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Flags to Unfurl Over Spa City Thousands Expected for Parade

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Saratoga Goes Solar Two New Solar Parks Put City at Forefront of Energy Movement

The 45th annual Saratoga-Wilton Elks Flag Day Parade is set to start Saturday, June 8 at noon with between 2,500 and 3,000 people marching, or driving, in the event. Five divisions with approximately 13-15 units in each are set to partake in the parade,

Disney Star to Give Free Concert

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — With two new solar parks in the process of getting approved, it looks like Saratoga Springs may be at the forefront of New York State’s solar energy movement. With the help of an initiative called NY-Sun, a New York State See Solar pg. 7

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — Hang on to your tweens—the much-loved and very popular Disney star Zendaya is coming to town—and the concert is free. New York Racing Association officials and Saratoga 150 committee members announced this week that Disney star and Dancing With the Stars runner-up Zendaya will give a free concert at this year’s open house event at the Saratoga Race Track.

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Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge Leading Knight Roger Bechard said. Officially called the Elks Club Flag Day Parade Saluting Saratoga 150 and the Armed Forces, the event will start on North Broadway and head down to Congress Park. “We honor the flag of our country and all the people that have served past and present,”

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Railroad Place Walking Trail Extension Opens SARATOGA SPRINGS — The trail for walkers and bikers that connects the west side of Saratoga Springs with Spa State Park had its official ribbon cutting on June 1. The trail was been a collaborative effort between Saratoga Springs, New York State Parks and the New York Department of Transportation. The part of the path crosses State Route 50 will eventually have a pedestriancontrolled traffic light.

Mayor Scott Johnson speaks as Barbara Glaser looks on. Photo courtesy of Deborah Neary.

Left to right: Chamber of Commerce President Todd Shimkus; Commissioner of Public Works Anthony “Skip” Scirrocco; YMCA CEO, Jim Letz; Deputy Mayor Shauna Sutton; Regional Director of NYS Parks Alane Ball Chinian; Mayor Scott Johnson; Barbara Glaser; and Saratoga Springs Greenbelt Trail Committee, Jeff Olson. Photo courtesy of Deborah Neary.

Alane Ball Chinian and her daughter Hope cross Route 50. Photo courtesy of Deborah Neary.


Week of June 7 – June 13, 2013 Norma J. Skaarup, 53, of Zephyr Lane, Saratoga Springs, was arrested June 5 and charged with harassment in the second degree, a violation, criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree, a Class A misdemeanor, and menacing in the second degree, a Class D felony. Skaarup was arrested as a result of a domestic incident. James L. Shutts, 51, of Pepper Lane, Saratoga Springs, was arrested June 4 and charged with stalking in the fourth degree, a Class B misdemeanor, and criminal contempt in the first degree, a Class E felony. Shutts was arrested on a warrant in relation to a domestic incident that occurred on June 2. James J. Argus, 50, of Myrtle Street, Saratoga Springs, was arrested June 4 and charged with disorderly conduct, a violation, resisting arrest, a Class A misdemeanor, DWI, a Class A misdemeanor, and refusing a pre-screen test, a violation. Lawrence G. Mahar, 49, of Seward Street, Saratoga Springs, was arrested June 4 and charged with DWI, a Class A misdemeanor. Rynay L. Nelson, 44, of Wiley Way, Corinth, was arrested June 3 and charged with harassment in the second degree, a violation, and resisting arrest, a Class A misdemeanor. Nelson was arrested for an incident that had occurred on May 26.

David E. Green, 49, of Richmond Lane, Avon, was arrested June 3 and charged with DWI, Class A misdemeanor, and failure to keep right, a violation. Christopher A. Raible, 24, of Middle Road, Delanson, was arrested June 3 and charged with attempted assault in the third degree, a Class A misdemeanor. Raible was arrested for an incident that occurred on Caroline Street. Tyler A. Coon, 19, of Clubhouse Drive, Saratoga Springs, was arrested June 2 and charged with attempted arson in the fourth degree, a Class A misdemeanor. Colin A. Fitch, 18, of Lake Ave, Saratoga Springs, was arrested June 2 and charged with criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a Class A misdemeanor. Fitch was arrested on a warrant for an incident that occurred on May 6. John J. Keith, 25, homeless, was arrested May 31 and charged with grand larceny in the fourth degree, a Class E felony. Keith was arrested on a warrant from an incident on Nelson Avenue on September 9, 2012. John J. Keith, 25, homeless, was arrested May 31 and charged with grand larceny in the fourth degree, a Class E felony. Keith was arrested on a warrant from an incident on Nelson Avenue on September 9, 2012. Kenneth L. Thomas, 60, of Malta Avenue, Ballston Spa, was

arrested May 31 and charged with grand larceny in the fourth degree, a Class E felony, criminal possession of a forged instrument, a Class D felony, and theft of services, a Class A misdemeanor. Thomas was arrested on a warrant for an incident that occurred on May 1. Daniel Perez-Rodriguez, of Grange Road, Greenfield Center, was arrested May 31 and charged with DWI, a Class A misdemeanor. Christopher M. Dunn, 25, of Edie Road, Saratoga Springs, was arrested May 31 and charged with DWI, a Class A misdemeanor. Timothy E. Bush, Sr., 52, of Loughberry Lake Road, Saratoga Springs, was arrested May 30 and charged with disorderly conduct, a violation, and resisting arrest, a Class A misdemeanor. Bush Sr. was involved in an altercation on Caroline Street. He refused to cooperate with police and was placed under arrest. Timothy E. Bush, Jr., 25, of West Harrison Street, Saratoga Springs, was arrested May 30 and charged with obstructing governmental administration in the second degree, a Class A misdemeanor, and resisting arrest, a Class A misdemeanor. Janeequa M. Hicks, 20, of Elk Street, Albany, was arrested May 30 and charged with criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a Class A

misdemeanor. Hicks was arrested as part of a domestic incident. David W. Devoe, 25, of Jefferson Street, Saratoga Springs, was arrested May 30 and charged with aggravated DWI driving with a BAC greater than .18 percent, a Class A misdemeanor, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, a Class A misdemeanor. Edward Stanley, 30, of Whitney Place, Saratoga Springs, was arrested May 29 and charged with DWI, a Class A misdemeanor, and aggravated unlicensed


operation of a motor vehicle in the second degree, a Class A misdemeanor. Diane Robinson, 59, of Washington Avenue, Schenectady, was arrested May 29 and charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, a Class A misdemeanor, and resisting arrest, a Class A misdemeanor. Officers responded to a fight at NYRA on Union Avenue involving employees. Robinson was arrested as a result of an investigation in to the incident.


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BALLSTON SPA — Three teenagers, including Saratoga County Administrator Spencer P. Hellwig III’s son, were indicted on felony burglary charges for allegedly breaking into a clubhouse and underage drinking. Spencer P. Hellwig IV, 18, of East Avenue in Saratoga Springs; Jacob J. Hyland, 18, of the Paddocks of Wilton; and Jordan Canino, 18, of Ballston Avenue in Saratoga Springs were indicted Friday, May 31 on third-degree burglary, which is a felony. They were also indicted for fourth-degree criminal mischief and endangering the welfare of a child, both misdemeanors. All three were charged with the misdemeanors in February for the January 22 incident, along with two other teenagers, but only Hellwig, Hyland and Canino were indicted on felonies, as the charges were

levied by a grand jury. After allegedly drinking alcohol in the Paddocks of Saratoga and causing more than $1,000 worth of damage, officials said a theater system was damaged with a security cage ripped out of the wall, three broken pool cues, toilet bowl cleaner sprayed over the room and beer placed into coffee-maker. There were also 60 beer cans left in the building. The case is being handled by a special prosecutor, Warren County District Attorney Kate Hogan. This is the second felony vandalism charge against both Hellwig and Hyland. The two faced felony and misdemeanor criminal mischief charges in April 2012 after damaging multiple homes with a BB gun and baseball bat.

John Arpei Will Challenge John Franck for Accounts Commissioner SARATOGA SPRINGS — John Franck will be running opposed in the race for accounts commissioner for the first time in three elections after retired New York State auditor John P. Arpei (R) announced last week he will be running for the position.

Arpei will be the city Republican Committee’s first candidate for accounts commissioner since 2005. The only Democrat on the city council left unchallenged now is Finance Commissioner Michele Madigan.

Ballston Spa High School seniors posted a “For Sale” banner on the front entrance to the school as their senior prank, listing the “amenities” and final sale price of a whopping dollar. Photo provided.

Man Convicted of Sexual Assault SARATOGA SPRINGS — Antonio Lopez Bautista, 20, was convicted by a jury last week of second degree kidnapping, first degree sexual abuse, second degree assault, all classified as violent felonies, as well as criminal obstruction of breathing for the assault on a Saratoga Springs woman just over a year ago. He could face up to 15 years in prison. Bautista, who had lived at 10 Federal Street, Apt. 5, assaulted a woman waiting in her car for her husband, who was working at the time. The brutal attack occurred behind the West Side Stadium Restaurant and Legends Cafe in the early morning hours of May 22. Bautista was seen in surveillance film from that night walking down the street and then ducking down into the brush to hide when the woman and her husband drove up. After the husband went in to work, Bautista snuck up to her vehicle and violently pulled her from the

car, beating her about the head, neck and body, while she grasped the seatbelt in an attempt to prevent him from getting her out of the vehicle. Bautista is shown overpowering her and dragging her more than 60 feet away from her car down Congress Street into a dark area where he removed her shirt and bra and pulled down her pants attempting to sexually assault her. The woman’s screams woke nearby neighbors who summoned police who responded immediately. Saratoga Springs Police Department officers apprehended him hiding near the scene minutes after the attack. Bautista, who is an illegal immigrant, could receive a prison sentence of up to 15 years in state prison on the highest charge. Under the law, since the crimes occurred at the same time, the prison sentences must run concurrently. Sentencing has been scheduled for July 26 at 11 a.m.


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Thomas E. Waring

Saratoga Springs — Thomas E. Waring, 76, of Spa Drive passed away quietly at home, June 1, after a long series of illnesses. He was born August 16, 1936 to William H. and Kathryn I. Waring (Riordan). In addition to his parents, Tom was predeceased by a brother, William J. Waring (Joan); a sister, Barbara A.

Waring and an infant niece, Elaine Mary Waring. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Claire Stanford Waring; a son, Thomas E. Waring, Jr. of Ballston Spa (Marylee Fitzgerald); a daughter, Suzanne Waring Daly (Peter) of Marlborough, Massachusetts; a brother, Samuel K. Waring of Pittsfield, Massachusetts; a cousin, John (Jackie) Riordan of Greenfield, six grandchildren, Christopher, Patrick, and Elizabeth Daly of Marlborough, Massachusetts and Michelle, Thomas III, and Madeleine Waring of Ballston Spa; the mother of the Waring grandchildren, Kerri Weiskotten (Kurt) and two nieces and a nephew, Maureen Gizzi, Paulette Spina, and Christopher Waring.

Brian K. Heller BALLSTON SPA — Brian K. Heller, 53, passed away suddenly on June 3 from a long battle with liver disease. Born November 26 in Troy to John and Theresa Heller. Brian was an extremely talented and well-respected hair stylist known throughout the Capital

District and owned salons for many years. He loved to travel and visited many wonderful places, Rome and Istanbul being two of his favorites. A memorial service to celebrate Brian’s life will be held at the Appel Inn Gathering Space, 590 Rte. 146, Altamont on June 7 at 4 p.m.

Dennis H. Doten MECHANICVILLE — Dennis H. Doten, 48, of West Street, Riverside, died tragically June 2, on the Waterford Road in the Town of Halfmoon, after being struck by a vehicle while walking home. Born in Troy, April 15, 1965, son of Herbert and Judith Swatling Doten Jr. of Stillwater. Dennis was a 1983 graduate of Mechanicville High School. After high school, Dennis enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving most of his four year enlistment in Hawaii. Years later, he served as a sergeant within the U.S. Army National Guard. A self-employed contractor, Dennis had worked for the Watervliet Arsenal for some years. Survivors in addition to his parents include his son, Tim (Caitlin Gilgallon) Doten of Mechanicville; a daughter, Angeline (Mike Miller) Doten

of Clifton Park; sibling sisters, Linda (Gene) Duchesne and Cindy Doten-Dunn all of Stillwater; and brother, Michael of Saratoga Springs; along with nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles. A funeral service was held on Thursday. Burial with military honors was at the Saratoga National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to patient’s activity fund of the Stratton VA Hospital, Albany, in memory of Dennis H. Doten. To leave condolences and for directions, please visit:

SARATOGA SPRINGS — James E. Lowry of Deer Run died peacefully in his sleep on May 29 at Wesley Health Care Center in Saratoga Springs. He was 71. Born on October 29, 1941 in the Bronx he was the son of the late Christopher Lowry and Ann Sullivan. He was also predeceased by his brother Peter Lowry. From the age of three, he grew up at the Mount Loretto Orphanage on Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island. Mr. Lowry proudly served his

county in the United States Army from 1965-1966 and served in the Merchant Marines for one year prior. He married his wife Brenda Gittins Lowry on December 17, 1972. James worked for the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets as a food inspector in and around the Saratoga area for over 32 years until his retirement in 2001. He was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa. When his children were younger, he was very active in the Orange County Little League as a manager and umpire. Upon moving to the Saratoga Springs, he also umpired in the Saratoga Springs Little League. He was an avid bowler and enjoyed RC car racing. But most of all he was a dedicated husband father and friend to all that knew him. Survivors include his wife of over 40 years, Brenda Lowry of Milton, two sons, Robert Peter Lowry and his wife Rebecca of Milton, and Keith Christopher

Lowry and his wife Susan of Arizona, two daughters Kerry Ann Gorman and her husband Kenneth of Arizona and Nicole Alise Simone of New Jersey, and five grandchildren, Kadi, Kendra, Breanna, Robert and Hanna. Calling hours will be Monday June 3 at the Tunison Funeral Home 105 Lake Avenue Saratoga Springs from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. also at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery following the services on Tuesday. Memorial donations can be made to St. Jude 1 Computer Dr. South, Albany, NY 12205 Online remembrances can be made at

Frances A. Higgins HALFMOON — Frances A. Higgins, 80, passed away peacefully, with her family by her side, on June 3 at the Schenectady Community Hospice at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, after a prolonged illness. Born November 22, 1932 in New York City, Frances was the daughter of the late Frank and Mary Creighton McKenny. Survivors include her husband, Richard J. Higgins, to whom she was married for almost 59 years; her children, Mary (Steve) Norton, Richard (Nancy) Higgins, James (Darlene) Higgins and Kathleen (Rob) Murphy; and her grandchildren, Caitlin Norton, Corinne Higgins, Jaclyn, Sean and Kelly Murphy; her sisters, Marie (the late Joseph) Chowske and Patricia (Blaise) Genco; sister-in-law, Patricia (the late Thomas) McKenny. She is

also survived by many nieces and nephews. Fran’s life was one of love and service to others. She was genuinely interested in the problems, talents and accomplishments of family, friends and all the people with whom she had contact. While bringing up four children Fran managed to participate in a wide range of community activities, including 4H, Boy Scouts, Brownies and Tie Line of Albany (which brought inner city and suburban families together). Fran also had a number of part time employments over the years, most notable as administrative assistant to Dr. Henry Chessin of the Physics Department at SUNY Albany. Fran also golfed and was a member of the Women’s Association of Normanside Country Club for many years.

Among many other interests, were swimming, cooking, painting and gardening. She also appreciated nature, particularly birds and animals of all kinds. A Celebration of Frances’ life will be held on June 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home, 1550 Route 9, Clifton Park. Interment will be in the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville. Memorial contributions in Fran’s memory may be made to the American Lung Association of NYS c/o COPD Research, 1550 Washington Avenue, Suite 210, Albany, NY 12210 or to the charity of one’s choice. Arrangements have been entrusted by the family to the Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home, 1550 Route 9, Clifton Park, New York 12065.

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Flag Parade Steps Off at Noon Saturday continued from page 1 Bechard said. “It’s the flag of our country and it’s what the parade is all about.” Members of the Elks Club and local fire companies will participate in the parade along with marching bands, military veterans, auto collectors, bands, the Saratoga Springs police color guard and members of the county’s public safety, public works and city and county officials. There will be two Honorary Grand Marshals: Decorated World War II Marine veteran Daniel Lawler and Don Dieckmann of the

100th Division U.S. Air Force. Elk of the Year Pat Cummings and Citizen of the year Michael O’Reilly, a Saratoga fireman, will be present along with many other popular faces such as Congressman Paul Tonko, Assemblyman Jim Tedisco, District Attorney James Murphy, County Supervisor Joanne Yepsen and Mayor Scott Johnson, who will all be in the parade as dignitaries. A Saratoga 150 float will be the official starting gate. The float itself will be a four-gate starting gate that has signatures and Saratoga 150 colors painted on it.

“It’s an actual gate that does work,” said Saratoga 150 representative Joe Dalton. “It arrived in Saratoga probably a month or a month and a half ago. It will be in various parades and gatherings throughout the summer.” The float will be pulled by a Depaula Chevrolet vehicle wrapped in Saratoga visuals, including the Saratoga 150 logo. No one will be on the actual float because it would be too hazardous, Dalton said. Once the parade is done, all

the participants will be going back to the Elks Lodge on 1 Elk Lane for a free picnic with hot dogs, salads and soda provided. With rain expected Saturday, the parade is planned to start through rain or shine as one of the many events going on this weekend as part of the Saratoga Arts Fest, which carries through Sunday, June 9. The traditional Elk’s celebration and parade is always the Saturday before Flag Day, which is next Friday, June 14.

