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Volunteer Veterans Need Your Help by Barb Cook Saratoga TODAY SCHUYLERVILLE – Area veterans who are laid to rest at the Gerald B.H. Solomon National Cemetery are given more than a simple burial. Each honorably discharged veteran is given a military burial service by the honor guard, at no charge to the family. The service includes folding and presentation of the flag, a rifle salute and the playing of Taps, a tradition the all-volunteer group relies on donations to perform.

The Saratoga National Cemetery Honor Guard is one of only five nonmilitary honor guard units in the entire nation. “It’s a very proud organization,” said trustee Martin Volin. “It’s completely veterans and completely nonprofit and all volunteer.”

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$140,000 Available for Local Businesses by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - Only a small group of local businesses have benefited from the Revolving Loan Fund, a city program that provides low-interest loans in exchange for job creation. "This funding is available for businesses in our community that are in need," said Mayor Scott Johnson. "We presently have between $125,000 and $140,000 available for lending." The City of Saratoga Springs Revolving Loan

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Fund has helped fund 15 projects since it was established in the mid 1990s through a federal community block grant. Since 2000, those projects have created 55 new jobs. "It was established to assist small businesses and enterprises that would create new full-time jobs for persons, predominately, of low and moderate income," said Bradley Birge, administrator of the city's planning and economic development office.

SARATOGA COUNTY - Ten years after welcoming 9/11 first responders to Saratoga Springs for an all-inclusive weekend of fun and relaxation, the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce and Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau announced Monday,

December 12, a similar respite program for New York State National Guard members who have deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan. News of the respite program, which will welcome over 160 soldiers to the region for what the chamber hopes will be an allexpenses paid and custom-tailored

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Saratoga Springs Student Art Show SARATOGA SPRINGS Students at the Saratoga Springs City School District displayed their art Wednesday, December 7, during the district wide art show. Pictured at the top, RJ Robenstein III holds his handmade mask during the gallery reception. Pictured at the bottom, Shawn Irish points to his work as it hangs on the gallery wall. - photos by MarkBolles.com


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Michael P. Brymer, 38, of 13 Mountain View Dr., South Glens Falls, pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree grand larceny, a class-D felony. Bymer was arrested July 13 in Moreau and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing February 2. Connor Phelps, 19, of 1979 Hermance Rd., Galway, pleaded guilty to a charge of seconddegree criminal sexual act, a class-D violent felony. Phelps was arrested June 9 in Galway for an incident that occurred June 6 and was sentenced to two years in New York State Prison and five years post release supervision. Mark J. Leis, 34, of 36 Everson Way, Ballston Spa, was resentenced December 12 by Judge Jerry J. Scarano to one year in Saratoga County Jail with credit for time served and probation terminated. Leis was originally convicted February 3, 2009, of thirddegree burglary and May 19, 2009, of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs for which he had been sentenced to time served, five years of probation and drug treatment court for the burglary offense and an additional three years of probation for the

unlawful operation of a motor vehicle. Michael D. Matuszczak, 44, of 480 Walter Maxfield Rd., Hadley, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. Matuszczak was arrested September 5 in Hadley and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing February 2. Matthew R. Healy, 25, of 101 State St., Apt. #1, Saratoga Springs, pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, a class-D felony. Healy was arrested February 24 in Malta for an incident that occurred February 21 and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing February 2. Kane C. Bachand, 27, of 39 Leicester St., N., Oxford, MA, pleaded guilty to a charge of thirddegree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class-C felony. Bachand was arrested July 19 in Saratoga Springs and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing February 27. Kevin Raphael, 33, of 60 Henry St., Saratoga Springs, pleaded guilty to a charge of fifth-

degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class-D felony. Raphael was arrested July 20 in Saratoga Springs and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing February 2. Allison Fisher, 38, of 51 Spier Falls Rd., Gansevoort, was resentenced December 2 by Judge Jerry J. Scarano to nine months in Saratoga County Jail with probation terminated. Fisher was originally convicted July 11 of firstdegree criminal nuisance, a classE felony for which she had been sentenced to five years of probation. Randy A. Manhey, 39, of 145 County Rte. 69, Schuylerville, pleaded guilty to a charge of thirddegree criminal possession of marijuana, a class-E felony. Manhey was arrested June 8 in the town of Saratoga and was sentenced to 10 weekends in Saratoga County Jail and restitution.

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Jose A. Cruz, 39, of 22 Lincoln Ave., Apt. C2, Saratoga Springs, pleaded guilty to a charge of thirddegree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class-C felony. Cruz was arrested November 7 in Saratoga Springs and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing February 2.

Rt. 50, Gansevoort, pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree forgery, a class-D felony. Cristaldi was arrested April 26 in Saratoga Springs for incidents that occurred February-June 2010 and was sentenced to one and one third to four years in state prison and restitution.

Enrique O. Dejesus, aka "Richard Day," 35, of 38 Tyler Dr., Saratoga Springs, pleaded guilty to a charge of fourth-degree grand larceny. Dejesus was arrested in Saratoga Springs and was sentenced to time served, five years of probation and restitution.

John Bopp, 55, of 13 Morrison Ave., Troy, pleaded guilty to a charge of first-degree sexual abuse, a class-D felony. Bopp was arrested February 18, 2010, in Halfmoon for incidents that occurred from January 8-February 18, 2010, and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing January 27.

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WEEK IN REVIEW

County Adopts 2012 Budget Brookside Museum and Saratoga SARATOGA COUNTY - A $308.3 million budget for Saratoga County was approved by the Board of Supervisors Wednesday, December 14 by a 21-2 vote for the coming year. A total of $883,000 was cut from the budget just before its adoption, which found savings in the county’s health insurance plan and in the defunding of several vacant positions in various departments. The budget includes a 3.5 percent hike in property taxes - the first time property tax has been raised since 2003. The increase will translate to an average $16 increase for homeowners, and will generate approximately $1.7 million in additional revenue. Other last minute changes included the refunding of several outside organizations, including partial restorations to Saratoga Arts,

County Fair. Reimbursements to Medicare Part B for retired employees was also restored.

Sgt. Catone Promoted to Lieutenant SARATOGA SPRINGS Sergeant John Catone, a 24-year veteran of the Saratoga Springs Police Department, is being promoted to the position of Lieutenant, effective Saturday, December 17, according to Commissioner Richard Wirth in a written statement. Sgt. Catone began his career as a patrol officer on the midnight shift until he was promoted to Investigator in October of 1999. As an investigator, he worked with the Juvenile Aid Unit and Criminal Investigations Unit until his promotion to Sergeant in 2006. “Sgt. Catone has shown time and time again that he possesses outstanding organizational, personal

and leadership skills that are necessary to carry out the duties of Lieutenant, especially within the Investigations Division,” said Wirth. Sgt. Catone will take command of the Criminal/Special Investigations Unit, following the promotion of Lt. Veitch to Assistant Chief.

Malta Medical Facility Seeks Tax Breaks MALTA - A new medical facility being built at the former Bondlyn horse farm in Malta by Saratoga Hospital and Albany Medical Center is seeking approximately $780,000 in tax breaks for their ambulatory care facility. Representatives for the $15 million care center, which is slated to break ground early next year, are asking the Saratoga County Industrial Development Agency to waive $780,000 in mortgage and sales taxes. A formal request will be made at the Malta Town Hall January 9, 2012, at 8 a.m. The new ambulatory care facility was designated for Malta after the partnering Saratoga Hospital and Albany Medical Center conducted numerous studies, which determined that the demographics found in Malta and the surrounding region would best be served by such a facility.

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Ballston Spa Teacher Charged with Possession of Child Pornography BALLSTON SPA - Timothy Brehmer, 35, of Broadalbin, was charged with possessing child pornography Tuesday, December 6. Brehmer, a music teacher at Wood Road Elementary School and Milton Terrace North and South Elementary Schools with the Ballston Spa Central School District, is expected to return to court Tuesday, December 27 for a preliminary hearing. Brehmer, who has taught with the district for 12 years, was immediately suspended without pay after the district was notified of the charges. According to a written statement from Superintendent Joseph P. Dragone on the district website, the district is collaborating with federal authorities as the investigation continues. Dragone also stressed that, although the investigation is ongoing, federal authorities have assured the school that there is no evidence of wrongdoing connected with any Ballston Spa students. The matter is being investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a department of Homeland Security that works to track child pornography. Elementary school concerts scheduled for early and mid January

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are still set to occur as previously scheduled under the direction of another staff member with the high school music department.

Capital Region Economic Development Council Awarded $62.7 Million Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday, December 8, that the Capital Region Economic Development Council (CREDC) will receive $62.7 million in state funding to help create jobs and boost the local economy. CREDC is one of 10 economic development councils across the state that competed for state funding. Four councils, representing Central New York, the North Country (including the Adirondacks), Western New York and Long Island were named the top winners of the competition, with each agency slated to receive over $100 million in funding. A total of $785 million was divided up between the 10 regions. In Saratoga County, 12 companies and projects were awarded funding for their proposals, totaling up to $3.8 million. Amkor Technologies, a spinoff company from GlobalFoundries, is slated to receive $1.5 million in funding, the largest amount in the county. Specialty Silicone Products will receive $158,900 to renovate its plant in Ballston; Saratoga County received $300,000 for bridge repairs between Saratoga and Washington Counties; and $200,000 will go to the city of Mechanicville to support a small business grant program. The rest of the funding will be split up between the remaining Saratoga County projects and other proposals scattered throughout the Capital Region.


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Margaret A. Bracken Middle Grove, NY – Margaret A. Bracken, 49, passed away Tuesday, December 6, 2011. Born November 30, 1962, in Saratoga Springs, Margaret was the daughter of Arleen Roxbury Bracken and the late Edmund Bracken. In addition to her mother, Margaret is survived by her children, Joseph Hastings, Jacqueline (Robert) Brownell and Jessica Brownell; grandchildren, Taylor Smith, Matthew and Bradley Baker; brother, Edmund T. (Rebecca) Bracken; several aunts, uncles,

nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. Donations may be made to American Cancer Society, 260 Osborne Road, Loudonville, NY 12211. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Home, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY, (518) 5845373. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneralhome.com.

Betty B. MacMonagle Saratoga Springs, NY Betty B. MacMonagle, 90, died Friday, December 9, 2011. Born October 19, 1921, in Akron, OH, she was the daughter of the late George and Margaret (French) Brunner. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Col. William D. MacMonagle and son, Michael F. MacMonagle. Survivors include her children, Peter, Patrick (Gerri) MacMonagle and Molly (Larry) Rentak; daughterin-law, Hope Baca MacMonagle; and grandchildren, Gabriel, Toni, Laura, William and Amanda; greatgrandchildren, Ricky, Gavin, Abby, Riley, Leni, Lorenzo and Mikey; brother, George Brunner; and sever-

al nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday at St. Clement's Church, 231 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs. Burial will be in the family plot at St. Peter's Cemetery, West Ave., Saratoga Springs. Memorials may be made in Betty’s name to any charity that benefits animals. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Home, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY, (518) 5845373. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneralhome.com.

Raymond A. Fitzgerald, Jr. (Beaver) Saratoga Springs, NY – Raymond A. Fitzgerald, Jr. (Beaver), 56, passed away peacefully Wednesday, December 7, 2011. Born October 3, 1955, in Saratoga Springs, he was the son of the late Raymond A. and Rosemarie Rocco Fitzgerald. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his life-long partner, Michelle Bailey. Survivors include his daughter, Meghann Fitzgerald; brothers, Francis Michael and Guy Fitzgerald; sister, Patricia Decker; grandchildren, Ray and Davonte Bardo and

Chance Fitzgerald; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Saturday, December 10, 2011, in the Church of St. Peter, 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Home, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY, (518) 5845373. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneralhome.com.

