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Terrorist Plot Foiled Galway Man Plans a Weapon of Mass Destruction

by Patricia Older Saratoga TODAY GALWAY — For over a year, a Galway man has plotted and built a device that could successfully turn on a weapon of mass destruction remotely which would then emit lethal doses of radiation to kill people he termed as “enemies of Israel.” Glendon S. Crawford, 49, of 171 Hinds Road, Galway was arrested yesterday on a federal

warrant along with Eric J. Feight, 54, of Hudson for plotting a terrorist attack to kill hundreds of people, most notably, those of the Muslim faith. Crawford and Feight knew each other from work—Crawford was employed by General Electric in Schenectady as an industrial mechanic and Feight was an outside contractor with access into General Electric and who has mechanical and engineering skills. In a 66-page criminal complaint filed in United States District

Role Model

Local Teen ‘Aspires’ to Help Other Children with Diabetes by Chelsea DiSchiano Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — In March of 2007, Adam Marino began to return home from school

Court in Albany, FBI Special Agent Geoffrey Kent, who is the coordinator for the Weapons of Mass Destruction program, details the last 14 months in which Crawford allegedly sought out financial help to build the weapon, conspired with Feight to build it, and “assisted by others, has supervised and successfully completed the building, testing, and demonstration of a remote initiation device.” That device was to be hooked onto a truck that had an industrial

grade x-ray system earlier this week “weaponzing that system and allowing it to be turned on and off from a distance and without detection.” Kent further states in the complaint: “Once completed and fully weaponized, Crawford has described his intention to provide the functioning radiation emitting device to individuals he believes will use it to injure or kill people deemed by Crawford to be

Featured Stories NOA Fitness & Pilates Studio Adds Surfset Surfset, a piece of fitness equipment that was a winner on Shark Tank, is the newest addition to NOA Fitness. See Business pg. 8

Divas and Dogs, Rose Gardens, and Golf RSVP—Dozens turned out for fundraisers despite the inclement weather last week.

See Terrorist Plot pg. 5

Tech and Teens SSHS Students Create Virtual Walking Tour

day after day with a seemingly unquenchable thirst. He would arrive home and tell his mom, Janette Kaddo Marino, how he refilled four bottles of water at

See RSVP pg. 12

Inside TODAY Poilce Blotter


Obituaries 9 BOCES Graduation


Local Gigs


Pulse 18

See Diabetes pg. 6

Sports 22

Weekend Forecast FRIDAY

Pictured above are students who worked on the program.

by Patricia Older Saratoga TODAY

Adam Marino stands with his father at the Good Morning Café fundraiser for children with diabetes. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Combining Saratoga’s history with today’s technology, students of Saratoga Springs High School’s

21st Century Academy program designed an application for the iPhone which will allow users to have a virtual educational tour of the Spa City’s historic landmarks and buildings. The students worked See Tech and Teens pg. 7


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Week of June 21 – June 27, 2013

French & Indian War Encampment, Congress Park SARATOGA SPRINGS — As part of the Saratoga 150 celebration, reenactments are being held in Congress Park most weekends. This past weekend, participants, coming from as far away as Connecticut, set up an encampment representing what it was like during the French & Indian War that ran 1754 to 1763.

Tony Mitchell, left, and Ryan Carpenter pose in front of the tents.

Above: Visitors to the encampment at Congress Park this weekend got small history lessons. Below: Richard Purdy and Johanna Caldwell take a moment from role playing for the French and Indian War encampment.


Week of June 21 – June 27, 2013 Ray A. Webb, 48, of Webster Street, Saratoga Springs, was arrested June 19 and charged with DWI, a Class A misdemeanor. Joshua A. Mastropietro, 26, of Quadrant Lane, Baldwinsville, was arrested June 19 and charged with DWI, a Class A misdemeanor. Joseph F. Gritser, 27, of Sherman Avenue, Bethpage, was arrested June 19 and charged with DWI, a Class A misdemeanor, and speeding, a violation. Mohwash S. Nazir, 43, of Sugarplum Ridge, Clifton Park, was arrested June 18 and charged with criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth degree, a Class D felony, petit larceny, a Class A misdemeanor, and criminal possession of a forged instrument, a Class E felony. Nazir was arrested on a warrant for an incident that occurred on May 1. Sean Patrick Bass, 24, of VanDam Street, Saratoga Springs, was arrested June 18 and charged

with burglary in the second degree, a Class C felony. Kimberly A. Chrysler, 17, of Jefferson Terrace, Saratoga Springs, was arrested June 18 and charged with burglary in the second degree, a Class C felony. Ralph A. Dee, 39, of Prospect Point Lane, Clifton Park, was arrested June 17 and charged with DWI, a Class A misdemeanor. Andrew M. Carsky-Bush, 21, of Horizon Drive, Saratoga Springs, was arrested June 16 and charged with DWI, a Class A misdemeanor.

misdemeanor, criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument, a Class A misdemeanor, and ability impaired by drugs, a Class A misdemeanor. Hubert A. Loeffler, 33, of Grange Road, Greenfield Center, was arrested June 15 and charged with DWI, a Class A misdemeanor. Roderick K. Middleton, 27, of Eighth Street, Troy, was arrested June 14 and charged with DWI, a Class A misdemeanor.

Carlos A. Vintmilla, 27, of Stratford Avenue, Pittsfield, was arrested June 16 and charged with assault in the third degree, a Class A misdemeanor.

Aaron M. Edwards, 32, of Angel Road, Corinth, was arrested June 13 and charged with menacing in the third degree, a Class B misdemeanor, and resisting arrest, a Class A misdemeanor. Edwards was arrested as a result of a domestic incident.

Joshua Scott Burke, 22, of Central Avenue, Saratoga Springs, was arrested June 15 and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, a Class A

Devin A. Noonan of Hillcrest Lane, Saratoga Springs, was arrested June 14 and charged with DWI, a Class A misdemeanor, aggravated unlicensed operation in

the third degree, a violation, and operating an unregistered motor vehicle, a violation. Joshua L. Fein, 34, of Shore Boulevard, of Astoria, was arrested June 14 and charged with DWI, a Class A misdemeanor,


and speeding, a violation. Tika R. Saunders, 33, of Baybreeze Street, Florida, was arrested June 14 and charged with aggravated DWI with a BAC greater than .18 percent, a Class A misdemeanor.


week in Review

Week of June 21 – June 27, 2013

Telephone Scam Warning NYRA Has New Leader Locally Owned and Operated 5 Case Street, Saratoga Springs, New York 12866 Phone: (518) 581-2480 Fax: (518) 581-2487 Hours of Operation 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday Publisher/Editor Chad Beatty 581-2480 x 212 General Manager Robin Mitchell 581-2480 x 208 Advertising Chris Bushee 581-2480 x 201 Jim Daley 581-2480 x 209 Cindy Durfey 581-2480 x 204 Art Department Richard Hale 581-2480 x 202 Production Director, Website Eric Havens 581-2480 x 207 Jessica Kane 581-2480 x 215 Editorial Patricia Older 581-2480 x 203 Managing Editor, Business Chelsea DiSchiano 581-2480 x 214 Features Editor, Education, Pulse Brian Cremo 581-2480 x 206 Sports Editor, Obituaries, Briefs Trina Lucas 538-1190 RSVP, Events and Benefits trina@saratogapublishing,com Calendar Cindy Durfey 581-2480 x 204 Photographer Mark Bolles 490-1757 Distribution Kim Beatty 581-2480 x 205

ROTTERDAM — Rotterdam Police issued a notice that they are investigating a telephone scam where a local business received a telephone call from a male identifying himself as an employee of National Grid. The caller stated the business had not paid for a new electric meter and the power was due to be turned off. The caller further stated that this could be avoided if the business owner went to a local store and purchased MoneyPak debit cards for $885. The owner was to call the person back and give them the 14-digit code off the back. Once the caller has the 14-digit

number they have access to all the funds on the card. This type of scam has occurred in other parts of the country. Sometimes the caller tells the potential victim they have won a sweepstakes and that they need to pay the taxes with a MoneyPak card before receiving their prize. The public is warned not to be taken in by these phone calls. Anytime a caller wants you to send or wire money, card numbers or other personal information it is probably a scam. Do not send money or give any information even if it sounds legitimate. The callers are very persuasive. Report any of these scams to the police.

Funding Restored to Saratoga Bridges SARATOGA SPRINGS — After being stuck in limbo as they waited for a bill that could restore their funding to pass in the state legislature, organizations and nonprofits all over the state breathed a sigh of relief after learning that Gov. Cuomo agreed this week to support legislation that would restore the $90 million that was cut from the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities in the state’s final budget. Executive Director of Saratoga Bridges, Valerie Muratori, said earlier in the week that the organization was “in limbo” as they received little communication from the state as to when

or how their budget cuts should be implemented. When the Assembly bill passes next week as expected, employees of Saratoga Bridges will have the freedom to hire new midmanagement positions they have been holding onto in the wake of the budget cuts earlier this year. Muratori said Saratoga Bridges has “held onto budgeted positions that were not direct support positions” along with the mid-management positions they were waiting to fill. Other managers were picking up the responsibilities and working extra hours, Muratori said, until they knew what the state was going to do with the cuts.

BELMONT — The New York Racing Association has a new boss. Christopher Kay was named president and CEO of NYRA on June 18, following the unanimous approval by its Board of Directors. Kay, who most recently served as chief operating officer for The Trust for Public Land, will take the reins on July 1. As chief operating officer, Kay, 60, oversaw the operations of the land conservation organization’s headquarters and 37 field offices. Prior to that, he was a consultant to Universal Parks & Resorts, serving as its managing director of international business development and as chief operating officer for Toys ‘R’ Us, a Fortune 200 international company. He was also a minority owner of Orlando’s AA baseball team and a member of the ownership group that sought to obtain the first MLB franchise in Florida. Kay is a graduate of the University of Missouri and of the Duke University School of Law. Kay is expected to receive a $300,000 annual salary with performance incentive bonus of up to $250,000. Kay’s background—retail, theme parks and sports—is what made him stand out as the leading candidate from over 100 considered. “After a careful search involving many highly qualified candidates, we are delighted to select Chris as our new President and CEO,” said NYRA

Christopher Kay

Chair David J. Skorton. “His wide range of expertise and skills—including experience in the legal, regulatory and corporate governance environments—will serve him extremely well in his new position at NYRA.” “I’m honored by the confidence expressed in me today by the NYRA Board,” said Kay. “Thoroughbred racing is an important part of the lives of so many—including the hundreds of thousands of fans who have loyally supported us through the years. I will work hard to earn their trust and respect as we embark upon an extremely important chapter of NYRA’s history. Working with the talented professionals at NYRA and its dedicated and experienced Board, I anticipate an exciting and successful future for our sport.” The NYRA Board retained the services of the executive search firm RSR Partners to assist in the filling of the President and CEO position.

