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The Man Behind the Marketing The Story of Fingerpaint by Patricia Older Saratoga TODAY
Ed Mitzen poses inside of the former Borders storefront, which now houses his advertising and marketing agency, Fingerpaint. Photo courtesy of MarkBolles.com.
Food Pantry Tries to Fill Summer Lunchtime Void by Chelsea DiSchiano Saratoga TODAY WILTON — For most families in Wilton, summer is a cool fruity drink with a little umbrella floating at the top of the glass. Summer is sunblock on the beach, lemonade stands, play dates, movies at the drive-in—it is a break from the usual worries and stresses that school, work and extracurriculars can bring. But for families with children who rely on lunch programs to eat during the school year, summer is a wrinkled brow, a sigh of frustration, a head buried in the hands of parents who must find a way to
provide another meal for their children. Parents who have no more time and no more money to fill the lunchtime void that summer brings must find some solution to feed their kids. Luckily, resources like Wilton Food Pantry exist to serve families in situations exactly like this. But for the food pantry, summer means serving more recipients and their children, less volunteer hours and less monetary donations. Debi Zellan, president of the Wilton Food Pantry board, said the pantry has seen an uptick in adults and children coming in to receive meals this summer. See Food Pantry pg. 6
SARATOGA SPRINGS — It was the talk of the town this past spring—what was going on behind those newspapered windows of the former Borders Bookstore—was there going to be a fresh foods market? Or a bunch of retail shops on the lower level and apartments above? Maybe an Apple store had finally decided to locate in the Spa City. Obviously, from recent accounts as being one of the area’s fastest growing companies, a lot of creativity was going on behind those windows as Ed Mitzen’s fullservice advertising and marketing agency, Fingerpaint, prepared
to expand operations and move into the open space storefront at the corner of Division Street and Broadway. According to the Business Review, Fingerpaint is the second fastest growing company in upstate New York, ranked by five-year percent changes in revenue between 2008 and 2012. The area surveyed includes Saratoga, Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren and Washington counties. Since 2008, Fingerpaint had an almost 1,400 percent increase in revenue, earning $9.5 million in 2012. When the company first started, they had seven See Fingerpaint pg. 15
Featured Stories Fresh Air Family The Fresh Air Fund has allowed families to host innercity children since 1877. One local family talks about their experiences. See News pg. 14
Blues Hall of Fame Several local blues musicians will be honored August 1 as they are inducted into the New York State Blues Hall of Fame. See Pulse pg. 31
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Week of July 26 â€“ August 1, 2013 Edward T. Grabowski, 26, of Van Dorn Street, Saratoga Springs, was arrested July 22 and charged with burglary in the second degree, a Class C felony. Joanna M. Mazucci, 35, of Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, was arrested July 22 and charged with assault in the third degree, a Class A misdemeanor. Nicholas D. Capone, 50, homeless, was arrested July 22 and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, a Class A misdemeanor, and resisting arrest, a Class A misdemeanor. Michael M. Marciano, 49, of Rosa Road, Schenectady, was arrested July 22 and charged with criminal contempt in the second degree, a Class A misdemeanor. Manuel Olmo, 44, homeless, was arrested July 21 and charged with vehicular assault in the second degree, a Class E felony, reckless endangerment in the first degree, a Class D felony, assault with a deadly weapon in the second degree, a Class D felony, criminal mischief in the second degree, a Class D felony, DWI, a Class A misdemeanor, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, a Class A misdemeanor. Damion E. Harris, 33, of William Street, Hudson Falls, was arrested July 21 and charged with assault in the third degree, a Class A misdemeanor. John P. Goldberg, 36, of Albany Street, Schenectady, was arrested July 20 and charged with petit larceny, a Class A misdemeanor. Goldberg was arrested for a theft that occurred at Price Chopper on Ballston Avenue. Paul T. DeSalvatore, 30, of Julians Way, Saratoga Springs, was arrested July 20 and charged with criminal mischief in the fourth
degree, a Class A misdemeanor. Michael P. Pascuzzi, 24, of Canvasback Road, Waterford, was arrested July 20 and charged with disorderly conduct, a violation, and resisting arrest, a Class A misdemeanor. Nicholas P. Sansone, 24, of Christopher Way, Clifton Park, was arrested July 20 and charged with disorderly conduct, a violation, and resisting arrest, a Class A misdemeanor. Maxwell C. Bobrow, 24, of Wilshire Drive, Clifton Park, was arrested July 20 and charged with obstructing governmental administration in the second degree, a Class A misdemeanor. Paul M. Jubrey, 24, of Zamora Court, Clifton Park, was arrested July 20 and charged with disorderly conduct, a violation, and resisting arrest, a Class A misdemeanor. Eric C. Hammer, 35, of Dixon Road, Queensbury, was arrested July 19 and charged with DWI, a Class A misdemeanor. Isaac W. Greco, 17, of Vanderbilt Terrace, Saratoga Springs, was arrested July 19 and charged with burglary in the second degree, a Class C felony, and grand larceny in the fourth degree, a Class E felony. John M. Hansen, 41, of Winterton Drive, Fayetteville, was arrested July 19 and charged with
BLOTTER 3 assault in the third degree, a Class A misdemeanor. Scott D. Retell, 32, of Dewey Street, Mechanicville, was arrested July 19 and charged with aggravated harassment in the second degree, a Class A misdemeanor. Retell was arrested on a warrant for an incident that occurred on June 7. Kathleen M. Berben, 43, of Daniels Road, Saratoga Springs, was arrested July 18 and charged with unlawfully dealing with a child in the first degree, a Class A misdemeanor. Berben was arrested on a warrant from an incident that occurred on June 23.
Mark W. Nolin, 48, of Grand Avenue, Saratoga Springs, was arrested July 18 and charged with criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree, a Class A misdemeanor.
Edward T. Grabowski, 26, of VanDorn Street, Saratoga Springs, was arrested July 18 and charged with criminal trespassing in the third degree, a Class B misdemeanor.
week in Review
Week of July 26 – August 1, 2013
Brian Allen Found Guilty in Sexual Misconduct Trial
Stewart’s Shops Going Solar with Grant
BALLSTON SPA — The popular harness track trainer and driver who was accused of sexually abusing two young teenage girls has been found guilty of having sexual relations with one of the girls. The 48-count indictment was separated into two separate trials. This first trial, in which he is accused of having oral sex with the 14-year-old, carried two charges—one count of second-degree criminal sex act, a violent felony, and one count of endangering the welfare of a child. Brian Allen was found guilty Thursday afternoon following the three-day bench trial. He had waived his right to a jury trial on Monday, opting for the judge to make the ruling.
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Stewart’s Shops announced July 22 it will be installing a 600-kilowatt rooftop solar energy system at its 300,000-square-foot manufacturing and distribution center in Greenfield Center. The project is called “Stewart’s Shops Solar Liftoff ” and is being implemented as part of Gov. Cuomo’s NY-Sun initiative. The solar panels are projected to save nearly $40,000 annually in electricity costs. The project is expected to be completed this fall with a projected payback period of a little over five years. The Stewart’s project was part of a $46 million award for 76 large-scale projects announced by Gov. Cuomo earlier this year. Funding per project is capped at $3 million, and all projects require co-funding to best leverage state resources. Stewart’s will be partnering with EnterSolar, a New York-based provider of solar systems to commercial enterprises for the 2,405-PV module project that will also include a
Judge Scarano’s decision came after three days of testimony, including the victim and her parents, as well as a forensic scientist flown in from Chicago testifying on behalf of the Allen. Allen, 47, of Hemlock Drive in Greenfield Center, was indicted last June on 48 counts pertaining to alleged sexual misconduct with the two teenaged girls—the 14-year-old and a 15-year-old. He had known the girls through the race track and their families. The charges against Allen include 21 counts of seconddegree criminal sexual acts and 11 counts of second-degree rape, all violent felonies. He has pleaded not guilty on all counts. Allen was remanded to
Saratoga County Jail where he will await the second trial, schedule for September 19.
Former NYRA Trustee Dammerman Dies at 67 SARATOGA SPRINGS — Dennis Dammerman, a Wellington Equestrian Partners founding member and part-time Saratoga Springs resident, passed away at the age of 67 at Saratoga Hospital on Tuesday, July 23. Dammerman, who also resided in Wellington, Florida, had a 38-year career with General Electric Company where he was Chief Financial Officer of GE, Chairman of GE Capital and Vice Chairman of GE. He was also on multiple boards throughout his career, including BlackRock Inc., Adirondack Trust Company, Skidmore College, New York Racing Association, Saratoga Automobile Museum, Fairfield University, Swiss Re, Genworth Financial, Capmark Financial Group
and Discover Financial Services. After his retirement, he was recruited by the U.S. Treasury Department as part of the American International Group Board of Directors during the financial crisis, where he became known for being an integral part of rescuing AIG. Dammerman was born on November 4, 1945 to Louise Lichtenstein and the late Morris Dammerman. He grew up in Grand Mound, Iowa and later went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from the University of Dubuque. He is survived by his wife Marsha Fin Dammerman of Wellington, Florida; his mother, Louise Lichtenstein of DeWitt, Iowa; his stepmother, Viola
ground-level inverter. “As an employee and familyowned business, Stewart’s has a strong commitment to the community, and utilizing clean renewable solar energy to power our manufacturing and distribution facility is a natural extension of that pledge,” said Nancy Trimbur, Senior Vice President of Stewart’s Shops. “With significant savings in energy costs annually, we can not only reduce our carbon footprint, but we can also reinvest those savings in the business and community that we serve.” “Stewart’s Shops has always been eager and open to innovation and can proudly lead our business community with its NYSERDA Solar Liftoff project,” said Assemblyman Tony Jordan. “I know the energy savings made through this program will be invested back to continue building a business that produces excellent dairy and other food products and serves this community, our environment and its employees well.”
Hadley Man Arrested for Arson
Dammerman of DeWitt; his son and daughter and two brothers and one sister, as well as his three grandchildren.
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GREENFIELD CENTER — A Hadley man who was upset with the boyfriend of his girlfriend’s mother, broke into the man’s home in Greenfield and allegedly attempted to burn it down. Ethan Morehouse, 20, was arrested on Tuesday, July 23, and charged with second-degree burglary and third-degree arson, both felonies. The incident occurred on July 14. According to the New York State Police, Morehouse was upset over the man wanting to end his
relationship with the girlfriend’s mother, so he allegedly broke into the Minor Road home and spread gasoline all over the living room. When the man arrived home at around 9 p.m. that night, he found smoke filled his house and the carpet was smoldering. An eight to 10 foot section of the carpet was damaged. Morehouse was remanded to Saratoga County jail on $10,000 cash or $20,000 bail bond. He is due back in Greenfield Court at 7 p.m. on July 29.
Week of July 26 – August 1, 2013
Robertine ‘Bobbie’ E. Jones BALLSTON LAKE — Robertine ‘Bobbie’ E. Jones, 85, passed away Saturday, July 20 at Saratoga Hospital. Born November 19, 1927 to Anna Mae and Charles Lesson of Mechanicville, she was a longtime resident of Mechanicville. She graduated from Mechanicville High School, married Ralph “Babe” Jones, also of Mechanicville, and raised her family there. In more recent years she lived in the Malta and Ballston Lake areas. In addition to her parents, Bobbie was predeceased by her husband of 53 years and her son
Paul. She is survived by her children, David and his wife Wanda of Porter Corners; Clark and his wife Marsha of Leesville, Louisiana.; Sue Ann Klamp and her husband Walt of Galway; Robert and his wife Pat of Shaker Heights, Ohio; Todd and his wife Ilene of Laurel, Maryland; daughter-in-law Terry Jones of Mechanicville; 13 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren, nieces and a nephew. Relatives and friends are invited to join together for a memorial service at 11 a.m. Friday, July 26 at the Wilson Chapel, Skidmore College, North Broadway, Saratoga Springs.
Burial will follow at 1 p.m. at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Rd., Schuylerville.
Robert N. Kanar, Sr. PORTER CORNERS — Robert N. Kanar, Sr., 75, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his entire loving family on July 17. Born in Corinth Hospital in 1937, he was the son of the late Robert Howd Kanar and Elizabeth (Betty) Prosser Kanar. He married Sandra Lee (Corlew) Kanar in 1958 and resided in Porter Corners his entire life. Bob attended both Porter Corners and Saratoga Springs City Schools. He worked at International Paper Co. in Corinth for many years. He also worked construction jobs with H.R. Schultz & W.J. Bokus. Bob and his wife purchased and ran The Greenfield General
Store and Ice Cream Stand for eight years. He also worked for The Town of Greenfield Highway Department, eventually becoming the Highway Superintendent before retiring. In recent years he worked for Saratoga Auto Body. Bob was of Methodist faith and a member of The Greenfield Seniors. He was a lifelong member of The Greenfield Fire District, Porter Corners Company No. 2, where he was recently given the distinction of Honorary Deputy Chief. Survivors include his loving wife of 55 years Sandra Kanar; his daughters Kelly (Duane) Hammond of Middle Grove, Rhonda (Gerald) Mahay of
Louise Crawford SARATOGA SPRINGS — Louise Crawford, 76, of Jefferson Terrace died July 17 at Saratoga Hospital. Born on February 14, 1937 in Barnwell, South Carolina, she was the daughter of the late William Crawford, Sr. and Rachael Reynolds Crawford. Ms. Crawford is predeceased by a son William James Crawford, Jr., six brothers, William Jr., Ike, Elmo, Richard Matthew and Josh Crawford and a brother-in-law William Lee. Survivors include her son Larry Crawford and his wife Barbara Davis of Saratoga Springs; daughter Rachel Yard and her husband Dwight
Jackson of Saratoga Springs; Joyce Rodriguez; three brothers: Major Crawford of Buffalo, Fred Crawford of Dallas, Roosevelt Crawford of Aiken, South Carolina; five sisters: Katie Hill of Atlanta, Georgia, Clara Hinson and her husband Rev. Edward Hinson of Nanuet, Cora Lee of Greensboro, North Carolina, Elease Holloway of Dallas and Winnie Newman of Aiken; Seven grandchildren: Careina Yard, Ahsaan Crawford, Dontae Jackson, Kitsia Yard, Jamil Yard, Rosa, Jetuan and Treymane Rodriguez; two greatgrandchildren: Jilianna Yard, and Kylee Faith Annabel Davis; and two special friends Clara Brady and Charles Shepard.
Middle Grove, Lohre (Rodney) Kanar-Bailey of Corinth and his son Robert B.J. (Jean) Kanar of Porter Corners; 15 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his special friends Mark Guidon and Jennifer Utermark; his faithful canines Samson and Delilah and many close friends. In addition to his parents, Bob is predeceased by his sisters, Mildred (Billie) Bordeau, Linda Drumm and Susan Muller; a niece Leann Schaff and a nephew Caleb Drumm.
Beatrice Jennie Robertson FORT MILLER — After 88 years of life, some joyous and some difficult, Beatrice Jennie Robertson slipped away in the arms of an angel to be delivered to her maker. She was surrounded by love, in her home, with her devoted family on Monday, July 22. Beatrice was delivered to Foster Leslie Robertson and his wife Winifred Annie Appleton in Pittsfield, Massachusetts on February 2, 1925. Little “Honey Bee” grew up on the family farm on Churchill St. with her beloved grandfather, Truman, and grandmother, Emily Louise (Melvin-Appleton) Stearns. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her three husbands, Carl King, Edward Fosmire and Jack Odewalt. After graduating from Pittsfield High School, Bee enrolled in nursing during World War II. That career changed to homemaker with her marriage to Carl Clifford King, Sr., who served in the Navy. They had four children; Lorraine “Lori” Emma (Juan) King-Monge of Amsterdam, Leslie Craig (Linda) King and Carl “Skip” Clifford (Alice) King, Jr., all of Fort Miller and Patricia
Ann (Roy) King-McIntyre of Saint Cloud, Florida. Bee is also survived by her grandchildren, Gina, Beth, Anna, Carla and Ray who are Lori’s children; AnnMarie, Robert, Chris and Peter who are Leslie’s children; Tina and Brenda who are Skip’s children and Steve, Michelle and Tawni who are Patty’s children. Siblings to Bee include Ken Howlett, Steve Howlett-Wapaha, Foster, Jr., Lori Ann, Dorothy, Elizabeth and Mary Louise Robertson, and Daniel Fallon. Jack Babbitts was her special third son from Florida and now Arizona. She is also survived by many greatgrandchildren and nieces and nephews.
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Food Pantry continued from page 1 “Little kids are coming in with their parents now,” Zellan said. “We are working hard to make sure we have easy lunch items available because we’re very aware of the fact that lunch programs are not available to a lot of kids, especially in Wilton—we don’t have a central location where kids can go.” In May, the pantry served 1,557 meals. In June, that number jumped 30 percent to 2,034 meals served. “A lot of things drop off during the summer,” Zellan said. “People are so very busy—everybody is running around on vacation, and they’re already advertising back to school if you can believe that, and everybody is just running and running so a lot of things drop off for us. Our volunteer hours can be a challenge for us sometimes because they have so much to do in the summer.” Though volunteers can be sporadic in the summer, Zellan did say she just registered two new volunteers and that anyone can sign up to volunteer as it fits into their schedule. “We have shifts available almost every day of the week in the morning to collect and sort food, and our distribution hours are every Wednesday and Saturday,” Zellan said. “Saturday is our biggest challenge—the kids are out
of school, the parents have to take care of the kids, everybody is going in a different direction and it’s hard to make a commitment, but we’re doing alright.” Zellan said a big help has been new board member Ben Niese, a chef who makes recipes out of the ingredients provided to the pantry. “It depends on what we have in the pantry—he’ll provide a recipe that will suit it. For example, we had a large donation of tofu from Healthy Living Market and we had a hard time convincing people to try it, so he made up a recipe and then people did,” Zellan said. “He’s also done things like bruschetta— we try to convince people to use bread for more than just bread and butter. We want people to be making nutritious meals with what we can provide for them, especially at this time of year when fresh produce is available. We want them to take a lot and use it well.” Though monetary donations are usually lower during the summers, Zellan said she does see a steady flow of item donations. “We try to get stuff to make sandwiches, stuff for snacks, crackers, fruit, and we like to have healthy fresh produce available throughout the year, though it’s easier to get in the summertime, so we have a lot of
that,” Zellan. The food pantry also benefits from partnerships with Healthy Living, Hannaford and BJ’s, as well as from purchasing food for a cheaper price through the Regional Food Bank. “Healthy Living is a wonderful community resource—we receive donations from them twice a week and in August we will be fortunate to benefit from their register drive where they’ll be featuring us as a charity they will donate to,” Zellan said. “We also get donations from Hannaford and BJ’s and purchase some of our food from the regional food bank as well, which is a phenomenal resource.” “When people donate money to us, they don’t understand that we buy food at 16 cents a pound from the food bank, so that money
is enormously important to us,” Zellan said. Zellan said the food pantry is always grateful to be donated items such as sealed deli meats (the pantry can’t redistribute regular meat bought from the deli because the meats must be sealed), fruit juices, snacks, produce and other luncheon items. “Everybody donates cans of soups, and that’s wonderful—cans of soup are a phenomenal meal choice for both kids and adults, but we have a lot of that and people often don’t think of the other items we like to get—like jelly! People always donate peanut butter, but they never donate jelly,” she said with a laugh. Though the pantry does face more challenges in the summertime, Zellan said she and her
volunteers choose to focus on the successes of their work. “We like to focus on our successes and the fact that so many people are able to eat healthier because we are able to channel the generosity of our community,” she said. “We think about the moments that make it all worthwhile—a little girl who grabs a pack of apples and literally does a jig and hugs it to her body because she’s so excited to have an apple, or a little boy who sees a cupcake and his eyes get so big when we say ‘you can have that,’—those are the stories that keep us going.” To donate to Wilton Food Pantry, volunteer or for more information, call (518) 538-9978 or visit www.wiltonfoodpantry.org.
