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Volume 8  •  Issue 37  •  September 20 – September 26, 2013

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Farm Aid City Explores Land Swap To Rock For New Fire Station SPAC by Patricia Older Saratoga TODAY

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Balloon Festival Takes Off Pg. 24

Henry Street Harvest Festival Showcase Of Homes

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Winners Inside Pg. 6

SARATOGA SPRINGS – While the proposal for a firehouse on the east side of town is not yet approved, the Saratoga Springs City Council sent out a Request for Proposals in which they are looking to sell the only remaining parking lot on Broadway in exchange for a piece of East Side real estate that would be suitable for the firehouse. Public Safety Commissioner Chris Mathieson told council members at Tuesday night’s meeting that the deputy commissioner, Eileen Finneran, had also reached out to land owners in the area and had found one individual who was possibly interested in making the deal. The RFP states the sale of the lot would not be considered unless it involves a piece of East Side property. “The person would be willing to sell the parcel at a reasonable price,” said Mathieson. “It has been appraised, so we would buy it at the appraised price, coupled would be the willingness of the city to

sell the parcel and make a significant profit.” Mathieson said the property is on Union Avenue and that it would be a winwin situation for the city. “It would be putting a parcel that is not on the tax rolls back on and as it is developed, the tax would increase significantly,” continued Mathieson. “It would also bring in sales tax dollars because it would be mixed use. The RFP described this scenario being proposed to us.” He said the city stood to also make a significant profit on the deal. “They would sell us a parcel for $200,000 or less and in exchange we would sell the parcel on Broadway for $785,000,” said Mathieson. Continuing, Mathieson said the parking shortage issue would be addressed by parking on side streets and when the City Center built their parking garage. While it has been discussed, there are no plans filed for the City Center parking garage. “Safety should take precedent over parking,” concluded Mathieson. Continued on Page 25

Farmer's Market Finds Home For The Winter

SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Spa City Farmer’s Market has a new winter home—the Lincoln Bathhouse. It will make a seamless transition for customers and vendors since the market was held on the grounds of the Bathhouse since it first began last May. The winter season begins November 3. The Saratoga Farmer’s Market is reviewing locations for their new winter location and will be announcing that location in the next few weeks.

Featured Stories Playground Fundraiser Caroline Street Elementary will host it's second annual movie night to raise funds for a new playground. See Movie Night pg. 9

Zurlo Wins Election The Results are in and the votes have been counted. See Zurlo pg. 9

Inside TODAY Blotter 3 Obituaries 5 Business Families Today

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Pulse 23 Sports


Weekend Forecast FRIDAY


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Week of September 20 – September 26, 2013

Open house at Adult and Senior Center of Saratoga

Photos by Deborah Neary

Week of September 20 – September 26, 2013 Brendan J. Whiteside, 19, Ritchie Place, Saratoga Springs, was arrested on September 11 for second-degree criminal contempt, disobedience. Whiteside was arrested at 9:43 a.m. on a warrant for a domestic incident that occurred in August. Steven M. Wescott, 27, Fishback Road, Middle Grove, was arrested on September 11 at 3:50 a.m. and charged with DWI, BAC of .08 percent or higher and aggravated DWI for BAC over .18 percent or higher. Malinda A. Shake, 35, Webster Street, Saratoga Springs, was arrested on September 11 at 1:10 a.m. and charged with DWI, BAC of .08 percent or higher and failure to keep right. Augustus A. J. Balsamo, 30, Brigham Road, Greenfield Center, was arrested on at 4:45 p.m. September 10 and charged with leaving the scene of an accident; third degree unauthorized use of a rental motor vehicle, unlawful possession of marihuana and ability impaired by drugs. Thomas A. Neumann, 34, Park Place, Ballston Spa, was arrested September 10 on a warrant for

second-degree criminal contempt for a domestic incident that occurred on September 9. Aaron M. Weiss, 38, North Street, Broadalbin, was arrested September 15 after stopping on High Rock Avenue to urinate in the roadway. After he was placed under arrest for disorderly conduct, he was found to be in possession of drugs and was charged with three counts of seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Heather M. Begin, 23, Townley Drive, Burnt Hills, was arrested September 15 at 1:40 a.m. and charged with DWI, BAC of .08 percent or higher and an equipment violation. Richard M. Capone, 31, Vanderbilt Terrace, Saratoga Springs was arrested on September 15 as a result of a domestic incident and charged with third degree assault and obstruction of breathing. Destiny S. Horne, 22, James Drive, Saratoga Springs, was arrested September 15 and charged with fourth degree criminal mischief and third degree assault as a result of a domestic incident.

BLOTTER Jerry C. Whitman, 39, of 1582 Division Street, Charlton, pled guilty in Saratoga County Court to second-degree criminal possession of marihuana for an incident that occurred August 25, 2012. Whitman will be sentenced on November 15. Nector J. DeJesus, 35, residing at 13C1 Jefferson Terrace, Saratoga Springs was sentenced in Saratoga County Court on September 13 to one and a half to three years in state prison for criminal contempt, first degree for an incident which occurred November 11. Jay F. Waldron, IV, 43, residing at 52 Zephyr Lane, Saratoga Springs

was sentenced in Saratoga County Court to one year in Saratoga County Jail for first degree criminal contempt for an incident which occurred on January 16. Quentin Pinkney, also known as Q, 32, residing at 4 Crown Terrace,


Albany was sentenced in Saratoga County Court to four years in state prison and three years post release supervision for attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, third degree for an incident which occurred March 13.


week in Review

Inmate Convicted of Assault SARTOGA SPRINGS – An inmate at Saratoga County Jail who sucker punched another inmate causing severe facial damage was found guilty of second degree assault after a weeklong jury trial in Saratoga County Court before Judge Jerry Scarano. Royal D. Hamilton, 32 of 28 Jefferson Street, Saratoga Springs and also of the Saratoga County Jail was found guilty of causing physical injury to another person while he was an inmate in the jail. Hamilton and the victim were both incarcerated—Hamilton for felony drug charges and the victim was doing six months for a felony DWI conviction. The victim worked in the kitchen of the jail and was handing out condiments for lunch when Hamilton sucker punched him, fracturing the victim’s nose and cutting his upper lip and bridge of his nose. It took 14 stitches and several surgeries to repair the damage, but the victim

still has difficulty breathing. Hamilton tried to claim he was justified in assaulting the victim, testifying that the victim had messed with his food and was going to hit him with the tray, but video surveillance and witnesses refuted that claim. Hamilton has a lengthy criminal record-arrested a total of 11 times. He was in the jail for criminal possession of a controlled substance third degree, criminal possession with intent to sell of a narcotic, fourth degree and criminal possession of a controlled substance, seventh degree, and parole violation. He faces up to 15 years on the drug charges which are pending prosecution since he is a second violent felony offender, including a conviction for a robbery in Brooklyn in 2005 and faces up to an additional seven years imprisonment at sentencing on the assault. Sentencing has been scheduled for November 8.

8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday

BALLSTON SPA —Augie’s Restaurant has opened the doors to its new temporary location on 17 Low Street in Ballston Spa. One month after an electrical fire fueled by paper products broke out in the basement and destroyed Augie’s on August 5, the restaurant began serving customers at 4 p.m. Wednesday. Owner Augie Vitiello is currently awaiting the rebuilding of a new restaurant in the original location. The temporary restaurant is on the site of the old Manna’s, which is around five minutes away from the original spot on Route 50. A fundraiser to help support the restaurant and its employees raised $16,040 as of Thursday. In addition to the menu, Augie’s has many of the same features, such as sports memorabilia on the walls and checkered table cloths on the tables.

Man Arrested for Drug Sales SARATOGA SPRINGS – A Schenectady man was arrested last week and charged with seven felonies for allegedly selling drugs in the Spa City. Michael L. Parker, 28, of Ninth Street, Schenectady was operating a vehicle on Lincoln Avenue last Wednesday night when members of the Saratoga Springs Police Department’s Special Investigation Narcotics Unit, Criminal Investigation Unit and New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET) made a traffic stop. Parker had been a person of interest to the narcotics unit and allegedly has been supplying

various locations in Saratoga Springs with powder and crack cocaine on a weekly basis from Schenectady. Parker was positively identified by members of the narcotics unit and placed under arrest and charged with three counts of third degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, three counts of third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, one count of fourth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marihuana. Parker was arraigned in Saratoga Springs City Court and was remanded to the Saratoga County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash bail or $40,000 bond.

Police Respond to Public Accusations of Police Brutality SARATOGA SPRINGS — At the September 3 City Council Meeting, Guy Pierce made accusations against Saratoga Springs Police Officers. Pierce alleged that on September 2 he was stopped by police for no reason and when he refused to give his name, the police beat him causing him to suffer a concussion. According to the Saratoga Springs Chief of Police Gary Veitch they received a 911 call that sounded like a man and woman fighting. The County Dispatch identified the phone number that had called as belonging to a female at a Doten Ave. address. A police officer arriving in the area observed an unidentified man, now known to be Pierce, walking south on Vanderbilt Ave. toward Crescent Street and the intersection with Doten Ave. The police officer stated that Pierce initially refused to give his name, before the officer explained

that he was investigating a possible fight between a man and woman nearby. Pierce then told the officer that his name was Guy Williamson. According to the officer, he asked Pierce for photo identification and Pierce ran away. The officer chased Pierce through backyards on Crescent Street and was able to briefly tackle him. Pierce struggled and pulled away from the officer and continued running to the area of Joshua Street. A second officer arrived, joined in the foot pursuit and was eventually able to subdue Mr. Pierce. Once Pierce was in custody, a search was conducted and photo identification in the name of Guy Pierce was located in his possession. Fingerprints taken after his arrest were confirmed through the state database as belonging to Guy Pierce. Pierce was taken into custody and charged with false personation and resisting arrest.




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Week of September 20 – September 26, 2013

Lucy L. (Wiegel) Moyer SARATOGA SPRINGS — Anne Elizabeth Binns Parks, 66, of Greenfield Center, journeyed gracefully to heaven on Saturday, September 14. Anne was born in her cherished Burton-OnTrent, England to parents Fredrick and Dorothy Binns, who were her inspiration and encouraged her love of writing and art. It was with her charming husband of 44 years, Robert, whom Anne felt most at peace, spending time with on sandy beaches. Her daughter Sarah Jayne Parks Mercier (Ken

Mercier) of Ballston Spa will forever cherish her strength, grace, beauty, sense of adventure, humor and spiritual prowess. She was the inspiration to her grandchildren Evan and Alexander Mercier of Ballston Spa. She touched special friends and extended family Kirsten Reiner, Jason Tarbay, Todd Hutson and sister-in-law Christine Marcotte (Joseph Marcotte Sr. and Joseph Marcotte Jr.), neighbors Gail and Gary Wood with her quick wit, English delicacies and comedy, encouragement and life musings.

Eva Graves Barron SARATOGA SPRINGS— Eva Graves Barron, 85, of Embury Apartments, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Tuesday, September 10. Born on December 13, 1927, in Brownville Junction, Maine, she was the daughter of the late Harry P. Graves and Elva Steeves Graves. She married the love of her life, Ralph J. Barron, Jr. on September 2, 1951. He passed away on July 14, 1997. Along with her parents and husband she was predeceased by a son, Stephen, two sisters, Argie Edgecomb and Airel Strang, and a brother,

Henry Graves. Survived by a beloved son, Peter (partner Carolyn) of Boston and West Harwich, Massachusetts, a beloved daughter, Martha Simmons (Michael) of Ballston Spa, and a beloved daughter-in-law Nancy Barron of Sumter, South Carolina and four precious grandchildren: Andrew Barron of Charlotte, North Carolina, Kimberly Barron Buckner (Kevin) of Spartanburg, South Carolina, Christopher and Caitlyn Simmons of Ballston Spa, a special greatgrandson, Barron Lee Buckner of Spartanburg, South Carolina, and several nieces and nephews.

Martin “Marty” John Bodrog WASHINGTON, D.C. — Martin “Marty” John Bodrog, 54, passed away Monday, one of the 12 victims of the Washintgton Navy Yard shooting. Bodrog was born in Woodbury, New Jersey and graduated Audobon High School in 1977. The 1981 Naval Academy graduate lived in Annandale, Virginia. He also spent part of his childhood in North Andover, Massachusetts and lived in Indiana. He served 22 years, retiring as a Surface Warfare Officer. But he never really left the service, finding a second, civilian career at the Pentagon, where he oversaw the design and procurement of the amphibious war ships used to ferry U.S. Marines and their supplies around the world. He had been working at the Navy Yard since January. He lived in Annandale with his wife of 25 years, Melanie, a Saratoga Springs native, whom he’d met in Newport, Rhode Island, where she was serving as a Naval nurse and he was an instructor at Naval Surface Warfare School. Melanie is one of seven siblings of the late Dr. William and Emmakate Moore of Saratoga Springs.

Martin loved God, family, country and the Boston Bruins. Jeffrey Prowse, another close friend from the military, called him “a humble, loving father and neighbor [who] could frequently be seen in all types of weather, even post-blizzard bitter cold, in shorts and his trademark Boston Bruins jersey, walking his dog and helping shovel all the driveways of his elderly neighbors.” He is survived by three daughters: Isabel, 23; Sophie, 17; and Rita, 16 — plus the children’s ministry at Immanuel Church, where Bodrog led 3-year-olds in Bible study and was an attendee for 16 years. He was also active in the Christian outreach program Young Life. “Marty was a source of great inspiration to his family and friends—those of us that were lucky enough to know Marty are better people for it,” said Prowse in a statement.

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Anne Elizabeth Binns Parks SARATOGA SPRINGS — Anne Elizabeth Binns Parks, 66, of Greenfield Center, journeyed gracefully to heaven on Saturday, September 14. Anne was born in her cherished Burton-On-Trent, England to parents Fredrick and Dorothy Binns, who were her inspiration and encouraged her love of writing and art. It was with her charming husband of 44 years, Robert, whom Anne felt most at peace, spending time with on sandy beaches. Her daughter Sarah Jayne Parks Mercier (Ken Mercier)

of Ballston Spa will forever cherish her strength, grace, beauty, sense of adventure, humor and spiritual prowess. She was the inspiration to her grandchildren Evan and Alexander Mercier of Ballston Spa. She touched special friends and extended family Kirsten Reiner, Jason Tarbay, Todd Hutson and sister-in-law Christine Marcotte (Joseph Marcotte Sr. and Joseph Marcotte Jr.), neighbors Gail and Gary Wood with her quick wit, English delicacies and comedy, encouragement and life musings.

