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A Family oriented and family run Italian Restaurant in Ballston Spa, NY. We feature a traditional Italian menu, freshly prepared by our Gourmet Chef!

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A message from Once again the Northeast has been devastated by a “once in a hundred years storm”. While we were not physically impacted as greatly as we were by Irene here in the Capital District, the economic impact of Sandy is trickling down to the local business owners. Many products make their way here via New Jersey and New York City. From paint to flooring, boxes and bubble wrap; our local business owners are having trouble getting product to meet the needs of the upcoming holidays. With Thanksgiving being as early as possible, the 22nd of November due to 5 Thursdays in this year's calendar, we are all rushing to get our homes spruced up in time for the first of our Winter Holidays. Our local Merchants rely heavily on the commerce that revolves around the sprucing and preparation for our winter festivities. So I ask you; be patient. Remember; there are people only a few hundred miles away that have no homes to spruce up. As we visited the local merchants to get their ads for this all important time for them the common theme was their concern over late deliveries and not being able to fulfill promises. It is not for lack of caring or not ordering in a timely fashion. NJ and NYC suffered a terrible blow from Sandy and they simply have not been able ship products due to the flooding and damage caused by the storm. Small business Saturday is November 24th. It is a movement that was founded in 2010 by American Express to help small businesses get more exposure during one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year. Small Business Saturday is a day for everyone - from the business owners who create jobs to the customers who buy locally - to support small businesses that invigorate the economy and keep communities thriving. Our local merchants have been dealt some pretty tough times the past few years between devastating storms, winter with no snow and a generally weak economy. I could rattle off statistics regarding how the money stays in the community longer when you shop local; but how about just plain common sense and caring? Spending money with people vested in your community feels good. When you go into an individually owned business you are looking at the face of someone putting in 60-80 hour weeks. They are not getting a tax break from the government just for showing up and more than likely they have made many contributions to the local schools and community programs that would go unfunded without their generosity. When you sit down at the Thanksgiving table this year make sure you talk about your blessings. If it is not a tradition in your family to do this, then this is a perfect time to start. Ask everyone at your table to tell one thing that they are truly grateful for. I would be willing to bet it has nothing to do with paint or bubble wrap. I am thankful that my daughter Lea is safe after Sandy dumped nearly 10 feet of water on her front doorstep. I am thankful that my other daughter Beth gave birth to a beautiful baby boy and allowed me to be there with her to see him enter the world. I am thankful that Paul's daughter Jaime married Christopher, they are truly soul mates. I pray that as you read this you will recall the moments that made you smile this year. Have a blessed Thanksgiving, Cheryll & Paul.

A Special Thanks to Dave Crudele for the Cover Background.

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518-331-8710 • 518-788-8865 Bliss Properties of NY is an independent real estate brokerage based out of Rexford and Glenville, serving New York's Capital Region and beyond! We opened our proverbial doors 26 years ago and have been connecting buyers and sellers across the capital region ever since. Pamela Bliss, owner and founder of Bliss Properties of NY graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Management before going to work in the corporate world. After working in a law, accounting, sales, and finally insurance, she realized she still lacked a sense of fulfillment in her career. Though she had been buying and selling real estate for years as an investor, it was a bad experience with a real estate agent that solidified her decision to get her license. Vowing never to be taken advantage of again, she dedicated that passion to opening her own company offering only the best quality service to her clients. Realizing that many of her concerns were also the concerns of most Senior Citizens when buying and selling their homes, she became a Seniors Real Estate Specialist to help make their experience a better one. Because buying and selling a home should be a joyful experience, it is her personal goal to bring her clients happiness in every transaction! Victoria Romeo, known by her friends and clients as Tori, graduated with a Bachelors in History. After a year of volunteer service, she went on to receive her Master in History and Master of Education. She quickly found a job in eLearning; however, she missed working one-on-one with people and began looking at other career options after a few years When she bought her first house with her husband, her spark for real estate ignited. Realizing that real estate encompassed almost everything she sought in a career, she got her license and began working with Pamela Bliss.Tori found her niche in real estate by putting her educational background to use working with first-time home buyers and sellers. She is an expert in market analysis and known for patiently walking her clients through every step of buying and selling their homes. Bliss Properties of NY believes that buying and selling real estate involves more than just exchanging money for property. It is both a financial and emotional investment. A home is not just another mortgage payment: it is the keepsake of memories and the foundation for a person's future. As your trusted real estate advisors, we understand this; and we will use our years of experience to personally guide you through every step of the way.

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518-470-5358 124 Saratoga Road • Glenville It's been 9 months since I opened my own business in FEBRUARY, 2012! What a wonderful start to my 1st year as a business owner! Thank you to the loyal clients, community and local merchants who were part of my beginning. Electrolysis by Beth welcomes people of all backgrounds, with various skin and hair types. Electrolysis IS the ANSWER for people burdened by unwanted hair which can become quite problematic when it is causing skin problems and anxiety over what others can see. Most of us want to give off our best image, whether it's on a daily basis in the workplace, going to school, competing in sports, OR simply among our family and friends! Tweezing, waxing, and shaving are all temporary methods of hair removal which provide only a quick fix or bandaid for the real problem. Electrolysis DIFFERS because it is the ONLY FDA-approved method of permanent hair removal. It treats the hair at it's source of growthbeneath the skin. A micropulse of energy is focused at the cells responsible for hair growth and eliminates the hair--PLUS minimizes the follicle's ability to regrow hair. With the latest computerized equipment available, and a customized series of consistent treatments, you can experience a comfortable treatment and be on your way to attaining smoother, clearer skin without any attention of yours being spent on the process! Let me help you NOW to enjoy the associated peace of mind, increased confidence and improved self-esteem while eliminating the hair and the worry of what others may see. I offer you 25 years of experience and a friendly, relaxing atmosphere, a well as a gentle, caring, meticulous approach. One of the most common remarks I hear from clients is,"Why didn't I do this a long time ago? I wish I knew how easy this was!" So WHY WAIT? Call me to set up a free confidential consultation and complimentary sample treatment. I look forward to meeting you!

President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a National Holiday in 1863.

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RULES OF BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING! Whether you're buying online or trying to beat the rush at a brick-and-mortar store, follow what the pros do to snag the best bargains in the days after Thanksgiving. At Local Living In, your community resource, we work directly with local area retailers to get you the best deals, offers and specials. Sure, anyone can snag a discount on Black Friday - but the real pros walk away with some amazing deals and stay within their budgets. What are their secrets? A little research and planning can help you make the right choices; coupons sweeten the deals and technology helps you beat others to the purchase. Few shoppers will score one of those "doorbusters" that are stocked 10 to a store, but those who prepare can land most of the better bargains. A good game plan goes a long way! This year, the competition for those bargains will be stiff. As many as 152 million people are planning to shop Black Friday weekend. Of those, 74 million say they will definitely hit the stores, jockeying for a shot at a $79.99 HDTV, a $179.99 laptop computer or other deals. Many will be scouring the Web trying to nab some of these deals without queuing up in the cold. Check out our step-by-step guide to landing some of the best bargains whether you're shopping from your computer or braving the crowds: Make a list - This sounds obvious, but it's critical. There are a lot of hypedup deals and promotions working to get you to buy more than you really need. Check ads online - In the next few weeks leading up to Black Friday, the Local Living In website will be posting an ongoing listing of local retailers who will be offering some amazing Black Friday and Small Business Saturday deals! Compare upcoming sale prices with current prices - Don't assume that the best deals are to be had only in the big ads on Black Friday. Compare prices to find the lowest prices for your products leading up to Black Friday. Connect deals with coupons - Don't forget to bring your Buy Local Card often you can pair sales with other coupons, making the deals even sweeter. Understand price-matching and return policies - Knowing which stores will match others' prices during the holiday season and on Black Friday is invaluable. Hit the Web early - Even if you're camping out in line to snag one of those doorbuster tickets at Best Buy, you're going to want to check out what's happening at the other stores (especially smaller local retailers) on your list. Most Black Friday sales start hours - if not a full day - earlier online then they do at the stores. Wait if the deals aren't good enough - Lastly, if you don't score any of those superhot bargains you went out in search of, don't panic. Prices typically dip lower on many items in the first two weeks of December anyways. And, hey, there are always last-minute deals announced on many websites, including ours -, the Local Living In Facebook Page, by @LocalLivingIn on Twitter and in our weekly newsletter… so don't forget to sign up now. Make sure you check out, register and request your FREE Buy Local Card to get info on local deals and offers from merchants in your community. Juergen Klingenberg, Founder of Local Living In

