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High School Football Kicks-off One week away from Section II football’s opening games, Ballston Spa, Saratoga and Schuylerville are in the final stages of prepping for the 2013 season. Whether adjusting to new coaching positions, masterminding rotations or looking to put their thumb print on the system, these teams are looking to make their mark in See Football Spread pg. 36 Class AA and B.

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Split-Second Decision

Averts Disaster by Patricia Older Saratoga TODAY

MIDDLE GROVE – Disaster was narrowly missed on Tuesday when the pilot of a small aircraft

that had engine failure remembered a field he had just passed over and turned his plane around and headed for the patch of land just off of Middle Grove Road in Greenfield.

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Final Stretch

Three Days of Festivities by Patrica Older Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – With nights decidedly crisper and the smell of autumn in the air, the end of one of the most-anticipated racing seasons is just a few days away, but the final weekend it still full of all the festivities and celebrations the racing season in Saratoga is

famous for. The weekend includes four days of events and entertainment throughout Saratoga Springs, including the Final Stretch Music Celebration, organized by the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce. “There will be eight free sites with music ranging from pop to American roots to jazz, there is something for everyone,” said Susan

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Week of August 26 – August 30, 2013 The following are the arrests from the Saratoga Springs Police Department for the week of August 22 through August 28.

trespass; third degree unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and criminal possession of stolen property, fourth degree.

August 23 Richard Vargrave, 62, of Mount Pellier, Christiansted, Virgin Islands was stopped on Broadway at 1 a.m. and charged with misdemeanor DWI, refusal of a prescreen test, unsafe lane change and failure to signal a turn.

August 25 Matthew B. Normandin, 27, of Magnolia Way, Ballston Lake, was arrested at 6:20 a.m. on Putnam Street and charged with third degree criminal trespass and seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Jeanetta R. Davies, 20, of Jefferson Terrace, Saratoga was arrested on Broadway at 3:57 a.m. and charged with disorderly conduct and second degree criminal impersonation. Barron M. Bright, 54, of East State Street, Johnstown, was stopped on Caroline Street at 3:32 a.m. and charged with DWI, BAC of .08 percent and driving the wrong way on a one way street. Joseph J. Whaley, 29, Jackson Place, Schenectady, was stopped on Union Avenue at 3:28 a.m. and charged with DWI, refusal of a prescreen test, a headlight violation and rear light violation for lights manufactured after 1952. Anthony M. Turner, 47, South Franklin Street, Saratoga Springs, was arrested on Henry Street at 2:21 a.m. and charged with fourth degree criminal mischief.

August 24 Juan J. Munguia, 24, Vanderbilt Avenue, Saratoga Springs, was arrested at 4:07 a.m. on Caroline Street for seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Christian C. Zueger, 25, of Old Ridge Road, Warwick, was arrested on at 3:37 a.m. on Caroline Street and charged with disorderly conduct. Casey B. James, 21, of Grand Avenue, Saratoga Springs, was arrested on at 3:47 a.m. on Caroline Street and charged with disorderly conduct. Anthony J. ManganoDelaney, 21, of West Avenue, Saratoga Springs, was arrested at 2:31 a.m. on Caroline Street and charged with trespass and resisting arrest. Samuel L. Grossman, 48, of Forest Drive, Centerport, was stopped on Ballston Avenue at 1:30 a.m. and charged with DWI, BAC of .08 percent or higher, failure to keep right and speeding in a posted zone. Edward J. Dancz, 39, of Cypress Street, Mechanicville, was arrested at 5:27 p.m. at the Saratoga Race Track and charged with petit larceny, third degree criminal

August 26 Jordan A. Hensleigh, 22, of Middleline Road, West Milton, was arrested at 10:42 p.m. on Beekman Street and charged with criminal possession of a weapon, fourth degree. Jose L. Benitez, 24, Union Ave, Saratoga Springs, and Armando Sanchez-Aguilar, 24, of Lyons Road, Boyton Beach, Florida

BLOTTER were arrested at 7:33 p.m. on the Oklahoma Training Track on Union Avenue following an altercation in which a pitchfork was allegedly used. Benitez was charged with second degree assault with a deadly weapon and fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon. SanchezAguilar was charged with third degree assault. August 27 Sean Brown, 45, of Lincoln Ave, Saratoga Springs, was arrested outside of Price Chopper on Ballston Avenue and charged with petit larceny. Jordan A. Hensleigh, 22, of Middleline Road, West Milton, was arrested on Grand Avenue 3:27 p.m. after a driving complaint was called in. He was charged with reckless driving, disorderly conduct, speeding, passing on the and two violations of going the wrong way on a one-way street. Randie Kenyn Shattuck, 20, of Hemlock Drive, Greenfield Center, was arrested after attempting to intervene in Hensleigh’s arrest and was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. The following reports are from the Office of the District Attorney of Saratoga County Billy W. Tobin, 54, residing at 14W Harrison Street, Saratoga

Springs was sentenced August 26 in Saratoga County Court to four years each for four counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance, third degree and four counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, third degree. Tobin, who is also known as Billy W.M. Tobin and William Tobin, was also sentenced to one year for four counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, seventh degree. The incidents for which Tobin is guilty of occurred in the city of Saratoga Springs on June 16, 2011, June 24, 2011, July 12, 2011 and


August 1, 2011. All counts are to run concurrent. Robert H. Spratt, 45, residing at 13 Amethyst Drive, Queensbury, was sentenced in Saratoga County Court on August 26 to six months in jail and five months’ probation, as well as restitution for attempted criminal possession of forged instrument for incidents which occurred from September 9, 2011 through June 6, 2012 in the town of Moreau.


week in Review

Accident Killed One and Injured Three SARATOGA SPRINGS – The motorcycle accident on Sunday night on South Broadway took the life of one person and injured three others. Christopher T. Thomas, 26, of Yates Street in Troy died of massive chest trauma and a ruptured aorta after he hit a SUV making a turn in front of him following the Luke Bryan concert at Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Saratoga Springs Police Department spokesman Lt. John Catone said that the two motorcycles were first spotted about 10:30 p.m. as they exited Avenue of the Pines and headed south on Broadway toward the Northway. Thomas was riding a 2007 red Yamaha, and friend Scott A. Mancini, 23, of Rensselaer, and his passenger, 20-year-old Stephanie Preble of Troy, were on a 2008 black Victory motorcycle. Witnesses reported they were allegedly travelling at a high rate of speed and passing in and out of traffic just prior to the accident. Debra Powell of Northborough, Massachusetts was heading north on Route 9 and was attempting to make a left hand turn onto East West Road, the southern entrance to Saratoga Spa State Park, to pick up family members

who had been at the concert. As Powell was making the left-turn through the intersection, Catone said that the traffic light had changed from green to yellow and “by some witness accounts the motorcycles allegedly sped up to possibly beat the light.” Thomas’ motorcycle slammed in to the passenger side door and rear of the 2008 Lexus SUV being driven by Powell and slid to the ground. Mancini, with Preble on the back of the Victory, clipped the rear of the SUV and began fishtailing. Mancini lost control of the motorcycle and he and Preble were thrown from it. SSPD Sgt. Aaron Benware was directing traffic nearby and was the first officer on scene. A passing motorist who stopped and identified herself as a nurse and Sgt. Benware, immediately began CPR on Thomas. He was transported to Saratoga Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later. Mancini and Preble suffered arm, leg and facial injuries. They were transported to Albany Medical Center for treatment. Thomas, Mancini and Preble had attended the concert at SPAC.

Week of August 26 – August 30, 2013

NYRA Employee Killed SARATOGA SPRINGS – Police say that the truck driver involved in Friday afternoon’s fatality of 20-yearold Justin Price was not at fault in the accident and did everything he could to avoid the bicyclist. The 5:30 accident happened as the tractor trailer being driven by Kerry Williams, 47, of Corinth was driving east on Route 29 near Weibel Avenue. According to Lt. Catone of the Saratoga Springs Police Department, Williams was on his way to Greenwich to make a delivery when he spotted Price on his bike, also travelling east on Route 29. Price, who was a hot walker at the track, was on his way to Best Buy where he held a second job. Catone said that after talking to witnesses and reconstructing the accident, Williams, after seeing Price on his bike on the right shoulder of the highway, began braking and moving over away from Price.

The investigation, continued Catone, showed Price began drifting in to the eastbound driving lane and as he did so Williams continued to slow and take evasive measures to move the tractor-trailer away from him. Even so, Price continued to drift across the driving lane and ultimately struck the passenger side front tire of the tractor-trailer. The impact pushed Price away from the tractor-trailer and despite the evasive actions being taken by Williams to avoid him; Price drifted back toward the tractor-trailer striking the dual rear tires of the tractor’s cab and came to rest under the trailer portion of the vehicle. A witness to the accident, who is a registered nurse, began to immediately treat Price and was joined a few minutes later by Saratoga Springs Fire Department paramedics. Price was taken by helicopter to Albany Medical Center where he

passed away from his injuries at 8:30 p.m. The cause of death is listed as massive head trauma. Williams was taken to Saratoga Hospital and treated for trauma. Catone noted that Williams and LogisticsOne Transportation, who leased the truck from Ryder, have cooperated fully with law enforcement since the accident and that a postcrash commercial vehicle inspection was performed at the accident scene by law enforcement and no violations were found. Official toxicology results will not be available for about four weeks. Speed was also not a factor. “Based on the investigation and witness accounts, it appears Price became distracted and nintentionally drifted in to the path of the tractortrailer,” said Catone in a press release. “At this time no tickets will be issued [and] the investigation will continue.”

Arrest Made in CVS Robbery

BALLSTON SPA – A Navy man was arrested and charged with first degree robbery for the theft of a large amount of cash and an unknown quantity of Ritalin from a Ballston Spa CVS last Friday, August 23.

Richard K. Sliski, 20, residing at 58 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, allegedly entered the CVS on Route 50 at a little after 8 p.m. wearing all black including a black ski mask and pulled out a semi-automatic handgun, telling the clerk it was a robbery. After taking less than $200 and a large amount of Ritalin, Sliski fled on foot. On Monday, Ballston Spa police received a tip which led them to Sliski who lived about a mile away from

the drug store. Police say numerous pieces of evidence were recovered, but neither the money nor the drugs have been located. Sliski, who is a Naval student at the West Milton site and an active member of the U.S. Navy, was arraigned before Judge Thomas Schroeder in the village of Ballston Spa Court and remanded to Saratoga County Jail on $50,000 cash or $100,000 bail bond. He has since made bail.

“The Bugler” Admits to DWAI SARATOGA SPRINGS – The man whose bugle call announces the start of each race at Saratoga Race Course pled guilty to a reduced charge of driving while ability impaired. Samuel “the Bugler” Grossman pled guilty in Saratoga Springs City Court this morning to driving while ability impaired and a minor traffic violation. Grossman was stopped at 1:30 a.m. by the Saratoga Springs Police Department last Friday night for speeding and failure to keep right and was found to be intoxicated— his BAC was .15 percent, nearly double the limit. He was noticeably absent from the Travers Day races because of the arrest. Grossman, who had no prior record, will have to undergo an alcohol evaluation and comply with follow up treatment for alcohol abuse as part of the court ordered disposition. In addition, his license

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was suspended for six months and he will be required to attend the Department of Motor Vehicle “Drinker Driver Program” as well as attend a Victim Impact Panel where he will meet and hear from families whose lives have been shattered by drunk driving crashes and fatalities. Grossman will have to pay $555 in fines and surcharges.

Week of August 26 – August 30, 2013

Hans H. L. Hustedt NISKAYUNA — Hans H. L. Hustedt, 93, of Niskayuna and Cherry Plain departed this world at Ellis Hospital on Saturday, August 24, surrounded by his loving family. Hans was born in Spaden, Germany on July 2, 1920 to Johann and Frieda Hustedt and lived in nearby Elmlohe until he finished school and joined the German merchant marines. He traveled the world until being drafted into the Navy where he served on a mine sweeper in the North Sea until the end of World War II. In 1946 he married Marianne Helene Blaffer. After their marriage, Hans learned the stone mason trade and became a master brick layer. Hans and Marianne moved from Germany to Bellmore, New York in 1957 with their four children, before having one more child in the United States. After his retirement from the building trade in 1983, Hans and Marianne moved to Cherry Plain, where they built a new home. Later on, he took up the building of miniature dollhouses, for which he has become widely recognized. He also enjoyed working around their property, planting trees and enjoying the peace of the surrounding countryside. Hans took special joy in his family. He is survived by his loving wife, Marianne, with whom he would have celebrated 67 years of marriage on September 27; five children: Wolfgang

Hustedt (Carol) of Raleigh, North Carolina, Doris Kessler (Richard) of Philadelphia, Hans Hustedt (Barbara Mayer) of Levittown, Traute Lehner (John) of Niskayuna, and Marianne Barker (David) of Saratoga Springs; and eight grandchildren: Paul Hustedt of Portland, Eric Hustedt (Kristen) of Patchogue, Gail Hustedt Marino (Bill) of Smithtown, Sarah Kessler of Los Angeles, William Kessler (Jordan) of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Nicholas Lehner (Ana Maria) of Columbus, Ohio, Stephanie Lehner Rowe (Alan) of Indianapolis, and Christine Hustedt of Chesapeake, Virginia. He is also survived by his sisters Henny Satzinger of Bremerhaven, Germany and Meta von Glahn of Elmlohe, Germany. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 31 at 11 a.m. at the Niskayuna Reformed Church, 3041 Troy-Schenectady Road, Niskayuna. The Rev. Dr. Scott DeBlock will officiate. Interment will be at the Niskayuna Reformed Church Cemetery immediately following the funeral. Calling hours are scheduled at Jones Funeral Home, 1503 Union Street, Schenectady on Friday, August 30 from 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Niskayuna Reformed Church, 3041 TroySchenectady Rd., Niskayuna, NY 12309 in Hans’ name or to a charity of your choice.

Donald S. Deveneau BALLSTON SPA — Donald S. Deveneau, 51, passed away suddenly at home on Sunday, August 25. Born in Fairbanks, Alaska on June 23, 1962, he was the son of William and Shirley Mae Sheridan-Deveneau. Don was a graduate of Saratoga Springs High School, after which he joined the U.S. Navy. Don was a member of the First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa and enjoyed NASCAR and spending time with his family. Don was a loving husband to Della (Reome) Deveneau for 23 years. He is also survived by his children; William, Ashley, and

Kayla, step-daughters, Julie Bull and Amanda Bull of Saratoga; his three sisters: Cindi Cardella of Gansevoort, Darlene Lake of Wilton and Sonya Morrow of Georgia; brother, Mark Deveneau of South Carolina and his step-mother Liz DeVizzio of Saratoga; step-siblings: Theresa Wagner, Lizzy DeVizzio, Fran DeVizzio, Cindi Wittkopp and Brian DeVizzio; grandchildren: Jordan Gardner and Justice Gallagher as well as several nieces and nephews. Don was predeceased by his mother, Shirley Mae (Sheridan) Deveneau, father, William Deveneau, and step-brother, Frank DeVizzi, of Saratoga Springs.



Ima Frances Hults Hayes

NORTH CREEK — Ima Frances Hults Hayes, 85, passed away August 23 at Adirondack Tri County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center surrounded by her family. She was the wife of the late Harold L. Hayes. Born December 2, 1927 she was the daughter of the late Kenneth and Edith Jessie (Seaman) Hults. She attended school at East Hempstead and worked as a telephone operator. In 1955 she married Harold L. Hayes. They slowly started moving north out of Long Island and in 1968 landed in Quaker Springs. Ima worked at Saratoga Hospital as a dietary aide and

then supervisor for 27 years. Many very close friendships were made there and continued throughout her life. After her retirement in 1992 she worked part-time at Home of the Good Shepherd. She was also involved in the Senior Citizens of Saratoga Springs and volunteered at many events with them. She was a member of the Quaker Springs United Methodist Church and gave her time to them as much as possible, especially the monthly dinners. While living in Saratoga she also attended the Saratoga Baptist Church and volunteered with them as well. She enjoyed roller skating and watching figure skating. Her greatest love and proudest moments were watching her family grow. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her life. In addition to her parents and her husband, Ima was predeceased by a daughter Susan Marie Hedler; a great-grandson Aidan Varney and two brothers: George Mott and Thomas Hults. Survivors include a brother, Kenneth Hults of Long Island; her four children, Cynthia Bruce and husband Bill of Quaker Springs, John Hayes and wife

Helen of Saratoga Springs, Nathan Hayes of Watervliet and Caroline Hayes of North Creek; 11 grandchildren: Laurie Lewis and husband Ken, Ruth Penman and husband Jon Sr., Frank Edward Burns, Heather Varney, Kristen Mosher and husband Bart, Richard Varney, Karin Printy, Katrina Smith and husband Jason, Lindsay Conklin and husband Earl, Stephanie Richards, Devin Hayes and 17 great-grandchildren Alicia, Meagan, Tristan, Shania, Jon Jr., Brittany, Vinnie, Samantha, Carly, Allison, Trevor, Haley, Madison, Kayden, Amasia-Jae and Kristofer. A celebration of life service was held at Quaker Springs United Methodist Church onWednesday, August 28. Donations can be made to the Quaker Springs United Methodist Church, c/o Tim Lagoe, 135 County Route 69, Schuylerville, NY 12871. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes of 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs.

