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Volume 7 • Issue 37

Apple-ocalypse NYS Apple Crop Down 50 Percent from 2011 by Chelsea DiSchiano Saratoga TODAY

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Stephenal Facey picks through the apples at Saratoga Apple Farm

SARATOGA COUNTY - New York apple farmers are struggling to keep their apple orchards afloat after a year of unfavorable weather that has reduced crop production. New York, the second largest producer of apples in the country, accounts for 13 percent of all apples in the U.S. New York is usually considered a prime region for apple

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Showcase Kicks Off by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA COUNTY – The 2012 Showcase of Homes has begun – an annual tradition that ushers in the fall season while celebrating the area’s finest builders during the last three weekends of September. Presented by the Saratoga Builder’s Association (SBA), the

17th annual Showcase of Homes tour includes 19 exceptional homes in Saratoga County from 16 award-winning builders. Each home will feature the latest building techniques and products, along with high-quality furnishings and fixtures from the area’s top suppliers and designers. The event begins Friday,

Locals Vie for National Title Secor’s Network Television Debut

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BALLSTON SPA – It seems nowadays, the sole purpose of reality television is to find the next big thing. Whether it’s singing, cooking, surviving, living in a house with strangers or even fighting, there seems to be a show designed to weed out the very best in their field.

SARATOGA SPRINGS Local weaver Cecilia Frittelli is one of 100 finalists in Martha Stewart’s national competition for the American Made Award, a prize that will honor “rising stars in a new generation of smallbusiness owners,” according to

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SARATOGA SPRINGS – It’s never too early to learn how to rock! At least, that’s what these kids must be thinking after attending the Saratoga Children’s Museum’s “Drum Beats and Little Feet” program the afternoon of September 12. These pint-sized percussionists did their best Tito Puente impersonations by jamming on some bongos during the class taught by local drum instructor, Heather Bartos of Tru Rhythm Studios in Glens Falls. Could the next Ringo Starr or Keith Moon be among us here in the Spa City? Only time will tell!



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Theodore B. Pamper, 23, of 538 Route 9P, Saratoga Springs, pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a class-E felony. Pamper was arrested December 29 in Saratoga Springs and has been sentenced to six months in Saratoga County Jail, five years of probation and to make restitution in the amount of $360 plus surcharge.

132C Vanderbilt Terrace, Saratoga Springs, pleaded guilty to charges of fourth-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class-D felony, and driving while ability impaired by drugs, a misdemeanor. Jackson was arrested May 24 in Wilton and has been sentenced to two years in New York State Prison and one year of post release supervision.

Karen A. Imfeld, 48, of 4 Sprucewood Ct., Waterford, was resentenced September 7 by Judge Jerry J. Scarano to 60 days in Saratoga County Jail and continued probation, concurrent with Clifton Park charges, after admitting to a violation of probation. Imfeld was originally convicted October 30, 2009, of first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a class-E felony, for which she had been sentenced to 60 days in jail and five years of probation.

Steven D. Tourtellot, 38, of 625 Sweetman Rd., Ballston Spa, was resentenced September 6 by Judge Jerry J. Scarano to nine months in Saratoga County Jail with credit for time served, probation terminated, after admitting to a violation of probation. Tourtellot was originally convicted January 10, 2009, of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony, for which he had been sentenced to five years of probation.

Brian J. Wilson, 43, of 433 Joseph St., Ballston Spa, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. Wilson was arrested April 4 in Milton and has been sentenced to five days in Saratoga County Jail, five years of probation and mandatory use of an ignition interlock device. Michael T. Jackson, 34, of

Adam J. Sanders, 31, of 6381 St. Rte. 9, Chestertown, was resentenced September 6 by Judge Jerry J. Scarano to one to three years in New York State Prison with credit for time served, probation terminated, after admitting to a violation of probation. Sanders was originally convicted September 11, 2008, of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony, for which he had been sentenced to time served

and five years of probation, to include drug treatment court. Kaysie L. Horwedel, 29, of 21 Plank Rd., Halfmoon, was resentenced September 6 by Judge Jerry J. Scarano to continued probation with 30 hours of community service after admitting to a violation of probation. Horwedel was originally convicted October 1, 2009, of third-degree criminal mischief, a class-E felony, for which Horwedel had been sentenced to time served and five years of probation. Jesse A. Pappalau, 28, of 2237 Van Vranken Dr., Schenectady, pleaded guilty to a charge of fourth-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class-D felony. Pappalau was arrested May 5 in Clifton Park and has been placed on interim probation to participate in drug treatment

BLOTTER court, and charges will be reduced with the successful completion of the program. Nicholas Carleton, 31, of 2865 Route 9, Budget Inn, Apt. 101, Malta, pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to report an address change within 10 days, a class-E felony. Carleton was arrested August 8 in Corinth for an incident that occurred May 28 and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing September 17. James J. Ellsworth III, 28, of 137 Saratoga Ave., Apt. 1, Mechanicville, pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child in the vehicle, a class-E felony. Ellsworth was arrested June 2 in Stillwater and is scheduled to


return to court for sentencing December 4. Jason E. Berben, 30, of 73 Andrea Ct., Halfmoon, pleaded guilty to a charge of tampering with physical evidence, a class-E felony. Berben was arrested June 3 in Halfmoon and has been sentenced to six months in Saratoga County Jail and five years of probation. Dylan R. Larose, 20, of 24 Hudson Ave., Apt. 202, Mechanicville, pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree criminal mischief, a class-E felony. Larose was arrested April 4 in Stillwater and has been sentenced to time served, five years of probataion and to make restitution in the amount of $19,963.08 plus surcharge.


WEEK IN REVIEW Saratoga High Student Final Arrest in Fake ID Investigation

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SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Saratoga Springs Police Department has announced the final arrest tied to an investigation involving a batch of fake identifications purchased online by a group of Saratoga Springs High School students. Maclaine Matties, 18, of Blueberry Way, Saratoga Springs, was charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument, a class-D felony. She was arrested Tuesday, September 11 in Saratoga Springs and is expected to return to court at a later date. The fake IDs were purchased over one year ago through an online company called ID Chief. Students who purchased the IDs and who cooperated with the police were initially charged with misdemeanors, all of which were eventually dismissed after students participated in 50 hours of community service, attended a six week alcohol Risk and Responsibility course and forfeited their driver’s license for 90 days. “The police in the new case involving Matties chose to charge a felony, which is solely


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within their discretion,” said Assistant District Attorney James R. Davis. Matties faces a license revocation by way of administrative hearing through the Department of Motor Vehicles and up to four years in a state correctional facility.

Twin Bridges Construction Slows Northway Traffic SARATOGA COUNTY Those traveling I-87 north or south past the Twin Bridges over the weekend may want to consider an alternate route. The Thaddeus Kosciuszko Bridge (commonly referred to as the Twin Bridges) is undergoing major reconstruction to update the 50-plus year-old bridge decks. New support steel beams, bearings, deck joints and railings will also be added to the structure. Construction is scheduled to take place every weekend, save for Columbus Day weekend, through October 22, and expected to cause heavy delays. The northbound bridge will be closed from 10 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday, with three lanes of traffic in each direction being reduced to one lane in each direction over the southbound bridge. For up-to-date travel informa-

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Moreau YMCA to Close MOREAU - The Glens Falls YMCA has announced the imminent closure of its Moreau YMCA branch, citing a lack of financial support for the facility. “We wish this most difficult decision did not have to be made,” said Brian Bearor, chief Executive officer for the Family YMCA of the Glens Falls Area in a written statement. He notes, “Since opening in January, 2011, there has not been enough financial support to off-set the cost of operating the facility. The financial losses are significant and unsustainable.” The Moreau facility is scheduled to close for good Friday, September 21 at 7 p.m. Existing members are invited to use the Glens Falls facility beginning September 17, with the Moreau rates being carried over until December 15, at which time the Glens Falls rates will kick in should visitors wish to continue their membership. For more information, visit

Former B’Spa Teacher Sentenced for Child Pornography BALLSTON SPA - Timothy Brehmer, 35, of Broadalbin and


former music teacher at Wood Road Elementary School and Milton Terrace North and South elementary schools, was sentenced to 63 months in prison after pleading guilty to charges of possession of child pornography. Federal prosecutors claimed Brehmer downloaded videos and pictures of child pornography from April 2007 - December 2011. School officials noted at the time of Brehmer’s arrest that there was no evidence of criminal activity while the former teacher was at the schools. Along with his prison term, Brehmer also forfeited his teaching certificate and resigned from the Ballston Spa district.

Piggy’s Big Day Out ROUND LAKE State Troopers arrived on the southbound side of I-87 close to Exit 11 Thursday, September 13, to find a large pig roaming along the busy highway Police tried to corral the sauntering swine away from traffic and managed to successfully direct it down the Exit 11 ramp. At the time of publication, it was unclear where the plump porker, weighing approximatley 600 lbs, originated, or why it was wandering around the Northway.




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For One Direct Support Professional, Work is More Than Just a Job by Chelsea DiSchiano Saratoga TODAY Saratoga Bridges and the New York State Office of Persons with Developmental Disabilities have proclaimed September 9-15 as Direct Support Professionals (DSP) Week. DSPs work in the agency’s Alpha Career Options program, which has been helping individuals secure competitive employment positions in the county for over 15 years, according to the Saratoga Bridges website. The staff presently provides 100 employees assistance in a variety of areas, from intensive job development and placement to onthe-job training and follow-up services. Debbie Barrett, a DSP and Employment Specialist who has worked for Saratoga Bridges for 29 years, is just one of the many professionals who are being honored for DSP Week. Barrett has served up to 30 individuals at a time in her years at Saratoga Bridges, conducting hands-on training at their jobs, fixing any issues that may arise at their worksites, and staying involved with them by visiting their jobs and calling them often to keep in touch. Barrett has even assisted with one individual, Michelle Yung, for 18 years, developing a strong bond between the two. “I call Debbie for advice. I know at any given time if I have any problem with anything, I can always pick up and call. She’s just there.

She helps with anything, [she’s] there through anything. I call her at the office or on her cell phone and she comes by my job to see how I’m doing,” Yung said. Pamela Polacsek, who has worked as Communications Specialist at Saratoga Bridges for over 14 years, also had high praise for Debbie’s character. “Debbie works long hours and is a certified family care provider. She walks the walk and talks the talk. She is well loved by her peers and the administration. She really personifies what our agency stands for. She treats these individuals as family,” Polacsek said. Barrett said staying involved and developing relationships with her consumers is key for their success in the work field. “I am their support. I don’t just place them on a job and leave them. I will personally do anything in my power to help them reach their goals, whatever they may be—finding their own apartment, helping them with funding if they don’t have support they need…some individuals don’t have service coordination or families to help them, so if I just leave them out there on a job and forget about them, they’re not going to make it,” she said. Barrett’s involvement with Yung has helped her work in various fields since they met, landing jobs from positions in fast food restaurants and cleaning services to her current job in the health care field, Yung said. “At one time I had three part-time

jobs that made up for one full-time job,” Yung said. “I was 19 when I started at Wesley Health Care Center (WHCC). Before that I was working at McDonald’s and Burger King and maid services, and after awhile I applied for the job at Wesley and Debbie helped me fill out the application.” Yung started out as a housekeeper at WHCC and since then has climbed the work ladder to a supervisor position, confirming Barrett’s statement that consumers who have involved DSPs will find success in the job market. “She gives more than other people,” Yung said. “Like how a family member gives to another family member—she gives more than that.” The job comes with many rewards, Barrett said. “I’m needed,” she said. “It’s rewarding when my consumers are succeeding in their jobs and feeling good about themselves.” However, the population increases in Saratoga County—which is now one of the fastest growing counties in the state due to the arrival of GlobalFoundries and its employees—are making a major

impact on Saratoga Bridges. "We are always looking for ways to expand our services. We [do so] based on what the individuals and families are asking of us, and we reach out to our staff all the time to ask how we can provide better services," said Executive Director Valerie Muratori. But Barrett’s frustrations with time management have increased with the agency’s growth. “She’s sorry she can’t split equal time with everyone,” Yung said. Barrett agreed, adding that “When [the consumers] really need me, I’m there, but I wish I had more time to be there for them. Our agency is growing—18 years ago when I came to supportive work, we only had a handful of consumers, so we had that extra time to take them for lunch and have coffee with them,” Barrett said. “Now our department has grown so much, you just don’t have that personal time to be there for them, and they want that. They need that.” She added that some consumers will even create situations at their workplace to lure her to see them. “Sometimes they’ll have problems at work just to see me, just to get me there. And I feel bad. When they really need me, I’m there, but I just wish I had more time to be there for them,” Barrett said. State budget cuts that have reduced the funding for Saratoga

Bridges have also made an impact on the employees and consumers. “Our consumers are very loyal. They do many jobs that the younger kids don’t want to do, and we need to advocate to the legislature to let them know the impact of these budget cuts. It’s just so sad. It really is. The people we’re committed to serve are the ones that ultimately suffer,” Polacsek said. “New York State wants employers to hire our individuals, but they’ve got to remember that if [the consumers] don’t have the support that they need and they run into problems at these businesses, they’re not going to want to hire them,” Barrett added. “I want to get the word out. Employers should hire our individuals—they never miss work, are very reliable, and they go the extra mile. They do whatever. They are just wonderful consumers.” As one of the largest private nonprofit agencies in Saratoga County, Saratoga Bridges has been providing the highest level of programs to 800 people with developmental disabilities and their families for more than 55 years by promoting their abilities and achievements in every aspect of the community. “This agency gave me the opportunity to grow as an individual,” Barrett said. “I just love what I do. I love my consumers and being a family care provider.”




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Alfred Joseph Scavuzzo Saratoga Springs, NY - Alfred Joseph Scavuzzo, of Saratoga Springs, passed away Saturday, September 8, 2012. He was 77. Born on March 27, 1935, in the Bronx, NY, he was the son of the late Nathan and Christine (DiPietro) Scavuzzo. He served his country in the U.S. Navy on a LSD (Landing Ship Dock) in the Mediterranean during the Korean War. Survivors include his sons, Michael a n d Joseph Scavuzzo; his daugh-

John J. Bernard

ter, Christine (Kevin) Morrisey; his grandchildren, Stephen Stankiewicz and Stacey (Ryan) Pacer; his wife, Virginia "Ginny" and her children, Jude Mooney (Bill) Fricano, John Mooney, Maureen Mooney (Tony) Ferradino and Ginny’s grandchildren, Elizabeth Grace Fricano and Gianni Antonio Ferradino. He is also survived by his good friends Barbara Sylvain, Joan Dreher and Diane Falco, along with many others. Services were held Thursday, September 13, 2012.