City Council Rejects Salary Proposal SARATOGA SPRINGS — The City Council disapproved the Saratoga Springs Housing Authority director’s salary proposed for 201314, as well as other Authority salaries, Tuesday, June 18. The Housing Authority is supposed to submit member salaries to the City Council for approval by law. Also, Housing Authority policy requires that

salaries be justified with comparable positions outside the agency, information the Housing Authority did not bring to the City Council. Commissioner Christian Mathiesen was the lone dissenting vote on the City Council. The Housing Authority was scheduled to vote on the 2013-14 budget at its meeting Thursday.

Week of June 21 – June 27, 2013


Galway Man Indicted for Attempted Terrorist Plot continued from page 1

undesirable (Crawford specifically has identified Muslims and several other individuals/groups as targets).” According to the document, “The essence of Crawford’s scheme is the creation of a mobile, remotely operated, radiation emitting device capable of killing human targets silently and from a distance with lethal doses of radiation… [The targets] would not immediately be aware they had absorbed lethal doses of radiation, and the harmful effects of that radiation would not become apparent until days after the exposure,” wrote Kent.

Relatively small doses of radiation exposure can result in gastrointestinal effects such as nausea and vomiting as well as symptoms related to falling blood counts such as infections and bleeding. Relatively larger doses can result in neurological problems and rapid death. Crawford is said to have approached the rabbi of the Congregation Gates of Heaven in April of 2012 and offered to help the Jewish people and Israel. The congregation declined his offers and directed him to the Jewish Federation of Northeastern New

York, then called police and the federation to warn them. That is when the elaborate sting operation began with help from an informant and undercover agents and covering several states. In August of 2012, Crawford, who claims to have Klu Klux Klan ties—specifically the United Northern & Southern Knights of the Klu Klux Klan—supposedly drove to North Carolina to meet with an individual who is “believed to be a ranking member of the Klu Klux Klan” and told him of his plans and his need for financial help. That is when the FBI stepped

up their investigation and brought in more undercover agents to convince Crawford he had their support. Over the course of the investigation, Crawford and Feight received monies from the FBI to build the device and they had told him they could provide him with the truck containing the x-ray device. The two men were supposed to meet with the undercover informants on June 18 to test the device and that is when they were arrested. The signed complaint reveals hundreds of hours of text messages, phone calls and meetings in which

Crawford and Feight allegedly are conspiring to and eventually built the remote control device, as well as their efforts to obtain the high powered x-ray machine. The year-long investigation involved several law enforcement agencies including the Albany FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, the New York State Police, and the Albany Police Department. If convicted, the men can face up to 15 years in a federal prison and fines of $250,000 each. Both men are being held without bail. Their bail hearing was at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, after press time.

Malta Collamer House To Be Bike and Ski Business MALTA — The historical Collamer House in Malta is soon to be known as the Collamer House Bike and Ski shop, now that the Planning Board approved proposed changes by the new tenant, Leslie Plaine, at its meeting June 18. Plaine recently bought the house from the Town after another closing with a different applicant fell through in April. The house has been on the market

since November 30 and went off the market multiple times as each deal fell through for various reasons—the most recent occasion was due to financing complications. The house went under contract February 5, April 3 and May 10 with multiple offers each time. After the April contract fell through, Pinnacle Realty put the house back on the market once more and shortly afterwards

brought an offer from Plaine for $130,000 cash. The town board approved the sale but the deal has not yet officially closed. Plaine brought forth his renovation plans for the house to the planning board Tuesday, which included a proposal to subdivide the 1.6 acre lot that the Collamer House and Collamer Park are located on, meaning the town will retain the park.

Other proposed renovation plans included adding an alarm system, removing some vegetation, changing the name on the front yard sign to Collamer House Bike and Ski, adding handicap accessibility with a ramp, a window replacement, painting the interior and exterior of the building, interior lighting replacements, new entry doors, and 10 parking spaces for both the shop

and the park to share. The planning board agreed to the changes but told Plaine to look into providing an exterior light pole for better lighting in the parking lot. The Collamer House is the town’s last available historical property, located at 450 East High Street. The historic, 2,300-squarefoot house sits on 1.6 acres and was originally built in 1832 for residential use.


Week of June 21 – June 27, 2013

Local Teen ‘Aspires’ to Help Kids with Type I Juvenile Diabetes continued from page 1

school and was still thirsty. “I thought, ‘What the heck is going on here?’ Janette remembered. “And I mentioned it to a friend of mine who said it sounded familiar and might be a sign of juvenile diabetes. So I made an appointment with a doctor right away, and lo and behold—it was diabetes.” Adam was diagnosed with Type I juvenile diabetes at age 10 and has been living with the disease ever since. Always an active family, Adam and his parents started raising money for and riding in the Tour de Cure, a fundraising bicycle ride sponsored by the American Diabetes Association [ADA]. “[Adam] raised funds for five years for the Tour de Cure and it was great—everyone is doing wonderful things, both the ADA and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation are doing wonderful things and trying to find a cure—but these kids still have to live with it day to day,” Janette said. “They don’t get a break and they get left out of some things. We do our best to make sure Adam isn’t left out—he hasn’t given

up his level of activity and his adventure in life to this disease, but there are things that are different.” “I’m getting it under control,” said Adam, who is now 16 years old and heading into his junior year of high school. “But I’m growing and it’s just sometimes completely tough to predict, because you can do everything right and your blood sugar can still be really high or go really low because there’s so many different things that go into effect. So that’s been pretty tough, but otherwise it really could be worse.” Adam first went to Camp Aspire, a weeklong overnight camp put on by the ADA for children with diabetes, around five years ago. The camp provides 24/7 medical care for the kids, which is important for the children who need monitoring of their blood sugar levels even through the night. “I was a little bit nervous going to camp for the first time,” Adam said. “When I got there it was really easy to fit in—everyone is really nice there, and more importantly there’s a whole diabetic community there.”

Though Adam enjoyed participating in and raising money for the Tour de Cure, he decided he wanted to do something to help kids with diabetes more directly. “After I went to camp, I kept doing the Tour de Cure—I felt it was helping the general diabetic population, but I wanted to help people more directly, especially kids with Type I,” Adam said. An idea was born: to try and raise enough money to send two children with diabetes to Camp Aspire so they could experience an overnight summer camp. His plan began to come together after their family friend Nancy Holzman started up her own restaurant, Good Morning Café, with the idea of giving back to the local community. Holzman said that talking with friends about their children with diabetes helped her realize the seriousness of the disease. “We realized after meeting with friends and their children that having diabetes is a very serious condition—it’s something they

have to deal with 24/7 for the rest of the child’s life and the parents’,” Holzman said. “The fundraiser was a realization of why I started the business and for me, that’s exciting and for them it’s rewarding, because all of us together could make a difference.” “She had chosen organizations and things to support and diabetes was one of them,” Janette said. “I told her we were thinking about doing something different besides the Tour to support diabetes, and she agreed to help.” “We wanted to provide a platform and venue for Adam to do what he wanted to do, which was to help other kids experience what he did at camp,” Holzman said. “So we designated one weekend, which we’ll do every year, to donate some of our proceeds to raise the funds to send two children to camp.” Janette said the $600 it costs to send a child to Camp Aspire is another reason why it can be so difficult for kids to go. “Even if you’re okay financially, it’s still a chunk of change to send your kid—and with medical care

and co-pays and all of that, on top of what you would normally send your kid to camp for, it’s a lot,” Janette said. Five local kids sent in letters to Adam stating why they would like to be chosen to go to camp as their application for the scholarship. Of those five, two were chosen based on their essays, and the funds were raised both with the help of the Good Morning Café fundraiser and private donations from friends and family. The fundraiser was such a success that with the help of the separate donations, along with a matching donation from the Christopher Dailey Foundation, Adam was able to raise enough funds for three of the kids who applied and is hoping to find a way to raise enough money to send the fourth and fifth applicants, though they won’t be able to attend unless more spots open up. “These kids that were chosen have been dealing with juvenile diabetes a lot longer than Adam—since they were 18 months or three years old, and they’ve never been to camp so they don’t even know about this break in life,” Janette said. “I think the parents are equally as excited— but I think we’re getting more out of this than they are as far as feeling good. It’s kind of overwhelming.” Adam said he enjoyed breaking the exciting news to the kids. “Personally, when I read the letters I was like, ‘Wow, this is great,’ because I could really relate to the kids who wrote them, and then I personally made the calls to tell each of the kids we chose and they were really excited,” Adam said. “One boy dropped the phone, he was so excited. His mom called me back to say he accidentally hung up because he was so excited—it’s a really good feeling to be able to help kids, especially when I relate to them so well.” “Adam is really a star in his own light with all that he’s done,” Holzman added. Janette said Camp Aspire gives kids with diabetes a chance at normal summer fun. “The kids go there and do sports, crafts, they have a dance—they do what normal camps do,” Janette said. “We just felt very strongly about this camp being one of the more positive things in Adam’s life and we wanted to share that.” For more information on how you can help with Adam and Good Morning Café’s fundraising efforts, call Nancy Holzman at (518) 309-3359. To be placed on the camp’s waitlist, applicants can email

Week of June 21 – June 27, 2013


Students Team Up with Tech Company to Design iPhone App continued from page 1

with Garnet River, a local software and technology development firm and developed the application for the iPhone that gives users a walking tour of Saratoga Springs’ historical places and buildings, mapping out directions and providing archival images and present-day pictures. The application was the idea of the Saratoga 150 committee who approached Garnet River about designing the app. Garnet River specializes in custom software and cutting-edge enterprise services for businesses. “We thought it was important to support the next generation,” said Colleen Parker McMahon, general counsel at Garnet River, adding that the six students selected to actually work on the application were “truly amazing” in their knowledge of graphic design and the careful balance between an application, its design and the business or organization it is made for. In total, 83 students worked on the application, whether through the research or the actual designing of it. “The application was a joint effort of the 21st Century Academy, led by Mrs. Leanne Donelan at Saratoga Springs High School, and Garnet River,” said McMahon. “The Saratoga Springs High School students conducted the research, tracked down archival images and put together the language and visual elements of the application.”

