SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Tuesday, March 31 at 7 p.m. at the Maple Ave. Middle School in the Large Group Room on the second floor, Jaimen McMillan will be presenting on anxiety and depression. The event is free and open to the public.
Depression is not about being sad. Depression paralyzes the will. Sufferers feel powerless…hopeless…and see no possibility of moving on. Anxiety is gripping a growing number of children who instead of joy and wonder, experience unfounded fear and trepidation. Among the many factors involved in depression and anxiety, perhaps the most overlooked component is the element of space. The prevailing definition of the human being is so narrow and confining that its delineation is a likely cause of depression. This lecture on Depression and Anxiety will expand this constricting concept. We will experiment with Spacial Dynamics® exercises and experience that the human being is meant to be a free individual who can learn to live in many different spaces. Each space allows for opportunities and possibilities that the others do not. Depression and anxiety do not know age-barriers. Children, teens, and adults all suffer from these afflictions. They share the complaint of feeling trapped.
This lecture is for those who want to learn to recognize spatial patterns that immobilize. It is for those who want to create and establish new spaces and dynamics that allow for healthy choice, wholesome human interaction, and ultimately, to unrestricted use of their own wills.
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Opera Saratoga will present Opera-To-Go performances of Jack and the Beanstalk to over 50 public and private schools throughout the region from February 24 to March 28. Each year, Opera Saratoga tours a production to schools throughout the greater Capital Region and lower Adirondack regions of NY, and the lower Hudson Valley. The performances feature charismatic professional artists who love to share their joy of music and theater through opera, as well as through question and answer sessions where students have the opportunity to meet the artists and learn about the music and what it takes to put on a performance. In a world where the default forms of entertainment for children are primarily television, video games and the internet, Opera Saratoga’s Opera-to-Go program provides youth with an all-too-rare opportunity to experience the visceral thrill of the live performing arts, up close and personal.
Opera Saratoga Artistic and General Director Lawrence Edelson has once again hired a former directing fellow of the company’s nationally acclaimed Young Artist program to direct the new production.
“David Toro is a very talented emerging director who served as the Assistant Director on our critically acclaimed productions of Falstaff and The Cradle Will Rock during our 2017 Summer Festival. He recently made his directing debut with Minnesota Opera directing Jonathan Dove’s Flight, and has created for us a whimsical production of the classic fairytale that provides a wonderful introduction to the world of opera for children,” said Edelson.
Opera Saratoga’s production of Jack and the Beanstalk is an adaptation of Joseph Jacob’s classic tale, featuring music from the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan. Adapted by Jon Davies and sung in English, Jack and the Beanstalk takes students on an adventure that will delight and enchant, all while teaching them important life lessons. “Our Opera-to-Go productions provide students with an introduction to opera through stories that they are already familiar with,” said Edelson. “Through this production, students are exposed to operatic music and classical singing, while exploring the important themes of trusting your instincts, and living with honor and integrity.”
Opera Saratoga’s production of Jack and the Beanstalk will feature soprano Tessa McQueen, tenor Andrew McGowan, and bass-baritone Christopher Seefeldt. Nicholas Pothier serves as music director and the narrator for the production.
In addition to in-school performances of Jack and Beanstalk, Opera Saratoga has increased the number of free public performances offered to the community on the weekends. Opera Saratoga’s increased investment in free community performances ensures that families throughout the region have access to opera. Performance dates, times and venues for the free performances are as follows:
• Schuylerville Public Library
Saturday, March 7 @ 2:30 p.m.
52 Ferry Street, Schuylerville
• Saratoga Springs Public Library
Saturday, March 14 @ 2 p.m.
49 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs
BALLSTON SPA — Ten teams from the Ballston Spa Central School District will participate in the Region 6 Odyssey of the Mind Competition hosted by the Queensbury Union Free School District on February 29, 2020. Over 300 students on 48 teams from 14 regional school districts have creatively worked to solve this year’s problems and are ready to perform for judges, parents and supporters. This year's problems include Longshot Solution, Net Working, The Effective Detective, Balsa Limbo, Gibberish or Not and The Fashion Bug. On competition day, every team will also work together to solve a secret spontaneous problem presented by the judges. Their combined scores determine their final ranking and if they will advance to the New York State competition.
