend of June 1-3, 2012. Founder Joel Goodman sees the conference, dubbed ‘Survive AND Thrive: The Positive Power of Humor and Creativity’ as “a learning-chocked, laughter-charged, lifechanging experience that helps people to use and apply practical, proven, playful, powerful humor and creativity attitudes and skills every day. This is for anyone who would like to survive and thrive by getting more smileage out of your life and work.” Over the decades, these programs have attracted more than 23,000 people from all walks, hops, skips

and jumps of life— health care professionals, educators, business people, clergy, social workers and counselors, trainers and consultants, managers, parents and even people who wonder what they want to be when they grow up. This acclaimed conference right in our backyard has drawn participants from all 50 states, six continents, and the moon (Apollo moon-walking astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell). This year’s program features a special presentation by Peter Funt (of Candid Camera fame) who will receive the National Humor Treasure Award— he and his father, Allen Funt, have come into our living rooms for seven decades to help us practice the art of laughing at ourselves and to capture intriguing glimpses of human nature. The conference will also be honor-

ing in absentia former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords with the Survive AND Thrive Award (one of the rescued Chilean miners was at last year’s conference to receive this award). Conference Coordinator Margie Ingram observes, “Gabby certainly personifies the theme of our weekend… she is truly an inspiration for everyone!” For more information about the 55th international conference and to receive a free copy of the 24-page 2012 Humor Sourcebook, contact The HUMOR Project at (518) 5878770 or visit Important: Please note that “timing is everything” when it comes to humor and to life! Registration for the conference closes May 28. Call (518) 587-8770 to sign up.

NYC Ballet Musicians and Friends Fundraiser at the Batcheller Mansion May 21 SARATOGA SPRINGS - The New York City Ballet Musicians and Friends will hold a concert/fundraiser at the Batcheller Mansion Monday, May 21 at 7 p.m. The concert will be preceded by a wine and cheese reception from 6 7 p.m. After the concert the audience will be served cake and coffee and have an opportunity to meet with the performers. The Turf Club on Nelson Avenue will cater the event. Luellen Abdoo (violin) and Elaine Chelton (piano) will perform pieces by Massenet, Beethoven, Elgar, Paganini, Weill and others. Abdoo performed for many years with the NYC Ballet Orchestra and remains active as a professional musician on the New York City scene. Chelton, also from New York, is a solo pianist for the NYC Ballet Orchestra and has performed

at the Lincoln Center and Kennedy Center as well as internationally in Japan, Hong Kong, Denmark, Paris and Russia. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to the NYC Ballet Musicians and Friends summer Thursday noon concert series. The summer concerts are performed in the Dee Sarno Theater at the Saratoga Arts Center on Broadway during the ballet’s residency, July 12 and July 19. Celebrating its 15th year, this chamber music series has always been a real treat for the community. These free concerts (a $5 donation is requested) are open to the public on a walk-in basis. Tickets to the May 21 fundraiser are $55 each or $100 for two. Seating is limited. Call (518) 2581511 for more information or reservations.


Community Corner

Ballston Spa Volunteer Honored as New York Salute to Senior Service Winner A 68-year-old Ballston Spa woman has been honored as the New York winner of the Home Instead Senior Care network’s Salute to Senior Service Award. Katharine Winderlin is being recognized for her work at Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services of Saratoga County, Center for Hope and Meals on Wheels. She has volunteered more than 6,400 hours in the past decade. The Salute to Senior Service Program was launched this year by the Home Instead Senior Care network to honor seniors’ commitments to their causes and communities. As one of 50 state winners, Winderlin earned a spot in the Salute to Senior Service Wall of Fame on the website, where her nomination story also has been posted.

Saratoga Elks get a Helping Hand from Area Veterans The annual spring clean-up of the Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge received some assistance from veterans of the Vets House and Guardian House, both located in Ballston Spa. Elks Lodge members Steve Green and Tom Klotz are pictured with the veteran volunteers.


