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Music and Memories Local Student Creates Club to Reach Out to Alzheimer’s Patients

photo provided Generation Outreach club founder Emma Hyatt stands with fellow club members Zoe Rydzewski and Sara Willner-Giwerc.

First Night 2013

by Chelsea DiSchiano Saratoga TODAY

by Chelsea DiSchiano Saratoga TODAY

SARATOGA SPRINGS - Before a nonprofit program called Music & Memory donated iPods to his nursing home, Henry, who had been suffering from dementia for a decade, rarely spoke or made eye contact with others. One day, his caretakers put headphones on his ears to play songs from his youth, and suddenly everything changed. As soon as he heard the music, Henry lifted up his head. His eyes widened and lit up in recognition of

SARATOGA SPRINGS – The popular New Year’s Eve celebration known as First Night has been one of the largest family-friendly events in Saratoga Springs for 16 years, and this year is no exception. After developing a partnership with General Electric which will now allow kids ages 12 and under to participate in the event for free, there are more activities geared toward children than ever. First Night Saratoga, presented again by Saratoga

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Top 12 Stories of 2012 by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY It has been quite a year here in Saratoga Springs. As such, it’s been a wild 12 months around the Saratoga TODAY offices. As the city lives and breathes, so too does its dedicated weekly newspaper that publishes every Friday morning. What we as a newspaper hope to do

is serve the community by providing interesting and original content while introducing our readers to the unique people and places in the Spa City. We’d like to take a moment to acknowledge some of our more popular and impactful stories of 2012. While some of these writers have moved on professionally, we were proud to feature their contributions week in and week out. We

hope you’ll reminisce with us before we turn the page to a new chapter in the history of Saratoga TODAY. These stories were selected based on a combination of reader response, web traffic and staff suggestions, and are presented in no particular order. If you’d like to read any of these stories in their entirety, visit www.saratogatodaynewspaper.com.

“Keep Moving Forward” by Andrew Marshall (Published March 15, 2012) Toward the beginning of spring, we brought you the story of Ballston Spa resident Ben Eckland, a 26-year-old living with disabilities who had set a goal for himself to pass his driver’s test. With the help of the Saratoga Bridges

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Inside TODAY… Maynard Retires pg 7 Obituaries pg 13 Business pgs 14-15 Holiday Gift Guide pgs 19-22 First Night 2013 pgs 26-27

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Week of December 21 - December 27, 2012

Bikeatoga Holiday Bike Giveaway Spreads Cheer SARATOGA SPRINGS - Bikeatoga, the local organization formerly known as the Saratoga Healthy Transportation Network, held a holiday bicycle giveaway for families in the Saratoga Springs community. Bikeatoga supports the development of bike lanes, paths and traffic-calmed streets that connect local neighborhoods, schools and work places. Looks like you can expect to see a few more bicycles around the Spa City come spring. Photo by Charlie Samuels for Bikeatoga.org

EASY RIDERS - Hollis, Nathan and Collin Springer of Gansevoort show off their new wheels courtesy of Bikeatoga.


Week of December 21 - December 27, 2012

Brian C. Genthner, 33, of Kenwood Avenue in Delmar, pleaded guilty December 13 in Saratoga County Court to the charge of driving while intoxicated, a Class D felony. Sentencing is scheduled for February 28, 2013. Timothy P. Oliver, 25, of Story Ave in Niskayuna, pleaded guilty December 13 in Saratoga County Court to the charge of driving while intoxicated, a Class E felony. Sentencing is scheduled for February 28, 2013. Tyler S. Bellick, 22, of Glenwood Boulevard in Schenectady, was arrested December 16 and charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence, grand larceny in the fourth degree, all Class E felonies. He was also charged with circumventing a courtordered Ignition Interlock Device, a misdemeanor. Michael W, Walczak, 52, of Zephyr Lane in Saratoga Springs, was arrested December 16 and charged with criminal trespass in the third degree, a Class B misdemeanor. John V. Vardine, 43, of Allen Drive in Saratoga Springs, pleaded guilty December 17 in Saratoga County Court to charges of criminal possession of stolen property in the third degree, a Class E felony. Sentencing is scheduled for February 25, 2013.

William B. Shafer, 26, of Ferry Lane in Stillwater, pleaded guilty in Saratoga County Court December 17 to charges of attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, a Class C felony, and failing to report an address change within ten days, a Class D felony. Sentencing is scheduled for February 25, 2013. Erica L. Marshall, 35, of McClellan Street in Schenectady, was sentenced December 17 in Saratoga County Court to one-anda-half to three years in a New York State Prison after pleading guilty to criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree, a Class D felony. Brandy L. McLaughlin, 28, of Nelson Avenue Ext. in Saratoga Springs, was indicted December 18 in Saratoga County Court on two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, both Class B felonies. Lisa M. Vedder, 47, of Carlton Road in Clifton Park, was indicted December 18 in Saratoga County Court on charges of aggravated driving while intoxicated and two counts of driving while intoxicated, all Class E felonies.

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James E. Steele aka “Poo”, 37, of Hamilton Street in Schenectady, was indicted December 18 in Saratoga County Court on two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, both Class B felonies. He was also charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a Class A misdemeanor.

Correction: The story “Wilton Residents Come Out in Force” which was published in our December 14 edition incorrectly identified Jared Dinsmore as Jarod Ginsmore. Saratoga TODAY regrets the error. Saratoga TODAY hopes to print any and all corrections as soon as possible. Email any corrections to news@saratogapublishing.com.

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WEEK IN REVIEW Jaliek Rainwalker Case Now Being Investigated As Homicide

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Tyler Bellick of Schenectady with driving while intoxicated, his second offense, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first-degree while under the influence and grand larceny in the fourth-degree exceeding $100, all Class E felonies. He was also charged with circumventing a court ordered Ignition Interlock device by operating a vehicle without the device installed. Police believe Bellick stole the limousine after he was unable to start his own vehicle, which was equipped with an Ignition Interlock device related to an earlier conviction for driving while intoxicated. He was then involved in an accident with the stolen vehicle, which led to his eventual arrest.

Saratoga Hospital Goes Into Brief Lockdown SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Hospital was locked down for a brief time Sunday morning after learning of a threat that turned out to be unsubstantiated. The Saratoga Springs Police Department said they responded to the hospital at about 10 a.m. on Sunday for what they said at the time was being considered “suspicious activity.” Police said Saratoga Hospital officials had received second-hand

information regarding a “vague threat” toward the hospital. The hospital made the decision to go into lockdown and alert the police. It was determined that the threat was alleged to have been made by an individual in Connecticut and law officials in that state were contacted. Police in Connecticut contacted the individual in question and it was determined that there was no threat to the hospital. The lockdown lasted less than two hours.

First Night Gets Rid of Fireworks SARATOGA SPRINGS - The 17th Annual First Night Saratoga celebration will not be displaying fireworks at the midnight countdown . Instead, they will be hosting a laser show inside the Saratoga City Center when the clock strikes midnight. Public safety commissioner Christian Mathiesen said the reason for this year’s lack of fireworks is the current shortage of police officers that the police department is dealing with due to seven layoffs made in 2010. First Night coordinator, Jackie Marchand, said there will be five different laser light shows throughout the evening, the last one taking place during the midnight countdown. Saratoga Arts hired an

international laser company to create a light show that will be specifically geared toward Saratoga Springs and the First Night celebrations.

Woman Faces Additional Charges in Fire District Theft BALLSTON SPA - A woman who has been accused of stealing almost half a million dollars from Charlton’s Fire District No. 1 is now going to face even more charges when she eventually goes to trial. The Saratoga County Grand Jury have indicted Virginia DeCapria, 52, for alleged tax evasion and fraud for failing to pay taxes on the money she has been accused of stealing. DeCapria has been charged with one count of fourth-degree criminal tax fraud for the five years she allegedly didn’t pay taxes, one count of offering a false instrument for filing for each tax year and fourth-degree grand larceny for the tax years 2007 and 2008, along with petit larceny for the tax years 2006 and 2009 and one more count of tax fraud. DeCapria’s trial for her first indictment will take place on March 18, but no trial dates have yet been scheduled for her latest charges.


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Week of December 21 - December 27, 2012 Top Stories continued from Page 1 Foundation and their dedicated staff, he cleared a major hurdle that March by obtaining a learner’s permit. The title of the story was taken directly from Ben Eckland’s own personal motto of “keep moving forward.” It was a testament not only to Ben’s determination, but the support he received from Saratoga Bridges. “Saratoga Olive Oil Store Named One of the Top Five in the World” by Patricia Older (Published November 21, 2012) By now, the news of Saratoga Olive Oil’s tremendous accolade has made its way around the city. When you consider the places you’d find the other stores on that list (two in New York City, one in France and one in Spain), you can see that the Olive Oil Times trade magazine was quite literally considering locations all over the world. “Saratoga War Horse” by Daniel Schechtman (Published January 6, 2012) Saratoga War Horse was introduced to our readers with in our first edition of 2012. It told the story of Vietnam veteran and former airline pilot Bob Nevins and Thoroughbred expert (and frequent Saratoga TODAY contributor) Marilyn Lane’s organization that pairs soldiers struggling with readjustment to civilian life with retired Thoroughbred race horses. The practice is said to have an incredible effect on the participants, helping them to shift their perspectives back to what they once knew. “Skateboarding 101: Volunteers Organize Skateboarding Events for Kids, Community” by Andrew Marshall (Published June 15, 2012) Far and away our most popular story on our blog for 2012, this story briefly touched on the issues between the skateboarding community in Saratoga Springs and city officials. After raising money for the necessary repairs to the park with an art show fundraiser, local activist and skateboarder Charlie Samuels sat down with us to talk about how he had organized several events in conjunction with the city, and even started a class to teach kids the fundamentals of skateboarding. “A Father’s Legacy” by Daniel Schechtman (Published March 22, 2012) This was the touching story of

Andrew Ragan, a man suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. After outliving his prognosis by four years, Ragan was extremely limited in his mobility and required the use of an Eyegaze computer system to communicate verbally. His final goal was to finish a book titled “Father’s Whispers,” which he wrote with hopes of passing on the advice, insight and life lessons to his children as they grew older without him. Andrew Ragan passed away May 20, 2012. “UPH For Sale?” by Arthur Gonick (Published June 8, 2012) When we first heard rumblings about the possible sale of the Universal Preservation Hall along Washington Street in Saratoga Springs, we had our old friend and roving troubadour Arthur Gonick see what he couldn’t dig up. We received some interesting responses to this piece, with many people upset the piece ran at all. While the building did not end up being sold, Proctor’s CEO Philip Morris and UPH board president Dorothy “Teddy” Foster announced at an October 25 press conference their intentions to collaborate on restoring the building as a future performance space. “Spa City Teens Arrested, Global Fake ID Ring Exposed” by Andrew Marshall (Published April 6, 2012) The news that 14 teenagers including 13 from Saratoga Springs High School – had been arrested for possessing fake IDs was one that sent shockwaves through the community. Soon it was revealed that these students were purchasing the offending documents from a website based in China. The website created the documents with the purchaser’s real name and personal information. What we learned was that the information they provided was likely sold to identity thieves

who would attempt to open credit cards and mortgages in their name. The story aimed to warn other teenagers in the area of the dangers of obtaining fake identification. “Homeless in Saratoga” by Chelsea DiSchiano (Published November 30, 2012) This story called attention to the real issues of homelessness here in the Spa City. The Saratoga County Housing Alliance invited reporters to learn more about what it’s like to live on the streets of Saratoga by organizing an event called “A Day Without a Home.” Participants were presented the kinds of scenarios that the homeless in the city face every single day. Representatives of the SCHA, along with Shelters of Saratoga spoke out afterwards about the causes and misconceptions surrounding the homeless, and offered possible solutions. “Build It and They Will Come” by Chelsea DiSchiano (Published March 8, 2012) The 2009 arrival of the GlobalFoundries plant in Malta brought with it some lofty hopes for the growth of the small Saratoga County community. With the additions of new medical facilities – including the Albany Medical Center’s Malta Med Emergent Care - fire stations and restaurants, the town’s business is thriving. The effects of GlobalFoundries also appear to be attracting a new, diverse population to residential complexes such as Ellsworth Commons. “The Sterling Archer” by Andrew Marshall (Published March 8, 2012) This was the story of Jimmy Butts, world champion archer and master jeweler at Broadway’s N. Fox. Jimmy had recently returned from the archery world championships with a second-place finish. The story’s title is a play on his recent silver medal finish as well as

his craft of jewelry making. There is also a popular television character by the name “Sterling Archer.” We know this, because Andrew refuses to let this one go. (Seriously.)

the Maplewood Manor Family Council demanded that the County Board of Directors be held accountable for the decisions they made and how they affected their loved ones living at Maplewood.

“SOS! Save Our Seniors: Maplewood Manor Mobilizes to Save Nursing Home” by Chelsea DiSchiano (Published October 19, 2012) The fate of the county-owned nursing home known as Maplewood Manor had been up in the air for the majority of 2012. When it finally came time for the powers that be to make a decision, the loved ones of Maplewood residents sprang into action to do whatever they could to prevent the home from being sold to a private entity. Dorothy Tyler and

“Mountaintop Miracle” by Yael Goldman (Published February 24, 2012) This was the harrowing story of Steve Mastaitis’ trip up Mount Marcy gone wrong. The Saratoga Springs lawyer spent 20 hours stranded on New York State’s tallest peak, enduring the cold weather and suffering frost bite and hypothermia. As inclement weather delayed the rescue team’s search, Steve was forced to battle through the pain of the frigid conditions to ensure his recovery.