Odyssey of the Mind is an international creative problem-solving competition for students of all ages. It encourages students to use their imaginations and work together in school teams to solve various challenges. Each team has an advisor or volunteer adult coach to help manage the team and prepare for the competition, arrange logistics and submit the entry forms. However, the students make all the decisions regarding costumes, props, and their approach to solving and performing the problems.
The Region 6 Odyssey of the Mind Tournament is coordinated by the WSWHE BOCES Enrichment Resource Center. The snow date for the competition is March 1, 2020. Students from the Ballston Spa teams who qualify will attend the New York State competition on April 4, 2020 in Binghamton. Additional information is available at www.odysseyofthemind.com.
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Mrs. Sherry Knotek has been technology and S.T.E.M. teacher at St. Clement’s School for 22 years and has been given generous grants to help expand the minds of her students. The S.T.E.M. program has been in existence for the last five years and the technology program has been around for all of Knotek’s tenure.
“We are so blessed here. We have a S.T.E.M. lab and we are a Project Lead the Way school, which is a national program that they continue on with at Saratoga high school. It’s basically an engineering program. For instance, our kids do augmented reality, they do virtual reality, we have 3D printers, we have a connection with the New England Aquarium and our 5th graders dissect sharks. We also have a huge robotics program, we have four different robots that the kids learn coding with,” Knotek explained, listing just a few of the things the S.T.E.M. lab has for her students.
These tech and engineering programs are available, in various forms, to every student at the school from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade.
“Oh my gosh! It’s great to be a teacher in this classroom because they never complain about coming here,” she laughed.
Funding is provided by The Higher Power Learning Grant via the Albany Diocese and other various small private grants.
“S.T.E.M. just gets them ready for the world that they are going to live in that doesn’t even exist today. If they can become independent thinkers and think with an engineering mind, then I think I have succeeded,” Knotek concluded.
Ballston Spa Varsity Wrestling
BALLSTON SPA — Ballston Spa placed 4th for large schools at the Varsity Wrestling Section 2 Championships on Saturday, February 15.
CHAMPION: Nick Palso
3rd Place: Connor Gregory
3rd Place: Darrien Insogna
4th Place: James Prastio
5th Place: Cameron Hinchcliff
6th Place: Mike Lupo
6th Place: Ralph Keeney
Nick Palso will represent Ballston Spa and Section 2 at the NY State Wrestling Championships, Friday-Saturday, February 28-29 at the Times Union Center.
Saratoga Springs Varsity Wrestling
1st Place:Eric Griskowitz
3rd Place: Lucius Anderson
4th Place: Jacob Pratt
4th Place: Griffin Biviano
5th Place: Kyle Griskowitz
6th Place: Pat Spatafora
Blue Streaks Swimming and Diving Championships
SARATOGA SPRINGS — On February 15, Saratoga Springs placed third in the Section II swimming and diving championships with 117. Photo provided.
Schuylerville High School Senior Advances to Skiing State Championships
SCHUYLERVILLE — Schuylerville High School senior Hannah Klingebiel is heading to the State Alpine Skiing Championships, after she finished first in Slalom during the Section 2 Championship at West Mountain, with a time of 55.43. In addition, the Schuylerville girls team placed third overall, with a score of 91.5.
“I’m really excited about my finishes,” said Klingebiel. “It’s an honor to represent Schuylerville moving forward. I’m excited to go back to states and improve my finishes from last year.”
Klingebiel will compete in the state championship Feb. 24 and 25 at Bristol Mountain in Canandaigua.
