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These Boots are Made for Winning Elliott Masie’s ‘Kinky Boots’ Wins Tony Award

Saratoga Bridges Prepares for State Budget Cuts

by Patricia Older Saratoga TODAY

The not-for-profit Saratoga Bridges, which helps the developmentally disabled, continues to be in a state of limbo on the $90 million in budget cuts that will affect them.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Springs was at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday night—well, not literally, but the Spa City was represented by local resident Elliott Masie whose Masie Productions’ “Kinky Boots and “The Trip to Bountiful” were the big winners at the Tony Awards taking away six awards for Boots and Best Actress for Bountiful. “It was an exciting night in New York City,” said Masie, whose Masie Productions is one of several investors for three Broadway shows, two off-Broadway and two retired plays. Masie heads The MASIE Center, located on Washington Street in Saratoga Springs—a think tank focused on how organizations can support learning and knowledge within the workforce. He also leads the Learning CONSORTIUM, a coalition of 230 global organizations cooperating on the evolution of learning strategies including CNN, Wal-Mart and American Express. See ‘Kinky Boots’ pg. 6

Featured Stories

See Saratoga Bridges pg. 14

Gutterball Bash Success The Gutterball Bash at Saratoga Strike Zone was a success rasing over $100,000. See RSVP pg. 10

Inside TODAY Kinky Boots, a Broadway musical funded by Masie Productions, won six Tony Awards this past weekend.

Horse Show Begins

The Skidmore College Saratoga Classic horse show officially began Wednesday, June 12. The annual competition continues to directly fund scholarship awards for Skidmore students Photo courtesy of Shawn McMillen Photography. See Education pg. 12

Camp TLC Rolls into Saratoga by Chelsea DiSchiano Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — When the phrase “summer camp” comes to mind, most people can reflect on their own memories of hot summer days filled with fun activities and new friends. But what about children in isolating circumstances—kids who are hospitalized with cancer or other serious illnesses, or who have been

physically or sexually abused—and what about those who are on the autism spectrum and don’t quite fit in with the rest of the kids at camp? Shouldn’t they have a chance at normalcy, too? This was the thought process of Caroline Baumis, Saratoga Springs native and executive director of Camp Together Living a Challenge (TLC), the first camp of its kind that travels to different cities throughout the country to host camps for children living in unique conditions. See Families Today pg. 17

Obituaries 5 Business 8 Education 12 Families Today


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Week of June 14 – June 20, 2013

Thousands Celebrate Annual Flag Day Parade on Broadway

Photos courtesy of Deborah Neary and provided.

Week of June 14 – June 20, 2013 Paul R. Trifilo, 44, of Combs Road, Greenfield Center, was arrested June 10 and charged with criminal contempt in the second degree, a Class A misdemeanor, and aggravated harassment in the second degree, a Class A misdemeanor. Trifilo was arrested on a warrant for a domestic incident.

Michael A. Cocca, 23, of Riverwalk Way, Cohoes, was arrested June 9 and charged with DWI, a Class A misdemeanor.

Alfonso Salcedo, 58, of Remsen Road, Akron, was arrested June 10 and charged with reckless endangerment in the second degree, a Class A misdemeanor, and criminal trespass in the third degree, a Class B misdemeanor. Salcedo was arrested at NYRA for operating a vehicle that struck a NYRA security guard. The guard received minor injuries and was transported to Saratoga Hospital for evaluation.

Frank W. Smith, 38, of Navarro Place, Austin, Texas, was arrested June 8 and charged with DWI, a Class A misdemeanor.

Brendan J. Whiteside, 19, of Jessica Terrace, Gansevoort, was arrested June 10 and charged with DWI, a Class A misdemeanor, and aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree. Christian Santiago, 25, of Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs, was arrested June 9 and charged with obstruction of breathing or blood circulation, a Class A misdemeanor. Santiago was arrested at NYRA for an incident that had occurred on the NYRA grounds on June 7.

James F. Janis, 49, of Maple Avenue, Ballston Spa, was arrested June 9 and charged with DWI, a Class A misdemeanor, and failure to keep right, a violation.

Gregory A. Marshall, 31, of Stone Church Road, Ballston Spa, was arrested June 8 and charged with aggravated DWI second offense, with a BAC greater than .18 percent, a Class E felony. Julie B. McPhillips, 24, of Brigham Road, Greenfield Center, was arrested June 8 and charged with DWI, a Class A misdemeanor. Bryant McCoy, 25, of Walworth Street, Saratoga Springs, was arrested June 6 and charged with assault in the third degree, a Class A misdemeanor. McCoy was arrested in relation to an incident that occurred on Walworth Street. Barney W. Vanauken, 39, of Albany Street, Saratoga Springs, was arrested June 5 and charged with attempted assault in the

BLOTTER third degree, a Class B misdemeanor, and criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a Class A misdemeanor. Vanauken was arrested as a result of a domestic incident with a family member. David D. Perkins, 20, of Gridley Street, Saratoga Springs, was arrested June 5 and charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, a Class A misdemeanor. Brian J. Bennett, 41, homeless, was arrested June 5 and charged with criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree, criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree, menacing, and criminal contempt in the first degree. Bennett was arrested after having allegedly threatened another of the homeless individuals on Congress Street. Patrick J. Capone, 37, of Curt Boulevard, Saratoga Springs, was arrested June 5 and charged with obstruction of breathing, a Class A misdemeanor, and attempted assault in the third degree, a Class B misdemeanor. Capone was arrested on a warrant for a domestic incident that occurred on May 19.

Shane M. Hulbert, 30, of Gansevoort Road in South Glens Falls was arrested June 13 and charged with improper equipment (rear lights), refusal to take a pre-screen test and DWI with a BAC more than .08. Corey A Saxton, 27, of Catherine St. in Saratoga Springs was charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance and arrested June 12.


Kevin S. Cuva, 40, of Waterbury St. in Saratoga Springs was arrested June 12 and charged with first degree criminal contempt. Caitlyn E. Kirkpatrick, 19, of Hudson St. in South Glens Falls was arrested June 11 and charged with petit larceny. Jennifer K. Hadden, 33, of Horse Run Hill Road in Cromwell was charged with petit larceny and arrested June 11.


week in Review

Former Police Officer Loses Appeal

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HALFMO ON—Former Albany Police Officer Robert Schunk’s last appeal was denied by the Court of Appeals, and he now stands convicted of criminal mischief, misdemeanor, and second degree harassment for a crime in Halfmoon after jury trial. Schunk must surrender to Saratoga County Jail to start serving his year sentence. Schunk was convicted for an incident in April of 2010 when went to a residence on Lookout Lane in Halfmoon and began arguing with a woman. He grabbed her by the arms and forced her against a wall and poured a beer over her head. The woman fled to the bathroom to take a shower to wash the beer off, locking the door behind her, but Schunk kicked in the door. Following his conviction of a year ago, New York State’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, denied

the former Albany Police officer’s last chance for an appeal of his conviction. On March 12, 2012, a jury of six convicted Schunk after a fourday trial and found him guilty of the two charges after several hours of deliberation. Schunk appealed to Saratoga County Court where Judge Jerry J. Scarano affirmed the jury’s decision on April 11 of this year. Schunk then appealed to the Court of Appeals, which denied to hear his case. He did not have to start his jail time until his appeals were exhausted. Since the court has now ruled, the Halfmoon Town Court will set a date for Schunk to surrender himself into the custody of the Saratoga County Sheriff. The Halfmoon Town Court sentenced Schunk to one year in the Saratoga County Jail on June 12. Schunk is no longer a police officer.

Saratoga County IDA Approves $70 Million Bond for GlobalFoundries MALTA — GlobalFoundries received a hefty approval for infrastructure updates in the form of a $70 million bond approved by the Saratoga County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) in a vote June 10. The money will be used by GlobalFoundries to reimburse itself for existing infrastructure improvements as well as construct a $20 million, 5 million-gallon water tank

and install a four-mile, $10 million natural gas line. Any money left over after the improvements are made will be used to build additional roads and electrical substation work. By bonding the work, GlobalFoundries can be reimbursed with the state’s Empire Zone tax credits. The IDA said they approved the bonding because other sources of funding for the company dried up.

Week of June 14 – June 20, 2013

Edward Hotaling, Track History Author Dies SARATOGA SPRINGS — Edward Hotaling, a former Saratoga Springs resident who is known for his book on the history of Saratoga Race Course, died June 3 of a heart attack. He was 75 years old. Hoatling, whose 1995 book, They’re Off ! Horse Racing at Saratoga, had been living in a Staten Island nursing home where he had lived following a brain injury from a car accident he was in six years ago near his home in

Washington, D.C. He also authored two books on African American jockeys. The Spa City native went on to be a television reporter whose question in 1988 about racial progress ended the career of the CBS sports commentator Jimmy (the Greek) Snyder. Hotaling, who was predeceased by his wife, is survived by two sons. He was buried Saturday in Washington, D.C.

Pedestrian Killed by Drunk Driver SARATOGA SPRINGS — The woman who was struck and killed Friday afternoon while trying to cross Ballston Avenue has been identified as 55-year-old Jamie Jo McBride from Mukilteo, Washington. The man accused of striking her with his truck and running her over, Paul Nicholson II, 28, has been charged with first degree vehicular manslaughter and DWI and is incarcerated at Saratoga County Jail charged with vehicular manslaughter with a bail of $100,000 cash or $200,000 bond. Police say McBride was crossing Ballston Avenue and was in the crosswalk when Nicholson pulled out of the Starting Gate Bar & Grill, ran the red light at the corner of Hamilton Street and struck the woman. His pickup continued over top of the woman and he stopped a few feet away. Her body lay in the roadway facedown until police arrived. Police say the McBride was unresponsive and unconscious

when they arrived. McBride was transported to Saratoga Hospital and then Albany Med with severe head and chest trauma where she was pronounced dead at 7:59 p.m. Friday night. Police shut off all surrounding streets following the accident, snarling traffic for hours. The black truck driven by Nicholson could be seen stopped just east of where the victim had landed after she was struck. Witnesses on the scene report Nicholson appeared intoxicated when police were questioning him. While there is no law that could hold a bar or tavern criminally responsible for serving an obviously drunk person, the Dram Shop Act allows the estate of the person killed in the accident to file a civil lawsuit for monetary damages against a bar or establishment which continued to serve alcohol to an obviously intoxicated person. Further charges against Nicholson are possible.

Week of June 14 – June 20, 2013


Saratoga Springs — Margaret Anne (Peggy) Murray, 90, went into the arms of the Lord on Tuesday, June 4 at Saratoga Hospital. Born at Glens Falls Hospital on November 10, 1942, she was the daughter of the late James S.

Ronald D. (Ron) Shields JOHNSTOWN — Ronald D. (Ron) Shields, 70, passed away Monday, June 3 at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady. Born on Sept. 15, 1942 in St. Albans, he was the son of the late Frederic and Eunice (Brett) Shields. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by five brothers. Ron married the love of his life, Gail Mathie, 43 years ago in Huntington, Long Island. He spent six years in the Navy and served during the Cuban Missile Crisis on the USS Harris as part of the blockade of Cuba.

In addition to his wife Gail, survivors include his grandbabies, Heidi and Hannah, whom he adored, and their mother Kerry Roth along with his nieces and nephews in Texas, Colorado and Long Island; his pals Elaine Burgoyne and Barbara Staalesen and his dogs, Sophie and Frannie, who were his constant and loving companions.


Dr. William T. Ling

Margaret Anne (Peggy) Murray and Margaret Caruso Orsini. Survivors include her husband of 43 years, William G. Murray; her daughters, Christine and Richard Phaneuf of Saratoga Springs, Colleen Murray of Wilton, Cynthia and Joseph Boisclair of Saratoga Springs and Margie and Jason Fagel of Glenville; three grandchildren, William Boisclair, Ian Fagel and Eli Fagel; her sister, Jane and Thomas Heiss of Queensbury; sister-in-law, Judy Latte of Saratoga Springs; niece Tracy and Vinnie Gentile of Albany; nephews Jeffrey and Beth Latte of Arizona and Kurt Heiss of Queensbury; longtime friend Ruth Roach of Glens Falls; the neighborhood gang; several cousins and many friends.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Dr. William T. Ling, 83, former Saratoga Springs optometrist, passed away at home on June 7. Dr. Ling was born on July 23, 1929 in Lake Placid, the second of five sons, to Loren A. Ling of Lake Placid and Coralene B. Potter of Upper Jay. Dr. Ling enlisted in the Army at age 17 and served as a paratrooper with the 187th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 11th  Airborne Division for 17 months during the occupation of Japan. Dr. Ling established his optometric practice, now known as Family Vision Care Center, on Lake Avenue in Saratoga Springs.

He served as a member of the Medical Advisory Board to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles and as an examiner for the New York State Board of Examiners in Optometry for licensing to fit contact lenses. The New York State Legislature passed a joint resolution honoring him for his long service to the Saratoga Springs community. Dr. Ling was elected to the Saratoga Springs City School Board in 1960. He was president of that body when the district consolidated the outlying elementary schools and acquired the property to construct a new high school, still at its present location. Dr. Ling is predeceased by both parents and two brothers: Loren A. Ling, Jr. of San Diego, California and infant Carleton W. Ling. He is survived by his loving wife of 19 years, Mary Ann Schad Adams Ling, daughter of the late John Schad and Katherine Schad of Chester, Pennsylvania. He is also survived by four children from his marriage to Marilyn B. Stewart: William T. Ling, Jr. (Nancy Raye Ling) of Lake Clear, John T. Ling of New

Smyrna Beach, Florida, Daniel J. Ling (Dr. Theresa Blackstone) of Middle Grove, and Marilyn A. Ling of Tampa, Florida; two stepchildren: Christine Adams Mastrianni (James Mastrianni) of Greenfield Center, and Gregory Adams of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; two brothers: Marvin R. Ling of Schenectady and Robert L. Ling of Greer, South Carolina; five grandchildren: Carrine Ling Henry (Gene Henry) of Hudson Falls, Kelsey Ling and Ryan Ling of Middle Grove, Monica Pagan (Jason Pagan) of New Smyrna Beach, Florida and Marin Mastrianni of Greenfield Center. He also leaves eight great-grandchildren: Aaron Ling, Brandon Cannon, Lauren Cannon and Vivian Henry of Hudson Falls; Nathan Minor, Mateo Pagan, Edward Pagan and Jason Pagan, Jr. of New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

Alma Becker SARATOGA SPRINGS — Alma Becker, nationally recognized theater director, beloved wife and friend and influential Senior Artist-in-Residence at Skidmore College Department of Theater for 26 years, died at her home in Saratoga Springs on Sunday night, June 2, after a long illness.

Alma Becker was born in North Dakota but spent her childhood in Southern California, where she trained as an actress at the prestigious Pasadena Playhouse. Becker is survived by her loving husband of 33 years and her nieces, Donna Jean Holmes of Washington and Elizabeth Dillon of Sharpsburg, Georgia;

her nephews James Schmitt of Kentucky; Jeff Schmitt of Port Townsend, Washington and Joey Schmidtt of Sharpsburg, Georgia and their families. A memorial service and celebration of her life and work will be held on Saturday, September 21 on the Skidmore College campus.

