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Ifs, Ands & Butts Questions Loom Large Over Electronic Cigarettes by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA COUNTY – Stewart’s Shops’ Marketing Director Tom Mailey called the offices of New York State Tobacco Control early this week seeking guidance on a new product the shops plan to carry in the near future: electronic cigarettes. What Mailey found was a surprising lack of regulations and guidelines from the state and federal government, leaving many companies to draw up their own policies on a product that is relatively new and unknown in the market. “We are going to be selling them in the near future, but our policy is that you cannot right now – and it’s a policy that we admit could change down the road – but right now we are not going to allow people to See smoke them inside the shop,” Electronic said Mailey. “We will also page 9 only be selling the products to adults,” he added. To many who are new to

Unpalatable Horse Slaughter Ban Lifted; Locals React by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA COUNTY – Congress lifted a five-year ban on horse slaughtering for human consumption on November 18, restoring funding for federal inspectors to oversee the highlycontentious operations that feed international demands for horse meat. The ban was established in 2006, closing United States horse

slaughter houses in an effort to encourage equine rescues. However, the measure did not restrict owners, breeders and “kill buyers,” who purchase equines to profit from their slaughter, from exporting live horses to operations outside the United States. In some countries, like France and Canada, horse is a delicacy; in the United States, where equines are considered “companion pets,” like cats and

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Broadway Shuffle by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – This winter, when you head downtown for some local holiday shopping, you’re sure to notice a few changes in the landscape. Broadway is always changing, but the recent flurry of activity is somewhat unusual – there are boutiques,

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restaurants and businesses moving in, out, and all around Broadway. “People around here downsize, upsize, move – everybody does that around here,” said Lorri Birmingham, owner of Raina’s, one of a few Broadway shops getting ready to relocate.

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Inside TODAY City Council

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Santa Arrives in Saratoga Springs! Tree Lighting Ceremony - Wednesday, November 30 Photos by Cathy Duffy for MarkBolles.com


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Woman charged with stealing nearly half a million from Charlton Fire District Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy, III announced today that the Saratoga County Grand Jury handed up a nine-count indictment for Virginia J. DeCapria, 51, of 773 Charlton Rd., Charlton, who allegedly stole nearly half a million dollars from the Charlton Fire District No. 1, in Charlton. The indictment consists of: One count of second-degree grand larceny, a class-C felony with a maximum sentence of 5-15 years; three counts of third-degree grand larceny, class-D felonies; two counts of first-degree identity theft, class-D felonies; one count of first-degree falsifying business records, a class-E felony, one count of defrauding the government, a class-E felony; and one count of official misconduct, a class-A misdemeanor. The defendant will be arraigned Friday, December 2 at 10:30 a.m. in County Court before Judge Jerry Scarano. The defendant is presently out on bail from the Village of Ballston Spa Justice Schroeder, who released her into the pretrial services program (i.e. and ROR with probation supervision) over the objection of the District Attorney, who recommended $100,000 cash or bond as she poses a significant flight risk. "The funds she allegedly stole are taxpayer funds paid by residents of the fire district for fire protection, not for Mrs. DeCapria to allegedly spend on iPods, laptops, plastic surgery, cigarettes and Schwan's frozen food delivery for herself and her family," said District Attorney Murphy. No further comment will be forthcoming from the District Attorney until the arraignment.

Gustavo Artavia, 33, of 45A Saratoga Court, Latham, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated with a child in the vehicle, a class-E felony. Artavia was arrested October 10 in Malta and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing January 12. Candace A. Comstock, 23, of 197 Main St. N., Mechanicville, was resentenced September 13 by Judge Jerry J. Scarano to one year in local jail for each violation of probation, to run consecutively to each other, credit for time served and probation terminated. Comstock was originally convicted December 9, 2010, of petit larceny, for which she had been sentenced to time served, three years of probation and restitution. Michael S. Kibling, 43, of 24 Northern Pines Rd., Wilton, was charged with second-degree assault, a class-D felony. Kibling was arrested July 21 in Wilton and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing.

degree criminal possession of marijuana, a class-C felony. Pierre-Louis was arrested December 10 in Halfmoon and is expected to return to court at a later date. Kathryn A. Rucinski, 24, of 106 Clamsteam Rd., Clifton Park, was charged with first-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a class-C felony. Rucinski was arrested December 10 in Halfmoon and is expected to

return to court at a later date. Sean T. Rice, 28, of 127 East High St., Ballston Spa, was charged with predatory sexual assault against a child, a class-AII felony; first-degree criminal sexual act, a class-B felony; second-degree sexual abuse, a classA misdemeanor; and endangering the welfare of a child, a class-A misdemeanor. Rice was arrested September 9 in Ballston Spa and is expected to return to court at a later date.

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WEEK IN REVIEW

Festival of Trees Gets Underway!

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Above: Festival of Trees volunteers. The 16th annual festival began on Wednesday, November 30 at the Saratoga Springs City Center with another dazzling display of holiday decor. Don’t forget that family day is this Saturday! The Festival of Trees continues through Sunday, December 4.

GlobalFoundries Announces New Appointments to Corporate Leadership Team MILPITAS, CALIFORNIA - In a release on Tuesday, November 29, GlobalFoundries announced appointments and assignments of its senior executives in key positions. The company's board of directors appointed Daniel Durn as its Chief Financial Officer; Gregg Bartlett as Chief Technology Officer; and KC Ang as head of Customer Engineering and Quality while retaining his responsibility for the Fab 8 plant now under construction in Malta, New York The appointments come less than a month after the GlobalFoundries Board of Directors confirmed Ajit Manocha as the company's Chief Executive Officer. Durn, Bartlett and Ang will report directly to Manocha.

Secretary's Firing Criticized By Ballston Town Board BALLSTON - A resolution passed by a 3-2 vote on Tuesday, November 29, by the Ballston Town Board was critical of Supervisor Patti Southworth for the firing of Ms. Southworth's confidential secretary, Joann Bouchard, on November 17. The resolution demanded Ms. Bouchard's reinstatement.

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Friday, December 2, 2011 Ms. Bouchard's firing came after the town board authorized on November 15 to allow Councilman-elect Bill Goslin to examine the town's financial records, which he would have access to after taking office, without first filing a FOIL (Freedom of Information Law) request. Mr. Goslin subsequently requested that Ms. Bouchard transfer several documents to a flash drive. FOIL requests are usually accommodated with hard-copy documents. Ms. Southworth contended that transferring documents via a flash drive was a security risk, and that she has the right to fire her secretary.

Madigan Names Lynn Bachner as Finance Deputy SARATOGA SPRINGS - On Monday, November 28, newlyelected Saratoga Springs Commissioner of Finance Michele Madigan named Lynn Bachner to be her deputy. This will be the second time Ms. Bachner serves as Deputy Finance Commissioner. She had that position during former Commissioner Matt McCabe's tenure, leaving at the end of 2007. "Lynn Bachner's prior experience, education, integrity and high personal and professional standards clearly make her the most qualified

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person to serve as my deputy and I cannot overstate how happy I am that she has agreed to work with me in this important position," Ms. Madigan said. Both Ms. Madigan and Ms. Bachner will take office on January 1, 2012.

Federal Grant May Benefit Northern County Towns GLENS FALLS - The Adirondack Gateway Council, with members in northern Saratoga County and Warren and Washington counties, announced last week that it had obtained $750,000 in funding from a federal Housing and Urban Development Regional Sustainable Planning Grant. Council members from Saratoga County are the village of South Glens Falls and the towns of Moreau, Corinth and Hadley. The council's announcement said that it will use the money to for economic development strategy, infrastructure plan and housing needs analysis and plan will also be developed.

Palazzoles Receive FBI Honor SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Albany Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced on Wednesday, November 23, that an FBI Director's Community Leadership Award for 2011 has been awarded to Sam and Linda Palazzole of Saratoga Springs. In the announcement, the FBI said that the award was for the Palazzole's commitment to keeping children safe through their efforts in establishing a local office of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.


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Property Tax Reduction! Saratoga Springs City Council Passes 2012 Budget by Arthur Gonick Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - By a unanimous 5-0 vote, the Saratoga Springs City Council passed its 2012 Comprehensive Budget with amendments at a meeting on Tuesday, November 29. The 2012 budget will have a property tax reduction of .81 percent. At this rate, an average taxpayer with an assessed home value of $200,000 will see a reduction in their property tax from $1,212.80 in 2011 to $1,204.76 in 2012 - a reduction of $8.04. (See chart.) Before the amendments, the original comprehensive budget had called for a property tax increase of .54 percent. In a presentation outlining the highlights of the amended budget, Commissioner of Finance Kenneth Ivins noted that there were updated figures for several revenue and expense line items. These updated numbers allowed for adding back some department's expense requests that were not included in the comprehensive budget, in addition to the tax rate reduction. This budget also retains a balance of $4.2 million in unreserved, unappropriated funds, as well as a $1 million tax stabilization fund that was established after video lottery terminal funds were reallocated to the city by New York State. In the amended budget, upward revenue adjustments totaled $128,293.10, even after allowing for the tax reduction, based on updated 2011 figures. Commissioner Ivins noted that this was due to increased sales tax revenue, which was up almost $300,000, or over 4 percent, greater than 2011 through September of this year. Mortgage tax revenue was adjusted upward after 2011 came in $82,000 over budget. Increased revenue from building permits and Canfield Casino rental revenue also allowed for upward adjustments in the 2012 budget. Expense reduction amendments came primarily from reduced health insurance costs, Ivins noted. The original comprehensive budget had numbers which were originally based on mid-year projections from

insurance providers. When final rates came through in midNovember, they were significant enough to allow for a reduction of $200,000 to that item, even with an allowance for unforeseen circumstances by city employees. The meeting was scheduled around a public hearing on the budget, and the public comments were minimal save a few information requests about particular line items. Comments from the council were few also. Mayor Scott Johnson praised Commissioner Ivins for his work, stating that he was pleasantly surprised to see a rate reduction. Commissioner of Accounts John Franck noted that he might have opted to forecast a lower 2012 growth rate in sales tax than 4 percent, yet felt that the reserve funds would be sufficient to cover less than expected revenue in this area. Commissioner Franck and the other council members then adopted the amended budget by a roll-call vote. The other major item of the meeting involved amending the 2011 capital budget to allow for an earlier beginning of the construction of the parking deck at 6 Woodlawn Avenue, with the intention to have it operational by June 2012, in time for the racing meet. Public comment about this item was divided. Incoming Commissioner of Public Safety Chris Mathiesen was among those who said it would be prudent, given economic conditions, to wait until after the next racing season and begin construction next September. Patrick Kane said that the idea was "a winner, but rushed, noting that he felt that there was inadequate fiscal information that was made available to the public. Todd Shimkus, president of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce took the position that this parking issue had been debated for almost 30 years and that proceeding in 2011 was highly desirable. Al Colucci echoed his support, noting that it was costeffective to begin building now because contractor rates were low given economic conditions. The scheduled vote on this item was removed by Mayor Johnson, as he felt that the public did not have enough notice to digest the particulars after the Thanksgiving holiday. The public hearing will continue until the next council meeting, Tuesday, December 6, at which time a vote on this capital budget amendment is expected.

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TODAY Friday, December 2, 2011 Genevieve A. Pouliot Saratoga Springs, NY Genevieve A. Pouliot passed away November 22, 2011, after a long life of nearly 101 years. Born on January 21, 1911, in Chicago, IL, she was the daughter of the late John and Jenny (Jaeker) Kryst. In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her husband, Pierre; sister, Theresa and her husband, James Donigan; brothers and sisters-in-law, Harry (Sylvia), Raymond (Leota) Kryst and Clifford Kryst. She is survived by her daughter, Ruth A. Pouliot; sister-in-law, Rita Kryst; four nieces and a nephew and their spouses; and several grand and great grand nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be

Jeanne E. McCall

celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 29, 2011, at St. Clement’s Church, 231 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs. Burial will be at a future date in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in River Grove, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Wesley Foundation, 131 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866; St. Clement’s Church, 231 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866; or to a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY, (518) 584-5373. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneralhome.com.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR To the Editor: This is the season we especially give thanks for our many blessings. Those of us in Wilton who have a beautiful area to enjoy, comfortable homes and bountiful food for our tables should be particularly grateful. And, we should be mindful that some in our community are struggling in this economy, even to the point of not having enough to feed their family. For this reason, the Wilton Food Pantry serves a critical need for some of our neighbors. I am appalled that our town council voted to defund the planned $5000 in the town budget for the food pantry. This amount was certainly a small, but important, contribution to help the initial year of the food pantry – a time when it is not eligible for assistance from the regional food bank or from grant funding. Are we taxpayers in Wilton so selfish that we do not want $1 or $2 of our town money to help our citizens who are in need? I cannot believe that is true – yet our town board is supposedly representing the wishes of our Wilton citizens. Certainly, in a town budget of over $6 million there must be $5000 toward the start up year of the food pantry. I have a feeling that the majority of Wilton’s citizens would agree with me. This decision by three members of the board, Messrs. Pulsifer, Rice and Gerber – voting as their usual

block, is an embarrassment. I wonder what they thought as they sat down to their own Thanksgiving dinners. They should be aware that charity begins locally. Fortunately, I am confident that we as individual citizens will recognize the need, and give adequate support to make up for what these men have denied to do. Respectfully, Frank F. Tetz

Thank YouOne of the most moving events honoring veterans of WWII was held at the New York State Military Museum November 12. Three decorated vets, 91 years young, were proclaimed 2011 Veterans of the Year. Accompanied by their spouses, each couple having 65 years plus of marriage, and their families and friends—it was a most impressive and memorable ceremony. The Friends of the New York State Military Museum wishes to thank the following who contributed to the annual program’s success: U.S. Congressman Chris Gibson; Capital District Chapter AUSA; Gerry Burke and his Dunkin Donuts staff; Kevin Moore of Ballston Ave. Price Chopper; Jan’s Flowers; Korean War Veterans Chapter #60 Chaplain

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Saratoga Springs, NY – Jeanne E. McCall, 85, passed away Thursday, November 24, 2011. Born on July 21, 1926, in Saratoga Springs, she was the daughter of the late Robert F. and Myrtle Relyea Smith. Survivors include her husband, Thomas E. McCall, Jr. and son, Thomas L. McCall. There will be no calling hours.

Funeral services and burial will be at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY, (518) 584-5373. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneralhome.com.

Margaret “Maggie” Ellen Healy Fort Lauderdale, FL - Margaret “Maggie” Ellen Healy, 50, passed away Wednesday, November 2, 2011. Born on November 27, 1960, in Manhasset, NY, she was a daughter of the late John Martin Kathleen Veronica Malone Healy. Maggie is survived by her sister, Kathleen (Michael) Healy-Gillen; nephew and niece, Michael and Jacqueline Gillen; uncle, Michael Malone; aunt, Lucy (Bill) Karamitsos; and several cousins and friends. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Fort Lauderdale.