“If a fellow isn't thankful for what he's got, he isn't likely to be thankful for what he's going to get.” - Frank A. Clark

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518-384-1730 Dollar General Plaza 772 Saratoga Rd, Rt 50 • Burnt Hills If you’re looking for high quality and personal service, the Personal Image is the place for you! At Personal Image Salon we’ll give you the attention and personal service you’ll come to expect and enjoy. Brian and Laura Donovan opened Personal Image Salon in 1993. Laura studied cosmetology at Austin Beauty School and was working as a licensed beautician when the opportunity to purchase Personal Image, (previously the Faircut) presented itself. Laura and Brian took the leap of faith that all business owners do and purchased the salon. Nearly 20 years later the salon is still a successful locally owned business. They recently renovated the shop, updated their equipment and brought in some new product lines. The Beauty Industry is always changing and Laura knows that to remain competitive she needs to be on top of what’s new. Laura has continued her cosmetology education for herself and staff by attending many educational seminars and beauty shows. They carry a large variety of products including Redken, Paul Mitchell, Goldwell, Australian Gold, California Tan and more. Personal Image currently employs 2 full time and 3 part time Hairstylists who perform services for men, women and children. Their services include haircuts and styles, coloring and highlighting, waxing, upstyles, permanents, manicures, and tanning. Located in Burnt Hills largest strip plaza, Laura and her team look forward to servicing the community for many more years to come!

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518-384-0946 Socha Plaza • Glenville Worth Repeating in Socha Plaza is an upscale women’s clothing and accessory shop. Tracey Harris opened her shop in 2001, her eye for fashion and high standards have made this shop unique and successful. From formal wear to casual chic, Worth Repeating has a wonderful selection to chose from. Anne Marie Chamberlin joined forces with Tracey 9 years ago an brought with her 18 years of consignment experience. Together these ladies make Worth Repeating different than most consignment shops. They only accept “up to date” items and the items must be clean and well… Worth Repeating. As a consignor you can be sure they will keep track of your items on their computer system so you will know when it was sold and how much you will receive for the item. Tracey and Ann Marie are customer focused and greet their patrons as they walk through the door. I have purchased several items from the ladies and they are always helpful when it comes to deciding if something looks good on you. They are not afraid to say ”no that’s not quite right for you”; it’s not about the sale for them, it’s about you being happy and coming back. I recommend them to my friends constantly! Stop in and see what you’ve been missing, you won’t be disappointed. Open Tuesday - Friday 10 am – 5 pm, Sat 10 am – 4 pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.



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WHAT SHOULD I DO ABOUT THE “FISCAL CLIFF” I must admit that I am getting tired of the catchy names and dire predictions propagated by our popular media's 24-hour news cycle. As an investor, you can sometimes still feel you're at the mercy of forces beyond your control. This time they latched onto a phrase used by the Federal Reserve referring to a “fiscal cliff.” First of all, you need to understand what led to the Fed's remarks. Here's the story: Some $1.2 trillion in spending cuts are scheduled to begin in 2013 while, simultaneously, the Bush-era tax cuts including the reduction in capital gains and dividend taxes - are set to expire. This combination of spending cuts and higher taxes could take some $600 billion out of the economy, leading to a possible recession - and maybe something much worse, at least in the eyes of the Fed. Still, there's no need for panic. Despite its political infighting, Congress is likely to reduce the “cliff” to a smaller bump, though it probably won't happen until after the election. But as an investor, you may need to be prepared for two significant events: market volatility, at least in the short term, and higher taxes, probably for the foreseeable future. To combat market volatility, you need to own a broadly diversified portfolio that can handle “bumps,” “cliffs” and other rugged investment terrain. This means you'll need a mix of stocks, bonds and other securities that are suitable for your needs. (Keep in mind, though, that while diversification can reduce the impact of market volatility, it cannot guarantee profits or protect against losses.) You may also need to “rebalance” your portfolio to ensure that it's still aligned with your goals, risk tolerance and time horizon, despite the impact of volatility. Now, let's turn to taxes. Even if taxes on income, capital gains and dividends do rise, they will still, in all likelihood, be much lower than they've been at various points in the past. Nonetheless, you may want to consider a variety of steps, including the following: 1. Take advantage of tax-deferred vehicles. Contribute as much as possible to your traditional IRA, your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement plan, and any education savings accounts you may have, such as a 529 plan. 2. Consider converting your traditional IRA to a Roth IRA. A Roth IRA provides tax-free earnings, provided you don't start taking withdrawals until you're 59 1/2 and you've had your account for at least five years. (Be aware, though, that this conversion is taxable and may not be appropriate if you don't have money readily available to pay the taxes.) 3. Consider municipal bonds. If you're in one of the upper tax brackets, you may benefit from investing in “munis,” which pay interest that's free of federal taxes, and possibly state and local taxes as well. Not all these choices will be suitable for your situation, of course. Before taking action on these items, you may want to consult with your tax and financial advisors. But give these options some thought because they may prove helpful in keeping your financial goals from going “over a cliff.” Christopher Nyhan runs the Edward Jones office in Burnt Hills, NY. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Chris can be reached at 399-5087 or

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NEW MULTIFOCAL CONTACTS Most people don't know that contact lenses can be bifocal, trifocal, or even progressive. But it's true. New multifocal contacts are being designed each year for people with presbyopia; a natural condition brought on by age, where the eye's natural lens stiffens and loses the ability to focus on close objects. You're probably much more active than your parents were at your age. Biking, jogging, exercising and playing sports are just a few of the activities that today's 40-somethings routinely enjoy. So it's no surprise that many people 40 and older prefer contact lenses over glasses for their active lifestyles. Once we reach our mid-40s, presbyopia makes it difficult to focus on near objects. Reading glasses used to be the only option available to contact lens wearers who wanted to read a menu or do other everyday tasks that require good near vision. But today, a number of multifocal contact lens options are available for you to consider. Some multifocal contact lenses have a bifocal design with two distinct lens powers - one for your distance vision and one for near. Others have a multifocal design somewhat like progressive eyeglass lenses, with a gradual change in lens power for a natural visual transition from distance to close-up. Multifocal contacts are available in both rigid gas permeable (RGP or GP) and soft lens materials Soft multifocal lenses can be comfortably worn on a part-time basis, so they're great for weekends and other occasions if you prefer not to wear them every day. For the ultimate in convenience, one-day disposable soft multifocal lenses allow you to discard the lenses at the end of a single day of wear, so there's no hassle with lens care. You're an especially good candidate if you are already used to wearing contact lenses or if you have already adapted to bifocal, trifocal, or progressive eyeglass lenses. But really, most people with presbyopia - even those with no contact lens experience - can wear bifocal contact lenses successfully. To get started with multifocal contact lenses, your eye care practitioner will determine your near vision acuity and then choose a design that works best with your prescription and lifestyle. As with any new multifocal eyewear, you'll also receive brief training on the best way to use the lenses, as well as a follow-up appointment to be sure you've adapted to them. For more information contact Kristen Cameron, Burnt Hills Optical, 793 Rt. 50 Burnt Hills, 399-6130 or visit

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Town of Glenville

Fall 2012 Newsletter

Incorporated 1821 • State of New York From the Desk of the Town Supervisor... Christopher Koetzle, Town Supervisor It's a busy time around Glenville, and this edition of the Glenville Newsletter is chock-full of economic development news. As you can see, our economic development efforts are starting to pay off as we watch the transformation of our commercial corridors continue. This past year saw much progress with the new Target opening in Town Center and welcome news that Panera Bread is on its way. The Pig 'n Whistle at the Grove gives our residents yet another place to enjoy a night out with their families. Of course, our efforts don't end there. We're working with business owners and developers around the town on various other projects that, once complete, will help stabilize our tax base, beautify our business districts, and give our residents a diverse and rich shopping experience. Some residents have noted the changes and have asked what the town has done to help support further growth. The first thing we did was redouble the efforts of our Small Business and Economic Development Committee (SBED) that was created a few years back to promote economic development and business growth throughout the town and village (article on SBED within). Notably, together with the GBPA and others, the SBED helped conduct the town's Third Annual Oktoberfest this past fall. The Revitalization and Economic Development Initiative (REDI) Fund was enacted to support business development and expansion. Out of the REDI fund we've had two very successful Sign Grant Programs in 2011 and 2012 (article on sign grant within), as well as a soon to be unveiled marketing plan for Glenville economic development. The Town also recently commissioned a Local Development Corporation, established to provide low interest loans for start-up businesses and expanding companies. The Town has over $575,000 to lend through the recent payback of a Small Cities loan to a local business. This fund is not supported by Town money; it comes from the State for the purpose of promoting economic development and we're keeping it here in Glenville. Also, over the last three years the Town has fostered an attitude of business-friendliness among its planning and zoning review boards. Zoning amendments favorable to business growth, expedited application review procedures, and a newfound willingness to accommodate variance requests are three by-products of the Town's "can do" approach. More on this is planned in 2013. The Town also held its inaugural commercial building and property promotional event in April at the Water's Edge Lighthouse. This well-attended event was aimed at commercial realtors and brokers, developers, and real estate professionals. The event included detailed information and renderings of over 35 available commercial buildings and properties in Glenville, bringing together land/building owners with individuals and companies who represent commercial and industrial interests. Finally, the Board and I have made beautification of our Town Center a focus for this coming year and have committed to upgrading our infrastructure with sidewalks throughout the Center with new