Malta Farmers’ Market Opens

Cutting the ribbon to celebrate the opening of the Malta Farmer’s Market this week were Denise Romeo of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce; Tom Clark, the assistant manager of the Malta Allerdice ACE Hardware store; Malta market manager and farmer Suzanne Balet Haight, and her husband David Haight, of Malta’s Open Space, Agricultural, and Trails Committee; Wally Allerdice III and Malta Allerdice manager Jon Swick. The market will set up every Tuesday from 3-6 p.m. in the Allerdice parking lot, 2570 Route 9 in Malta.

U.S. FLAG HISTORY In May of 1776, Betsy Ross reported that she sewed the first American flag. Today the flag consists of thirteen horizontal stripes, seven red alternating with 6 white. The stripes represent the original 13 colonies, the stars represent the 50 states of the Union. The colors of the flag are symbolic as well: Red symbolizes Hardiness and Valor, White symbolizes Purity and Innocence and Blue represents Vigilance, Perseverance and Justice. FLAG ETIQUETTE • The flag should be lighted at all times, either by sunlight or by an appropriate light source. • The flag should be flown in fair weather, unless the flag is designed for inclement weather use. • The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing. It is flown upside down only as a distress signal. • The flag should not be used for any decoration in general. Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes. The blue stripe of the bunting should be on the top. • The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose. It should not be embroidered, printed or otherwise impressed on such articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes, or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use. Advertising signs should not be attached to the staff or halyard. • The flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, fireman, policeman and members of patriotic organizations. • The flag should never have any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, figure, or drawing of any kind placed on it, or attached to it. • The flag should never be used for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything. • When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object; it should be received by waiting hands and arms. To store the flag it should be folded neatly and ceremoniously. • The flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary. • When a flag is so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner. Provided by:

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Skidmore College, City of Saratoga Springs Advance Area’s Solar Energy Usage continued from page 1 Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) program developed with the goal of quadrupling the amount of solar farms in 2013, it is becoming easier for businesses, schools and cities who would like to build solar farms a chance to fund their projects. NY-Sun will have $432 million in funding available through 2015. Because of this new grant opportunity, both Skidmore College and the City of Saratoga Springs now have plans in the works to build their own solar farms. After receiving its NYSERDA grant, Skidmore College is planning an eight-acre solar farm on Denton Road by the Polo Association fields. The farm will hold 6,950 solar panels—enough to generate power equal to carbon dioxide emissions from 206,315 gallons of gas consumed and is equal to powering 2,600 average homes. The college will work with energy developers Dynamic Energy Solutions and Community Energy Solar to construct and install a twomegawatt solar facility and then enter an agreement with the developers to lease the solar panels and sign a commitment to purchase the solar output of the installation so it can power the college. “Assuming all conditions are successfully met, [construction] will be started in the fall and completed in approximately six months,” said Andrea Wise of Skidmore’s Office of Communications. The City of Saratoga Springs is also embracing the solar energy movement with a new approach to installing solar panels—by using space on the Weibel Avenue landfill. “Using the Weibel Avenue landfill for a solar park is a concept I started working on at the beginning of 2012 based on some knowledge of what was happening across the country at other landfills,” said Larry Toole, board member of Sustainable Saratoga. “We presented this concept to the city council as something the city should look into—it’s good not only for the city’s energy usage, but overall as a community-based project.” The city, with the help of Finance Commissioner Michele Madigan, approved the proposal in February and awarded energy developer SunEdison a bid May 21 in an agreement similar to Skidmore’s—the developer will conduct a feasibility study to ensure the landfill is an appropriate space

for a solar park, then when the city receives funding from NYSERDA, the developers will complete the project and then lease out the solar panels back to the city to supply most of its energy needs. “Solar panels are some of the best things that can help the city stabilize energy costs and are key for budgeting,” said Madigan. “It’s just all over the board good for the city, and we’ll produce cleaner, greener energy.” Madigan said the city is expecting the feasibility study to go well and is hoping to get on the ground running so they can apply for funding in August. “We’re moving quickly because SunEdison is applying for grant funding from NYSERDA and the next deadline is at the end of August,” Madigan explained. Toole said the typical project funding request in today’s market could be anywhere from $750,000 to $1 million. “A lot of these types of projects request a little under 80 cents to a dollar per watt of installation, so if it’s going to be a one-megawatt array, we might be requesting somewhere from $750,000 to $1 million, depending,” Toole said. “That funding, along with the funding provided by the developer, will be able to purchase all the equipment and labor necessary.” Once the city receives the grant, it could break ground on the

project as early as this fall and be producing up to one or even two megawatts of energy by early 2014. “Once it’s finished, the solar park will provide the city with most of its energy needs,” Madigan said. “It’ll help power buildings like the ice rink, city hall and the recreation center.” There is a big difference between Skidmore’s solar plan and the city’s: once the first phase of the city’s plan—leasing the panels to provide energy for city buildings— a second phase will begin which, if approved, could possibly allow city residents to lease out their own panels to provide solar energy for their homes. “Phase two expands on the concept to community solar energy,” Toole said. “Many households in Saratoga might have rooftops that aren’t facing the right direction or have too many trees shading the house, so residents interested in putting solar energy on their houses could purchase their own capacity at the Weibel Avenue landfill—panels are assigned to you producing energy for you and the energy produced would offset the electricity usage of your house.”

But there is an issue with conducting Phase Two—the concept of remote net metering isn’t currently allowed by the state. “We’re hoping the state will revise the statute for remote net metering so we can have a virtual electrical meter situation at the landfill,” Toole said. “Currently that capability does not exist so advocates want to enhance that statute and in the meantime we’ll position ourselves to take advantage of that statute when that changes.” “If that doesn’t happen, then

there may be other usage or ways to put additional solar panels in there and rethink Phase Two, but we hope that the statute is modified and we can move forward.” Until then, with no cost to Saratoga taxpayers, Madigan said their new solar model is one to follow. “It’s a very interesting model,” she said. “I think [Saratoga] is definitely at the forefront with this solar park and I think we’re giving villages and towns a great model to look at.”


Stepping Star Gymnastics and Dance Steppin’ Out


Landry Promoted to Adirondack Cardiology Donates Defibrillators Director of Central Sterile Supply

Clay Landry

Pictured above are some of the students of Stepping Star, which recently held the last of their classes at their Congress Plaza location. The three-generation business had to relocate because the building they were housed in is being demolished to build a hotel. Stepping Star has plans to reopen in August in the former South Street School in Ballston Spa. Photo courtesy of

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Hospital has promoted Clay Landry to director of Central Sterile Supply, responsible for overseeing the cleaning, disinfecting and sterilization of all hospital instruments, equipment and other sterile items used in patient care. Landry is one of only nine professionals in New York State to have earned certification from the national Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution as a sterile processing and distribution manager. He joined Saratoga Hospital in 1994 and served most recently as manager of Central Sterile Supply. In that role, Landry led a successful effort to have all eligible staff earn CBSPD certification, a distinction shared by very few New York hospitals.

Left to right are Ben Driscoll, Glens Falls Ward Five Common Councilman, Dr. Jack Layden, ACA cardiologist, Hank Pelton, Greenjackets president and alumni, and Don Beaty, Greenjackets alumni.

GLENS FALLS — Following the death of a football player in Vermont, Adirondack Cardiology, a service of Glens Falls Hospital, recently showed its support for the Glens Falls Greenjackets football team through the donation of two automated external defibrillators (AED’s). The Greenjackets, established in 1928, is the third oldest football team in the country, and a rich part of Glens Falls’ heritage and tradition. The team previously did not have access to this life-saving equipment, which will be used in the event of a medical emergency. One defibrillator will travel with the players to away games, and one will remain at East Field for the Greenjackets and Golden Eagles. Dr. Jack Layden, cardiologist of Adirondack Cardiology Associates, was instrumental in facilitating the donation. He feels very strongly

regarding the need to be proactive in avoiding sports-related deaths. Dr. Layden states, “The amount of people who experience sudden death each year is 10 times the amount of deaths from breast cancer. By ensuring this equipment is available to our local athletes, we could save a life.” The Greenjackets expressed their gratitude with the gift. “We are so inspired by the generosity of ‘Doc’ Layden and the ACA team,” says Greenjackets president and alumni Hank Pelton. “We realized we needed to be more proactive when a player from Vermont recently died on the field. This equipment could have saved his life. We looked to raise money for it, but ‘Doc’ Layden stepped up and said they would find a way to support our efforts. Our team is thrilled, and we thank him from the bottom of our hearts.”


Week of June 7 – June 13, 2013

Fingerpaint Hosts Open House

The newly renovated Fingerpaint building located at ocated at 395 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — An open house showcasing Fingerpaint’s new offices in the former Borders Bookstore building was held on May 30. Nearly 300 guests and employees toured the office, which features and

open space design instead of cubicle offices. Fingerpaint, a strategic and creative advertising agency headquartered in Saratoga Springs, with a satellite office in Wayne, Pennsylvania, recently completed renovations to the 30,000-squarefoot, two-story building at 395 Broadway to accommodate its staff of 70 employees. The firm was previously located at The Lofts at 18 Division Street. “We have an extremely passionate, talented and creative team that is committed to Saratoga, the community and the work we do. We are grateful to be where we are today in five short years and want to thank our partners, clients, colleagues, friends and family for their continued support,” said Ed Mitzen of Fingerpaint. Upon arrival, guests toured the new office, were entertained with live jazz music by Al Santoro and Friends and experienced a “live” original painting by Saratoga Springs artist Frankie Flores, best

BSNB Branches to Collect Worn Flags BALLSTON SPA — All of Ballston Spa National Bank’s branch offices will be collecting worn American flags through June 13. The public may bring flags that are worn, tattered or faded to any

of the bank’s 10 branch locations in Saratoga County. A group of BSNB’s Volunteers In Action will ensure that collected flags are delivered to a local American Legion where they will be properly retired.

known for his vibrant equine artwork. Beverages, hors d’oeuvres and dessert were provided by The Crown Grill at Circus Café and Coccadotts Cake Shop. Fingerpaint leased its new space, which includes the parking lot behind the building, for 10 years from Myron M. Hunt in Buffalo. The parking lot will be offered to charitable organizations to raise money on select weekends. “Social responsibility is ingrained in Fingerpaint’s culture. Each year we donate our time and resources to non-profits such as SPAC, Double H Ranch, The Hyde Collection, Rebuilding Together Saratoga County, Franklin Community Center, JDRF Northeastern NY Chapter and more,” said Mitzen. Additionally, Fingerpaint has created a position to head up philanthropic efforts and corporate giving and will formerly announce a new hire for this position in the coming weeks.

Mom and Pop BBQ Contest SARATOGA SPRINGS — Time to sharpen your barbequing skills. Saratoga’s All-American Celebration Inc. announced a new event for this year’s Sixth Annual Saratoga’s All-American Celebration—the “Mom & Pop BBQ Competition,” to be held Thursday, July 4, 4-7 p.m. in the Saratoga Downtowner parking lot. “After six years, we are thrilled to bring a fresh, new component to our celebration,” said Kate Jarosh, president of the Board of Directors. “Great cooks have been tasting local restaurant’s creations in our barbeque fest since 2008 and now they have the chance to flex their culinary muscles themselves. This unique event pairs contestants with local celebrities as sous chefs to create amazing dishes for the judges. It

is sure to be a lot of fun for contestant and spectator alike.” Nominations are now open for this event (www.saratogajuly4th. com) and kids of every age (parents feel free to help) are encouraged to submit a nomination form for mom, dad or both. Four teams will be chosen from the nominations to compete and paired with one of our local personalities to create the final team. Each team will choose three recipes to prepare for the judges on the Fourth and one team will win. The winning team will receive a medium Big Green Egg, compliments of Adirondack Appliance. Visit to make a nomination by June 20th and learn more about this year’s celebration.


Week of June 7 – June 13, 2013

A Medley of Fun by Trina Lucas Saratoga TODAY

Play Date It was time to play last Thursday, May 30, as teachers, parents and friends gathered for The Caroline Street Elementary School Gala at Saratoga National Golf Club. The party was just one of the many fundraising efforts for the East Side Recreation Field playground. After more than 25 years of fun for countless Saratoga children, including Caroline Street students, the equipment located on land owned by the school district is outdated and must be replaced. Event chairs Heather Fresh and Bernadette Sprinkle welcomed almost 200 guests to the Party for the Playground. Among them were PTSO Co-Presidents Mesha Brewer and Kirsten Ott, and Principal Dan O’Rourke. Garland Nelson and members of Soul Session set the perfect tune for Mazzone Hospitality’s playful food and drinks, while Caroline Street dad Jeff Caron captured the young at heart in his Saratoga Photobooth. Fresh helped fellow school mom Jill Warmbier coordinate silent and live auctions featuring New York Yankees tickets, a ‘Designer for a Day’ package with Jen Jen from Miss Scarlet’s, a tequila tasting at Mexican Connection, a five-course wine-pairing dinner at Javier’s new Latin restaurant, Embrace the Race swag, a picnic table adorned with the handprints of Caroline Street first-graders and a ‘Hattie’s Backyard Throwdown’ donated by school parents Beth and Jasper Alexander. Over $12,000 was bid between both auctions, with more than $20,000 raised at the end of the night. “What I most enjoyed most was seeing so many parents, grandparents, families and friends there,” said Sprinkle. “Some whose children don’t even attend Caroline Street Elementary—it is a community playground and the community definitely showed up. Their support was overwhelming.”

Jay and Susan Elridge, Trish and Tom Spain

Stephanie and Steve Kantscheidt, Jennifer and Damon DeTeso

PTSO Co-President Mesha Brewer, 2nd grade teacher Emily Mopsik, art teacher Courtney Erhardt

Caroline Street Elementary School’s PTSO will continue to host mini events as they begin applying for special grants this summer. For more information, or to assist the playground project, please visit www.carolinestreetplayground. com. Photos courtesy of

Rocky and Heather Fresh

The third annual Music, Models & Mingling took place on Thursday, May 31, at the Saratoga Polo Field. Traci Jersen and Lauren Cavanaugh co-chaired the Adult & Senior Center of Saratoga benefit, and the festivities drew quite a crowd despite the sticky heat. Perusing the silent auction, attendees enjoyed gourmet food from Old Daley Inn, donated by Sysco. Brotherhood Winery, Saratoga Eagle, American Harvest Vodka and Jim Beam Spirits contributed wine, beer and liquor to enhance the celebration. Gentlemen, and some ladies, enjoyed a cigar tasting on the lawn from James & Sons Tobacconists. Inside the tent, ladies (and some gentlemen) played dress up with Aggie Mullaney, Life Rocks Jewelry and Saratoga Saddlery. Natalie Sillery of Saratoga Trunk put colorful hats on everyone wanting to glam it up for the photo booth. Tarot card readings, a champagne cart and the giving tree of light-up novelty rings added to the frivolity. More than $45,000 was raised thanks to numerous in-kind donors, and lead sponsors that included Turbine Services, Vince and Patty Riggi, Ron and Michele Riggi, CDPHP, Dr. Jeffrey Ridha, Kerry and Tom Selfridge and Stewart’s Shops. Just two years ago, in 2011, the fundraiser started with 150 attendees raising $17,000. “In its third year, Music, Models & Mingling has surpassed all of our expectations,” commented Lois Celeste, executive director of the senior center. “This year, 350 people came out to have fun, celebrate and give back to our seniors. Our sponsors, committee, staff and attendees made this event possible and the success it truly was. We are very lucky – and grateful to everyone involved.” Founded as the Golden Age Club in March 1955, the Adult and Senior Center of Saratoga is a non-residential community center serving those ages 50 and over by providing a social environment with programs tailored to adults and seniors. The non-profit facility is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Saratoga and welcomes members striving to maintain an independent lifestyle. To learn more, visit Photos courtesy of

Week of June 7 – June 13, 2013

The Art of Dance

Keith Cavayero, Elysa Baron, Michele Jacobs, Dave and Traci Jersen

Saratoga was “En Pointe” Friday, May 31, when 24 five-foot tall fiberglass ballet shoes were unveiled at the National Museum of Dance in conjunction with a ribbon-cutting for the newly renovated Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Hall of Fame. The evening was highlighted by the induction of renowned ballerina Anna Pavlova. Marylou Whitney and her husband, John Hendrickson, joined museum president Michele Riggi, her husband Ron, and 100 guests for the special occasion. First announced by Riggi at the museum gala last summer, and inspired by Saratoga Arts’ “Horses, Saratoga Style” project, En Pointe paired generous community sponsors with a bevy of artists to create one-of-a-kind pieces for display throughout Saratoga. Thirteen shoes will be placed along Broadway in mid-June, with the others scattered throughout town. And though only 24 were showcased last week, six more have already


been commissioned. Select artists include Judith Aratoli Tully, Linda Biggers, Ruth Durling, Michael Gentile, and Elaine Wilson. To date, En Pointe has raised over $85,000 supporting the National Museum of Dance’s mission to cultivate, promote, foster and develop the appreciation, understanding, taste and love of dance and its history. Visit www. for current exhibits, events, hours and the schedule of summer classes at the School of the Arts.

