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Volume 6 • Issue 42

Future Foodies

Scholastic Cyber - Safety by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA COUNTY – It’s a brave new world out there. As technology becomes more ubiquitous in our everday lives, students, parents and school districts face unprecedented dangers and challenges in the name of modern convenience. The use of smartphones, tablets, social websites and more can all be great tools for young adults, but poor decisions made in a split-second can have long-term consequences with far reaching effects, the repercussions stretching long into adulthood.

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Senior Holly Clark appreciates the healthy food choices available at the S.S.H.S. cafeteria.

SARATOGA SPRINGS – This week on the menu: herb roasted chicken, black bean corn salad, chicken caesar salad wraps, squash, freshly made cheese or vegetarian pizza with part-skim mozzarella cheese, or tossed salad with low fat dressing and fresh produce from the local farmers’ market. Five star restaurant? Try the Saratoga Springs High School lunch menu. “It’s my belief, and the dis-

Innovative Lunch Program Brings Healthy Choices to Saratoga Springs Schools

trict’s belief, that it’s important to teach students healthy eating habits while they’re in school,” said Margaret Sullivan, the Saratoga Springs school lunch program director. Sullivan oversees the self-sustaining lunch program for all of the Saratoga Springs City School District, and for the last several years has made it a priority to provide students healthy options in a unique an innovative lunch program. “At first it was a bit of a struggle,” said Sullivan, who also noted the growing childhood obesity epidemic in the country. “At first

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kids were resistant to new things that they may not have known before. But now that we’ve had these really great options for a few years, I think we’ve really gained some traction.” Sullivan has implemented a variety of innovative partnerships and

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Inside TODAY... Meet the Candidates pg 7 Business pgs 8-9

$200 Million Competition

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CREDC Seeks Public Input in Race for Competitive Grant Funding

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by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Capital Region Economic Development Council (CREDC) is working to establish a five-year strategic plan for regional economic growth, and they need your help.

The council gathered at the Saratoga Springs City Center Thursday morning, October 20, to provide an update on their progress and allow opportunity for public comment. As one of 10 councils formed in August, the CREDC is tasked with developing a regional economic development plan

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Saratoga Horse & Tack Expo SARATOGA SPRINGS- People of all kinds galloped to Saratoga Race Course this past weekend for the Saratoga Horse & Tack Expo. The proceeds from the weekend will support New York Horse Park, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that plans to build the state’s first horse park in Wilton.

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Peter W. Winslow II, 28, of 299 Pine St., Corinth, pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child in the vehicle, a class-E felony. Winslow was arrested June 11, 2010, in Corinth and was sentenced to time served in addition to five years of probation. Michael T. Garrick, 28, of 317 4th Ave., Apt. 4, Mechanicville, was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, a class-E felony. Garrick was arrested June 2 in Wilton and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing December 9. Stephen Ellis, 30, address unknown, pleaded guilty to a charge of first-degree attempted promoting of prison contraband, a class-E felony. Ellis was arrested February 17 in the town of Moreau and was sentenced to one and a half to three years in state prison. Michael A. Primelo, 47, of 571 Winding Hills Rd., Montgomery, pleaded guilty to a charge of fourth-degree grand larceny, a class-E felony. Primelo was arrested May 19 in Clifton Park for an incident that occurred December 14 and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing December 16. Charles Bushey, 30, of 11 Brunswick Rd., Apt. 2, Troy, pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a class-D felony. Bushey was arrested April 6 in Clifton Park and is scheduled to

return to court for sentencing December 6. Heather M. Purvee, 39, of 61 Front St., Ballston Spa, pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class-C felony. Purvee was arrested May 5 in Ballston Spa for an incident that occurred August 17, 2010, and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing December 9. Celena M. Rich, 31, of 18 Jefferson Terrace, B-1, Saratoga Springs, pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class-C felony. Rich was arrested for incidents occurring March 25 and April 8 in Saratoga Springs and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing December 8. Marcus J. Dilorenzo, 23, of 39 Timber Dr., Waterford, pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class-C felony. Dilorenzo was arrested November 16 in Saratoga Springs for an incident that occurred January 13,

2010, and was sentenced to six months in Saratoga County Jail and five years of probation. Jordan A. Jones, 20, of 108 Wooley Rd., Saratoga Springs, pleaded guilty to violating probation and was resentenced September 29 by Judge Jerry Scarano to one to three years in state prison, probation terminated. Jones was originally convicted May 17 of third-degree burglary, a class-D felony, for which he had been sentenced to time served and five years of probation. Shawntae Paulk, aka “J,� 32, of 496 10th St., Troy, pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class-C felony. Paulk was arrested September 3, 2010, in Saratoga Springs and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing December 19. Gary J. Ryan, 40, of 94 Saratoga Ave., Waterford, pleaded guilty to a charge of failure to report an address change within 10

days, a class-E felony. Ryan was arrested April 20 in Saratoga and was sentenced to 10 periods of interim incarceration in Saratoga County Jail, Wed.-Fri. each week for 10 consecutive weeks. Nathan K. Champaigne, 29, of 3337 Woodlawn Ave., Schenectady, pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class-C felony. Champaigne was arrested for incidents that occurred March 15 and


18, 2010, in Saratoga Springs and was sentenced to one and a half years in state prison and three years of post release supervision.



Malta Highway Superintendent is “King of the Road”! MALTA – On Tuesday, October 18, Malta Town Supervisor Paul Sausville reported that Malta Highway Superintendent Roger Crandall has completed the requirements for Level I of the Road Master Recognition Program. The Road Master Program was established to recognize the achievement of local highway officials who have completed core and optional training sessions offered by the Cornell Local Roads Program, which is an educational arm of both the Federal Highway Administration and the New York State Department of Transportation. The training provides a comprehensive curriculum about the fundamentals of road maintenance and management techniques. Mr. Crandall completed two core

and four optional workshops as part of the Road Master Level I certification process. He received a certificate and a memento of this accomplishment.

Assemblyman Jordan Named to Farm Bureau Circle of Friends FORT EDWARD - On Friday, October 14, Assemblyman Tony Jordan (R,C,I) was named to the New York Farm Bureau’s “Circle of Friends” for the third straight year. The Circle of Friends is a recognition bestowed upon legislators by the Farm Bureau based on their voting record and overall support of issues important to New York agriculture. “It is an honor to be named to the Circle of Friends for the third straight year.” said Jordan. “Agriculture is New York’s number one industry, and is vitally important to the 112th Assembly District,

which I am privileged to represent. It is imperative that we in the legislature are sensitive to the needs of this industry, and I take great pride in being an advocate for agriculture.”


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TEC-SMART’s GE Wind Technology Lab Dedicated

City Schools Acknowledge Student Sexting Incidents; Expands Focus on Cyber Safety SARATOGA SPRINGS – In a release on Friday, October 14, Saratoga Springs School District Superintendent Dr. Janice White reiterated the district’s commitment to cyber safety after incidents were discovered involving middle school students sending inappropriate text messages during non-school hours in the spring and early summer of 2011. The release noted that the school learned of those incidents recently, involving students sending or receiving text messages with provocative photos of female students, which were then further circulated. The involved students were identified and questioned, and all parents were notified. The release also noted an increased commitment on the part of the school district to online and cyber safety, with Stuart Byrne, principal of the Maple Avenue Middle School, noting that an

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On Tuesday, October 18, Hudson Valley Community College dedicated a new wind technology lab at its TEC-SMART facility in Malta. After delivering remarks at the dedication, Congressman Chris Gibson spoke to 11th grade students at Ballston Spa High School about their wind energy class in HVCC’s TEC-SMART’s clean technology and sustainable industries program increased schedule of activities in the months ahead, was to “help students make intelligent and informed decisions about appropriate behavior while they are online and using their cell phones.” For more information about these upcoming school district events, see the story beginning on page 1.

Dump Truck Leaves Trail of Stones on Rt. 29

SARATOGA SPRINGS - A Department of Transportation dump truck spilled a portion of its load onto Route 29 on Wednesday, October 12, at about noon, causing damage to a passing vehicle. The truck had just picked up stones from Pallette Stone and was heading east on Route 29 to the Department of Transportation headquarters on West Avenue in Saratoga Springs. It had just crested the railroad overpass when its load-securing mechanism failed, causing golf ball-sized stones to spill onto the roadway. The truck left a trail of stones from the crest of the overpass to a nearby shopping plaza where the truck was able to park. The trail was approximately a 1/4-mile in length, Department of Transportation crews worked to clean up the roadway and parking lot.



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The Domestic Violence Home Visit Program As Saratoga County District Attorney my office recognizes October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which gives me an opportunity to highlight a successful pilot program going on in our community. The Home Visit Program expands Saratoga Springs Police Department’s (SSPPD) response to domestic violence by having officers check back in on victims of domestic violence weeks or months after the initial incident. Since the inception of the program in January of this year, the Saratoga Springs Police Department (SSPD) has checked back in on nearly 280 victims of domestic violence in Saratoga Springs. The Home Visit Program is a partnership between the SSPD and Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services of Saratoga County (DVRC), and is funded by the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services. The program allows for police to follow up by visiting the homes where domestic violence incidents recently occurred and refer them for follow up with DVRC. Hopefully in the next phase of the program, DVRC personnel will be able to accompany police on the home visits and provide direct victim services. Victims find support and assistance from law enforcement, and can obtain a full complement of support and counseling services from DVRC, which helps victims, identify, define and reassess the nature of the conflict. Victims gain a clearer perspective, realize their innocence, and recognize the benefits of criminal prosecution and holding the batterer accountable for the criminal conduct. Domestic violence is crime involv-

ing members of the same household or individuals who are, or have been, in a relationship. Abusers use violence to assert power and control over the victim, while the victim becomes physically and emotionally injured, afraid or embarrassed, often times blaming themselves and becoming paralyzed by the fear and unable to seek help. Specially trained officers run the program. Initially, some victims are reluctant to cooperate and be candid about what is going on during a home visit by the police. They may resist suggestions to seek assistance from DVRC, share that they have contemplated dropping the charges, or relate violations of an order of protection that have gone unreported. This is not unusual and results from fear of retaliation to shame and embarrassment. Home visits have been successful because it alters the dynamic inside the home. Victim’s behavior does not change overnight, because it has been learned over many years of abuse, but police and DVRC’s intervention can break the cycle of abuse. If it is discovered that a new crime has occurred during the visit, an officer arrests the abuser, safeguards the victim by referring them to DVRC and files the case for prosecution. Domestic violence is a crime that knows no bounds. It is not related to income level, gender, religion, or race. Home visits can establish a level of trust that enables police officers to follow up with victims regarding their welfare. Victims learn that domestic violence can occur between any two individuals who have shared a level of intimacy – not necessarily sexual in nature. Victims learn that domestic violence happens in all different neighborhoods and it can occur as a psychological, economic

or a violent attack. Home visits give police officers an opportunity to engage the victim and show their genuine interest in the victim’s safety. Home visits provide a link between a victim and recovery. In fact, the Home Visit Program has resulted in numerous arrests that would not have occurred, but for the program. Police have found several offenders at the homes of victims in violation of an existing Order of Protection. Victims are safer, because batterers know that police are keenly aware of who they are and what they are doing. Victims are empowered because of the support and education they receive from DVRC. Domestic violence is difficult to prosecute because the victim is typically controlled by the batterer. The SSPD and DVRC forming a strong partnership strengthen our ability to make victims independent and safe. There is still much work to be done regarding domestic violence awareness, investigation and prosecution, but we have made great strides. Through The Home Visit Program we will continue to improve our response to domestic violence, protect more victims, and hold offenders accountable. Hon. James A. Murphy, III Saratoga County District Attorney

Towne for Town Justice I am writing a letter in support of David Towne, my husband, for the position of Town Justice for the town of Wilton. David has planned to run for this position for many years and the time for this move is now. David has recently retired with 32 years experience with the Saratoga County Sheriffs Department, most recently as


Investigator. David is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has also served on the Republican Committee and the Zoning Board for the town of Wilton. David is hard-working, dedicated and committed to his goals and career. He had a difficult time when deciding to retire because he continues to love criminal justice after being involved 32 years; part of the motivation to retire was to pursue the town justice position. This position will enable David to continue to serve his community with the same sense of dedication and enthusiasm he displayed during his 32 years in Saratoga County. David has strong values in terms of family and community. He holds honesty and fairness to be the core of work, interactions and daily life. These core values are a natural fit when serving as Town Justice.


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Elect Dinsmore and Lant We feel privileged to live in Wilton. It is a beautiful area strategically located between Saratoga Springs and Lake George. Its very location presents both opportunities and risks as it faces an era of unprecedented development pressures. The actions our town takes in the next few years will no doubt have an impact on Wilton's quality of life for generations to come. The opportunity is to develop responsibly so that we establish a solid economic base while maintaining the desirable attributes we enjoy as a community. This requires monitoring so that short- term profit taking is not favored over longer term planning. It also means that we carefully assess the significant investment in infrastructure which development necessarily demands - infrastructure like roads, power, water, schools, emergency services, police and town administration. By doing this, we will continue to be proud of our community - and avoid the risk (and surprise!) of future town tax hikes to pay for lack of adequate oversight. Jared Dinsmore and John Lant promise to bring new leadership to Wilton's Town Board to deal with the critical issues facing our town's development over the next several years. They promise more transparency, ethical conduct, responsible spending and monitored growth, all of which maintain our quality of life. We urge our fellow citizens to consider Jared and John as they cast their vote for directing the future of Wilton. Nancy and Frank Tetz

Dinsmore for Wilton Town Board Jared Dinsmore is running for The Wilton Town Board because he believes in this community. That belief is much more than a campaign slogan. Jared puts action behind his words. My first encounters with Jared were at town board meetings, where he impressed me with the thoughtful and fact-based observations he offered. His professional manner, preparation and well-organized remarks earned my admiration. When we began working to form the new Wilton Food Pantry, Jared was the obvious choice for president of our board based on his experience with other community-oriented organizations including the YMCA. His knowledge and leadership proved invaluable in guiding us through the challenges of starting a nonprofit organization. Where some of us would rush in, led by our hearts,

Jared's steadier head prevailed, enabling us to present facts and figures to the community, proving the need for our services. We would not be where we are today without Jared's steady, thoughtful guidance. As a long-time Wilton resident, I am proud to serve our community with Jared. I know first hand how dedicated a leader he will be for our town. I encourage you to put the community first and vote for Jared Dinsmore on November 8. Deborah Zellan Wilton

Re-elect Mayor Johnson Over his first two terms in office, Mayor Johnson has shown the ability to bring people together for the greater good. Whether it was working with the school district on the East Side Recreation Fields, DPW and federal government on the Spring Run Trail or the Department of Environmental Conservation, Mayor Johnson has shown the ability to get everyone to check their egos at the door and work in the best interests of the taxpayers of the City of Saratoga Springs. That's what true leaders do. Mayor Johnson deserves another term as our mayor.

