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The RESULTS Are In JOHNSON Wilton Supervisor See Story pg. 11
Saratoga Springs Mayor See Story pg. 12
City Public Safety Commissioner See Story pg. 12
A Look Back...
BLUE STREAKS End Season 13-1-3
OSTRANDER Milton Supervisor See Story pg. 10
City Court Judge See Story pg. 12
Too Close to Call: City voters were nearly evenly split on a proposition to adopt a new Charter and the absentee ballots will ultimately decide the vote. See Story pg. 13
New York Voters reject ballot proposal to hold a constitutional convention. In Saratoga County, more than 86 percent of the voters rejected the measure, known as Proposition One.
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Veterans Day Holiday Inn Shines Property Transactions Stone Industries Thanksgiving Dining Families TODAY Spa Catholic Mega Bowl
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Week of November 10 – November 16, 2017
Neighbors: Snippets of Life from Your Community Who: MAGGIE FRONK What: Executive Director of Wellspring,
whose mission is to support survivors and engage the community to end relationship and sexual abuse.
Maggie Fronk. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos
Q. Where are you originally from? A. Latham. Except for a little bit of college in D.C. I’ve been a local gal my whole life. Q. How has Saratoga changed? A. I remember Saratoga Springs as a child and a teenager and the vibrancy of this town has changed so much since the late ‘60s and ‘70s. It’s become such a destination town and so community oriented. Q. What you like to see more of in Saratoga Springs today? A. I think one of the things we see, with this town growing and becoming more vibrant, is we see city issues that we didn’t used to have, or that didn’t seem as prevalent. So, I think really addressing those needs of all our community members, the human service sector, is something that comes with growth and that we all need to work together for, for the betterment of the community as a whole and everyone who lives here. Q. Specifically what are those needs? A. I think of things like the needs of homeless people in our community, the need of families who are economically disadvantaged, the need for affordable housing. These are not just human service needs, these are also the needs that our employers also have to get the employees they need. They need to have viable housing, they need to have transportation. Q. What did you want to be growing up? A. A diplomat. I have a love of different cultures, of different ways of people thinking; using the talents you have to make connections between people and stop divisiveness. Q. What do you do for fun? A. I love SUP (Stand-Up Paddleboard) yoga and being on a SUP board. And I love hiking. When I’m not doing this s sort of work, I’m at peace with the geese and the trees. Q. What kind of things would you want people outside the community to know about Saratoga? A. That I think this is one of the most generous and caring communities I’ve ever been in - and I truly mean that. In the work that I do, people say: this must be very depressing work, but, every day I get the gift of seeing people working really hard together to try and make things better. There could not be a better place to live.
Week of November 10 – November 16, 2017
Town of Wilton Nears Official 200 YEAR MARK WILTON — Next year, officials in Wilton will celebrate the town’s bicentennial. In commemoration of the milestone, the Wilton Bicentennial Committee has announced a list of events that have been scheduled throughout the year. “Our committee has been meeting over the past year planning a wide spectrum of events for 2018. We took into account the rich history of the town and the makeup of the Wilton community and tried to come up with a variety of themes that would appeal to everyone,” said Bicentennial Committee Chairperson Sue Lant. “From January through December of next year we’ve created a series of signature events that celebrate our history and unite our community in a spirit of remembrance of where we started and awareness of how far we’ve come,” she added. The Wilton Bicentennial Signature Events are the Kickoff Gala at McGregor Links Country Club on Saturday, Jan. 27; the Historic Celebration Weekend, including the First Town Meeting Reenactment, in center court at the Wilton Mall on Friday, April 20; Historic Site Tours on Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22; a bicentennialthemed Parkfest on Saturday, July 7; the Wilton Historic Home Tour on Sunday, Sept. 16; the Taste of Wilton at Gavin Park on Sunday, Sept. 23; and the Holiday
Community Dinner at the Wilton Elks Club on Saturday, Dec. 29. For more information on each of these events, visit www. wiltonbicentennial.com. Wilton Supervisor Art Johnson commented, “2018 will be a year of remembrance and celebration as the town of Wilton takes pride in its bicentennial. We invite our community of Wilton residents and friends to join us in review of 200 years in the making. We are very grateful to our sponsors…for their support of our festivities.” Major sponsors of the Wilton Bicentennial include Adirondack Trust Company; Scotty’s Exit 16 and the Parillo and Nigro families; D.A. Collins Construction Co. Inc.; Richbell Capital; Saratoga National Bank; MJ Engineering; Kodiak Construction; Bonded Concrete Inc.; Stone Bridge Iron and Steel Inc.; McGregor Links Country Club; and Fine Affairs. In addition, a documentary video will preview at the Bowtie Cinema in Wilton Mall after the First Town Meeting Reenactment on April 20. Also planned for 2018 is an official bicentennial magazine, which will be produced by Saratoga TODAY newspaper. The full-color, glossy magazine will feature stories, timelines, historic photos, interviews and advertising. “We are honored to be a part of this historic event,” said Publisher Chad Beatty. “We have the team ready and
look forward to producing a beautiful magazine that will be a keepsake for years to come.” Companies looking to be a part of this magazine can contact Saratoga TODAY. Commemorative merchandise including flags, t-shirts, mugs, etc. will be available for purchase at Wilton Town Hall throughout 2018. Wilton non-profits, organizations and businesses are invited to participate in the Bicentennial Celebration by creating an event that ties in with the year and emailing that event to email@example.com. The information will be posted on the town’s Bicentennial Calendar at www.wiltonbicentennial.com. The community is asked to share historic photos and bicentennial stories by emailing them to Bicentennial@ townofwilton.com. Residents are invited to join in the activities by volunteering for any of the Signature Events. For more information on Wilton’s Bicentennial Celebration and information on how to purchase tickets to the January and December Signature Events, call 518-587-1939 ext. 239 or visit www.wiltonbicentennial.com.
Saratoga Hospital Plans for SPRING Project at ROC
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by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — A $6 million project at Saratoga Hospital to install a new linear accelerator machine, as part of a wider expansion of its Radiation Oncology Center (ROC), has received city approvals but may not begin until spring 2018. Kevin Ronayne, vice president of operations and facilities at Saratoga Hospital, indicated by email this week that finalizing the required state approvals for the project seems “more and more unlikely” as the
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month of November proceeds. Ronayne said he expects the work to begin next March or April, and to finish nearly six months later. Every day, more than 40 patients receive cancer treatment at the main ROC location on Church Street or related off-site facilities. Ronayne said Albany-based AOW Associates, which has completed projects at the Wesley Community as well, would be the construction manager and general contractor for the $6 million ROC project.
Week of November 10 – November 16, 2017
Travel Group Gives Saratoga Casino Hotel TOP Rank SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Casino Hotel has received a prestigious 4-Diamond Hotel rating from AAA. AAA Diamond Ratings represent a combination of the overall quality, range of facilities, and level of services offered by the property. The travel group estimates that of the 28,000 hotels they review annually, only 5.9 percent qualify to receive the accreditation. “We’re incredibly honored by this recognition from AAA,” said Matt Cudemo, director of Hotel Operations at Saratoga Casino Hotel. “This award is
Photo Provided. testament to the hard work and commitment upheld by all of our team members who strive to provide excellent service to every guest who stays in our hotel.” Since opening in June 2016, Saratoga Casino Hotel has received
positive feedback from guests. A $40 million expansion added 117 luxury rooms and suites, as well as an addition of high-end amenities like an indoor pool, ballroom and Morton’s Steakhouse.
Wilton Votes on 2018 Budget by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY WILTON — With the Nov. 7 elections behind them, members of the Wilton Town Board voted this week to approve an $8.2 million budget for the 2018 fiscal year. The three largest expenditures in Wilton are $1.7 million for
government support; $1.3 million for employee benefits, and $1.2 million for culture and recreation. The spending plan also includes $900,000 for road improvements in Wilton, and additional funds for bathroom upgrades at the
popular Gavin Park. Supervisor Arthur Johnson praised town board members and Comptroller Jeffrey Reale for ensuring that Wilton does not impose a general town tax, which has been the case for 36 years. The town derives 75 percent of its revenue from retail sales taxes.
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Week of November 10 – November 16, 2017
COURT Noah Graj, 38, of Pleasantville, was sentenced Oct. 30 to five years of probation, after pleading to attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance, in Saratoga Springs. Aleah A. Carero, 20, of Greenfield, pleaded Oct. 31 to felony burglary. Sentencing scheduled Jan. 9, 2018. Kile W. West, 22, of Milton, pleaded Oct. 27 to felony burglary, in Greenfield. Sentencing scheduled for Jan. 15. Morgan C. McKinnon-Burgess, 20, of Saratoga, was sentenced Nov. 2 to three years of probation, after pleading to felony forgery. Lance E. Abare, 26, of Corinth, was sentenced Nov. 2 to 1.5 to 3 years in state prison, after pleading to felony burglary, in Moreau. Devon J. Krisanda, 22, of Ballston Lake, pleaded Oct. 27 to attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony. Sentencing scheduled Jan. 5.
POLICE Amy E. Torres, age 26, Durham, North Carolina, was charged Oct. 26 with criminal possession of a controlled substance. Lamont C. Washington, age 27, Ballston Spa, was charged Oct. 26 with no/expired inspection certificate, aggravated unlicensed operation. Brandyn M. French, age 27, Ballston Lake, was charged Oct. 25 with two felony counts criminal possession of stolen property and two misdemeanor counts theft of services/stolen credit card. Gregory M. Hogan, age 55, Saratoga Springs, was charged Oct. 25 with assault. Michael J. Vittengl, age 60, Saratoga Springs, was charged Oct. 25 with petit larceny. Stephen T. Ouimet, age 42, Saratoga Springs, was charged Oct. 25 with endangering the welfare of a child Kenyn T. Shattuck, age 25, Middle Grove, was charged Oct. 25 with aggravated unlicensed operation, failed to stop at stop sign.
BLOTTER 5 Carolyn M. Kroll, age 50, Schenectady, was charged Oct. 24 with criminal possession of a forged instrument – felony. Kimberly J. Daignault, age 48, Gansevoort, was charged Oct. 24 with aggravated unlicensed operation, fail to obey traffic control device. Ashley A. Tappan, age 31, Ballston Spa, was charged Oct. 24 with felony DWI. two misdemeanor counts criminal possession of a controlled substance. Elizabeth A. Lloyd, age 28, Saratoga Springs, was charged Oct. 23 with aggravated unlicensed operation, operating unregistered motor vehicle on highway. Riley J. Cage, age 16, Wilton, was charged Oct. 23 with unlawful possession of weapon upon school grounds. Ashley M. Abbott, 25, of Ballston Spa, was charged Oct. 31 with two counts assault and two counts endangering the welfare of a child. She is accused of physically disciplining two children – 9 and 4 years of age, respectively – with a belt which resulted in physical injury, in the town of Milton.
Reece N. Freeman, 20, of Ballston Spa, was charged Oct. 28 with DWI, reckless endangerment and falsely reporting an incident. According to the Saratoga County Sheriff ’s Department, it is alleged Freeman informed police on scene that he was a passenger in a vehicle that was submerged in water, prompting deputies to enter the water in an effort to offer assistance. Freeman subsequently admitted he was the operator of the vehicle and no one else was inside the car, according to police. Jeremiah R. Bennett, 18, of Schenectady, was charged Nov. 1 with felony burglary and grand larceny. It is alleged he entered the attached garage of a dwelling in the town of Ballston and stole an item valued at over $1,000. Bennett was sent to Saratoga County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash, or $10,000 bond. Lee W. Steele, 62, of Milton, was charged Nov. 1 with misdemeanor sexual abuse, on the suspicion that he had sexual contact with a 17-yearold female victim who is deemed intellectually disabled, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff ’s Department.
Ricardo Bastidas, age 37, Saratoga Springs, was charged Oct. 17 with aggravated unlicensed operation, speeding. Jessica L. Colton, age 33, Greenfield Center, was charged Oct. 17 with aggravated unlicensed operation, fail to obey traffic control device. Joshua C. Busold, age 19, Saratoga Springs, was charged Oct. 16 with criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana, equipment (tinted rear window), failed to signal a turn. James S. Sluti, age 33, Saratoga Springs, was charged Oct. 16 with criminal contempt, assault, criminal mischief.
6 Clayton Chubb, Jr. Saratoga Springs, NY — Clayton Chubb, Jr. passed away Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. Calling hours were Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 at United Methodist Church, Fifth Ave., Saratoga Springs. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at the church with burial following at Greenridge Cemetery, Lincoln Ave. Visit at burkefuneralhome.com. Burke & Bussing Funeral Homes
OBITUARIES / NEWS Thomas R. Gurka, Sr. Wilton, NY — Thomas R. Gurka, Sr. passed away Friday, Nov. 3, 2017. Calling hours were held Thursday, Nov. 9, Burke Funeral Home, Saratoga Springs. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. today, Friday, St. Clement’s Church, Saratoga Springs. Private burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery Visit burkefuneralhome.com. Burke & Bussing Funeral Homes
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Barbara Cudney Saratoga Springs — Barbara Lynett Cudney passed away Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. Calling hours 1 to 4pm Sunday, Nov. 12, Burke Funeral Home, 628 North Broadway. Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 13, Church of St. Peter, 241 Broadway and burial will follow, St. Peter’s Cemetery. Visit at burkefuneralhome.com. Burke & Bussing
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Patricia Joubert Saratoga Springs - A memorial Mass for Patricia Joubert, who died Sept. 20, 2017, will be 10 a.m. Monday (Nov. 13) in St. Clement’s Church, followed by burial in Greenridge Cem. Online remembrances may be made at burkefuneralhome.com. Burke & Bussing Funeral Homes
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Week of November 10 – November 16, 2017
Prosperity Partnership Announces Strategic Partnership to Drive HIGH-TECH Growth MALTA — On Thursday, the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership and the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA), a leading voice for the worldwide semiconductor industry, announced the establishment of a strategic partnership to drive high-tech business attraction and growth in Saratoga County while creating a hub for semiconductor outreach, advocacy and education in the Northeast. “We are thrilled to work hand-in-hand with the Global Semiconductor Alliance through this partnership, which significantly raises the visibility of Saratoga County as a destination for high-tech businesses to locate and grow,” said Marty Vanags, president of the county agency, in a statement. “With the presence of GlobalFoundries as a world-class anchor, and amid preparations to develop our innovative Next Wave Center, Saratoga County is the perfect place, and this is the perfect time to launch this important collaboration.”
The alliance enables the Prosperity Partnership to promote Saratoga County to GSA members as a destination for high-tech businesses. That includes its Next Wave Center, now in development, where GSA will have an office. The Next Wave Center will provide short-term flex space as a landing pad for companies working with GlobalFoundries, and serve as a launch pad for those firms to grow business relationships in the region. GSA represents more than 400 member companie s in 35 countries that combine for more than 75 percent of industry revenues. Additionally, the Prosperity Partnership and GSA will collaborate to present the firstever Northeast Semiconductor Symposium, likely to be held next fall. The two organizations also plan to work together to deliver forums and seminars that showcase the semiconductor industry’s significant impact, and address issues and topics
critical to positioning the industry for further growth. The Nov. 9 announcement precedes GSA Co-founder and President Jodi Shelton delivering a keynote address at the second annual Saratoga County Prosperity Summit, being held Nov. 16 at the Saratoga Springs City Center. “Saratoga County has quickly become an important Northeast hub for the semiconductor industry,” Shelton said, “spurred by the rapid growth of GlobalFoundries and supported by the forwardthinking team” working alongside Vanags at the county agency. “This partnership provides GSA with additional opportunities to support the needs of semiconductor and supply chain companies, and we look forward to delivering value on behalf of our membership.” At the Saratoga County Prosperity Summit, which features a theme of “Exploring the ‘Next Wave’ of Opportunity for Saratoga County,” Shelton will discuss the impact and importance of the region’s technology sector; emerging trends in the worldwide semiconductor market; and opportunities for businesses to capitalize on the integration of computer chip technology in nearly every industry. For more information, including details on registration and sponsorship opportunities, visit saratogapartnership.org/2017/10/ prosperitysummit.
Week of November 10 – November 16, 2017
LARGE Turnout for Elks STEP UP for Moving Vets ‘Revolutionary Run’ SCHUYLERVILLE — On Saturday, Nov. 4, hundreds of people braved an autumn chill to support the nearly 230 runners who participated in the sixth annual “Revolutionary Run for the Saratoga County Veterans Trust Fund.” County officials and staff joined U.S. Navy personnel and Boy Scouts in volunteering for the event, which raised about $8,000 in 2016 for services provided by
the Veterans Peer Connection in Ballston Spa and other groups. Amy Hughes, program coordinator at Veterans Peer Connection, said the 5K run is the only annual fundraiser in the county for the veterans’ trust fund. This year’s tally will be available at a later date, she said. For more information, visit the website www.veteranspeertopeer.org.
Pictured with veterans at the Guardian House in Ballston Spa (left to right): Associate Executive Director Leigha Rosenberger of VetHelp; Deborah McCabe of Saratoga-Wilton Elks; Esquire Gerry Conboy; Lodge Member Jean Spencer; and Veterans Services Chairman John Safford. SARATOGA SPRINGS — As veterans in our area have transitioned into permanent housing, some are still having difficulty obtaining the necessities to live on their own. The SaratogaWilton Elks Lodge, through various events, recognized and addressed this problem after getting to know men and women veterans living in Ballston Spa. Members of Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge #161 recently delivered
about 100 new items to the veterans, helping ease their distress after they moved. Donated items included vacuum cleaners, pots and pans, dishes and microwaves, just to name a few. The project was made possible by a grant from the Elks
National Foundation (ENF), a charitable arm of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. This year, the foundation will award $12.53 million. Donations to the ENF can be made online at enf.elks.org/donate
Week of November 10 – November 16, 2017
Veteran and MILITARY DISCOUNTS and Freebies VETS WASH FREE AT HOFFMAN CAR WASH AND JIFFY LUBE At Hoffman Car Wash, we invite you to honor Veterans Day with us. For the 12th consecutive year, veterans and active duty personnel may visit any one of our Hoffman Car Wash locations for a free car wash on November 11, 2017 from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Year after year, our management team and employees look forward to giving back to those who have given so much. It’s an exciting and emotional day for us all, one that allows us to honor and recognize those who have served and are serving and protecting our country. Veterans Day is our favorite day of the entire year.
