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APRIL 2011

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A message from Because Community Matters Each month Paul, myself and Karen, our Artist, dutifully put together a new issue of Your Hometowne for you. We do it with pride and perseverance with the intent to deliver a publication that supports the community and gives local businesses an affordable way to reach you, our readers. When we started YHT we had no idea how personal and fulfilling it would be. Over the past year and a half we have met many incredible people in this community. Our local business people give silently to support school functions, spruce up the neighborhoods, and help families in distress. Without our local entrepreneurs the little things we take for granted like Town Cleanup Day on May 7th here in Burnt Hills would not happen. Spring tends to herald changes; one of those changes we need to embrace is to be conscience of our contribution to our local communities by supporting the local businesses. Instead of running to Wal Mart for everything patronize those who work hard to provide the very best in consumer needs and services. I know we all need to go to the Big Box stores occasionally but spread your spending around a little. More and more shoppers are voting in favor of independent retailers with their spending, proving that they recognize that bigger is not always better - and making clear that they value a strong, unique, and vibrant community. Your Hometowne has proven that purchasing from smaller businesses can be a better choice. The Town of Glenville has decided to print their Spring Newsletter in our May edition! The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Business Association which gives us our yearly Flag Day Parade has asked YHT to publish the official flyer so it can be distributed to a wider audience. This type of support from local government and organizations allow YHT give back by printing school events, benefits, APF information for free. We could not do that if we were not being supported by the very folks we ask you to spend your money with. Everything goes in full circle and we are grateful that the people who complete the circle have decided to embrace YHT. Tell your family you love them, Cheryll & Paul

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WHAT OUR EXPERTS ARE SAYING... Amy Aldrich, State Farm Insurance Reduce Sewer and Drain Losses in Basement Burnt Hills Optical - Dry Eye Cheap Geek - What is Skype? Chris Nyhan, Edward Jones Stocks - How Can a Stock Help You with Inflation? Locust Grove Designs - Celebrate Home Decorating Month Mike Crowley, CPA - Should I Incorporate my Sole Proprietor Business? Precise Fitness - Secrets to Maintaining Weight Loss Summit Construction - Spring has Sprung! Deck Time Dr. Roy Oyangen, DMD - Why am I Suddenly Getting Dental Pain? TKO Licensed Home Inspections - Indoor Air quality is More than Radon

Watch for the Town of Glenville Spring Newsletter in the MAY EDITION of YOUR HOMETOWNE! We will be mailing YHT to EVERY household and business in the Town of Glenville as well as our normal circulation of 10,400 monthly mailings. YHT is proud to bring you the news of your community and thankful to The Town of Glenville for using our publication as the way to reach their residents with their spring newsletter.

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Ever wonder why some people are able to keep weight off, while others put it right back on? Read on for the 7 Secrets to Maintain Weight Loss. (And if you still have pounds to lose, these 7 secrets will help you too.) SECRET #1: KEEP ON MOVING If you're serious about keeping the weight off, you need to be serious about your workouts. Keep your activity level high, both in and out of the gym. Your workouts should consist of both cardiovascular training and strength training. While out of the gym make an effort to move as much as possible by taking the stairs, going for walks or jogs and participating in recreational activities. SECRET #2: BE A HEALTHY EATER Sorry, you can't go back to eating at the drive thru and expect to maintain your weight loss. Focus on these 3 aspects of healthy eating: Gone are the days of eating mindlessly. Be aware of everything that goes into your mouth by journaling. Eat small portions, avoid high-calorie foods and check nutrition labels. Eat a balanced diet. Include a variety of fruits and vegetables, lean meats and whole grains. SECRET #3: TURN OFF THE TV The average person watches a whopping 35 hours of television each week. People who successfully maintain weight loss, on the other hand, watch an average of 7 hours or less. TV watching encourages snacking and puts you in a sedentary position on the couch. SECRET #4: KEEP IT SIMPLE While it is important to keep a variety of fruits and vegetables in your diet, your diet should be fairly simple. Create a repertoire of basic whole foods: fruits, vegetables, lean meats, whole grains, beans and nuts. SECRET #5: TRACK YOURSELF Your biggest fear is gaining back every solitary lost pound, but don't be afraid of your scale. Weigh yourself at least once each week to monitor any gains. If the numbers begin to climb then reduce calories and increase your exercise. SECRET #6: EAT FOR THE RIGHT REASON Emotional eating is one of the top reasons that people are overweight. It's very important that you view food as fuel, not as an answer to deeper emotional needs. Secret #7: Forget All-Or-Nothing No one is perfect – not even you! There will be days when you eat more calories than you should have. There will also be days when you miss a workout. Don't let small slipups send you into a tailspin of all-or-nothing sabotage. Simply get back to your healthy lifestyle rather than letting yourself backslide into your old habits. I'm always available to help you achieve any fitness or weight loss goal. Call or email to get started on a solid exercise program that will change your body and life forever. Call or email to get started today! 424-7878 or to set up your free consultation.

