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February at the Tavern

Valentines Evening Dinner Reservations provide Romantic Candlelit Tables for Two Seating at 5pm • 6pm • 7pm • 8pm


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Bridal Showers • Rehearsal Dinners • Intimate Couture Weddings

Perfect Sunday Fireside Evenings The soothing sounds of Bobby Van Detta on guitar 4:30-7:30pm “ A comfy way to finish your week”

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The Ruggiero's family has owned and operated Ruggiero's Pizza, Deli, and Catering since 1989, expanding from our flagship location in Socha Plaza to a second location in Guilderland, while maintaining a successful catering business. We offer an extensive lunch, dinner, and catering menu, comprised of our home made products, classic Italian dishes, and specialties made from the finest ingredients. TJ’s Flightline Pub located on Rt 50 offers full course meals to Pub Fare and weekly entertainment. Our latest addition is to the Ruggerio family is Siver Hills Restaurant and Banquet House, located at the Pinehaven Country Club in Guilderland. Our experienced event planning staff can help customize your menu, plan set-up, and serving, as well as reach out to our wide range of entertainment vendors, to make your next event, one to remember! We're happy to plan an off-site event at your desired location, or help you take advantage of the many amenities Siver Hills has to offer!



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A message from It's time to enjoy the low key part of our winter here in Your Hometowne! The holidays are behind us and fortunately we have had the much anticipated (and needed) cold weather to allow us to enjoy the best of our beautiful area. Granted we could use a little more snow but at least it is cold enough to freeze our ice skating ponds and allow our local Winter Festivals to occur. There is plenty to do this February, all you need is some warm clothes and a desire to enjoy what Upstate New York has to offer. Local Cabin Fever Cures: The Lake George Winter Carnival will be in full swing throughout the month offering activities from Helicopter Rides to Out House Races each weekend. Check out for a full schedule of events. If you are looking for a less structured day; then check out for the best places to sled ride, cross-country ski, snow shoe and ice skate. On Sat, Feb 16, The Village of Ballston Spa will hold their Annual Winter Festival from 11 am - 8pm. Sled down the famous Bath Street sledding hill and enjoy family friendly activities throughout B Spa Stroll through the Village and spend some time getting to know the local merchants. The Ballston Spa Elks Lodge on Hamilton St. will have fun activities and make a great warming station for you as you make your way through the Village. Take a leisurely walk through Village of Scotia. Mohawk Ave has plenty of places to shop and dine. Start out by stopping in at O'Leary's for some hearty food and perhaps a cocktail. Now that you are you are warmed up take a stroll down the avenue and discover the shops and businesses that line the street. If you are ready for some home improvement Gary and his son Scott will be happy to help you choose some new colors for your home. Jaime and Andrea of Shop Talk will give you some advice on that frizzy winter hair you have. Getting cold? The Scotia Cinema is clean and cozy and you can see a movie for under $5 per person. We are in the last of our 4 seasons, late winter. Spring will be upon us soon; so take advantage of this little respite given to us by nature that we call winter. Stoke your fireplace, make a pot roast, sit in your favorite chair and relax. Take inventory of the things that make you happy. March will be the next time we connect with you in print so please join our FB page to keep in touch. The winds will be howling, the birds will need you to keep their feeders full and we will all be clamoring to get back outside. Spring will be knocking on our door, teasing us with crocuses then snowing all over them! Remember that inventory of happy things you came up with? Early spring is a great time to decide that if something does not make you happy; you can bring it out to the curb and let it be taken away during spring clean up! Tell your family you love them and remember: Families are like fudge - mostly sweet with a few nuts. ~Author Unknown

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR! Residents of the Ballston Spa area! Mark your calendar for Sunday, February 24, noon to 4pm. You can increase your involvement in your community on that date. Maybe you always wanted to join a fire company or the fireman's band, but didn't know who to ask? Maybe the Garden Club is something you now have time for. Looking for an invite to a service (Rotary or Lions) or fraternal (Elks or Masons) organization? Perhaps you want to help the museums, library, or efforts to preserve the Kayaderosseras Creek. Serving a hospice or hosting fresh-air city kids might be up your alley. Want to meet other retired people at Seniors? Veterans' organizations will be there. Over two dozen community organizations are participating in the Community Volunteer Expo, sponsored by the Ballston Spa Rotary Club. It will be held at the Ballston Area Community Center in the heart of the village at 20 Malta Ave. Attendees will be able to speak to members of a wide range of organizations. Rotarians hope this celebration of the community's volunteer opportunities will result in an even stronger and more vital community. By giving time and talent to local organizations, residents will benefit their neighbors, themselves, and the livability of the Ballston Spa area. PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDE: American Legion, BACC; Ballston Community Allies; Ballston Spa Educational Foundation; Ballston Area Senior Citizens; Ballston Spa Rotary Club; Bottle Museum; Brookside; BSBPA; Eagle Matt Lee; Elks; FANS: Fresh Air Fund, Friends of the Kayaderosseras; Friends of the Library; Ballston Spa Garden Club; Gateway House of Piece Hospice; Lions; Malta BPA; Malta Rotary; Masons; Milton Grange #685, RPC; Union Fire Co.; and VFW. Additional information may be found at Rotary's website, Any non-sectarian community volunteer organizations which wish to be included may contact John Cromie, 8858451 or any other Ballston Spa Rotarian.

ABOUT THE COVER... If you have been reading us since the beginning you will notice that the cover is a bit of a repeat. Jaime Hill (Paul’s oldest daughter) and Christopher Giglio became engaged in 2010 and were featured on our February 2010 cover along with their baby picture you see in the heart; stealing kisses in 1979. The two families were very close at the time (Paul was Christopher’s God Father) but grew apart as life changed. Years passed by and then Jaime and Chris crossed path again. Only this time it was the bonding of soul mates. Their lives have been intertwined since the beginning and they celebrated their love officially this past September. It is only fitting that they are our Valentines Cover. They are living proof that some people are met to be together, forever.

“Winter is the time of promise because there is so little to do - or because you can now and then permit yourself the luxury of thinking so.” - Stanley Crawford

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A very special Valentine for your child!

6 week Creative Movement Sampler for 3 1/2, 4 & 5 year olds begins March 2nd Grange Hall, Pashley Rd, E. Glenville Tues. 10am, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. 8:15am or 12:30pm Dancing with Ginny Martin is a unique, creative experience unlike anything else. A master at sparking a youngster's enjoyment of movement through wonderful story, Ginny offers a dance wonderland not to be missed! Parents all over the capital district consider Ginny an impeccable role model for their children as well as an incomparable dance magician.



