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What a Week! Borders Building Booked, Bow-Tie Cinemas Coming Soon, Broadway Honored by APA by Lori Cullen Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – When it rains, it pours, which is exactly what happened this week as good fortune fell on the Spa City in the form of accolades and plans for new businesses. First, The American Planning Association (APA) announced Wednesday that the section of Broadway that runs between Van

Dam and East Congress streets had been designated as one of 10 Great Streets for 2012 under the organization’s Great Places in America program. Stephen Iachetta, president of the local section of The Upstate Local Planning Sector said, “Only 11 Great Places designations have been made over the last three decades, and only five outside of New York City.” Iachette, a native of the Capital

Sneak Peek at Healthy Living Market by Chelsea DiSchiano Saratoga TODAY WILTON – Healthy Living Market and Café owners held a press conference at Wilton Mall Oct. 3 to discuss the impact the new organic store and café will have on the Wilton and Saratoga Springs communities when it opens in January.

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District who said he had planted a few trees and bushes on Broadway back in his college days, said the street was singled out for numerous characteristics, including building façade improvements, compatible new construction, revitalization efforts, and diversity of uses, all of which demonstrate forward thinking, planning and showcase distinctive styles. Saratoga Springs Mayor Scott T. Johnson asked how we had man-

aged to bring back a city that had hit bottom in 1968, causing architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable to criticize the city in The New York Times for its “aesthetic and environmental erosion.” “How did we get here?” Johnson asked. “It’s a long story.” The APA explans: Even though Broadway had been on the decline for several decades, some things had remained sacrosanct – such as Congress Park,

Make Yourself a Sales Date by Marilyn Lane Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – If you haven’t been to the fashionably renovated Fasig-Tipton sales grounds located between Madison and George streets on East Avenue, you haven’t seen Saratoga’s finest. A newly offered horse sale venue on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 11 a.m., will offer a prime opportunity for you to visit this gem

location. No admission fee is charged and a variety of food options is available. Founded in 1898, Fasig-Tipton is North America’s oldest Thoroughbred auction company. It operates sales in Kentucky, New York, Florida, Maryland and Texas. Fasig-Tipton began selling horses during the Saratoga Race meet in 1917. Through the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sales ring have gone some of racing’s most famous stars,

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which had been redesigned by Frederick Law Olmsted in 1875 and home to The Spencer Trask Memorial, “Spirit of Life”, designed by Daniel Chester French and Henry Bacon, collaborators of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. A proposal to build a 150-room hotel in the scenic, 17-acre park at the foot of Broadway galvanized Saratoga residents.

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Fur Out, Man! Ballston Spa Vet Clinic Hosts “Pet Stock” Photos by Sharon Castro for BALLSTON SPA – It was a real happening time in Ballston Spa the afternoon of Saturday, September 29 as the Ballston Spa Veterinary Clinic braved some iffy weather to hold Pet Stock. The event hoped to raise money for animal shelters in the area as well as promote the adoption of some adorable animals. The clinic estimates that upward of 300 people turned out for the event, with 11 animals finding a new loving home with hopes for more to find the same in the coming weeks. Some pet-lovers got into the spirit of Pet Stock by donning the classic tie-dye look reminiscent of the original Woodstock in 1969. Our photographer was there for this especially chill time to capture the easygoing spirit of these animals and the folks who care for them. Groovy.



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Michael J. Barone, 41, of 900 Rock City Road, Milton, NY, was charged with attempted criminal possession of stolen property in the third degree, a Class E felony. Barone was arrested November 1, 2011, pleaded guilty to the charge July 24 and on October 2 was sentenced to one-and-a-half to three years in state prison. Michelle R. Tornabeni, 40, of 4 Cemetery Road in Clifton Park, NY, was resentenced to five months in Saratoga County Jail with probation terminated. Tornabeni was originally convicted of grand larceny in the fourth degree, a Class E felony. She was originally sentenced to time served and five years probation. William P. Annino, 52, of 43 Tampa Avenue in Albany, NY, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a Class E felony. Annino was sentenced to one year in Saratoga County jail with credit for time served and an ignition interlock device as a condition of discharge for three years. Jacqueline A. Andrews, 53, of 4 Jefferson St. in Schenectady, NY, was charged with grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, and identity theft, all Class E felonies. Andrews will return to court at a later date. Michael G. Ash, 34, of 73 Johns St., Apt. #2, in Hudson Falls, NY, pleaded guilty to a charge of burglary in the third degree, a Class D felony. Ash was sentenced to time served, five years probation and restitution of $11,215.99 plus surcharge. John H. Meyer, 35, of 133 Second Street in Waterford, NY, was re-sentenced to 30 days in Saratoga County Jail and continued probation after he violated probation of his driving while intoxicated charge, a Class E felony. Meyer was originally sentenced to five years probation. Donald T. Dorey, 20, of Stillwater, NY, was charged with grand larceny in the fouth degree following an investigation in which it was determined he stole a credit card from a residence in Stillwater and later used the card at several locations to make purchases and withdraw cash. Dorey was arraigned in Stillwater Town Court and later released pending prosecution.

Letter to the Editor: “We Can’t Afford a City Manager” Many of us are retired and concerned that the Saratoga Citizen proposed move to a City Manager will increase our taxes. I’ve worked with budgets my entire career and for several years have spent about one day each week analyzing the Saratoga Springs budget as well as what the move to a City Manager will mean for taxpayers. Here are five important financial reasons to vote against the City Manager proposal and the resulting higher taxes. 1. A thorough review makes it clear that their proposal has not revealed the real cost increase of moving to a City Manager administrator that the taxpayers will have to pay for. The proposed bureaucratic City Manager structure adds additional layers of government that will increase yearly administrative costs a minimum of $400,000 - $600,000. As bad as this range is, it does not include the cost for an Assistant City Manager and a Budget Director. These positions would be needed and are prevalent in communities using this form of government. These numbers also do not include the costs of transition to this new form of government, which will be significant. They also do not include the cost of replacing the City Manager

when he or she leaves. Note that experienced managers always have contracts, so we will have to buy them out for either poor performance or political whim. 2. Union contracts will be negotiated by a non-elected City Manager, which puts the future of our city at risk of the manager’s unknown skills and dedication to protecting our taxpayers. 3. Since council members will not be involved in day-today operations and not even allowed to talk with city employees and department heads, Saratoga Springs’ budgeting will be lead by an uninformed council and a City Manager who has just moved to the city. 4. Having discussed this proposal with members of both Accounts and Finance Departments, checks and balances on city finances will be reduced if departments are combined as proposed. 5. Finally, how can taxpayers trust the financial projections generated by Saratoga Citizen, who find themselves in debt of

BLOTTER more than $80,000? In comparison, our Saratoga Springs government has $10,000,000 in reserves. Let’s keep taxes down and the city run by people who are

devoted to the city. Vote no to changing our government. Vote no to higher taxes. Vote no to a City Manager. -Al Callucci



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Saratoga Springs City Council: No Tax Increase in Madigan’s 2013 Budget by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Saratoga Springs City Council kicked off the month of October with a comprehensive look at the city’s budget for 2013. Finance Commissioner Michele Madigan made a presentation to the public and the rest of the council where she announced a $2.5 million increase in the general fund from the 2012 budget without raising taxes. The total budget comes out to roughly $39.7 million dollars. Madigan’s presentation was her first as finance commissioner, having joined the council earlier this year. The budget will go through a series of workshops with the rest of the city council before it reaches its final draft. Madigan added that she expects a fair about of changes to the document to stem from those workshops. The proposed tax rate for 2013 comes out to about $6 per $1000 in assessed property, indicated a .01 percent decrease from this year’s budget. The Department of Public Safety could benefit from some new hires if certain budget proposals remain by

2013. Commissioner Madigan indicated she’d like to see two new police officers, two new firefighters and one dispatcher. Commissioner Madigan continued to announce positives from the budget, including that the seven firefighters the city paid through the federal SAFER grant would be retained due in part to the success of the emergency medical service revenues. The grant was due to expire at the end of the year and totaled about $640,000 annually. The council voted earlier this year to allow the fire department to assume the city’s ambulance service from Saratoga Emergency Medical Services (SEMS). Projections for the ambulance program in 2013 account for over $710,000. There were a few casualties to the proposed capital budget, including the $600,000 Mayor Scott Johnson had earmarked for a parcel of land along Jefferson Street adjacent to the Recreation Center. He had proposed using money from the sale of taxdelinquent properties in the city to possibly defray costs associated. Madigan agreed that the need for

parking exists, but that the proposal required further planning and had “lost its funding source.” The Department of Public Works also dealt with some cuts, with $144,000 taken from the labor line. Madigan said this was a realignment to adjust money added at the last minute in 2012. She said it would not mean layoffs to the department. There were also several pieces of equipment requested that was subsequently cut. The focus shifted to Commissioner Anthony “Skip” Scirocco who went on the defensive regarding the city’s agreement to sell water to homes in Wilton. The agreement to sell water to within the Floral Estates subdivision has come under scrutiny from the public as well as other members of the council who challenged whether the city allows the sale of water for residential purposes. A contract from 1998 coupled with amendments made in 2001 restrict water to commercial properties within a certain portion of Wilton, which requires it flow through a specific meter near Weibel Avenue. The city attorney Joe Scala argued that he doesn’t feel the contract is as

restrictive as other people are interpreting it. His office and attorneys for the Wilton Water and Sewer Authority both claim the sale is legitimate. For now, Commissioner Madigan is waiting to deposit the $54,000 from Floral Estates residents while the legality issues around the sale continue to swirl. Sticking points continue to be that water is being sold for residential and not commercial purposes, and that the water in question would not pass through the Weibel Avenue meter as the contract stipulates. No members of the council oppose the selling of water to Wilton, but rather the process in which it’s sold. The public comment period prior to the budget presentation was relatively quiet, though one woman addressed the council regarding allegations of disrespect from city police officers. She alleged that police officers patrolling her neighborhood near Jefferson Terrace made inappropriate comments which inferred that the residents themselves were the problem with the troubled neighborhood. The woman also claimed the patrolmen called them names.



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Spa City Earns Award, New Business continued from Page 1

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With urban renewal underway and little thought having been given to alternatives, a group of civic leaders initiated the Plan of Action to explore ways to revitalize Broadway and the surrounding environment through community dialogue and planning. The Plan of Action spurred the 1977 establishment of the city-funded Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation (SSPF), which awarded some $500,000 in grants to restore building façades on Broadway. Those properties have deeded covenants which require approval from SSPF before any exterior changes can be made. A special assessment district used a combination of federal funds, sales tax receipts and landlord contributions to fund improvements on Broadway. A groundswell of public support for preservation surged through Saratoga Springs. To capitalize on the growing phenomenon of heritage tourism, the City opened a visitors’ center on Broadway in 1978 and, eight years later, transformed it into a unit of the statewide Heritage Areas program. The Broadway Historic District was added to the National Register in 1979 and expanded in 1983 and 1984. As nonprofit groups and private investors restored the High Victorian, Beaux-Arts and Richardson Romanesque buildings lining Broadway, several new historically compatible buildings were erected, including the Congress Park Centre, which features Victorian-inspired window and cornice treatments and a second floor piazza. New architectural guidelines were included in the city’s successive 1999 and 2001 Comprehensive Plans. Enhancement of the pedestrian experience was the focus of a 2003 zoning ordinance and 2012 Complete Streets policy for

Broadway. Johnson gave special credit to city leaders, business owners and residents who got together and formed public/private partnerships. “Without their selfless dedication, we would not be standing here to accept this very prestigious award,” Johnson said. “Things that led to the quality of life in our city that we value are starting to be recognized on a national level.” Johnson highlighted notables such as the city’s 19th century architecture along with its thriving culture and arts scene, like Arts Night and Chowder Fest, an event which brought in 15,000 people in one day. And then there are the small things, he said, like the flowers that provide a feeling of embrace for residents and visitors alike. “We are grateful for this prestigious award that recognizes the unparalleled success from many years of a public-private partnership and city planning, now and for the future,” Johnson said. As if the designation of Broadway as one of 10 Great Streets for 2012 was not enough to thrill Saratoga leaders, residents and business owners, in the same week, advertising and marketing agency FingerPaint signed a 10year lease to occupy the former Borders building in downtown Saratoga Springs. The move will allow the company to keep its 42 employees in the downtown area, while providing room for growth, and, based on the current growth trends, the company expects to add another 40-60 employees within the next 36 months. “We are thrilled to be in a position to lease such a significant piece of property in downtown Saratoga Springs,” said Ed Mitzen, FingerPaint’s founder. “We’re a hometown, employee-owned com-

pany, and this move will allow our staff to work right in the heart of the city.” As part of the lease, FingerPaint will take sole possession of the adjacent parking lot. The company plans to put a program in place to allow charity organizations to use the parking lot on select nights and weekends to raise money for their causes. “We have been very blessed to be able to give back to so many local charities since we were founded in 2008. The parking lot will provide us with another vehicle to help nonprofits, pun intended,” said Mitzen. The company also plans to use the very visible Broadway windows to allow for advertising of local events, such as the Philadelphia Orchestra at SPAC or the Farmers’ Market.

Renovations on the inside of the building are expected to commence shortly, with an anticipated movein date early in 2013. At a press conference Tuesday morning, Sonny Bonacio of Bonacio Construction announced that the family-owned Bow Tie Cinemas will run the $18 million, 11-screen, first-run, stadium seated, all-digital cinema that is also coming to downtown Saratoga Springs. The theater is expected to be a major draw for visitors, offering new movies as well as classics, a major boon for Saratoga Springs residents who have not had a movie theater since the 1970s when the community theater closed its doors. Bow-Tie Cinemas is expected to open in spring 2013.





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Clifton Park Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Kidnapping, Abusing Children CLIFTON PARK - A 22-year-old serial sex offender who preyed on young boys was sentenced to 20 years in prison. After committing several sex crimes on young boys, Eric Loeser was arrested after kidnapping a 15-year-old boy from an Albany childcare facility for 20 days and then abandoning the child near the Canadian border. Loeser had an accomplice in the kidnapping, Timothy Kaye, who pleaded guilty to kidnapping and third-degree criminal sex act. He is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 29 and is expected to face eight years in prison and 20 years of post-release supervision. Loeser pleaded guilty to seconddegree kidnapping, first-degree criminal sexual act, third-degree criminal sexual act and seconddegree sexual abuse, felonies.

Cops searching for rape suspect in Saratoga Springs SARATOGA SPRINGS - Police said Monday they are continuing to search for the suspect connected to a rape that occurred in an east side

residential neighborhood last month. A male was reported to have attacked a woman in her 20s as she was walking home from downtown on East Avenue between 3-4 a.m. on Sept. 1, Lt. John Catone said Monday. Catone said the suspect snuck up on the woman, knocked her down and sexually assaulted her near East and Lake Avenues. The victim was treated at Saratoga Hospital and released, he added. "It's still an active investigation," Catone said. "We are working with different police agencies to identify a potential suspect, and we're still working with the victim."

Child Killed by Unattended Van BALLSTON - An 11-year-old child died October 1 after being run over by an unattended vehicle that rolled out of a driveway onto Blue Barns Road. The minivan was occupied by three children parked on an inclined driveway. The child, Lane Rowe, was pronounced dead at the scene. The state police Collision Reconstruction Unit will continue its investigation of the incident, and will use evidence from the scene to


determine how the accident happened.

42-Year-Old Man Killed in Northway Crash WILTON - Seth K. Ramsdill of Ballston Spa was killed the afternoon of September 30 when his car left the northbound lanes of I-87 just north of Exit 15, rolled over several times and struck a tree. Ramsdill was pronounced dead at the scene and taken to Saratoga Hospital, where an autopsy was conducted. The cause of the accident is still being investigated.

Committee Takes Steps to Halt Manufacturing of Bath Salts BALLSTON SPA - The Saratoga County Legislative and Research Committee decided at its meeting Monday to send a recommendation to Gov. Andrew Cuomo asking the state legislature to add heavier penalties to bath salt laws, in addition to providing more funds for educational programs for youth that could prevent children from using the synthetic drug. The current punishment for users/sellers of bath salts is a $500 fine and up to 15 days in jail.