Nobusko I. Baker BALLSTON SPA — Nobuko I. Baker, 84, of Ballston Spa, passed away Tuesday, September 17. Born in Nikko, Japan on July 29, 1929, she came to the United States in 1956. Nobuko was a registered nurse at St. Clare’s Hospital in Schenectady for 40 years, retiring in 2009. She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Galway. Nobuko was a 14-year member of the Milton Eagles Women’s Auxiliary. She was predeceased by

her husband Phillip Baker and her daughter, Patty Warren. Nobuko is survived by her sons, David Baker (Sarah) of Syracuse and Jeffrey Baker (Shannan) of Ballston Spa; her grandchildren: Eric Gardner, Jessica Baker, Kip Baker, Jeffrey Baker, Jr., Reis Baker, Phillip Baker and Brendon Baker. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, September 23 from 4-6 p.m. at Armer Funeral Home. A service will follow at 6 p.m.




Week of September 20 – September 26, 2013

2013 Showcase of Homes Awards CLASSIC HOMES CATEGORY

Classic Home Runner Up – Technology

Executive Home Winner – Best Kitchen

Classic Home Runner Up – Landscaping




Classic Home Winner – Technology MALTA DEVELOPMENT

EXECUTIVE HOMES CATEGORY Executive Home Runner Up – Landscaping

Classic Home Runner Up – Workmanship



Executive Home Winner – Landscaping

Classic Home Winner – Workmanship MALTA DEVELOPMENT Classic Home Runner Up – Best Master Bath

BELLA HOME BUILDERS Liz Anne Drive Executive Home Runner Up – Workmanship



Classic Home Winner – Best Master Bath

Executive Home Winner – Workmanship



Classic Home Runner Up – Exterior Design BELMONTE BUILDERS Classic Home Winner – Exterior Design

Executive Home Runner Up – Best Master Bath WITT CONSTRUCTION Oak Street


Executive Home Winner – Best Master Bath

Classic Home Runner Up – Interior Decorating



Executive Home Runner Up – Exterior Design

Classic Home Winner – Interior Decorating BELMONTE BUILDERS PLUM AND CRIMSON Classic Home Runner Up – Best Kitchen MALTA DEVELOPMENT CURTIS LUMBER



Executive Home Winner – Interior Decorating

Classic Home Runner Up – Interior Floor Plan



Executive Home Runner Up – Best Kitchen WITT CONSTRUCTION COLUMBIA CABINETWORKS Oak Street

WITT CONSTRUCTION DESIGNER’S STUDIO Old Stone Ridge Luxury Home Runner Up – Interior Floor Plan

Luxury Home Runner Up – Best Master Bath




Luxury Home Winner – Best Master Bath

Luxury Home Winner – Interior Floor Plan



Luxury Home Runner Up – Exterior Design

Luxury Home Runner Up – Technology



Luxury Home Winner – Exterior Design

Luxury Home Winner – Technology



Luxury Home Runner Up –Interior Decorating

Realtor’s Choice Awards

Executive Home Winner – Interior Floor Plan BELLA HOME BUILDERS Liz Anne Drive Executive Home Runner Up – Technology BELLA HOME BULDERS Liz Anne Drive Executive Home Winner – Technology WITT CONSTRUCTION Oak Street

LUXURY HOMES CATEGORY Luxury Home Runner Up – Landscaping BELLA HOME BUILDERS Greenfield Avenue

BELLA HOME BUILDERS ROBIN FUSCO Greenfield Avenue Luxury Home Winner – Interior Decorating


Luxury Home Winner – Landscaping



Luxury Home Runner Up – Best Kitchen



Realtors Choice APARTMENT Home

Luxury Home Runner Up – Workmanship WITT CONSTRUCTION

Executive Home Runner Up – Interior Decorating


Luxury Home Winner – Best Kitchen

Executive Home Runner Up – Interior Floor Plan




Luxury Home Winner – Workmanship

Executive Home Winner – Exterior Design

Classic Home Winner – Best Kitchen

Classic Home Winner – Interior Floor Plan

Old Stone Ridge

Bella Home Builder's Showcase of Homes Entry - Liz Anne Drive

Realtor’s Choice LUXURY Home


Week of September 20 – September 26, 2013



Upcoming Town Meetings Town of Ballston: Ballston Town Hall  323 Charlton Road  (518) 885-8502 9/25: Planning Board, 7:30 p.m. Village of Ballston Spa: 66 Front Street (518) 885-5711 9/23: Board of Trustees, 7:30 p.m. Town of Greenfield: 7 Wilton Road (518) 893-7432 9/24: Planning Board, 7 p.m. 10/10: Town Board, 7:30 p.m. Town of Malta: 2540 Route 9 (518) 899-2818 10/07: Town Board, 7 p.m. 10/17: Planning Board, 6:30 p.m. Town of Milton: 503 Geyser Road (518) 885-9220 9/26: Zoning Board, 7 p.m. 10/2: Town Board, 7 p.m. City of Saratoga Springs: 474 Broadway (518) 587-3550 10/01: City Council Meeting, 7 p.m. 10/09: Planning Board, 7 p.m. Town of Saratoga: 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville (518) 695-3644 9/25: Planning Board, 7:30 p.m. 10/14: Town Board, 7 p.m. Village of Schuylerville: 35 Spring Street (518) 695-3881 10/09: Board of Truustees, 7 p.m. Town of Stillwater: 881 N. Hudson Avenue Stillwater, NY 12170 (518) 664-6148 9/23: Zoning Board, 7:30 p.m. Town of Wilton: 22 Traver Road (518) 587-1939 9/26: Zoning Board, 6:30 p.m. Saratoga County Board of Supervisors: 40 McMaster St, #1 Ballston Spa, NY 12020 (518) 885-2240


Week of September 20 – September 26, 2013

Saratoga Chips Continues to Grow SARATOGA SPRINGS – Saratoga Chips is celebrating a record-breaking year and as a thank-you to Saratoga Springs and all Capital Region communities, the company is donating a truckload of potato chips to Northeast Regional Food Bank, which will distributed to over 1,000 agencies to feed the hungry from Plattsburg to New York City. “We care about our community at every level and feel obligated to give back at every level,” said Danny Jameson, vice president of operations. “This year has been incredible for Saratoga Chips and our growth. Each month is a new sales record and it’s important that we too are a good corporate neighbor in the community,” added Jim Schneider, president of Saratoga Chips. Saratoga Chips’ are not strangers to the Capital Region having been on the shelves of local grocery stores in the region for the past five years. Over the past two months, the company has seen rapid

growth with a new range of chips in bags and a new design showing-off famous racehorses. Soon, in addition to the flavors currently on the market, the company will

introduce Balsamic Vinegar & Sea Salt, Cracked Pepper & Sea Salt, a reduced fat product and a line of snack sized bags. Jameson added, “In addition to being committed to the social causes in the community in which we live and work, Saratoga Chips strives to produce products

with industry leading health benefits to not only produce healthier snacks, but a great tasting one as well. Snacking doesn’t have to be unhealthy.” Saratoga Chips are located at local supermarkets all across the Capital Region. New locations are being added daily.

New Family Outreach Educator for Project Lift SARATOGA SPRINGS – Megan Reising is joining Franklin Community Center as the new Family Outreach Educator. She was recently working as a family liaison at a local patient-centered advertising agency, The Patient Experience Project. Prior to this, she served families in the Capital Region at Wildwood Programs. Megan also has been involved in various school systems and community non-profit organizations; including Double H Hole in the Woods Ranch in Lake Luzerne. Her educational background encompasses a master’s in education from SUNY Plattsburgh as well as a degree in marketing and social studies from Bryant

Megan Reising

University in Rhode Island. Megan will be assisting local families of elementary-aged students with the planning and coordination associated with Franklin Community Center’s after-school program, Project Lift.

New Surgeon on Staff at Saratoga Hospital SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Hospital recently welcomed Randall Kimball, II, MD, surgeon, to Saratoga Center for General and Minimally Invasive Surgery. Dr. Kimball received his medical degree from Albany Medical College. He completed both a residency and internship at Abington Memorial

Hospital in Abington, Pennsylvania, and a fellowship at St. Francis Hospital Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery, and will be in practice at One West Avenue, Saratoga Springs. For more information or for a referral, call (518) 580-2450.

Week of September 20 – September 26, 2013

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Movie Night Under the Stars to Benefit Playground Fund by Chelsea DiSchiano Saratoga TODAY

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Once again, members of the Caroline Street Elementary and Saratoga Springs community will gather at Eastside Rec to enjoy a movie night under the stars as they raise funds to build a brand new playground for everyone to use. The Second Annual Movie Night will show the animated flick “Hotel Transylvania” for $5 per person and will have refreshments available for purchase as well. There’s a long way to go before the Caroline Street PTSO reaches its goal of $120,000 for the new playground, which would replace the almost 50-year-old existing playground for both the schoolchildren and the public at large to use. Brewer and other co-president of the PTSO Kirsten Ott have both said previously that the current playground has many dead ends, blocked-off attractions and structures that are difficult to climb down from. The PTSO is hoping to build a new structure that will be modern, more interactive and more

fitness-based, and is also striving to make the structure wheelchairaccessible for any children in the community who might need it. The PTSO filed for 501(c) 3 status this past March and is now waiting for approval from the IRS before it can begin raising funds for the project as an official nonprofit. “We’ve already made great progress with support from the school’s families, but we’re very hopeful that once we’re officially a nonp rofit we can really try to gain the support of large corporations, small businesses and be able to apply for grants to help with the fundraising,” said Mesha Brewer, co-president of the Caroline Street PTSO. “Businesses and community support are so vital to the success of this project and to help build up Saratoga community pride,” Brewer continued. Since beginning the project last year, the PTSO has hosted several events including the first annual movie night, a gala, a father-daughter dance and a read-a-thon. After the movie night, the next event for the playground will be Saratoga Rugby’s First Annual Run

Zurlo Takes GOP Primary Election over Gildersleeve

BALLSTON SPA — Michael Zurlo has officially been announced as the man chosen by Saratoga County Republicans to replace James Bowen as sheriff. The GOP primary was won by a margin of 541 votes (6,001 to 5,542) over Jeff Gildersleeve and completed by the Board of Elections this past Wednesday, although the Zurlo win was declared Tuesday afternoon. During Gildersleeve’s campaign,

he had said he would not enforce the NY SAFE Act if he was elected. As the nominee of the Independence and Republican parties, Zurlo now heads toward the general election representing the Republican ballot line as he goes up against Conservative candidate Phil Lindsey and Jason Longton Jr. While Lindsey is getting support from Democrats, Longton is an independent candidate.

for a Reason 5K, which will benefit multiple nonprofits, including the playground fund. Those interested in participating can register for the October 13 race at Those unable to attend the movie night or 5K race can still help donate to the cause by visiting www. The movie night starts at 7 p.m. Friday, September 20 at the East Side Rec Field located at the Caroline and Granger entrance directly across from the elementary school.



Schuylerville Offers Parent Today Email Newsletter and Companion Website

SCHUYLERVILLE— Schuylerville Central School District is encouraging parents to sign up for Parent Today, a bimonthly e-newsletter that provides tools and information to encourage parents to be even more engaged in their children’s education. The e-newsletter is provided free of charge by the school district and includes access to a companion website with archived articles. Dozens of studies since 1960 have confirmed the positive link between parental involvement and students’ improved performance in school. Parent Today offers simple strategies and tools that parents can use at home to help their children make huge strides in the classroom. The e-newsletter addresses four “chapters” of a child’s life— early learning, elementary school, the middle years and high school— with stories about what is happening in the classroom and students’

lives. The companion website offers resources to subscribing families that encourage parents to be more fully engaged in their children’s academic life. Schuylerville residents who are interested in subscribing can sign up at Click on “Subscribe now” at the top left of the page to create a user profile. The user will be asked to fill in his/ her name and e-mail address and to select a password. Then choose the home school district from the dropdown menu and enter the districtspecific “ID.” This five-digit number for Schuylerville is 12871. Once the profile is created, users will begin receiving bimonthly newsletters and have access to the parenttoday. org website. For more information, please contact the district’s communications office at (518) 695-3255, ext. 1245 or see the information posted at

Week of September 20 – September 26, 2013

Saratoga Springs High School To Offer PSAT October 19 SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Springs High School will offer the PSAT at 8 a.m. Saturday, October 19. The PSAT is a practice exam sponsored by the College Board aimed primarily at juniors who plan to attend four-year colleges. Since the PSAT is only given

once a year, this is the only opportunity for juniors to take a practice standardized exam similar to the SAT. Most juniors take the SAT for the first time during the spring of their junior year, so taking a practice exam in October is highly recommended. Sophomores are

invited to take the exam if they wish to have the experience. PSAT registration will be held in the guidance office from Monday, September 30, through Friday, October 11. The cost is $20, payable with cash or check to “Saratoga Springs High School.”

Ballston Spa Alumni To Be Recognized by District During Homecoming BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Central School District will recognize seven wellknown graduates at the fourth Annual Alumni Recognition Event during homecoming activities at BSHS. The Alumni Recognition Committee has chosen the following distinguished alumni to be honored this year: Col. Tom Cook, class of 1983, for Technology; John Cromie, class of 1966, for Law; Ann Hauprich, class of 1971, for Literature; Dr. Diane Sauter, class of 1971, for Science; Thomas Funiciello,

class of 1957, for Education; Eli Bisnett-Cobb, class of 2000, for Athletics and Kevin Krogh, class of 1984, for Community Service. The recognition event will be held on October 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the current Ballston Spa High School. Everyone is invited to join together for an evening of fun, laughter and recognition of the alumni. The awards presentation will take place in the High School auditorium with a dessert reception immediately following in the library. Nominations were sought from

alumni friends, families and community members to recognize those who have demonstrated leadership in their field of study or work, or who have made a difference in the lives of others, and/or who care about and participate in the community where they reside. The alumni committee selected the recipients after screening the nominations that were received from the school community. For more information, please contact Courtney Lamport, Coordinator of Development, at or by calling (518) 884-7195, ext. 1369.