Paul O’Keefe; KWVA Chapter # 60 and Marine Memorial Detachment #2,Color Guards; Eagle Scout, Scott Mangino; Saratoga Flag Company; Tim O’Brien of Saratoga High School; Joe Brady and Colin Brady; and Hector Lugo. It was truly a memorable honor to be able to recognize these three heroes for their military accomplishments and what they mean to our society. Sincerely— Program Chairman Gene Corsale, President Lance Ingmire, Friends of the NYS Military Museum, committee members, Barry Hartman, Lou Schneider

Remember Pearl Harbor Sunday, December 7, 1941, at 7:55 a.m. 353 planes of the Japanese Imperial Navy struck without warning the U.S. Navy Pacific fleet anchored at the Pearl Harbor Naval Base. 70 years later, the attack is still known throughout the world as a day of infamy. Approximately 2335 valiant American servicemen made the supreme sacrifice and became our nation’s first casualties of war since the Great War of 1918. Our country and the world were now at war.

Graveside services were conducted Friday, November 11, 2011, at the family plot in St. Peter’s Cemetery, West Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY. Expressions of sympathy may be made in Maggie’s name to St. Dominic's Elementary School, 35 School Street, Oyster Bay, NY 11771. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY, (518) 584-5373. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneralhome.com.

Our main naval fighting force, the Pacific Flee, Battleship Row, was decimated in the savage attack. Three battleships were sunk and 14 other naval combat ships were rendered useless during the air raid. The destruction was so devastating that the country’s West Coast was now virtually defenseless against a foreign invasion. To state that the situation was grim would be an understatement. That day, while the Japanese military celebrated their surprise naval victory, Admiral Yamamato, their fleet commander and the architect of the raid, remarked to his fellow officers, “Today, I am afraid that we have awakened a sleeping giant.” From that day forward, a united America- their fighting spirit,

courage and perseverance- carried our country to victory. December 7, 1941, began the saga in American history of the heroic efforts of the American servicemen who fought and were victorious in the preservation of the world’s greatest freedom. We pray on this, the 70th anniversary of that fateful day, not only for all of our WWII servicemen and women who made perished, not only for those 1100 naval and marine personnel entombed aboard the USS Arizona, but for a renewed mission of eternal vigilance and unity. - Excerpts from a speech given by Gene Corsale December 6, 2003, edited for content.


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TODAY Friday, December 2, 2011 Genevieve A. Pouliot Saratoga Springs, NY Genevieve A. Pouliot passed away November 22, 2011, after a long life of nearly 101 years. Born on January 21, 1911, in Chicago, IL, she was the daughter of the late John and Jenny (Jaeker) Kryst. In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her husband, Pierre; sister, Theresa and her husband, James Donigan; brothers and sisters-in-law, Harry (Sylvia), Raymond (Leota) Kryst and Clifford Kryst. She is survived by her daughter, Ruth A. Pouliot; sister-in-law, Rita Kryst; four nieces and a nephew and their spouses; and several grand and great grand nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be

Jeanne E. McCall

celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 29, 2011, at St. Clement’s Church, 231 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs. Burial will be at a future date in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in River Grove, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Wesley Foundation, 131 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866; St. Clement’s Church, 231 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866; or to a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY, (518) 584-5373. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneralhome.com.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR To the Editor: This is the season we especially give thanks for our many blessings. Those of us in Wilton who have a beautiful area to enjoy, comfortable homes and bountiful food for our tables should be particularly grateful. And, we should be mindful that some in our community are struggling in this economy, even to the point of not having enough to feed their family. For this reason, the Wilton Food Pantry serves a critical need for some of our neighbors. I am appalled that our town council voted to defund the planned $5000 in the town budget for the food pantry. This amount was certainly a small, but important, contribution to help the initial year of the food pantry – a time when it is not eligible for assistance from the regional food bank or from grant funding. Are we taxpayers in Wilton so selfish that we do not want $1 or $2 of our town money to help our citizens who are in need? I cannot believe that is true – yet our town board is supposedly representing the wishes of our Wilton citizens. Certainly, in a town budget of over $6 million there must be $5000 toward the start up year of the food pantry. I have a feeling that the majority of Wilton’s citizens would agree with me. This decision by three members of the board, Messrs. Pulsifer, Rice and Gerber – voting as their usual

block, is an embarrassment. I wonder what they thought as they sat down to their own Thanksgiving dinners. They should be aware that charity begins locally. Fortunately, I am confident that we as individual citizens will recognize the need, and give adequate support to make up for what these men have denied to do. Respectfully, Frank F. Tetz

Thank YouOne of the most moving events honoring veterans of WWII was held at the New York State Military Museum November 12. Three decorated vets, 91 years young, were proclaimed 2011 Veterans of the Year. Accompanied by their spouses, each couple having 65 years plus of marriage, and their families and friends—it was a most impressive and memorable ceremony. The Friends of the New York State Military Museum wishes to thank the following who contributed to the annual program’s success: U.S. Congressman Chris Gibson; Capital District Chapter AUSA; Gerry Burke and his Dunkin Donuts staff; Kevin Moore of Ballston Ave. Price Chopper; Jan’s Flowers; Korean War Veterans Chapter #60 Chaplain

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Saratoga Springs, NY – Jeanne E. McCall, 85, passed away Thursday, November 24, 2011. Born on July 21, 1926, in Saratoga Springs, she was the daughter of the late Robert F. and Myrtle Relyea Smith. Survivors include her husband, Thomas E. McCall, Jr. and son, Thomas L. McCall. There will be no calling hours.

Funeral services and burial will be at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY, (518) 584-5373. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneralhome.com.

Margaret “Maggie” Ellen Healy Fort Lauderdale, FL - Margaret “Maggie” Ellen Healy, 50, passed away Wednesday, November 2, 2011. Born on November 27, 1960, in Manhasset, NY, she was a daughter of the late John Martin Kathleen Veronica Malone Healy. Maggie is survived by her sister, Kathleen (Michael) Healy-Gillen; nephew and niece, Michael and Jacqueline Gillen; uncle, Michael Malone; aunt, Lucy (Bill) Karamitsos; and several cousins and friends. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Fort Lauderdale.

Paul O’Keefe; KWVA Chapter # 60 and Marine Memorial Detachment #2,Color Guards; Eagle Scout, Scott Mangino; Saratoga Flag Company; Tim O’Brien of Saratoga High School; Joe Brady and Colin Brady; and Hector Lugo. It was truly a memorable honor to be able to recognize these three heroes for their military accomplishments and what they mean to our society. Sincerely— Program Chairman Gene Corsale, President Lance Ingmire, Friends of the NYS Military Museum, committee members, Barry Hartman, Lou Schneider

Remember Pearl Harbor Sunday, December 7, 1941, at 7:55 a.m. 353 planes of the Japanese Imperial Navy struck without warning the U.S. Navy Pacific fleet anchored at the Pearl Harbor Naval Base. 70 years later, the attack is still known throughout the world as a day of infamy. Approximately 2335 valiant American servicemen made the supreme sacrifice and became our nation’s first casualties of war since the Great War of 1918. Our country and the world were now at war.

Graveside services were conducted Friday, November 11, 2011, at the family plot in St. Peter’s Cemetery, West Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY. Expressions of sympathy may be made in Maggie’s name to St. Dominic's Elementary School, 35 School Street, Oyster Bay, NY 11771. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY, (518) 584-5373. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneralhome.com.

Our main naval fighting force, the Pacific Flee, Battleship Row, was decimated in the savage attack. Three battleships were sunk and 14 other naval combat ships were rendered useless during the air raid. The destruction was so devastating that the country’s West Coast was now virtually defenseless against a foreign invasion. To state that the situation was grim would be an understatement. That day, while the Japanese military celebrated their surprise naval victory, Admiral Yamamato, their fleet commander and the architect of the raid, remarked to his fellow officers, “Today, I am afraid that we have awakened a sleeping giant.” From that day forward, a united America- their fighting spirit,

courage and perseverance- carried our country to victory. December 7, 1941, began the saga in American history of the heroic efforts of the American servicemen who fought and were victorious in the preservation of the world’s greatest freedom. We pray on this, the 70th anniversary of that fateful day, not only for all of our WWII servicemen and women who made perished, not only for those 1100 naval and marine personnel entombed aboard the USS Arizona, but for a renewed mission of eternal vigilance and unity. - Excerpts from a speech given by Gene Corsale December 6, 2003, edited for content.


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Horse Slaughter Could be Prohibited in New York continued from Page 1 dogs, studies show that an overwhelming majority of consumers would be opposed to eating the meat. “More than 70 percent of the American people are strongly opposed to horse slaughter,” said Susan Wagner, president of Equine Advocates, an organization dedicated to promoting the humane treatment of horses. “We consider horses to be sporting, recreational

and companion animals never to be eaten. They are favored animals in our culture. Dogs and cats are also eaten in other countries. Is that next? Horses today - dogs and cats tomorrow?” Opposition to the U.S. horse slaughter industry is a popular sentiment in our region, where the equine industry is a major economic contributor. The New York State Racing Association (NYRA) in December 2009 introduced an antislaughter policy declaring that any

owner or trainer stabled at a NYRA track that has directly or indirectly sold a horse for slaughter would have their stalls permanently revoked from all tracks. As stated in NYRA’s December 10, 2009, press release introducing the policy, “NYRA requires its horsemen to conduct due diligence on those buying horses and encourages them to support rescue and adoption efforts and to find humane ways of dealing with horses unable to continue racing.”

More recently, a bill pending in the state assembly would prohibit the slaughtering of horses for human consumption. According to Assemblyman Bob Reilly (109th District), a member of the Agriculture Committee, New York State would make a statement against the new federal legislation in passing this bill “It would prohibit horses being transported out of New York State for the purpose of being slaughtered,” Reilly said. “I think that a very large [majority], if not everyone in the state assembly, will be supportive of this bill.” However, Reilly said the bill would not solve the issue. “What we do with excess horses is a real problem; it’s a problem we have to look at,” he said. Whether it is due to over breeding or the economy (many owners are forced to give up their horses because they can no longer afford to care for them), the issue is that

there are too many horses. Rescue facilities exist, like Old Friends at Cabin Creek in Greenfield, but many are strained and some say it’s unrealistic to assume every unwanted horse will find a welcoming home. But according to Marion Altieri, a Saratoga resident well-known for her Thoroughbred writing and equine advocacy, there is no reason to slaughter a horse. “There is a gentle way if you just can’t take care of a horse anymore; there is a needle used to euthanize,” Altieri said, adding that even that should be a last resort. “There is always somebody who wants your horse.” Altieri also pointed to over breeding as a root of the problem, explaining that even the Thoroughbred industry is guilty of it. She said she was appalled by the news that Congress had lifted the ban last week, and that anyone who lives in Saratoga Springs, where Thoroughbred racing is a significant economic contributor, should be equally disgusted. “It’s a sad day for America when we turn our back on what is in spirit [our] national animal,” she said. “A horse is like a kitten; it’s totally defenseless. They have chosen the perfect victim.” “Horse slaughter is an American disgrace. It’s the ultimate betrayal of an animal [that] is as symbolic of the United States as the bald eagle,” Wagner said. “It is unconscionable that our tax dollars will be used to fund this cruel, unspeakable practice.”


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Electronic Cigarettes continued from Page 1 the product, it may seem surprising that smoking e-cigarettes inside shops or selling them to minors could even be an option. But without federal or state regulations in place, the product is such that traditional tobacco laws do not apply, opening up an entirely new field for health officials and law makers to consider. According to a New York Times article published April 25, 2011, electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, were first introduced into the United States late in 2006. Powered by a battery component, e-cigarettes differ from their low-tech counterparts by doing away with tobacco. Instead, e-cigarettes use a liquid solution that is vaporized into an inhalable form inside a metal or plastic tube, which then delivers nicotine to the user. “There is no tobacco, combustible smoke, tar or many of the toxins and chemicals found in real cigarettes – including formaldehyde, arsenic, ammonia, etc.,” said Liam Burns, a representative for

Electronic Cigarettes Inc. Products from Electronic Cigarettes Inc. are sold across the region, including at a kiosk in the Wilton Mall. “This is a product that is by legal definition the functional equivalent of a cigarette, but has been shown by studies to be substantially safer than traditional cigarettes,” said Burns. Some organizations, including the American Association of Public Health Physicians, have come to the conclusion that there are in fact some benefits for current smokers who transition to e-cigarettes. According to their report released February 7, 2010, the organization “has concluded that…based partly on the potential attractiveness of ecigarettes to current smokers, [the product] could save the lives of 4 million of the 8 million current adult American smokers who will otherwise die of a tobacco-related illness over the next 20 years.” The report continues, stating, “[E-cigarettes] appear to satisfy the nicotine addiction and the habituation to the cigarette handling ritual more than any other product now on the market. For current smokers, this may

9 be the only low-risk nicotine delivery product acceptable as a substitute for conventional cigarettes.” However, other organizations, such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), have sought to ban the sale of e-cigarettes, classifying them as a “drug delivery device” that needs further clinical trials before it can be considered safe and sellable. But the Federal District Court in Washington overruled the FDA’s blockage, saying that the FDA was not allowed to ban the product all together. Because e-cigarettes typically contain lower concentrations of nicotine, some have suggested using the product as a cessation tool. But Janine Stuchin, project manager of the Southern Adirondack Tobacco Free Collation at the Prevention Council, cautions users on thinking about the product in this light. “There are a couple of concerns about using e-cigarettes as a cessation device,” said Stuchin. “One is there really isn’t a phase out component to it – the nicotine dosages don’t diminish over time. And two, because of the way it’s used, it’s so similar to a cigarette that you’re really reinforcing the social nature

of the habit.” Stuchin added, “That’s why there’s no one way to quit or no magic answer. One of the things many people find is they have to stop doing all the habits associated with smoking in order to quit.” Thus far, e-cigarettes have not been heavily marketed as a cessation device, and even the companies who produce them admit that they aren’t completely risk free. “The product still contains nicotine, which is known to be extremely addictive,” said Burns. “There are some individuals out there who also do not tolerate [the liquid solution] that well, and so the product doesn’t work out for them.” But, Burns contends, the product is still not associated with the same high risks that standard cigarettes are recognized for. Because the product does not contain tobacco and does not fall under current regulations, it is still technically legal in most places to sell e-cigarettes to minors. However, an overwhelming majority of companies have instated their own policies restricting the sales to anyone under 18. “We do not sell to minors at all,” stated Burns.

