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Volume 7 • Issue 22

Culinary The Doctor Is In Combat Saratoga Hospital Opening Downtown Community Health Center by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY

Cast Iron Invitational Looks to Crown Champion by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – This summer, area cooks and restaurateurs will have a chance to engage in some culinary-combat to find out which one of them will reign supreme. The Adirondack Appliance Cast Iron Chef Invitational will pit the top chefs from the Capital Region’s best restaurants head-to-head to see who has what it takes to be named “Cast Iron Chef.” Beginning June 1 during the annual Parade of Homes: Chefs on Parade event, Saratoga Springs restaurants such as Max London’s, The Local, Mouzon House, Elizabeth’s Table and Lake

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SARATOGA SPRINGS – Saratoga Hospital is bringing doctors to downtown Saratoga Springs, opening up a brand-new facility in the heart of the city to care for those who lack health insurance and are otherwise forced to wait in the hospital’s busy emergency room facility.

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Community Mourns Loss of Philly Dake

by Christina James Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - Local philanthropist and community leader Phyllis “Philly” Edmunds Dake passed away in her home Wednesday, May 30, from complications of Huntington’s disease. The matriarch of the prominent Dake family, Phyllis was the executive vice president of what is now the Stewart’s Shops Corp. in Saratoga Springs, and was the creator of the

shop’s now famous “Make Your Own Sundae” in 1948. With a visible role in virtually every sector of Saratoga Springs, Phyllis’ positive influence in the community was staggering. “She taught us a lot of things, from how to serve ice cream to how to serve our communities,” said Stewart’s spokesman Tom Mailey. One of Phyllis’ shining contributions to the arts, and the Saratoga community, can be found in the form

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Located one block west of Broadway and Congress Street at 24 Hamilton, the new 14,000 square foot, two-story facility is set to open January 1, 2013. The facility, known as the Community Health Resource Center, will focus on primary care, mental health, dentistry and house rotating specialists. The center is primarily designed to, “offer a far more efficient, costeffective option for patients who

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ALL ABOARD the Saratoga & North Creek Railway! Photos provided by Mark The Saratoga and North Creek Railroad opened for its second season May 26 at the Saratoga Springs train station. The season extends from the beginning of Memorial Day weekend all the way up to Halloween. The railway is offering scenic tours of the North Country and Adirondack regions, and offers five station stops and two flag stops during its twohour duration. Our cameras caught a glimpse of what you can expect to see along the ride (but we heard it’s prettiest during the autumn season!)




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Nathan M. Hewitt, 26, of 10 Main St., Queensbury, pleaded guilty to a charge of fourthdegree criminal possession of stolen property, a class-E felony. Hewitt was arrested February 7 in Corinth for an incident that occurred September 29 and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing July 9. Ervin T. Rose, 29, of 1125 Sixth Ave., Schenectady, pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class-C felony. Rose was arrested November 29 for an incident that occurred April 17, 2011, and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing July 9. Jason H. Brownell, 36, of 3B Division Street, Glens Falls, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-D felony. Brownell was arrested December 25 in Greenfield and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing July 9. John K. Lewis, 49, of 1012 Route 50, Ballston Spa, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. Lewis was arrested December 23 in Ballston Spa and has been placed on interim probation to participate in drug treatment court. He is scheduled to return to court for sentencing July 11. Wallace Griffin, 63, of 113 Haughney Rd., Schaghticoke, pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to report an address change within 10 days, a class-E felony. Griffin was arrested February 19 in Waterford for an incident that occurred December 5 and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing June 22. Brad W. Fisher, 31, of 2838 Route 9, Unit G1, Ballston Spa, was resentenced May 10 by Judge Jerry J. Scarano to nine months in Saratoga County Jail with credit for time served, probation terminated, after admitting to a violation of probation. Fisher was originally convicted of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony, for which he had been sentenced to five years of probation.

Matthew S. Shiel, 27, of 15 Montreaux Lane, Lake Luzerne, pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree burglary, a class-D felony. Shiel was arrested September 28 in Corinth for an incident that occurred September 23 and has been sentenced to one year in Saratoga County Jail and to make restitution in the amount of $600, plus a five percent surcharge. Brock A. Piurowski, 32, of 1433 Chrysler Ave., Schenectady, pleaded guilty to a charge of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a classD felony. Piurowski was arrested March 8 in Moreau for an incident that occurred March 1 and has been sentenced to two years in state prison and two years of post release supervision. Michael A. Irvine, 32, of 5 Texacana Rd., Ballston Spa, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-D felony. Irvine was arrested September 24 in Milton and has been sentenced to time served, five years of probation and to use an ignition interlock device.

Aurelio R. Bidinost, 46, of 3067 Birchton Rd., Ballston Spa, has been charged with two counts of aggravated vehicular assault, a class-C felony; two counts of first-degree vehicular assault, a class-D felony; two counts of second-degree vehicular assault, a class-E felony; second-degree assault, a class-D felony; first degree reckless endangerment, a class-D felony; two counts of driving while intoxicated, a class-A misdemeanor; and reckless driving, a misdemeanor. Bidinost was arrested December 24 in Saratoga Springs for an incident that occurred December 23 and is expected to return to court at a later date. Kenneth R. Boni, 60, of 1521 Cedarbluff Dr., Richmond, Va., has been charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony, and two counts of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. Boni was arrested June 28 in Saratoga Springs and is expected to return to court at a later date. Jeffrey M. Turner, 42, of 722 Central Ave., Unit 1RR, Albany, has been charged with third-

degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class-B felony; fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class-C felony; and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation. Turner was arrested November 13 in Malta and is expected to return to court at a later date. Jason A. Thompson, 24, of 1 Compton Rd., Clifton Park, has been charged with two counts of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony, and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a class-E felony. Thompson was arrested June 26 in Saratoga Springs and


is expected to return to court at a later date. Zachary J. Russell, 21, of 7 Clare Castle Dr., Albany, pleaded guilty to charges of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony, and fourth-degree criminal mischief, a class-A misdemeanor. Russell was arrested November 17 in Halfmoon and has been sentenced to six months in Saratoga County Jail with credit for time served, five years of probation and to use an ignition interlock device. For the misdemeanor charge, Russell was also sentenced to 30 days in Saratoga County Jail, to run concurrent with the above prison term.



Seeber Sentenced to 14 ½ years BALLSTON SPA – Katherine Seeber has been sentenced to 14 and a half years in prison after pleading guilty in the 2000 strangulation of her 91-year-old stepgreat-grandmother, Ruth Witter. Seeber, having already served 11 years of her sentence, was resentenced after an appeals court dismissed her original conviction. New York State allows parole hearings once someone has served six-sevenths of their sentence. With time served, Seeber could now be eligible for parole as soon as July. The 30-year-old Seeber pleaded guilty earlier this month to killing Witter under what is known as an Alford plea, in which she maintains her innocence while admitting the prosecution could more than likely prove the charges against her. In April, the Appellate Division of the State Supreme Court affirmed

Saratoga County Judge Jerry Scarano’s ruling that Seeber was entitled to a re-trial, after it was revealed state police forensic scientist Garry Veeder mishandled fiber analysis evidence. Seeber originally pleaded guilty to second-degree murder back in 2001 when the fibers from the gloves she wore matched the ones found in the duct tape covering Witter’s mouth. Prior to her resentencing, Seeber tearfully apologized to the Witter family, something Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy III thinks the family had been hoping to hear since the ordeal began.

Local Contractor Indicted on 152 Counts BALLSTON SPA – A huge indictment has been filed against a Stillwater contractor on charges that he ripped off workers and customers over the last three years according to the Saratoga

County District Attorney’s office. Jason Rich, 41, is charged with 62 counts of offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree and 62 counts of falsifying business records in the first degree, both class-E felonies. He is also charged with 10 counts of grand larceny in the third degree, a class-D felony; two counts of grand larceny in the fourth degree, a class-E felony; two counts of failure to pay prevailing wage, a class-E felony and eleven counts of failure to pay wages, a class-A misdemeanor. There are also two charges for scheming to defraud, which are class-E felonies. It is alleged that from August 2008 to May 2011, Rich underpaid his crews at J.M. Rich LLC for 30 different jobs at schools, hospitals and Rensselaer County Jail. He is said to have filed false payroll statements while misleading government-funded agencies to believe he had been paying the proper amount according to the district attorney’s office. The difference, authorities claim, ended up in Rich’s pocket. It’s also alleged that Rich did not pay his employees for loading and unloading vehicles at job sites. Rich is currently free on bail, and is to be arraigned sometime next week.

State Liquor Authority: Last Call Change Must Be Countywide SARATOGA SPRINGS – According to an official ruling from the New York State Liquor Authority, any change to the last call hour in Saratoga Springs would have to apply to the rest of the county. The city’s Public Safety Commissioner, Chris Mathiesen, has been lobbying for

SARATOGA Week of June 1 - June 7, 2012 a change from the current last call time of 4 a.m. to 3 a.m. since he began his term. He has said the excessive drinking and large crowds on Caroline Street have cultivated a “toxic atmosphere.” Despite the ruling, Mathiesen has tentative plans to include a vote on the matter during the scheduled June 5 city council meeting. Should it pass there, the proposal would then need approval from the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors.

Ballston Spa ATV Driver Convicted BALLSTON SPA – The Saratoga County District Attorney’s office announced that a man has been convicted of taking a drunken ride on an ATV with his 7-year-old son on board. Yancy Cook, 31, was found guilty of aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child in the vehicle in May 2011. Prosecutors say Cook had a blood-alcohol content of 0.12 as he drove the ATV down Malta Avenue. In New York State, a child passenger protection act known as Leandra’s Law automatically changes DWI charges to felonies if there is a passenger under the age of 15 within the vehicle. The act was signed into law in 2009 by then-Governor David Paterson. The law is named after 11-year-old Leandra Rosado, who was killed in an accident when a friend’s mother was allegedly under the influence of alcohol. Cook’s attorney has maintained his client’s innocence, stating that Cook consumed three alcoholic drinks earlier in the day but was sober by the time he began to control the vehicle. Cook faces a maximum sentence of four years in a state


prison. Saratoga County Judge Jerry Scarano is expected to hand down Cook’s sentence July 19.

“I Love NY” Campaign to Return ALBANY - The 40-year-old “I Love NY” ad campaign is set to return this summer, as the state begins a $2 million tourism push. The campaign will be aimed at vacationers in-state, as well as neighboring states and Canada. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the return of the television campaign May 30. The campaign’s logo, synonymous with tourism in New York State, still features a heart in place of the word “love.” The campaign is expected to run in Upstate New York, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Toronto, Montreal and Connecticut. Print advertisements are expected to be seen on taxis all across New York City.

First Big Storm of Season Batters Region SARATOGA SPRINGS – After the National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for the greater Capital Region May 29, rough weather was expected to pass through Saratoga Springs. Even though they eventually repealed that tornado warning, the combination of heavy rain, wind and hail caused damage to trees and power lines and subsequently caused power outages in Saratoga Springs, Wilton, Clifton Park, Malta and Galway among others. A large tree located near Empire State College was blown down across Union Avenue, blocking traffic in both directions. The storm moved out of the area by about 6 p.m. as a much gentler yet steady rain moved in for the rest of the evening.



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Sustainable Seafood by Christina James Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA COUNTY- Seafood lovers can now guiltlessly enjoy fish, shrimp, crab and more from their local Hannaford store. In an unmatched effort of environmental consciousness, the grocery chain announced earlier this week that their new sustainability policy makes them the only major supermarket in the country to document every single seafood product that they carry as sustainably harvested. “Sustainability is core to who we are,” said George Parmenter, Hannaford’s sustainability manager. “Hannaford has a long tradition of operating in a sustainable manner. I see this sustainable seafood work as another step in that journey.” Sustainable seafood means that not only do consumers know exactly where the product they’re purchasing is coming from, but also the means used to obtain it. “For Hannaford, sustainable means that for wild-caught, that the fish comes from a source that is governed by a credible, enforceable and science-based management plan,” explained Parmenter. “For farmed fish, our products are certified and reviewed to ensure that they are produced in a way that is not deleterious to communities, workers, the environment and human health. Hannaford has also implemented a traceability method. With this method, we know the source of every seafood product we sell, whether in the fresh, grocery or frozen food sections of our stores.” This thoroughness not only saves consumers from potentially sub-par seafood, it incentivizes manufacturers and distributers that do business in a sustainable fashion. By review-

ing and assessing the source of every seafood item they sell, Hannaford narrows it down to companies that are doing it best and carries their products. “It is much more work, but it allows us to identify and reward the harvesters and producers that are proactively contributing to sustainability, versus red-listing entire species,” said Parmenter. “This approach of selecting and rewarding is also more likely to create innovation and improvement in the industry.” According to Hannaford, the effort to achieve this milestone has been driving sustainability improvements among dozens of suppliers, and has already involved product changes in more than 50 instances. With estimates projecting as much as 80 percent of the world’s fisheries as overfished, it is important for the industry and the environment that companies begin taking a proactive approach. “Today, at every Hannaford store, every seafood product we sell has been reviewed and documented as coming from a sustainable source,” said Parmenter. “We have always been serious about understanding our impact and taking responsibility for that impact.” Hannaford Supermarkets, based in Scarborough, Maine, operates 181 stores in the Northeast. Stores are located in Maine, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. All Hannaford stores feature Guiding Stars, America’s first storewide nutrition navigation system and most stores have full-service pharmacies. Hannaford employs more than 26,000 associates. For more information about Hannaford and their sustainability policies, visit