Whats Happening In School This Week? September 23

Saratoga Springs City School District Schuylerville School District

Ballston Spa Central School District

Grades 3-5 Open House Grade 3: 5:30-6 p.m. Grade 4: 6:15-6:45 p.m. Grade 5: 7-7:30 p.m. Hudson Valley College Fair 6:30-8:30 p.m., Hudson Valley Community College

WR Meet the Teacher Night, 6:30 p.m.

Saratoga Springs City School District

Maple Avenue Middle School Open House, 7 p.m. Geyser Elementary School Student Council

Schuylerville School District

Board of Education Meeting, 7 p.m., Administration Building

September 24 Ballston Spa Central School District MA PTA Meeting, 6:30 p.m. HS PTSA Meeting, 7 p.m.

Saratoga Springs City School District

Maple Avenue Middle School Open House, 7 p.m.

Schuylerville School District

College Visit: SUNY Geneseo, 11:30 a.m., Student Services Center Grades K-2 Open House Kindergarten: 5:30-6 p.m. Grade 1: 6:15-6:45 p.m. Grade 2: 7-7:30 p.m.

September 25 Ballston Spa Central School District PTA Council Meeting, GC, 7 p.m.

September 26 Ballston Spa Central School District GC Meet the Teacher Night, 6:30 p.m.

Saratoga Springs City School District Board of Education Meeting, Meade Auditorium, 7 p.m. Geyser Back to School BBQ Greenfield, Room Parent Tea, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Schuylerville School District High School Open House, 6:30 p.m. in HS Auditorium

September 27 Ballston Spa Central School District Saratoga Springs City School District Schuylerville School District ACT Registration Deadline for October 26 exam Seniors’ diploma forms due to Student Services

Week of September 20 – September 26, 2013



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Henry Street Harvest Festival Offers Fall Family Fun by Chelsea DiSchiano Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – Temperatures are dropping, bursts of color are peeking through the trees and pumpkin-flavored everything has arrived in restaurants and coffee shops. Fall is officially here, meaning plenty of family-friendly activities are being offered—including the 4th Annual Henry Street Harvest Festival. This Sunday, September 22, Henry Street will be closed off between Lake Avenue and Caroline Street so attendees can mill about the many booths and activities that will be placed outside for everyone to enjoy, including live music, food provided by the street’s restaurants, pumpkin decorating, face painting and more. The Henry Street Harvest Festival began four years ago when Simplicity Salon owner Tina Levielle-Briscoe decided she wanted to do something with a nonprofit organization to help the community. As fate would have it, one of her clients, Joni Hanchett, was on the journey to opening a nonprofit hospice that would give 24/7 care to those who couldn’t afford it. Hanchett’s mission hit home to Levielle-Briscoe, whose father passed away in a nursing home. “My dad didn’t have hospice care and he passed away in a nursing home,” she said. “So [Gateway] is personal for me, but it’s something that affects everybody.” Since the festival first opened four years ago, it has since “blossomed and evolved” to include more vendors and attendees, and the businesses of Henry Street have even formed their own Henry Street Association with a desire to organize events beyond the festival. “This year the festival is different—it’s really taking on its own form,” Levielle-Briscoe said. “There is more community help on the street, plus new restaurants that will

be participating.” Relatively new to the street are restaurants Merry Monk and Henry Street Taproom, both of which will sell various menu items outside. The Chocolate Spoon will have a booth selling cookies and will also have cookies for kids to decorate. The library and Children’s Museum will have more family-friendly activities such as face painting and pumpkin decorating, and the Saratoga Clay Arts Center will have a booth where children can make rattles (though they will have to pick up the finished products at the center after they go through the kiln). Karmic Synergy Wellness will also be on hand to show kids how to be “food detectives” by determining unhealthy ingredients on labels. Students of the Saratoga Springs City School District are encouraged to stop by LevielleBriscoe’s Simplicity Salon, where they can buy “Blue Streak” blue hair extensions for $10 or blue wristbands for $5. “We’re really encouraging athletes and the high school teams to come in and get the blue streaks to show their school spirit,” LevielleBriscoe said. “Last year the volleyball team came in and got them. This year we have 100 blue extensions and we want to use all of them.” Other highlights of the festival include live music provided by Tom Choiniere, Irish dancers and radio station 101.3 will be on deck to provide music from noon to 2 p.m. The event is free and will take place rain or shine—if it does rain, many businesses will host vendor booths inside so attendees can still visit from business to business. Proceeds from all the vendor booths will go directly to Gateway House of Peace, which hopes to open to residents this year. Past years of the Harvest Festival helped donate to the remodeling efforts of the home, which are now almost finished. The hospice is now trying to raise the remaining funds needed

for the operating costs of opening and keeping the home running for its residents. “The Henry Street Harvest Festival serves both the community and businesses, so it’s a great event,” Levielle-Briscoe said. The festival runs from noon to 4 p.m. on Henry Street in downtown Saratoga Springs. Those who wish to volunteer with the hospice or donate to the cause can do so by visiting www.

Saratoga Paint N Sip will again be present at this year’s festival with fun activities for kids to enjoy.

Fall decorations adorn the street at last year’s Henry Street Harvest Festival.


Week of September 20 – September 26, 2013

The Launch: Dealing with the Empty Nest by Meghan D. Lemery, LCSW-R Saratoga TODAY

In the past few weeks many proud parents have packed the car full of hand sanitizer, closet organizers and new laptops to launch their chicklets into the collegiate world. While this is an exciting time full of promise and new adventure for your child, the process of letting go can be a surprisingly difficult time that leads to sleepless nights and a heavy heart. Giving yourself a pass to grieve the end of one era and the beginning of a new one is key to getting through this transitional time. I remember my launch from the nest like it was yesterday. The year was 1993. We borrowed my sister’s maroon minivan, packed the car with my new pretty floral bedding and headed

on the road to Charlottesville, Virginia where I would begin my first year at the University of Virginia. As we pulled down the driveway I can still remember the lump in my throat. While I was excited for the new journey, a part of me was terrified at being 10 hours away from family, friends, and the only home I had ever known. And while we often focus on preparing to launch our young adults into the next passage of life, we often fail to acknowledge and recognize the heart-wrenching experience and process parents go through as they pack their babies off to school. Those first few weeks at school I called home twice a day. I would often begin the conversation about my new crush or annoying suitemates and my mother would be silent on the other end.

“Mom? Hellllooooo? Are you there?” More silence. This was unspoken code for tears. She would just abruptly stop talking. Then of course I would start to cry and there we were sharing a silent brutally ugly cry on the phone trying to get used to this new experience. In order to make my childhood bedroom look more lived in, my mom would walk across the carpet just to see footprints in the room. This ritual, she later shared with me, made her somehow feel better about my absences. Dad took to what we have affectionately named “The Wailing Bench”. This is a tiny little bench in the backyard surrounded by trees. Anytime my parents dropped us off at college my father would retreat to the Wailing Bench to have a good ol’ cry. The point is this: launching your child off to college can be an extremely painful heartbreaking experience. While all parents cheer their children on to success and feel their hearts swell with pride as their baby walks across the stage to get their diploma, the transition to the next phase is a sensitive emotion filled process. Make sure you give yourself quiet moments to reminisce when your young adult was just a wee lad. Go through pictures or take the time as a family to talk about the days when your family was young and new. Change, even good change, is a process and for any new phase or passage in life we experience we need to grieve the old. Acknowledging your

feelings doesn’t mean you will fall down a deep dark hole of depression; rather, acknowledgment honors the parenting experience and gives your feelings a chance to be processed. Talk to your partner, call your bestie or 911 your therapist to get some help getting through those difficult first few months. This may be an excellent time to get away for a few days or take some time off of work to allow the dust to settle. Don’t make the mistake of trying to dive back into the routine of your life. Tune in to how you feel and be honest with yourself about what you need. Many parents feel a huge loss of identity when facing the empty nest. We all know parenting is a 24/7 job and when the house becomes quiet, the terror of what comes next can be paralyzing. It’s okay to feel scared and out of sorts, however, when you stay in this place of fear you close the door to the next passage of your life. What dreams have you put off because you were dedicated to raising your children? This is a great time to sign up for the cooking class, take a dance lesson, travel to Europe and reconnect to the adult relationships in your life. Doing something new that requires growth, focus and attention can help you realize that parenting is one of the many hats you wear, but not the only hat. I see many couples who seek couples counseling when the nest is empty. They have become so consumed by raising their children that they feel like awkward strangers. The relationship has been a low priority and they often

feel lost about how to reconnect. Take time to get to know your partner again and don’t put pressure on yourself to be in a place that you are not. Take up an activity together that requires you to learn and have fun. Whether it’s golf, bird watching or joining the circus, do something active together. It’s okay if the spark doesn’t come back right away, go easy on each other and be honest about where you are at. Don’t beat yourself up if you cry on the phone with your newly launched child. You are showing them that it’s okay to experience loss. One of the best things you can teach your young adult is the importance of being vulnerable with your feelings. This vulnerability and raw honesty is what connects our spirits to one another and takes our relationships to the next level. Parenting is by far the most difficult, challenging, hardest, most wonderful fulfilling job on the planet. As you enter the next phase of development for you and your family, take some time to reflect on what an amazing parent you are. Remember all of the unconditional love and support you have given your babies. Behind every successful child is a present parent. Your children could not be where they are without you. You have helped to raise a kind, capable, strong successful adult who is ready to take on the world and share their sparkle. Do not minimize the valuable role you played and will continue to play in their lives. Take time to celebrate your contribution to the world as you explore the endless possibilities and opportunities that are set before you. If you need to borrow the wailing bench for a few weeks, call me. We still have it in the backyard. To all of the empty nesters who have just launched chicks, thank you for your devotion and commitment to raising the next generation.

Ms. Lemery is a psychotherapist practicing in Glens Falls and Saratoga Springs, N.Y. For more information visit or email

Week of September 20 – September 26, 2013




Healing Versus Getting Better

by Matthew Goodemote Saratoga TODAY Question: “I had knee surgery

in June. My doctor says everything looks good, but I still feel a lot of pain. I’m afraid to do anything because I don’t want to injure my knee again. Can you give me some advice?” -Jen (Saratoga Springs)

I had one of those moments a while back, a moment when the old light bulb goes off, and I realized what some of my patients were really asking me. It started when a patient who was clearly in a lot of pain asked a similar question. Your question can be translated like this: “How is it possible that everything looks good when I feel so bad?” The answer: healing is not always the same as feeling better.

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Just because you are healing does not mean you are feeling better, or should feel better. Certainly there are times when healing and pain go hand and hand but it is important to make sure we don’t interpret healing and pain as the same thing. We can have pain without healing and we can have pain with healing as well as healing with pain and healing without pain. Let me give you two examples. I fractured my wrist when I was 12. It hurt for a couple of weeks and then I didn’t have much pain. However, my bone was not “healed” for six to eight weeks. So in my case, the pain stopped before the healing stopped. Later, when I was in my early 20s, I tore ligaments and broke a bone in my ankle. This really hurt. In fact, this hurt for months after the original injury. I couldn’t walk without limping for at least two months and it was hard to run and play basketball for over a year. Despite the lingering pain, the healing was complete 6-8 weeks after my injury. I use the six- to eight-week marker because when we study the body’s healing, most conditions are healed in that amount of time. Some conditions take longer, but for argument’s sake, let’s just say that most heal in six to eight weeks. This is important to remember. When I injured my ankle, I hurt for close to a year, but I was healed after six to eight weeks. So

had I gone to a doctor, I would probably have heard, “Things look good,” meaning, “Your healing looks good.” There are a lot of reasons for still having pain after the tissue is healed. If you avoid activities because they hurt then you may be actually perpetuating the pain, not actually helping to heal. It is not that you are intentionally contributing to why you hurt, it is that you are trying to protect something that simply does not need protecting. Pain does not equal injury. When I pull my finger back far enough it hurts. But when I release it, it no longer hurts, and I have not injured it. Remember, my ankle was better and healed, but it still hurt. For my patients with healed injuries, I reassure them and teach them safety rules like “Go to the pain, not through the pain,” meaning when you do something that hurts, it is important to stop (i.e. go to the pain) and if the pain persists after stopping then it is wise to stop all together (i.e. not through the pain). I also tell patients they have a “48-hour rule” meaning that the increase in pain must return to the baseline within 48 hours. So, if you have a three out of 10 on the pain scale when you start an activity and the pain goes to nine out of 10, but when you stop it returns to three out of 10, then to me it is safe to continue the activity. As long as within 48 hours your pain returns to baseline—in this example 3 out of 10—it is safe and you have not done any harm to yourself. Another way I describe this is by saying, “Pay attention to the duration of pain, not the intensity of pain.” Pain that is on a roller coaster, up and down, is not what concerns me, even it the pain is 10 out of 10. What concerns me more is pain that increases and stays increased for days. When pain lasts, it means we did too much and we risk delaying our recovery. As a general rule, most of the healing from an injury takes place in six to eight weeks. However, if you suffered a major injury or are ill, it can take longer. If you have other medical conditions like diabetes, for example, it can take longer. But the bottom line is there is a point where things are healed, but you may or may

not still have pain. My best advice is, “Don’t be afraid of pain,” and remember that when it goes up and down you are safe. Proceed cautiously and if you need specific instructions seek out a physical therapist to help guide you. If you have tried therapy once, maybe it is time to try again with a different therapist. We have different perspectives

and generally speaking, there is a solution. With the right PT, you’ll be on your way to full recovery. Matthew Goodemote PT, Dip MDT is the owner of Goodemote Physical Therapy PLLC in Saratoga and Community Physical Therapy and Wellness PC (aka The Wellness Center) in Gloversville, NY.