And neither will Stewart’s Shops. “I think it’s the responsible thing to do,” said Mailey. “It does contain nicotine, so you have the same cautions, which is why we’re intending it for adults of legal smoking age.” “It’s one of those things that we still need to learn more about,” said Stuchin, who noted that much of the research about the product and its effects on health are still underway. “But I don’t want to form an opinion until I know for sure what the FDA’s concerns are and how they’re regulating it. To me, it seems like we should establish policy and practices that err on the side of safety.” She added, “If you’re trying to quit smoking and using tobacco, this isn’t a recommend way to quit. I’m up for being convinced the other way, if there are redeemable aspects to it. I just haven’t yet heard about those.” To view the report from the American Association of Public Health Physicians, please visit www.aaphp.org/resources/documents/20100207FDAPetition1.pdf. To learn more about Electronic Cigarettes Inc., visit www.electroniccigarettesinc.com.

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Company News: Hires, Accomplishments Semiconductor Supplier Barbara Mitchell Joins announces the addition of Meghan Purchase and Renovation Loan O'Connor, a Licensed Real Estate Program. FingerPaint Marketing SARATOGA SPRINGS FingerPaint Marketing, Inc.,a fully integrated marketing and advertising agency, recently welcomed Barbara Mitchell to its growing team. Barbara will be responsible for marketing communications for the company, including marketing and media planning, PR, and development of corporate marketing materials.

Scott Varley Group Grows SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Scott Varley Group at RealtyUSA, based at 28 Division Street,

Sales Associates, to its professional team. As the newest member of the Scott Varley Group team, O'Connor's primary focus will be residential home buyers and sellers.

Local Realtor Earns Green Designation SARATOGA SPRINGS Michelle Przedwiecki of Keller Williams Realty Saratoga Springs was recently awarded the National Association of REALTORS' (NAR's) Green Designation. Przedwiecki also completed training in the use of the U.S. Government's FHA 203k Home

As a NAR Green Designee and a 203k Specialist with a background in scientific research and public health, Michelle Przedwiecki has gained the knowledge and the tools necessary to become a trusted resource for the Capital Region.

Hospital Dietitians Earn Re-Certification SARATOGA SPRINGS Saratoga Hospital Dietitians Judy Carr and Lisa Hodgson have earned recertification from the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators, maintaining their status as Certified Diabetes Educators. The CDE credential acknowledges Carr and Hodgson's comprehensive knowledge of and experience in diabetes management, prediabetes, and diabetes prevention.

to Relocate in Watervliet WATERVLIET - Cleveland Polymer Technologies LLC (CPT), a polymer manufacturer in the semiconductor supply chain, announced November 30 plans to relocate its headquarters and manufacturing plant from Elmira, New York, to the Watervliet Arsenal. In its new Saratoga County location, CPT will have access to worldclass research and a highly trained workforce through a partnership with the University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), and will also benefit from collaboration with leading global high-tech companies at the college's NanoTech complex and the arsenal. Cleveland Polymer Technologies, the nation's largest precision polymer concrete casting manufacturer, received $2 million in federal funds

through the Arsenal Business and Technology Partnership, the not-forprofit development corporation responsible for attracting more than a dozen high-tech companies to the Watervliet campus. With these funds, CPT will purchase equipment and renovate a nearly 30,000-square-foot space in arsenal building 125, a 120,000-squarefoot former machine shop that was built during World War I. CPT is also receiving $500,000 to support research and development at CNSE during the next five years, and expects to invest more than $10 million in the Watervliet site. The company will relocate 12 employees and bring another 20 jobs to the local market. Vistec Lithography, one of CPT's major customers, and M+W Group U.S., which is in the process of relocating its headquarters from Dallas, Texas, currently occupy spaces in building 125. Co-location with these industry leaders, as well as the research CPT will do in collaboration with the NanoCollege, will allow the company to better market its products and stimulate new business. "Cleveland Polymer continues the trend of high-tech companies relocating to Tech Valley, and at the Watervliet Arsenal site," said Peter Gannon, president of the Arsenal Business and Technology Partnership. "We are excited to see another large portion of space being renovated for use by a company that is sure to play a large role in Tech Valley." CPT's precision polymer castings technology replaces traditional cast iron, aluminum, steel, granite and conventional cement concrete in a variety of machine tool bases used in nanoelectronics manufacturing. The result is a cost-effective product that is lighter and stronger, reduces vibration, increases energy efficiency and environmental impacts, while prolonging the life of high-tech machine tools. Already a supplier to high-tech equipment manufacturers serving the nanoelectronics, automotive, graphic arts and medical industries (including local operations Applied Materials, ASML and KLA-Tencor) - CPT is now expanding into additional sectors, including transportation, energy, environmental treatment and architectural restoration. CPT expects to be up and running in the Watervliet Arsenal by June 2012.


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Popular Deli Celebrates 15th Year on Spring Street by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - Spring Street Deli is the ultimate local business. On any given day, especially weekdays at lunchtime, locals and regulars wait in line at 132 Spring Street for a taste of what this East side treasure has been serving up since 1996. Anthony Gargano and Brian Brumley, 1992 and 1991 Saratoga Springs High School grads, are heading into their 15th year in business on December 5. Their deli and pizzeria is well-known for a varied menu that yields everything from tacos and chicken wings to racing-inspired sandwiches, piled-high pizzas, delicious salads and homemade soups. It's all made from scratch, including their dressings and sauces which certainly deserve mention. The story of how this deli, and its oft-explored menu, came to be is both endearing and impressive. Gargano and Brumley grew up in Geyser Crest; they played on the same sports teams, they worked in local restaurants and at the race track together, and in 1996 became business partners. "We wanted to open a gourmet deli, and we wanted to do everything here: our own soups, dressings - nothing processed," said Gargano. "It was just about [making] the food we enjoyed," Brumley said, explaining why tacos were part of the original plan. But the pair needed a location before they could start serving their favorite foods. Gargano and Brumley, then 22 and 23 years old, originally settled on a storefront near Jefferson Terrace, a deal that didn't work out. Although unfortunate at the time, that initial misstep was, in retrospect, the best thing that could have happened to them. Their lawyer knew George Lega, the gentleman who owned 132 Spring Street, and scheduled a meeting. "We showed up on our mountain bikes wearing baseball caps, and Lega yelled at us," said Brumley, explaining that the landlord was less than impressed with their youthful and casual approach. Somehow the hopeful restaurateurs scored a second chance. "We showed up the next day and [we were] professional," Brumley said. "We found out that [Lega] is hands-down the best guy. He gave two kids the opportunity to open a

business, and we are truly grateful." With the "ideal" location, Gargano and Brumley moved forward to create the original recipes they had dreamed of, collaborating with classmate and classically trained chef Rob Cone (who now owns the Turf Club on Union Ave.) "Rob Cone and Brian's parents helped us tremendously," Gargano said. "Plus, we knew everyone here in Saratoga Springs; we had a huge following and a lot of friends supported us." Spring Street Deli quickly became a popular hotspot, especially in 1998 when the young owners added specialty pizzas to their menu, but the first three years were tough - "We put everything back into the business," Gargano said. Thankfully, all of their hard work paid off, and Spring Street Deli continues to grow. As natives and business owners, Gargano and Brumley have matured with their community. They have added new dishes, tried new recipes and established close relationships with their customers, including Lega who became a regular (the Four Star Dave, a Reuben sandwich, was his "usual"). The catering side of the business has become exceedingly

popular in recent years, and the owners have plans to expand it, hopefully by opening a separate location in the near future. Now, 15 years later, they are established and in a more "comfortable" place, which gives Gargano and Brumley the freedom to look toward the future and spend time with their families, which, at no surprise, they do together. Both Spa City natives married Saratoga Springs High School graduates. Gargano and his wife Kelly have a 20-month-old daughter named Chloe. Brumley and his wife Melissa, a lifelong friend, have two children, an 18-month-old son Nicholas and a 4-month-old daughter Sarah. The Spring Street Deli family also includes the staff. Many of the employees grew up with Gargano and Brumley in Geyser Crest and have young children. Together, they are raising their families on Spring Street. "We all grew up together in a town we love," Gargano said. "I couldn't imagine being anywhere else - there's no place like Saratoga," Brumley said. For more information about Spring Street Deli, visit www.springstreetdeli.net or call (518) 584-0994.

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Brian Brumley and Anthony Gargano, lifelong friends and owners of Spring Street Deli, celebrate the 15th anniversary of their business. They’re pictured above with a sampler plate of their famous tacos.


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Changes Abound on Broadway continued from Page 1 Birmingham said she is forced to move Raina’s out of 386 Broadway by News Year’s Eve. Her plan is to re-open February 1 at 380 Broadway, where Nicole Wilkie closed her shop Zola Kids this week. Wilkie, who launched her businesses two years ago, decided to close her shop to spend more time with her children. She will, however, maintain her website for online orders. Birmingham, on the other hand, said she is losing 200 square feet in the move, and will continue to search for a space large enough to accommodate Raina’s. “We’ve had a great year,” she said, adding that her business is more appropriately suited for an expansion. “I’ll just have to keep my ears to the ground and find a bigger space.” In the case of Sloppy Kisses, owner Melanie Dallas has finally made the expansion she’d been planning for. Dallas relocated her dog boutique from 493 to 425 Broadway on Thursday, December 1, a move that nearly tripled the size of her store. “I had my eyes open downtown for about a year,” Dallas said. “There were a couple stores that became available that just weren’t right, but this one was.”

Dallas said the space is “huge,” and that it will take some time to grow into. But she has big plans for the new Sloppy Kisses, including a bakery, a puppy portrait studio, and an area for “yappy hours.” The word on the street is that Saratoga Sundress Company, currently located at 327 Broadway, will move into 493, the original Sloppy Kisses storefront. On the east side of Broadway, Paper Dolls of Saratoga recently expanded with a move from 80 Henry Street to 438 Broadway (logon to www.saratogapublishing.com to read the article in last week’s edition of Saratoga TODAY). In the Saratoga Marketplace, Lucia has re-opened in a larger space with an excellent view. Owner Lucy Straus moved her boutique from the small indoor shop she opened five years ago to the far more spacious Broadway storefront that previously housed Turkish Bazaar. Straus celebrated the grand re-opening on November 4. “I had wanted to expand for a few years now. I just outgrew my [original] space,” Straus said. “It’s kind of like a move home; I always felt like my old space was temporary, and now I feel like I’m in my permanent place.” Straus said business has been

fantastic since her move, and she credits the increased visibility that the Broadway storefront offers. “I could not be happier. I’m seeing a lot of new customers and new faces,” she said. There is more activity in the marketplace. AGGIE’s has moved its sample section into the old Lucia store and Rory Moran (Straus’ husband) plans to open a comfort food lunch spot and catering business downstairs where Bettie’s Cakes was previously located. Moran’s venture is called Comfort Kitchen, and it will open in the spring. New businesses have also sprung up, including Saratoga Traveler, an exclusive Tough Traveler luggage store that opened on the second floor of 360 Broadway in November (logon to www.saratogapublishing.com to read the article in last week’s edition of Saratoga TODAY). There’s also Next Summer, a lifestyle and home goods boutique, which opened at 516 Broadway on October 28, filling the former Saratoga Mystique storefront that has been vacant since last year. Owner Matthew Slaughter and his mother Kathy brought Next Summer to Saratoga as an extension of their seasonal location in Bolton Landing. Slaughter said he signed a four-month lease, but is confident they will extend it. “Saratoga is a community with a design sense and I think [Next Summer] fits better here. There is a higher taste level than a lot of other areas in this region,” Slaughter said. Although he admitted that November was slow at first, Slaughter said he was very impressed with the turnout for Black Friday and then Small Business Saturday.

Amidst all the activity on Broadway, a few businesses have also quietly slipped out. Longtime Saratoga business owner and tailor Vincenzo Montesano closed LaSartoria at 509 Broadway on October 17. Montesano, who blamed troubles with his landlord and high rent, re-opened his business on Jay Street in Schenectady. “I left Saratoga and I want to come back, but I have to find the right spot even if I have to buy my own space,” Montesano said. He plans to stay in Schenectady but hopes to open again in Saratoga by March. The owners of The Cupcake Lab also closed (517 Broadway) with hopes of returning in the future, which doesn’t seem to be the case for Grey Gelding (423 Broadway). Owners Jamie and Scott Beale announced the closure in September, and have since reopened in The Hudson River Music Hall as The Gavel Grill (10 Maple Street, Hudson Falls). There is certainly a lot happening on Broadway, but all-in-all the local business community appears unalarmed. “I think it’s just a reflection of the way Saratoga is. We have a very special downtown, and the folks that do the best here are those that really have a niche market,” said Jeff Clark, president of the Saratoga Downtown Business Association. He pointed to Paper Dolls and Sloppy Kisses as perfect examples of businesses that have responded to their customers’ demands with their recent expansions. “It’s terrific to see new faces and see people that have been in business for a while expanding; that’s really encouraging,” Clark said.

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Broadway Shuffle: New: Next Summer 516 Broadway Saratoga Traveler 360 Broadway, 2nd Floor

Moved: Sloppy Kisses New: 425 Broadway Old: 493 Broadway Paper Dolls New: 438 Broadway Old: 80 Henry Street Lucia New: 454 Broadway, storefront widow Old: 454 Broadway, interior

Moving: Raina's New: 380 Broadway Old: 386 Broadway

Out: LaSartoria 509 Broadway Cupcake Lab 517 Broadway Brindisi's 390 Broadway Grey Gelding 423 Broadway Zola Kids 380 Broadway 80 West 510 Broadway

To Come: Martell Brothers Brewing Company 375 Broadway Thirsty Owl Wine Tasting Room 184 South Broadway Comfort Kitchen 454 Broadway, Saratoga Springs - Saratoga Marketplace lower level (formerly Bettie's Cakes)


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Saratoga Arts "Unleashes" a Beloved Tradition by Arthur Gonick Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - At a preview showcase event on Wednesday, November 30, the major details of the 2012 edition of what has become the largest New Year's Eve celebration between New York City and Montreal were literally "unleashed." Indeed, First Night Saratoga 2012 will have its offerings centered on the theme of "Art Unleashed," in which over 400 performers from a full-range of artistic disciplines will be presented at 35 venues spread throughout Saratoga Springs. This will be the 16th annual First Night celebration in the city, which has grown into a festive occasion, annually embraced by upwards of 14,000 residents and visitors. It will also be the second presentation by Saratoga Arts. Kathleen Lucey, president of Saratoga Arts' board of directors, asserted that this year's theme was

most appropriate for Saratoga Arts in its role as presenter of the event. "Every day, Saratoga Arts is engaged in encouraging creativity," she said. Jackie Marchand, who is returning as First Night coordinator, highlighted some of the prominent artists and unique exhibits for this year's celebration, which include: - Headliners at the Saratoga City Center will be the Tartan Terrors, an international Celtic touring group which combine elements of music, comedy and dance in their program. They will share the Saratoga City Center stage with local favorites Funk Evolution, a high-energy group whose trademark is danceable grooves "perfect for those who want to 'dance-in' the New Year," Ms. Marchand said. - The City Center will also be the site of the "Hands Off Arcade," a high-tech fun zone created in conjunction with gaming experts from Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute. The arcade is designed to be a retro-

Photo by Cathy Duffy for MarkBolles.com LtoR: Saratoga Arts’ Kathleen Lucey, Maria Panayotou and Jackie Marchand with Sharon Bolton’s 2012 First Night Saratoga poster

techno experience which updates classic video games with modern technology. Also housed in the arcade are the local video submissions for "Saratoga in B (flat)," a collaborative music and spoken word project that will allow attendees to "play" the videos throughout the evening. - Returning regional favorites including Hair of the Dog and Racing City Chorus will be at the First Baptist and St. Peter’s churches respectively. Acoustic blues duo Holly & Evan, who played at Wednesday's preview, will be one of the acts presented at the Saratoga Arts Center. - Alonzo Fireworks will once again present their dazzling display at midnight to ring in 2012. Artist Sharon Bolton, who has won awards and popular acclaim for her previous First Night Saratoga posters, unveiled the official 2012 Art Unleashed poster. That design also appears on the buttons which have become valued keepsakes from these events, in addition to providing admission to the events. Maria Panayotou, First Night volunteer coordinator, noted that about 150 volunteer hosts/hostesses are still needed for 3-hour shifts at various venues and pre-event activities. Interested parties should contact Maria at

mpanayotou@saratoga-arts.org. A complete schedule is online at www.saratoga-arts.org/firstnight. The website also has information about related and popular events such as the First Night 5K run (also see page 36), a First Night preview event ("Holidays Unleashed") next Wednesday, December 7, at Longfellows Restaurant, as well as shuttle bus and online button sales information. Admission buttons are $15 per person, children 5 and under are free. The buttons are on sale now at

Saratoga Arts, 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, as well as the Saratoga Springs branches of the YMCA, Price Chopper Supermarkets in the greater Capital Region, Stewart's Shops in Saratoga County, Adirondack Trust banks and at Crafters Gallery, 427 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Buttons that are purchased online may be picked up at Saratoga Arts prior to or on the evening of First Night. In previous years, buttons have sold out, so early purchase is recommended.


