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Boys, Girls Win Suburban Titles Together For First Time

Next Step: Sectionals by Brian Cremo Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Both the Saratoga Springs boys and girls varsity indoor track and field teams claimed Suburban Council titles on Saturday, January 25—the first time the two each won simultaneously in school history. The championship crowns were earned by a well-rounded group on both the running and field event sides, as the Blue Streaks had multiple individual first place finishers throughout the day. Saratoga Springs out-pointed Shenendehowa 119.75–99.75 in the girls championship and outscored the

Saratoga Springs Indoor Track And Field Team. Photo by

See Linda Kranick pg. 36

Empire State Adds Two New Degrees Local College Brings Experience In Online Education To State-Wide Open SUNY



Military Museum Commemorates Anniversary

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by Colette Linton Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Laptop underarm, coffee in hand, homework and encroaching deadline on the mind, State University of New York’s (SUNY) Empire State College is leading the way to expand SUNY’s online education program catering to nontraditional students who juggle responsibilities between

family and work. SUNY Empire State College will be taking the lead in SUNY’s online initiative, Open SUNY, to offer an option for college-level courses to the 6.9 million individuals in New York that have a high school diploma but no higher education. The need for malleable class schedules that can be bent around a daily work schedule was a point in Chancellor See Empire State College pg. 14

Featured Stories

Chowder Fest pgs. 24-25

Inside TODAY Blotter 3 Obituaries 6 Business


Education 18,19 Food 22-23 Gigs/Movies 28

Weekend Forecast FRIDAY


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(Chili) Bowled Over!

SCHUYLERVILLE — No amount of consistent, gloppy snow could deter the masses of chili and ceramic lovers from venturing out to the Saratoga Clay Arts Center for their annual Chili Bowl event on Saturday, January 25. This event has become so popular that they have had to resort to selling individual tickets for a given hour of the festivities to control the crowd flow down to a ‘Tokyo subway at rush

hour level.’ While we can attest that that all five chili offerings were delicious, defending champ Druthers easily defended their ‘people’s choice title. Congrats to Bridget, co-owner Chris and Adam for serving up the winning entry with a smiles galore! Kudos to Center Director Jill Kovachick, who obviously knows how to throw a party. See you next year! Photos by Deborah Neary.

Week of January 31 – February 6, 2014

Week of January 31 – February 6, 2014

BLOTTER January 24 and charged with driving the wrong way down a way one way street, failure to stop at a stop sign, unlawful possession of marijuana, DWI, aggravated DWI and BAC more than .08 percent.

Tracy J. Novotny

Tracy J. Novotny, 44, of Hamilton Street in Saratoga Springs, was arrested January 22 and charged with second degree menacing and third degree criminal possession of a weapon.Novotny was arrested on a warrant at 7:37 p.m. The charges stem from an incident that allegedly took place at Saratoga Hospital on January 11 at 5:47 a.m. On the date and time in question, Novotny had been transported by the Saratoga Springs Fire Department to Saratoga Hospital. Just after arriving there at the hospital, Novotny allegedly took out a utility knife and menaced two of the fireman who had transported him with it. He subsequently dropped the knife after a few moments. There were no injuries.

Fengxiang Bai

Fengxiang Bai, 48, of Avery Avenue in Flushing, was charged with unauthorized practice. Members of the Saratoga Springs Police Department executed a search warrant on 58 Church Street—lower level. The location was a business operating under the name “Happy Angel Spa” and was not affiliated with the other businesses in the building. Police had initially received a complaint about the business in December. It was at that point the investigation into the possibility of illegal activity took place at the “Happy Angel Spa.” The New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team was contacted early on in our investigation and assisted throughout. The investigation culminated with the execution of the search warrant and the arrest of Peng and Bai. Both were arraigned and each posted $7,500 cash bail. Daniel C. Hyde, 27, of Caroline Street in Saratoga Springs, was arrested January 23 and charged with third degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle.

Guirong Peng

Guirong Peng, 50, of Franklin Avenue in Flushing, was arrested January 23 and charged with unauthorized practice and prostitution.

Eliot Nes Colon, 24, of Walworth Street in Saratoga Springs, was arrested January 24 and charged with fifth degree criminal possession of marijuana. Blake D. Porter, 24, of Richmond Avenue in Batavia, was arrested

Jimmy M. Cross, 34, of Burke Drive in Queensbury, was arrested January 25 and charged with DWI and a BAC more than .08 percent. Nicholas P. Stasolla, 21, of Old Orchard Lane in Ballston Spa, was arrested January 25 and charged with DWI, speeding and failure to keep right. Alison Ernst, 21, of Knight Way in Saratoga Springs, was arrested January 25 and charged with DWI, BAC more than .08 percent, speeding and improper equipment. Jacob L. Daignault, 24, of Main Street in Clifton Park, was arrested January 25 and charged with DWI, aggravated DWI, BAC more than .08 percent and failure to signal a turn. David C. Bucci, 28, of Rock City Road in Ballston Spa, was arrested January 26 and charged with second degree aggravated harassment on a warrant. Christopher J. Cohn, 20, of Walworth Street in Saratoga Springs, was arrested January 26 and charged with fourth degree grand

larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, making a punishable false written statement and falsely reporting an incident. Cohn was arrested on a warrant at 5 p.m. Christopher J. Evans, 20, of Sand Hill Road in Greenfield, was arrested January 26 and charged with petit larceny. Anthony C. Sawyer, 20, of Putnam Street in Saratoga Springs, was arrested January 26 and charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Randy M. Upton, 55, of Gridley Avenue in Saratoga Springs,


was arrested January 22 and charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Cody W. Design, 19, of Kaydeross Avenue West in Saratoga Springs, was arrested January 22 and charged with failure to stop at a stop sign, reckless driving, failure to comply with the lawful order of the police, speeding and second degree reckless endangerment. Edwin Jerome Salak, 50, of West High Street in Ballston Spa, was arrested January 22 and charged with second degree harassment.


week in Review

Week of January 31 – February 6, 2014

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SARATOGA SPRINGSBefore a standing room only crowd at the Saratoga Springs City Center, Mayor Joanne Yepsen delivered her first State of the City address on Tuesday, January 28. The Mayor characterized the state of the city as “busy” and pointed to some accomplishments and campaign promises that were kept during the first month of her new administration as Saratoga Springs’ 20th mayor. Chief among these was the establishment of a Code Blue facility prior to taking office on Christmas Eve. The mayor asked that the recently established Code Blue steering committee stand to be acknowledged by the assembly. While other dignitaries and office holders were also acknowledged and asked to stand throughout her speech, perhaps nothing signaled the fact that her administration was going to stand for some different principles more strongly than this acknowledgement of the community coming together to help it’s most unfortunate members. Mayor Yepsen also cited two campaign promises that have already been kept. Her daily schedule is now on-line (visit the Mayor’s office page at as well as posting weekly open office hours where any citizen may drop in to talk to the mayor or her staff about any concern they may have. Going forward, the Mayor cited broad initiatives in five major areas:

• Open government and transparency • Economic development and business • Sustainability and compre- hensive planning • Constituency Service • Horseracing and sports tourism The Mayor established some advisory council’s that will advise her on some of these broad areas. She also spoke about the expanded gaming issue and acknowledged, “this community is divided” on it. Mayor Yepsen

did note that because of the passage of Proposition 1 last election day, a full casino somewhere in the eight-county Capital Region is a fait accompli, and urged that the pro and con factions in Saratoga Springs unite on common principles that they all can agree on, such as not wanting a “Vegas-style” casino, so that they may have an active role in determining the eventual characteristics that such a casino might have if it were to locate in the city. The complete transcript of the Mayor’s State of the City speech has been posted online. Visit

Local Business Owner Attended Union Address, Shares Experience SARATOGA SPRINGS Marianne Barker, co-owner and vice president of Impressions of Saratoga, attended the annual State of the Union Address as a guest on Tuesday. “Talk about an honor,” Barker said. “It was an amazing experience to be in a place where so much history has occurred.” She said it was both impressive and humanizing to be among a diverse group of people on the balcony listening to the speech with Michelle Obama and her guests, conservative radio show host Sean Hannity and Willie Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” - all of them dispersed in the audience, but nearby. She said that she was glad to hear the President talk about small businesses and the important role they play in the community. Barker was invited by U.S. Rep., D-Amsterdam, Paul Tonko and she will be publishing a blog post detailing her experience at

Malta Town Board Weighs Expansion Of Athletic Fields

MALTA—At an agenda meeting on Monday, January 27 the Malta Town Board heard a presentation by the LA Group regarding the expansion of the recreational facilities at the fields in the Luther Forest Technology Campus along Rocket Drive. Currently the facility has two softball fields; the board heard proposals that would expand these to four. An option available would be to make these two new fields a larger expanded size to accommodate adult tournaments. Options regarding the construction of a new concessions/ bathroom building were also examined, as were different paving and additional walkway options. While much of the money for this construction (options ranged downward from just under $1 million) is already in the current town parks and recreation budget, the board decided to examine this further and did not schedule a vote on this matter.

Week of January 31 – February 6, 2014


From The Publisher’s Desk

Service, Chapped Lips And Americas Toughest Sheriff

by Chad Beatty For Saratoga TODAY So you didn’t have the best night sleep last night, or maybe your eggs weren’t fluffy enough in the morning. Well, boo-hoo. Last weekend I was in Virginia to visit my brother-in-law who is stationed at Langley air force base. During my trip I had the opportunity to take a tour of the USS Wisconsin, an Iowa-Class battleship which was decommissioned in September 1991. While the ship is an engineering marvel, overall what struck me most were the living quarters of the sailors. Throughout the ship, tucked in every nook and cranny, were sleeping areas which consisted of triple bunks facing another set of triple bunks, in areas that would fit into most of our closets. If that wasn’t enough, while touring the Wisconsin I learned that during WWII, the ship held 1,000 more people than it was equipped for. That meant that you not only had people above you, below you and next to you; you also had shifts in your bunk! Needless to say the privacy level was ZERO. Never a cold cot, they said. I suppose if that is the only option you could get used to it, but I can’t imagine it. I prefer my 8 hours of sleep with a bottle of water next to my bed in case I get thirsty. Oh, and I really need lip balm…my lips get simply parched this time of year. OK, so maybe I am also spoiled, but I realize that I am spoiled because of the sacrifices made by the men and women of armed services. (Thank you for your service – past, present and future - and thank you to the military families who hold the fort down at home while their soldier is away.) This got me thinking. Why do

the men and women of the US military often live in poorer conditions than the inmates incarcerated in the US prison system? Is it just me or is there a disconnect here? I recently saw a documentary on an Arizona prison system that is running things a little differently. I applaud Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County Arizona. Joe is known as ‘Americas toughest Sheriff.’ How does he run his prison? This was his response to inmates complaining about the heat “It’s 120 degrees in Iraq and the soldiers are living in tents, have to wear full body armor, and they didn’t commit any crimes, so shut your mouths.” Well said Joe! We need more men and women who are brave enough to take a stance on tough issues. Maybe those convicted criminal will think twice before they commit their next crime in Arizona. Either way it is saving the state of Arizona substantial tax dollars. Switching gears, I want to throw a very rare kudo out to Governor Cuomo. Last week he submitted his budget plan which included a provision that would make it a punishable offense to withdraw welfare money using an EBT card at a liquor store, strip club or casino. I am shocked that this is even an issue, but apparently it is a very large issue with rampant abuse. So you and I work our butts off, scrimp and save to get by, cut back on many of life’s pleasures, while Joe Welfare uses our taxpayer dollars for lap dances and booze? Do you hear that noise in the background? It is me banging my head against the wall.  That proposed law seems like a no-brainer right? Well I am sad to say it isn’t. Apparently Ron Deitsch, executive director of new Yorkers for fiscal fairness says the regulations are unfair and demonize lowincome residents. According to Deitsch “I say what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. If you want to prohibit people from using public money at establishments like this, then I think we should be prohibiting lawmakers from using their public money at the same establishments.” What? Did he really say that? Yes, it appears he did. He thinks a public employee who works 8+ hours per day should receive the same restrictions as an individual who does NOT work at all, yet receives free money. Maybe we

should expand this and say that all public employees (police, fire fighters, etc.) should not be able to spend their hard earned money at a liquor store or casino. Well I have a rebuttal statement of my own regarding Mr. Deitsch “Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.” Actually I didn’t come up with that, I borrowed it from writer Robert Heinlein. (Thanks, Robert) In closing I want to send a BIG Thank You to the US military, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, police and firefighters from across the country, and last but not least the families that stick by them no matter how hard the going gets. May you all have a sound night sleep, moist lips and the ability to spend your money as you see fit. God bless.   Please send me your thoughts at:


New Pulmonologist Joins Staff at Saratoga Hospital

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Hospital recently welcomed pulmonologist, Robert Shih-Ning Wang, MD. Dr. Wang received his medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Dr. Wang completed his residency training in both pediatrics and internal medicine, followed by fellowship training in pulmonary and critical care medicine, at Albany Medical Center. Dr. Wang is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Pulmonary Disease, the American Board of Critical Care Medicine, and the American Board of Sleep Medicine. Dr. Wang, a member of the Saratoga Regional Medical

Group, will be temporarily located at Saratoga Family Physicians, 3044 Route 50, Saratoga Springs, before relocating in the spring to his permanent location at Saratoga Center for Pulmonary and Critical Medicine, 6 Care Lane, Saratoga Springs. For more information or a referral, call 580-2450.


obituaries Dawn F. Hamm

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Dawn F. Hamm, 85, passed away Wednesday, January 15, 2014 after a short illness. She was born in New York City and moved around the country with her family but lived most of her life in Saratoga Springs. She retired from New York Telephone with nearly 40 years of service. After retirement, Dawn volunteered with the Saratoga Hospital Guild. She was a communicant

of St. Clements Roman Catholic Church. Dawn was predeceased by her husband, Frederick J. Hamm who died in 2013 and a sister Nancy Jewett. Survivors include her son, Bruce F. Hamm of Syracuse; two sisters, Joan Allen of Texas and Ruth Horton of California; one grandchild, Mike Hamm of Syracuse and several nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Marion Conners

SCOTIA — Marion L. Conners, 96, passed away Wednesday, January 22 at the Baptist Health Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Scotia. Born on September 21, 1917 in Burnt Hills, she was the daughter of the late Adam and Ethel Brady. Marion was a graduate of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School. In 1941, she married Harry R. Wetsel, who died in 1960. She later married Charles

B. Conners, who passed away in 1997. A homemaker, she also worked for the F.W. Woolworth Company and was an active member of the Methodist Church. Survivors include her daughter, Carol Sisson (Gale); four sons, Paul Wetsel (Annette), David Conners, Ronald Conners and Albert Conners; 14 grandchildren, Tammy Bastow (Bob), Aaron Sisson (Emily), Rev. Matthew Wetsel, Amy Wetsel, Laurie Dykstra, Michael, Kenneth, Lynne, Debbie, Ronnie, Mark and Scott Conners (Laura), Christine Hill (Jerry) and Janet Kaminski (Bob); several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Ruth Alsop

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Ruth Alsop, 82, passed away at home, surrounded by her family on January 23 after a short illness. She was born February 24, 1931 in Melrose, Massachusetts, the daughter of the late William and Mary O’Neil Condell. She attended St. Mary’s Academy in Melrose, after which she attended Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart, where she received her Master’s degree in Music. She also attended the Yale School of Music, eventually moving to Colorado to further her study in music.

