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Stewart’s Eyes GlobalFoundries Water and Zoning Issues May Prevent Approval

by Chelsea DiSchiano Saratoga TODAY MALTA — There are a few more obstacles for Stewart’s Shops to overcome before they are able to get their plans for Shop #315, potentially to be located on Route 67 across from the entrance to Luther Forest Technology Campus, approved by the Malta Town Board. Tom Lewis, the real estate representative of Stewart’s,

brought forth improved site plans to a town board workshop May 20 in hopes of moving forward with the planned district development plans for the new store. But zoning problems and a public water issue may stand in the way of the store ever getting built. The location of the potential shop is in a residentially zoned area, meaning the building will have to be designed and built to meet the requirements of a residential zone. Because of

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this, the gas pumps, normally located at the front of every Stewart’s store, would have to move to the back of the lot. In addition to that change, the planning board recommended having only one building instead of having both the shop and the bank in a separate building on the same 2.7 acre lot. See Stewart’s pg. 6

Rendering provided.

Featured Stories James & Sons Tobacconists Local cigar store now offers three unique lounges for members to enjoy their fine cigars. See Business pg. 9

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Above: A rendering of the site plan is shown, though it will be modified to connect the two buildings.

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Former Saratoga Springs native Dottie Pepper goes from golf greens to sports news coverage with ESPN contract. See Sports pg. 31

Inside TODAY Obituaries 5 Women of Influence


Business 8 RSVP 15 Local Gigs/Pulse


Sports 28

Weekend Forecast FRIDAY


Joseph Barcia came away from the Junior Olympics in Lake Placid with a trophy for Saratoga Boxing Gym. See Barcia pg. 6

As fierce thunderstorms rolled through the area this week, power outages, downed trees and minor flooding plagued the area. Above: A lightning strike is captured on film off of Ballston Avenue in Saratoga Springs. The forecast for Memorial Weekend is projected to be rainy and cool with below average temperatures. Photo courtesy of Jessica Kane.

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Week of May 24 – May 30, 2013

Local SADD Club Stages Mock Car Crash SARATOGA SPRINGS — Students at Saratoga Springs High School got a close-up look at the

dangers of drinking and driving and texting and driving when the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) club staged a mock car crash May 14. The goal of the re-enactment was to promote a safe prom weekend and encourage students to make smart choices. Four SADD students and representatives of the Saratoga Springs Fire Department, the Saratoga Springs Police Department and Burke’s Funeral Home participated in the re-enactment. Saratoga Springs Police Officer John Kelly was the guest speaker. The SADD club also created a video that was played on the morning announcements encouraging students to make good choices for the prom.


Week of May 24 – May 30, 2013 James W. Brewster, 36, of West Maple Street, Corinth, was arrested May 21 and charged with second degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a Class A2 felony. Brewster was arrested on a warrant for illegal narcotics sales. Brewster was the focus of a narcotics investigation by the Saratoga Springs Police Department Special Investigations Narcotics Unit for the distribution of cocaine. The Investigation has been ongoing for about three months. Brewster was processed, arraigned, and sent to the Saratoga County Jail. Corinne J. Anthony, 21, of Ray Road, Greenwich, was arrested May 21 and charged with DWI, driving with a BAC greater than .08, a Class A misdemeanor, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, a misdemeanor. Robert G. French, 25, of Wilton Gansevoort Road, Gansevoort, was arrested May 20 and charged with aggravated DWI, driving with a BAC greater than .18%, a Class A misdemeanor, and speeding, a violation. Anthony R. Perkins, 26, of Louse Road, Greenwich, was arrested May 20 and charged with burglary in the second degree, a Class C felony, criminal contempt in the second degree, a Class A misdemeanor, and criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a Class A misdemeanor. Officers responded to a domestic incident on Hyde Street. Perkins was present at the location and the victim has a full stay away Order of Protection barring Perkins from any contact. Amy L. Brower, 35, of Fellows Road, Clifton Park, was arrested May 19 and charged with DWI, a Class A misdemeanor, and aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree, a Class A misdemeanor. Officers stopped Brower’s vehicle and she was identified as the driver and appeared to be intoxicated. Jermoy D. Brown, 31, of Stott Road, Argyle, was arrested May 19 and charged with aggravated DWI, driving with a BAC greater than .18%, a Class A misdemeanor. Kevin L. Dickinson, 22, of West Road, Argyle, was arrested May 19 and charged with DWI, a Class A misdemeanor, unreasonable speed, a violation, and criminal possession of marijuana in the fifth degree, a Class B misdemeanor.

Michael D. Cameron, 28, of Dibble Hill Rd, West Cornwall, was arrested May 19 and charged with attempted unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, criminal possession of a controlled substance, a Class D felony, and criminally using drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor. John L. McCarthy, 21, of Spring Street, Greenwich, RI, was arrested May 19 and charged with disorderly conduct, a violation. Bryan P. Holohan, 37, of Raylinski Road, Ballston Lake, was arrested May 18 and charged with DWI, a Class A misdemeanor, aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree, a Class A misdemeanor, and refusing a prescreen test, a violation. Jacob A. Boldt, 24, of Purinton Road, Gansevoort, was arrested May 18 and charged with disorderly conduct, a violation, resisting arrest, a Class A misdemeanor, and reckless

endangerment in the second degree, a Class A misdemeanor. Officers responded to a fight on Caroline Street and Boldt was identified as allegedly being involved in the fight. Boldt was advised by officers to stop fighting and disperse from the area. Boldt refused to do so, began fighting with officers and was placed under arrest. Vanessa R. Martin, 35, of Bay Street, Glens Falls, was arrested May 18 and charged with aggravated DWI (second offense) with a BAC over .18%, a Class E felony, and aggravated unlicensed operation in the first degree, a Class E felony. John J. Harris, 47, of Middleline Road, Ballston Spa, was arrested May 18 and charged with with assault in the second degree, a Class D felony, and criminal possession of a weapon fourth degree, a Class A misdemeanor. Officers responded to a fight on Caroline Street. Harris

was identified as the person who allegedly assaulted another individual inside a bar with a pool stick. Harris was placed under arrest and transported to the police department. Thomas H. St. Dennis, 54, of Main Street, Hinsdale, was arrested May 18 and charged with DWI, a Class A misdemeanor, and DWAI, combination of drugs and alcohol, a Class A misdemeanor. Lynn B. Doyle, 23, of Joshua


Road, Saratoga Springs, was arrested May 18 and charged with operating an unregistered vehicle on highway, a violation, and ability impaired by drugs, a Class A misdemeanor. Doyle was charged as a result of an auto accident on West Fenlon Street. Robert G. Stanford, 60, of Crescent Street, Saratoga Springs, was arrested May 18 and charged with aggravated DWI, driving with a BAC greater than .18%, a Class A misdemeanor.


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week in Review

Week of May 24 – May 30, 2013

School Budget Voting Results

Saratoga Bans Guns Downtown

SARATOGA COUNTY — In the Saratoga Springs City School District, the 2013-14 budget was approved by a vote of 1,839 to 458 on May 21 - a better than fourto-one margin. The $112,602,543 budget represents a 2.62 percent increase over the current year’s budget and would result in a 2.9 percent increase in the tax levy. The tax levy increase is nearly two percentage points below the 4.8 percent limit set by the state’s property tax levy cap law. In addition to the budget, district residents approved a capital project proposition by a vote of 1,760 to 472 and a proposition concerning school bus purchases by a vote of 1,727 to 462. In Ballston Spa, the district’s 2013-2014 budget proposal of $79,634,892 with a vote of 1,160 voting yes and 397 voting no. The two Board of Education

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs City Council banned uncovered firearms from the downtown area at their May 21 meeting. In a split vote of 3-2, the Council approved an ordinance that will require guns to be covered or in a case. Mayor Scott Johnson and Accounts Commissioner John Franck voted against the ordinance, while Public Safety Commissioner Chris Mathiesen, Finance Commissioner Michele Madigan and Public Works Commissioner Anthony “Skip” Scirocco voted in favor. The ordinance was a result of public reaction earlier this year when participants to the Saratoga Arms Fair at the City Center carried rifles, shotguns and other firearms into the Center. Public Safety Commissioner Chris Mathiesen asked for the resolution after he said he had been approached by several members of the community who were disturbed to see people carrying firearms on city streets. “A number of people reported

candidates also were supported by the community with Dan Cramer receiving a total of 1,213 votes and Susan Filburn receiving 1,184. By a margin of 639 to 265, Schuylerville residents approved the district’s proposed $32.06 million budget for the 2013-2014 school year. The budget is projected to carry a 1.66 percent tax levy increase, which is below the district’s maximum allowable tax levy of 3.62 percent. The proposal represents a spending increase of 3.52 percent. Residents also approved the proposition to purchase two large buses by a margin of 645 to 225. A second proposition to establish a capital reserve account for the purpose of improving, renovating or replacing the district’s turf field also was approved by voters by a margin of 580 to 261.

they were uncomfortable with people entering the gun show with their weapons exposed,” said Mathieson, adding that Saratoga did not have a law against someone carrying an exposed firearm in town. Mathiesen said the ordinance would not affect the people’s rights to bear arms and that the law “only imposes a level of consideration … which most responsible gun owners already observe.” “Our downtown is enjoyed by many people in many walks of life,” said Mathiesen. “Many of them would not be comfortable to see someone walking down the street with a gun in their hand. This is not Texas—this is not the kind of atmosphere you would expect here.” Nearly a dozen residents spoke during the public hearing on the issue, but the majority of them are affiliated with the group protesting the gun show last January. The resolution will make it a violation to carry a gun without a case or covering.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — A 91-year-old man who had complained to police that he did not feel safe in his home and disappeared last week, was found three days later and returned to his family. Robert Jaenisch of Tamarack Trail, Saratoga Springs, entered the Saratoga Springs Police Department last week to make a complaint of a domestic incident. Police investigated the complaint, but said in a press release that they did not find

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any evidence that a crime had been committed. Jaenisch told police that he did not feel safe and that he was thinking of going to Florida where he had family. The following morning his wife reported him missing and said he had not returned home after going to the police station. Police located Jaenisch on Sunday, May 19 and returned him home. The police department did not elaborate on where Jaenisch had been for the previous two days.

Two Arrested in Alcohol Sting SARATOGA SPRINGS — Two people were arrested during an alcohol sting operation conducted by Saratoga Springs police and the New York State Liquor Authority on Saturday. Authorities checked 19 bars and establishments that sell alcohol in the Spa City to make sure they weren’t selling it to underage individuals by using a person who was under 21 and who had no identification on himself. “While 17 passed without selling to a minor, unfortunately, two establishments failed by selling to

a minor who is not from the area, looked less than 21 and had no form of identification,” Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy III said. Mark C. Hayles, 57, of Circular Street, Saratoga Springs, who works for Minogue’s Beverages and Keith D. Ramsey, 25, of State Rt. 29, Schuylerville, who worked for the Crush and Cask were charged with prohibited sale of alcohol to a minor, a misdemeanor. Both were issued a ticket to appear in the Saratoga Springs City Court on June 6.


Week of May 24 – May 30, 2013

Erline Youngblood

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Erline Youngblood, 77, passed away Thursday, May 16 at Saratoga Hospital. Born on December 12, 1935 in Manning, South Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Mattie and Archie Brunson. She

grew up in Manning before her family moved to Florida where she met her husband of 41 years, Lawrence Youngblood, Sr. Erline and Lawrence moved to Saratoga Springs in 1954. She worked at Saratoga Hospital for eight years and then at Skidmore College for 30 years after which she and Lawrence both retired. Erline was a member of the Universal Baptist Church and Fredrick Allen Elks Lodge No. 609. She enjoyed bowling, the race track, numbers, the New York Knicks and the New York Mets. In addition to her parents she was predeceased by her husband Lawrence who passed away in 1997; her brothers, Archie, Jr. and Harrison Brunson and her sister

Geraldine S. Baker

Ruth Oliver. Survivors include her sons, Lawrence, Jr. (Toby) and his wife Debi, Steven (Nipsey) all of Saratoga Springs, Warren D. and his wife Tracy of Schenectady; grandchildren, Lawrence III, Tianta C., Kayla M., Colby J., Constance M. and Corbin A.; great- grandchildren, Antonio and McKenzie; sister Lillian Williams of Plant City, Florida; sister-in-law Ella Mae McGlown of Michigan and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 24 at the Universal Baptist Church, 25 Washington St., Saratoga Springs. Burial will follow in the family plot at Greenridge Cemetery, Lincoln Ave.

Greenfield Center — Geraldine S. Baker, 79, passed away Saturday, May 18 at her home. Born on July 18, 1933 in Crown Point, she was the daughter of the late Max Cecil and Cora O’Dell. In addition to her parents and her husband, she was predeceased by her son William; two sisters, Mina Collard and Nora Galka and two brothers, Leon O’Dell and John O’Dell. Survivors include her daughters, Loraine Eichorst (Edward) of Middle Grove, Joan McGrath-Gordon (Mickey) of Greenfield Center;

daughter-in-law Donna Baker of Corinth; grandchildren, Joan Desourdy (Henry) of Hudson Falls, Billie Lynn Riley of Corinth, Gerald McGrath of Greenfield Center, Sarah Grogan (Dan) of Corinth, Gordon McGrath of Saratoga Springs, Robert Trentini (Tara) of Mechanicville, Charlene Smith (Jason) of Saratoga Springs, Chris Thurman (Nicole) of Middle Grove; one brother, Max John O’Dell (Sue) of Arizona; sister-in-law Linda O’Dell of Ticonderoga; 17 greatgrandchildren; two great-greatgrandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

John J. McBride, Sr. Marie Reynolds CLIFTON PARK — Marie Reynolds (Minicuci), 82, of Rolling Rock, CT passed away suddenly at her home, May 20. Born in Trenton, NJ, Marie was the daughter of the late Joseph and Margaret Locane Grillo. She attended high school in New Jersey and later married Natale Lee Minicuci and began a family. They moved to the Capital District in 1975 and settled in Clifton Park. Marie was a devoted member of Faith Baptist Church

in Rexford for many years. She was a Domestic Engineer as she would say to her family and friends, as she loved to cook and bake, especially her to die for bread dough. Marie always loved to dance and was involved in aerobics until she turned 80. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother to her loving extended family. Her husband, Lee Minicuci, passed away in 1989. She later married Thurman Reynolds, who passed away in 2012. She

continued to travel, taking cruises with her husband and sailing on their boat at Lake George. Marie leaves behind her beloved aunt, Ann Passarela of Trenton; and several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Faith Baptist Church (Building Fund), 11 Glenridge Rd., Rexford, NY 12148. Online condolences and memory book at

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THURMAN — Ronald Eric Foote, 56, passed away Thursday, May 16, at C.R. Wood Cancer Center at Glens Falls Hospital, surrounded by his wife, family and friends, after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Ron will be remembered for his love of God, his contagious smile and his sense of humor. Ron was born April 9, 1957 in Los Angeles, California. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (Upstate NY/VT Chapter), 5 Computer Drive West, Suite 100, Albany, NY 12205, or online at www.lls. org/aboutlls/chapters/uny/.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Hazel B. MacKenzie, 96, passed away on Saturday, May 18 at the Wesley Health Care Center. Born on January 19, 1917 in New York City, she was the daughter of the late Anthony James and Ethel Mae Bove. She is survived by her three children, Leigh MacKenzie of Wappinger Falls, Cory (Vicki) MacKenzie of Allen, Texas, Ellen Hickey of Saratoga Springs; her grandchildren, Meghan, Shannon, Conall, Bryn, Riley and Keavy MacKenzie and her good friend JD. Those who wish to remember Hazel, in a special way, may send contributions to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter.