Lois Perrelle Lois Perrelle, age 83, passed away Friday, September 7, 2012. She was born on December 3, 1928, in Albany, NY, the daughter of the late Kenneth and Dorothy Travis Geurtze. Lois is survived by her husband Nicholas; sons Nicholas (Nicole), Neal (Kathy), Michael (Lori), and Vincent Perrelle; daughters Nita Birge (Scott),

Nancy Mandras (Paul), Toni Anne Spinelli (Paul), and Tina Jarc





Plummer (Red), Marjorie Taylor, and Bobbie Broader (Jack); brother Kenneth Geurtze (Linda)

Saratoga Springs, NY – John J. Bernard, of White Street, passed away Friday, September 7, 2012. He was 95. Born on February 12, 1917, in Granville, NY, he was the son of the late Vincenzo and Carmela (Cappabianca) DiBernardo. In addition to his parents, John was predeceased by his wife, Theresa L. (Brackett) Bernard in 1999; two brothers, Charles and Ralph, and one sister, Mary. Survivors include his two daughters, Gloria

Merton of Ballston Lake and Peggy Jones of Schuylerville; two sisters, Katherine Arpey and Bessie Zember; eight grandchildren, twelve greatgrandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 15, 2012 at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, 584-5373.

Neal Thomas (Tom) Older Neal Thomas (Tom) Older, 68, passed away Sunday, September 2, 2012. Born January 17, 1944, in Saratoga Springs, NY, he was the son of Enid Older and the late Elliot Older. Tom grew up in Middle Grove, NY, and graduated from Ballston Spa High School. After graduation, Tom joined the Navy

and was a "mine man" during the Vietnam War. He met his wife, Natalie, while stationed in Subic Bay. After being honorably discharged from the Navy, he joined the Saratoga Springs Police Department. Tom is survived by his siblings Jim Older, Evamae Jones, Nancy Burke, and Cliff Older. Services were held Thursday September 6, 2012.

and 16 grandchildren. Services were held Thursday September 13.

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John A. Alberts Clifton Park, NY – John A. Alberts, of Meyers Rd., passed away Thursday, September 6, 2012. He was 39. Born on January 14, 1973, in Albany, NY, he was the son of Lois A. (George) Collett and the late Robert J. Alberts.

In addition to his mother Lois, John is survived by his brother, Robert Alberts of Albany, and a step-brother, Stephan Wereley of Ft. Edward. Services are private at the convenience of the family.




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Secor Among 32 Hopefuls on ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ continued from Page 1 One of the more successful shows in terms of finding rising young stars is The Ultimate Fighter. Some of the biggest stars in the mixed martial arts (MMA) world such as Forrest Griffin, Rashad Evans and Michael Bisping all got their start as cast members of The Ultimate Fighter. The program generates on average an audience of over 1.1 million people each week, with even more tuning in for the live finales. This season, local fighter Matt Secor, 25, will try his luck against 31 of the best welterweight (156170 lbs.) fighters in the world beginning September 14 in a two-hour season premiere on the FX Network beginning at 9 p.m. Representing

Spa City Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Secor is a professional MMA fighter from South Glens Falls with a career professional record of 1-1. He signed his professional contract after going undefeated in five amateur bouts around the region. One of his trainers at Spa City Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Ed Fyvie, thinks the show is suited perfectly to both Secor’s fighting ability as well as his personality. Fyvie has also previously tried out for the Ultimate Fighter, and provides some insight as to what Secor went through during his audition phases. “Secor is a very outgoing person; he’s quite a ‘people person,’ said Fyvie. “He would do well in a situation like that. I’m a bit more

reserved, I keep to myself a little more. I think it would be a little tougher an experience for me.” According to Fyvie, there are three stages of the initial interview process. Casting directors look at a fighters grappling and striking abilities individually, before taking them for a short interview. After that, fighters are chosen to fly to Las Vegas for a final casting round. Entering the contest trained in the grappling and ground-oriented jiu jitsu form, Fyvie thinks Secor could be a force to be reckoned with this season. “With the majority of fighters on the show, I see their weaknesses being in the wrestling and the grappling rounds,” said Fyvie. “Those

are [Secor’s] strengths. If he gets the right matchups and opponents that complement that skill set, he could go pretty far.” Secor is currently in Las Vegas, where the show is filmed. On the season premiere, he and the other 31 contestants will compete in 16 elimination fights to earn a spot in the Ultimate Fighter house for the season. The 16 winners will then be split into two teams of eight. The contestants, even after being eliminated, remain in the Ultimate Fighter house until the show has finished filming. All contestants must also sign a confidentiality waiver to not reveal the results until the show’s December 15 season finale. One of the traditions of the show

is that both teams are captained by big time Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) veterans. This season will feature captains Shane Carwin and Roy Nelson. Carwin is a former UFC Heavyweight Champion who was eventually defeated by professional wrestlerturned-legitimate-tough-guy Brock Lesnar. Nelson also has a bit of notoriety as he was involved in the second-highest watched MMA contest of all time, which was an exhibition win over internet punching sensation, Kimbo Slice. Following the two-hour premiere event September 14, The Ultimate Fighter will return to its one-hour format and air Friday nights at 10 p.m. on FX.

Local Weaver Competes for American Made Award continued from Page 1 Stewart’s website. Thousands of small business owners from across the country sent in their nominations to be considered for the award, but only 100 finalists remain and will now depend on supporters’ votes to win the competition. Frittelli, who co-owns Textile Studio with her husband in Saratoga Springs’ art district, has been a weaver since childhood, crafting handwoven contemporary clothing and accessories for both men and women. The couple uses silk, alpaca and chenille yarns, with a new emphasis on eco-friendly fibers from bamboo and soy for the clothes in their studio. “It’s been a rollercoaster,” Frittelli said. “I applied a couple months ago and kind of forgot about it and then I got a congratulatory email last week. It blew me away.” Frittelli said that her friends and colleagues have already been helping to spread the word about the competition. “It feels good to be supported that way by the community,” she said. A total of 10 “American Makers” will be selected, but only the Maker with the most votes will win the top prize. The winner will be honored at the

American Made event in New York City, appear in Martha Stewart Living magazine and receive $10,000 to further his or her business. Frittelli will need the strong support and votes of Saratoga Springs locals if she wants to win the top prize. She currently has over 500 votes but will have some catching up to do if she wants to beat the business owner who currently holds the most votes, a candle-maker who has already received 4,000 votes. Winning the award would be great for both Textile Studio and the Saratoga Springs community, Frittelli said.

“If I win, that’s 10,000 dollars, but I’m more interested in the exposure it would bring on a national level to our little corner of the world,” she said. “And if we won the prize money, we’d put it towards adding new sample rooms in our studio so we can start teaching classes and maybe even pay some workshop leaders and fiber artists to come in and give lectures. It would be great for our community and to put more focus on handcrafting.” Those who wish to vote can go online to Martha Stewart’s website to view all finalists and vote for their favorite with just a click of a button. The voting period

will end on September 24, at which time the winner will be announced on the website. Supporters themselves can also benefit from voting—each time someone votes, he/she will be entered into a sweepstakes to win prizes from Only one vote a day is allowed, so supporters of Frittelli can visit the website each day until the deadline. The American Made event hosted by Martha Stewart will take place in New York City on

October 17-18 and will feature the winner of the competition and editors, experts, and American Made honorees who will be showcasing the season's best artisanal and handmade crafts, gifts, food, DIY projects, and design. “Martha Stewart is a big icon, and to have that kind of spotlight on our community—it’d be fun,” Frittelli said. To vote for Cecilia, visit, click on her name, and then click on the “vote” link.



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Apple Crop Down by 50 Percent in New York State continued from Page 1 growing due to its freezing winters and warm summers, which are ideal growing conditions for apples. The best apples grow in regions where they can obtain 500 to 1000 chilling hours—conditions below 45 degrees Fahrenheit—but still receive abundant sunshine in the summer. Despite their need for cool winter temperatures, orchards are actually vulnerable to damage from cold weather in the spring, when crops are preparing to bloom. Freezing temperatures, frost, or hail can destroy entire crops during the bloom, according to the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). Unfortunately for New York apple farmers, an unseasonably mild winter and spring frosts that lasted into the month of May failed to bring about the ideal weather conditions for apple farming. Due to the bad weather that made impacts throughout New York State, Cornell’s Lake Erie Regional Research Laboratory estimated a 50 percent apple crop loss this season. “Apple farmers are very dependent on the weather for a good crop. When the weather fails them, they

have no control over it. Two out of three years with crop failure from frost can be quite devastating,” said Isabel Prescott, owner of Riverview Orchards in Clifton Park, which she projects has lost about 75 percent of its apple crop due to the wild weather. The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed that statistic in August when they released a report stating that New York’s total apple production is estimated to be only 590 million pounds this year, down 52 percent from last year’s 1.22 billion pound apple crop. In a state that depends on profits from apple production, these crop losses will yield heavy economic losses as well. New York’s 694 family apple farms employ 10,000 people and support another 7,500 jobs indirectly that depend on a robust apple crop, according to the New York Apple Association (NYAA). These statistics prompted several state legislators to call for a special legislature session in June to discuss a bill that would possibly give some of these farmers and small businesses some tax relief. The “Family Farmers and Apple

Growers Relief Act” would establish a specialized tax credit for the 2012 tax year that will allow a farmer to claim 35 percent of their crop losses, according to a press release from Assemblyman Jim Tedisco, one of the legislators who helped draft the bill. The Senate version of the bill was introduced in June but remains listed as unfinished business in the legislature. “The wild weather we’ve experi-

enced over the past year has taken a big bite out of the big apple of New York’s economy: our family farmers and apple growers. Our ‘Family Farmers and Apple Growers Relief Act’ sends the message that our state government has the backs of our family farmers who are small businesses that are creating and supporting jobs across New York State,” said Tedisco, former Minority Leader and current Assistant Minority Whip in the

New York State Assembly. Though crop losses and economic losses remain uncertain, it’s not all bad news for apple farmers and consumers—the Ginger Gold apple crop has actually harvested earlier than ever due to early warm weather in March. In the upstate region along the shore of Lake Ontario, the fall harvest started the week of August 15 for all apple consumers to enjoy.

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Saratoga Farmers’ Market SARATOGA SPRINGS – Local residents already know how excellent the Saratoga Farmers’ Market is, but did you happen to know it’s the best one in the entire state? Announced after the voting concluded over Labor Day weekend, the Saratoga Farmers' Market has been named the number-one favorite market in New York State and the 11th favorite medium-size market in the entire country in the 2012 "America's Favorite Farmers Markets" contest run by American Farmland Trust. “We didn’t necessarily expect to win,” said Deborah Czech, the market’s news and promotions coordinator. “It’s a popular vote, so it obviously indicates that people are voting for their favorite market. This is the second win in a row, so being the number-one market in New York is an affirmation of how people feel about the market and the importance of locally grown food.” Saratoga Farmers’ Market finished 83 votes ahead of its next closest competitor in the state-wide competition, the Rochester Public Market. The Schenectady Green Market also finished inside the top five in the state. Saratoga finished a very respectable 11th among medium-sized markets in the nation-wide polling. The contest defines “mediumsized” as between 31-55 vendors. Saratoga finished 53 votes behind the tenth place winner, Moraga Farmers’ Market in Moraga, Calif. - by Andrew Marshall



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Literacy Tutoring Program Offers Rewarding Experiences for Volunteers by Chelsea DiSchiano Saratoga TODAY Literacy New York Greater Capital Region is offering two new opportunities for volunteers to get involved with its literacy tutoring program next week. The tutoring program offers free literacy services to adults in a variety of areas, including helping individuals who want to improve their reading and writing levels, study for a GED, or read the labels on their prescription medicine bottles. The program also provides tutors and classes for individuals who want to study for the American Citizenship exam or who are not native English speakers and want to learn or improve their English language skills. The tutoring program is a valuable, rewarding experience for both volunteer tutors and their students, according to Program Coordinator Maria Lange. “Learners who set certain goals feel very rewarded when they attain those goals, whether it’s improving their reading and writing levels or passing the GED,” Lange said. “For those that are tutored in ELL, the program helps them become familiar with our community and help them feel comfortable in their new life.” Lange also added that the learners aren’t the only ones benefiting from the volunteer program.

“It’s rewarding for tutors, as well—seeing the success they’ve been able to help the students reach, and developing relationships with the individuals they teach. The program makes these relationships possible because the students might not be in their normal circle of friends, so [the program] broadens their community,” she said. Saratoga Springs Public Library will be hosting the program’s new tutor orientation on September 25 in the Susman room from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. If interested volunteers live closer to the Clifton Park area, they can attend a different orientation session at Clifton ParkHalfmoon Public Library in the Piracci Board Room on September 21 at the same time as the Saratoga Springs orientation. Volunteers can choose from five different tutor tracks: Basic Literacy (Reading & Writing for native speakers), ELL (English Language Learning), Math (basic math skills and financial literacy), Wilson Reading Intensive (for adults reading at or below 2nd grade), or GED preparation.

The English Language Learning (ELL) classes are especially well-liked, according to Lange. “Our ELL classes and citizenship classes are very popular,” Lange said. “And we are actually beginning a new citizenship class at the end of the month.” The citizenship class is a tenweek course which will begin September 26 at the Saratoga Springs Public Library from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., and will help adults who are hoping to pass the citizenship exam. Tutors for any track or class can choose between one-on-one sessions or small group sessions. The standard commitment period to volunteer to tutor a student is one year and tutors can meet their adult learners at mutually convenient times in public locations, such as a local library. Tutors will meet with their learners once a week for two hours. For more information on how to get involved with the program, email Maria Lange at


NYGA Continues Funding Education, Launches Awareness Campaign SARATOGA SPRINGS - Saratoga Casino and Raceway has contributed over $49 million to education so far in 2012, which is enough to fund the annual salaries of 1,104 teachers. This figure adds to their total sum of over $548 million in donations to education since 2004, according to the New York Division of the Lottery’s website. Combined, the nine racetracks that make up the New York Gaming Association (NYGA) have contributed $3.4 billion to education since 2004 – including more than $550 million so far in 2012, according to the New York Division of the Lottery’s website - enough to fund the annual salaries of approximately 12,255 teachers. "The New York Gaming Association is a reliable partner for New York’s education system and we are incredibly proud of our record of successfully providing for the state’s school children," said James Featherstonhaugh, president of the NYGA. "Our racetrack casinos have been part of the communities they serve for generations, providing not only entertainment, but positively contributing to communities by helping to control property taxes and funding education. We are committed to helping New Yorkers, and the proof is in our record of success." The NYGA announced September 10 it is launching a two-week television campaign to increase awareness that Saratoga Casino and Raceway and New York’s racetrack casinos are partners for education as students head back to school this fall. The campaign comes at a time when education budget cuts continue to remain a sensitive issue for educators and citizens alike. With the advertisements, the NYGA is hoping to assure New Yorkers that they can rely on the NYGA to help provide education funding. "We're very proud of our proven track record as a strong and successful partner with New York," said Rita Cox, senior vice president of marketing at the casino. "We believe that contributing to the community is our responsibility and are excited to continue to provide a significant impact on the future of our state for years to come."