Hayes-Masa Appointed County Coroner Post SARATOGA SPRINGS — Susan Hayes-Masa was appointed County Coroner by the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. The appointment will last through the end of the year, as the position has been vacant since the passing of County Coroner John DeMartino in May. Hayes-Masa is running for County Coroner this November
and is unopposed on the ballot. “I am humbled and honored to be selected by the Board of Supervisors for this position. Having worked in the office for almost 20 years, I will ensure a seamless transition and the Coroner’s office will continue to provide topnotch investigation and reporting. I look forward to this new role and serving the residents of Saratoga
County,” said Hayes-Masa. “Over the years, Susan has been a tremendous asset to our team and I am thrilled to have her officially join the office as Coroner. Her knowledge, experience and familiarity with our staff and procedures will ensure that our office runs smoothly,” said Tom Salvatore, Saratoga County Coroner. “Susan has the knowledge, experience and compassion to be an excellent County Coroner. The Board of Supervisors is pleased to appoint her to this position and we look forward to working with her for years to come. She will serve County residents well,” said Alan Grattidge, Chairman of the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors. Hayes-Masa, who lives in Saratoga Springs, has received the backing of the Saratoga County Republican Committee, the Saratoga County Independence Party and the Saratoga County Conservative Party. In addition, she has established working relationships with Dr. Michael Sikirica, the coroners’ physician, and the rest of the coroner’s office staff.
Week of July 26 – August 1, 2013
Adirondack Trust Co. Donates $10,000 to Saratoga Hospital
Local Company Donates Saratoga Track Videos to Museums SARATOGA SPRINGS — Myriad Productions has donated videos about track history to two Saratoga Springs museums—the National Museum of Racing and the Saratoga History Museum. Both are playing a six and a half minute overview covering the last 150 years of the Saratoga flat track. In addition, the Racing Museum will also feature several memoirs from notable horse people—Tom Durkin, Richie Migliore and Allen Jerkens are among those recalling
racing moments and anecdotes from their personal experiences at the Spa. “The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame is very grateful to Ralph Pascucci and Myriad Productions for allowing the Museum to showcase these outstanding videos of Saratoga’s racing history and recollections from many notable racing figures,” said Brien Bouyea, the Museum’s communications officer. “These videos will greatly
enhance the visitor experience at the Museum.” Produced by five-time Emmy winner Ralph Pascucci, the videos are a part of a larger project “Saratoga Memoirs,” a website dedicated to provide a video resource for Saratoga’s rich history. Still in development, the site will be a compilation of reminiscences about living in Saratoga, as well as other video materials relating to its history. The videos can also be seen at saratogamemoirs.com.
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SARATOGA SPRINGS — Adirondack Trust Company has donated $10,000 to support three major Saratoga Hospital fundraisers: The FOX23 News Golf Invitational held on June 17, received $2,500 to benefit the hospital’s RN Scholarship Program; the 31st Annual Benefit Auction, being held on Wednesday, July 31; and the 31st Annual Benefit Auction, being held on Wednesday, July 31, which will receive $2,500 for the hospital’s new Community Health Resource Center; and the Greno Industries Run for the ROC, scheduled for
Sunday, October 6, which will receive $5,000 to benefit patients of Saratoga Hospital’s Mollie Wilmot Radiation Oncology Center. “With this gift, Adirondack Trust Company supports three of our signature events and three causes that have a significant, positive impact on the entire Saratoga region,” said Angelo Calbone, Saratoga Hospital president and CEO. “We are extremely grateful to Adirondack Trust Company, both for this gift and for the company’s continued philanthropic leadership.”
Upcoming Town Meetings Town of Ballston: Ballston Town Hall 323 Charlton Road (518) 885-8502 www.townofballstonny.org 7/31: Planning Board, 7:30 p.m. 8/6: Zoning Board, 7:30 p.m. 8/13: Town Board, 7:30 p.m. Village of Ballston Spa: 66 Front Street (518) 885-5711 www.ballstonspany.org 8/12: Board of Trustees, 7:30 p.m. Town of Greenfield: 7 Wilton Road (518) 893-7432 www.townofgreenfield.com 8/8: Town Board, 7:30 p.m. 8/13: Planning Board, 7 p.m. Town of Malta: 2540 Route 9 (518) 899-2818 www.malta-town.org 8/5: Town Board, 7 p.m. 8/20: Planning Board, 6:30 p.m. Town of Milton: 503 Geyser Road (518) 885-9220 www.townofmiltonny.org 8/7: Town Board, 7 p.m. 8/14: Planning Board, 7 p.m. 8/22: Zoning Board, 7 p.m. City of Saratoga Springs: 474 Broadway (518) 587-3550 www.saratoga-springs.org 8/6: City Council, 7 p.m. Town of Saratoga: 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville (518) 695-3644 www.townofsaratoga.com 8/12: Town Board, 7 p.m. Village of Schuylerville: 35 Spring Street (518) 695-3881 www.villageofschuylerville.org 8/14: Board of Trustees, 7 p.m. Town of Stillwater: 881 N. Hudson Avenue Stillwater, NY 12170 (518) 664-6148 www.stillwaterny.org 8/5: Planning Board, 7 p.m. 8/15: Town Board, 7 p.m. 8/20: Board of Trustees, 7 p.m. 8/26: Zoning Board, 7:30 p.m. Town of Wilton: 22 Traver Road (518) 587-1939 www.townofwilton.com 8/1: Town Board, 7 p.m. 8/21: Planning Board, 6:30 p.m. 8/22: Zoning Board, 6:30 p.m. Saratoga County Board of Supervisors: 40 McMaster St, #1 Ballston Spa, NY 12020 (518) 885-2240 www.saratogacountyny.gov
BUSINESS Alexandra Willard Joins Roohan Realty SARATOGA SPRINGS — Alexandria Willard has joined Roohan Realty as a licensed real estate salesperson. Alex grew up in Upstate New York and currently lives in Saratoga Springs with her husband Bill and son Jes. After many years at home with her young son, she is very excited to turn her passion for real estate into a profession. Alex is an active member in the community. She is a graduate of Smith College and is on the board of the Richard and Rebecca Evans Foundation, a member of the Equine Advocates Gala Committee and a member of the Saratoga Golf and Polo Club.
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Alex is very much looking forward to being a member of the Roohan Realty team and helping you with all your real estate needs. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (518) 848-4996.
Saratoga Juice Bar Opens SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Juice Bar, offering cold pressed juices, smoothies, sandwiches and salads, opened on July 18 and is in “full swing” says Christel MacLean, who along with her husband, Colin, owns the juice bar. Saratoga Juice Bar will also be offering protein supplements, boosters and juice cleanses by the end of the month. Hours are 9 a.m.
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to 9 p.m., seven days a week. Saratoga Juice Bar is located at 382 Broadway in the former Chocolate Mill space. For more information and updates visit their Facebook Page: w w w.faceb o ok.com/saratogajuicebar or Website/Email: www. s ar at o g aju i c e b ar. c om / ju i c e @ saratogajuicebar.com. Or call, (518) 583-1108.
Mark St. Pierre, president and CEO of Espey Manufacturing and Electronics, fifth from left, along with other ESPEY employees and members of the New York Stock Exchage, pose prior to ringing the closing bell at the NYSE in commemoration of the company’s 85th anniversary. Also pictured are, from left, Barry Pinsley, Director, Katrina Sparano, Assistant Treasurer, David O’Neil, CFO, Robert Power, VP of Global Corporate Client Group, NYSE EURONEXT, St. Pierre, Peggy Murphy, Director Human Relations and corporate secretary, FSO, Paul Corr, Director, Carl Helmetag, Director, Alvin Sabo, Director.
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Espey Manufacturing and Electronics is celebrating their 85th year in business. Espey, a power electronics design and original equipment manufacturing company, develops and delivers products for use in military and severe environment applications. Their primary products are power supplies, power converters, filters, power transformers, magnetic components, power distribution equipment, ups systems, antennas and high power radar systems. The applications of these products include alternating current and direct current locomotives,
shipboard power, shipboard radar, airborne power, ground-based radar and ground mobile power. In addition, Espey services include design and development to specification, build to print, design services, design studies, environmental testing services, metal fabrication, painting services and development of automatic testing equipment. To mark the occasion, Mark St. Pierre, President and CEO, joined by members of Espey Mfg. & Electronics Corp. leadership team, rang the New York Stock Exchange Closing Bell to commemorate the company’s 85th anniversary of its founding.
Week of July 26 – August 1, 2013
by Trina Lucas Saratoga TODAY Last Saturday evening offered a beautiful reprieve from the summer’s heat and humidity. Storms on Friday and rain earlier in the day Saturday had given way to cooler, drier temperatures, providing the perfect setting for a heavensent celebration at The White Party, Saratoga Bridges’ largest annual benefit. Goddesses in white, co-chairs Beth Alexander and Heather Straughter greeted 600 guests arriving at Fasig-Tipton. A grand champagne display called for toasts just inside the door. The swirl of supporters mingled on the auction floor and in the mezzanine enjoying cocktails courtesy of DIAGEO. Brilliant in white were
Kathleen Monaco, Alice Mancini, Julia McCurdy, Jennifer Hallowell, Deana Zornow, Mallory Baringer, Jillian Petercsak, Kate and Rich Edwards, Dr. Chad Vaughn and Laura Vaughn, Bob and Michele Dashnow, Lena Wilkins, Joe Cruppi and Elaine Sillery, with her aunt, Natalie Sillery. The buzzing round quieted when Sammy the Bugler announced the start of the live auction shortly after 8 p.m. Saratoga TODAY’s own Chad Beatty, president of Saratoga Bridges Foundation Board, stepped up to the podium with executive director Valerie Muratori, and Sonny Bonacio, honorary chair with his wife, Julie, worked the floor to rally bidders. Ready to raise their paddles were Robert and Lisa Moser, Kerry Murray, Brendan O’Hara, Mark and Catherine Hover, Gary and Margie Willis, Nancy Smith, Peter Flaherty and Dan Czech. In no time, the bids were flying. Joe Torani claimed a $10,000 home project package donated by Bonacio Construction for $17,000
and Paul Robbins ‘won’ a wine dinner for ten at Saratoga National Golf Club with his bid of $2,700. Michele Riggi will be planning girls’ night with the package of pampering and gifts she claimed from Frank Adams Jewelers; Violet’s & Stella’s of Saratoga; Fusion, The Salon; Hattie’s Restaurant; and Crush & Cask. Paul Matties, Jr., made someone very happy with the deJonghe 14k gold and diamond pendant he took home for $1,400. Jeff Russell, sitting with his wife, Kimberly Adams Russell, was the winner of a package donated by Saratoga Trunk and Tammy Loya Studio that included a couture design from the new Collection D-Alli with a photo session and framed 11x14. And lead sponsor John Hendrickson bid $1,900 to secure Sidney Frank Importing’s donation, a VIP concert package for 6 at the upcoming John Mayer concert at SPAC. Hendrickson’s wife, Marylou Whitney, watched the bidding fun with her daughter, Heather Mabee, and longtime friends Jeanette and Augie Jordan and Maureen and
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Ed Lewi. In party tradition, the auction closed with work from Saratoga Bridges’ Creative Endeavor Artists. Brimming with confidence and pride, Andy, Mandy and Shannon presented the pieces they were donating, valued at $425 in total. Connie D’Ambra clearly saw the art was invaluable, however, as she raised her final bud to $2,800. Following a hearty round of applause for a very successful auction, the angelic crowd flowed outside to continue the festivities. Drapes of white fabric set by Fine Affairs billowed with the light wind and Posie Peddler’s floral arrangements lit the tables against the dusk sky. Mazzone Hospitality had created dinner stations with an array of tastes: brick-oven pizzas, roasted vegetables, gourmet salads, make-your-own tacos and black bean shooters. James & Sons Tobacconists provided hand-rolled cigars for after-dinner enjoyment alongside the passed dessert treats. Between her crazy photo booth and countless roving shots, Heather
Bohm-Tallman captured all of the fun, including countless party-goers on the dance floor. This year’s band, Gravity, kept the place hopping until their very last note. The event co-chairs even joined them onstage for a finale performance! Also seen were Heath and Jeff Ames, Brendan Flanigan, Christianne Smith, Rick Partyka, Bridget and Vladimir Kraev, Maggie Quinn, Julie Slovic, Tammy Loya, James Teele and Nikki Roche. Heather Varney, Development and Foundation Coordinator for Saratoga Bridges, reports that the fundraiser net more than ever before at $112,000, thanks to their season presenting sponsor, The Adirondack Trust Company, and White Party presenting sponsors DIAGEO and CDPHP. Additional underwriters included Hattie’s Restaurant, Hampton Inn & Suites Saratoga Springs Downtown, Michael and Stacie Arpey, Ronda and Larry Fein and Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Visit Saratoga TODAY Newspaper on Facebook for complete RSVP photo albums of these special events.
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Co-chairs Beth Alexander and Heather Straughter
Week of July 26 â€“ August 1, 2013 Photos courtesy of Deborah Neary.
Jordan Laccetti and Elaine Sillery
Marylou Whitney with her daughter, Heather Mabee
James Teele and Tammy Loya
Roslyn Zecchini, Patty Riggi and Michele Riggi
Kathleen Monaco and Alice Mancini
Sonny Bonacio seeks bids from a sea of white
Week of July 26 – August 1, 2013
The Art of an Auto
The Saratoga Automobile Museum celebrated “Cars as Art” at their annual gala on Friday, July 19. After a sweltering day at the races, close to 200 cooled off on the Hall of Springs breezeway with refreshing beverages from Cambria Estate Winery and Henkell. Gala chair Trish Ianniello and committee members Bob Bailey and Marie Dunning circulated to welcome the crowd, including renowned painter Frank Stella and motor-sports commentator Sam Posey. Under a special canopy, Select Sotheby’s International Realty, ‘The Connoisseurs of Life,’ hosted a cigar and scotch tasting to the lively music of Seth Warden and Doug Moody. Sotheby’s Joanne DiMarco and her daughter, Stefany McBrady, joined their colleague Andrea Demoracski. Sipping scotch nearby were Dan Russell and Jason Ward, while their wives, Ardie and Heather, chatted with local artist Beverley Mastrianni. Just up the stairs, Dr. Radka Dooley and Adrianne Apicella replenished their icy cocktails before heading inside to peruse the
silent auction gallery. Frequent bid checks were necessary for several unique items, like the Pierce Arrow antique sign, a René Lalique glass radiator ornament, tickets for the 2014 U.S. Open Final Round and experiences at Land Rover, BMW and Skip Barber driving schools. Just past the auction display, the stone hall offered a delightful escape from the sun and heat. Spotted mingling inside were Norman and Micki Massry, Steve and Nicole Byrne, Luis and Jen Papon, Stephanie and Bryan Staff, Emily Berry, John Miller, Dr. Paul Spurgas and wife Deborah, Steve Bouchey, Charlie Montano and board chair Tony Ianniello. A seated dinner began at 8 p.m. as emcee John Gray, anchor for both News10 and Fox23, took the stage. The Mazzone Hospitality team served a delicious meal before a discussion of art and automobiles with special guests Stella and Posey. The program concluded with an exciting live auction. Featured packages were Lake Placid and Cabo San Lucas getaways, a private dinner for 12 from Maestro’s, passes for the 2014
Steve and Nicole Byrne with Emily Berry and Bob Bailey
Nick McDonald, Luis and Jen Papon, Cathie Wright
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Masters Tournament at Augusta, and an evening with retiring legend, Mariano Rivera. But the highlight was a week-long stay at the private Villa Emilia in Rocca d’Evandro, Italy. Providing accommodations for 12, the villa boasts a tennis court, pool, saunas, billiard room and horse stables. The package also included a four-course chef ’s dinner and unlimited use of the wine cellar. All secured with a $14,000 winning bid, made by a very generous, anonymous donor. Thanks to the high auction bids and headline sponsorship from BMW North America and Keeler Motor Car Company, the gala net $40,000 at the end of the night. “The support from the community for the Saratoga Auto Museum’s Gala was so gratifying,” remarked Susan Carbonaro, Executive Director. “It means that our education programs and exhibits are appreciated and really puts our mission front and center.” “Cars as Art” also refers to the museum’s current exhibit of the BMW M1 Procar Racer painted by the late Andy Warhol. To learn more, visit www.saratogaautomuseum.org.
Trish Ianniello, Megan Boggs and Maria Dunning
Stefany McBrady, Joanne DiMarco and Andrea Demoracski of Select Sotheby’s
Tony Ianniello and Steve Bouchey
Peter and Deborah Sawchuk, Dr. Paul Spurgas, Deborah Spurgas, Steve and Patty Brown
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Week of July 26 – August 1, 2013
Captain, My Captain CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services opened the doors of the Saratoga Polo Clubhouse to 140 friends for An Unbridled Affair on Monday evening. Honorary chairs Gary and Jennifer Contessa were the hosts with the most, mingling to thank everyone for coming. Palm Bay International area manager Mark Chisholm set up a Cavit wine bar for attendees to enjoy as they shopped the silent auction of equine art, photographs, jewelry and more. Arriving shortly after the start were former State Senator Roy McDonald and his wife, Angela, Paul and Kate Veitch, Gary Dake, Aimee Taylor, Mike Bucci and Barbara Ruocco. Committee member Patty Novo and her husband, Jeff, owners of Crush & Cask Wine & Spirits, had fun watching people take a chance at the ‘Wine Pull.’
