“Understanding Heroin and Opioid Abuse” will be held on Monday, February 5th from 6:30pm – 8:00pm at Mechanicville High School Auditorium.

An educational community forum

“Understanding Heroin and Opioid Abuse” will be held on Monday, February 5th from 6:30pm – 8:00pm at Mechanicville High School Auditorium.

This educational community forum is sponsored by the Town of Halfmoon, City of

Mechanicville, Town of Stillwater, Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo, Mechanicville School District, the US Drug Enforcement Administration, Mechanicville Area Community Services Center, St. Luke’s on the Hill, and New Choices Recovery Center.

In an effort to provide an opportunity to inform and educate community residents about the risks of heroin and prescription opioid use, the signs of addiction and the resources available to help.

Halfmoon Supervisor Kevin Tollisen announced today that an educational community forum on heroin and opioid addiction will be held on Monday, February 5, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Mechanicville High School Auditorium, Kniskern Avenue, Mechanicville, NY.

The community forum will feature a panel of experts including: Treatment Specialists, Physicians, Addiction Specialists, Law Enforcement, Community Partners and families of those affected. The forum will invite audience participation, input and provide real solutions to this problem. Sheriff Zurlo reports that last year there were 30 deaths from opioid overdoses in Saratoga County.

The Town of Halfmoon is proud to join together with the City of Mechanicville, Town of Stillwater, Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo, Mechanicville School District, the US Drug Enforcement Administration, Mechanicville Area Community Services Center, St. Luke’s on the Hill, and New Choices Recovery Center to sponsor this community forum. It will provide information, insight and resources that will help residents understand the heroin/opioid problem and how it impacts our community. This forum will educate individuals about the reality of this increasing issue in our community and provide real solutions. Addiction can happen to anyone,an y family, at any time. All residents are invited to join us for this free educational forum.

Other highlights of the evening include:

? Narcan training will be held from 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. anyone who wishes to receive free training on administering the drug, Narcan, must be present by 5:15 p.m.

? Prescription Take Back will be from 5:15 p.m.–8:00 pm. Residents can safely dispose of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

For further details about the educational community forum held on Monday, February 5th, at 6:30pm please call Halfmoon Town Supervisor Kevin Tollisen at (518)371-7410, ext. 2200.



The Mechanicville Housing Authority of the City of Mechanicville, New York (MHA) is amending its Annual and/or Five Year PHA plan. The MHA has received a Commitment to Enter into a Housing Assistance Payments (CHAP) from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the conversion of public housing units at John S. Moore Homes and Davenport Estates to Project Based Voucher Rental Assistance (PBRA) under the Rental Assistance Demonstration Program (RAD) in accordance with the guidelines of PIH Notice 2012-32, Rev 2 and any successor notices. Conversion under RAD is considered a Significant Deviation and Significant Amendment or Modification to the MHA Annual and /or Five Year Plan.

This is an advance notice with an opportunity to present public comments regarding this change.

The draft of the proposed Significant Amendment is available for review Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the John S. Moore Homes Administrative Office building located at 2 Harris Avenue, Suite 1, Mechanicville, New York 12118.

Comments must be made in writing and presented to the MHA at the above address no later than Friday, August 11, 2017 9:00 a.m.

A public hearing will be conducted on Friday, August 11, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. in the John S. Moore Homes Community Room located at the above address.

Assemblywoman Woerner on State Budget

Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner (D-Round Lake) announced that the state’s final budget will lower taxes for middle-class families, encourage economic development, provide a record increase in aid to our public schools and fully eliminate the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) this year, as well as support agriculture and environmental conservation.

Read the entire article in the 04/07 Express.

Heroin is the Drug of Choice – by H. Wessell

BALLSTON SPA, February 18– The Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department has devoted much attention to heroin abuse, which has become a nationwide epidemic. That includes our area.

The Sheriff’s Department continues to face the epidemic through backing tougher laws.

At the County Public Safety Committee meeting early this month, Sheriff Michael Zurlo  asked the full board to go on record with other municipalities  to support Laree’s Law. This is named for an 18 year old Colonie woman who succumbed to a heroin overdose in 2014.

Read the entire article in the 02-25 Express.

Calendar of Events



 logo2-01Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 7:00 pm

SACC Paint and Sip

STILLWATER - The Stillwater Area Community Center is partnering with Saratoga Paint and Sip to bring you a new, fun way to help us raise money for the development of our Arts Programming here at the center! Grab your friends and join us.


urlFriday, Oct. 2 12-6:00 pm and Saturday, Oct. 3 10-4:00 pm

Art and Craft Show

MALTA - Malta Presbyterian Church, Dunning St. If you would like to be a vendor or would like additional information contact Jane Morrison applace@aol.com or 518-928-2655


sdc_08food_breakfast_mdSunday, Oct. 4th from 8-11:30

All You Can Eat Breakfast ($)

CLIFTON PARK - The event will at the firehouse on Old Route 146, between Route 9 and 146 in Clifton Park. The menu will include Pancakes, Eggs, Sausage, Bacon, Toast, Coffee, Juice and Milk. Tours of the fire trucks and equipment will also be given to all who attend as we also kick off National Fire Prevention Week which is October 4th to 10th, with fire safety information.