Catherine Patricia Crowley SARATOGA SPRINGS — Catherine Patricia Crowley, 90, passed away Friday, May 31 at Wesley Health Care Center. Born on February 15, 1923 in Albany, she was the daughter of the late Timothy and Margaret V. (Molesky) Crowley. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her siblings, Margaret C. Hiltsley, Timothy Crowley, John Crowley and Cecilia Crowley. Catherine started her career first at Child’s Hospital in food service, then worked for many years as a laundress and in housekeeping at Memorial

Hospital, both in Albany. Catherine was a devoted Aunt to Kelton and Linda Hiltsley of Crossville, Tennessee; Joan and William Sheffield of Speculator; Judy and Paul Viscusi of Saratoga Springs; Carolyn and Leonard Mizerek of Westport, Connecticut and Timothy and Narda Hiltsley of Burnt Hills. She was also a Great-Aunt to Scott and Lauren Hiltsley of Orlando, Florida; Patrick and Patricia Maloney of Albany; Christiana Viscusi of Boston, Massachusetts; Jonathan Viscusi of New York City and Jenna Hiltsley of Burnt Hills.

Nancy Ann (Leone) Willette SARATOGA SPRINGS — Nancy Ann (Leone) Willette, 58, passed away Monday, June 10 at Saratoga Hospital, surrounded by loving family and friends. Born on August 25, 1954 in Saratoga Springs, she was the daughter of the late Joseph A. and Clemetine “Linda” (Piroli) Leone, Sr. Nancy was a lifelong resident of Saratoga Springs and a 1972 graduate of Saratoga Springs High School.

Survivors include her husband Gary P. Willette; daughters Amy Richards, Shannon (Andrew) Lawler, Jamie (Michael) Morwin; step-children Renee Willette and Christopher (Sandra) Willette; grandchildren Amber Willette, Andrew and Morgan Lawler and Jordyn Morwin; brother Joseph (Virginia) Leone and many nieces and nephews who she loved dearly. Relatives and friends may call

from 4–7 p.m. Sunday, June 16 at the William J. Burke & Sons/ Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Monday, June 17 at St. Clement’s Church, 231 Lake Ave. Burial will follow at 11 a.m. at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Rd., Schuylerville.

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Week of June 14 – June 20, 2013

Local Producer’s ‘Kinky Boots’ Wins at Tony Awards continued from page 1



BEST ACTOR Billy Porter

BEST SCORE Cyndi Lauper




BEST MUSICAL Outer Critics Circle Award

BEST MUSICAL Drama League Award

BEST SCORE Outer Critics Circle Award

BEST ACTOR BILLY PORTER Outer Critics Circle Award

BEST MUSICAL Audience Choice Award

Elliott Masie

“Kinky Boots,”—a musical based on a 2005 British comedy, follows an unlikely partnership between a struggling shoe factory owner, Charlie (Stark Sands), and flashy drag queen, Lola (Billy Porter), as they shift the men’s shoe stock from brogues to sixinch stilettos—has been lauded by reviewers as being one of the most endearing and fun productions on Broadway. Masie, who has been involved in producing shows for Broadway and off Broadway for almost three years, said the awards ceremony

Alan Cumming stars in the one-man play MacBeth, a production of Masie Productions.

was a memorable evening, praising host Neil Patrick Harris’ performance and Cicley Tyson’s speech—Tyson received a Tony for Best Actress her part in The Trip to Bountiful, a story based on a 1953 play and later 1985 movie about a

woman homesick for her childhood in the country. “I absolutely loved Neil’s opening speech,” said Masie. “And Cicley’s speech was incredible.” Harris has been praised in media reports for his colorful and nonstop performance hosting the show and Tyson’s acceptance speech was called “one of the classiest acceptance speeches of the night.” Tyson received a standing ovation. Cyndi Lauper, who won a Tony for the musical score, is best known for her upbeat “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” She later sang a version of “True Colors” in honor of Broadway stars who passed away this past year which included Marvin Hamlisch, Nora Ephron and Gore Vidal. Kinky Boots won the coveted Best Musical, Best Score, Best Leading Man (Billy Porter,) Best Choreography and two technical awards.

Masie said Kinky Boots had been under production for four years before it made it to Broadway. In addition to Kinky Boots and The Trip to Bountiful, Masie is also an investor/producer of the Broadway one-man play MacBeth with Alan Cumming of the Good Wife. “It is edgy and raw,” said Masie of MacBeth. “And, a lot of fun.” He is also an investor producer of the off-Broadway production Allegiance with George Tekei of Star Trek fame. “We also have one heading for the West Coast—Somewhere in Time,” added Masie. He said being an investor/producer is something new for him, but that he was enjoying the experience of being involved with Broadway productions. Liking investors/producers to race horse owners, Masie said he found it exciting to be part of a winning team. “It’s a bit like horse racing—if

you have a lot of money you can be the only producer, but otherwise there are lots of partners,” said Masie, adding, “It takes a lot of money and spirit” to produce a Broadway production. As for his night at the Tony’s? “It was fun being at Radio City Music Hall,” said Masie. “I can’t wait to go again.” For more information about Masie Productions, go to

Week of June 14 – June 20, 2013


Saratoga ArtsFest Fun Time for All

A fun time was had by all during Saratoga ArtFest held last week, June 6–9. Photos courtesy of Deborah Neary.


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 6/25: Town Board, 7:30 p.m. Town of Greenfield: 7 Wilton Road (518) 893-7432 6/25: Planning Board, 7 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 6/26: Zoning Board, 7 p.m. City of Saratoga Springs: 474 Broadway (518) 587-3550 6/17: Zoning Board of Appeals, 7 p.m. Town of Saratoga: 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville (518) 695-3644 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 6/20: Town Board, 7 p.m. 6/24: Zoning board, 7:30 p.m. 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


Week of June 14 – June 20, 2013

Green Conscience and Schuyler Builders Jenny Izzo Celebrates 10 Years with Partner on Eco-Friendly Subdivision Subsidium Technologies GREENFIELD Center — A Green conscious subdivision is planned for Greenfield Center. Green Conscience Home & Garden, a showroom dedicated to offering nontoxic and sustainable interior finishes, and Schuyler Builders, Inc., have partnered to design and build an ecofriendly subdivision in Greenfield. The development will be known as Silva Trace. Karen Totino, owner of Green Conscience, stated that she wants to create homes that are not only energy efficient but promotes wellbeing through the use of healthy building materials. She met Anthony Vaccarielli of Schuyler Builders over a year ago and found that they shared a similar vision of “green”. “People have different definitions of green and how that transfers to the construction of a green home. I find that most builders focus heavily on energy efficiency, which is very important, but miss the boat entirely on selecting interior finish options that are healthy and don’t release harmful

chemicals into the living space.” The eight-lot subdivision will be located in Greenfield, about eight minutes north of Saratoga on Route 9N. The homes will be constructed according to the Energy Star and National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Green quality standards. One lot remains in Phase 1, with four, three acre, treed lots on a cul de sac. Construction techniques will be focused on preventing heat and energy from escaping the building envelope and include the use of air sealing methods—materials to prevent thermal bridging as well as passive heating and cooling systems, improved indoor air quality and sustainable landscapes. The public is invited to a mixer at Green Conscience located at 33 Church St. in Saratoga Springs to officially launch the project is planned on Thursday June 27, 5–7 p.m. Any are welcome to attend. For more information call Karen Totino at( 518) 306-5196.

CLIFTON PARK — Business Development manager for Subsidium Technologies, Jenny Izzo, was recently honored by the company for her 10th year of service for them. Subsidium Technologies, Inc., is one of the nation’s leading providers of best in class communication network solutions for businesses across a variety of sectors. Izzo was Subsidium Technologies’ first employee and has seen the enterprise grow from the ground up. Now, more than 10 years after her first day on the job, she oversees Subsidium’s back office staff, retention management efforts and order/problem resolution processes. “We are pleased to celebrate Jenny’s decade of service with all of us here at Subsidium Technologies,” said John Bova, CEO, co-founder and managing partner of Subsidium Technologies, Inc. “Her dedication, drive and expertise has played a significant role in the expansion and success of our enterprise.” Izzo draws upon the skills she

learned supporting sales professionals and marketing departments focused on helping organizations integrate technology into a viable business model. She spent years working with a list of diverse business clients to design and implement data services and local and long distance telecommunications solutions. “Jenny’s contributions have made a big impact at Subsidium Technologies,” said Ed Degenhart, COO, co-founder and managing partner of Subsidium Technologies, Inc. “She has harnessed a unique mix of knowledge, skills, and determination that have translated into positive gains on many fronts.” Izzo’s experience comes from the years she spent as dial tone specialist and system design representative at Avaya Interconnect, a leading global provider of nextgeneration business collaboration and communications solutions. As business development manager, Izzo puts 17 years of telecommunications industry experience to work for Subsidium on a daily basis.

Week of June 14 – June 20, 2013

Saratoga Hospital Names Service Stars

Cathy Robertson, RN, CCRN

Nancy Spezio, RN, CCM

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Hospital has named Cathy Robertson, RN, CCRN, as Service Excellence Star of the Month for March and Nancy Spezio, RN, CCM, for April. Robertson, of Salem, is a nurse in Saratoga Hospital’s ICU and has been employed by the hospital since 1998. She was recognized for her problem-solving skills, her frequent reply to rapid-response calls, and for always performing beyond to provide extra care. Spezio, of Greenwich, has been

an employee of the Hospital for ten years and works in the Care Management department. She was recognized for her compassion, her calm and attentive way of handling patients, and her efforts in implementing a LEAN Initiative to improve efficiency in care management at the Hospital. The Service Excellence Star of the Month program recognizes employees and volunteers who go above and beyond the call of duty to provide great service to hospital patients, visitors and staff.

Two More Join Fingerpaint

Lisette Rayher

Michael Cassidy

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Lisette Rayher joins Fingerpaint’s finance team from LeverPoint Management where she served as an accountant in charge of general ledger accounts, preparation of financial statements and client billing. Prior to LeverPoint Management, Rayher was a staff accountant at Marshall & Sterling Upstate, Inc., and was responsible for accounting support for branches across New York State. She also serves as business advisor to her family farm and business, Saratoga Hops. Rayher graduated from Siena College with a degree in accounting.

Michael Cassidy joins Fingerpaint’s studio after five years as prepress technician at Walter Snyder Printing and six years as prepress manager and prepress technician at Tech Valley Printing. Over the course of his prepress career, Cassidy was responsible for quality control and has become an expert at publishing and imaging software. He also spent five years operating his own business, Cassidy Creative Services, where he designed corporate communications for Capital Region businesses. Cassidy is a graduate of The College of Saint Rose and holds a degree in graphic design.



Week of June 14 – June 20, 2013

Gutterball Bash Spares No Fun

Fifth Annual Event Strikes Success for Saratoga Sponsor-A-Scholar

by Trina Lucas Saratoga TODAY Saratoga Sponsor-A-Scholar hosted the 5th Annual Bowlingfor-Scholars on Saturday, June 8, followed by another outstanding

Gutterball Bash at Saratoga Strike Zone. Led by SSAS Volunteer Executive Director Jim LaVigne and his wife Mary Gavin, the events raised over $108,000 thanks to dozens of supporters, including lead underwriters River Farm America Foundation and the Edward P. Swyer Foundation. More than 110 bowlers, including many SSAS students and mentors, skipped Saratoga’s Flag Day Parade to take advantage of half-price bowling at the lanes. And while they enjoyed the discount, the Strike Zone passed the remaining half on to SSAS, doubling the fun and the benefit! Whether hitting the gutter or straight strikes, attendees were supporting the cause. That evening, guests at the

Bash had a ball dining on food donated by Hattie’s as FreePlay added live music to the fun. The silent auction encouraged some friendly, competitive bidding too. John Snow, a SSAS board member, snagged four VIP Diamond seat tickets for a Baltimore Orioles game, with on-field access for private batting practice, donated by Margaret Valentine and John Angelos. Tom and Tamara Valentine donated two authentic seats from the old Yankees Stadium, circa 1976. Rich Ligouri was the lucky winner of those treasures, and Mike Hoffman closed as high bidder on a golf-for-four package at Saratoga National Golf Club. The crowd included Bob and

Heidi West, Greg and Suzanne Grande, Skip and Colleen Carlson, Mayor Scott Johnson and his wife Julie, SSAS board member Kristie Roohan and her husband Tom, Michael and Margie Rotchford, Barry and Cindy Potoker, Harvey and Cassie Fox, Rod and Amy Sutton and Sam Palazzole. “The board and volunteers of Sponsor-A-Scholar are thrilled, and frankly a bit humbled, that our event raised $108,000,” remarked Jim LaVigne. “That’s enough money to provide for one class of ten students for the full seven years they are in our program. We are fortunate to live in a community that gives so generously. And we are grateful.” Additional event sponsors

Michele and Ron Riggi with Jim LaVigne and Mary Gavin.

Michael Piccirillo with JoAnne and Todd Kiernan

Cindy Potoker, Margie Rotchford and Linda Holmes

Amy and Rod Sutton with Cassie Fox

included Lew and Pat Titterton, Fidelity National Title Insurance, Ron and Michele Riggi, Gary and Nancy DiCresce, Skidmore College and The Adirondack Trust Company. Saratoga Sponsor-A-Scholar is a non-profit organization helping economically eligible students in the Saratoga Springs School District graduate from high school and achieve their dream to attend college. Last June, the first SSAS class of eight students graduated; all were accepted to college, with two receiving full fouryear scholarships. Currently, SSAS has 38 students enrolled. Bowling-forScholars and the Gutterball Bash raise funds to support the organization’s mission through tutoring, mentoring and college preparation.

Week of June 14 – June 20, 2013

Harvey Fox and Rick Holmes

Heather and Brian Straughter with Mike and Susana Hoffman


A Thousand Cheers for Hope

Crush and Cask Tasting Raises Over $1,000 for Orphaned Pets Crush and Cask Wine and Spirits hosted an exclusive wine and whiskey tasting last Friday, June 7, raising awareness and over $1,000 for H.O.P.E. (Homes for Orphaned Pets Exist). Owners Patty and Jeff Novo have a special affinity for homeless animals, often fostering stray kittens and cats. Patty names each, for a distinguishing characteristic, a noted racehorse or an irresistible wine, and provides a loving home until they can be adopted. Whether known for a day, a week or a lifetime, every pet is endeared forever. Friday’s tasting featured

Ironweed Whiskey, distilled in downtown Albany’s Quackenbush Square, as well as a popular selection of dry rosé wines, perfect for summer sipping after the rains clear. H.O.P.E. is a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting abandoned, orphaned and neglected animals. Since they do not have a shelter or facility, volunteers often care for the pets, seeking permanent owners to adopt them. To learn more, or for a list of upcoming adoption clinics and information on their spay/neuter program, visit



Week of June 14 – June 20, 2013

Horse Show Leader In Skidmore Financial Aid by Brian Cremo Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Skidmore College Saratoga Classic has never had to cancel a full day’s worth of competition until this year. But the bad weather hasn’t held the horse show from rescheduling and continuing to raise financial aid for Skidmore College students as the college’s single largest fundraiser.