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NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS Dry eyes occur when you don't produce enough tears or your tears evaporate too quickly. As many as 23 million Americans suffer from dry eyes. Cold winter winds and moisture zapping heaters can cause or worsen dry eyes. The most common signs of dry eyes are persistent dryness and irritation, scratchiness, a burning feeling and red eyes. Dry eyes can also cause a protective overproduction of the watery component of your tears causing excessive tearing. Dry eyes can be cause by a number of factors including hormonal changes, long term contact lens wear, prolonged computer use, certain medications and environmental triggers such as heaters and dry winds. In some cases, dry eyes can be a sign of something more serious such as abnormal thyroid function, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. It is important to see your eye doctor to determine the cause of your dry eyes and treat the condition accordingly. Over the counter artificial tears help relieve dry eye symptoms. Prescription eye drops go one step farther by stimulating your body to produce more tears. Other treatments include punctual plugs and tiny self-dissolving inserts placed under the lower eyelid that continually release lubrication. The winter season can be a great time to get outside and soak up the smells and sights of the season. However, make sure that you follow these simple steps for combating dry eyes to make sure that you do not fall victim to the hazards of the cold, dry winter weather: • Wear sunglasses or goggles to reduce exposure to sun and wind. • When skiing or snowboarding, try foam lined goggles that provide even greater protection. • Supplement your diet with fish oil and other supplements containing omega-3 fatty acids • Drink more water. Mild dehydration often makes dry eyes worse. • Switch contact lenses. If your contact lenses feel dry and uncomfortable, ask your eye care provider about trying different lenses that may be better for someone with dry eyes. If you have any questions about these eye tips or any other eye care issue, you can always ask us on our Facebook page. We promise a prompt response and would be happy to help you enjoy the winter months. For more information contact Kristen Cameron, Burnt Hills Optical, 793 Rt. 50 Burnt Hills, 399-6130 or visit



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CAN A “BUY LOCAL” ATTITUDE REALLY HELP OUR COMMUNITY? These days everywhere we look we see campaigns like "Small Business Saturday," a day on which we are supposed to buy stuff only from business establishments that are owned by people who reside "in our community." Although I have no problem with the overall concept and applaud small business and entrepreneurship - The big question is…in all reality is it doable? A common argument is that buying locally keeps the money in the community, and this is somehow a good thing. Basically, if we buy things locally simply because they are local and not because they make sense in terms of cost, quality and value we are impoverishing ourselves and, ultimately, each other. It is important for local retailers to not only compete on price, but also quality, to make the value of these thoughts sustainable. Buying local solely to buy local is inefficient and, therefore, wastes resources. There is a less-common argument about supporting small businesses that relies on old research about who creates jobs. Basically, there is a political conventional wisdom holding that small businesses are the most important business category for job creation; some people might see this as a reason to support small businesses. So depending on where you live, the reality is that the big box stores employ as many if not more than smaller independent retailers. Again, it comes down to perceived value. If a consumer feels they are appreciated, properly serviced and provided an equally value, they will make the decision to buy local. If you get warm fuzzy feelings from shopping local, do it. Otherwise, stick to making consumption decisions according to the net value you get from the product you're buying. That will often mean buying local; when it doesn't, you can still feel good about encouraging non-wasteful use of resources. The Power of Propaganda… It's possible and likely that local firms would provide better consumer value than chains but suffer from the fact that information is costly: brand recognition dominates a consumer's decision when determining whether local firms are good for their bottom line. Smaller merchants need to stick together, create coordinated marketing efforts to compete when it comes to convincing their communities that their product is just as good a value. For these reasons, initiatives like "Small Business Saturday” or any of the other “Buy Local” initiatives may be worthwhile. In this respect, the catch phrase should be changed from "buy local" to "check local first." By Juergen Klingenberg, founder of and the BuyLocal Reward Card.


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Saturday, February 16th, 2013 Erie Blvd Bowl, 1315 Erie Blvd. Schenectady NY 1:30PM REGISTRATION • 2:30PM BOWLING STARTS $10 per person (includes 3 games & shoes) $50 Gift Certificate to Lighthouse Restaurant awarded to the winning Pair 50/50 Raffle and many other raffles prizes

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Some investments are appropriate during your working years, while others are more suitable for retirement. But a Roth Individual Retirement Account (IRA) can provide you with benefits at virtually every stage of your life. Let's take a quick “journey” through some of these stages to see just how valuable a Roth IRA can be. To begin with, you can open a Roth IRA at any age, provided you have earned income and meet certain income limits. So if you're just starting out in your career, put as much as you can afford into your Roth IRA and gradually increase your contributions as your income rises, up to the contribution limit. A Roth IRA is an excellent retirement savings vehicle because it can grow tax free and your contributions can be invested into just about any investment you choose - stocks, bonds, mutual funds, CDs or other options. Of course, when you're young, you might not be thinking much about retirement. But the earlier you start contributing to a Roth IRA, the more you could end up with - and the difference could be substantial. In fact, if you started putting money into a Roth IRA at age 30, and you contributed the maximum amount each year until you reached 65, you would accumulate more than $766,000, assuming you are in the 25% tax bracket and you earned a 7% return, compounded annually. But, given the same assumptions, you'd end up with only about $365,000 if you waited until 40 before you started contributing. It clearly pays to contribute early and annually to a Roth IRA. (In 2013, the annual contribution limit is $5,000, or $6,000 if you're 50 or older.) There are additional benefits to funding a Roth IRA, such as its flexible withdrawal options, which are available to you even before you retire. Since you already paid taxes on the money you put into your Roth, you can withdraw your contributions at any time without paying taxes or penalties. Generally speaking, it's certainly best to leave your Roth IRA intact for as long as possible. But if there's an emergency and you need access to the funds, you can also withdraw your Roth's earnings tax free, provided you've held your account at least five years and you don't start taking withdrawals until you've reached 59_. Now, let's fast-forward to your retirement. Unlike other retirement accounts, such as a traditional IRA or a 401(k), your Roth IRA does not require you to start taking withdrawals at age 70_ - or ever. If you don't need the money, you can leave it alone, possibly to grow further, for as long as you like. This means that you might have more money to bequeath to your children or other beneficiaries, and they won't have to pay income taxes on withdrawals from either your contributions or your earnings, provided your Roth IRA account has been open for at least five years. Keep in mind, though, that your beneficiaries will be required to take distributions based on their life expectancy. As you can see, a Roth IRA can be an excellent financial “traveling companion” as you go through life. So consider adding a Roth to your portfolio - and bon voyage. 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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LEGAL PLANNING TOOLS FOR LIFE While Wills can assist people in managing their assets and affairs after they pass away, everyone should have a Health Care Proxy and Power of Attorney form while they are alive. Health Care Proxies are broadly available and can be found at doctor's offices, hospitals and attorney's offices. Power of Attorney forms and Health Care Proxies should be discussed when you talk to an attorney to draft a Will. The Power of Attorney and Health Care Proxy Forms are useful and necessary to protect yourself. The Power of Attorney allows the person named as your agent to assist you with your financial, legal and personal needs from the time you execute the document until the end of life. The Power of Attorney forms tend to be general and durable. General meaning they apply to a broad set of situations. Durable meaning they are effective from the time they are signed and notarized by you and the person you wish to be your agent, until the end of life. The Health Care Proxy allows the person named as the agent to make medical decisions if a doctor determines you are incapacitated. Doctors will always talk to you for your own decisions on health care procedures while you have capacity. Health care proxies are needed for more than just end of life decisions. Health care proxies permit a person to consent to procedures to heal if you need healing and cannot make your own decisions. Please contact me if you wish to consult with someone on planning for yourself or someone in need. It will be my pleasure to help.