Photos courtesy of Tammy Loya

Dr. Joy Lucas poses with “Emerging Beauty,” sponsored by Mary Martin and created by Judith Aratoli Tully

Lisa Moser, Executive Director Lois Celeste, Tracie Williams, Kerry Selfridge

Sponsors Neil and Jane Golub, joined by museum director Donna Skiff (left) with “Dreams of Folly,” created by David Farnsworth Globerson

Gretchen and Joe DiMaggio, Dr. Chris Zieker, Hilary and Brian Munson, Keith Manuel, Tim and Beth Howe

Sponsors Tom Newkirk and Beth Jameson (far right) join artist Ruth Durling at “The Waltz of the Flowers” Michele Riggi and Marylou Whitney at the ribbon cutting of the renovated Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney Hall of Fame

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Week of June 7 – June 13, 2013

Summer Celebration Kicks Off with Family Fun SARATOGA SPRINGS — After being postponed due to unseasonably inclement weather, Saratoga 150’s kickoff event Family Fun Night took place on a beautiful afternoon June 1. Several thousand people showed up for the event, which featured children’s games, clowns and jugglers, performance groups, dancers and a bright night sky lit up by a colorful fireworks show. Photos courtesy of

Week of June 7 – June 13, 2013

2013 belmont stakes


Kentucky Derby Winner Orb Favorite Despite Strong Field

by Brendan O’Meara for Saratoga TODAY For a fifth straight year, the horses going to the starting gate for the Grade I $1 million Belmont Stakes won’t be vying for the Triple Crown. But that doesn’t matter, especially given the strength of this year’s field. The Kentucky Derby winner, Orb (Post 5, 3-1), will go to the starting gate the favorite despite finishing fourth in the Preakness Stakes. Orb turned in a swift work at Belmont Park that told his trainer, Shug McGaughey, he’s ready for the challenge. “He came out of his work good, ate up good, walked this morning, seems to be fine,” said McGaughey, who trains the son of Malibu Moon for Stuart S. Janney, III and Phipps Stable. A concern for McGaughey is the size of the field: 14 horses sparring against each other Saturday. For a horse who does most of his running late, the extra traffic could pose a problem for Orb. “[The large field is] more concerning than anything else because not all of them in there belong, but they have as much right to run as anybody else, so I do think the race will be pretty spread out,” said McGaughey. “He ran with 18 in the Derby.” Of the 18 he ran against in the Derby was Oxbow (Post 7, 5-1), the winner of the Preakness Stakes three weeks ago. Oxbow finished sixth to Orb in the Derby and found himself on an easy, non-contested lead in the Preakness, which he carried all the way to the wire. “He’s a tough little horse,” said his trainer, D. Wayne Lukas. “The Preakness took nothing out of him. He’s full of himself. He’ll be tough again.” Lukas will also saddle Will Take Charge (Post 10, 20-1), the third horse in this field that ran in

the Derby and Preakness. “Everything was fine. No problems,” Lukas said of his duo. “They trained well, had good energy this morning. Everything was in good order. They just jogged. They’ll gallop this week. Everything’s done now. Just keep them happy.” Todd Pletcher, who saddled five horses in the Kentucky Derby, will saddle five more horses in the Belmont Stakes. Three of them— Palace Malice (Post 12, 15-1), Revolutionary (Post 9, 9-2) and Overanalyze (Post 3, 12-1)—ran in the Derby and skipped the Preakness. Midnight Taboo (Post 8, 30-1) and Unlimited Budget (Post 13, 8-1) are his Triple Crown new shooters. The latter is a filly. Pletcher won the Belmont Stakes six years ago with the filly Rags to Riches. It marked Pletcher’s first win in a Triple Crown race. Unlimited Budget, a daughter of Street Sense, breezed a swift halfmile Sunday at Belmont Park in 47.55 signifying this girl has every bit of a chance against this field of males. Mike Repole, owner to three horses in the Belmont, including Unlimited Budget, is high on his horses. Repole is a native New Yorker and winning the Belmont Stakes is high on his list of priorities. “I think this one year where I think the fillies are as good as the boys,” Repole said. “She ran a good race when she was third in the Kentucky Oaks, and two fillies out of that race, Midnight Lucky and Close Hatches, came back to run 1-2 in the Acorn. Unlimited Budget is a large filly, and when the 15 horses come out you’ll think she’s one of the colts. She also has a good mind for a mile and a half where she’ll settle.” Adding to the already-alluring flavor of having a filly take on the boys, Unlimited Budget gets jockey Rosie Napravnik. Two girls looking to make history. “She’s a big, strong filly, and obviously she’s been training well,” said Napravnik. “With a big field, it’s going to be a tough race for everyone. But I don’t think [she will be intimidated]—she looks more like a colt. Plus, she can sit close to the pace, or close into it.” He also owns Overanalyze, winner of the Grade I Arkansas Derby. In that race he beat the eventual Preakness winner, Oxbow. Something not lost on Repole. “Overanalyze is a Grade 1 winner, and he beat Oxbow by 5 ¼ lengths in the Arkansas Derby,” said

Repole. “He ran a sneaky-good race in the Kentucky Derby where he was shuffled back but ran on, and I don’t think he loved the track.” That track, of course, was muddy. There’s a chance of rain Saturday, which could make for another off-track. This will play to the strengths of the Grade II Peter Pan Stakes winner, Freedom Child. Owned by West Point Thoroughbreds, Freedom Child (Post 2, 8-1) went to the lead in the Peter Pan then drew away to win by 13 3/4 lengths. He won that day over a sealed, muddy track and should the track on Saturday be sealed and muddy, it will play to Freedom Child’s strengths. “I couldn’t be more happy with the horse right now,” Tom Albertrani said, Freedom Child’s trainer. “He’s in great condition, and he’s giving us all the right signals. Now, we just have to lead him over there.” He will be involved in the first flight of horses, which will put him a nice stalking position to strike down the lane. “We’re not going to be looking at more than two or three in front of us,” Albertrani said. “The rest will hopefully be behind me.” And, of course, there’s Palace

Malice, the speedball who sent blistering fractions in the Kentucky Derby. Trained by Todd Pletcher and owned by Dogwood Stables, Palace Malice faded to finish 12th in the Derby, but has been resting ever since. He turned in a swift

breeze and is fit and ready. Other horses rounding out the field Golden Soul (Post 14, 10-1), Giant Finish (Post 4, 30-1), Incognito (Post 6, 20-1), Vyjack (Post 11, 20-1) and Frac Daddy (Post 1, 30-1).



Week of June 7 – June 13, 2013

Spa City to County: Work it Out With SEDC by Patricia Older Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs City Council passed a resolution this past week asking the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors to reconsider its decision to sever ties with the Saratoga Economic Development Corp. when the contract comes up for renewal at the end of December. The decision to sever ties was made by John Lawler, Waterford Supervisor and chairman of the county’s Economic Development Committee. The entire Board does not need to vote on the decision since it is a contract between the two entities and budget item. Last month, the Saratoga County Development Committee decided to cut ties with the notfor-profit organization that has successfully brought in large scale businesses such as Quad/Graphics, Ball Metal and GlobalFoundries. Between the Quad/Graphics and GlobalFoundries, nearly 3,000 jobs were created. The organization has also helped bring in a countless number of other businesses from national corporations to owner operator companies. Last week, Lawler released a statement saying the county had hired E.M. Pemrick & Co. of Ballston Lake to help draft a

proposal seeking an economic development consultant. Pemrick, the consultant and the long term economic development strategic plan will be paid for with the $200,000 that would have gone to SEDC. “The Board of Supervisors is moving forward with a new economic development program that is worthy of the unique opportunities and advantages we have at our fingertips in Saratoga County,” Lawler said. But the county’s decision to develop its own economic plan has created a stir. On Tuesday, following Lawler’s announcement about hiring Pemrick, the City Council passed the resolution present by Commissioner of Accounts John Franck. The county has contracted with SEDC for the last 35 years to bring economic development to the area. The county’s decision to not renew SEDC’s contract followed on the heels of SEDC’s refusal to appoint a member of the Board of Supervisors to their board. SEDC has publically stated they feel the county’s decision was politically motivated. The relationship, said the SEDC, was ended because of “SEDC’s rejection of the request by the Board of Supervisors to include a member of the Board of Supervisors on the SEDC Board.”

Anita Daly, Clifton Park’s supervisor, has expressed an interest in being on the SEDC board, but the request did not state specifically who would serve in that capacity. Saratoga City Supervisor Joanne Yepsen urged the City Council to pass the resolution. “This cannot be a partisan issue,” Yepsen said. “We have to work together to continue the economic progress in Saratoga County and Saratoga Springs. The SEDC has done an exceptional job of attracting GlobalFoundries, Ball Metal Corporation, Quad/Graphics, State Farm Insurance and drawing many small businesses that have resulted in thousands of jobs and millions in tax dollars for our county. We should continue this relationship which has been so successful for our citizens thus far.” Yepsen said that the county would be unable to replicate what SEDC has done so successfully for 35 years. “What we don’t need is another government authority. What we need is public and private collaboration with experienced and successful economic development professionals,” said Yepsen. “There is still time to do the right thing. The right thing is to have one point of contact, one strategy and one agency implementing the plan.” But, the Board of Supervisors has felt breaking from SEDC is crucial at this point. “Saratoga County has experienced significant growth since our

current marketing strategy was put in place 35 years ago,” said Lawler, adding that the county would “be remiss as elected representatives if we did not take a fresh look at the county’s economic development programs.” SEDC has generated more than 17,500 jobs, $12 billion in investments and $34 million in annual tax revenue for Saratoga County, according to a document released by SEDC. When the county and SEDC first formed their partnership, it was agreed that an elected official would not serve on the board to ensure the organization remained free of political influence. County Administrator, Spencer Hellwig, already serves on the SEDC board “for the strict purpose of keeping the Board of Supervisors apprised of economic development activities for the past 13 years.”

SEDC stated in a press release that the decision to not include a supervisor on the board was multifaceted, and that if an elected official was on their board, it could jeopardize future discussions with prospective businesses. “The request was also rejected on the grounds that it could imperil confidential talks with prospective businesses,” said the release. “The appointment of an elected official to the SEDC Board could trigger sunshine laws that could endanger the often sensitive nature of negotiations. In an independent report titled 12 Mistakes to Avoid in Site Selection, global consulting firm Deloitte Consulting listed project confidentiality as one of the most important aspects of finding a suitable site—especially for large projects with political ramifications.” The contract with SEDC will remain until the end of 2013.

USO Show at Military Museum to Offer First Glimpse of Civil War Exhibit SARATOGA SPRINGS — The newest exhibit at the New York State Military Museum featuring the Civil War, will be unveiled this Saturday so USO show attendees will get a firstlook at the exhibit that is still under construction. The long-awaited Civil War exhibit is still undergoing development but the Museum staff is determined to reward “Good Afternoon

Vietnam” guests on June 8 with the chance to be among the first to view the work in progress. The exhibit is expected to be finished at the end of June but there is enough ready now for attendees of the latest fund raiser to get a taste of what their support is making possible. “Good Afternoon Vietnam” is Friend’s latest program combining unique entertainment with a history lesson and giving the public a way to support a very special institution by buying a ticket and coming to the show. The Civil War exhibit will feature artifacts, information and imagery from the historic collection of the NYS Division of Military and Naval Affairs that has rarely, if ever, been publicly displayed. The Military Museum in Saratoga Springs was established in 2002 and this year the Civil War exhibit will be added to the gallery’s permanent exhibits which include the Revolution, Militia Period and World Wars I and II. The Museum also prepares and presents periodic temporary exhibits such as “Toys and Tanks” which opened for the holiday season and remains popular. “Good Afternoon Vietnam” kicks off at 2 p.m. and runs to 5 p.m. and includes refreshments similar to those served at USO venues. Advance tickets are $30 and $35 at the door. Active military rate is $25. Tickets can be purchased at the Museum Gift Shop or on line at


Week of June 7 – June 13, 2013

Plans for Fire Station in Malta Continue to Progress by Chelsea DiSchiano Saratoga TODAY MALTA — The Malta Town Board refuted rumors that they were building a residential park off Route 9P and heard updates on the planning of the new Midtown Fire Station at their monthly meeting June 3. During the public comment period, a resident brought up how many of her neighbors were circulating rumors that the town was planning on building a park with baseball fields on the side of Route 9P and said she wanted to know once and for all if any of the rumors were true. No members of the board knew anything about the rumors and Peter Klotz denied them, saying that as far as he knows it is simply a recreational field being planned by the homeowners association and that there are no plans to place a park there. Moving on, the town board heard a presentation from Rick Jennings, president of Malta Ridge Fire Co., Fred Sievers, president of Round Lake Hose Co. and Fred Lee, Malta Ridge Fire Police Lieutenant who all provided an update on their plans for the joint fire station being planned to keep up with the growth of the region. The new fire station will sit on 1.8 acres with a 14,000-square-foot

building and a parking lot with 30 parking spaces. There will be a small road from the entry of the parking lot to the back of the station for ambulances to pull in as they return from a call. The building itself will have a partial second floor that when built will be used as a storage space but will have the ability to house bunk beds and a kitchen area, should the station need full-time paid employees later on as the area continues to grow. The fire companies are working with Bonacio Builders to design the building on a $3.5 million budget. After their presentation, the representatives asked the board if they could be considered for GlobalFoundries’ community benefit program in order to offset certain costs that they said are coming from taxpayers’ dollars. Several members of the board chimed in as they said they have brought up the issue to GlobalFoundries but it “is still up in the air” because they haven’t yet heard back from the company. The fire companies will present their site plans to the Malta Planning Board in two weeks in hopes of getting their plans approved as soon as possible in order to break ground in August and see completion of the project by next March or April. In other business, the board adopted a sewer town ordinance amendment, which cleared up confusing language that required

anyone who had a new sewer line pass in front of their property to hook up to the sewer, even if they were functioning with a perfectly good septic system. The new language in the amendment makes it clear that people in this case would only need to connect if their private individual septic system failed. Also approved was a site plan application notification policy which will notify neighbors when a site plan near them is being presented to the board. Councilmembers then took action on the longstanding drainage issue caused by the residents of 145 Ruhle Road, whose drainage runoff into the street has caused safety issues that the resident has refused to fix for months. The board voted to have the highway superintendent visit the property to fix the problem and attach the cost of repairs to the resident’s next property tax bill. Finally, the board voted in support of the Malta Ambulance Consolidation, which will merge Malta Ambulance with the Stillwater Rescue Squad station on Hudson Avenue. If approved by the Stillwater Town Board, the station will continue to remain open, though the staffing and management will now be provided by Malta.

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Rodnell Workman, NYRA vice president and chief marketing officer, said NYRA officials and members of the Saratoga 150 committee wanted to make this year’s open house extra special by putting on an event that would be family friendly, fun and memorable. “The Saratoga meet is [NYRA’s] signature element,” said Workman. “Every year Saratoga is our biggest meet and it has become an experience and the fabric of the horse meets and of the community, so when we thought of the open house, we thought of putting on a great concert.” The concert will be held on the apron of the race track—seating will be in the Grandstand and Club House, with limited standing room. Zendaya stars in the Disney Channel sitcom Shake It Up as Rocky Blue. She has starred in two films and played one of the lead roles in the film Frenemies. The popular tween star has also been the voice of Fern in the Pixie Hollow Games. She is also a pop star, signing a deal with Hollywood Records last year and she has also released a couple of singles with Bella Thorne called “Watch Me” and “Contagious Love”. The open house will be Sunday, July 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. All the traditional festivities will be featured including pony rides, putting contests and exhibition races. In addition, there will be an equine-themed art contest for kids with the opportunity to win a named race and be able to present a trophy in the winner’s circle during one of this summer’s meets. “At the open house the bumping and pounding won’t be just the horse’s hooves,” said Workman.


“Zendaya will have a fun entourage of dancers and singers.” Mayor Scott Johnson said he was excited at all the events happening this year in celebration of the race track’s 150th year, noting that the summer season in Saratoga is the place to be. “We all know how exciting the track is such as the dead heat at last year’s Traver’s,” said the mayor. “I think this year is going to be a wonderful season—unsurpassed.” Charles Wait, chairman of the 150 committee, added that there were several signature events for people to enjoy this summer, noting that the first event, depending on who asked, was attended by several thousand people. “If you ask a conservative banker, he’d tell you three to five thousand,” said Wait. “If you ask someone from the Chamber, they’d tell you 10 to 15 thousand, so let’s just say a lot of people turned out and had a good time.” Workman pointed out that the open house serves as a fundraiser for several local not-for-profits, adding that it was the organizations’ chance to do something fun for the community while also raising money. “This is a great opportunity to have fun and help the local non-profits—you can say we all have contagious love for this year’s open house,” said Workman, poking fun at Zendaya’s song with Bella Thorne. Free advance reservation tickets for the Grandstand and Club House can be secured through Ticketmaster, which has reduced the handling fee to $1.50 to match the Saratoga 150 celebration. Tickets are limited to four per order. There will be limited standing room only on the day of the concert.



Week of June 7 – June 13, 2013

Symphony Space Actors to Read Adult Literacy Students’ Original Writings SARATOGA SPRINGS — Actors from New York City’s Symphony Space will perform a professional reading of original stories and poems written by students of Literacy New York Greater Capital Region on Friday, June 14 in the Harry Dutcher Community Room at the Saratoga Springs Public Library, beginning at 10 a.m. Symphony Space is a performing arts center on the Upper West Side of Manhattan offering programs in theatre, film, literature, music, dance and family. Its adult literacy program—All Write!— emphasizes that literacy is not only about learning to read but also about discovering and writing about the world. The program is modeled on Selected Shorts, a weekly public radio show broadcast on more than 130 National Public Radio stations to about 300,000 listeners. It fosters a unique learning environment for adults, empowering them with the experience of having their own creative work read aloud on stage and increasing their access to literature. Literacy New York Greater Capital Region students were invited to submit creative work of their own, developed over several months with their tutors using curriculum materials provided by the All Write! program. At the June 14

“Who knows that he stalks them? Who takes time to look at the top of the buildings? Sometimes a tourist or a child raises his head and discovers him among all the gargoyles and chimeras. They meet his eyes and feel uncomfortable as his eyes scan their heart and read them like a book.” —Excerpt from Laurence’s story, a member of the Adult Literacy Program

performance, the actors will read selected students’ work. “The students are very excited about the performance,” said Literacy NYGCR Executive Director Sylvia Jimison. “It promises to be a deeply moving, joyous and empowering event for our learners and a touching celebration for others who attend.” Each student will receive a book in which his or her work has been published as a remembrance of the event. The June 14 event is open to

“But at that moment, money was not comparable with life. I began not to think about how far the top was because that would make me more anxious. My only thought was “Step by Step and Keep Going.” —Excerpt from Jing’s story, a member of the Adult Literacy Program “In this picture, we were happily smiling except our daughter. She was looking at her lucky brother and was very jealous of him. She wished she was the one instead of her brother being held by me. My husband was holding her tight with great love. How lovely my children and husband were! How could I not love them?” —Excerpt from Becca’s story, a member of the Adult Literacy Program

the public. For details, contact Maria Lange at (518) 583-1232 or About Literacy New York Greater Capital Region Literacy New York Greater Capital Region changes lives and builds community by strengthening literacy. Our staff and volunteers provide assistance to adults seeking to achieve their personal and economic goals through improving their reading, writing, math, and English fluency skills.