Eileen “Jane”Vaughan Doyle Saratoga Springs, NY - Eileen “Jane” Vaughan Doyle, 76, passed Wednesday, December 7, 2011. Born in Troy, NY, Jane was the daughter of the late Albert and Irene Kilburn Vaughan. In addition to her parents, Jane is predeceased by her brothers, Albert, John and William Vaughan. Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Robert James Doyle; children, Patrick (Melissa), Maureen (Adriane), Andrew (Nancy), Collen (David) Henry, Kathleen (Michael) Hockford, Anne Marie (Jay) Kicinski; grandchildren, Ronan, Jameson, Colin and Maggie Doyle, Robert and Morgan Henry, Shannon and Erin Hockford and Lauren Kicinski; sisters, Paula (Richard)

DeWeese and Patricia (Mike) Ginac; as well as many nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Saturday, December 10, 2011. Burial will be in the family plot at St Peter’s Cemetery, West Ave. In lieu of flowers donation may be made to Shriners for Children Hospital, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Home, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY, (518) 5845373. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneralhome.com.

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Eleanor Leone Cannell Moyer Saratoga Springs, NY Eleanor Leone Cannell Moyer, 85, passed away December 7, 2011. Born February 3, 1926, in Malden, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of the late Jackson and Irene Cannell. In addition to her husband and parents, Eleanor was predeceased by sisters, Nancy and Betty and their brother, Jackson. Eleanor is survived by her seven children and their families, Kim, Scott and Carly Dellis; Jack and Susan Moyer; Andrea and Tom Green; Irene Powell; Linda and Don Bowden; Patricia and Harold Grace; and David and Deborah Moyer. A memorial celebration of Eleanor’s life will be held Sunday, December 18, 2011, at the Saratoga

Springs United Methodist Church, Henning Road, with a reception to follow. Burial will be private in the family plot at Greenridge Cemetery, Lincoln Ave., Saratoga Springs. Donations may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 26 Broadway, 14th Floor, NYC, NY 10004. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Home, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY, (518) 5845373. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneralhome.com.

Anne Lillian Jewell Saratoga Springs, NY- Anne Lillian Jewell passed away Thursday December 1, 2011. She was the daughter of the late Reginald and Dorothy Minerly Sawyer. She is survived by her loving son, Edward (René) Jewell; adopted son, Edward (Lois) Fink; nephew, Mark (Dorianne) Cameron; nieces, Susan (Michael) Palmatier, Jeanne (Michael)

Thomas, Theresa Larson and Kristina Alden; nephews, Kenny (Amanda) Larson, Edward Fink Jr. and Eric Larsen; and 15 greatgrand nieces and nephews. A memorial Service was held December 10, 2011, at the Greenfield Baptist Church. Donations can be made in Anne’s name to the Maple Avenue Fire Department for the Christmas for Kids Drive.

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Interim Principal Appointed to Replace Geyser Road Elementary Principal of the Year Saratoga Springs High School to Host Alumni Gathering SARATOGA SPRINGS Members of the Class of 2011 at Saratoga Springs High School are invited to return to their alma mater from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Friday, December 23, to share their experiences in college, the military and the world of work. Current high school seniors will meet alumni in the teaching auditori-

um for the alumni gathering, which is hosted by the Guidance Department. The program will begin with a question-and-answer session, followed by the opportunity for informal discussions between the seniors and the graduates. Alumni interested in attending should go to the teaching auditorium at 1:30 p.m.

New Automotive Management Degree Program at Hudson Valley Community College Open for Spring Enrollment TROY - A new Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree program in Automotive Management, combining a technical automotive program of study with business courses specifically related to the industry, is being offered by the School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies at Hudson Valley Community College. Enrollment for the spring semester is currently open. This 65-credit hour program prepares students for management positions at dealerships on the corporate level or in privately run service and repair shops. Course credits are transferrable for those who move on to pursue a bachelor's degree. "Automotive management is a

growing field that offers students a wide range of opportunities for employment, while demanding a technologically advanced and business-savvy workforce,” said Anthony Kossmann, department chair for Automotive, Manufacturing and Electrical Technologies. Courses are taught on both the main campus in Troy and the college's Training and Education Center for Semiconductor Manufacturing and Alternative and Renewable Technologies (TEC-SMART) in Malta. Online courses are also available. For more information, call (518) 629-7309 or email admissions@hvcc.edu.

by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - After 14 years of serving as the Geyser Road Elementary School principal and 26 years as a school administrator, Melody Eldeen is preparing to step down from her position and retire following the upcoming winter break. Eldeen, who was named the 2011 Principal of the Year, will officially retire at the beginning of January. Eldeen was named as this year’s principal of the year by the Greater Capital Region Principals’ Center for her years of dedicated service, exceptional leadership and commitment to better serving her students and community. On Tuesday, December 13, the Saratoga Springs Board of Education approved the appointment of Brian Aylward, who will take over for Eldeen as the interim principal for Geyser Road Elementary School. Aylward, who will receive a daily rate of $350, is appointed to serve from January 3, 2012, through June 25, 2012. Alyward himself is a retired administrator with prior experience at the Niskayuna Central School District. “I am very excited to have the opportunity to join the Geyser Road team,” said Aylward. “I look forward to meeting the students, staff and parents in the

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Geyser Road Elementary School Principal Melody Eldeen, who is set to retire from the district in January. coming weeks. This is a great opportunity for me.” Alyward was principal of Niskayuna’s Rosendale Elementary school from 1992 2008, an assistant principal at Niskayuna High School from 1989 - 1992, and has worked as an interim administrator at Ichabod Crane Central School District and at WSWHE BOCES since his retirement in 2008.

“We are extremely pleased to have Mr. Aylward join our district,” said Thomas Mele, assistant superintendent for elementary education. “His many years of experience as an elementary principal in Niskayuna will be invaluable in continuing the legacy of student excellence currently in place at Geyser Road Elementary School.”

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Revolving Loan Fund Supports City Businesses continued from Page 1 Birge, whose department oversees the fund, said the city provides $25,000-$75,000 to help small business owners expand their operations, which, in turn, contributes to the health of the city's economy. For each $25,000 loaned, recipients are required to create the equivalent of one full-time job. Currently, the city is working with seven local businesses that will pay back their loans within five to 10 years of receiving them. In total, they will return $250,000 plus interest. Interest rates depend on the project. "Rates right now are just about 4 percent. That is a very attractive and competitive rate, especially on business loans," Mayor Johnson said. "I'm not quite sure why the word of mouth wouldn't be greater." Revolving fund loans are typically given out to supplement a bank loan, and Johnson said the majority

of applicants are referred by the city's lending partners, The Adirondack Trust Company and Saratoga National Bank, as well as Saratoga Economic Development Corporation. "They help to identify individuals and businesses that may qualify," Johnson said. Initially, the revolving fund was designed to support merchandise, warehouse, wholesale and manufacturing businesses, but "since the city's economy is really so dependent on retail and service, the city council voted to allow loans [of that type]," Birge said. Colleen and Tim Holmes, owners of Wheatfields Restaurant located at 440 Broadway in Saratoga Springs, fit in that category. They received a loan in January 2006. According to Colleen, the lowinterest loan funded a large renovation project that doubled the square-footage of their business, and made it possible to open a sec-

ond location in Clifton Park (54 Crossing Blvd. # 7) in 2009. "When we purchased the business in 2004, we loved the roots of the concept and of course the location is fantastic, but we had a different vision for the space," Colleen Holmes said. The Holmes purchased their neighboring storefront, previously Silverado before the jewelry store also underwent an expansion, and added a bar, a pizza kitchen and space for semi-private parties. "We were able to add services and expand our menu, which we felt our customer base wanted," Holmes said. The restaurant added happy hour at the bar, expanded its wine program, began hosting private parties for companies and individuals, and increased its capacity - all of which boosted revenue. "Without the renovation of Wheatfields Saratoga we wouldn't have been able to move forward," Holmes said. "We had significant

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increases in sales and revenue and that enabled us to open a second location and create quite a few jobs - the entire staff in Clifton Park plus the additional [employees] brought on since 2006." The city hopes more local businesses owners like Colleen and Tim Holmes will take advantage of the loan program. Johnson said the fund is underused and that more businesses should take advantage of it, especially in this economy. "[Businesses] are still being challenged by the global economy and the effects of the recession; it's important that we create and support small businesses, and this program does precisely that at very competitive rates [for] the business owner and at no cost to the city," Johnson said. The city council is responsible for approving loan applications. Johnson said credit-worthiness and the ability to pay back the loan are the criteria, aside from job creation. "We want to make sure we get

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Stock Studios Photography Celebrates 20 Years by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS Commercial photographer Tom Stock, owner of Stock Studios Photography located at 216 West Ave., is looking back on his 20 years in business, a career timeline marked by exponential changes in technology. Stock launched his commercial photography business in 1991 in a small rented office on Washington Street. At the time, he was using film and working for a handful of commercial clients throughout the Northeast. While establishing his business, Stock spent his weekends shooting weddings to make up for lulls in studio time, an early career aspect that he was glad to grow out of. "I never wanted to do weddings the commercial work is much more rewarding, interesting and diverse," Stock said. "With commercial work, every day is different: I can be shooting an automobile in the studio one day, bank executive portraits the next, and then be on location at an industrial site photographing machinery." Stock bought his first digital camera in 1996, when the industry had just begun the transition away from film. It was around this same time that he was able to give up those weekend gigs and focus solely on

commercial work. "The industry has changed exponentially and we have stayed on top of every change," Stock said. "When we first started, I was working with black and white and color film, now it's all very high-end digital - we [produce] 40 megapixel images, not the 8 megs you get on your cell phone." Now, 20 years later, Stock has expanded to his own studio on West Ave., which he purchased last year, and it's safe to say he has successfully carved his niche in commercial, industrial and advertising photography. Stock Studios Photography has a strong presence across the Capital Region, and an ever-growing portfolio. Stock works with area hospitals, universities, restaurants, developers in almost every sector you can think of. He photographs onsite, in his studio and from the air (aerial photography is another specialty), and he has a reputation for doing whatever it takes to get that shot. Contrary to popular misconception, which Stock said is largely guided by the availability of cell phone cameras and the immediacy with which images can be shared, there is a particularity and sincere skill needed to accurately capture an image for commercial use. Photographs are used for marketing and promotion, to represent what a company, individual or organization

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An example of Stock’s work: This picture was taken on a rollercoaster at Great Escape.

BUSINESS Business Briefs nfrastructure Expands Leadership Team MALTA - nfrastructure has added Jack Benson to its team as director of managed services. Benson brings nearly 30 years of operational experience with New York State government to nfrastructure. His responsibilities include overseeing customer cloud computing environments and solutions as well as internal IT operations to support nfrastructure employees.

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Photographer Tom Stock pictured in his West Ave. studio. has to offer, and the commercial photographer's goal is to put those people, products and services in a good light; to get that message across. "The images you see that come out in magazines or in literature or on billboards are not snapshots that you take with your cell phone, these are thought-out, well-planned marketing endeavors that promote a product or service," Stock explained. "There's a lot of thought that goes into it." Creating a successful business doesn't happen immediately or by chance, nor does the right marketing image. It takes a great deal of thought and even more particularity to get it right - to capture the shot that will connect with the consumer, and that's exactly what brings Stock to the 20th anniversary of his business. "If you want photography that's going to blow your customers away, you have to come here because that's what we do - on time, on target, in budget," he said. For more information about Stock Studios Photography, visit www.stockstudiosphotography.com or call (518) 584-9784.

SARATOGA SPRINGS Feigenbaum Cleaners recently installed SystemK4, a revolutionary process developed in Germany that uses a non toxic and biodegradable cleaning solution. Feigenbaum's is among the first 100 dry cleaners in the United

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States to adopt this new eco-friendly process. With stores in Saratoga Springs, Glens Falls, Queensbury and Latham, Feigenbaum Cleaners is certified as a "green cleaner" by The Green Cleaners Council. Feigenbaum's also serves Niskayuna, Delmar, and most of Saratoga County with pickup and delivery service. Company president Todd Feigenbaum said his company made the decision to adopt this new process as part of a continuing effort to provide customers with high quality service while protecting the environment. "More and more people share a concern about the chemicals we come in contact with in our daily lives. The chemistry used in our new cleaning system has been used in sugar chemistry and in the cosmetics industry for years. It is an extremely safe material that also does a great job cleaning textiles."