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NEWS

Week of December 21 - December 27, 2012

Social Media Distortion

by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY

When the news first broke last week about the stunning and horrific scene unfolding in Newtown, Connecticut, I did what I always do. I jumped on Twitter. As more and more news trickled out, my stomach churned with sad disbelief and helpless anger. By now you should be well aware of what transpired in the classrooms and hallways of Sandy Hook Elementary School. It was a sickening display of violence most of us would have a hard time even

imagining, let alone carrying out. While Twitter and related social media outlets have definitely carved out a niche in the modern world of reporting the news, it doesn’t come without its flaws. Misinformation can spread very fast. Suddenly people far removed from the scene are the ones determining what is or is not valid enough information to relay back to their followers. The hours following the attack were a time of mass confusion, as pure speculation began to be reported as fact on such crucial details as the identity of the gunman and the number of victims. People with a history of using Twitter as an effective tool for disseminating information, like NPR’s Andy Carvin, introduced such details like mysterious purple van being spotted near the school, multiple bodies found at the home of the shooter’s mother and even that the shooter’s brother had been found dead. All of which could be viewed by his over 81,000 followers. All of which, were patently false. The problem was that Carvin was in Washington D.C. at the time of the shooting, 300 miles

away from what he was “reporting” on. This could have fooled CNN, who Carvin claims tried to get him on the air after reading his tweets, thinking he was on the scene. Several other major outlets would learn the same lesson after they mistakenly reported the shooter’s name as “Ryan Lanza.” This would be proven false, as the gunman was eventually identified Ryan’s brother, Adam. This of course didn’t stop those very same websites, and eventually CNN, from running screenshots of Ryan’s Facebook account. Some speculated, “Is this the killer?” Others condemned, “This is the killer.” Why was there no restraint? Why were so many outlets like Buzzfeed and Gawker – websites not primarily known for their ability to break news in real time – so quick to jump on board with whatever information was being pushed to them? Why is it more important to get it first, rather than to get it right? For example, following Hurricane Sandy’s arrival on the New York-New Jersey metro area, an account began maliciously spreading rumors of people trapped in elevators, that the floor of the New York Stock Exchange had flooded and that ConEd had cut power to all of Manhattan. These tweets were reported by credible news outlets who simply regurgitated someone’s report at face value rather than attempting to verify it independently. We should be thankful no one was sick enough to wantonly spread lies during the Sandy Hook tragedy; however, I am not naïve enough to think it couldn’t happen in the future. The world of reporting the news is a garbage industry insomuch

that someone usually has to be willing to get their hands dirty to find out what is really going on. No one reporting much of what was going on was doing that. They likely sat in an office chair looking for whatever emotionally-jarring picture or factoid they could excavate from the panic. This kind of “off-the-ground” reporting exacerbated an already horrible situation, and scared many more people in the process. One thing we should not lose sight of following the events of December 14 was that it wasn’t even the first mass shooting in this country that week. Just two days earlier, a man opened fire in an Oregon shopping mall, killing three people, including himself. That story was on full rotation with the constantly-running news organizations until unspeakable evil reared its ugly head in Connecticut. Suddenly, the loss of life in a shooting on the West Coast became an afterthought to FOX, CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC and the litany of other outlets so desperate to “get an exclusive” that they actually had children from the school being interviewed for a global audience. This was presumably done by reporters who should have known better than to put a grade-schooler on national television and hope for any kind of insight. As we move forward towards even more radical changes for the way tragedies are covered in the media, we must take note that there are no dress rehearsals. There are no “practice tragedies.” We in the media must take full responsibility for things we report in times of crisis. Because I know that as I sat here last week in horrified disbelief, I hung on every word.

Malta Town Board Extends Moratorium for Third Time by Chelsea DiSchiano Saratoga TODAY MALTA - A moratorium that has already been extended twice was approved for yet another extension—this time to March 4—at a Malta Town Board special meeting held December 17. The moratorium, which places a hold on the construction of buildings taller than 45 feet in Malta’s downtown zone, was put into effect in September 2011. The moratorium applies to buildings within Route 9 between Cramer and Knabner roads, along with segments of Route 67 and Dunning Street, and is aimed particularly at the height and setback requirements of buildings. Currently, downtown buildings at the center of town cannot exceed 45 feet in height, while buildings in other parts of the downtown zone cannot exceed 35 feet. Most buildings must be set back from the street between 15 and 25 feet throughout the zone. The original deadline for the moratorium was February 4, but town board members voiced their concerns on if they could complete all zoning changes before then. “To feel a little pressure is not necessarily a bad thing,” said councilperson John Hartzell. Other board members agreed, but after concluding that they can dissolve the moratorium at any point after they have finished making zoning changes, the board unanimously voted to add the extension in case they end up needing the extra time. 76 percent of Malta residents who completed surveys taken by the town board overwhelmingly preferred the development of Malta to stay on a smaller scale. The board opened up the meeting to a public hearing before making a decision on the moratorium, but no comments or concerns were voiced by Malta residents.


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NEWS

Wilton Town Clerk to Retire

Saratoga Springs City Council Recap for December 18, 2012

by Patricia Older Saratoga TODAY

by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY

WILTON – The town clerk – the Go-To Person in any municipality. Need a dog license? How about a marriage license? Want the minutes from a board meeting, a copy of a local law, or want to know the best back roads to get around heavy holiday traffic? Have a question about a birth certificate, need a handicap parking sticker, want to pay your property taxes? Town clerks are the ones who pretty much keep the town running. They’re the Go-To person. In Wilton, that person has been Carol Maynard. Carol is retiring at the end of this month after almost 20 years working for the town. “It is just time,” said Carol. “I am ready to relax a little.” Carol started working for Wilton in 1993 after several years with Saratoga Bridges. She transferred to the town clerk’s office in 2002 when the existing deputy clerk was leaving. “The town clerk asked me if I would be interested in doing the job,” said Carol, who said she is looking forward to spending some time in Florida and with her family. She has four daughters and one son, as well as 10 grandchildren. For Carol, both the job and Wilton have vastly evolved over the years. Growing up in Saratoga, Carol moved to Wilton in 1972. That was when it was mostly rural countryside - before all the malls, the arterial, the housing developments. “There has been a lot of growth,” said Carol, noting that the way it was handled has been a good thing for the town. “Our recreation is much better, the schools are better – it has grown and with that growth, a lot of good things have come to Wilton.” Some of those things include the parks, she said, and the tax base generated by the expansion of Exit 15 and Route 9. But for the town clerk’s office, it has meant additional responsibilities and work load, all crammed into a 35 hour work week. “In 2010, they combined the tax office with our office,” said Carol, who said the added stress of preparing, filing, and maintaining the tax rolls, has made the job a little harder.

SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Saratoga Springs City Council met for the final time in 2012 on December 18, where the public made their voices heard on a topic that seems to be on the country’s collective mind: guns. Mayor Scott Johnson opened the meeting with a moment of silence in honor of the lives lost in Newtown, Connecticut. More specifically, commenters took issue with the gun show currently scheduled at the Saratoga City Center for the second weekend in January. The NEACA Arms Fair has some members of the public concerned about the potential to buy assault rifles at such events. The first man to speak was the chairman of the Saratoga Springs Democratic Committee, Charles Brown. He broached the topic of the gun show coming to town, lamenting that he knew the city was likely unable to cancel due to contractual obligations. He did, however, urge the council to explore whatever avenues would be necessary to possibly remove the sale of assault weaponry from the show. The man who followed Brown in the comment period, Al Turkheimer, went so far as to allege that the organizers behind the upcoming arms fair had previously been cited for their illegal sale of firearms. He asked that city policemen be stationed in the parking lot of the show during its stay in town to prevent such illegal

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“The changes and the stress have not been easy and having to run for office every two years has made it a very stressful situation,” she said, adding that in spite of those difficulties, she loves certain aspects of her job. “There is some sadness [about leaving.] I am going to miss the interaction – meeting people all the time – that’s one of the perks of this job,” she said. “I have made a lot of friends with the residents and some of the people I work with.” She noted that once she retires she might get more involved with her family’s genealogy – something she dabbles with as a hobby – but for now she planned to stay around this winter to help the new clerk settle in and learn the ropes. “I won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. I told them I would help in any way they needed,” said Carol, who describes herself as “just an average person.” “It’s just it’s time for a little R & R.”

transactions from occurring. Frequent public comment period contributor Phil Diamond echoed Turkheimer’s suggestion, adding that the officers should be undercover. Christopher Peak offered his perspective to the council, stating that he hoped to start an initiative to move Saratoga County towards becoming an “assault weapons free county.” He included statistics that supported the success of gun buyback promotions in getting weapons off the street. The council also unanimously passed a resolution regarding the potential for casino gambling to come to Saratoga Springs. The resolution asks that Governor Andrew Cuomo select the “lucky seven” locations that will possibly receive a casino facility. The resolution also asked that revenues generated by the casino locations be mandatorily reinvested into

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education and the horse racing industry. They hope that local officials can also be included when deciding where the casino will go. John Tighe, proprietor of the Saratoga In Decline political blog, took to the microphone to ask why the city will not have fireworks for the First Night celebration. Public Safety Commissioner Chris Mathiesen responded by saying the city is lacking the amount of police that would be required to monitor such a large event. The mayor’s agenda for the meeting also included the announcement that the annual State of the City address will take place on Thursday, January 17 at the Saratoga City Center. The address is typically scheduled on Sundays, with last year’s coinciding with the Super Bowl. Mayor Johnson also announced the appointment of Robert Bristol to the city’s planning board.


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Week of December 21 - December 27, 2012

First Night 2013 More Family-Friendly Than Ever continued from Page 1 Arts, is expecting 14,000 people to flock to the 25 performance locations throughout downtown Saratoga Springs, featuring over 200 performances that will transform the city into a showcase of music, dance and visual arts. This year’s theme, “Explore the Night,” was created to encourage visitors to see performances or participate in activities they haven’t done before. “Explore the Night, for us, means that we put together a very diverse program that we’d like so people can experience something new—so don’t only see your favorite performance, but see something different and explore the entire event,” said Jackie Marchand, Saratoga Arts’ First Night coordinator. “We love it.” There will be plenty of new activities for people to explore at this year’s event—especially kids. Though previously only kids ages five and under were admitted in free, Saratoga Arts is expecting more kids to participate due to their new partnership with GE. “We were able to craft a great

deal that is making First Night more affordable for everybody,” Marchand said. “We have more kids [coming] because of that, so we’re excited—it’s the most affordable way for a family to get out and have fun for hours and hours.” In order to cater to children that will be attending, Marchand made sure there were extra activities for them to participate in, including a pirate circus, a Disney Radio performance and a treasure map contest. “The treasure map is reinforcing our theme of Explore the Night, so there’s a treasure map that kids will get with certain checkpoints we’d like to drive them to,” Marchand said. “In the past, most of our kids’ stuff was only on Lake Avenue, but now it’s all around the event so we want to make sure they get all around. They’ll get a check on their treasure map and then there will be a great prize for some lucky kid that completes the map—it’s something fun and in the spirit of exploration.” Marchand is also excited for

kids to experience the Radio Disney performance from the sister-duo who recently won the latest season of Disney’s “Next Big Thing” talent search. “Our partnership with Price Chopper set this up—it’s two young sisters who are fantastic named Chloe and Halle, and we are going to be getting one of their very first performances since they won, so that’s going to be a really cool thing because they’re going to be giant stars,” Marchand explained. “You really, really don’t want to miss that!” The pirate circus is also something to get excited about, Marchand said. “We have a pirate circus from Brooklyn coming this year,” she said. “That will be really fun so we want to kids to go to that— we’ve just got more kids stuff than ever.” Though there will be an extra flurry of activities for the children, Marchand said Saratoga Arts is encouraging people of all demographics to come out to First Night, as there will be perform-

ances and events for everyone to enjoy. Marchand has added a new mini-music festival called First Fest, which will feature several up-and-coming local bands. “First Fest is a brand new thing—I’m trying to give some of the First Night exposure to some of the up-and-coming bands that are trying to craft an audience and make their way and shine a light on some of their talent,” Marchand said. Marchand added that she picked the lineup with the help of local radio station Exit 97.7 WEXT. “WEXT has a great show called The Local 518, and they were able to help me with some local suggestions,” Marchand said. “So part of [choosing the lineup] was music I’d already heard and part of it was people that submitted— we had some great young bands submit and I was like, ‘You know, they’re really great, let’s give them a shot. Let’s give them a chance for a thousand people to see them in one night.’” One more big change was made to First Night this year—instead of fireworks taking place at midnight, there will be a laser light show inside the Saratoga City Center. Starting at 7:40 p.m., there will be a small laser show every hour in between headlining performances, until the final laser show leading up to the midnight

countdown. “We’re working with an international laser company to craft a laser show specific to Saratoga Springs and specific to First Night, so we’re changing it up a little bit this year,” Marchand said. Whether you’re looking to see traditional performances or wanting to explore some new acts, First Night Saratoga 2013 is sure to have something for everyone. But Marchand noted that anyone wanting to attend the event should buy their button quickly before they run out. Buttons to gain admission to the event can be purchased at Saratoga Arts, the Saratoga Springs branches of the YMCA, Price Choppers in the extended Capital-Saratoga region, Stewart’s Shops in Saratoga County, Adirondack Trust banks, and Crafter’s Gallery at 427 Broadway. In addition, buttons may be purchased online and picked up at Saratoga Arts located at 320 Broadway, prior to the event or the evening of the event. Vouchers that will admit kids 12 and under for free can also be collected at the time of button purchases, or you can find one cutout voucher in each copy of Saratoga TODAY newspaper. See pages 26 and 27 in Saratoga TODAY Newspaper to view a full map and schedule of First Night performances.


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Community Corner the

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

Week of December 21 - December 27, 2012

Saratoga Sponsor A Scholar Students Give Back to the Community

As part of their commitment to community service, eight Saratoga Sponsor A Scholar students helped prepare and serve a holiday dinner to seniors at the Saratoga Adult and Senior Center. For more information about Saratoga Sponsor A Scholar please visit their website at www.saratogasponsorascholar.org. Pictured, left to right: Dwanje Thornton, Kara Sage, Shan Shaffe, NaTara Mount and Rayvon Cowan.

EMILY The tooth fairy club is sponsored by:

Adirondack Trust Company Awards Grants to Eight Local Nonprofits

Nicole Byrne, D.M.D Pediatric Dentistry 659 Saratoga Rd. Gansevoort, NY 12831 (518) 226-6010

H.O.P.E. Clinic Adoptable Pets

HONEY Honey is a 5-6 months old hound mix puppy (probably mostly a Rhodesian Ridgeback). She is spayed and up to date on shots. Honey is currently in a cast with broken toes, but that doesn’t slow her down. She is looking to grow up to be a very nice and reliable friend to some lucky family out there!

MARLEY Marley is a striking 1-year-old hound mix. He is house-trained and good with kids and small dogs (though may have an issue with some larger dogs). Marley is neutered and, of course, up to date on his shots. Marley is looking for a forever home and a loving family to settle in with!

