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MESSAGE FROM Independence Day. When I was young it meant a hot summer night, sparklers, a lot of food and if you were lucky; a local fireworks display. Today it means much more; June 15th 27-year-old Benjamin Osborn of Warrensburg was killed in Afghanistan and on June 21 Army Pfc. David Taylor Miller, 19, of Wilton, also died in Afghanistan. They were both killed defending our independence. Since September 11, 2001 nearly 5000 soldiers have died trying to preserve our independence. What was surprising and disappointing to me is that no matter how much I searched the internet I could not find a real number; however, we can be sure that number is very real to the families of those who gave all to uphold the document that our Founding Fathers put themselves on the line for; The Declaration of Independence. As you celebrate our independence this holiday, please take a moment to remember our soldiers, past and present. If you have read my columns in the past you know I will always circle back to our local independent businesses. In the spirit of independence we invite you to participate in our unique drawing that spotlights 40 businesses who all contributed to provide YOU the reader with a chance at some outstanding prizes! Take this opportunity to stop at a few places you have not been into before. Meet the local proprietors that are investing their time, money, heart and soul into Your Hometowne! Our independence cannot be sustained if we only purchase our goods from global corporations. We have become increasingly dependent on other countries because of our buying habits. Celebrate Independence Month by supporting our local economy! Keep America Strong. Be safe this summer and tell your family you love them, Cheryll and Paul Hill A little about the cover: Cruisin' on The Avenue, Fathers Day in Scotia Pictured are Jim and Nancy Heath, original owners of the 1962 corvette and their friends Jim and Robin Gemmett who attended the show with them.

On the Filmstrip: Charlie Morris announcing his reinstatement as a Chrysler Dealer, welcome back Terry Chrysler Jeep! Flag Day Parade, Burnt Hills

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READ WHAT OUR LOCAL EXPERTS HAVE TO SAY IN THIS MONTH’S ISSUE… Amy Aldrich, State Farm Insurance - Sensible financial choices Burnt Hills Optical - Eye safety in the workplace Cheap Geek - Lots of Geek Tips! Mary Laviano, Realty USA - IT'S A GREAT TIME TO BUY! Padgett Business Services - Tax deductable vacations? Precise Fitness - Mountain or Molehill Szymczak & Evans Family Dentistry - What is root canal treatment?


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MOUNTAIN OR MOLEHILL Pounds have added up over the years, slowly accumulating on your hips, thighs and belly. When you look in the mirror you don't like what you see. Yet you feel stuck. You're stuck because... • You've gained too much weight to ever lose it all. • You're too old to make a change. • You'd be lost in a gym. • You simply don't know where to start. And so, if you are like most people, you give up on yourself before you ever shed a pound. The enormity of your goal paralyzes your ability to even begin. I believe you can end this cycle of self destruction by simply focusing on the mole hills that make up the mountain - rather than focusing in on the mountain itself. Don't get me wrong, I know that weight loss can seem like an enormous task - especially when you have 20, 50 or even 100 pounds to lose. However, rather than being discouraged by the mountain of fat you need to lose, conquer the mole hill of losing one single pound each week. In fact, make it your weekly mole hill to drop one pound a week. Doesn't that sound easy? If you did this consistently for one year you would lose 50 pounds. So how do you shed a pound a week? Simple. Just burn 3500 extra calories. Create a 3500 calorie deficit each week by a combination of increased calorie exertion (exercise) and a decrease in calories consumed (eating less). Take every opportunity to exert more calories by increasing your physical activity and to decrease your calorie consumption by eating fewer calories and by making healthier choices. It helps to record your progress in a notebook and refer back to it. You will be surprised how encouraging it is to see your weekly progress written down on paper. Remember, if you lose 500 calories a day you will drop a pound in a week.Here are some practical ways to lose calories: If you normally... Do this instead... • Drink a mocha... Drink plain coffee or tea (250 calories lost) • Eat a snack from a vending machine... Enjoy an apple (180 calories lost) • Hit the snooze button in the AM... Jog for 30 minutes before work (150 calories lost) • Skip your workout... See me for an invigorating workout (changes your life!) Weight loss doesn't have to be a mountain. Each molehill you conquer will take you one step closer to a healthier, fitter you. Small changes to your lifestyle over time will make the difference. I'm always available to help. Call 424-7878 or send me an email ( to set up your free consultation.

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US parents average 38 minutes a week in

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The Charlton Shop Open 10-5 daily Closed Sunday and Monday


Space officially begins 62 miles up.

Built in 1787 our vine covered brick building is filled with fine furniture and accessories to compliment your home. Come in, sit down and let us work together designing the interior of your favorite abode.

The Charlton Tavern Tuesday – Thursday 11:30 -9 Friday and Saturday 11:30 – 10 Sunday 12-8

399-9951 You will feel as though you have stepped back in time as you dine in our historic Early American setting. From the great beams in the ceiling and the stone fireplace the Charlton Tavern is steeped in history.Couple that feeling of rich history with a modern kitchen and professional staff and you will have a dining experience unmatched in the Capital Region.