“historic-style” lighting. This will transform the Town Center and deliver an upgraded shopping district for our residents. As you can see, we have made significant investments in our economic development efforts, and I believe with Councilman Alan Boulant's leadership as our economic development liaison, in conjunction with staff and volunteers, that we will continue to see more success in the near future. I truly believe that the best is ahead. Enjoy the fall (and winter)!

From the Highway Department... Tom Coppola, Highway Superintendent 2012 FALL LEAF PROGRAM (began October 22, 2012) • Do not delay; get your leaves out now. • Brush, sticks, rocks, stone & debris may not be mixed in with leaf piles as they cause costly damage to our machines. • Loose leaves must be placed on the edge of your lawn, no further than 10 ft from the roadside. • Do not fill dead-end streets with leaf piles. • It is unlawful to place anything on the pavement impeding the roadway and traffic. • Once snow falls and remains on leaves, all leaves must then be bagged. SNOW PLOWING & ICE CONTROL Glenville Code §1219 - It is unlawful to throw or deposit snow or ice in the roadway. Do not clean off vehicles in roadways. • In the event of a heavy wet snow storm, please place garbage cans as far from road's edge as possible to prevent knock-over. • Placement of basketball hoops or other structures in the town's roadways/right of ways is prohibited and slows down plowing. • Parking of vehicles is prohibited on town roadways between 3am and 6am, from November 15th through April 1st. • Parking is prohibited on or along town roadways for 48 hours after a snowfall exceeding an average depth of four inches. • Please report any storm drain issues you have during the winter. • We do not put snow in your driveway; we plow the roads that your driveway is on. CHRISTMAS TREES Program begins the week of January 2, 2013 and continues for three weeks, weather permitting. • Trees buried under snow will not be picked up. • All ornaments, stands and plastic bags must be removed. Please do not hesitate to call us at 382-1406 or visit our web page.

New Restaurants Sprouting in Glenville

A common observation made by Glenville residents is that the Town does not have enough restaurants, or an adequate variety of eateries. For those who have been clamoring for more choices, Glenville is now home to - or will soon be home to three new restaurants. The first restaurant, which has already opened, is the Pig 'n Whistle at the Grove, at 654 Saratoga Road. The Pig 'n Whistle is operating at the site of the former Millstone Speakeasy, and more notably before that, the Kristel Inn. The Pig 'n Whistle is an Irishthemed restaurant and pub.

Another restaurant set to open soon is the Creekside Café, at 658 Saratoga Road. The Creekside will open at the site of the former Roadhouse Restaurant. It will be configured as an internet café-type eatery, and will be open initially for breakfast and lunch. Live music suitable for a café setting may eventually be offered at the Creekside. The third restaurant is Panera Bread, which is featured in another article in this edition of the Newsletter. Panera will be located along Glenridge Road, next to Target. Assuming construction begins this fall, a summer or early fall 2013 opening is anticipated. For those looking for choices in eateries, the Town is fortunate to have a number of successful homegrown restaurants already operating, and a few new ones getting started.

Panera Bread and New Plaza to Start Construction Soon Pictured L-R:Assemblyman Jim Tedisco, Metroplex Chairman Ray Gillen, Councilwoman Gina Wierzbowski, Target Store Manager Nikki Reilly, Councilman John Pytlovany and Supervisor Chris Koetzle

owners who replace their business signs with new signs that comply with the Town's zoning regulations. The idea was to provide an incentive for business owners to invest in their properties by having the Town fund up to 50% of the cost of a new sign. Grants were capped at $3,000. The program was an immediate success, with the following 10 businesses taking advantage of the grant opportunity in 2011: Bayou Café Glenville Funeral Home Precision Glass & Aluminum Bonded Roofing Goldstock's Sporting Goods River Stone Manor Elmo's Body Shop La Moda Lisa Wayside Village Apartments Fogg's Automotive

Given the success of the 2011 REDI program, Supervisor Koetzle and the Town Board opted to renew the program in 2012, with $16,000 being set aside specifically for the sign grant program. And once again, 10 businesses submitted successful grant applications and were awarded funding, albeit at a lesser level than in 2011. The following businesses were/will be awarded grants in 2012 (not all signs have been installed as of mid-October): City Mission The Petal Pusher Florist Creating Change Bottle Return Pet Lodge/Checkerhill Farms Creekside Café (formerly the Roadhouse) Skyway Plaza Glenville Chiropractic Town Center Plaza/19 Glenridge Enterprises Mayfair Jewelers Water's Edge Lighthouse Marina

In addition to the above-noted 20 Glenville businesses benefitting from the Town's REDI program, three Town-based sign companies (Pendleton Sign Company, Olson Signs & Graphics, and A J Signs) constructed and installed 14 of the 20 new signs. Assuming all of the businesses that were awarded grants in 2012 install their signs by year's end, a total of $131,333 will have been invested in new signs in Glenville in 2011 and 2012, with the Town contributing $43,405 in matching grants. The end result is a more visually appealing business community, and hopefully, a number of Glenville businesses attracting more customers. The new Target store is up and running, much to the delight of many Glenville residents. This property sat dormant for several years since K-Mart closed its doors in 2006. It is anticipated that Target will be the catalyst for additional new and exciting businesses in the Town Center. We are already starting to witness the positive spin-off development that we expect as a result of Target. As of this writing in October, the Town has finished its review of the building permit for a new 32,500 sq. ft. retail plaza to be constructed adjacent to the Target building, on the north side. Also, Panera Bread has submitted its building permit application to the Town. The Panera Bread building will be a stand-alone structure and will be located adjacent to Glenridge Road, along the driveway that serves both the Post Office and Target. The Glenville Panera Bread will include a drive-through window, which is a little out of the norm, but not unheard of for Panera. The Glenville Panera will include a traditional sit-down dining area. The retail plaza, which should be under construction this Fall, will be divided into a number of rental spaces. The building will be constructed with flexibility in mind, allowing larger would-be tenants to combine spaces should the need arise. As of this date the Town does not have knowledge of what businesses may occupy this retail building.

Good Signs from the Town's Sign Grant Program In 2011, Town Supervisor Chris Koetzle and the Town Board unveiled a novel Town-sponsored economic development program dubbed REDI (Revitalization and Economic Development Initiative). The Town committed $35,000 in funding towards this program in 2011, with the money earmarked for grants to business

Baptist Health Breaks Ground Travelers of lower Swaggertown Road have no doubt noticed grading and site preparation that recently began on property formerly occupied by the Horstman Farm. This is the beginning of Phase 1 of the Baptist Health project. The first phase, to be known as Judson Meadows, consists of 67 assisted living units, and it will serve as the nucleus of a five-phase project, to be built over a period of several years. The five phases are as follows: Phase 1 67 assisted living units (72 beds) Phase 2 16 “green house” style living units and adult day care (228 beds) Phase 3 84 independent living units and 36 cottage units Phase 4 42 additional assisted living units and 36 additional independent living units Phase 5 3 additional green house units (36 beds) Also, 2.8 acres of the project site have been set aside for commercial development. Neither the time frame nor the nature of this future commercial element has been determined. Baptist will have to undergo site plan review from the Town's Planning & Zoning Commission prior to pursuing the commercial piece of their project. The existing Baptist Health facility in the Village of Scotia will continue to function as is, for approximately three years, until Phase 2 of the new project gets built. After Phase 2 is completed, the existing Baptist Health building will likely be converted to 40-50 units of affordable senior apartments. The Town is pleased that Baptist Health has chosen Glenville as the location for their multi-million dollar investment.

