Articles by SAM CAPUANO


One for the road

Friends, this is the column I never wanted to write. After many years, this will be my final byline for the Ballston Journal. There is much I want to say before signing off. First of all, I hope you have been able to see how much I have enjoyed writing for this newspaper, especially the…

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Different towns, different styles

BALLSTON SPA — Because of my day job I get a chance to travel around the country a couple of times every year and spend time in a variety of different places. For whatever reason, when I travel on business, I tend to notice these differences, and some similarities, between these locales and the 12020,…

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Changing Times in Saratoga County

Last week, Halfmoon Supervisor and Saratoga County Board of Supervisors member Mindy Wormuth, giving into the inevitable, announced she would not challenge Kevin Tollisen, an attorney and former town justice, in the Republican primary for her seat. Town Republicans had previously endorsed Tollisen for the office, dumping the incumbent in the process. In typical Wormuth…

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Fiasco at the Round Lake Library

Libraries, although modernized these days, still basically provide two functions: namely being a place in which we can learn, and also a place for a community to gather. Well, the Round Lake Library provided both this week, although they probably wish they hadn’t — because we learned about the library, its Board of Trustees, the…

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Letters, We Get Letters

Dear Readers, incredibly, June is here, which means it’s been three months since we took a look at the letters in the ol’ Village Voice Mailbox. So, let’s give it a go! Q: Dear Sam, Wiswall Park just isn’t the same without the huge tree in the middle, is it? A: Well, no, it isn’t….

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A Scouting Change, a Divisive Opinion

Memorial Day weekend is typically not a very newsy time, and as such the newspaper columns which follow are usually of the standard flag waving, parade marching, remember those who have fallen variety. So, on Saturday, I headed to Front Street for the Ballston Spa Memorial Day Parade, looking for something. But while I was…

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Biking It in Ballston Spa!

BALLSTON SPA — Last Friday was National Bike To Work Day, and one of my kids asked me if I was going to participate in the event. Well, my normal commute to Latham was out of the question, but we do have a branch office in Milton, so, why not? I save a few gallons…

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Jackie

The origins of baseball are a bit murky. The traditional legend has Abner Doubleday, allegedly born in Ballston Spa, allegedly coming up with the game in Cooperstown in 1839. Because of this, Doubleday’s name is all over our village, most notably on the baseball fields and a prominent street bearing his name. Whether it was…

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