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Flag Day Parade

June 10th • Burnt Hills WHAT A GREAT TURNOUT! The pride of Burnt Hills was front and center during the Flag Day Parade. The street was packed with people showing their support for local kids and business owners. This is a great community and we feel blessed to be a part of it.

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PADGETT PATHWAYS As you read this, summer is in full swing! The kids are out of school, and the track season is almost upon us. My name is Joe Sangaline and along with my wife, Amy, we own the local Padgett Business Services franchise. We want to share with our readers our new web site:, please check us out when you are online! This month's article will focus on vacations and whether or they are tax deductible. Please feel free to contact us at any time if you have a question. (By phone 348-1666, or email: TAX DEDUCTIBLE VACATIONS Although business is business, and pleasure is pleasure, the world rarely adheres to absolutes. So, as the summer vacation season begins to unfold, you may want to consider mixing some leisure time in with your business travel.With a little planning, you can get Uncle Sam to subsidize your downtime. BUSINESS OR PLEASURE The IRS doesn't specify the determination of whether a trip is for business or pleasure on domestic trips. However, looking to the rules on international travel for guidance, the number of days spent on each type of activity is the key. An important factor in determining if the trip is primarily business or pleasure is the amount of time spent on each, although this isn't the sole factor. In general, the trip is “primarily for business” if more than half of the days are spent on business activities. The following days count toward your total business days: Travel days; Weekends and holidays, if they fall between days devoted to business and it would be impractical to return home; “Standby days,” when your physical presence is required, also count as business days - even if you're not called upon to work on those days; Any other day principally devoted to business activities during normal business hours; and days you intended to work but couldn't due to reasons beyond your control (local transportation difficulties, power failures, etc.). If the trip doesn't involve the actual conduct of business but is for the purpose of attending a convention, seminar, etc., IRS checks the nature of the meetings carefully to make sure they are not vacations in disguise. Be careful to save all material helpful in establishing the business nature of this travel. Meticulous recordkeeping and thorough planning are necessary. TRANSPORTATION COSTS The cost of traveling within the United States is 100% deductible as long as the primary purpose for the trip is business rather than pleasure. In contrast, no travel deductions are allowed if the main reason for a trip is personal. MEALS AND LODGING Once at your destination, expenses for such items as lodging, hotel tips, local cab fares, and 50% of meals are deductible when related to business days. However, these same types of expenses aren't deductible for non-business days. Additionally, no deduction will be allowed for meals or lodging to the extent the expense is “lavish or extravagant.” Although this term isn't defined in the tax rules, it has been interpreted to mean “unreasonable.” Personal entertainment costs on the trip aren't deductible (such as a sightseeing tour), regardless of the day on which they fall. But business-related costs such as dry-cleaning, phone calls, and computer rentals are. TAKING YOUR SPOUSE The rules on deducting the costs for a spouse accompanying you on a business trip are very restrictive. No deduction is allowed unless your spouse is an employee of yours or your company and his or her travel is also for a business purpose.This means you can't deduct the travel costs of a spouse, even if his or her presence has a bona fide business purpose, unless your spouse is a bona fide employee of your business. If your spouse is your employee, and if his or her presence on the trip serves a bona fide business purpose, then you can deduct his or her travel costs. Merely having your spouse perform some incidental business service - such as typing up notes from a meeting - isn't enough to establish a business purpose. In general, it isn't sufficient for your spouse's presence to be “helpful” to your business pursuits-it must be “necessary.” If your spouse's travel is not deductible, you can still deduct your own travel and meals; however, a shared cost - as with lodging - is deductible only at the single rate. Not sure whether your travel expenses will be deductible? Take a few minutes to give our office a call. Padgett Business Services is dedicated to meeting the tax, government compliance, profit & financial reporting and payroll needs of businesses with fewer than 20 employees in the retail and service sector of the economy.This publication suggests general business planning concepts that may be appropriate in certain situations. It is designed to provide complete and accurate information to the reader. However, because of the complexities of the tax law and the necessity of determining whether the material discussed herein is appropriate to your business, it is important you seek advice from your Padgett office before implementing any of the concepts suggested in this article. PENALTY NOTICE: As required by U.S. Treasury regulations, you are advised that any written tax advice contained herein was not written or intended to be used (and cannot be used) by any taxpayer for the purpose of avoiding penalties that may be imposed under the Internal Revenue Code.

Men can read smaller print than woman can, and


"The Boston Nation" a newspaper published in Ohio during the mid-nineteenth century, had pages seven and a half feet long and five and a half feet wide. It required two people to hold the paper in proper reading position.