Justin Matthew Price CLIFTON PARK — Justin Matthew Price, 20, of Clifton Park was riding his bicycle down Route 29 in Saratoga Springs Friday evening, August 23, when he was struck by a tractor-trailer. An unknown nurse rushed to his side and stayed with him until paramedics arrived. He was flown to Albany Medical Center due to the injuries sustained from the accident, passing away a few hours later with his birth mother, his Nana and

his brother by his side. Born October 20, 1992, in Vero Beach, Florida, he was the son of James Price of Santan Valley, Arizona and Morgan Smith of Clifton Park. Matt graduated from Highland High School in Mesa, Arizona, proudly doing four years of Army Junior ROTC. Matt enjoyed video games, his candy, horses, the military and most of all his family. He was predeceased by his

paternal grandparents, Art and Elaine Price; and his maternal grandfather, William “Pop” St. John Sr. Survivors besides his parents include two brothers, Travis Price of Arizona and Brandon Price of Clifton Park; his grandmother, Mecleta “Nana” Smith of Clifton Park ; one nephew, Calen Matthew McKeever of Baltimore, Maryland and by many close friends.


Week of August 26 – August 30, 2013

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, What a nice area in New York State we live in called the Capital District and the North Country. We have lots of great roads to travel on, also some not so great roads but it looks like the not so great roads are being repaired little by little, that’s good. We also have some roads that have bike paths on them, also some good and some not so good. In our travels around the area we find that folks that ride bicycles do not always observe the laws of the road—they know who they are, so after reading this will they please stop for stop signs like cars do—it’s the law. This idea of not stopping because you have to start back up again is not right—there are too many close calls. Please for your sake and the peace of mind for car drivers, please stop. We want to share the road with our bike friends. Let’s all think of each other and enjoy our rides. By the way, we walked Broadway in Saratoga the other night. It was crowded with walkers. Some young folks on bikes rode down Broadway

on their bikes—I did not know you could do this on the sidewalk, or can you? Enough said.

Sid Gordon Saratoga Springs Dear Editor, I’ve carefully reviewed the backgrounds and experience of each candidate running in the Republican Primary for Saratoga County Sheriff. I’ve decided to support someone who isn’t tied to political interests. Jeff Gildersleeve is an independent person who is ready to serve as Saratoga County Sheriff without being beholden to the political leadership. He’s a real Republican that supports the issues we believe in and isn’t told what to do after a back-room meeting. Instead, Jeff Gildersleeve has been open and transparent with his positions and goals for the sheriff ’s office and better yet, he hasn’t tried to pull any underhanded political maneuvering like his opponent. Jeff Gildersleeve has worked to

give Republican voters a real choice in this election and I’ll be using my vote to support him in the Republican Primary on September 10. Jesse Zahn Clifton Park Dear Editor, I am voting for Rob Arrigo and Elaine Gerber for Republican State Committee. They will hold Dean Skelos and the other “so-called” Republicans accountable for passing the NY ‘SAFE’ Act. I am tired of these party insiders who are supposed to represent us on the State Committee but it’s clear don’t represent anyone but themselves. Arrigo and Gerber are good grassroots Republican candidates who want to create a New York State Party that puts principle above politics. Neal Estano Wilton Dear Editor, I heard an interview with Jeff Gildersleeve and I was very

impressed. He had a real plan to bring the Saratoga County Sheriff ’s office into the 21st Century. Better yet, he’s focused on serving the public and providing public safety for all of our communities. Jeff is a United States Marine and a retired New York State Trooper; he currently works in the Warren County Sheriff ’s office leading a drug unit to prevent the spread of drugs in that county. Jeff has a pretty impressive resume and an even more impressive plan to improve public safety in our county. I hope you’ll join me in supporting Jeff Gildersleeve in the Republican Primary on Tuesday, September 10.

Mark McCoy Clifton Park Dear Editor, Maybe it’s time for our country to start going backwards instead of forward in certain areas. Some of these areas could be like fracking,

changing the way food products grow, too many hormones for livestock of all kinds, etc. We are also moving at too fast a pace for us with all the new cell phones, computers, electronics and so on—we are moving way too fast for lots of people. We are also making too many fast cars that can go from zero to 60 in six of seven seconds—why keep this as one of the main sales reason to buy a car—again we are moving too fast and for what? Our chemical companies are not treating the Earth too good by putting too many poisons into our planet. It’s time to slow down, smell the roses and think on how to have a better world for all of us. We need more than money to keep us going in the right direction—it’s time for a change and it should start now before it’s too late. I hope everyone gets this message, we as humans are entitled to a better way of life and at a slower pace. Sid Gordon Saratoga Springs

Week of August 26 – August 30, 2013

Editorial As the most successful county in upstate New York, there’s no reason for deficiencies to exist in our top policing organization. Yet, because of an administration that does not encourage original thought, has stalled modernization, and we have a department behind in the times. You might not be aware of this, but there are times when only one sheriff ’s deputy is on road patrol for ALL of Saratoga County. Paired with no department emails, minimal use of the Internet, fax machines to disseminate public information, unsolved homicides, deputies worried about pro-actively policing, and you wonder what your tax dollars are paying for. More troubling is that these concerns only scratch the surface of small problems that have grown into significant public safety concerns. Recently, a news reporter discovered that an arrest report was intentionally left out of the daily blotter and when questioned, the current undersheriff responded to the reporter, “I don’t like what you’re implying.” In comparison, my opponent has labeled $12,000 in unitemized or unreported (in politics that means hidden), campaign contributions as

“an oversight by his treasurer.” If he can’t accurately track $12,000 what is he going to do with $26 million of your hard earned tax dollars? It’s time we turn things around. As a law-enforcement professional with diversified experience I’ve learned how an efficient police force is operated. We need to update communications and technology into the 21st century, improve training opportunities for deputies and increase activity on road patrols as a crime-deterrent. It’s time to implement policies that allow for our highly trained deputies to actively work to solve and prevent crimes across our County so that our communities are a safer place for our families. It’s important to mention that our deputies are doing an exceptional job, but need the support of their sheriff and administration. Most important of all, this Primary election is about you having a choice in who serves as your next county sheriff. You can choose between outdated policies that have left us in the dark, and a new direction shedding light and pro-actively protecting our county. I’m a political newcomer, but my experience as a United States

Small Plane Crashes In Middle Grove

continued from page 1 William Booth, who had just left the Saratoga County Airport for his summer home in Blue Mountain Lake, was flying over Greenfield toward Lake Desolation when his plane began to experience engine problems. “I saw the plane fly over,” said Brad Hall, who lives off of Coy Road. “And then I saw him come back and it sounded like the engine was going faster than the plane was travelling— the plane appeared to be going really slow.” Then, Hall says, he heard nothing at all. Booth said that when he realized his plane, a Lake Renegade—one of only 100 known to be in existence— started to have mechanical problems, he remembered the field and decided to head toward it. If he had flown a few minutes more, he would have been over the woods that cover the Mount Pleasant mountaintop or Sacandaga Lake. Even where Booth landed posed problems with a large subdivision nearby and hundreds of homes in the area. Booth said even the field posed

a problem for him as he tried to guide his now-disabled plane past telephone poles, a major roadway and utility wires. Booth, who said he kept thinking of the pilot’s adage to ‘fly the crash,’ was only slightly injured. A resident, whose house sat only a few yards from the accident scene, saw the plane crash and ran out to help the shaken pilot, who suffered bruising and a few abrasions when the plane made the bumpy landing. The sound of the airplane crashing was heard by residents as far as a mile away. One woman said that while she did not see the plane, she was outside tending to her horses when she heard a loud boom. “It startled me—I didn’t know what had happened,” she said. The crash closed down a section of Middle Grove Road just west of Sandhill Road and north of North Creek Road for hours as firemen and the Federal Aviation Administration worked the scene. Greenfield Fire District responded to the call, as well as the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office and the FAA.


Marine, NYS Trooper, DEA Task Force Supervisor and Warren County Deputy Sheriff has given me the tools necessary to give you a sheriff ’s office you can be proud of. I want to make this department a sterling example that we can be proud of and surrounding counties will envy. I’ve had the opportunity to meet so many great people while campaigning for Saratoga County

Sheriff, and it would be a mistake not to thank you all for the kind words, encouragement and support. I humbly ask for your support in the September 10th Republican Primary because I will take politics out of the equation for your public safety and be a sheriff of, serving for, and elected by the people of Saratoga County. Jeff Gildersleeves



Showcase of Homes Tickets Available SARATOGA SPRINGS – Ever looked at a house and wish you could go inside and get a sneak peak of it? Well, for 14 Saratoga County homes, that opportunity will present itself with the 2013 Saratoga Showcase of Homes. Tickets are now on sale and available at all Adirondack Trust locations, Trustco Bank locations, Curtis Lumber in Ballston Spa, Realty USA offices in Clifton Park and Saratoga Springs, Roohan Realty in Saratoga Springs and the Gazette in Schenectady. Tickets can also be purchased online at and are always available at any showcase home during the tour. Again this year, each ticket holder will receive a free shoe tote bag at the first home visited. The 2013 Saratoga Showcase of Homes will be presented over three weekends beginning September 21 and 22, 28 and 29 and October 5 and 6. Tickets are still only $20 which allows you to visit these spectacular homes over six weekend days from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. This year’s edition has 14 locations from 10 award-winning builders on display in Saratoga County. Participating builders are; Bella Home Builders (three homes), Belmonte Builders, Bonacio Construction (two homes), Heritage Custom Builders, Malta Development, Polito Homes, RJ Taylor Builders, Saratoga Builders, Terrace Homebuilders and Witt Construction (two homes). To view an interactive map with locations and directions to these homes, visit the website at www. Don’t miss the incredible line-up

for the Showcase Chefs “Comforts of Home” evening, part of the Showcase of Homes event being held on Friday, September 20 from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Visitors will not only tour these magnificent homes, but will enjoy sample comfort food delights from many popular local restaurants. Tickets are $25 each (due to the nature of this event, quantities will be limited) or the $40 combo which includes a Chefs event and Showcase of Homes ticket. The Showcase Chefs “Comforts of Home” event will feature eight chefs; Chef Scott Ringwood of Lake Ridge Restaurant at Bella Home Builders; Chef Carla Kuchar of Zest Chefs at Belmonte Builders; Chef Kim Klopstock of The Lily & the Rose at Heritage Custom Builders; Chef Dale Miller of Sperry’s at Witt Construction; Chef Jason Saunders of Prime at Saratoga National at Saratoga Builders; Chef Franco Rua of Café Capriccio Saratoga at Terrace Homebuilders; Chef John LaPosta of Maestro’s at Malta Development and Chef Sean Comiskey of Druthers at Witt Construction. Now celebrating its 18th year, this annual community event has contributed nearly $800,000 to local charities. Proceeds from the Showcase of Homes will benefit Rebuilding Together Saratoga County ( and Habitat for Humanity of Northern Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties ( For more details on the 2012 Showcase of Homes event, please visit

Week of August 26 – August 30, 2013

Dublin Recieves 2013 Best Doctor Award by Capital Region Living Magazine SARATOGA – Dr. Andrew H. Dubin has been recognized in Capital Region Living Magazine as the region’s 2013 Best Doctors. Dr. Dubin was selected as the best in his field based on peer review and credentials. Dr. Dubin is part of the Capital Region Orthopaedics team of physicians and surgeons who are fellowship trained subspecialists in the fields of sports medicine, hand and upper extremity surgery, foot and ankle surgery, spine surgery, joint reconstruction, physiatry, and orthopaedic

oncology. Dr. Dubin was recently awarded the 2013 Top Doctor Award by Hudson Valley Magazine. Outside of Capital Region Orthopaedics, Dr. Dubin works as a Clinical Instructor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and as an Associate Professor at Albany Medical College.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS – Thorobred Feed Sales will be having a customer appreciation event, Thorobred Feeds’ Purina Check-RBoard Day, to thank their loyal customers on September 21 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will drawings for five $100 in-store gift cards and 100 day passes to the Saratoga Horse Expo will be given with every purchase. Enjoy special savings on select items including 25 percent off Hydration Hay, Hydra Salt and Electro Erase, 10 percent off exclusive dog and cat food plus buy one get one free Enrich 12 and 32 (while supplies last). The savings continues with 25 percent off Dengi Gold Hay and take two dollars off all Purina Feed (limited to pick-up orders). The area food truck will be on location throughout Thorobred Feed Sales’ Purina Check-R-Board

Days along with representatives from PalaMountains Supplements and Ivesco to provide information and discounts. A Purina Animal Nutrition Specialist will also be available on-site offering promotions and feed trial programs as well as to answer any animal related feeding questions. Samples and giveaways will be available throughout the event. Customers will also have the opportunity to enter in the national Purina Check-R-Board sweepstakes for their chance to win a 2013 John Deere XUV 550, one ton of Purina Feed or Purina Gear. “We are proud to serve the residents of Saratoga Springs and thank them for their continued loyalty,” said Elizabeth Collins of, Thorobred Feed Sales. “We invite everyone to come celebrate our Purina CheckR-Board Days with us.”

Jessica Lafave

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Fingerpaint added Jessica Lafave to its account service team. Lafave joins Fingerpaint with seven years of account management experience in several Massachusetts-based companies and marketing agencies. Prior to joining Fingerpaint, Lafave was a marketing specialist at HCPRO Health Leaders Media, where she managed interactive, social media, PR and direct-mail programs for clients in the healthcare industry. She also served as an assistant account executive at Matter Communications, securing client coverage in top-tier trade, consumer and business media and helping clients execute social-media campaigns. At Vistaprint, Jessica was a strategic marketing specialist tasked with managing B2B strategic partnership accounts and driving e-commerce marketing initiatives and promotional campaigns with Google, Intuit, Pitney Bowes and Yellowbook. Lafave earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Castleton State College in Vermont and her master’s degree in journalism from Quinnipiac University. “Jessica brings a proven track record of successful, effective marketing campaigns,” notes Ed Mitzen. “She consistently delivers dedicated account management, and she builds longlasting client relationships. We welcome her to Fingerpaint.”

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Merle Norman Cosmetics Moves to Beekman by Patricia Older Saratoga TODAY

SARATOGA SPRINGS – After 30 years on Broadway, Terry Guerin was a little worried that moving her Merle Norman Cosmetics Studio to a new location would hurt business. “I never had a lease in my 30 years there,” said Guerin, who said she was surprised to find out just before Christmas that she had to move. Her landlord, she explained, decided they had other plans for the space she had rented for three decades in the Algonquin Building. With almost all the Broadway locations already occupied, Guerin had to look elsewhere and decided on a bright and airy storefront on Beekman Street and she is finding that while she doesn’t have the foot traffic afforded from a Broadway location, business is pretty good. “I compared last week to the same week last year on Broadway and I did more here than I did there,” said Guerin, who has the only Merle Norman store within 300 square miles. Guerin opened her store on Broadway after her husband and she moved to the Spa City and she found time on her hands when the kids went to school.