Caroline Street Elementary School Playground Update SARATOGA SPRINGS — Caroline Street Elementary parents, families and friends of the Saratoga Springs community came together May 30 for their first gala to “Party for The Playground.” Approximately $20,000 was raised and the proceeds will benefit the Playground Fund, to replace the

outdated playground located on School District owned land at the East Side Recreation fields. Garland Nelson and members of his band, Soul Session, along with surprise guest singers, entertained the crowd of almost 200 at Prime at Saratoga National. Amongst items live auctioned was a “Hattie’s

Backyard Throwdown” donated by Caroline Street Elementary parents Beth and Jasper Alexander, owners of Hattie’s Restaurant in Saratoga Springs. “What I most enjoyed was seeing so many parents, grandparents, families and friends who came out to support the

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playground project, some whose children do not even attend Caroline Street Elementary. It is a community playground, and the community definitely showed up and their su pport was evident,” said Bernadette Sprinkle and Heather Fresh in a press release, Caroline Street parents, PTSO members and chairs of the event. Fresh and Jill Warmbier worked tirelessly to acquire an array of silent auction items, donated from local businesses and Caroline families.  Moms and dads mingled while perusing the silent auction items: Yankees tickets, an American Girl Doll, ballet tickets, Designer for a Day with Jen Jen from Miss Scarlets, Tequila tasting at the Mexican Connection, five-course wine pairing dinner at

Javier’s new Latin cuisine restaurant, Embrace the Race swag and Day at the Races. The live auction was exciting as the principal of Caroline Street Elementary, Mr. O’Rourke, acted as auctioneer; moms and dads bid on a oneof-a-kind picnic bench adorned with the handprints of all Caroline Street first-graders and the “Hattie’s Backyard Throwdown.” Even a Prime Parking Spot at the school was auctioned off, all with the proceeds to go to the playground fund. The Caroline Street Elementary will continue to host small fundraisers and this summer will begin to apply for grants. To help with the Playground Committee please visit the website: or email contact@

Week of June 7 – June 13, 2013


Hand Melon Farm Offers Chance to Win Pick-Your-Own-Produce Spree Pick Your Own Produce at Local Farms Ariel’s Farm Strawberries, raspberries 194 Northern Pines Road, Gansevoort (518) 584-2189 or Open: May 1 to October 31, Monday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please call before you plan to visit, as hours change seasonally.

GREENWICH — After decades of providing fresh berries, melons, peppers and tomatoes to Saratoga residents, business at Hand Melon Farm was booming. So much so, that original owner Allen Hand began a mail-delivery service to customers downstate and out-of-state who desired his famous sweet melons. Over the years, the farm developed a mailing list to their loyal customers. They would send out notices when certain Pick-YourOwn crops were ready, and remind mail-order customers to order their melons when it was peak time. Each customer on the list received up to four postcards a year, and the cost was getting prohibitive. But with the introduction of email, the costs of reaching out to customers fell drastically, and so Hand Melon Farm decided to go digital with its communications to customers. In order to develop a strong database of interested customers, Hand designed a PickYour-Own produce contest to encourage people to sign up for the email list. “Last year’s first contest was a huge success,” said John Hand, the current owner of Hand Melon Farm. “Those who signed up for the email list now receive timely emails that alert them to cropripening schedules and other farm news.” Hand has announced this year’s 2nd Annual Summer-Long

Pick-Your-Own contest where one randomly chosen winner will win an entire summer’s worth of pickyour-own fruits and vegetables. “The lucky winner is entitled to pick 20 pounds of blueberries, 20 pounds of raspberries, two bushels of tomatoes, and one bushel each of eggplant, peppers and winter squash,” Hand said. There will also be three second-place winners, who will each win 20 pounds of pick-your-own blueberries or raspberries. Those who wish to enter the contest need only visit www. and register for the email list. On the farm’s homepage, there is a “Join Our Mailing List” button in the upper right corner. From there, enter your email address—once you hit the “go” button, you will be automatically entered into the PickYour-Own Spree for your chance to win a full season’s worth of fresh produce. The winners will be randomly chosen from the list and announced July 1. “Winners are encouraged to preserve some or consider giving a portion of their winnings to their local food pantry,” Hand said. “And everyone who enters will receive email newsletters from our farm advising them of upcoming crop dates and events.” Those who enter the contest can be assured that Hand Melon Farms will not trade, sell, or share their list, and they use leading email

marketing firm Constant Contact for their secure list management. Additionally, anyone signing up for the newsletter can safely unsubscribe at any time. About Hand Melon Farm Started over 100 years ago, and run continuously by the Hand family, Hand Melon Farm is a proponent of the local-farm movement. Known for its signature crop, the famous Hand Melon has been prized by presidents, (Including Eisenhower, Nixon, and George H. W. Bush), actors, politicians, and in-the-know Saratoga summer visitors. At 425 acres, the farm produces over 140 varieties of fruits, vegetables, corn and ornamental fall gourds. They use Integrated Pest Management principles, which utilize minimal amounts of pesticides, and employ composting and recycling protocols wherever possible. The popular farm stand (Hand’s Farm Market) is located on Route 29 and the junction of Wilbur Avenue, across from the Washington County Fairgrounds in Greenwich, N.Y. The actual farm and pick-your-own patches are located 3/4 mile down Wilbur Ave. You can contact the Farm at (518) 692-2376, Hand’s Farm Market at (518) 692-7502, or email Hand Melon Farm is also on Twitter at @ handmelonfarm, or “friend” them on Facebook.

Beloved Farm Blueberries 105 Mckie Hollow Road, Cambridge (518) 677-8226 or Open this summer on Tuesdays, Thursdays or Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment beginning July 6. Blueberry Hill Solar Blueberries 2186 Alexander Road, Galway (646) 574-3984 Charlton Fruit Farm Strawberries 4074 Jockey Street, Charlton Phone: (518) 399-6563 or Open June 8, call for availability. Hand Melon Farm  Blueberries, peppers, raspberries, strawberries, tomatoes 533 Wilbur Avenue, Greenwich (518) 692-2376. Alternate Phone: (518) 692-7502 or Open beginning in June Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Kelly’s Emerald Feeds Strawberries, raspberries 672 County Line Rd,

Queensbury, N.Y. 12804 Phone: (518) 793-5474 or Open Monday to Saturday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stanislowsky’s Eagle’s View Farm Blueberries 2089 Route 29, Galway (518) 882-9199 or Open July 5 to August 31, Monday, Wednesday, Saturday 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Stuberry Acres Blueberries/Raspberries 1483 County Route 49, Argyle (518) 638-8926 or Open July to September, every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Winney’s Farm & Bacon Hill Blueberries Offering pick-your-own blueberries or already picked at the farm stand. Local honey is available.  113 Winney Rd., Schuylerville, N.Y. 12871  (518) 695-5547 Open early July to late August. Please call for hours. Gardenworks Farm 1055 Route 30 Salem, NY 12865 (518) 854-3250 Monday - Saturday 9:00 am 5:00 pm Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm Pick your own blueberries and raspberries, July and August.


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Chairman of the Board Hello my Foodie Friends,

by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY

Where is your cutting board from? Are you a board member? We have some cutting boards from wood artist Adam Cielinski that are made right here in Saratoga Springs. We at Compliments to the Chef love wood cutting boards and have a diverse assortment of food safe cutting and serve boards that are made with a Saratogian flare. Good hard woods such as oak, maple, walnut, bamboo and cherry are tough cutting surfaces that have been used for centuries to cut food or butcher meat on. Early man just cut down any old tree to butcher

and cut meat on, but quickly realized that soft woods got people sick. A good cutting board properly maintained can last a lifetime, and is safer than plastic which, if isn’t sanitized or left wet, can actually harbor bacteria. Some of the reasons for this are: 1. Plastic is not water-absorbent, so it stays wet longer, which means longer bacterial survival. 2. Wood is water-absorbent, so it dries faster, which means shorter bacterial survival. 3. Wood contains natural antibiotic agents that retard bacterial growth.

Adam’s boards may well become part of Saratoga Springs art history one day because they are each different and no two exactly the same. We have boards shaped like horse heads, pigs, violins, hearts and handled serve boards. He also makes what he calls “cooking sticks,” salad servers and spatulas. The good news is they are reasonably priced, too. Wood cutting boards have been in my family for generations and we hand them down. Stop in and pick up a piece of Saratoga history and have something that you can hand down in your family. A little advice on their care:

1. Dry the board immediately after (hand) washing, and 2. Once a month, rub the board with oil, to keep it waterrepellent and warp-free. Apply a coat of warm foodsafe mineral oil, let soak in, and then wipe off the excess. Scratches can be sanded out then re-oiled. Remember my friends, when you get home tell your friends that you have a Cielinski Board and that “Life Happens in the Kitchen!” Take Care, John and Paula

Market Wine and Port Pair Well with Many Flavors

When most people think of New York wine, it’s the vineyards in Long Island or the Finger Lakes that jump to mind. But for the past nine years, John Colebrook and his partner, Fran Morrison, have been shaking it up with their own take on Empire State grapes. Since starting at the Troy Farmers’ Markets almost a decade ago, Colebrook Wine has now expanded to 10 different markets, yet still maintains a steadfast presence at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market every Wednesday and Saturday.

Despite its growth, Colebrook Wine remains a two-person operation, true to its humble beginnings. “Wine-making started as a hobby for us,” recalls John, adding that he and Fran began their venture into vino with a batch of dandelion wine. “From there, we decided we’d give it a try as a business.” Nine years later, it’s still up to Fran and John to get the wine made and distributed. The duo does everything from obtaining grapes from around the state, to fermenting them in their small winery in Wilton, to bottling and labeling the wine and selling it at the markets. By “eliminating the middle man,” as John calls it, he’s been able to keep the wine priced reasonably, from $13 to $15 a bottle. He’s also maintained the flexibility to explore all sorts of unique flavors—an area

in which Colebrook Wines seems to have found its niche. From black raspberry red to cran-apple, strawberry blush to green apple Riesling, and even peach and blueberry wines, Colebrook has an array of flavors that won’t often be found in an ordinary liquor store. There are also flavored ports in the repertoire, including white chocolate, toasted caramel, and orange chocolate. According to John, it was the desire to expand beyond the basic reds and whites that drove him and Fran to start experimenting with different flavors. “We wanted to diversify,” he explains, “Some people like sweet wine, some people dry, but I like to have something for every taste bud.” For those wanting to pair a Colebrook wine with another market product, the market has a wide

variety of meat and poultry items, many types of cheese, crackers, as well as sweet baked goods to pair with port. Here’s a recipe for a quinoa pilaf, using market scallions and onions, that pairs nicely with Colebrook’s Black Raspberry Merlot. If you don’t have quinoa, substitute rice or couscous. Cranberry Quinoa Pilaf 1½ cups red quinoa 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 2 scallions, sliced ¼ red onion, diced ½ cup dried cranberries ½ cup slivered almonds

½ teaspoon salt, or to taste A sprinkle of black pepper Bring quinoa to a boil with 2 cups of water, then let simmer until most moisture is absorbed. Meanwhile, heat oil in a skillet while cooking the white section of the scallions. Add the quinoa and stir in the cranberries, salt, and pepper; add the onion last, and simmer until dry. Finally, stir in the scallion greens if desired, and then add almonds. Fluff the quinoa and let it stand; serve warm. Saratoga Farmers’ Market is open Saturdays from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. and Wednesdays from 3–6 p.m. at High Rock Park in Saratoga Springs.

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Tips on Watering, Use of Mulch and Planting Versus Transplanting in Your Garden

by Peter Bowden for Saratoga TODAY Up until now, I’ve been ruthlessly mowing my lawn very short. I could tell you that I’m doing this to promote side growth and thickening of the lawn, but that would only be partly true. Mowing the lawn very low does indeed promote a thicker lawn as long as the soil is moist and the weather cool. I do have to admit that I’ve been mowing the lawn low to try and stretch the time between mowings a bit. I’m watching the weather for the onset of the dry summer conditions that will force me to start raising the lawnmower’s blade so the grass can grow tall enough to shade the soil below and protect the roots from overheating. While I haven’t had to do much watering of flowers and vegetables this spring, I’m sure the day will arrive soon that it will become a necessity as well. With that in mind, I’ll give you the lowdown on how to water correctly so when you finally need to, you’ll know how to do it right. We never want to use a lawn sprinkler in our flower and vegetable gardens. Spraying our garden plants with water washes away pollen (no pollen, no vegetables) and greatly decreases the time a flower lasts in our flowerbeds. Spraying also chills the leaves shocking the plant and creates the perfect conditions for diseases to take hold. How do we water the gardens without wetting the plants? Use a watering wand. A watering wand allows you to direct the water onto the soil at the base of each plant so the roots can be soaked without wetting the foliage.

The wand gets the water where it’s most needed without wasting any. If you haven’t the time or patience for wand watering, you can install oozing soaker hoses under the mulch, so all you have to do is hook up your hose and walk away. If you are using several soaker hoses in different beds, you may want to invest in snap connectors and an inexpensive water timer/shut off so you can let it run while you leave for work. Naturally a four-inch layer of mulch in your flowerbeds will ensure that your precious water doesn’t evaporate away. Mulch keeps the soil cool and moist a lot longer and really cuts down on watering and weeding. One note of caution: don’t pile the mulch up around the stems of your garden plants, including shrubs and trees. The stems and bark must be exposed to air for moisture and nutrients to flow unimpeded from the roots to the leaves above. I know you‘re all seeing mulch piled up volcano-like around trees in the area but, trust me, those trees are suffering and will likely die in a few years. It seems cozy to nestle that mulch up around the stems of your plants, but believe me, your plants will thrive if you keep the mulch

away from the stems. Every year as summer begins, I notice that there’s a lot of concern among garden center customers about planting shrubs, trees, roses and perennials during summer. In talking to these folks, I gather that their concern is based on having read that “You should not transplant during summer. Spring and fall are the best time for transplanting to be done”. Literally speaking, this statement is true. However, there’s a major difference between planting and transplanting. Transplanting is the process of digging out and moving an established plant to a new location. If you attempt to transplant during this time of year, you run a very real risk of sending the plant into fatal shock. When you dig the plant out, you’ll inevitably destroy many of the small roots. Since the plant is in the full flush of growth, this shock is often fatal. When you shop in your local nursery or garden center, you are buying plants that were dug and balled or potted much earlier when the plant was still dormant. What you are doing when you bring your new shrub or perennial home is continued on page 20


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Bowden continued from page 19 planting, not transplanting. You didn’t dig it up, so you haven’t disrupted the root system or shocked the plant. It is the act of digging out that causes severe stress. Many folks put off their planting until fall because they’ve read or heard that they shouldn’t do it now. This thinking is flawed by a lack of understanding the difference between planting and transplanting. If you have planting to do, do it as soon as you can. Planting in July is better than August, August is better than September, and so on. Remember, the longer the plant has to establish itself before winter, the better the chances are that it will survive. Summer planting will mean extra attention to watering to be sure

the plants don’t dry excessively during the (hopefully) hot days ahead. If you are planning to be away on vacation for more than a few days, have a friend or neighbor water for you while you’re gone. Thanks for the read. Peter Bowden has been providing gardeners with tips and advice for over 35 years. With decades of garden center management experience and thousands of hours of conversations with customers, Peter is well equipped to answer any gardening question that comes his way. His knack for practical and concise explanations has served him well during his 20-year tenure as WRGB’s garden guy. Peter’s tips air each weekend morning on CBS 6 News.

This Week’s SPOLIGHT

Cutting Edge Martial Arts and The Soul Center

A+ AfterSchool and Summer Camp Program is a year-round child care solution that provides a positive, structured environment for children after school and during the day in the summer. During the school year, we pick children up directly from the local elementary and middle schools with our 30 passenger bus and 15 passenger van. We provide an hour lesson each day that starts with our “Mat Chat,” a ten minute character education lesson, followed by a full 50 minute martial arts class. Once our warm-ups and stretching are completed, we split our class into two rooms, based on age and rank, so that students get a more individualized lesson.  Once class ends at 5 p.m., parents have a 30–40 minute window to pick up their children while children have the opportunity after class to get their homework started. During the summer, children get all the benefits of our A+ Program, but on a grander scale. We offer eight weeks of full day camps (As well as winter and spring break) and have no minimum or maximum number of days per week or number of weeks that a student can attend. Each week of camp, we have a curriculum of character education lessons, fun games, a recreation room with ping pong, foosball, air hockey and more and a one hour martial arts class four days a week. We watch a movie in the afternoons twice a week with our high def. projector, have a video game/recreation morning on Fridays and take all our campers on an educational outing

on Wednesdays to local museums and a fun and exciting outing every Friday.  We also try to find time every couple of weeks to go swimming at the State Park.  Our average campsize is 25–40 students, and we have three full time staff working with our campers. Our goal is to provide a family-friendly and fun environment that feels like a home away from home. Our students have fun learning skills that can be used every day of their lives, and we try to provide memories that will last a lifetime. For many, our summer camps are a wonderful introduction to the martial arts. One of our goals from our inception was to create a center for the development of the mind, body and spirit.

