SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Eagle Sales and Service is adding 35,000 square-feet of space to the 150,000 square- feet distribution center in Saratoga Springs.
According to President of Saratoga Eagle Sales and Service, Jeff Vukelic the expansion could cost up to $4 million. Plans call for a 29,000 square foot expansion to the warehouse and a 5,000 square foot expansion to the office. The project also proposes to increase parking on site for employees and trailers. When asked if the parking was to accommodate more jobs, Vukelic said, “I can’t comment on that right now.”
Vukelic said the company’s business climate has been steady as the company continues to attract new business partners and suppliers. The expansion allows for more space for these new suppliers bringing both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
Plans have been in motion since early summer, according to Vukelic who is also aiming to break ground in the spring. Saratoga Eagle will go before the city planning board on Nov. 15 to seek approval for the warehouse expansion.
Saratoga Eagle sells andtransports 5,000,000 cases every year to customers in Albany, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schoharie, Schenectady, Washington and Warren Counties. Saratoga Eagle tapped The LA Group and Scheid Architectural as the architects and Munter Enterprises as the building entity.
Photos courtesy of the Discovery Channel.
ROUND LAKE — Colin Roy of Round Lake was the winning contestant on the second episode of the new series “Master of Arms” which aired on the Discovery Channel on Nov. 9. The grand prize: $10,000. On Master of Arms, three builders battle it out in a head-to- head competition to re-create the armaments that have changed the course of history. Weapons are tested by a decorated military marksman and judged by three experts.
“The challenging part wasn’t making the things with the time constraints, yea that was difficult but I was able to wrap my head around it. The challenging stuff was the one-on-one interviews, every day with the producers for hours, and that was more tiring than actually blacksmithing for 10 hours straight,” Roy said.
While he is excellent at crafting historical weaponry, it’s not his day job. Roy is a mechanical and controls engineer at Wunderlich- Malec located at Luther Forest Technology Campus in Malta. One has to wonder how does someone get into the trade of blacksmithing era-specific weaponry. Roy professes that he did grow up making things with his hands.
“I grew up doing woodwork with my dad and my grandfather, my mom is a teacher and a potter. When I went to high school, I was on the robotics team over at Shenendehowa and that’s where I learned to weld and run machining equipment for working metal,” Roy said.
Roy credits the popularity of his work and shows like this to the demand for handmade and quality items.
“It’s attracting a younger generation to show that you can still work with your hands and create things. You don’t need to go out and buy everything,” he added.
Roy was first contacted by a casting company for another show on the History Channel. However, he needed an apprentice, one that he didn’t have. The same casting company reached out again for Master of Arms, and this time Roy said yes. The Village of Round Lake even held a viewing party for Roy, “at the end of episode when they said ‘Colin, you’re going home with $10,000,’ everyone just went crazy,” he said.
Roy hopes that one day he can do this full-time, though weapons aren’t the only things he can build. Roy also does architectural work for homes. He says since the show premiered he’s had people requesting custom knives and swords. With the prize money, Roy is planning to outfit his new workshop and home.
SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Nov. 15 the Saratoga Builders Association presented the proceeds totaling $63,000 from the 2018 Saratoga Showcase of Homes to Rebuilding Together Saratoga County and Habitat for Humanity of Northern Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties. The Saratoga Builders Association has now contributed nearly over $1.2 million to local charities from this area’s premiere new home tour event.
The 2018 edition of the Saratoga Showcase of Homes, just concluded its 23rd year, and was another spectacular event with 12 award-winning builders presenting 13 homes. This year’s tour had approximately 3,800 visitors touring these new homes on display over three weekends.
The builder’s artistry along with the many talented designers who helped showcase their fine work gave the community an opportunity to preview current trends in building, landscaping, decorating and interior design. In what has become an autumn tradition, the Saratoga Builders Association is dedicated to this long running show being an integral part of the fabric in our fall season.
The 2018 Saratoga Showcase of Homes “People’s Choice” award winners were also announced - Congratulations to Kodiak Construction for the Classic Home category, Malta Development for the Executive Home category and The Form Collaborative for the Luxury Home category.