Two local basketball teams decided to sponsor a family in the Saratoga Springs community this Christmas season. The coach of both teams, Tony Devizzio, helped the Saratoga Springs High School Boys Freshman Basketball team and the St. Mary's Biddy Blue Basketball team contributed to the program, which gives Christmas gifts to local children who might not have received gifts otherwise.

The Adirondack Trust Company Community Fund recently announced that the Advisory Committee has awarded grants to eight local, nonprofit organizations. The grants, which totaled $12,300, were handed out at the Community Fund’s annual grant award reception. Grant awards were provided to: Adirondack Samaritan Counseling Center, After the Fire, Inc., Agricultural Stewardship Association, Regional Food Bank of Northeastern N.Y., Saratoga Film Forum, Saratoga Sponsor A Scholar, Shelters of Saratoga and the Saratoga Salvation Army.

Two Basketball Teams Participate in ‘Give a Child a Christmas’ Program

St. Mary’s Basketball Team

Saratoga Springs High School Freshman Basketball Team


Week of Decemeber 21 - December 27, 2012

OBITUARIES

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Arthur William “Bill” Wilsey “Ann” Rosse Dear Ann my love, In just four days, 12/26/12, it will be one year since you left this earth. I became so heartsick at saying so long!

GREENFIELD CENTER – Arthur William “Bill” Wilsey, 87, of Wilsey Road, passed away Tuesday, December 11 at his ancestry home with his family at his side. Bill was born in Gloversville to the late Arthur R. and Mildred Wilsey. He was raised in Gloversville with siblings Joan Wilsey Clemons and Donald H. Wilsey and spent much of his childhood on his grandfather’s farm in Greenfield Center where he lived for over 60 years. Bill served his country in World War II as a Private 1st Class in the U.S. Army. He saw action on the European front and participated in the Battle of the Bulge. He married his sweetheart Joy on June 4, 1952 and shared 56 years together until her passing in 2008.

Survivors include his daughter, Claudia (Wilsey) Bright and her husband, Kevin, and twin grandsons, Zachary and Justin Bright of Los Angeles, Calif.; his son David William Wilsey of Saratoga Springs; and daughter Patricia (Wilsey) Veitch and her husband Kevin, and grandsons, Ryan and Jacob of Greenfield Center. Other survivors include his brother and sister, sister-inlaw, many nieces and nephews, and his beloved animal menagerie of Bo, Larry, Frankie and Beethoven. Funeral services were held on Friday, December 14 and burial was at Middle Grove Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Bill’s name may be made to Town of Greenfield Historical Society, P.O. Box 502, Greenfield Center, NY 12833.

David M. Mabb WILTON – David M. Mabb of Wilton died peacefully surrounded by his family on Thursday December 6 after a brief and courageous battle with liver cancer. He was 55 years old. Born on November 2, 1957, in Saratoga Springs, he was the son of the late Earl Mabb and Anna Havilland Mabb. Mr. Mabb is predeceased by his parents and two brothers, Richard and Earl Mabb. Survivors include his wife of over 25 years, Charlene Mabb of Wilton, a son David Mabb of Victory, daughter Kimberly Birdsall and her husband Alex of Corinth and a sister Anna Crandall of Wilton, his dog Duke

I know the good Lord willing, we will be together again, one day forever. God Bless You. Your best friend and husband, Bill

Fannie E. “Betty” Greenleaf SARATOGA SPRINGS – Fannie E. “Betty” Greenleaf passed away Thursday, December 13. Born December 7, 1935 in Harmony, NJ, she was the daughter of Edna (Hardy) and John Travis. On May 28, 1955 she married Charles William Greenleaf. Betty was an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Saratoga Springs. She is preceded in death by her husband Charles and a son, David Greenleaf.

Survivors include her family William Greenleaf, Susan and Roger Ruggles, Shari Greenleaf, Dennis and Theresa Greenleaf. She is also survived by her grandchildren Catlin Greenleaf, Jake and Janel Ruggles, Bryan and Kate Ruggles, Stefanie and Robert Weber, Karen and Matthew Hammerstone, Elizabeth Jones and Keiron Sealy, James Greenleaf, and Morgan Greenleaf. She will be missed by her sisters, nieces, nephews and five greatgrandchildren.

A memorial service was held on Monday, December 17. Burial will be private. The family asks that you celebrate her life through donations for the elevator fund at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or to the Pastors Discretionary Fund at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 330 Ferry St., Easton, PA 18042.

Marion McCausland Simon Kehl SARATOGA SPRINGS – Marion McCausland Simon Kehl, 93, died peacefully on Saturday morning, December 15.

and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services were held on Monday. Burial followed at Maplewood Cemetery in Wilton. Memorial donations can be made in his memory to St. Jude Children’s’ Hospital.

Born in Walden on December 1, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Beatrice Saehloff and James McCausland. Marion is survived by her husband, Walter Kehl and his children Walter Kehl, II (Kimberly) of Lansingburg, and daughter Tina Roberts (Michael Licata) of Saratoga Springs; several grandchildren,

and her dearest and closest friends, Millie Herbert, Phyllis Kuczek, and Nancy Griffis. There will be no public calling hours and graveside services will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Marion's name may be made to the Glens Falls Association for the Blind, 144 Ridge St., Glens Falls, NY 12801 or to Saratoga Hospital, 211 Church St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

To view the full-text version of the obituaries printed on this page, visit the archive section of SaratogaTodayNewspaper.com. It is the policy of Saratoga TODAY to publish obituaries as a service to our readers. Please send your obituaries to obits@saratogapublishing.com.


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BUSINESS

Week of December 21 - December 27, 2012

The Hide-A-Way Scarf

by Patricia Older Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – One night out with the girls was all it took for an idea to unfold into a reality for three local entrepreneurs – Joanne Wheelock, Beth Jameson and Tammy Margan. As the drinks were served, one of the ladies reached into the top of her sweater for her money to pay. They looked at one another and an idea was born.

“We were having a girl’s night out and we had our money kept in our bras,” said Wheelock. “We realized that if we could have a part of our wardrobe substitute for a purse, what a great thing it would be. We began to talk and brainstorm and came up with the idea of the scarf.” That idea became the Hide-AWay Scarf – a fashionable handsfree wardrobe accessory that enables a woman to carry her money, identification and other small accessories without the burden of a purse. While the idea of the Hide-AWay scarf may have started that night, it would take months of planning and design for the product to become an actuality. It has been a long process for the trio – none who have had experience in marketing or fashion, but all who know quality products. Their first scarves, produced in New York City, were expensive to make, thus expensive for the public to purchase. The ladies began to look for ways to make the product more affordable while also keeping the high quality they expected. Teaming up with a factory in Brooklyn and a designer and fab-

From left to right: Tammy Margan, Joanne Wheelock, and Beth Jameson ric retailer in California, Frivolous Fashions developed a scarf that is fashionable, functional and affordable. “Shannon Fabrics worked really hard with us to come up with a material that wasn’t too thin, but at the same time, not bulky,” said Wheelock, noting that also designing the scarf was a challenge to keep it from appearing too bulky or unyielding. Made from a high quality faux fur material coming in seven different colors, the scarves feature two hidden zippered pockets. One is just below the collar bone and the other is lower placed on the opposite side. “The top one you can keep your money, identification and credit cards in,” explained Wheelock. “The other you keep things like your cellphone, car keys, lipstick.” The soft faux fur appears to be much like regular scarves, and can be worn in a variety of ways. Each comes with soft elastic ties to hold

it together in one spot, or they can be accessorized with funky clasps and added bling. “When you are out shopping, it is fabulous,” said Wheelock, adding that on a recent trip to Europe she never once carried a purse. “It can be taken off and go right through the screener just like it is.” She also pointed out how the zippers are hidden from view, even when the scarf is off. “They are so soft and bendable that no one can tell you have anything in it,” said Wheelock. The trio is also working on a summer version, but Wheelock noted that the search for a light material that would also hide the pockets was a challenge. “Something like that would be great for summer,” said Wheelock. The company is looking into possibly marketing to colleges with colors of the schools worked into the fabrics. “It would be great because they could wear their school colors,”

said Wheelock, who added that this new adventure was proving exciting. While their website has recently been launched, Wheelock said they are finding success with local boutiques, and more notably, word of mouth. “People will ask where they can get the scarf they have heard so much about,” said Wheelock, adding that it feels good when someone tells them how much they love the idea and the scarves. “Two of the boutiques sold out and needed more.” The scarf almost made it into the top 10 of a nationwide contest promoted by Martha Stewart where the company could have won $10,000. “We made it into the top 20, which was nice,” said Wheelock. “We’ll try again next year.” Available at local boutiques and online, Wheelock said they hoped to eventually get the scarf into the national spotlight and offered at high end outlets such as Sak’s Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor and Macy’s. “We are so excited about these scarves,” said Wheelock, noting that she likes to think of this new adventure as a new beginning. “It is like a whole new life.” For more information on the Hide-A-Way Scarf, visit the website at www.HideAWayScarf.com or visit one of the stores offering it for sale: Frivolous, Spoken, The Sanctuary, and Starla in Lake George or call (518) 225-0672.


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FingerPaint Marketing Welcomes Two New Employees

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Julie Anne Lewis

Joe Acee

SARATOGA SPRINGS – FingerPaint Marketing, Inc. a fully integrated marketing and advertising agency, is pleased to welcome Julie Anne Lewis and Joe Acee to their growing agency. Julie Anne Lewis brings her extensive writing experience to the creative team at FingerPaint. Most recently, Lewis worked at AbelsonTaylor in Chicago as senior copywriter, creating ads, brochures, websites, digital games, and interactive materials for brand giants such as Abbott Laboratories, Eli Lilly and Company, and Takeda. Previously, as a freelance writer, she worked on accounts such as Loyola University, University HealthSystem Consortium, and Cellular One. Lewis received an MA in English from PurdueUniversity in West Lafayette, IN. Joe Acee has also joined the creative team at FingerPaint, where he brings his art and design talents to provide direction for multiple proj-

ects in all media. With more than 25 years of experience, Acee’s career spans boutique design studios, advertising agencies and marketing promotionfirms, such as Publicis/ARC Worldwide, Designframe NYC, and Palio, to name a few. He also spent several years leading his own company, Aceedesign. In his various creative director and designer roles, Acee worked on clients including International Paper, AstraZeneca, Abbott, Adheris, Lilly, GlaxoSmithKline, Kellogg’s, and MasterCard. Acee received a BA from Syracuse University in Communications Design at the School of Visual Arts. “Julie Anne and Joe bring their experience and talent to FingerPaint at the perfect time to support our growing business,” notes Ed Mitzen at FingerPaint. “We’re getting our team in line to move full force as we begin some new projects in 2013.”

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Adirondack Trust Co. Community Fund Announces 2012 Grant Recipients SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Adirondack Trust Company Community Fund recently announced that the Advisory Committee has awarded grants to eight local, nonprofit organizations. The grants, which totaled $12,300, were handed out at the Community Fund’s annual grant award reception. The name of each organization and a brief description of how they will use the funds are listed below. Directors or representatives of each organization were present at the reception and spoke about their respective organization’s mission and how the grant will support this mission. Grant awards were provided to: Adirondack Samaritan Counseling Center - to expand the program’s reach by supporting satellite clinics that provide professional counseling and educational services for individuals and families for the uninsured. After the Fire, Inc. – to provide immediate assistance to families in Saratoga County who suffer loss due to fire Agricultural Stewardship Association - to expand Farm Photography for Kids program which promotes awareness of the value of saving the area’s agricultural land by teaching children the fundamentals of photography with local farms as their subject. Regional Food Bank of Northeastern N.Y. - to offset Saratoga County transportation expenses in getting food to local food banks in need. Saratoga Film Forum – will

establish a program “In the Public Interest,” a movie night which will show “hot topic” films with moderated after movie discussions. Saratoga Sponsor A Scholar –– to purchase graphing calculators for students enrolled in the program, which helps economically disadvantaged young scholars complete high

school and attend college. Shelters of Saratoga – to help support the stay of homeless individuals. Saratoga Salvation Army - to underwrite the cost of food for the youth after-school program which provides educational, health and character building programs.


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Christmas Services Offered The Schuylerville and Quaker Springs United Methodist Churches will be hosting the following Christmas Services: December 23 - Blue Christmas Service, 7 p.m. at Quaker Springs UMC, Route 32, Quaker Springs for those struggling with loss and feeling down or blue this year. December 24 - Christmas Eve Candlelight, 7 p.m. at Schuylerville UMC, 51 Church St., Schuylerville and 9 p.m. at Quaker Springs UMC with Communion at both services. Old Sartoga Reformed Church, Pearl and Burgoyne Streets, Schuylerville, will be holding its annual Candlelight Celebration of the Birth of Jesus Christ on Monday, December 24 at 8 p.m. The Christmas Story will be read, carols and anthems sung, and the Christmas Message will be delivered by Pastor Joyce deVelder. The service will include the traditional Candlelighting during the singing of "Silent Night." The sanctuary is handicapped accessible. All are welcome!

Adirondack Christian Fellowship 8 Mountain Ledge, Wilton 587-0623; acfsaratoga.com Services: Sunday 8 a.m. & 10 a.m. Adirondack Friends Meeting 27 Saratoga Ave., S. Glens Falls 793-3755, AdirondackFM@ nycap.rr.com; www.adirondackfriendsmeeting.org Regina Baird Haag, pastoral minister Services: 10:30 a.m. Sunday

The Alliance Church 257 Rowland St., Ballston Spa 885-6524 Services: Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. Assembly of God Faith Chapel 6 Burgoyne St., Schuylerville 695-6069 Rev. Jason Proctor Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Assembly of God Saratoga 118 Woodlawn Ave., Saratoga Springs 584-6081 Services: Sunday Worship 10 a.m., coffee served at 9:45 a.m. Bacon Hill Reformed Church 560 Route 32N, Bacon Hill 695-3074 Rev. Janet Vincent Services: Worship service 10 a.m. Sunday School 10 a.m. All are welcome. Handicapped accessible. Baha’i Community of Saratoga Springs 584-9679; 692-7694; usbnc.org. Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa 885-7312; ballstoncenterarpchurch.org Services: Sunday Worship Service, 10:30 a.m. Ballston Spa United Methodist Church 101 Milton Ave. 885-6886 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Bethesda Episcopal Church 41 Washington St., Saratoga Springs 584-5980 Services: Sunday 6:30, 8 & 10 a.m. Church of Christ at Clifton Park 7 Old Route 146 371-6611; cliftonparkchurchofchrist.com Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m.