Re-elect Richard Wirth We need a full-time, responsible person leading the public safety department, and Richard Wirth is that person. During his term he's worked hard to fix problems and provide real solutions for the community. It was refreshing to read that Richard Wirth stepped into office and immediately reduced overtime spending. Under previous administrations, the overtime budget was out of control and unacceptable with salaries being nearly doubled with padded overtime. The police and firefighters who work hard deserve to be paid appropriately, but it's the commissioner's responsibility to make sure that our taxpayer dollars are being used properly. Another quality that Richard Wirth brings to the table is his ability to work with the city council to get things accomplished. When a federal SAFER grant was available to bring back laid off fire fighters, Rick worked with the council to make certain that Saratoga Springs received the funding and used it to keep the fire department well-staffed and our city safe. These are just a few of the many reasons why Richard Wirth has earned our vote to continue serving

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the community as commissioner of public safety. I hope you will join me in supporting him this Election Day! Jeanne D'Agostino

Vote Madigan Michele Madigan has been involved with the Democratic Committee and has come to see a need for change in our city government, especially in the finance department. She wants to make sure that our city has a future through long-term planning and accurate and understandable budgeting. By ending the reliance on one -time money sources, and being realistic with achievable revenue projections, she can make our city more financially stable. Giving the citizens access to clear and timely online reports, we will be able to track actual revenue and expenditures. Monies can be projected for infrastructure repairs that are long overdue. Michele would like to see a 10 year comprehensive plan in place that would include fiscal impact studies and sustainable, stabilized tax rates, while maintaining services and containing costs. Her background is in financial budgeting and is extensive in both the private and public sectors. Michele has the background, good financial goals for the city and would make an excellent finance commissioner. Mary Ann Klemm

Mathiesen for Public Safety Chris Mathiesen would be an outstanding public safety commissioner for Saratoga Springs. I first met Chris when we served together on the Saratoga Democratic Committee. He was the committee's calm voice of reason. Chris could eloquently bypass the nonsense and cut to the core of any issue. At the same time, he wasn't offensive or chest pounding. Many speeches were made at meetings and one's mind could wander. Chris didn't speak as frequently as some but when he did, all minds stopped wandering and everyone listened attentively. I've always suspected that an emerging toxic political environment was the reason Chris chose to step down from the committee. After his departure, I only knew Chris as my dentist. One time, during a routine gum examination my periodontist commented on the "superb" work that Chris had done for me. He said that he sees a lot of dentist's work, but rarely does he see such high quality. What could better speak

for Chris Mathiesen? He is the best, no matter the undertaking. Interestingly, when I told Chris what the specialist said, he appeared uncomfortable with me belaboring the point. Chris has great humility. We would benefit from having more elected officials with this quality. Naysayers concede that Chris is a high achiever, but claim he lacks governmental experience. They forget that this graduate of Leadership Saratoga Class of 2000 is a lifelong Saratoga Springs resident with decades of civic engagement. This includes seven years on the Zoning Board of Appeals with two years as chairman. And like everything else Chris does, his service was exemplary. Regarding overseeing the uniformed services, our Founding Fathers wisely placed them under "civilian control." It's at the heart of America's system of governance. Be assured that Chris Mathiesen is the right person for public safety commissioner.

Re-elect Scott Johnson Every day I hear news reports of the nation's economic woes. Our national economy is in recession, and instead of working together to resolve our problems and find solutions, our nation's leaders squabble and let partisan politics prevent them from working for the common good. I am grateful that I live in Saratoga Springs where at least our city leaders are able to work together in a nonpartisan way to solve our city's problems. Mayor Scott Johnson has worked with each member of the city council, regardless of political affiliation, to find solutions. It wasn't that many years ago that our city council looked more like the federal government, with more time spent on scoring political points than on dealing with the city's problems. Mayor Johnson promised to restore civility to city council meetings and he has done that. He has worked across political party lines to get back VLGT money for our city and to put in motion plans to build a much needed parking deck off of Woodlawn Avenue. The current city council has worked well together in recognizing and solving our city's problems. They have put the city of Saratoga Springs' interests ahead of political ideology and "gotcha" politics. Mayor Scott Johnson is a problem solver. He has brought back a sense of professionalism to our city council and has worked with the council to put the best ideas forward without regard for whether those solutions come from a Democrat or a


Republican. Our federal government could learn some valuable lessons by watching how our city council is able to come together for the common good. I look forward to continued success for the residents of Saratoga Springs and I hope you will join me in voting for Scott Johnson and letting him continue the good work that he's begun. Nancy Dowd Saratoga Springs

The Tyranny of Arrogance This city has lived under the tyranny of arrogance for nearly four years. Our city council has done more business behind closed doors in executive sessions than at any time in our history. With the attorney mayor, a city and assistant city attorney in city hall, this council, according to its minutes, voted to hire six outside law firms to litigate nine separate lawsuits. One firm is on a continuing retainer of $2,000 a month. With these outside lawyers, they have slithered around both city and state laws, the ZBA and the need for a certified senior building inspector. Twice they litigated the rulings of their own civil service commission. Twice they paid to defended citizens' lawsuits rather than put charter up for public vote. They paid attorneys to oversee the paid attorneys in the Anderson lawsuit. They appropriated money to defend the city attorney in his workplace violence episode. They are paying attorneys to rewrite our zoning code without any public input. They think they know better than the 10 percent of citizens who signed petitions asking to put charter to a public vote; better than their civil service commission who insisted they hire a senior building inspector to enforce building safety codes. And if we, the public, stand at city council session to complain, we are treated to bored silence or snickering. They seem to think that their way is the only way. That is the essence of arrogance. It is time to vote every council member who has an opponent out of office. Let's send a clear message to our elected officials that it's our city; our tax money, our safety at issue. Vote for Wilkes, Madigan and Mathiesen. They understand that they work for us and we don't give them our money to waste.

Nancy Goldberg Saratoga Springs



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Meet the Candidates Night


Important Voting Information, Events November 8 is Election Day and polls are open from 6 a.m. - 9 p.m. Voter registration deadlines have passed, but absentee ballots are still being accepted. Plan ahead, and make sure to submit your absentee ballot by the deadlines listed below.

Absentee Voting Information from the Board of Elections Apply in-person: The Board of Elections is open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. during the week, with extended hours on: October 25, 27 and November 1, 3 until 7 p.m. Saturdays, October 29 and November 5, 9 a.m. - noon Apply by mail: Just download, complete and mail an Absentee Ballot Application to: Saratoga County Board of Elections, 50 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 Important Dates: Nov. 1- Last day to mail (postmark) application; Nov. 7- Last day to apply in-person; Nov. 7 - Last day to mail (postmark) ballot

In the meantime, you can attend these events to stay informed: Fundraising Rally for Saratoga Springs Mayoral Candidate Brent Wilkes Saratoga National Golf Course, 458 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs Wednesday, October 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Donation: $15/per person Appetizers, music, cash bar and an opportunity to meet and support Brent Wilkes

Saratoga County Republican Committee Clifton Park Rally: Friday, October 21, 6-8 p.m. Edison Club, 891 Riverview Rd.,Rexford, $5 Saratoga Springs Rally: Wednesday, October 26, 6-8 p.m. Holiday Inn, 232 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, $10 Wilton Cocktail PartyFriday, November 4, Time TBA

Towns of Clifton Park and Halfmoon Candidate Event Photos by • Saratoga Today

SARATOGA SPRINGS – The League of Women Voters held a candidate forum on Wednesday, October 19, at Saratoga Springs High School. Candidates for contested 2011 city elections, from top: Mayor- Scott Johnson and Brent Wilkes; Commissioner of Public Safety- Richard Wirth and Christian Mathiesen; Commissioner of Finance- Michele Madigan and Kenneth Ivins, Jr.

Wednesday, October 25, 7 p.m Halfmoon Town Hall, 2 Halfmoon Plaza.: All candidates for Town/County Supervisor, County Supervisor, Town Clerk, Town Justice, Town Councilman, Hwy Superintendent and Tax Receiver are included.

Coffee Meet-up at Saratoga Coffee Traders Tuesday, November 1, 10-11 a.m. Come and meet with members of the Saratoga Springs Democratic Committee to talk about anything and everything from local to state and federal politics.




Friday, October 21, 2011


Ravenous? Have a Crepe! by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - You would never know that Ravenous opened on a whim. The 21 Phila Street creperie turns 12 this month, and its owners Lauren Wickizer, chef Francesco D'Amico (husband and wife) and Tina Laino have birthday plans. From October 19 to November 19, guests will enjoy a delicious fixed price dinner that includes a small pommes frites with any Ravenous dipping sauce, a dinner crepe with salad and a dessert crepe for just $19.99 (the year this whole operation began). Francesco and Lauren were living in Seattle, Washington, when they decided to start their own restaurant in 1999. They were looking for a change. "We had this crazy idea to start a restaurant," Lauren said. "We wanted to do something unique."

Francesco had always worked in restaurants, although he was never classically trained, and Lauren's sole qualification was her love of food. But there is no prerequisite to having a vision, and a niche eatery was what they had in mind. "We had the idea of a European street food café," she said, describing Parisian and Belgian settings, where vendors serve delicacies, like crepes, along city walkways. But that vision wouldn't fit just anywhere, and they had the perfect place in mind. That previous year the couple had their wedding at the Gideon Putnam. It was their introduction to Saratoga Springs, and it was love at first sight. So, they partnered with Francesco's mother Tina, moved to the Spa City and came up with the concept of Ravenous. They held their grand opening that October in the cozy Phila storefront, unveiling a menu that included just nine crepes (five savory crepes and four sweet) and pomme frites.

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Owners Lauren Wickizer and Francesco D’Amico celebrate their 12th anniversary with a loyal staff. Pictured behind them from left to right: Eric Jones, Teri Sakshaug, Rebecca Whitehead and Katie Post. "We were so green," Lauren said. "We knew how to cook, but the idea of running a restaurant was so new [to us]. At first we didn't even have brunch!" That was 12 years ago. The menu has since grown to nearly 30 dishes, not including the daily specials. Today, Ravenous is popular destination and Tina deserves plenty of credit. "She comes up with amazing combos," Lauren said, crediting her for dreaming up the one-of-a-kind crepe creations that make Ravenous so special. Savory inventions like St. Tropez (a specialty crepe with Mediterranean flair: sautéed chicken, artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, sundried tomatoes and capers) and the Mama

Mia (a more filling selection: Italian sausage, sweet peppers and onions folded into a crepe with fresh mozzarella) have become menu fixtures. And, of course, there is also the sweet side of the menu. Treats like the Blueberry Zeppelin (a delightful combination of fromage blanc sweetened with sugar, orange oil and vanilla, topped with blueberries), and French-Kiss (chocolate hazelnut spread dusted with vanilla powdered sugar and finished with a dollop of fresh whipped cream) also turn new guests into returning customers. Ravenous is also known for its sole side dish. Belgian pomme frites are served with a variety of homemade dipping sauces: aioli, pesto mayo, Cajun spicy mayo, horseradish, barbeque mayo, honey mustard sauce,

The Blueberry Zeppelin teriyaki mayo, bleu cheese sauce and Russian mayo. What more could you ask for? With so many versions of just one dish, the Ravenous family has successfully carved their niche. And what they have accomplished with the menu is only half of the appeal. Ravenous is a small, cozy restaurant with heart. The atmosphere is welcoming and the décor is simple yet creative, specifically the walls: a hand-painted garland mural stands opposite exposed brick. It's a great spot for brunch, lunch and dinner; to have in the company of friends or alone. A 12th anniversary might not be a typical milestone, but Ravenous is anything but ordinary, and that's exactly what Francesco, Lauren and Tina plan on celebrating. "This is an amazing accomplishment," Francesco said. "I never pictured us as restaurant owners. I had fantasies, but I never thought it would happen." Though Francesco admits it's hard to know what lies ahead - "we think one season at a time," he said Ravenous has become a fixture on Phila Street; it's a draw, and a treat that people are sure to revisit over the next dozen years. For more information, visit or call (518) 581-0560. Ravenous is open Tuesday through Sunday.



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Local Accountant Earns C.P.A. Designation SARATOGA SPRINGS - The staff at Flynn, Walker, Diggin C.P.A., P.C., a Saratoga Springs-based audit, accounting, tax and management services firm, is proud to announce that staff accountant Ida Cheung recently passed the C.P.A. exam and is now fully licensed in the state of New York. Cheung is a resident of Malta. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University at Albany in 2008. Flynn, Walker, Diggin C.P.A., P.C. is located at 50 Seward Place in Saratoga Springs. Further information about the firm can be found at

Grand Opening at Saratoga Marketplace SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Saratoga Marketplace, located at 454 Broadway, will host a grand opening on Saturday, October 22, and Sunday, October 23, to celebrate the new group of tenants that have recently moved to the lower level. Participating business owners include Aleah Homer of The Body Lounge and Dust - Organic Mineral Cosmetics (a unique spa and boutique); Kendal and Keriann McGillycuddy of McGillycuddy's Naturals (natural handmade bath and body products); Karen Score of The Studio Store and Yoga Mandali (yoga apparel and accessories); and Lisa Alden of Fiat Feminae (a lingerie boudoir). Stop by the lower level of the Saratoga Marketplace on Saturday between 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. to meet the local business owners, and enjoy discounts, great giveaways, free refreshments and a fun scavenger hunt.

Saratoga Bridges Raises Awareness, Recognizes Local Businesses SARATOGA COUNTY - Saratoga Bridges wants to get the word out that October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), a full month dedicated to raising public awareness about the professional contributions, skills and accomplishments of workers with disabilities within the community. Through Alpha Career Options, a supported employment program, Saratoga Bridges assists employees in securing competitive employment positions thanks to the help and support of local businesses. This month, Saratoga Bridges is recognizing the Saratoga County and Capital Region employers that demonstrate a yearround commitment to providing accommodations, innovations and career advancement opportunities for people with disabilities:

Albany Marriott, Ballston Area Community Center, Bon Ton, Burnt Hills School District, Byron's IGA Market, Chartwells, Curtis Lumber, CVS, Faldoni's Deli, Fifty South Diner, Fillpoint, Friendly's, Gold's Gym, Grand Union Family Markets, Hannaford Supermarkets, Home Depot, JC Penney, KFC, Lakeside Farms, Lowe's, Maplewood Manor, McDonald's, NYRA, Panera Bread, Price Chopper, Rehabilitation Support Services, Saratoga Downtowner Motel, Saratoga Casino and Raceway, Saratoga Hilton, Saratoga Springs Public Library, Saratoga Spa State Park, Service Solutions, Sundaes Best, Target, TJ

Maxx, Town of Milton Department of Public Works, Walmart, Wesley Health Care Center.