She was a cellist for 50-plus years with the New York City Orchestra Ballet. She toured with Columbia Artists with the Gotham Trio. Ruth was also a cellist for the Radio City Music Hall and taught music at Brooklyn College and Potsdam University for many years. When the Statue of Liberty reopened, Ruth played with Frank Sinatra at the ceremonies. She owned Schoolhouse Antiques in Saratoga. Ruth is survived by her daughter Marin Alsop and her Partner Kristin Jurkscheit of Baltimore, Maryland; Sisters, M. Elaine Love of Saratoga Springs, Clair Meuse of Wilton, Maine, Nancy Green of Wakefield, Massachusetts; Beloved grandson, Auden Alsop, 11 nieces and nephews and many great-nieces and nephews and adored friends. The family will hold a Tribute to Ruth’s amazing life later in the year.

Week of January 31 – February 6, 2014

Marion Shepherd

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Marion “Sue” Richards Shepherd, 86, formerly of Lynchburg, Virginia for 50 years, passed away Monday, January 20 at Wesley Health Care Center. Born on July 23, 1927 in Watervliet, she was the daughter of the late Chester and Edith Richards. Marion was a 1948 graduate of Syracuse University as an RN in the United States Cadet Nurse Corps. She was responsible for arranging reunions and circulating the newsletter for the Nursing Class of 1948 for 40 years, long before the age of email. Marion participated in many outside

clubs and organizations while living in Lynchburg, which included volunteering with the Red Cross, being a lifetime member of the Bedford Hills Garden Club, the Blue Ridge Daughters of the American Revolution, Girl Scouts and the GE Wives Club. She enjoyed genealogy and especially liked helping others learn about their own family history. Marion’s greatest joy in life was raising her family with her husband, the late Neal H. Shepherd, who passed away August 24, 1988, as well as spending time with her grandchildren, gardening and traveling. Survivors include her children, Susan Hummel of Saratoga Springs, Carol (Fernando) Midence of Lakeland, Florida and David Shepherd of Stevensville, Michigan; grandchildren Karen (Daniel) Gaidasz of Ballston Spa, Matthew (Christie) Hummel of Queensbury, Scott Hummel of Washington, D.C., Anna (Charles) Sidoti of Norton, Virginia, Michael Midence of Holiday, Florida and Neal Shepherd of Palm Coast, Florida; two great-grandchildren, Emma and Maxwell Gaidasz of Ballston Spa; her siblings, Robert (Janet) Richards of Ballston Lake and Dorothy (Jim) Ballo of Mesa, Arizona and several nieces and nephews.

Alice Lent Braim

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Alice Lent Braim, 89, of Saratoga Springs, died peacefully on Sunday, January 26 at Fort Hudson Nursing Center in Fort Edward. Born in 1924 in her family home on Old Post Road in Malta, she was the daughter of the late Leo Livingston Lent and Blanche Arnold Lent. Alice graduated from Saratoga Springs High School in 1943. Upon graduation, she worked for the G.F. Harvey Company in Saratoga as a stenographer. From 19441948, Alice worked in the Engineering Department of General Electric in Schenectady where she tested tubes for naval ships being built for WWII. From 1963-1993, she worked at Saratoga Raceway as a

switchboard operator and receptionist, where she was designated “Employee of the Year” several times. Upon her retirement, Alice was honored for her 30 years of dedicated service to the Raceway by an “Alice Braim Retirement Pace.” Alice was a lifelong avid gardener. She was a lifelong member of the Catholic Daughters of America Court McLaughlin No. 422. One of her proudest achievements was becoming the first woman foreman of a grand jury in Saratoga County in January of 1977. Alice was predeceased by her husband of 42 years, Robert Albert Braim; and by her sister, Elsie Lent Williams. She is survived by her sister, Ruth Lent Hand and by her three children, Robert Thomas Braim and his wife Colleen; Louise Braim Wessling and her husband Vincent; and Timothy Braim and his wife Laurie; and two grandchildren, Adam Braim (Kat) and Nathan Braim. The family wishes to thank all the staff and health care providers at the Home of the Good Shepherd in both Wilton and Moreau and Fort Hudson Nursing Center for the wonderful care Alice received for the last years of her life.

Jean M. (Izzo) Southern SARATOGA SPRINGS — Jean M. (Izzo) Southern, 92, of York Avenue, passed away Friday, January 17 at Wesley Health Care Center. Born on June 4, 1921 in Gloversville, she was the daughter of the late Anthony J. and Theresa (Muldowney) Izzo. She attended Saratoga Springs city schools and worked for several years as a chambermaid at the former Beverly on North Broadway and the Gideon Putnam Hotel. She was a member of St. Clement’s Church. In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by

her husband, Francis J. Southern, her son-in-law, Frank Parisi; two brothers, Bernard and Thomas Izzo and her half-sister, Joan Barss. Survivors include her children, Geraldine (Joseph) McCarty of Orlando, Florida, Francis J. (Bonnie) Southern of Saratoga Springs, Donald T. (Nancy) Southern of Winter Haven, Florida and Kathleen Parisi of Rutland, Vermont; 11 grandchildren, 15 greatgrandchildren and her half-brother, Anthony Izzo of Ballston Spa.

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Week of January 31 – February 6, 2014


A Spouse, An Ex-Spouse, Kids, Step-Kids: Now What? by Herzog Law Firm P.C. Saratoga TODAY

It is obvious that the makeup of American families has changed substantially over time. With the traditional nuclear family no longer being the norm, traditional estate planning methods must also evolve. The reality is divorce, death of a spouse, and/or second marriages are becoming commonplace in our society. In fact, according to the National Step Family Resource Center, 75 percent of divorcees remarry, and 65 percent of divorcees remarry bringing children from a previous relationship into the new family. More than ever, it is important to draft an estate plan that is customized for you and your individual situation. When preparing an estate plan for blended families, there are three major considerations: (1) disinherit your ex-spouse; (2) protect your children; and (3) provide for your current spouse. Disinheriting your exspouse seems like a no-brainer; however, simply changing your Last Will and Testament may not accomplish this. Beneficiary

designations and joint ownership of assets trump the provisions in your Will. For example, if you never removed your exspouse as the beneficiary of your life insurance policy, they will likely inherit the proceeds upon your death. Protecting your children and providing for your current spouse can be defined in many different ways. Most frequently, my clients want to make sure their spouse is provided for after their death, but ultimately, want their remaining assets to pass to their children. Traditional “I love you” Wills say “I leave everything to my spouse, if living, if not, I leave everything to my children equally.” But what happens if you and your second spouse each have two children from previous relationships and one child together? The husband passes away, and his “I love you” Will leaves everything to his second wife. Upon the wife’s death, everything passes to her children, meaning her two kids from a previous relationship and your one mutual child. The husband’s two children from his previous relationship are disinherited. The best way to avoid the

Cardiologist Joins Saratoga Regional Medical Group

Theodoros Laddis, MD., first cardiologist to work at Saratoga Regional Medical Group.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Regional Medical Group, a service of Saratoga Hospital, recently welcomed its first cardiologist, Theodoros Laddis, MD. Dr. Laddis has been in practice in Saratoga since 2000. Dr. Laddis received his medical degree from University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester. Laddis completed an internship and residency at University

of Massachusetts Medical Center, followed by a Harvard Medical School cardiology fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Dr. Laddis is board certified with a subspecialty certification in cardiovascular disease. His practice, Cardiology Specialty Services, is located on the ground floor at Saratoga Hospital, 211 Church Street, Saratoga Springs. Saratoga Hospital is the Saratoga region’s leading healthcare provider. The only acute-care facility in Saratoga County, the hospital has a medical staff of over 450 physicians and other credentialed providers, offering care in a broad range of medical specialties. In keeping with its emphasis on quality, Saratoga Hospital was the first in the Capital Region to earn Magnet Designation for nursing excellence. Hospital facilities include: Saratoga Hospital, Saratoga Hospital Nursing Home, Wilton Medical Arts, Saratoga Surgery Center, Saratoga Community Health Center and the Mollie Wilmot Radiation Oncology Center.

above scenario is through a Trust. A Trust can be an entity that you set up during your lifetime, or it can be an entity that is set up via your Last Will and Testament. Through a Trust, you can direct that all income (and even some principal, too) is paid to your surviving spouse during his or her lifetime. Upon your surviving spouse’s death, the balance of the Trust can be split among your children or other designated beneficiaries. Your surviving spouse has no control over the ultimate distribution of your assets. If he or she were to get re-married, have a falling out with your children or simply wish to benefit his or her own children, they would not be able to change the distribution of the Trust you set up. A Living Trust will provide continuity of management and ease of access for your spouse and children after your death because there are no court proceedings involved for assets owned by a Living Trust. A Trust set up through your Will, a Testamentary Trust, offers the same protections, but there is some legwork involved after your death.

When planning for blended families, it is important to note that joint ownership of assets and beneficiary designations can derail any planning you have completed. Special care is needed when determining how to title your assets to work with your estate planning documents instead of against them. As an estate planning and elder law attorney, I know that my clients simply want to do the

best thing for all parties involved. By taking the time to plan in advance, all of your concerns can be addressed and the legacy you leave behind will not be marred by hard feelings and resentment. The Herzog Law Firm P.C. focuses its practice in the areas of Estate Planning, Estate and Trust Administration, Medicaid Planning, and Elder Law. For a free consultation call, (518) 4657581, ext. 126.



Week of January 31 – February 6, 2014

Bird of Paradise Boutique: Reopening of Same Business Under New Ownership, New Showroom

Boutique spreads wings to include expanded cross-generational selection, maintain exclusivity by Colette Linton Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Bird of Paradise Boutique, nested in a renovated Victorian Mansion of the 1800s, quietly changed

ownership in September 2013. Maintaining the classic charm and character, Connie Redgrave, the boutique’s owner, plans to reach for a cross-generational appeal in her first-floor showroom. “If you love it the first time,

you’re going to love it again” was not an assertion of the store owner, but of an older sibling to her sister entering the dramatic doors of Grant Plaza on Woodlawn Avenue. They came to look for a dress earlier that day. However, it is also a sentiment both Redgrave and Denise Eliopulos, owner of Something Bleu Bridal, want customers to have toward the boutique and the products it has always offered. The knot that tied Something Bleu and Bird of Paradise under one roof as counterparts, after having been on Broadway and later in Grant Plaza, still remains as an interlaced network maintaining the overall character of the businesses. The relationship will continue to serve as a tool for receiving the generations of customers that flock to the boutique, pair them with that one-of-akind dress, and to refer customers between stores. “We have always networked back and forth,” Eliopulos said. “A perfect marriage, no pun intended.” Love At First Dress Just as Something Bleu Bridal was the result of Eliopulos’ search for a bridal gown in 1994, Redgrave first became acquainted with the boutique five years ago when she herself was looking for a wedding gown. The first acquaintance later became a part-time job and eventually led to Redgrave acquiring the Bird of Paradise Boutique. “I didn’t know that this was going to come along, but it just seemed that every piece of the puzzle just fell into place absolutely beautifully,” Redgrave said. “I just loved working in the ambiance and under the philosophy of how she approached her customers.” Redgrave, transitioning from a schoolteacher of 34 years to an entrepreneur, had assistance from the staff that is still employed between the two companies that not only support the other’s business efforts but refer parties between them. “They are present for me daily because the learning curve has been huge,” she said. “So, without her (Eliopulos) support and without her being right there as my consultant, this would’ve been much more challenging”. One Style, One Girl, One Prom Kirsten Alonzo, a senior at Mechanicville High School, visited Bird of Paradise Boutique once more

Connie Redgrave, owner of Bird of Paradise Boutique.

Kirsten Alonzo, a senior at Mechanicville, tries on her prom dress.

Redgrave logs Alonzo’s dress in the prom book.

before heading home. It was a prom dress she was after: the one she had picked out and tried on earlier that day. Some occasions call for extra measures. It is prom season, after all, and that means the end of a transaction is likely marked by an entry in a log book recording the dress, its line and location of the prom. The result is that the unique dress lines have been a draw for women as far as Vermont and areas around the county for the time that the boutique has been in business. “They all want to be first to get ‘the’ dress because our philosophy is one style of dress per high school; so we don’t duplicate,” Redgrave said. “We keep track in a log. The girls are very anxious to get their dress first.” The added assurance that no one else would show up to Mechanicville prom helped close the deal, and it is the kind of deal for which many are willing to make the drive. Both stores have a long history of girls coming in to pick out their prom dresses who later come back to look for a wedding gown. “We want that exclusivity,” Redgrave said. “We want a little bit unique, special dress, so that it’s not seen everywhere, for everyone”. Tying The Knot Exclusivity between customers and the boutique not only exists

in this relationship, but also up the line to include both retailers and the lines from which they buy. It remains the initiative of both boutiques to buy from lines that limit their sales to loyal retailers. By way of bottlenecking which dress lines become available in a particular area, retailers like Bird of Paradise Boutique and Something Bleu Bridal had to establish themselves as authorized representatives of the lines they carry. “Which means not every store can go there and buy from them. We have good relationships with our companies; so, we have people (the companies that sell the dress lines) that know and respect us and what we’re looking to sell,” Eliopulos said. “It’s important.” The Reception The grand reopening of Bird of Paradise Boutique will be held February 6 at Grant Plaza 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Australian designer, Lyn Morgan, whose line is exclusively available at Bird of Paradise Boutique, will be at the showcase of dresses. Catering services will be provided by The Lily and the Rose replete with hors d’oeuvres and champagne. Those intending to attend are encouraged to RSVP by calling 518-886-8777.

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Roohan Realty Welcomes T. Kane SARATOGA SPRINGS -Tara A. Kane, Roohan Realty’s newest Real Estate Salesperson, began her real estate career in 2002 and is following in the “family business.” Her grandfather is the broker/owner of a real estate company operating in Ossining, New York. Kane grew up in Dobbs Ferry, New York and moved to Croton-onHudson before becoming a member of the Saratoga Springs community in 2010. She attended Westchester Community College and then transferred to Mercy College.

Gateway House Of Peace Receives Donation

BALLSTON SPA— Gateway House of Peace, a nonprofit charitable hospice expecting to open on March 1, received a $340 donation on January 29 from the Ballston Spa Rotary Club for a desperately needed electric dryer. Small donations of this nature are greatly appreciated by the Gateway House as they look to fill last-minute needs before they can officially open the house to its first residents in March. Donations are also being welcomed as Gateway volunteers continue to search for a snowblower.

Gateway House of Peace is a Not-for-Profit organization that is committed to nurturing hope and healing when lives are touched by the transition that family illness and care giving can bring. The Gateway House of Peace will provide people who are at the end of their life and their families with vitally needed support and care in a safe and loving environment. For more information call Joni Hanchett at (518) 450-1273 or visit


O’Conor Appointed CEO of Saratoga County Capital Resource Corporation SARATOGA SPRINGS - Anita Daly, Chairman of the Saratoga County Capital Resource Corporation, has announced that Raymond O’Conor has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Saratoga County Capital Resource Corporation. The Saratoga County Capital Resource Corporation is a nonprofit local development corporation established in 2012 to promote

community and economic development and the creation of jobs in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, Daly said. “We will play a meaningful role in developing programs to reduce unemployment and enhance our local economy by helping to attract new business and industry.” O’Conor has 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, most recently having served as the president and CEO of Saratoga

National Bank & Trust Company. He was the founder of the Wilton Global Job Development Corporation and has significant experience in local and regional government having served as chairman of the Saratoga County Planning Board, Deputy Supervisor of the Town of Wilton, Chairman of the Wilton Water & Sewer Authority and as a board member of the Saratoga County Industrial Development Agency.

