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                                                   Addressing voter truancy
       Supplement                                        School officials weigh in on low-voter turnout
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  In this                                          NISKAYUNA
week’s issue

                                    Volume XV                               Number 21                           75¢                                           May 28, 2009

    For the dogs
    Area residents might re-
member the dated sign on Mar-
                                    ‘Hog’-ging the fun                                                           Law protects
iaville Road that read “Emerald
Acres Pet Motel,” with a cartoon
sketch of a dog smoking a pipe.
                                                                                                               deployed soldiers
The dilapidated pet motel was                                                                                       Local lawyer says                 15,000 people in the greater Capi-
recently purchased and refur-                                                                                                                         tal Region who are somehow affil-
bished by Rich and Kimberly
                                                                                                                     many not aware                   iated with the military,” said Mat-
Kranick of Rotterdam.                                                                                               of the provisions                 thew B. Tulley, an area attorney
                                                                                                                                                      and a major in the Army National
            See story on Page 3.                                                                                    of Civil Relief Act               Guard. He wants people to under-
                                                                                                                                                      stand the Servicemembers’ Civil
                                                                                                                      By JACKIE SHER                  Relief Act because both soldiers
                                                                                                                     and civilians who work with sol-
                                                                                                                                                      diers do not know enough about
                                                                                                                  On Monday, May 18, the na-          the provisions of the act.
                                                                                                               tion celebrated Memorial Day               According to Tully, many mili-
                                                                                                               by remembering the U.S. men            tary personnel and the service
                                                                                                               and women who died while serv-         providers they deal with, such as
                                                                                                               ing in the military. Another one       landlords and cell phone carriers,
                                                                                                               of the ways the nation honors its      are unaware of their rights if they
                                                                                                               military personnel is through the      are deployed or even transferred
                                                                                                               Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Act.      from one base to another.
                                                                                                               The act, which was revised in              “The one that I think is most
                                                                                                               2003, is meant to provide peace of     commonly used now and that I
  Finding peace                                                                                                mind for soldiers on active duty       used when I deployed to Iraq is
                                                                                                                                                      the capping of debt at 6 percent
                                                                                                               regarding their financial affairs
    in wartime                                                                                                 back home.                             interest,” said Tully.
                                                                                                                                                          The SCRA caps interest rates
                                                                                                                  The SCRA allows for the tem-
   Retired Lt. Col. Barry Bridger                                                                              porary suspension of certain fi-        on mortgages and credit card
will talk about his experience as                                                                              nancial obligations and judicial or    debt at 6 percent if a soldier is de-
a prisoner of war in Hanoi, Viet-                                                                              administrative proceedings dur-        ployed on active duty.
nam, Tuesday, June 2, in Sara-                                                                                 ing active duty military service.
toga Springs, at 7 p.m. at the                                                                                    “There are probably close to                       ■ Law Page 10
Saratoga Springs City Center.
            See story on Page 12.                                                                               Festival promises plenty
                                                                                                               of music on the mountain
                                    Harry Rector, a representative from the Roamers Motorcycle Club, poses
                                                                                                               Maple Ski Ridge to host                things intertwined with [the fes-
                                    with his bike at the Roamers Fun Run on Sunday, April 26. Proceeds
                                                                                                                                                      tival], and I guess we’re just look-
                                    raised from the 70-mile ride allowed the Roamers Motorcycle Club Board     all-day event featuring                ing forward to this turning into
                                    of Directors to donate $2,300 to Northeast Parent & Child Society on
                                    Friday, May 15. The Roamers Motorcycle Club is the oldest American            a variety of family                 an annual thing,” said J. Peter
                                                                                                                                                      Yakel, who will be performing at
                                    Motorcyclist Association (AMA) club on the East Coast. Founded in 1946     friendly entertainment                 the event and has also helped to
                                    by John “Spitzie” Splittgerber, the club celebrates its 63rd anniversary
                                                                                                                                                      organize it.
                                    this year. For more information, visit
                                                                                                                      By JACKIE SHER                     Yakel, who is a member of
                                                                                           Submitted photo
                                                                                                                     Flood Road, said he is excited to
                                                                                                                                                      have a hand in bringing the festi-

                                    Area pools enter agreement                                                    For many people, warmer
                                                                                                               weather brings with it an itch to
                                                                                                                                                      val to the Rotterdam ski resort.
                                                                                                                                                           “Maple Ski Ridge is scenic
                                                                                                               explore – however, with gas pric-      beauty, and a sweet spot for
                                      YMCA and Glen Hills                the popularity of swim clubs that     es creeping upward and the econ-       music. We’ve entertained at the
                                                                         were originally formed and wildly     omy struggling, families might         Ridge before, and had a great
                                     hope agreement brings               popular in the 1950s and ’60s. In
   Nisky reaches                        back popularity                  recent years, he said, both the
                                                                                                               not be venturing too far this sum-
                                                                                                               mer. Families looking for some
                                                                                                                                                      time,” said Yakel in a written
                                                                         YMCA and Glen Hills swim clubs
       finals                             of swim clubs                   have struggled a bit.
                                                                                                               close-to-home fun can mark their
                                                                                                               calendars for the first Rhythm on
                                                                                                                                                         He said that the management
                                                                                                                                                      at Maple Ski Ridge, which is a
    The Niskayuna girls lacrosse                                            “The nuclear family with a sole    the Ridge all-day music festival at    family owned business, was re-
 team aimed for its third con- By JENNIFER FARNSWORTH                    working parent is not so much         Maple Ski Ridge Resort in Rotter-      ceptive and interested in hosting
                                         the case as it was back in the        dam Saturday, June 13.                 the event.
 secutive Section II, Class B title                                      ’60s. People have less disposable        The event is co-hosted by the          “Co-owners Karen Doyle and
 Wednesday when it played Averill     The Glenville YMCA and             income and less time to take the      Flood Road band, and it features       Kate Michener asked if my band
 Park at the University at Albany. the Glen Hills Swim Club have         family to the pool,” said McFar-      acoustic, Americana, bluegrass,        could help organize such a fest,
            See story on Page 18. worked out an agreement that           land. “This arrangement will help     Celt, country and folk music by        and we said, ‘Sure!’” said Yakel.
                                    will benefit swimmers in the area     families afford both the time and     16 local and regional artists. Visi-      Yakel added that the per-
                                    throughout the summer months.        money to swim.”                       tors can also enjoy food and crafts    formers are a combination of
                                       It’s an agreement that James         The two have teamed up to          from local vendors and artisans,       well-known local acts and lesser-
                                    McFarland, town parks and rec-       allow YMCA members to buy a           music workshops, field picking          known, out-of-area performers.
                                    reation director and YMCA board                                            and, of course, plenty of music.
                                    member, said will help bring back                 ■ Swim Page 10              “There are a lot of different                 ■ Rhythm Page 10

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                                                                                                                                    Police Blotter
                                                                                                                             Two face multiple charges
Butterfly migration                                                                                                           in alleged crime spree
                                                                                                                                Glenville detectives              been shared with Schenectady
                                                                                                                             announced on Tuesday, May            Police and the Saratoga County
                                                                                                                             26, that they have ar rested         Sheriff’s Office to assist them in
                                                                                                                             the following suspects after a       similar investigations.
                                                                                                                             lengthy investigation of several        Both suspects were arraigned
                                                                                                                             burglaries, larcenies, identity      in Glenville Town Cour t and
                                                                                                                             theft and stolen proper ty           remanded to the Schenectady
                                                                                                                             possession cases.                    County jail without bail. They
                                                                                                                                Ber tram O. Hassett, 51, of       are scheduled to appear back in
                                                                                                                             39 Laurel Avenue and Charles         Glenville court at a later date.
                                                                                                                             M. Jackson, 39, of 82 Furman
                                                                                                                             Street in Schenectady, were
                                                                                                                             arrested Sunday, May 24, after       Other arrests
                                                                                                                             Glenville police received a call        •Annemarie Batcher, 33,
                                                                                                                             regarding two suspicious males       of Schenectady, was arrested
                                                                                                                             at Stewart’s on Maple Avenue.        on Saturday, May 23, at 2169
                                                                                                                                When detectives W illiam          Central Ave. on felony charges
                                                                                                                             Gallop and William Marchewka         of criminal possession of a
                                                                                                                             ar rived on the scene, they          controlled substance.
                                                                                                                             recognized Hassett as a suspect         According to police, Batcher
                                                                                                                             from a security video that was       was involved in a dispute and
                                                                                                                             made during the alleged use of       was found to be in possession
                                                                                                                             a stolen credit card.                of more than 500 mg of cocaine
                                                                                                                                When Hassett spotted the          and marijuana.
                                                                                                                             detective, he allegedly attempted       Batcher was ar rested and
From left Ainsley Fiske, 5, Matthew Perillo, 5, Rachel Drew, 5, Makayla Alfred, 5, Sam Cooper, 6 and                         to throw several stolen credit       transpor ted to the Colonie
Joshua Crellin, 6. The students participated in a project where they learned about the stages of butterflies,                 cards in a storm drain. Hassett      police station. She was arraigned
and then released them into the wild. Kindergarten teacher’s Phyllis Frisch, Chris Cohn and Janet Friend                     then attempted to get away from      and sent to the Albany County
explained that the students also made paper butterflies that they sent to Mexico, where the butterflies they                   the detectives as they were          Correctional Facility.
released would end up, and there, through the Journey North organization, a school in Mexico sends other                     arresting him.                          •Niskayuna police arrested
paper butterflies they collect to various schools in America, showing how the butterflies that leave New                          Fur ther investigation            Christine Bazicki, 25, of Tull
York, can end up in may different states. Shown here, are paper butterflies from all around the country.                      revealed a stolen pocketbook         Drive in Colonie on charges
                                                                                      Dan Sabbatino/ Spotlight               in the vehicle the suspects were     of grand larceny of the third
                                                                                                                             using. The pocketbook was            degr ee involving pr oper ty
                                                                                                                             allegedly stolen from a vehicle in   with a value greater than
                                                                                         CORRECTION                          Schenectady moments earlier.         $3,000 on Thursday, May 14.
                                                                                                                                                                  Niskayuna police believe she
                                                                                                                                The two men were suspected
                                                                                             In the Thursday, May 21,        of being involved in a burglar y     was attempting to deposit an
                                                                                         edition of The Spotlight, in the    of Envy Salon located at             ex-boyfriend’s check into her
                                                                                         ar ticle “Nisky, Schalmont and      176 Freemans Bridge Road             bank account that had a value
                                                                                         Mohon budgets pass,” it was         at approximately 5 a.m. that         greater than $3,000.
                                                                                         incorrectly repor ted that the      morning.                                • Guilderland police arrested
                                                                                         Niskayuna Central School               The suspects face the following   Jennifer A. Sagendorf, 30, of 3091
                                                                                         District’s budget was passed        charges of burglar y, criminal       E. L ydius St., in Schenectady,
                                                                                         with 1,164 votes.                   mischief, forger y, criminal         on charges of grand larceny in
                                                                                             The number was 1,614 votes.     possession of stolen property,       the third degree, on Saturday,

                                                                                         The correct number was posted       identity theft, destr uction of      May 16, according to police
                                                                                         on The Spotlight’s Web site, www.   evidence, possession of burglar      reports.
                                                                                the night of      tools, petit larceny and resisting      Sagendorf allegedly stole a
                                                                                         the vote.                           arrest.                              2004 Lexus two days prior to
                                                                                             The Spotlight regrets the          The investigation is              her ar rest, according to the
                                                                                         error.                              continuing and evidence has          report. She was arraigned later

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                                                                                                                                             Budgets pass,
                                                                                                                                             but turnout low                                turnout because residents were
                                                                                                                                              School officials say many
                                                                                                                                              people stay at home when                      angr y or because there were
                                                                                                                                                                                            new programs proposed in the
                                                                                                                                               vote lacks controversy
                                                                                                                                                                                            schools that people supported
                                                                                                                                                     By JACKIE SHER                         – two catalysts for a higher
                                                                                                                                                           voter turnout.
                                                                                                                                                                                               “When the tax rate is higher,
                                                                                                                                                School budget votes have                    programs are generally being
                                                                                                                                             not traditionally drawn a big                  proposed in the school that
                                                                                                                                             turnout, and this year, despite                people who support the schools
                                                                                                                                             a dif ficult budget cycle with                 do want. Then people say, ‘Hey,
                                                                                                                                             a number of programs and                       I really want these programs
                                                                                                                                             positions getting cut, was no                  for my kid. I’m going to make
                                                                                                                                             exception.                                     sur e I vote,’” said Hanlon.
                                                                                                                                                Despite the low tur nout,                   “When ther e is something
                                                                                                                                             school budgets in the Schalmont,               controversial, you get people to
Rick Kranick, owner of Happy Dog Pet Motel, plays with Charlie, who is believed to be about six months old.                                  Mohonasen, Niskayauna and                      come out both pro and con.”
He will be up for adoption at the adoption clinic on Saturday, May 30.                                                                       Scotia-Glenville central school
                                                                                            Submitted photos                                                                                   He said that his district and
                                                                                                                                             districts passed.                              others can look at low voter

        A happy tail
                                                                                                                                                In Suburban Council                         tur nout as a “back-handed
                                                                                                                                             schools throughout the Capital                 compliment.”
                                                                                                                                             District, the greatest number                     “People say, ‘You’re doing
                                                                                                                                             of votes cast was 4,689 in                     a good job,’” said Hanlon.