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MECHANICVILLE — John J. McBride, Sr., affectionately known as J.J. of South Third Ave., died May 19, he was 84. The son of the late William and Clara Wojtowicz McBride, Sr., and husband of 43 years to the late Teresa J. Gavin McBride, who died May 10, 1995. John joined the US Marine Corps during WWII, serving from 1945 to 1948, stationed in occupied Japan and China during his active duty. After military service, he went to work for New York State Electric and Gas Co. of Mechanicville, for 38 years, serving as chief gas fitter, retiring in 1988, or as J.J. used to say, out the gate in ‘88. A charter member of the Hillcrest Fire Dept., he was a patriotic American, holding memberships in the American Legion Post 91, and the V.F.W. Post 6328 both of Mechanicville, where he was a past commander

of both organizations. He was also a member of the China Marine Assoc. and the Marine Corps League. A noted and reputed feisty guy, J.J. was actually a soft at heart soul, especially to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In honor of his wife Teresa and daughter-in-law Judy, memorial contributions may be made to the Capital District Cancer Resource Foundation, PO Box 610, Latham, NY 12110 in memory of John J. McBride, Sr. Visit www.devitosalvadore to leave condolences.

Gladys J. Freeman SARATOGA SPRINGS — Gladys J. Freeman, 87, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 16 at Saratoga Hospital. Born on March 31, 1926 she was the daughter of the late Ruth Morris and Frederick Freeman. Gladys was a lifelong resident of Saratoga Springs and worked for many years at

VanRaalte Factory. She then finished her career at Wilton State Developmental Center, retiring in 1987. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by three sisters and two brothers. Survivors include a brotherin-law and numerous nieces and nephews.



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Potential Stewart’s Shop Faces Challenges in Approving Plans continued from page 1 “I hope to build something that fits in with the neighborhood’s character,” Lewis told the board. “We are willing to cover up the back of the lot with trees and shrubs and we want to build it as a stone building.” Lewis made note that the area was first zoned residential before GlobalFoundries was approved to be built in 2004. “What does the future hold for the one-fourth of a mile between the LFTC entrance and Route 9?” Lewis asked. “I’m assuming this thing is going to be developed.” Because the potential shop is located in a residential zone, there must be some public benefit in order for the store to be built. Due to longtime water and well problems in the area’s neighborhood, the town board would like Stewart’s to look into bringing

public water into the zone as the required public benefit. Though both Malta residents and the town board would like public water to be brought into the district, it was relayed by planning director Tony Tozzi at the workshop that the town’s Master Plan actually states that the town doesn’t want public water in that area because it wants to keep the character of the neighborhood intact. “If we want to go forward with the [Stewart’s] project, it would be best to have the master plan amended before this project goes forward,” Tozzi said. This revelation to the board brought forth concerns by councilmembers John Hartzell and Peter Klotz. “We should have looked at this closer months ago instead of

finding out tonight we can’t even do the project,” Hartzell said. “I’m really concerned that we’re just finding this out when we’re this far along in the project.” Klotz added his discomfort in continuing with the project. “I agree with the notion that [this project] is inconsistent with the Master Plan and it does change this area in a way that I’m overall not comfortable with,” Klotz said. “I’m supportive of the area being zoned the way it is—R1 [residential].” But some residents spoke out at the workshop in favor of bringing water to the neighborhood, claiming that because of the area’s growth, it is bound to be developed commercially sooner or later. “Make it commercial,” said resident and town clerk Flo Sickels. “Our hamlet has already been compromised, but Tom is doing a great job and we need to keep this moving forward—we need the water. It will all be developed eventually, I can see that coming.” Councilwoman Tara Thomas told Lewis she “would love for you

to explore that further, because that would be a huge public benefit.” “At the end of the day, we’re trying to do what’s best for everybody,” said Town Supervisor Paul Sausville. “We’ll definitely entertain water as a potential benefit— we’re spending quite a bit of time looking at that.” Sausville later said that the town’s residents have a determination to get water distributed in that neighborhood. “There are two sources of water—the County Water Authority, which has a tap line right next to the potential Stewart’s property, but the only problem with that one is that the county will not sell to an individual,” Sausville explained. “They’ll only wholesale to another water company, so Stewart’s can’t simply tap into it.” Continuing, Sausville added that the other option is to buy water from Saratoga Water Services, a private water company. “They’re located about 3,500

feet away from the property,” Sausville said. “One option is to bring that water service to their store, but they have to look at the financial feasibility of that.” Lewis said at the meeting that the Stewart’s will do their best to look into how they can bring water to the area, but said that if they can’t find water at an affordable price, they will have to discontinue their project plans. In other workshop business, the town board entered into an agreement with East Line Romp & Play Dog Park, a group of Malta residents who have been working toward building a dog park on East Line Road, just north of Route 67 for months. Sausville said the town will soon enter into an official contract in which they will provide a driveway and parking area for residents’ use—the work will be completed by highway department personnel—and the private group will be in charge of monitoring and maintaining the site so it can be used by dog owners.

Barcia Headed to Kansas City in August for the Ringside Tournament continued from page 1 LAKE PLACID — 13-year old Joe Barcia came away from the Junior Olympic Northeast Championships last weekend with a trophy for the Saratoga Boxing Gym. The Schuylerville native took down two older opponents in the 106lb division to claim the weekend title in Lake Placid. Barcia won three straight rounds over New Jersey’s Gleb

Chekayev before taking down Damerion Brinson via technical knockout on Saturday. Barcia had Brinson in four standing eight counts during the match before the referee stopped the fight after the second round. Barcia has been training for over three years at the Saratoga Boxing Gym. “One thing with amateur boxing is it takes up a lot of time and

dedication,” said Barcia’s trainer Tyrone Jackson. “It takes up a lot of time and dedication. You don’t find that in kids these days.” Barcia and Jackson will continue training over the summer before Garcia heads off to the Ringside Tournament in Kansas City, Missouri in August. The tournament is one of the largest amateur boxing events in the world “I took an interest in [Barcia] because his dad (Carl Barcia) is behind him and is the extra that needs to be when he is not in the gym. The dad will make sure it happens.” Jackson said he has been working with Barcia on a boxing style that involves movement and being on balance always ready punch. “He has this belief that he is a banger at 106 pounds and I want him to learn to box and give angles. He’s a good little fighter and he’s aggressive. I’m very proud of his accomplishment. He’s a very hard worker.” Barcia’s record is 21-8.


Week of May 24 – May 30, 2013 SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga TODAY presented the 2013 Women of Influence on Wednesday, May 22. More than 230 gathered to applaud this year’s distinguished honorees: Joanne DiMarco, Cindy Hollowood, Meg Kelly, Michele Riggi, Holly Schwarz-Lawton, Theresa Skaine and Robin Solomon. The annual luncheon, sponsored by The Adirondack Trust Company, The Sage Colleges, and Saratoga TODAY Newspaper, and hosted by Longfellow’s Restaurant, celebrated the extraordinary women who make Saratoga a dynamic place to work, live and raise a family. Through decades of dedication to the community, each of the Women of Influence has affected change, growth and new programs, making a difference in her own way and

Theresa Skaine

Michele Riggi

Meg Kelly

Robin Solomon

Cindy Hollowood

Joanne DiMarco

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setting an example for generations of young women to come. To learn more about these leading ladies, see the special insert in today’s edition, or visit Photos courtesy of




Kraigenow Partner in Law Firm BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa matrimonial and family law firm Donnellan & Knussman, PLLC announced that John W. Kraigenow is now a partner in the firm. In addition, Kraigenow will be a name partner in the associated law firm, now Donnellan, Knussman & Kraigenow, PLLC. “John’s knowledge, experience and creative solutions have made him invaluable to Donnellan & Knussman and to our clients,” said founding partner Attorney Teresa Donnellan. “We’re thrilled that John will play a key role in helping shape our firm’s future.” Kraigenow, has practiced almost exclusively in matrimonial and family law since passing the New York State Bar in 2003. John graduated with his J.D. from Albany Law School in 2002, and he

John W. Kraigenow

received a B.A. in Political Science from Fairfield University. While attending Albany Law School, John was a finalist in the American Bar Associations Regional Client Counseling Competition and was a member of the Board of the Moot

Week of May 24 – May 30, 2013

Engel Law Opens Saratoga Springs Office Court Program, which allowed him to chair the Donna Jo Morse Negotiations and Client Counseling competitions. He is member of area organizations such as the New York State Bar Association, Saratoga County Bar Association, Collaborative Divorce Association of the Capital District, and Phi Sigma Alpha. John is a member of the Attorney for Child panels in Saratoga and Albany Counties. Before coming to Donnellan & Knussman, PLLC in 2009, John served as Chief Counsel to the Higher Education Committee of the New York State Senate and prior to that was engaged in private practice in the areas of matrimonial and family law. For more information, please visit the firm’s website at www. or call (518) 884-0200.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Todd S. Engel, Esq., managing attorney of Engel Law Offices opened a new office in Saratoga Springs. The office is located at 128 West Avenue Suite 216, Saratoga Springs. Engel Law Offices represents individuals and closely held businesses. Practice areas include civil litigation, business planning, estate planning, divorce and family law, and Engel Law Offices maintains a specialty practice in Equine Law. “Equine Law is the base of our Saratoga practice, representing owners, trainers, jockeys and breeders in all aspects of the industry. This includes formation of racing entities, and licensing issues,” Engel states. “Saratoga is an important place for me, as I have spent many years part time in the area. I am

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looking forward to growing my practice, not just in equine law, but throughout the other areas of our practice. It will be an honor and privilege to represent the community I have come to know,” Engel continued. Please call (518) 490-1770 in order to discuss your legal issues with Engel Law Offices.

Former Siro’s Owner to Open New Restaurant SARATOGA SPRINGS — The former owner of Siro’s, Tom Dillon, is opening a new restaurant on South Broadway in the former Joe Collins Restaurant building and will feature a Farms to Fork menu. Dillon, who sold Siro’s in 2010, is partnering with Sean Sheehan, also formerly from Siro’s. Named Jack Dillion’s after his grandson, Dillon said that the restaurant will be using 16 to 18 local farmers for the fresh produce, meats

and dairy products for menu items. The restaurant will also feature a fully stocked bar—Dillon has refinished the original square-shaped bar from when the establishment was first opened by Collins 50 years ago—and he plans on utilizing the original wood-fired oven for dinner entrées. There will also be catering starting in the fall. The main dining room and the banquet room feature functioning fireplaces and warm-colored tones.

Dillon said that between the banquet room, the bar area and the dining room, the restaurant will have the capacity to seat 220 people. Dillon also plans to bring back a piano bar—installing a piano in the corner and featuring several local talents to play for the diners’ pleasure. He has installed all new lighting in the dining area and is presently waiting for the carpeting to be put in. The original hardwood flooring in the banquet area, which will be used during track season for an additional dining area, was recently re-stained and the bar area features large, cream-colored ceramic squares. Dillon said he expects the parking lot to be refinished later this week and afterwards will tackle to landscaping. A mid-June opening is planned.


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For a Fine Smoke and Good Company, James & Sons Tobacconists the Place to Go by Patricia Older Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Offering approximately 500 varieties of cigars, kept fresh in a special made room-sized humidor, James & Sons Tobacconists of Saratoga Springs has just the right one for just about everybody. And the best part of James & Sons are the smoking rooms for members—one downstairs in the main store and two, newly constructed rooms upstairs, accessible for extended hours seven days a week. “Smoking a cigar is like sipping a glass of fine wine,” explained owner James Commer, who runs the tobacco shop along with his wife, Rose, sons Brandon and Kyle, and daughter Nicole. “You want to enjoy it and savor the flavor.” Commer, who opened a similar shop in Clifton Park seven years ago before moving to downtown Saratoga Springs six years ago, said the business has been popular with lovers of a fine smoke, especially with the unique benefit of the

James & Sons Tobacconists located at 360 Broadway, downtown Saratoga Springs, had the grand opening for their two new member only lounges.

James Commer, wife Rose, and sons, Kyle and Brandon, pose inside the room-size humidor, in James & Sons Tobacconists.

lounges for members’ exclusive use. “You never see a person outside of their office hurrying to smoke a cigar,” said Commer. “This gives them a place to relax and enjoy a cigar while also talking with friends, working or just hanging out.” Located in a historic building on the corner of Broadway and Phila Street, James & Sons utilizes unique features of the former bank. The room sized humidor where are the cigars are kept, is built to air quality

fresh forever. Like a fine wine, a good cigar can get better with age.” Just off the humidor is a set of lockers located in the original bank vault. Depending on the membership purchased, customers can be assigned a locker, also built as a humidor with a Spanish cedar lining, and a name tag is installed on the individual lockers. There are also a set of lockers in another space in the shop, and lockers will be installed in the two new lounges upstairs.

control specifics and is lined with Spanish cedar. The walk-in humidor features all hand-rolled cigars from all over the world including Nicaragua, Honduras and the Dominican Republic, costing from $6 to $40 apiece. Discounts are given to those with a membership. “We offer a lot of boutique brands,” said Commer, noting that none of the cigars are machine produced. “With the proper humidity, proper temperature they can stay

In addition, a couple of times a month, Commer brings in a gentleman who grew up in the Dominican Republic and who was schooled in the tradition of hand rolling cigars. Using an authentic cigar rolling table designed after the tables used in Cuba, the roller sets up outside the Broadway store and rolls cigars for passersby and giving demonstrations. continued on pg. 13



Week of May 24 – May 30, 2013

Saratoga Springs Students are Winners in Business Competition Galway Central Schools to Increase Elementary School Day Hours, Increase in Rigor of Educational Program

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Students from Saratoga Springs High School headed home with several honors earned at the 20th Annual SUNY Adirondack Business Day on May 7. Students from Saratoga took first place in Accounting & Economics, second place in Business Math, third place in Business

Communications, fourth place in Career & Financial Management, and fifth place in Economics. Award winners in the individual events were Charles Barringer, Michael Dorsey, Robby Pierce and Jon Zinter. In addition to the individual tests, Saratoga students participated in a display contest focusing on the day’s theme—“Entrepreneurship-Small

Businesses Keep our Economy Strong”—and also a team testing competition. Display team members Corina Hasbrouck, Mackenzie Lewis, Catherine MacCormick and Jillian Ward placed third in the display contest. Team competitors Charles Barringer, Matt Holton, Robby Pierce and Jon Zinter placed second in the team competition.