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Ballston Spa Robotics Team Wins Nanotechnology Showcase by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY BALLSTON SPA - Students from Ballston Spa's F.I.R.S.T. (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Team received first place honors for their presentation at the Capital Region Nanotechnology High School Showcase, following their demonstration that best answered how nanotechnology is changing our world. Five students from the F.I.R.S.T. team #3044: Jeff Carminati, Ryan Gifford, Sam Howard, Alexandra Wheeler and Zack McComb, traveled to the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at the University

at Albany to compete with other high school students from throughout the region. The team demonstrated their thesis using a robot they assembled last year for a F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Competition, focusing on the machine's computer chips used in the processing unit to explain the role of nanotechnology. "They talked about how the processing units for their robot have become much more high tech and efficient because of the nanotechnology behind them," said Diane Irwin, Ballston Spa's K-12 science coordinator. "They also talked about how the tools they used to construct their robots are stronger and last longer because of nanotechnology."

The team demonstrated their robot's capabilities to the judges, using the machine's retractable arm to grasp and move inflatable rings. The students explained how the robot's operation was made possible through the use of semiconductor chips, and how nanotechnology is playing a larger role everyday in their construction and use. "Nanotechnology is becoming the oil of the future. It is making things smaller, faster and more powerful," said team member and ninth grade student Zack McComb. "This will hopefully lead people into going to college to learn about nanotechnology," he added. Alexandra Wheeler, also in ninth grade, joined the team this year after getting her start participating in the middle school's LEGO League Competitions. "My technology teachers and my dad [got me interested]," said Wheeler, who hopes one day to pursue nanotechnology in college and professionally. After all, said Wheeler, "Nanotechnology is changing the world." Winners of the competition were selected by a panel of expert judges from the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. Following Ballston

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Top: Students of Ballston Spa High School present their award-winning demonstration at the Capital Region Nanotechnology Showcase. Bottom: Younger students participate in the LEGO League Competition often a proving ground for those who later progress to the F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Team. Spa High School, Questar III BOCES was selected as the first runner-up, followed by Tech Valley High School in third. Winning teams were awarded

with an honorary plaque and a grant award of $250, $150 and $100 respectively. The team is currently preparing for the next F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Competition, which will issue its challenge in early January. Companies and/or employees who are interested in supporting the team, or individuals interested in mentoring can visit http://team3044.com, or contact Diane Irwin, Ballston Spa's K-12 science coordinator at (518) 884-7150, ext. 2317.

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Schuylerville Administrator Receives Statewide Recognition SCHUYLERVILLE Schuylerville's Superintendent for Buildings and Grounds Peter Riggi was recently awarded the President's Award from New York State Association of Superintendents of Buildings and Grounds (SBGA), a statewide honor for contributions to his field. In presenting the award, SBGA President Bill Blosser said, "Peter stood out as a clear ambassador of our association and the school facility management profession. He has been a member of the association for nearly 25 years and an active leader in both his local chapter and the state association. Over the years, he has represented and promoted not only SBGA, but the school facilities management profession as a whole. He has accomplished this with great integrity and commitment, leading by example and is a trusted mentor and colleague. His colleagues and staff here at

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Peter Riggi, the superintendent for buildings and grounds association headquarters appreciate his calm and steady presence, thoughtful ideas and insights." Blosser also acknowledged

Riggi's long-standing commitment to SBGA's School Facilities Management Institute, as well as his contributions in promoting passage of state legislation. The institute is the leading educational program for New York school facilities directors. Riggi served as president and is currently treasurer. The new state legislation (director of facilities law) requires the Civil Service Department to develop qualifications and eligibility standards for those applying for director of facilities positions. "This legislation originated to address the fact that there has not been a uniform manner or title for hiring the person who is primarily responsible for the management of school facilities," said Megan Thomson Geroux, communications director at SBGA. "To address this situation, SBGA worked with the Education Department,

Department of Civil Service, the legislature and other key representatives of the school community over several years to fashion a solution for this growing problem. Peter Riggi has played a critical role in shaping and moving this legislation forward." Members of Schuylerville's Board of Education and Superintendent Dr. Ryan Sherman echoed the praise and recognition for Riggi. "Peter is one of the behind-thescenes, unsung heroes in the district. He's one of the primary reasons that the lights are on, our facilities are in impeccable condition and our construction projects have run so smoothly," Sherman said.

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ed a resolution to reconfigure grades in the district to K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 effective July 1, 2011. This change allows the district to move forward with a middle school concept. The grades 6-8 middle school will open in September 2012. In order to build partnerships and develop a comprehensive middle school program, the district is forming a new Middle School Task Force; this group will be different from the original task force, which convened last year. The new task force will include a parent and a student representative from sixth, seventh and eighth-grade. Meetings typically will take place during the regular school day or occasionally in the evening. If you're interested in serving on the task force, please contact Katie Elsworth at (518) 6953255, ext. 2265.


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Places of Worship Adirondack Christian Fellowship 8 Mountain Ledge, Wilton Contact: 587-0623; acfsaratoga.com Services: Sunday 8 a.m. & 10 a.m. The Alliance Church 257 Rowland St., Ballston Spa Contact: 885-6524. Services: Morning worship 10:30 a.m. Assembly of God Faith Chapel Rev. Jason Proctor 6 Burgoyne St., Schuylerville Contact: 695-6069 Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Assembly of God Saratoga 118 Woodlawn Ave Saratoga Springs NY 12866 Contact: 584-6081 Sunday Worship 10 a.m., coffee served at 9:45 a.m. Bacon Hill Reformed Church 560 Route 32N, Bacon Hill, NY Contact: 695-3074 Rev. Janet Vincent Worship service 10 a.m. Sunday School 10 a.m. All are welcome. Handicapped accessible Baha’i Community of Saratoga Springs Contact:584-9679; 692-7694; usbnc.org. Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa Contact: 885-7312; www,ballstoncenterarpchurch.org Services: Sunday Worship Service, 10:30 a.m. Ballston Spa United Methodist Church 101 Milton Ave. Contact: 885-6886. Services: Sunday 10:00 a.m. Bethesda Episcopal Church 41 Washington St., Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-5980. Services: Sunday, 6:30, 8 & 10 a.m. Church of Christ at Clifton Park 7 Old Route 146, Clifton Park Contact: 371-6611, cliftonparkchurch ofchrist.com Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m.

Christ Community Reformed Church 1010 Route 146, Clifton Park Contact: 371-7654; ccrc-cpny.org. Services: Sundays 9:15 & 11 a.m. Christ Episcopal Church Corner of Routes 50 and 67, Ballston Spa Contact: 885-1031. Services: Sunday 8 & 10 a.m. Congregation Shaara Tfille 84 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-2370; saratogasynagogue.org Services: Sat. 9:30 a.m., Mon. & Thurs. 7:30 a.m., 3rd Fri. each month 7:30 p.m. Handicapped Accessible Corinth Free Methodist Church 20 Hamilton Ave., Corinth 654-9255; 792-0271 Services: Sunday at 10 a.m. Corinth United Methodist Church 243 Main Street, Corinth Contact: 654-2521; cfumc@cnyconnect.net Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Cornerstone Com munity Church Associate Pastor Paul Shepherd located in the Malta Commons Contact: 899-7001 mycornerstonechurch.org Services: Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Community 2001 Route 9 Round Lake (Exit 10 of Northway) • Contact: 8778506, ccorpusc@nycap.rr.com Mass Schedule: Sat. 4 p.m., Sun. 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Weekday Masses: Mon-Fri at 9 a.m. Eastern Orthodox Christ the Savior 349 Eastline Road, Ballston Spa Contact: 786-3100; xcsavior@yahoo.com. Services: Sunday: 9:15 a.m. First Baptist Church of Saratoga Springs 45 Washington St., Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-6301. Services: Sunday: 11:00 a.m.

First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa 202 Milton Ave. (Rt. 50), Ballston Spa Contact: 885-8361; fbcballstonspa.org Services: 10:15 a.m.

Living Waters Church of God 4330 State Rt. 50, Saratoga Springs Contact: 587-0484; livingwaterscog.us Services: Sundays 10 a.m. Malta Presbyterian Church Dunning Street, Malta Contact: 899-5992. Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

First Presbyterian Church of Ballston Spa 22 West High Street, Ballston Spa Contact: 885-5583 Services: Sunday at 10 a.m.

Malta Ridge United Methodist Church 729 Malta Avenue Ext., Malta Contact: 581-0210. Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

Full Gospel Tabernacle 207 Redmond Road, Gansevoort 518-793-2739 Service: Sunday 10:00 a.m. Bible Study: Thursday 6:30 p.m.

Middle Grove United Methodist Church Pastor Bonnie Bates 429 Middle Grove Rd., Middle Grove Contact: 581-2973 Services: Sunday 9:00 a.m. Handicapped accessible

Grace Brethren Church Rev. Dan Pierce 137 W. Milton Road, Ballston Spa Contact: 587- 0649 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Handicapped accessible. Grace Community Church of Malta Wed. 7:30pm - Good Times Restaurant, Lake Rd. 2nd Floor Fri. Saratoga Chapel - 7:30 p.m., corner of Eastline & Lake Rd. Sun. 10 a.m. - Comfort Suites, Clifton Park Northway Exit 11 next to Chili's Greater Grace Community Church Pastor David Moore 43 Round Lake Rd. Ballston Lake (Malta Mall) Contact: 899-7777; .ggccmalta.org Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Highway Tabernacle Church 90 River Road, Mechanicville Contact: 664- 4442. Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Hope Church 206 Greenfield Avenue, Ballston Spa Contact: 885-7442. Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Jonesville United Methodist 963 Main St., Clifton Park Contact: 877-7332. Services: Sunday 8:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Living Springs Community Church 59 Pine Road, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584- 9112. Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m.

New Horizon Church 150 Perry Road, Saratoga Springs Contact: 587-0711. Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. New Life Fellowship 51 Old Gick Road, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 Contact: 580-1810; newlifeinsaratoga.org. Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Childcare is available at all services. NorthStar Church Shenendehowa High School, West Auditorium, Clifton Park Contact: 371-2811; northstarchurch.com Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Old Saratoga Reformed Church 48 Pearl St., Schuylerville Contact:oldsaratogareformedchurch.org Services: Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Handicapped accessable. Old Stone Church Affiliated with the American Baptist Churches 159 Stone Church Rd., Ballston Spa Contact: 583-1002 Sunday: 9 a.m. Adult Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Service 11:45 a.m. Coffee & Fellowship in Living Stone Hall Wednesday: Noon Potluck Luncheon 1 p.m. Choir rehearsal, 2 p.m. Bible Study Group PresbyterianNE Congregational Church 24 Circular St., Saratoga Springs

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Contact: 584-6091; pnecc.org Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Quaker Springs United Methodist Church Pastor Jim Knapp 466 Route 32 South, Quaker Springs Contact: 695-3101; qsumc.com Services: Sundays 9 a.m. Handicapped accessible. River of Hope Fellowship 100 Saratoga Village Blvd. Malta Commons, Suite 3 Malta, NY 12020 Contact: 881-1505; riverofhopefellowship.com Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Roman Catholic Church of St. Peter 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-2375. Services: Eucharistic Celebrations: Saturday 5 p.m.; Sunday 7:30, 9 & 11 a.m. St. Clement’s Roman Catholic Church 231 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-6122. Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8, 9:30, 11:15 a.m. & 5 p.m. St. George's Episcopal Church 912 Route 146, Clifton Park Contact: 371-6351; stgeorge@csdsl.net Services: Saturday at 4:30 p.m., Sunday at 8 & 9:30 a.m. St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church 3159 Route 9N, Greenfield Center Contact: 893-7680; sjoegctr@nycap.rr.com rcda.org/churches/ St.JosephsChurch Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 10:30 a.m. Handicapped accessible St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church 167 Milton Ave., Ballson Spa Contact: 885-7411 stmarysbsta.org Services: Saturday 4 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m. Handicapped accessible St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church 771 Route 29, Rock City Falls Contact: 893-7680; sjoegctr@nycap.rr.com; rcda.org/churches/ St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 149 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs


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Contact: 584-0904 Services: Saturday evening at 5 p.m. with Holy Communion. Sundays at 8:30 & 11 a.m. with Holy Communion.

St. Peter Lutheran Church 2776 Route 9, Malta Contact: 583-4153 Services: Sunday mornings 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. St. Thomas of Canterbury 242 Grooms Road, Halfmoon Contact: st-thomas-ofcanterbury.org Service: Sunday at 10 a.m. Saratoga Abundant Life Church 2325 Route 50 South, Saratoga Springs Contact: 885-5456; saratogaabundantlife.org Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. Saratoga Chabad 130 Circular St., Saratoga Springs Contact: 526-0773; saratora@aol.com saratogachabad.com Saratoga Friends Meeting (Quaker) Corner of Routes 32 and 71, Quaker Springs Contact: 587-7477; 399-5013. Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga United Methodist Church Henning Road at Fifth Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-3720; saratogaumc.com. Services: Sunday 9 & 10:45 a.m. Handicapped accessible.

