Jonathon Norcross

Jonathon Norcross

Thursday, 18 January 2024 13:59

Classical Radio Station Adds New Host

TROY — Classical music radio station WMHT-FM has added a new host/producer to its lineup: Charlotte Evelyn Wilson.

Wilson previously worked at Radio New Zealand, where, according to WMHT, she managed a nationwide campaign protesting the government’s decision to “axe” the country’s only classical music station. The campaign resulted in an apology from New Zealand’s deputy prime minister, and the station stayed on the air. Wilson was also a public radio host at KBAQ classical radio in Phoenix, AZ and at NPR member station WUOT in Knoxville, TN.

“I am gratified to be joining the team at Classical WMHT-FM,” Wilson said in a statement. “I am a music and art fiend who fell in love with the diversity, opportunity, culture and friendliness of the US, and can’t wait to connect with our audience.”

Wilson began her hosting duties on Tuesday, and can be heard on WMHT-FM from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

Thursday, 18 January 2024 13:57

New Belmont Logo Revealed

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The New York Racing Association (NYRA) revealed its 2024 Belmont Stakes logo on Wednesday. This year’s event will be hosted at the Saratoga Race Course while Belmont Park undergoes renovations. The new logo features the Saratoga grandstand and pays tribute to the track’s storied past. The image will be displayed during the event and on official merchandise.

The Saratoga grandstand’s spired roofline was designed by architect Herbert Langford Warren. According to NYRA, the grandstand is the oldest continuously used stand of any professional sport in the country.

 The 2024 Belmont Stakes will begin on Thursday, June 6 and end on Sunday, June 9. Tickets go on sale next month.

GREENFIELD — The Town of Greenfield is hosting a Winterfest Celebration on Sunday, January 21 from 10am to 1pm at the Brookhaven Winter Park. The festivities will kick off with 2.5K and 5K snowshoe races. Then free snowshoe and cross-country skiing equipment will be available, along with instructors to guide newbies. Younger attendees can participate in a snowman-building contest. Race registrations will cost $25, but the rest of the celebration is free.

“Our residents are passionate about our remote location and our proximity to all that Saratoga Springs offers,” said Town Supervisor Kevin Veitch in a statement. “We work hard to build a sense of community pride among all of us who choose to reside here. Brookhaven Winter Park is a jewel, and in recent years the word has been getting out.”

The Brookhaven Winter Park is located at 333 Alpine Meadows Rd in Porter Corners, about 11 miles northwest of downtown Saratoga. To learn more or to register for a snowshoe race, visit greenfieldny.org.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — In 2016, the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce created Leap of Kindness Day in an effort to inspire community members to use leap day as an opportunity to do something kind for others. The idea took off, and in 2020, hundreds of other chambers organized their own Leap of Kindness days. Now, four years later, leap day has returned and the Saratoga Commerce Chamber will again be celebrating the occasion on Thursday, February 29.

Local nonprofit organizations can email Greg Dixon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let the chamber know what they need this leap year. The requests will be posted to saratoga.org/leapofkindnessday, where locals can see how they can help out their community.

Thursday, 11 January 2024 14:45

Snider Fashion Closes Saratoga Store

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Designer Staci Snider’s fashion store in downtown Saratoga Springs closed its doors at the end of December. Snider will relocate to Raleigh, North Carolina, according to a statement released on the company’s social media pages. Snider’s garments will continue to be made in New York City and available for sale online.

Snider Fashion, formerly located at 18 Congress Street, first opened its doors in 2019. 

Thursday, 11 January 2024 14:44

Cantina Raising Funds for Saratoga Bridges

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Cantina Restaurant in downtown Saratoga will be raising funds for Saratoga Bridges on January 17 from 4 to 8 p.m. During that time frame, 33% of customers’ bills will be donated. Reservations are encouraged and patrons interested in donating should tell their server. 

According to its website, Saratoga Bridges’ mission is to “empower individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families to identify and pursue their life goals through knowledge, collaboration, experience.” 

Cantina is located at 408 Broadway in Saratoga Springs. 

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Dorinda Medley, star of the hit Bravo reality series “The Real Housewives of New York City,” will be a special guest at Hattie’s Mardi Gras fundraiser party at the Saratoga Springs City Center on Saturday, January 27. 