A Snapshot of the Small Business Economic Development Committee The Town of Glenville has the good fortune of having a number of committees, boards and commissions comprised of dedicated volunteers.

A relatively new committee serving the Town is the Small Business Economic Development Committee (SBED). The SBED came to fruition in early 2010 and is comprised of seven Glenville residents and/or business owners, town elected officials, town staff, and Chamber representation. The Committee is chaired by long-time Glenville resident Jim Martin. The SBED serves at the pleasure of the Town Board, with the Town Board providing general oversight and direction. The SBED's primary mission is to promote economic development in Glenville, with an emphasis on small business growth. The SBED accomplishes its mission through the organization of business promotion events, participation in economic development seminars and programs, development of promotional brochures and Town website materials, recruitment of businesses through professional and personal contacts, and the offering of advisory comments on pending Town legislation that can impact economic development, most notably proposed zoning amendments. The most recent effort of the SBED is the newly-formed Glenville Local Development Corporation (LDC). LDC's can be very influential in the economic development arena because they can lend low interest rate funds to start-up companies and businesses looking to expand. In its very early stages, the Glenville LDC has over $500,000 in available funding to lend, with the money coming from a recently closed Townadministered Office of Small Cities loan. The SBED meets on the 3rd Thursday of every month from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at the Glenville Municipal Center. Meetings are open to the public. Questions and comments may be forwarded to the Town of Glenville Economic Development Department at 688-1200, ext. 407.

Financial News Town improves credit rating in 2012 and saves over $600,000 The Town successfully refinanced $3,355,000 in debt in 2012. Thanks to having a commitment to maintaining healthy reserves in the main funds and a great credit rating review, the Town's rating increased from A1 to Aa3. This resulted in a Bond Arbitrage yield of 2.23% and no need for insurance on the rating. Further, this results in interest savings of $611,674 over 16 years, fund balance savings in 2012 of $39,749, and budget savings in 2013 of $37,573 interest expense. This approximate comparable savings will continue annually until 2017. Property Tax Cap Information This is the second year of the NY State tax cap and the Town of Glenville has approved a Preliminary Budget that complies with the tax cap. The tax cap is on the overall combined tax levy of a municipality, not the tax rate or amount charged to a specific taxpayer or tax fund. It also has a number of formulas, calculations and exclusions. Typical adjustments to the tax cap include exclusion of pension costs above a 2% increase, an increase in municipalities' “tax base growth factor,” and carryover of an amount under the tax cap in a preceding year.

From Councilman Sid Ramotar

and resources will be available in one place, that pertain to 1) Careers after the Military, 2) Helping to make decisions about attending College, and 3) How to become a homeowner. This is not to duplicate any services already offered by Veterans-serving organizations, but to complement their services by making them easier to access. Both of these initiatives will be free to the public - paid for by collaborating with the business community. No taxpayer dollars will be used. If you are interested in assisting with either of these new initiatives please contact me at

Glenridge Road Improvement Project Update From the DOT Engineer-in-charge… • 95% of the drainage is in place and working. • Work is progressing on the B&M RR bridge with the structure to be set this fall/winter. • The roundabout circle at Maple and Glenridge will be done in 2013 along with the bridge over the Alplaus Kill. • The planned road closure for 2013 will be approximately 72 days, starting from the day schools are dismissed for the summer through the day school resumes in the fall. • The Glenridge Rd. closure will be from Bruce Drive to Old Hetcheltown Rd with continuous access for local residents. Bruce Drive will be open for through traffic, Glenridge Rd. to Alplaus Ave. • There will be an additional weekend closure (Friday night to Monday morning) yet to be announced for construction of the roundabout during the 2013 construction season. • Commuters traveling through the work zone are asked to reduce their speed and avoid distracted driving, especially cell phone use. • In general DOT is on pace to complete the project on time in 2013. • DOT provides monthly updates at

Glenville Oktoberfest 2012 A success despite the weather Glenville's third annual Oktoberfest was held on Saturday, September 29th, with a final estimate of approximately 3,000 attendees. The weather was cloudy and cool, with periods of rain, so for the second year in a row the conditions were less than ideal. But, the attendees, vendors, crafters, committee and volunteers maintained a cheery disposition throughout, and the Biergarten in the Richmor Aviation hangar was weatherproof. Thank you to our sponsors! Without their generous financial and in-kind support this free community event would not be possible. And special thanks to our volunteer committee. They work year-round to make Glenville Oktoberfest well organized and fun, and the success of the event is their handiwork. Oktoberfest Picture Credits - Bill P. Studios - Thanks Bill! Supervisor Chris Koetzle, in the dunk tank for Girls' Softball $'s

I am excited to share information on two initiatives I will spearhead in 2013 - a Community Job Fair and Veteran's Assistance. Job creation remains a key measure of success for economic development efforts. A Community Job Fair will be held in an effort to increase employment for Glenville residents. Local businesses as well as Capital Region companies will be on hand to speak with people about positions available with their company. This Job Fair will have experts on hand to provide help in areas such as resume writing, interviewing, and marketing yourself for success. The event is planned for Spring of 2013. The second initiative involves veterans and active military residents. As a US Marine I have a strong connection with veterans and those currently serving our Country. This initiative addresses Career Development, Going Back to School, and Home Ownership for military personnel and veterans. With the assistance of the business community we will create a system of "one-stop" shopping. Information

Glenville Parks Update Maalwyck - The required archaeological investigation is occurring in October/November of this year, with results expected in December. Depending on those results, 2013 could bring construction of the park's planned improvements, including water, sewer, parking, roadway, second entrance and a pavilion with rest rooms. Indian Meadows - IM Park continues to receive steady improvements, including: • The 5K trail was completed and the Glenville Rotary hosted the second annual Muddy Sneakers Trail Run (with no mud - too dry) with 150 runners competing. • BH-BL Girls Softball has seen the addition of a beautiful new field and renovation of the old field. Planned improvements to occur soon include an access road and parking (finally!) for the girls softball site. • In May the Scotia-Glenville Lions Club created a “tree farm” at Indian Meadows. The tree farm will continuously provide a stock of hardy trees for the Glenville park system and other town properties for years to come. The Lions club planted 220 young tree saplings (~1 foot tall) and will raise them to a more hardy size (6-10 feet height) in a protected area of the park. After a few years the trees will be transplanted to their permanent homes in other areas of the park and community.

Leaf Composting Program - Update

Highway Superintendent Tom Coppola instituted a leaf composting program in 2010. The purpose was two-fold - designate areas for leaf composting close by to where leaves were being picked up in order to reduce trucking time and avoid disposal costs at fee-charging facilities. The program will realize a third benefit in 2013. The composted material will be sold wholesale with the revenue being “plowed back” into highway and park operations. Some material will be utilized by the town for roadside repairs after plowing season and for park needs. Areas utilized for this program are Indian Meadows Park, the Anderson Park (VanBuren/Swaggertown) and the old landfill (Barhydt Rd.). Retail sales to the public are not planned due to added complexities of site safety, money handling, staffing, etc.

Receiver of Taxes

Trails - All of Glenville's park properties received significant trail rehabilitation this past summer thanks to the efforts of the Northeast Parent and Child Society's Career Services Program, underwritten by a National Emergency Grant. The trails, which had all received some degree of damage from Irene and Lee, were cleared of trees and brush, and widened where possible. Thank you Northeast Parent and Child Society! Our trails are now passable and safe.