Ballston Spa Students Selected as Finalists in Invention Convention 2013 BALLSTON SPA — Eight Ballston Spa Central School District students have been selected as semifinalists from over 1,300 submissions for Invention Convention 2013 in the annual contest sponsored by MiSci (formerly the Schenectady Museum). Three Malta Avenue Elementary

School students were selected: fifthgrader Savanna Hardt, Suction Food and Water Bowl; Kaelan Kasowski, Head Foams; and fifth-grader Payton Phillips, Mismatch Tracker. Milton Terrace North Elementary School had two fifth-graders chosen as semifinalists: Paige Brink, Look Glasses

and Jack Davis, Portable Solar Powered Lawn Mover. Three Milton Terrace South Elementary School students also made it to the Invention Convention 2013 semifinals, including second grader Sam Bartgis, Easy Melt Band-Aid; Jenna Gold-Wienk, Marshmello Thins; and Joseph Poirier, Cup on a Cane.

GALWAY — In an effort to maximize its educational offerings, Galway Central School District is planning several shifts for the 2013–14 school year. First, Joseph Henry Elementary School’s hours will change to 8 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. making the elementary school’s hours the same as the junior/senior high school’s hours. The opportunity to shift the elementary school’s hours is made possible due to the consolidation of the school bus runs. In addition to saving the district money, consolidating the bus runs allows the elementary school to offer three hours of uninterrupted academic time before lunches begin. Enrichment opportunities would then be available to all students after school along with homework help and a late bus for any student wishing to take part in these extracurricular activities. By restructuring its kindergarten team, the elementary school will incorporate a co-kindergarten. Co-kindergarten will be for students entering kindergarten that may need an additional year to grow before beginning traditional kindergarten.

A science lab for all students to use to enhance their studies will be built and the restructuring of the library media specialist’s schedule will allow for more support on project-based learning through technology. The elementary school plans to begin using a co-teaching model where all students will be able to learn in their least restrictive environment. In addition, the elementary school will provide blocked time enabling them to offer enrichment to students that are excelling in math and reading while offering additional support to learners that need further skills development. At the Galway Junior/Senior High School, students will see an increase in the rigor of the educational program, more electives, new Distance Learning and University in the High School courses in the 2013–14 school year. Other additions to the junior/ senior high schedule include honors sections for core courses in grades 7–12 and an increased emphasis on college and career readiness at the junior high level. The junior/senior high school will also be launching the Career Majors and Freshman Transition programs for incoming ninth grade students.


Week of May 24 – May 30, 2013


Milton Terrace Elementary Students Slurp up Smoothies, Learn Importance of Organic Produce by Chelsea DiSchiano Saratoga TODAY BALLSTON SPA — While fifth-grade students at Milton Terrace North Elementary School were drinking all-natural smoothies from Good Morning Café May 17, they were also learning a lesson about the major differences between processed food and local organic food. Staff members of Good Morning Café and Dave Randles of Argyle Cheese Farmer arrived at Jean Hoin’s classroom last Friday to teach the students about the differences in highly processed yogurt, which contains additives, artificial flavors and dyes versus natural yogurt, by making smoothies using only local and organic ingredients donated by the Café. The presentations were inspired by Food Revolution Day, a national initiative dedicated to teaching people that switching from processed to fresh foods will better improve their health. “My students have been working on planting and maintaining a garden outside of their classroom, so they were interested in seeing some of the different ways that foods can be produced locally,” said Hoin. “Of course, they were very enthusiastic about trying the smoothies, which were delicious. The volunteers did a great job of sharing information about nutrition and local sustainable food production and we are grateful to the staff at the Good Morning Café for presenting this and for supporting our garden initiative.” Hoin said the students were especially interested in learning about the different cultures of yogurt. “The students were particularly interested in all of the

different ‘cultures’ in the yogurt that was made by Argyle Cheese Farmer, compared to the commercial yogurt products,” Hoin said. “Dave Randles told them all about how the yogurt is made at the farm, and they liked the long names of the five different cultures in his yogurt. They were also interested in the biodegradable ‘plastic’ cups, which we intend to compost, and the returnable glass container that the Argyle Cheese Farmer’s yogurt comes in.” Laura Rose Dailey, Good Morning Café’s sustainability and community outreach coordinator, said that the students loved the smoothies and some even claimed “it was the best smoothie of their lives.” “We made the smoothies and talked about the differences between Argyle yogurt versus Go-Gurt—we had a list of the ingredients of Go-Gurt, which took up a whole paragraph, and then Dave talked about his yogurt, which only had a few ingredients,” Dailey said. Hoin added that the students liked the fact that all the ingredients used to make the smoothies were from local sources. “They also liked the fact that the milk was from Battenkill Creamery, the yogurt was from Dave Randles of Argyle Cheese Farmer, and the Maple Syrup was from Mapleland Farms,” Hoin said. “The students know that before too long, they will be able to buy local strawberries for their own smoothies at the Farmer’s Market.” “So, almost all of the ingredients came from local sources,” Hoin continued. “The only product that came from far away were the bananas, which were organically grown somewhere in Latin America. The students liked the fact that all of the ingredients were produced locally.”

Above: Laura Rose Dailey, of Good Morning Café in Ballston Spa, explains the differences in the ingredients of a popular highlyprocessed yogurt brand and natural, organic yogurt from Argyle Cheese Farmers. Below left to right: Fifth-grade students, Billy Burkert, Sarah Helly, and Evan Fox, of Milton Terrace North Elementary smile as they enjoy their fresh smoothies, made from natural ingredients provided by Good Morning Café and other local sources. Photos courtesy of

“[The students] were asking about where the bananas and strawberries were from,” Dailey added. “They had their own curiosity about where their food came from.” Dailey said she also explained to the kids about alternatives to processed food in the grocery store, giving them different options for healthy yogurts they can buy in the store if they choose to from now on. Hoin said the Food Revolution Day taught her students an important lesson about sustainable food. “They learned that healthy foods can taste good too, and can come from sustainable local sources,” Hoin said. “I hope that all of these experiences help increase their awareness of the interconnectedness of all things and the importance of making informed decisions about what they consume.”

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Whitney, Hendrickson Help Announce Saratoga 150 Plans SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga 150 committee members, including Honorary Chairs Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson, helped address the scope of activities for the multiplemonth long celebration in a press conference on Thursday, May 16. Two of the main events discussed included the May 24 Family Night at the Spa and the August 2 Floral Fete Promenade. The Family Night at the Spa is the first Saratoga 150 signature event. At the grounds of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, it will feature a variety of events including a picnic contest that awards $1,000 to the winner. “If you buy a medallion, the medallion will get you and a child into the event,” said Saratoga 150 representative Joe Dalton. “If you don’t have a medallion, it will cost you $5. You just can’t beat the price. It’s all geared up to stay away from tuxedos and champagne and make this a soda and pretzel type of event.” The evening kicks off at 5:30 p.m. and feature both old-fashioned and present-day entertainment all evening. There will be four different ethnic bands (Irish, Italian, Polish, Latin), Irish

step dancing, singing, orchestral sounds, ballets, jugglers, storytellers, a wildlife act and much more. “You’re not going to be able to see everything in one night at that venue,” Dalton said. “If you get there at 6:30 p.m., you’ll end up not leaving until 9:30 p.m. There’s going to be so much going on.” Awards for the picnic contest, judged by a panel of culinary and historical experts, will be announced at 8:45 p.m. Among the details announced by Whitney and Hendrickson about the Floral Fete Promenade was the preparation involved. Local growers are planting a variety of flowers in early June, before the Floral Fete and more than a dozen carriages with floral designs will be present. August 2 will provide a minireplication of the event that took place in Saratoga in the late 1800’s and early 1900s. Whitney chose the Floral Fete for her annual racing season ball theme back in 1983. The Saratoga 150 Floral Fete is an all-volunteer committee made up of area garden club members, fresh flower growers, floral designers and special events experts. The committee has studied the designs from the original Floral Fetes and plans to provide a similar celebration in the 150th year of thoroughbred racing in Saratoga. Whitney and Hendrickson are underwriting all of the nondonated expenses of the August 2 events in addition to many other 150 projects. The 2013 version will have 15

carriages decorated with similar types of real flowers and greenery, beginning at the corner of Route 50 and Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney Highway and proceeding down Broadway at 7:30 p.m. on the eve of the 150th anniversary. Whitney and Hendrickson will lead it in a white Vis-à-vis, landau-style carriage. The lead carriage is set to have pink roses representing the hybrid tea rose that is named for Marylou. Carriages will be escorted by the official Saratoga 150 parade vehicle—red and white, four-stall, starting gate carrying famous New York jockeys. Other carriages will have New York-grown flowers of various colors and varieties. Saratoga Casino and Raceway entry will also be horse-drawn. The Saratoga Auto Museum is expected to gather more than 12 antique vehicles from different eras to follow the carriages, including a 1901 Buick that is a replica of a vehicle owned by William C. Whitney. “It’s very appropriate—the Whitney legacy is tied to the Floral Fete era, when William C. Whitney saved the race track,” Hendrickson said. Other vehicles present in the Flora Fete will be decorated by Saratoga residents with those entries limited to 100 rolling “vehicles.” The self-decorated rolling “vehicles” will join the horsedrawn entries and vintage cars at Walton St and continue with other entries south on Broadway to Congress Park.

Hopeful participants can apply online at www.saratoga150. com, where they will have to include a full description of how their floral vehicle will be decorated, including details on greenery and types of fresh flowers that will be used. The participants will also be chosen on a first-come, first-serve basis. All who do participate will receive a special Floral Fete commemorative keepsake. Bicycles, wagons, baby carriages and wheeled contraptions judged for prizes in individual categories. Also a “most creative” prize awarded. Old-fashined Dixieland jazz music by Skip parson’s Riverboat Jazz Band will be in a trolley behind the self-decorated section. Carriages will remain in

Congress Park for public viewing and photos during the ice cream social, which starts right after the promenade. Whitney and Hedrickson are also the the honorary chairs of the Floral Fete Promendade and the Ice Cream Social. Thee will be hand-dipped Stewart’s ice cream and a large birthday cake by Mazzone Hospitality to be cut as the crowd sings Happy Birthday. “The Floral Fete Promenade and Ice Cream Social just seemed so appropriate,” Whitney said. “I love colorful flowers, beautiful carriages and parties.” There will also be life-sized, Victorian-style cut-outs for picture taking, and both Whitney and Hendrickson had special Saratoga 150 tokens made to provide free carousel rides.

Volunteers Make a Difference in Saratoga County Rebuilding Together Saratoga County Volunteer Workdays SARATOGA SPRINGS — Hundreds of volunteers have helped their neighbors in need throughout Saratoga County this spring. For 10 years now, hundreds of volunteers know that spring means partnering with Rebuilding Together Saratoga County (RTSC) in order to make a difference for homeowners in need. From a wheelchair ramp in Corinth for a young man who is a quadriplegic, floor repairs for a disabled couple in Malta, a shower unit for a veteran in Schuylerville and painting and porch repair for

an 89-year-old woman in Saratoga, all projects had one thing in common. Neighbors needed a little assistance and friends they didn’t know helped them out. “When everyone does something, much is able to be done for our community. We are thankful for our many sponsors who donate so we can buy building materials and our hundreds of volunteers who provide the labor and the caring touch for our neighbors in need. It’s a community event every spring that benefits us all”, says Michelle Larkin, Executive Director of RTSC. To learn how you can be involved by way of volunteering, donating or applying for help visit the website at Rebuilding Together Saratoga County is a non-profit organization with a mission to bring volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of homeowners in need. This ensures that low-income homeowners, particularly older adults, people living with a disability and families with children, live in warmth, safety and independence. An affiliate of the national organization, Rebuilding Together Saratoga County programs provide opportunities for local community involvement. For more information, visit or call (518) 587-3315.