Letter to the Editor:

The World Knows This Town Works Well the Way It Is Saratoga Springs is a wonderful and successful community according to repeated praise in national and even international media. Saratoga Springs received positive coverage just this year from Travel+Leisure Magazine,, The Economist, The Christian Science Monitor, Huffington Post, and ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, NBC, The New York Times and additional publications. The head of the prestigious national American Planning Association added more praise in presenting the city another award for having one of the 10 Best downtown streets in America. To quote: “Forward thinking and planning” and “thanks to the efforts of city leaders, business owners and residents.” Other proof our city is doing well: First, I see the recently proposed 2014 city budget will result in a minor tax decrease, yes decrease, while increasing staffing and services. Second, under Saratoga’s own Commission form of government, we’ve been able to both tighten our belt and provide the desired and necessary services while rebuilding our reserves to protect the city from any future national economic downturns. Therefore, I don’t understand why the proposal has been made to change us to the City Manager form of government. This is a radically different approach to governing that is less democratic and has resulted in significantly poorer results throughout upstate New York. Just a question: Is there another city in upstate New York you’d prefer to live in? I can’t think of one. I give a good portion of the credit for the city’s achievements to our commission form of city government. It’s a special mix of transparency, accountability, and responsibility that let’s us keep the politicians who are working successfully for us and throw the “bums” out quickly. Let’s protect our city by voting no to the charter change proposal on the November ballot. - Richard Sellers

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Owners Introduce Healthy Living Market Concept continued from Page 1 Healthy Living Market and Café (HLMC) originated in South Burlington, Vt., in 1986 with just one employee and has grown to Vermont’s largest natural and organic supermarket, employing 150 people. The family-owned and -operated company has been working for over three years to open its new location in Saratoga Springs, which is under construction and is slated to open in January. The new market is expected to create roughly 140 jobs for locals. “We are so much more than just another grocery store,” said Katy Lesser, founder and owner of HLMC. “People come to meet people, to eat, to learn — community is what we are all about.” The store is indeed more than just a place to get natural and organic groceries. Besides bringing in fresh, natural and local produce, the market will offer a café that allows dining in or takeout, with a menu that features vegetarian and vegan options, as well. Lesser’s daughter, Nina Lesser-Goldsmith, will operate HLMC’s Learning Center, which will offer cooking demonstrations, hands-on cooking classes and community lectures

that focus on healthy living. “Nina is a graduate of culinary school and we have always had dreams to have a learning center,” Lesser said. “We’ve created something even bigger than I envisioned, and we’re excited.” The market will open in Wilton Mall by Planet Fitness, where JC Penney’s used to be. LesserGoldsmith said the supermarket needs great access and parking, which Wilton Mall gives them. The family chose Saratoga Springs for its new location because it’s a town they “have always been drawn to,” Lesser said. “This town reminds us of our town,” Lesser-Goldsmith said. “We get the sense of how much people in Saratoga love their town … we feel comfortable and welcomed, and we feel like we’ve chosen the right place.” Lesser said that the market is committed to using local farmers and food producers and that the store will have a strong community outreach. Wilton Town Supervisor Arthur “Art” Johnson also spoke at the conference, telling the family and attendees that the town is “really excited”

about the project. “We couldn’t be happier you chose Wilton,” Johnson told the family. “We promise you won’t be disappointed in your decision.” Johnson added that everything has gone smoothly thus far and that the town will continue to cooperate with the business as it continues construction. Lesser-Goldsmith said workers are currently in the process of trenching and dealing with plumbing and electricity for the market. “We have most of (the construction) to go, but we’re getting there,” she said. The family is also working with an architect and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to make the store as efficient and “green” as possible. LesserGoldsmith said the store will have LED lighting, efficient coolers and skylights. Residents interested in the progress of the market can visit the website,, for updates on the project or visit its Facebook page at Market.





Week of October 5 - October 11, 2012

Happy Birthday Image Studio: Celebrating 40 Years

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by Lori Cullen Saratoga TODAY

Elizabeth Macy, owner of Image Photo & Events, in front of indoor waterfall, which helps put clients at ease

Nestled among the pines at 42 Eureka Ave. in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., is Image Photo & Events, a full-service, boutique photography studio specializing in children, high school seniors, families and events

While clients usually visit the studio to capture their special moments, this time it’s Image that’s celebrating: Happy birthday. The company is 40 years old. “We are so excited and grateful to

be celebrating our 40th birthday,” said Elizabeth Macy, owner of Image. “Image has been though many changes of the years. We thank our clients and friends for their continued support.”

Image’s history in Saratoga Springs dates back to 1972 when the business was founded by Macy’s parents, Milli and Mel. The original company began as a retail store on Broadway, which sold cameras and electronics. Soon, the camera’s more modern cousin appeared on the scene with inexpensive, consumer digital cameras that allowed anyone from teenagers and stay-at-home moms, to grandparents and hobbyists to snap photos, instantly review them and print them at home. Macy, who grew up in the business, says she always had a passion for photography. Changes that were happening in the industry right as Macy was graduating with a degree in business from the State University at Albany were perfect for a young, fearless photographer. “At that time, the photography world was just going digital, and I was able to bring exciting changes,” says Macy, who began to manage the business upon graduation, right as her parents were winding down and preparing to retire. While the digital revolution put thousands of photo printing shops out of business and contributed to the deaths of industry stalwarts like Konica and Agfa, which did not survive the changes as stand-alone companies (major players like Kodak and Fuji underwent restructuring and layoffs), Macy took advantage of the digital boom and added a portrait studio, establishing herself as a specialist, a necessary move in a market that would soon be dominated by big corporations. The move from Image’s previous


location on Broadway, where the company had been located for more than 35 years, was deliberate. The new studio is modern and round. Nestled on a lush, green property with amenities not found in big box mall studios, Macy was able to make good on her parents’ philosophy of providing quality products and great service. In addition to the ample greenery surrounding the buildling, perfect for outdoor photo shoots, the studio’s interior décor echoes the woodsy exterior with its unique pebble floor, indoor rock walls and a waterfall, which empties into an indoor pond. Small children, who might otherwise be nervous, like to watch and name the fish. This helps put them at ease, something Macy says makes it easier to capture their unique personalities, a goal she has for every client, especially high school seniors. A large number of Macy’s clients are soon-to-be graduates who come to her for senior portraits. Her goal is to let the teens’ personalities shine, whether they are sporty, edgy or creative. “We offer more unique and contemporary poses for our high school seniors,” says Macy. “It’s more like they get to be a model for a day.” To thank friends and clients for their support over the past 40 years, Image Studio is offering 40 percent off children/family sessions taking place by October 31. Visit Image Photo & Events online at or call them at (518) 584-0049.



Week of October 5 - October 11, 2012 Name Bubbles is Finalist for 'Best School Supply' in the 2012 She Knows Parenting Awards

Vahanian attends key financial advisor leadership conference

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Jeffrey Vahanian with President George W. Bush at the National Education Conference Certified Financial Planner, Jeffrey Vahanian joined 1,500 financial advisors from around the country at the Advisor Group inaugural National Education Conference September 9-13 in National Harbor, Maryland, where he participated in various educational sessions and upper management discussions. Vahanian, President of Vahanian & Associates Financial Planning Inc in Saratoga Springs, is a registered representative with Royal Alliance Associates, one of three leading independent broker/dealers comprising the Advisor Group network. At the conference he was installed as a permanent member of the Royal Alliance National Advisory Board after serving four years as board chairman. Keynote speakers included President George W. Bush, Steve Jobs biographer Walter Isaacson and former US Navy SEAL, Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of an ambush on his SEAL team in Afghanistan in 2005. The conference was focused on

three themes: Leadership, Service and Innovation. Vahanian said that “during these incredibly volatile times, financial advisors must embrace the importance of their leadership and service while continuing to seek innovative solutions that can help clients manage their financial lives. This conference was a tribute to these themes that matter most.” Vahanian’s firm offers investment management, retirement and financial planning guidance to high net worth individuals and their families. Vahanian & Associates is located at 60 Railroad Place in Saratoga Springs, NY (518)583-0891. Mr. Vahanian is also separately a registered representative offering securities through Royal Alliance Associates, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advisory services offered through Vahanian & Associates Financial Planning Inc., a registered investment advisor not affiliated with Royal Alliance Associates, Inc.

Name Bubbles has been selected as a finalist for Best School Supply in the 2012 SheKnows Parenting Awards. The award recognizes outstanding products in the parenting and pregnancy industry based on functionality, quality, safety and convenience. Winners will be selected by an organic voting process online and announced November 5, 2012 on Name Bubbles School Labels offer a variety of name labels for little scholars. These waterproof kids labels easily press and stick to a child’s school supplies, sports equipment and backpack. Each pack includes 88 labels that are microwave-, dishwasher- and laundry-safe, making them perfect for lunch boxes, water bottles and clothing, too. SheKnows editors created the

BUSINESS award program to recognize products within the parenting industry for true excellence. Spanning across 75 comprehensive sub-categories, from pregnancy essentials to baby gear, and eco-toys to tween favorites, the awards highlight the best items that parents (and kids) love. “The SheKnows Parenting Awards are a remarkable way to recognize the products that improve the lives of parents, parents-to-be and kids – it is an incredible achievement and Name Bubbles has clearly demonstrated they are a leader in the parenting industry.” - said Laura Willard, SheKnows parenting editor As a finalist, Name Bubbles will also be eligible to win an Editors’ Choice Award, which spotlights one specific brand per category chosen exclusively by the SheKnows Editorial Team. Through October 31, readers can access voting by visiting


Saratoga Hospital to Sell “Marylou Whitney Rose” Candle Marylou Whitney and her husband, John Hendrickson, have given Saratoga Hospital exclusive rights to sell the new “Marylou Whitney Rose” Yankee Candle, with hopes of raising $20,000 for the hospital’s new Community Health Resource Center. Candles are available in the hospital Gift Shoppe and at Treasures Boutique, 60 West Ave., Saratoga Springs. Treasures is operated by Saratoga Hospital Volunteer Guild. The candle bears the same scent as the Marylou Whitney tea rose, created in Whitney’s honor in 2010 as an 85th birthday gift from Hendrickson. The 22-ounce candle—Yankee Candle’s “large jar” size—will sell for $20. The goal is to sell 1,000 candles to raise $20,000 for the Center, which is expected to open in the first quarter of 2013. The center will be located at 24 Hamilton St., Saratoga Springs.




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Ballston Spa Schools Attempt to Prevent Bullying, Discuss Impact of Dignity Act on School District by Chelsea DiSchiano Saratoga TODAY At its Parent Teacher Association Council meeting October 2, officials from Ballston Spa School District discussed how a new law that is

intended to rid school environments of discrimination and harassment may impact schools. The Dignity Act, which was signed into law in September 2010 and put into effect this July 2012, will affect schools nationwide and

has several new requirements schools are mandated to implement. Schools are now expected to instruct children in civility, citizenship and character by providing sensitivity and awareness training. The act also requires schools’ codes of conduct to reflect the new mandates. In addition, each school must designate a Dignity Act Coordinator (DAC) in each school, and collect and report data regarding each incident of discrimination or harassment. Denise Jones, assistant superintendent for human resources and professional development, said school staff must now report any ongoing harassment they witness or hear about to the school’s DAC or principal. At the end of each school year, reports must be sent to the state and detail the types of bias involved in incidents: student and/or employ-

ee conduct; physical contact and/or verbal threats; intimidation or abuse; and the location where the incident occurred. Jones said students are now being taught to report incidents to teacher or other administration officials. “We’re working on a cultural shift—instead of using the words ‘tattling’ or ‘telling,’ we are trying to use the word ‘reporting’ instead,” she said. All reports will be investigated, and students can expect protection against retaliation for reports made in good faith so students can feel safe reporting incidents to school administrators. “If a student makes a report, we have an obligation to protect them from being retaliated against for making that claim,” Jones said. “If someone tries to sue someone else, there is protection that if you made

the claim in good faith, you are safe and cannot be held responsible.” Though the law won’t specifically address cyberbullying until next year, Ballston Spa schools are already addressing the issue. “We have been providing education about cyberbullying to students, which we are going to expand this year into digital citizenship and how to be an online citizen,” Jones said. “People have a lot more nerve to say things online because it’s a lot more anonymous, so it’s important that this issue be addressed.” Starting next year, schools will begin to act in cases of cyberbullying which may occur on or off campus when it creates a substantial risk to the school environment, interferes with a student’s educational performance or mental, emotional or physical well-being, or causes a student to fear for his or her safety.



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For now, each school in the Ballston Spa School District is applying different forms of character education for their students in order to prevent harassment behaviors. “We’ve taught students to be good and kind, but don’t know how often we teach them to treat themselves well,” said Pam Motler, principal of Ballston Spa Middle School. “If students don’t have self-respect, it’s difficult to respect others.” The middle school plans to teach this concept by adopting a school wide motto, “Excellence Begins With Me,” and launching a second campaign called Project Wisdom, through which staff read short, positive, targeted messages regarding how students make choices that will later affect them regarding tolerance, acceptance and all virtues. The school has also begun a small incentive program entitled Got Integrity? “If teachers catch a student being kind or doing the right thing, they give that student a ticket and we have two raffle drawings a month for prizes,” Motler said. Motler also described a similar program called Silver Spoon awards deserving students a ticket, by which they are entered into monthly drawings. Winning student may choose four friends to sit at a special table with a catered lunch. “Behavior in the cafeteria is great now because of this—we don’t need as many adults watching as we did a couple years ago,” she said. “I think in this day and age it’s about promoting positive behavior more than

focusing on how to punish kids who are doing the wrong thing.” Sharon D’Agostino, principal of Malta Avenue Elementary School, agreed with Motler about teaching positivity. “We too take on a positive approach, and each year we add a little more positive opportunities and activities for students,” D’Agostino said. “We have certain character traits that we are mindful of that change each month, and at school-wide meetings, students will perform skits and songs that promote positive character traits and positivity in general.” D’Agostino also added that the school sees character education as ongoing, and administration will continue to discuss additional ways to continue positive outlooks. Wood Road Elementary School and Milton Terrace North Elementary share a program called Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS), which holds the mantra “Be safe, be respectful, be responsible.” Ballston Spa High School works with the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI), a non-profit leadership training that works in schools internationally to eliminate prejudice and inter-group conflict in communities and schools. All staff and incoming freshman participate in the training yearly. Additionally, concepts like civility, respect, tolerance and dignity are incorporated into the curriculum of several core classes, including health, English, and social studies. Ballston Spa schools have a long journey ahead in attempting to prevent bullying and harassment in schools, but with the implementation of the Dignity Act this year, they are off to a good start.

“I think in this day and age it’s about promoting positive behavior more than focusing on how to punish kids who are doing the wrong thing.”

Education Briefs


Katrina Trask Nursery School Consignment Sale Katrina Trask Nursery School is holding its semiannual consignment sale Friday, October 12 from 3 – 8 p.m. and a half-price sale Saturday, October 13 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the American Legion located at 34 West Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY. Pre-sale passes are available for $10, allowing you to shop the event from Friday at noon until it opens to the public at 3 p.m. The sale will have everything you need for children: Furniture, toys, books, videos, baby gear, maternity and nursing clothes, and children’s clothes for infants to children’s size 10/12. In addition to raising money to help run the cooperative nursery school, they reach out to families and charities in need within the community and supply them with free clothing and gear by donating unsold items following the sale. For more information, call (518) 584-8968 or visit their website at Lake Avenue School Receives National Blue Ribbon Award Lake Avenue Elementary is one of 19 New York State schools to win

a 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools award. Given by the U.S. Department of Education, the blue ribbon award sets a standard of excellence for all schools striving for the highest level of achievement. Lake Avenue was nominated in the category of “exemplary high performing,” as one of the state’s highest performing schools as measured by performance on state assessments. The school will hold a Blue Ribbon Showcase October 20 from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. with free food, music and fun to celebrate the award. The showcase will be held at the school, located at 126 Lake Ave in Saratoga Springs, NY.The showcase will be held at the school, located at 126 Lake Ave in Saratoga Springs, NY. Course Offered on Book Writing and Publishing A course for aspiring authors interested in writing and selling books will be held on Wednesdays, October 10, 17 and 24, 2012 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Hudson Valley Community College. “No Excuses: Writing and Selling Your Book” is offered through the Office of Community and Professional Education. Course fee is $55, which includes a coursebook. To register, telephone (518) 629-7339.

---Mary Guadrón, Ph.D., Receives 2012 Altes Award

Jane W. Altes, left, presents the 2012 Altes Award to Mary Guadrón, right SUNY Empire State College Mentor and Assistant Professor Mary Guadrón, Ph.D., of Ballston Spa, has received the 2012 Altes Prize for Exemplary Community Service for her volunteer work with the Saratoga County Office for the Aging’s Ombudsman Program. Named for Jane W. Altes, former long-time vice president of academic affairs and interim president of the college from 1998-00, the Altes Prize is awarded by the college annually to recognize exemplary community service by a college faculty member who applies his or her academic expertise to address important community issues.




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Adirondack Christian Fellowship 8 Mountain Ledge, Wilton 587-0623; Services: Sunday 8 a.m. & 10 a.m.

Corinth Free Methodist Church 20 Hamilton Ave. 654-9255; 792-0271 Services: Sunday at 10 a.m.

Hope Church 206 Greenfield Ave., Ballston Spa 885-7442 Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

Adirondack Friends Meeting 27 Saratoga Ave., S. Glens Falls 793-3755, AdirondackFM@; Regina Baird Haag, pastoral minister Services: 10:30 a.m. Sunday

Corinth United Methodist Church 243 Main Street 654-2521; Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m.

Jonesville United Methodist 963 Main St., Clifton Park 877-7332 Services: Sunday 8:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.; Sunday School 9:30 a.m.

The Alliance Church 257 Rowland St., Ballston Spa 885-6524 Services: Morning Worship 10:30 a.m.

Cornerstone Community Church Malta Commons 899-7001; Associate Pastor Paul Shepherd Services: Sundays at 10:30 a.m.

Assembly of God Faith Chapel 6 Burgoyne St., Schuylerville 695-6069 Rev. Jason Proctor Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m.

Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Community 2001 Route 9, Round Lake 877-8506, Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m.; Weekday Masses: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.