Week of May 18 - May 24, 2012


A.L.L. American Revolution Study Group gets Visitors On April 24, members of the Academy for Lifelong Learning's "A Further Look at the American Revolution" study group, led by Jim Sefcik, were visited by local military re-enactors. Standing left to right are: Joe Peck, Randy Patton, Ann Roche, Bob Mulligan and Carolyn Martin.

John Howe Makes Eagle Scout Saratoga high School senior John Howe, 18, was recently awarded Eagle Scout status. A member of Troop 70, Howe’s Eagle Scout project was the building of six boat dollies for the Saratoga Lake Sailing Association. He was assisted by member scouts and received materials from Lowe’s.


Tooth fairy club Take a look at this week’s new club members

Jane A. Wait Rosebush Planted at Yaddo On May 12, a Jane A. Wait Rosebush was planted in the Yaddo Gardens. Mrs. Wait is the founder of the Yaddo Garden Association, a core of volunteers who help maintain the gardens, the only part of the Yaddo estate open to the public. In this photo, pictured fom left to right: Jane A. Wait, Charles V. Wait, Meg Putman, Marian Walsh, Geoffrey Putman and Caroline Putman. In the background are Mrs. Wait's good friends, Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson.



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COMMUNITY WIDE GARAGE SALE IN MALTA'S HIGHPOINTE!! Friday May 18th 9-4 (no early birds for our school children's safety) Saturday May 19 th 8-4 Kitchen item, baby clothes baby furniture, DVD, Books, over 40 Families participating! 518.791.2728 or email for details Directions I87 to exit 12 go east to the route 9 rotary go north on Route 9 turn left on to Bayberry Dr. (Highpointe )

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GARAGE SALE Neighborhood Garagel Sale May 19th & 20th, 9:00-4:00. 3 Hill Rd. & 91 & 120 Brown Rd. Stillwater. Take Rt 9P on east side of Saratoga Lake. Take Cedar Bluff Road off Rt 9P up hill take right onto Wright Rd. At T take right onto Brown Rd. Follow Signs.

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Week of May 18 - May 24, 2012

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Week of May 18 - May 24 2012


Community Sports Bulletin Gavin Park Hosting Summer Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball Camp If you’re looking to sharpen your basketball IQ and work on your game this summer, be sure to sign up now for the Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball Camp at Gavin Park. Kids entering grades 4-7 this upcoming school year are eligible to enroll. The camp will run from July 23-26 (with a July 27 rain date if necessary) between 5:30-7:30 p.m each night. The camp will cover basic basketball skills including footwork, quickness, pivoting, ball handing, passing and shooting, as taught by instructor Ty Stacey. Kids will get great exercise participating in games and drills designed to improve their current skill levels and learn some more advanced basketball concepts. The fee is $45 for Wilton residents, $55 for children enrolled in the Saratoga Springs School District and $65 for everyone else. For more information, call (518) 584-9455 or to register online, visit the Wilton Parks and Recreation Department’s website at

Nominees Sought For Blue Streak Athletic Hall of Fame The Saratoga Springs City School District is seeking nominations for the Blue Streak Athletic Hall of Fame’s Class of 2012. The program honors former student-athletes and coaches, as well as other individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the athletics program. Nomination forms are due by June 15 and are available at the high school athletic office or the school district website at alloffame. Nominees can include former student-athletes who graduated from the high school at least five

years ago and former coaches who retired from coaching at least three years ago. There is also a category for honorary members, who can include supporters of the athletic program. Examples include counselors, faculty managers, scorekeepers, media and administrators. There is no specific timetable for nominees for the honorary category. Nominations will be kept on file and considered for induction for three consecutive years. A committee composed of current and former coaches, high school administrators, community members, and current and retired athletic direc-

Saratoga National Historical Park The nicer weather is finally here, and if you’re looking for fun ways to get out of the house, why not find out what’s going on at the Saratoga National Historical Park and get a little exercise too?