Week of May 24 – May 30, 2013

Saratoga Raceway News

front of the field — it only delayed his arrival. Yetman was headed there when he made contact with Byron Wescott and that got Yetman sent to the rear of the field on lap 9. It was only nine laps later when Yetman was taking the lead away from Brandon Emigh to pick up his third win at the ‘Great Race Place.’ “That was my mistake I bumped him and it doesn’t take much—it’s so slippery right now,” said Yetman who has won three of four events so far. “He started going around and I was like ‘oh no’, I took my penalty but the car was just phenomenal. We made a bunch of changes and man it was working.” Another good run was put in by Cale Kneer for a second place finish. Kneer was followed by last week’s winner, Ken Martin, Dave DePaulo and Brandon Emigh—the four putting on a continuous battle swapping positions back and forth. Ken Conroy didn’t let an 11th place starting spot stand in his way either. An immediate caution in the Street Stock feature event played havoc on the field but worked for Conroy who took the lead with only one lap showing in the record books. It was Conroy’s first win of the season. It was a pretty amazing night for Matthew Sleight at Albany Saratoga Speedway. Sleight was involved in a tragic car accident


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Ronnie Johnson Puts New Automobile in Victory Lane; McGrew Picks Up His Second Sportsman Victory MALTA — What a difference a week makes—last Friday night Ronnie Johnson vacated the Albany Saratoga Speedway with a severely wrecked race car in the back of his car carrier. But when the Palmer’s Service Center sponsored 35-lap Modified feature event ended this time around, Johnson was celebrating in victory lane. It was an emotional win for Johnson and team. Johnson’s brand new automobile was fast from early on— he picked up the win in the third qualifying event and at feature time he started from outside the third row. And on only the second time around the 4/10th mile oval he was already the race leader. “We worked the last six days and nights on this new race car and the thing ran pretty good the first night out,” said a very happy and emotional Johnson. “We’re happy with it.” The Modified finale met with lap traffic during the latter stages and behind Johnson was a fantastic show being put on by Stewart Friesen, Matt Delorenzo, Mark Kislowski and last week’s victor, Marc Johnson, who despite continuous swapping of positions, finished in that order. Despite a back-marker starting position (15th) Derrick McGrew wasted little time getting to the front of the field for the 25-lap Sportsman feature event. On a lap five restart McGrew was already taking third place honors away from Adam McAuliffe. And with only 10 circuits remaining McGrew took the lead from Brett Wright. McGrew’s win was his 19th career and second victory of the 2013 race season. Wright held on for second place while McAuliffe, Jeremy Pitts and Cody Bleau rounded out the top five. Pitts and Bleau were impressive during their long rides to the front—Pitts riding from the 17th starting spot while Bleau came from further back in 21st. Connor Cleveland was back in victory lane for the second week running after securing the 12 lap Novice Sportsman feature event. Cleveland has dominated the new division since the start of the season and will now be forced to move up to the Sportsman class after his third trip to victory lane. A penalty during the 25-lap Pro Stock feature event wasn’t about to hinder Rob Yetman’s bid to the

back in March which took the lives of family members and injured Matthew and his sister. Matthew’s wish was to attend the races again so with the efforts of many—promoter Lyle DeVore and team, the New York State Stock Car Association—Sleight arrived at the oval in a black stretch limousine and he met many of the drivers who offered up t-shirts and hats to the youngster. Sleight also got to ride in the pace vehicle and also started the Modified feature event from on-top of the flag stand. It was truly a night that Sleight will remember for the rest of his life. Local marine reservist, Taylor Janis, was also honored for his help. Janis came upon the accident scene and tended to Matthew. “That was a rough ride last week—that was the first time I really ever flipped in my racing career and it wasn’t fun,” joked Ronnie Johnson regarding his violent display of barrel rolls down the backstretch the week before. Johnson’s dad, legend Jack Johnson, stopped in victory lane to congratulate Ronnie on his run. The 2013 point leaders to date are: Matt Delorenzo (Modified), Derrick McGrew (Sportsman), Cleveland Connor (Novice Sportsman), Rob Yetman (Pro Stocks) and Bill Duprey (Street Stocks).

Commer, who was introduced to cigars by his father-in-law 33 years ago, said running the shop has been a lot of fun for the family. “When you enjoy what you do, it is not work,” said Commer. “How tough can it be smoking cigars and talking with friends all day? I get to meet all kinds of people. The cigars are almost secondary because of the comradeship.” Continuing, he explained that those who become members and spend time at the shop, often become more like friends. Some, he said, come in to visit, watch television on one of the big screen TVs or to work. “Some people come here with their laptops and actually work out of here,” said Commer, noting that they offer Wi-Fi service to members as well. While James & Sons has always offered a lounge in the main store, when the tenant who was renting the space next door and above moved out, the Commers seized the opportunity to build two more lounges—one with an English feel and the other, a little bit of Havana in downtown Saratoga Springs. Exclusively for Black Diamond memberships, the two lounges are open for extended hours—9 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week—and are accessible by key card access only. The English Lounge has a just above street level view of both Broadway and Phila Street,

with over-sized windows, chocolate brown, plush leather chairs, flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi access. Lockers are also planned. The Cuba Lounge, complete with a mural depicting a 1950s-era car on a beach—the license plate has the letters CLK in memory for the Commer’s son, Cody, who died when he was only 15—turquoise lined ashtrays, Mango-colored walls and a specially made dominoes table. Commer said several things in the store are dedicated to Cody, noting that even a cigar is named after him. “We do this as a family,” said Commer. James & Sons Tobacconists is located at 360 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Membership dues are $150 annually for non-locker members with a 10 percent discount on all purchases; $250 annually for a membership with a locker and a 15 percent discount; $250 annually and $40 a month for a Black Diamond membership which grants extended hours access to both upstairs lounges, concierge service, 30 percent discount on boxes and 15 percent on other purchases, special access to in-house events and on-going perks. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. During track season, limited memberships will be available. Call (518) 441-3737 for more information.



Week of May 24 – May 30, 2013

Letters to the Editor Dear Editor: AARP applauds the recent article bringing attention to the widespread problem of elder abuse (“Local Elder Abuse Forum Brings Common Issues to Light,” May 9, 2013). Unfortunately, the case involving the exploitation of “Irene” by her own son is not too uncommon these days. Family members are more often than not the perpetrators of elder abuse—and about one of every five Americans age 65 and older has been swindled, according to the Investor Protection Trust Elder Fraud survey. AARP New York encourages people to be on the lookout for the warning signs of abuse: unexplained bank withdrawals, unauthorized use of credit or ATM cards, stolen or “misplaced” cards or checkbooks, checks written as “cash,” “loan” or “gift,” abrupt changes in a will or other documents, unexplained transfer of assets, disappearance of valuables, the sudden appearance of a previously uninvolved relative claiming a right to

an elder’s affairs or possessions, and new signers on accounts. There are also some crucial ways elderly can protect themselves, including checking references and credentials before hiring anyone, keeping information about your finances away from workers, limiting power of attorney, getting to know your banker, staying in contact with neighbors, family and friends, refusing to sign blank checks or any document you don’t understand, asking for details in writing and getting a second opinion before making a financial decision, and paying with checks or credit cards to keep a paper trail. Financial abusers count on silence. If you believe you’re being victimized, or if you suspect a loved one or an elderly neighbor is a victim, call your local police department or tell someone immediately. Sincerely, Erin Mitchell AARP Associate State Director- Community Outreach (518) 447-6715

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Dear Editor: Memorial Day is one of respect, honor, gratitude and admiration. It has a special meaning for all of us. The old saying that freedom isn’t free rings load and clear. In February 2009, 1st Lt. Jared W. Southworth was killed in action in Afghanistan. He left behind a wife, four young children and a loving extended family. Like so many others who have fallen, Jared laid down his life so we can enjoy ours. What many see as a motto, “God, Family and Country,” was a way of life to Jared and so many others like PFC David Taylor Miller, Capt. John J. McKenna IV and Lance Cpt. Anthony J. Denier. The courage and dedication to put oneself in harm’s way is something only a few

are willing to do. Let us never forget selfless sacrifice. We owe them all a debt we can never repay. Although it has broken our hearts to have lost a loved one, we can take comfort in the fact that Jared, like so many, wanted to be there defending our country. Like all who have fallen before them and will fall in the future, let us give thanks for those American Heroes. Not only on this day, but every day, let us honor and salute our fallen brothers and sisters who have truly given us the land of the free and home of the brave. As many hearts ache for their loss, as does ours, let their memories never fade. Patti Southworth Town of Ballston Supervisor

Dear Editor: Americans should take their hats off and salute all of the honor guards that continue to serve their country long after their military is over. These dedicated veterans from all wars continue to stay active and perform the military rites that honor our veterans in their time of need. This takes place on a daily basis at all national cemeteries and other cemeteries. I say “Thank you, thank you!” for your continued service to our fallen heroes. Our country and families of these fallen, departed, brave veterans thank you. We can’t say enough for your kind deeds and service to our country. Sid Gordon Saratoga Springs

City Council Unveils Comprehensive Plan SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Springs will hold an interactive public workshop on Wednesday, May 29 from 6–8 p.m. at the City Center to kick-off the update of its Comprehensive Plan. Residents, business owners, property owners and other stakeholders are encouraged to attend. This public workshop will introduce the project and provide an overview of the Comprehensive Plan update process. The public will have an opportunity to provide input during facilitated small-group discussions following the presentation. This will be the first of several opportunities for the public to provide input throughout the nine-month process. The update process will be

guided by the City Councilappointed Comprehensive Plan Committee (CPC). Long-time City Planning Board Chair Clifford Van Wagner will chair the CPC. The volunteer CPC is tasked with guiding the community-driven update process and providing a draft updated comprehensive plan to the City Council for consideration. The City’s current comprehensive plan was adopted in 2001. The updated plan will establish a framework to guide the City’s long-term vision and will include community feedback regarding the existing community vision, issues, opportunities and action items that can achieve the desired vision. The City Council has appointed

the following volunteers to the 15-member CPC: Clifford Van Wagner, Chair (Planning Board); Steven Rowland (Design Review Commission); Oksana Ludd (Zoning Board of Appeals); Charles Wait; Janice White; James Letts; Todd Skimkus; Jamin Totino; Mark Torpey; Sonny Bonacio; Geoff Bornemann; Scott Johnson; Shauna Sutton; Therese Connolly; Theresa Capozzola; Devin Dalpos; Tom Denny; Casey Holzworth; the City Council selected M.J. Engineering and Land Surveying, P.C. (MJ) of Clifton Park to facilitate the process and assist the City in updating the current plan. The project team also includes River Street Planning and Development of Troy and Cardinal Direction of Saratoga Springs. “The City of Saratoga Springs has experienced much success in recent years and is truly a destination in the Capital Region to live, work and play. It is critical to evaluate and update our current comprehensive plan to ensure continued success while maintaining the unique character that is Saratoga,” stated Mayor Johnson. “We are excited to be a part of this dynamic, community-driven process and look forward to working with the community, City staff and CPC,” stated Jaclyn Hakes, AICP, project manager and director of planning services at MJ. There will be numerous opportunities for public participation throughout the process via public workshops, formal hearings and an interactive website.

Week of May 24 – May 30, 2013


Hats On for Saratoga Hospital Noonan checked bids on the signature plant auction throughout the afternoon. In the end, Heather Straughter was thrilled to be one of the ‘winners,’ taking home an oversized wooden birdhouse for her newly redesigned backyard. The talented culinary team at Mazzone Hospitality prepared a delicious luncheon menu. After starting with a creamy, tomato basil soup, the main course salad was served in individual, large glass cubes mimicking vases. Crisp greens were topped with grilled chicken, beans and goat cheese, accompanied by shrimp brochette. A glass test tube held dressing on the side, capped with an edible flower. Mazzone’s presentation was impeccable and perfectly in theme. Petite cups of chocolate mousse, garnished with raspberries, provided a sweet ending to the meal. A highlight of the event came when Jean Tarrant and Mylea Aldrich, both committee members, announced the Flower and Fruit Mission’s Philly Dake Memorial Award. Named in memory of the noted philanthropist, a long-time member of the Mission, the scholarship will be presented each year to a high school senior whose volunteer efforts personify the example set by

Event Chairs Julie Fuller and Heather Mabee

by Trina Lucas Saratoga TODAY The Hall of Springs was brimming with elegance on Tuesday, May 21, as the Flower and Fruit Mission of Saratoga Hospital hosted their annual spring luncheon. Dubbed “Hats On!” for 2013, the event was one of the first of “Saratoga 150,” the summerlong anniversary celebration commemorating the historic milestone for Saratoga Race Course. Co-chairs Julie Fuller and Heather Mabee welcomed almost 350 fashionable supporters in from the early summer heat. From her table near the entrance, Mabee’s mother, Saratoga 150 Honorary Chair Marylou Whitney greeted all who passed with her iconic grace. Seen chatting with the Grand Dame of Saratoga were Michele Riggi and daughter Roslyn Zecchini (a recent “40 Under 40” Business Review honoree), Patty Riggi, Beth Alexander, Margie Rotchford and Natalie Sillery. Also spotted were last year’s chairs, Julie Johnson and Michele Funiciello, with fellow Mission members Susan Halstead, Colleen Carlson, Barbara Ferraro and

Christa Lance. The ladies cooled off with champagne toasts and admired the creations displayed by local boutiques like Eve’s Accessories. Lisa Sondoff, Julie Law, Jill DeAnzeris and Margaret Keeney tried on several headpieces from Little Red Millinery with the help of designers Caroline Blake and Kristen Corcoran, while Danielle Patane helped Lisa Vitiello find the right chapeau from Encounter. On either side of the hall, unique containers, clay pots and baskets held dish gardens, porch geraniums, ferns and more, many adorned with silk butterflies and sweet songbirds. Offering a fresh start for summer meals, there was even a two-foot high ceramic patio planter, complete with a tomato plant and complementing herbs. Chelsea Silver, Amy Snider, Kelly Hite, Rachel Uccellini and Lisa

Mary Solomons, Elizabeth Macy, Katie Clark and Melissa Zieker

Dake. Angelo Calbone, President Since 1904, the Flower and and CEO of Saratoga Hospital, Fruit Mission, a completely volunjoined Tarrant and Aldrich to con- teer-driven organization, has raised gratulate the inaugural recipient, funds to support maternity services Melissa Podkulski, who has gone at Saratoga Hospital. Their tireless above and beyond volunteering efforts benefit the William J. Hickey for both the hospital and Wesley Women’s Services Unit and provide Nursing Home. She will attend RIT scholarships for advanced nursing in the fall. education. With 35 active memImmediately following the bers and eleven associate members, scholarship announcement, the including two volunteers who have committee pulled the day’s raffle served for more than 50 years, the winners. Teddy Foster was the clas- Mission has contributed over $1.25 sic Flower and Fruit money hat, million. Most recently, they supcrafted of one hundred $1 bills. ported the purchase of a Noelle Tarrant’s ticket was drawn for one Mother and Infant Simulator, of the two baskets featuring ‘All allowing staff to run practice drills Things Saratoga.’ She generously of obstetric and neonatal situapassed it on to Podkulski, an extra tions with computerized results. gift for the day’s honoree to share Proceeds from Tuesday’s luncheon with her mom, Shirley. will help benefit the purchase of a The three-hour fete was another Jacuzzi for the hydrotherapy room. outstanding success for the Flower and Fruit Mission, perhaps even their best yet. Mary Solomons, Elizabeth Macy, Katie Clark, Melissa Zieker, Traci Jersen, Michele Curry and Megan Boden were among the delighted donors who lingered as festivities slowly came to a close. Sitting: Lisa Ross, Laurie Murphy, Donna Olsen; Stand-

Margie Rotchford and Beth Alexander

ing: Heidi West, Christy Holland, Lisa Noonan

Caroline Blake and Kristen Corcoran of Little Red Millinery

Shaking Up Support for UPH A crowd of 250 chilled on the veranda of Saratoga National Golf Club this past Wednesday evening, May 22, at the first annual UPH Celebrity Bartender Party. The lively benefit raised generous tips to support the development of Universal Preservation Hall as a thriving venue for the performing arts and community events. Among the 21 movers and

shakers mixing it up were Garland Nelson, Julie and Sonny Bonacio, Ann Marie and Frankie Flores, Ardie and Dan Russell, Brendan Flanigan and Proctor’s Theatre CEO Philip Morris. To see more behind-thebar photos visit RSVP on Facebook at saratogatodaynewspaper.

