Ballston year in review, part I

Property owners of the proposed Wal-Mart Super Center site in the town of Ballston went to Saratoga County Court to nullify a decision made by the court six months before, which turned down a bid to build the super center.

Burnt Hills-Ballston Spa High School senior Elizabeth Allocca earned national recognition from the Intel Science Talent Search 2007 for a research paper she completed. Allocca studied the neurocircuitry of self-recognition. She was one semifinalist of 300 chosen from among 1,075 entries.


Robert Curtiss of Schenectady brought a unique display to the BH-BL Library, a collection of good luck charms ranging from a mahogany prosperity cat from Japan, a Buddha and an Egyptian scarab (translation: large beetle). The eclectic collection also included a ladybug necklace, and a cross-shaped Milagro, decorated with Latin symbols such as a fish to bring an abundance of food to the table, and a foot for healing powers. I've had many blessings in my life, said Curtiss. "You need to be alert and have an open heart, and you never know when luck may find you. Be grateful for life. That's my philosophy, and it works."

Ballston resident Robert Pustolka urged the town board to place more street lighting at the intersection where Damasita Miner was killed on Route 67 heading toward Amsterdam. Pustolka said he spoke up years ago asking the town to keep the speed limit at 30 mph all the way out Route 67, rather than up to 45 mph as cars leave Ballston Spa, and up to 55 mph as cars travel past the Wood Road School complex. Highway supervisor Joseph Whalen said the town has contacted the state transportation department about the state-owned road and that Ballston Spa police are aware the road is a hot spot for speeders.

"The Ballston Spa police write tickets there all the time," said Whalen.

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