  for longtime pet motel                                                                                                                     Shenendehowa, followed by
                                                                                                                                             Bethlehem and Guilderland.
                                                                                                                                             Shen ser ves a large district
                                                                                                                                             with an enrollment of 9,755,
                                                                                                                                                                                            “When people get excited
                                                                                                                                                                                            they’ll come out. When they’re
                                                                                                                                                                                            not concerned or they’re not
                                                                                                                                                                                            angr y, [they won’t].”
     Owners say updates                                                                       started,” said Kranick.                        which is one of the highest in                    Va l e r i e      K e l s e y,
  just ‘scratch the surface’                                                                      He said the building is now a              the area.                                      superintendent of the Schalmont
      and more to come                                                                        sanitary, bright and happy place                  I n S c h e n e c t a d y C o u n t y,      Central School District agreed
                                                                                              for pets to spend some time away               the 4,300-student Niskayuna                    that voter tur nout is higher
       By JACKIE SHER                                                                         from home.                                     Central School District passed                 when there is more controversy                                                                        “We want to take care of the               a budget with 2,634 votes.                     regarding the budget, but, she
                                                                                              animals like they’re our own –                 The 3,200-student Mohonasen                    said, the district works hard to
     Rotterdam residents might                                                                usually after a couple of stays with           Central School District got                    let residents know about the
remember the dated sign                                                                       us and they are like our own,” said            1,552 voters to come out and                   budget vote.
on Mariaville Road that read                   A new sign advertises the Happy                Kranick.                                       passed the budget with 1,016
“Emerald Acres Pet Motel,” with                Dog Pet Motel. The sign is one of                                                                                                               “I think we do our best to
                                                                                                  Happy Dog Pet Motel offers                 votes. In Schalmont, the                       inform people. We probably
a cartoon sketch of a dog sitting              the many updates made by the new                                                              budget was passed with 680
                                                                                              various ser vices, including pet                                                              have more communications in
in a rocking chair, smoking a pipe.            owners of the facility.                                                                       votes with 1,094 voters casting
                                                                                              grooming, pet boarding and                                                                    schools than we ever had in the
The dilapidated sign went along                                                                                                              ballots. The district ser ves
                                                                                              doggy daycare. It also takes in                                                               past,” said Kelsey. “I think that
with the dilapidated pet motel,                                                                                                              about 2,100 students. Finally,
                                                   “My wife and I are pet lovers. ...         all of the stray dogs in the Town                                                             when there is a matter of great
which was recently purchased and                                                                                                             Scotia-Glenville’s budget
                                               We were looking for a business to              of Rotterdam. If they are not                                                                 controversy, people take a little
refurbished by Rich and Kimberly                                                                                                             was passed with 1,119 votes,
                                               run, and it just seemed like a natural         reunited with their owners within                                                             more note of what’s going on in
Kranick. They have taken great                                                                                                               with 2,021 voters coming out,
                                               thing for us,” said Kranick, who has           a minimum of 10 days, they are                                                                the schools.”
measures to improve the building,                                                                                                            according to Bob Hanlon, the
                                               four dogs, two pygmy goats, a wild             put up for adoption. The Happy
from renaming the business Happy                                                                                                             district’s spokesman. Those                       In terms of getting people
                                               turkey and two children.                       Dog Pet Motel will be hosting a pet
Dog Pet Motel to replacing the sign                                                                                                          2,021 voters came from a pool                  involved in the budget process
                                                   Kranick said that when he and              adoption clinic and an open house
out front and putting in a new water                                                                                                         of 11,000 possible voters.                     and drawing the public in,
                                               his wife purchased the motel,                  on Saturday, May 30, from 10 a.m.
purification system.                                                                                                                                                                         Kelsey said that ther e ar e
                                               the conditions were “unsanitary.”              to 2 p.m. at 1197 Mariaville Road in              School of ficials said many
    “The business is roughly 38                                                               Rotterdam. There will be at least a                                                           many opportunities for getting
                                               While they were putting in the                                                                people don’t come out to vote
years old, and unfortunately in the                                                           half-dozen dogs up for adoption.                                                              people involved.
                                               new water system, he and his                                                                  in school budget elections
later years, as Emerald Acres went                                                                                                                                                             “The boar d of education
                                               family had to bring in bottles of                  Steve Tommasone, supervisor                when they are in favor of the
into disrepair and its reputation                                                                                                                                                           meets ever y two weeks, and
                                               water from their own home to                   for the Town of Rotterdam, said he             proposed numbers.
sank a little bit, we took it over,”                                                                                                                                                        those are open meetings.
                                               keep things running and to keep                is pleased with the improvements                  “It doesn’t surprise me that
said Rich Kranick. “We gave it a                                                                                                                                                            Also for the budget we have
                                               its tenants (mostly dogs, some cats)           made to the pet motel.                         our turnout was low because
new name and a new facelift and                                                                                                                                                             a budget advisor y committee
cleaned it up dramatically. It’s               hydrated.                                          “They’re doing a great job for             we were proposing a tax rate
                                                                                              us. They’ve made a number of                   decrease, and people think,                    where we encourage people to
making a pretty strong comeback                    “[We were] probably [bringing
                                               over] somewhere around 12 to 15                improvements to the facility, and              ‘Oh, it’s gonna pass,’” said                   participate,” said Kelsey.
                                               gallons a day,” said Kranick.                  they’ve really come a long way                 Hanlon. “People can still be                      She also said that when times
    While the purchase of the pet                                                                                                                                                           are difficult or there are difficult
                                                   He said that they had to put in a          over there,” said Tommasone.                   angr y about taxes in general
motel was certainly a financial                                                                                                                                                             decisions that are being made,
investment, it has also been a labor           new electrical system, a new heating               He said that the Happy Dog                 because they’re still ver y
                                               system and a lot of cosmetic work.             Pet Motel is a very specialized                high ever ywhere. Our tax                      “you’ll find people more willing
of love for Kranick, who is a veteran                                                                                                                                                       to come out to vote.”
police officer of 27 years with the             The outside of the building was so             business, especially because “there            rate increase over the past
Rotterdam Police Department and                overgrown with weeds and brush                 aren’t a lot of choices out there.”            few years has been pretty                         She gave an example of a
also a Schalmont Central School                that one of his customers described                “There are a lot of pets in                reasonable.”                                   budget vote in 1999 where the
District resource officer, and his              it as “the Bates Motel.”                       town, and it’s important that we                  He said that in past years                  district was deciding whether or
wife, who works in the emergency                   “We’ve put in somewhere around             have a business like that. We’re               the district had seen increases                not they would close two small
department at Ellis Hospital. On               about $25,000 to $30,000, and the              fortunate that we can depend on                of 5.9 percent to 8.8 percent.                 schools. 4,584 people came out
top of their full time jobs, they have         improvements are definitely still               [them],” said Tommasone.                       During times when tax                          for that vote alone.
been working on the pet motel non-             coming. We’re just scratching the                  For more information, e-mail               increases were greater, the                        – Repor ter Jarrett Carroll
stop since August.                             surface here. We’re just getting                         district would get larger voter                    contributed to this ar ticle

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                                                                                                      friends for new conversation and to 4 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                                            Bird Club members
                                                                                                                                                                                            to lead book talk
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                                                  On Tuesday, June 9, at noon,
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Tales of house buying and home wrecking
   By WILLIAM R. DEVOE                                                        why my wife was interested             but you can always repaint, you                “Are you sure? That girl is                                                     in “House Hunters.” We were            know?”                                     better than you deserve — are
                                                                              living the damn thing. We spent            “Our house has a big hole in           you sure she’s messing around
    My wife is cheating on me.                                                a year looking to get the best         the floor where the crapper used            with some other guy?”
    I suspect it started late last                                            house we could within our price        to be,” I say.                                 “It’s not some other guy, Dad,
year, when we put in a bid on                                                 range. We made offers, had them            I think she sensed my                  it’s HGTV. She’s been watching
our first home. The process was                                                rejected, worked with banks and        bitterness toward her                      it nonstop since we put an offer
a long, stressful one, and quite                                              mortgage brokers and inept real        relationship with HGTV. For                on the house.”
frankly, my wife and I became          taping to do?” my wife says to me      estate agents. Made more offers,       the following few weeks, she                   My father studies the spoon
somewhat distant at times.             one evening over the winter. She       repaired our credit. Had an offer      kept talk of HGTV personalities            he was using to eat the ice cream
    I blame myself, really, for not    has this dreamy, faraway look in       accepted on a foreclosure and          Candice Olson, Clive Pearse and            — now gone — and says, “So
being the man I should have been       her eyes that I thought was due        real fixer-upper, and repaired         Taniya Nayak to a minimum. I               your wife is cheating on you…”
through the difficult time we had       to our putting an offer in on what     our credit some more. Finally, we      thought I had nipped my wife’s
                                                                              closed on April 27 — about five                                                        “Yes.”
moving out of our apartment,           would become our new home.                                                    tr yst with HGTV in the bud,
living with my parents and,                                                   months after we made the offer.                                                       He licks the spoon clean.
                                          “Where did you hear that?”                                                 until one night about a month              “With a TV show?”
eventually, buying our house.                                                     In other words, we already         later, when I walked into our
I blame myself for not being              “Oh, it was just something that     focused on the “emotional                                                             “Not just a TV show, Dad, a
                                       was on HGTV last night,” she                                                  bedroom to find my wife quickly
the man that my wife, Jess, has                                               experience of finding and                                                         whole television station.”
                                       says innocently.                                                              changing the channel on the
fallen in love with over the past                                             purchasing a new home,” without        television.                                    My father looks at me
few months.                               And that’s how it star ted.         the aid of HGTV.                                                                  sympathetically, compassionately.
                                       Innocuous enough, but I suppose                                                   “Whatcha doin’?” I ask.
    He is kind, thoughtful and                                                    Nevertheless, she loves that                                                  He gets up, puts the empty bowl
                                       that’s how these things begin.                                                    “N-nothing,” she says                  in the kitchen sink, walks over
giving. He is always there for my                                             show.                                  nervously, and lands on the SciFi
wife and has enriched her life in      Over the next couple of weeks,                                                                                           to me and puts his hand on my
                                       she drops the names of HGTV                One night a few months ago, I      Channel. “I think ‘Battleship
ways I once only hoped to achieve.                                            came home from work to find it                                                     shoulder.
                                       shows like they are friends she’s                                             Galacticons’ are on — you like
He is attentive, knowledgeable,                                               on in our bedroom. The former                                                         “You’re a moron,” he says.
                                       just made: “Divine Design,”                                                   that one, right?”
but kind enough to take a break                                               owners of our house left it in                                                    “Now go back upstairs and talk
every now and then to give my          “Spice Up My Kitchen,” and the                                                    For the record, I do not like          to your wife. Me and your mother
                                       most annoying one of them all,         terrible shape, and I had been         “Battleship Galcticons” and
wife some space. He comes into                                                there most of the day, repairing                                                  are watching ‘Carter Can.’”
our house every night while I’m        “House Hunters.”                                                              doubt it is even a show. My wife
                                                                              things for the FHA appraisal that      abhors science fiction, although                 I make the long walk up the
awake and stays until well after          From the HGTV Web site:             needed to be conducted before                                                     stairs.
I’m asleep.                            “House Hunters takes viewers                                                  I have gotten her to watch “Lost”
                                                                              we could be approved for our           with me.                                       “Jess, we need to talk.” She’s
    He is HGTV, and there is no        behind the scenes as individuals,      mortgage.
                                                                                                                         But back to the affair.                sitting on our bed, reading. She
way in the world I can compete         couples and families learn what
                                                                                  “This couple is trying to find a                                               has obviously chalked up my
with him. Home and Garden              to look for and decide whether                                                    “What were you watching?” I
                                                                              bigger condo in Montreal,” Jess                                                   outburst to one of those mood
Television, or HGTV as the             or not a home is meant for them.                                              asked. She wouldn’t answer, so
                                                                              tells me excitedly. “They found                                                   swings that seem to accompany
converts call it, is the Mecca for     Focusing on the emotional                                                     I picked up the remote off our
                                                                              one with off-street parking, but                                                  genius-level intellects. She has
home buyers and DIYers across          experience of finding and                                                     (parents’) bed. I hit the recall
                                                                              it doesn’t have the deck space                                                    never told me this. “I don’t
the globe.                             purchasing a new home, each                                                   button.
                                                                              that the one they just looked at                                                  like you seeing HGTV. I think
                                       episode shows the process as                                                      “Oh my god, Jess! ‘Car ter
    “Did you know that if you                                                 has.” She points to a woman on                                                    you spend too much time with
                                       buyers search for a home.”                                                    Can?!’ In our own bedroom?
hang drywall horizontally, you                                                the screen. “She doesn’t like the                                                 that channel. It’s really tearing
could have up to 25 percent less          I sure as hell don’t know           color scheme of the first condo,        With the kids right across the             the fabric of our relationship.
                                                                                                                     hall?! You have no shame,” I say,          Tearing it so much, I’m not sure
                                                                                                                     and I storm out. That is, I storm          even Vern Yip could sew it back
                                                                                                                     out about as far as people can             together”
                                                                                                                     when they are living with their                “Honey,” she says soothingly,
                                                                                                                     parents: I walk down the stairs            “you’re being silly. HGTV doesn’t
                                                                                                                     and directly into the kitchen.             have to be this intruder in our
                                                                                                                         My father is sitting at the            lives, it can be a good thing.
                                                                                                                     kitchen table eating a bowl of             They’ve got a lot of good ideas
                                                                                                                     chocolate ice cream.                       that we can use to make this
                                                                                                                         “Want some?” he asks.                  rundown house we just bought
                                                                                                                         “Sure. I could use some,” I            our new home.”
                                                                                                                     say glumly.                                    “I dunno…” I grumble.
                                                                                                                         “Well, there’s none left,” he              “We can buy you tooools,” she
                                                                                                                     laughs. He notices me decidedly            sings. I’m sold.
                                                                                                                     not laughing. “What’s the matter               A little later, she’s drifting off
                                                                                                                     with you? You look like you just           to sleep and I lean over to kiss
                                                                                                                     found out your wife is cheating            her.
                                                                                                                     on you.”                                       “Goodnight, Jess.”
                                                                                                                         “My wife is cheating on me,”               “Goodnight, Car ter,” she
                                                                                                                     I say.                                     yawns.

                          74°                      51°
                                                              Wednesday       5:23am     8:22pm
                                                                                                                                      21. 5
                                                              Thursday        5:22am     8:23pm                                                     280
  Wednesday, May 27              94°/1914        30°/1969                                                              21.9                                                   Levels as of
                                                              Friday          5:21am     8:24pm                                17.4
  Thursday, May 28               91°/1911        33°/1994                                                                                                 213                 May 22, 2009
                                                              Saturday        5:21am     8:25pm                                               6.3
  Friday, May 29                 93°/1931        34°/1956                                              4.9
                                                              Sunday          5:20am     8:26pm
  Saturday, May 30               92°/1987        33°/1967
                                                              Monday          5:20am     8:27pm
  Sunday, May 31                 92°/1937        34°/1961
                                                              Tuesday         5:19am     8:27pm
  Monday, June 1                 94°/1918        35°/1945
  Tuesday, June 2                94°/1895        39°/1971
                                                              May 30th            June 7th
                                  nd                          First               Full
  9.05 inches as of Friday, May 22                                                                  The hurricane season
  4.93 inches below average                                                                         officially runs from      Wednesday 7:47am, 8:21pm                     1:59am,     2:49pm
                                                                                                    June 1st to November      Thursday   8:38am, 9:17pm                    2:53am,     3:41pm
                                                                                                    30th in the Atlantic      Friday     9:33am, 10:16pm                   3:50am,     4:34pm
  May 31, 1998 Severe thunderstorms produced                  Saturn        Evening    High WSW     Basin. Forecasts for      Saturday  10:30am, 11:16pm                   4:49am,     5:28pm
  tornadoes in the Capital Region with 68 injuries and loss   Venus         Dawn       Low East     2009 are for a slower     Sunday    11:30am, ------------              5:49am,     6:22pm
  of power to over 100 thousand customers. The strongest,     Jupiter       Dawn       Southeast    season than last year’s   Monday    12:16am, 12:31pm                   6:50am,     7:16pm
  an F-3 tornado hit Mechanicville, an F-2 hit East           Mars          Dawn       V Low East   17 storms. This year’s    Tuesday    1:16am, 1:32pm                    7:49am,     8:10pm
  Schodack and an F-1 crossed the Albany Airport.                                                   first name is Ana.
Spotlight                                                                                                                                                           May 28, 2009 • Page 5

