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Volume 7 • Issue 38

Allegiance Bowl Army Set to Face Post U. by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – The excitement of college football combined with the speed and technique of the sprint football-style returns to the Spa City in a big way, as the Eighth Annual Adirondack Trust Allegiance Bowl kicks off September 22 at 1 p.m. at the football field at Saratoga Springs High School.

Pregame activities begin at 12:45 p.m. Tickets, which are $5 in advance and $8 the day of the game, are available for purchase at Price Chopper and Adirondack Trust locations, as well as Walton’s Sport Shop on Lake Avenue or Perkins and Perkins Law Offices on Broadway. This year, Post University, based out of Waterbury, Conn., will be heading north to meet the

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Playground Project Begins with Outdoor Movie Night by Chelsea DiSchiano Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Caroline Street Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) will be hosting an outdoor movie screening Saturday, September 29 at 7 p.m. to kick off a fundraiser that will benefit the PTSO’s efforts to replace the playground at Caroline Street Elementary School.

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It’s Official

City Charter Proposal on November Ballot by Chelsea DiSchiano Saratoga TODAY

SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Saratoga Springs City Council passed an amendment September 18 on the official language of a city charter reform proposal put forth by local organization Saratoga Citizen, the last in a long series of hurdles the group has faced before getting the proposi-

tion on this November’s ballot. The charter, which has been fought through legal battles by Mayor Scott Johnson since it was first proposed in January 2009, would eliminate the role of commissioner in the city council as well as remove the administrative duties of the mayor. A professional city manager would be hired to oversee all city employees and

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Greenberg Education Center Celebrates 25 Years with Family Day Picnic Photos by

The Greenberg Education Center located on Skidmore Campus recently celebrated their 25th anniversary with a performance by popular children’s performers Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players, followed by an outdoor picnic on a lovely day for all Greenburg students, staff and alumni. There was facepainting, balloon animals by Mr. Bill’s Balloons, a picnic buffet, games and even a bounce house. Our photographer was there for all of the sunny, fall afternoon fun.

The faculty and staff of the Greenberg Center got together for a group photo on the jungle gym.



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Gary R. Karnbach, 52, of 630 Main St., Corinth, pleaded guilty to a charge of first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a class-E felony, and driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor. Karnbach was arrested March 17 in Corinth and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing November 9. Philip W. Deblois, 57, of 63 Connecticut Ave., Queensbury, pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree disseminating indecent material to minors, a class-E felony. Deblois was arrested March 22 in Saratoga for an incident that occurred during the month of January and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing November 9. Richard J. Connolly, 46, of 7 Highgate Rd., Gansevoort, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. Connolly was arrested May 31 in Moreau and has been sentenced to five days in Saratoga County Jail, five years of probation and mandatory use of an ignition interlock device. Jason Dalaba, 35, of 12 Hawk St., Scotia, pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child, a class-E felony. Dalaba was arrested May 14 in Saratoga Springs and has been sentenced to five days in Saratoga County Jail, five years of probation

and mandatory use of an ignition interlock device. Michael B. Hare, 38, of 540 County Route 76, Saratoga Springs, pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree assault, a class-D violent felony. Hare was arrested February 7 in Malta and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing November 8. Anthony J. Amash, 20, of Grange Rd., MHP, Lot #7, Greenfield, pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree attempted burglary, a class-D violent felony. Amash was arrested March 1 in Greenfield and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing November 7. Nancy Farinas, 50, of 123 West Circular Street, Saratoga Springs, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. Farinas was arrested March 26 in Malta and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing November 8. Garrett McNulty, 25, of 245 Woodlawn Ave., Saratoga Springs, pleaded guilty to a charge of firstdegree identity theft, a class-D felony. McNulty was arrested March 14 in Malta for an incident that occurred February 14 and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing November 8. Alexander P. Jones, 25, of 31

Swan St., Schenectady, has been charged with three counts of failing to register as a sex offender, a classD felony. Jones was arrested September 29, 2011, in Malta for incidents that occurred February 14, March 12 and March 25, 2011, and is expected to return to court at a later date. Lawrence Knight, aka “Bobby,” 45, of 289 Ontario St., Apt. 3E, Cohoes, pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class-B felony. Knight was arrested September 22, 2011, for incidents that occurred August 16, August 21, September 7, September 8, and September 14, 2011, and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing November 16. Nicholas P. Beer, 37, of 23 Vincek Lane, Saratoga Springs, pleaded guilty to a charge of thirddegree attempted burglary, a class-E felony. Beer was arrested June 28 in Saratoga Springs for an incident that occurred May 11 and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing December 14. Dana R. Livziey, 40, of Kathy’s Cottages, Chalet E, Lake George, pleaded guilty to a charge of fourthdegree criminal possession of stolen

BLOTTER property, a class-E felony. Livziey was arrested March 16 in Wilton for incidents that occurred from February 14 – February 17, and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing November 19. Zachary R. Manrique, 24, of 320 Springs St., Mechanicville, pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree attempted criminal possession of marijuana, a class-E felony. Manrique was arrested April


12 in Saratoga Springs and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing November 19. Nicholas Carleton, 31, of 2865 Route 9, Budget Inn, Apt. 101, Malta, pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to report an address change within 10 days, a class-E felony. Carleton was arrested August 8 in Corinth for an incident that occurred May 28 and has been sentenced to 60 days in Saratoga County Jail.




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MILTON - Three bears were killed in two separate traffic accidents Sunday, September 16 one along Northline Road and two others on Galway Road late at night. Connor Hersh, an 18-year-old resident of Ballston Spa, was making the rounds on his pizza delivery route when he struck and killed a black bear on Galway Road just before 8 p.m. The adult, female bear caused $4,000 worth of damage to Hersh’s Hyundai Elantra, but Hersh was uninjured in the crash. At approximately 11:30 p.m. during the same night, another vehicle hit and killed two smaller bears along Northline Road. While the driver’s name has not been released, it was reported that he was unhurt from the accident. Both bears were discovered dead at the scene. There have been a string of bear sightings in the area, including one at Skidmore College Campus and another who climbed a tree on Frederick Drive.

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ny that serves 39 schools and public lunch programs, has been ordered to pay an $18 million settlement after overcharging customers for more than seven years. The Ballston Spa Central School District was one of the 39 institutions overcharged by Compass, and will receive $132,035 in the settlement. “Compass improperly profited by overcharging New York’s taxpayers and shortchanging our schools. There are no excuses for this kind of misconduct,” said Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, adding, “This corporation will be held accountable for siphoning funds meant to benefit students.”

Sewer Project Approved for Saratoga Lake SARATOGA SPRINGS - A new sewer line for communities around Saratoga Lake has been approved by the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors, in part due to the increased number of yearround homes and growing developments. The line will run done routes 4 and 32 to replace the existing, 30-year-old line. Construction is expected to begin this fall.

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Neither torrential downpours nor the potential threat of a tornado could stop the Saratoga Springs City Council from their September 18 meeting, where the Saratoga Springs Housing Authority (SSHA) made their first appearance before the council since 2007. Eric Weller, the current chair of the SSHA’s Board of Commissioners, addressed the council on a number of issues, including salaries paid to the authority’s executive director and other employees, which the council says ballooned to excessive heights without seeking their permission. Commissioner of Finance Michele Madigan asked Weller about a recent report by the Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council that there could be another possible “infestation.” Weller responded that the word “infestation” shouldn’t be used so freely, as it suggests the problem could be much worse than it actually is. Madigan continued by asking how Weller and the housing authority were handling the issue, adding that code enforcement would be looking to the matter. According to Weller, the current process involves first killing the bugs before cleaning up their remains, but added that the problem is incredibly difficult to contain, given the quickness that bed bugs can spread.

The topic of reforming the city’s charter was once again brought up during the meeting, with the official ballot language regarding the potential change in city government officially voted on and approved by the council. The ballot initiative was started by the local organization Saratoga Citizen over two years ago, and after hundreds of signatures and weeks of political wrangling, eventually got their wish. The group hopes to change the current form of Saratoga Springs government from the current commission-mayor form to a managercouncil form. If the initiative passes, Saratoga Springs will hire a city manager to run all departments such as finance, public works and public safety. This would effectively eliminate the need for specific professionals on the council such as lawyers and accountants, and allow more interested candidates to run. Two full copies of the changes to the city charter will be on display at all Saratoga Springs voting locations come Election Day, November 6. The League of Women voters will be holding a forum on the charter change October 25, where members of both Saratoga Citizen and the group formed in support of the current form of government, SUCCESS, will be on hand. ~ by Andrew Marshall




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Allegiance Bowl 2012: Post University takes on Army continued from Page 1 U.S. Army service academy of West Point. This is the eighth year the Allegiance Bowl has been played in Saratoga Springs, with Army making their fifth appearance over all. In their four previous appearances, Army has defeated Princeton and Mansfield University, while dropping a pair of games to intense service academy rivals Navy, including last season’s matchup. Post Academy is making their debut at the Allegiance Bowl, with 2012 being only their second nonprobationary year in the Collegiate Sprint Football League (CSFL). Proceeds for this event will benefit two locally-based youth athletic organizations: Saratoga-Wilton Soccer Club and Ballston Spa Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading programs. “We were thrilled to be chosen as one of this year’s Allegiance Bowl’s

beneficiaries,” said Bob Turner, Saratoga-Wilton Soccer Club President. “Their financial support has helped the club launch our Fall Soccer Academy featuring training by the St. Rose Men’s Soccer Coaches and our winter soccer training for boys and girls ages 7-12 at local elementary schools. Our more than 500 club families are very excited to attend this great family event.” Each year, an honorary chairperson for the event is selected. Anthony Weaver, Saratoga Springs High School graduate and former NFL defensive end for the Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans, will receive the honor for the 2012 game. Past honorary chairs for the event have included such individuals as former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Olympic gold medalist Jeff Blatnick and Heisman Trophy winner Pete Dawkins.

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Army will be making their fifth appearance at the Allegiance Bowl

The distinction between regular football and sprint-style revolves around the size of the players involved. According to the Collegiate Sprint Football League’s website, unlike regular football sprint football is designated for players who weigh less than 165 pounds or 172 pounds after meeting very specific criteria prior to weighin. What this means is the majority

of players are smaller, quicker and harder to tackle. There are currently seven teams in the CSFL: Army, Cornell, Post, Navy, Princeton, Penn and Mansfield University. There is a kickoff banquet scheduled for the evening before the game, September 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn on Broadway in Saratoga Springs. Former Cornell

sprint football player and attorney Ken Kunken will be the keynote speaker. There will be performances by the West Point Strings Chamber ensemble and Drastic Measures, an A cappella group at Skidmore College. Tickets are still available, and can be purchased by calling (518) 588-6952.




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William E. Dalrymple Saratoga Springs, NY – William E. Dalrymple, of O u t l o o k Avenue, passed away Thursday, September 13, 2012. He was 92. Born on September 26, 1919 in Lake George, NY, he was a son of the late William “Jay” and Ada (Hayes) Dalrymple. He entered military service in the U.S. Navy and fought in the Pacific Theater during Wo r l d War II. In addition to his parents, he

was predeceased by his wife, Patricia in 2003, one daughter, Sharon in 2002 and his five siblings. Survivors include four sons; William Jay and Mark Dalrymple, both of S a r a t o g a Springs, Michael of Ballston Lake, Peter and his wife, Susan of Graham, WA; two daughters, Marie and her husband, Preston of New Strawn, KS and Tara of Ocala, FL; 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Services were held Monday, September 17.


Gladys E. Myers Saratoga Springs, NY – Gladys E. Myers, formerly of Ballston Ave., passed away Monday, August 27, 2012 at Maplewood Manor in Ballston Spa. She was 90. Born July 10, 1922 in Saratoga Springs, she was the daughter of the late George and Frances Bush Butterfield. In addition to her parents and husband, she was

predeceased by her four brothers; Robert, Harold, George and Charles Butterfield. Gladys is survived by two sisters; Barbara Bull and her husband Fred of Wilton, NY and Jeannette Smalter and her husband Richard of Buffalo, NY. Services were held Tuesday, September 18.

Harold DeLoriea Saratoga Springs, NY - Harold DeLoriea passed away on Friday, September 14, 2012. Born June 24, 1930 in Corinth, NY, he was the son of the late Jacob and Helen (Burg) DeLoriea. Harold was predeceased by his wife Catherine McIntosh in 2007; five brothers, Kenneth, Donald, Edward, Joseph, Jerry and three sisters, Dorothy, Mary Lou, and Betty. Survivors include his daughter, Marcia Chastanet of Andover, Maine; two grandsons, James Chastanet of Arlington, VA, Ryan and Christine Chastanet of

Norwood, MA along with a granddaughter, Michele and Robert Shinn of Hawthorn Woods, Illinois. He leaves behind his beloved great-grandchildren, Hayden Shinn, Riley Shinn, Chase Chastanet, Parker Chastanet, and Daisy Chastanet. He is also survived by his sister Alberta Mathis of Schuylerville along with several nieces and nephews. Services were held Wednesday, September 19.

Theresa Anne McTygue Theresa Anne McTygue, age 63, passed away on Sunday, August 16th, 2012. She was born on March 4, 1949 in Saratoga Springs, NY the daughter of the late Andrew and Eleanor Brownell Mayette. She was also preceded in death by her husband, infant daughter Vickie Anne McTygue, brothers James Mayette and Kenny Mayotte.

Theresa is survived by her sons Thomas (Melissa) and Jason (Colleen) McTygue; daughter Wanda Emery (Michael); brother Robert Mayette; sisters Lois Little (Joe Fisher)and Bonnie Pyatt (Steve); sister-in-laws Joan Mayotte and Lucy Mayette; grandchildren Aleece and Brandon McTygue and Logan and Catlin Emery. Services were held Thursday, September 20.

