Op-Ed

Fixing More than Sidewalks in Ballston Spa

Last week, the Ballston Spa Village Board of Trustees approved a $1,059.18 expenditure to reimburse residents for fixing their sidewalks. Residents who repair the sidewalks in front of their property get $2.50 per square foot for the work. The program has been around for 15 years, and in that time it’s paid out over $100,000.

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A Saratoga County Boon — or Boondoggle?

There was no doubt a sigh of relief among Saratoga County officials when the Board of Supervisors approved the sale of the unused landfill in Northumberland to Finch Paper. After all, the property had lay dormant since the county developed it in 1999, at a cost of almost $6 million, and had never produced a…

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A Black Eye for Ballston Spa Baseball

In many ways, the game of baseball seems almost designed to produce disputes; so many of the rules depend on the subjective judgment of umpires, it’s almost inevitable there will be arguments in, and about, almost every game. But at a June 20 Ballston Spa Junior Baseball League matchup between the Ballston Bearcats and the…

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Raining on the Flag Day Parade

Just about everyone loves a parade, but as the organizers of the Burnt Hills – Ballston Lake Flag Day Parade found out a couple weeks ago, you can’t always count on the weather. As the jump off approached on June 13 the rain grew steadier and steadier, first causing the cancellation of the post-parade fireworks,…

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A Ballston Day for Small Furry Friends

Jay Curtis is a busy man. Curtis Lumber is a big company, with over 600 employees and 21 locations in New York and Vermont. And there’s Curtis Industrial Park in Ballston to consider, too. There’s little doubt the man’s daily schedule doesn’t leave an awful lot of time for fooling around. 

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A Ballston Spa School Milestone

Last week, a dozen Ballston Spa High School students were among the first 21 to complete the Early College High School Program at Hudson Valley’s TEC-SMART campus in Luther Forest. The program was begun a couple years ago after Ballston Spa Central School District Superintendent Joseph P. Dragone saw a similar program elsewhere and realized…

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Ballston Zig, Ballston Zag

On Wednesday, the Ballston Journal broke the news of Ballston Supervisor Patti Southworth’s decision to not seek election as the next Saratoga County Clerk after all. It came as a bit of a surprise; Southworth had thrown her hat in the ring at a fairly early stage and looked to be determined to make a…

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A Good Budget for Ballston Spa

BALLSTON SPA — Over the past few budget cycles, the Ballston Spa Central School District has managed to deal with the fallout from the Great Recession pretty well. Superintendent Dragone, the Board of Education and the district administrators, teachers and staff have done a remarkable job of working the numbers in the face of some…

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