Our goals have become a reality in 2013 with the start of The Soul Center: A Center for Fitness, Wellness, Sports and Arts under one roof!!! The Soul Center is now home not only to Cutting Edge Martial Arts, but also Slugger’s Den, an indoor baseball training facility, and CAMP: The Capital Area Music Project, a music studio for group music lessons. We will be offering Piano, Voice, Guitar and Percussion to start.  For the first time, campers can opt to add baseball and/or music lessons to their camps this summer!!!
 For more information visit www.SaratogaMartial  and or call (518) 587-5501.

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Summer Camp Guide


The Parker Belmonte Builders is proud to present The Parker, to be first built at Floral Estates, as this month’s featured home. This plan, new to our lineup and eight months in design, was informed by conversations with our homeowners and will be built in a number of Belmonte neighborhoods in Saratoga County including Floral Estates, Bridlewood Ridge, Meadowbrook and Windsor Woods. The Parker is the first in our “Jewel Box” series of homes. These homes are feature-rich with many interesting design elements not commonly found in current designs, but more often seen in homes built prior to 1950. While the Jewel Boxes have all the comforts and state-of-the-art conveniences of a modern home, they have the unique charm and character of timeless older homes. Superior architectural design and the highest level of construction integrity are two of the main goals in any home offered by Belmonte Builders, and The Parker accomplishes these objectives. Looking at the first floor you’ll see a unique “pocket office” located close to the kitchen in a small nook and a sunny window-walled corner breakfast nook in response to customer comments wanting more sun spaces. In the study is an optional pivoting bookcase revealing a hidden room which could house a safe,

jewels or any private collection. The dining room, study and family room provide niche areas for built-in cabinetry and the first floor is very open, while maintaining privacy in key areas. Upstairs, the master bedroom can opt for a barrel-vault ceiling (a rounded arch built into the ceiling), and has a massive master closet. The master bathroom has a tranquil environment with a Jacuzzi soaking tub, separate “super” shower with glass enclosure and ceramic wall tiles. There is an extended vanity with two sinks, ceramic tiled floor and a private water closet. A teen lounge area keeps homework, gaming and computers in a central location and a bookcase located off of the staircase landing at the mid point, creates interest. Encompassing 3,343 square feet, four bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths, construction on The Parker will begin in our Floral Estates in Saratoga Springs and Bridlewood Ridge community in Clifton Park during June and be available for occupancy by Christmas. There is beautiful crown molding in the dining room and living room, oversized colonial baseboard throughout and large plank hardwood oak floors in the foyer, dining room, kitchen, nook, and powder bath. The long awaited Phase V in

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Welcome Home

Floral Estates is now open with several homes occupied and more under construction. This unique property is organized around a cul de sac, with a park-like setting at the center, featuring 18 beautiful, heavily treed, single family home sites. A variety of floor plans are available for this neighborhood starting in the $500s, including The Parker. Floral Estates is conveniently located just outside Saratoga Springs and homeowners in this neighborhood pay low town of Wilton taxes while still attending Saratoga Springs schools. Belmonte homes are built to Energy Star Specifications, with

generously sized Energy Star rated Pella “Proline” Series wood doublehung windows throughout, Energy Star rated insulation, a 95 percent efficient furnace, air conditioning and programmable thermostat and humidifier and ThermaTru insulated entry doors with adjustable thresholds. Belmonte Builders is the only builder in the area to have built a Gold LEED Certified Energy Efficient home. Belmonte Builders strives to create homes as individual as their customers. Known for attention to detail, naturally flowing floor plans, and the ability to bring custom home building into an affordable price range, Belmonte will

take the time to make your home a true expression of who you are. Specifications and information about all of Belmonte’s communities are available on the website ( By paying close attention to detail, using innovative high quality products, and attaining and keeping experienced staff who strive for perfection, Belmonte has built a reputation for excellence. Founded in 1977, Belmonte Builders is one of the largest home builders in upstate New York and has won over 70 awards for their excellence in homebuilding. Visit for more information.

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Property Transactions Ballston 26 Sherwood Lane, $179,000. Nicole and Darlene Letendre sold property to Jonathan Sears. 772 Goode St., $420,000. Kurt and Tiffany Price sold property to William and Regina Cerqua. 2 Stonewall Rd., $345,000. Ulric Mackenzie, Jr. sold property to Patrick and Victoria Maloney. 301 Hop City Rd., $312,500. Gary and Katherine Johnson sold property to Terry and Alyson Davis. 3 Orchard Terrace, $263,000. Jperella sold property to Axton Todd Alan. 211 Sunset Ave., $224,848. Douglas and Barbara Bradt (by Ref) sold property to US Bank Trust (as trustee). 175 Lake Rd., $400,000. Donald Fabini sold property to 175 Lake Road LLC. 6 Tomaselli Ct., $302,500. Robert and Catherine Angrisani sold property to Russell and Molly Insogna. 11 Charlton Rd., $30,000. Noel and Judy Beninati sold property to Kevin and Catherine Petersen. 14 Rolling Brooks Dr., $160,000. Scott and Lisa Furman sold property to RJ Taylor Builders Inc. 45 Sycamore St., $346,817. Heritage Builders Group LLC. sold property to Thomas and Carole Highfield. 32 Sycamore St., $359,751. Heritage Builders Group LLC sold property to Kent and Priscilla Wyman. 184 Goode St., $245,000. Rodney and Darlene Bower sold property to Thomas and Pamela Lyons. 7 Winchester Dr., $342,500. John and Shannon Rogers sold property to Evan and Stacy Snider. 328 Kingsley Rd., $205,000. Wendi Latimer sold property to Andrew and Catherine Ruch. Malta 19 Little Dr., $470,000. Anthony Saragnese sold property to John Darengio and Laura Ledda. 27 Lupine Dr., $310,000. Travis and Jody Carter sold property to Zin Kyaw and Phyu Htay. 6 Snowberry Rd., $105,000. Trustco Realty Corporation sold property to GPNETC LLC. 53 Wake Robin Rd., $150,000. Domenico Fuda sold property to Daniel Welsh. 4 Rose Ct., $340,000. William and Regina Cerqua sold property to Scott and Lisa Voelker. 21 Thimbleberry Rd. $157,590. Adam Archard sold property to Robert Karl. 18 Thistle Dr., $285,000. Julia Shannon sold property to Luke and Michele Duggan. 511 Malta Ave., $424,000. Shirley and Donald Dirusso (co Trustees) sold property to Mathew and Courtney Freihofer.

Manning Cove Rd., $612,500. Marlene Rohe (as Trustee) sold property to Mark and Kathleen Chrisafulli. 61 Snowberry Rd., $160,000. Rosalind Streeter sold property to Sara Krawczyk and Matthew Agan. 2299 Route 9, $389,000. Bayview Loan Servicing LLC sold property to Price Property Management LLC. 14 Fox Glove Way, $325,000. Gary and Susan Paschal (by Agent) sold property to David and Alayne Curtiss. 33 Hills Rd., $263,000. Daniel Hamilton sold property to Noah and Morah Funicello. 5 Alpine Dr., $262,000. Louis and Marianne Tortora sold property to Christopher and Rita Rhodes. 38 Cedarwood Dr. $161,500. Robert Robillard sold property to Robert and Gail Kocsmiersky. 325 Brownell Rd., $330,000. Sara Miceli sold property to Joshua and Kelly McCann. 231 Thimbleberry Rd., $175,000. Gina Blais sold property to Nicole Borla. 2 Raspberry Dr., $237,500. Michael and Kathy Audette sold property to Michael Daly and Jessica Martin. 6 Cottonwood Ct., $266,000. Renee and Seamus Barron sold property to Lorraine Grant. 48 Snowberry Rd., $158,000. Christopher and Donnalee Gimbrone sold property to Hongxiang Mo and Guang Rong. 202 Thimbleberry Rd., $167,900. Carla Taylor sold property to Carol Breen. 13 Gleneagles Blvd., $270,000. David and Karen Naske sold property to Maurice and Cynthia Lacroix. Saratoga Springs 13 Derby Dr., $220,000. Frank and Kathleen Romeo sold property to Corey and Stacie Lucas. 107 Caroline St., $450,000. 107 Caroline Street Inc. sold property to Caroline Franklin LLC. 33 Franklin St., $650,000. Saratoga Intown Apartments Inc. sold property to Caroline Franklin LLC. 11 Sultana Circle, $450,000. George and Mary Reeb sold property to David and Sheila Cabano. 51 Regatta View Dr., $525,000. Bedrnadette Verdile sold property to Eric Vanderson. 141 East Ave., $386,000. Jeffrey and Heath Ames sold property to Seth Dunn. 88 Union Ave., $840,000. Gregory and Janice Vurckio sold property to Matthew Sanchez and Kathleen McCarthy. 58 Quevic Dr., $160,000. Douglas Nathe sold property to Eric and Jessica Berlin.

213 Maple Ave., $63,000. Victor Esposito (by Agent) sold property to Jason Petralia. 129 Jefferson St., $158,000. Wells Fargo Bank (as Trustee) sold property to Jophalie Enterprises LLC. 150 Meadowbrook Rd., $1,500,000. Sara Connellan sold property to Michael Infurna and Linda Pace. 174 Old Schuylerville Rd., $550,000. Rich and Tammy Rucigay sold property to Kempton and Dorothy Hicks. 22 Sarazen St., $310,000. Anthony Corrao and Maureen Daney sold property to John and Judith Jobbins. 24 Conver Dr., $235,000. Kevin and Camilla Hensey sold property to Shane and Alexandra Zanetti. 2 Burch Run Dr., $370,500. Sheila Dingley sold property to William Dagostino. 3 Cleveland Ave., $177,000. Debby Beatty (as Trustee) sold property to Patrick and Ashley Burke. 61 Newton Ave., $97,000. Carlos and Cynthia Suarez sold property to Kodiak Construction Inc. 36 Bog Meadow Run, $390,000. Joseph and Kathlyn Dipaolo sold property to Michael and Holly Ryan. 29 Glenmore Ave., $288,000. Barbara Krause (by Attorney) sold property to Cherlyn More and Chirstopher Fay. 12 Locust Grove Rd., $253,000. James Doyle sold property to Kent McCort and Rose Wood. 163 Grand Ave., $165,000. Isabell Furgess (by Exec.) sold property to Jperella Limited Liability Company. 22 Tompion Lane, $191,000. Dawn Maher sold property to SJLIRA LLC. 109 Washington St., $350,000. Allen Dialberto (by Ref) sold property to Citimortgage Inc. 12 Central Ave., $110,000. KRDD One LLC sold property to Degraff Bloom Custom Builders.

43 Central Ave., $110,000. KRDD One LLC sold property to Degraff Bloom Custom Builders. 76 Monroe St., $210,000. Maureen Rooney, Joseph Curatolo, Madeline Rooney and Douglas Bishop sold property to Scott and Tina Corhouse. 3 Pinehurst Dr., $322,000. Donald Vogel sold property to Daniel Graham and Eileen Schaffer. 312 Grand Ave., $205,000. Kevin and Kacie Kenyon sold property to Matthew and Jodi Skelly. 7 Callagan Dr., $315,000. Edmund Galka (by Agent) sold property to Timothy and Kym Defranco. 46 Adams St., $215,000. Mary Ann Hunter sold property to AMKC Properties LLC. 68 Wagon Wheel Ct., $196,100. David Miles sold property to Adam and Amanda Radlowski. 36 Thoroughbred Dr., $350,000. Patricia Friesen sold property to Timothy Steiner. 85 Nelson Ave., $801,500. David and Denise Herman sold property to Theodore and Barbara Waite. 30 Northway Ct., $202,500. GPNETC LLC sold property to Kimberly Marchand. 59 Thoroughbred Dr. $310,000. Cheryl Lesniak (be exec) sold property to Kathleen Chaucer. 4 Taylor St., $487,014. Witt and Stephens LLC sold property to Nicholas and Kristina Cerza. 22 Vallera Rd., $395,000. Francis and Sheila Dolezal sold property to Farrell Goehring and Richard Garbarino. 35 Waterview Dr., $419,000. George and Constantina Cotzas sold property to Robert and Andrea Meltzer. 9 Evergreen Dr., $365,000. Carolyn Deluke sold property to Justin Ahigian. 21 Rolling Brook Dr., $810,000. Michael and Karen Ricciardi sold property to Gerard Nudi. 48 Union Ave., Unit 5, $171,500. Hillary Davis sold property to Craig Marr and George Iwanicki. 30 Bog Meadow Rd., $390,000. Michael and Holly Ryan sold property to Jamie Stafford. 204 Caroline St., $640,000. Mark and Marie Treichel sold property to Michael and Jennifer Horn.


Wilton 8 Kendrick Hill Rd., $49,900. Rose Laskey Joint Venture sold property to Laura McMahon. 19 Hearthstone Dr., $525,000. Stacy Vockel sold property to Jonathan and Clara Cohen. 704 State Route 9, $584,915. ARCML06 LLC sold property to Park Dantoine LLC. 214 Jones Road Lot 1, $2,609,030. ARCML06 LLC sold property to Birch Meadows LLC. 57 Hillcrest Lane, $295,000. William Dreyer and Laura Vonk sold property to Glen and Dorothy Tauton. 177 A Parkhurst Rd., $137,000. Tillman Nechtman and Laura Greco sold property to Edmond DeRocker. 23 Whispering Pines Rd., $136,000. Jeanann Dennis sold property to Mary Syzdek. 78 Claire Pass, $276,000. Nancy Kelly sold property to Karen Strack. 3 Heather Dr., $297,000. John Baldasaro (as Trustee) sold property to Eric and Meredith Bricker. 128 Cobble Hill Dr., $110,000. C and S Construction LTD sold property to Scott and Kerry Smith. 2 Manchester Ct., $270,400. Lawrence and Lynn Bruno sold property to Joseph and Whitney Ryan. 169 Edie Rd., $302,250. Conchita Dawson (by Atty) sold property to Jeanine Stancanelli. 43 Donegal Way, $360,000. Rose Leslie (as Trustee) sold property to Hans and Mary Hoefgen. 130 Cobble Hill Dr., $771,750. Waldron Builders Inc. sold property to Scott and Kerry Smith. 10 Traver Lane, $154,500. Margaret Gustafson (by Atty) sold property to Daina Adcock. 4 Ridgeview Rd., $70,000. G and R Realty Development Inc. sold property to Steven Schultz and Ann Crowell. 28 Edie Rd., $53,000. Stanley and Beryl Zawatsky sold property to 28 Edie Road Revocable Trust. 30 Bog Meadow Rd., $390,000. Michael and Holly Ryan sold property to Jamie Stafford.


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Five Ways to Update Your Kitchen on a Budget details, the key to approaching a kitchen is to choose elements that will make a big impact for the lowest price possible. Here are my top five budgetfriendly ideas for sprucing up a kitchen.

by Jenna Burger for Saratoga TODAY Because of time and budget, the kitchen is often the last room of the house to get decorating attention—yet for many, it’s the room that is most used by the family and it’s the number one space in a home that will increase the home’s value. Renovating a kitchen can be daunting and many think it’s not within their budgetary means to tackle. But it can be. Whether your desire is to start from scratch with an entirely new kitchen remodel or you simply want to spruce up your current space with a few new DIY (Do It Yourself)

Paint There is nothing like a fresh coat of paint. Painting the walls of your kitchen is a fairly manageable task and can be the perfect weekend DIY project to update a kitchen. The next step up would be to paint your existing cabinets. Determine if the existing cabinets are worth keeping. If they are in good shape and structurally stable, then they should be good to go. Start by removing the upper and lower cabinet doors and give them a good cleaning (diluted allpurpose cleaner, wood cleaner, or white vinegar with a little warm water usually works). Lightly sand the surface—using a hand sander is best. Before applying your paint, use a primer (Kilz has a great product line) to create a solid base coat for the paint to adhere to. Then, using a roller and brush combination or a handsprayer, apply at least two coats of paint. You’ll be amazed by the transformation. Cabinetry Hardware Hardware is like jewelry for your cabinets. Would you leave the


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house without a necklace or earrings? Cabinetry hardware dresses up the cabinets and adds an interesting architectural element to any kitchen. Whether replacing or adding, hardware is a very inexpensive way to update any kitchen space. Instead of introducing all one style, consider using different hardware for the cabinets and drawers, or mix it up a bit and choose different finishes. Oil rubbed bronze pull cups for the drawers and simple crystal knobs for the doors are a favorite of mine. And don’t forget the hinges— if you have exposed hinges, be sure to replace them to coordinate with the cabinet hardware. For around $100 (or less), your kitchen will be dazzling. Backsplash Tile Another huge update for a kitchen can be the backsplash. Whether your current backsplash is bare or filled with old, outdated tile, you can remove and replace it with something that’s more intrend and fits your design style. Removing tile isn’t difficult, but it can be messy. To remove the tile without damaging the drywall, it’s best to chisel out the grout first, then chip or break the tile pieces. The key is to do it slowly. As an alternative, you can remove the tile and drywall, then install new sheetrock as a base for your new tile. There are many styles, colors,

and designs to choose from, but it’s important to choose wisely. A tip to keep in mind is to make selections that you like today and can live for at least the next three to five years (unless you want to remove or install again). Moving forward with a classic, neutral tile with an interesting pattern will allow you to layer in colorful kitchen accessories. Lighting Lighting can make (or break) a room. When all else fails, a good light is all you need. Whether a statement piece or an understated beauty, decorative lighting is key in any room to add height and drama. Lighting also doesn’t have to be expensive. Heck, I just scored an amazing light for $17 at Lowes last week, yet you’d never know. Focus on the style instead of the price tag and any space will go from drab to fab. Ideas for updating lighting in a kitchen could be over the sink, over the island, or a decorative fixture in the center of the space. If you’ve got recessed lights (hi-hats), purchase a conversion kit so they can be changed to hanging fixtures. Window Treatment A window treatment is a great way to add softness, color, and depth to a kitchen. With all the hard surfaces of the cabinets, counter, and

floor, a pretty window treatment can be just the right added touch to update a kitchen. With a more neutral palette for the cabinets and counter, think color and pattern for your windows. My favorite style treatment in the kitchen is a relaxed roman in a bold geometric pattern. Bonus Tip: Countertops are also a great way to update a kitchen. They can often be more costly to change and a professional is usually needed (which is why I didn’t include it in the list above), but they make a huge impact. There are a few products out there that are DIY and budgetfriendly. In my kitchen, I used the Rust-Oleum Transformations Kit and for $250 it really updated the overall look. It’s not a great longterm solution, but for a quick one to three year change, it’s ideal. With a background in architecture and interior design, designing and renovating kitchens (and cabinetry/millwork in general) is where the two collide. More so, I enjoy thinking outside-the-box to create not only a functional space, but one that has character, layers, and architectural intrigue. No matter the budget, any kitchen can be jazzed up and brought to the next level with a few added (and budgetfriendly) details. If you’re stuck on what to do with your kitchen, I’d love to help. Email me at jenna@ Jenna Burger is a local Interior Designer, Home Decor Blogger, bargain hunter, and avid DIY-er. She delivers smart, stylish, and sophisticated design solutions tailored to fit the needs and vision for each client’s space. Additionally, her daily design blog is filled with do-it-yourself projects and simple-to-implement decorating tips. To get your dose of design inspiration, visit Jenna at www.