Week of September 14 - September 20, 2012

New Cudney’s Cleaners Opens at the Springs Weibel Ave. Complex by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS Cudney’s Launderers and Dry Cleaners opened the first store of its kind in Saratoga Springs Tuesday, September 11, offering pickup or drop off cleaning 24 hours a day, seven days a week at the Springs complex location on Weibel Avenue. Cudney’s Cleaners is the first store to open at the newly-built Springs complex, a mixed-use commercial and residential development by Bonacio Construction. “Cudney’s has always been a customer and communityfocused business. This new system allows us to meet the needs of both in a convenient and safe way, and we are proud to offer this to our customers,” said Lyn Whaley, owner and president of Cudney’s Cleaners. The new, 24-hour dry cleaners will feature a kiosk system in the

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Cudney’s Cleaners open 24/7 at the Springs on Weibel Ave. store - similar to an ATM - that will allow customers to pick up cleaned clothes at any time. Cudney’s will hold a grand opening event the weekends of September 15-16, 22-23 and 2930 to celebrate the opening of their newest location.

“We will be having a Grand Opening celebration over the last three weekends in September, in conjunction with the Showcase of Homes,” said Joyce Ure, general manager of Cudney’s Cleaners. “You can tour our new location and spin our prize wheel to win ‘Cudney’s Bucks.’ We would love to show everyone how easy and convenient getting their dry cleaning done can be.”


Saratoga TODAY Welcomes Chelsea DiSchiano SARATOGA SPRINGS Saratoga TODAY newspaper is excited to welcome Chelsea DiSchiano as the newest team member to join the editorial department. DiSchiano, a native of Austin, Texas, relocated to Malta with her family during the late summer. She will be responsible for covering all education news in Saratoga County, reporting on the town of Malta and writing front page news pieces. “We are happy to welcome Chelsea to our team,” said Chad Beatty, owner and publisher of Saratoga TODAY. “I am confident that her skills and background will enable her to quickly transition into her new position and begin providing our readers with the local news coverage that

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Chelsea DiSchiano they have come to expect from Saratoga TODAY.” DiSchiano graduated in May of 2012 from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

Olde Saratoga Eco-Local Expo Looking for Sponsors by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - A new exposition featuring sustainable living, alternative energy, healthy lifestyles and

local businesses is looking to the local community to help sponsor its first-ever event, scheduled for October 6 - 7 at Lee’s Park off of Saratoga Lake. The Olde Saratoga Eco-Local Expo will feature a wide variety of family-friendly activities, including arts and crafts, light music from local bands, and the Columbus Cardboard Boat Regatta, as well as seminars and exhibitors featuring home improvement projects, solar and alternative energy solutions, an Eco-village, and a farmers’, artisans’ and crafters’ market. To help the expo in its inaugural year, organizers are still seeking sponsors. The Gold Sponsor package, a $2,500 value, includes premier placement in radio and print advertisements, three indoor or outdoor exhibit spaces, a logo placement on the entrance banners and merchandise bags and signs, a special section in Saratoga TODAY and more. A Silver Sponsor package, valued at $1,500, and a Bronze Sponsor package, valued at $750, are also available. To learn more, visit or call (518) 290-6863.



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New Fasig-Tipton Sales Coming to Saratoga Springs October 9 by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – FasigTipton is holding a brand-new horse auction in Saratoga Springs,

responding to very positive sales numbers during the first two auctions held earlier this year. The new sale – the Fall Mixed Sale at Saratoga – was added to the Fasig-Tipton calendar after

what Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning qualified as “a very positive yearling market at Saratoga for New York-Breds, and [the] grade 1 success at the summer meet here by the likes of New

York-Bred Willy Beamin. The feedback we were getting through the early summer was that the significant funding strides made to the New York-Bred program have created a need for this sale.”

The Fall Mixed Sale is scheduled to take place Tuesday, October 9, beginning at 11 a.m. A total of 254 horses have been catalogued, including 104 weanlings, 44 horses of racing age and/or broodmare prospects and 103 infoal mares. “This is a very big deal for New York racing on the whole,” said Brendan O’Meara, racing expert and author of “Six Weeks in Saratoga: How Three-Year-Old Filly Rachel Alexandra Beat the Boys and Became Horse of the Year.” He continued, “Horses sold for five figures can run for decent money at all the New York Racing Association Tracks. An extra sale could lead to new owners getting in the game, which would be a huge bonus.” While Fasig-Tipton usually holds only two sales in Saratoga – the Saratoga Selected Yearling and the Saratoga New York Preferred Yearlings sales – a rebounding New York horse breeding community, combined with an influx of cash from slot machine and video lottery terminal (VLT) proceeds, have reinvigorated the New YorkBred market. “[This sale] illustrates the vitality the VLT revenue has provided to purses and New York Breeders,” said O’Meara. “There’s a good chance some of these horses will run at Saratoga, but with so many more race dates and statebred conditions at Belmont and Aqueduct, this will certainly help fill those races.” The catalogue for the sale can now be accessed online at Hard copies of the catalogue can be picked up at the New York Thoroughbred Breeders offices in Saratoga at 57 Phila Street beginning September 15.



Week of September 14 - September 20, 2012

It’s a Boy! Crystal Ann and Nicholas Stephen Jackson are proud to announce the birth of their son Henry Nicholas Jackson, who was welcomed to the world on September 1, 2012 at 3:50 p.m. Henry debuted at 9 lbs, 11 oz and was 21 inches long. The proud grandparents are Myron and Cheryl Lutz of Shawnee, Kansas, Larry Stone of Smithville, Missouri, and Linda and Stephen Jackson of Lenexa, Kansas. Henry joins his sister, Emma, at home. Congratulations to the Jackson family!

Galway Teachers Sent to NASA Institute Workshops Galway Central School’s science teacher Jim Reynolds and math teacher Carrie Herron were selected to attend NASA’s Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel (HS3) Teacher Institute this summer at the NASA Aero Institute in Palmdale, California. Teachers attended technical briefs from HS3 scientists and engineers and pedagogy workshops in science as inquiry, engineering design, and 21st century skills. Attendees learned about the science behind the mission, operations of the Global Hawk uninhabited aerial system, and how to monitor the flights, and interact with mission personnel via a Web interface that displays camera views, flight tracks, and data overlays streamed from the Global Hawks near real-time. Experiences will be translated into classroom practice through the development of a thematicSTEM module that is in context with the HS3 campaign, and aligned to commoncore math, and national science standards. Mr. Reynolds and Mrs. Herron will develop NASA airborne researchbased curriculum and student activities over the course of the year using the knowledge and experiences they acquired at the institute this summer.

Jim Reynolds and Carrie Herron sit in the Mission Control Room at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Facility.

Community Corner

Saratoga Springs High School Class of 1982 Announces 30th Reunion The class of 1982 from Saratoga Springs High School will hold its 30th reunion the weekend of September 28 and 29. There are reunion events scheduled for both Friday (9/28) and Saturday (9/29), so attend one or both nights. We hope to have a great turnout! For more details, email


Tooth fairy club Take a look at this week’s new club members

The Saratoga Palio: Melanie Merola O’Donnell Memorial Race To Be Held This Sunday The seventh annual Saratoga Palio: Melanie Merola O’Donnell Memorial Race will take place on Sunday, September 16. The 5k run/walk will begin at 8 a.m. in front of the City Center, and the half-marathon will follow shortly thereafter. The race will also sponsor a 100-yard dash for children at 11 a.m. at High Rock Park. Have no interest in partaking in the half-marathon or 5k run/walk on Sunday, but you still want to be a part of the region’s premier running event? Consider inspiring this year’s runners and supporting the community by cheering on the sidelines! For more information and to register for the Saratoga Palio: Melanie Merola O’Donnell Memorial Race on September 16 in Saratoga Springs, visit Also, become a fan on Facebook.


CAPTAIN Youth And Family Services To Host Ribbon Cutting Ceremony On Monday, September 17, CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services will host a ribbon cutting at their Homelessness and Runaway Youth Shelter for the CAPTAIN challenge course and outdoor group meeting area. The CAPTAIN challenge course, a high ropes and team-building course were made possible by a grant from the Gibney Family Foundation. The outdoor fire ring and meeting area was constructed by George Kernochan to complete his Eagle Scout badge. The CAPTAIN challenge course and meeting area will be used by residents in all CAPTAIN programs. The CAPTAIN Homelessness and Youth Shelter, the only New York State certified shelter of its kind in Saratoga County, looks forward to celebrating its new additions!

NYS Senate and Assembly Recognize Cara Ebert, CNA For Distinguished Award Saratoga Hospital’s Cara Ebert, Certified Nurses’ Assistant, has recently been awarded the 2012 Long Term Care Employee of Distinction Award recognizing her for extraordinary dedication of direct service in the Saratoga Hospital Nursing Home. The award was given by LeadingAge New York—an association of 6,000 not-for-profit organizations dedicated to advancing policies, promoting practices and conducting research that supports, enables and empowers people to live fully as they age. Local state official Assemblyman James Tedisco presented Ebert with an official New York State Senate Legislative Resolution and New York State Assembly Citation honoring her for the distinction.


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upcoming town meetings Town of Ballston: Ballston Town Hall 323 Charlton Road 885-8502 9/19: Parks & Rec, 7:30 p.m. Village of Ballston Spa: 66 Front Street 885-5711 Town of Greenfield: 7 Wilton Road 893-7432 Town of Malta: 2540 Route 9 899-2818 Town of Milton: 503 Geyser Road 885-9220 City of Saratoga Springs: 474 Broadway 587-3550 9/17: Zoning Board, 7 p.m. 9/18: City Council, 7 p.m. 9/19: Design Review, 7 p.m. Town of Saratoga: 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville 695-3644 Village of Schuylerville: 35 Spring Street 695-3881 9/20: Town Board, 7 p.m. Town of Stillwater: 66 East St., Riverside Mechanicville, NY 12118 Town of Wilton: 22 Traver Road 587-1939 9/19: Planning Board, 6:30 p.m. Saratoga County Board of Supervisors 40 McMaster St., # 1 Ballston Spa, NY 12020-1985 (518) 885-2240 9/17: IDA Meeting, 8 a.m. 9/18: Equalization and Assessment, 3 p.m. 9/18: Labor Management, 3 p.m. 9/18: Board Meeting, 4 p.m. 9/20: Planning Board, 4 p.m.

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Saratoga Arts Volunteers


Pick up an application to volunteer online at or stop by The Arts Center at 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs.

November 11, and November 25, 2012. For more information, call (518) 289-5470 or (518) 885-6506.

Genealogy History



Heritage Hunters of Saratoga County will meet on Saturday, September 15, at 1 p.m. at the Town of Saratoga Town Hall, corner of Rt. 4 and Rt. 29 in Schuylerville. Erica Burke, archivist at the Folklife Center at Crandall Library will speak about the features of city directories. The directories can be used to find your ancestors’ residences, businesses, occupations and more. Public is welcome. For information, call (518) 587-2978.

Melanie Merola O’Donnell Memorial Race Half Marathon Launches Goal to 4th Annual Chicken BBQ and Yard Sale Attract Elite Runners Call to all elite, competitive and devoted runners – showcase your talent in The Saratoga Palio: Melanie Merola O’Donnell Memorial Race. This year the region’s seventh annual premier race will be held Sunday, September 16. Participate in the half marathon or 5K run/walk dedicated to raising money for The Melanie Foundation, Inc. to support graduate-level students in the mental health field and other nonprofit community organizations. For more information or to register, visit

DIY Marketing Strategies With Overit Media Overit Media will take you through the current marketing landscape as reflected in everything from web to pay per click to content development and social media/public relations. You will learn about 10 DIY marketing practices that embrace new, integrated forms of marketing. Event to be held September 18 from 9:30 a.m. - noon in the Saratoga County Chamber Conference Room, 28 Clinton Street, Saratoga Springs. $25 per member. Space limited to 25. For more information, visit

Craft / Garage Sale Vendors Wanted 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, off Rte.9 Maple Avenue, Saratoga, on Sundays from 11 a.m. 3:30 p.m. Admission is free and the cost for an eight-foot table space is $15 each paid in advance. Doors will open to set up at 9:30 a.m. The dates are September 23, October 28,

Quaker Springs United Methodist Church, 466 Rt. 32 South, Schuylerville Giffy’s chicken BBQ September 15, from 4 - 6 p.m. Tickets are $9 for a half chicken dinner. For more information, call (518) 584-1812

Malta Farmers’ Market to Offer "Kids Day" Children and their families are invited to visit with the 18 vendors of the Malta Farmers’ Market and enjoy free face painting, a bounce house, and other activities on Tuesday, September 18 from 3 - 6 p.m., on the lawn between the Malta Community Center and Just Meat & Deli on Route 9. Items available at the Malta Farmers’ Market include a wide array of vegetables, fruits, baked goods, meat, poultry, eggs, cheese, yogurt, flowers and plants, wine, gift items, and more. For more information, call (518) 581-0435.

There Are So Many Ways to Volunteer Would you like to be a part of the world’s pre-eminent organization for girls? Are you dedicated, reliable, a good communicator and work well with others? Girl Scouts of the Schuylerville area are looking for enthusiastic adult volunteers for various participation paths. For more information, email

15th Annual Golf Outing The 15th Annual Saratoga Springs Lions Club Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, October 5, 2012 at McGregor Links Country Club in Wilton, NY. The four-person scramble event is open to the public and proceeds benefit the many programs and services provided to the community through

the Saratoga Springs Lions Club. The event costs $115 for a single player or $440 for a foursome with participants able to enjoy 18 holes of golf with cart, lunch, dinner, an awards ceremony and prize giveaways as part of the event. The shotgun start is set for 1 p.m. Advanced registration and sponsorship opportunity information is available online at or by calling (518) 3788111 or (518) 584-4050.

The Alpha Course Saratoga Chapel

What is my purpose in life? Who is Jesus and why did He die? Is the Bible reliable? Why should I pray? Does God heal? Explore these and other thought-provoking questions in an open, casual setting. Join the millions of participants of the Alpha Course who have found these answers and more. Tuesdays 6:30 8 p.m., September 25 - November 20. Free and open to all. Childcare and refreshments provided. Visit for more information.

Theater Discovery Participants will discover different aspects of theater while working on an original production presented to an invited audience during the last class. Students will be introduced to script writing, character ideas, acting techniques, costumes, scenery, lighting and sound effects. Whether it’s acting, directing or behind the scene work, this class has it! Offered at the Malta Community Center at 1 - 2 p.m. on Mondays for ages 6 - 12 from September 17 through October 29. $55.00 Malta residents and $60.00 non-residents. For additional information, contact (518) 899-4411 or

Citizenship Classes Starting September 26 for 10 weeks from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. The classes are offered for the high beginner/ intermediate level English speaker. The curriculum covers the 100 questions of the Citizenship Exam, interviewing skills, along with the American History and Culture as it relates to the exam. Call or email to register for a class or (518) 583-1232.

Encampment Salutes 235th Anniversary of the Battles of Saratoga



Routes 32 and 4 in Stillwater, will present an 18th century living history encampment marking the 235th anniversary of the world's "most important battle of the last 1,000 years." Camps will be open Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. - 3 p.m. The event is free, but the normal entrance fee to the park of $5 per car and $3 per hiker or cyclist (good for one week entry) is charged. For more information about this or other events, please call the Visitor Center at (518) 664-9821, ext. 1777.