Semiconductor Leaders to Meet in Saratoga SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) will hold their 2012 World Semiconductor Council meeting in Saratoga on May 21-26, 2012. The conference will be headquartered at the Saratoga Hilton, and will take advantage of many of Saratoga's unique venues for offsite functions. Semiconductor innovation is a major component of America's $1.1 trillion technology industry, which


employs nearly 6 million people, and SIA members play a significant part. The association unites over 60 companies that account for 80 percent of U.S. semiconductor production. Together, these companies work to encourage policies and regulations that fuel innovation, propel business and drive international competition in order to maintain a thriving semiconductor industry in the United States. The association is made up of six member countries: China, Chinese Taipei, Europe, Japan, Korea and the United States. Each year, SIA moves its international meeting to a new associated country. This year brings the group back to the United States,


and right to our backyard. "The 2012 World Semiconductor Council meeting will bring industry experts and CEOs from the top semiconductor designers and manufacturers from around the world to experience Saratoga's hospitality and charm," said Todd Garofano, president of the Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau. "We are absolutely thrilled to be hosting this prestigious conference in Saratoga, and welcome industry leaders from around the world to what has become a hotbed for the global semiconductor industry."


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Saratoga Springs City Council by Arthur Gonick Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – Prior to the Tuesday, October 18 meeting of the Saratoga Springs City Council, the public had their first opportunity to comment on the 2012 comprehensive budget, which was presented on October 4. There will be another public hearing on the budget before the council meeting on November 15. Between November 1 and November 30, the council can amend and/or vote on the budget. If the council does not pass a budget by November 30, the comprehensive budget becomes the budget for 2012. A major focus of this meeting was about specific areas of the budget that are outside of the general fund. Mark Baker, president of the

Saratoga Springs City Center, presented his facility’s 2012 budget along with comments about its growth and the relationship between the City Center’s Authority and Saratoga Springs’ City Government. For example, the City Center Authority approves payment of expenses, but does not write checks – the city’s department of finance issues those funds. For 2012, the City Center budget is balanced at just over $1,645,000. In 2011, the City Center hosted 133 events, including 38 that were new to the facility, which represented a 23.3 percent increase over the previous year. For 2012, the City Center is projecting an additional 11 percent increase in bookings. The City Center had completed a two-year expansion project at the beginning of 2011; a major goal of this expansion was to increase the facility’s business within three years. Mr. Baker reported to the council the good news that these projections indicated “we’ll almost be there within two (years).” Commissioner of Public Works Anthony “Skip” Scirocco also presented some detail about the development of the water and sewer budgets. While he did not want to commit to a specific figure as the 2011 fourth quarter numbers still needed to be factored in, he did note that he expected only “a minimal increase in the range of 1.5-2 per-

cent” for 2012 at this time. Another presentation was made by Skidmore College’s Environmental Club, updating the council on Sustainable Saratoga programs that were presented to the council on May 3. Mayor Scott Johnson had signed a Cool Cities initiative in October 2009, which committed to a goal of a seven percent municipal emissions reduction. The environmental club is continuing to compile a municipal greenhouse gas inventory in conjunction with various city departments. They also restated their transportation initiative, which has three components that could be explored in the shortterm before completion of the inventory: - Public safety enforcing provisions to minimize unnecessary vehicle idling in the city - Developing and implementing a municipal fleet hybrid vehicle purchase policy - Establishing a bicycle infrastructure policy where each time a road is re-paved accommodations for bicycles should be considered.



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CREDC Seeks Public Input continued from Page 1 as part of Governor Cuomo's community-based initiative to stimulate growth and job creation statewide. According to Jola Szubielski, state press officer, $1 billion in state resources have been set aside to support the regional councils, including $200 million in competitive grant funding. The top four plans will receive $40 million in state resources that have been pooled together by nine state agencies and authorities to support applications endorsed by the regional councils. Our region is competing against the other nine councils for that competitive grant funding. Plans will be awarded funds based partially on the public and private development projects they endorse; in a sense, the council will be graded on their ability to engage the public and generate interest in bringing business to the region. Businesses, nonprofits, economic development organizations and research institutions are among the public and private groups eligible for the funding, which they must apply for using a Consolidated Funding Application (CFA). The council covers an extremely diverse area across Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren and Washington counties, which poses a significant challenge for preparing a strategic plan that represents the region as a whole. "Our eight-county area is a pretty diverse area; we are very different groups of people with very different ideas," said council member Gary Dake, president of Stewart's Shops. "Nobody knows what Saratoga or Washington County needs better than the people in that county." Our region's diversity is reflected on the council itself, which is made up of local leaders from business,

academia, labor, agriculture, nonprofits and community-based organizations. Together, they will represent the cross-section of our region to put together a strategy for growth. "What we have identified within our committee is that diversity within the Capital Region should be our greatest strength, and far too often we let it be a weakness. We have great farming communities, a great high-tech sector and everything in between," Dake said. Dake, who is involved in the CREDC's Public Engagement Work Group, explained that public involvement is crucial to the success of the Capital Region's plan, both in creating the draft and putting it to work. If our council is selected as a winner, more money will be available to support private and public projects that endorse the region's vision for economic growth. At this point, the council has outlined its goals for the strategic plan, but has not yet completed a draft. Their deadline for submitting their strategic plan proposal is November 14. Competition results will be revealed in February. In the meantime, the Capital Region's council will continue to

“...diversity within the Capital Region should be our greatest strength, and far too often we let it be a weakness. � Gary Dake CREDC member

host public forums and reach out to the public through their website: You can submit your ideas by taking online surveys. As of October 14, the council had received 1,215 online responses. "It is vitally important that we get public participation," Dake said "Nothing is more discouraging to not hear from the community, and at the same time nothing is more frustrating for a community to not be given a voice."

NYCLU Taser Use Report Includes Saratoga Springs NEW YORK - A report issued by the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) on Wednesday, October 19, entitled: "Taking Tasers Seriously: The Need for Better Regulation of Stun Guns in New York" analyzed 851 taser incident reports from eight police departments across the state, including Saratoga Springs, as well as ten departments' policies and guidelines for using the weapons. In the report, the Saratoga Springs' Police Department was specifically mentioned twice and was only mildly criticized once. On page 23 of the report, the NYCLU noted, "One department, Saratoga Springs, cautions that drive-stun mode (of taser use) is less effective, with no mention of the dangers of over-reliance on this method. The remaining departments either are entirely silent or leave the decision to the officers' discretion." However, on page 29, it was cited as only one of two departments with proper taser incident reporting, "‌only two departments surveyed, Rochester and Saratoga Springs, required reporting of the specific information deemed necessary by experts. Indeed, some departments' policies and practices actively interfere with attempts to provide sufficient information." The report was sharply critical of several other departments' taser use procedures across the state, and while not specifically mentioned, some of the Saratoga Springs incident reports that were examined involve procedures (such as taser use on a handcuffed suspect) that appear to be outside the NYCLU's recommendations for proper use. Later that afternoon, Saratoga Springs Police Chief Christopher Cole released a statement which read, "The Saratoga Springs Police Department takes very seriously the deployment of electronic control weapons as a viable use-of-force option for our officers, keeping the safety of our members, suspects and the public the primary consideration in its use. Deployment of electronic control weapons, as with any other force used by our police officers, is governed by law, written department policy and training. "We continue to ensure our officers are properly trained with the latest information available and routinely review our policies and training curriculum in order to minimize any potential dangers these weapons may present." - Arthur Gonick


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Healthy Lunches at Saratoga Springs continued from Page 1 programs to bring healthy and great tasting options to the schools’ lunch menus, including growing fresh vegetables in the schools’ own gardens and the Farm-toSchool initiative with Saratoga’s local farmers’ market. “We allow the farmers’ market to use the facilities inside the Division St. Elementary School during the winter,” said Sullivan, “and in exchange they provide us with up to $10,000 in fresh produce for our salad bar and lunch ingredients. When we put the produce out in the cafeteria, we have labels above everything that tells students which produce is farm fresh, and which farms the produce comes from.” Another key partnership that is vital to the program’s success has been the involvement of the student body, which came together in 2009 to form the Nutrition Advisory Club. “Another girl named Heyley Leonbruno and I founded the club two years ago,” said Kyle

Janeczek, the club’s secretary. “We were able to recruit a few other members last year who really kind of kicked it off.” Together, Janeczek, the Nutrition Advisory Club, Sullivan and coadvisor Beth Morris work to find great tasting healthy meals to add to the menu, holding demonstrations for younger students, taste testing sessions and free sample giveaways when something new comes along. “Last year we had a chef from the Gideon Putnam, Brian Sterner, come down to the kitchen and put on a demonstration while he made a black bean corn salad, which was really good,” said Janeczek. “Periodically they’ll have it down in the cafeteria now, so I constantly buy that. It’s very healthy and it’s very good.” To spread the word, high school students in the Nutrition Advisory Club visit the younger students at the middle school, encouraging them to try some of the healthier and perhaps more foreign sounding options. “It was really funny, because

when we went to the sixth graders they were all really excited because we were the kids from the high school,” said Jaffa Olson, the club’s treasurer. “I remember the sixth grade ate the black bean salad no matter what we called it. With the eighth graders, we started calling it a black bean salad and they were all like, eh, no way. But then we started calling it a southwest mix and they all took it and ate it.” With the help of peer encouragement and student feedback, healthy habits are becoming the norm at Saratoga Springs. No longer do students pick up hot dogs, French fries and cheese sauce – instead it’s fresh salad from the salad bar, fresh potatoes from Sheldon Farms and the recently taste-tested, studentapproved Chobani yogurt. “I know I eat from the salad bar every day,” said Olson, who hopes to enter nursing school after she graduates. Janeczek, who has his sights set on the professional culinary world, hopes that healthy initiatives like the one at his school will catch on elsewhere, including other parts of

the community. “Culinary has always been interesting to me,” said Janeczek. “We’re always looking for new things here that will be healthy, but I also want it to taste really good so you’re not loosing the flavor.” Currently the Nutrition Advisory Club is trying to raise money for the Franklin

Community Center. “We’re buying a lot of canned food for them,” said Olson. To help with the drive, residents are encouraged to donate canned goods or funds directly to the Franklin Community Center at 10 Franklin St. in Saratoga Springs. Visit for more donation information.

New Nonprofit Promotes Health to Saratoga County Youth by Christina James Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGSNovember 11, 2011, marks an important day for the family of David "Taylor" Miller, a soldier who was killed in Afghanistan in 2010. It would have been his 21st birthday. "I remember him talking about it," said Suzanne D'Iorio, cofounder of Taylor's Heroes and aunt to the organization's namesake. "I'll turn 21 on 11/11/11, he'd say." To commemorate the occasion, the family is doing a lot more than having a birthday party. Partnering with Taylor's mother, Leslie, the two grieving women are turning their loss into the community's gain in the form of Taylor's Heroes, a nonprofit organization that aims to promote fitness and nutrition to the children of Saratoga County and provide a service that Taylor himself would have utilized. "Taylor was an overweight child," D'Iorio said. "The only thing that really motivated him to get in shape was the army and that wasn't until he was 18. He lost more and more weight in boot camp and was in the best shape of his life." Finding that motivation, a sport or activity that a child can identify with, is one of the organization's main goals. "Kids who don't feel comfortable joining competitive sports or who have low self-esteem fall between

the cracks," D'Iorio said. "We introduce them to multiple options, like yoga and weightlifting, to see if they can find one they like. It is a noncompetitive environment." With unintimidating athletics and the guidance of a professional nutritionist, Taylor's Heroes helps children to develop healthy, lifelong habits and fulfills an essential, previously unmet, community need. According to the 2010-2013 Saratoga County Public Health Community Assessment, Saratoga County Unmet Needs' section, physical activity and nutrition were ranked as the "top priority" and obesity was identified as a major health concern. With the New York State Department of Health reporting almost 15 percent of the county's children as obese, an organization like Taylor's Heroes is a perfect starting point for Saratoga County. And Taylor's birthday is the perfect day for a formal debut. On November 11, 2011, celebrate Veterans Day by honoring a true veteran's birthday- and join Taylor's Heroes for their inaugural fundraising event: A Guitar Hero Fundraiser. Attendees will receive the rock star treatment, with paparazzi, red carpet and the women from Fusion giving Rock Star makeovers. The evening will also include a cash bar and silent auction. For more information about the fundraiser and ticket prices, visit



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Cyber-Safety Concerns continued from Page 1 Perhaps the most prevalent form of technology used by children is, of course, the cell phone. But what can be a convenient way for parents to stay in touch with their children can also cause distractions, disruptions and even criminal conflicts if not used responsibly. “First and foremost, cell phones can be disruptive to the instructional process,” said Schuylerville Junior and Senior High School Principal, Matthew Sickles. “If students are texting or surfing the Internet, they’re not paying attention to the classroom lessons. Of course, there’s a secondary concern regarding cheating,” Sickles indicated, who acknowledges that students with smartphones could potentially use the devices to look up answers to tests if not restricted. “Another concern that districts may face with cell phone usage is the potential for bullying, harassment, general rumor-mongering and ‘pot-stirring.’ The communication that happens via cell phones can bubble up into conflicts, and we want to avoid these [disruptive] issues in our schools.” Cell phone and electronic communication policies differ from district to district, in some cases evolving as the students progress from elementary to middle and high school. In Schuylerville, student cell phones must be off and away during school hours. In Ballston Spa and Saratoga Springs, usage is restricted (unless approved by a teacher for instructional purposes) in the elementary and middle schools, while at the high school level students are allowed to access their phones between classes or, in some cases, in the library. “I think the bigger question is on the other end,” said Dr. Janice White, superintendent for the

Saratoga Springs City School District. “We don’t control 18 hours of the student’s day, and in that other 18 hours, what are they permitted to do, who is watching what they do, and who is looking on their cell phone to see what’s on it?” It’s a concern that Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy, III, also shares. As the county prosecutor, Murphy has seen a number of cases in Saratoga County where minors make poor decisions, sending sexually related text or photo messages over their phones that can end up as a criminal matter. “Most of these sex messages occur between midnight and 5 a.m.,” said Murphy, “so we suggest that the kid not have access to the cell phone in the middle of the night.” Instead, Murphy recommends having a central charging location for phones during the night, a simple solution that prevents kids from texting or calling (inappropriately or not) in the wee hours of the morning and distracting them from sleep. Cyber-safety, said Murphy, is perhaps something that children and their parents have never had to think about until this generation. But by taking preventative measures, potentially life-altering mistakes can be avoided. “We have seen cases where these [sexually explicit] pictures have gotten onto websites,” said Murphy. “I have a kid right now in this county where a 13-year-old girl’s picture got sent around and ended up on a Dutch porn site. It’s there to this day and could be there as long as forever. And we have no jurisdic-

tion, obviously, over Holland, so this can affect her in terms of her life and her job, her reputation, college applications, all those kinds of things. It can be very, very disturbing and have life-altering consequences.” As the law currently stands, any individual over the age of 16 who sends an inappropriate picture of a minor can be charged with promoting child pornography, an offense punishable by substantial time in state prison. The punishment is connected to an aging law first written in the late 60s and early 70s, long before cell phones. While Murphy indicated that district attorneys are given broad discretion in terms of prosecution, pursuing a child pornography charge and sentence is technically an option. “In a bigger sense,” said White, “we need to do a better job as a school district of making sure this information gets to a wider audience of parents. We have a responsibility to the community to help parents and provide information that can assist them in their work.” Saratoga Springs will host a cyber-safety workshop on October 22 (see sidebar for details), and Murphy will host several information sessions at Saratoga Catholic and Shenedehowa schools in the coming months. “The saddest thing about this piece is that these [inappropriate texts] can do more permanent harm than other more innocuous things that are much more temporal. Once it’s out in cyberspace, you’re not going to get it back,” said White.