“My husband was transferred here in the ’70s and when the kids started school, I wanted something to do, but there was nothing here for me in my field,” explained Guerin, who had worked for Boston University as a fundraiser. “And I realized there was not a Merle Norman here, so I brought one.” So successful was she, Guerin was a fixture on Broadway for three decades offering not only the fine lines of Merle Norman skin care products, but quality hats. “I do not have a hat in here that is over $80,” said Guerin, noting that is the one area she saw a loss of sales with the move. “I have a wonderful line of beautiful hats and fascinators.” Merle Norman Cosmetics was founded in Los Angeles in 1931 by Merle Nethercutt Norman and is a leading brand of premium skin care, foundations and color cosmetic products. Guerin explained that the Merle Norman line has evolved since she first began, but still offers the best products for skin care on the market today. “Merle Norman skin care is amazing,” said Guerin who looks 15 years younger than she is, adding that

the company is still one of the few that continues to manufacture almost all of its products in the United States. Unlike most cosmetics, Merle Norman products are not sold on the internet or at department stores and are only distributed through Merle Norman Cosmetic locations. “We believe it is important to have a fully dedicated Studio with a complete line of products to offer a quality personalized service,” states the Merle Norman website, adding that its personalized service is important for customer satisfaction. “We provide quality products that are fully guaranteed,” said Guerin, whose Studio is recognized as a Gold Medallion Studio, a designation given only to top stores. “Many people are under the impression Merle Norman is very expensive, but it is really quite affordable.” Continuing, Guerin said that when a competing cosmetic brand came out with a mineral-base powder foundation, she was eager to compare it to Merle Norman. “Our Ultra Powder foundation we have had for over 20 years,” she said. “And when I compared it to [the competing brand] we have more minerals than theirs does.”

Terry Guerin poses in front of one of her cosmetic counters in her new location at 70C Beekman Street. Photo by Patricia Older.

Noting that they have powders, cream-to-powders and cream foundations, Guerin said Merle Norman’s vast array of choices and products guarantee everyone can find what they need and love. “There are more than 190 shades in the different consistencies,” continued Guerin. “I will show customers how to put on the make-up and how to take care of their skin. We have products from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet.” Noting that she loves her new location and that she will continue to give the same quality service she was known for on Broadway,

Guerin said Merle Norman products come with a full satisfaction guarantee and that she encourages customers to try it before they buy it. “This new location is so much bigger and brighter and my customers are so happy they can find parking,” said Guerin. “I like it here and my customers seem to really like it too.” Merle Norman Cosmetics is located at 70C Beekman Street at the corner of Beekman and Oak streets. Guerin’s Studio is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call (518) 584-5642.


The Event That Love Built by Trina Lucas Saratoga TODAY Saratoga’s style shone last Thursday, August 22, as 500 fashionforward men and women met in the track’s At the Rail Pavilion to do what Saratogians do best: support an extraordinary cause. The 15th Annual Saratoga

Fashion Show for Ronald McDonald House Charities kicked off with champagne toasts and vodka tastings, courtesy of Crush & Cask Wine & Spirits, American Harvest and Southern Wine & Spirits. Honorary chair Beth Smith, stunning in crisp black and white, mingled with friends Laural Samascott, Julie Johnson, Traci Jersen, Ann MacAffer, Beth Alexander, Dr.

Mark Moreau, Leisha Arbogast, Patty Novo, Sylvia Kravis Phillips and NYRA President and CEO Christopher Kay. Shortly after 11:30 a.m., emcee Walt Adams, the morning voice of 101.3 The Jockey, encouraged the lively crowd to find seats for the brief program and highly anticipated runway show. Allowing a few minutes for drink refills and chair scrambling,

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Adams then teased with some of the fun in store that afternoon and introduced Jeff Yule, RMHC executive director, who in turn thanked the host of “caring hearts and generous souls” in attendance. “Like the Saratoga Race Course, our house has stood the test of time in grand fashion,” remarked Yule. “Yet unlike the track, a place families look forward to visiting year after year, the Ronald McDonald House is the last place the families who call it their home away from home want to be. But with a seriously ill or injured child, it is the place they must be.” Yule continued, explaining that these events are the reason they have been able to welcome more than 17,000 families since the door first opened in 1982, and how expansions like the current 10-bedroom addition are possible. He turned the spotlight on presenting sponsors Turbine Services, Vince and Patty Riggi, and Ron and Michele Riggi, and expressed his gratitude for others, including Saratoga Casino and Raceway, Malta Development Company, Lemery Greisler, the Pippo Family, CDPHP, and Albany Medical Center. And before handing the microphone to the lady herself, Yule

applauded Natalie Sillery for her tireless efforts to pull together the world-class fashion show year after year. Appropriately, it was children who Sillery brought out first, showcasing the Collection D-Alli couture line now available at Saratoga Trunk. Among the pintsize models were Maddie and Gracie Sheft, two and a half-year old twins whose pre-mature birth led to their mom Shannon experiencing the magic of Ronald McDonald House first-hand. Designer Donna Hercules joined Sillery on stage to talk about the clothes and her own enthusiasm for RMHC. It was the perfect segue for Liz Foley, “Mom of the Day,” to step up and speak about her family’s stay at the house. Foley and her husband, Chris, a disabled, retired Army veteran, moved in with their 3-year old daughter, following the leukemia diagnosis of their one-month old son, Chase. Almost two years later, he is in remission and the Foley Family calls Albany home, having moved from the Ft. Drum area to be closer to Chase’s doctors and part of the community that opened a house and heart to them. How to follow such an impassioned testimonial? With a rousing live auction, of course! Photographer Lisa Miller donated a print from the Foal Project, a non-profit traveling gallery show she created to raise awareness and funding for equineassisted therapy. The 12 images in the Foal Project depict the moment of connection between a mare and her foal, symbolizing the human-horse connection and the importance of recognizing equine-assisted therapy and how it makes a difference in countless lives. As Adams walked the stage displaying the print, a bidding war ensued between Joelle Rodgers and Patty Riggi. Rodgers ended the battle, offering $5,000 if Riggi would match the price for a second print. Miller agreed to create another and in the matter of a minute, $10,000 was raised for RMHC. The pavilion was buzzing when Sillery came back to the stage. Commentating to a score assembled by committee members (and models) Elaine Sillery, Danielle Milot and Laura Crisafulli, Natalie presented an incredible show highlighting almost 75 unique fall fashions by Kay Unger, Zelda and THEIA, with the accessories of Joni Sarah White, GAS Bijoux and Bazyli Studios. Several outfits were topped with hats and fascinators from

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milliners Christine A. Moore, Cat Stevens Derby Couture and Jill Henning Fineries. Watching it all, adjusting a strap here and a belt there, were Zelda’s Lisa Attea and THEIA’s designer extraordinaire, Don O’Neill, with his partner Pascal Guillermie. THEIA president Evelyn Anastos multi-tasked, modeling and still managing the dozens of ladies backstage. The ensemble cast of professional women and entrepreneurs included Corey Lindley, Christianne Smith, Carole Moreau, Melissa Brumley, Chris Harmon, Amy Raimo, Jayne McCarthy, Kathy Funk, Mary Ferguson, Cassandra Partyka, Nicole Dergosits, Theresa Skaine, Georgie Lussier, Alexis Mokler, Jan Keenan, Ciara Austin, Nikki Roche, Colleen Carlson, Michele Funiciello, Michele Jacobs, Kate Otis, Danielle Valenti, Jessica Koehler, Kylie Gross, Amelia Clark, Gayle LaSalle, Lisa Barber, Rebecca Beers, Anne Donlan, Jenny Witte, Jamie Bolles, Cindy Pryor, Leah Slocum, Jayne McCarthy, BJ Pierce, and yes, this roving reporter. After being zipped and fastened by Joanne

Finn, Tina Mirabile and Quinn Carlson, the models received a hand up to the stage from the dapper Thomas Raimo, and were assisted from the runway by Bill Sillery and Emmett McCarthy. Following the finale, three elegant pieces from the THEIA Boutique Bridal collection at Saratoga Trunk (more of which can be seen at the Enchanted Wedding Expo on Sunday, September 8), O’Neill and Natalie announced a surprise auction package the pair were donating. Immediately, the bidding skyrocketed to $5,000, thanks to Joyce Austin, who upped the ante to claim a trip to THEIA’s showroom in New York City, complete with car service, champagne and lunch, in addition to a custom design by Don O’Neill. With the fabulous live auction contributions, the new ‘mission auction’ that followed and the silent auction closing after the day’s Fourth Race, the event raised more than ever before for Ronald McDonald House Charities. It truly is “The House that Love Built.”

Nicole Dergosits, Cassandra Partyka, Don O’Neill and Melissa Brumley. Photo by Lisa Miller, Studio di Luce




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Tips on How to Ease Your Child Back into School by Chelsea DiSchiano with commentary from Saratogamama Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA COUNTY – Travers Weekend has come and gone, some leaves are already beginning to fall from the trees, and the night air is slowly turning chilly: signs of the approaching fall have inevitably arrived, and now it’s time to prepare both yourself and your child(ren) for another school year. With the help of Colleen Pierre of SaratogaMama, we came up with some tips to help you ease your kids back into a fall school routine! 1. Set up a bedtime/waking up routine a week or so before school starts again. With all the fun summer has to bring, sleeping schedules can be

altered easily with later bedtimes, letting the kids sleep in later and naps at all kinds of hours. Getting back into a more normal routine a week or two before school starts can help your kids make the transition to school a lot easier. SM: Our summer was laden with late nights, missed naps and a laissez-faire schedule. It’s time to shift gears and get serious! A week or more before school starts is a good time to re-establish a consistent routine for all. 2. Create a space for kids to work on homework or projects without getting distracted. SM: It’s really important for kids to have a comfortable and clutter-free work environment for homework or projects. This can be as simple as a kitchen table, or as elaborate as the Kids Corner space we created for the back to school SaratogaMama Magazine! Work with your child to keep this space as organized as possible to curb any distractions. 3. Get back to healthier eating habits. Many diets or healthy foods can be minimalized during summer vacations, and eating out becomes a more convenient option as many families stay busy or go on vacations throughout the summer. As the whole family gets back into a routine, try to plan back-to-school lunches and afternoon snacks ahead of time. SM: Packing lunches, picking preschool snacks and

planning perfect dinners is daunting! The more meal planning or batch cooking you can do, the better. has lots of info on how to plan meals and make it simple! Also, check out Healthy Living Market to find some healthy snack options for school. I’ve been using Pinterest this year to find some great options for back-toschool lunches and snacks. 4. Go to a school orientation to meet other classmates and the teacher. SM: If your school has an orientation prior to the start of school, don’t be shy about talking to other moms and planning a playdate! It

can help your child develop a bond with a fellow classmate and as an added bonus, you might make another mom friend!

5. Go shopping together for school supplies—explain to them how each supply might be used. By explaining the uses of different school supplies to your younger children, they can get excited about all of the possible upcoming projects and assignments they’ll be completing in school. Letting them choose some of their supplies can also spark their enthusiasm for using the supplies and being proud to bring them to school. SM: Even my five-year-old got really into picking out his backpack and assisting me with school supply shopping. It’s a great way to allow

the kids to be part of the process and start some dialogue about getting in the back-to-school groove.

6. Read books about going to school for the first time or going back to school. Many children’s authors are aware of the anxiety kids can have about going to school, so if you think your child is feeling that way, browse your local bookstores for books that empathize with your kid’s nervousness. SM: Northshire Bookstore suggested several books on how to alleviate back-to-school anxiety in the recent SaratogaMama Magazine, so be sure to check it out for all kinds of info on how to prepare for the school year!

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Final Stretch Festival 2013 continued from page 1 Farnsworth, Event Coordinator for the Chamber. “There is something for everyone. (See map and venues on page 14.) The “Final Stretch” Music Festival, which is free and open to the public, will be on both Saturday and Sunday nights, August 31 and September 1 and will feature eight free musical acts on Broadway and side streets performing Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m. and nine acts on Sunday, also 7 to 11 p.m. “Event organizers remind attendees that these events are for our human residents so please leave your pets at home,” said Farnsworth. “We’d like to invite our loyal fans to enjoy a final weekend of festivities as the 150th anniversary meet draws to a close,” said Chris Kay, New York Racing Association’s CEO and president. “The sesquicentennial season has been a truly outstanding 40 days. We look forward to one more exciting weekend of racing and fantastic entertainment at Saratoga.” On Friday, August 30, there will be Twilight Racing—gates will open at noon for a post time at 2:30 p.m. with nine races scheduled for the day, including Race 8, the $100,000 Riskaverse Stakes race, for three-year-old fillies on the turf track. Following the fourth race on Friday, officials from NYRA will join with representatives from the

Saratoga 150 Committee in the winner’s circle for a special ceremony which will showcase some of the items selected to be buried in the time capsule following the close of the track season. Additionally, the ceremony will honor equine artist Robert Clark who designed SPAtacular, the celebrated Saratoga 150 horse that graces the front entrance to the race course. This weekend will mark the final days that SPAtacular will reside inside the Clubhouse gates— the artwork will be given a permanent home at the National Museum of Racing & Hall of Fame. On Saturday, there will be two Grade I races—the Forego and the Woodward—for some of the finest older horses. The $500,000 Forego are horses three years and up and will be Race 9; Race 10 is also for horses three-years-old and up— the $750,000 Woodward. The day’s card will also feature the Grade II $250,000 Bernard Baruch. All three races will be shown live on NBC Sports Network between 4 and 6 p.m. This weekend also features the Final Stretch Music Festival where racing fans, tourists and residents can head downtown for an evening of music. After the conclusion of the day’s races, numerous bands will provide free musical entertainment at several downtown locations on both Saturday and Sunday

evenings. Music will fill the streets of downtown Saratoga from 7 to 11 p.m. with a mix of jazz, blues, acoustic, funk, rock and pop and is sponsored by NYRA. The final giveaway of the season will be the Saratoga Beer Stein on Sunday, September 1. The ceramic beer stein features images of some of the most legendary Thoroughbreds to have competed at Saratoga Race Course. The steins are free with a paid admission, while supplies last. Fans will also have the opportunity to be involved in a one-of-akind photograph when they will be invited onto the historic main track and will raise their steins in unison in a Toast to Saratoga which will be captured digitally and on video for generations to come. The unique photo opportunity will take place after the final race goes to post on Sunday at approximately 6:20 p.m., weather permitting. Race fans will also have the opportunity to participate in the Family Fun Fest on Sunday and Monday where there will be pony rides, caricatures, carnival games, magic shows, jugglers, giant inflatables and the Leaping Lizards and Rocking Reptiles exhibit from The Children’s Museum. The familyfriendly event runs from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the backyard. All proceeds from games, pony rides and other select activities benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region.

Other Events This Weekend Include

Friday, August 30

• Friday marks the meet’s final Family Friday from noon to 4 p.m. in the Event Tent, just inside the Reserved Seats entrance off Union Avenue. Family Fridays feature a variety of free family-friendly activities for all ages, including a bounce inflatable and the Tiny Tots Tea Room arts and crafts table. This week’s featured activity will look to the future with a hands-on robotics demonstration from students at Shenendehowa High School. • Fridays feature the Coca-Cola Best Bet which is adult grandstand admission, a Post Parade program, a hot dog and Coca-Cola for $5. The Coca-Cola Best Bet offer is found on Coca-Cola displays at participating retailers throughout

the Capital Region. The voucher can be redeemed one final time at the Reserved Seats Office on Union Avenue.

Saturday, August 31:

• The New York Racing Association will debut a video set to music featuring highlights from the 150th anniversary season. The video retrospective of the 150th anniversary season will continue to air throughout closing weekend. • Local youth musical groups The Empire State Youth Orchestras’ Youth Jazz Ensemble, directed by Paul Evoskevich, and Saratoga Theater, will perform for racing fans in front of the bandstand near Guest Services in between the day’s races at Saratoga Race Course.

Sunday, September 1

• Taste NY at Saratoga Race Course will be held one final Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Located at the Event Tent, the lively market features numerous vendors and artisans offering products made exclusively in New York State.

Monday, September 2

• The first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive a Belmont Fall Magnet featuring the fall 2013 racing schedule at Belmont Park. • On the final day of the 150th anniversary season, fans will be invited to enter to win for the opportunity to take home select memorabilia from the sesquicentennial that has been displayed ontrack throughout the meet. Entry forms will be available at the admission gates and must be turned in at the Guest Services Information Booths no later than 2 p.m. • The second day of Family Fun Fest continues with pony rides, caricatures, carnival games, magic shows, jugglers and giant inflatables. The family-friendly event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the backyard. All proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region. • The traditional final feature race, the 109th running of the Grade I Hopeful for two-year-olds will afford racing fans a preview of potential standouts in next year’s Triple Crown series and Travers Stakes.

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The Ideal Situation Jess* Marcotte says, “We play a wide range of Pop, Dance, Reggae, Rock and R&B from today and yesterday. If it’s fun, it’s the ideal situation. As front woman of The Ideal Situation, I am having so much fun! It’s just amazing to be part of such a high energy project and able to facilitate in some incredible parties! Rock ON!!” Set times: 7–8:15 p.m., 8:45– 9:45 p.m., and 10–11 p.m.