TRACTOR SUPPLY COMPANY On Saturday, November 11, Veterans and Servicemembers with a valid military ID or other proof of service will receive 15 percent off their entire purchase.
FREE MEAL DEAL AT CHILI’S
As a way to say thank you to those who have served our country and protected out freedom, on Saturday, November 11, 2017, veterans and active military with a valid military ID or honorable discharge card will receive a free Big-Two-Do® breakfast (choice of two slices of French toast, two buttermilk pancakes or two slices of toast; two strips of crispy bacon or two sausage links and two made-to-order farm fresh eggs), or All American Burger (fries and a beverage ) during lunch or dinner hours at their local Friendly’s restaurant.
Chili’s is having their free meal deal for veterans and active military members on the actual day of Veterans Day, which this year is on Saturday, November 11, 2017. Not every Chili’s location is participating, so you should call your local Chili’s sometime before you head out just to confirm that they’re having this free meal.
BREAKFAST BUFFET Please join us for our “all you can eat” breakfast buffet. The buffet includes scrambled eggs, home fries, sausage, pancakes, French toast, toast, sausage biscuits and gravy, eggs and omelets to order. Coffee and Juice. November 12, 2017, 8 – 11 a.m. at the Ballston Spa Elks Lodge, 10 Hamilton St., Ballston Spa. Adults $7, Seniors $6, Children $5. Veterans and Active Military Eat Free.
FREE MEAL AT OLIVE GARDEN Olive Garden is having a Veteran’s Day free meal for all active-duty military and military veterans who provide proof of service on Saturday, November 11, 2017. Veterans can choose a free entree from a special menu.
FREE APPETIZER OR DESSERT AT RED LOBSTER Active duty military, reserve, and military veterans can stop by Red Lobster and get a free appetizer or dessert on Saturday, November 11. Guests only need to show a valid military ID or proof of service to redeem this offer.
TGI FRIDAYS FREE LUNCH TGI Fridays will be having free lunch for all veterans and active-duty military on Saturday, November 11, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eligible customers can pick anything they like from the menu, as long as it’s value is no more than $12. However, the menu may be condensed to a smaller selection depending on your local TGI Fridays. Active and retired military service members also get a half rack of the Big Ribs entree, as well as a $5 coupon for their next meal. This offer is valid at participating locations only, and is only valid after a military ID is shown for proof of service. Be sure to contact your local TGI Fridays for specific details.
TEXAS ROADHOUSE FREE VETERANS DAY LUNCH 2017 Texas Roadhouse is giving away this free meal to all active, retired, and former military members only. This means any friends, family, or other guests that may come as well will need to pay full price for their food. Although every
single Texas Roadhouse location is participating in this Veterans Day offer, the lunch hours might not be 11 AM to 2 PM at every restaurant. Consider checking with your local Texas Roadhouse to see when they will be serving lunch on Saturday, November 11.
RED ROBIN FREE VETERANS DAY BURGER AND FRIES Red Robin is honoring veterans on Veteran’s Day, Saturday, November 11 with a completely free Red’s Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries meal. Both active military members as well as veterans can visit Red Robin on Veterans Day for this free meal. These are the only eligible customers, which means family members, guests, co-workers, friends, and anyone else who eats with the military members will have to pay regular price for their food.
OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE Free Bloomin’ Onion and Beverage - Outback Steakhouse’s Veterans Day free food can be had by all military personnel. This includes not only veterans but also active duty military. Outback Steakhouse is also giving out 15 percent discounts to the families of military members, which means so long as a military ID is shown, your family can also take part in this Veterans Day special. Saturday, November 11 is the only day for which this Veterans Day offer is valid. However, the 15 percent discount for families can be taken advantage of from the day after Veterans Day all the way through the end of 2017.
CRACKER BARREL VETERANS DAY FREE DESSERT On Saturday, November 11, 2017 Cracker Barrel is giving veterans a Double Chocolate Fudge CocaCola Cake dessert... for free!
BUFFALO WILD WINGS On Saturday, November 11 veterans and active duty military get a free order of wings and a side of fries (dine-in only).
FREE MEAL AT APPLEBEE’S Join us on Veterans Day this year
as we honor our Veterans and Active Duty military with a free meal from a limited menu.
FREE MEAL AT GOLDEN CORRAL Military Appreciation Night, Monday, November 13, 2017 – Thank you meal from 5 – 9 p.m. for any person who has served in the US Military (retirees, veterans, active duty, National Guard or Reserves). Our Corporation is very proud of the men and women who are serving and who have served, and we are honored to offer this special night to congratulate them in person. Offer valid on dine-in only.
CHIPOTLE Offering a buy one, get one free discount for a small burrito, bowl, or salad on Veterans Day from 3 p.m. to close. Offer is extended to all Veterans, military, and military spouses with proof of service.
GRAND SLAM AT DENNY’S On Saturday, November 11, all active, non-active, and retired military personnel can get a free Build Your Own Grand Slam Breakfast from 5 a.m. to Noon. Valid military ID required. Dine-in only.
DENNY’S ALL YOU CAN EAT PANCAKES All active, inactive, and retired military personnel at all participating Denny’s restaurants nationwide will receive a free Build Your Own Grand Slam breakfast on Saturday, November 11, from 5 a.m. to noon. Diners must show ID to receive this offer.
FREE LUNCH AT THE NINETY NINE Offer valid Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Veterans and active military, show your military ID when you purchase any entrée and you’ll receive a free meal from our 9 real size entrees from $9.99 menu. Beverage, tax and gratuity not included. Not valid with any other coupons, offers or promotions including “Kids Eat Free” or 10 percent Military Discount.
Week of November 10 – November 16, 2017
From the Publisher’s Desk...
by Chad Beatty Saratoga TODAY
We Salute You Is it just me or does it seem as though everything has a ‘day’ lately. Whether it is World Vegan Day on November 1 or World Television Day on November 21, you can find a date for almost any obscure interest or topic. But some dates, by the nature of their topic, stand out
among the rest. November 11 is one of those dates. On November 11 every year, Americans celebrate Veterans Day, a day set aside to honor military veterans of the United States Armed Forces. A veteran, by definition, is anyone who served in any of our armed forces. These are the men and women, young and old, who walk the walls so we can sleep soundly at night. They are ready at a moment’s notice to answer the call of duty whether it is off our coasts, or across the globe.
Yes, it is the veterans who give so much and ask so little. Whether they are a Private serving slop in the mess hall or a member of the elite SEAL Team 6, they all are part of a well-oiled machine prepared to go to battle so that we can live free. Throughout our history these brave souls have selflessly answered the call to duty. It didn’t matter if it was the beaches of Normandy, the alleys of Fallujah or the fields of Saratoga in 1777. They are the 1% that raise their right hand, take an oath,
and are prepared to give their lives for their country. They are the reason no one should take a knee at a football game or burn a flag. They are the reason I can write this editorial and you could vote in the recent elections. So from everyone at Saratoga TODAY, from the bottom of our hearts, we salute you and thank you for your service. And to the families of our veterans, stay strong and fly the flag proudly knowing that we have your back.
GOD BLESS AMERICA!
Week of November 10 – November 16, 2017
DeLucia WINS Second Term in Malta by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY MALTA — Republican Supervisor Vincent DeLucia scored a decisive victory Tuesday over insurgent Democrat Bill Breheny, earning 62 percent of the votes cast. “I will do my very best to fulfill the promises that we made,” DeLucia said, pointing to the cooperative efforts of the four other Malta Town Board members since his first election in late 2015. DeLucia said he was “honored” and “appreciated that the community recognized the accomplishments” made in the last two years. On Wednesday, Breheny said he wanted to “work together” with DeLucia because the two
men share many “principles.” Breheny and Cynthia Young were among four Democrats running as a slate. The candidates, in concert with town Democratic leader Tom Williams, issued a number of press releases in recent months and knocked on the doors of many Malta residents. According to records provided by the Saratoga County Board of Elections, Young was the only candidate among the four Democrats to win, garnering almost 27 percent of the votes— or 1,996—for two open seats on the town board. “It was a good, clean campaign,” Young said. She added
that the political process works best when “different voices” are heard on the town board. Fellow Democrat Tracy O’Rourke trailed as one of four town board contenders with 1,692 votes, or nearly 23 percent. Councilman John Hartzell earned only 45 more votes (1,889) than Sharon Farley Schiera (1,844). They are both Republicans, who must now await the results of counting 150 absentee ballots to determine a winner. Democrat Michelle Storm posed a strong challenge to Town Justice Steven Gottmann, earning 1,783 votes to Gottmann’s 2,009, the Board of Elections records show.
Malta Supervisor, Vincent DeLucia. Photo provided.
Malta Councilwoman-elect, Cynthia Young. Photo provided.
Milton Voters See a CLEAR CHOICE in Ostrander by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY MILTON — On Tuesday, Milton Councilman Scott Ostrander won his bid for town supervisor by earning 1,100 more votes than his opponent, Councilwoman Barbara Kerr. According to the Saratoga County Board of Elections, Kerr received slightly more than 1,300 votes to Ostrander’s 2,427. “I just want to say that we assembled such a great Republican team. We worked hard right out of the gate and went door-to-door for months,” Ostrander offered in a Nov. 8 email statement. Ostrander, a retired Ballston Spa police officer, said there are “a lot of good employees within our town,” adding, “I will utilize them to the best of my ability and I will give the residents of Milton my best two years moving forward.”
Milton Supervisor-elect, Scott Ostrander. Photo provided. Kerr said she was impressed by the “respectable” voter turnout for her relatively “unknown” candidacy. After losing a Republican primary to Ostrander in September, Kerr ran on the Reform Party line. The town supervisor’s term is two years, while each Milton Town Board member serves for four years. Kerr’s term expires in 2019. She pledged to work closely
with Ostrander in the months ahead “to move the town forward,” most likely by focusing on the town’s pending purchase of the former Boy Scouts property on Route 29; and by updating the town employee manual. “I’d like to see everybody working together…as one unit,” Kerr said.
Week of November 10 – November 16, 2017
City Woman WINS County Supervisor Seat by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — As Democrats crowded around a projection screen inside The Inn at Saratoga Tuesday night, there were occasional cheers among the supporters of city attorney Tara Gaston. Eventually, they gave way to tight hugs and shouts of joy. In recent months, Gaston had enlisted the help of her husband, Shafer, a U.S. Navy veteran, to run a campaign for one of two seats representing the city on the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors. It was the couple’s first attempt to enter a political race. Shortly after 11 p.m. Tuesday, it was clear that Gaston had earned the support of more than 3,800 voters, second only to Supervisor Matthew Veitch’s 4,524 votes. She expressed confidence that result would withstand the tally of more than 700 absentee ballots in the city. “I’m looking forward to bringing in some new blood and some new ideas” and “moving the board forward,” Gaston said, as the Democrats inside The Inn’s banquet room celebrated her own and multiple other electoral victories. Gaston and Patricia Friesen were among a slate of 12 women candidates—in races from Milton to Wilton—who were endorsed by the recently formed nonprofit group Saratoga Unites. Three of those candidates achieved electoral success, including Gaston, Mayor-elect Meg Kelly and City Court Judge-elect Francine Vero. Friesen finished a close third in the city supervisor contest, behind Veitch and Gaston, by earning more than 3,600 votes. On Oct. 24, during a Saratoga Unites “March to the Polls” forum held in the H.
Dutcher Community Room at the Saratoga Springs Public Library, Gaston said her main goal is “putting sunlight on the board of supervisors.” Gaston told the audience of about 50 people that she supports conducting a thorough review of the $320 million county budget to find out “where to save money.” Lois Shapiro-Canter, a Saratoga Springs attorney, moderated the October 24 forum. She said the members of Saratoga Unites would continue to endorse “progressive-minded women who want to preserve the rights that have been secured.” In an email that detailed how many women occupy local offices at present, Shafer Gaston reported that there is only one woman among 23 Saratoga County supervisors. “Women are tired of always being put in the back seat,”
Shapiro-Canter said. “We have a whole new generation of women who are used to the rights they have.”
County Supervisor-elect Tara Gaston. Photo provided.
Wilton Voters Stay With JOHNSON by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY WILTON — Though he faced an electoral challenge on Tuesday from a real-estate specialist and former teacher, longtime Wilton Supervisor Arthur Johnson managed to capture more than 56 percent of the votes cast in the town race. “It sends the message that people are happy with what we’re doing,” Johnson said, when reached for comment about his victory over challenger Nancy Dwyer. Dwyer, who ran on her own Public Servants line and was also endorsed by local Democrats, received nearly 1,800 votes compared to more than 2,300 earned by Republican Johnson, according to records provided by the Saratoga County Board of Elections. “It is a victory in many, many, many ways,” Dwyer said afterward. “There’s no loss here whatsoever,” she added, noting how the 43 percent of votes she received surpasses by a substantial margin the percentage of registered Democrats in Wilton. Dwyer was among a group of 12 women running for local offices who were endorsed by the recently formed nonprofit group
Wilton Supervisor Arthur Johnson. File photo. Saratoga Unites, which aims to diversify all levels of government by supporting “progressive” women candidates. Dwyer pointed to several election victories for that group of women, saying, “this whole area has been quite activated.” Johnson indicated that he is aware of such efforts, yet still maintains his focus on the residents of Wilton. “We put the residents first…and put politics aside,” he said. He did note how the majority of voters chose all of the Republican candidates in Wilton. But he downplayed the significance of that reality. “When somebody calls me about an issue, I don’t ask what their party is,” the supervisor said. “I try to solve their problem.”
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Meg Kelly Elected Mayor; Democrats Win FOUR of FIVE Contested City Seats by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - At precisely seven minutes after 11 on the night of Nov. 7, Meg Kelly was declared winner as the 21st mayor of the city of Saratoga Springs. “I have so much to be grateful for,” Kelly told an exuberant crowd at the Inn at Saratoga where her fellow Democrats congregated election night. “I have a crew that has worked endless hours, with a limited budget, and we killed it.” Members of the Republican Party were stationed directly across the street at the Holiday Inn, where a near-life size cardboard figure of President Donald Trump greeted all who entered. Kelly, currently the city’s deputy mayor, will begin her two-year-term Jan. 1, 2018. She defeated Republican candidate Mark Baker 4,630 - 3,911, or by a 54.13 percent to 45.73 percent margin. There were 8,742 ballots cast in the mayoral race. Voters also elected Democrat
Peter Martin as commissioner of public safety. Martin - currently one of two supervisors representing the city at the county level – defeated Republican Donald Braim by a narrow 4,217 to 4,021 margin. Democrat Francine Vero bested Republican challenger Andrew Blumenberg 5, 152 3,150, becoming the first woman elected to the postition of Saratoga Springs City Court Judge. In the vote to elect two city supervisors, 8,724 ballots were cast. Republican incumbent Matt Veitch - with 28.76 percent of the vote, and Democrat Tara Gaston – with 24.3 percent of the vote, were chosen to serve the city. Democrat Pat Friesen (22.94 percent), Republican John Safford (22.39 percent), and Green Party candidate Joseph Levy (1.56 percent) finished out of the running. Similar to statewide voters, Saratoga County residents overwhelming voted no to Proposition One, rejecting a Constitutional Convention by an 86.04 percent to 13.96 percent margin.
Republican Mayoral candidate Mark Baker congratulates Democrat Mayoral candidate Meg Kelly at the Inn at Saratoga, following Kelly’s victory on Nov. 7, 2017. Image by PhotoAndGraphic.com. Republican DPW Commissioner Anthony “Skip” Scirocco, and Democrats John Franck, accounts commissioner, and Michele Madigan, finance commissioner, were each re-elected in uncontested races for City Council seats. Between 243 and 295 votes were cast in the three uncontested races for write-in candidates, garnering approximately four to five percent of the overall tally in each race. The names of those
write-in candidates will be documented and made public later this month, according to the Saratoga County Board of Elections. Kelly vowed to preserve the greenbelt, fix the city’s parking issues, and work collaboratively with the council’s four other members. Current city Mayor Joanne Yepsen, who chose not to run for re-election, reminisced Tuesday about the night she first secured
elected office by becoming the city supervisor in the 2005 election. “Twelve years ago, I stood in this room and accepted my first job in public service,” Yepsen recalled. Since announcing her decision to not seek re-election as mayor, there has been much public speculation about her future political plans. “There will be no formal announcement this evening,” Yepsen said. Asked whether she is keeping the proverbial door open to a political run in the future, Yepsen replied, “I’ll always have an eye on how to help people more, always an eye on the political landscape.” Residents also voted in favor of changing the city’s Commission form of governing 4,202 to 4,154, but the miniscule margin of victory requires absentee ballots be counted. The county Board of Elections mailed 711 such absentee ballots and those returned by Nov. 14 will be counted on Tuesday, when a clear winner may be determined. See more about the Charter referendum on p. 13.
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Near-Deadlocked Charter Vote in UNCHARTERED Territory: “It’s like Florida 2000 all over again” by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY
Various charters of Saratoga Springs through the years, dating to more than a century ago, when the current city was a village. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos, courtesy The Saratoga Room at the Saratoga Springs Public Library. SARATOGA SPRINGS — After 16 months of study, dozens of public meetings, threats of litigation, and a volley of contentious words, 8,356 city residents headed to the polls on Tuesday to decide whether to change, or maintain the Commission form of governing that has ruled the city for the past 102 years. The Election Day verdict: Too Close To Call. At the end of the day, residents in favor of adopting a new Charter held a 4,202 to 4,154 advantage, but the narrow margin of victory requires that absentee ballots be counted. The county Board of Elections mailed 711 such absentee ballots and more than 500 were received back, by Election Day. Those ballots have yet to be counted.