Garnet River’s development center worked with the students to engineer an application that would best present the students’ discoveries to the public. “As a national provider of sophisticated technology for businesses, Garnet River is uniquely positioned to allow Saratoga Springs students a window into the business world and provide them experiences that will prepare them for the world post-graduation,” continued McMahon. Once you download the free Tour Through Time application, the first page gives the user four choices—About, which explains what the app is for and what it covers; the Broadway Tour; Congress Park Tour; and East Side Tour. The Broadway Tour covers 10 places including the Broadway House, the Adelphi and City Hall. The page has a map similar to Google maps with pinpoints at each location. Click on one of the pins and the app jumps to that particular location and another page appears. For example, the Broadway House gives a detailed history on the location—it is now the present day Saratoga Hilton—as well as three photographs of it including the Broadway House in 1907, the Kiley Gas Station in 1978 and the present day City Center. (The caption for the Kiley explains that the building that was once the Kiley Gas Station was moved down Broadway

in 1978 and now serves as the Bread Basket Café). The app also uses the iPhone’s map feature which has a blinking blue dot indicating your actual position in relation to the buildings and landmarks, as well as allows for a street view of the “tour.” The Congress Park Tour has the eight main features of the park including the Katrina Trask stairs, Spit & Spat and the Thorvaldsen Vases. (The vases were carved by sculptor Thorvaldsen in an effort to beautify Congress Park.) The East Side Tour takes the app user up Union Avenue to Madame Jumel’s House and over to the Marvin House, located on the corner of Franklin and Division streets. (Madame Jumel was infamous for her lifestyle and the men she married. She was raised into prostitution like her mother and later went on to marry Stephen Jumel whom she met thorugh her “work,” and when he died, she inherited his money. She later married vice president Aaron Burr,

whom she divorced. She purchased the house in 1851 for $3,180). Each location gives some interesting historical facts about the building or landmark. McMahon said the students worked on the application since January, with the six actually coming into Garnet River on a weekly basis to develop the program. She noted that the students are really excited about developing the application and the possibility of its uses this summer with the 150 celebration. “The Saratoga Springs business

community has a long history of taking an active interest the Saratoga Springs School District; Garnet River is proud to continue the tradition by lending its skills, resources and goodwill to help educate the next generation of Saratogians,” said McMahon. “Both the Saratoga Springs High School students and Garnet River are honored to be a part of the Saratoga 150 celebration.” Tour Through Time by Garnet River is available for free download in the iTunes store, by searching Saratoga Tour.



Week of June 21 – June 27, 2013

Surfin’ NOA: Fitness Studio Adds Surfset by Brian Cremo Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — When Diane Seguin saw Surfset Fitness on ABC’s “Shark Tank,” the 30-year fitness trainer, who is certified in almost everything, knew she had to add it to her repertoire at NOA Fitness & Pilates Studio. “It feels like a sport,” said Seguin, who had a natural feel for the board right away. “It feels like you’re playing a game. It encompasses everything you like about different things. That’s what I love about it. You have a little bit of everything.” NOA Fitness is currently the only place in the Capital Region where the surfboards are available. Invented by a small New Hampshire team including professional hockey player Mike Hartwick, Surfset accepted a $300,000 offer from Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban in exchange for a 30 percent stake in the company on “Shark Tank.” “A lot of people don’t know about Surfset,” Seguin said. “I just wish more people would know about it. I think when you try

it, it’s very rare that somebody doesn’t love it.” Out of her students who have tried it, Seguin said the only people who have felt somewhat uncomfortable have been people over the age of 60. But the majority of her students have fallen in love with it. “I like the fact that it is fun and it’s a complete body workout,” said NOA Fitness student Gerri Goggin. “Sometimes we’re doing a lot of cardio and doing a lot of stretching and it helps with my balance and core. But I get bored really easily (with other training routines). Between the music and the moves and stuff we do, it’s really fun.” The average Surfset class, which Seguin described as “palates and fitness on steroids,” lasts a confined 45 minutes. “I think people love the fact that there’s no choreography,” Seguin said. “It’s not complicated. It just goes by fast. It’s a great workout, intense, but it’s really compact in 45 minutes. I get a lot of enthusiasm from the guys, especially. The guys really click with it. It feels natural. One of the benefits of Surfset is that it’s gender neutral, Seguin said. “Guys don’t feel intimidated,” Seguin said. “It’s not like a typical

Diane Seguin, second from left, leads a Surfset class at NOA Fitness. The new workout routine started in Saratoga Springs when Seguin ordered the surfboards in March and has caught the eyes of the fitness world over the past year since its invention and appearance on ABC’s “Shark Tank.” Photo courtesy of Brian Cremo.

classroom like aerobics or Zumba. Men feel comfortable. Even beginners can do it, but I think it’s more for the person who wants that extra challenge. They’re kind of missing something and they’ve reached a plateau.” One of those students is 6-foot-6-inch Dexter Young, who said the class offers a type of conditioning and fitness that other workouts can’t. “I’ve taken [Seguin’s] classes that are like an hour and a half or hour and 15 minutes long, but I’ve never sweat like I did when I took the Surfset class,” Young said. “You think you can do pushups really well on a stable base, but you do it

on the surfboard and everything— your shoulders, triceps—everything is working. It goes by so fast. The 45 minutes covers everything and you get a great workout.” The surfboard rests on what looks like airbags, which make the surfboard unsteady, based on the number of support ropes in place. The basic level starts at two ropes securing both sides. To further increase instability, a user can go down to one rope or even none. Seguin’s classes have all been at the two-rope level to this point. “It’s better to keep it at two and really master your movements,” said Seguin, whose classes have eight surfboards available.

Surfset provides an unlimited amount of workout possibilities, as it can be used to help improve balance, coordination, speed, agility and can be incorporated into yoga, cardio and muscular training. “I’ve always had great balance, but I just noticed that my balance has been even better,” Seguin said. “It’s really subtle but you do see a difference. You just have to do it once or twice a week.” One of her students, who used to surf in California, said she found the Surfset even more challenging than surfing on the waves. Because the instability of the board causes many of the smaller muscles to be used, Surfset also helps prevent future injuries. One odd thing, though, is that Seguin has never been sore from the burning workouts the following day and neither have her students, Seguin said. Seguin, a Montreal-area native, moved to Saratoga Springs a year and a half ago and opened NOA Fitness this past January. There are currently 10–12 Surfset classes per week in the morning, afternoon and night and 10–13 other classes offered throughout the week, which can be found on the company website “I really believe in cross-training,” Seguin. “I think a lot of people when they join a studio where there’s just yoga or palates, they kind of cheat themselves out of having a whole attitude toward fitness. The studio really reflects what I believe—that it’s important to cross train.” NOA Fitness & Pilates Studio 77 Van Dam St. Saratoga Springs (518) 894–2820

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Week of June 21 – June 27, 2013

Laurence W. Hemsworth

In Memoriam: Jamie McBride Saratoga Springs — Jamie McBride was the woman whose life was taken away while crossing the street on a rainy Friday afternoon earlier this month. May we all remember her great enthusiasm and love for our city and think of her every so often as we too enjoy the beauty and excitement which is so bountiful here. And as we remember, may we also smile. Thank you Jamie, may you rest in peace.

Saratoga Springs — Laurence W. Hemsworth, 83, a resident of Saratoga Springs and

Charles “Chuck” L. Glogowski

Pompano Beach, Florida died Sunday, June 16 at home. Born on April 10, 1930, he was a longtime resident of Staten Island. Laurence was a graduate of St. Michaels College, Vermont, class of 1952, and upon graduation he served in the United States Army. He owned and operated various businesses in the Tristate area and retired as owner and president of Staten Gas. A lifelong appreciation of the arts and love of Thoroughbred racing brought Laurence and his wife, Marie, to Saratoga, first to vacation and then settling there

permanently upon their retirement in 1998. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Marie Hemsworth (Nee Ronckovitz) and daughters Caryn Hemsworth (John Cucciniello), Patrice Hemsworth and Stephanie Hemsworth (Brendan Maydick); grandchildren Evan and Tyler Cucciniello and Leslie, Terrence and Maggie Maydick; sister, Ann Burger and brothers, Leydon and William Hemsworth.

Donald E. Carroll

Saratoga Springs — Charles “Chuck” L. Glogowski, 87, a resident of Saratoga Springs, died at Saratoga Hospital on June 13. Born on January 7, 1926 to Michael and Mary Glogowski in Troy, he graduated from a Polish elementary school and finished his high school education while in the military, entering service at the age of 17. A U.S. Navy veteran of both World War II and the Korean War, he earned medals for both the American and AsiaticPacific Campaigns, a World War II Victory medal and the Honorable Service lapel button. Charles, along with his wife, Anne, danced at Madison Square Garden in New York City at the Harvest Moon Ball Dance competition sponsored by the New York Daily News. Together they led an 18-member polka dance group called The New Polka Generation that performed for many functions from 1961 through 1982. After hanging up their dancing shoes, they became Spiritual inspirational authors of the books, Painting a Masterpiece, Shades of Blue and Plots of Gold. A member of the Holy Name Society, he was

active in the Charismatic Renewal and Revival groups. Charles is survived by his wife of 51 years, Anne; his son Thomas and daughter-in-law Laurie, and four grandchildren, Nicholas, Matthew, Jackson and Erica, all of Saratoga Springs. He is also survived by his sister, Rose Madlin of Watervliet and brothers, Ed of Wynantskill and Frank of Rensselaer and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He is predeceased by brothers, John, Michael, Stanley, Walter, Joseph and Peter and sisters, Anne Scofield and Helen Talbot.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Donald E. Carroll, 67, of Saratoga Springs, passed away unexpectedly Friday, June 14 at Albany Medical Center. Born on November 6, 1945 in the Bronx, he was the son of the late Eugene Carroll and Lillian (Carroll) DiMonda. Don graduated from Hofstra University and worked as a firefighter prior to entering the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. After his military service, he spent 40 loyal years with the State Farm Insurance Company and retired as an underwriting superintendent. He was a beloved boss and cared for everyone he worked with. An avid golfer, he worked and played at Airway Meadows golf course during his retirement. He enjoyed trips to the many lighthouses in Maine

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and spending breakfasts with his daughter. Don was a devoted husband and loving father, who wanted nothing more than for his family to have a worry-free life. A communicant of the Church of St. Peter, he served as a Eucharistic Minister, usher and was one of the Liturgical coordinators for the 9 a.m. Sunday Mass. A former member of the pastoral council, he volunteered his time each week laundering and ironing purificators for the church and was a member of the parish’s Administration Committee, assisting with numerous renovation projects and painting. Don was a member of Gurtler Bros. Post 420 VFW, Dominick Smaldone ITAM Post 35 and Saratoga Council 246 Knights of Columbus Third Degree. Survivors include his wife of 32

years, Elizabeth (Lawson) Carroll, whom he married in 1981; a daughter, Jaret (Kyle) Pople of Gansevoort; three sons, Nicholas Carroll of Saratoga Springs, Christopher (Denise) Carroll of Howell, New Jersey and Jonathan Carroll of Warwick; four grandchildren, Zachary, Paige, Alyssa and Emily Carroll; his brother, Richard (Carol) Carroll of Mission Viejo, California and several nieces, nephews and his beloved dog, “Lil’man.” Memorials may be made in his name to either the Wilton Fire Department or The Church of St. Peter.