A rack displayed more than two dozen wrapped bottles and for $20 each, donors could select one of the mystery wines. Would it be red or white? From Sonoma or Sicily? No matter, the sign promised each was a CAPTAIN’s treasure, having been donated by gala committee members, including the Novo’s. Artist Tom Myott, who just celebrated the opening of his Hats Off to 150 Years at Silverwood Gallery last Thursday, chatted with event chair Mary Lou Wheeler. Myott created a stunning oil on canvas depicting the historic dead heat of the 2012 Travers race exclusively for the live auction. It was a must-see piece! Nearby, Chris Lasher and Teri DeSorbo caught up with Avi and Rhoda Freedberg, while Margaret Davenport shared “cheers” with Jonathan Stillman. Amanda
VanPelt, with Jason DeWitt, looked perfectly polo in her black and white polka dot dress, and Deborah DePasquale was festive in unbridled red next to her husband, Jim. Somehow, Sammy the Bugler manages to be everywhere these days, heralding the start of races and of great dinners. After heeding his trumpeted call, guests moved to the adjacent tent for a fabulous meal served by Old Daley Catering & Events. The highlight of the evening was definitely the live auction. Due to a lingering case of laryngitis, Tom Durkin had to cancel his participation as auctioneer at the last minute. Instead, the ever-gracious Contessa’s stepped up to the microphone. They performed flawlessly, and increased auction income by throwing in four additional tours of the Contessa Racing stable with
Photos courtesy of Deborah Neary.
lunch, and four sets of front row seats for the 2014 Belmont Stakes instead of two. Noted Robin Zimmerman, CAPTAIN’s Development and Marketing Coordinator, “They are two of the most generous people I know, both with their time and resources.” It was the luxury villa in Mexico that brought the highest bid, however. Four couples of friends pooled their donations to claim the hideaway for $11,500. Not only will they enjoy a luxury escape, they will do so with a full staff: house manager, chef, maid and grounds keeper. That is truly a vacation! In attendance for the bidding excitement were Dr. Gerry Bilinski and his wife, Darlene, Gail and John Berley, Margaret Wells, Tammy and Tom Savino, Carole and Bruce Tanski, Anne and Bill
Long, Tina and Steve Byk, Diane and Robert Foody, Mary and Rick Irish, Cot and Anne Campbell, Todd Engel, and State Senator Kathy Marchione with her husband, Frank. Between the auctions and sponsorship, CAPTAIN net $66,000 from this years’ benefit. The vital funds will help youth and their families navigate the rough waters of poverty, homelessness, violence, academic challenges, family dysfunction, underage drinking and drug use. “Thank you so much to new and old friends who supported our gala this year,” stated executive director Sue Malinowski. “We will be able to serve so many more youth and families here in our community due to your generous giving. We look forward to seeing you at An Unbridled Affair 2014!”
Darlene Bilinski, Dr. Gerry Bilinski, Cot and Anne Campbell, Gary Contessa
Patty and Jeff Novo
Margaret Wells, artist Tom Myott and event chair Mary Lou Wheeler
Bonnie Bettcher with Robert and Diane Foody
Mary and Rick Irish
Roy and Angela McDonald with Kate and Paul Veitch
Tom and Tammy Savino, Carole and Bruce Tanski, State Senator Kathy Marchione and Frank Marchione
Week of July 26 – August 1, 2013
Letter to the Editor Dear Editor, The recent death of Ed Lakata, a fellow bicyclist, has brought the issue of bicycle safety to the minds of many. I, too, was disturbed by the seemingly quick rush to judgment by the Fulton County Sheriff ’s Dept. and urge all of you who are also disturbed to contact Fulton County elected officials and ask for the answers to your questions. If you’ve been thinking of getting back on the bike, please don’t let this accident deter you from doing so. Bicycling can be done safely and the physical benefits are tremendous. Enough can’t be said about exercising the core and leg muscles. I’m in my 70s and have none of the aches and pains of many in my age group. I attribute that to the fact that my muscles are doing their share of supporting my body weight and not just my bones. An added bonus is that you don’t have to diet—long, slow rides will melt the fat off. Bicycling saves gas. I often make the one-mile trip to the local market and back on my bike. No wear and tear on the car from starting it up, stopping and starting at the traffic lights, parking and doing the same for the return trip. Plus, I get to park right up front! Bicycling is good for the environment. The one-mile trip to the market would be made with the car not yet really warmed up. The fuel mixture will be rich because the car
is cold and the exhaust fumes heavy with partially-burned fuel–an econightmare. The only emission with the bike is the smell of sweat and it’s not bad for the ozone layer as far as I know. Bicycling is a great family activity. Kids love to bike and it’s a great opportunity to start them off right. A family bike trip in the park could be a cherished family memory. Bicycling can be risky. New York State laws say that you have to follow the rules of the road the same as an automobile. Basic physics almost guarantee that in a collision with a car, the bicyclist will lose. Think comparable weight times the velocity. Add to that the fact that there are many distracted drivers on the road either from texting, drinking, poor eyesight or medical issues. The bicyclists really have to watch out for themselves. Here are some Do’s and Don’ts that have worked for me over the years: The Do’s #1. Since a collision with a car will most likely injure or kill a bicyclist, the most important thing a bicyclist can do is to minimize the chance of a collision by being highly visible at all times. Distracted drivers really don’t want to kill you. If they see you, chances are they will not hit you. Here are some tips for staying highly visible:
Do go to a bike shop and buy yourself some of the new LED lights. I’ve got the ones that plug into the USB connection on the computer to recharge. Don’t ask me how they work. There are no batteries to change and they can be seen for miles. Get a white one for the front and a red one for the rear. Do buy yourself a safety vest. They’re bright yellow and have strips of reflective material on them. If a car has its lights on, you’ll light up like a Christmas tree. Wal-Mart has them for less than $20. Do always wear white or yellow clothing. Have you noticed that the traffic signs are all white or yellow? It’s not by accident. The traffic people have determined that white and yellow contrast with the background and make the signs more noticeable. Be noticeable, wear white or yellow. Do buy yourself a bicyclist’s mirror. You’ll want to wear glasses to protect your eyes from bugs. Go to the bike shop and get a bicycling mirror. I tape mine to safety glasses with black electrical tape and it works great. The types that mount on the bike are OK too but they tend to vibrate and distort the reflected image. You want to see what’s coming up behind you so that you can
take evasive action if necessary. Get in the habit of checking your mirror often while riding. #2. Obey the rules of the road: • Do signal your turns. You’re visible to the motorist now, but he’s worried about where you’re going. Let him know by signaling if you’re going to turn. • Do stay left if stopped at a red light so that the car behind you can turn right on red if he so desires. • Do ride in single file if accompanied by another rider unless there are no vehicles behind you. #3. Be a bicycling diplomat by being courteous: •
Do wave and mouth “thank you” to the driver who doesn’t pull out in front of you. Do wave “thank you” to the driver who slows and allows you to change lanes for a turn. Do wave and mouth “thank you” to the driver waiting for you to pass before making a left turn.
The Don’ts •
Don’t be dead right. You may have the right-of-way but you’ll lose in a contest with a motor vehicle.
Don’t pass a long line of stopped traffic at a high rate of speed. (I learned this the hard way in my only car/bike accident in 40 years by colliding with the side of a pickup that made a right turn in front of me without signaling. My fault completely for going too fast.) Don’t ride or stop in a driver’s blind spot. (Part of staying highly visible.) Don’t ride in rainy weather. A motorist’s vision is hampered by reflections and the smearing of water on the windshield. Even with flashing lights on your bike, you may not be seen. Don’t ride at dusk or dawn when motorists may be driving without their lights on. Don’t ride on Friday evenings when many workers celebrate the end of the work week with a stop at Happy Hour on the way home.
In spite of the hazards, bicycling can be enjoyed safely. You’ll love how you feel and marvel at how quickly you go from walking your bike up that hill to zipping over it like it wasn’t there. Let’s honor Ed Lakata and all of the other riders who have fallen by filling the roads with bicyclists and remember, stay safe by staying visible. Have a great ride! Mac Bryant Saratoga Springs
CDTA to Offer Free Ride Day on Saratoga Summer Trolleys SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA), in celebration of Saratoga 150 will be offering a free ride day on the historic summer trolleys in the Spa City on Friday, August 2. Saratoga trolley service (Route #875) operates Monday through Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. serving Saratoga Springs landmarks including Saratoga Race Course, City Hall, Congress Park, downtown’s unique shops and restaurants as well as the Gideon Putnam Hotel, the Roosevelt Baths, the Dance Museum and the Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The standard $1.50 fare will be waived for the entire day on August 2. “CDTA remains a key part of historic Saratoga Springs, working to meet the unique needs of this world class city by providing
services to hundreds of thousands of visitors annually,” said CDTA Chairman David Stackrow. “The Free Ride Day grants us the opportunity to support the Saratoga 150 community celebration while reducing congestion and introducing service to new riders.” The nostalgic trolley replica design features wooden slatted seats with cast iron feet, etched windows and brass poles, but is equipped with padded seats and air conditioning. CDTA operators are builtin tour guides regularly pointing out historic landmarks along the route. “CDTA again steps up and partners with the city to help promote the success of our community events,” said Saratoga Springs Mayor Scott Johnson. “This generous offer will certainly contribute to the maximum enjoyment of this
historic resurrection of the Floral Fete.” Saratoga 150 hosts an entire roster of summertime events. On August 2, Saratoga 150 will feature the “Floral Fete Promenade and Ice Cream Social” to begin at 7:30 p.m. on the corner of North Broadway and Route 50 and continue down Broadway to Congress Park where attendees can enjoy many free activities including free carousel rides and ice cream. CDTA Saratoga trolley service began in 1996 at 50 cents per ride. The service operates from Memorial Day through Labor Day each year serving tourists, residents and workers through the summer season making stops at popular Saratoga hot spots and providing affordable and fun tours through the historic district. This year CDTA partnered
with Live Nation to provide service for select Saratoga Performing Arts Center concerts. For regular $1.50 fare, concert goers can take the trolley between Congress Park and SPAC after the concert, helping to ease traffic flow, and parking issues. The service is scheduled to operate on the following dates/concerts: August 11: Jason Aldean; August 25: Luke Bryan; August 30: John
Mayer; and August 31: Zac Brown. Anyone needing more information on the Saratoga Visitors Trolley or CDTA services can visit www.cdta.org or contact CDTA’s Customer Service Center at (518) 482-8822. Information Customer Service Representatives are on duty 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays; and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays and holidays.
Week of July 26 – August 1, 2013
Fresh Air Fund Creates Extended Families by Brian Cremo Saratoga TODAY BALLSTON SPA — Six years ago, the Singer family decided to join the Fresh Air Fund and host a child from New York City for a couple weeks—Brooklyn native Sam Torres. Six years later, their relationship is still strong. Torres is an extended part of the family, which consists of Stephen and Darlene Singer, along with their two sons, Jake and Alex. Torres, 14, visits them every year. The Singer’s also hosted a 7-year-old in 2012 as well, but have grown accustomed to having Torres in their home each summer. “He was our first and we get him every year,” Darlene said. “He’s
our guy. We’ll take somebody else in, but he’s the one who we invite back every year.” More than 65 percent of all children are re-invited to stay with their host families year after year in the FAF, an independent, nonprofit agency that has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income communities. “We were very excited about it,” said Steven, when recalling the first year his family got involved. “We had friends who did it, and growing up my aunt did it as well, so it was always something I wanted to do if we had the means.” The FAF has not just been a tradition in upstate New York. Each summer there are over 4,000 children from ages 6-18 who visit volunteer host families in rural, suburban
and small town communities across 13 states from Virginia to Maine and Canada through The FAF’s Volunteer Host Family Program. “It’s a short commitment and it’s not like you have to be well-off to do it,” Stephen said. “It’s another person in the family for a couple weeks and you just do the same things you normally would.” The program has been around since 1877, when Reverend Willard Parsons, a minister of a rural parish in Sherman, Pennsylvania, asked members of his congregation to provide country vacations as volunteer host families for New York City’s neediest children. Now, along with the host family experience, there is also the opportunity for kids to attend one of five FAF camps in upstate New York. “I like coming up here,” said Torres, who arrived on July 16 and will be heading back to Brooklyn July 30. “It’s quiet and we do fun stuff. It’s a getaway from New York.” The Singers and Torres do things that might be taken for granted by people who live permanently in upstate New York—going to the fair, fishing and camping. Occasionally, they will also make the short trip to The Great Escape. This trip’s Fresh Air Picnic,
Stephen, Darlene and Alex Singer enjoy time with Sam Torres on the front lawn of their home in Ballston Spa (not pictured: oldest son Jake).
when the program’s families get together, was Tuesday, July 23. One of the main volunteers for New York’s FAF is Patty LeRoy, who the Singers and countless others in the Capital Region have gone through to host a child or teenager for the past 46 years. “[Patty’s] energy for the program is amazing,” Darlene said. “She treats them all like her kids. One girl who’s staying at her house now calls her Grandma. They just get really comfortable with her and she’ll go above and beyond to make sure everyone’s happy. If someone is upset with the way things are working out, she tries to smooth it over. I don’t know where she gets her passion for the program. She’s pretty amazing.” LeRoy can often be seen driving around in her FAF van with the windows painted by kids in the
program, always looking to recruit new host families. If interested, prospective host families can request the age group and gender of the individual looking for a stay in upstate New York. For more information visit www. freshair.org or call Patty LeRoy at (518) 885-9505. “I just wish more people would open their homes,” Darlene said. “It’s not a hard thing. If my neighborhood alone just took in one person, the program would grow so much. I don’t know why people don’t do it more. Maybe it’s fear or something. The kids have to be scared coming the first time because they don’t know you and you’re kind of scared having somebody come into your house who you don’t know, but when it gets down to it they’re just kids.”
Week of July 26 – August 1, 2013
Fingerpaint: One of Upstate’s Fastest Growing Companies continued from page 1 employees; at the end of 2012, 68; and at the time of this article, 82. “A lot of our employees came to us out of networking,” explained Mitzen, who admits he likes to surround himself with people “who are smarter than [him].” He added, ”As we started to grow, people started seeking us out—we have people who are local, some are college grads and some are from major cities who relocated here to work with us.” As for the rapid growth of the company, Mitzen credits the employees’ dedication and creativity, as well as diving right into digital work when he started the company. “We are a full service marketing and advertising agency,” said Mitzen, noting the company recently acquired Cotton Hill, a 25-year-old video and audio production firm in Albany. Fingerpaint has worked with Cotton Hill for the last four years and acquisition of the company will allow the company to produce videos for television and marketing campaigns in-house now. “It is a nice marriage of skills,” continued Mitzen, who once studied to be a doctor. “We now have [video production] in-house and hope to elevate to larger, more full-scale initiatives.” He noted that the former owner of the company and the four employees would be staying on. “They are really nice people and that is needed—they have the same beliefs and values as
[Fingerpaint],” said Mitzen. Continuing, Mitzen said the building on Broadway was perfect for the company. “It has been empty for a couple of years now,” said Mitzen. “And the owner was thinking he would have to maybe open retail shops on the first floor and apartments on the second, but because we like the open floor plan and there are no offices, it was perfect for us.” In fact, said Danielle Saladino-Evans, it is Fingerpaint’s working environment that sets them and their work apart. “The culture makes us different and the way we work together,” said Saladino-Evans, who is part of corporate communications. “There are no titles, no offices, no egos and the end product speaks for itself.” Even the company’s name is different, alluding to creative adventures. “It goes to the carefree time of childhood—when we are children, it is a unique and interesting time,” said SaladinoEvans. “There are no titles, no egos and everything is an open environment.” Mitzen noted that Fingerpaint’s move to Broadway is also good for the Spa City. For example, he said, the company allows non-profits to use the parking lot for fundraising on the weekends when the office is closed (during the week, it is limited to Fingerpaint employees only, during office hours,) and
with 80 additional people working downtown, it brings in additional revenue. “There are 80 people going out to lunch, shopping and spending money downtown,” said Mitzen. The company also works with a lot of non-profits helping with their marketing campaigns, including Saratoga WarHorse and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. They hope to up their pro-bono work and donations as well. “We have just hired someone to spearhead corporate giving and philanthropy,” added Mitzen. With 20 active clients, such as GE, Glens Falls Hospital and Emma Willard School, Mitzen said he is especially proud of the work they just did for the girl’s boarding school. “It is beautiful work, we had to remarket and rebrand their marketing interest,” continued Mitzen. “We did and used a responsive design so it would work on any size screen.” Explaining that the multiple screen design was done to target the school’s potential client base—parents of young
girls, as well as the young girls themselves, Mitzen said Emma Willard has seen an increase in their online applications. “There is a lot of research to understand the frame of mind of who the client wants to target and creating a dialogue and then the final product—a lot of different people had to pull together to make that work,” said Mitzen, adding that everyone at Fingerpaint contributes in one way or another to a marketing campaign. “We have a very collaborative atmosphere. Everyone owns stock in the company—it fosters a feeling to care about the company.” Noting that he is “cautiously
optimistic” about Fingerpaint’s future, Mitzen said the company is successful because of its employees. “I have been very fortunate because I have been surrounded by some really talented people,” said Mitzen. “Because I started the company, I get credit; I am surrounded by an army of people who are smart and creative.” With a 10-year lease, Mitzen says he hopes for Fingerpaint to continue to be an important part of Saratoga. “We are dedicated to the community and we will continue to embrace that dedication,” said Mitzen.
calendar Summer Opera Festival Spa Little Theater For more information visit www.OperaSaratoga.org or call (518) 584-6018.
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
Irish and Horse Racing Exhibit Irish Heritage Museum, 370 Broadway, Albany For more information call (518) 427-1916.
The Founding of Saratoga Race Course Exhibit Saratoga Springs History Museum, For more information call (518) 584-6920.
Tails and Terpsichord
Friday, July 26
National Museum of Dance, 99 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs
Mid-Summer Celebration Tournament
The Ultimate Driving Machine Saratoga Automobile Museum, 110 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs
Empire for Union: A Civil War Exhibit The New York State Military Museum, Lake Avenue, 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 Street, Ballston Spa. For more information call (518) 885-4000.
Upbeat on the Roof Tang Museum at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, 7 p.m. For more information visit www.tang.skidmore.edu.
Alfred Z. Solomon Sequicentitennial Exhibit National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs. Opens June 25, for more information call (518) 584-0400.
Guided Evening Bike Tours For more information call (518) 664-9821.
Saratoga Today Cup, Party of 3 performs after the match sponsored by NY Horse Park & Zume Fitness. Fridays and Sundays through September 1. For more information call (518) 581-8108 or visit www.saratogapolo.com.