Saratoga Springs Focuses on Cyber-Safety in Wake of Explicit Texting by Student The Saratoga Springs City School District is emphasizing cybersafety and cyber-ethics following an incident involving several students who sent inappropriate text messages during non-school hours. School officials became aware of the inappropriate messages and provocative photos after a parent of one of the students involved notified a school administrator. The messages, which were sent during the spring and early summer of 2011, were not transmitted during the school day, school-sponsored activities or on school buses. Students involved have been identified and questioned, and all parents have been notified. Currently the district is considering options for disciplinary action. The school district holds several classes and special programs regarding cyber-safety, including a six-week cyber-safety program for fifth graders and another program regarding the risks of inappropriate text messaging for middle school students. “The education of young people about responsibility and safety in a digital age is a commitment of this district,” said Dr. Janice White, superintendent of schools. “We cannot do it alone. The consistent messages from home, media and community organizations are essential to the common result we want to achieve – people who behave ethically and make healthy decisions that strengthen and support each other and our society. This important work will continue.” Parents looking to learn more about cyber-safety are directed to the district’s website,, where links to extensive online information about helping children stay safe in the digital world can be found. The New York State Middle School Association will be holding a workshop October 22 at the Saratoga Springs Holiday Inn, where they will discuss “cyber-security, cyber-safety and cyber-ethics.” The workshop, which will be held from 9 a.m. – noon, will be attended by Maple Avenue faculty and administrators, and parents are also invited to attend. For more information, please visit



Community Allies Combats Bullying in Ballston Area by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY BALLSTON SPA - It may seem petty to some adults - kids just being kids - but to a young child being bullied, there are few things that stand out more than being pushed around, picked on or abused by their peers. It's an experience many children dread, one that will likely stay with them for years to come. "When you're a 7-year-old and you're being bullied, that is a biglevel thing," said Maggie Fronk, executive director of Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services (DVRC) in Saratoga County. "That is your whole world, and you can't escape your world."

One year ago, members of the DVRC reached out to the Ballston area community, hoping to address interpersonal relationship violence while seeking input from residents and community members. "We took a survey of the community to see what they were concerned about the most. And one of the big things that came out of the survey was that the number one concern in the area was bullying," said Fronk. "So we said, that's the first thing we're going to tackle as a group." And so, Community Allies was formed, a program designed to combat abusive behaviors, giving children the tools and knowledge needed to successfully deal with their challenges while also rewarding pos-

itive and pro-social actions. "We're trying to create awareness and prevention programs against abusive behavior," said Jackie Quarters, the program coordinator for Community Allies. "That includes sexual harassment, teen dating violence, bullying is our huge project right now, and sexual violence. We wanted to have a program out there to make the community aware that these things are actually happening, and we wanted to have programs that help prevent these behaviors and create awareness." For Community Allies, which meets regularly every third Wednesday of the month in the Cornell Room at the Cornell Cooperative Extension, awareness is key to the group's mission and success. "We're really trying to promote pro-social behaviors and ally behaviors, and that's what Building Awareness Month is all about," said Fronk. "It's how to be a superhero, if you will, and how to be a superhero in your community. It's trying to reward kids for doing pro-social


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Community Allies Regular Meetings Date: Third Wednesday of every month Time: 3:30 p.m. Location:The Cornell Room at the Cornell Cooperative Extension, 50 W High St., Ballston Spa Website:

activities that help to end things like bullying and other forms of interpersonal violence." Community Allies strives to teach students not only how to be friends and allies with one another, but also how to stand up to a bully, and how to stand up for someone being bullied. "So many times when it does come to bullying, the person doesn't really know other ways to react," said Quarters. "Many of the times there are bystanders who don't really know what to do either. We try to talk to them about being respectful, responsible and honest, and show them that maybe they are comfortable enough to stand up to that person, even if that may be their friend who is the bully." As part of their efforts to build

awareness, Community Allies will be holding a Bullying Awareness March through downtown Ballston Spa November 4. "We felt that was a really great way to get the kids involved, because now it's their thing, it's them taking action," said Quarters. "They're creating their posters and they're going to march down the streets and then they're going to meet with the mayor and talk to him about their cause. We want them to get a sense of pride from that. This is something that they stand for." Community Allies is open to any member of the community to attend, and is always appreciative of fresh ideas and new perspectives. You can also support the organization through the DVRC's website, Through the website, "you can see all of the different programs we have and all the many ways that we help the community," said Fronk. "Whether it's Community Allies, the Safe Pet Partnership or our hotline, there's always a need for financial support." Because all of their programs are free of charge, the DVRC relies heavily on community donations and government funding. With government funding tougher to come by in this economy, interested parties are encouraged to support the DVRC by donating to whichever program speaks to them the loudest. "We understand in this economy that the sources we rely on are all diminishing, but this is the time when people need it the most," said Fronk.

Send your education stories and briefs to Daniel Schechtman at reporter@saratoga



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Saratoga Independent School Sponsors Seminar for Parents on “How to Raise Resilient Children” SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Saratoga Independent School is inviting parents to attend a free seminar entitled “How to Raise Resilient Children,” Monday, October 24 beginning at 6:30 p.m. The seminar, hosted by Dr. Randy L. Cale, PhD, will provide parents with vital tools and results-driven lessons that can lead to their child’s success and provide them with lifelong character traits. The course will be held at the Saratoga Independent School, located at 459 Lake Ave. in Saratoga Springs. Dr. Cale will advise parents on how to reach an otherwise “resilient” child, and will cover topics including the promotion of healthy habits; the nurturing of happiness and joy; expanding a child’s interest in school or sports; developing a positive relationship without being controlling or demanding; helping a child out of a behavioral rut and guiding them on a path to success; navigating and reducing homework and chore battles; eliminating sibling spats and tantrums and discouraging rudeness and disrespect; and finding a reasonable balance concerning a child’s use of TV, computers, and other electronics. Dr. Cale is a licensed psychologist, author, public speaker, and parenting coach. With appearances on NBC and Fox News, his parenting solutions include, “The Confident Child,” “Homework Habits Made Easy,” Winning The Whining War,” and “The Sibling Solution.” Attendees are asked to RSVP by calling (518) 583-0841.

Ballston Spa High School Implements PSAT Growth Program BALLSTON SPA - The Ballston Spa Central School District recently administered the PSAT to all 10th and 11th grade students at the Ballston Spa High School as part of the PSAT Growth Program offered by the College Board. The test results will provide a benchmark against the national standards and the accompanying analysis will help prepare students for the SAT and education opportunities beyond high school. “We are pleased to be working with this program in order to deliver the PSAT/NMSQT to all 10th and 11th grade students,” stated Laurel Logan-King, K-12 coordinator of counseling and career services. Further, “This program expands access and equity to our students and will provide information to students, parents and educators about academic strengths and weaknesses in preparation of taking college entrance exams.” This is an important district initiative that focuses on college and career readiness that will have students prepared for the college search and future career preparations. The PSAT/NMSQT Program also provides valuable resources as students plan their academic program and take important steps toward their future. It allows eligible 11th graders to enter scholarship and recognition programs, and it provides younger students in grade 10 with early feedback on the academic skills they need to improve. There is no cost to the students, as the program is being offered through the High School Guidance Office as part of their course selection process. For more information about the test, please visit the College Board’s website at or contact the Ballston Spa High School Guidance Office at (518) 884-7150.


15 SUNY ACC Begins Construction at Wilton Center WILTON – A groundbreaking ceremony for a new $7 million, 32,500 square foot facility for SUNY Adirondack Community College’s (ACC) Wilton Center was held Friday, October 14, kicking off construction that the school hopes to have completed and ready for students by the fall semester of 2012. “The construction of a new facility is really going to allow us to expand our offerings,” said Mike Prutsman, director of the Wilton Center. The new construction site will add a new biochemistry lab, a 75seat lecture hall and 14 additional classrooms. “We know that Wilton is a growth area in the region we serve,” said Mark Parfitt, director of marketing and community relations for SUNY ACC. “When you look at the numbers, the population is there and the growth is there. We want to make sure that we have a facility that can

Rendering provided by JMZ Architecture

A rendering of the new facility at ACC’s Wilton Center support the growth in Wilton, and that’s exactly what we’re doing.” The number of students taking classes at the Wilton Center location increased 17 percent over last year’s fall semester, and administrators believe the numbers are likely to grow even higher over time. The new construction at the Wilton Center, said Parfitt, is a direct response to the predicted growth. Once completed, the college plans to lease the facility for 25

years, charging anywhere from $420,000 to $450,000 annually. Currently, the existing facility charges $167,000 a year to lease space. SUNY ACC is taking advantage of a five-year tax break through a PILOT program with the Saratoga County Industrial Development Agency. The program is expected to save the college in excess of $600,000.


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upcoming town meetings

Town of Ballston: Ballston Town Hall 323 Charlton Rd. 885-8502 • 10/25: Town Board, agenda/special 7:30 p.m. 10/26: Planning Board, 7 p.m. 10/27: Farmland Protection Committee, 7 p.m. 10/27: Town Board budget workshop, 7:30 p.m. Village of Ballston Spa:

local briefs Monthly Greek Dance Workshops Skidmore College Dance Center A free introductory workshop will be held on Sunday, October 23, from 2-4 p.m. by Directors of Fotia Greek Dancers, Evan Euripidou and Maria Panayotou. Beginners and experienced folk dancers are welcome. For more information, contact Adriana Gómez Piccolo at or leave a message with contact information at (518) 583 4645.

66 Front Street 885-5711 • 10/24: Board of Trustees, 7:30 p.m. 10/26: Zoning Board of Appeals, 7:30 p.m. Town of Greenfield: 7 Wilton Road 893-7432 • 10/25: Planning Board, 7 p.m. Town of Malta: 2540 Route 9 899-2818 • Town of Milton: 503 Geyser Road 885-9220 • 10/27: Zoning Board of Appeals, 7 p.m. City of Saratoga Springs: 474 Broadway 587-3550 • 10/24: Planning Board workshop, 5 p.m. 10/25: Design Review Commission workshop, 5 p.m. 10/26: Planning Board, 7 p.m. Town of Saratoga: 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville 695-3644 • 10/24: Zoning Board of Appeals, 7 p.m. 10/26: Planning Board, 7:30 p.m. Village of Schuylerville: 35 Spring Street • 695-3881 Town of Stillwater: 66 East St., Riverside Mechanicville, NY 12118 10/24: Zoning Board, 7:30 p.m. Town of Wilton: 22 Traver Road 587-1939 10/27: Zoning Board, 7 p.m.

Holiday Season Relaxation 1958 Amsterdam Ave., Ballston Spa With the hustle and bustle of the Holiday Season fast approaching the Capital District, Route 67 Country Store and Café is offering an evening of creativity and relaxation before it all begins. On Thursday, November 10 and Thursday, December 8, all who attend will learn how to make their own handcrafted cards and be able to sample some fresh-dipped chocolates. This event is sure to get you in the holiday spirit a little early this year. Questions and RSVPs may be emailed to mandie@ Visit or call (518) 882-7347 for more information.

Saratoga National Historical Park Photo Contest Saratoga National Historical Park is having a photo contest to select the photo to appear on its 2012 Annual Park Pass. Until November 4, visitors may submit up to three photos to be considered for next year’s Annual Pass. The winning photo will also be included in a special 2012 park calendar, and the photographer will receive a complimentary annual pass to the park. Each photo submitted must be taken within park boundaries and a complete list of rules may be obtained by contacting Megan Stevens at (518) 664-9821 ext. 219, or by email at For more information about this or other events, visit

Saratoga County Board of Supervisors 40 McMaster St., # 1 Ballston Spa, NY 12020-1985 885-2240 • 10/27: Water Authority, 2:45 p.m.

Auditorium. Haskins will present a slideshow of her photographs from the college’s international studies trip to Turkey this spring. The presentation is part of SUNY Adirondack’s College Lecture Series and is sponsored by SUNY Adirondack’s Professional Development Committee. The series offers talks by SUNY Adirondack faculty on a variety of topics and contemporary issues. The public is invited and admission is free. For more information on the College Lecture Series, contact series coordinator Joyce Miller at (518) 743-2200, ext. 2485.