‘Friendly to Farmers and Families (and Foodies)’ by Emily Fowler Saratoga TODAY MALTA - Malta residents will welcome their very first and very own farmers’ market June 5. The market will run every Tuesday until October 30. Organizer and local farmer Jeffrey Bowers is hoping it will serve as a fun community gathering spot on Tuesday afternoons. Bowers is president of the Saratoga Farmers’ Market Association and owner of Sweet Spring Farm in Argyle. The new market will be located between the Malta Community Center and Just Meat & Deli. Community officials including representatives from the town supervisor’s office, the office of parks and recreation and the Malta Open Space, Agricultural and Trails Committee worked together to provide the market as an option to Malta residents. The market will expand past its current 20 vendors as the summer continues, widening the array of crops available to

consumers. “Malta has been striving to be friendly to our farmers and our families,” said Town Supervisor Paul Sausville. “The new Malta Farmers’ Market will include vegetables, fruit, baked goods, meat, poultry, eggs, cheese, yogurt, flowers and plants, wine, gifts items and more.” “This new market is another step forward in Malta’s efforts to keep people farming and protect farmland and open space in the community,” said David Haight, chair of the Town of Malta’s Open Space, Agricultural and Trails Committee. The Saratoga Farmers’ Association manages the market. The association runs by the standard of ensuring all products sold are grown or produced in neighboring counties so dollars stay local. Parking for the market is available in the Malta Community Center parking lots at 1 Bayberry Drive but prohibited on Route 9. For more information, visit

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Competition Aims to Find Best Chef in Area continued from Page 1 Ridge will be paired with Capital Region-based building companies to form teams. Along with staking their claim to the title of “Cast Iron Chef,” the winner will receive a brand-new EVO Affinity grill. The contest is the brainchild of Adirondack Appliance’s Tom Thibeault, who after holding a similar event last year with the Saratoga Farmers’ Market, decided to expand on the idea. What Thibeault ultimately came up with is a summerlong battle for kitchen supremacy. “I had done the Iron Chef

tournament for the farmers’ market last year, and there was a ton of public interest in doing something more,” said Thibeault. “I’m a big foodie myself. I really enjoy cooking and I really enjoy all of the restaurants in the tournament. We thought it would be great to pit them against each other to see who comes out on top.” On June 1 and June 8, the preliminary brackets will get underway during the Parade of Homes: Chefs on Parade event. The event is split into two regions based on the physical location of the participating

builder. June 1 will be for the Southern region of builders, and will feature Saratoga Springs restaurants Max London’s and Elizabeth’s Table along with other eateries from around the Capital Region. The June 8 competition will be for the Northern region, and include chefs from The Local, Lake Ridge, Mouzon House and Jacob and Anthony’s and others. The first two events taking place at Chef’s on Parade focus on the builders and their paired restaurants coming up with “the perfect bite.” Better known to the culinary elite as an amuse bouche, the one-bite appetizer will be judged on overall taste, creativity and presentation. Each category will be ranked out of 10

points, and the contestants will have 90 minutes to finish their entry. The top six teams will be seeded into a tournament bracket, with the top two teams receiving a bye into the semifinals scheduled for July 15. “What we’re encouraging the restaurant to do is make a singlebite appetizer that encompasses the full flavor and feeling of their restaurant,” said Thibeault. “We want it to be a kind of edible business card for each restaurant to get themselves out there. Because they’ll be competing against one another, we want them to put a lot of effort into this to make the ‘perfect bite.’” The remaining four teams will go head-to-head once again June 23 at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market for the first round of bracketed play. Each team will have an EVO grill, a 36-inch Blue Star Professional Range and a Big Green Egg at their disposal. Their ingredients will be a basket filled with different items available at the farmers’ market. This event will be judged similarly to the first round, but points will also be added for best use of provided ingredients. Judges for the event will feature some of the areas foremost restaurant experts, including Steve Barnes from the Times Union’s Table Hopping Blog, Sally Longo from Look TV’s “Guest Who’s

Cooking,” Melissa Doney from “Hell’s Kitchen” and Saratoga’s very own Mamatoga, Jenny Witte. “As a lover of all of our local restaurants, I can’t wait to see what the chefs are going to put together for us to try in the gorgeous new gourmet kitchens,” said Witte. The semifinals will be held Sunday, July 15 during Saratoga Polo Association’s regularly scheduled match. The final four teams will compete under the same rules as the quarterfinals, with the only change being a “mystery basket” of ingredients being revealed to the contestants the day of the contest, with the top two moving on to the last event in September. Lastly, the finals will take place during the annual Wine & Food and Fall Ferrari Festival beginning September 8. The format for the finals will follow the same as the semifinals. The winner will receive a plaque commemorating their win in the Cast Iron Chef Invitational, as well as an EVO Affinity grill. “I think it’s great that we have a lot of local businesses participating,” said Thibeault. “We have a lot of great restaurants in town getting themselves out there. It’s great that the whole community is getting involved with this and I think it will be a really fun event for people locally and people visiting throughout the summer.”



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Dake Leaves Philanthropic Legacy continued from Page 1 of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC). In 1962, Phyllis and her late husband, Charlie, co-hosted a party to gauge local interest in the idea of building an arts center in the expansive Saratoga Spa State Park, and to this day, through their foundation, provide the center with corporate sponsorship. In addition to financial support, Phyllis volunteered with the SPAC

Action Council since 1967, an organization that provides assistance with public relations and puts on several of SPAC’s fundraising events. “Philly Dake was a founding member and past president of the SPAC Action Council,” said fellow council member Melissa Zieker. “She blazed the trail for those of us who humbly follow in her footsteps. She provided the forum and opportunity for future generations to become involved in many organizations in our community, including SPAC and

the Action Council.” In appreciation of her work with SPAC, Phyllis was honored in 2011 with a marble star in the theater walkway. “Philly set an amazing example and her loss to our community is tragic,” said Zieker. “There is no one who can fill the void left by her.” While Phyllis can no longer physically serve this community, she has left a wide variety of resources for those left behind to take advantage of.

Founded in 2002, Phyllis and her husband’s foundation, The Philly and Charlie Dake Foundation, will continue to benefit community organizations like SPAC, the Saratoga County YMCA, Skidmore College, Saratoga Hospital, Saratoga Foundation, and many, many more. Additionally, Phyllis will continue to help the children of Stewart’s employees receive a college education through her “Make Your Own Scholarship” program. To date, the program has funded $2 million to 211 students, and it will continue to provide kids with educational resources.

A memorial service to honor Phyllis will be held at Bethesda Episcopal Church in Saratoga Springs Friday, June 8 at 3 p.m. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to one of the many charities Philly supported including: SPAC, Skidmore College, the Girl Scouts, Siena College, Cornell University, Albany Medical Center, WMHT, Saratoga YMCA and Saratoga Hospital. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs (518) 584-5373.

Nissan of Saratoga: Lawsuit Claims Dealership Forged Customer Signatures, Hid Costs to Push Sale by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - Two area residents have filled a summons and complaint with the state Supreme Court against Nissan of Saratoga, the car dealership raided by state police May 9 as part of a separate ongoing investigation by the attorney general’s office. The lawsuit comes from Albany resident Tashanna Jones and Troy resident Daquetta Jones, who have hired Attorney Michael N. Bruno as their council. According to the documents filed May 24 with the

state Supreme Court and the County Clerk, the Joneses allege that representatives of Nissan of Saratoga forged their signatures on financial contracts, charged them for a $2,500 extended warranty the plaintiffs were told they would not be charged for, and signed the pair up for a “Stepping Stone” financial plan the plaintiffs were later told by Nissan staff did not exist. The suit filed by the Joneses is separate from the attorney general’s ongoing investigation of the 2906 Route 9 dealership. While a representative from the attorney general’s office could not comment on their own investigations, she did encourage others with complaints

or concerns about Nissan of Saratoga to call their office at 1-800-771-7755. Since the May 9th raid where state police seized hundreds of company business records, nearly 200 calls have been placed regarding the investigation. The lawsuit alleges that the Joneses tried to purchase two vehicles from the dealership in August 2011, for which they preferred a maximum monthly payments of $500. Unable to arrange this financial agreement, the complaint filed suggests an unnamed finance manager told the Joneses they could enroll in the “Stepping Stone” program to purchase less expensive cars, build credit history with Nissan of Saratoga and then trade the vehicles in six months later for the cars they

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originally desired. When the Joneses returned to the dealership in February, the pair claims that they were told by Nissan staff that the “Stepping Stone” program did not exist. Attorney Michael Bruno is currently looking for additional plain-

tiffs with consumer fraud complaints against the dealership. He can be reached through his law firm’s website at No court date has currently been set for the lawsuit. Representatives from Nissan of Saratoga were not available to comment.




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Weekly Outdoor Artisans’ and Crafters’ Market Opens for Summer Season by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - An outdoor artisans’ and crafters’ mar-

ket, featuring one-of-a-kind, locally made jewelry, pottery, sculpture, woodwork, visual art and more is readying to kick off its inaugural run in Saratoga Springs Thursday,

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Marianne “Frenchy” Loeb, promoter of the Saratoga Artisans’ and Crafters’ Market.

June 21 at the High Rock Pavilion. “I started up this market because I wanted to create a venue for crafters and artisans to sell their products,” said Marianne “Frenchy” Loeb, promoter of the new Saratoga Artisans’ and Crafters’ Market. “I’d like it to be a home for artisans who can be there every week, as well as a place where their customers can connect with them on a regular basis.” The Saratoga Artisans’ and Crafters’ Market will feature a wide range of vendors, including a shoe repair and saddle repair specialist, a blade sharpener, woodworkers, jewelers, fiber and fabric artists, clothing makers, sculptors, painters, potterers and more - all selling handcrafted items made locally. “It’s a great place for many people in Saratoga who are local-vores - people who like to buy things locally-made,” said Loeb. “It’s a way to really embrace buying from artists who create unique, handcrafted items.” The outdoor market is scheduled to run every Thursday from June 21 - September 27 at the High Rock Pavilion in Saratoga Springs from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The market will celebrate its opening June 21 at 10 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by Saratoga Springs Finance Commissioner Michele Madigan, who helped Loeb put the market together. Currently the market has signed on 24 different artists to partake in the opening day ceremony, but Loeb is still looking to sign on approximately 10 more vendors in the next two weeks. “We’re looking for more vendors - visual artists especially,” said Loeb.

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Pottery, jewelry, woodwork, fabric arts, visual arts and more will be represented at the Saratoga Artisans’ and Crafters’ Market. Interested artists can find an application for the market online at w w w. m a n a g e m y m a r k e t . c o m , where they must create a log-in and provide information about themselves and their work. Vendors must also provide a tax I.D. for sales tax purposes or submit proof that they have applied for the I.D. Artists may also contact Loeb by phone at (518) 4614893. The deadline to apply is June 14. Loeb is also looking for sponsors to help defray some of the costs of the market. “The insurance alone for the event was $2,000 out-of-pocket,” Loeb said, “so I am looking for major sponsors or anyone who would like to underwrite any of the advertising programs.” Interested sponsors are encouraged to call Loeb at (518) 461-4893. For Loeb, who specializes in gemstone jewelry design, hat embellishments and watercolor paintings, the new market is a great

way to grow the local artist community, one that has been fostered in part by the existing Saratoga Farmers’ Market. Currently 10 percent of the farmers’ market vendors are made up of artisans, with a long waiting list for other crafters looking to participate. “I intend that the Saratoga Artisans’ and Crafters’ Market to be a friend of the Saratoga Farmers’ Market - something that should be good for both markets,” said Loeb. “I’m hoping that our business will help their business.” With more crafters represented at the artisans’ market, the event will also feature live music by folk and light rock musicians (interested musicians are encouraged to contact Loeb if they wish to participate), and Loeb is also hoping some artists will provide “mini-art lessons” at their vendor booths. “This has been a goal of mine for a very long time,” said Loeb, “and I’m really thrilled to see that it’s finally happening.” For more information, visit the market’s Facebook page by searching for “Saratoga Artisans And Crafters Market” or call Loeb at (518) 461-4893.