Saturday, July 27 Yaddo Garden Tour Yaddo Gardens, 11 a.m. Docent led tours meet at the main fountain near the entrance gate. The tours last about one hour and are $5 per person. Guided tours are held Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. There is no tour on Travers Day, Saturday, August 24. For more information visit www. yaddo.org/yaddo/GuidedTours.asp.
Sunday, July 28 Summer Sunday Stroll: Franklin Square NW Corner of Division Street and Broadway, 10:30 a.m. Join the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation on a stroll through historic Saratoga. $5 members, $8 non-members. For more information call (518) 587-5030.
Dave Brubeck Memorial Tribute Concert Spa Little Theater, 3 p.m. Dave Brubeck Memorial Tribute with the Saratoga Choral Festival Chorus and Orchestra and the Eldar Djangirov Trio performing rare jazz choral works of Brubeck including the popular Pange
Lingua variations, and the unpublished Canticles of Mary. For more information visit www. saratogachoralfest.org.
Jazz in July: Sonny and Perley Congress Park, 7–8:30 p.m. Every Sunday Evening in Congress Park, weather permitting. For more information call (518) 664-9821.
Tibor Spitz: Holocaust Speaker 130 Circular St., 7 p.m. Tibor Spitz is a Jewish artist of Slovak origin and a Holocaust survivor. After escaping from communist Czechoslovakia to the West, he lived and worked in Canada and the United States. $5 suggested donation. Refreshments included. www.saratogachabad.com.
Monday, July 29 Salsa Social: Celebrating the Saratoga Backstretch 267 Union Avenue, Gate 16, Behind the Rec Hall, Under the Tent, Saratoga Springs, 6:30–9:30 p.m. For more information email email@example.com or call (518) 469-2661.
Tuesday, July 30 Tuesdays at Cabin Creek Saluting Saratoga 150 Old Friends at Cabin Creek Farm, 483 Sand Hill Rd. Greenfield, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Featuring tours and talks by racing experts. For more information call (518) 698-2377.
Fashionable Fillies Luncheon National Museum of Dance, 99 S. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 11:30 a.m. For more information visit www.tjcfoundation.org/ ticketSales.asp.
Polo by Twilight Saratoga Polo Fields, 5–8 p.m. The 34th Annual Palamountain Scholarship Benefit sponsored by Skidmore College. For more information visit www.cms.skidmore.edu/ palamountainbenefit.
Wednesday, July 31 Front Porch Contest The Front Porch Contest will give awards for the “Most Elegant,” “Most Track Insipred,” “Most Historically Accurate” and “Wildcard” categories. Judging will take place July 31 through August
Week of July 26 – August 1, 2013 4 with a winner announced on August 5. For more information call (518) 587-5030.
Annual Benefit Auction Saratoga Casino and Raceway, 6–9 p.m. The Annual Benefit Auction is being held by the Saratoga Hospital Foundation to benefit the new Community Health Resource Center. For more information call (518) 583-8779.
Thursday, August 1 Equine Advocates Benefit Gala Saratoga Springs City Center, 6 p.m. Event to benefit Equine Advocates, a non-profit that rescues, protects and prevents the abuse of horses through education, investigation, rescue operations and the dissemination of information to the public. For more information visit www.equineadvocates.org.
Saratoga Chips The Arts Center in Downtown Saratoga Springs, 8 p.m. A new play with music featuring many personalities of Saratoga Race Course to the dawn of the 20th Century. Among the notables are Commodore Vanderbilt, John Morrisey, Mark Twain, U.S. Grant and Madame Jumel--only some of the colorful characters who populated Saratoga in its early heydays. For more information go to www. thecreativeplaceinternational.org or call (518) 584-7780.
MOMIX Botanica Saratoga Performing Art Center, 8 p.m. Enjoy a performance by this celebrated dance troupe. For more information call (518) 584-9330.
Barbershop on Broadway Downtown Saratoga Springs, 6:30–9 p.m. Enjoy the sounds of the Racing City Chorus of Saratoga Springs, NY as they perform at locations on Broadway. For more information call (518) 371-0062.
Party for a Cause Vapor Night Club, 8 p.m. Saratoga County 4-H and Cornell Cooperative Extension. VIP tickets are $35 and general admission is $5 at the door after 8 p.m. You must be 21 years and older to attend one of the events. For more information visit www.ccesaratoga.org.
Friday, July 26 Christine A. Moore Millinery Trunk Show Saratoga Trunk, 493 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. NYC hat designer Christine A. Moore, of Christine A. Moore Millinery fresh from Del Mar races, her appearance on the Today Show at the Kentucky Derby and her Triple Crown appearances heads to Saratoga Springs to continue her mission to provide elegant fashion for racing. For more information, contact Blake R. Seidel at Christine A. Moore Millinery, (212) 279-1775, Natalie Sillery, Saratoga Trunk, (518) 584-3543 or Beth Harr, Encounter, (518) 450-1450.
Saratoga Children’s Theatre Teen Troupe Performs Bernhard Theatre, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, 1 p.m. Local teens will be starring in Legally Blonde, The Musical, directed by Michael Lotano and Matt Duclos and choreographed by Sarah Sutliff. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children at the door and refreshments will be available for purchase. This performance is rated PG. For more information call (518) 580-1782.
Saratoga Artisans and Crafters’ Market High Rock Pavilions, Saratoga Springs Every Friday through August 30, 1–7 p.m. For more information call (518) 461-4893.
Saratoga Shakespeare: Merry Wives of Windsor Congress Park, Saratoga Springs, Friday and Saturday 6:30 p.m. Sunday Matinee 3 – 4:30 p.m. Admission is free to all, and families and picnickers are especially welcome. Donations are gratefully accepted. Rain at show time cancels the performance. For more information call (518) 587-2166.
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Week of July 26 – August 1, 2013 A 1920s Midsummer Night’s Dream 79 Main St., Corinth, At the park near Corinth Free Library, Friday and Saturday 7–10 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. For the first time ever, Shakespeare in the Park is brought to Corinth, by the CYC theatre group. This Shakespeare classic is set in the 1920s and has been put to music. It is heartbreaking, funny, topsy-turvy and sometimes just crazy. Bring blankets and lawn chairs for seating. The show is free. Donations will be accepted. For more information call (518) 744-7396.
NYS Summer Writers Institute Poetry and non-fiction reading; Davis Auditorium, Skidmore College, 8 p.m. Pulitzer Prizewinning poet Richard Howard (Talking Cures) and Jim Miller (Democracy is in the Streets). For more information call (518) 580-5593.
Saturday, July 27 Wish Jump 2013 Saratoga Skydiving Adventure, 288 Brownville Road, Gansevoort, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. This is the third annual skydiving fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Northeast New York. Thirty local individuals, including chapter CEO William Trigg, III, have engaged in a fundraising campaign over the last three months, and will all come in Gansevoort to skydive together. Rain date—July 28 or to be announced. For more information call Mary Kenney (203) 770-8042.
Baby Loves Disco The Mine, 388 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 1 p.m. Featuring DJs, MCs, dancers, music, crafts, food, unlimited drink boxes, cash bar for non-driving mamas and papas, and of course lots of dancing. Tickets are $15 per walking human or four for $50. (Non-walking babies are always free.) Come boogie down with the kiddos. For more information visit babylovesdisco.com.
Tang Museum Family Saturdays Tang Museum, Skidmore College, 2–3:30 p.m. Suitable for children ages five and up with their adult companions. Programs include a brief tour of a current Tang
exhibition followed by a hands-on art activity. Free and open to the public. Reservations are strongly suggested. For reservations and information call (518) 580-8080.
Live Painting by Artist Kim Santini Spa Fine Art, 376 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 2–7 p.m. Kim returns again this summer to create a masterpiece for the public to view. Join them at the gallery and watch the fascinating process and end result of one of her vibrant paintings. The finished piece as well as many more of her original paintings will be on display and waiting for you to bring home. For more information call (518) 587-2411.
Pizza and Wing Night Victory Mills Fire Department, 23 Pine St., Victory, 4–8 p.m. Eat in or carry out. To place your order, call (518) 695-6623 after 2 p.m.
23rd Annual Satins, Silks and Stars Gala The Saratoga Hilton, 534 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 6:30 p.m. This is the Special Olympics annual fundraiser. This will mark the 44th year of competition for Special Olympics New York. Their goal is to raise over $160,000 this year. Cost is $250 per person, $2,500 for a table for 10. For more information contact Brian McDonald at (518) 388-0790, ext. 108.
Sunday, July 28 Tracey Buyce Photography: Dog Photo Session Day Saratoga State Park, 11 a.m.–8 p.m. For more information visit www.facebook.com/pages/TraceyBuyce-Photography.
Monday, July 29 150 Years of Racing: Mike Kane and Allan Carter Saratoga Springs Public Library, H. Dutcher Community Room, 7:30–8:45 p.m. Sports journalist, Mike Kane and National Museum of Racing historian, Allan Carter will give a presentation based on their new book, “150 Years of Racing in Saratoga: Little Known Stories and Facts from America’s Most Historic Racing City.” A book signing will follow. Free admission. For more information call (518) 584-7860.
calendar Tuesday, July 30 Tuesdays in the Park Craft Show Congress Park, Saratoga Springs, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Featuring over 30 vendors of unique and one of a kind gifts. Benefits the Saratoga Springs History Society. Rain or shine. For more information call (518) 439-8379.
Behind the Scenes at the Tang Museum Tang Museum, Skidmore College, 1 p.m. For more information call (518) 580-8080
Open Silk Screening Workshop: Joy and Resolve Tang Museum, Skidmore College, 2–4 p.m. For more information visit www.tang.skidmore.edu or call (518) 580-8080.
Capital Region Food Trucks’ Rodeo Saratoga Eagles’ Club, 373 Crescent Ave. Saratoga, 5–9 p.m. Eight Capital Region food trucks will be showcasing their collective culinary talents for two nights, July 30 and August 13. Live music, beer and wine, free admission. Come and enjoy amazing food selections, a live performance by Saratoga’s own Crispin Catricala and experience the fun of the food truck trend. For more information call (518) 583-4654.
Genealogy 101 Brookside Museum, 6 Charlston St., Ballston Spa, 6:30 p.m. Tracing your family can be an immensely rewarding experience. Cost is $45 per person, $40 for SCHS members. For more information please visit: brooksidemuseum.org or call (518) 885-4000.
Hymn Sing Round Lake Auditorium, 2 Wesley Avenue, Round Lake, 7:30 p.m. An annual Round Lake tradition. Come sing along to some familiar hymns with a vocalist and our favorite organist, Bill Hubert. For more information call (518) 8992800.
Wednesday, July 31 Brown Bag Lunch with Adam Daily Saisselin Art Center, Skidmore College, 12:30 p.m. For more information call (518) 580-5590.
Lake George Youth Theatre Performance: THE WIZ Lake George High School Auditorium, 381 Canada St., Lake George, Wednesday 1 p.m., Thursday, July 25 and Friday, July 26 at 9:30 a.m. All seats $10, advance tickets available at Aviation Mall. For more information call (518) 793-3521.
Thursday, August 1 Annual Ice Cream Social Wiswall Park, Ballston Spa, 6–8 p.m. It will be a delightful evening in Wiswall Park as the BSBPA hosts their annual Ice Cream Social. Enjoy tasty cake, ice cream, coffee and bottled water. Music for the evening is provided by the Union Fire Company Band, made up of volunteers in the fire company, family and friends. Fun for the kids with Daryl Baldwin of Balloon Extravaganza. Free admission.
Blood Drives July 27, 8 a.m.–noon American Legion Post 278 6 Clancy Street Schuylerville July 27, Noon–6 p.m. Saratoga Public Library 49 Henry Street Saratoga Springs
Family Friendly Events Friday
Take the family to the Saratoga Race Course for Family Fun Friday! The Race Course offers a series of weekly family festivals held each Friday of the meet in the backyard playground area from noon to 4 p.m.
Malta Childcare Center is hosting a Carnival for all of the Malta community to raise funds to enhance the childcare center. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., enjoy carnival games for children of all ages, bounce houses, a dunk tank, face painting, tattoos, pony rides, art station, sensory station, sand and water tables, playground, fire trucks, fingerprinting for children by the Center for Missing and Exploited Children, car seat check, raffles, food, chair massages and more! The Saratoga Children’s Theatre will be performing Legally Blond, The Musical at the Bernhard Theatre at Skidmore College this Saturday at 1 and 7 p.m. Local teens will be starring in the musical which has been directed by Michael Lotano and Matt Duclos and choreographed by Sarah Sutliff. The cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children.
The National Museum of Dance will be celebrating National Dance Day with a two hour dance-a-thon featuring highenergy instructors leading a variety of different styles of dance. The fun starts at 2 p.m and admission is $6 for adults and free for kids 12 and under.
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Malta Parks and Recreation Fall Activities The Town of Malta’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Human Services Fall Activities Brochure is now available online at www. malta-town.org. It is available at the Malta Community Center and registration time has begun. New classes, sports programs and special events are scheduled to begin in September. Call the Malta Community Center at (518) 899-4411 for more information. “Race for Choice” Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson’s “Race for Choice” will be held on Wednesday, August 7, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. at Union Gables Bed & Breakfast, 55 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs. Tickets are $100, $75 for first time attendees, and $50 for young professionals who are 35 and under. For reservations or more information visit plannedparenthood.org/ppmh or contact the Development Office at (518) 374-5353, ext. 226. Reservations are requested by August 5. Ballston Spa High School Class of ’03 Plans Reunion The Ballston Spa HS Class of 2003 is celebrating their 10th year reunion the weekend of August 23–25. Class members are invited to join together on Friday, August 23 at 7 p.m. at the Factory in Ballston Spa and Sunday, August 25 at 11 a.m. at Moreau State Park for two fun events. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for an official invitation and more information. Randonnee Cycliste Adirondacks Cycling Fest The Randonnee Cycliste Adirondacks (RC-A) is a three-day cycling festival September 27–29 in and around Lake George. Register now for the four different bicycle events (25-Mile Recreational Ride, Prospect Mountain Hill Climb, 50Mile RC-A Ride, 100-Mile RC-A Ride) at www.lakegeorgerando. com. All riders will receive a
LOCAL BRIEFS commemorative, pewter head tube badge and a branded pint beer glass. Live music, food and beer will be enjoyed at the event as well.
The next dates are July 28, August 25, and September 22. For more information call (518) 289-5470 or (518) 885-6506.
STEP Out and Walk The Saratoga Therapeutic Equestrian Program will be attending the Autism Society Walk at Central Park in Schenectady on September 21. To join, or for more information, visit albanyautism. org/News/13-04-21/10th_Annual_ Walk_5K_Run_for_Autism.aspx.
Saratoga Eastside Volkswalk The Empire State Capital Volkssporters for Fun, Fitness and Friendship will have a volkswalk at Saratoga Eastside on Wednesday, August 7 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. the start point will be at United Methodist Church and you can register 30 minutes before the start. For more information visit www.ava.org or www.walkescv.org.
Luzerne Chamber Music Festival Ongoing through August 18 is the Luzerne Music Center in Lake Luzerne. Monday performances will be Luzerne Chamber Players Concerts with guest artists on Friday; Student Concerts on Saturday and Sunday. For more information call (518) 696-2771 or visit luzernemusic.org. Arts and Crafts People Wanted There is still space left for artists and craftspeople for the 10th Annual Mabee Farm Arts and Crafts Festival to be held Saturday, August 24 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. For more information and an application call (518) 887-5073 or email email@example.com. Saratoga Springs Fall Programs Registration Registration has begun for all fall programs with the Saratoga Springs Recreation Department. Check out fall soccer, intro to field hockey, indoor street hockey, recreation club, ice skating lessons, volleyball and golf clinics, Zumba and an adult basketball league. Visit at 15 Vanderbilt Ave, Saratoga Springs or go to www.saratogasprings.org for more information or call (518) 587-3550, ext. 2300 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Saratoga Wilton Elks Ladies Auxiliary Market The Saratoga Wilton Elks Ladies Auxiliary is looking for market vendors for their indoor market to be held once a month at the Lodge, 1 Elks Lane, Saratoga on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission is free and the cost for an 8-foot table space is $15 paid in advance. The money is used for their ongoing community donations. Doors will be open to set up at 9:30 a.m.
Polo & Pizzazz! On Friday, August 9, the Saratoga Polo Field will host, benefiting the Gateway House of Peace, from 5:30–9 p.m. Register online at www.gatewayhouseofpeace.org for the event. Fundraiser to Support Our Troops Donny “Elvis” Romines will perform live at 7 p.m. at the Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge on Friday, August 9 to benefit the Capital Region New York 2 Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. To help send freedom boxes to deployed troops around the world, join the benefit starting at 6 p.m. and enjoy pizza and snacks. Admission is $10 per person. Contact Janet Moran at Capitalregion2bsm@gmail.com for more information. 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 to 7 p.m.). For more information call (518) 580-8080. Saratoga Market Looking for Vendors The 2013 Saratoga Artisans and Crafters’ Market is looking for artist and craft vendors, as well as a food and beverage vendor. The market will be held at High Rock Park Pavilions every Friday, 1–7 p.m., through August 30. Call (518) 461-4893 for
Week of July 26 – August 1, 2013 more information. CAPTAIN Peace Camp CAPTAIN announced the 19th annual Peace Camp program for youth in grades 1–6, living in the Shenedehowa School District. Peace Camp will be held from July 15–August 1 (Monday-Thursday). Applications for this free camp experience are available online at www.captiancares.org, at Cheryl’s Lodge in Turf Community Park or at CAPTAIN’s administrative office in Clifton Park. Questions can be addressed to Kathie at (518) 373-8873. Leadership Saratoga Accepting Project Proposals Leadership Saratoga, a program of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, is currently accepting project proposals from area nonprofit organizations. Interested organizations should submit their proposal to program director, Kathleen Fyfe, email@example.com. Proposals are due by August 1. Any questions about the projects or the Leadership Saratoga program should also be sent to Kathleen Fyfe, 28 Clinton Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, or call (518) 584-3255. BSEF 15th Annual Golf Tournament The Ballston Spa Education Foundation (BSEF) is holding its 15th annual golf tournament on Monday, August 26 with a noon registration and lunch time and a 1 p.m. shotgun start time at the Saratoga Lake Golf Course. Registration is $100 for an individual and $375 for a four-person team. Dinner is included and will follow course completion. There will be a Holein-One contest sponsored by Mangino Buick GMC, a putting contest, the longest drive, as well as, raffles. Registration is online or a registration form is available for mailing with payment. Both are located at: www. ballstonspaeducationfoundation. com. BSEF Golf Tournament The Ballston Spa Education Foundation (BSEF) is holding its 15th annual golf tournament on Monday, August 26 with a noon registration and lunch time, and a 1 p.m. shotgun start time at the Saratoga Lake Golf
Course. Registration is $100 for an individual and $375 for a fourperson team. Registration is online or a registration form is available for mailing with payment. Both are located at www. ballstonspaeducationfoundation. com. For more information call (518) 669-1846. Parchments, Papers and Prints At the Chapman Historical Museum, in Glens Falls, as part of the Warren County Bicentennial Celebration ,an exhibit of rare manuscripts, maps and legal documents, many of which date back to the early days of the county, will be on display. Featuring 65 historic documents selected by guest curator Tom Lynch, who served as Warren County Records Manager. Ongoing through September 1, the times are Tuesday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday: noon4 p.m. Call (518) 793-2826 for more information or visit chapmanmuseum.org. Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George At the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls. Through a selection of 58 paintings, this landmark exhibition is the first to explore the formative influence of Lake George on the art and life of Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1986). Times are Tuesday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-5p.m.; Sunday: noon-5 p.m.; closed Monday and national holidays. For more information call (518) 792-1761 or visit hydecollection.org. The exhibition is ongoing through September 15. Property Beautification Awards Nominations The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association is requesting nominations for its 2013 Property Beautification Awards in the village of Ballston Spa. A printable nomination form is available at www.ballston.org and can be mailed to: 2013 Beautification Awards, c/o BSBPA, PO Box 386, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Nomination forms will also be available at the Ballston Spa Village Office, 66 Front Street. All nominations should be made by September 15.
