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Julie Cushine-Rigg

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The life and times of a landmark

Caffé Lena’s long history being recorded, commemorated in comprehensive look back

“She had become part of the Saratoga scene. She had become someone and the Caffé had become someplace that was as integral to Saratoga’s image of itself…The Caffé was also an extended family of choice for some people, and that never really went away.” Musician and folklorist George Ward commenting on Lena Spencer and her influence on the region.

Clifton Park Residence Inn gains approval

“There is a public benefit here.” Planning Board Chairman Rocco Ferraro, on a proposed sidewalk to be built on the site along Route 9.

BH-BL superintendent search narrows

The district is now in the final stages of searching for a newsuper intendent to replace Schultz when he retires at the end of this school year – at which point he’ll have had 41 years with the district.

Fab project adheres to strict noise laws

“We have stayed within the standards since construction began in June of 2009. Right now we’re in the gray area between the construction phase and the operations phase,” said Travis Bullard, a spokesman for GlobalFoundries.

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Youth group looks outward for spring break

"What we try to do at the church is take the kind of approach that we can care and serve each other. The kids learn from a very young age to get involved with community and to be serving, realizing it may not always be in the most comfortable situation and the food may not be the best. They really become sensitive to others. We expose them tothe real world. We’re fortunate here, most of the kids are in privileged homes, and it’s good for the adults to see as well. It’s not always as good as we have it here.” Reverend Bosman of Christ Community Reformed Church.

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Where the Spa City stops

“Most people think of (us) as a place to pick up brochures. We do that but we do much more than that. As a designated heritage area, our mission is to promote economic growth of the region.” Program Coordinator Johnnie Roberts.

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A Thoroughly instructive experience

“It’s not well known to people who don’t do theater. It’s amodern musical with an old musical feel to it.” Director Laurie Larson.

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Through the lens of history

Students’ Brookside exhibit captures the spirit of similar showing made a decade ago

The students were tasked with not only capturing history, butdoing so with an artistic flare. The students ended up learning more than justa two dimensional representation of their town’s past.

Ballston requires more stringent review on asphalt plant

The Planning Board’s decision is part of the state’s environmental review process. If the town had issued a negative declaration it would been the end of the review process under SEQR (State Environmental Quality Review Act). Instead, Callahan will have to provide a much more detailed analysis of potential environmental impacts in the draft environmental impact statement.

Anonymous tip leads authorities to a radioactive material

DOH and DEC tested the residence and area for radiation levels and found no immediate health threats to the property owner or neighbors.

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Building bridges

Saratoga Bridges works with developmentally disabled to provide opportunities

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness month, but for groups like Saratoga Bridges, advocacy is a year-round project. Still, Bridges is using March as a way to highlight its mission.

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Ballston Spa robotics team preps high schoolers for science and technology futures

“I stay involved for the satisfaction of seeing the ‘ah-ha’moments — those happen when one of the students really internalizes animportant concept, or successfully applies their new critical thinking skills,or invents a truly creative or elegant solution for their robot.” Team mentor Greg Mohr

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Floyd Warriors provides Easter baskets for kids whose parents are undergoing cancer treatment

Project Easter Bunny is but one of the many services that Morahan and her organization networks to provide. She also works to have meals delivered to families and with Simplifying Lives, which offers house cleaning.Everything she does centers around her mission statement, which is “Dinner isDone, Dishes are Clean and the Kids are OK!”

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Summer’s pesky parasites persist

A mild winter means pet owners must stay vigilant for fleas and ticks

The Capital District has been enjoying mild temperatures this year, with 40-degree days being a regular occurrence, and that means many area veterinarians and pet owners are seeing more cases of the summertime pests.

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Malta businessman recognized as top solar installer

NYSERDA gives award to Terry Moag of The Radiant Store

Terry Moag, president of The Radiant Store in Malta, was recently recognized for his work and achievements in the area of solar energy by the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA),receiving an Outstanding Achievement award in their Solar Thermal Program.

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Prelude to a play

NYC Ballet dancer to visit Saratoga Springs High School English classes

The dancer is no stranger to the area, having given workout classes at a nearby gym in the past and of course through his performances with the ballet at SPAC. The high school is only one of Scordato’s stops during his upcoming Spa City visit. Other points on Scordato’s Saratoga map while he’s in town include the National Museum of Dance and Skidmore College.

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County chairman rolls out public outreach

Series of forums and a new website invite comments

Wood has also set up a new webpage at communicatingwiththechairman.com to help residents put a face with his name.

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A fraternity of community

Saratoga chapter of Irish-American fraternal order celebrates 60th anniversary

Theysay everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, but no one quite like the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick.

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Community remembers Carney

Carney’s Tavern a Ballston landmark, much like the man who ran it

Carney was also the current president and a longtime member of the Saratoga, Schenectady and Warren County Restaurant and Tavern Association. He is remembered fondly among family, friends and the community of Ballston Lake.