French ToastSunday, Oct. 4th from 7:30-11:00 am

Monthly Breakfast ($)

JOHNSONVILLE - The Johnsonville Rescue Squad located at 4 River Rd. Menu consists of eggs, French toast, pancakes, hash browns, fruit, juice, coffee omelets, sausage and toast. Cost adults 13 up $7 children 5-12 $4 Bring your returns or sign up to volunteer and help your community


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Wednesday Oct. 7th 

WATERFORD - Join the Waterford Museum & Cultural Center on Fall Bus Trip. Return at 4:30 – 5 pm. For more information please call Emily Wilson at (518) 237-7122.



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Pulled Pork Sandwich Dinner (Take-out Only) ($)

SCHAGHTICOKE - Victor Lodge on Route 67. The menu will feature pulled pork in a large bun with special sauce plus Cole slaw, baked beans, applesauce, and brownies. The public is invited to enjoy their meal at the lodge.   Refreshments and entertainment are being planned for those who decide to eat at the lodge. Reservations can be made by calling 753-0406.


Sunday, Oct. 11th 8-11:00 am

Monthly Breakfast ($)

VALLEY FALLS - The Valley Falls VFW Aux 1938 located on Poplar Ave, will be having their monthly breakfast Sunday Oct. 11th 8-11 AM. Menu consists of eggs made to order, French toast, pancakes, toast, hash browns, bacon, sausage juice, coffee and biscuits with sausage gravy. Cost $7 for 13 and up children 5-12 $4. Rada knives for sale.


Cracker-Barrel-Roast-Beef-DinnerThursday, Oct. 15th from 5-6:30 pm

Annual Harvest Roast Beef Dinner ($)

STILLWATER - The Women’s Association of Stillwater United Church, 747 Hudson Ave., in the Church’s Fellowship Hall. The dinner consists of family style servings of roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, winter squash, coleslaw, rolls, pie and beverage. Takeout available. Cost: $12 Adults; $5 Ages 5-10; Under 5 Free. For advanced tickets contact the church office 664-7984. Tickets may also be at the door. The historic designated church is handicap accessible.


urlFriday, Oct. 16th 10-2:00 pm

Round Table Discussion -The Industrial Revolution in the Champlain Canal Region

SCHUYLERVILLE - Roundtable discussion. Stories gathered at the roundtable will be used to develop exhibit panels for the new Canal Region Gateway Visitor Center in Schuylerville. The Saratoga Town Hall is located at 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville. The workshop is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided for a FEE. Registration is required, please contact Margaret Gibbs at mgibbs@lakestolocks.org.


thanksgiving_dinner_1280x1024Saturday, Oct. 17th at 6:30

A Walk Back In Time Dinner

MALTA - Malta Presbyterian Church, 118 Dunning St. Cost: $7.00 Per person. Turkey Stuffing and all the fixings. Speakers on local history: Paul Perreault, Malta Town Historian, Linda Palmeri, Stillwater Town Historian and Curator for Stillwater Blockhouse.

Saturday, Oct. 17 4-7:00

Annual Turkey Dinner ($)

VISCHER FERRY - Amity Reformed Church, 335 Riverview Road, Vischer Ferry. Take out orders will be available from 4pm to 6:30 pm.   Tickets will be $10.00 for adults, $5.00 children ages 6-12 and under 5 free may be purchased at the door.   Reservations not needed. Featured as always will be the bake sale of home made cakes, cookies, brownies and fruited breads.


Genealogy-TreeSaturday, Oct. 17th Starts at 8:45 am

October Genealogy Conference ($$)

SCHUYLERVILLE - Scott Andrew Bartley will be the speaker at the annual Heritage Hunters Genealogy Conference. The Conference at Saratoga Town Hall in Schuylerville, at the corner of Rt. 4 and Rt. 29, (12 Spring St. Included in the cost is a hot lunch, breaks and exhibits.. For information and registration - call 518-587-2978 or email: melfrejo@aol


Happiness-Singing-Choir_smMonday, Oct. 19th Starting

Saratoga Soundtrack Chorus

Monday Night Rehearsals ($$)

