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Julie Cushine-Rigg

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Voters to decide on Spa City government change

Saratoga Springs voters will have a say on doing away with the city’s commission form of government come the November election.

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Cancer never sleeps

The Shellstrong Foundation’s most recent effort, the Be StrongStroll, will be held Saturday, June 2, overnight into Sunday. It will be held at Burnt Hills Ballston Lake High School starting at 5 p.m. and will end at 7a.m. the following morning.

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In Burnt Hills, everybody loves a parade

Thursday, June 7 will mark the 11th year for the Burnt Hills Flag Day Parade, an idea introduced by BHBL teacher Gary Bynon shortly after Nine Eleven.

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Invention Convention encourages problem solving

Are you tired of long shoelaces getting in the way of your stroll? How about that darn mud and debris that builds up in horse shoes after a long ride? Well, some young minds are at work solving these dilemmas and more by inventing products like a shoe magnet and a lighted hoof picker as part of the Capital District Invention Convention.

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Former teacher keeps the old new

Have you ever heard of a French Connection to Ballston or wondered about what the town was like 100 years ago? Those answers and more will be revealed by Town Historian Rick Reynolds in a presentation entitled “History Isn’t Old, It’s New” on Tuesday, May 22, at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall Community Room on Charlton Road.

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Final wave of the baton for conductor

Rand Reeves has been conducting the Burnt Hills Oratorio Society for 22 years. On Sunday, May 20, he will wave his baton a final time at Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center at 3 p.m. for a much anticipated concert event.

Teacher from Maple Avenue Middle School arrested

New York State Police in Wilton arrested Joseph Bruno, age 29, of Gansevoort today on the charge of endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. Bruno is a math teacher at Maple Avenue Middle School, Saratoga Springs City School District.

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Saratoga County voters say yes in four school districts

School districts in Saratoga County recorded strong turnout on Tuesday, May 15, when voters approved school budgets for the 2012-13 school year.

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Spanish snacking in the Spa City

Saratoga Springs’s culinary corridor is about to grow again. Boca Bistro, a Spanish Bistro and Tapas Bar, is expected to open in its Broadway location on Friday, June 1, thanks in part to sharks on the west coast and some thin mountain air.

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Expansion of Malta’s highway garage moving forward

At Malta’s Town Board meeting on Tuesday, May 7, many issues were discussed - though the proposed expansion of the highway garage rose to the surface.

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Young writer wins American Flag Essay Contest

Olivia Grace Ralbovsky has been writing for most of her life, but at 11, she’s getting recognized for it earlier than most.

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A barking good time for great cause

Busy Bone 500 to benefit Saratoga County Animal Shelter

The 6th Annual Busy Bone 500 will take place on Saturday, May 12, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds in Ballston Spa.

Newly proposed farm regs withdrawn

Recently proposed the Department of Labor regulations limiting the roles of minors working on farms have been withdrawn as of April 26.

More money, more questions

Spa City’s swelled fund balance means leaders must spend some of rainy day fund

Saratoga Springs is facing a somewhat unique plight. The city’s fund balance has grown to the point of $1.55 million over the maximum amount planners figure should be on hand.

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Clifton Park is home to this year’s Heart Hero

Jack James, this year's Heart Hero, will be honored at the Capital Region Heart Walk on Saturday, May 12, at The Crossings in Colonie. Registration starts at 9 a.m. for either a one-mile or three-mile walk. Participants can walk solo or form teams ahead of time. An estimated 1,500 walkers are expected to turn out for the event.

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Top chefs to face off for benefit

Albany and Saratoga are well known as area hotspots fine dining. Soon, one city will reign supreme after a friendly competition in the First Annual Chef Challenge. Proceeds from the event will support Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Capital Region.

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Capital District impresses admiral

“You talk with these folks, all volunteers, salt of the earth just Americans wanting to help out their community. …You got the feeling that everybody is trying to do what is best for the community.” Rear Admiral David W. Titley on his visit to the Round Lake Fire Department.

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Social club’s clientele off the leash

Dog owners looking to mix up social circles have a new prospectin the sPAW City Social Club Indoor Dog Park.