Susan Halstead and Heather Straughter raising tips

Mayor Scott Johnson moonlights as a UPH bartender

UPH board member Beth Smith with president Teddy Foster

Michele Funiciello on tap


Week of May 24 – May 30, 2013

This Week’s SPOLIGHT

Camp Chingachgook

The Capital District YMCA Provides Safe, Affordable Summer Camp for Your Child!

DAY CAMP FUN! From Albany to Greene County, all Capital District YMCA branches offer fun summer camp options. Children 3 to 16 will find something fun to do, from swimming lessons to play time in the GaGa pit! Best of all, YMCA programs focus on fun activities that build your child’s confidence and self-esteem, while teaching your child the value of teamwork and playing well with others. You child will love spending time with old friends and making new friends! NEW FOR 2013 Online registration! Visit today. Sibling discounts! Free before and after-camp care. Membership is not required. All are welcome! Call today for details. (518) 869-3500. Visit us online at OUR PREMIER DAY CAMP Located just off Route 155 in Guilderland, YMCA Adventure Camp (formerly Camp Nassau) is our premier regional day camp, with an out-door pool, a pond with paddle boats, a zip line, a rock wall, a covered pavilion, and much more! We have convenient bus routes ready to pick up and drop off your child. FREE TOURS! Visit today for our tour schedule, or call (518) 456-3634. OUR PREMIER OVERNIGHT CAMP Camp Chingachgook on Lake George offers a one-of-a-kind overnight camp experience for your child. Located on the shores of Lake George in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains, Camp Chingachgook’s dedicated, top-notch staff and modern yet rustic facilities offer outdoor experiences to last a lifetime. Your child will love our day camp (for kids 5–10), overnight camp (for kids 7–15), our variety of adventure trip programs (for kids 11 and older), and our Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program (for 16 year olds).

Week of May 24 – May 30, 2013

Summer Camp Guide



Week of May 24 – May 30, 2013

Franklin Community Center Receives $5,000 from New Country Toyota Scion Take a look at this week’s newest club members!

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Co-owner Bob McKenna, of New Country Toyota Scion of Saratoga Springs, presents Franklin Community Center’s Bo Goliber with a $5,000 check. The company is the presenting sponsor of this year’s 15th Annual “Franklin Open” Benefit Golf Tournament, where the funds raised will go back into the operation of the center’s invaluable programming for less fortunate children and families in our area.

Jacob Edelman Glover Graduates with Honors from University of King’s College ALEXIS

EDDIE Tooth Fairy Club is sponsored by:

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

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Jacob Douglas Edelman Glover, of Wilton, graduated with first honors on May 16 from the University of King’s College, in Halifax, N.S., with a combined degree in philosophy and contemporary studies. He will spend the summer on the Yale University campus teaching philosophy to high school students through the organization Explo, and will begin a master’s degree program in classics at Dalhousie University, also in Halifax, in September. Glover was a 2009 graduate of Saratoga Springs High School. He is the son of Helen Edelman and Douglas Glover, both of Wilton.

Jacob Glover and his mother, Helen Edelman, at the graduation ceremony

Saratoga Springs High School Senior Donates ‘Cupcakes for a Cause’ SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Springs High School senior Monette Carli donates about $100 each month to the American Cancer Society through “Cupcakes for a Cause.” Monette bakes

cupcakes each week, then donates the baked goods on Mondays to the Fortunate Cup Coffee Café at 120 West Ave. in Saratoga Springs, where they are sold as a cancer society fundraiser. From October to April, Monette raised about $700 through the charity.

Holding a tray of cupcakes are café owner Doreen Kamen, left, with Monette.

Team Member Celebrating 90th Birthday and Over 65 Years of Service at Saratoga Casino and Raceway SARATOGA SPRINGS — Next month, Saratoga Casino and Raceway will celebrate the 90th birthday of a team member who has been part of the company since 1946. Charlie Hoffman, Mutuel Supervisor, began working at the harness track 67 years ago. His career started at the $2 show window, part-time for only the summer seasons, and later became year-round as racing expanded. After retiring from the U.S. Postal Service, Hoffman continued to work for Saratoga Casino and Raceway, climbing the ranks. He has been a full-time employee since 2007.

fun and games

Week of May 24 – May 30, 2013



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Across 1 This and that 5 Cries 9 Open the door for 14 Met moment 15 Water-based paint 17 Mary __: ship in a Hammond Innes novel 18 Card game horn music? 20 Cub of comics 21 Big backup 22 Fight in Dogpatch 24 90-degree fitting 25 Card game where one person plays all the hands? 30 25% of Off! Deep Woods 32 “Am not!” retort 33 Sushi shop offering 34 Crop up 37 __ noodles: Chinese dish 40 Card game played in dugouts? 45 Dream up 46 City south of Metz 47 Carrying-on 48 Consumed 51 Mail folder 55 Card game by the Thames? 60 “Don’t think so” 61 “Ed Wood” Oscar winner 62 Unlike couch potatoes 64 Pong developer 66 Card game requiring waterproof cards? 69 Contact, in a way 70 WWII beachhead near Rome 71 Portly pirate 72 Last name of Phineas in Disney’s “Phineas and Ferb” 73 Tablet named for an organ 74 Gone Down 1 Cried 2 Brightly plumed songbird 3 Bit of excitement 4 One of Islam’s five pillars 5 Ref’s aid 6 Lout 7 Texter’s “Meant to tell you” 8 Celebrex developer 9 __ of reality

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See puzzle solution on page 28 10 Huey, Dewey and Louie’s mom, in early comics 11 1993 Fiat acquisition 12 Hostility 13 Decimal base 16 Looks into? 19 “Do the Right Thing” pizzeria owner 23 Do Jeeves’s job 26 Old 38-Down overseer 27 “__ Tu”: 1974 hit 28 Wielder of a hammer called Mjölnir 29 Trig function 31 Hardly exciting 35 Popeil of infomercials 36 Mean 38 Like some stocks 39 Thumbs-down votes 40 Retro phone feature

At the Movies with Trey Roohan How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

Have you ever felt like a disappointment to everyone you know? Someone your parents and peers think of as an anchor dragging the rest of them down or as a mere inconvenience? How do you get past that? Berk is a small, Viking village located near the Arctic Circle. At least, that’s an assumption I made based on the main character’s statement that “it snows nine months of the year and hails the other three”. That main character, Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) is the only son of the village chief, Stoick the Vast (voiced by Gerard Butler). The village is under near-constant siege by outside forces. Those outside forces being dragons. Hiccup (Baruchel) is short, slim, and in no way strong. The one trade all villagers learn in their lifetime is the art of hunting and killing dragons. Gobber (Hiccup’s employer and the proprietor of the village armory, voiced by Craig Ferguson) suggests that Hiccup stop all of “this” while gesturing to all of him. Gobber (Ferguson) is a man who has lost several limbs over the years, all during encounters with dragons. Hiccup, being seriously lacking in physical strength, designs and constructs a machine to propel the weapons that the other villagers simply throw by hand. Of course, during a trial run in front of Gobber, the machine strikes a villager. Hiccup takes that same apparatus to a mountaintop, fires on one of the few species of dragon that’s never been captured or seen and, miraculously, causes that dragon to fall to earth. Overjoyed by this victory, Hiccup shouts in triumph but is soon set upon by a species of dragon that can breathe fire and produce fire throughout its entire body. He’s rescued by his father who expresses disappointment in his son and disbelief in Hiccup’s claim to have landed a blow against a Night Fury. He treks through the woods the next day, determined to find proof of his accomplishment, but finds something far more significant. Now, unlike a lot of “adults” I maintain my affection for “children’s” movies. This is not to say that I like all, or even most, children’s movies. For example, Despicable Me, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and Eight Crazy Nights disappointed me to a degree that I cannot express in words. But, in spite of its flaws or maybe because of them, I loved How to Train Your Dragon. Casting Baruchel as Hiccup was genius. Hiccup’s peers, voiced by Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, America Ferrara and others, fit the roles they’re given perfectly. If you have children who haven’t seen this movie, you should take steps to remedy that. If you don’t have children but can enjoy movies that are produced for them, like I do, check it out. (8.3/10) For comments and questions, contact me at

41 China lead-in 42 Iconic sales rep 43 “Dedicated to the __ Love”: ‘50s-’60s hit 44 Touch down 49 Addis __ 50 Out of one’s class? 52 Conundrum 53 Armadas 54 Large search area 56 “Splish Splash” singer 57 Stew veggie 58 Perros may chase them 59 Old French coin 63 Recipe amt. 64 “Can I go out?” 65 1960-’61 chess champ 67 Shih __ 68 One of LBJ’s beagles

Writing the Right Word by Dave Dowling Accuracy in word choice is a key to effective communication. This quick weekly tip will help you filter the confusion in some of our daily word choices. Vail, Vale, Veil Vail means to lower as a sign of respect. You should vail the flag because our former governor died. Vale refers to a valley. His walk took him through vale country and farm land.

Veil is a face covering or something that conceals or obscures. The women wear a black veil to hide their faces. Their organization operated under a veil of secrecy. They have always veiled their undercover activities.

Dave Dowling is the author of the The Wrong Word Dictionary and The Dictionary of Worthless Words. Signed copies are available for purchase at the gifts and home goods store, Homessence on Broadway in Saratoga Springs.


LOCAL BRIEFS attendees. All proceeds benefit the C.P. State Project. Call (518) 5875568 for more information.

Ongoing Events En Pointe! National Museum of Dance, 99 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs. For more information, please call (518) 584-2225. For more information visit: Some Day Is Now: The Art of Corita Kent Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College For more information please call (518) 580-8080 or visit Tails and Terpsichord National Museum of Dance, 99 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs. For more information, please call (518) 584-2225. The Ultimate Driving Machine Saratoga Automobile Museum, 110 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs. For more information, please call (518) 587-1935. Thoroughbred Renaissance Charity Clinics Stonebridge Farms, Schuylerville For more information, call (518) 583-7272.

Friday, May 24 Family Night at the Spa

Saratoga Performing Art Center, 5:30 p.m. Family Night at the Spa is highlighted by a myriad of family entertainment and an old-fashioned picnic contest that awards $1,000 to the winner. Plenty of old-fashioned and present-day entertainment will abound. For further information visit

Saturday, May 25 Plein Air Painting

Saratoga National Historic Park Grounds, Rt. 32 Stillwater. For more information call (518) 664-9821. Dressage at Saratoga

Yaddo Showgrounds / NYRA Grounds Equestrian competition. For more information visit

Saratoga County Office for the Aging in Need of Volunteers The Saratoga County Office for the Aging is in need of volunteers to help deliver meals to homebound seniors throughout Saratoga County. Meals are ready for transport Monday–Friday at about 10:30 a.m. Call (518) 363-4020 or (518) 884-4100 for more details. Parents with Partners Parents Without Partners is meeting June 1 at 6:45 p.m. for a singles (ages 30–70 with children) orientation and open house at the Shenedehowa Adult Community Center at Clifton Commons Learn more at: or call (518) 348-2062. Kinder and Adult Skate Signups Signups are going on now for summer Kinder and Adult Skate. Session times are Tuesday at 5 p.m. beginning July 9. Register at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center at 15 Vanderbilt Ave. Monday– Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Cost is $40 for Saratoga Springs City residents and $70 for non-city residents. There is a $25 late fee for anyone registering after June 14. Forms can be downloaded at Call (518) 587-3550 ext. 2300 or email recreservations@saratoga-springs. org with questions. Gavin Park: Summer Day Camp Registration The program runs June 25 through August 9; Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For additional information, call (518) 584-9455, or go online to www.townofwilton. com/gavin-park  to download the Summer Camp Registration Form. Registration ends June 12. Cerebral Palsy Fund Raiser The Saratoga/Wilton Elk’s Lodge No. 161 Ladies Auxiliary presents this year’s Cerebral Palsy fund-raiser, “Garden Party/ BBQ,” on Friday, May 31, from 5:30–9 p.m. at the lodge on Rt. 9, Maple Ave. Tickets are $15 per person at the door. There will be free carnations to the first 100

Brookside Museum Seeking Wedding Photos For Display In preparation for the upcoming exhibit “Here Comes the Bride,” Brookside Museum, is asking members of the public to submit copies of their own wedding photo for display at the museum. Please deliver or send the photo to Kathleen Coleman, Brookside Museum, 6 Charlton Street, Ballston Spa. All photos need to be submitted by May 31. Exhibit opens on June 14. For more information, please visit or call (518) 885-4000. Senior Luncheon The Saratoga County Office for the Aging will host the annual Senior Luncheon on Friday, May 31 at the Saratoga City Center. Doors open at 11 a.m. and lunch is served at noon. The theme is “Wild West” and will have a menu of pulled BBQ chicken, au gratin potatoes, cowboy beans, cole slaw and apple pie à la mode. Tickets are $4. Call (518) 884-4100 for more details. Women’s Healthier You Event: “Live Better, Longer” Seminar A women’s “Healthier You” event will be held on Saturday, June 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. by Fallon Wellness Pharmacy of Saratoga at Longfellows Hotel and Conference Center. The day will feature six speakers who will help women take charge of their health, both inside and out. The cost for the event is $40 and includes lunch. To register or for more information call (518) 306-5343 ext.127.  Saratoga Alopecia Areata 5K Walk-a-Thon The Saratoga Alopecia Areata 5K Walk-a-Thon will be held at Saratoga Spa State Park on Sunday, June 2. Participants are asked to meet at the warming hut, the first left off Avenue of the Pines off South Broadway. Contact Deyanne Urbahn with any questions at Adult and Senior Center Canada Trip The Adult and Senior Center Canada trip is Monday, June 3, through Thursday, June 6.

Week of May 24 – May 30, 2013 The trip includes motor coach transportation, lodging, six meals and guided tours of Quebec City, Montreal and regional landmarks. For full details visit Wilton Boy Scout Troop Bottle Drive Boy Scout Troop 24 will conduct a bottle drive on Saturday June 8 to raise funds to help send Scouts on monthly camping trips, extended summer events and purchase troop supplies. Drop off your deposit bottles, cans and water bottles at Gavin Park in Wilton between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you received a notice of the drive in your neighborhood please put your bottles and cans out at curbside on the indicated date and time. Saratoga Springs Field Hockey Camp The Saratoga Springs Booster Club is holding a field hockey camp on Monday, June 24 through Friday, June 28, from 8–11 a.m. daily at the Dorothy Nolan Elementary School. Registration is now open for students in grades three through 12. The camp brochure can be downloaded from the Booster’s Club website at www.  For more information contact Colored Pencil/Watercolor Workshop The Southern Saratoga Artists’ Society (SSAS) is sponsoring a colored pencil/watercolor (mixed medium) workshop, taught by Pat Parker, at the  Mabee Farm in Rotterdam Junction on June 13, 9:30 a.m.– 3:30 p.m. The cost is $60. Call (518) 399-1824 to sign up.