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Week of July 26 – August 1, 2013
WINNER’S CIRCLE Saratoga TODAY Newspaper’s Guide to the 2013 Racing Season at the Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York
Week 2 Update
by Brendan O’Meara for Saratoga TODAY So it appears Saratoga saw a dip in business for opening weekend. If that was a sign of anything, it was likely a response to the weather. Heat indices climbed above 100, making it unbearable to be out in the sun. Whether that was the cause or not Saratoga saw a 15 percent decrease in attendance on opening day from 2012’s. Attendance over the entire weekend was down 5,000 patrons from a year ago as well. On-track handle, NYRA’s ultimate barometer for how it performs, was down $1.4 million from a year ago, according to the Albany Business Journal. Still, the horses and horseman plod on into the first full week of racing with Saratoga’s most notable Travers Stakes prep: The Grade II $600,000 Jim Dandy. The Jim Dandy runs 1 1/8th miles, going
two turns around the track, giving its runners four weeks to consider their standing come Travers Day. A field of 10 three-year-olds enters the gate Saturday with Palace Malice leading the pack. Palace Malice (Post 5, 5-2), a son of 2007 and 2008 Horse of the Year Curlin, won the Grade I $1 million Belmont Stakes back in June. Since his impressive win in that race, his trainer, Todd Pletcher, has been training up Palace Malice to this race here. Palace Malice has been training beautifully at Saratoga going back to June 30. He has turned in two four-furlong workouts and two five-furlong workouts. On July 14, he put in a swift five-furlong breeze covering the distance in 1:00.32. On the 21st, he whipped through a half-mile in 49.77 as a maintenance work before the Jim Dandy. “I thought he worked very well,” said Pletcher. “We were looking for a little easier work than he’s been getting and that was executed well, good gallop out, seems like he’s in good form.” It appears the grueling 1 ½ miles of the Belmont did nothing but strengthen Palace Malice, a horse owned by Dogwood Stables. “I think he’s done super since the Belmont,” said Pletcher. “If
anything, he’s gotten bigger and stronger, and it seems like he took that race really well. He’s getting better all the time. He’s been really push-button. After the Belmont was the first time we breezed him by himself, and I wasn’t sure what to expect, but he seems to handle that really well. He was relaxed, but he picked it up when he needed to.” Mike Smith, Hall of Fame jockey, will ship in for the mount and be the 5-2 favorite on the morning line. Mylute (Post 8, 7-2), who finished a game fifth and third in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness respectively, makes his first start since the Preakness in the Jim Dandy. Rosie Napravnik will have the mount and Tom Amoss, Mylute’s trainer. He loves what he sees. “He’s been doing really well since he’s been here, almost two weeks,” said Amoss. “It’s right in his backyard, and there will be some pace in the race, from what we can tell.” Another interesting horse in the race is Freedom Child (Post 7, 4-1). He won the Grade II Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park back in May by an astounding 13 ¼ lengths. He was a wise-guy horse heading into the Belmont Stakes, but finished 13th. Tom Albertrani, Freedom Child’s trainer, hopes to see him
return to form with the hope that the dismal Belmont performance was just a fluke. “As well as he ran in the Peter Pan, if he comes back and runs that similar race, he’s going to be right back where he was,” said Albertrani. “I can’t make much out of the Belmont, really. I’m not going to discredit him off of that race. The way he’s been working since he came back from the Belmont, I’ve got a lot of confidence in the horse.” For Vyjack, who had earlier success on the New York circuit leading up to the Kentucky Derby by winning the Grade II Jerome and the Grade III Gotham, the question remains whether he peaked too soon or if he simply fatigued. His trainer, Rudy Rodriguez, sees a contender in this gelding. “He had a nice open gallop [Sunday], so I think we should be in good shape,” Rodriguez said, who’s Vyjack breezed five furlongs in 1:00 flat on July 16. “I worked him a little bit before the Derby, I worked him a little bit before the Belmont, now I’m cutting back a little bit. I just wanted to change things up a little bit, maybe give him another couple days rest, and maybe he’ll give us a good race.” Vyjack (Post 10, 12-1) comes off a Derby where he finished 18th out of 19 and a Belmont where he came home in eighth. “If he shows up, I think he can compete with these horses,” Rodriguez said. “If he doesn’t, then
we’ve got to regroup and maybe back off, give him two or three months on the farm and bring him back fresh. He’s a gelding, so we don’t need to squeeze everything out of him.” Rounding out the field for the Jim Dandy are Bashaar (Post 1, 15-1), Code West (Post 2, 6-1), Will Take Charge (Post 3, 12-1), Moreno (Post 4, 10-1), Perfect Title (Post 6, 20-1) and Looking Cool (Post 9, 15-1). Mechanicville native Brown goes big in Diana: Chad Brown, last year’s runner-up to the training title and area-native, may saddle as many as three horses in the Grade I Diana Handicap for fillies and mares Saturday. The race runs a 1 1/8th miles on the turf and so happens to be the race where Brown won his first Grade 1, won by Zagora. One of three big turfers is Dream Peace, a five-year-old mare who finished second in the Diana a year ago. Brown would like to see a yielding course, but if he doesn’t get the rain Dream Peace wants, he’ll have to make do with the firm going. “She probably prefers some give in the ground, but it looks like it’s going to be dry the rest of the week,” said Brown. “I don’t know if we’ll get the give in the ground we’re looking for, but other than that it’s her third race of the year, so it will be her best race.” His other horses are Samitar and Dayatthespa.
Week of July 26 – August 1, 2013
A Message in a Name—Thank You Marylou
by Marilyn Lane for Saratoga TODAY A uniquely named filly, Thank You Marylou, hangs her halter over in Mike Maker’s barn. She’s owned by Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey. This couple sits atop the leader board for 2013 North American purse earnings. Their horses have earned $5,451,370 and we’re only a few weeks over the midway point. Midwest Thoroughbreds follow at a distance of almost $2 million dollars. The Ramseys are good for the sport. They love the game and
participate at every level. They own a big farm in Nicholasville, Kentucky where they stand their outstanding homebred Kitten’s Joy. There’s no one in the sport who enjoys racing any more than Ken Ramsey. There are few others who enjoy so much support for racing endeavors from their entire family. Everyone in the Ramsey family has had at least one horse named for them. Kitten’s Joy was so named because Kitten was Ramsey’s pet name for his wife. He was a champion and so is Sarah Ramsey and so goes the story of Thank You Marylou. Ramsey waited for the right one. It’s not just a name, it is a message. He was careful to find a filly who could deliver and do it with style. It helped that this particular filly was bred “right,” and when she showed class, consistency and speed in her workouts she was officially named Thank You Marylou. She’s a Birdstone filly and the first rattle out of the box she ran as if to honor her namesake. She won going away in the Tippett Stakes at Colonial Downs. Alan Garcia guided the queen-like Virginia-bred filly and is expected to take a leg-up when she next runs. Racing fans everywhere
remember Birdstone. He’s a Whitney homebred. In 2004, and in a sea of mud, the Nick Zito-trained colt skipped over the track and right on by the huge crowd favorite Smarty Jones in the Belmont Stakes. The victory stunned the crowd and caused Marylou to apologize for winning. She seemed more disappointed than anyone that our sport was once again denied a Triple Crown winner. That gesture showed the racing world just how truly sporting this woman is. Later in the summer, the Ramsey’s found the perfect way to meet Saratoga’s leading couple. They did it with Roses in May. No, not real roses and not on the first Saturday in May. Roses in May won the Whitney Handicap. The seeds of a later blooming friendship were cast when the Ramseys met Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson in the Director’s Room for a post-race celebration the couple traditionally put on. Whitney and Hendrickson displayed their sportsmanship in a friendly gesture later in the year. One of their horses finished second to a Ramsey runner and they went out of their way to offer congratulations to the winning team. Their genuineness was not lost on Ramsey. When his wife Sarah suffered a stroke in 2007, Ken Ramsey called John Hendrickson. Marylou had suffered a stroke just a year prior and Ramsey was seeking advice. They did much more than offer advice, they flew Marylou’s
Thank You Marylou. Photo courtesy of Patricia Older.
doctor from California to tend to Sarah. “They very well could have saved my wife’s life,” said Ramsey. “Sarah’s chance of recovery was rated at about 40 percent.” Eventually she was able to be moved to Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Center in Lexington, Kentucky. Hendrickson and Whitney were in town at the time— there for the dedication of the Stroke Recovery Center, named in their honor.
Of course they visited Sarah Ramsey. Generosity and kindness is what seems to please this couple more than anything in the world. It makes your heart bubble to think of all the nice things they do. Don’t miss Thank You Marylou’s next start. It is expected to be in the Adirondack on August 11. This is a Grade ll, $200,000 dash for 2-year-old fillies at 61/2 furlongs and there are messages all around the name of the race as well as this filly. Ken Ramsey likes to win and boy, oh boy would he ever love to win this one! Marylou Whitney is expected to present the trophy. The hope is for Sarah Ramsey to travel to Saratoga for the race. What a perfect joy that would be! Imagine a trend of naming horses to send messages. In a few years we could expect to see names like Save the Dance, Preserve the Adirondacks, Give to the Backstretch Employees, Revive the Floral Fete, Save Racing, Keep Saratoga Special, Support SPAC, Whitney Way, Olympics After All, Tasteful Diva, Simple Elegance, Philanthropist Extraordinaire, A Life Well Led and On and On. And that’s just to name a few of the thank you’s New Yorkers owe Marylou Whitney. If we begin to add what’s she’s done in other states we’d create an impossibly long but deeply meaningful record. Thank You Marylou!
Week of July 26 – August 1, 2013
Equine Advocates 12th Annual Awards Dinner by Brian Cremo Saratoga TODAY
SARATOGA SPRINGS — In February of 1996, Susan Wagner made a crucial step toward the protection of horses. She founded Equine Advocates, a sanctuary to help rescue Thoroughbreds, ponies, donkeys and mules from slaughter and abuse. “These are animals that had nobody,” said Wagner, the current President of Equine Advocates, located in Chatham. “Most of them have problems. They’re not able to be ridden. Most of them have physical or behavioral problems from being abused. They have a lot of baggage, so this is the place to handle it.” The 12th Annual Awards Dinner and Charity Auction will be held at the Saratoga Springs City Center on August 1 from 6-9:30 p.m. All 12 have been in Saratoga Springs. “Horses are so tightly related to everything that happens in Saratoga Springs,” Wagner said. “From the racing, to polo, to many different kinds of Equine events. You walk down the street and everything is very horse oriented.” This year’s honorees at the event that gives animals a voice are Assemblyman Jim Tedisco and Sackatoga Stable’s Jack Knowlton. “Tedisco is probably the greatest advocate for animals currently serving in the New York State legislature,” Wagner said. “He is now working very hard to ban the slaughter of horses in and from New York State. We’re a border state with Canada; we are a pathway
for all kinds of vehicles going to slaughter.” Tedisco is striving toward joining the likes of California, Texas, Illinois and most recently New Jersey as states that have banned horse slaughter in legislation. News 10 ABC-WTEN Meteorologist Steve Caporizzo, who hosts the Albany Animal Advocacy Day, will be presenting Tedisco with the award. Knowlton will receive the 2013 Safe Home Equine Protection Award, presented by Julie Bonacio of Bonacio Construction. “[Knowlton] has gone out of his way to lobby and be totally against horse slaughter,” Wagner said. “That’s so important because we need the horse industry to come out against it. We’re having someone who’s won these big races. Having a person like that as an ally and one who is so active and working so hard to get this done makes him a candidate for the award, which we’re very happy to be giving him because he deserves it.” Knowlton has been the Operating Manager of Sackatoga Stable since 1995, serving as the racing manager for their Thoroughbreds, including 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide. He also served on New York State’s Task Force on Retired Race Horses from 2008-2011. “As a longtime race horse owner, both Standardbred and Tho roughbred, I am dedicated to the cause of preventing the slaughter of these wonderful equine athletes and securing suitable second careers or
homes for them following retirement,” Knowlton said. Their will be a variety of auction items up for grabs next Thursday evening including a Kentucky Derby Experience for Four in Lexington, an exclusive Harbour Town Golf Vacation at Hilton Head for six, two tickets to New York’s fall fashion week, a four person trip to a Yankees game and Broadway Show with a stay at the Mandarin Orientel Hotel, a Bubbles & Lingerie package and an 18k white gold Tiffany & Co. horseshow pendant with round diamonds. “We’ve never had gifts like this,” Wagner said. “The gifts this year are absolutely sensational.” There is also a chance for four people to win a private box in the Saratoga Race Course Club House on Sunday, August 4 for Funny Cide Day at the Track. Katie Upton’s equine art will also be on display, featuring painted portraits of Funny Cide’s wins in the 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes and Secretariat’s Triple Crown sweep. The first race Wagner ever attended was at the Belmont Stakes in 1973 when Secretariat won the Triple Crown by 31 lengths.
Susan Wagner, President and Founder of Equine Advocates, poses with Assemblyman Jim Tedisco, who will be honored at the 12th Annual Equine Advocates Dinner and Charity Auction. Photo by Sue McDonough.
The very next day she got a job at Belmont because of her love of horses and began a 15 year career in the racing industry before starting Equine Advocates. “To me, humane education is really where it’s at,” Wagner said. “With the 83 horses that we have here, we could triple that number if we had the room. While we can’t rescue every horse, making people aware of what they can do and making them aware of what the
special needs of horses are so that they can know what to expect is helpful. It’s also so that people can do their own rescue. We can give people the tools.” Tickets are $250 per person with front tier tables at $500 per person at this year’s New York, New York themed event. All of the money raised will go to the rescue and needs of the horses. For more information visit www.equineadvocates.org.
Week of July 26 – August 1, 2013
Saratoga Trading Cards to be Available on Select Days All Proceeds to Benefit the Backstretch Employee Service Team SARATOGA SPRINGS — The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will celebrate the history of the Spa with a new collectible item for racing fans during the 2013 meet. The “History of the Game” Saratoga Trading Cards will honor a number of the most memorable thoroughbreds, trainers, jockeys and races to have been associated with Saratoga Race Course over the past 150 years. Some of the athletes, figures and races to be featured include Secretariat, Allen Jerkens, Angel Cordero and the 2009 Woodward with Rachel Alexandra. A limited edition card honoring owner, breeder and Saratoga Springs philanthropist Marylou Whitney will be available in select packs. “The History of the Game Saratoga Trading Cards will offer
racing fans a unique way to remember their favorite figures and moments from our illustrious history,” said NYRA Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
Rodnell Workman. “We look forward to creating a new beloved tradition for track-goers of all ages as we celebrate our 150th anniversary season.” The commemorative Saratoga trading cards will be distributed in packs of 10 over the course of four days throughout the meet for a total of 40 collectible cards. A limited run of 10,000 complete sets will be produced for the 2013 meet. The “History of the Game” Saratoga Trading Cards will be available for $2 each on the following Mondays: July 29, August
12, August 19 and September 2 in the Grandstand near the Saratoga Styles Gift Shop. Limit one per person; while supplies last. All proceeds will benefit the Backstretch Employee Service Team, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing care and service to maintain the health and well-being of employees in the
backstretch. Additionally, throughout the 2013 meet, NYRA will celebrate some of the Spa’s greatest thoroughbreds through its Spa Stars series. A new horse will be highlighted each racing day of the season through NYRA’s official twitter feed, @NYRANews, and at thenyra. tumblr.com. Fans that re-blog or retweet the post or use #SpaStars will be entered to win various Saratoga Race Course merchandise. The 2013 meet at Saratoga Race Course commemorates the 150th anniversary of the first organized thoroughbred race meeting in Saratoga, which took place over the course of four days in August 1863. For more information about Saratoga Race Course, call (518) 5846200 or log onto www.nyra.com. For additional information about events at Saratoga Race Course, visit www.nyra. com/saratoga/information/events.
Week of July 26 – August 1, 2013
Winners Crowned at 22nd Annual Hat Contest SARATOGA SPRINGS — The festivities surrounding opening weekend at Saratoga Race Course were filled with excitement as the Spa today capped off its first weekend of the 150th anniversary season with the 22nd annual Hat Contest. The millinery mayhem unfolded on the track apron Sunday afternoon when a total of 202 participants turned out to compete in the contest’s three distinct categories: Uniquely Saratoga, Fashionably Saratoga and for younger patrons, Kreative Kids. This annual tradition featured an optional Victorian theme throughout all three of the day’s categories in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the first organized race meet in Saratoga Springs, which was held over the course of four days in 1863. Following the day’s fourth race Kathleen Christopher of Saratoga Springs was crowned the winner of the day’s most celebrated category, “Uniquely Saratoga,” which awards whimsical and creative hats. Christopher received the grand prize of a $500 betting voucher and a silver trophy frame. Rounding out the category’s finalists was the second place winner Carol Slezak of Amsterdam followed by third place winner Annemarie Mitchell of Stillwater. Each finalist received a silver trophy frame and a Saratoga Race Course merchandise gift certificate. The day’s most popular category, “Fashionably Saratoga,” brought 108 stylish contestants to the competition each donning their most beautiful hats. Following the third race, Michelle Hogan of Brunswick was named the day’s most fashionable contestant and awarded a $100 betting voucher and a silver trophy frame. Rose Poole of Amsterdam came in second place and Daisy Besemer of West Lebanon ranked third. Each finalist received a silver trophy frame and a
Above: Kathleen Christopher wins the “Uniquely Saratoga” category. Middle: Michelle Hogan is crowned for the“Fashionably Saratoga” category. Far right: Frank Potter is named most “Kreative Kid.”