SCHUYLERVILLE — On Dec. 15 volunteers will place holiday wreaths on more than 12,000 graves at Gerald B. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery (NYGSNS) to honor and remember veterans as part of the annual Wreaths Across America event.
Located at 200 Duell Rd. in Schuylerville, NYGSNS is currently looking for sponsors for 8,431 more wreaths as well as volunteers to place and remove the wreaths for the wreath laying ceremony.
The ceremony will begin at noon EST and simultaneously at 1,440 cemeteries across the country and internationally. The ceremony lasts 30 minutes. At last year’s remembrance ceremony at Gerald B. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 3,000 volunteers showed up to place wreaths and honor those that served.
The Patriot Guard Riders of Eastern New York is a major group sponsor of this event. For every two wreaths ordered using their fundraiser group code, Wreaths Across America will donate an additional wreath. The group fundraiser code is NY0057. The Civil Air Patrol and more than 45 other fundraising groups are also making efforts to help reach the 12,000 wreath goal. Wreaths are $15 each.
Wreaths Across America is in its 13th year and every year since 135 VA national cemeteries receive at least seven wreaths, to include one for each of the five branches of the military, one for the Merchant Marines and one for Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action. Additionally, community and Veterans service organizations as well as local businesses have raised money for additional “remembrance wreaths” for gravesites.
Wreaths Across America began in 1992, Morrill Worcester, owner of Worcester Wreath Co. shipped a surplus of wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery. In 2005 photos of his efforts were discovered on the Internet and has since gained national attention.
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Mark your calendars because there is still time to buy tickets to the annual Snow Ball. The Snow Ball, will take place on Dec. 1 and will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Canfield Casino.
Tickets are $150 per person and typically sell out prior to the event. The Adirondack Trust Company is a presenting sponsor.
The Snow Ball hosted by the Flower and Fruit Mission has been a tradition with the hospital that dates back to the 1950’s. Founded in 1904, the mission has been committed to supporting the maternity unit and women’s health services of Saratoga Hospital. Made up of 35 women, the mission has supported the hospital for over a century. Through the years, the Mission has sewn thousands of blankets, caps and clothing items for the infants born at Saratoga Hospital. They’ve also provided flowers and fruit for new mothers, and made countless jars of homemade jam for hospital meals and fundraisers.
Now the Mission provides fund for nursing education, warmers for hospital rooms, a NOELLE birthing simulator to train doctors and nurses, and nitrous oxide as a pain management option during childbirth. Most recently the Flower and Fruit Mission pledged $50,000 every year for five years, totaling in $250,000, to help with renovations of the William J. Hickey Women’s Health Services of Saratoga Hospital. This is more than what the mission usually gives on a yearly basis.
The Flower and Fruit mission has only two funding raising events a year; the Spring Luncheon and the Snow Ball. Last year, the Snow Ball raised $54,000.
“I think we’re on track to have another really great year... It’s always a really fun event and that part of it is the comradery and celebration and the kicking off of the holiday season,” said Susan Halstead the President of the Flower and Fruit Mission.
MALTA — At a Nov. 12 Malta board meeting, it was announced that plans are in the works to update Route 9 in Malta to a “Complete Street.” Plans include adding sidewalks, bike lanes and a median strip from Dunning Street along Route 9 to the Stonebreak Road roundabout.
“Last night’s board meeting was energetic to say the least; there are a lot of people that have opinions on it so to alleviate some of the concerns the town board decided to create an advisory committee. Myself and a couple other people will be on this committee and we will advise the town board on what we think and how the project should go,” said Michael York, Vice President of Malta Business and Professional Association (MBPA). He also says plans include lowering the speed limit to 30 miles per hour and adding street parking. York was brought into a town board meeting to discuss plans because of his experience in the MBPA. He is also the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Lofts at Saratoga.
A complete street is a street designed to provide access for multiple users including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders. They are able to accommodate people of all abilities, ages and modes of transportation.
According to a feasibility study conducted for Malta in 2015, complete streets can improve access to local businesses, attract new businesses, enhance safety and lessen dependence on motor vehicles. The study was finalized in February of this year.
This part of Route 9 currently has two northbound lanes and two southbound lanes with a shared turningl ane in the middle. The town hopes the new design will slow traffic flow, beautify the area and allow for more foot traffic for the businesses.