Week of June 7 – June 13, 2013 fundraising. Call (518) 374–5116 or email for more information.

Genealogy and Local History Heritage Hunters of Saratoga County will meet on Saturday, June 15, at 1 p.m. at the Saratoga Town Hall, corner of Rte. 4 and Rte. 29 in Schuylerville. Bill Greer will talk about the bawdy world of Dutch New York from 1624 to 1664 through anecdotes of real people and events. For information call (518) 587-2978. Wilton Rotary Golf Classic The Rotary Club of Wilton presents its eighth Annual Golf Classic sponsored by Turbine Services, Ltd. at Airway Meadows Golf Club on Saturday, June 15. It will be a shotgun-start, four-person scramble followed by a hot and cold buffet dinner under the clubhouse tent. It’s $90 per person to golf or $25 to join for dinner and the auction afterwards. For more information and registration forms, or to buy golf balls and a chance to win $500, visit www.wiltonrotary. com or call (518) 587-4051. Gateway House of Peace Garage Sale The Gateway House of Peace, located at 479 Rowland St. in Ballston Spa, will be collecting clean items in good working condition, clean clothing and household and kitchen items. A bake sale, hot dogs, water and soda will be available. The event is Friday, June 14 from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. and Saturday June 15 from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. To make drop-off arrangements, call (518) 654-5403 or email jhanchett@ Therapeutic Equestrian Program Needs Volunteers The Saratoga Therapeutic Equestrian Program is in need of volunteers to help 114 special needs children and adults to participate in their program. Call (518) 366–5221 for more information. STEP is also looking for volunteer poop pickers, sidewalkers, horse leaders, paper jockeys and wranglers to care for its program horses, provide help with lessons for special needs children and adults, fix and repair the facility and promote

Gateway House Bass Fishing Tournament The Gateway House Bass Fishing Tournament is set for July 21 from 8 a.m.–1 p.m. at Saratoga Lake (Launch: Lee’s Campground). Register with cash only at Saratoga Tackle or online at www.gatewayhouseofpeace. org. Advanced registration is $70. Registering the day of the event from 6–7:30 a.m. is $80. BSBPA Presents Free Movies in the Park For the seventh summer in a row, the Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association presents free outdoor movies in Wiswall Park. The series began on May 31 and will have additional screenings on July 5 and August 9. Future films will be announced and will be family-friendly. Photography Exhibit of “First 15” at Yaddo As part of the Skidmore College Arts and Cultural events, The First Fifteen: Photography From the Meredith S. Moody Residency at Yaddo will feature works by the 15 residency recipients as well as Moody at the Tang Museum from June 8 to September 29 on Tuesdays–Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. (Friday, noon– 7 p.m.). For more information call (518) 580-8080. Father’s Day Breakfast Buffet On June 16, the Wilton Elks Lodge No. 161 presents the Father’s Day Breakfast Buffet from 8:30-11 a.m. Adult admission is $8, seniors and military (active/retired with ID card) is $7, children ages 5-12 is $6 and children under 5 get in free. Gavin Park: Summer Day Camp Registration The program runs June 25 through August 9; Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  For additional information, call (518) 584-9455, or go online to www.townofwilton. com/gavin-park to download the Summer Camp Registration Form. Registration ends June 12. Wilton Elks Lodge Polish Dinner The Wilton Elks Lodge is hosting a Polish Dinner on June 26 from 4:30–7 p.m. at 1 Elks Lane, Route 9, Saratoga Springs.

Saratoga Springs Field Hockey Camp The Saratoga Springs Booster Club is holding a field hockey camp on Monday, June 24 through Friday, June 28, from 8–11 a.m. daily at the Dorothy Nolan Elementary School. Registration is grades three through 12. The camp brochure can be downloaded from the Booster’s Club website at Saratogafieldhockey1. For more information email

Annual Strawberry Festival at Harmony Hall The Annual Strawberry Festival will take place Sunday, June 23, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The event will provide strawberry shortcake, music, neighbors and nice time. A donation of $3.50 for adults and $2 for kids ages 6–12 is requested. No fee is requested for youngsters 5 and under who are with paying adult. Musical entertainment will be provided by Tunefolk. For more information call (518) 882-1863.

Colored Pencil/ Watercolor Workshop The Southern Saratoga Artists’ Society (SSAS) is sponsoring a colored pencil/watercolor (mixed medium) workshop, taught by Pat Parker, at the  Mabee Farm in Rotterdam Junction on June 13, 9:30 a.m.– 3:30 p.m. The cost is $60. Call (518) 399-1824 to sign up.

Round Lake Antique Show Round Lake Village is holding its 41st Annual Antique Show on Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23 from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., featuring diverse dealers from across the Northeast, to benefit the Round Lake Library.

2013 Whipple City Festival Artisan Market The Whipple City Festival will take place June 14–15 in Mowry Park, Greenwich. For more information, call (518) 692-7979 or visit info@ Regional Food Bank Cookout Pinnacle Realty Saratoga is hosting a cook-off fundraiser supporting the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York and realtors from all around the Capital Region will be cooking on Saturday, June 15 from 1–3 p.m. at the Malta Community Center. The event is free to the public. Volunteers Needed for Summer at The Hyde The Hyde Collection is looking for volunteers during the exhibitions “Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George” and “A Family Album: Alfred Stieglitz and Lake George,” from June 15–September 15. For information, call (518) 7921761, ext. 323, or email kshier@ Artisans and Crafters’ Market Seek Vendors The 2013 Saratoga Artisans and Crafters’ Market is looking for artist and craft vendors, as well as one food and beverage vendor. The market will be held at High Rock Park Pavilions every Friday, 1–7 p.m., starting June 21 through August 30. Call (518) 461-4893 for more information.

Class of ’78 to Celebrate 35th Reunion The Saratoga Springs High School Class of 1978 will be celebrating its 35th Class Reunion the weekend of July 5 to July 6. Cost will be $48 per person. More information and invitations will be available on the Class’s website, www.classof1978. org, and on the Class’s Facebook page: Saratoga Springs High School Class of 1978. Anyone wishing to volunteer or seeking further information, please send an email to Wilton ParkFest ParkFest 2013, the Town of Wilton’s annual Community Day is taking place on Saturday, July 13 from 11 a.m.–9 p.m. One of the day’s special events is a car show, which can be registered for by going to or calling (518) 584-9455 from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Creative Theatrical Performers Needed Malta’s Performance Drama Camp, for kids ages 9–15, is July 22–August 2; 1:30–4:30 p.m. at the Malta Community Center Stage. Call (518) 899-4411 for registration forms and fees. No Cost Cancer Screening Event The Cancer Services Program of Saratoga County is providing free cancer screenings for uninsured men and women between the ages of 40 and 64 in Clifton Park. Call (518) 580-2132 for an appointment for the event on July 24 from 4–7 p.m. Transportation can be provided.


Upcoming Town Meetings Town of Ballston: Ballston Town Hall  323 Charlton Road  (518) 885-8502 6/26: Planning Board, 7:30 p.m. Village of Ballston Spa: 66 Front Street (518) 885-5711 6/11: Town Board, 7:30 p.m. Town of Greenfield: 7 Wilton Road (518) 893-7432 6/11: Planning Board, 7 p.m. 6/13: Town Board, 7:30 p.m. Town of Malta: 2540 Route 9 (518) 899-2818 6/20: Planning Board, 6:30 p.m. Town of Milton: 503 Geyser Road (518) 885-9220 6/12: Planning Board, 7 p.m. 6/26: Zoning Board, 7 p.m. City of Saratoga Springs: 474 Broadway (518) 587-3550 6/12: Planning Board, 7 p.m. 6/17: Zoning Board of Appeals, 7 p.m. Town of Saratoga: 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville (518) 695-3644 6/10: Town Board, 7 p.m. 6/26: Planning Board, 7:30 p.m. Village of Schuylerville: 35 Spring Street (518) 695-3881 6/17: Planning Board 6:30 p.m. 6/18: Board of Trustees, 7 p.m. Town of Stillwater: 881 N. Hudson Avenue Stillwater, NY 12170 (518) 664-6148 Town of Wilton: 22 Traver Road (518) 587-1939 6/19: Planning Board, 6:30 p.m. 6/27: Zoning Board, 6:30 p.m. Saratoga County Board of Supervisors: 40 McMaster St, #1 Ballston Spa, NY 12020 (518) 885-2240

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Friday, June 7 ESYO’s Repertory Jazz Ensemble at SartaogaArtsFestival Saratoga’s Visitor Center, Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 4:30–6 p.m. Free. For more information visit

Relay for Life Celebration Eastside Recreation Field, Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs 6 p.m.–7 a.m.

This national fundraiser for the American Cancer Society event is designed to give everyone an opportunity to celebrate survivors, remember those who have lost their fight against cancer, and fight back in the battle against cancer. There will also be a booth for Locks of Love. For more information visit saratogaspringsny or Marcy at (518) 893-0671.

Wine Tasting Fundraiser for H.O.P.E. (Homes For Orphaned Pets Exists) Crush & Cask Wine and Spirits, 170 S. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 6–8 p.m. The tasting is free...however, any optional donations that evening will go directly to HOPE. In addition, all the wines that we feature will be 10 percent off that

evening. Drink well . . . Do well! For more information visit

First Fridays in Ballston Spa Downtown Ballston Spa, 6–9 p.m. Stroll throughout the village of Ballston Spa on the First Friday of every month and enjoy special happenings in many of our downtown shops, restaurants and galleries. Live music, art displays and demonstrations, refreshments and featured shop promotions.

Upbeat on the Roof: Tequila Mockingbirds Tang Museum, Skidmore College Saratoga Springs 7–8:30 p.m. Acoustic blues/jazz guitar duo. Rain location inside museum.

Week of June 7 – June 13, 2013 For more information visit

Ben Vereen Performs at SaratogaArtsFest Arthur Zankel Music Center, Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, 8 p.m. Admission is priced at $60, or only $10 with a SaratogaArtsFest ARTSPASS. For more information visit

Susan Marshall & Co. Open Rehearsal Skidmore College Dance Theater, Saratoga Springs, 6 p.m. Susan Marshall & Company’s repertory is an innovative body of work that blends virtuoso athleticism, ordinary movement, gesture and pattern, and the spoken word. For more information visit

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Simply Saratoga, our annual Showcase of Homes edition, is a full color, glossy magazine distributed throughout Saratoga and Albany Counties via Saratoga TODAY Newspaper and bulk drops throughout the region. In addition to this distribution, as an official print media sponsor, Simply Saratoga will be available at all Showcase Homes and to call SBA members and vendors. As an added bonus, the entire magazine will be available online at with your ad hot-linked to your website.


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Beekman Street from Grand Avenue to West Circular Street, Saratoga Springs, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. A juried art and craft fair, with musical groups, street performers, and gourmet food trucks. On Beekman Street, from Grand Ave. to West Circular, in Saratoga Springs. For more information call (518) 583-2120.

4th Annual Run to the Future 5K Race/Walk and Kids Run Ballston Spa High School, Ballston Spa, 9 a.m. The Ballston Spa Education Foundation (BSEF) will be holding its 4th annual 5K run/walk “Run to the Future”. This event will raise money to support educational enrichment programs for all Ballston Spa students. To preregister or for more information on the BSEF go to www.ballston

Antique/Craft/Flea Market St. Peter Lutheran Church, 2776 Route 9, Malta 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Directly across the street from Furniture Theater and Malta

Drive-In. Numerous dealers of antiques, crafts, flea market, etc. will be indoors and outdoors. Food will be available for sale by a local culinary club. Bargains for everyone. Free.

Open House and Arts Fest Venue The Waldorf School, 62 York Avenue, Saratoga Springs, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Puppet show, creative dance, Circus Fun: Learn to Juggle, create your own pizza in a wood-fired pizza oven. This is a free, family-friendly event and open to the public.

Pet Adoption Clinic Creative Endeavors, 49 Front Street, Saratoga Springs 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Paws and Estherville Shelters will be at there with cats and dogs available for adoption. Come meet the animals and possibly find your new best friend. Raffle baskets to benefit the animals, homemade dog treats, a pet themed art show and information about local shelters and rescues. For more information, contact Lena at (518) 363-0015 x305.

Elks Club Flag Day Parade Broadway, Saratoga Springs, Noon Come and watch the fun at the annual Elks Parade, saluting Saratoga 150 and members of the Armed Forces.

Open House & CANDi Fundraiser 612 Route 29, Middle Grove Noon–3 p.m. 100 percent of the proceeds from the day will be going to CANDi International and Rottie Empire Rescue. There will be a BBQ (small donation that goes to rescue groups), a raffle and silent auction, a bounce house for the kids and dog agility demonstrations. For more information visit

Old Friends at Cabin Creek Open House 483 Sand Hill Road, Greenfield, Noon Come visit our wonderful retired racehorses, Saratoga’s only living racing museum. Donation requested.

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Week of June 7 – June 13, 2013 USO-Styled Show

Sunday, June 9

Wednesday, June 12

Friends of the NYS Military Museum, 61 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs 2–5 p.m. The show will feature period re-enactors and professional entertainers, the Manhattan Dolls, as they re-create the look and sound of the kind of shows that helped lift troop morale during that difficult time. Advance tickets are $30 and $35 at the door. Active military rate is $25. Tickets can be purchased at the Museum Gift Shop or online at www. friendsofthenysmilitarymuseum. com. For more information, call (518) 584-2244 or (800) 381-5445.

Zumbathon: Zumba Fitness Fundraiser

Storytelling Open Mic

Screen-Printing Workshop Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs 2–4:30 p.m. Water-based screen-printing workshop for all ages, inspired by the art of Corita Kent; registration strongly suggested. Call (518) 580-8080.

Chicken Parmesan/ Pasta Dinner Trinity United Methodist Church Ballard Road, Wilton, Exit 16, 3:30–6:30 p.m. Donation Requested. Take-out available. Handicap accessible. For more information call (518) 584-9107.

Paul Houghtaling’s “Bach to Rock” cabaret Filene Recital Hall, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, 6 p.m. At the Saratoga Arts Fest, Paul Houghtaling, a native of Troy returns to his home turf to present his widely acclaimed “Bach to Rock” concert accompanied collaborative pianist, Kevin Chance. For more information visit

We Fall Down, We Get Up Universal Preservation Hall, 7:30 p.m. The evening will include two works from the company repertory: Swing and a Miss set to music by Grammy-Award winning composer Richard Danielpour, and Rapture, a multi-media duet to the music of Debussy. Admission: ARTSPASS, Festival Pass, or Youth Pass. Single event ticket sales are available at the door. For more information visit

Zumba Fitness, 4925 Route 50, Saratoga Springs, 1–3 p.m. Benefiting Estherville Animal Shelter, $15 per person. For more information call (518) 882-5562.

James Longstreet Remembers His Old Friend “Sam” Grant Grant’s Cottage, Mt. McGregor, Gansevoort, 1–2 p.m. Ulysses S. Grant and James Longstreet were fellow cadets at West Point. They served together in the Mexican War. Longstreet was best man at Grant’s wedding. Although they fought on opposite sides during the Civil War, their friendship survived and at great cost to his reputation in the South. Longstreet supported Grant when he became President. For more information call (518) 584-4353.

Victorian Music and Dance Event National Museum of Dance, South Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 6:30 p.m. The program includes a performance of 19th century dance music by the Saratoga Springs Youth Orchestra, a discussion of social customs and etiquette, and the history of the music collection as well as performances of several pieces from the collection.