Services: Sunday 10 a.m & 6:30 p.m. Temple Sinai 509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-8730. Services: Friday 8 p.m. Handicapped accessible The Salvation Army Worship, Service & Community Center 27 Woodlawn Avenue Mail - PO Box 652 Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 (518) 584-1640 Sunday School - 10:00 a.m. Praise & Worship 11:00 a.m. Captain Aaron A. Boone, Sr. Captain Amber S. Boone Commanding Officers/Ministers Trinity United Methodist Church Rev. Gail Falsetti-Pastor 155 Ballard Rd., Gansevoort Contact: 584-9107; tumcwilton.com Service: Sunday 10:00 a.m. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs 624 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-1555; saratoga-uu.org Services: 10 a.m. Religious education and nursery care at the 10 a.m. service each Sunday Unity Church in Albany 21 King Avenue, Albany Contact: 453-3603: Services: Sunday, 9 a.m. & 11 a.m.

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

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

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

Wilton Baptist Church 755 Saratoga Rd, Wilton Contact: 583-2736; wiltonbaptist@gmail.com; wiltonbaptistchurch.com Services: Sunday Service 11 a.m.

Simpson United Methodist Church Rock City Road, Rock City Falls Contact: 885-4794. Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Soul Saving Station for Every Nation Christ Crusaders of America 62 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-3122

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Medicare Open Enrollment to End Early SARATOGA COUNTY Several changes to Medicare are underway in New York State, ending open enrollment earlier than past years and instituting a number of adjustments to prescription drug coverage. One of the biggest changes taking place with Medicare this season is the period of time allotted for open enrollment. While traditionally those eligible for Medicare have had until December 31 to make decisions regarding coverage, this year the last day to enroll is Wednesday, December 7, 2011. Along with adjustments made to the enrollment period, other changes are being made to close what is known as the "donut hole," or the gap in prescription drug coverage. Medicare recipients who reach the coverage gap in 2012 will now receive a 50 percent discount on approved brand name formula drugs, as well as a 14 percent discount on generic drugs. When discussing the options available through Medicare, beneficiaries are encouraged to consider several factors. If a patient suffers from a chronic condition, such as diabetes, plans known as "Special Needs Plans" are available to specifically cater to their needs. Make sure to research your plan thoroughly. Bring a family member or trusted friend to read through the options and rules. Some plans require patients visit a specific doctor, others provide free transportation to appointments and pharmacist counseling, and each plan will vary slightly in terms of cost and services. Once open enrollment ends, beneficiaries may still be eligible to make changes to their Medicare coverage. Medicare offers what it calls "Special Election Periods," which allows for changes in coverage anytime of the year. A common example: if someone is diagnosed during the year with diabetes, you may be eligible during a special election period to enroll in a Special Needs Plan to address the condition. For additional guidance on Medicare coverage, please visit the Care Improvement Plus website at www.careimprovementplus.com.


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Movie Review The Rum Diary

ACROSS 1 Family nickname 5 Turkeys 10 Together, in scores 14 Say and mean 15 “Star Wars” name 16 Locks that are hard to manage 17 Shed tool 18 Restraints to prevent the eating of forbidden fruit? 20 “Who am __ judge?” 21 ID theft target 22 Eastern faith 23 Crooned while tipsy? 26 Sleep: Pref. 28 Present in court 29 Resistant to punches? 32 Officiate 34 Word often ignored in alphabetizing 35 Golfs, e.g. 36 Scary place to pray? 40 Thickness 42 Wide size 43 Big-league 44 Actor Holbrook under the weather? 48 Island mentioned in the Beach Boys’ “Kokomo” 52 At __: in one go 53 Underwater menace? 55 Doha resident 58 Patience-virtue link 59 Regulus’s constellation 60 Rooster that doesn’t wake you up? 62 End of school? 63 Rhode Island senator for whom an education grant is named 64 Struggling with 65 Community service org. 66 Escaped 67 “Then ...” 68 One good at takeoffs DOWN 1 Model/actress Berenson

A reporter, ideally, is supposed to seek out and expose the truth. If you can’t find the truth or your superiors don’t want it published, make it up. At least that’s the preferred method undertaken at The San Juan Star in this bizarre comedy based on the novel of same name. Paul Kemp (played in typically off-the-wall fashion by Johnny Depp) is a novelist whose greatest work of fiction was the resume which got him a job at the Puerto Rico periodical. Determined to show the real living conditions outside the beach houses and fivestar resorts, Kemp (Depp) experiences and recounts tales of dive bars, cock fights, and poverty among the local population. It becomes clear to him that his employers were looking for something they can print in a brochure, as opposed to the facts. While trying to satisfy his employers, Kemp encounters a local businessman by the name of Sanderson (played by Aaron Eckhart) after a chance encounter with his much younger fiancée Chenault (played by Amber Heard). Sanderson has a proposition for Kemp and Chenault proves to be intriguing, unsatisfied and just out of Kemp’s reach. While the accent’s gone and the surroundings are meant to be gritty rather than supernatural, Paul Kemp is played here as though he’s Jack Sparrow in a suit and tie for most of the film. He’s perpetually inebriated and skates from one ‘dangerous’ situation to the next without as much as a scratch. And while the later portions of the film seem to build toward some dramatic confrontation, what Kemp and the viewers are left with is disappointment. (6.1/10) For questions or comments, email me at trey@roohanrealty.com.

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Words to know: amalgamate: v., to mix or merge so as to make a combination; blend; unite; combine See puzzle solutions on page 36

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2 - dec. 8 events December 2-4 Weekend Events c St. Nicolaas Weekend Sale Second Hand Rose Thrift Shop, 116 Board St., Schuylerville The shop will feature 10 percent off Christmas items and $1 bag sale Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call (518) 695-4640.

c 22nd Annual Candlelight House Tour The Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation is hosting a tour of festively decorated buildings and homes on Saratoga’s Eastside. The tour goes from 5:30 -9 p.m. A gala reception will follow the tour from 7:30 - 11 p.m. Ticket prices and availability vary. For ticket information, call (518) 587-5030 or email sboivin@saratogapreservation.org.

c Miracle on 34th Street Corinth Central School, 105 Oak St., Corinth The Adirondack Children’s Troupe will put on this holiday classic Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Admission is $10. For more information, call (518) 747-6975.

c St. Nicolaas Festival / Schuylerville Community Festival of Trees The festival begins on Friday evening at 6 p.m. with the lighting of the Memory Trees in front of Saratoga Town Hall. Light refreshments served following the lighting ceremony. On Saturday, the festival continues with a display of many Christmas trees, vendors and a variety of entertainment from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., all to benefit the Schuylerville Community Theater Production Fund. St Nicolaas arrives at 4:15 p.m. at the corner of Broad St and Rt. 29. Merchants will be open late, offering hot and cold drinks and goodies in their shops.

Annual Holiday Firefly Sale Waldorf School, 212 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs Friday from 4-7 p.m. and Saturday from 10-3 p.m., shop for wooden toys, handmade dolls, crafts, games, art supplies and more!

c Christmas Fair United Methodist Church, 175 5th Ave., Saratoga Springs A Christmas Fair, featuring a silent auction, antiques and collectibles, and home-baked items will be held Friday from 10 a.m.7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

c Ballston Spa's Holiday Parade and Weekend Celebration The celebration runs Friday, December 2 – Sunday, December 4. The parade begins at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, proceeding on Milton Ave. and ending in Wiswall Park, where Santa will light the village Christmas tree. Shops, restaurants and museums will be open with music, demonstrations and displays. For more information, visit www.ballston.org or call (518) 885-2772.

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Annual Center Crafts Show

Sofarelli at (518) 587-0675 for tickets.

Saratoga Arts Center, 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs On Saturday, December 4, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, December 4, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., get all of your holiday shopping done in one place! The show features exhibitors specializing in handmade fine crafts suitable for creative gift giving. Admission to the Center Crafts Show is free.

c Affordable Christmas

Friday, December 2 c Tree Lighting Ceremony Gavin Park, Wilton Meet Santa, Frosty, Rudolph and the elves, and enjoy refreshments, holiday movies and the music of the Saratoga Soundtrack Chorus from 6-8:45 p.m. For more information, call (518) 584-9455.

Saturday, December 3 c Breakfast with Santa St. Mary’s School, 40 Thompson St., Ballston Spa A delicious breakfast will be provided from 8 a.m.-noon. Children and their families will enjoy activities, live performances and a chance to chat with Santa and Mrs. Claus. $5 per person. Visit www.ballston.org for more information.

Snow Ball Dinner Dance Hall of Springs, Saratoga State Park The Flower and Fruit Mission of Saratoga Hospital will host its annual Snow Ball Dinner Dance at 6:30 p.m. The fundraiser benefits the William J. Hickey Women's Health Services Department of Saratoga Hospital, and will include a dinner buffet catered by Glen Sanders Mansion and dancing with musical host Cap Capello. Tickets are $100 each. Contact Holly

Sale Old Stone Church, 159 Stone Church Rd., Ballston Spa Come to the sale from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Santa, Mrs. Claus and an elf will be there to help with your purchases. Enjoy punch and cookies while you shop. For more information, call Ann at (518) 885-4034.

Ballston Spa Indoor Farmers’ Market 50 West High St., Cornell Cooperative Extension Auditorium The market will take place from 9 a.m.-noon. This month we are featuring products for your Thanksgiving holiday plans. For information, visit www.ballston.org or call (518) 885-2772.

“Under Our Feet” Art Show Seventy Main, Greenwich From 5-7 p.m. there will be an opening reception for a monthlong show featuring new paintings by local artist Kendra Farstad. Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be available. For more information, call (518) 692-7041.

Malta’s Got Talent Malta Community Center, 1 Bayberry Dr., Ballston Spa Come see talented local entertainers perform on the Malta Community Center stage from 7-8:30 p.m. Most acts will be holiday themed. This fun show will be a perfect family outing! Tickets are $6 in advance or $8 at the door. Call (518) 899-4411 for more information.

c Origami Ornament Class Brookside Museum, 6 Charlton St., Ballston Spa This class, for children age 8-12, will take place at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Fee is $12 per child and includes instruction and

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c Home for the Holidays Saratoga National Historical Park, Visitor Center, Rts.4 & 32 The park’s annual Holiday Open House will take place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and will feature gift ideas, giveaways and drawings. For more information, call (518) 664-9821 ext. 224.

c 22nd Annual Christmas Fair The King’s School, 6087 New York 9N, Hadley The King's School is hosting its 22nd annual Christmas Fair from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The fair will feature a White Elephant Grandma's Attic, a huge bake sale, 50 Local Vendors, a Christmas Cafe and FREE child care for children ages 4-9 while you shop!

Sunday, December 4 Jody Wheeler & Free Ice Cream National Bottle Museum. 76 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa The first 50 young readers to come and meet children’s book illustrator Jody Wheeler, from 13 p.m., will receive a voucher for a free Stewart’s single scoop ice cream cone. Ms. Wheeler will read “The Night Before Christmas” and sign copies of her books. To learn more, visit www.nationalbottlemuseum.org or call (518) 885-7589.

Saratoga Reads Book Fair Barnes & Noble, Route 50, Wilton Saratoga Reads will launch its eighth year of community programming with a book fair featuring activities for the whole family from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The event will feature this year’s

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Saratoga Reads book of choice, multiple giveaways, shopping vouchers to benefit Saratoga Reads, a children’s story time and a range of musical performances. For more information, visit www.SaratogaReads.org.

Tuesday, December 6 c Ballston Spa Central School District Concert BSHS, 220 Ballston Ave., Ballston Spa, Auditorium The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and features the high school’s jazz band, concert choir and select chorus.

Wednesday, December 7 Bosnian Handcraft Project Open House New Life Auditorium, 51 Old Gick Rd., Saratoga Springs Christmas gifts at affordable prices with proceeds benefiting women in Bosnia will be available from 1-4 p.m. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call (518) 580-1810.

Student Art Gallery Saratoga Springs High School, 3 Blue Streak Rd., Saratoga Springs Art created by 140 students in the Saratoga Springs City School District will be on display during an art gallery reception from

4-6 p.m. in the district’s MacFadden Administration Building. In addition to the artists and their families, the public is invited to the free event.

“Dancing with the Queen and Marching with King” Saratoga Town Hall, Rte. 29, Schuylerville At 5:30 p.m., Sam Aldrich, former commissioner of New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, will offer a book signing and talk about his fascinating career as reflected in his new book “Dancing with the Queen and Marching with King.” For more information, visit www.hudsoncrossingpark.org.

Storytelling Open Mic Harness Building 2nd Floor Community Room, Woodlawn Commons, Saratoga Springs Come listen to an evening of stories performed by local tellers or sign-up to tell a story of your own! Sign-up begins at 6:45 p.m. with stories starting at 7. For more information, call (518) 587-4536.

Thursday, December 8 c Ballston Spa Central

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and features the high school’s orchestra and wind ensemble.

Upcoming c Kindergarten and 1st Grade Movie Matinee Wilton Volunteer Firehouse, 270 Ballard Rd., Wilton Dorothy Nolan Girl Scout Troop 3688 is holding a movie matinee of “Santa Buddies” Saturday, December 17, from 1-4 p.m. The cost is $5 per person and includes movie admission, girllead crafts and games, popcorn and hot chocolate. Bring a pillow to sit on. Registration and payment is required by December 9. Contact leader Melinda Lowe at (518) 265-4994 for more information.

c Roast Pork Dinner with Santa Trinity United Methodist Church, 155 Ballard Rd., Wilton On Saturday, December 10, from 3:30-6:30 p.m., enjoy mashed potatoes, vegetables, applesauce, rolls, desserts and Santa! Cost is by donation and takeouts will be available. Call (518) 584-9107 for more information.

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The Saratoga Chamber Players 25th Anniversary

BSHS, 220 Ballston Ave., Ballston Spa, Auditorium

Skidmore Campus, Zankel Hall, Saratoga Springs

On Sunday, December 11, at 2 p.m., the Saratoga Chamber Players will celebrate their 25th anniversary with a reunion of five musicians originally brought together 40 years ago. These five musicians will reprise a luscious string quintet for the performance. A meet-the-musicians reception will follow the concert. Tickets are $18 adults, $15 seniors, and free to Skidmore students with college I.D. or to children accompanied by an adult. For more information, visit www.saratogachamberplayers.o rg or call (518) 584-1427.

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c Melodies of Christmas Proctors, 432 State St., Schenectady The 32nd annual holiday extravaganza Melodies of Christmas features the Empire State Orchestra & Youth Choral December 15-18. Featured performers this year include The McKrells, the Orlando School of Dance and much more! Tickets are $25 for Saturday and Sunday, and $15 for Thursday and Friday. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit http://www.proctors.org/events/ melodies.