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GEEK TIP OF THE MONTH BENEFITS OF A WIRELESS MOUSE Using a wireless mouse for your computer is a great way to reduce clutter and wires around your computer. You also won't need to worry about where you put your computer tower and if your mouse cord is long enough. The range is excellent and it is one less wire to worry about! If your wireless mouse starts acting slower then normal or does not track smoothly across the screen, there are a few things you can check to make sure of optimal performance. Make sure the batteries are charged or fresh. Also, make sure that the receiver, which is connected to the computer, is not blocked in some fashion. DUST, DIRT, AND BACTERIA The computer keyboard is often the most germ infected items in your home or office. Often it will contain more bacteria than your toilet seat. Cleaning it can help remove any dangerous bacteria. Dirt, dust and hair can also build up causing the keyboard to not function properly. Before cleaning the keyboard first turn off the computer. Then unplug the keyboard on a desktop. Not unplugging the keyboard can result in causing other computer problems as you may press keys that cause the computer to perform a task you don't want it to do. Many people clean the keyboard by turning it upside down and shaking. A more effective method is to use compressed air. Simply aim the air between the keys and blow away all of the dust and debris that has gathered there. After the dust, dirt, and hair has been removed, spray a disinfectant onto a cloth or use disinfectant cloths and rub each of the keys on the keyboard. Never spray any type of liquid onto the keyboard. If the keyboard has anything spilt into it (e.g. cola, Pepsi, Coke, beer, wine, coffee, milk, etc.), not taking the proper steps can cause the keyboard and or a Laptop to be destroyed. If anything is spilt onto the keyboard, push and hold the power button for 5 seconds to turn the computer off immediately. Once done, quickly flip the keyboard upside down. On a laptop, turn it upside down immediately and remove the power plug and battery. This will help to prevent the substance from penetrating circuits. Leave it upside down for at least one night allowing it to dry, and keep your fingers crossed that all will be well. DIRT, DUST, AND FINGER PRINTS Dirt, dust, and finger prints can cause the computer screen to be difficult to read. Unlike a computer monitor, the LCD/flat-panel display is not made of glass, therefore requires special cleaning procedures. When cleaning the LCD screen it is important to remember to not spray any liquids onto the LCD directly, press gently while cleaning, and do not use a paper towel as it may cause the LCD to become scratched. To clean the LCD screen we recommend that you use a non-rugged microfiber cloth, soft cotton cloth, or Swiffer duster. If a dry cloth does not completely clean the screen, you can apply rubbing alcohol to the cloth and wipe the screen with the damp cloth. Rubbing alcohol is actually used to clean the LCD before it leaves the factory. Until next time... safe computing! Maggie Faltskog, Cheap Geek, 399-8886


Biblically speaking, sneezing meant a certain death, until Jacob nosed in and made a deal with God, whereby a prayer per sneeze cheated the grim reaper. Pope Gregory the Great, in response to the sixth century plague in Italy, carved out his place in history as being the one responsible for insisting that prayers, such as "God bless you!," be said in response to the deadly sneeze. He did not, however, order that tissues be kept close at hand to snare the airborne germs spewed forth by the sneeze.

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IT'S A GREAT TIME TO BUY! Have you been thinking about buying a new home, but have hesitated, thinking now may not be the right time? The economy has certainly faced some challenges, with the real estate market taking a good deal of the heat. However, there are lots of good reasons to buy a home NOW! We are in the midst of a buyer's market. Affordability is high. There is a great selection of inventory and sellers are motivated. A visit to will allow you to search for nearly all homes for sale in our region, as well as provide links to other valuable resources, such as mortgage rates and information, and community comparisons. Mortgage rates are near historical lows, less than 5% currently. Just five years ago 30-year fixed rates averaged around 6.0% and ten years ago, they averaged just under 8.0%. To help understand what lower rates means to your borrowing power, the same payment of $1,200 per month loses almost $40,000 in financing ability with a rate increase of just 1.5%. Current seller concession opportunities are making it easier to finance a home. Property tax and mortgage interest deductions bring rewards at tax time. Tax credits are also available for owners who make certain projects to improve the energy efficiency of their home. For detailed information in regard to mortgage rates and tax credits visit and click on the 1st Priority Mortgage link. A home not only provides financial benefits, but also provides shelter and security and can lead to many, many years of happy memories. Talk to your REALTOR about helping you achieve the American Dream. Whether buying or selling - it pays to work with a REALTOR! Mary Laviano, Realty USA Office Phone:(518) 370-3170 Voice Mail:(518) 370-3170 Ext.: Ext403 Cell Phone:(518) 461-5580



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"In everyone's , at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit." - Albert Schweitzer (1875 - 1965)



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The US FLAG has thirteen stripes, alternating red and white, each stripe representing one of the 13 original colonies of England.