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Saratoga Cycling Studio Welcomes Riders of All Ability Levels by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - After 10 years of teaching spinning in local gyms across the Saratoga region, Angela Amedio decided the time was right to open her very own center - Saratoga Cycling Studio, LLC. - located at 24 Hamilton Street in Saratoga Springs. “I got into spinning about 10 years ago when I had some weight to lose, to be honest,” said Amedio. “That’s when I discovered spinning. I walked into a dark, scary room and was greeted by a really nice, knowledgeable instructor who helped me out. I became addicted, and soon I began seeing results. I’ve kept going ever since.” For Amedio, spinning classes were great because of the group class setting, but also because the exercise was still an individual activity where she could set her own pace and own resistance level. “So it’s not an intimidating, scary class where if you’re not keeping up, everybody can tell,” said Amedio. “It’s something that everybody can do.” It’s a philosophy that Amedio has carried over into her own studio, encouraging people of all backgrounds and fitness levels to try out a spinning class with her or one of her seven other instructors. “We get people in their 70s who haven’t worked out for 30 years, or we have avid outdoor cyclists who will come in on a rainy day to get a workout in,” said Amedio. Saratoga Cycling Studio features the Spinner NXT bikes, “the best spinner bikes available right now,” said Amedio. The bikes are designed to fit riders from 4-foot-10 to 6-foot-10 in height, and will comfortably accommodate individuals up to 350 pounds. Open 7 days a week, the studio currently holds 16 classes a week, with classes beginning as early as 6 a.m. and as late as 6:30 p.m. But not all classes offered are strictly spinning. “We have a Bar Strength class,


Business Briefs Local Pharmacy Earns Industry’s Top Quality & Safety Endorsement SARATOGA SPRINGS – One local pharmacy is making it easier for doctors and patients in Saratoga Springs to choose a compounding pharmacy they know meets the highest quality and safety standards in its profession. Fallon Wellness Pharmacy of Saratoga earned the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board’s (PCAB) Seal of Accreditation – a system of standards created by some of the leading organizations in the compounding pharmacy profession. “Our new PCAB Accreditation status and our designation as a PCAB Accredited compounding pharmacy lets the public know that Fallon Wellness Pharmacy of Saratoga ranks among the best for quality and safety,” said pharmacist and partner Michael Lenz. “The PCAB Seal of Accreditation shows our dedication to protecting our patients by practicing safe, high-quality compounding.” For more information, contact the pharmacy at (518) 306-5343 or visit

Service Star awarded at Saratoga Hospital

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Riders go for a spin at the Saratoga Cycling Studio.

which combines ballet, yoga and Pilates, which is taught by our instructor Gail Picillo,” Amedio. “It’s a great workout for anyone who wants to tune up, especially their legs, glutes and abs.” Another variation is the Spin Fit class, featuring 40 minutes of on-the-bike workout and 15 minutes of weight training and core exercises. “Our main goal is to make a very comfortable environment for everyone, and to make sure that if they want to get fit and they want to have fun, that this is a great place to come,” said

Amedio. “You shouldn’t be scared to try out a class, because we’re all beginners at one point, and our instructors are really motivating and helpful. So give it a try!” Class sign-up is available online, where interested parties can set their schedule up to a month ahead of time. To learn more about Saratoga Cycling Studio or to sign up for classes, visit, call (518) 8121616 or stop by the studio at 24 Hamilton Street, Suite 3 in Saratoga Springs.

SARATOGA SPRINGS Saratoga Hospital has named Claudette Farchione of Gansevoort as Service Star of the Month for March 2012. Farchione works in the Malta Medical Arts Laboratory, but she also volunteers at the hospital during her free time. The Service Star of the Month Program recognizes employees and volunteers who go above and beyond the call of duty to photo provided provide great service to hospital customers. A hospital wide cele- Claudette Farchione bration was held in her honor.


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Downtown Health Care Center continued from Page 1 would otherwise turn to the hospital emergency department,” hospital officials said in a written statement. The center will help alleviate the hospital’s main emergency department, funneling patients without insurance seeking preventative care or treatment for non-life-threatening conditions to the facility. By law, the hospital is required to treat any patient who walks into the emergency room seeking care, a law which can cost hospitals millions of dollars to cover. Without insurance, such patients may visit the emergency department for simple ailments or conditions usually treated by a primary care physician. But emergency departments are not typ-

ically equipped to provide preventative care, consultation or long-term care solutions, making visits costly and less effective. While the new facility won’t defer the cost of care for the hospital, it will help prevent the emergency department from overflowing with these non-lifethreatening cases. While the facility will be able to handle patients without health insurance, the new Community Health Resource Center will also provide primary care for those who do have insurance. The hospital also hopes to use the center in partnership with other notfor-profit organizations, such as the EOC Food Pantry, to provide assistance for food, shelter, social servic-

es and educational outreach programing. The building at 24 Hamilton Street was purchased by the hospital for $1.95 million from chiropractor Keith Cavallaro. To cover the cost of the project, the Saratoga Hospital Foundation is looking to raise $3 million dollars – approximately $2 million to cover building expenses, and the remaining $1 million to create a permanent endowment. With multiple facilities now run by Saratoga Hospital, the organization will, “provide ongoing education about when and where to seek primary care – at the Community Health Resource Center, Urgent Care, the emergency department, Saratoga Family Practice, private practices and the new Emergent Care Center at Exit 12,” stated a hospital representative. “The hospital will drive home the value of having a primary care provider and will continue to enroll patients in the Child and Family Health Plus insurance programs. Combining these efforts should result in smarter use of resources and significant savings for patients, the hospital and the community as a whole.”


Meningitis Awareness ARGYLE – Last weekend, life for a local Argyle family became a nightmare. They lost their beloved daughter due to her contraction of a severe case of meningococcal disease, and the community is now mourning the loss of one of its brightest stars, 2011 Argyle valedictorian and Cornell University student, Krista Depew. After complaining of symptoms, Depew’s doctor told her she probably had the flu. Her conditioned rapidly worsened and by the time she was rushed to the hospital, the disease had progressed to a lethal point and there was nothing doctors could do to save her. She was 19. For Queensbury resident Ellen Kelly, hearing of Depew’s tragedy hit close to home. Her daughter Nora’s brush with death 14 years ago luckily ended differently after she became sick with the same illness during her junior year of high school. “Nora is like a miracle to be honest,” said Kelly. “I don’t think the doctors had a lot of hope for her. It is amazing she survived and I don’t know why that was. We even sprinkled holy water on her. It’s scary.” Nora wasn’t feeling well and her doctor did move her neck feeling for meningitis but he didn’t think she had it. But what the doctor then did may have saved her life. He gave her antibiotics anyway. Although meningococcal is considered a rare disease, the potential for fatality has caused widespread serious concern. Of the 2,500 reported cases in the United States every year, about 300 are fatal. The New York State Department of Health even specifically cites that first-year college students living in the close quarters of dormitories have an increased risk due to how the disease is spread. The meningococcus germ spreads by direct close contact through nose or throat discharges of an infected person. Meningitis can be either viral or bacterial, but meningococcal disease, the bacterial illness, is the leading cause of bacterial meningitis in children 2 through 18 years old in the United States. Specifically, it is a severe infection of the bloodstream or meninges, the thin lining covering the brain and spinal cord and is caused by the meningococcus germ. Although anyone can contract it, it is more common in infants and children. There are two kinds of meningococcal vaccines available in our country, each given depending on the age of the recipient. Both Depew and Kelly were vaccinated when they contracted the disease, however, vaccines are not 100 percent effective in preventing all cases. They are, however, between 85 to 100 percent effective in preventing four types of meningococcal disease including the two or three most common in the United States. These four types of the disease cause about 70 percent of cases in the United States. Although they do not protect against all strains of the illness, routine vaccinations are still recommended as a precautionary defense. According to literature obtained from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control, there is very little risk involved associated with receiving the vaccine. Other precautionary measures one can take include knowing whether or not you are at high risk for the disease; using common health etiquette, such as covering your mouth and washing your hands; and knowing what symptoms to look for which are high fever, headache, vomiting, stiff neck and a rash. “One thing they say to look for is a rash on the extremities, which could indicate that amputation of that limb is necessary,” said Kelly. “Although Nora didn’t have the rash, a positive sign, doctors still told me, ‘We’ve never seen anything like this before.’” The night Nora was rushed to Glens Falls Hospital by an emergency squad, she was moaning in her sleep. Her father clapped his hands over and over without receiving a response from her. She was unconscious. Nora was immediately placed on oxygen, which Kelly thinks may have helped her condition. At first they thought it was the viral strain of meningitis, but after a spinal tap they were able to re-diagnose her correctly declaring her case bacterial. They rushed her to Albany Medical where staff there had already seen some fatal cases of the disease that summer and fall. She was hospitalized for one week. During recovery she was weak and suffered from excruciating headaches, but had luckily avoided losing her cognitive skills. Nora played field hockey, and it is possible that she could have contracted the disease from a shared water bottle. Infection Control Supervisor for Washington County, Marie Capezzuti, recommends making every effort not to share items such as: eating utensils, drinks, cigarettes, lipstick or anything that comes into contact with the mouth. Capezzuti asserts that taking these preventative measures in everyday life are good general hygiene habits. For more information on meningococcal disease, contact your physician or visit the New York State Department of Health website at or the Centers for Disease Control Association website at

by Emily Fowler Saratoga TODAY



Week of June 1 - June 7, 2012


Smoking Ban Provokes C.L.A.S.H.

Andrew Marshall Editorial I’d like to begin by stating that this editorial is in no way intended to encourage the act of smoking cigarettes. As someone who recently quit smoking cigarettes (six months, thank you very much), I offer my encouragement to anyone hoping to finally quit. You’ll be amazed at how much better you’ll feel, and do you really want to be spending upward of $10 a pack? That being said, I know quitting cigarettes isn’t easy, and that many people try with all they’ve got, only to relapse and continue smoking. The American Heart Association acknowledges that nicotine addiction is one of the toughest to overcome. Some people aren’t smoking because it makes them look cool, or because they want to look tough. They are chemically addicted to nicotine, and to quit isn’t as easy as flipping a switch. This is especially true of people who have smoked for decades. Then again, if you’re old enough, there’s nothing illegal about smoking cigarettes. It’s something every smoker at one point had to consciously and willingly decide to do. Despite warnings from DARE officers, the Surgeon General and countless advocacy groups, people still choose to smoke. This is an exercise in the concept of free will.

For too long now, it seems like people who smoke cigarettes are treated as second-rate citizens. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of limitations on smoking that I completely agree with. If you think you should be allowed to smoke in schools and hospitals, you’re crazy. I can understand the reasoning behind banning smoking in restaurants and bars. When we start talking about open-air environments like say for instance, an amusement park, resentment begins to develop as people are forced to find remotely placed smoking corrals, as if they’re diseased cattle being quarantined off from the rest of the “healthy” general population. With that in mind, there was a hastily-made decision earlier this year to ban smoking in state parks, pools, beaches and historic sites. This was made without any regard to people who might disagree with such a ban being passed. Along with the ban being passed, signs were hung all over New York State parks stating quite simply “SMOKING IS PROHIBITED.” Which is exactly why I applaud the efforts of a group known as New York City Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment, aka NYC C.L.A.S.H. The nationally active group was founded by Aubrey Silk, a retired member of the New York City Police Department. Silk has become the singular voice in maintaining the civil liberties of citizens who choose to smoke cigarettes, for any and all reasons. Ms. Silk and her group were recently successful in getting the state to suspend its ban on cigarettes in parks and beaches. NYC C.L.A.S.H argued that the Parks Department had acted inappropriately, and didn’t bother to follow the law in regards to initiating such a ban. New York law

states such a notice “shall include a statement setting forth a clear and concise explanation of the basis for the agency’s determination that no person is likely to object to the adoption of the rule as written.” As Ms. Silk points out, consensus rule making is only allowed when it is “otherwise noncontroversial.” She then argues that the revocation of civil rights is without a doubt, controversial.

The problem is that this is portrayed as only being about smokers. The argument from the lobby group is more focused on the idea that a government bureaucracy had ignored the law, therefore breaking it. It may not apply to you now, but this sets a dangerous precedent for an agency to ban an activity that you happen to participate in and enjoy. The vilification of people who smoke cigarettes had gone too

far, to the point where the government wanted to ignore its own laws in order to squash something they don’t agree with. Whether you smoke or find it disgusting, score this as a victory for preserving your rights as an American citizen. As for the smokers, why not offer some encouragement rather than disdain. After all, they have your civil liberties at heart.


OBITUARIES Robert F. Yates

Saratoga Springs, NY Robert F. Yates, 82, died unexpectedly of a stroke Sunday, May 27, 2012. Born May 19, 1930, in Endicott, NY, to Morris Yates and Ethlyn Watrous Yates, Robert, or “Bob” as many friends knew him, lived in Saratoga Springs for the past 50 years. Robert’s brother, Edward Yates (Ann and then Sandy), predeceased him. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Ruth Dempsey Yates; four children, Stephen (Jane) Yates, Martin (Diane Vatne) Yates, Laura (Alan) LeCours, and Douglas (Sharon Burkett) Yates; sister, Marion (Donald) Stephens; and grandchildren, Dan (Amanda) LeCours, Katie Dramé

(Mamadou), and Alex, Emily, Viena, Anna, Andrew, John and Lydia Yates. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, June 1, 2012, at the Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church at 175 Fifth Avenue. It will be followed by a reception at the church. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church Missions Fund or Heifer International. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes of 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, (518) 5845373. Online remembrances may be made at

Richard Lewis Arnold Greenfield Center, NY – Richard Lewis Arnold, 80, passed away Sunday, May 27, 2012, surrounded by his loving family. Richard was born May 7, 1932, in the Town of Milton, NY. Richard was predeceased by his children, Cynthia Bonds and Richard Arnold, Jr. Survivors include his loving wife of 57 years, Marion Bright Arnold; his daughters, Betty (Paul) Cameron and Carol (Stan) Cameron; seven grandchildren; 11 greatgrandchildren; his broth-

er, Raymond (Barbara) Arnold, his sister-in-law, Doris Arnold; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 1, 2012, at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, (518) 584-5373. Burial with military honors will follow in the family plot at North Milton Cemetery,


Week of June 1 - June 7, 2012 TODAY

VETERANS Deceased Veteran of the Month Arthur William Luke The Saratoga County Veterans Service Agency has named Arthur William Luke the June 2012 Deceased Veteran of the Month. Luke will be honored Tuesday, June 19 during a public ceremony. The ceremony begins at 2:30 p.m. at 40 McMaster St., Ballston Spa, and is followed by a reception. Luke was a Private 1st Class from 1956-1959 and was attached to the U.S. Marine Corp He stationed at the Subic Bay Naval Base in the Philippines. After leaving the Marines, Luke worked as a foreman for Latham Construction for 29 years. Luke is survived by his wife, JoAnn; daughters, Janet and Cynthia; and son, Matthew.