Financial aid is the second largest component of the Skidmore College’s operating budget. Nearly 42 percent of the Class of 2016 is receiving Skidmore aid and a lot of that comes from the two week event just off Union Avenue. Every dime from the horse show goes to the Skidmore scholarship budget. “It’s providing access to education and also a life-changing

experience,” Executive Director of SCHS Adele Einhorn said. “If you’re a kid and you can’t afford to go here, but you get that scholarship, it’s a life-changing experience. It’s a transformative, life-changing experience and the fact that we can do that, that’s the intrinsic value. That’s what it means to me. I’m helping to change lives for kids.” With all the proceeds directly funding scholarship awards for Skidmore students who may not have been able to attend the school otherwise, the show has gained attention from people who are not even from the area or even competing at the horse show. “That says to me we’re doing something right,” Einhorn said. “People believe in this and they want to support it.” The average Skidmore grant portion of each package in this academic year averages to $31,900. The Institute of Education Sciences reported the national average grant size for undergraduate financial at a bit lower—$9,100. “In actuality, we’re not able to compete like some of the other colleges,” Einhorn said. “For the students that we admit, we meet those financial needs. We just don’t have the endowment compared to the

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schools that have been around for 100 years. But we’re working on it.” Of the $36 million the college has raised for financial aid, SCHS alone has contributed approximately 10 percent at $3 million. That $3 million has been raised over the last 10 years. “As an exhibitor, it means a lot knowing that 100 percent of it goes to scholarships and it helps kids get a great education,” exhibitor Ali Sirota said. “It’s a huge difference than going to a lot of the other horse shows throughout the year where you’re just showing. I was raised by parents who always put education first. It’s so nice to know that Skidmore can give so many kids and opportunity where they can just go and focus on education and not have to worry about

[money]. Their biggest goal is to get good grades and come out and be productive members of society. It’s a nice feeling to know that.” This year’s 16th annual show was scheduled to start Tuesday, June 11, but had to start June 12 because of the inclement weather. “At the end of the day, when it rains and we stop the horse show, or people don’t compete and we lose the revenue, it’s still all good because you are building relationships with people and they’re seeing what you’re trying to do and that you’re trying to help people,” Einhorn said. Building those relationships and showing people that Skidmore has a lot to offer, including a seventime Intercollegiate Horse Show Association national champion riding team, is just another aspect of the aura surrounding the event. It can’t be forgotten that it’s a time of high-grade competition with riders and horses from all over the east coast showing up for a chance at some big money. This year’s showing has nearly 1,000 horses entered and features a $25,000 Landgero Cup Grand Prix, a $15,000 Gochman Family USHJA Hunter Derby and $12,000 Take2 Thoroughbred Hunter/Jumper Divisions. New jumper classes and divisions are also represented, as men and women are pitted against each other and range from kids to people in their 60s competing in hunter and jumper rings. “It’s a staple on many yearly schedules,” Sirota said. “A big part of that is because Adele and her team do such a lovely job running the horseshow and really listening to exhibitors and trainers, figuring out what they want and how to make the show better every year. And I think that’s a big part of the success and the long run of the amount of money they raise for the school.” In what is now a two week event, the first week will continue through Father’s Day, June 16. The second week is scheduled to go from June 19–23. Admission is free.


Week of June 14 – June 20, 2013

Martin Wins Spelling Bee for Third Consecutive Year SARATOGA SPRINGS — For the third year in a row, Brooke Martin won the 35th Annual Regional Spelling Bee for top spellers in grades 4-8 from the 31 school districts in the WSWHE BOCES region. Brooke, a student from Galway Central School District, competed against 22 top spellers at Skidmore College. To win, she had to correctly spell the second to the last speller’s word, “sinewy,” and then the next word, “aria.” As the top speller, she received a trophy, certificate, ribbon, a plaque for her school, and four tickets to Six Flags Great Escape. Placing second was Corinth Central School District’s Kelsey Baker, who won a ribbon, trophy, and Barnes and Noble gift card. In third place was Ballston Spa’s Gavin Butler, who won a ribbon, trophy, and an art kit from

Barnes and Noble. The prize for fourth place went to Hannah Thompson, also from Galway Central School. Hannah won a ribbon and three books from Barnes and Noble. Also winning a ribbon and three books was fifth place winner Avinash Goss from Saratoga Springs City School District. Rounding out the award winners in sixth place was Maggie Kilpeck from South Glens Falls Central School District, who won a ribbon and two books from Barnes and Noble. The 2013 Regional Spelling Bee was coordinated by the WSWHE BOCES Gifted and Talented Resource Center and sponsored by the Junior Chamber International Saratoga Springs Jaycees, Six Flags Great Escape, The Saratogian, and Barnes and Noble Booksellers.

Warrensburg Central School District Hires Stillwater Principal as New Superintendent


Ballston Spa Students “Go Fishing” at Special Needs Event

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MILTON — The 3rd Annual Special Needs Kids Fishing Event was held recently at the 4-H Training Center in Milton. Approximately 35 children in grades K-8 with physical and mental disabilities attended the event where many of them learned how to fish for the first time.

Environmental Conservation Officers and Fish and Game Club volunteers assisted the kids with all aspects of fishing and many different species were caught including rainbow trout, bass and bluegill. A free lunch was provided for the children and their families and

each child was given a rod and reel to take home at the end of the day. The New York State Conservation Officers Association, the Saratoga County 4-H, Hannaford Supermarket, Saratoga Tackle, Bob’s Bait, and multiple Saratoga County Fish and Game Clubs sponsored the event.

Saratoga Springs High School Student Wins Scholarship

WARRENSBURG — Following a thorough interview process involving many steps and various stakeholders, the Board of Education has decided to offer the position of Superintendent of Schools to John Goralski, pending successful negotiation of a contract.b

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Emma Thompson, of the Graduate Class of 2013, has been awarded the prestigious Laziali nel Mondo scholarship in the amount of $1,000. The Laziali nel Mondo Association of the Capital District is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the study of the Italian language and culture throughout the world. Professor Cesare Maniccia, the vice president of this internationally recognized organization, reviewed Emma’s

Goralski is expected to begin work as the new Superintendent effective November 30. Goralski is currently the Elementary Principal for the Stillwater Central School District. This board looks forward to welcoming Mr. Goralski to the Warrensburg Central School District in the near future. Emma Thompson

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winning essay in which she tells of her deep desire to learn Italian so that she could be close to her grandfather. Emma has taken all three levels of Conversational Italian taught by Lucia Bianchi. This fall, she plans to continue her studies of Italian at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan. She will be majoring in fashion merchandising and minoring in Italian. During her third year at FIT, she will be studying in Firenze, Italia.



Week of June 14 – June 20, 2013

Saratoga Bridges Stuck in Limbo as It Awaits Its Financial Fate by Chelsea DiSchiano Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — With a state budget that cuts $90 million from programs that benefit people with developmental disabilities, and no word from the state on how that cut will affect them, Saratoga Bridges is trapped in a limbo as they hold onto open positions and delay recruiting for mid-management jobs they were planning on adding this year. The not-for-profit is holding out hopes that a new bill recently introduced into the state legislature and Senate will restore that funding. Though New York State’s final budget was approved April 1, agencies throughout the state

are holding their breaths as they wait to see if The People with Developmental Disabilities Restoration and Reinvestment Act of 2013, a newly drafted bill attempting to save that funding, will be passed before the end of the state legislature session at the end of the month. The bill was recently introduced to the state assembly by Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg and to the senate by State Senator Martin Golden. The bill was drafted with the intent of restoring the full 4.5 percent cut that was enacted in the final state budget, and describes the impacts of the cuts on the people and families agencies such as Saratoga Bridges serve. The proposed legislation asks for a full restoration of the cuts

through efficiencies and/or by finding revenue within the present budget to make the $90 million dollars hold, according to Valerie Muratori, executive director of Saratoga Bridges. “This legislation would get rid of the cut completely, which would be wonderful,” Muratori said. But Muratori said that since the final budget with the 4.5 percent cut was passed in April, there has been no communication between the state and developmental disability agencies as to when and how they are going to implement the budget cuts as they currently stand. “We haven’t had any clear communication on how the cut will be implemented—there were some initial conversations about taking efficiencies from the administration or executive compensation or from audit reviews, but at this point there has never been a final plan presented to the providers,” Muratori said. “So we’re kind of working in a limbo situation

realizing that there is a $90 million cut out there that still is pending and we haven’t had any clear communication on how we should be looking at our services to prepare for that cut.” “We’ve held onto budgeted positions that were not direct support positions and we had some mid-management positions we wanted to add this year that would have helped with the quality assessment and improvement that we have to hold onto,” Muratori said. “We had a couple of mid-managers leave that we’re holding off on recruiting for and instead we’re asking other managers to pick up those responsibilities—we’re holding on until we know what the state is going to do with the cuts.” Muratori said being in the limbo has made it “challenging” for Saratoga Bridges. “If we’re going to get the cut, then let us know how you’re going to implement it so we can deal with it or so we know we need to do something different,”

Rotary Golf Tournament WILTON — This Saturday, June 15, will be the 8th Annual Rotary of Wilton Golf Tournament at Airway Meadows Golf Club on at 1:30 p.m. It will be a shotgun-start, four person scramble followed by a hot and cold buffet dinner under the clubhouse tent. There will be great prizes for a variety of challenges on the golf course, including “Longest Drive”, “Most Accurate Drive”, “Closest to the Pin”, and a $10,000 cash prize for a Hole-In-One (9th Hole). After golf there will be a live auction for some terrific prize packages and items. And don’t forget

the Golf Ball Drop—participants could win $500. Proceeds to benefit Operation Adopt-A-Soldier, which serves soldiers overseas and their families at home and on VetHELP an organization which helps veterans find employment and housing. If you don’t golf, participants can join afterwards for the buffet dinner at approximately 6 p.m. and be a part of the live auction for packages donated by local businesses. The dinner is only $25. For more information, call Don Wildermuth weekdays at (518) 587-4051.

she said. “But if the cut isn’t going to occur, then we’d want to fill those positions because we’re asking people to work a lot more hours and pick up more responsibilities, so it’d be nice to know exactly what their long-term plan is with the cut.” Muratori said she is hopeful that the new bill will save the organization’s funding, adding that it initially received a lot of support in the beginning but that the legislature “has been quiet since they passed the final budget.” The bill has been introduced in both houses, with the Assembly bill A.6692 by Weisenberg on the Assembly floor on its third reading. The Senate bill, S. 4777 by Golden, is currently in the Senate Finance Committee. “The clock is ticking,” Muratori said. “The legislature finishes their year at the end of the month, so we’re not sure exactly if [the bill] is going to move forward, but they have three weeks to make a decision.”

Saratoga Springs Teen Arrested for Facebook Threat WILTON — A teen was arrested after being accused of making a terrorist threat on Facebook, authorities said Saturday, June 8. Alan R. Picket of Wilton allegedly posted to Facebook that guns should be brought to Saratoga Springs High School and that underclassmen and teachers should be shot, the Saratoga County Sheriff ’s Office said. Pickett was 17 at the time of the allegations but turned 18 on Monday, June 10. It was also unclear on Saturday if Picket had weapons or if he had any intentions of bringing arms to the school. He was arraigned and sent to county jail in lieu of $1,500 bail.

Week of June 14 – June 20, 2013



125 Years Later, Ballston Spa Remembers Its Fallen Soldiers with Special Ceremony by Chelsea DiSchiano Saratoga TODAY BALLSTON SPA — The day they had been planning for over two years had finally arrived, but the summer sky had darkened, opening up to pour rain upon the excited residents of Ballston Spa. Disappointed but determined to celebrate the memories of their fallen soldiers, citizens from all around Saratoga County kept high spirits on that rainy day in June 1888, as an estimated 10,000 people flooded the downtown streets for the unveiling of a new monument etched with the names of local soldiers who never returned home from war. “Ever since the Civil War ended in 1865 and the men came home, they wanted to have some kind of memorial to the men who didn’t return,” said Kim McCartney, a researcher for Brookside Museum. “It was talked about and talked about, and finally on December 27, 1826, they formed a committee of prominent citizens of the area and men from the Post McKittrick GAR—Grand Army of the Republic, which is what they called the Union Army back then—and they took bids and it was the National Monument Company in Vermont that won the bid, supplied the granite and made the monument.” At 10 a.m. on June 14, 1888, veterans and men in uniform from all over Saratoga County formed a crowd at Bath Street, ready to parade for a full two hours around the downtown area, which had been fully decorated by the women with flowers and flags. After the parade, everyone split up into different groups to go and have lunch together in various places around the village. Once they finished eating, the crowds filled the streets again to watch the unveiling of the brand new monument, which featured the names of fallen soldiers from the Civil War, Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and even the Mexican War. Thousands of people were gathered at the monument to listen to the revered General Daniel Butterfield, who had commanded the 44th Regiment and was Chief of Staff of the Army of the Potomac, give “a very long, very moving” address. Albert J. Reid, Civil War veteran, was the marshal for the parade, and letters were read aloud from Congressman George West

and Civil War veteran and figure William J. Parkinson, who couldn’t make it to the ceremony in person. Little girls dressed in red, white and blue sang the Star Spangled Banner around the monument, and with that, the day of celebrations ended. As all statues do, the nowsymbolic Soldiers Monument became severely weathered as decades upon decades passed by. “We noticed the monument was starting to deteriorate to the point where we became concerned,” said Everett Manning, chaplain of American Legion Henry Cornell Post 234 in Ballston Spa. “The names were starting to fade badly and the cement wall was breaking up along with the curbing around it, so we put together a team of people to determine what we could do about it.” The Legion elected Tom Andreadakis to head the project of finding out what it would take to restore the monument back to its original state. Since the curbing around the monument is owned by the town of Ballston Spa, the group had to contact the mayor and ask the town to fix the curbing and add some lighting around it. The statue was fully restored by Don Wescott in 2012 and the curbing repaired and lights added this year with the help of the town board. After realizing that this year is the 125th anniversary of the original dedication of the monument, members of the Legion decided to “stage a grand event” in honor of the historical statue. “[Don] did a wonderful job of restoring the monument,” Manning said. “It’s really in beautiful shape.” On Saturday, June 15 from 1–4 p.m., a grand celebration will take place in front of the

monument in the group’s effort to echo the grandeur of the original dedication 125 years ago. Ballston Spa’s two fire departments will be in attendance, with one hanging a huge American flag over the ceremony while the Union fire department will play three patriotic songs. Speeches will be given by representatives from the Brookside Museum, Heritage Hunters, American Legion and Mayor John Romano. The Gettysburg Address will also be read aloud at the ceremony. “After that’s done, we’ll move up to Monument Park and do a flag retirement ceremony,” Manning said. “Every year on Flag Day, the American Legion has a ceremony where we actually burn and retire a flag and it’s a nice ceremony, so that will be the final event.” Though the monument displays names of soldiers who participated in various wars, the theme of this Saturday’s ceremony will lay heavily on the Civil War, as thousands from Saratoga County served in that war. “The theme of the speeches will center around the Civil War and what that meant to our country and what these guys were fighting for,” Manning said. “They weren’t fighting for their own freedom—they already had their own freedom. They were fighting for the freedom of everybody and to substantiate the whole concept of our forefathers that this country was created so that all people could be equal.” Manning said he hopes that the restoration of the monument and this weekend’s ceremony will help Saratoga County residents remember the importance of those who gave their lives for their country. “It’s important to the veterans in this town and hopefully bringing

Soldiers Monument in Ballston Spa. Photo courtesy of Saratoga County Historical Society and Brookside Museum.

it into their view again will bring it back into the importance in the lives of the people who live around here,” Manning said. “We’re hoping to bring a spirit of patriotism back into the town.”

For more information and details on the June 15 ceremony, call (518) 885-7236. The monument is located at the intersection of Front Street and Low Street in Ballston Spa.


Revolutionary War Reenactment at Congress Park

Photos courtesy of Deborah Neary.