“From a business perspective it makes a lot of sense. If you slow traffic down you’re more likely to see businesses,” York said.
York says the update will resemble the portion of South Broadway where the National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame is in Saratoga Springs is.
“It wont have that grass because grass has to be maintained. There will be some sort of other material but the goal is to keep the traffic headed in a certain way and it should make that area look a lot prettier,” he added.
To fund the project, the town plans to use several sources. According to Jaime O'Neill, building and planning coordinator for Malta, $109,000 from Traffic Mitigation money that the town collects for various projects according to their projected traffic impacts, $809,000 from multimodal funding, $50,000 from multimodal funding that is being used for sidewalks along Blacksmith Drive and $1.133 Million Mitigationmoneythatistargetedfor the Stonebreak Road area.
She says the total cost of the update is in the neighborhood of just over $2 Million dollars but continues to fluctuate because the project is in the preliminary design stages.
Orignal plans slated construction to start Dec. but according to York, the Town is in no rush and there may be a new start date.
SARATOGA COUNTY — On Nov. 6 voters in New York will elect federal officials, statewide officials, and state senator and assemblyperson. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Absentee voting is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Saratoga County Board of Elections located at 50 West High St. in Ballston Spa.
According to the New York State Board of Elections, as of April 1, 2018, Saratoga County has 40,968 active registered Democrats and 59,893 Republicans. Surprisingly 37,465 active registered individuals have with no party affiliation. 2,355 active voters are registered as Conservative while the Green Party trails with only 400. The Independence party has a whopping 9,088 active registered voters while The Women’s Equality Party has 30 and the Reform party has 16.
Information about the candidates were gathered from their websites respectively and summarized in order to express their backgrounds, experience or platforms.
Governor and Lieutenant Governor Candidates:
• Andrew Cuomo: Dem, WF, I, WE.
LT Gov.: Kathy Hochul
• Marc Molinaro: Rep, CON, REF.
LT. Gov.: Julie Killian
• Howie Hawkins: Green
LT. Gov.: Jia Lee
• Stephanie Miner: Serve America Movement
LT. Gov.: Michael Volpe
• Larry Sharpe: Libertarian
LT. Gov.: Andrew Hollister
• Thomas DiNapoli: Dem, WF, I, REF, WE
• Jonathan Trichter: Rep, CON
• Mark Dunlea: Green
• Cruger Gallaudet: Libertarian
New York State Attorney General:
• Letitia James: Dem, WF, I
• Keith Wofford: Rep, CON
• Michael Sussman: Green
• Nancy Sliwa: REF
• Christopher Garvey: Libertarian
• Kirsten Gillibrand: Dem, WF, I, WE
• Chele Farley: Rep, CON, REF
20TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT:
Charlton, Clifton Park, Halfmoon, Malta Mechanicville, Saratoga Springs and
parts of Stillwater and Ballston. Candidates are:
• Paul Tonko: Dem, WF, REF, WE
Paul Tonko represents New York’s 20th Congressional District and is serving his fifth term after
first being sworn into Congress in 2009.
• Joe Vitollo: Rep
Vitollo is running for Congress in the New York 20th Congressional District. Vitollo plans to
promote private enterprise, protect Constitutional liberties and restore fiscal sanity to Washington.
21ST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT:
Galway, Greenfield, Milton, Moreau, Northumberland, Providence, Saratoga, Wilton,
some parts of Stillwater and Ballston. Candidates are:
• Tedra Cobb: D, WF, WE
Cobb pledges to her constituents are to 1) work hard for everyone in her district, regardless of
party affiliation and 2) to remain the transparent and honest person she’s known to be.
• Elise Stefanik: Rep, CON, I, RFM
Stefanik is the representative for New York’s 21st Congressional District since 2015. From 2006 to
2009, Stefanik served as part of President George W. Bush’s Domestic Policy Council Staff and in
the Chief of Staff ’s office.