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Respite Program continued from Page 1 weekend, came just days before the official end of U.S. involvement in the Iraq War, which was marked with a flag lowering ceremony on Thursday, December 15. The war in Afghanistan is, of course, still ongoing. "There's no doubt that the events of 9/11 will forever live in our memories," said Denise Romeo, vice president for member services with the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce. "In honor of the 10-year anniversary of this tragedy, the chamber is coordinating this second respite program. In 2002, the community generously took care of the vast majority of expenses for participating first responders, and we hope to give these soldiers, who have given so much, a similar experience."

Participating soldiers are expected to visit the area between February 1 and April 30 of next year, and are encouraged to bring family members with them to enjoy their visit. In total, over 350 individuals are expected to visit the region through the respite program. "I will be reaching out to each individual family to see who will be joining them," said Romeo. "Our hope is that we can individually chat with each one to find out what it is that they enjoy doing together and then set that up for them." Although Romeo admits that speaking with each participant and coordinating their visits will be a fairly large undertaking, the hope is to craft a tailor-fit experience that speaks directly to every soldier and

family coming to the region. "If they like to ski, we hope to set up an opportunity for them to go to one of our local ski areas free of charge. If they like museums, we're hopping to offer them passes. If they are bringing children and like ice skating, we want to set that opportunity up for them directly," said Romeo. Many local hotels have stepped up to take part in the program, offering free or greatly reduced rates to National Guard members and their families. Participating hotels include the Saratoga Hilton Garden Inn, Courtyard by Marriott, the Residence Inn of Saratoga, Holiday Inn Express Clifton Park, Longfellows, The Saratoga Hilton, The Inn at Saratoga, the Adirondack Inn, Roosevelt Inn and Suites, Holiday Inn of Saratoga, Saratoga Arms, Hampton Inn of Clifton Park, Hampton Inn of Saratoga, and Hyatt Place in Malta. "We're also going to be able to provide them with coupons for their meals when they're here," said Romeo. "Our hope is to offer this experience to them completely free of charge." One family set to visit the region early next year will be Lou and Amy Maniscalco, who reside in Staten Island, New York. Lou, a Staff Sergeant with the 22 Infantry Division who has served close to 20

years with the National Guard, was deployed twice to Iraq - once from 2004 - 2005, and again from 2008 2009. "This is a wonderful opportunity that people have afforded us, and we're really looking forward to going," said Lou. "We're looking forward to having a chance to get away and to have a couple of quiet, relaxing evenings." Lou's wife, Amy, echoed her husband's sentiments. "It will be really nice to be able to get away together and spend some quality time, without any of the distractions from home," she said. Speaking at Monday's press conference, Col. Jim Pabis, an Iraq War veteran and former Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce board member, thanked the chamber and Saratoga County for offering the respite program to the 8,000 National Guard members deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan over the last 10 years. "As a guard member, I'd like to personally give my sincerest thank you to the chamber team, to the Convention and Tourism Bureau team, to participating businesses and organizations, and a sincere thank you to the community of Saratoga," said Col. Pabis. "Saratoga essentially rolled out the red carpet for these folks through this program."

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Col. Pabis also noted that, along with coinciding with the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and Saratoga's first respite program, the event will also mark the 375th birthday of the National Guard. "Knowing the sacrifices these families make - people say every day that they understand, but I don't know that we can ever fully understand," said Romeo. "Families are torn apart, servicemen are stationed [far away], and both they and their families are asked to sacrifice so much. So for us and for this community, we just want to say thank you and to let them know that we care. We try to understand some of the sacrifices that they've made, but this is our small way of saying that we appreciate what they do." Romeo and the chamber are currently seeking the support of local businesses and individuals as they strive to provide an all-expenses paid visit for these servicemen and women. "We've had folks contact us who will be donating monetarily. We will also be looking at restaurants and retailers who will offer gift certificates or discounts, 20 percent coupons or that sort of thing," said Romeo. To contribute to the respite program, contact Romeo at the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce at (518) 584-3255, or by email at dromeo@saratoga.org.


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Seeking Donations continued from Page 1 Volin said the honor guard operates 52 weeks a year, five days a week. “Whether it’s 106 degrees or minus 10 - and I’ve been out in both - we’re there,” he said. Honor Guard Commander Richard Roberts said the organization began July 9, 1999, the same year the cemetery opened. He said the group was started because there was an interest among veterans to perform the service for other veterans. There are about 100 active members, men and women, from all branches of the military. Most of the members are in their 60s or 70s and retired, although Volin said there are some members who are still working and participate when they can. There are six squads of 12 to 18 members, each serving one day a week, plus a roving squad to give the others an occasional day off. Volin said he finds new members for the honor guard simply by talking to other veterans. He wears a jacket that has an honor guard emblem on it, and when people ask him about the organization he invites them to join. Other times he’ll spot veterans who are wearing caps listing their branch or unit and strike up a conversation. That’s how he ended up joining. Right after he moved to the area about eight years ago, Volin said he was at Friendly’s Ice Cream and wearing a United States Marine Corps hat. Another Marine saw him and asked him to join the honor guard. Volin did so immediately and was thrilled to be able to do something right away in his new community. The honor guard does not fundraise or solicit money. It relies solely on donations, usually from families, but Roberts said donations have been steadily decreasing each year. He said when the cemetery first opened there were a lot of services and corresponding donations. “A lot of veterans’ relatives wanted them buried in this cemetery,” he explained. Many families whose loved ones were buried in other cemeteries actually had them moved

to the Saratoga National Cemetery when it opened. “But as time has passed and a lot of the World War II veterans have passed away and the numbers are now starting to settle out, there are not as many services and are proportionally fewer donations.” Volin said the economy has also reduced the amount of the donations and the gap between donations and expenses is growing wider. “We’re in a bind. We do have some money, but not enough to cover us. This year, so far, our savings are down about $4,000.” Expenses for the organization include ammunition, rifles and uniforms. Volin said there are five to seven riflemen on duty each day. An average of five burials take place each day, and each rifle is fired three times per burial, so between 75 and 105 rounds are expended. The rifles used by the honor guard are from World War II and the Korean War, and cost about $400 each to replace. Each new member is given winter and summer uniforms plus rain gear, also at a cost of approximately $400. The largest expense the organization is facing, however, is replacing its bus. Some of the committal ceremony areas are as much as one mile from the squad room, where the rifles and ammunition are stored. Volin said although the squads sometimes walk to the sites, when it’s very hot or cold and snowy they need to use the bus. “Right now the honor guard has a bus that’s on its last legs,” Volin said. The bus lacks heat or air conditioning, has broken seating and exposed ducts that are held together by rags. Volin said the group is looking for a 12 to 15-passenger bus that’s about six years old with 100,000 miles for $6,000 to $7,000. They were offered a larger bus for $5,000 but it wouldn’t have fit in the garage. The group is hoping the community will help with financial gifts so it can purchase a bus soon. Volin said the current bus was “just re-repaired again, but eventually it’s going to have to be replaced, probably sooner rather than later.” He said at this time of year, there

13 are many organizations looking for gifts. “People you’ve never heard of come out of the woodwork. Some are legitimate organizations. We hope maybe there will be some extra dollars around.” Donations to the honor guard may be sent to Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville, NY 12871, attention April Van Arnum. Roberts said checks should be payable to Saratoga National Honor Guard and if they are specifically for the bus, that should be noted in the memo.

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The honor guard presents the American flag to family members of a fallen veteran.


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Confronting the Darkness in a Season of Light

Meghan D. Lemery LCSW-R Having worked in the counseling field for over 15 years, I have come to recognize certain emotional themes that come with the passing of seasons. The holiday season, while marked with joy, enthusiasm and celebration, is often the most difficult season for people who are suffering from depression and anxiety. The season paints a picture of family togetherness; romantic evenings by the tree with the warmth of your loved one; and days spent finding the

perfect gifts for your friends and family. We are expected to embrace the season of light with joy and peace. The pressure to be jolly and merry is in our face daily through radio stations, TV and decorations throughout our communities. These cues to “be happy” and full of good cheer while well intentioned, can be extremely painful for people who are going through a dark and difficult time. I have worked with many individuals who would rather disappear or sleep through the holiday season than confront the emotional pain that lies deep within. The perfect Norman Rockwell family gathered around the tree sipping hot coca is a reminder of what you don’t have; or what you desperately wish you did have. This season can push us into the dark hole of questioning how we got to this place where everything is falling apart rather than into place.

We can spend a lot of time going over past mistakes, lost relationships, trauma from childhood and the loss of dreams we are no longer motivated to pursue. This avoidance, however, is the very coping technique that can lead to a prolonged period of tremendous sadness, hopelessness and lack of energy. Many of us plow through the season without allowing our hearts and spirits to sort through the pain and confusion we are feeling. Rather, we numb it through avoidance or Scrooge-like behavior, counting down the days until the season is behind us. The problem with using avoidance as a coping technique is that it takes a tremendous amount of energy. Your body will always attempt to get your attention when in emotional pain through the sensation of a heavy chest, tearfulness, general anxiety, lack of sleep, lack of motivation and in some cases even physical pain in the form of a sore back and unexplained muscle tightness. This is our body’s way of communicating to us that we need to stop and deal with the pain. The more we avoid the message, the greater likelihood we are to experience DIS-EASE. If you find yourself dreading the next few weeks of the holiday season, stop the madness of avoidance and

confront the uncomfortable emotions that are making you feel depressed and anxious.

ACCEPT: The most difficult part of confronting dark feelings is the acceptance that they exist. It is easy to judge yourself and play the game of tough love. Instead of trying to shake yourself out of the funk, stop and acknowledge your pain. Get in a quiet place, whether it is your car, bedroom, a place in nature or the bathroom in your favorite coffee shop. Stop and recognize that you are human and it’s perfectly normal to struggle with depression and loss, especially during a season that demands cheery and festive behavior. Give yourself some love in the form of acceptance by silently saying, “I hear you, I know you are struggling right now, it’s okay.” If your child came to you in tears would you tell them to get over it and grow up? I imagine you would provide them with emotional and physical comfort allowing them to express their pain. Accept that any discomfort you feel does not make you weak or less than normal in any way. It simply makes you human.

ADDRESS: Now that you have admitted that you feel like you are falling down the dark rabbit hole, take some time to allow your spirit, heart and mind to guide you to the source of that emotional pain. Perhaps the holidays remind you of the day your father walked out or that there was never enough money for presents. Maybe you wonder if you could have done more in a past relationship or marriage so that your family could celebrate together. Whatever the issue is, you will instinctively be led to the root source of your pain. This is definitely the part where most people go into escape mode and work harder to avoid going to that dark place. Once

that root is identified you can begin the process of healing which will allow you to grow to appreciate the holiday season in a way that is more about your present and future than your past.

REACH OUT Depression likes to isolate us and keep us in the hole. Reach out to someone you love and trust so that you can relieve the pain through discussing it and making peace with your past. Many people ask me what good talking about pain will do for them. This is always my response, “It’s not that we are going to fix the pain, but talking about it out loud with someone you trust makes you feel less ALONE with the pain.” What we crave most as human beings is to be loved and accepted. Simply sharing your pain with someone can begin the healing process and help you along the road to recovery.