Book clubs among library branches’ offerings
   The Schenectady County                                                     •Family story times              Prints with George Steele             p.m.
Public Librar y and branches                                                  For children of all ages with       •July 17 at 10:30 a.m.: Magic!        •Tuesday, July 7, at 2:30 p.m.:
have several programs planned                                              adult caregivers. Tuesdays at       Magic Man Entertainment               Interesting Animals
for June.                                                                  6:30 p.m., June 30, July 28, Aug.      •July 24 at 10:30 a.m.: Story         •Tuesday, July 14, at 2:30
                                                                           25                                  Fun for Families                      p.m.: Magic! Magic Man
                                                                              •Summer reading club (ages                                             Entertainment
Adult programs                                                             6 to 11 or entering grades one to
                                                                                                                  •July 24 at 2 p.m.: What’s the
                                                                                                               Scoop? Explore ice cream with            •Wednesday, July 15, at 6:30
        Central Library,              a.m.: June 11, July 9, Aug. 13;
                                      Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.: June       five). Tuesdays at 2 p.m.            the Scotia-Glenville Children’s       p.m.: Medieval Knights Fight!
         99 Clinton St.               24, July 22, Aug. 26.                   June 30 – Science Fun with       Museum                                Demo by SCA
    •Book clubs                                                            Jeff Denney                            •July 31 at 10:30 a.m.: Beatrice
                                         •Toddler time                                                                                                  •Satur day, July 18, at 2
    Three book groups will meet                                               July 7 – Sun Prints and Solar    Green Recycle Queen with clown        p.m.: Family Yoga with Rachel
at the Central Library in June.          Stories, songs and finger
                                                                           Energy with naturalist George       Nancy Rosekrans                       Lumbra
    On June 9 at 2 p.m., “The         plays for children 24 to 35
                                                                           Steele                                 •Aug. 7 at 10:30 a.m.: Creative       •Monday, July 20, at 2:30 p.m.:
Monsters of Templeton” by             months accompanied by adult.
                                      Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m., July 8         July 14 – How This? Why          Crafts with The Tang Museum           Leaf Prints with George Steele
Lauren Groff will be discussed;                                            That? With stor yteller Mar y          •Aug. 14 at 10:30 a.m.: Story
                                      to Aug. 12.                                                                                                       •Tuesday, July 28, at 2:30
the 7 p.m. group will discuss                                              Murphy                              Fun for Families with Mrs.
                                         •Pre-school story hour                                                                                      p.m. and 3 p.m.: Stars in the
“The Air We Breathe” by Andrea                                                July 21 – Local Wildlife with    Gifford                               Planetarium (Note: There will
Barrett.                                 Drop-in independent
                                                                           Beth Bidwell                           Aug. 14 at 2 p.m.: Science in      be two showings due to space
    The non-fiction group will        participatory story time for 3- to
                                                                              July 28 – Be Creative with       the Summer – Drop-in hands-on         limits)
meet Thursday, June 11, at 2          5-year-olds. Tuesdays at 10:30
                                      a.m., July 7 to Aug. 11.             Music with Lisa Russo               science for families (grant funded       •Saturday, Aug. 1, at 10
p.m. to discuss “The Big Year: A                                                                               by MVLS)
                                                                              Aug. 4 – Be Creative with The                                          a.m.: Bicycle Safety – Get your
Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl            •Family storytime
                                                                           Tang Museum                            Aug. 21 at 10:30 a.m.:             equipment checked and join us
Obsession” by Mark Obmascik.             Drop-in story fun for families                                        Interesting Animals with Dean         for some games of fun
    •Writing group to start           with children ages 5 and under.                                          Davis
                                                                                      Scotia,                                                           •Monday, Aug. 3, at 10 a.m.:
    Community members                 Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.: July 30
                                                                                                                                                     Music for Pre-schoolers with
interested in forming a writing       and Aug. 27.                                14 Mohawk Ave.
                                                                                                                          Rotterdam                  Lisa Russo
group, which will begin at the           •Music Fun with Lisa Russo           •Family story time
Central Library this summer, are                                                                                  •Pre-school story times for           •Tuesday, Aug. 4, at 2:30 p.m.:
                                         Music fun for families with          For children birth to 5 years
asked to e-mail Karen Bradley                                                                                  ages 3 to 5 : Mondays, July 6 to      Beatrice Green Recycle Queen
                                      childr en age 5 and under.           old with caregiver. Fridays at
at or call                                                                                   Aug. 17 at 10 a.m.                    with clown Nancy Rosekrans
                                      Register beginning June 22.          10 a.m.
388-4533. Informational sessions      Monday, July 6 at 10:30 a.m.                                                Unders 3s (little ones with           •Tuesday, Aug. 11, at 2:30
will be held in July at dates to be                                                                            adult caregiver): Tuesdays, July      p.m.: Wii Fun
announced.                                                                         Rotterdam,                  7 to Aug. 18, at 10 a.m.                 •Tuesday, Aug. 18, at 2:30
                                                Niskayuna                   1100 North Westcott Road              •Drop-in Crafts: Mondays,          p.m.: Creative Crafts with The
                                         •Preschool story time                •Under 3s                        Aug. 3, 10, 17, from 2 to 3:30        Tang Museum
                                         Stories and fun for those 3 to       For those under the age of 3
          Glenville,                  5 years old. Wednesdays at 10:15     with caregiver. Thursdays at 10
      20 Glenridge Road               a.m., July 8 to Aug. 12.             a.m.: June 4.
   •Book club                            •Toddler time                        •Preschool story hours
   The book club will meet on            For those ages 24 to 36 months       For those ages 3 to 5. Mondays
Thursday, June 25, at 10:30 a.m.      and their adult caregivers.          at 10 a.m. or Tuesdays at 10               JOHN FRITZE JR, JEWELER
to discuss “Sarah’s Key” by           Wednesdays at 9:15 a.m., July 8      a.m.
Tatiana de Rosnay.                    to Aug. 12.                                                                            Delmar, NY
                                         •Baby lap time
        Niskayuna,                       For babies birth to 23 months     Special programs                             Continuously paying the highest
    2400 Nott Street East             and their adult car egiver.                       Scotia
   •Book club                         Wednesdays at 11:15 a.m., July           All programs are on Fridays.            prices for gold in the capital district.
   The book club will meet on         8 to Aug. 12                             •July 10 at 10:30 a.m.: Sun
Tuesday, June 16, at 7 p.m. to
discuss: “Team of Rivals: The
Political Genius of Abraham
Lincoln” by Doris Kear ns

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                                              Matters of Opinion Spotlight
                                                                                                                                                       in the

          No one cares anymore
       Last week, The Spotlight asked that Capital District
   residents get out and vote in the Tuesday, May 19, school
   budget and school board elections.
       About a fifth of you did.
       F. Scott Fitzgerald held the notion that human beings
   had an emotional reservoir of sorts — that we were only
   able to care so much and
   for so long about things

   before we reached a
   state of “emotional bank-
   ruptcy.” (He used the
   phrase as the title of one
   of the short stories in his
   Josephine Perry series done for The Saturday Evening
       In Fitzgerald’s case, the bankruptcy alluded to was
   almost always that of love — characters in many of his
   stories exhaust their emotional cache before meet-
   ing the par tner of their dreams. We at The Spotlight
   believe there is a similar drain occurring in real-life
   Americans, however. We feel there is a shor tage of              During World War I, the United States encouraged citizens to produce their own food to support the war effort.
   concern for the significant things that occur in our
   lives, or at least a grossly blurred distinction of what
   is significant or insignificant — “value bankruptcy,”
   if you will.
       In the Capital District, less than 20 percent of the
                                                                    Victory gardens get makeover
                                                                        By SUSAN PEZZOLLA                                                                 2001, and they, along with White
   electorate participated in the passing or failing of the
                                                                                                                          House staff, will help the first
   budgets proposed by one of the largest taxing enti-                                                                                                    family to tend the 1,100-square-
   ties in their lives. If the trend was followed nationally           The author is a horticulturist at                                                  foot garden. Organic seedlings
   — and a cursor y review of national stories leads us to          the Cornell Cooperative Extension,                                                    for 55 varieties of vegetables
   believe that it did — fewer votes were cast in school            Albany County.                                                                        and herbs were started in the
   board elections and budget votes on Tuesday than were               The “victory gardens” of the        20 million Americans planted a                 Executive Mansion greenhouses.
   cast in the “American Idol” finale the next night. Note           early and mid 20th century are         victor y garden accounting for                 The garden will have raised beds
   that we didn’t say the number of voters was greater for          about to get a makeover or at the      about a third of all the vegetables            fer tilized with White House
   “American Idol” — we understand that the fans can                very least, a re-purposing.            consumed in the countr y that                  compost, crab meal from the
   vote multiple times. Schools have a hard enough time                During the first and second          year. The million-dollar question              Chesapeake Bay, lime and green
   getting people to vote only once.                                world wars, Americans were             is how many Americans will plant               sand. Charlie Brandts, the White
                                                                    encouraged to be par t of the          a victory garden in 2009?                      House carpenter who is also a
       Does this mean that some quasi-reality-based singing         war effort by growing their own            In 2008, the numbers of                    beekeeper, will tend two hives
   competition is more important than the budgets and               food. Food rationing for dairy         soil samples submitted to the                  for White House honey. All the
   board members that guide our children’s schooling?               products, cof fee, meats and           Cornell Cooperative Extension,                 horticultural bases are covered.
   Or does it mean that, like Fitzgerald thought, we have           sugar made meal planning a             Albany County lab for testing                     Mrs. Obama said that she
   spent so much of our emotional and intellectual stock            challenge both from a nutritional      was way up, and 2009 seems                     wanted a garden to educate
   on the former that we are unable to make an investment           standpoint and a culinary one.         to be continuing the trend.                    children about healthful, locally
   in the latter?                                                   The war diverted people (labor)        People are submitting more                     grown food at a time when obesity
                                                                    and dollars, and so harvesting         samples for flower and vegetable                and diabetes have become a
       We’d like to hear from you on this. Contact us at news@
                                                                    crops and getting them to market       gardens than lawns, and that is                national concern. She herself or send mail to Spotlight Newspapers,          was greatly impacted.                  a big turnaround from the past.                has never had a garden and
   125 Adams St., Delmar 12054.                                                                                                                           so she is ver y excited about
                                                                       For these reasons the               The calls to the help line with
       We look forward to receiving letters from fewer than         government encouraged people to        vegetable gardening questions                  the experience for her and her
   20 percent of you.                                               plant victory gardens. Gardening       have increased, as have calls                  girls. The example that this first
                                                                    became a family af fair and a          about organic methods of                       family victor y garden sets for
                                                                    way to be part of the war effort       gardening. Looking at the                      the countr y is huge, but Mrs.
                                                                    – a way to serve. In 1943 nearly       gardening catalogs it is clear                 Obama is realistic about what
                                                                                                           that there is more market share                many families can accomplish,
                                                                                                           devoted to vegetables than ever                and she said she hopes that many
                                                                                                           before; suddenly vegetables                    will eliminate processed foods
                                                                                                           are “sexy” and taking over the                 and incorporate more fruits and
                                                                                                           centerfold from the perennials.                vegetables into their diets. That
                                                                                                                                                          change alone would be a great

                                                                                                           Who knew there were so many
                                                                       Publisher                           kinds of eggplant, and heirloom                step towards better nutrition and
                                                                  John A. McIntyre Jr.                     tomatoes, well, that is another                better health.
                                                                                                           chapter in the vegetable                          The victor y garden of 2009
                                                                                                           diaries.                                       may be motivated by different
                                                                                                               In March of this year, The New             factors than those of the last
                                                                                                           York Times ran an article on the               centur y; a desire to eat more
                                                                                                           victory garden that was breaking               locally, reduce a family’s carbon
Managing Editor — William R. DeVoe                   Advertising Representatives — Dave Hungerford,        ground at the White House. Fifth-              footprint, or to have more control
Copy Editor — Kristen Roberts                        Cyndi Robinson, John Salvione, Carol Sheldon,         graders from the Bancroft School               over how one’s food is grown.
                                                     Susan O’Donnell                                       in Washington, D.C., helped the                For some it may be a desire to
Editorial Paginator — Jackie Domin                                                                                                                        get back to nature or to be a
Editorial Staff — Jennifer Farnsworth, Jackie Sher   Business Manager — Jennifer Deforge                   First turn over the first shovels
                                                                                                                                                          part of nature, or perhaps it is
Sports Editor — Rob Jonas                            Circulation — Irene Altieri                           of soil for the first victory garden
                                                                                                                                                          a desire to eat better for less
                                                     Classifieds/Business Directory — Lynne Sims            since Eleanor Roosevelt’s time in
Art Director — David Abbott                                                                                                                               money. Whatever the motivation,
                                                     Legals/Reception — Irene Altieri                      the White House during World
Graphic Design — Martha Eriksen                                                                                                                           those of us who have gardened
                                                                                                           War II. The Bancroft School has
                                                                                                                                                          for many years welcome the
                                                                                                           had a vegetable garden since                   company.