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Week of September 20 – September 26, 2013

Transitions: Preparing for What's to Come

by Clare Colamaria Saratoga TODAY The following is the first in a two-part series on preparing to care for an aging loved one. The second part will follow in next month’s issue of Families TODAY. Whether it’s a celebration, a move or some life-changing event, it takes some planning and preparation to get yourself ready. So, where do you start? Are you completely overwhelmed with just the thought of how and where to begin the process that lies ahead of you? First things first, take a deep breath and tell yourself that there are people out there who have experience and know how in just about every aspect of life’s ever changing sets of circumstances. It’s up to you to research and ask for resources, referrals, advice and help. Never be afraid to ask for guidance—you will be amazed how many people are not only willing to help, but happy to do so. Caring for an aging parent, elderly spouse, domestic partner

or close friend presents difficult challenges, especially when a crisis hits and you are suddenly faced with the responsibilities of transitions. Perhaps your aging mother fell, is hospitalized with a broken hip and needs to go to a rehab facility or nursing home to recover. Caregiving can also begin as a result of unsettling mishaps and warning signs that indicate a need for long term elder care. Perhaps your elderly spouse has wandered off and gotten lost several times, or a long-time friend has lost a lot of weight and rarely leaves home. You may be the only person to step in and become the caregiver. Or, you may be the linchpin of a network of family members and friends willing to help care for your elderly senior. Whether you are in the middle of a crisis and decisions have to be made quickly, or are planning ahead for an elderly loved one because of unsettling warning signs, you must figure out what kind of help your loved one needs: long-term elder care? Or help for only a short time to recover after a hospital stay? Are problems undiagnosed but correctable? For example, prescription drugs’ interactions and side effects, Vitamin B12 deficiency, dehydration and other treatable causes are often mistaken, even by doctors, for Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. According to Consumer Reports on Health, “Any new health problem in an older person should be considered drug induced until

proven otherwise.” If their problems are not correctable, what elder care living arrangements are available for your loved one? What nursing care plans are most appropriate? If they are able to remain in their own home, what kind of elder care services do you arrange? Is assisted living preferred over a nursing home? What challenges does your loved one’s condition pose? What is the best way to access community elder care resources? How will you manage it all and still maintain a life of your own? This series will walk you through the first steps of elder care–whether your loved one has Alzheimer’s Disease or another form of dementia, is recovering from a broken hip or you are trying to figure out Medicare benefits. It is a primer, a source of both information and comfort. Each elder care situation is unique, of course. Your loved one’s medical history, financial resources, personality, relationships with potential caregivers, proximity to services and other factors all determine the best approach to take. Take a deep breath. This may be the most important advice you receive throughout the caregiving journey. All along the way, remember to pause from time to time and collect your thoughts. Clear your mind and relax. It may be difficult, but it will help sustain your spirits and prevent you from sinking under the weight of caregiving burdens. Learn as much as possible about the medical condition afflicting the

senior. Contact related organizations and associations for information about the disorder. Study the symptoms and progression of the disease so you can anticipate what might come next. Call a family meeting. Early input from them will facilitate communication and decision-making down the line. Allow all family members a chance to express themselves and their feelings about what should be done. Consult with everybody and anybody. Talk to friends, neighbors, acquaintances – anyone with experience in caring for an elder. In reaching out you will assemble a mosaic of information about how to proceed and what to expect down the line. You will learn that others have been there before and found their way through – though sometimes with great difficulty and sadness. Talk to your senior. This isn’t always possible, but it’s best

to allow them as much independence as circumstances permit. Remember that the caregiver’s role is to help them maintain as much control over their lives as feasible, not take it away; this includes allowing them to make their own decisions unless the decisions become harmful to them. The more you can consult with them, consider their desires, and truly respect them, the smoother the transition in your relationship will be. Clare Colamaria is the Founder of A Senior’s Choice, LLC., a company who specializes in elder placement and resources throughout the Capital Region. Her column appears monthly in the Your Home section to help caregivers on their journey with elderly loved ones.If you need assistance with any of the subject matters written about in this article please call Clare at (518) 424-2527 or visit our website at

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Week of September 20 – September 26, 2013




Senior Events Calendar

Senior Center of Saratoga Springs • 5 Williams Street, Saratoga Springs Saratoga Springs Public Library • 49 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs Library Events: iPhone and Android Phones & Apps for Beginners September 24, 1:30—3 p.m. in Computer Lab In this beginner-level session, basics are discussed regarding general usage of iPhones and Android Smart Phones, and their applications (or apps) that can be downloaded and installed. Share your favorite apps in class. Wifi is also covered. Security issues are introduced. Not discussed: track phones, Jitterbugs, other platforms for phones, or flip phones. This is a beginner level class. Beginner-level courses prepare students for intermediate or advanced level courses offered by the library. No prior computer experience is necessary. Register by telephone at (518) 584-7860, ext. 257. Register online at and online registration will be ongoing until classes are full.

Adirondack Civilian Conservation Corps Camps September 26, noon to 1:30 p.m. in H. Dutcher Community Room Join author and historian Marty Podskoch, for a presentation on the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The CCC began on March 31, 1933 under President Roosevelt’s “New Deal” to relieve the poverty and unemployment of the Depression. Camps were set up in many New York towns, state parks, and forests. Workers built trails, roads, campsites and dams, stocked fish, built and maintained fire tower observer’s cabins & telephone lines, fought fires, and planted millions of trees. The CCC disbanded in 1942 due to the need for men in World War II. After the presentation, Podskoch will sign copies of his new book, Adirondack Civilian Conservation Corps Camps: Its History, Memories and Legacy. The 352-page book contains over 500 pictures and illustrations, 185 interviews, 26 maps, and 25 charts. Marty Podskoch is the author of five other books: Fire Towers of the Catskills: Their History and Lore, two Adirondack fire tower books: Adirondack Fire Towers: Their History and Lore, the Southern Districts, and Northern Districts. He also has two other books.

Senior Center Events: Book Club Meeting

September 24, 3 p.m. This month’s selection is “Cuckoo’s Calling” by Robert Galbraith. The Book Club will meet on Tuesday, September 24 from 3-4 p.m. for a stimulating discussion on this literary classic.

Trip to Water’s Edge Restaurant

September 27, 11:30 a.m. The Lunch Bunch goes to Waters Edge Light House, Scotia: This historical landmark on the Mohawk River features an extensive Italian/ American menu. Leave the Center at 11:30 a.m. and return by 2:30 p.m. Pay $10 at sign up and bring lunch money with you ($15-20).

Trip to Lake Placid

October 9, 7:30 a.m. Enjoy the fall foliage in the beautiful Adirondacks. Your motorcoach will leave Saratoga at 7:30 a.m. and bring you to the charming downtown village to shop and dine on your own. An optional boat ride on Mirror Lake is scheduled for the afternoon. You will arrive back in Saratoga around 8:30 p.m. The cost is $45 for members and $60

for non-members. If you do not wish to take the boat ride subtract $13 from either price.

Scenic Walking

Mondays, 9:30 a.m. Van trip to local walking paths to walk about 3-5 miles at a moderate pace. Approximately 1-hour walk. Indoor walking if bad weather. There is no fee, but please sign up in advance.

Watercolor & Sketch Open Studio

Tuesdays, 9 a.m. This open class is offered as a time to work on watercolor drawings and paintings. There is no instruction and the session is free. Drop in.


Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:30 p.m. On Mondays, there are two levels of play, beginner and intermediate. Beginner level invites members to just drop in. The intermediate level requires members to join with partners so that the teams are full. If you wish to find a partner, please stop by on Mondays or leave your name at the front desk. Tuesdays and Thursdays are just beginner levels of play. No partners are necessary.

Ceramics Class

Wednesdays at noon and Fridays at 10 a.m. Learn basic hand building techniques with clay. Earthenware pieces are fired in a kiln and are food safe. No experience necessary. Ceramic classes meet Wednesdays noon-2 p.m. or Fridays 10 a.m.noon. Cost is $10/month for one

class per week, $20/month for two classes per week. Fee includes supplies and firing. Ceramics Lab is also offered after Wednesday’s class from 2-4 p.m. at no charge. Lab is available to anyone taking either class as a time to complete work started in class. There is no instruction and no fee for labs. Preregistration is required.

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Week of September 20 – September 26, 2013

The Best Revenge is Living Well: How to Take the High Road in All Situations by Gayle LaSalle Saratoga TODAY

“Some people do the right thing because of what other people will think. Some, because they want to be accepted. But, there is great honor to be found in doing the right thing because it’s the right thing to do.”

-Unknown author Which are you? I tend to take a global focus while my administrative assistant is very detailoriented. I don’t spend much time discussing a problem but like to get to solutions quickly. I have a colleague who needs to dissect everything first. I am most definitely a “glass-half-full” person but I’ve worked with those that see things the opposite way. Do I sometimes want to strangle each of these people? You bet! I’m sure there are just as many times they want to strangle me. It’s not about right and wrong, but differences. If you like

other things about a person, some of the things just mentioned can be overlooked without too much trouble. However, what happens, when a person just seems to rub you wrong in so many ways? While it can certainly be difficult to work with a person who is so different from you or has habits that grate on you, it is even more challenging to have to deal with this in your personal life. It’s been said you can pick your friends but not your relatives. This is never truer than when you have one that you just don’t like – that makes you grit your teeth when they speak. And, while yes, we can pick our friends; we can’t pick our friends’ friends. This too can be a challenge. I have a friend who lives at a distance. I adore her and look forward to spending time with her. Sometimes, she is in town for a short time and wants to combine her friends into one event so she can see us all. Most of the time, this goes well. However, there are one or two of her friends who simply drive me crazy! So, what to do? Spend less time with her, or suck it up and tolerate those friends?

Perhaps the most difficult is the in-law whose values you don’t share or whose personality just sets you off. It could be easy to be short with them or to even get into disagreements. Does this accomplish anything? Are they likely to change? Are you? Who really takes the brunt of this type of interaction? Likely, the person you love. There are no right or wrong answers to any of these situations. It’s also important to point out that this discussion is not about someone who is intentionally out to hurt you or who is outright abusive, in any way. It’s just about those really, really annoying people we all have in our lives. Here’s a common situation. A person cuts you off on your way to work. Or, the clerk where you get your coffee is rude. Or my favorite, some young “punk” that takes the last seat on the subway when you’re carrying an armload and pulling a computer bag. You’re already late, stressed from all the things that complicate our mornings when we’re too busy. Now, you’re steaming and want to tell someone off. Well, if you’re not overly

My equity investment philosophy is deceivingly simple buy stakes in great businesses, run by great managers when they are priced below what I believe they are worth. Hold them until they become overpriced, I find a better opportunity, or my assessment has changed. The lynchpin to this investment approach is having a strong sense of a company’s value. After all, how do you know you

are getting a bargain price unless you know what something is worth? Valuing a business is part art, part science. It is a complicated process that requires clear thinking, due diligence, patience, and a generous helping of humility. My investment approach helps me to both reduce errors and uncover opportunities in pursuit of capital preservation and growth. Comparatively, the industry convention of relying on simple multiples of reported earnings is a shortcut - and taking shortcuts endangers capital.

assertive, you won’t say anything to the clerk. If you’re smart, you won’t get into a tussle with another driver (though you may find a gesture to let them know what you think). And, it can be unwise to make a scene in the subway. But, even when you get where you’re going, you’re still steaming. And, of course, your mood is not your fault – it’s just because that one person did something that upset you. You may find the first person you know and vent all over them. Or, if upset enough and have no one to vent to, you may just take it out on the first person who you come into contact especially if that person is one of those that annoy you anyway. Does this feel good? Well, it might at least for a little bit. Of course, depending upon whom you treated poorly, this may have caused a whole new problem. And, if you usually like to do the right thing and treat people well, you will feel bad about your own behavior. Now, step back a bit. Do you think the person who originally upset you even knows it, and if they do, do they care? They have likely gone on about

their day with no further thought of you or the incident. But your day and that of the person you just dumped all over is not going too well. How could you have avoided all this? Well, staying in bed and not going to work is one answer (and at times, very tempting) but that choice has problems all its own. And, just about all we do is about choices. No, you can’t choose whether to be upset that just seems to happen – but you can choose how to deal with things, how much power to give them and what to do next. Say to yourself, “Will this possibly matter to me in 10 days, 10 weeks or 10 years?” If it won’t, then get over it. Let it go and don’t let a jerk ruin your day over something trivial. To do this you must be able to distinguish between trivial and important. In my book “Pearls From my Tante,” I shared my tante’s (aunt) perspective of the difference between a crisis and a pain in the tuchas (butt). “A crisis is life threatening or lifealtering. Everything else is a pain in the tuchas.”

Financial — The Best Way to Value a Business

by Drew P. Wilson, CFA Saratoga TODAY

The writer is an Investment Research Analyst at Fenimore Asset Management in Cobleskill, N.Y. Q: Are reported earnings the best way to value a business? A: Owner earnings are more accurate in my experience.

Valuing a Business

The main sources of intrinsic value for most businesses are its cash flow and assets. If a company is a profitable, going concern, it is worth the present value of the stream of cash the business will produce for its owners plus the net value of any non-operating assets on the balance sheet. For companies with no - or rapidly dwindling - cash earnings power the enterprise’s worth might be the liquidation or secondary market value of its assets. I focus on the former so much of my appraisal effort is determining how much cash the business produces and how that amount will likely change over time. Forecasting future cash flow is obviously a challenge. However, calculating current year cash generation - the starting point of any reliable appraisal - is also complicated.

Reported Earnings

Reported earnings (earnings per share - EPS) are calculated in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), a set of guidelines which allows plenty of room for estimation and interpretation. This alone should lead one to be wary of reported earnings. Add to that the strong incentive for executives to manipulate earnings, either up or down, and one should be downright skeptical. A recent study found that 20% of publicly-traded firms manage reported earnings. The bottom line is applying one set of accounting rules that satisfies multiple objectives for multiple constituencies to all global, public companies leads to results that are, at best, suspect.