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FOCUSED ON SUPERIOR PERSONAL EYE CARE WITH A PERSONAL CARING EXPERIENCE. In March 2009 Kris and Dave Cameron took over the reins at Burnt Hills Optical from Jean Bergstrom. Jean started the business in 1988 and was always ahead of her time with her vision of what an optical center should offer to their customers. In 2009 Jean lost her battle to Ovarian Cancer, but not her dream to offer superb patient care. She passed that dream on to Kris and Dave who remain true to Jeans basic principle “We care for people- not just their eyes.” Kris and Dave are a husband and wife team; they balance their duties and both bring different strengths to the practice. They have a great staff that supports their philosophy, from the first phone call to make your appointment to the time you walk in with your glasses that you sat on; everyone is there to be sure you walk out seeing better than when you came in. Kris is a real people person, she has worn glasses most of her life and truly wants people to enjoy their glasses. She loves a challenge, whether it's helping a boomer find the right pair of glasses to bring out their personality, help a teenager with their first pair of contacts, or maybe helping someone ease into bifocal glasses or contacts. Dave is the fixer. He has several years experience working in a lab fabricating glasses, so he has can easily visualize a prescription in a pair of frames and know if something is not going to work. He is

GREAT at "fixing" and repairing glasses that come in all kinds of shapes - sometimes he is a bit of a wizard, repairing the un-repairable! Most importantly the entire team takes pride in their work. The mutual satisfaction of what they do is apparent. When they run into a patient outside of work and hear how much they love their glasses they know that as a team they made that person happy. They have worked hard to bring in a diverse selection of frames so everyone can find a style they like AND look good in. Kris, Dave and their team have the pleasure of watching families grow. They take the time to know their patients so they can help them make the best decisions possible regarding their vision throughout all their stages of life. . Healthy sight is vital to a healthy life. Purchasing corrective lenses should not be painful, that is what Kris and Dave believe in. If people enjoy coming to Burnt Hills Optical to get their exam and buy glasses or contacts they will be more willing to take care of their vision. Our lives are so dependent on what and how we see, it's good to know there are people to go to that believe in the importance of healthy sight, not just selling you. Stop and SEE the difference… Burnt Hills Optical• 793 Route 50 • Burnt Hills • 399-6130

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A SENSIBLE STRATEGY FOR YOUR FUTURE By Amy M. Aldrich, State Farm® Agent The financial choices you make during your lifetime will certainly influence your investment goals for the future. Whether you’re saving for retirement, a child’s education or other goals, investing with State Farm ® Mutual Funds can help. Leveraging the long-term growth potential of equities, staying invested through market cycles and forming continuous investment habits are important. We emphasize a generally conservative, long-term buy-and-hold philosophy, and our approach doesn’t change in response to short-term market fluctuations or changing market conditions. We believe this strategy, along with proper asset allocation, can help smooth out the shortterm highs and lows of the markets. It may be a beneficial approach for you as you move closer to your investment objectives. Over time, investing across asset classes (stocks, bonds and cash equivalents) and diversification between each class could bring you closer to your financial goals. State Farm Mutual Funds offer many investing advantages to help you plan for the future. One advantage is having access to the expertise of seasoned professionals in State Farm Investment Management Corp. (SFIMC), with over 40 years experience and nearly $10.5 billion in assets under management (as of Dec. 31, 2009). We also work with seven other highly respected asset management organizations (sub-advisors) who share our prudent, long-term approach. With this kind of expertise, you can be confident that your investments are being managed in a responsible, conservative and cost-effective manner consistent with a long-term perspective. We offer convenient ways to consolidate and manage accounts, and access to tools and resources to help you stay on track. We can provide you with a variety of options to help manage complex and personal financial concerns. Contact a financial services professional to establish or review your financial goals. There is no assurance that any investment will achieve its investment objectives. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate and the investment, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than its original cost. State Farm Mutual Funds are available through prospectus by State Farm VP Management Corp., One State Farm Plaza, Bloomington, Illinois 61710, 1-800-447-4930). Please read the prospectus and consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses and other information it contains about State Farm Mutual Funds carefully before investing. AP2010/03/0392 A regular investment program does not assure a profit and does not protect against loss in declining markets. A regular investment program involves continuous investment in securities regardless of fluctuating prices. You should consider your financial ability to continue purchases through periods of high or low price levels. Securities, insurance and annuity products are not FDIC insured, are not guaranteed by State Farm Bank and are subject to investment risk, including possible loss of principal. It is important to note that diversification and asset allocation do not assure a profit or protect against loss in a declining market. There is market risk involved when investing in mutual funds, including possible loss of principal.

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Reuben Dogs 4 all-beef big franks 4 tsp spicy brown mustard 12 slices deli pastrami 4 sourdough French rolls halved horizontally and toasted 4 slices Swiss cheese cut in half diagonally 1 cup prepared sauerkraut Thousand Island salad dressing OUTDOOR METHOD Set up grill for direct cooking over medium heat. Spray grate with non stick spray. Spread each frank on all sides with 1 tsp mustard. Wrap three slices of the pastrami around each frank. Grill pastrami-wrapped franks on hot oiled grill until heated through turning frequently. Serve franks hot on toasted French rolls with sliced cheese and sauerkraut. Top with Thousand Island salad dressing.

