Jonathon Norcross

Jonathon Norcross

Thursday, 15 February 2024 13:25

Belmont Receives 36K Pre-Sale Registrations

SARATOGA SPRINGS — According to New York Racing Association VP of Communications Patrick McKenna, more than 36,000 people have signed up for pre-sale registration for the upcoming Belmont Stakes Racing Festival. 

Emails sent out Monday morning to registrants said that pre-sale would last from noon until 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, February 14.

Tickets are on sale to the general public beginning Thursday, February 15 at Daily attendance will be limited to 50,000.

Thursday, 15 February 2024 13:24

Saratoga Fire Hockey Team Plays Benefit Games

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Last week, the Saratoga Springs Professional Firefighters hockey team played against the Troy Firefighters IAFF Local 86 in a benefit game to raise funds for the family of Schenectady Fire Department Lieutenant Mark Barkyoumb. According to Saratoga firefighter Chris Stewart, over $15,000 was raised for Barkyoumb’s family. The Saratoga and Troy hockey teams will face off again on March 21 at the Weibel Ice Rink at 6 p.m.

Barkyoumb passed away unexpectedly last month while off duty. He was 38 years old, and a married father of four. Barkyoumb most recently served as the Lieutenant of Rescue One on the 2nd Platoon of the Schenectady Fire Department.

Three players on the Saratoga Fire hockey team worked with Barkyoumb as members of the Schenectady Fire Department.

Wednesday, 07 February 2024 15:13

X-Files Museum Offering Live Virtual Tours

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The X-Files Preservation Collection announced last Friday that it will now offer live, guided virtual tours for those unable to visit the museum in person. The tours will be hosted on Zoom, last for one hour, and cost $25. 

According to the museum’s website, virtual tours are available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Once connected via Zoom, a guide will provide an interactive tour of the museum, in which virtual visitors will be able to ask questions and direct the guide around the exhibits. 

For more details, or to purchase tickets, visit

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Phinney Design Group has purchased the neoclassical stone building at 1 Franklin Square in downtown Saratoga Springs. The structure, built in the 1830s, will serve as the company’s construction management office, according to Cira Masters, Phinney’s Director of Marketing & Business Development. 

Phinney’s primary office is located in the Beekman Street Arts District. The company also opened a location in Lake Placid last month. Phinney hopes to have its new office at 1 Franklin Square opened by March. 

COLONIE — At the grand opening of the Legacy Dispensary in Colonie last Friday, company founder & CEO Matthew Robinson said the process of launching his business had been a long and difficult road. “Been through a lot,” Robinson said. “Now, we’re past it. We’re in a new stage.”

Robinson tried to hold back tears as he thanked his family for their support. “My family is there for everything,” he said. “I could call anybody, any time of night and they’re going to come. I thank them for that.”

Legacy is the latest in a series of cannabis dispensaries opening up across the Capital Region. Among the organizations represented at the dispensary’s ribbon-cutting ceremony was the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce. 

“Matt, hearing your story, it’s so inspirational of what you did to get here today,” said Andrea Cole, the chamber’s Vice President of Events & Marketing. “I definitely think your tribulations that you’ve gone through, the hardship that you’ve gone through, really have paid off for you to open up this amazing space.”

Robinson is a member of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce. “We’re visible and vocal for our members,” Cole said. “So if it’s down here in Albany County, or Schenectady County, or Saratoga County, we’re always going to be there for support.”

Saratoga Springs itself is poised to open three cannabis dispensaries, a fact highlighted by Mayor John Safford in his 2024 State of the City Address last week. The budding businesses are expected to open shop at 75 Weibel Ave, 95 West Ave, and 1 Kaydeross Avenue West.

Wednesday, 07 February 2024 14:50

Adelphi Hotel Previews New Luxury Condos

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Adelphi Hotel previewed its new luxury condominium residences last Wednesday, which are priced from $800,000 to $4 million. Some of the 79 units have already sold, and the hope is that new residents will be living at the Adelphi by the start of the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival on June 6.