2013 Whipple City Festival Artisan Market The Whipple City Festival will take place June 14-15 in Mowry Park, Greenwich. For more information, call (518) 692-7979 or Registration closes June 1 and there is a discount for artisans who register by May 24. Pinnacle Realty Saratoga, LLC: Regional Food Bank Cookout LLC is hosting a cook-off fundraiser supporting the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New

York and realtors from all around the Capital Region will be cooking on Saturday, June 15 from 1–3 p.m. at the Malta Community Center. The event is free to the public. Volunteers Needed for Summer Season at The Hyde The Hyde Collection is looking for volunteers during the exhibitions “Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George” and “A Family Album: Alfred Stieglitz and Lake George,” from June 15–September 15. For information, call (518) 792-1761, ext. 323, or email Saratoga Artisans and Crafters’ Market Looking for Vendors The 2013 Saratoga Artisans and Crafters’ Market is looking for artist and craft vendors, as well as one food and beverage vendor. The market will be held at High Rock Park Pavilions every Friday, 1–7 p.m., starting June 21 through August 30. Interested art/craft vendors must have a NYS Sales Tax Certificate and may apply online at aspx?orgID=421. Call (518) 4614893 for more information. Annual Strawberry Festival at Harmony Hall, Charlton The Annual Strawberry Festival will take place Sunday, June 23, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The event will provide strawberry shortcake, music, neighbors and nice time. A donation of $3.50 for adults and $2 for kids ages 6-12 is requested. No fee is requested for youngsters 5 years old and under who are with paying adult. Musical entertainment will be provided by Tunefolk. For more information call (518) 882-1863. Round Lake Antique Show Round Lake Village is holding its 41st Annual Antique Show on Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23 from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., featuring diverse dealers from across the Northeast, to benefit the Round Lake Library. Creative Theatrical Performers Needed Malta’s Performance Drama Camp, for kids ages 9–15, is July 22–August 2; 1:30–4:30 p.m. at the Malta Community Center Stage. Call Malta Parks and Recreation at (518) 899-4411 for registration forms and fees.

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Week of May 24 – May 30, 2013

Upcoming Town Meetings

your horse. For more information call (518) 698-2377.

Grant Cottage Opening Weekend

Town of Ballston: Ballston Town Hall  323 Charlton Road  885-8502 5/29: Planning Board, 7:30 p.m. Village of Ballston Spa: 66 Front Street 885-5711 5/27: Village Board of Trustees, 7:30 p.m. 6/11: Town Board, 7:30 p.m. Town of Greenfield: 7 Wilton Road 893-7432 5/28: Planning Board, 7 p.m. 6/4: Zoning Board of Appeals, 7:30 p.m. Town of Malta: 2540 Route 9 899-2818 6/3: Town Board, 7 p.m. 6/20: Planning Board, 6:30 p.m. Town of Milton: 503 Geyser Road 885-9220 6/5: Town Board, 7 p.m. 6/12: Planning Board, 7 p.m. 6/26: Zoning Board, 7 p.m. City of Saratoga Springs: 474 Broadway 587-3550 6/4: City Council, 7 p.m. 6/12: Planning Board, 7 p.m. 6/17: Zoning Board of Appeals, 7 p.m. Town of Saratoga: 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville 695-3644 6/10: Town Board, 7 p.m. 6:26: Planning Board, 7:30 p.m. Village of Schuylerville: 35 Spring Street 695-3881 5/27: Planning Board, 6:30 p.m. 6/18: Board of Trustees, 7 p.m. 6/23: Zoning Board, 7:30 p.m. Town of Stillwater: 66 East St., Riverside Mechanicville, NY 12118 5/27: Zoning Board, 7:30 p.m. 6/3: Planning Board, 7 p.m. 6/20: Town Board, 7 p.m. Town of Wilton: 22 Traver Road 587-1939 6/6: Town Board, 7 p.m. 6/19: Planning Board, 6:30 p.m. 6/27: Zoning Board, 6:30 p.m. Saratoga County Board of Supervisors: 40 McMaster St, #1 Ballston Spa, NY 12020 (518) 885-2240

Friday, May 24 SPAC Battle of the Bands The Spa Little Theater, Saratoga Springs, 7 p.m. Do you have what it takes to be named the best local band in Saratoga? Bands will compete to win the annual SPAC Battle of the Bands! For more information visit

Grant Cottage State Historic Site, Wilton, 1 p.m. The Ulysses S. Grant Cottage awakes from its off-season slumber this Memorial Day weekend welcoming visitors with re-enactors signifying the role these historic characters played in the remarkable story of how the treasured historic site remained virtually “untouched” over the years. For more information, call (518) 584-4353 or visit

Sunday, May 26

Exhibition Opening/ Artist Reception

9th Annual Saratoga Lions Duathlon

Empire State College, The Teaching Gallery, 111 West Avenue, Saratoga Springs, 7–9 p.m. Opening Night—The Penciling and Sequential Art of Tyson Reed. For more information visit

Saratoga Casino and Raceway, Saratoga Springs, 8 a.m. This is an event run by the Saratoga Springs Lions Club. For more information visit index.html.

Saturday, May 25 Ballston Spa Memorial Day Parade Milton Avenue to Low Street, Ballston Spa, 9 a.m. The parade with proceed down Milton Avenue (Route 50) to Front Street, ending at the Armed Services Memorial on Low Street where there will be speakers and a wreath laying ceremony. The parade is organized by American Legion Post 234 and VFW Post 358.

Oliver and Martha Welcome You Grant Cottage State Historic Site, Wilton, 1 p.m. For 100 years after General Grant’s death, Grant Cottage was preserved and maintained by a series of caretakers. The first two were Oliver and Martha Clarke, a husband and wife team from central New York State. Oliver, a Union veteran and survivor of the infamous Andersonville Prison, was caretaker for 27 years. For more information (518) 584-4353 or visit

Electronics Recycling

Monday, May 27

Round Lake Library, One Bayberry Drive, Malta, all day Collecting electronics for recycling to benefit the library. Last year the library earned $361 from this event. For more information call (518) 899-2285.

American Legion Post 1450: Memorial Day Ceremony

The Day of the Horse

Tuesday, May 28

Old Friends at Cabin Creek, 238 Sand Hill Road, Greenfield Center, Noon–4 p.m. Featuring Billy Smith and a unique approach to natural horsemanship with the Circle of Influence, an intimate mind, body, heart and soul connection between you and

American Legion Pavilion, 275 Grooms Road, Halfmoon, 11 a.m. Halfmoon’s annual Memorial Day ceremony.

deBlasiis Concert at The Hyde Rescheduled The Hyde Collection, 161 Warren Street, Glens Falls, 7:30 p.m. This series presents the duo of Yvonne Chavez Hanbrough,

flute and Young Kim, piano. For more information call (518) 792-2383 or visit

Wednesday, May 29 100th Anniversary of Famed Stravinsky Work Arthur Zankel Music Center, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, 7:30 p.m. Skidmore College and SaratogaArtsFest present The 5 Browns­—a piano quintet of siblings hailed for their virtuosity— for the world premiere of a new arrangement of Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring.” For tickets and information: zankel, (518) 580-5321.

Thursday, May 30 Rhona Koretzky Travel Program: Italy Saratoga Springs Public Library 49 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs Join librarian and avid traveler Rhona Koretzky as she highlights some of those “ah-ha” moments from recent travels. For more information visit or call (518) 584-7860.

Karner Blue Butterfly: Guided Nature Walk Old Gick Farm, Rt. 50, Saratoga Springs (four miles past Wilton Mall), 4 p.m. The walks should last about an hour and cover a mile of gently rolling terrain. The next few weeks will be ideal for seeing many of the newly emerged butterflies as they search for nectar and mates in the open pine/oak savannah that is their habitat in the Saratoga Sandplains. For more information visit

Blood Drives May 28, 1–6 p.m. Malta Community Center 1 Bayberry Road Malta May 29, 1–6 p.m. YMCA of Saratoga 20 Old Gick Road Saratoga Springs


Family Friendly Events Friday

Family Night at the Spa is the first signature event of the Saratoga 150 celebration at SPAC. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the event will feature plenty of oldfashioned and present-day entertainment including four different ethnic bands and various children’s performing groups. The night concludes with a fireworks display at 9:15 p.m. Admission is $10 for one adult and child.


At 9 a.m. Ballston Spa hosts its annual Memorial Day parade. The parade with proceed down Milton Avenue (Route 50) to Front Street, ending at the Armed Services memorials on Low Street where there will be speakers and a wreath laying ceremony Head to Healthy Living Market in Wilton Mall for their Kids in the Kitchen series. This Saturday you’ll be making from scratch toaster pastries starting at 2 p.m. The class is great for kids of all ages and the cost is $20/ child, adults are free.


All are invited to the Saratoga Polo Fields this Sunday from 12-4 p.m. for a Big Lawn Party featuring live music, lawn games, BBQ and beer garden. Admission is $20 per vehicle.

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week of 5/24-5/30 friday, 5/24:

saturday, 5/25:

Terry Gordon Quartet, 9 pm

Ubunto, 9 pm

The Black Outs, 9 pm

Radio Junkies, 9 pm

The Grand Slambovians, 8 pm

The Remedy, 10:30 pm

Sensemaya, 8 pm

On Your Mark, 8:30 pm

Rick Bolton & Jeff Walton, 5 pm Tim Wechgelear Trio, 9 pm

Mike O’leary Duo, 9 pm

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

@ Caffè Lena - 583.0022

@ Druthers Brewing - 306.5275

@ Gaffney’s - 583.7359

Morning Line Favorite (Dave Matthews Tribute), 9:30 pm @ Irish Times - 583.0003

Sidetracked, 5:30 pm Static, 10:30 pm @ JP Bruno’s - 745.1180

@ Gaffney’s - 583.7359 @ Irish Times - 583.0003 @ JP Bruno’s - 745.1180 @ The Mill - 899.5253

@ The Parting Glass - 583.1916

Out of the Box, 6:30 pm @ Primelive Ultra Lounge - 583.4563

Rusty Edge, 8 pm @ Ravenswood - 371.8771

Dave Matthews Band, 8 pm @ SPAC- 584.9330

Bluz House Rockers, 8 pm

sunday, 5/26:

Rusty Old Guys, 4 pm Ideal Situation, 8:30 pm

Rock Pile, 8 pm

@ Klamsteam Tavern - 357.3818

@ Gaffney’s - 583.7359

Kevin & Kate McKrell, 9 pm

Restless Streets w/Heavy-Heavy Sunday, 7 pm

@ The Parting Glass - 583.1916

@ Putnam Den - 584.8066

Hooker, 6:30 pm

Dave Matthews Band, 8 pm

@ The Mill - 899.5253

@ Primelive Ultra Lounge - 583.4563

@ SPAC- 584.9330

SPAC Battle of Bands After-Party, 10 pm @ Putnam Den - 584.8066

The Heaters, 8 pm @ Ravenswood - 371.8771

Grand Central Station, 8 pm @ Vapor - 792.8282

saturday, 5/25:

tuesday, 5/28: $3 Pint Night w/High Peaks, 7 pm @ Druthers Brewing - 306.5275

thursday, 5/30: Dan Faulk Trio, 7 pm

John Savage Quartet, 9 pm

@ Druthers Brewing - 306.5275

Headwall, 9 pm

@ Gaffney’s - 583.7359

Ariana Gillis w/Ashley Sofia, 8 pm

@ The Horseshoe Inn - 587.4909

Nouveau Jazz Beat, 10 pm

@ Irish Times - 583.0003

Franklin Micare Duo, 7 pm

@ Primelive Ultra Lounge - 583.4563

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

@ Caffè Lena - 583.0022 @ Circus Café - 583.1106

@ Druthers Brewing - 306.5275

Juke Joint Jokers, 9 pm Jeff Walton, 6 pm

Jimmy Kelly, 8 pm Rich Ortiz, 6:30 pm

The Reverberators, 9:30 pm @ Putnam Den - 584.8066


Week of May 24 – May 30, 2013


Saratoga Clay Arts Center Presents Ceramic Installation Artists SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Clay Arts Center presents a show by two unusual ceramic installation artists, Bethany Rusen and A.M. Martens. The opening reception is Saturday, May 25, from 5-7 p.m. at Saratoga Clay Arts Center located at 167 Hayes Road in Schuylerville. Rusen will give a slideshow and talk about her work the evening before the opening reception, from 6–7 p.m. on Friday, May 24. Bethany Rusen draws on a wide variety of interests, materials, theories, and personal histories to construct her mixed media site-responsive sculptural objects. Her work seeks to explore the visceral and emotional aspects of body experience.

Photo provided.

Photo provided.

“Epistolary” by A. M. Martens.

“Children” by Bethany Rusen.

Rusen graduated with a BFA from Tyler School of Art in 2003 and earned her MFA from

the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth in 2010. Her work has been exhibited nationally at a variety of venues, including Texas Tech University, Boston University and Concordia University in Minnesota. She is currently the ceramics studio

manager at Main Line Art Center in Haverford, PA. A. M. Martens is a sculptural ceramics and installation-based artist who was raised in South Dakota. She currently lives in Chicago and works as the ceramics studio

coordinator at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Martens started working with clay in 1998, making functional ware. In 2000, she began focusing on the sculptural aspect of the medium. After earning her BFA in 2003 from Minnesota State University, Mankato, she studied at Penland School of Crafts and at the University of Tennessee. In 2006, Martens returned to Minnesota State University, where she began to explore the installation art form and received an MA in 2008, then went on to receive an MFA at Michigan State University in 2011. Since then, she has had several solo exhibitions, numerous group shows, and was the Artist in Residence at Kansas State University.