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DOWN 1. Credit card brand 2. A Freudian stage 3. Quiet time 4. Chocolate cookie 5. Free from harm or evil

6. Dish 7. Fifty-three in Roman numerals 8. Cancel 9. Stink 10. Fraught with danger 11. Sea duck 12. Fragrance 13. Canvas dwellings 21. Inquires 25. Steering mechanism 26. Strip of wood 27. Vagabond 28. Engine sound 29. Enamored 30. Fertile area in a desert 31. Arduous journey 34. Let go 36. Water carrier 37. Weightlifters pump this 38. Depression 40. Not this 45. Historical periods 48. Individuals 50. Breathe out 51. Sullen or moody 52. Sporting venue 53. Large commercial ship 54. Dried plum 57. Obscure 58. God of love 59. All excited 60. Small European freshwater fish 61. Creative work 62. Where the sun sets Answers can be found on page 29

ACROSS 1. Bravery 6. In addition 10. Annoyance 14. Become accustomed (to)

20. Portion 22. Copper 23. Anagram of "Sue" 24. Graphs 26. Sharp piercing cry 30. Different 32. Diving bird 33. Left by a wound 35. Fat 39. To the rear 41. East southeast 42. Wavelike design 43. Pentateuch 44. Water barrier 46. Once ____ a time 47. Cassettes 49. Begrudge 51. Military greeting 54. Peace 55. Murres 56. Eclipse 63. The period preceeding Easter 64. South American country 65. Open-mouthed 66. Leg joint 67. King of the jungle 68. Locale 69. 3 feet 70. If not 71. Discharge

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THE REAL FOOD CHALLENGE Processed foods, additives and chemicals are inferior to real food and are potentially harmful to your health. So why do you still eat it? You may think that heart healthy label means something, but it doesn't hold a candle to real food. So what is Real Food? Here's an easy way to tell if your food is real or not: If your food can go bad, it's good for you. If your food can't go bad, it's bad for you. Real food is fresh and unprocessed. This real food challenge has the potential to change your body forever. Take the next 7 days to ONLY eat real food. One week is a very short time in the grand scheme of things, and I know you can do this. During the next 7 days you will avoid eating all of the following food items: • Sugar & Corn Syrup • Bread • Soda Pop • Grains • Packaged Bars • Rice / Pasta • Baked Goods • Crackers & Chips • Candy • Packaged snacks Here's a list of the real foods that you will eat instead: • Seasonal, organic Vegetables • Seasonal, organic Fruits • Lean, organic meat, fish & eggs • Nuts and Seeds Those four categories of food can be combined into endless, flavorful combinations. Check out the following meal ideas: Breakfast: • Scrambled organic eggs, sliced tomato and a handful of seasonal berries. • Half of a dressed avocado and a few slices of nitrate-free bacon. • Pancakes made with coconut flour and topped with chopped nuts. Lunch: Pack your lunch the night before and carry it with you. • Dark baby greens topped with chopped chicken breast and diced tomatoes. • Albacore tuna (packed in water), mixed with finely chopped cucumber over cauliflower rice. • Turkey and Spinach Salad Dinner: Eating at home is the first step in reducing your dinnertime calories. • Grilled white fish, sautéed spinach and almond bread. • Baked chicken breast with steamed broccoli and quinoa. • A big bowl of arugula topped with sautéed asparagus and sliced hardboiled eggs. While healthy eating is a huge factor in achieving your ideal weight, exercise is the other (very important) half of the equation. Do this challenge for yourself. In one short week you could be in the same, worse, or you could be leaner and excited. The choice is yours. Your exercise routine should be challenging and should be done on a regular basis. Call or email me today and we will get you started on the exercise program that will reshape your body in 2013. 424-7878 or email to get started today with a free consultation.

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To preface this month's article I would like to recognize Rick Reynolds, our Town Historian who has always been a wealth of knowledge for us to rely on regarding any history related stories that we may presented over the years. 2013 is looking to be a great year for everyone to learn about the Town of Ballston as it celebrates its 225th anniversary. Cheryll and I are pleased to have been asked to participate on the steering committee that will schedule a summer long series of exhibits and events to commemorate our rich history and will follow up with all the details you need to know in our publication over the summer months ahead. The following information is Rick's press release regarding the upcoming celebration:

Town of Ballston 225th Birthday CELEBRATION SUMMER, 2013 Created by Ballston Town Historian Rick Reynolds In 1788, the Town of Ballston was created as a part of the huge Albany County of that time. Ballston had been a “District,” along with Saratoga and Halfmoon, all of which subsequently became part of the newly created Saratoga County in 1791. The Town of Ballston: 1788 to 2013: 225 years and certainly worthy of a celebration!

Under the auspices of the Town Historian's Office, this summer's Celebration of the Town of Ballston will mirror past celebrations in the town. In summer 2009, a Celebration of Ballston Lake was held; in 2011, one was held for Burnt Hills. These celebrations showcased our town's history through pictures, documents and artifacts as well as provided entertainment for all. Those previous two celebrations brought out hundreds of people on Saturday afternoons to experience our past and celebrate our present. This summer's celebration is about to begin its planning stages. The event, the exact date of which will be determined soon, will once again allow residents and guests to see the vast storehouse of pictures and documents that are stored in the Town Historian's office as well as see some of the items from our past. Have you ever seen a real-life ice cutting saw, one that was used on Ballston Lake 100 years ago? Ever seen soap from the Besto Soap Company of Ballston Spa? How about a high school diploma from 1938? Want to play baseball 1850's style? One out per inning; no balls or strikes; no bases, just stakes! Yes, you'll have the chance for that and much more at this summer's celebration! STAY TUNED...