Assembly of God Saratoga 118 Woodlawn Ave., Saratoga Springs 584-6081 Services: Sunday Worship 10 a.m., coffee served at 9:45 a.m.

Eastern Orthodox Christ the Savior 349 Eastline Road, Ballston Spa 786-3100; Services: Sunday: 9:15 a.m.

Bacon Hill Reformed Church 560 Route 32N, Bacon Hill 695-3074 Rev. Janet Vincent Services: Worship service 10 a.m. Sunday School 10 a.m. All are welcome. Handicapped accessible.

First Baptist Church of Saratoga Springs 45 Washington St. 584-6301 Services: Sunday: 11 a.m.

Baha’i Community of Saratoga Springs 584-9679; 692-7694; Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa 885-7312; Services: Sunday Worship Service, 10:30 a.m. Ballston Spa United Methodist Church 101 Milton Ave. 885-6886 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Bethesda Episcopal Church 41 Washington St., Saratoga Springs 584-5980 Services: Sunday 6:30, 8 & 10 a.m. Church of Christ at Clifton Park 7 Old Route 146 371-6611; Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Christ Community Reformed Church 1010 Route 146, Clifton Park 371-7654; Services: Sundays 10 a.m. Christ Episcopal Church Routes 50 & 67, Ballston Spa 885-1031 Services: Sunday 8 & 10 a.m. Christian Restoration Ministries Saratoga Senior Center 5 Williams St., Saratoga Springs 796-4323 Pastor Pat Roach Services: Sunday 10 a.m.; 6:30 p.m. Congregation Shaara Tfille 84 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga Springs 584-2370; Services: Saturday 9:30 a.m., Monday & Thursday 7:30 a.m., third Friday each month 7:30 p.m. Handicapped Accessible

First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa 202 Milton Ave. (Rt. 50) 885-8361; Services: 10:15 a.m. First Presbyterian Church of Ballston Spa 22 West High St. 885-5583 Services: Sunday at 10 a.m. Full Gospel Tabernacle 207 Redmond Road, Gansevoort 793-2739 Services: Sunday 10 a.m.; Bible Study: Thursday 6:30 p.m. Galway United Methodist Church 2056 East Street (at intersection of Route 147), Galway 882-6520 Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. (9:00 a.m. in July and August) Grace Brethren Church 137 W. Milton Rd., Ballston Spa 587-0649 Rev. Dan Pierce Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Handicapped accessible. Greater Grace Community Church Pastor David Moore 899-7777, Services: Wednesday 7:30 pm. Good Times Restaurant, Lake Rd. 2nd floor;. Friday 7:30 pm Saratoga Chapel, Eastline & Lake Rds; Sunday 10am - Glenville Senior Center, 32 Worden Rd. Greenfield Center Baptist Church 30 Wilton Rd., Greenfield Center 893-7429 Services: Sunday School for all ages - 9:45 a.m. Church Service - 11 a.m. Prayer Meeting - Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Highway Tabernacle Church 90 River Rd., Mechanicville 664-4442 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m.

Living Springs Community Church 59 Pine Rd., Saratoga Springs 584-9112 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Living Waters Church of God 4330 State Rt. 50, Saratoga Springs 587-0484; Services: Sundays 10 a.m. Malta Presbyterian Church Dunning Street, Malta 899-5992 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Malta Ridge United Methodist Church 729 Malta Ave., Ext. 581-0210 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Middle Grove United Methodist Church 581-2973 Pastor Bonnie Bates Services: Sunday 9 a.m. Handicapped accessible New Horizon Church 150 Perry Road Saratoga Springs 587-0711 Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. New Life Fellowship 51 Old Gick Rd. Saratoga Springs 580-1810; Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m.-noon Childcare is available at all services. NorthStar Church Shenendehowa High School West Auditorium Clifton Park 371-2811; Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Old Saratoga Reformed Church 48 Pearl St., Schuylerville Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Handicapped accessible. Old Stone Church (American Baptist) 159 Stone Church Rd., Ballston Spa 583-1002 Services: Sunday: 9 a.m.; Adult Sunday School 9:00; Service 10:30 Coffee & Fellowship in Living Stone Hall; Wednesday: noon potluck luncheon; 1 p.m. choir rehearsal; 2 p.m. Bible Study Group Presbyterian-NE Congregational Church 24 Circular St. Saratoga Springs 584-6091; Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Quaker Springs United Methodist Church 466 Route 32 South 695-3101; Pastor Al Johnson Services: Sunday 9 a.m. Handicapped accessible.


River of Hope Fellowship 100 Saratoga Village Blvd. Malta Cmns., Ste. 3, Malta 881-1505; Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

Saratoga United Methodist Church Henning Rd. Saratoga Springs 584-3720; Services: Sunday 9 & 10:45 a.m. Handicapped accessible.

Roman Catholic Church of St. Peter 241 Broadway Saratoga Springs 584-2375 Services: Eucharistic Celebrations: Saturday 5 p.m.; Sunday 7:30, 9 & 11 a.m.

Saratoga Seventh-Day Adventist Church 399 Union Ave. Saratoga Springs 882-9384; Services: Sabbath School: 10 a.m. Worship Service: 11:30 a.m.

St. Clement’s Roman Catholic Church 231 Lake Ave. Saratoga Springs 584-6122 Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8, 9:30, 11:15 a.m. & 5 p.m.

Shenendehowa United Methodist 971 Route 146, Clifton Park 371-7964 Services: Sunday 7:45, 9 & 10:45 a.m.; Acts II Contempory 10:45 a.m.

St. George's Episcopal Church 912 Route 146 Clifton Park 371-6351; Services: Saturday 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 8 & 9:30 a.m. St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church 3159 Route 9N Greenfield Center 893-7680;; Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 10:30 a.m. Handicapped accessible St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church 167 Milton Ave. Ballston Spa 885-7411; Services: Saturday 4 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., noon. Handicapped accessible St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church 771 Route 29 Rock City Falls 893-7680;; Services: Sunday 8:30 am. Handicapped accessible. St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 149 Lake Ave. Saratoga Springs 584-0904 Services: Saturday 5 p.m. with Holy Communion. Sundays 8:30 & 11 a.m. with Holy Communion.

Simpson United Methodist Church Rock City Rd. Rock City Falls 885-4794 Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Soul Saving Station for Every Nation Christ Crusaders of America 62 Henry St. Saratoga Springs 584-3122 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. Temple Sinai 509 Broadway Saratoga Springs 584-8730 Friday 8 p.m. Oneg Sabbat Saturday 10:30 a.m. Oneg Sabbat Handicapped accessible The Salvation Army Worship, Service & Community Center 27 Woodlawn Ave. Saratoga Springs 584-1640; Mail-P.O. Box 652 Captain Aaron A. Boone, Sr.; Captain Amber S. Boone Commanding Officers/Ministers Services: Sunday School 10 a.m.; Praise & Worship 11 a.m. Trinity United Methodist Church 155 Ballard Rd. Gansevoort 584-9107 Rev. Patti Molik-Pastor Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

St. Peter Lutheran Church 2776 Route 9, Malta 583-4153 Saturday: 5:00 pm Sunday: 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 11:30 am (June-August 11:00 am)

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs 624 North Broadway 584-1555; Services, Nursery Care, and Religious Education: Sundays 10 a.m. Youth Group: Sundays 11:30 a.m.

St. Thomas of Canterbury 242 Grooms Rd., Halfmoon Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

Unity Church in Albany 21 King Ave. 453-3603 Services: Sunday 9 a.m. & 11 a.m.

Saratoga Abundant Life Church 2325 Route 50 South Saratoga Springs 885-5456; Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m.

West Charlton United Presbyterian Church 1331 Sacandaga Rd. 882-9874 Rev. Thomas Gregg, Pastor Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m.

Saratoga Chabad 130 Circular St. Saratoga Springs 526-0773;; Saratoga Friends Meeting (Quaker) Rts. 32 and 71 Quaker Springs 587-7477; 399-5013 Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

Wilton Baptist Church 755 Saratoga Rd, Wilton 583-2736;; Services: Sunday Service 11 a.m.



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OBITUARIES step-sisters, Suzanne (Mike) Deweese and Debbie (Ray) Auricchio; a step-brother, Chris (Diane) Richardson and his girlfriend, Alison Manning. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, October 5 at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.

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Dorothy Hensley

Seth Kirkpatrick Ramsdill Saratoga Springs, NY Seth Kirkpatrick Ramsdill, 42, passed away Sunday, September 30. Born at Saratoga Hospital on October 28, 1969, he was the son of Lester Ramsdill, Jr. and the late Suzan Dwyer Richardson and step-son of Scott Richardson. Survivors include his two brothers, Chris (Dione) and Zack (Robyn); three half-brothers, Lester (Linda), Terry and Keith (Judi); two


1934 - 2003 Family ties are lasting bonds, That are woven in each heart To keep a family close in thought, Together or apart.

Love you forever Mom, Robin, Dave, Beth, James, Carolina & Nadine

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Health and Support Groups Pain Management Support Group Wilton Medical Arts Conference Room 1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month, from 3 - 4:30 p.m. This support group is for people with chronic pain such as low back or neck pain, other spine pain, fibromyalgia, arthritis pain, chronic migraines, cancer pain, or chronic pain from other causes. Registration is required. Call Judy or Nichole at (518) 886-5100

Caregiver support group Evergreen Adult Day Services, 357 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa Trudi Cholewinski, (518) 691-1516 Last Tuesday of each month, 3-4 p.m. This group is designed for caregivers, families and friends of people with dementia.

Parkinson's Support Group Woodlawn Commons, Saratoga Springs Third Monday, at 2 p.m. Joyce Garlock, (518) 885-6427 This meeting is open to anyone with Parkinson's disease, family members and friends.

Breast Cancer Support Group 110 Spring Street Saratoga Springs Every other Wednesday at 10 a.m. Ann Krischer, (518) 439-5975 A group offering support to individuals and those affected by breast cancer.

Parents Without Partners Shenedehowa Adult Community Center, at Clifton Commons (518) 348-2062 Single parents are invited to meet other single parents in a fun, supportive, social environment.

Glens Falls Area Celiac-Sprue Support Group Glens Falls Hospital Auditorium A Jean McLellan, (518) 584-6702 or 584-6702.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Annual membership is $26 with monthly dues of $5. For those looking for support in losing weight in a sensible manner. Adamsville Baptist Church, Corner of Routes 196 and 43, Hudson Falls Every Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

Helping Grieve Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs 2nd Wednesday, 6:30 - 8 p.m. Brenda Devaney - (518) 581-0800

Saratoga Springs Debtors Anonymous United Methodist Church Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30 p.m. There are no dues or fees; the only requirement for membership is a desire to stop incurring unsecured debt.

Community Corner



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Salvation Army Now Accepting Christmas Assistance Applications The Salvation Army located at 27 Woodlawn Avenue in Saratoga Springs, NY is now accepting Christmas Assistance applications from those who are seeking assistance this holiday season. The dates are: October 11-12, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 5 – 6 p.m. and October 17 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Please bring the following information with you: Identification, social security cards for all listed members of the

Happy 7th Birthday, Hunter!

household, birth certificates for all children, proof of income (pay stub, social security income, SSI, SSD, Workers’ Comp, Public Assistance, Food Stamps, etc.), proof of expenses (Rent, utilities, fuel and other major expenses), and proof of address (if no utility bill). All applicants must apply in person—no exceptions will be made. Call (518) 584-1640 for more information.



Tooth fairy club

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


Happy 1st Birthday, Cyra! Happy First Birthday! (on October 12) to Cyra Stark Friedlander, of Dallas, Texas. Cyra is the source of joy for her parents, Morgan Ward and Jeffrey Friedlander, of Dallas; and her grandparents, Helen Edelman, of Wilton; Douglas Ward, of Saratoga Springs; and Gil and Lynn Friedlander, of Dallas.

Thorobred Toastmasters Upcoming Meeting Public speaking and the development of leadership skills are the focus of Thorobred Toastmasters, a community club open to anyone interested in practicing these skills in an engaging, no-pressure, supportive environment. Saratoga Thorobred Toastmasters next meeting will be Monday, October 8, from 6 - 7 p.m. at Longfellows Restaurant in Saratoga. Longfellows Restaurant is located at 550 Union Avenue (Route NY9P), Saratoga Springs. For additional club information: All are welcome.

New 2013 Relay For Life Meeting People are needed to start planning the 2013 American Cancer Society Relay in Saratoga in June 2013. We will meet Wednesday, October 10, 2012, at the Residence Inn on Excelsior Avenue starting with food at 6 p.m. and continuing with the meeting at 6:30 p.m. This is a great time to come and learn about the relay and what we hope to accomplish and help us make some new plans. The group seeks new ideas and individuals who want to find out more about the relay, held at the East Side Recreation Field in Saratoga June 7-8, 2013. There are many ways to help with the relay planning activities, joining a team, getting donations, helping at the relay putting in whatever time you can, or just help us with suggestions. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. For more information or to RSVP, call Marcy at (518)-893-0671 or Nicole at (518)-857-0161.


Mom, Dad & Tabor

Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge to Host Breakfast Buffet On October 7, 2012 from 8:30-11 a.m., Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge will host a breakfast buffet for the public. The buffet will cost adults $7, seniors and military $6, children 5-12 $5, and children under 5 are free. Takeouts are $8. Call (518) 584-2585 for more information. Other upcoming events are:

10/10/12 from 4:30-7 PM: Roast Beef Dinner 10/21/12 from 8:30-11 AM: Breakfast Buffet 10/24/12 from 4:30-7 PM: Scallop Potato & Ham & Chicken n’ Biscuits Dinner

Ballston Spa Indoor Farmers’ Market The Ballston Spa Farmers’ Market will continue indoors one Saturday per month from October 2012 through May 2013. Many vendors from the outdoor market will attend the indoor market, which will be held at 50 West High Street in the Cornell Cooperative Extension auditorium from 9 a.m. until noon on October 6, November 3, December 1, January 5, February 9, March 16, April 6 and May 4. For more information, please visit the BSBPA website or call (518) 885-2772.

Lila The tooth fairy club is sponsored by:

659 Saratoga Rd. Gansevoort, NY 12831 (518) 226-6010

Republican Chairman “Jasper” Nolan Retirement Party Friends of John “Jasper” Nolan, Saratoga County Republican Chairman, are hosting a retirement party for the long-time chairman on Friday, October 12 from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Holiday Inn at 232 Broadway in Saratoga Springs, NY. The cost for the event (including gift) is $50/person.

Please contact Rose Zacek at (518) 538-7518 (cell) or (518) 5874423 (home) for reservations, no later than October 7. Mail checks to: Friends of John “Jasper” Nolan, 40 Oak St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.



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Homecoming 2012 Parade Takes Over Downtown Saratoga Springs SARATOGA SPRINGS - The annual homecoming parade made its way through downtown Saratoga Springs on the soggy afternoon of September 28. Students at Saratoga Springs High School built floats and marched with their fellow classmates prior to the varsity football team’s home game against Guilderland later that evening. The Blue Streaks would come up short against Guilderland by a final score of 30-21. The homecoming dance was held the next evening at Saratoga Springs High School.

Malta Town Board Recap for 10/1 by Chelsea DiSchiano Saratoga TODAY The Malta Town Board held a meeting Oct. 1, addressing several issues, including the town’s tentative budget for 2013, a driveway maintenance law and revision of the budget for the highway garage expansion. The tentative 2013 budget will continue its run of no town taxes except for those that are voterapproved, including the library taxes of $.14 per thousand and the service award program for ambulance service volunteers at a tax rate of $.01 per thousand. The tentative budget assumes that sales tax revenues, mortgage taxes and building permits will all continue to increase in 2013. The budget also includes the use of $35,000 of the town’s “rainy day” fund to cover appropriations that are not considered the town’s core missions but will benefit the town’s residents. Town Supervisor Paul Sausville added that this tentative budget plan is just the beginning of the process of deciding the actual budget, and that the town will hold budget workshops to determine the details of the actual budget. Other issues the town addressed at the meeting included a controversial driveway maintenance law, which would attempt to control discharge of debris and sand onto public roads in Malta. The problem was initiated by a resident who has cre-

ated hazardous conditions on his/her road and property yet is refusing to comply with the town on removing the hazards. One resident at the meeting objected to the law, saying that it was “overkill” and that it would give the local government more unnecessary power. Councilman John Hartzell defended the law, saying that the Town Board has sat through many long meetings to discuss the issue and identify other options, but that some people won’t comply no matter what they try, leading to this final act. “At the end of the day, we can’t have hazards on our roads and not get it taken care of,” Hartzell said. The law will have four components: Identifying the problem, bringing in the individual, reviewing the matter, and trying to reconcile the problem. If after these four steps the individual still won’t fix the problem, he or she will then have to deal with local law enforcement. The board carried a motion to move forward with the law. Last, the board revised the budget for the highway garage expansion. The budget originally sat at $2.1 million, but changes — adding a fifth floor of the garage, laying brick on the outside and higherthan-anticipated bids by contractors — have increased the budget need to $2.8 million. The motion to increase the budget was passed by the Town Board.