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upcoming town meetings Town of Ballston: Ballston Town Hall 323 Charlton Road 885-8502 www.townofballstonny.org 12/6: Town Board, 7:30 p.m. 12/7: Zoning Board of Appeals agenda, 7 p.m. 12/7: Zoning Board of Appeals regular, 7:30 p.m. Village of Ballston Spa: 66 Front Street 885-5711 www.ballstonspany.org Town of Greenfield: 7 Wilton Road 893-7432 www.townofgreenfield.com 12/8: Town Board, 7:30 p.m. Town of Malta: 2540 Route 9 899-2818 www.malta-town.org Town of Milton: 503 Geyser Road 885-9220 www.townofmiltonny.org City of Saratoga Springs: 474 Broadway 587-3550 www.saratoga-springs.org 12/5: Planning Board workshop, 5 p.m. 12/5: Zoning Board of Appeals workshop, 6:30 p.m. 12/5: Zoning Board of Appeals meeting, 7 p.m. 12/6: City Council, 7 p.m. 12/7: Design Review Commission meeting, 7 p.m. 12/7: Planning Board meeting, 7 p.m. Town of Saratoga: 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville 695-3644 www.townofsaratoga.com Village of Schuylerville: 35 Spring Street 695-3881 www.villageofschuylerville.org 12/7: BOWM meeting, 7 p.m. Town of Stillwater: 66 East St., Riverside Mechanicville, NY 12118 www.stillwaterny.org Town of Wilton: 22 Traver Road 587-1939 www.townofwilton.com 12/2: Town Board, 7 p.m. Saratoga County Board of Supervisors 40 McMaster St., # 1 Ballston Spa, NY 12020-1985 (518) 885-2240 www.saratogacountyny.gov

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Circus Café, 392 Broadway, Saratoga Springs The monthly meeting of the Junior Chamber will be held Wednesday, December 7. Networking starts at 7 p.m., the business portion of the meeting at 7:30 p.m. The Junior Chamber is currently accepting members who are leaders ages 18-40 that want to make an impact in the community. Visit www.saratogajaycees.org for more information. Decorate for the Holidays Contest Malta’s annual Decorate for the Holidays Contest, has begun! Awards will be given in six different categories to the homes or establishments that reflect a special holiday spirit. All interested parties must fill out an entry form and submit to the Malta Community Center. Deadline for entry is Thursday, December 8. Judging will take place on Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11. Getting Onboard to Raise Money Seminar Holiday Inn, 232 Broadway, Saratoga Springs Saratoga Leadership is hosting a seminar Tuesday, December 6, with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. and a full breakfast buffet included. The seminar will take place from 8 -11 a.m. Cost is $30 per person. Register online at www.leadershipsaratoga.org. The program is offered to all local nonprofit organizations, their board members and staff. Saratoga Springs Retired Teachers Association Meeting Longfellows Restaurant, 500 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs Meeting is on Monday, December 5, at noon. Membership is open to retired educators who taught in and/or live in Saratoga County. For new member information and luncheon reservations, please call (518) 587-5356. Women TIES Networking Luncheon Century House, 997 New Loudon Rd., Latham Women TIES (Women Together Inspiring Entrepreneurial Success) will host its quarterly luncheon December 6 from 11:15 a.m.-2 p.m. Attendees will learn how to establish goals to make the new business year more successful. The event will also feature extra display tables so women entrepreneurs can sell holiday items or services. The networking and holiday showcase will run from 11:15 a.m. - 12 p.m. with lunch and program following from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. The cost of the event is $29 and includes lunch, program, display promotion and strategic networking opportunities. For more information, visit www.womenties.com or call (315) 708-4288.

Friday, December 2, 2011 Waldorf School Welcome 62 York Ave., Saratoga Springs On Wednesday, December 7, from 8:15-9 a.m., come and learn more about how Waldorf works and how it will enrich your child’s life. Join us for a brief overview of Waldorf education followed by a visit to our classrooms. Please RSVP at admissions@waldorfsaratoga.org or (518) 587-2224. Annual Memorial for Deceased Brother Elks 1 Elks Lane, Saratoga Springs Wilton BPO Elks Lodge 161 will conduct their annual memorial service on Sunday, December 4, beginning promptly at 1 p.m. The event is open to all members, families and the general public is welcome. A light reception hosted by the Elks Ladies Auxiliary will immediately follow at the lodge. For more information, contact chairman Mark Phillips at (518) 584-7464. Annual Christmas Tree Sale Curtis Lumber, Route 67, Ballston Spa The Ballston Spa Rotary Club’s is selling Christmas trees daily from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. The club is also selling the “Rotarian Flavors of the World Cookbook.” This cookbook will make a great gift that supports Rotary’s worldwide effort to eradicate polio. St. Clement’s Annual Christmas Tree and Wreath Sale 231 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs Fresh cut balsam fir trees and wreaths from Vermont will be sold on the school’s front lawn from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, and from 5:30 – 8 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays until December 18. Trees are $45 each and wreaths are $24-30.All funds raised go directly to St. Clement’s School. Celiac-Sprue Meeting

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Glens Falls Hospital Cafeteria, Glens Falls Tuesday, December 6, from 6:308:30 p.m., a presentation will be given by the owners of Rooted in Nature, a new health food store in South Glens Falls. Gluten-free refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Jean McLellan, president, at (518) 5846702. Brown Bag Series: “Married to the Mob” Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry Street Dutcher Community Room The Fall Brown Bag Lunch Series for 2011 will conclude on December 8 from noon-1 p.m. Maria McBride Bucciferro will present “Married to the Mob,” the story of Arnold Rothstein, who was a notorious figure in the early 1900s. Stuffed Chicken Product Recall Berk Lombardo, a Brooklyn-based establishment, is recalling approximately 1,080 pounds of stuffed chicken products because of misbranding and undeclared ingredients, including known allergens. The products may contain any of the following combina-

tions of undeclared ingredients: eggs, milk, monosodium glutamate (MSG) or soy, which are not noted on the label. The products subject to recall include the following items all bearing “P19034”inside the USDA inspection mark: Chicken Breast Stuffed Broccoli & Cheese; Chicken Breast with Rib Meat Cordon Bleu Breaded; and Stuffed Chicken Breast Kiev. Consumers with questions about the recall should contact the company’s senior management, Paul or Greg Lombardo, at (718) 782-1477. Chamber of Commerce Mixer HVCC TEC-SMART Campus The Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County are co-hosting a mixer for their members on Thursday, December 8 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Attendees will be able to tour the TEC-SMART facility and see firsthand how students in our area are being trained in cutting edge, green technology fields. Attendees will also be able to take a bus tour through the GlobalFoundries property to see the newly completed Administration Building and hear updates from GlobalFoundries reps. Cost to attend is $10. Space is limited and registration is required. Attendees can register through the chamber in which they are affiliated. The Catholic Daughters of the Americas Monthly Meeting KofC Hall, 50 Pine Rd., Saratoga Springs Catholic Daughters, Court McLaughlin #422, will hold their December meeting and potluck dinner / Christmas party on Tuesday, December 6, beginning at 6:30 p.m. All members are asked to bring a dish to share and new members are always welcome. For more information, contact Eileen Tuohy at (518) 584-3472. JCPenney Grant Funds High School’s New Club A $6,500 grant from JCPenney is helping to fund Saratoga Springs High School’s new robotics club, which is offering students “real world” engineering experiences. With Penney’s financial assistance, students in the Saratoga FIRST Robotics Club will construct and program a robot that will compete with the creations of other high school teams in this year’s FIRST Robotics competition. For more information about the club, visit www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms. The National Museum of Dance Closed for Winter The museum is now closed for the winter and will reopen to the public on March 20, 2012.

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gram focuses on nurturing responsible behavior and self-esteem. For more information about Dr. Randy Cale, visit www.terrificparenting.com. The Old Saratoga Seniors Annual Christmas Party Longfellows, 500 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs Join the Old Saratoga Seniors for their Christmas party, Wednesday, December 14, at noon. Questions may be directed to Dot Leone: (518) 6953578. The Old Saratoga Seniors will not meet on December 7; the Christmas party is their only gathering in December. Holiday Shoppe Brookside Museum, 6 Charlton St., Ballston Spa Brookside Museum’s annual Holiday Shoppe is open Monday Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday noon-4 p.m. For more information, visit www.brooksidemuseum.org or call (518) 885-4000. Flood Insurance Filing Extension National Flood Insurance policyholders have been given an extension to file the Proof of Loss (POL) form with the insurance company handling their claim. National Flood Insurance Program policy requirements usually state that a POL form be filed within 60 days of the event that caused the damage. Because of the magnitude of affected states and the number of flood claims filed, extensions for POL form deadlines in New York State are being extended to 120-150 days. For dates of loss between August 12 and August 26, 2011, the policyholder has 120 days from the date of loss to file the POL. For dates of loss between August 26 and September. 4, 2011, (Hurricane Irene) the policyholder has 150 days from the date of loss to file the POL. For dates of loss between September 5 and September. 22, 2011, (Tropical Storm Lee) the policyholder has 120 days from the date of loss to file the POL. Policyholders with questions or concerns about their flood insurance claim should contact their insurance agent. Saratoga National Historical Park Driving Tour Road Closes for Winter Saratoga National Historical Park will close its driving tour road for the winter starting on Monday, December 5. While the tour road closes for the season, the visitor center is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Also, the grounds of the battlefield are open to pedestrian use during daylight hours, seven days a week and the hiking trails make a great place for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

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Dorothy Nolan Elementary School, Saratoga Springs “Building Lifelong Character In Children,” a parenting seminar by Dr. Randy Cale, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 6. The free pro-

Visitor Center, 297 Broadway, Saratoga Springs Effective immediately, the hours of operation at the visitor center will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The center will be closed on Sundays.


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Adopt a Soldier This Holiday Season by Christina James Saratoga TODAY In February of 2003, Cliff Sequin and a few co-workers were sending care packages to eight deployed soldiers from Vermont. Today, the group, now Operation Adopt A Soldier, Inc. (OAAS), sends packages to nearly 3,000 soldiers- and their ambitions don’t end there. It is the goal of OAAS to assist as many American soldiers and their families as possible and achieving this goal is especially difficult this time of year. “Christmas time is very busy for us. Hopefully we will have enough money to send everything out,” Sequin said. Thomas Hatlee, secretary of the Uncle Sam Chapter of the United States Army Warrant Officer Association (USAWOA), hopes his organization can lend a hand. That’s why, on December 17, the USAWOA is issuing a check to the OAAS Program. “Being separated from family and friends, particularly during the holiday season can be very stressful and

difficult for our many serving members,” Hatlee said. “The Adopt a Soldier Program [provides] them comfort and a connection to their families and communities, as well as small necessities that make their day-to-day life away from home a little more bearable. Our donation is an extension of our commitment to our military family.” Hatlee and the USAWOA aren’t the only ones chipping in for this great cause. The Queensbury-based Nemer car dealerships and radio station Froggy 107.1 are hosting their annual Santa for a Soldier event, which also benefits the OAAS. “It’s our fifth year doing this event,” said on-air personality and promotional director at Froggy Kate Sullivan. “It’s important for us to maintain our community image, be patriotic and be involved in the community.” The radio station is selling care packages for OAAS until December 22, with the Nemer dealerships matching all purchased packages sold up to $10,000. “The deadline to send packages for Christmas is December 9, but people are more generous this time

It’s That Time of Year Again; Time for the 25th Holiday Match! The holiday season has begun, and for residents of New York and Vermont that means one thing: it’s time to empty out your piggy banks at your local Stewart’s Shop. For the 25th year, Stewart’s Shops will be teaming up with their customers to provide funding for local children’s organizations during their annual Holiday Match Program. From Thanksgiving to Christmas, Stewart’s will collect donations from customers and community members in all 328 of their shops, and then match all the individual donations. Last year, Stewart’s matched its customer’s record donation of $640,000, distributing a total of $1.28 million to 1,400 organizations. “Every year our customers have increased their donations to help meet the growing needs of the children’s organizations in their communities, taking advantage of having their contributions matched,” said Stewart’s Foundation President Susan Dake. All the money donated goes to charity; there are no administrative costs. The goal of Holiday Match is to encourage individual giving and broaden the base of support for local charities, and with a Stewart’s Shop on every corner- doing so has never been easier. This holiday season, whether you stop at Stewart’s to refresh or fill-up, drop what you can spare into the Holiday Match Program and support your local community.

of year, so we are hoping to use that generosity the entire month so we can get [the soldiers] through January,” said Sullivan. Package sponsorships range from $12-130 and details on how to purchase a package for OAAS through the Santa for a Soldier event can be found at www.froggy107.com. For a complete list of items needed for care packages or more information on ways to help, visit www.operationadoptasoldier.org/.

Holiday Bicycle Giveaway for Needy Children Saratoga Healthy Transportation Network will hold its annual children’s bike giveaway for needy children on Saturday, December 10. Throughout the year, volunteers refurbish bikes donated by area residents for distribution to individuals or families who lack the means to purchase bikes on their own. In the last five years, hundreds of bicycles have been collected, repaired and distributed to area children, members of the local community and track workers. This year, Cornell Cooperative Extension will also provide helmets and helmet fittings for any child receiving a bicycle. Bicycle distribution is through appointment only. For an appointment to adopt a bike or for more information, call (518) 2658507. Leave your name and phone number, and your call will be returned with an appointment time and the workshop location. Donations for the workshop are also needed. If you have a bike you would like to donate, tools, or a financial contribution, call (518) 265-8507 and arrange a donation drop-off. More information about Saratoga Healthy Transportation Network and its bicycle/pedestrian advocacy efforts can be found at www.healthytransportation.org.

Upcoming Blood Drives Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Women's Club 323 Charlton Rd., Ballston Spa Saturday, December 3, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Warren County Association Saratoga Hospital 211 Church St., Saratoga Springs of Realtors Thursday, December 8, from Crandall Public Library, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 251 Glens St., Glens Falls Monday, December 5, from 1-6 p.m. *Receive a coupon for 6 FREE WINGS at Buffalo Wild Wings


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Community Corner Act With Respect Always founder, Rich Johns, discussed integrity at the November 19 Saratoga Springs Girls Tennis Banquet. Pictured from left to right are assistant coach Kevin Crotty, Jaffa Olson, Jess Cohen, Scotlynne Reider, Bridget Ficaretta, coach Tim O'Brien, Margaret Oppenheim, Keira Walsh and Emily Shaver.

Chuck Latham named Volunteer of the Year at Brookside Museum On Wednesday, November 16, Brookside Museum held a recognition luncheon for the museum’s numerous volunteers. During the event, Charles “Chuck” Latham was honored as the Volunteer of the Year due to his extraordinary commitment to the museum. A plaque commemorating Latham’s service to Brookside is currently on display at the museum.

Thank You! The community wishes to extend a sincere thank you to the numerous volunteers who donated their time and resources last Thursday to make the Ballston Spa Community Dinner a success. An additional thank you goes to the gentlemen of Union Fire Company for hosting the event and for their continued service to the community.