Saratoga Race Course merchandise gift certificate. Frank Potter, 5, of Duanesburg claimed the title of most stylish youngster during the first category of the afternoon, “Kreative Kids,” which is reserved for those 18 and under. Potter received the prize of a custom made candy bar from Saratoga Sweets and a silver trophy frame. Eleanor Slezak, 7, of Amsterdam, granddaughter of “Uniquely Saratoga” finalist Carol Slezak, finished in second place followed by Lorelei Brennan, 4, of Saratoga Springs, to each win a silver trophy frame and a Saratoga Race Course merchandise gift certificate.
The annual Hat Contest is the highlight of the three-day “Hats Off to Saratoga” festival which celebrates the arrival of the Saratoga racing season.
Preservation Foundation’s Porch Decorating Contest: A 150 Event
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Get your porches ready for the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation’s Porch Decorating Contest in conjunction with the Saratoga 150 Celebration. The Porch Decorating Contest encourages property owners located near the Saratoga Race Course to decorate their front porch to celebrate the Saratoga Race Course’s 150th Anniversary. The Porch Decorating Contest will take place between Wednesday, July 31 and Monday, August 5, ensuring that homes will look their very best for Saratoga’s upcoming Floral Fete, the Whitney Stakes and for the
overall 150th anniversary weekend of the Race Course. Prizes will be given in the following categories: Most Elegant, Most Track Inspired, Most Historically Accurate and Wildcard. The winner of each category will receive the opportunity of naming a race during the New York Racing Association’s 2013 Saratoga Race Course season. In addition to naming the race and their race name being displayed in the Post Parade Program; the winner will present the trophy for their race; the race will be broadcast to millions on NYRA TV; and a NYRA will present the winner with a photo of the race presentation in a crystal picture frame. Race naming will occur between Friday, August 7 and September 2. The prize is not transferable or available for substitute. Prize must be redeemed during the 2013 meet. Winners will be notified by the Saratoga
Saratoga Baseball Cap to Replace Replica Model Giveaway SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Race Course giveaway prize of the replica of the race track is being replaced with the iconic baseball cap. The change comes as a result of a production delay involving the replica models. “The Saratoga baseball cap giveaway is a perennial favorite among our loyal racing fans,” said NYRA vice president and chief marketing officer Rodnell Workman. “We are excited to once again offer this high-quality cap to track patrons during our 150th anniversary season at the Spa.” The 2013 giveaway schedule is now as follows: Sunday, July 28—Saratoga Short Sleeve T-Shirt Enjoy a day at the races in a commemorative white, short sleeve t-shirt featuring the 2013 Saratoga logo on the front and the official Saratoga 150 anniversary logo on the back. Sunday, August 11—Fourstardave Bobblehead Racing fans will take home their own “Sultan of Saratoga” with a commemorative bobblehead doll in honor of legendary thoroughbred Fourstardave who won at least one race at Saratoga each year from 1987 to 1994. Sunday, August 18—Saratoga Baseball Cap A popular classic, the free black, red and white baseball cap features the 2013 Saratoga logo on the front and the Saratoga 150 logo on the back with the image of a galloping horse on the cap’s visor. Sunday, September 1—Saratoga Beer Stein Raise a glass to the 150th anniversary season with a ceramic beer stein emblazoned with some of the most legendary thoroughbreds to have competed at Saratoga Race Course. All giveaways are free with paid admission, while supplies last. For more information about Saratoga Race Course, call (518) 584-6200 or log onto www.nyra.com.
Springs Preservation Foundation regarding their win. The date winners select is subject to NYRA final approval. The Porch Decorating Contest will draw attention to homes in the Race Course Gateway corridor. Homes within the following boundaries are eligible to be judged and win prizes: Circular Street, Lake Avenue, East Avenue and Lincoln Avenue, including Nelson Avenue to Crescent Avenue; and Fifth Avenue to Henning Road. The porch must be visible from the street. Decorating must be completed by Wednesday, July 30 at noon and the porch must remain decorated until noon Monday, August 5. Judging will take place between noon, Wednesday, July 31 and 5 p.m. Friday, August 2. The winner of each category will be notified on Monday, August 5 and photographs of winners will take place on Tuesday, August 6. For questions call (518) 587-5030 or email Sara Boivin, Membership and Program Director, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Week of July 26 – August 1, 2013
Saratoga 150 Silk Commemorative Scarf SARATOGA SPRINGS — To commemorate the Saratoga 150year celebration, The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation is selling a scarf depicting the recently unveiled Hoofprints Walk of Fame at Saratoga Race Course. The scarf sells for $95 and proceeds from the sale of the scarf benefit the foundation, which provides financial relief to needy members of the Thoroughbred industry and their families. “This scarf is a beautiful, distinctive tribute to Saratoga’s past 150 years and some of its best horses,” said Nancy Kelly, executive director, The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation. “It’s an exceptional way to show your love of Saratoga while supporting Thoroughbred industry employees who are dealing with unfortunate circumstances.” The silk scarf, created by Vineyard Vines, showcases the 30 horses and their connections displayed on the new Hoofprints Walk of Fame. The Walk of Fame runs along the clubhouse entrance gate and honors some of the most accomplished horses to have raced at Saratoga Race Course.
The horses, in alphabetical order are Affirmed, Alydar, Beldame, Chief ’s Crown, Discovery, Duke of Magenta, Easy Goer, Eight Thirty, Emperor of Norfolk, Equipoise, Exterminator, Go for Wand, Granville, Harry Bassett, Heavenly Prize, Henry of Navarre, Kelso, Kentucky, Lady’s Secret, Man o’ War, Native Dancer, Regret, Roamer, Ruthless, Secretariat, Sky Beauty, Tom Fool, Top Flight, War Admiral and Whirlaway. For more information or to order a scarf, visit tjcfoundation. org or contact Nancy Kelly, nkelly@ jockeyclub.com or (518) 226-0609. The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation is a charitable trust that has helped over 1,000 individuals and their immediate families with more than $13 million in support since it was formed in 1985.
Week of July 26 – August 1, 2013
Local Teen Spends Summer Fundraising for Wounded Warrior Project by Chelsea DiSchiano Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Local student Colin Brady will once again be selling water outside of the Saratoga Race Course this summer season as he donates 25 percent of his profits to the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), a nonprofit organization that works to help injured service members. Brady, who works two days a week at Kettle Korn on Broadway in addition to mowing lawns, walking dogs and selling water at the track, is saving money for college and a car along with raising funds for the WWP. “I thought it would be good to help the troops,” Colin said. “I plan on joining ROTC when I’m in college, so that’s another reason—I feel pretty proud to know I’m affecting people who fought for their country and to defend their country.” Colin’s father, Joseph Brady, described his son as “very patriotic.” “He’s a hardworking kid,” Joseph said. “To me, he’s not the
typical kid who is sitting around all summer doing nothing—he has the personal drive to do these things all on his own accord.” Joseph said that Colin has come a long way since he was born prematurely at a mere 1 pound, 10 ounces. “He spent 127 days in the neonatal ICU at St. Peters Hospital,” Joseph recalled. “But now he’s normal and has no problems except that he’s blind in his left eye, but his right eye has perfect vision.” The Saratoga Springs High School sophomore said he is going to attempt to raise $1,000 this summer after raising $698 dollars for WWP last year. Colin sells water out of an over a decade-old lemonade stand with wagon wheels at the entrance of the track located by East Avenue. “It’s taught him how to deal with people and how to engage people and ask for business,” Joseph said, laughing as he recalled a story about Colin dealing with inebriated track attendees last summer. “One time some folks were
Colin Brady stands at his wagon where he sells water by the track. Photo provided.
going into the track and they were already drunk and they didn’t want to carry their coolers inside, so he offered to take their coolers on his wagon for $20 or $40 and they did it, so he made a little extra money
that day,” Joseph said. After high school, Colin hopes to attend either RPI or RIT to possibly major in mechanical engineering. “I’m very proud of him,” Joseph
said. “He’s a good and nice kid—he overcame an awful lot in his early years to get to where he is today.” “I’m happy with what I’m doing,” Colin said. “It feels good to help out.”
26 Adirondack Christian Fellowship 8 Mountain Ledge, Wilton 587-0623; acfsaratoga.com Services: Sunday 8 a.m. & 10 a.m. Adirondack Friends Meeting 27 Saratoga Ave., S. Glens Falls 793-3755; AdirondackFM@nycap. rr.com; www.adirondackfriendsmeeting.org Regina Baird Haag, pastoral minister Services: 10:30 a.m. Sunday The Alliance Church 257 Rowland St., Ballston Spa 885-6524 Services: Morn. Worship 10:30 a.m. Assembly of God Faith Chapel 6 Burgoyne St., Schuylerville 695-6069 Rev. Jason Proctor Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Assembly of God Saratoga 118 Woodlawn Ave., Saratoga Springs 584-6081 Services: Sunday Worship 10 a.m., coffee served at 9:45 a.m. Bacon Hill Reformed Church 560 Route 32N, Bacon Hill 695-3074 Rev. Janet Vincent Services: Worship service 10 a.m. Sunday School 10 a.m. All are welcome. Handicapped accessible. Baha’i Community of Saratoga Springs 584-9679; 692-7694; usbnc.org. Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa 885-7312; ballstoncenterarpchurch.org Services: Sunday Worship Service, 10:30 a.m. Ballston Spa United Methodist Church 101 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa 885-6886 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Bethesda Episcopal Church 41 Washington St., Saratoga Springs 584-5980 Services: Sunday 6:30, 8 & 10 a.m. Church of Christ at Clifton Park 7 Old Route 146 371-6611; cliftonparkchurchofchrist.com Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Christ Community Reformed Church 1010 Route 146, Clifton Park 371-7654; ccrc-cpny.org. Services: Sundays 10 a.m. Christ Episcopal Church Routes 50 & 67, Ballston Spa 885-1031 Services: Sunday 8 & 10 a.m. Christian Restoration Ministries Saratoga Senior Center 5 Williams St., Saratoga Springs 796-4323 Pastor Pat Roach Services: Sunday 10 a.m.; 6:30 p.m. Congregation Shaara Tfille 84 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga Springs 584-2370; saratogasynagogue.org Services: Saturday 9:30 a.m., Monday & Thursday 7:30 a.m., third Friday each month 7:30 p.m. Handicapped Accessible
RELIGION Corinth Free Methodist Church 20 Hamilton Ave., Corinth 654-9255; 792-0271 Services: Sunday at 10 a.m. Corinth United Methodist Church 243 Main Street, Corinth 654-2521 email@example.com Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Cornerstone Community Church Malta Commons 899-7001; mycornerstonechurch.org Associate Pastor Paul Shepherd Services: Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Community 2001 Route 9, Round Lake 877-8506, firstname.lastname@example.org Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m.; Weekday Masses: Monday-Friday 9 a.m. Eastern Orthodox— Christ the Savior 349 Eastline Road, Ballston Spa 786-3100; email@example.com. Services: Sunday: 9:15 a.m. First Baptist Church of Saratoga Springs 45 Washington St. 584-6301 Services: Sunday: 11 a.m. First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa 202 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa 885-8361; bspabaptist.org Services: 10:30 a.m. worship 9 a.m. Sunday School (all ages) First Presbyterian Church of Ballston Spa 22 West High St., Ballston Spa 885-5583 Services: Sunday at 10 a.m. Full Gospel Tabernacle 207 Redmond Road, Gansevoort 793-2739 Services: Sunday 10 a.m.; Bible Study: Thursday 6:30 p.m. Galway United Methodist Church 2056 East Street (at intersection of Route 147), Galway 882-6520 www.galway-united-methodistchurch.com Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. (9 a.m. in July and August) Grace Brethren Church 137 W. Milton Rd., Ballston Spa 587-0649 Rev. Dan Pierce Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Handicapped accessible. Greater Grace Community Church Pastor David Moore 899-7777; firstname.lastname@example.org Services: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. Good Times Restaurant, Lake Rd. 2nd floor; Friday 7:30 p.m. Saratoga Chapel, Eastline & Lake Rds; Sunday 10 a.m. - Glenville Senior Center, 32 Worden Rd. Greenfield Center Baptist Church 30 Wilton Rd., Greenfield Center 893-7429 Services: Sunday School for all ages - 9:45 a.m. Church Service - 11 a.m. Prayer Meeting - Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Highway Tabernacle Church 90 River Rd., Mechanicville 664-4442 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m.
Hope Church 206 Greenfield Ave., Ballston Spa 885-7442 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Jonesville United Methodist 963 Main St., Clifton Park 877-7332 Services: Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Living Springs Community Church 59 Pine Rd., Saratoga Springs 584-9112 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Living Waters Church of God 4330 State Rt. 50, Saratoga Springs 587-0484; livingwaterscog.us Services: Sundays 10 a.m. Malta Presbyterian Church Dunning Street, Malta 899-5992 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Malta Ridge United Methodist Church 729 Malta Ave., Ext., Malta 581-0210 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Middle Grove United Methodist Church 581-2973 Pastor Bonnie Bates Services: Sunday 9 a.m. Handicapped accessible New Horizon Church 150 Perry Road, Saratoga Springs 587-0711 Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. New Life Fellowship 51 Old Gick Rd., Saratoga Springs 580-1810; newlifeinsaratoga.org. Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Childcare is available at all services. NorthStar Church Shenendehowa High School West Auditorium, Clifton Park 371-2811; northstarchurch.com Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Old Saratoga Reformed Church 48 Pearl St., Schuylerville oldsaratogareformedchurch.org Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Handicapped accessible. Old Stone Church (American Baptist) 159 Stone Church Rd., Ballston Spa 583-1002 Services: Sunday 9 a.m.; Adult Sunday School 9 a.m.; Service 10:30 a.m. Coffee and Fellowship in Living Stone Hall; Wednesday: noon potluck luncheon; 1 p.m. choir rehearsal; 2 p.m. Bible Study Group Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church 73 Midline Road, Ballston Lake 399-5713 Services: Saturday 5 p.m. Sunday 8:15 & 10:15 a.m. Handicapped accessible. Presbyterian-NE Congregational Church 24 Circular St., Saratoga Springs 584-6091; pnecc.org Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m.
Week of July 26 – August 1, 2013 Quaker Springs United Methodist Church 466 Route 32 South, Quaker Springs 695-3101; qsumc.com Pastor Al Johnson Services: Sunday 9 a.m. Handicapped accessible. River of Hope Fellowship 100 Saratoga Village Blvd. Malta Cmns., Ste. 3, Malta 881-1505; riverofhopefellowship.com Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Roman Catholic Church of St. Peter 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-2375 Services: Eucharistic Celebrations: Saturday 5 p.m.; Sunday 7:30, 9 & 11 a.m. St. Clement’s Roman Catholic Church 231 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs 584-6122 Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8, 9:30, 11:15 a.m. & 5 p.m., 1 p.m. Spanish Service St. George’s Episcopal Church 912 Route 146, Clifton Park 371-6351; email@example.com Services: Saturday 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 8 & 9:30 a.m. St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church 3159 Route 9N, Greenfield Center 893-7680; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.stjosephschurchgreenfieldcenter.org Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 10:30 a.m. Handicapped accessible St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church 167 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa 885-7411; stmarysbsta.org Services: Saturday 4 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., noon. Handicapped accessible St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church 771 Route 29, Rock City Falls 893-7680; email@example.com; www.stjosephschurchgreenfieldcenter.org Services: Sunday 8:30 am. Handicapped accessible. St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 149 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs 584-0904 Services: Saturday 5 p.m. with Holy Communion. Sundays 8:30 & 11 a.m. with Holy Communion. St. Peter Lutheran Church 2776 Route 9, Malta 583-4153 Services: Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. St. Thomas of Canterbury 242 Grooms Rd., Halfmoon st-thomas-of-canterbury.org Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga Abundant Life Church 2325 Route 50 South, Saratoga Springs 885-5456; saratogaabundantlife.org Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. Saratoga Chabad 130 Circular St., Saratoga Springs 526-0773; firstname.lastname@example.org; saratogachabad.com Saratoga Friends Meeting (Quaker) Rts. 32 and 71 Quaker Springs 587-7477; 399-5013 Services: Sunday 10 a.m.
Saratoga United Methodist Church Henning Road, Saratoga Springs 584-3720; saratogaumc.com. Services: Sunday 9 & 10:45 a.m. Handicapped accessible. Saratoga Seventh-Day Adventist Church 399 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs 882-9384; saratogasda.org Services: Sabbath School: 10 a.m. Worship Service: 11:30 a.m. Shenendehowa United Methodist 971 Route 146, Clifton Park 371-7964 Services: Sunday 9 & 10:30 a.m. Simpson United Methodist Church Rock City Road, Rock City Falls 885-4794 Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Soul Saving Station for Every Nation Christ Crusaders of America 62 Henry St., Saratoga Springs 584-3122 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. Temple Sinai 509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-8730 www.saratogasinai.org Shabbat Services: Friday 6 p.m. Preceded by 5:30 p.m. Oneg. Handicapped Accessible. Terra Nova Church 45 Washington St., Saratoga Springs 833-0504; terranovachurch.org saratogaquestions@terranovachurch. org, Services: Sunday 5:30 p.m. Childcare: six months–four years and expanding. Handicapped accessible. The Salvation Army Worship, Service & Community Center 27 Woodlawn Ave., Saratoga Springs 584-1640; Mail-P.O. Box 652 Captain Aaron A. Boone, Sr.; Captain Amber S. Boone Commanding Officers/Ministers Services: Sunday School 10 a.m.; Praise & Worship 11 a.m. Trinity United Methodist Church 155 Ballard Rd., Gansevoort 584-9107; tumcwilton.com Rev. Patti Molik-Pastor Services: Sunday 9 and 11 a.m. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs 624 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-1555; uusaratoga.org Services, Nursery Care, and Religious Education: Sundays 10 a.m. Youth Group: Sundays 11:30 a.m. Unity Church in Albany 21 King Ave., Albany 453-3603 Services: Sunday 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. West Charlton United Presbyterian Church 1331 Sacandaga Rd., West Charlton 882-9874 westcharltonupc.org Rev. Thomas Gregg, Pastor Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Wilton Baptist Church 755 Saratoga Rd, Wilton 583-2736; email@example.com; wiltonbaptistchurch.com Services: Sunday Service 11 a.m.