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Moss as an Interior Finish? Oh Yes! A Special Supplement to Saratoga TODAY • Pages 17-32

So, next time you’re looking to spruce up the home or workplace, don’t forget about the basic principles of biophilic design. Including natural light, plants and moss in particular can have a longlasting impact on your mood, attitude and even work ethic. Green Conscience Home & Garden is located at 33 Church St. in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. It is a retail showroom that offers a variety of nontoxic and ecofriendly home improvement products, such as paint, flooring, clay plasters, carpets, kitchen cabinets and beds. For more information, call (518) 306-5196 or email:

by Stefanie Schaefer and Karen Totino for Saratoga TODAY If you have heard of, and are interested in, biophilic design, then using moss as an interior finish makes perfect sense. But we’re guessing that many of you are not familiar with the term “biophilic design.” The term biophilia means “love of life or living systems.” “Stephen Kellert, a social ecologist, has spent much of his career thinking and writing about biophilia,” according to Yale Environment 360 (December 2009). “Biophilic Design, therefore, is an exploration of how we cut ourselves off from nature in the way we design the buildings and neighborhoods where we live and work. And it’s an argument for reconnecting these spaces to the natural world, with plenty of windows, daylight, fresh air, plants and green spaces, natural materials, and decorative motifs from the natural world.” So, biophilia itself is the innate human affinity for nature, and biophilic design is creating living and working environments that allow you to go back to your roots and retain that connection with nature. This is a no-brainer for homeowners but sometimes forgotten about at

the workplace. In creating an outdoor environment in an indoor work environment, it’s proven (and logically so) that workers are more productive and more likely to come to work. Biophilic design can be achieved in the most basic of ways through an abundance of natural light, fresh air and plants. One plant, however, that has been surprisingly absent from the design equation, is moss. Moss is fairly easy to grow, can be incorporated into design quite easily and can cover a large surface area. Think of moss as a material on par with a rug or tapestry. It can be hung, used on furniture, displayed as artwork, used as paneling or as a decorative accent on lamps. One major supplier, Verde Profilo (available through Capital Interior Scapes), demonstrates how creative one can be using moss as an artistic element in interior spaces. There are dozens of different types and colors of moss you can use, including ball moss, island moss and forest moss. Most mosses are fairly easy to maintain. Take the moss bathmat, for example. The humidity within your bathroom and those few water droplets are all that’s needed to keep your little moss garden sprouting all year round. The water from your feet provides the daily moisture requirements needed for the moss to survive.

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7 Chestnut Hill Drive Home

Welcome Home

by Chelsea DiSchiano Saratoga TODAY R.J. Taylor Builders Inc. presents 7 Chestnut Hill Drive as October’s featured home of the month. Situated in the Town of Wilton with a Saratoga Springs address, this location is convenient for the whole family. Only three miles from downtown Saratoga, two miles from Wilton Mall and just 10 minutes from GlobalFoundries, this charming neighborhood consists of 16 lots between ¾ to 3½ acres and has all the necessities for your

dream home. Boasting 3,300 square feet, four bedrooms and 3½ baths, this spacious, two-story house has all the room your family will need and more. The floor plan features an open family room where the whole family can relax in front of a warm fireplace with a wood mantel, raised hearth and cultured stone surround, per the builder’s design. The room is adjacent to the open breakfast nook and kitchen areas, both of which show off custom-built cream cabinets. Five recessed and two pendant lights hang above a glazed, dark-stained island and provide

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plenty of light. The open-floor plan along with lofty nine-foot ceilings create a great space for entertaining family and friends on the first floor. An elegant study with two single-glass French doors stands by the foyer and family room, all of which have wide, upgraded molding, large windows and plenty of lighting. Additionally, a mudroom featuring tile floors, an entry closet and a custom-built seat with a wainscot back and coat hooks is conveniently next to the laundry room. The laundry room leads to a spacious and bright three-car garage.

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The front of the house also features a foyer porch with two wood columns and a concrete slab floor where you can enjoy a morning cup of coffee in the fresh air before starting your day. On the second floor, a luxurious master bedroom with carpet flooring and two walk-in closets provide plenty of storage and comfort for the homeowner. The deluxe master bath has a solid-surface top with double-bowl sinks from the builder’s selection along with two vanity cabinets, a five-foot straight whirlpool tub and a four-foot tile shower with a built-in seat. The remainder of the second floor contains three spacious bedrooms with carpet, walk-in closets and large windows to add plenty of natural light. Both the guest bathroom and the main bathroom have tile floors, three-foot vanity cabinets, Corian sink tops with Kohler Fairfax faucets and fiberglass tubs and shower units. The upstairs area also contains an open space above the downstairs foyer to make the home even more airy and open. This charming home is under construction by builder R.J. Taylor. Seven lots remain. For families looking to buy, it should be noted that neighborhood children may attend the excellent Saratoga Springs School District. For more information on the house or the neighborhood, contact Colleen Guarino of Realty USA at (518) 248-7658 or



AMENITIES: Four bedrooms Three-and-a-half baths Approximately 3,300 square feet Open foyer area with hardwood floors and Craftsman-style classic entry door Kitchen with custom cabinets, an island and breakfast nook Mudroom Family room with nine-foot ceilings and a fireplace Attached three-car garage Dining room with hardwood floors, crown molding and large front windows Air Flo Central Air Lennox high-efficiency hot-air gas furnace Walk-in closets Front foyer porch with two wood columns L-shaped staircase with oak treads, square newel posts and oak top rail Powder room with Kohler Fairfax faucets and Kohler water closet

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Safety First with Snow Blowers Home

Consider the following safety tips when operating snow blowers: • Stop the engine and use a long stick to unclog the wet snow and debris from the machine. Do NOT use your hands to unclog a snow blower. • Always keep hands and feet away from all moving parts. • Never leave the machine running in an enclosed area. • Add fuel to the tank outdoors before starting the machine; don’t add gasoline to a running or hot engine. Always keep the gasoline can capped and store gasoline out of the house and away from ignition sources. • If you have an electric-powered snow blower, be aware of where the power cord is at all times. by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY Snow blowers make fast work of snow covering driveways and sidewalks, which makes them popular with homeowners looking to avoid shoveling. Jerry Patterson of Adirondack Equipment Repair as well as representatives of the Amputee Coalition of America offer reminders on snow blower safety and maintenance that could save you both money and limbs. “The biggest no-no when operating a snow blower is when people reach their hands into the chute to unclog the snow that can build up in them,” said Patterson. “Once you free up the jam, the motor could start up and the blades could start spinning again and cause injury. I’ve had people in the store who’ve lost fingers doing just that.” According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, recent injury reports indicate almost 600 finger amputations occur due to improper operation of snow blowers or snow throwers. The majority of these incidents happen when users attempt to clear snow from the discharge chute or debris from the augers with their hands. “As the snowfall increases, the number of snow blower injuries rise. Fully understanding the equipment and never touching the machine while it is in operation will help prevent injuries and amputations,” said Kendra Calhoun, president and CEO of the Amputee Coalition of America.

“These machines, like lawn mowers, make our lives easier, but they both involve fast-moving mechanical parts and they can cause serious injuries.” The CPSC reports that each year, approximately 5,740 emergency room-related injuries are associated with snow blowers. The agency has received reports of 19 deaths since 1992. Fatalities include people getting caught in the machine as well as carbon monoxide poisoning. Patterson said there are other ways to unjam a fussy snow blower without reaching in toward the churning gears. “You can use a broom handle to knock the snow and ice free. A lot of the newer snow blowers come with a plastic chute tool that is mounted on the front of the machine. It’s basically a hard plastic rod that you can use to reach in there and break up the jam.” Patterson added that regular maintenance to your snow blower should help make sure it’s ready to handle any kind of winter weather. “If when you’re running it and you have to keep the choke partially on to keep the engine running, or if the engine is surging up and down, that’s a sign that the carburetor needs to be cleaned. We’re seeing a lot of dirty carburetors this year because there was so little snow last winter. Many snow blowers just sat the whole summer, the whole winter and then the summer after that. The carburetors are getting varnished up from the gasoline that’s been sitting for so long.”

• NEVER let a child under the age of 18 operate a snow blower. While statistics aren’t available for child-related snow blower injuries, it is known that 600 children each year lose an arm or hand to lawn mowers. faucets and Kohler water closet

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Property Transactions Ballston 112 Lake Hill Rd. $170,000. Ronald and Dawn Wetsel sold property to Denes Laplante. 32 Chesterwood Ct. $212,000. Paul Baker sold property to Dimitri and Melissa Martynyuk. 344 Goode St. $170,000. Derrick and Jamie Irish sold property to Tyler and Ashley Oliver. 20 Lancaster Ct. $318,970. Traditional Builders, LTD sold property to William Wells. 5 Knottingley Place $306,005. Traditional Builders, LTD sold property to Anthony Bennett. 32 Forest Rd. $170,900. Margaret Giedroc and Carl Bobik (Exec.) sold property to Danny and Donica Anderson. 49 Goode St. $245,500. Katherine McGuire sold property to Donald Walbroehl and Jennifer Fritz Walbroehl. Charlton Rd. $115,000. Ralph and Nancy Rusilas sold property to Andrew and Heather Holt. 3 Forestbrook Dr. $318,984. Heritage Builders Group, LLC sold property to Patrick and Christine Daly. 10 Roseland Blvd. $165,000. Terry and Claire Bryant sold property to Melissa Capron. 11 Jovan Ct. $340,000. Michael and Leslie Mills sold property to Robert and Jessica Lopresti.

Clifton Park 46 Hemlock Lane $290,000. James and Barbara Prochillo sold property to John Vandish and Mindy Martin. 55 Southbury Rd. $179,000. Kathleen Saxe sold property to Elizabeth Couturier and Nicholas Landry. 42 Male Rd. $182,000. Federal National Mortgage Assoc. sold property to Eric and Robert Mackey. 7 Timber Terrace $249,000. Israel and Myriam Santos sold property to William and Heather Foley. 10 Bent Pine Hollow $273,000. Sandra and Mark Dionne (trustees) sold property to Garnetta Chiaramonte. 95 Longkill Rd. $302,800. MA Schafer Construction, Inc. sold property to Martha Snyder. 57 Southbury Rd. $275,000. Steinar and Robin Flatland sold property to Judith Schoonbeck. 8 Hemlock Dr. $182,500. Paul and Debra Russman sold property to Erin Pitts and Merri Welt. 5205 Forest Pointe Dr. $156,000. Mary Jane Horne sold property to Dolores Kindl. 7 Pond View Dr. $402,000. Tralongo Builders, Inc. sold property to Xin Wang and Wei Lu. 4 Aspen Lane $255,000. Four Aspen Lane, LLC sold property to David and Mary Blanchette. 15 Garnsey Rd. $125,650. Julie Frances (as Ref) sold property to Olive Bay, LLC.

Home 22B Carriage Rd. $169,950. Shirley French sold property to Cristina Coloccia. 6 Nott Rd. $311,340. William and Margaret Pupkis sold property to Marcus and Louise Hanwell. 25 Mohawk Trail $179,900. Elizabeth Murray sold property to Colleen Murray. 564 Englemore Rd. $65,000. George Cavooris sold property to Peter and Jennifer Trodden. 37 Huntington Parkway $246,000. Mitchell Nesler sold property to Mark Wright. 6 Carrington Ct. $430,548. Abele Limited Partnership sold property to Kyle and Sarah Osborne. 29 Grant Hill Ct. $223,500. Brodie Rich (Exec) sold property to Zekria and Maria Latifi. 140 Wood Dale Dr. $270,000. Nicholas and Rosalie Amodio sold property to Ronald and Marion Field. 1147 Route 146A $90,000. Robert and Erin Swatling sold property to Donald and Theresa Reckner. 79 Stoney Creek Dr. $172,500. Patricia Hoffman sold property to Stephen Dautel. 267 Lapp Rd. $240,000. Kenneth and Grace Keefer sold property to Boni Enterprises, LLC. 11 Tracey Court $425,000. Chang Seo Park and Ohk Mee Kim sold property to James and Sarah Redick. 17 Birch Hill Rd. $412,500. Laura and Greg Mazula sold property to Rachael and Joel Harpootlian. 12 Willow Brook Lane $259,000. Patrick and Ellen Fitzpatrick sold property to Michael and Francine Guido. 20 Michelle Dr. $330,000. John and Catherine Sawchuk sold property to Victor and Laya Chakraborty. 72 Via Da Vinci $335,000. Lowell Teigjerd (ind. and as agent) sold property to Raita and Jennifer Hoech. 58 Old Coach Rd. $200,850. Thomas Finegan sold property to Don Crego. 36 Evergreen Ave. $239,500. Jonathan and Jennifer McDade sold property to George Martell.

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17 Balsam Way $413,000. ER Land Development, LLC. sold property to William and Jean Sofko. 1 Barcelona Dr. $240,000. Thomas M. Howley (trustee) sold property to Jeffery and Beverly Berube.

Malta 77 Blue Spruce Lane $214,000. Rev. Mikhail Myshcuk (Exec.) sold property to Daniel and Kahli Patell. 18 Bellflower Rd. $257,500. Ben and Carol Radabaugh sold property to Roberta Huston Fiore. 10 Callaghan Blvd. $448,752. Blitman Rosen Development, LLC sold property to Thomas and Lisa Prusinowski. 75 Blue Spruce Lane $259,000. Norman Vokes sold property to Lisa Salmon. 21 Vettura Court $85,000. Park Place at Malta, LLC sold property to Mark Lee LLC. 33 George Ave. $161,500. Thomas Gliserman sold property to Jesse and Jessica Max. 34 Collamer Dr. $188,000. Robert and Donna Gizzi sold property to Janey and Shawne Camp. Saratoga Springs 14 Ritchie Place $270,000. Ryan and Jennifer Anderson sold property to Jeffrey Whiteside. 22 Patricia Lane $245,000. John Hackett sold property to Robert and Lorraine Wright. 200 West Circular St. $330,000. Rory O'Connor and Catherine Howard sold property to Louis and Cheryl Rinaldi. 44 Thoroughbred Dr. $320,000. Mary Correa sold property to Cheryl Mazierski. 19 Rolling Brook Rd. $780,000. Terry Julius and Michele Mehler sold property to Joseph and Patricia LaRosa. 22 Tiffany Place $342,500. Thomas and Carole Highfield sold property to Sean Patrick and Jennifer Bunney. 33 S. Franklin St. $165,000. Jean Philippe Haden West sold property to Mark and Dolores Bailey.



9 Trottingham Dr. $175,500. Dennis and Gabrielle Haynes sold property to Zachary Marshall. 5 Willow Lane $440,326. McPadden Builders LLC sold property to Kenneth Sandall and Barbara Ann Phelps Sandall. 35 Casino Dr. $266,000. Laura Stewart Noeker sold property to Daniel Charleson. 12 Rolling Brook Dr. $1,098,000. Keith Cavayero and Elysa Baron sold property to Timothy and Michelle Lynch. 37 Central Ave. $342,225. David Bassani and Robert Haren sold property to Peter Phelan and Patricia Sands Phelan. 42 West Circular St. $270,000.Teresa Major sold property to Pamela and Jean Michel Huret. 12 Crommelin Dr. $229,700. James Lantz (ind. as Trustee and Exec) sold property to Allison Porter. 52 Regatta View Dr. $2,225,000. Peter and Kathleen Belmonte sold property to Margaret Devoe. 18 Avery St. $352,000. Jason, Carole and Eric Tarantino sold property to Scott and Debra Cartier. NYS Route 9N $625,000. Hearthstone Development LLC sold property to 400 Church Street LLC. 15 Thomas St. $248,000. Richard Duerr sold property to Scott Ciampa. 10 Marjorie Dr. $210,000. Timothy and Colleen Yates sold property to Krystina Kalinowski. 61 Lawrence St. $100,000. William and Sharon Wardell sold property to Hidden Square LLC. 54 Phila St. Unit 403 $1,322,250. 54 Phila Street Development Co. sold property to Dexter and Deborah Senft. 87 Railroad Place Unit 301 $485,000. Michael Campisi sold property to Mary Lentini. Stillwater 24 Russell Dr. $230,000. Stephen Streeter and William Perry Jr. sold property to Meghan Gervais. 97 County Route 75 $207,000. Diana Feeser sold property to Kevin Bromski and Carrie Simoncic. 107 Sawmill Hill Rd. $200,000. Ann Raymond (Life Estate), Frank and Sharon Raymond sold property to David and Carolyn Samora. Battle Ridge Place $187,500. First Niagara Realty sold property to Van Veghten Construction LLC. 7 Artillery Approach $95,000. Brigadier Estates LLC sold property to Camelot Associates Development. Wilton 40 Worth Rd. $405,000. Walter and Sue Jennings sold property to Karl and Pamela Schonheinz. 27 Ballard Rd. $60,000. DL J Mortgage Capital Inc. sold property to Randall Countermine. 18 Preserve Way $365,900. Charles Ferguson IV sold property to Kyle and Laura Delair. 3 Preston Ct. $315,000. John and Jennifer Rahal sold property to Laurie and Peter Abele. 6 Apple Tree Lane $265,000. John and Jeannette Desimone sold property to Douglas and Amanda Heller. 24 Hearthstone Dr. $440,000. Judith and James Stoebel sold property to Gaspare and Lucille Asaro. 97 Damascus Dr. $280,000. Robert and Fiona Reinacher sold property to Timothy and Jeannie Fontaine. 55 Damascus Dr. $273,500. Linda Duncan sold property to Joshua and Lee Trombley. 25 Ernst Rd. $203,000. Cartus Financial Corporation sold property to Adam Taylor and Marissa Mackay. 132 Cobble Hill Dr. $95,000. C and S Construction LTD sold property to Kodiak Construction Inc.