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Christ Community Reformed Church 1010 Route 146, Clifton Park 371-7654; ccrc-cpny.org. Services: Sundays 10 a.m. Christ Episcopal Church Routes 50 & 67, Ballston Spa 885-1031 Services: Sunday 8 & 10 a.m. Christian Restoration Ministries Saratoga Senior Center 5 Williams St., Saratoga Springs 796-4323 Pastor Pat Roach Services: Sunday 10 a.m.; 6:30 p.m. Congregation Shaara Tfille 84 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga Springs 584-2370; saratogasynagogue.org Services: Saturday 9:30 a.m., Monday & Thursday 7:30 a.m., third Friday each month 7:30 p.m. Handicapped Accessible Corinth Free Methodist Church 20 Hamilton Ave. 654-9255; 792-0271 Services: Sunday at 10 a.m. Corinth United Methodist Church 243 Main Street 654-2521; cfumc@cnyconnect.net Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Cornerstone Community Church Malta Commons 899-7001; mycornerstonechurch.org Associate Pastor Paul Shepherd Services: Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Community 2001 Route 9, Round Lake 877-8506, ccorpusc@nycap.rr.com Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m.; Weekday Masses: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.

Eastern Orthodox Christ the Savior 349 Eastline Road, Ballston Spa 786-3100; xcsavior@yahoo.com. Services: Sunday: 9:15 a.m. First Baptist Church of Saratoga Springs 45 Washington St. 584-6301 Services: Sunday: 11 a.m. First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa 202 Milton Ave. (Rt. 50), Ballston Spa 885-8361; fbcballstonspa.org Services: 10:15 a.m. First Presbyterian Church of Ballston Spa 22 West High St., Ballston Spa 885-5583 Services: Sunday at 10 a.m. Full Gospel Tabernacle 207 Redmond Road, Gansevoort 793-2739 Services: Sunday 10 a.m.; Bible Study: Thursday 6:30 p.m. Galway United Methodist Church 2056 East Street (at intersection of Route 147), Galway 882-6520 www.galway-united-methodistchurch.com Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. Grace Brethren Church 137 W. Milton Rd., Ballston Spa 587-0649 Rev. Dan Pierce Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Handicapped accessible. Greater Grace Community Church Pastor David Moore 899-7777, thechurch@ggccmalta.org Services: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. Good Times Restaurant, Lake Rd., 2nd floor; Friday 7:30 p.m. - Saratoga Chapel, Eastline & Lake Rds; Sunday 10 a.m. Glenville Senior Center, 32 Worden Rd

Greenfield Center Baptist Church 30 Wilton Rd., Greenfield Center 893-7429 Services: Sunday School for all ages - 9:45 a.m. Church Service - 11 a.m. Prayer Meeting - Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Highway Tabernacle Church 90 River Rd., Mechanicville 664-4442 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Hope Church 206 Greenfield Ave., Ballston Spa 885-7442 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Jonesville United Methodist 963 Main St., Clifton Park 877-7332 Services: Sunday 8:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.; Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Living Springs Community Church 59 Pine Rd., Saratoga Springs 584-9112 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Living Waters Church of God 4330 State Rt. 50, Saratoga Springs 587-0484; livingwaterscog.us Services: Sundays 10 a.m. Malta Presbyterian Church Dunning Street, Malta 899-5992 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Malta Ridge United Methodist Church 729 Malta Ave., Ext. Malta 581-0210 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Middle Grove United Methodist Church 581-2973 Pastor Bonnie Bates Services: Sunday 9 a.m. Handicapped accessible New Horizon Church 150 Perry Road Saratoga Springs 587-0711 Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m.


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New Life Fellowship 51 Old Gick Rd. Saratoga Springs 580-1810; newlifeinsaratoga.org. Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m.-noon Childcare is available at all services.

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

NorthStar Church Shenendehowa H.S. West Auditorium Clifton Park 371-2811; northstarchurch.com Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

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

Old Saratoga Reformed Church 48 Pearl St., Schuylerville oldsaratogareformedchurch.org Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Handicapped accessible. Old Stone Church (American Baptist) 159 Stone Church Rd., Ballston Spa 583-1002 Services: Sunday: 9 a.m.; Adult Sunday School 9 a.m.; Service 10:30 a.m. Coffee & Fellowship in Living Stone Hall; Wednesday: noon potluck luncheon; 1 p.m. choir rehearsal; 2 p.m. Bible Study Group Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church 73 Midline Road Ballston Lake 399-5713 Services: Saturday 5 p.m. Sunday 8:15&10:15 a.m. Handicapped accessible. Presbyterian-NE Congregational Church 24 Circular St. Saratoga Springs 584-6091; pnecc.org Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Quaker Springs United Methodist Church 466 Route 32 South 695-3101; qsumc.com Pastor Al Johnson Services: Sunday 9 a.m. Handicapped accessible. River of Hope Fellowship 100 Saratoga Village Blvd. Malta Cmns., Ste. 3, Malta 881-1505; riverofhopefellowship.com Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

St. George's Episcopal Church 912 Route 146, Clifton Park 371-6351; stgeorge@csdsl.net Services: Sat. 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 8 & 9:30 a.m. St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church 3159 Route 9N, Greenfield Center 893-7680; sjoegctr@nycap.rr.com; www.stjosephschurchgreenfieldcenter.org Services: Sat. 4 p.m.; Sunday 10:30 a.m. Handicapped accessible. St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church 167 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa 885-7411; stmarysbsta.org Services: Saturday 4 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., noon. Handicapped accessible St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church 771 Route 29 Rock City Falls 893-7680; sjoegctr@nycap.rr.com; www.stjosephschurchgreenfieldcenter.org Services: Sunday 8:30 a.m. Handicapped accessible. St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 149 Lake Ave. Saratoga Springs 584-0904 Services: Saturday 5 p.m. with Holy Communion. Sundays 8:30 & 11 a.m. with Holy Communion. St. Peter Lutheran Church 2776 Route 9, Malta 583-4153 Saturday: 5 p.m. Sunday: 7:30 a.m., 9:00 am, 11:30 a.m. (June-August 11:00 a.m.)

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St. Thomas of Canterbury 242 Grooms Rd., Halfmoon st-thomas-of-canterbury.org Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga Abundant Life Church 2325 Route 50 South, Saratoga Springs 885-5456; saratogaabundantlife.org Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. Saratoga Chabad 130 Circular St., Saratoga Springs 526-0773; saratora@aol.com; saratogachabad.com Saratoga Friends Meeting (Quaker) Rts. 32 and 71, Quaker Springs 587-7477; 399-5013 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga United Methodist Church Henning Rd., Saratoga Springs 584-3720; saratogaumc.com. Services: Sunday 9 & 10:45 a.m. Handicapped accessible. Saratoga Seventh-Day Adventist Church 399 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs 882-9384; saratogasda.org Services: Sabbath School: 10 a.m. Worship Service: 11:30 a.m. Shenendehowa United Methodist 971 Route 146, Clifton Park 371-7964 Services: Sunday 7:45, 9 & 10:45 a.m. Simpson United Methodist Church Rock City Rd. Rock City Falls 885-4794 Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Soul Saving Station for Every Nation Christ Crusaders of America 62 Henry St., Saratoga Springs 584-3122 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. Temple Sinai 509 Broadway Saratoga Springs 584-8730; www.saratogasinai.org Friday 8 p.m. Oneg Sabbat Saturday 10:30 a.m. Oneg Sabbat Handicapped accessible

The Salvation Army Worship, Service & Community Center 27 Woodlawn Ave. Saratoga Springs 584-1640; Mail-P.O. Box 652 Captain Aaron A. Boone, Sr.; Captain Amber S. Boone Commanding Officers/Ministers Services: Sunday School 10 a.m.; Praise & Worship 11 a.m. Trinity United Methodist Church 155 Ballard Rd., Gansevoort 584-9107; tumcwilton.com Rev. Patti Molik-Pastor Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs 624 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-1555; uusaratoga.org Services, Nursery Care, and Religious Education: Sundays 10 a.m. Youth Group: Sundays 11:30 a.m.

Unity Church in Albany 21 King Ave., Albany 453-3603 Services: Sunday 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. West Charlton United Presbyterian Church 1331 Sacandaga Rd., West Charlton 882-9874 westcharltonupc.org Rev. Thomas Gregg, Pastor Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Wilton Baptist Church 755 Saratoga Rd, Wilton 583-2736; wiltonbaptist @gmail.com; wiltonbaptistchurch.com Services: Sunday Service 11 a.m.

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Students Reach Out to Alzheimer’s Patients continued from Page 1 the tune. His voice carried out through the room as he began to sing along with the familiar music. A video of Henry reacting to the music was posted on the website of the Music & Memory program to show just one example of how music has made positive impacts on the behavior of seniors living with Alzheimer’s or dementia. In recent years, several neuroscience studies have found that music can actually reveal deep emotional recall, even in persons with severe dementia. Emma Hyatt, a junior at Saratoga Springs High School, was inspired to create a club called Generation Outreach after hearing about the program from her mother. She founded the club this fall in hopes of expanding the movement into the Wesley Health Care Center in Saratoga Springs. “My mom works for an organization called LeadingAge New York, and she told me about the Music & Memory Program,” Hyatt

said. “I thought it was a great idea, so I ran with it and made it into a club at the high school.” The club’s mission is to “improve the quality of life for individuals suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease through the use of music.” “Emma is actually one of my tennis players and approached me midway through the season about advising a new club she was thinking about starting,” said social studies teacher and tennis coach Tim O’Brien. “I was able to find out some information about the program, and from there we established this club and tried to figure out what our role was going to be in terms of connecting the Music & Memory program to the nursing homes.” “It’s the first club in the nation that really has taken on this role of connecting with the nursing homes for this specific program, so in that way it’s pretty neat that you see something like this started by a jun-

ior in high school,” O’Brien added. Since then, the club has decided their role will be to collect and donate iPods to the Wesley Center, so the staff can help share music with more residents. After enough iPods are collected and donated to the center, staff members will be trained in January by a representative of the Music & Memory program on how to download and store music to the iPods, as well as be trained in how to question the patients after they have started listening to the music. “There’s a series of questions you start asking [the patients], and they’re fairly simple yes-or-no questions you’re asking them,” O’Brien said. “Then, as they start to react to the music, the patients will expand on their answers and you’re able to actually ask them about memories that surround the songs they’re listening to.” O’Brien also explained why the music makes such an impact on

patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia. “The portion of your brain that stores music is really the last part of the brain impacted by Alzheimer’s and dementia, so what the music allows them to do is reconnect and draw out past memories by listening to the music,” he explained. “It’s pretty amazing actually, the website has some examples of patients that you can see—they’re almost awakened by the music.” “I think it’s amazing that a simple thing such as music can trigger memories and help dementia and Alzheimer’s patients communicate with others,” Hyatt added. “It’s important because this is a great drug-free way to help cope with Alzheimer’s and dementia.” O’Brien said he thinks the club is great for bridging the gap between today’s youth and older generations. “Anytime you can get young kids connecting with older generations of people, it’s a pretty amaz-

ing connection that’s formed, especially if it helps those older patients remember things that they might not be able to without that connection,” O’Brien said. “I hope [Generation Outreach] continues to grow, but I think you’ve got to have those special kids, which we know are in every school, that just have to be willing to take that step and hopefully connect with somebody and get the program started.” As for the future of her club, Hyatt said she is hopeful that the Music & Memory organizations will continue to be implemented throughout the nation. “I’m hoping that Generation Outreach will influence other high schools around the area, the state, and maybe even the country to help seniors and nursing homes have a Music & Memory Program for Alzheimer’s and Dementia residents,” Hyatt said. “I also hope that we will be able to reach out to other nursing homes around the area.”

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Front, left to right: Haley Perrone and Michael Torres. Rear, left to right: Connor Willmott and Olivia Poppel. Photo provided.

It was one for the records: more than 100 students at Saratoga Springs High School wrapped about 800 holiday gifts for area senior citizens in a fast-paced half-hour on a memorable date 12-12-12. It was the largest group of students yet to turn out for the annual event sponsored by the school’s National Honor Society. The gifts were contributed by area residents to Home Instead Senior Care’s “Be a Santa to a Senior” program. Each year, the students volunteer to wrap the gifts. Home Instead officials said this was the largest turnout ever for the giftwrapping event. The gifts will be distributed to needy senior citizens in Saratoga, Washington and Warren Counties. Advisers for the National Honor Society are high school math teachers Jan Kelsey and Sue Pennock.


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Alcoholics Anonymous Saratoga Springs (518) 587-0407 Alzheimer’s Association Glens Falls (518) 793-5863 Gamblers Anonymous Saratoga/Albany (518) 292-0414 Narcotics Anonymous Saratoga/Albany (518) 448-6350 Overeaters Anonymous Saratoga Springs (518) 584-8730 Sexaholics Anonymous Saratoga Springs (518) 964-6292 AIDS Council of Northeastern New York Glens Falls (518) 743-0703 Shelters of Saratoga Saratoga Springs (518) 587-1097

Academy for Lifelong membership committee representatives Gretchen Ruhl and Cammie Clancy presented personal care items, as well as monetary contributions collected at their recent holiday party to Economic Opportunity Council Family Development Specialist Stacie Boni-O'Neil.

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Continuing its program of collecting personal care items for clients of the Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council, Inc. (EOC), the membership committee of the Academy for Lifelong Learning (A.L.L.) requested each member bring a donation to their recent 20th Anniversary holiday party. At the party, over 400 items as well as cash donations were collected from the 150 attendees. A.L.L. will hold this semi-annual drive again at the organization’s annual meeting in June. The Academy, which is sponsored by SUNY Empire State College, offers non-credit academic study groups as well as leadership and social opportunities for older learners. The spring 2013 program brochure is now available on the Academy’s web site: www.esc.edu/ALL, at local libraries and at the 111 West Avenue office. For more information, or to be mailed a spring brochure, call (518) 587-2100, ext. 2415.