SUNY College Lecture Series SUNY Adirondack Queensbury Campus Valerie Haskins, professor of anthropology and archaeology at SUNY Adirondack, will present the talk “Turkey’s Biblical East” on Tuesday, October 25 from 4-5:15 p.m. in the Scoville Learning Center

Staatsburgh and CIA Trip Wilton Mall Park & Ride The Academy for Lifelong Learning (A.L.L.) invites the public to join members on a trip to Staatsburgh State Historic Site and the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park on Friday, October 28. The group will enjoy a guided tour of the Staatsburgh mansion followed by lunch in CIA’s American Bounty Restaurant. Cost is $65, which includes the bus, historic site admission and lunch. The bus will leave Wilton Mall Park & Ride at 7 a.m. The bus will return at approximately 3:30 p.m. For more information, call the A.L.L. reservation line at (518) 580-4973.

FloydWarriors Fundraising Event Impressions of Saratoga, 368 Broadway, Saratoga Springs Impressions of Saratoga and the Saratoga Springs Fire Fighters are celebrating October as Breast Cancer Awareness month by selling a T-shirt to raise awareness and funds for FloydWarriors. The black tee with the Fire Fighters “Passionately Pink” logo is available for purchase only through at Impressions of Saratoga.

Breast Cancer Hot Fudge Jars Wilton Medical Arts, 3040 Rte 5, Saratoga Springs The Saratoga Hospital Women’s Imaging Center and Sundaes Best Hot Fudge Sauce are teaming up this October in the fight against breast cancer by collaborating on a fundraiser selling jars and gift boxes of Sundaes Best Hot Fudge Sauce. The jars and gift boxes will be available for sale at The Women’s Imaging Center throughout October. A portion of each sale will be donated to the American Cancer Society. For more information, call (518) 580-2273.

Meditation Classes: “Freedom from Painful Emotions” 19 Maple Ave., 2nd Floor, Saratoga Springs Wednesdays, 7 – 8:30 p.m.. Series runs October 19 – December 14 (no class Nov. 23). Each class includes a guided meditation, teaching and discussion. Drop in for any class or attend all. Everyone is welcome! Cost is $10 per class ($5 for seniors and students). For more information, visit or call (845) 856-9000.

Prevention Council Red Ribbon Week October 22-30 is Red Ribbon Week This is the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention initiative. The awareness campaign gives communities an opportunity to take a public stand against drugs and show intolerance for illegal drug use and the costs to all aspects of society. The Prevention Council urges parents to use this week to talk to their children about the dangers of drug use and underage drinking.

Saratoga Springs Jewelry Makers’ Group Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry Street Come join the casual fun, discussing and designing jewelry, on any, or all, of eight Monday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m. The meeting dates are: October 17, 24, 31 in the Glasby Room (limit 20 people), and November 21, 28, December 5, 12 and 19 in the Susman Room (limit 30 people).

Online Blog and Forum Launched to Help Locals Use Less Energy On October 1, area energy auditor and solar designer, Dan Gibson, launched an online blog and forum to bring together area residents with local experts and businesses that can help them reduce their energy use. The site taps into the knowledge shared by a multitude of area bloggers that understand the growing energy problem and can offer practical and climate-specific information on how to use less non-renewable energy and live sustainably in the Capital Region. The site focuses on reducing energy use in three main areas: home, transportation and food. As an online community, geographically centered in the Capital Region, it is not political or religious in nature. It focuses on practices, habits and


science in finding ways to live better while using less energy, especially from non-renewable fossil fuels. The website is owned and operated by Home Energy Advisors LLC of Ballston Lake. Only businesses that can directly help reduce resident energy usage are eligible to sponsor the development and operation of the site. The site is free for all to join and participate in at

Tang Museum Visiting Artist Lecture 815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, Payne Room At 6 p.m. on November 1, Skidmore College's Tang Museum will present artist Jamie Bennett as part of the museum's Roseanne Brody Raab Visiting Artist Lecture Series. For more information, call (518) 580-8080.

Catholic Daughters of the Americas Meeting K of C Hall, 50 Pine Rd., Saratoga Springs The Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court McLaughlin #422, will hold their November meeting on Tuesday, November 1, at 6:30 p.m. All members are asked to bring non-perishable items to be donated to the local food pantries. New members are always welcome. For further information, please contact Eileen Tuohy (Regent) (518) 584-3472.

Creative Responses to War Event Series Tang Museum, 815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs The first of a series of five informal lunchtime discussions with various individuals in the Saratoga and Skidmore communities who are creating projects in response to war. Each week features a different speaker. Organized in conjunction with the Tang exhibition, Behind Those Planes Are The Stars. Starts November 4, at noon. For more information, call (518) 580-8080.

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Friday, October 21, 2011

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21 oct. 28 events Friday, October 21 All-You-Can-Eat Dinner 13 Oak St., Saratoga Springs The Principessa Elena Society will have its monthly fundraising all-youcan-eat dinner from 5-7 p.m. Seniors $8, adults $9, children 5-12 $5 and takeouts $10. For information, call (518) 584-4163.

Saturday & Sunday Wilton Wildlife Self Portrait Collage Walk Camp Saratoga, Wilton Wildlife Preserve On Saturday, October 22, from 10-11 a.m. participants will enjoy the fall foliage and the crisp autumn air. The walk will focus on why some trees drop their leaves and how some species adapt for the harsh winter. This walk will take place along the trails in Camp Saratoga and participants should meet in Parking Lot #3 on Scout Road.

A second walk will take place on Sunday, October 23, from 10-11:30 a.m. through Camp Saratoga. Participants will collect objects from nature to create their own self-portrait nature collage. This walk is weather permitting and is appropriate for children 4 and older. For more information about these programs, contact (518) 4500321 or visit

Saturday, October 22 North Country Heart Walk Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs The North Country Heart Walk is set for Saturday and all are welcome to participate. Proceeds benefit the American Heart Association. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the walk starts at 10:45 a.m. For information, visit

United Methodist Women’s Annual Fall Bazaar 243 Main St., Corinth Starting at 9 a.m.: books, candy, food, jewelry, lunch, plants, themed baskets and White Elephant.

Children’s Book Signing with Ruth Ann Smalley Green Conscience Home & Garden Showroom, 33 Church St., Saratoga Springs Green Conscience Home & Garden will be hosting the signing of Ruth Ann Smalley’s new children’s book “Sheila Says We’re Weird,” which came out last June. The event will take place at 11 a.m. and is free of charge and open to the public.

Wool Spinning and Weaving Demo Art in Chestertown Gallery, 6378 Rt. 9, Chestertown

Halloween & Fall Fun for Everyone! Little Theater on the Farm Presents Haunted Barn 27 Plum Rd., Fort Edward The Little Theater on the Farm presents the Seventh Annual Haunted Barn open October 21, 22 and 28, 29 from 6-9 p.m. The haunted forest will challenge your senses, if you feel like something is following you, it probably is! Admission is $5. For more information and directions, visit

Haunted House Wilton Fire Departmen, 270 Ballard Rd., Wilton On Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22, from 7:30- 9:30 p.m. both nights, the Wilton Fire Department Auxiliary will be hosting a haunted house. Games and goodies will be available. Admission includes all activities and is $3 for adults, $2

for children (3-12) and free for children under 3.

Halloween Car Show Whalen Chevrolet, Rt. 29, Greenwich This frightfully good time will be held on Saturday, October 22, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. with a rain date of October 23. This year the event will feature: The Car Costume Contest, Top 20 Trophies for un-costumed vehicles, dash plaques, goody bags and a silent auction. Kids can enjoy a coloring contest, costume contest, apple cider and doughnuts. All cars, trucks and motorcycles of any year are invited to attend the show and the registration fee is $10. Spectators to the show are free. The show will be a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House of Albany. For more information, contact Tracy Paige at (518) 280-1422.

Bats & Jacks Hudson Crossing Park, off of Route 4, Northumberland

North Country Arts Center presents a demonstration by Donna Adams and the Serendipity Spinners from 1-3 p.m. For more information, visit or call (518) 803-4034.

Purple Pooch Parade Congress Park, Saratoga Springs Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services of Saratoga County will host the inaugural Purple Pooch Parade. The event highlights the reality that it’s not only people that suffer from domestic violence, pets are also victims. The event will feature a one-mile walk through Congress Park, as well as other activities such as a Smooch the Pooch booth, pooch pedicures, pet photography, blessing of the dogs and pet CPR instruction. Admission for the walk is $5/dog, and no cost for humans. Registration will begin at 11 a.m. and the walk will start at noon.

DanceFlurry Saratoga Contradance First Baptist Church, 45 Washington St., Saratoga Springs Contras, squares, and couples dances from 8:-11 p.m. All dances are taught, newcomers welcome. No need to bring your own partner. Wear sneakers or other soft-soled shoes. Adults: $10, students: $7, children under 15: $6. For information, call (518) 885-4430 or visit

World War II Documentary The Stillwater Middle School Auditorium, 1068 N Hudson Ave. At 7 p.m., take a tour of the liberation of Europe during World War II. This lecture includes Normandy, Point Du Hoc, Bastogne, The Battle of the Bulge and more! The program is free and open to the public. Veterans and students are encouraged to attend.

Sunday, October 23 On Sunday, October 23, from 4-6 p.m. join special guest Mary Frances Farrell, a local bat rehabilitator from North Country Wild Care, for this free fun-filled event. Learn about bats and carve a jack-o’-lantern. Costumes are optional and a limited supply of pumpkins and carving tools will be available for a small fee, or you can bring your own. For additional information about this program, call Marlene Bissell at (518) 859-1462.

Operation Adopt a Soldier’s Haunted Hayride Gavin Park, Wilton October 21, 22, 28 and 29 from 5-10 p.m. join in on the fun with $5 hayrides, costume contests, bounce houses, refreshments and an hour for little screamers! Games will be played in the gym on the 21-22 weekend and all proceeds benefit Operation Adopt a Soldier and veterans. For more information, call (518) 587-8010.

Very Grave Indeed The Saratoga County Historical Society

Breakfast Buffet Sons’ of ITAM Post 35, 247 Grand Ave., Saratoga Springs A delicious breakfast buffet from 8-11 a.m. $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and children under 5 are free.

Flea Market Saratoga Wilton Elks Club, Rt. 9/Maple Ave., Saratoga Come and shop at our monthly market from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Over 40 vendor tables with a variety of items including jewelry, books, craft supplies, wood designs, photos, memorabilia, clothing, household items, and gift baskets. Free admission.

Fall Wine and Cheese Social 543 Broadway, Saratoga The Lake George Land Conservancy, Stockade Imports, and The Curtain Exchange cordially invite you to their wine and cheese social from 4-6:30 p.m. There will be a champagne toast at 5 p.m. and music by the Saratoga Acoustic Blues Society: Resonator Trio. Please RSVP with Cornelia Wells at (518) 644-9673.

Musical Program, Seminar and Concert Jewish Community Center, 84 Weibel Ave., Saratoga Springs Concert with Rabbi and Cantor Kenneth Blatt entitled “A Fine Romance” at 1:00 p.m. The community is invited to join them for a dairy lunch at noon. The cost is $12 per person. To make reservations, call (518) 584-2370.

Monday, October 24 Jesse Eisenberg Performing in Saratoga Springs New York State Military Museum, 61

will host a workshop, “Very Grave Indeed: Historic Cemeteries and the Culture of Dying in the 19th Century,” that will take place Sunday, October 30, from 1-4 p.m. Learn about the many facets of historic cemeteries and the stories and resources they offer. Presenters will share information on funeral and burial customs of the 19th century, gravestone cleaning methods and materials, and using information gleaned from cemeteries to research family trees and local history. During this program, you will travel to a nearby cemetery to learn how to identify monument styles and clean gravestones. The cost of this workshop is $25 per person. Pre-registration is required for this popular class. Please call (518) 8854000 or email to register.

“Casper”Movie Night! Diver Library, 136 Main St., Schaghticoke What better precursor to Halloween than movie night at the library with “Casper?”A screening of this fun tale of


Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs At 7 p.m., Theater of War Productions will host readings of Sophocles’“Ajax” and “Philoctetes,” a performance featuring Academy Award nominee Jesse Eisenberg. Free and open to the public, advance registration requested. The performance will be followed by discussion with panelists from the local civilian and military communities, and a town hall style audience discussion. Runs approximately two hours. For more information, visit

Prestwick Chase Indoor Farmers’ Market The Prestwick Chase Indoor Farmers’ Market will run from 3-6 p.m. See a wide variety of local vendors from Saratoga County and surrounding areas offering fresh produce, crafts and other local goods. Located inside Prestwick Chase at Saratoga, a 55 plus senior living community in Saratoga Springs, the Monday Farmers’ Market is open to the general public. For more information, visit

How to Raise Resilient Children Seminar Saratoga Independent School, 459 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs S.I.S. will be hosting Dr. Randy L. Cale at 6:30 p.m. for his “How to Raise Resilient Children” seminar. Parents will be provided with tools and lessons that can lead to their child’s success, and it’s free. Attendees are asked to RSVP by calling (518) 583-0841.

Upcoming Ladies Night All Saints on the Hudson North Parish Center On Friday, October 28, from 5-8 p.m. join in on the fun at the annual charity event, no admission charge, now accepting donations! Please RSVP, (518) 664-6255.

ghostly adventure will take place Wednesday, October 26, at 5:30 p.m. Apple cider, popcorn, pretzels, candy corn and other treats will be served. For more information, call (518) 7534344 or visit

Fall Festival Living Springs Community Church, 59 Pine Rd., Saratoga Springs Attend the Fourth Annual Fall Festival, October 29, from 2-6 p.m. This free family event features a tractor hayride, bounce house, games, crafts and refreshments. For more information, visit

Trolley Ghost Tours Tours leave from the Hampton Inn, 25 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs On Saturday, October 29 at 1 and 4 p.m. hop on the Horsin’Around Trolley for a 90-minute tour around Saratoga with historian David Pitkin. Rides are $26 per person. To more information, visit

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Places of Worship Please contact Robin Mitchell for any copy changes: (518) 581-2480x 208

Adirondack Christian Fellowship 8 Mountain Ledge, Wilton Contact: 587-0623; Services: Sunday 8 a.m. & 10 a.m. The Alliance Church 257 Rowland St., Ballston Spa Contact: 885-6524. Services: Morning worship 10:30 a.m. Assembly of God Faith Chapel Rev. Jason Proctor 6 Burgoyne St., Schuylerville Contact: 695-6069 Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Assembly of God Saratoga 118 Woodlawn Ave Saratoga Springs NY 12866 Contact: 584-6081 Sunday Worship 10 a.m. Please come early for coffee at 9:45 a.m. Bacon Hill Reformed Church 560 Route 32N, Bacon Hill, NY Contact: 695-3074 Rev. Janet Vincent Worship service 10 a.m. Sunday School 10 a.m. All are welcome. Handicapped accessible

Baha’i Community of Saratoga Springs Contact:584-9679; 692-7694; Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa Contact: 885-7312; www, Services: Sunday Worship Service, 10:30 a.m. Ballston Spa United Methodist Church 101 Milton Ave.• Contact: 8856886. Services: Sunday 10:00 a.m. Bethesda Episcopal Church 41 Washington St., Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-5980. Services: Sunday, 6:30, 8 & 10 a.m. Church of Christ at Clifton Park 7 Old Route 146, Clifton Park Contact: 371-6611, Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Christ Community Reformed Church 1010 Route 146, Clifton Park Contact: 371-7654; Services: Sundays 9:15 & 11 a.m. Christ Episcopal Church Corner of Routes 50 and 67, Ballston Spa • Contact: 885-1031. Services: Sunday 8 & 10 a.m.