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                                                                                                                                                               in the
Conservation center
slates open house
   The Association for the
Protection of the Adirondacks
will hold an open house Friday
and Saturday, May 29 and 30,at
                                        at 11 a.m. with a live auction of
                                        Adirondack style furniture and
                                        decorative items. Proceeds of the
                                        live auction benefit the programs
                                                                                Town employees made
its educational center at 897 St.
David’s Lane in Niskayuna.
   The public is welcome to tour
AFPA’s Center for the Forest
                                        and services of AFPA.
                                           Natural history hikes through
                                        the Reist Preserve are scheduled
                                        twice during the day. Following a
                                                                                bulk pick-up successful
Preser ve and to lear n about           reception from 5 to 6 p.m., there          Editor, The Spotlight:               mor nings to help r un the                 There are too many names
the organization’s programs             will be “A Conversation with               Early this year when                 program.                                to list here, but they need to
and ser vices to protect the            Teddy Roosevelt.” Garden tours          Glenville’s popular bulk trash             Both members of                      know that we could not have
Adirondack Park and NYS Forest          will be available throughout the        pick up program was axed                management and union                    run this program without them
Preserve in the Adirondack and          day led by the Garden Explorer          due to skyrocketing costs, we           members joined me for all               and I am eternally grateful to
Catskill Mountains, as well as the      Garden Club of Niskayuna.               were able to find a solution:           four Saturdays as volunteers            each one for going above and
association’s role in the history of       Call April VanHeusen at 377-         a much cheaper drop of f                and helped residents unload             beyond the call of duty.
conservation in New York State.         1452, ext. 4, to register for an        program replaced the original           their trash.                               Our employees work hard
   The open house begins                activity, additional information        home pick up ser vice.                     Many spent the mor ning              ever yday to make Glenville
Friday at 6 p.m. Storyteller Joe        and directions. Parking is limited.        The four-week program                doing the heavy lifting,                a great place to live and they
Doolittle opens the event with          Local Niskayuna visitors who can        ended Saturday, May 16, and             checking residents in, and              deser ve our thanks.
his “Stories from the Mountains         walk or carpool are encouraged          the town was able to ser vice           directing traf fic. It was hard            I am proud of their teamwork
and Valleys.”                           to do so because of a shortage of       over 1,200 residents who                work and a significant sacrifice        and I am especially proud to
   Saturday’s activities begin          on-site parking.                        brought their bulk trash items          of their personal time, but             say, “I live in Glenville.”
                                                                                to us for processing.                   they are the ones who tr uly                            Chris Koetzle
                                                                                   The ser vice was successful          made this work.                                    town councilman
                                                                                for one reason: the generosity             Because of their ef for t, we
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Nisky grad plans                                       students live and study in England,                   $15 for early registration and $20    chicken barbecue on Saturday,                     live band and a period church
                                                       with numerous opportunities to                        on day of run includes a race T-      June 6, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at                 service on Sunday at 10 a.m.
to study in England                                    travel in the United Kingdom                          Shirt. Free Parking is available in   the firehouse,112 Gordon Road,                        The market fair will feature
   Niskayuna High School                               and in Europe. Since 2005                             the lot north of the Holiday Inn.     Rotterdam.                                        a blend of sutlers (ar tisans
graduate Susan Wilson is one of                        nearly 100 students have taken                           Register online at www.               Adult tickets ar e $8.50,                      and craftspeople who followed
24 Cazenovia College students                          advantage of the program, and                or on the day of the     children 5 to 12 are $4:50, under                 militar y camps to sell their
selected to study at Canterbury                        several students have chosen                          race from 4:45 to 6:15 p.m.           5 are free.                                       wares).
Christ Church University                               post-graduate opportunities in
                                                                                                                                                      The public is invited . Tickets                   Admission is free. Hours are
(CCCU) in the United Kingdom                           the United Kingdom based upon
                                                                                                                                                   may be purchased at the door.                     Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.,
during the fall semester.                              their study-abroad experiences.                       Church to hold                           Take-out orders are                            and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
   Wilson is working toward                                This inter national study
a bachelor of fine arts degree,                         experience takes place during the                     strawberry fest                       available.                                           The Mabee Farm Historic
                                                       fall semester and is recommended                         Our Redeemer Lutheran                                                                Site is on Route 5S in Rotterdam
majoring in fashion design.                                                                                                                                                                          Junction.
                                                       for the junior year. The program                      Church, on the cor ner Glen
   Since the first gr oup of
                                                       is selective; students must have                      Avenue and Reynolds Street in         Mabee Farm plans
Cazenovia students traveled to
CCCU in 2005, new groups have                          achieved a cumulative grade                           Scotia, will hold its 22nd annual     re-enactment, market Book Corner plans
                                                       point average of 2.75 or higher at                    Strawberr y Fest on Saturday,           Mabee Farm will host a French
become fully integrated into
Canterbur y Christ Church’s
                                                       the end of the previous academic                      June 6, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.     and Indian War re-enactment and sale of fiction books
                                                       year, must be recommended by                             Fresh strawber ries and            market fair, Saturday and Sunday,                    The Whitney Book Corner,
curriculum and residence life
                                                       a faculty member and the dean                         whipped cream will be served          June 6 and 7.                                     600 Union St., Schenectady, will
programs ever y fall semester.
                                                       for student life, and complete an                     on biscuits or ice cream for a           More than 100 participants                     hold a sale of hardcover popular
Students are accompanied by a
                                                       application process before being                      suggested donation of $5. In                                                            fiction titles from June 6 to 20.
faculty advisor from Cazenovia                                                                                                                     in period dress will turn the site
                                                       accepted into the program.                            addition, the youth group will run
College, who is their mentor                                                                                                                       into a military encampment with                      The books will sell for $1 and
during the semester. This year’s                                                                             a snack bar where drinks and hot      Provincials, English, French                      will be replenished on a regular
adviser is Eric Boyer, who has                                                                               dogs will be sold.                    and Indians battling it out. The                  basis. The store is open seven
been a professor of English at                         5K race set                                              For information, call the          weekend will feature amphibious                   days a week: Monday, Tuesday,
Cazenovia since 1986.                                  for Vale Park                                         church at 393-5031 or go to www.
                                                                                                                                                   battles in period boats. The 2nd                  Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m.
   Cazenovia College President                            MVP Health Care will host the                                                            Continental Light Dragoons will                   to 4 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7
Mark J. Tier no, formed the                            Vale Park 5K Thursday, June 4,                                                              perform cavalry demonstrations.                   p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.;
par tnership with Canterbur y                          at 6:30 p.m.                                                                                   There will also be cannon                      and Sunday 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
during a series of planning                               The new course route will
                                                                                                             Fire company                          battles, camp fire cooking, speed                     The Whitney Book Corner
meetings in 2004 and early                             begin and end at the entrance                         to hold barbecue                      firing contest, historic house                    is operated by the Friends of
2005.                                                  of Vale Park on Nott Terrace in                          The Schonowe Volunteer             tours, “Punch & Judy Show,” an                    Schenectady County Public
   Through the relationship                            Schenectady across from the                           Fire Company, Rotterdam Fire          indenture servant sale, a barn                    Library and all proceeds benefit
with CCCU, Cazenovia College                           Holiday Inn. The entr y fee of                        district #7, will hold its annual     dance on Saturday night with a                    the library system.

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Dutchmen seek host families for baseball players
     Newly formed team                                                                                                 children on the fundamentals of            game, and they could serve as an
       is Albany’s first                                                                                                the game.                                  economic generator for the area.
                                                                                                                           “The kids will have free time          Some of those fans may be from
  in the New York College                                                                                                                                         out of town, he said, and will be
                                                                                                                       to play with them, to teach them
      Baseball League                                                                                                  how to play catch or throw a               eating at restaurants, patronizing
                                                                                                                       slider,” Polsinelli said.                  local establishments and “having
    By DAN SABBATINO                                                                                                                                              a cup of coffee” at a local shop.
                                                                                                                           He said one day these players                                                                                                                                      “It brings a mass of people,” he
                                                                                                                       could become professional
                                                                                                                       athletes, and the relationships            said.
    The Albany Dutchmen is
                                                                                                                       that are built with the host                   The Dutchmen are Albany’s
the area’s newest New York
                                                                                                                       family could benefi t them for              first team in the league, which
Collegiate Baseball League
                                                                                                                       years.                                     was founded in 1978.
baseball team, and it’s made up
of college talent from around the                                                                                          Denise Polsinelli and her                  Several players from
country, but without the work of                                                                                       husband, Fred Sr., have an added           t h e N e w Yo r k C o l l e g i a t e
its front office, and one particular                                                                                    stake in the team, as their son,           Baseball League have gone
family from Guilderland, its                                                                                           Nick, is one of the pitchers. Nick         pro, including pitchers
players might not have a place                                                                                         is the brother of general manager          T im Hudson of the Atlanta
to stay.                                                                                                               Fred Jr.                                   Braves and Brad Lidge of
    Fred Polsinelli Jr., the team’s                                                                                        His family said it was great           the Philadelphia Phillies, and
general manager, and his mother,                                                                                       to have a local presence on the            outfielder Hunter Pence of
Denise, who serves as the vice                                                                                         team, and they are happy to see            the Houston Astros.
president of community relations,                                                                                      him playing this summer in New                 Jason Brinkman, chief
have worked hard to find host                                                                                           York as opposed to last year,              operating officer and Guilderland
families to sponsor the traveling                                                                                      when he endured the harsh heat             native, said Bleecker Stadium,
players.                              Albany Athletics manager Joe Altieri, at podium, addresses a press conference    of the Great South League during           located off Central Avenue in
    There will be 28 college          about the new Mayor’s Trophy game between the Albany Twilight League and         the summer.                                Albany, is improved.
students from around the country      the Albany Dutchmen New York Collegiate Baseball League franchise last               Nick is a second-year                      “It’s not your dad’s Bleecker
staying at host family homes in       Thursday at Bleecker Stadium. The game takes place Wednesday, June 3,            student at College of Saint                Stadium,” Brinkman said.
the area, and the athletes are        one day before the Dutchmen’s first NYCBL game.                                   Rose and has been clocked                  “Bleecker Stadium has gotten
coming from Texas, Iowa, Illinois                                                               Rob Jonas/Spotlight    throwing a 93-mile-per-hour                a huge upgrade in the past four
and San Jose, Fred Polsinelli Jr.                                                                                      fastball and a “professional               years.”
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                                         “They go where they think              host a player, but those with          his family.                                $100,000 in improvements have
    He said the idea is to allow      they will get the most exposure,”         young athletes stand to gain the
players to become part of “the                                                                                             Fred Sr. said it is exciting to        been put in to shaping it up.
                                      he said.                                  most. One benefit of hosting
fabric of the community,” and            He noted there are scouts              a college player is that while         have the prospect of thousands                 The season starts on Monday,
have them become integrated           at ever y one of the 21 home              he is not playing or practicing,       of fans coming out to each home            June 1.
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■ Law                                                                   ■ Rhythm
                                      Tully said that under the
                                   SCRA, if a soldier is paying
                                   child support and earns less in
                   (From Page 1)   the military than in his or her                      (From Page 1)
                                   civilian job, the SCRA allows
   Another benefit is that if a     the service member to go in          According to Yakel, the festival
soldier is about to be deployed    and petition.                        is featuring artists from nine
or has been relocated and is          “It’s a double-edged sword,”      counties in New York. They
living in an apartment under a     said Tully. “The intent here is      include the Ramblin Jug Stom-
lease, he or she can break the     not necessarily to care for the      pers, Sweet Cider and Cavana-
lease without penalty.             child [in this case]. It’s to help   ugh & Kavanaugh, three Capital
   Tully said that his law firm     the service member so that           District groups with “long music
receives                                                                histories.”
many calls                                                                 Fairview Avenue, a newly
from land- “If a soldier has a right, they have the                     formed bluegrass band, as well
lords ask- right. The problem that the Army has                         as Three Quarter North, Hill
ing if they                                                             Hollow Band and Happy Balky
can      pre-
              wrestled with is making sure soldiers                     will also be performing. Local
vent their are educated on all the rights that they                     artists such as Tom Keller, Kev-
tenants in do have.”                                                    in Wayne and Roland Vinyard, as
the     mili-                     Retired Army Colonel Carl Pfeiffer    well as duo acts, including Larry
tar y from                                                              Meyerhoff & Bailey Quinn and
breaking                                                                Emerald Dawn, will be included
their leas-                                                             in the lineup.
es when they are deployed or when he goes to Afghanistan or                Yakel described the perform-
transferred.                      Iraq, he still has some money to      ers as “family-friendly artists     Members of the band Flood Road, from left to right, Chris Schultz (banjo
   “The answer is no,” said buy a newspaper.”                           worth hearing.” Other types         and guitar), J. Peter Yakel (guitar and vocals), Tom King (mandolin and
Tully. “They’re [service mem-        Carl Pfeiffer, of Tully Rinck-     of music that will be performed     harmonica) and Pete Murphy (bass) will perform at the Rhythm on the Ridge
bers] allowed to break a lease ey PLLC and a recently retired           include Appalachian mountain        music festival at Maple Ski Ridge in Rotterdam on Saturday, June 13.
at any time for deployment,” Army colonel who served for                style music, old-time country                                                              Submitted photo
even if they just signed a one- 25 years, said making soldiers          and country folk tunes.
year lease on an apartment two aware of their rights under the             There will be a mandolin and     Doyle.                                going up again, we’re tr ying to
weeks prior.                      SCRA is important.                    songwriter’s workshop during           Other vendors include Egg          keep it in that local scene.”
   In 2008, a new amendment          “If a soldier has a right, they    the day. Attendees are encour-      Mountain Farms and a tattoo              Tickets are $10 for adults
took effect allowing military have the right. The problem               aged to bring along their in-       artist from Pirate’s Den in Wa-       and children under 12 are free
personnel to terminate cell that the Army has wrestled with             struments.                          terford.                              with adult super vision. The
phone contracts for the same is making sure soldiers are edu-              In addition to crafts and           There will be jewelr y and         festival is also sponsoring the
reason.                           cated on all the rights that they     food, people can look for ward      lawn products and vendors             Regional Food Bank with a
   Tully said that the law also do have,” said Pfeiffer.                to photographs by local art-        such as Pampered Chef and             “Food Raiser.” Festival orga-
affects pending lawsuits. For        When Pfeiffer was deployed         ists and balloon sculptures for     Bathfitters.                           nizers are encouraging visitors
example, if a soldier who has in 2005 to Iraq, he and his wife          kids.                                  “It’s a great area for families    to bring along canned goods to
been deployed is being sued, continued paying rent on the                  Zorba’s Natural Foods will       to just come out and picnic for       donate at the entr y gate. Visi-
whether it is over a car accident home where they were liv-             be there selling various food       the day with live music. We’ll        tors making a donation will re-
or divorce, the lawsuit can be ing because his wife and fam-            items, as well as Lin’s Cookie      have the concession opened            ceive a $2 ticket discount.
held until the soldier’s return.  ily stayed there while he was         Creations.                          with hamburgers, hot dogs,               For more information, visit
   “That entire aspect of this away. However, he said that he              “She makes homemade              cotton candy,” said Doyle.            http://www.mapleskiridge.
Servicemembers’ Civil Relief always had a military clause in            cookies and pies and popcorns.      “People are looking for things        com.
Act is not common knowledge. his leases so that if he did have          They’re ver y yummy, too,” said     to do and with the gas prices
Certain provisions are, but the to break his lease early, he
exact details are not very well would be able to do so without
known, and that’s a shame,” any issues.
                                                                        ■ Swim
                                                                                                            rector of the Glenville YMCA,         agreements, including the Char-
said Tully.                          He said it’s important that                                            said the agreement gives mem-         vale Swim Club, located in Charl-
   He said people are losing out soldiers aren’t penalized for not                                          bers the opportunity to swim at       ton. He said although no details
on benefits that they don’t know knowing their rights.                                   (From Page 1)       an outdoor pool. She said both        have been worked out yet, he
about. The SCRA also prevents        For more information, Tully                                            facilities have a lot in common       thinks this pattern is a clear in-
evictions or the foreclosure of a recommends logging on to              summer membership to Glen           with activities and mission.          dication of how private entities
soldier’s home while he or she                        Hills at a 50 percent discount.        “We are very excited about the     and not-for-profits are looking
is deployed.                                                            On the flip side, Glen Hills mem-    new partnership with the Glen         more at working together to of-
   “They don’t have to worry                                            bers will have access to the        Hills pool. This is a great deal      fer affordable choices to families
about their family getting                   Click it up!               YMCA pool throughout the end        for families to vacation close to     on a budget.
thrown out on the street,” said Comment on this story and others        of the summer.                      home for the summer. With gas            The YMCA will be offering
Tully.                                at             Donna Pravel, executive di-      prices going up, the pool and the     water aerobic classes open to
                                                                                                            Y are great hometown vacation         members and the community,
                                                                                                            spots. On rainy days, families        as well as some swim lessons
                                                                                                            can utilize the indoor pool and       at Glen Hills. The outdoor pool
                                                                                                            gym at the Y,” said Pravel.           located on Bruce Drive will be
                                                                                                               Pravel said the Glen Hills         open from June 23 through La-
                                                                                                            pool is one of the original out-      bor Day Weekend. The YMCA
                                                                                                            door pools built in the 1950s, but    indoor pool is open year round,
                                                                                                            now that families have gotten so      and swimming lessons are avail-
                                                                                                            busy, it is a struggle for them to    able to nonmembers as well.
                                                                                                            operate as they have in the past.        “It’s a bit of an experiment,
                                                                                                               “We are hoping this relation-      but one that we think is a win-
                                                                                                            ship will be beneficial for all and    win situation,” said McFarland.
                                                                                                            look forward to a lasting friend-        For information, log on to the
                                                                                                            ship,” said Pravel.                   Glen Hills Web site at www.glen-
                                                                                                               McFarland said a few other and the YMCA Web
                                                                                                            area swim clubs have contacted        site at You can
                                                                                                            him looking to make similar           also call the YMCA at 399-8118.