Hattie’s Annual Crawfish Festival Brings Southern Flavors Upstate

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — Hattie’s™ Restaurant, located at 45 Phila Street, will be holding its annual Crawfish Festival on

Monday, May 27. This year, the offerings will include fresh crawfish by the pound, Hattie’s famous fried chicken,

sausage and okra gumbo and peel and eat shrimp. Hattie’s  has the Capital District’s largest selection of Louisiana beers to choose from and will be launching their new summer drink menu, which includes new drinks such as the Fresh Mint Margarita, Island Limeaide and Firewater punch, which is made with cherry moonshine. The Garland Nelson Ensemble will once again provide entertainment.   “We look forward to this day every year,” said Hattie’s chef and owner Jasper Alexander, who has the crawfish flown in fresh from a Louisiana company he has been

doing business with for years. “They have the freshest product and are wonderful to work with.  They love that we do this event “up North.” Hattie’s Crawfish Festival will take place May 27 from 11 a.m.– 4 p.m. No reservations. Call (518) 584-4790 for more details. Hattie’s Restaurant is open for dinner seven days a week, 5 p.m.– 10 p.m. and serves brunch Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. The Wilton location is open seven days a week from 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Hattie›s has been a Saratoga institution since 1938.  This year marks Hattie’s 75th Anniversary.

In addition to Hattie’s original restaurant on Phila Street in Saratoga Springs, the Alexanders also operate Hattie’s Track Shack at the Saratoga Race Course and a quick service restaurant in Wilton. The restaurant has achieved national recognition with features in The New York Times, Gourmet Magazine, Food and Wine and other prominent publications. In 2006, Hattie’s Restaurant was featured on the Food Networks’ Throwdown! with Bobby Flay.  For more information, visit and



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Big Lawn Party Hits Saratoga Polo Fields for Memorial Day Weekend by Chelsea DiSchiano Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga’s first Big Lawn Party, filled with barbecue, live music, beer garden and lawn games, will take place this Sunday at the Saratoga Polo fields. The event, set to take place this Sunday, May 26 from noon—4 p.m., is described by North American Sport Group’s Jared Benton as a “pre-Dave” party, giving area

residents a place to eat and hang out before heading to the highly anticipated Dave Matthews show at SPAC this weekend. “This is the first lawn party, and we’re looking at it as a pre-party for people seeing Dave Matthews,” Benton said. “We’re also going to have 10 buses run a service from seven hotels in the area.” The event is being put on by North American Sport Group (NASG) in an effort to bring awareness of their organization to the

Saratoga Springs area. NASG is based out of Denver with an office in Saratoga, and the group puts on hundreds of regional and national tournaments in soccer, football, lacrosse and basketball. “We have events all over the country—our next event is in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and we have a couple hundred teams signed up for that,” Benton said. “Each event is a little different, and we’re affiliated with organizations like FIFA soccer and some of our tournaments are

national qualifiers.” The group hosts events throughout the country, such as Hoop It Up 3x3 Basketball, Kick It 3v3 Soccer, Let It Fly Flag Football, Sticks Up Lacrosse and The USA Sports Festivals. “After our [New Mexico] event, next month we’re having our three versus three soccer event in Washington, D.C.,” Benton said. Benton said NASG is “looking to bring the sport aspect to this area,” hoping to host more

athletic events. “This party was an idea for a way to get our name out there and get people aware of our organization, for the most part,” Benton said. The party will take place at Saratoga Polo Fields, located at 2 Bloomfield Road in Greenfield Center, from noon—4 p.m. May 26 with an entry fee of $20 for each car. To learn more details about the Big Lawn Party, call (518) 232-5888 or visit

The Steel Wheels at Caffé Lena June 4th

From left to right: Band members Brian Dickel, Trent Wagler, Jay Lapp, Eric Brubaker. Photo courtesy of Tim Borntrager & RubySky Photography.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — One of the most popular bands in acoustic roots music, The Steel Wheels, bring their show to Saratoga Springs on Tuesday, June 4, when they perform a concert at Caffé Lena. The Steel Wheels have enthralled audiences across the country with their heady brew of original soulful mountain music.

Based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, this dynamic band marries old-time musical traditions with their own innovative sound. Trent Wagler’s weathered tenor is joined by bell-clear fourpart harmonies inspired by a shared Mennonite heritage. Add to this Eric Brubaker’s lively and evocative fiddle, Brian Dickel’s grounded yet

buoyant upright bass, and Jay Lapp’s signature mandolin style, and it’s no surprise that The Steel Wheels have burst onto the Americana scene, becoming festival favorites and selling out venues across the country. “Americana music at its very best!” said Larry Groce of Mountain Stage. For more information on the band, visit


Week of May 24 – May 30, 2013


Saratoga Film Forum Upcoming Films and Panels Caesar Must Die (Cesare Deve Morire) Thursday, May 23, 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 24, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 26, 7:30 p.m. Written and directed by Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani • 77 minutes • Italy • 2013 • Not Rated • In Italian with English subtitles From the directors of “Padre Padrone” and “Night of the Shooting Stars,” Paolo and Vittorio Taviani’s “Caesar Must Die” is perhaps best considered an arresting film, shot in Rome’s maximum-security Rebibbia Prison. The film is an interesting quasi-documentary in which actual hardened criminals, many with links to organized crime, eagerly audition for roles in a production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Deftly melding narrative and documentary, this play-within-a-play shows the inmates finding parallels with their own struggles in Shakespeare’s gripping tale. Shot mostly in blackand-white, “Caesar Must Die” won the Golden Bear at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival and was Italy’s Oscar submission for Best Foreign Language Film. A Place at the Table Saturday, May 25, 7:30 p.m. This movie is part of the In The Public Interest! Series supported by a grant from the Adirondack Trust Company Community Fund. Directed by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush • 84 minutes • United States • 2013 • Not Rated In 1980, the United States had 200 food banks. In 2012, the number of food banks and soup kitchens exceeded 40,000. Featuring

interviews with public health experts, chefs, teachers, and activists, and focusing on a young mother in North Philadelphia, a fifth-grader from Colorado, and a second-grader from Mississippi, this potent documentary asks why one in four children in the world’s richest country doesn’t know where his or her next meal is coming from. Join a panel-led discussion after this film with Ron Deutsch and Mark Dunlea. Dunlea is executive director of Hunger Action Network NYS. He is a long-time anti-poverty, food justice and peace advocate, who helped coordinate the Faith and Hunger Network with Bread for the World. Dunlea also co-founded NYPIRG (New York Public Interest Research Group), and co-hosts City Watch, a public affairs radio show on WBAI. A familiar name to Saratogians, Deutsch is president of the Giving Circle, Inc., a Saratogabased nonprofit organization that connects communities in need with resources to help. The organization was founded in 2005 in response to hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

The Holy Girl (La Niña Santa) Wednesday, May 29, 7 p.m. (discussion night) Town & Gown Movie Night, supported by funding from the Skidmore College Office of Community Relations and from Saratoga Program for Arts Funding, administered by Saratoga Arts, and made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York Legislature. Written and directed by Lucrecia Martel • 103 min. • Argentina • 2004 • Rated R This potent drama of love, lust, and misunderstanding unfolds in a provincial Argentine hotel. When the teenaged Amalia (María Alche), the hotel owner’s devoutly Catholic daughter, is the object of a careless come-on from a middle-aged hotel guest, she resolves to save the doctor from damnation. Attracted to Amalia’s mother, the physician has no idea what an impact he has made on the young girl—but he will learn soon enough. Viviana Rangil, Skidmore College professor of Spanish, is the presenter/curator for

this event. From Argentina, Rangil often teaches and lectures about contemporary Spanish, SpanishAmerican, and Latino cinema. How to Survive A Plague Saturday, June 1, 7 p.m. This film is part of the In The Public Interest! series, supported by a grant from the Adirondack Trust Company Community Fund. Directed by David France • 120 min. • USA • 2012 • Not Rated Movies have long explored the AIDS epidemic that devastated gay Americans in the 1980s and ’90s:

600,000 deaths in this country alone. Director David France’s Oscarnominated documentary celebrates two grassroots coalitions, Act Up and TAG, whose leaders’ innovative activism stood the pharmaceutical industry on its head and turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition for millions. Weaving together archival footage with present-day interviews, France’s film educates, illuminates, and inspires. Join a post-film conversation after this film. For information on the panelists, go to www.



Week of May 24 – May 30, 2013

Past and Present—Grilling Tips for Memorial Weekend

by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY Hello my Foodie Friends! It is Memorial Day weekend, a time of remembering those men and women who gave their lives for America. Paula and I are at Endicott College this weekend watching my 22-year-old son graduate.

As I was reflecting on my son, I started to think about his grandfather at 22, and I realized he was in England getting ready for D-Day on Normandy Beach. It must have a scary time for my dad. I don’t know for sure, because he would never talk about it. The only thing he would say, and this is his Irish sense of humor talking, was “There were many bars in France and Belgium that had banned me for life.” I know if he were here he would be very proud of his grandson John IV. On the topic of Irishmen, my good foodie friend Paul O’Donnell, the owner of Celtic Treasures, stopped by and passed on his grilling tip that he got while listening to NPR radio for this weekend. Cast Iron Roasted Half Chicken Serves 2. If you don’t have a couple of 10-inch cast iron skillets in your kitchen, for this dish, it’s

worth the expense to go out and buy them. (It just so happens that we just received a big shipment of Lodge Cast Iron Skillets, so Paul’s tip goes very well with Compliments to the Chef). Ingredients: 1 4–5 pound roasting chicken, split in half 3 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves, plus 1 whole sprig 1 cup olive oil Freshly squeezed juice from one lemon, plus additional wedges for garnish Fine salt and freshly ground black pepper Instructions: Combine the rosemary leaves, olive oil, lemon juice, and salt and pepper (adjust seasonings to taste) and thoroughly coat the two chicken halves with the mixture. Allow the

chicken to rest for 2 hours at room temperature to absorb the flavors. Before cooking, place two 10-inch, seasoned cast iron skillets on the grill to get them hot like at least 450°F. When you are ready to begin roasting, carefully place each half, skin-side down, in one of the preheated cast-iron skillets, and place the other skillet on top (right-side up). Return to grill and cook the birds for about 25 minutes or until the internal temperature of the thigh reaches 160 degrees F. The time may vary with the size of the bird, but 25 to 30 minutes should work. When the bird is done, very carefully slide a metal spatula under each half and then carefully flip it to be skin-side up on the plate. The skin should be crispy and intact. Pour the pan juices over the bird and garnish with additional lemon wedges and a fresh rosemary sprig.

Note from Paul: I used the state fair chicken marinade with a cup of orange juice and let it marinate for three to four hours. Adding cut up peppers, onions, zucchini and baby Bella mushrooms in a good dose of olive oil to the top skillet rounded out this easy recipe. I served this with Jasmine rice. Pairs well with Olde Saratoga IPA. My son Eamonn said it was the best chicken he ever had. Cheers, Paul

of their jams contain their own fruit. “When I need extra fruit, I buy from other New York farmers, except for oranges and cranberries,” she said. One of her newer products is a jam made from paw-paw fruit, which she obtains from another farmer in Saratoga County. The paw paw has been in this area for a long time, according to Anna Mae. “Native Americans used it as a food source before Europeans settled the area,” she said. With the short rhubarb season upon us, Anna Mae is featuring rhubarb jams at the Market. However, because her own plants aren’t yet ready for harvest, she’s using up the rhubarb she picked last spring and stored in her freezer. We can probably see strawberry-rhubarb jam soon, because every year she freezes at least 300 quarts of strawberries, or uses the fresh fruit from the garden. Sour cherry jam is the most

popular on Anna Mae’s menu of jams. They have several trees on their farm, among a total of 30 fruit trees. Anna Mae has generously shared her recipe.

So stay close to family and friends this weekend and if you see a serviceman or woman say thank you to them. Remember my Foodie Friends, “Life Happens in the Kitchen—Or Around The Grill” Take care, John and Paula

Sweet Tastes of Summer

Anna Mae Clark, of Clark Dahlia Gardens and Greenhouses and one of the Saratoga Farmers’ Market jam makers, has seen farming come full circle. “I started making jams at 10 years old,” she remembers. “Mom and my grandmother made jam.

When you’re on a farm you make use of everything that’s there. Going to the store wasn’t an absolute necessity, unless it was to buy what you needed to make something else.” “In the past, there used to be more connection between the farmer and the customer,” Anna Mae said. As the circle has closed, she now sees more and more customers come to the Market seeking authentic foods that are not massproduced, but are sold by the person who made the product. Aside

from customers wanting to buy from the producer, she feels her jams are popular because she uses cane sugar, not corn syrup. “Cane sugar allows the flavor of the fruit to come through,” she said. Her venture into making jams in mass quantity began when she needed to solve a problem. “I had a freezer full of fruit, and had to use it, so I made jams.” As the popularity of her products grew, Anna Mae and her husband Ken added more and more fruit trees and small fruits to their property. Today they’ve planted enough that 75 to 80 percent

Sour Cherry Jam Ingredients: 4 cups sour cherries 1 package pectin 4 cups sugar Instructions: Pit and chop the cherries; place in large sauce pan, and bring to a boil. Add the pectin; bring the pot to a boil again, and cook for one minute. Add the sugar, heat to the boiling point, and boil for one minute. Remove from the burner, pour into sterilized jars, and seal with covers. Allow to cool 24 hours before eating, so the jam can set.

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Community Sports Bulletin Care for Kids Radiothon Helps Children’s Hospital

Skidmore Senior Perlow Garners Third All-American SARATOGA SPRINGS — Senior Skidmore midfielder Mike Perlow was named an All-American for the third time in his collegiate career by the USILA on Tuesday, May 21. Perlow, a 2013 third team selection, becomes only the second player in the program’s history to be named All-American three times, joining class of 2006 graduate, Tom Spinella. The senior midfielder has already earned several distinctions this season Photo from Bob Ewell. including being named to the Liberty League’s All-Academic team and being selected to play in the 2013 USILA/LaxWorld North-South game being held May 24 in Radnor, Pennsylvania. Perlow notched 40 points this season including a team-high 34 goals. His 153 shots were tops in the Liberty League, 28 shots ahead of second place. He was a unanimous First Team All-Conference selection by the Liberty League for the second time in his career, while earning a first-team honor in three of his four seasons. Perlow finished his career in a Thoroughbred uniform with an impressive 123 points, which included 99 goals and 24 assists.

Nominees Sought for Blue Streak Athletic Hall of Fame Coach Ahmad Manning (center) with Excelsior FC players volunteering at the Care for Kids Radiothon. Photo provided.