Margaret "Maggie" Caron Saratoga Springs, NY - Margaret "Maggie" Caron of Doten Ave. passed away on September 11, 2012. She was 93. Born on June 9, 1919 in Saratoga Springs, NY, she was the daughter of the late Emory Daggs Sr. and Maude Wicks Daggs. She is pre deceased by four brothers Donald, Joseph, Richard and

Emory Daggs JR. Survivors include her brother Rev. Robert Daggs Sr. of Saratoga Springs, NY; two sisters Ethel Falby and Henrietta Alston both of Saratoga Springs, NY; a close friend Anita Turner, and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. Services were held Monday, September 17.

John J. Gacek Wilton, NY – John J. Gacek, of Donegal Way, passed away suddenly Monday, September 17, 2012. He was 67. Born on May 25, 1945 in Greenwich, CT., he graduated with a B.S. from Castleton State College in Vermont and later earned a Master’s degree from SUNY Albany. He married his wife and best friend, Jacqueline, in

1986. In addition to his wife, he is the brother of Annette (Nick) Argyros of Loudonville and is an uncle to Chris Argyros of Albany. Survivors also include several aunts, uncles and cousins. Services will be private at the convenience of the family.

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City Charter: Ballot Language Official continued from Page 1 perform the day-to-day work and administrative duties needed to keep Saratoga Springs running. The mayor and city council members would still be elected, but their terms would change from serving only two years to becoming a fouryear role. The language of the ballot became an issue in May, when the government and Saratoga Citizen realized that due to their two years of legal battles, the language of the proposal had now become outdated. Tuesday’s vote allowed the group to amend the proposition language so it stands up-to-date and can now officially be put on November’s ballot as is. “You work so hard for so many years, and all of a sudden it comes down to that last 10 yards,” said Pat Kane, co-chair and spokesperson of Saratoga Citizen. Now that no more legal issues lie in the midst of the city charter proposal, the next month will be dedicated to campaigning and spreading

awareness about the vote from both proponents and opponents of the plan. Advocates of the charter reform argue that the current form of government is inefficient, costly and that a council-manager government would be “smarter, faster and cheaper,” which is Saratoga Citizen’s slogan. “Our plan is by far the most popular form of government in this country today,” Kane said. “It’s a natural evolution. Over 130 million people all over the country just like people here in Saratoga Springs have this form of government— there are only a handful of cities our size that still use the commission form.” Opponents of the reform are concerned about the lack of power the city council will have with the addition of a city manager, as well as how the plan will impact city taxes. Mayor Johnson has also expressed concerns about how the city manager will combine the duties of human resources manager and director of administration and finance into one

large role, a difficult task that he thinks will be hard to accomplish in the new structure. Members of Saratoga Citizen are gearing up to defend their proposal and attempt to gather as many supporters as possible before the vote November 6. “A lot of our materials are already put together and ready to go. We have had a couple of false starts and wanted to make sure we were on the ballot, and now that we’re officially on, we’re ready to go,” Kane said. The organization will be hosting several events through the end of September and the month of October in their efforts to gain support, including several information sessions as well as a chance to meet different city managers at a public forum with the League of Women Voters October 25 at Saratoga Springs High School. The nonpartisan, pro-commission government organization called SUCCESS will also be hosting a slew of events in the upcoming month to win over voters support for keeping the government the way it

is. The group will host a talk on the negative impact of consolidating the finance and accounts departments in the city manager proposal September 24 at 7:15 p.m. at Principessa Elena in Saratoga Springs. Meanwhile, voters can keep themselves informed on both sides

of the debate by visiting the Saratoga Citizen website at and attending their events and forums, and/or attending SUCCESS’s discussion on September 24 and other events they will be hosting throughout October.


8 Race for the 21st Congressional District Get to know the Congressional Candidates for the 21st District, which includes Stillwater, Schuylerville, Northumberland, town of Saratoga, Wilton, the Adirondack Park, the North Country, parts of the Capital District and beyond. Campaigning for your vote are Republican candidate Matthew Doheny and Democratic candidate Bill Owens.

Week of September 21 - September 27, 2012 Q & A with Matthew Doheny Q: Tell us about yourself and your background. A: I grew up in Alexandria Bay over in the Thousand Islands in the St. Lawrence River, a small town of about 1,100 people. I worked my way through school and I went to Allegheny College for undergrad, and then got a scholarship to go to Cornell Law School. I’m a business guy, so for approximately 15 years, what I’ve done is invest in and turned around troubled companies (companies such as Air Canada). That’s part of what I do. I also help small businesses gain access to startup financing. I also ran for Congress two years ago in the old 23rd Congressional District.

Q: Why have you decided to run? A: I’d like to talk about what I think are the three legs of being a Congressional representative of this area (or any area). Number one is voting; you’ve got to vote the right way for the district and for the country. Number two is constituent service, and that’s part of what we’re doing here and talking about how we will have an office in every county. The one thing I’ve learned is that [people] hate getting that form letter back from the Congressman after they take the time to call, to email or to write. So we’re going to have nongeneric responses in a reasonable period of time so people know we’re thinking about the issue. And the third is being salesman in chief, and that requires you to have bifurcation of the national policies, but also keep in mind what’s important regionally. So that’s why I’m a hard worker and I know every town. Q: What are the three most important issues to


your campaign? A: The economy, the economy and the economy. It’s funny, because whether you’re talking to a CEO or some guy at Stewart’s filling up the tank, it’s all about the economic issues. I’m a business guy – what I’ve done is tried to repair and turn around bankrupt and busted companies, so I understand how business works. We need to help and stop hurting the businesses and small business people who actually grow and provide employment to people and get things up and running. So clearly job creation is issue number one. But number two, part and parcel to that, is how to do you create an environment to keep business here? Saratoga County unemployment is certainly lower than the rest of the district, but you want to keep those types of principals and policies in place so that people can continue to thrive and make Saratoga such an attractive environment not only to work, but to live as well. Third are energy issues. When you talk about how big the district is, in Fulton, where your next door neighbor may be 20 minutes away, gas prices are truly a part of what your family’s bottom-line income on a net basis actually is. When you see energy prices creeping up to over $4 a gallon, that effects people. We’re talking more and more about the energy issues that face our country and making sure that people can have affordable ways of getting around, because that’s really

almost a hidden tax on people, if you think about it. Q: Why do you think you are better able to serve your constituents than your opponent? A: In terms of voting, I can name five ways his votes have been wrong for the district. He voted for Obamacare – that was his first vote in Congress. Number two – getting the regulatory regime under control. There was a bill that passed the Republican House called the REINS Act that would have helped that, and my opponent voted against it. Number three – he wants to raise taxes, and he came out in favor of the Buffet rule. Number four – he’s in favor of cap and trade national energy tax. And number five – he’s in favor of the card check, which is basically getting rid of the secret ballots and to go ahead and unionize the workplace. I’ve talked to a lot of business owners, and all of them have said they are not in favor of card check. Final Thoughts: Right now it’s about growth. We’ve got to make sure these challenges get out of the way. So I will vote the right way, make sure it’s a probusiness environment, and we’ll have people on the ground you can always contact. I’ll be out there promoting the area night and day, tooth and nail. For more information on Matthew Doheny, visit

Q & A with Bill Owens

to talk with businesses about expanding in New York, with the hopes of creating some local jobs in partnership with our neighbors to the north. I've worked to make sure our global competitors play by the rules, including cracking down on China for manipulating its currency. These are some ways we can keep U.S. businesses on an equal footing with their competitors, and are the sorts of efforts I hope to continue through another term in Congress. Q: How do you think you will be able to serve your constituents better than your opponent? A: If there's one thing New York voters are tired of reading about, it's Congress failing to do its job because of political gamesmanship. Congress's inability to balance its books, pass legislation like a long-term Farm Bill or even approve a budget are proof enough. Unfortunately, this sort of partisan gridlock is exactly what my opponent has offered so far. I've worked closely with Democrats and Republicans to help get things done for New York because I believe voters want a representative who will listen to their concerns and take a reasonable approach to creating good public policy that puts progress ahead of partisanship. A perfect example of this is during this year's Farm Bill discussions, when I worked closely with Vermont Democrat Congressman Peter Welch and New York Republican Congressman Chris Gibson to add constructive amendments, and I would note that in the end Congressman Gibson and I voted together on nineteen out of twenty amendments. This is what I have tried to do in my short time in Congress, and a tradition I intend to continue on behalf of my constituents. Q: Final houghts? A: I look forward to my continued travels in Saratoga, Washington and Warren counties so that I can continue to listen and learn. My long time law partner and former State Senator Ron Stafford talked frequently about how important his constituents were and how, at the end of the day, walking down main street with them to hear their thoughts and concerns is what the job is all about. To learn more about Bill Owens, visit

Q: Tell us about yourself and your background. A: I moved to Plattsburgh over 30 years ago as a Captain in the Air Force. I raised three children and ran a successful business there as an attorney. I represented local hospitals and doctors, family farms, and other small businesses - experience I've used in Congress. I also did significant economic development work in the community, working to help Canadian companies expand into the US market and create local jobs. I also enjoy getting out to bike, ski, kayak and hike when I can, or just throw the ball around with my grandchildren. Q: Why did you decide to run? A: I saw the ability to work across the aisle as a key component to helping Washington function, and that's something I did in my own community and something I've done since going to Congress. I come from a business background, having worked in my community to help redevelop Plattsburgh Air Force Base and recruit Canadian businesses to the community. I helped create over 2,000 jobs in the area, and so when the economy took a sharp downturn, I decided my skills and background might be of some use in Washington. I wanted to continue in that same vein and help promote policies in Congress that might put New Yorkers back to work. Q: What are the three most important issues to your campaign? A: My work is focused on helping create jobs, maintaining a strong national defense and promoting common sense solutions to reducing the deficit. The most pressing issue today is getting the Farm Bill passed in the House. Additionally, by supporting a long-term transportation bill, as I had the opportunity to do earlier this year, we've put ourselves in a position to create good-paying construction jobs while improving the flow of goods and people across the state. I also recently had the opportunity to again travel to Canada



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NYS Schools Attempt to ‘Race to the Top’ with Education Reform Agenda by Chelsea DiSchiano Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA COUNTY - Local school districts’ teachers and students are going to notice a lot of change in their curriculum, state assessments, and employee evaluations due to the New York State Regents Reform Agenda being implemented this school year. The reform agenda was inspired by both a competitive grant program funded by the U.S. government as well as data that showed a lack of college-ready students in New York. Seven of the top 10 fastest-growing occupations require a post-secondary degree, but only 36 percent of high school students that graduated in June 2011 were considered to be college and career ready—meaning they scored at least a 75 on Regents English and 80 on math Regents, which correlates with success in first-year college courses. Part of the curriculum reform involves implementing “Common Core” standards, a system of stricter curriculum and state assessments that will help to prepare students for success in college and the workplace. The Core standards will focus mainly on English Language Arts (ELA) and math, which the Regents say are the foundations for succeeding in other school subjects. “The Common Core philosophy is to add more time to go indepth—that’s not always the case, but that’s the basis of it. Everything is just more in-depth,” said Laura Delair, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development at the Schuylerville School District. “Instead of just answering questions, students must have a deep understanding of how they arrived at that answer. How did you get there?” The Reform Agenda is also being implemented as part of the state’s application to a national competitive grant program, called Race to the Top. The program is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), legislation that is designed to stimulate the economy, support job creation, and invest in

critical sectors, including education, according to the U.S. Department of Education (USDE). The ARRA provided $4.35 billion to the Race to the Top program, which “encourages and rewards states that are creating the conditions for education innovation and reform, achieving significant improvement in student outcomes, including making substantial gains in student achievement, closing achievement gaps, improving high school graduation rates, and ensuring student preparation for success in college and careers,” according to the USDE website. New York State is just one of the 45 states that have already adopted the Core Common standards as part of their undertaking of the Race to the Top educational reform efforts. But the reform agenda won’t affect just students—teachers and principals are now facing a new evaluation program called the Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR). Under this system, teachers will be observed at least two times a year, once unannounced and another time announced. Principals will be observed at least once a year, which will include a site visit by a supervisor. Teachers and principals will also be rated as “highly effective,” “effective,” “developing,” or “ineffective” based on a 100-point scale. The scale includes three categories: 20 points will go towards

student progress on state exams, 20 more points will be based on pupil performance on a locally developed measure, which must be approved by the state, and the last 60 points will be based on classroom observations and other measures such as student work or feedback from students and parents, according to the Schuylerville School District’s website. Teachers or principals who are rated as “developing” or “ineffective” will be required to participate in improvement plans, and if they are categorized as “ineffective” for two years in a row, they can face dismissal from the school. “Many people see the value in the new system and want the feedback, but the unknown is something that brings a little bit of anxiety and concern,” said Michael Picirillo, superintendent of the Saratoga Springs School District. “I think that’s normal when you’re going through a change process.” The Race to the Top program will give monetary rewards to states that have demonstrated success in raising student achievement and have the best plans to accelerate their reforms in the future, according to the USDE website. States that applied were allowed to request a certain amount of funds if they are to succeed in their education reform, though the government provided suggested budgets ranging from as little as $20 million for

states with smaller student populations to as much as $700 million for states with more kids, although applicants were not required to stay within the suggested ranges.

“We just have to work through the steep learning curve and implementation phase that we’re going through right now,” Picirillo said. “In the long run, it’ll be a benefit.”