The beneficiary of this year’s event is the SEAT Center Culinary Lab, an organization that trains young people for careers in the culinary and hospitality industries. Ed and Lisa Mitzen, co-founders of Business for Good, will host the party. 

Hattie’s Mardi Gras will feature New Orleans-style food, as well as live music from DJ Fernando Bustamente and Garland Nelson with Soul Session. 

“Hattie’s Mardi Gras is one of the biggest parties of the year and with Dorinda in the house, we know it will be a night to remember,” said Ed Mitzen. 

Last year, more than $100,000 was raised for charity. Tickets for this year’s event can be purchased at eventbrite.com/e/mardi-gras-2024-tickets-770572401797. 

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Backstretch Employee Service Team of New York (BEST) has named Nancy Underwood as its new executive director. Underwood previously directed BEST’s work at the Saratoga Race Course from 2014 until the end of 2023. Last year, BEST opened a health care clinic on the Oklahoma side of the track.

“BEST is successful because of the dedication of our staff, volunteers and healthcare providers,” said Underwood. “I am honored for the opportunity to lead this organization at a time when the future of thoroughbred racing in New York State is so bright.”

Underwood succeeds Paul Ruchames, who retired in December after serving as BEST’s executive director for 14 years.

According to its website, BEST is a nonprofit organization “devoted to resolving the health and social needs of the several thousand barn area (“backstretch”) workers of the Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga racetracks by providing on-site counseling and primary healthcare services, access to health insurance, and case management assistance.”

Thursday, 11 January 2024 14:39

Winslow’s Restaurant Sold to New Owners

WILTON — Winslow’s Restaurant in Wilton, first built in 1948, is entering a new era after 75 years of family ownership. Jeff Baker, grandson of the original owners, announced last week that he’s sold the business. 

“Most of you know that I got hurt last winter, I’m still not fully recovered,” Winslow wrote in a Facebook post. “The opportunity popped up to sell the restaurant, so I felt it was probably the right thing to do. The new owners are going to keep it Winslows [and] add some new dimensions.” 

Jeff Baker began working at the restaurant in 1984, according to Winslow’s website. He’s a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. He purchased the restaurant from his grandmother in 1989. 

“These past 40 years have been a real blast. There’s been a lot of ups and downs, but mostly ups,” Baker said. “I tried to keep the restaurant the way my grandparents did, and I met so many people along the way, both customers and employees, so many really good people.” 

Winslow’s Restaurant is located at 801 Saratoga Road
in Wilton. 

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs City School District’s Transportation Department has until 2035 to convert its entire fleet to zero-emission vehicles. This electric bus requirement established by Gov. Kathy Hochul will require significant funds and may involve some logistical hurdles.

“It’s not just buying an electric vehicle, as you know, it’s the infrastructure and everything else that goes with it,” said Jerry Keenan, the district’s director of transportation, at a Board of Education meeting last month. “We have a lot of work to do in a very short period of time.”

According to an annual report delivered by Keenan, Saratoga’s 116-vehicle fleet includes 88 large buses, 21 small buses, 5 Chevrolet Suburbans, and 2 attendance officer vehicles. 

Electric buses can cost as much as $400,000, nearly three-times the cost of a diesel or gasoline bus. But according to New York State’s Electric School Bus Roadmap report, “the total cost of ownership is expected to reach parity by 2027 due to advances in battery technology, increased supply chain outputs, as well as lower fuel and maintenance expenses.”

“Providing the tools for school districts to swap out diesel and gas school buses with zero-emission bus fleets will help students and their communities across the state breathe cleaner air and enjoy a healthier way of life,” Governor Kathy Hochul said when the Roadmap report was released in September.

Some state lawmakers have pushed back against the governor’s requirements. State Senator James Tedisco, who represents Saratoga County, co-signed a letter to Hochul written by State Senator Dan Stec, who represents part of the Capital District. In the letter published last month, Stec wrote that the “governor should either lift this mandate or allocate enough funding in next year’s budget to cover the $20 billion it’s expected to cost to convert the 45,000 school buses in operation statewide.”

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