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                 529 Day highlights                                                                                                                 Hard work spells success
                                                                                                                                                       FMS student represents                                                    daughter does at least a little bit                                      She has little extra time to
                 college savings plan                                                                                                                  district at national bee                                                  of studying for the spelling bee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ever y day, and she does extra
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 work with her parents on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       devote to math, her mother said,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       considering her regular studies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       and spelling practice, so she
                   Friday, May 29 – 5/29 – has                                                        when your child is younger,                       By DAN SABBATINO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 weekends.                                                             relies on her natural ability.
               been designated 529 Day in                                                             then more conser vative as          
               New York as a reminder to                                                              your child nears college age.                                                                                                 Luo said she and Luxi’s father                                        Luo said sometimes Luxi
               parents, grandparents, relatives                                                                                                         E-X-C-I-T-E-D. That’s the word                                           quiz their daughter on a number                                       puts in so much hard work, her
                                                                                                         Unlike other investment
               and friends of any future                                                                                                            Luxi Peng used to describe her                                               of different words, including ones                                    parents have to encourage her to
                                                                                                      plans, all the money in a
               college student that a 529                                                                                                           feelings about her upcoming                                                  from previous rounds, to help her                                     merely complete assignments,
                                                                                                      529 plan grows tax-free and,
               College Savings Plan is a safe,                                                                                                      trip to Washington, D.C., to                                                 practice.                                                             rather than perfect them.
                                                                                                      provided the money is used for
               efficient and economical way to                                                         acceptable college expenses                   participate in the Scripps National                                             Luo said her daughter has                                             “I think that’s her nature,” Luo
               prepare for the ever-increasing                                                        –- tuition, most room and                     Spelling Bee from Monday, May                                                wanted to make it to the national                                     added.
               expenses of college.                                                                   board, books – withdrawals                    25, to Friday, May 29.                                                       spelling bee since she was in the                                        Farnswor th Middle School
                    “Every parent, friend or                                                          can be made tax-free. If the                      Luxi, a seventh-grader at                                                fourth grade. Luxi said since she                                     Teacher Deb Escobar, who
               relative of a college-bound                                                            money is withdrawn and used                   Far nswor th Middle School,                                                  has been in the sixth grade she                                       has worked with Luxi as a
               student in New York state                                                              for noneducational expenses,                  took top prize at the Greater                                                has been studying spelling every                                      spelling coach, said she has an
               should be aware of the merits                                                          the earnings are taxed as                     Capital Region Spelling Bee held                                             day, sometimes for as much as                                         “outstanding work ethic.”
               of a 529 college savings plan. So                                                      ordinary income and usually                   Monday, March 16, at Proctors.                                               two hours, in addition to her                                            “She sets challenging but
               we created a day to highlight the                                                      incur a 10 percent federal                    She is the first Guilderland                                                 regular schoolwork.                                                   achievable goals. She chunks
               features of this unique saving                                                         penalty tax.                                  student to win that honor.                                                      “She’s ver y talented, but                                         work down into manageable
               vehicle,” said Alba Martinez,                                                             Many 529 plans, including                      Luxi said it is harder to study                                          she’s also a hard worker,” Luo                                        portions so that she can make
               principal at The Vanguard                                                              New York’s, feature a state                   for the national spelling bee                                                said. “She’s very excited about                                       a great deal of progress and
               Group, which manages all                                                               income tax deduction on                       because there is no particular set                                           this. She’s talented, has a good                                      doesn’t get overwhelmed. We
               the assets of New York’s 529                                                           contributions. In New York,                   of words that will be featured in                                            memory and understanding.”                                            have been meeting for a couple
               College Savings Program.                                                               for instance, account owners                  the competition, like there was                                                 Luxi is also on the math team,                                     of hours about once a week,”
                   Every 529 plan has been                                                            can deduct up to $5,000 a year                for the regional tournament.                                                 her mother said, and she is the                                       Escobar said.
               designed by its state as a                                                             ($10,000 for married couples                      “There are 467,000 words in                                              eighth-ranked math student in                                            Escobar said she made
               financial vehicle specifically to                                                        filing jointly) from their state               the dictionary, and it could be any                                          the Capital District. Her team is                                     flashcards with published lists
               save for college. In all cases,                                                        income tax return –- ever y                   one of them,” she said.                                                      in first place.                                                        of words. She said she includes
               the money put into 529s is                                                             year they have an account.                        At Proctors, there was a list
               invested. And in many cases,                                                              “Obviously, account owners                 of “only” 1,200 words that were
               the account owner can choose                                                           are most driven to open a 529                 in play, she said.
               from a range of investment                                                             account by their desire to                        She said for the national
               options, choosing the one                                                              assist their children with                    competition, it’s not a matter of
               that most closely fits their                                                                                                                                                                                         The City School District of Albany is seeking a dynamic leader with exceptional leadership and
                                                                                                      college expenses. But we’ve                   memorization, but of learning                                                   managerial skills, as well as demonstrated success in working with urban children and youth.
               investment strategy and risk                                                           obser ved that those states                   the rules.
               tolerance. At the very least,                                                          that of fer a tax deduction                                                                                                   Qualifications: SAS or SDA NYS certification / Urban experience / Minimum of five years teaching experience.
               every state has an age-based                                                                                                             “I’m tr ying to get a feel for                                                                   Salary Range: $103,188 - $126,542 commensurate with experience.
                                                                                                      have the most popular plans,”                 endings and prefixes,” she said.
               plan that is more aggressive                                                           Martinez said.                                                                                                                              An application will be forwarded upon receipt of your letter of interest and resume.
                                                                                                                                                        She said learning homophones                                                                                   Application closing date is June 19, 2009.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Please send cover letter and resume to:
                                                                                                                                                    is also important.                                                                                             Ms. Linda Jackson-Chalmers, Human Resources
                                                                                                                                                        “She is ver y busy with her                                                                        City School District of Albany, Academy Park, Albany, NY 12207
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Telephone: 475-6057           Fax: 475-6059            E-mail:
                                                                                                                                                    school work,” said her mother,
ESYO to stage final concert of season                                                                                                                Luo Qingxiu.
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   Empire State Youth Orchestra                                                                       concert will start with the Youth                 Luo said Luxi tries her best to
will hold its final concert of the                                                                     Percussion Ensemble playing                   fit studying for the spelling bee                                                           NURSERY QUALITY • DARK BROWN
season Sunday, May 31, at 4                                                                           two contemporary works. This                  into her busy schedule, and Luxi
p.m. at The Richard B. Fisher                                                                         ensemble is comprised of ESYO’s               often has a number of regular
Center for the Performing Arts
at Bard College in Annandale-
                                                                                                      top percussion musicians.
                                                                                                         General admission tickets
                                                                                                                                                    school assignments that keep
                                                                                                                                                    her occupied.                                                                  PEAT
on-Hudson.                                                                                            are $15 for adults and $10 for                    Luo said she has had to catch                                                  3 YARDS                                        4 YARDS                                       5 YARDS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         114                                       $
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       140                                      $
   Helen Cha-Pyo, ESYO’s                                                                              students and seniors. Call the                up a little with her homework,
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                                                                                                                                                    the spelling bee, but she has been                                                                         +TAX                                          +TAX                                         +TAX
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 By JACQUELINE M. DOMIN                                                                                                                                       slowed down.”                                                                                                                                        He never considered
                                                                                                                                                              leaving the Air Force, he
                                                                                                                                                              said. The way he looked
                hen Barry                                                                                                                                     at it, the Vietnam War
                Bridger was                                                                                                                                   wasn’t about him.
                a prisoner                                                                                                                                        “It was about liberty,”
                of war in the                                                                                                                                 he said, adding that the
infamous “Hanoi Hilton,” it                                                                                                                                   Vietnamese “would love
was common to find rats,                                                                                                                                       to be free.”
snakes and tarantulas in                                                                                                                                          He said he’s
his cell.                                                                                                                                                     immensely grateful for
    He and other Americans                                                                                                                                    the freedom we enjoy in
suffered heat rash from                                                                                                                                       this country and for the
the searing sun. When the                                                                                                                                     example of those who
temperatures dipped, they                                                                                                                                     fought for that freedom.
were denied blankets.                                                                                                                                         Their resilience was
    Bridger said that                                                                                                                                         never far from his mind
kind of abuse paled in                                                                                                                                        when he was in prison.
comparison to the torture                                                                                                                                         “It’s a desperate type
the soldiers endured from                                                                                                                                     of environment that can
their captors, who were                                                                                                                                       crush your mind and
“breaking bones, ripping                                                                                                                                      spirit,” he said. “We
                                     Retired Lt. Col. Barry Bridger give a talk                                                                               survived because of those
                                     about his experience as a prisoner of war in                                                                             who had gone before us.
    Bridger’s spirit, though,        Hanoi, Vietnam.
never was broken. In the                                                                                                                                      The men and women who
                                           Airman 1st Class Barry Loo/Submitted photo                                                                         built this country endured
face of such horror, he was
struck by the way soldiers                                                                                                                                    a tremendous amount of
looked out for one another.                                                                                                                                   tribulation.”
They would do anything to                                                                                                                                         Bridger believes “the
help a man in need, even if                                                                                                                                   right values will take care
it meant facing more time                                                                                                                                     of you” and hopes people
in the torture chamber. His                                                                                                                                   will put more emphasis
time in Hanoi left Bridger                                                                                                                                    on living lives of integrity
deeply impressed by the                                                                                                                                       than on getting rich or
strength of the human                                                                                                                                         climbing the ladder at
spirit, of what compassion                                                                                                                                    work. If they do that, he
and faith can do to sustain                                                                                                                                   predicted, they will live
a man.                                  Former prisoner of war shares the lessons he learned                         in Vietnam’s ‘Hanoi Hilton’              the kind of life he has
    These days, Bridger                                                                                                                                       enjoyed – one “filled with
travels the country spreading          probably killed.                            Bridger believes the initial       the Vietnamese’s best efforts to peace and joy.”
that message. On Tuesday, June            Inside the plane, Bridger             treatment could have been             cut off communication, and they      Bridger’s trip to Saratoga
2, he will be in Saratoga Springs knew he had to act quickly to                 worse if not for how he and his       refused to give up hope even     is sponsored by two local
at 7 p.m. at the Saratoga Hilton       stay alive. Closing his eyes, he         co-pilot carried themselves.          as their captors told them their businesswomen, Mary Becker
City Center, sharing the story of pulled the ejection lever.                       “I kept my head up,” he said,      country had turned on them and of First Command Financial
his captivity and the lessons he          The weather was bad – so              figuring that an air of confidence      forgotten them. They leaned on Services and Kimberly Harbour
learned Admission is free.             bad that he says it was a mistake was his best defense.                        their faith.                     of Weichert Realtors Northeast
    Bridger was a 26-year-old          to be in the air that day. But              Bridger had landed only 600           “I was amazed at how closely Group.
pilot in the Air Force when            weather reports weren’t as               feet from Hoa Lo Prison, where        we shared values,” Bridger said.     “We want to give back to
his plane was shot down                sophisticated as they are today.         he was quickly taken.                    When he was released from     the community, to the military
over North                                                                                             His time       prison, he was 33. Upon his      people,” Harbour said, noting
Vietnam in                                                                                         at the prison,     return to the United States, he  that a large military crowd is
1967. Moments                                                                                      which soldiers     quickly resumed his Air Force    expected.
earlier,                                                                                           sarcastically      career, working hard to make         Seating is limited, so Harbour
Bridger had                                                                                        dubbed             up for the years of training and encouraged people to call her at
seen a missile                                                                                     the “Hanoi         work he had missed.              727-2622 to reserve a seat. The
heading for                                                                                        Hilton,” can be       “I put my head down and       Hilton is at 534 Broadway in
his plane and                                                                                      split into two     took off,” he said. “I never     Saratoga Springs.
knew a second                                                                                      parts, he said.
one could be                                                                                       As the war
following, since                                                                                   wound down,
the Soviets                                                                                        a “live and let
often sent                                                                                         live” policy
one missile to                                                                                     pervaded
distract pilots,                                                                                   the prison.
then hit them                                                                                      Captors didn’t
with another.                                                                                      spend too
    So as                                                                                          much time
Bridger flew          Barry Bridger was a 26-year-old pilot in the Air Force when his plane bothering the
out of the way       was shot down over North Vietnam in 1967. Today, he travels the country prisoners, who
of the first          talking about his experience as a prisoner of war.                            gathered in
missile, he                                                                                        small groups
stayed alert for a second one.            When Bridger bailed on his            and talked.
    By the time he saw it, though, plane, he fell through several                  Before that, though, the

                                                                                                                                    … Seriously!
it was too late. He glimpsed the layers of clouds. When he                      soldiers were subject to
missile in his mirror just as it       landed, he couldn’t see.                 unspeakable abuse. Bridger
ripped through the back of the            I thought, “Great. I was shot         said it would take the better
plane.                                 down and now I’m blind,” he              part of a day to recount what
    There was a deafening              said.                                    exactly he and other prisoners

explosion. Chunks of the plane            It turned out that his helmet         – one of his cellmates was future
caught fire and fell off. The           had simply fallen over his head. presidential candidate John
control panel went haywire.            When he pushed it off, he saw            McCain – endured.
    “Every light in the airplane       chaos.                                      But the torture is not his
went off,” Bridger said.                  “They immediately started             lasting memory of Vietnam.
    Word would later reach             shooting at me as I came out of          Instead, he thinks back on how
Bridger’s hometown in North            the clouds,” he said.                    the soldiers pulled together.
Carolina that the missile had             None of the bullets hit               They would try to extend their
scored a direct hit. Bridger           him. But the angry mob of                time in the torture chamber to

would be listed as missing in          Vietnamese who surrounded                spare the next man. They found
action, with a note that he was        him did, beating him with shoes. ways to communicate despite