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INDOOR AIR QUALITY IS MORE THAN RADON!! Much has been made of this subject in recent years and for a good reason. It is a major health risk to those living in a home contaminated with elevated radon gas. In addition to that, why NOT include an indoor air quality test? RADON GAS Very simple, radon gas causes lung cancer. It is a naturally occurring radioactive gas. You cannot see it, smell it or taste it! I would recommend a radon test for any home you have decided to purchase. A short term test, one that absorbs the air particulates for a span of three to seven days, is then analyzed by a certified laboratory. The test results are returned to me and I present the report to you. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has concluded that a safe level of radon gas within a home is 4.0 picocuries per liter, pCl/L THE GOOD NEWS Radon gas can be vented out of the house to make any home safe! Each home must be evaluated for the most effective way to vent the gas out of the living quarters that does not compromise the home's efficiency for heating and cooling. INDOOR AIR QUALITY The most sensitive issue is mold. Absent an obvious water intrusion or odor, one might never suspect mold or other allergen problems. You might not be allergic or affected by such allergens, but children, family and guests may. The air quality test can assist in this evaluation. The test can be a simple dish collecting an air sample to a more sophisticated air quality test. It is worth considering if you have any sensitivity to low level allergens. I think the best option is to merge the radon and the air quality test. I can help with both of these risks. Make your investment less risky!

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DRY EYE Do your eyes often feel dry, scratchy or frequently have a stinging sensation? Healthy tears nourish and protect the eyes. It is important that your eyes produce the right amount of the right kind of tears. If your eyes do not produce healthy tears, the surface of the eyes may be damaged. Dry eye syndrome may develop and, if left untreated, may harm your vision or lead to infections of the eyes. Dry eyes can result from either inadequate tears or poor quality tears. Inadequate amount of tears - Tears are produced by several glands in and around the eyelids. Tear production tends to diminish with age, with various medical conditions, or as a side effect of certain medicines. Environmental conditions such as wind and dry climates can also affect tear volume by increasing tear evaporation. When the normal amount of tear production decreases or tears evaporate too quickly from the eyes, symptoms of dry eye can develop. Poor quality of tears - Tears are made up of three layers: oil, water, and mucus. Each component serves a function in protecting and nourishing the front surface of the eye. A smooth oil layer helps to prevent evaporation of the water layer, while the mucin layer functions in spreading the tears evenly over the surface of the eye. If the tears evaporate too quickly or do not spread evenly over the cornea due to deficiencies with any of the three tear layers, dry eye symptoms can develop. The most common form of dry eyes is due to an inadequate amount of the water layer of tears. People with dry eyes may experience symptoms of irritated, gritty, scratchy, or burning eyes, a feeling of something in their eyes, excess watering, and blurred vision. Advanced dry eyes may damage the front surface of the eye and impair vision. Treatments for dry eyes aim to restore or maintain the normal amount of tears in the eye to minimize dryness and related discomfort and to maintain eye health.

Dry eyes can be diagnosed through a comprehensive eye examination with special emphasis on the evaluation of the quantity and quality of tears produced by the eyes. Using the information obtained from testing, your optometrist can determine if you have dry eyes and advise you on treatment options. For more information contact Kristen Cameron Burnt Hills Optical, 793 Rt. 50 Burnt Hills, 399-6130 or visit 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.�

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SHOULD I INCORPORATE MY SOLE PROPRIETOR BUSINESS? Following are 10 issues to consider when discussing this question with Your tax advisor: 1. Is my NET income greater than $120,000? (net income is all revenue minus tax-deductible expense) 2. What specific opportunities exist within my corporation (to deduct expenses not normally deductible by my sole proprietorship)? 3. How much of my net income should be paid in Salary? Is that Salary deductible by the corporation? 4. What is an LLC, and how is it taxed? 5. What is a K-1, and how does it affect my income? 6. Do I receive additional social security benefits (when I retire) if I pay the maximum now? (The current maximum for a sole proprietor is 15.3% of $106,800) 7. In addition to Federal and NYS INCOME tax, what is the additional selfemployment tax, and how much is it? 8. Must I pay Workers Compensation Insurance if I am self-employed? 9. Must I pay NYS Disability Insurance? 10. What is a Sub-S corporation, and does it pay corporate tax? Most business owners work very hard for their money. They endure the risks of the market place, work evenings & weekends, and “own” the successes and failures of their businesses. Therefore, it would be nice if they could hang on to as much of earned money as possible. So – when choosing a tax ADVISOR, get an expert who charges a fair price. If You “go cheap” then You might pay an unexpected price (either thru higher taxes, or higher fees from Your advisor). Most of the questions above are answerable within a 2-hour consult session. Certain answers depend on each specific situation; so, “one size does NOT fit all.” The cost for the above consult should be no more than $250. AND - We SHRED all client documents. Mike Crowley, CPA 104A Heckeler Drive Glenville (518) 384-1517 ext. 18