Week of June 14 – June 20, 2013

Week of June 14 – June 20, 2013





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Camp TLC Offers Children on Autism Spectrum Unique Chance at Summer Fun continued from page 1 “[My mentor and I] would always think about how kids in isolating circumstances didn’t get to go to camp, so we came up with this idea of this traveling camp that went from city to city and brought camp to kids in isolating situations,” Baumis said. “So whether it’s for kids with autism or they’re living in shelters or hospitals, our goal is to bring camp to kids that can’t get there in the summer.” Though Camp TLC was just an idea for over 10 years, the idea came to fruition three years ago after Baumis began to receive help from high school friends and others in the Saratoga community. Since then, Camp TLC has hosted sessions in several different cities, including Los Angeles, CA; Queens, NY; Bethesda, MD; Malden, MA and of course, Saratoga Springs. This year’s session in Saratoga will be the first camp held for children with autism. “It’s important for me to do it for kids on the spectrum because so many of my friends are affected by it and living with it, so it seems to be a good fit,” Baumis said. “There aren’t a lot of camps for them that just say, ‘Hey, it’s ok.’ I have a very different method—a lot of kids on the spectrum can go to a YMCA camp and they might not fit in. But our philosophy is if they try art and they want to do art all week, then they can do art all week.” Baumis said Camp TLC is filling a very important gap that comes between the end of school and the start of traditional summer camps. “The thing about kids on the spectrum is that they need to have a structured program,” Baumis said. “We are filling that gap between when school ends and when summer programs begin and it gets kids on the spectrum—they need that continuity, so if there’s a week where they’re not there, it can mess

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up their whole thought process.” Baumis said she is tailoring the camp to the needs of the children with autism, breaking up the camp into two three-hour sessions in the morning and afternoon. “Kids are welcome to go to both sessions if they can handle it, but a lot of kids on the spectrum can only do morning, or vice versa, so parents can choose,” Baumis said. “We have a Zulu room—that’s the Swahili word for ‘rest’—and it has a miniature golf course in there and Hasbro donates games so they can go there anytime and just play.” The camp will also have sensory tables integrated into its activities, along with art and music classes. The last hour of each session will feature special events for the kids to enjoy. “Circus Smirkus is coming, D’Andreas Pizza is donating food one day so we’ll have a picnic, and there will also be a carnival day,” Baumis said. Though the camp will be filled with activities, Baumis said it will be a little “toned down” compared to camps in other cities where Baumis wears roller skates and keeps a stash of glitter for the

amusement of the kids. “It’s definitely a learning experience,” Baumis said. “I’m a high energy, glitter-person and one of my friends from high school who is helping me do this was like, ‘Glitter? No, my son [who is on the spectrum] hates it,’ so you learn—and that’s the beauty of Camp TLC is that every site we go to is different. In L.A. we just do this high-energy, celebrity-focused program for kids that have been sexually or physically abused, while this camp here is more toned down.” Baumis said the camp has received a huge response from parents and families of children on the autism spectrum who have a need for this camp. “Doing it for families of kids with autism—the response has been overwhelming for people that need this and want this for their kids,” Baumis said. “I thought there were a ton of resources for them, but there’s not. In doing this I thought, is there really a need? And someone said there’s a huge need for children with autism, but I didn’t know that.” “The beauty of Camp TLC is that we can address that need,” Baumis continued. “It’s amazing,

the amount of parents that want to come and help and be a part of it, and it’s a great place to do it because Saratoga is an amazing community to do something to give back.” Camp TLC will take place June 24–28 at the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association Recreation Complex in Saratoga. Parents of children with

autism are encouraged to apply for the free camp, which hosts both morning and afternoon sessions. Volunteers are still needed for the Saratoga Springs camp and can learn more on how to get involved by emailing Caroline Baumis at or by calling (917) 363-5154.

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Week of June 14 – June 20, 2013

Our Elders, Our Future

Fathers, Be Good to Your Sons

by Clare Colamaria, Founder of A Senior’s Choice for Saratoga TODAY With Father’s Day upon us, I was reflecting on what a spectacular role model my father was to my two brothers. His role as a husband to our mother, father to his three children, and grandfather taught an invaluable lesson that will be handed down from generation to generation, as did my father’s father to him. There is a song written and recorded by John Mayer that says, “Fathers, be good to your daughters.” The message addresses the importance of fathers treating their daughters with love, respect, kindness, compassion etc. Why? Because one day these young girls will grow up to become partners, wives, mothers and caregivers, and likewise

their sons will one day grow up to become partners, husbands, fathers and caregivers. The role of a father is significant. When the role is taught by examples of goodness, giving of one’s self and strength, it is rewarding and proud title to hold. However, in some cases it is self-taught because of years of therapy and/or the passion to make changes for the children of future generations to come—perhaps to protect their own children from negative personal experiences they may have been subject to or witnesses of. One word seems to be flashing at me: “Provider,” defined as: to put at the disposal of, furnish or supply. Psychotherapist Meghan Lemery says in order to navigate the different seasons and pathways of life successfully, we need to be able to draw from the resources of our childhood role models and mentors. When we lack these resources, it can lead to a breakdown, which for most men is expressed with feelings of overwhelming frustrations or anger. She also says a father’s role in parenting is essential for shaping our self-esteem. When a father fails to provide care, love, attention and respect to their child, the result is an adult who struggles to see their value in themselves and others, therefore becoming paralyzed in fear. Some caregivers experience symptoms of traumatic-like stress,

describing themselves as being haunted by distress long after a relative died. Many caregivers are haunted from witnessing a loved one’s suffering and feeling helpless to do anything about it. They often encountered symptoms similar to those shown by people with post-traumatic stress — intrusive thoughts, disabling anxiety, hypervigilance, avoidance behaviors and more — even though research documenting this reaction is scarce. Improvement with treatment is possible, they say, although a sense of loss may never disappear completely. Here are a couple of stories about patients to illustrate the therapeutic process. Read them below and you’ll notice common themes. Recovery depends on unearthing the source of psychological distress and facing it directly rather than pushing it away. Learning new ways of thinking can change the tenor of caregiving, in real time or in retrospect, and help someone recover a sense of emotional balance. Barry Jacobs, a clinical psychologist and author of “The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers” (Guilford Press, 2006), was careful to distinguish normal grief associated with caregiving from a traumaticstyle response. “Nightmares, lingering bereavement or the mild re-experiencing of events that doesn’t send a person

into a panic every time is normal” and often resolves with time, he said. Contrast that with one of his patients, a woman who assisted her elderly parents daily until her father, a retired firefighter, went to the hospital for what doctors thought would be a minor procedure and died there of a heart attack in the middle of the night. Every night afterward, at exactly 3 a.m., this patient awoke in a panic from a dream in which a phone was ringing. Unable to go back to sleep for hours, she agonized about her father dying alone at that hour. The guilt was so overwhelming, the woman couldn’t bear to see her mother, talk with her sisters or concentrate at work or at home. Sleep deprived and troubled by anxiety, she went to see her doctor, who works in the same clinic as Dr. Jacobs and referred her to therapy. The first thing Dr. Jacobs did was to “identify what happened to this patient as traumatic, and tell her acute anxiety was an understandable response.” Then he asked her to “grieve her father’s death” by reaching out to her siblings and her mother and openly expressing her sadness. Dr. Jacobs also suggested that this patient set aside a time every day to think about her father — not just the end of his life, but also all the things she had loved about him and the good times they’d had together as a family. Don’t expect your nighttime awakenings to go away immediately, the psychologist told his patient. Instead, plan for how you’re going to respond when these occur. Seven months later, the patient reported her panic at a “three or four” level instead of a “10” (the highest possible number), Dr. Jacobs said. “She’ll say, ‘Oh, there’s the nightmare again,’ and she can now go back to sleep fairly quickly,” he continued. “Research about anxiety tells us that the more we face what we fear, the quicker we are to extinguish our fear response and the better able we are to tolerate it.” Sara Qualls, a professor of psychology at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, said it’s natural for caregivers to be disgusted by some of what they have to do—toileting a loved one, for instance—and to be profoundly conflicted when they try to reconcile

this feeling with a feeling of devotion. In some circumstances, traumatic-like responses can result. Her work entails naming the emotion the caregiver is experiencing, letting the person know it is normal, and trying to identify the trigger. For instance, an older man may come in saying he’s failed his wife with dementia by not doing enough for her. Addressing this man’s guilt, Dr. Qualls may find that he can’t stand being exposed to urine or feces but has to help his wife go to the bathroom. Instead of facing his true feelings, he’s beating up on himself psychologically — a diversion. Once a conflict of this kind is identified, Dr. Qualls said she can help a person deal with the trigger by using relaxation exercises and problem-solving techniques, or by arranging for someone else to do a task that he or she simply can’t tolerate. “I think that a piece of the trauma reaction that is so devastating is the intense privacy of it,” Dr. Qualls said. “Our work helps people moderate their emotional reactivity through human contact, sharing and learning strategies to manage their responsiveness.” Although everyone’s situations are unique, it does not dismiss the feelings you may be experiencing, the overwhelming burdens, fears, anxieties and more. So, going back to the opening of this column, let’s analyze the word “provider.” Fathers are providers of many valuable lessons in our lives. However, once the fathers become overwhelmed with circumstances and responsibilities of caregiving, they must know to utilize other providers to assist them. There is nothing wrong or weak about getting the help you need from different provider resources, whether it’s psychotherapy to help you cope with the decline of your loved one or health care provider to help balance daily duties. Whatever the provider you feel would benefit you most, you need to reach out to or ask for assistance. Here’s wishing all fathers a healthy and happy Father’s Day! Clare Colamaria is the Founder and CEO of A Senior’s Choice, LLC., a company designed to provide the proper resources to families challenged with caring for an aging loved one. Call (518) 4242527 or visit their website at www.

Week of June 14 – June 20, 2013




Senior Events Calendar

Senior Citizens Center of Saratoga Springs • 5 Williams Street, Saratoga Springs Saratoga Springs Public Library • 49 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs Saratoga Senior Center: Weekly Picture Shows

“Picture Shows” are offered at the Center every week for only $2, including snacks. Advance signup and membership is required. Movie descriptions are available at the center. The June schedule is as follows: • Friday 6/14 at 2 p.m.: “Magic of Belle Isle” • Tuesday 6/18 at 4 p.m.: “Argo” • Friday 6/21 at 2 p.m.: “The Blind Side” • Friday 6/28 at 2 p.m.: “Quartet”

Retirement Test Drive

On Wednesday, June 19 representatives from WP Wealth Advisors will be at the Center asking, “Are you properly invested for retirement?” How far will your retirement income take you? Call to schedule a private appointment for a “Retirement Test Drive” between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Open to the public.

European Excursion

The Center is proud to offer a new excursion from December 5-13 called “Classic Christmas Markets.” This European adventure explores traditional holiday marketplaces in Germany, France and Austria. An informational slide show will be presented at the Center on Tuesday, June 25 from 2–3 p.m. with details and early sign-up discounts. Bring your passport! Details at Please sign up for the slideshow.

Trip to Burlington, Vermont

Join us for a motorcoach bus trip to Burlington, VT on July 10. Dine and shop in the charming Church St. pedestrian marketplace then board the Ethan Allen III for a scenic boat ride on Lake Champlain. Leave at 7:30 a.m. and return at 9 p.m. $49 for members ($64 non-members). Spend a day with friends old and new in beautiful Vermont.

Saratoga Springs Public Library Acoustic Music Song Swap

June 17, 7–8:30 p.m. in H. Dutcher Community Room Phil Drum and the Saratoga Acoustic Blues Society will host an acoustic song swap on June 17. Bring your guitar down and share a song, learn about the blues, sing

out. Open to all players of acoustic instruments: beginner, intermediate and beyond. The evening will have a blues jam vibe but all acoustic music is welcome. So instead of playing on your couch, come on down and share your music. Don’t play an instrument? Come and listen to some bone shaking blues. For more information about the Saratoga Acoustic Blues Society, visit them on Facebook at Saratoga-Acoustic-Blues-Society.

Learning to Plan Your Vacation Online

June 18, 10 a.m.–noon in the computer lab. The Internet is becoming more of a common place to plan vacations. Travel information comes and goes on a daily basis through different web resources. This class helps students learn how to navigate and identify travel deals online. This class is also offered on Tuesday, August 27 from 10 a.m.–noon. If you wish to register for this session, please navigate to August 27 on the Events calendar online and do so. This is an intermediate level class. An intermediate level learner is someone who has good mouse and keyboard skills and who can open and close application, but needs further instruction with applications such as E-mail, word

processing, or other office software. Intermediate courses prepare you for advanced level courses offered by the library. Register by calling (518) 5847860 ext. 257 or visit

Books and Tea: Annual Book Buffet

June 20, 3:30–5:30 p.m. in H. Dutcher Community Room Come share your reading experience with fellow readers. Talk up the books you’ve enjoyed and get reading recommendations that you may wish to explore further. Light refreshments will be served. This is our annual event until we meet again in September. Come join us and bring fresh ideas.

Guided Mindful Meditation

The first and third Tuesday of each month, 12:30–1:30 p.m. in the Susman Room. Take a break from the daily grind and clear your mind with guided Mindful Meditation led by professionals from One Roof Hol istic Health Center. Sessions are free and open to the public, and will be held on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Everyone is welcome.

Intro to Computers and Microsoft Word for Beginners 1:30–3:30 p.m., in Computer Lab For students with little or no

computer experience, this sixsession course offers an introduction to computer terminology and computer use. Participants use the mouse and keyboard with programs such as Solitaire, MS Paint, MS Word 2010, and MS Excel 2010, and become familiar with Windows 7. This course

is offered Wednesdays and Fridays, July 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, & 26 from 9:30–11:30 a.m. and also on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, Aug. 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, & 16, from 1:30–3:30 p.m. To register online for either of these classes, navigate to the course start date in the events calendar on our website.