L-R: Representing Gateway House Patti Veitch, Anna Stanko and Joni Hanchett. On behalf of the Ballston Spa Rotary Club, President Jere Blackwelder and Pete Champagne. Photo by


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Week of January 31 – February 6, 2014

No Ordinary “Joe” 50th G.I. Joe Birthday Comemorated At Military Museum by Arthur Gonick Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS —

“A boy’ll never play with a doll but he will play with a soldier.” - Don Levine, creator, G.I. Joe

Beginning with the release of the original iconic 11½ inch action figures in 1964 by Hasbro representing the Army, Navy and Marines (and shortly after - the “Action Nurse”) G.I. Joe has captivated a large segment of the toy loving public for it’s realism (with its 21 moving parts), inspiration to children’s imagination and for stimulating, at least through most of it’s existence – patriotism. The New York State Military Museum (61 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs) is holding a birthday party of sorts for G.I Joe, and the public is invited on the afternoon of Saturday, February 8. Tearle Ashby, a local G.I. Joe collector, will speak about the history of the G.I. Joe at 1 p.m. Mr. Ashby has a collection of more than 2,500 of the military action figures, some of which are currently on display at the museum in their ‘Toys and Tanks’ exhibit. Among the items on display in this exhibit is a one-of-a-kind G.I. Joe modeled on actor Tom Hanks, who portrayed an Army officer in the movie “Saving Private Ryan.” Mr. Ashby will be bringing along several rare pieces from his private collection to the Museum for examination. He estimates that some of the rarer pieces in his collection are worth upwards of $2,000 on the collectors market. He showed me one with its original box in a Lucite case. Original cost: $3.49. Joe himself has gone through many missions and forms through the years. After his introduction in 1964, his orientation could be termed “military realistic.” As sentiment against the Vietnam War increased in the late 1960s, Hasbro redefined Joe’s

mission to that of an “adventurer.” The adventure team “mission” continued through 1976, a period that saw innovations to Joe’s repertoire such as “kung fu grip,” “eagleeye vision” and lifelike hair and beards. The popularity led to spinoff toys, games, cartoons and comics, among many other items. While no one enemy could deter G.I. Joe from his heroic deeds, an energy crisis in 1976 caused Hasbro to shrink his size and led to the introduction of several lines of 3.75” figures, giving a new dimension to the phrase “small but mighty” perhaps, with special editions to commemorate various anniversaries such as the 15th and 25th. Later, the 12-inch Joes made a triumphant return to the delight of collectors and little boys… and girls too! In the equal time for women department: note that towards the end of the last century, G.I. Janes were introduced in a series called the Classic Collection. These were the first 12-inch female dolls in the G.I. Joe line-up since 1967. And Tom Hanks is but one of the special G.I. Joes modeled after real people throughout his 50 years of service. Consider this partial list: • Buzz Aldrin • Omar Bradley • SFC Charlie Bury, 1999 “Real-Life Spirit of G.I. Joe” contest winner • Dwight D. Eisenhower • Ulysses S. Grant • Bob Hope • John F. Kennedy (as skipper of the PT-109) • Robert E. Lee • Douglas MacArthur • Audie Murphy • George S. Patton • Colin Powell • Ernie Pyle • Theodore Roosevelt • George Washington • Ted Williams No ordinary Joe, indeed. Apparently, this old soldier has no intention to die, retire, or as MacArthur said “just fade away.” So happy birthday G.I. Joe. I have no doubt that you are strong enough to blow out all 51 candles by yourself. Comments on this story are always welcome. Visit saratogatodaynewspaper. com to register your opinion.

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A Voice For Veterans: Veterans Business Council by Jackie Kingsland For Saratoga TODAY The Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce is a tremendous resource in our area for obtaining a business referral, finding an entertainment venue, reading the blog on community happenings and selecting a chamber event to attend or support. Additionally, it’s an excellent way for exposing your business to the area with mixers, meetings and events, and as a member of the chamber, there are many benefits and opportunities for leadership and growth in our community. Their website offers an online jobs list with members posting available positions for businesses in the county ( With a friendly staff from the Director of First Impressions to the membership representatives and onto the CEO, they are an experienced and knowledgeable group who strive to provide the best methods and practices for developing businesses, answering questions and inquiries and acquiring gainful employment. One of the newest endeavors at the Saratoga County Chamber was the development of the Veterans Business Council in the fall of 2012. The idea for more veteran support began when the Saratoga County Veteran’s Service Agency presented an idea to collaborate with the Chamber and establish a full task force assisting veterans with their search for work. Vice President of Membership Services Denise Romeo (dromeo@ concurred with their vision and developed the Veterans Business Council in partnership with the Saratoga County Veteran’s Service Agency, which assists vets in filing claims with the US Department of Veterans Affairs regarding disability, education, pension, surviving spouse, and more (visit www.saratogacountyny. gov for further details). Ms. Romeo is a fervent advocate and supporter of our service members. Her father served in the military and currently her daughter is an intelligence analyst in the National Guard. Her daughter faced deployment overseas

from January 2012 to December 2012, arriving back home in the states a few days before Christmas (the best gift that doesn’t fit under the tree). “Having been home now for about a year, my daughter began having nightmares. Sometimes it takes a while…it doesn’t just end a few months or even a few years after they return,” Denise said. “Helping the community understand what they go through— that’s our job.” Denise works diligently with the Council to create community awareness and provide resources to help veterans looking for work connect with businesses in the area; provide training and matching the veteran’s skill set with employment opportunities; business development as well as giving additional support for those in the armed forces (i.e. referring those to an agency who can assist with temporary financial relief of mortgage payments, etc.). “Some veterans don’t realize how their capabilities in the military are transferable,” said Denise. “We can translate those skills onto their resumes.” For instance, transferring the skills necessary to maintain a weapon, work together successfully on a mission, often times under extreme circumstances and conditions, and utilizing those leadership roles toward civilian job placement. The Veterans Business Council consists of 25 Chamber members (all but one are veterans themselves and the one civilian is a veteran spouse)

and connects veterans with the business community. They meet monthly, exploring ideas to assist veterans with their quest for employment, facilitating plans and events, bringing together the veteran employee with the ideal employer match within the community. Also on the agenda is discussing initiatives for employers and prospective members to hire veterans. “All of our members in the Council have such passion for helping and embrace every opportunity to support and find a fit in the big picture,” Denise said with a smile and immense pride. “It has also successfully completed its 2nd Annual 5K run this past fall at Hudson Park in Schuylerville. Runners in this year’s event doubled the amount of participants from last year, raising $10,000 in proceeds, all of which are placed in the Veterans Trust Fund for the County.” Increasing visibility throughout the county is another goal for the Council as it gears up for a Hiring Conference in March. For this conference, the Council has reached out to its membership, devising a data base resource that pairs the veteran to an available position. The ideas, dedication and determination to support our veterans will

continue as the Veterans Business Council meets and becomes a larger presence within the community. If you are a vet or know a veteran who may need assistance, work for an area business, would like to become a volunteer and play a part in this mission, please contact Denise Romeo at the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce at (518) 584-3255 or visit their website and look for the

Veterans Business Council link, or email Denise directly at for further information. Our service members have sacrificed for us. Let’s help them to become and remain active, prosperous individuals in our community. Thank you, as always, to our veterans, their families and loved ones for all that you do. See you next month here at Saratoga TODAY.


Week of January 31 – February 6, 2014

Nontraditional Students Encouraged To Personailze Study, Receive Degrees continued from page 1 Nancy Zimpher’s State of the initial rollout. One of the degree University Address earlier in programs will be a bachelor’s in January when she said that of the business, management and ecojob opportunities in 2050, 60 per- nomics: human resources; and, cent of them will require a bache- the other, a bachelor’s in science, mathematics lor’s degree. “What we are experi- and technology: In terms of Open encing is the demand i n f o r m a t i o n systems. SUNY, David Empire State H e n a h a n , from people for a more College currently director of innovative way of offers approxcommunilearning,” imately 400 cations at - David Henahan, Empire State College’s u n d e r g r a d u a t e Empire State director of communications and 100 graduate College, online courses. said that the online system is a response to indi- The average ages of its online viduals who would like to continue undergraduate and graduate education and get a degree but cannot population are 35 and 40 years because many of them are unable to old, respectively. “These people have lives, a study in the traditional setting. “What we are experiencing family, building a career; so, they is the demand from people for a need school around their life,” more innovative way of learn- Henahan said. “People across the ing,” he said. “The population is country are looking to learn much aging, and there are more adults differently and that learning has in the market looking to gain value. They don’t have the time more education for all sorts of and money to sit through it again. It is a convergence through which many other adults returning to reasons.” Empire State college, I had to think outside Before O p e n “We know that an indi- (College) and of the box. Empire State College SUNY not only had a stellar reputation, S U N Y, vidual with a bachelor’s Open is all about. but they were backed by SUNY. adult studegree will earn approxi- There’s real I could take courses on my own d e n t s have been terms, and ‘attend’ classes when mately a million more in demand.” To d a y, balancwas able to fit it into my busy their lifetime compared to about half of Ischedule, ing life’s even if that ‘free’ time respona high school graduate” Empire State happened to be at 10:30 p.m. C o l l e g e ’ s after the kids were fast asleep or sibi li- Henahan 20,000 stu- 4:30 a.m. before my husband and ties with dents study I had to get the kids up and ready their studies at Empire State College for online, and many of the college’s for school.” over two decades through Open 70,000 alumni have earned their Barkevich understood that SUNY Plus. Busy with work and associate, bachelor’s and mas- returning to school would be an study was never easy, but the ter’s degrees online, according additional commitment, vying college’s online administrative to a press release of Empire State for time and attention; howand teaching experience and the College. ever, advancing in her job was Sandra Barkevich, not going to happen without a state-wide online degree initiative Open SUNY is expected to Instructural Support Assistant at bachelor’s degree, she said. With make higher education more Empire State College, returned her family’s support, she began to school accessible. her Bachelor “We know that an individual in 2010. “These people have lives, of Science, with a bachelor’s degree will earn She had Business and a family, building a career; E c o n o m i c s fullapproximately a million more a in their lifetime compared to a time job so, they need school around d e g r e e high school graduate,” Henahan and two through the their life” said. “So that learning will help y o u n g Center for - Henahan an individual get a better job, c h i l Distance broaden the tax base, and get dren that Learning. were, and still are, involved in After graduating from the promore money.” activities in gram, she is now pursuing a Open SUNY will host eight extracurricular online degrees as well as online addition to participating on the Master of Arts in Learning and courses that originate from its Amsterdam Sea Rams swim team. Emerging Technologies pro“Between work and getting gram in the School for Graduate 64 campuses across the state using a common set of online the kids to swim practice five Studies also online. tools. Two of these degrees nights a week, going to a tradi“I loved my job and the comare coming from Empire State tional school was out of the ques- pany I was with, but could not see College as part of the initiative’s tion,” Barkevich said. “Like so myself in the exact same position

for the next 15-20 years, and it ability to avoid a few sleepless was clear that the only way to nights and construct a suitable, be considered for advancement calming environment either by would be to have a four-year himself or with others closer degree,” Barkevich said. “So, I in age helped stop what might talked it over with my husband, have ‘ended in disaster’ if he had who has been incredibly support- chosen to enroll as a traditional student. ive, and “Between work and getting “Either I with my kids, who the kids to swim practice would have done bad in were only five nights a week, going to the classes or nine and seven at a traditional school was out dropped out completely,” the time, of the question” Capobianco and made - Sandra Barkevich, Instructural Support Assistant the deciand student at Empire State College s a i d . “Instead, sion to with the pursue online studa bacheies, I was able to thrive, graduate lor’s degree.” A similar motivation for pur- with a 3.73 GPA and land a job suing a full-fledged online track that gave me health insurance. in addition to being able wrap With that health insurance, I was class lectures around a busy or able to see a doctor who has been unique schedule is for people successfully treating my anxiety, who have been out of school for a which has allowed me to attend number of years, is the possibility graduate school in person, with of customizing a learning atmo- no issues.” As New York’s Department sphere conducive to study. To further explain, Mike of Labor continues to coordiCapobianco, now a graduate stu- nate with SUNY, more is lookdent at Long Island University, ing to be done about addressing had not been in a classroom workforce needs and intersetting for almost ten years ests. Additional plans for the before returning at age 26. The Empire State College’s initiative thought of sitting in a lecture is to create more opportunihall of students who were eight ties for students to gain college years younger was not appeal- credit for job-related programs ing to him. In addition to that, through the college’s business Capobianco has anxiety. The partnerships.

Week of January 31 – February 6, 2014

Hattie’s 13th Mardi Gras Raises $42,391

Beth Alexander, co-owner of Hattie’s, presents donation to members of Saratoga Hospital’s Community Health Center and Foundation staff. (l to r): Amy Raimo, Ann Carroll, Beth Alexander, Dr. Renee Rodriguez, Kathy McNeice, Rachel Wheatley

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Annual Hattie’s Mardi Gras event, held last Saturday, January 25 at the Historic Canfield Casino in Congress Park, raised $42,391.00 for The Saratoga Hospital Community Health Center. Saratoga Hospital Community Health Center provides high-quality, affordable primary care with complimentary medical and social services to any individual, regardless of ability to pay. Founded by Hattie’s owners Jasper and Beth Alexander in 2001 as a way to support local nonprofits, the annual Mardi Gras event has raised over $400,000 for various charities since its inception. Previous

beneficiaries include Shelters of Saratoga, Saratoga YMCA, Saratoga Hospital, Bridges of Saratoga, Saratoga Sponsor a Scholar and SPAC.   “Beth and I are very proud of our commitment to our community and are grateful that this event has become so popular because it has allowed us to provide significant help to organizations that are important to us,” said Chef/Owner Jasper Alexander.  The 2015 Mardi Gras recipient will be Jake’s Help from Heaven. Brian and Heather Straughter were among the 460 guests who heard the announcement. “It was thrilling to hear it officially announced,” states JHFH founder, Heather

Straughter Garland Nelson and Soul Session provided entertainment, along with the dancers from Northeast Ballet. Heather Bohm-Tallman was on hand for Mardi Gras photos with her crazy booth. Once again, Michael Panza of Fine Affairs, along with the crew from Rain or Shine tent rentals donates 100 percent of their time and décor to transform the Casino into “New Orleans of the North”. Hattie’s has been a Saratoga institution since 1938. In addition to Hattie¹s original restaurant on Phila Street in Saratoga Springs, the Alexander’s also operate Hattie’s Track Shack at the Saratoga Race Course and a quick service restaurant in Wilton.