SRYMCA/Saratoga Honda Youth Basketball Scores
Cudney’s v. PBA
PBA-42: Bryant Savage -12, Stephon Lindsey-11
Cudney’s-35: Ben Van Valkenberg-12, Marcus Vary-10
Olsen Associates v. Blend Realty
Olsen’s-28: Xavier Ruscio-14, Ethan Caldron-9
Blend Realty-9: Henry Errgu-3, Riley Baumiester-2, Eric Eckhardt-2, Robert Tucker-2
Spa Café v. Village Photoo
Spa Café-61: Stephen Bebee-20, Everret Smith-18
Vahanian & Associates Financial Planning VS Pashley’s Construction
Pashley’s -45: Raymond Garcia-13, Quinn Frank-11
Vahanian’s-34: Paul Steves-15, Thomas Mauer-12
• The Spring Instructional League begins in March and runs until June.
• The K/1 youth will play on the basketball hoops that are adjusted approximately two feet lower than the normal height. All other grade levels will play on the 10 foot rims.
• Players are also allowed to “play up” or “play down” a grade level for the Spring League if the schedule works better for the family (i.e., Pre-Kindergarten children can play at the Kindergarten level and 4th Grade can play at the 3rd Grade etc.)
The participant fee is $165 which covers the insurance, gym rental, equipment, Saratoga basketball trainers, league tee shirts, and trophies for all the kids. After filling out the registration form, you have the option of paying online with a credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover) or checking/debit account as well as mailing a personal check.
Kind./1st Grade Boys & Girls | 6 p.m.
Starts March 24 at Lake Avenue & Dorothy Nolan
2nd/3rd Grade Boys | 7 p.m.
Starts March 24 at Lake Avenue & Dorothy Nolan
4th/5th Grade Boys | 6 p.m.
Starts March 25 at Lake Avenue & Dorothy Nolan
6th/7th/8th Grade Boys | 7 p.m.
Starts March 25 at Lake Avenue & Dorothy Nolan
2nd/3rd Grade Girls | 6 p.m.
Starts March 26 at Lake Avenue & Dorothy Nolan
4th/5th Grade Girls | 7 p.m.
Starts March 26 at Lake Avenue & Dorothy Nolan
6th/7th/8th Grade Girls | 8 p.m.
Starts March 26 at Lake Avenue & Dorothy Nolan
• Lake Avenue | 126 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs
• Dorothy Nolan | 221 Jones Rd, Saratoga Springs
Ninja Labs Send Athletes to National Ninja League World Championships
MALTA — The Ninja Labs (Saratoga Ninja Lab in Malta and Albany Ninja Lab in Crossgates Commons) will be well represented at the National Ninja League World Championships in Greensboro, NC next week (February 21-32, 2020) when 18 ninjas from the Capital District will join competitors from all over the world to vie for the title of National Ninja League
Each of the local youth ninjas, ranging in age from 7 to 15, along with three of the Saratoga Ninja Lab coaches (some of whom have competed on the hit show American Ninja Warrior), qualified for the World Championships by swinging, climbing, jumping and parkouring their way through various NNL obstacle course competitions throughout the season, including one held at the Saratoga Ninja Lab back in December. Many of the athletes not only qualified at these competitions, but many also podiumed at some of these events, finishing in the top three for their age divisions.
Inspired by NBC’s hit television show American Ninja Warrior, Saratoga Ninja Lab (saratoganinjalab.com) opened in August of 2018 and has taken the region by storm. Driven by its success, less than a year later a second location was opened in Crossgates Commons - Albany Ninja Lab (albanyninjalab.com).
Ninja has become a new way to train and at the Ninja Labs, it’s understood that fitness should always be fun!
The Ninja Labs also provide summer camps, birthday parties, and competition teams.
The National Ninja League (www.nationalninja.com) is a nonprofit formed by a collection of the nation’s top Ninja facilities. Their goal is to promote the sport of Ninja obstacle courses across America and provide an opportunity for all ages to get more involved in this rapidly growing sport.