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Lashes Over Saratoga First Custom Eyelash Extension Studio in Saratoga Springs by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - After 22 years in customer service and two years spent creating eye-popping, custom eyelash extensions in downtown Saratoga Springs, Spa City native Pamela Muller decided the time was right to open a studio of her very own. “There are many eyelash studios out in California and down in Texas, and they’re starting to get a few in New York City,” said Muller, owner of Lashes Over Saratoga, located at 70 Washington Street in Saratoga Springs. “I decided the time was right

to bring a studio here.” As a licensed cosmetologist, Muller went through an extensive certification course for Xtreme Lashes products, the global leader in eyelash extensions and eyeliners products she works with exclusively at Lashes Over Saratoga. Using Xtreme Lashes, Muller uses surgical-grade glue to attach anywhere from 70 to 90 extensions per eye one by one, a process that takes up to two hours. “A customer will come in and I’ll examine their eyes,” said Muller. “They lay down on the massage table and they’ll choose from a list of menu items.”

Menu items, or eyelash extension services available to Muller’s clients, are given names to reflect the cosmetologist’s close ties to the local region. “We have names including the Opening Day Set, the The Clubhouse Turn Set, The Blinkers Set and Lash Lovers Packages,” said Muller. But eyelash extensions aren’t only aimed at Muller’s female clientele. “I’m also doing a Gentlemen’s Set - lashes for men,” said Muller. After all, she noted, “It’s no secret your eye contact can be a make-or-break moment in your professional or personal life.” Eyelash extensions are a growing trend among celebrities and men and women who crave a younger look, said Muller, and can help them look anywhere from five to 10 years younger. “It really makes your eyes pop. I can do a natural look, or I can give you something totally extreme. I can make them really long, very short, or I can even do colors,” said Muller. “There’s a lot of artistry to it, but it really makes a difference. It’s an

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eye-opening experience.” Muller and Lashes Over Saratoga is currently offering a special at the shop, and she encourages interested parties to contact her for details. To learn more about Lashes Over After Saratoga or Xtreme Lash products, visit Muller’s website at, call (518) 729-6329 or visit her at the new location at 70 Washington photo provided Top: Pamela Muller creates eye-popping lashes Street in Saratoga Springs. for one of her clients. Bottom: Before and after shots of Muller’s work.



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Anchors Away at Moby Rick’s Seafood by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – Moby Rick’s Seafood owner Rick Lofstad Jr. proudly stood in front of his new storefront at 173 Lake Ave. Wednesday, September 12, where he was joined by Mayor Scott Johnson and Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce President Todd Shimkus for the grand opening celebration.

The Clothes Horse to Hold First Trunk Show with Award-Winning Designer SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Clothes Horse at 396 Broadway in downtown Saratoga Springs, is holding their first trunk show with award-winning fashion designer, Joseph Ribkoff, Saturday, September 22, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Representatives from the Canadian fashion house will be on hand to present the current holiday line and give guests a sneak peek at the 2013 Spring Collection. Joseph Ribkoff launched his first collection in 1957, and has been creating innovative and affordable fashions for over 40 international markets ever since. Ribkoff is the official designer for the Miss America Pageant and is exclusively worn by the reigning Miss America for all related events and photo shoots. The collection features versatile dresses for all occasions, separates and related sportswear that reflects current fashion trends while still appealing to women of all ages and body types. Seating is limited and reservations are strongly suggested by calling (518) 587-9667 or emailing Refreshments will be served and in-store discounts, gifts with purchase, and a chance to win a Joseph Ribkoff gift certificate will be available during the event.

Lofstad, owner of Pura Vida Fisheries, has been a long-time vendor at the Saratoga Springs Farmers’ Market. Now outfitted with a permanent location in the Spa City, Moby Rick’s will offer top-quality seafood Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m, and Sunday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. “We’ll offer all different kinds of seafood,” said Lofstad. “Everything people have been requesting, includ-

ing shrimp, crab, or anything else my customers want from all over the world. The store itself isn’t going to be the fanciest looking place in the world,” he added. “Instead, we’re really going to focus on the quality and freshness of our seafood.” To learn more about Moby Rick’s Seafood, visit ood?ref=stream, or call (518) 584-8584.

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Moby Rick’s Seafood opens for business.



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Caroline Street Elementary Kicks off Playground Project with Family Movie Night continued from Page 1 The playground, which is used by both the elementary school and the community at large, is considered by many to be outdated with little play value. After years of considering tackling the large and costly project of building a new playground, the PTSO has decided to begin its fundraising efforts. “We decided we’re not going to delay it anymore,” said Mesha

Brewer, co-president of the Caroline Street Elementary PTSO. “We’re going to get the word out there and try to get the funds for a new playground and spread the awareness of the need for a new one.” The playground, which has had many slight repairs over the years, is estimated by the PTSO to be up to 50 years old. “It’s very dated,” said Kirsten Ott, the other co-president of the PTSO. “There are several attractions that have been blocked off.

It’s safe, but there’s just not a lot of play value to it. There are a lot of dead ends while the kids are playing.” Brewer added that the structure almost feels incomplete. “There’s a whole open side where there is nothing—no slide, no climbing apparatus to get down—so you climb up and there’s just not really a good way to get down,” she said. The PTSO has already engaged in talks and meetings with the principal, Dan O’Rourke, and playground equipment companies concerning the vision the school has for the new playground. “We’re looking for a traditional, all-American type of playground that will stand the test of time,” Ott said. These plans include a structure that will be modern, more interactive and more fitness-based, and the PTSO is also striving to make the structure wheelchair-accessible for any children in the community who might need it. Though a modern and interactive playscape will be beneficial to the children, it will also be much more expensive to build. The PTSO is hoping for a strong show of support from both the school and the community, since both groups use the playground. “In the past, it wouldn’t be that

much to ask to fundraise for a new playground, because it used to only cost about $20,000. Now, these playgrounds cost anywhere from $100,000 to $120,000,” Ott said. “And this is just one aspect of raising money for our school,” Brewer said. “This isn’t the only project we work on, so we definitely need to incorporate local donations and community awareness and support for the new playground, because our school alone won’t be able to fund it.” Due to the amount of money needed for the project, the PTSO is estimating that it will take at least two years before the playground will have enough funds to begin construction. “It’ll be at least a couple of years before the project is finished,” Brewer said. “It all depends on if the businesses decide to come on board, and if not, we will still continue through the years to raise funds through community activities, such as a fun run or 5k race. If the movie night goes great, we could make it an annual thing.” Brewer said that with the lack of bugs and the nice fall weather, the movie night is a perfect way to start off the school year. “It’s a great way to kick it off and have people come together

and rally and hear what’s going on in the schools in our community, and our mission as a PTSO regarding the playground,” she said. The outdoor movie event will take place at the East Side Recreation Park on the inner field of the running track across from Caroline Street Elementary School. A contest is currently being held amongst Caroline Street families to decide between a screening of “The Lorax” or “Dolphin Tale.” Tickets for the event are $4 per person and will be sold at the event, where refreshments will also be available for purchase. Brewer said the event is promising for the playground project. “This is the start of really going forward and striving to achieve our end goal of a new playground at East Side Recreation Park.”

Donations can be sent to: Caroline Street Elementary School c/o Caroline Street PTSO 310 Caroline Street Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 Make checks payable Caroline Street PTSO.


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upcoming town meetings Town of Ballston: Ballston Town Hall 323 Charlton Road 885-8502 9/25: Town Board, 7 p.m. 9/26: Planning Board, 7:30 p.m. Village of Ballston Spa: 66 Front Street 885-5711 9/24: Village Board, 7:30 p.m. 9/26: Zoning Board, 7:30 p.m. Town of Greenfield: 7 Wilton Road 893-7432 9/25: Planning Board, 7 p.m. Town of Malta: 2540 Route 9 899-2818 9/24: Town Board, 6:30 p.m. Town of Milton: 503 Geyser Road 885-9220 9/27: Zoning Board, 7 p.m. City of Saratoga Springs: 474 Broadway 587-3550 Town of Saratoga: 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville 695-3644 Village of Schuylerville: 35 Spring Street 695-3881 Town of Stillwater: 66 East St., Riverside Mechanicville, NY 12118 9/24: Zoning Board, 7:30 p.m. Town of Wilton: 22 Traver Road 587-1939 9/27: Zoning Board, 7 p.m. Saratoga County Board of Supervisors 40 McMaster St., # 1 Ballston Spa, NY 12020-1985 (518) 885-2240 9/26: Sewer Commission, 3 p.m.

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

Craft / Garage Sale Vendors Wanted The Saratoga-Wilton Elks Ladies Auxiliary is looking for market vendors for their indoor market to be held once a month at the Lodge, 1 Elks Lane, off Route 9 Maple Avenue, Saratoga, on Sundays from 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Admission is free and the cost for an eight-foot table space is $15 each paid in advance. Doors will open to set up at 9:30 a.m. The dates are September 23, October 28, November 11, and November 25, 2012. For more information, call (518) 289-5470 or (518) 885-6506.

15th Annual Golf Outing The 15th Annual Saratoga Springs Lions Club Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, October 5, 2012 at McGregor Links Country Club in Wilton, NY. The four-person scramble event is open to the public and proceeds benefit the many programs and services provided to the community through the Saratoga Springs Lions Club. The event costs $115 for a single player or $440 for a foursome with participants able to enjoy 18 holes of golf with cart, lunch, dinner, an awards ceremony and prize giveaways as part of the event. The shotgun start is set for 1 p.m. Advanced registration and sponsorship opportunity information is available online at or by calling (518) 3788111 or (518) 584-4050.

The Alpha Course Saratoga Chapel

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

20. Free and open to all. Childcare and refreshments provided. Visit for more information.

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

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

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

Saratoga Hospital Announces September Schedule of Childbirth Classes Infant Care Classes will be held September 25 and 27, from 6 – 9 p.m. this two class series provides information about wellness and illness, feeding and nutrition, having



fun with your baby, daycare, bonding and infant massage, safety, baby’s senses, growth and development, infant crying, newborn characteristics, behavior and temperament, daily care, and health care for the infant.

business will undertake, determining market share, potential, and trends and price-value-service matrix, and setting a marketing budget. For more information or to register, visit or call (518) 371-7748.

Emotional Regulatory Healing Conference- “From Chaos to Calm”

Saratoga Battlefield Announces Photo Contest

Juli Alvarado, MA, LPC, NCC will present a full-day conference on “From Chaos to Calm- Emotional Regulatory Healing Responses to Violence and Trauma” from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Thursday, October 18th, 2012 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 50 Pine Road in Saratoga Springs.

Saratoga Bridges 4th Community Electronic Recycling Day Help recycle electronics and keep them out of landfills. Saturday, September 22, at 16 Saratoga Bridges Blvd., Ballston Spa. Drop off any items prior to the administrative building. For more information, call (518) 587-0723, ext. 1266

“The Way We Were” Car Show The 10th annual “The Way We Were” Car Show to be held Sunday, October 7, 2012 from 9 a.m. -4 p.m. on Front Street in Historic Ballston Spa. In the event of bad weather, the rain date for this event is October 14. This is one of the few local judged shows and several trophies will be awarded, including Best of Show, Mayor’s Choice, Best Engine, Best Paint, Best Stock, Oldest Vehicle plus the top five in each of 13 categories. Judging begins at 9:30 a.m. with trophies awarded at 3:30 p.m. The event is free to spectators. Exhibitors can pre-register by October 1 for $10per car or $15 the day of show. A printable registration form is available on the BSBPA website,

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Participants will learn the concepts behind developing a sound and cost effective marketing strategy for their business including articulating what their business does through the eyes of customers, completing a competitive analysis for the direct and indirect competitors of their business, identifying the key characteristics of potential customers within the overall market, determining the actual marketing and advertising activities that their

Saratoga National Historical Park's photo contest is held now through October 31, 2012. Next year marks the 75th anniversary of Saratoga National Historical Park (Saratoga Battlefield, located on Route 4 and 32 in Stillwater). Get outside, explore the park, and take lots of photos. The winning photo will be featured on the park's 2013 Annual Pass and the photographer will receive a free 2013 Annual Pass. Entries must be submitted by 4 p.m. October 31, 2012. Limit to one photo per contestant. Photo(s) must be submitted by e-mail to For more information about this contest or other park events, call Megan Stevens at (518) 670-2982 or visit

CeleBRAte the Spirit of Life October is breast cancer awareness month. This year, kick off the month by recognizing organizations in our area that make a difference day in and day out. On October 4, 2012 'Celebrate! The Spirit of Life' will be a unique event that showcases several area cancer organizations that help heal all year long. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres from some of the area's finest restaurants: Lake Ridge Restaurant, Nicole’s, The Old Bryan Inn, Longfellows, The Lilly and the Rose and The Old Daley Inn, and a 'Pink Beauty Party' in the Parlor. Reception begins, 5 p.m. at the Canfield Casino. For more information, call (518) 584-3935.

SUCCESS Meeting SUCCESS is sponsoring a discussion about the negative impact of consolidating the Finance and Accounts Departments as required in the City Manager Proposal that will be voted on this November. The meeting will be held at 7:15 p.m. Monday, September 24 at Principessa Elena, 13 Oak Street, Saratoga Springs. Future meetings in the series include: October 15, Public Safety and the City Manager also at Principessa Elena; and October 29, the Negative Impact of a City Manager on our city that will be held at the Saratoga Springs Public Library Community Room.

