Shore Lines - Saratoga Lake Association
Shore Lines - Saratoga Lake Association
Revelers keep their eyes skyward in anticipation of the ball dropping to welcome in the New Year. Shore Lines Saratoga Lake Association P.O. Box 2152 Ballston Spa, NY 12020 www.saratogalake.org January 13, 2013 Julie Annotto, co-editor [email protected] Sharon Urban, co-editor [email protected] Deep Freeze Coming? Lately, all we hear in the news is how unusual the weather is around the world — from record snows in France and Germany, to the hottest start in a century to southern Australia, to China’s driest and snowiest weather in history. And, no one can say that Sandy wasn’t a very strange occurrence in our own backyard. We are fortunate to receive updates from the Chairman of the Emergency Planning Committee, Tom Rinaldi, on weather issues. He recently sent the information below and if the frigid pattern comes to pass, we should all be ready for it. Drinking Water Update Now that the holidays have passed, it is time to get back to work and press on to get public water for our Saratoga Lake Community. The outpouring since the last update has been great. We currently have 18 families /houses that have indicated that they would sign a contract in advance for public water. That is a great start since this was a big issue with the south end of the lake when the project was started and many residents backed out of the commitment at the last minute. “According to Accuweather long range guidance, it apTo date the “AFTER THE HOLIDAYS MEETING” has pears that we may be in for a pattern shift resulting in some not taken place nor been scheduled. I have calls into both of the most frigid temperatures in recent memory. Current- Tom Wood, supervisor of the Town of Saratoga and Bob ly cold air is damned up in Canada and Hudson Bay north Iovinella, President of Saratoga Glen Hollow Water Supply to the Arctic Circle. This frigid air may be forced into the Company. However, neither of these two gentlemen have lower layers of the atmosphere and will then drive south called me back yet to firm up the meeting date to outline a into the lower 48. The exact timing of the emergence of plan that will work for all. I am continuing to follow up this frigid air is uncertain but will likely occur during the with these two people since they are key to our success. second half of January. During the next week or so a flow With the recently announced expansion of the Global of milder Pacific air will invade much of the nation for sevFoundries and the addition of 1000 new jobs, as well as the eral days followed by an arctic mass by the third week of probable expansion of the Casino, our area will be explodJanuary. It is more likely that this will occur in waves of pro- ing and the need for high quality water will become even gressively colder air with each wave driving further more important. south. As these waves of cold air spread into the south and Please continue to talk up the public water whenever you east, some energy may be released in the form of a series of get the opportunity and keep me informed about new peostorms riding the cold air. So the bottom line, get ready for ple who would sign a contract in advance will work to bring some real cold weather that we have not experienced in this to fruition. Thanks for all the support. some time. Pete Morse continued on page 7 215-688-6286 [email protected] SLA WELCOME BOAT PROGRAM WELCOMES DONATIONS!!!! Our last Welcome Basket set sail so the Welcome Boat committee is seeking donations for our next round of 12 baskets to be made. If you have a business and would like to help fill our baskets with a give-away or discount coupon, we would gladly accept it. You might also provide a service and might like to give away a business card with a little gift. All the baskets are given to new neighbors moving in next door to our SLA members. They make a terrific house warming gift and give those new to SLA a very nice first impression of our group. Please support our effort and if you indeed have something you would like to give, contact Lisa Morahan at [email protected] or call 584-3935. If you have a new neighbor moving in please contact Dianne Fedoronko at [email protected]. Web Cam Up and Running Be sure to check out Steve Bleznyk’s lake cam. It’s a new look and one Steve says is a work in progress. It is especially nice for our snow birds who want to look at the lake while away for the winter. Saratogalakecam.com Steve has also agreed to keep track of our ice in/out dates. This year, the official ice in date is January 2. “Being a newbie to the lake, imagine my amazement at seeing this bald eagle just off the south shore this a.m., with prey. Beautiful! The crow was waiting for any leftovers.” —Julie Wash Be Careful Out There!! This life size bronze statue of cigar was unveiled in February, 1997 at a "Salute to Cigar Day" at Gulfstream Park in Florida. As a four year old, Cigar was shipped to the east coast to be trained by Bill