Week of June 21 – June 27, 2013

Nearly 300 Graduate from BOCES Programs SARATOGA SPRINGS — The auditorium at the Saratoga City Center was filled to the brim with WSWHE BOCES students and their friends and families as they graduated on a rainy evening June 13. John Rieger, president of WSWHE BOCES Board of Education, was the first to speak to the almost 300 students who sat eagerly awaiting their walks across the stage. “You have truly set the standard for future classes at BOCES,” Rieger said. “Future classes will find it hard to exceed what you have accomplished, and I wish you well on your future endeavors.” James Dexter, the district superintendent of schools, also had kind words for the new graduates. “Each of you should be proud this evening,” Dexter said. “Your personal achievements here have positioned you well for the future,” Dexter continued. “Now it’s your time to shine and set new goals for yourself—where will you be five years from now?”

A graduating cosmetology student named Sabrina was chosen as the student speaker for the ceremony and closed out the speaking portion of the graduation with an inspiring message to her fellow graduates. “This is the future of the real world, and we are ready,” Sabrina said. “We are great representatives for the center. We have it in us to shine—we’ve left our footprint here. Where else are you going to leave your footprint?”

Photos courtesy of Chelsea DiSchiano

Week of June 21 – June 27, 2013

Saratoga Bridges Announces 2013 Title Season Sponsor

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Bridges announced its Title Sponsor for their 2013 Season of fundraising events. The Adirondack Trust Company has donated $15,000. The events include July 15th’s 10th Annual J. Michael Fitzgibbons Memorial Golf Classic, presented by Relph Benefit Advisors, in Rexford. Also, Saratoga Bridges’ annual Gala “The White Party” will be on July 20, the 24th Annual Travers Day at the Races will be August 24 and the 13th Annual Great Pumpkin Challenge in Saratoga Spa State Park will be October 19. For information on becoming a sponsor or to make a reservation at any 2013 Special Event, contact Heather Varney at (518) 587-0723 ext. 1266 or email


Saratoga Sponsor-A-Scholar Welcomes New Student, Honors Graduates

From left: Aubrey Nowhitney, Valeska Palmatier, Marcos Molina, Lukas Carlson, Hannanel Sage, Alyia Ruggles, and Ruth Perez. (Not pictured: Varia Drabkine, Robert Haughton, Shawn West). SSAS also celebrated its third graduating class, all of them headed to college in the fall. The seniors – Blayne Turner (SUNY Adirondack), Natara Mount (Schenectady Community College), Jessica Zhen (College of St. Rose), Victor Perez (Hudson Valley Community College), Kayla Carero (SUNY Delhi), Samantha Harrigan (Empire State College) and Dakota Closson (Empire State College)

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Ten new students were inducted into the Saratoga Sponsor-A-Scholar (SSAS) program at the annual graduation/induction picnic at the Spa State Park on Saturday, June 15. The new students, pictured, will be enrolled in the program as sophomores in the fall of 2013. The students were given laptop computers donated by SSAS Founding Board members John and Terri Snow, in honor of their accomplishments. 


by Trina Lucas Saratoga TODAY

Raining Dogs and Dollars The American Cancer Society gave new meaning to “raining cats and dogs” last Thursday, June 13, as close to 150 stylish guests arrived at Saratoga National Golf Club with their canine escorts in tow. Dodging drops was impossible in the steady rain, but the showers did nothing to dampen spirits under the tent. The third annual Dogs & Divas benefit was a barking success! An icy dog bone woofed at the tent’s entrance to welcome ladies, and a few gentlemen, to the reception station featuring champagne, sparkling water and ‘The Yappy Granny,’ a signature cocktail of raspberry vodka, Midori, Apple Pucker and pineapple juice. Applegreen in color, the drinks matched the floor-length table linens that were topped with striking black and white polka-dot cloths, inspired by Diva Extraordinaire Michele

Riggi’s event finale last year. Continuing the theme, large glass centerpieces were filled with polished Granny Smith apples, all to be donated afterward for the rescued and retired animals at Peaceful Acres Horses. To brighten the dreary day, specialty vendors offered colorful accessories for dogs and divas alike. Pam Worth, preparing to be at the Saratoga Race Course this summer, displayed Spoken’s fun collection of leather bracelets and belts adorned with crystal-laden horseshoes. Cassandra Partyka introduced attendees to GAS Bijoux, the new line of French jewelry available exclusively at Saratoga Trunk. And Bloomingtails owner Tanya Urbanczyk offered perfectly patriotic party hats, handmade by Tina Ottati, to all of the four-legged friends. They were fashionable toppers for the pups posing at Heather Bohm-Tallman’s Doggy Booth. At noon, chairwoman Riggi took the stage to welcome guests and introduce Benita Zahn, News Channel 13 Anchor and Mistress of Ceremonies. With her own dog, Tiki, by her side, Zahn reminded everyone of the day’s mission—a world with less cancer and more birthdays. One-hundred birthdays, in fact, as the American Cancer Society itself reaches that milestone this year. She also discussed the critical role pets play in the lives of their owners, particularly in the recovery of cancer patients. Zahn then lightened the mood, introducing Natalie Sillery to kick off a fashion show gone to the dogs.

Escorted by their dapper pups, models walked the canine carpet in styles from Frivolous, The Pink Paddock and Saratoga Trunk. Among them were Rebecca Beers, Arbonne District Manager, and her dog, Mona; motivational speaker Gayle LaSalle with her handsome Maestro in ‘tails’; Christianne Smith of Designsmith Studio with Shitzu Tucker; portrait artist and photographer Tammy Loya with her sweet Sophia, a King Cavalier Spaniel; Nikki and Isabella Roche with Chihuahuas Lulu and Taffy; and Michele Mack, cancer survivor and Senior Director of the American Cancer Society, with her Yorkie guy, Fenway. Once again, however, the grand finale stole the show. Setting the theme for 2014’s event, Riggi donned a jewel-encrusted, rainbow sherbet high-low gown by Jovani. She was accompanied by four of the posh pups, each vying to ride her skirt down the ‘dog’walk. Seen admiring the colorful fashions were Lisa Moser, Phyllis Bynum, Beth Alexander, Julie Bonacio, Margie Rotchford, Frankie Flores, Sylvia Kravis Phillips and Louise Straney. No bones about it, despite the steady rain, the fundraiser was a smashing success for the American Cancer Society. Kudos to everyone who braved the weather, the unflappable valets who got drenched keeping guests dry and the quintessential hosts at Mazzone Hospitality who did everything possible to create an ark of a tent comforting dogs and divas!

Week of June 21 – June 27, 2013

Michele Riggi and Posh Palazzo Pups

Mistress of Ceremonies Benita Zahn with Tiki

Andrea Como with Noel and Natasha

Photos courtesy of Deborah Neary

Fore St. Clement’s

McGregor Links Country Club was the site of last Saturday’s 15th Annual St. Clement’s Golf Classic to benefit the regional Catholic school. More than 100 golfers grabbed box lunches provided by Hannaford before taking turns to win a 40-inch flat-screen television in the putting contest. Dan Munn won, but others seen trying were Fr. Paul Borowski, Shawn Voland, Mike Naughton, Jeff Koppi, Keith Manuel, Ray Bryan, Chris Zieker, Dan Warren, Ed Spickler, Anne Conklin, Jon Tellstone and John Fuller. After a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m., Principal Jane Kromm witnessed each golfer attempt to sink a hole-in-one for the featured car from New Country Toyota. Some came close, but none made it. Closest-to-the-pin prizes on that hole and others went to Kyle Kinowski, John Scherer and Joe DiVivo. Everyone enjoyed a fun day on the links, followed by a lively social at the club as spouses and friends joined the golfers for dinner. John Rogan of Saratoga Eagle rallied

the crowd, raising bids for several items in the live auction, including private parties at Druthers and the Saratoga City Tavern. Among the winners were John and Judi McSwieney, claiming an in-home performance by acoustic guitarist Mike Perkins; Shirl Penney, bidding highest on golf for four at Saratoga National Golf Club; and event chair Rick McGinn, who will be taking over a box at the Times Union Center for an upcoming Siena basketball game, thanks to Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. The tournament itself was won by the low grossing team of Bob Burke, Kyle Burke, Jim Mitchell and John Scherer. Darryl Leggieri and Jen Iannotti boasted the longest drives. This year’s Golf Classic net more than any before thanks to the leadership of longtime committee member McGinn and many generous donors, including Verizon, The Flaherty Family Foundation, Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, Knights of Columbus, High Rock Realty, Raymond James, and the Bielefeld and Kakaty Families.