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                                              Springs, $12 caffe members, $15 general
                                                                                                                        Arts & Entertainment
                                                                                             through May 31; “Repetitive Nature,” in          Got Talent?” competition July 14-16. In-                COLONIE CENTENNIAL                             SIENA CHAMBER
            Theater                           public. Information, 583-0022.                 Concourse A gallery; “Air Craft,” photos
                                                                                             by Jeffrey Milstein; plus site-specific in-
                                                                                                                                              formation, 885-5604.                                       BRASS CHOIR                              ORCHESTRA AND CHOIR
                                               STEVE SCARLATTA AND ROB JONAS                                                                              SARATOGA ARTS                       Openings for brass players, rehearsals       Rehearsals Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. for or-
                                                                                             stallations by Larry Kagan and Cara Nigro,                                                       on first Thursday and third Tuesday of the    chestra, Wednesdays at 6 p.m. for choir,
                CAMILLE                       Two singer-songwriters, May 30, 7 p.m.,        as well as installations by Anthony Gar-         Seeking local artists and fine crafters to
                                                                                                                                                                                              month, at 7:15 p.m., town hall, Route 9,     Siena College, Route 9, Loudonville. In-
Presented by Classic Theater Guild, 440       Emack and Bolio’s, 366 Delaware Ave., Al-      ner, Baris Karayazgan, Paul Katz, Nancy          display their works at its downtown gallery
                                                                                                                                                                                              Newtonville. Information, 783-2760.          formation, 783-2325.
Upstairs at Proctors. 440 State St.,. Sche-   bany, free. Information, 512-5100.             Klepsch and Victoria Palermo. Informa-           shop. Information, Adrianna Flax 584-
nectady, through May 31, 8 p.m. Friday                                                       tion, 242-2243.                                  4132 or                         SUBURBAN SOUNDS                       THE ORCHESTRA ON THE COMMON
and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, adults $15,             THE DYER SWITCH BAND
                                                                                                                                                  SCHENECTADY CIVIC PLAYERS                           COMMUNITY CHORUS                     Openings in the string section, also need
students/seniors $12. Information, 346-       Bluegrass quintet, May 30, 8 p.m., Caffe             ALBANY CENTER GALLERY
                                                                                                                                                                                              Openings in mixed chorus, rehearsals         French horn, trombone, flute and bass
6204.                                         Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, $12      “Works on Paper: Gabe Brown, Ingrid              Holding open auditions for October pro-
                                                                                                                                                                                              Sundays at 7 p.m. at Lynnwood Reformed       drum players, rehearsals Friday at 9 a.m.,
                                              caffe members, $15 general public. Infor-      Ludt and Yvonne Welch,” through July             duction of Daphne du Maurier’s “Rebecca,”
             HIGH SOCIETY                                                                                                                                                                     Church, Route 146, Guilderland. Informa-     Shenendehowa Senior Center, Clifton
                                              mation, 583-0022.                              3, 39 Columbia St., Albany. Information,         roles for seven men and three women age
                                                                                                                                                                                              tion, 861-8000.                              Common, Clifton Park. Information, 372-
Old-time musical favorite, presented by                                                      462-4775.                                        20-79, June 2 and 4, 7:15 p.m., Schenect-
                                              CLIFTON PARK COMMUNITY CHORUS                                                                                                                                                                5146.
Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203,                                                                                                            ady Civic Playhouse, 12 South Church St.,               FRIENDSHIP SINGERS
Chatham, through June 7, Wednesdays           Performing “Broadway’s Nine Decades,”              NATIONAL MUSEUM OF DANCE                     Schenectady. Information, 877-6777.                                                                 ELECTRIC CITY CHORUS
                                                                                                                                                                                              Openings in women’s singing group, fo-
through Sundays, $26-$28. Information,        a look at some of the most memorable           Ballet Russes exhibit, “On Broadway,”
                                                                                                                                                    UPPER UNION STREET BID                    cusing on old favorites and show tunes,      Male singing group, training provided, re-
392-9292.                                     songs from Broadway musicals, May 31, 3        chronicling the progression of dance on                                                          rehearsals Tuesday mornings at Delmar        hearsals at Faith United Methodist Church,
                                              p.m., Gowana Middle School Auditorium,         Broadway, and ongoing exhibits, 99 South         Seeking artists for its annual Strawberry
           OVER THE TAVERN                                                                                                                                                                    Reformed Church, Delaware Avenue, Del-       Brandywine Avenue and Eastern Parkway,
                                              Shenendehowa Central School campus,            Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Information,         Fest & Art Show June 20. Information,
                                                                                                                                                                                              mar. Information, 439-2360.                  Schenectady, Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. Infor-
Tom Dudzick play, presented by Cur-           Clifton Park, free. Information, 371-6651.     584-2225.                                        Jane Rothfield 522-7445 or janeroth-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           mation, 399-1846.
tain Call Theatre, 210 Old Loudon Road,                                                                                                                                         A CAPPELLA
Latham, through May 30, $20. Informa-                                                          SARATOGA AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM                                                                                                                         RIVER VALLEY CHORUS
                                                                                                                                                                                              New, informal, coed a cappella group in
tion, 877-7529.                                             Poetry                           “The Syracuse Mile,” featuring two of the             MOP AND BUCKET COMPANY
                                                                                                                                                                                              Delmar, for adults and teens 16 and older.   Sweet Adelines group based in Niskayuna
                                                                                             central New York’s famous stock cars, plus       Holding auditions for a substitute accom-
           SHEAR MADNESS                                                                                                                                                                      Information, 439-0130.                       is looking for women to join group. Infor-
                                                           BILL WUNDER                       ongoing exhbits including "East of Detroit"      panist to provide music for its improvised
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           mation, 346-5349.
Wacky whodunit set in a hairstyling salon                                                    and New York racing, 110 Avenue of the           comedy shows. Information, contact Mi-
                                              The 2004 Poet Laureate of Bucks County,
and where the audience helps solve the                                                       Pines, Saratoga Springs. Information,            chael Burns at
                                              Pennsylvania, June 3, 7:30 p.m., Caffe
mystery, presented by Capital Repertory                                                      587-1935, ext. 20.                               or Kat Koppett at
                                              Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs $3.
Theatre, 111 North Pearl St., Albany, June
                                              Information, 583-0022.                                  BROOKSIDE MUSEUM                                 CAPITALAND CHORUS
5-28. Information, 445-7469.
                                                                                             “Greg Klein Art Exhibit,” featuring paintings    Openings for all voice parts for women
   TAMING THE WILD, WILD WEST                                                                of the Saratoga County countryside and fa-       who love to sing and perform, rehearsals
           IN A DRESS                                  Visual Arts                           miliar landmarks, through the end of June;       are at 7 p.m. Thursdays at New Covenant
Billy St. John western comedy, presented                                                     plus “A Few Lines to Let You Know: Letters       Presbyterian Church, corner of Orlanso
by the Footlighters, Jean DeLollo Theater,                ARTS CENTER                        of the Civil War,” through Sept. 4, 6 Charlton   and Western avenues, Albany. Informa-
Calvary United Methodist Church, 15                  OF THE CAPITAL REGION                   St., Ballston Spa. Information, 885-4000.        tion, 785-3567.
Ridge Place, Latham, June 5-6 and 12-13,      “Signs of Change: Social Movement Cul-
advance tickets adults $8, children under                                                           TANG TEACHING MUSEUM                              ALBANY CIVIC THEATER
                                              tures 1960-Now,” through June 5; “Explo-
12 $5; door prices adults $9, children un-    rations in Art,” through June 5; 265 River                 AND GALLERY                          Seeking original works for its July Play-
der 12 $6. Information, 339-8241.             St., Troy. Information, 273-0052.              “Oliver Herring: Me Us Them,” through            wrights Showcase, no film scripts, mono-
                                                                                             June 14; “Elevator Music 14: Lucky Drag-         logues, musicals or children’s plays. Mail
                                                    NEW YORK STATE MUSEUM                    ons,” through July 12; “Tim Rollinsand           a copy of the text to Albany Civic Theater,
              Music                           “Beneath the City: An Archeological Per-       K.O.S.: A History,” through Aug. 30; Skid-       P.O. Box 6172, Albany 12206.
                                              spective of Albany,” ongoing; plus per-        more College, 815 North Broadway, Sara-            TANGO FUSION DANCE COMPANY
          CRUMBS NITE OUT                     manent collections on the 9/11 recovery        toga Springs. Information, 580-8080.
                                              effort, New York state history and geogra-                                                      Auditioning professional dancers by ap-
Featuring local roots-rock band Railbird,                                                             CLARK ART INSTITUTE                     pointment at Arthur Murray Dance Studio,
                                              phy, Empire State Plaza, Madison Avenue.
May 28, 7 p.m., WAMC Performing Arts                                                         “Second Empire Paris: History and Mo-            75 Woodlawn Ave., Saratoga Springs. In-
                                              Information, 474-5877.
Studio, 339 Central Ave., Albany, free. In-                                                  dernity,” through June 21; 225 South St.,        formation, 306-4173.
formation, 465-5233, ext. 4.                       ALBANY INSTITUTE OF ART                   Williamstown, Mass. Information, (413)               ADIRONDACK PASTEL SOCIETY
      GEORGE MUSCATELLO DUO                   “Hudson Valley: Spanning the Banks,”           458-9545.
                                              photographs by Harry Wilks, through June                                                        Seeking artists working in soft pastels for
Troy-native jazz guitarist, May 28, 7 p.m.,                                                          THE HYDE COLLECTION                      regional juried exhibition that opens on
                                              7; “Hudson River Panorama: 400 Years of
Stockade Inn, 1 North Church St., Sche-                                                      “Old Master Prints from the Sparling             May 22 at Tom Myott Gallery, deadline for
                                              History, Art and Culture,” through Jan. 3,
nectady, free Information, 346-3400.                                                         Family Collection,” through June 21; 161         entries is April 1 . Also seeking new artists
                                              2010; plus “The Folk Spirit of Albany: Folk
          PAT DICESARE TRIO                   Art from the Colletcion of the Albany In-      North Warren St., Glens Falls. Information,      that work in pastels, meetings are the first
                                              stitute of History and Art” and exhibits on    792-1761.                                        Tuesday of every month at the Dave Fran-
Swing music, May 29, 7 p.m., Stockade                                                                                                         cis Gallery, the Shirt Factory, Glens Falls.
Inn, 1 North Church St., Schenectady, free    Hudson River School painting, American
                                                                                                         ARKELL MUSEUM                        Programs, artist demonstrations and exhi-
Information, 346-3400.                        sculpture and the history of Albany, 125
                                              Washington Ave. Information, 463-4478.         “Arkell’s Inspiration: the Marketing of          bitions are planned throughout the year.
              MARK ZANE                                                                      Beech-Nut and Art for the People,” ongo-         Information, 793-9309 or 793-9350.
                                                      SCHENECTADY MUSEUM                     ing; Canajoharie. Information, 673-2314.
Indie folk rock, May 29, 7 p.m., Emack and                                                                                                      DELMAR COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA
Bolio’s, 366 Delaware Ave., Albany, free.     Spirit of Schenectady, collection highlights
                                              and planetarium, Nott Terrace Heights. In-                                                      Openings in the string, horn and percus-
Information, 512-5100.
                                              formation, 382-7890.                                 Call for Artists                           sion sections. Information, 439-7749.
         JAMES LEE STANLEY                                                                                                                             COLONIE TOWN BAND
          & JOHN BATDORF                           ALBANY AIRPORT GALLERY                           SARATOGA COUNTY FAIR
                                              “A Remarkable Past: Object of Outlandish                                                        Several openings, rehearsals on Mondays
Veteran singer-songwriters, May 29, 8                                                        Seeking singers, dancers, comedians,             at 7:30 p.m. at town hall, Route 9, Newton-
p.m., Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga      Purpose and Astonishing Configuration,”         jugglers and more performers for “Who’s          ville. Information, 783-2760.