16 Adirondack Christian Fellowship   8 Mountain Ledge, Wilton 587-0623; Services: Sunday 8 a.m. & 10 a.m. Adirondack Friends Meeting 27 Saratoga Ave., S. Glens Falls 793-3755; AdirondackFM@nycap.; Regina Baird Haag, pastoral minister Services: 10:30 a.m. Sunday The Alliance Church 257 Rowland St., Ballston Spa 885-6524 Services: Morn. 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; Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa 885-7312; Services: Sunday Worship Service, 10:30 a.m. Ballston Spa United Methodist Church 101 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa 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.

RELIGION Church of Christ at Clifton Park 7 Old Route 146, Clifton Park 371-6611; Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Christ Community Reformed Church 1010 Route 146, Clifton Park 371-7654; Services: Sundays 10 a.m. Christ Episcopal Church Routes 50 & 67, Ballston Spa 885-1031 Services: Sunday 8 & 10 a.m. Christian Restoration Ministries Saratoga Senior Center 5 Williams St., Saratoga Springs 796-4323 Pastor Pat Roach Services: Sunday 10 a.m.; 6:30 p.m. Congregation Shaara Tfille 84 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga Springs 584-2370; Services: Saturday 9:30 a.m., Monday & Thursday 7:30 a.m., third Friday each month 7:30 p.m. Handicapped Accessible Corinth Free Methodist Church   20 Hamilton Ave., Corinth 654-9255; 792-0271 Services: Sunday at 10 a.m. Corinth United Methodist Church 243 Main Street, Corinth 654-2521 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Cornerstone Community Church 516 Park Ave., Mechanicville 664-5204 Pastor Frank Galerie Services: Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Community 2001 Route 9, Round Lake 877-8506, Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m.; Weekday Masses: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.

Eastern Orthodox— Christ the Savior 349 Eastline Road, Ballston Spa 786-3100; Services: Sunday: 9:30 a.m. First Baptist Church of Saratoga Springs 45 Washington St., Saratoga Springs 584-6301 Services: Sunday: 11 a.m. First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa 202 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa 885-8361; Services: 10:30 a.m. worship 9 a.m. Sunday School (all ages) 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 Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. (9 a.m. in July and August) Grace Brethren Church 137 W. Milton Rd., Ballston Spa 587-0649 Rev. Dan Pierce Services: Sunday - 10 a.m. Handicapped accessible. Greater Grace Community Church Pastor David Moore 899-7777; Services: Wednesday 7:30 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.

Week of January 31 – February 6, 2014 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 & 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; 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 10:30 a.m. Middle Grove United Methodist Church 581-2973 Pastor Bonnie Bates Services: Sunday 9 a.m. Handicapped accessible New Horizon Church 150 Perry Road, Saratoga Springs 587-0711 Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. New Life Fellowship 51 Old Gick Rd., ­­ Saratoga Springs 580-1810;

Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Childcare is available at all services. NorthStar Church Shenendehowa High School West Auditorium, Clifton Park 371-2811; Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Old Saratoga Reformed Church 48 Pearl St., Schuylerville Services: Sunday , 10:30 a.m. Handicapped accessible. Old Stone Church (American Baptist) 159 Stone Church Rd., Ballston Spa 583-1002 Services: Sunday 9 a.m.; Adult Sunday School 9 a.m.; Service 10:30 a.m. Coffee and 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; Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Quaker Springs United Methodist Church  466 Route 32 South, Quaker Springs 695-3101; Pastor Al Johnson Services: Sunday 9 a.m. Handicapped accessible. River of Hope Fellowship 100 Saratoga Village Blvd. Malta Cmns., Ste. 3 881-1505; Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Roman Catholic Church of St. Peter 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-2375 Services: Eucharistic Celebrations: Saturday 5 p.m.; Sunday 7:30, 9 and 11 a.m.

Week of January 31 – February 6, 2014 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. and 5 p.m., 1 p.m. Spanish Service St. George’s Episcopal Church 912 Route 146, Clifton Park 371-6351; Services: Saturday 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 8 & 9:30 a.m. St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church 3159 Route 9N, Greenfield Center 893-7680;; Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 10:30 a.m. Handicapped accessible St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church 167 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa 885-7411; Services: Saturday 4 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., Noon. Handicapped accessible St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church 771 Route 29, a Rock City Falls 893-7680; Services: Sunday 8:30 am. Handicapped accessible. St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 149 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs 584-0904 Services: Saturday 5 p.m. with Holy Communion. Sundays 8:30 & 11 a.m. with Holy Communion. St. Peter Lutheran Church 2776 Route 9, Malta 583-4153 Services: Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. St. Thomas of Canterbury 242 Grooms Rd., Halfmoon Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

Saratoga Abundant Life Church 2325 Route 50 South, Saratoga Springs 885-5456; Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. Saratoga Chabad 130 Circular St., Saratoga Springs 526-0773;; Saratoga Friends Meeting (Quaker) Rts. 32 and 71, Quaker Springs 587-7477; 399-5013 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga United Methodist Church Henning Road, Saratoga Springs 584-3720; Services: Sunday 9 & 10:45 a.m. Handicapped accessible. Saratoga Seventh-Day Adventist Church 399 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs 882-9384; Services: Sabbath School: 10 a.m. Worship Service: 11:30 a.m. Shenendehowa United Methodist 971 Route 146, Clifton Park 371-7964 Services: Sunday 9 & 10:30 a.m. Simpson United Methodist Church Rock City Road, 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 Shabbat Services: Friday 6 p.m. Preceded by 5:30 p.m. Oneg. Handicapped Accessible. Terra Nova Church 45 Washington St., Saratoga Springs 833-0504;

RELIGION saratogaquestions@ Services: Sunday 5:30 p.m. Childcare: 6 months–4 years and expanding Handicapped accessible. The Salvation Army/ Worship, Service & Community Center 27 Woodlawn Ave., Saratoga Springs 584-1640; Mail-P.O. Box 652 Captain Aaron A. Boone, Sr.; Captain Amber S. Boone Commanding Officers/Ministers Services: Sunday School 10 a.m.; Praise & Worship 11 a.m.

Trinity United Methodist Church 155 Ballard Rd., Gansevoort 584-9107; Rev. Patti Molik-Pastor Services: Sunday 9&11 a.m. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs 624 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-1555; 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, Rev. Thomas Gregg, Pastor Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Wilton Baptist Church 755 Saratoga Rd., Wilton 583-2736; wiltonbaptist@gmail. com;; Services: Sunday Service 11 a.m.



Registration for DEC’s Summer Environmental Education Camps Now Open This year, children of ages 11 to 17 can attend a week-long camp where they learn about the environment and engage in various outdoor activities such as shooting sports, fishing, hiking and canoeing through the Department of Environmental Conservation. Campers can even take Hunter Education or Bowhunter Education courses during their stay to qualify for their sporting license. Camp locations are in the Adirondacks, southern Catskills or Western New York. For the first time, the DEC

is offering the Trapper Education course during the week of July 27 – August 8 at Camp Colby in the Adirondacks, and at Camp Rushford August 10- 16 in Western New York. Camps start on June 29 and go until August 16. A single camp session runs Sunday through Saturday. One week of camp costs $350. Campers may attend as many sessions as they wish, subject to availability. Learn more and register at

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SAT Prep Classes Offered At Saratoga Springs High School SARATOGA SPRINGS Saratoga Springs High School will offer a 12-session SAT Preparation Course beginning Monday, March 10, for Saratoga juniors. Registration will be held during lunch periods from Monday, February 3, through Friday, February 7. The cost is $20, payable by cash or check made out to

Saratoga Springs High School or SSHS. Sections are limited to 30 students per class. Sign-ups are on a first-come basis. To ensure a seat, please register early. Classes will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. or 7 to 8:30 p.m. Students will take 90-minute classes on two afternoons or evenings each week, for a total of 12 sessions.

Week of January 31 – February 6, 2014

Skidmore Students’ Research Focuses on St. Peter’s Milestone Anniversary SARATOGA SPRINGS — A milestone anniversary of a Saratoga Springs church became an independent study project for two Skidmore College seniors, who will present their research January 31 to the public. “Saint Peter’s Church: Parish of the People” is the title of the program to be presented by

Madison Lehrhaupt and Roz Rothwell at 7 p.m. Friday, Jauary. 31, in the St. Peter’s Parish Center, 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. The students will chronicle 180 years of the history of St. Peter’s Church and more than 370 years of Catholicism in Saratoga County. The public is welcome. Tillman Nechtman, associate

professor and chair of Skidmore’s Department of History, said: “this a really good example of the kinds of work history students can do when they engage the wider world. These two have gone to real archives, asked real historical questions, and produced historical narratives of their own, just as academic historians do.”

Governor Andrew Cuomo Calls for Enactment of Nurse Practitioners Modernization Act NEW YORK STATE Recognizing the crucial role nurse practitioners play in New York’s healthcare delivery system, Governor Andrew Cuomo is including the Nurse Practitioners Modernization Act as part of the proposed 2014-2015 Education Executive Budget. Governor Cuomo’s proposal is to address workforce development of this area by realizing the importance

of removing barriers in order for patients to access quality healthcare. The Nurse Practitioners Modernization Act – modeled after S.4611-A (Young)/A.4846-A (Gottfried) and the recommendations of the Medicaid Redesign Team – would eliminate the obsolete requirement that an experienced NP have a written practice agreement with a physician as a

condition of practice. This Act, however, maintains the integrity of the collaborative relationship, requires the documentation of such, and does not expand the scope of healthcare services or change the functions that a NP may provide. According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 18 states (including Washington, DC) have no written practice agreement requirement.

Saratoga Reads To Offer February Programs For Young Readers SARATOGA SPRINGS Saratoga Reads will present a number of events in February specifically designed for young readers and their families. All events are open to the public free of charge. The activities are related to this year’s Saratoga Reads book of choice, “And the Mountains Echoed,” by Khaled Hosseini, and to the Saratoga Reads junior companion books selected for young readers. The programs will begin on Thursday, February 6, with a junior book discussion, Part 1, 6:30-8 p.m. at the Saratoga Springs Public Library, Dutcher Room. Students in grades 3-6 are invited to join students from

Saratoga Springs High School and Skidmore College in a discussion of Extra Credit by Andrew Clements and a second is scheduled for February 13. Students should select one night. Saratoga Springs Public Library and Saratoga Reads are also sponsoring an essay contest that will award two area high school students with tickets to attend “An Evening with Khaled Hosseini” at the Arthur Zankel Music Center at Skidmore College, on Wednesday, February 12. Contest winners will also be invited to a continental breakfast with Hosseini at Northshire Bookstore on Thursday, February 13, 8:30-9:30 a.m. The breakfast will be an intimate event, limited

to about 25 people. Contest entrants should have read at least one of Mr. Hosseini’s books. To enter the contest, students are asked to write an essay using the following prompt: Tell a heartfelt fable or story about a sibling pair. Write about the unique dynamics of sibling relationships and the interesting challenges and gifts they present. This can be a piece of fiction or a non-fiction essay but each entry should have a definite conflict and lesson that the sibling pair learn and experience together. Email to register for the discussion events or contact the teen librarian at 518-5847860, ext. 268, for more information.

Clues, Cans and Charity; Catholic Schools Week Concludes With Donations To Local Food Pantries SARATOGA SPRINGS - Every year during Catholic Schools Week the fifth grade classes of St. Clement’s Roman Catholic Church hold a friendly competition against each other to collect items for local food pantries. Clues were assigned designating

a ‘secret Campbell’s soup’ for each day of the week. The students were invited to take a crack at solving the daily riddle and bring in the mystery soup as a donation. Donations, however, were not limited to the soup of the day. All soup or non-perishable food items were accepted. The class

that collected the most donations will be receiving a popcorn and movie party at the teacher’s discretion. As for the soup clues that were given this week, Monday was “clucking about a great light that shone above the manger site”; Tuesday – “I’m a strip ring or tube-shaped pasta

time two”; Wednesday – “Mooing groats”; Thursday –“Half of veggie me with a cured pig”; and Friday – “To infinity, and beyond!” National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs

all week, which in 2014 is January 26 to February 1. Schools typically observe National Catholic Schools Week with Masses, open house and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. For more information, visit

Week of January 31 – February 6, 2014



Super Science Saturday at Ballston Spa Schools BALLSTON SPA - The elementary school Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) in Ballston Spa recently held the annual Super Science Saturday in the Wood Road

Elementary School Cafetorium. Super Science Saturday consisted of multiple stations that allowed each student to perform hands-on experiments at his/her own

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pace throughout the event. Students, parents and staff from throughout the district also volunteered to assist with the various stations and science experiments that are available. In addition to various stations of experimentation in the physical and biological sciences, three special stations were available, including the StarLab Learning Dome, Edwards’ Vacuum demonstrations and the KAPL-NOVA scientists with handson experiments demonstrating the Laws of Science. This year students and their families were invited to attend a special raptor show focusing on hawks, owls and wildlife. The FIRST Lego League Robotics teams from Milton Terrace North and Wood Road Elementary

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Schools also provided demonstrations and discussed their plans for the upcoming tournament on February 8 in the High School.

Please visit the district website at or contact the PTA units in the elementary schools for more information.

Ballston Spa’s Launching Pad Presents ‘Grease’ at 7 p.m. in the Ballston Spa High School Auditorium followed by five more performances: February 1 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., February 7 at 7 p.m. and February 8 at 1 p.m.

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BALLSTON SPA - The Ballston Spa Middle School’s drama club, Launching Pad Productions, presents “Grease” as rewritten for general audiences, featuring a cast of nearly 60 students and a crew of almost 80.

A few featured roles include Abby Yettru as Sandy Dumbrowski, Dane Andersen as Danny Zuko, Hannah Downs as Rizzo, and Caleb Andersen as Kenickie. The show opens January 31

and 7 p.m.. Tickets cost $7 each and may be purchased at the door before each show. A few cast members will be out on stage teaching children of all ages

how to hand jive before the show begins. Additional information is on the school website at www.bscsd. org or call the Ballston Spa Middle School at 518-884-7200.


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Week of January 31 – February 6, 2014

Week of January 31 – February 6, 2014


A Weekend Of Wellness Awaits by Arthur Gonick Saratoga TODAY

WILTON— The Wellness Department at Healthy Living Market and Café at the Wilton Mall invites you to start 2014 with a focus on whole-body wellness. “The key theme of the weekend is ‘connections’.” Said David Wolfe, the Market’s Saratoga Wellness Manager. “Hopefully, the weekends’ offerings will help to re-establish some primal relationships that have been lost in our fuel-abusing, modern society.” “We have been governed by the psychology of ‘more’ instead of sustainability,” Wolfe said. “These seminars and programs are designed to restore our primal relationships with our food, our earth and with other human beings.” “Since the 50s and 60s we have been sold on the philosophy of convenience, which has led to the toxification of our bodies,” Wolfe explained further. “The good news is that these things are correctable, yet only if we make a conscious effort. These programs will hopefully get people started thinking, or continuing along a good path.” On Saturday and Sunday February 8 and 9 the Market’s Learning Center and Wellness Department will team up with some of Saratoga’s most skilled health professionals and local vendors with the focus on areas such as: • Flu and cold prevention • How to make a habit of healthy eating in 2014 • An understanding of the products the Market sells and their benefits • 2 days of life-enriching Learning Center Classes • Dr. Hauschka makeovers and kits • In-house cooking demon strations all weekend, with and emphasis on seasonal foods • Free samples, recipes and giveaways • A panel of local health professionals will be talking about their own health challenges, changes they’ve made in life style and diet, and they’ll answer your questions. “The entire weekend culminates with a panel discussion on Sunday at 6:30 p.m.,” David Wolfe

said. “This is where you can get the answers and recommendations from 10-12 of our professionals. Anyone can ask anyone about anything!”