Local Veteran Honored at Senior Citizens Luncheon

Korean War veteran and active community member Gene Corsale was recently honored by the Saratoga County Office for the Aging. Having been nominated as “a senior Milton. who makes a difference in the Online remembrances may be made at lives of his town citizens,” Corsale was acknowledged during a May 11 luncheon. A Korean War and Navy veteran, Corsale was the county’s To view the full-text version of the obituaries printed on this page, director of real property for 20 visit the archive section of It is the years, and he has been extensively involved in the commupolicy of Saratoga TODAY to publish obituaries as a service to our nity through his participation in readers. Please send your obituaries to Christina James at numerous committees ing the West Side Association, the Gideon Putnam Cemetery Restoration Committee, and the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Senior Issues, among others. Corsale now spends his time a veteran activist, chairing the Saratoga County Honor a Deceased Veteran Program and advocating on all matters veteran. Corsale involvement to our community is invaluable and this recognition is well-deserved. Congratulations, Gene.

D-Day Recognition and Remembrance Event Holiday Inn Express, 400 Old Loudon Rd., Latham At 11 a.m. on June 2, a special day of recognition will begin for all veterans of D-Day, living and deceased, and a day of remembrance of the June 6, 1944, invasion. U.S. Congressman Colonel Chris Gibson will be the keynote speaker. Other guest speakers are Korean and Vietnam war veterans. For more information, call (518) 439-9265.



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Movie Review

The Lucky One

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ACROSS 1 Jokes 5 Shade for a pool 9 Start of a familiar series 14 Brown shade 15 Shoot the curl, perhaps 16 Copy 17 Litter in an abandoned library? 20 Cross product 21 Helping hand 22 Green around the gills 23 Nice thing to steal 25 Harbinger of spring 27 Turkey's place, for the most part 31 Imaginary nuclear facility? 35 Places to get stuck 36 Wield, as force 37 '50s political initials 38 Te-__ cigars 39 WWII aircraft carrier known as the "Mighty Stinger" 41 Sushi fish 42 Carmelo Anthony's org. 43 With 67-Across, museumgoer's musing 44 "What a ride!" 45 Singles among the Pringles? 49 "Symphony in Black" artist 50 Amount past due? 51 Square or level 52 Wanted-poster letters 54 Strikes (out) 55 2008 BCS football champs 58 Bread seen while finding theater seats? 64 Bread in a deli 65 Make concessions 66 Art store stock 67 See 43-Across 68 Win over 69 Sport DOWN 1 Laminaria, for one 2 Slush Puppie maker 3 Showed concern for someone's health? 4 Durango, e.g. 5 Umbrian birthplace of two saints 6 Pounds in Plymouth 7 Kitchen server

Do you ever wonder about the big questions? God, destiny, the greater meaning of life as a whole or if there is one at all? Clearly Nicholas Sparks does. Whether that makes a good story or not is an entirely different question. Sergeant Logan Thibault (played by Zac Efron) is on his third tour in Iraq when he and his fellow soldiers engage in a firefight. Logan (Efron) is spared but not everyone is so fortunate. Then, following the firefight, he sees a picture on the ground and, as he bends down to pick it up, there’s an explosion which takes the lives of even more of his compatriots. Still, thanks to the picture, he lived. While travelling in an armored vehicle discussing this, another soldier dies, and again, Logan doesn’t. He attributes this to the picture and the woman in it. So, after it becomes clear to Logan and his family that he brought home a good deal more than a photo, he decides it would be better if he left and sets out, on foot, to find the woman who he considers his guardian angel. With nothing more than the photo and whatever was written on the back, he finds this woman more than 1,000 miles away in New Orleans. Her name is Beth Clayton. Beth (played by Taylor Schilling) is divorced, a mother, on sabbatical from her career as an elementary school teacher and running a kennel with her mother, Ellie (played by Blythe Danner), who’s recently suffered a stroke. Coincidentally, Logan left a dog with his family before going to war and came to Louisiana with said dog in tow. Also coincidentally, Beth (Schilling) is looking for help and offers a job to Logan immediately once she hears he’s a former Marine. She regrets the offer once she hears how he made his way to Louisiana but her mother (Danner) tells him he has the job and after that there was nothing to be done. Of the 17 novels written by Nicholas Sparks, this is the seventh to be adapted for the screen, the sixth I’ve seen,

At The Movies With Trey Roohan

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13 While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart. Francis of Assisi

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8 "To the rear, Admiral!" 9 Skating maneuver 10 Utter chaos 11 Unlikely classification term for 25Down 12 Novelist John __ Passos 13 Dept. phone no. 18 All-Star side 19 It's quarry 24 Former U.S. Border Patrol gp. 25 Libation pooh-poohed by some 26 Discomfort 28 Golf ball-on-a-slope challenge 29 Irreversibly committed 30 Astaire and Simpson 31 Derby winner's move 32 Like some medical punctures 33 Trojan War sage

34 Longtime sponsor in NASCAR events 39 Latin "where" 40 It's usually not made in the shade 44 "__ said so?" 46 Doctor, ideally 47 Main squeeze 48 Mozart's "__ fan tutte" 53 Skirt often worn with ghillie brogues 54 TV ally of Hercules 56 Ward with awards 57 WWII power 58 Good squeeze result, for short 59 Muffin morsel 60 JFK alternative 61 "Dinner and a Movie" channel 62 Cut down 63 Farm female

and the only one I’ve seen in the theater. The worst was, without a doubt, 2010’s “The Last Song” starring Miley Cyrus and Greg Kinnear. The best was “The Notebook.” As for its predecessors, “Message in a Bottle” and “A Walk to Remember,” I’d rank them somewhere in between. Many have commented that Schilling is too old to be playing opposite the former star of the “High School Musical” series, but as Efron is a mere three years younger than his co-star, I’d say it’s the least significant problem in a drama with many, many others. Others include the Homeric trek undertaken by the main character and the inexplicable manner by which he accomplishes what he set out to. Don’t waste your time. Don’t waste your money. Don’t see this movie. (4.8/10) For comments and questions, contact me at

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11-Acre Wood Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream

Suzanne Voigt Farmers’ Market

Memorial Day this year felt more like the Fourth of July here at 11Acre Wood Farm. It was warm and sunny with temperatures soaring into the high 80s, AND it was time to do our first cutting hay as the timothy was in full blossom and so were the strawberries. Yes, this is at least two weeks earlier for both crops than normal, but as farmers, we must take what Mother Nature gives us and make hay and strawberry ice cream! Throwing hay is a hot job on the best of days, a thankless job when temperatures and the humidity soar. However, we have our crew bribed- at the end they know they are guaranteed a pint each of fresh strawberry ice cream! My husband and I started making homemade ice cream 32 years ago for our first party in our first home. That year we made Oreo ice cream (years before any commercial outfit invented cookies and cream varieties). It was a hit and a tradition of

making homemade ice cream for special occasions begun. In upstate New York, first cutting hay season tends to coincide with strawberry season and thus was born the tradition of thanking our hearty haythrowers with strawberry ice cream. There really isn’t anything better than cooling off with spoonfuls of rich smooth ice cream made from local cream and infused with the sweet taste of just-picked strawberries. No wonder we never have a shortage of hay-throwers.

11-Acre Wood Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream Ingredients (We have a large two-quart ice cream maker, so you may need to adjust for smaller ice cream makers—or enjoy a bowl of creamy strawberry indulgence while your ice cream is being made!) 2 large farm fresh eggs 1 cup sugar, divided 1 cup Battenkill Creamery milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 pint (plus) of fresh local strawberries, hulled and quartered 2 cups Battenkill Creamery heavy cream

Directions Beat eggs, sugar and milk in a saucepan. Heat mixture over low heat, just to boiling and remove immediately. Stir in vanilla and put mixture to cool in refrigerator. Take hulled and quartered strawberries (minus a few to use as garnish later) and put in a blender and lightly puree (small chunks are fine). Add strawberry puree to a large bowl and stir in heavy cream. Take cooled egg mixture from refrigerator and add to the strawberries and cream. Stir lightly to mix and then pour into your ice cream machine, following manufacturer’s instructions. When it’s done, you may serve it right away or freeze in airtight container. Use remaining strawberries for a sweet garnish.


Love Knots John Reardon Compliments to the Chef Hello Foodie Buddies! I thought it was time to feature an item that is not a kitchen gadget but serves a purpose just the same. It is called the Love Knot and it is handmade near Mount Kilimanjaro in Nairobi, Kenya. The legend of the love knot is as follows: In every home where a love knot is found, Love and Happiness will abound. Each knot is unique and hand carved from soapstone and is one piece. Variances in the soapstone make each unique in its own way. The Love knot is a symbol of endless love, interlaced loops with no beginning or end. The single continuous path has been seen as the persistence of life, love and faith. Love knots are believed to be not only a testament to the

strength of romance and friendship, but be able to attract true love! Now, I know that it’s just a superstition, but sometimes believing in something, no matter how illogical it is, can help get us through some difficult times. When my daughter Aubrey was little and having bad dreams, I put a dream catcher over her bed, and guess what? No more bad dreams! It makes a lot of sense if you think about it because we all have things around us that inspire us, or motivate us, or just make us feel all warm and fuzzy. So when people ask me why I am selling something that doesn’t do anything in the kitchen, I tell them that it makes me feel good! Sometimes a myth is more meaningful and powerful than we realize. Remember, “Life happens in the kitchen.” Take care, John



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Summer Camp Directory This Week’s Spotlight Saratoga Clay Arts Center School’s out, summer’s here, time to amp up the fun at Saratoga Clay Arts Center (SCAC)! Summer 2012 brings an exciting series of programs for ages 7-16, taught by professional local artists/teachers and ranging in topics and techniques. Classes are open to all skill levels, beginning and up. Pinch pots, slab projects, wheel throwing, glazing and firing techniques come together to provide each student with exciting new experiences, knowledge of a new skill or enhanced techniques, and their creations to take home to use and share with friends and family. What could be better than playing with clay all summer?! Sixteen week-long summer programs run for eight weeks, beginning June 25 and ending August 24. Each week brings a different opportunity in clay. Visit SCAC’s website at for more details on programs, registration dates, fee details, and while you are there, take some time to check out the rest of their site and their Facebook page to view awesome photo albums that offer a glimpse inside

SCAC. Sign up this summer for some messy, exhilarating, creative fun! Win a FREE week-long class! TEXT “kidsandclay” to 22828 to be automatically entered! For more information, contact Saratoga Clay

Arts: Saratoga Clay Arts Center, 167 Hayes Road, Schuylerville, NY 12871 • (518) 581-CLAY (2529) • •


EDUCATION Lessons in Law


Week of June 1 - June 7, 2012

by Emily Fowler for Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - New York State Assemblyman James Tedisco met with students May 29 at their Division Street Elementary School one day in advance of their trip to the state capital where they enjoyed a tour and met government leaders. The fourth graders in Ms. Michele Renner’s class have been learning about state and local government. Tedisco, a former teacher, thanked children for caring about their government and democracy. “People are dying around the world sacrificing everything just to have what we have in our country. One of our greatest freedoms is to pick our elected officials, but only 30-40 percent of people show up to vote.” He also thanked them for caring about their education and reminded them, “A great education is the most powerful tool you’ll ever have in your life.” Students impressed him with their quick answers to his quiz questions. They easily answered their state flower (rose), state tree (maple) and state animal (that industrious beaver), as well as identified the branches of government. Tedisco described what a typical day as a state assemblyman looks like for them, in case there were any curious future representatives in the crowd of 65 students. He begins every day by joining a pastor for a prayer breakfast. Once at the office, he reviews memos and the legislation calendar. He goes over the arguments for and against the bills being debated, and then decides whether or not

to support, oppose or propose amendments to them. He meets with groups discussing their particular concerns and attends events, legislative sessions or meetings for one of the committees he sits on (such as the Racing and Wagering Committee). He might even have to communicate with the media during his typical day. Through press conferences or addressing the public directly he can get his messages out, but mostly he said he’s there to listen. “It’s more important for us to be better listeners because we can’t be a representative if we’re just speakers.” said Tedisco. “I’m there to find out what my community wants and try to make that happen.” He cited local parade organizer Paul Brisson as a perfect example of his theory that “an idea can be much more powerful than the most powerful elected official.” He told students that even before voting age they can still have an impact by gathering their community together. The most powerful part of a representative democracy is its citizens and that is where the most important ideas come from. The citizens, the electorate, are therefore most important and most powerful. Another example he shared was of one local mom who was able to get a law changed when her daughter almost choked to death because her mother couldn’t hang up from an automated sales pitch phone call to get her own dial tone back to call out for help. He talked to them about his new legislation “Three Strikes You’re Out” regarding permanently revoking driving privileges for three-time DWI offenders, to exemplify the difference between a privilege and a


right. “Our constitution is full of rights, freedoms like speech and religion that the government cannot take away. But driving is a privilege, not a right.” He reminded children that animals are important in our lives. Service dogs help the blind and they can be courageous, pointing to the example of the canine that went in ahead of soldiers to capture Osama bin Laden. Tedisco invited all students to Animal Advocacy Day, June 13. He taught them about legislation he authored protecting animals after the community collected 118,000 signatures in its support. Buster’s Law redefined the criminal classification of animal cruelty from a misdemeanor to a felony. Buster was a cat who died as a result of being tortured. At the time of Buster’s death the punishment for animal cruelty was only a misdemeanor. After research, Tedisco concluded the offense should be a felony citing the fact that people who hurt animals often go on to injure people as one reason for his argument. Coincidentally, Buster had belonged to a former student of Ms. Renner, so she teaches students his story every year. “I tell the kids Buster’s Law is a perfect example of if you have a great idea you think should be a law, you can make it happen by bringing your community together,” said Renner. Tedisco will soon be representing Clifton Park and Halfmoon due to redistricting. He left students with a challenge, encouraging them to read every day over their summer vacation.