RENEW: Holding on to trauma from the past saps us of energy, hope, a strong body and healthy spirit. Don’t go through another holiday season wishing you could sleep through it or never have to face another new year again. Insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. If every holiday season throws you into a pit of darkness and isolation, get some help today. You, my dear heart, were meant to live a life that is full of love, acceptance, peace and hope. Don’t let depression steal one more moment of your life. Depression is treatable once you decide to reach out and address the root of your pain. It is my hope this holiday season that you will trade the darkness for the light of hope, forgiveness, renewed faith and joy. Let the warmth of the fire and twinkle of the lights begin to soften your heart and bring you to a place of renewed faith. Remember, no matter how dark a place you think you are in, there will always be a flicker of light guiding you to a place of peace and rest. Follow that light and watch it grow bigger as you begin the process of healing. Happy Holidays to you and yours! May peace, love, faith and hope guide you into the new year! Ms. Lemery is a psychotherapist practicing in Glens Falls and Saratoga Springs. She is the author of “Please Pass the Barbie Shoes” and creator of GIRLPOWER, a series of workshops for adolescent young women. For more information, visit www.meghanlemery.com.


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Grown-up Christmas wish Kate Towne Sherwin Saratoga SAHM I am a total baby when it comes to the last few weeks of pregnancy, as well as the birth itself. Daily life as a mom of my already born kids is pretty manageable in the sense that we all know what happens and what’s expected at any given time, even taking into account the various meltdowns and temper tantrums and unexpected happenings. But during those last few weeks of pregnancy, things always seem to go a little awry. It all has to do with me — my emotions are heightened (I cry a lot), my body is sore (constant contractions), I feel totally stretched between the two ends of the waiting-for-baby spectrum (let-me-just-sit-here-and-waitfor-the-baby-to-be-born versus Ihave-so-much-to-get-done-beforethe-baby-is-born!) — and I often find myself wistfully recalling my childhood, when no one really expected me to be in charge of any-

thing or anyone, when meals and a clean house were provided for me, when my time was basically my own. In regards to the birth of the baby, I have friends who prefer and fight for out-of-hospital experiences, whether in birthing centers or at home, and I admire them for their strength and I’m in awe of their courage, but quite honestly, I love giving birth in a hospital. It’s the closest I can come to re-experiencing that cared-for feeling of childhood, and providing that for my own new sweet baby, with meals provided, clean sheets and bathrooms wonderfully omnipresent, someone checking in on me and the baby all the time to make sure we’re OK. It’s lovely to feel cared for. These feelings of missing my childhood and longing to give to others that sense of being cared for always make me a little swoony when I look at my own children, even in the midst of my emotional pregnancy rollercoaster, as I’ve always hoped my boys would grow up remembering their own childhoods with as much fondness as I remember mine. Recently though, my boys have been going out of their way to point out to me just how lacking this young-child existence of theirs is. Consider this recent

exchange between my 3-year-old and myself: “Not soft toast! I wanted crunchy toast!” he screamed at me one morning, upon receiving his usual breakfast. “That’s your breakfast, be grateful for what you have,” I responded, frustrated that our day was already starting poorly. “When I grow up I’m NEVER having toast. Just pizza!” he declared emphatically. Ah yes. “When I grow up.” It’s all I’ve been hearing about. That same 3-year-old has also said to me (and I remember these word-for-word because I wrote them down, knowing that even if they didn’t seem funny then they would someday): “When I grow up, I’m never going to be here.” “When I grow up I’m going to put Gabe in jail.” “When I grow up, I’m never letting kids go to school.” (This last one because he often declares on a school morning that he doesn’t want to go to school, and I’m the terrible mother who tells him he must.) He’s not the only one either. Gabe has told me in recent weeks, in fits of anger, “When I grow up I’m going far, far away from this house!” and “When I grow up I’m never going to have a mom and a dad!” Thomas too

has dreams of being grown up, of the exciting prospect of being able to choose his own bedtime, movies, whether or not to share his things, and who and how many people he has around him at any given time. “When you’re grown up, you can make your own decisions. Until then, Mom and Dad make decisions for you,” is my usual response, and probably adds more fuel to their desire to hurry through childhood. Feeling extra-sensitive as I am in my eight-and-a-half-months-pregnant way, I can’t help but feel badly that being grown up is such a wonderful thing to imagine (even though I myself remember feeling that way on occasion when I was a child). I suppose I should be proud that I have such ambitious young men, so eager to strike out on their own, to make their own way! Instead, I try to remember how Gabe asks me to help him button his shirt every morning when he’s getting ready for school. “Gabe,” I teased him recently, “When you’re 25 and living in your own house, am I going to have to come over every morning and button your shirt for you?” He thought about it for a second and then said, in all seriousness, “Yes.” And just the other night, when I was reading to the boys, Johnny was very concerned through both “Where the Wild Things Are” and “Harold and the Purple Crayon” that

Max and Harold, both small boys, were all by themselves. “Where’s his mama?” he kept asking me. “Where’s his mama?” might be one of the sweetest things I’ve ever heard any of them say. It says to me that, despite my failings and fallingsapart, whether due to the end of pregnancy or normal human weakness, my boys understand that mamas are good for something, even if it’s just buttoning buttons or understanding the difference between soft toast and crunchy toast. It’s struck me more than once, especially at this time of year, that even the Babe in the manger was entrusted to a mama, after all. Thankfully, the excitement of Christmas has definitely been tempering my boys’ desire to grow up; it’s also been providing for me the opportunity to focus on the kids already in my arms, in such fun and generous ways. In this season of anticipation and preparation and counting-down-the-days, when even the weepiest mother and children can’t help but be grateful and joyful and in awe of what’s to come, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas! Kate Towne Sherwin is a stay-athome mom (SAHM) living in Saratoga Springs with her husband, Steve, and their sons Thomas (7), Gabriel (5), John Dominic (3), and Xavier (1); they expect their fifth baby in January 2012. She can be reached at sksherwin@hotmail.com


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Your Wish List Clare Colamaria Our Elders, Our Actions The holiday rush is approaching, and everyone is busy making plans. If you are concerned about an elderly loved one living alone, or in a nursing home or community, this time of year can be all the more hectic. About a week or so ago, I went down into my basement to bring up the outdoor Christmas decorations and take advantage of the unseasonably warm weather. As I moved things around, I came across a shopping bag filled with the lights and decorations from my father's room at his nursing home. My heart stopped. I realized with great sadness that this year, for the first time, I wouldn't be carrying the bag nor the holiday spirit it contains into my father's room - I wouldn't see the joy light up on his face as he prepared to watch me gleefully decorate his small yet intimate surroundings. As I reflected on the previous year, I remembered how sick my father was during the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Another trip to the hospital with pneumonia and dehydration, and the

horrible questions that came with it: Will he survive this one? Will he see this Christmas, and if so, what will it be like this year? Surely not like others of the past. I recall asking myself, "Are we doing right by him?" I recall us asking him over and over again, "Do you wish to get better; do you wish to keep fighting?" I recall him nodding a weak ‘yes.’ My two brothers and I were his voices. It was up to us, with the medical guidance of his physician, to make certain that his wishes for the level of care and comfort were being met. It was up to us to communicate clearly and effectively all the important details that would ensure the best level of care and compassion this hospital could offer our father, a very sick 94-year-old man. Our main objective and goal as our father's proxy (The person the doctor should talk to when the patient is unable to speak for him or herself) was to follow through with what he had expressed to us during the more capable years of his life. If we were not there to speak on his behalf, what actions would have taken place? I am not sure I would want to know the answer to that question. I would like to ask anyone who is reading this article to ponder this for a moment… have you thought about who would speak on your behalf should something happen to you and you were unable to communicate your wishes? Have you set forth your instructions, and, if so, with whom? That is also another very important

decision to consider: who? I feel that people of all ages need to think about this topic, because let's be honest, you just never know what tomorrow will bring. It may feel uncomfortable or perhaps awkward to bring up the topic "end-of-life care and wishes." Most of us would rather sweep this under the rug and pretend it won't happen to us or that we shouldn't have to deal with this situation, however, death is a part of life. So, the subject "end-of-life care" is in fact a necessary responsibility we need to address and talk about. What if something happened to you? Imagine the turmoil it will cause your loved ones if you do not prepare your advance directive. What if a life or death circumstance was placed in their hands because you were unable to communicate your wishes regarding your care? Think about it. Recently, I was invited to join a bioethics group meeting in Albany. This newly-founded group of professionals from all different areas of care management, marketing, social services, medical doctors and professors joined together to discuss finding a way, a better way, of bringing awareness to these delicate subjects. How do we help people understand not only the importance of end-of-life care on an ethical level, but also how it would affect and save the health care system valuable time and money. I was honored to be invited and I found it fascinating yet frustrating at the same time because there is still so much information that the general public needs to hear regarding these subjects. My main goal for this article is to

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Left to Right: my niece Nikki, my brother Jay, my father Jimmy , and me with my two children Hunter and Elle Scott. Missing from the photo: my brother Tom, his wife Lori, and my newphew TJay. help educate my readers about this very critical subject matter. I would have to say from the many discussions I have had with all sorts of people, that as a dying wish, we would all hope to die with dignity. Let's empower ourselves in the way we leave this world by taking immediate action now. Many of you know it is a wise idea to have a living will drawn up by an attorney with an appointed power of attorney and proxy. I would also recommend two additional documents for your records. One would be an advance directive: A written document that indicates what type of medical treatment you would want and who the doctor should talk to when you are unable to speak for yourself. This document is a combination of a living will and a durable power of attorney for health care. And secondly, a POLST, which stands for physician orders for life-sustaining treatments, which is a doctor's order form that documents the patient's wishes, not only about CPR but for other end-of-

life choices. When you have a POLST form, your wishes will be respected whether you are in the hospital, the ambulance, a long-term care facility or your home. In your area this form may have a slightly different name, such as MOLST, or medical orders for life-sustaining treatments. You can find out more about these documents online or through a respected attorney. It turned out that my father bounced back once again (we called him "Jimmie, the come-back kid") and he returned once again to the nursing home just before Christmas. He was alert, joyful and his usual loving self over the holidays, but there was one major difference on December 25, 2010. This year, instead of me picking dad up to bring him to my brother's home for the day, my brother and I and our children brought Christmas morning to him and spent silly, joyful precious time with our father, their Papa. By the second week of January, my father began his final descent, slipping away slowly, letting go. He was now ready to say goodbye to this life he loved and held onto so strongly. As difficult as this conversation was for me to bring up, I asked him softly if he was tired of this life, if it was no longer fun and if he wanted to go home to his God… he gave me a gentle nod and whispered 'yes.' I asked him if he was tired of fighting… again he whispered 'yes.' I then said to him, "Ok dad, if that is your wish; I will miss you, we all will, but I understand." We then sat in stillness holding hands and gazing out the window into the cold dusk winter sky. My dad went home to God January 28, 2010, as he wished. Lastly, I highly recommend the book "The Caregiver's Path to Compassionate Decision Making" written by Viki Kind MA. This book provides information and strategies to help remove the constant anxiety of "Am I doing the right thing?" Clare Colamaria is the founder of A Senior's Choice. For more information, call (518) 424-2527 or visit www.aseniorschoiceonline.com.