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STAY TUNED with Paul Hill SPRING RUMBLE, with a Hometowne “Starr” Burnt Hills native Jeff Kausch was born to perform! After graduating from BH-BL high school in 1999, Jeff traveled to Florida in order to train with Dory Funk at the World of Hurt Wrestling Academy in a bid to enter into the world of Professional Wrestling. His strength, stamina and dedication to working out was about to lead him into the “spotlight”. Breaking out as “Mr. Spotlight” hailing from Las Vegas Nevada in 2000 with the WWE, Jeff showcased his skills for the next 5 years before ending up in South Africa with the IWF for a 3 month tour. In 2006 Jeff was ready to come home, back to the USA and his roots locally to help out his Dad, Mike Kausch, co-owner of Goldstocks Sporting Goods in Glenville by managing the store. Though not entirely done with professional wrestling, Jeff balanced his work at the store with wrestling and donned a new persona, “Private Jeff Starr” a frequent tag team member with the infamous “Sgt Slaughter” of the WWE wrestling federation, the top independent promotional act in the country. Since 2009 Jeff has taken on the roll as the new talent evaluator for the WWE as well as continuing to fulfill his responsibilities at the family business. On this night, March 25th, Sponsored by NEW wrestling, Q 103 as well as many local businesses, including YOUR HOMETOWNE, Jeff returned to his stomping grounds for one last professional match as “Mr. Spotlight” along with WWE hall of Fame inductee and Glens Falls native “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan. All proceeds from this event went directly to two separate charities, “Coaches for Cancer” and” Penny's from Heaven”, it should be noted that Jim is himself a cancer survivor. The card for the evening quickly set the stage for an evening of body slams, top turnbuckle leaps,

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jaw breaking dropkicks and downright fist-acuffs on the floor. It didn't take long to understand that Jeff was about to have his work cut out for him as Manager Kurt Adonis grabbed the microphone and introduced a very large and intimidating man named “Violence” who had rushed the ring and wiped out the first two wrestlers, leaving one to get helped back to the dressing rooms by two medical assistants on duty for the evening, and yes, the man was hurt. I spoke with Glenn Jones, a local Physician Assistant along with Jorge Antonetti another PA and they confirmed his injury. Promising a no holds barred- fight to the finish anything goes match, Adonis heckled the crowd

with insults and threats, only to get shouted down by a very loyal and clearly upset audience. As the evening drew closer to the inevitable meeting of Jeff Starr and the hulking meanspirited man called Violence, we were treated with the appearance of one of the most popular and famous men in the game, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan. Hacksaw entered the ring along with a buddy of mine Jim Retajczyk who proudly carried the American Flag while Jim wielded his trademark 2x4. Needless to say Jim provided a very entertaining assault on his opponent, finishing him off under his crushing weight for the count of three. SHOWTIME: Enter one sarcastic, flamboyant and arrogant manager that nobody in the room even remotely liked along with “Violence” a 6'4 300lb monster dressed in black, tattooed to the max and not likeable at any level. You could hear the booing a mile away. In walks Jeff Starr to thunderous applause and cheers from rafter to rafter but despite the support, this one was going to be tough. These two slugged it out hard! Swapping dropkicks to the head, repeated closed fist poundings along with top rope leaps clean out of the ring they brought the show to the people ringside. Nothing was off limits, including a solid beating with a garbage can, even an 8 foot folding table was tossed into the fray. With both men exhausted, Jeff managed to slam his opponent onto the table then climb onto the top turnbuckle for a high flying body slam that brought down the house, destroying the table and pinning the man to end the match, the place went CRAZY. Defeating what seemed to be an impossible opponent, Jeff Starr IS a Hometowne Superstar! I have to say that one truly needs to see these guys in person to appreciate the amount of training, skill, guts and pure adrenaline that's required to deliberately try to fly some 15 feet or more, often right out of the ring and onto a hardwood floor often missing the thin mat that's supposed to soften the fall. Personally I'll pass Stay Tuned...

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HOW CAN A STOCK HELP YOU WITH INFLATION? As an investor, you're always aware of the potential effects of market volatility on your portfolio. But you also need to pay attention to another factor that could impact your investments' return - inflation. If you look back over the last few decades, you might not think inflation is much of a threat. Since the double-digit rates of the early 1980s, inflation has fallen significantly and, for the most part, has stayed low. Still, over time even a mild annual inflation rate can eventually erode your purchasing power. If you're a retiree, or close to retiring, you need to plan for the impact of inflation on your monthly income. But even if you're at an earlier stage in life, you need to think about inflation because it can reduce the “real” rate of return you receive on your investments. You can find investments that may be able to help you cope with inflation. When you own an individual stock, for example, you've got an ownership stake in a company that has the ability to raise its prices. This makes it an effective inflation-fighting investment. Keep in mind a stock investment fluctuates and you can lose your money. But one of the biggest inflation-fighting benefits of a stock investment can be the dividends it pays. Well-run companies may reward investors by paying out a portion of their earnings, as a dividend. Some of the best companies in the country have increased their dividends annually for decades. A word of caution, though: Companies can reduce or eliminate them at any time, without notice. In fact, during the long market slump we experienced, some companies, like GE and Trustco Bank, did just that. Not all stocks pay dividends, of course, and if you're going to maintain a balanced portfolio, you'll also want to own other types of investments, such as bonds and CDs. But many of these fixed-income vehicles, are not good “inflation fighters” because the fixed rate of return they offer simply may not keep up with inflation. What about the so-called “inflation hedges,” such as commodities and real estate? Actually, these “hedges” are extremely volatile and should be approached with great caution. You need look no further back than the decline in gold in the early 1980s, or the more recent the burst of the housing “bubble”- and once a commodity is down, it can take years or even decades to recover. In your efforts to invest wisely for the future, inflation is only one of the variables you need to consider. But it can be an important one - so make sure you choose the investments that both address inflation and can help you make progress toward all your financial goals. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Christopher Nyhan is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones in Burnt Hills, NY. He serves as President of the BH-BL BPA and the BH-BL Rotary Club. He can be reached at 399-5087 or



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the best prices, in the area. The lawn and garden department has a full selection of items for your gardening needs and a highly trained staff to answer all your questions.