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Hot rods to serve as more than eye candy

First Saratoga Nationals to be held at county fairgrounds

“I got to know the Make-a-Wish people on a personal level. They’re wonderful, wonderful people, they’re believers like we are and they do a great job giving their hearts to help these kids. It’s awesome.” Joe Cole of Cole’s Collision and co-organizer of Saratoga Nationals.

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Saratoga Farmers Market one of many in area

Connections to local food becoming more popular

“In New York State the number of markets has risen from 235 in 2000 to 500 in 2010.That’s a 113 percent increase. What’s more New York State ranks second in the nation for the number of markets. The farmers market is a place where farmers can get the best price for their goods by selling directly to the consumer and cutting out the middleman,” Laurie Ten Eyck, New York field representative for American Farmland Trust.

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Volunteers mobilize for park cleanups

May 5 set to be first I Love My Park Day across the state

“We know that New Yorkers really love their parks as they showed two years ago when they were threatened with closure.” Laura DiBetta, director of relations for Parks & Trails New York.

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Saratoga leaders hope the worst is over

2011 sees county spending down savings, nursing home at forefront

“Saratoga County is the best county in the state of New York and quite possibly in the entire United States.” Saratoga County Board of Supervisors chairman Thomas N. Wood, III. Wood

Shen adopts budget of $151.5M

Shenendehowa was contending with a $1.5 million budget gap, which was closed with several measures.

BH-BL adopts budget of $56.9M

Although the district has had to cut 50 positions within the last few years, they are not seeing the level of reductions that they have in the past.

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Sharing the waters on Saratoga Lake

Many users of the lake may not realize that fishermen, although they may have a motor on their boat, often drift slowly or remain anchored in a given area for a fair amount of time. As a courtesy, and for safety, other users should be aware of this and allow for ample room.

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Spa City hears plans for Complete Streets

If adopted, Saratoga will be the 50th Complete Streets Community, which is a countrywide effort under the National Complete Streets Coalition and is in line with the city’s Climate Smart Community Pledge, which was adopted in March.

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Farmers denounce labor law changes

Department of Labor regulation would keep minors from some family farm work

At the core of the proposed regulation are restrictions on what kind of work children under the age of 18 will be able to do. Farming advocates say they’re overly restrictive.

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B-Spa students play mind games

Group headed to Odyssey of the Mind world championships in May

“Odyssey of the Mind allows them to incorporate the arts and music as well as math and science and physics and it gives them a well rounded confidence knowing that they’re gaining experiences in the sciences math and the arts right in the same organization. That’s why I love it too.” Team coach Laurie Freehafer.

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Road named in veteran’s memory

Clifton Park’s John J. McKenna remembered as hero

“They had a different last name, but they shared that one name: Marine.” John McKenna III, Captain McKenna’s father.

Saratoga Springs City Schools adopts budget

Proposal would raise tax levy by 2.56 percent, vote is in May

Some of the biggest reasons for the 1.14 percent increase stems from cuts in state aid and federal aid not being available, a situation repeated in other districts across the state.

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66 Franklin remains in waiting

Fate of one of Spa City’s historically significant buildings rests with owner

“It’s one of the few remaining examples of John D. Steven’s work who was the architect for The United States Hotel and The Grand Union Hotel that were once on Broadway.” Samantha Bosshart, Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation’s executive director speaking of 66 Franklin's historic significance.

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Former Shen teacher to take part in Holocaust Remembrance service

Anthony McCann developed mini course, Literature of the Oppressed

McCann, 70, is a native of Ireland. He may be retired but he is still as passionate about his work as he was in the 1970s when he developed the course Literature of the Oppressed.

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BH-BL student wins essay contest

"You should fight for what you believe in and if you really think that you are right in a situation you shouldn’t give up just because it’s the government and they seem too big to fight or too complicated. You should just keep trying and eventually hopefully you’ll succeed.” Kathleen Fogg.

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Spa City group helps youth live healthier lives through a myriad of services

“We’ve always stayed above the curve trying to have foresight on what’s needed. … Early on it was a lot of guesswork and fortunately we did a terrific job and it panned out that as research came out that the things we were doing were working.” Prevention Council's Director Patty Kilgore.