The Ballston Spa Central School District Board of Education recently selected the name for the district's newest elementary school, set for completion this coming summer. The students at the current Milton Terrace South Elementary School had completed a selection process for choosing a new name for the school that they will occupy in the fall of 2013 and presented their rankings to the Board for consideration. After learning more about the local history and meeting with the Town of Ballston historian, the students came up with several name options. The students at each grade level (K-5) submitted names and a

preliminary vote for a new school name was completed at the end of October. On Election Day, the students throughout the building voted from the top six names chosen in October. The top four names selected were Gordon Creek Elementary, Brookside Elementary, Iron Springs Elementary, and Ballston Springs Elementary. The Milton Terrace South Elementary School Student Council representatives led the selection process and presented the names to the Board of Education at their December 5th meeting. The Board of Education members voted for their choice and the name “Gordon Creek Elementary

School” was unanimously decided to be the name of Ballston Spa's newest school. Construction of the new school continues to be completed on time as the majority of the work has moved to the interior of the building. The current Milton Terrace South Elementary School is scheduled to move into the building at the end of the school year. The current Malta Avenue Elementary School will then occupy the vacated space during renovations in their building, scheduled to begin during the summer of 2013. Please visit the facilities pages on the district website at for updates and to view a live “video cam” of the construction process.

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WHAT IS MONTESSORI? Truth be told the first time I stepped into a Montessori classroom I felt like I entered a whole new world. I was not prepared to work with children who could sit where they were comfortable and do their work, choose work that interested them or even prepare their own snacks. Having a very traditional schooling background my first thought was “this educational philosophy is way too alternative for me”, but I needed a job. By my second week of working as a teaching assistant I was applying to a teacher training program and rethinking my career path. That was 18 years ago and I am still in awe at times at what children are truly capable of given the right environment. Montessori to the untrained eye can look a bit “chaotic” and unstructured. The opposite is actually true. The teachers are trained to observe and teach to each child as an individual. We plan activities and lessons based on each child’s development. Materials are made to be self correcting’ allowing children to explore and internalize the concepts after working with teachers individually. Teachers work with children one on one, in small groups and as a class at circle times. In working with children in this manner we are able to assess their progress and monitor for emerging Sensitive Periods. These are specific times when a child’s brain is ready to learn certain concepts. For example, you may notice your preschool child is coloring, wanting to “write”, and/or interested in activities that require fine motor control. As teachers we would begin planning lessons and work geared towards developing their writing skills. Montessori also believes that a child’s mind is like a sponge. Until the age of 6 a child absorbs all the knowledge and experiences around them. They are able to store this information to be used later when they are older, thus creating a strong educational foundation. The Montessori School has 2 Burnt Hills locations. Our Toddler Program is located at 85 Lake Hill Rd. and our Preschool Program is located at 124 Lake Hill Rd. Our goal is to help one family at a time to build this strong foundation.. Our teachers believe that education is not just for school but a way of life and work hard to develop lifelong relationships with their families. If you are interested in learning more about our school or the Montessori Philosophy please call for an appointment.

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Love for the Arts, really does start at home! For eighth grader, Olivia DeRagon and her family, art and music is just, well… life. Her mother, Tracy is the music department and band director at Ballston Spa Central School District. Her Dad, Ken, has played trombone professionally with the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra and Empire Jazz Orchestra for years. Olivia and her sisters, Ali and Sami also play in multiple bands, orchestras, and at the middle school. I really have no idea how their parents keep them all going in so many directions, but they do. This family's commitment to art and music is very impressive and it shows in Olivia's many accomplishments, not to mention her sister's as well. Olivia started playing instruments at the age of 8 or so, when she began learning the Oboe. Of course, one instrument is rarely enough for any of the talented DeRagon clan, even one as difficult as the oboe. So, it was not long before she started playing baritone, then Piano and guitar. She has even participated in the Ithaca College Summer Music program. The talented 13 year old has been involved in three productions at the Homemade Theatre Youth Conservatory in Saratoga over the last two years. She played General Cartwright in Guys and Dolls and was spunky orphan, Pepper, in their production of Annie. She also played a member of the Witch's Army in the theatre's professional production of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. This is only one part of her theatre experience. She is almost a veteran at the age of 14! She has also held down supporting roles in both Beauty and the Beast and Annie for Launching Pad Produced plays at the Middle School. Her latest role is with Launching Pad again, as the evil villain, Stromboli, in My Son

Pinocchio. This is the traditional story of Pinocchio, but told from Geppetto's point of view, instead of the puppets. Olivia was gearing up for this performance when we sat down. She is very excited to give this traditionally male role, a very fresh, female twist. Her sister, Ali is also in the production, playing one of the parents in the ensemble cast. The show will run in the Ballston Spa High School Theatre for six performances: 7 p.m. Feb. 1, 2, 8 and 9 and 1 p.m. matinees Feb. 2 and 9. Tickets are general admission and may be purchased before each performance for $7 each right outside the door. Outside of performing, our talented young lady, volunteers with her Mom and sisters at the Saratoga Animal Shelter on Sundays, saying simply that they just love the animals that they get to help there. She also has an intense interest in science, as it applies to art. Her favorite character on TV is Angela on Bones. Olivia told me that is the kind of job she would love to have. As she puts it, “It is a way of combining my two favorite things, art and science”. Olivia is a frequent name seen on the principal's list at Ballston Spa Middle School, so no doubt she will have her choice of profession as an adult. Right now, she is content to concentrate on music, performing, and keeping her grades up as she prepares to enter the high school next year. Be sure to go out and support all our budding performers at all of the upcoming productions being put on by your districts. These kids work really hard to put these shows together and they do love an audience (the bigger the better)! Written by: Heather Di Pietro

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THAT'S AMORE... When the moon hits your eye - Like a big pizza pie - That's amore - When the world seems to shine - Like you've had too much wine - That's amore... Well, let us hope you don't get hit in the face with a big pizza pie. This song however is a perfectly happy metaphor for love. We all have those days that "love" in all senses of the word, seems to fail us. We hope this is just a passing moment and as the time wares on; we recover and notice that love is around every corner. I believe it is always there, sometimes we simply forget to look for it. It is in every minute of every day. As I add years to my age I am finding that the simplest of things give me pleasure and love. Now, I say things, and I mean the exact opposite. I have had many "things" over the years and now I find myself without many of them, without many "things". And yet, I have love and compassion staring right back at me more often than not. Maybe, it was loss that actually showed me more. There were times that bitterness and anger took the stage only to be pushed out by pity. As these emotions sauntered off stage left, a new attitude entered. My love of love! I have never wavered really. I have been reassured as I see it every day and in many people, right here in our little town and right here in my life. I believe in having butterflies in your belly at any age. I believe that a cup of coffee can make your afternoon. I believe that sitting under the sun in lawn chairs, starring at the sky and the clouds, can be one of the best moments I have had in a very long time. I love the music that plays as I waltz around my living room. The love how I feel when my son and I do something together and he rates it an 8.5!! I love the members at the gym who always give me all they have - never giving up and pushing through the class (and still like me afterwards). I love all the people that call you by name in town when you frequent their shops. I love that my friends will always have the right thing to say and can make me laugh even on the hardest days. I love my family for helping me stack wood and calling to check up on me, telling me that they love me and that it is going to be all right. I even love that my wrinkles are even more noticeable when I smile. And I love to smile! So when the world seems to shine, like you've had too much wine... simply step back and enjoy it. Bask in the love that surrounds you - its' right there, its' in every minute of every day. As always, I wish you peace, joy and much amore'! Pattie Rakvica •