There is no doubt that several generations and countless thousands of customers can long remember Burnt Hills Hardware serving Burnt Hills and the surrounding communities from its Kingsley Road location. Though ownership and hardware affiliations may have changed throughout the years, as well as the products and new innovations offered for sale here, one thing remains constant; Great Personal Service. Starting as an outgrowth of the village blacksmith shop, in the late 1800's at the southern end of town, Burnt Hills Hardware quickly became a mainstay of this rural community, offering hardware, hunting equipment and even marriage licenses. The original building remains on the premises and is still used today, as does the unique character of the main store and the personal service offered to customers being greeted by their first name and helped in a fashion not surpassed by any big box store.

Need to custom match a paint color? Lisa can do it, with our state of the art computer color matching in both Pittsburg and Ace paints to meet all your home project needs. Don't want to buy it? Rent it; Brian in the rental department has everything from carpet cleaners, rote-tillers, log splitters, to excavators that help you tackle that big project. Power equipment?; We have it, from Simplicity tractors and snowblowers, to Husqvarna chainsaws, trimmers and mowers, along with all your favorite brands. The equipment/service shop offers the knowledge and service, by trained mechanics, Bob and Tom. Come see us when you need to purchase the right product, we'll have it set up and ready to use and keep it working so you don't have to worry.

"Our goal is outstanding customer service"

The store has undergone several affiliation changes throughout the years... Trustworthy, Servi-Star, True. Value, Ace, yet always remaining and referred to by locals as "Burnt Hills Hardware." Visitors often get “the helpful place" service they need directly from us, the owners Tim and Bella Bachand. Tim has worked at the store for over 34 years, and together we have owned it for the last 13 years.

Most of our loyal and dedicated employees have worked here for 14 years or more, from Geri in Lawn and Garden, Mike in plumbing, Tom in electrical, Ken in seasonal/hardware, Earl in the warehouse, to Dianne in the office. Along with the rest of the team, we are committed to being the helpful place by offering our customers knowledgeable advice, helpful service and quality products. Burnt Hills Hardware is far more than just a little hardware store; we strive to have all the unique, hard to find things that you need to get your job done. Our plumbing department is one of the few places that offers the sales and service of Goulds pumps in the capital district. The seasonal department offers the largest selection of Weber Grills and accessories, at

Whether a big project or a small repair our goal is to get people in, answer their questions, equip them with all the items and knowledge they need to get the job done so they can enjoy our free time. The team knows our products, stands behind them, services what we sell and takes the time to answer your questions. We pride ourselves in being open and stocked with emergency items when you need them most, whether it's a snow storm or a power outage. Burnt Hills Hardware is not just our business it is our home and our community. We are proud to live and work here and give back to the community and strive to make it a better place for everyone, whether it is by sponsoring a little league team: supporting school sports teams or donating to local charities. We are honored to continue the 100 year old tradition of serving our community and as the helpful hardware folks, we promise that," helping you is the most important thing we have to do today." Thank you for buying local! - Tim, Bella and the Team

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WHY AM I SUDDENLY GETTING DENTAL PAIN? It's been a long day. You are ready for bed and the last item on your list is to brush your teeth. While brushing your teeth you experience a pain like never before. It radiates and goes straight to your brain. It feels worse than the broken arm you had 10 years ago! As you frantically look in the mirror for a possible cause, suddenly the pain subsides all by itself. You don't understand, you did nothing to make it go away.

A huge frustration for every dentist faced with looking for a cause to this sporadic hit and run pain is finding the hidden cause. Standard x-rays are a help but can limit the dentist's view. The other standard percussion test and temperature test are also helpful yet not always accurate. You, on the other hand just want this sensitivity that comes and goes… to just go away. I have great new for those of you living this scenario. There is a new diagnostic tool available called a CBCT scanner, or cone beam computed tomography. This computer analyzes a series of cross sectional scans of the body part(s) the dentist wants investigated. A cone shaped x-ray beam makes one pass around the target and generates a 3-dimensional image of the area of concern. The CBCT scans much faster and gives off much less radiation than a standard CAT scan. This new technology can be used to help the dentist pinpoint causes that are virtually invisible with standard technology. It can be useful to evaluate TMJ (temporal mandibular joint) issues. This affected area can be a trigger for migraine headaches. The CBCT can be used to evaluate nasal obstructions from past injuries as well damage from chronic sinusitis. It can be used to check airway openings in the throat and tongue area. This can help evaluate and treat obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea can take 20 years off of your life if not treated with a CPAP machine (continuous positive air pressure) and /or a mandibular advancement device, aka “snore guard”. The CBCT scan gives a 3 dimensional image showing bone density, root shape, as well as important anatomical areas like nerves and sinus proximity. This helps the doctor find better, safer techniques to solve a situation with less risk and side effects to the patient. This machine can show the dentist where the infection is, how large it is as well as causes of the discomfort. The scanner can also detect cracked roots saving time, aggravation and cost.. It can also help the dentist with presurgical assesments. This leads to successful resolution of the dental issue for the patient . This type of diagnosis just can't be determined by a standard 2 dimensional x-ray. In skilled hands the CBCT scanner can save the patient money and time. It can help the dentist make patients healthier and happier, which, in the long run should be the goal of every dentist.