Friday, October 21, 2011 Congregation Shaara Tfille 84 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-2370; Services: Sat. 9:30 a.m., Mon. & Thurs. 7:30 a.m., 3rd Fri. each month 7:30 p.m. • Handicapped Accessible Corinth Free Methodist Church 8 Mountain Ledge, Wilton Contact: 587-0623; Services: Sunday 8 a.m. & 10 a.m. Corinth United Methodist Church 243 Main Street, Corinth Contact: 654-2521; Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Cornerstone Community Church Associate Pastor Paul Shepherd located in the Malta Commons Contact: 899-7001 Services: Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Community 2001 Route 9 Round Lake (Exit 10 of Northway) • Contact: 8778506 Mass Schedule: Sat. 4 p.m., Sun. 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Weekday Masses Mon-Fri at 9 a.m.

Eastern Orthodox Christ the Savior 349 Eastline Road, Ballston Spa Contact: 786-3100; Services: Sunday: 9:15 a.m. First Baptist Church 45 Washington St., Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-6301. Services: Sunday: 11:00 a.m. First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa 202 Milton Ave. (Rt. 50), Ballston Spa Contact: 885-8361; Services: 10:15 a.m. First Presbyterian Church of Ballston Spa 22 West High Street, Ballston Spa Contact: 885-5583 Services: Sunday at 10 a.m. Grace Brethren Church Rev. Dan Pierce 137 W. Milton Road, Ballston Spa Contact: 587- 0649 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Handicapped accessible. Grace Community Church of Malta Wed. 7:30pm - Good Times Restaurant, Lake Rd. 2nd Floor Fri. Saratoga Chapel - 7:30 p.m., corner of Eastline & Lake Rd. Sun. 10 a.m. - Comfort Suites, Clifton Park Northway EX. 11 next to Chili's Greater Grace Community Church Pastor David Moore 43 Round Lake Rd. Ballston Lake (Malta Mall) Contact: 899-7777; Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Highway Tabernacle Church 90 River Road, Mechanicville Contact: 664- 4442. Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Hope Church 206 Greenfield Avenue, Ballston Spa Contact: 885-7442. Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Jonesville United Methodist 963 Main St., Clifton Park Contact: 877-7332. Services: Sunday 8:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m.


Living Springs Community Church 59 Pine Road, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584- 9112. Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Living Waters Church of God 4330 State Rt. 50, Saratoga Springs Contact: 587-0484; Services: Sundays 10 a.m. Malta Presbyterian Church Dunning Street, Malta Contact: 899-5992. Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Malta Ridge United Methodist Church 729 Malta Avenue Ext., Malta Contact: 581-0210. Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Middle Grove United Methodist Church Pastor Bonnie Bates 429 Middle Grove Rd., Middle Grove Contact: 581-2973 Services: Sunday 9:00 a.m. Handicapped accessible New Horizon Church 150 Perry Road, Saratoga Springs Contact: 587-0711. Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. New Life Fellowship 51 Old Gick Road, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 Contact: 580-1810; Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Childcare is available at all services. NorthStar Church Shenendehowa High School, West Auditorium, Clifton Park Contact: 371-2811; Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Old Saratoga Reformed Church 48 Pearl St., Schuylerville Services: Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Handicapped accessable. Old Stone Church Affiliated with the American Baptist Churches 159 Stone Church Rd., Ballston Spa Contact: 583-1002 Sunday: 9 a.m. Adult Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Service 11:45 a.m.




Friday, October 21, 2011

Coffee & Fellowship in Living Stone Hall Wednesday: Noon Pot Luck Luncheon 1 p.m. Choir rehearsal, 2 p.m. Bible Study Group PresbyterianNE Congregational Church 24 Circular St., Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-6091; Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Quaker Springs United Methodist Church Pastor Jim Knapp 466 Route 32 South, Quaker Springs Contact: 695-3101; Services: Sundays 9 a.m. Handicapped accessible. River of Hope Fellowship 100 Saratoga Village Blvd. Malta Commons, Suite 3 Malta, NY 12020 Contact: 881-1505; Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Roman Catholic Church of St. Peter 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-2375. Services: Eucharistic Celebrations: Saturday 5 p.m.; Sunday 7:30, 9 & 11 a.m. St. Clement’s Roman Catholic Church 231 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-6122. Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8, 9:30, 11:15 a.m. & 5 p.m. St. George's Episcopal Church 912 Route 146, Clifton Park Contact: 371-6351; Services: Saturday at 4:30 p.m., Sunday at 8 & 9:30 a.m. St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church 3159 Route 9N, Greenfield Center Contact: 893-7680; St.JosephsChurch Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 10:30 a.m. Handicapped accessible. St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church 167 Milton Ave., Ballson Spa Contact: 885-7411

Services: Saturday 4 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m. Handicapped accessible St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church 771 Route 29, Rock City Falls Contact: 893-7680;; St. Joseph’s Church Services: Sunday Mass 8:30 a.m. St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 149 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-0904. Services: Saturday evening at 5 p.m. with Holy Communion. Sundays at 8:30 & 11 a.m. with Holy Communion. St. Peter Lutheran Church 2776 Route 9, Malta Contact: 583-4153 Services: Sunday mornings 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. St. Thomas of Canterbury 242 Grooms Road, Halfmoon Contact: Service: Sunday at 10 a.m. Saratoga Abundant Life Church 2325 Route 50 South, Saratoga Springs Contact: 885-5456; Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. Saratoga Chabad 130 Circular St., Saratoga Springs Contact: 526-0773; Saratoga Friends Meeting (Quaker) Corner of Routes 32 and 71, Quaker Springs Contact: 587-7477; 399-5013. Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga United Methodist Church Henning Road at Fifth Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-3720; Services: Sunday 9 & 10:45 a.m. Handicapped accessible. Saratoga Seventh-Day Adventist Church 399 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs Contact: 882-9384;

Sabbath School: 10 a.m. Worship Service: 11:30 a.m. Shenendehowa United Methodist 971 Route 146, Clifton Park Contact: 371-7964. Services: Sunday 7:45, 9 & 10:45 a.m.; Acts II Contempory 10:45 a.m. Simpson United Methodist Church Rock City Road, Rock City Falls Contact: 885-4794. Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Soul Saving Station for Every Nation Christ Crusaders of America 62 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-3122 Services: Sunday 10 a.m & 6:30 p.m. Temple Sinai 509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-8730. Services: Friday 8 p.m. Handicapped accessible


Health and Support Groups Angel Food Ministry Trinity United Methodist Church, 155 Ballard Rd., Wilton. Tami Stahler (518) 798-2016 Offers balanced nutrition and variety with enough food to assist in feeding a family of four for a week for only $31.

Stepmother Support Group: Saratoga Stepmoms Virgil's House, 86 Henry St. Every third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. A support group for women with men who have children from a previous relationship.

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.

Trinity United Methodist Church Rev. Gail Falsetti-Pastor 155 Ballard Rd., Gansevoort Contact: 584-9107; Service: Sunday 10:00 a.m. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs 624 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-1555; Services: 10 a.m. Religious education and nursery care at the 10 a.m. service each Sunday Unity Church in Albany 21 King Avenue, Albany Contact: 453-3603: Services: Sunday, 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. West Charlton United Presbyterian Church Rev. Thomas Gregg, Pastor 1331 Sacandaga Rd., West Charlton Contact: 882-9874; Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Wilton Baptist Church 755 Saratoga Rd, Wilton Contact: 583-2736;; Services: Sunday Service 11 a.m.

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. Wesley Health Care Center, Day Activity Room, 133 Lawrence St, Saratoga Springs Every Thursday at 7 p.m., with weigh-ins from 5:45-6:45. Trinity United Methodist Church, 155 Ballard Rd. Wilton Every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., with weigh-in from 5:30-6:30.

Saratoga Fibromyalgia Friends Saratoga Spring Public Library, 49 Henry St., Sussman Room Second Tuesday, 3 – 4:30 p.m. Dawn, (518) 470-4918

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.


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Friday, October 21, 2011





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Movie Review 50/50

ACROSS 1 Six-time French Open champ 5 Perch, at times 9 Bucks 14 Couples choice 15 Wells’s Upper-worlders 16 Sister’s outfit 17 Violent comic book protesters? 19 Clinton’s boss 20 Pigeon 21 Connection gizmo 23 Country pro 24 Big deer 26 The wind at Chi-Town’s Wrigley Field? 28 Diet, usually 32 National Council __ Raza: Hispanic civil rights group 33 Flintstone receivers? 35 Bleeping official 39 French bath 40 Ultracompetitive sort 42 Gaseous: Pref. 43 Shout to an awardee 45 News agency’s betting method? 47 Who’s sorry now 49 Grand 50 Where horses box? 54 Bring forth, as 59-Acrosses 55 Kerfuffle 56 Following 59 See 54-Across 62 Nick of “Arthur” (2011) 64 Pleasure craft loaded with Charmin? 66 Rice, for one 67 Put in a magazine 68 Sushi wrapper 69 Quarterback’s accuracy, say 70 Name meaning “hairy” in Hebrew 71 Use needles

You’re in a job you like, in denial about your struggling relationship, and you’re not particularly close to your parents as your father is suffering from Alzheimer’s and your mother is so much more emotional than you are that it’s difficult to carry on a conversation with her. Then you get the news that changes your whole life. Is that the makings of a comDOWN edy? Will Reiser thought so and it’s inspired by his life. 1 Nods, sometimes Adam Lerner (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a producer for pub2 Walrus hunter lic television whose live-in girlfriend Rachael (played by Bryce Dallas 3 Fictional writer on the fictional Howard) is a struggling artist. While they were not talking about it, it appears a break-up is inevitable. Adam’s best friend Kyle (played by Broom Hilda Seth Rogen) is urging him toward the door but Adam is unconvinced. Then, during a doctor’s appointment he made to resolve back pains that wouldn’t go away, he’s given the news. He has a tumor on his spine and if he doesn’t subject himself to chemotherapy and then surgery, he’ll die. Kyle (Rogen) is determined to keep his friend in a positive mindset. Rachael (Howard) is given an out but doesn’t take it and decides, instead, to remain with Adam and is supportive, at least at first. Meanwhile, his insurance also covers visits to a psychologist. That ends up being something of a double-edged sword as the in-house psychologist, Katherine McKay (played by Anna Kendrick), is very inexperienced. This is the second film in just over two years to feature a comedic take on a serious illness and Seth Rogen in a significant role. The first being 2009’s Funny People with Adam Sandler. Having seen both, I can say unequivocally that 50/50 is not just a better film, but a great film. There are solid performances from all the cast, an interesting story and a satisfying conclusion that doesn’t appear too good to be true. See this immediately. (8.3/10)

At The Movies With Trey Roohan

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Words to know: sapient: adj. keen, discerning, wise, or attempting to appear wise See puzzle solutions on page 29

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Animal Crackers

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Community Corner

Thank You! The Guardian House, Saratoga County RPC-Veterans Shelter, the Shelters of Saratoga and the Franklin Community Center would like to send a warm thanks to the American Red Cross for donating blankets and an extra thanks to Cudney's Launderers & Dry Cleaners for volunteering their excellent laundering services. They will be greatly appreciated by the various recipients throughout the community.

Christopher Howard at Saratoga Children’s Theatre While visiting Saratoga Children's Theatre, dancer Christopher Howard, originally from Ballston Lake, taught children dance moves to be used when they attend auditions, answered questions and relayed the joy of musical theater to the Musical Intensive Class. Christopher studied both dance and theater at SUNY Buffalo before moving to NYC and will be joining the U.S. tour of “Billy Elliot” later this year.

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Remembering Vinny Vallone

Loyal After The Fire members since 2004, Barb and Warren Hedden have retired. They will be truly missed. After The Fire wishes them the very best and thanks them for their service to the residents of Saratoga County.

Local Businesses Donate to Keep Ballston Spa Athletes in the Game Saratoga Physical Therapy Associates and Orthopaedic Associates of Saratoga have donated equipment, supplies and professional time to Ballston Spa High School. Together, the practices have contributed wrist and ankle braces, support strapping and tape, rehabilitation equipment, medicine balls and additional items to the school, as well as consultative services. These two local businesses are committed to their community and to the safety of the district’s athletes. Thank you for your generosity!




Jared Dinsmore, president of Wilton Food Pantry is pictured with the owner of D.A. Collins, Dave Collins, as they take a break from loading cases of food collected during the D.A. Collins Employee food drive. The drive collected over 420 non-perishable food items and was the first employer food drive to benefit the Wilton Food Pantry.