Ballots returned by Nov. 14 the last day absentee ballots may be received at the county Board of Elections - will be counted on Tuesday, Nov. 14, after which a clear winner may be determined. Military ballots have until Nov. 20 to be received at the county board. Military ballots are anticipated to number less than 20 in total, although that count could not be officially verified by Thursday. Less than half of the approximately 18,000 registered city voters took part in Tuesday’s election; More than 95 percent of city residents who did cast ballots voted one way or another on The Saratoga Springs Charter Proposition. The study of ramifications in changing from a Commission form of government to a Council-Manager form has been lengthy, and the dialogue among some, contentious. After a proposal was put forth to stage the referendum last May rather than in November, there was significant push-back from City Council members John Franck, Michele Madigan, and DPW Commissioner Anthony “Skip” Scirocco - three commissioners who coincidentally ran unopposed in their respective re-election campaigns. “This will come down to a lawsuit, I suspect, and the courts will decide what they’re going to do with this,” Franck said in February. “There may even be a lawsuit at the City Council level.” Election Day was anticipated as the date to finally settle the matter. But given the slim 48-vote difference - with those in favor of
change leading the count - it has not turned out that way. “I woke up this morning and thought: win or lose the charter debate was going to end today,” Saratoga Springs City Charter Review Commission Chairman Bob Turner said in the early morning hours following the election tally. “I realize now, we’re just beginning. It’s like Florida 2000 all over again and I have a feeling it’s going to be drawn out to a re-count, and a hand-count of ballots.” Turner is in
favor of Charter change. “I have a feeling we are heading toward very brand-new legal territory in the next week,” Turner said. “New York Municipal Home Rule Law 36, which governs the charter review process, (says) the charter review commission ends on the day of election, so it’s not even clear whether we are going to have legal standing after today. Who is turn is representing the voters who at present are up 48 votes?” “It is new territory,” said
Richard Sellers, a spokesman for SUCCESS, a citizen organization that supports maintaining the current form of governing. “We’re reminded of the cliché that every vote counts, and we are waiting for all the votes to be counted. We’re confident in the Saratoga County Board of Elections and we look forward to a clear outcome.” The county Board of Elections is anticipated to begin counting absentee ballots on Tuesday, Nov. 14.
Week of November 10 – November 16, 2017
Holiday Inn Remains a Vital Part of CITY HOSPITALITY Market by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — In the course of nearly 40 years, Cynthia Hollowood has enjoyed a front-row seat to many changes in the city—from inside one of its anchor businesses. Hollowood, general manager of the Holiday Inn at 232 Broadway, started working for the company in 1981, even before the City Center was built farther down Broadway. “Local businesses are the bread and butter here,” she said, during an interview this week to discuss the Holiday Inn’s recent $4 million renovation. She called the Holiday Inn, which celebrated its 50-year
anniversary in 2015, “the catalyst for all downtown development.” “We are proud to have been at the forefront of Saratoga Springs’ revival over 53 years ago, and to remain so today as the city has blossomed to a year-round destination,” Hollowood said in a Nov. 1 statement. The hospitality market of Saratoga Springs has seen an increase of more than 500 rooms in the last three years, according to Hollowood, which poses challenges in terms of keeping the Holiday Inn’s 168 rooms occupied. “That’s why we have this brand new look, to stay competitive,” she said. “The market is ever-changing.”
Cynthia Hollowood in a new lobby. Photo by PhotoAndGraphic.com. On Election Day, while the popular restaurant and bar Bookmakers went dark on an otherwise quiet Tuesday night, Saratoga County’s Republicans utilized the hotel’s 8,500-square-feet of convention space as a gathering spot to await official election results. Bill Teator, a principal of G-Force Consulting, said a number of factors ensure the longterm success of Broadway’s “community legacy,” including its dedicated employees. Hollowood reported that four of the Holiday Inn’s 110 employees have served longer than her, while another 20 people have worked there for nearly 20 years. Teator offered special praise for the Holiday Inn’s designation as one of the first successful businesses to start as a result of “crowd-funding,” long before that was made popular through modern websites such as GoFundMe. In the late 1950s, a group of investors devised a plan to issue bonds for construction of a hotel and convention center, both of which Saratoga Springs had lacked at the time. Hollowood confirmed that, in the early 1960s, $700,500 of “seed money” was raised through that initial bond purchase by the city’s working-class residents; an amount equal to $6.8 million today. Local banks provided additional loans for the hotel’s actual construction, she said. The recent Holiday Inn renovation was completed by
Photo provided. local contractors and funded entirely from the local franchise’s accounts, Hollowood said. The Saratoga Springs hotel is affiliated with InterContinental Hotels Group PLC in Atlanta, Georgia “to uphold the Holiday Inn standards,” she added. The draperies and carpets are replaced every four years. The hotel is also currently spending about $500,000 to replace televisions and other guest-room amenities, Hollowood said. Rooms at the Holiday Inn range in price from $130 to $400 per night, depending on the time of year. Hollowood said many loyal fans of the Saratoga Race Course contribute to a “repeat factor” each summer, which bolsters the hotel’s overall occupancy rates. The Holiday Inn’s “yearround average rate,” Hollowood explained, is envied by other companies in the upstate New York market, largely because of efforts
by staff at the Saratoga Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Tourism Bureau to promote city events through the winter months. “Our substantial reinvestment shows we are committed to remaining a leading destination in Saratoga Springs well into the 21st century,” Hollowood said. “Beginning with our founding when area residents invested $100 per share to bring the first modern-era flag hotel and convention center to Saratoga Springs, through today, we are proud of our legacy of community leadership. “You could say the Holiday Inn Saratoga Springs was all about crowd funding before crowdsourcing for startup businesses became cool,” she added. “We can’t wait for our many returning and new guests to experience our brand new look along with our renowned personal service.”
Week of November 10 – November 16, 2017
Famed Floral Designer Now on Broadway
New Spot for Compliments to the Chef
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Simply Sidney Floral Design and Home Accents, located at 268 Broadway, will open its doors
SARATOGA SPRINGS — More than a month of settling in for Paula and John Reardon, owners of the cookware-supply company Compliments to the Chef at 33 Railroad Place, will culminate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for Friday, Nov. 17 at 1 p.m. Formerly located at 46 Marion Avenue, on the far side of Fresh Market plaza, Reardon says the new Compliments to the Chef location brings him closer to the city’s “foodies” who truly enjoy the process of cooking. The storefront, on the same block as Bow Tie Criterion Cinemas, was previously owned by Feigenbaum Cleaners, which recently relocated to 18 Congress Street. For more information, visit the Reardons’ website at www.saratogachef.com.
Sidney Martin. Photo provided. to the public from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17 with a grand opening and ribbon-cutting event. The new Simply Sidney Floral Design store will offer home furniture, accents, lamps, tables, chairs, sculpture and, of course, exquisite florals. Sidney Martin’s artistic talent, keen esthetic eye and contagious enthusiasm have earned him a place as resident florist for Saratoga’s Salt and Char Restaurant, the Adelphi Hotel and 15 Church Restaurant, as well as the Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s New York City Ballet Gala, Opera Saratoga Gala and Saratoga Hospital Gala. Martin has produced floral décor on the sets of major motion pictures and Emmy-nominated television shows, in addition to the pages of bridal magazines and the red carpets of the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes and the Hollywood Film Festival. Martin moved from Los Angeles and established residency in Saratoga Springs. He has catered to private clientele for home, special event, wedding and corporate occasions.
BSBPA November Networking Breakfast BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association (BSBPA) will sponsor a Networking Breakfast on Tuesday, Nov. 21 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Roohan Realty at 48 Milton Avenue will host the event. In the heart of Ballston Spa’s business district, the Milton Avenue property is newly renovated with a storefront on the first floor and a loft apartment above. This month’s breakfast attendees can view Roohan Realty’s latest property listings as well. The cost of the breakfast is $5 with advance reservation— prepayment is available at www. ballston.org or RSVP to info@ ballston.org and pay at the door. Non-reserved walk-ins that morning are $10. Business and community members are welcome; BSBPA
BUSINESS BRIEFS 15 membership is not required to attend these bimonthly events. Membership information will be available. For more information, visit the website www.ballston.org.
Saratoga Hospital Adds to Galway Team GALWAY — Dr. Wendy Mayes-Beasly has joined Saratoga Hospital Medical Group – Primary Care Galway, where she is one of four healthcare professionals who provide highquality, comprehensive medical care for patients of all ages. Dr. Mayes-Beasly comes to Saratoga Hospital from Greater Lawrence Family Health Center in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Her emphasis is on holistic care. Mayes-Beasly earned a medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Texas. After an internship and residency at Exempla St. Joseph Hospital in Colorado, she completed the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center HIP (holistic, integrative, pluralistic) Fellowship for the Underserved. Mayes-Beasly is board certified in family medicine. Saratoga Hospital Medical Group – Primary Care Galway is located at 5344 Sacandaga Road in Galway. To make an appointment with Dr. Mayes-Beasly, call 518882-6955. For more information, go to www.primarycaregalway.org.
Dr. Wendy Mayes-Beasly. Photo provided.
Stewart’s Completes Multiple Makeovers MALTA — This year, Stewart’s Shops is investing $50 million in new builds, replacement shops and remodels to make the customershopping experience easier. The expanded size enables individual shops to offer a wider variety of food and beverage options. Select shops (among them Schuylerville and Queensbury) will include new features such as a food bar and a beverage bar with fountain soda. Plus, additional exterior space provides for easier access to parking and fuel service. On Nov. 3, grand opening events were held at Stewart’s Shops in Schenectady and Schuylerville. The next event has
been scheduled for 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 20 at 977 Route 149 in Queensbury. Stewart’s Shops also donated $3,000 to various groups in those communities. Additional grand-opening and donation events will involve Stewart’s locations at 3765 Burgoyne Avenue in Hudson Falls; 3 Saratoga Avenue in South Glens Falls; and 1206 Route 146 in Clifton Park. The events include all-day specials at the affected stores. More information can be found at stewartsshops.com.
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PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS MALTA
4 Saddlebrook Blvd., $471,204. Barbera Homes Kelley Farms LLC sold property to Mark and Cathy Molampy.
52 Wineberry Lane, $261,000. Gary Carpino and Jacqueline Brown-Carpino sold property to Michael and Cherie Powers.
24 Saddlebrook Blvd., Lot 60, $369,344. Legacy Custom Homes LLC sold property to Gregory Giuliano.
122 Plum Poppy North, $388,234. Marini Land II Inc. sold property to Edward Peck and Alicia Milman.
52 Sycamore St., $355,000. Mir Ali sold property to James Church III and Suzanne Rotella.
6 Wooden Court, $394,230. Michaels Group Homes LLC sold property to Caryn and Kristen Coughtry.
42 Chester St., $230,000. Matthew Spencer sold property to Andre Noel.
15 Essex St., $305,520. Barbera Homes Malta Springs LLC sold property to Richard and Elizabeth Murray.
1 Howard St., $195,000. Donald and Bonnie Botsford sold property to Benjamin and Ashley Newsom.
38 Burlington Ave., $332,000. Patricia Quinn and David Toledano sold property to Aimee Brisson.
103 8th St., $130,520. Fannie Mae (by Atty) sold property to Shawn Hughes. 19A Windyhill Rd., $159,139. Bank of New York Mellon (as Trustee by Atty) sold property to Jeffery and Heather Christianson. 1 Primrose Circle, $435,500. Lorenzo and Melissa Fiaschetti sold property to Melissa Stamper. 13 King Rd., $1,000. Steven and Mary Ellen Schuman sold property to Edwin and Jennifer Degenhart.
TOWN OF SARATOGA 1 Ferry St., $625,000. Phillip and Judith Dean sold property to Jason Young. 213 Haas Rd., $5,000. Martha McGrath sold property to Robert Pulsifer, Jr. 2 Stonecreek Dr., $1,275,000. Christopher and Claire Eatz sold property to Victor and Liz Mazzotti. 454 County Route 68, $365,000. Grand and Mary Ann Seymour sold property to Daniel Cody and Shannon Smith. 67 Church St., $160,000. Edythe Burch sold property to Thomas and Barbara Disinger.
SARATOGA SPRINGS 14 Lexington Rd., $285,000. Shaughn Clancy sold property to Nora Flansburg. 268 Broadway, Unit 410. $1,250,000. 262 Broadway
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LLC sold property to Myles and Susan Gombert.
property to Lynne Dearstyne.
45 Doten Ave., $730,000. Ross Kenyon and Anupriya Krishnan sold property to Colleen Oâ€™Shea.
10 Nelson Ave., $290,000. Donald Sherwood (as Trustee and Heir) and Ann Fobian (by Heir) sold property to 10 Nelson Avenue LLC.
338-346 Broadway, $6,250,000. 340 Broadway Associates LLC sold property to 519 Broadway LLC.
5 Persimmon Place, $209,475. Joseph Street Saratoga LLC sold property to Jeffrey and Rosemary Levy.
33 Stony Brook Dr., $4,345,000. Meadowbrook IV LLC sold property to Hilary Gold.
72 Hathorn Blvd., $122,437. Fifth Third Mortgage Company sold property to John A Scuola, John P. Scuola and Michael Scuola.
6 Foxhall Dr., $358,500. Zachary Dalton sold property to Joan Sanchez and Marta Augue. 145 Meadowbrook Rd., $232,000. Monica Dutcher sold property to Beau Stallard. 268 Broadway, Unit 301, $1,112,500. William Donovan, Jr. sold property to Jarda Clagett. 21 Macarthur Dr., $387,900. Jeffrey and Kim Walker sold property to Paul and Elizabeth Clark. 25 Curt Blvd., $219,900. Zachary and Siobhan Kalinowski sold property to Anthony Grassi. 64 Ludlow St., Unit 103, $250,000. Jeffrey Attanasio sold property to Carolyn and Joseph Potvin. 1 Salem Dr., $275,000. Mary Pitney (Ind and as Trustee) sold property to Molly and James McDonough. 316 Ballston Ave., Unit F, $267,500. 316 Ballston Ave. LLC sold
57 Tamarack Trail, $255,000. Lee and Colleen Park sold property to Sirena Yaccarino. 25 Clubhouse Dr., $233,700. William Dunnavant (by Agent) sold property to Kristen Abrams.
WILTON 15 Sydney Hill Rd. $622,500. George Francolino sold property to Allison Vulgamore and Donald Fox. 2 Craw Lane, $369,900. McPadden Builders LLC sold property to Joseph and Margaret Damo. 3 Briar Lane, $412,000. Arliene Gordon (as Trustee) sold property to Bradley and Kendra Onishi. 49 Whirlaway Blvd., $365,000. Keith and Jenna Burger sold property to Matthew and Jennifer Britt. 17 Craw Lane, $82,500. William and Judy Morris sold property to McPadden Builders LLC. 12 Conklin Court, $95,000. William and Judy Morris sold property to McPadden Builders LLC. 9 Melanie Dr., $337,000. William and Sara Colman sold property to Kathleen Adair and Nicholas Martinez. 240 Gurn Springs Rd., $247,422. Aliesha and Jeremy Narduzzo sold property to Nicholas Skaly. 42 Fenimore Place, $420,000. Eric and Melissa Jackson sold property to Derek and Autumn Goddard.
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If you had asked brothers Richard and Charles Marriott 20 years ago if they would still be running Stone Industries, the liquid waste management business their family purchased from the Stone family in October 1997, today, they would have both said no. “I think if you asked us, we would both have said we’d run this for a few years and then sell it and move on.” said Richard. Today they’re both grateful for the opportunity to work together and for the customers and employees
who have supported this business for so many years. The company was originally founded in the 1960’s by Eugene M. Stone as the E.M. Stone Septic company. The business prospered under his leadership and, while remaining a family-run business, acquired many local competitors including Colonie Septic, Art Sani-Jon and others. Following his passing in the early 1990’s, the Stone family continued to run the business until 1997 when the business was sold to the Marriott family. The
Marriott’s combined the various trade names the company was operating under to form Stone Industries and adopted the black and yellow color combination used originally in the portable toilet business across all the divisions of the company. Continuing Eugene Stone’s pattern of acquiring local companies, Stone Industries purchased the assets of A-AmeriCan in 2001 from Casella Waste Management, roughly doubling the size of the portable toilet rental division. Later that year
“I have experienced and learned many things over almost ten years together. I am proud to be a part of Stone Industries.” -Andrew Mills
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Richard and Charles founded Stone Installations, LLC to handle the need for septic installation and repair work that was coming in from the septic pumping division. More recently the company has found success renting high-end luxury restroom trailers. Stone Industries had offered restroom trailers for several years with limited success when, in 2010, they purchased a pair of three stall “Ritz Series” trailers and the business took off. “It took us a while to figure out the right size and amenities to offer our customers, but once we nailed it down, the division really took off.” said Richard. Today the company’s fleet of trailers is up to 34, including two through 10 station restrooms and three through eight station shower trailers. The brothers attribute much of the company’s success to their core group of senior employees, all of whom have worked their way up within the organization. “It’s really all about our team. We’ve got some really good people who help run the business and keep everything on track.” said Charles. Dean Burdick, who joined the company under Eugene Stone’s ownership, is now Vice-President of Operations for Stone Installations, responsible for running that company on a day-to-day basis. Stephanie Schroder-Loveland joined the company as a file clerk almost 15 years ago and today is in charge of back office operations for the entire company. John Riley worked under his father Carl in Stone’s portable toilet assembly operation as a high schooler and today handles all aspects of rental operations for the portable toilet and restroom trailer divisions. Andrew Mills started at Stone under his father too, and today as Fleet Manager is responsible for keeping the company’s 40 trucks on the road and designing and fabricating systems to improve their operation and safety. Another key to the company’s long-term success has been the implementation of an across-the-board safety culture. “We were lucky to get connected with John Malone, now the Manager of the Reis Group’s Watervliet office, at a point where we really needed help with this, and he provided us with a great deal of guidance and resources on how to build safety into all aspects of the business.” said Richard. Today the company maintains a zero tolerance drug policy and all team members are required to participate in OSHA 10 safety training, as well as defensive driver training. Stone’s management also believes in being involved in the local community. They are members of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, the Northeastern Subcontractors Association, the Capital Region Builders and Remodelers Association, the Saratoga Builders Association, and the Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau. The company is also proud to support Saratoga and surrounding communities
“I am very proud to have been a part of all that Richard and Charles have accomplished over the years. Congratulations to both of you on your success and accomplishments over the past 20 years!” -Dean Burdick Vice President/Stone Installations
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“Glad to be part of this awesome team! Looking forward to being a part of many more years ahead!” -Zach Young through youth sports league sponsorships, special event sponsorships/donations, non-profit fundraising event sponsorships (such as Saratoga Bridges and Saratoga Hospitals’ annual galas, as well as countless smaller events) and they offer discounts to military veterans through the Saratoga County Return the Favor Program. Despite the fact that they never imagined they’d be here 20 years later, the brothers both say they wouldn’t have it any other way. “It’s truly a blessing to be part of this community” said Charles. Here’s to another 20 years!
