Lori Mahan

Lori Mahan

Friday, 27 October 2017 14:56

Saratoga Central Catholic Saints Undefeated

[All photos by www.PhotoAndGraphic.com]

SARATOGA SPRINGS – On Friday, Oct. 20 the Saratoga Central Catholic Saints varsity volleyball team defeated Cambridge 3-0, making the Saints the undefeated Wasaren League Champions, with a 16-0 season.

Coach Maria Izzo started the evening with honoring all of the seniors on the team, including Cambridge’s seniors, with flowers and kind words. 

“This group of eight people has been a fun group. They get along so well, laughs are nonstop, and there’s nothing better than a team that connects. If they connect off the court, they’ll connect on the court,” Izzo said of the team.

Each senior girl has a buddy on the team, who is either a sophomore or junior that they mentor for the season.

The seniors are Grace Fornabia, Ani Crocker, Olivia Lawrence, and Mandy Bartoszek. Fornabia and Crocker are co-captains of the team.

Fornabia now holds the season and school record for number of kills. Fornabia makes it look effortless in her abilities, seeming to take her opponents by surprise every time.

“Grace is a one of a kind and has been a catalyst for the past couple of years. These girls have been a pleasure to coach and even more to watch them play very well together. I’m very proud of them and I will miss them,” Izzo said.

Friday, 27 October 2017 14:51

Still Undefeated

[Photo by www.PhotoAndGraphic.com]

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Saratoga Springs Blue Streaks and the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake  Spartans remain undefeated in their 2017 football season.

Coach Terry Jones has led the Blue Streaks to an 8-0 overall, with a game on Friday, Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. against Shaker, this semi-final game will cost $6 to attend. This is a home playoff game that will determine if the team moves forward. This is the Blue Streaks second playoff game of the season so far. The Blue Streaks are ranked number 1444 nationally and are number 23 in the state. Last season, the Blue Streaks were 3-6, suffering many devastating losses. This season, however, they have come back swinging.

Coach Matt Shell and the Spartans also have an 8-0 overall. They will be playing South Glens Falls on Friday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. at home. This playoff game will determine if they move forward, as well. The Spartans are ranked 2311 nationally and 45 in the state. Continuing their winning trend from last season, with 10-2 overall, the Spartans are fighting back hard this season to go all the way and become undefeated.

Thursday, 26 October 2017 16:51

Saratoga CSD Appoints New Superintendent

[Photos provided]

SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Saratoga Springs City School District Board of Education has announced their intent to appoint Dr. Michael Patton, currently the superintendent of the South Glens Falls Central School District, as the new Superintendent of Schools for Saratoga. Patton is expected to begin his duties January 1, 2018, and has been offered a three and one-half year agreement with an initial salary of $182,000.

“Dr. Patton is a proven leader and outstanding communicator,” said JoAnne Kiernan, Board of Education President, “his ability to connect with individuals and groups at all levels enables him to tap into the best of our community’s culture, talent and commitment to successfully lead our district into the future.”

Patton has been superintendent in South Glens Falls for the last six years. Before that, from 2004-2011 he was principal at Queensbury High School and from 1996-2004 he served the Ballston Spa Central School District, first as a guidance counselor and then as assistant principal at the high school.

“I am honored to have been offered the opportunity to serve the students, staff, and community of Saratoga Springs as their new superintendent of schools,” Patton said.

Thursday, 26 October 2017 16:46

Sustainable Saratoga Recycling Day

[Photos by Camera Famosa Photography.]

On Saturday, Oct. 21, retired teachers Art and Julie Holmberg, with a committee of 6-8 people and the help of the environmental class at Saratoga High School taught by Jody Visconti, and the Honor Society, among many others, came together to create Saratoga Recycles Day.

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., roughly 500 cars came through and donated everything from electronics, metals, bicycles, small appliances, and textiles such as hats, towels, clothes, and rags, in any condition. Some textiles were recycled and some were redistributed. They shared the proceeds with the Saratoga High School clubs.

Mayor Joanne Yepsen proclaimed it Recycling Day.