Glenville Senior Center

Long-time (and only) Glenville Senior Center Coordinator Cindy Amell resigned to move out of the area recently, and the Town of Glenville and the not-for-profit Scotia Glenville Senior Citizens, Inc. have jointly conducted a search for a new Coordinator. It is expected that the appointment of a new Coordinator will be made in early November, with the realization that there are some “big shoes” to fill. Also, the SG Senior Citizens have decided to issue their newsletter “Senior Moments” four times a year versus the previous frequency of six times per year. Although the publication will be less frequent, it will still contain everything you need to know about their programs and services. Senior Moments is available at

Taxes are collected twice a year in the Town of Glenville. The town & county tax bill is mailed out the first week in January, and the school tax bill is sent the first week in September. Water rents, for water customers only, are payable in June and July (penalty period). For residents of the Village of Scotia, there is an additional village tax bill due in June payable at 4 N. Ten Broeck St., Scotia - 374-1071. Electronic Payment Options: Payment may also be made by credit card by phoning 1-888-877-0450 or online at Please note: There is a small fee for this service. Traditional Methods of Payment: Bills may be paid in person at our office at 18 Glenridge Rd., or may be mailed. If you require a receipt, be sure to bring or mail the entire bill with payment. You can also pay your bill free of charge at any First National Bank of Scotia branch location as long as you have your original in hand. Please make your check payable to TOWN of GLENVILLE RECEIVER of TAXES. If you are mailing your payment, it must be postmarked on or before the due date. If you are a resident of the Village of Scotia, there is an additional village tax bill due in June payable at 4 N. Ten Broeck St, Scotia (518) 374-1071 Town & County Property Taxes: January - penalty free February - 1.25% late payment penalty March - 2.5% late payment penalty April - 3.75% late payment penalty On May 1, unpaid taxes are sent to Schenectady County for collection. The town & county taxes cover the fiscal year of January 1 through December 31.

From the Building Department...

Paul Borisenko, Building Inspector A message worth repeating - smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors save lives. The New York State Building code requires smoke detectors on every level of your house or dwelling unit. They need to be installed in every sleeping area and immediately outside of the sleeping areas. Carbon monoxide detectors can be used in combination with smoke detectors and must be on every level with a CO producing appliance, sleeping area, or attached garage. They

must be located within 15 feet of all sleeping room doors. If your house was not required to have hardwired smoke and CO detectors when it was built, then battery powered devices are allowed. Carbon monoxide is the leading cause of accidental poisoning in the United States. Each year approximately 200 people in New York State are hospitalized because of accidental CO poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a silent killer - you cannot see it, smell it, or taste it. The only safe way to detect it is with a carbon monoxide alarm. You should replace your smoke detector every ten years. Your carbon monoxide detector has a life span of 5 - 7 years before you should replace it. Keeping you and your family safe is a never ending task, but considering the potential consequences, the effort is well worth it.

Glenville Town Offices

18 Glenridge Road, Glenville, NY 12302

From the Assessor’s Office... Property tax exemption applications may be obtained at the Assessor's Office weekdays between 9:00-5:00PM or from the New York State Office of Real Property Services on the web at: STAR exemptions are for any resident owning property and residing on the property. All owners must complete the application and sign it. A photocopy of all owners' driver's licenses as proof of residency is required. We may not accept National Grid or Verizon bills as proof. Reminder: Basic STAR has no age restriction, a $500,000 income cap, and does not need to be reapplied for each year. Enhanced STAR is for seniors aged 65 or over, with incomes of $79,050 or less, and must be renewed every year. If you know of someone who goes out of town in the winter months please remind them to re-apply (Enhanced STAR) before they leave or check the status of their application. Important dates: March 1st - All exemptions are due to the Assessor's Office. Grievance Day - Tuesday, May 28, 2012, 9am-9pm. An appointment is required. Deadline for filing Small Claims: 30 days after the Final Roll (August 1st). The assessment roll is posted at for your review. Please be patient as the file is very large to download. For questions, please call the Assessor's office at 518-688-1200 Ext 403.

Scotia Village Offices

4 N. Ten Broeck Street, Scotia, NY 12302

Hear About it First You can hear about it first through The Town of Glenville News and Events Email List! Town Board Actions • Zoning Changes • Special Events. The Town of Glenville has implemented a new way of keeping residents informed of events and meetings that are occurring in the town. Whenever a new event or document is posted to the Town Web site you have an opportunity to receive a copy of the posting in your personal Email box, automatically. And if you decide that you no longer want to receive notices automatically, you can easily remove your name from the list. How to Subscribe • Go to the Town of Glenville website at • Select the 'Town Links' tab • Select 'Subscribe to News' • Follow the directions on the 'Subscribe to News' page

From the Town Fire Companies Please help to keep fire hydrants cleared of snow. All neighbors should help out, not just the one whose house the hydrant is in front of. The Town will help clear the hydrants after a large storm, but immediate assistance from residents is ideal. Please help if you can! The National Fire Protection Association recommends that homeowners replace smoke detector batteries with a new battery at least once per year, when it starts chirping (a signal that its charge is low), or when it fails a test, which the NFPA recommends be carried out at least once per month by pressing the "test" button on the alarm. Please be sure to have your house numbers large and clearly visible. Time counts in an emergency.

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12 REASONS TO EXERCISE It's normal to have days where you just don't feel like exercising. You feel too busy, too stressed and quite simply too tired. You forget about all the amazing benefits that a consistent and challenging exercise routine gives you. Here's a list of 15 of the top reasons to exercise. Pull out this list and read it when you're having one of those days. 1. To Be Happier. Exercise has been shown to stimulate brain chemicals that induce relaxation and happiness. When you're having a bad day, lace up your shoes for an invigorating workout and feel happier. 2. To Reduce Disease. Exercise has been proven to reduce the risk of pretty much every single health problem known to man, from stroke to heart disease to cancer and osteoporosis. Exercise is also a great defense against type 2 diabetes, one of the most widely growing diseases of our time. 3. To Look Amazing. Exercise firms your muscles, improves your posture and even makes your skin glow. 4. To Reach Your Goal Weight. Exercise burns fat and helps you keep it off. 5. To Be Energized. Remember that feeling you experience after a great workout? You're body is buzzing with energy, you're less easily irritated and feel more peaceful. 6. To Get Better Sleep. Exercise boosts energy levels during the day, but also wears you out. 7. To Slow Aging. Regular exercise is one of the most effective ways to slow aging. When you age your body loses muscle and bone, and the loss of both are drastically reduced with regular exercise. 8. To Lessen Back Pain. In most cases, the most effective thing that you can do for back pain is to move and strengthen those muscles. Always consult your physician or physical therapist for guidance if you have an injury. 9. To Reduce Depression. Studies have shown that exercise is able to reduce depression - sometimes even as effectively as medication. 10. To Feel Fewer Aches and Pains. When you strengthen the muscles around your damaged joints you're able to reduce joint pain and overall aches. Remember to always consult your physician before starting an exercise program. 11. To Improve Memory. Exercise has been proven to improve memory and other cognitive functions, and seems to have a protective effect against dementia. 12. To Have Fewer Sick Days. Studies have shown that people who exercise regularly are 50% less likely to call in sick to work. With a regular exercise program you'll experience a reduced number of colds and upper respiratory infections. Regular exercise gives you so many amazing benefits, as you've been reminded from the above list. I'm here to help you meet your fitness and weight loss goals. Call or email today to get started on a fitness program that will have you seeing results before this year's end. 424-7878 or email to get started today with a free consultation.

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” - Douglas Adams


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518-280-1595 160 Saratoga Road • Glenville • LaModaLisa is Glenville's largest one stop shopping destination. On December 1, 2012 they will celebrate their second year in business and are proud to be part of the growing business community of Glenville. Tucked behind the Car Wash next door to the Air Museum you will find a whimsically decorated barn, which was once the home to several businesses including Terwilliger's Restaurant. Metroland Magazine Voted them #1 Consignment Shop in the Capital Region and #3 Best Antiques. The store changes constantly so whether you visit them daily, weekly, or monthly it will never look the same. Modern furniture, Antiques, Collectibles, Original Art Work, Jewelry (new & vintage) and clothing for Women, Men and Children are just some of the items you will find for sale. Price tags are printed with four prices on them and as the days diminish so do the prices. In addition, they have a clearance corner that will satisfy any bargain hunter. LaModaLisa offers Estate Sale Services to help in the process of cleaning out your family estate. Maybe you have seen a pink leopard truck pass you by with the painting of the Mona Lisa? That is the vehicle that the store uses to pick up and deliver items to their customers (for a nominal fee). If it is difficult for you to get to the store as often as you want they have a great Facebook page and Twitter following, which you can link to from their website at and watch the merchandise as it comes in. Each month the store hosts and Open House where the entire store is put on sale and usually includes refreshments and entertainment. For more information on this wonderful store please visit their website at They are now open 7 Days a week to accommodate their ever growing loyal customers.

An estimated 46 million turkeys are eaten on Thanksgiving.