Week of July 26 – August 1, 2013
Bountiful Produce from Stannard Farm
Although Jim Stannard was raised on a dairy farm, you might just say it was his destiny to end up growing fruits and vegetables, for which his namesake farm is known. It was roughly two decades ago that he began farming produce while studying agricultural engineering at SUNY Cobleskill. There, he met his wife, Melissa, whose family had a produce farm in New Paltz. “I worked for my wife’s cousin for a couple years, and I liked it,” Jim recalls. From there, Stannard Farm was born. Started in the winter of 1995 in South Cambridge, the farm began as a family operation, and has been one ever since. The Stannards rent and own a total of 150 acres on which they farm all sorts of produce, from vegetable crops to tree
fruits like plums, cherries, nectarines, and apples, which are Jim’s favorite fruit to farm. “I do like growing apples. It’s very rewarding, but it’s one of those crops you start preparing for a year ahead of time. You’re out in the middle of the winter, pruning, doing several different practices, but we really don’t harvest until Labor Day,” he says. “It’s all worth it when you can get a crop to come through and get it to the market.” While Jim is a fan of “tooling around with tree fruit,” he remarks that his summer specialties have been customer favorites. “Sweet corn’s always a big hit, and we do sell a lot of tomatoes,” he says, adding that he’s been picking corn for the past 10 days and expects to have his peak tomato crop from late July through early August. In addition to the farm’s setup at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays (in the north pavilion, next to the sidewalk), Stannard also sells at a roadside stand on Route 22 in Cambridge and vends Sundays and Thursdays at the New York City GreenMarket, including the markets in the East
Village, Columbia University, and 92nd Street-1st Avenue. Stannard also sells wholesale to restaurants and schools, both upstate and downstate. Newest to Stannard’s intra-state operations is the farm’s 26-week CSA (community-supported agriculture) program, which runs June 1 through Thanksgiving, and is available to customers in both Saratoga and Manhattan as a fruit, vegetable or egg share. 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. Sweet Corn and Tomato Salsa 2 cups chopped fresh tomatoes* 2 cups cooked sweet corn kernels*, cut off the cob 1-2 cloves minced garlic* ½ cup chopped red or sweet onion* (or scallions*) ½ cup chopped cilantro* ½ jalapeno pepper* (optional), ribs and seeds removed, finely chopped
Striking Oil and Finding Gold
by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY Hello my Foodie Friends, Dr. Russrev and his wife Lynn just came in and said, “Gimmee da oil and don’t ask any questions!” They know that we just got in our big shipment of mineral oil, bamboo oil and Bee Keeper’s Gold! Do you have wood products at home? If that is a yes, then you should be preserving them with mineral oil. I
know a lot of you out there talk to your plants and that is fine, but what about your cutting boards, bowls and utensils? They have something to say also. They sound a little like the Tin Man in the “Wizard of Oz”: “Oil me, oil me!” Do you know they will last forever if you do that? Not a lifetime, forever! I have three different styles to discuss: Mineral Oil: Deeply penetrates natural wood surfaces to protect against drying, splitting, and cracking. Use on cutting boards, trays, utensils, etc. Bamboo Oil: Unique blend of food safe oils penetrates, conditions, and seals unfinished surfaces. It even protects cutlery from corrosion. Only the purest ingredients are used, so it is completely safe to use on all food preparation surfaces, including wood and bamboo. It keeps wood from cracking, drying, and absorbing odors. It is a blend of refined seed oil, lemon oil, vitamin E, and carotene. It will never turn rancid.
Bee Keeper’s Gold: A blend of natural beeswax and mineral oil. Great on salad bowls, cutting boards, etc. Some directions for use: Hand wash surfaces with mild soap and water. Rinse and dry immediately. Do not allow to soak in water. Never put woodenware in the dishwasher or microwave. Oil new products once a day for the first week, and then once a week for the first month. After that, oil woodenware once a month for a year, or whenever dry. Never use vegetable oil, which can turn rancid and can cause an unpleasant odor or flavor. Apply oil with a clean soft cloth. Let it penetrate for 10 minutes, and then wipe off the excess. Now was that hard? Wood is one of nature’s finest gifts and it will last forever if you care for it properly. Remember my Foodie Friends: “Life Happens in the Kitchen.” Take care, John and Paula
Sweet corn from Stannard Farm at Saratoga Farmers’ Market.
2 tsp. cumin 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice salt and pepper to taste After chopping tomatoes, put in colander over sink or bowl, and gently press tomatoes with back of a spoon, to remove excess juice. Combine all ingredients and
let stand for 30 minutes or more to blend flavors. (If a mild salsa is desired, omit jalapeno pepper.) Stir before serving with tortilla chips as a snack, or as a condiment for grilled meat, fish, or rice and beans. *Ingredients can be purchased at Saratoga Farmers’ Market.
Week of July 26 – August 1, 2013
Cantina Kids Fun Run Raises Record Amount
Take a look at this week’s newest club members!
Tooth Fairy Club is sponsored by:
Nicole M. Byrne, D.M.D Pediatric Dentistry 659 Saratoga Road Gansevoort, New York 12831 (518) 226-6010
S A R AT O G A SPRINGS — The Cantina Kids Fun Run, benefiting Saratoga Hospital’s Pediatric Emergency Services, raised a recordbreaking $43,000 this year, with 567 registrants and 120 volunteers taking part in the event. The fun run is a combined effort between the hospital and Jeff and Heath Ames, owners of the Cantina restaurant in downtown Saratoga Springs.
Garrett Brogan Earns Eagle Scout Award BALLSTON SPA — Garrett Brogan, (middle), of Troop 1 in Ballston Spa, received his Eagle Scout Award at a recent Court of Honor held at the Ballston Spa United Methodist Church. Looking on are (left to right): Brenden Brogan, brother; Jenn Brogan, mother; Tim Brogan, father; and Jeremie Brogan, brother.
Charles VanDergrift Named Salutatorian of Saratoga Central Catholic SARATOGA SPRINGS — Salutatorian of Saratoga Central Catholic for the 2012–2013 school year is Charles Isaiah VanDergrift. He is the son of E. J. Vandergrift and George R. Pfeiffer of Greenwich. He is a member of the National Honor Society and is an AP Scholar. He participated in New York State Envirothon, Moody’s Mega Math Challenge, American Math Challenge, and Odyssey of the Mind. He has participated in theater, both within Spa Catholic (“Damn Yankees”), and in Schuylerville Community Theater (“Into The Woods, Jr.”). He participated in the varsity football and baseball teams. Charles will attend the University of Texas at Dallas on a four-year Academic Excellence Scholarship as a member of the Collegium V Honors College to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Nancy Lester Receives Leadership Award from Saratoga Regional YMCA SARATOGA SPRINGS — Wesley Community resident Nancy Lester recently received the prestigious Frederic J. Resseguie Leadership Award from the Saratoga Regional YMCA. Lester is only the fifth person since 1971 and the first woman to receive the award in recognition of outstanding service to the YMCA. Pictured, back, left to right, are Judy Meagher, former executive assistant at the Saratoga Regional YMCA; Bill Dake, Saratoga Regional YMCA Board of Trustees; Jim Letts, Saratoga Regional YMCA CEO; Kelly Armer, Saratoga Regional YMCA COO; and (front) Nancy Lester, Saratoga Regional YMCA Board of Trustees emeritus.
Week of July 26 â€“ August 1, 2013
Saratoga Race Course Opening Day
Photo courtesy of Sharon Castro.
Hardest Core, winner of the first race of the season, with jockey Luis Saez and trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. Photo courtesy of Sharon Castro.
Photo courtesy of Sharon Castro. Representatives from NYRA and the Saratoga 150 Committee are joined by the winning connections of the first race on opening day of the 2013 meet at Saratoga Race Course to officially unveil a new piece of equine artwork designed by artist Robert Clark in celebration of the 150th anniversary season. From left to right: Saratoga 150 Honorary Chair John Hendrickson; equine artist Robert Clark; jockey Luis Saez; NYRA CEO and President Chris Kay; Saratoga 150 Chairman Charles Wait; and trainer Kiaran P. McLaughlin. Photo courtesy of NYRA.
Week of July 26 – August 1, 2013
Great Metal Moments at Mayhem Festival by Mark Bolles for Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saturday, July 20 was another steamer. Hot and hazy, lazy day. This would not do, ‘cause I was headed for Mayhem— ROCKSTAR Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, that is. Cold caffeine was needed, and lots of it. A full roster of hard rock bands was slated to perform at Saratoga Performing Arts Center over the course of 10 hours. The thought of it made my head hurt. I quickly downed a large can of Starbuck’s Double Shot (apologies to ROCKSTAR), and proceeded to the show. Sound rolled like thunder over the lawn at SPAC. Motionless in White was on the Musicians Institute stage. ‘Emotionless in White’ would describe my opinion of this band, stylized with black and white makeup and
handkerchiefs over their noses and mouths like ghostly bandits. At this point I would like to inform readers that I am indeed a fan of heavy metal, but would not describe myself as a metal head. I’m not judging the genre here. Okay, Emotionless in White failed to impress, but what followed was another story. Butcher Babies took the Jager stage and suddenly the show got interesting. Was it the two vixen vocalists? You bet! These ladies in leather were more than a novelty in a style of music dominated by men. These gals meant business and encouraged the rowdy crowd to chant “there’s blood everywhere!” At this point a guy with a green mohawk and blood on his face emerged from the audience. Should have stayed out of the pit, dude. Three stages on the SPAC lawn kept the music constant, the flow of sound relentless. Now it was Born of Osiris on stage. Guitarist Lee McKinney proved that great Photo by MarkBolles.com
metal is more than shredding chords. His precisions in playing and technical solos were amazing. This quality in guitar playing was also evident in the last of the lawn bands—Children of Bodom. Meanwhile, bands like Emmure and Job for a Cowboy ground the music in a loud and boring way. Job for a Cowboy singer put it best when he said, “yeeeeaaaarrrrgh!”
Finest of the day bands was Jager stage headliner Machine Head with a perfect blend of power, perfection and professionalism. Main stage: The crowd migrated to the amphitheater where it looked as though Vikings had invaded the stage with a clinker built warship. This was the set for Swedish band Amon Amarth who hammered out songs
about Norse Gods and bygone times in ancient Europe. Next was Mastodon. The bright guitar sound was noisy and aurally abusive. Maybe it was bad sound off the board? I don’t know, but I was assured by fans that Mastodon is indeed great. I’ll give ‘em this; like the mighty Mastodon, they were mostly hairy. This show was arguably a double headliner. Five Finger Death Punch had a huge draw being more mainstream than all previous acts of the festival. I had endured 10 bands by this point, some of which I liked much better than FFDP. The caffeine had worn off five bands prior and now I was approaching catatonia. Still, there was Rob Zombie to get through. I saw Rob Zombie with White Zombie at the Meadowlands nearly 20 years ago. Rob was weak, his voice wrecked nearing the conclusion of a long tour. That said, my expectations for the evening’s performance were low. I felt as though Mr. Zombie owed me for that crappy show so many years before. Lights on, music starts, then—wow! Rob Zombie delivered x 10. It was a visual extravaganza like a musical fun-house. Huge video screens, pyro, robots, devils and skeletons. Thank you Rob Zombie, we’re even now.
Week of July 26 – August 1, 2013
Area Musicians to be Inducted into New York State Blues Hall of Fame
George Fletcher’s Foldin’ Money. Photo provided.
by Chelsea DiSchiano for Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Several of the area’s most prominent blues musicians will be honored for their dedication to the genre when they are inducted to the New York State Blues Hall of Fame at a ceremony August 1. The NYS Hall of Fame is part of a larger network of statewide halls, all of which are affiliated with the national organization based in California. The upcoming induction ceremony will honor several Saratoga blues musicians, including the Out Of Control Band (featuring its founder, Rick Siciliano and band members Rick Rourke, Denny Dwyer, Joe Rocco, Chris Cernik, Denny Dwyer, Ken Drumm, Joe “Box” Dragone, Tony Gambaro, and Lucas Ruedy); The E.B. Jeb Band (Artie Brown, Ed Young, Pete Jones, Bernie Mignacci, Kevin Garmley, Barry Jones, Mike Miranda and Mike Ambuhl), and George Fletcher’s Foldin’ Money (Michael LoMaestro, James Gascoyn, Johnny Saris) as a band only—Fletcher was already inducted into the Hall as an independent musician last year. “It’s a totally unique ceremony featuring local musicians—they’re professional but they’re not famous by any means,” said George Fletcher, leader of George Fletcher’s Foldin’ Money band. “We’re your neighbors—we help you change your tire and run schools and teach your kids guitar. This is a way of recognizing the unsung folks who keep the blues alive.” Fletcher added that it’s important for blues musicians to be recognized for their dedication to the genre because they are so often overlooked. “Folks like us aren’t usually greatly compensated, so we play just for the satisfaction of doing it,” he said. “It’s nice to be recognized for doing what you do—it’s people who are skilled in multiple areas and to be nominated is huge. It’s a
nationwide, and soon to be worldwide, organization.” Additional individual musicians being honored at the upcoming ceremony include Tony Perrino, Pete Vumbaco, Joe Roy Jackson, Michael Lomaestro Jr. and Phil Drum, founder of the Saratoga Acoustic Blues Society (SABS). Other inductees aren’t musicians but play a support role in the area’s
music scene, such as the host venue Saratoga City Tavern, which regularly features live blues bands, and Saratoga Guitar Center founder Matt McCabe. The afternoon-long ceremony will be conducted from 1—6 p.m. August 11, with most inductees performing a short set after their presentation. The event will be emceed by radio personality Steve Daub, host of WRPI’s long-running “Stormy Monday” blues program. It will also be hosted by Blues Hall of Fame “ambassador” and Windmill recording artist Michael Packer. Fletcher said most people don’t recognize just how much influence the blues have had on almost every type of music genre, even today. “You can hear the blues in so many different forms—ZZ Top, Jimi Hendrix, even Eric Clapton’s best albums have been in his blues collection,” Fletcher said. “There’s
so much blues in pop music, and southern rock is also blues. Even the Beatles had blues songs—they were just done in Beatles’ style.” The ceremony on August 11 will take place at the Saratoga City Tavern on Caroline Street from 1—6 p.m. Cover charge for the
event is $10. For more information on the event, visit www.blueshalloffame.com. “Blues is for everybody,” Fletcher said. “Some people think it’s only for older people or just certain musicians, but you’d be surprised.”
Week of July 26 – August 1, 2013
Bon Jovi Rocked SPAC ’80s Dance Party at Studio Prime to Benefit Medical Missions Charity
Photo by MarkBolles.com
by Chelsea DiSchiano for Saratoga TODAY
SARATOGA SPRINGS — TThe iconic Bon Jovi arrived at Saratoga Performing Arts Center Monday, July 22 for a stop on his international #BecauseWeCan tour. Thousands filled the SPAC arena to
hear his big hits such as ‘Livin’ on a Prayer,’ ‘It’s My Life,’ ‘Wanted Dead or Alive’ and ‘Runaway.’ The tour is also an effort to promote his latest album, ‘What About Now,’ released earlier this year.
SARATOGA SPRINGS — This year’s annual Medical Missions for Children charity benefit at Saratoga National is set to be better than ever as the ‘80s dance theme will be enhanced by an appearance from special guest Deney Terrio of ‘Dance Fever’ fame. The Big Eighties Dance Party, organized by Margie Rotchford, will have music provided by The Dennis Collins Band all night long at the event, along with an open bar, food and sushi by Prime at Saratoga National. The Dennis Collins Band has played with the likes of Beyoncé and the late Whitney Houston and “were a huge hit at last year’s event,” according to Rotchford. Rotchford added that she was excited to announce Terrio as the event’s special guest. “He is adorable,” Rotchford said. “He was John Travolta’s
dancing coach for the movie ‘Saturday Night Fever,’ and after that they gave him his own dance variety show called ‘Dance Fever.’ [The show] was so much fun and everyone would watch it and we’d all go out dancing, so we want this party to be like that!” “I’ve been wanting him to come to Saratoga for forever, so it’s a big deal for me,” Rotchford continued. “I think everyone will be excited to see him.” The event will also feature a short live auction with six items, the bigger ones including a Fender
electric guitar signed by rock and roll legends Eddie Van Halen, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Carlos Santana, Slash, BB King, Neil Young, the Edge and Pete Townsend; dinner for 10 at the Mansion Inn featuring a private five-course dinner and wine pairing, and three tickets to a New York Giants football game this fall (only 20 rows back from the field), among other auction items. Rotchford said she started the benefit several years ago after Dennis Snyder, a doctor who works with Medical Missions for Children, approached her to ask for help in raising money for the charity. The nonprofit organization provides free, quality medical, surgical and dental care to impoverished children around the world. MMFC focuses on cleft lip and palate deformities, microtia (absence of an ear) and severe burn reconstruction. “What they do is pretty amazing,” Rotchford said. “[Dennis] goes on several missions a year and there are other doctors who have gone with him who are also from Saratoga, so it’s a great charity and I love what they do—it means a lot to me and it’s heartwarming to have support from people in Saratoga and beyond.” The benefit will take place from 7—11 p.m. at Prime at Saratoga National Golf Club. Regular admission tickets are $250, with other sponsorship levels available. For more information on the event and to buy tickets, visit mmfc.org/ Events/Saratoga/Saratoga_2013. htm. For more information about Medical Missions for Children, visit www.mmfc.org.