Owner Earnings

I rarely mention earnings per share when discussing the value of a business. Instead, I focus on a term Warren Buffett coined Owner Earnings (O/E). Though my calculation of O/E varies a bit from Mr. Buffett’s, I borrowed the label because it effectively focuses me on what, at the end of the day, is the key source of value - the amount of cash generated by a business that could be distributed to owners without harming long-term operations. Calculating O/E requires an analyst to spend as much time with

the Cash Flow Statement as the Income Statement or Balance Sheet. Each line item and accompanying note must be scrutinized for its potential to be manipulated and its impact on the company’s sustainable cash generation. Occasionally, at the end of the exercise, my owner earnings are similar to reported earnings. More often than not, however, the two differ materially.

Unconventional Investing

Rote reliance on EPS and P/E (price-earnings) ratios can result in investing errors - of both omission and commission - that jeopardize capital and squander opportunities. Through a careful study of the data and rigorous due diligence, I strive to thoroughly understand how the companies I research operate and the true drivers of their intrinsic value. With this strong sense of economic worth and my commitment to in-depth research, I gain unique insights that put me in a better position to protect and grow capital. Fenimore Asset Management is an independent investment advisory firm located in Cobleskill, NY since 1974. Fenimore’s affiliates are the Fenimore Private Client Group & FAM Funds – offering separately managed accounts and mutual funds. In-depth research. Insightful investing.

Week of September 20 – September 26, 2013



New Chapter, Same Book by Kate Towne Sherwin Saratoga TODAY

I measured my boys on the first day of summer vacation, marking off their heights on the doorjamb I’ve used since my oldest was a toddler. I measured them again on the last day of summer vacation and their growth during these last three months, helped along by sun and swimming and rest and playing in the dirt, ranged from a quarter inch (John) to a whole inch (Gabe). When I pulled out the school shoes for my oldest a few days before school started, the others yelled, “Whoa! Look how big his shoes are! They’re like Dad’s shoes!” I’m amazed by how fast they’re growing. At the same time, though, I find I’m still doing the same mom things I’ve always done. I’ve laughed often over the things you find yourself doing as a parent that you never could have foreseen, and I had yet another of those experiences just recently with Taddy (20 months old). I heard him cry out a little while after I’d put him down for his nap one afternoon, which is unusual for him. By the time I raced up the stairs, he was quiet again, and I was torn—I needed to be sure he was okay, but if he was okay it would be such a bummer to

cut his nap short, so I went around into my closet, which has a door that opens into Taddy’s room, and lay down flat on the floor so I could look through the half-inch crack under the door. It didn’t escape me, as I was lying flat on the floor in my closet, my face so close to the carpet that I could feel the fibers on my eyeball, what a ridiculous scene it would be for anyone who happened to walk into the closet at that moment. “The things you do as a parent that you never thought you’d do,” crossed my mind, as I scanned the floor of Tad’s room for his feet. Though he’d never climbed out of his crib before, he’d climbed out of the pack n’ play just recently, so I had a sneaking suspicion that he might be trying the same during naptime. It would account for the cry I’d heard, if he’d fallen while climbing out, or got scared at the height. Sure enough, just as I’d decided he must be fine and I was about to get up, I saw a little foot come dangling down just into my line of sight. The dreaded climbing-outof-the-crib had indeed happened. I was thinking of this, of “the things you do as a parent that you never thought you’d do,” later that same week, when I went shopping for the older boys’ school supplies. The store I went to is the store I always go to for school supplies,

forgetting that every year I find that they don’t have everything on our school supply lists, and wondering why I never remember that there is a store that has everything and why don’t I ever just start there? I spent more than an hour looking for all the things on the three boys’ lists, and I got most of them, but some things they just didn’t have (or at least I couldn’t find them). Like 8-count colored pencils (not 12- or 24-count). Paper folders with bottom pockets (not side pockets) and no fasteners in the particular colors requested by the teacher. Spiral-bound index cards. I ended up having to go to three different stores, which I never do for any reason other than the most dire of circumstances, but as a mom needing school supplies? I’ll do it. And so, a new school year, and with it some new things—bigger shoes, more homework, older-kid issues. But at the same time, being a mom seems to never really change— lying on the floor to peer under the door into the baby’s room in hopes of preserving naptime, traipsing all over the city for the elusive 8-count colored pencils, making yet another mark on the growth-chart doorjamb and marveling over how fast the time goes. Happy new school year to you all!


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Week of September 20 – September 26, 2013

Summer and Fall Flavors From Burgers Market Garden Sweet Corn Soup

This soup makes good use of leftover corn on the cob, or start fresh with uncooked ears of corn. *Ingredients are available at Saratoga Farmers’ Market.

The tables set out by Burger’s MarketGarden (at the Ruopp Farm) at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market always reflects the changing seasons with colorful cut flowers, garden plants, fruits, and vegetables from May through October. A mid-September visit shows a particularly vibrant display of this Niskayuna farm’s crops: brilliant hues of cut flowers sit next to several varieties of tomatoes and other seasonal vegetables, while large, budding mums, winter squash and playfully painted pumpkins remind customers of fall’s rapid approach. For those customers eager to hang onto summer vegetables as long as possible, Burger’s has two varieties of sweet corn still available, white and bi-color. The farm’s abundant peppers, from tiny “sweeties” to larger bell peppers, as well as eggplant and tomatoes, are popular at this time of year for stuffing, pickling, canning, and combining into traditional favorites such as ratatouille.

by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY Hello my Foodie Friends, My friend Dave Lowendehale is becoming a master of the small pizza and this is a great recipe from my vender Lecreuset’s website that he likes. When you have four kids and are always on the go, this is a quick and delicious meal. He bought this pan from me for his wife for Christmas last year, but I think he uses it more than Laurie does. Well, maybe not as much as she would like. Paula and I love it too and it cleans up like a dream. Signature skillets feature a helper handle for easier lifting and added control when moving between stovetop, oven and table.

Ingredients 6 ears sweet corn*, shucked 1 medium white onion*, chopped 3 stalks celery, chopped 2 carrots*, chopped 1 tsp fresh thyme* (or ½ tsp dried) or more to taste 1 whole bay leaf 3 cups water 1 cup milk* Salt and ground black pepper, to taste ½ cup finely chopped red sweet pepper* (for garnish) Andy Burger, of Burger’s MarketGarden, assists a customer at Saratoga Farmers’ Market. Photo Provided.

“My father tells me I’m roughly the seventh generation in the family to work on our farm,” says Andy Burger, who mans the farm’s table at the market on Wednesdays and Saturdays in Saratoga. “It really is a family farm: my mother and father (John and Linda Burger) and me, with a few of my college friends sometimes lending a hand.” The Burger family farms on approximately 10 acres of land, including 12 greenhouses. The potted garden plants and herbs that Burger’s MarketGarden features every spring are started inside in the greenhouses in late

winter, and many of the farm’s summer crops are grown there as well. Corn and winter squash are grown outside in the fields. Burger’s MarketGarden sells to consumers at farmers’ markets in the region and at a roadside stand on Route 7 in Niskayuna, as well as at the wholesale market in Menands.

The Saratoga Farmers’ Market remains open through the end of October at High Rock Park, on Wednesdays from 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Panning for Pizza Cast iron skillets have long been treasured kitchen staples for stovetop frying and oven baking. Over time, the matte black interior enamel develops a natural patina that is ideal for searing and frying. Pour spouts on two sides allow for drip-free pouring. This large skillet is the best size to prevent overcrowding when searing meats, and is roomy enough to cook multiple steaks, burgers or pancakes at once.

Cast Iron Pizza Created for the Lecreuset 11 3/4” skillet. Makes two pizzas; each pizza serves two. Ingredients: 1 Spanish onion, diced 2 tablespoons butter Kosher salt to taste 1 (28-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, or 2 pounds Roma tomatoes 1 bunch fresh oregano or 1 tablespoon dried oregano 2 bay leaves

1 recipe bread dough 2 plum tomatoes stem ends removed, cut into 1/4-inch slices and salted 8 ounces grated mozzarella, divided Olive oil 1/2 cup basil, cut into chiffonade (a technique for slicing herbs and leafy vegetables into long, thin strips) 2 ounces sliced salami

Instructions: Preheat oven to 450 F. Place the skillets into the oven and heat 30–40 minutes before making pizza. While the skillets are heating, make the tomato sauce. Sauté the onion in the butter over medium heat and add salt to taste. In a blender, puree the tomatoes (if using fresh tomatoes, roast them at 425 F for 20 minutes, then blend). Add

Directions Using sharp knife, hold ears of corn on end, and slice corn from cobs. Place shaved cobs in large soup kettle and cover with water. Reserve roughly one-third of chopped corn in bowl; place remaining corn in kettle with cobs. To kettle, add onion, celery, carrots, thyme and bay leaf. Cover with water. Heat until boiling, then simmer for 30 minutes. Turn heat off. Remove bay leaf and cobs from pot and allow cobs to cool. Once cool enough to handle, hold each cob over pot and scrape with fork, to remove any additional bits of corn from cobs. Discard cobs. Puree contents of soup kettle in blender or food processor until smooth, then return to pot and add milk and reserved corn kernels. Heat gently through, until corn kernels are cooked to your liking. Season with salt and pepper. Ladle into bowls, and garnish with small amount of finely chopped red pepper and a grind of pepper.

to the onions and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low. Add oregano and bay leaves. Cook for 1 hour. Be sure to remove the bay leaves when the sauce is finished cooking.

reduce heat to 375 F, and cook 20–30 minutes, until dough is cooked and cheese is melted. Remove the pizza to a cutting board and top with the basil. Cut into four or six pieces.

After the dough has risen, knead it and divide into three equal pieces. Wrap and freeze any dough you won’t be using.

For salami pizza, place remaining dough in the skillet. Spread pizza sauce on the dough, leaving a 1-inch rim. There will be sauce left over, but you can freeze it for later use. Spread most of the cheese over the sauce, and then cover with salami slices. Sprinkle with the rest of the cheese.

Stretch or roll the remaining dough into two 6-inch disks, cover with a towel and let rest 10 minutes. After this second rising, stretch or roll the dough into two 12-inch pizza crusts. Remove the skillet from the oven and place a crust in it, stretching the dough to cover the bottom of the pan if necessary. For pizza margherita, spread the sliced plum tomatoes across the dough, leaving a 1-inch rim. Cover with half the mozzarella. Lightly brush the rim of the crust with olive oil for a nice golden finish. Return the skillet to the oven,

Return the skillet to the oven, reduce heat to 375 F, and cook 20–30 minutes, until dough is cooked and cheese is melted. Remove pizza to a cutting board and cut into four or six pieces. So enjoy this Farm Aid weekend and whip up a couple of pizzas! Remember my Friends; “Life Happens in the Kitchen” Take care, John and Paula

Week of September 20 – September 26, 2013

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Across 1 Manages (for oneself) 6 Snuck 11 __ Moines, Iowa 14 Native Alaskan 15 Cowboy singer Gene 16 “That’s nasty!” 17 Criticize gas and electric companies? 19 The Beatles’ “__ Loves You” 20 Sunrise direction 21 One of a D.C. 100 22 Russian capital 24 Roy G __: rainbow mnemonic 26 Piebald horse 27 Criticize a modeling shoot array? 30 It replaced the French franc 33 Pass out 35 Mudville number 36 Complete, as a scene 37 Tropicana and Minute Maid, briefly 38 Cheesy sandwiches 39 Grounded jet 40 Sworn statement 42 Isaac’s eldest 43 Wranglers with wheels 45 Folk music’s Kingston __ 46 Criticize stage shows? 48 Former Bears head coach Smith 50 Be in debt 51 Sea near Stockholm 53 Prefix with pass 55 Become enraged 59 World Cup cheer 60 Criticize awards? 63 Gen-__: boomer’s kid, probably 64 Invalidate 65 On one’s toes 66 Fist pumper’s word 67 Trotsky and Uris 68 Pack animals Down 1 Lose color in the wash 2 “On the Waterfront” director Kazan 3 Loch with a monster 4 Brit’s trash can 5 Sault __ Marie 6 Batman’s hideout






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See puzzle solution on page 36 7 Wreck completely 8 And so on: Abbr. 9 Vacate the __: eviction notice phrase 10 Big name in chicken 11 Criticize college subjects? 12 Bounce in a 6-Down 13 Depict unfairly 18 Invitation letters 23 Bouillabaisse, e.g. 25 Practitioner: Suff. 26 Kept in, as hostility 27 Criticize farmers? 28 Bodysuit for a tiny tot 29 “__ Marner”: Eliot work 31 Speak with a grating voice 32 Chooses 33 12 inches

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34 Open a bit 38 Doctor’s profession 41 Owl’s cry 43 A boxer may have a glass one 44 They’re attractive to look at 47 “Footloose” co-star Singer 49 “Myra Breckinridge” author Gore 51 Like the Honda Element 52 Away from the wind 53 Really surprise 54 Web addresses, briefly 56 Beehive State natives 57 Little more than 58 Repair co. proposals 61 __-cone 62 Sheep’s call

Writing the Right Word by Dave Dowling Accuracy in word choice is a key to effective communication. This quick weekly tip will help you filter the confusion in some of our daily word choices. Gambit, Gamut . Gambit is an opening maneuver or remark to gain an advantage. Her clever opening gambit gave her quite an advantage.

Gamut is a full range of something. That book runs the gamut of golf swing tips.

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


Saratoga Bridges Art Show The Saratoga Bridges’ Creative Endeavors Art Center will be sponsoring a second juried, art show entitled “Through My Eyes,” at 16 Saratoga Bridges Blvd., in Ballston Spa from September 27 through October 11. An opening reception will take place from 5—7 p.m. 

Fall Goodwill Sale Bon-Ton is having its semiannual Goodwill Sale, taking place September 19 through October 5. Shoppers are rewarded with coupons to their local Bon-Ton store by donating gently used clothing. All items received are donated to Goodwill Industries in the local communities where they are collected. For each donation, donors will receive a coupon to purchase the latest fall fashions at their local Bon–Ton store. For more information visit

Breakers Club Gavin Park will once again offer Breakers Club, a school break program for grades K–5. Breakers Club will run this school year during the December school break; the February winter school break and in April during the spring break. Program hours will be 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. daily. The program fee is $35 per day for Wilton residents and $45 per day for non-residents. Registration will open later this fall and may be completed online at: Call (518) 584-9455 for additional assistance.

