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On October 7, the local community commemorated the 150th anniversary of Ulysses S. Grant becoming our nation’s first 4-star general. The proceeds from the evening’s Grant’s Grand Ball, held at the military museum, went to benefit the Ulysses S. Grant Cottage State Historic Site. Given that anniversary, and the current election season, it seems only fitting to look a little deeper into the life of this 18th president whose face is memorialized on the American fifty-dollar bill. Grant was one…
SARATOGA SPRINGS ­— The recent Walt Disney film, “Queen of Katwe,” has a special connection with a local Saratoga Springs charity, The Giving Circle. The story is about a young girl, Phiona Mutesi, who rises out of poverty by mastering the game of chess with the help of teacher Robert Katende. Katende is now a teacher at The Giving Circle schools in Uganda. It all started when Saratoga Springs resident, Ann Fantauzzi, who is on the board of The Giving…
SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs City School District has recently learned that three of its elementary schools have lead levels in drinking water that exceed 15 parts per billion (ppb), the level deemed “actionable” by the Environmental Protection Agency and New York State Law. One school was found to have a drinking fountain with lead levels at 930 ppb. As required by law, the district has begun immediate action for remediation under the guidance of the Department of Health.…
SARATOGA SPRINGS — In a community as generous as Saratoga Springs, Mary Gavin was surprised to find it didn’t have a general fund, a single place for people to donate that gets dispersed to a variety of worthy local causes. “That was one of the critical reasons for starting the Adirondack Trust Company Community Fund,” said Gavin, one of the founding members and Chair of the Fund’s advisory committee. The ATC Community Fund started meeting in 2008, and in 2011…
BALLSTON SPA — This year, St. Mary’s Church at 167 Milton Avenue in Ballston Spa is doubling its efforts to raise money and Christmas shoeboxes for orphans in Haiti. St. Mary’s has been steadily helping Haiti for 14 years, and was there for them after the tragic January 12, 2010 earthquake. Now, after Hurricane Matthew, the devastation is so great that the church is reaching out to its neighboring communities in Saratoga County for some last-minute help. Doris Smith, one…
BALLSTON SPA — While the Village of Ballston Spa is known for its place in history as the original site of “healing spring waters,” the filming of “The Way We Were,” and numerous antique shops, it is also known as home to several old and beautiful churches. One of them is The First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa, a handsome stone edifice located at 202 Milton Avenue. First Baptist has a long and rich history of ministry in the area,…
Saratoga Springs Smart City Commission Presents Roadmap To Broadband Finance Commissioner Michele Madigan, along with independent technology consulting company NYSTEC, will present Smart City Roadmap 1.0 during Tuesday night’s meeting of the City Council. Roadmap 1.0 is the culmination of work by the Smart City Commission over the past six months, and will help leverage existing broadband infrastructure and funding streams to foster sustainable economic growth and enhance the quality of life for all residents, according to Madigan. “Addressing infrastructure…
SCHUYLERVILLE ­— The news can’t be good. You are sitting in your doctor’s office, not in an exam room. He is looking at you earnestly from behind his desk. You can feel yourself sinking into the soft chair. There’s a clock ticking somewhere – it’s loud in your ears, making it hard for you to hear the word cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, there will be more than 1.6 million new cancer cases in 2016, and while scientists…
SARATOGA SPRINGS — The city’s proposed operating budget in 2017 will top $45.5 million – an approximate three percent increase over 2016 – but will contain no increase in taxes for city taxpayers, according to the proposal released by city Finance Commissioner Michele Madigan this week. The $45.52 million plan marks an increase of $1.51 million over the 2016 budget, with contractual wages and health insurance accounting for nearly all of the change. Main revenue sources supporting the operating budget…
SARATOGA SPRINGS — One week after Shelters of Saratoga announced an agreement to site the Code Blue Saratoga emergency shelter on Caroline and Henry streets, the 11th-hour solution has drawn the ire of some local residents and business owners who say they were not informed of the shelter’s relocation to the east side neighborhood and expressed concerns about potential safety issues. After spending the past two winters at the Salvation Army building on Woodlawn Avenue, scheduling conflicts at the Salvation…
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Police Blotter

  • COURTS Wilfredo F. Diaz, 44, was found guilty on Feb. 10 of two counts of predatory sexual assault and one…
  • COURTS Vanessa A. French, 45, of Halfmoon, was sentenced on Jan. 26 to five days in jail and five years…
  • COURTS Randy Meyer, 24, of Waterford, pleaded on Jan. 20 to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. Sentencing scheduled…
  • COURTS Joshua Noll, 27, of Gansevoort, pleaded on Jan. 19 to felony DWI and second-degree vehicular assault in connection with…
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