Mott. In 1995 - 1996 he was the first American race horse to win 16 consecutive races against top-class competition. His earnings were $9,999.813, just short of the 10 million dollar mark. Cigar now lives at the Kentucky Horse Park's Hall of Champions in Lexington. His statue stands in a place of prominence at Gulfstream Park. The first brave souls have ventured onto the lake for fishing and recreation. It’s important to be aware of the thickness of the ice, especially in areas that serve as inlets. Please see page 7 for an interesting and informative piece on lake ice. Location, Location, Location “Christmas in Australia” — Billie and Arthur cook, part-time residents of Australia, spend their summers both here and there! The best of both worlds. “Christmas in Florida” — Nick Annotto, Bob and Dominick Giombetti, take a Christmas day swim. No, not Christmas in Tahiti! New Year’s Day at Saratoga Lake. Photo by Paul Phillips. The famous Times Square ball first dropped on New Years Eve in NYC in 1908. The original ball was lit with 100 incandescent light bulbs housed in iron and wood. Today’s ball boasts 2,688 Waterford crystal triangles illuminated by a computerized LED system attached to an aluminum frame. One of our members spent New Years Eve elbow to elbow with revelers in Times Square and managed to get this shot of the ball dropping. Here’s to the New Year! Here’s to you —To health and happiness each day through, to new dreams rising on wings of light — new beginnings sparkling like a star studded night. 4th Annual SACC Night of Comedy Tickets are Here! Linda Couse and friends enjoyed a visit to the Christmas Lights Display in Albany. Join us on January 26th for an evening of comedy at the Stillwater Area Community Center! Doors open at 6:00 pm and the show starts ay 7:00 pm. Tickets are $25 each. You can get them here at SACC from the executive director, Madeline Patterson, or from any board member. This is an event for adults 21 and older. For tickets or information call 664-2515 or email [email protected]. Stillwater Fire Company News Stewart’s Holiday Match Raises $1.3 million for Charity Thanks to some generous folks in the Capital Region, Stewart’s Shops is providing more than a million dollars to local children’s charities. The money is from their 26th annual Holiday Match program. This year, customers donated more than $600,000 to the program, which was matched by Stewarts to total $1.3 million. With customer’s help, Stewart’s has given out $17 million since the start of the program in 1986. Look who’s at McMahon’s Horse Farm! The first foal of the year was born on January 8th at the Fitch Road farm. It’s such a treat to drive by McMahon’s and look at all the new “babies.” Birthing will go on for several months, so if you’re out for a joy ride, stop over and enjoy the sights. In a continuing effort to connect with the community the fire department will be holding a Pot Roast Dinner at the main station on Kellogg Road at 6PM Saturday the 26th of January. Advanced tickets are available from any of the fire fighters for $8, or $10 at the door. The Arvin Hart Fire Company would like to announce the volunteer officers who have been elected to manage the department for 2013. Operational officers are; Chief, Jamie Herrick, Deputy Chief Zach Zendran and Assistant Chief Bob Wood. Fire Captains are Rick Hopeck, Dave Dunn and Darren Lesson, Lieutenants are TJ Rinaldi Jr., RJ Laurenzo and Jeff Nylon. The fire police Captain is Bob Okosky and fire police Lieutenant is Jim Woodruff. The administrative officers are; President Bob Carson, Vice President Nick Maciariello, Treasurer Lisa Laurenzo, Business Secretary Chris Wright and Recording Secretary Peter Hughes. Mike Handerhan was elected to another 5 year term on the Board of Fire Commissioners. The Board of Fire Commissioners has the administrative as well as fiduciary responsibility for the operation of the fire district guided by several state laws. The department’s current strength is approximately 50 members, but we always could use more especially for daytime response when everyone is working out of town. The department answered approximately 200 calls this past year. We are relatively quiet compared to Clifton Park Fire Department which answers approximately 600 calls annually. (Tom Rinaldi, Commissioner, Stillwater Fire Company) Send all submissions to Shore Lines to Julie at: [email protected] Featured Businesses WELCOME NEW NEIGHBORS Tonya Trombley, Dan Porrazzo, and daughter Takoda, welcomed Brett Maybee and Megan to the lake community. They appreciated the warm welcome and took the opportunity to ask questions about the lake and the area. The Saratoga Lake Association would like to add their welcome to Brett and Megan and hope to meet them at one of our social functions. MALTA HIGHWAY REPORT Reprised from winter, 2012 In order to make snow and road clean-up efficient and timely, it is IMPERATIVE: • you move objects that are in the Town’s Right-of-way (ROW) in order to facilitate snow removal. These objects include: basketball/hoops, rocks and landscaping. The ROW is about 30 feet from the center of the road. Unfortunately, the Town will not be responsible for replacing or repairing any objects left within that ROW. • you do not park on the streets! There is a Town Law that prohibits parking on the streets or 4 feet from the shoulder of the roads from November 1st through April 1st. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated so that we can efficiently remove snow from the roadways. Your vehicle may be towed and a possible fine of up to $100. If there are any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 899-2818. To all snowbirds in Florida . . . do you have a need for a dentist while in Florida? Member John Ritota has his practice in Delray Beach and would be happy to help you out. He also offers a 20 percent discount to SLA members. John P. Ritota, DDS 3401 South Federal Highway Delray Beach, FL 33483 (561) 272-6664 Floydwarriors.com Community Care Links Network for Ne3wly Diagnosed Cancer Patients 582 Route 9P Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 (518) 584-3935 Lisa Morahan, Founder Karner Psychological Associates Psychotherapy and EMDR Trauma Resolution 634 Plank Road Clifton Park, NY 12065 (518) 456-5056 June E. Morier, LCSW Saratoga Smiles 176 Lake Avenue Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 (518) 584-5060 Richard Dennis, DDS www.saratogasmiles.com Luther Forest Corporation P.O. Box 2109 Malta, NY 12020 (518) 899-6001 Alex Mackay, President Curley Associates, Life Insurance Least Expensive in New York 23 Simon Lane Latham, NY 12110 (518) 733-6370 Joseph Curley Adirondack Public Adjusters Fire and Water Adjusters P.O. Box 4985 Clifton Park, NY 12065 (518) 588-0677 Robert Daviero Margot Lucy Thomas Attorney at Law — Environmental, Real Estate Development, and Business Law 100 Trillium Lane Albany, NY 12203 (518) 456-3415 [email protected] Notable News Malta nearing decision on downtown zoning - Spotlightnews.com http://www.spotlightnews.com/news/2012/dec/24/maltanearing-decision-downtown-zoning/?page=2 Many of Lisa Morahan’s associated and friends received this letter from her about her organization, floydwarriors, and we wanted to share it with all our readers. We all know Lisa as our events coordinator and know how hard she works for SLA, but it’s but a small part of what Lisa is about. Being involved in good works takes us most of her time and she deserves recognition and good wishes from all of us. “Hi all my loyal friends and incredible floydwarrior Saratoga Lake's Waterfront Park to benefit from $325,000 grant - saratogian.com http://saratogian.com/articles/2012/12/22/news/ doc50d5194eb140f657608863.txt Saratoga Springs mayor says 2013 will be about planning for the city's future - saratogian.com GlobalFoundries to invest $2 billion in new Malta research and development facility - saratogian.com 2012 in review: A look back at the local news stories of the year. http://www.fox23news.com/news/local/story/Lt-Governorthanks-GlobalFoundaries-for-their/ GbZj0SW_9UmssCdmBJqrOA.cspx?rss=2921 Fascinating Facts We’re never too old to learn something new More than half of the coastline of the entire US is in Alaska. The Amazon rainforest produces more than 20% of the world’s oxygen supply. Antarctica is the only land on our planet that is not owned by any country. Ninety percent of the world’s ice covers Antarctica and that ice represents seventy percent of all the fresh water in the world. However, Antarctica is essentially a desert with an average yearly total precipitation of about two inches. It is the driest place on the planet. Istanbul, Turkey, is the only city in the world located on two continents, Europe and Asia. He first city to reach a population of one million people was Rome, Italy, in 133 B.C. supporters, I hoped to draft a fancy e-zine with pictures and stories and all the GREAT things 2012 has brought to floydwarriors. Needless to say, this very humble e-mail will need to suffice. Many, many people gave to Project Easter Bunny and were part of gifting 190 Baskets of goodies and the Good Word to families coping with cancer treatments. My Angel Army helped delivering so many meals to homes in need. I had the amazing opportunity to take a Dad out to shoot pool so one evening he didn't need to worry about his daughter (thrilled Dad was having fun) while she was enduring chemotherapy. I had the absolute incredible chance to read verses from the Bible to a true Soldier for Christ shortly before he departed this Earth. This blessing came as a request from a floydwarrior helped by us and she knew we might be able to also help him in this hour of need. In October a gathering happened in Saratoga that paid a nice tribute to those on the front lines caring day in and day out for families coping with cancer. This Thanksgiving we were able to deliver a nice Thanksgiving meal to a Mom battling and she will be receiving weekly meals