“They are two of the most dedicated, patient, compassionate and understanding men I have ever met. They both always have an open door to their office, for customers, vendors, and most importantly their valued employees.” -Stephanie Schroder-Loveland, Office Manager
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Stone Industries Through the Years... 1997:
In October the Marriott family purchases E.M. Stone Septic and related companies from the Stone family and organizes all operations under the Stone Industries, LLC banner.
In April Stone Industries purchases A-AmeriCan Portable Toilet Rentals from Casella, Inc. of Vermont, doubling the size of the portable toilet rental operations.
Later that year Richard and Charles founded the septic installation and repair business, Stone Installations, LLC, to handle the many requests for replacement septic systems the company is receiving from the septic pumping division.
In January Stone Industries switches all portable toilet operations to the stainless steel vacuum tanks in use today, giving the company its current look.
Stone Industries switches all septic pumping operations to aluminum vacuum tanks to standardize company truck look across divisions.
After dabbling in the restroom trailer rental space for the previous couple of years, in February the team at Stone decides to aggressively pursue this business, buying the first pair of three station Ritz series trailers. Today the restroom trailer fleet numbers 34 trailers.
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Week of November 10 – November 16, 2017
Senator James Tedisco Tours WSWHE BOCES by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY SARAT0GA SPRINGS — On Tuesday, Oct. 30 New York State Senator James Tedisco (R, C – 49th Senate District) toured the F. Donald Myers Education Center in Saratoga Springs. Members of Future Farmers of America (FFA) and SkillsUSA led the tour, providing Senator Tedisco with information about the Career and Technical Education programs they are enrolled in. Students in the Exceptional Learners Division made presentations about their Boys Town Merit projects. FFA is an American 501 youth organization, specifically a career and technical student organization, based on middle and high school classes that promote and support agricultural education. SkillsUSA is a United States career and technical student organization serving more than 395,000 high school, college, and middle school students and professional members enrolled in training programs. Tedisco is a former special education teacher, guidance counselor, athletic director, and coach. “I think this program is a
Senator Tedisco tours BOCES with FFA and SkillsUSA. Photo provided. building block. When you are standing on a building block you have an advantage over a lot
“...this program is a building block.”
of other young people. This is a program that gives them that information, that education, to be ready for industry. Preparation is what education is about. This is real preparation,” Tedisco said. WSWHE BOCES Superintendent of Schools, James Dexter told the senator
that all CTE programs, as well as most Exceptional Learning programs include internships, or job shadowing, which provides students with real world experiences, and exposure to prospective employers or continuing education opportunities. Environmental Conservation and Forestry Program Instructor, Dennis Flynn spoke about FFA and the national convention his students recently returned from. “The forestry program has an articulation agreement with Paul Smiths College. Students
can finish this program with five college credits at Paul Smiths. Nine of my students who completed the forestry program in 2017 are attending Paul Smiths this year,” Flynn acknowledged. Also during his visit, Tedisco had the chance to see a Regents math class. Shayne Bishop, an instructor in the Exceptional Learners Division, showed the senator how he works with students to engage them in mathematics. “We like to connect the real world with some of the algebra and geometry that we are working on. This is just one class
of many,” Bishop stated. Senator Tedisco made a comment that when he meets local businesses they tell him that while there are many good jobs to have but not enough skilled workers to work them. “We are fortunate to have great relationships with industry partners,” Dexter assured Tedisco. “The kids did a great job, you are all dong a great job. Now we, the Senate and the Assembly, need to do our job and make sure the funding comes through to keep supporting these programs,” Tedisco said.
SKIDMORE Cares by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Skidmore College faculty and staff are joining together for the twelfth consecutive year through a program called Skidmore Cares, a program to raise donations of food, provisions, and school supplies to assist those in need in Saratoga County. On Tuesday, Nov. 7 a kickoff luncheon was held on campus where approximately 150 Skidmore faculty members attended, including President Philip A. Glotzvach who, along with his wife Marie, founded
Skidmore Cares in 2006, which has raised a total of $82,636 in the last 12 years. “The power of our community is truly remarkable,” said Marie Glotzbach, “Phil and I are most
“THE POWER OF OUR COMMUNITY IS TRULY REMARKABLE...” grateful for the philanthropy of our colleagues who each year help to make Skidmore Cares more generous than the last.”
Week of November 10 – November 16, 2017
Saratoga Independent School to Hold Public Meeting About New Middle School SARATOGA SPRINGS Saratoga Independent School (SIS) will be holding a public meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. to learn about SIS’s new middle school. They will be sharing information about curriculum, athletics, fine arts, their advisory and leadership programs and much more. Founded by parents in 1991, Saratoga Independent School is a New York State chartered private elementary school for children in pre-K through grade six.
Ballston Spa Donations to Puerto Rico BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Central School District has begun taking donations of school supplies for children in Puerto Rico affected by the hurricane. They have already begun shipping boxes to those affected. Donations can be dropped off at the bus garage at 1458 Saratoga Road at any time. As of now, there is no cut off for the donations.
Soroptomist Violet Richardson Award SARATOGA SPRINGS — Soroptomist International of Saratoga County is part of an international organization with 95,000 members in 120 countries and territories. Soroptomist is a volunteer service organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of woman and girls, in local communities and throughout the world. The Violet Richardson Award is a way to recognize girls for their volunteer service to their communities and schools. The award honors a young woman
in Saratoga County between the ages of 14 and 17. To apply for this grant, email an application request to soroptomistVR@gmail.com or visit www.soroptomistsaratoga.org. Application submissions are due by December 31, 2017.
Pre-K Nature Hour at Camp Saratoga – Autumn Scavenger Hunt WILTON — A monthly program designed for young explorers, ages 3-6. Children and their guardians will go on a short walk, do a simple nature craft, and have a healthy snack. This takes place Monday, Nov. 13 at 10:30 a.m. at Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park. Pre-registration is required.
Kids Night Out at The Children’s Museum at Saratoga SARATOGA SPRINGS — At 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17 The Children’s Museum at Saratoga will be holding a Kids Night Out in which parents are encouraged to drop the kids off at the museum for a funfilled evening. For only $20, the community room will be transformed and filled with fun Thanksgiving themed activities and crafts. Registration is required no later than Tuesday, Nov. 14, call the Museum at 518-584-5540 for more information.
Kids Fun Night at Maple Ave Middle School SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga students in grades K-5 are invited to Kids Fun Night, featuring an open gym, craft, games, and activities on Friday, Nov. 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. The Saratoga Springs High School Boys Cross-Country and Track and Field teams host this fundraiser. Coaches, athletes,
EDUCATION 23 BRIEFS 23 and athletes’ parents supervise all activities. $10 per child, snacks and drinks available for purchase. For more information email email@example.com.
Skidmore College Appoints New Dead of Academic Affairs
Ballston Spa Veteran’s Day Wall of Honor BALLSTON SPA — Ballston Spa High School will be honoring the veteran’s in their student’s lives by creating a Wall of Honor in the library until Thanksgiving. Students are encouraged to bring in pictures of the veterans in their lives and hang them as a way to honor these brave men and women.
Operation Gratitude BALLSTON SPA — Mr. Bryant’s fourth graders at Malta Avenue are participating in a service-learning project called Operation Gratitude. To participate, bring your leftover Halloween candy to Mr. Bryant’s classroom by November 9. The donated candy will be sent to American Troops overseas in care packages. For more information, www.opgrat. wordpress.com/2013/07/08/ halloween-candy-for-the-troops/.
comes to the college with strong support from both the search committee and the community at large. We will benefit from the breadth of capabilities and experiences he will draw upon in his new position,” said President Philip A. Glotzbach.
Academy of Lifelong Learning Celebrates 25 Years
Dr. Michael Orr will begin his tenure at Skidmore College in July 2018. Photo provided by Diane O’Connor SARATOGA SPRINGS — Michael T. Orr has been named the dean of faculty and vice president for academic affairs, effective July 16, 2018 at Skidmore College. Dr. Orr, who was selected through a national search, currently serves as Krebs Provost and dean of the faculty at Lake Forest College, in Lake Forest, Illinois, where is also a professor of art history. “Dr. Orr will continue Skidmore’s tradition of strong administrative leadership in the Office of Academic Affairs. He
SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Academy for Lifelong Learning (A.L.L.) at SUNY Empire State College is celebrating their 25th year with a special “Celebrating Silver” Banquet on Friday, Dec. 1 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Gideon Putnam Hotel. The event is $30 and includes a sit down lunch, entertainment by Bobby Dick, dancing, raffles, and a cash bar. Academy knitters have knitted close to 500 caps for cancer patients that will be donated to Saratoga Hospital at the banquet. Reservations close on Nov. 20. For more information and to reserve a spot, contact the Academy at jeff. firstname.lastname@example.org or call 518587-2100 ext. 2415.
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Week of November 10 – November 16, 2017
NEW FARMER Brings the ‘MOXIE’ to Her Work
Moussaka Moussaka is an interesting dish. It can be made many different ways. Some people substitute eggplant for potatoes or zucchini. The specific blend of herbs are even debated and or changed. If anything, use this as a base and experiment. You'll get it different ways depending on where you have it in Greece. So make it your own!
Saturdays, 9 to 1 Lincoln Baths Building at the Spa State Park
• Prep time: 40 mins • Cook time: 30 mins
Photos by Pattie Garrett
by Himanee Gupta-Carlson for Saratoga TODAY LEAH HENNESSY decided to become a farmer on the day she had her first affectionate encounter with a goat. Now the owner of Moxie Ridge Farm & Creamery, one of the Saratoga Farmers’ Market’s newer vendors, Hennessy recalls that she was on a business trip as a wine consultant in Provence,
France. She had asked if she could visit a fromagerie, or cheese shop. A day with a regional cheesemaker was arranged. At the end of the day, the cheesemaker took her to the barn to meet the goats. As the animals excitedly approached the equally excited American visitor, the cheesemaker murmured in French to a translator accompanying Hennessy. Hennessy caught the word “bisou.” “I know what that means,” she exclaimed. “It means kisses.” “That’s right,” replied the cheesemaker via the translator. “They like kisses.” A yearling goat poked her nose through a fence, and Hennessy bent down - She was hooked. Hennessy had worked and lived in Hollywood for eight years.
She packed up that life and returned to Albany where she grew up. She poured her savings into farmertraining seminars and courses, and schooled herself in goat rearing, herd management, cheese-making, and sustainable agriculture while working at area farms. In late 2016, through a partnership with Dirt Capital, and assistance from such organizations as American Farmland Trust, the Hudson Valley Agribusiness Development Corp., FARMroots, and the Agricultural Stewardship Association, she acquired the farm formerly operated by Longview Farm owners Dave and Liza Porter.
...Hennessy has brought French and other European inspired cheeses to market...”
In her first year, Hennessy has brought French and other European inspired cheeses to market. She also offers chicken and goose eggs, poultry, goat milk and yogurt, and pork. The ridge in the farm name reflects the area topography. Moxie reflects Hennessy herself – a tough woman determined to persist. She uses minimal machinery, relies on animals for land maintenance, and loves each and every animal under her stewardship passionately. “All my life I’ve looked for something that would be meaningful
• Total time: 1 hour 10 mins • Serves: 4-6
* Find these Ingredients at the Market!
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1 medium eggplant*, peeled and cut lengthwise into ½ “ thick slices 1 lb ground beef* ½ onion*, chopped 1½ tsp tomato paste ½ cup red wine* 1 cup feta*
¼ cup bread* crumbs • 2 gloves crushed garlic* (to taste) • Olive Oil • Salt and Pepper • Cinnamon • 2 cups milk* • 2 tbsp butter* • ½ cup flour
INSTRUCTIONS 1. Take sliced eggplant and place them in a bowl with water and salt to soak for 15 min. 2. Pre-heat oven to 350ºF and take eggplant slices and place them on baking tray. Drizzle olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place in oven for 10-12 min, or until tender. Remove and set aside. 3. In large skillet, add olive oil and chopped onions and cook for 5 min, or until tender. 4. Add beef and brown. Once brown, add: wine, tomato paste, salt, pepper, cinnamon, and garlic. 5. Simmer and reduce all liquid. Once reduced, add bread crumbs and feta cheese. Remove from heat. 6. Sprinkle bottom of oiled baking dish with bread crumbs. 7. Line bottom of dish with ½ of eggplant, cut to make even and make sure entire bottom is covered. 8. Add meat mixture on top and spread evenly. Then add remaining eggplant slices to cover top. BECHAMEL SAUCE: Heat milk in pan. Then add butter and melt. Slowly stir in flour. Stir continually over low- med heat until thick. Once thick, remove from heat and pour over eggplant/ meat mixture. Spread bechamel evenly over top. 9. Sprinkle with cinnamon and feta 10. Bake for 30min at 350ºF, until golden brown Adapted from recipe by Kenton and Jane Kotsiris of lemonandolives.com
to me and give me complete fulfillment,” says Hennessy, at her farm. “I’ve found it here.” As if in agreement, chickens squawk, goats bleat, and a gaggle of geese parade between the farm entrance and her front steps.
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Week of November 10 – November 16, 2017
It’s Tea TIME!
by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY
my Foodie Friends! November can be a very chilly month. Having a cup of tea can help those “chill to the bone” days. So let’s have a hot cup of tea together! It is a well known fact that I am a coffee drinker but I drink and love tea also. It’s comfort drink from my childhood. We were not allowed as kids to have coffee, but tea with honey was a favorite. When you wanted advice from Mom it was always the tea kettle that she would put on the stove and when the whistle blew she gave you her full attention. There are lots of ways to make tea but they always start with hot water. At Compliments to the Chef, we just got in some beautiful electric tea kettles from Chantal and
Capresso, along with stove top tea kettles made of stainless steel and ones made of enamel over steel from both LeCreuset and Chantal. Electric tea kettles are perfect if you are like me and are multi tasking in the kitchen and home all the time then forgetting about the water boiling. Having an auto-shut off on an electric tea kettle is a good option for us! LeCreuset and Chantal have been a leader in stovetop kettle design and function for over 30 years now. Chantal is very proud to now step into a new territory and introduce their first electric kettle. Known simply as the Ekettle, the item serves as a bold debut in a new market and could be the first of many electric kettles to come from Chantal. The Ekettle brings bold color and fresh style to the electric marketplace. Offering the comfortable look of a stovetop kettle, this product features an ergonomic handle with stunning stainless steel accents as well as a durable stainless steel spout and lid. The lid features the signature Chantal knob that is seen on a variety of their best selling stove top kettle models. The Ekettle was built to provide effortless function. Simply push down on the on/off switch and wait for your water to boil. The indicator light lets you know that your
water is boiling and it will shut off automatically when the water is ready. The Ekettle will boil water faster than a microwave and features boil-dry safety technology that will turn the kettle off if it is accidentally turned on without water inside. Perfect for the home, office, or even dorm room, Chantal kettles can now be enjoyed everywhere and are no longer restricted to the stove. If you are looking to purchase an electric tea kettle then consider this one. If you prefer to use a stove top tea kettle, stop by Compliments to the Chef to see our colorful assortment of LeCreuset and Chantal tea kettles. This past week, as I sat and had a cup of tea, I reflected on the times I spoke with my father about his time in the service. Although he did not like to talk about WWII, I was able to get some amazing stories from him about his time in the service. He spoke minimally about his time on the beaches at Normandy. However, he loved to talk about his Army buddies that he would often reconnect with on Veteran’s Day weekend. Paula’s father also served in the Army for 23 years.
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• Pasta with Meatballs • Parmesan Cheese • Lima Beans • Warm Spiced Applesauce
• Five-Spice Chicken • Baked Sweet Potato • Beets • Honeydew Melon
• Roast Beef & Gravy • Mashed Potatoes • Vegetable Trio • Chocolate Chip Cookies
• Fish Florentine • Brown Rice • Corn • Warm Peach Crisp
FRIDAY Day 17 Turkey Special! • Turkey & Gravy • Mashed Potatoes • Stuffing • Greenbean Casserole • Cranberry Sauce • Dinner Roll • Pumpkin Pie
Menu Subject to Change. Coffee, tea and butter are served daily. The suggested contribution is $2/meal. There is a $6 fee for guests under the age of 60. Please make checks payable to: Northeast Dining and Lodging, c/o Saratoga County Office for the Aging, 152 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020
It’s easy to think that we know what being in the military is really like. The news makes it feel like it’s all about the scary stuff:
land mines, gunfire and enemy combatants. But sometimes the toughest parts aren’t the lifethreatening moments; they are the life-altering ones. Those that give their service in the military often times miss birthdays,
graduations, first steps, first touch downs, and many of the day to day moments that we take for granted in life. With respect, honor, and gratitude, we thank our Veterans. Compliments to the Chef invites all of our Foodie Friends to attend our Grand Re-opening on Friday, November 17, 2017 at 1 p.m. with the Saratoga Chamber of Commerce. We are holding a drawing for some of the best products from LeCreuset, All Clad, Wusthof, Henckels, Staub, and more. Please stop by the store before the drawing to check out the items and eligibility to submit your name for the drawing. Our new address is 33 Railroad Place Saratoga Springs. Remember my friends, “Life Happens in the Kitchen”.