Schedule of Classes at the Healthy Living Learning Center All Classes and Panel Discussions are free, with no registration required

Saturday, February 8 Natural Healthy Hair Color by Herbitant with Erin Marzilli 11 a.m. - Noon Learn all there is to know about an all-natural hair coloring system. Explore the history; sustainable values and a unique formula that helps people get the color they want, without toxic ingredients that are harmful to the body or earth. Emotional Eating and Bach Flower Remedies with Nini Gridley 12:30 -1:30 p.m. This flower-empowering class covers a complete system of 38 natural flower-based remedies and outlines how safe, natural and effective these remedies are for restoring emotional balance and well-being.  (Suitable for the whole family.) Stress Reduction and Meditation with Pierre Zimmerman 2-3 p.m. This stress-relieving class will uncover the neuroscience behind stress and how it affects the body and mind.  Body relaxation techniques will be explored, as well as experiential meditation and communication skills that serve people effectively. This class helps connect people to their actual life experience and lends a hand in reducing stress levels on a daily basis. Dr. Hauschka Make-overs and Kits with Kelly Kynion 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. The Doctor is in the house Saturday-Dr. Hauschka’s Kelly Kynion will teach Guests which products work best for each individual, how to use certain cosmetics and applications, and will offer many goodies for the face, body and bath.

Benefits of Yoga with Julie Bell 5 – 6 p.m. What is yoga and how does it actually affect a person’s health? In a matter of minutes, experience the numerous health benefits of yoga. Connect to your body and breath and see what happens when your attention is brought back to your body as a practice. Learn an all-natural way to detox the body and gain a sense of well-being. Basic postures and a connection to nutrition will also be reviewed.  

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Juicing 101 with Donna Panzl 11 a.m. - Noon Receive tons of information and get a hands-on experience. Connect to your food and discover the extreme health benefits of juicing.  Learn what digestive enzymes are, how juicing can provide energy for a full day’s work, reduce inflammation, aid in weight loss and improve sleep. Yoga Basics: Yoga Vinyasa with Penny Berg 12:30-1:30pm “Ashtanga Yoga is breath practice.  The rest is just bending.” -Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.  Attend this yoga class that is truly designed for the beginner in all of us.  Connect to the breath, body and coordinate a practice that enhances all of the systems of the body.  Basic yoga postures will be explored as well as a guided meditation exercise that will leave you feeling calm and connected. Fertility and Good Nutrition with Lisa Cartier 2-3 p.m. Ever wonder what to do once you know you are pregnant?  Do you know how to choose the best care provider or how to develop a birth plan?  Connect to your own birth experience, including breast feeding vs. bottle feeding, dietary guidelines for fertility, and charting your cycle.  Handouts provided. The Fundamentals of Healing with Therapeutic Oils with Kaitlin Moen 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Get connected with essential oils and experience an effective, safe and all-natural way of sustaining great health.  This class provides tons of useful

Wellness Weekend Fair: Making connections to healthy living in 2014

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Saturday, February 8 from 11:30 a.m. through Sunday, February 9 at 7:30 p.m. 
 All events are Free. (518) 306-4900 information about “smart medicine” that helps people understand the difference between certified pure therapeutic grade oils and other oils available on the market. Learn about the quality, purity and potency of essential oils as well as diverse ways of applying them throughout the year. Connections to Integrative Medicine: Everyday Living with Chinese Medicine with Dr. Michael Wayne 5:00pm-6:00pm With over 25 years of experience Dr. Michael Wayne provides extensive knowledge and an

overview of Integrative Medicine; what it is, how it works, and the importance of it in today’s world. This class will also teach participants how to prepare a Chinese herbal tea using herbs found at Healthy Living Market and Café.  Learn to ward off colds and promote winter health…and enjoy making and tasting your very own winter herbal tea. Open Panel Discussion in Healthy Living (Atrium) 6:30-7:30 p.m. All the instructors from the weekend will be on hand to answer your questions. Get a variety of perspectives at once!



Week of January 31 – February 6, 2014

Not The Same Old Big Game Spread

Park Side Eatery Will WOW Your ‘Buds’ And Taste Buds At Your Party Photos by

by Arthur Gonick Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – These are the assignments that make covering politics worthwhile! The premise is you never met

a wing or a red sauce slice that you didn’t crave – but after XLVII of these things, let’s face it – it’s time for an upgrade. Maybe you are hosting your boss, an important client or that special someone you

have been trying to impress for about XLVIII weeks. The Park Side Eatery at 40 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs will make your guests feel like MVP’s. We asked co-owners Michael and Chef Heidi Hoyt to show us

some of the great things available on game day, and all we can say is that we hope Payton delivers this well. Chef Heidi and Chef Tim Neal brought out a dazzling, colorful delicious display of goodies.

Note well that a good game plan is a must, and while some items like chili might be available on big Sunday, Chef Heidi advises a call at least the day before (518.907.4337) to avoid a lastminute upset. Now, let’s dig in…

Charcuterie – Salumi in all its glorious forms; available in Park Side’s grab and go case and pairs excellently with a variety of Oscar’s cheese spreads. Assorted prices

Deviled Eggs- complete with ground horseradish and house cured jowl bacon. Why you want this: The eggs are local and fresh, fresh, fresh. The horseradish is a freshground root. Bottom line: I don’t even like deviled eggs but had a hard time stopping at three! $15/ dozen.

Havana Pork Chili – this version has black beans and rice and some unique spices including cinnamon and clove. Dulce y salado! Why you want this: A veggie version is also available for non-carnivores. $32/gallon. A perfect pairing with…

Galette – The Park Side’s answer to pizza. A flatbread version as shown contains potato, Cabot cheddar and jowl bacon. Why you want this: They will customize any number of topping combos – just ask! $8.50/each, Park Side recommends one for each four guests.

Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread- an 8”x8” pan goes for $8.50. Park Side is running a big Sunday special: a gallon of either pork or veggie chili, plus cornbread, sour cream chopped onion and shredded Cabot Cheddar. All this is regularly $48, but this Sunday it’s $38 if you pre-order.

Jalapeno Poppers— featuring the incredible triple-combo of pork, applewood smoked pork and house cured bacon. Why you want this at your party: It’s a baked, not deep-fried indulgence that packs a punch. $18/dozen.

Pulled pork sliders – available with Carolina-style (a tangy vinegar base) or traditional. Served with hand-made challah rolls. Why you want this: Park Side has a special this Sunday: 3.5 lbs. of pulled pork and two- dozen challah rolls. Regularly $59/ $40 this Sunday.

Cheddar Cheese and Veggie Dip- a munchie staple goes upscale with the addition of Cabot cheddar to the spicy garden dip that features artichokes, spinach and a little hot pepper for zing! Home made fried chips are provided with each pan of dip, which goes for $15 and serves 10 fans.

Week of January 31 – February 6, 2014



The Flavors Of Zest Add Depth To Market Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Lincoln Baths 65 South Broadway Saratoga State Park SARATOGA SPRINGS – For beautifully packaged delicious cuisine that is ready to eat (or reheat and serve), stop by the bountiful tables of Zest at Saratoga Farmers’ Market. Located on the second floor at Lincoln Baths every Saturday during the winter months, Zest brings both savory and sweet items to their table. Attractive boxes contain both large and small tarts, quiche and sweet pies, while clear bags tied with raffia hold a variety of homemade granola, cookies or even special gourmet dog biscuits. Other Zest specialties include soups, frittatas, hummus and pirohi, a traditional dumpling from Eastern Europe, which Zest fills with potato and cheese or sauerkraut and mushrooms. Zest’s owners, Carla and Eric Kuchar started their catering business in Middlebury, Vermont, in 2007. They moved to the greater Saratoga area in 2010, and now offer catering services throughout the Capital Region for large-scale events and functions in private homes. Zest shares its fabulous food yearround at Saratoga Farmers’ Market

and at its summer-season sister market in Malta. In the summer of 2013, Zest opened a shop in Ballston Spa, at 3 Science Street, where it provides lunch and dinner Monday-Friday (11a.m. to 6:30 p.m.), with menus that change frequently. “We are constantly introducing new flavors and products. We are influenced by seasonal availability and our customers’ requests. Our latest introductions have been a RosemaryCashew Granola, and an Almond Joy pie,” notes Chef Carla. “Whether we are catering a large event or preparing packaged goods for the farmers’ market, we focus on serving food that is fresh, personal, and elegant. Making everything in-house from scratch allows us to accommodate any dietary needs. We try to source as many local and organic products as we can,” Kuchar continued. During Saratoga’s popular Chowderfest event on Saturday, February 1, Zest will prepare the Saratoga Farmers’ Market’s official chowder entry, using market ingredients. “I wanted to showcase the great variety of local farm products that

we have at the market,” commented chef Carla. “Our market chowder will include spicy sausage from Elihu Farm, kale and onions from Gomez Veggie Ville, sweet potatoes from Quincy Farm, milk from Battenkill Valley Creamery, and cheese from Argyle Cheese Farmer. Some of the bakers at the market are creating accompaniments for the chowder as well. It’s great to have this collaboration.” The market will serve its chowder from the start of Chowderfest at 11 a.m. until the market closes at 1 p.m., after which Zest will continue to serve the market’s chowder in front of Saratoga Botanicals at 80 Henry Street from 1 to 4 p.m. “We wanted to move downtown to give the Saratoga Farmers’ Market a continued presence throughout the afternoon,” notes Eric Kuchar, Zest’s project manager. “We’re looking forward to mingling with the Saratoga crowd, to encourage them to come see us at the market every Saturday at Lincoln Baths, or to visit us during the work week in Ballston Spa.”

Tiny Bubbles by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY Hello my foodie friends! Do you remember the Mean Joe Greene commercial? If you do then you know it was about soda! This weekend during the Big Game a lot of soda will be consumed along

with some other beverages. Did you know the average American consumes about 212 liters of carbonated drinks per year, using 676 beverage packages per person? Now multiply that times an average family of four! Math people, I’m waiting….ok it’s 2704 per family per year. With a Home Soda Maker from Sodastream, it’s just one bottle. How’s your recycling container looking? Mine is empty! Do you entertain? Have kids over to visit? Why not choose for yourself what stuff goes in the liquid you drink? You can choose how much carbonation you want in your soda and how much syrup or natural flavoring like lemon or lime. You can use your own tap water

which is more closely regulated than bottled water. Make soda in less than 10 seconds with no electricity and no mess. At my daughter’s birthday party I taught about 10 teenagers how to make soda and then I got to relax. Yes that’s right - they stopped texting and made something. There is nothing to mess up because its water. There are different sizes and colors to fit your kitchen. It comes with a carbonator that can fill 60 one liter bottles. When it is empty simply bring it back to me for an exchange tank that has been cleaned checked and refilled. Most people go 1 to 2 months with one tank. How often are you driving to pick up water or soda? Here’s how easy it is: 1. Fill bottle with water

Roasted Garlic Soup With Beans and Kale Ingredients * Available at Saratoga Farmers’ Market (Serves 6) 1 cup of dried white (or other) beans* 2 heads of garlic*
 Olive oil for drizzling
 1 bunch of curly kale*
 6 cups of stock or water
 2 Tbsp of fresh rosemary, minced
 Salt and pepper to taste


• Soak beans overnight in enough water to cover by 3 inches. • Roast garlic by cutting off the top of the head so that the cloves are showing, drizzle with olive oil, wrap in foil and place in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes or until browned and soft. • Cook beans in broth at a low simmer for 1-2 hours or until tender. • Add finely chopped kale, garlic and rosemary and simmer for another 15 minutes.

2. Put bottle in the soda maker 3. Push the button 4. In about 10 seconds a sound will tell you that is carbonated 5. If you like add syrup 6. Put cap on and turn over to mix 7. Drink it It is fun and it never feels like work. Try it and give us your feedback! I don’t know where I’ll be for the Big Game so maybe I’ll run into you in the kitchen! Remember my Foodie Friends that “Life Happens in the Kitchen” Take Care, John and Paula



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How Saratoga’s Soup-er Bowl Began Gavin Landry Recalls The Beginnings

by Arthur Gonick Saratoga TODAY NEW YORK — As it approaches its 16th edition this Saturday, Chowderfest has achieved iconic status. A signature event that is so intrinsically interwoven with the fabric of our lives that we sometimes assume that it always has been here. But yes, there was a Saratoga before Chowderfest. It just wasn’t as tasty. Just over sixteen years ago, Gavin Landry was President of the Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau when he formulated the concept of Chowderfest and presented it to the Winterfest committee at the Gideon Putnam Hotel. At the time, it was presented as a way to augment the Winterfest week of events and, to an extent, generate a bridge with downtown Saratoga Springs with the activities going on in the Spa State Park. But within short order, while Winterfest continues to be a strong event to this day, there was no doubt that Chowderfest had dwarfed it in terms of popularity and participation. Thanks to the groundwork Mr. Landry laid down sixteen years ago, Chowderfest grows larger each year. We reached him at his new post at Empire State Development in New York City, where he shared some insights into Chowderfest’s origins. Looking back, How did you develop this idea? GL: I created Chowderfest to generate tourism demand during a need time for Saratoga’s annual calendar. The idea behind Chowderfest was to help create awareness for the various wonderful restaurants that were members of the Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau. Who helped get things off the ground in the beginning? GL: The key players that

helped launch this initiative were Mark Baker, Jim Sheridan (Gideon Putnam), Denise McDonald and Joe Dalton. It could have never been accomplished without the help of our wonderful restaurateurs such as Steve Sullivan and the Morris Brothers and my great team at the Bureau especially Kathy Price and Kathy Denkenberger. They were a tremendous help to get it off the ground.

What were some of the major goals at the time? GL: The goal was to invite trial by the people participating in Chowderfest. We wanted to drive them to the actual restaurant to experience it. The idea was to encourage future return trips by already having visited the restaurant; experiencing the décor, the ambience and knowing the distance the restaurant is from their home.

Do you remember how many participants there were in the early years? GL: The first year we started, we had 16 restaurants join us. It resulted in 5,000 restaurant visits. Last year there were over 70 restaurants, bars and shops serving chowder. They served over 115,000 cups of chowder and the crowd was estimated at 20,000 – 25,000 people. This year, I’m told there are over 85 chowder vendors. You probably have a few anecdotes and stories about the first years… GL: Every year the Chowderfest ballot count grew and grew. I would have all the ballots put into boxes and delivered to the Holiday Inn Saratoga Springs. I would count them in by hand in order to do a notification the following day with the newspapers. By the time I left the Bureau in 2007, it took me nine hours to tally up all the ballots. That year, it happened to be Super Bowl Sunday, I remember thinking I

need to have a better solution than to be counting ballots at half time during the Super Bowl. Also, the addition of the Doggie Chowder to allow man’s best friend a chance to participate was something we were especially proud to incorporate.