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Bob Warren A songwriter of many styles of music, Bob’s songs have been recorded by blues guitarist and singer Joan Crane, pop singer Mallory O’Donnell, and reggae/ R&B singer Minna Lee. He has received funding from the New York State Council on the Arts to write music for dance/dramatic presentations. The self–titled “Bob Warren” album released in November of 2010 is Bob’s fifth album. “Musically right on the mark… irresistible rock, gentle introspection, variety, wit, and killer hooks” –––Dirty Linen Magazine Set times: 7–8 p.m., 8:15–9:15 p.m., 9:45–11 p.m.

3. Post Office

The Chronicles Hailing from Albany, The Chronicles combine Jazz, Soul, Funk and Hip Hop into one genre– bending sound. They were recognized by Metroland as “Best Jazz” in 2012 and 2013. In 2011, they were named “…best live hip hop with jazz chops out the yin yang and new tunes at their fingertips every time they pick up their instruments.” Set times: 7–7:45 p.m., 8–9 p.m., 9:15–10 p.m., and 10:15–11 p.m.

4. Adirondack Trust

Young at Heart Beautifully crooning the Great American Songbook classics from the 40’s and 50’s, the way you remember them. Set times: 7–7:45, 8–8:45, 9–10, 10:15–11

5. Caroline Street

The El Dorado’s Put a rocket in your pocket with revved–up rockabilly sounds of artists like Gene Vincent, Johnny Burnette and Elvis Presley! Set times: 7–8:30 p.m., 9:30–11 p.m.


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Saratoga Winter Farmers Market Out in the Cold Division Street No Longer Viable Venue by Chelsea DiSchiano Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – After using Division Street Elementary as its winter market home for about seven years, the Saratoga Farmers Market Association is looking for a new venue after being told by the school district they can no longer use the space during the winter season. Charles Holub, president of Saratoga Farmers Market Association, received a letter from Saratoga Springs City School District in early July stating that the district received “recent legal advice stipulating that city schools are prohibited from allowing private entities to use school facilities to make a profit, ‘unless 100 percent of proceeds collected are distributed in the community for charitable purposes.’” Holub said no further details about the sudden change were enclosed in the letter. “They didn’t say anything else, they just said it was their attorney’s

‘reinterpretation of their policy,’” Holub said. “I’m confident we’ll find a new place, but it definitely made us scramble.” District Superintendent Michael Piccirillo reaffirmed the change was made due to legal advice the district received. “The policy was revised and in the process the legal advice we received was to make sure for-profit groups complied with regulations,” Piccirillo said in an email. “The district has had a great relationship with the Farmers Market and it is unfortunate we can no longer continue it in terms of use of our facilities.” Piccirillo did add that the district wants to continue its relationship with the Farmer’s Market and local farmers in other capacities in the future. Since receiving the letter, the SFMA issued a Request For Proposals as they search to find a new home before the winter market begins in November. The market hosts about 35 vendors, Holub said, and the amount of attendees range from in

Augie’s to open in New Location on Low Street BALLSTON SPA – Augie’s Family Restaurant has a new, temporary home in the former Manna’s on Low Street in Ballston Spa. Augie Vitiello’s location on Route 50 burned down on August 5 in an early morning blaze that completely destroyed the restaurant. Vitiello has said he wants to rebuild in his former location and has said he wants to work with an architect to “do it right.” The official cause of the fire has not been determined. The new location has approximately the same amount of seating as the old location, as well as a bar and large parking lot. Vitiello started a fundraiser through Indiegogo, an internet fund raising site to help the 15 employees who have been out of work because of the fire. Called Augie’s Will Rebuild Staff Fundraiser, the site

has raised almost $16,000 to date. With 22 days left, Vitiello’s goal is to raise $50,000. Since everything was destroyed in the fire, Vitiello has to start from scratch to open in the new location. The money raised will go towards the service staff ’s holdover budget and will be split as normally done with tips and money raised during normal business at Augie’s. Any remainder of the funds in case they are able to rebuild faster than estimated, will go towards local homeless shelters in the area. Those who donate will receive a one-time coupon good for a percentage discount off of their bill upon reopening, applicable for inhouse dining. To make a donation, go to augie-s-employee-fundraiser.

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the hundreds to a thousand during peak weekends. “We’re looking for something a little bigger than the last venue because we were turning farms away for our winter market there all the time,” Holub said. “We’re looking for ample parking like everyone else in Saratoga. We use an outside location early in the year, so if they had a setup space for our farmers outside, it’d be advantageous.” Other qualities the market is looking for include a minimum of 4,000 square feet within Saratoga Springs city limits, access between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. every Saturday from November through April, parking for 85 vehicles and heating to 60 degrees, with appropriate restrooms, lighting and electrical service. “We’re slated to open [the bids]

September 13 and our board of directors will accept one of the offers shortly after that, so I’d say within a week of opening the bids, we’ll have a new location selected,” Holub said. From November through April, the Association runs a winter market in Saratoga Springs with over 30 vendors, who typically sell produce, meat, fish, dairy, eggs, baked goods,

décor and gift items. The market will be open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information visit “We’ve got a very successful winter market and we’re looking to grow and add as many more farms as possible,” Holub said. “There’s a lot of good agriculture and we’d like to add more diversity to the market.”

16 Adirondack Christian Fellowship   8 Mountain Ledge, Wilton 587-0623; Services: Sunday 8 a.m. & 10 a.m. Adirondack Friends Meeting 27 Saratoga Ave., S. Glens Falls 793-3755; AdirondackFM@nycap.; 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; Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa 885-7312; 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; Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Christ Community Reformed Church 1010 Route 146, Clifton Park 371-7654; 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; 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 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Cornerstone Community Church Malta Commons 899-7001; Associate Pastor Paul Shepherd Services: Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Community 2001 Route 9, Round Lake 877-8506, 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; Services: Sunday: 9:30 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; 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 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; 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; 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; Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Childcare is available at all services. NorthStar Church Shenendehowa High School West Auditorium, Clifton Park 371-2811; Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Old Saratoga Reformed Church 48 Pearl St., Schuylerville 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; Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m.

Week of August 26 – August 30, 2013 Quaker Springs United Methodist Church  466 Route 32 South, Quaker Springs 695-3101; 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; 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; 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;; 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; 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;; 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 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga Abundant Life Church 2325 Route 50 South, Saratoga Springs 885-5456; Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. Saratoga Chabad 130 Circular St., Saratoga Springs 526-0773;; 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; Services: Sunday 9 & 10:45 a.m. Handicapped accessible. Saratoga Seventh-Day Adventist Church 399 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs 882-9384; 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 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; 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; Rev. Patti Molik-Pastor Services: Sunday 9 and 11 a.m. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs 624 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-1555; 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 Rev. Thomas Gregg, Pastor Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Wilton Baptist Church 755 Saratoga Rd, Wilton 583-2736;; Services: Sunday Service 11 a.m.

Week of August 26 – August 30, 2013

Hudson River Community Credit Union Donates to Local Soldiers SARATOGA SPRINGS Hudson River Community Credit Union’s donation of $700 will help Operation Adopt A Soldier send care packages to over 50 soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. The donation was a combination of monies collected by employees through their Jeans for Charity program and by members participating in the monthly Community Heroes campaign.

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

HRCCU’s Christine Somers (center) presents a check for $703.27 to Terry Perry, Co-Chair and Cliff Seguin, Founder and Chairman of Operation Adopt A Soldier, Inc.

Camp Saradac A Success



RUBY Tooth Fairy Club is sponsored by: SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Saratoga Springs Recreation Department would like to thank the many staff, sponsors, and volunteers that helped to make Camp Saradac a huge success. Camp

Marcellus/Kelleher Engagement Announcement

Saradac is a seven-week NYSDOH licensed full day summer camp for children ages 5-12. The camp offers exciting weekly field trips, creative recreational and educational programs, arts & crafts, weekly

swimming, and themed weeks. For more information about Camp Saradac, contact the Saratoga Springs Recreation Department by email at

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Adam met Jinni in 2004 while working at Wesley Nursing Home. The couple began dating December 18, 2004. They both enjoy kayaking, fishing, watching the Yankees and traveling. On a surprise trip to New York City, Adam proposed on the top of the Empire State Building at sunset!

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Week of August 26 – August 30, 2013

Harness Drivers Donate Full Day’s Driver Fees toward Project Lift

Picture: Franklin Community Center Executive Director, Kari Cushing, and her daughter Alexa (front, center) with drivers from Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The drivers will be donating their entire driving fees on Tuesday, August 21 to the Franklin Community Center with a match from Saratoga Casino and Raceway resulting in a $6000 donation to help fund “Project Lift” at the Center.

SARATOGA SPRINGS – For the fifth year in a row, driver’s from the Harness Track at Saratoga Casino and Raceway (SCR) have chosen Franklin Community Center (FCC) as the recipient of their generosity for “Project Lift”, donating their drivers’ fees for an entire day to the center, demonstrating that giving back to the local community is just as important as their race to the finish line. On August 27, FCC’s “Project Lift” will benefit from this year’s donation of $6,000. That donation consists of the $3,000 in driver’s fees which are voluntarily given up by the drivers and then matched by SCR. Raceway officials say the drivers are so passionate about the cause that they are the ones who spearhead the annual effort to make the donation happen. “The work that the Franklin Community Center staff does with Project Lift is really appreciated by everyone in the community. Saratoga Casino and Raceway is proud to match the generous donation of our driving colony who will donate their entire driver fees to the cause next Tuesday,” said Skip Carlson, Vice President of External Affairs. Barry Segel, the President of the Saratoga Harness Horsepersons Association (SHHA), noted that “the horsemen value all of the

services the Franklin Community Center provide, but Project Lift is special to us in that it helps provide role models and education to children that hold the key to the future of our community.” Franklin Community Center is always looking for ways to increase community support to help their programs. Funding cuts and a struggling economy continue to affect the agency and their program, Project Lift. Project Lift is an after-school prevention program for at-risk youth in grades one through five. Serving 75 children and their families in the Saratoga Springs City School District each year, it’s one of the center’s most important programs, leaving FCC staff to find supplemental income to ensure the same level of service that has been provided for nearly 30 years. Services to Project Lift families stretch much farther than a basic after school program. Offering a safe, caring and structured environment, Project Lift’s unique approach heightens children’s social and emotional competence, improves decisionmaking skills, offers lessons on the prevention of tobacco, drugs, alcohol and bullying, boosts selfesteem and helps strengthen the bond between child, family, school and community. All of the families enrolled in the program

utilize the agency’s ancillary services, including food, clothing, school supplies for the entire family, holiday assistance and Christmas gifts, summer camp scholarships, winter gear and much more. The staff at FCC says the program is too important to too many families to see it dwindle, and the donation from the drivers is always an asset. “We consider ourselves so fortunate to have such a strong relationship with Saratoga Casino and Raceway, the drivers and staff. They not only understand the need in our community, they strive to help meet those needs throughout the year” said Executive Director, Kari Cushing. The SCR relationship with the center has been flourishing for the past eight years. As one of the agency’s biggest donors throughout the year, FCC says it means even more receiving from a business whose entire staff stands behind their mission. Jaime Williams, Associate Director of FCC said, “Project Lift has seen multiple funding cuts over the past few years leaving staff searching for ways to ensure the program remains a consistent and positive opportunity for the children, families and schools we serve. We are extremely grateful to the SHHA drivers and Saratoga Casino and Raceway for their continued support.”

Week of August 26 – August 30, 2013




WINNER’S CIRCLE Saratoga TODAY Newspaper’s Guide to the 2013 Racing Season at the Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York

As Everyone Leaves, Paynter Heads East

by Brendan O’Meara for Saratoga TODAY It’s hard to believe, but we’ve reached the final weekend of the 150th Saratoga race meeting. Downtown is easier to navigate. The license plates illustrate a more northeastern regionalism. The folks from downstate and Kentucky have largely left south and west of here. Coming east, however, is Paynter. A year ago he was a smashing winner of the Grade I Haskell Invitational. Then he got sick, real sick. His owner, Ahmed Zayat, created what can only be considered the longest, biggest virtual candlelight vigil to save Paynter’s life. Paynter suffered from colitis, followed quickly by laminitis in three of his four hooves. If ever there was a “death sentence” in horse racing, Paynter stared it down.

“It’s an incredible story,” said Paynter’s Hall of Fame trainer, Bob Baffert. “It was so emotional, what he went through for two months. Now that he’s back, I really want him to take on the big guys, because he’s a big guy himself.” Those big guys include Fort Larned (Post 3, 4-1), winner of last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic, Successful Dan (Post 2, 5-2), Flat Out (Post 4, 7-2), Ron the Greek (Post 1, 12-1), Mucho Macho Man (Post 6, 6-1) and Alpha (Post 7, 15-1). Paynter (Post 5, 3-1) came back a winner on June 14 sporting a 114 Beyer Speed Figure. The second race of his comeback, the Grade II San Diego Handicap, he was beaten a half a length by Kettle Corn. “The Woodward is a great race, pointing to the Breeders’ Cup,” Baffert said. “We’re excited about running him. It’s a tough field, but he’s tough.” Fort Larned was the beatenfavorite in the Grade I Whitney Invitational four weeks ago. He got off to a bad start, failed to get the lead and didn’t have enough run to chase down the winner, Cross Traffic. “I haven’t lost any confidence in him,” said Ian Wilkes, Fort Larned’s trainer. “He’s had a different schedule than last year—he hasn’t raced

as much—but the objective is still the same: get back to the Classic. I think the whole division is very strong this year, and this race is going to be as tough as or tougher than the last one [Whitney].” Running right with Fort Larned for much of the Whitney was Mucho Macho Man, third place in the Whitney. “It’s certainly going to be tough, but he’s coming into this race better than he did into the Whitney, because we had run into a couple of problems early in the year with a bacterial infection and so forth,” said Mucho Macho Man’s owner Dean Reeves. “So this will be his third race back, and we’re looking for him to improve on that race in the Whitney, and hopefully it’ll be good enough to get that group of horses, which are a fine group, in this coming Woodward.” Bill Mott, trainer to Ron the Greek and Flat Out, won this race a year ago with To Honor and Serve. Flat Out comes into the Woodward off a long layoff, electing to skip the Whitney and start in this spot. “We thought if he was doing really, really well going into the Whitney, we’d run,” he said. “We worked him and thought he maybe wasn’t on his game 100

After nearly losing his life in a battle with colitis and laminitis last year, Paynter not only survived but went on to win the $1 million Haskell Invitational earlier this year. Paynter will be running in this weekend’s Woodward Stakes. Photo Courtesy of Zayat Stables.

percent. He has always had issues with his feet and we thought we needed a little more time for one of his feet. With that being said, we pointed to the Woodward. We didn’t want to skip them both.” Alpha, trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, was the dead-heat winner of last year’s Travers. He wasn’t a factor in the Whitney finishing sixth. “He likes it here at Saratoga,” said trainer Kiaran McLaughlin of last year’s co-winner of the Grade 1

Travers. “We thought we’d give him one more shot against these horses.”

Travers Wrap The 144th running of the Grade I $1 million Travers Stakes saw a crowd of 47,597 people. D. Wayne Lukas, Hall of Fame trainer to Will Take Charge, won the Travers for the first time since 1995. Will Take Charge ran down a stubborn Moreno, who nearly took this field of three-year-olds all the way See Travers Wrap pg. 21



Week of August 26 – August 30, 2013

The Summing Up Of The 2013 Race Season

By Marilyn Lane for Saratoga Today

A meet of most memorable dimensions is winding down and leaving us tasked with storing our memories. Some of them will be personal and others historical but one thing for sure, every fan is going to remember Saratoga 150. The weather for the most part was great and the main complaint I heard all summer was, ‘There’s just too much to do.’ I’ve struggled every week with my columns because this great sport provides such rich material to write about. What a tapestry to pull from! The meet was still young when Johnny Velazquez booted

home winner number 694 to become the winningest jockey in Saratoga history. Jerry Bailey formerly held that title and before him the venerable Angel Cordero. All three Hall of Famers were in Saratoga for the entire meet. Three-time Kentucky Derbywinning jockey Calvin Borel and top-class horses including Lure, Housebuster and Invasor entered the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame in a ceremony that is always one of the highlights of the summer. We saw brilliance in the Fourstardave Handicap. Last year’s Horse of the Year, Wise Dan, lived up to expectations in every way. He came into the paddock looking like a champion and

Royal Delta running in the Personal Ensign- Photo Courtesy of NYRA

he ran like one. The Alabama Stakes perennially offers one of the summer’s most exciting races and Princess Sylmar’s performance this year was dazzling. The talented Pennsylvania-bred stamped herself as the likely threeyear-old filly of the year and best of all she leaves you to believe that she has not yet gone to the bottom of the well. The signature race of the meet, the Travers, ended up much differently than anticipated. D. Wayne Lukas walked away with the spoils with Will Take Charge, catching long shot Moreno in the last jump. Nice revenge for having to miss this opportunity with his Preakness winner, Oxbow. The Kentucky Derby winner, Orb ran well and finished third but Belmont Stakes and Jim Dandy winner Palace Malice got off to a bad start and was further hampered by a slow pace. He was the best horse on Saturday and came running late but was left with

too much to do so we will have a black and white canoe. Once the pace issue was determined In the Personal Ensign the race was over. On Fire Baby rushed to the lead but when twotime champion Royal Delta was ready, she pounced into command, cruised down the lane and won with Mike Smith reserving something for next time. I think she left me with the biggest goose bumps of the meet. Joel Rosario, the leading jockey in the country in both wins and purse money was tossed to the turf when his last place finisher, Casual Elegance stumbled past the wire after the seventh race last Friday (August 23). X-rays revealed a broken left foot and Joel will be sidelined for six weeks. They say he’s in good spirits and accepts the injury as part of the game, but you know it had to hurt to interrupt the momentum that’s carried him to such heights.