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Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis of Saratoga County Saratoga Springs (518) 583-0280 Hotline (518) 584-8188 Saratoga Center for the Family All aspects of family counseling Saratoga Springs (518) 587-8008 Saratoga County Alcoholism Services Saratoga Springs (518) 587-8800 St. Peter’s Addiction Recovery Center Ballston Spa (518) 885-6884 Franklin Community Center Food Pantry & Furniture Distribution Program (518) 587-9826 101 Washington Street (Food Pantry Mon-Fri, 8 am4 pm; free clothing/furniture Wed, Thurs, and Fri, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.)

Health and Support Groups Stepmother Support Group: Saratoga Stepmoms Where: Virgil's House, 86 Henry St. When: Every third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. What: Support group for women in a relationship with men who have children from a previous relationship. Contact: saratogastepmoms@gmail.com

Caregiver Support Group Where: Evergreen Adult Day Services, 357 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa When: Last Tuesday of each month, 3-4 p.m. What: Support for caregivers, families and friends of people with dementia. Contact: Trudi Cholewinski (518) 691-1516

Parkinson's Support Group Where: Woodlawn Commons, Saratoga Springs When: Third Monday, at 2 p.m. What: A group open to anyone with Parkinson's disease, family members and friends. Contact: Joyce Garlock (518) 885-6427

Parents Without Partners Where: Shenedehowa Adult Community Center, at Clifton Commons What: Single parents can meet other single parents in a supportive environment.

Contact: (518) 348-2062, www.meetup.com/PWP796.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Meetings held at two locations: - 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-ins from 5:30-6:30. What: Support for those looking to lose weight in a sensible manner. Annual membership is $26 with monthly dues of $5.

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

Saratoga Springs Debtors Anonymous Where: United Methodist Church When: Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Contact: saratogadebtbusters123@gmail.com. What: Support for those who are dealing with debt and wishing to become more financially responsible. There are no dues or fees; the only requirement for membership is a desire to stop incurring unsecured debt.


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upcoming town meetings Town of Ballston: Ballston Town Hall 323 Charlton Road 885-8502 www.townofballstonny.org 12/27: Tentative Town Board, 7:30 p.m. Village of Ballston Spa: 66 Front Street 885-5711 www.ballstonspany.org 1/14: Village Board, 7:30 p.m. Town of Greenfield: 7 Wilton Road 893-7432 www.townofgreenfield.com 1/1: Zoning Board of Appeals, 7:30 p.m. 1/8: Planning Board, 7:00 p.m. 1/10: Town Board, 7:30 p.m. Town of Malta: 2540 Route 9 899-2818 www.malta-town.org 1/7: Town Board, 7 p.m. 1/15: Planning Board, 6:30 p.m. Town of Milton: 503 Geyser Road 885-9220 www.townofmiltonny.org 12/27: Zoning Board, 7 p.m. City of Saratoga Springs: 474 Broadway 587-3550 www.saratoga-springs.org 1/9: Planning Board, 7 p.m. 1/14: Zoning Board of Appeals, 7 p.m. 1/15: City Council, 7 p.m. Town of Saratoga: 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville 695-3644 www.townofsaratoga.com Village of Schuylerville: 35 Spring Street 695-3881 www.villageofschuylerville.org 1/9: Board of Trustees, 7 p.m. Town of Stillwater: 66 East St., Riverside Mechanicville, NY 12118 www.stillwaterny.org 1/15: Village Board, 7 p.m. 1/17: Town Board, 7 p.m. Town of Wilton: 22 Traver Road 587-1939 www.townofwilton.com 1/3: Town Board, 7:30 p.m. Saratoga County Board of Supervisors: 40 McMaster St, #1 Ballston Spa, NY 12020 (518) 885-2240 www.saratogacountyny.gov

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Saratoga Film Forum Saratoga Film Forum will be featuring “Smashed,” on December 27, 28 and 30 at 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. The Thursday and Friday showings are at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday showing is at 3 p.m. For more information, go to www.saratogafilmforum.org.

Breakfast Buffet There will be a breakfast buffet at the Saratoga – Wilton Elks Lodge on Sunday, January 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. There will be fruit cocktail, French toast, potatoes, breakfast sausage and ham, corned beef hash, Eggs Benedict, muffins, juice, coffee, and tea. Donations are $7 for adults, seniors and military $6, children five to 12 $5 and under five are free. Take outs are $8.

Master Dance Class Dance Company will offer a master class with their first visiting artist of the new year, Sabatino Verlezza, on Sunday, January 13 from 1–2:30 p.m. at Myers Center for Dance at 153 Regent Street in Saratoga Springs. This class is open to intermediate modern dancers. There is a participation fee of $15 per person or $10 for students. For additional information, please visit their website at www.nacredance.com or email Beth@Nacredance.com.

Acting Classes for All Ages Join Malta’s Artistic Director, Elyse Young, for some acting fun this winter. There will be Dance N Gym for ages two to four and a half; Theater Discovery for ages eight to 12; Acting/Directing for the Stage for 13 to adult/ All classes start this January. Contact the Malta Community Center at (518) 899-4411 for additional information.

DanceFlurry Saratoga Contradance

Scallop Potato & Ham Dinner

The DanceFlurry Saratoga Contradance featuring contras, squares, and couples dances will be 8–11 p.m. with lessons for beginners at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 29. All group dances taught and newcomers are welcome. No need to bring your own partner. Please wear sneakers or other soft-soled shoes only. Adults are $10, students & seniors $7, children under 15, $6. It will be held at the First Baptist Church, 45 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs. For more information, call (518) 899-0105 or visit their website at www.danceflurry.org.

Saratoga – Wilton Elks #161 will host a scallop potato and ham and a chicken and biscuits dinner on Wednesday, January 23, 4:30–7 p.m. There will be soup, tossed salad, scallop potato and ham, chicken and biscuits, seasonal biscuits, rolls, dessert, coffee and tea. Donation is $9 for adults, $8 seniors and military, $5 children five – 12, and children under five are free. Take outs are $10 and there will be a cash bar available. For more information, call (518) 584-2585.

Saratoga Springs Area Preschool Fair The Saratoga Springs Area Preschool Fair will be on Saturday, January 26, from 10 a.m. – Noon at the Saratoga Springs Public Library, ground floor, 49 Henry St., Saratoga Springs. A complete list of participating preschools will be available by December 30 at www.sspl.org. This event is cosponsored by the SSPL and the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs. For more information please contact Jennifer Ogrodowski at the SSPL or Anne Maguire at the Waldorf School at (518) 584-7643 ex. 16.

Let’s Get Cookin’ at the MCC A Let’s Get Cookin’ will be held on Friday, December 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Malta Community Center. Sponsored by Hannaford, the event is free to Malta residents. Information will be available regarding ealthy eating choices for children & their families. Healthy snacks provided. Registration is required by Wednesday, December 26 and everyone attending must register. Please call the Malta Community Center at (518) 8994411. In spired by “Stomp” and “Blue Man Group,” this musical group will be using an array of pots, pans and other chef tools as instruments to present an entertaining performance to families. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

First Night Saratoga 5K Run The 15th annual First Night Saratoga 5K Run, presented by Saratoga Arts, will be held on Monday, December 31, at 5:30 p.m. The race is limited to 1,500 registrants. Awards are given to the top three male and female, plus age category awards. All finishers will receive a First Night commemorative medal. Registration fee is $30. Register online at www.saratogaarts.org for further information, call (518) 584-4132.

Italian Dinner There will be an Italian Dinner on Wednesday, January 9 from 4:30–7 p.m. at the Saratoga – Wilton Elks Lodge. The dinner will feature soup du jour, baked ziti, meatball marinara, sausage and peppers, spaghetti with marinara sauce, fettuccine alfredo, antipasto salad, garlic bread, dessert, coffee and tea. Donations are $9 for adults, $8 seniors (62 and over,) $8 military, $5 children five – 12 and under five are free. Take outs are $10. Cash bar available. Call (518) 584-2585 for more information.

Zumba at Gavin Park Tired of the workout? Looking for fun? Come join the Zumba party at Gavin Park. Zumba is a Latin inspired dance fitness program that features exotic rhythms set to highenergy Latin and international beats which are easy to follow. Before you know it, you’re getting fit and your energy level is soaring. Classes run for six weeks beginning with Mondays, 5:45–6:45 p.m.; and each

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Wednesday, 6:15–7:15 p.m. Monday classes begin January 7; Wednesday classes begin January 9. Sign up for one or sign up for both. Pre-registration is required, no “drop ins” allowed. Space is participants must be at least 15 years of age. Just stop down to Gavin Park, or visit online at www.townofwilton.com, Parks & Recreation Dept. For additional information, contact (518) 584-9455.

Breakfast Buffet There will be a breakfast buffet at the Saratoga – Wilton Elks Lodge on Sunday, January 20 from 8:30–11 a.m. There will be fruit cocktail, French toast, potatoes, breakfast sausage and ham, corned beef hash, Eggs Benedict, muffins, juice, coffee, and tea. Donations are $7 for adults, seniors and military $6, children five to 12 $5 and under five are free. Take outs are $8.

Operation Adopt a Soldier Dinner/Dance Operation Adopt a Soldier will be holding their 10th Anniversary Dinner/Dance on February 23, at Saratoga Holiday Inn. It will start at 4 p.m. and go to 10 p.m. Please come and join us for a time of fun and reflection of 10 years of serving our military services. A donation of $10 is requested per person. If you would like to come and enjoy please contact me at (518) 587-8010 or Terri at (518) 2324526 for more information. Please sign up early because there are only 200 seats.

Italian Dinner There will be an Italian Dinner on Wednesday, January 9 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Saratoga – Wilton Elks Lodge. The dinner will feature soup du jour, baked ziti, meatball marinara, sausage and peppers, spaghetti with marinara sauce, fettuccine alfredo, antipasto salad, garlic bread, dessert, coffee and tea. Donations are $9 for adults, $8 seniors (62 and over,) $8 military, $5 children five – 12 and under five are free. Take outs are $10. Cash bar available. Call (518) 584-2585 for more information.


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events Friday, December 21 All You Can Eat Dinner Principessa Elena Society, 13 Oak St., Saratoga Springs 5–7 p.m. Monthly All You Can Eat Dinner hosted by The Principessa Elena Society. Cost for seniors $8; Adults $9; Children 5-12 $5 and children under five are free. All take out dinners are $10. For more information call (518) 584-4163.

A Children’s Holiday Concert with Seth and the Moody Melix Homemade Theater at the Spa Little Theater, 19 Roosevelt Dr., Saratoga Springs, 6:30–7:45 p.m. Local children’s group will be performing tradition holiday music plus songs off of their new CD for children and their families. A special guest will be visiting to perform “12 Days of Christmas.” Get ready to dance, clap and sing along to catchy folk grooves, fun positive messages and lyrical themes. If this is your first Seth and the Moody Melix show, it will not be your last.Cost $10. For more information call (518) 587-4427.

Miracle at the Mill Toy Drive The Mill on Round Lake 7 a.m. – Noon Local cover band “Crossfire” is hosting a toy drive/fundraiser. This event will bring toys to those affected by Super Storm Sandy. Donors who bring in a new, unwrapped toy valued at $15 or more (or a cash donation of $15) will receive a wrist band for half price drinks. Crossfire will perform

with special guest Megan Houde. Silent and live auctions will be held, along with a 50/50 raffle.

The McKrell’s Christmas Show The Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs 8 p.m. (Sat. 1 p.m., Sun. 2 & 6 p.m.) “Snowday” a fresh take on holiday musical tradition. Great for everyone, especially the kids. Expect stunning new renditions of holiday songs, traditional and lesser-played classics along with old favorites from The McKrell’s Christmas Show. Cost $10. For more information call (518) 583-1916.

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present traditional, original, silly and sweet songs to celebrate the season. This community concert includes folksongs and sing-alongs to fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo, flute, concertina, horns and percussion. Selections are performed with humor, harmony, peace and goodwill. Cost $15. Members $12. For more information contact Trish at (518) 581-0255.

Saratoga Film Forum: Simon & The Oaks

Art Center on the Hudson, 2 South Main St., Mechanicville 7:30 p.m. Internationally acclaimed artist, actor, composer and teacher and Principal Harpist Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Loved by audiences at Tanglewood, Marlboro, Chautauqua and the World Harp Congress. For more information visit www.southernsaratoga.org.

320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 7:30 p.m. (Sun. 3 p.m.) Based on Marianne Fredriksson’s bestseller of the same name, this sprawling wartime drama portrays how fundamental human connections and impulses can transcend social class, religion, age, national origin and current events. In this lush and handsomely crafted film, two boys – one a gifted child from a working-class Swedish family and one the more privileged son of Jewish immigrants who escaped the Nazis – bridge and intertwine families and generations in a small domestic world they inhabit away from – but surrounded by – war, as the boys find richness in each other’s families’ uniqueness. "’Simon and the Oaks’ branches out in ways unusual and interesting enough to hold your attention and then even shake it a bit,” said The Detroit News. (“Simon & the Oaks” received a record 13 nominations for the 2012 Sweden’s Guldbagge Awards (the equivalent of the Oscars), including for best picture, best director, best actress and best cinematography.)

Café Lena’s Annual Holiday Folk Shows

Holiday Family Movie: Arthur Christmas

47 Phila St. Saratoga Springs. 8 p.m. (Also Sat. 12/22, 8 p.m.) Join the region’s only (World’s only???) "Candlemas-HanukkahRamadan-Solstice-ChristmasKwanzaa-New Year-Boxing DayEpiphany Event!" Featuring John Kirk, Trish Miller, Linda Schrade, David Kiphuth, Addie & Olin Unleashed! All these performers are local musical friends from the Saratoga Springs area, presenting different holiday selections each year, along with some good ol' favorites. Three husband-and-wife teams join forces to bring us this extravaganza complete with humor, swanky décor, audience participation, and loads of lovely songs. John, Trish, Linda, David, Addie & Olin

Round Lake Library, 1 Bayberry Dr., Malta, 7 p.m. This animated feature reveals the incredible, never-before-seen answer to every child’s question, “How does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?” Rated PG. For more information call (518) 682-2495.

Fun Nature Film Craft & Snack Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park Office, 6–8:30 p.m. Bring your school-age kids to us for a film, craft & snack. Pre-registration required one business day prior. For more information call (518) 450-0321 or email info@wiltonpreserve.org.