Grilled Eggplant Parmesean Pizza 4 baby eggplants cut crosswise in 1â „2-in.-thick slices 4 pocketless pitas Olive-oil nonstick spray 1 cup bottled marinara sauce 1 cup part-skim ricotta 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese 2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese Garnish: chopped fresh basil leaves

Pre heat grill. Coat eggplant and pitas with nonstick spray. Grill eggplant 10 minutes, turning as needed until tender; remove. Grill pitas 1 minute until bottoms are lightly charred. Remove to a platter; spread grilled sides with the sauce, then top with eggplant, dollops of ricotta, mozzarella INDOOR METHOD and Parmesan cheese.Return to grill. Prepare franks as directed. Preheat broiler. Cover and grill 1 to 2 minutes until Place franks on a wire rack over a foil-lined cheeses melt. Remove; cut each in 4 baking sheet or broiler pan. Cook 6 to 8 inches wedges. Garnish with basil. from heat source for 5 to 10 minutes turning frequently. Serve as directed.

Marinated Grilled Chicken with Watermelon Salsa 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 teaspoon chili powder 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 garlic cloves, minced 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts or 8 boneless skinless chicken thighs FOR SALSA 2 cups watermelon, diced 1 cup mango, diced 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped 2 tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped 2 tablespoons jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely chopped 1 tablespoon lime juice 1/2 teaspoon sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt Combine first 6 ingredients in a zipper bag and mix. Add chicken, seal, and toss around to coat. Refrigerate 4 hours, turning occasionally. Combine salsa ingredients and stir. Grill chicken on pre-heated grill coated with cooking spray until cooked through. Serve with salsa.

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THE WORLD IS A LITTLE BRIGHTER WITH A SMILE What is root canal treatment? Root canal treatment involves removing the dying or dead nerve of the tooth. The nerve is located in the roots of the tooth which reside in the bone, covered by your gums. What symptoms would one experience if a root canal is necessary? This procedure is done to relieve pain, decrease swelling or aid in treating a discolored tooth. You may not experience any symptoms, but an infection may be seen when the dentist takes a picture of your tooth. One scenario that makes root canal therapy necessary is a cavity that has gotten so large it goes deep into the tooth. Another might be when a tooth has a fracture, which can be caused from grinding or having some sort of trauma (be careful when throwing those baseballs this summer!). If the dentist tells you that you need root canal therapy, the other option is to have the tooth extracted. To have no treatment at all is not an option as the tooth will continue to hurt and could cause swelling in your mouth, as well as out on your face. Even if you have not experienced pain when an infection is noted on an x-ray, the options remain the same as the infection could increase and cause swelling at any time. To know if you need root canal therapy or to avoid needing it, see your dentist regularly for checkups. Make sure to let your dentist know as soon as possible if you have any teeth that are sensitive to hot or cold drinks, get food stuck in your teeth or if parts of them have fractured off. If you have any burning dental questions please email them to us at and we will try to tackle them in an upcoming column. For more information contact Dr. Szymczak Evans and Dr. Evans Szymczak and Evans Family General Dentistry, P.C. 461 Saratoga Road Glenville 399-6939 Szymczak and Evans Family General Dentistry is committed to excellent patient treatment. We are a family and will treat you as such. We seek to provide comprehensive, preventative care for the families in this community. “A True Family Practice�

EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT FOR THE TOWN OF BALLSTON COMMUNITY LIBRARY Benjamin Lafergola of Glenville spearheaded the creation of 4 mobile storage units, 2 large shelving units, and a laminating table for the Town of Ballston Community Closet for his Eagle Scout Project. Ben is a Junior at the Burnt Hills Ballston Lake Central Schools and belongs to Troop 83.

JULY SCHEDULE All shows start at 7:00 PM unless noted Bring a chair or blanket

Friday July 2nd 8:00 PM Hillbilly Horns ~ Country Fireworks at 9:15 Sponsored by Jumpin' Jack's

Saturday July 3rd Air National Guard Band Sponsored by River Stone Manor

Wednesday July 7th Scotia-Glenville Pipe Band ~ Bagpipes Sponsored by Trusco bank

Thursday July 8th Scotia-Glenville Community Band Sponsored by 1st National Bank of Scotia

Saturday July 10th Ernie Williams ~ Blues Sponsored by NBT Bank

Sunday July 11th The Puppet People ~ Kids Puppet Show Sponsored by Bellamy Construction

Wednesday July 14th Soul Session ~ Soul / R&B Sponsored by Stewart's Shops

Saturday July 17th Grant Austin Taylor ~ Rock Sponsored by Jumpin' Jacks

Sunday July 18th Jill Hughes ~ Jazz Sponsored by Village Paint

Wednesday July 21st The AudioStars ~ Party Rock Sponsored by Mohawk Honda

Thursday July 22nd Scotia-Glenville Community Band Sponsored by 1st National Bank of Scotia

Saturday July 24th Chris Shaw & Kevin McKrell Sponsored by Marshall & Sterling

Sunday July 25th Route Fifty 5 ~ Classical & Contemporary Jazz Sponsored by NBT Bank

Wednesday July 28th The Joey Thomas Big Band Sponsored by Scotia-Glenville Dental Center

Saturday July 31st Storm Front ~ Billy Joel Tribute Band Sponsored by Glenville Dental/Dr Sandmann



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Paul Winchell, the ventriloquist, was not only the voice of Tigger in the Winnie the Pooh films, he also invented the artificial heart. He donated the patent for it to the University of Utah.