Take Care, John and Paula
Week of November 10 – November 16, 2017
Thanksgiving Apple Pie
“Pie is...the secret of our strength as a nation and the foundation of our industrial supremacy. Pie is the American synonym of prosperity. Pie is the food of the heroic. No pie-eating people can be permanently vanquished.” -- The New York Times, 1902 Here is a recipe for the American dessert that bursts with apple flavor from two different varieties of the fruit, and a sweet, nutty crunch from the streusel topping. • Makes: 1 pie • Prep Time: 30 minutes • Cook Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes
• 3 cups all-purpose flour • 1 ½ teaspoons salt • 1 teaspoon cinnamon • ¼ cup pecans, finely ground • ½ cup butter-flavor solid vegetable shortening • 7-8 tablespoons ice water
• 2 large Rome Beauty apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced • 2 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced • Use an Apple Peeler to assist with peeling, coring, and slicing apples • 1 cup sugar • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour • ½ teaspoon cinnamon • 1 egg, slightly beaten • 1 cup heavy cream • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• ⅓ cup sugar • ¼ cup light brown sugar • ½ cup all-purpose flour • 1 teaspoon cinnamon • 1 teaspoon nutmeg • ½ cup cold butter, cut into 1-inch pieces • ½ cup walnuts, chopped
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1. To make crust, whisk together the flour, salt, cinnamon and pecans in a large mixing bowl. 2. Using a pastry blender, cut in shortening. Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and toss the mixture with a fork. Roll in a circle ¼-inch thick. Line a 10-inch deep-dish pie pan with dough; set aside. 3. Heat oven to 350 degrees. 4. To make the filling, toss apples with sugar, flour and cinnamon in a large bowl. 5. In a medium bowl, combine egg and cream until smooth. Stir in vanilla. Place apples in prepared crust. Gently pour cream mixture over apple mixture. 6. Bake pie in the lower one-third of oven for 20 minutes. 7. To make the streusel, combine sugar, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg in the bowl of a food processor. Process until well combined. With processor running, add the cold butter one piece at a time and process until crumbly. Toss in walnuts. 8. Remove pie from oven and shield crust with foil. Sprinkle prepared streusel over pie. Return to oven, and bake 45 minutes or until pie puffs.
Relax & Buy Local Delicious Pies at: The Bread Basket Bakery 65 Spring St, Saratoga Springs saratogabreadbasket.com (518) 587-4233 Putnam Market 431 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, putnammarket.com (518) 587-3663 Smith’s Orchard & Bake Shop 4561 Jockey St, Ballston Spa smithspieshop.com (518) 882-6598 Mrs. London’s Bakery 464 Broadway, Saratoga Springs mrslondonsbakery.com (518) 581-8100
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The ALPINE SPORT Family Cathy’s husband Jack, who she met on their high school ski team, started working there in 1970. The fun experiences that they’ve shared together since, and have invited others to enjoy with them, have provided the adventure of a lifetime. Today, they have two children and four grandchildren.
by Megin Potter for Saratoga TODAY A single snowflake is exquisite in its intricate beauty. When it snows, however, there’s never just a single snowflake, but so many they are impossible to count. That’s how the family-run Alpine Sport Shop clan has grown throughout their 76 years in business. Their family and the vast number of customers (who are treated like family there) just keep multiplying. THE FAMILY FUN CENTER When she was just 4 years old, Cathy Hay learned to ski. In 1966, Cathy’s parents, Thurlow and Dorothy “Dot” Woodcock bought the Alpine Sport Shop, established in 1941 by Ed and Jo Taylor, and ran it until Thurlow died suddenly in 1988.
“We’re fortunate, we’re selling fun...” “We’re fortunate, selling fun, it’s a experience,” said Cathy.
ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE Inside the ski chalet-style store that Thurlow designed and built, the charm of winter is on full display. In front of the massive stone fireplace is a comfortable resting place for customers to wait, sipping coffee and munching popcorn, while flipping through photo albums. “Our tension is when the weather doesn’t cooperate. It’s about being flexible and going with the times,” said Cathy. For years, the store had an indoor ski slope for beginner ski
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lessons. When there is enough snow, Jack still skis off the store’s sloping roof outside. “Retail is show business,” said Jack. THE FAMILY THAT PLAYS TOGETHER Alpine Sport Shop has hosted bonfires, yodeling contests, ski clinics, movies, authors, an annual snow-fall prediction contest, and many other community events. For 20 years, they’ve been leading group ski excursions to destinations around the world. “It takes the work out of the trip so our customers are free to build friendships among themselves. It’s so gratifying,” said Cathy. In 2005, Alpine Sport Shop transformed into a reception venue for their daughter, Jessica’s wedding to former shop manager Greg Robinson. The Hay’s younger daughter, Julia Lee has worked at Alpine Sport Shop for more than a decade. Even their golden retriever, Gilda, was a constant presence in the shop (as a “speedbump”, said Jack). Fern, the 1 ½ year-old golden retriever they have now, is not yet “retail ready” said 22-year employee Terri-Lynn Pellegri. As someone who was introduced to skiing as an adult, Pellegri said she is not the daredevil skier that Jack is, but still enjoys skiing with her second family.
“That’s the beauty of it, you can do it your own way,” she said. The Alpine Sport Shop is hosting a FREE Ski Tuning Day talk November 12 at 7 p.m. at Skidmore College’s Davis Auditorium. The 35th Annual Pre-Season Ice-Breaker Sale, with discounts 15 to 50 percent storewide, begins November 16.
For more information go to www.alpinesportshop.com
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Week of November 10 – November 16, 2017
Finding PEACE in The Present Moment
by Meghan Lemery Fritz, LCSW-R for Saratoga TODAY
Fill in the blank.
“I’ll be happy when……” the list usually looks something like this; lose weight, make more money, own a home, find “the one”, pay off debt, or retire. Once you accomplished your goal did you give yourself a chance to breathe and appreciate your success? Did you look back at your journey and allow yourself to see the progress you made and how hard you worked to get what you wanted? Did you stop to reflect on how all the resources you needed came together to get you where you wanted to be at the right time? I would like to think we all stop to enjoy the victory in meeting our goals, however, I think most of us immediately move on to the next goal without giving ourselves
permission to stop and enjoy the present moment. The very thing we identify as the happiness cure becomes forgotten and we raise the bar of contentment a little higher. We convince ourselves that this blank will be the very thing we need to quiet are souls and calm are spirits. This constant DIS-EASE is exhausting and leads to a neverending search for fulfillment. The truth is, inner peace and contentment in the now is a spiritual practice that calls us to pause and simply BE. This practice is one that takes time and tremendous patience as we learn to stop the madness of seeking outside things for inner fulfillment. When we can learn to be in the present moment, regardless of our circumstances, we can learn to rest and experience a quiet peace in every day life, versus the undercurrent of anxiety that we experience by being consumed with meeting the next goal in the future. Any spiritual book that you pick up speaks to the power and importance of taking time to give thanks and live in the present moment. When we allow gratitude to infuse our hearts we feel calmer, more connected to spirit, and less neurotic in general. Take a moment to look back at your path. Allow yourself to reflect on all the wonderful things you have accomplished and the ways in which you’ve grown emotionally, physically, spiritually and mentally.
Take a minute to think of the influential people that have showed up to push you along the way and give you the resources you needed be it in the form encouragement, wisdom, opportunity, or support of any kind. Giving thanks from the simplest of gestures to
I have talked to many clients throughout the years who have held on to waiting for circumstances to change in their life before they will be happy. There is an anxiety that is ever present, and they are never at peace with themselves. The key to inner peace is being able to be content in your inner life no matter
“...don’t get so consumed with being “better” that you forget what it is like to “be”...”
accomplishing the big “blanks” helps keep us grounded and gives us perspective. How will you ever enjoy what you have if you never stop to give yourself the time and space to enjoy it? Setting goals is a healthy and necessary part of life, however, don’t get so consumed with being “better” that you forget what it is like to “be”.
what the outer circumstances of your life look like. When you feel the constant pressure and anxiety of trying to meet your next goal, stop and tune into the moment. Be aware of what you see, hear, feel and smell. Simply tuning into your senses will help keep you grounded and safeguard you from anxiety. If your goal is to lose weight
and you have a specific size or weight you would like to be, the worst thing you can do is obsess daily about how to get to that goal. A more effective way to reach your goal is to focus on being present with your body daily. Trust yourself to make healthy choices and move your body in a way that leaves you feeling rejuvenated and refreshed, not exhausted and grumpy. Staying true to the present moment helps you reach your goals in a healthy way that will teach you the skills you need for long term success. When you make time to tune in and give gratitude for the present moment you will feel your spirit lift and experience a general calm in every day life. Don’t fall into the trap of being consumed by whatever goal you have ahead of you. Recognize each victory and take a moment to give gratitude for where you are. Recognize that guilt is rooted in the past, anxiety is rooted in the future and peace is rooted in the present moment. Pay attention to your thoughts and shift gears back to the present moment when your feelings are rooted in negativity.
Wishing you peace in the present today and always! Meghan Lemery Fritz is a psychotherapist practicing in State College, PA. For more information email email@example.com.
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HOW to Bring Your Kids to Church dealing with and how hard we’re trying. So. How on earth do we manage? We use these strategies:
by Kate Towne for Saratoga TODAY
“Mothering Boys” In our house, going to church on Sunday (or the Saturday Vigil Mass, which counts for Sunday) is a non-negotiable—meaning, all members of the family go to church (barring illness or other serious impediment). I know families who don’t bring their children to church until they’re old enough to sit and behave, but we are not that family, so we’ve had to figure out how to manage the one hour at church with a mix of newborns, toddlers, and preschoolers (the school-age kids tend to do pretty well). I’m not going to lie, bringing little ones to church can feel like having your fingers chewed off. What seems like an event intended for spiritual nourishment and refueling can actually make you feel worse than you did when you walked in. I have by no means figured out how to have a wonderful experience at church when I’m in the midst of the smallest, grabbiest, loudest, most unreasonable of children, but I so firmly believe that it’s imperative for the health of my kids’ faith life in the long term to be as familiar with Mass and to understand its importance as much as possible that I’m willing to do what needs to be done to get them there each week. And though I don’t always get out of church what I’d like to, I really think the effort on the part of the adults counts for something. God knows what we’re
Don’t go alone if you can help it While I know it might not be possible every time or for every parent, and I’ve taken the kids to church by myself many times, it’s infinitely easier to have another adult with you to help manage everyone. Having both parents there is the best, but my parents and sisters have helped me out many times in the past as well.
Divide and conquer, and/or figure out a seating chart ahead of time Having more than one adult can help keep the kids separated from each other, which is such a key part of helping them stay calm. If you’re alone, or if you have more kids than adults, consider figuring out the best way for them all to sit to avoid conflict and goofing around during church. For us, our oldest goes into the pew first, then no. 2, then no. 4, then me, then no. 6, then my husband, then no. 5, then no. 3. We’ve tweaked this and edited it as needed, and some Sundays need to be different from others. We’ve also put the troublemaker in the pew right in front of us on occasion—whoever it happens to be that Sunday, separating him from his brothers is almost always the best solution. Also, some families find that their kids behave better in the front row, while we vastly prefer the back row (or as close as we can get) so our shenanigans aren’t on display.
Be sure to bring necessities I don’t mean distractions— I’ll get to those in a minute—I mean the things without which you’re nearly guaranteed a disaster for the three-and-under set. For us, it means bringing their lovey (blanket or stuffed animal, depending on the boy), a bag of Cheerios, and a cup of juice (or a nursing cover, if I’m still breastfeeding). If I have those things, our chances of making it through Mass are so much better.
distractions These are nearly on par with the necessities listed above. I bring teethers or toys for the little ones that can be attached to them with a pacifier clip (so they don’t bean someone in the head when they inevitably toss them), but the older they get, the more church-focused things I bring, like children’s books of the saints, laminated holy cards, and a rosary or two. Also, “delayed gratification” is key. Don’t give them everything at once—give them one thing when they start to get fussy, and wait for them to have their fill of it before moving on to the next item (this is the same for the necessities listed above).
Choose the right time for your schedule I know not every church offers multiple services, but I’m so grateful ours does—it allows us to go to the Mass that doesn’t fall during naptime, for example. Or if getting out of the house early is problematic for your family, choose a later time if you can.
Take them out when they cry—but bring them back in Certainly if a child is causing a ruckus, he or she needs to be removed from church. While I believe children should be welcome at church, I do also think we should be as sensitive as possible to those around us. But always bring them back in once they’ve calmed down! Even if you have to take them right back out again, even if you have to go in and out of church seventeen times during the service, I think bringing them back in is so important. My boys love being taken out of church, and if we stayed out with them, you can bet they’d start acting up just in order to be taken out. Bringing them back in—after a stern talking to outside—ensures they realize that acting up will not give them a free pass to get out of church. These are the things that have worked for us over the last thirteen years, and still do (our youngest is still learning). Some Sundays are harder than others, for sure, but these tips have helped us cope and keep going to church each week. And remember: if you
have to leave church early one week, or just can’t seem to make it at all, get up and try again! Eyes on the prize! If you make church a priority and commit to going, you’ll figure out the best way to do so for your family.
Kate and her husband have six sons ages 13, 11, 9, 7, 5, and 3. Follow her at www.facebook. com/kmtowne23, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Week of November 10 – November 16, 2017
Senior Calendar… Adult and Senior Center of Saratoga
5 Williams St, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 518-584-1621 November Happenings FRIDAY, NOV. 10, 2 p.m. Veterans Day Celebration Presented by the Saratoga High School Key Club. Tim Clark Portrays “Charles Lindberg” Free and open to the public. Clark, a former U.S. Air Force B-52 pilot, will present a first- person account of Lindbergh’s life.
FRIDAY, NOV. 17, 2 p.m. “Votes for Women” presented by Kim Harvish, Chapman Historical Museum OPEN TO THE PUBLIC $2/members $5/non-members Celebrate the Suffrage Centennial of New York State with national and local stories, songs, and a re-enactor.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 29, 10 a.m. USS Slater Presentation Free and open to the public. Presentation on the US Navy Destroyer Escort.
9 MILES EAST WEDNESDAYS, 10:55 -11:20 a.m.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Stop by the center every Wednesday for convenient local meals prepared fresh by 9 Miles East Farm. Vegan and gluten-free options available. NEW! BALLROOM
DANCING, MONDAYS, 10:30 -11:30 a.m.
$2/month Do you love to watch dancing with the stars? Always wanted to learn to dance? Come learn the basics of ballroom dance with Leigh Berenis from Saratoga Children’s Theatre. No partners necessary.
Excursions [Open to the Public] WASHINGTON DC
(5 days 4 nights) $599 March 16 - 20 Trip Highlights: 8 meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 dinners, two guided tours featuring the WWII Memorial, Capitol Hill, Embassy Row, the Korean War Veterans Memorial,
the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Smithsonian, the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, and more!
VIRGINIA BEACH, COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG, & HISTORIC NORFOLK
(7 days- 6 nights) $815 $75 deposit due by 6/14/18 October 14 - 20 Trip Highlights: 10 meals, 6 breakfasts, 4 dinners, the VIRGINIA BEACH BOARDWALK, guided tour of Colonial Williamsburg, dinner cruise on the SPIRIT OF NORFOLK, admission to the NAUTICUS & BATTLESHIP WISCONSIN and more!
2018 Excursions [Informational Slideshows] Presented by Collette
SHADES OF IRELAND
Trip Date: April 26 - May 5, 2018
PACIFIC NORTHWEST & CALIFORNIA FT. WASHINGTON & OREGON
Trip Date: July 15 - 22, 2018
IMPERIAL CITIES FT. PRAGUE, VIENNA AND BUDAPEST
Trip Date: September 3 - 13, 2018
NIAGARA FALLS (CANADIAN) & TORONTO COLORS OF MOROCCO
(5 days 4 nights) $539 $75 deposit due by 2/11/18 June 11 - 15 Trip Highlights: 8 meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 dinners, GUIDED TOURS OF NIAGARA FALLS & TORONTO, a visit to Casa Loma, NIAGARA-ON-THELAKE & QUEEN VICTORIA PARK, a journey to The Falls on a “HORNBLOWER NIAGARA CRUISE” and much more!
Informational Slideshow: Jan. 17, 2017, 1:30 - 2 p.m. Trip Date: October 31 - Nov. 10, 2018
ICELAND’S MAGICAL NORTHERN LIGHTS
Informational Slideshow, Jan. 17, 2017, 1:30 p.m. Trip Date: March, 13 - 19, 2019
Senior Support Services COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
Do you need help with transportation, respite, home visits, etc? Please call Jane at 518-584-1621 ext. 206.
Do you have an hour to assist with transportation, friendly visiting or shopping? Flexible hours and no time commitments! Please contact Lisa at 518-584-1621 ext 210.
AMERICAS MUSIC CITIES
(Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans) Informational Slideshow, Jan. 17, 2017, 1 p.m. Trip Date: December 7 - 14, 2018
Ballston Area Senior Citizens MILTON COMMUNITY CENTER
310 Northline Rd. Ballston Spa, NY 12020 Phone: 518-885-6740 The Ballston Area Senior Citizens are resident members of the Town of Ballston, Milton and the Village of Ballston Spa. We also welcome other townships to come in and join our Community. If you would like to join our community come in on Thursday at 10 - 11:30 a.m. The fee is $10.00 a year, January to December. Nonresidents from other townships are welcome to our Community
- come and join. Hope to see you soon. Right now, we have a SPECIAL going on November & December of 2017 FREE come in join for the year 2018 Membership. Call 518-885-4229
PICKIN’ SESSIONS, WEDNESDAY
December 13, 2017 at 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Free to the public, ample free parking and please bring a snack to share. Amateur / professional musicians are invited to play solo, background or join up with a group. We are having a fun season with extemporaneous,
off-the-cuff musical jamming by local talented musicians.