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Friday, October 21, 2011

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Friday, October 21, 2011

BESTSELLING AUTHOR ANDREW GROSS HEADLINES SPAC FUNDRAISER SARATOGA SPRINGS – Bestselling suspense author Andrew Gross will be the featured guest speaker at a Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) fundraising lecture and luncheon, organized by SPAC’s Action Council, on Wednesday, October 26, at 10:30 a.m. at the Spa Little Theatre. Mr. Gross will be sharing insights on his latest critically acclaimed suspense novel, “Eyes Wide Open,” and the real-life personal experiences that inspired the story. The event also includes a continental breakfast, luncheon and complimentary copy of one Andrew Gross’ books. The cost to attend the fundraiser is $75. Nearly 20 local shops and boutiques will also be on-site at the luncheon with an assortment of fine accessories, gifts, apparel and cosmetics for sale. Proceeds from the fundraiser will support SPAC’s classical programming and children’s education programs. Tickets may be purchased at or by contacting Linda Deschenes at (518) 584-9330 ext. 115, The lecture-luncheon schedule is as follows: • 10:30 a.m. - Continental breakfast, Spa Little Theatre


A New LAND+SCAPE: - Saratoga Clay Arts Center’s Schacht Gallery Hosts Invitational Exhibition

Photo by Jan Cobb

Andrew Gross •11:00 a.m. - Lecture by Andrew Gross, Spa Little Theatre • 12:30 p.m. - Luncheon and miniboutique, Hall of Springs Andrew Gross began his career in the business world, first at the Leslie Fay Company, a woman’s clothing firm started by his grandfather, and then as president of HEAD Ski Company, which he grew to number one among upscale ski and tennis apparel manufacturers in the United States. In the late 90s, he embarked on a writing career which took off when he teamed up with bestselling suspense novelist James Patterson, ultimately coauthoring five number one bestsellers with Patterson. In 2006 he began his solo writing career, publishing “The Blue Zone” which debuted on the New York Times’ bestseller list, followed by “The Dark Tide,” “Don’t Look Twice” and “Reckless.” “Eyes Wide Open” was released by HarperCollins in July. In the book, Gross drew on two, real-life experiences: the tragic suicide of his young nephew and an encounter with an infamous cult-killer. The experiences are woven into the plot which centers around two brothers, one successful, the other wayward, trying to bridge the gap that has torn them apart. The book has received excellent reviews including one from the Associated Press that states, “’Eyes Wide Open’ is intense and compelling. Gross has written his best book to date.”

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LAND+SCAPE Schacht Gallery Saratoga Clay Arts Center 167 Hayes Road Schuylerville (518) 581-2529 (CLAY) Free

SCHUYLERVILLE – “LAND+SCAPE: New Horizons in Ceramics” presents work that references, considers or interprets the physical natural world while representing a full range of technical approaches in ceramics. The works of over a dozen emerging and established artists, from across the United States and China, are represented. The show also traverses a variety of visual aesthetics from early video games, the vast Arctic, personal topographies and investigations of traditional landscape painting in ceramic materials. The exhibition will open on Saturday, October 22 at the Saratoga Clay Arts Center, 167 Hayes Road, Schuylerville, and is available to view each day from 11 Laura Primozic a.m. – 4 p.m. through December 1. An opening reception will take place on October 22 from 5 -7 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. The artists were selected for invitation based upon their ability to create a visual sense of place through strong, dynamic and contemporary artwork. Participating artists include: Charles Timm-ballard , Craig Clifford, David Katz , Dylan J. Beck, Joe Page, Jonathan Mess, Keith Renner, Kristin Schimik , Kristina Stafford, Laura Primozic, Matthew Ziemke, Tabbatha Henry and Ying-Yueh Chuang.

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Left: Music professor Isabelle Williams, at left, and donor Helen Filene Ladd ‘22, center, with the first group of Filene Music Scholars in 1982 Right: Recent Filene Scholarship winners, clockwise from left: Erin Brody, David Baker, Alyssa DeStefano and Irene Gilb

Celebrating 30 Years of Musical Excellence SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Department of Music at Skidmore College will present the 30th Anniversary Filene Scholarship Winners Concert at 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 27, in the Zankel Music Center. Admission is free and open to the public. The Lincoln and Therese Filene Foundation established the Filene Music Scholarships at Skidmore in 1982 to provide gifted young musicians the opportunity to further their musical studies and develop their talents as part of a liberal arts education. Filene Music Scholarships are awarded each year through a performance competition coordinated by Skidmore's Department of Music. This year’s Filene Scholars are Samuel Kastner, trombone; Robin Luongo, cello; Jack Mallory, tenor; Alexandra Zabludoff, piano; and Heather Zhang, piano. Along with their performances, the evening will celebrate three decades of Filene Scholars and the remarkable strength of Skidmore’s music department. Special guest speakers will include Skidmore’s President Phillip Glotzbach, Joel Brown, chair of the music department, and Isabelle Williams, professor emerita, who was chair of the music department during the launch of the Filene Scholarship. Past Filene Scholarship winners have gone on to successful music careers. Andrea Miller Weber ’86 sings in the New York City and Metropolitan operas, Jessica Ivry ’94 is a freelance cellist and music instructor, Frank Heiss ’93 is a composer of electronic music and Christopher Sidoli ’01 has been in the Broadway touring production of “Cats”. Also, Alta Boover ’00, concert soloist and opera singer, returns to Zankel next week as part of the Alumni Concert Series. Other Filene Scholars have become doctors and lawyers, writers and teachers, actors and academics, fundraisers and filmmakers, research biologists and radio producers. For advance reservations visit or call the Zankel box office at (518) 580-8381. The Zankel Music Center is wheelchair accessible and offers listening devices for the hearing impaired.




Friday, October 21, 2011

One Mo’ Time!

- Encore Performance of Triple Play to Benefit SaratogaArtsFest


“The Concert that Never Was” - Barbara Streisand and Frank Sinatra Tribute Returns

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Triple Play performs at SaratogaArtsFest 2011. From left: Peter Madcat Ruth, Joel Brown, special guest Frank Brown, and Chris Brubeck. SARATOGA SPRINGS - They brought the house down when they performed at SaratogaArtsFest last June, and now they’re coming back for an encore! Chris Brubeck and Triple Play will perform again on Saturday, November 5, at 7 p.m., in the Arthur Zankel Music Center at Skidmore College. All proceeds from the event will support SaratogaArtsFest, which will present its sixth annual citywide celebration of the arts June 7-10, 2012. “The June performance was sold out and was an amazing experience,” said Mary Ellen O’Loughlin, executive director of SaratogaArtsFest. “This concert is another opportunity to experience the kind of energy that gets hands clapping, feet moving and hearts soaring – all while supporting SaratogaArtsFest.” General admission to the concert is $25 or $15 for those with a SaratogaArtsFest 2011 “ARTSPASS.” Tickets are available online at, in-person and by phone at the Arthur Zankel Music Center box office, (518) 580-5321. Chris Brubeck, a noted composer and musician who is the son of jazz legend Dave Brubeck, formed Triple Play in 1999. Brubeck, whose specialties are electric bass, bass trombone, piano and vocals, is joined by Peter Madcat Ruth (harmonica, guitar, jaw harp, percussion and vocals) and Joel Brown (guitar and vocals). Collectively, they bring a rare level of joy, virtuosity, and American spirit to the folk, blues, jazz and classical music they perform. The performance will feature a father-son reunion as it did last June, as the trio is once again joined by Joel Brown’s father, 85-year-old jazz clarinetist, Frank Brown.

National Bottle Museum to Honor Jan Rutland -Artists’ Space to be Dedicated to Memory of late Executive Director BALLSTON SPA – The National Bottle Museum, 76 Milton Avenue in Ballston Spa, is currently hosting a show of the collected art works of its late Executive Director, Jan Rutland, through mid-November. The museum will formally dedicate “The Artists’ Space at the National Bottle Museum” to her memory at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, October 26. The decision to rename the second floor of the notfor-profit educational institution to the woman who worked tirelessly at its helm for two decades will be a Photo by Ann Hauprich fitting tribute to her life and legacy, according to Larry Jan Rutland inside the Artists' Rutland, who was named the museum’s acting execu- Space at the National Bottle tive director following his wife’s sudden passing on Museum. October 26, 2010. “Jan just could not tolerate the beautiful brick walls on the second floor continuing to exist without being decorated with works of art. It was an empty space crying to be filled with the work of artists of all disciplines - be it paintings, sculptures, photographs even carvings such as totem poles. The Artists’ Space is a wonderful space and is a tribute to Jan’s foresight,” said Mr. Rutland. The museum is located in a century-old former hardware store in the heart of Ballston Spa’s business district. Visitors can view thousands of handmade bottles and learn about early bottle making methods, with exhibits of hand tools and a miniature 1800’s glass furnace. For more information about the National Bottle Museum, visit or call (518) 885-7589.

SARATOGA SPRINGS– An annual “sell-out” at Saratoga Casino and Raceway, the “Barb and Frank” show, a tribute to Barbara Streisand and Frank Sinatra, returns to Vapor Night Club on Wednesday, October 26. There will be two performances Photo provided at 6 and 8 p.m. featuring Sharon Sebastian Anzaldo as Frank Owens as Barbra Streisand and Sinatra, Sharon Owens as Barbara Sebastian Anzaldo as Frank Sinatra. Streisand Although the two musical icons never actually shared the stage, they once performed the duet “I’ve Got a Crush on You” using separate recording spaces. The show is perfect for fans of both famed musicians, as well as those who may just be interested in seeing what could have been if Barb and Frank had ever performed as a dynamic duo. Visit for more information and to purchase tickets.



Universal Preservation The Rocky Horror Hall-o-ween! Picture Show


Friday, October 21, 2011

“Pilgrims of the Night” in Black Box Photo provided Left: L to R: Max Osaben, Hallie Christine Thesing, Grady Gund, Natalie Nagar and Xavier Richards

Universal Preservation Hall 25 Washington Street Saratoga Springs Friday, October 28, at 8 p.m. Tickets: $12 advance, $16 at door (800) 838-3006 or www.universal

S A R A T O G A SPRINGS – The right place will intersect with the right time-warp as Universal Preservation Hall will show the 1975 cult-film classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” just in time to kickoff your Halloween weekend festivities on Friday, October 28. In addition to the screening, a prize will be awarded to the best dressed Brad, Janet and/or Dr. Frank-N-Furter, so dressing in costume for the event is encouraged as is audience participation (as if they could stop you)! To purchase tickets, call (800) 838-3006 or visit - Arthur Gonick


Photo by Matt Smith Below: L to R: Anne Dufault, Allie Kruse, Max Osaben.

SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Skidmore College Department of Theater’s fall 2011 black box production is “Pilgrims of the Night” by Len Jenkin, directed by Alma Becker. Performances are Friday, October 21 at 8 p.m., Saturday, October 22 at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday, October 23 at 2 p.m. and Monday, October 24 and Tuesday, October 25 at 7 p.m. at the Janet Kinghorn Bernhard Theater. “Pilgrims of the Night” is set at a ferry landing on a stormy night. A rag-tag group of strangers arrive and to pass the time each one tells or invents a story. Each story gets stranger and stranger. In Jenkin’s personal style, this play revolves around a group of people in an extreme situation. In addition to being bizarre and funny, the play is also tender and wise. Seating is very limited, so reservations are required. Call the Skidmore Theater Box Office at (518) 580-5439 or email Tickets are $12 for general admission, $8 for students and senior citizens.

DIY Artists Wanted! - “Saratoga in B flat” 2012 First Night Installation Needs Your Talent SARATOGA SPRINGS – A new sonic experience will be part of First Night Saratoga 2012, and your input and participation is welcome and encouraged. A version of a collaborative music and spoken word project, called “In B Flat 2.0,” will be developed for this year’s New Year’s Eve festival using local video recordings. First Night attendees will have the opportunity to play the videos back at the installation site, yielding what is hoped will be a continuous stream of original music to go along with the festival’s theme “Art Unleashed.” Local people of all levels of expertise are urged to upload their own recordings as part of the project, which can be recorded on the website There are some specific instructions, guidelines and helpful hints on the site to assist in your recording. Once the video is uploaded to YouTube, the link should be sent to For more information, contact Jackie Marchand at First Night Saratoga:

New Exhibit and Class BALLSTON SPA – Brookside Museum, home of the Saratoga County Historical Society, located at 6 Charlton Street in Ballston Spa, is currently displaying an exhibit called “Moving Forward: Exploring Our Routes in Saratoga County.” This exhibit looks at how people in Saratoga County travelled throughout history - examining horse and buggy, rail, trolley and automobile transportation. “Moving Forward” will be on display until Saturday, October 29. A new exhibit, called “The Threads of Time,” will open on Friday, December 2. This new exhibit will showcases Brookside Museum’s extensive collection of locally made quilts. Visitors will experience the unique historical perspective that quilts offer and uncovers the stories of the women who created them. Also, registration is now open for a “Green Chic” sewing class, which begins on Wednesday, November 2 at 6:30 p.m. This class is suitable for those beginning to learn to sew, for ages 12 and up. Participants will learn to make a fashionable and environmentally friendly bag to use for school or shopping. The class fee is $25 per person ($20 for members,) and pre-registration is required by October 29. The Saratoga County Historical Society at Brookside is a nonprofit organization that inspires community memory by telling the story of Saratoga County through engaging exhibits and interactive programs. For more information, visit, or call (518) 885- 4000.



TODAY Friday, October 21, 2011

Local Gigs


Blues Artist of the Year Debbie Davies Band Friday, October 21, at 9 p.m. The Parting Glass 40-42 Lake Avenue Saratoga Springs (518) 583-1916

Photo by Joseph A. Rosen

Tickets: $16 advance at $ 20 at door Children 16 and younger free with adult

John Brown’s Body with Roots of Creation

Thursday, October 27, at 9 p.m. Putnam Den, 63A Putnam Street • Saratoga Springs (518) 584-8066 • Tickets: $15 advance at $18 at door

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Suzanne Voigt Farmers’Market

This time of year, we start to look for warm, comfort food. There is nothing more comforting than Butternut Squash Gratin made from just picked squash, local cheeses and sublime fresh local cream. This week the farmers' market served this gratin (made by Tim Meany of Beekman St. Bistro) at the March of Dimes Signature Chefs Event at

Vapors and it was a big hit. It does take some preparation, but the result is totally worth the effort! Ingredients • 3 tablespoons butter • 1 yellow onion, diced • 2 cloves garlic, minced • 1 (2 1/2 pound) butternut squash - peeled, seeded, and cut into 3/4 inch chunks • 1 teaspoon brown sugar • 1 cup chicken broth • 8 ounces shredded Argyle Gruyere Cheese • 8 ounces shredded sharp cheddar-type cheese • 1 cup dry bread crumbs • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary • 1/4 cup grated Homestead

Helping Hands Empty Stocking Project 2011 by Christina James Saratoga TODAY The Saratoga County Children’s Committee (SCCC), a nonprofit organization that supports children and families, is once again undertaking their Empty Stocking Project. This project provides holiday gifts and necessities to over 1,000 Saratoga County children and teens. Serving the community since its founding in 1940, SCCC serves needy children by distributing donated goods, such as bedding, school supplies, summer clothes, sporting equipment, instrument rentals, toiletries, emergency necessities and shoes, year-round. The Empty Stocking Project, SCCC’s largest donation program, provides gifts and

clothing to children during the holiday season. “We have a group of sponsors that we call our ‘friends’ who annually support us by sponsoring a child,” said Event Coordinator Staci Mannion. Sponsors purchase gifts from a child’s Wish List and include individuals, organizations and businesses. “We have a few corporate contacts that take kids as a group, but we are still in need of more sponsors this year,” Mannion said. For more information on the SCCC or sponsoring a child, please leave a message at (518) 448-5120. Cash donations are also appreciated and may be sent to The Saratoga County Children’s Committee, P.O. Box 1254, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. More information can also be found at

Artisan Parmesan Cheese Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish. 2. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in the onions and garlic; cook until the onions soften and turn golden brown, about 10 minutes. Add the butternut squash and brown sugar. Continue cooking and stirring until the butternut squash begins to brown on the edges, but is still somewhat firm in the center, about 10 minutes more. Scrape the squash into the prepared baking dish, and pour in the chicken broth. Wrap tightly with aluminum foil. 3. Bake in the preheated oven until the liquid has been absorbed and the squash is tender, 45-50

minutes. Toss together the cheeses, bread crumbs, thyme and rosemary in a bowl until evenly combined. Remove the foil from the baking dish and sprinkle the squash evenly with the cheese mixture. Sprinkle the parmesan cheese on top. Return to the oven, and bake uncovered for 15 minutes more until the topping is lightly crunchy and brown. The Saratoga Farmers' Market remains outdoors at High Rock Park through the month of October: Wednesdays, 3-6 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, November 5, we will move inside on Saturdays only, 9 a.m.-,, at the Division St. Elementary School.