The Second Annual Autumn Harvest PowWow Saturday, September 15 from 10 a.m. - 10 pm and Sunday, September 16 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Little Theater on the Farm, 27 Plum Road, Fort Edward. The Living History 1750's Encampment will be open to the public with over 30 reenactors set up to demonstrate life in the encampment. They will provide information on the relationship between the Native Americans and the soldiers during the French and Indian War. The full schedule of events is posted at

7th Annual Memorial Walk Angel Names Association (ANA) will hold its 7th Annual Memorial Walk on Sunday, October 7, 2012 at the Saratoga State Spa Park in Saratoga Springs, NY. The walk is being held during October – National Pregnancy and Infant Death Month. Registration begins at noon and the walk will follow at 1:15 p.m. The day includes children's activities, light refreshments and prizes. Everyone is welcome to attend this uplifting, free family event to walk and raise awareness of pregnancy loss and infant death. For more information, visit or contact Michelle Mosca at

Saratoga Hospital Announces September Schedule of Childbirth Classes Expectant Parents Evening will be held September 20, from 7 – 9 p.m. This program introduces prospective parents and family to the Childbirth Preparation course and includes a guided tour of the familycentered birthing unit.

On Saturday and Sunday, September 15 - 16, Saratoga National Historical Park, located on

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Showcase of Homes 2012 continued from Page 1 29-30, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. A second Chefs – Saratoga Style event will be held Friday, September 21. Both chef events will be held from 6 – 10 p.m. The SBA Showcase of Homes tickets are $20 per person, and can be bought at any of the 19 home locations during tour hours, or online at Tickets are good at all locations over the entire six-day event. Every ticket purchased comes with a free Showcase of Homes tote bag. Children under 12 are free. Chefs – Saratoga Style tickets are $35 each and grant admittance to both the September 14 and 21 events, and include a Showcase of Homes ticket for the remaining three weekends. Proceeds from the ticket sales will be donated to two local organizations that work to help those in need: Rebuilding Together Saratoga County and Habitat for Humanity of

Northern Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties. Last year, SBA donated $75,000 to the local charities. Over the past 16 years, approximately $725,000 has been donated to charitable organizations from this event. This year, 10 chefs will take part in the Chefs – Saratoga Style event. The Southern Chef Home Tour begins Friday, September 14, featuring six homes and some of the best chefs from the area’s finest restaurants. “These events are very exciting for the chef, for one, because they get to interact face-to-face with potential clientele,” said Michele Ahl, the Showcase of Homes Chef Committee chair. “And it’s the same for our guests. As a patron, you don’t always get to ask questions of the chef or see him or her in action. So I think the whole experience is a lot of fun for both parties, and allows them to make a personal connection to the chef and the restaurant they represent.”

Those who attend the Chefs – Saratoga Style events will also have a chance to enter a drawing to win a gift certificate to each of the 10 restaurants. There will be one winner per restaurant. For those interested in learning more about the showcase, a 30minute television spot by Donna Pennell Productions and hosted by Yvonne Perry will run on three major network affiliates and feature exclusive interviews with all 16 builders. The Saratoga Showcase of Homes “Special TV Edition” will air on News Channel 13 September 16 at 11:30 a.m. (following the Today Show and Meet the Press); on News Channel 10 September 15 and 22 at 6:30 a.m., as well as September 16 and 23 at 10 a.m.; and on CBS Channel 6 September 15 and 22 at 5:30 a.m. To learn more or to buy tickets, you may also visit the Showcase of Homes website at


Chefs Saratoga Style Events*

Southern Chef Home Tour – Friday, September 14, 6 – 10 pm Bella Home Builders: Angelina Estates, 6 Sophia Marie Lane Malta; Lake Ridge – Chef Scott Ringwood – Carribean shrimp and avocado with black bean salsa Belmonte Builders: Harvest Bend, 21 Hidden Farm Lane Halfmoon; Zest Cooks – Chef Carla Kuchar – Grilled rosemary and roasted garlic shrimp over seared Parmesean polenta rounds Blitman Development Corp.: St. Ledger’s Woods, 1 Callaghan Boulevard Malta; Max Londons – Chef Mark D. Graham – Rock shrimp with minted pea arroncini and sushi grade opah Camelot Associates: Revolutionary Heights, 44 Gurba Drive Stillwater; Panza’s Restaurant – Chef Jose K. Arteche III – Pan seared trout with ginger infused butter with summer Thai mango slaw Heritage Custom Builders: Timber Creek Preserve, 34 Sycamore St. Ballston Spa; Lily and the Rose – Chef Kim Klopstock – Bolgenaise John A. Paige Jr. Contracting: Adams Point, 1 Julia Circle Halfmoon; Golden Krust Bagels – Chef Jay Wynn – Cheesecake, eclairs, cream puffs, carrot cake and pastries

Northern Chef Home Tour, Friday, September 21, 6 – 10 pm Saratoga Builders: Schuyler Pointe, 24 Ashleigh Lane Saratoga Springs; Yono’s – Chef P. Yono Purnomo – Marinated chicken with curry coconut milk sauce Terrace Home Builders: 48 Nelson Ave. Ext. Saratoga Springs; Café Capriccio – Chef Franco Rua – Pizza Margherita Napolitano Waldron Builders: Ridge View Estates, 21 Ridge View Road Wilton; Russo’s Restaurant & Bar – Chef Joseph Russo – Bruchetta Witt Construction: Park Alley, 61 Granite Street Saratoga Springs; Sperry’s Restaurant – Chef Dale Miller – Wasabi shrimp * Menu items subject to change based on current market conditions



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Home 2012 Showcase of Homes Awards

RENOVATED HOME CATEGORY Renovated Home Runner-Up – Workmanship

SAS BUILDERS Renovated Home Winner – Workmanship WITT CONSTRUCTION (Sand Hill Road)

CLASSIC HOMES CATEGORY Classic Home Runner Up Best Landscaping CERRONE BUILDERS TERRY HUBBARD PEAK Classic Home Winner - Best Landscaping BELMONTE BUILDERS CHRIS GENNOY, CPI Classic Home Runner Up – Workmanship SARATOGA BUILDERS Classic Home Winner – Workmanship CERRONE BUILDERS Classic Home Runner-Up Best Master Bath CERRONE BUILDERS Classic Home Winner - Best Master Bath BELMONTE BUILDERS Classic Home Runner Up Best Exterior Design BELMONTE BUILDERS Classic Home Winner - Best Exterior Design CERRONE BUILDERS Classic Home Runner Up Interior Decorating SARATOGA BUILDERS EDIE NEELY, DREAMHOUSE FURNITURE Classic Home Winner Interior Decorating

WITT CONSTRUCTION (Rivercrest Estates) EAST ELM INTERIORS Classic Home Winner Interior Decorating BELMONTE BUILDERS DENISE PALUMBO & ERIKA GALLAGHER of PLUM & CRIMSON Classic Home Runner Up Best Kitchen BELMONTE BUILDERS LINDSEY BELMONTE, VP SUPPLY Classic Home Winner - Best Kitchen CERRONE BUILDERS BEST KITCHENS & APPLIANCES Classic Home Runner Up Interior Floor Plan SARATOGA BUILDERS Classic Home Winner Interior Floor Plan CERRONE BUILDERS Classic Home Runner Up – Best Technology CERRONE BUILDERS

Luxury Home Runner Up – Workmanship BELLA HOME BUILDERS Luxury Home Winner – Workmanship TERRACE HOMEBUILDERS Luxury Home Runner Up Best Master Bath BELLA HOME BUILDERS Luxury Home Winner - Best Master Bath WITT CONSTRUCTION Luxury Home Runner Up Best Exterior Design BELLA HOME BUILDERS Luxury Home Winner - Best Exterior Design TERRACE HOMEBUILDERS Luxury Home Runner Up Interior Decorating BELLA HOME BUILDERS NANCY SMITH,


Interior Floor Plan BELLA HOME BUILDERS Luxury Home Runner Up – Best Technology WITT CONSTRUCTION Luxury Home Winner – Best Technology BELLA HOME BUILDERS

REALTOR’S CHOICE AWARDS Realtor’s Choice Classic Home BELMONTE BUILDERS Realtor’s Choice Luxury Home WITT CONSTRUCTION (Park Alley) Realtors Choice Renovated Home SAS BUILDERS Realtors Choice Apartment Home BONACIO CONSTRUCTION (Market Center)

Classic Home Winner – Best Technology BELMONTE BUILDERS


Bella Home Builder’s Showcase of Homes entry

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17 Your Home Living a Purposefully Repurposed Life SARATOGA Week of September 14 -


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by Dawn Dilorenzo Saratoga TODAY Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. That’s the motto of Bob the Builder, the famous animated carpenter. My boys would run around the house signing it and pretending like they were Bob, and I started to take it literally. I have always been reasonably thrifty (not always because I wanted to be, but because I had to be!) and much to my husband’s dismay, I frequently bring home chairs left by the curb, inexpensive dressers and cabinets (often with broken doors or drawer bottoms) and pretty much anything that I’m positive will look good with a coat of fresh paint or a good cleaning. Living in a 212 year-old farmhouse has made me even more nostalgic about salvaging whatever possible or using recycled materials when renovating. We regularly shop one area gem, The Historic Albany Foundation Warehouse, before ordering anything new. It holds a plethora of amazing building materials; windows, doors, hardware, light fixtures, bead board, plumbing fixtures, ornate crown molding, stair parts and literally hundreds of other items at really fantastic prices. If you are renovating an old home, or just want to infuse a little history into your new “colonial,” you must check them out. Another way I like to reduce, reuse and recycle is by figuring out new ways to use something for other than its intended purpose. Because I love antiques, people tend to give me their old furniture. It’s not always old in a good way, but I feel like I should take it because people expect me to do great things with their castoffs! One old armoire sat in my garage for over two years before I realized one day that it was the perfect size to hold my family’s ever-growing collection of shoes. After a good cleaning, I sanded it down and painted it with a bright coat of red. I had my husband add several shelves and added a handle and a cute keyhole escutcheon and voila! I had no more shoe clutter in every corner of my mudroom. The take away here is look around to see what you have and figure out a way to give it a new life. Sometimes with hardware and light fixtures, all that’s needed is a finish change. Enter: spray paint. In

my world, nothing is safe from getting a new finish. I’ve spray painted handles, knobs, furniture, picture frames, lamp bases and light fixtures, lamp shades and even plumbing fixtures. I recently completed a nauticalthemed living room for a client where we used boat cleats to hang family photos. We used oil-rubbed bronze accents throughout the room but to order cleats in the same finish was budget-busting. So, with a $6 can of oil-rubbed bronze spray paint from Krylon, we achieved the look we wanted and saved more than $100 than if we’d purchased them factory-finished. The key to success when using a metallic spray paint is to avoid those with large, glittery flakes. It looks cheap and you can tell it’s spray paint. Look for one that has a flatter, smoother satin finish and no one will ever know you did it yourself, unless you tell them (go ahead and brag!). Looking around your home, you probably have a lot of great pieces that you can re-invent simply by putting them in another location. I tell clients this all the time: before you shop, shop your own home (including basements and attics). We get so used to seeing our things in the same place day after day, we don’t even really notice them anymore (which is why everyone selling a house should use a stager!). But, simply by moving them into a new space, you can create a whole new purpose for the piece and make your room feel like it’s gotten a makeover. One or two times a year, I go through my rooms and move things around; maybe not the big stuff like my bed or humongous TV cabinet, but small furnishings and definitely my artwork and accessories. Just today, I brought home yet another cabinet with broken doors (to a clearly displeased husband!) and moved a huge antique mirror from the top of the stairs to the downstairs hall, moved the console to the dining room, swapped out the lamp at the other end of the hallway and moved an Ikea print in an antique frame from the downstairs hall to the living room. And magically, after only having spent $50, I was able to get a little makeover in five spaces. I could have easily accomplished the same thing without spending a dime but it was fun to get a new piece for a great deal. And yes, I will be giving my cabi-

net a new life with a fresh coat of paint and new hardware. What do you have in your home that you can repurpose? An ottoman begging to be recovered? An old table that would look fabulous with a new coat of paint? Maybe a great piece of artwork needing a new room to shine in? Before you pull out that credit card, purposefully stroll through your own space, with the eyes of someone looking at it for the first time. What do you see? How can you use it to breathe new life into your home? Can’t see it? I can help! One day makeovers (mini-makeovers using stuff you already have) are my specialty! Call me today to schedule your in-home consultation to get the home you’ve always dreamed of but weren’t sure how to accomplish! You can find me on my website or Facebook page, and I am always available for a chat at (518) 222-9551. Let me help you to Love Your Home Again.

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Home Decorate for Fall on a Budget by Dawn Dilorenzo for Saratoga TODAY Ah, fall. As much as I love the change of seasons, fall signals that winter is coming, and as a transplant from Texas, winter is not something I look forward to. That said, I love autumn colors and love decorating for fall. Here are some of my favorite, budget-friendly tips – you can use these tips on a big budget too by making just a few tweaks or hiring a professional decorator to help. Bring the outside in. Nature provides a splendor of beautiful decorations this time of year. Dried Japanese lanterns, cherry blossom branches with berries, bittersweet vine, and pinecones can help transition your summer décor into fall absolutely free. Bittersweet vine wrapped around doorways, porch columns and mailbox posts can soft-

en the hard lines and make a welcoming entrance. You can usually find this at farmers’ markets or stop along any country road and cut some for free. To create a beautiful fall bouquet that will last long into the spring, remove the leaves from Japanese lanterns and they will eventually dry to a crisp orange. Fill galvanized buckets and ironstone pitchers and place them in bathrooms, on hall tables and living room mantels (remove them before starting up the fireplace). If you have a screened-in porch, add them to the table (or even in a corner) for a little shot of color to your outdoor space. Berry branches make a gorgeous and colorful addition to dining room tables and entry halls when displayed in tal, glass containers (try filling clear containers with cranberries or marbles first) or in vases

placed in large garden urns. Just be sure that whatever you put them in is water-tight to avoid marks on your tables. And change the water every couple of days so it doesn’t start to look like a science experiment. Add a variety of pinecones from different types of evergreens to large bowls or glass urns and place around the house on counters and tables. You can also insert a candle in the center (use a fireproof holder) or add a mix of potpourri for a sweet scent. One final gift from nature – tree branches. Yes, you read that right. Tree branches get interesting when spray painted silver, gold, bronze or other warm, fall colors and displayed in dramatic containers. The trick with branches is to use fairly straight branches and keep them tall. If you can cut some with pretty leaves, even better. Add some color. After this long summer, it’s kind of nice to start thinking about the warm colors of fall. If you’re on a budget, an easy way to do this is to change out pillow covers, throw blankets, rugs and lamp shades. Now, I know you’re thinking, “Budget? That’s going to cost a fortune!” but it doesn’t have to. There are lots of budget-friendly places to pick up inexpensive accessories. Target, Home Goods, West Elm, Pottery Barn and many others offer lots of great choice that are easy on your wallet. I am not normally a Kirkland’s shopper but stopped in the other day and was pleasantly surprised at the variety and styling of their fall accessories. They had lots of cute pumpkins and gourds in great colors and fabrics like burlap and glass, sparkly birds and jewel-toned candle holders.