Week of June 21 – June 27, 2013

An Evening at Yaddo Spencer and Katrina Trask would have been thrilled to see the sell-out crowd fill the Great Hall of Yaddo Mansion on Tuesday evening. Like parties held more than a century ago, the annual Summer Benefit bubbled with excitement. Festivities kicked off upstairs with a special reception saluting the many generous underwriters that made the night a success before it even started. Thanks to lead donors Stacie and Michael Arpey, Paradigm Capital Management/ CL King & Associates, The Fort Miller Group, Myrtle Street Obstetrics & Gynecology, the New York Racing Association, Thomas Newkirk, Saratoga Casino and Raceway, Allerdice Building Supply, CDPHP, Crawford Door & Window Sales, Empire Broadcasting, the Higgins Family Foundation, Stuyvesant Plaza and countless others, more than $120,000 was already raised. At the foot of the grand staircase, event chair Michele Jacobs and her husband Jason, greeted friends with champagne toasts. Seen mingling near the silent auction were Bridget Mason, Cindy Munter, Skip and Colleen Carlson, Tab and Will Orthwein, Samantha

Parker, John Daley, Mary and Rich Flaherty, E. Stewart and Kimberly Sanger Jones, Marcia and Bob Miller and Shane Williams-Ness. The highlight of the celebration began at 8 p.m. as guests were seated in the Music Room. After a brief welcome from Jacobs, President Elaina Richardson took the microphone to thank the audience and recognize honoree Anne Palamountain on the occasion of her 90th year. Palamountain has been an extraordinary Yaddo supporter for many, many years. Richardson then introduced award-winning author Andrew Solomon, a Director of The Corporation of Yaddo. Solomon, a writer and lecturer on psychology, politics and the arts, is also an activist in LGBT rights and mental health, frequently called upon by the media for commentary. His most recent book is the best-selling “Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity,” winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for non-fiction. Solomon captivated everyone with stories of families he met in the 11 years spent writing this work. He spoke eloquently for more than 30 minutes with nothing more than a

sketched outline in front of him, sharing his insight on the two kinds of identities people carry: those passed down generationally, or vertically; and the horizontal identities acquired through fate and circumstance, like deafness in a child of hearing parents, autism and homosexuality. He also defined the differences between love and acceptance. The first being innate, but not automating the second, which is a process and must be earned, even for children, from parents. His presentation was remarkable, ending in a standing ovation. Solomon answered questions before closing for the post-program party on the porch. Quickly moving across the hall, attendees spilled outside

Winners Kyle Burke, Jim Mitchell, John Scherer and Bob Burke

undeterred by the crisp June chill. An expansive spread featured signature hors d’oeuvres donated by close to 20 area restaurants, including The Brook Tavern, Circus Café, Boca Bistro, Longfellows and Sperry’s. Joseph Carr Wines and J. Lohr Vineyards provided beverages to complement the food. Seen at the party were committee members Traci Jersen, Brendan Flanigan and Tamie Ehinger, as well as Laura Chodos, Walt Adams, Beverly Alves, Cindy and Brien Hollowood, Jill and Mike DeAnzeris and Rick Partyka. The grounds of Yaddo, declared a National Historic Landmark earlier this year, include wooded and open areas, lakes and gardens which


have provided time and space to over 6,000 artists since 1926. They can count among them 68 Pulitzer Prizes, 68 National Book Awards, a Nobel Prize, three Academy Awards and countless other honors. Locally, Yaddo contributes more than $2.6 million into the economy each year, including grants and contributions that are raised nationally from individuals, foundations, corporations and government agencies. And this weekend, as since 1912, the Yaddo Medal, crafted by Tiffany & Co., will be presented to a young man and woman in the graduating class of Saratoga Springs High School to honor their academic achievement and personal character. To learn more, visit

Robert and Brittany Hayes with event chair Michele Jacobs and her husband, Jason

Andrew Solomon

Yaddo artist Michael Snediker and President Elaina Richardson

Kathy and Paul Schwartz with Eileen and Matt Battle

Photos courtesy of

Dan Munn and Mark Welcome



Week of June 21 – June 27, 2013

Fresh Vegetables Year-Round from Pleasant Valley Farm

Take one look at Pleasant Valley Farm’s well-stocked stand at Saratoga Farmers’ Market, a virtual cornucopia of fresh fruits and vegetables that is crawling with customers, and you might not guess the whole operation started from scratch just over two decades ago. Based in Argyle, New York, the farm is owned by Paul and Sandy Arnold, who are now full-time farmers despite having “grown up in suburbia,” as Paul says it. Fitting to how their futures would turn out, Paul and Sandy both started out in local nursery greenhouse operations; a few years after meeting, the farm began in 1988 when Paul bought land

in Argyle. “Together with Sandy and my father we built buildings, bought tractors, started the farm,” Paul recounts. “We started with just land and built from there.” Since then, Pleasant Valley has blossomed from that first piece of land to a full-fledged farm. With the help of their two children, Robert, 20, and Kim, 17, Paul and Sandy have managed to maintain a year-round operation. Using three large, unheated high tunnels to grow greens throughout the winter, as well as a root cellar to store over 20 tons of produce under the barn, the Arnolds are able to cater to their customers all year long. “That’s our goal,” Sandy explains, “To keep people coming to the markets yearround to buy fresh produce.” The operation hosts and trains interns year-round on the farm; Paul and Sandy hope the interns will carry on the legacy of smallscale, organic farming. The farm has been “Certified Naturally Grown” (an alternative to USDA Organic

certification) since the 1990s and now has 100 percent of its power supplied by solar. “We enjoy giving school and community tours, organizing farm tours, teaching at conferences, and mentoring other aspiring farmers,” Sandy says. The farm’s abundant diversity of vegetables and fruits keeps customers coming back season after season, year after year. While lettuce, spinach and greens are Pleasant Valley’s most popular products, onions, potatoes, kale and tomatoes are also a hit. According to Paul and Sandy, customers can look forward to fresh carrots and beets in the coming weeks, as well as new garlic in July, a delicious blueberry crop, and abundant fall broccoli. This article was written by Katie Doyle, a summer intern at Saratoga Farmers’ Market. A resident of Saratoga Springs, Katie will be a senior in the fall at Boston University, where she is majoring in English and journalism.

Kale Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing Salad 1 fresh bunch of kale* 2 cups grated carrots* 1/2 red pepper* cut into strips 1/2 cup sundried tomato, sliced thin 1 cup sprouts*, lightly packed Tahini Lemon Dressing ½ cup tahini (sesame seed paste) ½ cup water

1 large clove garlic, pressed or chopped Juice of one lemon (2–3 tablespoons) 1 Tbsp tamari Wash and chop kale, using the stems or trimming from the leaves, as you wish. In a side dish or food processor, mix dressing ingredients. Add dressing to the bowl of kale and toss with carrots, red pepper, sundried tomato and sprouts.

Peeling Back the Years by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY Hello my Foodie Friends, How many different types of peelers do you have lying around in the drawers of your kitchen? I can tell you that in my house we

have about three different types in our kitchen drawers. I don’t even want to think about how many of the same type of peeler I have as well, but I am guessing that the total number of peelers in my kitchen has to be close to 10! The reason we have so many different types of peelers in my

house, as do many of you I am sure, is that everyone in my family has a different preference in what they like to use. My wife prefers the swivel peeler because the slant of the blade glides easier for her and she likes the way it sits in her hand better. I, on the other hand, prefer the Y-shaped peeler because it looks like a safety razor that I would use if I was shaving my face, because I am a manly man—it’s what I do. My daughter uses whichever peeler she grabs first so she does not have to spend time looking for her “favorite,” and my son does not care which peeler is being used as long as it is not him peeling the food ( He’s a cutter and likes to use the knives). I have a cure for the differing of opinions on which peeler should be used in the household, and it is called the “two-way peeler.”

This peeler gives you the best of both worlds in a peeler. If you like the Y-shaped peeler then this is the peeler for you, and if you like the swivel peeler then this is also the peeler for you. All you have to do is hold down a button and turn the top of the peeler to either the Y position or the swivel position. So go ahead and throw away all those old and rusted peelers that have been sitting in your kitchen drawers for 10 years now and replace all of them with just one peeler that does two jobs. This way everyone in the house can be happy! If you are asking yourself: ‘Y’ do I need this peeler? The answer is: “Because we like you.” Remember my foodie friends, “Life Happens in the Kitchen” Take care, John, Paula, Johnny and Aubrey


Week of June 21 – June 27, 2013

Saratoga Recreation Registration Begins Registration has begun for all fall programs with the Saratoga Springs Recreation Department. Sports include soccer, intro to field hockey, indoor street hockey, Rec Club, ice skating lessons, volleyball and golf clinics, Zumba, and an adult basketball league. Visit 15 Vanderbilt Ave, Saratoga Springs or go to for more information or call (518) 587-3550 ext. 2300. 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) 792-1761, ext. 323, or 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 Circus Smirkus Returns to Saratoga Race Course Circus Smirkus returns to Saratoga Springs this summer, July 5–7, at the Saratoga Race Course on Union Avenue. Shows will be July 5 at 7 p.m. and July 6–7 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $21 for adults (13+) and $18 for children (2–12) and are available at www.smirkus. org, or by calling (877) SMIRKUS, or by stopping by Crafter’s Gallery in downtown Saratoga Springs. Children younger than 2 years old are free on an adult’s lap. Wilton ParkFest ParkFest 2013, the Town of Wilton’s annual Community Day is taking place on Saturday, July 13 from 11 a.m.–9 p.m. One of the day’s special events is a car show, which can be registered for by going to or calling (518) 584-9455 from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Amello Fan Education Program Renowned thoroughbred racing handicapper Tom Amello will host a fan education program at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame on Saturday, July 13 at 1 p.m. The program is free and open to the public and will focus on the upcoming Saratoga Race Course meet and will last 90 minutes. Handouts will be provided and there will be drawings for prizes from the Museum’s gift shop. Chamber Trip to Ireland The 10-day Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce International Chamber Trip to Ireland will take place November 2–11. Double occupancy cost for members of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce is $2999 per person, while non Chamber members are $3299. Single occupancy is available for a surcharge of $600. Additional information about this trip can be found on at or by contacting Kathleen Fyfe, Vice President of Community Development at the Saratoga County Chamber, (518) 584-3255 or Due to airline schedules, the above prices are guaranteed for reservations made by July 15th.

Gateway House Bass Fishing Tournament The Gateway House Bass Fishing Tournament is set for July 21 from 8 a.m.–1 p.m. at Saratoga Lake (Launch: Lee’s Campground). Register with cash only at Saratoga Tackle or online at www.gatewayhouseofpeace. org. Advanced registration is $70. Registering the day of the event from 6–7:30 a.m. is $80. No Cost Cancer Screening Event The Cancer Services Program of Saratoga County is providing free cancer screenings for uninsured men and women between the ages of 40 and 64 in Clifton Park. Call (518) 580-2132 for an appointment for the event on July 24 from 4-7 p.m. Transportation can be provided. Photography Exhibit of “First 15” at Yaddo As part of the Skidmore College Arts and Cultural events, The First Fifteen: Photography From the Meredith S. Moody Residency at Yaddo will feature works by the 15 residency recipients as well as Moody at the Tang Museum from June 8 to September 29 on Tuesdays–Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. (Friday, noon–7 p.m.). For more information call (518) 580-8080.


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. Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keefe and Lake George The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls. For more information call (518) 792-7161. Here Comes the Bride Brookside Museum, 6 Charlton St., Ballston Spa. For more information call (518) 885-4000. Upbeat on the Roof Tang Museum at Skidmore College, 7 p.m. Rain location inside museum. Free. For more information visit Alfred Z. Solomon Sequicentitennial Exhibit National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, Union Ave., Saratoga Springs Opens June 25, for more information call (518) 584-0400.

