SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Casino Hotel announced $120,000 in donations on Wednesday in the Vapor night club.
The money was split evenly between twelve organizations, including Albany Medical Health System – Saratoga Hospital, Franklin Community Center, SNACpack Program (Saratoga Nutrition Assistance for Children), and Saratoga Sponsor-A-Scholar.
“It’s an honor to give back to these wonderful organizations in this community,” said Vice President of External Affairs Skip Carlson in a statement. “We’ve been hosting this event for 19 years now, and it’s so heartwarming to hear each year how these organizations are truly making a difference in the lives of so many.”
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Sweet Mimi’s Cafe & Bakery celebrated its 10th year in business with a ribbon cutting ceremony on November 24.
Mayor Ron Kim attended the event and issued a Sweet Mimi’s Day proclamation.
The popular brunch spot was opened by Jeannette Liebers in 2013 at 47 Phila Street. In 2021, Liebers was featured in an episode of the cooking competition show “Beat Bobby Flay,” in which she faced off against the famed chef and frequent Saratoga visitor.
For more about Sweet Mimi’s Cafe & Bakery, their menu, specials and more visit sweetmimiscafe.com/
SARATOGA SPRINGS — A new cafe and corner market is set to open in downtown Saratoga Springs early next year, according to owner Stephen Mittler. The establishment will replace the closed Tailgate and Party shop at 33 Phila St.
The market will serve “the best breakfast sandwiches in town, yogurt parfaits, fruit cups, salads, soups, and a solid selection of grab and go craving solutions,” said Mittler in a Facebook post announcement. Convenience store items and candy will also be for sale.
The cafe portion of the business will feature an appetizer-only menu, along with alcoholic beverages.
BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Central School District will host a series of free winter concerts featuring local students in December and January.
Two upcoming performances will be held at the High School Auditorium at 220 Ballston Ave: the JV Winter Concert on Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. (featuring choir, orchestra, and jazz band), as well as the 6th Grade Middle School Winter Concert on Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.
The district’s elementary schools will host their own concerts. The performances will occur at the follow locations and times:
• Milton Terrace Elementary School — December 12 at 7 p.m. in the Cafetorium at 200 Wood Rd.
• Gordon Creek Elementary School — December 14 at 7 p.m. in the Gymatorium at 50 Wood Rd.
• Wood Road Elementary School — January 9 at 7 p.m. in the Cafetorium at 300 Wood Rd.
• Malta Avenue Elementary School — January 11 at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium at 70 Malta Ave.
For additional information, check the events calendar at www.bscsd.org or call the school hosting the performance.
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Skidmore College will host its annual one-day-only Tang Bazaar on Friday, December 8 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
The market will feature student-made goods including clothing, jewelry, art, and pottery. Most vendors will accept payment via Venmo.
SARATOGA SPRINGS — $30,000 in scholarships is up for grabs, thanks to the Saratoga Springs Lions Club.
Applications for the 2024 Scholarship Program are available from the guidance counselors at Saratoga Springs High School and Saratoga Catholic High School. All graduating high school students in the Saratoga school district are eligible to apply.
There are several different categories of scholarships:
• $10,000 Lions Foundation Jack Berkowitz Memorial Award
• $5,000 and $2,500 Four-Year Academic Program Awards
• $2,500 Leos Club Member Scholarship Award
• $2,500 Two-Year Academic Program Award
• $2,500 Career Technology Education Award
Most of the scholarships pay out a portion of the award money on a yearly basis. The scholarships will be granted to students attending a two or four-year accredited institution or career technology education school. Applications are due by April 15, 2024.
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Skidmore College has unveiled a newly-expanded locker room at the Saratoga Springs Ice Rink. The 3,200-foot facility includes a changing area, training room, and coaches’ office.
“The new locker room provides a much more professional space for our team to get ready for games and practices,” said goalie Tate Brandon in a statement. “The locker room is a microcosm of how far our program has come, and just how far it will go.”
This season, the Skidmore Thoroughbreds are off to one of their best starts in decades. The team is currently ranked 13th nationally in NCAA Division III.
The city also plans to make additional improvements to its ice rink on Weibel Ave. Earlier this year, new LED lights and automatic sliding doors were installed.
SARATOGA SPRINGS —A new dormitory currently under construction near the Oklahoma Training Track at the Saratoga Race Course will open this spring, according to Patrick McKenna, Vice President of Communications for the New York Racing Association (NYRA).
“At Saratoga Race Course, the first of three new dorms is taking shape on the Oklahoma side and will be open this spring,” McKenna wrote in a Tweet. “In addition, [the NYRA] will be renovating more than 40 backstretch residences in the coming years.”
The plan to build three new dorms at the track was announced last year. The buildings will add 204 beds and are the first housing units built at Saratoga since the early 1960s, according to the NYRA. Each dorm costs around $2 million to build.
GLENS FALLS — “I don’t think anyone’s going to be satisfied unless we win a state title,” said Adirondack United Head Coach Jeff Willis. “I think that’s a pretty bold statement to make, but I know for the girls, that’s the target for them.”
The team’s goal is certainly not unrealistic. Last season, the United fell to Clinton 2-1 in the state championship game. On the whole, the girls’ hockey squad finished its season with a 19-2-0 record. All this despite it being United’s inaugural season.
“Being a first-year program, you’re hoping you can compete,” Willis said. “I could never have expected that we would reach all the way to the state championship final game. We far exceeded any expectations we had in year one.”
Much of the United’s core group will be back this season, including leading scorer Bayley Duffy. “She’s probably the best high school hockey player in New York State,” Willis said. “She had a tremendous year.”
Also returning are forward Lillian Willis (the coach’s daughter), and goalie Ava Reynolds. “She was our number one goaltender last year,” Coach Willis said. “She was the one that got the majority of the starts when we got down to the state playoffs.”
Before competing for this year’s state title, the United will have two opportunities to avenge last year’s loss against Clinton. The rivals will face off on December 22 at the Glens Falls Recreation Ice Center, and then again on January 6 at the Nexus Center.
The team’s first game is on Saturday, December 9 against Beekmantown.
The Adirondack United girls’ hockey team is comprised of players from the Saratoga Springs, Glens Falls, South Glens Falls, Hudson Falls, Queensbury, and Corinth High Schools.
SARATOGA SPRINGS —The Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation has added four new members to its Board of Directors: Chris Armer, Jim Gold, Michelle Paquette-Deuel, and Roger Woody.
• Armer is a Saratoga native and realtor for Berkshire Hathaway. His family ran a retail store at the historic Old Firehouse on Broadway. He previously served as a board member from 2009 to 2015.
• Gold is a long-time Saratoga resident and was, for 29 years, Director of the Bureau of Historic Sites for the New York State Office of Parks.
• Paquette-Deuel is director of the Pre-College Program at Skidmore and was a committee member for SaratogaArtsFest and the Saratoga Regional YMCA.
• Woody is a frequent visitor to the Spa City, and a Vice President at AmTrust Financial Services in New York City.
The Preservation Foundation was established in 1977 to “protect and preserve the architectural, cultural, and landscape heritage” of the city, according to a statement released by the foundation