Don’t forget to scope out our local boutiques for more custom pieces. Miss Scarlett’s always has cute Anthropologie closeouts for a good price and if your budget allows, you could check out Schuyler Pond, Homessence and Next Summer in Saratoga Springs. Another way to add color, but a little more expensive is to paint a room. If you already have great accessories with warm fall colors, choose your favorite color from say, a pillow cover and start painting. Some of my favorite fall colors are Salsa Dancing, A Walk in the Grass, Vintage Wine and Caliente from the Benjamin Moore Aura line. If you don’t want to change your wall color every season, choose one that’s fairly neutral so you can easily swap out your accessories in the next season for an extra budget boost. If you’re really handy but short on budget, a quick and easy update is to paint a door. I recently painted the interior of my front doors a bright yellow (it was summer!) to give my dark, stained doors an update. Now I know there are many of you out there thinking you are never supposed to paint wood, but my philosophy is – if you don’t love it, then paint it! My beautiful antique doors are old pine but were ruined by a botched stain job (not me!) so there was really no option but to paint them. They look so bright and I smile every time I walk down the hall. For fall, you could choose a jewel-toned red, black, dark gray or even a deep turquoise. If you decide that you want to change it out in the spring, you’re only committed to $25 and about 2 hours of work. Decorate the unexpected. In my home, nothing is off-limits from a

little makeover. The toilet tank regularly has a flower posy in an antique ointment or Mason jar, and my office has an ever-changing assortment of containers for post-it notes, paper clips, pens and flowers. Milk glass containers are my favorite, followed by little ironstone pitchers and dishes. And even the hallway console frequently gets a change out of accessories and flowers to keep it from getting boring. Your dining room table probably has the standard-issue vase of flowers but try something new by adding a new runner (burlap is a great, inexpensive fabric), sprinkle it with brightly colored fall leaves, and intersperse tiny gourds and votive candles for a sophisticated, budget friendly makeover. And don’t feel beholden to one style; add elements from other styles. If you have contemporary décor, soften the sometimes harsh lines with an antique mirror or mercury glass accessories. Or throw in a fun element like a papier mâché animal head in a Victorian-styled living room. One of my current favorites is at West Elm and is a bargain at just $90. Decorating on a budget doesn’t have to mean low-budget style. Follow my tips and you will have a beautiful space you’ll be proud to show off to your friends and family. If you aren’t sure where to start, give me a call or contact me through my Facebook page or website and I’ll send you my free e-book, How to Pick the Perfect Paint Color. In this quick and fun e-book, I’ll give you secrets for choosing the paint colors you will love – every time!

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Belmonte Builders presents the Whitehall as the featured home for September. This design will be featured in the brand new and much anticipated Belmonte development, McKenzie’s Way, located in the city of Saratoga Springs. This new 18-lot neighborhood, nestled between Jefferson Street and East Broadway, will have a nostalgic feel with street lights, sidewalks and curbs. This location has the convenience of being within walking distance to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the historic racetrack, Museum of Dance and the many attractions in downtown Saratoga. For families, there is the added benefit of being in the exceptional Saratoga Springs school district. Lots will range in size from 6,600 – 9,444 square feet. Construction is currently underway and homes are being placed under contract now. Encompassing almost 3,000

square feet and boasting 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths, the spacious and well-proportioned floor plan reflects a sense of comfort and charm in every detail. The airy and light-filled floor plan features a dining room with a lovely arched entry way. The open and spacious eat-in kitchen features a dining nook, double pantry and island complete with a breakfast bar, offering generous seating for entertaining. The adjacent sunroom is perfect for enjoying a relaxing cup of coffee. A fireplace warms the great room, which features an 11foot vaulted ceiling and abundant natural light from the surrounding windows and transoms. The Whitehall exudes charm, character, and superior architectural quality and design, and is one of many custom designed homes offered by Belmonte Builders. The design elements of this craftsmanthemed home feature a covered

wrap-around front porch, carriagestyle overhead garage door and cultured stone accents. The elegant steeped-pitched roof adds curb appeal. The two-car garage features a carriage-style, insulated overhead garage door with decorative glass and enters directly into a mudroom with built-in coat hooks and a conveniently located adjacent bathroom. Additionally, the first floor of this home features lofty ninefoot ceilings, prefinished oak flooring and oversized colonial baseboard throughout. Craftsman-style oak stair railings lead to the second floor. The master bedroom suite offers its own private master entry vestibule with art niche and features a beautifully crafted trey ceiling and large walkin closet. The master bathroom transcends you to a tranquil environment with large custom shower with separate his and hers vanities.

The second floor of this home has three additional spacious bedrooms with beautiful natural light and walk-in closets, two full bathrooms, a tech niche – perfect for doing schoolwork, listening to music or playing online games. The laundry room also boasts a convenient second floor location, with an adjacent linen closet. Belmonte homes are built to Energy Star Specifications, with generously-sized, Energy Star rated Pella “Proline” Series wood double-hung windows throughout, Energy Star rated insulation, a 95 percent efficient furnace, air conditioning and programmable thermostat and humidifier, and ThermaTru Insulated entry doors with adjustable thresholds. Belmonte Builders strives to create custom homes as individual as their customers. Known for their attention to detail, naturally flowing floor plans, and their ability to

bring the world of true custom home building into an affordable price range, Belmonte is known for taking the time to make sure your home is a true expression of who you are. Specifications are available on their website and show that many of Belmonte’s standard features are other builder’s upgrades. By paying close attention to detail, using innovative high-quality products, and attaining and keeping experienced staff who strive for perfection, Belmonte has built a reputation for excellence. They take pride in their ability to adapt to new challenges while maintaining high standards. Founded in 1977, Belmonte Builders is one of the largest custom homebuilders in the Capital District, and has won numerous awards for their excellence in homebuilding. Visit for more information.



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Home The Whitehall at McKenzie Way • Four bedrooms • Three and a half baths • Approximately 3,000 square feet • Dining room with arched entry way • Eat-in kitchen with dining nook, double pantry, island and breakfast bar • Sunroom • Great room with fireplace and 11-foot vaulted ceiling • Covered wrap-around front porch • Carriage-style overhead garage door • Two-car garage • Cultured stone accents • Steeped-pitched roof • Prefinished oak flooring and oversized colonial baseboards • Craftman-style oak stair railings • Walk-in closets • Energy Star Specifications




Property Transactions Ballston 10 Forestbrook Dr. $277,500. Heritage Builders Group LLC sold property to Kristine Wright, Alison Callahan and Kate Hogan. 34 Chester St. $217,000. Matthew Wilski sold property to Robert Hinman. 15 Knottingley Place $325,000. Ronald Butler Jr. sold property to Kevin Carmichael and Kateryna Vilchyk. 4 Apple St. $289,000. Daniel and Jessica Cramer sold property to Phillip Heinrichs. 3 Beech Tree Ct. $290,850. Heritage Builders Group LLC sold property to Eleanor Fadeley. 353 Moonlight Dr $314,150. James and Sheree Durnberg sold property to Scott and Kathleen Whittemore. 4 Matchwood Lane $295,049. Heritage Builders Group LLC sold property to Thomas and Maryann King. 155 Ballston Ave. $138,000. Marybeth Shannon and Christopher Aguirre sold property to Philip Defiglio. 23 Lancaster Court $319,963. Traditional Builders LTD sold property to Frank and Sheila St. Louis. 50 Charlton Rd. $298,000. Stephen Ramseyer sold property to Joshua Tobin. 25 Lawmar Lane $254,000. Michele Van Osterlitz sold property to Jennifer and Bernard Bott Jr. 52 East High St. $296,000. Lester and Carol Wolk

sold property to William Ramsey III. 3 Timberline Dr. $328,680. Heritage Builders Group LLC sold property to Lance and Paulette Walley. 63 Saunders Lane $315,000. Sue Ellen Porto, Exec. sold property to Donald and Michele Ferguson. 9 Kinsbridge Ct. $415,547. Traditional Builders LTD sold property to Wesley and Elizabeth Chella. Lake Rd. $4,782,055. New York Development Group LLC sold property to Traditional Builders LTD. 10 Currie Ct. $194,900. Stephen and Elizabeth Brumagin sold property to Anthony Gaggi. 3 Kingsbridge Ct. $379,799 Traditional Builders LTD sold property to Stephen and Laura Emler. 31 Skaarland Dr. $228,500 Alfred and Lorraine VanHorne, sold property to Pauline Mason. 7 Lakehill Rd. $160,000 Michele Sestito sold property to David and Danielle Connors. 598 Randall Rd. $47,500 Wells Fargo Bank as Trustee sold property to Christopher Halladay.

Clifton Park 6 Grooms Pointe Dr. $275,000. Bettie Jane McCabe sold property to James and Elizabeth Turner. 681 Plank Rd. $231,750. Theresa Nason sold property to Yong Meng Chin and Feng Yang. 14 Skybrook Circle $426,000. Dipti and Roshni Dash sold property to Cheng Tsai Hao. 18 Birch Hill Rd. $472,000. Timothy and Michelle

Home Lynch sold property to David and Laura Brown. 23 Stablegate Dr. $360,000. Matthew Teichner and Susan Preiss sold property to Mikhail and Alina Korenevskaya. 44 Via Davince $283,000. Barbara Wright sold property to John and Randi McGlauflin. 16 Addison Way $382,500. Philip and Robin Pugliese sold property to Thomas and Judith Dippert. 44 Tallowwood Dr. $151,400. Sandra Merwin, f/n/a Sandra LaPietro sold property to Davinder Singh. 6 Desforges Ct. $319,500. James and Denice Kubiak sold property to William and Kimberly Luke. 20 Grant Hill Rd. $194,000. Dorina Radu Atty and Anne Marie Cuff Atty sold property to Lindsey Speach. Malta 32 Century Dr. $395,000. Matthew and Jaime Melissa Ginn Ryskoski sold property to Michael and Jennifer Caleo. 47 Arrowwood Place $140.500. Marilyn Hepner sold property to David and Jennifer Chatt. 32 Route 9P $190,000. Cartus Financial Corporation sold property to Ryan Kreuser. 16 Saratoga Farm Rd. $135,000. HM Ventures Inc. sold property to Walter and Peggy Breakell. 39 Washington Ave. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development sold property to Catherine Zimmerman. 44 Bayberry Dr. $382,000. Holly Coon sold property to Don and Margaret McIntyre. 33 Woodmint Place $260,000. Jada M. Kuhl n/k/a Jada M. Beaudet and Gregory Beaudet sold property to Gregor Kum. 13 Hills Rd. $219,000. Frank and Sheila St. Louis sold property to Kent Draper. 6 Phillip Dr. $308,000. Thomas and Cathy Burniche sold property to Anthony and Susan Spangnoletti. 24 Wake Robin Rd. $157,000. Sally Hage sold property to Mark Neiswender. 134 Raylinsky Rd. Barbara Varsik, trustee of the John M. O'Connor and Rose E. O'Connor Family Trust sold

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property to Nicholas Mangino. 15 Gleneagles Blvd. $290,000. James and Kelley McGork sold property to Douglas and Megan Nadeau. 10 Northwest Pass $317,000. Karappurath and Jayasree Unni sold property to Kevin and Jodi Brennan. 112 Wineberry Lane $225,000. Joseph Mendez sold property to Hongxiang Mo and Guang Rong. 22 Larkspur Dr. $257,000. Gordon and Sandra Cerniglia sold property to John and Sarah Conway. 1104 Laural Lane $211,000. David Mackenzie sold property to John and Denise Fitzpatrick. 15 King Rd. $275,000. Danny and Patricia Bryant sold property to Peggy O'Shea. 65 Willis Way $402,778. John Luke Development Co. LLC sold property to Jonathan and Tina Costolo. 67 Meadow Rue Place $245,000. Alex Schaer sold property to Jason P. Verbick. Saratoga Springs 32 Vista Dr. $539,900. Mark and Angela Sperry sold property to Devon Howe and Kathy Warlow. 42 Glenmore Ave. $330,000. Roy Furo sold property to Elizabeth Schrade. 41 Pinewood Ave. $395,000. John and Anne Bishop sold property to Helen Walker. 38 High Rock Ave. Unit 5D $970,000. High Rock Condominiums LLC sold property to Keehfus Capital LLC. 10 Victoria Lane $750,000. Charles VanSickle sold property to Jeffrey and Janet Altamari. 64 North St. $100,000. Barbara Proctor and Louise Goldstein sold property to Barbara Proctor. 12 King Arthur Ct. $253,000. Gary and Mary Jane Perkins sold property to Pui Man Yung and Jun Tian. 22 Jefferson St. $175,000. Holly Jewell (trustee of Irene Kesten) sold property to Joshua Ellithorpe. 35 Thoroughbred Dr. $355,000. Rosanne Kaplan sold property to Ryan Bouchey. 116 Church St. $100,000. Catherine D'Andrea sold property to Edward and Patricia Barone.