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CELEBRATE NATIONAL DECORATING MONTH WITH A MINI MAKEOVER It seems there is month for just about everything. April is not just for fools; it's also National Decorating Month. Decorating can be really fun and it doesn't have to drain your checking account. Tags sales, thrift shops and antique shops are great places find those one of a kind items, but don't get me wrong-I love the oversized keys and giant wooden forks at Pottery Barn too. After months of being cooped up in the house, it's time to freshen up - and spring is a natural time of year to start. Here are my top five easy, inexpensive, spring mini-makeovers: 1. Bring the outside in. Flowering bushes are starting to wake up and you can force many varieties to bloom indoors. Lilacs, flowering cherry blossoms and forsythia are excellent bushes that can be easily forced indoors. 2. Update pillows and throws. Most people can't afford to change out their furnishings seasonally, but changing things like pillows and throws are affordable and make a huge impact. 3. Change out mantel and dining table displays. Keep costs down by reusing vases when changing out arrangements and freshen up the color palette with candles and accessories. Also use items like buckets and pretty pitchers for an unexpected look. 4. Clean. Clean and open windows, wipe away cobwebs, and deep clean carpets, upholstery and window treatments. You'll be amazed how fresh your house will be with just a bit of elbow grease. 5. Freshen up your paint. If it's been a few years since you've painted, spring is the perfect time to update your palette. After the fireplace and furnace have been shut down, wipe ceilings and walls, and take a long look. If your paint seems a little weathered, it's time to hit your local paint store. Updating your home does not have to be a stressful, expensive process. Call me today to talk about your spring plans and if you make an appointment in the month of April, I'll give you a free paint sample pot from Pittsburgh Paint to get you started. And be sure to LIKE my Facebook page for lots of tips and free decorating advice.

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MORTENSEN MOTORSPORTS IS READY TO GO FOR THE 2011 RACING SEASON When the green flag flies for the first time in 2011 at the Fonda Speedway on opening day of the 2011 points chase on Saturday April 16 Scotia, NY resident Mark Mortensen will be ready to go with the same 2010 Teo Pro Car that he campaigned last year with a brand new Chevrolet 602 Crate engine from Boyd's Motorworks under the hood. 2011 will be the ninth year of Mark's career in a stock car and he will be competing in the 602 Sportsman division at the Track of Champions Fonda Speedway this year. Despite not reaching victory lane in 2010 the season was still a special one for the Mortensen Motorsports Racing Team which is owned by Mark's mom Bonnie Mortensen-Szczerba. Mark finished the 2010 season second in the final point standings for the sportsman division at the Fonda Speedway which was his best career finish in the season long point's battle. In a total of 17 events during the 2010 season Mark finished in the top five 14 times including six second place finishes! In 2010 Mark was also voted the Most Popular Driver for the sportsman division at Fonda which is a special award because it is voted on by the fans. He was also honored with the Fonda Speedway Sportsman Division Outstanding Performance Award which was handed out by the New York State Stock Car Association (NYSSCA) at their annual awards banquet this past January. NYSSCA President John Keegan honored Mark and the entire Mortensen family including Bob (Mark's dad), Bonnie (Mark's mom) and his brothers Brett & Brian with the 2010 President's Award for their contributions to

racing as each member of the family has at one time either driven a race car or been involved in racing in some capacity. Mortensen Motorsports would like to thank the following sponsors for their support in 2011 including Jumpin' Jack's Drive In, 1st National Bank of Scotia, Benjamin Moore Paints, Your Hometowne Newspaper, Countryside Stove & Chimney of Burnt Hills, Mortensen Electric, Socha Plaza, Super 50 Self Storage, Schenectady Unit Parts NAPA, Associates of Glens Falls, Central Insurance Company, Bill Terry, Chris Kelley Carpentry of Galway, Gabriel's Supermarket, Fire Fly Florist of Schenectady, Meridian Construction, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Galway CO-OP, Roy Matthews TV & Appliance, ASP Sheet Metal, Bill McGaffin Photography, Joey Budka, B&H Auto, Mike Crispin Power Equipment, BC Designs, A-1 Auto Body, Broadalbin Manufacturing, Jumpin Jack's Pro Speed, and Boyd's Motorworks. The great lettering job on the car was done by Ricky Achzet of R3 Graphics. Car owner Bonnie Mortensen-Szczerba would like to thank Mark her awesome driver and Son as he takes the wheel again in 2011 along with his pit crew of the #1M: Mark's brother Brett, the crew chief, Mark's father Bob, Mark's brother Brian, Andy Trautman, Derrick Anderson, Vinny Sanganetti, Mark's girlfriend Alisha Buehler, and Mark's step father Ron Szczerba. For more information on the Mortensen Motorsports #1M Racing Team you can go to their website