Cycliste Adirondacks Cycling Fest The Randonnee Cycliste Adirondacks (RC-A) is a threeday cycling festival September 27–29 in and around Lake George. Register for the four different bicycle events (25-Mile Recreational Ride, Prospect

Mountain Hill Climb, 50-Mile RC-A Ride, 100-Mile RC-A Ride) at www.lakegeorgerando. com. All riders will receive a commemorative pewter head tube badge and a branded pint beer glass. Live music, food and beer will be at the event as well.

Wood Racquet Only Tennis The 23rd Annual Wood Racquet Tennis Day will be September 28 from 10 a.m.–1p.m. at the Saratoga Springs State Park. The wood racquets will be provided for the event that will benefit the Disabled Sports Program. Competition will be in doubles format. For more information call (518) 491-0556 and ask for Bill.

Brooktoberfest Fundraiser The Saratoga County Historical Society announced today that their annual dinner/ auction fundraiser, Brooktoberfest, will take place on Saturday, September 28 at 6 p.m. at the Brookside Museum. Cost is $40 per person, $75 for two or $350 for a table of 10. Tickets can be purchased online from or by contacting the museum at (518) 885-4000 or info@

Wheel Chair Tennis The Second Chance Sports and Fitness free Wheel Chair Tennis clinic will be Sunday, September 29 from 2–3 p.m. at the East Side Recreation courts. U.S. Open wheel chair tennis champion Eva Galvin will teach the class– Bill Yaiser will also explain the indoor winter program at the Wilton YMCA. Parents can also learn how to help their children play. For more information call (518) 491-0556.

Saratoga Romance Writers of America “How to Create Prose People with Agent-Editor Appeal” with Alice Orr, published author, literary agent and editor on Saturday, September 28 at 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, 232 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. All attendees will receive a free copy

of Orr’s “No More Rejections: 50 Secrets to Writing a Manuscript That Sells.” The cost is $45 for non-members. For more information contact belislel@aol. com or (518) 587-0201.

Photography Exhibit of ‘First 15’ at Yaddo As part of the Skidmore College Arts and Cultural events, The First Fifteen: Photography From the Meredith S. Moody Residency at Yaddo will feature works by the 15 residency recipients, as well as Moody, at the Tang Museum through September 29 on Tuesdays– Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. (Friday, noon to 7 p.m.). For more information call (518) 580-8080.

Toddler Time at Community Center Toddler Time at Malta Community Center is for the preschool child ages 15–36 months and their parent or caregiver. This fun interactive class includes play time, assorted table-type activities, riding toys, doll/kitchen and car corner, puzzles and lots of pre-school toys. The class also includes story time, music, craft and snack and meets Tuesday mornings for five weeks starting October 1. Call (518) 899-4411 for more information.

Volkswalk Set for Cooperstown The Empire State Capital Volkssporters for Fun, Fitness and Friendship Volkswalk will be Wednesday, October 2, starting at 10 a.m. at The Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown. For more information visit

Babysitting Course A babysitting course is open to girls and boys, ages 10 and up. Participants will learn the basics of CABS (Child and Babysitting Safety), along with CPR and first aid. The course runs from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. on Saturday October 5. A bag lunch is needed. Register online at www. (Parks and Recreation) or at the Gavin Park

Week of September 20 – September 26, 2013 Office, 10 Lewis Drive, Wilton weekdays from 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Over–30 Basketball: The Over–30 Basketball Program will be available for adults, ages 30 and over, starting October 7 and running until May 19 on Mondays from 8–10 p.m. The weekly fee is $5 per person (cash only), and a maximum of 20 players can participate on any given night.Call (518) 584-9455 for additional assistance.

Malta Veterans Luncheon A free luncheon will be held for town of Malta veterans at the Malta Community Center on Thursday, October 10. An Italian buffet with dessert will begin at 11:30 a.m. and run to 1:30 p.m. The meal is free to veterans of all eras who reside in the town. Friends and family members are encouraged to join in, but at a charge of $20 each. Reservations are required. Call (518) 899-4411 by Monday, October 7 to arrange for transportation.

Sitar Concert Featuring Skidmore faculty member Veena Chandra, the October 11 Sitar Concert will be held in the Arthur Zankel Music Center, Ladd Concert Hall, starting at 8 p.m. For more information call (518) 580-5321 or go to Zankel

Red Knights Pig Roast and Toy Benefit The “Red Knights Motorcycle Club, NY Chapter 12” is sponsoring the 15th Annual Pig Roast and Toy Run to benefit “Give a Child a Christmas.” The charity provides holiday assistance to families in the community. The event will be October 13 at Eagles Club, 373 Crescent Avenue. Cost is a $20 donation or an equally priced, unwrapped toy. For more information contact Bob Hollner at redknightspresidentny12@

2013 Stationary Bike Race For Children With Disabilities The Stationary Bike Race

supporting the Karen and Gary Dake Foundation for Children will be November 2 starting at 10 a.m. Registration will be 9 a.m. the morning of at the Saratoga Regional YMCA. More information is also available online starting September 16 at Put your team of four together now for the cause and for a chance at prizes.

Nacre Dance Co. to Perform at Hubbard Nacre will come “Full Circle” with live music and dance on the stage at Hubbard Hall in Cambridge on Saturday, October 19 at 8 p.m. Nacre Dance Company’s mission is to sustain modern dance classics and inspire new choreographies. Nacre will also be conducting an open master class for all dancers prior to the performance on October 19 from 3–4:30 p.m. For ticket and master class information visit www. or call (518) 677-2495.

‘What the Trees Say” Exhibit Anne Diggory’s paintings will be on display at the “TREEaction” exhibit on November 7 from 5–8 p.m. at the Spring Street Gallery in Saratoga. “TREEaction” will include materials that tell the story of Saratoga’s trees from the perspective of the environmental advocacy of Sustainable Saratoga. 

Week of September 20 – September 26, 2013 Take out $10. Cash bar available. All are welcome. For more information call (518) 584-4163.

Saturday, September 21 Friday, September 20 Adirondack Balloon Festival

Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport, Queensbury, 3 p.m. Lift-off of balloons is weather permitting. Free, Friday, 3 p.m.; Saturday, 5 a.m.—5 p.m.; Sunday, 5–9 a.m. For more information call (518) 222-4593 or visit

Kids Night Out Saratoga Rec Center, 15 Vanderbilt Ave., Saratoga Springs, 6–9 p.m. There will be games and activities in the gym from 6–7 p.m. OnDeck will provide a free movie for any interested person age 7–14 years old and their families from 7–9 p.m. Cost $5 to play and the movie is free. For more information call (518) 587-3550 ext. 2300.

Movie Night Under the Stars East Side Rec Field, Caroline/ Granger Entrance, 7 p.m. Please do not bring chairs so that everyone can see the screen. Cost is $5 cash at the door. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Proceeds will go to funding a safe, modern, and new playground at the East Side Rec. For more information please visit

Showcase Chefs “Comforts of Home” Participating Homes, 5–10 p.m. Each of the eight participating homes will be serving a sampling of comfort foods. Tickets are $25. For more information visit www.saratogashowcaseofhomes. com/chefs-saratoga-style.

All You Can Eat Dinner Principessa Elena Society, 13 Oak St., Saratoga Springs, 5–7 p.m. Pasta Fagioli, sausage, peppers, onions, rigatoni, meatballs, sauce, salad, dessert, coffee, bread, butter. Seniors $8; regulars $9; children 5–12, $5; under five free.

Village of Schuylerville Annual Garage Sale Village of Schuylerville, Victory Mills, Town of Saratoga, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Lots of great stuff for everyone. Come and enjoy these historical villages—you won’t leave empty handed. September 21 and 22 from 9am–5pm. Stop by the Old Saratoga Reformed Church on Pearl St. Saturday only, 8 a.m.–2 p.m. for food and bake sale.

Saratoga Battlefield— 75 Years as National Park Saratoga National Historical Park, Routes 32 and 4, Stillwater, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. A grand-scale encampment and tactical demonstration of the 1777 Battles of Saratoga will be presented on Saturday and Sunday, September 21–22. Sunday hours are 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The events are free. Special Saturday shuttle system call (518) 670-2980 or visit sara for more information.

Second Annual Autumn Leaves Barbecue Saturday, September 21 Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 420 Pavilion, 190 Excelsior Ave., Saratoga Springs 2 p.m—6 p.m. Menu includes a half chicken, baked potato, corn on the cob, cole slaw, autumn bisque, dessert and a roll. Cost $10. Take out and cash bar for adult beverages and sodas. Call (518) 584-9686 for more information.

2013 Annual Showcase of Homes Fourteen Locations, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for three weekends. Tickets are $20. For more information visit

Creative Harvest North Country Art Center, 6378 State Route 9, Chestertown, 11 a.m. –5 p.m. Paintings, drawings, sculpture, fiber art, photographs, wood

calendar working, cards, gifts, jewelry. For more information visit

Sunday, September 22 Made to Order Omelettes The Sons of the Italian American War Vets Post 35, 247 Grand Ave., Saratoga Springs, 8–11 a.m.Breakfast buffet featuring sausage biscuits and gravy, bacon, sausage, ham, hash, fruit, juice, danish and more. Adults $8, seniors $7, kids under 5 free.

Community Health Fair St. Joseph’s Church, Rte. 9N, Greenfield Center, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Senior care, disability assistance, low cost insurance, hospice, healthy eating and much more.

Wine and Cheese Fundraiser The Saratoga Winery, 462 Route 29 West, Saratoga Springs, noon–5 p.m. The event will benefit Estherville Animal Shelter, a no kill shelter in Saratoga County. $25 per person includes a wine tasting and light food, raffles and live music by Party of Three. For reservations call (518) 882-5562. For more information visit www.

4th Annual Henry Street Harvest Festival Downtown Saratoga, noon–4 p.m. The street will be closed off on Henry St. between Lake Ave. and Caroline St. There will be live music, festive food and seasonal treats, pumpkin decorating, face painting, BBQ, exciting local vendors and more. Admission is free, but proceeds from vendors support the Gateway House of Peace. For more information call (518) 583-7770.

Tuesday, September 24

The chamber music trio will perform on the traditional Chinese instruments: erhu, pipa and zheng. Free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required. For more information please visit

Wednesday, September 25 Job Fair for Veterans and Spouses Mansion at Cedar Hill, 1016 River Rd., Selkirk, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Presented by Team RWB Albany, a job fair with a twist. Veterans will receive an opportunity to engage in a soft interview with an employer. Free admission. Non-veterans welcome. For more information visit www.teamrwbalbanyjobfair.

Fish Dinner Saratoga Wilton Elks Club, 1 Elks Lane, Saratoga Springs, 4:30–7 p.m. New England clam chowder, choice of broiled or fried fish, oven roasted potatoes, baked macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, rolls and butter, dessert, coffee and tea. Donation requested, $10 adults, $9 seniors (62 years), $9 military (active or retired) with ID card, $6 children 5–12, Children under five are free, $10 all takeouts. Cash bar available.

Thursday, September 26 Adirondack CCCC: History, Memories and Legacy

Saratoga Springs Public Library, H. Dutcher Community Room, noon–1:30 p.m. Join author and historian, Marty Podskoch, for a presentation on the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps. For more information visit

SEDC Annual Golf Outing Saratoga National Golf Club, Union Ave., Saratoga, 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Cost is $325 per golfer (including meals) or $60 for dinner only. Call (518) 587-0945 for more information or visit

Music from China

Arthur Zankel Music Center’s Elizabeth Luce Moore Hall, 4 p.m.

Blood Drives Saratoga Hospital September 21, 8am-12pm Stewart's Shop Corporation September 26, 8am-1:30pm


Family Friendly Events Friday, September 20 Join SaratogaMama and Apple Blossom Bunch in Congress Park at 10 a.m. for a free puppet show and music program by the Arts Center in the park. No registration needed, just stop by and come play. Gather your friends, family and blankets and enjoy a movie under the stars with proceeds benefiting the Caroline Street PTSO’s East Side Rec Playground project. The cost is $5 per person and the event starts at 7 p.m. at the East Side Rec Field. Refreshments will be available for purchase. 

Saturday, September 21 Saturday is the 25th Annual Malta Community Day taking place at Shenantaha Creek Park in Malta. This is a really terrific family event featuring lots of free entertainment including pony rides, face painting, fire department demonstrations, music and local vendors. The fun starts at 10 a.m. 

Join Go Kids at Healthy Living Market this Saturday for a fun program for ages three to five. Kids will get busy in the kitchen cooking up some apple treats then enjoy a half hour of activity led by Go Kids. This program costs $30 per child and all kids must be accompanied by an adult. 

Sunday, September 22 The 4th Annual Henry Street Harvest Festival is this Sunday from noon—4 p.m. This annual event features live music, pumpkin decorating, face painting, food, and local vendors. We’ve enjoyed this festival the past two years and plan on going again this year. 