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A special supplement to Saratoga TODAY • Pages 15-26

Olde Saratoga Expo Celebrates Sustainable Living by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS A Columbus Cardboard Boat Regatta, a craft and kids’ fun zone, vendors from the farmers’ and artisans and crafters’ market and an entire eco-village showcasing sustainable and alternative energy solutions are all coming to Lee’s Park off of Saratoga Lake October 6-7 during the first-ever Olde Saratoga Expo. “We need to change the way we treat ourselves, the people around us, our community and our reliance on fossil fuels,” said Casey Dougall, executive director for the expo. “It’s our hope that expo visitors gain knowledge that will help us all become better citizens, protect our environment and live holistic lives.” The eco-village at the exposition will feature a variety of alternative energy solutions, including wind and solar products, along with many demonstrations on how to live a more sustainable lifestyle. “Did you leave your solar charger at home? No problem,” said Dougall. “You will be able to recharge your portable devices at our solar-powered charging station. Along with all of our alternative energy exhibitors, we’ll have booths setup where families and kids can learn proper recycling and reuse techniques, harnessing rain water for

your gardens and composting.” A kids’ zone at the expo will feature arts and crafts activities, face painting and sustainable living demonstrations presented in a fun and entertaining way. Visitors are also invited to enter the Columbus Cardboard Boat Regatta, where contestants are invited to make a boat out of cardboard, tape and other earthfriendly materials and race to the finish line as fast as they can in Fish Creek. The competition is open to all ages, and prizes will be handed out in categories such as fastest time, best looking, most creative, best costumes, most spirited and most spectacular sinking. To enter, regatta teams must pay a $25 admission fee. For general admission, entrance is $5 for anyone over 16. Children 16 and under are free. For more information, visit


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BRACE YOURSELF, CHANGE IS CHALLENGING! Learning to Accept the Transition of Change

Meghan D. Lemery LCSW-R It’s not that I really needed braces. Rather, I have one little canine tooth that is slightly turned in, and if the camera angle hits it just right, I look like I have a missing tooth. I had braces as a teen, but as an adult my teeth had started to shift slightly and I did not want to be the girl with the missing tooth in every picture. I set out for a consult with an orthodontist to see what my options were and he suggested getting braces. I immediately flashbacked to my

awkward high school years with a mouth full of metal and frizzy hair. I just could not bring myself to do it. Knowing my vanity was taking over, Dr. Ortho informed me about a new type of braces that goes on the back of your teeth so that no one can see them. Funny enough, the braces are called “Incognito.” I immediately pictured myself darting through dark hallways with the Mission Impossible theme as my background music. Incognito sounded mysterious and exciting. This was one option I could definitely deal with. The day Dr. Ortho put them on my teeth, I laid back in the chair feeling excited about the journey to my new smile. Even though he was poking and prodding at me, I was so focused on the end point of the journey that I felt zero discomfort. I left the office pain-free and full of confidence.

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In pursuit of the perfect smile Twenty four hours later, my entire mouth ached, and I could not talk without a severe lisp that left my clients and loved ones carrying umbrella’s to shield themselves from the projectile saliva that came out of my mouth every time I spoke. No matter how much wax I used to soften the pain, I was in absolute agony. The thought of eating was stressful and chewing was enough to throw me into hysteria. My vision of the beautiful smile had suddenly turned into a nightmare, and I found myself asking the question, “WHY DID I DO THIS TO MYSELF?? DEAR GAWD THIS IS TORTURE!” Change is tough. Whether it’s changing careers, having a child, relocating to a new town, trying to get in shape, break an unhealthy habit or simply working on getting up an hour earlier, the process can be challenging and discouraging. I believe our minds trick us by giving us motivation and inspiration to change our evil ways so that, by the time the difficult part comes, we can’t turn back. Perhaps the key to transitioning through a change is not so much to be comfortable in the process, but rather to work on being comfortable with the discomfort. We have become so used to finding ways to feel comfortable that we have little or no tolerance for discomfort. We either give up or find an escape to deal with the discomfort. The problem with this is that we don’t devel-

op the coping skills and resilience necessary to navigate the challenging times of our lives. Discomfort is necessary to build strength, courage, faith and most of all, trust in ourselves. If we never feel uncomfortable, we never grow and move on to achieve our purpose and destiny in life. The worst choice you can make is to live a life of comfort. This means you have stopped growing and become stagnant in developing your character. We need challenges to keep us living a life that has some excitement and mystery. A life that is too predictable is a life that leads to boredom and depression. Whatever change you are going through, embrace it today! Its okay to want to give up or have a bad day, just don’t stay there! Keep the end point in mind and recognize that every moment of discomfort that you can work through is a moment in which you grew stronger. It is a precious gift to be able to trust yourself to work through the challenging transition times in your life. Don’t begrudge the discomfort, embrace it! I am now eight weeks into Brace Face 2012. I spent the first few weeks of this journey cursing Dr. Ortho and wishing I had chosen a shiny gold cap for my crooked tooth. I have busted a total of four brackets on delicious bruchetta and my favorite nighttime snack of goldfish crackers. Upon my fourth bro-

ken bracket, Dr. Ortho conducted a therapy session with me that went something like this: “Meghan, I have seen you every week since I put the braces on you. Perhaps it’s time to keep in mind the end goal of a beautiful smile instead of focusing on the torture of being miserable and in pain. Aren’t you supposed to be the guru of gratitude and love?” Ouch. Touché Dr. Ortho. But the fact is, he did have a good point. For as difficult as this journey has been, I was able move my skinny jeans that were locked in the attic hope chest with cobwebs into my closet! I now greet the day with the thanks that I am on my way to the goal I envisioned from day one. Don’t get me wrong - there are days that I would rather put bamboo shoots under my nails and eat almonds than deal with braces, but Dr. Ortho’s wise words ring true. Be thankful for the journey and embrace the discomfort! Whatever challenging transition you are facing today, brace yourself; change is a process. Embrace the challenge, focus on the end result and keep your chin up! You can do it! May we all take the challenge to meet our goals today and always! Ms. Lemery is a psychotherapist practicing in Glens Falls and Saratoga Springs, N.Y. For more information, visit



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‘Celebrate! The Spirit of Life’ Kicks Off Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Style by Chelsea DiSchiano Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - Three years ago, Lisa Morahan was close to the end of her battle with breast cancer, finishing up her chemotherapy and radiation treatments after having major surgery. Today, she is a breast cancer survivor and the founder of an organization called, a nonprofit that helps newly-diagnosed women with breast cancer and their families create a support system to lean on during their own bouts with the illness. “When I was first diagnosed I had a one-and-a-half year old baby, so I asked my doctor if there was an organization that could help me out at home. He didn’t know of any, so I decided I would like to start my own,” Morahan said.

Since then, she has created a website where newly-diagnosed women can register online to meet with her one-on-one and share the different resources that are available to each family. “It’s overwhelming for a person to go through MRIs and CAT scans—they have to put everyone else on the backburner,” Morahan said. “I help families figure out who they have access to and design a family calendar where they can post what needs they have, and those are sent out to their bank of help. If they don’t have a circle of help, I have a small bank of volunteers that will go and help them.” This October, Morahan plans to kick off National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in a big way: She has gathered several local cancer support organizations who will be showcased at a cocktail reception October 4 at 5 p.m., which

will take place at the Canfield Casino in downtown Saratoga Springs. Not only will the reception feature hors d’oeuvre from six different restaurants, but women who want to go glam with pink nails, hair or accessories in honor of those affected by breast cancer can do so at the event’s “Pink Beauty Party.” Four salons will set up booths in the parlor of the casino for women who want to “get all dolled up for the month of October,” as Morahan said. At 7 p.m., the reception will end and attendees can walk over to Congress Park, where area worship leaders will lead a sing-a-long for those that wish to participate. “There will definitely be a spiritual element to the evening,” said Morahan, whose organization is rooted in the belief that “the message of God is alive and well and living through us,” according to The first 50 breast cancer survivors to RSVP to the event will gain free entry. Regular tickets will cost $25 per person and will benefit, though there will also be opportunities to give to other cancer organizations during the event. Tickets can be purchased online or in person at Crafters Gallery or Impressions of Saratoga. “Part of our mission is to spread the word that with hope and love, all things are possible,” Morahan said. “Every day is a gift—it’s how you use it.” For more information on the event or to learn more the about Floydwarriors organization, visit


Week of September 21 - September 27, 2012



Baby Boomers Prefer Sports Cars SARATOGA SPRINGS People born between 1946 and 1964, collectively known as Baby Boomers, are trading in their family vehicles for something with a little more power – sports cars. When the nest is empty (and sometimes before), the vehicle of choice becomes a sporty, fast little ride that may be the envy of all who see it. Baby Boomers tend to have a higher income and/or a surplus in savings after retirement and choose to expend some funds on a car that will make waves. “I see Baby Boomers quite often, especially during the late winter and early spring, when they typically come in and look at some of our sports cars,” said Peter O’Malley, managing partner at New Country Ford Mazda Subaru. “I think these cars probably make them feel a bit younger than they are. They’re a lot of fun to drive, with probably a lot more power than they’re used to.” Convertibles are a popular choice among this demographic, as are other roadsters that turn heads.

“The convertible Mustangs and Mustang GTs are popular with Boomers, as well as the Mazda Miata convertible and the Subaru WRX,” said O’Malley. Here are some other popular models you'll see cruising the roadways with Boomers behind the wheel, according to statistics from * Chevrolet Corvette: The quintessential American sports car, Corvettes are especially popular among Baby Boomers. Boomers flock to Corvettes more than any other age group, with nearly 64 percent of buyers belonging to the Boomer generation. * Volvo C70: A turbo-charged, 5-cylinder engine provides enough power to give a thrill to many Boomers. And with a convertible top option, it's possible to have a breeze running through their receding hairlines, too. * Mercedes Benz SL: If it's status and substance that Boomers desire, then there's no looking beyond a Mercedes. Affluent Baby Boomers can enjoy a V8 engine and plenty of

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The 2013 Ford Mustang is one of the many sports cars that Baby Boomers tend to gravitate toward. electrical gadgets to make their rides fun. * BMW 6 Series Convertible: Another premier car for the elite Boomer, the BMW sees 80 per-

cent of its sales going toward Boomers. The 6 series is quick and has understated good looks, which also helps the vehicle serve as a status symbol for those behind the wheel. * Porsche Boxter: For those who have always aspired to be behind the wheel of a Porsche, the Boxter is small and sporty, perfect for handling the turns on the way to a country winery or maneuvering around traffic in an urban setting. According to industry experts, Baby Boomers have long driven the direction of the automotive industry. Many desire to stay away from the brands and styles their parents drove, preferring something with more pep and style. In addition to the makes and models mentioned, CNW Marketing Research, a firm that looks at the reasons behind car purchases, says Boomers make purchases not only for the style of the car

but also for the image the brand offers. The firm lists these vehicles as other popular purchases among Baby Boomers. * Dodge Viper * Toyota Avalon * Cadillac DTS * Chrysler 300 * Jaguar XK * Lexus LS 600h * Lexus SC 430 * Audi A8/S8 * Infiniti FX * Lincoln MKZ Form and fashion drives the purchase of many Baby Boomers looking for a new vehicle. With more disposable income, many can afford to splurge on a car that is sporty and will garner "oohs" and "ahhs" from others.

Baby Boomers - Stay Tuned! Check out our “Boomerang” section in Saratoga TODAY next week for more stories about the Baby Boomer generation.



Week of September 21 - September 27, 2012


Upcoming Events at the Saratoga Senior Center The Senior Citizens Center of Saratoga Springs 5 Williams Street, Saratoga Springs

Monday, September 24: Chef Dinner Senior Center members are invited to the monthly Chef Dinner. Held Monday, September 24 beginning at 5 p.m., a pot roast dinner by The Factory Eatery & Spirits from Ballston Spa will be served. The dinner is sponsored by Care Improvement Plus.

Tuesday, September 25: Beginning Stained Glass This seven-week program begins Tuesday, September 25 from 6 – 9 p.m. Learn how to make a star and a night light and learn how to cut glass and solder. Cost is $20. Once the class is completed, students can continue in the intermediate level classes, which meet Wednesday evenings or Thursday mornings. Sign up is required.

Friday, October 12: Health Care Expo On October 12 from 10 a.m. – noon, the Saratoga Senior Center is hosting the Health Care Expo in anticipation of open enroll-

ment. Meet with health insurance providers face to face to discuss the best insurance options available for you. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Health Insurance presentations will be conducted at the Center throughout open enrollment (October 15 – December 7). Check the Center’s newsletters to see dates and times. Open enrollment is your time to sign-up for health care that best suit your needs and your budget. Don’t miss out on these informative presentations!

Friday, October 12: Night at the Theater Enjoy the theater on Friday, October 12, and support the Saratoga Senior Center, as Home Made Theater presents “9 to 5: The Musical.” This side-splitting story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era will donate half of the ticket price from opening night (October 12) to the Saratoga Senior Center. To purchase tickets that benefit the center, interested parties can pre-order tickets at the Senior Center any time before noon, October 2. Payment by cash or check only. Tickets are non-

refundable after October 2. Tickets can also be purchased at the Home Made Theater October 2 – 4 only. Make sure to mention the promotional code, “HELPSSC.” For more information, call the Home Made Theater box office from noon – 5 p.m. at (518) 5874427, or visit, click “Buy Tickets Now” and enter the “coupon code. You may also visit the Home Made Theater box office in person from noon – 5 p.m., located at the Spa Little Theater in the Spa State Park. Ticket prices for sections A and B are $29; sections C and D are $26. Seniors receive a $3 discount off the listed prices.