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The Holidays and a New Family Pet Jill Sweet Whiskers and Tales Are you considering a new pet to join your family this holiday season? If so, are you thinking about a dog, cat, parakeet, hamster, lizard or a tank of tropical fish? These are all wonderful ideas for making the holidays memorable and exciting for you and your children. Nevertheless, there are some things to consider before making your purchase. First of all you need to ask yourself, what kind of pet is best for your family at this time? Do any of the children have allergies to pet dander? If the answer is yes, a dog or cat is not the best idea. Who will be responsible for feeding and exercising the animal? If your children are too young or too busy with activities to take on this responsibility, do you have the time in your full schedule? If the answer is no, then pets requiring lower maintenance, like a bird, fish or lizard may be the best choice. Even

these pets, however, need some time and attention. And finally, can you afford the costs of care for the new pet? What equipment is necessary, what kinds of vet bills should you expect, and what will be the feeding costs? If you have honestly considered the issues of cost, time and compatibility, you are ready to make an informed decision about a pet for your family. The holidays may at first seem like the perfect time to surprise everyone with a new pet, but there are some issues to consider. The new animal may become overwhelmed with all the holiday excitement and activity. Children running through the house with their squeals of delight could be terrifying for a new kitten or even an adult cat. One option to consider is to wrap and present the equipment needed for the animal, to be opened on the holiday itself, and if the promise is for a dog or a fancy breed cat, take a family trip to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter or another ”rescue only” venue the following day or week to find the actual pet. Notice that I do not recommend a regular pet store if you are looking for a dog or a special breed cat because they perpetuate the horrific puppy mill industry. Puppy mills are places where breeding animals are kept in tiny cages for

the sole purpose of constant reproduction until they can breed no more and are simply discarded. It is an inhumane situation and the pet stores that buy and sell the puppies and kittens just perpetuate the system. To avoid being on the consumer end of this terrible trade do not buy dogs or cats on the Internet or in classified ads listing several litters of several different breeds. Instead look for you new family pet at The Saratoga County Animal Shelter, rescue groups or a pet store that deals only in rescued animals, making their store profits only on pet supplies. Since the 1960s the federal government has regulated puppy mills, but the standards they set are little more than requiring food, water and shelter. It is perfectly legal for licensed breeders to own

1,000 dogs or more; to keep all their dogs in wire cages for their entire lives with no more than six inches of space on all sides of the animal; and to breed dogs as often as possible. Furthermore, there are too few inspectors to patrol the thousands of licensed breeders and kennels. Rather than support puppy mills, choose to rescue and give a loving puppy, kitten, dog or cat a second chance. Up to 25 percent of dogs in shelters are purebreds, so even if you have your heart set on a particular breed, the best choice is adoption from a shelter or a specific breed rescue organization. Four to Five million dogs are euthanized every year in our country—roughly 11, 000 animals every single day! Make a difference and adopt.

On a happier note before I close, Moses wanted me to mention that your pet can have a picture taken with Santa Claus for a $5 donation to shelters or other rescue organizations every weekend until December 25 at Petsmart off Route 50, Wilton Square (by Target). One more thing—keep the tinsel away from your cats, the chocolate away from your dogs, and secure the tree so it won’t come crashing down on any of your pets. From Moses, Sully, Magic, Jessie (our newest rescued and adopted dog, I haven’t told you about yet), Steve and me, have a cozy and safe holiday and a happy New Year’s. When I write next I will tell you all about Jessie and report on any progress we’ve made toward establishing a safe fenced dog park for Saratoga.


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"The Pain Passes, but the Beauty Remains"

Gayle LaSalle I’m the Boss of Me Note: I wrote this month's column for those of you who have suffered a painful loss, whether recently or long ago. For those who haven't had such an experience, there's an important message here for you as well - please read on to learn how you can help your family members, friends and neighbors that are celebrating the holidays without a cherished loved one. he holiday season is a time of ambivalence for me, for it brings both joy and pain. Nine years ago this December, bad weather and a difficult curve in the road caused an accident that changed my life forever. I lost the man I had planned to spend the rest of my life with. For the past nine years, especially at this time of year, I have both embraced the pain of loss and worked to let it pass. The good news is it does pass - for the most part. There are always those days when the missing, the longing and the pain reappear. I have learned that if we work to let the pain pass and, most importantly, truly focus on the beauty of our memories, these moments won't happen so often, and they won't be as difficult or long. In being true to my passion, I have made the conscious choice to do both of the above, first by acknowledging that it is ok to feel the pain. Letting yourself feel this way is more uncomfortable than it is difficult, especially when those

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around you seem to think that it's wrong to allow ourselves that feeling, that we should, instead, be 'ok.' If you have experienced a loss, I encourage you to allow the pain, to be true to your feelings whatever they are, but to do so without allowing the painful feelings TO overwhelm you or take total control. Don't forget: we move on by remembering the beauty. Remember, any relationship that can bring such pain in its end, must have had so much beauty in its existence. I know, for me, it is the memory of this beautiful relationship that sustains me. Cherish that beauty. Find your gifts and use them. For me, it has been the gift of confidence and courage. To have had someone love and believe in me, unconditionally, is too precious to be swallowed up by grief. It is in this belief and love that I find my passion and my goal of sharing it with others, and also the ability to take steps that I would not have in the past: starting my own business; making new friends; taking risks; and living life to its fullest today while maintaining respect for both the past and the future. Here are some suggestions for surviving your ambivalence this holiday season: • Develop some new traditions but don't forsake the ones you shared with your loved one. • Spend some quiet moments remembering the wonders of past holidays. • Find a special way to honor your loved one. (For me, it's using my favorite photo as part of my holiday decorations. I also make at least one donation in his name, specifically for the holiday.) Last but not least, you must remember that you are a work in progress. Healing is not an event, it is a process. Each of us has our own process and our own need to not feel rushed or guilty for not being where others think we should be. As long as you are making clear

- Pierre Auguste Renoir

“Healing is not an event, it is a process. ”

choices on how you handle your feelings and are clearly making efforts to focus on the beauty, the grief will dissipate on its own and at its (and your) own pace. Be kind to yourself! You deserve it! That special someone you are remembering this holiday season certainly thought so! Note: You should not push a friend to feel better or to deal with their grief early on, but if you are concerned that your friend is overly depressed (not eating, sleeping, functioning) or is in any kind of danger, don't hesitate to get them professional help.


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Ask the Financial Advisor by Stephen Kyne Saratoga TODAY The rolling of the calendar, from one year to another, is an opportunity to reflect on our actions, or inaction, in the year gone by. It’s a chance to take stock off all that we have, of where we are and where we’re going. For many people, this is

an opportunity to make a resolute statement that, in the next year, they will commit to changing their lives. A New Year’s resolution may be something simple, like waking up earlier each day to enjoy the sunrise. Some New Year’s resolutions seem daunting, like quitting smoking. One of the most common resolutions Americans

make, however, is to improve their financial standing, to get out of debt, start planning for retirement, or even just better understand their current position. For those of you looking to get in-shape, you may run out and join a gym on January 2nd so that you can find support from likeminded individuals. Do you think it would be easier to accomplish your financial goals if you had support too? Chances are you’re a professional at doing something other than managing your finances, so working with an independent financial advisor can often make the difference between simply having and actually achieving your goals. If you are firm in your commitment to get ahead of your finances, then finding an independent financial advisor will be one of your first steps. One of the best ways to find an advisor is to ask around. See who your friends work with, and if they’re happy

with the results. Most advisors will offer a complimentary consultation in order to allow you to interview them to determine whether you are comfortable with the partnership. When you interview your advisor, be sure to ask whether they are independent, or if they work for a particular investment or insurance company, to help ensure that you are confident in their ability to remain unbiased in their recommendations. You may want to perform a simple, free background check on a website like finra.org to be sure there are no items that may represent a

“red flag” for you. Once you choose an advisor, remember that the better they understand your finances and your goals, the better attuned their advice will be. An advisory relationship should be

long-term and, like any relationship, it will grow over time. At the beginning of your advisory relationship, you may find that much work is required in order to align all of the parts of your financial life. As the relationship progresses, the work will decrease, and will likely consist of regular maintenance and updating of the strategy to reflect changes in your life, goals or the markets. Resolving to change anything in your life is difficult. Many people will give up on their resolutions before the snow thaws because they didn’t find the support they needed to help achieve their goals. If you are truly committed to changing your finances, working with a qualified independent advisor may make all the difference. Stephen Kyne is a partner at Sterling Manor Financial in Saratoga Springs. He can be contacted at (518) 583-4040. Securities and investment advisor services offered solely through Cadaret, Grant & Co., Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC. Sterling Manor Financial and Cadaret, Grant are separate entities.


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Delicious Fresh Sea Scallops Grab a Moment! The Perfect Dish for Your Special Holiday Meal

Suzanne Voigt Farmers’Market Little did I know how much having a sustainable fish monger from Long Island Sound visit the Saratoga Farmers' Market on Saturdays would change my diet. I grew up on the sound and was used to delicious fresh fish. When I moved away, fish elsewhere just didn't the same- it didn't smell like the sea and it didn't taste "like fish." Thanks to Pura Vida Fisheries and its owner, Captain Rick, I now have fish 1-2 times a week. And the best part is that the fish are so fresh little needs to be done to it to make a sensational meal. Pura Vida's sea scallops are a prime example of how fresh food requires little prep work to make a simple but divine meal. These scallops are so fresh you can eat them raw (they taste like sweet butter) and make wonderful sushi. However, sushi isn't for everyone

and for a holiday gathering on a wintry evening, I am inclined to serve cooked scallops. This year I plan to enjoy fresh sea scallops by combining a few simple ingredients that complement one another, but still let the individual parts shine. I will sear them in thyme-infused butter, and then drench the seared scallops in a dry white wine creating a delicious light herblaced reduction sauce. To complete the meal, I will serve it with pasta mixed with stir-fried fresh local garlic, spinach and mushrooms. A simple meal that will be the talk of the evening!

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Ingredients 1 lb. fresh Pura Vida sea scallops 2 Tbsp. butter (unsalted) 2 sprigs fresh thyme or tsp of dried kosher salt cracked black pepper 1/4 - 1/2 cup of dry white wine Directions Note: If serving with pasta, start cooking the pasta first-I like linguineand you will have to stir-fry your vegetables simultaneously (but in a separate pan) as you cook the scallops. 1. Over medium heat, melt butter

in a large frying pan, adding thyme leaves as the butter heats allowing the flavor of the herb to infuse into the butter. 2. Pat the scallops dry with a paper towel and add them to the pan, spacing them out so each can sit flat. Allow them to cook without moving them so a nice crust/sear forms. Add salt and pepper and let cook for 2-3 minutes. 3. Gently flip the scallops and deglaze the pan while the scallops continue to sear for another minute or two. 4. Add wine- there will be a big steamy sizzle, don't be surprised! Cook for a minute more (no longer) and turn off the heat and let the scallops and butter-wine sauce simmer. This will also allow the scallops be cooked through but not get overdone. 5. Serve immediately on plates with pasta and veggies or your choice of sides. The Saratoga Farmers' Market operates Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at Division St. Elementary School and will be open December 24 and December 31 for all your holiday needs.

Gadgets Galore: Dutch Ovens vs. French Ovens

John Reardon

Compliments to the Chef Hello Foodies! This week I am writing about one of my store's more popular items and the burning question (no pun intended) that always precedes their purchase! So with help from Julie Elefante, eHow contributor:

What is the Difference between Dutch Ovens and French Ovens? Dutch ovens and French ovens are essentially the same thing: tall, heavy pots with tight-fitting lids. They are used primarily for slowcooking methods such as braising and stewing. "Dutch oven" is the generic term for these pots.

1. Function • The often rustic all-iron Dutch oven can be used both on stovetops and in ovens and some can be used over and under coals. • The more stylish French ovens are specifically are known for their ability to go from the stovetop--for quick starting techniques such as browning--straight into the oven for the longer cooking process. 2. History • Dutchmen were making what would be called Dutch ovens in the early 1600s using a Dutch method of sand casting that produced smooth-surfaced pots. • In 1925, a new cookware foundry called Le Creuset started manufacturing their famous enameled cast iron pots, or "Cocottes," which would also be called "French ovens." 3. Types • Dutch ovens are typically made of iron, but they can be made of aluminum, stoneware (Emile Henry) or stainless steel (All-Clad). • French ovens are known for

their sturdy enamel coating and "designer color" exteriors. 4. Theories/Speculation • The Dutch oven may have gotten its name not from the Dutch-specific casting process, but because it was sold by traveling Dutch traders who'd sell the pots from their peddling wagons. • The French oven, more straightforwardly, is called so because it's made by French cookware companies. So Dutch or French you will love the way it cooks your food and how easy it is to clean and keep looking beautiful! Take Care! - John

by Jodie Fitz Saratoga TODAY It's that captivating time of year when the kids are dazzled with lights, decorations and dreams of Christmas magic. On the other hand, if you are like me, the 'to do' list just quadrupled, the time seems to have shortened and the event schedule has spiked! And yet, at the end of the day, I still want to capture a little time with my kids to enjoy the festivities without complicating the process. Making Reindeer Food and Quick Fix Cookies for Santa have become a simple, fun project that can involve the entire family for just a few entertaining moments allowing us all to take a deep breath and capture a nugget of holiday joy.