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Week of September 20 – September 26, 2013

week of 9/20-9/26 friday, 9/20: Dave Fisk Quartet, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue - 583.2582

Gravity, 9 pm

@ Ice House - 261-1766

Forthlin Road, 9 pm @Parting Glass - 583 - 1916

DJ Darik/Karaoke, 10 pm @Rusty Nail - 371 - 9875

Vivid, 9 pm

@ Bentley’s - 899.4300

sunday, 9/22:

New Shoes, 9 pm @ Gaffney’s - 583.7359

Kings English, 10:30 pm @ JP Bruno’s - 745.1180

Spoiler, 9 pm @ The Mill - 899.5253

Juston Stens & The Get Real Gang, 9 pm

Hot Club of Saratoga, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena - 583.0022

Henry St. Harvest Fest, noon @ The Parting Glass - 583 - 1916

Joes's Boys Band, 3 pm @ The Mill - 899.5253

@ Putnam Den - 584.8066

Sean Lyons, 8:30 pm @ The Rusty Nail - 371.9875

tuesday, 9/24:

Rich Ortiz, 6 pm

@ The Saratoga Winery - 584.9463

Open Mic with Rick Bolton, 9 pm @ Gaffney's - 583 - 7359

saturday, 9/21: Terry Gordon Quartet, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue - 583.2582

Karaoke, 10 pm @ Circus Cafe - 583-1106

The Blackouts, 7:30 pm

wednesday, 9/25: Acoustic Blues Jam with Sonny Speed, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena - 583.0022

Platinum Voice Auditions, 7 pm @ Vapor - 583.7359

@ Javiers - 871-1827

Street Talk, 10:30 pm

thursday, 9/26:

@ Jp Bruno's - 745 - 1180

The Infamous Singdusters, 9 pm @ Caffè Lena - 583.0022

Running the River, 8 pm @ Ravenswood - 371-8771

Acoustic Circus, 9 pm @ Gaffney’s - 583.7359

DJ Dingz, 10 pm Karaoke, 10 pm

@ Saratoga City Tavern- 581-3230

On Your Mark, 8:30 pm @ The Mill - 899 - 5253

Open Mic, 10 pm @ Circus Cafe - 583-1106

Virgil Cain, 9 pm @ Gaffney’s - 583.7359

Jimmy Kelly, 8 pm @ Irish Times - 583.0003

Celtic Session, 7 pm @ The Parting Glass - 583.1916

Karaoke, 10 pm

@ Saratoga City Tavern - 581-3230

Open Mic, 7 pm @ Cafe Lena- 583.0022

Week of September 20 – September 26, 2013



Farm Aid Arrives This Weekend

Longest Running Benefit Concert to be at Saratoga Performing Arts Center by Patricia Older for Saratoga TODAY “The fight to save family farms isn’t just about farmers. It’s about making sure that there is a safe and healthy food supply for all of us. It’s about jobs, from Main Street to Wall Street. It’s about a better America.” – Willie Nelson SARATOGA SPRINGS – It all started in 1985 when record numbers of farmers found themselves in foreclosure, losing their land and their livelihoods after being encouraged by the U.S. government to grow large crops for oversea markets. When the markets did not pan out and crop prices plummeted, thousands of farmers started losing everything they had worked their entire lives for, many losing land that had been in the family for decades. That is when Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young banded together to form the first ever Farm Aid benefit concert. Pulled together in only six weeks, the first concert was held in Champagne, Illinois and 78,000 people attended. Now in its 28th year and the only benefit concert to be continuously running and with the same big-name headliners, Farm Aid brings its biggest fundraiser to Saratoga this weekend at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Headliners Nelson, Mellencamp, Young and Matthews, who joined the Farm Aid organization in 2001, will also be joined by Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Willie’s son, Carlene Carter, daughter of June Carter, Amos Lee and Jack Johnson. A total of 19 artists will perform during the daylong event. “This year, Farm Aid is going to be amazing,” said Jen Fahy, Farm Aid communications director. “There is always the possibility of surprise guests—Farm Aid has a great history of that happening and the set is going to be breathtaking.” Farm Aid’s backdrop will feature images of hundreds of local farms and farmers, including the Charles Arnold farm in Greenfield. “We have hundreds of photos of local farms and farmers,” continued Fahy. “The images are absolutely amazing.” Each year, Farm Aid board

members Nelson, Young, Mellencamp and Matthews headline a Farm Aid concert bringing together a wide variety of musicians, farmers and fans for one mission—keeping family farmers on their land. Farm Aid is the longest running benefit concert series in America, raising more than $43 million to help family farmers thrive all over the country while inspiring millions of people to learn about the Good Food movement. “The concert is our major fundraiser which supports our internal programs such as the Farmer Resource Network, our support grant program for organizations that support farmers and we can make emergency and disaster grants to farmers, such as what is happening in Colorado right now— we are looking at farmers who may have been affected by the floods,” continued Fahy. On Friday, there will be a tour of two local farms, including one in Ballston Spa, the Willow Marsh Farm as part of the Farm Aid concert, as well as an after concert party at Putnam Den. For those with smart phones, download the Farm Aid app at to get the line up, menu from the Homegrown Concessions and list of events and important updates during the concert. The following is the schedule, which is subject to change. 12:30 p.m. — Blackwood Quartet 12:40 p.m. — Jesse Lenat 12:55 p.m. — Sasha Dobson 1:10 p.m. — Insects vs. Robots 1:30 p.m. — Pegi Young & The Survivors 1:50 p.m. — Bahamas 2:15 p.m. — Carlene Carter 2:45 p.m. — Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real 3:15 p.m. — Toad the Wet Sprocket 3:45 p.m. — Amos Lee 4:25 p.m. — Kacey Musgraves 5:05 p.m. — Jamey Johnson 5:50 p.m. — Jack Johnson 6:50 p.m. — Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds 7:45 p.m. — John Mellencamp 8:45 p.m. — Neil Young 9:45 p.m. — Willie Nelson Remember to help Farm Aid’s food drive with Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York by bringing non-perishable food and

Crowd shot of Farm Aid 2012. Photo Provided. non-food items that are in boxes, cans or plastic bottles (no glass). Suggested donation items include canned tuna and protein, canned fruits and vegetables, cereal, hearty cold weather meals like stew and soup and peanut butter. Doors open at noon and the show will run until 11 p.m. Concertgoers should try to attend for the entire day of the event and not miss any of the artists, all who have donated all the expenses for their travel and performances and to see the unique on-stage collaborations that happen so often between artists at Farm Aid. Also set aside time to explore the Homegrown Village, which is open from noon until 6 p.m., to experience hands-on, interactive exhibits from a wide variety of food and farming groups to learn more about farmers and where your food comes from. Stop by the Homegrown Skills Tent to learn skills like making your own cheese or bacon and much more. And if you’re not able to attend the concert you can tune into the webcast, Farm Aid 2013 Live presented by Amy’s Kitchen from 5-11 p.m. Eastern on

Pleasant Valley Farm, Argyle part of the farm tour on Friday. Photo Provided.



Up, Up and Away

Adirondack Balloon Festival This Weekend by Patricia Older for Saratoga TODAY “Would you like to fly in my beautiful balloon? The world’s a nicer place in my beautiful balloon; 
It wears a nicer face in my beautiful balloon; 
We can sing a song and sail

along the silver sky; For we can fly, up, up and away…” - 5th Dimension, “Up, Up And Away”, 1967 QUEENSBURY – The 1967 5th Dimension song captured the pure essence of flying in a hot air

balloon—breezy, captivating and totally something to fall in love with. When suspended above the earth in the basket of a balloon and gliding gently on the wind, there is a peacefulness and tranquility unlike anything else. The world plays out beneath you as it quietly slips across the sky passing silently over farmlands, creeks and backyards. You see children and their dogs at play in their yards, fishermen casting for trout and deer grazing peacefully in fields. With the exception of the occasional blast from the burner to keep the balloon afloat, riding in a hot air balloon is a serene and breathtaking experience—one for the bucket list. This weekend, residents will be able to witness and experience the thrill of hot air balloons with the 41st annual Adirondack Balloon Festival. There will be opportunities to watch them as they are inflated, the massive shapes coming to life and slowly rising, lifting the basket upright and when released from the ropes, gracefully rising into the skies and slowly moving with the currents of wind. There will also be opportunities to ride in one (for a fee), try your photography skills, shop local vendors set up on site and marvel at their beauty. This year will bring in some new balloons—a hummingbird balloon, one from Wicked, the Broadway musical and an upside down elephant. “Jewel” the hummingbird will be making her first ever appearance on the East Coast. “Built this summer in Brazil, the beautiful multi-colored bird has appeared only twice in two other events in her short life—one in Canada and the other in Reno, Nevada,” said Mark Donohue, president of the festival’s board of directors. “We have some very special shapes,” added Pam Benaoski of the Adirondack Balloon Festival Committee. “And Clawd the Crazy Crab is returning.” Making its Adirondack debut this year will be Stinky the Skunk, owned by John Cavin, a regular festival attendee. “John’s crowd pleaser, the Purple People Eater will also be participating once again at this year’s event,” noted Donahue. A not-for-profit organization, the Adirondack Balloon Festival

Week of September 20 – September 26, 2013

will run from Thursday until Sunday with events such as the opening ceremonies on Thursday at Crandall Park, music by Stoney Creek and a launch of up to 20 balloons. Following will be the Glens Falls Block Party that will feature a walk-about balloon, balloon baskets on display, a car show and children’s activities. One of the most visually stunning events is the Saturday night Moonglow. Around 20 balloons will inflate as darkness falls, the red orange flames from the heaters roaring into the neck of the balloons, illuminating them. Benaoski suggested attendees bring flashlights to the event to help them navigate around. Another exciting event is the

almost simultaneous launch of over 100 balloons on Saturday. In addition, over a dozen balloonists will be offering rides, costing between $175 to $210 depending on the pilot. Pictures of the balloons that are offering rides can be seen at The balloons with their telephone numbers posted are the ones offering riders. The Adirondack Balloon Festival is operated totally by volunteers and relies on community support for funding. For over 40 years the festival has been free of charge to the public to attend and it attracts between 125,000 to 150,000 people to the area. For more information, visit or call (518) 792-2600.

Friday, September 20

Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport, Queensbury 3:00 p.m. - Gates Open, Craft Fair hosted by ZONTA, kid’s activities and Food Vendors open for business 5:00 p.m. - Balloon Launch – Over 80 balloons including special shapes

Saturday, September 21

Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport, Queensbury 5:00 – 11:00 a.m. - “Big Balloon Breakfast” – Airport Hangar $8.00 adults, $6.00 seniors 6:00 a.m. -7:00 p.m. - Food vendors open for business, Craft Fair hosted by ZONTA with over 30 vendors, kids activities, includes bounce houses, rock climbing wall, aircraft static display 10:00 a.m. - Bicycle Tour of airport sponsored by Warren County Safe and Quality Bicycling Organization 6:30 a.m. - Flight of up to 100 Balloons, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. - Local Band performs 3:00 – 4:45 p.m. - AltRock Trio VONTUS performs 5:00 p.m. - Flight of up to 100 Balloons 8:00 p.m. - “LIGHTING UP THE NIGHT”- MOONGLOW FEATURING OVER 20 BALLOONS


Sunday, September 22

Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport, Queensbury

5:00 – 11:00 a.m. - “Big Balloon Breakfast” – Airport Hangar $8 adults, $6 seniors 6:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. - Food vendors open for business, Craft Fair hosted by ZONTA with over 30 vendors, kids activities, including bounce houses, rock climbing wall, aircraft display 6:30 a.m. - “Walter’s Mass Ascension” simultaneous Flight of up to 100 Balloons 8:00 a.m. - Catholic Mass in the Entertainment tent 9:00 a.m. - Protestant Sunday Service in the Entertainment tent


2:00 – 5:00 p.m. - Jonathan Newell Band performs 5:00p.m. - Launch of over 20 Balloons


Week of September 20 – September 26, 2013

Fire Station Continued from page 1

The city is considering selling the last parking lot on Broadway in exchange for land for the proposed fire station on the east side. Photo by

The proposed fire station and EMS location would cover the 13-square miles on the east side of the Spa City bounding the Northway, Louden Road, the Kayaderosseras Creek and Saratoga Lake. Twelve percent of the city’s population lives in the area with 1,600 households and includes the commercial area on Weibel Avenue. City Fire Chief Robert Williams

said the fire department would balance their resources between the three stations and that the drop in response time for the East Side would drop from almost nine minutes to five. “It is not about district three or the eastern ridge, we have to look at the city as a whole as we talk about our resources and measure our risks,” said Williams.



Week of September 20 – September 26, 2013

Act With Respect Always Shares Mission at Maple Avenue Take a look at this week’s newest club members!

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SARATOGA SPRINGS – Coach Rich Johns will present “School Character and Climate Readies Students for Life” September 23 and 24 at Maple Avenue Middle School in conjunction with the school’s Parent Nights and its PBIS initiative. Coach will share his “pay it forward” mission and the importance that everyone ‘Think 99 Percent Character’ every day. Included in his presentation will be key points of ‘paying it forward,’ character, empathy, kindness and mission statements. Amsterdam School District’s Ninth Grade Academy Teachers recently stated that “‘Act With Respect Always’ reminds students that they are in control of their lives. His powerful presentations emphasize that everyone can “make a difference every day” with the choices they make. He empowers students to develop their character and their voices, and to positively impact the world though kindness, thoughtfulness and respect.” Presentations on both nights begin promptly at 6 p.m. and the public is invited.

Capital Fund of Saratoga County Donates $1,000 to Gateway House of Peace

Allison Tooth Fairy Club is sponsored by:

Nicole M. Byrne, D.M.D Pediatric Dentistry

H.O.P.E. Clinic Adoptable Pets

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SARATOGA COUNTY – Gateway House of Peace, a nonprofit charitable hospice, recently received a $1,000 donation from The Capital Fund of Saratoga County, Inc. to help them raise their goal of opening the hospice to patients this year. The Capital Fund is a 501(c) 3 organization to provide financial support or aid, directly or indirectly, in support of the missions of the not-for-profit organizations in Saratoga County. Whether it be in support of children, families, schools, the homeless, educational needs, veterans, etc., the Capital Fund strives to help those who are making a difference helping others. It is a volunteer-based organization that believes a better world comes through helping those less fortunate, thus it is committed to enabling and empowering these groups to succeed.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Schnauzer girl Rosea is a happy lady. She’s 5-years-old and super cute! She gets along with dogs and will make a very special friend to any dog lover! To meet this sweetie pie, call H.O.P.E. at (518) 428-2994 and visit us online at

Week of September 20 – September 26, 2013

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Week of September 20 – September 26, 2013

It’s Always Darkest Before the Light

by Fred Fruisen for Saratoga TODAY Recently a player on my team experienced a major breakthrough. It’s a great story that could help many golfers, so I thought I’d share. I have a player on my team named Brett. When I arrived at Skidmore College last year and assessed the players’ talent, I found Brett to be good from tee to green. He was a solid putter, but in two areas rated very poor: 1.Brett’s golf self-esteem was non-existent. He always believed the worst would happen on the golf course and it usually did. Rarely did I see him get any amount of joy out of playing golf. Golf was a chore. He reminded me of Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh.