Mary Bove Memorial Christmas Concert

Saturday, December 22 Social Saturday at the Wonder Room 896 Saratoga Rd. Ballston Lake 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Wonder Room is open for play. Come check it out and have

some fun for the whole family. Stop in and have the kids make something special for a relative. See what the kids can create from our many recycled items in our art room. $5 per child per visit. 18 months and older. Adults & members are free. For more information

LARAC’s Annual Holiday Shop 7 Lapham Place, Glens Falls 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. For the holiday season LARAC’s Lapham Gallery transforms into a festive showcase, offering holiday shoppers beautiful, original and unique gift items from over 50 local and regional artists and artisians. Admission Free. For more information call (518) 798-1144.

Sunday, December 23 Saratoga Film Forum: Simon & The Oaks 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. 3 p.m. *See information under Friday, December 21st events.

Monday, December 24 Saratoga Hilton’s 18th Annual Breakfast with Santa 534 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 9–11 a.m. (Doors open at 8 a.m.) The proceeds benefit the Franklin Community Center. Admission to the breakfast buffet costs $8 for adult $4 for children ages 4-12. Under 4 free. There will also be a raffle. No reservations necessary. For more information call (518) 584-4000.

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Wednesday, December 26 Family Fun Day – Bedknobs and Broomsticks Palace Theater, 19 Clinton Ave., Albany

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A family favorite! Walt Disney’s musical fantasy about an amateur witch who helps the British cause during World War II. This film is a classic example of Disney’s mixing live action and Oscar winning special effects. Doors open at 2 p.m. for fun activities for the whole family. Adults $5, Children $3. For more information visit www.palacealbany.com.

Thursday, December 27 A Christmas Carol presented by The Puppet People Saratoga Springs Public Library, H. Dutcher Community Room 11 a.m. – Noon; 1–2 p.m. & 3–4 p.m. A Charles Dickens holiday classic, this show features beautiful handcarfted marionettes, shadow puppets, gorgeous masks, lavish costumes, vivid sets, a professional sound track that includes many holiday favorites and a giant 9 foot parade puppet. This program is for ages 5 and older. Free tickets will be available at the Children’s Room. For more information call (518) 584-7860 press 3.

Teen Room Holiday Party 2012 Saratoga Springs Public Library 2–7 p.m. Come by the Teen Room for some holiday eats and treats, and celebrate the upcoming New Year.

Farmers’ Markets Saratoga Springs Division Street Elementary School Saturdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. www.saratogafarmersmarket.org

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

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Don’t miss CROSSFIRE, December 21 at 9 p.m. during the “Miracle at The Mill” holiday toy drive and benefit for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

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Local Gigs Week of 12/21-12/27:

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Saturday, 12/22:

Terry Gordon Quartet, 8 pm

Holiday Folk Show, 8 pm

@ 9 Maple Ave - 583.2582

@ caffè lena - 583.0022

Steve Candlen, 7 pm

Acoustic Circus, 9 pm

@ bailey’s - 583.6060

@ gaffney’s - 587.7359

The Schmooze, 8 pm

Xmas Party, 9 pm

@ bentley’s - 899.4300

@ irish times - 583.0003

Fear of Flying, 10 pm

Philip the Meatbox, 10:30 pm

@ bayou cafe - 384.7226

@ jp bruno’s - 745.1180

Holiday Folk Show, 8 pm

Grand Central Station, 9 pm

@ caffè lena - 583.0022

@ the mill - 899.5253

Mike & Leslie O’Donnell, 7 pm

DVDJ Dread, 9 pm

@ druther’s - 306.5275

@ vapor - 792.8282

Erin Harkes & Blaze, 9 pm

Rich Ortiz, 8 pm

@ gaffney’s - 587.7359

@ primelive ultra lounge - 583.4563

Marcus Ruggerio, 9 pm @ irish times - 583.0003

Sunday, 12/23:

Crispy Critters, 5:30 pm

The McKrells Holiday Show, 7 pm

@ jp bruno’s - 745.1180

Funk Evolution, 10:30 pm

@ the parting glass - 583.1916

@ jp bruno’s - 745.1180

Thursday, 12/27:

Crossfire, 9 pm

Rock Pile, 9 pm

@ the mill - 899.5253

@ gaffney’s - 587.7359

The McKrells Holiday Show, 9 pm Steve Grey, 8 pm @ the parting glass - 583.1916

@ irish times - 583.0003

JUST NATE, 9 pm

Larry Hooker, 8 pm

@ primelive ultra lounge - 583.4563

@ primelive ultra lounge - 583.4563

Audiostars, 9 pm @ vapor - 792.8282

Saturday, 12/22: Pat Attanasio Quartet, 8 pm @ 9 Maple Ave - 583.2582

Maurizio and Chapman, 7 pm @ bailey’s - 583.6060

Rat Tail Jimmy, 8 pm @ bayou cafe - 384.7226

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

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

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

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

Spoiler, 7 pm

Thur. Open Mic, 10 pm

@ bentley’s - 899.4300

@ circus café - 583.1106


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Upcoming Screenings from the Saratoga Film Forum The Saratoga Film Forum is closing 2012 with a schedule of diverse films ranging from the terrifying “Smashed,” about the damaged and damaging marriage of two alcoholics, to the musical “A Late Quartet,” featuring an allstar cast. Films are screened at the Saratoga Arts Center, located at 320 Broadway, on Thursday and Friday nights at 7:30 p.m. and at 3 p.m. on Sundays (unless otherwise indicated). Refreshments are available. General admission is $7; $5 for Film Forum members and students.

“Simon & the Oaks,” (Simon och ekarna) December 21 and 23 (in Swedish with English subtitles)

Based on Marianne Fredriksson’s bestseller of the same name, this sprawling wartime drama portrays how fundamental human connections and impulses can transcend social class, religion, age, national origin and current events. In this lush and handsomely crafted film, two boys – one a gifted child from a working-class Swedish family and one the more privileged son of Jewish immigrants who escaped the Nazis – bridge and intertwine families and generations in a small domestic world they inhabit away from – but surrounded by – war, as the boys find richness in each other’s families’ uniqueness. “‘Simon and the Oaks’ branches out in ways unusual and interesting enough to hold your attention and then even shake it a bit,” said The Detroit News. “Simon & the Oaks” received a record 13 nominations for the 2012 Sweden’s Guldbagge Awards (the equivalent of the Oscars), including best picture, best director, best actress and best cinematography.

“Smashed,” December 27, 28 and 30 The marriage of two alcoholics, Kate and Charlie, has them out of control both as individuals and as a couple. But when one decides to stop the downward spiral to save her job and her life, sobriety presents a whole new set of problems, such as how to deal with her marriage and her mother. In a departure from her big studio norm, Mary Elizabeth Winstead ("Live Free or Die Hard") plays 20something Kate, whose marriage to Charlie (Aaron Paul) seems predicated on spending night after night getting wasted together. In the cold light of day, though, Kate hates her inebriated self and sets out to find her way toward a healthier life. amNewYork concluded, “At the end of the day, ‘Smashed’ stands out because it regards Kate's struggle as less that of a broken woman becoming whole than as a painful break from the past.” Directed by James Ponsoldt • Written by James Ponsoldt and Susan Burke • Rated R for alcohol abuse, language, some sexual content and brief drug use.

“A Late Quartet,” January 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m., January 6 at 3 p.m.

Cellist Peter Mitchell (Christopher Walken), first violinist Daniel Lerner (Mark Ivanir), second violinist Robert Gelbart

(Philip Seymour Hoffman), and Robert’s wife, violist Juliette Gelbart (Catherine Keener), comprise a world-renowned string quartet, about to launch their 25th anniversary season. When Peter is diagnosed with the early symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease, he decides to make the upcoming season his last. Shocked by this announcement, the remaining three find themselves at a crossroads, as egomania, lust, and a kind of musical chairs threaten more than a quarter century of friendship and fruitful collaboration. As they prepare to play Beethoven’s Opus 131, the seven movements of the piece echo the quartet’s own tumultuous journey.

Directed by Yaron Zilberman • Written by Seth Grossman and Yaron Zilberman • 105 min. • Rated R for language and some sexuality. The Saratoga Film Forum is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to bringing a wide variety of quality films to downtown Saratoga Springs. Founded on principles of community involvement, the Film Forum pursues creative collaborations with other nonprofit and for-profit groups. For more information, go to www.saratogafilmforum.org.


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Week of December 21 - December 27, 2012

Saratoga Performing Arts Center to Honor 150th Anniversary of Saratoga Race Course with World Premiere Orchestra on August 8, 2013

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) will pay tribute to the 150th Anniversary of Saratoga Race Course by presenting the World Premiere of an original orchestral composition by Grammy Award winning compos-

er Richard Danielpour on August 8, 2013. The commission, sponsored by Saratoga 150 Committee Chair Charles V. Wait and his wife Candace, will be premiered by The Philadelphia Orchestra as part of a special concert celebrating the milestone of the iconic

race course. The news was announced December 13 as part of SPAC’s “Building of a Season” initiative. “Saratoga Springs owes so much of its remarkable history, development and success to the presence of Saratoga Race Course. The crown jewel of the racing world for 150 years, the track has helped grow Saratoga into a vibrant, unique and culturally rich community; the type of place where Saratoga Performing Arts Center could be envisioned, founded and sustained,” said Marcia J. White, SPAC’s President & Executive Director. “SPAC will mark this historic occasion with a celebratory program by The Philadelphia Orchestra, led by the world premiere of a commissioned work by award winning composer Richard Danielpour.” “My warmest thanks go out to Charles and Candace Wait for their generous sponsorship of this commission. The Wait family’s historic connection to SPAC and longtime leadership in the Saratoga community makes their role in this project particularly meaningful,” said White. "Candace and I are delighted to bring together three of Saratoga's great institutions in one World Premiere performance,” said Charles V. Wait, chairman of the Saratoga 150 Committee. “The composer, Richard Danielpour has worked on many of his great works at Yaddo. The Saratoga Race Course has been the leading economic driver of Saratoga's economy for many generations. The Saratoga Performing Arts Center has redefined the cultural heritage of our great little city in the country. This Saratoga Trifecta is one race easy to handi-

cap, as all of the entrants are proven winners.” The Saratoga 150 celebration marks the sesquicentennial of the inaugural thoroughbred meeting in Saratoga Springs in 1863. The first four-day program was such a success that founder John Morrissey and his partners built Saratoga Race Course in 1864. Today, Saratoga Race Course is the oldest sporting venue in the country still in operation and was named one of the top 10 sporting venues in the world by Sports Illustrated. The Saratoga 150 Committee is planning and organizing a five-month-long celebration from May to September that will feature more than 150 community events for residents and visitors to the region. Richard Danielpour, the composer who has been commissioned to create the orchestral work, said that “It is a privilege to have the opportunity to create a work that honors the 150th Anniversary of Saratoga Race Course and the history, traditions and culture that are part of that milestone. I look forward to the challenge of capturing in music, the essence and vitality of that colorful heritage.” One of the world’s most honored and acclaimed composers, Richard Danielpour’s work has been performed throughout the world. Celebrated for influential commissions in the areas of orchestral, chamber, and choral music, Danielpour’s work has been performed by many of the world’s leading institutions including the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Baltimore Symphony among many others. Danielpour’s work

has attracted an illustrious array of champions, including Yo-Yo Ma, Jessye Norman, Sarah Chang, Dawn Upshaw, and conductors Kurt Masur, Charles Dutoit and David Zinman. Also announced as part of SPAC’s ‘Building of a Season’ was the news that Aspen Santa Fe Ballet will include choreographer Norbert de la Cruz’s work Square None in its Saratoga program and that celebrated world music singer Carmen Souza will be part of the jazz festival lineup. Full profiles including videos, photos and reviews are available at www.spac.org. Aspen Santa Fe Ballet: Square None Set to an eclectic score and lit to evoke eerie joyousness, Square None is Norbert de la Cruz’s ambitious and expansive work. An Aspen Santa Fe Ballet commission, the work is athletic with a fascinating movement vocabulary which incorporates vernacular styles and everyday gesture, baroque courtesies and ballet, angularities and suspensions. Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival: Carmen Souza Gifted jazz vocalist Carmen Souza draws on elements of her Cape Verdean heritage as well as American jazz, Afro-Latin rhythms and European and Arabic influences in her music. Three critically acclaimed albums, award nominations and a nonstop touring schedule continue to define the singer as a major force in the world music scene. Tickets for these programs and all SPAC events will go on sale online to SPAC members at www.spac.org in late February and to the general public in mid-March.


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New Year’s Eve Happenings New Year’s Eve on the Boardwalk An Enchanting Evening set in 1920's Atlantic City will include: • Casino Games (Roulette, Craps, Blackjack) • Delectable Dinner Buffet • Five Hour Open Bar • Live Music & Dancing • Tarot Card Reader • Caricature Artist • Photo Booth • ... and so you can enjoy yourself, a Deluxe Overnight room for two with Breakfast This package costs $389 per couple. Or, if you want to sleep in your own bed, try the commuter package, which includes dinner and all entertainment (no open bar, no room, no breakfast). This package costs $219 a couple or $110 per person—dinner begins at 7 p.m. with the entertainment and open bar starting at 8 p.m. New Year’s Eve on the Boardwalk will take place at 400 Old Loudon Road in Latham. Reserve your place now at www.boardwalknye.com or by calling (518) 783-6161.

New Year’s Bash at Longfellows Enjoy a Night of Dinner and Dancing Featuring: • Cocktail Hour with hand passed and displayed hors d’oeuvres • Plated Dinner • Featuring Caprese Salad and a Duet of Filet Mignon and Lobster Marscapone Crepes • Lavish Mini Dessert Display • 4 Hour Open Bar • Champagne Toast at Midnight

DJ service will be provided by Cool Cat Entertainment. Reservations are required and payment is due at the time of reservation. The cost for the event is $195 per couple plus tax and gratuity, and $395 with overnight accommodations plus tax and gratuity. Attendees must be 21 with proper ID to attend. Longfellows is located at 500 Union Avenue in Saratoga Springs. For more information, call (518) 691-0139.