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$2,000 Raised to Fight Breast Cancer The Saratoga Hospital Women’s Imaging Center at Wilton Medical Arts and Sundaes Best Hot Fudge Sauce recently raised $2,000 for the American Cancer Society to help fight breast cancer. Pictured in photo from L to R: Diane Young, RN, breast health nurse navigator at the Saratoga Hospital Women’s Imaging Center at Wilton Medical Arts; Katie Camarro, of Sundaes Best; and Keith Davidson, Adirondack regional director of the American Cancer Society.

It’s a Boy! Peter Cesidio Stephen Bonitatibus was born to Lexie and Peter Bonitatibus on November 11, 2011. He weighed 9 lbs. 3 oz. and was 21 inches long. The maternal grandparents are Shelley and Stephen Riley of Saratoga Springs. The paternal grandparents are Peter and Frances Bonitatibus of Shelton, CT. Peter joins siblings, Lira and Pisa at home. Congratulations to the Bonitatibus family!

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Saratoga Hospital Employee Earns President’s Award Peggy Lounsbury, director of the Regional Therapy Center of Saratoga Hospital, has earned the President’s Award, the highest honor from the New York State Occupational Therapy Association (NYSOTA).The award recognizes Lounsbury’s dedication and outstanding service and contributions to the association at the state and local levels. Lounsbury oversees physical, occupational, and speech therapy services at Saratoga Hospital’s three Regional Therapy Center locations and within the Hospital.

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Seventh Annual Center Crafts Show at the Arts Center SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Seventh Annual Center Crafts Show, an event that attracts hundreds of visitors each year, will take place on Saturday, December 3, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, December 4, from 11 a.m. - 4 p. m. at Saratoga Arts’ Dee Sarno Theater, 320 Broadway in Saratoga Springs. Admission to the show is free. Visitors are encouraged to bring a canned good or food item to be donated to the local food bank. The show features more than 12 exhibitors specializing in handmade fine crafts for purchase and creative gift-giving. Mediums include ceramics, jewelry, wood, wearable and decorative fiber, metalwork, paper arts, glass and photography. The artisans are juried before being invited to display their unique talents. Show organizer and exhibitor Sue Brown Gordon commented, “I am always delighted by the creative energy and enthusiasm that develops at this show. This year is especially strong in the ceramics and wearable art categories. We are fortunate to be supported by our local community of art patrons who annually shop here for their creative holiday gifts.” Throughout the show, children and families can also observe a variety of gingerbread house displays. For more information, visit www.gordon finearts.org or call (518) 893-2633.

Photos provided Jim Brunelle - Raku Vessel on raised pedestal

Nancy Miller - silver earrings

Sue Brown Gordon - Angel Wing Pendant

Parade is Just a Part of First Friday Fun! BALLSTON SPA – In addition to the annual holiday parade, Ballston Spa will be rocking throughout First Friday, December 2, from 6-9 p.m. and getting into the holiday spirit. During and after the parade, many downtown businesses and venues will be providing activities, refreshments and holiday shopping specials to guests. Families are encouraged to stroll from the village’s main street, Milton Avenue (Route 50) to Washington Avenue, Low Street and finish on Front Street to visit with Santa. This community tradition is a holiday highlight to many Ballston Spa residents and visitors. For more information, visit www.ballston.org.


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Seventh Annual Saratoga Restaurant Week Is On! The following is a list of participating restaurants and their phone numbers as of press time. For an updated list with links to menus, visit www.discoversaratoga.org/ restaurantweek.

Both $9.09 lunch and $18.19 Dinner: SARATOGA SPRINGS - Saratoga County’s flavorful extravaganza - the Seventh Annual Saratoga Restaurant Week -begins tonight and continues through Thursday, December 8! This is a seven-day celebration of culinary creativity and craft that is presented by the Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau, in conjunction with restaurant owners and operators in Saratoga County. Saratoga Restaurant Week allows dining patrons an opportunity to enjoy an appetizer or salad, a dinner entrée, and a dessert from a pre-set menu. Participating restaurants will offer meal selections priced at $18.19 plus tax and tip, representing the date that Saratoga was “officially” established by the county. There is also an opportunity to enjoy lunch specials for $9.09 plus tax and tip at select restaurants.

Bookmakers at Holiday Inn (518) 584-4550 Casual dining, sensational food Gaffney's Restaurant (518) 587-7359 Visit www.gaffneysrestaurant.com for Restaurant Week menus. Menu changes daily Irish Times Pub and Restaurant (518) 583-0003 Not open for lunch on Monday or Tuesday Jacob & Anthony's American Grille (518) 871-1600 Purchase a $50 Marrello Restaurant Group gift card and receive a $10 bonus in return Karavalli Regional Cuisine of India (518) 580-1144

Authentic regional Indian cuisine serving lunch and dinner 7 days a week Lillian's Restaurant (518) 587-7766 For more than 30 years, Lillian’s food and ambiance is simply unparalleled Local Pub & Teahouse (518) 587-7256 Unique, authentic pub with a casual atmosphere Maestro's at the Van Dam (518) 580-0312 For every $100 gift card sold receive another $25 card as a bonus Phila Fusion (518) 226-0400 Casual, elegant dining experience serving the finest Asian food Putnam's at Gideon Putnam Resort (518) 226-4719 Fine dining. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner year-round Ravenous (518) 581-0560 Saratoga's only crepe restaurant. Serving Tuesday through Sunday Sushi Thai Garden Restaurant (518) 580-0900 Thai and Japanese cuisine Wheatfields Bistro & Wine Bar (518) 383-4444

Vegetarian, beef, seafood, chicken and signature dishes

Lunch only for $9.09: Hattie's Chicken Shack (518) 226-0000

Dinner only for $18.19: 28 Tables (518) 226-0126 Specialized dishes in a unique and relaxing setting Cantina (518) 587-5577 We serve fresh, delicious Mexican cuisine and festive drinks in our relaxing atmosphere Capriccio Saratoga (518) 587-9463 Authentic Neapolitan cuisine, classic pastas, risottos, wood-fired pizzas, antipasti Chianti Il Ristorante (518) 580-0025 For every $50 in gift cards purchased, get a $25 holiday bonus card to use in January Circus Cafe (518) 583-1106 Open 7 Days Fifty South (518) 884-2926 Breakfast, lunch, dinner specials, twisted tapas, private parties Forno Bistro (518) 581-2401 For every $50 in gift cards purchased, get a $25 holiday bonus card to use in January Fortunes at The Saratoga Casino and Raceway (518) 584-2110 Experience fine dining with a panoramic view and racing at its best Hattie's Restaurant (518) 584-4790 Authentic Southern and Louisiana cuisine since 1938 Horseshoe Inn Bar & Grill (518) 587-4909 Ribs, seafood, pasta, daily dinner specials and live music Limoncello Ristorante (518) 580-8700 A little sip of Italian summer Longfellows Restaurant (518)587-0108 Hand-cut steaks, lobster, slow roasted prime rib and homemade desserts Max London's Restaurant & Bar (518) 587-3535 Relaxed but upscale eatery Mine Bar and Nightclub/Restaurant (518) 871-1430 Purchase a gift certificate for $50 and receive an extra $10. Restaurant Week

attendees receive a coupon for a return visit Mouzon House (518) 226-0014 True French Quarter cuisine, extensive wine list Nove Italian Restaurant (518) 583-8877 Saratoga’s newest fine dining restaurant specializing in Italian dishes Olde Bryan Inn (518) 587-2990 One of Saratoga’s most historic buildings. Salads, sandwiches, light and hearty dining One Caroline Street Bistro (518) 587-2026 An intimate little bistro with fabulous food. Live music nightly Pasta Pane (518) 371-5762 For every $50 in gift cards purchased, get a $25 holiday bonus card to use in January Prime at Saratoga National (518) 583-4653 Angelo Mazzone invites you to experience his latest creation in elegant dining Primo's at The Inn at Saratoga (518) 583-1890 Victorian appointed casual, fine dining with lounge Scallions Restaurant (518) 584-0192 Unique, fresh, healthy, homemade fare. Tempting soups, salads, panini and desserts Sperry's (518) 584-9618 Open seven days for dinner. Weekend brunch 11a.m. – 2 p.m The Springs -formerly Union Grille (518) 682-2797 Inside The Saratoga Hilton. Steaks, seafood and chicken The Wine Bar (518) 584-8777 Eclectic American food with a focus on fresh ingredients The Wishing Well Restaurant (518) 584-7640 Continuing a tradition of outstanding cuisine and genial hospitality. Entertainment in the piano bar Tiznow (518) 226-0655 Open every night for Restaurant Week Turf Club (518) 584-5051 Located across from Saratoga’s famed flat track, daily specials and a full bar Wheatfields Restaurant & Bar (518) 587-0534 Serving fresh pasta and fine wine since 1988


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-Exhibition showcases leading photographers Photograph by Nancie Battaglia

Nighttime Photograph by Mark Bowie OLD FORGE – It’s truly worth a small day trip to get a view of the unique artistic and breathtaking perspectives of the Adirondack region from the lenses of its most influential photographers. The View Gallery, 3273 State Rt. 28 in Old Forge, has put together a “dream team” in its forthcoming exhibition “Adirondack View Finders.” Long-time prominent photographers including Carl Heilman, Nathan Farb, Mark Bowie and Nancie Battaglia are featured, along with a number of newer artists whose work is especially poignant and promising, including Johnathan A. Esper, Lesley Dixion, and Clark Lubbs. An opening reception will be held on Friday, December 2, from 5-7 p.m. The exhibit will run through March 3, 2012. The photographs show a stunning assortment of different perspectives of the Adirondacks. They are displayed on large-format prints where viewers can practically smell the pines, walk alongside hikers as they jubilantly reach summits and view wildlife at the moment they take flight. Scenic views include mystifying reflections on calm lakes, fires roaring and time-lapsed stars streaking across the sky. Photographer Mark Bowie will give a presentation about nighttime photography, “Night Over the North Country,” on Saturday, December 3, at 11 a.m. His presentation will give a view of the metaphors that he creates with the passage of time and the seasons, as well as a look at the unimaginable beauty that he is able to capture in an Adirondack night. Exhibition admission is $10, $5 for members and groups of 6 or more, children 12 and younger are free. To learn more about View programming, including an upcoming workshop with Carl Heilman, visit www.ViewArts.org or call (315) 369-6411. Nighttime Photograph by Mark Bowie

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HMT Presents “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” to Welcome the Holidays SARATOGA SPRINGS - Home Made Theatre (HMT) will bring in the holidays with special presentations of “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (LWW).” This show is suitable for the whole family, and will be performed on weekends beginning December 9, at the Spa Little Theater in the Saratoga Spa State Park. LWW is a dramatization of the first book of C.S. Lewis’ classic series “The Chronicles of Narnia,” a series of seven fantasy novels which were written between 1949 and 1954. In addition to being regarded as a treasure of children’s literature that has been translated into 47 languages, Time Magazine named it to a list of “100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005.” The story begins in 1940 during World War II, when four siblings-Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy Pevensie--are evacuated from London to escape the Blitz. They are sent to live with Professor Digory Kirke, who lives in a house in the English countryside. While the four children are exploring the house, Lucy looks into a wardrobe and discovers a doorway to a magical world named Narnia. How the children become royalty and the characters they

encounter along the way, are details which every family should have the joy of experiencing together! The cast of LWW, an ensemble of 27 local thespians, includes Max Beyer, Courtney Butler, Martha Mastrianni, Grace Mastrianni, Lucy Mastrianni, Byron Turner, Peter Bailey, Mike Barry, Samantha Buntich, Austen Halpern-Graser, Kasey Kenyon, Nicholas Marine, Michael Pumiglia, Rachel Rochet, William Sanderson and Gabrielle Vuillaume. Notably making her stage debut is Emily Mastrianni,

who is the mother of “veterans” Martha, Grace and Lucy, as the White Witch. General admission tickets for LWW are $18 for adults and $12 for children age 12 and under. Performances are on Fridays, December 9 and 16 at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays, December 10 and 17, and Sundays, December 11 and 18, at 1 p.m. An additional performance is on Saturday, December 17, at 4:30 p.m. For reservations, call (518) 587-4427. Visit www.homemadetheater.org for more information.

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LAKE PLACID – If Thursday’s Victorian Streetwalk put you in the holiday spirit, you can extend your joy by attending the village of Lake Placid’s third annual Holiday Village Stroll on December 9-11. The weekend provides a festive occasion that welcomes the holiday season in a destination known for its majestic mountain setting and international appeal. From children’s activities and special events to nightlife, shopping, dining specials and entertainment options, the weekend’s festivities have been designed with families, singles and couples in mind. Highlights of the weekend include: • A free skating party (with free skate rentals) at the Lake Placid Olympic Center. • Santa’s arrival by fire truck on Main Street. • Free holiday story time, crafts and gingerbread house building. • Breakfast with Santa at participating restaurants. • Free wine tastings, gift wrapping and local store promotions. • Tree lighting in the village’s lakeside park with the Lake Placid school chorus and the lighting of the Yule log. • A special regional performance of “Mr. Punch’s Christmas Carol” at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. • Free matinee showing of “The Polar Express” at the nostalgic Palace Theatre New this year, the weekend will feature a Jingle Bell Charity Run and a Yule log hunt. In addition to strolling carolers, there will be music and food tastings on Main Street. The many specialty shops and gourmet restaurants will offer special events and savings throughout the weekend to enhance the Lake Placid winter vacation experience.

Call for Telethon Auditions Photo Provided White Witch Emily Mastianni and Aslan the Lion Byron Turner

ALBANY – The Center for Disability Services is inviting Capital Region solo artists, choral groups and dance troupes to audition and showcase their talents at their 52nd telethon. Open auditions are on Sunday, December 11, from noon - 4 p.m., at the center’s main site, 314 South Manning Boulevard, Albany. Enter at the front of the building, door number 7. Performers may audition one piece with a threeminute limit. Call (518) 944-2120 or email solini@cfdsny.org to schedule an audition. Those selected through the audition process will perform during the telethon, which is broadcasted live on FOX23 from the Holiday Inn Albany on Wolf Road. The 52nd Center for Disability Services Telethon will be held on January 29, 2012. The telethon is the largest fundraiser for the Center for the Disability Services, a not-for-profit organization which has been known for 69 years as the place “where people get better at life.” The center’s mission is to enable and empower people, primarily those with disabilities, to lead healthy and enriched lives. They provide a complete array of services, including medical and transportation, to 15,000 consumers and their families in the region each year. For more information, visit www.cfdsny.org.