Ballston’s bookkeeper troubles persist

Replacement resigns while fired employee takes action against town

At its Nov. 22 meeting, members of the Town Board asked Southworth, who is a member of the Independence Party, to reinstate Bouchard to her position, but Southworth refused.

Railway crossing remains contested

Plans to close three crossings go before judge, Connolly Road still an issue

As a result of the tentative agreement, White's Beach would get a lighted, gated crossing and Saunders Lane would be closed, but no decision on Connolly Road has been made. It is estimated installing a gated crossing there would cost $250,000 dollars.

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SPAC plans season of enhancements

Venue rolling out big screen and other amenities, online and off

“I think we have a rather spectacular season, I think we will all make a fairly strong impression…,” SPAC chairman William Dake.

GloFo tax means negative cap for B-Spa

“The key is in balancing resources. We’ve dedicated the last several years to get to this point. … Every year it’s an increasingly difficult process. We reduced 50 positions over the last three years. We’re fortunate at this point.” Superintendent Josepth Dragone.

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BH-BL picks new superintendent

Patrick McGrath will follow eight-year tenure of Jim Schultz

“We’re looking for someone to make a long-term commitment and not looking for them to use BH-BL as a stepping stone. It could be, but questions (in looking at potential candidates) centered around the long-term goals.” Dr. Charles Dedrick, Superintendent of Capital Region BOCES in an interview last month, referring to the decision process.

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Former nurse bids adieu to patients, tends to history

“I understood then how you can get people interested in history by dressing in the period and recreating Victorian events. It really was my focus to get people interested in history.” Susan McLane, The Victorian Lady.

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New lines draw GOP angst

Republicans in southern Saratoga County not pleased with new congressional districts

The Independence Party of New York has endorsed Gibson in what will become the 19th Congressional District.

New program of mutual benefit assists those who served

“We had a high demand of veterans coming in asking for some sort of photo identification for identifying themselves as a veteran. There’s no such thing as a national veterans ID card, the government doesn’t issue one.” Andy Davis, director of Saratoga County Veteran’s Service Agency.

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A call to change last call

Saratoga Springs nightlife at the root of recent discussion between bar owners, public

“Saratoga sells itself as a place with health, horses andhistory – yet we are also a place that offers more chances to get drunk than anywhere else in the county. We started off as a place associated with mineral water. …I think Saratoga is confused as to what it’s selling itself as. As afamily town but also as a place for entertainment.” Skidmore student Patrick Klimaszewski, who is studying Saratoga Springs as part of his research in anthropology.

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For those about to learn

Clifton Park music studio offers a new way to play to aspiring musicians

“We use what we call a song-based approach. What that means is that we’ll have a student come in who wants to play guitar. The very first thing we ask them is, ‘Who is your favorite artist?’ A lot of the girls will want to learn something by Taylor Swift so we’ll teach them a very simplified version of a Taylor Swift song.” Stan Denis, owner of The Modern Day Music's Rock School Music Academy in Clifton Park.

Waite Road from Route 146 north to Route 146A, Ballston Lake Road in Clifton Park to close on Tuesday, March 27.

Waite Road from Route 146 north to Route 146A, Ballston Lake Road will be closed to all but local traffic from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27.

Waite Road from Route 146 north to Route 146A, Ballston Lake Road in Clifton Park to close on Tuesday, March 27.

Waite Road from Route 146 north to Route 146A, Ballston Lake Road will be closed to all but local traffic from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27.

Railroad crossing dispute steams ahead

Approximately 75 homes would be affected if the crossings close, potentially stranding some homeowners. Roads affected by potential closings include those named above, as well as Fairview Road, Glen Ridge Road, Hampton Road, Lake Shore Road, Manning Road, Powers Lane, Waverly Road, according tothe town’s building inspector, Thomas Johnson.

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Happy trails in Clifton Park

A lot of the neighborhoods do not have sidewalks, bike lanes are not common. So the only way to get everything together is to join the organizations. - CAPTAIN’s Youth Development Coordinator Steve Eggelston

A new kind of zoning to debut in Malta

Town will hold series of meetings on form-based code zoning

Stop by the Malta Community Center at any time between 6 and 8 p.m. for an informal review of the work in progress on Monday, March 26 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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