15th Annual First Night Saratoga 5K Run Start and finish on the beautiful Skidmore campus. The first ¾ mile is a gradual uphill on the perimeter road. The course exits the campus at Clinton Avenue and continues to Greenfield Avenue, continuing up North Broadway and back to campus. This is a moderately challenging course, including both hills and downgrades. Due to the overwhelming success of this run, and having to close-out registration several years in a row, there will be no day of race registration. Check-In: Packet pick-up 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. the day of the race at Skidmore College Athletic Complex. Parking, restrooms, and showers are available. Refreshments provided after the race. Registration is $30. Entry fees are nonrefundable and non-transferable. Mailed entries will not be accepted when 1,500 runners are registered. Mail entries to: First Night Saratoga 5K c/o AREEP, PO Box 38195, Albany, NY 12203 Make checks payable to: Saratoga Arts You can also register for the race online at www.saratoga-arts.org/ firstnight/5krun.

Dine, Dance (Or Do Both!) New Year’s Eve Party at at Vapor Night Club and Putnam Den Fortunes Restaurant

Doors open at 8:30 p.m. with live entertainment by the New York Players and see the countdown on an amazing 16' HD screen and a balloon drop at midnight. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door if you are coming to the club only. If you want to dine at Fortunes Restaurant before dancing, eat the Early Bird three-course menu from 6–7 p.m. for $29.99. For the Late Date menu, pay $55 to eat a four course meal between 7–10 p.m. If you want to participate in dinner and dancing, the $70 Dinner & Dancing package includes a late dinner and admission to the party in Vapor. Call (518) 581-5769 to make a reservation.

Local duo Sirsy will take the stage at Putnam Den’s New Year’s Eve Party. Doors open at 9 p.m. for opening act Party Boat, who comes on at 10 p.m. to rock the house before headlining duo Sirsy takes the stage. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. The show is for 21+ only. For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.putnamden.com.

New Year’s Eve at Prime at Saratoga National From 9 p.m. – 1 a.m., enjoy: • Open Bar • Party Favors • Gourmet Hors d’Oeuvres • Champagne Toast at Midnight • Music by DJ Playground & The Bad Chaperones The cost is $125 inclusive or $60 if you dine at Prime on New Year’s Eve (minimum $100 food and beverage total per table). Prime at Saratoga National is located at 458 Union Avenue in Saratoga Springs. For more information, call (518) 583-4653.


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Week of December 21 - December 27, 2012

The Christmas Eve Feast John Reardon Compliments to the Chef

Our most relished Christmas treasures come with the decorations, the scents of pine, the sounds of music and jingles, and for many, what happens in the kitchen! As I reflect on the Christmas traditions of mine and Paula’s Italian families, the Christmas Eve feast cannot be overlooked. Coming together to celebrate the holidays becomes a time of giving. It is a time to be with your family and show your gratitude and appreciation of what you have. Cultures all over the world celebrate holiday seasons. One of the most unique and food centric celebratory meals during the Christmas season is the Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes. The Christmas Eve feast is often referred to as La Vigilia or the vigil – the period before midnight which Christians believe the son of God was born. After meeting my wife over several decades ago, our first Christmas Eve together was spent at her parents’ home celebrating the Feast of Seven Fishes with all of the fish dishes presented that evening. I watched with a calm expression as my wife ate and relished the mari-

nated fresh anchovies as part of the antipasto (I cannot say I would even put one in my mouth). Jumbo shrimp, baked clams and fried calamari were also part of the first course, in which I consumed mass quantities. Next, an array of dishes began to come out of the kitchen. These included: the seafood salad, which is a combination of crab, shrimp, calamari, lobster with celery, olive, and parsley in citronette; the Baccala salad with salted cod tossed with sweet cherry peppers, capers, and olives in a lemon dressing; and then the octopus salad, also known as Inslata di Polipi. This is where I stopped and stared at the cut up octopus tentacles sitting in front of me. No matter how good I was told it tasted, I just could not bring those tentacles to my lips! The next course included fried Baccala and the incredible Linguini ai Fruitti di Mare’ which is the heart of the meal. It includes pasta with clams, mussels, calamari, scallops, shrimp and lobster in a light tomato sauce. Here is the recipe: Directions: 1. In a large deep sided pan, heat ½ cup of olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat. When melted add 4 cloves of minced garlic and sauté for approx 1 min. Increase heat to medium/high, then add the mussels and clams (make sure you have discarded any with broken shells or that have already opened).

Spaghetti/Linguini ai Frutti di Mare Serves 4 people Fish: 10 medium shrimp, shelled and deveined 8 medium calamari (squid), cleaned and cut into rings 10 clams 10 mussels, scrubbed 1/2 pound scallops (also add Lobster) *Note: With this recipe you will start out with the scallops and the clams since they are in the shell. Once the clams and mussels open and you have increased the stock mixed with wine you then add the shrimp, calamari (squid rings), and scallops add the lobster last. They steam and cook within 10 minutes or less. Seasoning & Pasta: 6 Italian Tomatoes Chopped 1 medium shallot, minced 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 Bunch of minced parsley Sea Salt Red pepper flakes 1/4 cup olive oil 1 T. butter 1/2 cup of Claim Juice or Fish Stock 1/2 cup dry white wine 3 Packages of Spaghetti, Linguini, or Spaghettini, whichever one you find 1 bottle of good wine, to enjoy a glass while you cook this dish (hey, this should be fun!) 2. Add ½ cup of the wine, and ½ cup of the fish and clam juice, ¼ cup of chopped parsley, cover with a lid and allow to steam until the mussels and clams open. CAREFULLY shake the pan occasionally. If the liquid level (wine) decreases too rapidly you can add more wine or stock when necessary. Cover with the lid to steam. 3. While mussels and clams are cooking / steaming, place a stock pot of water on to boil for your

pasta. Season the water with a quarter teaspoon of salt once the water starts to boil. 4. Once the mussels and clams open (identified the ones that won’t open and throw them out) season with salt and red pepper flakes. Add the chopped tomatoes and cook for about 5 more minutes (lid on). If you need to add more stock or wine this is the point to do so. 5. Next add the calamari, shrimp and scallops, lobster and 2 cloves of

minced garlic and sprinkle a little more parsley. Cook over medium heat stirring as necessary. 6. Cooking time left is approximately 5 to 6 minutes so the shrimp should start to be pink and in a “c” shape, the scallops and calamari should go from translucent white to a solid white. 7. While the Frutti di Mare is cooking, add the pasta to the boiling water and cook until al dente (slightly firm in the middle). Drain pasta and have it ready to transfer to serving bowl. 8. Into a VERY large serving bowl, add sauce from the seafood and the pasta. Toss the ingredients together to combine and mix. Next add the seafood and GENTLY toss again. Serve immediately. Garnish with additional parsley. Now you are ready to serve! Enjoy this recipe. It is our family’s favorite. We recommend a white wine during dinner and Limon cello and espresso to sum up your dinner. Christmas Eve is about getting together and having a good time. It is about enjoying yourself and the people you are with. Cooking for the people you love is a gift in itself. Enjoy your holiday season. We hope that 2013 brings many blessings, laughter, health, and happiness to you and your families. Remember; “Life Happens in the Kitchen” Take care and Merry Christmas. Paula and John Reardon

A Christmas Eve Dinner to Remember . . . Linguini with Greens, Yogurt and Almonds Many celebrate Christmas Eve with extended family gatherings, sharing the years’ triumphs and commiserating about misadventures over a special dinner. However, in this day and age of dietary restrictions or fussy appetites, it can be hard to find a dish that pleases everyone, not to mention one that’s delicious. While not vegan and containing nuts and dairy, this vegetarian dish is sure to be thoroughly enjoyed. For those whose Christmas Eve meal traditionally features fish, scallops, mussels or shrimp, provide a simple non-vegetarian addition. If a family member or guest is sensitive to gluten, use gluten-free pasta to

make the dish available to them. Accompany the meal with a wonderful loaf of Farmers’ Market bread and some New York State wine or Farmers’ Market apple cider. Dessert anyone? Try a sweet from the Farmers’ Market bakers, Linda Kerber’s Country Kitchen or Mrs. London’s. By the way, for the cook, the best part of this meal is it’s easy to make, so you too can enjoy the family. Happy Holidays to everyone from all of us at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market! Note: The Saratoga Farmers’ Market will be open as usual for the Holidays at the Division Street School on December 22 and December 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., where you will find the most fresh and local ingre?

dients for your family’s holiday meals. Instead of cash, use your EBT, credit or debit card to purchase wooden tokens which all vendors accept.

Ingredients (Look for ingredients marked * at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market.) 1 lb. linguine of choice 1 lb. mixed greens or spinach * (Try the Christmas spinach for a splash of red and green.) 4 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil 2 garlic cloves minced * ½ onion chopped finely * 1 hot pepper * from Gomez Veggie Ville chopped (If you don’t like it hot, leave it out.) 2 oz. Sweet Spring Farm or Longview Farm blue cheese * 1 to1½ cups Argyle Cheese Factory plain Greek yogurt*

Optional: ½ lb. Pura Vida Fisheries scallops * (Or substitute shrimp or mussels.) ½ tsp. coarse salt Freshly ground black pepper � cup almonds, thinly sliced Directions 1. In a large pot, cook the pasta in salted water until just tender. Drop greens into the pot one minute before the pasta is cooked. Drain and put aside the pasta and greens. Reserve one cup of the cooking liquid for later use. 2. Option if using seafood: In a frying pan, warm 2 tbsp. oil to medium high, adding the scallops or other desired seafood and sauté until almost done. Add a sprinkle more of oil if needed, and add chopped

onion and half the garlic (l clove minced) and hot pepper (optional) and continue sautéing until fish is done. Remove from the heat and set aside. 3. In the same pot as you cooked the pasta and greens, warm the olive oil over medium heat. (If not using seafood, add all the garlic and onion here, and sauté for one minute.) Add pasta and greens, cheese, 1 cup yogurt and a generous ½ cup of reserved cooking liquid – just enough to moisten the pasta. Add the seafood if using and toss. (Add a little more yogurt if more sauce is preferred.) Add salt and pepper to taste, then toss in the almonds. 4. Serve in a warm bowl or platter for family-style serving.


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Movie Review Life of Pi

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ACROSS 1 Ease up 6 Culture sites 10 Method for deciding 14 Recognition of achievement 15 “The doctor will be __ ten” 16 Red inside 17 Most of its strains are harmless 18 Jazz-loving surfer? 20 Fort Knox transport? 22 “Dies __” 23 Zion Church letters 24 Alien-seeking gp. 26 Stromboli seller 30 Novi Sad citizen 32 “Out Here on My Own” musical 34 “Was __ I saw yesterday ...?” 35 Nice quencher 37 Racers on a run 39 Farm job for Perry Mason? 42 Grin scope 43 Negatives 44 Like clear winter air 45 Old railway operator’s hat 47 Labels 51 Like many audits 53 Lavish affection (on) 55 French vineyard 56 Limited worker 58 USDA inspector, at times? 60 Insignificant woodpile? 64 Supervisory serf, in Chaucer 65 Last name of three related baseball All-Stars 66 Words spoken before the Senate 67 Burger and fries, say 68 100 satang 69 One-time Sinclair rival 70 Cambodian cabbage? DOWN 1 Simple life forms 2 Morphed into 3 Worshipper 4 Soft rock 5 Walt Disney’s father 6 “The River Murders” co-star 7 Gloucester’s cape 8 Hope-Crosby road movie destination 9 Affects emotionally

What would you do if you found yourself orphaned, alone and in the middle of the ocean? Drown, surrender, pray? Now imagine you had company in the form of a dangerous predator. We join the story of Piscine Molitor Patel in adulthood. Piscine, known as Pi (played by Irfan Khan) is an Indian living in Canada. One day, a young novelist comes to his door after being referred by a friend of his. Named after a swimming pool by his parents, Piscine came by his nickname after exhaustive chiding of his given name by classmates in school. His father ran a local zoo and Pi took an intense, and as far as his father was concerned, unhealthy, interest in the zoo’s sole tiger. Named Richard Parker as the result of a clerical error, the tiger is fed a live goat while Pi bears witness in an effort by his father to instill an appropriate amount of fear. Though raised as a Hindu, Pi (played as an adolescent by Ayush Tandon) discovers Christianity as the result of a dare from his older brother and, by sheer chance, discovers Islam sometime after. As an adult, he refers to himself as a Catholic Hindu. At 16, Pi’s father decides to close the zoo, sell the animals and move the family to Canada. This is a crushing development in the life of our main character as he has just fallen in love for the first time. The family and the animals make their journey west on a Japanese freighter. Woken by a severe storm, Pi goes to the top deck to marvel at the magnitude of the waves, wind, and rain. It is that extremely questionable decision which lands him in a lifeboat while his family and the rest of the crew sink with the ship. All this would make his chances of survival slim enough, but for better or worse, he’s not alone in the boat. With him is Richard Parker the tiger, an orangutan he refers to as Orange Juice a zebra and a hyena. This is an incredible movie. Some would say elements of the story are too fantastic to be believable but, with the

At The Movies With Trey Roohan

“Friends are those rare people who ask how you are and then wait for the answer.”

10 Noted dream-ending words 11 Varnish ingredient 12 It may be rolled over, briefly 13 Fondle 19 Snack company with a triangular logo 21 Wildlife protection area 25 [Yawn] 27 Deli supply 28 Pestered without letup 29 Danger conclusion? 31 Sings with gusto 33 Aurora’s Greek counterpart 36 Many a parent 38 Legendary bridge expert Garozzo 39 Give notice 40 Pupil’s place

41 Tree with yellow ribbons, in song 42 “Foucault’s Pendulum” author 46 Simon and Garfunkel, e.g. 48 Submit 49 Submit shamelessly 50 Building managers 52 Host 54 Overthrow, often 57 Plant holders 59 “All day soft. All day smooth” lotion 60 Folklore fairy queen 61 Pier gp. 62 Kabuki relative, and a hint to five puns in this puzzle 63 Some are inalienable: Abbr.

first film in The Hobbit trilogy and the alleged final chapter in the Twilight saga currently in theaters, those objections seem hollow, to say the least. The struggle between man and beast and the eventual development of a symbiotic relationship between the two make for an extremely gripping tale. It’s made even more so by the trials and tribulations they both encounter in their fight to survive. I thoroughly enjoyed Life of Pi, and wish I’d seen it sooner. (7.7/10) For comments and questions, contact me at movies@roohanrealty.com.