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Home Easy Ways to Winterize Your Home

by Chelsea DiSchiano Saratoga TODAY Routinely cleaning gutters throughout the fall and early winter can help reduce the risk of roof damage caused by winter weather. When autumn arrives, homeowners must place a precedent on readying their homes for the winter months. Often referred to as “winterizing,” the process is meant to ensure a home can withstand harsh winter weather while proving a safe haven from the elements. So homeowners should take several steps to get their homes ready for whatever winter has to offer with the following tasks. Fix the air leaks. A leaky home will prove an expensive home during the winter months. A home with many leaks will be much colder to inhabit, and homeowners typically turn up the heat to counter drafts that can make a home feel like a meat locker. But turning up the thermostat isn’t the answer. Instead, fix leaks in the fall before the cold weather arrives. Leaks should not be very hard to find. On the first breezy autumn afternoon, walk around the house in search of any drafty areas. These drafts will be noticeable and often occur around doors and window frames, electrical outlets and even recessed lighting. Homeowners have a host of options at their disposal to plug leaks, be it door sweeps that block air from entering under exterior doors, to caulk applied around leaky windows, etc. When using caulk outdoors, be sure to use a weatherresistant caulk or, if sealing brick, use masonry sealer. Add insulation upstairs. Homeowners who have an attic in their homes might want to consider adding some insulation up there. Experts recommend a minimum of 12 inches of insulation in the attic. That might prove costly, but a poorly insulated attic is akin to opening the front door and letting the heat out. President of Innovative Home Improvement, Inc., Dave Bonney agreed, adding that although insulation can be

expensive now, it will pay off in the future. “Today we insulated an attic for someone whom we did the roof for last year, and I told him that (insulating the attic) is something he should put as a top priority,” Bonney said. “Today it’s October and he saved up since last year to get it done, because he looked at his gas bill last year and money was just pouring out the ceiling.” It might be best for less-than-handy homeowners to hire a professional to insulate the attic. But do-it-yourselfers might find it good to know that if the ceiling joists, which are often 11 inches or less apart, are visible, then the attic is in need of additional insulation. Such joists won’t be visible in an adequately insulated attic. Put up the storm windows. It’s nice to open the windows in the spring and summer and let the warm air waft in through the

screens. But when summer is over, it’s time to put up the storm windows again. Storm windows add an extra layer of protection from the elements and are especially valuable in homes with single-pane glass windows. Homeowners who don’t have storm windows should consider upgrading their existing windows. Such a project isn’t cheap, but newer windows will almost certainly lead to lower heating costs, meaning the project will essentially pay for itself over time. “The best time to put new windows in would be around October or November,” Bonney said. “Windows are kind of expensive, but if you get them in before the winter, you’re going to realize that you’re still saving money in the end.” Homeowners who can’t afford to replace all of their windows don’t have to replace them all at once. Instead, replace them a few at a time and make the rooms where you spend the most time each winter the first on the list to receive new windows. Be diligent with the gutters. Leaves

falling from trees are an idyllic image associated primarily with autumn. Unfortunately, when leaves fall they often fall into the gutters. Routinely clean the gutters once the leaves start to fall. Clean gutters will allow snow and rain to effectively drain through the gutters. If the gutters are clogged, snow might have nowhere to go when it begins to melt, and roof damage might result. Such damage is costly but preventable in most instances. One of the easier preventive measures to take is to routinely clean the gutters of leaves and other debris that accumulate during the fall. When cleaning the gutters, make sure they are properly aligned. Poorly aligned gutters can lead to a host of problems. One such problem is flooding. If downspouts are not properly aligned with the rest of the gutters, then water might not be directed away from the home as it’s intended. Instead, water might be directed toward the home, resulting in flooding or additional water damage. Have the furnace cleaned. Experts rec-


ommend annual furnace cleanings. Before cold weather arrives, turn the furnace on to make sure it’s still working. An unpleasant odor should appear when first turning on the furnace, but it shouldn’t last very long. If the odor sticks around, turn the furnace off and call a professional. Once winter arrives, routinely replace the filters. This makes the furnace operate more efficiently and can also reduce the risk of fire. Bonney added that backup generators are also a smart idea to have when particularly strong winter storms come through town. “Another item people are starting to look at when winterizing their house is looking at backup generators,” Bonney said. “When the power goes out, they don’t have to worry about losing everything in their refrigerator and things like that, so those have been getting very popular.” October seems to be the best month to get all of your winterizing out of the way, so follow these smart tips for easy ways to save both money and energy this winter.

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Home Halloween Decorating

scene. If you’re really in the mood for Halloween, set your stage with a few well-placed Halloween decorations like fabric ghosts, plastic spiders or cardboard cut-out black cats. Flank doorways with stacks of hay, apple baskets or crates, and big “bouquets” of corn stalks. To add interest, wrap them in a burlap “ribbon,” which also helps to hide the supports holding them together.

Dawn DiLorenzo

for Saratoga TODAY Decorating on a budget is my passion. Seriously – I’m not even sure what I would do if a client gave me a blank check and told me to buy whatever I wanted. OK, that’s not entirely true, but you get my point. I love to help clients have a beautiful home they love without breaking the bank, so I am always looking for ways to maximize decorating dollars. Decorating for Halloween is no different. Unless you are the kind of person who goes crazy with Halloween decorations, you can create a beautiful harvest setting that will take you all the way through Thanksgiving and still looks perfectly welcoming (or frightful!) to the little ghosts and goblins that will soon be showing up at your door. At the front door, greet your ghoulish guests with a festive fall

Using florist wire, attach Indian corn to the stalks to add some color. Fill the baskets or crates with gourds, pumpkins and squashes (fill bottoms of baskets with straw to save a little money) and stack more pumpkins around your front entry and stairs. To add even more interest and a little sparkle, wind orange or purple lights around them to light up your entry. If you’re using any kind of luminary to light your path or steps, be sure to use flameless candles. I can’t tell you how many times I had to pull my boys off a step or porch last year for fear that their costumes would burst into flames from the candles people were burning. For an interesting house number display, paint your house numbers on several flat gourds and stack them on top of each other, or use chalkboard spray paint all over the pumpkin and write your house numbers or draw a cute Halloween ghost or goblin. When carving your pumpkins, be sure to add a good, old-fashioned Jack-O-Lantern. I’m sure my kids would be tickled to have Luke Skywalker or Tim Tebow’s silhouette on their pumpkins, but I have a

soft spot for the big, toothy grin of ol’ Jack. And don’t forget the scarecrow! We bought some old overalls, flannel shirts and a straw hat at our local thrift shop, and I saved my boys’ overalls and plaid shirts from when they were babies to add to the “family.” I suppose one day I’ll need to add a mother scarecrow, but that’ll be another year. Turning to the indoors: There are lots of ways to celebrate the turning of the season. Swap out the vase of flowers on the dining room table for an “arrangement” of pumpkins on a tiered cake stand (or stack small, medium and large cake stands on top of each other and arrange pumpkins). If you really want to make it interesting, cover pumpkins in different fall-colored glitters or spray paint. You’d be surprised at how much prettier pumpkins are when painted gold, silver and bronze. Add leaves by hot-gluing green or bronze silk leaves to your finished pumpkins. On the rest of the table, casually place brightly colored leaves (real or fake) down the center of your runner or table cloth. Intersperse some pretty candles in glass hurricanes – or even Mason jars to add a


little sparkle. If you have a chandelier, weave strands of bittersweet vines in and out of the arms or add a touch of Halloween with plastic bats or spiders hanging from strings. And if you’re hosting a party, fill and place antique jars or other clear vessels on your table with black, white and orange candies and put out goody bags for your guests. And draw pumpkin faces on orange balloons to add a little smile to your table. Need help setting the stage for your fall festivities, Halloween or otherwise? One-day makeovers are my specialty. Contact me today to schedule your in-home consultation. Let me help you to Love Your Home Again. About Locust Grove Designs Dawn DiLorenzo founded Locust Grove Designs in 2011. She is a graduate of Skidmore College and principal at Locust Grove Marketing, a marketing firm specializing in Internet marketing. Connect with her on Facebook at “Locust Grove Designs,” visit her at or give her a call at (518) 222-9551.

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Home The Best of the Best! by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY

The 2012 Saratoga Showcase of Homes was a big success. Thousands of people from all over the Northeast spent some time in

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Saratoga County at the three separate weekend showings of model homes by local builders and designers. This year the show ran from September 15-16, 22-23 and 29-30. This year, 16 local builders put their best foot forward at 19 different properties, highlighting the skill and dedication of the top quality craftsmanship so unique to Upstate New York. The showcase highlighted some lovely homes and the proceeds generated went to some really worthy causes. This year, Rebuilding Together Saratoga County and the Habitat for Humanity of Northern Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties were named as the beneficiaries of the 2012 Saratoga Showcase of Homes. This is the 17th year for showcase, which has contributed over $720,000 to local charities since its inception. The showcase, which concluded its final weekend this past Sunday, and the Saratoga Builders Association are still working to tally a fundraising total and to count the ballots for the 2012 People’s Choice award. However, several awards have already been awarded to many local builders for various features found at individual homes. Before the showcase is opened to the public, Saratoga Builders Association (SBA) hosts two expert tours of the homes. A group

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Witt Construction – Rivercrest Estates of 150 realtors took a bus tour of all 19 properties before voting on their favorite places. There was also a separate tour featuring 10 out-oftown industry experts. This brings us to the Showcase of Homes Awards, which announced their winners September 13 at Vapor Nightclub located within Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Showcase of Homes Executive Director Barry Potaker estimates over 300 people attended the event. There were four overall categories in which competing homes could be considered for: Classic Home, Luxury Home, Renovated

Home and Apartment. The expert panel took the judging one step further, determining who had the best kitchen, landscaping, interior design, exterior design, workmanship, use of technology, master bathroom, interior home plans and others. Take a look at what some of the prominent local builders won at the 2012 Saratoga Showcase of Homes below:

Witt Construction

Rivercrest Estates, 13 Rivercrest Road, Moreau, 12831 Park Alley, 61 Granite Street, Saratoga Springs, 12866

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Witt Construction – Granite Street

129 Sand Hill Road, Greenfield 12833 Renovated Home: Workmanship (Sand Hill Road) Classic Home: Interior Decorating (tie) (East Elm Interiors) Luxury Home: Best Master Bath SAND HILL – ABC Supply, Best Fire Hearth & Patio, Beverly Tracy Home Design, Builder’s Installed Products, Inc, Crawford Door and Window, Creative Stone Design, Creekside Graphics Group, Curtis Lumber, DB Carpentry, Dyerworks Construction, JM Trackery Custom Finishes, MKC Kitchens and Bath Center, Overhead Door Company, Inc,

Pallette Stone Corp. Frank Pratt, Ross Concrete, Security Supply, Spire Restoration, Steve Herman, VP Supply, Wells Quality Excavating, Winklers Plumbing and Heating, Witt Construction, Inc. RIVERCREST – ABC Supply Co., Armstrong Cabinets, Best Fire Hearth & Patio, Best Tile, Beverly Tracy Home Design, Builder’s Installed Products, Capital Stone, Crawford Door and Window, Creative Stone Design LLC, Curtis Lumber, Dyerworks Construction, Floormaster, Hayes Paving, Jeff Arnold Concrete, John D. Marcella Applicances, Overhead Door, Patricelli Electric, PCE Plumbing


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Cerrone Builders – Mountainview Estates and Heating, Sherwin Williams, Spire Restoration, VP Supply, Witt Construction, Wolberg Electric GRANITE ST – ABC Supply, Ace Window Fashions, AHR Industries, Beverly Tracy Home Design, Capital Stone, Chippewa Stone, Closet Works, Columbia Cabinet Works, Creekside Graphics Group, Curtis Lumber, Dyerworks Construction, Erie Materials, Floormaster, Hayes Paving, James Trackey Painting, jeff Arnold Inc, John D. Marcella Appliances, Matt’s Landscape, Overhead Door, Pallette Stone Corp, Ross Concrete,

Saratoga Fireplace, Sherwin Williams, Steve Herman, Survey Associates, Tile Pro, Town TV, VP Supply, Winchell’s Floor Coverings, WJ Morris Excavating, Whitbeck Contracting, Witt Construction, Inc.

Classic Home: Best Interior Floor Plan Adirondack Overhead Door, Adirondack Precision Cut Stone, Alsides, Askco, Best Kitchens, Curtis Lumber, Drywall Center, Floormaster, Jointa Galusha

Cerrone Builders

Belmonte Builders

Mountainview Estates, 5 Abbey Lane, Moreau 12831 Classic Home: Workmanship Classic Home: Best Exterior Design Classic Home: Best Kitchen (Best Kitchens and Appliances)

Harvest Bend, 21 Hidden Farm Lane, Halfmoon 12065 Classic Home: Best Master Bath Classic Home: Interior Decorating (tie) (Denise Palumbo and Erika Gallagher of Plum & Crimson)

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Classic Home: Best Technology Classic Home: Best Landscaping (Chris Gennoy, CPI) 84 Lumber, ABC Supply, Albany Mechanical Services, A.W. Hamel Stairs, Baker Electric, Best Fire, BLD Contracting, Bonded Concrete, Brower Electric, Capital Plumbing, Crawford Door and Window, Curtis Lumber, Earl B. Feiden, Floor Source, Granite & Marble Works, Lil Overhead Door, Norm Carlson “The Tile Man”, Precision Glass, Town & Country Painting, VP Supply

Bella Home Builders

Angelina Estates, 6 Sophia Maria Lane, Malta 12020 Luxury Home: Best Landscaping Luxury Home: Best Kitchen (Zarillo’s Custom Design Kitchens) Luxury Home: Interior Floor Plan Luxury Home: Best Technology A.W. Hamel Stairs, Advanced Power Supplies, All Phase Drywall, Andersen Windows, Concord Pools & Spas, Core Control Systems, Curtis Lumber, Drumm’s Turf Service, Falvey Real Estate Group, Floormaster Carpet One, J.B. Asphalt, Marcella Appliances, Neubauer Carriage Doors, Precision Glass, Randall



Perry Photography, Saratoga Masonry, Saratoga National Bank, Security Plumbing and Heating Supply, Zarillo’s Custom Design Kitchens

Terrace Homebuilders

48 Nelson Avenue Ext., Saratoga Springs 12866 Luxury Home: Workmanship Luxury Home: Best Exterior Design Luxury Home: Interior Decorating (Daniel Czech of Saratoga Signature Interiors) A.W. Hamel Stairs, Adams Heating and Cooling, ADT Security Services, Aerus Electrolux, AJS Masonry, Armstrong Plumbing, Bellevue Builders, Best Tile, Capital Stone, Crawford Pella Door & Window, Curtis Lumber, Custom Sheds & Gazebos, DA Collins – Pallette Stone & Concrete, Duke Concrete Projects, Glens Falls Overhead Door, John D. Marcella Appliances, Middleton Electric, New Dimensions Outdoor Services, Northern Hardwoods, Specialized Sheet Metal, Superior Clay Corporation, Town TV, VP Supply, W J Morris Excavating, Zarillo’s Custom Design Kitchens Realtor’s Choice Awards: Classic: Belmonte Builders Luxury: Witt Construction (Park Alley) Renovated: SAS Builders Apartment: Bonacio Construction (Market Center)

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Terrace Homebuilders – Nelson Avenue Ext.




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Bella Home Builders – Angelina Estates

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7th Annual Memorial Walk

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MINOR Improvements PT 10th Annual Open House

Saturday October 6, noon to 5 p.m. All are welcome. Celebrate and enjoy food, fun, games, activities and prizes. A free fun day for kids and families. 270 West Circular St., Saratoga Springs. For more information, call (518) 583-3196.

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 October 28, November 11, and November 25, 2012. For more information, call (518) 289-5470 or (518) 885-6506.

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

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

Emotional Regulatory Healing Conference- “From Chaos to Calm” Juli Alvarado, MA, LPC, NCC will present a full-day conference on “From Chaos to CalmEmotional 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.