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Week of June 14 – June 20, 2013

Mr. Manners: Teaching an Important Lesson

by Kate Towne Sherwin for Saratoga TODAY When our oldest was just learning to talk, one of the first words I taught him was “Please,” and I encouraged him to say it at all the appropriate times. He caught on easily and delighted in saying it, and most people thought it was just darling to see a tiny boy saying “please” like a polite gentleman. One of my friends, however, whose child was a little older than mine, saw me encouraging Thomas to say please one day and she wrinkled up her nose and

said, “I don’t worry about making mine say ‘Please’ and ‘Thank you’ at this age—it would be pointless, since he doesn’t even understand what it means.” I’ve thought about that exchange a lot since then—certainly she can bring up her child however she likes, but her reasoning just seemed off to me. It seemed to me the important thing was to get the child into the habit of politeness, whether or not he understood why. How many other things do we find important to impress upon our children, whether or not they understand the reasons behind them? Good eating habits, the importance of education, hygiene, and matters of faith all come to mind. I can tell my boys a thousand times that the reason we brush our teeth is to avoid cavities and the reason we take baths is to be clean and the reason we eat vegetables is to help our bodies be strong and healthy, but I’m 99 percent sure the younger ones have no idea what I’m talking about—to them, brushing teeth is tasty, baths allow for swimming fun right in our own home, and strength comes with age (“When am I going to be big and strong like Dad?”). No

matter—these things are important, and getting into the habit as soon as possible seems wise. And so it is with manners. My dad recently got this great book for my boys entitled, “50 Things Every Young Gentleman Should Know: What to Do, When to Do It, & Why” by John Bridges and Bryan Curtis. I recently began reading a chapter to the boys during dinner each night—easy to do with chapters that each focus on one point and are only about three pages long. Some of my favorite topics are “Shaking Hands,” “Dealing With Foods You Don’t Like,” “Winning Well,” “Losing Well,” and even “Meeting People With Physical Challenges.” And it explains why manners are important, pointing out to the boys reading it that parents “want you to be a young man people like. They want you to be a young man people trust. They want you to be a young man people respect.” Furthermore, it argues that it can be “a big relief … to know how to do things the right way.” Yes, manners are important for all those reasons: they foster likeability, trustworthiness, respectability and social confidence, all of which can lead to worldly success. But there’s another aspect to manners that I don’t hear talked about too much, and which is as important—if not more so—to

me: they are a way of showing the people you come in contact with that you recognize their dignity as human beings, and that as such they are worthy of being treated well. In this regard, cultivating good manners can be seen as a type of ministry, as a way of being a loving and peaceful person. Even if one’s heart is not friendly toward another, good manners allow for a civil and perhaps even friendly exchange—they show effort being made at treating others the way you yourself would like to be treated. It’s definitely an uphill battle

with the little ones. You should see the lessons in manners we have around here in the privacy of our home. Manners are not always the favorite thing, especially when dealing with one’s brothers, and especially when one is in a foul mood, as after getting in trouble or when trying to forgive each other and move on. The mouthed “I’m sorry” followed by the screamed “I’m sorry” when I say, “Say it again, so your brother can hear you.” The clenched teeth when saying, “Please” or “Thank you” when I’m trying to show them the proper way to share toys (as opposed to the grabbing/hitting/kicking/ screaming/hair pulling, etc.). The way I have to constantly tell them, “Keep your hands to yourselves!” (See Chapter 40: “Boundaries: Yours and Theirs.”) But we keep trying. Our toddler currently has a few words in his growing vocabulary, including words for blanket, dessert/treat, hello, goodbye, and Daddy. Just now he brought his empty cup over to me and babbled away and I knew he was asking for more juice. So I filled his cup up and gave it back to him and he said, for the first time without being prompted, “Thank you.” You’re so welcome, my polite little man. And Happy Father’s Day to all you who were once little boys learning their manners! Kate Towne Sherwin is a stayat-home mom (SAHM) living in Saratoga Springs with her husband and their sons Thomas (8), Gabriel (6), John Dominic (4), Xavier (3), and Thaddeus (17 months). She can be reached at

Week of June 14 – June 20, 2013




Exploring New Tastes with Otrembiak Farm

Atop sunflower-covered tablecloths rest fresh cut herbs, eggs and potted plants, from the familiar catnip and kale to the exotic epizote and sunchoke. If you frequent the market, you recognize the Otrembiak brothers behind this beautiful display, defined by the ever-present blue pick-up truck. John and Steve Otrembiak have worked the family farm in Saratoga on and off since their father purchased the property in 1947, but it wasn’t until the mid-1980s that the current farm came into being and became a presence at the Saratoga Market. Though they are not certified organic, the Otrembiaks use almost exclusively organic farming practices. Their poultry and apiary also support the brothers’ holistic approach to farming. John and Steve strongly

The Otrembiaks have had a stand at the market since the mid-1980s.

encourage the creation of home gardens. They donate any excess seedlings, starters, and produce to the Saratoga soup kitchen’s community gardening programs. To Otrembiak Farm, the community’s food security and access to fresh, local produce are important priorities. Though you can find many well-known vegetables and herbs at their stand, Otrembiak Farm is happy to also fill the Asian market niche, growing Asian greens,

mustards, gow choy (garlic chives), and bitter gourds, among many other Eastern plants. They also specialize in less common vegetables for the Northeast, such as tomatillos, okra, and various edible cultivars of common weeds. Purslane: A Misunderstood “Weed” As gardeners, we are apt to weed out wild plants that encroach on our deliberate plantings, overlooking the beneficial properties of

so-called “weeds.” John Otrembiak is particularly taken by purslane plants. “Eat them!” he exclaims. This ground-hugging jade plant lookalike could be taken for an invasive, sprawling weed. But purslane is, in fact, a succulent herb. High in omega-3 fatty acids, minerals, and vitamin C, it’s commonly eaten in the Eastern Mediterranean, Middle East, Asia and Mexico. In Greece, it is often stirred into yogurt or goat cheese. The entire plant is edible, from stem to seed. Though the common purslane “weed” is quite small and delicate with reddish stems, Otrembiak Farm sells a cultivated variety which is more robust and light green in color.

1 clove minced garlic (or more to taste)* ¼ cup olive oil 3 tbsp red wine vinegar Greens: 1 cup (or more) chopped purslane* 2 cups (or more) torn leaf lettuce* Optional additions: Chopped onions* Sliced cucumber* Capers Mix all dressing ingredients, pour over greens and other additions, and chill (if time allows) for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Purslane Salad with Garlic-Yogurt Dressing *Items available at Saratoga Farmers’ Market Note: In many cultures, the yogurt is a main component of this dish, not just a dressing. Use less yogurt if you prefer to focus on the greens. Dressing: 2 cups (or less) plain yogurt*

To Dad: Sharpest Tool in the Shed

by Aubrey Reardon for Saratoga TODAY Hello my Foodie Friends, Today’s article is going to be a little different than the others because it is not being written by John (my dad). Today, I (his daughter) am going to dedicate this article to my dad for Father’s Day. My dad had big dreams when he bought this store from the LaFrances’ about nine years ago. I have never seen my dad so excited about doing something in a long time. Buying this store was one of his proudest moments and one of the moments that I am most proud of him for doing. My dad has always

been a “people-person” and has always loved meeting new people and interacting with them. One specific thing that my dad has done since owning the store that I am most proud of is his knife sharpening. I have never seen my dad more passionate about something than when he is doing his knife sharpening. The way he inspects the knives with such precision to make sure he did not leave one chip in the blade and the way he will work all day on a knife until it is to its fullest sharpness amazes me every time. Every time I see him in the back of the store sharpening his knives I get a little smile on my face because I know he is doing something he loves and that he is an expert at. He will take care of your knives as if they are your child. Your knives will come in looking like there was no hope for them and he returns them to you looking like they were brand new. When any customer comes in and asks me a question about knives I always refer them to my dad because he knows more about knives than I ever even knew there

was to know about them! He is the best at what he does and I am 100 percent positive about that. There are some people out there who think they know knives, but I can tell you with certainty that my dad knows knives like no other. I am so proud of all that my dad has done and I can’t wait to see how much

more he has in store! So come on in and let my dad show you what he can do with your knives, and this Father’s Day, give your dad a call and tell him how proud you are of all that he has done, and don’t forget to tell him you love him.

I love you Dad, Happy Father’s Day! Remember, “Life Happens in the Kitchen” Take care, Aubrey (John’s daughter)

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Week of June 14 – June 20, 2013

The Ego Versus Spirit: Which One Are You Living By?

by Meghan D. Lemery, LCSW-R for Saratoga TODAY Over the years of working in private practice I have come to the conclusion that at the end of the day you can separate people into two categories: ego-driven or spirit-driven. Most people who live in the ego are completely unconscious that this is the choice they have made, whereas people who are spirit-driven have evolved to a higher plane and are conscious of their choice to let the ego go. The key to living a more evolved and fulfilling life spiritually is to know what the ego is and evaluate which one you are feeding: the ego or the spirit. Your ego is mind-driven. Anytime you are operating in your ego you will have a racing mind, anxiety, anger and fear. The ego is a flame that feeds you to be “right” all the time. It will convince you that you are superior in all ways and that any misfortune that came

your way was the result of an outside force that has nothing to do with you. The ego convinces you that you are special and unique. No one else is like you and you feel sorry for all the poor slobs who can’t be as evolved and superior as you are. The ego competes and strives to be number one in all things. It is based in external gain to promote internal strength. The ego is all about appearances and impressions. An ego-based person is one who lives by acquiring material possessions to feel whole and valuable. The problem with living this way is that the ego is a bottomless pit. Filling the ego is like dropping a penny in the Grand Canyon. It will never be filled. The drive behind the ego is survival, and once the ego is threatened in any way it will resort to any measure, no matter how destructive, to make itself feel back on top and in control. A person who operates in ego is a master manipulator. They have a keen ability to distort, manipulate and expose your most vulnerable areas. They can take a clear situation of right versus wrong and twist and turn the truth in a way that makes you feel like you are in the twilight zone. This twisted behavior is rooted in always being in control and maintaining their identity of perfection. If you work with someone operating in ego they are the type of colleague who will step on you to get ahead. They will reel you in and get close to you and then

throw you under the bus any chance they get. If you are in a relationship with an ego-based person (be it friendship, family or romantic), they will constantly shift the blame and manipulate the truth to expose the most vulnerable pieces of your heart. They have no ability to give praise or encouragement because that would take the spotlight off of them and create a loss in their identity. An ego-driven person gives a compliment with a twist of a put down. For example, “Oh wow, you look amazing in that dress— it’s a good thing you lost all that weight,” or, “Congratulations on that promotion, you really worked your way up from the bottom of the barrel!” An ego-based parent will give praise like Mommy Dearest: “Christina, darling, you swam those laps so fast—but it’s too bad you are not as fast as Mommy.” I can still recall being at a very fancy southern wedding the summer I graduated from college. I was fortunate enough to be picked to be a bridesmaid decked out in a peach chiffon, sweetheart neckline gown and dyeable shoes that stained my toes a nice shade of Creamsicle orange. Shortly before the ceremony, the bride’s mom approached me and in her thick southern drawl that was sugary sweet said, “You know, you girls from the north are just so natural. Imagine what you would look like with just a pinch of makeup?” Um, what? I remember feeling totally

confused and wishing I had plucked my eyebrows and traded the natural look for the Tammy Faye way. It’s a touch of a compliment with a kick in the face. The ego is unable to give props or praise of any kind because it results in identity death. They cannot bear to be outshined in any way. A dear friend of mine just received a well deserved promotion that will lead to a significant increase in salary. When I asked how the colleagues in the office responded to his promotion, he said that people had been chilly and avoidant. As the discussion unfolded I asked him if anyone took him to lunch and offered to pay him for the secrets to his success within the company. He said only one person had the strength of character to approach him and say, “Congratulations! That is awesome; now, tell me how you did it.” It’s disheartening to me to think that in a huge company, only one person was genuinely happy for my friend. This, dear friends, is the footprint of the ego: a bottomless pit that can never truly be happy for anyone because that would threaten their own special and unique identity. True living and true peace comes from living by the spirit. The spirit is the core heart and soul within us that is able to connect to others with a genuine, pure heart. A person of spirit is one who does not live by the ego-driven mind because they know that this only produces emptiness and

shallow living. They look at life with a deeper sense of meaning and connectedness. They are there to cheer you on in your successes because they have reconciled and accepted their own faults and weaknesses. A person who lives in the spirit is free of the competitive drive of the ego. They carry with them a strength and elegance and an ability to speak straight and truthfully with no pretenses. They are comfortable in their own skin and refuse to let the ego grasp hold of their heart, spirit and soul. Each day we wake up, we have a choice on which one we will feed. A person who feeds the ego daily will become fat with arrogance and emptiness. A person who feeds their spirit will grow brighter each day and continue to draw in healthy people, places and opportunities for abundance. Take a good look in the mirror today; are you operating in ego or spirit? The only control we have in our lives is the type of person we choose to be: Make the right choice and see how everything in your life falls into place. Wishing you spirit-filled days free of dyeable shoes and wire hangers! Ms. Lemery is a psychotherapist practicing in Glens Falls and Saratoga Springs, Visit or email for more information.

Week of June 14 – June 20, 2013




Father’s Day Fitness Safety by James Markwica, MS PT for Saratoga TODAY

As we finally push forward to the end of spring and towards early summer, the weather is improving. With that, your outdoor duties, chores, hobbies and leisure activities explode seemingly all at once— and oh, yeah—by the way, it’s nearly Father’s Day. As a responsible dad, you need to take the responsibility to improve your physical disposition and take time each day to maintain your health ensuring your physical presence. Getting in shape is obviously a difficult thing to accomplish, and maintaining it is no cake walk either—but it’s worth it to see your children and children’s children mature and produce in life. In case you need more motivation, courtesy of the Mayo Clinic, here are six benefits of regular physical activity and a pretty good reason to get moving: 1. Exercise improves your mood by allowing end of the day decompression. 2. Exercise combats chronic diseases such as heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity and osteoporosis. 3. Exercise helps weight management by burning calories and dropping pounds while improving metabolism. 4. Exercise boosts your energy level by improving your cardiovascular strength and stamina. 5. Exercise improves your sleep by falling asleep faster and deeper, allowing longer periods of undisturbed sleep. 6. Exercise can be fun when engaged with other family members and friends. Additionally, regular exercise promotes physical strength and flexibility that prevent bodily breakdown. “Motion is Lotion!” Remember, however, like you tell your kids: safety first. Be safe and exercise safe to avoid injury. So, it is time to get moving and you don’t know where to start. This may be the case, whether you have a history of formally working out in a gym or your home or not at all. First of all, you need to assess your baseline or your current physical fitness level. A few simple and measurable scores can be obtained by you, such as your pulse rate before and after walking a distance, whether it is a

half or a full mile. How long does it take you to walk that distance? How many push-ups or sit-ups can you do in a minute or two? How far can you reach towards your feet while sitting on the floor with legs outstretched? And what is your waist measurement? Once you have obtained measurements for each of these questions, you can begin formulating your workout program. Establish your goal: What do you want out of this? Is it general fitness, recovery from a previous injury, or are you training for an event? Answering this question will help you determine your actual exercise catalog. Designate time out of your day: If you don’t schedule yourself the time to work out daily or a few times per week you’re likely to never do it. If it’s not on your schedule you will simply schedule something else. Build or plan your routine: Try to be creative and include various activities to avoid boredom. With so many options via workout classes at both small and large facilities, along with comprehensive work-out videos, it is easy to do. Make a daily log and stick to it. Use your log to track your progress. Allow a warm-up and cooldown period: Be sure to stretch during these periods. Start slow and progress slow. What’s the hurry? Stretching can be just as important as your actual physical workout routine, considering the benefits. Stretching not only increases flexibility, but also promotes improved range of motion in joints. In turn, your muscles are less likely to be strained before, during and after activity. Additionally, stretching improves circulation to your muscles by increasing blood flow demand. In all, working on your flexibility will directly relieve

stress in tense muscles. Here are some general but great stretches for the whole body: ‘Tree Hugger’—Place your feet a little less than shoulder’s width apart and about 12 to 16 inches from a small tree or a railing/banister. Hold onto the tree or railing with both hands at waist height as you keep your knees locked, leaning back away from your grip. You should feel stretching throughout your arms, upper and lower back and legs. ‘Trapezius stretch’—Sit or stand tall with one hand behind your back as you tilt your head the other way until you feel a gentle pulling in the upper trapezius in the neck. Be gentle and don’t overstretch. Hold for up to 10 seconds for three to five reps in both directions whenever needed. ‘Door stretch’—Stand in front of a door frame with elbows at shoulder height. As your palms and elbows are resting on molding, take a few small steps forward until you feel a gentle stretch through the front of your shoulders and chest. Don’t lean forward; control your stretch with steps. Hold for 10–15 seconds for three to five reps. ‘Hamstring Stretch’—Lay on your back with knees bent. Bring one knee up to your chest and hold with both hands as you raise your foot towards the sky. Feel a gentle stretch behind the leg holding for 10 seconds for five reps on both sides. Now that you are on your way with a few general stretches and a self-designed workout plan, it’s time for a couple of extra safety tips to avoid injury, especially when working out outside. Take it easy when in the warmer temperatures. As the day becomes warmer, attempt to lower the exercise demand. Drink lots of fluids to replenish when sweating. And finally, dress

appropriately and wear sunscreen to avoid overexposure. Know when to say when a rest is needed. Good luck and have fun. If you or someone you know suffers from pain and is considering a new workout program, please be aware that it is ill-advised to begin a new exercise program without consulting first with your physician, a physical therapist, certified athletic trainer, chiropractor, physiatrist or other specialist. It is important

to first get an accurate diagnosis for the cause of pain, as the specific exercises recommended will depend on the cause. James Markwica, MS PT is a New York State Licensed Physical Therapist at LaMarco Physical Therapy, 417 Geyser Road in Ballston Spa and 30 Gick Road in Saratoga Springs. For questions contact James at (518) 587-3256 or online at