• Lynn Kahn: Green
Kahn has a Ph.D. is clinical psychology and has worked as an organizational psychologist inside
federal agencies for 32 years, including 61⁄2 years on the White House Partnership to
43RD SENATORIAL DISTRICT:
Greenfield, Halfmoon, Mechanicville, Moreau, Northumberland, Saratoga, Stillwater, Wilton
and parts of Saratoga Springs. Candidates include:
• Aaron Gladd: Dem, WF, WE
“I fought my way out of poverty growing up in the Adirondacks, fought for our country’s values
overseas, and fought for a better future for my family right here in upstate New York. Now, I’m
fighting to give you a voice in Albany,” Gladd says on his website.
• Daphne Jordan: Rep, CON, I, RFM
Legislative Director and Senate Local Government Committee Director for Senator Kathy
Marchione. Jordan was overwhelmingly elected to the Halfmoon Town Board in 2014, and
was re-elected in 2015. Jordan helped grow the Town’s General Fund balance from $70,000 to
49TH SENATORIAL DISTRICT:
Ballston, Charlton, Clifton Park, Galway, Malta, Milton, Providence and parts of Saratoga Springs. Candidates include:
• Michelle Ostrelich: Dem, WF, WE
According to Ostrelich’s website, her platform is health care for all, full funding for all our public
schools and thriving local economies.
• Jim Tedisco: Rep, CON, I, RFM
Tedisco has been representing the 49th State Senate District since 2016. Prior to the state
Senate, Tedisco served in the New York State Assembly from 1983-2016 and served as
Minority Leader from 2005 to 2009.
112TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT:
Ballston, Charlton, Clifton Park, Galway, Greenfield, Halfmoon, Milton and Providence
• Mary Beth Walsh: Rep, CON, RFM
Walsh was elected to the New York State Assembly in 2016.
113TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT:
Malta, Mechanicville, Moreau, Northumberland, Saratoga Springs, Saratoga, Stillwater and Wilton
• Carrie Woerner: Dem, I
Woerner was elected to the NYS Assembly in 2014. In the Assembly, Woerner has continued to
advocate for responsible spending and is focused on improving the business climate for small
businesses and farms, strengthening public schools and protecting the traditions, heritage and
culture of Saratoga and Washington counties.
• Morgan Zegers: Rep, CON, RFM
As a member of the Assembly Zegers will stand up to corrupt, business-as-usual politics in Albany
and stand up for the rights of Upstate New Yorkers.
MALTA — Saratoga Water Services, Inc. the company that provides drinking water for residents in the towns of Malta and Stillwater, is almost doubling in capacity in order to provide water to the growing amount of clients and residential developments in the works. In 2017 water consumption totaled in 195,461,050 gallons.
“We are permitted to pull so much water out of the ground and then that water is allocated to certain developments be it commercial or residential. In order to draw more that requires a new well or in our current case, a well pump upgrade to almost double the capacity of that well, how much water it can pump per minute,” said Marissa Mackay, Executive Vice President of Saratoga Water Services, Inc. and President of Luther Forest.
Saratoga Water Services located at 2 Stonebreak Rd. in Malta provides water to approximately 7,000 people, 45 businesses and 7 industrial customers, including Luther Forest Technology campus, home of GlobalFoundries.
“We need to store enough water for one full day’s use. When our average day of use gets close to our max tank capacity, we will need to invest in storage. Similarly with our pumps... we need to be able to pump enough water out to our customers, which is usually measured in Gallons Per Minute (GPM),” Mackay said.
The company gets roughly 500 GPM out of their current pump and hopes this upgrade will bring about 1,260 GPM.
“We recently invested in our distribution pumps to increase that capacity at our Cold Springs location,” she added.
Earlier this year the company added two more 50 HP distribution pumps to Cold Springs Pump House (CSPH), totaling five distribution pumps. Including another pump house the company has, Saratoga Water Services, is at a grand total of 3,585 GPM. The average demand is 506,370 gallons per a day.
Mackay says the cost of something like this is dependent upon the upgrade. “Storage, well pumps, distribution pumps or electrical or even controls... So many variables. We might have a minor communications upgrade that costs less than $10,000 or even less than $5,000, but on the other hand we may have a tank rehab/integration project that is close to $500,000 or even a full overhaul that will be upwards of $1.5 million,” Mackay said.