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Assemblyman Jim Tedisco with fourth grade students at the well of the Legislative Office Building in Albany.



Week of June 1 - June 7, 2012

Education Briefs Lower School Open House and ArtsFest Venue SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs at 62 York Ave. will host their open house Saturday, June 9 from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Meet the faculty, students and parents and view displays of student academic and artistic work. Take part in ArtsFest offerings including storytelling, dance performances, circus arts workshops, and free wood fired pizza! For more information, contact Anne Maguire at (518) 5872224 or

2012 Saratoga County Fair Needs Art, Science & Social Projects for Education Exhibits BALLSTON SPA - The 171st Saratoga County Fair invites Saratoga County Schools to display their art, science and social exhibits at the fair from July 17-22. Students may also enter projects on their own. Three school districts with the best displays win awards of a first prize TV and DVD combination, second and third prizes one TV and one DVD and four outstanding student entries

will receive a cash prize. There are 10 honorable mentions for art and 10 honorable mentions for Social/Science. Everyone will receive a ribbon. Categories are: art, social studies/science, photography, graphic arts and group projects. For judging purposes, there will be two age groups; grades K-six and grades seven-12. Sue Leahey, Kim Leahey and Joan Joyner, education superintendents, believe that the young citizens of Saratoga County are an important part of the community and should have the opportunity to share their school projects with the many thousands of people attending the fair. Set up date for the education exhibits is Thursday, July 12 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Saratoga Fairgrounds under the grandstand. Entries for this department will be accepted on this day only. For more information on entering, call Sue or Kim Leahey at (518) 8854084 or Joan Joyner at (518) 5874622. You may also call the Saratoga County Fair Office at (518) 8859701. Visit the fair website at

EDUCATION St. Clement’s Races for Education Students “trained” for the Race for Education during physical education classes with Mrs. Stevens. Children in the Early Childhood Program through grade five obtained sponsors by writing letters to friends and family members. On race day, children ran, walked and d ide ov pr os Phot jogged around a quarter-mile track for one hour. The race was a great success and a fun day for everyone involved. Children raised over $24,000 for their school. St. Clement’s would like to thank the students and their


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SARATOGA SPRINGS - St. Clement’s held their sixth annual “Race for Education” May 22. The Race for Education is a school sponsored fundraiser that provides funding for the continutation of quality education and affordable tuition for the students and families at St. Clement’s.

families for working so hard to help make this fundraiser a wonderful event. If you would like to be part of next year’s 2013 Race for Education Committee, email Laura Darcy at or Soula Tsitos at



Community Corner

Week of June 1 - June 7, 2012

Taber Stark Edelman Ward Graduates Taber Stark Edelman Ward graduated with a Juris Doctor May 11, 2012, from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Wolf Law School. She is a 2004 cum laude graduate of McGill University in Montreal and a 2000 graduate of Saratoga Springs High School, where she was a mock trial champion. During high school, she was a summer intern in the office of Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy. Ward she worked as a summer law associate at Young Sommer LLC, an Albany- and Saratoga-based law firm specializing in environmental issues; was orchard and goat-herd manager at Quinta de Rio Touro in Azoia, Portugal; a fundraiser and projects associate at the Sonoma Land Trust in Santa Rosa, Calif., and a livestock-management and animalhusbandry apprentice and field representative at the farmers’ market and conferences for Full Belly Farm in Guinda, Calif. She is also a certified yoga instructor. Ward is the daughter of Helen Susan Edelman of Wilton and Douglas H. Ward, Esq. of Saratoga Springs.


Skidmore Student Teams up with Area Seniors Chris Gazarian, a third year student at Skidmore College, asked the members of the Saratoga Senior Center’s ceramic class to help with an anthropology project. Chris invited the class to help with his project by focusing on creative expression through art, and the response was overwhelming. He asked the class to make two pieces for his study: one to keep and one to give away. With permission from Skidmore, he recently invited the students from the center to bring their projects to the Skidmore studio for glazing and firing. The center wishes to thank Skidmore for supporting this intergenerational project and to Chris and his friends for enriching the programs at the senior center.

Saratoga Builders Association Awards $1,000 Cash Scholarship The Saratoga Builders Association, Inc. is proud to announce the recipient of their 2012 student scholarship award. Congratulations to Eric LaRoche of Ballston Spa High School, who will be studying construction management at Hudson Valley Community College. The $1,000 cash scholarship was awarded at the Spring SBA meeting/mixer held at Prime at Saratoga National. The o rg a n i z a t i o n makes this scholarship available annually to high school seniors who are planning to pursue a construction industry career.

Children Entertain Seniors at Evergreen Adult Day Services The clients of Wesley Evergreen Adult Day Services in Ballston Spa, an affiliation of The Wesley Community, were entertained Thursday by Spa Christian Elementary School's children in grades three to six. An audience of near 20 clients enjoyed an array of Christian songs sung by the children using sign language in addition to spoken lyrics. For more information about Wesley Evergreen Adult Day Services, contact Diana Martin at (518) 691-1443.


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


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659 Saratoga Rd. Gansevoort, NY 12831 (518) 226-6010



Week of June 1 - June 7, 2012


CAPTAIN Volunteers of the Year On Tuesday, May 15, CAPTAIN celebrated the hard work of their more than 300 volunteers with a Volunteer Appreciation Reception at the Vista at the Van Patten Golf Club. CAPTAIN’s volunteers provided more than 11,500 hours of community service in Saratoga County during the 2011 year. This year’s volunteers of the year were Dorothy Murphy, Alan Lasker and Gary Swinton. Dorothy Murphy has been a faithful volunteer several times a week at CAPTAIN’s Treasures in Clifton Park since 2006. She holds the title of most volunteer hours in the entire organization with over 2,300 hours logged. Alan Lasker was recognized for his seven years of service to the middle and high school homework help programs at Cheryl’s Lodge Outreach Center. He was also lauded for his proficiency in helping with math homework and his coordination efforts in the monthly What’s Cookin’ Program where he provides cooking and food preparation instruction for students. Gary Swinton has been serving CAPTAIN’s office staff and food pantry faithfully for the last two years. He runs errands, manages food pickups and assists with whatever the office staff asks of him. He has tireless energy, a permanent smile and a huge heart for giving back to his community. CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services is a social service agency located in Clifton Park. For more information about CAPTAIN, visit Those wishing to speak to a CAPTAIN representative may call (518) 371-1185.

Rottie Empire Rescue Fundraiser Saratoga Winery, 462 Route 29, Saratoga On June 2, from 7-10 p.m., Rottie Empire Recue is hosting a wine tasting fundraiser at Saratoga Winery. Tickets are $25 at the door or in advance. Email for reservations or check their Facebook page for more information.

Volunteers Needed for Triathlon

Creative Endeavors Arts Center Events Saratoga Bridges’ Creative Endeavors Arts Center, 49 Front St., Ballston Spa June 1, from 6-9 p.m. An Art Show entitled “Creatures: Great & Small” features animalthemed artwork. They will be on display and for sale in their gallery. Estherville Animal Shelter and Homes for Orphaned Pets Exist (H.O.P.E.) will be distributing pamphlets and other information. A 50/50 raffle basket will be held with proceeds going to Estherville and H.O.P.E. Raffle tickets are $1 each or $3 for five tickets. Animal treats made by Saratoga Bridges’ Malta 1 and Evergreen Day programs will be sold with a suggested donation of $3. Proceeds go toward Estherville Animal Shelter and H.O.P.E. June 9, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Estherville will host an adoption clinic. June 23, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. H.O.P.E. will host an adoption clinic.

BSNB Community Fun Day Ballston Spa National Bank (BSNB) will be holding a Community Fun Day Sunday, June 10, to benefit EquAbility, Inc. – a therapeutic riding program for children with disabilities. The fundraiser will take place between 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at BSNB’s Greenfield Center office located at 3060 Route 9N in Greenfield. Members of the community are invited to attend this family-friendly old-fashioned carnival. Come have your picture taken with miniature horses, visit a petting zoo, watch a search and rescue K9 demonstration or enjoy face painting and fun games for the kids. Throughout the day hot dogs and beverages will be available. Pizza will be available from 1-2 p.m. There is no admission fee for this event although activities, food and beverages are provided for a nominal fee that directly supports EquAbility, Inc. and their therapeutic riding programs. The Community Fun Day is supported in part by Price Chopper, Chip’s Place and Adirondack Beverages, who have donated goods and services for the fundraiser. EquAbility, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that provides a therapeutic riding program to children with a wide range of special needs. For more information, contact (518) 583-1810.

Volunteers Needed! The Saratoga Springs Heritage Area Visitor Center is currently seeking friendly volunteers to serve all shifts for their upcoming busy season. For more information, contact the center at (518) 587-3241. The center is located at 297 Broadway and is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Around 300 athletes will make their way to Hudson Crossing Park, located at Lock 5 off Route 4 in Schuylerville, for the third annual Hudson Crossing Triathlon Sunday, June 10, between 8-10:30 a.m. The sprint-distance triathlon consists of a 500-yard swim in the canal at Lock C-5, a 12-mile bike ride along scenic country roads in Northumberland, and a 5K run in Schuylerville. Organizers are seeking enthusiastic volunteers who would like to cheer athletes, hand out water, direct traffic, kayak, offer motorcycle support, lifeguard or other roles. The race starts at 8 a.m. and is expected to conclude by 10:30 a.m. All volunteers receive an event shirt and can sign up at Certain roads will be closed and detours in place to enable motorists to travel around the race course while the race is in progress. Information about traffic patterns is available on Hudson Crossing Triathlon serves to highlight Hudson Crossing Park and brings additional visibility to the Champlain Canal, Village of Schuylerville and the towns of Northumberland and Saratoga. For more information or questions about volunteering, contact Chris Bowcutt at (518) 290-0457 or


Week of June 1 - June 7, 2012


upcoming town meetings Town of Ballston: Ballston Town Hall 323 Charlton Road 885-8502 6/5: Town Board, 7:30 p.m. 6/6: Zoning Board, 7:30 p.m. Village of Ballston Spa: 66 Front Street 885-5711 Town of Greenfield: 7 Wilton Road 893-7432 6/5: Zoning Board of Appeals, 7:30 p.m. 6/7: Town Board Agenda, 7:30 p.m. Town of Malta: 2540 Route 9 899-2818 Town of Milton: 503 Geyser Road 885-9220 City of Saratoga Springs: 474 Broadway 587-3550 6/4: Zoning Board of Appeals, 7 p.m. 6/5: City Council, 7 p.m. 6/6: Design Review Commission, 7 p.m. Town of Saratoga: 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville 695-3644 Village of Schuylerville: 35 Spring Street 695-3881 6/6: Board of Water Management, 7 p.m. Town of Stillwater: 66 East St., Riverside Mechanicville, NY 12118 6/7: Town Board Agenda, 7 p.m. Town of Wilton: 22 Traver Road 587-1939 6/4: Park & Rec., 7 p.m. 6/7: Town Board, 7 p.m. Saratoga County Board of Supervisors 40 McMaster St., # 1 Ballston Spa, NY 12020-1985 (518) 885-2240 6/4: Veterans Committee, 3:30 p.m. 6/4: Legislative & Research, 4 p.m. 6/5: Equalization & Assessment, 3 p.m. 6/6: Economic Development, 4 p.m.

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Saratoga Springs Heritage Area Visitor Center Summer Hours The center at 297 Broadway will now be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, call (518) 5873241.

Saratoga P.L.A.N. Trail-building Event On Saturday June 2, from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Saratoga P.L.A.N. will host an outdoor trail-building event to celebrate National Trails Day. Volunteers can help on either one or both of two shifts: from 9:30 a.m.-noon or 1-3:30 p.m. Lunch and drinks will be provided. Those who come out to this family-friendly event will help open two more miles of trail on the 606-acre Hennig Preserve, bringing the total trail length to 5 miles. To register for the Hennig Preserve National Trails Day event, email Andy Fyfe at or call (518) 587-5554, ext. 3.

Trail Workday at Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park There will be a trail workday Saturday, June 9 at 9 a.m. (Rain date will be Sunday, June 10 at 9 a.m.) People are asked to arrive at the Fox Trailhead parking area on Route 50 by 9 a.m. (The Fox Trailhead is directly across from the Old Gick Parking area with the large Saratoga Sandplains sign just north of King Road.) On this workday, participants will be cutting new trail from the Fox Parcel onto the new Frawley Parcel. People are asked to bring sturdy clippers, if not, tools will be provided. People are also asked to dress appropriately with good sturdy shoes, long pants (it is good practice to tuck them into your socks to keep the ticks off) and work gloves. Long sleeves also help to keep bugs at bay. A good insect repellant is always a good idea. Participants are also encouraged to bring their own

water bottle and snacks as the workday goes until 1 p.m. Call the office at (518) 450-0321, to pre-register for the workday. or call Jackie Royal at (229) 224-5672.

Camp Malta Full-Day Summer Camp

The Cornell Hill Fire Tower will be open on the following dates from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: June 9 and 10, July 14 and 15, August 11 and 12, September 8, 9, 22 and 23, and October 13, 14, 27 and 28. The tower will also be open on June 2 for the Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park’s Wildlife Festival. The fire tower will only be open if the weather permits. To confirm that it is open, call (518) 469-0918. Parking for the tower is in parking lot #3 on Scout Rd. For more information, visit

Registration has begun for the Malta Community Center’s full-day summer camp – Camp Malta. The camp will run from July 2 through August 24 weekdays 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The weekly fee is $130 for Malta residents and $142 for non-residents, which includes one day of swimming and an additional trip day per week. Extended morning and evening care is available for an additional fee. Registration deadline is June 8. Space is limited. Forms can be obtained at the Malta Community Center, 1 Bayberry Drive, Malta, or online Call (518) 899-4411 for more information.