Saturday, June 22 War of 1812: Second War for American Independence Congress Park, Saratoga Springs, Saturday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Guided Evening Bike Tour For more information, please call (518) 664-9821.

Sunday, June 22 Summer Opera Festival: H.M.S. Pinafore Spa Little Theater, 2 p.m. For more information or performance times visit or call (518) 584-6018. Summer Sunday Stroll: Here Lies Saratoga’s Past— Greenridge Cemetery Sackett Gates, Lincoln Avenue, Saratoga Springs, 10:30 a.m. For more information call Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation (518) 587-5030.

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Town Meetings

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.

Town of Ballston: Ballston Town Hall  323 Charlton Road  885-8502 6/26: Planning Board, 7:30 p.m.

Greenfield Historical Society Farmers Market

Village of Ballston Spa: 66 Front Street 885-5711 6/25: Town Board, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, June 21 Saratoga Artisans and Crafters’ Market

Town of Greenfield:

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

7 Wilton Road 893-7432 6/25: Planning Board, 7 p.m. Town of Milton: 503 Geyser Road 885-9220 6/26: Zoning Board, 7 p.m.

Picture Show: The Blind Side

City of Saratoga Springs: 474 Broadway 587-3550 6/24: Zoning Board of Appeals, 7 p.m. Town of Saratoga: 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville 695-3644 6/26: Planning Board, 7:30 p.m. 7/15: Planning Board 6:30 p.m. Town of Stillwater: 66 East St., Riverside Mechanicville, NY 12118 6/24: Zoning board, 7:30 p.m. Town of Wilton: 22 Traver Road 587-1939 6/27: Zoning Board, 6:30 p.m.

The Senior Citizen Center of Saratoga Springs, 5 Williams St., 2 p.m. Cost $2 includes snack. For more information call (518) 584-1621.

Uncommon Grounds Art Exhibit An art exhibit will continue through June 28 at Uncommon Grounds in Saratoga Springs from 9 a.m.–9 p.m., featuring the works of Robert Bootier. For more information, call (518) 884-8015.

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.

Middle Grove Park, Greenfield Center, 4–7 p.m. For more information call (518) 469-6769.

All You Can Eat Monthly Dinner Principessa Elena, 11-13 Oak St., Saratoga Springs, 5–7 p.m. Italian Cuisine. For more information call (518) 584-4163.

Teen and Tween Movies Round Lake Library, Malta Branch, 1 Bayberry Dr., 6 p.m. Aquamarine will be showing. For more information call (518) 682-2495.

Family Film Night Ballston Spa Public Library, 21 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa, 6 p.m. Escape from Planet Earth will be showing. Free and open to the public. For more information call (518) 885-5022.

Saturday, June 22 FDR Fireside Chat Saratoga Battlefield Visitor Center, Saratoga National Historical Park, 7 p.m. Actor Gary Stamm will portray the 32nd President of the United States. For more information call (518) 664-9821 ext. 1777.

Dot and Johnstock Annual Fundraiser

… a Musical Adventure for the whole family!

June 28, 29 & 30, 2013 Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, NY Folk, Traditional, Celtic and World Music, Blues, Old-Time, Gospel, French Canadian, Fiddle Tunes, Bluegrass, Jazz, & more! 3 CONCERTS • 120 DAYTIME SESSIONS Complete info, incl. tickets, camping, concerts and more at:

Week of June 21 – June 27, 2013 Car Show in the Park Crandall Park, Glens Falls, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Spectators Free. For more information call (518) 307-7442.

Monday, June 24 Camp Saratoga 5K Trail Series Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park, Gansevoort, 5:30 p.m. Registration $5 to benefit Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park. For more information call (518) 581-1278 or visit

Tuesday, June 25 Skidmore Summer Jazz: Ravi Coltrane Quartet Arthur Zankel Music Center, Ladd Concert Hall, Skidmore College, 1 p.m. For more information visit

Wednesday, June 26 Porch Chat: Grant and Baseball Grant Cottage State Historical Site, Mt. McGregor, Wilton, 1 p.m. For more information call (518) 584-4353 or visit

Polish Dinner Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge 161, 1 Elks Lane, Rt. 9, Saratoga Springs, 4:30–7 p.m. For more information call (518) 584-2585.

Thursday, June 27

Stony Creek Inn, Stony Creek 1–5 p.m. To Benefit Cindy’s Cancer Retreats and the Southern Adirondack Musicians Fund (SAM). Suggested donation $20. For more information call Dot Bartell (518) 696-2394 or Kathy Garrow (518) 696-4563.

Concerts in the Park

Sunday June 23

An open house will be held to celebrate the partnership between Shelters of Saratoga and CAPTAIN Youth & Family Services in the expansion of SOS services to meet the needs of homeless youth and those at risk. The event is Thursday, June 27 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Shelters of Saratoga.

Strawberry Festival at Harmony Hall 1401 Peaceable St., Charlton, 1–3 p.m. Strawberry shortcake, music by Tunefolk. and neighbors. Donation requested: adults $4, children 6-12 $2, children 5 and under free. For more information call (518) 882-1863.

Wiswall Park, Front St., Ballston Spa, 6–10 p.m. Free concerts run for 10 weeks every Thursday. Starting this week with Jump Daddies–swing music.

Shelters of Saratoga Open House

Family Friendly Events Friday

UpBeat on the Roof is a cool annual concert series featuring free shows on Friday nights during the summer on the rooftop of the Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College. Bring your own chairs/blankets/ snacks/drinks and enjoy a night of music. Concerts start at 7 p.m.


Animals and Adventures on the Appalachian Trail is a program at the Saratoga Springs Public Library where Jennifer Pharr Davis will share some of her silliest and most exciting stories from the Appalachian Trail. This is a great opportunity for kids, young and old, to meet a real-life adventurer. Jen will also be selling autographed copies of her books. This program starts at 10:30 a.m. Healthy Living Market is offering a youth yoga class in their atrium starting at 11:30 a.m. This yoga class is great for kids ages 5+ and costs $10/child. Night owls, Moreau Lake State Park has a full moon hike starting at 7 p.m. Join the Park Naturalist on anevening hike around Moreau Lake. Participants will learn about the Full Moon of June and some nightly sounds of our lake. Call to make reservations, (518) 793-0511.


Head up to The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls and check out the Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit while the kids enjoy open studio time. Art activities will be offered for kids of all ages from 10:30–12 p.m.

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Week of June 21 – June 27, 2013

week of 6/21-6/27 friday, 6/21:

saturday, 6/22:

New Regime, 9 pm

Street Talk, 10:30 pm

@ 9 Maple Avenue - 583.2582

Ubuntu, 9 pm @ Bailey’s - 583.6060

Sugar Pill, 9 pm @ Bentley’s - 899.4300

Tim and Myles Thompson, 8 pm @ Caffè Lena - 583.0022

Sensemaya, 7 pm

@ Druthers Brewing - 306.5275

Rick Bolton & Jeff Walton, 5 pm Juke Joint Jokers, 9 pm @ Gaffney’s - 583.7359

Kelly Brothers, 8:30 pm @ Irish Times - 583.0003

Kings of Stupid Mountain, 10:30 pm @ JP Bruno’s - 745.1180

Crazy Head Mazie, 8:30 pm @ The Mill - 899.5253

Kevin & Kate McKrell, 9 pm @ The Parting Glass - 583.1916

Just Nate, 10:30 pm

@ Primelive Ultra Lounge - 583.4563

Chandler Travis Philharmonic, 9:30 pm @ Putnam Den - 584.8066

@ JP Bruno’s - 745.1180

The Refrigerators, 8:30 pm @ The Mill - 899.5253

Forthlin Road, 9 pm @ The Parting Glass - 583.1916

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

Assembly of Dust, 9:30 pm @ Putnam Den - 584.8066

Joey Bada$$, 7 pm @ Upstate Concert Hall - 371.0012

DJ Nick Papa Giorgio, 9 pm @ Vapor - 792.8282

sunday, 6/23: Washington County Lane, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena - 583.0022

Blaise, 9 pm

@ Gaffney’s - 583.7359

Heavy-Heavy Sunday w/Second Heat, 8 pm @ Putnam Den - 584.8066

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, 8 pm @ SPAC - 584.9330

John Eisenhart, 8 pm

tuesday, 6/25:

Seth Warden Trio, 6 pm

$3 Pint Night w/Steve Candlen, 7 pm

Social Distortion, 7 pm

Rush, 7:30 pm

The Refrigerators, 8 pm

wednesday, 6/26:

@ Ravenswood - 371.8771

@ The Saratoga Winery - 584.9463 @ Upstate Concert Hall - 371.0012 @ Vapor - 792.8282

saturday, 6/22:

@ Druthers Brewing - 306.5275 @ SPAC - 584.9330

Joe Barna Group, 8 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue - 583.2582

Marcus Benoit Band, 9 pm

Acoustic Blues Jam w/Sonny Speed, 7 pm

E Town Express, 9 pm

Jeanine Ouderkirk, 7 pm

The Schmooze, 9 pm

Rock Pile, 9 pm

Session Americana, 8 pm

Matchbox Twenty w/The Goo Goo Dolls, 7:30 pm

Nouveau Jazz Beat, 10 pm @ Circus Café - 583.1106

thursday, 6/27:

The Nellies, 7 pm

The Blackouts, 9 pm

@ Druthers Brewing - 306.5275

@ Bailey’s - 583.6060

Virgil Cain, 9 pm

Markellis Haskell Maul, 7 pm

@ Gaffney’s - 583.7359

@ Druthers Brewing - 306.5275

Children at Play, 9:30 pm

Justin Joyner, 9 pm

@ Irish Times - 583.0003

@ Gaffney’s - 583.7359

The Blackouts, 7:30 pm

The Heavy Pets w/Formula 5, 9:30 pm

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

@ Bentley’s - 899.4300

@ Caffè Lena - 583.0022

@ Javier’s - 871.1827

@ Caffè Lena - 583.0022

@ Druthers Brewing - 306.5275 @ Gaffney’s - 583.7359 @ SPAC - 584.9330

@ Putnam Den - 584.8066




Week of June 21 – June 27, 2013

SPAC Offers Series of Events in Conjunction with National Ballet of Canada’s “Giselle” SARATOGA SPRINGS — As Saratoga Performing Arts Center prepares for the premiere of the romantic story ballet, “Giselle,” three educational events will be offered in conjunction with the National Ballet of Canada’s visit. Co-presented by SPAC, Saratoga Film Forum and the National Museum of Dance, the trio of events will begin June 23 with a film forum screening and Q&A reception of Academy Award-nominated film “A Portrait of Giselle”. The Q&A will take place after the screening with dance critic Jay Rogoff. In addition to the film forum screening, the National Museum of Dance will host both a lecture June 25 and a dance class June 26. The lecture, titled “Giselles Gone Wild: The Nature of the Romantic Ballerina,” will be given by noted scholar Mindy Aloff. The June 26

on a fairy tale about a peasant girl who falls in love with a dashing prince disguised as a commoner, “Giselle” follows its heroine through a haunting story of betrayal, heartbreak, forgiveness and redemption. The National Ballet of Canada will present three performances of Giselle during its July engagement in Saratoga: Wednesday, July 17 at 8 p.m. and Thursday, July 18 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. For tickets or more information visit or call (518) 584-9330.