On Sunday, recently retired jockey Ramon Dominguez was in town for a race named for him and after the fourth race the threetime Eclipse Award-winning jockey received a standing ovation after being presented his 2012 Eclipse Award trophy as well as the 2013 Mike Venezia Award. The Venezia Award is named for the popular rider who died as a result of injuries suffered in a spill at Belmont Park in 1988, and it is presented to a jockey who encompasses extraordinary sportsmanship and citizenship. We are all saddened that the injuries Ramon incurred in that Aqueduct spill took him from our jockey colony but let’s just hope he stays in racing in some capacity, we could use his knowledge, integrity and passion to enhance our sport. Todd Pletcher dominated the trainer standings from the start and Javier Castellano didn’t wait long to exhibit he would be the man to catch for the jockey title. Ken Ramsey declared he was coming to Saratoga to take home the leading owner title and he did it with aplomb. Congratulations to the winners and to all the owners, trainers and jockeys who pushed them to exemplary performances week after week. The addition of the Whitney Stand over at the Oklahoma training track serves as a testament to Saratoga Race Course’s illustrious See Summing cont. pg. 22

Week of August 26 – August 30, 2013



Travers Wrap Continued from pg. 19

around the oval by himself. Orb, the Kentucky Derby winner, who hadn’t raced since the Belmont Stakes in early June, finished third. It was a thrilling finish that came down to the final strides with Will Take Charge nailing Moreno at the wire. “His style of running puts him in a position where he has to have some things go his way,” Lukas said. “As he’s gotten older and more mature now, mentally and physically, he’s able to overcome that stuff. Early on in his career, that was the thing that probably slowed him up.” Orb came into the Travers off a long layoff. At the 3/8ths pole, he looked like he was much the best, but he steadied down the lane giving way to Will Take Charge and failing to catch Moreno. “I thought he ran a great race,” said McGaughey, who trains the Kentucky Derby winner for Stuart S. Janney III and Phipps Stable. “He came to the paddock the way I wanted him to, and I thought he had running on his mind. I thought Jose

rode him great. He was down on the inside the other two horses and he couldn’t get by Moreno, really, after that slow pace. I’m disappointed we didn’t win, but I’m not disappointed in his effort one bit. I thought they did a terrific job with him.” Hard as it is to believe, the Travers may have been Orb’s first prep for a fall campaign that likely will include the Jockey Club Gold Cup and the Breeders’ Cup Classic. “Now we’ve got a good, solid race under his belt, we’ve got all last winter and spring’s stuff behind us,” said McGaughey. “I think we can really move forward now. I’m going to look at the Gold Cup. That’s not to say the Pennsylvania Derby or the Indiana Derby or something is completely out of the picture, but I think we want to go to the Gold Cup.” Verrazano, the much-heralded favorite, had no run turning for home and finished seventh. Palace Malice, winner of the Belmont Stakes and Jim Dandy, finished fourth.

Mucho Macho Man - Photo by Sharon Castro Photography



Summing It Up

Continued from pg. 20

Wise Dan in the FourstarDave - Photo Courtesy of NYRA

past and hope for its future. If you have not seen it, take a mug of coffee and go there to view the workouts. Off the track there were countless celebrations but I’ve heard many people say that the Floral Fete Promenade was their favorite event of the year. An estimated 30,000 people enjoyed the parade which was followed by an old-fashioned ice cream social in Congress Park.

Marylou Whitney was the inspiration behind the renewal of this 19th century fixture. Thank You Marylou and to all the Whitney family for the continued love and support of racing and everything Saratoga. Thank you Saratoga 150, and most of all thank you to the magnificent horses who lay their hearts on the line year after year to give us the greatest race meet in the world.


Week of August 26 – August 30, 2013

Travers Watch Presentation

Officials from The New York Racing Association, Inc., Northeastern Fine Jewelry and BALL Watch USA present special timepieces to the winning owner, trainer and jockey of the Grade I, $1 million Travers in the winner’s circle at Saratoga Race Course on Saturday, August 24. The nation’s oldest major stakes race for three-year-olds was won in an upset by Will Take Charge. Winning jockey Luis Saez (far left) holds his watch while Northeastern Fine Jewelry Vice President Gregg Kelly (second from left) presents a watch to winning Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas (third from left) and BALL Watch USA President and CEO Jeff Hess (fifth from right) presents a third watch to winning owner Willis D. Horton (fourth from left). The New York Racing Association, Inc. CEO and President Chris Kay appear on the far right.

Mary Burns Winner of the Weekly 150 Wager SARATOGA SPRINGS –If Mary Burns can pick the winning horse of the $750,000 Woodward Stakes this Saturday like two of the other four winners of the $15,000 Wager, she will come home a lot richer. Burns, of Averill Park, is the final winner of the wager underwritten by Marylou Whitney an John Hendrickson as part of the Saratoga 150 celebration.

Two of the four previous contest winners have won the win wager— Adam McNeill of Saratoga Springs who left the track with $21,000 and Deborah White of Saratoga Springs who won $22,500. McNeill chose Wise Dan in the Fourstardave and White picked Princess of Sylmar to win the Alabama. The final presentation of the $15,000 in cash and the wager for the Woodward will take place in the

winner’s circle after the ninth race on Saturday. The contest winner and three guests will receive VIP Clubhouse amenities including admission, luncheon and programs from the New York Racing Association that operates Saratoga, Belmont and Aqueduct Thoroughbred tracks. Questions about the winner drawings may be directed to info@

Week of August 26 – August 30, 2013

Wilton After-School Program Registration is currently underway for the New York State licensed after-school program. Children from Kindergarten to fifth grade may be enrolled. The program operates Monday through Friday from 3:30-6 p.m. Activities include sports, crafts, group activities, homework time and more. A snack and drink will be included each afternoon. Space is limited to 35 participants. Register online by going to (Parks and Recreation), or in person at the Gavin Park Office, 10 Lewis Drive, Wilton, weekdays from 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

CJ’s Breathe Easy Golf Outing Team CJ and Saratoga Lake Golf Club have joined hands for CJ’s Breath Easy Golf Outing on Saturday, September 21 at the Saratoga Lake Golf Club. The outing’s proceeds will go toward finding a cure for cystic fibrosis. The $100 per person fee includes green fee, cart, food at the turn and a buffet lunch. Shotgun start is 8 a.m., registration is at 7:15 a.m. and the fee must be in by September 6. For more information contact CJ’s mom, Tracy Van Hattum, at tvanhattum@yahoo. com or (518) 328 7600. Middle Grove United Methodist Church BBQ Middle Grove United Methodist Church is hosting a chicken BBQ and pie sale on Saturday, September 7 from 3–6 p.m. The BBQ is being presented by Bill’s Dugout and will cost $10. It includes chicken, salt potatoes, coleslaw, roll and beverage. Presale tickets are recommended and available by calling (518) 583-2879. Queensbury’s Sokol Invitational Set The 21st Annual Sokol Invitational Golf Tournament, to benefit Prospect Center, will be held on Saturday, September 7, at Hiland Park Country Club in Queensbury. The tournament features lunch at 11:30 a.m. and a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Registration is $125 per player

and includes greens fees, lunch, golf cart and dinner. There will be prizes and giveaways throughout the day, with a live auction, raffle and games of chance following the tournament. Golfers are invited to call (518) 798-0170 for details or may download the registration form by going to the upcoming events page at

Joe Farrell Memorial Golf Tournament The Fourth Annual Joe Farrell Memorial Golf Tournament at the Brookhaven Golf Course will be September 7. Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society, the Estherville Animal Shelter and H.O.P.E. A cost of $80 per person includes greens fees, cart, snack at turn and a buffet lunch after play. The shotgun start is set for 8:30 a.m. and there will be first, second and third place finishes recorded for longest drives as well as a raffle, closest to the pin and $5,000 for a hole-in-one. For more information call (518) 885-8624. Registrations are due by August 30.

Single Parents of the Capital District Meetup Calling single parents ages 30s–70s (with young or adult children)—Parents Without Partners (PWP) meets at 6:45 p.m. on September 7 at the Shenendehowa Adult Community Center, at Clifton Commons. You are invited to meet other singles from the Capital District, Saratoga and surrounding areas. Learn more at: or call at (518) 348-2062.

LOCAL BRIEFS call (518) 587-4953.

Humorist Mo Rocca Headlines Festival Nationally known humorist, actor and writer Mo Rocca will headline the popular Saratoga Wine & Food Festival, September 6–8 in Saratoga Springs. Tickets to the Saratoga Wine & Food Festival are available at or by calling (518) 584-9330 or at the Route 50 Box Office. 

Revolutionary War Re-Enactment Relive the 18th Century with the historical Revolutionary War re-enactment  September 7—8 at the Mabee Farm Historic Site in Rotterdam Junction.  The event goes from 10 a.m.–8:30 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.–3:30 p.m. on Sunday. For more information call (518) 887-5073.

Clifton Bark Fest Fundraiser The Clifton Bark Fest, which will be held at 627 Plank Road, Clifton Park, will be September 8 from noon to 4 p.m. The event is a one-day educational fundraising festival open to the public, which will cater to aspiring professional groomers, home grooming hobbyists and pet fashionistas, as well as a fun festival for pet lovers and pet owners that want to “strut their mutt” among the festivities. Visit for more information.

Tang Museum Exhibition: Classless Society Classless Society will explore class today from various social and economic perspectives, including the potential for class mobility, the different ways that class is signaled and understood and the increasing hollowing out of the middle-class stratum at the Tang Museum starting September 7 on Tuesdays through Sundays. For more information call (518) 580-8080.

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. The next date is September 22. For more information call (518) 289-5470 or (518) 885-6506.

Elks Soccer Shoot The Elks Soccer Shoot will be September 7 from 9 a.m. to noon at Gavin Park in Wilton. The event is for boys and girls and there is no charge. There will be awards for first and second place age groups (7U, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13 years old). For more information

Water Garden Tour for Historical Society Chip’s Landscaping is sponsoring a self-guided Saratoga County Water Garden Tour of unique and beautiful water gardens within a 15 mile radius on September 8. Ticket sales will benefit Brookside Museum and

are $12 a person in advance and $15 day of. Kids ages five to12 are $6 and kids under five are free. All proceeds from this event support education programs offered by Brookside Museum to thousands of Capital Region school children each year. The Tour will go from 1–5 p.m. and the “After Tour” barbeque will go from 4:30–6:30 p.m. For more information call (518) 885-4000.

Gorilla Basketball Is Back The Gorilla Basketball and Gorilla Soccer programs, for children ages 4 –6 who have little or no basketball and or soccer playing experience, is back. Participants will learn the fundamentals of these popular sports in a fun and relaxed environment and coaches will teach the basics of the game by utilizing drills and small scrimmages. Basketball starts October 6 and Soccer starts November 3. You can register online by going to, or in person at the Gavin Park Office, 10 Lewis Drive.


Upcoming Town Meetings Town of Ballston: Ballston Town Hall 323 Charlton Road 885-8502 08/27: Town Board, 7:30 p.m. 08/28: Planning Board, 7:30 p.m. Village of Ballston Spa:

66 Front Street 885-5711

08/26: Board of Trustees, 7:30 p.m. Town of Greenfield:

7 Wilton Road 893-7432

08/27: Planning Board, 7 p.m. Town of Malta:

2540 Route 9 899-2818

09/02: Town Board, 7 p.m. 09/17: Planning Board, 6:30 p.m. Town of Milton:

Tournament Features $10K for Hole-In-One A benefit golf tournament to assist the winning “Blue Streaks” cross-country and track programs at Saratoga Springs High School with equipment and travel expenses will take place Monday, September 9 at the Edison Club in Rexford. Registration and lunch will be at 11 a.m., with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. After the tournament, a reception at 5:30 p.m. will be followed by dinner and awards at 6 p.m.  In addition to raffle prizes, the tournament features a $10,000 prize for a holein-one contest. The golf tourney registration is $150 per person or $600 for a foursome. Guests attending only for dinner pay $50. To register or become a sponsor call (518) 390-9959.  Fall Zumba at Gavin Park Sign up for Zumba, the Latininspired, dance-fitness craze that’s easy to follow and lots of fun. Registration is underway and ends one day prior to each session’s start date. Ages 15 and up are welcome to participate. You may choose to participate on Mondays, from September 9 to October 21 (5:45– 6:45 p.m.) or on Wednesdays, from September 11 to October 16 (6–7 p.m.). Register online by going to (Parks and Recreation), or in person at the Gavin Park Office.

503 Geyser Road 885-9220 09/04: Town Board, 7 p.m. 09/11: Planning Board, 7 p.m. City of Saratoga Springs:

474 Broadway 587-3550

09/03: City Council, 7 p.m. 09/11: Planning Board, 7 p.m. 09/16: Zoning Board, 7 p.m. Town of Saratoga: 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville 695-3644 08/28: Planning Board, 7:30 p.m. Village of Schuylerville: 35 Spring Street 695-3881 09/11: Board of Trustees, 7 p.m. Town of Stillwater: 881 N. Hudson Ave. 664-6148 08/26: Zoning Board, 7:30 p.m. Town of Wilton: 22 Traver Road 587-1939 09/05: Town Board, 7 p.m. 09/18: Planning Board, 6:30 p.m. Saratoga County Board of Supervisors:

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calendar Here Comes the Bride Brookside Museum, 6 Charlton St., Ballston Spa. For more information call (518) 885-4000.

Ongoing Events En Pointe National Museum of Dance, 99 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs. For more information call (518) 584-2225. http://www.

Some Day Is Now: The Art of Corita Kent Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College For more information call (518) 580-8080.

Tails and Terpsichord

Alfred Z. Solomon Sesquicentennial Exhibit National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, Union Ave., Saratoga Springs. For more information call (518) 584-0400.

Irish and Horse Racing Exhibit

Irish Heritage Museum, 370 Broadway, Albany. For more information call (518) 427-1916. Yaddo Garden Tours Yaddo Gardens, Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. For more information visit yaddo/GuidedTours.asp.

National Museum of Dance, 99 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs. For more information, please call (518) 584-2225.

The Spa will reflect upon the 150th anniversary season with a special presentation and ceremony to pay homage to the race course’s past while looking ahead to the future. The final Friday of the meet marks the sole Twilight Racing card with first post time scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

Final Stretch Festival The four-day festival, August 30—September 2, will mark the culmination of the Saratoga racing season with live music downtown and at the track, plus plenty of family fun to mark the final days of the 150th anniversary season.

Upbeat on the Roof: Lyle and Phil Divinsky, a Soul/R&B Group Tang Teaching Museum, 7 p.m. Celebrating 13 years of free music performances on the rooftop of the Tang Museum. Rain location inside the museum.

Saturday, August 31

The Ultimate Driving Machine

Fan’s $15,000 Wager on the $750,000 Woodward

Saratoga Automobile Museum, 110 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs. For more information call (518) 587-1935. www.

The final of five Saturday Fan Wagers sponsored by Saratoga 150 and underwritten by Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson. For more information, please email or call (518) 229-6023.

Empire for Union – A Civil War Exhibit The New York State Military Museum, Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs. For more information call (518) 581-5100.

Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keefe and Lake George The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls. For more information call (518) 792-7161.

Friday, August 30 Family Friday at the Saratoga Race Course Saratoga Race Course, noon – 4 p.m. For more information visit

Saratoga Polo: The SPA Anniversary Cup Saratoga Polo Fields, 5:30 p.m. Every Friday and Sunday until September 1. For more information visit

Closing Ceremonies: Twilight Racing

Keys or Cash Infiniti Grand Prize Giveaway Saratoga Casino and Raceway. For more information visit http:// Calendar-of-Events.aspx.

Final Stretch Music Festival Downtown Saratoga Springs, Saturday and Sunday. A variety of musical acts and entertainment for the whole family performing throughout downtown to celebrate the closing weekend of Saratoga Race Course.

Sunday, September 1 Summer Sunday Stroll: A Look Back: The First Skidmore Northwest corner of Regent St. and Spring St.—Join the Saratoga

Week of August 26 – August 30, 2013 Springs Preservation Foundation on a stroll through historic Saratoga. Cost is $5 for members or $8 non-members. For more information call (518) 587-5030.

Monday, September 2 Racing at Saratoga Race Course World-class horse racing at Saratoga Race Course. Featuring the Grade I Three Chimneys Hopeful. Post time 12:30 p.m.

Family Fun Fest Families will enjoy an afternoon of kid-friendly activities in the backyard which benefits the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region. For more information visit saratoga.

Tuesday, September 3 Tuesdays at Cabin Creek Saluting Saratoga 150 Old Friends at Cabin Creek Farm featuring tours and talks by racing experts. For more information call (518) 698-2377 or visit http://www. .

Wednesday, September 4 Debunking the Myth of Voodoo and Slavery SUNY Empire State College, Two Union Avenue, Room 126, noon –1 p.m. Sponsored by the Academy for Lifelong Learning at Saratoga Springs. Global Photographer Connie Frisbee Houde, through her stunning photographs, will examine voodoo and slavery as experienced in her travel through Ghana, Togo, Benin and Burkina Faso. For more information call (518) 587-2100, ext. 2415.

Thursday, September 5 The People Behind the Track Saratoga Springs History Museum. The People Behind the Track: The Founding of Saratoga Race Course exhibit will run through the end of the year. For more information call (518) 584-6920. www.

Family Friendly Events Friday Family Fun Fridays Saratoga Race Course, 12 – 4 p.m. Returning for the second year in a row are Family Fun Fridays! Saratoga Race Course will offer a series of weekly family festivals held each Friday of the meet in the backyard playground area. Each Friday will include face painting, arts and crafts from Tiny Tots Tea Room and bounce inflatables.

Saturday: Open Studios for All Ages at The Hyde Collection 161 Warren St., Glens Falls, 10:30 – noon Informal art studio time for all ages. Adults may visit the exhibition and collection while children age 5 and up enjoy art activities. Children age 4 and under must have adult companion in the studio.

Sunday: Art On Demand Saratoga Springs Public Library, 2 – 6 p.m. Every month, the Teen Room will make some special art supplies available to everyone in the Teen Room...and all you have to do is ask to use them (hence “on demand”)! We’ll make perler bead pixel art, DIY shrinky dinks, Bendaroos, and more!

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Week of August 26 – August 30, 2013



Northshire Bookstore Eat Local, Buy Local: Presents Louise Penny Public and Restaurants Invited to Take the “Locavore Challenge”

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Tickets for Northshire Bookstore’s event with Louise Penny, the highly acclaimed author of the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels, are on sale now. Join us as Ms. Penny presents and discusses her latest installment to the Inspector Gamache series, How the Light Gets In. Louise Penny is The New York Times bestselling author of the novels featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. Her debut, Still Life, won the John Creasey Dagger and the Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony, and Dilys Awards, and was named one of the five Mystery/Crime Novels of the Decade by Deadly Pleasures magazine. Penny was the first author ever

to win the Agatha Award for Best Novel four times—for A Fatal Grace, The Cruelest Month, The Brutal Telling (which also received the Anthony Award for Best Novel), and Bury Your Dead (which also won the Dilys, Arthur Ellis, Anthony, Macavity, and Nero Awards). Her most recent novel, A Trick of the Light, received an Independent Literary Award and was named one of the Best Crime Novels of 2011 by The New York Times and Publishers Weekly. Louise lives with her husband, Michael, in a small village south of Montréal. Ms. Penny will present How the Light Gets In at the Holiday Inn Saratoga, Thursday, September 18 at 7 p.m. Tickets to this event cost $35 and include one seat and one copy of the book. Tickets can be purchased online at, or in person at Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs or Manchester Center, Vermont. Tickets can also be purchased by phone at (802) 3622200 or (800) 437-3700 (Manchester location) or (518) 682-4200 or (855) 339-5990 (Saratoga Springs location). For more information on this and other events visit the Northshire Bookstore website at

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Locavores across New York State are taking action this September to unite with organic farmers to support local, organic food and farming during the Locavore Challenge. Once again the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY) is launching its fourth annual month-long Challenge to inspire awareness and action in eating locally and organically through events and activities held around the state and online. The goal of the Locavore Challenge has always been to connect consumers with their local organic farmers and to encourage local consumption and education. This year, NOFA-NY is expanding the challenge, hoping to strengthen communities through local collective initiatives and encourage engagement in state and federal policy change that supports local organic food and farming. Anyone interested can sign up for the challenge, find New York state Locavore events, and look for participating restaurants at www. Through the Locavore Challenge checklist with specific tasks – i.e. sip on local wine,

compost your kitchen scraps, and make bread from local organic grain – participants can log their progress, and see how fellow locavores in New York state are progressing as well. The challenge calendar also provides farm-totable events across the state, including food preservation classes and farmers market festivals that are identifiable by region. Restaurants that source from local and sustainable farmers are also invited to take part in the Locavore Challenge by donating a percentage of their revenue for one evening to NOFA-NY to support its work to promote local organic food and farming. In the Capital Region, two restaurants (thus far) are planning such dinners on Sunday, September 29th: Fifty South in Ballston Spa, and One Caroline Street Bistro, in Saratoga Springs. Each will be donating 20% of proceeds that evening to NOFA-NY. Additional restaurants are encouraged to sign up by September 6th. This challenge will culminate in the Celebrate the Harvest Dinners, hosted by interested challenge participants. A new addition to the Locavore Challenge, the dinners allow individuals to raise

money for NOFA-NY while sharing a locally-grown, organic dinner with friends and family. Hosts sign up to organize a dinner made with local and organic ingredients and collect donations from guests to support NOFA-NY’s work promoting local, organic food and farming. The dinner host with the most money raised will receive a 10-piece Cuisinart cookware set and the dinner with the biggest attendance will receive four bottles of wine from Finger Lakes’ Silver Thread Vineyard. Best-selling cookbook author Deborah Madison will determine the best locavore menu, and the winner will receive a signed copy of Vegetable Literacy, her latest work. Sponsoring the challenge are Once Again Nut Butter and “Edible New York” magazine. NOFA-NY is a statewide organization leading a growing movement of farmers, consumers, gardeners, and businesses committed to promoting local, organic food and farming. It provides programs and services that assist farmers, connects consumers with these farmers, and advocates policies that support a sustainable food and farm system.

Saratoga Battlefield Celebrates 75 years as a National Park with Grand-Scale Revolutionary War Encampment STILLWATER – Celebrating its 75th anniversary year, Saratoga National Historical Park, located on Routes 32 and 4 in Stillwater, will present a grand-scale encampment and tactical demonstration of the 1777 Battles of Saratoga on Saturday and Sunday, September 21 and 22. American and British camps with 250 living-history volunteers will be opened on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Weekend events are free. On Saturday all visitors will be transported through the park by a free shuttle bus (no large coolers, no pets) to the American and British camps, and the main event–a large tactical display of the first Battle of Saratoga. To witness this grand event, visitors must arrive at the

shuttle bus, which will be located on Duell Road, just two miles north of the park, by 1 p.m. Visitors with handicap stickers may drive directly through the park. Living history volunteers from the Brigade of the American Revolution will portray American Continental and militia soldiers, British, German and Loyalist soldiers, and women and children army followers. Setting the large-scale scene with cannons, muskets and rifles, tents, camp cooking and horses, they will offer many activities. Visitors may join a British or American army worship service, go on a scouting mission to find enemy troops, take part in musket drills, judge an American army court martial, learn a special recipe or meet Generals John

Burgoyne and Benedict Arnold. Immerse yourself in another time and place—army camp life in early America. There will also be a reservation-only 45-minute night hike at 7 p.m. on Saturday though fire-lit camps as volunteers portray scenarios from the night after battle. Tours are limited and by preregistration only; please call the park at (518) 664-9821 ext 1777 by September 16. For more information call the Visitor Center at (518) 664-9821 ext.1777, check the park website at or follow us on Facebook at saratoganhp For information about the shuttle and call (518) 670-2980 or visit

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Week of August 26 – August 30, 2013

Stasia Hayner Farm Continues Farming Traditions

Since joining the Saratoga Farmers’ Market back in 1980, when the market was still quite small and located in the parking lot on Spring Street, Stasia Hayner has seen a lot of changes. Nowadays, a colorful quilt announcing the name of her farm provides a backdrop for her table at the market in the center pavilion at

High Rock Park. At the Stasia Hayner Farm in Halfmoon, three of the 28 acres are planted to produce an abundant crop of berries and vegetables each year. “I’ve spent my entire life farming,” she notes. Hayner and her husband are passing along farming traditions to subsequent generations. In recent weeks at the market, the farm’s table has been staffed by Hayner, as well as her daughter and granddaughter. They sell a wide variety of summer vegetables, including some less common

The Rental House

by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY Hello My Foodie Friends, Here’s a story about a very nice couple that my wife and I fixed up, who just celebrated 22 years together. About 15 years ago Phil and Kathy, who have two children,

invited us and our two children to stay at their rental house for the weekend. It was fun with good music playing, wine flowing and laughter all around. It was a small house but there was a lot of love there. They were building their dream home and had to stay there for about a year. Friday night was pizza since we got there late and they took us to their favorite pizza place in New London, Connecticut. They knew everyone there so we got to make some new friends. I have always enjoyed visiting friends and relatives in their hometowns and eating like a local. It’s interesting to see how proud people are of their favorite restaurants—I feel that way about our Saratoga Springs restaurants! We had three perfect summer days together, perfect meaning low humidity, lots of sun, around 80 degrees during the day and more stars than you could count at

items like the flat, long Romano beans and prized boxes of blackberries. Currently, Hayner is also selling fresh and dried herbs, the latter packaged in convenient, small quantities. “It was a tough year this season,” comments Hayner. “First it was cold, then it rained. I’m glad to finally have beans to sell.” In addition to her steady presence at the outdoor Saratoga market on Wednesdays and Saturdays, Stasia Hayner also sells at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market Association’s Clifton Park market, held on Thursday afternoons at St. George’s Church.

night. The night part is where Phil takes over with his fire pit and we stay up way too late for our wives. There is a gleam in his eyes when he throws wood on the fire that tells me that, to Phil, a good fire is an art form and he is Picasso. We roasted marshmallows and made smores with the kids who were in sugar heaven. The next morning it was Phil’s time to shine again and he cooked all of us breakfast. Now even though Phil is over 6 feet tall, we still think he is part hobbit because of his refusal to wear shoes. He goes everywhere barefoot! As you know my Foodie Friends, I have been teaching food safety for 17 years, so sometimes I will preach to my friends and relatives about proper kitchen attire and food safety procedures. My advice is not always heeded. So Philbo Baggins, as I like to call him sometimes, navigates around his kitchen like a pro. I often remark to my customers that most of the happiest and longest lasting marriages are ones where the husband does most of the cooking. The wives always smile broadly when they tell that “he does all the cooking!” I had a couple in the other day that just celebrated 65 years of marriage and they were holding hands! Back to Philbo: he cooked for all the kids first, who shouted together, “We want to eat” and held on to their knives and forks like they were in prison. It was a lot of pressure for Philbo so he picked up the pace and made the smiley face pancakes, the dipity eggs with extra bacon and the fluffy eggs with sausage patties, not links! Oh, and one bowl of cheerios.

Some local veggies from Stasia Hayner farm.

Stasia Hayner selling excellent produce at her market stand.

Feet like these are why we call Phil “Philbo Baggins!” Photo Provided

It was great and rolling along when he started making ours. Kathy has always had a garden so our requests were more complicated. We had a fresh broccoli, cheese and diced tomatoes with onions omelet, one without onions, two poached eggs with extra bacon, eggs Benedict, sausage patties and links and extra bacon. Smoke was coming out the master’s ears but he refused all help. The breakfast was fantastic and then, as he went to pour out the bacon grease into an empty coffee can, he missed and poured it on his Hobbit feet! It is now 15 years later and we still ask to see the scar on his feet, which he proudly shows. I know what you are thinking; ‘Does he still cook in bare feet?’ Yes, he does! Remember, my Foodie Friends: “Life Happens in the Kitchen!” Take care, John, Paula, Johnny, Aubrey, Kathy, Phil, Sage and Nate

Week of August 26 – August 30, 2013


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Free Skidmore Faculty Concert Offers Family Fun SARATOGA SPRINGS – Some of the Skidmore Fine Arts faculty are hosting an evening of family-friendly fun at a concert September 8. Horn Instructor/Brass Coach Patrice Malatestinic has put together a marvelous program of music, visual art, spoken work and dance—all inspired by animals. Malatestinic will

be accompanied by pianist and composer, Evan Mack, who has written a new piece, “Carnival of the Microbes,” for this program. They will be joined by guest artist Juliann Welch, hornist from the Sarasota Florida Symphony Orchestra. Rigel Harris, a theater major at Skidmore, will narrate. Skidmore ballet dancer, Catherine

Stratton, ‘14, will perform “The Dying Swan,” staged by Ballet Master Denise Warner Limoli. Fokine’s 1905 choreography became Anna Pavlova’s most famous solo. The show will take place at 5 p.m. at the Arthur Zankel Center on the Skidmore campus.

Week of August 26 – August 30, 2013

Glens Falls Community Theatre Holding Auditions for ‘STATE FAIR’ GLENS FALLS – Glens Falls Community Theatre will hold a general meeting and auditions in September for Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “STATE FAIR,” the group’s fall musical production, at the Charles R. Wood Theater. A general production meeting for the show will be held Wednesday, September 4 at 7 p.m. at the Wood Theater. Auditions for the show will be held September 5 at 7 p.m. at the Wood. The production is scheduled for November 1, 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10 at the Wood Theater. The 1995 stage version of the 1946 movie follows the Frake family, not only in their pursuit of blue ribbons for the best pickles, mincemeat and prize boar in the state, but also the blossoming romantic pursuits of daughter Margy and son Wayne. This is a warm, loving story of family told through 13 songs and musical numbers penned by Rodgers & Hammerstein. “STATE FAIR” takes place at the 1946 Iowa State Fair, and actors experience life on the Midway, at the Starlight Dance Meadow and the Beer Garden for an evening of family entertainment.

Dancing numbers include tap, jazz, jitterbug, square dance hoedown and the Grand Waltz. Songs for chorus and leads run from Big Band crooning to several love ballads. “STATE FAIR” has a large cast with a wide variety of roles. Principals include three women and three men. Featured players include four women, one girl (age 11) and six men. They will also be casting a singing, dancing ensemble to play carnival barkers, vendors, judges and fairgoers. Auditions are open to everyone. An active membership fee of $10 for the 2013-14 season is due at the general meeting. The membership fee will need to be paid for actors and crew to participate. There will be great opportunities to help out in all phases of this production, both backstage and behind the scenes. “STATE FAIR” will be directed by Steve Leonard. Musical director is Dennis Searles with choreography by Joann Searles. Scripts are available by calling Jerry or Sue Sawn at (518) 793-9196 or via email at jssawn@roadrunner. com.