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THANKFUL... YES SIR REEEE! It would be easy for me to just list all that I am thankful for. It would definitely be over my "word" limit for this column without a doubt. For those who have followed me over the years, you know I have had my ups and downs. No more, no less than anyone else. There have been those moments of tears, pain and frustration. With time and perseverance, I have gotten through each of them. Actually coming out just a bit better on the other side. NO matter what was ahead of me, I hit it head on, never losing sight of how blessed I truly was. I have always seen the brighter side of people and situations. I have learned to surround myself with wonderful friends and family. I try to be a good mom by showing not telling. I look at my boy (who, by the way is towering over me and needs to lean down to kiss me goodbye) and the man he is becoming; helpful, caring and kind hearted. I have found that the simplest things in life are often the most valued. A quiet night just hanging with my boy watching one hot rod car show after another. The "girls" invading my kitchen on a Friday night, eating and laughing! A happy friendly face bringing me a warm pumpkin coffee at work. And let us not forget about dancing in the living room and writing this column for me and for you. Treasures, each and every one. Am I thankful, yes sir reeeee..! More now than ever. Life is good my friends, very good. So when your down and out, and your eyes are shedding a tear or two, take a deep breath and look at all the wonderful things around you. Sometimes we need to step back and when we do, we are able to see more. Our loving family, friends, having a job you love, healthy kids and of course a good cup of coffee. I wish you all a very blessed Thanksgiving. When you sit around your table this year, take a moment. Say a prayer and enjoy how blessed you are to be surrounded by chairs filled with loved ones and an opportunity to simply enjoy being together. As always, I wish you peace, joy and very Happy Thanksgiving Pattie Rakvica

Mother Nature Always Gets Even; Be Ready.


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ACROSS 1. Musical time 6. Cushions or mats 10. A city in western Russia 14. Willow 15. River of Spain 16. Dry 17. Rainproof 19. A region of SE Pakistan 20. Coypu

21. Appropriate 22. Leg joint 23. Vortex 25. Alter 26. Spouse 30. Black Sea port 32. Forsake 35. Racetrack tout 39. Moussed 40. Hit the sack 41. Unlawful 43. High ranking officer

DOWN 1. Small city 2. Brother of Jacob 3. Glove 4. Equal 5. German iris 6. Apiece 7. On the train 8. A tiny drop 9. Not hard 10. Supervisor 11. Pee 12. Flax fabric

13. Supplemented 18. Animal foot 24. Charged particle 25. Type of poplar tree 26. Wise men 27. Cain's brother 28. Gangly 29. Tour of duty 31. "Your majesty" 33. Lure 34. Norse god 36. Novice 37. Historical periods 38. Depend 42. A tall chest of drawers 43. Petrol 45. Dishevel 47. Pry 48. Any compound of oxygen 49. Visages 51. Mistake 52. Challenger 54. Bend 56. Use a beeper 57. Break 58. Highest point 59. Small dam 62. A late time of life Answers can be found on page 35

44. A musical composition 46. Optimistic 47. Noble-minded 50. Unsuccessful person 53. Test 54. Grippe 55. Carpentry tool 60. Frailty 61. A formal event 63. Biblical garden 64. Take it easy 65. A long-legged S. American bird 66. A musical pause 67. Not the original color 68. Pariah

American Legion Auxiliary Country Meeting for November will be held on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 at Old Saratoga Unit 278 in Schuylerville. Meeting at 7PM. All members are welcome For more information, call Catherine 885-3369

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Strapping into the front seat of a Blanik Trainer, I found it Back on October 13 and 14th, The Adirondack Soaring to be a tight fit, but comfortable, the flight instruments are Association and Freedom's Wings International hosted its with Paul Hill minimal, an altimeter, variometer, a compass, a stick on the annual event that provides a unique opportunity for people with disabilities to take to the air and soar the sky's over Saratoga County. floor and foot pedals as well as a peculiar red thing on the outside of the Based in Pennsylvania, Freedom's Wings International is a non profit canopy, my Instructor/Pilot pointed out that in addition to the view organization that has been around for over 30 years. Their sole purpose is outside, that red plastic strip on the glass canopy is the one of the more important instruments, it is called a "Yaw String" and it tells the pilot that to bring the world of soaring to the disabled. Juergen Klingenberg, a licensed private pilot and member of ASA since the controls are "coordinated" and the fuselage is perfectly aligned with 2003 was the spokesperson for the event on that day, Juergen along with the airflow, therefore producing an absolutely minimum drag - critically many members from the association, coordinated the generous effort as important for maximizing performance. each person took a turn in the front seat of a specially equipped sailplane. Unencumbered by the wheelchairs or walkers they left on the ground, these people experienced the freedom of flight on a great day, hosted by great people. Freedom's Wings International became involved with the club 4 years ago and witnessing the smiles and reaction of those individuals makes all the efforts worth it. Being the father of a child with a disability, Juergen understood the disappointments and hardships brought on by those disabilities. There was no greater proof of that than last summer, when visiting the Great Escape in Queensbury with his daughter Teagan, a 7 year old, with Down syndrome, who was running between the rides, slides and rollercoaster's, laughing and just being a typical kid. On several of their trips to the lines, they passed a woman sitting next to a young teenager in a motorized wheelchair who was obviously watching what he assumed was a younger sibling enjoying himself on the rides. The young boys face looked sad, longing to participate, but his obvious disability made that impossible, as the mother could not lift him into the rides and the park attendants where ill-equipped for dealing with the issue. On one of his trips past the family, he stopped and introduced himself as a pilot with the Adirondack Soaring Association to Trish, the mom and briefly spoke to her about the FWI's event held each fall in Saratoga, explaining that he would be more than happy to provide her 14 year old son Kyle with an experience like no other. As it turned out, Kyle was one of the individuals who flew this year at the event. As he strapped Kyle into the Glider, Juergen recalled that his face displayed a mix of fear and excitement, not knowing what the experience would bring... His flight lasted just under 30 minutes, and when he returned to the ground, the fear was gone, replaced with a smile and brightness of joy in his eyes. Both his parents stood and waited with anticipation for him to return with Trish holding back tears of joy and a broad smile. The disability of individuals attending may differ, but the experience is repeated with each and every flight. And THAT is why Juergen participates in Freedom's Wings International and asked me to cover it for YOUR HOMETOWNE. I was honored and privileged to do that and while watching the event unfold, Juergen offered me a flight as was the cameraman from channel 13. I JUMPED at the offer; I have been up many times in prop planes and even a hang glider but never a sailplane.

Once the 200ft towline was hooked to the nose, the tow plane fired up and rolled us down the airstrip, we were off the ground amazingly quick and on the way up to the 2500ft release altitude, where the instructor pulled a handle, releasing us from the plane to begin our peaceful and quiet ride, gently circling the airport in search of a thermal, a rising current of air that would lift us higher. While chatting with the pilot, I found that Jeff was a local guy who lives in Niskayuna and had a lifelong passion for flying that went back to his days in elementary school building model planes with a teacher named Mr. Eckert in 6th grade at Lincoln School in Scotia, I was stunned, my pilot Jeff Stringer and I went to school together from 3rd grade on and hadn't seen him since graduating in 1968, save one time at our 25th reunion. A small world indeed! Deciding to fly at age 13 against parents advice, he continued building models and dreaming of flight, he finally took a ride in a power plane at age 18, and began learning gliders in 1975 at Saratoga County Airport by joining the Mohawk Soaring club who launched their planes back then with a winch, making for much shorter flights than they get today, however just as much fun. He stuck with his passion and got licensed in 1976 and has been an instructor since the 90's with the Adirondack Soaring Association. As Jeff searched for a thermal, the "stepping stones in the sky" he pointed out that a pilot can "hop" from one thermal to another and make long cross-country soaring flights in the right sailplane, usually a fiberglass ship with more instruments, a plane reserved for more advanced pilots. On a good day, a pilot can easily make flights of 100 miles or more, reaching altitudes over 15,000 ft, and eventually return to the home airfield in Saratoga. Flights of over 300 hundred miles have been made from Saratoga County Airport! One of their members was the first pilot to fly a Diamond Distance Triangle from Saratoga, to Stowe, VT, Pittsfield, MA, and return without landing, a 330 mile flight that averaged 60+ mph. Not bad for no engine!!! My intention is to join this club and get my license, they are a superb group of people who love their sport and I am the type who dives headlong into my dream. After riding Harleys since 1968, I am all over this one and can't wait to soar!...Stay Tuned. More information about the Soaring, the Adirondack Soaring Association or Freedom's Wings International is available at their websites; and