Parents Without Partners Meeting Shenedehowa Adult Community Center, Clifton Commons Parents Without Partners (PWP) meets June 2 at 6:45 p.m. for our Singles’ Orientation and Open House. Meet other singles from the Capital District, Saratoga and surrounding areas. Children’s activities are subsidized through chapter funds. Learn more at or by calling (518) 348-2062.

Saratoga Springs Youth Orchestra Seeks Student Musicians Are you a discriminating musician looking for an alternative, dynamic and energizing orchestra experience? Then consider joining our team of exceptional young artists under the direction of a world class conductor. The Saratoga Springs Youth Orchestra (SSYO) is seeking serious student musicians ages 13-25 from the Saratoga Region who are looking for a unique musical experience to join an alternative, dynamic and energizing orchestra experience as part of their team of exceptional young artists under the direction of world class conductor Maestro Gioacchino Longobardi. Auditions begin Saturday, June 2 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Waldorf School, 122 Regent Street. For information and audition requirements, visit

Fire Tower Hours at Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park

Drop off Clothing Donations to Cudney’s Drop off your gently-used, in-season clothing Saturday, June 2 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at all Cudney’s locations in Saratoga and Wilton. The clothing will then be sorted, cleaned and donated to Franklin Community Center.

Annual Food Sale United Methodist Church, 243 Main St., Corinth The UMW of the United Methodist Church will be holding their Annual Food Sale on June 2 from 9 a.m.-noon. Homemade soups, salads, baked goods and much more!

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

Park Your Car to Support Saratoga Shakespeare Co. Instead of hunting for hard-tofind parking spots during what promises to be a wildly successful ArtsFest weekend, support free professional theater by parking downtown with Saratoga Shakespeare. Saratoga Shakespeare Company will open The Saratogian’s private


lot for public parking during ArtsFest on Saturday, June 9, from noon-midnight. The lot, located at Maple Ave. and Caroline St., has its entrance on Pavilion Row. For only a $10 donation to Saratoga Shakespeare Company, drivers can park in the lot. Donation is payable by cash, check, or credit card. Additional tax-deductible donations to Saratoga Shakespeare will be gratefully accepted as well. For more information, visit

Old Stone Church Seeks Donations 159 Stone Church Rd., Ballston Spa The Old Stone Church needs your household items in usable condition for their July lawn sale. No TVs, car seats, cribs, mattresses or exercise equipment. You can drop off your items on the ramp in back of the church. For information, call Ann at (518) 885-4034.

Flag Day Parade Broadway, Saratoga Springs Saratoga Wilton Elks Lodge #161 will be sponsoring their 44th Flag Day Parade June 9, commencing at noon. This year’s parade promises to be one of the largest with 10 bands and 75 other units participating. For additional information, call (518) 584-2585.

Heritage Hunters Meeting Town of Saratoga Town Hall, Route 4, Schuylerville Heritage Hunters of Saratoga County will meet Saturday, June 16, at 1 p.m. Lance Ingmire, chair of the New York Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee and past president of the Friends of Grant Cottage will talk about how to research your Civil War ancestor. The public is welcome to attend. For information, call (518) 5872978.

Seeking Crafters



Christ the Savior Orthodox Church, 349 Eastline Rd., Ballston Lake The church is seeking vendors and crafters for their second annual flea market taking place July 7, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the church. For more information, call (518) 363-0001.

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Week of June 1 - June 7, 2012

Tang Museum Family Day


residential construction. This tour is a great opportunity for choosing a new home, selecting a builder and viewing the latest design, styles, finishes and technologies. Tickets are $15 (valid all four days) and can be purchased online or locally at Adirondack Appliance, 67 West Ave., Saratoga Springs. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the local chapter of the American Cancer Society.

Friday, June 1 First Friday Art Walk

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Weekend-Long Cambridge Valley Balloon Festival

25 N. Park St., Cambridge This family-friendly event is held at the Cambridge Central School, with events around the village all weekend. Parking and admission to the festival is free. For information, visit balloonpage.html.

Art & Craft Show Malta Presbyterian Church, Dunning St., Malta On Friday from 1-6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., come and shop for watercolor and oil paintings, aromatherapy, turned wood pens, pampered chef, jewelry and more! To become a vendor, contact or call (518) 899-7311.

2012 Parade of Homes Tour During the first two weekends of June, attendees can visit participating homes throughout the Capital Region for an admission of $15. From 11 a.m.5 p.m. daily you can tour 15 spectacular homes, showcasing the latest design trends and technologies in

Beekman Street, Saratoga Springs Beekman St. has changed the Art Walk from the first Saturday to the first Friday of each month! Local artists will be lining the streets working on their artwork while handing out information about what they create and how they can be contacted. Various musicians will also provide music on the streets and in the galleries. Local merchants and eateries will offer artthemed specials throughout the evening. A free and entertaining family evening to enjoy. For more information, call (352) 266-2449.

First Friday in Ballston Spa Visit the village of Ballston Spa from 69 p.m. and enjoy special happenings in many of the downtown shops, restaurants and galleries. Live music, art displays and demonstrations, refreshments and featured shop promotions. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, June 2 Wildlife Festival Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park The park has set its annual Wildlife Festival to coincide with National Trails Day, a Saturday, June 2 event at Camp Saratoga from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The festival will include nature walks, arts and crafts, food and drinks, live hawks, owls, reptiles, amphibians, rescue dogs and more. The animal programs begin at 11 a.m., with repeat showings at 12:30 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. The Cornell Hill Fire Tower will also be opened to the public during the event. Attendees can also help out the Wilton Food Pantry by visiting the pantry’s tent near the parking entrance and enter to win their drawing for cool prizes. The pantry is always in need of canned fruit, fruit juices and monetary donations. Visit or call (518) 450-0321 for more information.

Tang Museum, Skidmore College Children ages 5 and up with an adult can enjoy a brief tour of a current Tang exhibition followed by a hands-on art activity. Free and open to the public from 2-3:30 p.m. For reservations and information, call (518) 580-8080.

Guided Nature Hike & Scything Demo Saratoga National Historical Park, Stillwater Visitors interested in discovering an amazing array of trees, wildflowers and stories from lesser-known areas of the park, join in for fresh air, wonderful scenery, great stories and light exercise from 10-11:30 a.m. Then, from 1:302:30 p.m., imagine trying to maintain your lawn with only a long, sharp blade. Watch a skilled living history team use 18th century style scythes to clear large areas of field gathering hay for farm animals and hear ranger stories about farming and food harvesting in the late 1700s. For more information, call the visitor center at (518) 664-9821, ext. 1777 or visit

Bowling for Scholars Saratoga Strike Zone, Saratoga Springs Saratoga Sponsor-A-Scholar (SSAS) will hold its fourth annual Bowling-ForScholars event. Bowling will be half price all day, with all proceeds generously donated by Saratoga Strike Zone to SSAS. Bowling will be followed at 7 p.m. by the Gutterball Bash, featuring music by 2s Company, food from Hattie’s, cash bar and silent auction. Tickets are $75 with all proceeds benefiting SSAS. SSAS is a nonprofit corporation that assists academically capable but financially disadvantaged students to excel in high school and attend college.

Sunday, June 3 Elks’ Breakfast Buffet 1 Elks Lane, Rte. 9, Saratoga Springs Let the Saratoga-Wilton Elks serve you a buffet breakfast from 8:30-11 a.m. Adults $7, seniors/military with ID $6, children 5-12 $5, under 5 free, takeouts $8.

of the show and are available through bands or at the door only. For more information, call (518) 371-0012.

The Bump Club Virgil's House, 86 Henry St, Saratoga Springs The baby gurus of Binx, a baby planning service, bring you The Bump Club. A free social group for expecting mamas held the first Sunday of every month at 2 p.m. Learn about a new pregnancy or newborn topic at each meeting and connect with other soonto-be moms. For more information, visit

North Country Music and Storytelling Evening 23 Middle Grove Rd., Greenfield Center Ndakinna Education Center will hold a benefit concert from 6-8 p.m. for the Ndakinna Scholarship Program. $12 Adults, $10 Seniors & Children under 12. For information, call (518) 583-1440.

The Cantina Kids Fun Run Downtown Saratoga Springs This is a 2012 Saratoga Hospital Foundation Event. For more information, call (518) 583-8779.

Tuesday, June 5 Spring Street Reading 110 Spring St., Saratoga Springs The second annual Spring Street Reading Series will take place at 7:30 p.m. Essayist and journalist Elizabeth Folwell will be reading. Event is free.

Catholic Daughters of the Americas Meeting Knights of Columbus Hall, 50 Pine Rd., Saratoga Springs The Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court McLaughlin #422, will hold their year- end meeting at 6:30 p.m. Members will be bringing donations for the Haynes House of Hope in Granville. New members welcome. For more information, contact Eileen Tuohy at (518) 584-3472 or Shirley Tellstone at (518) 581-2942.

From 5-8 p.m. Greenfield Elementary School will be celebrating its 50th birthday with a kick-off party that will include the premiere of Greenfield’s original song and a video created by the students. There will be dinner, cake, cotton candy, popcorn, bounce houses and a free family concert by the Zucchini Brothers. During the celebration the first draft of the new playground design will be revealed. For more information, contact Tina Davis at (518) 893-7402.

Thursday, June 7 SaratogaArtsFest Kick-off Saratoga Springs Thousands flock to Saratoga every June for this lively, four-day celebration of the arts in its many forms including music, dance, visual art, film, theater, and literary art. For information, call (518) 580-8010 or visit

Practicing Compassion in Daily Life Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St., Community Room The Ven. Lama Lhanang Rinpoche is coming from California to Saratoga for the fourth time. This time Lama Lhanang will be giving a public talk from 7-8:30 p.m. His theme for the evening will be on the development and practice of compassion and how to include it more in our daily lives and in society. There will be ample time for questions and dialogue. For more information, call Joe (518) 306-4722.

Skidmore Summer Dance Performance Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company Saratoga Performing Arts Center This SaratogaArtsFest event begins at 7:30 p.m. Pre-performance talk free with ticketed attendance for 8 p.m. performance. For tickets visit or call (518) 584-9330 or (518) 580-5596.

Wednesday, June 6

Gorilla Battle of the Bands

Greenfield Elem. 50th Birthday

Upstate Concert Hall, Route 146W, North Country Commons, Clifton Park Doors open at 4 p.m. for a 4:30 show start. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 the day

Greenfield Elementary School


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Week of June 1 - June 7, 2012


Local Gigs Week of 6/1-6/7:

Send listings to

Friday, 6.1:

•Vivid, 10 pm

•Rick Rosoff Quartet, 9 pm

•Emish, 8 pm

@ 9 maple avenue - 587.7759

•Josh Robin, 6 pm •Cabin 3, 9 pm @ bailey’s - 583.6060

•Treasa Levasseur Trio & Sarah Blacker Duo, 8 pm @ caffè lena - 583.0022

•Rick Bolton & Jeff Walton, 5 pm

•What It Is, 9 pm @ gaffney’s - 587.7359

•Jeff Brisbin, 5 pm •Marcus Ruggiero, 8:30 pm @ irish times - 583.0003

•Dreaded Wheat, 6 pm •Cryin Out Loud, 10:30 pm @ jp bruno’s - 745.1180

•Jeff Strange, 9 pm @ the parting glass - 583.1916

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

•Mallett Brothers Band w/ Headband Jack, 9 pm @ putnam den - 584.8066

•Jerry Sabatini’s Sonic Explorers, 8 pm @ van dyck - 348.7999

•The Accents, 8 pm @ vapor - 581.5772

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

@ jp bruno’s - 745.1180 @ the parting glass - 583.1916

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

•Wild Adriatic & more, 9 pm @ putnam den - 584.8066

•GRAVITY, 7 pm @ saratoga golf & polo club - 584.8121

•DJ Playground, 9 pm @ vapor - 581.5772

•The Magic Numbers, 9 pm @ wallabee’s jazz bar - 792.8282

Sunday, 6.3: •Chana Rothman, 3 pm Honeycutters, 7 pm @ caffè lena - 583.0022

•Blues Fest w/Chris O’Leary Band, 2 pm Peter Hop and the Jackrabbits, 4 pm @ gaffney’s - 587.7359

Thursday, 6.7: •Mississippi Hot Dogs, 8 pm @ gaffney’s - 587.7359

•Matty Finn, 8 pm @ irish times - 583.0003

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

•Matthew Carefully, 9 pm @ putnam den - 584.8066

•Val Chmerkovskiy, 6 pm @ vapor - 581.5772

Saturday, 6.2:

Open Mics:

•Out of the Box w/ ShaRon, 9 pm

•Sun. Open Mic, 7 pm

@ 9 maple avenue - 587.7759

•The Dude Abides, 9 pm @ bailey’s - 583.6060

•Tish Hinojosa, 8 pm @ caffè lena - 583.0022

•Acoustic Circus, 9 pm @ gaffney’s - 587.7359

•Headroom, 9 pm @ irish times - 583.0003

@ bailey’s - 583.6060

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

•Wed. Open Mic, 8 pm @ putnam den - 584.8066

•Thur. Open Mic, 7 pm @ caffè lena - 583.0022

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




Week of June 1 - June 7, 2012

Cambridge Ballon Festival Takes Flight June 1 CAMBRIDGE The Cambridge Valley Balloon Festival will take flight for the 12th year June 1 - June 3 in and around the historic village of Cambridge, NY. The festival will bring together over 15 different hot air balloons and 10 pilots as they fly over the hills of Cambridge, Jackson and White Creek (weather permitting). Pilots traditionally carry a bottle of champagne with them in the balloon basket - a gift they present to the owner of the property where they land after a flight. Champagne for this year’s festival is being sponsored by Black Dog Wines & Spirits. The opening ceremony, set for Friday evening, will feature music by the Washington County Band and introductions for all of the pilots and their sponsors. Over the course of the weekend, many events will be held to entertain crowds between launches and to showcase the Cambridge community. Friday evening will feature a performance by Robert Wuagneux at the Guest Home Park at 7:30 p.m., followed by a stunning fireworks

display after the sun goes down. For Saturday, the First Balloon Festival Car Show will be underway from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the VARAK Park on West Main and Pearl Streets, with live performances by the Hill Country Cloggers, the Tonebenders and the Drytown Drifter. The ever popular “Taste of Cambridge” food sampling event will also take place Saturday, followed by the Moonglow balloon/light show from 9 - 10 p.m. The festival ends Sunday with a Pilot’s Brunch beginning 10 a.m. at the Masonic Temple, Route 372, Coila. For more information on times, dates and other activities, visit or call (518) 677-0887.