Tuesday, October 25 "FoodMatters" Screening Empire State College, 113 West Ave., Room 143 The program, put on by Sustainable Saratoga's Farming and Open Space Committee, will begin at 7 p.m. with an introduction by Suzanne Carreker-Voigt, coordinator of the Saratoga Farmers' Market. In addition to her introduction, she will be providing attendees with locally grown and healthily air-popped popcorn to enjoy during the movie.

Upcoming Blood Drives Queensbury Hotel Hudson Falls 88 Ridge St., Glens Falls High School Monday, October 24, from noon- 6 p.m.

80 East Labarge St., Hudson Falls Tuesday, October 25, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Stationary Bike Race 2011 The Karen and Gary Dake Foundation for Children is hosting their third annual stationary bike race Saturday, October 29, from 9 a.m. – noon. The race, held at the Saratoga Springs YMCA, raises funds to purchase bicycles for local children with disabilities. The race is a team event with four riders per team who will be competing for year-long YMCA memberships and to raise the most funds for this great cause! You can do your part by sponsoring a team, or by making a donation online at

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Malta Sunrise Rotary

Wilton Fire Dept., 270 Ballard Rd., Wilton Wednesday, October 26, from 1-6 p.m.

Malta Ambulance, 2449 Rt. 9, Malta Friday, October 28, from 1-6 p.m.


SPORTS Community Sports Bulletin


Friday, October 21, 2011


Varsity Football Schedule Ballston Spa 10/6: at Saratoga Springs, 34-29 W 10/14: vs. CBA, 7-33 L 10/21: at La Salle, 7 p.m.

Four Thoroughbreds Snag Weekly Honors SARATOGA SPRINGS – Four Skidmore College student-athletes have been recognized for their performances this past week. In women’s tennis, Nataly Mendoza and Lee Ford were named Co-Performers of the Week, while Alex Smith was named Rookie of the Week. Mendoza and Ford finished fourth at the USTA/ITA Small College Doubles Championships after posting a first round upset over second seed Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. The pair fell in the next round to eventual champion Emory. Smith won a New York State Championship at both number five singles and number two doubles. She posted a 6-0 record in singles and teamed with Robyn Baird to run the table in the doubles draw. Field hockey freshman Sam Skott earned Rookie of the Week honors for the third time this season during a 2-0 week for the number five Skidmore. Skott posted a pair of goals in wins over Utica and Wheaton and now has 12 points on the season. The Thoroughbreds are 12-1 overall and 4-0 in league play. They return to action October 21 at Union College.

Nataly Mendoza

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake

Lee Ford

10/6: vs. South Glens Falls, 52-0 W 10/15: vs. Queensbury, 14-6 W 10/21: vs. Mohonasen, 7 p.m.

Saratoga Springs 10/6: vs. Ballston Spa, 29-34 L 10/14: vs. Shenendehowa, 13-55 L 10/21: vs. Colonie, 7 p.m.

Schuylerville Alex Smith

Sam Skott

10/07: vs. Johnstown, 32-14 W 10/15: at Schalmont, 14-26 L 10/21: at Ravena, 7 p.m.

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Weibel Ave. Ice Rink Open House SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Saratoga Springs Department of Recreation will be holding an open house at the Weibel Avenue Ice Rink October 23 from 11 a.m. -3:30 p.m. There will be open skating from 11 a.m. -noon and 2:30-3:30 p.m. Admission is free and there will be limited skate rentals available for $4. Demonstrations will also be held by the Saratoga Winter Club, Saratoga Springs Figure Skating Club, Saratoga Youth Hockey, and Gliding Stars. Open House Schedule: 11 a.m. - noon: Open House Skating 12:30 p.m.: Saratoga Winter Club (speedskating) 1 p.m.: Saratoga Springs Figure Skating Club 1:30 p.m.: Saratoga Youth Hockey 2 p.m.: Gliding Stars For more information, please contact the Saratoga Springs Recreation Department at (518) 587-3550 x2300, or send an email to

Send your sports stories and briefs to Daniel Schechtman, Sports Editor at sports@saratoga

Saratoga Casino and Raceway Holds National $500K Breeders' Cup Promotion SARATOGA SPRINGS - One local resident could be the lucky winner of $500,000 during Breeders' Cup weekend thanks to Saratoga Casino and Raceway and its online interactive wagering platform, SaratogaBets. The casino is the only reported Upstate New York participant in the "$500K Pay Day," a national promotion sponsored by Breeders' Cup that kicks off next week. To enter the promotion, players can log on to or to submit their name and email address. Entrants who have signed up will receive a voucher via email or mobile phone with a redemption code that could unlock the big prize. Vouchers need to be redeemed at the mezzanine at Saratoga Casino and Raceway between noon and 5 p.m. on Breeders' Cup Classic day, November 5. Every individual with a voucher is guaranteed to turn in a winning ticket, as each voucher is worth a minimum of $2. Registration for the promotion has begun and is open through Wednesday, November 2.

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South Glens Falls 10/6: at Burnt Hills, 0-52 L 10/15: vs. Glens Falls, 6-41 L 10/20: vs. Green Tech @ Bleecker Stadium, 7 p.m.

The Great Pumpkin Challenge SARATOGA SPRINGS Saratoga Bridges and its sponsors will be holding the 11th annual Great Pumpkin Challenge Saturday, October 22. The 5 and 10K runs will begin at 9:30 a.m., followed shortly by a Kids Fun Run through Saratoga’s Spa State Park. Day of registration is $28 for the 5 and 10K; the Kids Fun Run is $5.




Friday, October 21, 2011


Fyvie Fights for Featherweight Title The NBA Lockout by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - Local professional MMA fighter and Spa City Jiu-Jitsu alumni Eddie Fyvie will step into the limelight Saturday, October 22, as he takes on Saugerties' Joey Gambino for the Cage Fury Fighting Championships (CFFC) Featherweight Title. The fight, which will take place at the Resorts Casino in Atlantic City, is the main event of the evening. Fyvie (9-4), hopes to dominate Gambino (7-0) using tactics and smart Jiu-Jitsu, forcing the brawler to engage in a submission and grappling match.

"He likes to brawl," said Fyvie, "so I want to bully him, to beat him up. I want to fight my fight as a submission and grappling expert, and not to make it a brawl." Fyvie's last fight in April earned him the win, as well as "Fight of the Night" honors. Saturday's fight will be the first time Fyvie will headline a main event, which the fighter says adds a bit of pressure as the hype grows. "This fight is a bit different than usual," said Fyvie, who has done a host of radio and newspaper interviews as the day draw nears. "I'm really looking forward to this," he added. Also stepping into the cage will

be Bruno Tostes of Latham, who will make his professional debut on the undercard against Andre Shuler. Tostes (0-0) and Shuler (0-1) will be fighting at 155 lbs in the lightweight division.

Damian Fantauzzi

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Eddie Fyvie

Burnt Hills Grad takes Fifth in Abu Dhabi Grand Prix BURNT HILLS - Burnt Hills High School Graduate Nick Delpopolo (22), who trains at the local Jason Morris Judo Center (JMJC) completed three consecutive IJF 'A' level events over the course of three weeks, finishing just short of the podium in fifth place at

the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Delpopolo adds this result to his golden performance in Great Britain less than two weeks ago, where he won the tournament. "I'm partly satisfied with my result, but my intent is to continue to work with my coach to up my game

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Nick Delpopolo (white) competes in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

to maximize my performance at the Olympics." stated Delpopolo. Nick entered the tournament as the fifth seed and was given a bye to the second round, where he faced Sandor Taraba, the number one ranked Hungarian, who he defeated in last year’s quarter final. This meeting would end in another victory for Delpopolo, improving his record to 2-0 against Taraba. In the third round, Nick squared off against two-time European U23 Champion Marco Maddaloni (ITA). Nick previously lost to Maddaloni at the El Salvador World Cup earlier this year. This time would prove to be different, as Delpopolo turned the tables on the Italian, scoring a yuko with six seconds left in regulation time. Delpopolo moved into the quarter final, where 2010 World Bronze Medalist Yosuhiro Awano (JPN) was waiting. Delpopolo was thrown for 2 yukos (partial scores) and couldn't get the scores back, leaving him in fifth place at this single elimination event. This is the third top five finish in 2011 for Delpopolo at a Grand Prix or Grand Slam event. Delpopolo earned both U.S. and world ranking points for his performance.

The NBA generates about $4 billion a year in revenue, but owners claim that they're losing several $100 million a year. How does that happen? If you ask me, it sounds like poor managing. Are these owners the guys on Wall Street, or is this another one of those Ponzi schemes? What is going on with this organization? Has Commissioner David Stern's time come to an end? He has been in charge of the NBA for 14 years now and this is the second time there has been a lockout under his watch. It seems the more money these people make, from players to owners, the more they want. Sound familiar? Compare it to what's been happening in corporate America, with all the wealthy CEOs and their huge profits hungering after more to pay for their luxurious lives, while the rest of us are trying to make our lives work by making ends meet. There are many people who depend on these NBA games, like the little guy, who profits from the revenue that the crowds and the fans generate. The minute share of finances that these vendors receive (beverages, food-service, souvenirs, ticket takers, etc.) enables them to make a living. The local merchants are also victimized by the lockout, the hotels, restaurants, small merchants and street vendors who sell related food and souvenir merchandise. Finally, there are the advertizing agencies, radio

and TV networks with jobs that are supported by the NBA season. All of these commercial groups, large and small, are affected in a negative way because of the standoff between the owners and players of professional basketball. There aren't too many businesses in America that can produce $114,155 every 15 minutes of every day and claim they "lose money." I'm not saying it's easy, but I'd like to have the opportunity to operate an NBA franchise. I bet I can make it work! This ridiculous labor-management disagreement in an industry that is neck deep in profits needs to get up from their easy chairs and get back to work. Time to think of the trickle-down effect that it's having on people whose livelihoods depend on the NBA operating its intended 2011/2012 basketball season. Not to mention the fans, who can suddenly have their own hypothetical "Occupy Wall Street," by just not supporting the greed of these NBA affiliates. If they turn off their fanbase, they might as well all move to Europe, the owners as well as the players! It has become an obvious sign that the people of this country are only going to take so much before they begin to turn away from what they support and become discontented. Enough already! The NBA needs to stop looking down their noses at the fans and people who support or depend on them. This goes for both sides, owners and players alike, because the basketball fans are going to start looking to another professional winter sport to get excited about. I compare this situation to a divorce, where the children become the unfortunate victims as the parents quibble over trivial matters. Let's get over this NBA standoff and open up for business we're waiting but not feeling sorry for either side! I know I'm not crying because I'm ready for college hoops - one of the most exciting sports in America!




Friday, October 21, 2011


Battle of the Spartans by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY BURNT HILLS - It wasn't pretty, it wasn't easy, but the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Spartans played four quarters of hard-nosed, scrappy football to put away the Queensbury Spartans and secure home field advantage in the upcoming section II playoff match. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake edged Queensbury 14-6 at Saturday's homecoming game, relying heavily on a strong defense and determined offense to bring them victory. But the game did not start well for the home team. On Burnt Hill's opening possession of the game, the Spartans fumbled the ball on their own 12 yard line, allowing Queensbury to snag the ball and take over possession. Minutes later, Queensbury's Evan Earle split the middle and scored on a 4-yard touchdown run, dampening the crowd's homecoming spirits. A missed extrapoint kick left Queensbury with a 6-0 advantage early in the first. It wasn't until early in the second quarter before Burnt Hills climbed their way onto the scoreboard. From 37 yards out, Burnt Hill's quarterback Ryan McDonnell let loose a throw that looked like it might fall just short. Instead, Burnt Hills' Matthew Peltier scrambled for the completion, securing the ball and dodging defenders on his way to the end zone. Having scored the touchdown, a successful extra point gave Burnt-Hills a 7-6 edge, an uneasy lead that

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Fans show their support at the homecoming game.

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Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake hustles for every yard gained against Queensbury. would carry the team into the second half. A scoreless third quarter kept the competition tight, with both teams playing excellent defense and shutting down one another's offense. But late in the fourth quarter with less than five minutes remaining, the Burnt Hills Spartans finally found their opening. Facing 3rd and 12 from the 42 yard line, McDonnell connected with Eric Dillon for a 24yard completion, driving his team within striking distance. Two plays later, Burnt Hills' Jack Guba ran the ball 10 yards down the field for the touchdown, giving his team some breathing room with a 14-6 advantage. Queensbury would try to answer back with time running

out, but it was Guba once again who would foil the rival Spartans. When the Burnt Hills defense stripped the ball from Queensbury's Nicholas Ketter, Guba jumped on the ball to regain possession, securing the win for Burnt Hills as they head into playoff season. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (61) has been ranked as the number 2 seed in Class-A, and will take the home field advantage against the number 3 seeded Mohonasen (4-3) team Friday, October 21 at 7 p.m. Mohonasen earned their way into the playoffs after a last second victory against Averill Park October 14, scoring a fourth quarter touchdown with less than a minute to go before a trick-play and two point conversion gave them the victory.

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Top: Cheerleaders root for their team during the homecoming game. Bottom: Eric Dillon picks up a few yards for the Spartans.

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Eddie Fyvie page 30 Friday, October 21, 2011

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