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“Keep Moving Forward”
BALLSTON SPA – For most of us, learning to drive is a particular rite of passage during our teenage years. The excitement of receiving a learner’s permit from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is second only to passing your official road test. For Ben Ekland of Juniper Lane in Ballston Spa, passing the permit exam was the culmination of three years of hard work and preparation. Though Ben has his challenges, his determination and positive attitude should serve to remind us all what we’re capable of when we put our minds to it.
Call for Nominations!
It’s time to begin the 2012 search for 5 of Saratoga County’s most dynamic women leaders!
The Top 5 Women of Influence awards will honor women who have been making headlines in their fields.
Saratoga TODAY is looking for candidates who share a commitment to business growth, professional excellence and to the community – women who are shaping the future of Saratoga County. To nominate yourself or someone else, please fill out our new online application form.
Save the Date!
The 2012 Enchanted Wedding Expo is on February 26, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Saratoga Springs City Center (522 Broadway). It’s an event you won’t want to miss! Brides, pre-register online and enter for a chance to win great prizes – but hurry! Registration closes Thursday, February 23 at 5 p.m.
Saratoga On Tap
SARATOGA SPRINGS - I hope you’re thirsty, because the First Annual Saratoga Beer Week is set to kick off its run Thursday, February 23. The inaugural Beer Week is presented by Saratoga.com and Saratoga Festivals. This 21 and up event will take place over the course of three days, culminating with a pair of beer tasting summits at the Saratoga Springs City Center February 25. The featured events throughout the weekend include seminars on various topics relating to beer, and an exclusive rare beer and food pairing supper. Event representatives expect over 80 different breweries to be involved during the festival. Tickets must be purchased to all the featured events, and are available online at
Local AP Scores Exceed State, National Averages
SARATOGA COUNTY – New York State Advanced Placement (AP) students ranked second in the nation for their overall success with AP exams in 2011, with more than 26 percent of public high school graduates scoring a three or higher on an exam, far exceeding the national average of 18.1 percent.
On a Friday afternoon at his favorite bowling alley, Macallan Gagné picks up his ball, a swirling red and black six-pounder, and makes his way to the lane. His focus is on the 10 pins that stand 60 feet in front of him. He begins his delivery, stopping just short of the foul line to release the ball on its path. The ball rolls slowly, hooking just enough to knock down nine pins. It’s a decent roll for an experienced bowler and an even better attempt for the more casual bowler. For a 4-year-old, who’s playing without bumpers, it’s practically unbelievable.
A Lesson for City Hall
SARATOGA SPRINGS – The parents and students of Lake Ave. Elementary School have established a money-making, character-building recycling program that could serve as a model for Saratoga Springs City Hall, where there’s only one kind of receptacle for refuse: the garbage bin.
Pick Up Your Copy of Enchanted Wedding Magazine on Friday!
It's finally here! TSaratoga TODAY cannot wait to unveil the 2012 Edition of Enchanted Wedding Magazine on Friday, February 17. You can view it online or pick up your copy at the following vendor locations:
Holiday Inn Saratoga Springs
Jonathan Reid Tuxedos
n. Fox Jewelers
Rena's Fine Flowers
Saratoga Olive Oil
Something Bleu Bridal
The Gideon Putnam Resort
The Inn at Saratoga
The Saratoga Hilton
The Wishing Well Restaurant
The Saratoga Winery
Saratoga TODAY Newspaper
2012 State of the City
SARATOGA SPRINGS – Mayor Scott T. Johnson made the annual State of the City address on the afternoon of February 5, at the Saratoga Springs City Center. The mayor said financial indicators and ongoing economic development indicate the city is relatively strong, and stronger than most in the considerably tougher national economic environment. Mayor Johnson stressed the city council should remain focused on “fiscal conservatism, good management, and improved efficiency.”
Skate & Create
SARATOGA SPRINGS - As city skateboarders celebrate the recent excavation of the once-buried concrete bowl located at the East Side Recreation Park, their attention now turns to raising money for its repair. Local artists and community members are organizing a skateboard deck art show and silent auction called On Deck. The show will be hosted by the Spring Street Gallery, and is scheduled to open March 3.