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                                                                    BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES    $90. Jim Haslam, 439-             foundation and wood frame Assorted toys for boys tod- tary Education teacher of-
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                                                                  374-4083                                                      ing. We clean stovetops, 2637.                            MATH TUTOR. MATH A,
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                                                                                                                                      LAND GROOMING          $975. Bill 347-328-0651
                                                                  insured and bonded. Em- Delmar- Multi-Family Sale,                                                                      Math Tutoring; 38 years
                                                                  ployees are background Hedgerose Lane (off Fisher             Residential Welcome. Light           PET SERVICES         exp. Grades 7 - 12. Refer-
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                                                                                              items, sporting goods,            ing. Brush mowing. Prompt ing. 765-3368                              WANTED
                                                                     COLLECTIBLES FOR SALE    books and toys.                   + Reliable. 518-424-6834       PORTFOLIO PREPARATION      BUYING: All Old Costume
                                                                  Various custom HO-scale       Dowerskill Village annual                                                                 and Better Jewelry. Call
                                                                                                                                          MASONRY            Sculpture, drawing, paint- 439-6129.
                                                                  model railroad locomotives    neighborhood garage sale.
                                                                  and rolling stock. All are    Saturday May 30th, 9AM-         Capitol Masonry: Best ing, fine arts, 3D modeling,
                                                                  priced to move. Please call   3PM. Just north of the          price, excellent workman- mold making and casting. Dr R. MALEBRANCHE (ret).
                                                                  Rich at 785-8751 & leave      Jerico Drive-In, off 9W in      ship, CONCRETE, PATIOS, Pratt Institute Graduate. WOULD THANK YOU FOR A
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   APARTMENT FOR RENT       Three Room Apt., Delmar,       LAND FOR SALE
                                                                                                                                       Real Estate Classifieds
                                                                                                                                                       LOTS & ACREAGE          ties June 10 @9:30AM.           front Was $399,900 Now           Pools, Efficiency/ motel
                            off-street parking.  In-                                                                                                                           The Lodge at Rock Hill, NY      $299,900 Distressed de-          units, refrigerator, elevator.
DELMAR- Spacious 2BD, LR, cludes H/HW. Suitable for LAND BARGAINS-FREE LIST                                                                       UPSTATE NY FINGER LAKES 800-243-0061 AAR & HAR.              veloper slashed price for        Color Brochure/ specials
DR, basement, w/d hookup, one. No Pets. $725. 439- 9- 100 Acre parcels in Al-                                                                     LAND BARGAIN! 20 ACRES- Free brouchure: www.NY-              quick sale. Owner arranged       609-522-4075        DEPT.104
a/c, no smoking/no pets. 8966                        bany, Fulton, Montgomery,                                                                    $29,900 Nice woods, min-                        financing. Won’t last, call
$895+ 475-1863.                                      Herkimer and Schoharie                                                                       utes to lake! Town road,                                     today! 1-804-687-6217
                                  HOUSE FOR SALE     Counties, New York. Ide-                                                                     elect, subdividable, clear      REAL ESTATE FOR SALE                                   OCEAN CITY, MARYLAND.
Delmar: 1st flr, 1 BR plus                                                                                                                                                                                      Bethany Beach, Delaware.  Best selection of affordable
study, storage, no pets, Delmar- 4 bedrooms, 2.5 al homesites- Beautiful                                                                          title, owner terms! Call Mobile Home For Sale- 2
                                                                                                                                                                                                               3BR Condo, Private Beach, rentals. Full/ partial weeks.
lease, util. incl $790 439- baths, hardwood floors, views- Great Investment.                                                                       866-979-6286 NOW! Won’t Locations, Castleton and
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Pools, Tennis, Family Ori-Call for FREE brochure.
9958                        large yard, established 518-861-6541 www.helder-                                                                      last                         Selkirk.    $3,900 OBO.         ented, Free Brochure, 518-Open daily. Holiday Real
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One Bedroom, New Kitchen,
                            schools. Immaculate. By NYS Exclusive Land Sale                                                                       FARM LIQUIDATION! 20 413-218-1299                                     Online reservations: www.
New Bath, Completely Ren-
                            appt. $365,000. 518-766- FREE LIST Steuben County                                                                     acres- $54,900 Meadows,
ovated. Private Parking.
                            4325                     5AC- WAS: $16,900 NOW:                                                                       woods, 1,000 ft on ten acre
                                                                                                                                                                                    VACATION RENTALS           CAPE COD, BAYSIDE, East
Four Corners. 439-6644 or                                                                                                                                                                                      Dennis. 3BR, 2BA, LR, DR,   WANTED: HOUSE TO RENT
                            FORECLOSED HOME AUC- $8,900        NY/PA    Border                                                                    lake! Twn rd, elect, survey, Adirondacks: Indian Lake-
368-1785                                                                                                                                                                                                       Sunroom, Fully equipped,
                            TION NY STATEWIDE 600+ 5AC- WAS: $19,900 NOW:                                                                         EZ terms! Hurry! 866-979- Lakefront Cottages 2BR,
Selkirk: One Bedroom with                                                                                                                                                      Fully Equipped Kitchens.        Deck. Available Weekly Responsible, professional
                            Homes Must Be Sold! $14,900 Chenango County                                                                           8544
                                                                                                                                                                                                               for summer months. 439- family looking for year
Den.       Quiet dead-end                                                                                                                                                      Private Beach, Dock. $650/
                            REDC/ Free Brochure www. 5AC- WAS: $25,900 NOW:                                                                               REAL ESTATE                                          8593.                     lease on nice 3+ bedroom
street. Off-street parking.                          $15,900 Call Christmas &                                                                                                  wk 518-489-6242
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    home served by Slinger-
Washer/dryer. Non-smok-                              Associates 800-229-7843                                                                      SULLIVAN COUNTY REAL BAY AREA VIRGINIA 29.50                 North Wildwood, NJ FLO- lands Elementary. 617-851-
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LEGAL NOTICE                     LEGAL NOTICE                     LEGAL NOTICE                    LEGAL NOTICE                       LEGAL NOTICE                     LEGAL NOTICE                     LEGAL NOTICE
      LEGAL NOTICE             NY 12866 518-587-9600                   LEGAL NOTICE                     LEGAL NOTICE                 shall mail a copy of process          LEGAL NOTICE                ited liability company upon
                               LJ-20923                                                                                              to: The LLC, 2504 Peters                                          whom process against it may
Notice of Formation of Kayell- (May 28, 2009)                     NOTICE OF FORMATION             Please take notice of the for-     Lane, Niskayuna, NY 12309.       Notice of Formation of a         be served. The post office
Rae, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed                                      OF LIMITED LIABILITY            mation of Sunnyside Media,         Purpose: to engage in any        Limited Liability Company:       address within or without
with Secy. of State of NY                                         COMPANY. NAME: DAY-             LLC, a limited liability compa-    lawful act.                      Name: RAY TECH HEALTH            the State of New York to
(SSNY) on 3/23/09. Office               LEGAL NOTICE               MARCON LLC. Articles of         ny, established to engage in       LJ-21018                         LLC, Articles of Organization    which the Secretary of the
location: Schenectady Co.                                         Organization were filed with     any lawful purpose. Sunny-         (May 28, 2009)                   filed with the Secretary of       State shall mail a copy of
SSNY designated as agent SMJ Gateway, LLC The                     the Secretary of State of New   side Media, LLC, is located                                         State of New York (SSNY)         any process against the lim-
of LLC upon whom process name of the limited liability            York (SSNY) on 12/19/08,        in Schenectady County and                                           under NY Sec 206 on April        ited liability company served
against it may be served. company is “SMJ Gateway,                with an existence date of       maintains a postal address              LEGAL NOTICE                03,2009; Office location:        upon him is: KB Engineering
SSNY shall mail process to: LLC.” The date the Articles           01/01/2009. Office loca-        of 123 Saratoga Road #148,                                          Schenectady County. SSNY         & Consulting, PLLC c/o Kurt
The LLC, c/o Kevin Laurenty, of Organization were filed           tion: Schenectady County.       Glenville, NY 12302. The           Notice of formation of Green     has been designated as           Bedore, PE, 89 Kingsbury
501 Mohawk Ave., Scotia, NY with the Secretary of State           SSNY has been designated        Articles of Organization were      Castle Properties, LLC. Ar-      agent of the LLC upon whom       Rd. Burnt Hills, NY 12027.
12302. Purpose: any lawful of the State of New York was           as agent of the LLC upon        filed with the Secretary of         ticles of Org. filed with N.Y.    process against it may be        The purpose of the busi-
activities.                    April 8, 2009. The County          whom process against it         State on March 6, 2009 The         Sec. of State (SSNY) on          served. SSNY shall mail a        ness of the professional
LJ-20912                       within the State in which the      may be served. SSNY shall       Secretary of State is desig-       1/16/09 Office in Schenect-       copy of process to: C/O RAY      limited liability company is
(May 28, 2009)                 office of the limited liability     mail a copy of process to the   nated as agent for service         ady County. National Reg-        TECH HEALTH LLC, 1572            for any lawful business pur-
                               company is to be located is        LLC, c/o Patrick Treffiletti,   of process upon Sunnyside          istered Agents, Inc. is Agent    Dean Street, Niskayuna, NY       pose including engineering.
                               Schenectady County. The            1059 Lamplighter Road, Ni-      Media, LLC.                        of LLC upon whom process         12309. Purpose: Any Lawful       Counsel for the Company:
       LEGAL NOTICE            Secretary of the State of          skayuna, New York 12309.        LJ-20993                           may be served. NRA shall         Purpose. Latest date opon        The Dalton Law Firm, LLC
                               New York has been desig-           Purpose: For any lawful         (May 28, 2009)                     mail process to LLC. 1014        which LLC is to dissolve: No     110 Spring Street Suite 101
Notice of Qualification of HPC nated as agent of the limited       purpose.                                                           Union Street. Schenectady,       specific date.                    Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Construction Services, LLC. liability company upon whom           LJ-20940                                                           NY 12308. Purpose any            LJ-21046                         518-587-9600
Authority filed with Secy. of process against it may be            (May 28, 2009)                        LEGAL NOTICE                 lawful activity.                 (May 28, 2009)                   LJ-21095
State of N.Y. (SSNY) on April served. The post office ad-                                                                             LJ-21019
6, 2009. LLC formed in Con- dress within or without the                                           Please take notice that the                                                                          (May 28, 2009)
                                                                                                                                     (May 28, 2009)
necticut on March 24, 2009. State of New York to which                 LEGAL NOTICE               limited liability company                                                LEGAL NOTICE
Office location: Schenectady the Secretary of the State                                            known as D & B WILDLIFE
County. Street address: 3 Co- shall mail a copy of any            Notice of Qualification of      CONTROL SOLUTIONS,                                                  NOTICE OF FORMATION                   LEGAL NOTICE
                                                                                                                                          LEGAL NOTICE
lin Dr., Glenville, NY 12302. process against the limited li-     WORLD LOGISTICS SER-            LLC has been formed and                                             OF A DOMESTIC LIMIT-             NOTICE OF FORMATION
SSNY designated as agent ability company served upon              VICES CORPORATION,              that its Articles of organiza-     NOTICE OF FORMATION              ED LIABILITY COMPANY             OF LIMITED LIABILITY
of LLC upon whom process him is: SMJ Gateway, LLC,                LLC. Authority filed with       tion were filed with the New        OF LIMITED LIABILITY             (LLC).                           COMPANY. NAME: LIVING
against it may be served. 205 Swaggertown Rd, Glen-               Secy. of State of NY (SSNY)     York State Secretary of State      COMPANY (LLC) The name           Name: TRIANGLE CON-              STONE BUILDERS, LLC.
SSNY shall mail process to: ville, New York 12302. The            on 04/02/09. Office location:    on April 20, 2009. The of-         of the LLC is Wade Tech          STRUCTION NORTHEAST,             Articles of Organization were
c/o LLC, 53 Lake Ave. EXT, purpose of the business of             Schenectady County. LLC         fice of the limited liability      Solutions LLC. The Articles      LLC. Articles of Organization    filed with the Secretary of
Danbury, CT 06811. Office the limited liability company            formed in Delaware (DE)         company is to be located in        of Organization of the LLC       filed with NY Secretary of        State of New York (SSNY)
address of LLC in jurisdiction is for real estate holdings and    on 08/18/08. Principal of-      Schenectady County and the         were filed with the Secretary     State, May 7, 2009. Purpose:     on 03/06/07. Office loca-
of organization: 53 Lake Ave., any other lawful business          fice of LLC: 1737 Union St.,     New York State Secretary of        of State on Feb. 2, 2009.        to engage in any lawful act or   tion: Schenectady County.
EXT, Danbury, CT 06811. purpose. Counsel for the                  Ste. 472, Schenectady, NY       State shall mail a copy of         The purpose of the LLC is        activity. Office: in Sche-       SSNY has been designated
Arts. of Org. filed with Su- Company: The Dalton Law               12309. LLC agrees to use fic-    any process against it served      to engage in any lawful act      nectady County. Secretary        as agent of the LLC upon
san Bysiewicz, Secretary of Firm, LLC 110 Spring Street           titious name of WLSC, LLC       upon him or her is 2090 Wolf       or activity. The office of the    of State is agent for process    whom process against it
State, State of Connecticut, Suite 101 Saratoga Springs,          while conducting business       Hollow Road, Scotia, New           LLC is to be located in Sche-    against LLC and shall mail       may be served. SSNY shall
30 Trinity St., Hartford, CT NY 12866 518-587-9600                in NY. SSNY designated as       York 12302. The purpose            nectady County. The Secre-       copy to 441 Saratoga Road,       mail a copy of process to
06106. Purpose: any busi- LJ-20924                                agent of LLC upon whom          of the busines is to engage        tary of State is designated as   Glenville, NY 12302.             the LLC, 6308 Scotch Ridge
ness permitted under law.      (May 28, 2009)                     process against it may be       in any business or any other       the agent of the LLC upon        LD-21074                         Road, Duanesburg, New
LJ-20914                                                          served. SSNY shall mail         lawful purpose, act or activity    whom process against the         (May 28, 2009)                   York 12056. Purpose: For
(May 28, 2009)                                                    process to the LLC, 129         for which limited liability com-   LLC may be served. The                                            any lawful purpose.
                                       LEGAL NOTICE               Killarney Dr., Niskayuna, NY    panies may be organized.           Secretary of State of New                                         LJ-21129
                                                                  12309-1460. DE address of       The limited liability company      York shall mail a copy of any         LEGAL NOTICE
                                                                  LLC: c/o Corporation Service                                                                                                         (May 28, 2009)
      LEGAL NOTICE               Name: WESTNEY’S WEST-                                            shall continue indefinately        Process against the LLC to
                                 VIEW FARM, LLC. Articles of      Co., 2711 Centerville Rd.,      until disolution by mutual         Eric Wade, 1710 Rugby Rd,        LANI RESIDENTIAL PROP-
Gateway Restaurant, LLC          Organization filed with Sec-      Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE        agreement of all members.          Schenectady, NY 12309            ERTIES, LLC NOTICE OF
The name of the limited li-                                       19808. Arts. of Org. filed                                                                          FORMATION OF LLC LANI                 LEGAL NOTICE
                                 retary of State of New York                                      LJ-20994                           LJ-21029
ability company is “Gateway      (SSNY) on 3/17/09. County        with DE Secy. of State, Div.    (May 28, 2009)                     (May 28, 2009)                   RESIDENTIAL PROPER-              K & G RENTALS, LLC Ar-
Restaurant, LLC.” The date       location: Schenectady. Prin-     of Corps., John G. Townsend                                                                         TIES, LLC Art. Of Org. Filed     ticles of Org. filed NY Sec.
the Articles of Organization     cipal business location is       Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4,                                                                     with NYS Dept. of State 2-2-     of State (SSNY) 5/8/09.
were filed with the Secretary     2210 Troy Rd., Niskayuna,        Dover, DE 19901. Purpose:            LEGAL NOTICE                       LEGAL NOTICE                09. Office location: Sche-        Office in Schenectady Co.
of State of the State of New     NY 12309. SSNY designated        Any lawful activity.                                                                                nectady Co. SSNY is desig-       SSNY desig. agent of LLC
York was April 6, 2009. The      as agent of LLC upon whom        LJ-20972                        NOTICE OF FORMATION                Notice of Qualification of SI-    nated as agent upon whom         upon whom process may
County within the State in       process against it may be        (May 28, 2009)                  OF                                 LAR, LLC. Authority filed with    process against LLC may          be served. SSNY shall mail
which the office of the lim-      served. SSNY shall mail                                          LIMITED LIABILITY COM-             Secy. of State of NY (SSNY)      be served. SSNY shall mail       copy of process to 2304
ited liability company is to     copy of process to 2210 Troy                                     PANY Name: Happy Baker,            on 04/30/09. Office location:     copy of process to: The LLC,     1st. Ave., Schenectady, NY
be located is Schenectady        Rd., Niskayuna, NY 12309.               LEGAL NOTICE             LLC (LLC). Articles of Or-         Schenectady County. LLC          1309 Coplon Avenue, Sche-        12303, which is also the
County. The Secretary of         Purpose: to engage in any                                        ganization filed with NY           formed in Delaware (DE) on       nectady, New York 12309.         principal business location.
the State of New York has        and all business for which       Notice of Qualification of Dept. of State on 4/21/09.              11/12/08. Principal office of     Any lawful purpose.
                                                                  ELITE TELNET, LLC. Author- Office location: Schenectady                                                                               Purpose: Any lawful pur-
been designated as agent of      LLCs may be formed under                                                                            LLC: 327 Hillsborough St.,       LJ-21077                         pose.
the limited liability company    the New York LLC Law.            ity filed with Secy. of State County. NY Secretary of               Raleigh, NC 27603. LLC           (May 28, 2009)
                                                                  of NY (SSNY) on 4/15/09. State (SOS) is designated                                                                                   LJ-21141
upon whom process against        LJ-20926                                                                                            agrees to use fictitious name                                      (May 28, 2009)
it may be served. The post                                        Office location: Schenectady as agent of LLC for service            of SILAR LABORATORIES,
                                 (May 28, 2009)                   County. LLC formed in Il- of process. SOS shall mail
office address within or with-                                                                                                        LLC while conducting busi-            LEGAL NOTICE
out the State of New York to                                      linois (IL) on 4/10/06. SSNY copy of process to 991 Hill-          ness in NY. SSNY desig-
                                                                  designated as agent of LLC side Ave., Niskayuna, NY                                                 KB Engineering & Consult-             LEGAL NOTICE
which the Secretary of the            LEGAL NOTICE                                                                                   nated as agent of LLC upon
State shall mail a copy of any                                    upon whom process against 12309. Purpose: Any lawful               whom process against it may      ing, PLLC The name of the         Notice of Formation of In-
process against the limited      BROWN SPECIALTY PARTS,           it may be served. SSNY shall act or activity.                      be served. SSNY shall mail       professional limited liability   notech International, LLC.
liability company served upon    LLC Articles of Org. filed NY     mail process to: Richard G. LJ-20998                               process to c/o Corporation       company is “KB Engineer-         Arts. of Org. filed with NY
him is: Gateway Restaurant,      Sec. of State (SSNY) 4/9/09.     Della Ratta, 147 Barrett St., (May 28, 2009)                       Service Co., 80 State St.,       ing & Consulting, PLLC.”         Dept. of State on 5/1/09.
LLC, 205 Swaggertown Rd,         Office in Schenectady Co.         Schenectady, NY 12305. IL                                          Albany, NY 12207-2543.           The date the Ar ticles of        Office location: Schenectady
Glenville, New York 12302.       SSNY desig. agent of LLC         address of LLC: c/o Gary P.                                        DE address of LLC: 2711          Organization were filed with      County. Sec. of State des-
The purpose of the busi-         upon whom process may            Hollander, 30 North LaSalle          LEGAL NOTICE                  Centerville Rd., Ste. 400,       the Secretary of State of        ignated agent of LLC upon
ness of the limited liability    be served. SSNY shall mail       St., Ste. 3900, Chicago, IL                                        Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts.      the State of New York was        whom process against it
company is for full service      copy of process to 15 Joyous     60602. Arts. of Org. filed with NOTICE OF FORMATION                 of Org. filed with DE Secy.       May 7, 2009. The County          may be served and shall mail
restaurant operations and        Ln., Scotia, NY 12302, which     IL Secy. of State, 501 South OF JAKEN GROUP LLC,                   of State, 401 Federal St.,       within the State in which the    process to the principal busi-
any other lawful business        is also the principal business   2nd St., Rm. 328, Spring- Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY             Dover, DE 19901. Purpose:        office of the limited liability   ness address: 1063 Merlin
purpose. Counsel for the         location. Purpose: Any lawful    field, IL 62756. Purpose: any on 04/21/09. Off. Loc.: Sche-         Any lawful activity.             company is to be located is      Dr., Niskayuna, NY 12309.
Company: The Dalton Law          purpose.                         lawful act or activity.         nectady County, SSNY des-          LJ-21040                         Schenectady County. The          Purpose: any lawful activity.
Firm, LLC 110 Spring Street      LJ-20927                         LJ-20973                        ignated as agent of LLC            (May 28, 2009)                   Secretary of the State of New    LJ-21142
Suite 101 Saratoga Springs,      (May 28, 2009)                   (May 28, 2009)                  upon whom process against                                           York has been designated as      (May 28, 2009)
                                                                                                  it may be served. SSNY                                              agent of the professional lim-
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                                                                                                           Sports Spotlight
                                                                                                                                                          in the