Upstitch, a company in Albany, collected crochet needles, yarn, fabrics, sewing notions and sewing baskets to help educate people in impoverished areas and help them learn those skills.

Starting late last winter, the committee began to volunteer their time and organize the event, which included the vendors JGL Recycling in Colonie, American Clothing Company in Glens Falls, Bike Toga in Saratoga and Upstitch.

“It began with reading an article about Bethlehem. Dan Rein was named recycler of the year and so I looked on the website and saw what they did and how much they gathered. We patterned this after the Bethlehem program that has been recycling and having a recycling day for the past four to five years,” Art Holmberg explained.

“This was a very cooperative effort with Saratoga Springs Central School District. It started off with just environmental classes lending a hand and turned into the Honor Society helping. The students primarily helped with textiles and unloading cars,” Holmberg said.

Skidmore College students developed a pamphlet that talked about all of the places you can bring your recycling products in the local area, listing what they accept, addresses, etc.

“In general I go to Weibel Avenue transfer station and see what people throw down into the landfill and I just shudder when I see what’s been thrown in there that could be recycled and reused,” Holmberg said.

“There’s so much in recycling and reusing that we need to do more of as Americans and particularly in Saratoga,” Julie Holmberg added.

One hundred backpacks were collected for Shelters of Saratoga; 11,500 pounds of clothes were collected, and 89 bicycles were collected with Levi Rogers arranging the bike station and doing some repairs on site.

Bike Toga took 25 bikes to repair and then redistribute to the people of the community at a very low cost, and seven people exchanged bikes on the spot.

The Backstretch Employee Service Team (B.E.S.T.) took 12 bikes to keep on hand for next season. They collected a great deal of textiles as well.

Statistically speaking, Americans generate about 84 pounds of clothing every year and 70 percent of that material goes into a landfill, taking years to break down.

The committee members have already planned the event for next year, to take place on Oct. 20, 2018.

“We were so encouraged by the community’s response, we were very thrilled,” Julie Holmberg said.

“Start packing things up for next year. Eventually, with enough help and support, we could do this twice a year. It was a shot in the dark, but we succeeded,” added her husband.

A search is on in Wilton for a 16-year-old white boy wearing khaki pants, grey sweatshirt, and black sneakers, possibly with a handgun, according to the SaratogaCounty Sheriff's office.

Maple Ave Middle School and Dorothy Nolan Elementary School have been placed in precautionary LockOut, due to police activity in the area unrelated to the schools.

More than one dozen sheriff's units, as well as a helicopter, are in the vicinity of Route 9/ Maple Avenue, and Northern Pines Road, to help in the search.

Update: Skidmore College and SUNY Adirondack Wilton campus have also suspended classes as a precaution.

"Skidmore College has suspended classes as a precaution. Students have been informed to go immediately to their on-campus residences and to remain there until further notice. Staff and faculty have been informed to remain in place until further notice," said Diane O'Connor, Director of Campus and Media Relations of Skidmore College.


Thursday, 19 October 2017 17:37

17th Annual Great Pumpkin Challenge

[Photos provided by Heather Varney.]

SARATOGA SPRINGS – On Saturday, Oct. 14 the 17th Annual Great Pumpkin Challenge took place to benefit Saratoga Bridges. Held in the Saratoga Spa State Park, over 1,300 runners, walkers, volunteers, and spectators partook this year. Over $18,000 was raised for Saratoga Bridges’ programs and services.

Saratoga Bridges is “one of the largest non-profit organizations in Saratoga County. Saratoga Bridges has been provided the highest level of services and programs to over 830 people with developmental disabilities and their families for more than 60 years,” said the official Saratoga Bridges website.

The overall 5K winners this year were Chase Baker from Saratoga Springs and Elizabeth Predmore from Ballston Lake. The overall 10K winners this year were Thijs Kolet from Saratoga Springs and Leigh Parker from Glenmont.

This event also included the popular Kids Fun Run for children 12 and under. Children, and some adults, dressed in costume. The costume contest was won by Scott LeFevre (adult, as the Beast from Beauty and the Beast); Christopher Mason (boys costume winner, Dwarf from Snow White), and Mackenzie LeFevre (girls costume winner, Beauty from Beauty and the Beast).