Hanson Well Drilling and Pump Co., with locations in Nassau, Chatham, Schenectady and Troy, is in charge of the well while Stilsing Electric, Inc. located in Rensselaer is working on the electrical side of things. The upgrade should be completed by the end of this week.
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Golf and Polo Club has secured a $3.53 million loan from Adirondack Trust Co. The club plans to use the money for renovations that include an update to the golf course, the pool, the addition of a cabana, a platform tennis court and a warming hut.
According to Ron Ireland, General Manager of the club, the golf course’s renovations are almost done and pool renovations will be completed by Memorial Day of 2019. Everything else is going through the approval process with the city and construction will likely begin after Labor Day. Ireland suspects the entire upgrade will be completed shortly after the start of 2020. He says it is a major renovation.
“We’re bringing the golf course back to what it was like when it was built in 1896 but with a modern touch to it,” he said.
The 122-year-old, Victorian era golf course was known for its views of the Adirondacks, so the upgrade includes adding mounds, deepening the bunkers, re-designing tees and removing trees to maintain the view. The property, located at 301 Church St. in Saratoga Springs, is roughly 80 acres and has a nine-hole golf course. The clubhouse, which has three dining rooms, four meeting rooms, a bar, an additional golf shop, a billiard room and employee offices, is also getting renovated. The golf shop will be moved to another location on the property.
“It’s part of a long-term master plan. We surveyed our members a couple of years ago and what they told us was that we really should upgrade our amenities. They were willing to pay for it so we’ve established a monthly capital fee and using that money to do the actual renovations. We also established a capital reserve for the future to maintain and upgrade the facility,” Ireland said.
When asked what the membership fee was, Ireland declined to respond. Saratoga Golf and Polo Club already does have dining year- round, golf and four grass tennis courts, a clay course and three hard courts.
“We have a myriad of events, everything from drive-in movie nights for the kids, family New Years Eve, Valentines Day dinner, I mean we have something going on all the time,” Ireland said.
The golf club also has summer programs and a full- time tennis coach to accompany tennis programs.
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Old Tavern Farm established in 2016, known for its thoroughbred racehorses, is about to be known for their wines. Located on Brown Rd. right off Saratoga Lake, Old Tavern Farm ventured into the wine industry a year and a half ago and are now shipping across the United Sates. Daughter of Walt and Michelle Borisenok, Nicole is at the helm of this new venture called Old Tavern Farm Winery, an extension of Old Tavern Farm. While working for Victoria’s Secret in Manhattan as a product developer Borisenok found herself coming home to the farm nearly every weekend.
“When we were tossing around doing the winery, I was looking to move home. I love spending time there and I wanted to be a part of the farm so I said I’ll take the lead on this,” Borisenok said.
Through working with Cornell University’s Horticultural Section, Borisenok was able to determine that up the road from the farm grapes for Riesling, Chardonnay and Marquette wines are able to withstand the cold temperatures in upstate New York.
“One of the things we know is that you can’t grow everything in these kinds of temperatures... There’s no way we’re going to be able to grow a Cabernet Sauvignon so what we did instead of waiting to mature, we wanted to get out there and establish our brand,” Borisenok said
Borisenok and her family set out to find the right growers that would allow them to have quality control over the grapes and landed on plots in Washington and California. Old Tavern Farm Winery currently sells three wines that were released in June; a Cabernet Sauvignon called “Big Barn” that was inspired by the family’s thoroughbred horse barn, a Rosé called “Farm Fresh” after the flowers that line the horse paddocks and a Chardonnay called “Hen and Hay” for the 13 hens at the farm.
Borisenok credits part of the wine’s success to the Foal Patrol program created by The National Museum of Racing and Hall Of Fame. This year, a million people tuned in to view a live stream of a mare at Old Tavern Farm foal and give birth. The farm is set to participate in season two of Foal Patrol.
“That certainly helped put the wine on the map; because of that we’re shipping all over the country. Followers of Foal Patrol love the farm and want a way to connect with it,” Borisenok said.
“It’s an outlet for people to enjoy life on the farm... So that was just a great connection working hand in hand ... To feel like they’re on the journey with us which is pretty cool,” she added.