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Week of June 14 – June 20, 2013

On the Move: My Life in a Box

by Gayle LaSalle for Saratoga TODAY If you have read any of my prior articles, you know that two things I talk about often are choices and priorities. One area in which this is very evident is when deciding to make a change. While there are some people who actually thrive on change, for most of us, change—even the best change—is stressful. Much change can be a significant transition and there is almost always a pro and a con. In every change there is likely to be a gain and a loss. There is also often both a practical element and some sort of emotional portion. This was never truer for me than in the past month when I chose to make a move in my living arrangements. This was a move that was some time in coming, as I don’t

do change overnight. I must perseverate on it for a bit, going back and forth with the pros and cons. Ultimately, however, this was a change of choice, as are most things we do. Yes, I liked where I lived. It had many amenities. It was a beautiful environment. It was also a bit expensive and a bit isolated. When I was working full-time away from the home and traveling a great deal, coming home to the serenity was wonderful. Now that I work mostly from home, I was getting a bit lonely and bored. I couldn’t walk the dog to anywhere—just around the same place, every day. I couldn’t get anywhere without driving. I wanted to live in town. Now comes the weighing of the pros and cons. Apartments in town are not inexpensive, either. So, was I willing to give up the amenities and ultimately, some space? Was I willing to give up a garage for my car? Again, it all comes back to choices and priorities, and it wasn’t an easy decision. The ultimate answer was yes. But, I really wasn’t expecting the stress that would occur since, after all, this was my choice. Did you know that moving is considered one of the most stressful events in one’s life, right behind death and divorce? Who knew? Certainly not me, so I wasn’t really prepared for the stress. Even though I’ve moved before, the stress of this one seemed greater. Perhaps

because there really was a good deal to prioritize. If you’ve ever watched HGTV, you see someone view three properties and have to choose one. Most often, none are perfect and the person needs to ultimately sacrifice one desire in order to get another. This was certainly true for me. In my case, I was giving up a good deal of space for location. Easy, I thought, until I started to put my things into a space in which they did not easily fit. So now, what to keep and what to go? We are creatures of habit and this move forced me out of what was familiar and comfortable. We mostly like to feel in control of our environment, and suddenly I

felt quite out of control and overwhelmed. My life was now in boxes and I had to figure out how to make sense of it all again. While I’m talking about moving here, this can apply to just many big changes one is making in life: a new home, a new job, etc. To make it work, I had to be willing to step out of my comfort zone and to admit that it is not easy. Then, I needed to realize I did not need to do it alone nor should I. Many of us are not good at asking for help and I’m right there with them. Yet, when I reached out to friends, the stress became much less. Take little steps. Are you like me and want it all done, now? I

pushed so hard, I exhausted myself. I forgot to eat. This is not good for the stress. Slow down.Take care of yourself. It will all get done. Allow yourself to grieve. No matter how great the move, you will be giving something up. I know I did. I lived around the corner from a very close and wonderful friend. I had to admit that I would miss this easy connection. When the apartment was completely empty, I had to consciously remember and then let go of some great memories. If you’re leaving a job, no matter how good the next job, you will be letting go of some things you value: co-workers, familiarity, etc. Then, and only then, could I really focus on the positive and wonderful things in front of me. I traded inside space for an amazing outdoor courtyard where I can sit and have coffee and let the dog off the leash. I can now walk just about everywhere. Life is going to be easier in many ways. Yes, I’m still sorting through things. I’m trying to find a place for those things I love and yes, I still need to let go of a few things. Will it be easy? Probably not, but with the right frame of mind and some great support from friends, it will be ok. If you are moving in the future or making other significant changes, I’d love to hear how you are coping by sharing on my blog at

Week of June 14 – June 20, 2013




What It Takes for the Economy to Improve

by John D. Fox, CFA for Saratoga TODAY

Q: A:

Is our economy ever going to improve? It already is, albeit slowly, due to favorable economic drivers.

The economy certainly isn’t steaming ahead as we would all like, but there are promising improvements. In fact, there are three U.S. economic growth catalysts that are making a positive impact. I would like to share them with you, as well as how they correlate, and hope they are an encouragement. The three catalysts are: lowcost energy; manufacturing homecoming; and housing improvement. Low-Cost Energy: About the year 2000, overall, U.S. dry gas (natural gas) production was beginning to decline. However, around 2005 the production of shale gas began to increase considerably and projections are strong for the long term (Source: EIA, Annual Energy Outlook 2012). This natural gas is used for heating homes, generating electricity, and powering manufacturing facilities. Currently, our costs

are considerably less than our international counterparts and with an abundant supply in America we are at a distinct advantage. Manufacturing Homecoming: Challenges abroad such as higher energy costs, transportation issues, rising wages, and the slower delivery of products are changing business models. Foreign corporations from various industries such as Sasol (chemical) and Airbus (airline) are investing in U.S.A. manufacturing facilities. Also, American companies are moving overseas plants back home. Examples include: Peerless Industries; Outdoor Greatroom; Otis Elevator Company; Buck Knives; Karen Kane; GE; Caterpillar; and Coleman. As these new facilities ramp up, so do jobs. Housing Improvement: Since 2010, we have seen an upward trend in existing home sales and new home construction permits have doubled. The numbers are not earth shattering, but they are positive and consistently growing. Additionally, home prices are increasing. When this happens it creates a snowball effect in our economy, including: •

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Municipalities receive more revenue from assessed housing values and turnover taxes. Individual net worth increases and, thus, consumer confidence rises. Bank balance sheets improve and, as a result, they tend to lend more. Home builders construct and hire more. People are more compelled to buy houses. When they do, they spend money at home improvement stores.

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It’s interesting to see how lowcost energy, manufacturing, and housing can make a difference; and, when the three are combined, it produces an effect on our economy that is very powerful. Eventually, this kick start should gain momentum and our economy will hopefully return to historical growth rates. John D. Fox, CFA is the Director of Research at Fenimore Asset Management, an independent investment advisory firm located in Cobleskill since 1974. Fenimore’s affiliates are the Fenimore Private Client Group & FAM Funds – offering separately managed accounts and mutual funds. In-depth research. Insightful investing.


Ongoing Events En Pointe! National Museum of Dance, 99 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Some Day Is Now: The Art of Corita Kent Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College. Tails and Terpsichord National Museum of Dance, 99 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs. The Ultimate Driving Machine Saratoga Automobile Museum, 110 Avenue of the Pines Empire for Union: A Civil War Exhibit The New York State Military Museum, Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs.

Friday, June 14 Upbeat on the Roof: Swing Noire Tang Museum at Skidmore College, 7 p.m. Rain location inside musuem. Bizarre Bazaar Universal Preservation Hall, Washington St. Saratoga Springs.

Here Comes the Bride: Exhibit Opens

Brookside Museum, 6 Charlton St., Ballston Spa, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Saturday, June 15 Skidmore College Saratoga Classic Horse Show Union Avenue, 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

French and Indian War Encampments

Congress Park, Saturday 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

Guided Natural History Walks

Saratoga National Historic Park, 10–11:30 a.m.

6th Annual Open House Car Show and Craft Fair Broodmare Barn for Friends of Sanford Stud Farm, 4955 Route 30, Amsterdam, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Sunday, June 16 18th Annual “Sundae on the Farm”

McMahon Thoroughbreds, 180 Fitch Rd., Saratoga, Noon–4 p.m.

Musical Performance: Racing City Chorus

Congress Park, War Memorial, 5 p.m.

Monday, June 17 FOX23 Golf Invitational Saratoga National Golf Club

Wednesday, June 19 Guided Evening Bike Tour Saratoga National Historic Park, 6–8 p.m.


Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous is hosting weekly meetings, Mondays at 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Church-in the Kitchenette on 175 Fifth Avenue, Saratoga Springs. Contact John, (518) 605-3090, or Helena, (518) 584-8190, for more information, or visit 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 fundraising. Call (518) 374–5116 or email stepatnfec@ for more information. Saratoga Brigade in Need of Host Families The Saratoga Brigade is still looking for host families for the 2013 season. The NECBL and its franchises rely on host families to house players for the summer. If interested, call (518) 598-9131. Family Film Night The next family film night is Friday, June 21 at 6 p.m. “Escape from Planet Earth” will be showing in the Ballston Spa Public Library. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (518) 885-5022. The library is located at 21 Milton Avenue. Greenfield Historical Society Farmers Market The Town of Greenfield Historical Society’s sixth annual Farmers Market will begin Friday June 21 at Middle Grove Park from 4–7 p.m. The event will include local honey, eggs, produce, bakery items, jellies, jams pickles. For more information, call (518) 469-6769 or email The event is always looking for more vendors.

Principessa Elena All You Can Eat Monthly Dinner Pasta Fagioli, sausage, peppers, onions, spaghetti and meatballs with sauce, salad, bread and butter, dessert, coffee and tea will be provided at the Principessa Elena Society, June 21 from 5–7 p.m. Admission for seniors is $8; adults: $9; children 5-12 years old: $5; under 5 years old: free; take out: $10. Principessa Elena is located at 11-13 Oak St. Saratoga Springs. FDR Returns for Fireside Chat On Saturday, June 22, Actor Gary Stamm will portray the 32nd President of the United States at Saratoga Battlefield for a campfire program at the Battlefield Visitor Center in Stillwater. This free program begins at 7 p.m. For more information about this or other events, call (518) 664-9821 ext. 1777, or visit or Bus Trip to Seneca Falls The League of Women Voters of Saratoga County is sponsoring a bus trip to Seneca Falls, the birthplace of the national women’s suffrage movement. On Wednesday, June 26, there will be chartered bus pick-up at Wilton Mall and at The Crossings in Clifton Park, at 7 a.m. and 7:15 a.m., respectively. Reservations are $50 for League of Women Voters members and $55 for non-members. For more information, call (518) 728-0237 or visit Preserving Saratoga Springs Through Art The Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation, along with Honorary co-chairs Mayor Scott and Julie Johnson, are presenting 2013 TRASK, a juried art show and fundraiser to benefit the Foundation’s four-year campaign to restore the Spirit of Life sculpture and Spencer Trask Memorial in Congress Park. The silent art auction will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 27 at the Canfield Casino, Congress Park in Saratoga Springs. Tickets range from $50$500 and can be purchased online at and by phone at (518) 587-5030. Ballston Spa Concerts in the Park The Ballston Spa Business and Professional presents its free Concerts in the Park series at

Week of June 14 – June 20, 2013 Wiswall Park, Front Street in the village of Ballston Spa. The free concerts run for 10 weeks, every Thursday from 6–8 p.m., starting June 27 with Jump Daddies (swing music). 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. Volunteers Needed 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 Seeks 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. Mabee Farm Historic Site: Bracelet Making The Mabee Farm Historic Site is helping people learn how to dye the leather, cut and finish bracelets using a focal piece made from metal or ceramic from 10 a.m.– noon on June 22. 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 for youngsters 5 and under who are with paying adult. Musical entertainment will be provided by Tunefolk. For more information call (518) 882-1863. Round Lake Antique Show Round Lake Village is holding its 41st Annual Antique Show on Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June

23 from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., featuring diverse dealers from across the Northeast, to benefit the Round Lake Library. Howlin’ at the Moon Music Series The band Running the River (7 p.m.–9 p.m.) will play in the 1760 Dutch Barn at Mabee Farm, playing original material and covers from artists such as Johnny Cash, the Grateful Dead, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and Muddy Waters on June 23. 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 Call For Designers and Artists Artists are asked to choose their favorite song lyric (clean lyrics) and create a composition based on that lyric for the Kickstart My Heart lyric-based poster design show at the Spring Street Gallery. Any medium can be used, but the final piece will be a digital file submission that will be professionally printed and hung in the gallery. All posters will be auctioned off with proceeds benefitting the Saratoga Skatepark. Contact ondecksaratoga@gmail. com for more information. Submissions are due by Wednesday, July 3.

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

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Week of June 14 – June 20, 2013 paintings, this landmark exhibition is the first to explore the formative influence of Lake George on the art and life of Georgia O’Keeffe. For more information call (518) 792-1761 or visit

Friday, June 14 Saratoga Artisans and Crafters’ Market High Rock Pavilions, Saratoga Springs, 1–7 p.m. Every Friday, June 21 to August 30. For more information call (518) 461-4893.          

Teen and Tween Movies Round Lake Library, Malta Branch, 1 Bayberry Dr., 6 p.m. Real Steel—In the near future robot boxing is big. This is the story of a struggling promoter and his 11-year-old son who find a champion in a discarded robot. For more information call (518) 682-2495.

Saturday, June 15 Greenfield Dragon 5 K and Kids Fun Run Greenfield Elementary School, 3180 Route 9N, Greenfield, 8:30 a.m.–12 p.m. A challenging open course race promoting health and wellness to families and the community. Proceeds from this event support the Greenfield Elementary School HSA. Race Day registration from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. For more information call (518) 893-7402.

PetAPalooza Pet Adoption Day 885 Rt. 67, Ballston Spa, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. The largest annual Pet Adoption Day in New York. Hundreds of available animals with many adoption rates lowered for the day. All adopters will receive a free gift courtesy of Curtis Lumber. Dog house and 50/50 raffle, food, live radio broadcasts and more. For more details visit www. clpetapalooza or at www.facebook. com/clpetapalooza.

Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George Wood Gallery, The Hyde Collection, 161 Warren St., Glens Falls 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Through a selection of 58

Ballston Spa Elks Club #2619 Flag Day Ceremony Low Street Memorial Park, Ballston Spa, 11 a.m. Flag Retirement ceremony at the lodge immediately following ceremony.

Hattie’s 75th Anniversary Party 45 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. $1.38 menu, great drink specials, entertainment by Hot Club of Saratoga, a gypsy swing band. For more information call. (518) 584-4790.

Military Appreciation Day Saratoga National Bank and Trust Company, Jones Rd. Office, Noon–4 p.m. The event will include a military humvee, Vietnam-era Jeep and a Maple Avenue Fire Department truck on display, as well as a basket raffle to benefit Operation Adopt A Soldier. For more information call (518) 587-8484.

Realtor’s Cook-Off: Free Food Malta Community Center, 1 Bayberry Dr., Malta, 1 – 3 p.m. Realtors from various local real estate companies will compete and serve their signature dishes to the public. While this event is free to the public, a monetary donation to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York is appreciated. For more information, call (518) 899-9500.

Rededication of Soldiers Monument Front and Low St., Ballston Spa, 1–4 p.m. 125th Anniversary of the original dedication. There will be an opening ceremony at the Monument. For more information call (518) 466-7585.

Grand Opening: Riverwalk Sensory Trail Hudson Crossing Park, just off Rt 4, Schuylerville, 2–4 p.m. The Riverwalk Sensory Trail provides a multi-sensory, immersive, riparian path for

calendar visitors to follow as they navigate through the park. For more information please email info@

Sunday, June 16 Father’s Day Breakfast Buffet Saratoga Wilton Elks, 1 Elks Lane, Saratoga Springs, 8:30 – 11 a.m. Donation requested, adults $8, Seniors and military (ID required) $7, children 5-12, $6, under 5 free. Takeout $8. For more information call (518) 584-2585.