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LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES The February Meeting of the Town of Ballston Community Library Board of Trustees will be on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 7PM in the library community room. These meetings are open to the public and we’d love to see you there. The Town of Ballston Community Library will have two openings for library trustees in July 2013. Trustees are appointed by the Town of Ballston Board for a 5 year term. Trustees must be residents of the Town of Ballston residing outside the Ballston Spa School District. Please contact Library Director Karen DeAngelo for more information and an application form.

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COMPUTER CLASS SCHEDULE Classes are free unless otherwise noted. For a small printing fee, handouts may be available for patrons to retain for future reference. Registration is required and space is limited. To register, please stop by or call the library at 518-399-8174. x 2. 2/4 12-2PM Introduction to Computers for Absolute Beginners 2/4 4-6PM Microsoft Excel 2010 Level 1 2/7 5-7PM Microsoft Excel 2010 Level 1 2/8 1-3PM Microsoft Word 2010 Level 1 2/11 12-2PM Picasa 2/11 4-6PM Microsoft Excel 2010 Level 2 2/13 5-7PM Introduction to Computers for Absolute Beginners 2/19 7-8PM e-Readers 2/21 5-7PM Microsoft Excel 2010 Level 2 2/25 12-2PM Google and the Internet 2/25 4-6PM Microsoft Excel 2010 Level 3 2/28 5-7PM Computer LAB eBooks: Bring your Kindle, Nook or IPad to learn how to download books from the Library onto your device. (All Levels) Google and The Internet: We will start with a background synopsis of the Internet and how it “works”. The class will also discuss “Googling” or searching on the Internet and how to find what information you are seeking in the most efficient and safe manner. A basic working knowledge of the computer is expected. (Beginner Level)


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Introduction to Computers for Absolute Beginners: A very basic look at the PC designed for users just learning about turning the unit on and off, using a mouse and keyboard and viewing the desktop. Hands on practice is emphasized. (Absolute Beginner Level) Microsoft EXCEL 2010 Level 1: Introduction to using Microsoft Excel as your spreadsheet application. Topics will include creating and editing a spreadsheet. We will look at the differing types of data (numeric vs. text) and performing basic calculations. (Beginner Level) Microsoft EXCEL 2010 Level 2: Emphasis will be on formatting worksheets, formulas and functions, and “what-if” analysis. An understanding of computer use and the topics covered in EXCEL Level 1 is requested for those attending this class. (Intermediate Level) Microsoft EXCEL 2010 Level 3: This session expands into relative vs. absolute cell references, charting, using multiple sheets, page layouts and styles, fiscal and logical functions. Knowledge of Excel 1 and 2 topics is inferred. (Advanced Level) PICASA: A class for using one of the best, FREE, photo editing applications available. Bring some of your own digital photo files to experiment with. A basic working knowledge of the computer is expected. (Beginner Level) LIBRARY PROGRAMS Social Knitting Group: February 18, 2013 from 7-9PM in the library community room. All are welcome, even those who crochet, tat, embroider, etc., but only knitting help is guaranteed. PROGRAMS FOR YOUTH Scribbles & Tales February 13 at 4PM. Listen to stories and do crafts! This is an inclusive program for children of all levels of ability in Grades K-3. Please sign up in advance. 2, 3, 4 Book Club February 7 at 4PM - a theme book club for kids in grades 2, 3, and 4. We play with Legos while we talk about books! Please sign up. TWEEN & TEEN PROGRAMS 5th & 6th Grade Book Club Friday, February 8 at 4PM. Read great books and do crafts! Sign up and pick up a copy of the February book, The Notorious Benedict Arnold by Steve Sheikin. Any interested 5th or 6th grader can join at any time. For more information email Rebecca at or call 399-8174 x 3. FEBRUARY BREAK PROGRAMS Library Mini Golf - The Friends of the Library is hosting a Library Mini Golf fundraising event on February 15 & 16. Friday we will play from 5PM-7PM and on Saturday we'll play from 9AM-5PM. This will be a chance for families and friends to come out and play together! Our event will include 18 holes of golf, a bake sale, and a mini book sale. Hair Creations - February 20 at 1:30PM - Decorate headbands and make your own hair accessories. For grades K-5. Please sign up. Soapy Snowmen - Use soap flakes to make snowmen and snow pictures. For grades K-5. Please sign up.


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Jennifer Maurer 1969-2010

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SCHOOL TAX RELIEF We often hear people complain about taxes; who doesn't, right? However, what many people don't realize is that if your household earns less than $500,000 a year and you own and live in your own home, there is an easy way to get a discount on your taxes. It's called the New York State School Tax Relief (STAR) Program and here's how it works. Basic STAR: Basic STAR is available for an owner-occupied primary residence, regardless of age, where the owners' and their spouses' income is less than $500,000. It exempts the first $30,000 of the full tax assessed value of a home from school taxes. Thus, for STAR applicants, each school tax bill is calculated as if the home's assessed value is $30,000 less than its actual assessed value. Enhanced STAR: If your household income is $79,050 or less and you are 65 or older, you qualify for Enhanced STAR on your primary residence. Enhanced STAR works similarly to Basic STAR, but the benefit is greater. It exempts the first $63,300 from school taxes, effectively lowering the assessed value of the home by that sum for the purposes of calculating the school taxes. In both programs, the state has capped the benefit to a 2% increase over the prior year, but each home still sees a significant reduction in their tax bills, sometimes up to $50/month. "How do I apply for my STAR exemption?" Just go to your town clerk, or contact your favorite Bliss Properties agent, for a copy of the one-page STAR application. Simply fill it out and turn it in to your local Town Assessor before March 1st . You only need to apply once and the savings is carried over each year. However, STAR savings is not transferable with the sale of a home. Thus, when you purchase a new primary residence, you will need to fill out the application and submit it by the deadline, even if the prior owner received the exemption the year before. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact your favorite Bliss Properties agent any day from 8am to 8pm, or check with your local Town Assessor for details. We love helping Our Hometowne find real estate Bliss!