INDEPENDENCE TODAY! More than just a piece of paper secretly drafted by Thomas Jefferson in Philadelphia and given to congress in late June of 1776. As they pondered over revisions to the document they settled on Jefferson's fair copy and declared their independence from Great Britian on July 2nd, 1776. They officially adopted the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776. By January of the following year all states had received a signed copy of the document. This copy of sovereignty, freedom and liberty was a symbol of our country's independence, a document of what was important to our leaders and citizens. A goal of what we should all be working towards. I have had the privileged to honor first hand, some of those that have fought to protect our freedoms, making our world what it is today. My son belongs to Civil Air Patrol an Air Force Auxiliary. They were asked to greet World War II Veterans as they boarded the “Honor Flight”. This flight brought the veterans to Washington DC to the WWII Memorial. As the men and women passed, my son at attention in his dress blues, holding the American Flag, brought tears to my eyes. Realizing, these men, these women, who fought for my freedom were standing before me, before my son - his eyes wide with pride just to stand next to them. Knowing these veterans gave my son the right to hold our flag that day. As I tried to choke back the tears that welled in my eyes, I thought about my freedom, my independence and how, unfortunately, I had taken it for granted until that day. Realizing at that moment, I too had an obligation to those who fought years before my existence. An obligation to be a strong independent women, to be a good neighbor, a better friend and great role model for our kids. To except nothing less than my best, to put forth a person that helps others and doesn't judge and will listen when no one else will. Be thankful each day to live in a community as great as ours. These are our freedoms of today. Embrace them, be your best, and lend a helping hand whenever you can,even if it is for no other reason than you are “free” to do so. What was important to them is still important to us today. You may be just an army of one, but slowly you will gather strength and more will follow and together we can be GREAT! As always, I wish you peace, joy and the freedom to be your best so go get 'em! Pattie Rakvica •

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Burnt Hills Optical 793 Route 50 Burnt Hills 399.6130

Mail N More 690 Rt 50 Burnt Hills 399.3279

Pixies Closet 2124 Rt 50 Ballston Spa 885.1757

Bark Avenue 772 Saratoga Rd Burnt Hills 399.PETS

Innerwood Gallery 1021 Rt 50 Ballston Lake 399.8504

Burnt Hills Music 772 Rt 50 Burnt Hills 399.6047

The Glassman 861 Rt 50 Ballston Lake 399.6796

Charlton Shop Village of Charlton 399.8452

Charlton Tavern Village of Charlton 399.9951

All Seasons 60 Freemans Bridge Rd Scotia 372.5611

Jahodas Cabinets 443 Rt 50 Scotia 399.6707

Mohawk Valley Marine 47 Mohawk Ave Alplaus 399.2719

Cool Cat 19 Glenridge Rd Ste D Glenville 384.2288

Sally’s Streetside Café 158 Sacandaga Rd Scotia 280.3980

Pizza Perfetta 788 Saratoga Rd Burnt Hills 384.7700

Wayside Hardware 211 Sacandaga Rd Scotia 372.2593

Freemans Bridge Wine & Liquor 100 Freemans Bridge Rd Scotia 688.0789 Regulars Liquor Cabinet 443 Saratoga Rd Glenville 399.1405

Country Acres Farm & Pet Center 730 Saratoga Rd Burnt Hills 399.1592

Freemans Bridge Sports 38 Freemans Bridge Rd Scotia 382.0593

Village Paint 146 Mohawk Ave Scotia 393.0358

Franks Autobody 272 N. Ballston Ave Scotia 346.8119

Burnt Hills Hardware 217 Kingsley Rd Burnt Hills 399.8141

Ballston Cycle 998 Route 50 Ballston Lake 399.3939

Double M Western Store 687 Rt 67 Malta 884.9122

Terry's Floors 12 Main St. (Route 146A) Ballston Lake 399.0307

Shop Talk 108 Mohawk Ave Scotia 378.7888

Burnt Hills Body and Wellness 842 Saratoga Rd Burnt Hills 399-4182

Morris Ford Rt 50 Burnt Hills 399.9188

Andersen Boat 883 Route 50 Burnt Hills 399.5003

Goldstocks 98 Freemans Bridge Rd Scotia 382-2037

TJ'S Flightline Pub 20 Saratoga Rd Glenville 399.8401

Millstone Restaurant 654 Saratoga Rd Burnt Hills 384.3812

Kristi’s 218 Kingsley Road Burnt Hills 399.3866

Countryside Stove & Chimney 839 Saratoga Rd Burnt Hills 384.0598

Pena Windows 761 Route 50 Burnt Hills 384-7362


Capitaland GMC 37 Saratoga Rd Glenville 399.9999

Worth Repeating Hair and Now Socha Plaza Socha Plaza 123 Saratoga Road 123 Saratoga Road Scotia Scotia 384.0946 399.9655