On May 26 and June 2, the park is holding a series of free guided natural history walks from 10-11:30 a.m. Located at Saratoga Battlefield between U.S. Route 4 and State Route 32 in Stillwater, the tour promises fresh air, wonderful scenery and great stories. Visitors interested in discovering an amazing array of trees, wild flowers and bits of history from some of the lesser-known areas of the park. Another great way to enjoy the National Historical Park would be to join one of the ranger-guided 5-mile bike tours of Saratoga Battlefield. The early-evening tours take place on Wednesdays during the summer months, from 6-8 p.m. beginning June 13 and running through August 29. Enjoy scenic views of the park while hearing unique stories about the park from the knowledgeable staff. For more information about this or other great events at the Saratoga National Historical Park, call the visitor center at (518) 664-9821, ext. 1777 or visit them online at

Camp Saradac Extends Registration through June 15 tors will review the nominations and select the honorees. Peter Sheehan, director of physical education and athletics, said the Hall of Fame will be self-supporting, with financial support generated through the efforts of patrons, sponsors, booster clubs and targeted fundraising efforts.

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The Saratoga Springs Recreation Department has extended registration for Camp Saradac until June 15. Registration will be held at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center located at 15 Vanderbilt Avenue. The registration hours are Monday through Saturday 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday noon-5 p.m. Please bring your child's updated immunization records, proof of residency, proof of family income and a registration packet. Camp Saradac will run from July 2 through August 17 from 8:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Before and after care will be offered again this year from 7:30-8:45 a.m. and 4:45-6 p.m. For more information about Camp Saradac call at (518) 587-3550, ext. 2300 or email




Week of May 18 - May 24, 2012

O, Holy Strikeout! Damian Fantauzzi This past week I read an article where a high school preparatory baseball team won the Arizona State Championship by forfeit! The extenuating circumstances surrounding the forfeit are right out of the 18th century of gender inequality! A story of the separation of church and state and I might add, sports! The team that forfeited the championship, Our Lady of Sorrows Academy from Phoenix, refused to play against Mesa Preparatory Academy because of the fact that there was a girl on Mesa's team. It's not that Our Lady of Sorrows doesn't like girls, after all it's a school named after "The Lady" of all ladies. The school is part of an organization of Catholics called the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX), which is an ultraconservative traditionalist group that in 1970 broke away from the current and more conventional teachings of the Catholic Church. One of the philosophical teachings of the group is that boys and girls should be educated separately and girls are not meant to play competitive sports. Part of the definition of its parochial construct is that this act is done to demonstrate respect for girls. The young lady of note here is a freshman at the Mesa school which doesn't

have a softball program. Her name is Paige Sultzbach. She is 15 years old and plays second base. Baseball is pretty much a noncontact sport and with the adaptation of the Educational Amendment of 1972, Title IX states that no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex or gender, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program receiving federal financial assistance. The law allows Paige to try out for the boys' team that she obviously made! Isn’t scholastic competition about giving student-athletes a chance to play and compete in sports? The overt scenario of playing sports can help young athletes develop the experience of competition that can be preparation for their future in finding schools of higher education and later in life, employment. These boys from Our Lady of Sorrows are going to be competing against girls for jobs, graduate programs or trade schools in the near future, with a high probability of working with women side-byside. The SSPX made the statement that "the school teaches boys respect for the opposite sex by not placing girls in athletic competition, where proper boundaries can only be respected with difficulty." Looking back at a brief history of SSPX finds that is was founded by the French archbishop Marcel Lefebvre in 1970 with rigorous puritanical beliefs of ages gone by. Since its founding, there has been a growth in their following by people around the world. Despite it’s popularity, Roman Catholic leader Pope Benedict XVI has declared that SSPX has no canonical status in the Catholic Church. In other words, it isn't legitimate or rec-

ognized in the eyes of the church. Here in the 21st century, a time of change, we seem to still have certain groups among us that believe there should not be equality for all, especially gender related! Women hold major positions in all walks of life and to deny their equality is to deny reality. Women compete with men for positions of responsibility and leadership, and that is a

borhood friends and I would have coed games of baseball, kickball, basketball or whatever sport we all decided to play. There were never derogatory statements about someone's gender or religion; it was all fun. The parents or adults in the neighborhood never interfered, unless of course, there was a familiar call off the back porch - "It's time to eat!" Paige Sultzbach made the decision to play in the state championship game, with 100 percent support from her coach and teammates. During two earlier