2. Brett’s short game, in a word, stunk. And that’s saying it nicely. He was dreadful when it came to pitching and chipping. So, we got to work. We spent a great deal of time over weeks and months working on mechanics and attitude, and we saw some progress. But even though he put in a lot of work, his confidence remained fragile. He had a deep seeded fear of chunking shots and thinning shots over the green, and if it ever actually happened, his confidence crumbled like a house of cards. We’d have to start all over again with fundamentals, drills and repairing confidence. This was the pattern all of last year and into the beginning of this fall season. We had our first tournament a few weeks ago. Playing on the “B” team, Brett was playing well in the first round. I saw him at the turn and he told me he had hit every fairway and green; however, on the back nine, he began missing greens. His score went up quickly and he shot a disappointing score. The next day was worse. The previous round eroded any hope of success. Needless to say, his score was really bad. The next day at practice, Brett showed up with a “solution”: a left-handed wedge. Brett plays golf right-handed. It was clear he was a desperate man. He told

me he was sick of going through this and he was willing to try anything. I told him I respected him thinking outside the box, but I didn’t think that this was a viable solution. I suggested something that we had tried for about 15 minutes last spring. He hadn’t been in a place mentally at that point to try something new, but now his mind was open. Here was the opportunity. He tried it willingly. And within an hour his whole life seemingly changed. Within 24 hours, he was like an entirely different human being. I think that day was the first time I had ever seen Brett’s teeth at the golf course. Brett is

quick with a smile off the course, but on the course you’d think his cat just died. I didn’t recognize this guy! He was having fun! There was hope! He called it, “a miracle!” I watched him practice with amazement. Pitch shot after pitch shot floated beautifully through the air, landed softly on the green and cozied up close to the hole. Each shot was struck beautifully and effortlessly. Brett’s body language was completely different. He was relaxed and fluid—not the tense ball of doom that I had witnessed for over a year. Over the course of the next week he challenged teammate after teammate to chipping and pitching contests (in the past he would have never done that) and won! Ok, so what was the cure? Look at the photo closely. Did you catch it? I had Brett try going lefthand low on his chips and pitches. Why does this work? Because many times a right-handed player will carry all of his, or her, stress in the right hand. When that happens, the right hand squeezes the grips and stabs

at the ball when under pressure and the left wrist breaks down. Reversing the hands neutralizes the right hand and allows the left to pull the club through the shot. Since the left side is the weak side for righties, you’ll be more prone to swing the club with the body because you won’t be able to squeeze as much with the right hand. I don’t recommend this for everyone. But hey, we exhausted all other options. In golf, there is no one right way to do things. The ultimate goal is be effective. I approach coaching the same way. Each player is a riddle and every riddle has a solution. The other moral to the story is this: Desperation isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Until Brett was desperate, he wasn’t brave enough to embrace something new. When someone isn’t willing to try another approach, one thing is for sure — improvement is impossible. I really respect Brett for his bravery. It’s nice to see him happy, confident and excited to play. This could turn his entire college career around.

Fred Fruisen is the coach of golf. Fruisen is a PGA Professional and the Head Coach at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs. For more lessons check out his website For personal instruction call (518) 565-7350.

Week of September 20 – September 26, 2013



Community Sports Bulletin Kossor, Martin Place 7th in Croatia ‘Out Of The Darkness’

Photo by Jack Willingham

Photo by Deborah Neary

RIJEKA, Croatia — The JMJC’s Burnt Hills graduates, Nick Kossor and Hannah Martin, maintained their world rankings through solid performances at the Croatia Gran Prix, September 14. Kossor, 27, continued his rise on the world ranking list, jumping five slots to a career high No. 28 due to his seventh place finish. Martin, 25, placed seventh as well to keep her ranking at No. 14.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Families and friends from throughout the Capital Region, who have lost a loved one to suicide and want to help break the stigma surrounding mental illness, raised awareness through the “Out of the Darkness Walk for R.I.T.A.” on September 15.

Bike Ride For Missing Children Starts Today ALBANY — The sixth annual Ride for Missing Children–Greater Capital District gets underway early Friday morning, September 20, to raise funds to support recovery efforts of missing children of local families. The day-long event honors missing children, fallen law enforcement, and provides brief prevention education programs in elementary schools along The Ride.

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

The Ride typically raises approximately $20,000 to support missing children prevention and recovery programs. Proceeds go to the nationwide poster distribution program of The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), as well as locally to the personal and online safety education programs of the Capital Region office of NCMEC. The opening ceremony is 6:307:30 a.m. at the University at Albany, in honor of Suzanne Lyall, who was last seen stepping off a bus on campus

to return to her dormitory. Suzanne, the daughter of Doug and Mary Lyall, went missing March 2, 1998. The 100-mile route will continue to Lincoln Elementary in Scotia (approximately 8:54-9:24 a.m.), where missing Craig Frear attended school. Heading into his senior year at Scotia-Glenville high school, Frear disappeared at age 17 on June 27, 2004. When he went missing, the captain of Scotia’s soccer team was 5-foot11 and 190 pounds. The ride will then make its

Puzzle solutions from pg. 19

Craig Frear

way to Geyser Road Elementary in Saratoga (10:36-10:56 a.m.), where Lyall attended school, before going to Mechanicville Elementary

(12:42-1:12 p.m.) where lunch will be served to the riders and family guests. From there, riders will head to Tamarac Elementary (2:48 p.m.-3:08 p.m.) in Troy before heading back to Albany at the New York State Museum, where the Missing Persons Remembrance is located, for the closing ceremony. For further route details, visit



Week of September 20 – September 26, 2013

Pay to Play or Play for Pay

by Damian Fantauzzi for Saratoga TODAY Many school districts across the country are having budgetary problems that affect teaching jobs, special needs programs and extracurricular activities. Sheer lack of money has caused severe cuts. Athletic programs are not a sacred cow with the downsizing of sports programs using a scaled-back offering of teams, such as the elimination of different levels of school teams, like modified and freshman levels. On the other side of the coin is the collegiate level, where there is talk to pay the college athletes. The suggestion is made

by some in the sports media who say there is an exploitation of the athletes by the colleges for making millions of dollars off of their superstars. After reading an anonymous complaint in a local newspaper, a disgruntled subscriber felt his or her school taxes were too high. This certain individual complained that there needs to be some changes made in education, especially with extracurricular programs like scholastic sports, in order to lower his contribution to the local school district. This person especially mentioned that scholastic sports need to consider the pay-toplay concept. I felt I had to address what was being suggested because there seems to be a selfish philosophy in this theory that would hurt the youth of our schools and what a “can of worms” this would open if this theory ever becomes a real thing. Across the country there are many athletic programs implementing an athletic participation fee to cover the costs of sports. This concept has forced kids from lower income families to the sidelines. Pay-to-play fees are only one part of the school sports costs because there are added costs for child sports, which include equipment, uniforms and additional team fees, such as

booster club memberships that solicit parental contributions. In a survey of interscholastic sports from Forbes magazine, written by Bob Cook, he says that across the nation over 60 percent of children who play sports had an athletic pay-to-play fee with only 6 percent of that percentage receiving waivers from the fees because of economic shortcomings. Part of this study showed that only one-third of lower-income parents reported their child participates in school sports, while more than half of higher-income parents had a teen play school sports. In lower-income households, nearly one in five parents reported a decrease in their child’s school sports participation due to cost. Billions of dollars have been cut in public education across the country. School districts in Ohio, Michigan, Texas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, California, Florida, Illinois and others have had major cuts in their educational budgets and over 90 percent of their public schools scholastic sports programs are fueled by pay-for-play. As an example, Cook mentions a two-year cut to education in Ohio totaling 1.8 billion dollars. I said billion, not million! With many of our nation’s schools suffering from failing infrastructure,

oversized classroom enrollment and defunded programs, that’s ludicrous. Plus, there are numerous surveys that show the benefits of physical and organized sport activity for students, both for their health and for improving academics. Pay-to-play would and has already changed some of America’s interscholastic athletic programs from the land of opportunity to the land for those who can afford the price of admission. Who would want to coach under these conditions, with the pressure that these kids have paid, so they need to play and get the best for their buck? That’s a real hot potato! At the collegiate level there is a whole new theory brewing for athletics. Just recently Johnny Manziel appeared on a recent Time magazine cover—posing for his Heisman Trophy award from 2012, along with the words, “It’s Time To Pay College Athletes.” The problem with that idea is that we, the fans, don’t look at college athletics as a business. We instead look at college sports as something different, other than money. But, here are some statistics I picked up from Time magazine: Texas A&M’s, Manziel’s school, estimated retail value from merchandise last year was $72 million. The coach had a pay raise from $1.1

million, before Manziel’s recognition of fame, to now where he’s making $3.1 million. There was a $37 million profit for the Texas school through media exposure. So the feel, from the media and other sources, is that the money being made by many of these big time college programs is coming from their high profile athletes. Even the suggestion of exploitation has been mentioned. I find that interesting and it actually has some merit, but I don’t see any justification for the move. It’s my feeling that the college athlete should not get paid a salary. Maybe there’s another way to reward them for making their schools lots of money. If that philosophy is used, how do the universities and colleges determine who gets paid and how much? Realistically, how do you measure performance of each athlete? Imagine what would happen. It’s just like the free agency scenario of professional sports. Kids in high school could be offered hundreds of thousands of dollars to play for a Division I school. Makes you think that maybe the amateur athletic status will only be at the interscholastic and lower levels. I see that whole scenario as a low blow for the world of amateur sports—I vote no!

Cornell to Meet Franklin Pierce in Allegiance Bowl SARATOGA SPRINGS— Collegiate football returns to Saratoga Springs Saturday, September 21 when the Big Red of Cornell University take on the Ravens of Franklin Pierce

University in the Adirondack Trust Allegiance Bowl. The charity game benefits the Saratoga Springs Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading and Taylor's Heroes youth programs with pre-game activities

beginning at 12:45 p.m. and kick off at 1 p.m. The game will be held at the Saratoga Springs High School, West Avenue stadium. Widely regarded as the America's premier sprint football event, the Allegiance Bowl features a festive, bowl-game atmosphere with a vintage military aircraft flyover, skydiving exhibition, a cappella singers and a marching band half time show. To date, the event has raised over $60,000 for local youth programs. The Allegiance Bowl has been named a “Best Bet” by Saratoga. com and is an official Saratoga 150 celebratory event. Adirondack Trust president and board chair Charles V. Wait, a Cornell alumnus, has been named the bowl game's Honorary Chair. The game will also have special significance to the greater Saratoga Springs athletic community as it will be dedicated to long-time community youth volunteer and charter member of the Allegiance Bowl

Committee, Barbara Chubb, who passed away last year. An on-field dedication ceremony in her memory will precede the kick off. Now in its ninth year, the annual family-friendly event features teams from the Collegiate Sprint Football league where no player may weigh more than 172 pounds. It is a quick, explosive brand of tackle football which has become popular nationwide. Weekend activities begin today with a team luncheon hosted by the VFW Post 420 and a banquet later that evening at the Saratoga Springs Holiday Inn where fans can meet players and coaches. Entertainment at the banquet will be provided by Skidmore College's Drastic Measures singing group and retired colonel Pat Kane, former garrison commander at West Point and a member of Army's undefeated 1972 sprint football team, will serve as the keynote speaker. Organizing committee chair Scott Perkins is excited about the

Cornell and Pierce matchup, as Cornell sneaked out a fourth quarter, 26-21 victory against the Ravens last year and the teams appear to be gearing up for this rematch. “Cornell has appeared twice before in the Allegiance Bowl and they know what to expect,” Perkins said. "Pierce might be new to the league, but they are playing like veterans. I have spoken to both coaches and their players have been preparing for the Allegiance Bowl for months," he said. “This has all the makings of a great game.” Banquet tickets are $25 and may be obtained by calling (518) 588-6952 for reservations. Game tickets are $5 each in advance and $8 on the day of game. They may be obtained from any Adirondack Trust Company bank branch, Walton's Sport Shop, or Perkins and Perkins, Attorneys at Law. Children 5 years old and under are free. For more information, go to the bowl game's website at www.

Week of September 20 – September 26, 2013

Guy McLean Headlines Saratoga Horse Expo

Photo Courtesey of Dot Christiansen

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The 2013 Saratoga Horse Expo will again be held at the historic Saratoga Race Course on Saturday, September 21, from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and Sunday, September 22, from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. The Expo is an equestrian production that celebrates the beauty and excitement of the horse and is being hosted this year by the Capital Fund of Saratoga County, Inc., a Saratoga Springs volunteer based 501c3 not for profit organization. Proceeds from the Expo will be donated to Saratoga County food pantries. Part of the Saratoga Race Course’s 150th anniversary celebration, this family-friendly fun event will include a variety of equestrian shows, demonstrations, seminars and clinics given over the two-day event. Headlining this year’s expo is Guy McLean, a self-taught and award winning Australian horseman, who has entertained, inspired and educated thousands from all walks of life in the art and science of horsemanship. Guy was also the 2013 Road to the Horse Champion and his Equine Team have performed at many major equine Expos and Fairs across the USA. In addition to his horsemanship, Guy is also known for his whip cracking skills and Australian “Bush” poetry. There will also be performances by J.D. Winslow, a former circus entertainer, performing bare-back and trick riding with his Clydesdale and Percheron draft horses, and the Adirondack Drill Team, an all women western equestrian drill team. They have performed routines to music annually at the Washington County Fair and many other venues throughout the tri-state area. Saratoga Polo will also be doing a demonstration on the

main track and several horse related clinics that will be held at the Carousel. Kay White of the Saratoga Therapeutic Equestrian Program (STEP) will be doing a presentation called “Autism: Horses Healing People” on Sunday. Jeff Reynolds will be performing and teaching trick roping, and Megan Wildermuth will do a western riding demonstration. Marcia Kulak and her team will be demonstrating dressage, hunter and jumper events. There will be plenty of shopping opportunities with a variety of vendors and tack booths to browse, barter, swap/trade and purchase merchandise. There will also be pony rides, a petting zoo, bouncy houses and bouncy horse races being planned for the kids. Daily admission is $8 or $20 for a family of four, with children under 6 years old admitted free. Additional details are available at, including a schedule of events.



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