Thursday, October 18: Alpine Lakes & Scenic Trains Trip Slide Show An informational slide show about the Center’s Alpine Lakes & Scenic Trains Trip will be held Thursday, October 18 at 2 p.m. The travel agent will be on hand to answer questions. Commit to the trip at the slide show and save $250! Bring your passport. Registration for the slide show is required. Featuring cruises on Lake Zurich and Lake Como and sce-

nic trains in Switzerland and Italy, this trip combines fresh mountain air, charming hillside villages and breathtaking views of the Swiss Alps. Explore Zurich, Gstaad and St. Moritz before heading to the base of the Matterhorn for a day in beautiful Zermatt. Then one of the most

scenic train rides in the world takes you to Tirano, Italy and Lake Como before completing this trip of a lifetime exploring the historical landmarks of Luzerne, Switzerland. Early booking prices (per person): Double: $4,349, Single: $4,749


Week of September 21 - September 27, 2012


My little men Kate Towne Sherwin Saratoga SAHM The kids have been back to school for more than a week now, and in that change in one’s perception of time that happens with age, it’s starting to feel to me as if summer never happened—our “new” daily school routine, after two-anda-half months of our daily summer routine, is already so familiar, and

so much like last year’s, that it feels as though we didn’t break for summer. Don’t you remember, as a child yourself, how very long the summer was? Ten weeks might have been ten years, as I remember, and going back to school was a huge, life-changing event, every single year. That’s probably why I feel like we’re back to the same old—I don’t have a new teacher, a new classroom, bigger clothes, and more homework to get used to; I just have to get reacquainted with the quieter days of just a couple months ago. During these first days back, in these newly quiet days without the older two, I’ve been remembering our summer, and how the relationships between my three older boys

grew (crookedly, but grew nonetheless) during all those days of playing together and fighting with each other and spending every waking (and sleeping) minute together. Our daily summer schedule called for outside time right after breakfast, and there was often a race to see who could finish the fastest and get outside the fastest, thus securing the first ride of the day on the swing we have hanging from the tree house. Poor Johnny was never content with not having the first swing, even if he’d dawdled through his breakfast and was the last brother to go outside. So often, the slam of the door behind him as he hopped out it and down the steps to the yard was almost immediately followed by his tantrum-y scream, his wail of frustration, his angry demands that I make his brother get off the swing even while crying so loudly that I couldn’t understand the words he was saying. But other days, all was harmonious. “I’m coming!” Johnny yelled one morning, after hurriedly shoveling the last of his breakfast into his mouth, to his brothers who were calling him from the yard. He scrambled into his shoes and ran out the door to where Thomas and Gabe were huddled around something on the ground. Gabe’s bike helmet was on and his bike on its side next to him; Thomas was digging with a spoon in the dirt; John knelt down with a very important look on his face to join the investigation. The three of them huddled there for a

while, no playtime as peaceful as when Thomas and Gabe sought to include John in their adventures. Another morning, with trips to Hoffman’s Playland and the Great Escape fresh in their minds, Thomas built a “ride” on John’s bed in the room the older three share while waiting for the house to awaken—a structure of boxes and blankets, surrounded by pillows. He called the ride “Sasquatch,” and determined that John didn’t meet the height requirement and that Gabe didn’t have enough money to ride it. We woke up to John’s crying, and for the entire rest of the morning, he cried and cried. “Thomas said I’m not big enough to ride on the Sasquaaaaatchhhh,” he wailed, the offense real and damaging, despite the fact that it was basically a pile of pillows and blankets on his own bed. (Gabe didn’t seem fazed by his lack of money—he’s often okay with Thomas’ rules.) But then, Thomas helped John get comfy on the couch one afternoon, plumping pillows behind his head and tucking in a blanket all around him, then hugging him and telling him how cute he was. Johnny was putty in his hands, obediently lying still so Thomas could set the scene just right, and smiling happily, with eyes closed, as Thomas doted on him. The two older boys are friends with a boy a year older than Thomas, and the three of them spent much of the summer playing together. Every once in a while though, I’d look out into the yard to see Gabe swinging


on the swing by himself. I’d call to him, asking him if he was okay, and he’d usually look at me with a dirtsmudged face (forehead to chin) marred by tear tracks and back-ofthe-hand swipes at his sad eyes. “What’s the matter?” I’d ask, and he’d burst into fresh tears, and run in the house to sit on my lap, and tell me tales of sadness that usually involved the bigger boys being bigger boys, and Gabe just that much too small or young for whatever they were playing. Tears were shed, too, for the fact that Thomas and Gabe would no longer be at the same lunch or the same recess once school started again, as the first graders eat and recess with the Kindergarteners and the second graders, while the third graders are with the fourth and fifth graders. I overheard many a conversation between Thomas and Gabe during the summer, about how they would miss each other on the playground, and who would they play with? The concern was greater for Thomas than for Gabe, as Thomas is quieter and shyer and has a more difficult time in social situations, and had spent most of his recesses of last year with Gabe and his friends. Gabe, though, to his credit, showed as much sadness as Thomas at the thought of being separated at lunchtime, though his enthusiasm and zest for fun and love of people in general usually means he never has to worry about playing alone. This back and forth from one end of the spectrum to the other, from brotherly love to anger, from togetherness to wanting nothing more than to be alone, is a frustration for me—I want my boys to always love each other and be kind and good to each other, to watch out for each other and always defend each other. But at the same time, of course I know it’s unrealistic and unfair to expect anyone, especially children, to be the perfect friend, child, or sibling. And I know how good all this is for them—they’re learning how to navigate the choppy waters of relationships, how to be a good friend and a brother, and how to deal with unkindness and unfairness. Besides, it’s clear from the way Johnny and Xave have been laying about the house since school started, mostly quiet, their brotherfueled bravado and mischief somewhat deflated, that they’d much rather be fighting with their brothers than missing them. Good enough for me!



Week of September 21 - September 27, 2012

Cut that Cookie

John Reardon Compliments to the Chef

Hello, my Foodie Friends! Now that we are heading into autumn, I’m always reminded of the fond memories I have spending time making cookies with my mother. This, I realize now, was one of her secret weapons to quiet five kids who were rolling on the floor fighting over Dad’s big chair. It would start out innocently enough; one little boy sitting in a chair with another fitting next to him comfortably. By the third kid,

we were starting to get squished. Add a fourth kid to the mix and elbows would start flying. Before long, you could expect to hear the cries of my little sister, Patty. “MOM! He started it!” “He,” was usually me! Mom’s reply was simply, “Who wants to help make cookies?” The chair would always empty pretty quickly. Smiles were everywhere! We each had a job, and our reward was always licking the utensils. We would cut out the shapes we liked and enjoy our very own per-

21 sonally designed cookie. My favorite shapes were Teddy bears and Christmas trees. It didn’t matter what time of year; I had to have a Christmas tree cookie. Danny’s were car shapes, because he loved cars. Today, he owns a car dealership in Connecticut. Billy’s favorites were airplanes and today he works at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft in Connecticut. Patty’s were starfish and guess what she owns? That’s right, a diving shop in Connecticut. These traditions have been carried on to my kids and I hope they remember them like I do.

Cookie cutters are not hard to use and clean up nice. They’re simple enough to use too. Just cut and bake. Oh, there is a Teddy bear staring at me right now as I write this, and I have more pine trees on my property than grass. If you stop in to Compliments to the Chef this weekend, please be sure to wish my wife Paula a very happy (belated) birthday, because she turned 29 on September 14! Take care, and remember my friends: “Life Happens in the Kitchen” John and Paula


Week of September 21 - September 27, 2012



Parenting? There’s an App for That by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY Alright, I should come clean straight away on this one. I don’t own an iPhone, Android or Blackberry. I had a Tracfone once, the kind of cell phone with prepaid minutes for talking and texting,

but I lost that ages ago, and, frankly, can’t be bothered to go find it. But I’m not a complete Luddite, and with many of my friends sporting the latest and greatest gadgets and smartphones, even I have to admit that, occasionally, they are surprisingly useful. Still, I

was surprised to discover just how useful these smartphones and apps can be when it comes to parenting - something more and more people are starting to embrace in our techsavvy world. Looking for a way to use that new gadget to help with family life and raising young children? Check out these great apps

for a little help around the house.

1.) White Noise The lite version of this app can be downloaded for free on the iTunes App store, and is particularly helpful for new parents struggling to get enough sleep with a young baby in the house. Dubbed “White Noise,” this app can be used to play soothing sounds mimicking the ocean, a rainstorm, a crackling fireplace and more. For one new parent - Eric Havens, graphic designer at Saratoga TODAY, the app is a regular on his phone. “For a while, my son was doing quite well sleeping through the night. But once the teething phase set in, it’s back to game-on, so to speak,” said Havens. “I started using White Noise initially to go to sleep - usually with the rainstorm noise - so I wouldn’t be lying awake in bed for too long. It’s not loud enough to drown out my son’s cries when he wakes up at night, which is good, but it’s great for helping me get back to sleep once we calm him down again.”

2.) SitOrSquat: Restroom Finder Turns out, George Costanza from TV’s “Seinfeld” wasn’t far off the mark when he suggested the iToilet app on a reunion episode of “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” With SitOrSquat: Restroom Finder, Costanza’s brainchild is now a reality. For parents on the go with young children in tow, SitOrSquat uses the GPS function on your phone to find the nearest restroom facilities to your location. Many bathrooms come complete with cleanliness stats, will note whether or not they are outfitted with a changing table, and the program itself is quick and

easy to use anywhere in the world. The download is 100 percent free and can be found in the iTunes App store.

3.) Balloonimals Here’s an app that’s sure to entertain the kiddos while you’re stuck waiting in line at the grocery store or heading down the highway on a long family trip. When Ballonimals is opened, a balloon lies flat on the screen waiting to be blown up. Have your child blow into the bottom of the phone and then shake it, which in turn blows up the balloon on the screen and turns it into the shape of a dinosaur or other animal. Balloonimals can be downloaded for free on the iTunes App store, or you can pay a small fee for additional features and balloon animal options. Children are certain to be amused by this creative app!

4.) Kindle Kindle is one of the most popular apps on the iTunes store, and is a great, free way to turn your mobile device or iPad into a walking library. Download this app and gain access to over 1,000,000 books, as well as newspapers and magazines through the Kindle Store. Rife with a great selection of children’s books and popular classics, read a story to your child while waiting for an appointment, or download a few bedtime stories to read with them before it’s time for sleep. There are thousands of apps, many of them free - some worth paying for - just waiting to help out an otherwise overwhelmed parent. To learn more, simply visit the iTunes Store and browse the apps section!



Week of September 21 - September 27, 2012


National Baby Safety Month: Child Car Seats 101 by Ilissa Goman for Saratoga TODAY As a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician, I can tell you I’ve seen it all. A little known fact is that a national statistic suggests that up to 90 percent of all child safety restraints are incorrectly installed. Car seat safety seems pretty straight forward to the everyday person, but it’s definitely not. However, when you educate yourself to the common missuses, you are that much more likely to be able to make the correct choices. Here are some common mistakes parents and caregivers make when installing seats. A mistake I see all the time is turning your infant around too soon. An infant should remain rear-facing, as suggested by the American Academy of Pediatrics, until they are at least 2 years of age, or until they max out the height and weight requirements of their car seat to be rear-facing. When an infant remains rear-facing, the force of the crash is spread over their entire body, instead of just their neck, greatly reducing the risk of serious injury to the child. When rear-facing, the shoulder straps of the car seat should be at or below the child’s shoulders. When forward-facing, the straps should be at or above the shoulders, just like the seat belt of an adult. After market car seat products are a commonly sold item in baby stores. These products are meant to be used in the car or with the car seat but are sold separately from the seat. These can be very dangerous. These products are not safety tested. A common offender is the sleeping bag like cover that is used during the cooler months. You never want anything between your child and the car seat. You certainly wouldn’t wear a sleeping bag while you’re driving or under your parachute. A blanket is a much better option; tucked around your child. You also do not want anything between the seat of the car and your child car seat. This includes protective mats, blankets, etc. There are some exceptions to this,

including rolled towels and foam pool noodles, but a Child Passenger Safety Technician should only install those. You should always buy your child’s car seats brand new. Car seats expire usually every six years, but every manufacturer is different. Your seat should have a sticker on the side of it telling you its expiration date. If your seat is ever in an accident, even a minor one, you should replace it. Most insurance companies will cover this cost. It is very important to do so, as there may be some damage to the seat that isn’t visible to the eye. I also meet a lot of resistance when it comes to booster use for older children. Here is some great information taken directly from the NYS Department of Transportation website about the use of booster under NYS law: “Every child under age 16 in the vehicle must use a safety restraint. If under age 4, he or she must be properly secured in a federally-approved child safety seat that is attached to a vehicle by a safety belt or universal child restraint anchorage (LATCH) system. A child under age 4 who weighs more than 40 pounds may be restrained in a booster seat

with a lap and shoulder belt. A child of age 4, 5, 6 or 7 must use a booster seat with lap and shoulder belt or a child safety seat (the child and safety restraint system must meet the height and weight recommendations of the restraint manufacturer).” My company, Binx, does FREE car seat inspections by appointment. Please visit our website to schedule your appointment at



Week of September 21 - September 27, 2012


Stranger Danger:

How to Keep Your Kids Safe by Chelsea DiSchiano Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - Kids see strangers every day in their towns and neighborhoods, but how can parents make sure their children are safe from danger? There are several safety tips and precautions that families can follow to help prevent threatening situations from occurring. According to the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC), it is strongly encouraged for parents to make the distinction to their children the difference between strangers and “safe strangers,” or people that kids can ask for help when they need it. Great examples of a safe stranger are police officers or firefighters, and parents can also point out other adults that may qualify as safe strangers to their children. Recognizing potentially dangerous situations is also an

important skill to teach children, the NCPC said on their website. “Help children recognize the warning signs of suspicious behavior, such as when an adult asks them to disobey their parents or do something without permission, asks them to keep a secret, asks children for help, or makes them feel uncomfortable in any way. Also tell your children that an adult should never ask a child for help, and if one does ask for their help, teach them to find a trusted adult right away to tell what happened,” the NCPC said. Only two children were abducted by strangers in New York State in 2010, the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) said. However, the office said that promoting child safety will always be necessary. “Parents and guardians play the most prominent role, by talking to their children in a calm and reasonable manner, being careful

not to over-emphasize the frightening details of what might happen if safety guidelines are not followed,” the DCJS website said. “It is important to strike a balance between avoiding the issue and instilling a sense of fear in your child. The goal is to instill a sense of caution.” The NCPC also encourages parents to know where their children are at all times, and the DCJS went even further to say that parents should take mental images daily of what their children are wearing in case something were to happen to them. Other common tips include teaching kids to be assertive, trust their instincts when it comes to strangers, and encouraging them to play with others. By following these safety precautions and tips, parents and families can do their part to help continue preserving low child abduction statistics for years to come.