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Wonder Room focuses on exploration

Creative arts, cooking and play are at the center of new Ballston Lake business

When was the last time you got to watch a huge bubble float about and wondered when it was going to land or pop? Here’s your chance.

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A heaping serving of memories

Cookbook to highlight history of Ecobelli’s Tam O’ShanterRestaurant in Ballston Spa

The collecting of memories was actually started as a thank you to investors of a film, “Chickadee,” written by Lora Lee and Tom that is currently in process and will begin actual filming later in the year.

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CAPTAIN celebrates 35 years of service

Clifton Park community service groups battling same problemstoday as in ‘70s

CAPTAIN provides a number of services in addition to its shelter operations, including an emergency food pantry, a bike distribution program andacademic help for youths.

Committee seeks input on Round Lake Road plans

Officials say safety, traffic flow would be improved, two roundabouts planned

The Town of Malta Round Lake Road Corridor Planning Committee is holding a public workshop on Feb. 29 at to address questions and concerns about proposed traffic improvements for the area.

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Remembering Maddie

Tiny TotsTea Room holds benefit memorial for Maddie Musto

For those who can’t make the event, and would still like to donate to Miracle 4 Maddie, contributions can be made in Maddie Musto’s name at Capital Communications Federal Credit Union. For details, visit http://miracle4maddie.bbnow.org/donate.php.

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Making orthodontics unordinary

New Ballston Spa doctor heading to the schools, getting involved in community

Many orthodontists’ offices may have a larger staff and while Burlingame feels that her office will likely grow in the future, she doesn’t plan for it to get too big. Being able to provide constantone-on-one care is important to her.

BH-BL faces $2.2 M budget gap

Series of forums to kick of budgeting, district likely to raiseup to tax cap

An audience ofabout 50 watched via an online feed and about 70 turned out in person. According to Schultz, about a third of the audience consisted of students in the district.

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Estherville Animal Shelter receives donation

On February 13, Muriel Gurren from th Estherville Animal Shelter was presented with keys to a new van for the shelter.

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Recent presentation at Saratoga Springs school highlights rare disorder

Speaking out on mutism

Dr. Barnett has been in practice for over 40 years. In that time he said he’s seen approximately 35 children with selective mutism.

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Cause of library odor under investigation

Ballston's Libray smell has left and returned for years, more tests underway

Aside from mold, the test will detect a number of things including dander and pollen, whatever can attach itself to the cartridge.

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Clifton Park Idol and Taste of Clifton Park contest winners announced

The Town of Clifton Park is pleased to announce the winners of the Clifton Park Idol and Taste of Clifton Park contests.

Police advise Clifton Park residents of individual impersonating a CPWA employee

Clifton Park home was later burglarized after impersonator was allowed entry

Residents should request to see identification from anyone claiming to be a CPWA employee.

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Local buys can be combined for unique, practical gift

Consider a basket of gifts to make a splash with your sweetheart

The cost of creating an attractive and varied gift can be as low as $15 with a few items, or much more expensive, and serve as much more than the common Valentine’s Day present.

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Pasta Pane Rustic Italian Bistro holds 'Raising Dough'

Pasta Pane Rustic Italian Bistro was the place to gather on February 6 for local nonprofit organizations to celebrate two years of the restaurant’s 'Raising Dough' Program.

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Saratoga Springs Academic Team to compete in Windy City

Trip to mark the third consecutive year the team has made it to nationals

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22nd Winter Fest to feature Idol, Taste of Clifton Park

According to Myla Kramer, of the town’s Office of Parks and Recreation and Community Affairs, one of the three judges for Clifton Idol will be Channel 10’s Paula Gretzinger.

Ballston backs off of solar panel moratorium

Workshop on the issue set for Monday, Feb. 13

While no moratorium was imposed, it was decided that the Town Board would hold a workshop to discuss the matter on Monday, Feb. 13.

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Saratoga’s Honor Guard steeped in service

The flag is folded meticulously a total of twelve times, with each fold representing a tribute. The first being life on earth, the second being eternal life, and the fifth a tribute to country, to name a few.

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High-tech campus seeks students

TEC-SMART up and running, open advisements weekly

The satellite campus is an attractive alternative to taking classes at the college’s main campus in Troy, since it’s located right in theLuther Forest Technology Campus at the heart of the area’s technology growth.

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Ballston supervisor heads county Independence Party

Patti Southworth has been appointed as Chairperson for the Independent Party for Saratoga County.

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Saratoga ambulance rates hold steady, for now

Saratoga Springs leaders at an emergency meeting Thursday, Feb. 2, decided the Saratoga Springs Fire Department will take over ambulance at the same rates SaratogaEmergency Medical Services had been charging — for the time being, at least.

Second case of pertussis is confirmed at Stevens School

The childhood vaccine for pertussis is called DTaP, and the pertussis booster vaccine for adolescents and adults is called Tdap.

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Festival a Cool Draw

Downtown Saratoga and Saratoga Spa State Park’s Winterfest 2012

Chowderfest, especially is a well known part of Winterfest - and draws a big crowd.