A scene from “Giselle.” Photo by Bruce Zinger.

Ballet Master Class will be offered by Rex Harrington, former principal dancer and current artist-inresidence at the National Ballet of Canada. “We are pleased to co-present

three unique events inspired by SPAC’s premiere of the National Ballet of Canada’s breathtaking, full-length production of ‘Giselle,’” said Marcia J. White, SPAC’s president and executive director. “The first two events will offer participants insights into the fascinating story behind ‘Giselle,’ as well as perspectives on how it influenced the evolution of modern ballet. The Master Class offers dancers the rare opportunity to take a class from a professional who has danced on stages across the globe.” Since its premiere with the company in 1970, Sir Peter Wright’s “Giselle” has been a mainstay of the National Ballet’s classical repertoire and one of the company’s most popular works. “Giselle” features sets and costumes by Desmond Heeley and lighting by Gil Wechsler. Based

SUN, JUNE 23 FILM SCREENING A Portrait of Giselle presented in partnership with the Saratoga Film Forum SPAC and the Saratoga Film Forum will present the Academy Awardnominated documentary film A Portrait of Giselle, followed by a reception and an informal discussion moderated by local dance critic Jay Rogoff. An important historical document, the film offers an inside look at what is widely considered one of the most important female roles in ballet history. The 98-minute film features Patricia McBride and Anton Dolin, along with famous ballerinas who danced the role of Giselle in the past. The evening concludes with wine and hors d’oeuvres reception. Time: film screening 7 p.m. – 8:40 p.m.; reception and discussion: 8:45 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. Place: Saratoga Film Forum, 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs

Cost: Tickets are available at the door only: $8 general admission; $6 for Film Forum members & students and SPAC members. TUES, JUNE 25 LECTURE “Giselles Gone Wild: The Nature of the Romantic Ballerina” by Author Mindy Aloff with guest appearance by Rex Harrington, National Ballet of Canada Barnard College Professor of Dance, and New York Times writer, Mindy Aloff will present a probing lecture on the history of the ballerina role Giselle, in the context of 19th and 20th century ballets. Aloff ’s work has appeared in numerous publications including The New Yorker and The New York Times. Special guest Rex Harrington, former principal dancer and current artist-inresidence at the National Ballet of Canada, will offer comments on the company’s production of Giselle. The evening concludes with a wine & hors d’oeuvres reception. Time: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. followed by reception Place: National Museum of Dance, 99 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs Cost: Tickets are $10 and available at   and at the door. WED, JUNE 26 BALLET MASTER CLASS Master Class with Rex Harrington, The National Ballet of Canada A Master Class for advanced dancers will be led by Rex Harrington at The National Museum of Dance School of the Arts Studios. Harrington, a former principal dancer and current artist-in-residence at the National Ballet of Canada,  has danced on stages across the globe and worked in partnership with some of the most acclaimed ballet dancers of his era.   Time: 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Place: National Museum of Dance/School of the Arts Studios, 99 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs Cost: Reservations can be made online at; $20 general or $15 for ballet school students. For More Information: Questions regarding the class, dance level and eligibility can be directed to the Dance Museum’s School of the Arts at (518) 584.2225 ext. 3008 or via email at


Week of June 21 – June 27, 2013


Summer Jazz Institute Begins 26th Year Next Week SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Skidmore College Summer Jazz Institute marks its 26th year this summer with a program that focuses on instruction and performance. Scheduled June 23 to July 6 and directed by Todd Coolman, the program provides a new generation of musicians with the opportunity to mingle with and learn from gifted educators and world-class performers in an intimate, supportive environment. Previous students have successfully pursued jazz-related careers in the areas of performance, teaching, and business and include Kendrick Scott, Walter Smith, Richie Barshay, Jonathan Batiste, Brandon Lee, Christian Scott, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, Ryan Cohan, and Myron Walden, among others. A highlight each summer is the series of special concerts featuring guest artists and Jazz Institute student and faculty performers. All concerts will take place in the Arthur Zankel Music Center, Ladd Concert Hall. The schedule includes the following: June 25: Ravi Coltrane Quartet: Ravi Coltrane, Blue Note recording artist and son of jazz legend John Coltrane, leads this quartet that also features Adam Rogers, Dezron Douglas, and Jonathan Blake. Saxophonist Coltrane has earned notice for “Spirit Fiction,” his debut recording on the Blue Note label. Two different bands joined Coltrane for the recording – his longterm quartet (pianist Luis Perdomo,

bassist Drew Gress and drummer E.J. Strickland) and a quintet featuring trumpeter Ralph Alessi, pianist Geri Allen, bassist James Genus and drummer Eric Harland. Coltrane has said, “The energies of the two groups on ‘Spirit Fiction’ are unique. The quintet stuff is looser and the quartet has played together for close to 10 years so it has that particular sound.” Joe Lovano, fellow Blue Note artist who performed last summer at Skidmore, produced ‘Spirit Fiction.’ June 27 and July 4: The Skidmore Faculty Sextet: featuring Bill Cunliffe, Todd Coolman, Dennis Mackrel, Pat LaBarbera, Bobby Shew, Mike Rodriguez, Jim Pugh, and Curtis Fuller. July 2: Vincent Gardner Quintet: Trombonist Gardner leads this quintet, which also includes Carlos Henriquez, Ali Jackson, and Sherman Irby. Gardner has released four albums on SteepleChase Records, including the 2012 release “Book of Bebop” and also performs and records in a group with his brother, trumpeter Derrick Gardner. He is the lead trombonist for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and performs all over the world as a top call musician in many groups including Marcus Roberts, Nicholas Payton, Lizz Wright, and more. June 28 and July 5: Concerts by students participating in the institute. All concerts will begin at 8 p.m. in Arthur Zankel Music Center, Ladd Concert Hall, with the exception of

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Trombonist Gardner leads the quintet, which also includes Carlos Henriquez, Ali Jackson, and Sherman Irby.

Ravi Coltrane, Blue Note recording artist and son of jazz legend John Coltrane, leads the quartet that also features Adam Rogers, Dezron Douglas, and Jonathan Blake.



Week of June 21 – June 27, 2013

Assembly of Dust, Chandler Travis Play Putnam Den This Weekend SARATOGA SPRINGS — The 2002 breakup of alt-roots phenoms Strangefolk left its leading light Reid Genaur adrift, searching for his “where to next” moment. A classic album by a classic American band provided that guidance and to Genaur’s formation of Assembly of Dust, due to appear locally on Saturday night at Saratoga’s Putnam Den live music venue. “I can remember locking myself in my room with a set of headphones and listening to The Band’s ‘Music From Big Pink’ album over and over again,” said Genauer, the lead singer and founder of the New York based quintet. “As I listened I felt almost like I was there in the room with The Band at a moment of perfection. That intimate listening experience drew me in and is what inspired me to be a musician.” Drawing on that influence and countless others over the last 10 years, Assembly of Dust has crafted a unique sound that recalls the likes of The Band, Traffic and Neil

Young. They have taken that early ‘70s Americana swagger, put their own funky spin on it and earned comparisons to the next generation of Americana heroes including Ryan Adams, Mumford and Sons and Wilco. The allure of spacious production value has clung with Genauer his whole life and when he listened to Ray Lamontagne’s 2010 album “God Willin’ & The Creek Don’t Rise,” he heard something that struck a chord deep within him. After just a few seconds sniffing around the liner notes he found the name he was looking for and within a couple of months Assembly of Dust was in the studio with engineer Ryan Freeland. With three Grammy’s on the shelf and credits that include musical luminaries like Bonnie Raitt, Joe Henry and Art Garfunkel, Freeland’s aesthetic was exactly what Genauer was going for on Assembly of Dust’s fourth studio album “Sun Shot.” “I’ve always had a penchant

for acoustic music,” said the songwriter. “While ‘Sun Shot’ isn’t an acoustic record by any stretch of the imagination, it has the touch and nuances that allows the listener to be nearer to the music. It’s certainly a mellower record, it’s a vibey record, and it’s the most singersongwriter record we’ve done.” While the recording processes used on “Sun Shot” harkens back to an analogue past, the rest of the project was decidedly technology driven. In the summer of 2012, as they struggled with the realities of financing an artistic venture of this scale, the band launched a crowd sourced funding campaign through Kickstarter. Looking back on it Genauer talks about the project as more of a spiritual journey than simply a fund raising exercise. “When we went into it we were thinking of a black-and-white exchange of goods and services, but what we discovered was a weighty emotional interchange,” he admitted. “The Kickstarter contributors demand something beyond a record and we found it to be a really intimate experience to craft special rewards for people who genuinely care about us and our music. It helped us truly appreciate the passion our fans feel for us and the depth of our community.”  “Sun Shot” is one part SingerSongwriter, one part Alt- Country

and one part Rock and Roll, but the thread tying it all together is Genauer’s heartfelt and beautifully written lyrics. In 2009 The New York Times praised Genauer’s songwriting skills as some of the most eloquent “to emerge in the long wake of the Grateful Dead” and the songs on “Sun Shot” may be the best work of his career. The raw building blocks of Genauer’s songs stand strong on their own and they are polished to brilliance in the hands of the band he’s surrounded himself with: Adam Terrell (lead guitar), John Leccesse (bass), and two newer members Jason Crosby (piano and violin) and Dave Diamond (drums).  Together Assembly of Dust has created an album laced with the influences Genauer recognized as a child.  It’s a recording with many rooms. Some are flashy and aloof, others bony and pale, but collectively they are “Sun Shot.” Chandler Travis Brings His Philharmonic to the Spa City Friday: The Spa City’s Putnam Den rock music venue has staged its share of unique creative talents in its four-year history, but this Friday’s show featuring beloved cult act the Chandler Travis Philharmonic just might be the weirdest—in the good kind of way. CTP is a nine-piece ensemble based in Cape Cod that includes a horn section, string bass, keyboard, mandocello,