The condos, which range from 800 to 2,500 square feet, feature European-style kitchens, Wolf and Miele appliances, Kohler fixtures, Silestone Quartz countertops, and plank-wood floors. Residents will have their own private entrance on Washington Street, and can enjoy the hotel’s various amenities, including in-room dining courtesy of Morrissey’s and Salt & Char.

According to AJ Bodden from the Shannon McCarthy Team at eXp Realty, buyers thus far “are from all over the place; plenty of local, snowbird types with second homes, but also a handful of primary residences.” Bodden said that everyone who has toured the condos have either stayed at the Adelphi or eaten at one of the hotel’s restaurants. Most of his prospective clients include Skidmore College parents, horse racing fans, frequent Saratoga visitors, and locals.

“Saratoga Springs is a highly sought out location,” said developer and co-owner Larry Roth in a statement. “With this project, we have created the most luxurious five-star hotel residence in the region and further cemented The Adelphi as a destination point for people coming from places such as New York City, Boston, Montreal, or Buffalo.”

Many of the Adelphi’s condos are still under construction. It’s estimated that work will be completed by the end of the year. Interested buyers can visit

Wednesday, 07 February 2024 14:47

Spa Catholic Supports Grad on Life Support

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Central Catholic School is encouraging its community to support 2017 graduate Mari Shaw, who, as of press time, was on life support at a hospital in Orlando, Florida. According to her alma mater, Shaw needs a liver transplant and doesn’t have health insurance. A GoFundMe was created last week by Karen McIntosh to raise funds for Shaw. “Please if there is anything you can do to help,” McIntosh wrote on GoFundMe, “even if it is not monetary, please just send prayers.” 

According to McIntosh, they are waiting for a bed to open up at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida, where a transplant can take place. Once a bed is available, Shaw will be airlifted to the hospital. To learn more or donate to the fundraiser, visit

SARATOGA SPRINGS/MIAMA — Anthony Weaver, a former Saratoga Springs High School football player and member of the Blue Streaks Hall of Fame, has been named the new defensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins. Weaver had attracted interest from a number of teams for vacant positions, including head coach of the Atlanta Falcons and head coach of the Washington Commanders.

In a statement, Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel said he was “excited to add Anthony to our staff, not only for what he will bring to the Dolphins as a teacher and coach, but even more so who he is as a leader of men.”

Prior to being hired by Miami, Weaver was the assistant head coach and defensive line coach for the Baltimore Ravens. He also had coaching stints with the New York Jets, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, and Houston Texans. Prior to coaching, he was a defensive end for the Ravens and Texans. He was a second-round pick in the 2002 NFL Draft.

Wednesday, 07 February 2024 13:49

Skidmore Baseball Holds First Team Practice

SARATOGA SPRINGS —It may not feel like it if you step outside, but spring is in the air (spring sports, at least). The Skidmore College baseball team held its first full-team practice of the season last Wednesday. Pitchers and catchers reported three days prior. 

The Thoroughbreds’ season will kick off on the afternoon of Saturday March 2 at Baruch College. A series of away games will follow against St. Joseph’s University Brooklyn and SUNY Oneonta, before the Gene Cusic Classic in Fort Myers, Florida begins on March 10. 

Skidmore’s first home game will be on Friday, March 22 at 3 p.m. versus Bard College.

CHAZY — The Adirondack United girls’ hockey team defeated Beekmantown at the Scotts’ Memorial Rink last Friday, 3-1. The victory was the team’s final game of the regular season. The United finished 14-0 on the year, and will now begin their postseason journey at the Glens Falls Recreation Center on Thursday, February 8.

Against Beekmantown, Tekla Fine-Lease kicked off the night with a power play goal. Lillian Willis added two more goals. Emerson Lochner-Fehl, Bayley Duffy, and Emily Macaulay all tallied assists. Goalie Ava Reynolds made 12 saves to earn the victory.

At the start of the season, Coach Jeff Willis said his team had its sights set on a state championship. After 14 straight victories, the United are now poised to enter the postseason as favorites to capture the title. 

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