Week of September 21 - September 27, 2012


How well do you move? Now, starting with your arms straight over your head, hinge at the waist and reach forward to touch your toes. Actively squeezing that towel activates your hip adductors (inner thigh) which can help relax your hamstrings and allow them to stretch. Reach towards your toes, until you feel resistance (not pain), hold for 2-3 seconds, and return to an upright position. Accomplish 10 repetitions. If you feel pain in your low back, stop. Now, doing the same exercise again, elevate your toes by placing the ball of your foot on a 2x4 or foam roll, and complete 10 more repetitions. Be prepared to feel some tension behind your knees (in your calves) on this stretch.

by Michael Lapolla Saratoga TODAY Ok, so you’re considering joining a gym and you’ve got some ideas about an exercise program and some specific objectives to work on, right? At Saratoga Health and Wellness, we assess each new client and discuss goals, objectives and expectations about an exercise plan. A significant part of our assessment deals with addressing the fundamental components of fitness, including body composition, muscular endurance, muscular flexibility, muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance. Additionally, we’ll look at movement patterns such as squatting down, putting your arms overhead, touching your toes and rotating your torso. In essence, we try to answer the question, how well do you move? The results of these tests enable us to create an appropriate and progressive exercise prescription. As we get older, our joints become less mobile and our muscles tighter and weaker. This means that our simple, fundamental movement patterns break down, and our inability to freely go through an adequate range of motion makes us compensate in possible injury-producing ways. Let’s take a look at one simple pattern. Remember when you were just a kid and you could bend over and touch your toes? Well, things may have changed and that movement just isn’t so easy anymore. One of the movements we’re interested in when we work with our clients at Saratoga Health & Wellness is the ability to touch their toes while keeping their legs straight. It’s a functional movement that seems pretty straightforward, but in reality is somewhat complex. We’re interested in the movement pattern, which includes the hip and knee joint, the lumbar and thoracic spine, your pelvic stability and even your shoulder joint. You’re probably wondering why we care if you can touch your toes. Here’s why: In life, reaching forward to pick something up or lifting something heavy from the ground is often required. If you have impaired movement capabilities, it means that somewhere along the line, something has to compen-

sate. In our world, compensation is often equivalent to “someone or something’s gonna get hurt!” Try this simple test: With your legs straight, bend over, hinging at the waist and try to reach your toes. If you can’t do this it’s conceivable that your hamstrings or your low back muscles are too tight. But there’s more to it. Why are they tight? It could just be that you haven’t stretched them much and they are simply tight. But it could be indicative of another condition. There’s something called the lower crossed syndrome that we, as human beings, are often predisposed to because of the postures that we assume. These poor postures are exacerbated by excessive sitting and lack of physical activity. Over time you hunch forward, your neck falls forward, your hip flexors get short, your hamstrings have increased tension and your glutes and abdominals become weakened. Furthermore, your pelvis may tilt forward or more appropriately, may be pulled forward, causing excessive curvature of your low back (known as hyperlordosis) This forward tilting places your back in a compromised position, increasing the potential for low back pain and chronic problems. Additionally this condition may chronically stimulate your hamstrings to be ‘turned on’ or stuck in a state of excessive tension. Boy, there’s a

lot going on here. We’ve got to figure out a way to mobilize this movement and loosen up the hip and low back. So what can you do to fix this up? Try this series of strengthening and stretching exercises in the order below. The concept is simple: If you strengthen your glutes, you can take some of the tension off of your hamstrings. This glute strengthening exercise actually inhibits (relaxes) your hamstrings by placing a stretch in your quadriceps (front of the thigh), while simultaneously strengthening your glutes. Aim for 10 repetitions. If you feel this exercise in your hamstrings, or if they cramp, lower yourself down, place your heels a bit closer to your butt and try again. Once you are able to complete 20 repetitions easily, you may increase the hold-time in the ‘up’ position up to 20 seconds.

Complete the next exercise with your feet 2-3 inches apart. Place a rolled up towel (or 6-inch squishy ball) between your legs and squeeze your legs together and straighten your legs. It should be a challenge to straighten your legs with the towel between your legs.

Lastly, doing the same exercise again, elevate your heels by placing them on a 2x4 and complete 10 more repetitions. You’ll find with

this stretch that to remain balanced, you’ll be required to force your butt backward.

Work on these exercises for a few weeks and see if this helps. Stay tuned for round two of this topic where I’ll address abdominal strengthening and low back stretching. If you have any questions at all, please contact us.

Michael Lapolla is a Certified American College of Sports Medicine Exercise Specialist and owner of Saratoga Health & Wellness (Locals choice award winner, Best fitness facility, 2012). Michael and his college degreed staff design custom exercise programs for a wide range of clients. You may contact the team at SH&W at (518) 306-6987 or on the web at


Week of September 21 - September 27, 2012



Q: With the drought this summer, are Consumer Staples a smart investment? A: Yes, I believe they are. The key is to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Kevin Gioia Research Analyst at Fenimore Asset Management in Cobleskill. Companies categorized within the Consumer Staples sector offer the potential for investments in fairly steady and generally lowrisk businesses. As the name of the sector implies, these companies create the necessities of life such as food and personal hygiene products. However, despite the relatively stable nature of these businesses, it is still essential to look for ones with strong economic worth. Recently, one of the more prominent news topics has been the hot and dry summer we are experienc-

ing and its detrimental impact on domestic crop yields. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) raised its price estimates for such crops as corn, wheat, and soybeans. This leads to higher projections for meat because livestock and poultry will become more costly to produce. This volatile commodity environment has been challenging for food processing companies that purchase these raw materials for everyday production. Let’s put this in perspective. The World Food Price Index has increased at an annual rate of 2.9% since June of 1990. This suggests a smooth upward trend over the last 22 years; however, this is not the case. In 20 of the 22 years, the year-to-year change for the index, either positive or negative, was greater than 2.9% demonstrating that short-term commodity price volatility is nothing new. Accordingly, I am not interested in input costs fluctuations when appraising a business. I am interested in purchasing stocks in highquality businesses that can grow shareholder value irrespective of the commodity cycles that inevitably present themselves. I define a quality business as one that is highly profitable and cash generative in addition to being led by a talented and disciplined leadership team that utilizes manageable debt in their operations. Below are a few additional characteristics that separate a quality Consumer Staples business from a mediocre one:

Strong Brands Whether it is juice, coffee, spices, bread, or peanut butter, we all have “our brand” for which no substitute will suffice. This concept of brand loyalty is the single most important characteristic when assessing the long-term durability of a Consumer Staples business. Strong brands enable management to prudently increase prices for products over time which serves to both combat input cost increases and grow the profitability of a business.

Ability to Innovate The strongest companies in this sector understand the ever-evolving needs of the customer. Talented management teams are diligent in analyzing the purchasing habits of shoppers and responding accordingly. A recent example is how American consumers began shifting toward “better-for-you” and all-natural foods. The best businesses have capitalized on this trend and created new product offerings to suit consumer tastes. This has led to increases in the overall volume of products sold and offers yet another solution to combat rising input costs.

Ability to CrossMerchandise Companies that have strong brands and a core competency in product innovation create a natural and powerful ability to “cross-merchandise.” Simply put, certain items are complements to one

another such as chips and salsa, toothpaste and toothbrushes, and salt and pepper. Adept management teams are able to analyze how many households are purchasing multiple products and implement their findings in future growth plans as they expand their offerings. Consumer Staples companies that exhibit the above characteristics have shown the ability to increase shareholder value steadily over long time periods regardless of fluctuations in input costs. I think there are several businesses in this space that possess these traits and will continue to search for more opportunities of this caliber. Fenimore Asset Management (Fenimore) is an independent investment advisory firm located in Cobleskill, New York, and has been hand-selecting investments for almost four decades. Fenimore manages individual and institutional portfolios and mutual funds – FAM Funds


Week of September 21 - September 27, 2012



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Friday, 9.21:

Rat Tail Jimmy, 10:30 pm

•Tim Olsen Quartet, 9 pm

@ ice house - 745.1180

@ 9 maple avenue - 587.7759

•Good Old War, 7 pm @ arthur zankel music center - 580.5321

The Black Outs, 9 pm @ bailey’s - 583.6060

•The Schmooze, 9 pm @ bentley’s - 899.4300

•Catie Curtis, 8 pm @ caffè lena - 583.0022

•Graham Tichy Quartet, 8 pm @ druther’s - 306.5275

Rick Rourke, 9 pm @ gaffney’s - 587.7359

•Jet Crash Billy, 9:30 pm @ ice house - 261.1766

•Funk Evolution, 10:30 pm @ jp bruno’s - 745.1180

•Marcus Duo, 9 pm @ the mill - 899.5253

•Barnyard Dog, 9 pm @ the parting glass - 583.1916

•Mark Macri, 6:30 pm @ primelive ultra lounge - 583.4563

•City Rhythm, 8 pm @ vapor - 581.5772

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

Saturday, 9.22: •Arch Stanton Quartet, 9 pm @ 9 maple avenue - 587.7759

•The Headroom Band, 9 pm @ bailey’s - 583.6060

•Frankie Lessard, 9 pm @ bentley’s - 899.4300

Four Seasons, Four Years, 7 pm @ caffè lena - 583.0022

•Brian Patneaude Quartet, 7 pm @ druther’s - 306.5275

Acoustic Circus, 9 pm @ gaffney’s - 587.7359

•Morning Line Favorite, 9:30 pm @ irish times - 583.0003

Off the Hook, 10:30 pm @ jp bruno’s - 745.1180• High Peaks Band, 7 pm @ the parting glass - 583.1916

Spiritual Rez, 9 pm @ putnam den - 584.8066

Out of the Box, 7 pm @ primelive ultra lounge - 583.4563

Not Right, 9 pm @ the mill - 899.5253

William Hale, 9 pm @ wallabee’s - 792.8282

Sunday, 9.23: •Amy Collins, 7 pm @ caffè lena - 583.0022

Thursday, 9.27: •Big Easy Revue, 8 pm @ druther’s - 306.5275

•The Blackouts, 6:30 pm @ gaffney’s - 587.7359

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

•Jay Yager, 9 pm @ primelive ultra lounge - 792.8282

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

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

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

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

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

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Week of September 21 - September 27, 2012

Henry St. Harvest Festival To Benefit Local Hospice Facility by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – The cool air, colorful leaves and the return of football means fall is upon us once again. To celebrate, the Third Annual Henry Street Harvest Festival is a great way to spend the day with the family and enjoy the local business and people who call this city home. The fun starts Sunday, September 23 from noon-4 p.m. on Henry Street in Saratoga Springs. Not only is it a good time, but you’ll be helping to support a great cause, too. All proceeds generated will benefit the Gateway House of Peace, which is a future support home in Ballston Spa for people undergoing end-of-life care Admission is free of charge, so bring the whole family to enjoy live music, food and plenty of children’s activities. “Gateway House relies on donations and fundraising, so this is one of our best events,” said the festival’s primary organizer, Tina Levielle-Briscoe. “Most of the businesses here joined forces and we close Henry Street from Lake Avenue all the way to Caroline Street. Every business moves out into the street and does something special to bring it all together.” The festival is a labor of love for Levielle-Briscoe. Her idea was to create an annual event that would raise both money and awareness for the Gateway House hospice facility in Ballston Spa. Local businesses are getting in on the fun, with unique promotions like the “Get Your Blue Streak On” hair extensions at Simplicity Salon and a wine tasting at Scallions restaurant. Irish step dancers will be performing with the Forthlin Road Band and the Saratoga Celtic Music Session at The Parting Glass pub. For the kids, stop by Saratoga Beads or Saratoga Paint ‘N’ Sip for crafts, as well as face and pumpkin painting stations. The Saratoga Springs Public Library will be doing Children’s “Just Joking” and have games and a bean bag toss. WHMT and PBS Kids will be offering music-related crafts while their

sister station WEXT will provide music for families and children. Several locally-operated vendor stations will be open for business during the festival, including: Eat Good Food, Sunnyside Gardens, Saratoga Clay Arts Center, Thousand Island Winery, The Chocolate Spoon, Chane’s Deli and many more. While you’re browsing the vendor market or trying some tasty food, be sure to take in the acoustic-styling of Tom Choinier, Nancy Walker, Gary Moon and Matt McCabe. Levielle-Briscoe says the need for end-of-life care facilities is vital to not only those suffering from incurable illnesses and their families, but also the hospitals and other facilities currently housing end-oflife patients. “We took over the old Red Cross building about six months after the very first Harvest Festival, and now we have a house that we’ve been renovating and working toward having continued support,” said Levielle-Briscoe. “The organization is all fundraising and donation-based.” Gateway House is a 501(c) 3 charitable hospice that is a 100 percent volunteer and donor-driven, community-owned organization, which receives no insurance reimbursements, government or public funding. Once completed, the facility will provide a safe, nurturing, home-like environment free of charge for Saratoga County residents who are under the medical care of Community Hospice of Saratoga. Gateway House is currently in its remodeling phase, and is always looking for skilled volunteers to help install plumbing, wood flooring and bathroom tiles. If you’re interested in volunteering some of your time to such a great cause, you can visit or call (518) 654-5403. Anyone wishing to send donations through the mail may use the house’s physical address at 479 Rowling Street in Ballston Spa, 12020.