“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 $10 per car or $15 the day of show. A printable registration form is available on the BSBPA website,

Saratoga Battlefield Announces Photo Contest 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

Wild About Blue Event Supports Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park Wild About Blue, a fundraising event for the Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park will be taking place Sunday, October 21, 2012 beginning at 5 p.m. at The Wishing Well restaurant with drinks, a light dinner, and a unique silent auction. At this year’s event, the Preserve & Park will be presenting the inaugural Metamorphosis Award. This idea behind the award is to honor individuals who have helped create dramatic changes in their communities, just as the Karner blue butterfly and other species go through remarkable transformations in their life cycles. Tickets for Wild About Blue are available and can be purchased by calling the Preserve & Park office at (518) 450-0321 or via email at

Heritage Hunters Genealogy Conference Dick Eastman, editor of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter and popular genealogy speaker, will present four workshops at the annual Heritage Hunters Fall Conference. The conference will be held Saturday, October 20, at Saratoga Town Hall in Schuylerville, at the corner of Route 4 and Route 29. The topics are: Cloudy with a Chance of Genealogy; Mocavo: A Comparison of the Best Genealogy Search Engine Versus Google; The Organized Genealogist; and Photographing Old or Delicate Documents and Photographs. The day begins with registration, exhibits and coffee at 8:45 a.m. and will conclude at 3:15 p.m. A hot lunch will be served. Registration requested by October 15. $30 for members and $40 for non-members. For information call (518) 587-2978 or email

New 2013 Relay For Life Meeting

33 People are needed to start planning the 2013 American Cancer Society Relay in Saratoga in June 2013. We will meet Wednesday, October 10, 2012, at the Residence Inn on Excelsior Avenue starting with food at 6 p.m. and continuing with the meeting at 6:30 p.m. This is a great time to come and learn about the relay and what we hope to accomplish and help us make some new plans. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. For more information or to RSVP, call Marcy at (518) 893-0671 or Nicole at (518) 857-0161.

Purple Pooch Parade for Domestic Violence Awareness As a part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October) there will be a dog friendly awareness walk in downtown Saratoga Springs, hosted by Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services of Saratoga County. Each dog requires a $5 registration fee, (and will receive some goodies) but humans are free. Make sure to don your purple and spend what is sure to be a wonderful Saturday for a walk in the park. For more information, visit or call (518) 583-0280.

Horse Show Looking for Volunteers If you are a fan, volunteer, or just want to know more about the Saratoga Springs Horse Show, here’s your chance. An informational meeting will be held in the community room at McDonald’s Restaurant, 197 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs on Tuesday, October 9 at 7 p.m. A variety of volunteer positions are available, the tasks are diverse and fun is guaranteed. Be part of the 54th annual event in May, 2013. For additional information, call (518) 4901214 or email

Boomers Expo This dynamic expo features life enhancing information, products and services for people 50 and over. Get answers to questions about retirement planning, health care, legal issues, travel and much more. Admission is free. Over 75 exhibitors and seminars throughout the day. Sunday, October 7, from noon - 6 p.m. with entertainment until 7:30 p.m. at the Saratoga Springs City Center. For more information visit,

upcoming town meetings Town of Ballston: Ballston Town Hall 323 Charlton Road 885-8502 10/10: JPAB, 7 p.m. Village of Ballston Spa: 66 Front Street 885-5711 10/8: Village Board, 7:30 p.m. 10/10: Planning Board, 7:30 p.m. Town of Greenfield: 7 Wilton Road 893-7432 10/9: Planning Board, 7 p.m. 10/11: Town Board, 7:30 p.m. Town of Malta: 2540 Route 9 899-2818 Town of Milton: 503 Geyser Road 885-9220 10/10: Planning Board, 7 p.m. City of Saratoga Springs: 474 Broadway 587-3550 10/10: Planning Board, 7 p.m. Town of Saratoga: 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville 695-3644 Village of Schuylerville: 35 Spring Street 695-3881 10/10: Board of Trustees, 7 p.m. Town of Stillwater: 66 East St., Riverside Mechanicville, NY 12118 Town of Wilton: 22 Traver Road 587-1939 Saratoga County Board of Supervisors 40 McMaster St., # 1 Ballston Spa, NY 12020-1985 (518) 885-2240 10/9: Public Health, 2 p.m. 10/9: Public Safety, 3 p.m. 10/9: Social Programs, 3:30 p.m. 10/9: Public Works, 4 p.m. 10/10: Law and Finance, 4 p.m. 10/10: Agenda, 5 p.m.

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events events Friday, October 5 Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls Discover endless riches when Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove comes to your hometown! Disney On Ice sets the gold standard with its newest skating spectacular. For more information, visit

15th Annual Golf Outing McGregor Links Country Club, Saratoga Springs 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. Advance registration and sponsorship opportunity information is available online at or by calling 518-3788111.

Saturday, October 6 Iron Chef Challenge Saratoga Farmers' Market, High Rock Park Two of Saratoga's favorite chefs, Max London of Max London's and John Ireland of Panza's, will face off in the Saratoga Farmers' Market's fifth annual Iron Chef Challenge from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. For more information, call (518) 581-0435.

Sunday, October 7 'Forever in Our Hearts' Memorial Walk Saratoga Spa State Park A supportive and uplifting environment for families who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death. Registration is at noon. At 1:15 p.m., the walk begins. A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m.

Family Fall Day

Gavin Park, Wilton October 19, 20, 26 and 27 from 5 7 p.m. Hayride is $8, the cost for children under 10 is $5. There will be costume judging, a bounce house, refreshments and games. Games are only on the 19th and 20th. Event is sponsored by Vincek and Ariel Farms and the town of Wilton. All Proceeds will benefit Operation Adopt A Soldier. For more information, call (518) 5878010 or (518) 232-4526. This is a rain or shine event.

Howl-O-Ween Costume Parade Downtown Saratoga Springs Join Sloppy Kisses for their biggest event of the year as the dogs take over Downtown Saratoga dressed in their spookiest costumes. Don't be afraid to get into the act and

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son. Enjoy Civil War music by Joan Taub and Nancy Armstrong, activities for kids, and breathtaking autumnal views of the Hudson Valley from the Eastern Overlook ("Grant's Last View"). For more information, call (518) 584-4353.

Monday, October 8 Reconnecting With Nature Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs Join Laura Clark, Librarian, and an intern from Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park in the Crawshaw Story Room and then walk to Congress Park for a nature scavenger hunt. For children ages 3 - 9. Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. For more information, visit

Tuesday, October 9 State Wide Senior Action Convention Saratoga Holiday Inn, 232 Broadway An educational and networking conference for seniors and senior service providers, NY StateWide Senior Action is holding its 40th Anniversary Convention and Gala at the Holiday Inn Saratoga. For more information, call (518) 4361006.

Ulysses S. Grant Cottage, Wilton Annual final weekend of the sea-

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dress up as well. Registration deadline is Friday, October 19. For more information, call (518) 587-2207.

19th Annual Goblin Gallop 5K Abraham Wing School, 120 Lawrence St, Glens Falls Saturday, October 27 at 9 a.m. Early registration is encouraged, as the first 250 entrants will receive a custom, high-quality shirt. All participants are encouraged to wear costumes, so get out your Halloween costume a few days early, and join in the fun. To register or for more information, visit

Scaring Away Cancer 2012 Witch Walk Saturday, October 27 from 6 - 11 p.m. dust off your brooms, gather your besties and join a pub crawl

through Saratoga to benefit The Leukemia And Lymphoma Society. For more information, call (518) 312-7838.

rUNDEAD 5K Saratoga Springs State Park Sunday, October 28 at 9:30 a.m. The rUNDEAD is a 5K trail run to support Special Olympics New York. What are the obstacles on this run? Zombies. For more information, visit

Corn Maze, Hayrides and Pumpkins Schuyler Farms, Schuylerville From now until Sunday, October 28, the family farm features a corn maze, hayrides, pumpkin picking, petting zoo, apples, cider donuts, gemstone & fossil mining and much more. For more information, call (518) 695-5308. or visit

Wednesday, October 10 Community Cinema: As Goes Janesville Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs As Goes Janesville, directed by Brad Lichenstein, records two years in the lives of laid-off workers, business leaders, and elected officials. For more information, visit

Hip Hop Theatre: Theatre of Now Palamountain Hall Gannett Auditorium, Skidmore In this interactive lecture-demo, Daniel Banks discusses the origins, politics, and aesthetics of the recent wave of Hip Hop Theatre in the U.S. and globally. For more information, visit

Thursday, October 11 Project Lift University Longfellows, Saratoga Springs A unique fundraiser essential to raising funds for Project Lift, a free, after-school prevention program. It’s a great way for people to spend time with local talented experts while giving back to their community and learning more about a topic that interests them. For more information, call (518) 587.9826

DBA Fall Festival In Saratoga Springs Downtown Saratoga Springs Saturday, October 27 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. The Fall Festival provides free entertainment and activities including Radio Disney, magic shows, trick or treating, arts & crafts, games and prizes, pumpkin rolling races, characters in costume, a petting zoo & pony rides, bounce house, balloons, face painting, live music, and more! The day ends with a colorful Kid’s Costume Parade down Broadway starting at the parking lot next to Stockade Imports and ending with a free ride on the Carousel in Congress Park. All entertainment is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association at (518) 5878635.


Saratoga Scare Fair

Saratoga County Fair Grounds The Saratoga Scare Fair will be running Thursday - Saturday, the last three weekends in October. Hours are Thursday 6 - 9 p.m. and Friday Saturday 6 - 10 p.m.

Upcoming Events Friday, October 12 Haunted History Ghostwalks Starbucks, 351 Broadway 90 minute walking tour of downtown Saratoga Springs that touches on its history, mystery, architecture, and parapsychology. Tours begin at 7 p.m. For more information, call (518) 584-4132

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

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

Ballston Spa Cornell Cooperative Ext. Building, 50 West High Street Oct. 6 Saturdays 9 a.m. noon

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

Malta Community Center Tuesdays 3 - 6 p.m.

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Movie Review Trouble with the Curve

ACROSS 1 Seat of Florida’s Marion County 6 Airhead 10 Nonkosher 14 Tijuana address 15 Cooper’s tool 16 Incline 17 Start of a quip 20 Berry of “F Troop” 21 Network with NEA funding 22 Like some pasts 23 Decked out 26 Contemporary of Dashiell 27 Quip, part 2 32 Power, slangily 35 Want ad initials 36 First name in fashion 37 Lumber tree 38 Quip, part 3 42 Lodge member 43 Cocktail party irritant 45 Agnus __ 46 80% of them come from South Australia 48 Quip, part 4 52 Skull and Bones members 53 Emphatic follow-up 57 “To speak the broken English is an enormous asset” speaker 60 Pontiac muscle car 61 Cautionary road sign 62 End of the quip 66 Stead 67 Cartesian connection 68 Surrealism pioneer 69 PDQ, in the ICU 70 Pharmacy unit 71 The FDIC may insure them DOWN 1 Honshu city 2 Relinquished 3 Reprimand ending 4 Roleo item 5 Delaware’s Twelve-mile Circle, e.g. 6 11th Greek letter 7 Works of Sappho 8 Liq. measures 9 Fox Movietone piece 10 In that connection 11 Outer coating

Your one surviving parent is slowly losing his sight. You have a very difficult relationship and, at the same time, are coming to a turning point in your own career. What do you do tend to, your career or your family? Gus Lobel (played by Clint Eastwood) is a scout for the Atlanta Braves and has resisted the change occurring in his business and the world around him with every fiber of his being. While his immediate superior and longtime friend Pete (played by John Goodman) values Gus’s opinion and defends him against his detractors, one of them is Pete’s boss and Gus’s ultimate superior. That man, Pete Silver (played by Matthew Lillard) is determined to fire Gus even though he is completely unaware of Gus’s failing eyesight. To Silver, a man who relies on statistics and equations over experience and first-hand observation, Gus is a relic of a time gone by. Gus is given one chance, scouting a highly-coveted player in North Carolina, to prove his value to the organization. Pete worries about his friend and so, behind his back, he contacts Gus’s daughter Mickey (played by Amy Adams). Mickey is a lawyer on a partnership track in a prestigious firm with a pressing case on the horizon. She’s been told that her handling of this case will determine the outcome of the upcoming partnership vote. Still, despite a strained relationship between the two of them, she chooses to go to her father’s aide in rural North Carolina and work in her hotel room and over the internet. When Gus informs Mickey that his eyes are starting to fail him, she begins taking an active role in her father’s scouting trip. A task she is well-suited for, after a spending a large portion of her formative years by her father’s side on scouting trips. In addition to colleagues Gus has known for many years, there is Johnny Flanagan, a relatively inexperienced scout who Gus recruited into the major leagues and who later suffered a career-ending injury. Johnny (played by Justin Timberlake) thinks of Gus as a mentor and, separately, takes an

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47 Green shade 49 Fleshy-leaved plant 50 The BBC’s “Pinwright’s Progress” is reportedly the first TV one 51 Crazy way to run 54 Band that sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” a cappella at the 2000 World Series 55 “Came up short” 56 Pushes 57 Friends 58 Handling the problem 59 Author’s inspiration 60 Lady of pop 63 Icy comment 64 Leaves in hot water 65 Dungeons & Dragons foe

immediate romantic interest in Mickey. Now, many believed that 2008’s Gran Torino would be the end of Eastwood’s career, both as a director and an actor. Some who thought little of the film even took great joy in the very idea of Eastwood’s retirement. I was not among them. I won’t say this is better than Gran Torino or Million Dollar Baby, it isn’t. Still, it’s an enjoyable film about the endurance of family that also manages to incorporate some timeless wisdom regarding the quintessential American sport. The budding relationship between Mickey and Johnny isn’t given as much time, though that’s probably for the best. (6.9/10) For comments and questions, contact me at

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Conehead Buddha will be jamming so, so hard at the Putnam Den, with the crunchy grooves getting underway at 9 p.m. on Friday, October 5.


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•Dave Fisk Quartet , 9 pm @ 9 maple avenue - 587.7759

•Baroque Flute Concert, 7 pm @ arthur zankel music center - 580.5321

Rob Pulisfer, 9 pm @ bailey’s - 583.6060

•Doctor Magnum, 9 pm @ bentley’s - 899.4300

•Cuddle Magic, 8 pm @ caffè lena - 583.0022

•Michael Louis Quartet, 7 pm @ druther’s - 306.5275

Juke Joint Jokers, 9 pm @ gaffney’s - 587.7359

•Just Nate, 9:30 pm @ irish times - 583.0003

•STATIC, 10:30 pm @ jp bruno’s - 745.1180• Conehead Buddha, 9 pm @ putnam den - 584.8066

•John Eisenhart, 9 pm @ the mill - 899.5253

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

•Shelly Taylor, 6:30 pm @ primelive ultra lounge - 583.4563

•Voyage (Journey tribute), 8 pm @ vapor - 581.5772

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

Saturday, 10/6: •Keith Pray’s Soul Jazz Revival , 9 pm @ 9 maple avenue - 587.7759

•Baroque Flute Concert, 8 pm @ arthur zankel music center - 580.5321

•X-FM, 9 pm @ bailey’s - 583.6060

Tom Harding, 9 pm @ bentley’s - 899.4300

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Frankie Lessard Duo, 9 pm @ gaffney’s - 587.7359

•Dirt Cheap, 9 pm @ irish times - 583.0003

Tim Wechgelaer, 7:30 pm @ the inn at Saratoga

Crying Out Loud, 11 pm @ jp bruno’s - 745.1180• Commander Cody, 7 pm @ the parting glass - 583.1916

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Crossfire, 6 pm @ the mill - 899.5253

Sunday, 10/7: • Nuala Kennedy Trio, 7 pm @ caffè lena - 583.0022

Thursday, 10/11: • Virgil Cain, 8 pm @ gaffney’s - 587.7359

Al Bruno, 8 pm @ seven horse pub - 581.0777

• Rich Ortiz, 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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Step Back In Time at ‘The Way We Were’ Car Show Hundreds of Classic Cars and Trucks to be on Display Along Front Street in Ballston Spa by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY BALLSTON SPA – Get ready for a blast from the past along Front Street in Ballston Spa, because “The Way We Were” Car Show returns for its tenth year. You’re sure to feel nostalgic as you stroll past hundreds of cars spanning the last decade of automobile history. The classic car fun gets underway Sunday, October 7 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. In the event of bad weather, the rain date is scheduled for October 14. Front Street in the village of Ballston Spa will be blocked off from Milton Avenue past the Old Iron Springs to make room for a wide variety of cars and trucks from decades past. Spectators are admitted free of charge. Stop by some of the outdoor barbeques or vendors while enjoying live music all day long. The car show will once again highlight the MoHu Festival, a nine day celebration of art, culture and entertainment all across the Capital Region. Artists, bands and performers are encouraged to

Parking Advisory from the Ballston Spa Police Department The following streets will have parking restrictions beginning at 5 a.m. October 7: set up within the show. Got a cool looking classic car you want to show off? Enter your car for a chance to be named the best in over a dozen categories. Pre-registration ended October 1, but you can still register up to the day of the show for only $15. Proceeds from the car show will benefit several community activities sponsored by the Ballston Spa Business & Professional Association. This is one of the few locallyjudged car shows, and several different trophies are expected to be awarded including Best of Show, Mayor’s Choice, Best Engine, Best Paint, Best Stock, and Oldest Vehicle among others. A top five in each of the 13

categories will also be recognized. Judging gets underway at 9:30 a.m. with awards being presented at 3:30 p.m. Dash plaques will be given away to the first 400 cars registered, with the first 200 eligible for cool car show souvenirs. A printable registration form can be found online at You can pick up a physical copy of the registration form at Mangino Buick GMC in Ballston Spa or Mangino Chevrolet in Amsterdam. While you’re there you can check out a video of past car shows featuring even more information about “The Way We Were” car show. Photo Provided

LITTLE RED CORVETTES - This is just a small sampling of what you can expect Front Street in Ballston Spa to look like during the Tenth Annual “The Way We Were” Car Show.