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GEEK TIP OF THE MONTH Skype is one of the most popular messengers in the web . With the help of Skype you can make calls to any other computer in which skype is installed. Skype to Skype call through a computer is absolutely free. However, if you want to make a call to a landline or to a mobile phone you will need to pay. Through Skype you can chat or call a person and can even make a video call. In a video call the receiver of the call will be able to see you and if he also has a web cam you will also be able to see him. Free and a pretty cool way to see friends and family . Do you want to know how to use Skype to talk and send and receive video to friends from all over the world? You can do this by getting an account with Skype. Here's how. You can do this for free at You will have to download the software onto your computer and will only be able to use a computer with Skype downloaded. Create a Skype name once you have the software downloaded. Here's how to chat with a friend on Skype: Add People to Your Contacts List Open your Skype application. Click "Contacts" Select "Add a Contact"Fill in the field with someone's Skype name, email address or real name and then click the "Search" button. When you find the person you want to reach, double-click his or her name and then click "Add Contact."Video chatting on skype is fun. Once you have Skype installed, make sure you have a webcam of some sort and a microphone so you may see and hear others as they talk to you over video chat. Plug the microphone into the microphone entry (not the headphone), and be sure to have the camera set up in a position where your face can be seen clearly. Be sure to make sure everything is in position. After the first two steps, you can open skype up and click "video chat" on the person or friend you would like to chat with. It should dial and then when your friend accepts you can see them over your screen. Check to see if you can hear each other then you are ready to video chat on skype! What a great way to keep in contact with friends and relatives that are a distance. Until next time, safe computing.

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SPRING HAS SPRUNG! Spring has sprung, and we are thinking about barbeques, swimming, and outdoor entertaining. A deck is a great solution to obtaining more outdoor living space. Here are some things to consider if you are planning a new deck: Determine the size and layout of the deck. The areas of your deck typically serve three functions: dinning, entertaining, and cooking. As a general rule of thumb, you need at least 12x12 sq ft for dinning, 6x8 sq ft for cooking, and 12x12 for entertaining. Decks typically have access to the house from a door, and access to your yard via one or more sets of stairs. Determine the typical traffic path(s) from the door to the stair(s). Plan on at least a 3 foot wide traffic path, and try to avoid cutting through the dinning, entertaining, and cooking areas. You might want to lay out a garden hose around the perimeter of a proposed deck, set your furniture and grill in place to make sure the layout is correct. You don't want to build a deck that will not fit your current or future furniture, or pay for excessive deck space that is unneeded. Factors effecting deck pricing; Typically, decks are connected to your house on one side, and supported by a beam and piers in the ground on the other side. Decks built out 16 feet or less, away from your house, only need one supporting beam, and cost less than deeper decks that require multiple beams. Simple, square or rectangle, single level, low to the ground decks are less expensive than complex shaped, multi-level decks. The price of a deck can quickly escalate by adding multiple sets of stairs, wrap around steps, and extensive railing. Pressure treated pine is the most economical material for decking and railing. Cedar and hardwoods give the beauty of real wood. Composite decking and railing costs more than pine, but greatly reduces maintenance. May is deck safety month. Join us next month for our next article about common deck failures and new safety codes. See our ad and April Special: $100 off any deck project $1000 or more.

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APRIL SCHEDULE 518-399-8174 E-mail: SPRING FLING RAFFLE - The Friends of the Town of Ballston Community Library are selling raffle tickets for several awesome library bookbags filled with gift items centered around themes like cooking, romance, crafts, and more. The bags will be on display in the Library beginning April 8th and at the Library Book Sale to be held May 12th - 14th at the Ballston Town Hall (323 Charlton Road). Raffle tickets can be purchased at the Circulation Desk and at the Book Sale at a cost of $1.00 each, 6 for $5.00, or an arm's length for $10. Winning tickets will be drawn on the final day of the Book Sale at the Ballston Town Hall (you need not be present to win). Come view the bountiful bags, help support your library and have some fun! The Library is located at 2 Lawmar Lane; phone: 399-8174. THE APRIL ART DISPLAY in the library community room will highlight the artwork of students of the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Schools. Please stop by and admire their creations between April 1st and 27th. The Friends of the Town of Ballston Community Library will host a reception for the students and their families on Saturday, April 9th from 1-3PM. COMPUTER CLASSES continue to be offered most weeks at the library. Please call or stop by for a full list of current offerings. HISTORY PROGRAMS Soldiers of Saratoga County:Concord to Kabul - Wednesday April 13th at 10:15AM in the library community room. Book discussion and book signing with local author and Saratogian newsman Paul Post. Heroes, History, Honor - Join Samuel Meredith, the Treasurer of the United States under Presidents Washington, Adams and Jefferson, as he discusses life in 1796 America. Meredith was a military and political leader of the late 1700’s, a Brigadier General in the Revolution and was elected twice to the Continental Congress from Pennsylvania. “Heroes, History, Honor” is a reenactment of his life done by his Great, Great, Great, Great Grandson, Rick Reynolds, a retired teacher from the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake School District and Ballston’s Town Historian. The presentation will take place at the Town of Ballston Community Library on Thursday, April 28, 2011, at 7PM. All ages are invited. There is no charge. APRIL CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS Read To Casey - Wednesdays at 4:00 PM Dogs are highly intelligent but they can’t read. So grab a book and please read to Casey. Casey is a certified therapy dog who visits our library and loves to listen to stories. Kids and families of all ages can attend. 2, 3, 4 Book Club - Thursday, April 7 at 4:00 PM. A theme book club for kids in Grades 2, 3 & 4. Bring a friend and get ready to talk about your favorite books. Each month we’ll read different books of the same genre or theme, talk about them, do a craft and play with Legos. Please sign up.