For more information visit saratoganinjalab.com or albanyninjalab.com
Joseph Barr • Fort Plains
Keegan Daly • Saratoga Springs
Lucas Davis • Schaghticoke
Jason Hagglove • Mechanicville
Annika Kilinski • Ballston Spa
Jaazib Ismail • Guilderland
Avery Mackenzie • Albany
Jackson Mackenzie • Albany
Ryder Mackenzie • Albany
Jackson Marshall • Clifton Park
Megan May • Delmar
Peter Ruscetta • Rensselaer
Sophia Salmon • Saratoga Springs
Abby Snyder • Scotia
Aiden Snyder • Scotia
ADULT ATHLETES / COACHES
Emily Holmes • Albany
Shelby Mack • Heuvelton
Geoff Snyder • Scotia
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Eric Griskowitz, a senior on the varsity wrestling squad at Saratoga Springs CSD has been wrestling since he was five-years-old after his dad, Greg, found him “climbing up the banisters” in his house.
“Then my dad just brought me to wrestling one day and I wrestled this kid named John Roux. I had no wrestling shoes, I was so nervous, but I went and it wasn’t too bad so I kept going back, although I didn’t want to continue at first,” Griskowitz continued.
And it’s a good thing for Saratoga Springs that he did decide to continue: Griskowitz recently placed first at 145 lbs. in the Section II Championships, securing his 200th win in his varsity career in one fell swoop. He will be competing in the State Champions in two weeks.
The last two and a half years has not been easy for him, though.
First, he tore his ACL/Meniscus during wrestling his sophomore year and then his rotator cuff during lacrosse last season. For 14 months, he was out of sports and recuperating with PT.
“That transition from wrestling to lacrosse is hard. I’m a goalie, I need to gain my weight back, which I can do pretty fast. I’m in shape already which is pretty good, but it’s a hard transition because I’m already in the wrestling mindset and I haven’t picked up a lacrosse stick in months,” Griskowitz explained.
Despite the ACL/Meniscus injury, he forged on and managed to place in the second sectional that season.
This year is his comeback.
This is his first year as a Section II champion, and the 20th to ever come from Saratoga Springs.
“It was my biggest goal this season,” he said.
“I was so happy, I walked up to the stands, gave my parents a hug, and then I started to get teary,” he laughed.
“After that, I came home and hung out with a couple of my closest friends and we ordered Domino’s and had some fun,” he stated.
“States is next. I’m hoping to place, I have no clue what seed I’ll be. Last year I was a 4-seed, which was shocking to me,” he continued.
A “seed” is when players and teams are “planted” into a bracket in a way that uses statistics so the “best of the best” do no meet until later in the competition.
The team consisted of a lot of freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, with only five seniors.
“It’ll be a great team, just won’t be big for a couple of years until they start developing and getting better. It’s a very individual sport so our team, I would say, struggled this year. We were a very young team and that definitely played a role in the lineup. There was a couple kids on our team that we had to rely on for wins and I was one of them. It put a lot of pressure on me but I still got it done a lot of the time,” Griskowitz said candidly.
Griskowitz did bounce from a few different weight categories this season but he did so with ease, barely losing any energy in the process.
“Basically, it’s two times working out a day. I have my practice and then I might go to the YMCA or for a run. Then, I cut back a lot on what I eat. I try not to eat anything that’s too unhealthy or as dense, that would cause me to gain a lot of weight,” he said, explaining his process.
His favorite foods when he isn’t wrestling? Bagels from Uncommon Grounds, yogurt, and sandwiches from the place his mom Gloria owns, Putnam Market.
He cites his father, Greg, as his biggest supporter and Patrick Egan.
“Pat was rooting for me all year. He knew exactly how many wins I had at every point in the season, just waiting for me to get to 200,” he said.
With his high school wrestling career coming to a close in two weeks, he took time to reflect on what his favorite part was: “Oh the victories, I love the victories. Making waves is always good but so is diving into my cooler and eating all the food,” he laughed, “but also the friendships I made along the way were insane.”
State Championships take place February 28 and 29 at the Times Union Center in Albany.
Good luck, Eric!
SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Regional YMCA Springettes Gymnastics Team hosted five teams, with 240 gymnasts at the Wilton Branch for their Winter Invitational on February 8 and 9. The teams that attended were the Glens Falls YMCA, The Cortland YMCA, the Watertown YMCA, the Oneonta YMCA and the Glow YMCA.