Charlton Street, Front Street, Court Street from Galway Street to Front Street, Bath Street from Walnut Street to Washington Street and Low Street from Walnut Street to Front Street. The following streets will be closed to all traffic from about 6 a.m. to about 4:30 p.m.: Charlton Street, Fairground Avenue from Mohican Hills to Charlton Street, Court Street from Galway Street to Front Street, Ballston Avenue from Galway Street to Charlton Street, Bath Street from Walnut Street to Washington Street, Low Street from Walnut Street to Front Street, Front Street from Fairground Avenue to Milton Avenue (Route 50)




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Give In To Druthers: Cold Beer and Cool Jazz On Tap For Broadway’s New Brewpub by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – In New York State, beer is big business. Of course, beer is big business all over the country. Yet New York stands among the leaders in the craft brewing industry like Colorado and California. Saratoga Springs is home to many things, even a brewery bearing its namesake. What it lacked was a traditional brewpub; a place that made their own beer while serving food made to compliment the beverage. That all changed in August, when Druthers Brewing Company opened its doors (and gate) to the public, and is quickly becoming a great place to grab a drink whether you’re a beer novice or an aficionado. After a few months of running the business, the next step for the brewpub was to figure out what kind of atmosphere they hoped to create with live music. After all, what is a bar in

Saratoga without some live music? What the publicans didn’t want to create was another loud bar atmosphere, where you’re more likely to have a cover band screaming the lyrics of “My Own Worst Enemy” at you than you were to have a nice conversation with friends. They wanted a relaxing atmosphere; one where their customers could feel comfortable and e n j o y themselves. So far, the idea has been to bring more diverse and interesting jazz, funk, roots and Americana acts that can serve as entertainment, or simply as ambiance. “Last weekend, for example, we had upright bass, trumpet, jazz drums and piano. That’s the kind of feel we want; it’s conversational. It adds to the experience. It’s not classic rock covers blaring in your ear,” said Chris

Martell, one of the men behind Druthers Brewing Company. The most unique and interesting feature of the pub is the beer garden they placed in front of the recessed store front, making the most out of what’s visible from Broadway. “We decided a brewpub would be great, but

a brewpub with a beer garden would be even better. People everywhere love to eat outside but especially this town, where if you put something outside people tend to flock to it, but I think we backed it up with really great food and really great beer,” said Martell. While outdoor entertainment is

certainly nothing new for Saratoga Springs, Druthers is hoping to keep their outdoor seating and entertainment going year round. “Summer was great but as it gets cooler we’re going to add some fire elements out here so people can hang out, enjoy a beer with some jazz in the background. I think when we were planning this p l a c e , that’s what we all had in mind,” said Martell. While the Druthers crew is still new to the live music arena, they’ve already started booking acts to appear most Friday and Saturday nights. In celebration of releasing their new Octoberfest beer, the restaurant will have live music all day October 6 starting with the High Peaks Band at

1 p.m. Along with the Octoberfest being a limited seasonal release, DePiro was quick to add what else you can expect any time you make the trip to Druthers. “The beer lineup has been changing constantly,” said DePiro. “The first year of a brewpub, the lineup will keep changing until we see what sells and what doesn’t. There will always be something blonde on tap, right now it’s a pilsner called Golden Rule. There will also always be something darker on tap like a porter or a stout.” When asked why they wanted to open a brewpub in Saratoga, DePiro had a quick answer. “It’s getting harder to find a good town for a brewpub that doesn’t already have one,” he remarked. “Saratoga was special that way.”

Downtown Business Association’s Annual Fall Festival Scheduled for Saturday, October 27 SARATOGA SPRINGS - The annual Fall Festival in Downtown Saratoga Springs is back for 2012, and is presented by the Downtown Business Association, the Saratoga Special Assessments District and Star 103.1. The festivities get underway bright and early at 10 a.m. at the Saratoga Farmers Market where CBS 6 anchorwoman Liz Bishop will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Bring the kids to meet Winne the Pooh and friends. One of the first events of the day will be a pumpkin roll, where you can roll a pumpkin down Caroline Street and win prizes. Healthy Living Market and Cafe will have a booth on hand detailing their plans to open in the Wilton Mall. The Collamer parking lot will be a kid-friendly hangout, with Radio Disney providing the

music while they stomp around on a bouncy bounce. There will also be pony rides and a petting zoo provided by Dream Ponies. Division Street will be closed between the Downtowner Hotel and Broadway to make room for the Star 103.1 remote broadcast booth, a face painting station with PJ Dual and the Cudney’s Cleaners coat drive. This all leads up to a fantastic Halloween costume parade beginning at 4 p.m. Kids can wear their costumes a few days ahead of Halloween and march along Broadway to Congress Park. There will be free carousel rides from 4:30 - 5 p.m. for all parade participants. The Clothes Line will sponsor a coloring contest, while over at G. Wilikers, Mr. and Mrs. Bill the Clown will be making balloon animals and painting pumpkins, while supplies last. Dawgdom will be sponsoring

Tallman’s Doggie Photo Booth while the Putnam Market will welcome some face painters at their store. The Crafter’s Gallery will be setting up a rubber band shooting gallery. Plum Dandy will be hosting magician Alan Edstrum that afternoon, while “Little Elvis” rocks the Arcade Building across the way. Impressions of Saratoga will have a bean bag toss, and the National Museum of Dance will waive admission for anyone under the age of 18 all day long. Be on the lookout for a wandering stilt walker making his way up and down Broadway. Enter the Haunted House that took over The Mine...if you dare. The DBA Fall Festival is sure to be a great time with something for the whole family to enjoy. Check back in next week’s edition of PULSE for a full schedule of events and vendors!



Week of October 5 - October 11, 2012

Home Made Theater Begins 28th Season with Production of “9 to 5: The Musical” SARATOGA SPRINGS Home Made Theater (HMT) opens their 28th season with “9 to 5: The Musical”, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, and book by Patricia Resnick. The show runs weekends October 12th through the 28th at the Spa Little Theater in Saratoga Spa State Park. Enjoy the side-splitting story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era. Three unlikely ladies conspire to take control of their company and learn there’s nothing they can’t do – even in a man’s world. Outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic, 9 to 5 is about teaming up and taking care of business…it’s about getting credit and getting even. After all, like the song says: “What a way to make a living!” The director and choreographer of 9 To 5 is HMT veteran Laurie Larson whose previous HMT credits include The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Charlotte’s Web and the last several seasons of HMT’s Youth Musical Conservatory program. She is a teacher at Ballston Spa High School, where she also directs their school productions. The cast of 9 to 5 includes Marc Andrzejewski as Joe, Karen Kolterman as Judy Bernly, Molly McGrath as

Doralee Rhodes, Dawn Oesch as Roz Keith, Amy-Lin SlezakNelson as Violet Newstead, and John Sutliff as Franklin Hart, Jr. Rounding out the cast are Toni Anderson-Sommo, Cindy Boyka, Mark Camilli, Tim Christensen, Cristina DiCarlo, Emma Fuhrmeister, Kathryn Hefter, Daryl Hirschfeld, Keenon McCollum, Maureen Pagano, Gabrielle Perez, Erik Searles and Barry Streifert. The artistic team includes musical director Richard Cherry, scenic designer Nicholas Schwartz, lighting designer David Yergan, costume designer Jenn Dugan, sound designer Barry Streifert, and properties designer Mary Fran Hughes. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., October 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27. Matinees are on Sundays at 2 p.m. October 21 and 28. An optional dinner package is available at Longfellows Restaurant prior to evening performances and after matinees for an additional $19.96 per person plus tax and gratuity. Ticket prices are $29 for adults and $26 for students and seniors over the age of 65. Tickets can be purchased online at the HMT website,, in person during box office hours, or by calling HMT at (518) 5874427.



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It’s Enough To Drive You Crazy and You Love It - (From left to right:) Amy-Lin SlezakNelson as Violet Newstead, Karen Kolterman as Judy Bernly, John Sutliff as Franklin Hart, Jr., Molly McGrath as Doralee Rhodes. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., October 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27. Matinees are on Sundays at 2 p.m. October 21 and 28.




Week of October 5 - October 11, 2012


French Apple Tart (Beautiful to present and even more delicious to eat) As many of our readers and clients know, this has not been a great season for our local apple producers. The early warm weather last March, followed by a cold snap in May and then a drought this summer have drastically curtailed the number of apples. However, if you have had the opportunity to taste this

year’s crop, they are sweeter and tastier than ever. At the market stand of Saratoga Apple, co-owner Christine Marie Gaud reminisces on the simple tarts her grandmother would make back in France: “This reminds me of the especially beautiful apple tart that greeted me on my first visit to my French ‘cousins’ many years ago, and started me on my search for its American sequel.” “Tarts are lighter than pie, having only a bottom crust, and the apples are the flavor and the pièce de résistance,” she says. “Only fresh local apples should be considered. Apple tarts also are beautiful to look at and so easy to make. You feel like a professional pastry chef when you make one and put it on the table for all eyes to admire. Then come the spontaneous smiles and vocal expressions of delight once the first tastes are taken. I am not sure why we don’t see more French apple tarts on our tables, but I assure you, at this time of year, they are the way to end a great meal with an exclamation point.” INGREDIENTS (for one large 13inch-diameter tart; serves 8-10) 1 pie dough for large deep-dish pie (I love homemade, using lard instead of butter)

8 medium to large apples, peeled, cored and halved (Cortland, Crispin or Gala do best) ¼-cup sugar ½-cup apricot jam (clear jams/jellies work best. If you need to substitute, try Ana Mae’s Cayuga Wine or Crabapple Jelly) INSTRUCTIONS I use a fluted-edge 13-inch-diameter x 1½-inch-deep ceramic dish for both its heating properties and the beautiful look it generates. 1. Unwrap dough or place chilled dough onto a lightly floured work surface. Flatten dough, using a floured rolling pin, into a 13-14″ circle. Transfer delicately to your pie or tart dish and trim edges. Put dish into refrigerator to keep cold until needed. 2. Preheat oven to 375º. 3. Meanwhile, take half an apple at a time and slice into thin sections and repeat until all apples are sliced. Divide into four approximately equal amounts. 4. Take out pie

dish with dough and start placing apple sections on edge into dish. Start on the outer edge and do one quarter of the pie at a time. Repeat process, working your way in and around the pie dough. Feel free to create a unique pattern. Just be sure to fill in the entire pie shell with apple slices, leaving no gaps. Sprinkle with sugar and then dot with remaining butter. Bake until golden brown 50-70 minutes. Do not let it burn. 5. As the tart finishes cooking, heat the apricot jam in a small saucepan* until warm and syrup-like. When tart is done and taken from oven, brush top of tart with jam using a pastry brush. Let cool before slicing. Serve alone or with whipped cream. * Optional: Add a little Amaretto liqueur when heating the jam or jelly.

I lost my poor meatball when somebody sneezed

John Reardon Compliments to the Chef

My wife and I both grew up in Italian homes. Our houses always smelled delicious, especially when our moms were making a sauce and meatballs. I can still smell and taste the wonder of the sauces and the incredible meatballs. I can also remember helping my grandmother carry her large cast iron sauté pan that she would later fill with meatballs. Of course, I would do anything to sneak one of these meatballs once they were done. The sauté pan is among the most-used pans in the kitchen. This wide, flat-bottomed pan has a high l-shaped side and is ideal for deep or shallow frying such as for frying chicken, braising, sautéing meatballs or making Mexican rice. It is the perfect pot for one-pot meals. Sautéing is a form of dry-cook heating that uses a very hot pan and a small amount of fat to cook the food very quickly. Like other dry-

heat cooking methods, sautéing browns the food's surface as it cooks and develops complex flavors and aromas. Sautéing Requires a Very Hot Pan. When sautéing, it's important to heat the pan for a minute, then add a small amount of fat and let the fat get hot as well before adding the food to the pan. This hot fat helps to brown the surface of the food. Another key is to avoid overloading or overcrowding the pan. Don't Overcrowd the Pan. In order to achieve the desired browning of the food, the pan must stay hot throughout the cooking process. Too much food in the pan dissipates the heat, causing the food to steam or boil rather than sauté. Keep the Food Moving. There's another element to sautéing — the toss. The word sauté actually means "jump" in French. Tossing or flipping the food in the pan ensures that it cooks evenly, but it also helps keep the pan hot ( Sauté pan options include: cast iron, enamel cast iron and layer bonded stainless steel cookware. One of our favorites is the All Clad Tri Ply Sauté pan with lid. The All Clad Tri Ply Sauté pan with lid is a natural choice for making convenient one-pot meals; this versatile piece from All-Clad’s original three-layer bonded stainless steel cookware line combines the attributes of a sauté pan and a saucier. A new capacity engraving on the base makes for quick identification, and an improved ergonomic handle ensures comfort.

• Tri-ply construction sandwiches a heatresponsive aluminum core between an easycare stainless steel interior and exterior. • Bonded-metal construction ensures fast, even heating. • Stainless steel cooking surface with starburst finish provides superior stick resistance and won’t react with foods. • All-in-one pan combines wide base for searing and sautéing ingredients over high heat and sloped, rounded sides to contain liquids and facilitate stirring when you’re simmering stews, whisking sauces or browning meats. • Lid locks in moisture and heat after browning to finish cooking ingredients, either on the stovetop or in the oven, ideal for preparing one-pan meals. • Ergonomic, riveted stainless steel handle stays cool on the cook top. • Pan size etched on base. • Ideal for use on any cook top, including induction. Our son John and daughter Aubrey like to use the sauté pan, and when customers ask them if they know anything about cooking, they are quick to say: “It’s all in the family”! So, friends, remember: “Life happens in the kitchen.” Take care, John and Paula



Week of October 5 - October 11, 2012


Extra Horse Sale Offers Glimpse into Racing’s Future continued from Page 1 including Man O’ War, Raise a Native, Danzig, Conquistador Cielo, Black Tie Affair, Colonial Affair, Union Rags and New York-bred Funny Cide. In 2008, Synergy Investments LTD., a Dubai-based company, purchased Fasig-Tipton for $5.7 million, according to city records, and within the next few years put that much or more into additions and renovations. Sonny Bonacio spent the big budget wisely. The plant is stunningly beautiful and offers horses and patrons alike added safety and comfort. Humphrey S. Finney (for whom the Saratoga sales pavilion is named) would be proud. There are 254 horses consigned to the Saratoga Fall Mixed & Horses of Racing Age Sale; 104 are weanlings, with most of them being New Yorkbred, 44 horses are of racing age and/or broodmare prospects, and 103 are in-foal mares. McMahon Thoroughbreds of Saratoga is the largest consignor, with 40 horses offered by the farm and through various forms of agentry. You won’t find the big numbers bid in this sale that we are accustomed to seeing in the high-powered yearling sales held in August. But what makes horse sales exciting is that good and sometimes great horses are often purchased at bargain prices. Fasig-Tipton traditionally offers an October sale of yearlings at their Newtown Pike location in Lexington, Ky. This year’s edition will offer a record 1,254 yearlings, Oct. 22-24. Kentucky Derby winners Big Brown (2008) and Mine That Bird (2009) were Fasig-Tipton October graduates. Big Brown won an Eclipse Award as 2008’s champion 3-year-old male. He was purchased for a modest $60,000 during the auction’s 2006 edition, and Mine That Bird, a Canadian champion, sold for only $9,500 in 2007. Willy Beamin, New York-bred winner of this year’s Grade I King’s Bishop, was purchased for $16,000 from the 2010 edition. Hopefully some prime purchases will be made here on Tuesday. At the end of the day, the value horses are the ones that leave the most lasting impression. Fasig-Tipton’s history offers validity to that statement. Seattle Slew was purchased through its Kentucky yearling sale in

1975 for only $17,500. He remains the only undefeated winner of the Triple Crown and ended his racing career with 14 victories from 17 starts. Seattle Slew was one of the most compelling Thoroughbreds ever to race and was profoundly successful as a sire. The record-priced yearling of his year sold for a staggering $750,000. You’ll wear out the Google function of your computer trying to learn much more about that colt that was later named Elegant Prince. He was the Green Monkey of his generation. Green Monkey sold for a record price of $16 million as a 2-year-old in training and was retired at 4 after a winless three-race career. As Warren Buffett says, “Cost is what you pay, value is what you get.” The extra sale in Saratoga might give us a chance to see who is feeling optimistic about the future of racing in this state. The sale allows those who need to prune their operations to get that job done and it gives others a chance to buy pedigrees that would not ordinarily fall into their price range. The popular young sire Bernardini is represented by six entries. Champion sire Distorted Humor is especially popular in New York based on the success of his state-bred sons Funny Cide and Commentator. Another of his sons, Drosselmeyer, was the Belmont Stakes winner of 2010 and closed his career with a smashing victory in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic in 2011. Still another son, Flower Alley, won the Jim Dandy and Travers Stakes in 2005 and is the sire of I’ll Have Another, winner of this year’s Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. Hip numbers 175, 188, 215, 227 and 235 are all by Distorted Humor. Through 2011, sons and daughters of this stallion earned a whopping $77,306,494. It might take some of the chill out of a winter morning to know you have an in-foal Distorted Humor mare in the field. Freud has been New York’s most dominant sire for the past half-decade and in 2011 was this state’s leading sire of stakes winners. This sale provides nine chances to buy a Freud weanling and 21 of the 103 broodmares offered are in-foal to him. Posse, New York’s leading sire for

three years running, is represented with six weanlings. Posse’s progeny have earned more than $15 million at the races. His son, Caleb’s Posse, won both the Amsterdam and King’s Bishop in 2011 before closing out his 3-year-old campaign with a scintillating victory in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. His three fillies and three colts assure this truly is far from a sheriff’s sale. Hip number 102 is a daughter of the breed’s leading sire, Giants Causeway, and out of Gal in a Ruckus, which won the Grade I Kentucky Oaks, Canadian Oaks and Dogwood Stakes. She bears the apt name, Very Classy Gal. This chestnut mare is believed to be pregnant to the cover of Dublin, commanding winner of the 2009 Hopeful Stakes. Dublin’s sire, Afleet Alex, was also a Hopeful winner and went on to take both the Preakness and Belmont Stakes. He was also the champion 3year-old colt of 2005. Another son of Afleet, Afleet Express, won the 2010 Travers Stakes. This Saratoga sale is full of interesting opportunities and, with the racing climate in a state of flux, will make for some special dynamics. The best way to preserve the quality racing we know and love in Saratoga is to get involved in the sport. Here’s a chance for you to do it without breaking the bank, so come on out and jump in the deep end of the pool. Owning a racehorse or broodmare will give you a real-life lesson in the economic impact horses actually create. But if nothing else, you can come out to observe some spirited action and enjoy seeing a state-of-the-art facility. Even if you don’t buy a Seattle Slew, you’re assured a memorable experience.