ALBANY — Excelsior FC Premier, a proud member of the Capital District Youth Soccer League (CDYSL) and Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA), participated earlier this month in the Care for Kids Radiothon to benefit the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center. Excelsior FC President and Director of Coaching Ahmad Manning plus players and parents from their Boys-Under-12 team volunteered at Albany Medical Center to answer phones and to help raise money for the Children’s Hospital. In addition, the boys collected soccer balls for patients and signed them with “Get Well” wishes and went on the air with radio personalities from The River to encourage donations. “Whenever we can give back, that is a staple of our club,” Coach Manning told the radio audience. “We compete on the field but our ultimate goal is to serve our community. One of our Soccer Moms saw this event and we jumped right on it.” The 15th Annual Radiothon, held May 2 and 3 on News Talk 810, 103.1 WGY and 99.5 The River, was a another record-setter. The two-day event surpassed the $600,000 mark for the first time, raising a total of $626,172, an increase of more than 10 percent from 2012. The Children’s Hospital 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.

Send your sports stories or briefs to Brian Cremo, Sports Editor at brian@saratoga

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs City School District is seeking nominations for the Blue Streak Athletic Hall of Fame—Class of 2013. The program honors former student-athletes and coaches as well as other individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the athletics program. Nomination forms, which are due by June 28, are available at the high school athletic office or the school district website at 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 directors 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.

U.S. Veterans, Newcomers Set to Take on Rest of World at Freihofer’s Run for Women ALBANY — The 35th anniversary Freihofer’s Run for Women (FRW) 5K, set for June 1 at 9:45 a.m. in Albany, will be another showcase of top national talent, including those who could very well become the future of American women’s distance running. To register or for more information on the 2013 Freihofer’s Run for Women, Freihofer’s Community Walk, Freihofer’s Kids’ Run, Freihofer’s Junior 3K and the CapitalCare/CDPHP Health & Fitness Expo, visit  From the home page, you can also link to the event’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages. The competition and celebration of women will feature thousands of women of all ages and abilities who’ll compete alongside many of the world’s greatest long distance champions.

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Pierce, Black Horses Headed to Class C Championship by Brian Cremo Saratoga TODAY SCHUYLERVILLE — Schuylerville’s Zach Pierce is not physically imposing. He’s only a freshman. He’s also the Wasaren League champion Black Horses’ leader in goals and assists this season. “I think coming into the season they thought, ‘He’s a little guy. He’s only a freshman. He can’t be that big of a deal,” Pierce said. “I think that I’ve showed them what I can do and I think that has changed their minds a little bit about everything.” Pierce helped lead the No. 2 Black Horses to a dominating 13-2 regular season (12-0 Wasaren) that included a stretch from April 9 to May 16 where Schuylerville went 12-1, outscoring opponents 177-53. “Zach’s not the biggest kid, but he’s got no fear,” said first year Black Horses head coach Andrew Smith. “He goes into every situation wanting to compete and he gets frustrated if he fails to succeed, whether it’s a drill in practice or play on the field during the game. You can see he wants it. He takes it very seriously and he wants to be the best.

You can see that in the way he carries himself.” The transition to the varsity level may have seemed intimidating at first for Pierce, but by the time the regular season rolled around, a simple look at the box scores showed he wasn’t feeling out of sync. Pierce had five points in each of the first two games and went on to have two games where he cashed in five goals apiece, including the league clinching May 9 win over Lansingburgh. “I’ve always felt really confident with the ball in my stick, and being able to finish – I’ve always felt really good about that,” Pierce said. As the lone freshman on the team, Pierce attributes a lot of his success to the comfort he feels playing with the older group. It’s that comfort that helped calm him down as he settled into being the fast-paced attackman who can both score and distribute the ball in a dynamic offense. “In the beginning of the year I was a little skeptical about it, being the freshman on the team, but after a couple practices and our first scrimmage, I really felt like it was

going to be a good year,” Pierce said. “And that’s when I realized that I was going to be really comfortable playing with these guys.” Two of this year’s seniors are the No. 2 and No. 3 scorers on the team, Luke Pumiglia and Morgan Cornell. In his first year on varsity, Pierce said he has learned a lot just by playing alongside them. The big three have been the catalysts of what has become a potent offense that can score in a hurry. “In certain scenarios, especially when you have a freshman who’s the leading scorer, you can imagine the seniors would be a little bitter,” said first year head coach Andrew Smith. “The nice thing is that the brotherhood and comradery on this team is just outstanding.” That team chemistry has blossomed into sectional play, as the Black Horses took down Voorheesville, 15-5, Monday with Pierce, Cornel and Pumiglia scoring nine goals between them to advance to the Section II Class C semifinals. And to think, three years ago, Pierce was still unsure if his future would be on the lacrosse field or the

baseball diamond. Although Pierce first started playing lacrosse in the fourth grade Saratoga youth league, he would usually split time between the two spring sports and even took a year off from lacrosse. But in the summer going into seventh grade, when he played Rogue Lacrosse with Saratoga Springs High School’s Josh Porcell, he could “just tell that lacrosse was something he could stick with and play.” “At that point I just really loved the sport,” Pierce said. “And I still do. It was just amazing.” Pierce said his family was also very instrumental in his realization to stick with lacrosse over baseball, pushing him to go to practices back when he used to split time between sports. That commitment has now been put fully into lacrosse for the still two-sport athlete who plays basketball in the winter. In the spring, though, it’s all about his No. 1 sport – lacrosse. “Every day he’s one of the first ones on the field,” Smith said. “Him and a senior, that’s how it goes. He’s here every day, never has any

excuses for anything, has done everything that you could ask of him. He’s a great, great kid to have on a team and I’m very lucky to have him.” Before practice on Tuesday, May 21, it was no different. Pierce, one of the first to the field after school, was ready to take yet another step with just one game left to advance to the Section II Class C finals this Saturday at UAlbany. No. 2 Schuylerville did just that on Wednesday, edging out No. 3 Cambridge for the third time this season in a 15-4 victory. Pierce led Schuylerville with five goals and two assists. “Every time I step on the field I know that I have to step up because I’m a freshman and what I’ve shown,” Pierce said. “Every time I step on it, it feels awesome. Everything about the game – so fast-paced, the ground balls, the goals, the fans, just everything is great.” Schuylerville faces No. 1 Glens Falls, the one Class C team they suffered a loss to, 9-8, in non-league play back on May 13. The championship game will begin at 1 p.m. at the University at Albany.

Pat Ivory Named Saint Michael’s Full-Time Head Coach COLCHESTER, VT — Following a national search with the position becoming full time, Pat Ivory has been named the head coach of the Saint Michael’s College men’s lacrosse program, Director of Athletics Geri Knortz announced on Thursday. Ivory is a native of Saratoga Springs and graduated from Saratoga Springs High School. The interim head coach since January, Ivory garnered Coach of the Year honors from both the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) and the Northeast-10 Conference this spring, his first as a college head coach, while leading the squad to a national ranking. The regional award was also announced on Thursday. In his full-time capacity, Ivory will both coach and serve as the Intramurals co-director. “It’s a great honor to accept the position of head men’s lacrosse coach at Saint Michael’s College,” said Ivory, previously a threeyear assistant coach and fouryear player at the institution. “I want to thank Geri Knortz, Senior

Saratoga Springs native, Pat Ivory, was officially named head coach of the St. Michael’s College men’s lacrosse program. Photo courtesy of Shane Bufano.

Associate Director of Athletics Zaf Bludevich, and the rest of the search committee for giving me this opportunity to return to the sideline of my alma mater.  As the interim head coach, we were able to have a  successful season this year, and will be looking to continue to build off that success next year and into the future.” Under Ivory’s guidance, the Purple Knights were 9-2 in the NE-10, setting a school record for

league wins, and finished 11-5 to match the program’s overall victories mark. Saint Michael’s, which peaked at No. 9 in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) national poll, advanced to its third straight NE-10 Championship semifinal round. For his efforts, Ivory was not only lauded as the region and the conference’s top coach, but also shared the College’s Purple Knight Coach of the Year award.



Week of May 24 – May 30, 2013

Imagine All the People by Damian Fantauzzi for Saratoga TODAY Taking John Lennon’s famous song, “Imagine” as a topic might not be as sports minded compared to what I usually write about. The lyrics of the song bring a major concern to my mind. How does this song relate to sports? Well, Lennon’s focus is about living in peace by being tolerant of

others and accepting different philosophies and environments that most of us have inherited. There are connections and bias that have been passed down to us at birth, such as religion, ethnical influence and nationalism. These characteristics develop bias in people. Out of these hand-me-down theories and concepts can come some aspersions of disrespect and even feelings of hate. A good example is in sports. Follow a team and notice how rival fans act toward each other. Take a look at the violent incidents in athletics that have been going on in our nation. There was a shooting in California, about two weeks ago, during a t-ball game. Thank goodness no one was killed or severely hurt. No kidding…t-ball. A parent shot another parent over a disputed call during a game between 5-year-olds. Who needs a handgun at a t-ball game? Just three weeks ago, outside of Salt Lake City, Utah, a man who was refereeing a soccer game was struck in the face by a player who disagreed with a yellow card call. A

day later the referee died from complications from his head injury. The “killer” was 17 years old. Just a couple of years ago in the Midwest, parents of opposing high school hockey teams became argumentative and one parent was so out of control that he started beating on the other. The beating was so brutal that the victim was actually beaten to death. The perpetrator/ killer is now spending the next 25 years in prison. Is winning that important that someone is willing to kill for it? As a coach, I have seen people act out of character over a game. To make matters worse, there’s the foolishness of being disrespectful to opponents, players, officials, coaches and even sometimes to the team or players that they’re supposedly supporting. A former student of mine, who is now a parent, told me in disgust about an incident that occurred during a biddy basketball game. She said the coach of an opposing team that her 9-yearold was playing against was yelling at his players to aggressively

push and rough up members of her child’s team. Why? Oh, I know, win at all cost! These programs are designed to be learning experiences for the youngsters, a time to learn to play the game, have fun with organized recreation and a means to develop comradery all at an impressionable age. My motive for using Lennon’s song in this article is because it has an obvious analogy to life and correlation to sports as a metaphor to life. Lennon’s words are a message of living within a civil environment, and in the truth of his words he says, “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.” People who love sports and have a need to be part of winning, need to accept and understand that with winning comes losing and that will never change. In the end, it’s just a game. Disrespecting others for not being on the same page as you can become a scenario of one’s life. After all, sports are a form of entertainment. That’s nothing “to live or die for.”

Section II Results and Schedule Boy’s Lacrosse:

Class A Quarterfinals (4) Guilderland 9 (5) Saratoga 6 Class B Quarterfinals (2) Ballston Spa 17 (7) Glens Falls 7 No. 2 Ballston Spa handed Glens Falls an eliminating defeat in Monday’s Class B quarterfinal to advance to the semifinals Thursday against No. 3 Burnt Hills. (3) Burnt Hills 11 (6) Queensbury 4 Tom Keneally had four goals and two assists to take Burnt Hills to the Class B semifinals. After play was originally halted with 6:36 left to play in the fourth and Burnt Hills up 8-4, the Spartans shutout the resumed competition Wednesday. Burnt Hills’ Will Clark also had three goals to help improve Burnt Hills to 8-9 on the season. Class C Quarterfinals (2) Schuylerville 15 (7) Voorheesville 5

Class C Semifinals (2) Schuylerville 15 (3) Cambridge 4 Zach Pierce had five goals and two assists for the Black Horses. Morgan Cornell added three goals and four assists to advance Schuylerville to the title game against Glens Falls Saturday, 1 p.m, at UAlbany.

Softball: Class B First Round (8) Ichabod Crane 6 (9) Schuylerville 1 Jenna Rutkey was 3-for-4 with four RBIs to advance No. 8 Ichabod Crane to the quartefinals against No. 1 Chatham Friday.


Class A Softball Friday, May 24 No. 2 South Glens Falls (13-1) hosts No. 7 Mohanasen (1-15) at 4:30 p.m. No. 3 Averill park (11-5) hosts No. 6 Burnt Hills (5-11) at 4:30 p.m. After winning last weekend’s 25th Annual Phil Waring Tournament, the 16-4 the Saratoga Catholic Saints hosted No. 7 Hudson (117) Thursday, May 23, with Jake Moline getting the start. Moline was 5-1 with a 0.86 ERA and 59 strikeouts in the regular season. No. 7 Hudson won the opener over No. 10 Fonda-Fultonville 4-1 on Tuesday to advance.


Week of May 24 – May 30, 2013

Pepper to Make ESPN Debut May 30

by Brian Cremo Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Dottie Pepper, 47, born and raised in Saratoga Springs, is headed to ESPN and is now set to make her debut as part of the golf coverage team in Bristol, Connecticut on May 30 for the Memorial Golf Tournament. Pepper, who said her debut will mostly feature segments about Tiger Woods, is excited to cover and analyze the best of the best. “Taking this position got me back into television and it’s only major championship golf,” Pepper said. “I’ll work eight events next year and the only one that’s not a major, it might as well be. It’s the first day of the Rider Cup. So it’s only the best events and it allows me to stay on while still having a life. It’s a pretty great opportunity.” Pepper will be on the road for six weeks with ESPN, a schedule she said she’s looking forward to. Pepper will be an on-course reporter and analyst. With so much going on, she will also have the opportunity to anchor on various platforms. “All you’re trying to relay to the viewer is what you experience as a

player, and that to me is what analysts and what a reporter does in the most distinct way,” Pepper said. “It still gives you a chance to be connected to something you really love and still feel the competitive juices flow.” The job opportunity at ESPN was not something that has been planned for Pepper. The recent job offer also marked ESPN as the first company to ever offer her a job on television, which is actually taking her back to where it all started. In 1999, ESPN had Pepper cover the U.S. Women’s Amateur, which “got her feet wet.” Her LPGA playing career stretched 17 seasons from 1987 to 2004. At Furman University, Pepper majored in physical education and minored in marketing and business. She never planned on specifically translating her playing career to television, but at the same time playing golf was her only focus back then. “I had hoped that there would be another career beyond playing, but you’re not really thinking about that when you’re trying to win golf tournaments.” After her playing career, an immediate transition was made to work with the Golf Channel and NBC Sports. With her second career coming full circle, Pepper is contracted to begin coverage of the U.S. Open starting June 12 for the event in Ardmore, Pennsylvania at the Merion Golf Club. The current Saratoga Springs resident has a lot on her plate being a member of multiple year-round national boards, including the PGA of America Board of Directors.


Volume 8  •  Issue 20

See Coach Pat Ivory pg. 29


Week of May 24 – May 30, 2013


See Dottie Pepper pg. 31

Future Looks Bright For Freshman Pierce Schulyerville freshman Zach Pierce is leading the Black Horses in scoring on their way to the Section II Class C finals. Photo courtesy of Brian Cremo.

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