Woodlawn Commons, the Community Room, 2nd floor, Harness Building, Saratoga Springs, 7 p.m. Come listen to a fine evening of stories performed by local tellers. Or sign-up to tell a story of your own: new storytellers are always welcome. For more information call (518) 587-4536.

Thursday, June 13 Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Saratoga Springs Public Library, Saratoga Springs. Edna Ferber noted the lack of romantic material from the late Victorian Era about Saratoga Springs. Inspired, she then wrote Saratoga Trunk. Docent Kathy Totten will talk about this timeless classic and what happened in Saratoga Springs in the 1880s. For more information visit

Arts Attitudes Round Lake Auditorium, 2 Wesley Avenue, Round Lake, 6–8:30 p.m. 4th Annual Art Exhibition. Admission $20 Champagne reception Entertainment Local and regional artists Conversation with featured artist Silent auction June 14, 4-8 p.m. June 15, 11-4 p.m. Open to the public free admission and parking. For more information call (518) 899-5475.

Monday, June 10 Free Pilates Mat Class A free mat class in exchange for a donation to benefit a local woman battling cancer. For more information call (518) 871-1315.

Tuesday, June 11 Saratoga Classic Horse Show Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Saratoga Classic Horse Show, inaugurated in 1927 and brought back to life in 1998, is a highlight of the early summer season in Saratoga Springs. June 11–16 and June 19–23. For more information visit saratogaclassic.

Blood Drives June 8, 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Company 4 Firehouse 613 Maple Avenue Saratoga Springs June 11, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Empire State College 2 Union Avenue Saratoga Springs June 12, 1–6 p.m. Milton Community Center 310 Northline Road Ballston Spa June 13, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Saratoga Hospital 211 Church Streeet Saratoga Springs


Family Friendly Events Friday

It’s the Beekman Street First Friday Art Walk from 5–8 p.m. in the Historic Beekman Art District. Street artists, music, food, handmade crafts and more to see. Enjoy a night on Beekman Street.


It’s GE Kids in Free day at Great Escape Splashwater Kingdom. For each full-price adult admission, you’ll get one free admission for a kid 12 and under. Learn to kayak this Saturday at Moreau Lake State Park. The Park Educator will teach the basics of kayaking, including paddle strokes, turning, stopping, as well as entrance and exiting the kayak. This program is suitable for beginners. Call to reserve your spot, (518) 793-0511.


Join in the SaratogaArtsFest activities this Sunday and take the kids to the Kids Do Art. event at Universal Preservation Hall. You will find multiple stations with a variety of art forms including clay, illustration, crafts, magic, fun with science, music, and much more. Music, fiddlers, and an improvisation performance are also included in the afternoon fun. Performances by Seth & the Moody Melix and The Mop and Bucket Co. The event happens from 12:30 - 4 p.m. and adults will require an ARTPASS for admission. Saratoga Children’s Theatre is hosting an Open Mic show at the Beekman Street Art Fair. The Art Fair starts at 10 a.m. and features vendors, food, music and a juried art show. The open mic starts at 1:30 p.m. and ends at 4:15 p.m.

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Ongoing Events En Pointe! National Museum of Dance, 99 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs. For more information, please call (518) 584-2225. For more information visit: Some Day Is Now: The Art of Corita Kent Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College For more information please call (518) 580-8080 or visit Tails and Terpsichord National Museum of Dance, 99 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs. For more information, please call (518) 584-2225. The Ultimate Driving Machine Saratoga Automobile Museum, 110 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs. For more information, please call (518) 587-1935. Empire for Union: A Civil War Exhibit The New York State Military Museum, Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs. For more information call (518) 581-5100.

Friday, June 7 Brookside Bash

Brookside Saratoga County Historical Society, 6 Charlton St., Ballston Spa 8 p.m. Featuring two local bands. For more information visit

Saturday, June 8 Military Encampment: American Revolution Congress Park, Saratoga Springs, Sat. 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Free and open to the public. Musical Performance “Until It’s Over There” Congress Park, Saratoga Springs, 5 p.m. Gary Ferris presents a dramatic recreation of a World War II home-front radio broadcast For more information visit

Saratoga 150 Film Festival Arthur Zankel Music Center All shows start at 7:30 p.m. Free with Saratoga 150 Lapel Medallion or a Saratoga ArtsFest pass. $5 general admission. For more information visit • Seabiscuit: June 11 • Secretariat: June 12 • Saratoga: June 13

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See puzzle solution on page 36 14 Sullivan’s student 18 Diamond on many charts 22 Vegas bet 24 Informal claim 25 Expectant father in “Return to Mayberry” 26 Tusked mammal 27 “O patria mia” singer 28 Nail that’s often curved 29 Moment of hesitation 30 Trireme mover 33 Eponymous beekeeper Shavitz 34 Et __ 35 Serious 37 Fine-tune 38 Belligerent son of Zeus 39 What an asterisk means on some forms: Abbr.

At the Movies with Trey Roohan Without Limits (1998)

What’s the difference between winning and victory? Is it semantics, like religious and spiritual? Maybe there isn’t one. On the other hand, some would say there’s all the difference in the world. Steve Prefontaine (played by Billy Crudup), was a distance runner in Eugene, Oregon with scholarship offers from Yale, Brown, Villanova, Princeton and Nebraska. The one school he wishes to attend, however, has remained silent. Two distance runners from the school and its assistant coach make a personal visit to his home but Prefontaine (Crudup) is not impressed. In the lessthan-three week period between that visit and the date when he must sign his letter of intent, Bill Bowerman, head coach of the University of Oregon track team, sends a genuine plea to young Prefontaine asking him to attend. On his first day, he shows an amazing inability to notice the obvious by asking a female student, Mary Marckx (played by Monica Potter) to direct him to an area that is clearly visible ahead of him. He enters the building and sees a long line of fellow team members who recount tall tales of Bowerman’s exploits in the military. He is summoned by from another room and, on the floor in front of him, he finds his head coach. Bowerman (played and earlier voiced by Donald Sutherland) is making outlines of his runners’ feet on tracing paper for the purposes of making shoes specifically for them, explaining that taking an ounce off a runner’s shoe amounts to pounds they won’t have to carry during a race. The freshman athlete sarcastically compliments him and that is the end of their first interaction. The next day, during a simple workout, Steve gives one hundred percent, finishes ahead of his teammates, and, according to Bowerman, with a pulse rate north of one hundred and ninety. So begins the struggle that would define their relationship: a coach’s desire to instruct and an athlete’s desire to put forth his best effort, regardless of the consequences. Much has been made of the fact that Without Limits and Prefontaine, a Disney film covering the same subject matter from a different perspective, were released within months of each other. The general consensus seems to be that, while Prefontaine is more accurate, Without Limits is the better film. As I have not seen the former from beginning to end, all I can tell you is that Without Limits is a masterpiece. Sutherland is mesmerizing as Bill Bowerman and Crudup, in the first role I ever saw him play, is just as entertaining, if not more so. The conflict between them rings true and while you understand the position of the coach, you root for the runner who seeks to leave the field knowing he’s done his best. I have seen this film many times and, if you haven’t even seen it once, you should. Now. (8.9/10) For comments and questions, contact me at

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Writing the Right Word by Dave Dowling Accuracy in word choice is a key to effective communication. This quick weekly tip will help you filter the confusion in some of our daily word choices. A lot, Allot, Alot A lot is always two words. A lot of people today are doing business on the Internet.

Allot means to allocate or share something. The education budget allots money for reading programs. Alot is not a word.

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

Week of June 7 – June 13, 2013

Stephen Carleton Donates $500 to Franklin Community Center Summer Camp SARATOGA SPRINGS — First Vice President, Stephen Carleton, of Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC., helps Franklin Community Center’s Kristen Sodher and Bo Goliber pack backpacks for Project Lift kids going to summer camp. Carleton’s recent personal donation of $500 will support summer camp essentials and the Center’s food pantry; they’ve been community partners since 2011.

Photo provided.

Homeschooled Kids Learn About Act With Respect Always

Take a look at this week’s newest club members!


SARATOGA COUNTY — Rich Johns of Act With Respect Always recently met with a group of students who are homeschooled to give them a presentation about his organization’s mission. The students are residents of Saratoga County and listened to his speech at the Ballston Spa Library.



Bottom Row (l-r): Noah Datka, Annika Kilinski, Heather Ehrenberg, Abby Ehrenberg, Zoe Datka, Zeke Fiber, Eli Fiber, Jack Thompson. Top Row (l-r): Coach Johns, Owen Fiber, Amaya Kilinski, Anissa Kilinski, Nathan Bidwell. Photo provided.

Hudson River Community Credit Union Raises Funds for Maple Avenue Fire Co. #4



Tooth Fairy Club is sponsored by:

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Members of the Maple Avenue Fire Company #4 accept a check from Shawn O’Shea, Corinth Branch Manager and Ed Behan, HRCCU AVP of Marketing and Communications.

WILTON — As part of its continuing Community Heroes Campaign, on Wednesday, May 15, Hudson River Community Credit Union (HRCCU) donated $250 to the Maple Avenue Fire Company #4 in Wilton. HRCCU’s Community Heroes Campaign donates five dollars for each new HRCCU member or current member who adds a product or service during the month.

GlobalFoundries Participates in Saratoga Tour De Cure SARATOGA COUNTY — Members of the GlobalFoundries Inc. team from Malta pose prior to the 25-mile ride at the Saratoga Tour de Cure ride Sunday at Saratoga High School. Cyclists included (L to R): Emily Riley, Regina Cunningham, JB Murdico, Jeremy Wahl, Stephen Geiger and Courtney Baldwin. More than 2,500 riders on 171 teams took part in the event, while raising more than $1 million to support research, advocacy and services for people affected by diabetes.




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Special Features of SaratogaArtsFest 2013 Beekman Street Art Fair This all-day event on Sunday, June 9, in the city’s Beekman Street Art District will include a juried art show along with displays and demonstrations by local and regional artists. There will be family-friendly performances under the big tent, featuring the Saratoga Children’s Theatre; a sale of fine art and craft works; and a variety of food vendors.

Beekman Street Art Fair. Photo courtesy of Phil Scalia

Tiempo Libre. Photo provided.

Arts Alfresco Prior to the performance of Tiempo Libre on Thursday evening, June 6, at Skidmore College’s Arthur Zankel Music Center, ArtsFest patrons will have the opportunity to meet artists and representatives of area arts organizations while sampling foods creatively paired with wine and other beverages. Among the entertainers will be Reggie’s Red Hot Feetwarmers, race track favorites known for their music of the 1920s and 30s. Activities for families and young people:

Kids Do Art. Photo provided.

The ArtsFest will once again offer an abundance of programs for children and families, including “Kids Do Art,” a Sunday afternoon of hands-on art activities; a juried art show and reception for student in grades K-12; and a short story contest for high school students. The Albany Symphony Orchestra will present its Tiny Tots program featuring Cowboy Dave, the roughest, toughest cowboy conductor of all time, leading children ages two through eight on an action-packed, interactive musical trail-ride. In addition, a number of youth groups will perform, including the Saratoga Youth Symphony, Saratoga Springs Youth Orchestra, and the Repertory Jazz Ensemble of the Empire State Youth Orchestras. Equine Themes In a salute to the Saratoga Race Course and its storied history, the ArtsFest will offer a unique look at the world of horses. Home Made Theater will present Straight from the Horse’s Mouth, a cabaret performance of songs and stories in which eight thoroughbred “horses” will give sweet, funny, and endearing accounts of their lives.

The Myers Dance Center/ Northeast Ballet will present a dance performance exploring the training and similarities between dancers and thoroughbred horses. Northeast Ballet’s apprentice dancers will perform original choreography influenced by two months of training with foals at Rainbow Field Farm. Festival Admission Packages The ARTSPASS, the festival admission package for adults and seniors, provides access to most festival events as well as discounts and perks at area shops and eateries during the festival. The ARTSPASS also includes yearround benefits and discounts at area arts organizations, including galleries, theaters, and museums. The prices for the admission packages are adults and seniors $40, students (18 and older with student I.D.) $20, military $15, youth (17 and under) free. Admission packages are available on-line at www. and at the SaratogaArtsFest Center and Gallery, located at 38 Van Dam Street (corner of Van Dam and Woodlawn Avenue). The center phone number is (518) 580-8010. In addition, the adult ARTSPASS can be purchased at the Skidmore College Bookstore and three city locations—Impressions and Mimosa Gallery, both on Broadway, and at the National Museum of Racing on Union Avenue.


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SaratogaArtsFest Returns for Another Large-Scale Celebration of the Arts June 6–9 SARATOGA SPRINGS — As the region gears up for the grand celebration of the Saratoga Race Course’s 150th year, the arts are poised to play a key role in the festivities, starting off with SaratogaArtsFest, June 6–9. The four-day ArtsFest, a collaboration of more than 40 community arts organizations, is a citywide celebration designed to appeal to a wide audience—from the seasoned arts aficionado to families with young children. The festival offers activities and events spanning music, dance, visual art, film, theatre, and literary art. This year, as a tribute to the famed race track’s sesquicentennial, many of the ArtsFest activities will draw on Saratoga’s rich and storied history. “This year’s festival is our most exciting to date,” said Mary Ellen O’Loughlin, executive director of SaratogaArtsFest. “The arts community enthusiastically embraced the Saratoga 150 theme, taking the opportunity to explore trackrelated art as well as the evolution of the arts over the past 150 years.” Among the community-based events with historical themes will be a film and discussion series organized by the Saratoga Film Forum and Yaddo, the local artists’ retreat that was recently named a National

H i s t o r i c Landmark. The series will pay tribute to Yaddo’s support of a generation of screenwriters and directors, some 70 in all over the years. Over three evenings the program will feature screenings of “The Illusionist,” “Prodigal Sons,” and “Five Dances,” each followed by a conversation with the film’s director or producer, all of whom had Yaddo residencies. Opera Saratoga will present “Opera 150,” in which the company’s general director, Curt Tucker, will lead a discussion about the evolution of opera over the past 150 years, with examples performed by members of the Opera Saratoga 2013 Young Artist Program. In another tribute to music of the past, the Saratoga Chamber Players will perform a chamber concert with bassoon, violins, viola, and cello that will highlight works

Tony Award winning actor, dancer and singer Ben Vereen will be one of the highlights of this year’s lineup at SaratogaArtsFest. Photo provided.

that Saratoga audiences would have listened to 150 years ago. T h e event will also present historical slides of art in Saratoga Springs. In addition, the concert will feature a piece composed by noted musician Bernard Garfield, retired principal bassoonist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. At Caffè Lena, composer and pianist Elizabeth Woodbury-Kasius will team up with Skidmore College theater students to present an original performance piece that evokes the past 150 years of Saratoga Springs history, showing the city as a hub of the arts.

“The ArtsFest is the kickoff to a summer season of world-class art in our community,” O’Loughlin said. “Saratoga has an amazingly vibrant arts landscape.” In addition to these tributes to the past, the SaratogaArtsFest line-up will feature such wellknown performers as Tony Awardwinning actor, dancer, and singer Ben Vereen; Cuban jazz superstars Tiempo Libre with celebrated pianist Alfredo Rodríguez; Orleans’ own Hot 8 Brass Band; the Susan Marshall and Company dance troupe; and noted guitarist-composer Gary Lucas. The festival’s literary programming will include a special treat for young readers—a

presentation and book signing by writer and cartoonist Jeff Kinney, author of the No. 1 best-selling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. The visual arts will also be well represented, including a juried show of four artists at the SaratogaArtFest Center and Gallery, featuring painting, sculpture, ink on paper, and photography. The Saratoga Race Course will be the focus of an exhibition of paintings at the Saratoga Springs Visitor Center on Broadway. Galleries throughout the city will welcome visitors, and local artists will give demonstrations of their craft. The full ArtsFest schedule is available at

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Local ceramicist, sculptor, and painter and professor emeritus at Skidmore College, Regis Brodie, is this year’s featured artist at the 4th Annual Art Exhibit and Reception.

Week of June 7 – June 13, 2013

MALTA — The Malta League of Arts will host its fourth annual ‘Arts Attitudes’ art show June 13–15 featuring local artist Regis Brodie, a renowned ceramicist, sculptor, and painter. A Professor Emeritus at Skidmore College, Brodie also lectures on topics ranging from kiln building to insights on the creative process. He will offer a brief talk about his work on opening night, June 13 at the Round Lake Auditorium. The three-day event highlights a wide range of local and regional artists. The exhibit’s opening night June 13 features a champagne reception with live music and a silent auction from 6-8:30 p.m. On Friday and Saturday, the exhibit is free and open to the public. Artwork will also be for sale.

“This has become a popular annual event,” said Heidi Parker, Malta League of Arts’ vice president. “Each year, ‘Arts Attitudes’ grows exponentially and we anticipate a big turnout. The depth of artistic talent in our community is impressive and the Malta League of Arts is delighted to share it with the public.” ‘Arts Attitudes’ will exhibit over 35 artists’ work, including paintings, photography, and sculpture. Malta League of Arts said the response from artists was overwhelming, filling every available space early in the planning process. In addition, each show includes a collection from one featured artist. Thursday’s opening reception June 13 at 6 p.m. features champagne, hors d’oeuvres, and live music. Silent auction items are also available. Once again, ‘Arts Attitudes’ will be held in the historic Round Lake Auditorium. “We’re returning to the Round Lake Auditorium again this year,” Parker said. “It’s a unique venue and a very creative place to exhibit art. We’ve had lots of positive feedback from both artists and attendees, and it’s great to see the local interest building for this event.” For more information on the Malta League of Arts or the exhibit, visit and email Tickets are $20 at the door for the opening reception, and the exhibition is free to the public Friday from 4–8 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m.–4 p.m.