Week of July 26 – August 1, 2013
week of 7/26-8/1 friday, 7/26:
Dave Fisk Quartet, 9 pm
Doc Scanlon Hot 4, 7 pm
Ideal Situation, 9 pm
Virgil Cain, 9 pm
Sugar Pill, 9 pm
E-Town Express, 9:30 pm
Bill Staines, 8 pm
Gravity, 7 pm
Phil Camp, 5 pm / Tailspin, 10pm
The Blackouts, 7:30 pm
Gravity, 9 pm
Philip The Meatbox, 10:30 pm
Sensemaya, 7 pm
Forthlin Road, 9 pm
Rich Bolton & Jeff Walton, 5 pm Bad Chaperones, 9 pm
Larry Hooker, 6:30 pm
@ 9 Maple Avenue - 583.2582 @ Bailey’s - 583.6060
@ Bentley’s - 899.4300
@ Caffè Lena - 583.0022
@ Caroline Street Pub - 321.0300 @ Dango’s - 587.2022
@ Druthers Brewing - 306.5275
@ Gaffney’s - 583.7359
The Dude Abides, 9:30 pm @ Irish Times - 583.0003
Funk Evolution, 10:30 pm @ JP Bruno’s - 745.1180
Rusty Old Guys, 4 pm TS Ensemble, 8:30 pm @ The Mill - 899.5253
Rick Bolton, Sheri Nolan & Arlin Greene w/Tim Wechgalaer, 9 pm @ The Parting Glass - 583.1916
Out of the Box, 6:30 pm @ Primelive Ultra Lounge - 583.4563
Paranoid Social Club, Wild Adriatic, Hornitz, 8 pm @ Putnam Den - 584.8066
Mikki Bakken, 8 pm @ Ravenswood - 371.8771
North & South Dakotas w/Ray Murray and The Bomb Squad, 6 pm @ The Saratoga Winery - 584.9463
P.O.D. and Flyleaf, 7:30 pm @ Upstate Concert Hall - 371.0012
Electric City Horns, 8 pm @ Vapor - 792.8282
saturday, 7/27: John Savage Quartet, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue - 583.2582
@ Druthers Brewing - 306.5275 @ Gaffney’s - 583.7359
@ Irish Times - 583.0003
@ The Horseshoe Inn - 587.4909 @ Javier’s - 871.1827
@ JP Bruno’s - 745.1180
@ The Parting Glass - 583.1916
@ Primelive Ultra Lounge - 583.4563
The Mallett Brothers, 8 pm @ Putnam Den - 584.8066
DVDJ Dread and Jagged Edge, 8 pm @ Vapor - 792.8282
sunday, 7/28: Tom Akstens and Neil Rossi, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena - 583.0022
Sirsy, 9 pm
@ Gaffney’s - 583.7359
Cryin’ Out Loud, 3 pm @ The Mill - 899.5253
Al Santoro Trio, 6:30 pm @ Primelive Ultra Lounge - 583.4563
O.A.R. w/Andrew McMahon, Allen Stone, 7:30 pm @ SPAC - 584.9330
tuesday, 7/30: $3 Pint Night w/High Peaks Trio, 7 pm @ Druthers Brewing - 306.5275
wednesday, 7/31: The Gaslight Anthem, 8 pm @ Upstate Concert Hall - 371.0012
thursday, 8/1: Filming Ohio, 9 pm
High Peaks, 9 pm
@ Bailey’s - 583.6060
@ Bailey’s - 583.6060
Joe Deflice, 9 pm
Five Strings, Five Pickers: Banjo Masters In-the Round, 8 pm
@ Caroline Street Pub - 321.0300
Dave Berger Trio, 7 pm
Bob’s Monte Carlo, 8 pm / My Kind, 10pm
Radio Junkies, 8:30 pm
Nouveau Jazz Beat, 10 pm
Half Step, 8 pm
@ Caffè Lena - 583.0022
@ Caroline Street Pub - 321.0300 @ Circus Cafè - 583.1106
@ Druthers Brewing - 306.5275 @ Irish Times - 583.0003
@ Putnam Den - 584.8066
fun and games Week of July 26 – August 1, 2013
See puzzle solutions on page 36
Across 1 “Little House on the Prairie” merchant __ Oleson 5 Bit of trickery 9 Genoan chiefs of old 14 Part of many co. names 15 Poet Teasdale 16 Far beyond the norm 17 See 36-Down 18 Reunion nicknames 19 Award for John le Carré 20 Sloppily kept tents? 23 Tropical rainforest critter 24 Pacific coast desert 28 Top-selling 1980s game console 29 Key of Brahms’s Piano Sonata No. 1 32 Pill bug or gribble 33 Low clouds on an East Asian island? 35 Genesis wife 38 Prior to, to Prior 39 Louisiane, e.g. 40 Conditions of kids’ shoes, too often? 45 “A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy” author 46 Doctor’s specialty? 47 “Ta-ta” 50 Locks without keys 52 Cooking surface 54 Recover from a setback, and a hint to 20-, 33- and 40-Across 57 “Why Can’t I?” singer Liz 60 “I’ll say!” 61 Language written right to left 62 Teegarden of “Friday Night Lights” 63 Equal: Pref. 64 Troon turndowns 65 Sporty Nissans 66 Austen heroine 67 London flat, perhaps Down 1 Vitamin in liver 2 Coop up in a coop 3 Substance in acid tests 4 Process start 5 Earthquake consequence 6 Gave a buzz
Complete the grid so each row, column and 3-by-3 box (in bold borders) contains every digit, 1 to 9. For strategies on how to solve Sudoku, visit www.sudoku.org.uk
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See puzzle solution on page 36 7 Curved pieces 8 It may be corkscrew-shaped 9 90 degrees 10 It takes time to settle them 11 Ta-ta, to texters 12 Cheer competitor 13 Genealogically-based patriotic org. 21 Andean native 22 Medical office closing? 25 __ on the back 26 Manny who ranks third in MLB lifetime pinch hits 27 Colliery entry 30 Blows away 31 Horseshoes-like game 33 Wanting more 34 Biweekly tide
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35 Zest 36 Le Carré spy Leamas 37 Fits to __ 41 Cinches 42 Ruminants with racks 43 Oberon’s queen 44 Cabinet dept. 47 Disc storage format 48 Over there 49 Ultimate purpose 51 Dumbledore’s slayer 53 Source 55 Quran authority 56 Period with limits 57 Bolivia’s La __ 58 Minute Maid brand 59 GP’s gp.
Writing the Right Word by Dave Dowling Accuracy in word choice is a key to effective communication. This quick weekly tip will help you filter the confusion in some of our daily word choices. Principal, Principle Principal, as an adjective, means foremost. As a noun, it is the head of a school or the amount of money borrowed. Who are the principal developers of the new product? The middle school is getting a new principal for the fall. The mortgage payment includes both principal and interest.
Principle is a noun that refers to law or personal conviction. It works on the principle that warm air rises. It is against our basic principles to make such a statement.
Dave Dowling is the author of the The Wrong Word Dictionary and The Dictionary of Worthless Words. Signed copies are available for purchase at the gifts and home goods store, Homessence on Broadway in Saratoga Springs.
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Community Sports Bulletin Jockeys To Be Featured in Legends Series
Wilton Rebels 12s Repeat as Eastern NY Cal Ripken Champs WILTON — The Wilton Rebels 12s clinched a second consecutive Eastern New York Cal Ripken championship in Beekman. Wilton finished pool play with a 4-0 record, earning the number one seed before a semifinal victory over Troy’s spring team, 6-1. The win catapulted the Rebels to their fourth championship game appearance in as many years. For the second year in a row, Wilton won. The 13-3 victory was started early with four tworun home runs in the top of the first (Rece McClements, Ben Mason, Kyle Hennessey, Lee Gnau). In Game 1 of pool play, the Rebels pounded out 18 hits on their way to a 17-4 win. Kaden Learch hit two home runs, while Terel Tillman, Jake Hart wand Kyle Hennessey all hit one home run apiece. Ben Mason pitched all five innings in the mercy game. In Game 2, the Rebels defeated their rival Titans, a team they have met in the championship game as 10s and 11s, 7-3. McClements and Mason both had three-run homers in the game, while Tillman struck out six in a complete game performance. Game 3 against Niskayuna was close, but ended with a 9-6 Rebels victory led by Hennessey’s five innings pitched while allowing three earned runs. Tillman and Jake Hart both had home runs in the game. The final game of pool play, against Clifton Park White featured hot Rebels bats again. Wilton had 16 hits in the 15-3 win. Learch, Mason and Tillman each homered in the game. The Rebels looked to keep their streak alive starting at the Middle Atlantic Regional Tournament, which began Thursday at Gavin Park in Wilton.
Weibel Avenue Ice Rink Open for Summer SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs Ice Rink on Weibel Avenue is open for the summer. There are Open Public, Open Stick, Open Adult Hockey and Open Figure sessions all summer. Skating lessons are also available. For session times and fees call (518) 583-3462 or go to the city’s website at www. saratoga-springs.org for a current schedule. Contact the Saratoga Springs Recreation Department at (518) 587-3550, ext. 2300 or visit email@example.com for other questions.
Send your sports stories or briefs to Brian Cremo, Sports Editor at brian@saratoga publishing.com
Puzzle solutions from pg. 34
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Hall of Fame members D. Wayne Lukas, Jacinto Vasquez and LeRoy Jolley are scheduled to participate in upcoming editions of the National Museum of Racing’s “Hall of Fame Legends” series, a weekly program scheduled for Tuesdays during the Saratoga Race Course meet produced in conjunction with the Capital OTB television network. Lukas will appear on Tuesday, July 31 at 11 a.m. in the Museum’s Hall of Fame Gallery, while Vasquez and Jolley will participate together on August 6 at 11 a.m. The programs are free to attend with a paid museum admission. Former jockey Jeff Carle of the Capital OTB network will serve as the program host. The series will feature 60-minute interviews by Carle with opportunities for audience members to ask questions of some of the biggest names in thoroughbred racing. As of July 24, Lukas has won 4,677 career races and owns the all-time record of $263,763,488 in purse earnings. He has won a record 14 Triple Crown races, including the 2013 Preakness Stakes with Oxbow, and a record 19 Breeders’ Cup races. Lukas, who began his training career in 1974, has trained 24 champions. He has won the Kentucky Derby four times, the Preakness six times and the Belmont four times. Lukas has won the training title at Saratoga six times. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999. Vasquez won 5,228 races from 1959 through 1996 and had purse earnings of $85,754,515. He won the Kentucky Derby in 1975 with Foolish Pleasure and 1980 with Genuine Risk. Vasquez was the regular rider of Hall of Fame member Ruffian. He also piloted Forego, Manila and Princess Rooney, among others. Vasquez also won multiple editions of the Travers, Acorn, Mother Goose, Sanford, Saratoga Special, Test, Coaching Club American Oaks and Brooklyn Handicap, among others. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998. Jolley has won 990 races in his career with purse earnings of $35,082,940. He trained Kentucky Derby winners Foolish Pleasure (1975) and Genuine Risk (1980). Jolley has also won multiple runnings of the Travers, Whitney, Florida Derby, Blue Grass and Wood Memorial, among others. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987. Carle, the program host, was the leading apprentice jockey at the 1989 Belmont spring and fall meets, as well as that year’s Saratoga meet. After retiring from riding because of injuries, Carle spent 10 years as a public trainer, winning several stakes races. He has hosted several programs for Capital OTB in recent years and produced numerous feature stories. Please visit the Museum Website at www.racingmuseum.org for upcoming guests of the “Hall of Fame Legends” series at the Museum.
Week of July 26 – August 1, 2013
Information you can understand and apply to play better golf everyday.
Turn Off Your Brain
by Fred Fruisen for Saratoga TODAY One of the ironies of golf is that you have to really use your brain, but it can also kill your game. Learning how, and more importantly when, to use it is the key to good golf. The brain and the body should have a dialogue. However, if your brain is speaking when the body should be swinging, you’re gonna’ play bad golf. After their best rounds, all golfers say the same thing: “I wasn’t thinking about anything. I just let it happen.” Turning off the brain at the right time is crucial. Standing over the ball at address for more than a few seconds rarely produces good results. If you linger over the ball on any golf shot, all your brain is doing is creating doubt and fear. I know, I know. You’re going through a check-list of all the things you need to remember before you swing. While running through your mental to-do list may seem like a positive, this practice is actually sabotaging your game. Concentrating harder does not equate to better results. The opposite is actually true. If you let yourself be an athlete over the ball and turn your brain off during the swing, you will have better results. You’ll swing more freely and you’ll have a lot more fun. Scientists have determined that the brain can only think about one thing at a time. The key is to distract the brain from thinking about golf while in the address position. In fact, Golfpsych, one of the leading mental training
programs employed by tour pros, recommends that their golfers think about anything other than golf between shots. Sometimes even while over shots. “Vision 54,” another golf mental training program, teaches golfers to cross what they call the “commitment line.” You can think about technical things while you are behind the ball, but once you are over the ball you must rely on your athletic ability and intuition. If while over the ball you start having technical thoughts, you must then step away from the ball, clear your mind and start your pre-shot routine again. What we need is a little selfhypnosis. Example: When you drive your car to work you don’t think about what you’re doing or how it happens very often because you’ve done it thousands of times. Poof, you magically arrive without much conscious effort. You just let it happen. Your mind was elsewhere. You were on auto-pilot. I like to have my golfers swing the club as soon as possible after they address the ball, not allowing time for the brain to do bad things. Brandt Snedecker does this. He commits, steps in and hits it. I work with many of my students to determine the ideal amount of time it takes for them to get comfortable
and then swing. It’s almost always shorter than they are used to. On the range, I count out loud to train them on their timing. At first, most of them feel rushed, and you may, too. This makes sense because almost everyone takes too long over the ball. As a coach I work together with my players to shorten their time. While I count, the player will settle into the shot. He sets his feet; sometimes there is a waggle of the club or a tug on the shirt. Each golfer has his own unique way of addressing the ball. I will count slowly, “5...4...3...2...1.” When I say, “one,” it is time to pull the trigger. Ready or not. Boom! Players are always amazed at how much more frequently they hit the ball great, once they employ the countdown. They quickly realize all of the prep work they used to do was no help at all. If fact, it hurt them! This is a very liberating discovery. Greatness was there all the time, hiding behind their brain. The countdown is a great preshot routine to adopt because if your brain is busy counting, you are not thinking about swing, or O.B., or hazards, or score. Thinking about that stuff keeps you from playing your best. The countdown helps get you into auto-pilot mode. Get over the ball. Tell your brain
to shut up. And SWING! Make sure you yell, “Boom!” while the ball is screaming through the air. Fred Fruisen is the coachofgolf. Fruisen is a PGA Professional and
the Golf Coach at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs. For more lessons visit the website coachofgolf. com. For personal instruction call (518) 565-7350.
Week of July 26 – August 1, 2013
42: A Lesson to be Learned for Everyone
by Damian Fantauzzi for Saratoga TODAY If you haven’t seen the movie “42”, which is about Jackie Robinson breaking the race barrier in Major League Baseball by being the first African American in the majors, then you have to make it your business to do so. Branch Rickey, who was the general manager and president of the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1942 until 1950, signed Robinson to play for the “Bums” in 1945. This is a movie that parents need to have their children see. This true story isn’t just about baseball, Jackie Robinson and Mr. Rickey. It’s about the beginning of equal rights and
integration, in the sport that defines America. A brief history: at the time when Rickey was in the St. Louis Cardinals organization, he had a part in many different managerial roles for 25 years. As a Cardinal figurehead, he was one of the people responsible for the formation of minor league programs that became what we know as the “farm system,” a league that would cultivate future major league players. He also started a new league for black players, who had been fully excluded from organized baseball beyond the various segregated leagues (there are no records showing that Rickey’s new league ever played any games). Rickey’s overriding idea was to scout black baseball players until he found just the one to bring about the desegregation of the major leagues. Rickey found the right player in October 1945, and it was Jackie Robinson, an infielder. He signed Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers, later saying, “There was never a man in the game who could put mind and muscle together quicker than Jackie Robinson.” After playing with the Dodgers’ minor league organization, the Montreal Royals,
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Robinson made his historical debut in Major League Baseball in 1947, breaking the so-called color barrier in baseball. Robinson led the Dodgers to the National League pennant in his first season with the team and earned the Rookie of the Year Award in 1947. In 1949, he was the NL’s Most Valuable Player. By 1952 there were 150 black players in organized baseball. Soon after that, the Negro Leagues disbanded because many of their marquee players had been brought up into the newly desegregated major leagues. The movie “42” focuses on the first few years of the Rickey/ Robinson legacy. The film is on the right page when it comes to the bigotry that Robinson faced as he shattered the segregation window of professional sports. Everyone should see this movie because it puts the viewer in the shoes of both characters. Mainly, it shows how Robinson felt, being the only black player in the big leagues. Also, it makes you realize that we need more people like Branch Rickey, who saw that change is brought about by people who believe they can make change work. There are so many people of fame who have had a profound
effect on the way we live and see life today. Some of these people were, or are, people like you and me. They were driven by a need to right the wrong and became famous, inconspicuously, without the intention of immortal fame. I think kids need to see Robinson’s experience because of the way he was treated by the fans, some of his teammates and the opposition just because of his color. Some felt he didn’t belong in the majors due to the stigma of his skin color. The present-day youth of our nation can compare current times bias to what went on in the ’40s and ’50s and how it is still in the process as a movement in racial progress. There are many stories similar to this that are evolving and maybe there is a need for it to be addressed by adults, parents, teachers, and how it relates to the modern day of our social routine. A good example is that we have witnessed in the 21st century, our first African American president, Barack Obama. As a former educator, I feel there needs to be more done in the classroom for understanding and accepting diversity. We, as a nation, have become more of a melting pot of race and ethnicity then ever
before. It’s not going to go away, so it’s time to educate us all. I saw a photo on Facebook. There were two eggs. One was white and one was brown. There was an adjacent picture of the same two eggs and they were cracked open and broken. Both interiors of the inside of the eggs were the same (the point of emphasis) — they had yokes and egg whites and, if you removed the shells you wouldn’t know which yoke came from which egg. A simple lesson that can hit home for us all. If you haven’t been insulted by someone because of your heritage or ethnicity, then you have no idea what it feels like. I won’t go into much more detail, but I experienced some bigotry because of my Italian heritage, years ago. It was unsettling and I never forgot how it made me feel. Does it really matter what your nationality is or what color skin you have? Color me neutral, but understand this: Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey are American hero icons. I feel strongly that it was all for the cause of humanity. Accepting that on the inside of all colored eggs there is a yoke with egg white and when the shells are broken, it all looks the same.
Saratoga Bridges’ 10th Annual Golf Classic Nets Record Amount $23,600 SAARTOGA SPRINGS — A record amount of $23,600 (NET) was raised at Saratoga Bridges’ 10th Annual J. Michael Fitzgibbon Memorial Golf Classic presented by Relph Benefit Advisors on Monday, July 15. In all, 88 Golfers played at the beautifully designed Edison Club, a private golf course in Rexford, which included an 18-hole scramble, BBQ lunch, awards ceremony and dinner, complimentary beverages, goodie bags with a Saratoga Bridges polo shirt, raffles, and a silent auction.
A portion of the proceeds benefits the J. Michael Fitzgibbons Memorial Scholarship Fund in honor of Michael, who was a Board Member that passed away unexpectedly in 2005. Professional Golfer and loyal Saratoga Bridges friend, Briana Vega, was one of the special guests again this year. A Pro since 2004, Briana qualified for the 2009 U.S. Women’s Open Championship and has won four other tournaments including The 2006 Big Break VI: Trump National series.
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Volume 8 • Issue 29
Week of July 26 – August 1, 2013
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