BALLSTON AREA SENIOR MONTHLY DANCE
Saturday, December 9, at 7 - 10 p.m. There is a $5.00 entrance fee for non-members. The dance is open to the public, ample free parking. Members are asked to bring a snack to share. Peaceful Country Band will be providing the music. Come and enjoy the fun and dance the night away. Check out our web page, www.ballstonareaseniors.com
Week of November 10 – November 16, 2017
Your Relative Just Died and Left a Will
What happens NEXT and what do you do? WHAT IS LETTERS
Letters testamentary is a grant of authority by the Court which allows the executor to collect the assets of the decedent, pay the estate’s expenses and debts, and distribute the remaining assets to the beneficiaries.
by Matthew J. Dorsey, Esq for Saratoga TODAY The death of a relative can be an especially difficult time. After the funeral, you may get contacted by an attorney regarding your relative’s last will and testament. It can be challenging to understand what the attorney is telling you, and you may not know what to do next. What follows are some basic questions and answers related to the probate of a will. This Q&A will help you better understand the probate process and what your rights are if you were not mentioned in your relative’s will. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO “PROBATE” A WILL? After someone dies, their will is submitted to probate in the Surrogates Court of the county where they passed away. A petition is filed with the Court seeking “letters testamentary” to be granted to the named executor in the Will.
The Academy for Lifelong Learning Academy for Lifelong Learning at Saratoga Springs 111 West Ave., Saratoga Springs
The Academy for Lifelong Learning Celebrates 25 Years with a Banquet on December 1.
WHY WOULD I GET NOTICE THAT A WILL IS BEING PROBATED?
The two most common reasons you would get notice is if you were named as a beneficiary in the will or if you were an intestate distributee of the decedent.
WHAT IS AN INTESTATE DISTRIBUTEE OF THE DECEDENT?
An intestate distributee of a decedent is someone who would receive a share of the decedent’s estate if the decedent did not have a will. This group of people is sometimes more commonly referred to as the decedent’s legal heirs.
WHY DO BENEFICIARIES IN THE WILL GET NOTICE?
The law generally requires that a notice of probate be sent to all beneficiaries.
WHAT NOTICE DO INTESTATE DISTRIBUTEES GET?
Intestate distributees are usually asked by the attorney for
The Academy for Lifelong Learning (A.L.L.) at SUNY Empire State College is celebrating its 25th year with a special “Celebrating Silver” Banquet on Friday, December 1, noon-4 p.m., at the Gideon Putnam Hotel. Academy members and friends past and present are invited to attend. The event is $30 and includes a sit down lunch, entertainment by Bobby Dick, dancing, great raffles, and a cash bar. Academy Knitters have knitted close to 500 caps for cancer patients that will be donated to Saratoga Hospital at the banquet. Personal care items are also being collected for the Economic Opportunity Council (EOC). Reservations close November 20.
the estate to sign what is known as a “Waiver and Consent” form. This form indicates that the distributee waives the need for any further legal notice prior to the executor being granted letters testamentary, and it indicates that the distributee consents to the issuance of letters testamentary to the proposed executor.
IF I AM A DISTRIBUTEE, DO I HAVE TO SIGN A WAIVER AND CONSENT?
If you are a distributee, but you’ve received nothing in the will, you may be reluctant to sign a Waiver and Consent. If you don’t sign a Waiver and Consent, the Court will issue a Citation, which will be served on you. A Citation is a notice by the Court that if you would like to be heard on whether a proposed executor is issued letters testamentary, you will need to appear in Court on a future day known as the “return date.”
IF I DON’T SIGN A WAIVER AND CONSENT AND I SHOW UP ON THE RETURN DATE IN COURT, WHAT HAPPENS?
The Court will ask you if have any objections to the probate of the will, and if you do, the court will generally give you some time to put your objections in writing and file them with the Court.
For more information and a reservation form, please contact the Academy at jeff.shinaman@esc. edu, 518-587-2100 ext. 2390. Founded in 1992 by a group of volunteers who worked to develop a diverse educational experience for members, the Academy is a nonprofit membership organization with 430 members and is sponsored and hosted by SUNY Empire State College in Saratoga Springs. It is designed for retired seniors in the region who share a love of learning in a supportive, friendly environment. For more information, contact the Academy office at 518-587-2100 ext. 2415 or go to www.esc.edu/all.
SHOULD I HAVE AN ATTORNEY IF I APPEAR IN COURT ON THE RETURN DATE?
It is wise to have an attorney, so they can advise you whether any concerns you have over the probate of the will are potentially legitimate objections that can be successfully made in Court.
WHAT KIND OF OBJECTIONS WOULD BE LEGITIMATE OBJECTIONS?
Legitimate objections could relate to any of the following issues: 1) the testator (the person who made the will) lacked the mental capacity to make a will, 2) the testator was subject to undue influence by another person at the time of the will, or 3) the will was not executed properly.
IS IT DIFFICULT TO MAKE THESE TYPES OF OBJECTIONS SUCCESSFULLY?
generally favors going forward with the probate, unless there is strong evidence offered by the objecting party. It is important to remember that even if you were a close relative of a testator, the testator is wholly within their legal rights not to leave you anything in their will. The only exception to that is in the case of a surviving spouse. If a decedent spouse leaves nothing to their surviving spouse, the surviving spouse can elect against the decedent spouse’s will and receive generally one-third of their estate. It can be challenging to know what to do after a relative dies and you receive notice from at attorney regarding your relative’s estate. In that case, it is best to consult with an experienced estate attorney to know what your rights are before going forward.
Yes. The initial burden to demonstrate that the will was properly executed by someone with requisite mental capacity and who was not subject to undue influence falls to the person seeking probate of the Will. After they have proven those elements, the burden shifts to the person objecting to the probate of the will. The law
Matthew J. Dorsey, Esq. is a Partner with O’Connell and Aronowitz, 1 Court Street, Saratoga Springs. Over his twenty years of practice, he has focused in the areas of elder law, estate planning, and estate administration. Mr. Dorsey can be reached at 518-5845205, email@example.com, and www.oalaw.com.
Crandall Public Library
important financial decision can be a major step toward a more comfortable retirement.
SOCIAL SECURITY WORKSHOP
Retirement Solutions will be presenting a free Social Security information workshop at the Crandall Public Library on Thursday, November 16 for preretirees age 55 and older at 6 p.m. Today’s baby boomers can expect to spend more time in retirement given increased life expectancies. As a result, claiming one’s Social Security benefits is no longer a simple decision. For many retirees and their spouses, taking the time to properly evaluate this
Topics covered include: • When is the best time to claim benefits? • How much money can one earn before getting penalized? • Survivor benefits • Recent changes in legislation & how they will impact benefits • Avoiding frequent claiming mistakes • Why SS is crucial to women The workshop is open to the public and will take place in the Holden Room. There is no cost to attend. Advanced registration is required. Light refreshments will be served. To RSVP, please call the library at: 518-792-6508, ext. 3.
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Preventing TRAVEL Aches and PAINS
by Dr. Kevy Smith, Chiropractor for Saratoga TODAY Traveling can be very stressful both physically and mentally. This can result in back pain, neck pain and other health problems. Whether you’re traveling on a plane or in the car, sitting in the same position for extended periods of time can have several detrimental effects on your body.
Prolonged inactivity and static posture while traveling can lead to muscle stiffness, particularly the hip flexors and muscles of the low back and neck. This can lead to muscle cramping and can increase your risk of muscle strains. Static seated position can lead to a number of degenerative changes in the spine. Studies have shown that the seated position increases intra-discal pressure in the low back. This increased pressure can lead to disc bulges and herniations. Other degenerative changes associated with static sitting include ligamentous hypertrophy, facet arthritis and even spinal stenosis. Sitting for long hours can also restrict blood flow, which can raise blood pressure and increase the risk of heart disease. Build-up of pressure in the blood vessels in your lower legs can increase the chances of developing varicose veins and can even put you at risk
of developing a blood clot known as a deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Here are some tips to help keep your travel experiences as safe and comfortable as possible: • Take a brisk walk before getting in the car or boarding your plane to get your blood pumping and to loosen up your calves and hamstrings. Do the same thing once you arrive at your destination. • Travel with a lumbar support pillow or use a rolled up blanket or sweatshirt to place behind your low back, just above the belt line, to help support the natural curve of your spine. • Adjust headrests (when possible) and use a blanket or pillow to support the natural curve of your neck. • Improve circulation and prevent cramping in your lower extremities by periodically doing little exercises such as wiggling
your toes, and flexing your calves, thighs and glutes. • Periodically roll your shoulders forward and back to relieve tension in your neck and upper back. • When flying, get up to stretch and walk up and down the aisle if possible. • Drink lots of water. • When driving, take frequent breaks to get out of the car and stretch your legs.
• When lifting luggage, don’t use any twisting or turning motions.
Dr. Kevy Smith is a chiropractor in Saratoga Springs providing non-surgical treatment of spinal disorders and sports-related injuries. For more information, please visit MySaratogaChiropractor.com or call 518-587-2064.
Saratoga Senior Center Annual OPEN HOUSE
n Saturday, Oct. 21, the Saratoga Senior Center opened its doors to the public for their annual open house. The day included a sampling of free classes, food, entertainment and a special visit from Skidmore’s Men’s Basketball Team. “Each year we look forward to bringing together families and seniors in the community to show them what a fun and dynamic center we have here,” said Lois Celeste, Executive Director of the Saratoga Senior Center.
The event had over 150 attendees, which included volunteers, staff, and resulted in 30 new members to the senior center. Seniors and their families had to opportunity to meet the staff, take tours of the building and make friends. The Saratoga Senior Center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and offers tours to the community daily. For more information please visit saratogaseniorcenter.org or call 518-584-1621.
The Skidmore Basketball team poses with the Saratoga Senior Center community at their open house on Saturday, Oct. 21. Members trial classes in the art room at the Saratoga Senior Center's open house on Saturday, Oct. 21.
The "Swinging Singing Seniors" group performs a medley of songs for the crowd at the Senior Center's open house on Saturday, Oct. 21st.
Skidmore basketball players Marcus Jackson (Left) and Martin Bedulskij (Right) chat with members of the senior center at their annual open house on Saturday, Oct. 21st.
Week of November 10 – November 16, 2017
November is Long-Term CARE AWARENESS Month
by Sterling Manor Financial for Saratoga TODAY Seven-in-ten retirees will need some form of long-term care, which means that, for couples, there is a 91% chance of one spouse needing care. November is Long-Term Care Awareness Month. Let’s talk about how you can provide for your care, while protecting your family and assets from the risks associated with long-term care. This is an issue that will affect nearly everyone. People generally plan for their long-term care for two reasons. First, they want to make
sure that they receive the best care available, by qualified caregivers. Second, they want to make sure that their assets are protected so that their spouse will be able to continue his/her standard of living. The average widow outlives her husband by twelve years – what will those years look like if the couple’s nest egg was spent on her husband’s long-term care? In this part of New York, long-term care can cost upwards of $10,000/month. With an average nursing home stay of more than 2.5 years, you can see how quickly assets can be depleted. So, what is a person to do? Some people are adamant that they will take care of their spouse in the event they need care. This strategy is well-intentioned, but generally not the best. Often care begins with one spouse providing it, but the needs can quickly outpace the spouse’s ability or skill level. Could your spouse pull you out of a bathtub today? Could they do it twenty years from now? Are they the most qualified person to provide care? What if your spouse pre-deceases you?
Gifting and trusts used to be a popular way to protect assets, however uncertainty in the legal landscape makes this a risky strategy. There is currently a fiveyear look back period for gifts, and it’s very possible that period could be extended. Will you know when you’re five years from needing care? What if the look back goes to ten years? Today, we see this type of planning used when a more effective strategy isn’t available. Bar-none, the most effective strategy for planning for the day your health changes is private long-term care insurance. Insurance can provide the flexibility of receiving care, from a qualified professional caregiver, in your home, an assisted living facility, or a nursing home, as your needs dictate. This means that you can still be surrounded by your loved-ones, without burdening them with your care. We feel the prime age range for securing coverage is in your mid- to late50s, while you’re still healthy enough to qualify, although your needs may differ.
Here’s what to look for in a long-term care policy: 1. A good insurance policy should include an inflation protection component, so that the policy’s benefit will increase as the cost of care increases. These inflation protection benefits are generally available with between 3% and 5% annual increases. 2. A policy should allow you to receive care where and how you like: in your home, an assisted living facility, or a nursing home, as your needs demand. 3. Many policies will offer a cash benefit; a portion of your benefit paid directly to you rather than to your care provider. This benefit can be used for in-home modifications and other expenses related to your needs. 4. Your policy should provide a daily benefit large enough to cover the cost of care in the region you plan to receive it. Remember that any shortfall will have to be paid out-of-pocket. 5. Make sure your carrier has a high credit rating. Since any guarantees are based on the claims-paying ability of the carrier,
you’ll want to be confident your carrier will still be around when it comes time to pay for your care. When you’re young and providing for a family, the risk to your family is that you’ll die prematurely. Once you’re retired, the risk is often no longer death, but the day your health changes. Do you have a plan to provide for your care? Long-term care insurance is not the only way to plan for your care and associated expenses, but it is the most foolproof. If you don’t qualify for insurance, then trust work or gifting may be necessary. At the very least, you should be discussing your needs with your family and your independent financial advisor to ensure that you know your options, and are able to make an informed decision on a strategy. Your advisor is the best person to educate you about the options, based on their understanding of your unique circumstances. Stephen Kyne is a partner at Sterling Manor Financial in Saratoga Springs, and Rhinebeck.
The Wesley Community Celebrated the 45th ANNIVERSARY Helen Gordon, Sid Gordon and Mary Ellen Ryall. (L-R). Sid and Mary Ellen spoke of their great experiences living at Embury Apartments.
THE WESLEY COMMUNITY celebrated the 45th Anniversary of Embury Apartments last week. Wesley Community CEO Brian Nealon discussed the 45-year history of Embury Apartments. Residents Sid Gordon and Mary Ellen Ryall spoke of their great experiences living at Embury Apartments.
Embury Apartments staff and Wesley Community CEO Brian Nealon. (L-R) April Varnam, Donna Riendeau, Brian Nealon, Donna Franchini, Joelle Bolam
Holiday Crafternoon Do you love to craft? Come to Ballston Spa Public Library on Friday, November 17 at 3 p.m. to create a one-of-a-kind Thanksgiving centerpiece. This free event is open to people ages 13 and up. Registration is required, limit 20. To register call 518-885-5022 or stop in today. Ballston Spa Public Library is located at 21 Milton Ave. (Rt. 50). For more information call, stop in or visit, www.ballston.sals.edu Kids Night Out Drop the kids off on Friday, November 17, 6 - 9 p.m., at The Children’s Museum, located at 69 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, for a fun-filled evening so you can go downtown for a date-night, get some errands done, or even just relax. Thanksgiving themed activities and crafts. Your child will get to play in our hands-on exhibits, enjoy a pizza dinner, socialize, and party. Our community room will be transformed and filled with fun. For a fraction of what you would pay for a babysitter, your kids will have twice as much fun. Children must be potty-trained. Pre-registration required, ages 4 and up. $20 per child ($15 for each additional child). Registration is required no later than Tuesday, November 14. Space is limited, if interested call the Museum at 518-584-5540. Benefit for Gabby Wright Gabby Wright from Glens Falls, is a 26-year-old girl who was born with spina bifida. She is paralyzed from the waist down. On Friday, November 17, Donny “Elvis” Romines will be performing at the Saratoga Wilton Elks, located at 1 Elks Ln., in Saratoga Springs. Tickets are $20 at the door. There will be raffles, 50/50, food available and a cash bar. Doors open at 6 p.m. All proceeds to help Gabby’s parents get a wheelchair van with a lift. Kids Fun Night Saratoga Springs students in grades K-5 are invited to Kids Fun Night, featuring open gym, crafts, games, and activities, on Friday, November 17, from 7-9 p.m. at Maple Avenue Middle School on
Route 9. This fundraiser is hosted by the Saratoga Springs High School Boy’s Cross-Country and Track & Field teams. Coaches, athletes, and athletes’ parents supervise all activities. $10 per child; snacks/drinks available for purchase. More information: firstname.lastname@example.org A Musical Shabbat Service & Deli Dinner Congregation Shaara Tfille, located at 84 Weibel Ave. in Saratoga Springs, invites the community to a Musical Shabbat Service on Friday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m. Rabbi/Cantor Kenneth Blatt will conduct and perform a program that features a variety of music from Broadway, modern Israeli compositions, traditional liturgical prayer songs, Cantorial pieces and melodies from the American Songbook adapted for the Jewish Sabbath. He will be accompanied by keyboardist Michael Clement. There will be a Deli Dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $18 for adults, children 14 and under $7. RSVP by November 14 by contacting 518-584-2370 or email@example.com Book Fair Benefit Barnes & Noble is hosting a book fair to benefit the Adirondack Folk School. It’s Barnes & Noble’s way of giving back to the community. A portion of the proceeds from your purchases will benefit AFS at no additional cost to you. Come out and visit us on Saturday, November 18 or make your purchases through Barnes & Noble online (www.bn.com) from November 18-23. Please use book fair ID 12082640 for all online purchases. Share the news with friends and family far and wide and help raise money for the Adirondack Folk School. Barnes & Noble is located at 50 Wilton Sq., Saratoga Springs, NY. Vendor Fair Stillwater United Church, located at 747 Hudson Ave., is holding a Vendor Fair on Saturday, November 18 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the church’s Fellowship Hall. Some of the vendors include LuLaRoe, Tupperware, Usborne, Halfmoon Massage, Books by Darrin Renner, Old Saratoga Naturals, One Hope, Norwex, Thirty-One, LipSense and many more. Get a jump-start on your holiday shopping and shop local. Lunch will be available.