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Tom Keifer, 7 pm

Frankie Lessard Trio, 4 pm Pipe Kings, 8:30 pm

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saturday, 6/8: Pete Sweeney Quartet, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue - 583.2582

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Nouveau Jazz Beat, 10 pm @ Circus Café - 583.1106

Keith Pray Quartet, 7 pm @ Druthers Brewing - 306.5275

Matt Finn, 9 pm @ Bailey’s - 583.6060

Brittany Haas, Jordan Tice, and Paul Kowert, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena - 583.0022

Musicians of Ma’alwyck, 3 pm @ Druthers Brewing - 306.5275

Jeff Brisbin, 9 pm @ Gaffney’s - 583.7359

The Refrigerators, 3 pm @ The Mill - 899.5253

tuesday, 6/11: $3 Pint Night w/The Chronicles, 7 pm @ Druthers Brewing - 306.5275

wednesday, 6/12: Joe Barna Group, 8 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue - 583.2582

Full Circle, 9 pm @ Gaffney’s - 583.7359

thursday, 6/13:

Acoustic Circus, 9 pm

Franklin Micare Duo, 7 pm

Megan and The Brats, 9:30 pm

Street Corner Holler, 9 pm

Static, 10:30 pm

Dropkick Murpheys, 7 pm

@ Gaffney’s - 583.7359

@ Irish Times - 583.0003 @ JP Bruno’s - 745.1180

@ Druthers Brewing - 306.5275 @ Gaffney’s - 583.7359

@ Upstate Concert Hall - 371.0012


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Community Sports Bulletin SRA Takes Five Medals, Three Gold

Four Spa Catholic Players Named to WAC All-Star Squad

Cameron Coons

Photo courtesy of Deborah Neary

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Rowing Association took home three gold medals, and five overall, this past weekend in St. Catharine’s, Ontario at the Candadian Secondary School Rowing Association. Weather caused many of the heats to be shortened and semifinals and finals to be canceled, but the SRA made their times count. The SRA women’s eight of Caroline Murphy, Claire Murphy, Kerri Wegner, Kelli Wegner, Shannon Merboth, Alexis Georgia, Meghan Hampton, MacKenzie Battle and MacKenzie Hart took gold in the 2,000-meter (6:36.9). The junior womens eight team of Sydney Carolo, Margaret Gregory, Olivia Richards, Alessandra Smith, Brooke Travis, Amanda Pendergrass, Abbie Albright, Martina Grant and Tara Eaton raced to gold with a time of 3:13.99 in the 1,000-meter. After a fastest overall time, the SRA senior women’s quad, the Murphy’s and Wegners, finished with a weather–shortned 1,000meter time of 3:30.04, earning another gold. The junior mens quad (Christian Cianfarani, Sean Holmes, Connor Kenison Maxwell Lynch) finished the 1,000-meter with a time of 3:07.70 and a silver medal. A bronze medal was garnered by the senior womens four (Shannon Merboth, Alexis Georgia, Meghan Hampton, MacKenzie Battle, Tara Eaton) after a time of 7:23.45. Also, the Ballston Spa senior mens quad (Ryan Gasparini, Anthony Ruscio, Lucas Dowling, Alex Hastings) finished third overall with a heat time of 3:05.45.

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

Ryan Czarnecki

Jake Moline

Jesse Winters

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Central Catholic’s Jake Moline, Ryan Czarnecki, Cameron Coons and Jesse Winters earned a spot on the 2013 Western Athletic Conference North Division All-Star team. Senior first baseman Coons led the team in batting average (.439), doubles (12), RBIs (31), slugging percentage (.652), on-base percentage (.539) and walks (17). Fellow senior Jesse Winters batted .392 with a .554 slugging percentage and .465 on-base percentage. He also went 2-2 on the mound with 39 strikeouts. Sophomore catcher Ryan Czarnecki stepped up in 2012 as both a defensive and offensive presence. He batted .434 with a team-leading 36 hits, while committing just one error in his 18 games behind the plate (.993 fielding percentage). Sophomore ace Moline was 5-1 with a 0.86 ERA during the regular season. He led the team with 59 strikeouts in 40.2 innings pitched, giving up just five earned runs and pitching three complete games in his six starts. After an early Class B exit in sectionals, look for the combination of Moline and Czarnecki to return as a dominating presence in the WAC next season.

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Usher, Chudy at Helm for Blue Streaks Basketball by Brian Cremo Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — As of Thursday, May 30, both the Saratoga Springs boys and girls varsity basketball teams officially have new head coaches at the helm – Matthew Usher and Robin Chudy, respectively. But neither coach is new to the program. Usher takes over after coaching the Saratoga Springs modified boys the past three seasons, while Chudy is in her second stint as head coach of the varsity team. After coaching Saratoga Springs girls varsity from 19951997, Chudy decided to take a break to be with her young kids. But she always thought she would make a return when the right time presented itself. “When I originally took over the program I thought I’d be there for quite some time, and then I ended up having a bunch of kids,” said Chudy, who stays in close

contact with her players from the 1990s. “I think it takes a lot of time and energy and I’m hoping to give that now.” Chudy and Usher have already been collaborating ideas, as the two are both set to take over teams that were under .500 last season. “It’s great to talk to Robin and bounce some ideas off of each other,” Usher said. “We’re both excited to get going and we’ve got some new ideas and we’re hoping the kids are as excited as we are.” “He’s got a ton of energy to bring into the program as well, which I’m really excited about,” Chudy said. “It’s great to see a program going into this direction.” While the girls missed out on the postseason with a 7-11 record, the boys lost in the first round of the Section II Class AA tournament to Siena-bound Javion Ogunyemi and eventual section champion Troy, 77-64, finishing the season 8-11. The boys will be losing their No. 2 and No. 3 scorers in Johnathan Rach and Nicholas

Smith, but will have their leading scorer, Noah Arciero, returning as a senior. Arciero averaged 15.7 points per game and sunk 25 shots from beyond the arc in 2012-13. “I’m excited to work with some of the guys I had at the modified level,” Usher said. “I know there are some talented kids coming up through and more importantly they’re great kids to work with. I know there are some guys, who I didn’t have at the modified level, who are coming back and I’ve been able to watch as well. I’m looking forward to getting in the gym with them and getting started.” Usher, who graduated from Saratoga Springs High School in 2000, said playing under longtime Saratoga Springs head coach Mitch Snyder got him into the idea of coaching. The four-year player at Ithaca, who was also a four-year varsity coach at Granville, said he will be stressing defense and getting out in the open court this off-season. “It is special for me to come

back and coach here in Saratoga where I grew up and for a program that I care deeply about,” Usher said. “Coach Snyder is a guy that had an impact on me and was the reason I wanted to get into coaching.” Usher will be the sixth coach of the varsity team in the last four years, including Damian Fantauzzi and Greg Goering taking over as interim co-coaches for four games this past season after Jack Brock’s suspension for using inappropriate language. After Snyder left in 2010–11, the team was led by Frank Mahoney in 2011-12 before Brock took over. It was Brock’s decision not to apply for the job next winter, said Saratoga Springs Athletic Director Peter Sheehan. “In (Usher)’s previous coaching experience, he has done a great job with our modified level and it’s great that he’s getting the opportunity to step up to the varsity level,” Sheehan said. “It will be great to have him there and hopefully he’s there for a long time. Always, any type of stability will help a program.”

Chudy said she’s not just focusing on the varsity level but hoping to turn things around by bringing cohesiveness between all age groups of basketball in Saratoga Springs. “I’m looking at the program and thinking we need a boost of energy into the system,” Chudy said. “I feel like we have a lot of really great talent coming up. Some of the younger levels are going to be very good.” Chudy also coached volleyball and freshman softball for the school, but the all-time leading scorer and Hall of Fame member at Union College said she is back with what she knows and enjoys most. “My love is basketball,” Chudy said. “All my kids play. I love being around it. It’s a great atmosphere and a great place to be.” Both Chudy and Usher work in the school district. Chudy is a math teacher at the high school, while Usher currently works at Maple Avenue Middle School as well as Caroline Street and Lake Avenue elementary schools.

Inaugural Pillars of Turf Hall of Fame Announced

August Belmont II

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Esteemed sportsmen August Belmont II and Paul Mellon have been selected as the inaugural Pillars of the Turf inductees into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Belmont II and Mellon will be inducted into the Hall of Fame along with jockey Calvin Borel and the Thoroughbreds Housebuster, Invasor, Lure, McDynamo, and Tuscalee on Friday, August 9. The ceremony will be held at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion at 10:30 a.m. It is open to the public and free of charge. Belmont II was born in 1853 and spent the first four years of his life at The Hague, where his father was serving as U.S. Minister to the Netherlands. He later graduated from Harvard and went into the

family banking business before having a profound influence on racing. Upon his father’s death in 1890, Belmont II became heavily involved with racing and took over August Belmont & Co., a New York City bank. He also served as chairman of the board of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad and director of the National Park Bank. Belmont II bought seven of his father’s mares at a dispersal auction and continued his father’s practice of raising horses at Nursery Stud in Kentucky. Belmont II bred more than 100 stakes winners, including seven champions: Man o’ War, Beldame, Rock View, Friar Rock, Hourless, Mad Hatter, and Chance Play. Belmont II sold his entire 1917 yearling crop, including Man o’ War, because of his involvement in World War I. At the age of 65, Belmont II served his country in Spain with the Quartermaster Corps, procuring supplies for the American forces. Before and after his military service, Belmont II was deeply entwined in the workings of American racing. He was associated with William Collins Whitney in the revitalization of Saratoga in the early 1900s, and also served as chairman of both The Jockey Club and the New York Racing Commission.

Belmont II was among the founding members of The Jockey Club, in 1894, and served as chairman from 1895 until his death in 1924. He was also a founding member of the National Steeplechase Association in 1895 and organized the Westchester Racing Association that same year. In 1905, Belmont II opened Belmont Park on Long Island, N.Y. That year, the Belmont Stakes, inaugurated in 1867, and named in his father’s honor, was transferred from Morris Park to Belmont Park. Belmont II won the prestigious race in 1902 with Masterman, and in 1916 and 1917 with Friar Rock and Hourless, respectively. Away from the track, Belmont II founded the Interborough Rapid Transit Company in 1902, helping finance the construction and operation of New York City’s first underground rapid transit line. He also spent much of his personal fortune on the construction of the Cape Cod Canal. After his death in 1924, fellow members of The Jockey Club expressed their admiration for Belmont II: “He loved the horse as an animal and saw in racing an opportunity for raising the standard and improving the qualities of the thoroughbred, thus adding

to the prosperity of the breeder and furnishing broader avenues for clean and honest sport.” Time magazine said Belmont II “is credited with having saved thoroughbred racing when it was at its lowest ebb in the East.” Mellon was born in Pittsburgh in 1907. After graduating from Yale in 1929, he went to work for Mellon Bank, which was founded by his grandfather, Thomas, and later passed to his father, Andrew, who served more than a decade as the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. Mellon later joined the U.S. Army, serving in the Office of Strategic Services in Europe, where he earned four Bronze Stars. Mellon began racing under the banner of Rokeby Stables in 1948. His horses won more than 1,000 stakes races and had total earnings in excess of $30 million. Mellon won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Breeder in 1971 and 1986. Among his many exceptional runners, Mellon campaigned Hall of Fame members Arts and Letters and Fort Marcy. Other standouts included Kentucky Derby and Travers winner Sea Hero, Belmont winner Quadrangle, and champions Key to the Mint and Run the Gantlet. Along with his success in America, Mellon had a prominent

European division of horses, including champions Mill Reef, Glint of Gold, and Gold and Ivory. Virginiabred Mill Reef won the Epsom Derby and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, among other Group 1 events. Mellon is the only individual to win the Kentucky Derby, Epsom Derby, and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Mellon was a trustee of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame and one of only six individuals to be named an Exemplar of Racing by the Museum. He was inducted into the English Jockey Club Hall of Fame in 1989 and the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 1999. Mellon also served as vice chairman of The Jockey Club, director of the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, and maintained key leadership and support roles with the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame and the National Steeplechase Association. A noted philanthropist, Mellon donated many priceless works of his art collection to various museums, one of which, the Yale Center for Sporting Art, he also paid to have built. He donated and bequeathed millions of dollars to support equine research and Thoroughbred aftercare programs. He also received the Eclipse Award of Merit. Mellon died in 1999 at the age of 91.



Week of June 7 – June 13, 2013

Saratoga Brigade Season Underway by Brian Cremo Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Phillies are back. Well, not exactly. After moving to Oneonta in 2010, the organization has returned home, starting with Thursday night’s season opener under a new name—the Saratoga Brigade. Co-owners Keith Rogers and Dan Scaring, who started the

organization in 2004, have brought the collegiate baseball team to its original location but with the new identity and as part of a different league. The Brigade leaves the New York Collegiate Baseball League and is now part of the New England Collegiate Baseball League, making them the league’s most western team and first outside the New England region. While the organization goes through changes, Rogers and Scaring

have brought back one familiar face. Garett Baron, the skipper who led the 2006 Phillies to their only league title and a 32-14 record that season, is also making his return to Saratoga since leaving in 2007. “I’ve kind of kept in touch with Keith and Dan and we’ve always had a pretty close relationship ever since I coached the team back in 2006–07,” Baron said. “I think when they had the idea of bringing the team back, I was kind of their first call. I always loved it up here in the summertime. It was a quick decision for me.” The Brigade joins the Ocean State Waves (Rhode Island) and the Plymouth Pilgrims (Massachusetts) as new additions to the 13-team NECBL. Saratoga will compete in the West Division, along with Danbury, Holyoke, North Adams, Vermont and Keene. Nearly 100 NECBL alums have reached the Major Leagues and more than 250,000 total fans came out to NECBL games in 2012. “It’s exciting that the team is coming back and I think it will also be exciting being in a different league now and a higher quality league,” Baron said. “The competition will be tougher and means that we need to be a little bit better.” One of those teams is the Newport Gulls, who won the league last season. Baron has coached baseball at Albany High this past spring and has coached at the University at Albany, but this is his first summer stint as a head coach since his days with the Phillies. The Brigade looks good on paper, Baron said, but with the team just getting in this past week and the full roster not yet in town, it is still difficult to tell what the Brigade will be this season. With the college postseason still wrapping up, the team had just one practice under their belt heading into Thursday’s season opener against the Mystic Schooners. Eventually, the Brigade will have a full roster that includes players from some of the top college baseball teams in the country, such as the University of Virginia, Oklahoma State, North Carolina

Matt Beaty, one of three Belmont Bruins on the team, makes a throw over to first base during the Brigade’s first practice on Wednesday, June 5. Photo courtesy of

State and Michigan. One thing Baron is looking forward to is the strength of his pitching staff and stability behind the plate. The Brigade bring in three Division I catchers in Oklahoma State’s Gage Green, Santa Clara’s Zach Looney and local star Brian O’Keefe, who plays ball at St. Joseph’s University and played for Colonie High. Green is a left-handed swinging catcher who batted .287 and had a team-high 107 total bases this season. In addition to O’Keefe, the Brigade will have local players Nick Cioffi (Averill Park/Towson), Garrett Bernardo (La Salle/Maine) and Shenendehowa’s John Prendergast. Prendergast and No. 7 ranked Ithaca finished third in the Division III College World Series this year in a record-setting year that came to an end with a 5-4, 13-inning loss to Southern Maine at the DIII Baseball World Series at Fox Cities Stadium. Prendergast was 10-0 for

the Bombers with a 2.04 ERA. Another pitcher to keep an eye out for is Barry University sophomore Adrian Benitez. Benitez posted a 5-1 record and 2.77 ERA in 39 innings pitched, in which he had 40 strikeouts. The Brigade also has East Tennessee State’s top two starting pitchers in Griffin Kreif and Jimmy Nesselt. One position player Baron is excited to see in action is Oklahoma State first baseman and pitcher Tanner Krietemeier. The junior led the team with a .314 batting average in 60 games this season and also led the Cowboys in RBIs (45), hits (72) and runs (42) in addition to his .990 fielding percentage. The franchise has had multiple players earn a trip to the pros, including J.D. Martinez (Houston), Mike Fiers (Milwaukee), Darin Mastroianni (Minnesota) and Casper Wells (Chicago White Sox), who are all currently rosters. Miles Mikolas (San Diego) and Michael Schwimer (Toronto) have also made their MLB debuts, while Andrew Carraway is starring at Triple-A Tacoma (Seattle). The team will play all its home games at East Side Recreation Field throughout the course of the 44-game season, which will end with playoffs in early August.

Week of June 7 – June 13, 2013



“Red Riders” — participants who ride with either type-1 or type-2 diabetes -- sing the national anthem before the start of the 50-mile Saratoga Tour de Cure ride Sunday at Saratoga High School. More than 2,500 riders on 171 teams took part in the event, while raising more than $1 million to support research, advocacy and services for people affected by diabetes.

More than 171 teams took part in the American Diabetes Association’s 18th Saratoga Tour de Cure Sunday, June 2 at Saratoga High School. The tour is the premier cycling event in the Capital Region dedicated to finding a cure for diabetes. More than 2,500 riders cycled routes ranging from 10 to 100-miles, while raising more than $1 million to support research, advocacy, and services for people affected by diabetes.

Members of the GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc. team pose prior to the 25-mile ride. Cyclists included (L to R): Emily Riley, Regina Cunningham, JB Murdico, Jeremy Wahl, Stephen Geiger and Courtney Baldwin.

Co-workers from AngioDynamics in Latham gathered before heading out on the 25-mile loop. Team members included: Dave Greer, Glenn Wadleigh, Mike Perez, Steve Mager (Captain), Bill O’Connell, and Nick Manning. The team raised more than $14,000 to help the American Diabetes Association reach its $1.25 million goal.

Volume 8  •  Issue 22


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