Father’s Day Picnic Grant Cottage State Historical Site, Mount McGregor, Wilton, 12 p.m. For more information call (518) 584-4353 or visit

Singles Summer Picnic Collins Park, Moe Rd., Clifton Park, 1 – 6 p.m. Parents Without Partners (PWP) and Single Parents of the Capital District Meet-up singles picnic. Meet singles from all over the Capital District. Adults $5 plus a picnic dish to share. If you are single with young children, bring them along (ages 3-18 each $2). There will be activities for the kids and adults. Learn more: or call (518) 348-2062.

Summer Bicycle Tours Saratoga National Historical Park, 648 Route 32, Stillwater, 6–8 p.m. A series of free, early evening, ranger-guided five-mile bike tours of Saratoga Battlefield. Six Wednesday evenings during the summer. For more information call the Visitor Center at (518) 664-9821 ext. 1777.

Monday, June 17

“The Chicken Chester Chronicles”, a theatrical comedy about boyhood with a wacky chicken and egg theme, is about four juvenile delinquents who turn a small town upside down when they take over the local eatery. Auditions: Monday and Tuesday June 17 & 18, 24 & 25. For more information call (518) 334-2918.

Tuesday, June 18 50% Off Sale: Second Hand Rose Thrift Shop 116 Broad St. Schuylerville, June Hours, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. In preparation for a shop facelift, 50 percent off everything in the shop. Second Hand Rose Thrift Shop is a not-for-profit organization that gives back to the community. For more information, please call (518) 695-4640.

Wednesday, June 19 Skidmore College Classic Horse Show 267 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs, 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m. This top-level historic competition attracts many of the country’s best horses and riders, and benefits scholarships to Skidmore College students. Continues through Sunday, June 23. For more information call (518) 580-5632.

Thursday, June 20 Books and Tea–Annual Book Buffet Saratoga Springs Public Library, 3:30 p.m. Come share your reading experience with fellow readers, talk up the books you’ve enjoyed and get reading recommendations that you may wish to explore further. Light refreshments. For more information visit

Acoustic Music Song Swap Saratoga Springs Public Library, H. Dutcher Community Room, 7 p.m. Bring your guitar down and share a song, learn about the blues, sing out. Open to all players of acoustic instruments no matter skill level. Don’t play an instrument? Come and listen to some bone shaking blues. For more information visit

Auditions for The Chicken Chester Chronicles Albany Talent, 125 High Rock Ave., Saratoga Springs, 7–10 p.m. Acting experience is not required.

Blood Drives June 17, 1–6 p.m. West Crescent Fire Dept. 1440 Crescent Road Clifton Park June 19, 8 a.m.–noon M&T Bank Mortgage Division 313 Ushers Road Ballston Lake


Family Friendly Events Friday

Kicking off Friday evening at 6 p.m. is a parade for the annual Whipple City Festival in Greenwich. With live music, food, a 5K and Fun Run, kids games and activities on both Friday evening and Saturday all day, the Whipple City Festival is worth the 20 minute drive out of town.


Head to Camp Little Notch for a day of fun at camp! Relax on the beach or go for a swim in the lake, take a guided tour of the facilities and woodland trails, try a low ropes course, hike to an historic iron smelting furnace, and learn about Camp Little Notch and their programs. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided so bring a picnic lunch and choose a spot to enjoy the scenery.


Take dad to a fun afternoon out at the annual Sundae on the Farm event. This year it will be held at McMahon Thoroughbreds in the town of Saratoga. Sundae on the Farm is both educational and fun for the family. Enjoy free events all day, children’s activities, farm animals to see, live music, agriculture exhibits, and of course, ice cream sundaes! We’ve gone to this event every year and it’s always a great time. Check it out from noon–4 p.m. Happy Father’s Day dads.

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At the Movies with Trey Roohan You Don’t Know Jack (2010)

Have you ever been seriously ill? Once you’re told that you’ll recover, you probably found it boring, more than anything else. What if you weren’t going to get better? What would you do? Jack Kevorkian (played by Al Pacino) was a pathologist but, by the time we join the story he has left his career behind. His friends and colleagues say he’s retired but Kevorkian (Pacino) states that retirement means you are no longer preoccupied with your chosen profession and that he is simply unemployed. Being unemployed, he has a great deal of free time and is intrigued by a local news story. A man who is paralyzed from the neck down wishes to end his life while the hospital caring for him is fighting to prevent it. Kevorkian had written several articles on euthanasia for foreign periodicals by that time and was now determined to make practical use of his theories. The hospital learned of his intentions, stopped him, and the patient died of starvation. Nevertheless, our protagonist continued his search for a patient. Assisting him in this quest, the doctor had longtime friend and colleague, Neal Nicol (played by John Goodman) and his loving sister, Margo (played by Brenda Vaccaro). In time, he is approached by a married couple, a woman suffering from Alzheimer’s and her husband. This presents Kevorkian with an ethical dilemma, as Alzheimer’s is not a fatal disease. Once Margo (Vaccaro) puts the matter in perspective, they begin devising a plan. While searching for a location, Kevorkian approached a member of the Hemlock Society by the name of Janet Good. Good (played by Susan Sarandon) offers the use of her home but later reneges. In spite of that, the plan is carried out and Kevorkian becomes national news. If you ask most people about the Right to Die movement, they’d probably tell you that reasonable people could disagree on the matter. Personally, I don’t understand that, as I am an advocate of personal choice. Likewise, I believe this movie is incredible and cannot comprehend anyone thinking otherwise. Pacino has partnered with HBO on another project Phil Spector, about the renowned music producer. Maybe it’s the fact that, deep down, Kevorkian is a sympathetic figure and Spector is not but, the latter film fell flat, at least for me. The story of You Don’t Know Jack and supporting cast are incredible and Pacino himself won an Emmy for his performance, as he should’ve. I’m not sure how you’d find it, but you should absolutely see this film if you can. (9.0/10) 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. Between you and I, Between you and me Always use between you and me. All prepositions, such as between, take pronouns in the objective case (it, her, him, me, them, us, you) not in the nominative case (he, I, it, she, they, we, you) or possessive case (her, hers, his, its, mine, my, our, ours, their, theirs, your, yours). Just between you and me, we are having a party for the family. 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 14 – June 20, 2013

Congressman Paul Tonko Visits Girl Scout Troop

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

United States Congressman Paul Tonko poses with local Girl Scout Troop 3159 before the Flag Day Parade June 8.





SARATOGA SPRINGS — Paul Tonko, the U.S. Representative for New York’s 20th Congressional district, stopped by to meet Saratoga’s Cadette Troop 3159 before the Flag Day Parade June 8. The 13-girl troop had just finished working on the babysitting badge and would be walking in the Flag Day Parade. He spoke to the girls about his efforts to provide funding for early childhood programs.

It’s A Boy!

It’s A Boy!

SARATOGA SPRINGS — David and Margo Becker of Saratoga Springs are proud to announce the birth of their son, Kellen James Becker. Kellen arrived May 8 at 10:50 a.m. weighing seven pounds, 6.9 oz. and was 20 inches long. He joins big sister Jordyn Haley Becker along with proud maternal grandparents Barbara Cook of Saratoga Springs and Terence Cook of Plantation, Florida along with paternal grandparents Beth Becker of Apex, North Carolina and Patrick Becker of Ballston Spa. Congratulations to the Becker family!

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Nick and Heather McDowell of Saratoga Springs are proud to announce the birth of their son, Declan Douglas McDowell. Declan was welcomed to the world May 28 at 8:31 a.m. weighing eight pounds, 14 oz. at 22 inches long. Declan is the couple’s first child and is welcomed by maternal grandparents George and Jeannie Wixson of Hayden, Colorado and paternal grandparents Doug and Myriam McDowell of Erie, Colorado. Congratulations to the McDowell family!

H.O.P.E. Clinic Adoptable Pets

Cal is a very nice 2-year-old brindle mixed breed boy. He’s a very nice boy and his foster says that he gets along well with both cats and dogs. Please call (518) 428-2994 for more details on this sweetie pie.

Look at those gorgeous eyes. Checkers is an amazing cat and his forever family will be getting a fantastic animal. He has a young spirit, but an old soul.

Foster homes are needed! H.O.P.E. will provide all necessary supplies in return for a temporary loving home for a homeless pet. H.O.P.E. does not have a shelter so we rely on the security of our foster home program  for homeless pets. The more foster homes we have, the more pets we can keep out of shelters. Give H.O.P.E. to an animal in need and foster today. You can call (518) 428-2994 for more information or visit H.O.P.E. online at

Tooth Fairy Club is sponsored by:

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




Week of June 14 – June 20, 2013

Lifestyles Has New Owner, New Look, Same Quality

by Patricia Older Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Lifestyles, the popular women’s clothing store at the corner of Broadway and Caroline Street, has a new owner—kind of. Heidi West,

daughter of the former owner, Kay Owen, recently took over the reins of the women’s clothing boutique. And while customers will notice some new changes to the store and the fashion lines, what they will also see are the same true lines of clothing, as well as the dedication to customer service offered for the last 21 years. “This is scary and exciting all at the same time,” said West, who has worked in Lifestyles since it first opened on the corner of Phila Street and Broadway. Owen owned and operated both Lifestyles and Nostalgia—one is a clothing store, the other a gift shop. “Mom has been in business for over 30 years in downtown Saratoga,” explained West, adding that her mom retired to start a new phase in life. “She is moving on to new adventures.” Heidi explains that after graduation from Saratoga Springs High

School, she attended The Fashion Institute of Technology and became a fashion buyer and merchandiser. But the job had her travelling and she spent a lot of time on the road and away from home. “I was a buyer and retailer in New York City and I was travelling a lot,” explained Heidi. “I was about 28 when Mom called and said, ‘Come back to town, I’m going to open a clothing store,’—I think she did that to bring me home.” After West met and married her husband, Bob West, owner of Old Saratoga Restoration, and then began her family, she still worked at Lifestyles as a buyer, but did not spend as much time in the actual store. “Those who knew me during that time period would probably have said I was a stay-at-home mom,” said West. “But I still went to the City to fashion shows and to buy clothing lines.”

It was West who actually acquired one of the store’s most popular lines—Eileen Fisher. “I saw the inspirational line and was able to secure it,” said West, noting that once an inspirational fashion designee agrees to allow a shop carry their clothing line, they agree to not let another retailer carry it within a certain distance. “It is our number one performing selling line.” While West plans on carrying many of the original true lines Lifestyles has been famous for, including Fisher, Cut Loose and Habitat, she is also bringing in a fresh new lines such as Adrianna Papell, Lysse and Yala Design—an organic bamboo line. “We want Lifestyles to be multi-generational,” said West of the new lines of clothing. “We will be retaining all of the tried and true brands that have become staples of the Lifestyles customer. We will continue to carry those lines— they’re not going anywhere.” In addition to the new lines of clothing, West and her husband remodeled the shop, opting for a brighter and airy feeling. New clothing racks, fixtures and spacious aisles add to the energy of the store. “We remodeled the inside of the store, painted it, brought in new fixtures and opened up the layout to better showcase the clothing,” said West. “We also took stuff from around the windows for a lot of natural light to be inside. A lot of the customers’ feedback has been that they really like the open and airy feel of the store.” As for the future, West said they had brought in some new and emerging designers and accessories, such as an array of Butter London nail colors, body products from Library of Flowers and an expanded

dress and jewelry department. “I still go to the City or Boston a couple of times a month,” said West. “And when I see something for my customers I snag it—the majority of the lines are exclusive, but there is always a little cross over.” Lifestyles also have a wide range of prices to fit all types of budgets. “Fisher is the upper end, but we also have more affordable lines,” said West, adding that she had introduced a “great, affordable dress line as well.” She said that for the future Lifestyles plans to have a more online presence enabling customers to shop and order online. “We are planning on new marketing techniques, plus we have our Facebook page and real soon will be on Twitter,” said West. “Once we get through the summer, the new, big move is to sell online.” West, who has been involved in not-for-profit work in the past—she is one of the founding members of Double H Ranch Partners—said she also plans to pair up with various charities and use Lifestyles to help them. “I know we can come up with fun ways to work together,” said West. A Lifestyles Restyled Celebration with a ribbon cutting will be held on Thursday July 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. with live swing jazz by The Hot Club of Saratoga, Swag Bags, a $100 Eileen Fisher gift card raffle, light refreshments and Lifestyles’ signature cocktail. “Don’t call it a grand reopening because I feel like I’ve always been a part of Lifestyles,” said West. “It is an infusion of energy, new lines, new space and new marketing.” Lifestyles is located at 436 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. For more information, call (518) 584-4665 or visit www.lifestylesof

Week of June 14 – June 20, 2013


Cirque Eloize Performers Prepare for Summer Residency at Proctors SARATOGA SPRINGS — The performers of Montreal’s renowned Cirque Éloize were at SaratogaArtsFest to promote their 2013 show, Cirkopolis, happening at Proctors from August 7–24. With Cirkopolis, Cirque Éloize presents a show that combines the worlds of circus, dance and theatre. Several of the acrobats and multidisciplinary artists provided a sneak peek of the Circopolis performance, which includes inventive stage design, video projections and an original musical score. Proctors recently signed a five-year commitment with Cirque Éloize, becoming the summer home for their productions during the month of August. In addition to performances, Cirque Éloize will be hosting summer camps at the Proctors School of the Performing Arts for children and adults. The summer camps will run August 5–23. All experience levels welcome. To learn more about the show, visit cirkopolis and to learn more about the summer camps, visit Photos provided.




Week of June 14 – June 20, 2013

Neil Gaiman Stops in Saratoga for Final Book Tour SARATOGA SPRINGS — Neil Gaiman will visit Saratoga City Center, Thursday, June 20 at 6 p.m. for Off the Shelf: Authors in Conversation with Joe Donahue. Gaiman will present his new novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Tickets are on sale now. From one of the world’s most beloved storytellers—#1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman—comes his first adult

novel in eight years. Wondrous and imaginative, and at times deeply scary, The Ocean at the End of the Lane captures the very essence of childhood fear and uncertainty. In a clash of memory and reality, it is a pitched fever dream of a novel,

and could very well be Gaiman’s most accomplished work to date. Ticket prices are $35, which includes admission for one and one copy of The Ocean at the End of the Lane; and $45, which includes admission for two and one copy of The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Tickets can be purchased at the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, VT or online at and are selling quickly. For more information on this and other events, call (802) 3622200 or (800) 437-3700, or visit the Northshire Bookstore website at

“Poignant and heartbreaking, eloquent and frightening, impeccably rendered, it’s a fable that reminds us how our lives are shaped by childhood experiences, what we gain from them and the price we pay.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Support Saratoga Shakespeare Company: Park Your Car SARATOGA SPRINGS — Instead of hunting for hard-to-find parking spots on your Saturday adventures in Saratoga, support free professional theater by parking downtown with Saratoga Shakespeare Company. The Company will open The Saratogian’s private lot for public parking on Saturday, June 15, from 11 a.m. to midnight. The lot, located at Maple Avenue and Caroline Street, has its entrance on Pavilion Row. For only a $10 donation, drivers can park in the lot and help support Saratoga

Shakespeare Company. The donation is payable by cash, check, or credit card. Additional taxdeductible donations to Saratoga Shakespeare Company will be gratefully accepted as well. The parking event is part of The Saratogian’s Parking for Nonprofits Program. All proceeds will support Saratoga Shakespeare’s free 2013 production of The Merry Wives of Windsor, which will run in Congress Park, on the Alfred Z. Solomon Stage, July 16-28. The only comedy Shakespeare set in England, the play celebrates the

glories of the English tongue and the clever resourcefulness of two Windsor wives, Mistress Page and Mistress Ford, in outwitting Sir John Falstaff, who has designs upon both women. According to legend, Queen Elizabeth commissioned Shakespeare to write it to show the rascally Falstaff in love. Saratoga Shakespeare favorite David M. Girard will direct the production. For further information, and to donate online, visit or Saratoga Shakespeare’s Facebook page.