Week of August 26 – August 30, 2013



Funk-Rock Band Banooba Plays Putnam Den Aug. 31

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SARATOGA SPRINGS Having been compared to a range of bands, including Sublime, The Allman Brothers, Blind Melon, Umphrey’s Mcgee, Incubus, Steely Dan and Average White Band, people’s description of Banooba’s music varies depending on who you ask. Guitarist Kevin Torres contemplates Banooba’s crossover appeal, stating: “We just write the tunes and let them go whatever direction they want to go in. They’re all rock tunes with hints of these genres in them.” Over the years, Banooba has developed and become known for their high-energy live performances. Banooba’s debut album, Banooba’s Travels, represents both the apex and beginning of a greater adventure than the guys in Banooba could have ever predicted. At the

time of its release, it was the culmination of a long road led by their founding member Kevin Kershko, Banooba’s original lead guitarist. In 2005, the band came to a screeching halt due to the untimely passing of guitarist Kevin Kershko. His death was a shock to his bandmates and they initially figured that it was also the end of Banooba. “I was personally about to hang up my guitar, quit music, and move to Hawaii,” says Torres. But the band agreed to play a Kershko memorial performance with long-time friend Dave Mackie sitting in on guitar. They immediately recognized that even without their musical brother and founder, Banooba’s heart lived on. Eight months later, the band reemerged with new guitarist Vinny

Raniolo before settling on their current guitarist Sean Larkin. Banooba came back strong and quickly began to gain popularity. Soon after their return, “Sinora” (which was featured on the compilation CD included in the November 2006 issue of Relix) found itself in rotation on numerous college and commercial radio stations as well as Sirius Satellite’s Jam On station, where it quickly reached number one. In their sophomore effort, the members of Banooba have pushed themselves to explore the many forms their music can take, and have made significant strides; Nomads and Bellowing Rooms depicts a more mature Banooba that has strengthened its signature sound and expanded its musical range.

The album opens with “Cobblestone,” a powerhouse of complex layered guitar riffs that immediately dispels any doubts about whether the band survived reincarnation. New guitarist Sean Larkin stepped in and the others stepped up, proving this band still has more to say. “Cobblestone,” “UFB,” and “Just Like Houdini” are only a few tracks on which the band’s technical prowess is on display, each containing complex compositional guitar

interplay performed by Torres and Larkin with spectacular precision and fluidity rarely found between new bandmates. Banooba’s funk also reemerges with a dark edge in songs like “PingPong” and “Make Me Believe,” both of which contain guitar solos that sound almost evil, leading Ryan O’Connor to beg for “just a little faith” in the latter while Kevin Sloan and Pete Cunningham hold down the powerful groove. The album See Banooba Funk pg. 49



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Saratoga Film Forum Launches Fall Season SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Saratoga Film Forum is once again gearing up for another season of film screenings and events at the Saratoga Arts Center at 320 Broadway. Screenings take place Thursday and Friday nights at 7:30 p.m. and again at the same time on Sundays, unless otherwise noted. Refreshments are available. General admission is $7; $5 for Film Forum members and students. Some member levels include admission to most films; inquire about joining at any level at the ticket table.

The Saratoga Film Forum is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to bringing a wide variety of quality films to downtown Saratoga Springs. Founded on principles of community involvement, the Film Forum pursues creative collaborations with other nonprofit and for-profit groups. New volunteers, members and sponsors are always welcome. Call (518) 584-FILM for more information. For continuing updates on upcoming films and events, go to

September 26, 27 and 29 at 7:30 p.m.

September 21, 7:30 p.m.

Duncan (Liam James) is an introverted 14-year-old who, like most 14-year-olds, has a tough time fitting in. He is on his way to a beach house with his mother, Pam (Toni Collette), her overbearing boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carell), and his daughter, Steph (Zoe Levin). They arrive at the house and are immediately besieged by the gregarious (and alcoholic) neighbor Betty, her kids and Trent’s friends. Needing to escape adults, he gets on his bike and explores the town.

When Clyde attempts to steal Bonnie’s mother’s car, she becomes intrigued by him, and decides to become his partner in crime. They start with a few small holdups and heists before turning to bank robbery. Then they get violent. Thing is, director Penn, inspired by the French New Wave, gives the film a distinctive style, playing the violence almost for laughs— before it gets graphic. The film was controversial not only for its sex and violence, but for casting the leads as sympathetic anti-heroes.

September 19, 20 and 22 at 7:30 p.m Jesse and Celine first met

in their 20s, they are an official couple, having conceived twins Ella and Nina when they hooked up in the previous movie. The twins are 8 years old now. Jesse’s son from a previous marriage, Hank, is now a teenager, and is returning to his mother in the U.S. after spending the “best summer ever” with Jesse and his family in Greece. Missing his son, Jesse hints at wanting to move back to U.S., but Celine, who is French, had Paris in mind, as she had lived in America for a time and has no desire to return. Jesse, who became a successful novelist in the previous movie, is at a writer’s retreat in the bucolic Greek country villa of expatriate writer Patrick (Walter Lassally), and while his creative musings charm his writerly brethren, Celine muses about being a bit tired of serving as his muse.

September 12, 13 and 15 at 7:30 p.m

“The East” is a suspenseful and provocative espionage thriller from writer-director Zal Batmanglij and writer-actress Brit Marling. The titular “The East” is an elusive group of activists—or ecoterrorists-who exact revenge against major corporations guilty of covering up criminal activity. Sarah Moss, a former FBI agent who accepts a private-sector job at Hiller Brood, an elite private intelligence firm that ruthlessly protects the interests of its A-list corporate clientele.


Week of August 26 – August 30, 2013

week of 8/30-9/6 friday, 8/30: Tim Olsen Quartet, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue - 583.2582

4 Down, 9 pm @ Bailey’s - 583.6060

Karaoke, 10 pm

@ Saratoga City Tavern- 581 - 3230

Forthlin Road,9 pm

Schmooze, 9 pm

@ The Parting Glass - 583.1916

Ray Murray & The Bomb Squad,8 pm

@ Spac - 584 - 9330

@ Caffè Lena - 583.0022

DJ Darik/ Karaoke, 10 pm

DJ Dingz, 10 pm

@ the Rusty Nail - 371-9875

@ Saratoga City Tavern - 306.5275

DJ Playground & DeeJay Element, 9 pm

Rick Bolton & Jeff Walton, 5 pm

@ Vapor - 792.8282

John Mayer, 7:30 pm

sunday, 9/1:

@ Bentley’s - 899.4300

@ Gaffney’s - 583.7359 @Spac

Jim & Mike, 8:30 pm @ Irish TImes - 745.1180

Mike Jessup, 4 pm-7pm @ The Mill - 899.5253

The Mckrells, 9 pm @ The Parting Glass - 583.1916

Playing with Sound w/ Lara Hope, 9 pm @ Putnam Den - 584.8066

Sugar Pill, 8 pm @ Ravenswood - 371.8771

The Pikeys, 8 pm @ The Rusty Nail - 371.9875

Tim Olsen Quartet, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Ave. - (518) 583-2582

saturday, 8/31: Rob Linquist Quartet, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue - 583.2582

7 Mins Left, 9 pm @ Bailey’s - 583.6060

DJ Darik/Karaoke, 9 pm @ Bentley’s - 899.4300

Karaoke, 10 pm @ Circus Cafe - (518) 583-1106)

DJ TruMaster, x pm @ The Crown Grill - (518) 583-1105

Tim Wechgelear Band, 9 pm @ Gaffeny’s - (518) 583-7359

The Blackouts, 7;30 pm @ Javier’s - 871-8127

Out Past Nine, 9;30 pm @ Irish Times - 583.0003

Banooba, 9 pm @ Putnam - 584-8066

Dj Dingz, 10 pm @ JP Bruno’s - 745.1180

Zac Brown Band, 7 pm

7 Mins Left, 1 am @ Bailey’s - 899 -4300

Stir Crazy, 9 pm @ Gaffney’s - 583.7359

Trivia Mania 8pm @ Circus Cafe - 583 - 1106

Al Bruno, 9 pm @ The Crown Grill - 583 - 1105



fun and games Week of August 26 – August 30, 2013


See puzzle solutions on page 36

Across 1 The Crimson Tide’s school, for short 5 Delayed, as in traffic 10 Boast 14 Fe on the periodic table 15 Latin bears 16 Bridle strap 17 Ditty 18 Lament over a loss 19 Light brown 20 Gentle leader’s quality 23 Cry of surrender 24 Practice for the LSAT, e.g. 25 Crescent component 28 Lou Grant portrayer 31 Tar pits locale 33 Cowboys and Indians, e.g. 36 Lab gel made from seaweed 37 Devout petitions kept to oneself 43 Doughnut’s middle 44 Gets really wet 45 Voices one’s view 48 401(k) alternative named for a Delaware sen. 53 Like cool cats 54 1986 Peace Nobelist Wiesel 57 “The __ Sanction”: Eastwood thriller set in the Alps 58 Behind-the-scenes investor 62 NYC or London area 64 Bygone anesthetic 65 Bottom of a shoe 66 Be absolutely sure 67 April Fool’s antic 68 “Mila 18” author Leon 69 Jedi guru 70 ‘90s White House cat 71 Confined, with “up” Down 1 Shellfish soup 2 In the area 3 Tennis great Seles 4 Beings with halos 5 Kid’s math homework 6 Pace between a walk and a run 7 Seize, as power 8 Concerned person 9 Pet motel






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See puzzle solution on page 36 10 One of TV’s Mavericks 11 Plug in, as a smartphone 12 What you breathe 13 African antelope 21 7:50, vis-à-vis 8:00 22 Dean’s list no. 26 Back 27 Valets park them 29 Comic strip shriek 30 Explorer John and comical Charlotte 32 Howl at the moon 34 Letters after L 35 Trade jabs 37 “Whoops” 38 “Nah!” 39 Haphazard, as workmanship 40 Pig holder

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41 Former MGM rival 42 Daisylike fall bloomer 46 Long, thin fish 47 Rains ice pellets 49 Asks boldly, as for a loan 50 Turn one’s back on 51 Land with a rod 52 Slap the cuffs on 55 Emcee’s speech 56 Moral principle 59 Des Moines’s state 60 Quick kiss 61 Slow-moving vessels 62 Big __ Country 63 Sean’s mom Yoko

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. Degenerate, Deteriorate Degenerate is a decline in quality or virtue. His latest CD shows a degenerate pattern of poor production.

Deteriorate is a weakening or the wearing away of something. The building has weakened and is beginning to deteriorate.

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


Week of August 26 – August 30, 2013

Community Sports Bulletin Melanie Merola O’Donnell Memorial Race Set For Saratoga

SARATOGA SPRINGS — On your mark, get set, go! Get ready to run The Saratoga Palio: Melanie Merola O’Donnell Memorial Race on Sunday, September 15 at 7:30 a.m. The race features the Capital Region’s premiere half marathon and 5K run/walk, both of which go through the heart of Saratoga Springs. The Saratoga Palio is exciting for both serious runners and families. Kids can also get into the spirit by participating in the 100-meter fun run, which will take place at 11 a.m. on Sunday. The race is the main fundraising arm of The Melanie Foundation that awards annual scholarships to graduate-level students in the mental health field that best demonstrate a commitment to helping others in a manner consistent with Melanie Merola O’Donnell’s values of compassion, generosity, and respect. This year’s scholarship recipients are: Magda Permut, Katherine Sanchez Castejon, Keira Moore, Kevin O’Leary, and Jessica Bodie. With just over 450 runners in the 2006 inaugural race, this year the Melanie Foundation is anticipating over 2,200 runners on September 15. The race has grown to attract elite runners, participants, and spectators from around the Capital Region and across the United States.

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

The top male and female finishers will be awarded $500 for first place, $250 for second place, and $100 for third place. In addition, the cash winners will also take home Smith Optics sunglasses, as well as an assortment of Saratoga Palio race gear. Those who have met the following time standards in a half marathon since January 2012 will be awarded complimentary entry: males, 1:14 or under; females, 1:23 or under. The half marathon and 5K run/walk are certified by USA Track & Field, and both races feature an inspiring course that takes runners through scenic Saratoga Springs. Runners will begin the race outside of the City Center in downtown Saratoga Springs and finish at High Rock Park. For more information, to volunteer, or to register, visit or search for them on Facebook. Online registration ends September 11 at 10 p.m. In-person registration and packet pickup will be held on September 14 from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. at the Hampton Inn. Gavin Park is located at 10 Lewis Drive in the Town of Wilton. Registration may be completed online at:, or in person at the Gavin Park office at (518) 584-9455.

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Jr. NBA Registration Begins W I LT O N — G a v i n Park’s youth basketball league is gearing up for another season of Jr. NBA. This recreational program is open to boys and girls grades two through 10. All skill levels, including beginners, are welcome, and everyone receives equal playing time.  The league is divided into four groups: grades 2-3, grades 4-5, grades 6-7, and grades 8-10 (based upon the grade which the child will enter for the 2013-2014 school year).  Placement dates are scheduled for October 1 through October

4. Games and practice times are not determined until October 5.  Once the child is assigned to a coach, the team is scheduled for one practice per week, on the same night and time, for one hour.  Assigned practice times run from 5–8:30 p.m.  Practice begins the week of October 14.  Games begin November 2. All games will take place on Saturdays between 8 a.m.–3 p.m. at Gavin Park. No games are scheduled for November 30, December 28, and January 4. Registration for Wilton residents is going on now. 

Non-resident registration begins September 9. The deadline to register is September 27. The cost is $120 for Wilton residents, $160 for Saratoga Springs City Schools residents, and $170 for all others. The cost includes a full uniform. Gavin Park is located at 10 Lewis Drive in the Town of Wilton.  Registration may be completed online at: www., or in person at the Gavin Park office at (518) 584-9455.

‘Out Of The Darkness Walk’ Set For Saratoga SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Out of the Darkness Walk for R.I.T.A., supporting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), will be September 15. Families and friends from throughout the Capital Region who have lost of a loved one to suicide, along with those who want to help break the stigma surrounding mental illness, will gather to raise awareness and funds to help prevent suicide with pledges collected by walk participants to fund local and national suicide prevention and awareness programs. It will also help fund scientific research of depression and other mental illnesses, and provide support for those impacted by suicide. Tens of thousands of “Out of the Darkness Walk” participants from across the country will participate in the more than 270 similar walks this year with a goal of raising more than $9 million. More than 1,200 are expected to participate in the Capital Region walk.            Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and walkers begin the 3-mile trek through downtown Saratoga Springs at 11 a.m. on that Sunday. A goal of the “Out of Darkness Walk” ( is to help eliminate the stigma that too often accompanies the mental disorders that lead to suicide and get help to those at risk. For more information, contact Lisa Riley at (518) 221-3901( or Marianne Reid (518)-209-3569 (




Week of August 26 – August 30, 2013

Streaks Aiming For Title Shot

by Brian Cremo Saratoga TODAY

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Going into the 2013 season, a year after finishing 3-6, head coach Terry Jones is ready to see the Blue Streaks back with the contenders. “We’re excited about the atmosphere out here, the attitude of the kids and the work ethic,” Jones said. “It’s really refreshing. Our goal is to get Saratoga football back where it belongs — competing for a Section II championship. That’s where this program should be.” One characteristic that has stuck out to Jones this year is his team’s leadership. On Tuesday morning, Jones named his five captains: Jake Eglintine (QB, CB), Jordan Willcox (HB, LB), Nick Stiansen (TE, LB), Jack Graver (OT, DT) and Trevor Hallaran (OL, DL). “Those five kids have just done a phenomenal job all through the offseason to now,” Jones said of his captains, a majority of which are three-year varsity players. “They’re taking charge and making sure guys are where they’re supposed to be. Not getting on guys but getting after guys and I think

there’s a big difference. Our captains are very well respected, so when they speak, the other guys listen. They don’t question.” The whole starting backfield returns with Willcox and sophomore Dakota

Harvey, while the duel-threat Eglintine takes snaps. “We tell [Jake], ‘The ball’s in your hands, make something happen,’” Jones said. “He’ll carry the ball a lot more. He started carrying the ball a lot more towards last season. He’s probably the strongest quarterback we’ve had since I’ve been at Saratoga and that’s going through the 2000s. You wouldn’t know it looking at him because he’s not a real big kid, but he’s very strong and he’s so elusive and so quick. When he puts his

Gustavo Loarca of the Blue Streaks

foot in the ground he can just change direction on a dime.” Willcox is also expected to play a major roll as the Blue Streaks look to get back in the Section II Class AA conversation. The ball-carrier is in his second year at linebacker after transitioning from playing safety as a sophomore. “His explosiveness and his strength on both sides of the ball, he’s a tough, physical kid,” Jones said. “He comes from a boxing family. I’ve never been a boxer, but anyone who goes into a ring knowing they’re going to get punched in the face and is OK with it has to be a tough kid. And that’s what he is out here. He has a lot of pride, he gives 100 percent all the time and no one is harder on Jordan than Jordan is.” Expect this year’s Saratoga Springs offense to keep teams guessing with the ball being in multiple hands through the option, which will be run with some new looks. “Right now, we’re deeper at the skill positions than we’ve been in the past two to three years, so it’s nice having that depth, but it’s nice being able to rotate people and put fresh people in and keep the defense on their heels,” Jones said. The Blue Streaks also return four of their

six big men in the trenches up front from last year, including senior Gustavo Loarca (OT, DT). ‘The O-line wins or loses the game,” Jones said. “If we’re going to win it’s because they’re getting the job done.” The Blue Streaks have a fourteam home scrimmage (Glens Falls, South Glens Falls, Hudson) this Saturday, starting at 9:30 a.m., to get them ready for week one. The season opener will be away at Albany on Saturday, September 7 before Saratoga Springs comes home the following week to host Ballston Spa.