through the end of January thanks to you! Tomorrow I will deliver a little something to one of our favorite floydwarrior's daughters~ A little something to brighten her day as Mom is not as well as she hoped to be. There are so many blessings that have come this year and to think exactly four years ago today I was having to tell my family I had stage 3 breast cancer and didn't know what my future would hold. This would not be at all possible without the grace, love and mercy showered down upon me by our Great Savior, Lord of Lords and King of Kings. I pray you all take a moment this Christmas to give thanks to He we live to celebrate and may you all know the joy of Christmas each day of the year. Merry Christmas and may God Bless You all!!!! xoxoxo- L..” continued from page 1 What are the emergency management implications: Frozen pipes including water mains Do not attempt to unthaw pipes with open flame, not only is it illegal in this state, its dangerous and has burnt many houses down Increased chances for fires, frozen water sources for the fire department and injuries from slips and falls Increased chances for frost bite and hyperthermia, dress in layers Carry winter supplies in your vehicle in case you break down; blankets, flash lights, granola bars, extra socks, gloves Increased risk to the young and elderly People running out of fuel More people using adjunct heating devices, causing increased fire danger and carbon monoxide poisoning issues Greater risk of chimney fires due to creosote build up. DRIVERS: Helpful Hints For Winter Keep your headlights clear with car wax! Just wipe ordinary car wax on your headlights. It contains special water repellents that will prevent that messy mixture from accumulating on your lights - lasts 6 weeks. Squeak-proof your wipers with rubbing alcohol! Wipe the wipers with a cloth saturated with rubbing alcohol or ammonia. Ice-proof your windows with vinegar! Just fill a spray bottle with three parts vinegar to one part water & spritz it on all your windows at night. In the morning, they'll be clear of icy mess. Prevent car doors from freezing shut with cooking spray! Spritz cooking oil on the rubber seals around car doors & rub it in with a paper towel. The cooking spray prevents water from melting into the rubber Fog-proof your windshield with shaving cream! Spray some shaving cream on the inside of your windshield & wipe if off with paper towels. De-ice your lock in seconds with hand sanitizer! Just put some hand sanitizer gel on the key & the lock & the problems solved! Reprint of an article in the Post Star January 10, 2010 by Bob Henke The first keys to evaluating ice safety are visual. The first ice ("new" or "black" ice) is clear and brittle. It rests directly on top of a very dense, cold layer of water. Since it is transparent, you see the water beneath and the ice appears dark. Black ice may get up to two inches thick, but is very treacherous! Its brittleness makes it sensitive to vibration so the rhythm of walking or a motor can cause an area up to several hundred square feet to suddenly shatter into palm-sized pieces. As a crystal, like glass, ice is not strong. It supports weight because it floats. Like a boat, it can hold only so much weight. If it snows on black ice, the weight forces the ice downward, opening cracks, and allowing water to seep to the surface where the snow soaks it up like a giant sponge. This freezes on top of the black ice and is milky white. White or "fluff" ice is filled with air bubbles and is dangerous. It is like walking on a floating block of Styrofoam. It supports a lot unless there is a crack, whereupon it flips up, dumps you in, and closes back over the top. Snow cover or a layer of white ice insulates, and slows the freezing process, but clear cold nights will finally "make ice," freezing from the bottom in successive interconnected layers. The best ice is that which builds up these interlocking layers of crystals. You may have noticed this as both vertical and horizontal lines in sides of ice fishing holes. The strong interlaced structure makes it opaque and gives the ice a blue or flat gray color. Four inches of "blue ice" is usually considered safe for most winter activities - but I like a foot or more. Blue ice also reflects most of the indirect winter sun, accounting for that sunburned face after a day of ice fishing. In the spring, increasingly direct rays of the sun shining through the ice, warms the underlying layer of water and restarts the circular movement in reverse. This movement, coupled with warm water from spring run-off, melts certain areas faster than others. In a smooth bottomed lake, melting takes place first in the center. Now we can have a very inconsistent cover known as "honeycomb" ice. The pockets of much thinner ice look dark, giving the surface a spotted appearance. This is the ice that holds you just fine in one place and drops you through a few feet away. Hope I am now off the thin ice and back on solid footing.