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Man's body found floating in Saratoga Lake

SARATOGA, N.Y. (AP) Authorities say an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death for a man whose body was found floating in an upstate New York lake.

Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo tells local media that the manager of a private campground spotted the body floating in Saratoga Lake around 1 p.m. Wednesday and called 911.  Go to full article
Saratoga Race Course. <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/durhamd/1075371003">Dustin</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Saratoga Race Course. Dustin, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Opening weekend planned at Saratoga race track

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) A music festival and 23rd annual fancy hat contest are planned as part of the opening weekend activities at Saratoga Race Course.

Competition in the hat contest takes place next Sunday after the second, third and fourth races, with contestants parading in front of judges on the track apron.  Go to full article
Saratoga Race Course. <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/durhamd/1075371003">Dustin</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Saratoga Race Course. Dustin, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

New York food, drinks to highlight Saratoga meet

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) This year's racing in Saratoga Springs will again highlight food and beverages from around New York state.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that Taste NY markets will be held at the Saratoga Race Course each Thursday, Friday and Sunday during the six-week summer racing season at the venerable track.  Go to full article

Saratoga and North Creek Railway sold

One of the Adirondack Park's two tourism railroads has been sold, according to a report in the Adirondack Journal newspaper. Iowa Pacific Rail, which operates the Saratoga and North Creek Railway, is selling an 80 percent interest to a company called Chai Trust Company and EGI Fund Investors.  Go to full article

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Marilyn McCabe, Elaine Handley and Mary Sanders Shartle  (Laura Von Rosk)
Marilyn McCabe, Elaine Handley and Mary Sanders Shartle (Laura Von Rosk)

Poetry that celebrates life in the North Country

Three Saratoga area women won their third award this year from the Adirondack Center for Writing for a book of poetry. They'll share their thoughts and words tonight (7:00pm) at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.

Elaine Handley, Marilyn McCabe and Mary Sanders Shartle began working together at the Saratoga Springs Public Library coffee shop in the late 90's, and realized that even in sharing common themes their three voices were very different yet compatible.

In a phone conversation with Todd Moe, they each shared a poem from their latest chapbook, Tear of the Clouds. Elaine Handley says the idea of writing poems about life in the North Country was a logical next step for all three poets.  Go to full article
"Tempered by Memory"
"Tempered by Memory"

Remembering the September 11 attack through art

Many communities will take some time on Sunday to pause and remember the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington DC and rural Pennsylvania. A sculpture that uses twisted metal beams from the World Trade Center will be unveiled Sunday in the Saratoga county hamlet of Gansevoort.

It's titled, Tempered by Memory, and artists Noah Savett and John Van Alstine are disappointed that plans to place the sculpture permanently in Saratoga Springs are on hold. But they're optimistic. A toned-down unveiling of their sculpture will be held at the NS Associates steel yard on Pettis Road in Gansevoort at noon on Sunday, the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

Todd Moe spoke with artist John Van Alstine, who lives in the southern Adirondacks. He says using the resurrected steel for art, and trying to please everyone, were challenges.  Go to full article

State Senate back, OTB on the agenda

The New York State Senate is returning to the capitol for one final time this year. They'll take up a bil, already passed in the Assembly, to bail out New York City's bankrupt Off Track Betting Corporation, but some senators say the rest of the state needs to be included, as well.

The Association of Counties says counties have a stake in the matter because the off track betting centers also provide an important source of money to the horse racing industry, to help premier tracks at Saratoga, Belmont, and Aqueduct. Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article
National Guard soldiers and Civil War reenactors bear the remains of a New York soldier (Photos:  Brian Mann)
National Guard soldiers and Civil War reenactors bear the remains of a New York soldier (Photos: Brian Mann)

A Civil War soldier lost at Antietam, returned to New York

Yesterday marked the 147th anniversary of the Civil War battle at Antietam in Maryland. It was the single bloodiest day in US history, with more than 20,000 men killed or wounded. Three hundred New Yorkers are still unaccounted for from that battle, their remains lost in the farm fields and the woods. But last summer, a hiker in an area known as the Corn Field discovered the remains of a soldier. His buttons and his belt identified him as a volunteer from New York. That soldier was finally laid to rest yesterday at Saratoga National Cemetery. In just a moment, we'll hear from the historian who arranged the long-delayed funeral. First, here's Brian Mann's audio portrait of the ceremony. It begins with the rumble of a motorcycle honor guard, which accompanied the soldier on his final journey from Maryland.  Go to full article

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