Thursday, 19 October 2017 17:33

Fasig-Tipton Sales Wrap-Up

[All photos by Lori Mahan.]

SARATOGA SPRINGS – On Monday, Oct. 16 the Fasig-Tipton Fall Sale took place in the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion in Saratoga Springs, NY. Out of 236 horses up for sale, 144 horses sold for an average of $22,674, the highest average sale price since 2012, after the sale was reconstituted from a 15-year hiatus. This sale featured a mix of mares, yearlings, and thoroughbreds that were born earlier this year.

Locally owned horses had a strong day. McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds in Saratoga Lake sold 18 horses for $273,000; Chip Landry, operator of Harry L. Landry Bloodstock in Saratoga Springs sold 11 thoroughbreds for $200,000; Christopher Shelli, owner of Fort Christopher’s Thoroughbreds in Fort Edward sold six horses for $199,000.

This sale continued what the August Fasig-Tipton started with an uprise in sales. The Saratoga Select Yearling in August saw an increase of 16.3.

The highest selling horse this year, for $170,000, was born to Into Mischief and Darling Mambo, and was bought by Mahoney Eden Manor & Classic Bloodstock.

Last year, the total for sales was $2,780,600 with the average being $16,955 and the median $8,500, with 164 horses sold. This year, with only 20 more horses sold than the previous year, the numbers were way up. Totaling $3,265,000, average sales were $22,674, and the median was $12,000. 17 horses sold for $1,000, which was the lowest sale price.

Monday’s sale marked a strong 2017 finish for the Fasig-Tipton sales in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Thursday, 19 October 2017 17:31

JDRF Walk at Saratoga Race Course

[Photos provided by JDRF.]

SARATOGA SPRINGS – On Saturday, Oct. 14 the JDRF, formerly Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, One Walk raised $148,824 of their $153,800 goal for type I diabetes.

“JDRF One Walk has one goal: to create a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D),” said the official statement.

T1D is an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly. It has nothing to with diet or lifestyle and it’s serious and stressful to manage. There is nothing you can do to prevent T1D and there is currently no cure.

More than 750 walkers, volunteers, and sponsors engaged in the One Walk at the Saratoga Race Course. 64 registered teams that represented local businesses, families, schools, and other organizations made up those teams, also included recently diagnosed T1D families.

Participants strolled 1.25 miles around the racetrack and then gathered for refreshments, music, entertainment, face painting, a photo booth, and family fun. While there was no registration fee, people were encouraged to raise $100 to receive their commemorative One Walk t-shirt.

Thursday, 19 October 2017 17:28

Head of the Fish

[Graphic provided by www.SaratogaRowing.com]

SARATOGA SPRINGS – On Saturday, Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Head of the Fish Regatta will be taking place at Fish Creek. Tom Frost founded this regatta in 1986 and it is now in its 31st year.

This year there are approximately 2,300 entries.

“No regatta in history has ever done that and we’re crazy enough to try it,” said Chris Chase, Regatta Director.

This year it is approximated that roughly eight to 10 thousand people will be in attendance and if the weather holds up, could be as many as 12 thousand people spectating.

On Saturday, all college and adult level races will be taking place, equaling about seven to eight thousand athletes with four thousand junior athletes on Sunday. Chase estimates about 180 teams total.

“Over the course of the weekend we will have 102 busses, which are large, 110 trailers, 130 food tents which are 15x20 feet, so once you start narrowing down all that space, it gets crazy,” said Chase.

Saratoga Rowing Association is currently negotiating more space with Lee’s Park owner Leo Nosal.

“We’ve grown almost every year I’ve been in charge, since 1998,” Chase said.

“Leo is outstanding with also trying to maintain the integrity of the campgrounds and accommodate us. He’s been awesome. We’ve grown every year and every time we grow there has been a growing pain and those pains are usually Leo’s pains because we ask for more. So it’s been great that he’s been so open-minded about doing that given his own obligations to his customers as well,” Chase explained.