“These boys from Our Lady of Sorrows are going to be competing against girls for jobs, graduate programs or trade schools in the near future, with a high probability of working with women sideby-side.” fact. What is lost in this story is that a children’s game was ruined by an archaic belief and not only did the undefeated team of Our Lady of Sorrows not have the opportunity to win a state championship, it didn't get to play the game! The team that was crowned state champ didn't enjoy the process of the glory or physicality of actually playing a game, but instead, won by default! The actual purpose and challenge of athletic competition at the scholastic level is meant to be a contest through the healthy play between a group of young people for the purpose of sport and participation! When I was a kid, my neigh-

games in the regular season she opted to sit out games played against Our Lady of Sorrows, out of respect for the school's beliefs. This time it was a totally different situation; it was the championship game for the state of Arizona and how many times could you get a chance to play in that game? Usually it's just a once in a lifetime experience, for any scholastic sports team to play for a state championship. The irony is pretty simple, out of the respect for both schools there should have been the fairness of paying it forward by the SSPX School in respect of Ms. Sultzbach, as a gesture of gratitude in appreciation for when


she opted out of two games during the regular season. What should have been done was to actually play the game to crown a true 2012 state champion, without the interference of religious dogma. Mesa Prep was awarded the state title and trophy but the game of gender equality is the real trophy. The result turned into an unfortunate ending about a story of disappointment and how the judgment of groups of people who can be blinded by their faith. There were and are so many outstanding, well-known female athletes in the world. Are these extremists saying women’s athletic endeavors are all wrong? Perhaps their outlook is out of line, and yet, I'm sure that they don't even consider that as a possibility or its impact on the rest of the world, how others see them, or even possibly mislead their followers. Historically, throughout the ages of mankind, it has been demonstrated that people who follow extreme practices of religion can create many of the world's issues and unequal conditions that even exist today. I feel that these righteous attitudes are dangerous to humanity and it’s also dangerous how children can be used, intentionally or unintentionally, to make their point as a means to justify their beliefs. I am of the philosophy and opinion that what one person believes should not interfere with the belief of others!




Week of May 18 - May 24, 2012


Delpopolo Qualifies for 2012 Stay Active, Live Longer, Play Pickleball London Olympic Games Defeated longtime rival in fight-off to earn berth

by Bill Johnson USA Pickleball Social engagement is a key lifespan extender. Countless studies have found that social isolation is bad for your health, while having friends and regular social engagement can be beneficial. There is a book titled “The Longevity Project.” It’s about an over 80-year-long study of 1500 subjects that were all born around the year 1910. What they found is that religious men and women lived longer. Spiritual implications aside, the primary reason for that was because of the socially-connected nature of most faith-based lifestyles. While they may have been worshipping, they did so with others, joined committees and engaged in social outreach from clothing drives to soup kitchens. “There was a clear, similar trend among people who had civic engagements, and were active in their communities, volunteered and otherwise stay connected, whether with family, friends or co-workers,” said Leslie R. Martin, author of “The Longevity Project.” Martin is

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SERVE IT UP - Bill Johnson makes a play for his side during one of the morning pickleball sessions at Saratoga Springs Recreation Center. also a psychology professor at LaSierra University in Riverside, Calif. As an Ambassador at Large of the USA Pickleball Association, I have chosen to get people involved in the game of pickleball as a way to help accomplish the ideal of “social interactive-ness.” Since retiring from my “regular job,” I spend most of my time getting senior (and not-so-senior)

citizens out of the house and onto a pickleball court. The longer we stay active and social, the longer we can stay alive. I never really paid much attention to how long I might live until recently. Like most everyone else, I want to live for as long as I can. As I have passed through the different age-brackets of my life, I have looked for ways to identify and relate to others that were of similar age. The game of pickleball has become my way to do just that. I use the game to try to help others close to my age to stay more active, and social, which therefore means healthier. I have found that pickleball is a great way for all ages to get exercise, but it is especially great for seniors and near-seniors because it offers less wear and tear on the body than other sports.