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Up, up and away in a beautiful balloon.


Get SIDETRACKED at Brookside Museum Benefit Concert BALLSTON SPA The Brookside Museum, home of the Saratoga County Historical Society, is welcoming all to see the local band SIDETRACKED at the museum’s annual benefit concert this Friday, June 1 at 8 p.m. For the past 18 years, Brookside Museum has hosted a benefit concert to raise money for education programs that serve over 4,000 children each year. On June 1, popular local musicians in their band SIDETRACKED will be performing at the museum to support programs such as Sheep to Shawl and Native New York. SIDETRACKED is a diverse musical collaboration of young and old. The group is comprised of five members, ranging in age from 30something to closing-in-on-60. All members contribute equally to an energy and a sound that most listen-

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ers just can’t seem to get enough of. Don’t miss the opportunity to get out of that dull and boring routine, come on out and get “Sidetracked”! Doors open at 7 p.m., and the concert begins at 8 p.m. Refreshments and a cash bar will be available. The concert is outside; so don't forget to bring chairs or blankets. Tickets are $15 in advance and can be purchased by contacting Brookside at

(518) 885-4000 or by visiting The Saratoga County Historical Society at Brookside is a nonprofit organization located at 6 Charlton Street in Ballston Spa that inspires community memory by telling the story of Saratoga County through engaging exhibits and interactive programs.




Week of June 1 - June 7, 2012

Jump, Rock and "Kid" Around this Summer in Ballston Spa BALLSTON SPA - The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association (BSBPA) is proud to once again present its free Concerts in the Park series at Wiswall Park, Front Street in the village of Ballston Spa. For 2012, the concert series, which is known for its diverse lineup of musicians, has a little bit of everything, including swing, country, rock and entertainment geared toward the kids. The concerts run for 10 weeks every Thursday from 6 - 8 p.m. starting June 28. Participating bands include: • June 28: Jump Daddies (swing) • July 5: Ballston Community Band (multi-generational) • July 12: Black Mountain Symphony (folk ) • July 19: Skeeter Creek (country)

• July 26: Byrds of Prey (rock) • August 2: Annual Ice Cream Social with the Union Fire Company Band • August 9: Sirsy (indie pop/rock) • August 16: Brian Gibney Band (Celtic) • August 23: Seth and the Moody Melix (kids’ show) • August 30: Skeeter Creek (encore performance) The Concerts in the Park are presented by the BSBPA, a nonprofit, community organization committed to making the Village of Ballston Spa a better place to live and work and to bringing quality arts and entertainment events for all ages to the community. The concert series is free to the public, thanks to major sponsorship support from local Ballston Spa buisnesses and residents.

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The Brian Gibney Band


‘Summer of Light’ at The Hyde Museum GLENS FALLS - The Hyde Collection Art Museum and Historic House announces the opening of their summer season with the “Summer of Light,” set for Sunday, June 17. The “Summer of Light” pairs contemporary light artist Stephen Knapp with traditional Tiffany glass, offering a spectrum of light and glass infused art. Stephen Knapp: “New Light,” located in the Wood Gallery, combines both art and science to create engaging works formed at the intersection of painting, sculpture and architecture. Knapp’s “lightpaintings” are both innovative and invigorating: transposing artistic tradition into the hyper-stimulated world of the 21 century. Organized by the Hyde Collection, in association with Stephen Knapp, the exhibition will present 11 works and one exterior piece. After the exhibition closes at The Hyde, Knapp’s works will travel to the Vero Beach Art Museum, Vero Beach, Florida; The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Ohio; and the Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, Florida, among others. Tiffany Studios: In Hoopes Gallery, iconic and celebrated works from Tiffany Studios are highlighted in the exhibit “Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light.” The exhibition, curated by Lindsy R. Parrott, director and curator of The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass, in consultation with Hyde

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Work by Stephen Knapp Curator Erin B. Coe, offers 16 lamps and three leaded-glass windows. Louis Comfort Tiffany (18481933) and his artisans captured light in color using inventory techniques and materials and achieving impressionistic effects not previously known in opalescent glass. The exhibition is organized by The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass, New York. The Hyde is also presenting the following special guest lecturers in

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support of the museum’s glass-related exhibitions: • Sunday, June 17 at 2 p.m. Lecture: Lindsy Parrott, director and curator at The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass. Free with museum admission. • Sunday, July 15 at 2 p.m. Lecture: From Tiffany to Chihuly and Knapp by William Warmus, author of “The History of Glass” and former curator at the Corning Museum of Glass. Part of Community Day Open House from 1 - 4:30 p.m. Free lecture and museum admission. • Sunday, July 29 at 2 p.m. Lecture: Nina Gray, consulting curator, architectural historian and co-author. “Glass of all Hues and Colors: Clara Driscoll” and the “Tiffany Girls – The Glass Selectors at Tiffany Studios.” Free with museum admission. • Sunday, August 19 at 2 p.m. Lecture: Artist Stephen Knapp will speak about his work and the evolution of his “lightpaintings.” Part of the Community Day Open House from 1- 4:30 p.m. Free lecture and museum admission. To learn more, visit or call (518) 792-1761.




Week of June 1 - June 7, 2012

June Brown Bag Lunch Lecture ‘An Armchair Tour of Greenridge Cemetery’ SARATOGA SPRINGS - The final installment of the 2012 Spring Series of the Brown Bag Lunch Program will commence June 14 with a visual tour of Greenridge Cemetery by Gloria May, a localhistory enthusiast. Established in 1844, Greenridge Cemetery tells the story of Saratoga. The health seekers, doctors and pharmacists were drawn here because of the healing properties of the waters, and the politicians, attorneys and congressman were drawn here for the prominence of the legal minds in our community. They share their final resting place with the people of Saratoga that built the community: the brick layers, engineers, stone masons, Irish immigrants, inventors, writers, school teachers, and hoteliers. The soldiers of every war since the Revolution are here and are remembered with monuments to their service. The grandeur of the mausoleums

and simple gravestones reflect the individual’s personality and the art and styles of each era. There are those who died young and others that lived remarkably long. Those who died in their beloved Saratoga and those that chose to be buried here when death occurred from Cairo to California. There are prominent men that are actually not under their marker at all. Come see the pictures and hear the stories of Greenridge. The Brown Bag Series is a monthly, hour-long program presented in partnership by the Saratoga Springs Heritage Area Visitor Center and the Saratoga Springs Public Library. This event is conducted in the Dutcher Community Room located on the main floor of the library. This program is free and open to the public and begins promptly at noon. Tea and coffee are provided. For more information, contact the Visitor Center at (518) 587-3241.

2012 Saratoga Secret Gardens Tour SARATOGA SPRINGS Tickets are on sale now for the 18th annual Secret Gardens Tour featuring a dozen striking gardens in and around Saratoga Springs on Sunday, July 8. The self-guided tour is sponsored by Soroptimist International of Saratoga County to benefit local organizations and programs, particularly Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services of Saratoga County. Gardens include clever city spaces, surprising suburban gardens, water features, and perennials for both sun and shade. Tickets are $18 in advance and $22 on the day of the tour, while

they last. Tour tickets and raffle tickets may be ordered online at or forms can be printed off the website and mailed with payment. Beginning June 18, tickets may be purchased and pre-ordered tickets may be picked up at the Saratoga Springs Visitors Center, 297 Broadway. Questions? Call 581-1201 ext. 4184 or e-mail Secret Gardens Tour raffle tickets ordered before June 10 will be eligible to win an overnight at the Union Gables Inn for the night before or the night of the tour. The winner will be notified June 10. All other

Saratoga Arts Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony for 9/11 Memorial Sculpture Van Alstine and Savett, the regionally-based artists who created “Tempered By Memory,” completed their work in summer 2011. In December 2011, High Rock Park was recommended as the permanent site by the city’s Sculpture Siting Committee, and the city council unanimously accepted their choice, pending the outcome of the necessary geological and design reviews. With all required approvals secured, installation can now begin. Following its installation, Saratoga Arts will donate “Tempered By Memory” to the City of Saratoga Springs. The idea for this unique project began in the spring of 2010, when the Saratoga Springs Naval

raffle winners will be drawn the evening of the tour and winners will be notified by telephone. Soroptimist International of Saratoga County is part of an international organization of business and professional women in 120 countries who work to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world. Local Soroptimist initiatives include helping victims of domestic violence achieve independence through training and mentoring, providing grants to nonprofit organizations, and offering scholarships to women seeking to improve their lives by furthering their education.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS Saratoga Arts is inviting the public to a groundbreaking ceremony Monday, June 11 at 10 a.m. for “Tempered By Memory,” the contemporary sculpture commissioned from World Trade Center (WTC) steel. The ceremony will mark the beginning of the final phase of the project: site preparation and permanent installation in Saratoga Springs’ High Rock Park. Saratoga Arts will be joined at the event by Mayor Scott Johnson and Commissioner Skip Scirocco; artists John Van Alstine and Noah Savett; project manager Mike Stewart, Turner Construction; Tom Frost, project architect; and other key project supporters.


Support Unit presented Saratoga Arts with the opportunity to acquire World Trade Center steel from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Out of initial conversations came a shared vision: to create a forward-looking, commemorative work of contemporary art for downtown Saratoga Springs. To learn more about this project, visit This project has come to fruition solely on the basis of pri-

vately donated material, equipment, labor and cash, and is administered by Saratoga Arts. As a community arts organization, Saratoga Arts thanks the public for their commitment to and enthusiasm for the arts, and invites all to learn more about the project in High Rock Park. Join Saratoga Arts in breaking ground for Saratoga Springs' 9/11 Memorial Sculpture Monday, June 11 at 10 a.m. in High Rock Park, between the two springs north of the farmers’ market.




Week of June 1 - June 7, 2012


Americade Celebrates 30 Years at Lake George

Monday, June 4 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.:

Fort Museum Tour 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.: Scavenger Hunt 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.: Activities Room 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.: Pre-Registration Sign-in 3:30 p.m.: Stunt Show 4 - 5 p.m.: Newcomers' Meeting

Opening Dinner 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.: Opening Celebration 7 - 8 p.m.: Dessert & Door Prizes 8 p.m.: Stunt Show 9 - 10:30 p.m.: Ghost Tour

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LAKE GEORGE - Americade, the world’s largest touring motorcycle rally, returns to Lake George Monday, June 4 to celebrate its 30th year at the lakeside location. Hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts come to Lake George for the week-long rally to mark the start of summer each year, and this year the village has put together a comprehensive list of events for visitors to have at. 5 - 7 p.m.:

Tuesday, June 5 7 - 8 a.m.: 7 - 9 a.m.: 7:30 - 8 a.m.: 8 a.m.:

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.:

Fred's Coffee Club Breakfast by the Lake CMA Services Guided MiniTour Departures Begin Activities Room Sign-in Daily Seminars & Clinics Motorcycle Demos/Displays

Wednesday, June 6 7 - 8 a.m.: 7 - 9 a.m.: 7:30 - 8 a.m.: 8 a.m.:

8 a.m. - 6 p.m.: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.:

Fred's Coffee Club Breakfast by the Lake CMA Services Guided MiniTour Departures Begin Sign-in Activities Room Daily Seminars & Clinics Motorcycle

Thursday, June 7 7 - 8 a.m.: 7 - 9 a.m.: 7:30 - 8 a.m.: 8 a.m.:

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.:

Fred's Coffee Club Breakfast on the Lake CMA Services Guided MiniTour Departures Begin Activities Room Sign In Judging Seminars & Clinics Scavenger Hunt Motorcycle Demos/Displays

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.:

Free Tire Check Museum Tours (Departs on the hour) 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.: Scavenger Hunt 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.: Free Battery Check 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.: TourExpo Coat & Helmet Check 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.: TourExpo Tradeshow (2 Locations) 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Seat Comfort 1 - 4 p.m.: Judging 4 - 5 p.m.: Newcomers' Meeting

5:30 p.m.: 5:30 - 6 p.m.:

Demos/Displays 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Free Tire Check 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.: Judging 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.: Fort Museum Tours (Departs on the Hour) 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.: Free Battery Check 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.: TourExpo Coat & Helmet Check 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.: TourExpo Tradeshow (2 Locations) 9:30 a.m.: Whitewater Rafting 1/2 Day 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Seat Comfort 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.: Scavenger Hunt

5:30 p.m.: 6 p.m.:

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.:

6 - 8 p.m.: 6:15- 8 p.m.:

Whitewater Rafting (Full Day) 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.: Fort Museum Tour (Departs on the Hour) 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.: Free Battery Check 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.: TourExpo Coat & Helmet Check 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.: TourExpo Tradeshow (2 Locations) 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.: Charity Poker Run Departs 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Seat Comfort noon -2 p.m.: H-D Cruise 5 - 7 p.m.: Rock N' Roll Cruise

6 - 8 p.m.: 6 - 8:30 p.m.: 6 - 9 p.m.: 7 - 9 p.m.: 7 - 8:30 p.m.: 8 p.m.: 8 - 9 p.m.: 9- 10:30 p.m.:

Stunt Show Americade's Got Talent Kawasaki Cruise Pig Roast & Hoedown Bowling Thunder Fiesta Cruise Ghost Tour Stunt Show Greg Drevenstedt Ghost Tour

Stunt Show Rodeo & BBQ (7:30 Rodeo Starts) 6 - 8 p.m.: 3 Course Dinner Red Knights 6 - 8 p.m.: Tour Master Cruise 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.: Fashion Show 7 - 9 p.m.: Mardi Gras Cruise 7:30 p.m.: Stunt Show 8 - 9 p.m.: Comedy Show 9 - 10:30 p.m.: Ghost Tour 9:30 - 10:30 p.m.: Functional Lighting Contest

8 p.m.:

8 p.m.: 9 - 10:30 p.m.: 9:30 p.m.