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SPORTS

Week of December 21 - December 27, 2012

Community Sports Bulletin Thoroughbred Athletes Play Key Role in Skidmore Cares Initiative

SARATOGA SPRINGS - As the holidays approach and the fall semester wraps up at Skidmore College, students, faculty and staff are once again making a concerted effort to help those in need in the surrounding communities. Spearheading this effort is Skidmore Cares, an annual campus-wide initiative launched in 2006 by Skidmore President Phil Glotzbach and his wife, Marie. This year the program culminated on December 7—designated as Skidmore Cares Members of various Skidmore Athletic programs collecting non- Friday—with the collection of food, toiletries, school supplies and money to assist perishable food items for Skidmore Cares. The program has been local agencies that serve the community. serving the community since 2006. Once again, Thoroughbred athletes played a major part in the program, spearheading student contributions and helping collect and move donations. As Skidmore students and staff set out midday on Monday, December 10, to deliver the donations, the tally was impressive: some 1,700 food items, 200 toiletry items and boxes brimming with school supplies. This year's Skidmore Cares beneficiaries are the Franklin Community Center, Salvation Army, Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council (EOC), Domestic Violence Rape Crisis Services of Saratoga County, Mary's Haven, the Latino Community Advocacy Program, Corinth Central School District, the Saratoga Springs City School District PATHS Program and Shelters of Saratoga. These agencies also will receive shares of cash donations totaling more than $10,600. The funds came from campus contributions and from donations by several vendors who do business with Skidmore. Said Peter Whitten, executive director of Shelters of Saratoga, “Our additional shelter capacity and expanded outreach to homeless singles and families both at area motels and 'on the street' have taxed our ability to provide all of the personal care items they need. Skidmore Cares has stepped up at just the right time to fill this gap.” The Skidmore Cares fundraising effort has been boosted by proceeds from "Beatlemore Skidmania,” the College's annual concert of Beatle music performed by students, faculty and staff. Organized by Professor of Music Gordon Thompson and a group of his students, the program this year featured three sold-out performances in November in the Arthur Zankel Music Center. Proceeds from two of the concerts have been donated to Skidmore Cares, while funds from the third show will support scholarships in the community. The Glotzbachs initiated Skidmore Cares seven years ago to emphasize the importance of responsible citizenship by working together to assist those in our area who are less fortunate. Each year, as faculty, staff, and their families gather for the annual campus holiday open house, they drop off food donations in a sleigh on the front yard of Scribner House, the president's home. This year the collection was held on Friday, December 7. The collection effort was coordinated by campus “cheerleaders” in each division of the College. The student component of the drive was led by Skidmore's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the campus organization Benef-Action, which promotes student volunteerism in the community. “Skidmore Cares builds on the College's heritage of being a good neighbor and provides a very personal way for our students and employees to help address the needs of families within the greater Saratoga Springs region,” said Marie Glotzbach. “It is especially important to us to give back to our community during these difficult economic times.”

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Week of December 21 - December 27, 2012

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An Educator’s Plea to Protect Children

Damian Fantauzzi I’m going to guess that about 98 percent of gun owners are responsible people. Hunting is an American tradition and most hunters just love being outdoors. That is one of the biggest reasons many people, men and women alike, love to hunt. There are still some people who hunt to help supplement the food on the table. So the sport of hunting definitely has its place in our society. It's been a human activity since the evolution of mankind. However, the sad story of what happened in Newtown, Connecticut is a story that will never go away. Stories like the attacks on Columbine High School, Aurora, and U.S. Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. Now we can add the events of December 14, 2012 to our list of domestic terrorist attacks. There seems to be a war on children in the world. The 20 little souls of Newtown have given me the motivation to bring out the worldly crimes that are committed against children. To describe what had happened in Newtown, Conn. needs not to be pointed out by me because we all know the ugly truth about what happened. Having a grandchild myself makes me want to point out that the little angels who are no longer around to be hugged or spoiled by their grandparents have left their grandparents with an empty heart. It tore me apart listening to a father, Jeff Parker, whose beautiful little daughter, Emilie, had her life taken away by a weapon of war. My biggest question, like many of us have, is why? Life is full of lessons and in retrospect; some of these lessons have a reason. There are no reasons for this horrific scene, as one of life's teaching points. If there really are sins and there is a Hell, well we found the devil and he had an assault weapon. An assault

weapon that should only be meant for combat. I'm sure, if we went looking for Adam Lanza, we would actually discover that Hell is a real place. Who actually needs an assault rifle or even a handgun? Handguns are plentiful in this nation. The FBI estimates that there are over 300 million guns in this country as of 2009, many of which are handguns that are owned by private individuals. The FBI also reports that there were over 6,452 lives lost due to handguns alone in the United States in 2009. Compare this to say, Great Britain, which only had 39 shooting victims, regardless of the type of firearm over that very same time period, according to British national archives. Bob Costas couldn't understand why 70 percent of NFL players own handguns. They have lots of toys and money; so therefore, they feel they need the security of having a gun for protection. Costas was lambasted by the National Rifle Association (NRA) and others (Mitt Romney and some of the conservative media) for what he said. What brought the subject to the forefront was that an NFL player Jovan Belcher who killed his 22-year old-girlfriend, Kassandra Perkins, before he committed suicide. Mr. Belcher owned and used a registered handgun. There's another issue that has to be addressed and that is there are so many heinous crimes being committed against children, on a global scale. These include places like Syria, where children are being tortured and killed by the government's military. In some African nations the slaughtering of mothers and their children occurs through ethnic cleansing (tribal). In China, on the same day of our terrible massacre of 20 babies in Newtown, a man ran into a school, with a knife and stabbed 22 students. There were no fatalities. It was a knife, not a gun! In Afghanistan, young girls are being targeted by the Taliban because they want to go to school and learn. It's time for the United Nations to address these crimes of insensitivity to the human existence and especially the attack on the innocent children of the world! We, as Americans, can do our part, right here on our soil, by protecting our children! To the teacher bashers: you don't get it, do you? Here is a statement from a former student and basketball

player of mine who is now a teacher, "Five days a week, we teach your kids. Praise your kids. Question your kids. Beat our heads up against a wall about your kids. Gush over your kids. Laugh with your kids. Worry about your kids. Keep an eye on your kids. Protect your kids and love your kids. We would all take a step in front of a gun for your kids. It's nowhere in our job description. It isn't covered in the employee handbook. It isn't cited in our contracts. But we would all do it. So yes, - please hug your kids tonight - really, really tight. But on Monday, if you see your kids' teacher, hug them too." As a former educator, I can say I appreciate that kind of sentiment. Do we need reform of the availability of guns to people who might have psychological problems? Now is the time. It's not difficult to do; it just needs to be done. Mostly, we need more mental healthcare and education of gun usage and a support for gun education. We need more qualified law enforcement, as well as more scrutiny on the purchase of guns and extensive testing for licensing qualified people to be allowed to have and use guns every gun and every person. There needs to be a ban on assault weapons, too. They are an unnecessary tool in the world of hunting. If you disagree about that then take a look at the photos of the Newtown 20 and the six educators who were the unfortunate victims of a troubled kid who felt he had a right to do what he did. I can't bear looking at those photos; they just break my heart and fill my eyes with tears. It was as if those were our kids and grandkids who died needlessly...the beautiful babies who were victims of a horrifically violent and senseless act. God help us all, we need change and we need it now. I wish I could go back in time to prevent what happened, but obviously things in our past can't be brought back. President Obama can't do this all by himself, he needs our support and help - it takes a village and therefore it takes a nation. It's time to put the pressure on Congress to do what the country wants and end gun violence. They should no longer comply with what the

lobbyists want them to do. Turn the tears into action, call or email your Congressional representative and put pressure on them to do what's right. This should not be allowed to be swept under the rug, we need to protect our nation's children and yes, even the children of the world. We need to

clean out the illegal guns from the streets of our inner cities. We need more legislation on how legal guns and the sale of magazines of multiple loads of bullets are sold and to whom and why we need it now, before we wake up to another tragedy tomorrow morning.


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Week of December 21 - December 27, 2012

Amatuer Boxer Joey Barcia Prepares for Regional Silver Gloves Boxing Tournament by Andrew Marshall

Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – Following his third-straight New York State Silver Gloves boxing championship, local amateur boxer Joey Barcia is on his way to the regional finals in Oneonta beginning January 5. If he should win that tournament, he’ll be on his way to the Ringside National Silver Gloves Tournament scheduled for the beginning of February. Joey’s been training at the Saratoga Boxing Club, located within the Weibel Avenue Ice Rink. He advanced in the statewide Silver Gloves tournament after winning a three-round unanimous decision in his only fight. “I only had one fight,” said 13year-old Joey. “There were other kids in my weight bracket but they fought each other. So the other winner goes out to regionals and I’ll fight the winner out there.” Joey weighed in at 95 pounds, which is the weight he must continue fighting at until he is eliminated from the competition. The extra weight may have worked to Barcia’s advantage, as his father mentioned there were many more competitors in the 90-pound division. “I can expect a lot of good competition out in Oneonta,” said Joey. “I lost out there last year.”

This will be the third time Barcia attempts to qualify for the national tournament. To prepare, he’s been working with his current trainer, Tyrone Jackson, since August. Jackson also trains local professionals Danny Batchelder and Vincent Miranda. Jackson was quick to praise Joey’s work ethic as the reason for his success. “He trains six days a week. Two or three days out of the week, we’ll spar. We’ll go down to Schenectady, Troy – where ever we can go and get some sparring in. We’ll go out to the dojo sometimes in Greenfield, too.” He also feels Joey’s age, along with the age in which he began boxing, as one reason why he may be finding so much early success. “You got to start them young,” Jackson said with a smile. “You’re better off starting young. I started boxing when I was about five or six.” Joey’s father, Carl, joined his son at Saratoga Boxing Club and recalled the story of how Joey and his brothers became involved with the sport. “We came down here to go ice skating one day a few years back and they saw the boxing gym here,” said Carl. “They just fell in love with it.” Though surely biased as any proud father would be toward their

SPAR FOR THE COURSE - Joey Barcia shown sparring with his trainer Tyrone Jackson at the Saratoga Boxing Club. Joey is on his way to Oneonta after the New Year to take his shot at moving on in the national boxing tournament. son, Carl also stresses how hard Joey works as the biggest reason why he’s winning fights. “His success doesn’t surprise me. He works hard. He works out about five days a week and he looks forward to it. That’s why he does well.” Though boxing, by nature, is a violent sport, the headgear which boxers wear at this level seems to

satiate any concerns he might have as a parent. “It’s a good sport. It’s good for their discipline,” explains Carl. “It’s very safe with the head gear and the referees know what they’re doing.” The Saratoga Boxing Club opened in 1993 and since then has been run by Jack Nichols. “This place has been around a

long time,” remarked Jackson. “We used to be up near the city hall at first. When they closed that down, we moved down here.” As Joey continues his training, he is quick to credit the club as a catalyst for success. “This place has given me a place to train. There are a lot of good people coaching me.”

Back By Popular Demand: Jason Morris Judo Hosting Second Open Tournament December 23 GLENVILLE - After receiving several requests to host another open judo tournament in just over a month’s time, the Jason Morris Judo Center located in Glenville has announced plans for a second tournament, the JMJC Open 11, to be held December 23. The tournament is open to all current USJI, USJF or USJA members over the age of five. The tournament will be scored under IJF Modified Contest rules, including “Golden Score” (overtime) periods. Juniors, senior men and masters divisions will be competing with a two minute time limit. The senior division matches will be four minutes. The entry fee for the JMJC Open 11 is $25 per competitor. If you’re interested in attending as a judo fan or simply a curious spectator, admission is free of charge. Registration will be open from 10-11 a.m. on the morning of the tournament. There will be Photo by Lou DiGesare/realjudo.net a free clinic hosted by Jason Morris himself beginning at 11 a.m. before the junior divisions begin their matches at noon. Seniors level matches are expected to begin around 1:30 p.m. The Jason Morris Judo Center encourages anyone who might be interested in learning more about their sport to come down and experience it in person. The Jason Morris Judo Center is located at 584 Saratoga Road in Glenville. For more information, call the tournament director Jason Morris at (518) 399-3936.


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Blue Streaks’ Rally Falls Short vs. Mohon Saratoga drops third-straight, loses leading scorer to four game suspension. by Andrew Marshall

Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Saratoga Springs Boys’ varsity basketball team started the season with a three-game winning streak. Lately though, wins have been tough to come by for the Blue Streaks, as they dropped their next two games in Suburban Council matchups against Shenendehowa and Shaker following that streak. The team tried to recapture their winning ways December 18 at home against the winless Mohonasen Warriors for yet another conference game. If the Blue Streaks were going to win, they would have to do it shorthanded, as their leading scorer Christopher Byno was suspended four games for what was called a “school-related

incident.” In the end, the loss of Byno and his 12.4 points-pergame would ultimately doom the Blue Streaks, who lost the game 42-37. Mohonasen jumped out to an 11-8 lead by the end of the first quarter. The Warriors would really begin to pour it on during the second in which they outscored the Blue Streaks 10-6 to take a 21-14 lead into the half. The third quarter would see the Streaks wake up and get back into the game. Noah Arciero would score 11 of his team-high 20 points in the third. Mohonasen was stymied by full-court defensive pressure that led to easy Saratoga baskets. Saratoga entered the fourth quarter down seven points before erasing the deficit with an 8-0 run to take a 37-36 lead with 3:15 left in regulation.

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ABOVE: Saratoga’s Taylor Mickle (11) elevates over a Mohonasen defender as his team looks on from the bench. Mickle finished with three points.

The Blue Streaks would not close the game strong, managing to score only one more point the rest of the way. It was certainly for no lack of trying on the Warriors’ part, who after taking a three point lead with 20 seconds left in the game, would miss four straight foul shots that would have sealed the game. Fortunately for Mohonasen, they were able to secure the offensive rebound all four times, and sank two more free throws as the clock expired, with a final score of 42-37. Mohonasen’s Grant Massaroni would lead all scorers with 21 points. His teammate Donye Walker chipped in nine points as well. This was the first win of the season for the Mohonasen Warriors, who are now 1-3 on the season, playing all four games against Suburban Council opponents. The Blue Streaks have now lost three in a row following their season-opening winning streak. Their record drops to 1-3 in Suburban Council play, and 3-3 overall this season. Saratoga Springs returns to action December 21 on the road against Averill Park.

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ABOVE: Camarin Ellis moves the ball up the wing. BELOW: Nick Smith leads the way for the rest of the Blue Streaks as they run the floor. Photo by Greg Fisher


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