For more information about Pickleball and where it’s played locally, contact Bill Johnson, Ambassador at Large for USA Pickleball Association at (518) 2483411.

From left to right: Kyle Vashkulat, Jason Morris, Nick Delpopolo MIAMI - Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School graduate and representative of the Jason Morris Judo Center (JMJC) Nick Delpopolo prevailed in a fight-off to beat longtime rival Mike Eldred and make his first U.S. Olympic judo team at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa May 12. Delpopolo dropped the first bout in an overtime thriller. With Eldred winning, he forced the two-out-of-three fight-off to determine who made the team. Delpopolo came back strong to take the next bout in dominating fashion. The third match was decided by penalties 2-1 for Eldred, setting up for a winner-take-all finish. Delpopolo won the last match in dramatic come from behind fashion. He was down by yuko (smallest point) but in the last minute threw Eldred for ippon (Instant win) to make his first Olympic team. "It was a great four bouts, and it was a shame someone had to lose, but I am very proud of the way Nick held it together to get the win,” said Delpopolo’s coach Jason Morris. "Eldred is a quality player. Nick had to give it everything he had to get the victory.” This makes the fourth Olympian the JMJC has produced in its 11year history. Delpopolo will join his JMJC teammate and Burnt HillsBallston Lake schoolmate Kyle Vashkulat, on the 2012 Olympic judo team. Vashkulat qualified just

two weeks earlier in Montreal. This is also the 20th anniversary of Delpopolo and Vashkulat's coach, Jason Morris, winning his own silver medal at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. Held prior to and immediately following the Olympic trials was the U.S. Open where the JMJC took five total medals. Nick Kossor went 4-0, to bulldoze his way to the 60kilogram title. This is Kossor’s first U.S. Open crown. Hannah Martin was 3-1 to take the bronze medal at 63-kilograms while Brad Bolen won a bronze in the 66-kilogram weight class after posting a 4-1 record. Cammi Kaichi and Tony Sangimino had breakthrough wins, each earning bronze medals for their efforts. Kaichi went 4-1 in the 52-kilogram division, improving her U.S. ranking to a career-high number-two. Sangimino picked his first U.S. Open medal, going 4-1 including a monster throw in the 81-kilogram bronze medal bout to close out the JMJC count. The Miami World Cup was held at the same venue where Brad Bolen and Hannah Martin each shined, winning bronze medals in their respective weight classes. Bolen posted a 4-1 record to win a 66-kilogram bronze and Martin went 3-1 to take a bronze at 63-kilograms, moving her closer to the number-one ranking. She is currently ranked second in the country.



Week of May 18 - May 24, 2012

Niskayuna Nightmare Saratoga Springs Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse no match for Suburban Council’s best team SARATOGA SPRINGS – The long season for the Saratoga Springs Blue Streaks boys’ varsity lacrosse team may have felt even longer May 15, as they hosted the juggernaut Niskayuna Silver Warriors for a Suburban Council matchup. The Silver Warriors put on a clinic for the Blue Streaks, winning the game by a final score of 21-0. The start time was pushed back almost an hour and the game itself was moved from the field at Saratoga Springs High School to the turf at Skidmore College earlier in the afternoon due to heavy rainfall. For Niskayuna, it didn’t appear the change in schedule was even a factor. Led by team pointsleader, junior Luke Goldstock, Niskayuna controlled the game from the opening minute. For Saratoga, goaltender Zach Knight made 13 saves. The game was a tough way to finish a long season, dropping to 2-9 in Suburban Council play, and 3-11 overall. They sit in eighth place in the entire Suburban Council, ahead of Bethlehem and Columbia who are tied for last place. Niskayuna has their eye on a state championship, and enjoys a perfect 12-0 record in Suburban Council action, with an equally impressive 14-1 overall record. Their record’s only blemish came on a trip to Duxbury, Mass., losing a one-goal game to one of the best lacrosse teams in the entire country.

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CAN’T STOP - It was a long day for Saratoga midfielders and defenders alike, trying to stop the Silver Warrior offense.



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