The Springettes Recognized three graduating seniors at their final home meet of the year- Level 8’s: Brynne Wright from Greenwich, and Camilla Greene and Kaylee Ferro from Saratoga. All three girls have been on the Springettes gymnastics team for between 8-10 years.
Overall the Springettes had 10 individual all-around winners including: Katie Elder (level 7, junior age group), Erin Ward (level 5, senior age group), Katherine Woods (level 5, junior age group), Allison Fuller (level 4, junior age group), Paige Cassidy (level 4 youth age group), Lily McKinley (level 3 youth age group), Andi Schiffer (level 3, senior age group), Evelyn Dunn (level 2, junior age group), Amelia Covey (level 2 youth age group), and Alexandra Crombach (level 2, child age group).
Three of the girls winning the all-around swept their age divisions winning all of the events and the all-around including Katie Elder, Paige Cassidy and Lily McKinley.
The Springettes also had 47 individual event champions at the competition (winning vault, bars, beam or floor in their age group).
INDIVIDUAL RESULTS • TOP 6 FINISHERS:
Level 8 Senior:
Brynne Wright finished 5th on vault, 4th on bars, 1st on beam, 1st on floor and 2nd all-around. Camilla Greene placed 2nd on vault, 6th on bars, 3rd on beam, 2nd on floor and 4th all-around. Kaylee Ferro placed 5th on floor.
Level 7 Senior:
Maggie Granger placed 2nd on vault, 4th on bars, 1st on beam, 4th on floor and 3rd all-around. Brooke Giacchetta placed 4th on vault, 3rd on bars, 5th on beam, 2nd on floor and 4th all-around.
Level 7 Junior:
Katie Elder swept the age group with a 1st on vault, 1st on bars, 1st on beam, 1st on floor and 1st all-around. Olivia Allen placed 3rd on vault, 3rd on bars, 3rd on beam, 3rd on floor and 2nd all-around. Sydney Crombach placed 2nd on vault, 5th on bars, 2nd on beam, 2nd on floor and 3rd all-around. Samantha Tennyson placed 5th on beam.
Level 6 Senior:
Annie Munn placed 2nd on vault, 2nd on bars, 2nd on beam, 4th on floor and 2nd all-around.
Level 6 Junior:
Lia Mahar placed 1st on vault, 4th on bars, 4th on beam, 1st on floor and 3rd all-around.
Level 6 youth:
Ava Peruffo placed 3rd on vault, 2nd on bars, 2nd on beam, 1st on floor and 3rd all-around.
Level 5 Senior:
Erin Ward placed 2nd on vault, 3rd on bars, 1st on beam, 1st on floor and 1st all-around. Alyssa Glaser placed 3rd on vault, 2nd on bars, 2nd on beam, 2nd on floor and 2nd all-around. Alexi Glaser placed 1st on vault, 1st on bars, 5th on beam, 3rd on floor and 3rd all-around. Emily Bailey placed 5th on vault, 4th on bars, 4th on beam, 4th on floor and 4th all-around.
Level 5 Junior:
Katherine Woods placed 1st on vault, 3rd on bars, 2nd on beam, 1st on floor and 1st all-around. Annabelle Schuck placed 3rd on vault, 4th on bars, 3rd on beam, 2nd on floor and 3rd all-around. Adeline Ballou placed 4th on vault, 2nd on bars, 4th on beam, 3rd on floor and 4th all-around.
Level 5 Youth:
Hannah Carpenter placed 3rd on vault, 3rd on bars, 2nd on beam, 1st on floor and 2nd all-around.
Level 4 Senior:
Allison Fuller placed 1st on vault, 3rd on bars, 1st on beam, 6th on floor and 1st all-around. Katie Henry placed 3rd on vault, 1st on bars, 4th on beam, 4th on floor and 2nd all-around. Grace Agati placed 6th on vault, 6th on bars, 3rd on beam, 5th on floor and 5th all-around. Aislin Noonan placed 4th on vault, 5th on bars, 1st on floor and 6th all around. Madilynn Austin placed 4th on bars.