Free Admission and handicap accessible. Call 518-664-7984 for more information. Pocahontas Malta Spotlighter’s Theatre Troup, directed by Elyse Young, presents “Pocahontas”, featuring a combination of 35 children, teen and adult actors weaving their story on the Malta Community Center stage the weekend before Thanksgiving. The show will be presented on Saturday, November 18 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and again on Sunday, November 19 at 2 p.m. Featuring beautiful music, impressive scenery and costumes. This musical of Native American legend and lore depicts a retelling of Pocahontas befriending the Jamestown settlers and forestalling trouble between her people and the English. Advanced tickets are $10 until November 17 and can be purchased in person the Malta Community Center, One Bayberry Dr., Malta or online at www. MaltaParksRec.com. Door tickets and any seats purchased after November 17 will be $15. Also, a limited number of free tickets with adult purchase are still available through a grant from Stewarts Holiday Match. Call the Malta Community Center for additional information at 518-899-4411. Breakfast and “The Jews and First World War – Unleashing the Dogs of War” Congregation Shaara Tfille, located at 84 Weibel Ave. in Saratoga Springs, invites the entire community to join them for Breakfast and an Adult Education discussion on “The Jews and First World War – Unleashing the Dogs of War” on Sunday, November 19 at 10 a.m. The cost is $10 per adult and $5 for children under 13. For more information or to make reservations by Thursday, November 16, contact 518-584-2370 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Havurah Vatik On Tuesday, November 21, Rabbi Kenneth Blatt, spiritual leader of Congregation Shaara Tfille, located at 84 Weible Ave. in Saratoga Springs, will present a program on “Roosevelt and the Jews”. Rabbi Blatt has long had an interest in history, especially in the relationships between U.S presidents and American Jews. In this presentation he draws on a wealth of research to explore President Roosevelt’s close working relationship with
Week of November 10 – November 16, 2017 Jewish advisors, contrasted with ambivalent policies regarding Jewish immigration and the effects of Nazi policies. A catered lunch will follow. We need your RSVP by November 15. Call 518584-8730, ext. 4. Let us know if you plan to attend the luncheon, need to cancel your reservation, need transportation or you can provide transportation for another member. Saratoga area seniors 55 plus are welcome. Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group Join us for our first meeting of the Saratoga County Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) Support Group. The meeting will be held Wednesday, November 29, from 5 – 6:30 p.m. at the Health and Fitness Center, 2nd floor, 6 Care Ln., Saratoga Springs. The support group is free and open to IPF patients, their family members, friends and caregivers. IPF is a rare condition that causes scar tissue to grow inside the lungs. It is estimated that IPF affects approximately 100,000 people in the United States. The cause of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis is unknown. The Saratoga County support group will meet regularly, and meetings will typically feature an educational presentation as well as discussion with others affected by IPF. For more information contact Marie or Susan at the Health and Fitness Center at 518-886-5676. Climate Watch National Audubon Society Program Manager, Zach Slavin will present “Climate Watch” on Wednesday, November 29, as part of the monthly program of the Southern Adirondack Audubon Society. The program will be held in the Christine McDonald Community Room of the Crandall Library in Glens Falls, NY. The free program will start at 7 p.m. and is open to the public. For more information visit www. southernadirondackaudubon.org. Community Emergency Corps and Toys for Tots During this upcoming holiday season Community Emergency Corps of Ballston Spa will be an official drop off point for donations for the Toys for Tots program sponsored by the United States Marine Corps. We will be partnering with the Saratoga
County Sheriff’s Office. Toys will be accepted at 78 Thompson St., Ballston Spa, until December 15. New, unwrapped toys, games, books, puzzles, sport balls, dolls, snow toys, and anything for kids from infant to teens are all appreciated. Stuffed toys are the only exception. You can drop them off anytime, days or evenings. If we are not at the building due to answering emergency calls, we hope you will return at another time with your contribution. Toys will be redistributed right back into this community to those in need. Folks may bring toys to donate during the annual Santa Parade in Ballston Spa on December 1. Step off is at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Ray Otten, Executive Director of CEC, at 518-885-1478. Ballston Spa Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association’s annual Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting takes place, Friday, December 1. The step off time is 6:30 p.m., proceeding on Milton Ave. and ending in Wiswall Park on Front St. with Santa lighting the Christmas tree. The parade has become a hometown-style holiday tradition, with fire trucks, floats, animals, kids and Santa parading down the main street of the village. The Holiday Parade is a true community event so parade participants are welcome. If your organization, group or business would like to take part in the parade, go to www.ballston.org to register, or contact Ellen Mottola at the BSBPA office 518-885-2772 or email@example.com. Southern Saratoga Artists’ Society Exhibit The Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library will be exhibiting the work of members of the Southern Saratoga Artists’ Society from December 1 through December 29 during regular library hours. For more information, visit www. southernsaratogaartist.com Bus Trip to New York City Come celebrate Christmas in NYC on December 6. See the Rockefeller tree, browse holiday windows, get some Christmas shopping done or see a show. Bus trips and excursions are open to the public, regardless of age. Bring your friends, family or grandkids. For more information call the Saratoga Senior Center at 518-584-1621.
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Week of November 10 – November 16, 2017 19th Annual Veterans Day Program
Fa mily Friendly Event!
Friday, November 10 School Vacation Workshops: Mini Masterpieces
The Children’s Museum at Saratoga, 69 Caroline St., 9 a.m. – Noon Pre-registration required, kids entering Kindergarten through grade 3. $20 for members, $25 for future members. Children will express their inner artist as they paint away the morning. We will have the opportunity to mix mediums, experiment with different kinds of paint and explore new painting techniques in this art inspired camp. For more information call 518-584-5540.
Saturday, November 11 Calling all Electric Vehicle Owners Farmers’ Market, Lincoln Baths, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. We know you love your efficient and gas-free car. Let’s share the good news with others. Sustainable Saratoga is planning an electric vehicle exhibition. We’d love to showcase all kinds of electric vehicles. No sales people, just owners/leasers who are excited to spread the EV excitement. Please contact Art at Sustainable Saratoga to reserve a spot 518-620–6139.
Free Lunch The Malta Ridge United Methodist Church, 729 Malta Avenue Ext., Malta Ridge, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch will be served at no charge. All are welcome. For additional information or directions please call the Church at 518-581-0210.
Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, main flagpole, 200 Duell Rd., Schuylerville, 11 a.m. Veterans, family members, friends and citizens, young and old, are welcome to join in remembering and reflecting on the achievements wrought by the American Veterans. Seating will be available; however, you are welcome to bring lawn chairs. Handicap parking available. For more information call 518-581-9128 x207.
Tang Family Saturdays Tang Museum, Skidmore Campus, Saratoga Springs, 2 – 3:30 p.m. Design a Board Game - We will look at and talk about Willie Cole’s large installation based on a chess set, to get to the other side. Then each participant will design and make a game board and pieces to move on it. At the end, we can try out each other’s games. The program is free and open to the public. Suitable for children age 5 and up along with their adult companions. Reservations are highly encouraged. 518-580-8080
24th Annual Big Bake Sale St. Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa, after the Saturday and Sunday masses. Raffle tables will also be available. Proceeds will be sent to Fr. Giordano Belanich, director of the Cardinal Stepinac Children Center orphanage in Portau-Prince, Haiti. Baked items for this sale will be greatly appreciated and can be left at the school prior to the masses. Monetary donations, payable to St. Mary’s Church can be sent to Josie Uhlinger, 7 E. Grove St., Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or call her at 518-885-9620. To sponsor or adopt an orphan or a family, contact Fr. Belanich, CroatianReliefServices@gmail. com or call him at 201-745-1145.
Ballston Area Senior Monthly Dance
Milton Community Center, 310 Northline Rd., Ballston Spa, 7 – 10 p.m. There is a $5 entrance fee for non-member. The dance is open
CALENDAR 37 to the public and ample free parking. Member are asked to bring a snack to share. Peaceful Country Band, will be providing the music. Check out our web page: ballstonareaseniors.com
Sunday, November 12 Monthly Breakfast Fish Creek Rod and Gun Club, Route 32 south of the village of Victory, 8 – 11 a.m. Cost Adult $8, Child $4 Everyone is welcome. Phone: 518-695-3917
Hester Street Temple Sinai, 509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 7 p.m. Hester Street, a small, independent film from 1975, is one of the first films to deal with the complexities of American Jewish identity. The film presentation will be followed by a panel discussion and dessert reception. A $5 donation is requested. For information or reservations, please call 518-594-8730, or visit saratogajewishculturalfestival.org/ or see us on Facebook.
Monday, November 13 LuLaRoe Pop-up Boutique Fundraiser Knights of Columbus, 50 Pine Rd., Saratoga Springs, 6 – 7 p.m. Support Saratoga Soundtrack Chorus, an award-winning women’s a cappella group, singing four-part harmony from standards and jazz to ballads and contemporary songs. You can shop, buy and take home clothes. After you shop, you can stay to hear the sweet sounds of Saratoga Soundtrack Chorus.
Tuesday, November 14 Paperback Sale
Saratoga Springs Public Library, Dutcher Community Room, 49 Henry St., Saratoga Springs, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Friends of Saratoga Springs Public Library are having a 25cent used paperback sale. Open to the public. Get some great reads for the winter ahead. Cash, credit cards and checks accepted.
The sale will also be held on Wednesday, November 15. For questions, call the Friends Book Shop at 518-584-7860, x333.
demonstration. Suggested donation: $20 per class. For more information, visit newthoughtnewyork.org or call 518-366-9918.
Presentation: The Feeder Canal from Glens Falls to Lake Champlain
Wednesday, November 15
SUNY Empire State College, 113 West Ave., Room 137, Saratoga Springs, 10 – 11 a.m. Academy for Lifelong Learning and the Chapman Historical Museum. The event is free and open to the public. To make a reservation, please contact the Academy at 518-587-2100 x2390 or email@example.com. Learn about the seven-mile Feeder Canal, the last remaining original canal in New York State and an integral part of the state’s 524 miles of canals. This now-recognized National Historic Place creates recreational opportunities for visitors and locals alike while providing a glimpse into the past. For more information, visit www.esc.edu/all.
Pieroghi Sale Pick Up Christ the Savior Church, 349 Eastline Rd., Ballston Lake, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Potato/cheese, sauerkraut, and farmer’s cheese will be available. You can call 518-3630001 to place your orders. It is recommended that orders be placed as soon as possible.
Climate Action: Military, Political and Environmental Approaches Filene Auditorium, Skidmore Campus, Saratoga Springs, 6 p.m. “Age of Consequences” screening and panel discussion on climate change and military. Speakers are Lance Clark and Nurcan AtalanHelicke. Sponsored by: Skidmore Sustainability Office and Saratoga Unites Environmental Action Committee.
Building a Healing Consciousness Class
Woodlawn Commons, 156 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Albany-Saratoga Spiritual Adventures is hosting the class for 7 Tuesdays, beginning November 14. Students will explore the role that consciousness plays in demonstrating greater good and study the tools for achieving this
Olde Saratoga Seniors Meeting Schuylerville Town Hall, 35 Spring St., Schuylerville, Noon It will be a sandwich luncheon. Cookies will be provided. Money will be due for Trip and Xmas luncheon. New members are always welcome. Call Pat at 518-338-2329 for information.
Guided Mindful Meditation Saratoga Springs Public Library, Susman Room, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Take a break from the daily grind and clear your mind with guided Mindful Meditation led by professionals from One Roof Holistic Health Center. Sessions are free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 518-584-7860 x205.
Turkey Dinner Saratoga Wilton Elks, 1 Elks Ln., Saratoga Springs, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Donation Requested: $12 adults, $11. Seniors (62 years) and Military (Active or Retired) with ID Card, $8 Children 5-12. Children under 5 Free, $12 All Take-outs. Cash Bar Available. Call 518-584-2585 for more information.
Thursday, November 16 Ballston Area Senior Citizens Membership Malta Community Center, 310 Northline Rd., Ballston Spa, 10 – 11:30 a.m. The Ballston Area Senior Citizens are resident member of the Town of Ballston, Milton and the Village of Ballston Spa. Daily activities, monthly dances and Pickin’ Sessions and bus trips. Visit us at www.ballstonareaseniors. com, and Facebook: Ballston Area Seniors. If you would like to join our community, please stop by. The fee is $10 a year January to December. November and December of 2017 will be free with a 2018 membership. For more information call 518-885-4229.
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Home Made Theater to SARATOGA CITY BALLET Presents Hold OPEN AUDITIONS “The Nutcracker: Sweet & Swingin’” Thomas Dimopoulos for New Production bySaratoga TODAY by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Home Made Theater announces open auditions for their February production of “Inspecting Carol,” by Daniel J. Sullivan, directed by Jonathan Hefter. Auditions will be held 6:30 - 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, and Tuesday, Nov. 14 at the Spa Little Theater in the Saratoga Spa State Park. Callbacks will be held Tuesday following the auditions. There are 11 roles available for actors who can play from 20 to 60+. There is one role for a boy of approximately 11. A madcap comedy, “Inspecting Carol” is about a group of dysfunctional theater people who take themselves very seriously. This struggling theater company is set to open their annual production of “A Christmas Carol” when they find out their funding is being held up until they pass an undercover
inspection. When an impossibly bad actor is mistakenly identified as the inspector, the troupe does everything to accommodate his craziest wishes. As the impending opening night draws closer, it seems only a Christmas miracle will save this production. Rehearsals begin early January and production dates take place weekends in February. Actors should bring a current photo and resume. Photos cannot be returned. No appointments are necessary for the audition. Actors will read from the provided excerpts from the play. For a detailed flyer with character descriptions or questions about the audition, contact HMT at 518-587-4427, or visit: www.homemadetheater.org.
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga City Ballet presents “The Nutcracker: Sweet & Swingin’” at 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 16th in the Loewenberg Auditorium at Saratoga Springs High School. The event featuring live music by The Chuck Lamb/ Ria Curley Quintet and dancers Johnny Martinez and Diane Lachtrupp of Tango Fusion. Pre-sale tickets, though Friday, Nov. 10 are $22.50 for adults and $12.50 students/ seniors. After Nov. 10, tickets are $25 and $15. To purchase tickets, visit www.saratogacityballet. com. For more information contact email@example.com or call 518-584-1895.
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SARATOGA COMIC CON Returns to City Center This Weekend by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Comic Con will be staged at the Saratoga Springs City Center on Broadway 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11 and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12. Tickets are $20 Saturday, $15 Sunday and $30 weekend.
Children 6 and under admitted free of charge. The event will feature celebrities, top comic book artists, cosplay groups and vendors and dealers from all over the world. For information about events, go to: saratogacomiccon.com.
An event celebrating the publication of “Machine Project: The Platinum Collection,” will take place 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14 at the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College. This event is free and open to the public and features surprise giveaways, films from the 2015 Tang exhibition and live performances. “Machine Project: The Platinum Collection” is an encyclopedic book exploring one of Los Angeles’ most innovative nonprofit art spaces.
Week of November 10 – November 16, 2017
Six-Act Golden Oldies Spectacular to Stage Show at PROCTORS by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SCHENECTADY — The annual Golden Oldies Spectacular returns to Proctors Theatre at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11 and includes six acts to transport audiences back to the era of the late 1950s and early 1960. Headlining the show are The Duprees - known the world over for their romantic interpretations and the hits “You Belong to Me,” “My Own True Love,” and “Gone with the Wind,” among others. The show also includes The
Legendary Teenagers – who in 1956 became the first integrated group to have a number one hit, with “Why do Fools Fall in Love,” Jay Siegel’s Tokens, The Happenings, The Marcels, and Frank Pizarro, former lead singer of Herb Reed’s Platters. The event will also feature a salute to military veterans. Tickets are: $39.75 - $54.75 and available at the Proctors Box Office, by calling 518 346-6204, or on the web at: Proctors.org.
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Tickets on Sale for Les Misérables Run at Proctors by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY S C H E N E C TA D Y — Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Awardwinning musical phenomenon, “Les Misérables,” are
“Live at the JAZZ BAR” Returns to Hall of Springs with Swing Music, Dance Lessons by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s popular “Live at the Jazz Bar” will return for a special swing evening at
The Happenings, one of six acts performing at the Golden Oldies Spectacular at Proctors on Nov. 11. Photo provided.
“Kenny the Patriot” Releases DEBUT Solo EP by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Fourteen-year-old Spa City singer/songwriter and guitarist Kenny Kakaty has unveiled his debut solo EP, “Selfless.” The EP includes the original songs “Best Part of Me” - which highlights the importance of family, and “Lisa” - dedicated to Kakaty’s affections for his guitar; a rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and “American,” highlighting love of country by “Kenny the Patriot” – as he is known by his fans. Last year, Kenny and his two younger siblings, under the name
KAKT3 issued a video of an original song, “Someday is Today,” to raise funds and awareness for the fight against cancer. The video to date has generated more than 1 million views on YouTube, and proceeds from the sale of the song raised over $60,000. The new EP is available from major online stores including Amazon.com and iTunes. Proceeds from “Selﬂess” will be donated to the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change. For more information, go to: kennykakaty.com
on sale, for its much-anticipated engagement, Feb. 20 – 25 at Proctors. “I‘m delighted that after a four year absence this glorious production is once again touring the major cities across North America and is more spectacular
7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16. Dance lessons will be offered by Diane Lachtrupp and Johnny Martinez, co-directors of Tango Fusion Dance Company, and the event will feature live swing music from Annie and the Hedonists,
than ever,” Cameron Mackintosh said, in a statement. Tickets start at $25 and are available at the Box Office at Proctors, 432 State St., Schenectady; by phone at 518-3466204; and online at Proctors.org.
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a cash bar, and complimentary meat and cheese plates. Held in the Hall of Springs “Jazz Bar,” the series began in 2017 and features live jazz music by acclaimed regional and New York City based ensembles. Open to the public, there are no tickets required for entry.