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The idea of incorporating Chowderfest t-shirts into the mix proved to be popular. Some of the older ones are collector’s items these days if you can even find them. GL:The t-shirt enhancement started in year one. I believe we also gave away a sweatshirt pretty early on. I always reserved a certain number to give to charity, such as Saratoga ARC and to the sponsors, but yes, they all sold out. Who were some of the artists that developed the early logos and set the standards for each year? GL: Hud Armstrong was my artist for all of the original art through 2007. Our goal was to create stylized art using the same characters in different scenarios that demonstrated happiness during that time of year. A little known fact is that in all of the artwork we had a squirrel that harkened back to some early debate about the squirrels in Congress Park.   Has your schedule allowed you to visit a recent Chowderfest? GL: I have not visited Chowderfest in person since 2007 but have enjoyed watching the videos online, which I think Ralph Pascucci of Myriad Productions is still shooting.   What are you doing now? GL: In 2013, I became Executive Director of Tourism for New York State, working with members of the Tourism Division to lead the iconic I LOVE NY program, and develop and implement new strategies to support the growth of the tourism industry across the state.

Shout It louda! We love our chowda!

Some fun “Chowder Facts” Participating Chowderfest Restaurants: First year: 16 2013: 74 2014: 85

Chowder Servings: First year: 5,000 2013: Over 115,000 2014: ???

What’s New This Year? The Chowderfest Hat Contest! The hat contest is on Henry Street from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. It’s a family fun event with Best Hat (inspired by your favorite chowder, of course) with prizes for adults and kids.

Who Is Defending Their Title? 2013 Winners:

•Dog Chow Down Winner: Impressions of Saratoga •Best On Broadway and Best Newcomer: Druthers •Best Off Broadway: Seven Horse Pub •Best Non-Downtown: Longfellows •Best Dessert-Themed Chowder: Ben & Jerry’s •Most Chowder Served: Parting Glass •People’s Choice under 1,000 bowls Served: The Local Pub •People’s Choice: Seven Horse Pub •2014 Winners will be announced at 6:30 on Saturday evening at the •Saratoga Springs City Center For more fun chowder facts and other information Visit


Malta Spring Activities Brochure Available The Town of Malta’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Human Services Spring Activities Brochure is now available on at Create your new household account today so you can register for your favorite activities with no convenience fees. Classes, new sports programs and special events are scheduled to begin in March. Call the Malta Community Center at (518) 8994411 for more information. Saratoga County Office for the Aging The Saratoga County Office for the Aging is in urgent need of volunteers to help deliver meals to homebound seniors in the City of Saratoga Springs. This program helps many seniors remain independent in their own homes. Nutritious meals are prepared, packed and ready for transport. Delivery takes between 30 minutes and one hour. Call Billie Jo or Denise at The Office for the Aging at (518) 363-4020 or (518) 884-4100 for more information. Seeking Grant Applicants The Karen & Gary Dake Foundation for Children has announced their pledge to issue over $30,000 in grants for local children with disabilities in 2014. Members of the community who know or provide care for a child or children with disabilities are encouraged to apply for funding on their behalf. Applicants/providers should reside within a 50-mile radius of Saratoga Springs. Applications and additional instructions for funding are available on the Foundation’s website at www.dakefoundation. org or by calling the Foundation at (518) 226-0252. Looking For Volunteers CAPTAIN’s Homework Help Program, at Cheryl’s Lodge in Halfmoon, is in need of volunteers who enjoy working with youth. Volunteers help students with their homework, reading or simple craft projects. Orientation is provided. Volunteers are needed on Mondays–Thursdays from 2:40–

LOCAL BRIEFS 3:45 p.m. to work with children from kindergarten through grade 5, from 4-5:30 p.m. with middle school students and from 5:30–6:30 p.m. for grades 9–12. Call Mary at CAPTAIN, (518) 371-1185, for more information. Volunteer applications can be downloaded from the CAPTAIN website at Gavin Park Pickleball Indoor Pickleball at Gavin Park runs from now until April. Players of any experience level can participate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:15 a.m.–11:15 a.m. Three to six courts will be available each session. Participants may bring their own equipment or may use the park’s. Players must register, in person, at the Gavin Park Office, 10 Lewis Drive, Wilton. Doors open at 9 a.m. No regular commitment is required. Cost per person, per day, is $3. For more information call (518) 584-9455. Youth Center Seeking Junior Mentors The Youth Center is seeking Volunteer Junior Mentors (grades nine through 12) to work with the tween program. Some of these volunteer positions may grow into summer jobs. All volunteers will be required to complete a training course that is currently under development. Training is tentatively planned to begin in March. Contact the Youth Center at (518) 695-6100 and leave your contact information and the best time to call you. Round Lake/Malta Youth Baseball The Round Lake/Malta Youth Baseball League is accepting registrations for boys and girls interested in T-ball (ages 4-5) and all divisions for ages 6-12 for Recreation Spring Baseball. If interested, email roundlakebaseball@gmail. com, visit www.Leaguelineup. com/roundlakebaseball for a registration form or call (518) 899-7819 for more information. Applications can also be found at the Malta Community Center. There are a limited number of spots so sign up early. Seeking Tax Assistance Volunteers TaxAide is seeking volunteers for the coming tax season. TaxAide volunteers answer questions and prepare and file returns for low to moderate income taxpayers and seniors from February 1 to April 15 at various sites in Saratoga County. No experience is required. For

further information, visit www. or call (518) 373-1076. Fish Creek Rod and Gun Club Breakfast The Fish Creek Rod and Gun Club, located on route 32 south of the village of Victory, will host their monthly breakfast on February 9 from 8–11 a.m. The breakfasts will continue on the second Sunday of each month all year. Eggs cooked to order, bacon, sausage, toast (white or wheat), pancakes (regular, blueberry, buckwheat, apple cinnamon), French toast, home fries, orange juice, coffee, tea, hot chocolate. Cost: Adult $6; Child $3. Saratoga Relay for Life The “Give Cancer the Boot” social and informative open invitation will be February 12, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Maple Avenue Fire House on Route 9. There will be a BBQ dinner and dessert served. The program will include information on participating in the Saratoga Relay for Life to be held June 7-8 at the East Side Recreation Field. There will also be information on fundraisers the Relay Committee offers for participants to participate in and raise donations to give to the American Cancer Society. Join and help the American Cancer Society finish the fight. RSVP to Nicole at (518) 857-0161 or Sheila at (518) 365-2164. More information is available at www.relayforlife. org/saratogaspringsny. ‘I Love You... & Chocolate Too!’ On Friday, February 14, from 6–8 p.m., the Greater Schuylerville Youth Program will present “I Love You … & Chocolate Too!” The event will feature a chocolate dessert sampler bar. While admission is free, there is a $10 donation suggested per family. There will be door prizes, a heartful backdrop for family photos, some love inspired games, and surprises. Join the event on Valentine’s Day as area families celebrate the holiday of love with chocolate at the Youth Center in Fort Hardy Park. RSVP by February 7 by calling (518) 695-6100 and leaving a message that includes your family name, phone number and how many people will be in your party, as space is limited. For up-to-the-minute information check out the Facebook page: reaterschuylervilleyouthprogram.

Week of January 31 – February 6, 2014 Skidmore Softball Clinics to Start In February Skidmore College is hosting two girls softball clinics on the following dates in February. On Sunday, February 16: All Skills Clinic for Grades 3-8, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., cost is $60 per player (includes a T-shirt). On Sunday, February 23: Hitting and Defense Clinic for Grades 9-12, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. cost is $100 per player (includes a T-shirt). Both clinics will take place at Skidmore College in the Williamson Sports Center. Contact head softball coach Hannah Shalett for more information by emailing or calling (518) 580-5394. Saratoga County Chamber Workshop The Saratoga County Chamber will host a three part workshop with Ray Patterson of the Stakeholders, Inc. to provide additional information to nonprofits about recruiting, training, supporting evaluating and celebrating their volunteers. This training series is in addition to the many workshops, seminars and collaborative meetings regularly held for area nonprofit management staff and will be brought to the Chamber members free of charge. The sessions will be held on the second Thursday in February and April from 8–10 a.m. at Saratoga Bridges. Reservations can be made directly through the Chamber at Saratoga County Chamber. SUNY Financial Aid Day at SUNY Adirondack SUNY Adirondack will host a SUNY Financial Aid Day on Saturday, February 22, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Scoville Learning Center on the Bay Road campus. Students can register for the Financial Aid Day online at www. or by phone at 1-800-342-3811. Representatives from SUNY Adirondack’s Admissions Office will also be available from 9–11 a.m. to answer any questions on the admissions process. For more information on this event call the SUNY Adirondack Financial Aid Office at (518) 743-2223. Win Your Wedding Contest If you have a romantic, quirky, funny, or unique wedding proposal story, the National Museum of Dance wants to hear from you. Submit your proposal story in 250 words or less along with a photo, or a two-minute

video (using a YouTube or Vimeo link) for a chance to win your wedding. All submissions must be received by February 28. The story with the most likes on the Dance Museum’s Wedding Facebook page on March 20 will win a wedding package valued at over $15,000 from some of the capital region’s best wedding vendors. The winning couple will be announced March 21. Contact or (518) 584-2225, ext. 3001 for more information or to submit your story. Annual Spring Craft Sale Sponsored by BPOE No. 223— Elk’s Auxiliary of Route 40 in Greenwich the annual Spring Craft Sale will be Saturday, March 8 from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Crafters wanted, $30 per space, call for application. For more information call Donna at (518) 692-2347 or email cccdb@ You can also call Amber at (518)587-8224. Only 40 spaces available. Acoustic Performers Sought Looking for talented soloists, duos or small acoustic bands to perform in this year’s Café Malta on Saturday, March 22. Only three to four acts will be selected and each group will perform a 15-20 minute set. Also seeking specialty acts including comedians and/or dancers to perform on an intimate stage at the Malta Community Center, 1 Bayberry Drive, Malta. Auditions are by appointment only. Contact Elyse Young, Artistic Director at (518) 899-4411, ext. 305 or email for more details or an audition appointment. A Night Remembering Sinatra Dinner Show The Clifton Park Elks Ladies Auxiliary presents “A Night Remembering the Music of ‘The Chairman of the Board,’” a dinner show featuring the music of Sinatra performed by Chris Jason. The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 11 at the Clifton Park Elks Lodge, 695 MacElroy Road in Ballston Lake. Dinner is a choice of Sirloin Steak or Crab Stuffed Haddock. Tickets are $35 per person. Seating is limited, only pre-paid reservations accepted. Reservations and payment must be received by April 4. To reserve tickets, send a check payable to Clifton Park Elks Ladies’ Auxiliary, P.O. Box 872, Clifton Park, NY 12065. For additional information, contact Johanna Mrochko at (518) 371-1451.

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Week of January 31 – February 6, 2014 Springs, 10 a.m. A volkswalk is a leisurely walk (typically 10k or 6.2 miles. A 3-mile route is also offered) through a scenic and or historic area over a pre-marked trail. Register 30 minutes before start. Visit www.ava. org, ESCV (518) 584-6160.

Family Friendly Event

Friday, January 31 Rick Bolton Performing at Putnam’s within the Gideon Putnam Resort Saratoga Spa State Park, 24 Gideon Putnam Rd, Saratoga Springs, 6–9 p.m. Come enjoy a basket of our complimentary Saratoga Chips or a pint of our very own Putnam’s Pour Pale Ale while you take in the music. For more information call (518) 226-4719.

Candlelight Ski & Snowshoe

Saratoga Spa State Park, Warming Hut, 6–8:30 p.m. In addition to a one-mile candlelit loop, the park will be offering ice skating and hot food and drinks. Snowshoes will be available to rent. This is a weather dependent event. For more information call (518) 584-2000, ext. 11.

Shrek the Musical

Maple Ave Middle School, Maple Ave., Saratoga Springs, 7 p.m. Kids and adults alike will enjoy the catchy tunes, dance numbers and funny moments that will leave them laughing. The show will also be performed at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, February 1; 7 p.m. Friday, February 7, and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, February 8. Tickets are $7 each at the door or preordered through the Musical Club website: mapleavenuemusicalclub.

Movie: The Crash Reel

Saratoga Film Forum, 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 7:30 p.m. “The Crash Reel,” tells champion snowboarder Kevin Pearce’s story through vérité footage and interviews with his tight-knit Vermont family, showing his rise to the top of his sport, his long-time rivalry with fellow snowboarder Shaun White, his accident and his slow recovery and realization that he will never again be able to participate in the sport he loved and excelled at. Not rated. For more information and other films showing this week, visit

Saturday, February 1 Volkswalk: Fun, Fitness and Friendship Start point: Saratoga Downtowner Motel, 413 Broadway, Saratoga

Single Parents of the Capital District Meet Up Shenendehowa Adult Community Center, Clifton Commons, Clifton Park, 6:45 p.m. You are invited to meet other singles from the Capital District, Saratoga and surrounding areas. Parents Without Partners brings singles together in a fun, supportive, social environment through a variety of monthly activities for parents alone and/or with their children. For more information call (518) 348-2062 www.meetup. com/PWP796.

Sunday, February 2 Breakfast Buffet Saratoga-Wilton Elks, 1 Elks Lane, Saratoga Springs, 8:30–11 a.m. Donation requested: Adults $8, Seniors and Military $7, Children 5–12 $6, Under 5 Free, Takeouts $8. For more information call (518) 584-2585.

Saratoga Winterfest 5K Snowshoe Run/Walk Saratoga Spa State Park, 11 a.m. For application visit www. or link to online registration at A limited supply of Dion Snowshoes will be available at a $5 rental charge. Email Laura Clark at laura@ to reserve a pair or phone Jeff Clark at (518) 5817550. For more information visit

Groundhog Gala Family Dances with Peter, Paul and George Saratoga Springs Public Library, 2–3 p.m. Get your groove on with the Groundhog Gala (also known as our Super Bowl Sunday Family Dance) at the library. Fun, participatory, family dances from around the world will be led by the talented trio of Peter, Paul and George. For more information call (518) 584-7860. Visit for additional events.

Book Discussion: The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav Woodlawn Commons, 156 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, 6 p.m. Hosted by New Thought New York Center for Spiritual Living. For more information, visit www. or call (518) 423-3569.

calendar Monday, February 3 The Saratoga Retired Teachers Association Meeting Longfellows Restaurant, 500 Union Ave. (Rte. 9P), Saratoga Springs, Noon The association is open to retired educators who taught and/ or live in Saratoga County. For membership information call (518) 587-5356.

Trout Unlimited Meeting Saratoga Springs Public Library, 7 p.m.. Master Fly-tyer and noted author Mike Valla will provide snippets and inside info from his latest book, “The Founding Flies; 48 American Masters, Their Patterns and Influence.” For more information call Mark (518) 893-2220.

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 234 Meeting 23 Pleasant St. Ballston Spa, 7 pm. Anyone interested in joining or learning more about the Auxiliary can stop in.

Tuesday, February 4 Catholic Daughters of the America Meeting Knights of Columbus Hall, Pine Road, Saratoga Springs, 6 p.m. During the month of February, the Catholic Daughters will be collecting baby items for the Birthright Baby Shower to benefit Birthright of Ballston Spa. New members welcome. For more information contact Regent Eileen Tuohy (518) 584-3472 or Vice-Regent Anne Senecal (518) 885-0663.

