Ballston Lake’s Ray Gagnon and his family have found their calling in the world of junk. The retired U.S. Marine Corps master gunnery sergeant, his wife, Robin, and their sons R.J. and Kyle operate several local JDog Junk Removal & Hauling franchises.
Chris began her freelance writing career more than 15 years ago. She is a regular contributor to the PTSD Journal and the Cobblestone educational magazine FACES. She is the author of A Light in the Window: The City Mission of Schenectady, and the co-author of Save Me a Spot in Heaven. Chris is working on a new book with the warden of the Maine State Prison. She has a B.S. in Accounting from Penn State and works for Soldier's Heart, a non-profit that serves veterans and families impacted by post-traumatic stress. Chris attends Burnt Hills United Methodist church and enjoys volunteering in the community. She is a volunteer writer for the Ronald McDonald House of Albany, and has shed more than a few tears when sharing the stories of the families that have stayed at the house. Chris moved to Ballston Lake in 1996 after her husband, John, was transferred to the GE Global Research Center. She has lived in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Illinois, England, and Belgium and is very happy that her three daughters have never had to experience being the "new kid" at school. All three attended Shenendehowa High School, and her youngest, Jenna, graduates in 2018. Chris is not looking forward to an empty nest and will be making many trips to Assumption College to watch Jenna play college field hockey. She has been a fixture in the stands for many years at Shenedehowa track and cross country meets, and field hockey and lacrosse games. Her most important job has been that of "mom."
The 2013 movie 12 Years a Slave shone a national spotlight on Saratoga Springs. It told the story of Saratoga resident Solomon Northrup, a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery.
Was the potato chip invented by Ballston Spa’s George “Crum” Speck? Maybe it was, and maybe it wasn’t. It depends on who you believe.
It wasn’t until long after the death of Ballston resident Dr. Samuel Davis that the owner of his former home at 151 Middle Line Road found a hidden room under the stairway. It is believed that the 3” by 5” room was used to harbor slaves traveling on the Underground Railroad.
MALTA – After retiring in 2010, Ballston Spa resident Darlene Van Sickle had two things on her bucket list. She accomplished the first by traveling to Nevada to visit her sister. Circumstances had kept them apart for 34 years, and their reunion was a joyous one.
MILTON – Town Historian Kim McCartney and independent historian James Richmond have collaborated on a book about the town’s history. Richmond is a member of Milton’s Historic Structures and Places Committee and the author of War on the Middleline, a book about a 1780 British raid in Ballston and Milton.
MILTON – Under the cover of darkness, five unidentified individuals draped Confederate flags around the necks of lawn jockeys located in front of Saratoga’s National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Surveillance camera footage captured what the museum is calling an act of vandalism.
Retired Ballston Spa teacher Craig Hodgson was teaching kindergarten in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina devastated parts of Louisiana and Mississippi. One of his kindergarten students was very concerned that kids impacted by the hurricane weren’t going to have “good birthdays.” With help from the girl’s mother, his classroom was able to provide a kindergarten class…
Town of Ballston Supervisor Tim Szczepaniak is at the forefront of Saratoga County’s effort to enact a Tobacco 21 law. The law would prohibit the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21. It would apply to cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, electronic cigarettes, and smoking paraphernalia.