A total of 4 winners will be announced. One Grand Prize winner: $150 Car Detailing at Frank & Sons, Scotia and three $100 Gift Certificates to be spent at any of the participating businesses. One Gift certificate per business will be honored. All game sheets must be turned in by July 31st to be entered to win. A public drawing will be held on August 11th at Mail N More's Community Center, 690 Saratoga Road (Rt 50) at 1:00pm. You need not be present to win. The winners will be phoned (in order of the drawing) and given the opportunity to redeem their certificates at a participating business of their choice. In the event a winner cannot be contacted within 48 hours; the prize(s) will be awarded according to the order of response from the winner(s). Must be 18 years or older to participate. Proof of ID required. Please call Cheryll at 265.1105 with any questions.

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Dear Reader: Welcome to our monthly column. I've been a columnist for the past 15 years in many running magazines around the country, and I'm excited to finally have one in my hometown. My column will provide information on injury prevention, injury treatment, and improvement of biomechanical imbalances. Each month, we'll highlight one of our 6 categories of care outlined below, and will invite questions at Dr. Tim Maggs


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Photo courtesy of Bill McGaffin Photography

MARK MORTENSEN UPDATE FOR JUNE 2010 After two consecutive Saturday’s when rain cancelled the racing program at the Fonda Speedway, sunshine and hot temperatures greeted all of the race car drivers on Saturday June, 19. Scotia, NY driver Mark Mortensen was anxious to get back on the track after more changes were made to the car during the off time to try and improve the handling of the Your Hometowne sponsored #1M. Mortensen started sixth in heat race number one and after the eight lap distance ended up finishing second, placing him in the third row in the sixth starting position for the 20-lap feature event. By lap six of the feature event he had already moved up to the second position after passing two cars at once in Mark’s trademark outside groove. On lap 12 a lap car blocked the outside groove that Mortensen was using, breaking his momentum and allowing another car to get by him for the second position. Mark finished the event in the second position, giving him his sixth top five finish in six events this season (two seconds, two thirds, and two fifths). The Mortensen Motorsports Racing Team is already looking forward to 2011 as the Sportsman division that he currently competes in may not be a part of the 2011 racing program at the Track of Champions Fonda Speedway forcing them to start racing in a different division. With that in mind you or your business can join the Your Hometowne newspaper and become a sponsor on the #1M race car as there is always room for additional sponsors whether they are monetary or product sponsors. To find out more about sponsorship opportunities on the #1M you can call car owner Bonnie MortensenSzczerba at 518-882-7011. You can keep up with the #1M racing team by going to their official website

Union College in Schenectady is regarded as the Mother of Fraternities because Delta Phi is the oldest continually operating fraternity and Kappa Alpha and Sigma Phi Societies were started on the campus.

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LIBRARY HOURS Monday -Thursday 10AM - 8PM Friday 10AM - 5PM Saturday 10AM - 2PM Closed Sunday


July Meeting of the Town of Ballston Community Library Board of Trustees will be held on July 28, 2010 at 7 PM in the library community room. The public is invited to attend. Make a Splash at the library during the New York State Summer Reading Program. You can still sign up! You can find the program flyer at Join us on July 19th at 1 PM in the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake

High School Cafeteria for Magicman's Beach Party Blast. This program is made possible by the Saratoga County Youth Bureau. Do you knit? Crochet? Cross Stitch? Join the Fiber Fanatics from 7-9 PM on July 26th in the library community room. Are you on FaceBook? So is the library! Look for the Town of Ballston Community Library and click Like to become a fan!

Phone: 518-399-8174 Fax: 518-399-1687 E-mail: VISIT US ONLINE YOUTH SERVICES E-mail:

A SINCERE THANK YOU The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Business & Professional Association along with the Community would like to thank all the sponsors of the 9th annual Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Flag Day Parade and Fireworks held on Thursday, June 10, 2010. Your commitment to our Community shined like a beacon this year. You not only answered our call to sponsor, but took an extra step and covered the cost of the fireworks. When you heard that the Town of Ballston voted not to sponsor the fireworks, your response was overwhelming. Your belief that the Community would lose a tradition that unites all of us did in fact unite us more. Thank you for being part of our Community. Richard C. Doyle, Jr. Vice President – BHBL-BPA

Weigh yourself; multiply it by 0.0028, that’s how much salt (by weight) you have in your body.