guitar, drums, accordion, and singing valet. They’ve been called the missing link between the Kinks and Sun Ra as well as the heirs to the NRBQ legacy. The Philharmonic was born in the fall of 1996 at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, on the occasion of Chandler doing a guest shot there with a house band led by multiinstrumentalist and singer Dinty Child. When asked if he would like to add any additional instrumentation, Chandler, having always hated when elderly bands ran out of ideas to this extent, facetiously suggested, “Oh yeah, let’s get some horns and chick back-up singers.” Strangely, Dinty complied with the horn part, booking (among others) genius trumpeter Keiichi Hashimoto, and the CTP was surprisingly hatched. Later on, cross-dressing drummer Rikki Bates, a pal of Chandler’s from the Incredible Casuals and one of the more amazing instrumentalists on the planet, and Keith Spring, (NRBQ) helped complete the picture. Since then, the band—all colorfully garbed eight pieces of them, plus singing valet Fred Boak --- have introduced the concept of alternative dixieland and omnipop to audiences all over Massachusetts and far beyond. The Village Voice declared them “keenly entertaining,” calling Chandler “a true New England eccentric and a master of daft power pop,” and the band “a blend of Ringling Bros. and Ra that puts the harm back in Philharmonic,” and the New Yorker has repeatedly concurred. The band released its debut album, “Let’s Have a Pancake,” along with 26 other website-only fulllength CDs (the improbable and ground-breaking RadioBall series) in 2000 as a means of welcoming in the new century; four more “official” Philharmonic releases followed, all on the Sonic Trout label, the most recent being 2010s “The Chandler Travis Philharmonic Blows!”The release followed hard on the heels of Chandler’s first solo release in a decade, 2009s “After She Left.” While Mr. Travis fronts a number of varying lineups (the smaller versions of which have become popular sellouts at Caffe Lena over the years), Fridays show will provide an increasingly rare chance to catch the full glory of his big band setup. Local alt-roots duo Holly & Evan will open the festivities.


Week of June 21 – June 27, 2013


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Week of June 21 – June 27, 2013

Community Sports Bulletin Saratoga Wilton Soccer Club U-12 Girls Runner-Up at Nordic Cup

Fredette Family in ‘Act With Respect Always’ Spotlight SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Jimmer Jam Camp is a family affair with each involved in the three-day camp, which will start at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center June 24. Kay Fredette is being featured in the “spotlight” section of former Saratoga Springs head coach Rich Johns’ “Act With Respect Always” website. To read more about Kay and the Fredette Family, go to www. Kay, Jimmer, brother TJ and Al Fredette. Photo courtesy of Kay Fredette.

Cassie Blunt and Katie Powers Receive Paul Brock Scholarship Bottom row: Morgan Siewert, Julia DiMenna, Lauren Livingston, Paris Fenoff, Elizabeth Herman. Top row: Chelsea Chmiel, AJ Siebeneck, Sydney Wayand, Madilyn Eddy, Emma Eldrid, Katelyn Nolan, Ellie Siebeneck, Kennedy Vishneowski, Skylar Capello, Nicole Eddy. Photo provided.

BURLINGTON, VT — The Venature Azzurri U-12 girls came in second out of 16 teams at the Nordic Cup Soccer Tournament this weekend in Burlington, Vermont. They defeated the World Cup of Nashua of Nashua New Hampshire, 5-0, Nordic of Vermont, 2-0, and the New York Elite Mudskippers, 4-0. They won their semifinal rematch against the World Cup Soccer Club of Nashua on penalty kicks. In the final, the Azzurri faced their arch-nemesis, the Clifton Park Panthers,

who they defeated in overtime to win the 2012 Nordic Cup, but have not defeated in the 2013 season. Azzurri lost the match in penalty kicks. Overall, the Venature Azzurri scored 13 goals and only allowed two. The SWSC is holding tryouts for the 2013-14 season on June 24-27 and holding free soccer clinics over the summer. For more information, see, email, or find the Saratoga Wilton Soccer Club on Facebook.

Steinfort in as Black Horses Head Coach SCHUYLERVILLE — Matt Steinfort will be the new head coach of the Schuylerville varsity basketball team. Steinfort was officially approved Schuylerville Board of Education Monday, June 17, and will take over after Matt Sgambati stepped down to spend more time with his family.

Steinfort replaces a successful Sgambati, who won 76 percent of his 298 games (227-71), including three Section II titles in 12 years. Sgambati’s Black Horses also made it to eight championship games at the Glens Falls Civic Center, including this past season’s loss to Watervliet in the Class B final.

I Owe It to the Game

by Damian Fantauzzi for Saratoga TODAY

Many people ask me why I want to keep coaching basketball. To put it simply, I owe it to the game. Sound ridiculous? Maybe, maybe not. The game of basketball is an inanimate thing, not a certain someone to express gratitude to for having a positive influence on my life, but it did for me, and I’m grateful for what the game has done for my life. As a coach, I have had so many memorable and life-changing experiences, including my association with outstanding young men and young women. I have had many good players in my 34 years at Saratoga Springs High School. The truth is that it wasn’t just about the game. It was the

comradery that grew from the daily connection with the student-athletes during my tenure. As a player I was able to live a dream, a dream that came true through my hard work and determination to overcome obstacles. As an eighth-grader I was lucky enough to make the local CYO basketball team (St. Paul’s Royals of Mechanicville). Even though I saw little playing time, the experience lit my fuse for the love of the game. As a part of my evolution as a player, I became a member of the Mechanicville High School freshmen team the following year, when I started getting a little more game experience by playing more often. Understand that I didn’t only spend time playing basketball in the gym, there was constant practice of shooting and working

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Cassie Blunt and Katie Powers have been named as the recipients of the Saratoga Wilton Soccer Club’s 2013 Paul Brock Scholarship. Thirty years ago, Paul Brock helped found the SWSC. He believed that soccer was more than just Left to Right Rob Blunt, Coach, Cassie Blunt, Katie Powers, and a game, but rather a way of Bob Turner, President SWSC. Photo provided. promoting honesty, discipline and sportsmanship in young people as well as improving the social welfare of the Saratoga community. This year’s two recipients embody these qualities both on and off the field and credit their time with SWSC as being integral to developing both their soccer skills and their good character.

Hollowood Takes Second Straight National Steeplechase Title GREENSBORO, NC — Competing in her final high school race, Saratoga Springs’ Keelin Hollowood won her second consecutive national steeplechase title Saturday, June 15 at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals at North Carolina A&T. This was the seventh national

at my game, in my backyard, no matter how cold or hot it was. As I was beginning to evolve as a basketball player, my dedication for improvement became an obsession of mine. In the summer of my pre-sophomore year of high school, there were days when I would leave my house at 10 a.m. and come home by 5 p.m. Many times it was me and my basketball, and at times the ball was probably my very best friend. We would spend the whole day together playing against fictitious opponents. There were instances when Jerry West and I were in the yard playing one-on-one, hypothetically speaking of course. All of this had developed from a desire to be the best player I could possibly be, despite the fact that during my evolution to become a bona fide player I had my obstacles and doubters. Why doubters? In the first 20 years of my life I had a speech malfunction from

championship for Hollowood, who also won five titles with Blue Streak relay teams. Despite a second place finish at the New York State championships, Hollowood finished on top before her graduation on Friday, June 21. Hollowood will be running for Division I Providence this fall.

birth, and at 20 my problem was surgically corrected. Some of my peers liked to make fun of me by imitating my speech. Was it hurtful? Of course. But, it gave me the drive to show them what I could do, so therefore, I was focused and determined to succeed. Self-esteem always becomes an issue when having an overtly physical condition because it doesn’t go away. The development of my ability as a basketball player gave me a confidence that I have never experienced before and it turned me around 180 degrees from a shy person to becoming more at ease in talking with others.  I just loved playing the game and my success as a high school player carried over to Adirondack Community College, where I earned an Associate’s Degree.  My desire to improve myself as a player carried over to my school work. At the conclusion of my two years at ACC I was offered a full

basketball scholarship to New Mexico Highlands University and an opportunity to complete my quest to finish my college education. The game of basketball helped me be on target for the future and with good reason in the pursuit of my college degree. My payback to the game has been the opportunity to “pay it forward” by being able to teach young people how to play basketball and how the game can be a mirror of life. If I live to be 100 years old, I still would like to be able to help aspiring basketball players develop their skills. I have learned so much from this game and I want to share what I have learned with players and coaches. Involvement in sports has a way of preparing people for what can occur in life. The game of basketball opened many doors of opportunity for me and it was part of the frame work of who I am today. 


Week of June 21 – June 27, 2013

Saratoga Springs Figure Skater Brings Home Gold SARATOGA SPRINGS — Emma Nicholson of Saratoga Springs brought home two gold medals from the fourth annual Collar City Open held in Troy on June 8. Emma competed in the PrePreliminary Test Track Freestyle and Bronze Solo Dance events. The Solo Dance event is part of the National Solo Dance competition series sponsored by U.S. Figure Skating. Emma’s primary coach is Jill Ramos. She is also coached by Amanda Shelburne and Justin

Emma Nicholson

Morrow and skates at the Saratoga Springs Ice Rink.

Dominguez Forced to Retire at 36 Years Old BELMONT — After doctors told him he could not risk another head injury, Ramon Dominguez had to announce his retirement. “Riding thoroughbreds has always been my passion and my calling. When I was 13 and watched my first horse race in Venezuela, I knew that I would become a jockey, and my riding career has brought happiness and success beyond what I ever expected,” Dominguez said. Dominguez, 36, was injured back on January 18 when he was thrown to the Aqueduct inner dirt track and kicked in the head by oncoming horse, fracturing his skull. He won the last three Eclipse Awards as North America’s top

rider and accumulated $25,582,252 in purse earnings in 2012, a single year record. Dominguez was a premier rider, dominating the New York circuit from 2009-12, taking 20 individual meet titles. “It is extremely difficult for me to announce that due to the severity of the injuries I sustained in an accident at Aqueduct Racetrack on January 18, my professional riding career has come to an end,” Dominguez said. “While I hoped and even expected to be able to return to the saddle, as a result of my injuries and upon the advice of my treating physicians, it has been determined that I will no longer be able to pursue my career as a jockey.”


Volume 8  •  Issue 24


Week of June 21 – June 27, 2013

SPAC Readies for ‘Giselle’ Ballet

Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann

Rex Harrington, Photo by Sian Richards

Photo by David Cooper

Photo by David Cooper

See page 18 for details on a trio of events that will accompany the National Ballet of Canada’s presentation of “Giselle” at SPAC.

Photo by David Cooper

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