SARATOGA - Attend Monday night rehearsals with Saratoga Soundtrack Chorus from October 19-December 7th, 7:00-8:15 pm. Learn traditional and modern holiday classics in women's 4-part a capela harmony and be a part of our " a ca CELEBRATION!" Show pm December 7th to benefit Code Blue Saratoga. Rehearsals and the show will take place at the Knights of Columbus, 50 Pine Road, Saratoga Springs, NY. Register on-line at www.saratogasoundtrack.org or call 518-747-3823, or email saratogasoundtrack@gmail.com


Roasted-Pork-Loin-DinnerSaturday, Oct. 24, 5 & 6:30 pm

Roast Pork Dinner ($)

SCHAGHTICOKE - Presbyterian Church Call Sylvia 753-4545 for reservations.


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Sunday, Oct. 25 1-4:00 pm

Saratoga County 4-H Offers Horse Club Open House

BALLSTON SPA— Saratoga County 4-H offers the First Annual “4-H Horse Open House” at the 4-H Training Center, 556 Middleline Road in Ballston Spa. This event is open to the public and seeks youth ages 8-18 with an interest in horses. You do not need to own a horse to attend! Come check out what we are all about. If you or anyone you know may be interested in attending, please contact Carter at the Saratoga County 4-H Office at co263@cornell.edu.


urlThursday, Nov. 5th 10-4:00 pm

Bridge Tournament ($)

CLIFTON PARK - The Patricia Ashline Memorial Bridge Tournament at The VISTA Restaurant in Clifton Park The event will benefit Care Links, a program which supports senior citizens by linking them with volunteers in the community for non-medical assistance. To register, please call Francine Rodger, at 518-331-4011 before November 1st.

Committee Recommends Body Cameras – by H. Wessell

BALLSTON SPA, August 11 – The Saratoga County Public Safety Committee has made recommendations on two matters to the full Board of Supervisors for its consideration at the August 18 Board business meeting.

   Committee Chairman and Clifton Park Supervisor Philip Barrett noted that the  committee meeting had just been preceded by a joint meeting of the Body Camera and Sheriff's Staffing subcommittees.

Entire article in the 08-20 edition.

Brown’s Beach Too Successful? – by H. Wessell

SARATOGA LAKE, July 3: On Friday morning Brown’s Beach was opened for the holiday weekend at 10:00AM; said Town Supervisor Edward Kinowski in “what we called a soft opening, to try for the summer to be open from 10 to 8, every day, because we think the summer hours are going to drive it."

Read the entire article in the July 9th edition.

Public Pre-Construction Meeting for Round Lake Road Project Malta, NY


MALTA - May 25, 2015 Construction work will soon begin on the Round Lake Road Traffic and Mobility Improvements Project. On Wednesday, June 3, 2015, there will be a public pre-construction meeting to present the proposed construction schedule, introduce Rifenburg Construction personnel and introduce the Creighton Manning construction inspection team. The meeting will take place at Malta Town Hall from 7:00pm to 8:00pm. There will be a brief project presentation followed by a question and answer session.

The final construction plans identifying existing features, proposed improvements, landscaping, lighting, and work limits will be available.

Throughout construction additional information related to schedules and detours will be posted on the project website: http://roundlakeroadproject.com/

Malta Hears Proposal for Tech Campus – by H. Wessell

MALTA,  March 2 -- A Public Hearing before  the Malta Town Board on March 2 proposed  Planned Development District (PDD) amendments for Luther Forest Technology Campus   enabling it to obtain local and Saratoga County property  tax incentives, as well as any available state tax incentive programs, if the financially troubled park is to attract other high-tech industries.

Entire article in the March 12th issue.

Malta Town Board quick update, March 2 meeting:

A Public Hearing was held concerning Planned Development District (PDD) amendments being sought for  Luther Forest Technology Campus, enabling it to obtain local Saratoga County property  tax incentives, as well as any available state tax accommodations, if the financially troubled park is to attract other high-tech industries. It is said to be in the only site in the state  not allowed to seek them; this, according to  operator Luther Forest Technology Campus Economic Development Corporation (LFTCEDC). The hearing was adjourned (not closed) and statements will be received until March 16. No further action was taken. A board workshop to work on the amendments was set for April 20 at 6:30 PM.

The Town Board will hold a workshop on March 26, 6:30PM on proposed  Rtes. 9/67 rezoning.

A Public Hearing was set for April 6, 6:55PM, concerning the Saratoga Medical Park, on whether, per a stipulation in the PDD. Malta Ambulance Corps would need for some mitigation for all the calls that they will be getting because of the large building. The corps came back to the Town Board saying there was no problem; but the hearing was set for April 6, 6:55PM to accept the amendments.

More details in next week’s web and print issues.