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Rocky Velvet Returns ALBANY – Rockabilly masters and local legends Rocky Velvet will reunite to perform for one night only at Pauly's Hotel, 338 Central Avenue in Albany. The show is on Friday, December 2 at 10 p.m. with an $8 cover charge. Rocky Velvet disbanded in early 2009, as band members went on to other projects including playing with Wanda Jackson, Robert Gordon, Commander Cody and Eddie Angel. The group formed in Cropseyville in 1996 as young men just out of high school. Over the years, they cultivated a reputation as one of the area’s, and America’s, most celebrated roots rock and roll bands, for their ability to tap into the spirit of Sun Records and the ghosts of dusty 50s roadhouses. Rocky Velvet dazzled audiences at clubs and festivals from Seattle to Boston and was crowned the Capital Region's "Best Band" by Metroland magazine. Their only full-length CD release, "It Came From Cropseyville," received rave reviews all over the world.


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SPORTS Community Sports Bulletin Friday, December 2, 2011

Girls’ Basketball Schedule

Boys’ Basketball Schedule

Ballston Spa

Ballston Spa

12/06: at Shaker, 7 p.m. 12/09: vs. Niskayuna, 7 p.m. 12/13: at Shenendehowa, 7 p.m.

SARATOGA SPRINGS - Skidmore College's Terron Victoria and Jordyn Wartts were recognized by the Liberty League for their performances during the past week. In men's basketball, Victoria earned Performer of the Week honors after leading a balanced attack in the Thoroughbreds' 91-57 victory over Southern Vermont. He led Skidmore with 14 points to go along with six rebounds, five assists and two steals. Men's basketball is off to a 2-0 start. In women's basketball, Wartts earned Performer of the Week after helping the Thoroughbreds remain perfect with a 42-29 win at Hamilton. She scored 10 points, while recording six rebounds and three steals. Skidmore is 4-0 and returns to action on December 7, when they host Williams at 7 p.m.

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12/06: vs. Shaker, 7 p.m. 12/13: vs. Shenendehowa, 7 p.m.

Burnt Hills

Burnt Hills

12/06: at Saratoga Springs, 7 p.m. 12/16: vs. Bethlehem, 7 p.m.

12/06: vs. Saratoga Springs, 7 p.m. 12/16: at Bethlehem, 7 p.m.

Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Springs

11/28: vs. Schenectady, 45-32 W 12/06: vs. Burnt Hills, 7 p.m. 12/09: vs. Shenendehowa, 7 p.m.

12/02: vs. Glens Falls, 8:45 p.m. 12/06: at Burnt Hills, 7 p.m. 12/09: at Shenendehowa, 7 p.m.

Schuylerville

Schuylerville

12/07: vs. Hudson Falls, 7:30 p.m. 12/09: at Hoosick Falls, 7:30 p.m. 12/16: at Greenwich, 6 p.m.

11/29: at Cohoes, 52-54 L 12/09: vs. Hoosick Falls, 7:30 p.m. 12/16: at Greenwich, 6 p.m.

South Glens Falls

South Glens Falls

12/13: at Glens Falls, 7 p.m. 12/29: vs. Indian River, 7:30 p.m.

12/08: at Green Tech, 7 p.m. 12/12: vs. Glens Falls, 7:30 p.m. 12/15: vs. Scotia, 7 p.m.

First Night Saratoga 5K Run SARATOGA SPRINGS - The 14th annual First Night Saratoga 5K Run, presented by the Saratoga Arts, will be held on Saturday, December 31, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. The run is limited to the first 1,500 registrants. There is no day of race registration. The race has sold out for the past 10 years. A chip computerized scoring system will be used. 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 female finishers as well as the top three male and female finishers in five-year age categories. All finishers will receive a First Night commemorative medal. After November 25, registration is $30. There will be refreshments following the race. Showers and restrooms will be available for use in the athletic complex. Save time by registering online, or download an application and map at www.saratoga-arts.org. There is no additional fee for registering online. For further information contact Saratoga Arts at (518) 584-4132 x 207.

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

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Compassion is Essential

Damian Fantauzzi I could never understand the reasoning behind the philosophy of beating a team to the point of humiliation. There was a story online about a middle school basketball team from Kentucky, supposedly the best middle school team in the country, beating an opponent 100 to 2. (I question how middle schools are ranked nationally?) I watched a short video of the 12-14-year-old boys, who made up the roster for the nation's number one team. They were good, and up by at least 30 points as they pressed full court against an athletically inferior group of boys from a rival school. What is the need for this type of play, and what does it accomplish? One thing it does create is ill feelings between schools. These negative feelings will not fade away, and the scars of revenge will magnify for the opponents. As the girls' varsity basketball coach at Saratoga a few years ago, we were playing against Albany High School and they were pressing us for three quarters and ahead by 33 points. In the fourth quarter they came out with the same defense, a press. I was in disbelief and walked halfway across the sideline to express my discontent to the coach. "Why are you still pressing us?" I asked. She immediately took the press off and Albany beat us by 27 points. There was no yelling on my part at my players, as it would serve no purpose (they were intimidated and lacked confidence in themselves). I didn't need to compound their frustration because of my disappointment. But a few weeks later we played Albany again and, yes, we upset them by 12 points. There was a feeling of achievement and joy in the demeanor of my players because of what they had just

accomplished! Motivation is an excellent tool in athletics, and as a coach I would try to find the nerve that could be the fuse to ignite my players' psychological emotions. There has to be a certain level of enthusiasm and feeling of excitement in a coach's approach without going over the edge and overpsyching his players, which could drain their emotional energy. Sometimes it would be a previous game, like the one I just mentioned, or a newspaper article that would arouse emotion for the preparation of a game. In another circumstance a few years ago, I was the boys' basketball coach at Saratoga, where my team was ahead by a lot of points. I did not press and every player had plenty of playing time. We were playing Glens Falls, one of our old Foothills rivals, and with one minute left, we were winning 98 to 61. We were playing at home and the crowd wanted us to go for the jugular and break the century mark against our longtime rival. I called a time out and expressed to the team that we were not going to score another point, with 55 seconds left to go. We went into our four corners offense, the stall offense, to run the time off the clock without a scoring attempt

by anyone. The final score, much to the home crowd's displeasure, was 98 to 61. After the game, I spoke with my team about what it means to respect your opponent. The score, as it stood, was humiliating enough, and we didn't need to pour salt into their open wound. I made sure they understood that we could have been on the other side of that game, and it was important that they knew how those kids and coaches felt! As a coach and former player, I feel that there are no winners when a team commits the woeful act of burying the opposition by an overwhelming score. There has to be compassion by the winners and appreciation of that compassion by the losers. In the past, I have thanked opposing coaches for their compassion toward my teams and on the other hand, have received words of gratitude from coaches after being on the other side of the coin. At the lower levels, I am of the opinion that it is imperative for coaches to have compassion for the younger players. Don't turn kids off on either end of the spectrum of winning and losing. There is an old saying about winning in sports: "One point is as good as 100!"

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Damian Fantauzzi works the sidelines during his tenure as coach of the Saratoga Springs Girls’ Basketball Team.

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Racetrack Doctor Manuel Gilman Dies at 91 ZONE PARK - Dr. Manuel Alan Gilman, an industry leader who was the chief examining veterinarian at New York racetracks for 32 years and later served as the Jockey Club steward at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park, and Saratoga Race Course, died November 25, 2011. He was 91. A native of Queens, NY, and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania veterinary school, Gilman began working in the horse identification department at the New York tracks in 1945 after serving in the U.S. Army during World War II. He became chief examining veterinarian in 1950, a position he held until 1982, during which time he developed the way racehorses are currently "fingerprinted" by using the unique horny growths on the inside of horses' legs called chestnuts, as well as pioneering the extensive pre-race examination for every horse that is now widespread in the industry. "The pre-race examinations and horse identification, as well as his development of programs for racing officials are all big components of his legacy," said Dr. W. Theodore Hill, who was hired by Gilman as an examin-

ing veterinarian in 1977 and who currently serves as the Jockey Club steward at the NYRA tracks. "The pre-race examination now is a big component of horse welfare and safety, and you hear a lot about it, but back in the 1960s and 1970s, virtually no one else besides Dr. Gilman was doing it. He was well before his time in establishing those standards." After leaving NYRA, Gilman became general manager of Harbor View Farm, and two years later became director of the Jockey Club. He served as the Jockey Club steward at NYRA from 1986-1991, when he was awarded the Jockey Club Gold Medal for his contributions to the industry. "He loved his job, he loved horses, and he loved the racing industry," said Gilman's son, Charles, an attorney with the Manhattan Law Firm of Cahill, Gordon and Reindel. "He examined tens of thousands of horses during his career, and he always said the most perfectly conformed horse of all the champions he ever examined was Buckpasser. He also said the biggest, strongest and most imposing champion he saw was Forego."


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Spartans Stumble in Saratoga Girls Score Opening Day Win State Title Bid by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY BURNT HILLS - At the close of the first half, it seemed as though the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Spartans were on the cusp of winning their very first Class-A state title at the Syracuse Carrier Dome. Up 20-7, the Spartans controlled the pace against MaineEndwell, limiting the number 1 ranked team to only 78 yards on offense while racking up 289yards in gains themselves. Appearing in their third state title game since 2008, the Spartans seemed poised to bring back the school's first championship with only 24 minutes of play left ahead of them. But 24 minutes proved to be more than the Spartans could withstand. After a stellar postseason run, the Spartans' hopes for a state title slipped from the team's grasp as Maine-Endwell rallied in the second half to snag a 27-20 championship win. Holding the Spartans scoreless in the second half, Maine-Endwell's Nick Sorrenti ran in once for a touchdown in the third quarter and twice more in the fourth to end the Spartan's title bid. With the roles reversed, Maine-Endwell held Burnt HillsBallston Lake to just 43 yards on offense in the second half, while racking up 207 yards of their own in route to victory.

While it was Maine-Endwell who scored first on their opening drive in the first quarter, BurntHills was quick to answer. Eric Dillon scored first for Burnt HillsBallston Lake, converting a fouryard pass from quarterback Ryan McDonnell into a touchdown. In the second quarter, Daniel Porter skirted down the right sideline for 81 yards, scoring the touchdown to give the Spartans a 13-7 lead. Tom Ruppel scored the last touchdown of the half for the Spartans off a three yard pass from McDonnell, giving his team the 20-7 edge. But strong adjustments made during the half by Maine-Endwell changed the game entirely as play resumed. After closing the gap to 20-14 in the third quarter, MaineEndwell took their first lead of the game in the fourth, a 65-yard drive that ended in a 21-20 advantage. Maine-Endwell scored once more with 43 seconds left in the game to take a 27-20 lead. With time still on the clock, the Spartans tried to rally one final time to regain control, but a first down sack and a series of incomplete passes brought their postseason to a close. It may be the end for the Spartans this season, but with many players set to return next year, good money says this isn't the last you'll see of the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Spartans.

by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - If defense is truly the best offense, then the Saratoga Springs girls’ basketball team may be in for one heck of a season. The Streaks opened their season Monday, November 28 against the Schenectady Patriots, forcing 17 turnovers and stifling any offensive output or momentum, scoring 45 points against Schenectady's 32 to start the year with a bang. But defense wasn't the only thing swinging for the Streaks Monday night. Led by senior co-captain Heather Lewis, Saratoga unleashed shots from all angles of the court, with Lewis herself scoring a gamehigh 12 points. Saratoga's Emily Petruccione netted 10 points, with co-captain Michaela Bertrand pitching in with 9. Only Javasha White for Schenectady could come close to Saratoga's top scorers, sinking four baskets and a free throw for 9 points. After a tight first quarter left Saratoga up 11-10, the Streaks' defense really began to shine in the second. The girls smothered Schenectady at every turn, forcing more turnovers and several shot-clock violations to keep the Patriots from scoring another basket before the half. Meanwhile, Saratoga racked up 11 additional points on offense, widening their lead to a comfortable 22-10 margin. The win is what many hope will be a turning point for the Streaks team, who struggled last season to finish with a 414 record. With Colleen

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Top: Saratoga’s Heather Lewis works her way in from beyond the arc. Bottom: Saratoga launches the ball over the outstretched arms of Schenectady defenders. Belanger in her second year as head coach, the win is undoubtedly a confidence builder as they head into their first league matchup of the season next

Tuesday. Saratoga will return to action December 6, when they will host the Burnt Hills Spartans beginning at 7 p.m.


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Streaks Subdue Shaker Despite Sudden Change in Coaching Staff by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS Despite the sudden exit by head coach Mike Ricupero and assistant coach Jeff Harrington early in the Streak's season, the Saratoga boys' hockey team skated its way to a second-straight victory Wednesday night against Colonie-Shaker, outscoring their opponent 5-2 to take home the 'W'. Saratoga struck less than a minute into the first period on a goal by Nick Winters, assisted by Alex Luse, to draw first blood. The early score would set the tone for the rest of the night, allowing the Streaks to buckle down and focus on the game in front of them amidst the coaching controversy that has unfolded over the last week. On November 22, after leading the Streaks for three seasons to a 57-16-4 record and two state final games, head coach Mike Ricupero handed in his request for a leave of absence, vacating the top spot just days before the first game of the season. Assistant coach Jeff Harrington filed his notice just a few days later, stepping down from his role after the first game on November 25. Both men cited "personal reasons" for their withdrawal.

"Both Mike and Jeff stepped down from the position for personal reasons," said Saratoga Athletic Director Peter Sheehan, "but I told both [men] that they are welcome back should they wish to return to the program." Interim coaches Dave Torres and Tim Grande have filled the coaching positions as the district begins the search for full-time replacements. The sudden exit of the muchbeloved and successful coaches has raised many questions surrounding their unexpected departure, with few people stepping forward to state on the record why the abrupt staffing change occurred. But examining events just prior to the resignation of Ricupero and Harrington may shed some light on the situation. After holding tryouts for the team before the start of the season, Ricupero and Harrington seemed to have settled on the team's makeup for the year. But with only days to go before the first game, many were surprised when the coaches seemed prompted to hold a second round of late tryouts. Following the reinstatement of four players who had not previously made the cut, Ricupero handed in his notice, followed shortly by Harrington. In spite of the swirling spat of confusion at the top spot, the Saratoga team has managed to

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Saratoga’s Devin Smith navigates the Shaker defense during Wednesday night’s victory at the Weibel Ave. ice rink.

stay on point through their first two games. The Streaks dominated Guilderland during their first game of the season November 25, scoring a 10-2 victory to get things started. Saratoga picked up right where they left off Wednesday night, pushed to victory thanks to scoring efforts from Winters (who registered a three-goal hat trick for the evening), Luse and Brendon Wormley. After Saratoga lead 2-1 at the close of the first period, Shaker struck back early in the second to tie the game. But the Streaks defense managed to shut down a Shaker surge, keeping the team scoreless for the rest of the night. Winters scored his third goal shortly thereafter in the second, with Luse and Wormley each adding one as the game progressed for insurance. Saratoga returns to the ice tonight, Friday, December 2. The team will faceoff against Monroe-Woodbury High School at the Weibel Ave. Ice rink beginning at 6:45 p.m.

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Coaches Dave Torres and Tim Grande watch from the Saratoga bench after former coaches Mike Ricupero and Jeff Harrington stepped down suddenly at the start of the season.


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