3 Course Dinner Dinner Spectacular (Tour Master) Gates Open: Free Fireworks, Dessert & Awards Awards Ceremony Ghost Tour Friday Night Fireworks

To learn more about individual events or to view the full schedule, visit americade/events.cfm



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Community Sports Bulletin Last Call to Pre-Register for the 2012 Firecracker4 Road Race Start your Independence Day festivities with the annual Firecracker4 four-mile road race along the streets of historic Saratoga Springs. The course begins heading south on Broadway to Circular Street before heading east through the residential district until the race ends behind Saratoga Springs City Center at Ellsworth Jones Place. There will be special award categories for both military and public service personnel. Live entertainment will be setup all along the course, as well as bands at both the starting and finish lines. Pre-registration for the race ends June 4, so if you’re hoping to run, you better act quickly. The cost is $20 for pre-registration and $30 the day of the race. Dry-fit T-shirts will be provided for all registered participants. The night before, be sure to load up on carbohydrates at the annual pre-race pasta dinner, with all proceeds benefiting the Streaks Running Club. The dinner will be held at the Holiday Inn on Broadway in Downtown Saratoga Springs July 3 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. For $12, you’ll receive salad, pasta served with your choice of red sauce, meatballs or butter, rolls, iced tea, lemonade or coffee. There will be homemade desserts available for purchase at the dinner. To make reservations, call (518) 587-2204 or visit

Malta Community Center Holding Summer Break Basketball Camps

Seventh Annual Wilton Rotary Golf Classic

Saratoga Springs High School Field Hockey Camp Begins June 25

This summer, the Malta Community Center will be offering two separate weeks of basketball camp. The camp will focus on developing player skills along with games, contests, and T-shirts for boys and girls ages 8-12. The camp begins during summer break and will be coordinated by Chris Cordes. The first session will be June 25 – June 29 and the second session will run August 27 – August 31. Both weeks will run Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – noon for boys and 1-4 p.m. for girls. Registration costs $110 for Malta residents and $121 for non-residents for each session. For more information, call Malta Community Center at (518) 899-4411. Registration will be open until June 18.

The Rotary Club of Wilton proudly presents its seventh annual Golf Classic sponsored by Turbine Services, Ltd. at Airway Meadows Golf Club on Saturday, June 16, 2012. It will be a shotgun-start, four-person scramble followed by a buffet dinner under the clubhouse tent. Tickets cost $90 per person to golf or $25 to join us for dinner and the auction afterward. The club will conduct a live auction for a variety of wonderful prizes donated by local businesses. There will also be a Golf Ball Drop sponsored by Minich MacGregor Wealth Management and Saratoga Veterinary Hospital PC. Golf balls are sold for $5 each. If your ball rolls in the cup, you could win $500 cash. All proceeds from the sales of golf balls will be donated to Jake’s Help From Heaven, a local nonprofit foundation dedicated to supporting individuals with multiple medical challenges and disabilities.

The Saratoga Springs Booster Club is holding a field hockey camp Monday, June 25 through Friday, June 29 from 8-11 a.m. daily at Saratoga Springs High School. Registration is now open for students in grades 3-12. The camp brochure can be downloaded from the Booster Club’s website at ockey1. For more information, contact JoAnne Hostig, Saratoga Springs head field hockey coach at

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“A Winner Never Quits and a Quitter Never Wins”

Damian Fantauzzi Muhammad Ali (aka Cassius Clay) was known for his candor as a boxer, not to mention some of his amusing antics in the ring. He would dance around inside the ring and taunt his opponent and he had these steps he called the “Ali Shuffle.” His famous saying was simply "I am the greatest," and he went a long way to prove that to be true. What exactly does it mean to be the greatest? Consider Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Roger Maris and Lou Gehrig, some of the greatest New York Yankees in Major League Baseball, and their fame came from the home runs and numerous hits that they produced during their careers. The future accomplishments of famous athletes are not predetermined before entering the professional world of sports. Many people say that these superstars were born to be great, that it was their fate or destiny. I have a difficult time with that idea. I don't believe that Michael Jordan was meant to be as great as he was from birth. It's not like Prince William, whose birthright was being born into royalty and is destined to become King of England in the distant or

not so distant future. Michael Jordan was definitely crowned the “His Airness," but it wasn't his birthright he earned it! Not every kid involved in sports will become an exceptional player, so there's a fine line for those who excel and those who can’t. The thickness of that line gets greater as time goes on because the youngster who accelerates his or her skills becomes the exception and not the rule. How does this happen? I feel that there are many reasons behind the development of greatness and the biggest being a focus on the desire to be the best! My good friend Bobby Knight always felt that an athlete's worst opponent was his or her own self. In my years as a coach, I have heard players say that they can't do this or don't understand that, so therefore, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy of not improving their skill level. They have limited themselves. If you can't dribble with your opposite hand, then you should practice. There's no waking up the next morning to find you developed superior ball-handling skills. The word "can't" is the worst contraction in sports and maybe in the English language. It's hard to develop athletic skills it takes work and then after that, it takes more work. A gifted athlete is a person who was born with some innate athleticism, but it's what they do with their skills that determine how good they will be. Some just go along for the ride and think that their gifts will carry them as they glide along. Not so! The player who works at his skills, who maybe at one given time isn't as good as some of his or her teammates but works hard will pass by those kids

who are supposedly more athletic. I can vouch for that, as I was one of those kids. During my CYO experience in basketball, as an eighth grader and freshman team member, I was a benchwarmer. I was athletic and went unnoticed! In my sophomore year I came into my own as a basketball player, and I guess I can say not only did I improve, but I was able to excel in my game at a much higher level. I played constantly in my yard, sometimes by myself; always working at my game in driveways with friends or wherever I could find a place to play. It was my passion. I remember my mom saying to me "All you ever do is play basketball, don't you get tired of it?" My response to her was that I loved it and maybe someday I will earn a scholarship to play in college! This is a true tale of a selffulfilling prophecy of a late bloomer. The Michael Jordan story is a tale that dreams are made of, about a kid who was cut from his junior high team and had the drive and determination to leap to unbelievable prowess and possibly the greatest basketball player ever! These young athletes are building a wall that's so high, it's blocking opportunities to improve. It's time for these young athletes to stop limiting themselves and understand that failure is part of the learning process which might lead to becoming a really good player. Our nation was built by people who took a chance, understanding that there could be failure but refused to accept it! We are a country of dreamers and to reach your dream you can't quit on yourself. Kids need this instilled into their psyche to develop the confidence that they can achieve. If Michael Jordan had given up on himself, we would not have been blessed to see him play! My college coach, the late John Givens, used to use an old athletic cliché that has been stuck in my head for almost five decades: "A winner never quits and a quitter never wins!"


Officials Expecting Competitive Field for 34th Running of Freihofer’s Run for Women

ALBANY — Two of Kenya’s top distance runners have bowed out of Saturday’s Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K in Albany in order to prepare for their nation’s upcoming Olympic trials, race organizers confirmed May 31. Emily Chebet, who holds the Freihofer’s course record (15:12 set in 2010) and Joyce Chepkirui, a 23year-old whose victories this year include the African Cross-Country Championships, have opted to remain in Nairobi for the Kenyan Olympic trials, which have been rescheduled for June 14-16. "Naturally we’re disappointed not to have these outstanding athletes in our field," said longtime Event Director George Regan, noting that both have achieved the Olympic A standard for the 10,000m event in which they will be contesting. "However, the chance to represent one’s country in the Olympic Games is a once-ina-lifetime opportunity. We wish them well." Despite losing the two Kenyans, the Freihofer’s field still remains highly competitive. Included in the mix is defending champion Mamitu Daska of Ethiopia, winner of Monday’s Bolder Boulder 10K, who will be joined by fellow countrywomen Alemitu Abera and Ashu Kasim. The event’s stellar Kenyan contingent features recently added Jelliah Tinega, winner of this year’s Cherry Blossom 10 Mile; Risper Gesabwa, who recently won the Los Angeles Half Marathon; and, Genoveva Kigen, victor at the 2012 Crescent City Classic 10K. Two highly competitive Australians will join the Kenyans

and Ethiopians on the start line. Benita Willis, a four-time Olympian for her country and three-time Freihofer's champion, is one of the most accomplished athletes in the field. Lara Tamsett, meanwhile, who has notched a 15:28 for 5,000m, will also be a real threat on the challenging course. Red-hot American Lindsey Scherf, winner of this weekend’s Ottawa 10K and a first-time Freihofer’s competitor, has a real shot at a top-five finish. Other Americans likely to push the African and Australian contingent include Rebecca Donaghue, who was 9th at Freihofer’s in 2010, Esther Erb and Michelle Frey. Benita Willis, 33, who earned three Freihofer's titles from 20062008 — becoming only the third woman to accomplish that feat — is looking to reassert herself on this famed course after three years finishing off the podium. The Australian Olympian, who will once again represent her nation in the marathon at the London 2012 Olympics, has a proven track record (14:47 at 5000m) and is showing strong form in 2012. Last Saturday she finished eighth in the BUPA Great Manchester Run 10K (33:35). Additional information about the 2012 Freihofer’s Run for Women, Freihofer’s Community Walk, Freihofer’s Kids’ Run, Freihofer’s Junior 3K Run and the CapitalCare/CDPHP Health & Fitness Expo can be found at From the home page, you can also link to the event’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages.




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Saratoga Central Catholic Bows Out in Semifinals The Saints’ bid for a fourth-straight Section II Class B championship ends with loss to Catskill at Bleecker Stadium. by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Saratoga Central Catholic Saints’ three-year run as the Section II Class B champions came to an end May 26, dropping their semifinal contest with the Catskill Cats by a score of 4-3 at Bleecker Stadium. Spa Catholic’s starting pitcher Casey Cohan went the distance, pitching all seven innings and surrendering four runs (two earned) on five hits while striking out four and walking only one batter. Sean Hart did the majority of the Saints’ offensive damage, with a two-run double in the bottom of the fourth, but the Saints would never hold a lead on the afternoon thanks to a four-run third inning for Catskill. The two teams played a relatively quiet first two innings before Catskill’s outburst. The Cats’ Kyle Lyles would get things started with a bloop single. The next batter, Hans Schmidt, would attempt to

bunt the runner over, but ended up reaching first safely on third baseman Tyler Gereau‘s throwing error. Lyles would advance to third base on the throw as well. Following the only walk of the afternoon for Cohan, Catskill’s Cameron Overbaugh and Anthony Gjergji would both single to send all three base runners home. Overbaugh would eventually score following a wild pitch, after Cohan mishandled the throw from Nick Hladik. With the notable exception of the third inning, Cohan was otherwise stellar on the mound, allowing only two hits and not allowing a runner past second base. Catskill’s four-run lead would be cut into right away by the Saints, who never seemed to back down from Catskill. Jesse Winters hit a two-out double to score Hladik in the bottom of the third to cut the lead to 4-1. They would strand two runners on base following a Cam Coons groundout to end the inning. The fourth inning proved to be

the most productive for Saratoga Central, as Sean Hart’s opposite field two-run double would bring the Saints back within one. This would send the Catskill starting pitcher, Joe Vierheller, to the bench after three and two third innings. Hans Schmidt was called in from first base, and forced John Natale to fly out to shortstop to end the threat. Schmidt would stay in for the remainder of the game and only needed 38 pitches to record the last 10 outs and seal up a trip to the Section II Class B finals at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium in Troy. Saratoga Central Catholic would strand the tying run in both the sixth and seventh inning but could not get the run in to score, ending their season a bit earlier than some of their players might be used to. The Saints’ run of three straight Section II Class B titles would not reach a fourth year. Head coach Phonse Lambert guided his squad to 18 wins during his 25th season at the helm for

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A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE - Spa Catholic’pitcher Casey Cohan, shown during the Saints’ May 26 semifinal loss to Catskill, turned in a solid effort, but it ultimately wasn’t enough to move on for a fourthstraight championship game at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium in Troy. Saratoga Central Catholic. To reach the semifinals, the Saints defeated Tamarac High School during the quarterfinals in another close contest by a score of 5-4. Jesse Winters pitched a com-

plete game and helped his own cause with an RBI. Cam Coons and Casey Cohan would also drive in runs during the game. John Natale and Sean Hart would each score two runs as well.

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