12 Oak Brook Blvd. $950,000. Lisa Higgins sold property to Jeffrey and Catherine Booutelle. 19 Phila St. $925,000. Benton Enterprises LLC sold property to 368 Broadway LLC. 186 Spring St. $380,000. Saratoga Eastside Properties LLC sold property to Jeffrey Dooley and Linda Paulsen. 150 East Ave. $292,000. Barbara Jefts sold property to Leslie Forbert Miller. 119 Grand Ave. $324,500. Kathleen Ryan sold property to Frank and Barbara Capone. 9 Cliffside Dr. $685,000. Michele Martin sold property to Sandra Elstein. 9 Waterbury St. $395,000. Robert West sold property to Robert Breault and Aubrey Guri. 5 Evergreen Dr. $361,900. Donna and Marc Haire sold property to Anthony and Bonnie Arpey. 11 Cottage St. Unit 6 $240,000. Wayne and Julie Freebern sold property to Kwok Him Wong and Lisa Clifford. 28 Crommelin Dr. Iona Park sold property to Mary Ann Hunter. 100 Bryan St. $550,000. William Dake (trustee of Phyllis Dake) sold property to Perrin and Estelle Dake. 100 Bryan St. $750,000. William Dake (trustee of Phyllis Dake) sold property to Perrin an Estelle Dake. 276 West Circular St. $146,500. Shane Lis, Naomi Bourque and Corey Lis sold property to Munter Land Holdings, LLC. 7 Brookview Terrace $725,000. Michael Sutton sold property to Christopher and Laura Panarese. 18 Division St. $12,510,820. Franklin Square Condominiums sold property to 513 Broadway LLC. 37 Sarazen St. $297,900. Joan Stranger sold property to Mathew Mercurio and Tracey Montani. Stillwater 17 Drummer Dr. $270,000. Ryan St. John and Cortnee Cornelius sold property to Brad and Sara White. 4 Whitney Rd. South $276,500. Cartus Financial Corporation sold property to Carl Barlow. 44 Whitney Rd. South $260,000. John and Louise Cowan sold property to Deborah Baines. 32 Revere Run $235,500. Degraff Bloom Custom Builders sold property to Savita Hanspal. 34 Whitney Rd. South $315,000. Brian Lussier sold property to John and Louise Cowan. 7 Bancroft St. $281,900. John Bove sold property to James Canfield. 42 Walden Circle $527,848. Amedore Homes Inc. sold property to James and Brenda Maynard. Round Lake Ave. $2,136,701. Delaware and Hudson Railway Company Inc. d/b/a Canadian Pacific Railway sold property to Pan Am Southern LLC. 38 Cavalry Course $268,830. Wayne Murphy and Nicole Voigt sold property to Craig and Stephanie Albers . Wilton 3008 Route 50 $1,140,000. Sanjay Enterprises Inc. sold property to Abica III LLC. 56 Damascus Dr. $280,000. John Stannard sold property to Steven Lowenstein. 4 Erinn Ct. $440,000. Craig and Maureen Roberts sold property to Joel Pero and Megan Harris-Pero. 3 Cedarcrest Dr. $175,000. S. McIntyre LLC sold property to Brannigan Bryant and Brittany Bishop. 38 Fairmont Dr. $260,000. Cody and Krista Reinhart sold property to Brian and Lucy Veitch. 21 Fairmont Dr. $243,500. Kenneth and Dawn Tymula (f/k/a Dawn Bombaski) sold property to Deborah Curcio. 4 Jodi Lane $360,000. Heather Billington sold property to Scott and Jennifer Charnik. 73 Claire Pass $332,000. William Sims and Ruth Fraley sold property to Suresh and Jalaja Lagalwar.

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Home Spaghetti Squash Primavera A wonderful homage to the plenty at summer’s end

Sometimes you come across a recipe that is so good as it was written that you don’t alter it one bit. This recipe is one. Spaghetti Squash Primavera is a colorful medley of fresh vegetables that honors the summer bounty. The taste matches its beauty. Serve along side grilled chicken or fish (with a glass of white wine) for an extra special dinner. The history of this recipe, which comes from Saratoga Farmers’ Market Coordinator Suzanne Carreker-Voigt, is worth sharing. In 1987, her godmother gave her the “Crème de Colorado Cookbook” to commemorate their love of the State of Colorado. The book was produced that year by the Junior League of Denver (which over the years has produced numerous fantastic cookbooks). This one sold out its first 60,000 copies within months. A second run of 60,000 books was printed, followed by even more with total sales to date of half a million. That is how good the cookbook is and where this keeper-recipe came from. This is exactly how it is written in the book:

Spaghetti Squash Primavera (Serves 6) Basil Tomato Sauce: 2 cups peeled, seeded and chopped tomatoes ½ cup olive oil ½ cup firmly packed minced fresh basil ½ cup firmly packed minced fresh parsley 3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese 2 cloves of fresh garlic, minced 1 teaspoon salt

Vegetables: 1 medium spaghetti squash 2 medium carrots, sliced into ½ inch pieces 2 cups of broccoli flowerets 1 medium zucchini ½ cup minced green onions 1 tablespoon olive oil Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

In a medium bowl, combine all sauce ingredients. Cover and let stand at room temperature for one hour. Prick skin of squash. Bake on cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 1½ hours or until tender when pierced. Let cool for 15 minutes. Halve lengthwise and carefully remove seeds and any loose membranes. With a fork, scrape spaghetti-like strands of squash away from shells; set aside. Reserve shells.

Separately steam or boil carrots, broccoli and whole zucchini. When each is cooked, transfer to bowl of cold water. Drain. Halve zucchini lengthwise and cut into ½-inch slices. In large skillet, sauté onions in olive oil until tender. Add drained vegetables and heat thoroughly. Add salt and pepper to taste. Combine hot vegetables, spaghetti squash and sauce. Spoon mixture into reserved squash shells and serve warm or at room temperature.

The Junior League of Denver has sold over 1.7 million of its five cookbooks. These, including “Crème de Colorado Cookbook” with 700 recipes, are available at The ingredients for this recipe are timely and will soon disappear as autumn vegetables debut. Right now everything but the salt, pepper and olive oil can be found fresh at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market, Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., and Wednesdays, 3 - 6 p.m.




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Flashy Fall Flowering Shrubs

Kerry Ann Mendez Owner of Perennially Yours Fall is a refreshing season of change in the landscape. All of our senses are teased by stimuli emitted as plants begin the ‘hibernation’ process. We see radiant foliage, berries, bark and flowers; smell the rich, aroma of fallen leaves and ripening fields; hear the rustling of tall ornamental grasses and crunching leaves; rub smooth apples to make them shine; and taste the sweetness of apple cider. And somehow the autumn air makes the color of fall flowering shrubs seem magical.

Unfortunately, many gardeners are unaware of the glorious flowering shrub choices available for the landscape’s last hurrah. And I’m not talking Burning Bush. Agreed, this is a striking plant when arrayed in red but it is also on the invasive list for many states. Thankfully hybridizers are now working on sterile varieties. One of my favorite fall bloomers is Bush Clover (Lespedza). Its lovely lavenderpurple flowers drip from arching, cascading stems. I planted mine at the top of a retaining wall where it could sweep over the edge. Gilbralter and Pink Fountains both get 4’ - 5’ tall. There is a tiny version, Yakushima that only grows about 12” - 18”. In our region, Bush Clover dies back to the ground, similar to Butterfly Bush. Prune it back hard in the spring. It sets its flower buds on new growth. Bush Clover enjoys full sun and is hardy to Zone 4.

Blue Mist Shrub (Caryopteris) is a butterfly magnet. It has stunning blue flowers that look like annual Ageratum. The foliage can be silvery-green, yellow, variegated green & yellow or green & white. Bushes get 3’ tall and wide. They thrive in full sun and welldrained soil. Wet soil is the death of them. Prune them back hard in early spring for more compact, heavy-blooming show-offs. Blue Mist Shrub is hardy to Zone 5. Both Beauty Berry (Callicarpa) and Coralberry (Symphoricarpos) are prized more for their striking berries than their petite, summer flowers. Beauty Berry has striking lavender-purple or pink berries arranged in whirls along arching stems. The berries will persist into winter, providing a colorful contrast against snow. Profusion and Issia have purple berries but Profusion gets 8’ – 10’ tall while Issai stays petite at only 2’ – 3’. Beauty Berry likes sun to part shade and is hardy to Zone 5. As with other late summer flowering shrubs, prune stems in late winter or early spring. CoralBerry bears pink to purple berries that dangle from branches in late summer. Amethyst is a top seller. It has hot pink fruit and grows between 3’ – 5’ tall in sun to part sun. The berries look great in floral arrangements! Once again the time to prune this dazzler is in late winter or early spring. Coralberry is the most cold tolerant of all these shrubs, taking Zone 3 winters in stride. Finally, Seven-Son Flower (Heptacodium) is the tallest of the late finishers. It towers to 10’ 20’ and because of its sheer magnitude, it does best as a standalone landscape specimen. SevenSon Flower has fragrant, creamywhite blooms starting in August but the real show comes from the red sepals that form after flowering. A bonus is its peeling bark in winter and gentle arching habit. It requires sun to part sun and can be pruned hard in late winter or early spring. It is rated to Zone 5 but some references say Zone 4. You pick. So don’t turn off the garden lights and walk away from the flower stage after August 31. All of these late finishers will surely get a standing ovation and cheers. So will you!

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Listing of fall 2012 events at Faddegon’s Nursery 1140 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham, NY 12110 518-785-6726. CALLING ALL DOGS! Dog contests, prizes, refreshments, pet photos, adoption clinic, plant sales. Fundraiser for Menands animal shelter. Sat. 9/15 10-2pm. WINE & BEER TASTING. Celebrate Fall! Albany Pump Station & Harmony House Marketplace wines. Food, plant & gift store specials, garden displays. Sat. 9/22 12-4pm. FREE GARDEN & LANDSCAPE CLASSES. Putting perennials to bed, winterizing & pruning shrubs, roses & more! 9:30 a.m. 9/29 & 10/6. PUMPKIN FESTIVAL & LLAMA WALK. Fundraiser for Multiple Sclerosis. Pumpkin carving, games, prizes, food, bouncy bounce & more! Sat. 10/13 10-3pm. LADIES NIGHT OUT SHOPATHON. Vendors, wine & cheese, cheesecake samples, great buys. Fundraiser for The Shelterbox. Thurs. 10/25, 4-7pm. JEWELRY SALE 25% off jewelry, trunk show gems, specials, drawings, refreshments. Thurs. 11/8, 10-7pm. Holiday Open House. 25% off ornaments; bath & body gifts. Sun. 11/11. 10-5pm. PET PHOTOS WITH SANTA. Fundraiser for Animal Protective Foundation. Sun, 11/18 1-5pm.



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In recognition of New York State Lifelong Learning Month, the Academy will present a dramatic reading of “Love & Marriage in the 19th Century,” an original play written by A.L.L. member Reena Kondo. For more information, call (518) 587-2100, ext. 2415.

Saturday, September 15 Tang Museum Family Saturdays Tang Museum, Skidmore College Programs include a brief tour of a current Tang exhibition followed by a hands-on art activity. Reservations are strongly suggested. 2 - 3:30 p.m. For more information, call (518) 580-8080.

Oklahoma Training Track Tours

Adirondack Fabric and Fiber Arts Festival

The National Museum of Racing, 191 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs This walking tour covers approximately one mile and lasts for one and a half hours. $10; 8:30 a.m. June 2 - October 27 (518) 584-0400, ext. 120.

Adirondack Museum, 9097 State Route 30, Blue Mountain Lake Fabulous fibers and regional artists are featured at this celebration of spinning, weaving, quilting, knitting, knotting and all fiber arts. For more information, call (518) 3527311.

Saratoga Artisans and Crafters’ Market High Rock Pavillion Thursdays, June 21 - September 27 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (518) 461-4893.

Friday, September 14 Leads to Sucess Luncheon Lillian's Restaurant, 408 Broadway From noon to 1 p.m. you will have one minute to present your company, along with the products and services you offer, to all those in attendance. Cost is $20. For more information, call (518) 584-3255.

Journey of a Lifetime: A Celebration of 100 Years National Museum of Dance, 99 S Broadway Stationed fare, music, decadent desserts, Girl Scout traditions and a unique silent auction. Tickets are $100 per person. Contact for more information.

A.L.L. PRESENTS: “Love & Marriage in the 19th Century” Empire State College, Room 126, 2 Union Avenue

Antique Clock and Watch Show Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church, 175 Fifth Avenue Presentation given on clock and watch collecting by Dr. Malebranche and Dr. Sipay. Workshop on gear making. Clocks and watches for sale to NAWCC members. Morning coffee/tea and pastries will be provided. Public invited free of charge. For more information, call (518) 587-4435.

Sunday, September 16 John Farrell : Bridges of Peace and Hope Lake Avenue School Auditorium, 126 Lake Avenue As part of Saratoga Peace Week, John Farrellwill perform original music with student participation for a family audience (K-5). Building a peaceful world, preventing bullying, finding harmony. For more information, call (518) 5846091.

The Emancipation Proclamation Grant Cottage, Mount McGregor, Wilton The General will reflect on the evolution of his own thinking with


respect to slavery and emancipation. For more information, call (518) 584-4353.

Sitar Concert Arthur Zankel Music Center, Skidmore College Featuring Skidmore faculty member Veena Chandra 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, call (518) 580-5321.

Peace Week Kick Off High Rock Park Mayor Scott Johnson reads the Peace Week Declaration. Native American Music by Joe and Jesse Bruchac. Comments by Chief Tom Porter, honoring the memory of Jake Swamp, founder of the Tree of Peace Society. For more information, call (518) 584-6091.

Monday, September 17 Email Basics Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs This course gives students a basic understanding of how E-mail works, including how to create attachments. Students have an opportunity to create a free E-mail account with Yahoo! or Google. For more information, call (518) 5847860, ext. 257.

Saratoga Spa State Park Identify and discuss various plants and wildflowers that are common to marshy areas. Registration is required. Fee is $3 per person or $5 per family. For more information or to register, call (518) 584-2000, ext. 150.

Saratoga Peace Week Film: The Good Soldier Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 624 North Broadway “The Good Soldier” follows the journeys of five combat veterans from different generations of American wars as they sign up, go into battle, and eventually change their minds about what it means to be a good soldier. For more information, call (518) 584-1555.

Wednesday, September 19 LiveWell ADK / Weight Loss Seminar 12 Haviland Road, Queensbury LiveWell ADK is a new program designed to incorporate a variety of fun and healthy ideas. The goal: to encourage and promote a happy, healthy lifestyle for folks who live here in the heart of the beautiful Adirondacks. For more information, call (518) 793-5555.

Go Green On The Web: Intro to Using a Keyboard, Better Health For You And Mouse, and Touchscreen The Earth Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs Learn to navigate through computer programs and applications as well as the Internet by mastering the keyboard, mouse, and/or touchscreen. The computer lab’s new HP Touchsmart computers are equipped with a mouse, keyboard, and touch screen capabilities. For more information, call (518) 5847860, ext. 257.

Tuesday, September 18 DIY Marketing Strategies

Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs This class goes far beyond recycling and alternative energy. Check out off-grid houses with annual utility bills as low as $20. Replace toxic cleaners in your home. Learn to calculate and lessen the impact of your own individual ecological footprint. For more information, call (518) 584-7860, ext. 257.

Thursday, September 20 Third Thursday Breakfast

Saratoga County Chamber Office, 28 Clinton Street Saratoga Springs Overit Media will take you through the current marketing landscape as reflected in everything from web to pay per click content development and social media/public relations. For more information, call (518) 584-3255.

The Inn at Saratoga, 231 Broadway Saratoga Springs In celebration of nfrastructure's 20th year in business, Mr. Pickett will be on hand to share tips and suggestions on what makes business successful in Saratoga County and why this is the place to be. For more information, call (518) 5843255.

Wetland Overlook Nature Walk

A Thousand Fibers Arts Show


The Spring Street Gallery, 110 Spring Street A group of fiber artists and artisan volunteers are organizing the “A Thousand Fibers” Arts Show to celebrate the ways that fibers in all of their forms connect people and place. The show opens Saturday, September 22nd, with an artists’ preview reception on Thursday. For more information, call (518) 5875554.

Farmers’ Markets Saratoga Springs High Rock Park Wednesdays 3 - 6 p.m. Saturdays 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Greenfield Center Middle Grove Park on Middle Grove Rd. Fridays 4 - 7 p.m.

Ballston Spa Wiswall Park on Front St. Thursdays 3 - 6 p.m. Saturdays 9 a.m. noon

Burnt Hills / Ballston Lake Corner of Lake Hill Rd. and Route 50 Saturdays 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Malta Community Center Tuesdays 3 - 6 p.m.