LIBRARY HOURS Monday -Thursday 10AM - 8PM Friday 10AM - 5PM Saturday 10AM - 2PM Closed Sunday ONLINE or YOUTH SERVICES E-mail: Create Art - Wednesday, April 13 at 4:00 PM - Pick a favorite book and use it as inspiration to create art with Artist Anne Francey. Each piece of art will be put on a tile that will become part of a permanent display at the Library. For Grades 1 – 6, please sign up and be sure to bring your favorite book to the program. (Note: Same program, but for ages 12 and up will be held from 6-7:30PM on April 13th and from 10:30-12 on April 9th). These programs are made possible in part with funds from the Saratoga Program for Arts Funding (SPAF) part of the Decentralization regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), administered by Saratoga Arts. Scribbles & Tales - Wednesday, April 20 at 4:00 PM. Listen to stories and do crafts! This is an inclusive program for children of all levels of ability in Grades K-5. Please sign up in advance. Spook Handy Concert - Wednesday, April 20 at 7:00 PM at Ballston Town Hall. Freedom Is Your Destiny is a family sing along concert with folk singer Spook Handy. This is a program for the entire family! Please call 399-8174 ext. 3 to sign up. Learn To Sew! Thursday, April 21 at 1:00 PM. Back by popular demand! Learn how to hand stitch and how to use a sewing maching. Kids in Grades K-5 can create their own fabric masterpiece. Please sign up. This program is made possible by a grant from the Target Foundation. TEEN SPRING BREAK PROGRAM Roman Camp Half Blood - Monday, April 18 at 6:30 PM Do you love Percy Jackson? Have you tried the Hero’s of Olympus Series? Create Mar’s sword and defend yourself in battle, learn Roman Games and be claimed by a Roman God! For Grades 6 & up, please call 399-8174 ext. 2 to sign up.

LOCAL LORE As requested I was presented with a great local story from a patron at The Rolling Stone while I filled in as the Bartender last month. Kent Maynard (weekend bartender) gave me a copy of a letter from his Great, Great Grandfather, Oscar F. Maynard, and Civil War Veteran from Essex County. My Dear Sir, Enclosed please find my poor efforts in trying to assemble the little incidents that have transpired in my short life, for it seem but a few days ago I was a boy. The story goes on to say Oscar was born in 1884 and was a surviving Civil War Veteran; writing this at age 74. On November 29th 1861 Oscar, his father, younger brother and a friend enlisted at a hotel in Elizabethtown. They were transported by boat at midnight from Westport to Troy, then escorted to the Capital of New York where they stayed through the cold winter. This story is colorful and long and well worth the read. I have posted it on

my website for you to read in its entirety. Oscar had a flair for writing and described in detail events from battles in Williamsburg, Gettysburg and everywhere in between. One quote I must share is this: I sat down against a tree facing the bullets. They were coming like hailstones, thick and fast. It soon occurred to me it would be safer for me to be on the other side of the tree so I crawled to the other side. I take pause as I write this because I know there are young men and woman doing the same thing for our country right now. Teenagers making decisions that seem so simple to an adult; like hiding behind a tree so not to get shot; but who at 17 has been prepared for that? As I read this autobiography I was a saddened that little has changed when it comes to war. The technology may be better but the human sacrifice remains the same. To read the story in its entirety please go to

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Honey Glazed Chicken 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves from Garofalo's 1/4 cup honey 2 tbsp frozen orange juice concentrate 1 tsp grated orange zest 1 clove garlic, minced 1/2 tsp salt 1/8 to 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes 1 tbsp roll butter from Garofalo's 1/2 tsp vegetable oil Parsley or scallions, optional In a small bowl, combine honey with juice concentrate, orange zest, garlic, salt and red pepper flakes. Rinse chicken with cold water and pat dry. Season lightly with salt. In large non-stick skillet, heat butter and oil over medium-high heat. Brown chicken on both sides. Cook, covered, about 10 minutes until almost cooked through. Pour honey mixture over chicken and cook, turning chicken to coat as sauce begins to thicken, about 5 minutes. Serve chicken breasts with honey-orange glaze spooned over the top. Makes 4 servings.

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Rack of Lamb Rack of lamb should be cooked rare, or at most medium rare. 1 or more Frenched lamb rib racks from Garofalo's with 7 to 8 ribs each 1 1/2 to 2 pounds for each rack, figure each rack feeds 2-3 people) For each rack: 2 tsp chopped fresh rosemary 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme 2 cloves garlic, minced Salt Pepper 2 tbsp olive oil Rub rib rack(s) with mixture of rosemary, thyme, and garlic. Sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper. Place in a plastic bag with olive oil and squeeze out as much air as you can and seal. Let lamb rack(s) sit in the rub marinade until it comes to room temperature before cooking. Preheat oven to 400°F. Score the fat, by making sharp shallow cuts through the fat, spaced about an inch apart. Sprinkle the rack with salt and pepper. Place the lamb rack bone side down (fat side up) on the pan. Wrap the exposed ribs in a little foil so that they don't burn. Place in oven on center rack and roast at 400°F for 7 minutes, then lower the heat to 300°F. Cook for 7-15 minutes longer, until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat reads 125°F on a for rare or 135°F for medium rare. Remove from oven, cover with foil and let rest for 5-10 minutes. Cut lamb chops away from the rack by slicing between the bones. Serve 2-3 chops per person.