While the regatta is expected to bring in thousands, Chase warns that “locals better get their restaurant reservations in now because lines will be massive come that weekend.”

Go to www.SaratogaRowing.com to check out the maps and schedule of the event on Oct. 28 and 29.


Thursday, 19 October 2017 17:26

Parent University

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Starting in September, the Saratoga Springs City School District (SSCSD) began its’ 2017-2018 Parent University Programs. In Sept., the district released their School Emergency Response Video. The video discussed the district’s emergency planning and a parent’s role in an emergency. The video also provided information for parent-student reunification and the explained the ongoing efforts to keep students safe. The video is available online all year for review.

In October, SSCSD presented four lectures all in the same line of thinking: “Mindfulness: Top 10 Reasons to Give it a Try,” presented by District School Psychologist Laurie Newcomer. The purpose was to learn how mindfulness can help in the everyday life. Anti-bullying and Bystander Empowerment for Parents also took place in Oct. and was presented by the Sweethearts and Heroes organization. This parent program focuses on defining bullying vs. conflict the principles of compassionate empathy (CE). Parents also learned the role that technology played into their children’s lives as well as the fundamentals of cyber-bullying. “It’s All in the Way You Say It: Communicating Effectively with Your Child’s Education,” this workshop highlights the essential elements of effective communication that is critical for positive home and school relationships. Participants learned practical steps for working with their child’s educational team to build effective communication skills.

On every other Wednesday in November (1, 15, 29) there will be another Parent University lecture.

On Nov. 1 “The Emotional and Developmental Challenges of Adolescence” present by Dr. Michael Prezioso will take place in the Maple Ave Large Group Instruction Room at 6:30 p.m. Prezioso will discuss the transition between childhood and adult life.

 On Wednesday, Nov. 15, the District DASA Committee will present “What Does ‘Dignity’ for All Look Like in Saratoga. This lecture will be about the DASA law and its impact on school procedures. It will be in the MacFadden Administration Building at 6:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, Nov. 29 the “Finding Peace in a Frantic World” book discussion will take place in the Maple Ave Large Group Instruction Room at 6:30 p.m. Copies of the book are available for those interested, contact Maura Manny at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get a copy.

On Wednesday, Dec. 5 The Prevention Council will present an interactive presentation called Hidden Mischief at 6:30 p.m. in the Saratoga Springs High School Library. Parents of high school students are invited to attend the PTSO meeting at 5:45 p.m. Hidden Mischief shows the clever ways teens are hiding drug and alcohol use and how to spot the signs and talk to them about it.

January will have three lectures. On Tuesday, Jan. 23, Sports Related Concussions for K-12 Families will be presented by Eric Deim, held at Caroline St. Elementary School at 6:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, Jan. 30, District Psychologist Laurie Newcomer at the Maple Ave Large Group Instruction Room will present The Real Happiness Challenge at 6:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, Jan. 31, Dr. Randy Cale will present Addicted to Electronics? Learn to Manage Technology, With Real Limits and Practical Solution. This program will take place at Dorothy Nolan Elementary School at 9:30 a.m.

February will have one lecture; on Wednesday, Feb. 28, Dr. Randy Cale will present Childhood Anxiety: How Children Needlessly Suffer and What Parents Can Do to Change This at Lake Ave. Elementary School at 6:00 p.m.

In March, two lectures will occur. On Wednesday, March 7, The Prevention Council will present Vaping: What You Need to Know. This program will at the Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge on 1 Elks Lane in Saratoga Springs at 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 28, Dr. Randy Cale will be back to present Motivating the “Unmotivated” Child: How to Think and Act Differently. This will be at the Geyser Road Elementary School at 9:30 a.m.

Monday, April 16 will be the final lecture in the Parent University Programs for the year. At 9:30 a.m. at the Caroline Street Elementary School Dr. Randy Cale will lecture on Managing Technology: Sensible Ways to Set Limits and Why You Must Do This Now.

 “Parenting and educating our students is one of life’s most important and demanding pursuits. The SSCSD continues its community-focused mission of supporting our families and community members through Parent University, a series of free, informative programs,” said the official statement.

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