Pamela Bliss, Broker Certified International Property Specialist Senior Real Estate Specialist 518-331-8710 Victoria Romeo, Agent Certified Buyer Representative First-Time Homebuyer/Seller Specialist 518-788-8865

“On cable TV they have a weather channel 24 hours of weather. We had something like that where I grew up. We called it a window. � - Dan Spencer

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Malta Avenue Elementary School in Ballston Spa "adopted" the Massapequa City School District through the Schools Helping Schools program sponsored by the New York State Council of School Superintendents (NYSCOSS). The school district was impacted by Hurricane Sandy and is in need of many items for their students and families. On Wednesday, January 16th, the Malta Avenue Student Council sponsored a Hat Day and raised $513.12, which will now be sent to aid with the relief efforts going to the people in the Massapequa schools. NYSCOSS launched the program, Schools Helping Schools, in response to the many offers of help from school district members throughout the state following the terrible impact of Hurricane Sandy on communities, schools and families. The Council is matching affected school districts with others from around the state in a state-wide “adopt a school” donation and relief effort. Superintendents who have “adopted” another district continue to communicate with the adopted school district to see what needs their students and community have. Two elementary schools in the Ballston Spa Central School District (BSCSD) were matched with sister schools in the Massapequa Public School District on Long Island to provide support for homeless families who were displaced by Hurricane Sandy. Over 275 families in their district lost everything due to the damage and they are in need of resources to assist the families with daily living. Malta Avenue and Milton Terrace South Elementary Schools both planned school wide efforts to collect any possible donation that can be easily transported to the affected schools for distribution to families. The school district remains cognizant of teaching students the importance of service learning and community service throughout the entire school year. When asked to support another school district, “ Our Principals and staff did not hesitate to volunteer their assistance in helping our “sister” schools downstate,” indicated Joseph P. Dragone, Ph.D., Superintendent of BSCSD. BSCSD students and staff members throughout the district were actively involved in supporting the relief efforts following the storm. Milton Terrace North 3rd grade students hosted a pasta dinner to raise money for victims of Hurricane Sandy and collected close to $1,800.00. The Ballston Spa Middle School hosted their 3rd “Scottie's Closet” and distributed all of the clothing left to the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Ballston Spa teachers and staff also gathered supplies and donations for an elementary school in Coney Island. For additional information on the Schools Helping Schools project, please contact Kyle McCauley Belokopitsky at or 518-6944874. Local contact is Stuart Williams, Community Relations, @BSCSD, 884-7195 or


PRIMITIVE COUNTRY DECOR'S NEWEST TWIST Each month I share “Decorating Tips from The Speckled Hen” and introduce you to new ways to decorate your home with primitives. If you already have a primitive home, I'll help add to it with fresh ideas. And although I won't be open this month, I still have many decorating tips to share! Most of us know primitive decorating as part flea market finds, part shabby chic, and part 'make-do'. This requires investing time into scouting out classic older pieces - antiques or barn finds that you fix up for display. If you can't find the perfect piece at a flea market, second hand store, garage sale, or country auction, then check out primitive country décor's newest trend - taking something new and forcefully 'aging' the piece. These pieces are made with the finest wood and craftsmanship, and then distressed to look old through paint applications and techniques. I've yet to hear a name for it, but I think that 'upscale primitive' describes it perfectly. This has become popular in recent years, and in fact, there are many local craftsmen who produce beautiful 'upscale primitive' pieces. You can make pieces similar to this at home, so let's talk more about taking new pieces and making them look old for primitive decor. There are many 'aging' tricks for making furniture look primitive. Find the right piece for your home and make it look olden using a crackle paint treatment and some sandpaper. Sand down the areas that would've been worn-down naturally over years of use. While the standard “Crackle” paint is great, also try the “Porcelain Crackle” - this will give you a finish similar to what you'd see on old china dishes. Replace the standard hardware with something more rustic, and be sure to use the similar aging techniques on it. Soon your furniture will have a country appeal that is 100% to your taste and matches you home's color scheme perfectly. These ideas and suggestions are in addition to the many items featured in The Speckled Hen. I can't wait to see you during your next visit, but remember I'll be closed for the month of February. Maureen Culver • 369.8771 • 38 Saratoga Road, Scotia

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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.

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

A 3.5 oz serving of the super trim pork shoulder is 220 calories. 1 link of sausage is approx 3-4 oz. This means 1 serving of Garofalo's sausage is 220 calories for there is nothing added to it other than pork. No added fillers and no preservatives. I had also wanted to mention (for I am asked often) that there is no sugar, no gluten added and no MSG. 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 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 BattistoniSalami, 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.

SWEETHEART RIB-EYE STEAK Have Garofalo's custom cut a Sweetheart steak to your desired thickness and bring to room temperature before grilling 2 ounces Garofalo's Roll butter, at room temperature 2 ounces Roquefort cheese, crumbled 1 teaspoon minced garlic 2 teaspoons fresh chopped chive 2 teaspoons fresh chopped thyme In a mixer, whip butter and Roquefort cheese until smooth. Add garlic, chive and thyme and mix until well combined. Place butter mixture on parchment paper and roll the parchment paper around butter forming 1-inch diameter log. Chill until firm Pat rib eyes dry with paper towels. Brush evenly with seasoned olive oil available at Garofalo's and season with salt. Press black pepper evenly on both sides. Transfer seasoned steaks to the hot grill, and cook for 4 to 6 minutes on each side for medium-rare, longer if desired. Remove steaks and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving. Serve topped with slices of Roquefort butter. Garnish with fresh thyme sprigs.

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HELPING VETERANS FIND EMPLOYMENT & HOUSING VETHELP is a program whose mission is to serve the needs of homeless military veterans by empowering them to embrace and maintain independent living and self-sufficiency. This is effectively accomplished by helping veterans secure temporary and permanent housing, viable employment, access to health care and address other issues facing these veterans in their journey through life. Since 1983 Saratoga County RPC has operated as a §501(c)(3) charity registered in the State of New York. We have had many people support us and there is no way to express our thanks that seems adequate. We still need your support, anything you can give, can and will help. Saratoga County RPC has grown into an organization that operates two transitional facilities for homeless veterans. These shelters are meant for those who need it, as a brief sojourn on a veteran’s journey through life. A transitional facility for male veterans was established in Saratoga Springs in 1988. From inception of the homeless shelter we have been at full capacity and now operate a twelve bed facility located at 36 Church Avenue, Ballston Spa, New York. A transitional facility for female veterans was established in Ballston Spa, NY in the fall of 2011. From inception of the homeless shelter idea the surrounding communities have joined together to make the “Guardian House” a success. The facility is located at 1214 Saratoga Road, Ballston Spa, New York and can housing eleven women. Saratoga County RPC services today includes ongoing management of federally funded rental units in all Saratoga County and are at a level of 164 families being subsidized monthly. The NYS Department of Social Service’s Homeless Housing and Assistance Program provided construction funding for an eight apartment complex in the Town of Wilton. Occupancy began in January 1991 and houses veterans and their families. This program targets veterans who are homeless about to be homeless or living in substandard shelters. Four additional units were constructed in 1997.