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With Paul Hill

Last month I ended with a mention about a man named Chuck who would be the focus of this month's article. It's a story of strength, and the power of music. I met Chuck during a visit to Burnt Hills Music Store to chat with Rick, the owner about his ad in the paper; Chuck was busy restringing a guitar. I was looking for a story that would be of interest and relevant to music when Rick said; your story is right in front of you, Chuck Gochenour has quite the story, he wasn't wrong. About 13 years ago Chuck was riding his motorcycle, crested a rise in the road and was presented with a vehicle in his lane, with about 1.2 seconds to make a decision, not nearly enough time to avoid the crash that would change everything. Up to that point Chuck had been one of the best high school wrestlers in the state of Michigan. He went onto a successful Naval Career as an officer with experience on a Nuclear Sub and job at the Kesselring site in West Milton. Now hospitalized in critical condition with multiple fractures a shattered rib cage and broken bones too numerous to mention, Chuck spent the next 7 years sleeping upright in a chair, in too much pain to lie down. At one point he asked the doctors to amputate his arm to relieve the pain radiating from his broken shoulder, this prompted them to try something radical, they implanted a battery powered nerve stimulation device in his lower back with wires that run up along the spine. The doctors then suggested he try to take up an instrument that would provide therapy to his numb fingertips. Taking that advice, Chuck

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ended up at Burnt Hills Music as a personal student of owner Rick Werblow, who oversaw a man learning guitar by watching his fingers and forming chords by the look of his finger position not the feel. Within six months Chuck could read music and play what he read, the doctors were absolutely amazed at the level of progress he had made in regaining his dexterity and functionality. Here is a case in point where music played a huge factor, physically and spiritually to a broken body trying to heal. On occasion Chuck can be found helping Rick with various instrument repairs when he isn't helping out at

the empire state games with his original passion, wrestling. He provides a wealth of knowledge and source of strength to Olympic hopefuls such as his son John, an outstanding wrestler in his own right. This isn't a story with a moral or for that matter a happy ending. Chuck struggles on a daily basis to regain a station in life that few of us have seen and music continues to play a large part of his therapy. Not only has Chuck gained a new skill in playing guitar, he has quite the loyal friend in Rick who helped me pen this story of determination and raw desire to overcome a horrible event that came his way so many years ago. STAY TUNED!

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EYE SAFETY Each day, about 2,000 U.S. workers receive medical treatment because of eye injuries sustained at work. Workplace injury is a leading cause of eye trauma, vision loss, disability, and blindness, and can interfere with your ability to perform your job and carry out normal activities. Over 90% of these injuries are preventable with the use of proper safety eyewear. Employers and workers should be aware of the risks to sight, especially if they work in high-risk occupations. High-risk occupations include construction, manufacturing, carpentry, auto repair, electrical work, plumbing, welding, and maintenance. The combination of removing or minimizing eye safety hazards and wearing proper eye safety protection can prevent many eye injuries. Personal protective eyewear such as safety glasses with side shields, goggles, face shields, and/or welding helmets can protect you from common hazards, including flying fragments, large chips, hot sparks, optical radiation, splashes from molten metals, objects, particles, and glare. The risk of eye injury and the need for preventive measures depend on your job and the conditions in your workplace. Employers can take several precautions to make the work environment as safe as possible and help reduce the risk of visual impairment and blindness caused by injury: • Conduct an eye-hazard assessment • Remove or reduce all eye hazards where possible • Provide appropriate safety eye protection for the types of hazards at the worksite • Require all employees in hazardous situations to wear the appropriate eye protection • Keep eye protection in good condition and assist workers with attaining the proper fit • Keep bystanders out of work areas and/or behind protective barriers • Use caution flags to identify potential hazards such as hanging or protruding objects • Provide emergency sterile eyewash solutions/stations near hazardous areas • Post first-aid instructions and information on how to get emergency aid. Eye safety should receive continuing attention in workplace educational programs. Procedures for handling eye injuries should also be established and reinforced. Workers should have a comprehensive dilated eye examination on a regular basis (typically every 2 years) to help ensure good eye health. Maintaining healthy vision is important to avoiding injuries on the job. For more information contact Kristen Cameron Burnt Hills Optical, 793 Rt. 50 Burnt Hills, 399-6130 or online at Burnt Hills Optical was established in 1988 by Jean Bergstrom and continues as Jean had planned under the leadership of Kris Cameron. The principles of superb patient care and service on which Jean based her business remain unchanged. “We care for people - not just their eyes.”

Question: If you fill a 3 cubic foot container with water, how much will it weigh?

Answer: About a ton

NYS FACTS: The 641 mile transportation network known as the Governor Thomas E. Dewey Thruway is the longest toll road in the United States. The first railroad in America ran a distance of 11 miles between Albany and Schenectady. The Genesee River is one of the few rivers in the world that flows south to north. The “New York Post” established in 1803 by Alexander Hamilton is the oldest running newspaper in the United States. Answers from Word Search on page 27

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Last month we had an imposter! Word on the street - the Havlicek family is one of the best families around and we guess he was hoping he could work his way in! Grandma Havlicek noticed immediately that it was not her grandson and the imposter fled without a trace. (Honestly it was a mistake) Please welcome the real Chase Moen!


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