Jack Daniel's Glazed Ham 4 to 6 pound ham from Garofalo's 1/3 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed 1/3 cup Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey 1 tbsp finely grated orange peel 1/8 tsp ground cloves 1/4 tsp ground allspice Orange slices, thinly sliced Curly endive, for garnish Preheat oven to 325°. On a rack in a roasting pan, roast ham, uncovered, for about 20 minutes per pound, or until a meat thermometer reads 140° F. Before ham is done, simmer a mixture of brown sugar, Jack Daniel's whiskey, orange peel, cloves, and allspice over medium low heat for about 15 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Brush the glaze over the ham about 20 minutes before done. Serve the ham garnished with orange slices and endive, if desired. Serves 6 to 8.

Garofalo's offers a wide variety of MEAT SPECIALTIES Italian Sausage - Hot or Sweet; Rope Style or Patties Meatballs and Bragoiles Smoked Meats including: Kielbasa, Chorizo and Andouille, Bratwurst Daisy Hams and Canadian Bacon

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REDUCE SEWER AND DRAIN LOSSES IN THE BASEMENT Each year, sewer and drain backups cause millions of dollars in damage to homeowners. Prevention is thebest solution to avoid the out-of-pocket expenses and the inconvenience of a major clean up. Here are a few ways to avoid sewer and drainage back up: Make sure your drainage system is working properly • Gutter downspouts should extend at least 10 feet away from the foundation of the house so water is carried away from the basement walls. • Clear the gutters at least twice a year to prevent them from overflowing. • Your yard should be graded to slope away from the house so surface water is drained away. • If your gutters connect to storm sewers, keep the drain lines clear.

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Anti-backflow devices reduce the chance of basement flooding. Several types of devices with manual and automatic operations are available: • Check-valve devices allow water and sewage to flow away from the drain, preventing water and sewage from backing up into the drain. • Gate-valve devices operate like a gate, closing and shutting off the water flow. Sump pump systems assist in keeping out unwanted water. There are several types of pumps, including single pump and dual-level systems. A battery generator can be used to power the pump in case of a power failure. Remember to test your system monthly. It's important to make sure your sump pump outlet is not connected to your home's main plumbing system. Sometimes water still gets in. Items stored in basement areas should be on shelves or kept off the floor. The furniture should be on casters or shims and arranged away from the floor drains. Consult with a building code official or professional plumber for more steps you can take to reduce the chance of water damage to your home. Speak with an insurance professional about appropriate coverage in your homeowner's policy. Amy M. Aldrich • 123 Saratoga Road Glenville, NY 12302 518-384-2692 •

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14!! ALREADY???? With the snow still lingering on my front lawn, I cannot believe it is Spring and my son's birthday is this month. The little boy I used to carry on my hip is now a budding young man standing eye to eye to me. He will be 14! The other night as we were laying on the sofa, my son leans over and says, "mom, you know I will be driving in two years?" In my head the words "WHAT" and "NO WAY" appeared out of nowhere. I said to him "not if I can help it"! Laughing on the outside and still saying "NO, not if I can help it" on the inside! He replied with the typical teenage answer..."Oh, mom!" He proceeded with the specifics of the truck he wanted. Black, big tires, "stacks" to make it sound cool and a neon light to make it glow at night. I listened trying not to react too much. I told him that he would get whatever we got him, and he would like it. He told me he would drive me all around and bring me to the market or grab me coffee at Dunkin Donuts. The vision of me hauling my groceries up into the big black truck with neon lights and a loud roaring motor that you could hear a mile away was a bit hard to take. He is sweet in his gesture. Smirking a bit to myself, I was thinking that he is already bribing me and he still has two years to wait. We have one of those digital picture frames in our kitchen. It is filled with 600 pictures that span at least ten years. I watch as the pictures float by. Each one bringing me back to those very moments. I look at my boy playing in the sand at the beach. Rosy cheeks and sand in his hair. He is about 4 and smiling so big. The next one he is riding his motorized four wheeler in the yard with swim goggles on that look like a shark fin. He thought he was so cool standing on it as he passed the camera and waving as he drove by. I turn towards the door as he barrels through throwing his book bag down and going directly to the snack cabinet. Famished from the day at school his hollow leg calling for more food! As he devourers his snack, I look at him...... my handsome young man. It seems like just yesterday he was sitting on the beach with his pail and shovel. I wonder where the time has gone? Sometimes I wish for just a moment to hold that little boy again on my hip and to take another picture of him on the beach with sand in his hair. Then again I think of just the other day. I picked him up a shamrock shake from McDonald's and when he got home from school it was on the counter waiting for him. When he saw it his eyes lit up. He came right over to me and gave me a big hug and said that I was the best mom in the world! He gave me that big smile just like at the beach that day. Right then and there, I knew that down the road I would wish for just a moment to have this moment back. When I look at him now, so tall and handsome, I see each of those moments. They are not lost; they are what make him - him! I am glad I have the photos to look back on, but I will treasure each and every moment as they happen knowing that one day I will wish to have it back. As always, I wish you peace, joy and remember that the past is a good place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there and miss out on today! Pattie Rakvica •



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