There are many services available to veterans here at Saratoga County RPC. These services are not limited to veterans who reside in the transitional facilities. There are employment and housing services, in addition to these services there is a knowledgeable and experienced staff that can guide a veteran along the correct path to help.

INTEGRITY At our core, Saratoga County RPC is about integrity: The integrity of veteran residents, the integrity of staff, and the integrity of our commitment to work tirelessly to improve the lives of veterans and others in the community at large. We assist veterans with both picking up the pieces of their lives and filling in the gaps that public agencies do not address. Homeless veterans need an interwoven effort that provides a safety net of housing, meals, health care, substance abuse aftercare and mental health counseling. They also need job assessment, training and placement assistance. Our mission at Saratoga County RPC is to offer a continuum of care that includes immediate and long-term housing, treatment and recovery for addiction, food, and clothing, as well as medical, counseling and job-related services. Because government money for homeless veterans is currently limited and serves only one in 10 veterans in need, it is critical that private groups such as Saratoga County RPC reach out to help provide the support, resources and opportunities most Americans take for granted: housing, employment and health care. Saratoga County RPC has a record of success, helping veterans get their lives back on track. But to continue providing this critical support to veterans, we need the ongoing support of the community. To make a donation to help us continue working on our vital mission you can write a check made out to VETHELP, mailed to 1214 Saratoga Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020, visit our website at and donate securely via PayPal, or call (518) 885-0091.


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Ken Maynard is a homegrown entrepreneur, born and raised in Ballston Spa. Ken made a decision to go into business for himself and on February 2, 2001; he took over the Sunoco Station at 230 Church Ave near the corner of Rt50 and 67 from Dan Mabb and turned it into a full service gas station. Ken set up the garage to offer everything from welding and fabrication to custom exhaust and trailer hitch installation. In addition to being able to repair any vehicle on wheels Ken also offers a great deal on trade-ins towards an extensive selection of used cars and trucks. His used vehicle inventory has been gone through with a fine tooth comb assuring his customer they are buying a well maintained vehicle. He backs that up with a solid warrantee for the next 1,000 miles and in most cases he will fill your gas tank for free on your way out. If you don't see a vehicle you want on his lot let him know and he will go find one for you. Over the years he has built a great reputation and his customers return and refer their friends and family because Ken goes the extra mile…so to speak. In the past he has had a few folks who brought in their vehicle that they purchased from him with an issue that needed attention. If they were a little over the 1,000 mile warranty agreement Ken would bend over backwards to make it right. He pays it forward, and treats his customers with the respect they deserve, and will to go great lengths to keep them satisfied. His kindness is reflected in his actions; one example is how Ken and his staff take pride in assisting the elderly or disabled by dropping whatever they are doing to go out and pump their gas for them, all it takes is a short tap on the horn! His loyalty to people is one of his many character traits. When he acquired the station from Dan back in 2001 he also inherited Pat Bond who had worked at the station with Dan Mabb. Pat is still there today along with Jason Wade. Between the three of them they work on everything that rolls into the garage, each bring a specialty skill to the table and collectively provide the area with a team of local guys who care about keeping your vehicle in good shape and getting you back on the road quickly.

As a certified NAPA Auto care center, you are assured that your vehicle is receiving the best service you can get! Having moved close to 1,000 car or trucks in the past twelve years they have earned a very loyal customer base that routinely come back for scheduled maintenance or repairs. Sometimes they stop in just to shoot the breeze with Ken, if you can catch him sitting still long enough to chat. He is either up to his elbows under a car on the lift or out on the road picking up vehicles for his inventory. From our perspective Ken's Auto service is a fine example of a hardworking businessman who keeps the spirit of community alive in YOUR HOMETOWNE!



On behalf of the Town of Milton and the Town Council, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our picturesque town. Milton was founded in 1792 and is a scenic community with a population of 18,575. We are a growing rural community with excellent educational institutions, quiet and friendly neighborhoods, a growing Town Center and a vast network of diverse municipal parks.


As your Supervisor, I will continue to strive to make sure Milton Town Center remains open for development while still retaining and preserving the Rural Districts. In a region experiencing rapid growth, we want to be able to welcome the developers while maintaining our Open Spaces and Farmlands. I look forward to another prosperous year with progress, where numerous initiatives will be set in motion to continue to improve and expand on our existing programs and services. The Town of Milton has several great development projects for 2013. Milton will continue to value our historic structures and open spaces while promoting a vibrant Town Center. Our efforts will ensure the residents of Milton will have the tools necessary to achieve their goals and the highest quality of life. I hope to see you at all of our events throughout the year! Please check our website and Town Facebook Page for updates.

Daniel P. Lewza Town of Milton Supervisor


NEW MILTON MEDICAL CENTER in 2013 The Town of Milton is excited to welcome Milton Medical Center to Town Center for 2013. Construction will most likely begin in Late Spring 2013.

$1 MILLION DOLLAR TOWN CENTER GRANT The Town of Milton Supervisor and his team have been working tirelessly on keeping a $1 million dollar grant that was awarded in 2006. New York State Department of Transportation informed the Town early this year that because nothing had been completed on the project, they are pulling the funding to award to another project. This grant is specifically for Geyser Road in Town Center to enhance the pedestrian experience by creating sidewalks, street lights, and curbing. M.J. Engineering and Land Surveying, P.C., the Town's Engineering firm, had their team work together with the Town, Capital District Transportation Commission, Federal Highway Association, and New York State Department of Transportation to provide them with the updated information to maintain the $1 million grant. Information that DOT had requested in order to maintain the grant was an entirely updated plan with a new cost analysis. This needed to reflect the change in the cost of materials and labor. A large reduction in some of the cost is due to the support of the Town of Milton Highway Department. Superintendent David Forbes has offered his department and their services to perform many of the specific tasks on the project to save the tax payers money. This will in no way interrupt the services that are already provided by the Highway Department to Town of Milton residents. The grant is instrumental in making Milton become a pedestrian friendly community that has been and still currently is envisioned. Making our streets safer for our residents and visitors is a primary goal