Level 4 Junior:
Meghan Lynch placed 2nd on vault, 3rd on bars, 4th on beam, 2nd on floor and 2nd all-around. Gianna DiMaggio placed 5th on vault, 5th on bars, 2nd on beam, 3rd on floor and 3rd all-around. Roisin Finnegan placed 4th on bars, 1st on beam, 6th on floor and 4th all-around. Tessa Olechowski placed 6th on vault, 2nd on bars, 6th on beam, 4th on floor and 5th all-around.
Level 4 Youth:
Paige Cassidy swept 1st place on vault, bars, beam, floor and 1st in the all-around. Elsie-Anna Williams placed 4th on vault, 3rd on bars, 2nd on beam, 2nd on floor and 2nd all-around. Fiona Mulcahy placed 3rd on vault, 4th on bars, 3rd on beam, 5th on floor and 3rd all-around. Alexis Britten placed 2nd on vault, 5th on bars, 5th on beam, 4th on floor and 5th all-around.
Level 3 Senior:
Andi Schiffer placed 1st on vault, 2nd on bars, 4th on beam, 2nd on floor and 1st all-around. Juliet McCaughey placed 3rd on vault, 1st on bars, 6th on beam, 1st on floor and 2nd all-around. Alexandra Endres placed 3rd on bars, 1st on beam, 3rd on floor and 3rd all-around. Emma Gaidasz placed 4th on bars, 3rd on beam, and 5th all-around. Julia Brobston placed 4th on vault, 5th on bars, 4th on floor and 5th all-around.
Level 3 Junior A:
Lola Ferrillo placed 1st on vault, 2nd on bars, 3rd on beam, 3rd on floor and 2nd all-around. Madalynne Seguin placed 4th on beam, 5th on floor and 5th all-around. Isabella Barrett placed 5th on beam, 6th on floor and 6th all-around.
Level 3 Junior B:
Emmi Shaw placed 6th on vault, 1st on bars, 3rd on beam, 2nd on floor and 2nd all-around.
Level 3 Youth B:
Leigha McCanney placed 5th on vault, 3rd on bars, 2nd on beam, 3rd on vault, and 3rd all-around.
Level 3 Child A:
Lily McKinley swept 1st place on vault, bars, beam, floor and 1st in the all-around.
Level 3 Child B:
Avaleigh Glaser placed 4th on vault, 1st on bars, 4th on beam, 3rd on vault and 2nd all-around.
Level 2 Senior:
Vivienne Whitney placed 2nd on vault 1st on bars, 3rd on beam, 3rd on floor and 2nd all-around. Kaira Rawert placed 4th on vault, 3rd on bars, 2nd on beam, 1st on floor and 3rd all-around.
Level 2 Junior A:
Evelyn Dunn placed 2nd on vault, 2nd on bars, 1st on beam, 2nd on floor and 1st all-around.
Level 2 Junior B:
Amelia Covey placed 3rd on vault, 1st on bars, 1st on beam, 1st on floor and 1st all-around. Carissa Doherty placed 1st on vault, 3rd on bars, 6th on beam, 2nd on floor and 2nd all-around. Kendall Cicardi placed 6th on vault, 3rd on beam, 5th on floor and 6th all-around. Virginia Kirchherr placed 5th on vault, 6th on bars, and 3rd on floor.
Level 2 Child:
Alexandra Crombach placed 5th on vault, 1st on bars, 3rd on beam, 2nd on floor and 1st all-around. Carson Cicardi placed 6th on bars, 1s ton beam, 1st on floor and 3rd all-around.
Maple Ave. Middle School staff and student council members involved in the opening/creation of the kindness closet. Photos by SuperSource Media, LLC.
SARATOGA SPRINGS — On February 14, Maple Avenue Middle School opened their Kindness Closet. This is for students in need of clothing, school supplies, and other personal care items. All items were donated and collected by students. This is led by members of the Student Council and their advisors. This school-wide program is run on donations only. Everything is free for the students who need it.