Reindeer Food Ingredients 1/4 cup Clear Value puffed wheat cereal 1/4 cup Clear Value puffed rice cereal Red and green food coloring A dash of holiday cheer! 3 snap and seal sandwich bags Directions Place the puffed wheat cereal into a snap and seal sandwich bag. Add in approximately 7 - 10 drops of green food coloring into the bag. Seal it up, and rub and shake until the food coloring has been distributed onto the cereal. In a separate bag, repeat the process with the puffed rice cereal using the red food coloring. In an unused snap and seal bag, pour in the two different colored cereals and shake so that the cereals are mixed together. At the Price Chopper Kids' Cooking Club, in addition to holiday colors, we believe that the reindeer love a dash of holiday cheer. You can add holiday cheer by: • Sprinkling in peppermint sugar found in the baking

aisle of Price Chopper • Crushing a candy cane or peppermint candies and adding it to the mixture All of the ingredients are edible, bio-degradable and friendly to all critters that might find the reindeer food. To learn how to make a Reindeer Food Holder out of a Price Chopper paper bag visit www.jodiefitz.com the directions will be posted under the Holiday Post all month. Note to Parents: The magic is found in how the reindeer food disappears on Christmas Eve.

Quick Cookie Fix for Santa Ingredients Price Chopper sugar cookies Price Chopper vanilla frosting 2 tablespoons granulated sugar Red or green food coloring Holiday shaped cookie cutter Directions In a glass bowl, stir together the granulated sugar and four drops of red food coloring. Add more food coloring if you would like a bolder color. Frost the sugar cookies with the vanilla frosting. Place the cookie cutter on top, but do not press it in; the cookie cutter is only there to create the top design. Sprinkle the colored sugar on the cookie, inside of the cookie cutter (or the reverse if you would like a different design). While the cookie cutter is still in place, use a spoon to gently press the sugar into the frosting to create a shaped design. Remove the cookie cutter, wipe and repeat! Voila! Cookies for Santa without the baking time…


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Town of Malta: 2540 Route 9 899-2818 • malta-town.org 12/19: Town Board workshop, 6:30 p.m. 12/20: Town Hall, 6:30 p.m. Town of Milton: 503 Geyser Road 885-9220 • townofmiltonny.org 12/22: Zoning Board of Appeals, 7 p.m. City of Saratoga Springs: 474 Broadway 587-3550 • saratoga-springs.org 112/20: City Council, 7 p.m. 12/21: Planning Board, 7 p.m. Village of Schuylerville: 35 Spring Street • 695-3881 villageofschuylerville.org 12/19: Planning Board, 6:30 p.m. Town of Stillwater: 66 East St., Riverside Mechanicville • stillwaterny.org 12/19: Planning Board, 7 p.m. County Board of Supervisors: 40 McMaster St., #1 Ballston Spa • 855-2240 saratogacountyny.gov 12/20: Board meeting, 4 p.m. 12/21: Technology meeting, 4 p.m.

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16 - Dec. 23 events Friday, December 16 All-You-Can-Eat Dinner 13 Oak St., Saratoga Springs The Principessa Elena Society will have its monthly fundraising all-you-can-eat dinner from 5-7 p.m. Seniors $8, adults $9, children 5-12 $5, takeouts $10 . For information, call (518) 584-4163.

c Augustine Classical Academy Christmas Program Arts Center on the Hudson, 2 South Main St., Mechanicville Augustine Classical Academy presents Lux Venit, the school's annual Christmas program at 7 p.m. The program celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ through choral selections, instrumental ensembles and poetry recitations. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the school's website www.augustineca.org or call (518) 541-2089.

Annual Holiday Open House 96 Broad St., Schuylerville From 6-8 p.m. come enjoy an evening of art and holiday spirit! Riverfront Studios will be closing its doors December 31.

Saturday, December 17 cCaroling on Horseback Community Sing-along Saratoga Hospital, in front of main lobby At 10:30 a.m. 20 horses and their riders, coordinated by local veterinarian Dr. Reppert, will parade in the main circle of the hospital. . A holiday sing-along will take place for all to enjoy. Nursing Home residents will be inside the main lobby to view the horses and to participate in the singalong.

c Cookies, Cocoa, Santa and Wine! Saratoga Winery, 462 Route 29W, Saratoga Springs Sip wine while you shop for the holidays in the new gift shop! Kids can enjoy Christmas cookies and cocoa with the Saratoga Santa while mom and dad enjoy a wine tasting! Christmas cookies with Santa 11 a.m.-1 p.m., live holiday music from Pat Decker by the tree from 1-4 p.m., great discounts and more! For more information, visit www.thesaratogawinery.com.

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Wilton Mall Wear your favorite holiday pajama outfit to receive a special Radio Disney prize! From 1-3 p.m. kids can write a letter to Santa Claus, dance to all their favorite holiday tunes and play tons of fun holiday games to win great prizes! For more information, call: (518) 583-2138.

1 Elks Lane, Rt.9, Saratoga Springs Enjoy a delicious meal with the jolly man in red from 8:30-11 a.m. Adults, $7; seniors and military, $6; children 5-12, $5; under 5, free; takeouts, $8.

Diamond Dance Saratoga Music Hall, 474 Broadway, Saratoga Springs The Saratoga SAVOY Diamond Dances occur every third Saturday of the month, from 7:30-11:30 p.m. at the historic and very large Saratoga Music Hall. At the dance you can enjoy hours of live music performed by some of the best local and nationally-known musicians, dance demonstrations, art exhibits, free food and a free beginner dance lesson for only $15! For more information, call (518)-587-5132.

Sunday, December 18 c Christmas Program FSF Church, 1425 W. High St., Ballston Spa Free Spirit Fellowship (FSF) will host their Christmas Program with dramatic and musical presentations at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome to attend.

c Friends Cookie Walk All Saints on the Hudson North, Stillwater From 9 a.m.-1 p.m. visit the Parish Center and fill a box with whatever Christmas cookies catch your eye! Cookies cost $3 per pound and all proceeds benefit the Friends of the Stillwater Free Library. For more information, call: (518) 664-6255.

a Pre- Chanukah Menorah Workshop Home Depot, 4 Halfmoon Crossing Blvd., Halfmoon Chabad of Clifton Park is offering a PreChanukah Menorah Workshop from noon2 p.m. Participants will receive a free apron, craft their own unique wooden Menorah, as well as other Chanukah crafts, and enjoy hot latkes and doughnuts. The workshop is free and open to all. RSVP is appreciated, (518) 495-0772.

a Latke Fest Temple Beth El, 3 Marion Ave., Glens Falls The first annual Latke Fest, a communitywide celebration complete with games, contests and, of course, loads of crispy, tasty latkes, will take place from 3-5:30 p.m. The heart of Latke Fest is the latke cook-off. Cooks may compete in one of two categories: traditional or twisted. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 kids 12 and under. For more information, call (518) 792-4364.

Discovery Days Family Program The Hyde Collection, 161 Warren St., Glens Falls Family program focused on The Middle Ages from 1-3 p.m. See the medieval art in Hyde House on a tour with a museum educator and then use medieval methods to create your own art. For more information, visit www.hydecollection.org or call (518) 792-1761, ext. 28.

Monday, December 19 Parkinson's Support Group Meeting Woodlawn Commons, Saratoga Springs This 2 p.m. meeting is open to anyone with Parkinson's, family members and friends. For more information, call Joyce Garlock (518) 885-6427 or Dorothy Clark (518) 584-3894.

Thursday, December 22 a Dreidels N' Donuts Clifton Park Chabad Jewish Center, 495 Moe Rd. Clifton Park Chabad will host its 6th annual Chanukah Family Celebration at 5:30 p.m. The annual "Can Menorah" will be constructed and lit. Enjoy Chanukah crafts, live music, dreidel game, hot latkes, doughnuts and much more! The event is free and open to all. For more information contact Rabbi Yossi at (518) 495-0772 or cliftonparkchabad@earthlink.net.

Eating Healthy for the Holidays Senior Center, 5 Williams St., Saratoga Springs Saratoga Springs area seniors are invited to participate in a free, fun and educational workshop about how to make healthy choices during the holiday season and how to prepare low fat treats. The workshop is from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and reservations are required. To RSVP, call (518) 548-1621.

Friday, December 23 c 4th Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Pub Crawl The Saratoga City Tavern 5 p.m.-midnight is the perfect time for some good old-fashioned holiday shenanigans! Toss on the ugliest Christmas sweater that you can find and pub crawl for charity. Laugh at yourself; laugh at your friends; laugh at strangers! For more information, visit www.saratogacitytavern.com.

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c Christmas Eve Candlelight Service Old Saratoga Reformed Church, 48 Pearl St., Schuylerville Everyone is invited to attend the annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, December 24, at 8 p.m. The service will include music, a Christmas message and a traditional lighting of candles.


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L A LOCbriefs Annual Moonlight Ski and Snowshoe Camp Saratoga, Scout Rd., Wilton The popular Annual Moonlight Ski and Snowshoe is scheduled for Saturday, January 7 from 7-9:30 p.m. Luminaries will glow along 2.5 miles of groomed trails. Along the way you will pass fields and forests, two warming bonfires and plenty of hot chocolate. The terrain is suitable for all levels and ages and includes a smaller 1-mile loop. Participants can arrive anytime. Snowshoes will be available on a first-come firstserve basis in the warming hut off Lot 1. The rental fee is $3/person for non-members. There is no charge for WWPP members. Call (518) 4500321 for more information. This event is free and open to the public.

Name Bubbles Bag-Tag Campaign Benefits Water For People Name Bubbles donated $24,000 to support Water For People, a nonprofit global organization committed to building a world where all people have access to safe drinking water and sanitation. Name Bubbles made an initial $10,000 donation to Water For People in 2010 and pledged earlier this year to donate $1.25 of every bag tag purchased on the Name Bubbles company website to the campaign.

SCT Renames Scholarship At a recent board meeting, the Schuylerville Community Theater (SCT) unanimously passed a motion to rename the SCT Scholarship to the SCT Vicki Wolfe Memorial Scholarship in honor of the talented performer and SCT founding member. Donations are now being accepted for the scholarship fund which will be awarded June 2012. Please make checks payable to SCT and put VW on the memo line. Please send donations to MPeters, SCT Scholarship Program, PO Box 143, Schuylerville, NY 12831.

WWPP Volunteers Needed As a small, nonprofit organization, Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park (WWPP) relies heavily on dedicated volunteers. During the upcoming months they need volunteers to operate the snowshoe rental hut, present programs to school groups, lead public snowshoe walks, assist during school vacation weeks presenting programs, be advocates at community events, run simple activities and work at the annual Moonlight Ski and Snowshoe event.

If you would like to help volunteer please email mbolson@wiltonpreserve.org.

Augustine Classical Academy Kindergarten Open House 52 William St., Mechanicville An Open House for incoming kindergarteners and their parents will be held Friday, January 13, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Potential families are warmly invited to visit with the current Kindergarten class and teacher Ann Baker and headmaster Matt Hopkins will describe an Augustine education. Parents of current Kindergarteners will also share their perspectives and answer questions. Lunch and childcare will be provided. For more information or to register, please contact the school at (518) 541-2089 or email abaker@augustineca.org.

Salvation Army Needs Your Help The Salvation Army is looking for community members to donate gifts to area children this holiday season. Gifts can be dropped off at 27 Woodlawn Ave., Saratoga Springs, or at the customer service desk at the Wilton Wal-Mart. Every present helps!

Saratoga County Office for the Aging Meals This month, The Saratoga County Office for the Aging Nutrition Program is offering two special meals, Wednesday, December 21 and Friday, December 30. Meals are served at noon at the following locations: ·Town of Ballston – Town Office Building ·Ballston Spa – Double Day Woods ·Greenfield – Community Center ·Malta – Community Center ·Saratoga – Senior Center ·Schuylerville – Town Office Building Reservations are required – please sign up at least 24 hours in advance. Suggested donation is $2 for age 60 and over. For those under 60 there is a $3 fee. For more information call the Office for the Aging at (518) 884-4100.