of the Town. The amount of traffic has increased over the last five to ten years while the space allotted for pedestrians and cyclist has not. This increase in traffic causes great concern for pedestrian and cyclist safety, which is why Supervisor Lewza and his team made it a priority to secure this funding. Milton Town Center is a vital resource to Saratoga County. This portion of the County is part of the CDTA Route 50 Bus Route, which is the primary route from Albany/Schenectady to Saratoga and Wilton. This route brings many visiting pedestrians to our streets. They are either waiting at the bus stop on the sides of Geyser and Rowland or walking to/from their cars or neighborhoods. Their safety is extremely important to Milton and maintaining this $1 million grant is vital to ensuring the safety of those in our community. As Town Center develops, you will be able to see a truly safer Town of Milton; allowing pedestrians, bicyclists, and CDTA riders to have clear pathways to their destinations. Construction on the project is set to begin in Spring of 2013 on the north side of Geyser Road. This includes creating one unified sidewalk, road curbing, and lighting. The south side of Geyser Road is projected to begin in early Spring of 2014. A Public information forum will be held in early 2013 to answer resident and business questions and give more specific project details. Please check the Community Calendar on the website for more details on when this forum will take place. The professionals involved in the project will be available to address all questions from the public.

RENOVATION’S at MILTON COMMUNITY CENTER The Town of Milton Community Center and Home of the Ballston Area Senior Citizens at 310 Northline Road in Ballston Spa has received some special attention this year from the Town of Milton, the Town Council, the Buildings & Grounds Department and the Highway Department. We began with the landscaping surrounding the front entrance. The landscaping in its entirety was removed and replaced as part of the Community Center Beautification Project. Highway Superintendent David Forbes, the Highway Department, and the Buildings & Grounds Department worked hard to remove the existing landscaping and replace it with flowering trees and sustainable shrubbery. As the projects continued, the parking lot was cleaned, resealed and restriped. This process will help prolong the life of the blacktop as

well as maintaining the safety of those utilizing the parking lot. The largest project was one that was more than necessary, replacement of the entire roof. The roof was leaking in various locations causing interior damage. The replacement of the roof is the first part of a multiphase venture to create an energy efficient building. This investment will allow the Town and the taxpayers to see a significant reduction in the cost to heat and cool the facility. This will also

ensure that there is no more ongoing damage to the interior of the center. The exterior of the building has sustained extensive damage from the weather, vehicle damage, pesky woodpeckers, and lack of proper maintenance. The damage to the siding and other exterior repairs are projected to begin in late 2013. The interior of the building has suffered considerable wear and tear from the last ten years of use. The Buildings and Grounds Department will be doing interior work to repair the exceptionally damaged sections of the interior. We have also partnered with Rebuilding Together Saratoga County for interior projects during Spring 2013. Please visit Rebuilding Together Saratoga County's webpage to see how you can help

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WALKING TRAILS OPEN at BOICE FAMILY PARK After two years of work by Town staff in collaboration with Friends of the Kayaderosseras and local Boy Scout troops, the trail system at the Boice Family Park near Rock City Falls is almost complete. The main parking area is on Creekside Drive just off Rock City Road. The parking area is currently grass, and the trailhead sign should be up within the next few weeks. From there, a trail marked with orange hiker circles goes down to the Kayaderosseras. The orange trail follows the Creek and then goes uphill along the Town's property line until it intersects with the old Push Pull & Jerk Trolley Bed. From that intersection, blue and red trail options exist. The blue markers follow the trolley bed about a mile to the remains of the Pioneer Paper Mill and West Milton Road. The red markers follow a creekside loop (still under construction) that comes back to the trolley bed closer to the mill. This loop is scheduled for completion by Scout Troop 11 this fall. When completed, the trail system will offer a variety of walking paths totaling over three miles. Additional parking areas are planned off Creekside Drive by the Creek (not yet paved) and at West Milton Road. Trail maps will be available at the parking areas. Although some sections of trail are still in the final stages of completion, most of the system is partially marked and accessible now for the adventuresome walker.

TOWN BUDGET ADOPTED for 2013 The Town Council adopted the preliminary budget on November 7th, 2012 at the Town Board Meeting. The 2013 Budget includes no increase to the tax rates for Town of Milton residents. The total general appropriation (not including special districts) is $5,379,523.00. This reflects a 10.5% increase from 2012. This increase includes a $250,000.00 expenditure for the Town Center Grant Project (see page 2 for more details). Sales tax revenues are anticipated to be $2,500,000.00 for the year 2013. Revenue from the sale of town property on Northline Road and Salem Drive will be estimated to be $250K. Town full-time employees will be receiving a one-time bonus of $1,000.00. Part-time and elected officials will not be included. Highway Department members will also not be included as they are under union negotiations at this time. The Town of Milton Adopted Budget is available for viewing on the Town website at or the Town Clerk's Office.

SUMMER CAMP is RE-INSTATED Thanks to Supervisor Dan Lewza and the Town of Milton Council, the Town of Milton re-instated the Summer Camp Program that had previously been eliminated from the 2012 Town Budget. Their goal was to get the program up and running with a minimal fee to Town of Milton residents. In March of 2012, Supervisor Lewza organized and encouraged the Recreation Committee to find a way to run the camp on a bare bones budget. Thanks to all involved, it was accomplished and the 2012 Town of Milton Summer Recreation Program was able to run with great success. The feedback from residents was “outstanding”. Our camp counselors were amazing and made it a great summer for our kids. All activities were held at the Burgess-Kimball Memorial Park on Rowland Street in Ballston Spa except for two off-site field trips. We held Olympic Days,

water days and had music from a disc jockey. In 2013 we once again will be able to run the Town of Milton Summer Recreation Program with a minimal fee to the town residents. Applications will be available at Town Hall and on the Town of Milton website. Registration must be completed in full with medical forms completed. Applications will be available starting late spring. Summer camp will run July 8thAugust 1st, 2013 9am to 12 noon. Open for children entering 1st grade through 6th grade as of the September 2013 school year. More information will be available in spring 2013 on the Town of Milton website. Thank you to the Town of Milton for re-instating the Summer Recreation Program! We are looking forward to another great year!

TOWN of MILTON Joins Facebook As of October 26th, 2012, the Town has officially created a Town Facebook page. The primary goals of the Supervisor's Office maintaining a Facebook page is to: • Build a better social connection to the Town residents. • Share public service announcements such as important emergency information from the County and State and changes to the monthly town meetings. • Use it to help inform residents of events being held within the Town of Milton. • Allow specific information to be easily accessible with links to our municipal website. The Town of Milton webpage can be accessed at and there is a link to our Facebook page on the right hand side of the homepage. If there is a Town of Milton or Village of Ballston Spa event you would like put on the website or Facebook page, please email



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