Prestwick Chase 100 Saratoga Blvd Mondays 3 - 6 p.m.

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Local Gigs Week of 9.14-9.20: Friday, 9.14: •Jim Wilson Quartet, 9 pm @ 9 maple avenue - 587.7759

•Cabin 3, 9 pm @ bailey’s - 583.6060

•Sugar Pill, 9 pm @ bentley’s - 899.4300

•Sheesham and Lotus & Son, 8 pm @ caffè lena - 583.0022

•Erin Harkes, 9 pm @ gaffney’s - 587.7359

•Children at Play, 9:30 pm @ ice house - 261.1766

•Philip the Meatbox, 10:30 pm @ jp bruno’s - 745.1180

•Even the Odd, 9 pm @ the mill - 899.5253

•Big Medicine, 9 pm @ the parting glass - 583.1916

•Just Nate, 6:30 pm @ primelive ultra lounge - 583.4563

•SIRSY 10 pm @ putnam den - 584.8066

•Cast of Beatlemania!, 8 pm @ vapor - 581.5772

•The Tony Jenkins Jazz Trip, 8:30 pm @ wallabee’s - 792.8282

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Street Talk, 10:30 pm @ jp bruno’s - 745.1180• Mark Macri, 6:30 pm @ primelive ultra lounge - 583.4563

•The Heavy Pets, 9 pm @ putnam den - 584.8066

•Frank Chase, 7 pm @ seven horse pub - 581.0777

•Double Take, 9 pm @ the mill - 899.5253

•Tim Pohl, 9 pm @ wallabee’s - 792.8282

Sunday, 9.16: •Veena Chandra, 7 pm @ arthur zankel music center - 580.5321

•Spiral Tango, 2 pm @ caffè lena - 583.0022

Thursday, 9.20: •The Rock Pile, 8 pm @ gaffney’s - 587.7359

•Irish Celtic Session, 7 pm @ the parting glass - 583.1916

•The Play Doughs 6:30 pm @ primelive ultra lounge - 583.4563

•Al Bruno, 8 pm @ seven horse pub - 581.0777

Saturday, 9.15:

•John Coleman, 9 pm

•Jeremy Gold Quartet, 9 pm

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@ 9 maple avenue - 587.7759

•The Dude Abides, 9 pm @ bailey’s - 583.6060

•Doug Kwartler Duo, 8 pm @ caffè lena - 583.0022

•Wechegelear & Clyman, 9 pm @ gaffney’s - 587.7359

•IRISH FEST, 9:30 pm @ irish times - 583.0003

•Ill Funk Ensemble, 10:30 pm @ ice house - 745.1180

•Sonny & Perley, 7 pm @ the inn at saratoga - 583-1890

@ wallabee’s - 792.8282

Sun. Open Mic, 7 pm @ bailey’s - 583.6060

•Mon. w/Steve Candlen, 8 pm @ irish times - 583.0003

•Tue. w/Rick Bolton, 8 pm @ gaffney’s - 587.7359

•Wed. Open Mic, 8 pm @ putnam den - 584.8066

•Thur. Open Mic, 7 pm @ caffè lena - 583.0022

Thur. Open Mic, 10 pm @ circus café - 583.1106

PULSE 29 Acclaimed Childrens Musician Justin Roberts Performing at Skidmore Anniversary Concert SARATOGA

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by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – Skidmore College’s Greenburg Childcare Center is entering its 25th anniversary and to celebrate, they’re bringing one of the most acclaimed children’s performers in the country for an afternoon of family fun and entertainment. The family event is scheduled for Saturday, September 15 at 3:30 p.m. in the Arthur Zankel Music Center’s Ladd Concert Hall. Tickets for adults are $5 and children are admitted free of charge. The Greenburg Childcare Center opened in 1987 through the efforts of former trustee and parent to a Skidmore student, Toni Greenburg and others at the college. The center would be renamed in memory of Greenburg a few years later. The center provides childcare for up to 43 children with priority to Skidmore faculty, staff, alumni and students. “[Our teachers] work to provide quality care in a safe and loving environment to nurture children’s early development and to serve as a support system for families,” said the center’s director Nancy Wheeler. The performer brought in to celebrate this anniversary, Justin Roberts, has been described as the “Paul McCartney of children’s music” by USA TODAY and has won six Parent’s Choice Gold Awards, among other awards. Roberts will be accompanied with his “Not Ready for Naptime Group” and perform songs from his seven albums, including his Grammy-nominated album Jungle Gym and his upcoming fall release Lullaby. Roberts began his career performing in Minneapolis and taught as a Montessori preschool teacher. He would write and play original songs for his students, which inspired him to pursue a career in children’s music, much to the delight of children everywhere. His first album, entitled Great

Justin Roberts and a jungle gym. Big Sun, was released in 1998 to positive reviews, leading him to play big time shows in cities like Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago and New York. His talents would eventually lead him to appear on The Today Show, before his song “Get Me Some Glasses” was licensed for use on a Major League Baseball broadcast of the World Series. Roberts’ last album, Jungle Gym, covers many topics children encounter and enjoy such as the excitement of trick-or-treat-

ing, sleepovers, snow days and gym class parachutes. While the subject matter is aimed more at the children, the music should appeal to children and adults alike. Roberts uses bombastic drums, vintage electric guitars, interesting time signatures, vocal harmonies and even a French horn or two. Music lovers of all ages are welcome at this fun, familyfriendly event celebrating a quarter-century of reliable and local child care at Skidmore College.


PULSE Announcing the Henry Street Harvest Festival!

SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Third Annual Henry Street Harvest Festival is scheduled for noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, September 23, on Henry Street in Saratoga Springs. This year the event will raise money for Gateway House of Peace, which is a future support home for end-of-life care located in Ballston Spa. The family-oriented event will include live music, food and children’s activities. Admission is free of charge. Many Henry Street businesses will take part with individual fundraising efforts such as a "Get Your Blue Streak On" hair extensions at Simplicity, A Salon and wine tasting at Scallions as well as a beer tasting at the Henry Street Tap Room. Irish music will be provided by The Saratoga Celtic Music Session at The Parting Glass featuring step dancers and the Forthlin Road Band. Children can make something fun at Saratoga Beads. Face and pumpkin painting will be going on at Saratoga Paint ‘N’ Sip Studio. WMHT and PBS Kids will provide music-related craft activities; with WEXT providing music for children and families. The Children’s Museum of Saratoga kids will have events all day long. There will be exhibits at Niki Rossi Photography, as well as Embrace the Race apparel. In addition, several local vendors including Eat Good Food, Sunnyside Gardens, Saratoga Clay Arts Center, Thousand Island Winery, The Chocolate Spoon, Chane’s Deli and many more vendors will be in attendance. Check back in next week’s PULSE section for a full schedule of events.


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Skidmore Photography show “¡Estamos Aquí!” Features Works by Local Latino Immigrants SARATOGA SPRINGS - A collection of photographs documenting the experiences of Latino immigrants in the Saratoga Springs area will be on display at the Case Center Gallery at Skidmore College September 13-27. An opening reception will take place Monday, Sept. 17, from 4:306:30 p.m., at the gallery on the second floor of Case Center. The show, titled “¡Estamos Aquí!” (“We Are Here!”), presents black and white photographs taken by immigrants who participated in the English as a Second Language classes offered by the Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council. The classes are part of the EOC’s Latino Advocacy Program. The photographers share their experiences living and working in local communities, either as year-round residents or seasonally as workers at the Saratoga Race Course backstretch. In preparation for their photo shoots, backstretch workers and local Latino families attended a series of photography workshops led by local photographer Skip Dickstein. The workshops, funded in part by Saratoga Arts, offered a series of lessons on both the technical and editorial aspects of photography. Participants learned

Selection from ¡Estamos Aquí! by Estuardo del Cid Marroquin everything from composition and the rule of thirds to the importance of subject and content. “In addition to good composition, the photograph has to say something,” Dickstein told the group. Among the featured photographers is Julio Gondola, originally from Panama, who worked this past summer as a hotwalker at the race track and was formerly an athlete who competed in the Central American Games. Also featured is Saratoga Springs High School student Eleuterio Martinez, originally from Mexico, who shares his dreams and experience as an immigrant youth through a series of introspective self-portraits. Likewise, parents used the pho-

tos to share their hopes and dreams for their children and families. The photographs for the show were selected by a jury made up of Michelle Paquette, associate director of academic programs and residencies at Skidmore College; photographer Robert ParkeHarrison, associate professor of art at Skidmore; and Tanya TobiasTomis, associate director at Saratoga Arts. The “¡Estamos Aquí!” photography project is funded in part by the Saratoga Program for Arts Funding (SPAF), a component of the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts.




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NASCAR Superstar Kyle Busch to Visit Saratoga City Center

Event Moved from Automobile Museum To Larger Venue Thanks to Brisk Ticket Sales

Kyle Busch SARATOGA SPRINGS - The NASCAR season may be winding down but in Saratoga Springs, interest is just firing up as race fans and the staff of the Saratoga Automobile Museum prepare for the highly anticipated appearance of Kyle Busch at the Saratoga Springs City Center on September 20. A winner on the national stage

as a teenager, the Las Vegas native is considered one of the most talented racers to come on the scene in decades and is a force in all three of NASCAR's top divisions, the Camping World Truck Series, the Nationwide Series and the Sprint Cup Series. Besides his success in Sprint Cup driving the M&M’s Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, Busch is also a team owner with numerous wins in the other two divisions. A fan favorite, he is often a contender for the win in three races in a single weekend. The NASCAR superstar is set to meet the public beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 20 in support of the museum's record-setting exhibit, 'MOONSHINE TO MILLIONAIRES NASCAR's History, Heroes and Technology." The "meet and greet" event is the third in a series of four and will be held at the Saratoga Springs City Center in the inter-

est of having more room for the large crowd indicated by brisk pre-event ticket sales. Attendees can then use their admission ticket for a visit to the museum at a later date, giving them the opportunity to enjoy the very popular NASCAR-themed exhibit at their leisure. Souvenirs from the museum gift shop suitable for obtaining Busch's autograph will be available at the event along with tickets for the M&M’s sponsored NASCAR VIP Raffle, which will give two lucky winners four tickets to the 2013 event of their choice along with $250 travel money, garage passes and a personal meet and greet session with Kyle Busch. One ticket will be drawn at the museum's annual Lost Speedways program in November and the other in the spring of 2013. Tickets for both the Busch event and the October 18 program at the museum featuring car owner Richard Childress, priced at $15 each, can be purchased

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Adirondack Balloon Festival Celebrating 40 Years 400-plus Balloons To Launch; Events Scheduled Across Glens Falls and Queensbury by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY GLENS FALLS – This season marks the 40th anniversary of the Adirondack Balloon Festival and to celebrate, festival organizers have announced some special additions to this year’s roster of hot air balloons. The festival is four days long, and runs between September 20-23 To celebrate their 40th anniversary, an enormous 80-foot tall,

Birthday Cake Balloon

71-foot round birthday cake balloon will be inflated, featuring 12-foot high candles and fivefoot high flames that all together clocks in at a staggering 807 pounds. This will be the first balloon inflated of the festival on the evening of Thursday, September 20 at Crandall Park in Glens Falls. That evening, enjoy live music and the opening ceremonies of the festival, which coincides with the Glens Falls City Block Party which runs from 6 - 9:30 p.m. There will be balloon baskets on display, a car show, activities for the kids and a special fireworks show after sunset. The festivities continue September 21 as doors open at 3 p.m. at the Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport. Enjoy a craft fair and food vendors leading up to a 5 p.m. launch featuring over 80 hot air balloons. Come see the 12-story tall Tyrannosaurus Rex balloon take to the sky piloted by Ernie Lee from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. “CLAWD” the Crazy Crab balloon makes his debut at

the Adirondack Balloon Festival this year, piloted by veteran balloonist and firefighter Jim Regan of Kensington, Conn. A second fireworks show is scheduled for the evening of September 21 taking place at Battlefield Park in Lake George Village beginning at 8 p.m. If you were looking forward to the first two days of the Adirondack Balloon Festival, the third day kicks the festival into high gear with a full day of activities beginning at 5 a.m. Come down to Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport for a “Big Balloon Breakfast” inside the airport hangar. Beginning at 6 a.m. food and craft vendors will be open for business along with children’s activities including bounce houses, a rock climbing wall and an aircraft static display. The balloon launches get underway by 6:30 a.m. and will feature 100 balloons, including ten special shapes taking flight. The Jonathan Newell Band will perform from 2 – 5 p.m. before the second round 100 balloons are launched following the performance. The highlight of the September 22 schedule has to be the “40 for 40” MOONGLOW, where up to 40 different balloons will take to

the sky to illuminate the night. It’s certainly a sight to be seen. The next morning, Sunday, September 23, will feature another “Big Balloon Breakfast” beginning at 5 a.m. The showcase event of the morning will be the “Walter’s Mass Ascension,” program, which features 100 balloons taking flight simultaneously. There will be a Catholic Mass service in the entertainment tent at 8 a.m. and a Protestant Sunday service in the same venue beginning at 9 a.m. for those interested in attending. The festival wraps up Sunday evening back in Crandall Park in Glens Falls. Another 20 balloons will take flight, and features another performance by the Jonathan Newell Band. The Adirondack Balloon Festival is a nonprofit organization. The event is run by volunteers and relies on community support for funding. For the last

T-REX 40 years, the balloon festival has been free of charge for all members of the public to attend. The festival annually brings upwards of 100,000 people to the Glens Falls region each year, providing a substantial boost to the local economy. For more information, visit or call (518) 222-4593.