Good Old War Breaks Out at Zankel Music Center

GOOD OLD BOYS- (left to right) Tim Arnold, Keith Goodwin and Dave Schwartz coming to Saratoga September 21. SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Arthur Zankel Music Center at Skidmore College presents the indie-folk trio Good Old War in concert Friday, September 21 at 8 p.m. Good Old War, whose members are Keith Goodwin (vocals/guitar/keys), Daniel Schwartz (guitar/vocals) and Tim Arnold (drums/vocals/accordion), hail from Philadelphia. The trio had its genesis in the rock band Days Away. After the break-up of Days Away, Goodwin and Arnold joined forces with Schwartz to create Good Old War in 2008. The band’s name combines elements of the last names of all three group members: Good

from Goodwin, Old from Arnold, and War from Schwartz. Good Old War’s multipart vocal harmonies are original and beautifully layered, giving their songs an upbeat and inspiring tone. Their songs are natural, creating an energetic story-telling experience. Even though their lyrics contain some underlying serious themes, the music is always delivered in a festive manner. The combination of an optimistic tone and extraordinary harmonies is both unassuming and masterfully done. The trio’s record label, Sargent House, also manages artists such as RX Bandits, Omar Alfredo

Rodríguez-López, These Arms Are Snakes, Maps & Atlases, Daughters, Love You Moon, Red Sparowes, Tera Melos, and Russian Circles. Good Old War’s debut album, “Only Way to Be Alone”, came out in May 2008 in Los Angeles, with producer Rick Parker, who produced the final EP for their former band Days Away. The most popular songs on their debut album include “Coney Island,” “Looking For Shelter,” “Tell Me,” and “Weak Man,” featuring Anthony Green and Dave Davison. The band’s second album, “Good Old War”, was released June of 2010, and features the songs “My Own Sinking Ship” and “Here Are the Problems.” Their most recent album, “Come Back as Rain”, came out last March. Good Old War has been on a U.S. tour to promote its new release, Come Back as Rain, and has recently performed on the Conan O’Brien show and Jimmy Kimmel Live. Admission for the September 21 Good Old War show is $10 general admission and $5 for Skidmore students. For reservations, visit or call the Zankel box office at (518) 5805321 for more information. The Zankel Music Center is wheelchair accessible and offers listening devices for the hearing impaired.




Week of September 21 - September 27, 2012

THAT’S A WRAP! by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – The 2012 season at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) concluded with

Florence Welch

a bang the evening of September 16, capping a season that saw dozens of big time recording artists descend upon Saratoga. This year, English indie rock darlings Florence and the Machine put an exclamation point at the end of the 2012 line up. The band arrives at SPAC to a much larger crowd than anticipated, as increased interest in the critically-acclaimed group led to the opening of lawn seating for the amphitheater-only show. The band only had one act preceding their show, having the London-based Maccabees as the opening act for the evening. Lead singer Florence Welch captured the audience with her dynamic vocal range, fiery red hair and flowing maroon/violet gown as they played their popular songs


Florence and the Machine Cap Off 2012 Concert Season at SPAC

such as “Rabbit Heart (Raise it Up) and “Shake it Out”. Their soulful, calming sound matched the stage’s aesthetic as the band played while bathed in a swirl of red, blue and purple lights. During the show, it was difficult to ignore the almost six-foot tall Erard harp being plucked by the band’s harpist, Tom Monger. The performance comes just two months after Welch had a scare regarding damage to her vocal chords. The band was forced to suspend two European festival dates to allow Welch time to recover, or risk permanent damage to her voice. Much to the delight of the SPAC audience, Welch made a full recovery, and certainly proved it belting out tracks from their most recent album entitled “Ceremonials.” The concert concluded what had already been a star-studded season for SPAC, beginning with the rising stars in the Zac Brown Band. Dave Matthews returned from a one-year hiatus to play his customary two nights. Seminal jam band Phish would see Matthews’ two-night set and raise him another, in the process and becoming the first mainstream act to play three consecutive nights at SPAC. Canadian-

EXCUSE ME, FLO? - Florence and the Machine capitvated their audience during the final SPAC show of 2012, showcasing their unique sound and Florence Welch’s powerful voice. born rapper Drake performed his show despite being involved in a night club brawl with R&B singer Chris Brown just one night earlier. The reunited Beach Boys brought us all back to a simpler time of surfing and drop top convertibles as part of their “That’s Why God Made the Radio” tour. Nickelback and Bush played before a packed house and Yanni weathered a nasty rain storm to perform for his diehard fans. There were two sepa-

rate heavy metal festivals, which brought such acts as Slayer, Motörhead, Godsmack, Anthrax and Slipknot to the Spa City. The diversity of artists, from Jason Mraz all the way to Toby Keith, is what makes Saratoga Performing Arts Center the premier concert venue in all of upstate New York. Today we bid farewell, and so begins the anticipation of what’s coming for 2013.

2012 Saratoga Native American Festival Begins September 29 at Spa State Park SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Saratoga Native American festival returns this year, presented by the Ndakinna Education Center and the festival’s host venue, Saratoga Spa State Park. This year the event takes place the weekend of

September 29-30, running from 9:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. each day. The event will take place either rain or shine, with plenty of big tents to keep guests dry in case of showers. Tickets are available at the festival box office and are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors.

Children ages 6-12 are just $5 and children under 5 get in free of charge. There are dozens of performers and speakers scheduled, with more being added in the week leading up to the festival. Tom Porter of the Mohawk Community will deliver the Thanksgiving Address. Other performers and storytellers include: Peter Ground, Al Cleveland and Darryl Tonemah, who will perform twice on Saturday. Check back in next week’s edition of PULSE for more information on the 2012 Saratoga Native American Festival.




Week of September 21 - September 27, 2012


Foodie Fantasticks and the Squeezo Strainer Fun times canning in the home kitchen

This is a great time of year to be a foodie. Gardens and farms are producing crops by the pound and prices are at their seasonal low. It is time to capture all this freshness for winter through canning and freezing. Yes, it is work, but it also can be fun and it is definitely totally rewarding. For months to come you will savor the flavors of summer and fall each time you open a jar of your

tomato sauce, jam or apple sauce. As a young child our Italian neighborhood smelled of tomato sauce as I rode my bike around in late summer. Later, come September, the smell of applesauce would beckon me straight home from school and I couldn’t wait for the first jar of grandma’s crabapple jelly. As I got older I started helping can and freeze our garden’s best. As I got older still and socializing became very important, we created “canning parties”. As a mom this tradition continues with “Foodie Fantasticks Night” where I have over my young, their friends and we go to town making salsa, Italian spaghetti sauce, pints of apple sauce and

jars of grape jelly. This is a party where no one leaves empty handed and it is remembered with smiles many times over as the evening product is used in the months to come. Foodie Fantasticks does take a few kitchen supplies. In addition to canning jars, lids, bands, jar tongs and boiling water bath, one must have a way to separate seeds and skins from your vegetable or fruit. To this day I cherish the inherited food mill of my grandmother for this purpose. It is small, all one piece, simple and just takes one person to operate. I use it to make small batches of applesauce and tomato sauce. However, when a group gathers and there are serious quantities of tomatoes or apples to prepare, I love having a Squeezo Strainer! The first time I used one I couldn’t believe the time-savings of the device. No need to blanch or soften the fruit. Just put it in, use the plunger to guide the fruit down the hopper, turn the handle and watch your fresh juice escape into the drainer - seed/peel free! It is even quicker and easier to use with two or more people, so it is perfect for a Foodie Fantasticks gathering. Both food mills and the Squeezo Strainer are available at local kitchen and box stores as well as online. Look for food mills that are stainless steel, few parts and sturdy. Food mills range in price from $35 to $90.. You can get a decent one for under $50. OXO Good Grips Food Mill is a good choice in this category. However, if you are seriously wanting to can and make canning part of your life, then the high-quality juicer/strainer Squeezo Strainer is a must and worth the investment. Unlike others in this category, the Squeezo Strainer has relatively few moving parts (easy assembly and little to break), requires no electricity to operate (won’t burn out an engine with use), and will serve your children, and perhaps even your children’s children, well. If you buy one new, it comes with three strainer screens (different perforation sizes), a 2-plus quart hopper, wooden plunger, brush and recipe/instructions booklet in a box. It is made of aluminum so it won't discolor, lose its shape, or retain odors. The screens are steel with nickel plating and offer great versatility. Expect to pay anywhere from $190.00 to $250.00 for a new one, but before you scream, Squeezo Strainers last lifetimes and have been around for over a century. Look for them being sold at garage sales, Craig’s List,etc. for a lot, lot less. The amazing thing is you can still find parts, too! The invention and history of the Squeezo Strainer is a wonderful All-American story that begs to be told as it speaks to the value

of the product. Interestingly, for upstate New Yorkers, it includes time in Troy, NY. According to Fitzgerald Family Farm blog, The Original All Metal Squeezo Strainer was designed in the early 1900’s by a young die maker from the Abruzzi region of Italy. When he came to America in 1907, he brought his design with him. After years of trying to find a manufacturer willing to take on the project, he finally built a plant in his backyard and, using an old belt-driven steam engine, began to manufacture and sell the first Squeezo Strainers with the help of his wife and three children. That was 1919. Slowly, but surely, the Squeezo built a reputation until, by the thirties, it had become a favorite in ItalianAmerican kitchens for making wonderful old-country tomato sauce and purees. Others heard about it and started using it for home canning. The same family -- two entire generations -- made the Squeezo for nearly 60 years, constantly upgrading production and quality control as more and more Squeezos found their way into kitchens across the country. There are still plenty of old Squeezos out there hard at work! But in 1978 misfortune struck; the factory in McKeesport, Pennsylvania was destroyed by fire. For various reasons, the family was unable to rebuild the factory – they had to sell the business. Garden Way, then located in Troy, New York, was a natural choice as a buyer as they had already been selling Squeezos successfully for several years. When Garden Way went out of business, Lemra Products took over manufacturing the Squeezo with the same commitment as the original manufacturers. In 2006, Best Products took over manufacturing the Squeezo because the owner has been selling and working with the Squeezo for 15 years. Best Products is committed to maintaining old-fashioned American quality standards -- which means it will continue to be manufactured in the United States. Best Products also recognizes that the design has been perfected over the past 90 years and there is no reason to change it. It is unclear to me who is currently manufacturing the Squeezo Strainer. Best Products is out of business, but you can still find new ones for sale without any problem and since the design has remained the same, new parts fit old machines. Whether you are going to preserve small quantities or large this is the time to do it. Cornell Cooperative in Ballston Spa and others have been offering classes in food preservation. The Saratoga Farmers’ Market has free canning brochures from Ball Co, with tons of how-to and recipe information. No excuses. Create your own Foodie

Fantastick time, have a canning day with your kids, invite the girlfriends over for a wine and canning night and enjoy our fall food bounty today, tonight and for months to come! Tomato Basil/Garlic/Oregano Sauce Canning Recipe from grandma and Ball canning Note: if doing a half recipe, cut ingredient quantities in half, EXCEPT the lemon juice, which remains the same, as does the time in the hot water bath) Ingredients 20 lb plum sauce tomatoes (about 50 tomatoes) 1 cup chopped white onion (about 1 large) 8 -10 cloves garlic, minced 1 Tbsp olive oil 1/3 cup finely chopped, fresh basil ¼ cup finely chopped, fresh oregano 1 Tbsp bottled lemon juice (do not use fresh lemon juice as acidity level is less) 7 pint glass preserving jars with lids and bands Directions 1. PREPARE boiling water canner. Heat jars and lids in simmering water until ready for use. Do not boil. Set bands aside. 2. WASH tomatoes; drain. If using food mill: • Remove blossom ends., quarter and put in large pot on medium stove to soften. When soft put through food mill, eliminating seeds and skins. Put puree aside. You will have to work in batches adding puree to previous batches as you progress. If using a Squeezo Strainer: • Remove and blossom and start putting whole tomatoes into hopper, plunge and turn. Let juice pour into a large bowl. Go until all tomatoes have been pureed. Set bowl of tomato puree aside. 3. COMBINE tomato puree and basil in large saucepot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until volume is reduced in half, stirring to prevent sticking. Meanwhile, 4. SAUTE onion and garlic in olive oil until transparent and then add to tomato and basil mixture on stove and complete reducing. 5. ADD 1 Tbsp. bottled lemon juice to each hot jar. Ladle reduced hot tomato sauce into hot jars leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Wipe rim clean with clean cloth and center hot lid on jar. Apply band and adjust until fit is fingertip tight. 7.) PROCESS filled jars in a boiling water canner for 35 minutes. Remove jars and cool. Check for seal after 24 hours. Lids should not flex up and down when center is pressed.




Week of September 21 - September 27, 2012



A hobby a day keeps the doldrums away. Phyllis Mcginley

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Movie Review The Odd Life of Timothy Green

Across 1 Collected 5 Tilting tool 10 Swift 14 Apple application no longer in use 15 Eponymous William’s birthplace 16 Gospel writer 17 One who illegally brings home the bacon? 19 God in both Eddas 20 The orange kind is black 21 Tape deck button 23 Uno e due 24 Fairy tale baddie 25 Mistakes in Dickens, say? 33 Sound, perhaps 34 Insect-eating singers 35 Rapper __ Jon 36 Lasting impression 37 Just a bit wet 38 Stove filler 39 “__ American Cousin,” play Lincoln was viewing when assassinated 40 Go green, in a way 41 Linney of “The Big C” 42 When to send an erotic love note? 45 English class assignment word 46 Ottoman title 47 Remote insert 50 By oneself 55 Big-screen format 56 “Something’s fishy,” and a hint to this puzzle’s theme 58 Pantheon feature 59 “Fear Street” series author 60 Modernize 61 Tools for ancient Egyptian executions 62 16th-century English architectural style 63 Zombie’s sound Down 1 Andy of comics 2 Soothing agent 3 Bird symbolizing daybreak 4 ’70s TV teacher 5 Idle 6 Farm unit 7 Sports gp. with divisions 8 Garfield, for one 9 Budding 10 Blossom 11 European

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

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40 Fishing gear 41 By the book 43 Prehistoric predators 44 Like Everest, vis-à-vis K2 47 Musical with the song “Another Pyramid” 48 Hebrew prophet 49 Pitch a tent, maybe 50 Enclosed in 51 TV host with a large car collection 52 Circular treat 53 Bupkis 54 David Cameron’s alma mater 57 Early Beatle bassist Sutcliffe

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

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Headline Community Sports Bulletin First Touch Soccer USA and Saratoga Wilton Soccer Club Offering Skills Classes for Boys and Girls Ages 6-14

First Touch Soccer USA, in partnership with the Saratoga Wilton Soccer Club, are excited to offer training sessions focusing on individual soccer skill improvement. The sessions are run by St. Rose men’s soccer coaches Matt Jones and Stephen Hogan and their staff of current and former collegiate and professional players from all over the world. The sessions are open to all boys and girls from ages 6-14 from Saratoga, Wilton, and the surrounding areas. The sessions are designed for soccer players who are looking for advanced skills training beyond what is provided by recreational soccer. The sessions utilize drills, exercises and games that will help each player build a quality first touch, close control, confidence and soccer awareness in a fun and non-competitive environment. The training is based on a progressive systematic approach to player development used by pro club youth academies throughout the world. The sessions are Monday nights from September 17-October 22 from 5:307:30 at Gavin Park. The program costs $72 for all six sessions or $15 for each individual session. Parents can register by email or arriving at the field 15 minutes prior to start each session.