Hedgemen Photography Exhibit Wesley Center, 131 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs Ballston Spa resident Kathy Hedgeman's photos will be on exhibit at the Wesley Gallery throughout the month of December. The Gallery is open from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and is open to the public.

Golf Vendors Needed Golf vendors are needed for the

23 third annual Malta Spring Golf Show to be held Saturday, March 3, 2012, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Interested golf vendors should take advantage of this unique marketing and promotional opportunity. Contact the Malta Community Center at (518) 8994411 ext 301, for more information. Applications are due by January 1 for publication in the Spring Brochure.

Saratoga Springs Senior Center Events 5 Williams St., Saratoga Springs The Annual Board Meeting will be held Tuesday, December 20 at 1 p.m. Members are invited to attend. Care Improvement Plus will present “Eating Healthy for the Holidays” Thursday, December 22, from 10:30 a.m.-noon.

Annual Christmas Tree Sale Curtis Lumber, Route 67, Ballston Spa The Ballston Spa Rotary Club 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, and support the 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 are 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.

Holiday Shoppe Brookside Museum, 6 Charlton St., Ballston Spa Brookside Museum's annual Holiday Shoppe is open MondaySaturday 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.

Olde Flax Mill Annual Marketplace 88 Broad St., Schuylerville The annual marketplace is the ideal place to find unique, affordable, one-of-a-kind gifts and fresh local evergreen wreaths. Come shop and watch the skilled artisans create their fine crafts throughout December. The marketplace is open Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 pm. and Sundays from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, call (518) 6955534.

HELPING HANDS Give the Gift of Reading!

Throughout December, Barnes & Noble bookstores across the country are hosting their annual Holiday Book Drive. The drive provides customers with the opportunity to donate books to a locally designated nonprofit organization. “The Holiday Book Drive is one of our most popular community partnerships,” said Beth Austin, community relations manager for the Saratoga Springs Barnes & Noble, 3029 Route 50. We love the fact that a customer can pick their favorite children’s book, designate which school, and give the gift of reading for years to come with a single donation!” This year, the Saratoga Springs Barnes & Noble in partnership with WSWHE BOCES is collecting books for 1,000 Book Club reading program. The 1,000 Book Club is a reading program designed for preschoolers, kindergartners and their families. Families borrow a bag of 10 books to read together, return it when they’ve finished and grab another bag. The goal is for young students to read 1,000 different books by the completion of second grade. The local Barnes & Noble hopes to collect 3,000 new books, enough titles to create a complete 1,000 Book Club in Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties. To find out how to participate in the Holiday Book Drive, call the Barnes & Noble store at (518) 583-7717.

Upcoming Blood Drives King of Kings Lutheran Church 1593 Crescent Rd., Clifton Park Friday, December 16, from 1-6 p.m. *Receive a coupon for 6 FREE WINGS at Buffalo Wild Wings

Ballston Spa Elks Club 10 Hamilton Place, Ballston Spa Monday, December 19, from 1-6 p.m. *Receive a coupon for 6 FREE WINGS at Buffalo Wild Wings

American Legion Post 278

Saratoga Springs Public Library

6 Clancy St., Schuylerville Saturday, December 17, from 8 a.m.-noon *Receive a coupon for 6 FREE WINGS at Buffalo Wild Wings

49 Henry St., Saratoga Springs Tuesday, December 20, from noon-6 p.m. *Receive a coupon for 6 FREE WINGS at Buffalo Wild Wings


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Keller Williams Realty Sponsors Needy Children

Continues For the ninth straight year, 200 gently-used books were gift-wrapped for distribution to children in need by members of the Marie Morrison Holiday Children’s Book Project. The project was initiated in 2002 by Marie Morrison, a board member of the Friends of the Saratoga Springs Public Library who died in 2010. Helen Gaige, Paul LeBlanc, Niki Mook, Wes Neer and Marion Renning wrapped the nearly-new books for distribution to charitable organizations in Saratoga County. Standing L-R: Marion Renning, Paul LeBlanc, Wes Neer Seated: Helen Gaige, Niki Mook

It’s a Girl! Brooklyn Rose Barnes was born to Amber May Bennett and Christopher D. Barnes on November 21, 2011. She weighed 5 lbs. 10 oz. and was 19 inches long. The maternal grandparents are Kathy Harrington and John E. Bennett of Malta. The paternal grandparents are Jackie and Terry Marcellus of Gansevoort. Brooklyn joins siblings, Jacob Barnes and Aja and Kalcie Eckerson at home. Congratulations to the Barnes family!

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Keller Williams of Saratoga Springs recently sponsored a group of needy children through the Chamber Angels Program coordinated by the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County. The office selected and purchased gifts for 22 children. Mrs. Ruben's second grade class at Division Street Elementary School with Act With Respect Always’ Rich Johns.

Saratoga Seniors Decorate the Nursing Home Christmas Tree Bernice Reynolds (in Santa hat) and Jeanne Fletcher watch Teresa “Teddy” Strang, 95, decorate the Saratoga Care Nursing Home Christmas Tree.

American Legion Mohawk Post 1450 Donates to Charities Commander Jim Valenti announced that the post made its annual Christmas donation of over $12,000 to local charities and nonprofit organizations this month. A contribution totaling over $8,000 was made to the following organizations: The Saratoga Center for the Family, Regional Food Bank, CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services, Make-a-Wish Foundation, Community Hospice, Pennies from Heaven and Shenendehowa Helping Hands Food Pantry. Additionally, the post helped support our veterans by donating over $5,000 in total to Stratton V.A. Hospital's Adaptive Sports Program and Veteran's Holiday Committee, The National Honor Guard and the Homeless Men's and Women's Veterans Facilities in Ballston Spa.

Employee Kim Leon with Keller Williams’ donations.

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

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Zaynah The tooth fairy club is sponsored by:

659 Saratoga Rd. Gansevoort, NY 12831 (518) 226-6010


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Rock-N Roll-Celebration in Saratoga this Saturday

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Left: Graham Tichy of Rocky Velvet. Right: Johnny Rabb The Diamond Dance series continues in Saratoga Springs will a Rock-N-Roll Celebration on December 17 from 7:30-11:30 p.m. at the Saratoga Musical Hall. The event begins doors at 7:30 p.m. with a dance lesson, followed by The Tichy Boys, with special guest vocal legend Johnny Rabb, onstage at 8 p.m. Part rockabilly and part 60s garage band rock, The Tichy Boys have a unique sound that captures the early spirit of rock-n-roll. The Tichys are also a rock dynasty with John Tichy being a member of Commander Cody and his Lost Airmen, who hit the Billboard charts in 1972 with Hot Rod Lincoln. Graham Tichy, John’s son, is an award winning guitarist who has played in bands such as Rocky Velvet. Special guest Johnny Rabb also has an impressive musical history including being singing with the Neanderthals. The event is coordinated and sponsored by the Saratoga SAVOY and is part of the successful Diamond Dance series, which boasts the most attended monthly big band/swing dance in the Northeast. The event offers seating, tables, musical breaks by DJ SAVOY, a visual art show, a dance lesson and many other events. Food and beverages will be available through Coffee Traders as well as access to their menu until 9 p.m. Dessert and refreshments are available afterward. The Diamond Dance is known for its unique energy that attracts attendees of all ages as well as some of the best dancers in the northeast. Admission is $15. For more information, visit www.saratogasavoy.com/files/diamonddance.html or call (518) 587-5132.

Area Church Choirs Present Christmas Musical “Peace On Earth” Ballston Spa Area Ecumenical Church Choir, under the direction of Eve Kenyon, will present “Peace On Earth” Sunday, December 18 at the Ballston Spa First Baptist Church (202 Milton Avenue). The Christmas musical will begin at 5 p.m. with an hors d’oeuvres reception. The musical presentation will follow at 6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. The Ecumenical Choir is comprised of members of the Calvary Chapel, Christ Episcopal Church, Cornerstone Church, the First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa, Greater Grace, Terra Nova Church of Troy, Northway Church, the First Presbyterian Church of Ballston Spa, Ballston Center Associate Reform Presbyterian (ARP) Church, and the United Methodist churches of Ballston Spa and Burnt Hills. The following soloists from these churches will be highlighted in the performance: -Dorothy Emily Collins, Ballston Spa Methodist Church -Carol Gerbing, First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa -Jason Kersch, First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa -Jan Malette, Ballston Spa Methodist Church -Harry Scott, First Presbyterian Church of Ballston Spa -Melody Stasik, Terra Nova Church of Troy -Bernadette VanDeinse, First Presbyterian Church of Ballston Spa -Peter Wilson, First Presbyterian Church of Ballston Spa “Peace On Earth” is composed and arranged by Deborah Craig-Clarr and Robert Sterling. It is an exciting work that includes familiar seasonal selections and contemporary songs connected by a powerful narrated Christmas message. For more information, contact Eve Kenyon at (518) 885-6515.

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Local Students to Join Figures In Flight Dance Company for Performance at NMD The Figures In Flight Dance Company, directed by Susan Slotnick, will hold a free performance featuring students from Lake Avenue and Geyser Road Elementary Schools (ages 11-13) Sunday, December 18 at 3 p.m. at the National Museum of Dance. The performance will be held in the Swyer Studios, located directly behind the National Museum of Dance. Figures In Flight Dance Company is a professional contemporary youth dance troupe based in upstate New York. Students from Lake Avenue and Geyser Road Elementary Schools who have completed their Figures in Flight residencies will join the company for this afternoon performance. The Figures In Flight school focuses on using dance as a catalyst to enhance attention skills, while training in ballet and modern techniques such as

Horton, Graham and Taylor. The event is free, although donations are appreciated. Reservations are suggested, and can be made by calling (518) 584-2225 or emailing info@dancemuseum.org. For more information about the event, visit www.dancemuseum.org or call Susan Edwards at (518) 584-2225, ext. 3009. The National Museum of Dance is located at 99 South Broadway in Saratoga Springs.

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FIRST NIGHT Saratoga Buttons now on Sale Admission buttons for the 16th annual First Night Saratoga event, a citywide celebration of the arts and community, are now on sale throughout the Capital-Saratoga Region. Sponsored by Saratoga Arts, First Night Saratoga will ring in 2012 on New Year’s Eve with 70 performers and artists in 40 performance venues. A First Night Saratoga admission button provides you access to all venues, performances and happenings. Buttons are $15 (children age 5 and under are free) and may be purchased in the following locations: Saratoga Arts (320 Broadway), Crafter’s Gallery (427 Broadway), all Adirondack Trust branches, select Stewart’s Shops, YMCA of Saratoga, Price Chopper Supermarkets (all Saratoga County stores, plus Glens Falls, Granville, Glenville, Lake George, and select Albany markets), Courtyard by Marriott and Residence Inn by Marriott (both in Saratoga Springs), and Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott in Malta. Buttons may also be purchased on the Saratoga Arts website (www.saratoga-arts.org) and picked up anytime prior to or during the day of the event. For information regarding First Night Saratoga events, performances and happenings, please visit the website or call Saratoga Arts at (518) 584-8262.

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History Museum Holds Bolster Collection Day Featuring New Image Selections

Saratoga Film Forum Presents Free Monday Night Viewing of “Before Sunrise” Spring Street Classic Film Series: Monday, December 19, 7:30 p.m. at the Spring Street Gallery (110 Spring St.) Admission: Free (seating limited to first 30 viewers) The hipster classic “Before Sunrise” stars Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy in a close study of a couple that has their meet-cute on a train in Europe. In this early comedic drama by indie filmmaker Richard Linklater (“Dazed and Confused”), Jesse (Hawke) is a young American with a Eurail Pass on his way home to the States, and Celine (Delpy) is a French student at the Sorbonne, heading home to Paris. Real life, with all its deadline-driven obligations awaits them, but for one stunning night they bust out of the script and tool around Vienna, a magical city that mirrors the main characters' own rich promise. What happens? They drink wine. Meet a fortuneteller.