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Movie Review

The Odd Life of Timothy Green

What if, after trying desperately to conceive a child, your doctor tells you that it’s not possible? How would you get past it? Could you get past it? Maybe, with magic and a little luck, you wouldn’t have to. Cindy and Jim Green (played by Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton) are a married couple who live in the drought-stricken town of Stanleyville and who struggled to have a child of their own until their doctor told them they were infertile. As a means of moving past this trauma, Jim and Cindy sit down in their living room, write out all the qualities they would want in a child on small slips of paper, put those slips of a paper in a box, bury the box in their backyard and go to bed. A thunderstorm begins and ends while they sleep and only affects their home. When Jim and Cindy hear noises in their supposedly empty house, they investigate and find a 10year-old boy sitting on their kitchen counter who tells them his name is Timothy. Timothy (played by CJ Adams) tells the Greens that he is their child and, rather than look a gift horse in the mouth, they take him to the room they prepared for the child they couldn’t have and put him to bed. The next day, they introduce Timothy to Cindy’s sis-

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ter, Brenda (played by Rosemarie DeWitt) whose children lived programmed lives and excel in several areas such as music and academics. Additionally, they meet Jim’s distant father, with whom Jim has a difficult relationship, also named James (played by David Morse), all while trying to conceal the fact that Timothy has leaves sprouting from his legs that cannot be removed. In spite of the science-fiction, ABC Family elements, I liked this movie. No, it’s not amazing or revolutionary, but the characters are extremely likeable in addition to being entertaining. Rosemarie DeWitt as Garner’s sister and arch nemesis is the kind of character you can’t help but be annoyed by. Edgerton, determined to be a better father than his own, is very sympathetic. Morse’s character is less so, but has some redeeming moments. I won’t say I loved it, but it wasn’t bad. (6.7/10) For comments and questions, contact me at

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Headline Community Sports Bulletin Sixth Annual Joyce Spratt Memorial Golf Outing to Benefit Saratoga Bridges Foundation SARATOGA SPRINGS - For the second consecutive year, the Spratt family has made Saratoga Bridges the beneficiary of funds raised at the Sixth Annual Joyce Spratt Memorial Golf Outing. This year’s event will take place at Brookhaven Golf Course, located in Porters Corners, on Saturday, September 29, 2012 with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. Joyce was a loving wife and mother of two boys and sadly passed away after a battle with cancer. Her son, Christopher Spratt, serves as the vice president of Saratoga Bridges’ foundation board, and shared why his family chose the foundation and remains active in their support. “Losing her at the age of 46 from cancer was devastating for all of those whose lives she touched,” said Spratt. “This tournament is a way to celebrate her life and for her friends and family to get together and laugh and have fun. We have chosen to donate the proceeds from the past two years to Saratoga Bridges. My brother, Todd, has a learning disability and Saratoga Bridges has done so much for our family throughout the years. It was a natural choice. My family and I know that my mother would be so proud that this money is being used to help individuals with disabilities and their families.” Last year’s event brought in over $5,500 for Saratoga Bridges. Since its inception six years ago, this tournament has raised over $24,000 for local charities such as Saratoga Bridges and for the American Cancer Society. The cost is $80 per player or $60 for current members of the Brookhaven Golf Club. Sponsorships are also available starting at $100. To register for the tournament or for more information about sponsorship opportunities, call (518) 424-6987 by September 21.

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Martin, Kossor Both Finish Fifth at Mongolian Judo World Cup MONGOLIA - Burnt Hills High School graduates Nick Kossor, 26, and Hannah Martin, 24, from the Glenville-based Jason Morris Judo Center took fifth place in their respective divisions at the Mongolia World Cup, September 8. Kossor started his day by defeating Bektur Abdrasulov of Kyrgyzstan before he lost to eventual champion Amartuvshin Dashdavaa of Mongolia in the quarterfinals. Kossor then knocked off Ka Chun Lau of Hong Kong before losing to Boldbaatar Chimed-Yondon of Mongolia in a very tight battle for the 60-kilogram bronze medal. This result moves Kossor up five spots on the world ranking list to number-51, without the removal of double countries. Hannah Martin, fighting at 63-kilograms, moved up in the world rankings two spots from 36th place to 34th following the tournament. Martin started strong beating Enkhzaya Selenge of Mongolia before falling to eventual champ Haruka Yasmatsu of Japan in the semis. Martin then dropped the bronze medal bout to Meehwa Kim of South Korea to finish fifth.

It’s almost time for the 2012 Saratoga Horse and Tack Expo If you truly love horses, you’ll really enjoy the second annual Saratoga Horse and Tack Expo scheduled for the weekend of September 22-23 at the historic Saratoga Race Course. There will be giveaways, a silent auction, raffles of donated items along with gift certificates and a fun activities area for the kids. This year they are expanding all of these activities and adding a breed parade, on-track demos by the Adirondack Drill Team and a variety of Western, English and other equine activities. Also the “Road to the Horse” 2012 International Champion, master horseman, award-winning outback poet from Australia, Guy McLean will be headlining the event. Admission for the expo is only $5 for adults, $10 for families of four, while children under 12 are free. For more information about the expo you can visit their website at The New York Horse Park is a not-for-profit organization with the mission of bringing a horse park to the Saratoga County region to benefit all.




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Fifth Annual Connor LaFrance Memorial 5K Walk and Run to Benefit Local Athletes passed away at the age of 14, while practicing for a Red Bull Rookies try-out on Sept. 21, 2007. We have chosen to focus on not how he died, but how he lived. Connor had a zest for life and was friends to many! He was daring, brave and kind and that is how he will be remembered. The 5K is held to raise money for local athletes who are competing nationally or internationally in their sport of choice. The foundation also supports Saratoga Springs high school seniors who best exemplify Connor's passion to compete and their dedication to competing after graduation. The Foundation is set to surpass $50,000 in scholarships! These recipients have competed in such sports as lacrosse, football, baseball, rowing, and equestrian. Please join us in celebrating Connor's life and helping to support our local athletes! To print out a registration or sponsor form or for more infor-

Liberty League Selects Three Thoroughbreds for Weekly Honors

Connor LaFrance mation about the foundation, please visit Connor's Facebook page at Connor LaFrance Memorial, or go to You can also sign up for the 5K, and get raffle tickets at the fundraising event at The Local, 142 Grand Avenue to be held Saturday, September 22 from 8-11 p.m. Thanks and hope to see you there!

SARATOGA SPRINGS - The afternoon of September 10, three Skidmore College student-athletes were recognized by the Liberty League for their performances during the past week. Men’s soccer senior Brian Mitko was named Defensive Performer of the Week during a 1-0-1 week for the Thoroughbreds. Mitko anchored a defense that played to a 0-0 tie at New Paltz and defeated John Carroll 1-0 at Oneonta. Skidmore is 3-0-1 and opens league play on Wednesday when it hosts Bard for a 7 p.m. start.

Golf freshman Makenzie Denver earned Rookie of the Week honors and senior Anthony DiLisio was named to the weekly honor roll after the pair led the Thoroughbreds to a 10-stroke victory at the Tim Brown Invitational. In his first collegiate event, Denver posted a one-over 75-70—145 to finish tied for second, while DiLisio shot a 70-72—142 to win the tournament at two-under. The Skidmore golf team returns to action this weekend at the Middlebury Duke Nelson Invitational. Photos provided

SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Fifth Annual Connor LaFrance Memorial 5K walk and run will be held Sunday, September 23 at Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s Orenda pavilion beginning at 11:00 a.m. Pre-registration takes place from 8-10:30 a.m. Those in attendance can enjoy live music by the Stray Dogs and take part in a barbeque lunch following the 5K. Tickets for the lunch will be available the day of the race. There will be a raffle with great available items including a basket from local shops such as Saratoga Olive Oil, Celtic Treasures and Compliments to the Chef. Connor was a talented athlete who loved to compete. He played hockey for the Saratoga Blue Knights between the ages of 5-13, along with several other sports including, tennis, lacrosse and snowboarding. At age 12, Connor discovered his favorite sport was motorcycle racing. He was a national champion when he

Three Champions Crowned During First-Ever MMA Event Held in Saratoga Springs by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – The popular-yet-controversial sport of mixed martial arts was on full display last weekend in the Spa City, as the local promotion known as Kaged Kombat presented “Night of Champions.” It was the very first event of its kind to take place at the Saratoga Springs City Center, and saw three brand-new amateur champions crowned in three separate weight classes. Schuylerville High School graduate Dan “Big Irish” Ladd won the 265-plus pound super heavyweight title in the main event match against Aaron Hall. Ladd was originally scheduled to face Kentucky-based fighter Marty Doll, who was forced to withdraw from the match citing injury concerns. Hall stepped in to compete for the title as a replacement, but the evening would belong to Ladd. Hall struck shortly after the opening bell was rung, landing a solid punch to Ladd’s face before the fighters tied up. After some

brief grappling, Ladd was able to pick Hall up off the mat only to send him right back down with a thunderous slam. Ladd immediately capitalized on the advantage and applied an arm triangle choke, forcing Hall to submit less than a minute into the fight. In the fight for the 165-pound middleweight title, Justin Pierpont defeated Saratoga Springs graduate Justin Holzwarth in what was described as an “all-out war” to determine a

champion. Pierpont would score the victory by TKO as the first round drew to a close. In the third title fight of the evening, Jake Bohn defeated Frank Palumbo by first round TKO. In non-title bouts, both local fighters Marvin Maldonado and P.T. Ortiz were able to secure victories. Ortiz, making his fighting debut, won in an impressive fashion with a first-round submisison of his opponent, Jonathan Ramos.







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Rembering the Irreplaceable Coach Tony Luciano

Damian Fantauzzi Sadly, another coaching icon has left us as Coach Tony Luciano died on September 8 in the Glens Falls Hospital. I had known “Coach Luce" for at least 50 years. He was one of the best people I have ever known. Many of my coaching accomplishments have been a pattern that was laid out by Tony Luciano that I followed, including cross-country, track and basketball. There is a respect that he has earned that goes deep into the North Country. First it was Ray Waldron, who died on August 17, and now Tony Luciano. The teaching and hard work of both men would be so difficult to duplicate. For those who are new to the area, Tony and Ray were some of the finest educators in this area’s history. Tony graduated from Hudson Falls High School in 1940. Eight years later he was hired as a physical education teacher and coach, his first and only teaching job for 35 years. Coach Luciano earned a full scholarship to run track at Seton Hall Prep School. He

was part of a track team that set state and national records in the two-mile relay and in the 880yard run. He was named "outstanding performer" by the Millrose Games in 1941. During his college career at Seton Hall College, he again received national recognition as a member of the 1942 two-mile relay team, which set a record that lasted until 1958. In 1943, he left Seton Hall to join the U.S. Marine Corp during World War II and received an honorable discharge as a first lieutenant after 39 months of service. On returning from his military duty, he decided to continue in the pursuit of earning a college degree but instead of returning to Seton Hall, he opted to go to Colgate as it was closer to home. At Colgate, he was able to resume his success and achievements as a track star, where he was not only on varsity track and cross-country teams but he also coached the teams and was able to establish school records in both the mile and halfmile distances. Tony finished his degree at Colgate and moved on to Springfield College for graduate school to earn his master’s degree in physical education. In 1948, after all of what he experienced as a veteran in World War II, and his trek as a student-athlete at the collegiate level, he was now ready to start his career as a coach and eventually athletic director at the Hudson Falls Central School District. Now that I've got some of the history covered, I would like to talk about the man, Anthony Luciano, himself. Coach Tony

had a burning passion for what he did and it wasn't because he was focused on establishing a legacy for himself. He was selfless! I knew him since I was a senior in high school. Mechanicville played Hudson Falls in basketball in non-league competition. The Hudson Falls Tigers were a good team due to the program that coach Luciano had established which had become a feeder system for the school district.

“Kids are not a bit different today than they were in the past. You got to keep 'em focused.” Tony Luciano Former Athletic Director for Hudson Falls Central Schools

During the winter, he established Saturday morning basketball programs with leagues for the children of the community. He was the creator of the Derby Park and Paris Park summer recreation playground programs, which benefited the community and the outlying area of local school teams. There was always a summer basketball game going on at Derby Park and softball became a big event at the park with his help, too. Tony did most of the grounds keeping and was able to draft others to get involved to help run these programs. At first, there really wasn't much money; all the work was done by volunteers,

especially the number-one volunteer, Coach Luce. Throughout his career, his athletes from the lower grades up through the high school years played hard for Coach Luce because they knew how he cared for them. It was natural. He was always there for them and always around. He was their mentor, no matter what age group. His passion was a distinguishing characteristic that can't be measured; there isn't an education course in college that one can take to learn this kind of passion. It cannot be taught - it's innate! Most people knew Coach Tony as a basketball coach and/or perhaps as a basketball referee. His real passion was for track and field, and with his history, it just made sense. He started crosscountry at Hudson Falls, while coaching football and without the knowledge of the superintendent, who would later find out after reading about the success of the team's win streak in the newspaper. In those days, things were different and now with the extensive, itemized budgets of today, he would not have been able to pull this off. In his day, coaches did more than their specialty; they coached many sports and it was generally because they wanted kids to have the opportunity to play and participate. Tony Luciano was all about the children and what their needs were. He understood that sports were the key to a healthy academic atmosphere to help keep young people focused on their school work and coming to school. He and his wife, Mary (who passed away in July of

1999), were instrumental in heading many community organizations. People like Coach Luciano are a breed gone by with legacies of an unassuming nature. Coach had a purpose of aiding, teaching and giving to young people who he had influenced in a positive way. He never did he look for recognition for his effort, aside from having a history as a coach, educator, mentor and friend, Coach Luciano leaves a loving family of two daughters: Christine Shear (Fred), Mary Ann Roemer (Guy) and two sons Peter Luciano and Billy Luciano and six grandchildren. His family was always supportive and appreciated what their dad stood for and what he did for others. There is a Tony Luciano quote that sums up his legacy: "Kids are not a bit different today than they were in the past. Yes, sir. You got to keep 'em focused." He believed in his athletes and students. His story was one of love and passion for those he touched. He was always there for the kids; he knew what they could achieve when others had their doubts. It was something that he was able to bring out of them, even when they didn't know that they had it. He was animated and dedicated with a mold that can't be duplicated. He'll be missed by all who were lucky enough to know him and his compassion for people. Thank you, Coach Luce!

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Girls Soccer: Shenendehowa Shuts Out Ballston Spa Photos by

In-game action from the Ballston Spa vs. Shenendehowa game Sept. 11

by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY

BALLSTON SPA – It was a rough afternoon for the Ballston Spa High School girls’ soccer team, as they played host to Shenendehowa the afternoon of September 11. The Scotties team was unable to score against the Lady Plainsmen defense, as Shenendehowa scored what would amount to the gamewinning goal in the first half before adding two more in the second to win 3-0. Shenendehowa had three different players find the back of the Ballston Spa net as Meghan Cavanaugh, Sara Nassr-Elgrgawi and Jaclyn Romano all scored in the shut out win. The score might have been much worse for Ballston Spa if not for some goaltending heroics from Penny Smith.

The Scotties remain winless, with all of their losses coming against Suburban Council rivals. In other high school girls’ soccer news, the Saratoga Central Catholic Saints were victorious over the Troy Flying Horses by a score of 2-1. Troy was coming off a 6-0 win over Emma Willard earlier in the week, but suffered a letdown at home against Saratoga Central. Sydney Moss and Madison Purcell scored for the Saints, and Lauren Paravella stopped 10 of 11 shots to secure the victory. The Saints remain undefeated with a 3-0 record and a 1-0 record within the Big 10 division. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake came up short on the road against Niskayuna by the score of 3-2. Anka Parzych and Meghan Doyle each had one goal and one assist to lead the Silver Warriors to the Suburban

A PENNY SAVED - While she may not have picked up the win for her team, Ballston Spa Scotties goaltender Penny Smith kept the game from getting out of hand with her strong play during the first half against Shenendehowa.

Council victory. For Burnt Hills, Morgan Burchhardt tallied two assists, setting up both of Carly Finn’s goals for the afternoon. Saratoga Springs meanwhile was shut out for the second-straight game, this time dropping a match against Shaker by a score of 1-0. The Lady Blue Streaks team had been shut out by Shenendehowa earlier in the week by a score of 2-0.

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