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518-399-8174 •

The library will be closed on Monday, November 12 in honor of Veteran’s Day. The library will close at 3PM on Wednesday, November 21 and will remain closed on Thursday and Friday, November 22 & 23 for Thanksgiving. The library will be open from 10AM-2PM on Saturday, November 24. COMPUTER CLASS SCHEDULE November 5, 4-6PM Introduction to Computers for Absolute Beginners November 8, 4:30-6:30PM Microsoft Excel 2010 Level 2 November 13, 5-7PM File Management November 15, 4:30-6:30PM Word Mail Merge and Tables November 19, 4-6PM Facebook November 26, 4-6PM Picasa November 27, 6-8PM Google and the Internet November 29, 4:30-6:30PM Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Level 1 November 30, 12-2PM Computer LAB December 3, 4-6PM File Management December 7, 12-2PM Introduction to Computers for Absolute Beginners December 12, 6-8PM Microsoft Access 2010 Level 1 December 13, 5-7PM Picasa December 19, 6-8PM Microsoft Access 2010 Level 2 December 31, 12-2PM Computer LAB All computer classes are free and open to the public. Please register by calling 399-8174, ext. 2. YOUTH PROGRAMS Toddler Time - Join us while we read a book, sing, do finger plays and movement activities to promote early literacy. Then stay & play. Toddlers must be accompanied by a care-giver at this fifteen minute program. Wednesdays, November 7, 14, & 28 at 10:30AM and Fridays, November 2, 9, 16, & 30 at 10:30AM. Preschool Story Time - Share early literacy skills with your child. We’ll read books, use flannel boards, songs and movement activities during our

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thirty minute program. Each week we’ll do a craft. Preschoolers must be accompanied by a caregiver. Wednesdays, November 7, 14, and 28 at 1:30PM and Thursdays, November 1, 8, 15, & 29 at 10:30AM. Music with Miss Mona - Enjoy a sing-along for the entire family! After our thirty minute program, please stay & play! November 6, 13, 20, & 27 at 10:30AM. 2,3,4 Book Club - A theme book club for kids in grades 2,3, & 4. Each month we'll read different books of the same genre or theme, talk about them, and play with Legos. Please sign up. November 15 at 4PM. 5th & 6th Grade Book Club - Read great books and do crafts. Please sign up and pick up a copy of the next book at the front desk. For November we're discussing Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett at 4PM on November 16. TREE LIGHTING AND HOLIDAY CONCERT December 4, 6:30PM (Annually held the first Tuesday of December.) In partnership with the BH-BL Business and Professional Association and the BH-BL Rotary Club, we will sing carols, and light the tree along Lakehill Road in front of the Library. Join the Rotary Club in welcoming Santa who will arrive on a firetruck. Inside the warmth of the library, he will meet with all the good little boys and girls! Don't miss the adult orchestra concert immediately following the tree lighting, across the street at the High School. Come one and all. No RSVP needed. THE FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY The Friends of the Library will meet at 7PM on Tuesday, November 13 in the library community room. The Friends are looking for a bricklayer who is willing to volunteer their time to replace 15 bricks in the library entryway with inscribed ones purchased by community members to support the Friends. Please call Karen DeAngelo at 399-8174 ext. 5 if you can help.

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Garofalo's Offers a Wide Variety of Meat Specialties OUR SIGNATURE ITALIAN SAUSAGE SINCE 1904 Hot or Sweet; Rope style or Patties Meatballs and Bragoiles Kielbasa, Chorizo, Andouille, Bratwurst, Daisy Hams & Thick Sliced Bacon CUSTOM CUT BEEF Filet Mignon Rib eye steaks choice NY Strip Steaks choice

Daisy Ham with Glaze 1 Smoked Daisy Ham* from Garofalo's Roger's Rustic Barbeque Sauce from Garofalo's Roger's Rustic Barbeque sauce is molasses based with a hint of allspice. This sauce, made in Hudson Falls NY and has a definite autumn feel about it. This recipe is about as simple as it can be! Pour sauce over daisy ham either diluted with water for a thinner sauce or straight. Bake covered for 1 hour at 350o degrees. Serves 4. * A daisy ham is a no water added. It is a fully cooked small boneless ham made at Garofalo's.

PORK Pork Chops Center Cut Bone in or Stuffed Pork Tenderloins* POULTRY Skinless boneless Chicken breasts Chicken Cutlets or Stuffed Chicken Breasts* COLD CUTS Featuring Battistoni Salami, Capicola, Soppresata & Abruzzi *Our own bread crumb and sausage stuffing Don't forget the Homemade Stuffed Cherry Peppers or Freshly Grated Parmesan to complement our large Selection of Pasta & Casa Visco Sauces. A variety of Olive Oils as well as blocks of Sharp Provolone, Fontinella, Asiago, Extra Sharp Canadian Cheddar, Smoked Cheddar, Danish Blue Cheese, Pecorino Romano and Parmesan Reggianito.

Garafalo's, the taste people travel for! Stop in and visit the 4th generation, serving QUALITY ITALIAN PRODUCTS since 1904.

Sausage Stuffing 1lb ground sweet Italian sausage from Garofalo's 3/4 cup chopped onion 1 1/2 cup finely diced celery 3/4 cups butter ( that Amish Roll Butter from Garofalo's is superb) 8 cups day old Italian bread cubes 3 teaspoons poultry seasoning 1 4 teaspoon ground black pepper Cook the sausage thoroughly and reserve the drippings. Melt the butter and combine with sausage drippings to make 1 cup. Sauté onions and celery in the butter and sausage drippings until clear and tender not browned. Stir in about 1/3 of the bread cubes and transfer to large bowl adding the poultry seasonings and pepper. Fold in the remaining bread cubes and mix well Stuff the turkey and bake off the rest in a casserole dish for side helpings. Serves 6. You can double the recipe for a large bird or side dish options.


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GEEK TIP OF THE MONTH: HOW TO BUY ONLINE SAFELY With the holidays fast approaching, online shopping has evolved into an accepted and safe way to buy goods and services. However, some people are still unsure about how to buy online safely. How do you make sure that a site is safe to use? First, only do your searching on mainstream search engines, such as Google, Yahoo etc. Delete any incoming mass-marketing emails with links to shopping sites. Sites that look totally legitimate could exist for a few days, taking money from unsuspecting customers, and then simply vanish. Patronize online businesses that give you their contact information. If a company won't post an address or phone number, they probably have something to hide. This information should be accessible on their "Contact" page, or at the bottom of their homepage. If you have any doubts about the legitimacy of a site, pick up the phone and call them to ask questions. Here are a few more suggestions: Ask Questions: Send the company an email with a question and see how quickly they answer. If you don't receive an answer within a day or two, then I would proceed with caution. Credit Cards: Using credit cards online is safe if you follow some basic rules. When you enter the shopping cart part of a site, look to make sure that the site changes to a secure location. The secure site will sometimes display a locked (looks like a closed padlock) icon and the address should appear as an https (with an S) rather than simply http in the address box. Payment Methods: With a check or money order you have little recourse in case an item arrives broken or never arrives at all. Using a credit card will mean that you have the ability to dispute the purchase and as the buyer you will usually prevail. Secure a credit card with a small amount of available credit (like $500 max) and use that for online purchases only. It is important to read the fine print when making an online purchase. Read their return policy on their check-out page. Reputable companies should never share or sell your information to a third party. Companies that want you to return as a customer will pledge to keep your information confidential. As always, Safe computing until next time.