Week of October 5 - October 11, 2012


Headline Community Sports Bulletin JMJC Students Pick Up 13 Medals at Hudson Cup in New Jersey

Saratoga Rowing Association Gearing Up for the Head of the Fish Regatta SARATOGA SPRINGS – The fall rowing season is in full swing which means the Head of the Fish Regatta race is getting closer by the day. It will officially kick off Saturday, October 27 through Sunday, October 28. There are dozens of races scheduled in the Modified, Novice, Freshman and 2nd, 3rd, 4th Varsity levels. There is also a Parent-Child division, which means any two individuals can enter the race as long as they are parent and child. There is no age restriction between parent and child entering the race. According to, registration for the event has been steady, with 74 different clubs representing 67 different cities in 12 different states expecting to launch during the Regatta. For more information about the Head of the Fish Regatta, visit

Adirondack Baseball Showcase Shows High School Players What it Takes to Reach the Next Level Photo by Jennifer Bui for Athletes from the Glenville-based Jason Morris Judo Center (JMJC) hauled in 13 total medals, including five gold medals, over the weekend at the Hudson Cup in Wayne, New Jersey. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School graduate Nick Kossor, 26, started with a 5-0 win to claim the 66-kilogram division winning all of his matches by Ippon (full point). Tony Sangimino, 22, breezed to the gold in the 90-kilogram weight class posting a 4-0 record. Jordan Poliakiwski, 20, dominated the 57-kilogram women's division to take the gold while JMJC teammate Ashley Hejlik, 25, picked up a bronze in the same category. Brandon Barnard, 17, won gold in the novice men's 90-kilogram division, going 4-0 on the day. Ashley Hall, 12, also picked up a gold medal, winning the 11-12 year old heavyweight division. Brad Bolen, 24, was a double medalist as he took bronze medals in both the 73-kilogram and 81-kilogram weight classes. Bolen, who usually competes at 66-kilograms, moved up in weight looking for more matches. Pete Stanley, 28, was a double medalist as well, claiming bronzes in 100-kilogram and +100-kilogram divisions. Andrew Barnard, 11, fought hard to capture a silver medal in the 11-12 year old division while Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High Senior Jack Hatton claimed silver in the brown belt 73-kilogram division. Alex Hall, 13, closed out the JMJC medal count as he took a bronze in the 13-14 years 55-kilogram weight class.

Send your sports stories or briefs to Andrew Marshall, Sports Editor at amarshall@saratoga

The Adirondack Hawks baseball program and Hawks 18U coaches Tom Coons and Dave Palmer will be hosting the Adirondack Baseball Showcase Sunday, October 14 at Gavin Park in Wilton. The showcase will begin at 9 a.m. with check-in, registration and fieldwork beginning at 9:30 a.m. The showcase is scheduled to go until 3 p.m. (In case of rain an alternate date will be emailed to each participant.) Along with coaching the 18U Hawks team, Tom Coons is the current freshman baseball coach, former college coach for over 20 years and serves as president of Sports Recruiting Advisors. Dave Palmer is a 10-year Major League Baseball player and online video analyst for The purpose of the showcase is for high school student-athletes to gain the exposure needed to play baseball at the next level. Players will be given the opportunity to showcase their abilities, become familiar with the college recruiting process, and be evaluated. Players will be provided with an evaluation from the showcase staff. The showcase is limited to 50 participants and registration deadline is October 10th. The cost is $100 per player, with no refund. Players should dress in baseball pants and bring their own bat, cleats, glove, hat, batting helmet (if possible). Each participant will be provided with a showcase t-shirt to wear. Catchers should bring their own equipment. Download a registration form online at Send completed registration form along with check to: Sports Recruiting Advisors, c/o Tom Coons, 364 Northern Pines Road, Gansevoort, NY 12831. If there are questions regarding the showcase, please contact Tom Coons at (518) 225-7658 or send an email to

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Week of October 5 - October 11, 2012

Ski Season is Coming: Are You Ready? by Michael Lapolla

Saratoga Health & Wellness Disclosure: I’m an exercise physiologist, not a meteorologist. If you’re anything like me, you’ve begun to count down the days until winter and the beginning of ski season. You’re probably listening closely to what the Farmer’s Almanac is saying, assuming of course that a rough winter is in store for us. You see, I’m the eternal optimist when it comes to winter. My idea of a good winter is lots of snow and cold, a scenario that certainly is NOT always shared by my fellow North Country dwellers. I’ll listen to anyone who has a new wives’ tale which predicts a snowy winter. If it has to do with a snowy winter, I’ll believe it and trust that it must be true. In fact, I heard the other day that the location of beehives can determine the amount of snowfall or severity of the upcoming winter. Allegedly, when bees nest higher in trees, it can be indicative of a good winter. I haven’t checked whether or not this is true, but I do choose to believe it. (Call me naive. I can take it.) Most recently I’ve noticed the squirrels stockpiling pine cones in my old aluminum shed. Perhaps stockpiling is an understatement. The last time I opened the shed door, the pine cones practically leapt out at my feet. It was loaded. Every nook and cranny, every terra cotta pot and every bit of floor space was covered and overflowing with pine cones. What does it mean? It means a really rough winter is in front of us, of course. (The squirrels must know, right? I could be wrong, but remember, I’m an optimist.) This all ties in to my topic for this month, which of course is near and dear to me: alpine skiing. I love skiing and have been looking forward to

it ever since the end of last season. At Saratoga Health and Wellness, we appreciate skiing because it’s a lifetime sport. Skiing gives reason and a purpose to get to the gym and get fit. We know that if you maintain adequate strength and endurance, skiing is an activity that can get you outside and keep you young. You need strength and endurance for multiple reasons, not the least of which is injury prevention. When are you most likely to hurt yourself while skiing? Generally injuries occur later in your ski day when your muscles tire and general fatigue set in. Let’s talk about the demands of skiing and what it takes to have not only a great ski day, but a full and long season. First of all, skiing requires muscular strength to allow you to quickly transition from one turn to the next, absorb bumpy terrain and hold a sustained edge through wide arcing turns. One thing most people fail to realize with regard to strength training and skiing is the large requirement of eccentric muscle contractions during the ski turn. What’s that mean? Technically when you contract a muscle, one of three things can happen: the muscle can shorten in length, remain the same or get longer. When a muscle lengthens during a contraction, it is termed an eccentric contraction. When you enter a ski turn, you spend time “sinking” into the turn and holding that muscular contraction (eccentric contraction) until just before the finish of the turn, where there is un-weighting of the skis and a very quick concentric contraction before the next turn is initiated. This strong eccentric loading is something that can be practiced in your strength training program, especially your lower body. A great example would be a squat. With or without weight, practice sinking slowly and then standing up quickly. Repeat until you’re tired. The emphasis should be placed going slowly through the “sinking” phase, taking three to five seconds to go down and less than a second to return to standing. This type of

eccentric contraction-based training can really improve your skiing. Examples of other leg (quadriceps and glutes) based exercises are: lunges, leg presses, deadlifts and squats. In addition to the obvious importance of your lower body, don’t forget about the often neglected but equally important upper and mid body or core conditioning. Your torso is the main link between your upper body and your strong lower body. If you lack mid-body strength, it’s challenging to stabilize your upper body and keep it facing downhill. Simple exercises like pushups, dips and pull-ups will help with general strengthening, while more specific core exercises will help with mid-body strength and stability. Consider incorporating planks (front and side), glute bridges and other abdominal exercises that incorporate the oblique to improve a weak mid-body core. Don’t neglect this stuff. It’s extremely helpful conditioning for skiers. Finally, cardiovascular endurance is extremely important to the alpine skier. Why? Well, it’s one thing to rip down a ski run once, but to do it 10-15 times for an entire season is a different story. Ideally, you want to reach the end of the day with some energy to spare, both knees intact, and no injuries. My favorite exercises for enhancing endurance are cycling, trail running and hiking. Hiking uphill is perfect for the alpine skier, because the important muscles are all stimulated-the lower body and even your upper body if you hike with poles. After you reach the summit, you’ll use the same muscles as you descend, but will work them eccentrically as noted earlier in the article. This is ideal. You should aim to incorporate at least one day each week of a couple of hours duration in addition to your typical gym workouts. Generally speaking, you should try to keep fit all season, but eight weeks of pre-season is a good timeframe to buckle down and pay particular attention to ski specific muscles and training. You should aim to get at least two hours (or more) of cardiovascu-



CRASH LANDING - If you read our fitness expert Michael Lapolla’s column this week, it might help you from ending up lodged in a pine tree. lar exercise weekly and at least 2-3 days per week of muscle strengthening. If you have any questions about content in this article, including

exercises or technique, please get in touch with us. We love to ski, and we love helping folks get fit for skiing. See you on the hill.

Michael Lapolla is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as an Exercise Specialist and owns Saratoga Health & Wellness (Locals’ Choice award winner, Best Fitness Facility, 2012). Michael and his college-educated staff design custom exercise programs for a wide range of clients. You may contact the team at Saratoga Health & Wellness at (518) 306-6987 or on the web at




Week of October 5 - October 11, 2012


What Every Coach Should Know About Concussions

Damian Fantauzzi Concussions in sports have become a hot button issue in the past couple of years. It is a traumatic brain injury and is considered a pretty serious type of injury. “Concussion” means the brain has been violently shaken inside the skull. The Center for Disease control (CDC) has indicated that as many as 3.8 million sports and recreation related concussions occur each year in the United States. There are also other related causes which include auto accidents, work-related injuries, falls and fighting. How does one tell if they have had a concussion? What should be done if you have one? Traumatic brain injuries can cause bruising, damage to blood vessels and injury to the nerves. The result is your brain doesn't function as it normally would. Your vision may be disturbed, you may lose equilibrium or you might fall unconscious. In other words, the brain is confused. In the old cartoons in the movies, a

character like Bugs Bunny, when hit in the head, would often see stars. Here are some real signs of a concussion following a head injury: feeling confused or dazed, clumsiness, slurred speech, nausea or vomiting, headache, blurred vision and sensitivity to light, ringing in the ears, behavior or personality changes, memory loss and concentration difficulties. Concussions are fairly common but it is important to recognize the signs so proper treatment can be administered. There are different levels to be aware of; mild (grade 1), moderate (grade 2) or severe (grade 3). Grade 1 symptoms last for less than 15 minutes and there is no loss of consciousness. Grade 2, there is no loss of consciousness but symptoms last longer than 15 minutes. Obviously with Grade 3, the person loses consciousness - sometimes for a few seconds or longer. Most people with concussions fully recover with appropriate treatment. A concussion can be serious, so it is important to safeguard yourself or the person you suspect of having one. Seek medical attention immediately, because a health care professional can decide how serious the concussion might be. A doctor will ask how the head injury happened and will recognize the symptoms by asking questions that will determine the severity of the injury. Questions such as: "What's your name?", "Where do you live?" or "Who is the president?” This approach will evaluate memory and concentration

skills. This one is important: do not give medications, including aspirin or ibuprofen, which may cause bleeding in the brain. Children, including adolescents, experience rapid height and weight gain, which makes them more prone to accidents. This is why if you suspect a concussion following an injury to the head, get to a physician as soon as possible. Don't be the one to determine the extent of the injury. If a head injury occurs, make

“Concussions are fairly common but it’s important to recognize the signs so proper treatment can be administered.” the athlete stop playing and sit out the rest of the game. After seeing a doctor, he or she will be given a time frame for resuming activity. The more cautious you are, the better. If you resume play too early, there is a risk of a second concussion, which can compound the damage to the brain. Repeated concussions can cause cumulative effects on the brain. Successive concussions can have devastating consequences, including brain swelling, permanent brain damage, long term disabilities and even death. Protective equipment is essential in high-contact, high-risk sports such as football, hockey,

boxing and soccer. Sports like skateboarding, snowboarding, downhill skiing, horseback riding, rollerblading and bike riding also necessitate protective head gear. Right now in the NFL there are over 3,000 pending lawsuits from former players who are suing the league over concussions. In many of these cases it is because injured players were not given the necessary down time to heal, or re-entered a game moments after suspected head trauma. The NFL claims that it has always made player safety a priority and continues to do so. All athletes know the risks that are associated with their sport. In many of the high-risk sports there is always the possibility of injury. The real problem is who makes the decision on when it's time to return to the field. This is why we have doctors and trainers on the field who can professionally determine the time needed for rehabilitation or rest. If a concussion goes untreated or undiagnosed, the outcome can be a life-changing scenario. A former NFL tackle prospect, Mitch White who was in the New Orleans Saints organization, is one of the players suing the league. He suffers from side effects stemming from a Grade 3 concussion. At times, bright light gives him problems, he'll sometimes get severe migraines, and he suffers from moments of unbearable depression with mood swings that allegedly give him thoughts of suicide. White could not talk or think normally when trying to have a conversation

with friends and his energy level runs down quickly. He has frequent moments of confusion about people, places and things. He felt that his helmet was not inflated properly and took a hit in the side of the head from a blitzing linebacker while playing in an NFL Europe training camp in March of 2005. He was knocked out for a few seconds and later found out that he fell trying to stand up but did not remember. He can remember, however, that he had a difficult time raising his head up while in his stance. He and his wife are worried about the possibility of early-onset Alzheimer’s. The NFL and college football now have new rules concerning hitting around the head and/or above the shoulders and it's trickled down to the scholastic level and lower. Nine out of every 10 instances of concussions are usually short termed with a short healing period, and then life goes on. When athletes play sports, there is always the possibility of injury because of the physical nature of competitive sports. There has been a surge in the development of safer equipment and I believe it has cut the number of injuries down. Parents, let your kids play and don't worry, but be aware if they get injured. Any head injury needs special attention and for the question of its extent, see a physician for peace of mind and safety. It's worth the visit to your doctor!



Week of October 5 - October 11, 2012

News and Notes: Field hockey up to 4th in latest polls SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Skidmore College field hockey team moved up one spot to No. 4 in the most recent Penn Monto/NFCHA

Division III National Coaches Poll, released on Tuesday. The Thoroughbreds are off to a 9-1 start with their only defeat coming against second-ranked Middlebury, a 2-1 loss last week. Junior Kelly Blackhurst (North River, N.Y.) has tallied 18 goals and

11 assists for 47 points so far. She currently ranks third in Division III in goals per game, assists per game and points per game. Senior Ceilidh MacNeill (Framingham, Mass.) is second on the squad with seven goals and five assists for 19 points. Sophomore goalie Haley McDougall (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) has posted 1.52 goals against average and a .824 save percentage. The reigning Liberty League Defensive Performer of the Week put together a strong showing last week highlighted by a 19-save performance against Middlebury. Skidmore is on the road this week-

SPORTS end for a pair of Liberty League games at Rochester and fifteenthranked William Smith.

Late goal carries men's soccer past Southern Vermont SARATOGA SPRINGS - Tim Sullivan scored in the 81st minute to lead the Skidmore College men's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Southern Vermont, Tuesday night at Wachenheim Field. With the win, the Thoroughbreds improve to 8-2-1, while the Mountaineers fall to 2-9. After dominating the game offensively, Sullivan finally slipped one


through the stingy Southern Vermont defense. He took a pass at the top of the box from Andrew Pertsov and blasted a shot just inside the far post for his first collegiate goal. Skidmore controlled the first half, outshooting the Mountaineers 13-3. The Thoroughbreds had their best scoring chance of the half in the 24th minute when Brock Bakewell rang one off the post. Skidmore outshot the Mountaineers 30-6 and held a 7-1 advantage in corner kicks. The Thoroughbreds host Vassar in a Liberty League showdown October 6 at 2 p.m.

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