Wednesday, February 5 Academy for Lifelong Learning (A.L.L.) Storytellers SUNY Empire State College, Room 126 (the Rotunda), 2 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, Noon–1 p.m. Partners in Creativity: Readings of original work by members of A.L.L. and SUNY Empire State College. Free and open to the public. Program canceled if Saratoga Springs Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather., (518) 5872100, ext. 2415.

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Poetry Readings by Shira Dentz & Andrew Sullivan Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 7:30 p.m. Indie Film “Life On the Run” will be filming for part of the evening. An open reading will follow. Doors open for sign-ups at 7 p.m. Cost is $5. For more information call (518) 5830022 or visit

Thursday, February 6 Soup’s On Saratoga National Bank, Jones Rd. Office, 4208 Route 50, Wilton, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. “Soup’s On” began five years ago as a fun way to show appreciation for customers and warm up on a cold winter day. The event coincides with Jones Road’s ongoing food drive to benefit the Wilton Food Pantry. Donations of nonperishable food items can be dropped off during normal business hours. For more information call (518) 587-8484.

Saratoga Ancient Order of Hibernians Saratoga-Wilton Elk, 1 Elks Lane, Rt. 9, Saratoga Springs, 7 p.m. The Hibernians open the year’s fun programs with an interactive version of Irish Jeopardy. There will be no pressure in learning a “wee” bit about some Irish History, Names, Cities and Towns. Refreshments available.

Saratoga Reads Junior Book Discussion Saratoga Springs Public Library, H. Dutcher Community Room, 6:30–8 p.m. Students in grades 3-6 are invited to join students from Saratoga Springs High School and Skidmore College in a discussion of Extra Credit by Andrew Clements. The book explores an unlikely pen-pal relationship between Illinois sixth-grader Abby Carson and Sadeed Bayat, the best Englishlanguage student in his Afghan village. Register by emailing kids@

Town of Ballston: Ballston Town Hall 323 Charlton Road (518) 885-8502 2/05: Zoning Board, 7:30 p.m. Village of Ballston Spa: 66 Front Street (518) 885-5711 2/10: Board of Trustees, 7:30 p.m. Town of Greenfield: 7 Wilton Road (518) 893-7432 2/11: Planning Board, 7 p.m. Town of Malta: 2540 Route 9 (518) 899-2818 2/03: Town Board, 7 p.m. Town of Milton: 503 Geyser Road (518) 885-9220 2/05: Town Board, 7 p.m. City of Saratoga Springs: 474 Broadway (518) 587-3550 2/04: City Council, 7 p.m. 2/12: Planning Board, 7 p.m. Town of Saratoga: 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville (518) 695-3644 2/10: Town Board, 7 p.m. Village of Schuylerville: 35 Spring Street (518) 695-3881 2/12: Board of Trustees, 7 p.m. Town of Stillwater: 881 N. Hudson Avenue Stillwater, NY 12170 (518) 664-6148 2/03: Planning Board, 7 p.m. Town of Wilton: 22 Traver Road (518) 587-1939 2/06: Zoning Board, 6:30 p.m.

Community Youth Football Informational Meeting 50 West High Street, Ballston Spa, 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to join us in learning more about the fastest adaptive model taking over Youth Football in the Capital District and surrounding areas. Community Youth Football offers many benefits to all players interested in wanting to learn and

Upcoming Town Meetings

Blood Drives February 1, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. 613 Maple Ave., Saratoga Springs

Saratoga County Board of Supervisors: 40 McMaster St, #1 Ballston Spa, NY 12020 (518) 885-2240

February 6, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 211 Church St., Saratoga Springs

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Bobby Dick + Suzie. Friday, 6:30 @ Primelive Ultra Lounge.

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saturday, 2/1:

Rob Lindquist Trio, 9 pm

Kevin McKrell, 2:30 pm

@ 9 Maple Avenue - 583.2582

Austin, 9 pm @ Bailey’s - 583.6060

Kings English, 10 pm @ Caroline St, Pub - 583.9400

Ellis Paul, 8 pm @ Caffè Lena - 583.0022

Jeff Brisbin, 7 pm @ Maestros - 580.0312

Woodstone, 9 pm @ Gaffney’s - 587.7359

Tim Ortiz, 8:30 pm @ Irish Times - 583.0003

@ The Parting Glass - 583.1916

sunday, 2/2: Live Jazz Brunch, 10 am @ Primelive Ultra Lounge - 583.4563

monday, 2/3: Chris Carey/Tim Wechgelaer, 7 pm @ One Caroline - 587.2026

tuesday, 2/4: Rich Ortiz, 10 pm

3 To Get Ready (5:30)/True Grit Outlaws, 10:30 pm

@ Caroline St, Pub - 583.9400

Nate, 9 pm

@ Maestros - 580.0312

John Kribs Duo, 8 pm

@ Gaffney’s - 587.7359

@ JP Bruno’s - 745.1180 @ The Mill - 899.5253

@ The Parting Glass - 583.1916

Bobby Dick + Suzie, 6:30 pm @ Primelive Ultra Lounge - 583.4563

Colette + The Mudcats, 8 pm @ Ravenswood - 371.8771

Rusty Old Guys, 9 pm @ The Rusty Nail - 371.9875

Legendary Losers, 6 pm @ The Saratoga Winery - 584.9463

The Audiostars, 8 pm @ Vapor - 792.8282

saturday, 2/1: Rich Ortiz, 4 pm @ Bailey’s - 583.6060

Jeff Brisbin, 7 pm Open Mic Rick Bolton, 9 pm

wednesday, 2/5: Poetry Open Mic, 7 pm @ Cafe’ Lena - 583.0022

Jeff walton, 7 pm @ Maestros - 580.0312

Masters Of Nostalgia, 9 pm @ One Caroline - 587.2026

Particle w/John Wayne + the Pain, 9 pm @ Putnam Den - 584.8066

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From Dallas To Dacha: SPAC’s 2014 Winter Ball Is a Russian Winter Wonderland

SARATOGA SPRINGS— Taking inspiration from SPAC’s upcoming Bolshoi Ballet engagement and the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, the theme for SPAC’s annual winter gala will be “The Winter Ball: A Russian Whiteout.” The event, slated for Saturday, February 22 at 8 p.m. in the historic Hall of Springs, is a fundraiser for classical programming presented by SPAC’s Junior Committee. Tickets are $75 in advance and $80 after February19, are now available at Guests at this year’s event will be transported to a virtual Russian winter wonderland as the organizers will transform the ballroom of the Hall of Springs into a winter palace, complete with ice sculptures, martini ice luges, a Russian vodka bar courtesy of Tovaritch Vodka, hearty Tsar-worthy fare, a blizzard photo booth by Heather Bohm-Tallman, a raffle with glittering prizes, live music by Saving Atlantis and dancing. Guests are encouraged to don cocktail attire with a Russian twist for the chance to win SPAC event tickets and be crowned best dressed ‘Russian Ice Queen’ and ‘Moscow Mafia Man,’ respectively. Marking its fourth year in 2014, the Winter Ball has quickly become known as a ‘can’t miss’ among the regions young professionals for its fun themes, great live music,

mouthwatering cocktails and hors d¹oeuvres. With nods to pop culture and icons, time periods, and popular television shows, past themes have included ‘Mad Men,’ ‘Bond: Shaken not Stirred,’ and most recently, ‘Dallas: Everything’s Bigger in Texas.’ “Last year’s ‘Dallas’ Winter Ball was a huge success for SPAC and tremendous fun for guests with mechanical bull rides and a southwestern flavor,” said Meredith von Schenk, the Winter Ball Co-Chair. “This year we are putting the winter back in Winter Ball for a truly elegant and enchanting evening. Guests will be blown away by this one.” SPAC’s Junior Committee, formed in 2010, consists of rising young professionals from in and around the Capital Region. The goal of the committee is to assist SPAC in fundraising, donor cultivation and outreach among their peers. Proceeds that are raised at the Committee’s Winter Ball help underwrite the classical programming and educational activities of SPAC’s summer season. For more information about The Winter Ball, visit or contact Kristy Godette at kristy@ or (518) 584-9330 ext. 109.  For information on a special Gideon Putnam Winter Ball Overnight Package, contact Deanna Kirk at The Gideon Putnam Hotel at (518) 226-4752.


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Bartender’s Ball: The Roaring 20s Are Back

Photos: Courtesy of Saratoga Auto Museum

SARATOGA SPRINGS— If perhaps you need a little perking up as the mid-winter blues descend upon your consciousness. This could be your prescription: tantalizing hors d’oeuvres, a full dinner buffet, martini bar, craft beer bar, a chocolate fountain and all-night dancing to live music by the Audiostars. That’s what you can expect at the 17 th annual Bartenders’ Ball on Saturday, February 8 from 6:30 p.m. to midnight at the Saratoga Springs City Center. The excitement of the Roaring 20s continues with gaming in the casino room and entertainment by Holly and Evan. As this year’s theme is the Roaring 20s Gatsby Era, you are hereby encouraged to dress for fun, flapping and Charleston dancing. Come and find out who is Saratoga County’s best bartender as the winners of the Most Valuable Bartender contest are announced. The evening’s proceeds support Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services of Saratoga County’s emergency domestic violence shelter. Last year alone the shelter provided 2,612 bed nights of safe housing to domestic violence victims and their children fleeing abuse. Tickets are 60 dollars per person. This ball is always a sellout, so advance reservations are highly recommended. Call 583-0280 for information and reservations.


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Color/Form Can You Get A Witness?

Artist: Adam Daily

Works by jackie brown, adam daily and dustin london

February 8 - March 29 Discussion With The Artists:February 8, 5:30 p.m. 
 The Saratoga Arts Center 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 
 SARATOGA SPRINGS – Saratoga Arts will present the contemporary art exhibition Color/ Form, with artists Jackie Brown, Adam Daily and Dustin London, on display in The Arts Center Gallery from February 8 through March 29. This bold and dynamic exhibition will open to the public on Saturday, February 8 with an artist’s discussion with Jackie Brown and Adam Daily at 5:30 p.m., followed by a lively and colorful reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Bright and dramatic surfaces draw viewers into manufactured worlds, where abstract ideas of systems and intuition serve as pathways. Together, these three artists manipulate color, form and space, bringing a multitude of experiences and processes to life. Jackie Brown’s installations and drawings explore the potential for biological growth and transformation. Organic shapes, bold colors, and surprising connections evoke ideas of evolution, spontaneity and the manipulation of life systems. She received her BA from Hamilton College and her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Arts.

Adam Daily’s large paintings focus on the interaction between shapes and the space they inhabit. Geometric explorations create a ‘visual punch’ of graphic interlocking forms, with chromatic intensity and precision. He received his BS from Skidmore College and his MFA from University of Albany. Daily was awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in 2011. Dustin London’s intimate drawings emerge from the deepest recess of his subconscious. Black mica surfaces, methodically incised with white lines, become constellations of the mind, aerial views, puzzles or diagrams. He received his BFA from Michigan State University and his MFA from University of Pennsylvania. London was awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in 2011 and has been an artist in residence at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs. For more information contact Elizabeth Dubben, director of exhibitions at The Arts Center Gallery is free to the public Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Gallery is closed Sunday.

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Home Made Theater (HMT) continues their 29th season with Agatha Christie’s Witness For The Prosecution. The show runs weekends February 7 through February 23 at the Spa Little Theater in the Saratoga Spa State Park. This courtroom mystery is said to be Agatha Christie’s own personal favorite. Only she could have conceived such a suspenseful thriller and then capped it off with so many twists and turns along the way. Leonard Vole stands in the dock, accused of murder. His wife can prove his innocence but when she takes the stand she denies his alibi. Can he escape the hangman’s noose? The courtroom proceedings will keep you guessing until the final curtain. The director of Witness For The Prosecution is Dianne O’Neill Filer who has directed and costumed numerous shows around the world including HMT’s And Then There Were None and The 39 Steps last season. She has an MFA in Theater from Sarah Lawrence College and served on the Board of Cameo Theater and The Acting

Company of Greenwich for many years. Dianne taught drama at Brunswick School and Greenwich Academy for 20 years and most recently taught art and drama at the Doane Stuart School in Albany. The cast of Witness For The Prosecution includes Victor Cahn as Sir Wilfred Robarts, Devra CohenTigör as Romaine, Jonathan Hefter as Leonard Vole, Robin Leary as Miss Myers, William M. Sanderson as Mr. Mayhew, Terri Storti as Janet Mackenzie, and Rick Wissler as Justice Wainwright. The artistic team includes scenic

designer Mary Fran Hughes, lighting designer Kyle Van Sandt, costume designer Sherry Recinella, sound designer El Musiko Archivo and properties designer Anne-Marie Baker. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, February 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 8 p.m. Matinees are Sundays, February 16 and 23 at 2 p.m. An optional dinner or brunch package is available at the Gideon Putnam for an additional $25 per person plus tax and gratuity. Ticket prices are $23 and $26. For reservations or more info visit or call HMT at (518) 587-4427.


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Saratoga Notches First Frozen Springs Classic Under Belt SARATOGA SPRINGS — The 1st Annual Saratoga Frozen Springs Classic successfully completed the 45-team tournament at Spa State Park with winners in three divisions. The Blue Devils took the Gold Division, while the Saratoga Stallions claimed the Silver Division and WWHBD won the Bronze Division with playoff wins on Sunday, January 26. Vendors, warming tents, fire barrels, snowfall and competitive four-on-four ice hockey encompassed the weekend for the Labatt title-sponsored event. According to the Saratoga Frozen Springs Classic website, “The 2015 date will be announced shortly.”