Saratoga Springs Blue Streaks Schedule Week 1 Saturday, Sept. 7 vs. Albany 1 p.m. Week 2 Friday, Sept. 13 vs. Ballston Spa 7 p.m. Week 3 Friday, Sept. 20 vs. Colonie 7 p.m. Week 4 Friday, Sept. 27 at CBA 7 p.m. Week 5 Friday, Oct. 4 at Bethlehem 1 p.m. Week 6 Friday, Oct. 11 vs. Shenendehowa 7 p.m. Week 7 Friday, Oct. 18 at Guilderland 7 p.m.

New Coach Plus Youth Equals by Brian Cremo Saratoga TODAY

(Left to right) Co-captain Ryan Rajeski, head coach John Bowen and Victor Castro talk it over during the first week of practice at Schuylerville High School. Photos by

SCHUYLERVILLE — With a young team and a new head coach, Schuylerville football is in a time of transition. Less than two months after stepping down from a 12-year head coaching stint with Ballston Spa last December, John Bowen took the reigns at Schuylerville on February 13. Going from a Class AA program that made the playoffs in each of the last seven years to Class B Schuylerville is a transition that has gone fairly smoothly, said Bowen. “The boys have made it very easy

and so has the coaching staff, as far as their effort is concerned,” Bowen said. “It’s been, for me in my expectations, pretty seamless. We had a tremendous work ethic with our boys in Ballston Spa. These guys here in Schuylerville, they’ve really embodied and embraced the expectations that we’ve put on them.” Another reason for the changeover being seamless may be because both schools run a similar tripleoption offense. After moving from Class C to Class B, before the 2010 season, then Black Horses’ head coach Greg O’Connor implemented the flexbone. The offense, giving a versatile

quarterback the option to either keep the ball, make a pitch, pass or handoff, helped put Schuylerville in contention for division titles right away in 2010 and 2011. With a few little “nuances” and “tweaks” to the already established offense, Bowen will run some veer option with the team and coordinate a system that is fairly similar and familiar to returning players. Last year, the Black Horses suffered a Section II Class B semifinal loss, 41-22, to West Division-rival Glen Falls. After committing six turnovers, Schuylerville ended the season 5-5 before O’Connor stepped down. “I would say that (turnovers) are

Week of August 26 – August 30, 2013



Murello Looking To Raise Scotties’ Expectations by Brian Cremo Saratoga TODAY BALLSTON SPA — Taking over Ballston Spa football, firstyear head coach Dave Murello has really taken to heart one thing as he replaces John Bowen, who coached the Scotties to their winningest stretch in the program’s history—he has to be himself. “I’m not Coach Bowen,” Murello said. “I’m not the other coaches that have influenced me over the past. We have pretty much a completely new varsity staff. John has found a way to run an extremely successful high school football program. I didn’t change a lot of that. I think it’s a really good formula, but I tweaked it a little bit for who I am as Coach Murello.” Murello, 32, has been an assistant at Ballston Spa since the Scotties 2009 run to the Section II Class AA Super Bowl and is now joined by three other coaches new to the program. In what turned into a close exchange, Bowen moved into the head coaching position at Schuylerville after his predecessor, Greg O’Connor, stepped down before becoming the line coach for his hometown Scotties team. “[O’Connor] is such a valuable resource as a first-year head coach,” Murello said. “Having someone who has that coaching experience and is not afraid to put his input in, I’ve really been able to lean on him from an

organizational standpoint and things like that.” Offensive coordinator Mike Mancini, from FondaFultonville, joins the Scotties along with former Gloversville coach Frank Raponi, who will work with wide receivers, defensive backs and special teams. “That’s always a big worry when you’re coming into a new staff as to how everyone’s going to mesh,” Murello said. “Everyone has really had to step their game up but we get along awesome and I think the kids have started to see that. Don’t get me wrong, it’s very intimidating. We’ve never worked together. We knew of each other but we didn’t necessarily have any type of working relationship with one another.” Mancini comes from a more passbased Fonda program to the Scotties, who have traditionally run the flexbone triple option for most of the Bowen 12-year span (57-35 during that time). “Within the triple there are some real different schools of thought,” Murello said. “I’ve always been a defensive guy so now I have the opportunity to say, ‘Hey this is how I

envision us being successful with the triple option.’” Just who will be the quarterback behind the newly-tweaked flexbone is currently up in the air between two juniors: Derek Chandler and Luke Kavanaugh. That decision will come down to “who is more technically sound” and won’t be made until after this weekend’s scrimmage at Lansingburgh. The Scotties have 20 returning seniors alone and have a d e e p group of kids

Derek Chandler of the Scotties

who are fighting for spots. What will be interesting to see is the rotation between a backfield that is five-deep, according to Murello. Sam Groves (RB/DB), Andrew Van Avery (RB/DB), Taylor Kelsey (RB/DB), Kiernan Mack (RB/DB) and Shane Winkle (RB/DB) are all getting touches at this point at slotback, while the fullback position will see three-year returning player Derek Kolberg (RB/LB) and Matt Hommel (RB/LB), who played on varsity as a sophomore last season. “Being a smaller school, we’re trying to find a rotation,” said Murello, who is expecting a four-person split end rotation as well. “Not necessarily out of a top 11, but our top 15 or 16. The competition between all of our positions this year is great and it’s making everybody work harder. I’ve seen guys at the college level who know they’re the starter, and the two behind them isn’t really great, so they don’t have to work that hard. We’ve got guys busting their tails who are the “No. 3,” “No. 4,” “No. 5” guys at some positions.” Murello, a oncedefensive end for Alfred University, has been stressing two key points: tackling and ball security. After seeing a running back coach on

“Hard Knocks” with a sign that says, “Ball security isn’t something we do. It’s our job,” Murello has since adopted the message and so has the team. As Ballston Spa goes for an eighth straight season of being a top four team in the Empire Division and making it to the Section II Class AA playoffs, Murello is hoping not to just sneak in as the No. 4 seed like last year. Last season’s 2-7 campaign started with a home-opening 19-18 loss to Bethlehem Central, one of four games the Scotties lost by seven points or less. The Scotties also held a halftime lead in three of those losses. “Our expectation is that we’re going to be in the playoffs,” Murello said. “Now we just need to bump that up a little bit. Why can’t we be the No. 1 or No. 2 (seed) and host a home game?”

Ballston Spa Scotties Schedule Week 1 Friday, Sept. 6 vs. Guilderland 7 p.m. Week 2 Friday, Sept. 13 vs. Saratoga Springs 7 p.m. Week 3 Friday, Sept. 20 vs. Shenendehowa 7 p.m. Week 4 Friday, Sept. 27 at Bethlehem 7 p.m. Week 5 Friday, Oct. 4 at CBA 1 p.m. Week 6 Friday, Oct. 11 vs. Niskayuna 7 p.m. Week 7 Saturday, Oct. 19 at Albany 1 p.m.

‘Good Competitive Situation’ For Black Horses not something that last year they didn’t pay close attention to,” Bowen said. “Glens Falls is traditionally, even when (Ballston Spa) played them in the early Foothills Council, they were always a good team with a plus-minus turnover ratio that was pretty high. Protecting the football wasn’t certainly for lack of making that a stress point for them last year. It was just a matter of playing Glens Falls, an excellent, very talented team. I think that was more of a tribute to that than anything else.” In nine seasons, O’Connor led the program to a 60-28 record that included two Section II Class C titles and two runner-up finishes (both Class C)—what Bowen referred to as

a “foundation” to build off of. “I’d like to think that what we did at Ballston Spa was a positive,” Bowen said. “What was going on here with Greg was a positive. I take an ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ mindset. The work ethic, mindset and attitude and characteristics of the kids is here. That’s not something I need to come in and instill. There’s not a changing of approach from that standpoint. What Greg instilled in these guys has carried through and that legacy is still here.” The Black Horses lose last year’s senior starting quarterback Shane Lyon and still have a lot of questions. But those questions “are not holes” to fill, said Bowen.

“We still have good questions that we’re asking right now,” Bowen said. “We’ve got a handful of boys who we’re looking to identify in those spots and I’d hesitate to say who the starters are right now. We still have guys fighting for positions. One thing I can say is whoever they are, they’re going to be younger guys.” With not a lot of seniors returning this season, the spots will most likely be filled by sophomores and juniors. That will be more clear this Saturday after the team travels to Cohoes for the first scrimmage (start time 10 a.m.) before opening up the season the following Friday, September 6 against Hudson Falls at home.

“I think, by the time we get to Saturday, there’s going to be two or three spots that are going to be the final dress rehearsal for those guys and the final opportunity to show before the first week prep for Hudson Falls,” Bowen said. “We’ll have a couple positions in permanent marker, but not across the board. It’s a good competitive situation and we certainly don’t hesitate in holding that over guys’ heads and make sure that they understand that’s where they’re at.” After Hudson Falls, the Black Horses will get another shot at the program that beat them twice last year. Schuylerville hosts Glens Falls on the turf that night at 7 p.m.

Schuylerville Black Horses Schedule Week 1 Friday, Sept. 6 vs. Hudson Falls 7 p.m. Week 2 Friday, Sept. 13 vs. Glens Falls 7 p.m. Week 3 Friday, Sept. 20 vs. Shalmont 7 p.m. Week 4 Friday, Sept. 27 at Cobleskill 7 p.m. Week 5 Saturday, Oct. 5 at Scotia 1 p.m. Week 6 Friday, Oct. 11 vs. Broadalbin Perth 7 p.m. Week 7 Friday, Oct. 18 at Johnstown 7 p.m.



Week of August 26 – August 30, 2013

Sharing Our Heritage In The World Of Sports

by Damian Fantauzzi for Saratoga TODAY There is an obvious influx of Dominican Republic baseball players in Major League Baseball. In case you didn’t know, Alex Rodriguez, born in New York City, was taken back to his father’s homeland, the Dominican

Republic, when he was four years old. We, in the Northeast, who are Yankee and Red Sox fans, are very aware of Alfonso Soriano and David Ortiz, both native to the DR. Over 28.2 percent of MLB players are foreign-born. There are currently 241 players born outside the United States. These are headlines from articles I have found relating to the changing world of sports and especially Major League Baseball. There are 856 active and inactive players (meaning disabled or restricted players), for a total sum on MLB rosters (25 maximum per team). There are currently 89 players from the Dominican Republic, the highest group of any players from outside the continental United States. The highest percentage of baseball players from the DR was in 2007 when there were 99, with 91 in 2005, and 95 in 2012.

ago, in 1957, when a little league team from Monterrey, Mexico, came to this country to play in the Little League World Series and they won it. Ten years later, a team from Japan became the second international team to accomplish that feat, which totally changed the format of the LLWS with the addition of very competitive Asian teams. A good example here is that this year’s champion was from Japan. Who would have thought the Little League World Series would be the beginning of a shrinking world of what solely was only American? The stage has been set and the changing times are now in plain view. There really is no stopping the world from loving the sports that are part of our heritage. The quadrennial event of the global gathering in a selected country has maybe lost some of its novelty due to the influx of professional players in these Olympic events. Professional sports are more international than ever before — after all, we Americans now have a love for soccer and ice hockey, as we watch the growth of rugby. Perhaps there will be sellout crowds at curling soon.

Venezuela ranks second with 63 players (66 in ’12). Canada ranks third with 17 players (19 in ’07), and Cuba is fourth with 15 players, which is an all-time high for that nation. Rounding off the statistics of foreign players, we have Mexico (14), Puerto Rico (13), Japan (11), Colombia and Panama (four), Curacao (three), Australia, Nicaragua and South Korea (two each), and the Netherlands, along with Taiwan (one each). The Milwaukee Brewers have the most foreign-born players with a total of 14 on the roster and their span is an MLB high of seven different countries and territories. The Texas Rangers have 13, the Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers and the San Francisco Giants each have 12 foreign-born players. No matter what the facts are, even though practically 1/3 of baseball is made up of foreignborn players, MLB is predominantly made up of American-born athletes. After all, the forever controversial A-Rod is still from NYC. In retrospect, the game of baseball is still one of America’s favorite past-times. I do think the NFL and college football might rank a little higher

as Americans’ favorite sports, especially with the Super Bowl and the solid competition from the college BCS football championship bowl. We can’t forget college basketball’s March Madness. There are very few foreign-born players in the NFL. I guess one could say that it is the American iconic sport, but there is talk of a European movement. Getting back to baseball. The true meaning of what is meant by the “World” Series and the “World” Champions may now be more significant than ever before. I think we might see in the near future, a movement in all professional sports, especially baseball and possibly basketball, when the teams and games might be more global than they are currently. Though the NBA has a good number of foreign players, baseball has the title for championship play. It’s a global label with the description of the world championship that it has always had — The World Series. As the Internet has changed the world of global connectivity, so has the international makeup of professional athletics, which has allowed us to share sports among nations. It was just over 50 years

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ENYYSA State Cup Changes Format To Group Play ROCKVILLE CENTRE — A bit of New York soccer history will be made on Saturday, September 7 for the kick-off of the Arch Capital Group Cup. That’s because for the first time in the four-decade history of the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) State Cup, group play is being introduced, similar to the format used by the ever-popular World Cup and UEFA Champions League. “Our players practice for months preparing for the State Cup and the coaches asked us for a format that prevents a team from being eliminated after the first game,” ENYYSA

President Richard Christiano said. “Switching to group play in the opening round accomplishes this by guaranteeing every team is scheduled at least three State Cup games.” The Arch Capital Group Cup starts play on the weekend of September 7-8 for Under-10, Under-11 and Under-12 teams from Long Island to north of Albany. The other two games during the first round will be played on the weekends of September 2-22 plus October 5-6. “This cup competition is a great event in that it gives young people an opportunity to experience high levels of competition. And you don’t have to be the best team in the state to win a championship with the Arch Capital Group Cup,” said Brian Hughes, Senior Vice President and Chief Actuary of Arch Capital. The older age groups of the Arch Capital Group Cup, as well as all ages in the State Open Cup for the best teams in ENYYSA, will start play in early 2014. The finals for both competitions will be played in June 2014.

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even pays homage to its dedicated USVI fan-base with The Beach, an anthemic proclamation that “home is where the beach is.” But the biggest surprise on Nomads is how much emotion has found its way onto the album . “Days I Remember” discusses a relationship grown stale, acknowledging that the couple is passively dancing along until the day they will agree to finally end it. And “Begging For Forgiveness” is nothing short of a raw, emotional rock ballad, a far cry from waking up “next to what’s her name” on The Beach after partying in the USVI all night, but a welcomed change of pace that shows this band has survived some rough seas, too. Overall, Nomads and Bellowing Rooms proved that the spirit of Banooba was one that could overcome severe loss and reemerge with exponential growth. Despite the potential of the new lineup, Banooba suffered another setback shortly after completing Nomads with the departure of lead singer Ryan O’Connor. After trying out a few replacements, the band found itself on an extended hiatus, with members performing in various other projects. However,

Banooba’s spirit remained intact, and the key members continued to rehearse and write music together, at times testing out material with instrumental sets at local clubs. In October of 2010, Banooba hooked up with singer Jason Murden and decided to schedule some rehearsal time to see if they had finally found their new frontman. Just as with Larkin, there was an instant connection and the band quickly began cranking out new music. After a test run with Murden quickly won over the Banooba faithful in the Virgin Islands, the band knew it was time for the hiatus to come to an end. Now armed with their new singer, this never-say-die band is back with new material and ready to take the music scene by storm. With a new studio album currently in the works, Banooba is once again bringing their high-energy live performances to clubs, colleges and festivals around the Northeast. See Banooba open at Putnam Den this Saturday, August 31 at 9:30 p.m., doors at 8:30 p.m. Free show for ages 21and over and $5 for those underage. Visit for more information.


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