Week of June 14 – June 20, 2013

week of 6/14-6/20 friday, 6/14:

saturday, 6/15:

Out of the Box w/Sha’ron, 9 pm

The Blackouts, 7:30 pm

@ 9 Maple Avenue - 583.2582

Party Boat, 9 pm @ Bailey’s - 583.6060

Vivid, 9 pm

@ Bentley’s - 899.4300

George Cole & Eurocana w/Red Tail Ring, 8 pm @ Caffè Lena - 583.0022

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Community Sports Bulletin Off to Regionals: Spartans Help Lynx Repeat

U-14 Saratoga White Lightening Win Thriller in Glens Falls SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Wilton Soccer Club’s U-14 girls White Lightening won a thrilling 5-4 game against the Adirondack Lynx Elite Female Soccer Academy, Sunday, June 9. The Lynx took a quick 1-0 lead before Emily Turner tied the game at one apiece. The White Lightening then scored four more goals, two goals each by Naya Selkis and Andrea Giacomaro, thanks to the strong wing play from Amy Moreau and Cassie Patrick to take a 5-1 lead. The Lynx battled back to score three goals before the White Lightening’s defense held on to prevail. The Saratoga Wilton Soccer Club is now offering free clinics and tryouts for the 2013-14 season.  See for more information. 

Hollowood Finishes High School Career with Silver Front row: (from left) Maddie Karafanda, Julia Retell, Mariela Jacome, Skye Kaler, Lauren Kogelmann, Morgan Burchhardt, Jackie Romano, Kate Essepian Back row: (from left) Alysha Cross, Jenna Retell, asst. coach Kim Morton, Head coach Mark Van Leuven, Makala Foley, Emily Center, Brianna Blunck, McKenzie Riccio, Paige Byrne, Meghan Doyle

ALBANY — The U-17 Alleycats Lynx of the Capital District Youth Soccer League will represent the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) at the Regionals from June 28 to July 2 at the University of Rhode Island. The Lynx (CDYSL) won the State Open Cup championship for the second consecutive year as they outlasted the Long Island Junior Soccer League’s Massapequa Stars, 3-2, in overtime at Stringham Park in LaGrange on June 2. Both Morgan Burchhardt and Skye Kaler, both of Burnt Hills, came up big for the Alleycats. Burchhardt scored both goals in regulation and Kaler won it with a header in the 118th minute to bring the title back to Albany again. “It was an absolute battle,” said Alleycats coach Mark Van Leuven. “The final had two good teams that left it all on the field.” The Alleycats also received the Howard Rubenstein Sportsmanship Award. Now living in Ohio, Mr. Rubenstein was seemingly involved in every facet of New York soccer for decades and is a member of the Halls of Fame of Eastern New York, the US Amateur Soccer Association and the Long Island Junior Soccer League. Eastern New York is donating $2,000 to the team and paying all expense fees for regionals.

Girls Lacrosse: 5 Black Horses Make All-Foothills Team SCHUYLERVILLE — Five members of the Schuylerville varsity girls lacrosse team were named to the 2013 Foothills All-Star Team. Breanna Miller and Megan Young were selected to the first team, while Samantha Marko and Carly Marcellus earned second team honors. McKayla Williams also earned honorable mention for the Black Horses. Also, for South Glens Falls, Courtney Coons was named to the first team, while Emily Vetter and Gabbie Kreppin were chosen for the second team. Lauren Vetter earned honorable mention. Greenwich’s Kayla Gorman was named to the first team, while Sam Perry was selected to the second team and Monica Dore received honorable mention.

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MIDDLETOWN — Six-year Saratoga Springs varsity runner Keelin Hollowood took 11 seconds off her fifth-seeded qualifying time in the 2,000 steeplechase at the New York State Track and Field meet, Saturday, June 8, to earn the large-school and federation silver medals at 6:49.51. The Providence-bound senior caps off what has been a career filled with accolades, especially in the steeplechase. Saratoga’s 400 relay team of Ellery Bianco, Kelsey Briddel, Rachael Shannon and Olivia Ventra also made it on the podium with a time of 49.19 seconds, which was sixth amongst eligible Division I schools.

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Carr-Hughes Productions Wins Two Sports Emmy’s Prendergast Throws Gem in Loss by Brian Cremo Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — After walking into Carr-Hughes Productions on Church Street in Saratoga Springs, it’s easy to tell the company has been successful. They have the hardware to prove it. CHP’s Jim Carr and Jeff Monty each added another sports Emmy to the collection for their work for NBC’s coverage of the Olympics in London as producer and feature producer, respectively. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced Tuesday, May 7 that the two were honored in the category of “Outstanding Live Event Turnaround.” Carr won his fifth career Emmy after his work on the 2012 track and field coverage, while Monty’s role as feature producer at the diving venue, earned him his sixth. “The live event turnaround is always an interesting category because you’re taking stuff that just happened moments ago and then quickly editing it and getting it out, which I think is a lot harder to do than a live event,” Carr said. “It’s live. It’s happening. You do it. Whatever happens, happens.” The production team challenges with audio in the first couple weeks, but it was “smooth sailing” from there. Both Carr and Monty have realized there’s always something new to their job, but it’s something both of them are used to after coming into unfamiliar situations as freelancers for most of their careers. “There’s just so many things with a big operation and the amount of resources the networks have, there’s so much that can go wrong,” Monty said. “It’s a special award because of that because it’s such a big team and everybody has a role and everybody fills a role. There’s between 150 and 200 different people and there’s no way you can interface directly with each of them over the course of that two weeks. They’re all coming in from different places, all sorts of freelancers all over the world. The fact that they can bring them all together, all those moving parts, and we can come away with an award like that is great.” Previously a freelance producer in the late 1980s and ’90s, Carr merged his Jim Carr Productions with Bob Hughes’ Hughes Sports Television in 2002 and has now racked up about 15 Emmy nominations in his career. “Most of (my nominations) have all been Olympic related as

Jim Carr and Jeff Monty pose with Emmy Awards. Photo courtesy of Brian Cremo.

associate director, producer, or that type of thing,” Carr said. “The Olympics is a big project. There’s a lot to do with it and the networks spend a lot of money towards it, so it usually gets a lot of attention.” Carr’s track record with the Olympics has typically been in alpine skiing in the winter and swimming, diving and track and field in the summer. But the television production company, which specializes in sports programming for networks like NBC, NBCSN and ESPN, is well versed. Horse racing, track and field, boxing, equestrian and polo are just some of the sports they cover. “You name it, we’ve probably had something to do with it at some point,” Carr said. “Our job is different every day, dealing with different people, different venues and different sports. We’re all over the country, all over the world.” Being remote from a major metropolitan area, while also being able to go to places around the world has been a benefit to the two award winners. Carr and Monty both also agree that one thing they would like to strive for in the future is to have one of their own shows nominated for an Emmy, as opposed to their work for one of the major networks. “We’re pretty entrenched in doing what we’re doing,” said Carr, who is originally from Saratoga Springs. “We would like to keep pushing that and keep making it happen. We’re doing what we want to do in Saratoga. It’s a good mix of being able to do things on a worldwide scale but also living here and bringing it home and doing it.” The production team is currently in Saratoga working on videos for the NHL awards before heading to Iowa for the track and field outdoor national championships. After that, a majority of their work will be focused at the Saratoga Race Course and the 150th season celebration. “It’s a special thing to have something like that right in your back yard,” said Monty, who originally came

upstate after about 12 years of working in the New York City area to work on a year-long project with Carr. Monty said that he and his wife have no thoughts of leaving Saratoga Springs as he continues to do what he loves with Carr-Hughes Productions. “I like telling stories and I like getting into the human side of sports competitions and trying to reveal to people what makes athletes tick,” Monty said. “We do a lot of different sports. No matter what you’re doing, there’s always something under someone’s skin that people can relate to. There’s that baseline of humanity that everybody has.”

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Clifton Park native John Prendergast (Ithaca) pitched terrific for the Saratoga Brigade Wednesday night, going 7.2 innings, allowing six hits and one run, while striking out five and not walking anyone. But the Saratoga Brigade (0-2) are still waiting for their first victory in the New England Collegiate Baseball League. The Vermont Mountaineers scored two unearned runs in the 13th inning, to take a 3–1 decision at East Side Rec. The story was pitching and the game went through nine innings in less than 90 minutes. The Mountaineers (2–2) got equally good pitching from the trio of David Hickey (Yale), Nick Naradowy (Rhode Island) and Pat Delano (Vanderbilt). Vermont went up 1–0, but Saratoga tied it in the eighth, when Chris McGowan (Kennesaw State) scored on a RBI double by Jordan Striegel (Louisville). The Mountaineers pushed across the game-winning runs on RBI from Chandler Brock (Alabama-Huntsville) and Pat Wiese (Le Moyne).

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Adios, A-Rod! by Damian Fantauzzi for Saratoga TODAY

It’s not easy to be a target, no matter how one views it. This is not a new story. It has become a, “here we go again” scenario that just isn’t going to go away. For months, Major League Baseball has been in search of evidence for the suspensions of players who were linked to the Biogenesis

Clinic (listed as an anti-aging clinic) in South Florida. The two top targets – Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers and Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees. The list also includes Nelson Cruz with the Texas Rangers and Melky Cabrera, now with the Toronto Blue Jays, among the players whose names have also been tied to the clinic. The issue is the use of PEDs, Performance Enhancing Drugs, which is obviously considered an illegal practice in Major League Baseball. I’m not going to get into the charges because practically every baseball fan is aware of this never ending story. I would like to focus on A-Rod because he seems to be getting the most attention and probably for good reason—he’s a Yankee with a hefty salary. There have been no suspensions announced concerning the Biogenesis investigations, but MLB is proving that it is serious. Some people will continue to look at any steroid revelations as a thorn in the side of the sport and MLB is very serious about cracking down on violators.  A-Rod hasn’t yet played this season, and there’s no guarantee that he will. If he does, there is little guarantee that he’ll play well. He potentially has a chance to return after the All-Star break. So there is talk about retirement by A-Rod. Maybe even a buyout of his contract, which would be a certain percentage of his salary. Trying to recover from his a second hip reconstruction with a drug investigation on the side, A-Rod is going to have to try and make a comeback and it will have to be clean. A tough act for the soon-to-be 38-year-old. If he gives this idea of a return to play this season, and decides he can’t do it anymore and retires, A-Rod gets only 20 percent of his $86 million and the Yanks can recover $68.8 million, which would be the remainder of his

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contract of 2014–2017. Derek Jeter is also scheduled to return after the All-Star break and it’s obvious that the Yankee’s bosses are understandably more hopeful and optimistic about Jeter’s return. The report is that Rodriguez is in Tampa, away from the team, hitting off a tee and fielding while in stationary position so he doesn’t have to move left or right. It doesn’t sound like he’s even close to being ready. The owner of the anti-aging clinic, Tony Bosch, agreeing to cooperate with MLB’s investigation team, may bring a new light on the subject of a possible 20-player suspension. A-Rod admitted to the usage of PEDs periodically when he played for the Texas Rangers in 2001-03, but he never tested positive. Do you think he regrets that admission? One source said the commissioner’s office might seek a 100-game suspension for A-Rod. Even though it’s a first offense for Rodriguez, which in the MLB is

punishable with a 50 game suspension, the extra 50 games comes from lying to MLB officials about PED-use, which would constitute a second offense. A third offense would be a lifetime ban from the sport. What happens if A-Rod is suspended for 100 games? Does he still get paid, and what do the Yankees do about this because of his disqualification? I know that in my profession, which can come under a lot of public scrutiny, my suspension would be permanent.   Why in the world is he allowed to still be part of what used to be a revered profession?  I did work in a revered profession for 38 years and I feel I was instrumental in the lives of many students of mine, as did many of my former colleagues. To this day there are still those who think teachers get too much. It took me 38 years to earn a decent salary with seven years of higher education preparation to backup to my profession and with a service to the community.   I can’t understand how there can be such criticism by those looking in from the outside. Guys like A-Rod, who have obviously broken the rules, and admitted to it, can still be allowed to do what they do and still get millions for their mess ups.  If he was a teacher, he wouldn’t get more than one day in court, if at all. He would be out looking for another job.  It’s time for him to go and not with all his millions.  Adios, A-Rod!

Week of June 14 – June 20, 2013

Tye Dye, Stark, Jr. Inducted into Saratoga Harness Hall of Fame

Tye Dye (driven by Brian Cross)

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Horseman John Stark, Jr. was inducted into the Saratoga Harness Hall of Fame and Museum on Tuesday June 11, along with racing mare Tye Dye. Stark, a long time owner, trainer and driver, has had a stellar career spanning over three decades at Saratoga. John trained and drove the 2001 USHWA Horse of the Year, Bunny Lake, who was inducted into the Saratoga Harness Hall of Fame in 2009 and into the National Harness Hall of Fame in Goshen in 2010. Stark has won more than 4,100 races as a driver and 1,300 as a trainer to go along with lifetime earnings of more than $21 million. Bunny Lake won more than $2.8 million over the span of her career and was initially purchased for much cheaper – $37,000. Aside from Bunny Lake, he also worked with Saratoga Harness Hall of Fame horse Algiers Hall (2010). Algiers Hall set a trotting track record at 1:55.2 in 2006. That record has since been broken. Tye Dye, was a hard racing, pacing mare who climbed through the claiming ranks at Saratoga, competing in the top filly and mare classes. She was trained locally by George Merton, Jr. Overall, her lifetime stats were  363 starts, 63 firsts, 66 seconds, and 55 thirds, while hitting the board an incredible 51 percent of the time. Her lifetime earnings totaled $304,468 and she had hit her lifetime mark of 1:53.4(1M) 10 times. In addition to Stark, Tye Dye’s former co-owner Tom St.

John Stark, Jr.

Dennis was presented a plaque with golden horseshoes along with a summary of their racing careers. Stark now officially sits with some of the all-time greats as one of the most accoladed horsemen to compete at the harness track. The 54-year-old was the top dash driver in central New York for three straight years, after bringing five horses to Saratoga in 1990. In addition to Tuesday’s events at the museum, was the presenting of the annual Virginia O’Brien Memorial 110 Percent Award. This year Cheryl McGivern was honored. The award honors individuals who devote their life to the pursuit of the sport of harness racing, such as a groom or backstretch worker, who might not otherwise be in the limelight. McGivern works for Mickey McGivern Stables and deals with promotions for the harness track. The nominees are chosen by their peers from the Saratoga Harness Horseperson’s Association.



Volume 8  •  Issue 23

Week of June 14 – June 20, 2013


Rays of Sunshine on a Rainy Day

SARATOGA SPRINGS — With a cold, dreary rain falling outside of St. Clements Church, the 35 graduates of Saratoga Central High School were told to bring their own sunshine with them no matter where they go or what the weather was like. The 20 young women and 15 young men of the 2013 graduating class were the first of Spa Catholic’s students to have gone from sixth grade through 12th at Spa Catholic. Fran Dingeman, who is general manager of the Empire Broadcasting Corp., and who has children who attended Spa Catholic, gave the commencement address and was the one to tell the students to bring their own sunshine, no matter the weather wherever they go. She urged the students to be calm, be strong, and to be kind while also making their dreams happen. Photos courtesy of Brian Cremo.

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