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

Northern Titans Baseball Defeat Rivals from Schenectady SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Northern Titans 16U fall travel baseball team was victorious over their upstate New York rivals the Schenectady Cyclones 18U by a score of 2-0. The Titans scored both of their runs in the first inning beginning with a leadoff single by Jimmy Bennett, before Brady Fallon singled as the next batter up. Justin Decker would step to the plate next, and double in Bennett. Joe Canty would hit into a fielder’s choice, but was awarded the RBI as Fallon crossed the plate. Timmy Fitzgerald pitched six and two-thirds innings, striking out six different Schenectady Cyclones while scattering three hits and one walk. Joe Canty would step to the mound and strike out the final Cyclone batter to earn the save.




Week of September 21 - September 27, 2012


Honor a Young Athlete’s Memory and Help Some Worthy Causes at the Fifth Annual Connor LaFrance 5K Walk and Run SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Fifth Annual Connor LaFrance Memorial 5K walk and run will be held Sunday, September 23 at Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s Orenda pavilion beginning at 11:00 a.m. Pre-registration takes place from 8-10:30 a.m. Those in attendance can enjoy live music by the Stray Dogs and take part in a barbeque lunch following the 5K. Tickets for the lunch will be available the day of the race. There will be a raffle with great available items including a basket from local shops such as Saratoga Olive Oil, Celtic Treasures and Compliments to the Chef. Connor was a talented athlete who loved to compete. He played hockey for the Saratoga Blue Knights between the ages of 513, along with several other sports including, tennis, lacrosse and snowboarding. At age 12, Connor discovered his favorite sport was motorcycle racing. He was a national champion when he

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

News and Notes: Field hockey up to sixth in polls, defeat Cortland

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

Six Thoroughbreds Receive Weekly Liberty League Honors



The Liberty League recognized six Skidmore College student-athletes for their performances during the past week. Men's tennis swept the weekly awards as Alec Hoblitzell earned Performer of the Week and Kit Green-Sanderson was named Rookie of the Week. Hoblitzell won the B singles flight at the Middlebury Invitational, defeating Musyoka Mbithi of Trinity in the final 76(2), 6-2. Green-Sanderson won the D singles flight and also reached the finals of the B doubles flight with teammate Nick Tong. The Thoroughbreds return to action September 22 at Trinity in Connecticut.



Golf freshman Makenzie Denver earned Rookie of the Week honors for the second straight week. Denver finished sixth at the Middlebury Duke Nelson Tournament, shooting a 76-75—151. Skidmore hosts the Liberty League qualifier this weekend at Kingswood Golf Course in Hudson Falls. Three athletes were selected to their respective sport's weekly honor roll as well: field hockey's Kelly Blackhurst, volleyball's Corinne Palmer and men's soccer's Brock Bakewell. Blackhurst posted four goals and three assists in a 3-0 week for the 6th-ranked Thoroughbreds. She tallied the game-winning



goal in wins over Oneonta, RPI and Cortland. Skidmore is now 6-0 and hosts Vassar this Friday at 4 p.m. Palmer totaled 56 kills and nine blocks as she was named to the All-Tournament team during a 2-2 week at the Union Invitational. The Thoroughbreds are 4-4 overall and take on Union Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Bakewell tallied a hat trick in a 4-0 Liberty League win over Bard on Tuesday night. It was the first hat trick in program history since 2006. Skidmore is 4-1-1 and hosts Cazenovia this Tuesday at 7 p.m.

SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Skidmore College field hockey is ranked sixth in the most recent Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III National Coaches’ Poll, moving up two spots from the preseason poll. The Thoroughbreds are off to 30 start this season, outscoring their opponents 14-3. Junior Kelly Blackhurst (North River, N.Y.) has tallied six goals and four assists for 16 points, while sophomore goalie Haley McDougall (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) has a 1.07 goals against average and a .824 save percentage. TCNJ is ranked first followed by Middlebury and Salibury in a tie for second, while Messiah and Bowdoin round out the top five. The team remained unbeaten after a 4-2 win over Cortland at Thoroughbred Field the afternoon of September 16. The sixth-ranked Thoroughbreds improve to 6-0, while the Red Dragons fall to 1-2. Cortland got the scoring started early when Erin Smith blasted a shot from the wing for her second goal of the season just over three minutes into the game. Skidmore tied it up at 17:10 as Dani DeGregory put home her second goal of the season off a Sam Revera pass from the wing. Both teams continued to pressure offensively but the score remained tied 1-1 at the break. The Thoroughbreds took their first lead at 52:17 on a Kelly Blackhurst blast from the wing, her 10th goal of the season, and made it a 3-1 game on a Ceilidh MacNeill redirected goal at 56:21. Molly Gile assisted on both goals for Skidmore. The Red Dragons cut the lead to one when Sara Woodward corralled a loose ball in the circle and found the back of the cage for her second of the season at 58:47. MacNeill provided some breathing room late with her second goal of the game and fifth of the season

as she redirected a Blackhurst shot to seal the 4-2 victory for the Thoroughbreds. Haley McDougall finished with 10 saves in goal for Skidmore, while Emily von Schondorf also made 10 stops for Cortland. The Thoroughbreds outshot the Red Dragons 17-13 and held a 7-4 advantage in penalty corners. Skidmore returns to Liberty League play on September 21 when they host Vassar for a 4 p.m. start, while Cortland travels to Oneonta.

Men’s soccer shuts out Cazenovia, 1-0 SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Skidmore College men’s soccer team picked up a rain-soaked 1-0 victory over Cazenovia, the evening of September 18 at Wachenheim Field. The Thoroughbreds improve to 5-1-1, while the Wildcats fall to 3-4. Skidmore tallied the game’s lone goal in the 16th minute as senior Alex Amini put home a rebound off Aldin Medunjanin’s header for his first goal of the season. The Thoroughbreds were able to put on more pressure late in the half, ripping off three shots in the final five minutes, but were unable to capitalize on the offensive attack and finished the half still leading by just one goal. Cazenovia keeper Riley Battaglini kept Skidmore off the board throughout the second half, including a leaping save on Brock Bakewell’s scoring chance during the 87th minute. The Wildcats had chances late on a pair of restarts and a corner kick in the final six minutes but were unable to convert as the Thoroughbreds held on for the 1-0 victory. Skidmore goalie Eli Kisselbach and Battaglini each finished with six saves. The Thoroughbreds outshot Cazenovia 16-11 and held a slight 7-6 advantage in corner kicks. Skidmore returns to action on Saturday when they host #2 St. Lawrence in Liberty League action.




Week of September 21 - September 27, 2012


Bill Dalrymple: The Wit and the Wisdom

Damian Fantauzzi It is another sad day for the world of local high school athletics. Saratoga lost one of its longest standing teachers and basketball coaches, who happened to be one of the most successful hoop coaches known in our region, William "Bill" Dalrymple. Coach Dalrymple died Thursday, September 13, at the age of 92. As a matter of fact, he was about to turn 93 on September 26. I can sit back and reflect on these icons who served their communities not only with their presence, but for what they did for the kids. I'm being repetitive because the athletic community has just lost Ray Waldron (Saratoga Springs High School) and Tony Luciano (Hudson Falls High School). All three of these men have different legacies, but they basically did the same thing - helped children evolve into adult citizens and give back to society. There are many people I

know who were influenced by one or more of these three iconic coaches. Coach Dalrymple was a man who could keep his teams focused on their mission: winning basketball games and playing like a team. He would get after his players for keeping their focus when he had to, but his players loved and respected their mentor because they understood his singularity of purpose - being a basketball team! During the late fifties and throughout the sixties, Bill helped lead the Blue Streaks through their sustained run at some basketball greatness, including two sectional championship titles. As a kid, when I played at Mechanicville, I remember playing against his teams. We had a big rivalry back then, like the Saratoga-Shenendehowa opposition of today. Scoring points was the name of their game and they did it better than anyone, even without the shot clock and the three point arch. To make things even more interesting, Coach Bill had a 1-31 zone defense that was impenetrable, especially at Convention Hall. “Shoot as many times as you can” was his offensive philosophy, because if you get more shots than your opponent he thought, you're going to win. Well, it worked! He was one of those coaches who instilled confidence in his players and didn't over complicate his approach to what

he expected from his players. He believed in keeping it simple for his team, to give them the freedom as players, but to instill the discipline needed to develop cohesive team play. That’s a rare concept that few could make work, but he was the master. His legacy will live forever, especially in the minds and hearts of his former players. Coach Dalrymple was not only a basketball coach at Saratoga, as he also assisted in football and

“He was one of those coaches who instilled confidence in his players and didn't over complicate his approach to what was expected,”

baseball and taught physical education. In the mid-to-late seventies, he successfully coached basketball at Saint Peters High School (now known as Saratoga Central Catholic) and in 1973 and 1977, led those teams to rankings of fifth and second in the NYS polls, respectively. Bill graduated from Ithaca College and met his wife, Pat, before coming to Saratoga. He also taught and coached in the Hartwick School District for a short period of time. Before his career in education

began, after graduating from Lake George High School, he entered the U.S. Navy and fought in the Pacific during World War II. Coach Dalrymple was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to hunt and fish and with that, he had many humorous stories that became part of his legacy. Coach had one of the quickest wits going; there was no winning for anyone who tried to take on his sharpness and ingenuity. He was an amusing person with verbal skills. There are many stories about his ability to back people down with his witty remarks. Mr. Dalrymple and his predeceased wife, Pat, had seven children: four sons, William and Mark of Saratoga, Michael of Ballston Lake and Peter (Susan) of Graham, Washington, two daughters; Marie and her husband Preston from New Straw, Kansas, Tara from Ocala, Florida and a predeceased daughter, Sharon. There are ten surviving grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Bill himself came from a family of six. Obviously, Coach Dalrymple understood the importance of family and having that as part of his historical make up made him the caring husband, father, teacher and coach that he was! The respect that came to Bill, Ray and Tony was well-deserved that all three were able to earn. A distinguishing feature that was a make-up of their own personal nature was that of their attitude of

doing that right thing for those they taught and coached. I find that the most interesting part of the Waldron, Luciano and Dalrymple legacies was the sacrifice that these three men made in their lives in the interest of the greater good. Their personal goals were interrupted to give to the country they all loved so dearly. They were all veterans of wars gone by. Ray Waldron was in the Korean War and Tony Luciano and Bill Dalrymple fought in World War II. They connected with the people of their communities and were men of positive influence on those who they came in contact with. I am of the opinion that they are a breed that may never walk the earth again. They were veterans, friends, teachers and parents who were selfless individuals that lead by example and did not look for any recognition for their efforts. It was a pay-it-forward attitude that just kept delivering to those who were lucky enough to have been recipients of this unconditional love. The gratitude for what they did will be forever engraved into the hearts of the fortunate people that they touched!



Week of September 21 - September 27, 2012



Saratoga Catholic Volleyball Stays Unbeaten Versus Stillwater Photo by

by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Saratoga Central Catholic High School girls’ volleyball team was in action the afternoon of September 18 in a non-league match against Stillwater. The team came into the match unbeaten in three previous contests and while this one was close, the Saints maintained their perfect record by a final score of 3-2. (21-25, 25-23, 23-25, 27-17, 25-22) Stillwater held a two-games-to-one advantage heading into the fourth game, but Saratoga Central responded with a 10-point margin of victory to send the match to a fifth and deciding game. For the Saints Meghan McDonough had 14 points, five aces, two kills and seven assists. Natalie Pikus had eight points, four aces, three blocks, seven digs and an

impressive 11 kills on the afternoon. Sloan Conners managed 14 points of her own, as did Erin Thorton, who chipped in with 15 digs, six aces and eight kills. Saratoga Central defeated Mayfield September 12 by an identical 3-2 score. For the Stillwater Warriors, Ari Burton had 19 points, six aces, 10 kills and 35 digs. Deanna Imfeld had seven points, four aces, 10 digs and seven kills. Taylor Moore helped out registering 19 assists. For Saratoga Central Catholic, the win moves them to 4-0 overall this season, remaining 3-0 in league play. Stillwater drops to 1-2 overall and are still looking for their first win in league play. Up next, both the varsity and JV teams from Saratoga Central Catholic Saints will be headed to Schuylerville September 25 before heading to Canajoharie September 26.

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KEEP IT UP - Senior Natalie Pikus keeps the rally going for Saratoga Central Catholic, who came from behind to beat Stillwater September 18.

SPEED BUMP - Senior Meghan McDonough sets up her teammates after receiving a serve in their September 18 matchup with the Stillwater Warriors. Saratoga Catholic won, 3-2

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