                                                                            GymRat is a showcase
                                                                             AAU players invade                      “The waiting list is usually          to the level of talent that we have
                                                                                                                  between 70 and 100 teams,” said          around here,” said City Rocks
                                                                               Capital District                   Kmack. “This year’s waiting list         15U coach Michael Beadnell.
                                                                                                                  was at 83 teams.”
                                                                              hoping to impress                      What determines which teams
                                                                                                                                                              The primary reason so many
                                                                                                                                                           teams want to get into the GymRat
                                                                                                                  get in and which teams don’t is          Challenge is because it’s one of
                                                                                   By ROB JONAS                   simply how quickly coaches fill           the earliest chances high school-
                                                                                out their registration forms.            age players have to impress
                                                                           What does it take to run one              “We don’t reser ve space for          college scouts. Kmack said more
                                                                       of the largest AAU basketball              anybody,” said Kmack. “There’s           than 120 college coaches and
                                                                       tour naments in the United                 too much demand for that.”               scouting publications were in
                                                                       States?                                       Ballston Blizzards coach David        attendance for the tournament,
                                                                           Ask GymRat Challenge                   DeNofio didn’t waste any time            which helped launch the careers
                                                                       tournament director John Kmack             registering his team for this            of such NBA players as Emeka
                                                                       – that is, if you can get him to sit       year’s tournament, especially            Okafor, Joakim Noah and Michael
                                                                       still for more than five minutes.           after getting shut out of last year’s    Beasley.
                                                                           “We have a great staff, and            event.                                      “It’s college scouts – that’s the
                                                                       most of my senior staff has been              “We were the first team to            entire reasoning to get into (the
                                                                       with me since the beginning,”              register,” said DeNofio. “We were         tournament),” said DeNofio, who
                                                                       said Kmack. “They understand               desperate because we didn’t want         has several players from Ballston
                                                                       the importance of every detail, no         to be on a waiting list. So, we          Spa and South Glens Falls on his
                                                                       matter how big or small.”                  registered in January.”                  squad – schools that, on their
                                                                           Kmack needs a staff that he can           The Blizzar ds wer e one              own, would not see many college
                                                                       rely on. The GymRat Challenge              of approximately 20 Capital              coaches at their regular season
                                                                       takes over every basketball court          District teams that played in the        games. “To get these kids in
                                                                       Siena College, Union College               tournament. The Albany City              front of scouts at this time is very
                                                                       and the University at Albany               Rocks, Capital District Raptors          important.”
                                                                       can of fer as 212 AAU teams                and the Schenectady AAU club                But as much as the tournament
                                                                       from around the Northeast and              each had multiple representatives        can help a player advance his
                                                                       parts of Canada converge on the            scattered throughout the three           basketball career, it can also
                                                                       Capital District for the two-day           age groups (17-and-under, 16-and-        show a player how difficult the
                                                                       tournament on Memorial Day                 under and 15-and-under).                 competition can be since so
                                                                       weekend. And those 212 teams                  “This area has some great             many other players are vying for
New Heights player Mark York soars through traffic on his way to the represent only a percentage of                talent, and things like the City         scholarships.
basket during a game against Metro Boston at last weekend’s GymRat the teams interested in playing                Rocks and events like the GymRat
Challenge AAU tournament at Siena College.         Rob Jonas/Spotlight in the event.                              really help open up people’s eyes                 ■ GymRat Page 19

                                                                                                                   Nisky ports                                  From the

                                                                                                                          S Desk
                                                                                                                                                                Rob Jonas

                                                                                                                   finals Support local
                                                                                                                    The Niskayuna girls lacrosse
                                                                                                                 team aimed for its third consecu-
                                                                                                                 tive Section II, Class B title
                                                                                                                 Wednesday when it played Averill
                                                                                                                 Park at the University at Albany.            A few thoughts I need to get
                                                                                                                    The Silver Warriors (8-8) ad-          onto paper this week:
                                                                                                                 vanced to the finals with a 15-4              • I want you to go out and
                                                                                                                 semifinal victor y over Bur nt            suppor t our area New York
                                                                                                                 Hills-Ballston Lake last Thursday         Collegiate Baseball League teams
                                                                                                                 in Niskayuna.                             this summer.
                                                                                                                    The game was closer than the              There are now four teams
                                                                                                                 score appeared. The Spartans              within driving distance of most
                                                                                                                 were within striking distance             Capital District residents – the
                                                                                                                 midway through the second                 Amsterdam Mohawks, the Glens
                                                                                                                 half before the Silver Warriors           Falls Golden Eagles, the Saratoga
                                                                                                                 scored the final seven goals of            Phillies and the new Albany
                                                                                                                 the game.                                 Dutchmen. Ticket prices are
                                                                                                                    Emily Ryan and Kayla Treanor           all $5 or less (the Phillies take
                                                                                                                 each scored four goals, and goal-         donations instead of admission),
                                                                                                                 tender Katie Tiscione stopped             and you’re likely to see some
                                                                                                                 13 shots for Niskayuna. Caleigh           Section II alumni on the field (the
                                                                                                                 O’Brien contributed two goals.            Phillies alone have five former
                                                                                                                    Sarah Glowa tallied twice for          Section II standouts).
                                                                                                                 BH-BL, which finished the season              Mor e impor tantly, these
                                                                                                                 with a 7-11 record.                       teams are made up of loads
                                                                                                                    Averill Park reached the Sec-          of collegiate players who are
                                                                                                                 tional finals with a 16-5 victory over     spending two months far from
                                                                                                                 Scotia-Glenville last Thursday.           home with only part-time jobs or
                                                                                                                 The Warriors (11-6) jumped out            internships to help supplement
                                                                                                                 to an 8-1 halftime lead and never         their stay (players can’t be paid for
                                                                                                                 looked back.                              participating in the league, due to
                                                                                                                                                           NCAA regulations). Fortunately,
                                                                                                                    Sara Cowan scored five goals,           they are housed by area families
                                                                                                                 and Morgan Will added four goals          who are kind enough to open their
                                                                                                                 for Averill Park, which lost to           homes to them. And they play like
                                                                                                                 Niskayuna in last year’s Sectional        their lives depended on it.
                                                                                                                                                              I realize that some of you are
                                                                                                                    Rachel Feirer had two goals            feeling the effects of the economic
Niskayuna’s Elizabeth Halayko charges upfield with the ball during last Thursday’s Section II, Class B semifinal and an assist for Scotia-Glenville,
game against Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake.                                                      Rob Jonas/Spotlight which finished with a 9-7 record.                   ■ Support Page 19
Spotlight                                                                                                                                                                              May 28, 2009 • Page 19

■ Support                                           having any Empire State Games
                                                    events to cover this summer. I
                                                    always look for ward to when
                                                                                         year’s event in Poughkeepsie
                                                                                         have other options. And I’ll bet
                                                                                         those options will be around next
                                                                                                                                 ■ GymRat                               disappointed his team couldn’t
                                                                                                                                                                        reach the 17U playoff round, but
                                                                                                                                                                        he was satisfied with his team’s
             (From Page 18)                         then rosters are released and        year, if the Empire State Games                  (From Page 18)                2-1 record in pool play.
crunch and aren’t going out to                      then going through all the results   don’t come back.                            “People have to remember              “We just wanted to be up
sporting events as often as you                     (and believe me, there are a lot        • Making it as a professional        how hard it is to be a (NCAA)          against the top teams. It wasn’t
had in the past. But trust me:                      of them) to find out how our area     tennis player is very difficult, but I   Division I player,” said Kmack.        about wins,” said DeNofio. “It was
you’ll have a lot of fun seeing                     athletes did.                        think Gansevoort’s Matt Kandath         “These events allow them to            unbelievable beating teams from
these guys give it their all.                           For tunately, track athletes     has a chance to do it.                  excel, but it can also be a reality    Long Island and Boston.”
   This is not to say you can’t also                will have an alternative event to       Not only did Kandath win             check for both the kids and the           It’s the high level of competition
go to a Tri-City ValleyCats game                    attend this summer. The Empire       his third consecutive Section II        parents.”                              and the opportunity to play in front
or see the Albany Firebirds this                    State Liber ty Tour Track and        singles title last week, the Albany         “For a lot of these kids, it’s a   of college scouts that will keep
summer. Just don’t forget the                       Field Series – founded by Ballston   Academy senior did so in the            real eye opener,” said Beadnell.       drawing teams to the GymRat
college kids in town sharpening                     Lake resident Anthony Mills four     same fashion that he won every          “I’m (also) trying to get these kids   Challenge.
their baseball skills.                              years ago – is adding a statewide    other area high school match he         to a super sophomores camp this           “The biggest (reason for the
                                                    event the last weekend in July       competed in – straight sets. Not        summer so they can see where           event’s success) is people respond
   • As a follow-up to that last
                                                    (traditionally when the Empire       many tennis players across the          they stack up.”                        to quality,” said Kmack. “We
item, here’s a list of Section II
                                                    State Games takes place) in          country can claim that feat.                                                   spent two years in research and
alumni who will be playing in the                                                                                                    The competition was fierce
                                                    Queensbury.                             Then, there’s the college                                                   development before we launched
NYCBL this season:                                                                                                               at the GymRat Challenge.
   Amsterdam Mohawks – Dave                             Much like the Empire             Kandath has committed to                Beadnell’s 15U City Rocks squad        the event 12 years ago, and it’s
Filak (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake/                   State Games, the Liberty Tour        – Stanfor d University. The             was seeded second in the playoff       paid off.”
Oneonta State)                                      championships will have divisions    northern California institution         round after winning its four-team         “They don’t get to see
                                                    for high school, collegiate and      has developed some of the top           pool, but they were upset in the       competition like this, especially
   Albany Dutchmen – Nick                           adult competitors, but it will       American professional tennis            quarterfinals by the No. 7 seed.        in this area,” said DeNofio.
Polsinelli (Guilderland/College                     also have a youth division.          players over the years including            “The hard thing that you face
of Saint Rose)                                      And in another departure from                                                                                          Siena College and the
                                                                                         John McEnroe and Jonathan               at the GymRat is that you have to
   Elmira Pioneers – Aaron Sapp                     the Olympic-styled Empir e           Stark. Getting a scholarship to                                                University at Albany will be busy
(Niskayuna/Ithaca College)                                                                                                       play back-to-back games,” said         again in two weeks, as the fourth-
                                                    State Games, there will be six       compete at Stanford is a ver y          Beadnell. “We were able to win
   Glens Falls Golden Eagles                        “signature events” where there       big deal.                                                                      annual Girls GymRat Challenge
                                                                                                                                 our first-round (playoff) game,         takes place June 12 and 13. More
– Zach Kraham (Chatham/                             will be prize money for the top         Nothing in pro tennis is a           but then we ran out of gas.”           than 130 teams are scheduled to
University at Albany)                               three finishers.                      sure bet, though. Kandath could             DeNofio said he was a little        take part in the two-day event.
   Mohawk Valley Diamond                                Track athletes won’t be the      graduate from Stanford in 2013
Dawgs – Adam Cutspec (Fort                          only ones who have alternatives      and decide to focus on another
Plain/UAlbany)                                      to the Empire State Games this       career field. He could pursue a
   Saratoga Phillies – Zach
Hartman (Ballston Spa/Siena),
                                                    summer. Lacrosse players have
                                                    various tournaments around the
                                                                                         pro career and fall flat.                Mohon offers basketball camp
                                                                                            Still, I think Kandath has a
Tom Kahnle (Shaker/L ynn                            state, baseball players still have   good shot at being competitive in          The annual Mohonasen Skills,        by Mohonasen varsity boys
University), Patrick Reardon                        their Connie Mack and Mickey         the pro ranks. After all, winning       Drills & Defense basketball camp       basketball coach Ken Dagostino
(Troy/RPI) and Br yan Rose                          Mantle state tournaments to look     ever y career Sectional singles         takes place June 29 to July 3 at       and assistant coach John
(Columbia/Kentucky)                                 for ward to and soccer players       match in straight sets over a           Mohonasen High School.                 Karbowski.
   If any names have been left off                  have many events to play in.         three-year period takes a special          There are two sessions per day.        The cost for each week-long
this list, let me know by e-mail at                     The Empire State Games will be   talent.                                 The first session (1 to 3 p.m.) is      session is $70 per player.                           missed, but at least many athletes      • Finally, a quick prediction        for boys entering grades 4, 5 and         For application information,
   • It’s going to be weird not                     who would have competed at this      about the NBA playoffs – they’ll        6. The second session (3:30 to         call the Mohonasen High School
                                                                                         end before Brett Favre announces        5:30 p.m.) is for boys entering        athletic office at 356-8270 or visit
                                                                                         his true intentions for the 2009        grades 7, 8 and 9.                     the school’s Web site at www.
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