See a church. Kiss. What happens? Nothing, and also—maybe – everything. "If, like his characters, Linklater ever wanted to transcend time, he may have done it with this one. “Before Sunrise” is so simple, successful and timeless that it's hard to imagine it not enduring." – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle For more information and links to a full review, visit www.saratogafilmforum.org. Upcoming Features: “Le Havre” Showings: Thursday, December 22-Friday, December 23, 7:30 p.m. at the Saratoga Film Forum (320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs) Admission: General $7,

- The Worder Hotel in winter (located on the corner of Broadway and Division streets)

Member $5, Students $5 (with valid ID) Higher Ground Showings: Thursday, December 29-Friday, December 30 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, January 1, 3 p.m. at the Saratoga Film Forum (320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs) Admission: General $7, Member $5, Students $5 (with valid ID)

The Saratoga Springs History Museum will hold Bolster Collection Day, a fundraising event, Saturday, December 17 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The Bolster Collection is an archive of over 300,000 photo negatives taken in Saratoga Springs between 1855 and the 1980s. This collection is one of the largest of its type in the country and is filled with striking and important images from Saratoga Springs’ past. Throughout Bolster Collection Day, the history museum will feature hundreds of new images not previously copied for resale that will be available for purchase at discounted rates. Visitors will also have the opportunity to consult with a curator to see if the museum has a historic image of their own home. Historic images of Saratoga Springs make fantastic holiday gifts. The History Museum is located in the Canfield Casino in Congress Park and is open Wednesday - Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more information about the museum or other events, call (518) 584-6920 or visit www.saratogahistory.org.


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SPAC Presents An Evening With Yanni June 12, 2012, at 7:30 p.m.

Local Gigs

- Tickets on sale just in time for Christmas! Tickets on sale Saturday, December 17 at 10 a.m. Prices: $125.00 (PIT), $99.50, $79.50, $49.50, $39.50 Buy them online at LiveNation.com or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000

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Multi-Grammy nominated performer and composer Yanni recently announced that the first leg of his 2012 major North American tour will stop in Saratoga Springs on June 12 with a pavilion-only performance at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC). Yanni has found worldwide success by composing and performing instrumental music with a pronounced sense of drama, dynamics and romanticism. Fans will witness Yanni and his world-class musicians as they take the stage at SPAC to perform his greatest instrumental hits made famous in his shows from The Acropolis in Greece, The Taj Mahal in India, The Forbidden City in China and The Royal Albert Hall in England. For the first time ever, the live show will also introduce music from Yanni’s new album “Truth of Touch,” which is the composer’s first album of original studio music in almost a decade.

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Words to know: inveigh - v, to speak out in angry disapproval.

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J. Edgar

1 Something to do between class and homework 6 "Animal House" house 11 Acting as 14 São __ 15 Unfamiliar 16 Prefix with form 17 Auger shape 18 Globe fleck 19 Green source, briefly 20 Anti-sweatshirt slogan? 23 Shogunate seat of power 24 Major course 25 Rabid B-ball fan's shout? 31 Lennox of the Eurythmics 32 "__ only kidding!" 33 Get-up-and-go 36 "Waverley" novelist 37 Boston's Liberty Tree, e.g. 38 Word of welcome 40 Push-up target 41 Progress measure 42 Two-dimensional products 43 Conspiracy resting place? 47 Guiding light 49 Much of the daily paper 50 Harried photographer's wish? 56 D-backs, on scoreboards 57 Harry's Hogwarts nemesis 58 "The Office" airer 60 Uruguayan uncle 61 Saharan refuges 62 Use a short form of 63 __ master 64 Not sharp, say 65 Believer in the clockwork universe theory

With no real knowledge of history, someone asked “who was the most powerful man in the country during the 60s and 70s” would probably answer with the name of a Down president. JFK, LBJ, or Nixon, most likely. And they’d be wrong. During all their turns as 1 Daytona meas. chief executive, one man had all of them quaking in their boots. 2 French city near the English J. Edgar Hoover (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) is dictating his autobiography to a Channel young FBI agent, and this provides the sequence of events for the film. The beginning of 3 Styne of Broadway his relationship with longtime secretary and confidant Helen Gandy (played by Naomi 4 Greek salad leftover Watts), the creation and growth of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and those prominent cases that helped to garner press coverage for the bureau and Hoover specifically. Chief among those is the Lindbergh kidnapping. But we find out later during a private moment between Hoover and his deputy, Clyde Tolson (played by Armie Hammer), that his recollections are usually embellished and occasionally flat-out lies. And while the Broom Hilda relationship of Hoover and Tolson has been the subject of much speculation, the film does little to explore it. If you read and remember my review of Water for Elephants, than you know I hate Leonardo DiCaprio. That hatred, however, has not stopped me from enjoying several of his movies in the theater and purchasing them on DVD. The Aviator, Blood Diamond, and, most recently, Inception to name a few. I also enjoy Clint Eastwood’s work as both a director and an actor despite serious missteps like True Crime and Blood Work. And while I’ve never liked Hoover, I was anxious to see this film on his life. When you start off intending to make a film about a paranoid, power-mad, cross-dresser with a penchant for blackmail and who is alleged to have had an affair with his second-in-command, ending up with a dull finished product is practically an accomplishment - and that’s what happened. Perhaps any one film is not enough to offer real exploration of this polarizing historical figure, but with the cast and crew already mentioned and a script by the same writer who brought us the 2008 biopic Milk with Sean Penn in the title role, this was a disappointment and a rather significant one at that. (6.3/10) If you have comments or questions, email me at movies@roohanrealty.com.

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Raising Hector

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A Gluttonous Salary

Damian Fantauzzi Albert Pujols just agreed to a 10year contract with the American League's professional baseball team, the Los Angeles Angels, for a landmark deal of $254 million. I'm sure we can all understand why he accepted the offer. But is there something wrong with this deal? If you're Pujols, there isn't anything out of line with the contract offered to him by his new team. If you're one of the unemployed people in this country that Congress is thinking of not renewing your unemployment insurance benefits, or you just lost your house and can't put food on the table for your family, or pay your medical bills, or are one of those who have a fixed income and is threatened by possible Congressional cuts to your Social Security benefits, then there is something extremely asinine about the story. What in the world has happened in professional sports? When does it all end, but more importantly how did these outlandish salaries become so unbelievably ridiculous? I read some unsigned editorials recently in which people complained about the salaries that are made in the public sector. The police and fire departments' salaries were posted in an earlier edition a week before, and in the past, teacher salaries were a topic because of an accepted contract. It bothers me to think that some of the general public can't see the worth of these service jobs and how important they are to the function of our society. Truthfully, I feel you can't put a price on the services provided by these professionals. Can we say that the people who get millions of dollars for playing these kid-games - swinging at a baseball, shooting a basketball, taking a slap shot or kicking a field goal -benefit society like public employees? Where will the professional athlete like Pujols be when someone's house is broken into, or to stop a barroom brawl while some drunk-

en fool tries to hit a police officer with an empty beer bottle? Where will he be when a fire breaks out in the city? Will he be willing to put his life on the line to save the person on the third floor of a burning building? Is Pujols willing to go to college to get his teaching degree and earn a salary of $40,000 a year, (and after 30 years in the profession maybe it'll double) to educate young people? Does he have to take an exam to get certified in his profession in order to serve his community and not until many years later, get the salary he deserves? Can we live without Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez, Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, Payton Manning and other pro athletes? Yes, we can! But can society survive without the services of law enforcement, fire protection and education? Do you want to try it? I don't! What $254 million could do for some of the poor people of Los Angeles! For that matter, imagine what could be done for the hungry people of America or in other parts of the world. Maybe these millions could be invested to help aid the needed reconstruction of areas where the infrastructure is in desperate need of repair. Pujols will be making $156,790 a game. That's right - a game! Compare that to the $80,000 a year made by a teacher or a police officer. In the end, however, the issue is less about money and more about our priorities as a society. After all, no taxpayer is being asked to foot the bill for Pujols’ outlandish salary. But doesn't the fact that we, as a society, value recreational sports and their players so much more than those who provide an actual, beneficial service to their community and country raise at least a few eyebrows? What does that say about our system of values, about who we

Friday, December 16, 2011 believe deserves honor and respect with a pay rate to match when leisure trumps necessity? Money isn't so much the cause of the problem as it is a symptom of what Ballston Spa seems to be a set of priorities com12/09: vs. Niskayuna, 48-39 W pletely out of whack. 12/13: at Shenendehowa, 23-59 L Don't get me wrong, I obviously 12/16: vs. Columbia, 7 p.m. love sports, especially at the college Burnt Hills and high school levels. But I honest12/06: at Saratoga Springs, 47-57 L ly feel that these salaries made by 12/09: vs. Shaker, 31-55 L the pro athletes are totally out of 12/16: vs. Bethlehem, 7 p.m. control! I do appreciate their talents but, the next time you see a fireman Saratoga Springs or teacher drive by in a new Rolls 12/09: vs. Shenendehowa, 30-63 L Royce, don't begrudge them for 12/13: at Shaker, 37-51 L what they do. They have earned it. 12/16: vs. Mohonasen, 7 p.m. By the way, that car would take Schuylerville them at least four to five years of saving their total salaries without 12/07: vs. Hudson Falls, 51-59 L spending a dime on anything else! 12/09: at Hoosick Falls, 32-39 L Time for America to get real! I 12/16: at Greenwich, 6 p.m. think pro athletes like Albert Pujols South Glens Falls could live on a mere $1million a year, or even as much as $2 million, 12/07: at Mekeel Christian, 59-28 W and they still would have endorse12/13: at Glens Falls, 43-50 L ments! What do you think? 12/29: vs. Indian River, 7:30 p.m.

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Boys’ Basketball Schedule Ballston Spa 12/09: vs. Niskayuna, 66-54 W 12/13: vs. Shenendehowa, 46-66 L 12/16: at Columbia, 7 p.m.

Burnt Hills 12/09: at Shaker, 41-56 L 12/16: at Bethlehem, 7 p.m. 12/20: vs. Columbia, 7 p.m.

Saratoga Springs 12/09: at Shenendehowa, 46-65 L 12/13: vs. Shaker, 36-63 L 12/16: at Mohonasen, 7 p.m.

Schuylerville 12/09: vs. Hoosick Falls, 39-28 L 12/16: at Greenwich, 6 p.m. 12/20: at Granville, 7 p.m.

South Glens Falls 12/12: vs. Glens Falls, 54-41 W 12/19: vs. Queensbury, 7 p.m. 12/21: at Green Tech, 7 p.m.

Mixed Results at Don Kauth Tournament by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - One day after downing a sluggish Mamaroneck team 10-2, the Saratoga Springs boys’ hockey team found themselves pushed to the limit Saturday, December 10, dropping the championship game of the 11th annual Don Kauth Tournament to St. Joe’s by a score of 2-1. The St. Joe Marauders came out fast during the first period, outshooting the Streaks 7-2. With just under three minutes to play in the first, the Marauders’ Tyler Mills found a Robert Amos pass behind an open Saratoga net. Mills skated around Saratoga’s Ryan Bourgeois to grab the first score of the game.

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Saratoga makes a move on net against St. Joe’s during the championship match After a scoreless second, Mills found the back of the net again on another power play in the final period with five minutes left. Saratoga’s Dan Winters scored the lone goal for the Streaks from long range with 4:24 left to go, but the team was unable to tie the game

before time expired. Meanwhile, Saratoga’s Board of Education voted Tuesday night to accept Dave Torres as the new head coach of the team, with Josh Knight as assistant coach and Tim Grande as a volunteer assistant coach.


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First Place Finish for Saratoga Gymnastics The Saratoga Gymnastics team defeated Shaker 168.75 - 146.9 Tuesday, December 6 at the Saratoga YMCA. photo by MarkBolles.com

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