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Cheap Geek Computer Services Maggie Faltskog • 399-8886 Come hear Christina Reith, State Archaeologist at the State Museum, speak on "Lost to History: Archaeology for the Ballston Archaeology District" on Tuesday, November 13th at 7PM at the Ballston Town Hall, Charlton Rd., Ballston NY. She will trace the history of our community through its archaeological remains and historical documents in order to describe what life was like in the community during the 18th and 19th centuries. This event is co-sponsored by the Town of Ballston Historian’s Office, Ballston’s Farmland Protection & Preservation Committee and Purdy Realty LLC. All are welcome to this free event. For further information, contact Rick Reynolds, Town Historian, Town of Ballston 399-6778 •



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On October 24th, 2012 we lost a Legend; Burnt Hills resident, Jeff Blatnick at the age of 55. A New York State champion wrestler in his senior year at Niskayuna High School in 1975, Jeff went on to become a two-time NCAA Division II national champion at Springfield College in Massachusetts. Jeff , standing 6'2 and weighing 248lbs qualified for the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow but unable to wrestle due to the US Boycott. While training in 1982, he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, requiring surgery and radiation therapy that helped hold his cancer in remission, he returned to the mat a year later and qualified for 1984 Olympic Team. After competing and qualifying for the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, California, we can all recall his tears of joy from atop the podium after winning the Greco-Roman wrestling gold medal in the heavyweight class by defeating Thomas Johansson of Sweden. His humble demeanor was revealed during his interview after the win with the simple phrase "I'm a happy dude." A testament to his persona came via is teammates who was chose him to carry the American flag at the closing ceremony. Blatnick, retired from wrestling after a second round with cancer, which required chemotherapy and served as a television commentator during the 1988 Summer Olympics as well as ESPN, NBC, the NCAA wrestling championships and mixed martial arts. Jeff, is actually accredited with coining the phrase MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), citing the terms NHB (No Holds Barred), Cage fighting and other forms of fighting were detrimental to the future of the MMA, noting that a number of moves and holds were banned, such as eye gouging, groin strikes, fish hooking as well as attacking the fingers and toes. Because he was Jeff Blatnick, and had respect from everyone, the transition in terminology was met with no resistance. He was inducted as a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame1999. Jeff eventually settled in a home overlooking Ballston Lake doing what he loved. He was a varsity wrestling coach at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School and a motivational speaker. He was also USA Wrestling's state director for New York Jeff leaves behind his Mother Angela, his wife Lori, his son Ian and daughter Niki. His legacy also remains with a municipal park in Niskayuna, New York, named Blatnick Park, which contains several baseball and softball fields, a pavilion and picnic area, and a small section of the Mohawk Hudson Hike/Bike Trail. Our condolences to the family and countless people Jeff touched during his amazing 55 years on earth, Rest in Peace. Sincerely, Paul, Cheryll and our entire community


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DECORATING TIPS FROM THE SPECKLED HEN Each month I share “Decorating Tips from The Speckled Hen” to help you discover new ways to decorate your home with primitives. If you already have a primitive home, I'll help add to it with fresh ideas! Last month we discussed the entrance to your home, this month let's tackle the living room. The primitive living room is a place that, years ago, was the heart of the home. Today we use it as a place to relax and enjoy the company of others. Here are a few ideas on how you can decorate your primitive living room in a way that will speak comfort, coziness and contentment.


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Let's start with the mantel - there are so many possibilities! If you don't have a traditional mantel, you can decorate the top of a book shelf, entertainment stand or windowsill. Change it up from season to season, especially if the mantel is the focal point of your room. Candles, old framed photos, an antique clock or mirror will look great on your mantel. Lay greens, berry vines or bittersweet - maybe intertwine a string of lights beneath. If you don't have a large primitive piece, hang a seasonal wreath above the mantel. For the walls of your living room, hang pieces that you can switch out as the seasons change. I have some gorgeous folk-art prints by acclaimed artist Billy Jacobs. Each depicts a different landscape in lovely color and detail. The prints come ready to hang and have the look and feel of canvas. These oldfashioned prints are a unique (and affordable) piece of art for your home. Use simple window treatments that are not fussy or flowery. Hang valances, side panels or half curtains made from cotton or lightweight burlap. Curtains in your primitive living room can be tied back with raffia, lace, twine, or country style ribbons. Use your imagination and don't be afraid to try something new or different - you'll be surprised with what you can come up with! I'm constantly checking out local yard sales and flea markets to come up with new looks. Invest some time into scouting out classic older pieces at second hand stores, garage sales, and country auctions. Many antique dealers offer primitive furniture that is one-of-a-kind. Select furniture that is simple and functional. Choose pieces that have a distressed, dull paint finish. Use antique benches as end tables and old crates or wooden chests as coffee tables. Complete the look with unique primitive accents - like those found at The Speckled Hen. These ideas and suggestions are in addition to the many items featured in The Speckled Hen. I've received new shipments of Thanksgiving and Christmas décor, tablecloths, candles, signage, country pillows and much more! I've enjoyed helping you choose the perfect gifts and home items and can't wait to see you during your next visit to The Speckled Hen. Maureen Culver, The Speckled Hen 369.8771 38 Saratoga Road, Scotia

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

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518-399-WINE 300 Saratoga Road Glenville, NY Web: • Facebook: • Twitter: @399wine Lyssa's Wine Tasting Blog: Brian Craig has always wanted to run his own successful small business. The journey to realizing this dream was a long one. Faced with tough financial times back in 2002, he decided to pick up a second job working evenings at a liquor store. He took to the work quickly and reveled in the customer interactions. Over the next few years his daughter Lyssa, son Jurian and sonin-law Ernie enjoyed stints in this same store. Throughout the family's time there, Brian often talked about what it might be like to own his own store someday. A born salesman with an entrepreneurial spirit, he decided to take the jump into store ownership. His idea was to open a wine and spirits store that reflected the Platinum Rule-to treat others the way THEY want to be treated. As a customer, you should be able to come in, feel at home and get what you came for-whether that means suggestions tailored to your needs or space to browse on your own- without feeling pressured; you should feel like the store is your own personal wine cellar. After several years drawing up their business plan, scouting the perfect location and learning as much as possible about the business, Brian opened the doors to Personal Wine Cellar on October 24th 2011 with son-in-law Ernie running daily operations. Personal Wine Cellar's slogan is “Not the biggest, just the best!”, and the PWC family prides themselves on living up to it with a clean, well-stocked store and personalized customer service. Having between them over 20 years of experience in the industry, it is important to PWC to provide knowledgeable assistance, competitive prices, unique services and special events, all in a welcoming atmosphere. The store is bright and spacious, but also comfortable and homey with two seating areas, unique decorations (some handmade and gifted by family), a selection of Brian's antiques collection. It's easy to spend a while there browsing and chatting with the friendly and knowledgeable staff.

In addition to providing a personalized shopping experience, PWC continues to expand their services to include free and low-cost events. On the second Thursday of each month you can attend Wine 101, a 30-45 minute class that shows you how to taste and pair wines, taught by wine expert Greg Giorgio. For $8 in advance ($10 day of event), you get the class, three carefully selected wine samples and your own glass to keep. The second Sunday of each month features the FREE Cooking with Spirit series, where an executive chef stops by to prepare a dish that features a wine or spirit as an ingredient. After the demonstration, samples and recipes are available for all. There are fun weekly promotions as well. PWC employee Hillary offers Munchie Mondays, by doling out samples of a spirit themed snack or dessert. Next is Tasty Tuesdays, where Lyssa reviews a wine in her tasting blog: The Casual Wine Taster ( The wine reviewed makes an appearance at the store on “Thirsty” Thursdays for customer's to sample in the store. Then for Wits Wednesdays Ernie poses a fun trivia question on the PWC Facebook page (, offering a FREE bottle of wine to the first person to answer correctly, and the first person to answer most creatively. Every week on Friday or Saturday PWC also hosts a free wine or spirits tasting. Check out the tasting calendar for details ( Personal Wine Cellar is located at 300 Saratoga Road (Rte 50) in Glenville, next to Price Chopper. They are open 364 days a year, Monday through Saturday 9-9 and Sundays noon-6. Holiday hours are as posted. As members of the Schenectady County Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Association, Personal Wine Cellar is committed to providing an excellent local shopping experience to our neighbors. Please stop by and say hello, call or visit online!


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518-399-8504 1021 Saratoga Road/Route 50 • Ballston Lake My name is Gayle Bennett and I have been doing custom picture framing for 12 years. After majoring in Art History at college, I was searching for a way to utilize my knowledge of art in a creative way. In 1998, I took the Mat Design and Picture Framing Course at the Canadian Picture Framers School in Barrie, Ontario. To gain practical experience, I worked in the Picture Framing Department at MJ Designs in Clifton Park, NY. I returned to Canada in the Spring of 1999 to take the Advanced Framing Course. Armed with practical skills and boundless enthusiasm, I was off to the small Adirondack town of Big Moose to start my own business. I returned to the Albany area in the Fall of 1999 and opened a new shop in Ballston Lake. I have been at the current location on Route 50 for eight years. A little philosophy I believe in: • Providing Personal Service to each customer • Educating Customers to help them make the Best Decision regarding the treatment of their art • Dedicating myself to being Up-to-date and Knowledgeable about the current products of the framing industry • Using only Quality Products in conjunction with Fine Workmanship to exceed the customer's expectation • Supporting the Community and the Environment by donating all useable scraps to Local Schools and Artisans



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