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3 Local MMA Fighters Set To Step Into Cage by Brian Cremo for Saratoga TODAY

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Among the 11 scheduled bouts for the 18th Kaged Kombat Championships at the Saratoga Springs City Center are three local fighters from Spa City Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. While the hype of mixed martial arts often focuses on two individuals going at it in the cage, Spa City BJJ professor Eddie Fyvie said he looks more forward to the growth of the individual. “I look forward to watching the development as human beings, not really as much so as fighters,” said Fyvie, who has practiced Jiu-Jitsu for the last 16 years. “Every time they jump in there and compete they have a chance to learn a lot about themselves mentally, physically and spiritually.” And that’s no different with his students, such as 29-year-old Nate Trough. “Nasty” Nate is scheduled to go up against Zen Quest Martial Arts’ Neil Van Flatern in a Catchweight match. Trough won his first and only fight in the cage last July 13, after ousting Noah White into submission in the first round. “I imagine [Van Flatern] wants to take me down because he’s a Jiu-Jitsu fighter,” Trough said. “I’m prepared if he wants to do that. I have no problem stopping his takedown and standing him up or even going to the ground and taking him down, cementing him and choking him out. I have no problem with that either. Really I just have to focus on him showing up because I’m going to be there and I feel fine, so we’ll see where he’s at.” The Pennsylvania native is in a place he couldn’t have imagined about two years ago when he decided his New Year’s resolution would be to quit smoking cigarettes and give Spa City BJJ a shot. Back then, with no fighting or wrestling background, he weighed in

at 265 pounds. “Jiu-Jitsu is great because a lot of people don’t necessarily have a passion in life,” said Fyvie.” It’s a very life-enhancing, stimulating activity that really develops that passion side of somebody and gets them inspired to do something great. I don’t really push the sport of mixed marital arts on people. That’s something our guys do extra on top of everything else that we try to develop here—life skills, selfdefense, health, wellness and fitness. We really try to help them develop that passion and a healthy lifestyle. From there, everything just falls into place. You take some people who were maybe going on the wrong path or didn’t have a path and you give them something to aspire to.” Now, Trough’s bout against Van Flatern is in the 170-pound weight class. “I just fell in love with Jiu-Jitsu,” Trough said. “It made me feel invincible and it taught me discipline, selfdefense and it just kind of blossomed from there—started doing some grappling tournaments. It’s a fun sport to test myself and see where my skills are at. I always had an idea that maybe I wanted to fight in the cage and then I just put it all together, got an opponent and did well. Since being in there I just want to go back . it feels good and it felt good to win. I just want to represent Spa City.” Along with Fyvie being a major influence on him, Trough garners inspiration from his wife, Sara Trough, and their soon-to-be daughter, Sophia Mary Trough, who is expected to be born March 20. He is dedicating Saturday’s fight to both of them. “It’s definitely a huge honor and inspiration,” Trough said of his daughter. “It’s like my life is just beginning. I’d like to get her into Jiu-Jitsu and have my own little student, pupil.” Adam “Boom” Mimms will also be entering the ring for the second time. Going up against independent fighter

Spa City Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu’s Nate Trough is ready to step into the cage in his bout, during the 18th Kaged Kombat Fighting Championships at the Saratoga Springs City Center, Saturday. “Nasty” Nate is scheduled to go up against Zen Quest Martial Arts’ Neil Van Flatern in a Catchweight match. Two Light Belt titles are also on the line (170, 205.) Photo by Brian Cremo.

Robbie Warner, the Cambridge native aims to push his career record to 2-0 in the 135-pound Catchweight fight. Mimms’ first fight (Kaged Kombat FC 17) ended with a TKO victory over Korey Kennedy (0-2) in the first round. Wanting to get into mixed martial arts since high school, Mimms has built off his wrestling career with mixed martial arts at Spa City BJJ while attending college at SUNY Adirondack. “I can relate to the mental mindset in the cage because of wrestling helping me so much,” Mimms said. “Every wrestling match I looked at in high school, I just got pumped up and psyched to give it my all, so every fight I do is pretty much the same way. Dan Gable, the wrestler, he influenced me a lot with the mindset t and way to go into a fight.”

With his strength being his ground game, Mimms plans on taking down Warner, although he said his stand-up ability has improved thanks to taking boxing classes with Saratoga Boxing Club’s Tyrone Jackson. “I’d just like to give most of my credit to Spa City because the change is unbelievable,” said Mimms, who has been affiliated with Spa City BJJ for the last two years. “It’s really lifted off into another level and it’s pretty amazing.” Another Spa City BJJ member, Chuck Havens, will be looking to move his record to 3-0, as he enters the cage with Tigon MMA’s Patrick LaFortune (2-0) in a 135-pound Bantamweight bout. “[Chuck] had a wrestling background and came to us much like most of our other students, like Nate and Adam, really without the intention to

be a mixed martial arts fighter,” Fyvie said. “But throughout the course of developing, training and learning the technique and the skills and being inspired by some of the people around here who compete at a high level, he decided to try his hand at it and he’s been very successful so far with two really quick victories.” From Hudson Falls, Havens won his most recent fight at Kaged Kombat FC 17 against Jacob Montalvo, forcing him into an arm bar and submission in the first round, November 23. His other win, which was also finished by the first round when Havens ended it with a chokehold, came the previous November against Josh Salak. Kaged Kombat 18 fights are set to begin at 7 p.m. with the doors opening at 6 p.m. Tickets are still available for purchase at the door.

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Plainsmen 121–72 in the boys events at the University at Albany. Ellery Bianco claimed individual wins in all three of her events: 55-meter dash, 55-meter hurdles and 300-meter. “She has definitely matured as an athlete,” said head coach Linda Kranick of Bianco. “She’s very composed and very focused. That says it all.” For the boys, Robert Haughton won the 300-meter. Sophomores Aidan Tooker (long distance) and Haughton are just two of the many

Saratoga Springs team members who make up a solid core that will be returning next season. Bianco and runners Olivia Ventura, Estellla Smith, Spencer Hayes and Nick Anderson are just some of the Blue Streaks’ juniors, along with long jumper Liza Jelenik and Nick Green, who broke the school’s shot put record, previously held by Vince Riggi, earlier this season. Kranick added that she was also encouraged by the Freshman Championships, as Saratoga Springs’ girls finished in first and the boys finished in third.

But with the future looking just as bright as ever for indoor, the Blue Streaks are caught up in the present, with senior powerhouse long distance runners like Jay Navin and Joe Verro, and focused on the next coming task—sectionals. The Division I Sectional Shot Put and Pole Vault times are scheduled for Saturday, February 8 at SUNY Bubble from 2–8 p.m., while the track Division I Sectional Championships at SUNY Albany will be February 9 from 2:30–8 p.m. In addition to her and her husband, co-coach Art Kranick, Linda

Kranick credits the success of this season to the group of assistant coaches on this year’s team. Tony Spackmann coaches the girls sprinters, while Chris Conley coordinates the boys. Tina Villa, a former Saratoga Springs High School and University at Buffalo athlete, is in charge of the throwers. Blue Streaks great Keelin Hollowood’s father, Brien Hollowood, is now a coach and Diane Jorgenson handles the distance runners. Shane Vanetti coaches the younger age group and Jake Vanetti specifically helps the pole vaulters.

Both Saratoga Springs’ pole vaulters, senior Marlaina Murphy and sophomore Tom Conboy, finished in first place at the Suburban meet. “It’s a team of coaches and a team of kids,” Linda Kranick said. “This year we have one of our largest teams and the kids are just excited about competing. We’re very proud of what they’ve done. I think part of it is getting former athletes back in the program. It’s kind of like controlled chaos, but the kids work hard and work together.” After sectionals next week, the Section II State Qualifiers at UAlbany will be February 16.

Week of January 31 – February 6, 2014


Community Sports Bulletin Schuylerville Athletics Aim For Foothills

SCHUYLERVILLE — Next year, Schuylerville sports teams may very well be playing against the likes of Queensbury, Glens Falls and Scotia-Glenville. School officials have made strides to obtain membership in the Photos by

Foothills Council, starting next fall. The move is by no means set in stone, but the application for a league transfer could be completed by the school as early as this February. According to a statement released on the school’s website, Tuesday, a public meeting will provide further details on February 6 in the Schuylerville High School Chorus Room, starting at 7 p.m. The statement added that the Council will vote in February on the request. Part of the reason for the change, which has been considered over the past few years, is because of Schuylerville’s increasing size. The school’s enrollment levels (431 students in grades 9-11) are closer to those in the Foothills Council districts than that of Wasaren League schools. Granville has the second largest number of high school sports-eligible students in grades 9-11 (304) in the Wasaren. The change will surely bring about a period of transition, as the Foothills is known as a higherlevel league than the Wasaren, but it will give more teams fuller league schedules. This year, in the Wasaren, Schuylerville teams missed out on 29 games because some Wasaren programs couldn’t field teams at certain levels. According to the statement on the school’s website, Schuylerville plans to hold on to traditional rivalries such as matchups with Greenwich and Stillwater, in non-league games, if the transfer does go through.

Broadalbin-Perth and Johnstown are the two current members of the Foothills Council who are in Class B. All other schools (Scotia, Gloversville, South Glens Falls, Queensbury, Glens Falls, and Hudson Falls) are in Class A for most sports.

Boxing Championships Change Name To Honor Nichols SARATOGA SPRINGS — Local boxers will compete at the Jack Nichols Boxing Championships next Friday, February 7, to honor the man who founded the Saratoga Youth Boxing Club in 1976—Jack Nichols. Nichols, 80, passed away after a fight with prostate cancer, Tuesday. The Stillwater native was among the top amateur fighters in the state back when he was a member of the Rocco Gymnasium team in Saratoga Springs. The annual amateur boxing event, which has been established by Nichols since 2002, will be held at the Holiday Inn, 232 Broadway in Saratoga Springs. Before this year, it was called the Adirondack Boxing Championships. A total of 12 amateur bouts are scheduled, including locals Lucas Laplanche, 16, Joe Barcia, 14, and Michael Barcia, 12 (both Barcia brothers are currently competing at the National Silver Gloves Tournament in Kansas City and have been there since Wednesday). Doors open at 6 p.m. with the first match at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door, $10 in advance and $20 ringside. Food, drinks and 50/50 drawings will also be available. All proceeds from the high-level amateur boxing event will go to helping Saratoga Boxing buy new equipment.

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by Damian Fantauzzi for Saratoga TODAY There has been a lot of fuss over the 2014 Super Bowl being held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, mainly because it’s outside with the possibility of the winter-like weather. The forecast is calling for a temperature around 40 degrees and cloudy skies with no snow, rain or extreme cold. But, since it’s outside, will the predicted weather still have an effect on the teams? It depends on which offensive team can handle the conditions, and there might be a slight edge in favor of the Seahawks because of their defense. Isn’t football meant to be played outside? Well, I’m rooting for the Broncos and for a good reason because I think Peyton

Manning has the ability to pick apart Seattle’s infamous defense. I also feel he will be able to recognize and adjust to their shifts and blitz alignments because Manning is like a coach on the field. Don’t get me wrong, Russell Williams is an outstanding quarterback, but I have confidence in the seasoned field general of Denver. Seattle’s defense has a reputation for being very physical to a point of sometimes being called dirty. I think the referees will keep the game from getting out of control, due to the press that cornerback Richard Sherman got from his statements made after the NFC championship game. Richard Sherman certainly stole the spotlight at the end of the NFC title game against San Francisco with his postgame interview. There has been plenty of media coverage drawn in the conversation about thugs and villains, as sports reporters were pointing their fickle fingers toward the Seattle cornerback. Richard Sherman has sort of pushed away from being labeled as a bad boy by the media. Emotions were flying high at the end of the title game and Sherman opened himself up as a target to the press with his tough guy statements about the 49ers to Fox Sports’ Erin

Andrews. Now that he has come down from his emotional high, he said he regrets what he said, especially about San Francisco’s receiver Michael Crabtree, and has also apologized to Andrews. The Super Bowl is on our doorstep. I think it will be a close one and we can only expect the game to have its share of big plays. The Broncos are favored to win. You ask why? Simply put in two words: Peyton Manning. But it will be the defense that will make the difference for the victor, and of course the quarterbacks will be key. Seattle’s quarterback Russell Williams is a scrambler and Peyton is a brilliant out-of-the-pocket-type passer, making the upcoming chess game exciting to watch, as each defense adjusts to the opposition’s quarterback. There are always stories that precede a big game, this story’s edge goes to Denver because of their experienced veterans vs Seattle’s youth. When it comes to pressure, as a coach, I have always felt that people with the ground under their feet have the advantage. I feel that Denver’s make up of its seasoned players, gives them a 3 point advantage. But, after the first kick-off, the game becomes a toss-up and it’s either team’s game to win. After all, these men are

professional football players and to be where they are should be no surprise. I don’t think the chill in the air will give one team an advantage or become a disadvantage, but I do know that the never-ending history book of Super Bowl games has another

chapter to be filled. It’s great to see the big game in the Northeast/Middle Atlantic area. We can only hope that it becomes part of future venues for the Super Bowl. Enjoy the game and excuse me for my bias— go Broncos!


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Empire State Student Named To Olympic Team SARATOGA SPRINGS — For the second straight time, Ashley Caldwell, a student at the State University of New York Empire State College, will compete at the Olympics. Caldwell, 20, has been named to the 2014 U.S. Olympic Freestyle Skiing Team and will compete for a second time in women’s aerials. As a resident of Lake Placid, she first made the team in 2010 and finished 10th at Vancouver. Today she lives and trains in Park City, Utah. Caldwell has completed her requirements for the B.S. in business, management and economics with a concentration in finance and a grade point average of 3.8. The SUNY Board of Trustees will confer her degree at graduation this spring. Caldwell earned her degree online through Empire State College’s Center for Distance Learning. “With online learning at Empire State College, I can do my homework on the plane to Russia, on the way to the gym, in between training sessions, late at night, early in the morning and on days off,” Caldwell said. “Online learning at Empire State College allowed me the flexibility I needed so that I could still pursue aerials and also pursue my education, which has always been high on my priority list.”

Caldwell’s online degree program shares much of the content and the entire academic rigor of the online B.S. in business, management and economics selected for inclusion in the launch of Open SUNY, and provided the academic choices she wanted. Open SUNY is the system-wide effort designed to maximize onlineenabled learning opportunities for all SUNY students across 64 campuses. “I have a lot of different interests,” Caldwell said. “Empire State College had a really diverse catalog of classes to take. Since I am a math and science geek, that was good, as I could pick and choose. Not every online program has that variety, but Empire State College does and that’s why I went there and why I stayed there. I am really thankful because now I am 20 years old, on my way to my second

Ashley Caldwell trains with the Aerials team at the Utah Olympic Park on December 10, 2010. Photo courtesy of Steve Kornreich.

Olympics and already have my undergraduate degree finished.” The Ashburn, Virginia native was a competitive gymnast for 11 years before her interest in competitive skiing was sparked when she watched Olympic skiing on TV. After only three years of training, Caldwell made the U.S. Ski Team at

a selection event in the beginning of the 2010 season and then went on to have an outstanding rookie season. Later that year, at the age of 16, Caldwell claimed top-15 results in her first three World Cup competitions. She claimed a silver medal at the U.S. National Championships, a feat she repeated in 2011.

Then, in December of 2011 and again in 2012, Caldwell sustained serious injuries to both her right and left ACLs (anterior cruciate ligaments). Overcoming both injuries, she earned a silver medal in women’s aerials at the World Cup competition held December 15, 2013 in Lake Beida, China, on her road to Sochi.

arc (3-for-3 from three point range). Brooks’ heroics helped the Thoroughbreds hold off a 17-7 Saints run to start the second half. His three three pointers came after the Saints pulled the game within one point (60-59). Brooks and the team hit 16 combined threes (16for-31) in the win. Brooks is first on the team this season in three-point baskets made (39) and third in scoring, averaging 12.4 points per game. He’s also second in assist (3.4 APG) and steals (1.4 SPG) The Pikesville, Maryland

native was a member of last season’s Liberty League All-Rookie Team and an All-Liberty League Honorable Mention (14.2 points per game, 4.6 rebounds per game

in 2012-13). The Thoroughbreds host Bard College tonight at 8 p.m. and travel to play RPI, Saturday at 4 p.m. in Troy.

Saratoga TODAY’s Star Athlete Tanner Brooks

Skidmore • Sophomore • Guard

Photo by Bob Ewell.

Tanner Brooks helped the Thoroughbreds improve their Liberty League Conference record to an even 4-4 (10-7 overall) in Tuesday night’s 69-66 win over St. Lawrence (6-9, 2-4). Brooks dropped 17 points in the game, nine of which came in the final 2:15 of the fourth quarter. They were also the Thoroughbred’s final nine points as a team, as the sophomore brought the game to a close with three buckets from beyond the




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