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Emily Teller, 9 pm @ Bailey’s — 583.6060
Hal Ketchum, 3 pm, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022
Joe K. & Sweet Loam, 8 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583-0022
Hudson River Chorale, 3 pm @ Hudson River Music Hall — 832-3485
Mike O’Donnell, 7 pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583-1890
Misfit Jazz, 8 pm @ One Caroline — 587-2026
New Regime, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue — 583-2582
Hot Club of Saratoga, EVERY SUNDAY, Noon @ Salt & Char — 450-7500
Kaitlyn Fay Trio, 9 pm @ One Caroline — 587-2026 Gang of Thieves with Bushwack Anthony, 8:30 pm @ Putnam Den — 584-8066
Kevin McKrell, 8 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583-1916
Kevin & Kate McKrell with Brian Melick, 8 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583-1916
Super Dark Collective: Konvoi, Mystery Girl, Mad Doctors, 10 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026
The Wallies, 9 pm @ Bailey’s — 583-6060 Christin Lavin, 8 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583-0022 Motion Blur, 10 pm @ Caroline St. Pub — 583-9400 Becky Walton & Mike Steiner, 7 pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583-1890 Rock City Band, 7 pm @ Hudson River Music Hall — 832-3484 Joe Gitto - Dan Wanczyk Jazz Duo, EVERY SATURDAY, 6:30 pm @ Mouzon House — 226-0014 Chuck Lamb Quartet, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue — 583-2582 The Brothers Blue, 9 pm @ One Caroline — 587-2026 Vinny Saj Band with Katla Sarro, 8:30 pm @ Putnam Den — 584-8066 Hair of the Dog, 8 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583-1916 Dirty Heads, 7 pm @ Upstate Concert Hall — 371-0012
Open Mic Night, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022
tuesday, 11/14: Drank the Gold, 7 pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583-1890
wednesday, 11/15: Bluegrass Jam with Schroon River String Band, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583-0022 Tim Wechgelaer & Chris Carey, 7:30 pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583-1890 Masters of Nostalgia, 8:00 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026 Techno and House Dance Party, EVERY WEDNESDAY, 8:30 pm @ Putnam Den — 584-8066
thursday, 11/16: Gaelynn Lea, 7 pm @ Bourbon Room — 330-2426 Jeff Walton, 6 pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583-1890 Hot Club of Saratoga, 6 pm @ Mouzon House — 226-0014 Cloud Lifter, 9 pm @ One Caroline — 587-2026
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Puzzles Across 1 Liner 5 Hope __ 10 Shred of evidence? 13 A, to Bach 14 “I wanna do it” 15 See 18-Across 16 Turkish warlord 17 Physicist’s proposed particle 18 Literally, forms an obstruction 19 See 23-Across 21 Camps 23 Literally, sacrifices to save one’s own neck 24 Pod opener 25 RV chain 26 Chou En-__ 27 Like adobe 30 Publicity 31 Sundance’s love 33 Blackguard 34 Touch, for example 36 Toaster’s words, and a hint to solving eight puzzle answers 40 Fills 43 __ grass 44 World Golf Hall of Famer Aoki 48 Soul seller 49 1972 Olympics city 53 Beantown landmark, with “the” 54 Rile 55 End of August? 56 See 61-Across 58 Blocks 61 Literally, books 62 See 66-Across 63 Tin Pan Alley gp. 65 Mr. Bean’s car 66 Literally, commits perjury 67 Onetime NPR host Hansen 68 Settled 69 “The Conspiracy Against Childhood” author LeShan 70 Itzhak Perlman choice 71 Tart fruit Down 1 City named for a Duwamish chief 2 Snub
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See puzzle solution on page 46 3 Come into 4 R&B singer Bryson 5 One to admire 6 Spell 7 Mideast monarch 8 Like some operators 9 Academic status 10 Supple leather 11 Whims 12 On the line 15 String next to E? 20 Former NHL defenseman Krupp 22 Infomercial cutlery brand 28 It’s frustrating to be in one 29 Scout group 32 Actor Vigoda 35 Center opening
37 Davis of “Do the Right Thing” 38 Tiananmen Square honoree 39 Lacking, with “for” 40 Stick on a slope 41 Blitz 42 Break on “Downton Abbey” 45 Reduced-price offering 46 Hall of “Coming to America” 47 Unlikely, as a chance 50 Historical records 51 Watch a friend’s dog, say 52 The NBA’s Magic 57 Cloverleaf branches 59 Old tape type 60 Bad mark? 64 Santa __, California
Writing the Right Word by Dave Dowling
Accuracy in word choice is a key to effective communication. In your daily writing and speaking, try to make sure you use the right word in the right place with the right spelling. By doing so, its effect will affect your communication in a positive way. This quick weekly tip will help you filter the confusion in some of our daily word choices. This Week: Capitulate, Recapitulate Capitulate means to surrender, come to terms, or acquiesce. NATO forced the country to capitulate to its demands. Recapitulate means to sum up, review briefly, or repeat. Let us recapitulate what we have learned these last two days. Dave Dowling is the author of The Wrong Word Dictionary and The Dictionary of Worthless Words. Both books are available from many book retailers, and signed copies can be obtained by contacting Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Call (518) 581-2480 x204 ADOPTION Loving family from Europe, looking to adopt a baby into home filled with happiness, security, unconditional love. We wholeheartedly welcome a child of any race/ethnicity. Please contact Chantal, Geoffrey and big brother Noah, through our NY adoption agency! 1-914-939-1180 adopt@ foreverfamiliesthroughadoption.org LOVING COUPLE WISHES TO ADOPT BABY- Into a home filled with happiness, security, and endless love. Expenses paid. Call/text Michael and Maureen 917-975-9487 michaelandmaureenadopt.com
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SARATOGA SPRINGS Indoor Garage & Bake Sale Benefits youth groups. Sat., Nov. 11, 9am-3pm. Half price after 2pm. Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church, 24 Circular St. Everything but clothes & computers! Early birds not admitted.
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VOLUNTEERS WANTED Over age 55 and like to Drive? We have the perfect volunteer opportunity for you. Saratoga County Office for the Aging is in immediate need of volunteer drivers to take seniors to and from medical appointments. We provide the vehicle, gas, schedule, and directions. Please call us for more information at 518-8844100. RSVP: Retired Senior Volunteer Program, helps recruit volunteers age 55 and older for many opportunities throughout Saratoga County.
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Urgent Need of Volunteers Got an hour? Why not give it back by spending time volunteering in your community? The Saratoga County office of the Aging is in immediate urgent need of volunteers to help deliver meals to homebound seniors in the following areas: Greenfield, Galway, Mechanicville, Saratoga, Schuylerville, South Glens Falls and Wilton. We are also currently seeking substitute drivers for many communities throughout Saratoga County. This program helps many seniors remain independent in their own homes. Nutritious meals are prepared, packed and ready for transport. Delivery takes about an hour. A training/ orientation is provided. Being a volunteer for this program is a gratifying experience, seniors look forward to seeing a friendly face with their meal delivery. Please call Billie Jo or Stacey at The Office of the Aging, 518-363-4020 or 518363-4033 for details.
Seeking Tax Assistance Volunteers. TaxAide, the free income tax assistance program sponsored by the AARP Foundation and the IRS, is seeking volunteers for the coming tax season. TaxAide volunteers answer questions, prepare and file returns for low to moderate income taxpayers and seniors from February 1 to April 15 at various sites in the Capital District. Volunteers typically participate one day per week, with flexible schedules to accommodate volunteer availability. No experience is required, but computer experience is helpful for tax counseling. Volunteers who do not wish to prepare returns are also needed to greet taxpayers, review documents, confirm appointments by phone, or assist with computer hardware/software matters. Training is provided for all positions. Volunteers may be reimbursed for a moderate level of necessary travel expenses. For more information on how you can join our team in Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties contact Communication Coordinator Gail Carroll, 518-541-3173 at email@example.com
Week of November 10 – November 16, 2017
Saratoga Catholic High School Mega Bowl Photos by www.PhotoAndGraphic.com
by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Wednesday, Nov. 8 Saratoga Central Catholic High School held their third annual Mega Bowl, a volleyball game with faculty versus senior athletes of all sports. From the start, the whole crowd was excited and the senior athletes created a “pumped up” atmosphere. The faculty players were good sports, teasing the seniors with floor routines and special handshakes every time they’d score a point. Maria Izzo, varsity volleyball coach, was the very amused referee for Mega Bowl. This event is held to raise money for the school, as the MC for the evening joked, “we really need your money, so donate. I am accepting personal checks and cash donations of up to $100 or even pocket change. But really, this goes to a great cause, we have a great school. Thank you.”
Ani Crocker and faculty member go head to head. With that, the first set kicked off. Faculty came in hitting hard and it was hard to miss the amused expressions on the volleyball seniors faces. The seniors team consisted of boys and girls from all the different sports offered at Saratoga Central Catholic, including senior volleyball player Ani Crocker. The first set was won by the faculty, 25-20. The second set saw some amusing anecdotes as the ball came
down and one senior girl hit it with her shin exclaiming, “I’m a soccer player!” The crowd went wild with laughter. The faculty dominated this set again, winning 25-16. The third set saw a change up in the seniors roster, bringing in MVP volleyball player Grace Fornabia. It was then clear to the faculty that they would have to step up their game as Fornabia effortlessly made the points rise. The third set was won by the seniors, 25-10.
The seniors get pumped to start the first set. During halftime, there was a $1 volleyball serve game. Crowd members could pay $1 to serve the ball and see if they could make it into any of the three trash cans set up. Grace O’Reilly, junior and varsity volleyball player, came the closest to sinking the ball. Since the faculty did not win the third set, a fourth set was required. The seniors won the fourth set, 25-23, creating a tie between teams and requiring
Ani Crocker, Wasaren League First Team All-Star.
a fifth and final set. The faculty fought hard in the fifth set to keep their winning title for the third year in a row but ultimately, the seniors won the Mega Bowl for the first time, 25-21. The mix of different specialty athletes versus faculty members made for an amusing but athletically skilled game. The point of the game was to raise money and have a good time. That certainly seemed to be accomplished.
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Saratoga Springs Varsity Boys Soccer by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Coach Jeff Geller has been the boys varsity soccer coach at Saratoga Springs High School since 2001. Geller has been playing soccer for as long as he can remember. He has played everything from travel soccer, being fortunate enough to travel the USA and Europe, high school soccer, and collegiately at Siena College. “Soccer is an amazing game because it takes an amazing amount of both technical skill and tactical awareness to be successful. While it’s great to be big, fast, and strong, it’s more important to have a great touch on the ball and make positive decisions quickly. While many people consider soccer ‘boring’ due to the low scorelines, I find the hundreds of ‘minibattles’ within the game to be very exciting,” Geller explained. The captains of this year’s team were Simon Smith, Conor Murphy, and Aidan O’Malley. Simon Smith, Aidan Rice, and Evan Farr also made first team Suburban Council; Conor Murphy made second team Suburban Council, and Aidan O’Malley made third team Suburban Council. This season as a whole was described as “great” due to the fact that the team have spent numerous years playing club soccer and preparing themselves for this season. Geller had nothing but positive things to say about his players and coaching staff. “In the attack, Aidan Rice was a crafty forward to the ball, Eren Kilic was always a threat with his tough play, and Luke Clark was strong using his physical presence to keep the ball. Our midfield trip of Aidan O’Malley, Simon Smith and Evan Farr worked well together to possess the ball and find ways to advance the ball forward when it presented itself. We had a stellar defensive group this year with Conor Murphy,
Jon Irons, Ryan Postlethwait, and Ben Leombruno giving 100% every match to keep the ball out of the Blue Streaks net. Goalkeeper Alex Henderson often had little to do in the back due to the strong defense but would often come up huge when called upon. The player who impressed the coaching staff tremendously this year was TJ Bradley, perhaps one of the fastest players in Section II, who would come out of nowhere to save the day for us in the back with his blazing speed,” Geller commended. On the field, the team is described as a “well-oiled machine,” and off the field, the boys are known to be excellent students and very respectful young adults. The team won the Suburban Council Championship with a record of 12-1-2, with a tie in the first round of Sectionals. They defeated La Salle in the quarterfinals and tied CBA in the semi-finals. After regulation and two overtime periods, the Blue Streaks lost 4-3 in penalty kicks that would decide who would advance to the Sectional Championship game. “It was a heartbreaking way to end the season but we had our chances during the match to win in regulation but were unable to convert. Our final overall record was 13-1-3,” Geller said. “Our goal is always to fight for a Suburban Council Championship and hopefully win a Section II title. We have been to the Section II semifinals the past three seasons, something no other team in the Suburban Council has accomplished. We have a huge core of juniors and sophomores returning next season so we will strive to replicate this season’s accomplishments or perhaps make it even further. If the boys continue to work hard in the offseason and come back next season ready to compete, I look forward to great things. It was a pleasure to coach this group of fine, young, student-athletes” Geller stated.
The team fought hard for a Section II championship. Photo by Corbin Olsen.
The Blue Streaks had an overall record of 13-1-3 this season. Photo by Corbin Olsen.
46 Saratoga Central Catholic Wasaren League All-Stars SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Central Catholic Volleyball’s co-captain Grace Fornabia has been named the MVP of the Wasaren League for the second year in a row. First team consists of Ani Crocker and Elise Browell. Second team has Kennedy Murphy and honorable mentions are MaryClare Pikus and Grace O’Reilly.
Schuylerville Varsity Girls Soccer Players Named Foothills All-Stars SCHUYLERVILLE — Eight Schuylerville varsity girls soccer players are being recognized as part of the Foothills All-Star Team. First Team includes Amy Moreau, Emily Vallee, Sidney Gregorek, and Kassandra Brennan. Second Team includes Katelyn Weed and honorable mention goes to Cassie Patrick, Amanda Carlstrom, and Caitlin Kelleher.
Girls Cross Country Earns Section II Title SCHUYLERVILLE — The Schuylerville varsity girl’s crosscountry team is advancing to states after capturing the Class C Section II championship title.
Schuylerville Girls Field Hockey SCHUYLERVILLE — The girls field hockey team will advance next week to the final four at MaineEndwell, the semi-final game is Saturday, Nov. 11 at 11:30 a.m.
SPORTS Mike Nolan 5K
female finishers in five-year age categories. All finishers receive a First Night Commemorative Medal. There will be refreshments after the race along with showers and restrooms available in the athletic complex. For more information, call First Night Saratoga at 518-584-4132.
Saratoga Springs Ice Rink Coach Rich Johns with the “one of a kind” AWRA banner made in honor of this event. Photo provided by Rich Johns. SOUTH GLENS FALLS — Over 450 students, parents, family, friends, and community members participated in the Mike Nolan 5K run and walk held at the South Glens Falls High School.
First Night Saratoga 5K Run SARATOGA SPRINGS – The 20th Annual First Night Saratoga 5K Run, presented by the Saratoga Arts, will take place on Sunday, Dec. 31 at 5:30 p.m. This run is limited to the first 1,500 registrants and there will be no day of race registration. Registration is strongly suggested as the race has sold out for the last 16 years. Register by Nov. 24 for the early registration fee of $25 and a long-sleeved shirt. After Nov. 24, registration is $30. Save time by registering online at www. saratoga-arts.org. A ChronoTrack B-Tag computerized scoring system will be used in the race. The USA Track and Field certified course starts and finishes on the Skidmore College Campus. Awards will be given to the top three overall male and
SARATOGA SPRINGS — The ice rinks on 30 Weibel Avenue are now open with public skating times available. Visit www.SaratogaRec.com for open skate times.
Saratoga Springs Rec Basketball Registration SARATOGA SPRINGS — This league includes Tiny B’Ball, Intro, Boys and Girls Leagues. Sign up at the rec center at 15 Vanderbilt Avenue Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Sunday from 12 – 6 p.m. Email recreser firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing.
Saratoga Springs Rec Intro to Ice Skating SARATOGA SPRINGS — Sign up at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center at 15 Vanderbilt Avenue Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., or Sunday from 12 to 6:00 p.m. Email email@example.com for pricing.
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Saratoga Rec Winter Program Registration SARATOGA SPRINGS — Early bird registration for winter programming begins Monday, Nov. 6 and ends Tuesday, Dec. 26. Youth boxing and volleyball will be offered. Email recreservations@ saratoga-springs.org for additional information.
Saratoga Rec Drop-In Sessions SARATOGA SPRINGS — Drop-in sessions for adult basketball, pickleball, racquetball, and wallyball are now happening at the Saratoga Recreation Department. Visit www.SaratogaRec.com for the latest schedule.
YMCA Fall Basketball League Sign-Ups SARATOGA SPRINGS — From now until Nov. 19, the Saratoga Springs YMCA will be holding sign-ups for their fall basketball league, games start Dec. 3. Registration fees are $74 for YMCA members and $125 for non-members, scholarships are available to those who qualify. The fall league is co-ed so both boys and girls are encouraged to sign up. Kids from other areas are also encouraged to play. There will be two coaches per team and nine scheduled games with at least one playoff game for each team, totaling to 12 games. The league is always looking for more coaches and sponsors, contact Mike Laudicina at mike.laudicina@ srymca.org if interested. “On November 19, we have something we call Skills
Assessment. It’s not a try out because a try out means you might not make it. Everybody makes the team; we just want them to be evenly matched. Last year, we had eight teams and in both divisions, there were no teams who didn’t win two or three games and no body who won every game. Everybody gets to play in the league; everybody has to sit down too. So if you have a star player, they can’t play the whole game,” Mike Laudicina, league coordinator, said. To register, visit www. srymca.org
Girl Scout’s Dare to Climb Registration CAPITAL REGION — Dare to Climb, a special mentoring event for girls sponsored by the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York (GSNENY), will take place on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Great Escape Lodge in Queensbury. This full day program will feature presentations by strong female leaders in the area and a networking workshop. Open to both Girl Scouts and nonmembers in grades eight and up. This event will give girls the opportunity to speak with some of the region’s most successful women in different job fields. Early registration is $35 and cuts off on Oct. 29, registration after that is $50. This includes breakfast, lunch, admission to the Indoor Water Park on the day of only, and a presentation by Linehan College Counseling. For more information or to register visit, www.ywli518.org/ dare-to-climb or call 518-4898110 ext. 112.